QMumbai: Mah Govt to Decide on ‘Padmavat’ Release; Threat to CM

Will Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmavat’ release in Maharashtra?

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Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Padmavati in the film <i>Padmavat</i>.
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Maharashtra Government Yet To Decide On Release Of Padmavat In State

Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a scene from <i>Padmavat.</i>
Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a scene from Padmavat.
(Photo Courtesy: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions)

The Maharashtra government is yet to decide on the release of Bollywood film Padmavat in the state, tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal has said.

Rawal, a BJP MLA and Rajput elected from Dhule district’s Sindkheda constituency in north Maharashtra, had opposed the release of the film earlier.

On Tuesday, the minister said the state has to check what has now been censored by the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC).

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, faced severe opposition across the country from various Rajput outfits over the alleged distortion of historical facts. The row prompted the CBFC to review the film, and it was cleared recently after many cuts and a change in its title from Padmavati to Padmavat.

“First of all, we need to see what has been removed from the movie as CBFC has cleared it after suggesting many cuts. If it still distorts history, we will continue to oppose it,” he said.

Asked if he wants a special screening, he said: “I am not the authority and want the right people to watch the movie and raise their voice.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)

‘Bhide’s Aide Threatened CM, No Action Was Taken’

A screenshot of Sambhaji Bhide’s page on Facebook.
A screenshot of Sambhaji Bhide’s page on Facebook.
(Photo: Facebook/Sambhajirao Bhide Guruji)

Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar claimed on Wednesday that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had received a threat to his life from Shri Shivpratishthan Hindustan and yet, the police took no action against the Hindu outfit’s leaders.

At a press conference held at his Mumbai office, Ambedkar alleged that Raosaheb Patil, close aide of Sambhaji, alias Manohar Bhide of Shri Shivpratishthan Hindustan, has posted provocative contents on the social media. He asked why government intelligence failed to take cognisance of this post and act against Patil.

In a Facebook post on 1 January, Patil called Fadnavis and Girish Bapat, minister for food and drugs administration, and Sudheendra Kulkarni, founder of the Observer Research Foundation, “insects” (keeda) who could be “chopped off”, Ambedkar said. “If you fall short of figures for Koregaon-Bhima, you are free to chop off Girish Bapat, Devendra Fadnavis, Sudheendra Kulkarni, I shall have no objections. They are insects infesting the country and the state,” Patil’s post at 10.12pm mentioned.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

Survey Of 712 Villages To Know Marathas’ ‘Status’

Against the backdrop of the deadline set by the Maratha Kranti Morcha to the state government on their demand for reservations, the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) has started a sample survey of Marathas in 712 villages in the state.

MSBCC Chairman Justice (retired) MG Gaikwad confirmed to Mirror that the questionnaire had been prepared, and the sample survey was expected to be completed within two months. The Maratha Kranti Morcha’s deadline expires on February 10.

“The survey is going to focus on three main bases. First, to check the financial status, second to check the educational status, and third, the employment status. The survey conclusions would be assessed by the commission once it is complete,” Gaikwad said.

As per information provided by the member secretary, the commission has 10 members, including the chairman. Gaikwad said that, for the sample survey, the commission had decided to choose two villages from each taluka in the state (Maharashtra has 356 in all).

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

Two Crude Bombs Found While Digging For Metro

Workers prepare reinforcing steel at the excavation site of a launching shaft for Metro Line 3, operated by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corp.&nbsp;
Workers prepare reinforcing steel at the excavation site of a launching shaft for Metro Line 3, operated by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corp. 
(Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) who is currently digging underground tunnels for the ongoing work of Metro-III, was in for a shock as its staff unearthed two crude bombs buried one foot deep outside Mumbai Central Railway station on Wednesday.

Mumbai police’s Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) was called in, who defused both bombs. “We got a call about two bombs encased in tin containers found at a Metro site. We suspect it to be explosive-type substance but it can be confirmed only after forensic tests. We have sent them to the laboratory in Kalina to check if they are old or new,” said a police official from Nagpada police station.

AK Singh, Chief Security Commissioner, Western Railway, said, “Railways BDDS squad along with Mumbai Police defused the bombs and have sent them to the forensic laboratory.” MMRCL is currently building the Maratha Mandir station at the spot. The police suspect that the bombs might be old as they were found buried deep in the ground.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

Con Woman Made Lakhs By Selling Fake Miracle Pregnancy Powder

A representational image of a crime scene.
A representational image of a crime scene.
(Photo: iStock)

For Virar resident Sujata Khandekar, 48, duping women looking to have a child was a scam pregnant with possibilities. She would lure them with medicine - which was fake and included weight gain supplements - that would help them get pregnant and charge thousands of rupees for her miracle cure. But her charade didn't go unnoticed for too long as an FIR filed by one of her victims on Tuesday put her behind bars.

A 33-year-old Virar resident filed the FIR with three other victims that did Khandekar in. The victim mentioned in her complaint that she came to know about Khandekar as someone who helped sterile women become pregnant.

"I approached her with my husband. After checking me, she gave me a ring and a statue of Lord Krishna, asking me to put it under my cushion. She also asked me to wear a ring and not allow anyone to touch it. For that, she took Rs 5,000-7,000 in fees and asked me to come back after some days," said the woman.

(Source: Mid-Day)

Kids In BMC Schools To Get Tabs At Fag End Of School Yr

The BMC’s two-year-old project to supply tablet computers to students in civic schools seems to have fallen flat. On Wednesday, after a frantic six-month search to find a suitable supplier for the tabs, the civic body finally cleared a Rs-18 crore contract to supply 18,078 tablet computers to students of Std IX in BMC schools across the city. However, a civic official said that it would take a fortnight to issue the work order to the contractor, who would then have 45 to 60 days to deliver the tablets. This means by the time the devices actually reach students, the academic year would almost have come to an end.

Civic officials said the BMC had picked M/s Karvy Data Management Services to supply tablet computers in English, Hindi, Marathi and Urdu to its Std IX students. The tablets cost the BMC around Rs 10,000 each.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

Looking For Ghosts, Teenager Lands At Colaba Police Station Instead

An 18-year-old Bengaluru-based boy's visit to an abandoned mansion in Colaba on Monday night, took a comical turn when his spooky escapade was suddenly interrupted by the sound of two approaching strangers. While the teenager believed he had chanced upon some evil spirit and decided to confront it head-on, he was quickly overpowered and discovered that they were security men.

It was only after he was dragged out that the terrified boy realised he was not dealing with ghosts. The teen, identified as Andrew Benjamin Shimshya, was in a Mumbai for a short course and living in a plush Peddar Road apartment with a friend. According to the police, Shimshya is fascinated with the idea of ghosts and often explores haunted places.

Shimshya was handed over to the police. "On being questioned, the boy said that he was curious about haunted places and that visiting Majestic MLA Niwas had been on his must-see list when in Mumbai," said Vijay Bhapavkar, senior inspector of Colaba Police station.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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