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Pune Knowledge Cluster launches ‘Teach with Tech’ to bridge digital divide in school learning
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | |

The Covid-19 pandemic brought to the fore the digital divide in many sectors, particularly in education. Identifying these gaps and the need to promote e-learning for future learners, the Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) Friday launched ‘Teach with Tech’ for school students and teachers.The project aims to create digital content aligning with the National Education Policy 2020, train teachers in using digital tools to improve the learning process, develop and impart skills, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in students among others.Speaking on the occasion, Professor Ajit Kembhavi, PKC Principal Investigator, said, “We are all familiar with the conventional learning methods involving physical classes, teachers physically teaching in classrooms and students taking notes in books. But the Covid-19 pandemic affected physical learning for many students in the absence of digital tools. But the pandemic helped introduce remote learning.”“We have now launched digital learning project before there arises a similar situation. This is a step to help stay prepared and thus keep learning going. The project will also facilitate teachers to stay updated,” he added.PKC has adopted five Pune-based schools where the pilot project will be introduced in the ongoing academic year. Using its CSR funding, Lenovo will support the project by providing tablets to the schools identified in the project.Teach with Tech aims to conduct 100 sessions, 20 for each of the five schools, during the upcoming months. They target to reach out to 750 students and 250 teachers from Zilla Parishad schools in Pune in the pilot phase.Pankaj Harjai, APAC Table head, Lenovo, said, ” Lenovo wants to enable and make education easier for teachers and students through technology.”The five schools to benefit from the project include Modern High School, Shishu Vihar, Pune Vidyapeeth High School, Shri Shivaji Vidya Mandir, Nutan Marathi Vidyalay Girls High School and Baburao Gholap School. At the Shishu Vihar school, the project will be implemented for students of classes VI and VII.The timely availability of tablets or mobile phones for learning has been a pressing issue for Marathi-medium schools, said a teacher from the Girls High School.

Pune Knowledge Cluster launches ‘Teach with Tech’ to bridge digital divide in school learning
Video of Women Passengers Fighting, Pulling Each Other's Hair Over Seat in Mumbai Local Train Goes Viral | WATCH
India | 8 hours ago | |
India
8 hours ago | |

Viral Video: Spread over 390 kilometres,  Mumbai local trains which are considered the lifeline of the financial capital operate 2,342  services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. However, getting a seat on Mumbai local train is no less than a struggle. Recently, a massive fight broke out between a few women over a seat inside the ladies’ compartment of a Thane-Panvel local train.Also Read - Viral Video: People Play Music on Ola Electric Scooter After Power Cut Interrupts Dandiya Event in Gujarat | WatchThe video of the incident has been doing rounds on social media. In the video, women can be seen pulling each other’s hair inside the train. A woman constable tried to pacify the passengers, however, her efforts went in vain and she got hurt.Fight between two female passengers over a seat in #Local #TRAIN .The woman police constable who went to the rescue got hurt.Both women filed a case against each other at Vashi Railway Police Station.@Central_Railway #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/nFOKv7bOWv— Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) October 6, 2022“Few women started hitting each other following a dispute over the seat, and a female staff was injured,” news agency ANI quoted S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station as saying.Vashi, Navi Mumbai | Few women started hitting each other following dispute over seat, a female staff was injured: S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station, on scuffle b/w 3 women in a local train running from Thane to Panvel, today(Pic 1:Screengrab;viral video) pic.twitter.com/A6bPR3phhA— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2022If reports are to be believed, an argument broke out between three women passengers over the seat. Soon after, the argument escalated which turned into an ugly fight.Narrating the incident, a police official informed that an elderly woman and her granddaughter, who had boarded the local train from Thane, and another woman who boarded the train at Koparkhairane were waiting for a seat to get vacant. When the seat got vacant, the elderly woman asked her granddaughter to take the seat. Simultaneously, the other woman also tried to grab the seat, following which the argument broke out.

Video of Women Passengers Fighting, Pulling Each Other's Hair Over Seat in Mumbai Local Train Goes Viral | WATCH
Mumbai Local Train Services Disrupted on Main Line of Central Railway Route Due to Technical Glitch
India | 1 day ago | |
India
1 day ago | |

Mumbai: Services on the main line of Central Railway of Mumbai local train were disrupted due to a technical snag in overhead wires on Thursday afternoon, an official said. The technical glitch arose at Sandhurst Road station in south Mumbai around 1 pm, due to which CSMT-bound slow trains were held up, he said.Also Read - THIS Company Is Planning 12,000 'Quiet Layoffs' or 15% Of Its Global Workforce: ReportTaking to Twitter, Central Railway wrote, “Due to OHE problem at Sandhurst Road on Up slow line services are held up. Up slow locals are diverted on Up fast line and running behind schedule. Staff working on restoration. ” Also Read - LIVE | Lucknow Weather Updates, Ind vs SA 1st ODI: Covers Being PEELED Off NowDue to OHE problem at Sandhurst Road on Up slow line services are held up. Up slow locals are diverted on Up fast line and running behind schedule. Staff working on restoration.Inconvenience caused is regretted— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) October 6, 2022The services on the line have been diverted to the fast line and restoration work is in full swing, the CR official added. As trains came to a halt, commuters got down at many places and were seen walking on the tracks towards the next station. Also Read - LIVE | IND vs SA 1st ODI Score, Lucknow: Rain Stops, Covers Still onCentral Railway ferries nearly 40 lakh suburban commuters every day by operating 1,810 services.

Mumbai Local Train Services Disrupted on Main Line of Central Railway Route Due to Technical Glitch
Sena vs Sena in Mumbai: 5,000 Buses, Special Trains For Dussehra Rallies; Traffic Restrictions Imposed | 10 Points
India | 2 days ago | |
India
2 days ago | |

Shiv Sena Mumbai Dussehra Rallies: Amid the ongoing festivities, all eyes are glued to Mumbai as the city is set to witness two Dussehra rallies for the first time since the Shiv Sena’s inception 56 years ago. The rallies are being billed as a show of strength by both Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray camps. Predicting huge turnouts at the rallies, the Mumbai Police have tightened security at the Shivaji Park and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). While the Shinde camp is holding its rally at the MMRDA ground in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), the group headed by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is organising its Dussehra event at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai. Reports claimed that more than 5,000 buses, a number of small tourist vehicles and cars, and a special train have been roped in to ferry supporters of the two rival Shiv Sena factions for their respective Dussehra rallies.Also Read - Mumbai Traffic Advisory: Special Arrangements Made Due To Dussehra Rallies At Shivaji Park, MMRDA Ground | Check Routes To AvoidMaharashtra | Buses carrying supporters of Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) arrive at the MMRDA ground in Mumbai for the #Dussehra rally pic.twitter.com/JzSqsmxNsY— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2022The following parking arrangements have been made for the vehicles of citizens attending the Dussehra Mela organized on 5th October at MMRDA Ground, BKC, Bandra (E).#MTPUpdates #MumbaiTrafficUpdates pic.twitter.com/H8ioifSneH— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022There shall be no parking on following roads:-In view of Dussehra Mela to be held at Shivaji Park, Dadar on October 5, 2022, to avoid traffic congestion on the nearby roads, following temporary provisions have been made to the traffic management from 9 AM to 12 PM. pic.twitter.com/7g67ICRIIO— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022Siddhivinayak Junction S.K.Bole Road-Agar Bazar- Portuguese Church and Gokhale Rood.No Entry from Raja Badhe chowk Junction up to Keluskar Marg (North) Junction DadarLJ Road- Gokhale Road- Steel Man Junction then proceed through Gokhale Road.

Sena vs Sena in Mumbai: 5,000 Buses, Special Trains For Dussehra Rallies; Traffic Restrictions Imposed | 10 Points
  • Mumbai Traffic Advisory: Special Arrangements Made Due To Dussehra Rallies| Check Routes To Avoid
  • India

    Mumbai: The political scene in Mumbai, in a first, will see two Dussehra Rallies taking place in the financial capital. Party’s rival factions -led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray – in what is being billed as a show of strength by both camps after a change in government in June. This will first such move since the inception of Shiv Sena 56 years ago. Owing to thes big rallies,Mumbai  Traffic Police has issued advisory stating routes that will closed during the course of event.Also Read - 5 Places In India Where Dussehra Is Celebrated Without RavanWhile the Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, while group led by Shinde has organised their event at the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the suburbs. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav to Virender Sehwag; How Cricketers Wished Fans on Auspicious DayThe following parking arrangements have been made for the vehicles of citizens attending the Dussehra Mela organized on 5th October at MMRDA Ground, BKC, Bandra (E).#MTPUpdates #MumbaiTrafficUpdates pic.twitter.com/H8ioifSneH— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022 Also Read - Sena vs Sena in Mumbai: 5,000 Buses, Special Trains For Dussehra Rallies at Shivaji Park; Traffic Restrictions Imposed | 10 PointsIn view of Dussehra Mela to be held at Shivaji Park, Dadar on October 5, 2022, to avoid traffic congestion on the nearby roads, following temporary provisions have been made to the traffic management from 9 AM to 12 PM. pic.twitter.com/7g67ICRIIO— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) October 4, 2022The rallies have generated intense interest in political circles and also among common citizens and there will be more than just speeches by the two friends-turns-foes as the rival factions will seek to present themselves as the ‘real’ Shiv Sena and try to claim the legacy of party founder the late Bal Thackeray.

  • 1,800 Maharashtra buses to bring people to Shiv Sena rallies
  • Times of India

    PUNE/MUMBAI: A total of 1,800 ST buses from across Maharashtra have been booked for ferrying supporters of Uddhav Thackeray and chief minister Eknath Shinde to Mumbai for the parallel Dussehra rallies to be held on Wednesday. A road transport official said buses were booked by various individuals and paid for in cash. However, the Congress alleged that up to Rs 10 crore has been spent by the CM-led Shiv Sena faction on transport and food expenses for the BKC rally. The party demanded a probe by central agencies into the expenditure. Congress claims Rs 10 crore spent for buses to rally, MSRTC denies centralised paymentMaharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has diverted buses plying in rural areas, apart from those engaged in school transport services, to carry supporters of the rival Sena factions to their rallies in the city on Wednesday. However, MSRTC general manager (traffic) Shivaji Jagtap denied any impact on regular operations. "Our usual operations have not been affected. In many areas, Navami and Dashmi (Dasara) are collector-declared holidays. We see a 45% dip in passenger traffic on both days each year. Many buses will be used only after their day's schedule is complete," Jagtap told TOI on Tuesday. While 450 ST buses were booked from Aurangabad and Beed districts in Marathwada, another 686 buses were from the north Maharashtra region. At Sillod in Aurangabad, state agriculture minister Abdul Sattar was seen personally monitoring the departure of ST buses decked with the CM's posters. MSRTC's Aurangabad divisional controller Sachin Kshirsagar said, "Buses plying in the rural areas and those engaged in school transportation were mostly diverted for these bookings as they see negligible occupancy on Dussehra day." The Pune and Kolhapur divisions did not report bookings. At Nashik, a MSRTC officer said, "We received bookings of 686 buses from our central office." Some 100 private buses from Nashik have also been booked. A MSRTC official said no favours were done to the Shinde faction. "Buses have been booked in the name of individuals across the state. They were booked on casual contract. As per convention, fare has been collected in cash. It is not that one person has booked 1,600 buses and paid a fare of Rs 10 crore," he said. However, the Congress has demanded a probe by the Enforcement Directorate and income tax department on expenditure incurred by the Shinde faction for the rally at BKC. MPCC spokesperson Atul Londhe said Rs 10 crore has been spent to engage buses. "If Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut can be jailed on charges of laundering Rs 50 lakh, then what about the Rs 10 crore spent by the Shinde faction?" he asked. He said Sena leaders are transporting thousands to BKC. "Central agencies must probe the source of the cash. This amounts to money laundering and offences should be registered under Prevention of Money Laundering Act," Londhe said. "In addition, from the statement of a rebel Shiv Sena leader, two lakh food packets will be given to people attending the rally," he alleged.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde to spar over Hindutva, dynasty & governance
Times of India | 2 days ago | |
Times of India
2 days ago | |

MUMBAI: The two Dussehra rallies in the city, five kilometres apart, are expected to produce a blistering duel between Shiv Sena party president Uddhav Thackeray and chief minister Eknath Shinde, dwelling on the themes of Hindutva, betrayal, dynastic succession and governance. While Uddhav is likely to take on Shinde and BJP for its role in bringing down his government, the CM is expected to make a hard pitch for his right to claim Bal Thackeray's legacy and at the same time, remind his audience about key decisions taken by him in the last three months. Both may speak for over an hour each, starting their speeches around 8.45pm and going on till the close at 10pm. By convention, Sena rallies start around 7pm with other seniors on the dais saying their bit for an hour and half. Around 8.15pm, the key speakers are expected to arrive. Thackeray and Shinde will be the last to address and will hold forth till 10pm. There was speculation that Aaditya will also talk at Shivaji Park, but Sena leaders denied such a move. The Shinde faction on Tuesday released their latest promotional video for the rally. "...to take forward Hindutva's chariot, to teach a lesson to those who have forgotten our ideology, not of one family but a Dussehra rally of Balasaheb's ideology," reads the script emblazoned on the visuals with Shinde in the background. The CM may devote time to decisions taken by his government to compensate for "shortcomings" under the previous regime. Apart from emphasising on the effort to speed up key projects such as the underground metro in Mumbai, the bullet train and a beautification plan for the metropolis, he is expected to speak on relief measures for the agriculture sector. A Shinde faction leader said the CM is also likely to make some revelations on events in June and July leading up to the collapse of the MVA government following his revolt along with 40 Sena MLAs. Saamna, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, on Tuesday suggested that Thackeray will come out all guns blazing at the rally. "Bogus and fake people will be exposed...Uddhav Thackeray's cannon will fire hard. It will fire at bogus Hindutva," said a party statement in the Saamna. The Thackeray faction may also release a new theme song targeting "the traitors" and harping on loyalty to Balasaheb's Shiv Sena. Sena leader Anil Parab described the rally as "a cultural gathering". "We have been hosting this since 1966. We used to come here to listen to the thoughts of Balasaheb and now we listen to Uddhavji. It will be a grand rally," Parab said. As at a group heads meeting earlier this month at Goregaon's Nesco grounds, a chair is likely to be symbolically kept vacant for Sena MP Sanjay Raut who is in jail in an alleged money laundering case. Leaders from both factions are trying to ensure a full house. Officials said while around 60,000 people can fill up Shivaji Park, the MMRDA grounds are bigger. To welcome guests, the CM's camp has organised food packets for every attendee with ladoo and savouries.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde to spar over Hindutva, dynasty & governance
  • Mumbai: Andheri East bypoll, a litmus test for Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena
  • The Indian Express

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday announced the date for the bye-elections to the Andheri (East) Assembly constituency in Mumbai, the first election in the city after the split in the Shiv Sena.The EC on Monday released the schedule for bypolls to seven Assembly constituencies in Maharashtra, Bihar, Haryana, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. The elections will be held on November 3 and the last date for filing nominations is October 14, the EC said.In Maharashtra, the election will take place in Andheri East, the constituency of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke, who died in May this year in Dubai after a heart attack. While the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has fielded Latke’s wife Rutuja in the election, the BJP is fielding former Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) corporator Murji Patel.The Andheri bypoll will take place before the BMC elections and will be a litmus test for the Shiv Sena, which has faced a vertical split after a rebellion spearheaded by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs.he Shiv Sena has been insisting that the elections should be fought unopposed as Latke’s wife herself is contesting.

Mumbai: Duo plays ‘investigators’, flees with Rs 10 lakh jewels
Times of India | 2 days ago | |
Times of India
2 days ago | |

MUMBAI: Two clean-up marshals have been arrested for duping an employee of a jewellery company of gold and diamonds worth Rs 10 lakh by "asking questions like investigators". The complainant, Tukaram Undare, has been working with a jewellery company in Kandivli (east) for the last three years. On September 27, he went to Bandra by train and submitted his company's papers at the BKC Diamond Bourse as per his manager's instructions. Around 1.30pm, he went to a merchant in Bandra where he exchanged 40gm of gold for another type of the yellow metal on behalf of his company. He then took a local train to Kandivli and visited a dealer at Shankar Gully at Kandivli (west). His employer had given this dealer 100 diamonds of 10 carats each for sale earlier, but wanted them back. With the gold and box of diamonds in his bag, he decided to walk to his workplace despite the fact that his employer had given him fare to take an auto. "Undare decided to save the money by walking," a police officer said. As Undare reached a foot overbridge to get across from Kandivali west to east, he was "intercepted" by two men on a bike. The duo reportedly spoke in Marathi and asked him if he had consumed anything illegal. When Undare said he had eaten tobacco, the duo demanded to know if he was carrying drugs in his bag, and began inspecting it. They found cash, the packet of gold and box of diamonds. Leaving the cash, they picked up the gold and diamonds. When Undare tried to question them, the men reportedly asked him to go and meet their "saheb". Undare walked ahead to meet the "saheb", but did not spot any car. Meanwhile, the duo fled the spot. Samta Nagar police suspect the duo may have surveilled Undare when he was returning to his workplace on foot with the precious metal and stones. The entire loot has been recovered. An FIR was registered on September 28 and Undare said the gold and diamonds were worth Rs 7 lakh. However, they were later valued at Rs 10 lakh. Police examined CCTV footage and tracked down the accused, Rahul Gavhane, 37, and Ashish Gupta, 30, within 24 hours from Lokhandwala Complex in Kandivli (east). Both the men do not have a past crime record.

Mumbai: Duo plays ‘investigators’, flees with Rs 10 lakh jewels
Unaccounted cash, gold worth Rs 1.75 crore seized from railway passenger in Maharashtra
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

KALYAN: Railway Protection Force personnel attached to Titwala RPF detained a jeweller travelling with cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 1.75 crore without any valid records on Pushpak Express train. The RPF have seized valuables to Income Tax Department to further probe the case. The jeweler identified as G P Mandal. He is resident of Kalamboli area in Navi Mumbai. Mandal runs jewellery shop in Zaveri bazar in Mumbai. Anjali Babar, RPF personnel, said Mandal on Sunday was traveling into Pushpak Express train from Lucknow to Mumbai. On Sunday night, when train slow down at Titwala railway station which did not have stop Mandal alighted from train carrying huge bag. Anjali Babar, senior police inspector of Kalyan RPF said, "Looking at man alighting from train with huge bag on suspicion basis our two RPF lady personal LB Baug and Subham Khare took him to the RPF office where when we thoroughly interrogated person and checked his bag found huge cash and gold ornaments". Babar further said, "When we asked Mandal to produce documents regarding valuables but he failed resulting we informed the Income Tax Department and handed them seized items who is further investigating the matter."

Unaccounted cash, gold worth Rs 1.75 crore seized from railway passenger in Maharashtra
  • Gold, Cash Worth Over A Crore Recovered From Rail Passenger Near Mumbai
  • Ndtv

    Income Tax officials were informed about the seizure, a RPF official said.(Representational)Thane: Unaccounted cash and two gold biscuits collectively worth Rs 1.71 crore were found in the backpack of a passenger at Titwala railway station in Thane district of Maharashtra, a Railway Protection Force (RPF) official said on Monday.The cash and gold biscuits were handed over to the Income Tax department for further investigation.A team of Railway Protection Force (RPF) detained Ganesh Mondal, who was moving suspiciously on the railway station platform, on October 1.The search of his backpack revealed he was carrying Rs 56 lakh cash and two gold biscuits worth Rs 1,15,16,903, the official said, adding that Mondal cannot give a satisfactory reply about the source of the money and gold.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMondal told RPF officials that he was coming from Lucknow and travelled in Pushpak Express.Income Tax officials were informed about the seizure and the case was handed over to them, he said.

Mumbai Doordarshan celebrates 50 years with touching reunion
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

MUMBAI: The ship that launched a thousand celluloid dreams sailed through a momentous golden jubilee Sunday. Mumbai Doordarshan celebrated its 50th anniversary by hosting a get-together of retired producers, anchors and technicians at its Worli studio. DDK Mumbai, or Sahyadri as it is now called, had launched its broadcast October 2, 1972. Its 1,000 ft tall TV tower was a beacon of light in a time when television was a meaningful experience. The channel helped launch the careers of Farooque Shaikh (Yuvadarshan), Deepti Naval and Smita Patil, who was a Marathi newsreader when she was selected for cinema. Dilip Prabhavalkar as Chimanrao later became a film star while Sudha Chopra and TP Jain were producers. DD's first producer Yakub Sayyad who joined on the very first day, devised a comedy show with Babban Prabhu which ran for a marathon number of years. He received much applause at Sunday's reunion. Adi Marzban (Aavo Mari Saathe), Sabira Merchant (What's The Good Word), Bhakti Barve (Saptahiki) and Manju Singh (Kilbil) nurtured their new genre with passion. Not to forget Tabassum whose 'Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan' was the first celebrity talk show. Among DD Mumbai's earliest producers was Suman Bajaj Kalra who drafted Farooque Shaikh for Yuvadarshan in 1974. She said, "He came to me and pitched his request in just a few words -- no boasting about 'Garm Hava' or his vast stage experience. I selected him at once. I did not have to train him. Farooque had already done so much theatre by the time he came to Doordarshan in his twenties." When Smita Patil was rejected by another member at an audition for being dark skinned, Kalra intervened and saw her through after watching her stunning performance. TV veteran Siddharth Kak said, "I began my career with DD in the late 1960s, first with their teaching English to schools programme, and then subsequently news for more than a decade, before shifting to news in Mumbai in the 1970s. It is in a way synonymous with recording independent India." Sunday's reunion saw the presence of former veterans like Jayu Bhatkar, Shivaji Fulsundar, Mukesh Sharma and Sailesh Srivastava. Srivastava, herself a singer, said, "We lost a few colleagues to Covid so that heartbreak is there. But we soldier on because Sahyadri is for citizens not consumers. This is the reason why it is very popular. In fact Sahyadri is the foremost revenue earner among all of DD's regional channels. Maharashtra is a great state 'maha rashtra' thanks to its phenomenal art, writing, music and drama. And we do our best to showcase its culture."

Mumbai Doordarshan celebrates 50 years with touching reunion
September 30 deadline over, land acquisition for bullet train project yet to be completed
The Indian Express | 5 days ago | |
The Indian Express
5 days ago | |

While Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had set a strict deadline of September 30 for complete acquisition of all land required in the state for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed bullet train project, state officials have not been able to meet the target.The tussle between the Centre and the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi government had earlier led to a slowdown in the land acquisition process. As the bullet train is a flagship project of the Narendra Modi-led government, the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government had decided to give the project a boost and they have been regularly monitoring the progress of land acquisition.Most of the land to be acquired is in Palghar district of Maharashtra, adjoining Gujarat.“We were supposed to acquire 191 hectares of private land, 60 hectares of government land and nearly 70 hectares of forest land in Palghar. Now, 95 per cent of the total acquisition has been completed. We will complete the rest in one month,’’ Palghar District Collector Govind Bodke told the Indian Express.In Thane district, outgoing District Collector Rajesh Narvekar said four hectares of land is to be acquired in Bhiwandi. He added that this proposal was sent to the state administration at a later stage.The bullet train route in Mumbai will end at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority Commissioner S V R Srinivas said they had completed the process of land acquisition a long time ago.

September 30 deadline over, land acquisition for bullet train project yet to be completed
Train jumps signal at Thane station, disrupts CR services for nearly 1 hour
Times of India | 6 days ago | |
Times of India
6 days ago | |

MUMBAI: In a serious incident, a local train jumped the red signal before entering Thane station on Friday, thus disrupting Central Railway services for nearly an hour during evening peak hours. A Thane-bound local was about to pull into platform number 3 around 6.40pm, but was given the red signal as the controller wanted to allow a Kalyan-bound train to cross over from the fast track to the slow one, said sources. However, the motorman of the Thane-bound local ignored the red signal and entered the station. Fortunately, the Kalyan-bound train was not crossing the track when the other local jumped the signal. Sources said Thane station authorities then decided to manually operate the signals as the automatic signalling system stopped working due to the incident. The trains were gradually moved out of the station from 7.25pm onwards. The incident led to bunching of trains with commuters stuck inside coaches for 40 minutes to one hour. Central Railway chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said, "We are ascertaining the reasons for the hold-up of trains at Thane." In railway terminology, signal-jumping incidents are called Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) in which a motorman or loco pilot forgets to halt a train despite the red signal. The standard procedure for a SPAD is to de-train the driver, conduct his blood test to ascertain whether he is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to question him about the cause for not halting the train at the signal.

Train jumps signal at Thane station, disrupts CR services for nearly 1 hour
  • Maharashtra: Train jumps red signal at Thane, causes major disruption in services
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Central Railway services were badly affected during the evening peak hour after a suburban train allegedly jumped the red signal before entering Thane station around 6.40 pm on Friday. One Kalyan-Thane local was scheduled to arrive at Thane’s platform number 3. However, this train had been given a red signal , which is located before the train enters the platform. The motorman of this train ignored the red signal which led to major disruption in train services. Signal functioning issue led to the local train delay for more than forty five minutes causing overcrowding at… https://t.co/zdWXfdooUK— TOI Navi Mumbai (@TOINaviMumbai) 1664552018000Sources said that the Kalyan-Thane train had been given the red signal before it enters the platform as the controller was planning to provide a signal to Kalyan-bound train to enter the slow track from fast track. Fortunately, this train was not crossing the track when the Thane terminating train jumped the red signal. Sources further said that station authorities then decided to take a call to manually operate the signals at Thane as this incident meant that automatic signalling system could not work. The trains were then gradually began movement from 7.25 pm onwards This led to major bunching and commuters complained to getting stuck in the train for almost 40 minutes to one hour. Signal jumping are called Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) incident, in which the the motorman forgets to halt the train despite the red signal.The standard procedure for a SPAD is to detrain the driver, conduct his blood test to ascertain whether he is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to question him about the cause. CR’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said, “We are ascertaining the reasons for the held up of trains at Thane.”

Vedanta-Foxconn project exit: Shiv Sena hits back at Sitharaman, questions Union govt’s role
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | |
The Indian Express
6 days ago | |

Hitting back at Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena on Friday asked the minister to explain how the Vedanta-Foxconn project, which only required an approval from the central government, was shifted out of Maharashtra to Gujarat.The remarks came in the wake of criticism levelled by the opposition parties in Maharashtra, including the Shiv Sena, after the Eknath Shinde-BJP led state government failed to bag the Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor plant project worth Rs 1.54 lakh crore.In an editorial in the Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana, the political party stated that Sitharaman should first reply to their queries, and then question and criticise them over the project exit. “How did the project disappear from Maharashtra when only the approval of the central government was pending,” the editorial stated. “A project like Vedanta was rightfully of Maharashtra, and it could have generated employment for more than a lakh people here, but it was taken away In one swoop. Should not Maharashtrians grieve over this? Should not the Union government be questioned? Before asking us any question, Sitharaman should first answer some of our questions. Was there any protest in Maharashtra against the Vedanta project? When and where did Gujarat ask for the project? How did the project disappear from Maharashtra when only one approval — from the central government — was pending?”During a press conference in Pune last week, Sitharaman slammed the opposition parties in Maharashtra for “shedding crocodile tears” over the shifting of the Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor plant from the state to Gujarat, and also accused them of creating hurdles for five big-ticket projects during the Uddhav Thackeray led MVA government rule.“But who were the people who stopped the bullet train project in Maharashtra? Who were the people who stopped a Rs 65,000 crore Wadhvan project in Palghar district? Who stopped the Nanar refinery project, and who created hurdles for the Metro car shed project in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony?” she had asked.On the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, the Samana editorial mentioned, “A bullet train can travel 100km. It has been observed that it takes 55 seconds to reach the speed per hour, while ‘Vande Bharat Express’ covers the same distance in 53 seconds. Then why do we need a bullet train carrying a debt of Rs 1 lakhcrore in the country?”Earlier, The Indian Express had reported that the Vedanta-Foxconn demanded a ‘central government alignment’ (approval) from the Maharashtra government for starting a semiconductor facility in the state. In a letter, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had assured the Vedanta group that the state was “moving expeditiously” on the request, and invited the company chairman for a MoU ceremony on July 29.

Vedanta-Foxconn project exit: Shiv Sena hits back at Sitharaman, questions Union govt’s role
Mumbai: Teen nabs train molester, hands him over to cops
Times of India | 6 days ago | |
Times of India
6 days ago | |

MUMBAI: A plucky college-goer caught hold of a man who was sexually harassing her in a local train and turned him over to the police with the help of her friends. The incident occurred in a Western Railway local on Thursday when the 17-year-old girl was headed to college. The Government Railway Police (GRP) were all praise for her. The girl and her friends boarded the general compartment of a Churchgate-bound slow local from Dahisar. They were to get off at Kandivli station and stood in the passage. "It was morning peak hour and the train was packed. Around 10.15am, a man standing behind the victim touched her inappropriately. She initially ignored it as an accidental touch given that the coach was crowded. But he did it once again just as the train was reaching Borivli station," said a police officer. This time, the girl caught hold of his other arm and did not let go. She raised an alarm, alerting her friends who were with her. Together, they pulled him out of the coach when the train halted at Borivli station. Patrolling GRP personnel on the platform were summoned and he was handed over to them. The accused lives in Vasai and works at a cellphone store in Borivli. "He insisted that he had touched the girl accidentally. But during interrogation, we could clearly establish that he was lying," said senior inspector Anil Kadam, Borivli GRP. The accused does not have a previous crime record. He was booked under the relevent IPC sections, and Pocso Act, and was produced before a local court. Last week, a 21-year-old lawyer was molested inside a first class ladies compartment of a harbour local between Andheri and Jogeshwari stations. Accused, Biharilal Yadav, who had got off and on the same train at five different stations, was nabbed within three days. The lawyer had also tweeted about the insensitivity displayed by GRP personnel when she went to their chowky at Andheri to complain. Following this, GRP commissioner Quaiser Khalid instituted an inquiry into the conduct of the personnel.

Mumbai: Teen nabs train molester, hands him over to cops
At 130kmph, new train starts journey to Mumbai; trip to become faster soon
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | |
The Indian Express
6 days ago | |

Platform number 9 of Ahmedabad’s Kalupur railway station had never been so decked up.The red carpet remained laid out from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have alighted from the train, the rest of the platform wearing a grey carpet to match with the colour of the cement on the other platforms.Fifty-year old Purnima Parekh and her son, Karan (22) had booked themselves on a 6 am Shatabdi from Mumbai to land at Ahmedabad to board the upgraded Vande Bharat Express that was flagged off by Modi from Gandhinagar on Friday.“We reached Ahmedabad at around 12:25 pm, changed platforms and sat here ( inside the Vande Bharat Express). We only came to experience the train because we had heard that the Vande Bharat is excellent in the New Delhi route and this time we wanted to experience it first hand,” says Purnima, who is a homemaker and a Borivali resident.Having sat in the coach for an hour at the time when The Indian Express spoke to her, Purnima however makes her displeasure clear at the first day novelty treatment the train is receiving.“Children and people have been coming in and out of the coach, only because they want to take a look. They’re making things dirty,” she says.The train took off on its maiden journey around 2 pm but not before a 14-year old boy and his cousins — all boys — had playfully zigzagged through coaches in short sprints, pushing buttons, taking a swiveling round in the chairs, making use of its feature of 180 degree turn flexibility, touring the bathrooms, checking the taps.The indigenously made semi-high speed train with 16 coaches — with one of the key features being speed, capable of running at 160 kilometres per hour — is however at least several months away from realising its full potential, even as the ticketing fare accounts for a “super fast charge” component, ranging between Rs 45 and 75.The total ticket cost ranges between Rs 1,275 and Rs 2,650, the journey from Gandhinagar to Mumbai Central costing more than that from Mumbai Central to Gandhinagar.Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer (CPRO) at Western Railways says, “The sanctioned speed for Vande Bharat Express is 160 kmph but it will run at a maximum of 130 kmph at present because of our track structure. Work is already underway for upgradation of the track, with a target to complete by March 2024. This (upgradation of track) would also include fencing around it to prevent stray cattle etc from venturing onto the tracks, as well as realignment of curves along tracks. The upgradation will cover 519 kilometres between Ahmedabad and Mumbai Central, and overall, a total of 1478.82 kilometres of track between Mumbai Central and New Delhi would be upgraded at a total cost of Rs 6,661 crores so as to better speed for all trains in general.”Not only speed, but the anti-collision technology of Kavach too remains to be fully realised.Though the train is equipped with the anti-collision feature, the track remains to be equipped with the same, which is expected to be completed as part of the track upgradation. The mechanism to avoid collision involves radio frequency communications between the train track and the train.Meanwhile the maiden journey saw few ticketed passengers and most coaches comprising government officials, railway officials, police personnel and mediapersons.The train, with its bottle-nosed front, grabbed eyeballs of bystanders at stations, railway crossings, train depots and control rooms etc, as it zoomed past most stations but nearly all phones were out at the smaller train stations of Sachin (in Surat) and Bordi (in Maharashtra), to take photos.With three-minute halts each at Vadodara and Surat, and automatic gates, it is a significant shift from the train travel as one has traditionally known, allowing one to get off a running train or alight one, stopping for a quick purchase of snacks at interim halts.At Surat, a disheveled man with a backpack hurriedly entered a coach in his quest to reach Vapi, only to be told that the train will only stop next at Mumbai Central.He got down at the nick of the time, and the train zipped past Vapi station at 129 kmph.The train with Braille lettering on most textual content (such as seat numbers, soap dispenser etc) also claims to be friendly for the specially-abled.With a vegetarian fare for lunch and snacks, the train’s visible attempt towards a more hospitality-oriented approach is apparent.Vidhi Patel, a “hostess’” as her name tag reads, says that each coach will be catered by two hostesses, the concept modeled on flight stewardesses.With a BBA degree in aviation, hospitality, travel and tourism management from Parul University, and employed by RK Associates, which provides catering to the IRCTC, Patel says that the hostesses have been deployed to “serve people better, especially children and the elderly.”IRCTC too has its own set of servicing personnel.As the swanky machine of the railway ministry glided into Mumbai Central at 7:28 pm, seven minutes before schedule, Mumbai received it sans excitement. There was only the public announcement service of the Indian Railways extending a “warm welcome” to the passengers on the Vande Bharat Express’s maiden journey.(Sohini Ghosh went on the Vande Bharat Express on an invitation from the Indian Railways)

At 130kmph, new train starts journey to Mumbai; trip to become faster soon
UPSC Key-September 28, 2022: Why you should read ‘Election Symbols’ or ‘Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy’ or ‘Solid Waste’ for UPSC CSE
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Important topics and their relevance in UPSC CSE exam for September 28, 2022. If you missed the September 27, 2022 UPSC key from the Indian Express, read it hereFRONT PAGEFight for ‘real’ Sena: SC rejects Uddhav plea, lets EC decideSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- The Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s prayer to stay proceedings pending before the Election Commission of India (ECI) over a request by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde for recognition of his faction as the real Shiv Sena and permission to use the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ election symbol.• How election symbols are allotted?• Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968-Know key highlights• When parties split, how does EC decide who gets the symbol?• What are the Election Commission’s powers in a dispute over the election symbol when a party splits?• How did the EC deal with such matters before the Symbols Order came into effect?• Is there a way other than the test of majority to resolve a dispute over election symbols?• What happens to the group that doesn’t get the parent party’s symbol?• Election Commission of India and Article 324 of the Constitution-Know in detail• The independent and impartial functioning of the Election Commission-How it is ensured?• Election Commission of India- Powers and Functions• Chief Election Commissioner and the two other Election Commissioners have equal powers-True or False?• In case of difference of opinion amongst the Chief election commissioner and/or two other election commissioners, the matter is decided by the Supreme Court of India-Right or Wrong?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Explained: When parties split, how does EC decide who gets the symbol?GOVT & POLITICSPM to launch third Vande Bharat train on FridaySyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.Mains Examination: General Studies III: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story-Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take a ride on the third Vande Bharat train which he will flag off in Gujarat on Friday. This will be part of the PM’s two-day visit to poll-bound Gujarat where he will reach on Thursday and will inaugurate projects worth Rs 29,000 crore, as per a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. Gujarat is slated for Assembly elections later this year.• What are Vande Bharat trains?• What is the Speciality of Vande Bharat train?• What are the Features of the Vande Bharat Trains?• What is the route of Vande Bharat train?• Indian Railways-know in brief• Indian railways and India’s struggle for Independence-how railways helped?• “The Indian Railways must be modernized in order to compete globally and serve as a major growth engine for the nation”-DiscussOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Explained: Can India meet the target of 400 Vande Bharat trains in three years?📍Indian Railways needs restructuring and modernisation, efforts since 2014 are bearing fruitEXPRESS NETWORKDibang: Arunachal says no land for national park, NGT drops its own caseSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate ChangeMain Examination: General Studies III: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has dismissed the case it took up suo motu on the grant of forest clearance for the 3000-MW Dibang hydel project without meeting the precondition of declaring a national park. The Tribunal did so after it was informed by Arunachal Pradesh that “the local people… are not willing to part away their land for declaration of National Park”.• Where is Dibang multipurpose project?• Locate on Map: Dibang multipurpose project• Dibang River-Source and Location• Why are scientists and conservationists worried about Dibang multipurpose project?• What is the Forest Advisory Committee?• What do you understand by the term ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ (EIA)?• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Protection Act, 1986-How they are related with each other?• Why Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is Important?• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and India• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Rules Amendment, 2006• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020• Environmental Impact Assessment-Achievements, Issues and Challenges• Supreme court of India on Environment Impact Assessment (ex-post facto environmental clearance)Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Ignoring green commitments: Weak political will, lack of a monitoring systemTHE IDEAS PAGEThe Chiplun imperativeSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.Mains Examination: General Studies III: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story-Milind Sohoni Writes: A consumption tax based on concrete aspects of sustainability, and its local devolution, would create the right incentives for a scientific analysis of garbage and the logistics of its disposal.• What is the main problem of waste disposal?• What is Solid Waste?• What are the different categories of solid waste?• What Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 says?• What are the key components of Solid waste management?• How Chiplun, a taluka town in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, dealing with the waste?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Why reducing size of Delhi’s garbage mountains is easier said than doneHow to keep the lights on, save costsSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story– Somit Dasgupta writes: Market based economic dispatch system may help governments to save revenue, but Centre needs to bring states on board• ‘A paradigm shift is being proposed by the central government in power sector governance. The scheme under consideration is the market-based economic dispatch (MBED)’-What is the Market-Based Economic Dispatch (MBED) mechanism?• How Market-Based Economic Dispatch (MBED) mechanism, will mark a clear shift from a decentralised model followed till now, which has been buttressed by the Electricity Act 2003 and follow-on reforms?• Centralised vs decentralised power model-Know, understand and brainstorm• Market-Based Economic Dispatch (MBED) mechanism-Know its merit and demerit• Why Market-Based Economic Dispatch (MBED) mechanism is “inconsistent with the constitutional provisions, existing legislative framework and market structure”?• But, Market-Based Economic Dispatch (MBED) mechanism is a way forward to deepen power markets in line with the Centre’s ‘One Nation, One Grid, One Frequency, One Price’ formula-How it will strengthen federal structure?• Power is in the Concurrent List or Union List or in state list of the Constitution?• Do you Know-India has a diversified electricity market ranging from long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs), cross border PPAs, short and medium term bilateral, day-ahead power exchange, and a real-time online market. A major percentage of the installed power capacity –over 87 per cent – is tied up under long term PPAs of around 25 years. The remaining 13 per cent is transacted in the power markets, with nearly half of this over the power exchanges and the remaining through short-term and medium-term bilateral deals.Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Market-based economic despatch model risks a legal tangleEXPLAINEDAssam CM in Kaziranga after dark: legal, but not the best ideaSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountabilityKey Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- Facing flak for driving inside Kaziranga National Park with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev after sunset, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that night safari in wildlife sanctuaries was in fashion around the world, and that no law in the country, including those for the protection of wildlife, prohibits it.• In India, entry into forests is governed by two laws — The Indian Forest Act, 1927, and The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972-Know the difference between the two• Is the chief minister right?• What is the law currently in Kaziranga?• What is the policy in wildlife parks around the world?• So why are night safaris generally not encouraged in India?• What is the upshot, then?• Map Work-KazirangaOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Kaziranga opens to tourists; CM Sonowal hopes it will help revive tourism post-lockdown📍Explained: Why annual floods are essential for the survival of Kaziranga National ParkWarming of oceans: A reason why hurricanes are getting stronger, fasterSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.Mains Examination: General Studies I: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- Early on Monday, Hurricane Ian was a tropical storm with heavy rain and winds of at least 73 mph. But experts say the storm is gaining power rapidly and, if recent history is any guide, it could intensify dangerously as it nears Cuba as soon as Monday night.• What defines a hurricane?• Cyclone, Tornado, Hurricane and Typhoon-How they are different from each other?• How do hurricanes form?• Is climate change affecting hurricanes?• How else is climate change affecting storms?• What are Air Masses and Fronts? How they associated with the formation of Hurricanes?• How Hurricanes are named?• World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)-About, Role, Vision and MissionOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍How climate change is fueling hurricanesSmashing into a space rockSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: General ScienceMains Examination: General Studies III: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- The collision was a technology demonstration, and an experiment to assess the capabilities to do such maneouvers in future should a need arise.• What is the NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)?• What is Dimorphos?• What is Asteroids?• What’s the Difference Between Asteroids, Comets and Meteors?• Why Dimorphos and no other asteroids?• What is rationale behind planetary defence test?• After NASA’s DART mission, the European Space Agency (ESA) plans to launch the Hera mission in October 2024-What is Hera Mission?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test successful: DART crashes into DimorphosECONOMYNon-personal data regulator after consultations: MoS ITSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importanceMain Examination: General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- A body proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) to act as the country’s non-personal data regulator will be formulated following a series of roundtables and public consultations involving the industry, consumer groups and government agencies.• What is the Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy?• ‘India Data Accessibility and Use Policy’ which was floated in February, faced widespread criticism with questions being raised about the government collecting data to monetise it in the absence of a data protection law in India-Know more about this policy• Personal data and Non-Personal data-Compare and Contrast• India Data Management Office (IDMO)-Know about this proposed office in detail• ‘In a draft report of January 2021, the Gopalakrishnan committee recommended the identification of certain “high-value datasets”, which could be shared for the purpose of encouraging innovation and ensuring national security’-Know more about the Gopalakrishnan committee’s recommendation• Why experts have raised concerns over this trend, questioning the government’s efforts of data collection and monetisation in the absence of a basic data protection regime?• What is meant by data monetization?• “The government’s primary concern should be service delivery and safeguarding the information it gathers from citizens towards this end. Its key objective should not be to monetise this data for profit”-Critically Analyse the statement• But why there is an issue if data is treated as a “wealth resource”?• Why did the Government withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill?• Why does data matter?• What is Data Protection?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Report Summary on A Free and Fair Digital Economy📍Explained: The issues, debate around Data Protection BillFor any queries and feedback, contact priya.shukla@indianexpress.comThe UPSC KEY Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Updates.

UPSC Key-September 28, 2022: Why you should read ‘Election Symbols’ or ‘Draft National Data Governance Framework Policy’ or ‘Solid Waste’ for UPSC CSE
‘Want to be in the team, but I’m scared’
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Pune: Attempt a full-fledged comeack or not?Heena Sidhu has faced many tricky situations in her 16-year-long career, but the challenge the pistol shooter is facing these days is way more complicated.The mother of a 10-month-old girl is back to competitive shooting, and it isn’t easy.The World-Cup gold winning pistol shooter has made her way to the Mahrashtra shooting team for the National Games to be held in Gujarat and is looking forward to getting back into India team. But there is no desperation.“It is a good feeling to participate in the National Games. I represented Punjab in the last edition (2015), this time I am going to participate for Maharashtra,” said Heena after putting her daughter Reyah to sleep, at her residence here.Heena, 33, has been away from shooting for almost three years and got back to the range only in January this year. “In 2019, I thought of taking a break for a couple of months, but before the break could end, Covid pandemic began and then we decided to have a baby. The break got extended to almost three years,” she laughed.After deciding to train again, Heena participated in the trials and managed a place in the top-16 shooters for the National Games. However, things are not the same for her.“I am working at a basic level right now. Physically, a lot has changed after the delivery. I lost the muscle memory, my body doesn’t listen to me anymore, so there is some frustration. But I am trying to get back to normal, slowly. I am at a stage where I know what mistakes I am making, but I am not able to rectify them,” she said.No matter how difficult physically it is for Heena, her concerns are more mental. She is training to be in the Indian squad but is apprehensive of reaching the top.“I want to be in the team, but I am scared too. I know that once I come to the team, I will have to be there in the camps, travel without my daughter and that is a discomforting thought. Every time there is a camp, the shooter has to attend it since there is no provision of training at our base location. I understand that the idea is to train with the team, but it becomes difficult for a mother like me. I cannot take my daughter to the camp but I feel the authorities should at least consider exempting mothers and allow them to train at a range of their choice,” said Heena.The London and Rio Olympics participant, however, knows she will eventually have to face the reality as the quotas for the 2024 Paris Games will be up for grabs.“Due to the Covid situation, the Olympics cycle this time has become short. Since I have less time (to come back to the team), I will have to play all the matches to be in the team and keep my scores updated. I wouldn’t have shot in all of them if I had time. As an athlete, I feel forced to participate in the matches, but this is what it is,” she said.

‘Want to be in the team, but I’m scared’
  • I want to be in the Indian team, but I am scared too: Heena Sidhu
  • Times of India

    PUNE: Heena Sidhu has faced many tricky situations in her 16-year-long career, but the dilemma the pistol shooter is facing these days, is beyond complicated. The mother of a 10-month-old girl is back to competitive shooting, and it isn't easy. The World-Cup gold winning pistol shooter has made her way to the shooting team for the National Games to be held in Gujarat and is looking forward to getting back into the national team, but with a little caution. "I think it is a good feeling to participate in the National Games. I represented Punjab in the last edition, this time I am going to participate for Maharashtra," Heena says. Heena has been away from shooting for almost three years and got back to the range only in January this year. "In 2019, I thought of taking a break for a couple of months, but before the break could end, Covid pandemic began and then we decided to have a baby. The break got extended to almost three years," she laughs. After coming back to train, Heena participated in the trials and managed a place in the top-16 shooters for the National Games. However, things are not the same for Heena. "I am working at a basic level right now. Physically, a lot has changed after the delivery. I lost the muscle memory, my body doesn't listen to me anymore, so there i s some frustration. But I am trying to get back to normal, slowly. I am at a stage where I know what mistakes I am making, but I am notable to rectify them," she says. No matter how difficult physically it is for Heena, her concerns are more mental in nature. It is natural that Heena is training to be in the Indian squad, but she is apprehensive of reaching to the top. "I want to be in the team, but I am scared too. I know that once I come to the team, I will have to be there in the camps, travel without my daughter and that scares me," she says.

Mumbai: Senior CR engineer held in Rs 1 lakh bribery case
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

MUMBAI: The CBI on Monday arrested Central Railway's principal chief mechanical engineer Ashoke Gupta, his driver and a contractor in a Rs 1 lakh bribery case and claimed to have recovered Rs 23 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 40 lakh. The agency has also reportedly found details of foreign bank accounts containing $2 lakh (approx Rs 1.6 crore) and other investments worth Rs 8 crore from the official's quarters at Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade. The agency also claimed to have recovered a ledger from Gupta's house in which he had allegedly mentioned about bribes-running into a few crores -collected from various railway contractors in the recent past. A city court has remanded Gupta, his driver Abdul Shaikh and the contractor, Aditya Tibrewal, in CBI custody for four days. According to the CBI, Gupta had bought properties in Delhi, Noida, Haridwar and Dehradun. It is alleged that he would ask his driver to collect the bribe money from contractors and then travel to Delhi by train and hand over the cash to his relatives to make investments. Gupta, a 1985-batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of mechanical engineers, was heading the CR's mechanical division in Mumbai from January 2020. All tenders and contracts related to the mechanical department were under his purview. Recently, the CBI learned from its sources that Gupta was demanding commissions from railway contractors and firms participating in tendering processes and helping them in return. The agency found that Gupta was negotiating the bribe money with Kolkata-based Tibrewal to clear his dues at his office. It maintained technical surveillance on both the men. Gupta reportedly demanded Rs 1 lakh from Tibrewal. The latter requested a friend, who has his office in Bandra, to arrange the money. On Monday, Gupta sent Shaikh to collect the money from the Bandra office, as instructed by Tibrewal. Shaikh collected the money and returned to the CSMT building and waited for Gupta. The CBI team was following Shaikh and arrested him with the money from a car and Gupta from his office. Simultaneously, the agency searched 10 locations in Mumbai, Kolkata, Ghaziabad, Noida, Dehradun and Delhi.

Mumbai: Senior CR engineer held in Rs 1 lakh bribery case
What is a laparoscopic uterus transplant? How does it help women without a womb? Is it risky?
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

After conducting India’s first two successful uterine transplants in 2017 and then another seven before the pandemic, Pune’s expert team at Galaxy Care Hospital was invited by the Gujarat government to carry out the procedure for two women on September 25. The West Bengal government has also invited the team to conduct the surgery. Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director of Galaxy Care Hospital, who has specialised in laparoscopic and robotic cancer surgeries, talks about the complicated womb transplant surgery and efforts to reduce risksWhat is a uterine transplant? How many procedures are carried out in the world?A uterine transplant, or womb transplant, provides a potential treatment for women who cannot become pregnant or carry a baby to full term because they lack a uterus (either they were born without it or lost it at a young age due to a benign or malignant condition) or have a totally non-functional uterus. This is estimated to affect one in 500 women according to the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. A new uterus is obtained from a live or cadaveric donor and fitted into the recipient. This is done only for the patients who are married and wish to have children. This cannot be done in unmarried women. Also, the women have to be genetically female and should be between 21 and 35 years of age. So far, cadaveric transplants have been unsuccessful and hence live donor transplants are done. The donor is usually the patient’s mother, who is clinically verified.More than 100 uterine transplants have been done worldwide. The first was done in Turkey in 2009. The second was done in 2011. The first live birth of a baby after a uterine transplant was in 2014. India is the fourth country to do the uterine transplant after Turkey, Sweden and the US. Our baby was the 12th baby in the world to have been born after a uterine transplant. Although the number of transplants to date is still relatively small, the number being performed globally is growing, say authors in the April 2021 issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Uterine transplantation is a potential therapeutic intervention for women with absolute uterine factor infertility (AUFI). This condition is widely considered to affect 1 in 500 women of child-bearing age, and has been estimated to impact 2,00,000 women in Europe, 85,000 in the US and up to 1.5 million women worldwide. AUFI refers to women with infertility secondary to the absence of a uterus or the presence of one that is anatomically or physiologically dysfunctional. According to the journal, more than 70 procedures and 23 live births had taken place till 2021.This surgery is considered risky and there aren’t many votaries for it. Why then did you take up uterine transplants in the first place?First of all, let me be very clear that this procedure is only confined to women whose uterus is totally non-functional. Second, being an expert in laparoscopic cervical cancer surgery, I thought we could do the same procedure laparoscopically, thereby decreasing the time and also the morbidity of the donor. We were the first in the world to do laparoscopic donor retrieval for the transplant.What about options like adoption and surrogacy?Couples wishing to start a family are thoroughly counselled about these options. However, due to various aspects, some families do not find it an alternative. Women born with AUFI can never experience menstruation and according to the study paper in the journal, the birthing experience has been the primary motivator in 63 per cent of women with AUFI. Of the 45 reported cases, 40 (89 per cent) were performed in women with the Mayer–Rokitansky–Küster–Hauser (MRKH) syndrome (uterus absent or under-formed). Four (nine per cent) cases were undertaken following hysterectomy (one for postpartum haemorrhage, one after cervical cancer, two following failed myomectomy. One case was undertaken in a woman with Asherman syndrome who underwent preparatory hysterectomy at the time of uterine transplantation.In India, women without uterus or small uterus have a huge problem in getting married because surrogacy is the only option for them. These women are essentially normal but suffer a huge psychological setback due to the absence of uterus. There are huge issues of infertility in India like late age of pregnancy, multiple abortions and others. The majority of women, who are opting for uterine transplants, are those born without uterus, small uterus or those whose uterus was removed due to cancer or any emergency procedure.You have performed nine procedures in Maharashtra and two in Gujarat. What are the challenges? What could be the complications of a surgery gone wrong?The donor could be any family member who has children apart from the mother. We have a big team of doctors. One team is involved in laparoscopic uterine retrieval from the donor while another team is involved in preparation of the recipient’s uterus for transplant. There is a separate team of doctors for the recipient of the uterus. Additionally we need obstetricians, gynaecologists and intensivists. The financial cost is a challenge as it takes around Rs 15-17 lakh for a uterine transplant. We have done all nine transplants free of cost. Another challenge is getting permission from appropriate authorities as ours is the only team who is performing these surgeries. Unless we do many, we cannot train the next team. There has been no mortality following a uterine transplant anywhere in the world. The only complication is the rejection of the uterus like any other transplant organ.Why are governments inviting you and your team? What is your special technique and how do you plan to reduce hours taken for surgery?Governments like Gujarat and West Bengal are inviting us because it requires intense understanding of the anatomy of the uterus to harvest the organs. Since the number of transplants is less, training doctors is a major issue. The governments of respective states are playing it safe and would rather have the team which has successfully done the transplants, can repeat the procedure and reinvent the wheel. The special technique which we have developed is the laparoscopic donor retrieval, which has reduced the surgery time to three hours.Do you see a rise in uterine transplants? Are you training surgeons?We definitely see a rise in uterine transplants as a new surrogacy law prevents commercial surrogacy. So this is an option to have a genetic child.  We have trained people from Brazil and Spain who have repeated the same technique. We now plan to train Indian surgeons.

What is a laparoscopic uterus transplant? How does it help women without a womb? Is it risky?
Maharashtra: Noisy Metro rake trials give citizens sleepless nights
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PUNE: Residents around the bustling Garware College station area along the Pune Metro line have a new cause for worry these days. They have professed to being rather unhappy about the testing and trials of Metro rakes and tracks that are being conducted by the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) during late night hours at the spot - this, say the beleaguered residents, is leading to a lot of noise and causing disturbances at a highly inconvenient hour. The Metro runs up till Garware College station from the Vanaz end in the first phase of operations for this major public transport project of the city. But while commercial operations are slated during daytime, the trials are scheduled during night hours, lamented area residents. Shashi Karmarkar, who stays on Karve Road, shared that the noise is considerably loud. "Such testing and trials should be conducted during daytime and not at night. The Metro runs only up till Garware College station at present. But, with limited operations and reduced commuters' footfall in the last few months, the authorities can surely schedule trials during non-peak hours," he said. Residents also pointed out that they are not against the Metro project overall. However, they emphasised the need to ensure that localites do not face hardships owing to erratic work schedules. Ashok Patil, another such local resident, said that the trials and honking by the rakes can be heard till late hours. "Trials are not conducted during night hours on all days of the week. However, when it does happen, the operations make such loud noise that it is quite disturbing. Further, this is in addition to the station works that are already underway during night hours for many days now. The test can be shifted to the stretches that are not near to the residential areas," he suggested. MahaMetro recently extended the trial run of rakes towards Deccan Gymkhana. The trials of rakes are underway to check track alignment, breaking of rakes and other technical details. Officials of MahaMetro asserted that testing of rakes and tracks is necessary, but added that they would look into issues cited to work out a breakthrough. "The trials of rakes are scheduled at night as the trains are running all through the day for commuters," officials clarified. Hemant Sonawane, general manager (public relations) at MahaMetro, told TOI that the trials are underway on various technical parameters. "MahaMetro is now starting its Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) High Speed Train Testing. While executing the project, we are trying to ensure that citizens face minimum inconvenience. We will look into these issues of noise at night," Sonawane reassured.

Maharashtra: Noisy Metro rake trials give citizens sleepless nights
Mumbai: Labourer held days after lawyer’s tweet about molestation on train
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

MUMBAI: Four days after a man barged into the ladies compartment of a harbour local train and allegedly molested a 21-year-old lawyer, the GRP's crime branch picked him up on Saturday. Biharilal Yadav, the 43-year-old accused, told the police he was intoxicated on the day of the incident. On CCTVs, he was seen getting in and out of various compartments of the train at five stations. The lawyer had tweeted about the "insensitivity" displayed by GRP personnel when she went to its Andheri chowky to complain on September 21. A woman cop had asked her if the accused was her boyfriend while another asked why she hadn't beaten him up. Following her tweets, GRP commissioner Quaiser Khalid had instituted an inquiry into the conduct of the personnel. "Surveillance videos showed that the accused had boarded the train at Vile Parle station and was partially undressed at the time. Someone offered him a pair of shorts," an officer said, adding that he had got off at five stations when the train reached its destination at Goregaon station. Here, it started a new trip to CSMT and he boarded the train again, said the officer. Police teams have now learnt that Yadav had been arrested by Vashi GRP in 2021 for theft. "He is a labourer and previously lived in Kalwa. We checked all his hideouts and found that he had moved to Mahalaxmi," said senior inspector Arshuddin Shaikh. On the basis of tip-offs from informants, the police nabbed him on Saturday. Yadav's family lives in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. He had returned from his hometown eight days before the offence. He has been charged with sexual harassment under Indian Penal Code.

Mumbai: Labourer held days after lawyer’s tweet about molestation on train
Those questioning bullet train don’t understand tech transfer benefits: Devendra Fadnavis
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to flag off the third Vande Bharat Express, the semi-high speed train, between Maharashtra and Gujarat on September 30, the BJP has slammed opposition members for being opposed to the even faster Japanese bullet train project.Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday, “Those questioning the bullet train are failing to understand its larger benefits. The entire mega project will be funded by Japanese company JICA. The loan component is at negligible interest rate of 0.01 per cent for 20 years with moratorium 15 years. We get the project free-of-cost. The advantage of technology transfer will be a huge benefit. Resources like steel and iron, among others, required for project will be sourced from India.”The BJP is showcasing the indigenously-manufactured semi-high speed train as an example of Atmanirbhar Bharat. The Vande Bharat Express is semi-high speed with top speed of 130 km/per hour in a trial run. It takes just 53 seconds to reach a speed of 100 km per hour.But Opposition leaders have claimed this speed makes the faster Japanese bullet train unnecessary and therefore the latter should not be built.NCP MLA Rohit Pawar said Sunday, “From the beginning questions were raised about the bullet train. When we have a credible alternative in indigenously designed and manufactured Vande Bharat Express with low expenditure almost matching the high speed of the bullet train, why this insistence on Japanese technology-driven bullet train?”The foundation stone for the bullet train was laid on September 2017. With its underground station at Bandra Kurla Complex, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is expected to incur cost of Rs 1.08 lakh crore. The project with 433.82 hectares land requirement has been accelerated after the BJP-Shinde Sena alliance came to power in June 2022. Almost 95 per cent of the land acquisition, which was started in 2018, has been done.

Those questioning bullet train don’t understand tech transfer benefits: Devendra Fadnavis
Mumbaikars May Face Trouble In Booking Auto, Taxi Rides Tomorrow. Here's Why
India | 1 week ago | |
India
1 week ago | |

Mumbai: The residents in Mumbai, who plan to commute by auto rickshaw or taxi on Monday to office or any other purposes, may face trouble in booking the ride. This is because the Mumbai taxi-auto rickshaw and drivers association have called for a strike on September 26 in view of rising fuel pricesAlso Read - Mumbai Local Train Update: Indian Railways to Operate ‘Mega Block’ Today. Check Timings and Other Details“We (Mumbai Taximen’s Union, Mumbai Taxi Association, and Autorickshaw Unions) have decided to go on a strike from 26th September 2022 against the failure to honor the commitment made by Industrial Minister, Maharashtra State Uday Samant, to revise the taxi and autorickshaw fare,” Mumbai Taximen’s Association in a statement said, according to a report by news agency ANI.The representatives of the union will be meeting with the Industries Minister Uday Samant in the Mantralay. The association also informed that the decision comes after Minister Sawant failed to deliver his earlier promises in a meeting that was held on September 13.“It may be recalled that the Hon’ble Industrial Minister had called a meeting of all the taxi and auto Unions on 13.9.2022 in Mantralaya and made an appeal to the Unions to call off the strike. The Union agreed to call off the strike on the basis of the assurance given by the Hon’ble Minister. However the Hon’ble Minister has failed to honour his commitment and hence the Taxi and Rickshaw operators have decided to go on strike from 26th September 2022,” the statement added.

Mumbaikars May Face Trouble In Booking Auto, Taxi Rides Tomorrow. Here's Why
Float tenders for bullet train systems without delay: India to Japan
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

India has told Japan that tenders for electrical and signalling systems, as well as the rolling stock, for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor should be floated without delay as land issues faced by the project appear to have been resolved.Sources said that Japan and India have agreed to put a cap on the cost of the systems and rolling stock, and that if the prices for these quoted by Japanese companies go beyond that cap, the balance will be footed by the Japanese side, outside the scope of the loan agreement for the project.This puts to rest a longstanding impasse that the project has faced, with prices for many of the critical items to be supplied by Japanese companies indicated to be up to 90 per cent higher than project consultants’ estimates.The Japanese government’s Japan International Cooperation Agency is covering 80 per cent of the cost of the bullet train project with a soft loan to India that compels the project to source critical components only from Japanese suppliers. The project is expected to cost Rs 1.6 lakh crore.Officials estimate that the Gujarat portion of the corridor will be fully operational by 2027, followed by the Maharashtra portion by 2029.“Since there is a cap agreed by both parties, and since civil works are now being executed at a fast pace, there is no roadblock to floating the systems tenders for the Japanese firms,” a source said.In the sixth meeting of the Joint Working Group for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Project, the Indian side communicated to their Japanese counterparts that the tenders for the systems, especially the electricals and signalling, should be awarded by December-March, it was learnt.The meeting, held earlier this month, was co-chaired by V K Tripathi, the chairman and CEO of the Railway Board, and Satoshi Suzuki, the Japanese ambassador.In a major sign that the project may finally be able to put its land-related troubles in Maharashtra behind it, the National High Speed Rail Corporation, the implementing agency of the project, on Friday floated the tender for the 21-km tunnel in the state. Seven kilometres of the tunnel will be under the sea.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe Indian Express had last month reported that the project was getting its land-acquisition issues sorted out under the new government in Maharashtra.The tunnel is the most complex piece of civil engineering work in the 502-km corridor. The tender for the tunnel is open to global competition, with both Japanese and Indian companies allowed to tie up with other international players to make bids.Another area of concern for the project was the procurement of the rolling stock — the actual train sets. As per Japan, only Kawasaki and Hitachi are eligible to supply the rolling stock. Sources said the Indian side had wanted to avoid a situation where both the companies jointly submit a bid, which could raise the price.However, with a price cap being agreed by both sides, this concern has been alleviated.

Float tenders for bullet train systems without delay: India to Japan
  • Bullet train project: Bids issued for underground tunnel construction
  • The Indian Express

    The National High Speed Rail Corporation invited bids Friday for the construction of a 21-km underground tunnel in Maharashtra for the bullet train project, an official statement said, in a signal that the marquee project has crossed land acquisition hurdles in the state.The tunnel is the biggest and most complex piece of civil engineering work for the 502-km Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train corridor. A 7-km stretch of the tunnel will be under the sea.Non-availability of land in Maharashtra was a major reason the tender was cancelled in 2021.As reported by The Indian Express earlier this month, the work on the project has picked up pace after the change in government in Maharashtra, with tenders which were previously floated and withdrawn being renewed again. This is the third attempt to get this tender off the block. The first time the tender was floated was in 2019, but it did not find any takers. The second time was in November 2021.To be built over an estimated period of five years, the tunnel will run between the underground station at Bandra-Kurla Complex — the Mumbai station — and Shilphata in Thane district. It will be built using a boring machine and“the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM)”, according to the tender document.The tender is open to Indian as well as Japanese firms. Indian firms may also tie up with international companies and vie for the contract, officials said.The 7-km undersea tunnel at Thane creek will be the first such tunnel to come up in the country. It will be a single-tube tunnel that accommodates twin tracks. The section will include the construction of 39 equipment rooms at 37 locations adjoining the tunnel location.This tunnel will be about 25 to 65 metres deep from the ground level and the deepest construction point will be 114 metres below the Parsik hill near Shilphata.The last date for bid submission is January 19 next year.With the change in government, officials claim that nearly 96 per cent of the land for the project has been acquired in the state.

  • Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project: Firm Floats Tender to Construct India's First Undersea Tunnel
  • India

    New Delhi: The National High Speed Railway Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has invited bids for the construction of a 21-kilometre-long tunnel, seven km of which will be under the sea, for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor, reported news agency PTI. The work on the corridor has gained momentum after the change in government in Maharashtra, with tenders, which were previously floated and withdrawn, being renewed again, sources said.Also Read - India's First Bullet Train Between Mumbai-Ahmedabad Progressing at Pace. SEE PICSNHSRCL had first invited tenders for the project in 2019, but didn’t attract any bidder forcing it to again float tenders in November 2021. Land acquisition for the project in Maharashtra, including at Bandra-Kurla Complex, had also been a festering issue during the previous state government, sources said. However, now with the change in government, officials claim that nearly 96 per cent of the land for the project has been acquired in Maharashtra. Also Read - Delhi-Varanasi Bullet Train To Have 2 Stops In Noida. Train To Cover 800+ Kms In 4 Hours. Deets Inside(Based on PTI inputs) Also Read - Good News: Bullet Train Trials Soon, At 350 kmph Speed To Match Aeroplane's Takeoff