Nashik News

Cyber police get 8 complaints of electricity bill fraud in Nashik city
Times of India | 9 hours ago
Times of India
9 hours ago

NASHIK: The cybercrime police have received eight complaints of online fraud through fake messages in the name of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) over the past two months. The police registered a cheating case of Rs 5.7 lakh on Friday. They had also helped a complainant get back Rs 3.9 lakh last month. The cybercrime police said over the past two months, they have received eight such complaints. However, the cases involving an amount less than Rs 2 lakh were registered with the local police stations. Meanwhile, the city police have also issued a release to alert the citizens about not falling in the trap of conmen who send messages on cellphones in the name of MSEDCL and ask the people contacting them to download a screen-sharing app, using which, they manage to dupe the victims. The release by the Nashik city police states that a large number of people from across the state are getting text messages on their cellphones and their WhatsApp numbers which say, “Dear consumer, your electricity power will be disconnected tonight at 9.30 pm from the electricity office because your previous month bill was not updated. Please immediately contact our electricity officer on a certain given number”. People who call the number mentioned are asked to download a screen-sharing mobile application, through which the fraudsters withdraw money from people’s bank accounts. In one such complaint, the Nashik police were successful in returning Rs 3.9 lakh to a victim as the latter had immediately contacted the cybercrime police station after learning that he was tricked by the online fraudsters. The police said if the victims do not contact them in time, it becomes challenging to get the money back. A senior official from the cybercrime police station said the fraudsters use fake SIM cards to call and send messages to the targeted victims. During the investigation, it is revealed that such SIM cards are taken in the name of poor people who are not even aware that someone is using a SIM card in their name. The police have appealed to the people to not fall prey to such messages and never fill out information one may be asked for opening any link sent from an unidentified phone number. At the same time, do not share an OTP with any person through a call or text, and if at all the bank information is shared, one should immediately block the debit or credit card and transfer the money to another secured bank account.

Cyber police get 8 complaints of electricity bill fraud in Nashik city
Nashik dist gets avg 30mm rain as monsoon gains momentum
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
1 day ago

Nashik: Most of the talukas in Nashik district received good showers for the first time this monsoon in the past 24 hours ending on Friday morning.Talukas like Nashik, Igatpuri, Niphad, Sinnar and Dindori recorded an average rainfall of about 30mm . According to farmers, sowing activities might begin if the district receives more rainfall in the next two-three days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecasted cloudy sky conditions with light rain in the district for the next four days till June 28.Meanwhile, Malegaon and Chandwad talukas have received over 150% of average rainfall during the past few days. While Malegaon taluka has received 157mm rainfall, Chandwad taluka has received 156mm rainfall. Surgana and Kalwan have received 136 and 138mm of rainfall, respectively, so far.The state agriculture department has projected Kharif cultivation on 6.43 lakh hectares in Nashik district for this year. Maize, cotton, bajra, moong, urad, soybean, jowar and bajra are the major Kharif crops of the region.Bharat Dighole, the president of the Maharashtra state onion growers’ association, said that although rainfall is being recorded for the past two days, the district is not receiving showers in a blanket manner.“Parts of the district have received good rainfall, but some pockets in every taluka are yet to get adequate rain. The rainfall has already been delayed by 15 days and we need rain for the next two-three consecutive days,” said Dighole. “Kharif sowing will now gain momentum in the pockets which have received good rain. But it will take another three-four days to start sowing,” he added.

Nashik dist gets avg 30mm rain as monsoon gains momentum
Maharashtra: Veteran Sena hand, Shinde clout runs from north to south
Times of India | 4 days ago
Times of India
4 days ago

NASHIK: Eknath Shinde is a name to reckon with within Shiv Sena when it comes to organising skills. That is how Shinde could win over MLAs from north, central and southern Maharashtra. A staunch Shiv Sena worker, Shinde climbed the ranks from being a corporator in Thane to a senior minister in Maharashtra. He was the second in command in the BJP-Shiv Sena government in 2014-19 and the point of contact for elected representatives. Shinde’s close ties with then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also became a talking point in political circles, observers said. However, his connect with people in the Thane region helped him create a base beyond the satellite city of Mumbai. Thane is an important link to districts of northern Maharashtra and has industries and business connections too. Moreover, the Thane city and district have a sizeable number of residents who originally hail from other parts of western Maharashtra. All this has proved helpful for Shinde, political observers said. “Shinde is an extremely good organiser and accessible to leaders cutting across party lines. As a minister, he is known for doing work for MLAs of the opposition as well. He has his own loyalists within Sena in each district. What is of importance is that he, at times, calls up leaders to ask about their well-being, which is essential in politics,” said a top Sena functionary of north Maharashtra. Interestingly, Shinde is also a firefighter and crisis management person for Shiv Sena. Shinde helped Sena wean away 30 BJP corporators of the Jalgaon Municipal Corporation into the party fold during the mayoral polls in March last year. Although BJP has a majority in that civic body, Sena got its mayor. Shinde had apparently coordinated with Jalgaonbased Sena minister Gulabrao Patil to pull off this coup. Under Shinde’s management, all these BJP corporators were kept at a hotel in Thane and brought to Jalgaon on the election day. Some Sena insiders from north Maharashtra said the rebellion by Shinde was sudden, but not surprising. “Many within the party knew that Shinde was unhappy with the party leadership as he was being increasingly marginalised. Instead, other leaders were given more importance. But the leadership was caught unawares by Shinde’s sudden move,” said a top Sena leader. Shiv Sena leader said that there has been a simmering resentment among a large section of the MLAs for different reasons. Shinde, as the group leader, had his ear to the ground. “Many Sena MLAs were peeved that funds for development work in their constituencies were not forthcoming,” claimed Sena insiders. They cited the example of the Sena MLA from Nandgaon in Nashik, Suhas Kande, who had a verbal spat with district guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal, alleging that unlike Bhujbal’s constituency his constituency was not getting adequate funds for projects. Kande had even taken up this issue with the party high command. “Many Sena MLAs had won the polls defeating either Congress or NCP candidates. Like in case of Kande, he had defeated Bhujbal’s son Pankaj in Nandgaon, who contested on NCP ticket. Ever since the coalition took shape, many of these Sena MLAs were unable to answer how they could have a truck with NCP and Congress leaders whom they had defeated in the polls. They were apparently unhappy with this coalition,” commented a senior Sena leader. Shinde used his connections in western Maharashtra to build his rebellion. Apart from the five current MLAs from western Maharashtra, who are with him, he also has the support of five former MLAs. These MLAs had lost a narrow fight in the 2019 polls, and are currently camping in a hotel in Goa.

Maharashtra: Veteran Sena hand, Shinde clout runs from north to south
Bombay High Court grants interim relief to student held for tweet on Sharad Pawar
The Indian Express | 4 days ago
The Indian Express
4 days ago

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted interim bail in two first information reports (FIRs) to 22-year-old Nashik resident Nikhil Bhamre, who was arrested for posting derogatory comments allegedly aimed at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on social media. The Court granted him an interim relief in FIRs registered at Naupada Police station, Thane and Cyber Police station, Pune.Moreover, the high court restrained the police from arresting him in two other FIRs at Goregaon and Bhoiwada till further hearing in his plea after three weeks. Six FIRs were registered against Bhamre under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 500 (punishment for defamation), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and he has already got bail in the two FIRs registered at Dindori, Nashik Thane and Dehu Road- Pune from a trial court.“A student who has been in jail for over a month cannot be countenanced. Some element of public interest is involved,” said a division bench led by Justice Nitin Jamdar and Justice N R Borkar while granting bail to Bhamre. The state government submitted that it has not challenged the bail order of a trial court.Bhamre, who comes from a farmer’s family in Dindori, was arrested last month in Nashik city where he is pursuing his graduation. Bhamre, who does not have any prior criminal record, was an RSS worker earlier. The police said that he had made several such comments in the past also.The student, while not naming Pawar, had tweeted in Marathi: “Time has come for Baramati’s Gandhi… to create Nathuram Godse of Baramati.” Baramati town in Pune district is Pawar’s home turf.On June 13, a division bench, led by Justice S S Shinde, had sought to know from the state home department if it would not oppose Bhamre’s release from custody, adding the “state’s grace will be saved” if it makes a statement in that regard.“If you start taking actions like this, then you end up damaging the name of the person who has received the second-highest civilian award (Padma Vibhushan). Unheard like this that some student is kept in custody like this. Even the towering personality will not like that such a student be kept in jail. There are hundreds and thousands of tweets made every day. Will you take cognisance of each and every tweet? We do not want FIRs like these,” the bench had orally told the state government lawyer, without naming Pawar.Bhamre, in his plea filed through advocates Anirudh Ganu and Hare Krishna Mishra, claimed that “police officers are hand-in-glove with the persons in power and facilitating their purpose of vindictively harassing petitioner by filing multiple complaints in an organised and synchronised manner and moving him from one jurisdiction to another endlessly”.He added that section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) could not be levelled against him since there was no enmity being promoted between different classes with his comments. Advocate Subhash Jha, representing Bhamre, sought that his client be released on bail and said that FIRs violate his fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression.Jha argued that notices under section 41A of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which mandates that the investigating officer would have to issue a notice of appearance before an arrest is made. He said that the tweet was only a reaction to what a certain politician had said and prima facie there was no case against the petitioner.However, chief public prosecutor Aruna Pai for the state opposed the plea stating that Bhamre had previous antecedents and he should not be granted interim relief. When the bench queried with Pai if the state had challenged an order of the trial court granting bail to Bhamre in one FIR, the prosecutor responded in negative.The bench went on to grant interim relief to Bhamre and posted further hearing after three weeks. A detailed order will be made available in due course.

Bombay High Court grants interim relief to student held for tweet on Sharad Pawar
Nashik farmers worried as inadequate rainfall delays sowing in most talukas
Times of India | 6 days ago
Times of India
6 days ago

Nashik: The absence of adequate rainfall has left a section of farmers in the Nashik district worried. Barring some talukas, there has been no rainfall in the district.Last year, the full-fledged monsoon had arrived by the second week of June, and the farmers had started sowing crops by this time. According to farmers, sowing has been delayed, and it could impact the kharif production if there is no rain soon.Bharat Dihgole, the president of the Maharashtra onion growers’ association, said that last year, the showers had started by the second week of June, and the sowing of kharif crops had begun by this time.“But Nashik district is yet to receive rain except for some pockets in certain talukas. Farmers have already completed their pre-sowing activities and are awaiting rainfall for kharif sowing,” said Dighole.“Maize, soyabean, bajra and paddy are the major crops in the district. But farmers are unable to sow due to lack of adequate rain,” said Kuber Jadhav, another farmer.Gokul Ahire, the agriculture officer, said that usually, the showers begins by June 15. But the district is yet to get adequate rainfall barring some pockets.The kharif sowing will be normal even if the district receives rain by June 30. But if the rainfall is delayed until July 15, it may affect the production of crops like moong and urad.We have also appealed to the farmers to refrain from kharif sowing until they get at least 70 to 80 mm of rainfall in their areas, added Ahire.He further said that around 1% of sowing has been done in some pockets of the district.Another official from the agriculture department said that the rainfall has been delayed by ten days so far, but we are expecting that it may arrive in the next four-five days. The state agriculture department has projected Kharif cultivation on 6.43 lakh hectares in Nashik district for this season, which is 10,000 hectares more than the Kharif sowing in the district last year.

Nashik farmers worried as inadequate rainfall delays sowing in most talukas
‘Apply for Covid ex gratia within 90 days’
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

NASHIK: District collector Gangatharan D has appealed to the relatives of Covid victims to ensure that they file applications for ex gratia within 90 days from the death of the Covid patient. The revenue and forests departments of Maharashtra have decided to provide ex gratia of Rs 50,000 to one relative of each Covid victim. The decision was announced in November 2021, and since December 2021, the applications are being accepted online. A senior official from district disaster management responsible for receiving the forms said, “The kin should file the application online, either from their homes or at the nearest Mahae-Seva Kendra. The applications can only be submitted online. There is no provision of accepting the forms offline at any government offices.” People who miss the deadline can still file the application through the ‘grievances redressal committee’, but that will take more time as the committee takes some time to sit, discuss and then decide on each case. The officials have also warned of action against the people who are filing false claims for the ex-gratia amount under section 52 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. In Nashik district, so far 12,505 bereaved families have received Rs 62.5 crore as ex-gratia amount.

‘Apply for Covid ex gratia within 90 days’
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  • At 4,255, Maharashtra Records Highest Daily COVID Cases Since Feb; Mumbai, Thane, Pune Worst-hit | 10 Points
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    Mumbai, Maharashtra: Amid possible threat of fourth wave of coronavirus in India, Maharashtra recorded 4,255 new coronavirus infections, highest since February 12, and fatalities in the last 24 hours. On February 12, the state had recorded 4,359 COVID-19 cases. Moreover, 2 more cases of B.A.5 variant of coronavirus were also reported in the state, the health department release said.Also Read - New Zealand Batter Devon Conway Tests Positive For CoronavirusNational Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) reported that two patients of B.A.5 variant were detected in Nagpur. One of them was a 29-year-old male, while other was a 54-year-old female. They had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 6 and 9, respectively. “Both are vaccinated. They recovered in home isolation. With this the total of B.A.4 and B.A.5 variant cases found in state reached 19,” the release said. Also Read - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Best Skydiving Spots In India To Experience FreefallCOVID Surge in Maharashtra | 10 Points to This Big Story Also Read - Karnataka Reports Over 600 New Covid Cases After 112 Days

  • After 109 Days, India's Daily Covid Cases Cross 12,000-Mark; Infections on Rise in Mumbai, Delhi
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  • Daily Covid cases set to cross 10,000 for 1st time in 109 days
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Daily Covid cases in India were set to cross the 10,000 mark on Wednesday, a first in 109 days since February 26, on the back of a spike in detected infections in many states across, particularly Maharashtra, where cases rose 36% in a day to 4,024. By late night, India had reported 8,641 fresh cases of the virus on Wednesday, with data from a few states awaited. Among these states was Kerala, which had reported 1,950 or more cases on each of last seven days. On Tuesday, 8,828 fresh cases were recorded in the country, as per TOI’s Covid database. Maharashtra led the numbers, with the state’s daily case tally topping 4,000 for the first time since February 12. Mumbai alone accounted for 2,293 cases, a 143-day high for the city. Four more patients in the state were found with Omicron’s emerging BA.5 subvariant, taking the total number of BA.4 and BA.5 cases to 19. Read AlsoMaharashtra Covid cases up 42%, rise in Mumbai hospitalisationsMUMBAI: Maharashra and Mumbai reported yet another significant spike in Covid infections on Wednesday as new cases rose by more than 42% over the last 24 hours. Daily detections in Maharashtra went past the 2,000 mark after nearly four months, while Mumbai's fresh cases at 1,765 hit a 133- day high.In the south, Karnataka reported 648 new cases, highest in the state since February 23, while Tamil Nadu’s tally jumped by 43% in a day from 332 to 476, the highest logged by the state since February 26. Delhi and its neighbourhood, which had witnessed a surge from late April to early May, are again seeing case counts going up.Delhi reported 1,375 cases on Wednesday, highest since May 8, while Haryana’s numbers, at 596, were the most since April 29. UP posted 318 fresh infections, highest since May 6. Daily cases were also rising in Bengal (230, highest since February 26), Gujarat (184, also highest since February 26), Punjab (74, a 41-day high) and Chhattisgarh (58, highest in 97 days), among others. Deaths from the virus remained low but were increasing marginally. In the last three days, 21 new fatalities were recorded in India as compared to 25 in the whole of last week. These figures don’t include deaths from earlier months reconciled with the toll during this period. Active cases in India had risen to over 56,500 by Wednesday night, having crossed the 50,000 mark on Monday.

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Maharashtra: Cops conduct mock drill of disaster management team
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

NASHIK: The Nashik rural police have organised a mock drill of the disaster management team in Saikheda to check its preparedness for rescue operations during the floods as the town witnesses floods frequently during the monsoon. During the demonstrations, the disaster management teams exhibited the swiftness with which they could act to save lives and property during flooding in the town. The disaster management teams will be supported by other government machinery with respect to providing them with the necessary equipment like boats, life jackets, ropes and other things like ambulances and other vehicles for transportation of patients etc. Saikheda and Chandori in Niphad taluka are prone to floods during the monsoon. On this backdrop, the Nashik rural police and the revenue department decided to conduct the mock drill so that the volunteers and the government machinery are aware of the standard operating procedures to control or minimize the damage during natural calamities. Police superintendent Sachin Patil said, “Regular practice of fighting disaster would make the actual work, if needed, much easier for the teams concerned and the government machinery.” Apart from the rescue operations, the administration also has to provide rations, food packets, drinking water, and medicine and set up health camps to ensure the needy persons get treatment in time.

Maharashtra: Cops conduct mock drill of disaster management team
Nashik civic body’s administrative cost drops to 33%
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

NASHIK: The administrative cost of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has reduced from 38.2% to to 33% after almost three years. An NMC official said the administrative cost of the civic body, which was only 29.8% before the Covid pandemic in 2019-20, had shot beyond 38% due to a drop in revenue through various taxes along with implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission for its employees. As per norms, the administrative cost of the civic body should be below 35% in order to recruit new employees. Hence, the high administrative cost delayed the recruitment process in the civic body. Now, with rise in the revenue of the civic body through various taxes, the administrative cost has reduced to 33%. Civic administrator Ramesh Pawar said, "The administrative cost has now dropped below 35%. This will boost recruitment for vacant posts." He added, "I just had talks with urban development minister Eknath Shinde regarding the recruitment issues. The minister is positive and may give a nod for recruitment in the fire, health and engineering departments. We also need approval of the state and the proposal is also pending with the government. We expect the state urban development department to soon approve the proposal." According to Pawar, there are almost 40% vacant posts in the NMC. "We have also outsourced workers through agencies, but we need to have a balance. Therefore, we are making efforts to fill up all the vacant posts in the civic body," Pawar said. The NMC has a total of 7,717 various approved posts in the civic body, out of which over 3,038 posts are vacant.

Nashik civic body’s administrative cost drops to 33%
Maharashtra: Bhoomi pujan for SPPU’s sub-centre today
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

NASHIK: The state higher and technical education minister Uday Samat and Nashik guardian minister,Chhagan Bhujbal will perform the groundbreaking ceremony (bhoomi pujan) for the construction of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) sub-centre at Dinordi taluka on Friday, said Nashik centre coordinator Prashant Tope The officials said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will join the ceremony virtually. The work on sub-centre administrative building to be constructed across 16,000 sq meter is to begin today (Thursday) after the authorities claiming to have settled the issues with the residents of the village have been given space for the road to travel to their village and farms. The construction of the sub-centre, which will have ground plus one floor, is estimated to cost Rs 3 crore and will be completed in 12 months. The strength of the students studying in schools and colleges across the district, who have to correspond with the Savitribai Phule Pune University, is more than two lakh and starting of the sub-centre would be a boon for them. It has been a very long wait for the citizens of Nashik and north Maharashtra to have a sub-centre of the university that will not only help in cutting down their visits to SPPU office at Pune but expedite the process of decision making. Senate member Amit Patil, who has been following up on the issue of sub-centre at Nashik, said he would be stressing on the need to ensure that Savitribai Phule Pune University deputes senior varsity functionaries in Nashik to head the sub-centre.

Maharashtra: Bhoomi pujan for SPPU’s sub-centre today
Nagpur: Sr PI’s parcel of crackers for political leader explodes at GPO premises at Civil Lines
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

NAGPUR: Some low-intensity hand bombs, which were sent in a parcel through speed post from Nashik, went off with a bang, triggering panic at the General Post Office (GPO) premises at Civil Lines on Tuesday. The parcel, booked by a senior inspector, was supposed to be delivered at a political leader’s residence at Dewli in Wardha. The cops said the parcel had the name of one Dilip Thakur, police inspector at Bhadrakali police station, as the sender. The parcel was addressed to Rajesh Bakane, state secretary of BJP. As per preliminary information, Thakur had sent the hand bombs to Bakane, who wanted them to tackle monkey menace at his residence. Sources said Thakur had earlier served in Nagpur rural too, including at Kelvad police station. Sources at the GPO said the parcel had 12 boxes of hand bombs in it. The parcel had reached Nagpur by train before reaching GPO. “Two parcels had come from Nashik. The one which was being sorted for Wardha had exploded,” said a post office source. “There was a blast like noise followed by smoke emanating from the parcel, which also got burnt to some extent,” he said. “We were rushing to pour water but waited for the cops to come,” a post office official said. The post office personnel alerted Sitabuldi police station. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), special branch and other units rushed to GPO after being alerted about the blast. Senior inspector of Sitabuldi police station Atul Sabnis said the incident would be mentioned in the station house diar, but an offence would be registered only after the postal department lodges a complaint. “We have already contacted the sender and receiver for their explanations. The matter is now under investigation,” said Sabnis.

Nagpur: Sr PI’s parcel of crackers for political leader explodes at GPO premises at Civil Lines
Monsoon reaches Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

NASHIK: The southwest monsoon has reached four districts of north Maharashtra — Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar — declared the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and added that over the next 3-4 days, the region would receive light to medium rainfall. As per the IMD officials’ forecast, the region would get good rainfall which would help the farmers. On Monday night, parts of rural Nashik including Malegaon, Kalwan, Sinnar Chandwad, Baglan and Niphad received rainfall. IMD Pune’s K S Hosalikar said the monsoon has reached the four districts of north Maharashtra, and parts of these four districts have already received rain in the past two-three days. These districts will receive light to medium showers over the next four days, beginning Wednesday. The showers are erratic and only some parts of Nashik district have received rain. Other places have not received adequate rain yet, said Vivek Sonawane, the district agriculture superintendent officer. “Farmers should not start sowing until they get 80-100% rainfall in their areas,” he added. In June, the Nashik district normally gets 81.4mm of rain. In the past few days, the district has received 50mm rainfall, which is just over 61% of normal rainfall. Malegaon and Chandwad talukas have received 88.2mm and 81.2mm rainfall, respectively, while Nandgaon and Surgana talukas have received 80.6mm and 67.8mm rainfall, respectively. Other talukas too have received some rainfall — Kalwan (59.4mm), Sinnar (58mm), Baglan (54.5mm) and Peth 41.1 (mm). However, Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri and Yeola have received marginal rain. In Jalgaon district, few talukas got marginal showers too. Amalner and Chopda talukas got 22mm and 16mm rainfall. In Nandurbar, Akkalkuwa and Nandurbar talukas got 56mm and 42mm rainfall, while Shadada and Taloda received 37mm and 10mm rainfall, respectively.

Monsoon reaches Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar