QMumbai: Rahul to Help in Seat-Sharing Talks With NCP & More
1. Maharashtra Congress Asks Rahul To Help In Seat-Sharing Talks With NCP
The Maharashtra unit of the Congress has asked party president Rahul Gandhi to intervene and resolve the ongoing seat-sharing feud with long-time ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The parties have been engaged in a tussle over the Ahmednagar and Aurangabad seats for the Lok Sabha elections.
While Congress has been demanding Ahmednagar for Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of leader of opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, the NCP wants Aurangabad constituency, but won’t concede the Ahmednagar seat. “During a meeting with Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, state unit chief Ashok Chavan requested him to resolve the differences by talking to NCP chief Sharad Pawar,” said a senior Congress leader, on condition of anonymity.
Source: Hindustan Times
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2. 62 MoUs For Rs 500-Crore Investment In Health, Irrigation Inked
The state government on Monday signed 62 memorandums of understanding, promising an investment of Rs 500 crore in health and irrigation sectors.
Calling it a significant step towards “mahaparivartan” (great transformation), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The state government through public-private partnership has made a huge move to change the lives of 50 lakh people, especially those reeling from poverty. These 62 MoUs will bring huge investments of Rs 500 crore.”
The CM added that projects under social sectors were being initiated on a massive scale. “When it comes to welfare of the people, it cannot be confined to just the government. For any good work or project that promises to better the lives of people, there are always helping hands from private sectors,” said Fadnavis.
Source: The Indian Express
3. Elgaar Parishad: Gadling, Varavara Rao To Be Sent Back To Yerawada Jail
Lawyer Surendra Gadling and writer Varavara Rao, two accused in the Elgaar Parishad case who were taken into custody on February 1 by Gadchiroli Police in a 2016 arson case at Surjagad iron ore mine, will be sent back to Yerawada Jail after a court at Aheri in Gadchiroli remanded them in judicial custody.
On December 25, 2016, alleged Maoists had set fire to at least 80 vehicles engaged in transporting iron ore from the mine. Gadchiroli Police had said they have evidence of Gadling and Rao’s involvement in the conspiracy.
Source: The Indian Express
4. Asghar Ali Guilty Of Unauthorised Killing Of Tigress Avni (T1), Says Report
Days before being shot dead, tigress T1 had completely lost the fear of humans and was responsible for a number of deaths in the Pandharkawda area, the report of the state-appointed committee probing her death confirms. However, what is more alarming is that the committee has sought action against shooter Asghar Ali, son of Nawab Shafat Ali Khan, as he has been found to be responsible for violations with regards to the Arms Act and the veterinary drugs used in the killing of the tigress.
5. Nair To Be First-Ever BMC Hospital To Set Up Cancer Wing
Thousands of cancer patients who throng Mumbai will soon have a shorter wait for treatment, with the BMC now set to build its first ever specialised cancer wing at Nair hospital. The long delayed project has finally received approval and the tender has been floated for the construction of a nine-storey cancer wing that will be able to accommodate 100 beds. The estimated budget for the facility is Rs 340 crore.
At present, the only public facility that provides cancer treatment is Tata Memorial Hospital. However, due to the ever growing need for cancer treatment, the waiting list of patients runs into months. Taking this into consideration, the BMC had proposed as far back as 2012 to build to a facility at a civic hospital that can provide faster, cost-effective treatment.