Aadhaar linkage not a must for leprosy patients: minister 

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The Aadhaar card linkage won’t be required for sickness patients to profit different government endowments in Maharashtra, social equity serve Rajkumar Badole said in the Assembly today.

Answering to a debateon the issue raised by Prashant Thakur (BJP) and others amid the Question Hour, Badole said the administration has issued directions in this association with locale experts.

“The sum total of what regions have been told that uncleanliness patients don’t have to get the Aadhaar card linkage since they have a trouble in giving fingerprints,” he said.

In any case, they can’t be let well enough alone for the administration endowments since they don’t have the Aadhaar card, he said.

“Consequently, the administration needs that sickness patients be prohibited from the Aadhaar linkage. A proposition to this impact will be sent to the Center,” the pastor said. Aadhaar is a 12-digit one of a kind distinguishing proof number issued to people and is compulsory to profit the advantages of certain administration welfare plans…Read More


Maharashtra: Protesting farmers reach Mumbai 

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All India Kisan Sabha challenge walk, drove by more than 30,000 agriculturists, on Sunday achieved Mumbai in the wake of strolling with rankled feet for around 180 km in the sun in the course of the most recent five days. The challenge, which is held to request an entire homestead advance waiver in addition to other things, initiated on March 5 from the CBS Chowk in Central Nashik.

The ranchers will challenge outside the state Assembly in Mumbai on Monday.Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray likewise met the ranchers and interfaced with them.The ranchers of the state have been requesting an entire waiver of credits and power bills.A year ago, the Maharashtra government had reported an advance waiver of Rs 4,000 crore under the main period of the homestead credit waiver plot. ..Read More

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Shiv Sena hands out ‘Ghotalebaaz Bhajap’ booklet among members

Image result for uddhav thackerayThe Shiv Sena has propelled another assault at ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by disseminating to its individuals a booklet titled “Ghotalebaaz Bhajap” (Scamster BJP) that annals the tricks involving BJP pioneers. The 56-page booklet was conveyed amid a hierarchical meeting at the Sena Bhavan on Wednesday.

The front of the booklet highlights four BJP pioneers, alongside a say of the trick charged against them.

A photo of Eknath Khadse highlights with the say of the MIDC arrive trick, Education Minister Vinod Tawde is included for the abnormalities in supply of flame dousers to zilla parishad schools without welcoming tenders, Food and Civil Supplies Minister of Maharashtra Girish Bapat is included for the tur dal trick, and in conclusion, Dilip Gandhi for the credit waiver trick.

What’s more, a few senior BJP pioneers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and nationalpresident  Amit Shah likewise get a say in the booklet.

Since framing the administration in Maharashtra, in organization together with the BJP, the Sena has been genuinely vocal about its grievances with… .Read More

12 dead as 12-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations ends in Maharashtra

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At least 12 persons, including minors and an on-duty policeman, lost their lives during immersion ceremonies on Anant Chaturdashi, marking the end of the 12-day long Ganeshotsav celebrations throughout the state on Tuesday, officials said.

Four persons drowned in the Indrayani river in the twin cities of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, three in Aurangabad, two in Jalgaon and one each in Nashik and Beed during the day as thousands of the gigantic, large, medium and small idols of the popular elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha, were taken out for immersions in various water bodies.

In Mumbai, an Assistant Sub-Inspector who was posted on Ganeshotsav duty at Lalbaug in Parel, suddenly collapsed and died. Further details were awaited.One person was reported to be missing in Indrayani river in Pune and a search is on to trace him, officials said.Earlier in the morning, idols of Lord Ganesha were taken down from their pedestals amid chanting of the “Udvasana Mantra” and carried out of the various marquees, societies and individual homes in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Nashik, coastal Konkan districts and other towns in the state.

This was the 125th year of the state’s biggest public festival, started in a modest way by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1894 to rally the masses during the Independence movement and bypass restrictions imposed by the British rulers on public meetings. The idols were brought onto the roads to the accompaniment of ‘dhols’ (drums), cymbals, with thousands dancing and chanting “Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya” in clouds of auspicious red ‘gulaal’..Read More


Bombay HC asks Maharashtra govt to explain Sanjay Dutt’s early release

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The Bombay High Court on Monday asked theMaharashtra government to explain in detail its decision to release Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt early from jail on grounds of good conduct.

A division bench of Justice RM Sawant and Justice Sadhna Jadhav directed the government to file an affidavit justifying its decision, what parameters were considered for letting the actor out eight months early, and the procedures followed while showing leniency towards him.

Dutt was convicted and sentenced to five years in an arms possession case connected to the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case which he served in Yerawada Central Jail, Pune. He was released on February 25, 2016.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Pune-based activist Pradeep Bhalekar challenging the series of furloughs and paroles granted to Dutt when he was serving his sentence.The court sought to know if the Deputy Inspector General, Prisons was consulted, or whether the Jail Superintendent sent the recommendation directly to the Maharashtra Governor.

“How did the authorities assess that Dutt’s conduct was good. When did they get time to make such an assessment when he was out on parole half the time?” asked Justice Sawant.

Mumbai braces for mammoth Maratha ‘mook’ morcha

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The Maharashtra government, police, BMC and other agencies are all set for a mammoth Maratha ‘mook’ (silent) procession that will be taken out on Wednesday, officials said. While the authorities anticipate participation of between 500,000-800,000 Marathas from across the state, the organisers are optimistic the figure could be more than three million.

Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane told media persons that the procession, starting at 11 a.m. from Byculla, will be peaceful and orderly, silent, have no political speeches and will end at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai by 5 p.m.a delegation will call on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and submit a memorandum of our demands. The main is reservations for the Maratha community in jobs and education, besides others, he said.

The Marathas have started trooping into Mumbai since early Tuesday from all over Maharashtra to take part in the morcha, 58th in the series of processions being held in different parts of the state since August 9, 2016. They have been reaching the state capital by trains, private vehicles, trucks, tempos and even two-wheelers, while waving Maratha flags and sporting bright orange turbans.

The Mumbai Police has geared up with over 7,000 personnel, including commandos, armed police, plain clothes officers assigned for providing security during the procession.There will massive traffic diversions,important roads either closed or made one-way, arterial roads opened, etc, to ensure smooth passage for the procession participants, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Rashmi Karandkiar..