Two die during dahi handi celebrations in Maharashtra
At least two persons were killed, one is reported missing and more than 85 were injured in various incidents as Maharashtra witnessed dahi handi celebrations in Mumbai and other parts on Monday.
One youth died in a dahi handi-related incident in central Mumbai’s Sion, while another drowned in Bhayander in Thane. A youth has been reported missing in the Arabian Sea at Versova Beach in Andheri, while four were rescued.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation disaster control cell said at least 87 youth sustained injuries while forming human pyramids at various venues.
Breaking the dahi handi, which carries curd in an earthen pot, is done to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna on Janmashtami. Festivities started on Tuesday with several Govinda groups of men and women, dressed in colourful clothes, fanning out across the city to try their pot luck, and celebrities such as Raveena Tandon, Suniel Shetty and Varun Kapoor, among others, joining the celebrations.
Maharashtrian laavni dance performers were also seen regaling the crowds. Thousands of Govindas also trooped out in other cities such as Pune, Nagpur and Kolhapur to form human pyramids and break the dahi handi.
Watch: Visually-impaired Govindas form human pyramid to celebrate Janmashtami
Suez India Limited -- the company entrusted with the task of Lucknow's sewage management -- is mulling to make written permission from corporator of area, sanitation supervisor of area and safety officer of the firm mandatory before any sanitation worker enters a sewer chamber. The move comes close on the heels of death of two sanitation workers in Saadatganj area on March 29 when they had entered a manhole sans proper gear.
Minister of state (independent charge) for secondary education Gulab Devi said principals of all government run and aided schools must hold talks with parents of students at least twice a year so that they may get a direct feedback about the progress of their wards. Gulab Devi further said the government and the administration should work together so that the work gets accelerated.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Friday announced that his proposed visit to Ayodhya on June 5 had been postponed. “Ayodhya tour postponed for now....Will explain in detail. ,” Thackeray tweeted. The BJP MP is far from being satisfied with the postponement. Thackeray is also peeved at the BJP leadership, particularly Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, for their failure to rein in Singh.
A day after a section of students demanded Lucknow University vice chancellor Alok Kumar Rai to remove dalit professor Ravi Kant Chandan from the campus, another a group of students came out in his support and praised his “scientific style of teaching”. Professor Ravi Kant Chandan of the Hindi department has been in the news for his recent comments on the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex.
A 13-year-old boy told police that he was abducted by an auto rickshaw driver on his way home from his tabla class in Dombivli. He also claimed that the driver snatched his gold chain. Vishnunagar police are investigating these claims and looking for the driver. The complaint was registered by the boy's father, Mohan Bhoir, 38. The boy has his music classes on Thursday evenings.