MUMBAI: Polling for five MLC seats for the teachers (Nagpur, Aurangabad and Konkan) and graduates (Nashik and Amravati) constituencies, marked by a controversy over the suspension of a father-son duo from the Congress for anti-party activities and utter confusion over selection of official nominees by political parties, took place on Monday.Though there are several candidates in the fray, it appears that there will be a straight contest between the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the BJP candidates. Counting will be held on February 2.The polling percentage in Nashik was 49.3; in Amravati it was 49.7, in Aurangabad 86, in Nagpur 86.2 and in Konkan it was 91 (figures rounded off).Such elections are barely controversial. But high drama was witnessed over the Nashik division graduates seat after Congress nominee Sudhir Tambe failed to submit his nomination form before the deadline and his son Satyajeet filed his instead as an independent canddiate.Sudhir Tambe is the brother-in-law of Congress legislature party leader and former revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat. The Congress high command had approved Sudhir Tambe's nomination, while he was keen on his son Satyajeet, a former state youth Congress president, getting nominated.According to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, the AICC had given Sudhir Tambe a blank authorization form so that either he or his son could file the nomination. On the last day of filing nominations, both the father and son reached the election office, but Satyajeet Tambe filed papers. MPCC president Nana Patole reacted sharply, alleging the Tambe family had ditched the Congress. According to reports, Satyajeet Tambe was vying for the BJP's support, but it did not take any decision.On the other hand, BJP activist Shubhangi Patil too was vying for the BJP's nomination, and when she failed to get it, she approached Uddhav Thackeray for the MVA's support. After several rounds of talks, the MVA alliance supported the candidature of Patil. As a result, Nashik will witness a straight between the BJP and the Congress rebel.Satyajeet' Tambe's presence in the fray is being viewed as a major embarrassment for Thorat. Patole claimed that the MVA nominees will win all five seats. "Teachers and graduates in these constituencies are with the MVA," he said. Leader of opposition Ajit Pawar and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had toured extensively to campaign for the MVA and BJP nominees respectively for these five council constituencies.
The court in its order noted that there was a specific provision in the Rules. (Representational)Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has refused to grant parole to a prisoner convicted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, noting that convicts of "terrorist crimes" are not eligible for parole, as per rules in Maharashtra.A division bench of Justices S B Shukre and M W Chandwani on December 2, 2022 dismissed a petition filed by convict Hasan Mehndi Sheikh, serving life imprisonment in the Amravati Central Prison, seeking regular parole to see his ailing wife.Sheikh was convicted for various offences including under stringent provisions of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).He approached the HC after the jail authorities rejected his application on the ground that he was not eligible for grant of parole under provisions of the Prisons (Bombay Furlough and Parole) Rules.The high court in its order noted that there was a specific provision in the Rules which disqualifies a convict under TADA from getting benefit of regular parole."It is clear that there is a bar placed upon prisoners who are convicted for terrorist crimes, TADA is about terrorist crime, from being released on regular parole," the court said."The petitioner is convicted under TADA and therefore he would not be eligible for grant of regular parole," the HC added.Sheikh had in his plea relied on a 2017 judgment of the Supreme Court holding that even if a convict is found to be guilty under the TADA provisions, this would not disqualify him from seeking regular parole.The high court, however, refused to accept this and said the prisoner in the SC case was from Rajasthan and hence not governed by the Rules for prisoners in Maharashtra.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The top court has acknowledged the fact that many state governments have formulated guidelines on parole in order to bring out objectivity in the decision making and to decide as to whether parole needs to be granted in a particular case or not," the HC said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayOn Camera, Huge Clash At Ajmer Shrine Between Pilgrims, Officials
The accused is an alcoholic who did odd jobs, police said. (Representational)Nagpur: A 60-year-old woman was killed on Sunday allegedly by her son after she refused to give him money for alcohol, a Nagpur police station official said.The incident took place in Vandevi Nagar and the 28-year-old accused has been arrested, he said.The accused is an alcoholic who did odd jobs and would routinely pester his mother for money for his addiction, the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"On Sunday morning, he killed his mother with a sickle and then surrendered after wandering in the area for some hours," the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayIndia's GDP Growth To Slow Down To 6-6.8%, Forecasts Economic Survey
The incident took place in the Saoner area, around 40 km from Nagpur (Representational Photo)Nagpur: A teenage girl was allegedly raped by two persons in a car in Nagpur district of Maharashtra after they gave her lift in the vehicle, police said on Wednesday.The incident took place in the Saoner area, around 40 km from Nagpur, on Monday evening and accused have been arrested, they said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAccording to the police, the accused gave lift to the 17-year-old victim in their car, parked the vehicle in an isolated spot and raped her.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DaySonu Sood Sings 'Dil Chori', Soldiers Love His Desi Swag
NAGPUR: Even though the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) has raised concerns, seeking the Centre’s clearance to the airport in the tiger corridor in Vihirgaon-Murti of Chandrapur district will be top on the agenda at a high-level meeting between Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and union environment minister Bhupender Yadav on Friday.The meeting is slated to be held in Mumbai and all the top forest officials have already reached there. Sources say the state forest minister may even let go of sanctuary status for Kanhargaon, for which a denotification proposal is pending with the state forest ministry, for his dream airport. The sanctuary was notified on April 5, 2021, by the Uddhav Thackeray government.Sources said the Kanhargaon denotification proposal is being parallelly discussed. They said the issue will not be put before the Union minister as it will have to be first taken up in the state board for wildlife (SWBL) and then forwarded to the NBWL.They told TOI that the airport at Rajura will be discussed. Yadav will be given a presentation on the proposed airport in which the remarks observed by the FAC are also mentioned.The FAC on December 9, 2022, deferred the clearance to the airport keeping in view the location of the proposed airport within the Tadoba-Kawal tiger corridor, and the non-site-specific nature of the project as recommended by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.The FAC has asked the state to examine the financial viability of the project and submit a detailed analysis. The state has also been asked to explore possibilities to construct the airport at the existing Morwa airport on Chandrapur-Nagpur road.The meeting will also discuss the removal of several villages from the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. There are 2,000 villages in Western Ghats ESZ spread over four states.The issue of delayed funds under the centrally-sponsored scheme (CSS) for tiger reserves will be taken up. The state will also seek to share 50% compensation towards crop depredation and cattle kills. It will also take up funds for the relocation of villages from the tiger reserves.Wildlife experts are shocked over the state wildlife wing’s move and proposal on Kanhargaon denotification. “I strongly feel that Yadav is such a sensible minister that he would never agree with the state government to sacrifice Kanhargaon sanctuary for the airport project,” said wildlife conservationist Kishor Rithe.Sources said to prepare the denotification proposal many villages were pursued to submit their views against the sanctuary so that ground could be made for denotification of Kanhargaon.
MUMBAI: Four days after suspending veteran Congress leader Sudhir Tambe over the Nashik graduates constituency nomination scandal, state Congress president Nana Patole on Thursday suspended his son Satyajeet for six years for anti-party activities.On the other hand, Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) comprising Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP decided to support independent candidate Shubhagi Patil for the Nashik seat and Congress nominee Sudhakar Adbele for the Nagpur teachers constituency.Satyajeet, a former state Youth Congress chief, reacted sharply. “My contention is that before suspending me, AICC should have heard me. Throughout my political career, I have relentlessly worked for the party,” he said.The Congress central leadership had backed Sudhir Tambe, who has been representing the Nashik graduates constituency since 2009, again for the election (see box). However, on the last day of filing nomination, Sudhir Tambe did not submit his papers; son Satyajeet did, as an independent candidate.The Congress decision to suspend the Tambes is being viewed as a major setback for veteran Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat, who has strongly supported his brother-inlaw Sudhir Tambe and his son for well over 25 years despitestrong opposition from local Congress leaders. There was afeeling that since Satyajeet had worked closely with Rahul Gandhi, he might escape penal action. But the central leadership asked Patole to issue Satyajeet’s suspension order with immediate effect.In the other development, following a meeting of MVA leaders — Patole, NCP’s Jeetendra Awhad and Shiv Sena (UBT)’s Ambadas Danve — it was decided to support Shubhangi Patil, formerly of BJP who called on Uddhav Thackeray a few days ago, in Nashik, and Congress’ Sudhakar Adbele in the Nagpur teachers constituency. N G Ganar will be the BJP nominee in Nagpur but the party is yet to decide on Nashik.Balaram Patil will be the MVA candidate in Kokan and Vikram Kale in Aurangabad. “We have unity, MVA will win all five seats,” said Patole.Speaking about the Tambes, a senior Congress leader said it was a foregone conclusion that Satyajeet had made up his mind to contest as an independent if the AICC did not nominate him from Nashik. Now, it appears that since BJP has not fielded a candidate, Fadnavis may announce support to Tambe. A month ago, Fadnavis had showered praise on Satyajeet, saying the powerful and effective leader had been sidelined in Congress, BJP will pick him at an appropriate time.Sudhir Tambe was suspended from Congress soon after the nomination scandal. Former CM Ashok Chavan had said the Tambes were given a blank authorisation form and it was left to them to decide whether father or son would be the official Congress candidate. Surprisingly, neither signed up as Congress candidate.
The Congress on Sunday suspended Sudhir Tambe. (Representational)Mumbai: The Congress on Sunday suspended Sudhir Tambe who didn't file nomination for the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls despite the party mandate and instead got his son Satyajit to enter the fray as an independent in the Nashik Division Graduates constituency.The twist in the upcoming MLC polls in Nashik has left the Congress red-faced. Meanwhile, state Congress president Nana Patole said the party will officially declare its support to one of the contesting Independents (not Satyajit Tambe) on Monday, the last day for the withdrawal of nominations for the January 30 elections.Tariq Anwar, member-secretary of the Disciplinary Action Committee of the All India Congress Committee, issued a release stating Sudhir Tambe has been placed under suspension pending an inquiry against him with the approval of party president Mallikarjun Kharge.Sudhir Tambe said, "I have no comments on this development. I have decided not to speak over the issue for some time." "The stand taken by Congress regarding me is not just. The truth will come out after inquiry. I believe in justice," he tweeted.In an embarrassment for the Congress, Sudhir Tambe withdrew from the contest on Thursday and said his son will be in the fray from the constituency represented by him for the last three terms.In a further setback, Satyajit Tambe filed his nomination as an Independent, while asserting he was with Congress, and at the same time seeking support from the Bharatiya Janata Party.On his part, Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis claimed he had no role in the Tambe episode.Mr Fadnavis also said a decision on whether to support Satyajit Tambe would be taken by Maharashtra unit chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule at an appropriate time.Mr Bawankule had said the party would consider if Satyajit Tambe approached it for support.The last date of withdrawal is January 16. Voting will take place on January 30 and counting on February 2.It is a preferential voting process where the voters have to give their preference of votes to the candidates. No election symbol is used in these elections.Meanwhile, incumbent Revenue Minister in the state government and BJP leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Sunday told reporters if the party asks, efforts will be made to back the Tambe junior.Vikhe Patil, a former Congress leader, is the arch-rival of state Congress legislature leader Balasaheb Thorat, who is related to Sudhir Tambe."If the party (BJP) asks us to work in favour of Satyajit Tambe, we will take efforts to ensure his victory in the MLC elections. As a party worker, we will work to make him victorious," Vikhe Patil said."We have made our decision regarding Tambe already clear. The MVA-backed candidate will win this election for sure," he said.The MVA comprises the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress.Notably, Shubhangi Patil, who joined the BJP a year ago, has filed her nomination from the Nashik division graduates' constituency as an Independent candidate.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comShe met Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday and sought his support for the election.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayPM's Roadshow In Delhi Today Ahead Of Mega BJP Meet
MUMBAI/NASHIK: After the embarassed it suffered over its Nashik division graduates constituency (MLC) polls candidate Sudhir Tambe not filing nomination and his son Satyajeet filing as independent, senior Congress leader on Saturday told TOI that the Tambes had indeed ditched the Congress for petty political gains. "Congress had given blank authorization form to Sudhir Tambe and it was left to him to file nomination papers in his own name or in the name of his son Satyajeet. We were surprised when neither Sudhir nor his son Satyajeet filed the papers as a nominee of Congress," the leader said. Satyajeet Tambe denied the charge, saying the authorization was in the name of his father Sudhir, who decided not to file nomination papers as a Congress candidate. "I am aware of the disclosure made by the senior Congress leader (Ashok Chavan) but it is false. Authorization paper was given in the name of my father, who decided not to contest as a Congress candidate. Then I decided to file nomination papers as an independent," Satyajeet Tambe, a former state Youth Congress president, told TOI. Satyajeet said, "I reiterate I am a loyal Congress worker. My family's association with the party will complete 100 years in 2030. I am contesting the polls as an independent as I could not get the party ticket. However, I have not severed my ties with the party. Party leaders should refrain from pushing me on my candidature to such an extent that it jeopardises my association with the party," he said. The state Congress unit has ruled out the possibility of the party backing Satyajeet Tambe. State Congress general secretary Vinayak Deshmukh has asked the Central party leadership to probe why Sudhir Tambe did not file his nomination. The Tambes are close relatives of Congress legislature party leader Balasaheb Thorat. According to their loyalists, there are past precedents of party leaders contesting polls as independents and later returning to the party fold. They said in the 1985 assembly polls, Balasaheb Thorat had fought Sangamner assembly polls as an independent after the party denied his father, Bhausaheb, a ticket. Balasaheb Thorat rejoined the party after winning the election."Similarly, in 2009 Nashik graduates' constituency MLC elections, Sudhir Tambe did not get the party ticket. He contested as independent and won. He too rejoined the party later."
The leopardess's body was found within the zoo premises on Monday morning. (Representational)Nagpur: A leopardess that went missing last week from her enclosure in the Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park in Maharashtra's Nagpur has been found dead, an official said on Thursday.A cage had been installed on Sunday to trap the missing leopardess, called 'Chandni', but her body was found within the zoo premises on Monday morning, he said."Chandni may have died in a fight with a wild leopard from nearby Gorewada forest, which, incidentally, has been caught in the cage installed for the former. This wild leopard has been released in the forest," Gorewada Zoo director Shatanaik Bhagwat told PTI.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFurther probe into the incident is under way, he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayTop Wrestlers' Huge Protest At Delhi's Jantar Mantar
MUMBAI: Denying reports on lack of coordination in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), state Congress chief Nana Patole on Wednesday said Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are working in close coordination and the combine will win all five seats in the legislative council polls. The polls are to be held in Nashik and Amravati divisions for two seats from their graduates' constituencies, and in Nagpur, Aurangabad and Konkan divisions for three seats from their teachers' constituencies. Even after the last date of withdrawal of nomination, the MVA is yet to finalize candidates for Nagpur and Nashik polls. Congress leader and former CM Ashok Chavan said: "We had a discussion with NCP leaders and Sena's Uddhav Thackeray on phone. MVA leaders will meet on Thursday to finalise the nominees." Patole asked PM Modi to speak on inflation and farmer suicides during his Mumbai visit. "Modi is silent on crucial issues...He must come out with an action plan to halt farmer suicides, and tackle inflation and unemployment," he said, adding that during the G-20 meet, all-out efforts were made by the state and BMC to hide the 'real Mumbai' by putting up curtains around slu-ms and airport. "For publicity of the PM's visit, the Shinde-Fadnavis government is using state machinery and public funds," Patole said. "It has been six years since Modi laid the foundation stone of the mid-sea Shivaji Maharaj memorial...He must seek an explanation from Shinde and Fadnavis for the delay."
The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that a child adopted by a widow of a government servant after her husband’s demise would not be entitled for family pension.The top court noted that Sections 8 and 12 of the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (HAMA), 1956 permits a female Hindu who is not a minor or of unsound mind, to adopt a son or daughter in her own right.It said the provision requires that a female Hindu who has a husband, shall not adopt except with the express consent of her husband. However, no such pre-condition is applicable in relation to a Hindu widow; a divorced female Hindu; or a female Hindu whose husband has, after marriage, finally renounced the world or has been declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be of unsound mind.A bench of justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna upheld the Bombay High Court order of November 30, 2015, which had held that under the Rule 54 (14) (b) of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 (CCS (Pension) Rules) the adopted child would not be entitled for the family pension.The bench said, “The provision could not be as expansive as suggested by the counsel for the appellant (Shri Ram Shridhar Chimurkar). It is necessary that the scope of the benefit of family pension be restricted only to sons or daughters legally adopted by the government servant, during his/her lifetime. The definition of ‘family’ is narrowly worded under the CCS (Pension) Rules, in the specific context of the entitlement to ‘family pension’ and in relation to the government servant.” It said the word “adoption” in Rule 54(14)(b)(ii) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, in the context of grant of family pension, must be restricted to an adoption made by a government servant during his/her lifetime and must not be extended to a case of adoption made by a surviving spouse of the government servant after his/her death. The top court said, “This is because the object of the provision is to lend succour to a son till he attains the age of 25 years and unmarried or widowed or divorced daughter; similarly to the adopted son or unmarried adopted daughter when such an adoption had been made by the government servant during his/her lifetime.” It added that a case where a child is born to the government servant after his death has to be contrasted with a case where a child is adopted by the widow of a government servant after his death.“The former category of heirs is covered under the definition of family since such a child would be a posthumous child of the deceased government servant. The entitlement of such a posthumous child is wholly distinct from a child being adopted subsequent to the demise of the government servant by the surviving spouse. The reason for the same is not far to see,” the bench said.Justice Nagarathna, who penned down the verdict on behalf of the bench, said that this is because the deceased government servant would have had no relationship with the adopted child which would have been adopted subsequent to his demise, as opposed to a posthumous child.“Therefore, the definition of the word ‘family’ in relation to a government servant means various categories of persons coming within the nomenclature of the word ‘family’ and all persons who would have had a familial relationship with the government servant during his lifetime. Any other interpretation would lead to abuse of the provision in the matter of grant of family pension,” it said.The top court said the present case is concerned only with the definition of ‘family’ under the CCS (Pension) Rules and this definition is a restrictive and specific one and cannot be expanded to take within its sweep, all heirs, as provided under Hindu law, or other personal laws.“It is trite that in construing a word in a statute, caution has to be exercised in adopting a meaning ascribed to that word or concept in another statute,” the bench said, while dismissing the appeal of the adoptive son Chimurkar.According to the case, Shridar Chimurkar was serving as a superintendent in the National Sample Survey Organization at Nagpur, and retired on attaining superannuation in 1993.He died issueless in 1994, leaving behind his wife Maya Motghare who thereafter adopted Chimurkar, the appellant herein as her son on April 6, 1996. After the death of Shridar Chimurkar, Motghare and the adopted son were living in a portion of a house owned by Prakash Motghare, the natural father of the adopted son.Subsequently, in April 1998, Motghare married widower Chandra Prakash and began residing with him in New Delhi. The adopted son, claimed family pension payable to the family of the deceased government employee, Shridar Chimurkar, from the Centre, which was rejected by the government on the ground that children adopted by a widow of a government servant, after the death of the government servant, would not be entitled to receive family pension as per Rule 54 (14) (b) of the CCS (Pension) Rules.The matter reached court after Chimurkar moved Central Administrative Tribunal, Mumbai for direction to the government for considering him for family pension.The tribunal by its order allowed his plea and asked the government to consider him for grant of family pension.The Centre then challenged the order of tribunal before Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court.
NAGPUR: Campus recruitments at engineering colleges in Vidarbha are witnessing poor show on both fronts — performance of students in job interviews and presence of big companies for the 2023 batch. Though most of the students have high scores in university exams, which were held in online mode due to Covid, they have been unsuccessful in clearing the screening tests of the recruiters. The number of jobs too have shrunken because of recession in the US.The slowdown has kept away big IT players, who had been hiring in bulk over the years from these colleges. The limited number of jobs on offer too are not exciting the students, who are weighing their options. Sentiments are down with reports of some IT companies not giving joining dates after holding placement drives in these colleges. Retrenchment too has been going on in a big way, said training and placement officers of some colleges.A Pune company had hired good number of students, but didn’t give joining date though it had put rider on recruits to not appear before other companies. “The students lost a second chance and are once again jobless,” said a professor.Besides quality of manpower, recession in the US has been largely blamed for fewer jobs this season.On Monday, over 500 mechanical and electrical branch students from 52 engineering colleges in Nagpur, Amravati, Chandrapur and other parts of Vidarbha appeared for job interviews in the city. A turbine manufacturer from Bengaluru was the sole recruiter for the day. Polytechnic students from the two branches too joined the drive.“There is a drop in the aptitude and IQ levels of students post-Covid. These students have good scores in their exams. They appeared unprepared for the interviews. Recruiters are considering this fact as they too need manpower, but there is a limit to lowering the standard,” said vice-principal of the host college, calling it ‘corona effect’. Asked how many jobs were offered, the vice-principal said, “Not more than 10 would get placed.”A recruitment cell head from Amravati said, “Big IT companies like Capgemini, Cognizant, Accenture and even local ones like Persistent and Infocepts were missing from the drive.”Another placement cell head from a college near Fetri on Katol Road said, “Although numbers are less this year, blue chip companies are still going to their regular hiring partner colleges. Beside, small and mid-sized companies still have requirement and are coming to our campus for hiring.”vidar
The children were rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared the girl dead. (Representational)Nagpur: A 45-year-old man died by suicide after allegedly poisoning his two children, one of whom died, in Maharashtra's Nagpur city, police said on Monday.The incident took place at the dead man's rented accommodation in Vaishno Devi Nagar under Wathoda police station area on Sunday evening, an official said.Manoj Ashok Bele had separated from his wife six years ago and as per a mutual agreement, his son Prince, 12, and daughter Tanishka, 7, were allowed to meet him on Sundays, he said.Bele took the children home in the afternoon, where he flew kites with them and bought them food, the official said.When his wife's family tried to get in touch with him, Bele failed to respond to their calls. Later when Bele's father-in-law went to the house and looked in, he was found hanging from the ceiling, while the children were lying on the floor, he said.The children were rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared the girl dead, and the boy remains in a critical condition, the official said.An offence under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered, he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)HelplinesVandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or firstname.lastname@example.orgTISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm)(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist.)Featured Video Of The DayDelhi Records 1.4 Degrees, Lowest This Season As Fresh Cold Wave Hits
NAGPUR: Police have recovered two firearms and a walkie-talkie charger following an encounter with Naxalites in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, officials said on Monday.The skirmish too place at around 2 pm on Sunday when a special force of the Gadchiroli police was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in Vedampalli forest, said a release of the office of Gadchiroli superintendent of police.About 20 to 25 Naxalites started firing at the security personnel. After a heavy exchange of fire between the two sides, Naxalites fled into the deep forest, it said.During a search in the forest area, the police recovered a 'bharmar' (muzzle-loading crude firearm), a pistol, a walkie-talkie charger and other items of Naxalites, the release said.
NAVI MUMBAI: A conspiracy hatched to frame Panvel chartered accountant Bhavin Gadhiya (56) in an arms supply case was foiled with the arrest of three persons, while the fourth is absconding. The main conspirator is a sacked employee of the CA, Irfan Bhopali.In July-August 2022, Bhopali called clients of the CA and bragged that he had top contacts with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah; while threatening to get Gadhiya in legal trouble. The CA did not take these calls seriously, until Bengaluru police reached his office on December 10, 2022.Panvel resident Bhopali, Nagpur resident Rahul (full names withheld), Kalyan BJP worker Chintan Joshi are in judicial custody, while absconding Sameer hatched the conspiracy to frame the CA. Bengaluru police booked them for illegal manufacture/sale and possession of arms after arresting Rahul with a countrymade pistol with five live cartridges on December 7, near Cubban Park police station. Bhopali worked under Gadhiya from 1995-2015.
The threat calls were received by the office at 11.25am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.Mumbai: A threat call was received at the office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Maharashtra on Saturday, the Nagpur Police said. An unknown person called thrice and threatened to kill him. He also threatened to blow up the office.The police are investigating the matter after a complaint from Nitin Gadkari's office. "Speech analysis of the caller is being done," Rahul Madane, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nagpur, said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAccording to the police, the threat calls were received by the office at 11.25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's public outreach office is located at Khamla Chowk, Nagpur, which is about 1 kilometre from his house.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's office in Nagpur received the threat calls. (File)Nagpur, Maharashtra: The office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Maharashtra received two threat calls on Saturday, the Nagpur Police said.According to the police, the threat calls were received by the office at 11.30 am and 11.40 am."Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's office in Nagpur received two threat calls at 11.30 am and 11.40 am," the police said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAn investigation into the matter is underway.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayShah Rukh Khan Is Back From Dubai
NAGPUR: Chandur Bazar MLA and former state minister Bacchu Kadu met with an accident on Wednesday morning.The accident took place when he was getting down from a vehicle to board another. Kadu was hit by a speeding two-wheeler."He has been admitted to a private hospital in Amravati city as he sustained serious head injuries," said Amravati police.Bacchu Kadu at hospital in Amravati.The accident took place at Aradhana Chowk in Kathora Naka area of the city. Prahar activists and their well wishers rushed to the hospital as soon as they got the information about the accident.Kadu had come to Amravati to attend a function. He was shifting from one vehicle to another at Aradhana Chowk on Kathira Naka. Meanwhile, a speeding bike hit him. The impact was such that he fell down and his head hit the road divider.His leg too was injured in the accident. He is said to be out of danger.
Nagpur: The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will fight the upcoming teachers’ constituency elections in Nagpur and Amravati together. MPCC president Nana Patole announced this at the press conference after the Congress’ extended executive meeting, attended by all past and present leaders from Maharashtra, on Tuesday.He, however, refused to say whether Congress would support Shikshak Bharti, like it did in the 2016 polls. He also evaded a query whether Congress will fight the 2024 Lok Sabha and assembly polls with NCP and Shiv Sena, as announced by Sharad Pawar recently.Notably, warring factions of the grand old party came together on a single platform after a long time at the event. The meeting was chaired by Maharashtra in-charge of party’s ‘Haath Se Haath Jodo Abhiyan’ MM Pallam Raju. In attendance were former Union minister Vilas Muttemwar, city president Vikas Thakre, former state ministers Satish Chaturvedi and Nitin Raut, who are always at loggerheads, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, MP Balu Dhanorkar, former ministers Sunil Kedar and Vijay Wadettiwar, chief spokesperson Atul Londhe, and MLAs from the region. Patole ruled out any infighting among party leaders.Briefing the media about the new campaign, the MPCC chief said it was an effort to spread the positivity generated by MP Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ to every nook and corner of Maharashtra. The new drive would start from January 26 and continue for two months, with leaders and workers reaching out to voters.Patole also called on party leaders and activists to join ‘Chalo Srinagar’ drive on January 30 for the culmination of Gandhi’s yatra, which started from Kanyakumari and passed via various states. “It will end with a large congregation of Congress leaders and workers in the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. We hope the central government will provide security to the visitors,” Raju told TOI.The party passed six resolutions during the meeting. Patole announced that the party’s top leaders would visit Gadchiroli’s Surjagarh, which has been in the news in the assembly session due to mining activities of a private company there. “There is huge deposit of top quality iron ore at that place, which could last for years. The government has roped in a private player for mining at Rs348 crore. However, Surjagarh has potential of over Rs3 lakh crore, which could benefit Vidarbha and entire Maharashtra. The government should set up a company on the lines of the Bhilai Steel Plant there,” he said.Asserting that farmer suicides had jumped in Maharashtra due to excessive rains and wet drought, the MPCC chief demanded complete loan waiver on agriculture pump loans and electricity bills, on the lines of Madhya Pradesh. “The BJP is not speaking about the real issues plaguing the nation like rising inflation, unemployment, poverty, demand for old pension scheme and others. It is only diverting people’s attention by fomenting trouble between Hindus and Muslims,” he said.Issuing a veiled warning to leaders who skipped the meeting, Patole said serious note would be taken and notices issued to them, “Under new Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, a lot has changed in the party and now indiscipline would not be tolerated.”Under ‘Haath Se Haath Jodo Abhiyan’, the party leaders and workers would move to areas in their jurisdiction and explain how Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government was taking control of all constitutional bodies like the judiciary, Election Commission of India, and their administration.
NAGPUR: The department of medical education and research has given its approval to establish 1,432 new posts of senior resident doctors across the GMCs in the state. This was the long-pending demand of resident doctors for which they had resorted to strike last week. The decision is going to leave a long-term impact on Maharashtra’s public health system.“The establishment of 1,400+ new posts of senior residents will be a big relief for us,” said Dr Avinash Dahiphale, president of the central committee of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD). “Resident doctors are bound to do the one-year bond service in state government hospitals. With additional posts established, more doctors will complete the bond service and will be ready to work in the field,” he added.Vidabrha’s six GMCs have received 400+ new posts of senior residents. Majority of them will work in the general medicine and surgery departments which will benefit common patients because there will be more doctors available.“Pendency of surgeries will reduce with more senior residents at work,” said a senior doctor at GMCH Nagpur. “This is because resident doctors are available 24x7 in the medical college for post-operative care. Seniors will conduct surgeries and residents will take care of patients. Ultimately, patients will gain,” the doctor said. Dr Amit Ambade, one of the coordinators of senior resident doctors in Maharashtra, explained how this will benefit academics. “Sufficient posts of senior residents will ensure more doctors available in hospitals. In the next phase, some of these seniors join as assistant professors. So, this decision will eventually end the teacher crisis in medical colleges,” he said. Graduation (MBBS) seats are allotted in proportion to the number of teachers in medical colleges. More teachers will facilitate more number of MBBS seats in the long run.Senior residents don’t have to appear for any examination. So, they can be stress-free and focus completely on patient care and practice. Secondly, additional posts in GMCs will give them good exposure in their field of expertise during bond service and they will develop their skills. “It’s a win-win situation for all,” Dr Ambade added. A senior official from the administration department of GMCH said that senior residents do not participate in strikes. “So, the next time if MARD members go on strike, we will have more doctors available for service and patient care won’t get affected that much,” the official said.
MUMBAI: Aurangabad division information commissioner Rahul Pande was shocked when he found that out of the 21,966 pending first appeals in his jurisdiction, 3,058 have been filed by Beed-based RTI activist Keshav Raj Nimbalkar, while the total number of pending first appeals across the state has crossed the 95,000-mark till December 2022. Nimbalkar's Right to Information (RTI) applications pertain to funds received by gram panchayats from the 15th finance commission and whether these funds have been utilized. In his applications, he has also raised the basic issue of expenditure by the election body for the 288 assembly and 48 Lok Sabha seats.A senior official said that it appears that if the state government discloses information on its own, then people will not invoke provisions of the RTI to secure information. "Under the RTI Act, the state government is duty bound to disclose key information on its own and display on the websites of the department concerned. Since, it is not following its obligatory duties, people are filing applications under the RTI Act," said the official. "We feel that the chief secretary should hold a meeting with all secretaries for effective implementation of the RTI Act, particularly Section 4, then only the pendency will be reduced, otherwise the purpose of the Act will be defeated."The senior official further said there appears to be lack of seriousness on part of the government, since out of the eight information commissioner posts, four have been vacant for long. While the information commissioner's post in Amravati has been vacant since 2021, Nashik has not had an information commissioner since February 2019, Pune since November 2018, and Nagpur since June 2018. "If one looks at previous appointments, it appears that the information commissioner post has been created for retired bureaucrats. They have no enthusiasm, instead, the government should appoint young activists or lawyers as information commissioners," he suggested. Information commissioner posts in Maharashtra have been created as per geographical zones - Mumbai, Brihanmumbai, Konkan, Nashik, Amaravati, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. As per the latest data released by the chief information commissioner's office, of the 95,000 first appeals, 21,966 are pending in Aurangabad division, 20,044 in Pune, 12,371 in Amravati, 16,318 in Brihanmumbai and 6,032 in Mumbai.
The injury was caused by banned "manjha" kite string made of nylon polymers. (Representational)Nagpur: A girl received 26 stitches on her throat in a kite string injury in Maharashtra's Nagpur city, a police official said on Sunday.The injury was caused by banned "manjha", kite string made of nylon polymers that are strengthened by applying coats of powdered glass and adhesive, the Yashaodhara Nagar police station official said."Five-year-old Shabnaaz, a resident of Faruque Nagar, was playing with her friends on Saturday evening when she suffered a deep gash on the throat due to kite string. The injury was worsened after friends tried to help her by pulling the manjha once it got stuck in the wound," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"She received 26 stitches. We have registered a case under Indian Penal Code and Environment Act," he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayIndia Now World's 3rd Largest Auto Market After China And US: Report
NAGPUR: Three policemen were placed under suspension after an inmate of the Central Jail in Nagpur in Maharashtra was found hiding a mobile phone and battery, an official said on Sunday. The three, comprising an assistant sub inspector and two constables, had escorted the undertrial to Gujarat on January 5 to produce him in a court there, he said. "The inmate was handed over to jail staff on Saturday evening. It was found he had a mobile phone and battery with him. A probe resulted in Commissioner Amitesh Kumar suspending the three for dereliction of duty," he added.
The extended working committee of Maharashtra Congress will meet in Nagpur on January 10 to discuss organisational matters and preparations for upcoming elections, an office-bearer said on Saturday. The state leadership feels the morale of the party cadre is high in view of the Bharat Jodo Yatra of Rahul Gandhi and the day-long deliberations will discuss how to build on that sentiment. AICC in-charge for Maharashtra, HK Patil, and senior leader Pallam Raju will attend the meeting, the office-bearer said. He said the Congress is planning to contest elections to the Nagpur teachers and Amravati graduates constituencies in addition to the Nashik graduates constituency where the biennial elections to the Legislative Council will be held on January 30. He said the sitting MLC from the Nashik Graduates constituency, Sudhir Tambe, will be retained. The last date for filing nominations is January 12. The other two constituencies are Aurangabad teachers and Konkan teachers. The elections will be fought jointly by Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).
Mumbai: Close on the heels of Adani Transmission seeking electricity distribution licence in new areas across Mumbai region, another private player—Torrent Power — has applied for a parallel licence to supply power in parts of Thane district, Palghar, Pune and Nagpur areas, reports Somit Sen.A petition in this connection has been submitted before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), which is likely to direct the discom to publish a public notice for ‘suggestions and objections’ from citizens in the next few days, MERC sources said.The new areas where Torrent has expressed interest in are served by MSEDCL, whose workers went on strike earlier this week to oppose Adani Transmission’s entry.
In 2014, she was the unknown wife of a promising leader based in Nagpur. In the seven-plus years since, Devendra Fadnavis has earned his stripes both as the second-youngest Chief Minister of Maharashtra and as the Leader of the Opposition, rallying the BJP after a close defeat. Amruta Fadnavis, 43, eight years younger than her husband, has kept in step, moving with him from Nagpur to Mumbai, retaining a senior banking job, and never shying away from a fight, a controversy, a photo-op – or a singing opportunity or two. Her Twitter bio reads: “Banker, Playback Singer, Social Worker, Unadulterated Free Spirit….Tweets r personal views.”Now, Amruta has seized another such opportunity. On Friday, Amruta released a music video titled Mood Banaleya in collaboration with T series. Amruta stars, sings and dances in the video along with music duo Meet Bros. Tweeting about the song on January 2, Amruta put the song lyrics translated as “I am in the mood today, I will dance only with you,” and added: “An electrifying , Biggest Bachelorette Anthem of the Year.”Her singing has been a subject of political conversation before too.In April 2022 at a public event, Shiv Sena leader and then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray remarked: “I just learnt that Chief Secretary Manukumar Shrivastava sings. Till today I was under the impression that there is only one person who sings.”Uddhav was believed to be smarting at a tweet by Amruta at the time. Comparing Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, she said: “Aye bhogi, kuchch tau seekh hamare Yogi se (You hedonist, learn something from our Yogi).” She followed this up with another post taking potshots at Uddhav and wife Rashmi’s “wealth”.Officially, nobody in the BJP likes to speak on the subject of Mrs Fadnavis, whose public profile is an anomaly in a party where many leaders have embraced bachelorhood, and the wives of others are not seen or heard. The top leadership has refrained from getting into the issue even when Amruta has been at the receiving end of attacks by other parties.“Look, Amruta is not a party member or office-bearer. What she tweets as a private person is her business. Good or bad,” a senior functionary said at the time.Another leader said that while they may avoid the issue of Amruta, it was useful to have her around. “At times you need an outsider insider to take on political rivals. It is just to drive home a point,” says the leader, adding that while she may not fetch the party voters or seats, the following she has built carries influence.Said a close aide of Fadnavis: “Social media is nobody’s monopoly. In that sense, if Amruta uses it to promote a cause or attack rivals, there is nothing wrong.”Her tweets that have left a stir include one calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi the father of the country, on his birthday, in September 2019. The BJP was embarrassed at the unnecessary row suggesting the party was contesting Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy, though it officially maintained a silence. She repeated the same encomium last month, this time saying that Modi was “the Father of New India”, while Gandhi was the “Father of the Nation in earlier times”In August 2020, Amruta ruffled feathers across Mumbai, including non-political circles, by suggesting that the city that does not sleep was no longer a safe destination. “The manner in which actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death is being handled, I feel Mumbai has lost humanity and is not safe for innocent self-respecting citizens,” she said.In November 2021, Amruta took on NCP leader Nawab Malik, himself an indefatigable combatant, by coining for him the phrase “Bigde Nawab (a spoilt Nawab)”. She posted: “The Bigde Nawab is holding press conference after conference… but every time, he offers only lies. The target is to safeguard jamai and kali kamai (his son-in-law and black money).”This was at the height of the Central agency NCB’s action against everyone from his son-in-law to actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son. In retaliation, Malik tweeted a picture of Amruta with one Jaideep Rana, who is facing imprisonment in a case of drug trafficking. Malik alleged that Rana was the financial head of the team that had sponsored a ‘River March Anthem’ song featuring Amruta.Both Amruta and Fadnavis had called the charge baseless and mischievous.In February 2022, she suggested that Mumbai traffic jams could be leading to divorces. “I go out and see several issues, potholes, traffic. Due to traffic, people are unable to give time to their families. 3% divorces in Mumbai are happening due to it,” Amruta said.Earlier, in October 2018, Amruta had been forced to apologise after a video showed her taking a selfie ignoring safety precautions and a hapless security official onboard Angriya, India’s first cruise ship.In November 2022, Amruta came out in support of the state’s Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari who had come under fire over his comments on Chhatrapati Shivaji. Amruta told reporters then that Koshyari “talks about things and they get misunderstood”, before adding, “But he wants what is good for Marathi people. He is a Marathi manoos at heart.”The same month, The Indian Express reported that the State Intelligence Department, which reports to the Maharashtra Home Department overseen by Deputy CM Fadnavis, was allotted a ‘traffic clearance vehicle’ along with a security upgrade from X to Y+ with escort. A day later, Amruta said she had told the police to withdraw the escort.She has been known to take up causes like ‘Acid Attack Victors’ and women empowerment; has donned a saffron robe to perform the Shiv Tandav Stotram on Mahashivratri; and has made her film debut with Saab Dhan Mati in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangajaal. The River March Anthem featured not just her but also Fadnavis, then the CM.
Nagpur: Rising inflation and financial crisis in the UK has hit beneficiaries of foreign scholarship hard in the midst of their term in different universities there.According to NGO The Platform, the students covered under Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj Foreign Education Scholarship of Maharashtra, State Scholarship for Higher Studies by Higher Technical Education Board, Maharashtra, National Overseas Scholarship (NOS) by Central government, and Higher Studies Scholarship of different states are facing acute shortage of funds to meet their living and food cost.The NGO has moved both the state and central governments seeking immediate relief.Students, some of them from Nagpur, selected under the scholarship scheme are paid an annual living cost of 9900 GBP (around Rs9.9 Lakh) which comes to 825 GBP (around Rs82,000) per month.“This is half of the Chevening scholarship, and Commonwealth scholarship (15600 GBP or Rs15.6 lakh per annum) and is very insufficient to survive," the NGO said. Rahul Chaure, who is pursuing PhD in Clinical Psychology and belongs to Nagpur, said, “The financial crisis and emergency in the UK is terrifying. The Maharashtra government has always been ready for educational progress. We expect the government will understand the crisis that occurred this year and will help students through this.”A scholar from University of Glassgow, who too is from Nagpur, said paucity of funds has left them frustrated and distracted from studies. “We have been facing difficulties in fulfilling our financial needs from the scholarship amount since Covid. Housing rents have shot up by 50% and it depends on where you live. Many universities are not giving a joining letter to new students unless they find suitable accommodation,” the scholar said.Another scholar said earlier they used to save 300 GBP from the accommodation funds and used them for food expense. “Now the rent alone is 800 GBP. We have to work part-time. Our studies are getting affected. Our families in India can’t afford to arrange this money,” he said.The students said other countries have started dearness allowance keeping the inflationary pressures in mind. “Some of us are even in debt after borrowing for survival,” they said.Rajiv Khobragade, member, The Platform, said, “For the last decade, the state and central governments have kept the same old subsistence allowance for the students studying in many countries on government scholarships. Inflation rises every year by about 6%. The government should consider the ongoing cost of living crisis in the UK. The government should immediately increase the food and living allowance for the students on scholarships and help them tackle this international financial problem.”
The recent remarks by Opposition leaders like Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar and Jitendra Awhad on historical figures like Sambhaji Maharaj and Mughal ruler Aurangzeb seem to have given the ruling BJP in Maharashtra a much-needed opportunity to launch a counterattack against the Uddhav Thackery-led Shiv Sena and it Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies.This comes after the MVA had put the BJP on the defence with a scathing attack alleging “disrespectful statements” against the “heroes of the state”.But the recent remarks made by former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar that Sambhaji Maharaj (eldest son of Shivaji Maharaj) should not be called “Dharmaveer” and Jitendra Awhad that Aurangzeb was not a “Hindu hater” have put the MVA in a tight corner.It has come as a major setback for the MVA in its efforts to project the BJP and Shinde faction as disrespectful towards state icons like Shivaji Maharaj, Jyotiba Phule and others ahead of the civic elections in the state.While some NCP leaders like MLC like Amol Mitkari, Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule are openly supporting the statement made by Ajit Pawar, other MVA leaders are distancing themselves from it.According to political analysts, the MVA had successfully managed to corner the BJP and the Shinde faction over the statements made by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and other BJP leaders against some of the state icons.“With the BJP not asking for Koshyari’s resignation nor condemning his statements had helped the MVA in weaving the narrative that BJP was shielding the individuals who had insulted Shivaji. But around the same time, the statements made by Ajit Pawar and Jitendra Awhad have turned the tables and the BJP is using the same move to counter the MVA and put it on the backfoot,” they said.The BJP, Shinde faction and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have now started alleging that statements are being made for the appeasement of Muslims to get their votes. The BJP and Shinde faction leaders termed MVA as “anti-Hindu” and questioned the NCP’s loyalty, asking whether it has accepted Mughal Shahi.MVA leaders, however, say that the protests by the BJP are attempts to polarise people over religion ahead of elections.Earlier also, the BJP had attempted to counter the MVA citing some of the statements made by Sena leader Sushma Andhare on Maharashtra’s saints and Varkari Sampraday.Shiv Sena MLC Ambadas Danve, however, clarified that Sena did not support the statements made by NCP leaders and that the ideologies of all the MVA allies are not the same. “There is a difference of ideologies in our allies. We have never said that our ideologies are same,” Danve said.“The NCP is insulting Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj and praising Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb destroyed many temples in Maharashtra and tortured women,” said Chief Minister Shinde.At the convocation ceremony of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in Aurangabad in November, Koshyari said, “If somebody asks you who is your favourite hero, then there is no need to go outside. There are plenty in Maharashtra. Shivaji is a thing of the past era. I am talking about a new era. You will get many, from Dr Ambedkar to Nitin Gadkari, you will get them here.”Later, minister Mangal Prabhat Lodh compared Shivaji’s Agra escape with CM Shinde’s defection from the Uddhav-led Sena, which was followed by another senior BJP minister Chandrakant Patil stating “even stalwarts like Dr BR Ambedkar and Jyotiba Phule had to beg for funds to build educational institutions”.In an already charged atmosphere, the use of the term “beg” by Patil did not go down well.The statement evoked angry reactions from across the political and social spectrum, and stoked controversy in Maharashtra with Opposition MVA taking out a day-long rally on December 17 demanding the removal of Koshyari. It also protested during the Assembly’s Winter Session in Nagpur.Amid this, Pawar made the remarks in the Maharashtra Assembly in Nagpur Friday that it was is incorrect to call Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj ‘Dharmaveer’.“We always refer to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj as ‘Swaraj Rakshak’. But some people are calling him ‘Dharmaveer’. It is incorrect. Sambhaji Maharaj never championed the cause of any particular religion. His sacrifice and work were for national welfare,” he said.This evoked strong reactions from the BJP and the Shinde faction, followed by protests demanding an apology from Pawar.While defending the statement of Pawar, who is also the Maharashtra Leader of Opposition in Assembly, NCP MLA and former Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad stoked new controversy by calling Mughal emperor Aurangzeb “not a Hindu hater”.“He (Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj) was brought to Bahadurgad where his eyes were removed. Close to Bahadurgad Fort, there was a Vishnu Ttemple. Aurangzeb was cruel but not anti-Hindu. If he was anti-Hindu he would have demolished that temple too (Vishnu temple),” Awhad said while addressing a press conference Monday.