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National Games: Maharashtra’s Vaibhav Srirame overcomes odds to win Yogasana gold
Times of India | 1 hour ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:47 pm
Times of India
1 hour ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:47 pm

AHMEDABAD: Vaibhav Srirame of Maharashtra has shown that if stubbornness is accompanied by hard work, one can overcome hurdles and achieve success. He won the gold medal in the yogasana competition at the National Games Gujarat. Hailing from the city of Nagpur, Vaibhav, who lives in a ten-by-ten square foot room, has had a passion for yoga since childhood. He started his competitive career at the of 12 while he was in school. He is currently pursuing a degree in Commerce. At the World Championship in Malaysia, Vaibhav, whose father works as an electrician, bagged five medals – one gold, two silver and two bronze – to cap off a sensational outing. For this competition, the total expenses were around Rs 2.5 lakh. Unfortunately, at that time, yogasana was not a sport on the priority list, so it was difficult for him to get financial support from the government. Considering his family condition, he could not afford this cost, so he appealed to different philanthropists. Union road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, helped him financially, which allowed him to participate in overseas competitions and win medals for India. Vaibhav has won medals in almost ten national competitions, including the Khelo India meets. In his very first competition at the National Games, he won the gold under the guidance of his coach Suhas Pavle.

National Games: Maharashtra’s Vaibhav Srirame overcomes odds to win Yogasana gold
"Eknath Shinde Quit Sena, Can't Claim Bow And Arrow": Team Thackeray To Poll Panel On Symbol
Ndtv | 1 hour ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:24 pm
Ndtv
1 hour ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:24 pm

New Delhi: In the fight for who gets the Shiv Sena — party name, symbol and all — former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray today told the Election Commission that the faction led by Eknath Shinde cannot claim the bow-an-arrow symbol as he and other MLAs in his camp had "voluntarily quit the party".The commission had asked Team Thackeray to respond to the claim by Eknath Shinde on the symbol for the upcoming assembly bypoll in Andheri East segment, the first such contest since Thackeray government was unseated in June.Eknath Shinde, who became Chief Minister after the Sena mutiny backed by the BJP, has majority of the party's legislators on his side in the assembly and Parliament. His faction has even managed to get its members recognised as the Shiv Sena leaders.But Uddhav Thackeray, who technically remains the party chief, has told the panel that the Shinde camp's legislators should not be counted because a disqualification plea against them is before the Supreme Court.He is now gathering affidavits of support from party members — the target is over 5 lakh — to hold on to the party his father, Bal Thackeray, founded over 50 years ago. Mr Shinde, too, claims Bal Thackeray's "true legacy of Hindutva".A court battle is on over whether the anti-defection law can unseat Mr Shinde and his MLAs. On the face of it, they have the two-third strength among party legislators to avoid disqualification.But the Election Commission looks at the support of party units, too — hence, the affidavits.The Shinde faction's claim to the symbol was primarily seen as a bid to deny it to the Thackeray group, and thus keep it in abeyance until a final decision on the "real" Sena is taken. Its immediate target is the November 3 bypoll, for which Team Thackeray has fielded Rutuja Latke, widow of Ramesh Latke whose death necessitated the election.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comTeam Shinde is backing the candidate of ally BJP, Murji Patel, a municipal corporator.The Congress and the NCP have decided to support the candidate of the Thackeray faction, their partner in the Maha Vikas Aghadi that had come into being after Mr Thackeray broke up with the BJP "over leadership issues" after the 2018 polls.

"Eknath Shinde Quit Sena, Can't Claim Bow And Arrow": Team Thackeray To Poll Panel On Symbol
"Low Standard": D Fadnavis On Uddhav Thackeray's Comments At Dussehra Rally
Ndtv | 2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:58 pm
Ndtv
2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:58 pm

Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday condemned Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray's statements about the minor grandson of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during the Dussehra rally on October 5 and dubbed them as being of "low standard".During his speech, Thackeray had attacked CM Shinde as he referred to his son (Lok Sabha MP Shrikant Shinde) as a brat and said his one-and-half-year-old grandson Rudransh has an eye on the corporator's post.Addressing a press conference here after chairing a district planning committee meeting, Fadnavis said, "I feel very bad that a leader like Uddhavji mentions Eknath Shinde's grandson and comments on it. This is very low standard. Thackeray should publicly take back his words." "Where are headed to in Maharashtra if we are commenting on a one-and-half-year-old child? I express strong displeasure at such comments," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comOn a query about Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar meeting, Fadnavis said such interactions have been going on (among the opposition) for the past seven to eight years but all in vain as Prime Minister Narendra Modi lives in the heart of the people.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

"Low Standard": D Fadnavis On Uddhav Thackeray's Comments At Dussehra Rally
  • ‘Nothing new to offer’: Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, BJP dismiss Uddhav’s speech
  • The Indian Express

    A day after Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s Dussehra rally at Dadar’s Shivaji Park, the state BJP on Thursday dismissed his speech as lacklustre and directionless and said that it was a replay of the same old script, with nothing new to offer.“Shimgya var bolaycha nasta,” Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in Marathi on Thursday, meaning you do not take words muttered during Holi seriously. The subtle message was that Uddhav had failed to meet expectations and issue clear directions to his followers on D-Day.“I don’t think the Thackeray speech has anything new to offer to people. It is high time he changed his scriptwriter. How long can you repeat the same old tape?” Fadnavis asked.In two separate rallies on Wednesday, Uddhav and rebel Sena leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde laid claim to Shiv Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray’s legacy.On Thursday, drawing a parallel between the two rallies, Fadnavis said, “Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in his speech elaborated on what work he is doing. He spoke of present and future plans for Maharashtra. This aspect was missing when Uddhav Thackeray was CM. As he was always in Shiv Sena president mode, he never spoke like a CM.”Fadnavis also praised Shinde for his ability to draw a mammoth crowd at the BKC rally. “The BKC ground is twice as big as Shivaji Park but it was filled to maximum capacity. It has shown who is holding the reins of real Shiv Sena,” the deputy chief minister asserted.At the Shivaji Park rally, Uddhav’s no-holds-barred attack was not limited to the Shinde camp – whom he referred to as “parasites” – but also included the BJP. From inflation and border disputes with Pakistan and China to the exodus of mega projects from Maharashtra to Gujarat, several issues were raked up. “Amit Shah has become an in-house home minister. His role is to bring down elected state governments. I give him an open challenge to get back PoK. There is infiltration from China along the borders which has to be dealt with firmly,” Uddhav had said.Thackeray even directed his ire against Fadnavis, who holds the Home portfolio, by drawing attention to police excesses against Shiv Sainiks. “Is there law and order? Why are our leaders identified and subjected to harassment?” he had questioned.The BJP, however, dismissed Uddhav’s criticism as mindless rumbling.“The work of PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is known to the world. Whether it was the abrogation of Article 370 or action against Pakistan, the central leadership has proved itself many times,” BJP state General Secretary Shrikant Bharatiya said.Another BJP office bearer said, “It is ridiculous that Uddhav, who cannot hold his own party intact, is issuing a challenge to Amit Shah. Seriously, he should introspect why his own Sainiks have left him and joined Shinde.”State BJP vice president Prasad Lad said, “Thackeray’s speech had no content. He could not reassure his own followers. It was a poor show. Apart from some taunts against BJP and Shinde, it had nothing. It was absolutely bogus.”While admitting that they knew Thackeray was bound to criticise BJP, many said that he failed to decide who was his number one political rival. So, part of his speech was an attack on Shinde and the rest on BJP, they said.In his speech, Uddhav also referred to RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosbale, who had recently voiced concerns over poverty and inflation. Uddhav praised the RSS leader for criticising the central leadership for failing to address core issues.“RSS leaders often, in private or public, speak about national issues of public concern. In that context, it was not unprecedented for Hosbale to tick off the Centre for failing to check inflation or poverty. It is also a part of a strategy to play the role of an in-house constructive opposition,” a senior BJP functionary said.

Illegal phone tapping case: Clean chit to IPS officer Rashmi Shukla, Pune city police file ‘C-summary’ closure report
The Indian Express | 2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:45 pm
The Indian Express
2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:45 pm

The Pune city police have recently filed a ‘C- summary’ closure report in the alleged illegal phone tapping case lodged against IPS officer Rashmi Shukla, highly placed sources in the police department confirmed. A ‘C-summary’ report is filed by the police when it is found during a probe that the FIR was lodged on the basis of the mistake of facts.A 1988-batch IPS officer, Shukla is the former Pune city police commissioner and is currently on central deputation as additional director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).A first information report (FIR) in this case was lodged at the Bund Garden police station on February 25, 2022. As per the FIR against Shukla, the phones of state Congress president Nana Patole, MLA Bachchu Kadu, BJP leader and former MP Sanjay Kakade and one Ashish Deshmukh were allegedly illegally tapped for 60 days.As stated in the FIR, Patole’s phone was tapped under the name ‘Amjad Khan’, Kadu’s phone was tapped under the name ‘Nijamuddin Babu Shaikh’ and Deshmukh’s name was tapped under the names ‘Raghu Chorge’ and ‘Hina Salunkhe’. All three were alleged to be involved in “narcotics smuggling”. Kakade’s phone was tapped in the names of ‘Tabrej Sutar’ and ‘Abhijit Nayar’ and he was alleged to be a member of the dreaded Bapu Nayar gang in Pune city.Last year, Patole had alleged in the state legislative assembly that his phone was tapped during the 2016-2017 period when he was a BJP MP. Patole had also alleged that the phones of Union minister Roasaheb Danve’s personal assistant, then BJP MP Kakade and other elected representatives were also tapped. “I was a Member of Parliament in 2016-17 and there was no reason to tap my phone. This is an attempt to destroy political careers,” he had said.NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil, who was then the state home minister, had announced that the government will probe Patole’s allegations. Accordingly, a three-member committee headed by then director general of police Sanjay Pandey was formed to conduct an inquiry into this matter. The other members of the committee included the state intelligence department (SID) commissioner and the additional commissioner of the special branch. Incidentally, Pandey was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case in July this year.“The three-member committee conducted an inquiry to know whether illegal phone tapping of elected representatives was done with wrong political motives between 2015 and 2019. The inquiry report submitted by the committee regarding investigation of those found involved in the illegal phone tapping has been accepted by the state government. The committee has stated in its report that Rashmi Shukla did illegal phone tapping at the time when she was the commissioner of Pune city police (between March 2016 and July 2018). So an offence has been lodged…under Section 26 of the Indian Telegraph Act,” a press release issued by the Pune city police on February 26 this year had stated.Assistant Police Inspector Vaishali Chandgude of the Crime Branch of the Pune City police had lodged the FIR, which mentioned that despite having proper knowledge of legal procedures for phone tapping, Shukla allegedly did not follow the rules and carried out phone tapping with “bad political motives”.The issue had sent ripples in the political circles in the state. Shukla was heading the state intelligence department (SID) and went on a central deputation in February 2021 after the then ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government made allegations that its leaders’ phones were being illegally tapped.A controversy also broke out after Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was then the leader of the Opposition, cited a letter, purportedly written by Shukla to the then DGP about alleged corruption in the transfer of police officers.The Shiv Sena-led ruling coalition alleged that Shukla tapped phones without permission. Then, following a complaint by SID, the Mumbai police had lodged an FIR in March 2021 under the Official Secrets Act, 1923 at BKC cyber police station against unidentified persons for allegedly tapping phones and leaking confidential documents. Shukla moved the Bombay High Court against the FIR.Meanwhile, in July, the state government issued orders to shift the investigation from the Mumbai Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation. A month later, in August, Shukla met Fadnavis and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, raising speculations about her return to Maharashtra police in a key position.

Illegal phone tapping case: Clean chit to IPS officer Rashmi Shukla, Pune city police file ‘C-summary’ closure report
Maharashtra: PMC to file police complaint against illegal firecracker stalls
The Indian Express | 2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:45 pm
The Indian Express
2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:45 pm

Taking advantage of the situation with no political rule in the civic body, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to strictly implement its policy for firecracker stalls and file a police complaint against the illegal stalls that would come up in the city.The PMC administration gives permission to temporary firecracker stalls in open plots, which are finalised after considering the safety of citizens. It has completely banned firecracker stalls on roads, footpaths and congested areas due to safety reasons.The civic administration in an order issued by Deputy Municipal Commissioner Madhav Jagtap said this is as per the Supreme Court’s directions on a petition filed in 2015. The state government communicated the PMC on November 5, 2018, on taking appropriate steps as per the Supreme Court’s directions.The in-charge of all the 15 ward offices have accordingly been directed to strictly implement the PMC policy on permission for firecracker stalls and take police action as well as black list those,  who do not follow the policy and set up illegal stalls, for one year.All the concerned departments involved in giving permission for firecracker stalls have been given direction that no stall should be permitted on the roads and footpaths. The permission will be given for stalls in the civic, government or private open plots on the condition that all safety rules set by the PMC are followed.The administration will take an affidavit from permitted firecracker stall owners that they will not overnight open counter or stall illegally. “If there is violation then police should be inform about it and offence be registered and ban them for one year,” an order stated.The PMC has also decided to open single window system for issuing permission for firecracker stalls as it requires permission of civic city engineer department, health department and fire department.Incidentally, the PMC administration is under political pressure every year over issuing permission for firecracker stalls and also taking action against illegal stalls but this year the civic general body is not in place due to delay in civic elections for the next five year. The PMC is presently under the rule of an administrator, which is held by the Municipal Commissioner.

Maharashtra: PMC to file police complaint against illegal firecracker stalls
Maharashtra Government To Form Panel To Decide On Exams For Students Of Classes 3 To 8
Ndtv | 3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:02 pm
Ndtv
3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 07:02 pm
Maharashtra Government To Form Panel To Decide On Exams For Students Of Classes 3 To 8
  • Maharashtra Public Service Commission exam in March-April 2023, Check dates here
  • Times of India

    According to the schedule released by MPSC, the commission will conduct the State Forest Service Mains Exam 2022 on March 18, 2023. Maharashtra Civil Engineering Service Mains Exam will be held on 25 March 2023. Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has declared the dates for the major examinations to be conducted by the commission during the year 2022-23. Under this, Maharashtra Civil Engineering Services Main Examination, Electrical Engineering Service Mains and other examinations will be conducted in March-April. Now in such a situation, all the candidates who are going to appear in this exam can check it by visiting the official website mpsc.gov.in. Direct link to visit the official websiteAs per the schedule released by MPSC, the commission will conduct the State Forest Service Mains Exam 2022 on March 18, 2023. Maharashtra Civil Engineering Service Mains Exam will be held on 25 March 2023. Maharashtra Electrical Engineering Service Mains Exam will be held on April 02, 2023. Mechanical Engineering Service Exam will be held on 09 April 2022. Candidates should note that these exam dates are tentative. In such a situation, the commission can also change these dates. So candidates keep visiting the official website to check the exact dates. How to check the date of MPSC Mains Exam dates ? Firstly candidates visit the official website - mpsconline.gov.in Thereafter, now on the home page click on the link-Tentative Time Table of Competitive Examination 2022-Current Status October 2022 It will take you to a new page where you will get the PDF of MPSC Tentative Exam Schedule 2022-23 Now download MPSC Tentative Exam Schedule 2022-23 and save it for future reference. Apart from this, the answer key of Group B Main Exam 2020 was released. Candidates can download it from the official website at mpsc.gov.in.

NCB seizes mephedrone worth more than Rs 120 crore from Mumbai, Gujarat; ex-Air India pilot among 6 held
Times of India | 3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 06:32 pm
Times of India
3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 06:32 pm

MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized 60 kg mephedrone drug worth more than Rs 120 crore from Mumbai and Gujarat, and arrested six members of an inter-state drug cartel, including a former Air India pilot, a senior official said here on Friday. The action was taken based on specific inputs received by the Naval Intelligence unit at Jamnagar in Gujarat, said Sanjay Singh, Deputy Director General of the NCB in a press briefing here. "We have cracked a drug network spread across various states of the country and arrested six persons involved in the syndicate," he said. Following the tip-off, the officials from the NCB headquarters in Delhi and its Mumbai zonal unit conducted a raid at Jamnagar on Monday and seized 10 kg mephedrone, he said. The NCB team arrested one person from Jamnagar and three others from Mumbai in this connection, Singh added. "On Thursday, the NCB team raided a godown located on S B Road in Fort area of south Mumbai, from where it seized 50 kg mephedrone and arrested two more accused, including the kingpin in the case," he said, adding that more people are likely to be held. The accused former pilot had started his career as a lower-rank employee and later passed a pilot course exam, he said. Between 2016 and 2018, he had worked in the airline, Singh said, adding that he had completed his pilot training from San Antonio, Texas in the USA and Lithuania. "The pilot had left his job due to some medical reasons and since then he had been involved in the drug cartel," he said. One of the accused held from Mumbai is a history-sheeter. He was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue intelligence (DRI) in 2001 in a 350 kg mandrax drug trafficking case and has been out on bail since 2008, the official added. "During the probe, we found that all the members of the cartel are experienced in drug trafficking and they have so far distributed at least 225 kg mephedrone in various states," he said. The mephedrone seized in this operation was manufactured at a lab near Mumbai, which was already busted by the Mumbai police's Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC), the official said. "We have information about other similar networks and our probe is in progress," he said, adding that it also came to light that the accused arrested in the case had links in the recent seizure of mephedrone by the ANC. "It has come to light that the seized 60 kg MD is part of a consignment and has linkages with the seizure of the drug made recently by the Mumbai police," he said. Mephedrone, also known as 'meow meow' or MD, is a synthetic stimulant and psychotropic substance banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. In the recent past, huge quantities of narcotic drugs were seized in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In September last year, the DRI had seized nearly 3,000 kg of heroin, believed to have originated in Afghanistan and worth about Rs 21,000 crore in global markets, from two containers at the Mundra port. In April this year, the DRI had seized 205.6 kg heroin worth Rs 1,439 crore from a container near the Kandla port in Kutch, while in May, it had recovered 56 kg of cocaine, estimated to be worth around Rs 500 crore, from a container near the Mundra port. Around the same period, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had recovered nearly 90 kg of heroin worth Rs 450 crore from a shipping container which arrived from Iran at the Pipavav port in Amreli district, while in July it had seized 75.3 kg of heroin estimated to be worth Rs 376.5 crore from a container near the Mundra port. In August this year, the Mumbai police had seized more than 700 kg mephedrone worth Rs 1,400 crore after a raid at a drug manufacturing unit at Nalasopara in Palghar district, and arrested five persons. It was the largest recovery of the synthetic stimulant drug in Maharashtra in a period of one year, officials said. Earlier this month, the DRI seized crystal methamphetamine and cocaine collectively worth Rs 1,476 crore from Vashi in Navi Mumbai. The drugs were hidden in cartons of imported oranges, they said.

NCB seizes mephedrone worth more than Rs 120 crore from Mumbai, Gujarat; ex-Air India pilot among 6 held
Uddhav’s cousin says Shinde insulted Balasaheb by honouring estranged family members
The Indian Express | 4 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 pm
The Indian Express
4 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 pm

Three days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde gave “pride of place” to Uddhav Thackeray’s estranged family members at his Dussehra rally, Kirti Phatak, daughter of his paternal aunt, called it an insult to Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy.“Chief Minister Eknath Shinde keeps harping on carrying on the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray. And in the same vein, he felicitated those who hurt the Sena supremo during his lifetime” Phatak told The Indian Express on Friday.Phatak’s mother Sanjeevan Karandikar, who died in May, was Balasaheb’s younger sister. The family lives in Pune.Stating that she had nothing to do with politics, Phatak said she had been hurt by the “double standards” of the chief minister and his group. “And that is why I am speaking up against these double standards. On one hand, the Shinde faction keeps glorifying the legacy, principles and values cherished by my uncle. On the other hand they do not think twice before honouring people who grievously hurt the late Sena chief,” she said.During the rally, the Shinde faction felicitated Jaydev Thackeray, Uddhav’s estranged brother, and made him sit on the dais beside the chief minister. Also present on the same stage were Jaydev’s estranged wife, Smita Thackeray, and Nihar Thackeray, son of Uddhav’s late brother Bindumadhav.“In 2009, when Balasaheb Thackeray was alive, Smita Thackeray tried to join the Congress. She publicly praised the Congress ideology as the only ideology capable of taking the country forward. At that time, the Sena and Congress were at odds. This had badly hurt Balasaheb. At that time, I visited the Thackeray household and could see the pain in the eyes and his words. Balasaheb was really hurt by Smita Thackeray’s behaviour. And the same person was honoured by the Shinde faction, which claims to be following Balasaheb’s ideology. There is a vast difference between what they say and what they do,” Phatak said.As for Jaydev, Phatak said, “Jaydev had said certain objectionable things to the press when Balasaheb was alive. The allegations made by Jaydev had hurt Balasaheb so much that he used to break down…I had seen him crying.”Phatak said the Shinde faction should clarify whether it was following Balasaheb’s ideology or working against it. “Their behaviour shows they are trying to run down Balasaheb’s legacy,” she said.Phatak said Uddhav was honest and straightforward. “Just imagine. Those people whom he trusted immensely were conspiring against him when he was badly ill. I think Uddhav’s use of words like gaddar (traitor) is apt for the splinter group. Uddhav did everything for them. He trusted them and gave them much beyond their expectations. Yet they backstabbed an honest and straightforward person,” she said.Uddhav is not the kind of person who unnecessarily berates anyone, Phatak said. “My brother is always a cool-minded and easy-going individual. He does not unnecessarily raise the temperature. Neither does he berate anyone for the sake of it or create ruckus. He is a peace-loving person and believes in backing what is good and appropriate. He will never lower himself for power,” she said.As for Aaditya Thackeray, Phatak said, “At such a young age, Aaditya has done a wonderful job so far in the political field. He is well-versed in different aspects of public life and is highly knowledgeable. He has done everything right, which makes our family immensely feel proud of him,” she said.

Uddhav’s cousin says Shinde insulted Balasaheb by honouring estranged family members
  • A tale of two Sena rallies: Trading fireworks, Uddhav Thackeray guns for BJP, Eknath Shinde claims Bal Thackeray legacy
  • The Indian Express

    While Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at his party’s Dussehra rally in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister and rebel Sena leader Eknath Shinde chose to attack Uddhav at his faction’s rally held on the occasion in a different part of the city.The two grand Mumbai rallies on Wednesday evening turned into a contest between Uddhav and Shinde to claim the legacy of Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray, with each one marked by a large gathering of saffron-clad Sena activists, where speakers aggressively took on the rival faction while making their respective claims of being the “true flag-bearers of Hindutva”.From a stage whose backdrop was framed by images of Bal Thackeray and Shinde’s political guru late Anand Dighe along with a slogan stating “Garv se kaho hum Hindu hain (Proudly say that we are Hindus)”, the CM, whose camp has staked claim on the Sena’s election symbol, bow and arrow, before the Election Commission of India (ECI) while projecting itself as the “real” Sena, addressed his Dussehra rally at the Bandra Kurla Complex’s MMRDA ground. A special empty chair was kept in the middle of the stage, symbolically honouring Bal Thackeray.For Uddhav, his party’s annual Dussehra rally was a congregation of “eknishtha (loyal)” workers. At the packed rally venue in Shivaji Park, he called the Shinde camp “parasites” that grew on trees’ branches. “Branches may fall, but the tree survives on roots and you (workers) are Sena’s roots,” he told the rally, adding that he will again help the Sena clinch the CM post if backed by party workers.Even as Uddhav referred to Shinde as a “contractual CM” and raked up his “betrayal”, the former’s larger target remained the BJP. In his 40-minute-long speech, Uddhav countered the BJP’s charge against him of “ditching Hindutva” to align with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) by referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent visit to a madrasa in Delhi. He questioned if this attempt to initiate a conversation with the other side is acceptable then what was wrong with his aligning with the Congress. He also raised the issue of remission granted to the Bilkis Bano case convicts who were also feted after their release from prison. “Is this the example of woman empowerment you are talking about?” he asked.By going after the BJP, Uddhav also sent out a political message that he could be a part of a larger anti-BJP front that may take shape ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.The BJP is going to be the main opponent of the Uddhav Sena in the upcoming Mumbai civic body polls. Uddhav’s bid to challenge Union Home minister Amit Shah and his attempt to make a distinction between the Hindutva propagated by both the parties is being seen as a clear sign that he is ready to lock horns with the BJP in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.Shinde, on the other hand, chose to reply in his 90-minute long speech to every criticism made against him by Uddhav. The CM also sought to rise to the defence of the BJP and RSS leadership, which might give the handle to the Uddhav Sena to sharpen its allegation that he was “dancing to the BJP’s tunes”.The CM also tried to connect emotionally with his supporters by explaining how he toiled hard for the party and is an ardent follower of Bal Thackeray’s Hindutva. By restraining himself from making personal attacks on the Thackeray family, he seemed to have hoped to earn sympathy of the common Sena workers.Earlier in the day, in an apparent swipe at Uddhav, who has maintained that he being the son of Bal Thackeray is the true inheritor of his legacy, Shinde posted a tweet with a quote of noted Hindi writer Harivanshrai Bachchan, stating “My son, being a son will not be my heir, whoever will be my heir will be my son”. Shinde’s appeal to common Sena workers and his repeated claims that the Sena was not a “private limited company” was aimed at legitimising his rebellion against the Thackerays as he projected himself as the “true heir” of Bal Thackeray’s ideology.

  • We are not traitors… you betrayed Bal Thackeray, Hindutva, your voters: Eknath Shinde
  • The Indian Express

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Wednesday declared his faction of the Shiv Sena as the true inheritor of Bal Thackeray’s legacy and accused former chief minister Uddhav Thackery of betraying ideals of his father as well as the Hindutva ideology.“We are not gaddars (traitors). Everyone knows who the real traitors are. The betrayal took place in 2019 when you joined hands with Congress. You betrayed Bal Thackeray, Hindutva and your voters,” he said, addressing his faction’s Dussehra Rally at Bandra Kurla Complex, a show of strength countering the rival rally by the Uddhav faction at Shivaji Park.While Uddhav’s main thrust was on targeting the BJP, Shinde, in his 90-minute address, spoke largely about his rival.“You should introspect why we left, instead of calling us gaddars. Why did Raj Thackeray leave, and why did Narayan Rane leave? Were they all traitors?” Shinde said.“I will never digress from the thoughts of Bal Thackeray. True heirs of Bal Thackeray are those who have inherited his thoughts,” Shinde said, repeatedly invoking the Sena founder.I will never digress from the thoughts of Bal Thackeray. Today you called me Kattappa [the ‘Baahubali’ character who stabbed his king], but even he was self-respecting and not a two-faced politician like yoWith the Shinde faction failing to get the Sena’s traditional Shivaji Park venue for the rally, it used optics to reinforce its links to Bal Thackeray. The poster at the back of the stage read ‘Garv se kaho hum Hindu hain’, a statement Bal Thackeray made after the 1992 Mumbai riots. At the centre of the stage was a chair the Sena founder used during his visits to Thane in 2009-2010—Shinde paid tribute to the chair with a garland after he arrived on stage at 7.30 pm. At the beginning of the rally, snippets of Bal Thackeray’s speeches — criticising the Congress and the desire for the CM’s chair — were played as part of a musical video.Attacking Uddhav over his speech at Shivaji Park, which concluded a few minutes before his own speech began, Shinde said: “Today you called me Kattappa [the Baahubali character who stabbed his own king], but even he was self-respecting and not a two-faced politician like you.”Right at the beginning of his speech, Shinde kneeled on the stage and touched the ground with his forehead as tribute to the audience. He said: “I am one of you, I am like you. This will mark the end of dynasty politics in Shiv Sena.”Shinde added: “Shiv Sena is not your private limited company. It is the result of the sweat and blood of thousands of Shiv Sainiks, and you gave it away to Congress and NCP for personal gain. Bal Thackeray used to say he would rather retire than join hands with scoundrels [Congress], and you disrespected his thought.”He also targeted Uddhav over his party’s new tagline displayed at Shivaji Park — “Ekanishtha” meaning loyal. Shinde said: “What is loyal? Who are left? How many are left? Everyone will come here [to Shinde camp]. This is emotional blackmailing and it will not work.”Shinde’s speech also had praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Prime Minister has made our country proud, and spread the name of our country far and wide. Everyone across the world respects him. When any country faces calamities, India is the first to help that country in abundance.”

  • Traitors conspired against me at my vulnerable state; leaving BJP does not mean leaving Hindutva: Uddhav Thackeray
  • The Indian Express

    Addressing his much-anticipated Dussehra rally, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, without naming the Maharashtra Chief Minister, labelled the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction as traitors, accusing them of conspiring against him when he was at his “most vulnerable physical state after suffering a debilitating illness”.The former Chief Minister, while addressing his party cadre at the annual rally, launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), once again questioning its version of Hindutva, and stated that the idea of democracy was under threat under the dispensation at the Centre.“Breaking the alliance with the BJP does not mean that we have left the fold and ideology of Hindutva. I do not need to learn Hindutva from a party whose leaders have bowed their heads at the tomb of Jinnah and went uninvited to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif,” Thackeray said during his 45-minute address to party workers at Shivaji Park, which was packed to capacity with Shiv Sainiks who had come to the state capital from across the state.Taking on the Central government, Thackeray said, “There is a genuine worry on whether democracy in this country can stay alive. This is a warning call for all citizens. There is a genuine fear that we, as a country, may get pushed into servitude. There is a need for all patriots to unite.”The Sena chief said the BJP was trying to cover up its shortcoming in ruling the country by evoking its version of Hindutva. “You (the BJP) speak about the cow, but why don’t you speak about the rising inflation in the country? Speak about it as well. But just to divert the attention of people, they speak about Hindutva,” Thackeray said.Thackeray also took a swipe at Union Home Minister Amit Shah and said that he was busy conspiring in toppling the governments in states ruled by Opposition parties instead of concentrating on the work assigned to a country’s Home Minister.In the Ankita Bhandari murder case, the resort where it happened belonged to a BJP leader. In the Bilkis Bano case, sentences of the convicts were waived. These are the values of the BJP“Instead of fulfilling his duties as the Home Minister, his task these days is visiting states ruled by the Opposition and toppling the governments there,” Thackeray said.He further challenged Shah to “bring back the land which has been occupied by Pakistan and China” instead of making statements of “showing Shiv Sena its place”, alluding to a recent remark made by Shah to BJP members during his visit to Mumbai.“You came here and said you will show us the ground. We are on the ground only. But I challenge you to retrieve the ground that we have lost to Pakistan in the form of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as well as China. Do something about that first,” Thackeray said.He also took a swipe at the BJP over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that there was a need to empower women.“In the Ankita Bhandari murder case in Uttarakhand, the resort where it happened belonged to a BJP leader. In the Bilkis Bano case, men who raped her and killed her small child, men who were convicted, their sentences were waived off. These men were felicitated and welcomed. These are the values of the BJP,” Thackeray said.While the focus of Thackeray’s speech was targeting the BJP, he also took a swipe at the Sena’s breakaway faction, stating that they were traitors and would have to live with the “ignominy of being called traitors for the rest of their lives”.He said, “They are traitors only.. even if they have posts of ministers now, it won’t be the case for a long time.. but their identity of being traitors will be theirs forever and cannot be wiped out ever.” Thackeray further said, “They are duplicates and fake. They think that they have become Balasaheb themselves..”Without referring to Shinde by name, Thackeray said he was betrayed by people whom he had confided in. “I feel sad about only one thing. I had given responsibility for handling the affairs of the party(during the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi [MVA] government) to an individual. But when I was in hospital and in a vulnerable state, the same person was conspiring to break the party and finish me off forever,” he said.Thackeray made an emotional outreach to the Sainiks gathered at the rally, asking them to support the party while promising that the Shiv Sena will bounce back with double the force. “Today, I have nothing. We will have a difficult path ahead. But, with your support, the Shiv Sena will rise again. It will bounce back and I will make a Shiv Sainik the Chief Minister again. We have to defeat the traitors in every election,” Thackeray said.Thackeray also praised the Sena’s MVA coalition partners – the Congress and the NCP – stating they gave the party respect. “When we renamed Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv, the coalition immediately agreed. Still they (the BJP) say we left Hindutva? Where were they (Shinde faction) that time? Touring Guwahati and Surat?” the former CM said.The Shiv Sena’s Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Dadar came after a battle with its rival – the Shinde-led faction – over the venue which culminated in the Bombay High Court ruling in Thackeray’s favour in its verdict in the matter on September 23.

  • You are real betrayer, gave Shiv Sena’s remote to NCP-Congress: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Terming his faction as the real Shiv Sena and Uddhav Thackeray as "the real betrayer," CM Eknath Shinde went all out in defence of PM Modi and union home minister Amit Shah at his Dussehra rally. Addressing his first rally at BKC, he said it was Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray's dream that Article 370 be abrogated and the Ram Mandir be built in Ayodhya. "This was fulfilled by Modi and Shah and yet you (Uddhav) mock them," he said. Pointing to the huge gathering, Shinde said now no one would question which was the real Shiv Sena. Shinde said he was proud to be the handyman of Modi and Shah rather than being the handyman of those who support Dawood and Yakub Memon, reports Clara Lewis. Attacking Uddhav, Shinde said in his lust for power, he has destroyed the Sena. "We are not betrayers. You betrayed the mandate of the people in 2019. You got votes with hoardings that had pictures of Balasaheb Thackeray on one side and Modi on the other. Balasaheb used to run the government with a remote control. You handed over Shiv Sena's remote control to NCP-Congress," he said. Bal Thackeray's son and Uddhav's elder brother Jaidev, his estranged wife Smita and son Nihar made it a point to be present at the CM's rally. Shiv Sena not a Pvt Ltd Co, it belongs to Sainiks: CM Addressing his first rally at BKC, CM Eknath Shinde accused Uddhav Thackeray of ceasing to call Balasaheb 'Hinduhriday Samrat' and referring to him only as 'Shiv Sena chief' to please Congress. "We are ideologically opposed to Congress-NCP, yet you embraced them. Even when they moved to slit Sena's throat, you did nothing," Shinde said. He said Thackeray preferred to listen "only to Sanjay like in the Mahabharata", hence the rebellion. "If Sena and Sainiks would not have destroyed Congress bastions, you would not have reached where you have. You make fun of our livelihoods, calling us 'paan tapriwala,' 'rickshawwala.' Can only zamindars, capitalists, those born with a golden spoon become CM?" he asked. Shinde said Thackeray went to court to get Shivaji Park to hold his rally. As CM he could've intervened, but he did not as "it is my responsibility to maintain law and order." He added Uddhav had taken help of Congress to bring people for his rally, just as his people had taken part in the latter's Bharat Jodo Yatra. He accused Thackeray of "burning Balasaheb's ideology." "Do you have moral authority to stand on that ground and speak? Thousands of Shiv Sainiks shed their blood to make the Sena, and you handed over the party's remote control to NCP. Balasaheb called them scoundrels, and you tied Sena to them," Shinde said. Hence, said Shinde, Sainiks rebelled. For 3 months, the CM said he has been moving around and has got a huge response from people. "Had we made a mistake, people would not have come out in such numbers. Shiv Sena is not a private limited company. Sena does not belong to Uddhav or Eknath. It is the Sena of Balasaheb's thoughts and belongs only to Shiv Sainiks," he said. Shinde said two words have been used to describe them - "gaddar" (betrayer) and "khoke" (boxes). "The betrayal happened in 2019. We are not "gaddars" (betrayers) but "Gadar" (revolutionaries)," he said. Reacting to Thackeray's statement that they were a group stealing another's father, he said Uddhav has tried to sell off the father's ideology. "You have become helpless for power. To please Congress-NCP you said we rotted for 25 years with BJP. Yakub Memon was responsible for Mumbai blasts, yet you made an MLA who sought to get his death penalty revoked a minister. How much salt will you rub into Mumbaikars' wounds?" asked Shinde. He further said, "Now that you have lost power you remember the ordinary Shiv Sainik. You did work from home. We never did 'work from home' but 'work without home.'" On Thackeray demanding they resign and go with BJP, he questioned why Thackeray did not resign when he went against the people's will. Hitting out at Uddhav for calling his son Shrikant, an MP, as "kaarta" and that his grandson was in line for a councillor ticket, Shinde said on becoming CM, he made his son (Aaditya) a minister instead of giving an MLA from rural Maharashtra a chance. "My grandson is only 18 months old. Thackeray's downfall began after his birth," he said. He accused Uddhav of cutting down Sena leader Anand Dighe and others in the party. "After Dighe's death, I thought you'd ask me how to expand party in Thane. Instead you asked me about his property and who were holding it. By cutting the feet of those who were rising, you forgot you were cutting down Sena," said Shinde.

  • You Betrayed Balasaheb, Sainiks: Eknath Shinde Responds To "Traitor" Jibe
  • Ndtv

    "Balasaheb said he won't go with the Congress. You did that," Eknath Shinde said.Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde flipped Uddhav Thackeray's slur of "Gaddar (traitor)" today, declaring it was he who had betrayed the Sena by forming an alliance with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. It was an insult not only to Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray who was against both parties, but also the ordinary Shiv Sainik who had worked for the party for years, he said."Balasaheb said he would close down the Shiv Sena but won't go with the Congress. You did that and this was against Balasaheb," he said."You don't want to even talk about Hindutva now... They keep opposing (VD) Savarkar and you did nothing... Savarkar is our God and we take his name with pride but due to Congress we were asked to be quiet," Mr Shinde said.Mr Thackeray, he alleged, "makes fun of the Prime Minister and calls Home Minister Amit Shah Afzal Khan". But they worked to fulfill Balasaheb Thackeray's dreams of scrapping Article 370 of the constitution and building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya."Modi and Amit Shah are fulfilling the dream and ideology of Balasaheb," he added."Did we take this decision in happiness? Even we were sad while taking this decision. But we were suffering for 2.5 years and that's why we had to do something. That's why in June we did what we did and 33 countries were continuously googling what we were doing," he said.Levelling tit-for-tat allegations of greed, he said, "This isn't a private limited company where you will do a partnership" for that.  Addressing a rally this evening at Mumbai's Shivaji Park -- the traditional venue for Sena's Dussehra rally, Mr Thackeray had accused the Chief Minister of being a "traitor" to fulfil his "greed".PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comCalling his move to split the party a "gadar" (rebellion), he compared it to the mutiny of 1857 against the British. "In 1857, when our people fought against the British, that wasn't 'gaddari', that was 'kranti' (rebellion)... this is also a 'kranti'," he said.The Sena split in June after which the two factions have been toe-to-toe claiming the legacy of founder Balasaheb Thackeray. The battle for the bow and arrow election symbol has reached the Election Commission.

Study finds 21 Gobioid fish species in mangrove and estuarine areas of Maharashtra
The Indian Express | 4 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 pm
The Indian Express
4 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 pm

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has found a total of 21 species during a study of Gobioid fishes in the mangrove and estuarine areas of Maharashtra. The study, which was carried out between January 2020 and December 2021, was commissioned by the Maharashtra Forest Department’s Mangrove Foundation.During the study, 25 sites were surveyed comprising habitats such as small to large creeks, mudflats, and mangroves, among others. Some of the major creeks surveyed were Thane, Panvel, Dharamtar, Kundalika, Savitri, Anjarle, Dabhol, Jaigad, Kajali, Vaghotan, and Karali apart from several other small estuarine drains.The study has generated the first baseline information on gobioid fish diversity along the coastline of Maharashtra, thus filling a major knowledge gap for a category of fishes that comprise a major component of fish diversity in the mangrove ecosystem, observed experts.The study listed seven species that have been recorded for the first time along the west coast of India.Virendra Tiwari, the additional principal chief conservator of forests (mangrove cell), said: “This is the first time such an extensive study on Gobioid fish has been undertaken and it has allowed us to understand the diversity and distribution of these fishes across the major mangrove and estuarine areas of Maharashtra. I am sure that this knowledge will help us in understanding our mangrove ecosystem in a better way and assist in its conservation.”“Goby fishes are an iconic group of fishes, that are extremely hard or impossible to identify in the field based on what they look like [morphological features] as most of the species look superficially similar. This new study using an integrative taxonomic approach has brought the first information on gobioid fish fauna along the coast of Maharashtra and has highlighted the true diversity of these charismatic groups of mangrove fishes. This new study will help us in delineating important goby fish areas and help prioritise conservation initiatives for mangrove biodiversity,” said Unmesh Katwate, fish scientist at the BNHS who also led the study.

Study finds 21 Gobioid fish species in mangrove and estuarine areas of Maharashtra
Pune Knowledge Cluster launches ‘Teach with Tech’ to bridge digital divide in school learning
The Indian Express | 4 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 pm
The Indian Express
4 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 pm

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
MHT CET 2022 counselling provisional merit list released on cetcell.mahacet.org
Times of India | 6 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:49 pm
Times of India
6 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:49 pm

MHT CET 2022 Counselling: Maharashtra Common Entrance Test Cell has released the MHT CET Counselling 2022 provisional merit list today i.e., October 07, 2022. The provisional merit list can be downloaded on the official website - cetcell.mahacet.org or on mhtcet2022.mahacet.org.The candidates, who have registered for the Common Admission Process can now check their MHT CET provisional merit list online through candidate login using their application number and date of birth.As per the official notification, the candidates can raise their objections against the provisional merit list 2022 from October 8 to 10, 2022 up to 5 pm.Read AlsoMHT CET Counselling 2022: Provisional Merit List to be released tomorrow at cetcell.mahacet.org, check detailsMHT CET provisional Merit List will be released tomorrow, on October 7, 2022. The candidates would be able to check and download their merit list from the official website. The candidates can check the counselling schedule given here below.The last date to register for the CET counselling was October 4, 2022. The MHT CET provisional merit list for Maharashtra state/all India candidates has been released.MHT CET 2022 Counselling Schedule: Important DatesProvisional Merit ListOctober 7, 2022Submission of GrievancesOctober 8 to 10, 2022Final Merit ListOctober 12, 2022Provisional Category SeatsOctober 12, 2022CAP Round 1 BeginsOctober 13, 2022Last Date for CAP Round 1October 15, 2022Provisional Merit ListOctober 18, 2022The final merit list for round 1 and seat matrix will be released on October 12, 2022. The provisional merit list for CAP round-1 will be released on October 18, 2022.CAP round 1 will begin on October 13 and will be concluded on October 15, 2022. Candidates will have to confirm seats and report to the allotted institute and confirm admission from October 19 to 21, 2022.The State CET Cell is conducting the MHT CET counselling process to offer admission to candidates in four-year duration full-time Engineering and Technology programmes (BE, BTech) and Master of Engineering and Technology (Integrated-5 years) in the government, government-aided, university managed Institutes, university managed departments and unaided private professional educational institutes across the Maharashtra state for the academic year 2022-23.

MHT CET 2022 counselling provisional merit list released on cetcell.mahacet.org
  • MHT CET 2022 Counselling Provisional Merit List Released at cetcell.mahacet.org; Direct Link, Steps to Check Here
  • India

    MHT CET 2022 Counselling Latest Update: The State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell, Maharashtra has declared the provisional merit list for MHT CET 2022 today, October 07, 2022. All those candidates who have registered for the centralised admission process (CAP) for admission to BE and BTECH(4 years) and Master of Engineering and Technology(Integrated 5 years) courses can download the MHT CET Counselling 2022 Provisional Merit List by visiting the official website at cetcell.mahacet.org and fe2022.mahacet.org. Candidates can raise objections, if any, against the merit status from October 08 to October 10, 2022.Also Read - KCET 2022 Counselling Document Verification, Web Option Entry Begins Today at kea.kar.nic.in. Check Schedule HereFor the convenience of the candidates, we have provided you with the steps and a direct link to check the Maharashtra MHT CET Counselling 2022 Provisional Merit List. Follow the steps given below. Also Read - SSC Answer Key 2022 Released For JHT, JT And SHT Exams at ssc.nic.in; Direct Link HEREIt is to be noted that the Final MHT CET 2022 merit list for round 1 and the seat matrix will be published on October 12. “All the eligible Candidates who have submitted Application Form on or before 04-10-2022 Up to 04:00 PM are considered for Provisional Merit List and assigned a Merit Number,” reads the statement on the official website. Candidates are advised to go through the official website cetcell.mahacet.org and fe2022.mahacet.org for the latest update. Also Read - UPSC Recruitment 2022: Apply for Assistant Professor, Other Posts at upsconline.nic.in. Check Pay Scale Here

  • MHT CET Counseling 2022 Provisional Merit List released @ cetcell.mahacet.org, Here’s the link to check
  • Times of India

    Maharashtra CET merit list has been released today. State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra has released the MHT CET 2022 Provisional Merit List today, October 07, 2022 at cetcell.mahacet.org. Now in such a situation, all the candidates who had appeared in this examination will be able to check their score by visiting the portal. Apart from this, candidates can also check the list by following the easy steps given below. After checking the provisional list today as per the MHT CET 2022 counseling schedule, the final merit list 2022 will be displayed on the website on 12 October 2022. Candidates can check by visiting the official website. Important dates:1. Register complaint for release of provisional merit list - October 8 to October 10 (5 PM) 2. Final Merit List Release - 12 October 3. Seat Matrix - 12 October 4. Choice filling or option entry for CAP Round 1 - 13 October to 15 October 5. Final allotment result - 18 October 6. Accept seats and report to institute - October 19 to 21 Candidates should note that the authority candidates can raise objections for the provisional merit list of MHT CET 2022 between October 8 to 10. On the basis of grievances received, MHT CET final merit list will be released on 12th October. Note that no objection will be accepted after the stipulated date has passed. So apply on time. Candidates should note that the candidates have been given time between October 19 to 21 to accept the seats and report to the allotted colleges. Candidates can confirm their admission during this time. How to check MHT CET provisional merit list 2022 ? To check the MHT CET Provincial Merit List candidates firstly visit the official website - cetcell.mahacet.org Now click on the link “MHT CET Provisional Merit List 2022” Now login using application number and date of birth Now on successful login, the merit list will be displayed on the screen After this, take a printout of it and keep it for future reference. Direct link to check the MHT CET Provisional Merit List 2022

  • MHT CET 2022 Counselling Provisional Merit List Out; Direct Link Here
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  • MHT CET 2022 Counselling Provisional Merit List Today At Cetcell.mahacet.org
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  • MHT CET 2022 Counselling: Provisional Merit List Tomorrow; 5 Key Points
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Maharashtra: After taking charge as Health Services Commissioner, Tukaram Mundhe directs health officials to conduct surprise visits at PHCs, rural hospitals
The Indian Express | 7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm
The Indian Express
7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm

Top health officials across Maharashtra conducted surprise visits at the government-run primary health centres and rural hospitals in the wee hours of Friday to check whether emergencies were being attended to and the doctors and nurses were present on duty. Barring a few places like the Thane Primary Health Centre and some others where the doctors were not present, the functioning of the health facilities was as per routine, Dr Nitin Ambadekar, Director of Health, Maharashtra, told The Indian Express.This move to conduct surprise visits was an initiative of Tukaram Mundhe, who recently took charge as the Health Services Commissioner of Maharashtra. Mundhe instructed the district health officers, civil surgeons and deputy directors of health across Maharashtra to conduct surprise visits at the primary health centres and rural hospitals to check whether the staff was present at the health facilities and emergencies were being attended to during the late night hours.Mundhe, who is also Director, National Health Mission, Maharashtra, told The Indian Express that the main purpose was to check whether the medical and paramedical staff are present at the health facilities during the night hours. “I had instructed the deputy director, civil surgeons and district health officers to randomly visit any primary health centre or rural hospital without informing the staff on duty. These kinds of drives will now be regularly taken up,” he said.Pune-headquartered Director of Health Dr Ambadekar, who also visited the health facilities, said that emergency services were in place. Dr Ambadekar said that effort during the surprise visit was also to identify the lacunae so that the problem could be resolved.“While the performance has by and large been satisfactory, we wanted to ensure the focus is maintained also during the festive season,” he added.Dr Ambadekar said there are an approximate 19 lakh deliveries being performed annually and at least 50 per cent are done at the government set up.“There have been instances where non attendants have been reported in the past, but overall the performance has been satisfactory. These drives are a way of emphasizing that the situation is being monitored,” he added.Each primary health centre is required to have two medical officers, while three are posted at the rural hospitals. There are 1,839 primary health centres and 504 rural hospitals, including women’s hospital and sub district hospitals, in Maharashtra. The Collector of each district has been authorised to fill up contractual posts.Deputy Director, Health, Dr Sanjog Kadam visited the Alandi Rural Hospital in Pune, while Dr Bhagwan Pawar, District Health Officer, Pune, visited the primary health centre at Wagholi and found that a delivery was underway.Pune District Civil Surgeon Ashok Dr Nandapurkar made a surprise visit to the Rural Hospital at Vadgaon Maval. “I got a message at 11.15 pm and immediately went to the Rural Hospital at Vadgaon Maval at 12.15 am where there were doctors on duty,” he said.

Maharashtra: After taking charge as Health Services Commissioner, Tukaram Mundhe directs health officials to conduct surprise visits at PHCs, rural hospitals
No sign of October heat this year as sporadic spells of rain continue over Mumbai
The Indian Express | 7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm
The Indian Express
7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm

The October heat is known to be a common phenomenon in Maharashtra’s Mumbai city. From the first week of October every year, several areas in the city become uncomfortably hot with the daily temperature rising and ranging between mid 30 to 35 degrees Celsius.However, the scenario is slightly different this year. With sporadic spells of rain still lashing in several parts of the suburban belt and the island city, there does not seem to be a significant rise in temperature even though the first week of October is nearing its end.Mumbai’s maximum temperature is 30 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, while the average maximum temperature during the day last year varied between 33 degrees and 34 degrees Celsius, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).Meanwhile, the scientists and weather experts have attributed the current weather condition to the late withdrawal of monsoon from Mumbai and a low pressure developed in the Bay of Bengal.“Monsoon is still there in Mumbai and there is high rate of moisture presence in the air as well. Therefore, light to moderate rainfall will continue in the island city and suburban belt for the next few days since there is no clear forecast of monsoon retreat anytime now. This is directly affecting the daily temperature and as long as the rains are there an increase in temperature is unlikely,” IMD scientist Sushma Nair told The Indian Express.Nair also maintained that a rise in temperature may take place after the monsoon retreats from Mumbai.“After the monsoon withdrawal happens, the temperature may go up till 33 to 34 degrees Celsius, but this will be short-lived since the north-western part of India will start experiencing drop in daily temperature due to the arrival of winter and this will also affect Mumbai as well,” she said.Mahesh Palawat, the chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, said the entire western and north-western part of India is experiencing an unusual weather pattern this year, which is not letting the temperature rise during October.“Parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Gujarat are experiencing light to moderate rainfall because of two successive low pressure that have been developed in the Bay of Bengal. There is also a trough seen in the coastal region of Maharashtra. These factors are creating an unusual pattern of rains which is not letting the temperature to rise in Mumbai,” he said.Palawat further said there is a chance of monsoon retreat post October 13.“Light to moderate rainfall will continue in Mumbai till October 12 and Mumbai may experience a slight rise in temperature after October 13,” he added.Meanwhile, the IMD bulletin Friday morning stated the sky will remain cloudy and light to moderate rainfall will continue to lash Mumbai for the next 48 hours. In the past 24 hours, the city has recorded 8.9 mm of rainfall, of which the Santacruz observatory has recorded 1.1 mm of rainfall and the Colaba observatory has recorded 7.8 mm of rainfall.The bulletin stated Mumbai’s relative humidity is 95 per cent.

No sign of October heat this year as sporadic spells of rain continue over Mumbai
  • Maharashtra likely to escape October heat this year
  • Times of India

    PUNE: Maharashtra may escape the typical October heat this year, with Met department's seasonal outlook for the month indicating higher chances of above-normal rainfall and below-normal day temperatures. As per the seasonal outlook for rainfall in October, there is higher probability for above-normal rainfall over central India, including Maharashtra. There is also higher probability for nights to be warmer than usual this month for the state, the seasonal outlook issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated. The amount of post-monsoon rainfall in Maharashtra could be relatively higher during October this year as the monsoon is yet to begin withdrawal from the state, KS Hosalikar, head, Climate Research and Services, IMD Pune, told TOI. Hosalikar said, "We expect some rainfall in Maharashtra after the next few days, with yellow alert being issued parts of the state from October 5-7. However, one thing must be kept in mind that the above-normal rainfall forecast for Maharashtra during October pertains to the average rainfall normally recorded during this month. But the normal values of rainfall during October in Maharashtra are lower than those in the monsoon season. So, any positive deviation from this normal could make the rainfall "above normal"- but it does not signify that rain will be in excessive amounts as seen during the monsoon months." The October normal rainfall for Konkan and Goa is 110.5mm, followed by Madhya Maharashtra (73.3mm), Marathwada (71.7mm), and Vidarbha (57.6mm). On the day temperatures during October, Hosalikar said Pune and other parts of Maharashtra might not see severe heat during the month as monsoon was yet to start retreating from the state. "As rain may cause cloudy skies, the day temperatures are also likely to be lower. When there is a possibility of intermittent rainfall, day temperatures are usually on the lower side due to the presence of cloud mass, which prevents direct penetration of solar radiation towards the surface," he said. Similarly, nights could be relatively warmer as the presence of clouds during the night usually push up minimum temperature.

Video of Women Passengers Fighting, Pulling Each Other's Hair Over Seat in Mumbai Local Train Goes Viral | WATCH
India | 9 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 01:00 pm
India
9 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 01:00 pm

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
Changing City: Cable-stayed flyover to improve road connectivity in Mumbai’s western suburbs
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a project to build a cable-stayed flyover in a bid to improve the road connectivity between Versova, Malad and Marve regions in the western suburbs of Maharashtra’s Mumbai city.A look at the project: The cable-stayed flyover will connect Versova jetty with Madh island.Location: The bridge will originate from near the Versova jetty and end near the wharf adjoining the Madh island jetty, passing over the Versova Creek.Specifications: The bridge will be 1.5 kilometers long and 27.50 meters wide.Objective: The primary objective of this project is to improve road connectivity between Versova, Malad and Marve region in the western suburbs, which currently has patches of mangroves, mudflats and creeks between the locations. This bridge is expected to bring down the travel time between Versova and Madh island to 10 minutes. It currently takes at least one hour through SV Road and Link Road. The travel time during peak hours can go as high as two hours.Significance:– This project will improve the road connectivity till the extreme end of the western suburbs. Since there is no direct road network right now, the people are mostly dependent on a ferry service that runs between Versova and Madh.– The bridge will lead to uninterrupted transport system for 365 days. Since the ferry services often become non-operational during monsoon, the people are compelled to take the longer route of travel though bus, taxi or local train via Malad, which increases the travel time by several fold.– The bridge will also play a key role in uplifting the economy of the Madh and Marve area, which mainly houses the fishing community that travels to the fish markets in Andheri and Dadar areas and are mainly dependent on ferries. This bridge will open more travelling options for them, thus creating better connectivity.– With the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) coming up and also with the Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL) project being on pipeline, this flyover will create a smooth corridor for the north-south bound traffic that will be travelling from the extreme end of western suburbs to the island city or vice-versa.Present status:– The BMC had finalised a consultant for this project back in 2020 and recently an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and a survey on the mangroves have been completed.– The BMC had submitted the reports and a proposal for the final alignment of this bridge to the Maharashtra Coastal Zonal Management Authority (MCZMA) for final clearance of this project and is awaiting the clearance.– The civic officials are hopeful that the clearance certificate would come in next two months following which a tender will be floated.Cost: Approximately Rs 400 croreConstruction time: 12 months (excluding the monsoon) after the day of issuing work order.Authority speak: “The project has been in the pipeline for more than a decade and has been deferred for multiple reasons. The flyover will pass through a mangrove zone and coastal area, therefore we have already submitted our proposal to the MCZMA for clearance. They had provided some inputs in the previous application that we had made and have submitted a fresh proposal on the same. After the project gets cleared, tenders will be floated and contractor will be appointed for the project,” said an official from civic bridges department.Citizen speak: “The proposed Versova-Madh bridge is supposed to be a pivotal linkage between Versova and Madh island and with the coastal road nearing its deadline, this bridge is need of the hour. Since, not only it will declutter the traffic movement but also will save time, fuel and money for thousands of Mumbaikars every day,” said Dhaval Shah, a local resident and co-founder of the Lokhandwala Oshiwara Citizen’s Association (LOCA).

Changing City: Cable-stayed flyover to improve road connectivity in Mumbai’s western suburbs
Bharat Rashtra Samithi to convene Dalit Conclave in Hyderabad: KCR
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, whose 22-year-old Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has been rechristened as Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), announced to hold a Dalit Conclave soon in Hyderabad “with Dalit brothers from all over the country”, a statement from his office said.The Chief Minister announced the passing of a unanimous resolution for the party’s name change at their general body meeting Wednesday. Apart from Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy and his 20 MLAs, Tamil Nadu MP and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) chief Thirumavalavan were present on the occasion. Rao, also known as KCR, said former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav were to attend Wednesday’s meeting but were dissuaded given their situations.One of the key points during KCR’s address was his pet scheme ‘Dalit Bandhu’, which offers one-time financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to the Dalit families without any collateral.The VCK chief met KCR again Thursday at the latter’s official residence Pragathi Bhavan and commended him on the pro-Dalit schemes that he believed would be implemented nationwide.“The MP appreciated the Telangana government for introducing numerous schemes for Dalit empowerment and no state is implementing such a huge number of programmes in the country,” the statement said.During Wednesday’s address, KCR had said that it was “just an internal meeting” to change the name of the party.“They (Akhilesh and Tejaswi) will be invited to the launching function of the party. Leaders of many parties across the country are coming forward to move with us,” he said. KCR said that discussions were held with the economists and experts from various fields, adding their advice was taken while forming the BRS.“As the CM of Telangana, I will travel all over the country. No one should have any doubts about this. Radiant India needs to be made. India will grow better than America If the resources in the country are used at optimum level. We still have a good time. We will expand across the country,” he said. KCR said Maharashtra will be the first state to start the activities of the BRS. “The national party’s affiliated farmer association will be started from Maharashtra first,” he said.Hinting at the direction the BRS is set to take, KCR said: “We will move ahead through Dalit movement, peasant movement and tribal movement by taking these issues as the main agenda. We will remove many socio-political disorders in the country.”

Bharat Rashtra Samithi to convene Dalit Conclave in Hyderabad: KCR
MHT CET 2022: Provisional allotment list to release soon, steps to check
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

MHT CET 2022: The State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra will today release the provisional allotment list for MHT CET 2022. Candidates can find the list at the official MHT CET website — cetcell.mahacet.org.Candidates have to participate in the counselling process to be considered for admission based on MHT CET 2022 result.This year, the MHT CET 2022 exam for PCM group was conducted between August 5 and August 11, and the PCB group exams were successfully held from August 12 till August 20 in an online mode as a Computer Based Test (CBT).MHT CET 2022: How to check provisional allotment list Step 1: Visit the official MHT CET website — cetcell.mahacet.org.Step 2: Click on the link for provisional allotment list available on the home page.Step 3: Key in your application number and date of birth to log in, if needed.Step 4: The list will be available on the screen.Step 5: Download and save the list for future reference.This year, in the PCM group, this year, a total 13 students have scored 100 percentile and 14 candidates have earned the perfect score in the PCB group.A total of 605944 (282070 in PCM and 323874 in PCB group) candidates registered for the MHT CET exam, which was much higher than last year’s number of registrations (517132). Out of 605944, 467379 (231264 in PCM and 236115 in PCB group) candidates appeared for the exams this year.

MHT CET 2022: Provisional allotment list to release soon, steps to check
C R Paatil: From constable to Gujarat BJP face and PM Modi confidant
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

Chandrakant Raghunath Paatil was appointed as the Gujarat BJP president in July 2020. A confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Paatil, 67, is considered to be the most formidable leader in the state BJP under whose leadership the saffron party hopes to break the Congress’s 1985 record (149 of the total 182 seats) in the upcoming Assembly polls. On his part, Paatil has set his target at the maximum level: all 182 seats.Paatil’s tenure at the helm of the state BJP recently saw a change of guard in the BJP government with Vijay Rupani replaced by Bhupendra Patel as the Chief Minister overnight and the subsequent stripping of key portfolios of two ministers in the new government.A few days ago, Paatil asserted that Patel will be “repeated” as the CM after the state Assembly polls, slated for December, as he has done “good work”. He also said that PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah would decide the ticket allotment to party candidates for the polls.Paatil is known to have been a key player behind several major decisions taken by the state government, including the recent rollback of the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill 2022, whose passage in March had set off massive Maldharis’ (cattle rearers’) protests across the state. The first word on the government’s rethink on this Bill came from Paatil after his meeting with a delegation from the Maldhari community.Similarly, it was Paatil who announced that the controversial Par-Tapi-Narmada Yojana in tribal areas of South Gujarat, which had triggered huge tribal protests, will be scrapped.Paatil, who is also a three-time MP from the Navsari constituency in South Gujarat, holds the record of winning a parliamentary seat by maximum margin ever in the country.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has emerged as a new challenger for the BJP besides the existing arch rival Congress, had bagged 27 seats in the February 2021 civic body polls in Surat, Paatil’s home turf. The AAP has since been targeting Paatil over various issues including his Maharashtrian origin.Born in Pimpry Akaraut village of Jalgaon district of neighbouring Maharashtra, Paatil, or “CR” as he is popularly known, is the first “non-Gujarati” to lead the BJP in Gujarat. A class XI dropout, Paatil has a degree from the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) as a turner. As per his 2019 Lok Sabha election affidavit, he had one criminal case of breach of trust and cheating pending against him. By occupation, he is a farmer and a businessman.Paatil’s father, who was a police constable, shifted in 1951 to South Gujarat in the then undivided Bombay Presidency. Paatil, like his father, joined the Gujarat Police as a constable in 1975, and was forced to resign in 1984 for attempting to “unite Police Constables under one roof of a Union”, as per his website.He joined the BJP in December 1989 under the leadership of former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and launched a Gujarati daily “Navgujarat Times” in 1991 from Surat.The Gujarat High Court has been hearing a PIL filed by former Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani which states that the Remdesivir injection Paatil distributed from the BJP office in Surat during the Covid-19 wave was “illegal”. Paatil’s website claims that he procured these injections “directly from the Pharma Company and distributed them”.

C R Paatil: From constable to Gujarat BJP face and PM Modi confidant
Daily Briefing: Budget review and rising inflation; Sena vs Sena battle of words
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

Good morning, Big Story 🔴 With days to go before the inter-minesterial consultations for 2022-23 revised estimates of Union finances, internal discussions within the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance seem to suggest that the cascading impact of a worse-than-anticipated global downturn may dent the budget arithmetic in the second half of the current financial year. 🔴 So far, the political leadership  has been somewhat sanguine with the upsides – an uptick in GDP growth during April-June; steady tax revenues, among others. But policy makers are now pointing to multiple headwinds: pressure on the twin deficits (fiscal deficit and the current account deficit), concerns over private investment and job creation, and the continuing distress in the MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) sector. Read why policy makers are worried. 🔴 Meanwhile, India’s service sector activity lost growth momentum and eased to a six-month low in September due to slow new business inflows amid inflationary pressures and competitive conditions, a survey showed.Only in the Express Days after the TRS was renamed as the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, Amrith Lal writes on how KCR’s national pitch differs from Stalin’s: “The southern leaders — M K Stalin, Pinarayi Vijayan, Siddaramaiah — have emphasised regional/linguistic pride and have been projecting a state-centric story to counter the BJP’s political narrative that is perceived to be focused on privileging Hindu, Hindi, Hindutva identities. KCR, however, seems to have decided to abandon his regional legacy and embark on a path similar to the one taken by Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal.”Reversing a decision by former Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, the Supreme Court has revoked the appointment of Registrar Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara as a permanent employee of the court, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said Suryadevara has been repatriated to the News Division at All India Radio as of September 30.From the Front Page The group of men in plainclothes, seen restraining and flogging at least four men held against an electricity pole, one after the other, in video clips of the incident, have been identified as police personnel of the Local Crime Branch (LCB) unit of Kheda district in Gujarat.India on Thursday abstained from voting on a draft resolution in the UN Human Rights Council on holding a debate on the human rights situation in China’s restive Xinjiang region.Must Read With the BMC polls approaching, the political grounds in Maharashtra are heated and the bitterness is reflected in the words that the BJP and the Uddhav Sena are flinging at each other. From Raavan to Katappa, Penguin to Spider-Man, Kamalabai to Champa: The acerbic political battle ahead of the BMC polls is reflected now in the constant name-calling.The promise of a job in Thailand, a boat ride across the border to Myanmar and a sinking realisation that he had been scammed — that his dream job was all about scouring the deep, dark web for potential victims to carry out financial frauds. The story of Stephen, a Tamil Nadu engineer who was rescued from Myawaddy in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin state, in pockets controlled by armed rebels, returned home on Wednesday with stories of his days spent in captivity in a company engaged in online scamming. The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) 20th National Congress will begin on October 16 in Beijing. The 20th Congress is likely to endorse an unprecedented third term for President Xi Jinping. The session comes at a critical time for China and the world. Here’s what to watch out for.And Finally While India’s 14-member World Cup T20 squad chase the title 15 years after their first one, there’s a backroom staff of 16 consisting of masseuse to team video analyst to head coaches, who will silently plot and plod on to keep the 11 wound up to the challenge of winning, writes Devendra Pandey.Delhi Confidential: The Congress after accepting the Parliamentary panel on commerce has nominated Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce.🎧 In today’s episode of the ‘3 things’ podcast, We talk to our correspondents about the death of 66 children in Gambia linked to four syrups manufactured by an Indian pharmaceutical company, a police officer in Gujarat publicly flogging a group of muslim men who had been arrested for pelting stones at a garba event and the three scientists who have won the Nobel Prize for Physics.Until tomorrow,Rahel Philipose and Susobhan Roy 

Daily Briefing: Budget review and rising inflation; Sena vs Sena battle of words
Today in politics, October 7: Kharge in Gujarat, Shivakumar before ED, Shinde Sena at EC office
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

From the latest developments in the Congress presidential poll, to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction meeting the Election Commission to stake claim to the party’s symbol ahead of a crucial bypoll, here are political developments to watch out for:Kharge begins campaign tour: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will begin his multi-state tour in Ahmedabad today to gather support for his candidature in the Congress presidential poll, scheduled for October 17. The Indian Express reported that he will go to 10 state capitals in the next five days. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, his counterpart in the polls, has already visited Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala as part of his campaign tour. Meanwhile, leaders associated with the Tharoor campaign have approached Madhusudan Mistry, the head of the party’s election authority, with complaints regarding state presidents endorsing Kharge’s candidature, alleged “intimidation” faced by Tharoor’s proposers, and discrepancies in the list of state Congress delegates who constitute the electoral college in the polls.Amit Shah, Nadda in Assam: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda will reach Guwahati this evening and attend a core meeting of the state’s party unit. They will inaugurate the new state office of the party on Saturday, which will be followed by an address at a rally with an estimated 40,000 to 45,000 booth workers. Nadda will leave on Saturday evening after attending a couple of meetings, while Shah will stay on till Sunday for other official engagements.Karnataka BJP meets, amid Bharat Jodo Yatra: After facing heat on corruption allegations through the PayCM campaign and with the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra gaining political traction in the state, the ruling BJP is expected to draw up plans to counter the Congress at meetings today.D K Shivakumar summoned by ED: The ED has rejected Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar’s plea seeking exemption – until October 21 in light of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in the state – from appearing before the agency in the National Herald money laundering case.Jairam Ramesh, the Congress’s general secretary in-charge communications, has termed the ED’s action “political vendetta Modi-style”.Shinde faction to meet Election Commission: Ahead of the Andheri East Assembly bypoll in Maharashtra on November 3, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction is set to meet the Election Commission today to argue its case for the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ poll symbol.In the bypoll, which will be the first major electoral battle between the two Senas since the developments in July, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s group has fielded Rutuja Latke, the wife of late MLA Ramesh Latke whose death necessitated the election. The BJP, the Shinde faction’s ally, has picked BMC corporator Murji Patel.(With inputs from PTI)

Today in politics, October 7: Kharge in Gujarat, Shivakumar before ED, Shinde Sena at EC office
  • Crowd At Eknath Shinde's Dussehra Rally Showed Which Is Real Shiv Sena: D Fadnavis
  • Ndtv

    Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde held a massive Dussehra rallyPune: The "huge" crowd at Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's Dussehra rally in Mumbai showed who leads the real Shiv Sena, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Thursday.He also dubbed the other rally held by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday as "Shimga", a pejorative term used to describe abusive rhetoric.He himself did not listen to the speeches of both Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde when they were underway, the BJP leader said.He was busy with the Dhammachara Pravartan Din celebration in Nagpur but got the gist of the two speeches and listened to Mr Shinde's speech on YouTube later, Mr Fadnavis said."I will not give any reaction on Uddhav Thackeray's speech. No need to give reaction on 'Shimga', he told reporters.The Shimga celebration in parts of Maharashtra ahead of the Holi festival involves lighting of bonfires, but revellers using cuss words or obscene language in a light-hearted way was also customary during the festival once."There was nothing in the speech except Shimga," Mr Fadnavis said."There was a huge gathering at the BKC ground whose capacity is the double of that of Shivaji Park (where Uddhav Thackeray spoke), and the BKC ground was filled to the brim... Shiv Sainiks proved that Eknath Shinde's Sena is the real Shiv Sena and that is why I would like to congratulate him," the BJP leader further said.On opposition's jibe that Mr Shinde, who rebelled against Mr Thackeray's leadership in June this year and broke away to form a new government, read out the BJP's 'script' at the rally, Mr Fadnavis said those who say this should find a new writer."How many times you will say the same thing? Ask your writer to use creativity or get a new writer," he said.Mr Fadnavis, a former Chief Minister, asked a question about Mr Thackeray's assertion that he was ready to swear on his parents that the BJP had promised the CM's post to the Shiv Sena for half the term before the 2019 elections.He had already given his reaction, Mr Fadnavis said.The reason for the split in the Shiv Sena was that Mr Thackeray put Shiv Sena's ideology aside and accepted the NCP and Congress's ideology and sat beside people who had connections with the Mumbai blasts and those who abuse freedom fighter VD Savarkar', he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"I should congratulate Eknath Shinde as he talked about development. He talked about what we are doing and he talked about what we are planning to do. This was missing when Uddhav Thackeray was Chief Minister. He always spoke like a party chief," Mr Fadnavis said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • After Dussehra, another battle looms between the Senas: for Andheri East bypoll
  • The Indian Express

    The moment dust settles on the Dussehra showdown between the two Shiv Senas Wednesday, they will have another battle on their hands: the one for Mumbai’s Andheri East Assembly seat bypoll, on November 3.The bypoll, necessitated due to the death of sitting Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke, will see the first major electoral contest between Uddhav Thackeray’s Sena and the BJP since the power equations between them changed. The Shinde Sena is unlikely to contest the bypoll, leaving the seat to its new partner.The result will be a considerable psychological boost for the winning side ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, due soon after. The bruised Uddhav camp desperately wants to retain its BMC stronghold, while the BJP with its new-found ally Eknath Shinde sees a chance to finally wrest India’s richest civic body.With its sizeable population of Marathi and North Indian voters, Andheri East has a good mix of electorate as an indicator of how Mumbai will vote. Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar has claimed that they will win the seat by over 50,000 votes.The Uddhav side, which continues to see an exodus of MLAs, MPs and leaders to the Shinde Sena, especially in areas outside Mumbai, has announced that it will field the late Latke’s wife Rutuja Latke for the bypoll. The BJP will field former corporator Murji Patel, who had contested from Andheri East in the 2019 Assembly polls as an Independent and come second.Both the NCP and Congress have announced support to the Uddhav Sena’s candidate. Uddhav, in fact, is counting on strong pockets of Congress voters scattered across the constituency to help it win. The bypoll will also be the first test of endurance of the MVA alliance after having lost power in Maharashtra.While it may not join the fight itself, the Shinde Sena will be battling on at least one front. Should the Uddhav faction contest on the Sena symbol of bow and arrow, it might strengthen its case before the Election Commission on claiming the same. The Supreme Court has left the matter to the EC and, sources said, the Shinde camp may approach the panel to stop the Uddhav group from using the symbol in the bypoll.

  • Shiv Sena Dussehra rally live updates: Dussehra rallies of Sena factions to kick off in Mumbai today
  • The Indian Express

  • Today in Politics: What to look out for | Dussehra as D-Day for KCR, Shiv Senas
  • The Indian Express

    From the announcement of a new national party, to the RSS Dussehra rally in Nagpur, here are political events and developments that are likely to make a splash today:KCR to announce national party: At the TRS’s general body meeting today, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, is expected to launch a national political party.Sources said that at an “auspicious time”, the CM will announce the renaming of the party to ‘Bharata Rashtra Samiti’ (BRS). This could mark the beginning of the CM’s long-standing dream to float an anti-BJP national front for which he has been touring the country and gaining support this year.JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and 20 MLAs of the party flew to Hyderabad Tuesday to attend the launch of the new national political party. As per a JD (S) insider, the BRS will be a conglomeration of various regional parties, “to put up a united fight against the BJP”.Meanwhile, Congress’s general secretary communications in-charge Jairam Ramesh in conversation with reporters in Hyderabad said “the BJP and the TRS were two sides of the same coin”. “If you have a Sultan in Delhi, you have a Nizam in Hyderabad,” he said yesterday.The Sena versus Sena showdown in Mumbai: Holding a Dussehra rally at the city’s Shivaji park has been of great significance to the Shiv Sena. All of its monumental decisions and milestones through the years – such as the launch of its youth wing under the leadership of then 20-year-old Aaditya Thackeray in 2010 – were taken here.With the split and the ensuing flight to assert who the “real” party is, it is looking like the final showdown will be the events that Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and CM Eknath Shinde have organised for today.The court may have asked the Uddhav faction to hold the rally at Shivaji park, but the Eknath Shinde side has pulled out all the stops for its rally at the MMRDA grounds in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) area in the city. Several thousand Thackeray supporters from rural Maharashtra have reached Mumbai in buses, trains, and private vehicles. The Shinde Camp claimed that around 400,000 Shiv Sainiks from across the state will be present at the rally and that it had organised around 4,000 buses to ferry them to the venue.All eyes and ears are on which event will attract more people and, more importantly, what will be said at the events.Bahubali actor Prabhas at Ramlila attended by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be the chief guest of the Dussehra ceremony at Red Fort today, organised by the Luv Kush Ramlila Committee, one of the oldest in Delhi. Accompanying him is actor Prabhas of Bahubali fame. In his latest film “Adipurush” – whose teaser was released this week – he is playing the role of Lord Ram. The film had its first run-in with controversy when MP Home minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday warned the makers of legal action if “scenes that hurt religious sentiments” were not removed from the film.RSS rally at Nagpur: Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, was the day the right-wing organisation was founded by KB Hegdewar in 1926. Every year, the RSS holds an annual rally to commemorate the same at its headquarters in Nagpur. The “sarsangchalak” or the head delivers a speech that holds importance for its members and affiliates.In 2020, for example, the current chief of the organisation, Mohan Bhagwat, threw his weight behind the central government on the three contentious farm laws and virtually endorsed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s theory of an “international conspiracy” against his state government.Last year, he called upon state governments to return all temple property under their control to “Hindu society” and repeated the organisation’s demand for a population policy to tackle what it claims is a “demographic imbalance”.(With PTI inputs)

  • Sena vs Sena: Fireworks Expected At Dussehra Rallies Of Rival Factions
  • Ndtv

    Mumbai: For first time since the Shiv Sena's inception 56 years ago, two Dussehra rallies will be held in Mumbai on Wednesday by the 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.The 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.While the Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966, the rebel group led by Shinde has organised their event at the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the suburbs The sprawling MMRDA ground is located close to 'Matoshree', the private residence of the Thackeray family in suburban Bandra.Both the camps have claimed they are taking forward the ideals of Bal Thackeray, who was known to make fiery speeches at the Dussehra rallies at Shivaji Park year after year till his death in 2012. Since then, his son Uddhav Thackeray, a former CM who lost power in June following rebellion by his once trusted aide Shinde, had been addressing the annual event.A Dussehra rally is being held at Shivaji Park after a gap of two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.Both sides have claimed their rallies will be a grand success with top leaders giving last minute touches to the preparations for the mega shows. On the ground, the areas in and around the two venues are awashed in saffron flags and banners.Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is expected to launch attacks on the Shinde faction and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his former ally which is now part of the government in the state. In his address, the chief minister is likely to target Uddhav Thackeray for "deviating" from the path of Hindutva and joining hands with his once rivals Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in November 2019.Rebellion by Mr Shinde against Uddhav Thackeray's leadership brought down the MVA government in June-end.Meanwhile, stringent security measures are in place as there is a possibility of supporters of the two rival factions coming face to face in the metropolis, which may lead to law and order issues.Thousands of buses --- of the state road transport and also private operators -- have been booked by the rival Sena factions to ferry their supporters to the venues from all over the state.Sheetal Mhatre, a spokesperson for the Shinde camp, said 3.5 to 4 lakh people are expected to attend the rally at the MMRDA ground.Arrangements for food and vehicle parking for those coming from outside the city have been made.Both sides have claimed supporters of Mr Shinde and Mr Thackeray will come in large numbers from outside Mumbai for the high-profile events.The Mumbai traffic police have made necessary arrangements for the parking of scores of buses that will bring workers to the rallies.Buses carrying supporters from western and north Mumbai will be parked along Senapati Bapat Marg and Kamgar Maidan, while those arriving from Navi Mumbai and Thane will be parked at Five Gardens, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Edanwala Road, an official said.Cars will be parked at India Bulls Finance, IndiaBulls One Centre and Kohinoor Square.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFor the BKC event, buses will be parked behind the family court in Bandra, near Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, the MMRDA ground and near Jio garden in the vicinity.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

‘Politics will continue, don’t drag innocent child into it’: Maharashtra MP Shrikant Shinde slams Uddhav Thackeray’s remark
Times of India | 11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:05 am
Times of India
11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:05 am

KALYAN: Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde's son and Kalyan Lok Sabha MP Dr Shrikant Shinde has slammed Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for 'dragging' the name of his one-and-a-half year old son during the Dussehra rally held at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Posting a photo along with his son, Shinde, in a letter to Thackeray, expressed a grief over remark and said that he was not writing a letter as an MP or son of chief minister, but as father of one-and-half year-old Rudransh. At Dussehra rally, Uddhav Thackeray had said, "Father is chief minister, son is MP and grandson is now eyeing on the post of corporator. Let him grow up." Replying to Thackeray, Shinde said, "During your appeal about rally, you had invited people to listen to your thoughts of Hindutva. Only you know what thoughts of Hindutva you put forward in Dusshera's rally. I just want to ask you whether it fits to your Hindutva to drag the name of and innocent one-and-half-year old child into your speech?" "Uddhavji, do you have any idea how shocked our family is by your remark? Actually, this is very personal, but I feel compelled to say it. Both son's mother and grandmother were extremely hurt after hearing what you said yesterday. Tears welled up in their eyes...How can a politician say such things about a child whose walking, babbling, gibberish, and laughter are the gift of God?," wrote Shinde "A father's request with folded hands and tears in his eyes. Politics will continue...Criticism will continue. But don't drag innocent child into it," he added.

‘Politics will continue, don’t drag innocent child into it’: Maharashtra MP Shrikant Shinde slams Uddhav Thackeray’s remark
Textile players to set up panel on blended fabrics
Times of India | 11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 10:31 am
Times of India
11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 10:31 am

AHMEDABAD: The apex body of the powerloom sector, PDEXCIL (Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council) will form a co-ordination committee to ensure quality of cloth is maintained in the mixing of polyester and viscose with cotton due to high cotton prices. This is the first time such problems have emerged and to resolve them, the committee will have members from the spinning, weaving and textile processing sectors. The association received many complaints regarding quality issues in the last four months from across the country. Bharat Chhajer, former chairman of PDEXCIL said, “We have learned of a large number of cases where there are major problems in the dyeing of polycot and viscose yarn. Some export containers had also been delayed following such issues, where the cotton part of the fabric got proper finishing but the polyester part had problems. In some cases, the buyer is unaware of the blending so an issue arises, it creates a dispute between buyer and seller and the blame was coming on the weavers.” He added that such cases were reported in the major markets of the country such as Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra and PDEXCIL has thus decided to set up a co-ordination committee which will have members from spinning, weaving, grey fabric traders and textile processing houses. India witnessed unprecedented cotton prices this year and this affected the textile value chain badly. Spinning mills suffered losses of around Rs 30-40 per kg of cotton yarn so they started blending polyester and viscose with cotton. According to Chhajer, there was about 25% blending, to reduce the yarn cost. A member of the Ahmedabad Textile Processors’ Association said, “Blending made processing difficult and there are problems in dyeing polycot and viscose fabrics. It has resulted in quality issues and we saw a large number of payment disputes.”

Textile players to set up panel on blended fabrics
Thane: Navratri mandal holds up idol immersion as CM Ekanth Shinde fails to visit
Times of India | 13 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 09:01 am
Times of India
13 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 09:01 am

THANE: Tension prevailed in Kalwa (east) after a Navratri mandal refused to immerse the Goddess Durga idol on the last day of the festival, after being upset that CM Eknath Shinde had failed to visit them, as promised. The idol was finally being taken for immersion after CM Shinde called the mandal members on Thursday evening and MP Shrikant Shinde visited the pandal, the police said. The Nav Durga Charitable Trust-sponsored mandal operating from Vitawa locality is organised mainly by Shinde supporters who claimed the neta was invited for the same in advance. The organisers said they were upset by Shinde not being able to make it to their pandalwhen he makes trips across the region during Ganeshotsav and Navratri. “We had invited Shinde sahib to visit our Navratri festivities, but are still waiting for his arrival. We have unanimously decided to wait for Shinde and not immerse the idol till then. After I made an appeal, Shinde sahib called me saying he got my message late following which his son, MP Dr Shinde, also paid a visit to our pandal after which we decided to continue with the idol immersion as per tradition,” said pandal president Tanaji Kolekar who is also a Shinde loyalist. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena warned the mandal to not politicise the issue. “Navratri is a festival and should not be politicised. Is the CM bigger than God and our tradition and if he has been projecting himself as a Hindutva promoter, why is he not visiting this pandal,” said Avinash Jadhav, MNS Thane-Palghar president.

Thane: Navratri mandal holds up idol immersion as CM Ekanth Shinde fails to visit