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MVA holds ‘Halla Bol morcha’ : NCP Leather Sharad Pawar



 At a well attended ‘’Halla Bol’’ morcha organised on Saturday by the Maha Vikas Aghadi partners supported by like minded parties, labour unions and various organisations to protest against insult and disrespect to the icons, Karnataka government’s efforts to escalate border issue and flight of projects, the former union minister and NCP Chief Mr Sharad Pawar warned that people are calm today but if the Governor (BS Koshyari) is not removed in time, the state will not remain silent but take an offensive stand.  

‘’Mahatma Phule did great work in the field of education. If such a person is ridiculed by the Governor, then he has no right to hold that position. Never seen such a Governor in the history of Maharashtra. It has been 55 years since I myself went to the state legislature, during this period I saw many Governors who worked to increase the reputation of Maharashtra. But this time the state’s ideology is being put into crisis. Makes controversial remarks about Mahatma and Savitribai Phule. He should feel ashamed,’’ he noted.

Mr Pawar claimed that among the present rulers there is no competition for the development of the state, but a competition for the defamation of Maharashtra. ‘’A minister (without naming higher and technical education minister Chandrakant Patil), said Mahatma Phule, BR Ambedkar, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil begged to start schools.’’

‘’If the rulers do not take a lesson from today’s morcha, I am sure that Maharashtra will not sit still and teach them (ruling alliance) a lesson in a democratic way,’’ said Mr Pawar.

The Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray chief Mr Uddhav Thackeray, who participated in the morchawith his wife Ms Rashmi Thackeray, declared that the gathering at today’s morchas will open eyes of traitors of Maharashtra (without naming Eknath Shinde and other who defected and joined hands with BJP to form the government). He targeted Mr Shinde and BJP saying that after looking at today’s mobilisation who will dare to break Mumbai and Maharashtra. 

He lashed out at the Governor Mr BS Koshyari for his controversial remarks about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Mahatma and Savitribai Phule. ‘’I don’t even consider him as a Governor though I certainly respect that position. We will not tolerate anyone sitting in that position and making such controversial statements. The Governor is the messenger of the President and should behave like the President,’’ he claimed. 

Mr Thackeray also slammed Tourism Minister Mr Mangal Prabhat Lodha for comparing the Shinde’s rebellion and defection of legislators with the miraculous escape of Chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj from Agra. ‘’Another minister (Abdul Sattar) used derogatory language against Supriya Sule. How such ministers are in the cabinet? This shows intellectual poverty,’’he noted. 

He announced that it is better if the power is lost but will not allow the identity of Maharashtra to be compromised. He warned that ‘’Anyone who tries to do so will not be forced to bend down on their knees.’’

‘’Belgaum, Karwar and Nipani have not yet become a part of Maharashtra. We will not rest without it.Today the flags of all the parties are seen here, this is the strength of Maharashtra. Only Maharashtra traitors are not here,’’ he taunted. He claimed that today’s morcha shows the traitors of Maharashtra their place. 

Leader of Opposition Mr Ajit Pawar asked who is the mastermind behind the insult to great men and Maharashtra’s icons. He objected to the Governor BS Koshyari still sitting on the post despite his controversial remarks (Shivaji is an icon of older times). 

‘’The Governor should be removed. The guilty MLAs should be removed. They should apologize. Steps should be taken to prevent this from happening again. Even if a law is enacted (to prevent insult and disrespect to icons and great men), the opposition parties will support it. I will propose such a law in the upcoming winter session starting from December 19,’’ said Mr Pawar.

The state Congress chief Mr Nana Patole criticised BJP saying that its real face has been exposed. ‘’Last week we saw the Governor sitting with the Prime Minister. BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that Shivaji Maharaj apologized to Aurangzeb five times. How BJP dared to insult the great man of the country,’’ he noted.

Today’s march has clearly signalled that the people of Maharashtra have dismissed Governor BS Koshyari. ‘’It has also sent out a warning to the Shinde Fadnavis government that it will not see the month of February. Today Maharashtra is on fire, we have come together to bury Ravana,’’ he said.


Mumbai News: ‘Won’t return to JJ hospital,’ say senior doctors who resigned following protest of resident doctors




“We will not resume work at Sir Jamshetji Jeejeebhoy Hospital even if all the issues are resolved,” said Dr Tatayrao Lahane, the former dean of the hospital and Dr Ragini Parekh, head of the ophthalmology department, and the other honorary doctors who resigned on Thursday. Further, they have also demanded an enquiry against the hospital dean and strict action against her.

The hospital dean, Dr Pallavi Saple, has sought an explanation from Dr Parekh, on the appointment of Dr Sumeet Lahane, the son of Dr Lahane, who was allowed to perform surgeries in the department.

This comes after a three-member committee headed by Dr Sanjay Surase, medical superintendent, submitted its investigative report against Dr Sumeet Lahane.

“The report submitted to the dean reveals that the committee has sought an explanation from Dr Ragini Parekh, HoD, on the appointment of Dr Sumeet Lahane and also asked her to clarify three points, based on documents submitted by resident doctors as proof,” said Dr Saple.

Report submitted by the investigative committee is biased: Dr Lahane

“We have been serving J J Hospital and patients for the last 36 years and have done more than lakhs of surgeries and operations. But we did not expect to be humiliated by resident doctors and the hospital dean. All of us have resigned and will not be part of J J Hospital any further. The report submitted by the investigative committee is biased, as they have not asked for our version and we have the right to tell our side of the issue,” Dr Tatyarao Lahane said.

Meanwhile, the deadlock between resident and senior doctors entered the third day on Friday. The Maharashtra State Resident Doctors Association (MARD) is threatening to go on a state-wide indefinite strike if their demands are not met.

According to Dr Shubham Soni, MARD president, J J Hospital, resident doctors have alleged that Dr Lahane and Dr Parekh had been running the ophthalmology department ‘dictatorially’ and in a way that clearly violated the guidelines issued by the National Medical Commission at multiple levels. 

Resident doctors’ protest

Resident doctors in the ophthalmology department say that they have been dealing with several issues, such as not getting hands-on experience with surgery, minimal academic and research activity.

The report of the investigative committee said that Dr Sumeet Lahane was performing cataract surgeries and was also looking at routine OPD. If a government letter or order had been issued, asking him to perform surgeries and examine patients, a photocopy of the order had to be submitted. The third point raised by the committee was that a criminal case could be filed against Drs Sumeet Lahane and Ragini Parekh, as it was a legal offence for outsiders to perform patient examinations, surgeries, and other patient care work, without an order.

“We have raised these points with Dr Parekh and sought a detailed explanation and asked why no case should be registered against Dr Sumeet Lahane,” Dr Saple added.

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Mumbai News: Man booked for depositing fake ₹2,000 notes




Mumbai: A private bank has lodged a complaint with the police against a customer who had deposited fake Rs2,000 notes in the bank. At the time of depositing the cash, the accused had told the cashier that the money was given to him by one of his business parties. The paper used for the notes were thick and also had less security features, police said.

According to the DB Marg police, the complainant works as deputy branch manager of the Lamington Road branch of the bank. On Wednesday, during checking of the cash, one of the bank officials got suspicious about some of the notes while checking. The bank staff found 10 notes of Rs2,000 denomination to be fake.

Rs 14 lakh deposited

It was learnt that the man had visited the bank around 1pm and had deposited 700 notes of Rs2,000 denomination (Rs14 lakh) in three bank accounts. At the time of depositing the cash, the cashier had suspected some of the notes to be fake and asked the depositor from where he had got those notes.

The bank then got a complaint lodged in the matter on Wednesday. The police have registered a case under sections 489-B (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 489-C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Mumbai Weather: IMD predicts city to witness cloudy sky with possibility of rain until Monday; AQI ‘good’ at 43




Days after clear sky with sunny and humid weather, the IMD has predicted Mumbai to get a major relief from hot conditions. The city is likely to see party cloudy skies for the next 48 hours, i.e. until Monday, with possibility of light rainfall. Mumbaikars who probably ended their summer holidays and were eagerly waiting to enjoy rains might experience them in the coming days of June.
On Saturday, people in Mumbai woke up to a temperature of 31.6oC with humidity at 72%. Some parts of the city saw drizzles in the morning hours of June 3. Meanwhile, the weather report for the next two days of the month suggested the maximum and minimum temperatures to be around 34oC & 28oC respectively.

Mumbai AQI

As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the AQI in Mumbai is currently in the ‘good’ category, with a reading of 43.

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

Powai: 37 Good

Mulund: 48 Good

Borivali: 74 Satisfactory

Malad: 76 Satisfactory

BKC: 87 Satisfactory

Colaba: 129 Moderate

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