Rajendra Pawar Thursday took charge as the chief engineer of the Pune zone of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). He succeeds Sachin Talewar, who has been transferred to the Aurangabad zone of the power utility, according to authorities.Pawar hails from Nashik in Maharashtra and graduated from the Government College of Engineering, Pune. He joined the then Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) as a junior engineer in 1989. Pawar was selected as the executive engineer in 2011 and has over the years worked at Pen, Kalwan, Nashik, Panvel, and Kalyan.He had served as the superintendent engineer at Nagpur and Pune. Pawar’s professional acumen was hailed during the time of Covid-19 in June 2020 when he and his team, with meticulous planning, ensured power supply to 6.55 lakh consumers in the areas that were affected by a cyclonic storm. The power supply was disrupted after electric poles fell down in the rural areas of Pune, including Maval, Khed, Junnar, Ambegaon, and Mulshi. Pawar and team with meticulous planning ensured power supply to 6.55 lakh consumers in the affected areas.
NASHIK: The body of a 9-year-old boy with his right hand and little finger severed was found near the Manmad-Daund railway tracks in Maharashtra's Nashik district, leading to residents of his area protesting seeking capital punishment for those involved, a police official said on Friday. Lokesh Sunil Sonawane had gone missing on the evening of November 30 while out on a rented bicycle, and a search for him for several hours in his Eklavya Nagar locality was in vain, after which a police complaint was filed, he said. "We found the body of the Class IV student on Thursday morning in the thicket near a filtration plant along the Manmad-Daund railway tracks. The right hand and the little finger had been cut off. There were scratches on the face as well," he said. The case is being probed by the railway police, in whose jurisdiction the body was found, and Manmad city police, where the missing complaint was filed, he added. Meanwhile, angry citizens held a protest on Thursday night and even stopped traffic on the Indore-Pune highway for some time seeking capital punishment for those involved in the death of the 9-year-old boy.
MUMBAI: An army sepoy from Nashik posted at Leh-Ladhak was arrested for allegedly raping a woman he befriended online. Yogeshwar Dhakrao allegedly promised to marry her after divorcing his wife, but when the woman became pregnant, he started avoiding her.
Over 64 lakh women above 18 years from eight districts in Maharashtra have been counselled against tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction in the last two months. There has been a “strong link” between alcohol abuse and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — particularly cancer, cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, pancreatitis and diabetes.Around 1.56 crore women have been screened under the ongoing statewide medical checkup of adult women — ‘Mata Surakshit Tar Ghar Surakshi‘ — which started in September this year. Out of this, 64,55,475 women from eight districts —Thane, Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur, Beed, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Latur — were counselled on tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction which leads to diseases like cardiovascular issues, hypertension and diabetes.The maximum number of women being counselled were in Pune (11.8 lakh), and then Nashik (10 lakh).“This includes women with addiction issues who suffer from high blood pressure and hypertension. We counselled them on how such habits could lead to NCDs, including cancer and cardiovascular issues, in the long run… The programme is a part of preventive measures against NCDs,” said Dr Padmaja Jogewar, Joint Director (NCD Cell), Directorate of Health Services.As smoking remains a strong factor in the emergence of NCDs across India, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified the prevention of tobacco and alcohol consumption as key strategies to curb or stop NCDs and fatalities. “It is important to counsel women, especially the younger ones, about the adverse effects of such consumption… before they get addicted or grow such habits,” Jogewar added. Maharashtra has also counselled around 7 lakh women on several key topics including domestic violence, stress and mental health issues. “We usually approach women who visit our out-patient department (OPD), identifying if they require counselling. Many are hesitant due to the stigma attached to it, but they open up upon insisting,” said an official from the Public Health Department (PHD), on the condition of anonymity.Dr Harish Shetty, a city-based psychiatrist, said, “Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the real mental health in this age of millennium has come to the focus. So, other than just focusing on the urban population, there is a need to focus on the rural areas also,” Shetty said.
NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to undertake repair and maintenance works at the 6-km long Peth Road in the city as temporary measures before covering it with concrete. NMC officials said a tender is soon to be floated in a week or two for the deployment of the contractor. The work will be started once the tender process is over. “Earlier, we had plans to make the Peth Road of concrete under smart city funds. But it will take time as it will require the approval of the Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd’s (NMSCDCL) board of directors. Hence, we have decided to initiate repair works on our own and the tender to repair and maintenance works on Peth Road is soon to be floated,” said NMC officials.
NASHIK: An infant girl’s mutilated body was found in an open plot in the Chunchale village of Ambad on Monday morning. Local residents spotted the mutilated body and informed the police. According to police, the infant’s body was discarded soon after birth. An FIR against an unidentified person has been registered for offences punishable under section 317 (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person having care of it) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). An officer from Ambad police station said they are investigating the case to identify the suspect who abandoned the baby. “On Monday morning a resident of Chunchale village called the police to inform them about the body. A police team immediately rushed to the spot and took the body to the Nashik civil hospital where an autopsy was conducted. During the autopsy it came to fore that the infant was only one-day-old,” the officer said. “While the place where the body was found is quite densely population, the baby was abandoned on the side of the plot that has got growth of long grass. That could have provided cover to the suspect. We are gathering information to find out who could have left the child in the open to die,” the officer added.
NASHIK: Given the increasing number of vehicles on city roads, the Nashik police commissioner believes there is a need for a dedicated police officer — of deputy commissioner of police (DCP) rank — to deal with the traffic issues here, like in other big cities in Maharashtra. Since the Nashik police commissionerate was established in 1990, the state government has not created a separate post for a traffic DCP. Generally, the charge of the traffic branch is with the DCP (headquarters). Nashik city police commissioner Jayant Naiknavare said the requirement of a separate traffic DCP has been communicated with the state government, and the matter is also being followed up on. The vehicular population of the city at present is around 10 lakh. Moreover, there is a constant flow of vehicles from other districts of north Maharashtra and elsewhere in the state. The police said the total length of roads in Nashik is roughly 2,200 km and there are many traffic management-related issues. There are two separate DCPs for Zones 1 and 2 in the city, and there is a DCP (crime) exclusively for crime prevention and detection. The traffic branch, however, does not have an officer of that rank, despite each and every resident of the city being affected by traffic issues in some way or another. “An officer of DCP rank would have his/her eyes on traffic management. The officer’s entire focus would be on streamlining vehicular traffic and taking the necessary decisions to ensure traffic rules are not violated. This would eventually help bring down the number of road accidents. All this is not possible if an officer has to handle separate charges,” said a senior police officer. Apart from getting a DCP post sanctioned for the traffic branch, the Nashik city police have also put up the requirement of an ACP, additional 100 posts in the traffic branch, and 12 police chowkies on both ends of the national and state highways passing through the city.
Nashik: The Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas will start a project in Maharashtra to produce ethanol out of bamboo, said Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Rameshwar Teli.The minister, who was in Nashik on Monday, said that at present the ministry has taken up implementation of its maiden project in Assam to produce ethanol out of bamboo with the help of a foreign firm. “We are expecting the project to be operational by April or May next year.”Once that project is complete, the ministry will start a similar project in Maharashtra since there is a vast area where bamboo is cultivated. This project will benefit the farmers involved in bamboo plantation.Teli further said that at present 10% of blending of ethanol in the fuel is taking place and the plan is to increase the blending of ethanol in fuel by 20% by 2025.Teli said that the Centre is taking measures to reduce the pollution and is promoting CNG vehicles. “We are focusing on producing more CNG and increasing the number of CNG production plants in Maharashtra and other parts of the country. We are also planning to have a CNG refilling outlet at every petrol pump owned by the PSU oil companies,” said Teli.Teli further said that the Centre has also set the target of providing piped natural gas (PNG) to every household not only in urban areas, but also in rural parts of the country and efforts are being taken in this direction.
THANE: The MMRDA has given its approval to ease congestion at one of the 'world's most chaotic' traffic junctions at Teen Haath Naka by constructing a fresh pair of U-shaped flyovers in addition to the existing bridge that runs above the intersection, officials informed, adding that the project will also ensure the arterial junction could get rid of signals presently required for crossing the intersection. The proposal for the flyovers - with three lanes each and collectively costing approximately Rs 289 crore - was presented before the MMRDA committee last month and finally got administrative approval. Teen Haath Naka is a vital junction on the Mumbai (LBS route)-Thane-Pune-Nashik route where nearly seven roads, including three arterial lanes, converges. A 2014 study commissioned by the Thane corporation had pegged the junction as one of the world's most chaotic ones. Even though the MSRDC had built a flyover over the junction two decades back, it doesn't cater to the rising movement of traffic underneath and between the seven lanes that connect Mumbai-Thane via LBS road with the Eastern Express Highway. According to the plans, a 700m-long, U-shaped flyover will take off from the Nashik lane of the EEH after the Teen Haath Naka junction ends and will run parallel to the existing bridge and then take a turn to the right and land few metres ahead of the junction on the Mumbai-bound carriageway. All vehicles coming from Mumbai and entering Thane city or proceeding towards LBS road or old Pune highway will take this arm without waiting at the signal for crossing over. Similarly, traffic from Nashik, Pune and Thane city headed towards Mumbai using LBS road will ascend the second U-shaped flyover after crossing the junction on the Mumbai-bound lane of the highway. The flyover measuring 900m in length will run parallel to the highway and take a U-turn and land in the opposite direction ahead of the Teen Haath Naka. Officials say once the project is completed, the waiting time at signal for Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, and Pune-bound vehicles will be reduced substantially. The plan entails removing the signals that increase waiting time and often stretches beyond 15-20 minutes. The inclusion of the two U-shaped flyovers at the spot will prove beneficial in smooth management of traffic, especially once the metro station comes up on the stretch. The project may affect a small stretch of green cover between the service road and the highway.
The police have registered a case against the accused under the POSCO act. (Representational)Nashik: A 14-year-old girl was raped by the operator of the shelter home at Gyandeep Gurukul Aadharshram located at Mhasrul Shivra, informed the Nashik police on Sunday.The police also recorded statements of other girls living in Aadharashram."The police also recorded statements of other girls living in Aadharashram and found that even they were raped by the accused," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Kiran Kumar Chavan.According to this statement, the police have started the process of registering more cases against the suspect, Harshal.Deputy Commissioner of Police Kiran Kumar Chavan said that the accused Harshal alias Sonu was interrogated by senior police officers till late night on Saturday at Mahsarul police station.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe police have registered a case against the accused under the POSCO act and Child Atrocities act.Further investigation is underway, and details are awaited.Featured Video Of The DayWith Bhangra, AAP Campaigns Gain Momentum In Gujarat
The girl filed a complaint on Wednesday, following which a case of rape has been filedNashik: The director of a private facility for children in Maharashtra's Nashik district has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, a police official said on Thursday.The incident took place in the children's shelter in Mhasrul on October 13 this year but came to light on Wednesday, he added."The 28-year-old accused forcibly took the 14-year-old victim to a makeshift tin room in the parking area of the building, showed her an obscene video clip on his mobile phone and raped her," he said.The girl filed a complaint on Wednesday, following which a case of rape and other offences under Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFurther probe into the incident was underway, the official 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 DaySpecial Analysis: Ashok Gehlot's No-Holds-Barred Remarks Against Sachin Pilot
Nashik: Commissioner of police Jayant Naiknavare has issued orders to detain a 20-year-old criminal under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act for indulging in criminal activities, including property and body offences and put him behind bars at the central jail. Police officials said that the criminal’s presence had become a menace to society. The criminal has been identified as Uddhav Ashok Rajgire, a resident of Chunchale, Mhada housing scheme. Rajgire will be arrested and sent to the Nashik Road central jail for one year. Rajgire was in the habit of threatening people with sharp weapons, assaulting and looting them of their possessions, etc in the Pathardi Phata, Khutwadnagar, Kamathwade areas as well as in Ambad, Chunchale, Datta Nagar, Kargil Chowk, etc. In view of his criminal activities, the police had externed him from the city for a year in 2021. However, Rajgire had violated the externment order and sneaked into the city without police permission. Against the backdrop of all such activities and the criminal cases registered against him in the Ambad and Indiranagar areas, the commissioner of police Jayant Naiknavare issued an order to detain Rajgire under the MPDA Act and send him to the central jail.The CP’s action against the criminal under the MPDA Act has been appreciated by citizens, said police in a release.
PUNE: The single-digit night temperatures in parts of the state this November could bring down yield of some sensitive vegetables, mostly gourds, by about 50% in Maharashtra, the Vegetable Growers' Association of India has warned. Shriram Gadhave, president of the association, told TOI, "While colder weather can positively affect the yield of tomatoes, cabbage and cauliflower, other vegetables like sponge, bitter, bottle and snake gourds do not fare well in very cold conditions. The extremely low minimum temperatures could, therefore, affect the yield of some gourds at farms in Maharashtra by 50% in the coming days." Nashik farmer Sanjay Pawar said sensitive crops were adversely affected when night temperatures fall to 8°C to 9°C. "Cold can affect their yield and increase incidence of diseases like powdery mildew on plants," he said. While night temperatures have risen in other parts of the state, places like Jalgaon, Nashik, Nagpur, Amravati and Osmanabad were still recording below normal temperatures by 2°C-6°C till November 23. Till November 21, several locations in Maharashtra were recording below normal temperatures by up to 6°C, with single-digit night temperatures in some places. Dnyaneshwar Hinge, a vegetable grower near Nashik, said: "Hanging vegetables like gourds get affected in extreme cold, affecting their yield by up to 40%."
Maharashtra tourism department has designed tour circuits across the state to equip travellers with information about the life of B R Ambedkar. The circuit will be inaugurated on Saturday on the occasion of Indian Constitution Day. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis will flag off the tour circuit.Mumbai News1Five months after rebellion, Shinde to visit Guwahati’s Kamakhya Devi temple tomorrow2Inform about steps taken to implement Mental Healthcare Act: HC to state govt3Mumbai: Exam in three days, law students yet to receive hall ticketsMore from Mumbai The tour will be free of cost on December 3, 4, 7 and 8. Tourism Secretary Saurabh Vijay said: “The tour circuit will be conducted free-of-cost in association with Mumbai Tour Guide Association in six districts of Maharashtra namely Mumbai, Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad.” The tour will be free of cost on December 3, 4, 7 and 8. Tourism Secretary Saurabh Vijay said: “The tour circuit will be conducted free-of-cost in association with Mumbai Tour Guide Association in six districts of Maharashtra namely Mumbai, Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad.”
MUMBAI: On the occasion of Indian Constitution Day celebrated annually on November 26, Maharashtra Tourism department has designed circuits across state to impart information about Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ramji Ambedkar and his life. The circuit will be inaugurated on Saturday at The Fine Arts Society at 5pm in the presence of chief minister Eknath Shinde, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, tourism minister Mangalprabhat Lodha, tourism secretary Saurabh Vijay and director Dr B N Patil. Similarly, the inauguration of other regional circuits will be streamed live at the venue. To pay their respects to Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his death anniversary, tourists and his followers from across the state and other parts of the country visit his memorial site- Chaitya Bhoomi in Dadar, in large numbers. Thus, the Mumbai circuit consisting Chaitya Bhoomi, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan and Rajgruha in Dadar, B.I.T Chawl in Parel and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar college of Commerce in Wadala, has been created to show the places associated with his life. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on 14 April 1891 in Mahu, Madhya Pradesh. He came to Mumbai on December 1904. He graduated from Elphinston High School in Mumbai in 1912. After returning to India, Babasaheb opposed caste discrimination and started a movement to fight for the social rights of the untouchables. Tourism Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha said, "A tour circuit has been prepared based on important places in the life of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in Mumbai. Brochure with the same information will be launched during the event along with the unveiling of an audio visual created on the life of Dr. Ambedkar by Directorate of Tourism (DoT).” “The Mumbai circuit tour will be operational for tourists and followers of Dr. Ambedkar, on 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th December, 2022 where they will get an opportunity to visit Chaityabhumi, Rajgruha, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan, BIT Chawl and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar College. This circuit will remain operational in future as well and booking for the same can be done online as well as offline,” he added further. Tourism Secretary Saurabh Vijay said, “On 6th December, 2022, Directorate of Tourism (DoT) in collaboration with BMC will set up a stall at Chaitya Bhoomi, Dadar to promote and inform tourists about the ‘Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar tour circuit’. The said tour circuit will be conducted free of cost in association with Mumbai Tour Guide Association in six districts of Maharashtra namely Mumbai, Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad.”
NASHIK: The Upnagar police have registered an FIR against a 31-year-old man for the offence punishable under Section 304A, (causing death by negligence) on the complaint of his wife, who accused that her husband was responsible for their 18-month-old child. The incident took place in May this year. The complainant woman stated that she and her husband are not on good terms though they reside together. In the month of May this year, she had gone to bring vegetables from the market and had told her husband to take care of their child named Shivansh. Her husband had agreed to take care of their child. However, when the woman returned home, she found that her husband was on the balcony . When she asked her husband where Shivansh was, her husband went inside the room without responding to her question. The woman said that when she reached home she found that Shivansh was lying on the bed with his face down. Her husband told her that Shivansh had swallowed a sponge ball. The woman then rushed the child to a hospital where he died due to suffocation. The woman alleged that her husband has worked in a nursing department in a government hospital on a contractual basis and he is well aware of first aid in this regard. However, when their child swallowed the ball he did nothing to remove the ball from his son’s throat neither did he take him to a hospital for treatment, which led to the child’s death. Accusing her husband of their child’s death, the woman has registered a complaint against her husband with the Upnagar police station of Nashik city. The police are investigating the case.
Senior writer-scholar Abdul Kader Mukadam has been elected the president of the 9th Akhil Bharatiya Muslim Marathi Sahitya Parishad to be held in Nashik between January 28-29.Shaikh Irfan Rasheed, a member of the organising committee, said that the conference will be held at Karmaveer Dadasaheb Gaikwad Auditorium.Over 1,000 literary figures from various districts of Maharashtra will attend the same. Abdul Kader Mukadam was born on June 14, 1930, at Revdanda village in Raigad. In 1942, he had joined the Rashtra Seva Dal and took active part in the freedom movement. He has published three books in Marathi.The conference will have panel discussions on topics such as ‘Muslims in the Jubilee Years of Independence’, ‘Three Decades of Muslim Marathi Literary Movement’ and ‘Cultural Terrorism’, among all.Apart from events such as book launches, exhibition of books and poets’ meetings, the conference will have exhibit posters by Riyaz Kazi based on the theme of nature.Maharashtra missing women, Maharashtra police,
NAGPUR/NASHIK: A day after Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said his government is considering the resolution of Jath taluka villages to merge with Karnataka as Maharashtra government had “failed” to address water and irrigation problems there, his Maharashtra counterpart Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said no Maharashtra village will be allowed to merge with any other state. Chief minister Eknath Shinde said in Nashik, “There is no question of any village of Maharashtra getting merged with other state. Our government will take all measures to ensure no problems are caused to villages in Jath.” “Maharashtra wants to resolve the problem amicably with Karnataka. Governors of both states had a meeting on the topic. Even the Centre is playing a constructive role to resolve the dispute,” he said. “It is a legal battle between two states, and Maharashtra government will fight it out in Supreme Court to include Marathi-speaking areas like Belgaum (now Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said in Nagpur. Fadnavis said the resolution by Jath villages was passed in 2012 when there was water scarcity, and no new decision was made thereafter. “When I was CM, we had talks with Karnataka officials, and it was decided we can supply water to border villages wherever we want and they can replicate the same thing. Our minister Girish Mahajan had also decided to include Jath villages under a scheme.” The previous MVA government may not have approved the scheme because of the cOVID pandemic, said Fadnavis, adding Shinde would approve it immediately. “All these schemes have been funded by the Centre. There is no shortage of funds. These villages have not made any new demands. The Karnataka CM may have made some statements after Shinde held a meeting on the border issue and took decisions,” he said. “We have announced several welfare schemes for Marathi-speaking people residing in the border areas,” said Shinde.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said no village in Maharashtra has sought merger with Karnataka recently, and there is no question of any border village "going anywhere". Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had claimed on Tuesday that some village panchayats in Jat taluka of Maharashtra's Sangli district had passed a resolution in the past seeking to merge with Karnataka when they were facing a severe water crisis. The Karnataka government had devised schemes to help them by providing water, and his government was seriously considering the proposal of Jat villages, he said. "These villages had introduced a resolution on the issue of water scarcity in 2012. Presently, none of the villages have introduced any resolution," Fadnavis told reporters in Nagpur. When he became Maharashtra chief minister, his government entered into an agreement with Karnataka to sort out the water issue, he said. A water supply scheme was chalked out for the Jat villages when Girish Mahajan was water resources minister in his cabinet, the BJP leader added. "We are now going to give approval to that scheme. Perhaps because of Covid, the previous (Uddhav Thackeray-led) government could not approve it," Fadnavis added. "Presently, none of the villages have raised such demand (of merger with Karnataka). The demand is of 2012," he said. "Not a single village of Maharashtra will go anywhere," Fadnavis stressed. Sudhir Mungantiwar, BJP leader and Maharashtra minister, blamed Jawaharlal Nehru for the long-pending dispute. "The dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka is actually the gift of late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru," he said without elaborating. The case is now before the Supreme Court and any resolution passed by village panchayats would not affect the court's verdict, he told reporters. "If resolutions are to be taken so seriously, then what about the villages in Karnataka which have passed resolutions seeking to join Maharashtra," he asked. Earlier in the day, another Maharashtra minister Shambhuraj Desai said the Karnataka chief minister's claims should not be taken seriously. The decades-old border dispute over Belagavi (earlier Belgaum) between Maharashtra and Karnataka is in news again due to recent statements from both sides. On Monday, Bommai had said he had formed a formidable legal team of senior lawyers to deal with the border dispute when it comes up in the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the Maharashtra government appointed Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai as nodal ministers to coordinate with the state's legal team regarding the pending court case. Talking to reporters here, Desai said, "As Maharashtra has reconstituted its team to take forward the Karnataka border dispute in the Supreme Court, Bommai has come up with some ridiculous old demand. It should not be taken seriously. The villages in Jat tehsil had reportedly passed a resolution more than a decade back to pressurise the then state government to address their demand of water supply from the Krishna river." There is no such official documentation or resolution available with the Maharashtra government, he added. "As per my information, the Maharashtra government has already cleared a proposal to supply water for irrigation to the arid parts of Jat tehsil. The cost of the project is around Rs 1,200 crore. A technical scrutiny of the project is underway," Desai said. The border dispute dates back to the 1960s after the reorganisation of States on linguistic lines. Maharashtra laid claim to Belagavi which was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency as it has a sizable Marathi-speaking population. It also laid claim to 80 Marathi-speaking villages which are currently part of Karnataka.
MUMBAI: Amid both the states — Karnataka and Maharashtra — readying for a legal battle linked to the decades-old boundary dispute over Belagavi, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said not a single Maharashtra village would go to Karnataka. "Not a single Maharashtra village will go to Karnataka. The state government will take the fight to get Marathi-speaking villages including Belgaum-Karwar-Nipani too to our state," Fadnavis said. On Monday, the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra appointed two ministers to coordinate with the legal team regarding the court case on the dispute that is set to come up in the Supreme Court. Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said the state, too, deployed a battery of lawyers, including Mukul Rohatgi and Shyam Diwan, to fight its case. The dispute dates back to the 1960s after the reorganisation of States on linguistic lines. Maharashtra laid claim on Belagavi, earlier known as Belgaum, which was part of the Bombay Presidency at the time of independence, on linguistic grounds. Belagavi bordering Maharashtra has a significant population of Marathi-speaking people, and has for decades been a bone of contention between the two States Karnataka repeatedly maintained that the Mahajan Commission report on the border issue is final, and, "there is no question of letting go even an inch of Karnataka's border". Bommai reiterated this week that there is no example to show that what had been done under the States Reorganisation Act that was reviewed. "The border dispute is a political tool used by all parties in Maharashtra. But they will never succeed," he had said, adding that Maharashtra's plea has not found maintainability in all these years and the State is prepared to argue that it is not maintainable. Shinde said earlier this week: "Late Balasaheb Thackeray was always a supporter of the State's demand to make Belgaum a part of Maharashtra. We have concentrated our focus on solving the issue. If required, the number of lawyers will be increased". Karnataka has sought to make Belagavi a second power centre after Bengaluru. The government constructed the 'Suvarna Vidhana Soudha' in this town bordering Maharashtra and held winter sessions of the State Legislature there from 2012. The Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) and pro-Marathi groups have for decades been fighting for inclusion of Belagavi and Marathi-speaking villages of the region with the western State. (With inputs from agencies)
NASHIK: Two confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Dhule city in the past 10 days, an official from the health department of the Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC) informed on Tuesday. Dhule is the second urban area, after Malegaon town, in the North Maharashtra where new cases of measles have recently been reported. “However, unlike Malegaon, there is no outbreak of the disease in Dhule town,” a DMC official said. “The two confirmed cases have been reported in toddlers. Both are undergoing treatment at their homes and their condition is stable. The children had not taken the first dose of measles vaccine,” the official added. Meanwhile, Malegaon town has been affected by the outbreak of measles with 44 confirmed cases reported in the last 45 days. Most of these children were unvaccinated and have been cured. Also, blood samples of 53 children, who have measles-like symptoms, have been collected by the authorities and sent to the laboratories for confirmatory tests. While 27 samples are from Dhule city, 22 are from Malegaon town and the remaining four are from Nashik city. Deputy director of the state health department (Nashik region) Dr Kapil Aher said barring Malegaon there has not been an outbreak of the disease in any other part of the North Maharashtra. “The health officials have stepped up surveillance. Mop-up round of vaccination to cover children who might have missed their first or second doses of measles rubella vaccine is also being carried out,” he said. As a precautionary measure, the Nashik Municipal Corporation has set up two isolation wards at its Bytco and Zakir Hussain hospitals to provide treatment to measles patients. “We have made isolation wards with a capacity of 125 beds at Bytco , while Zakir Hussain hospital has 22 beds,” an NMC official said.
MUMBAI: One more child died due to complications from a measles infection, taking the toll in the ongoing outbreak to 11 in Greater Mumbai. Of the 11 children who died so far, nine were from Mumbai. The latest victim was a one-year-old boy from Nalasopara (E) who wasn't vaccinated for measles. Although BMC officials claimed the outbreak is showing signs of stabilising in some areas such as Govandi, there are indications of newer outbreaks occurring in other parts of the city. The BMC update on Tuesday said the number of outbreaks had climbed from 17 last week to 21. Two youngsters, too, were detected with measles in Govandi, but have mild symptoms. While their vaccination status isn't known, a senior civic official said there is a need to check if the current vaccine is as effective as it was earlier. Earlier in the day, state health minister Dr Tanaji Sawant took a review of the measles-control measures in the city and visited BMC's Kasturba Infectious Diseases Hospital near Chinchpokli railway station. As measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world, affected children are being admitted only to certain hospitals; 87 out the 114 hospitalised children are in Kasturba Hospital at the moment. The number of admissions here jumped from 60 to 87 in a 24-hour span. The minister has urged people to vaccinate their children against the disease, and assured that the outbreaks would be brought under control in the next few days with extensive house-to-house surveys and extra rounds of vaccinations. According to the BMC update on Tuesday, the Nalasopara child was first admitted to a local private hospital before being transferred to a civic hospital in central Mumbai on November 14. As he had developed bronchopneumonia, he was put on ventilator support and passed away due to acute respiratory failure on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases were reported in Mumbai on Tuesday - L ward (Kurla) had the maximum cases with three while B ward (Sandhurst Road) had two cases. There are 3,378 suspected cases and 220 confirmed cases in Mumbai. On Tuesday, BMC teams surveyed 2.9 lakh homes and found 170 new cases of fever with rash. Health minister Sawant said the measles outbreaks are limited to certain wards of the city. "Children with suspected symptoms are being admitted to hospital. Additional vaccination sessions are being conducted daily. Counselling is being done to get vaccinated. For this, the cooperation of some influential personalities of the society and religious leaders are being taken," he added. BMC officials said admission facility is now also available at Seven Hills Hospital, Andheri, with 120 beds that include 10 ventilator beds.
MUMBAI: The state has announced a one-day paid leave for those working in the border districts of Maharashtra to cast their vote on Gujarat polling day. “A one-day paid leave for voters of Gujarat assembly working in border districts of Maharashtra like Palghar, Nashik, Nandurbar and Dhule. All private companies are instructed to follow this. If the order is violated, action will be taken,” read the Government Resolution. Assembly polls in Gujarat will be held on December 1 and 5, setting the stage for a three-cornered contest in PM Modi’s home state which will see BJP seeking its seventh straight win, Congress hoping to retain support of crucial groups and AAP making electoral inroads in a third state after Delhi and Punjab.
THOSE WHO are registered voters in Gujarat but are residing or visiting Maharashtra will get paid holidays or sufficient time off work on December 1 and December 5 to enable them to vote for the Gujarat Assembly polls.In a Government Resolution (GR) issued last week, the state industries, energy and labour department directed all private and government organisations, multinational companies, businesses and industries to provide paid leave for employees, who are registered voters in Gujarat, on the two voting days.The GR stated, “For this election in Gujarat, there are many voters in Palghar, Nashik, Nandurbar and Dhule who are registered voters there. Moreover, any other voter from Gujarat working anywhere in Maharashtra must be granted the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. While this applies to voters residing in the areas that will have elections, it is also applicable for voters who are residing outside the area of elections due to work.”The department clarified that in cases of an emergency situation at work, where paid leave cannot be granted, the employees must be given a minimum of two hours off work or the time required for voting.“Under the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951, it is compulsory for all employers to give paid leave to citizens. Every citizen above 18 years of age is eligible to vote, and must exercise this right. However, lately, it has been noticed that many companies do not give this paid leave. Due to this, many voters cannot vote. This is extremely detrimental to democracy,” the GR said.
NASHIK: Chief minister Eknath Shinde gave in-principle nod to the proposed Kikwi dam project and said funds would be made available for the project in the state budget. Shinde held a meeting with the urban development department and the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials on various pending projects on Tuesday. Confirming this, local MP Hemant Godse told TOI that the CM has given his in-principle approval to the Kikwi dam project and a financial provision of Rs 50 crore will be made in the upcoming state government budget to ensure that the land acquisition work for the proposed dam can begin. The new dam is to be constructed over the Kikwi river near Bramhanwade, around 8 km from Trimbakeshwar. It would have a capacity of 2.4 TMC and would provide water to Nashik city. The water resources department has already identified 912 hectare to construct the new dam, which includes 172.5 hectare of forest land. Nashik city's water requirement has increased by 600 mcft in the past four years from 4.9 TMC to 5.6 TMC. Whereas, the capacity of Gangapur dam has been reduced by 1.8 TMC due to the silt deposits. The desilting of the dam is a difficult task and requires large funds. Apart from this, Shinde also said that the state government is positive to convert Cidco properties from lease-hold to free-hold and the process for the same would be started soon. 'Submit proposal to give properties at nominal rate'The CM said the NMC had given its 1,075 properties to social non-profit outfits for various social purposes like study halls, libraries, gyms and various activities for senior citizens. But these outfits got into finacial trouble due to the change in state government norms regarding lease rates. Therefore, he instructed the civic body to submit proposals in this connection so that these properties can be given at a nominal rate to the social non-profit organisations.
NASHIK: A four-year-old boy from Ulhasnagar in Thane was on Tuesday found dead at an orphanage at Trimbakeshwar in the district. The boy, Alok Shingare, was four months ago admitted to the orphanage run by an NGO and meant for children from the economically challenged background who have either lost both parents or one parent. Additional superintendent of police (Nashik Rural) Madhuri Kangane said the Trimbakeshwar police were in the process of registering an FIR after the autopsy revealed that the boy died due to strangulation. The incident came to light around 6.30am when a person in the orphanage found Alok lying motionless nearly 20ft away from the place for the children to sleep, the officer said. The boy was taken to the Trimbakeshwar rural hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival and sent the body to the Nashik Civil Hospital for autopsy. Kangane said the postmortem report revealed that Alok died due to strangulation and there was no mark of any other assault on him. The officer said the orphanage currently had 72 boys and 36 girls. The orphanage houses children aged between 1.5 years and 17 years. Alok’s mother, Sujata Shingare, was inconsolable when she came to the civil hospital from Ulhasnagar after being informed about the incident. Shingare told the media that she had left Alok at the orphanage four months ago and used to be in touch with him over the phone. Her elder son (11) is also in the same orphanage. Though TOI tried to contact the manager of the orphanage, the man first said he was busy in the police station and did not respond to the subsequent calls. A police officer said the orphanage, which was functional for close to two decades, neither had CCTV cameras nor security guards.
NASHIK: Chief minister Eknath Shinde will inaugurate the agricultural expo Krishiton 2022 in Nashik city on Thursday The 15th edition of the five-day exhibition will be held at Thakker’s Dome, near ABB Circle along Trimbak Road, after a span of two years. Sanjay Nayaharkar, organizer of the event, said the expo will focus on new farming technology being used across the world along with felicitation of young farmers and seminars on various issues. “Around 300 stalls will showcase agricultural inputs, machineries and advanced technologies related to farming. Workshops and seminars have been organised to talk about various research in agriculture, experiments of farmers and new technologies to farmers,” he said. “Our objective is to reach advanced technology and research in agriculture to farmers to help them make farming profitable. We have organised seminars on grapes and pomegranate to guide farmers during the expo,” he added. This year, around 1.5 lakh people from across the country are expected to visit the expo.
NASHIK: Onion farmers on Monday halted auction at the Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) for a brief time after the average wholesale price crashed by Rs 500 as against the Rs 1,500 per quintal rate on Friday. APMC officials told TOI that farmers stopped onion auction for almost 20 minutes after raising complaint of getting lower rates. Officials explained that the average wholesale onion price has declined due to a drop in demand as compared to supply. The fresh kharif onions have started arriving in the markets in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan. This has led to a drop in demand for onions from Nashik. Moreover, the arrival of fresh kharif onions has also started in Solapur and adjoining parts in Maharashtra. On the contrary, the arrival of the fresh kharif onions is delayed by two months in Nashik and is expected from the first or second half of December, said APMC officials. Presently, the onion arriving at the Lasalgaon APMC is the summer crop harvested in March and April. The summer onions have a shelf life of over six months and farmers prefer storing summer onions with a hope of getting better prices. They sell their produce from the stock as per their requirement of money. Nashik farmers still have a stock of summer onions and its arrival will continue till December end, said APMC officials. Meanwhile, after the agitation of the farmers at Lasalgaon APMC in the morning, the average wholesale onion prices increased by Rs 400 per quintal to Rs 1,400 per quintal in the afternoon on Monday.
MUMBAI: In one of the fastest crime detections, the city police with the help of Nashik police arrested the 32-year-old employee, Sandeep Shukla, of a cosmetics businessman, within six hours, for running away with Rs 28 lakh. The accused was tracked by the police in a running outstation train while he was fleeing. The accused Shukla, who originally hails from Gonda in UP, is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail for his alleged role in the case. The incident took place at Bhaat Bazar near Masjid Bundar. "Shukla, who has been working with the businessman for the last 10 years, was one of the trusted employees. On the day of incident, while the businessman and his business partner had not arrived at the shop, Shukla told his co-worker that he was taking the sack, containing Rs 28 lakh, to give it to their owner's business partner since the latter had asked him to bring the money. He took the bag and left," said a police officer. It was around 11am when the businessman and his partner arrived at the shop. They did not find Shukla and asked about him. The other employee informed them that Shukla had taken the money to hand it over to the employer's partner. "Both were shocked since neither of them knew about the money," added the officer. They tried to call Shukla however, his phone was switched off. The businessman approached the Pydhonie police and lodged a compliant at around 2.30pm. Soon after the FIR was filed, several teams comprising senior inspector Shrikant Rajaram Patil, PI Kaleem Shaikh, PSI Samkalp Mokal etc began probing the case. "We checked the CCTV footage of the area and found Shukla walking with the bag from the Masjid Bundar area towards Dongri and went to Sandhurst Road railway station," added the officer. "We tracked the train and alerted our counterparts at Nashik Road police. The Nashik police searched more than 15 bogies when they found a man sitting near the door. We had already sent Shukla's photo to them, He was detained in the train. The cops took himand got down at the Nashik railway station. The Rs 28 lakh was recovered from the bag within six hours," added an investigator.
PUNE: A junior warrant officer (JWO) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) died in an accident during a paragliding exercise at Konambe Phata in Sinnar near Nashik on November 15. The IAF has initiated a court of inquiry (CoI) to ascertain the cause of the accident. Wing Commander Ashish Moghe, the IAF public relations officer, told TOI, "A paragliding camp was organised at Air Force Station Deolali, where JWO MN Yadav (52) was posted as an instructor to conduct the session. On November 15, during a paragliding sortie, his paraglider crashed, due to which he sustained injuries. He was rushed to the Military Hospital (MH) Deolali, where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment. The IAF is conducting a CoI to ascertain the cause of the accident." Santosh Mutkule, police inspector of the Sinnar police station, who is investigating the case, said, "We have registered an accidental death case. The IAF authorities had told us that Yadav was attached to IAF's unit based in Haryana. He was an instructor of paragliding and hence, was recently called to Nashik to teach."
PUNE: The mercury plunging to 8.8°C as recorded at Shivajinagar here on Monday was a record low November night temperature in a decade. It was in November 2012 that Pune had recorded 7.9°C. Thereafter, night temperatures for November had rarely gone below 10-11°C as recorded at Shivajinagar, except for 9.9°C in 2013, 9.3°C in 2016 and 9.8°C in 2020. Some spots in Maharashtra, including Pune, are presently recording colder nights than locations up north, including Jammu and Katra. Nashik recorded 9.2°C and Mahabaleshwar 10.4°C. The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Mumbai also issued a cold wave warning for isolated pockets in the districts of Nashik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Pune, Aurangabad and Jalna for the next 24 hours. Day temperatures have also dropped to 28°C in parts of Maharashtra. Shivajinagar's day temperature was 28.2°C while Jalgaon's was 29.3°C. Jalgaon continued to be the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature of 8.2°C. The minimum temperatures in some locations in Maharashtra, including Pune, are nearly 6 degrees below normal. Compared to this, some locations in north India are recording night temperatures higher than normal or almost the same. Jammu city's and Delhi's minimum temperature on Monday morning was 8.9°C while it was 9°C in the hilly pilgrimage spot Vaishno Devi. The minimum temperature was 8.4°C in Dalhousie, 10°C in Patiala and 9.7°C in Chandigarh. Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting division, IMD, Pune, told TOI, "Shivajinagar also recorded the lowest minimum temperature for this winter on Monday. The northerly wind component has been coming over central India into parts of Maharashtra. These north-north-easterly winds are relatively cold and dry and have been blowing over Madhya Maharashtra including Pune." Kashyapi, however, said the drop in temperatures would cease from Tuesday. "We are expecting some moisture incursion into parts of Maharashtra, especially south-central parts of the state like Pune during the next 3-4 days. This could aid rise in temperature," he added. The minimum temperature in Pune and other parts of the state witnessed highest negative deviation from normal too, Met department data showed.
PUNE: The minimum temperature in Shivajinagar dropped to its season's lowest of 11.2°C on Friday, with Jalgaon experienced the coldest morning across Maharashtra at 10.3°C. Several other locations in the state also recorded a drop in their minimum temperatures on Friday, including Nashik (11.2°C), Lohegaon (14°C) and Ahmednagar (11.4°C). Even Konkan in Maharashtra, which normally has high night temperature due to the presence of the sea coast, recorded a significant drop in minimum temperatures, with Alibaug recording 18.3°C as its night temperature, followed by Ratnagiri at 20.1°C. The minimum temperatures across the state are currently below normal by 1-4°C. At 11.2°C, Shivajinagar's minimum temperature was over 3° below normal on Friday and Lohegaon's was 1° C below normal. Jalgaon's minimum temperature was 4.2°C below normal. Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting division, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, said, "Relative humidity levels have significantly dropped in parts of Maharashtra, including Pune. The average relative humidity currently is around 30% around 2.30pm in Pune, which has obviously caused clear sky conditions, sunny days and rising maximum temperature. But the clear skies during the night hours are also causing direct escape of long-wave radiation from the earth's surface into the atmosphere, which has caused a drop in the minimum temperature." He said there has been no rainfall in parts of Maharashtra, as well as Pune, since several days now and the soil at many locations has become dry, especially due to high day temperatures. "Pune has black cotton soil, which can easily become dry. It also aids in a drop in night temperature. We are also getting some northerly wind component over parts of Maharashtra. This has been the case despite consecutive western disturbances affecting parts of north India. When you have consecutive western disturbances passing over north India, a drastic drop in night temperature does not occur. However, local conditions, such as a drop in relative humidity, help in reducing minimums over north central parts of the state in the last few days," he said.
NASHIK: Jalgaon city reported the lowest minimum temperature at 10.3 degrees celsius on Friday, making it the coldest city in Maharashtra. While the minimum temperature dropped to 11.2 degrees celsius in Nashik and Pune cities making them the second coldest cities. Ahmednagar and Aurangabad recorded a minimum temperature of 11.4 degrees celsius. The minimum temperature of Jalgaon dropped by 4.2 degrees to 10.3 degrees celsius on Friday, against 14.4 degrees celsius on Thursday. Nashik's minimum temperature reduced from 12.6 degrees celsius on Thursday to 11.2 degrees celsius on Friday, which is the season's lowest temperature in the city. The previous season's lowest minimum temperature was recorded at 12.6 degrees celsius on November 2. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the sky conditions will be clear for the next three to four days and the minimum temperature will be between 12 and 14 degrees celsius. According to the weather station of Rahuri Krishi Vidyapeeth in Niphad, the minimum temperature of the grape growing belt of Niphad was recorded at 8.5 degrees celsius on Friday, against 11.5 degrees celsius on Thursday. On November 18, Niphad recorded the season's minimum temperature at 8.5 degrees celsius.
PUNE: The minimum temperature in the city is likely to hit the season's lowest at 12°C in a day or two, a Met department forecast stated on Wednesday. "Cold and dry northerly winds are penetrating into parts of Maharashtra currently. Though this will continue for the next 72 hours, there could be a slight rise in night temperatures in the southern central parts of Maharashtra due to more moisture incursion during that period," Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, told TOI. He said a low-pressure area was likely to form over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andaman Sea in the next 24 hours. "It is likely to move west-northwestwards and gradually concentrate into a depression over central parts of south Bay of Bengal in the subsequent 24 hours. This could cause relative humidity levels to rise in southern and central parts of Maharashtra after 72 hours, causing a rise in minimum temperatures during that time. Pune is likely to experience lower temperatures during the next three days, after which its minimum temperatures could rise slightly," Kashyapi said. The low-pressure system is unlikely to cause any rainfall in Maharashtra, but subsequent forecasts are likely to show a clearer picture, he said. Weather experts said this time, the cold has not been able to set in properly over parts of Maharashtra, with intermittent days of higher minimum temperatures due to increase in relative humidity.