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Maha BJP collects letters thanking PM from 15 lakh beneficiaries of govt schemes

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday launched a campaign, under which it targets to connect with nearly 15 lakh beneficiaries of various government schemes and collect letters from them thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP's Maharashtra unit president Chandrashekhar Bawankule launched the "Thank You Modiji" campaign here and held a meeting on this in suburban Goregaon with party members. "PM Narendra Modi has initiated several schemes for the benefit of the common people and successfully implemented them. There are some five crore beneficiaries of various schemes in the state. The party has planned to connect with nearly 15 lakh beneficiaries out of them and take letters duly signed by them thanking the PM," Bawankule said. Also Read: Mumbai Congress holds yatra; Digvijaya Singh, Shiv Sena and SP leaders also join These letters will be sent to New Delhi on November 15, he added. "Every party worker will get in touch with at least five such beneficiaries and collect their hand-written letters thanking PM Modi. In the second phase of the campaign, the target is to reach out to two crore beneficiaries by February 2024," he said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 10:26 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Angry with hotelier, man calls cops with 'info' on threat to CM Shinde; booked

A non-cognisable offence was registered against a man for calling up the police control room claiming a "plot" to kill Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde at a hotel in Lonavala in Pune district, an official said on Sunday. The investigation revealed the man, Avinash Waghmare, was drunk and made the call on Saturday to "teach a lesson" to the owner of the hotel for allegedly overcharging him for a bottle of water. A day earlier, the State Intelligence Department (SID) had received specific input about the threat to the life of CM Shinde, State Intelligence Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre had said. "After specific information, we have taken necessary action and have increased the security of the chief minister," Dumbre had told PTI. Additional security has been provided to the CM, who enjoys a Z Plus category security cover, he said, adding that security has also been stepped up at Shinde's private residence in Thane and the official residence 'Varsha' in Mumbai. A police official in Mumbai on Sunday night suggested the threat input was linked to the NC case registered in Pune. Waghmare, who was travelling from Ghatkopar in Mumbai to Sangli in a private bus, allegedly made the call on Saturday to the control room claiming a plan was being hatched in the Lonavala hotel to kill the chief minister, the official said. Also Read: Intelligence department receives input about threat to CM Shinde's life Waghmare later admitted he was drunk when he made the call to get the police on the trail of the hotelier with whom he had quarrelled for being overcharged for a bottle of water, the official added. "Following the call, our team reached the hotel and found that the caller was travelling in a bus. Our team tried to call the person back to get details but he was not answering. "Later the location of the phone was traced and the man was made to alight," said Pune (Rural) Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh. "Waghmare was travelling alone in a private bus and was on his way to Sangli. He told us he made the call by mistake as he was drunk. He said the bus halted at the hotel for dinner on Saturday where he had a tiff with the hotel owner over the price of a water bottle," the SP said. He called up the police control room with the story of a plot being hatched in a hotel room intending to "teach a lesson" to the owner, the SP added. "He asked the police to visit the hotel as soon as possible and boarded the bus and left for his destination. We have filed a non-cognizable case against Waghmare under Indian Penal Code section 177 (knowingly furnishing false information to a public servant)," Deshmukh added. Earlier in the day, the chief minister had said the state police department was taking all precautionary measures to ensure his safety in the wake of the threat to his life. "Even when I was not the chief minister, I had received threats from Naxalites, anti-national elements. I am a man of masses and no one can stop me from being among people," he had said. "No one should try to do any such thing," the chief minister said while responding to a question on the death threat. Shinde had received a threat letter suspected to have been sent by Naxalites last October when he was the Urban Development Minister and also guardian minister of Gadchiroli district, affected by Naxalism. Shinde became the chief minister on June 30 this year after his rebellion with Shiv Sena MLAs led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government. He is scheduled to address his first Dussehra rally at MMRDA grounds in Mumbai on October 5. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 10:17 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
Digvijaya Singh along with other leaders during the march. Pic/ Twitter- official account of Mumbai Congress

Mumbai Congress holds yatra; Digvijaya Singh, Shiv Sena and SP leaders also join

Shiv Sena and Samajwadi Party workers as well as members of several organisations on Sunday joined a 'yatra' of the Mumbai Congress against divisive forces. The march was held between August Kranti Maidan and the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near Mantralaya. Among those who attended were Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation chief Tushar Gandhi, Shiv Sena Lok Sabha MP Arvind Sawant, SP leader Abu Asim Azmi and Mumbai Congress president Bhai Jagtap. Also Read: Maharashtra local body polls: BJP will contest solo if no alliance is formed, says Danve Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh said all outfits participated in the march except All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who he said were "B teams of the Bharatiya Janata Party", and those part of the Eknath Shinde faction. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 10:04 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Senior Mumbai Congress leader Annie Shekhar passes away at 84

Senior Mumbai Congress leader Annie Shekhar passed away on Sunday after prolonged illness. Shekhar, who represented the Colaba area of south Mumbai as corporator and legislator for two terms each, was 84. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, their spouses and grandchildren, a family member said. Also Read: Maha MLA writes to CM to get Palghar fishermen caught by Pak maritime agencies She was a popular leader in the Mumbai unit of the Congress and served it in different capacities for 45 years. A major contribution associated with her were 'study centres', like the one near Cooperage Ground, that are open all 24 hours of the day for poor children to assemble and study. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 09:54 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Maha MLA writes to CM to get Palghar fishermen caught by Pak maritime agencies

Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA from Dahanu in Palghar Vinod Nikole on Sunday said seven of the 16 Indian fishermen arrested by Pakistan authorities earlier this week are from the district and sought the intervention of the Maharashtra government for their release. Pakistan authorities had, on Friday, said their maritime security agency arrested 16 Indian fishermen and seized two trawlers on September 27 "for being "well inside Pakistani waters" and, thereby, violating "Pakistani Law and UN Convention of Law at Sea". Also Read: Sharad Pawar visits kin of Maharashtra farmer who killed self in Pune Maritime authorities of the neighbouring country had further said the apprehended fishermen had been handed over to Docks Police in Karachi for legal formalities. "Two fishing boats, Pusti Krupa and Matsyagandha-9, with 16 fishermen on board have been detained by Pakistan agencies. Seven are from Asavali village in Dahanu in Palghar. The state government must take the matter seriously and intervene to speed up their release," he said. He said he had written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on the issue because often these fishermen end up in Pakistan jails for years. Pakistan and India regularly arrest rival fishermen for violating the maritime boundary, which is poorly marked at some points.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 09:13 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Mumbai reports 102 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Mumbai reported 102 new Covid-19 cases and one death on Sunday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The fresh coronavirus cases raised the tally of infections to 11,50,480 and toll to 19,733, an official from the BMC said, reported the PTI. There has been a slight drop in the daily cases in the city, which had recorded 130 infections on Saturday, he said. The count of recoveries reached 11,30,048, after 107 patients recovered from the infection, leaving the city with 699 active cases, the official added. Also Read: Thane reports 14 new Covid-19 cases As per the data provided by the civic body, a total of 1,83,22,248 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the city so far, including 6,715 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in the city stands at 98.2 per cent and the overall growth rate between September 25 and Oct 1 was 0.008 per cent, while the doubling rate of infections is 8,427 days, it stated. (with PTI inputs)

02 October,2022 08:58 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Had I intervened, we would have got Shivaji Park for Dussehra rally: CM Shinde

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday said his faction of the Shiv Sena would have got the Shivaji Park ground in central Mumbai as the venue for its Dussehra rally had he intervened in the matter as CM. In a shot in the arm for the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction, the Bombay High Court on September 23 granted it permission to hold its annual Dussehra rally at the iconic Shivaji Park ground in Dadar. The Shinde-led faction had also sought permission to hold the rally at the same venue on the same day (October 5), and opposed the Thackeray group's petition in the high court. When asked about it, Shinde told reporters that the leaders and workers of his party had demanded Shivaji Park for the rally, but how they honour the high court's order. Also Read: Mumbai: Dussehra rally parking now cause of chaos with Shiv Sena factions ''Had I intervened as chief minister, we would have got Shivaji Park for the rally. But as CM, it is my duty to ensure peace and harmony. So we settled for the MMRDA ground at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC)," he said. For the Thackeray faction the high court's decision in its favour has a symbolic value as Shivaji Park is associated with the Sena since its birth, and his group is locked in a tussle with the rebel group led by CM Shinde to establish itself as the "real' Shiv Sena.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 08:10 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Intelligence department receives input about threat to CM Shinde's life

Security of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has been beefed up following a specific input about a threat to his life, an official said on Sunday. The State Intelligence Department (SID) on Saturday evening received specific input about the threat to the life of CM Shinde, the official said. State Intelligence Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre confirmed the threat. "After specific information, we have taken necessary action and have increased the security of the chief minister," Dumbre told PTI without elaborating. Additional security has been provided to the CM, who enjoys a Z Plus category security cover, he said. Also Read: Mumbai: Sena factions flood digital platforms with jibe-filled campaigns Meanwhile, talking to reporters, CM Shinde on Sunday said the state police department was taking all precautionary measures to ensure his safety in the wake of a threat to his life. "Even when I was not the chief minister, I had received threats from Naxalites, anti-national elements. I am a man of masses and no one can stop me from being among people," he said. Police as well as Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis are doing their job very capably and proper security checks are being done, Shinde added. "No one should try to do any such thing," he said while responding to a question on the death threat. Shinde had received a threat letter suspected to have been sent by Naxalites last October when he was the Urban Development Minister and also guardian minister of Gadchiroli district, affected by Naxalism. Shinde became the chief minister on June 30 this year after his rebellion with Shiv Sena MLAs led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government. He is scheduled to address his first Dussehra rally at MMRDA grounds in Mumbai on October 5. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 07:13 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Muslim bodies in Mumbai to launch campaign to dispel misconceptions about Islam

Several prominent Islamic organisations and members of the community will launch a campaign to address misunderstandings and misconceptions about Islam and Prophet Muhammad among people from other religions. The campaign called 'Prophet for All' will be launched to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad on October 9. More than 200 NGOs and individuals have been roped in for the campaign, which is aimed at dispelling misconceptions about the Prophet and giving a clearer picture about him, a volunteer who is a part of the campaign said. As part of the campaign, community members will celebrate the Prophet's birthday with people of other faiths by visiting their houses and also by inviting them to their homes, he said. Prophet Muhammad's message was to feed the hungry, visit the ailing, free those held captive and several such teachings. We want to spread peace among people and resolve misunderstandings. We want to tell people that we respect all religions, spread love and live together in peace,¿ a volunteer said. Prominent organisations such as Anjuman-e-Islam, Islam Gymkhana, Markazul Maarif, Mahim Dargah Trust and Urdu Headmasters' Association will be part of the campaign and NGOs from Mumbai and Mira Road and Mumbra areas of neighbouring Thane district will also participate. Also Read: Eid-e-Milad-un-nabi 2022: Wishes, images and greetings for the occasion Community members from different parts of the city and suburbs have started visiting orphanages, schools, hospitals and temples for the drive, it was stated. On October 8, volunteers will display placards and banners and distribute pamphlets outside bus stops and railway stations, while a procession will be taken out on October 9. With this campaign, we want to spread Prophet Muhammad's message about peace. Our volunteers will try to reach out to more people through social media as well. We will not only visit masjids, but also temples such as Siddhi Vinayak in the city and other religious places to clear misunderstandings about the Prophet, former Congress MLA Yusuf Abrahani said. Many events have been planned and are being initiated to start a dialogue among other communities, which are being coordinated by Muslim scholars Amir Edrisy and Sayeed Khan, it was stated. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 06:47 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Maharashtra: Congress to greet people with 'Jai Baliraja' and 'Ram Ram'

The Congress will greet people with "Jai Baliraja" and "Ram Ram" to express its gratitude for farmers, a day after the Maharashtra government issued a resolution asking its employees to greet people with 'Vande Mataram' instead of "hello" during official or personal phone calls. State Congress president Nana Patole, however, added that the party was not opposed to the 'Vande Mataram' greeting. "......Our country is an agrarian economy where the agriculture sector plays a major role. It is our stand that we will say 'Jai Baliraja' (hail the farmer) and 'Ram Ram' while greeting people to express gratitude for farmers," Patole told reporters when asked about the Government Resolution (GR) on 'Vande Mataram' for government employees and officers. Patole paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion of their birth anniversaries. Responding to a query, Patole said leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are getting restless after seeing the "huge response" evoked by Congress' 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' being led by Rahul Gandhi. Also Read: Say 'Vande Mataram' instead of 'hello' on calls: Mahar govt directs officials "It seems the mental balance of BJP leaders is disturbed and they are criticising the padayatra. But this foot march will continue its journey to Kashmir unfazed by the criticism," he said. Patole claimed resentment among the people against BJP due to its "authoritarian rule and arrogance". "The country's economy is at an all-time low and the Rupee continues to depreciate. The BJP government cannot control inflation; the problem of unemployment is huge," he said. "The response to the padayatra, which is set out to uphold democracy, Constitution, and to maintain the unity and diversity of India, is unprecedented," he said.Patole claimed even RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had to take note of this foot march and visited a mosque in Delhi and met the imam. He said some "second-rank" functionaries in the BJP are unnecessarily criticising the Bharat Jodo Yatra. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 06:45 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Thane reports 14 new Covid-19 cases

Thane district on Sunday reported 14 new coronavirus cases. The new cases took the infection tally to 1,96,692, according to a Covid-19 bulletin issued by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). According to the bulletin, no Covid-19 related death was reported on Sunday. The Covid-19 fatality toll in Thane now stands at 2,162. Also Read: Fake call centre cheating US citizens busted in Maharashtra; 16 people arrested With the addition of the latest cases, Thane currently has 115 active Covid-19 cases. 11 Covid-19 patients recovered on October 2, taking the total number of recoveries since the beginning in the city to 1,94,415. The recovery rate in the TMC area is 98.84 per cent.

02 October,2022 06:25 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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