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Bengaluru, April 10 (IANS) JD-S President H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that the Vokkaliga community is keeping track of all the statements of Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar and they will respond to him.

“I have never misused the name of the mutt or the community pontiff. I need not learn from Shivakumar. His statements are being watched and observed by the Vokkaliga community,” he said.

He said that why would a religious pontiff question the collapse of any government?

“What is the connection between a pontiff and politics? Why would the Swamiji talk about the collapse of the government? Religiously, Swamiji is our pontiff, why would he be used for political purposes? Kumaraswamy questioned.

Kumaraswamy said the Congress had attempted to use the influence of the religious pontiff.

Reacting to the statement that JD-S won’t even win a seat in the Lok Sabha election, Kumaraswamy said Shivakumar had mistakenly taken the name of JD-S and NDA candidates.

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“He must have intended to speak about his Congress,” he said.

Following a delegation of NDA candidates visiting the Adichunchanagiri Mutt, the spiritual centre of Vokkaligas on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar said that the “pontiff is a wise man and will not get involved in politics.”

“I am sure he will not be involved in any politics. It is also a known fact that the JD-S supremo (Deve Gowda) divided the Vokkaliga mutt earlier,” Shivakumar said.

The Vokkaliga community plays an influential role in south Karnataka. Shivakumar and Kumaraswamy both hail from the same community.

–IANS

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NCPCR slaps notice to Netflix for showing smutty content accessible by kids

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Adopting a tough stance, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has slapped a notice on the OTT platform Netflix for allegedly showcasing adult content that is accessible by kids, on Tuesday.

NCPCR has served the notices to Netflix India Vice-President (Content) Monika Shergil and Policy Head Ambika Khurana, directing them to appear before it in person on July 29 in Delhi.

The notice was served following a complaint lodged by former journalist Uday Mahurkar of Save Culture, Save Bharat Foundation (SCSBF) with the NCPCR.

As per the complaint by SCSBF, Netflix is illegally showcasing the most horrendous pornographic content on its platform, which is easily accessible to minors.

The NCPCR had already sent a letter to Netflix on June 10 to take the necessary steps and submit an Action Taken Report within 10 days, but that was not complied with.

It has pointed out that “the unrestricted accessibility of explicit content on Netflix to minors” constitutes an offence under the POCSO Act, 2012, Section 11.

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The relevant section states: “A person is said to commit sexual harassment upon a child when such person, with sexual intent, shows any object to a child in any form or media for pornographic purposes.”

The NCPCR has warned that failure to comply with the notice could attract legal consequences, and directed the top officials to appear before it on July 29.

–IANS

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Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) President Droupadi Murmu will visit Maharashtra from July 28 to 30.

She will visit Pune, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nanded and Latur during her visit.

Among various programmes, she will attend the function to celebrate the Centenary Year of the Maharashtra Legislative Council on July 29 in Mumbai.

Her programmes planned for July 28 include a visit to the Mahalaxmi temple at Kolhapur, the inauguration of the mineral water plant at Savitri Mahila Audyogik Sahakari Sanstha and the extension building of Shobhatai Kore Warana Mahila Sahakari Patsanstha (credit society).

On July 29, the President will attend the 21st Convocation Ceremony of Symbiosis International Deemed University at Pune and later attend the Centenary year function of the Maharashtra Legislative Council at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai.

On July 30, she will inaugurate the Buddha Vihar at Udgir in Latur district and visit Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib at Nanded.

On the same day, she will fly back to Delhi.

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Maha: War of words erupts between Ajit Pawar & Girish Mahajan over development funds

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Maha: War of words erupts between Ajit Pawar & Girish Mahajan over development funds

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who also holds the Finance portfolio, and Rural Development Minister Girish Mahajan on Tuesday at the Cabinet meeting were reportedly engaged in a war of words over the allocation of development funds.

The verbal duel between the two leaders shocked the other cabinet members as it took place in the presence of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Girish Mahajan demanded additional funds for his department for the 25/15 scheme (the projects suggested by the elected representatives under this scheme are implemented mainly in rural areas) from the Finance Department headed by Ajit Pawar.

However, Pawar got agitated and reportedly asked Mahajan, “Where will we get the money, what land parcels the government should sell now to mobilise the funds?”

Mahajan also replied to Pawar and insisted that the funds need to be mobilised for the implementation of the 25/15 scheme in the run-up to the upcoming Assembly election.

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He referred to the proposal seeking the Cabinet’s approval for the allocation of crores of rupees for a monument in the Sinnar constituency in Nashik district represented by an NCP legislator.

“If your (Pawar) stand is not to spend or demand additional funds for want of money then why the money is being allocated for the Sinnar monument?” asked Mahajan.

In the recently presented state budget, Pawar announced a slew of welfare schemes worth almost Rs 1 lakh crore which has put an additional burden on the state exchequer.

The Finance Department has hinted that the state government may have to raise loans for the implementation of those schemes.

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Rs 7545 cr allocated to Maha, Oppn reacted without reading Budget: Dy CM

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that the state’s opposition has reacted to the Budget without reading it.

“We have a slew of state projects which have got the budgetary allocation of Rs 7,545 crore. Our opposition leaders reacted without reading the Budget,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He also gave a list of the projects and their allocated funds: Irrigation projects in Vidarbha Marathwada (Rs 600 crore), Maharashtra Rural Road Improvement (Rs 400 crore), Economic corridor for inclusive development (Rs 466 crore), Eco-Friendly Sustainable Agriculture Project (Rs 598 crore), Maharashtra Agriculture and Rural Transformation Project (Rs 150 crore), MUTP-3 (Rs 908 crore), Mumbai Metro (Rs 1087 crore), Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (Rs 499 crore), MMR Green Urban Mobility (Rs 150 crore), Nagpur Metro (Rs 683 crore), Nag Nadi Rejuvenation (Rs 500 crore), Pune Metro (Rs 814 crore) and Mula Mutha River Conservation (Rs 690 crore).

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“When the public elects you, there is an expectation that the elected representatives should read the provisions. I see that many big announcements have been made for Maharashtra,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He added that the Union Budget is a future-oriented budget keeping in mind the youth, poor and farmers of the country.

“Many advanced countries are struggling with the economy and in such a situation, India has shown a growth of 8.2 per cent. This growth is a growth that reflects the strength of India’s economy. Social sector expenditure has doubled in 2023-24 from nearly Rs 11 lakh crore to Rs 23 lakh crore,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He said that the expenditure on the health sector has now almost doubled to Rs 5.85 lakh crore against Rs 2.5 lakh crore in 2017-18.

“Through this budget, an investment of Rs 11 lakh crore will be made for infrastructure. The Centre has brought two schemes for the states, interest-free loans of Rs 1.5 lakh crore for 50 years and 15 years,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

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He said that also, a big announcement has been made regarding the new pension scheme.

“As in the state, we have made some rules along with all the employee unions. The Central government is also working along the same lines. This budget has been presented with an eye on the future and not just raining slogans,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

–IANS

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Court hands 5-year RI to key accused in fake currency seizure case

Kolkata, July 23 (IANS) A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Tuesday sentenced Faijul Sk who was identified as the key accused in a case related to fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in West Bengal’s Malda district to five years of rigorous imprisonment (RI).

Faijul, a resident of Gopalganj area of Malda, has also been fined Rs 5,000, the NIA said, adding that failure to submit the amount will attract an additional three months of RI.

“The trial against three other accused, including an absconding Bangladeshi citizen, is continuing,” an NIA statement read.

On September 16, 2019, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence recovered fake notes totalling Rs 1,99,000.

“The currency was seized from the possession of one Asim Sarkar, who was taken into custody. NIA, which took over the investigation in October 2019, subsequently arrested Faijul Sk, along with another accused, Aladu. A fourth accused, a Bangladeshi national identified as Abdul Rahim, is absconding,” the statement read.

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NIA learnt during the investigation that they have collectively hatched a criminal conspiracy to procure and circulate FICN with the intention to use the same as genuine for unlawful gains.

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