MUMBAI: After taking over as chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray is going a step ahead in implementing a state government decision, recommended to smaller courts, to dispose of 288 cases against Maratha agitation protestors, giving relief 3,000 youths from the community. In his first week as CM, Thackeray took some populist decisions, such as withdrawal of cases against protesters involved in agitations against the Metro III car shed and Nanar oil refinery project, the Koregaon-Bhima violence, farmers protests and Maratha reservation agitation. Thirty-five cases cannot be withdraw immediately, as damage caused during the protests has been estimated at over Rs 5 lakh; in some cases, policemen and government servants suffered injuries during the protests. The withdrawal process for cases related to various other protests are in progress, said a senior official. The state home department, which looks after issues related to law and order, has asked for details of cases to be withdrawn, … [Read more...] about Maharshtra govt to recommend dropping cases against 3,000 Maratha youths
MUMBAI: The Kala Nagar Cooperative Housing Society plans to felicitate Uddhav Thackeray for being sworn in as chief minister. Matoshree, the Thackeray abode for over five decades, is located in the iconic artist colony in Bandra (E). Thackeray's MLA son, Aaditya too will be toasted by the Kala Nagar residents at an exclusive dinner. "Uddhavji has brought laurels to Kala Nagar. We thought we should felicitate him as a token of our affection," said Arun Naik, president of the housing society, who is also a theatre critic and translator. "When I was in college, Balasaheb would often call out to me from his bungalow and we would play cricket on a small patch of ground behind the colony. Only he and me. Dressed in kurta-pyjama, Balasaheb would not take the pipe off his mouth while swinging his bat, not even once," reminisced Naik. Abhay Tamhane, the society secretary, will soon meet the CM to decide the final date for the event. "We are trying to host the felicitation dinner in December … [Read more...] about Kala Nagar society to felicitate its favourite family, plans dinner date with new Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray
NEW DELHI: With Maldives’ defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi due to visit India on her first tour this week, India plans to renew its offer to extend the coastal surveillance radar systems (CSRS) project to the island neighbour, as part of the defence cooperation dialogue. This dialogue takes up from the defence cooperation agreement signed with former president Abdulla Yameen in 2016. However, as relations between New Delhi and Male iced over, Yameen refused to allow the installation of Indian radars, preferring to turn to China. Sources said the CSRS has is being offered to other countries as well, which will contribute in creating a network of information to aid maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean region. India has an older version of these radars in Seychelles and Mauritius and Sri Lanka. India has offered the system to Myanmar where discussions are reportedly at an advanced stage, as well as Bangladesh. Thailand has also been offered the radar system, while … [Read more...] about India plans to extend coastal surveillance radar system to Maldives
The cycle rickshaws in Santiniketan have been replaced by battery-run 'totos'.Rediff.com One of the high points of coming to Santiniketan since our childhood was the cycle rickshaw rides. The slow ride through town which allowed you to look at the beauty of every house and every garden and smell the sweet scents of flowers and fruits as you turned each corner was a real treat.Even when my father bought a car and we occasionally drove to Santiniketan, once we reached the house the car was parked in the driveway only to be taken out for our return to Kolkata. All travel within Santiniketan to buy provisions or see friends and relatives was by cycle rickshaw. Often when we visited Santiniketan as children it would be with my parents and other relatives or friends. So getting out of home often meant a convoy of rickshaws going together with the kids screaming and talking to those in the other rickshaws. Over the years most of the rickshaw drivers would be known to us and they would be … [Read more...] about Where have Santiniketan’s cycle rickshaws gone?
SHEVGAON (AHMEDNAGAR): Thirteen-year-old Megha misses meeting friends at school. For the past six months, she has not stepped out of her residence in Ahmednagar’s Shevgaon taluka and is even forbidden from lingering at the main entrance. Megha is one among adolescent girls who had to drop out of school as they had to pass by a cluster of brothels that have cropped up in the middle of their residential locality at Shivaji Nagar. More than a dozen residents have already moved out but are unable to find buyers— other than brothel operators themselves—for their vacant homes. With customers knocking at their doors at odd hours and making inappropriate requests, residents live in constant fear of their children being abused. Recently, two residents along with an anti-trafficking NGO from Mumbai, filed a writ petition in Bombay high court’s Aurangabad bench seeking relief. “I was not in favour of disenrolling Megha from school,” says her mother. “She … [Read more...] about Shevgaon girls leave school to avoid brothels en route