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Modi documentary row: Mumbai Press Club condemns IT raids on BBC offices in Delhi, Mumbai

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Mumbai: The Income-Tax Department raids at British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) premises in Delhi and Mumbai were strongly condemned by the Mumbai Press Club. A documentary on the Gujarat riots was aired by the broadcaster, and the searches in BBC offices come weeks after that.

“Media houses have been continuously attacked by the Union and some state governments for refusing to follow the government’s perspective, aimed at overawing and demoralizing them,” said the Press Club.

Press Club highlighted about the income tax raids carried out at various media offices in the recent times. They also alleged that houses and offices of journalists and promoters were raided after stories of government ineptitude and failure were done by them.

“In recent days, a series of coordinated income tax raids have been seen on the offices of Dainik Bhaskar Group, UP-based TV network Bharat Live, and news portals such as Newsclick and Newslaundry, among others. Not only have company offices and promoters’ homes been raided, but the homes of editors and ordinary journalists, too, have not been spared. Allegations of tax evasion have been cited by the agencies as justification, but the timing of these raids is too precise to miss the signal to the entire media: that if stories of government ineptitude and failure are carried, this is what will have to be faced,” stated Press Club.

Mumbai Press Club alleged that new laws were brought into action in recent times to bring media companies under the scanner of bureaucracy. This has brought danger to the democary.

“Journalists have been jailed earlier, and new laws such as the Digital IT rules have been framed, bringing media companies under the oversight of the higher bureaucracy. This is dangerous in a democracy. It is demanded that this intimidation be stopped, and journalists are left to do their jobs without fear or favour. The fourth estate is a pillar of democracy, and it will only be undermined by such actions,” said Mumbai Press Club.


About IT raids at BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai

The tax department raided BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai on Tuesday morning. The BBC’s offices are located on Kasturba Gandhi Marg in Delhi and Santacruz in Mumbai. The searches come amid the uproar over a documentary about Prime Minister Modi.

The mobile phones of the employees were seized, and many of them were asked to go home, according to initial reports.

After a day long of searches conducted by the Income Tax department on Tuesday, the operation continued all night to the next day today. The search operation is expected to continue all day today too.

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‘MVA Is Trying To Discredit MahaYuti’s Welfare Schemes,’ Claims BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

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'MVA Is Trying To Discredit MahaYuti’s Welfare Schemes,' Claims BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

Mumbai: Former union minister and BJP leader Raosaheb Danve on Saturday reiterated that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is trying to discredit the Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana and appealed to the eligible women to submit the registration forms directly through the government machinery.

Statement Of BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

“The MahaYuti government has taken many public welfare decisions during the monsoon session including Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana, free electricity up to 7.5 horsepower for agricultural pumps, compensation for the loss of farmers among others,” Danve said.

He said that, however, MVA leaders are criticising these schemes and they are involved in discrediting them. He further alleged that MVA was taking credit for these schemes by displaying posters and banners in its constituencies.

“So be aware of MVA’s duplicitous role and apply for Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana through the government system itself and not hand it over to MVA activists,” he urged the women.

Danve, who lost to Congress nominee Kailas Kale from Jalna constituency, expressed confidence that BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP will fight together as MahaYuti (grand alliance) in the upcoming state Assembly election and win. He said that the state BJP’s core committee met on July 18 and 19 in Mumbai and held a review of all 288 assembly seats, adding that it was decided that MahaYuti together will contest the upcoming assembly poll.

Raosaheb Danve Takes A Swipe At MVA

He took a swipe at MVA saying that its three constituents Shiv Sena UBT, NCP SP and Congress are naming their respective leaders as the future Chief Minister.

“It seems that everyone is in a hurry to become the Chief Minister and the public is already seeing the cracks in the alliance. The division in the MVA was not new as it was visible following the controversy over the Sangli Lok Sabha seat. How can the voters trust the MVA when all is not well there?” he asked.

He informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will address the party’s convention slated for Sunday to be attended by 5,300 leaders and workers.

“These delegates will reach out to the voters taking up MahaYuti’s welfare schemes seeking votes for its reelection,” he said.

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Mira-Bhayandar: First Cashless Multi-Speciality Hospital In Kashimira Empanelled Under MPJAY After 5-Month Delay

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Mira-Bhayandar: First Cashless Multi-Speciality Hospital In Kashimira Empanelled Under MPJAY After 5-Month Delay

Mira-Bhayandar: More than five months after its inauguration by chief minister-Eknath Shinde on 14, February, the first cashless multi-speciality hospital in Kashimira, has finally been empanelled under the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) – a flagship state government health scheme, which provides end-to-end cashless services.

The empanelment process to cashless services was entangled in the model code of conduct (MCC) which had been imposed for the recently held Lok Sabha elections. An idea of Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik, the four-storeyed hospital building built by a private developer in exchange of Transfer Development Rights (TDR) stands next to the Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar Auditorium in Mahajanwadi.

Equipped with high-tech medical equipment, the services were restricted to primary health care in the hospital’s outpatient department (OPD) sans implementation of the MPJAY to conduct major treatment and surgeries. Named in memory of Matoshri Indirabai Baburai Sarnaik, the 100-bedded hospital has now geared up to offer quality medical services free of cost to yellow, orange and white ration card holders.

“The hospital received an approval to implement the MPJAY on 15, July, thus citizens are not required to worry about high-expenditure treatment as they will get access to free medical examinations, treatments and even medicines. The ‘no cash counter’ system at the hospital has started dispensing free treatment” informed Sarnaik.

Managed by a social service organisation having expertise in the medical field, the hospital offers super specialty treatments and surgeries, including cardiovascular screening and treatment, urology and other medical services. This is apart from pre-surgery outpatient department (OPD) services and pathology test facility.

After Thane and Ulhasnagar, this is the third such facility in the district which will offer cashless super speciality services. Notably, the state government has allocated funds amounting to Rs. 25 crore needed for procuring high-tech medical equipment and devices. Moreover, there will be no burden on the civic treasury as the government will shoulder the entire funding responsibility.

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Uddhav Thackeray: Will Scrap Dharavi Slum Redevelopment Project Tender After Coming To Power

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena (UBT Chief) Uddhav thackeray said that if his party comes to power, his government will will scrap the Dharavi slum redevelopment project in Mumbai. Uddhav Thackeray made the statement earlier on July 20, Saturday while addressing a press conference. Dharavi slum redevelopment project tender was awarded to industrialist Gautam Adani’s firm. Addressing a press conference, Thackeray said his party will ensure Dharavi residents and businesses are not uprooted, adding that people staying there must be given 500 square feet houses in the locality itself.

Uddhav Thackeray said in the press conference, “We will scrap Dharavi slum redevelopment project tender after coming to power. The government should give an answer as to why it should not be scrapped now itself. We will not allow Mumbai to be turned into Adani city,”

Dharavi redevelopment project is the project to rehabilitate residents of Dharavi which is the biggest slum in Asia.

Maharashtra State elections

Legislative Assembly elections are speculated to be held in Maharashtra in 2024 to elect the 288 members of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. The tenure of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly is scheduled to end on November 26. The previous Assembly elections in Maharashtra were held in October 2019.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance achieved a majority to form the government, but due to internal conflict, Shiv Sena left the alliance to form a new alliance Maha Vikas Aghadi with Nationalist Congress Party and Indian National Congress. Maha Vikas Aghadi formed the state government with Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray becoming chief minister.

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