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Maharashtra govt plans ‘housing for all’

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By NewsGram staff writer

Mumbai: Maharashtra government is set to introduce ‘Housing for All’ policy aiming at people living in urban areas to fulfill the growing need for housing in the state.

Centre’s ‘Housing for All by 2020’ policy would be improvised and a better version of it will come out as a part of the policy.

An official said that Maharashtra was nearly 50 per cent urbanized and the State’s urban needs were different as compared to that of the rest of the country. He added that proposal would be brought before the cabinet soon for approval.

A self-certification clause will be added in the policy stating that the beneficiary does not own a house anywhere in the country. And if the statement by him turns out to be ‘false’, then policy will also have a provision for punishment.

The amount which the beneficiary has to pay to get a house under the scheme would be lower than the amount in Centre’s policy.

Government would also provide subsidy on the home loan interest, an official said.

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John Abraham Describes Maharashtra Government “Ridiculous” for Cutting Trees for Metro Rail

"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added

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"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor John Abraham described as “ridiculous” the Maharashtra government’s decision to cut down 33 hectares of green carpet for the development of the Metro 3 car shed in Mumbai. John was expressing his concern over the water crisis when he made the comment, during the trailer launch of his upcoming film “Batla House” here on Wednesday.

“In this situation, when Maharashtra Government has decided to cut down 33 hectares of greenery at Arey Milk Colony, it makes me wonder if we are heading towards the right direction. I am opposed to the coastal road and 33 hectares of land being cut!”

“It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail,” he added. Present with John were his co-stars Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi, along with director Nikkhil Advani and producer Bhushan Kumar among others.

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“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem”, says John Abraham. Wikimedia Commons

The BMC and MMRC have already received around 82,000 objection letters from the affected community and environment conservatives. Bollywood celebrities like Randeep Hooda, Dia Mirza, Adil Hussain, Ashok Pandit, Pooja Bedi among others have already lent their voice to support the cause of saving the greenery. John was asked about the present situation of the water crisis in Maharashtra and also the water-logging condition in the city due to the rain.

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Addressing the issue the actor said, “we are not doing good water harvesting in the city and that is surely creating the water crisis. If we can harvest water rightly, the city and the country can have enough water. When the rain does not happen at the right time, we get worried and then when it rains in the city (Mumbai), it is flooded which obviously we do not like.”

“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem.” “Batla House” is slated to release on August 15. (IANS)

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Maharashtra Government Questions High Court on Categorizing ‘Dahi Handi’ as Adventure Sport

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

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Dahi Handi Celebration. YouTube
  • Division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP- Ashish Shelar
  • The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

Mumbai, Jul 17, 2017: The Maharashtra government was asked by the High Court of Bombay to explain the grounds for categorizing the celebration of ‘Dahi Handi’ as one of the adventure sports in 2015 and giving permissions minors to take part in the celebrations.

According to the PTI report, division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP, Ashish Shelar and the rest for dire situations and the restrictions laid down by the High Court for the celebrations of Dahi Handi festival on the year 2015.

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Along with Shelar, the petition was also seeking severe action against the former youth wing president of BJP in Mumbai- Ganesh Pandey, PTI has reported.

Reportedly, the petitioner said to the bench that post laying down of the restrictions in the order by the High Court on 2015, the state government declared in 11th August on the same year declaring ‘Dahi Handi’ festival as an adventure-sport.
In that order, the High Court had stated that the human pyramids that are formed during the celebration, must not exceed 20 feet minors will not be permitted to take part in the formation of the pyramids.

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents. The bench has ordered the government to respond to the questions and postponed the issue for further hearing on 4th August, PTI has reported.

It was also noted by the court that the political leaders such as- Shelar, the head of the Dahi Handi Samiti that was set up by the state-government in the year 2015, should stay away from organizing or participating in such celebrations where the orders from the court are being flouted.

The Samiti was set up post an order from the High Court and the mandate of it was to actualize the guidelines of the court during the celebrations of ‘Dahi Handi’, Press Trust of India has reported.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @ElaanaC

 


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Fake Caste Certificates Invalid for Employment, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has passed the judgement against the fake certificates making them invalid. The decision will, however, be applied from now onwards

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Supreme Court, the apex ruling court of India. Wikimedia
  • The Indian Supreme Court has ruled against the validity of Fake Caste Certificates in jobs and admissions
  • The decision, however, will be applied now onwards and has no retrospective effects
  • Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud were members of the bench ruling on the case

July 06, 2017: Fake Caste Certificates that up until now were used to secure reserved seats in Jobs and Education are not going to be valid after a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court did not agree with the Bombay High Court who delivered the verdict that persons who have served for a long period of time but with fake caste certificates may be allowed to continue the service, mentioned PTI.

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Although possessing no retrospective effects, the decision will be applicable from now onwards. The verdict came as a number of petitions to the Supreme Court were flooding in. Even Maharashtra government filed a petition against the verdict of the Bombay High Court.

Only last month the Central government announced its decision to dismiss any employee who had secured a job through fake certificates. Subsequently, it had asked all its departments to collect information from various organizations and find discrepancies.

It was also revealed that 1,296 cases of employment through fake certificates were registered under Department of Financial Services.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394