01:11 pm NEW DELHI: Sharad Pawar, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the farm crisis in Maharashtra, creating a buzz in the midst of intense political activity to establish a state government after a week of presidential rule. Your urgent involvement is highly needed because of the prevalence of the presidential rule in the government. If you take immediate steps to implement massive relief measures and relieve the miseries of distressed farmers, I will be thankful, "Mr Pawar wrote to PM Modi in his message.
04:11 pm Nagpur: Bombay High Court's Nagpur bench imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the petitioner on Monday challenging former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis ' election. Petitioner Suresh Rangari had said, through counsel Ashwin Ingole, that Fadnavis had concealed details about the alleged atrocity complaint filed against him in the district of Wardha. The court held that there was no substance in the allegations and imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh.
02:11 pm Thiruvananthapuram: A 12-year-old girl was crying as she was stopped this morning on her way to Kerala's Sabarimala shrine, while her family were reportedly being asked to go without her. The girl is being led away by a police woman at the Pamba base camp, about 9 km away from the shrine. Her father tried to comfort her with the police and explanation, but nothing helped. The Kerala government remained uncommitted to protecting women and girls between the ages of 10 and 50 who are no longer barred from visiting the shrine after a Supreme Court order but were unable to do so because of the stiff opposition of priests, rightwing activists and even some political parties.
05:11 pm Gorakhpur: On Sunday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the previous "insensitive" governments did not worry about youth, traders, and peasants. "We used to sell and shut sugar mills, but the BJP government is running closed sugar mills and setting up new ones," he said after opening a sugar mill with a daily crushing capacity of 50,000 quintals and a 27 MW co-generation facility in Pipraich, Gorakhpur. Addressing a public meeting in Gorakhpur, he said that the `closure' of this sugar mill in Pipraich started in 2008 and was shut down completely in 2010-11. "We had demonstrations about this, and all the BJP and Hindu Yuva Vahini activists ' regional leaders were involved in it," he said. Yogi also said, "When we formed the government in 2017, the decision was taken at the very first meeting to set up a new sugar mill in Pipraich." Closing a sugar mill means making 50,000 farmers unemployed and another 1,000 young people unemployed, he said.
05:11 pm Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Central Waqf Chairman Wasim Rizmi declared on Thursday that he will donate Rs. 51,000 to create a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Rizvi said the board favoured building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and the judgment of the Supreme Court on the decades-old issue was the "best decision" that could have been possible. Last week, in a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ordered the Centre to allocate to the Sunni Waqf Board a separate five-acre plot to build a mosque.
03:11 pm Barmar: On Thursday two people killed and 8 were injured by lightning struck by unseasonal rain and stroms at Barmar district in Rajasthan . The unseasonal rain have damaged many crops as well as killed many animals. The district administration had ordered the closure of schools on Friday as incessant rain and hail have been reported from more than 100 villages.
01:11 pm NASHIK: A six-year-old boy was rescued on Thursday after falling into a 200-foot deep borewell in Nashik district of Maharashtra. In the morning, police said, Ritesh Jawansingh Solanki, the boy, fell into an open borewell while playing in Bej village in Kalwan tehsil. The police were alerted and a rescue operation was launched immediately. A rope was lowered inside, and the boy, who had been trapped at a depth of 50 feet but was conscious, was pulled out after three hours.
11:11 am New Delhi: Today, the Supreme Court referred petitions seeking a review of its decision to allow women of all ages to join a larger seven-judge bench in Kerala's Sabarimala Temple. The Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the issue of whether women of all ages should be allowed into Sabarimala was part of a wider discussion that also included issues such as allowing Muslim and Parsi women to enter religious practice. "Fresh opportunities to be given to all parties," the Chief Justice said.
01:11 pm New Delhi: On Thursday, the Supreme Court will issue a judgment on a bunch of petitions seeking to overturn its order enabling women of all ages to enter the temple of Sabarimala in Kerala. A five-judge bench court, led by India's Chief Justice (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, had reserved its verdict in Feburary on pleas challenging its Sabarimala ruling of September 28, 2018. The court will deliver its judgment on as many as 65 petitions. Other than the CJI, the other members of the bench are justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
01:11 pm New Delhi: After the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday at the residence of Sonia Gandhi, sources said, Congress leaders did not make a definitive decision on the Maharashtra situation. The party has agreed to call all senior Maharashtra leaders to Delhi, where they will meet Sonia Gandhi at 4 pm. At that conference, the final decision will be made. Earlier today, Congress called for a meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC) on the political situation in Maharashtra at Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence in Delhi.