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..

Hacker leaks emails of US State Department’s Russian affairs official

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hacker known as ‘Johnnie Walker’ has leaked emails of a senior U.S. State Department intelligence official involved in Russian affairs.

The hacker leaked a batch of private correspondence of a U.S. State Department intelligence official, who has been particularly interested in the Russian media andgovernment affairs and reshuffling, the Russia Today reported. The emails from a hacked non-governmental account over a two-year period were sent to “an unknown number of recipients but there is absolutely no information on who exactly was among the recipients.”

The sender also reportedly claimed that the U.S. State Department official was in contact with various intelligence agencies, including the CIA, as well as “mainstream media, NGOs, and international funds.” The alleged victim holds “a senior position in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research”.

Apart from the name of the hacker’s target, the content of the letters has not been published in the Western media. Russian newspaper Kommersant, however Read More