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  • Thousands of passengers are going to face hardship in traveling to their home town on the eve of Diwali as the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees have decided to go on a strike on the demand of salary hike.
  • The employees are demanding implementation of 7th pay commission and interim hike of 25 per cent till the recommendations are implemented. The government has agreed to interim hike of 10 per cent, but unions are opposed to this as it will only fetch Rs 600-700 for those with a basic salary of Rs 7000 to Rs 8,000.
  • Thousands of passengers take bus from Mumbai every day in 10,000 buses that operate from the city to various destinations daily.
  • Sandeep Shinde of the Maharashtra ST Workers Union said, "The government has not considered our demands. Hence, we have called for indefinite strike."
  • More than 65 lakh passengers travel by ST buses across the state everyday. The strike is going to hit the people who want to spend time with their family members during the Diwali festivals.
  • State transport corporation runs a total of 18,000 buses with more than 1 lakh employees, but its incurs losses to the tune of Rs 450 crore per year.

  • Fire-fighting operations continued for the second day at Jawahar Dweep or Butcher Island where a fuel-storage tank had caught fire after lightning struck during Friday evening's heavy downpour.
  • The blaze is likely to be doused only by 8 oct morning as the authorities have decided to let the fuel in the tank burn out completely, considering that the foaming fire-fighting operations have failed to yield results.
  • A fire had started in a Bharat Petroleum Corporation storage tank containing high-speed diesel. A Mumbai Port Trust (MBPT) fire-fighting team reached the spot and was assisted in its operation by Mumbai fire brigade, Cidco, BPCL and other experts. Till the time of going to press, around 100 people were involved in the operation.
  • MBPT chairman Sanjay Bhatia told TOI: "It could have been one of the biggest disasters in the country, but fortunately we have been able to contain the fire to one tank (number 13). The other tanks are being emptied of fuel, but the high-speed diesel could not be decanted completely from the tank that had caught fire.
  • " Bhatia added that the cooling operation is being undertaken by sprinkling seawater in the adjacent tanks so that these too do not flare up due to excessive heat.
  • "The fire will be put out by 9am or 10am tomorrow (8 oct). We tried to douse it with foam but then decided to let the tank with a 30,000-kilolitre capacity burn out in a controlled manner," he said.

  • Doctors from the civic-run Sion Hospital have set a new world record by removing the heaviest kidney tumour documented in medical literature weighing 5.5kg. The Guinness World Records recently confirmed their feat.
  • The team of doctors led by Dr Ajit Sawant, head of urology, successfully operated on Manju Devi, a 28-year-old woman from Bihar's Darbhanga district, who complained of an "abdominal lump". She had been living with pain for three years. A CT scan revealed the enormous tumour that had completely replaced the right kidney. The woman's quality of life was compromised as she struggled to carry on with her daily activities.
  • "She had persistent pain on the right side and was passing urine in blood. The tumor 31cm by 19cm was compressing the liver and pushing the vessels, intestines and the pancreas to the left half of the abdomen. She was referred to multiple hospitals over the past three years but the surgery was deferred because of the size of the tumour," stated a release from Sion Hospital.
  • The tumour was removed on November 2016 in an eight-hour long surgery performed by Dr Sawant, Dr Prakash Pawar and uroanesthetists Dr Geeta Patkar and Dr Aparna Nerurkar. The Guinness confirmation came only recently, as it takes around six months to validate claims.

  • On the first day of its wet waste segregation and processing initiative, the BMC reduced garbage sent to the city's three dumping grounds by 250 tonnes. This is an eighth of the targeted reduction of 2,000 tonnes by October 2, but is a start nonetheless.
  • The BMC had set the date as the deadline to stop collecting unsegregated waste from housing societies or establishments that generate over 100kg of garbage a day . Civic officials said the 2,000-tonne target would have been met had not politicians (mainly corporators) pressured them to extend the deadline by three months.
  • Citizens too protested against the original deadline on the grounds that they pay municipal taxes and so it's their right that the BMC collects waste from their societies. The BMC's garbage segregation rule is for bulk generators of garbage, including big hotels, which produce at least 100kg of waste a day.
  • The BMC chief, Ajoy Mehta, along with other civic officials, hit the road on Monday and visited certain bulk generators to convince them personally about the need for waste segregation. An official said the civic chief is upset at their poor response to the initiative. Around 70% of garbage received at the dumping grounds is wet waste

  • President Ramnath Kovind on his maiden visit to Maharashtra declared the urban areas of the state as Open Defecation Free (ODF). It was also the President's birthday on Sunday.
  • Two years ago, chief minister Devendra Fadanvis had announced the Swachcha Maharashtra abhiyan in line with the Swachcha Bharat abhiyan. The government urban development department then took up the task of ensuring toilets to all in the 384 urban areas in the state.
  • Fadanvis while declaring that urban Maharashtra was ODF said it was now necessary to ensure it remains sustainable. "The ODF mission will not be sustainable till people change their habits. For this we have set up the ODF watch scheme whereby people will be persuaded to use toilets. Sometime we may even need to shame people to stop defecating in the open. Through the next six months we will persuade and encourage people to use toilets," he said.
  • The function was held at the National Sports Club of India, Worli. Kovind who was accompanied by his wife had earlier inaugurated the Shirdi international airport and the year-long centenary celebrations of Shri Saibaba Samadhi. While praising the government's efforts Kovind said, "It is the beginning of a journey. It is good that sustainability of the ODF mission is being focused upon. The New India-2022 that Modiji is talking of, ODF is a giant step in that direction," he said.

  • Hours after at least 22 people were killed and 39 injured in a rush hour stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road station, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the victims.
  • "Ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh will be given by the state government and Rs 5 lakh by the Railways to the kin of each of the deceased. Rs 1 lakh compensation will be given to grievously injured while those with minor injuries will get Rs 50,000 as ex-gratia," Goyal said while addressing a press conference.
  • The Railway Minister also announced that the Ministry will bear the medical expense of the injured."Just landed in Mumbai. Deeply grieved at tragic loss of innocent lives due to an unfortunate stampede at Elphinstone Road foot over bridge. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured persons. Have ordered a high-level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways," the railway minister said.
  • "I feel sad for these families and such a thing happening in my Mumbai is matter of grave concern. We are committed to avoid any recurrence of any such incidents," he added.
  • Goyal was on his way to the city to launch several new trains along the suburban line. The event was later cancelled in view of the tragic incident.
  • The tragedy took place around 10.40 am when the overbridge, linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations, became overcrowded with people taking shelter from a heavy downpour. The bridge is used by lakhs of people to commute to the commercial area with high-end corporate and media offices, a police official said.

  • Maharashtra Tourism Development Board has won the award for sustainable tourism at the world tourism conclave held in the city on 26sep.
  • "Maharashtra has it all beaches, hills, forests and wilderness. We welcome tourists to our state. It is now up to us to improve civic sense and keep our natural heritage clean.
  • Enjoy your travel but respect the environment, we must understand that Sustainable Tourism leads to sustainable development," said Vijay Waghmare, managing director of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Board while speaking to the audience at the World Tourism Conclave.
  • "We are proud of our Western Ghats, beaches, wildlife parks and eco friendly destinations like Matheran," added Waghmare.
  • The stalwarts of the tourism fraternity, climate reality, United Nations, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Maharashtra Tourism and Consul Generals from many parts of the globe were present at the event organized by Creed Entertainment and Young Environmentalists.
  • The conclave called for enforcement of sustainable tourism norms and also awarded successful organizations in the sustainable industry.The conclave explored the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Regarding motivating more young people to travel with more responsibility, Tanya Satish said, "Our natural wilderness and open spaces are often taken for granted just because they exist through nature and not carved out or constructed. These ecological areas are our natural heritage sites which are living trees, corals, animals; they too tell us a story and keep biological biodiversity record of certain species and evolution. Sustainable natural inheritance is vital."

  • Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South Korean government on 26sep seeking assistance in several infrastructure projects planned in the state.
  • Fadnavis along with a team of delegation including senior IAS officers and minister of PWD Eknath Shinde is on a three-day tour to South Korea and Singapore.
  • Fadnavis said that the MoU will result in increased cooperation for infrastructure projects like development of smart cities, roads, airports, metro etc
  • The MoU has been signed with the ministry of land infrastructure and transport and in the presence of Korean minister Kim Hyunmee.
  • Fadnavis also seeked special assistance for his brain child project the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor project which aims to bring down the travel time to 6 hours from the current 18 hours and also will prove to bring industrial development in Nagpur.

  • Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on 26 sep urged the people to keep the city and its surroundings clean in order to make it not just beautiful, but also a healthy place.
  • Tendulkar picked up broom to clean the streets of suburban Bandra early on 26 sep morning to spread the message of cleanliness and extend support to the central government's 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign.
  • "The garbage is dumped here and there while there are dustbins. I would request everyone not to litter and please do not deface the city," he told mediapersons. "We each have to do our bit to keep IndiaClean. So, pick a group of friends, a street, and together let's CleanUp India. SwachhataHiSeva," Tendulkar tweeted after taking part in the campaign.
  • The former India batsman said he feels sorry when he sees dirt and garbage distorting the beauty of 'mother earth'."We don't litter in our homes but do it outside. We call the earth as our mother. But this (littering) is something which I don't like. I want to request the people to become a part of the 'Swachh Bharat' mission," he said.
  • The former skipper said keeping the surroundings clean will not only make Mumbai look beautiful but also help keep the city and the nation healthy.
  • On September 15, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had picked up the broom and swept a lane in the busy Crawford market in south Mumbai while launching the 15-day sanitation campaign Swachhta Hi Seva (cleanliness is service) fortnight.

  • Bhavna Santosh Jadhav is just a few minutes old, but she already has in place her vital identity proof - the Aadhaar number.
  • The girl's parents enrolled for her Aadhaar number which they received in just six minutes after her birth on 24 sep, in one of the rare cases of getting the vital identity proof within minutes of being born.
  • The child was born at the Osmanabad district women's hospital in Maharashtra at 12.03pm on Sunday.
  • At 12.09pm, her parents got her online birth certificate and the Aadhaar number from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), district collector Radhakrushna Game said.
  • "It's a proud moment for Osmanabad. We will soon register all children for Aadhaar and link them with their parents' Aadhaar cards," he said.
  • The newborn and her mother were doing fine, the hospital's civil surgeon, Dr Eknath Male, said.
  • Around 1,300 children born at the Osmanabad district women's hospital in the last one year have got their Aadhaar numbers, he claimed.

  • Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on 12 Sep launched -Mission 24 for Mumbai's M east ward which is known to have one of highest slum population's in the city.
  • The project by NGO Apnalaya and Mumbai first plans to work along with the BMC -as the principal stakeholder over the next 24 months to improve the quality of lives of people living in M east ward of Mumbai. It is pertinent to note that the ward ranked the lowest in human development among the city's 24 wards in the Mumbai Human Development Report 2009.
  • Apnalaya president Annabel Mehta who got her son in law Sachin Tendulkar to support the project stated that their aim is to raise the standard of the ward.
  • "Everyone no matter where they live has the capability to rise high and therefore deserves to be given equal opportunities," said Mehta adding that some of their work areas for the project would be creation of more secondary schools and colleges in the ward as far as education is concerned, maternity homes and dispensaries for better health, station area development, makeover of playgrounds and recreational ground development, refurbishment of community toilets and focus on women and child safety.
  • "Something that disturbs me is that M-east ward is at the bottom as far as human development is concerned. My association with my wife Anjali has helped me understand a lot more of Mumbai which we take for granted like maternity homes, health posts in the city.
  • We consider this to be basic facilities but areas like this lack these facilities. The project is like another cricket match we are playing and need to be persistent with our contribution," said Sachin Tendulkar.

  • The BMC has issued a notice to one of its assistant engineers from the Roads Department for allegedly running coaching classes at his apartment in Andheri.
  • Following a spate of complaints from residents, a team of BMC officials visited the house of assistant engineer UpendraKudva at Metro Unity CHS, off SV Road, yesterday afternoon to seize benches and other equipment, but found the apartment locked.
  • Kudva has been accused of devoting time to his commercial venture during office hours, and could be sacked from the BMC if found guilty. He told Mumbai Mirror that the coaching classes, teaching engineering subjects, were run by his mother. The BMC officials, however, said they had photographs to prove Kudva had been conducting the classes for several years now.
  • The BMC also has in its possession an affidavit signed by the society's guard, saying Kudva and his wife were the owners of Value Engineering Tutorials, and that the couple teach there at least four times a week.
  • Apart from allegedly breaching the BMC's service rules, Kudva has also been issued a notice under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act for using residential premises for commercial purposes.
  • The residents of Metro Unity CHS said they made several attempts to shift Kudva's commercial venture out of their society.
  • The matter was also highlighted by the local MP, GajananKirtikar, who wrote to the BMC in October last year saying Kudva was misusing his post while conducting a commercial activity in residential premises.

  • After taking steps to regularize illegal constructions, the state now plans to compensate people who have encroached upon government land.
  • Hundreds of acres owned by the Railways, defence and the revenue and forest departments are under encroachment in cities such as Pune and rural areas and the government wants to reclaim the plots by paying the encroachers.
  • A five-member committee appointed by the government will form a policy to compensate the encroachers with alternative land and a one-time cash package for vacating the plots.
  • A government notification issued on September 4 states that the committee, headed by the principal secretary of the revenue department, will finalize the policy and submit the report to the chief minister within four weeks.
  • The report will be submitted to the state cabinet for approval. Sources in the government said many projects across the state were pending because of unavailability of land and respective local governing bodies were finding it difficult to vacate the encroached land owing to political pressure.
  • Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) city engineer Prashant Waghmare said the civic body would need land for infrastructure development as the city would only grow. "Land is a valuable resource for the civic body .
  • Availability of government land for projects will avoid delay in executing development plans," he said.
  • The PMC is already struggling to get land for setting up garbage units in the city and the rural areas. Besides, the civic body is stuck in a land acquisition row to implement the BhamaAskhed project.

  • Three days after Justice Abhay Oka was withdrawn from hearing a noise pollution case following the state government's allegation that he was "harbouring serious bias" against it, the senior Bombay high court judge has been brought back to hear the key matter. Chief Justice ManjulaChellur has set up a full bench to be headed by Justice Oka.
  • "I spoke to the CJ who said a larger bench of Justices Oka, A V Mohta and RiyazChagla has been constituted to hear all the noise pollution matters," senior advocate Rajiv Chavan, president of Advocates Association of Western India (AAWI), told TOI. HC registrar-general PushpaGanediwala confirmed the move.
  • It is clear the U-turn was a result of the collective uproar by lawyers and citizens who also took to social media to condemn the state government's "unprecedented" action.
  • Activist-advocate Raju Moray, who had represented one of the first noise pollution cases, said, "A full bench is usually constituted when there is a divergence in the views of two coordinate benches.
  • The state did not move an application for referring to a larger bench but it moved for transfer of the cases from Justice Oka. The full bench appears to be an afterthought as a result of the outrage on social media and perhaps given that the bar associations were also going to meet."
  • Rajiv Patil, senior advocate and former chief of AAWI, said, "The constitution of a three -udge bench now doesn't take away the serious allegations of bias made by the state against a judge for a transfer to another bench.
  • Unless withdrawn, it will still be a cause for concern as it could open floodgates of private litigants making similar pleas because the state, which is meant to protect the interest of the entire society while respecting the judiciary, did it."

  • The Maharashtra government has informed the Bombay high court that while there is no separate crisis management plan for drought, it was considering to form a committee to assess prevalence of water scarcity.
  • "There is no separate crisis management plan for drought in the state. However, the component of drought has been integrated into the State Disaster Management Plan," according to an affidavit filed by SubhashUmaranikar, Deputy Secretary, Relief and Rehabilitation Department.
  • The state government filed the affidavit before a division bench of Justices A S Oka and RiyazChagla earlier this week in response to a PIL.
  • The PIL has been filed by Sanjay LakhePatil, president of the 'MarathwadaAnusheshNirmulanAaniVikasManch', on the issue of drought faced by farmers in parts of Maharashtra every year due to deficient rainfall.
  • In its petition, the voluntary organisation has sought to know the measures taken by the government for drought mitigation.
  • According to the affidavit, while a Drought Monitoring Centre has not been formed, the government was considering setting up a Drought Monitoring Committee headed by the agriculture commissioner.

  • Sixteen years after one of the world's largest banks mistakenly transferred $500,000 into the Swiss bank account of a company operated by two Mumbai-based businessmen, the Bombay high court has moved to secure the amount ordered to be returned by a Geneva court.
  • Justice Suresh Gupte restrained the duo who are nationals of two Carribean countries—Belize and Grenada from selling off their assets or creating third party rights on their immovable properties.
  • "We are considering here the case of (the businessmen), who have a place of business in India but who hold passports of Belize and Grenada.
  • Having mistakenly received monies, they wiped off their Swiss account. Can they be seen as likely to shift their assets out of India to defeat the dues payable to the bank? The answer seems to me to be in the positive," said Justice Gupte.
  • "It is necessary to restrain them from disposing of any of these assets pending the hearing and final disposal of the suit," the judge added.
  • The court has stayed its order of opening the sealed envelopes with details of their properties submitted by the businessmen for four weeks to allow them to file an appeal.

  • Building construction and redevelopment projects along the upcoming underground Metro III rail between Cuffe Parade and Andheri will now be regulated and controlled.
  • Builders will have to submit their design plans and take clearance from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) for every development project which falls within 50 metres (160 feet) on either side of the 33.5km-long metro system.
  • Even after the metro is completed, no development will be permitted up to 6.5m or 20 feet on either side from the outer boundary of the metro tunnel. This is likely to affect redevelopment of many old and dilapidated buildings along the entire congested Girgaum stretch from where the metro line will pass through.
  • Construction experts also warned that building heights close to the metro tunnel and stations could be restricted in the future.
  • Structural engineer JamshedSukhadwalla, a Girgaum resident, said, "If builders think they can develop tall buildings near the metro line and reap a bonanza, then they are sadly mistaken.''

  • Nearly 1.5 lakh people from across the state turned up in the city for the last silent protest of the politically influential Maratha community in Mumbai on 09 aug, leading to traffic congestion on roads in south Mumbai for most of the day.
  • After the show of strength, the community's 58th silent protest in the state in a year, chief minister DevendraFadnavis rolled out a series of sops which will cost the state Rs 500 crore. However, he was mum on their main demand for reservation in jobs and education.
  • Clad in black T-shirts and Gandhi topis that had the slogan 'Ek Maratha, Lakh Maratha' written on them, the protesters converged at the JijabaiUdyan around 11am and walked down to Azad Maidan in CST via JJ flyover.
  • Apart from reservation in jobs and the education sector, the Marathas have been demanding death penalty for the July 2016 Kopardigangrape and murder case accused and dilution of the Atrocities Act to prevent its misuse.

  • Thousands of people belonging to the Maratha community on Wednesday took out a silent protest march in Mumbai demanding reservation in jobs and education.
  • The massive silent march began from the JijamataUdyan in Byculla in the morning amid tight security with participants carrying saffron swallowtail flags.
  • The Maharashtra assembly also witnessed chaotic scenes with both the opposition and the ruling party MLAs storming the well of the house demanding reservation for the Maratha community.
  • Legislators climbed right up to the Speaker's chair. The assembly was adjourned three times in the span of 45 minutes. MLAs from both the ruling parties and the opposition also held demonstrations outside the premises of the assembly to press for reservations. By noon, many MLAs left the assembly premises to participate in the Maratha Morcha.
  • Many parts of the city resembled a sea of Maratha community as protesters walked at a medium pace, sporting saffron turbans, carrying big and small saffron community flags. But there were no banners or placards of political messages.
  • People started arriving in Mumbai since early morning in private vehicles as well as public modes of transport. Police and traffic personnel were deployed in large numbers to manage the huge inflow of people and the movement of vehicles in Mumbai.

  • Chief minister DevendraFadnavis announced an inquiry into housing minister Prakash Mehta's clearance of an irregular SRA proposal at Tardeo's MP Mill compound in the state assembly on 31july, after the opposition cornered him using TOI's expose of the case.
  • Mehta admitted on the floor of the assembly that he had in fact not informed Fadnavis about the SRA proposal, even though he had noted so clearly on the file while permitting it.
  • "The minister has told me he meant to write the chief minister "should be informed".
  • I am satisfied with his explanation but in the interest of transparency, I agree to a full inquiry.
  • I will consult the opposition about its terms," Fadnavis said. The opposition has demanded a judicial probe.

  • Even as deadly potholes continue to trap motorists, a review of road accidents in the period April 1 to June 30, that is after the highway liquor ban came into effect, shows that people have started driving more cautiously.
  • The number of drink driving cases on the state's highways went down by 40% during April-June this year as compared to the same period last year.
  • As for deaths and injuries, these went down by 11-14%. Data collected by the state police suggests that minor accidents, where no injuries were caused, dropped by almost 21% in the period under consideration.
  • Amitesh Kumar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said it would be premature to judge the longterm impact of the highway liquor ban at this stage, though the decline in accidents indicate an encouraging trend.
  • He said the decline was also caused by positive intervention by the police and cooperation from motorists, who stayed away from liquor before driving.
  • "The police's initiatives, such as the setting up of alco-booths at hotels to help people measure their blood alcohol levels before driving, are helping a lot," said Kumar

  • In a quiet display of dissent, numerous taxpayers across the country have opted to file their tax returns manually, via snail-mail, rather than get an Aadhaar card.
  • Many others filed their returns online early, prior to June 30, when the Aadhaar linkage was not mandatory.
  • "Technically you should be able to file online even if you don't have an Aadhaar card, but the e-filing system does not allow it," said docu filmmaker Rakesh Sharma, who considers the Aadhaar requirement a potential violation of privacy and a possible tool for state surveillance and data mining.
  • The I-T department's e-filing portal does not accept returns without an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar application number.
  • In some instances, even an application number is being rejected - which according to I-T officials could be owing to an error by the tax filer or a temporary technical glitch.

  • The realty metamorphosis sweeping the suburbs, turning thousands of old residential buildings into taller, new structures, has left out those that stand under the four pathways marked by the 800-odd flights that enter and exit Mumbai daily.
  • When an airport is built within a city, safety norms ensure the buildings that fall under the shadow of aircraft remain stunted forever. Which is why the fate of about 3.6 lakh residents who live in the 6,000-odd buildings in Vile Parle, Santacruz, Kurla and Ghatkopar that fall under the aircraft approach paths is different from those who reside elsewhere in the city.
  • Due to height restrictions, no builder will take up their buildings for reconstruction. If left to their own fate, a decade from now, some of these dilapidated buildings would begin to collapse.
  • Airports Authority of India's (AAI) flight safety norms dictate no building that stands under the funnel zone the imaginary conical path that extends outwards and upwards from the two ends of a runway should grow tall enough to come close to the flight paths.
  • Which is why none of these "airport-affected buildings," as they can be called, is being taken up by builders for redevelopment.

  • A private medical institute, admitting its first batch of students this year, has put the state government in a dilemma after it registered as a private limited company.
  • The Vedantaa Institute of Medical Sciences, Palghar, is the first medical college in the state to have registered under the Companies Act, 2013.
  • A letter from the institute addressed to the government last month stated they are allowed to make profits and their fees do not require the Fee Regulation Authority's nod as they are registered as a company .
  • Vedantaa, incidentally , is charging the highest fees (Rs14lakhyear) among all private colleges in the state.
  • After deliberating over the letter for almost a month, the government, as of now, has decided to not allow the college benefits of reimbursements extended to other private colleges. In a circular issued by Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on 20july, the authorities have asked students to change their preferences, if they intend to, after the benefits have been lifted.
  • "Candidates admitted to the said institute will not be entitled for reimbursement of fees as per the state government's decision," said DMER director Pravin Shingare.

  • As India-China relations continue to make headlines daily, a group of principals in the city has appealed to their students to not use 'Made in China' stationery in schools.
  • The Mumbai School Principals' Association, which claims to have allegiance to over 1,500 schools in the Mumbai metropolitan region, is sending out messages through apps, hoping to create awareness and evoke patriotism among students.
  • Association members feel it is a small step that could show support to Indian soldiers on the border.
  • "Students must be aware about problems the country is facing. Stationery, like pens, compass boxes and erasers are all made in China.
  • Even if we are able to hurt the economic gains China makes through our country by a little, it will mean we are doing our bit," said Prashant Redij from the association. The association will print a circular and send the appeal to all schools. "It is the schools which must instil patriotism among students," he added.

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Ministers of Cabinet

  1. Shree Devendra Fadnavis: Chief Minister, Home Affairs, General Administration, Urban Development, Law & Judiciary, Tourism, Information and Public Relations, Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare, Revenue, Rehabilitation & Relief Works, Earthquake Rehabilitation, Minorities Development and Wakf, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries and State Excise
  2. Shree Sudhir Mungantiwar: Finance & Planning and Forests
  3. Shree Vinod Tawde: School Education, Sports & Youth Welfare, Higher & Technical Education,Medical Education, Marathi Language, Cultural Affairs
  4. Shree Prakash Mehta: Housing, Mining and Labor
  5. Shree Chandrakant Patil: Co-operation, Marketing and Textiles and Public works (excluding public undertakings)
  6. Smt. Pankaja Munde: Rural Development,Water Conservation,Employment Guarantee Scheme and Women and Child Development
  7. Shree Vishnu Savara: Tribal development
  8. Shree Girish Bapat: Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Food and Drugs Administration and Parliamentary Affairs
  9. Shree Girish Mahajan: Water Resources
  10. Shree Diwakar Raote: Transport
  11. Shree Subhash Desai: Industries, Ports, Employment & Self-Employment
  12. Shree Ramdas Kadam: Environment
  13. Shree Eknath Shinde: Public Works (including Public Undertakings)
  14. Shree Chandrashekhar Krishnarao Bawankule: Energy, New and Renewable Energy
  15. Shree Babanrao Lonikar: Water Supply and Sanitation
  16. Dr. Deepak Sawant: Public Health and Family Welfare
  17. Shree Rajkumar Sudamji Badole: Social Justice and Special Assistance

Minister of State

  1. Shree Dilip Kamble: Social Justice and Special Assistance
  2. Smt. Vidya Thakur: Women and Child Development, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Food and Drugs Administration
  3. Shree Ram Shankar Shinde: Home (Rural), Marketing, Public Health and Tourism
  4. Shree Vijay Sidramappa Deshmukh:Public Works (Public Undertakings), Transport, Labour and Textiles
  5. Shree Sanjay Dulichand Rathod: Revenue
  6. Shree Dadaji Dagadu Bhuse:Co-operation
  7. Shree Vijaybapu Shivtare:Water Resources and Water Conservation
  8. Shree Deepak Vasant Kesarkar:Finance, Rural Development
  9. Shree Ambrishrao Raje Satyavanrao Atram:Tribal Development
  10. Shree Ravindra Dattaram Waikar:Housing, Higher and Technical Education
  11. Dr. Ranjit Patil:Home (Urban), Urban Development, General Administration, Law and Judiciary and Parliamentary Affairs
  12. Shree Pravin Pote: Industries and Mining, Environment, Public Works (excluding public undertaking)

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  1. श्री.देवेंद्र फडणवीस (मुख्यमंत्री): सामान्य प्रशासन,नगर विकास,गृह विधी व न्याय,बंदरे,पर्यटन,माहिती व जनसंपर्क, माजी सैनिकांचे कल्याण,राजशिष्टाचार,कौशल्य विकास आणि अद्योज्क्ता, महसूल,पुनर्वसन व मदत कार्य,भूकंप पुनर्वसन,अल्पसंख्यांक,विकास आणि वक्फ,कृषी आणि फलोत्पादन,पशुसंवर्धन,दुग्ध व्यवसाय विकास व मत्स्यव्यवसाय,राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क आणि इत्यर कोणत्याही मंत्र्यांना विवक्षितपणे नेमून न दिलेले विभाग किंवा विषय
  2. श्री.सुधीर मुनगंटीवार: वित्त आणि नियोजन वने
  3. श्री.विनोद तावडे: शालेय शिक्षण,क्रीडा आणि युवक कल्याण,उच्च व तंत्र शिक्षण,वैद्यकीय शिक्षण,मराठी भाषा,सांस्कृतिक कार्य
  4. श्री प्रकाश महेता: गृहनिर्माण,खनिकर्म कामगार
  5. श्री चंद्रकांत पाटील: सहकार,पणन आणि वस्त्रोद्योग, सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम वगळून)
  6. श्रीमती पंकजा मुंडे: ग्रामविकास आणि जल संधारण,रोजगार हमी योजना,महिला व बाल विकास
  7. श्री.विष्णू सवरा: आदिवासी विकास
  8. श्री.गिरिष बापट: अन्न व नागरी पुरवठा आणि ग्राहक संरक्षण,अन्न आणि औषध प्रशासन,संसदीय कार्य
  9. श्री. गिरिष महाजन: जलसंपदा,खर जमीन
  10. श्री. दिवाकर रावते: परिवहन
  11. श्री. सुभाष देसाई: उद्योग
  12. श्री.रामदास कदम: पर्यावरण
  13. श्री.एकनाथ शिंदे: सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम)
  14. श्री.चंद्र्शेखर बावनकुळे: उर्जा,नवीन व नवीकणीय ऊर्जा
  15. श्री.बबनराव लोणीकर: पाणी पुरवठा आणि स्वच्छता
  16. डॉ.दिपक सावंत: सार्वजनिक आरोग्य आणि कुटुंब कल्याण
  17. श्री. राजकुमार बडोले: सामाजिक न्याय आणि विशेष सहाय्य


  1. श्री. दिलीप कांबळे: सामाजिक न्याय आणि विशेष सहाय्य,मदत व पुनर्वसन,भूकंप पुनर्वसन,अल्पसंख्याक विकास व वफ्क आणि राज्य उत्पादन शुल्क
  2. श्रीमती विद्या ठाकूर: महिला व बाल विकास,अन्न व नागरी पुरवठा आणि ग्राहक संरक्षण,अन्न आणि औषधी प्रशासन
  3. प्रा.राम शिंदे: गृह (ग्रामीण),पणन,सार्वजनिक आरोग्य,पर्यटन,कृषी आणि फलोत्पादन
  4. श्री.विजय देशमुख:सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम) परिवहन, कामगार,वस्त्रोद्योग, पशुसंवर्धन,दुग्धव्यवसाय विकास आणि मत्स्यव्यवसाय
  5. श्री.संजय राठोड: महसूल
  6. श्री.दादाजी भुसे:सहकार
  7. श्री.विजय शिवतारे:जलसंपदा,जलसंधारण,संसदीय कार्य
  8. श्री.दिपक केसरकर:वित्त,ग्राम विकास, नियोजन
  9. श्री.राजे अम्ब्रीशराब आत्राम:आदिवासी विकास
  10. श्री.रविंद्र वायकर:गृहनिर्माण,उच्च आणि तंत्रशिक्षण
  11. डॉ. रणजीत पाटील:गृह (शहरे),नगरविकास,सामान्य प्रशासन, विधी आणि न्याय विभाग,संसदीय कार्य,कौशल्य विकास आणि उद्योजकता,बंदरे आणि माजी सैनिकांचे कल्याण
  12. श्री.प्रविण पोटे-पाटील: उद्योग आणि खनिकर्म,पर्यावरण,सार्वजनिक बांधकाम (सार्वजनिक उपक्रम वगळून)
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