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Maharashtra: Mohan Bhagwat inaugurates scale-models of 2 prime forts



The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat inaugurated scale-models of two prominent forts – Sindhudurg and Vijaydurg – prepared by the Akhil Maharashtra Giryarohan Mahasangh (AMGM), officials said here on Thursday.

The AMGM — an apex body of mountaineering — has taken up the unique mega-project to prepare scale-models of more than two dozen of the recorded 450 big and small forts dotting the state, some upto a 600 years old.

“Witnessing these majestic forts is an inspiring experience in itself… a sense of motivation comes to conserve and protect this heritage,” remarked Bhagwat at the inauguration on Wednesday in the picturesque coastal town of Malvan in Sindhudurg.

Modeller Ramesh Bahurgi of Sangli toiled on and readied the two models in one year, both sturdy, made largely of fibre, displaying all intricate details like the living and working areas, the water bodies, the greenery, the surrounding topography, etc., costing Rs 2.50 lakh each.

Historically significant, both Vijaydurg Fort and Sindhudurg Fort comprise an integral part of the legendary Maratha warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s concept of Swarajya.

AMGM President Umesh Zirpe said that the scale-model project will see around 25-30 more forts being created in this manner in the next five years.

“The models will travel to major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Kolhapur, etc. for the people and youth to understand their glorious legacy and the need to preserve and conserve them before it is too late,” Zirpe told IANS.

Present were AMGM’s Hrshikesh Yadav, Dr A Rahul Warange, Virendra Vanju, Bhushan Harshe, Rajesh Nene, and other dignitaries.

Zirpe said that during the project they learnt that of the 450-plus forts in the state, the state government has an official map record of only one – the Sinhagad Fort of Pune.

“Our team of top architects painstakingly mapped each and every corner of the two forts, absolutely free of cost, prepared designs, and then the scale-models were created. It’s a tough task and we feel the government should take appropriate steps to conserve our heritage,” Zirpe said.

AMGM’s Suyash Mokashi said that in the coming time, the forts shall be selected on the basis of their historical, geographical and strategic importance to make the scale-models and display them in museums, for students, tourists, etc.

Mokashi said it’s a unique and mega-initiative since many of the forts are on hilltops, in coasts, around half a dozen in the Arabian Sea, river banks, some in forests, towns and cities, built by various rulers from various dynasties and even the foreigners who ruled in the past.


Navi Mumbai Congress hits road against Rahul Gandhi’s jail sentence




The Navi Mumbai unit of the Congress party took out a protest march and raised slogans ‘Jail Bharo’ to condemn the two-year jail sentence given to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi by a Surat court.

The protest march was taken under the guidance of the district president of the party Anil Kaushik.

Party leaders, former corporators, office bearers of various cells, and activists participated in the demonstrations and agitations were held all over the country to protest against the sentence.

Navi Mumbai Congress under the guidance of district president Anil Kaushik started their protest by staging a demonstration outside the Vashi Police Station. They alleged that the central government is acting with malice.

The party workers expressed their determination to intensify the agitation in the future.

Other leaders present at the protest included Jawaharlal Manch Cell Maharashtra Pradesh President Nila Limaye, Regional Spokesperson Nasir Hussain, and former corporator Meera Patil.

The protest was attended by a large number of Congress workers, including Navi Mumbai District Congress Secretary Vidya Bhandekar, Sandhya Kokate, Rakhi Patil, Cell President Ritesh Tandel, Ex-Corporator Babasaheb Gaikwad, Gyandeep Singh Chandok, Sunil Parkar, Vinod Patil, Vijay Patil, Dilip Nagpal, Balaji Salve, Bharat Malve, Abhijit Kakade, Sonwane, and Surendra Prasad

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Mumbai: Decision on information commissioner appointment after budget session




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Mumbai: The decision on appointment of chief information commissioner and information commissioners will be taken after the budget session, said senior Mantralaya officials. The government, they said, will be considering applications of candidates other than administrative background as envisaged under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. 

Additional Chief Secretary (ARO&M), general administration department, Sujata Saunik said that the Chief Minister will decide on the date. “We will be filling up all vacancies. There is no decision at present on increasing the number of benches. Vacancies of only the existing benches will be filled,” she said.

Only 8 posts created in Maharashtra

The RTI Act provides that people of “eminence” in public life can be appointed as commissioners. In Maharashtra, only eight posts have been created, including that of the chief commissioner. However, the post has mainly been occupied by bureaucrats. 

As of now, four posts of information commissioners are vacant and that of chief commissioner will become vacant after April 13 when chief information commissioner Sumit Mullick retires. Manu Kumar Srivastava is said to be among the contenders for the post. 

The state government in February this year had issued an advertisement for three vacancies. “I have applied but we are yet to hear anything on it,” said Mohammed Afzal, one of the applicants from non-administrative background.  

Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner, said, “I think they should be appointing people before they retire. It is too little too late to fill vacancies when posts have been vacant for long. Some activists should also get selected and the government should consider selecting some younger.”

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Bombay HC asks police to take down obscene video made public by Rakhi Sawant during press meet




Observing that ethical standards have to be maintained, the Bombay High Court reprimanded model actor Rakhi Sawant and asked the Mumbai police to take necessary steps to delete obscene videos made public by the actor of a fellow actor in a press conference.

Justice Anuja Prabhudessai questioned Sawant’s advocate as to why the actor indulged in such an act. “Why should you indulge in these things of showing such videos? Why should it be done for another lady? Some ethical standards have to be maintained,” said Justice Prabhudessai.

HC directs Mumbai Police to delete the videos

The judge has also asked Mumbai police to inform on March 28 whether such videos are available on any websites. Also, they have to inform the steps they propose to take to delete these videos.

The HC is hearing a pre-arrest bail plea filed by Sawant after the same was rejected by the sessions court. An FIR was registered against Sawant last October after she called a press conference and allegedly showed obscene video of a fellow actor and made defamatory statements.

Seeking relief, her advocate said that Section 67A, which was imposed on the actor, was non-bailable. The section deals with the offence of transmitting obscene videos.

Justice Prabhudessai questioned whether Section 67A would be applicable since the actor has denied transmitting any obscene video. According to the FIR, Sawant showed the video to media persons. Besides, the punishment for this, if found guilty, is only five years.

Further, the FIR does not say that the media has circulated all this. Also, the FIR states that the video is already available online.

The victim’s advocate pointed out that the video shown by Sawant was a private one which is not available online. She defamed the victim and showed the video, which is viral now.

The court then asked the police to check whether the video was deleted. If it is displayed then the same should be deleted.

The HC has kept the matter for hearing on March 28.

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