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PUNE: The Yerawada police are investigating a 28-year-old woman's complaint accusing her live-in partner (24) of kidnapping her one-year-old daughter and taking the girl to his native place in Delhi. "The woman, an amputee, does odd domestic jobs for a living. Her husband left her about a year ago. Owing to her physical limitations, she handed over her two sons to the child welfare committee for proper care and was living with her one-year-old daughter in Yerawada," said assistant inspector Pramod Khatke on Tuesday. Khatke said, "During the treatment of her septic leg at the Sassoon hospital a few months ago, she came in contact with the suspect who would frequent the health hub to see his ailing relative on an adjoining bed. The two got friendly and the man started living with the woman in her house. However, three months later, he started demanding money from her, claiming that he had lost his earnings on account of living with her." "The woman in her complaint lodged on Monday night stated that on Sunday, when she returned home from work, she realized that her partner and daughter were not there. She searched for them around and learnt from her neighbours that they had seen the man leaving the place along with her daughter," he said. "The woman told police that her partner had taken away her cellphone and Aadhar card too. Though, she has given his name in the complaint, but she does not know his Delhi address. We have collected some vital details about the man from his relative here and hope to trace him and the girl soon," Khatke added.
Two employees of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) were assaulted on December 5 after they cut the power connection to some houses in the Kondhwa area of Pune for non-payment of bills, police said. Police have booked four persons who also threatened to kill the officials.A First Information Report in the case has been registered based on the complaint of Shankar Rondhe, 32, a senior MSEDCL technician with the Kondhwa branch.According to police, the incident took place last Monday near Hajra Complex area in Kondhwa, when Rondhe and his colleague Siddharth Chavan had gone to recover long-pending power bills of consumers in Mithanagar, Bhagyoday Nagar, and Hajra Complex areas.“Around 11 am, Rondhe and Chavan cut the power supply to four houses and removed their electric meters as part of punitive action. When they were returning to their office to submit the meters, they were intercepted by four persons from the Hajra Complex building. The suspects punched and kicked Rondhe for snapping their power supply. They also hit Chavan as he tried to intervene,” said an officer.According to the complaint, the suspects also threatened to kill them if they came to their area again and snatched the power meters they had confiscated.Rondhe and Chavan approached the Kondhwa police after receiving basic treatment at Sassoon General Hospital in Pune. “Based on the initial investigation, a case has been registered against Afzal Kadar Kapadia, Asif Kadar Kapadia, Mohammed Afzal Kapadia, and one more person,” said an officer from Kondhwa police station.Police have invoked various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to assault on public servants, voluntarily causing hurt to public servants and criminal intimidation among others. Police are yet to make arrests in the case.
Good morning! Get your day started with the top reads from today’s edition.Gujarat, Himachal election results todayThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to return to power for a seventh consecutive term in Gujarat, riding on the Narendra Modi-wave. All eyes, however, are on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is flying high after its win in the civic polls in Delhi, and hopes to create dents in the BJP bastion. A question remains over the Congress’s fate after its low-key campaign in the state.In Himachal Pradesh, meanwhile, exit polls have predicted a tight race between the BJP and Opposition Congress, with AAP’s bid falling short after it redirected its energies to the Gujarat elections.Head to indianexpress.com for live updates on the counting of votes, analysis and more.Here are five other stories you shouldn’t missThe role, however, comes with its own set of challenges — from an uphill task of selecting a mayor to tackling issues it attacked the BJP on.While the BJP has managed to perform better than exit polls had predicted, would it have retained its control over the MCD had it not been unified? Take a look at our analysis.The Congress, meanwhile, has won just nine out of 250 seats in the MCD, losing its hold over a city it once governed.2. The UP police thought it was a simple open-and-shut case. They believed that a 14-year-old girl, who went missing from her home in Aligarh, was killed and dumped over 90 km away in Agra by her neighbour. Little did the family and police know that the girl was now a married woman, a mother of two children, working mustard fields, attending weddings and religious functions at her new home in Hathras. A chance meeting with a katha vachak (storyteller) blew her cover and the police investigation.3. As tensions continue to mount along the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, the inter-state dispute was echoed in the Parliament on Wednesday. NCP member Supriya Sule accused Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai of “making ad hoc statements” and “conspiring to break Maharashtra”. Ruling BJP MPs from Karnataka took objection to her remarks and pointed out that the matter is in Supreme Court.4. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has unveiled its latest review of the monetary policy. In it, the RBI cut India’s GDP (gross domestic product) growth forecast for the current financial year, maintained the inflation forecast, and raised the repo rate by 35 basis points. Why has RBI taken this hawkish stand? What does the GDP forecast signify about economic recovery? Udit Misra explains. 5. FIFA World Cup 2022: After Morocco’s win over Spain, the team’s star player Achraf Hakimi tore away to the enclosure where his mother was seated. He climbed over the barricade and hugged her, tears rolling down the eyes of both. Not just Hakimi, you could see several other teammates in the embrace of their parents. In fact, parents of most of the Moroccan players are in Doha to watch their children play, many capping long journeys of hardship and pain. 🎧 Before you go, tune in to our podcast, ‘3 Things’: In today’s episode, we talk about the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka, Goldy Brar’s alleged detention and subsequent interview, and delay in Ayodhya Mosque after 2019 Supreme Court judgement.Until tomorrow, Sonal Gupta and Rahel Philipose
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said that it prima facie agreed with the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT), which had directed the state government to create a third gender option for the transgender community, besides male and female, in online application forms for all recruitment under the home department.Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Abhay Ahuja were hearing a plea filed by the Maharashtra government, challenging MAT’s orders.Besides creating the option for a third gender, the MAT had on November 14 also directed the state government to make necessary changes in its advertisement for recruitment and display the same on its website by November 23. It had further asked the government to fix criteria for physical standards and tests for transgender persons.In its plea, filed through its social justice and special assistance department, the government had said that since it has not yet framed any policy regarding special provisions for the recruitment of trans persons in the police force, it is “extremely difficult” to implement MAT’s directions. It had claimed that due to the “overall nature of duties” to be performed by police constables, who are being recruited, it will not be practical to appoint transgenders to these posts.On Wednesday, Assistant Government Pleader Reena Salunke sought an urgent hearing, stating that the MAT had extended the deadline for receiving applications from trans people till December 8.Maintaining that the court prima facie agreed with the MAT orders, CJ Datta said the government can accept the forms since it was an ongoing process.Referring to Supreme Court orders, the CJ said, “The Supreme Court has already directed all states to make provision for third gender. Just because you (state government) don’t have a policy yet, you cannot deny (job opportunity for transpersons). You have to introduce the changes and make provisions (in rules and regulations) and carry on with the process.” The state is likely to mention the plea on Thursday again.MAT Chairperson Justice Mridula Bhatkar had passed the orders while hearing a plea filed by Arya Vijay Pujari, a trans person. Pujari had alleged that the Satara Police superintendent, on November 6, had issued an advertisement in the media for recruitment of police constables. When Pujari tried to apply, his form did not provide the option for third gender. He could not fill the column and his application was rejected.
Days after Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch busted a racket that supplied private data of individuals at a price, officials said the information had not been obtained from UIDAI — which secures Aadhaar card data — but was compiled from three to four different sources.The Crime Branch also arrested two more accused in the case from Pune on Tuesday, taking the total number of arrests in the case to six, including an accused who was arrested from Telangana.In the last week of November, the Crime Branch had arrested two brothers, Rahul (28) and Nikhil Eligati (25), who had created the websites — ‘tracenow.co.in’ and ‘www.fonivotech.com’ — which allegedly provided private data of residents of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi.The data included everything from a person’s Aadhaar card number, address, date of birth and mobile numbers of relatives. This data was sold mainly to loan recovery agents at a monthly subscription cost of Rs 2,000,half-year subscription cost of Rs 12,000 or an annual subscription cost of Rs 24,000. A senior officer said that with six arrests so far, the Crime Branch has found that the accused had complied personal data of individuals from three to four places, including data leaked by telecom companies, vehicle data portals, and a popular Internet company, among others.“While initially we were looking into the possibility that the accused may have had access to the UIDAI server, it turns out that this is not the case,” said the officer.He added, “So far during the probe, we have found that the main purpose of the portal was to provide alternate details of people who took loans from loan recovery agents and had not paid back the amount. Some of them change their numbers and even addresses, which is when numbers of family members and neighbours are used by agents to track them down. Since the amounts involved are huge, they are willing to pay these portals for access to details.”An officer said that they have also identified the ‘mastermind’ of the racket, the seventh accused in the case who is currently on the run. “Once we arrest the seventh accused, we will get complete clarity on the manner in which the entire operation was carried out,” said the officer.So far, those arrested include three persons from Mumbai, two from Pune and one from Telangana.
Pune: The second National Finswimming Championships will be held at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi here from December 9 to 11.The sport, which is held both indoor and outdoor, combines aspects of swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. It involves swimmers competing on and below the surface of the water with equipment like masks, snorkel, fins and scuba sets.The disciplines include surface finswimming, apnoea or apnea finswimming (holding one’s breath throughout the race), immersion finswimming (with breathing apparatus) and bi-fins.The championship is yet to be recognised by Ministry of Sports.The sport is not on the Olympic programme. “In traditional swimming we use the term stroke, as in backstroke and breaststroke. In Finswimming, we use the term technique,” explained Tapan Panigrahi, a Dronacharya awardee in swimming and now the secretary general of USFI.“The races are held over 50 metres, 100m and 200m. One event which involves swimmers competing without breathing aid is called apnea, and it is held over only 50m in order to prevent health hazard.”Skipper and Maha fall shortCaptain Sushrut Sawant fell short of a century and Maharashtra trailed on first innings to Madhya Pradesh in the Vijay Merchant Trophy Under-16 cricket match in Surat on Wednesday.Having restricted the hosts to a modest 298, Maharashtra boys came up short by 25 runs with Sushrut making a stocky 96 from 168 balls with 13 hits to the fence.At stumps on the second day, Madhya Pradesh were 18 for no loss.Opener Sahil Parakh made a rollicking 58 from 41 balls to provide Maharashtra a solid start by barring Dirgh Brammecha (32, 44b, 4x4, 1x6), rest of the batters failed to provide any support to Sawant.U-19 women thrash Arunachal Ishita Khale picked up 4-4 with eight maiden overs as Maharashtra routed Arunachal Pradesh for a six-wicket victory in a BCCI Under-19 women’s one-day cricket match in Dehradun on Wednesday.Aachal Agarwal (2-11) and Utkarsha Kadam (2-14) lent support to Ishita as Maharashtra restricted Arunachal for 74 and then won in 14.5 overs. Arunachal did well to extend their innings till the penultimate ball of the allotted 50 overs with D Popi (16, 70b) and S Prasher (20, 72b) playing patient knocks.In Pune, Uttar Pradesh bundled out Hyderabad for 110 before overhauling the target in 38 overs for a six-wicket win; Kerala skittled out Bihar for 89 in a seven-wicket win; and Tamil Nadu overwhelmed Jammu and Kashmir by 10 wickets while chasing 126.