08:05 pm MUMBAI: Senior bureaucrat Praveen Pardeshi, who is currently additional chief secretary to Chief Minister Devendra Fadvanis, has been appointed the new commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Pardeshi, a 1985-batch IAS Officer, will take charge as the BMC chief Monday. Known as 'super bureaucrat,’ Pardeshi has been a key member of Fadnavis' A team. He was initially appointed as the principal secretary when Fadnavis took office in 2014, and later made additional chief secretary. Pardeshi has extensive administrative experience, having served in various departments, including Revenue and Forest. A post-graduate in economics, Pardeshi brings to the table deep experience in urban planning from his time as the municipal commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad as well as Pune. Pardeshi first rose to prominence during his tenure as the district collector of Latur, where he successfully rehabilitated victims of the hugely destructive earthquake that had struck the district. A soft-spoken IAS officer, Pardeshi is Fadnavi’s most trusted aide. He is entrusted with the supervision of the chief minister’s pet initiative ‘The War Room’ along with Kaustubh Dhavse, an officer on special duty in the chief minister's office. The War Room was set up in the Mantralaya to fast-track the state government’s infrastructure and development projects by bringing together the various government agencies involved in their execution. Pardeshi and Dhavse were assigned to monitor the projects and follow through on the decisions made. Pardeshi's administrative acumen and efficiency was on full display during the devastating floods in Kerala last year. CM Fadnavis had entrusted him with the mission to deliver Rs 20 crore of aid to the flood victims. He had his task cut out -- to coordinate with government departments, non-government organisations, businesses, businessmen and members of the public to deliver the state's flood relief on time. Under Pardeshi's leadership, the state administration worked like a well-oiled machine and ensured that the Maharashtra government's aid reached the flood victims without any delays.
01:05 pm MUMBAI: In a day of a major bureaucratic reshuffle in Maharashtra, senior bureaucrat and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has been appointed as the new chief secretary of the state. Chief Minister Devendra Fadvanis' Additional Chief Secretary Praveen Pardeshi will replace Ajoy Mehta as the BMC chief. Mehta, a 1984-batch IAS officer, was appointed after U P S Madan has opted for voluntary retirement after serving the post for a mere 44 days, the shortest period for any CS. Mehta has been holding the position of civic chief since 2015. He leaves the post after having the reputation as the Mumbai Municipality's longest-serving commissioner. Ajoy Mehta has four months remaining in his service as he will retire in September. Praveen Pardeshi, a 1985-batch IAS Officer, will take charge as the BMC Commissioner on Monday. Pardeshi has been an integral part of CM Fadnavis' bureaucratic team since 2014. Pardeshi was initially appointed as the principal secretary when Fadnavis took office in 2014. Later, he became the additional chief secretary. He has served earlier in various posts, including the Revenue and Forest departments.
10:04 am K.A.Viswanathan Mumbai: The nine-day Sri Rama Navami festival culminated on Sri Rama Navami day on April 13. The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign. It is celebrated with great devotion across the nation and every region has its own regional significance attached to the celebration. At the Asthika Samaj which is also called Sri Ram Mandir in Matunga in Mumbai, greater importance was given to the 9-day Garbhotsavam of Lord Sri Ramachandra. The idols of Sri Rama with his consorts are kept in a Swarna mandapam. On all days Vedic scholars were reciting Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam. On the Rama Navami day as part of the Ramrajya pattabhishekam, the idols were bathed with milk. On this day, once a year, devotees are allowed to participate in the milk abhishekam of the lord and his consort. Another temple nearby Sri Sankara Mattham celebrated it as Vasantha Navaratri with religious functions like homam, chanting of Vedic recitation and concluded on the last day with abhishekams of Sri Adi Sankara with holy waters. Poornahuthi was also held on the Ram Navami day.
10:04 am K.A.Viswanathan Mumbai: Vishu, one of the most important festivals of Kerala, also Kerala New year, is celebrated all over the country where Keralite live. Vishu falls on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam on April 14/15. A festival of gaiety and renewal, this day is celebrated with great fun in Kerala and other parts of the country. The main ritual on this day is ‘Vishukkani’. People make it a point to see all the auspicious things as soon as they wake up. On the previous night of Vishu, fresh agricultural products such as rice, paddy, cucumber, jack fruit, arecanut, coconut and ripe plantains are aesthetically decorated and placed at the feet of Lord Krishna. A big mirror is also kept at the back of this decoration for reflection. The little yellow flowers called Konna Poovu are considered a must in this assemblage which is looked upon as the symbol of prosperity. This is called ‘Vishukani’. There is a belief that to catch a glimpse of the reflection of these signs of prosperity in the mirror at the crack of dawn, would bring prosperity to the individual. The morning of the Vishu one of the members of the house, usually the eldest female member lights the lamp and looks at 'Kani'. She wakes up other members, one after another and the 'Kani' is shown to every one of them, taking particular care not to allow anyone to look by chance at other things. Older members of the family give ‘Kaineettam’, a token amount of money, to the youngsters, as part of the celebrations. People carry on this custom believing that in this way, their children will be blessed with prosperity in future. Later they visit temples wearing new clothes and pray for a prosperous new year. While the men and the children engage in bursting crackers, women start cooking a variety of delicacies for the day`s lunch. The feast is prepared by the women of the household and the whole family sits down to enjoy the Vishu lunch together. The dishes prepared from the vegetables and fruits that are abundant in the season like jackfruits, mangoes, pumpkins, coconuts and of course Pal payasam (keer). In Mumbai, the festival is celebrated in most of the temples where preferably the idol of Lord Krishna is kept. At the Kochu Guruvayoorappan temple, also called Asthika Samaj at Matunga in central Mumbai, Keralites from most part of the City visit, men wearing Mundu and females wearing Zaried off white saree called ‘Pamundu’.They stand in queue from early morning for darshan to see the ‘Vishukani’ and also the glimpses of Lord Guruvayoorappan.
11:03 am PALGHAR: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Palghar district of Maharashtra. The bus accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with those injured. The Maharashtra Government will provide all possible assistance to those affected,” the Prime Minister said.
01:03 pm Dharwad: Three persons have died and 30 persons are reportedly trapped after an under-construction building collapsed in Karnataka's Dharwad. The collapse took place in Dharwad's Kumareshwar Nagar. 56 labourers have been rescued so far and operations have been going on to save the trapped people. National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) is leading the rescue operations and they said that more teams are on their way to speed up the operation. "Two more teams of #NDRF are being airlifted from Ghaziabad in addition to one team which was moved from Bangalore in connection with Dharwad building collapse," the NDRF tweeted. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he has instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to #Dharwad . — H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) March 19, 2019
08:03 pm Dharwad: One person has died and 40 persons are reportedly trapped after an under-construction building collapsed in Karnataka's Dharward. Fifteen people have also been injured. The collapse took place in Dharwad's Kumareshwar Nagar. 15 labourers have been rescued so far and operations have been going on to save the trapped people. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he has instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to #Dharwad . — H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) March 19, 2019,
03:03 pm MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi corridor will put Maharashtra 20 years ahead of rest of the nation. He was talking in detail about the various industrial policies initiated by the government. He said this policy speaks about 20 smart industrial townships with direct connectivity to JNPT port. It will open up entirely a new facility for investors. "Policy also speaks about industry 4.0, a fourth industrial revolution, that is going to change the face of the industry. We have also created a new opportunity for FinTech as Mumbai is a FinTech hub", he said. "Policies created for marginalised people and special policy for women. Maharashtra is the first state to have an industrial policy for women", CM added. Chief Minister concluded that Maharashtra is the number 1 state in the country and will remain as No.1
01:03 pm PRASOBH.P.NAMBIAR Guruvayur/Kerala: As an expression of selfless devotion to Lord Krishna, Mr Sunder Iyer, a devotee from Mumbai, will construct the international level comfort station that is going to come up in the Guruvayur Temple's South Nada, near to Devaswom hospital, in Kerala. The new comfort station will cater to the needs of thousands of worshippers coming to the Temple as the building consists of a toilet complex, cloakroom, AC dormitory and a water tank. The complex will meet the international standards once it functions in full fledge. The responsibility of Constructing comfort station has been taken by Sunder Iyer and dedicated to devotees of Lord Guruvayoorappan. He will bear the entire expense which costs about four crore rupees. Mr Iyer is a very well known Stockbroker/investor from Mumbai. He is the owner of SI Investments And Broking Private Ltd and has 35 years of experience in capital market operations. "I have been a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. Whatever I have today is because of the blessings of Lord Guruvayoorappan. My ambition is to make one of the best toilets. I feel happy and satisfied", said Sunder Iyer. 160 people can at a time use toilet and bathrooms in the first and second floors of the complex, which builds in 8500 sq. Ft. On the third floor, there is an air-conditioned dormitory that can accommodate 56 people. Clock room will be on the ground floor, having the capacity to carry 1200 bags and other items and a tank that can store 1.5 lakh litre water will come up in the top floor as well. Guruvayur Devaswom Board Chairman K.B Mohandas has laid the foundation stone of the complex and construction will be completed in six months.
11:03 am MUMBAI: Six people killed and 33 injured after a portion of a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai. The bridge connects the Times of India building lies just opposite to the iconic railway station. Investigations are going on to find the exact cause behind the foot overbridge collapse. Meanwhile, the Railway Ministry has blamed squarely on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for the bridge collapse who had done a recent audit.