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NCP demands Chief Minister’s Job For Partnering Sena

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Mumbai, Nov 13: Sharad Pawar’s NCP is demanding Chief Minister’s position if all the three parties Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP join hands to form a coalition government in Maharashtra .The NCP and Sena will have the CM on a rotational basis if such a government is established. The Shiv Sena is still in negotiations with the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP to work out a political coalition to form government in Maharashtra.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel claimed that it wouldn’t be prudent to jump into an alliance with the Shiv Sena without getting a better picture of the situation. “First, we will negotiate (among ourselves). Once we have some clarity, we will talk to the Shiv Sena,” he said.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray denied claims that its ideological differences with the Congress and the NCP will result in an unstable coalition. “We are from different ideologies but we can come together,” he told reporters earlier this evening. “The BJP and Shiv Sena were together for many years but now Shiv Sena has to go with the Congress-NCP. We’ll hold further talks with both of them.”

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the two parties would discuss the pros and cons of forming a government with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party and then take a decision on supporting it.

“We need to clarify certain things and also discuss a common minimum programme before taking a decision [on support to Sena],”said Patel, after meeting Pawar and other NCP leaders. He said the two parties got a proposal from the Sena to form a government with it only on Monday and would need to discuss the same with each other first.

“We won’t go ahead unless we are clear about what would be the policies and programmes of the government,” said Pawar.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday took a jibe at the possibility of a government in Maharashtra where all the three parties viz. Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP were trying to join hands to form a grand alliance and agree for a Chief Minister belonging to Sharad Pawar’s party, saying, “first of all let them have a Nikaah”.

On being asked, if there is a scenario of NCP Chief Minister in Maharashtra then what will be his party’s stand, Owaisi said: “Pehle Nikaah Hoga, Uske Baad Sochenge Ki Beta Hoga Ya Beti Hogi. Abhi Toh Nikaah Hi Nahi Hua.” (the marriage comes before we start thinking about the child, there is nothing to consider now as the marriage has not taken place yet.

Owaisi said, BJP and Shiv Sena are like ‘Ram and Shyam’ (brothers) and both believed in the ideology of Hindutva. It is true that people of Maharashtra need a government. As far as our party’s stand is considered then we will not support BJP or Shiv Sena led government in the state.

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All Nagaland declared ”disturbed area”, AFSPA extended 6 mths

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had signed a “framework agreement” with its leadership in 2015.

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Kohima, July 3 : The Union Home Ministry (MHA) has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for another six months, officials said here on Thursday.

According to an official of the Nagaland Home Department, the mountainous state, bordering Myanmar, has been under the AFSPA for the past several decades.

In a notification, Joint Secretary, MHA, Satyendra Garg said that the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary.

“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the Central Government hereby declares that whole of the said state to be a ”disturbed area” for a period of six months with effect from June 30, 2020 for the purpose of that Act,” said the notification, issued on Tuesday.

The Nagaland government official said that the state has been requesting the Central government to resolve the long-ending Naga issues, involving the numerous outfits. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), which had several rounds of negotiations with the Indian government in Delhi as well as outside India after signing a ceasefire pact in August 1997, is one of the most influential rebel groups in the northeastern region.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had signed a “framework agreement” with its leadership in 2015.

Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi is also the Centre”s interlocutor to hold talks with NSCN-IM and other Naga outfits.

Recently, Ravi had written to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on the “deterioration of law and order in the state”.

The Nagaland government, however, in a series of statements, claimed that the state is in a normal situation.

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Madras High Court should rule fast on OBC quota in medical seats: Tamil Nadu

A group of petitioners, in their interim prayers in the Madras High Court, attempted to stop the ongoing process of admissions in postgraduate medical courses.

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New Delhi, July 2 : The Tamil Nadu government has moved the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Madras High Court to “expeditiously hear and dispose” off petitions against the Centre’s decision not granting 50 per cent quota to OBCs in medical seats surrendered by the state in the all India quota in 2020-21.

The state government has challenged the high court’s June 22 order declining any interim order on the OBC quota row. It had adjourned the matter till July 9, citing that a petition similar in nature is scheduled to be taken up for hearing before the apex court on July 8.

The state government had moved the top court on June 11, which asked it to move the high court. “The High Court has erroneously acceded to representations made by the respondents and unjustifiably kept the Petitioner’s writ petition in abeyance till this court issues orders in an ostensibly identical matter in Saloni Kumari v Director General Health Services & Ors which is tentatively listed for July 8,” said the Tamil Nadu government in its plea.

The state government contended that it seeks directions to provide 50 per cent reservation for Backward Classes, most Backward Classes and the Denotified Community in admission to shared seats in postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma medical and dental courses.

Various political parties and the Tamil Nadu government have challenged the Centre’s decision not granting 50 per cent reservation to OBCs as per state law. “Moreover, the High Court has ignored the fact that this court, in an order dated June 11 has, instead of entertaining the petitioner’s petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, expressly granted liberty to the Petitioner to seek relief before the High Court under Article 226,” said the state government plea.

A group of petitioners, in their interim prayers in the Madras High Court, attempted to stop the ongoing process of admissions in postgraduate medical courses.

Reportedly, the Madras High Court had declined to pass any interim order on the petitions after taking on record the Centre’s contention that from 1986, reservation has not been provided in the AIQ (All-India quota) seats for medical admission, which is in accordance with the directive of the top court.

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Maharashtra sees new high of 6,330 Covid cases, Mumbai cases cross 80K

Of the total 90,56,173 tests conducted in the country or 6,334 tests per million, Maharashtra’s share is 10,20,368 (11.26 percent), with 7,715 tests per million population, said officials.

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Mumbai, July 2 : Maharashtra’s daily Covid-19 cases scaled a new record of 6,330 – up from Wednesday’s high of 5,537, with Mumbai’s tally crossing the 80K mark, health officials said here on Wednesday.

The number of fatalities in the state were 175, taking the state death toll to 8,178 and total cases zoomed to 186,626 till date, both being the highest in the country.

Thursday”s figures work out to roughly one death recorded every 11 minutes and a staggering 264 new cases notched every hour in the state.

However, the recovery rate improved from Wednesday”s 51.67 per cent to 54.21 per cent while the mortality rate stood at 4.38 percent.

July has started with three-digit highs of deaths and over 5,000 new patients, causing major concerns among the health officials.

The Health Department said of the total number of cases declared till date, 77,260 are active cases.

On the positive side, the second highest record of 8,018 fully cured patients returned home on Thursday, taking the number of those discharged today to 101,172.

Of Thursday”s fatalities, Mumbai alone notched 58 deaths – pulling up the city death toll to 4,689 now, while the number of Covid-19 positive patients here shot up by 1,554 cases to touch 80,699.

There were 24 deaths in Pune, 15 in Aurangabad, 10 in Jalgaon, six in Thane, five in Satara, two each in Akola, and Jalna, one each in Nandurbar, Buldhana and Kolhapur.

The MMR (Thane division) continues to see deaths and cases continue to pile up, with a total of 5,863 Covid-19 fatalities so far, while and a whopping 4,268 new patients pushed up the number of positive cases to 133,356.

Thane cases shot past the 40,000 mark to 41,349 with 1,025 fatalities – to emerge as the second worst-hit district after Mumbai in the state.

Pune district comes third with 24,432 patients and 807 deaths till now. But Pune division ranks second (after MMR) with 28,281 patients and 1,123 fatalities.

Nashik division has 555 fatalities and 9,977 positive cases, followed by Aurangabad division with 295 deaths and 6,834 cases, and Akola Division with 134 fatalities and 2,853 cases.

Kolhapur division has notched 55 deaths and 2,136 patients, Latur division had 48 fatalities and 1097 cases, and finally, Nagpur division recorded 18 deaths and 1,995 cases.

Among the eight divisions, only Nagpur and Latur recorded zero fatalities, though there were new Covid-19 positive cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home-quarantine decreased sharply to 572,032 now, while those in institutional quarantine increased to 41,741.

The state notched a new landmark in testing, achieving one million plus with 10,20,368 tests, with analysis being done in 114 laboratories comprising 64 government labs and 50 in the private sector.

Of the total 90,56,173 tests conducted in the country or 6,334 tests per million, Maharashtra’s share is 10,20,368 (11.26 percent), with 7,715 tests per million population, said officials.

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