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Mumbai: Global envoys soak in sights and sounds of Ganeshotsav

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 In a unique initiative of the Maharashtra Tourism Ministry, a group of 10 envoys in Mumbai were taken on a tour of the Ganeshotsav festival currently in full swing in Maharashtra, officials said here on Friday.

Tourism Minister M.P. Lodha and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Jayshree Bhoj welcomed the diplomats, briefed them on the state’s biggest public festival and later took them around on an introductory trip to various prominent marquees.

The diplomats included Israel’s Kobbi Shoshani, Switzerland’s Martin Mayer, Argentina’s Guillermo Devoto, Belarus’ Anton Pashkov, Australia’s Peter Truswell, Poland’s Damian Irzyk, Sri Lanka’s V. Kumaran Valsan, Indonesia’s Agus Prihatin Saptono, Switzerland’s Martin Mayer and British Deputy High Commission’s Catherine Barnes.

Lodha welcomed them in traditional Indian style at the Ganesh Gully in Lalbaugh and introduced them to the glorious traditions of Maharashtra’s Ganeshotsav public festival, now in its 130th year.

“The aim is to make Ganeshotsav known to people all over the world through the diplomatic representatives and we hope that this cultural, social and religious festival will become internationally popular,” remarked Lodha.

The diplomats visited the gigantic idols of Lord Ganesh installed at Lalbaugh including the Lalbaugcha Raja, the country’s most expensive GSB Seva Mandal at Matunga, the oldest Keshavji Naik Chawl where the festival is celebrated since 1893, among others.

After the exhilarating trip viewing the sights, sounds, colours of Ganeshotsav, the massive crowds of devotees thronging many of the marquee, many of the envoys came away awed and impressed, lavished praises for the festivities and how it turned out to “a wonderful and enlightening experience”.

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Mumbai: Technical snag at Andheri station, Western railway locals delayed by 15-20 minutes

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 A technical point failure at Andheri station has resulted into a delay in Western railway local trains by 15 to 20 minutes. The technical failure has caused delay to several commuters at peak hours on Tuesday morning.

The Divisional Railway Manager for Mumbai Division of Western Railway has tweeted on its Twitter handle informing the commuters about the said delay saying, “Due to technical failure at Andheri station all UP fast local trains are running 10-15 minutes late today (29.11.2022) Inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.”

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Maharashtra: 48-year-old woman dies after part of foot over-bridge collapses at Balharshah railway station

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A 48-year-old woman died and 12 persons were injured as they fell on a railway track after some part of a foot over-bridge (FOB) collapsed at a railway station in Chandrapur district of eastern Maharashtra on Sunday, officials said.

The incident occurred at Balharshah junction railway station in Ballarpur town, located around 150 km from Nagpur, at 5.10 pm, they said.

The FOB where the incident took place is connected to platform number 1 and 2 of the station under Nagpur division of the Central Railway (CR).

“A large number of passengers were using the FOB in order to catch a Pune-bound train when a part of it suddenly caved in. As a result, 13 people fell around 20 feet down on the railway track,” an official of the Government Railway Police (GRP) said.

The injured were taken to the Ballarpur Rural Hospital and some of them were later shifted to Chandrapur Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and a private hospital, the district information office said.

“Of the two seriously injured, Neelima Rangari, a 48-year-old woman, died at a private hospital while undergoing treatment and another person is in the intensive care unit (ICU) there,” Chandrapur district collector Vinay Gowda said

The injured were taken to the Ballarpur Rural Hospital and some of them were later shifted to Chandrapur Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and a private hospital, the district information office said.

“Of the two seriously injured, Neelima Rangari, a 48-year-old woman, died at a private hospital while undergoing treatment and another person is in the intensive care unit (ICU) there,” Chandrapur district collector Vinay Gowda said.

5 are being treat at the hospital, others discharged

Five are being treated at the GMCH, while others were discharged after preliminary treatment, he said.

Rangari, a local resident, was a teacher, police said.

According to the CR, the pre-cast slab of the FOB connecting platform number 1 and 2 of the railway station collapsed, but the remaining portion of the bridge is intact.

The railway authorities announced a financial aid of Rs one lakh for the grievously-injured persons and Rs 50,000 for other injured, CR’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.

Ballarpur is around 12 km away from Chandrapur district headquarters.

Chandrapur Guardian Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar directed the hospital authorities to provide all necessary medical aid to the injured persons and ordered an investigation into the incident, the administration said.

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After two years of corona restrictions, Mumbai is now fully on its way.

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Two full years after the disaster of Corona, it is located at Joe’s (CSMT) in Azad Maidan, Mumbai. A three-day annual (Sunni) gathering is going to be held. Let us also tell you that this gathering has been going on continuously for 28 years, the most special and important thing of which is that people from not only the country but also from abroad come to participate in it.

This gathering is organized by Sunni Dawat-e-Islami, whose leader is Hazrat Allama Maulana Shakir Ali Noori.

This meeting which is to be held after two years in Azad Maidan, Mumbai. Its date 16,17,18 December 2022 has been announced. The bodies will start on the first day i.e. (16 December) 2022 immediately after Friday prayers at around 3 PM which will be for ladies only. And it will end at 9 pm.
Then 17 and 18 will be for men.

You should also know that this gathering will be the 29th (29th) gathering so far.

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