Even as lakhs of people were sitting under the scorching sun at the Khargar International Corporate Park ground last Sunday to witness the Maharashtra Bhushan award event, about 900 persons, including VIPs, were enjoying a lavish buffet laid out in an air-conditioned palace-like lounge behind the dais. The menu included fresh white dhoklas, cocktail batawadas, aluwadi, paneer masala, pitla, matki usal, special pulao, two types of dal, basmati jeera rice, puri, chapati, badam halwa, aamras, shrikhand, ice creams – gadbad, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, and chilled soft drinks, all unlimited and at the taxpayers’ expense.
Official expenditure on the program was Rs.13.50 crore
The VIPs were given golden color spoons to gorge on the lavish spread. One of the guests told on Thursday that each plate cost ₹1,000. Minister for Culture Sudhir Mungantiwar was one of the VIPs seen in the special lounge. The official expenditure on the program was ₹13.50 crore, but if the money spent on resurfacing the roads, etc., is taken into account, the expense could easily be ₹25 crore.
Arrangements for water were not only inadequate
Outside, there was not even a shade for the visitors who were all followers of Appasaheb Dharmadhikari, who was the recipient of the government award. Arrangements for water were not only inadequate but also not placed at vantage points. Unable to bear the heat, as many as 14 persons died of dehydration. Mungantiwar effectively blamed Dharmadhikari since it was the “social reformer” who suggested the time at 11.00 a.m. Incidentally, Dharmakari spoke for one hour even as his followers were suffering from the blazing heat with nothing to cover their heads. The government has asked the Revenue Secretary Nitin Kareer to probe the tragedy.
Meanwhile, a lawyer from Navi Mumbai, Sachin Thorat (43), has written to the Khargar police to register his FIR against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Mungantiwar, and others connected with the organization of the awards function. He told FPJ on Thursday that he will file a private complaint with a local court under section 156 (3) of the CrPC if his FIR is not registered in the next few days.
Indian man dies in US multi-vehicle crash
A 26-year-old man from Haryana died in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred in the US state of Pennsylvania following ice and snow storms across the mid-Atlantic region, local media reported.
Manpreet Singh from Pehowa, Haryana, who had moved to Queens, New York recently, was hit by a truck that was on its way to Indiana.
“The crash occurred around 6.30 a.m. on December 24 near mile marker 64 on Interstate-80 west in Clarion Township,” Clarion County Coroner Dan Shingledecker said.
Singh, who was taken to a hospital in Clarion, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at 8.58 a.m.
Shingledecker said the cause of death was blunt force trauma, while the death has been ruled accidental.
Police in Clarion declined to comment citing an active investigation, Explore Clarion reported. Following the accident, a section of the Interstate-80 was shut for approximately 12 hours.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for his funeral, and provide financial assistance to his parents. According to the fundraiser page, Manpreet was the only child of his parents.
20th annual Sunni Ijtema will be only 2 Days.
The annual Sunni Ijtema organized by Sunni Dawat-e-Islami which was announced on 16/17/18 December 2022. A big announcement has been made regarding it. What has been said by Ameer Sunni Dawat-e-Islami Hazrat Maulana Shakir Ali Noori himself.
“There will be a Ijtema of women in Wadee-E-Noor (Azad Maidan) on Friday, December 16, 2022, which will begin immediately after Friday prayers..
After that, on 18th December 2022, there will be a Ijtema for men’s after Fajr prayer…
Remember!! 17, December 2022 (that one day Ijtema) is cancelled.”
Along with this, Ameer Sunni Dawat-e-Islami also announced that…
“For those who have taken out tickets for December 17, 2022 from outside Mumbai, arrangements have been made to stay at International Center of Sunni Dawat-e-Islami, Ismail Habib Masjid, Tantanpua StreeT, Khadak”
(Team Mumbai Press)
Karjat Yard Modification: Central Railway to operate special traffic and power block on Dec 3 and 4￼￼
The Central Railway (CR) Mumbai division on Friday said, it will operate a special traffic and power block on December 3 for stationing of boom portal at Karjat station in connection with Karjat yard modification.
In a press release, the CR said, block 1 on December 3 will be from 10.45 am to 12.15 pm (90 minutes) from Bhivpuri Road to Palasdhari on all lines and block 2 on December 4, will be from 11.20 am to 12.20 pm from Bhivpuri Road to Palasdhari on all lines.
It said, during the block, the running pattern of suburban trains would be-
Karjat locals leaving CSMT at 09.01 am, 09.30 am and 09.57 am will run upto Neral
CSMT locals leaving Karjat at 10.45 am, 11.19 am, 12.00 noon services will run from Neral instead of Karjat.
Khopoli locals leaving Karjat at 10.40 am and 12.00 noon will remain cancelled.
Karjat locals leaving Khopoli at 11.20 am and 12.40 pm will remain cancelled.
Following Express trains will be regulated at Lonavala, Palasdhari and arrive destination behind schedule
Train No 22731 Hyderabad-Mumbai Superfast Express
Train No 16587 Yesvantpur-Bikaner Express
Train No 11014 Coimbatore-LTTExpress
It further said, during block 2 on December 4, from 11.20 am to 12.20 pm from Bhivpuri Road to Palasdhari on all lines
Karjat locals leaving CSMT at 09.30 am and 09.57 am will run upto Neral
CSMT locals leaving Karjat at 11.19 am and 12.00 noon will run from Neral instead of Karjat.
Khopoli local leaving Karjat at 12.00 noon and Karjat local leaving Khopoli at 11.20 am will remain cancelled.
11014 Coimbatore-LTT Express will arrive destination behind schedule
No suburban services will be available between Neral and Khopoli during the block period.
CR have requested the passengers to bear with the railway administration for the inconvenience caused due to these infrastructure blocks.
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