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Oppn forces election, fields K Suresh as its candidate for LS Speaker's post

Accusing the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of not following the convention of giving Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker's position to the Opposition, the INDIA bloc on Tuesday fielded Congress leader K Suresh as its candidate for the Lok Sabha Speaker's position against Om Birla, reported news agency PTI. Congress leader K C Venugopal and DMK's T R Baalu walked out of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's office, refusing to endorse NDA candidate Om Birla without being offered the Deputy Speaker's position, reported PTI. Venugopal said the BJP refused to give a commitment on offering the Deputy Speaker's post to the opposition, reported PTI. Union ministers Amit Shah and J P Nadda besides Singh tried to persuade opposition leaders to endorse the NDA nominee but in vain. Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Lalan Singh accused the Congress of putting up conditions, adding the ruling alliance was willing to discuss their demand when the election for Deputy Speaker's takes place, reported PTI. Sources told PTI that over 10 sets of nominations were filed in support of Birla's candidature, including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Shah, Singh and Nadda, and BJP allies like TDP, JD(U), JD(S) and LJP (R). Three sets of nominations were filed in support of Suresh, a Dalit leader and eight-term MP. Meanwhile, Kota MP Om Birla on Tuesday filed nomination for the post of the Lok Sabha Speaker as an NDA consensus candidate, a position he held in the previous House. Earlier, Kota MP Om Birla on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid indications that he will again be the ruling National Democratic Alliance's candidate for the Lok Sabha Speaker's post. The Lok Sabha Speaker will be elected on June 26. On June 27, President Murmu is scheduled to address a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament.The NDA, which has 293 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha, enjoys a clear majority, with the opposition INDIA bloc having 234 MPs. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the opposition will support the government on the Lok Sabha Speaker's choice if the convention is followed and the deputy speaker's post is given to the opposition bloc. He also said that Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh was yet to get back to them on the opposition's demand for the deputy speaker's post. Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants constructive cooperation but has not returned party president Mallikarjun Kharge's call on the demand, as promised, which amounts to an insult. "The entire opposition has said that they will support the government on the Speaker's post, but the convention is that the post of deputy speaker is given to the Opposition," he said. "Union minister Rajnath Singh had called Mallikarjun Kharge ji and has said that he will return his call, but it has not been done. While Modi ji wants constructive cooperation they are insulting our leader by not returning the call," he told reporters. (With inputs from PTI)

25 June,2024 12:58 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Om Birla files nomination as NDA candidate for Lok Sabha speakers post

Kota MP Om Birla on Tuesday filed nomination for the post of the Lok Sabha Speaker as an NDA consensus candidate, a position he held in the previous House. JD(U) leader and Union minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh told reporters that Birla's name was decided unanimously by all NDA parties and that senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh also reached out to the opposition for their support, reported PTI. Hitting out at the opposition, Lalan Singh said they wanted a decision on the post of deputy speaker immediately despite Rajnath Singh requesting that everyone should sit together and discuss the issue when the time comes for the selection, reported PTI. His Cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal said it would have been better to have an consensus candidate and criticised the opposition for putting forth conditions, reported PTI. Democracy cannot be run on conditions, he asserted, reported PTI. The opposition INDIA bloc has fielded Congress leader K Suresh as its candidate for the speaker's post.  Earlier, Kota MP Om Birla on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid indications that he will again be the ruling National Democratic Alliance's candidate for the Lok Sabha Speaker's post. The Lok Sabha Speaker will be elected on June 26. On June 27, President Murmu is scheduled to address a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament. The NDA, which has 293 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha, enjoys a clear majority, with the opposition INDIA bloc having 234 MPs. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the opposition will support the government on the Lok Sabha Speaker's choice if the convention is followed and the deputy speaker's post is given to the opposition bloc. He also said that Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh was yet to get back to them on the opposition's demand for the deputy speaker's post. Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants constructive cooperation but has not returned party president Mallikarjun Kharge's call on the demand, as promised, which amounts to an insult. "The entire opposition has said that they will support the government on the Speaker's post, but the convention is that the post of deputy speaker is given to the Opposition," he said. "Union minister Rajnath Singh had called Mallikarjun Kharge ji and has said that he will return his call, but it has not been done. While Modi ji wants constructive cooperation they are insulting our leader by not returning the call," he told reporters. (With inputs from PTI)

25 June,2024 12:49 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Mid-Day Premium Why experts consider residential real estate the safest investment in India

Indian residential real estate continues to be a perennial favourite among investors, this comes amid evolving investment opportunities. It is fuelled by a combination of factors. The most compelling reason to invest in residential real estate is the consistent appreciation of property values over time. Historical data shows real estate values in India have been steadily increasing due to urbanisation, population growth and rising income levels. Cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi have witnessed significant increase in property prices, offering huge returns to long-term investors. Experts believe Indian residential real estate is expected to continue its upward trajectory and profitable investment opportunity. Manju Yagnik, Vice Chairperson of Nahar Group and Senior Vice President of NAREDCO- Maharashtra, said, "The Indian residential real estate sector has shown remarkable resilience, even during economic downturns, offering stability and reliable returns compared to more volatile asset classes. The ongoing urbanisation, increasing middle-class income, and strong economic fundamentals drive demand and growth in the real estate market. Additionally, real estate investments offer significant tax benefits and diversification potential, making them attractive to both domestic and NRI investors." Also Read: Mid-Day Specials | Kalaram Mandir: Exploring the 196-year-old historic spiritual haven in South Mumbai's Girgaon "Furthermore, regulatory measures such as the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act of 2016 have increased openness and accountability in the industry, increasing investor trust. With a growing middle-class population and increasing preferences for superior living spaces, residential real estate offers attractive returns and long-term asset preservation options in India's dynamic landscape. The market is expected to continue its upward trajectory, providing a secure and profitable investment opportunity," she added.  Echoing similar sentiments, Ayushi Ashar, Director at Ashar Group & Member of the Managing Committee of MCHI-CREDAI, said the Indian residential real estate market is experiencing unprecedented growth, with a valuation of Rs 3.47 trillion and a remarkable 36 per cent increase in volumes and 48 per cent increase in value in FY23.  "This surge is driven by a combination of factors, including escalating demand for homes, rising property values, and a growing interest in premium properties in major cities. High-net-worth individuals are investing substantially in luxury homes, drawn by the promise of stable returns and tangible assets. Real estate investments offer a unique blend of stability, steady income, and tax benefits, making them an attractive option for long-term investors," Ashar said.  She explained that the implementation of RERA has significantly enhanced the safety and transparency of real estate investments in India, promoting accountability and quality assurance.  "This has led to increased trust and confidence in the sector, making it a more secure investment option. As the middle class continues to grow and urbanisation accelerates, the demand for housing is expected to rise, driving economic growth and contributing significantly to India's GDP. With its promise of shelter, security, and stability, real estate is fulfilling the aspirations of a growing population, cementing its position as a lucrative and in-demand investment opportunity," she said.  Ashok Chhajer, Chairman and Managing Director of Arihant Superstructures Limited, said, "The Indian residential real estate market stands out as a pillar of security, attracting those seeking stability and growth. By promoting long-term investment, real estate holds the promise of substantial returns over time, firmly establishing itself as a preferred investment choice in India. This sector's steady growth is fuelled by rapid urbanisation, strong governmental support, and tax benefits."  "In particular, investing in Navi Mumbai is highly favourable due to its promise of better returns. The land allotments by the government ensure clear titles, providing home buyers with a safe and secure investment. Additionally, the ease of resale adds to the attractiveness of this market. With the booming markets, the new airport, and the Atal Setu sea link development, Navi Mumbai is setting new benchmarks for a prosperous future. These infrastructural advancements are transforming the region into a hub of opportunity, making real estate investment here not only safe but also exceptionally lucrative," he added.  Pavan Kumar, Founder and CEO of White Lotus Group, said that key cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore have witnessed property prices increasing at an average annual rate of 8-10 per cent. "While the financial world offers a variety of options, Indian residential real estate stands out for its stability and emotional connection. Over the past decade and a half, residential real estate in India has demonstrated consistent and robust appreciation. Key cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore have witnessed property prices increasing at an average annual rate of 8-10 per cent. This steady climb trumps the volatility of the stock market, offering a reliable path to wealth creation," he said.  He said that a home is more than just an investment, it's the foundation of a life. "Owning your space brings a sense of security and belonging that's unmatched. It's a place to raise a family, create memories, and feel truly rooted. This emotional security is invaluable. Real estate is an asset that transcends generations. Traditionally, families in India pass on properties, land, and gold to the next generation rather than stocks or mutual funds. This cultural inclination towards real estate is rooted in the long-term value and stability that these assets provide. A house is not just an investment for the present but a legacy for the future, ensuring that the next generation has a solid foundation to build upon," Kumar added. He further emphasised that residential real estate in India offers a unique combination of financial stability, emotional security, and generational wealth transfer. "The consistent appreciation of property values, coupled with the inherent emotional and cultural significance, makes it one of the safest and most rewarding investment options available today," he added. Indian residential real estate emerges as a safe and attractive investment option due to its potential for appreciation, tangible nature, rental income generation, inflation-hedging capabilities, favourable government policies, and the ability to diversify risk. With the increasing demand for housing driven by urbanisation and a growing middle class, residential real estate offers both financial and emotional rewards, making it a compelling choice for investors seeking stability and long-term growth.

25 June,2024 12:31 PM IST | Mumbai | Ronak Mastakar
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Will support govt's choice if Dy speaker post given to oppn, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the opposition will support the government on the Lok Sabha Speaker's choice if the convention is followed and the deputy speaker's post is given to the opposition bloc. He also said that Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh was yet to get back to them on the opposition's demand for the deputy speaker's post. Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants constructive cooperation but has not returned party president Mallikarjun Kharge's call on the demand, as promised, which amounts to an insult. कल शाम राजनाथ सिंह जी ने कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष श्री @kharge को फोन किया था।राजनाथ सिंह जी ने उनसे अनुरोध किया कि आप हमारे स्पीकर को समर्थन दें।खरगे जी ने पूरे विपक्ष की तरफ से कहा कि हम स्पीकर को समर्थन देंगे, लेकिन डिप्टी स्पीकर विपक्ष का हो।लेकिन अभी तक राजनाथ सिंह जी ने खरगे… pic.twitter.com/bwwnCCxaHh — Congress (@INCIndia) June 25, 2024 Interacting with the media on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi said, "We have said to Rajnath Singh that we will support their Lok Sabha Speaker (candidate) but the convention is that the post of Deputy Speaker is given to the opposition." Further, detailing talks that happened between Rajnath Singh and Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul also alleged that Opposition leaders are getting "insulted". "Today it is written in the newspaper that PM Modi has said that the Opposition should cooperate with the government constructively. Rajnath Singh called Mallikarjun Kharge and he asked him to extend support to the Speaker. The entire Opposition said that we would support the speaker, but the convention is that the Deputy Speaker post should be given to the opposition. Rajnath Singh said that he would call back Mallikarjun Kharge but he has not done that yet...PM Modi is asking for cooperation from Opposition but our leader is getting insulted," said Rahul Gandhi. If the Opposition INDIA bloc announces its candidate for the post, it will be the first time that elections will be held for the Speaker of the lower house. Since independence, the Lok Sabha Speaker and Deputy Speaker have been elected by consensus between the ruling party and the opposition. According to news agency ANI, the Lok Sabha Speaker will be elected on June 26. On June 27, President Murmu is scheduled to address a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament. The NDA, which has 293 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha, enjoys a clear majority, with the opposition INDIA bloc having 234 MPs. (With inputs from Agencies)

25 June,2024 12:16 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Nagpur airport gets bomb threat email; nothing suspicious found after search

The officials said that the Nagpur airport was on Monday thoroughly searched by security personnel after authorities received a bomb threat via an email, but nothing suspicious was discovered in the premises, reported news agency PTI. This was the third bomb threat message received at the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport since April. When contacted, a senior Nagpur airport official told PTI that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) received an email about a pipe bomb being planted in the aerodrome's toilet. Content of the email was communicated to Nagpur airport authorities in the morning. Security personnel thoroughly checked the airport complex, but did not discover any suspicious items, he told PTI. Security has been stepped up at the airport. On June 18, Nagpur was among more than 40 cities whose airports had received hoax bomb threat emails. The Nagpur airport had got a similar bomb threat in April too, which turned out to be a hoax. Last week, Delhi, Jaipur, Vadodara, Chennai and Patna airports received hoax bomb threats via email. Additionally, in Jaipur a private college too received a hoax threat email. Forty-one airports, including in Varanasi, Chennai, Patna and Jaipur, received bomb threat emails on Tuesday, prompting authorities to scramble contingency measures and carry out anti-sabotage checks that lasted hours, and each of them was found to be a hoax, official sources told PTI. Security was beefed up as agencies swept the airport terminals after the emails were received around 12.40 pm, reported PTI. The airports in Varanasi, Chennai, Patna, Nagpur, Jaipur, Vadodara, Coimbatore and Jabalpur were among those that received the hoax threats. Meanwhile, a Mumbai-bound IndiGo flight from Chennai received a bomb threat message on Tuesday, but it landed safely in Mumbai, an airport source told PTI. The bomb threat message was received at the private airline's call centre in New Delhi, the source told PTI. The flight landed safely at the Mumbai airport at 10.30 pm, he said. "IndiGo flight 6E 5149, operating from Chennai to Mumbai, had received a bomb threat. Upon landing in Mumbai, the crew followed protocol and the aircraft was taken to an isolation bay," the airline said in a statement, reported PTI. All passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft, IndiGo said. "We are working with security agencies and post completion of all security checks, the aircraft will be positioned back in the terminal area," it added, reported PTI. (With inputs from PTI)

25 June,2024 11:56 AM IST | Nagpur | mid-day online correspondent
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'Those who imposed Emergency have no right to profess love for Constitution'

On the 1975 Emergency anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that its dark days are a reminder of how the Congress subverted basic freedoms and trampled over the Constitution which every Indian respects greatly. Hitting out at the main opposition party, he said in posts on X that those who imposed the Emergency have no right to profess their love for our Constitution. PM Modi said, "These are the same people who have imposed Article 356 on innumerable occasions, got a Bill to destroy press freedom, destroyed federalism and violated every aspect of the Constitution." "The mindset which led to the imposition of the Emergency is very much alive among the same Party which imposed it. They hide their disdain for the Constitution through their tokenism but the people of India have seen through their antics and that is why they have rejected them time and again," he said. Just to cling on to power, the then Congress Government disregarded every democratic principle and turned the nation into a jail, PM Modi said, adding that any person who disagreed with the party was tortured and harassed. "Socially regressive policies were unleashed to target the weakest sections," he said. On June 25, 1975, the then prime minister Indira Gandhi, a Congress stalwart, imposed an Emergency in the country, suspending civil liberties, jailing opposition leaders and dissidents and effecting press censorship. The prime minister said the anniversary on Tuesday is a day to pay homage to all those great men and women who resisted the Emergency. The first day of the 18th Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed a war of words between Prime Minister Modi and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge over the imposition of Emergency. The BJP launched a sharp attack on the Congress on the 1975 Emergency anniversary, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah saying it is the biggest example of the opposition party's long history of killing democracy and harming it repeatedly. BJP president J P Nadda said on 'X' that those who claim to be the guardians of Indian democracy today had spared no efforts to suppress the voices raised in the defence of constitutional values. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the Emergency, imposed by the then-prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975 before she lifted it in 1977 and called for elections, is a black chapter in Indian democracy which cannot be forgotten. Dictatorship and misuse of power were on brazen display during the period, Singh said on 'X', adding that it raises a big question mark on the commitment to democracy of several political parties. The BJP's trenchant criticism of the Congress came amid a coordinated campaign by opposition parties to paint the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as working against the Constitution.

25 June,2024 11:01 AM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Parliament session: Remaining 281 MPs to take oath in Lok Sabha today

A total of 262 newly elected MPs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took oath on Monday, the inaugural parliament session of the 18th Lok Sabha. The remaining 281 new members will take their oaths on Tuesday, reported news agency ANI. Among the key leaders who will oath at the Parliament today include Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, Mahua Moitra, Supriya Sule and Kanimozhi. Ahead of parliament session, Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJP was sworn in as the pro-tem Speaker of the House yesterday by President Draupadi Murmu. According to the ANI report, an official letter marking the list of business for the day in parliament mentioned, "Members who have not already taken the Oath or made the Affirmation, to do so, sign the Roll of Members and take their seats in the House." Among the prominent members who took their oaths of office yesterday included Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Union Ministers G. Kishan Reddy, Chirag Paswan, Kiren Rijiju, Nitin Gadkari, and Mansukh Mandaviya along with Union Ministers Bhupender Yadav, Giriraj Singh, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, JD(U) MP Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh, BJP MP Piyush Goyal, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan also took oaths as members of the 18th Lok Sabha, reported ANI. Addressing mediapersons outside the new Parliament building, PM Modi congratulated all the newly elected members and said that the new government will always strive to take everyone along and build consensus to serve the country. "Today is a proud day in parliamentary democracy; it is a day of glory. For the first time since independence, this oath ceremony is taking place in our new Parliament. Till now, this process used to take place in the old house. On this important day, I heartily welcome all the newly elected MPs, congratulate them all, and wish them all the best," PM Modi said, reported ANI. The Prime Minister thanked the people of the country for their support and for giving him a mandate to lead the country for a third consecutive time. "This formation of Parliament is to fulfil the resolutions of the common man of India. This is an opportunity to achieve new speed and new heights with new zeal and enthusiasm. The 18th Lok Sabha is starting today with the goal of building a developed India by 2047," he said, reported ANI. "It is a matter of pride for every Indian that the world's biggest election was conducted in such a grand and glorious manner. More than 65 crore voters took part in the voting. If the citizens of our country have trusted a government for the third consecutive time, it means they have given their stamp of approval to the policies and intent of the government. I am grateful to each of you for your support and trust," PM Modi said, reported ANI. NDA holds a majority with 293 seats, with BJP having 240 seats and the Opposition INDIA bloc has 234 seats. (With inputs from ANI)

25 June,2024 09:35 AM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Atishi's health deteriorates due to indefinite hunger strike; admitted to hosp

Delhi Minister Atishi has been admitted to the hospital after her health condition deteriorated as she was on an indefinite hunger strike against the Haryana government for not releasing 100 million gallons per day (MGD) of water thus creating Delhi water crisis, reported news agency ANI. Atishi has been admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital in the national capital in the early hours of Tuesday, reported ANI. Atishi's indefinite hunger strike entered its fifth day on Tuesday. She said that Haryana is not releasing Delhi's share of water. Earlier on June 22, Atishi started her indefinite hunger strike protesting for Haryana to release Delhi water share. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said doctors have advised Atishi to be admitted to a hospital in view of her deteriorating health but she is fighting for Delhi's rightful share of water by "risking her life", reported ANI. According to the AAP press release, a health checkup done on the minister revealed that her blood pressure and sugar levels dropped drastically, reported ANI. The speed with which Atishi's blood sugar level and blood pressure have dropped has been described by doctors as dangerous, said AAP, reported ANI. Water Minister Atishi, who is on an indefinite hunger strike to ensure the water rights of 28 lakh Delhiites, has said that her indefinite hunger strike will continue till the Haryana government provides the water rights of Delhiites and till the gates of Hathnikund Barrage are not opened, said AA, reported ANI. The AAP has alleged that the neighbouring state of Haryana is supplying 100 million gallons per day (MGD) less water every day, which has severely affected the lives of 28 lakh people in Delhi, adding to the problem of water shortage, reported ANI. The Delhi water crisis arose with the high temperatures and heat waves in the national capital. The people of Delhi have been counting on water tankers to avail their daily requirements of water. Amid soaring temperatures, these scenes have become a daily occurrence in many areas of the national capital since the start of the summer season this year. (With inputs from ANI)

25 June,2024 08:04 AM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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NEET-UG row: CBI team reaches Godhra

A CBI team reached Godhra city in Gujarat’s Panchmahal district on Monday to investigate the case of alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG medical entrance exam held on May 5, officials said. A case was registered by Godhra police on May 8 under various IPC sections, including criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal breach of trust, for allegedly trying to help 27 candidates clear NEET-UG for a sum of R0 lakh each. CBI to bring arrested accused to Delhi A CBI team is expected to visit Patna on Monday and may take those arrested in the NEET-UG paper leak case to Delhi for questioning, officials said. The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of the Bihar Police has arrested 18 people in connection with the case so far, they said. UP scam: 6 held for leaking exam paper The Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday arrested six members of a gang, including a staff of a printing press, for their alleged involvement in leaking the examination paper for the posts of review officers and assistant review officers. 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/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

25 June,2024 07:33 AM IST | Godhra | Agencies
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Will continue hunger strike until Haryana releases water, says Atishi

Atishi said she would continue her indefinite hunger strike, which entered the fourth day on Monday, despite adverse health effects until Haryana released the “rightful share of Delhi’s water”. “My blood pressure and sugar levels are dropping and my weight has gone down. Ketone level is very high which can have harmful effects in the long run. No matter how much my body suffers, I will continue the fast till Haryana releases water,” she said.  In video message, she said she was medically examined by doctors on Sunday. Delhi ministers write letter to PM Modi Delhi cabinet ministers have written a letter to Prime Narendra Modi and urged him to resolve the water crisis in the national capital on priority, Environment minister Gopal Rai said on Monday. Delhi ministers Gopal Rai, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Kailash Gahlot and Imran Hussain said Atishi’s health is deteriorating. The ministers decided to write a letter to the prime minister on the water crisis during a meeting at the site of Atishi’s hunger strike at Jangpura’s Bhogal. 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/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

25 June,2024 07:30 AM IST | New Delhi | Agencies
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CM Eknath Shinde directs Pune PC to take strict action against illegal pubs

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday met Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar and gave instruction to take strict actions against illegal pubs in Pune. The CM also said that bulldozers should be moved on illegal constructions related to drugs, said an official release.            This comes amidst increase in illegal drug activity, the Porsche car case and numerous crackdowns on pubs and bars operating in violation of law in Pune. The CM also said that renew action should be initiated against drug sellers and all structures which are against the building rules must be bulldozed.  Maharashtra: Eight persons held, four cops suspended as bar operates past deadline in Pune An official on Monday said that eight persons have been arrested and four police personnel suspended after a bar in Pune was found operating beyond permissible time limit, reported news agency PTI. Police had launched a probe after a viral video purportedly showed some persons with a drug-like substance at the bar located on Fergusson College Road in Maharashtra's Pune city, reported PTI. According to police, the bar was operating till 5 am on Sunday and liquor was being sold beyond the permissible time limit. Bars and pubs in Pune are allowed to remain open till 1.30 am. "We have arrested eight persons, including owners and employees of the Liquid Leisure Lounge (L3) after it came to light that the establishment was operating beyond the permissible time limit on Sunday," Pune Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar told PTI. Those arrested have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Police Act, Maharashtra Prohibition Act, and the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, he told PTI. An inspector, an assistant inspector and two beat marshals from the Shivajinagar police station, who were on night duty, have been suspended in connection with the case, the official said, reported PTI. Asked about the video showing some persons with a drug-like substance at the bar, another police official said they were looking into it. Pune MP and Union minister Murlidhar Mohol in a post on X said though the action of suspension has been taken immediately, the police commissioner has also been instructed to launch a dedicated drive against narcotics and depute a separate manpower for it. "All colleges, pubs, hotels and other suspicious places should be searched with strict action. Police have been instructed to go to the root to see how drugs are available in the city," he said. 

24 June,2024 11:04 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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