(With inputs from agencies)
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday said the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru used to consider himself as a "shantidoot" (messenger of peace) and this stand cost the country dearly for several years.
"Nehru's contribution to the nation and the freedom struggle was huge. But he started believing himself as a messenger of peace and this cost the nation dearly for several years. His peace initiatives hurt India," Koshyari said at a function to mark the Kargil Diwas at Raj Bhavan here.
Senior Congress leader and Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan slammed Koshyari.
The Maharashtra government on Monday set up a 30-member task force, headed by industries minister Subhash Desai and consisting of some well-known corporate leaders, to ensure smooth working of the industrial sector without compromising on COVID-19 preventive measures.
A wanted criminal, who had jumped bail in 1986 in a murder case, was arrested by Trombay police from a slum in south Mumbai after almost 35 years, an official said on Monday.
The accused, Prakash Murarilal Ratan alias Pakya (59), who now earns his living by selling garlands, had been living in the slum in the Cuffe Parade area for the last 20 years by changing his identity with his son, he said.
Nearly 100 families were evacuated from three residential buildings constructed close to each other in Mumbra township of Thane district on Monday after two of them developed problems, civic officials said.
While one building started sinking into the ground, a second one tilted to one side. The third building was evacuated since it was located close to the two buildings which had developed structural problems, they said.
The officials said the buildings have been vacated and sealed as a precautionary measure.
Around 21.10 hours, one of the buildings, a 10-year-old G plus 8-floor structure called Swastik with 56 tenements, subsided and its plinth and beams developed problems, said Santosh Kadam, chief of the Thane Municipal Corporation's Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC).
Kadam said teams of firemen and RDMC rushed to the scene and evacuated the occupants of the building.
Maharashtra on Monday reported 4,877 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the lowest single-day spike after February 17 this year, and 53 fatalities, lowest in the last two weeks.
The new additions raised the tally of cases to 62,69,799 in the state and the toll to 1,31,605, the health department said.
Maharashtra had reported 4,787 infections on February 17.
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said he had received a phone call from the West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress party chief Mamata Banerjee for a meeting. ‘’ I will meet Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday.’’ He however, declined to divulge further details.
Pawar’s meeting with Mamata is important especially when he has already announced to make efforts to bring non-BJP parties together. He has also clarified that he will not run for the post of President or the Prime Minister but will be engaged in bringing various political parties together against BJP ahead of next Lok Sabha elections.
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