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Five killed, two injured as chartered plane crashes in Mumbai suburb

At least five persons including a pedestrian were killed and two injured when a small chartered plane crashed in the thickly populated suburb of Ghatkopar in north-east Mumbai on Thursday, officials said.
 
Chartered plane crashes in Mumbai, 5 dead
 
 
At least five persons including a pedestrian were killed and two injured when a small chartered plane crashed in the thickly populated suburb of Ghatkopar in north-east Mumbai on Thursday, officials said.
 
Eyewitnesses said that the plane was seen hurtling down in the narrow Jeevadaya Lane area and crashed with a deafening sound before breaking into pieces and bursting into flames around 1.15 p.m. There were two pilots and as many engineers on board.
 
The fuselage had broken into several pieces and one piece was recovered at least 50 metres away while some other portions of the plane burnt in the premises of an under-construction building. The fire was brought under control within half an hour by the fire brigade.
 
The aircraft's crucial Flight Data Recorder or Black Box was recovered.
 
A local passer-by in the vicinity of the crash was burnt fatally when some burning ATF fuel from the aircraft fell on him, said an eyewitness who was among the first to reach the spot.
 
The cause of the crash is not known and it occurred in the compound of the under construction Jagruti apartments, thereby averting a potentially major disaster.
 
There are usually at least four dozen labourers working on the premises but they had taken a lunch break when the aircraft hurtled there, creating a crater by its impact.
 
Aviation expert and Executive Airways Managing Director Pradeep Thampi said the aircraft was a 30-year-old King Air C-90, purchased from the Uttar Pradesh government by private company UY Aviation Pvt Ltd in Mumbai around a couple of years ago.
 
"Its call sign was VT-UPZ and it was a regular 12-seater on a test flight. The tragedy has claimed the pilot, co-pilot and two engineers. We cannot say immediately what may have led to the sudden crash," Thampi told IANS.
 
An Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson confirmed that the Mumbai-based UY Aviation Pvt Ltd had bought the aircraft a few years ago.
 
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu, who hails from Mumbai, expressed "deep shock" over the tragedy and directed the ministry officials concerned to rush to the accident site and provide all assistance possible.
 
Prabhu said he has ordered the Director-General of Civil Aviation to conduct an investigation into the crash and a team has left for the spot for a preliminary probe.
 
Mumbai Police, fire brigade, disaster relief agencies, besides local BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, legislators and others are at the site and further details of the victim crew members and pedestrians are awaited.
 
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16 dead, 15 injured, several trapped as five-storeyed building collapses in Mumbai

At least 16 people died and 15 others suffered injuries when an old, dilapidated five-storeyed building collapsed in the Bhendi Bazaar area, near J J Junction, in south Mumbai here this morning, official sources said.
 
16 dead, 15 injured in Mumbai building collapse
At least 16 people died and 15 others suffered injuries when an old, dilapidated five-storeyed building collapsed in the Bhendi Bazaar area, near J J Junction, in south Mumbai here this morning, official sources said.
 
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai Assistant Commissioner J S Ghegadmal told NetIndian over the telephone from the scene that 31 victims had been extricated from the debris, of whom 16 were found dead.
 
The injured were rushed to the nearby J. J. Hospital, where the condition of some of them was stated to be serious, sources said.
 
With several more people feared trapped under the tonnes of debris, scores of men from the Mumbai Fire Brigade, the Municipal Corporation, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local residents were engaged in massive search and rescue efforts.
 
Cranes, gas cutters and other equipment were being used to clear the debris and cut through the mangled steel and concrete to reach the victims and look for possible survivors.
 
The structure was more than a hundred years old, sources said. It was locted in a heavily congested area in south Mumbai's C Ward, and rescue teams with their big vehicles and heavy equipment had a tough time reaching the spot.
 
The building had a playschool on the premises which would have opened at 10 am as usual. However, the building came down at about 8.30 am, much before the children were scheduled to arrive.
 
This is the third major incident of building collapse in the metropolis in recent weeks. On July 25, at least 17 people died and 11 others suffered injuries when a four-storeyed residential building collapsed in the suburban area of Ghatkopar.
 
On August 26, six people lost their lives when a part of a seven-storeyed under-construction building collapsed at Chandivali while some unauthorised portions of the structure were being demolished.
 
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Municipal officials said they received a call about the collapse of the building around 8.40 am and the fire brigade was immediately rushed to the spot. There was no immediate word on the number of people living in the building and how many of them were trapped under the debris. Police have cordoned off the area to facilitate the smooth conduct of the search and rescue operations.
 
The incident has come two days after Mumbai experienced its heaviest rainfall since the July 2005 floods.
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incient and is personally monitoring the situation.
 
He has ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident by a committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary (Housing).
 
Mr. Fadnavis has asked the Municipal Commissioner to submit a detailed report on the tragedy. He also asked the Municipal Commissioner to focus on ensuring immediate medical assistance to the injured persons. State Minister Subhash Desai visited the spot and later briefed Mr. Fadnavis about the situation.
 
Civic officials said the building had been declared unsafe for living six years ago. The residents had been served with evacuation notices in 2011 and ordered to vacate the building to enable redevelopment of the area under the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) project.
 
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16 dead, 14 injured in major fire at ammunition depot in Maharashtra

At least 22 defence personnel died and 14 others suffered injuries in a major fire that broke out in the early hours of Tuesday and triggered huge explosions at one of India's biggest ammunition depots at Pulgoan in Wardha district of Maharashtra.
 
16 dead, 14 injured in ammunition depot fire in Wardha
At least 16 people died and 14 others suffered injuries in a major fire that broke out in the early hours of today and triggered huge explosions at one of India's biggest ammunition depots at Pulgoan in Wardha district of Maharashtra.
 
Wardha district officials said the injured had been admitted to hospitals in Wardha town, about 30 km from Pulgaon, for treatment, official sources said.
 
The massive fire and the explosions that followed lit up the night sky in the town, located about 100 km from Nagpur.
 
The fire broke out in the Central Ammunition Depot around 1.30 am today and was brought under control by around 6 am today, they said.
 
The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained and would be established only after an inquiry, they said.
 
The sources said families living in accommodation near the depot were evacuated to safer places as a precautionary measure.
 
Fire brigade personnel worked throughout the night to bring the blaze under control.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the fire.
 
“Pained by loss of lives caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter
 
"I pray that those who are injured recover quickly," he said, adding that he had asked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to rush to the spot and take stock of the situation. 
 
Chief of Army Staff Gen Dalbir Singh is also rushing to Wardha for an assessment of the situation, the sources added.
 
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Booked for rape, Binoy Kodiyeri asked to appear before Maharashtra Police in 3 days

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The Maharashtra Police has asked Binoy Kodiyeri, son of Kerala CPI-M Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, to appear before it in three days, after a rape case was filed against him last week.
 
In her FIR, a 33-year-old Mumbai-based woman, who hails from Bihar, has alleged that Binoy sexually exploited her for several years on the promise of marriage and they have an eight-year-old child. She registered a complaint at Andheri's Oshiwara police station on June 13, after she came to know that he was already married.
 
According to her complaint, she entered into a relationship with Binoy while working at a dance bar in Dubai in 2008 and now has an eight-year-old child with him. She alleged that till 2015, Binoy even used to send her money every month.
 
The victim has handed over some crucial documents, including pictures, to the police.
 
According to the victim, she filed the FIR two months after she wrote about the matter to the CPI-M national leadership but failed to get a response from them. 
 
The CPI-M leaders now maintain that the case has nothing to do with the party. "A case against an individual needs to be defended by him," party's Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat said in New Delhi. State Fisheries Minister J. Mercykutty repeated the statement on Wednesday.
 
State BJP spokesperson B. Gopalakrishnan questioned the silence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and veteran legislator V. S. Achuthanandan on the case. "Binoy should present himself for a DNA test and the CPI-M state secretary Balakrishnan should step down in the wake of this serious charge against his son," said Gopalakrishnan.
 
Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala wasn't as scathing. "Let the police probe the case but something is happening in the CPI-M, which does not augur well for them," said Chennithala.
 
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Fadnavis reshuffles Cabinet, drops 6 Ministers, inducts 13

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With an eye on the Assembly elections due in four months, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday reshuffled his Cabinet by dropping six Ministers and inducting 13 others.
 
The 13 comprise 10 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from Shiv Sena and one from their ally Republican Party of India (A) (RPI-A).
 
As expected, former Congressman and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil joined as a Minister, and another long-time contender Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar was also inducted.
 
All the ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C. V. Rao at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan.
 
Besides Vikhe-Patil and Shelar, the other Cabinet-rank Ministers who were sworn in are: Sanjay Kute, Suresh Khade, Anil Bonde and Ashok Uike and Tanaji Sawant (all BJP), and Jaydutt Kshirsagar (Shiv Sena).
 
Five legislators were inducted as Ministers of State -- Yogesh Sagar, Sanjay Bhegde, Parinay Fuke (all BJP), Atul Save (Shiv Sena) and Avinash Mahatakear (RPI-A).
 
Six incumbent ministers -- Prakash Mehta, Vishnu Savra, Ambarish Atram, Dilip Kamble, Pravin Pote and Rajkumar Badole -- who were dropped for lacklustre performance, tendered their resignations which were accepted by Fadnavis.
 
With this, on the eve of the Maharashtra Assembly's monsoon session starting here on Monday, Fadnavis has consolidated the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena's position before the elections.
 
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Doctors across India on day-long strike in solidarity with Kolkata medicos

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The doctors' strike that started in Kolkata earlier this week has now spread across India with the doctors' association of AIIMS showing full support to their West Bengal colleagues.
 
After the entire healthcare system in West Bengal was crippled over the past four days, now doctors in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities in India especially AIIMS hospitals in the national capital, Raipur, Patna and Punjab, are observing protest shutdown.
 
Resident doctors in several government hospitals in Kerala and Hyderabad also staged protests as they started their 'cease work' demonstrations in respective cities.
 
Around 4,500 members Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) stopped attending to patients in all the 26 government hospitals in the state simultaneously on Friday.
 
MARD General Secretary Deepak Mundhe told IANS the doctors will keep off all routine duties between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the hospital administration has been informed to ensure all other services are not hampered or patients inconvenienced.
 
A large number of doctors gathered outside the KEM Hospital with banners and posters to express solidarity with the doctors who were assaulted in Kolkata on Tuesday following the death of a patient in a state-run hospital.
 
Similar protests were also being held in Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur by MARD members who are demanding adequate protection for their counterparts in West Bengal.
 
Senior and junior resident doctors of several government hospitals in the national capital on Friday also went on the one day token strike and boycotted work. Except for emergency services, there will be full shutdown of all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits, the AIIMS association said. 
 
Resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Safdarjung hospitals carried bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest and suspended all non-emergency services. Only follow-up patients with a prior appointment were being registered at the OPDs.
 
Diagnostic services were also functioning in a restricted manner. Several resident doctors also held a protest at the Jantar Mantar against the brutal attack on a Kolkata intern.
 
Condemning the violence in Bengal, the AIIMS Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) has urged all the RDAs across the country to join the token strike. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also asked members of all its state branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday.
 
Junior doctors in West Bengal are on a strike since Tuesday after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.
 
In the wake of the strike, the AIIMS has instituted contingency measures to take care of the admitted patients, including those in the ICUs and wards.
 
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Low pressure area over Arabian Sea likely to intensify into cyclone: IMD

A low-pressure area has formed over southeast and eastcentral Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep Islands and was likely to intensify into a depression and then into a cyclonic storm in the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
 
"It is very likely to intensify into a depression over Southeast & adjoining Eastcentral Arabian Sea during next 48 hours. It is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours," a bulletin issued by IMD yesterday afternoon said.
 
Under its influence, heavy rains are likely over some parts of Kerala, Lakshadweep, coastal Karnataka, south interior Karnataka and Konkan & Goa during this period.
 
The bulletin also said that strong winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were very likely to prevail over southeast and adjoining Lakshadweep and eastcentral Arabian Sea, Kerala and Karnataka coasts today.
 
"Wind speed is very likely to increase gradually and become squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph over eastcentral & adjoining southeast Arabian Sea on 11th June 2019. It is very likely to be 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph over Lakshadweep area, Kerala, Karnataka & south Maharashtra Coasts on the same day. Sea conditions are likely to be rough over the above areas.
 
"Wind speed is very likely to increase further becoming gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea on 12th June 2019 and become 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph over north Arabian Sea on 13th June 2019. It is very likely to be 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph over Gujarat & Maharashtra coasts on 12th and 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph over entire Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts on 13th June, 2019," the bulletin said.
 
Sea conditions are likely to be very rough to high over these areas during this period and fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.
 
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Maharashtra told to complete PG medical, dental counselling by June 14

The Supreme Court on Tuesday told the Maharashtra government to reshuffle and hold "final" counselling for general candidates who got admission to post-graduate (PG) medical and dental seats on or before June 14.
 
Earlier, the apex court had struck down the notifications related to EWS quota for the current academic year.
 
A vacation bench comprising Justice Indu Malhotra and M. R. Shah directed the state government to advertise and give it wide publicity specifying "final round of counselling" and complete the process within the stipulated time period on the basis of merit, and told it not to miss this deadline.
 
The court also said that preferences made by candidates while filling up the admission forms will remain intact and it cannot be changed during the reshuffling and counselling process.
 
The court also said: "No application and petition in connection with the admission in PG medical courses in the state, for this current academic year, can be entertained by any other court."
 
The court asked the state government to consider the plight of the students who have been adversely affected by the implementation of the EWS quota and the manner in which it will impact their career.
 
The court's order came on pleas filed by some medical students seeking re-drawing of the merit list after a fresh round of counselling. 
 
The students moved the top court after it struck down the EWS quote in PG medical admission for the current academic year. 
 
The court queried the state government counsel to explain the reason for not conducting counselling after re-drawing the merit list. 
 
"You (state) are the author of this problem. It is very improper -- meritorious students cannot be thrown out of the window like this... fresh counselling is mandatory. The state must adopt a fair process", said the court.
 
The counsel for the authority conducting the test informed the court that re-shuffling of the merit list has been done in accordance with the apex court's order.
 
Advocate Akash Kakade, the counsel appearing for one of the petitioners, said that no fresh counselling has been conducted so far, as previous rounds of counselling were cancelled.
 
The Maharashtra government counsel informed the court that, after interim stay on the EWS quota, the merit list of the students has been re-shuffled, but no counselling has been done so far. "How long does the counselling take?....it can be easily done in two days," the court said.
 
The court appreciated the suggestions made by the counsel of the Medical Council of India (MCI) who recommended manual or physical counselling instead of online counselling, and that an advertisement should be issued on the same.
 
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SC strikes down EWS quota in Maharashtra medical courses

In a setback for the Maharashtra government, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state's decision to introduce 10 per cent quota for the academic year 2019-20 in post-graduate medical courses.
 
The apex court said the state could not apply it after the admission process had already begun in November 2018.
 
At least 25 candidates from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category would be affected with this decision of the top court.
 
The court said the Maharashtra government could not change rules of the game while the game was on. 
 
It said the Medical Council of India (MCI) could have created more seats rather than giving away from presently available seats. As such, the court said that EWS is not applicable to the existing seats in medical courses in the state.
 
The court also observed that while passing the order it kept in mind "balance and claim of equity, which may come at later stage".
 
The counsel for the state cited the ordinance passed by the government, but the court did not entertain it.
 
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Mumbai medico suicide: Two more women doctors nabbed

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Mumbai Police arrested two more accused lady doctors in connection with the alleged abetment of suicide of a medico, Payal Tadvi, police said here on Wednesday.
 
The accused -- Hema Ahuja and Ankita Khandelwal -- were nabbed early in the day, Mumbai Police Spokesperson DCP Manjunath Shinge told IANS.
 
Ahuja, Khandelwal and their colleague, Bhakti Meher -- who was arrested on Tuesday -- have been accused of alleged ragging, casteist atrocities, mental harassment and professional torture leading to the suicide of Tadvi, a second year post-graduate gynaecology student, at the state-run BYL Nair Hospital here on May 22.
 
The accused three, who were suspended by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors and later by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, have also filed an anticipatory bail application which would come up before the court later in the day.
 
Tadvi's mother, Abeda Tadvi, who is leading the agitation seeking justice for her daughter, plans to challenge the pre-arrest bail pleas, her lawyer Nitin Satpute told IANS.
 
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Medico suicide: One doctor held, 2 others on run

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The Mumbai Police claimed to have arrested one of the three absconding doctors of BYL Nair Hospital, wanted in connection with the suicide of medical student Payal Tadvi, here on Tuesday.
 
"We have arrested Bhakti Mehere," Mumbai Police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manjunath Shinge told IANS. Two others -- Hema Ahuja and Ankita Khandelwal -- are on the run and have moved the court for anticipatory bail.
 
On May 22, 25-year-old Tadvi, a second-year resident post-graduate gynaecology and obstetrics student, hanged herself in the hostel of the hospital. The deceased's family has accused the three doctors of allegedly discriminating, harassing and torturing Muslim-tribal medico Tadvi.
 
In a related development, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which runs the BYL Nair Hospital, has suspended licences of the three doctors and the head of department Yi Ching Ling for alleged abetment of Tadvi's suicide.
 
The trio was earlier suspended by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors and (MARD) later by the BMC for allegedly abetting her suicide with casteist insults.
 
The Mumbai Police on last Sunday slapped charges on the three under the Atrocities Act, the Anti-Ragging Act, IT Act and Indian Penal Code.
 
Meanwhile, parents of Tadvi, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, various women, tribal and Dalits organisations, and student unions continued their protests outside the hospital for the second day demanding stringent action against the medicos and the hospital authorities.
 
Health Minister Girish Mahajan on Tuesday called on Tadvi's mother Abeda Tadvi and husband Salman Tadvi and assured them of full cooperation and compensation.
 
Tadvi's mother demanded that the government must ensure safety of students like her daughter, hailing from reserved categories.
 
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She said Payal would have become the first woman post-graduate doctor from the Bhil community, but her promising medical career was snapped. In fact, Payal and Salman are the first medico couple to emerge from the community.
 
Mumbai Congress chief Milind M. Deora and Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad plan to raise the issue with the Mumbai Police Commissioner and other authorities demanding justice for Tadvi.
 
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women and the Maharashtra State Women's Commission have taken cognizance and sought reports on the suicide from the BMC and the hospital.
 
On Monday, the three absconding medicos had written to the MARD demanding fair investigation into the case and justice to them without succumbing to police or media pressure.
 
This was the first time in the state that a post-graduate medico had committed suicide over alleged harassment on grounds of caste, MARD General Secretary Deepak Mundhe told IANS. "In the past three-four years, we have seen an increase in such behaviour against students coming from the reserved categories, which is unfortunate," Mundhe said.
 
A social media campaign #JusticeForPayal has been kicked off in which prominent personalities from all over the country have demanded justice for the deceased.
 
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Dabholkar murder: CBI nabs Sanatan Sanstha lawyer

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In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha's lawyer Sanjiv Punalekar and his aide Vikram Bhave in connection with the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, official sources said here on Saturday.
 
They will be taken to Pune and produced before a designated court which is monitoring the CBI probe in the sensational murder case.
 
Dabholkar, 67, who was chief of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), was gunned down near his residence while on a morning walk on August 20, 2013.
 
Besides Punalekar and Bhave, the CBI has so far arrested a total of five persons in connection with the murder.
 
Five years after Dabholkar's killing in August, 2018, the CBI made the first breakthrough arrest of the alleged shooters -- Sachin Andure from Aurangabad and Sharad Kalaskar -- from Palghar.
 
Following their interrogation, the name of Virendrasingh Tawde, arrested earlier in another case, came to light as the conspirator in the Dabholkar murder.
 
When contacted by IANS, the family members of Dabholkar declined to comment on the latest arrests.
 
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Maharashtra promulgates ordinance for SEBC quota in medical education

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Spelling relief to around 250 post-graduate students on the warpath for nearly a fortnight, Maharashtra Governor C. V. Rao on Monday signed an ordinance to provide the benefit of reservation in admissions to social and educationally backward classes (SEBCs) in medical and dental undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
 
The Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2019, followed a recommendation by the Maharashtra government, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.
 
Accordingly, there will be reservations in favour of candidates belonging to SEBCs for the current academic year, 2019-2020, and also for admissions to other educational courses including undergraduate courses requiring the passing of NEET or any other national entrance test.
 
Coordinator for the agitating students Harshal Padekar, however, said that the Ordinance has not yet been uploaded on the websites of the Department of Medical Education and Research and the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test Cell (CET).
 
"We shall continue our stir till this is done and we are permitted to resume our respective duties where we have taken admissions. We expect it to happen later tonight or tomorrow (Tuesday)," Padekar told IANS.
 
After the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court scrapped the applicability of SEBC quotas for the current academic year (2019), some 250 medical students who had secured admissions to various post-graduation courses in Maharashtra were left with an uncertain future.
 
Launching their agitation nearly two weeks ago, they demanded the state government's immediate intervention to prevent them from losing a valuable academic year.
 
The state government had assured them last week it would promulgate an Ordinance to reserve their seats, which has finally come through on Monday.
 
The PG medical courses had started on May 2, but on May 5, the students were informed that their admissions were cancelled, though they had paid full fees and joined duties.
 
They had secured admissions on the basis of the Maratha quota (SEBC) while cancelling their seats won through the All India Quota, but the SEBC quota has been declared invalid for the current year, Padekar said.
 
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All other options of seeking admissions, like entrance exams, have already closed, and the students stand to lose their academic year, he added.
 
The Bombay High Court had, on May 4, said that the March 8 notification on the implementation of the new 16 per cent reservations for the Maratha community under the SEBC quota, would not be applicable to the post-graduate medical admission process which had already got underway earlier.
 
Following this, the state government moved the Supreme Court seeking an ex-parte stay on the Bombay HC ruling and leave to file an appeal.
 
However, the apex court also upheld the Bombay HC order saying that SEBC Act, Section 16(2) bars the grant of reservations if the process of entrance test had already started before the Act came into force.
 
The state government contended that these students who secured admission under the SEBC were allotted admissions under the All India quota, which they had cancelled, and hence they could lose an academic year.
 
The SC had extended the deadline for admissions from May 18 to May 25, but students claim that it may not be enough.
 
After these developments, the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell had issued the orders cancelling the admissions given under the SEBC quota.
 
Last year, on November 30, 2018, the Maharashtra government had proposed 16 per cent reservations in jobs and education for the Maratha community under the SEBC.
 
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Two killed in accident on Maharashtra Expressway

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At least two persons were killed and 14 others injured when a tourist bus rammed into a stationary minibus on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, an official said.
 
The accident occurred around 7.30 a.m. near Khalapur on the service lane of the Mumbai-Pune arm of the Expressway, a Highway Control official said.
 
"A Volvo bus was proceeding from Vasai to Mahabaleshwar when the incident occurred on the service lane, where a minibus had halted. At least two persons, including the driver of the minibus, were killed," the official told IANS.
 
The injured were rushed to a hospital in Khalapur, where the condition of four was described as serious.
 
Traffic on the Expressway, which was disrupted following the accident, returned to normal by noon.
 
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25 people saved from burning Pune building

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At least 25 people were rescued from a burning residential building here on Thursday, officials said.
 
The blaze broke out at the building in Joshi Complex, near the Prabhat Talkies in the city's Shanivar Peth area. Thick clouds of white-grey smoke was seen billowing out at around 8.45 a.m.
 
Fire brigade and disaster relief teams rushed to site and fighting the thick smoke, managed to bring out the 25 occupants to safety.
 
Operations are on to ascertain if there were more people still stuck inside the building. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.
 
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Four killed in Pune saree shop blaze

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At least four people were killed on Thursday in a major fire that engulfed a well-known saree shop here, police said.
 
According to an official of Pune Police (Rural), the fire was reported at around 5 a.m., when the workers were asleep in a room above the shop located in the Devachi Urli area on the outskirts of the city.
 
The blaze quickly spread from the shop to the room above and the workers were suffocated to death.
 
The police said they are trying to verify whether there were more workers sleeping there amid fears the toll could go up.
 
At least five fire tenders were deployed to battle the blaze, the cause of which remains unknown.
 
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3 MBA students drown in Maharashtra dam

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Three MBA students, including a girl, drowned while taking a swim at the Mulshi Dam here on Thursday morning, police said.
 
A group of 10 MBA students from Bharatiya Vidyapeeth had gone for a picnic to Valne village near the dam. After a night out, some students stepped into the dam waters for a swim around 7 a.m., an official of Pune Police Control told IANS.
 
However, they apparently failed to guage the depth of the water and at least three were reported missing. The others called for help, after which rescue teams rushed to the spot.
 
So far, the bodies of two - Sangeeta Negi and Shubham Raj Sinha - have been recovered, and efforts are on by divers to trace the body of their classmate Shiv Kumar.
 
All the victims are residents of Pune and aged 22. Their families have been informed of the tragedy, said the official.
 
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15 commandoes, driver killed by Maoists in Maharashtra

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At least 15 C-60 commandos, including a woman, and a driver, were killed in a blast on two security vehicles triggered by Maoists in Kurkheda tehsil of Gadchiroli district on Wednesday afternoon, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said.
 
The C-60 Force, comprising locals as well as police personnel, was formed to tackle the Naxal menace. Several more troopers were injured and the two vehicles were blown to pieces in the attack.
 
"This is a massive tragedy coming on a day when the entire state is celebrating Maharashtra Day," he told newspersons.
 
Amid apprehensions that the toll could increase, Mungantiwar said that he had spoken with the concerned district and security agencies and would soon speak with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
 
According to official sources, the incident occurred hours after suspected Maoists torched at least 36 heavy vehicles and two site offices of a road building contractor, near Dadapur village in the Kurkheda sub-district.
 
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Maoists torch 3 dozen vehicles on Maharashtra Day

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Maoists torched at least three dozen vehicles belonging to private contractors in Kurkheda sub-district of Gadchiroli, officials said here on Wednesday.
 
The incident took place early in the day when the state was getting ready to celebrate its foundation day, Maharashtra Divas; while the Maoists were in the final stages of observing a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their comrades who were gunned down by security forces on April 22 last year.
 
The targeted vehicles, mostly belonged to Amar Infrastructures Ltd., and were engaged in construction works for the Purada-Yerkad sector of NH 136 near Dadapur village.
 
The Maoists also put up banners and posters condemning the killings of their comrades last year, before setting ablaze two JCBs, 11 tippers, diesel and petrol tankers, rollers, generator vans and two local site offices before fleeing from the spot.
 
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SpiceJet aircraft overshoots runway at Shirdi airport

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An aircraft of budget airline SpiceJet operating on the Delhi-Shirdi route, overshot the runway while landing at the Shirdi airport on Monday.
 
According to the airline, no harm was caused to either the passengers or the crew.
 
"On 29 April 2019, SpiceJet B737-800 aircraft operated SG 946 from Delhi to Shirdi. While landing at Shirdi, the aircraft overshot the runway. Passengers and crew are safe and are being deplaned normally," the airline said in a statement.
 
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IS module case: Raids in Hyderabad, Maharashtra

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday carried out raids in Telangana's Hyderabad and Maharashtra's Wardha in connection with an Islamic State module case, officials said.
 
"The raids are on at three places in Hyderabad and one place in Wardha since early morning," a senior NIA official connected to the 2016 Islamic State module case probe told IANS. 
 
However, the official refused to share more details.
 
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Only I can make India strong, superpower: Modi

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Appealing to the people to vote for a strong government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said only he can provide a strong government at the Centre and make it a superpower.
 
"Last time (2014) you gave me a full majority and I could work with full strength to take firm decisions and work for public welfare. You have witnessed how I ran the country past five years," Modi said, addressing a rally here in Maharashtra.
 
He said that, for making India a superpower, the country needs a sturdy government, not a "majboor" (helpless) one, and that tough one only he (Modi) can provide, not the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party.
 
Modi was addressing a public rally in Akluj for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Madha Lok Sabha constituency, royal descendent Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, who is locking horns with NCP's Sanjay Shinde.
 
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SC closes Enron-Dabhol kickback case

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The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted a plea by the Maharashtra government to end the Enron-Dabhol power project case.
 
Allegations had been made that kickbacks were received by politicians and bureaucrats to clinch the deal.
 
The case involved the alleged criminality in power purchase agreement between the Maharashtra State Electricity Board and the Dabhol Power Co on November 8, 1993. 
 
Closing the case, the court observed that the case was long delayed.
 
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Two CRPF officers hurt in Maoist ambush in Maharashtra

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Just a day ahead of polling here, Maoists on Wednesday carried out an attack on a CRPF contingent being deployed for election duty, injuring two sub-inspectors, official sources said.
 
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by the Maoists occurred at around 4 p.m. in Gatta village in Etapalli tehsil through which a team of CRPF's 191 Battalion was passing. 
 
Sub-inspectors Sunilkumar Patel and Rajukumar Ranjan were injured in the blast. Both were rushed to a hospital in Nagpur, an officer of Gadchiroli Police said. While Patel badly injured his lower limbs, their condition was reported to be stable.
 
The attack came a day after a BJP MLA and four policemen were killed by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region.
 
Gadchiroli-Chimur, along with six other Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra, go to the polls in the first phase of voting on Thursday.
 
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Congress is a sinking ship like Titanic: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday compared the opposition Congress to a "sinking ship" which will take down all who are on it.
Narendra Modi (File photo: IANS)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday compared the opposition Congress to a "sinking ship" which will take down all who are on it.
 
"Last time (in 2014), the Congress was reduced to just 44 (Lok Sabha) seats. This time the situation is even worse. It has become like the Titanic; with each passing day, it is sinking. All those who are in it are either sinking or jumping out to other parties," Modi said while addressing a rally here.
 
People, including Nationalist Congress Party's Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and others like Rajeev Satav have chosen to run away from the battlefield by not even contesting the elections, Modi reiterated.
 
"The Congress itself is in a turmoil. The 'naamdar' (Rahul Gandhi) has run to Wayanad because his position has become uncertain in Amethi. After a microscopic analysis, he has selected a seat where the majority (Hindus) are in minority. From here, I appeal to the voters of Amethi to remember this insult of the Congress President," Modi said.
 
Taking potshots at Gandhi, he claimed that the Congress President's recent rally in Amethi was a total washout, and even the party's flag was not visible, indicating the levels to which it has fallen there.
 
Targeting the Maharashtra Congress, Modi said it has more groups than legislators in the state, and wondered how they could work for the welfare of the people.
 
Attacking the Congress allies, Modi said that Farooq Abdulla and his son Omar Abdulla wanted two Prime Ministers -- one from New Delhi and the other from Kashmir.
 
"I ask you, is this acceptable to you? Say loudly, your voice should be heard in Jammu and Kashmir," the Prime Minister said.
 
Alleging that the Congress wanted to weaken the armed forces and trap them in false cases, Modi said the opposition party was willing to negotiate with the secessionist forces who took money from Pakistan to speak about separatism in India.
 
"The Congress wants to break the country. It is siding with the separatists. Its intentions became clear when they demanded proof for the Indian Air Force strikes. Congress is directly responsible for all the problems and fires raging in Jammu and Kashmir and our NDA government is engaged in dousing them since the past five years," Modi said.
 
The Prime Minister appealed to the people of Maharashtra to vote the Bharatiya Janata Party back to power in the upcoming elections, promising that "every vote you cast will come directly to me."
 
At the end of his speech, Modi asked the gathering to chant "Chowkidar" after him and urged every citizen in every village and town to be "Chowkidars" for the country.
 
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