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Mumbai: Massive traffic snarls due to Maratha Kranti Morcha rally




Mumbai, August 9: Traffic movement affected at various places due to Maratha Kranti Morcha rally. Visuals From Thane Eastern Express Highway.

Maratha community has decided to take out rally in Mumbai today demanding reservation.

Lakhs of the politically powerful community prepared for their first, biggest and final mammoth ‘mook morcha’ (silent procession) to demand reservations in jobs and education, here on Wednesday.

Started since August 9, 2016, with processions in 57 different cities, the Maratha Kranti Morcha made its maiden entry in the state capital and ended the year-long campaign through processions by submitting a memo to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The state government, police, BMC and other agencies were fully geared since the past 24 hours as participants in the mega-morcha started trickling in from different parts of the state since Monday night.

While the authorities anticipate participation of between 500,000-800,000 Marathas from across the state, the organisers are optimistic it will be the jewel in the crown of all morchas so far with the figure crossing three million.

Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane told mediapersons that the procession will start marching from Byculla, south Mumbai at 11 a.m. in a peaceful and orderly manner, silently, without political speeches and terminate at the historic Azad Maidan some four kms away at 5 p.m.

“Thereafter, a delegation of Maratha leaders will meet the Chief Minister and submit a memorandum listing the various demands.

“Though there are many demands, the stress will be on education and job reservations for the Maratha community members,” said Rane, a former Chief Minister and a prominent Maratha leader himself.

He had headed a special committee appointed by the previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party regime to study the socio-economic conditions of the Maratha community.

Wednesday’s procession has bagged the support of all the political parties with even the NDA constituents Shiv Sena and Republican Party of India(A) announcing their backing late on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Maratha brigade which trooped into Mumbai from the five entry points, besides the railways, resulted in huge traffic jams in Mumbai and adjacent districts of Thane, Raigad and Palghar.

They have been reaching the state capital by trains, private vehicles, trucks, tempos and even two-wheelers waving Maratha flags and sporting bright orange turbans, entering through railway stations and the entry points, IANS reported.

The Mumbai Police have geared up with over 7,000 personnel, including commandos, armed police, cops in plainclothes, assigned for providing security duties during the procession.

The police plan to make big use of the social media like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, FM radios and other media to provide updates on traffic to the millions of office-goers in the morning and evening peak hours.

All schools and colleges in south Mumbai were ordered shut by Education Minister Vinod Tawde on the day to ensure students were not inconvenienced during the procession.

Wefornews Bureau 


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Protesters clash with police in J&K’s Nowshera, DM among injured




Jammu, March 24: Protests in Nowshera town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, demanding district status for the area, turned violent on Saturday, as agitators clashed with security forces, leaving at least 14 persons, including the District Magistrate, injured, police said.

Police said protesters resorted to intense stone pelting at security forces in the town and a baton charge and tear smoke canisters was used to control the protests.

Police sources said ten protesters, four security men and Rajouri’s District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary were injured during these clashes.

According to sources, Chowdhary was hit on his head by a glass bottle hurled by protesters.

For the last nearly two months, people in Nowshera town have been agitating f or grant of district status to the area.

Saturday’s protests followed the state government’s decision announcement on Friday that an Additional District Development Commissioner would be posted in Nowshera town instead of granting the area full-fledged separate district status.


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5 year-old girl gang-raped, set on fire in Assam



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Nagaon, March 24: In a tragic incident, a five-year-old girl lost her life after she was allegedly gang-raped and then set on fire by five persons at her home.

The crime took place on Friday in Nagaon’s Bordua in Assam.

So far, police have arrested two accused in this regard and case has been registered.

Further probe into the matter is underway.


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Strike in Manipur government offices continues for third day




Imphal, March 24: Despite a warning by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to employees, the strike in government offices across Manipur continued for the third day on Saturday, paralysing work.

Singh had, on Friday night, asked employees to return to work by Monday, “failing which the government has to find other people to discharge their work”.

Explaining the government’s position, he said: “It will involve an additional expenditure of Rs 1,400 crore annually to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission to pay over 85,000 employees and about 45,000 pensioners. Manipur has been depending mostly on the central government largesse.”

Noting that “before the end of the financial year on March 31, funds have to be sanctioned for a slew of developmental projects”, he urged employees to return to work.

The indefinite strike was jointly called on Thursday by the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of the All Manipur Trade Unions Council and the All Manipur Government Employees Organisation to protest the government’s failure to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for employees and pensioners.

Except for the employees in the Secretariat, there is a massive response in all other government offices, pro-strike activists claimed.

The employees on strike pointed out that out of the 19 BJP-ruled states, Manipur is the only one where the recommendations have not been implemented.


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