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Several Congress leaders in Mumbai, led by Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole, were detained after they were stopped by the police at Vidhan Bhavan while they were marching to Raj Bhavan, the residence of Governor B S Koshyari, protesting the rising unemployment, among other issues.“We are only going to Raj Bhavan to protest against the Union government and the BJP. There is rising unemployment and harassment due to increased GST (Goods and Services Tax). Police are under pressure and are stopping us,” Patole said.#LIVE | Senior Congress leaders detained by police from Vidhan BhavanFor more live updates, follow: https://t.co/VDw76T5y8R pic.twitter.com/xXohHWCqVk— Express Mumbai (@ie_mumbai) August 5, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe Congress delegation, including leaders like Congress Legislature Party leader Balasaheb Thorat, Ashok Chavan, Mohan Joshi, Chandrakant Handore and Varsha Gaikwad, was initially stopped by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Dr Hari Balaji. The leaders alleged that this was an Emergency-like situation.“We have a right to protest. All of us had the right to protest even before independence. The government is muzzling us. We will raise a protest,” Thorat said.The police also removed Congress banners along the Raj Bhavan entrance and stopped cars going towards the Raj Bhavan area near Babulnath signal.“Congress was a part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. What did they do to solve problems?” BJP leader and former minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said.
Seventy-five per cent of the Maharashtra ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).Maharashtra now has 20 ministers, including the chief minister, after the council of ministers was expanded on August 9 with the induction of 18 members.After the cabinet expansion, the Association for Democratic Reforms and the Maharashtra Election Watch analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all ministers submitted during the assembly polls in 2019. According to the analysis, 15 (75 per cent) ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves and 13 (65 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.All the ministers are ‘crorepatis’ and the average value of their assets is Rs 47.45 crore. “The minister with the highest declared total assets is Mangal Prabhat Lodha from Malabar Hill constituency with assets worth Rs 441.65 crore. The minister with the lowest declared total assets is Bhumare Sandipanrao Asaram from Paithan constituency with assets worth Rs 2.92 crore,” the ADR said.There is no woman in the council of ministers. Eight (40 per cent) ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between 10th and 12th standard, while 11 (55 per cent) have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.One minister holds a diploma. Four ministers are aged between 41-50 years and the remaining between 51-70 years.Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expanded his two-member ministry by inducting 18 ministers on Tuesday, 41 days after he took oath of the office along with his deputy and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis.Of the 18 new ministers, nine each were from Shinde’s rebel Shiv Sena group and the BJP. Shinde and 39 other Shiv Sena legislators had revolted against the party leadership in June this year, which led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
Good morning, In today’s edition: Four soldiers killed in J&K terror attack; on flight to Kabul, homecoming stories; drought looming in Jharkhand; and more. Big Story Four days ahead of Independence Day, four soldiers were killed in a militant attack on an Army camp in Rajouri district of Jammu on Thursday. Both the militants involved in the attack were gunned down in the four-hour firefight that followed, the Army said.Here’s what happened: According to the Army, the soldiers challenged the two militants who lobbed grenades while attempting to gain entry inside the post. The security personnel then cordoned the area and engaged them in a firefight, he said. Tale of kin left behind: Hours before he succumbed to militants’ bullets in the early hours of Thursday, Subedar Rajendra Prasad Bhamboo, 48, had spoken with his daughter on a video call, before hanging up due to poor cellphone network. Meanwhile, Rifleman Nishant Malik, 21, spoke with his family, based in Hansi town of Haryana’s Hisar district, on a video call on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, his sister dialled Malik’s number — it was the day of Raksha Bandhan. There was no response.Only in the Express Students returning home, a doctor on leave from her hospital in New Delhi to visit her ailing mother, a man who managed to get a medical visa and was going back home after his treatment, a cloth of aid workers — these are some of the 90 or so travellers returning to Afghanistan aboard the A343 Kam Air flight that departed from New Delhi on Thursday afternoon. The plane to Kabul offered a small glimpse into New Delhi’s tentative efforts to build a relationship with the Taliban, without recognising the regime. In our opinion section today, former Commissioner of Police, Pune, Meeran Chadha Borwankar, writes about the slow execution of the police as an institution: “The Indian Penal Code defines conspiracy as an illegal act and holds each conspirator to be equally responsible, but it does not define “killing of an institution” as an offence. It has emboldened the executive to strike at not only the police but at the criminal justice system as a whole.”From the Front Page China has blocked a proposal by India and the US at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Abdul Rauf Azhar, brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and deputy chief of the Pakistan-based proscribed terror group, as a “global terrorist”.CJI N V Ramana on Thursday acknowledged that the impact of freebies promised by political parties on the country’s fiscal health was “a serious issue” but said he was not in favour of derecognising any party over it because that would be “anti-democratic”.A 49-year-old woman from Bengaluru has approached the Delhi High Court with an unusual case — to stop her friend, a Noida-based 48-year-old man with a debilitating health condition, from travelling to Europe allegedly to undergo assisted suicide or euthanasia — an option not available in India to a person who is not terminally ill. Must Read A drought is looming over Jharkhand this year. The state’s Agriculture Department has launched a statewide survey to “understand the depth of the drought” and the condition of farmers. “Every three years it is the same problem, and then there is a food crisis,” said Mahato, the Bokaro farmer. At the fields, there is already fear of farmers falling into debt traps.As Lumpy Skin disease continues to spread across Kutch, trenches and bloating cattle carcasses have become commonplace on the pastoral land adjoining the Mundra-Mandvi coastal highway. The viral disease that originated in Africa has been sweeping Gujarat for three months since the first case was reported on April 23 in the Kutch district, where many depend on cattle-herding for their livelihood. The border district, with livestock population of around 23.79 lakh, has been the worst affected district, accounting for 38,891 cases or 52 per cent of the total reported cases in the state as of August 10. Lower-than-expected United States inflation data at 8.5 per cent in July, down from the 9.1 per cent of June, has generally boosted investor sentiment around the world. Indian markets were already drawing comfort from softening crude oil prices and overall inflation, and were on the rise. However, experts say that inflation remains a concern. We break down what the US numbers boost means for India. And Finally You need to cross a water obstacle to reach the home of India’s best steeplechaser. Not the vertical hurdle on a flat track that Avinash Sable gracefully leaps over to bag medals, but a five-foot wide crater, with brown slushy water, that can swallow a sedan. In his blink-and-you-miss-it village, Mandwa, in Maharashtra’s Beed district, where a GPS is of little use, his under-construction eight-bedroom home has become a reference. But Sable’s story doesn’t begin at this under-construction palace, instead, it starts at a tin-shed hut with no lights and one room a kilometre downhill. Until tomorrow, Rahel Philipose
The daughter of a Malad businessman, aged 27, has lodged a complaint with Kurar police claiming she was allegedly duped of Rs 5.07 lakh by a fraud running an Instagram account by the name of ‘Bond James’. The police said the woman had befriended the fraud on social media after which, on the pretext of sending gifts, the accused and her imposter accomplices allegedly duped her into transferring money. According to the police, a case was registered on Wednesday under relevant sections of cheating, cheating by impersonation and common intention of the IPC.In her statement to the police, the complainant alleged that she received a ‘follow’ request on Instagram from an account holder who identified himself as ‘Bond James’. She accepted the request on April 28 following which they started chatting and subsequently shared each other’s phone numbers. “During a phone conversation, the person posing as Bond claimed that he was a businessman in the United Kingdom,” an officer said, adding, “Later, he asked her about her birthday to which she said it was on May 30. On Bond’s insistence, she went on to share her home address and after a few days, he claimed that he had sent a parcel in her name that contained gifts ranging from gold jewellery and cash to clothes.”On May 17, the complainant received a call from a woman claiming to be an officer from the Reserve Bank of India, the police said, adding that she alleged that she works at Delhi airport and a parcel in the complainant’s name had been seized.“On the pretext of making her pay different types of taxes, the woman instructed her to transfer the amount,” the officer said.It was only after she transferred 5.07 lakh that the complainant realised that she had been duped. She then reported the matter at Kurar police station and a case was registered.
A 31-year-old medical representative from Kurar in Malad (east) fell prey to loan app fraud this week where the fraudsters tried to extort money from him by threatening to circulate an obscene morphed photo of him with his wife. An FIR has been registered by the Kurar police station on August 11. Incidentally, it’s the same police station where an abetment to suicide case was registered after 38-year-old Sandeep Korgavkar died by suicide on May 4 this year owing to harassment by loan recovery agents.The complainant told the Kurar police that on August 6, he downloaded “Hugo Loan” from Google play store to get a loan. For verification, he submitted his AADHAR card, PAN card, photo, bank details and some other details. He also gave access to his contact list on the phone. The complainant did not apply for a loan suspecting something amiss but received Rs 1,100 in his e-wallet. He emailed to the company that he never applied for a loan and also called on the number given by them. He was told to pay Rs 2,000.When he refused , they threatened to harass him by sending his edited photos and defamatory messages to people in his contact list. He paid Rs 1,300 but the frauds kept calling him for more money. When he didn’t give in, they sent him an obscene morphed photo of his with his wife. He then approached the Kurar police.
The work of the car shed coming up at Aarey for Metro Line 3 (Colaba, Bandra-SEEPZ) is set to be completed by April 2023. Following which, the first phase (Bandra-SEEPZ) of Mumbai’s first underground Metro 3 corridor will be commissioned, officials said on Thursday.The 33.5-km underground Metro 3, which will connect south Mumbai and its suburbs, is to be constructed in two phases. Accordingly, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) is planning to complete the Phase 1 of the corridor between SEEPZ and BKC by December 2023. The second phase between BKC and Colaba is likely to be completed by June 2024.Originally, the work on the line was expected to be completed in 2021. However, delay in work led to the deadline being missed and the project cost escalating from Rs 23,136 crore to Rs 33,405 crore.MMRCL Managing Director Ashwini Bhide said, “The corporation plans to complete the depot work for Phase I operations by April 2023. It has also set a deadline to complete all safety works for railway commissioners’ inspection by June 2023, so that commercial operations can begin on time in December 2023.”She added, “The project cost has increased due to the time taken to plan the project and the commencement of work…”