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Horoscope today, December 7: Check astrological predictions for all zodiac signs

Do you know what the stars hold for you in terms of love life, career, business and personal wellness today? Well, read on to know your astrological predictions as per your zodiac sign for December 7. Aries   March 21 – April 20Life is anchored firmly in today. Issues of the past have been addressed and understood, at least partly understood. A business trip is successful. Be positive.Cosmic tip: Keep emotional ties lifelong and strong. Taurus   April 21 – May 20Keep travel and other plans to yourself to avoid attracting jealous vibes. There’s a happy and sincere exchange of emotions, which is a soul connection.Cosmic tip: Choose freewill over destiny for a change. GeminiMay 21 – June 21Dark clouds clear up with change and movement, bringing astonishing transformation of a situation in life. This could be a new job, a relationship, change of residence, etc.Cosmic tip: Take care of health. Cancer June 22 – July 23Exert power, control and authority over what you consider is the right way to take negotiations forward successfully. Don’t pay attention to gossip.Cosmic tip: Use mental strength to overcome real or imagined weaknesses. Leo July 24 - Aug 23There may be a certain slowness today, but enjoy this too. Life doesn’t have to be in a constant frenzy. Take enough rest if feeling tired/ lethargic.Cosmic tip: Stay with healthy eating habits. Virgo Aug 24 – Sept 23Some communication, though good, still offers two choices, of which one is chosen . Recognition for work done feels so wonderful. Is there doubt about fidelity?Cosmic tip: Consult a doctor for circulatory issues. Libra Sept 24 – Oct 22There’s someone at work cleverly undermining your achievements. Be aware of what is being said between the lines when talking to colleagues.Cosmic tip: Those with respiratory issues must not ignore a cough/ cold. Scorpio  Oct 23 – Nov 22Doubts, confusions and hesitancy in making a decision clear up and the right path is revealed. Do follow a healthy diet.Cosmic tip: Be patient with someone with a confused mind or scattered energy. Sagittarius Nov 23 – Dec 22Several negotiations later you are still as confused and mystified as in the beginning. Ask for clear cut and unambiguous terms.Cosmic tip: Take better care of health, especially if you are a smoker. Capricorn Dec 23 – Jan 20There’s calm before a storm. Diffuse the situation immediately. Change your present path if it doesn’t feel right intuitively. Cosmic tip: Let go of this chaotic sense of misalignment which has crept into you. Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19Plans being made, changed, made again and then discarded is annoying, but circumstances are such. What makes up for this annoyance is good news received.Cosmic tip: Immediately deal with a minor medical issue. Pisces Feb 20 – March 20Technical hitches are taken in your stride. Luckily, you usually have back-ups ready. An extra busy day brings its own satisfaction.Cosmic tip: Use your wits, being street-smart, not allowing anyone to cheat you.

07 December,2023 12:03 AM IST | Mumbai | Shirley Bose

Mumbai: US Consul General Mike Hankey visits Babasaheb Ambedkar's memorial

The US Consul General in Mumbai, Mike Hankey, on Wednesday paid respects to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 67th death anniversary by visiting his memorial Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai, reported the PTI. Mike Hankey was accompanied by the staff of the US Consulate. "Honoring Dr. B R Ambedkar's legacy of social reform and justice, #CGHankey visited Chaityabhoomi, along with Trust Secretary Pradeep Kamble and our Consulate community members Anjana and Dinesh, and Spokesperson Greg Pardo to commemorate #MahaparinirvanDiwas," the US Consulate said in a post. Honoring Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s legacy of social reform and justice, #CGHankey visited Chaityabhoomi, along with Trust Secretary Pradeep Kamble and our Consulate community members Anjana and Dinesh, and Spokesperson Greg Pardo to commemorate #MahaparinirvanDiwas — U.S. Consulate Mumbai (@USAndMumbai) December 6, 2023 Every year, thousands of people from across Maharashtra converge at Chaityabhoomi in central Dadar area on December 6. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar died on this day in the year 1956. Meanwhile, thousands of people on Wednesday gathered at Chaityabhoomi at Shivaji Park in Mumbai’s Dadar to pay tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar on his 67th death anniversary. Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and Deputy chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar also paid tributes to Ambedkar. The leaders paid floral tributes to Ambedkar at his memorial 'Chaityabhoomi' at the Shivaji Park in Dadar area of Mumbai. Nationalist Congress Party founder Sharad Pawar and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who visited 'Chaityabhoomi', were among other leaders who paid homage to Ambedkar. In a post on X, Sharad Pawar described Ambedkar as the one who brought about a social revolution to fight for the rights of the deprived sections of society. Thackeray's party said the presence of a large number of followers at the memorial is a testimony to Ambedkar's work and ideology. Every year, thousands of people from across the state converge at B R Ambedkar's memorial 'Chaityabhoomi' on December 6. Ambedkar died on this day in 1956. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up temporary sheds, mobile toilets, drinking water and medical stalls at the Shivaji Park, in view of the huge rush of B R Ambedkar's followers. (with PTI inputs)

06 December,2023 09:05 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra: Transgender students to get free education in public varsities

Maharashtra's public universities have agreed to provide free education to students from transgender community as suggested by the state government, a statement said. Accordingly, such students will get free education in these varsities and allied colleges. In an interaction with vice-chancellors of the state universities on Tuesday, Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil asked the varsities to bear the entire fees of transgender students from their funds. "All vice-chancellors unanimously accepted the appeal made by the minister (to provide free education to the students of the transgender community," a statement said. The meeting attended by senior officials of the Higher and Technical Education Department also reviewed the progress under the New Education Policy (NEP). This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

06 December,2023 08:25 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI

Maharashtra: Fire breaks out at closed Thane hospital, records destroyed

A massive fire broke out at a closed hospital in Thane district of Maharashtra. The hospital had been shut and was not in operation, the officials said on Wednesday. The officials said, the blaze was reported at the old civic-run hospital on Shil-Kalyan Road in Shilphata area of Thane district. The incident was reported at around 5:56 pm on Wednesday. The fire resulted in the destruction of old records stored in the facility. "The incident was initially reported by the fire brigade and later to the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of The Thane Municipal Corporation. After receiving the information, the officials rushed to the spot and a fire fighting operation was launched," an official said. According to the civic authorities, the old hospital is no longer in use. The fire is believed to have originated in the area where old records were stored. The quick response from the fire brigade officials, along with the presence of police personnel ensured that the situation was quickly addressed. In the fire fighting operations, as many as two fire engines were deployed to control the blaze and the coordinated efforts of the fire brigade officials led to the successful extinguishing of the fire sometime later and a cooling operation was launched by the officials. "No injuries were reported in the incident and the situation is currently under control," the official said. However, old records stored in the hospital were destroyed in the blaze. Investigations are underway to identify the exact cause of the fire, the officials said.  Meanwhile, in an another incident, a massive fire destroyed a godown of a paper cup manufacturing factory in Diva area of Thane district in Maharashtra on Sunday, a civic official said, reported news agency PTI. No one was hurt in the blaze. The incident took place at around 7 am in Khidkali area of Thane district, the Thane Municipal Corporation regional disaster management cell chief Yasin Tadvi said, reported PTI. "The fire destroyed machinery in the godown. It was doused in two hours. A probe is on to find out the cause of the blaze," he added, reported PTI. (with PTI inputs)

06 December,2023 07:37 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Central Railway GM conducts surprise check of suburban trains

The newly-appointed Central Railway general manager, Ram Karan Yadav, on Wednesday conducted a surprise inspection of Mumbai suburban network trains, officers said, reported the PTI. Ram Karan Yadav also travelled in a second-class coach between Thane and Dadar stations in Mumbai and interacted with passengers without disclosing his identity. A railway spokesperson told PTI that Ram Karan Yadav first travelled to Thane station from CSMT on a motorman cab of a Kasara-bound fast local at around 8.30 am. Central Railway GM Ram Karan Yadav, a 1986 batch Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer, took over as the new General Manager of Central Railway on Friday, as per a release issued by the Central Railway. The GM inspected cleanliness at Thane station along with other facilities and crowd management. He interacted with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel. After alighting at Dadar station, the general manager reviewed security arrangements, help desk, and other arrangements in view of the huge rush of followers of Dr B R Ambedkar on the occasion of 'Mahaparinirvan Din' on December 6. Meanwhile, on Friday as the original planner of multi-modal integration of CR stations, Ram Karan Yadav, took charge as its General Manager of Central Railway. Yadav was instrumental in building Dadar station’s widest footover bridge (FOB), integrating Ghatkopar station with the Mumbai Metro station, and remodelling Thane, Kalyan and CSMT. “As chief project director (station development) on CR, Yadav was involved in the development of the inter-modal station at Ajni, Nagpur, the integration of Metro station at Ghatkopar, remodelling of Thane, Kalyan and CSMT and monetisation of Railway land at Matunga station,” a CR spokesperson said. Yadav received the General Manager’s award in 1999 for excellent planning and execution of the 12-meter-wide FOB with PSC girders at Dadar station.  Earlier, as general manager of Urban Transport at Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), Yadav carried out a feasibility study of the Elevated Corridor along WR suburban line and also worked as an independent safety officer in the execution of the Mumbai Metro One. As chief administrative officer (construction) on WR, he was responsible for the highest-ever commissioning of new lines, gauge conversions and doubling on WR in a year. Work on the sixth line between Khar and Borivli picked up pace during his tenure and work on station development at Udhna, Sabarmati and Bhuj also commenced. While working as divisional railway manager at Bhusawal, he conducted one of the biggest encroachment removal drives on Indian Railways in 2018 with 17,000 multidisciplinary staff, removing over 3,000 houses (hutment/pucca houses) and approximately 350 shops, reclaiming over 120 acres of Railway land.  (with PTI inputs)

06 December,2023 07:02 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra: 30-year-old man dies after falling at metro site in Thane

A 30-year-old man died after allegedly falling off the metro bridge site in Thane district of Maharashtra, the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of the Thane Municipal  Corporation (TMC) said on Wednesday. According to the civic body, the incident took place after the man, a worker at the metro bridge fell off at the construction site near the R.T.O. office in Wagle Estate in Thane on the Mumbai-Nashik Highway. The  officials said that the incident was reported at around 4:27 hours. Upon reaching the spot, the deceased who was later identified as Dhananjay Chauhan, a 30-year-old metro bridge worker hailing from Uttar Pradesh, was shifted to a hospital where he was declared dead by the doctors. Locals informed the officials that Chauhan fell from the bridge, leading to severe injuries. Despite the immediate presence of Wagle Estate Police personnel and disaster management cell personnel, the nature of the injuries proved fatal. "The deceased was shifted to the District Government Hospital in Thane by the Wagle Estate Police personnel in an ambulance. Unfortunately, despite the immediate  efforts, he succumbed to the injuries," an official said. Further investigations in the matter are underway, sources said. Meanwhile, in an another incident, the pillars of a residential building in Kopri area of Thane district in Maharashtra developed cracks and was termed unsafe by the authorities on Saturday, the civic officials said. According to the RDMC, the Sainath Kripa Society in Thane have developed cracks in the pillars. The incident was reported at around 11:04 hrs through an alert received in the Disaster Management Room. The precarious condition of the building which is a ground plus 7 storey building was reported to the RDMC, the officials said. An official said, the building is located near Navjeevan Bank and has become a cause for immediate concern due to extensive cracking in its pillars. The structural damage has led to falling plaster at various locations within the building. He said, no injuries have been reported so far. The residents were evacuated or managed to safely exit the premises. After reaching the spot and examining the incident, the officials have informed the other civic authorities for further action have been issued.

06 December,2023 06:04 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Raut writes to CM, alleges 'limitless corruption' in Maha health dept

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday alleged that there was rampant corruption in the Maharashtra government's health department. Among other things, money was being taken from private hospitals for empanelment under the state government's health insurance scheme, he claimed in a letter to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, newswire PTI reported. Health Minister Tanaji Sawant, who belongs to the rival Shinde-led Shiv Sena, said he will respond to every allegation. “There is limitless corruption in the state health department and officers have been appointed to collect (bribe) money,” Raut told reporters in Delhi. Private hospitals are charged Rs 1 lakh per bed for including them in the panel of hospitals under the state government's Mahatma Jyotirao Phule health insurance scheme, the Rajya Sabha member alleged in the letter to Shinde. At least 12 junior-level doctors have been illegally appointed as civil surgeons and the civil surgeons in Washim and Buldhana districts were not from the required cadre, he said. Fourteen candidates have been selected for the posts of deputy director through the Maharashtra State Public Service Commission but money is being demanded for giving them postings, Raut's letter said. Health minister Sawant told reporters that he had read the letter. "I will hold a press conference tomorrow and respond to every allegation," he said. Also read: Mumbai: Bombay High Court denies custody to father facing allegations of violent conduct Meanwhile, Raut has said that the next meeting of the INDIA bloc can take place between December 16 and 18 and many things including the face of the alliance will be decided at that time. "The INDIA alliance meeting was supposed to be held today but some prominent leaders were not available. There is a wedding in Mamata Banerjee's house, MK Stalin is busy with the relief operation in his flood-hit state, Nitish Kumar is not well, and Akhilesh Yadav is not available, therefore this meeting will be held on 16th or 18th of December. The face etc. everything will be decided in the meeting. We are together and you will see its result in 2024," Sanjay Raut said.  

06 December,2023 05:58 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Bombay High Court denies custody to father facing allegations of violent conduct

The Bombay High Court, in a recent ruling, deemed it unsafe to grant custody of a minor girl to her father, a 41-year-old UK citizen facing allegations of anger issues and violent conduct. The court dismissed the petition filed by the father seeking custody of his three-year-old daughter, who he claimed was illegally brought to India by his estranged wife, newswire PTI reported. A division bench of Justices Revati Mohite Dere and Gauri Godse based their decision on the wife's allegations of the man's past physical abuse towards her. Emphasizing the well-established legal principle that custody decisions should prioritize the best interest of the child, the court stated that returning the child to a foreign jurisdiction must not pose any harm to her physical, mental, or psychological well-being. The bench asserted, "Considering the past conduct of the petitioner having anger issues, it will not be safe to hand over custody of the child to him." The court underscored that the allegations of violent and abusive conduct raised concerns about the child's safety and could adversely affect her healthy upbringing. Also read: Mumbai fire incidents prompt Bombay High Court's stern rebuke to Maharashtra government While acknowledging a child's right to the company of both parents, the court highlighted that in the midst of parental disputes, the child should not suffer. The mother, who has been keeping the estranged husband informed about the child's welfare and facilitating video calls between them, was deemed more suitable for the child's care. The court concluded that, given the child's tender age of three-and-a-half years, she requires the care and affection of her mother. It emphasized that the child's best interest is served by living with her mother in India and rejected the notion that her presence in the country was illegal. The legal saga began after the couple's marriage in 2018 in the US, with the child born in 2020. Marital disputes led to the couple living separately for six months after the child's birth. Despite a reconciliation agreement and relocation to Singapore in 2022, the wife returned to India in November 2022, citing safety concerns. The husband, subsequently, sought custody through legal avenues, leading to the recent High Court decision. (With inputs from agencies)

06 December,2023 05:53 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Change Dadar station's name to Chaityabhoomi, demands Varsha Gaikwad

Mumbai Congress president and Dharavi MLA Varsha Gaikwad on Wednesday demanded that Maharashtra government must change the name of Dadar station to Chaityabhoomi. The Mumbai Congress president paid tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar at Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai on the occasion of Dr B R Ambedkar's death anniversary. "The state government approached the Central government to rename Elphinstone Road to Prabhadevi. On similar lines, Dadar station should also be renamed Chaityabhoomi. This has been the long-pending demand of lakhs of Babasaheb Ambedkar's followers,” she said. “In 2018, the state government renamed Elphinstone Road station to Prabhadevi. When the railway station was being built at Oshiwara, it was named Ram Mandir. If we consider that, then the demand of Bhimsainiks to change the name of Dadar station to Chaityabhoomi is very old. Their demand was not so strong or fierce, but if the above demands are being met and if lakhs of followers are demanding name change for years, then what is the problem?" asked Varsha Gaikwad. She added that Dadar is a central figure in the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar. "He used to live in the Rajgruha, and his final rites were also performed here. Every year, millions of Bhima followers come to Chaityabhoomi. As a result, the state government should respect their demands and move the proposal in this session itself," Gaikwad said.

06 December,2023 05:07 PM IST | Mumbai | Ronak Mastakar
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Vasai-Virar Marathon 2023: WR to run additional local trains on Dec 10

Western Railway will run additional Mumbai Local Train services for the upcoming Vasai-Virar Marathon 2023 on December 10, an official statement said on Wednesday. According to the Western Railway, "The Western Railway has decided to run two additional service stopping at all stations on 10th December, 2023 between Churchgate and Virar stations to facilitate participants attending the 11th Vasai - Virar Marathon 2023." The Western Railway also shared the details of the additional services. The station to station timings of the train is as under: Station                Special 1       Special 2  Churchgate         02:00         02:45Virar                    03:35         04:20 Meanwhile, in an another statement, the Western Railway on Tuesday said that for the convenience of passengers and with a view to meet the travel demand, Western Railway has decided to run winter special train on Special fare between Surat – Mahuva & Surat - Veraval. According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, the details of the train are as under: 1.    Train No. 09111/09112 Surat – Mahuva (Bi-Weekly) Special [34 TRIPS] Train No. 09111 Surat - Mahuva Bi-Weekly Special will depart from Surat every Wednesday & Friday at 22.00 hrs. & will reach Mahuva at 09.10 hrs., the next day. This train will run from 06th December, 2023 to 31st January, 2024. Similarly, Train No. 09112 Mahuva - Surat Bi-Weely Special will depart from Mahuva every Thursday & Saturday at 13.15 hrs. & will arrive Surat at 02.30 hrs., the next day. This train will run from 07th December, 2023 to 01st February, 2024.  Enroute this train will halt at Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Gandhigram, Bavla, Dholka, Dhandhuka, Botad, Ningala, Dhola, Dhasa, Damnagar, Liliya Mota, Savarkundla and Rajula  Station in both directions.  This train comprises of AC Chair car, Sleeper Class, Second Sitting and General Second-Class Coaches. 2.    Train No. 09017/09018 Surat – Veraval (Weekly) Special [16 TRIPS] Train No. 09017 Surat - Veraval Special will depart from Surat every Monday at 19.30 hrs. & will reach Veraval at 08.05 hrs., the next day. This train will run from 11th December, 2023 to 29th January, 2024. Similarly, Train No. 09018 Veraval - Surat Weely Special will depart from Veraval every Tuesday at 11.05 hrs. & will arrive Surat at 23.45 hrs., the same day. This train will run from 12th December, 2023 to 30th January, 2024.  Enroute this train will halt at Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Gondal, Jetalsar, Junagadh, Keshod and Maliya Hatina Station in both directions.  This train comprises of First AC, AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, Sleeper Class and General Second-Class Coaches. The booking for Train No. 09111, 09017, 09018 is open at all PRS Counters and on IRCTC website. The above trains will run as special train on special fare. For detailed information regarding timings of halts and composition, passengers may please visit Indian Rail website.

06 December,2023 03:35 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Dispute over NCP office in Vidhan Bhavan intensifies ahead of winter session

An escalating dispute over the ownership of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) office in Vidhan Bhavan, the state legislature in Nagpur, took center stage as NCP leader Anil Deshmukh, aligned with Sharad Pawar's faction, asserted their claim over the office. In a press conference held on Wednesday, the former Maharashtra home minister, Anil Deshmukh, targeted the faction led by Ajit Pawar, asserting that the NCP office rightfully belongs to Sharad Pawar's group. Deshmukh took a swipe at those who defected from the NCP, suggesting they should formally request the assembly speaker to allocate a separate office space for them within Vidhan Bhavan. The NCP witnessed a split on July 2 when Ajit Pawar and eight MLAs joined forces with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. Since the schism, both factions have been embroiled in a legal battle, laying claim to the NCP name and symbol. Petitions have been submitted to the speaker, seeking the disqualification of members aligning with the opposing side. Responding to queries about the conflicting claims over the NCP office, Deshmukh dismissed the assertions made by Ajit Pawar's faction leader, Dharmarao Baba Atram. Deshmukh stated unequivocally, "The party office will be ours only, as some people left our party and moved out. The party office will remain with us, and those who stepped out of our party should request the speaker to arrange something for them." Also read: Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Digvijaya Singh to participate in NCP's 'Yuva Sangharsh Yatra' in Nagpur Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) founder Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh are scheduled to address a public meeting marking the conclusion of the NCP's 'Yuva Sangharsh Yatra' in Nagpur on December 12, announced former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday. The public event, set to take place at the Zero Mile area in Nagpur, will witness the participation of the three prominent leaders, according to Deshmukh, who belongs to the NCP's Sharad Pawar faction. The 'Yuva Sangharsh Yatra,' led by NCP MLA Rohit Pawar, commenced on October 24 from Pune, aiming to highlight various issues faced by the youth in Maharashtra. The foot march, covering over 800 km, will culminate in Nagpur during the Winter Session of the state legislature. (With inputs from agencies)

06 December,2023 02:56 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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