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Small, marginal tribal farmers and labourers from state gather — ‘Missing protest was not an option’
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Small, marginal tribal farmers and labourers from state gather — ‘Missing protest was not an option’

Suvarna Gangurde, a mother of five and a farmer from Nashik district, along with 35 other farmers and their families gathered at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday to show solidarity with the farmers protesting in Delhi against the new farm laws. Unlike the farmers from Punjab and Haryana, who are protesting at Delhi and own large tracts of land, many gathered at Azad Maidan like Gangurde were small and marginal tribal farmers and labourers from Nashik, Dahanu, Palghar, Dhule and Nandurbar. Gangurde, like many in her village, has small landholdings – around 5 acre in Dindori taluka, around 191 km from Mumbai. If the harvest is good, she grows jowar, local millet and paddy on the land, which she is in an ownership dispute with the forest department. The produce from her land is...
HC pulls up Delhi govt over biomedical waste dues to pvt firm
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HC pulls up Delhi govt over biomedical waste dues to pvt firm

OBSERVING THAT the disposal of biomedical waste is an “absolutely essential service” during the pandemic, the Delhi High Court has said authorities should not compel such service providers to approach the court for release of money. “The respondents (Delhi government authorities) ought to have made these payments in a timely manner… If parties such as the petitioner have to come to the court for payments, it would be completely detrimental to the interest of various Covid-19 treatment centres,” said Justice Prathiba M Singh, adding that it would also be contrary to public interest. The court made the observation in an order passed in the petition filed by M/s Biotic Waste Solutions Private Limited, which has been handling biomedical waste generated by various healthcare fac...
Mumbai: 15 wounded jawans, 8 martyr widows to be feted on R-Day
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Mumbai: 15 wounded jawans, 8 martyr widows to be feted on R-Day

Fifteen wounded Armymen, who were disabled due to injuries suffered in various actions, and eight widows of martyrs who lost their lives during 2019-20 will be honoured on Republic Day by the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha in Mumbai. Lt. Gen S K Prashar, GOC (Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa) will be conferring the Sri Shanmukhananda Shaurya Ratna award and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to Shakeela Shoukat Ali, whose entire family served in the Army. The wounded soldiers will be presented with a purse of Rs 1 lakh in cash and mementos, while the families of martyrs will each get a purse of Rs 2 lakh and mementos. Source link
Decision on reopening of local trains for public soon: Maharashtra CM
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Decision on reopening of local trains for public soon: Maharashtra CM

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said the decision on opening up local trains for the public in Mumbai will be taken soon. Thackeray chaired a meeting to review the plan to restart normal services of local trains. In the meeting, which was also attended by Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister Ajoy Mehta and other senior bureaucrats, the chief minister reviewed the prospects on full resumption of local trains. Mumbai’s suburban train system was shut down in March last year during the nationwide lockdown. On June 15, the suburban trains were first resumed for essential service providers, with the government issuing identity cards for the same. By the end of October, it had also permitted working women to commute for certain hours ...
Delhi Traffic Police issues advisory for Republic Day parade, check which routes to avoid
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Delhi Traffic Police issues advisory for Republic Day parade, check which routes to avoid

Republic Day 2021 Traffic Advisory: The Delhi Traffic Police has issued a traffic advisory for the Republic Day parade on January 26. “There would be elaborate traffic arrangements and restrictions in place for smooth conduct of the parade and tableaux along with respective routes,” the advisory stated. The Republic Day parade will begin at 9:50 am Tuesday from Vijay Chowk and proceed to the National Stadium, while tableaux will start from Vijay Chowk and move towards Red Fort ground. The wreath-laying function will be held at National War Memorial at 9 am. Traffic Advisory:Traffic Arrangements – Full Dress Rehearsal on 23rd January, 2021 #WearAMask #MaintainSocialDistance#KeepHandHygiene@CPDelhi pic.twitter.com/4EwDTT4M9E — Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) January 21, 2...
No coercive action against those challenging Roshni Act judgement: J&K admin told SC
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No coercive action against those challenging Roshni Act judgement: J&K admin told SC

The Jammu and Kashmir administration told the Supreme Court on Monday that it would continue with the assurance that no coercive action would be taken against those persons who have approached the top court against the high court verdict of scrapping the Roshni Act of 2001. A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Jammu and Kashmir administration, that the review petition against the high court’s October 9 verdict is pending there and would be taken up on Thursday. The bench noted the submission that the pending review petition was yet to come up before the high court and granted liberty to petitioners to mention the matter thereafter. One of the lawyers appearing for the petitioners said...
80K vaccinated in Bengal in six days
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80K vaccinated in Bengal in six days

The West Bengal health department on Sunday said 84,505 health workers had been vaccinated in the state in the last six days of the inoculation drive, which began on January 16. Sources said in the next phase the government was prepared to vaccinate around 11 lakh frontline workers, including police personnel and civic body officials. The list will also include people working in the offices of district magistrates. Sources in the health department said that while the target was to vaccinate 1,18,372 people in the first round, only 71 per cent could be given their first shots. Those who had adverse reactions to vaccines — also called Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) cases — are responding well to treatment well and are stable, according to officials. Of the more t...
TMC worker shot dead in Barrackpore
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TMC worker shot dead in Barrackpore

A 35-year-old Trinamool Congress (TMC) worker has been shot dead in Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district, officials said on Sunday. Sources said Rumani Khan, a resident of Gwalapur in Barrackpore’s Number 18 ward, was shot dead in his house on Saturday evening. Investigators believe the attackers, who wore masks, were keeping an eye on the house and after Rumani’s daughter Karishma stepped out, they barged in and shot him. Rumani, who was a close aide of a former Trinamool Congress councillor, was fired at twice. He was taken to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Following the murder, local TMC leaders reached Khan’s house and urged the police for a thorough investigation. The police said they had already started inquiries, and were examining CCTV footage to ...
TMC protests ‘insult’ to Mamata, BJP accuses her of ‘appeasing’ minorities
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TMC protests ‘insult’ to Mamata, BJP accuses her of ‘appeasing’ minorities

The war of words between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP continued on Sunday over Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s refusal to speak at an event organised at the Victoria Memorial on Saturday to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Banerjee refused to address the event after “Jai Shri Ram” slogans were raised in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Sunday, TMC workers held protests against the perceived slight to Banerjee even as the Left and the Congress came out in Banerjee’s support. TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, the chief minister’s nephew, said it was a deliberate attempt by the BJP to not allow Mamata Banerjee to speak at the event. “Yesterday, the chief minister elected by 2.5 crore people in the state was humiliated. Good s...
Abhishek hits back: Saradha scam accused wrote he gave Rs 6 cr to ‘ghuskhor’ Suvendu
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Abhishek hits back: Saradha scam accused wrote he gave Rs 6 cr to ‘ghuskhor’ Suvendu

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday hit back at BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari for labelling him “tolabaaj bhaipo [extortionist nephew]” — Banerjee is the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee — and called his former TMC colleague a “ghuskhor [bribe-taker]”. At a public meeting in Kultali in South 24 Parganas districts, the Diamond Harbour MP displayed a copy of a letter written by Saradha scam accused Sudipta Sen to the CBI in which he claimed to have paid Adhikari Rs 6-crore bribe. “Sudipta Sen is writing in his letter that he paid Rs 6 crore to Suvendu Adhikari. He is also writing that even the night before he fled Suvendu came to him and took money. So who took a bribe? So who is an extortionist? Who has betrayed the trust of the people? I am giving ...
TMC says slogans raised to heckle Mamata, BJP claims bid to appease ‘30%’
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TMC says slogans raised to heckle Mamata, BJP claims bid to appease ‘30%’

The war of words between the BJP and Trinamool Congress over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s refusal to speak at the event to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose after Jai Shri Ram slogans were raised continued on Sunday. While Trinamool leaders have alleged that BJP supporters raised the slogans to humiliate and heckle the Chief Minister, the BJP has accused Banerjee of trying to appease the minority population. TMC MP and Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday said it was a deliberate attempt by BJP not to let the Chief Minister to speak in the event. “Yesterday, the CM elected by 2.5 crore people in the state was humiliated… I appeal to people to give a befitting reply to people who insult Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his b...
SDMC to begin phase II of RFID toll plan from March
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SDMC to begin phase II of RFID toll plan from March

From March, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned to start phase II of the radio-frequency identification (RFID) system at 111 locations from where 20% of vehicles enter the capital. This is to ensure automatic toll deduction and end congestion and confusion at toll booths. In July 2019, 13 major toll booths — through which 80% vehicles pass through — were equipped with RFID technology to deduct toll and Environment Compensation Charges automatically from commercial vehicles. The South MCD is the nodal agency for collecting taxes from vehicles entering the capital. Of the 111 points, 10 are to be equipped with boom barriers and RFID infrastructure while handheld devices will be made available at the rest as they are very small points. The 10 entry points are Kun...
No official order in place, parents and schools uncertain about fees
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No official order in place, parents and schools uncertain about fees

Lack of fresh directives from the Delhi government on fee collection after schools re-opened for classes X and XII students last week has left parents and schools uncertain. While many schools said they will wait for a government order in this regard, parents of students in some schools claimed to have received messages seeking extra payment. On Saturday, parents of children studying in a school in Pitampura received messages from school authorities for payment of fees accumulated over the last 10 months. “…since school had reopened from January 18, 2021, we would request parents to cooperate by depositing… the above mentioned charges (annual and development charges) for 2020-2021 in three… installments amounting to INR 6,600 payable in January, February and March 2021,” th...
Delhi: To tackle unpaid fines, traffic police suggests cancelling licence, registration
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Delhi: To tackle unpaid fines, traffic police suggests cancelling licence, registration

Delhi Traffic Police has recommended to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) to cancel driving licence and registration of vehicle owners if several challans are pending against them. It has also asked the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to recover pending e-challans from traffic offenders when they try to renew their insurance. The move comes after traffic police found that several violators were not paying challans. A senior police officer said this is to ensure electronically issued summons are complied with as 25,000 challans are being issued by speed cameras every day but 60% of these remain unpaid. Data from Traffic Police shows that 82,17,692 notices were issued by speed cameras, 18,03,293 challans by red light violation...
Delhi: Slum dwellers being rehabilitated to pay Rs 1.4 lakh per flat
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Delhi: Slum dwellers being rehabilitated to pay Rs 1.4 lakh per flat

Slum dwellers identified to be rehabilitated to housing societies will have to pay Rs 1.42 lakh per flat, according to a plan drawn up by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). In case of families falling under the Scheduled Caste (SC) category, a payment of Rs 31,000 per flat will have to be made, DUSIB member Bipin Rai told The Indian Express. In the first phase, Rai said the government plans to shift up to 9,300 families by May. The government has readied 9,315 flats built under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for this purpose. “General category beneficiaries will have to pay Rs 1.42 lakh per flat, which includes Rs 30,000 maintenance charges. In case of Scheduled Caste beneficiaries, the price of the flats has been fixed at Rs 31...
‘Govt’s support has made the difference’: Radheshyam Mopalwar
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‘Govt’s support has made the difference’: Radheshyam Mopalwar

It has been quite a turnaround for Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). From being neglected and debt-ridden, the MSRDC is now the Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition government’s favoured agency for premium projects. The state cabinet committee on infrastructure has given the go-ahead to the agency for new projects worth Rs 1,80,000 crore. Excerpts: From being a debt-stressed agency not so long ago to the go-to agency of the state government for premium projects, the turnaround has been significant. What led to it? The government’s support has made all the difference. There was a time, not so long ago, when we were staring at a debt of Rs 6,500 crore. But we are asset-heavy now. The Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Mahamarg has been like an elixir for us. At present, ...
Mumbai: Farmers arrive at Azad Maidan, Sharad Pawar to address rally today
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Mumbai: Farmers arrive at Azad Maidan, Sharad Pawar to address rally today

OVER 6,000 farmers from across 21 districts in the state arrived in Mumbai in a convoy of 500 vehicles to begin their three-day sit-in at Azad Maidan in solidarity with protesting farmers at the Delhi border. Senior leaders cutting across party lines, including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, will be addressing the gathering on Monday. The farmers have gathered under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) Maharashtra unit. The rally is part of the call given by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the Delhi protests, to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to 26. More farmers are expected to join the gathering on Monday. While the bulk of farmers who entered Mumbai on Sunday were members of AIKS, other farmer organisations as well as political parties, ...
Preserving biodiversity: Panel to seek environment report from developers
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Preserving biodiversity: Panel to seek environment report from developers

IN A bid to prevent destruction of biodiversity due to rapid redevelopment projects taking place in Mumbai, the Biodiversity Management Committee that came into effect on December 1 has planned to seek an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report from developers. The panel recently discussed various ways to protect and preserve existing biodiversity of the city. The 23-member panel has also planned to declare areas around the lakes that are in city limits as eco sensitive zone (ESZ). A senior official said that big projects covering an area of 20,000 square metres or more could be covered under this proposed law. “The plan is at the discussion stage and its other aspects will be discussed in the next meeting. The idea is to cover environmental impact of such large scale pr...
Delhi: Max temperature plunges to 15°C, no respite for next 4 days
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Delhi: Max temperature plunges to 15°C, no respite for next 4 days

Delhi witnessed a cold day on Sunday as the maximum temperature dropped to 15 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal for this time of the year, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Scientists at IMD attributed the dip to winds blowing from the Western Himalayan region, where snowfall occurred on Saturday, and low clouds over Delhi and across northwest India during day time. On Sunday, the Safdarjung observatory, which is representative of the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, lower than 20.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday, while minimum temperature was 8.8 degrees Celsius, higher than the 8 degrees Celsius the day before. As per IMD criteria, a cold day is when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or lower, and the maximum tem...
Vishwa Hindu Parishad holds bike rallies in capital for Ram Mandir funds
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Vishwa Hindu Parishad holds bike rallies in capital for Ram Mandir funds

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) held bike rallies at 47 locations in the capital on Sunday morning to spread awareness about its donation drive for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. VHP spokesperson Mahendra Rawat said this will be followed by a ‘prabhat pheri (morning processions)’ and bhajan programmes before the drive starts on February 1. It ends on February 27. Holding saffron flags, volunteers of the VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP raised slogans of Jai Shri Ram, with lorries playing devotional songs accompanying them at some places. They went around areas such as Andheria Mod, Trilokpuri, Mayur Vihar, Jangpura, Paschim Vihar, Tagore Garden and Vishnu Garden. The rally started at 10 am and lasted till afternoon in some areas. It was followed by a havan at several temples at Nangloi...