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‘Jai Jai Maharashtra Mazha’ is state song
Times of India | 3 hours ago | 01-02-2023 | 05:28 am
Times of India
3 hours ago | 01-02-2023 | 05:28 am

MUMBAI/NAGPUR: The state cabinet on Tuesday finalised the patriotic Marathi song, "Jai Jai Maharashtra Mazha, Garza Maharashtra Mazha," as the official state song. The song, which praises the state, will be officially adopted on February 19, the birth anniversary of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji.Maharashtra will be the 12th state in the country to have a state song. The state cabinet took this step during the Amrit Mahotsav year.The song was written by the poet Raja Neelkanth Badhe. The announcement has come on the eve of Badhe's 111th birth anniversary which falls on February 1.Only two stanzas which stretch to 1.41 minutes of the original song have been designated as the state song. "The state song will be sung after the national anthem. It will be given respect and sung during official or ceremonial events. It will also be sung in educational institutions. We have requested that it be played in the state assembly as well," said state cultural affairs minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.The song was originally sung by Krishnarao "Shahir" Sable and has already been played at events by several political parties in the past.The state cabinet has listed the protocol for the singing of the state song. It points out that the national anthem will receive the highest status, over the state song. The state song will be played at the beginning of all the state government's public events. On May 1, which is Maharashtra day, the national anthem will be played first followed by the state song. It will also be sung or played in the state's schools at the start of the day along with the national anthem.The protocol also says all educational institutions, non-governmental institutions, private establishments and programmes organised by citizens in the social, cultural or sports arena should give the state song due respect. It also says that citizens should stand at attention to give respect to the state song. Pregnant women, small children, elderly, ailing and disabled will be exempted.Raja Badhe was born in the Mahal area of Nagpur's old city. But despite being a towering personality in Marathi literature - he was a writer too - Nagpur has failed to give him due recognition.

‘Jai Jai Maharashtra Mazha’ is state song
  • Eknath Shinde Declares 'Jai Jai Maharashtra Majha' As State Song
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    The song was written by Raja Badhe and sung by balladeer Krishnarao Sable. (Representational)Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday recognised 'Jai Jai Maharashtra Majha' as the state song.The song will be adopted on February 19, the birth anniversary of the founder of the Maratha empire Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.The decision was taken by the Maharashtra cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comOne of the iconic songs in Marathi, 'Jai Jai Maharashtra Majha, Garja Maharashtra Majha', which means 'Glory to Maharashtra', was penned by Raja Badhe and sung by balladeer Krishnarao Sable, popularly known as Shaheer Sable.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayOn Camera, Huge Clash At Ajmer Shrine Between Pilgrims, Officials

Few takers among Maharashtra hospitals for BMC’s jumbo Covid equipment
Times of India | 4 hours ago | 01-02-2023 | 05:02 am
Times of India
4 hours ago | 01-02-2023 | 05:02 am

MUMBAI: The state's public health sector appears to be facing a peculiar issue of surplus. Nearly a year since the BMC dismantled its nine jumbo Covid hospitals and made its vast inventory of pandemic equipment available to state-run medical colleges and district hospitals, only half of the items have been taken. Many public facilities have either cited their own surplus inventory or logistical challenges as reasons for not taking the items from Mumbai. At the last count, the civic body was sitting on a stockpile of 418 types of supplies totalling over 73,000 items. The leftover items (see graphic) have been collected at two central depots within SevenHills Hospital and KJ Somaiya Grounds in Sion. Surprisingly, even lifesaving medical equipment such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and multipara monitors are languishing for months at the storage facilities, raising concerns about their continued usability. There are almost 200 ventilators, including more than 110 received under PM Cares fund, more than 800 portable oxygen cylinders, over 600 oxygen concentrators, waiting to find takers.The BMC began dismantling its jumbo Covid hospitals in February 2022. In the first phase, four jumbo centres at Kanjurmarg, Dahisar, Richardson and Cruddas in Mulund, and Nesco in Goregaon were closed. In July, the five remaining jumbos at BKC, Malad, Richardson and Cruddas in Byculla, and NSCI in Worli were shut. Soon after, the corporation appointed Dr Rajesh Dere, former dean of BKC jumbo, as chief coordinator to oversee distribution. The first opportunity to take items from the surplus inventory was given to civic-run hospitals such as KEM, Sion, Nair, Cooper, Kasturba and Nair Dental. However, since then, the distribution slowed.Dr Sanjeev Kumar, additional municipal commissioner, said they have written to the state government and received responses from a few centres which have been given equipment in the last three months. But there's a lot more than awaits distribution, he said. Since November, the BMC has given almost 5,000 items to district hospitals. Another official said they expected a lot of demand from district hospitals, but that didn't happen.Sanjay Khandare, principal secretary (health) told TOI the public health department carried out their own internal evaluation and found that they had enough surplus. "For some, it didn't make logistical sense to carry mattresses and similar items all the way from Mumbai," he said. MMRDA, which built the BKC jumbo hospital, had also written to the state government urging them to utilize all the equipment they bought. A senior civic official said that the state should have formed a joint team to assess which districts required what equipment. The official added that these items have significant value, estimated in the multiple crores.

Few takers among Maharashtra hospitals for BMC’s jumbo Covid equipment
Postpone descriptive pattern exam to 2025, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde urges MPSC
Times of India | 4 hours ago | 01-02-2023 | 04:58 am
Times of India
4 hours ago | 01-02-2023 | 04:58 am

MUMBAI: Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday requested the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to postpone its decision to conduct the state service main examination in descriptive pattern instead of objective pattern to 2025.The MPSC had earlier decided to conduct the main examination with a UPSC-like descriptive pattern from 2023. Over the last few weeks, MPSC aspirants, supported by youth organisations of various parties, have held protests in Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, and Nagpur.In a letter to the MPSC, Shinde pointed out that the state services main examination is conducted based on objective questions, and the commission has decided to conduct it in the old method i.e. descriptive method. "If this decision is implemented immediately from 2023, there is a possibility of injustice to the students who are preparing for this examination and therefore the students have strongly demanded that the decision of the examination in the descriptive format be postponed till the main examination of 2025," Shinde said in his letter.The chief minister has also tweeted about his appeal to the MPSC.Officials said in the letter, the CM has also expressed belief that the MPSC will give relief to lakhs of youth in the state by taking an urgent decision on the matter."Shinde said the MPSC is working very efficiently and in the last seven-eight months, it has worked rapidly to reduce the backlog of jobs. The preparation for filling 75,000 vacancies in government jobs has been completed and the same has been planned," an official said, requesting anonymity.

Postpone descriptive pattern exam to 2025, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde urges MPSC
Mumbai Chartered Accountant Dies By Suicide Days After Rape Case Filed
Ndtv | 9 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 11:56 pm
Ndtv
9 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 11:56 pm

The Bhandup police in Mumbai had booked Varaiya in a rape case on January 10. (Representational)Mumbai: Days after he was booked in a rape case, a chartered accountant from Mumbai hanged himself at his friend's resort in Maharashtra's Nashik district, a police official said here on Tuesday.CA Chirag Varaiya (45) left behind a suicide note saying nobody should be held responsible for his death. He is survived by his wife and two children, said the official.The caretaker of the resort at Igatpuri alerted the police after he found Varaiya dead on Monday night, said the official.The Bhandup police in Mumbai had booked Varaiya in a rape case on January 10 following which he cooperated with them in the probe. He also assured the investigating officer that he would visit the police station whenever required, said the official.A police official from Igatpuri said, "It is a suicide case. We have not found any foul play. On the basis of primary information, we have registered an accidental death report."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)HelplinesVandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or help@vandrevalafoundation.comTISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm)(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist.)Featured Video Of The DayNick, Who Doesn't Have Arms And Legs, Shows The World How To Live

Mumbai Chartered Accountant Dies By Suicide Days After Rape Case Filed
Bombay HC seeks state’s response to Thane MP Rajan Vichare’s plea for security
Times of India | 12 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 09:00 pm
Times of India
12 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 09:00 pm

MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra government to respond to a plea by Thane MP and Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Rajan Vichare who claiming threat to his life has sought restoration of his security cover.Vichare filed a petition and contended that his life has been “endangered to extract political upmanship by the state government”. The HC directed Vichare’s lawyer to delete the names of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis who were named as parties to the case in their personal capacity and questioned as to how the writ plea was maintainable if the ministers were named in their personal capacity instead of referring to the department concerned with the grievance in the plea. The plea has also made Thane police as a party to the case.The Bench of Justice Ajay Gadkari and Justice P D Naik asked the government to produce a report of threat perceptions on which the decision to reduce Vichare’s security was taken.Chief Public Prosecutor Aruna Pai pointed out that the prayers sought were in the nature of a Public Interest Litigation and not a writ petition. She argued that Vichare’s plea for an investigation into the alleged misuse of Nirbhaya Squad vehicles did not pertain to Vichare but was generic in nature. The bench asked Victhe hare’s lawyer Nitin Satpute to delete such prayer. He agreed but said it was to ensure restoration of security.One of the two constables deployed to provide him security was removed in October last year alleged Vichare in his plea adding that while the Shinde government had allegedly “wrongfully” reduced his security with “ill motive”, it was providing party workers from the other faction who hold no government post, with security personnel."After the split in Shiv Sena, the Shinde-led government is trying to create problems for MPs and MLAs who have not joined hands with either Eknath Shinde or the BJP," the petition contended. The bench posted further hearing after two weeks.

Bombay HC seeks state’s response to Thane MP Rajan Vichare’s plea for security
Four killed as car collides with bus on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway
Times of India | 12 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:34 pm
Times of India
12 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:34 pm

PALGHAR: Four persons were killed on Tuesday when their car collided with a bus on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said. Two persons travelling in the luxury bus received injuries in the accident which took place at around 3.30 am near Mahalakshmi bridge on the highway, an official from Kasa police station said.The four occupants of the car were travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai, located about 100 km from Palghar, when it jumped a lane and collided with a luxury bus coming from the opposite direction, another official said in the evening. All four persons, including a woman, died on the spot, he said. The bodies were sent to a government hospital for postmortem, the official said, adding two injured persons were hospitalised. The deceased were residents of Bardoli in Surat. Earlier in the day, police said the car had rammed into the bus from behind.(With PTI inputs)

Four killed as car collides with bus on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway
  • 4 Killed After Car Collides With Bus On Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway
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    The dead were residents of Bardoli in Surat. (Representational)Palghar: Four persons were killed when their car collided with a bus on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Maharashtra's Palghar district on Tuesday, police said.Two persons travelling in the luxury bus received injuries in the accident which took place at around 3.30 am near Mahalakshmi bridge on the highway, an official from Kasa police station said.The four occupants of the car were travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai, located about 100 km from Palghar, when it jumped a lane and collided with a luxury bus coming from the opposite direction, another official said in the evening. All four persons, including a woman, died on the spot, he said.The bodies were sent to a government hospital for postmortem, the official said, adding two injured persons were hospitalised.The dead were residents of Bardoli in Surat.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comEarlier in the day, police said the car had rammed into the bus from behind.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DaySealed With A Kiss: To Shah Rukh Khan From Deepika And To John From, Ahem, SRK

  • 4 Killed As Car Hits Bus On Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway
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    The four car occupants were travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai.Palghar: Four persons were killed when their car rammed into a bus on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Maharashtra's Palghar district on Tuesday, police said.Two persons travelling in the luxury bus received injuries in the accident which occurred at around 3.30 am near Mahalakshmi bridge on the highway, an official from Kasa police station said.The four car occupants were travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai, located about 100 km from Palghar, when their vehicle rammed into the bus from behind, the official said.All the four persons, including a woman, died on the spot, he said.The bodies were sent to a government hospital for post-mortem, the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe two injured persons were hospitalised, the police added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"I'll Just Kiss Deepika's Hand And That Will Be The Answer," Says SRK

Three Bangladeshi nationals sentenced for illegally entering India in Maharashtra’s thane
Times of India | 12 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:20 pm
Times of India
12 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:20 pm

THANE: Three Bangladeshi nationals were convicted and sentenced by the Thane sessions court to five years rigorous imprisonment for illegally entering India without any valid documents.Those convicted and sentenced include Ishrafil Shikhadar ,56, Litan Mandal @ Mandol , 30 , and Shamim Mulla, 35. All residents from Nadail district of Bangladesh were convicted by special judge MB Patwari in separate orders.The prosecution in its submission said that based on information that some people were living illegally in Kopri area, the police carried out a raid in which the trio were arrested by the local police. They had no proper documentation. Hence, they were tried under various sections of Passport ( Entry into India ) Act, 1920 and under Section 420-cheating and 468 -Forgery for cheating of Indian Penal Code at the Kopri police station.The judge in his order noted that the accused in their submission pleaded guilty after informing them for the maximum sentence that could be imposed against them for the offences they were booked on; they preferred to confess to the crime which was voluntary and the court accepted the same.The prosecutor informed that the judge in its order accepted the submissions of the prosecution and held that the prosecution has proved all the charges against the accused who need to be convicted and sentenced on the basis of the sections they were booked.The court along with the sentence imposed the fine on the trio of a sum of Rs. 1,500 each on the three accused, the prosecutor informed.The judge further stated that considering the age, antecedent of the accused and nature of the offence, the accused were in the jail since March 2017 will get set off from the sentence for the term served in the jail, the order pointed out.Further the judge directed the state to seek necessary directions from the concerned authority under the Passport ( Entry into India ) Act, 1920 and Rules 1950 and the accused be deported to their country. The court also directed the concerned police station i.e Kopri police station to submit the report of deportation of the accused.

Three Bangladeshi nationals sentenced for illegally entering India in Maharashtra’s thane
Tardeo RTO’s special squad nets Rs 2.40 lakh from errant taxi drivers in south Mumbai in 5 months
Times of India | 13 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 07:45 pm
Times of India
13 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 07:45 pm

MUMBAI: Tardeo Regional Transport Office (RTO) has collected a fine of 2.40 lakh in five months since a special squad and helpline number was set up to help passengers lodge complaint against errant taxi drivers.The special squad can be contacted on 9076201010 (7am to 7pm). Beyond 7 pm you can whatsapp or text message the complaint and also email on mh01taxicomplaint@gmail.com. Regional Transport Officer (Tardeo) Bharat Kasalkar said, “The total fine collected between September 2022 and January 2023 was ? 2.40 lakh.”A total of 975 complaint had been received, of which 915 were of fare refusal, 35 of overcharging and 9 of rude behaviour.Out of the 975 cases, 170 cases were solved on the spot. Apart from these notices were served in 589 cases. Tardeo RTO is the first to start such an initiative in Maharashtra with an objective to ensure citizens have hassle-free journeys by cabs. It has entrusted three officials dedicated to this squad along with a special vehicle which can be summoned to any part of the island city. The squad have made visits to railway stations -- Mumbai Central, Dadar, Matunga, Churchgate and CSMT -- and interacted with taxi drivers and union leaders at the stands in initial stages to counsel them to refrain from rude behaviour, refusals or charging excess fare from passengers.The squad has been trained, a control room has been set up, and two additional staffers have been provided for back-end support in sending show-cause notices to drivers. Every call is attended by an officer of rank of assistant inspector or inspector.

Tardeo RTO’s special squad nets Rs 2.40 lakh from errant taxi drivers in south Mumbai in 5 months
Maharashtra Man Kills Wife Suspecting Her Of Adultery, Attempts Suicide
Ndtv | 14 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 06:26 pm
Ndtv
14 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 06:26 pm

The injured man was rushed to a hospital, a police official said.(Representational)Palghar: A 45-year-old man from Boisar town in Palghar district of Maharashtra allegedly killed his 40-year-old wife by slitting her throat on a street and also attempted suicide, police said.Prima facie, the man suspected his wife's fidelity and attacked her with a sharp weapon. He also slashed himself.Police personnel who rushed to the spot at around 12:30 pm found the man lying injured near the body of his wife and their two children crying.The woman died on the spot. The injured man was rushed to a hospital, a police official said. PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)HelplinesVandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or help@vandrevalafoundation.comTISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm)(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist.)Featured Video Of The DayOn Camera, Huge Clash At Ajmer Shrine Between Pilgrims, Officials

Maharashtra Man Kills Wife Suspecting Her Of Adultery, Attempts Suicide
  • Man kills wife on street on suspicion of her character, attempts suicide in Maharashtra’s Palghar
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    PALGHAR: A 45-year-old man from Boisar town in Palghar district of Maharashtra allegedly killed his 40-year-old wife by slitting her throat on a street and also attempted suicide, police said. Prima facie, the man suspected his wife's fidelity and attacked her with a sharp weapon. He also slashed himself.Police personnel who rushed to the spot at around 12:30 pm found the man lying injured near the body of his wife and their two children crying. The woman died on the spot. The injured man was rushed to a hospital, a police official said.(With PTI inputs)

Rampur’s ‘poshan kits’ to tackle malnutrition in UP
Times of India | 21 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 11:28 am
Times of India
21 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 11:28 am

LUCKNOW: The UP government is planning to replicate the ‘Rampur model’ in battling ‘malnutrition among children under five years of age’. A ‘Poshan Kit’ developed by the Rampur district administration under its campaign called ‘Mission Sanvardhan’ to fight malnutrition has proved to be quite effective, say officials. Containing the goodness of traditional Indian food like sesame, desi ghee, millets and moringa, the kit enabled the district to restore the health of 94% of 1,916 listed severely malnourished children.The state government is now considering implementing the model in other districts as well. Earlier, the chief secretary had instructed officials concerned to explore the opportunity of branding the Rampur model and making the kits available in other districts. Talking to TOI, district magistrate of Rampur, Ravindra Kumar Mander said: “A great body of medical literature has concluded that small changes in the diet can go a long way in beating malnutrition. Alongside, it is obligatory for us to achieve the objectives of the PM Poshan Abhiyan being upheld by the state government as well.”Vocal for local Officials said that the kit was developed with two clear thoughts in mind. First, malnutrition is a circumstantial outcome of factors like low socio-economic status, poor quality of diet and poor maternal health. Second, using available resources was the key to sustaining an intervention. Therefore, items grown in and around the district were chosen to make the kit. “The nutritional forte of each ingredient was well researched with the help of experts before inclusion in the kit,” Mander said.Doorstep delivery The campaign began by listing 101 SAM (severe acute malnutrition) children in the district and providing them with the kit. “After three months, 94 children came out of the SAM category. Thereafter, the project was scaled up across the district and taken to all the listed 1,916 SAM kids. Currently, more than 5,300 underweight children are being covered under the mission,” Mander said.Success scaled up To break the cycle of ill health formed by poor maternal status, the administration included adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers in the campaign. “After one month, out of the 301 adolescent girls included in the first phase, improvement was recorded in 101, whereas in the lactating mothers’ category, the health of 102 out of 278 registered improvement. Among pregnant women 133 out of 381 got better,” the DM said.Farmers income up by 25-70% The administration linked SHGs with some 350 farmers through a farmer producers organization. “In a few months, the demand for kits went up and orders kept pouring because of which the farmers’ income increased significantly. In fact, the income of over 16% farmers doubled as the FPOs supplied more than 10,000 kits to districts like Sambhal, Kanpur, Moradabad and Bulandshahr, besides dispatching them to Maharashtra (1,000) and Telangana (500). As many as 100 such kits were sent to Uzbekistan as well on demand,” said Mander.

Rampur’s ‘poshan kits’ to tackle malnutrition in UP
Team Shinde Reverses Thackeray Camp's Key Decision On Railway Projects
Ndtv | 22 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 10:19 am
Ndtv
22 hours ago | 31-01-2023 | 10:19 am

Eknath Shinde said several projects are pending with the central government. (File)Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has reversed the previous (MVA) government's decision not to give 50 per cent contribution to railway projects in the state and also asked MPs to pursue various pending projects with the Centre.Speaking with Lok Sabha MPs from Maharashtra here on Monday, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said several projects which are beneficial to the common man are pending with the central government."We need to expedite them and pursue them," he said.Some MPs from the Opposition were absent at the interaction.Mr Shinde also said the feedback received by MPs will be taken into consideration and another round of meetings will be held after two months to take stock of the situation.Maharashtra sends 48 members to the Lok Sabha."The utilisation certificates of allocated money are crucial for releasing the next round of funds. Secretaries of various departments need to focus on their timely submission as well,” the Chief Minister said.Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the previous dispensation's decision not to give 50 per cent contribution to railway projects in the state is now reversed.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The state government will bear 50 per cent cost of the railway projects in the state so that they will be completed fast,” he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"I'll Just Kiss Deepika's Hand And That Will Be The Answer," Says SRK

Team Shinde Reverses Thackeray Camp's Key Decision On Railway Projects
Cloud cover affects Kirnotsav at Kolhapur’s Mahalaxmi temple
Times of India | 1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 09:08 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 09:08 am

KOLHAPUR: Devotees and the administration of the Mahalaxmi temple were disappointed on Monday evening as the rays of the setting sun could not reach the idol during Kirnotsav due to cloudy weather conditions.The sun rays bathe the deity with their golden light through the Mahadwar entrance. The Paschim Maharashtra Devasthan Samiti (PMDS) has been measuring the intensity of the rays for the last three days. The intensity was recorded low even on Sunday due to cloudy weather and a high moisture level in the temple. As a result, the rays only reached the idol's waist. In preparation for the Kirnotsav, the PMDS has installed two LED screens for devotees on the temple premises to telecast live the phenomenon occurring twice a year. Ankita Patel, a devotee from Mumbai who was in the temple with her family, said, "I am in Kolhapur for a family event and arrived at the temple at 4pm to witness the festival of light. However, I was disappointed as the rays did not fall on the idol."PMDS secretary Shivraj Naikwade said, "Due to a wave of mist in the air and clouds in the sky, the rays were scattered and did not get inside the temple with the required intensity. There are obstacles in the path of the rays, and we have requested the administration to remove them. We hope Kirnotsav will take place with full intensity on Tuesday evening."

Cloud cover affects Kirnotsav at Kolhapur’s Mahalaxmi temple
Nashik divisional commissionerate, collectorate reap solar benefits
Times of India | 1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:54 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:54 am

NASHIK: The Nashik divisional commissionerate and the district collectorate have reduced their power consumption by almost 80% since installing solar power panels on their premises last year. The project was executed by the Maharashtra Energy Development Authority (MEDA). At the divisional commissionerate, solar panels have been installed on the rooftop at a cost of Rs 29.5 lakh, while the district collectorate has got panels on the rooftop as well as the parking lot at Rs 48 lakh.“The solar panels are generating adequate power for the two offices and most of the regular power needs are taken care of. State government funds were used for the construction of the solar power generation plant. The two offices are also entitled to the subsidy from the ministry of new and renewable energy,” said Hemant Kulkarni, the MEDA deputy general manager. According to another senior MEDA officer, the work to set up the panels at both offices was wrapped up by October 2022, and they immediately started delivering results. The payback period is about two years.Solar power generation is linked to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) grid and the power generated is “exported” to the grid. Similarly, there is another connection that “imports” power for daily needs from the grid. At the end of the month, the overall difference in power generated (or exported) and power consumed (or imported) is calculated and the entities are billed accordingly, an MSEDCL officer said. The power generation varies and on some occasions, these entities may be net exporters of energy. “Since the installation of the rooftop solar power panels at the divisional commissionerate, the office has exported 52,829 units and imported 39,529 units. This means power generation has exceeded the consumption,” another senior MSEDCL officer noted. This may not be the case all the time and there could be changes over a period of time, he added. The average bills for power consumption have also reduced significantly. While the average monthly power bill for the collectorate has dropped from Rs 1.2 lakh to about Rs 24,000 per month, the monthly bill for the commissionerate has also dropped from roughly Rs 1 lakh to about Rs 15,000. The savings are likely to increase in the future.

Nashik divisional commissionerate, collectorate reap solar benefits
In Maharashtra draft policy includes role of parents to elevate learning
Times of India | 1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:10 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:10 am

PUNE: Involvement of parents in teaching their wards, providing uniforms and study material on time and to every student and mock tests were among suggestions from experts and educators in the draft policy to improve academic excellence in government schools prepared jointly by Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan project and the Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training. The draft has been submitted to the state government for approval and once it gets a nod the policy will be implemented from next year onwards.Project director of SSA Kailas Pagare and other education department officials conducted a meeting recently to take suggestions and discuss ways to improve the quality of education in schools. Pagare said, "We took the opinions of ideal teachers, education experts, SCERT officials, and researchers among others."The campaign 'Nipun Maharashtra' is being implemented in the state for the past few months in order to improve the quality of school education."Against the same background, the quality of school education in the state should be enhanced more rapidly in the next academic year," added Pagare.Zilla parishad teacher Somnath Valke said, "We need to understand how to become self-sufficient in an effort to improve the quality in classrooms. One of my suggestions was that it was necessary to add classes from V to VIII to zilla parishad schools. This will help in increasing participation in scholarships and other examinations."Ashwini Sonawane, block development officer of Bhor taluka, said that the experiment of 'Mothers' Club' they had conducted in government schools has been effective. Parental involvement and environment are very important for the development of schools. "Innovation and experimentation lead to an increase in the quality of students," Sonawane added.

In Maharashtra draft policy includes role of parents to elevate learning
Morning humidity levels on the rise, minimums may drop to single digit in Pune
Times of India | 1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 07:47 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 07:47 am

PUNE: The city's morning humidity levels have been rising over the past three days, causing instances of late night and early morning haze. On Monday morning, the levels were 90-100% in all areas, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data showed. For instance, relative humidity in Shivajinagar on Monday morning was 96%, in Pashan it was 92%, and was as high as 100% in Lohegaon, Magarpatta and Chinchwad. In Lavale, it was 91%. On January 25, relative humidity levels were much lower in these areas, between 57% and 87%.Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division, IMD Pune, told TOI, "The comparatively high humidity levels and relatively lower minimums have resulted in formation of haze in Pune during late night and early morning hours. Relative humidity has been on the higher side in the city since the last three days, but the levels started dropping from Monday evening."Kashyapi said the humidity levels would drop further from Tuesday, causing a significant drop in minimum temperatures in the coming days as well as sunny skies, which means that there would also be a minimum chance of haze in the city from Wednesday. Haze was likely to be recorded on Tuesday also, he said."The high humidity levels were because of the increased moisture incursion over north-central Maharashtra due to a passing western disturbance over north India, and interaction of two wind regimes - northerly cold winds as well as southerly/south-easterly/south-south-easterly/easterly, which are comparatively warm ,moist winds," he said.As the moisture is expected to reduce, various parts of north-central Madhya Maharashtra (including Pune city and district) can also experience strong northerly wind flow, which will lead to a fall in night temperatures by about 3-4 degrees C in the coming time.An IMD forecast on Monday said the minimums could drop to 8-9 degrees C by February 2-3 in Shivajinagar and may lead to further reduction in relative humidity in the coming days. On Monday, the minimum temperature in Shivajinagar was on the higher side at 14.9 degrees C. It was 16.9 degrees C in Lohegaon.

Morning humidity levels on the rise, minimums may drop to single digit in Pune
  • Marginal rise in night temperature in Pune but colder days lie ahead
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    PUNE: The minimum temperature in areas under the Met department's Shivajinagar observatory went up marginally to 12.2° C, which was above normal by 0.7° C on Sunday, as against the 11.3° C recorded on Saturday.The Lohegaon observatory recorded 14.9° C, which was above normal by 1.9° C. The day temperatures in the city were high, as Shivajinagar and Lohegaon observatories recorded 31.6° C and 31.1° C, which were above normal by 0.7° C and 0.1° C, respectively, Met officials said.However, India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said the night temperatures are expected to drop to single-digit figures this week.The interaction between southerly/southeasterly/south-southeasterly winds and northerly winds originating from north India had pushed the moisture levels over the state. As a result, several areas had experienced overcast conditions in the last few days, the Met officials said."From January 30 onwards, there is a possibility the interaction becomes eastward. It would result in the minimum temperature falling from January 31 onwards over the northern and central parts of the state, including Pune. The temperature is likely to fall to single digits on February 2 and 3 in some areas, including Pune," a senior Met official said.Barring Satara, where the night temperature was recorded at 12.9° C, which was above normal by 0.1°, all other weather stations, including Mahabaleshwar, recorded warmer nights in the Madhya Maharashtra region.Aurangabad was the coldest place in the state, recording 10.9° C, which was below normal by 1.7° C.

Two held, six boys detained in clash of two groups in Pune
Times of India | 1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 07:41 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 31-01-2023 | 07:41 am

PUNE: The Yerawada police have arrested two men and detained six boys aged between 15 and 16 on the charge of rioting, following a clash between two groups of minors at Laxminagar in Yerawada around 11pm on Friday, which left three people injured and an autorickshaw damaged.The two groups of minor boys are affiliated with two local gangs of criminals, the police said, after receiving two cross-complaints of riots and assault against the members of both the groups.The police identified the injured as Abdulla Amirulla Khan (19), Sharad Pramod Ingle (27) and 17-year-old boy of Laxminagar in Yerawada. "Ingle, and his accomplice, Vivek Prakash Gawali (20), were later arrested in one of the cases," the police said. The videos of the clash between the two groups went viral on social media sites. Confirming the development, deputy commissioner of police (Zone IV) Shrikant Borate told TOI, "A majority of the detained boys are school dropouts. We had invoked provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the senior members of the two gangs in 2021. They are lodged in the Yerawada jail."According to the police, Khan and his group members had picked up arguments with the other group led by Ingle during a football match about six months ago. "The minor boys and Ingle carried a grudge against Khan and his friends since then. On Friday night, the boys assaulted Khan with choppers and wooden sticks after finding him alone. The boys also vandalized the autorickshaws parked on the road, besides throwing emplty beer bottles on the road," the police said.The police summoned the parents of minor boys, followed by a counselling session.

Two held, six boys detained in clash of two groups in Pune