QMumbai: Aaditya Thackeray to Kick-Off Statewide Tour & More

1. Aaditya Thackeray to Kick-Off Statewide Tour From Jalgaon

Shiv Sena leader and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray will launch his ‘Jan Ashirwad Daura’ – a tour planned to project him as the next generation leader within the party – on 18 July from Jalgaon district.

In the first phase of the statewide tour, Aaditya will also visit Nashik, Nandurbar, and other districts, party functionaries said.

Sena functionaries said that the 29-year-old Thackeray scion plans to use this tour to “thank the voters” for backing the party in the Lok Sabha elections and to also create a ground for the Sena to win maximum seats in the upcoming Assembly elections.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Govt Gives Nod For Marathi Language Bhavan

State government has approved the construction of a sub-centre for Marathi Language Bhavan at Airoli in Navi Mumbai.

Two weeks after a protest by Marathi writers, the state government has approved the construction of a sub-centre for Marathi Language Bhavan at Airoli in Navi Mumbai. This is being set up to bring all the offices of the Marathi Language Department under one roof for better coordination.

Officials said the offices under the Marathi language department such as the Directorate of Languages, Maharashtra State Board of Literature and Culture, Maharashtra State Marathi Encyclopaedia Production Board and State Marathi Development Institute and their regional offices will be accommodated at the bhavan. The estimated cost of construction of the building is Rs 17.66 crore, an official said.

(Source: Indian Express)

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3. Police Directed to Use Govt Workers as Panch Witnesses

The Maharashtra Police has been asked to use state and central government employees as panch witnesses while investigating cases under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The Maharashtra Police has been asked to use state and central government employees as panch witnesses while investigating cases under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The step is aimed at improving the state’s conviction record under the Act, which in 2016 was 10.5 percent.

The Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) department of the state police recently issued recommendations to that effect to units across the state.

Panch witnesses play a crucial role when the police search homes and personal objects belonging to persons under investigation, are safeguards to ensure that evidence at a scene of crime is not tampered with and provide a guarantee from the police to the court that it hasn’t introduced any new material at a spot.

(Source: Indian Express)

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4. 6.6 Percent Cases Successfully Resolved, Says SC-ST Commission

Since 2007, the Maharashtra State Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission has solved 6.6 percent complaints of caste bias and atrocities successfully.

Since 2007, the Maharashtra State Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission has solved 6.6 per cent complaints of caste bias and atrocities successfully.

Of 10,223 complaints the commission received till December 2018, in just 675 cases its orders or directions have been implemented.

The SC-ST Commission was formed in 2005 under the Social Justice and Special Assistance department to address grievances of SCs and STs, advise the state government on schemes for the backward classes and to make recommendations on social, educational and political benefits for them.

(Source: Indian Express)

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5. Missing Teenagers Found Dead in Creek at Thane

A day after two 15-year-old boys were reported missing, the Thane disaster management cell recovered their bodies from Mithagar creek, behind KC College in Kopri, Thane, on Sunday afternoon.

The victims – identified as Shubham Vinod Devkar and Pravin Satyam Kanchari – were residents of Subhash Nagar in Chendani Koliwada. Police suspect that the teenagers had skipped their tuition class to go to the creek, where they may have drowned.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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