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Ajit Pawar: Maharashtra govt paralysed sans cabinet, flood victims denied relief



 Maharashtra Opposition Leader Ajit Pawar on Tuesday slammed the government of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the delays in cabinet expansion which has severely paralysed the administration and hit relief work for the victims in flood-hit regions.

Speaking to mediapersons after a 4-day tour of the flood-ravaged districts, Pawar slammed the Shiv Sena breakaway faction leader Shinde and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Fadnavis for neglecting the plight of farmers affected by the recent spell of heavy rains and floods in Marathwada, Vidarbha and others parts of the state.

He accused the Chief Minister of remaining busy attending his felicitation functions while the state suffered on account of delay in the cabinet even 34 days after he was sworn-in on June 30.

“The two-man government (Shinde-Fadnavis) holds marathon meetings without allocating portfolios to other ministers in the cabinet hall with 43 chairs (of ministers) with the chairs looking at them and asking when they will get their occupants,” said Pawar in a swipe at the ruling duo.

He called upon Shinde to attend to the crucial administration rather than going around attending his felicitations and reach out help to the flood-hit farmers and villagers, expand the cabinet and convene the long-delayed monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legislature.

Pawar said that the absence of a cabinet for a prolonged period has hampered coordination of various departments, impacted the recording of ‘panchnamas’ for the damages suffered by the peasantry and to provide them with other relief and rehab measures.

“Suicides are again increasing in the areas hit by the agro-crises and the government must immediately declare a ‘wet-drought’ to provide urgent assistance to the victims,” he demanded.

Referring to the monsoon session of the legislature, he said it was scheduled for July 18, then postponed and was expected from July 25 and again delayed and it failed to take place even on August 1.

“The monsoon session must be immediately convened to enable a discussion of the major issues confronting the state, the need for a comprehensive financial relief package, and other burning problems,” Pawar said.

He has even shot off a detailed letter to Shinde-Fadnavis seeking declaration of a ‘wet-drought’ with a list of demands for assistance to the farmers, affected villagers, students, repairs to the damaged roads, power lines, mobile towers and other infrastructure in the flood affected areas.


Navi Mumbai News: Panvel City Traffic Police penalise 1513 motorists for violating traffic rules




Navi Mumbai: The Panvel City Traffic Police launched a crackdown against motorists on Thursday for not following traffic rules. In a special drive, a total of 1513 motorists were penalised under the Panvel traffic unit jurisdiction. The drive was carried out under the guidance of Tirupati Kakade, Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic) by Senior Police Inspector Sanjay Nale of Panvel City Traffic Branch.

Motorsists penalised over multipole offences

Motorists were fined for not wearing seatbelts, using black glasses in the car, entering a no-entry zone and riding motorbikes without helmets.

The Panvel City traffic unit informed that a similar drive will be carried out in days to come and more motorists will be fined for violating the traffic rules.

“Wearing a helmet for people riding two-wheelers is mandatory. From time to time, public awareness is created,” said an official from the Panvel Traffic unit. He added that the majority of two-wheelers riders wear helmets.

Traffic official stresses on benefits of wearing helmet

However, the drive is concentrated on those who are intentionally not wearing helmets. “Wearing a helmet saves the motorbike rider. It often saves lives in accidents because the head is protected and does not get hit,” said the official.

In addition, using black glass, driving without a seatbelt, triple seats in two-wheelers, and driving in no-entry were fined during the drive. Sanjay Nale, senior police inspector from the Panvel City Traffic branch said that apart from the penalty, they also created awareness among motorists to prevent accidents.

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Mumbai weather: IMD predicts partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rain in the city; AQI good at 45




After witnessing mostly sunny sky with a light rain shower on Friday morning, Mumbai is expected to witness similar weather conditions over the weekend. The IMD predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rain in the city until Sunday. The weather agency hinted at Mumbai and its suburbs receiving drizzle particularly in the morning hours of Saturday and Sunday.

On May 27, Mumbai woke up to a pleasant temperature in the city as a major relief from scorching heat and sweat. With humidity at 69%, the overall temperature was recorded to be 31°C.

Furthermore, throwing light on the weather conditions in few other parts of Maharashtra, IMD stated in its report, “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in South Konkan-Goa, South & North Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada.

Mumbai AQI today

For the third day in a row, the city breathed better air with AQI being under the ‘good’ category. On Saturday, Mumbai marked a reading of 45 as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

For context, an AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 to 100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 is ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 to 500 ‘severe’.

AQI of different areas in Mumbai

BKC: 29 Good

Sion: 55 Satisfactory

Malad: 74 Satisfactory

Colaba: 113 Moderate

Kurla: 162 Moderate

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Mumbai News: Over 2,000 legislators from 18 states to meet next month in city for NLC Bharat event




Mumbai: More than 2,000 members of the legislature from 18 states across India will convene at the National Legislators’ Conference Bharat (NLC Bharat) next month in Mumbai, Dr Neelam Gorhe, Deputy Chairperson of the Maharashtra Legislative Council has said.

NLC Bharat, organised by the MIT School of Government in Pune, is scheduled to take place from June 15 to 17, 2023, at the Jio Convention Centre in BKC, Mumbai. The conference is being held in collaboration with the legislatures from all states while Maharashtra legislature too is supporting the conference, Dr Gorhe said.

Conference will be centered on the core concept of nation building

Rahul Karad, convenor of NLC Bharat and founder of MIT-SOG, said that the conference will be centered on the core concept of nation building, national integration and sustainable development and that there will be 40 parallel sessions and round-table conferences held as part of the event. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Dr Meera Kumar, Shivraj Patil and the current Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla are the patrons for the conference.

In-depth discussions on various social issues

The conference will feature in-depth discussions on various important topics, including stress management in public life, the tools and implications of sustainable development, welfare schemes focusing on uplifting the underprivileged, the adoption of technology for economic welfare, and the significance of appreciative legislation.

Subjects related to developing one’s constituency will be discussed

Other noteworthy subjects that will be explored during the event include achieving work-life balance as a key to success, the art and skill of developing one’s constituency, building a positive image through effective tools and techniques, meeting legislative performance expectations, and fostering collaboration between bureaucrats and MLAs for social welfare, he added.

Speaker of Maharashtra legislative Assembly Rahul Narwekar and former Chairperson of Maharashtra Legislative Council Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar appealed members of Maharashtra legislature to attend the conference.

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