Rain-hit farmers see a ray of hope
Amid the VIP invitees, workers of three parties and others at Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in function at Shivaji Park in Dadar were 500 farmers, including relatives of those who ended their lives. They were invited to show the alliance’s commitment to them.
Thackeray also invited and felicitated Sanjay and Rupali Sawant, a couple who walked 100km to Pandharpur and offered prayers for the Shiv Sena to come to power in the state.
Narendra Patil, son of Dharma Patil who committed suicide at Mantralaya, too, was present at the event.
Earlier this year, Narendra was detained by the Dhule police during former CM Devendra Fadnavis’s visit. Narendra said, “According to me, the Sena government is worried about farmers, so they invited me. We have been suffering badly through the year and have high hopes from this alliance.”
Mohan Yadav, a resident of Daund in Pune district, said he was a fan of Balasaheb Thackeray.
He even named his two sons Uddhav and Raj. Yadav came riding on a saffron bike.
“I am fan of Balasaheb and I feel proud that finally someone from the family was sworn-in as the chief minister of Maharashtra. Uddhav ji has set an example by leading from the front.”
The Delhi Commission for Women on Thursday asked the city police to submit a complete report by August 14 on the action taken on a rape complaint by three girls studying in a Delhi government school. The commission also asked police to confirm that the three minor girls were produced before the child welfare committee as required by law, and a copy of the order issued by the committee.
In the first Cabinet meeting after taking oath on Wednesday, chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, decided to convene the Bihar assembly session on August 24 to seek trust vote. The session was delayed as speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha refused to quit and promoted ruling alliance to move a no-confidence motion. Former speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary said it will be taken first on the day the House convenes.
Two young men were stabbed during a Muharram procession at the Mallasamudra village in Karnataka's Gadag on Tuesday, according to reports. The injured have been identified as Tousif Hosamani and Mushtaq Hosamani. One of the two young men is battling for his life. Both are being treated at the Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital. Police have registered a case against six men in the incident.
The Campus Front of India has objected to a 'Bharat Mata pooja' scheduled to be held today at a university in Mangaluru - one of the areas at the heart of the hijab ban in Karnataka - and wanted to know why the university had allowed a pooja with a poster holding up a saffron flag instead of the tricolour, news agency PTI reported.
A cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu on Thursday led to a house collapse in which a woman and A 55-year-old woman, Chavelu Devi's granddaughter died, while 10 shops were washed away and three vehicles were damaged in the district. The director of the State Disaster Management Authority, Sudesh Mokta said rains during the past 24 hours have disrupted life in the district. The heavy rain also damaged electricity infrastructure in the area. In Mandi district, national highway 21 was blocked after a landslide on Thursday morning.