Cong To Hold Protest Against Corruption In BMC On Jan 20
Mumbai: Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) has organised a protest march on January 20 against corruption in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which has been run by the saffron combine of Shiv Sena and BJP for long. Addressing a press conference today, MRCC President Janardhan Chandurkar said the agitation will be held at Azad Maidan, opposite the BMC headquarters in South Mumbai, and around 10,000 party workers from across the city and suburbs will join the protest. “We will raise issues like corruption in the civic body, recent hike in fare of BEST buses, rise in levy of parking charges and property tax,” Chandurkar said. Taking a dig at BJP, he said though international oil prices have come down drastically and oil companies have recorded profit but the benefit has not been passed on to the common man. “Achhe din have not arrived so far for Mumbaikars,” he said. Chandurkar said all the 51 corporators of Congress, besides 85 block presidents, party legislators and those candidates who had unsuccessfully contested the state Assembly elections last year, along with the state and city unit leaders, will participate in the morcha.
Chage Sheet Filed Against Anees Ansari
Mumbai: Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad filed a charge sheet against city-based engineer Anees Ansari, arrested in October last year for allegedly conspiring to blow up a US establishment in the city, in a magistrate’s court here Wednesday. “We have filed a 728-page chargesheet against Ansari and the wanted accused Omar Ejaj,” said a senior ATS officer. It contains statements of 50 witnesses including the forensic experts who submitted a 40-page report of examination of six computer hard disks and a mobile phone seized from Ansari. According to ATS, Ansari was a sympathiser of the Middle-East terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). His online chats hinted at a plot to target US
establishments including a school in suburban Bandra, it says. He has been booked under section 302 (murder) of IPC and relevant sections of Information Technology Act.
Guv To Inaugurate ‘Maha Suryakumbha’
Mumbai: Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao will inaugurate ‘Maha Suryakumbha’, a solar cooking festival of school children at Patwardhan Garden (Sheela Raheja Foundation), opposite National College, Bandra (W) on Thursday. The festival, to be attended by 1,600 students, has been organised by Keshav Shrushti, Bandra Hindu Association and Spandan Arts with a view to promote use of clean energy. Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, Member of Parliament Poonam Mahajan, MLA Ashish Shelar and others will remain present. Governor will also release a war book ‘Paramvir’ authored by Manju Mangal Prabhat Lodha at Raj Bhavan in the evening.
Study Grp On Education Status Report Soon
Mumbai: Taking cognisance of a report highlighting declining standard of education in Maharashtra, the State government here decided to set up a study group to assess the situation, education minister Vinod Tawde has said. “We have taken note of the report of Pratham Educational Trust and will set up a study group to assess the situation. We will take appropriate action after the group submits its report,” he said. The report highlighted the declining status of education quality in Maharashtra and its findings were discussed by Tawde with Pratham office-bearers. “Many questions have been raised after the Pratham report. Answers will be found by the study group,” he said.
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