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गेली दोन दिवस देवरुख पंचायत समिती समोर रत्नसिंधू नगर मध्ये कामासंदर्भात पं. स. सदस्य अजित गवाणकर यांचे उपोषण सुरु आहे. मात्र या उपोषणाबाबत उलट सुलट चर्चा सुरु असताना मिळालेल्या माहिती अनुसार उपोषण सुरु होण्या अगोदरच प्रशासनाने दिलेल्या समर्पक अहवालानंतर या उपोषणाची हवाच गुल झाली आहे. यामुळे हे उपोषण अधिकृत की अनधिकृत या बाबत संभ्रमवस्था निर्माण झाली आहे.

सोमवार पासून गवाणकर हे आमरण उपोषणाला बसले आहेत. ते ज्या मुद्यावर उपोषणाला बसले आहेत हे सर्व मुद्दे प्रशासनाने खोडून काढत समर्पक उत्तर दिली आहेत. हा अहवाल संबंधित उपोषण कर्त्यांना ८ डिसेंबर रोजी जा. क्र. / पंसस / ग्रा. पं. / ७१२२ / २० – २१ अन्वये दिला होता. मात्र योग्य असे उत्तर असतानाही उपोषण का केले याबाबत उलट सुलट चर्चा सुरु आहे.

प्रशासनाने दिलेल्या अहवालानुसार सदर रस्ता सन २००१ – २०२१ रस्ते विकास योजने अंतर्गत ग्रा. मा. क्र. ३२५ दर्जाचा आहे. या परिसरात शाळा असल्याने या रस्त्यावरून विद्यार्थी, पालक, वाहने यांची ये जा सुरु असते. त्यामुळे सदर रस्ता सार्वजनिक वाहतुकीसाठी खुला आहे असे या अहवालात नमूद करण्यात आलेले आहे.

तसेच शाळेच्या खासगी जागेत शाळा व्यावास्थापनाने स्वखर्चाने शासनाचा कोणताही निधी न वापरता कंपाउंड वॉल बांधलेली आहे. त्याचबरोबर पालकांच्या व मुलांच्या सुरक्षेसाठी स्वखर्चाने गेट बांधण्यात आला आहे. हा गेट सर्वांसाठी खुला असतो परंतु सुरक्षिततेच्या कारणासाठी येता जाताना हा गेट बंद करावा असा फलकही लावण्यात आला आहे.

साडवली येथे नदीच्या पात्राच्या काही अंतरावर दुध केंद्र आहे. अतिवृष्टीमध्ये नदीच्या पत्राची झीज होऊन केंद्राच्या इमारतीला धोका पोहोचु नये. यासाठी अतिवृष्टी अनुदान अंतर्गत संरक्षण भिंत मंजूर करण्यात आलेली आहे. सदर काम सार्वजनिक स्वरूपाचे असल्याने हस्तांतर करण्याचा प्रश्नच उद्भवत नाही असे या अहवालात नमूद करण्यात आलेले आहे.

साडवली रत्नसिंधु रस्ता ग्रा. मा. क्र. ३२५ असून सार्वजनिक स्वरूपाचा आहे. रस्ता खराब होऊ नये म्हणून सदर रस्त्यावर इतर रस्त्याप्रमाणे गटार बांधण्यात आलेले आहे.

या परिसरात वाहळावर साकव नसल्याने पावसाळ्यामध्ये ग्रामस्थ, परिसरातील शेतकऱ्यांचे गुरे ढोरे यांना अडचण निर्माण होत होती यामुळे येथे साकव मंजूर करण्यात आला सध्या या साकवाचा लाभ गंगाधर नगर व रत्नसिंधु नगर येथील ग्रामस्थ तसेच शेतकरी करत आहेत यामुळे याचा वापर हा सार्वजनिकरित्या होत आहे असे या अहवालात नमूद करण्यात आलेले आहे. हा सर्व अहवाल उपोषण करण्यापूर्वी म्हणजे ८ डिसेंबर ला पंचायत समिती प्रशासनाने संबंधित उपोषणकर्त्यांना दिला होता तसेच उपोषणाचा मार्ग अवलंबला तर त्याची सर्वस्वी जबाबदारी उपोषण कर्त्याची राहील असेही नमूद केले होते त्यामुळे हे उपोषण अप्रत्यक्षरीत्या अनधिकृत ठरत आहे. एकंदरीत या उपोषणाचा येवढा अट्टाहास का ? असा सवाल उपस्थित होत आहे.

विशेष म्हणजे या उपोषणाला राजकीय कलाटणी देण्याचा प्रयत्न इतर पक्षांकडून झाला आहे. या उपोषणामुळे सर्व सामान्य शिवसैनिकांनी संताप व्यक्त करत या उपोषणाकडे पाठ फिरवली आहे.

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आंगणेवाडीच्या यात्रोत्सवाची तारीख जाहीर

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मालवणः नवसाला पावणारी अशी ख्याती सर्वदूर पसरलेल्या आणि लाखो भक्तांचे श्रद्धास्थान असलेल्या आंगणेवाडी (मालवण) येथील भराडी देवीच्या वार्षिक यात्रोत्सवाची तारीख निश्चित झाली आहे. देवीने कौल दिल्यानंतर १७ फेब्रुवारी २०२० रोजी तारीख निश्चित करण्यात आली. आंगणे कुटुंबीय यांची मंदिरात बैठक पार पडल्यानंतर यात्रेची तारीख जाहीर करण्यात आली आहे. आंगणेवाडीची तारीख निश्चित झाल्याने आता मुंबई-पुण्यातील चाकरमाण्यांची यात्रेला जाण्यासाठी लगबग लवकरच सुरू होईल.

यात्रेची तारीख निश्चित करण्यासाठी प्रथेप्रमाणे पारध करण्यात आली. त्यानंतर देवीला प्रसाद लावण्यात आला. धार्मिक कार्यक्रमानंतर देवीने दिलेल्या आदेशानुसार जत्रोत्सवाची तारीख ग्रामस्थांनी जाहीर केली. लाखो भक्तांना देवीच्या दर्शनाची अत्यंत सुलभ व्यवस्था करून आपल्या दर्जेदार नियोजनाचा आदर्श आंगणेवाडी मंडळाने राज्यासमोर उभा केला आहे. भराडी देवीच्या यात्रेकडे केवळ कोकणच नव्हे तर संपूर्ण महाराष्ट्रातील जनतेचे लक्ष लागलेले असते. तसेच प्रींट, इलेक्ट्रॉनिक व सोशल मीडियाचे लक्ष लागलेले असते. मुंबई-पुणे येथील चाकरमान्यांचे या यात्रेच्या तारखेकडे डोळे लागलेले असतात. यात्रेची तारीख निश्चित झाली की, कोकणात जाणाऱ्या गाड्यांचे म्हणजेच रेल्वे, बसचे तिकिट बुकिंग करण्यासाठी मोठी गर्दी उसळते. अवघ्या काही मिनिटात गाड्यांचे बुकिंग केले जाते.

देवीने कौल दिल्यानंतर १७ फेब्रुवारी २०२० रोजी तारीख निश्चित करण्यात आली. आंगणे कुटुंबीय यांची मंदिरात बैठक पार पडल्यानंतर यात्रेची तारीख जाहीर करण्यात आली आहे. आंगणेवाडीची तारीख निश्चित झाल्याने आता मुंबई-पुण्यातील चाकरमाण्यांची यात्रेला जाण्यासाठी लगबग लवकरच सुरू होईल.

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भीमा-कोरेगाव येथे 1 जानेवारी होणाऱया विजयस्तंभ अभिवादन सोहळ्यासाठी मोठय़ा संख्येने अनुयायी येणार असल्याने जिल्हा प्रशासनाने चोख तयारी केली आहे. दोन वर्षांपूर्वी झालेल्या घटनेच्या पार्श्वभूमीवर पोलिसांकडून मोठय़ा प्रमाणात खबरदारी घेण्यात आली असून, अजून 10 हजार पोलिसांचा बंदोबस्त तैनात करण्यात आला आहे. सोशल मीडियावर ‘वॉच’ ठेवला जाणार आहे. आतापर्यंत आक्षेपार्ह 25 ‘टिक टॉक’ व्हिडीओ आणि 15 फेसबुक पेजवर पोलिसांनी कारवाई केली आहे.

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नागरिकत्व दुरुस्ती कायदा (Citizen Amendment Act) राष्ट्रीय लोकसंख्या नोंदणी (National Population Resistration) व राष्ट्रीय नागरिक नोंदणी (National Citizenship Registration) म्हणजे CAA, NPR Je NCR या नागरिकत्वाच्या मुद्यांवरून आजही आपला अर्धाअधिक देश जळत आहे. त्यात करोडो रुपयांच्या खासगी व सरकारी मालमत्तेचे नुकसान होत आहे. अनेकांचे बळी जात आहेत. पोलिसांना प्रचंड मार खावा लागत आहे. आज नागरिकत्वाच्या मुद्यांवरून ज्या पद्धतीने दंगली घडवल्या जात आहेत त्यावरून या देशाचे स्वास्थ्य बरोबर नाही. अगदी महाराष्ट्रही नागरिकत्वाच्या मुद्यावरून होरपळून निघाला आहे. त्याला अपवाद या देशाची अर्थवाहिनी व जागतिक कीर्तीचे म्हणून ओळखले जाणारे मुंबई शहर आहे. मुंबईत नागरिकत्व दुरुस्ती कायद्याच्या विरोधात व समर्थनातही मोर्चे निघाले. परंतु कोणताही अनुचित प्रकार घडला नाही. याचे श्रेय मुंबई पोलीस, जागृत नागरिक व मोर्चात भाग घेणाऱ्या संयमी आयोजकांना जाते. रझा अकादमीच्या कार्यकर्त्यांनी 2012 साली म्यानमारमध्ये मुस्लिमांवर होणाऱ्या अत्याचाराच्या निषेधार्थ मुंबईत मोर्चा काढला होता. त्या वेळी दक्षिण मुंबईत रझा अकादमीच्या आंदोलकांनी सरकारी व खासगी मालमत्तेची प्रचंड हानी केली. शिपाई महिलांचा विनयभंग केला होता. त्याच रझा अकादमीवाल्यांनी या वेळी नागरिकत्वाच्या मुद्यांवरून संयमी भूमिका घेतली. आयोजित करण्यात आलेल्या मोर्चात भाग घेतला आणि CAA ला विरोध केला, परंतु कोणत्याही हिंसक घटनेला प्रोत्साहन दिले नाही. लोकसभा, विधानसभा निवडणुकाही शांततेत पार पडल्या. मुंबई पोलिसांसमोर या वर्षी कायदा आणि सुव्यवस्था अबादित ठेवण्याचे मोठे आव्हान होते. ते त्यांनी पोलीस आयुक्त संजय बर्वे व विनय कुमार चौबे (सहआयुक्त) यांच्या नेतृत्वाखाली यशस्वीपणे पार पडले. राष्ट्रवादी काँगेसचे नेते शरद पवार व राज ठाकरे यांना आलेल्या ‘ईडी’च्या नोटिसीनंतर महाराष्ट्रात तणाव निर्माण झाला होता. देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांचे सरकार कोसळल्यानंतर आमदारांची पळवापळवी सुरू झाली होती. तेव्हाही कायदा आणि सुव्यवस्थेचा प्रश्न निर्माण झाला होता. त्यालाही मुंबई पोलीस सामोरे गेले त्यामुळे Hats off मुंबई पोलीस! 2019 साली कायदा आणि सुव्यवस्थेचा कोणताही प्रश्न निर्माण झाला नाही. 2019 साली मुंबईत मराठा मोर्चाने घालून दिलेला पायंडा, (कुर्ला-चेंबूर येथील हिंसक प्रकार वगळता) साऱ्याच मोर्चेकऱ्यांनी पाळला. मुंबईतील शांतता भंग होऊ दिली नाही. त्यामुळे 2019 साली मुंबईतील कायदा आणि सुव्यवस्था अबादित राहिली. अतिरेकी व अंडरवर्ल्डच्या कारवाया तर जवळ जवळ संपुष्टात झाल्या आहेत. मुंबई क्राइम ब्रँच व एटीएसने केलेल्या प्रतिबंधात्मक कारवाईमुळे अलीकडे कुणीही डोके वर काढलेले नाही. कुणी ‘पुजारी’ नाव सांगणारे फोनभाई परदेशातून अधूनमधून हॉटेल मालक, बिल्डर आदी व्यावसायिकांना खंडणी वसुलीसाठी आपल्या शूटरमार्फत हवेत गोळीबार करून धमकावतात. अलीकडेच विक्रोळी येथे राहणारे शिवसेनेचे उपविभागप्रमुख चंद्रशेखर जाधव यांच्यावर गोळीबार करण्यात आला, परंतु सुदैवाने ते वाचले. त्या वेळी गोळीबार करणारा यूपीतला ‘शूटर’ पब्लिकच्या हाती लागला. जमलेल्या नागरिकांनी बेदम मारल्यामुळे आज तो आरोपी रुग्णालयात मृत्युशी झुंज देत आहे. त्यामुळे पाच-दहा हजार रुपये देऊन शूटरना कुठेही गोळीबार करावयास लावणे आता तितके सोपे राहिलेले नाही. हे सिंगापूर, हाँगकाँग, मलेशिया, बँकॉक आदी देशांत बसलेल्या खंडणीखोरांनी लक्षात ठेवावे. छोटा राजन टोळीतून फुटून निघालेल्या संतोष शेट्टीला मुंबई क्राइम ब्रॅचच्या अधिकाऱ्यांनी बँकॉकमधून उचलून आणले आणि त्याच्यावर मोक्काची कारवाई केली. तीच वेळ आता पुजारी टोळीचे नाव सांगणाऱ्या खंडणीखोरांवर येणार आहे. त्यामुळे हवेत गोळीबार करून धमकावण्याचे सत्रदेखील लवकरच बंद होईल, असे मुंबई क्राइम ब्रँचचे अधिकारी सांगत आहेत.

दाऊद, छोटा शकील पाकिस्तानात आहेत व त्यांच्या मुंबईतील कारवायांना आळा बसला आहे. छोटा राजन व अरुण गवळी जेलमध्ये आहेत. ते मरेपर्यंत बाहेर येतील अशी शक्यता वाटत नाही. त्यामुळेच अंडरवर्ल्डमध्ये कोणतेही कर्तृत्व नसलेल्या ‘पुजारी’ गँगची सध्या वळवळ सुरू असून कुणी घाबरून जाऊ नये, असे आवाहन मुंबई क्राइम ब्रँचने केले आहे. मुंबईतील पुजारी टोळीच्या हस्तकांची आम्ही पूर्णपणे कोंडी केली आहे. त्यांच्या नांग्या ठेचल्या आहेत. त्यामुळे परदेशातून मुंबईतील व्यावसायिकांना धमकावणाऱ्या फोनभाईंच्या डेडबॉडय़ा लवकरच मुंबईत आणल्या जातील. संतोष शेट्टीप्रमाणे आता कुणाला जिवंत मुंबईत आणणार नाही. इतका इशारा आता पुरे झाला, असे एका ज्येष्ठ अधिकाऱ्याने सांगितले.

मुंबई क्राइम ब्रँचने गँगवॉर संपविले. संघटित गुंड टोळय़ांचे कंबरडे मोडले. त्यामुळे खंडणी वसुलीचे प्रकार थांबले. स्ट्रीट क्राइमही काहीसा कमी झाला आहे. रस्त्यावरील गुन्हेगारीला पोलिसांच्या नाकाबंदीमुळे आळा बसला आहे. परंतु रॅश ड्रायव्हिंग वाढली आहे. मोटरसायकलस्वारांकडून वाहतूक पोलिसांवर हल्ला करण्याचे प्रमाण वाढले आहे. नायजेरियन ड्रग माफियांनी मुंबईसह देशभरात आपले जाळे पसरवले आहे. इराणी टोळय़ांनी सर्वत्र धुडगूस घातला आहे. पोलीस असल्याचे भासवून दीनदुबळय़ांना लुटण्यात येत आहे. या टोळय़ा नष्ट करण्याचे मोठे आव्हान पोलिसांसमोर आहे. या सर्व गुन्हेगारीवर सायबर क्राइमने मात केली आहे. रस्त्यावरील गुन्हेगारी आटोक्यात येत असतानाच ‘सायबर क्राइम’ भयानक पद्धतीने वाढत चालले आहे. मुंबईसारख्या शहरात रोज किमान एक डझन तरी सायबर क्राइमशी संबंधित गुन्हे दाखल होत आहेत. क्रेडिट-डेबिट कार्ड चोरून अथवा क्लोन करून एटीएममधून पैसे काढले जात आहेत. आता मोबाईल प्रत्येक माणसाच्या हातात आल्याने बँकिंग फ्रॉड वाढले आहेत. बँकेत पैसे असूनही लोकांना आता असुरक्षित वाटू लागले आहे. व्यवहारापुरते पैसे घरी ठेवायचे. बाकी रक्कम बँकेत जमा करायची असे सगळय़ांनाच वाटते. मात्र बँकेत जादा रक्कम ठेवली तर ती सायबर माफियांकडून लंपास होण्याची भीती बँक खातेदारांना वाटत आहे. त्यामुळे ‘इकडे आड तिकडे विहीर’ अशी परिस्थिती खातेदारांची झाली असून ‘डिजिटल इंडिया’चे हे स्वप्न मुळावर येत आहे. तेव्हा जनहो सावधान, आपली बँक खाती सांभाळा!

2019 साल मंदीच्या सावटाखाली अखेर सरले. नव्या वर्षात मंदी संपून बाजारात तेजी येईल आणि आपणास 2020 साल सुखाचे आणि समृद्धीचे जाईल. आपली कोणत्याही गुन्हेगारांकडून खास करून सायबर माफियांकडून फसवणूक होणार नाही अशी अपेक्षा करून मी सर्व वाचकांना नवीन वर्षाच्या शुभेच्छा देत आहे.

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▪ रत्नागिरी जिल्हा कबड्डी संघाने काल मुंबई उपनगरचा ३१-२८ ने पराभव करत जिंकली होती. महाराष्ट्र राज्य अजिंक्यपद स्पर्धा.

▪याच संघातील सर्व खेळाडू, प्रशिक्षक आणि चाहत्यांची भव्य मिरवणूक आज संध्याकाळी ६ वाजता सह्याद्रीनगर साडवली येथून सुरु होणार आहे.

▪सह्याद्रीनगर ते साडवली वाघजाई मंदिर तिथून देवरुख बाजारपेठेतुन सोळजाइ मंदिरापर्यंत हि मिरवणूक नेली जाणार आहे.

▪आपल्या जिल्हा संघाच्या विजयाचे कौतुक करण्यासाठी तालुक्यातील कबड्डी प्रेमीनी मोठ्या संख्येने उपस्थित राहण्याचे आवाहन करण्यात आले आहे.

बीडच्या सुपुत्रावर मुंबई इंडियन्सने दाखवला विश्वास, जाणून घ्या कोण आहे दिग्विजय देशमुख??

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आयपीएलच्या तेराव्या हंगामासाठीचा लिलाव नुकताच कोलकात्यात पार पडला. ३०० हून अधिक खेळाडू या लिलावात सहभागी झाले होते. अनेक खेळाडूंना या लिलावात अनपेक्षितरित्या कोट्यवधींची बोली लागली तर काही खेळाडूंच्या पदरी निराशा पडली. गतविजेत्या मुंबई इंडियन्सनेही या लिलावात ६ खेळाडूंना संघात घेतलं, ज्यामध्ये ऑस्ट्रेलियाचा तडाखेबाज फलंदाज ख्रिस लिनचाही समावेश आहे. मात्र या लिलावात मुंबई इंडियन्सने दिग्वीजय देशमुख या तरुण खेळाडूवर विश्वास दाखवत २० लाखांच्या बोलीवर त्याला संघात घेतलं. मुंबई इंडियन्सने बोली लावल्यानंतर, दिग्वीजय देशमुख नेमका आहे तरी कोण याबद्दल चर्चा सुरु झाल्या होत्या.

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२१ वर्षीय दिग्वीजय देशमुख सध्या महाराष्ट्राकडून क्रिकेट खेळतो. बीड जिल्ह्यातील आंबेजोगाई येथे राहणाऱ्या दिग्वीजयने गेल्या काही महिन्यांमध्ये स्थानिक क्रिकेटमध्ये आपली छाप सोडली आहे. २०१९/२० च्या हंगामात दिग्वीजयने महाराष्ट्राकडून स्थानिक क्रिकेटमध्ये पदार्पण केलं. सय्यद मुश्ताक अली टी-२० क्रिकेट स्पर्धेत दिग्वीजयने ९ बळी घेत स्वतःची निवड सार्थ ठरवली होती. यादरम्यान दिग्वीजयला दोनवेळा फलंदाजीचीही संधी मिळाली, ज्यात त्याने १९ धावा केल्या. यातील १२ धावा या षटकारांच्या जोरावर केल्या आहेत. याचसोबत रणजी क्रिकेटमध्येही दिग्वीजयने पदार्पणाच्या सामन्यात आपल्या गोलंदाजीची चमक दाखवली होती. जम्मू-काश्मीरविरुद्धच्या सामन्यात दिग्वीजयने ६१ धावांत ६ बळी घेतले होते.

बाप से बेटा सवाई ! राहुल द्रविडच्या मुलाचं द्विशतक

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भारतीय क्रिकेट संघाचा माजी कर्णधार आणि राष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट अकादमीचा संचालक राहुल द्रविडच्या मुलाने त्याच्या पावलावर पाऊल टाकत, स्थानिक क्रिकेटमध्ये धडाकेबाज कामगिरी केली आहे. कर्नाटकातील १४ वर्षांखाली मुलांच्या क्रिकेट स्पर्धेत समित द्रविडने द्विशतक झळकावलं आहे. धारवाड विभाग विरुद्ध उपाध्यक्षीय अकरा सामन्यात उपाध्यक्षीय संघाकडून खेळताना समित द्रविडने २०१ धावांची खेळी केली. २५६ चेंडूत २२ चौकारांसह समितने २०१ धावा केल्या.

हा सामना अनिर्णित अवस्थेत संपला असला तरीही समित द्रविडने अष्टपैलू कामगिरी करत सर्वांची वाहवा मिळवली आहे. दुसऱ्या डावातही समितने नाबाद ९४ तर गोलंदाजीत २६ धावा देत ३ बळी घेतले. याआधी २०१८ साली कर्नाटक राज्यस्तरीतय शालेय क्रीडा स्पर्धेत समितने आपल्या शाळेकडून खेळताना १५० धावा केल्या होत्या. महत्वाची गोष्ट म्हणजे याआधीही समितची स्थानिक क्रिकेटमध्ये चांगली कामगिरी राहिलेली आहे. त्यामुळे भविष्यकाळात समित आपल्या वडिलांप्रमाणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट गाजवतो का हे पाहणं महत्वाचं ठरणार आहे.

अजित पवार यांना सिंचन घोटाळा प्रकरणी ACBकडून क्लीन चिट

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विरोधी पक्षनेते देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांनी या शपथपत्रावर आक्षेप नोंदवले आहेत. माध्यमांशी बोलताना त्यांनी म्हटलं, “ACBनं आज दाखल केलेल्या शपथपत्रात ज्याप्रकारची माहिती देण्यात आली आहे, ती पूर्णपणे जुन्या माहितीशी विसंगत आहे. यापूर्वीच्या माहितीत कसा भ्रष्टाचार झाला, याची विस्तृत माहिती दिली आहे.

“2018सालच्या शपथपत्रात घोटाळा कसा झाला, असं सांगणारा एकही पुरावा आजच्या शपथपत्रात देण्यात आलेला नाही. अधिकाऱ्यांनी घोटाळा केला, असं हे शपथपत्र दाखवत आहे. पण या घोटाळ्यात मंत्र्यांनी केलेल्या सहीची क्रिमिनल लायबेलिटी नाही, असं ध्वनित करण्यात आलंय. त्यामुळे आजचं शपथपत्र पूर्णपणे चुकीचं आहे. सिंचन घोटाळ्याची मंत्र्यांवरची जबाबदारी अधिकाऱ्यांवर ढकलण्याकरता यात प्रयत्न केलेला दिसतो,” असं ते म्हणाले.

26 नोव्हेंबरला देवेंद्र फडणवीस-अजित पवार सरकार पायउतार झाल्याच्या दुसऱ्या दिवशी आणि 28 नोव्हेंबरला उद्धव ठाकरे यांनी मुख्यमंत्रिपदाची शपथ घेण्याच्या आदल्या दिवशी अजित पवारांना सिंचन घोटाळ्यात क्लीन चिट मिळाल्याची माहिती समोर आली होती. त्यावरून गदारोळ निर्माण झाला होता.

…. तर बाळासाहेबांनी फटके दिले असते : शरद पवार

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औरंगाबाद : राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसचे अध्यक्ष शरद पवार (Sharad Pawar on Balasaheb Thackeray) यांनी आज औरंगाबादेतील एमजीएम शिक्षण संस्थेतील अंकुशराव कदम यांच्या अमृतमहोत्सवी सोहळ्याला हजेरी लावली. या सोहळ्यात शरद पवारांनी (Sharad Pawar on Balasaheb Thackeray) अनेक किस्से तर सांगितलेच, शिवाय अनेक विषयांवर परखड भाष्य केलं.

“एमजीएम परिसरात बाळासाहेब ठाकरे  यांच्या पुतळ्यासाठी झाडे तोडणार होते असे ऐकलं. मात्र आज बाळासाहेब असते आणि त्यांना असे कळले असते, तर त्यांनी फटके दिले असते, मी त्यांना ओळखायचो, झाडे तोडायचे समर्थन त्यांनी कधीच केलं नाही”, असं शरद पवार म्हणाले.

बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांच्या स्मारकाची जबाबदार एमजीएमकडे देऊन पाहावी, असा सल्ला शरद पवारांनी शिवसेनेचे माजी खासदार चंद्रकांत खैरे यांना दिला.

माणसं सांभाळण्याची जबाबदारी

निवडणुकीला सामोरं जायचं म्हणजे आमच्यासारख्यांकडे एक जबाबदारी असते, ती म्हणजे माणसं सांभाळण्याची. त्यानिमिताने अनेक माणसांत आणि समाजात जावं लागतं. लोकशाहीमध्ये मतांचं महत्व दुर्लक्षित करुन चालत नाही, असं शरद पवार म्हणाले.

‘ONGC is looking at tie-ups with pvt companies’

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ONGC is willing to join hands with any party who can help us monetise discoveries quickly and enhance recovery in all areas, while stake in deep-sea blocks will depend on partners bringing high-end technology and de-risking, chairman Arun Kumar Singh tells TOI.
ONGC has been at the receiving end for not moving fast to raise production. How do you plan to change that?
Globally, large discoveries are happening in deep-sea. Our deep-water is not well explored. We are hoping for major deep-water findings soon. We have to be very aggressive in making discoveries. So, we have to ramp up exploration and collaboration. Make decisions fast, explore more and collaborate in all the areas where there is more potential such as the deep-sea in eastern offshore. Second, since (oil) prices are good we have to bring into production our discoveries quickly, either ourselves or through a private partner. Some may also involve foreign partners, based on commercial perspectives such as large capex or high-end technology. This has to be done in the country’s interest. Third, we have to focus on how to maximise production (from existing fields) through collaboration. Globally oil recovery is 30% or more. It is around 26-27% in our case. It is only for difficult deep-water fields that technology experts can help us in the process. Essentially, you bring in anything that could add to the oil recovery process.

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Does collaboration mean offering stake in fields?
Talking about a stake in collaboration phase is a far-off question. In cases of some difficult terrains, why not. But then the party has to de-risk us and bring capex, provided it knows better than us. The important thing is we are willing to collaborate and are looking at the India Energy Week as a platform for forging relations.
Is the proposal to offer stake to private entity in Mumbai High still on the table?
Technologically, ONGC is strong in shallow waters. We know Mumbai High like the back of our hands. But if a party can add value to our business (in any field) they are welcome.
There is a fear that private partners will flog the ageing fields to quickly maximising return on investment at the cost of their long-term health
The focus is to enhance the percentage of recovery and not increasing the rate of production in one year or so. We are talking, say, over 10-15 years. ONGC has to work in the national interest, unlike others who have only commercial interests. We have to figure out ways that cater to the national interest and that is one reason we are looking at collaboration and partnerships in difficult fields.
Last year, ONGC was asked to hive off technical & field services into SBU (special business unit). Is the proposal still on?
What will be the SBU’s goal? SBU cannot be formed until all resources are embedded in it strategically or else business won’t run effectively. ONGC activities have multidisciplinary interdependence. All functional directors are involved in drilling of each single well. It means you are functional at the board level but multifunctional at the delivery level. We need to have 100% control over all resources and functions.
Will the windfall gains tax impact ONGC’s capex plan?
The additional duty has lowered our net realisation from crude and prices. But ONGC will continue to invest around Rs 30,000 crore annually in development and redevelopment of fields.
What is the status of the proposed gas subsidiary?
The Kirit Parikh committee report (on gas pricing) says explicitly that the market will get deregulated in January 2026. Our reading says that the need for a subsidiary will not exist if the government accepts the report. You create a subsidiary only if you see great gains. Subsidiaries bring their own problems.
What is ONGC’s transition roadmap? Will this segment see higher capex allocation going forward?
ONGC is aligning its business values with the government’s thrust on transition. We are pursuing opportunities in a gamut of areas, ranging from geothermal energy, green hydrogen and ammonia, offshore wind to carbon capture. We have enabling MoUs and will give capex push wherever needed.

Two killed, one missing following avalanche in Lahaul and Spiti | India News

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SHIMLA: Two labourers were killed and another went missing after an avalanche on Shinkula–Darcha road in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday evening.
Three casual labourers got buried in the snow along with snow cutter/dozers as avalanche hit Chika village in the district, officials said.
The bodies of Ram Budha from Nepal and Rakesh from Chamba have been recovered while 27-year-old Passang Chhering Lama, a resident of Nepal, remains missing and feared buried in snow, according to the state emergency operation centre.
A rescue team consisting of police, health officials, and members of district disaster management authority rushed to the spot and began the rescue operation.
The rescue operation was stopped at night as the temperature and visibility dropped.
The rescue operation will be resumed on Monday morning.

Civil society groups see yatra as a ‘success’, plan ‘grassroots movement’ against BJP-RSS | India News

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NEW DELHI: Viewing the just-concluded Bharat Jodo Yatra as a “success”, civil society groups are set to band together to launch a year-long “grassroots movement” to complement the political fight against the RSS-BJP combine in the 2024 elections. The key strand of the “abhiyan” will be ensuring partnership with, and co-option of, all the scattered protests on jobs, land acquisition and economy, to create an army of volunteers for campaign, and to erect a communications network to counter the ruling camp.
The “abhiyan” strategists say the strength of the voluntary organisations likely to join the proposed platform will go beyond those who aligned with the Kanyakumari-Kashmir march on the request of Rahul Gandhi. The walkathon which drew a big response through its route across 12 states over four months managed to connect with many more groups active on the ground who were not part of the original civil society bloc convened by Yogendra Yadav, and they will now be part of the new endeavour, sources said.
To ensure coordination between civil society and the political class, invitations have been sent to like-minded political parties for a “national convention” to be held in the capital on Monday. Sources said, the political parties to join the convention are Congress, NCP, RJD, CPI, DMK, JDU, CPM and RLD, while SP too has been invited. Rahul Gandhi and Digvijaya Singh, the two brains behind the Bharat Jodo Yatra, are likely to be part of the convention.
Sources said while the parties will be devising their plans to carry forward the mood generated by Yatra, the civil society is mulling a multi-pronged strategy for grassroots mobilisation.

China fumes as balloon shot down

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BEIJING: After an American fighter jet shot down the Chinese balloon that had floated across the United States, the reaction from Beijing — defensive, angered, yet hedging its options — illustrated the challenges facing China’s leader, Xi Jinping, as he tries to stabilise relations while giving little, if any, ground.
Hours after the balloon was struck by a Sidewinder missile and crumpled into the waters off South Carolina, the Chinese Foreign Ministry declared its “strong discontent and protest” and doubled down on its position that the balloon was a civilian research airship blown way off course by fierce winds. Washington, not Beijing, had broken the rules, the ministry said.
“The Chinese side clearly requested that the U.S. appropriately deal with this in a calm, professional and restrained manner,” said the statement from the Chinese ministry on Sunday. “For the United States to insist on using armed force is clearly an excessive reaction.”
Chinese officials had been preparing to host the U.S. secretary of state, Antony J. Blinken, for talks this week in Beijing aimed at containing tensions over a glut of issues: technology barriers and bans, Western opposition to hard-line Chinese policies in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, and American support for Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing has demanded must accept unification. Mr. Blinken pulled out of his trip to China, citing anger over the balloon.
Beijing’s reaction to the bipartisan furor in the United States over the high-altitude balloon suggested that Chinese leaders were baffled that those planned talks in Beijing had been upstaged by what they described as an innocent mistake. But China also suggested that it could somehow retaliate against the American military’s action: The Foreign Ministry noted that it “retains the right to respond further.”
China’s Ministry of National Defense, which speaks for the military, also called the shooting down of the balloon an “excessive reaction.”
Calibrating China’s reaction will be tricky for Mr. Xi.
“China is in a very tight geopolitical spot,” said Evan S. Medeiros, a professor of international politics at Georgetown University who served as President Barack Obama’s top adviser on Asia-Pacific affairs. “They were caught red handed with no place to go. And during a moment when they want to improve relations with many big powers, principally the U.S.”
China’s internet — often an echo chamber for nationalist emotions — resounded with calls for Beijing to stand up to the United States over shooting down of the balloon. And even if Mr. Xi and other Chinese Communist Party leaders can brush off public pressure, their own prickly pride may demand some symbolic countermeasure to save face.
But Mr. Xi has his hands full with domestic strains and may want to avoid another round of tit-for-tat antagonism with the Biden administration. China’s economy is anemic after the abrupt abandonment of Mr. Xi’s strict “zero Covid” policies, and the government is also trying to defuse a longer-term real-estate crisis. The United States’ tightening restrictions on sales of advanced technology to China, especially cutting-edge semiconductors, could hurt Chinese companies and Mr. Xi’s innovation plans.
Since beginning a third five-year term as party leader in October, Mr. Xi has tried to ease tensions with Western countries — including the United States, Australia and European powers — worried that they are coalescing into a firmer alliance committed to containing Chinese power.
“It would be a very poor strategic move on the part of China to really make a big deal out of this,” Oriana Skylar Mastro, a fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, said of the downing of the balloon. “The more they huff and puff, the more it reduces the credibility of their story that this was a civilian weather balloon blown off course.”
Despite its mention of possible further actions, the Chinese government’s response to the balloon’s downing also hinted that it does not want to drag out the dispute. Wording choices in the Foreign Ministry statement hinted that Beijing may keep defending its actions, and denying that the balloon was a vehicle for spying, while holding back from reactions that could escalate the dispute.
Notably, the Chinese statement accused the United States of violating international norms by shooting down the balloon, but did not mention any claimed violation of international law. China also said that it would “defend the legitimate rights and interests of the enterprise involved” with the balloon, which could help it make a case that the government was not directly involved in launching the balloon.
The wording “reflects that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not believe downing the balloon is a clear legal violation,” Julian Ku, a professor of law at Hofstra University who studies China’s role in international law, wrote in emailed answers to questions.
“The ministry will say if something is a violation of international law, so it is significant they did not say so here,” he said.
“Moreover, they need to think about their own rights in case the U.S. starts sending balloons or drones into China,” Mr. Ku added. “If they push too hard here, it would undermine a future legal argument they might need to make.”
Some in China are calling for a tougher response. After Nancy Pelosi, then the speaker of the House, visited Taiwan last year, many on the Chinese internet said they were angry that the Chinese air force had not — as one well-known commentator had said was possible — tried to force away her plane. This time, too, some voices on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site, said that their leaders should get tougher; maybe, one bellicose commenter said, by shooting down an American plane.
Chinese leaders have enormous power to channel, or suppress, nationalist rancor, and Mr. Xi in particular has erased the space for spontaneous protests, so there is little chance of such anger pushing them into provocative action. That Mr. Blinken had called Wang Yi, China’s top foreign policy official, about canceling his visit to Beijing indicated that both sides wanted to keep communication going, said Zhu Feng, a professor of international relations at Nanjing University in eastern China.
But the fraying ties between Beijing and Washington may come under much heavier stress if Kevin McCarthy, the new House speaker, visits Taiwan. Mr. McCarthy had said earlier that he might visit the island upon taking up his role, seeking to demonstrate Washington’s support for Taiwan against threats from China, but he has not announced any firm plans.
“China’s never going to tell me where I can and can’t go,” Mr. McCarthy told reporters last week. “But I have nothing scheduled right now.”
Still, even if the balloon crisis dies down quickly, it has shown how low trust has fallen from the thaw that began when “Ping-Pong diplomacy” helped pave the way for relations in the early 1970s, said Professor Zhu. Back then, American table tennis players visited China for a series of matches that helped eased decades of animosity.
“Over 50 years ago, the ice-melting of our relations began with Ping-Pong diplomacy,” Professor Zhu said, echoing a quip that has spread on the Chinese internet. “It was a small ball that started it, and now our relations are in trouble over a big ball or balloon. I never expected this metaphor could happen.”

RBI to hike rates one last time by 25bps this fiscal

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MUMBAI: With credit growth continuing to race ahead much faster than deposits, the Reserve Bank of India is expected to hike rates by 25 basis points this week, its last hike for the current economic cycle. The central bank would also need to hike rates to keep up with global central banks as the US Fed, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England all raised interest rates last month.
Last month RBI governor Shaktianta Das hinted at policy pivot with rates plateauing. “Central banks have started what appears to be a pivot towards lower rate hikes or pauses. At the same time, they continue to emphatically reiterate their resolve to bring inflation down closer to targets. High policy rates for a longer duration appear to be a distinct possibility going forward,” Das said speaking at the bond dealers conference in Dubai on January 27. The governor will announce the Monetary Policy Committee decision on rates on February 8.
According to Madan Sabnavis, chief economist, Bank of Baroda, the monetary policy committee would persist with another rate hike to bring the repo rate to 6.5% (from 6.25% at present) for this cycle before a pause. The government’s decision to stick with fiscal consolidation will make the MPC’s task easier. “The government borrowing programme is unlikely to pressurize liquidity in an unusual manner as it has been retained at the FY 23 level. Deposits growth should get better which should add to liquidity. With the economy slowing down growth in credit would also tend to be moderated to a lower level of around 11-13% in FY24,” said Sabnavis.
The year-on-year growth in bank credit is 16.5% as against 10% for bank deposits.
In the past RBI has said that its rate hikes will take a few quarters to have an impact. However, a 25-basis point hike is seen as a certainty as its target of 4% is still far with December inflation coming in at 5.72%. “With the 4% target not in sight, we expect the RBI to hike rates by 25bp in the upcoming policy meeting, taking the repo rate to 6.5%. With growth slowing, we expect no future rate hikes (although risks remain). And because core inflation will likely remain elevated, we expect no rate cuts either in FY24,” said Pranjul Bhandari, chief economist India, HSBC.
Rahul Bajoria, economist with Barclays concurs with the view that the MPC will hike rates by 25 basis points and that this would be last hike in this cycle. “We also think it is likely that the policy stance will be changed to neutral, where it was last in December 2018, when the repo was 6.50%. Furthermore, inflation has begun to moderate and appears set to drop further in coming months,” said Bajoria.

BJP neta held for attack on CPM rally in Tripura | Tripura Election News

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AGARTALA: At least 13 people were wounded on Saturday evening in poll-related violence in Tripura as BJP workers allegedly attacked and torched two booth offices of opposition CPM in Khowai and Unakoti districts of the northeastern state that votes a new assembly on February 16.
This happened on a night police arrested Shivayn Das, BJP’s youth president in Majlishpur constituency, for allegedly attacking a CPM rally at Sachindra Colony. He has been accused of preventing CPM and Congress workers from attending the election rally and assaulting them.
Police said two separate cases were registered in connection with the booth violence in which six motorbikes were also destroyed. Nobody has been arrested yet.
CPM secretary Jitendra Choudhury said at least six CPM and Congress workers were wounded when the party booth office at Sonatola in Khowai district was attacked and set on fire by BJP supporters at 8.15pm.

‘Yatra has energized Congress cadre, may bring in a change’ | India News

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Rahul Gandhi has become the biggest crowd puller in the country, and the Bharat Jodo Yatra is a beginning of a change in India, says Congress general secretary KC Venugopal. He told TOI that there are no concerns on opposition unity as it will emerge automatically, and that Rahul is keen that it happens. Excerpts from the intervew:
What has the Congress achieved from the Bharat Jodo Yatra?
This yatra went beyond our expectations. When it started on September 7 last year, nobody thought it would be a game changer in national politics. It was felt that the yatra may do well in Kerala and Karnataka, but the response in the North was superb, and that in Kashmir was unimaginable. It has electrified our cadre, our organisational capacity has increased, and the style of functioning of our workers and party has totally changed. Besides Congress workers, sympathisers who were not active, have connected through the yatra. Crucially, “independents” who don’t believe in Congress but want a strong opposition party who will resist the present political culture, connected with us. All this may not have changed the course of the country, but the atmosphere suggests a beginning of change.
Congress and Rahul Gandhi’s stress has been on communalism and bigotry. Can it backfire, since it is believed such focus polarizes people in favour of BJP?
Our slogan is clear: nafrat ke bazaar mein mohabbat ki dukan (in the market of hatred, a shop of love). People don’t have that kind of hatred on the issue of religion, but BJP provokes polarisation with the support of media and agencies like CBI, ED and police. We sent a message to people that they should not be afraid and should not fall for fear mongering. Our position on divisive politics against the BJP has been embraced by the public.
Rahul Gandhi has been the focus of the Yatra. How does the Congress view the yatra from his point of view?
As a campaigner, Rahul used to travel everywhere for Congress and he will continue doing it. But through this yatra, Rahul has become the biggest crowd puller in the country and the people of India have completely demolished the narrative about him created by the BJP-RSS. During the march, everyday, 200 odd people would walk with him and discuss their concerns. He would hear them out, be it farmers or youngsters or women or disabled or ex-servicemen. They were not Congress people and they realised who is Rahul Gandhi — an intelligent, brave and dynamic person, with the capacity to listen to people. Automatically, Rahul has become the biggest campaigner for Congress.
The yatra finale in Srinagar failed to see the kind of opposition gathering that was planned?
We invited other political parties to join the yatra and most of them participated. It was a courtesy we extended to them that they join the culmination function, we did not make it an opposition conclave. Their absence is not a big issue. Now in parliament, all the opposition parties are standing together. Rahul is telling everyone that the atmosphere of the country is demanding a sincere opposition unity to fight the Modi government. He says that Congress cannot fight it alone because we are not confronting just the BJP government, but the combined might of agencies and media. We are doing politics in abnormal times. Congress will do the maximum for opposition unity, and it will emerge automatically when the time comes.

UP has projected itself as developing state in last 6 years, getting huge investments now | India News

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NEW DELHI: Five days before UP is to host a Global Investors Summit, CM Yogi Adityanath says that this is the first time investments are coming to all 75 districts. In an interview with

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, he is confident that actual proposals at the GIS would be several times more than the target. Excerpts:
Q:Are you satisfied with the response of pre-GIS roadshows? What is the value of the total proposals against the target of Rs 10 lakh crore set by you?
A: It is several times the target set by us. The response we got from abroad, within the country and in Uttar Pradesh, has been very exciting.
Q: What is the realistic assessment of the materialisation of MoUs and intents which have been received so far?
A: This is one government which does what it says. After the first investors summit, we have been able to hold three ground-breaking events. We have been able to materialise 75-80% of the total proposals worth Rs 4.68 lakh crore that we received in 2018 investors summit.
Q:Is there any special effort this time to ensure that the investment proposals get evenly distributed across the state and are not concentrated in Noida and Greater Noida?
A: In the past six years, it has been seen that economic growth has gathered momentum in eastern UP and Bundelkhand. These regions would match the development of west UP districts. This will be the first time when all districts of the state will get investment. Every district will be connected with the inauguration ceremony of the Global Investor Summit which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 10. After this, each district will have its own summit.
Q: Has One District One Product (ODOP) not already made a base of entrepreneurship?
A: There are a few things that are very important for any industrial investment. These include the rule of law and atmosphere of safety and security, land bank, and availability of facilities in a time-bound manner. Despite all this, if a state does not have MSME base, it is bound to face difficulties. UP has all the four things.
Q: Did UP’s negative image and poor law and order situation deter investors from coming to the state in the past?
A: People had started believing that the state witnesses riots every second or third day. There was an identity crisis among the youths of Uttar Pradesh. However, in the past six years, UP has come out of all the negativities and has projected itself as a developing state. The state is getting huge investments now.
Q: What message would you like to give to investors through TOI?
A: There is a very good atmosphere for investment. The government is ready to support them. They should come and utilise the potential of the state.
Q: There is a lot of excitement for the event. However, it loses steam after the event is over.
A: It happens with those who do it for the first time. We have done it earlier too. We not only signed MoUs but we also held three ground-breaking ceremonies after it. Now, the system is technology-based. All three processes are now being done through software, which are being monitored through the CM office.

Government blocks 232 apps operated by Chinese, foreign entities | India News

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NEW DELHI: The government has blocked as many as 232 apps operated by foreign entities, many of them Chinese, for being involved in betting, gambling and unauthorised loan services.
The decision was taken by the IT ministry on the recommendations of the home ministry, which had looked into the matter, sources said. “The order to block 138 apps that were involved in betting, gambling and money laundering were issued last evening. Separately, an order to block 94 apps engaged in unauthorised loan service has also been issued. These apps were being operated from offshore entities, including Chinese. They were posing a threat to the economic stability of the country,” an official source said, without giving much details about the names of the apps.
The MHA had sought the action on an ‘urgent and emergency’ basis, one of the sources said. The action was taken under Section 69A of the IT Act as the apps contained material that was seen as prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the country.
There had been several complaints against the apps, many of whom were alleged to be extorting money from people and harassing them after extending loans to them. The sources said that there were many suicides in states such as Andhra Pradesh and Telangana due to such harassment. Many of the apps were not available on the app stores, though they could be downloaded through individual links or websites.
Since the start of political tensions with China in 2020 following an LAC clash, India has banned several popular Chinese apps in the country, including TikTok and WeChat Messenger. The country had last year blocked access to several Chinese mobile apps citing security concerns, following which China expressed concerns over bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Stone Age carvings found in Aravalis in Gurgaon | India News

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GURGAON: The trove of history that the Aravalis hold has widened with the latest discovery of stone carvings that archaeologists say date back to the Paleolithic period or the Stone Age.
The petroglyphs discovered in Badshapur Tethar village of Sohna include graffiti, and hand and footprints of humans and animals engraved on quartzite rocks. The site is atop a hillock and just 6km from Mangar, where cave paintings believed to be from the same period were discovered in 2021. The carvings, however, seem to be older, experts said. The Paleolithic era spans from about 25 lakh years to 10,000 BP (before present, the carbon dating marker that archaeologists use with 1950 treated as the base year).
Spread across a 2km radius, the latest site was discovered recently by Sunil Harsana, an ecologist and wildlife researcher. He informed the archaeological department about what seemed to be carvings from the Stone Age and requested a thorough examination of them. On Sunday, a team of archaeologists confirmed that the rocks indeed dated back to the Paleolithic period.
“Several tools and equipment used to make them were found at the site as well. Though the rocks have withered away with time and because of exposure to harsh weather conditions, the carvings are clearly visible,” Harsana told TOI.
The journey to the site is arduous. After an 80-minute trek, which involves negotiating thorny bushes that cling to the trail, sharp rocks and slippery pebbles, this correspondent reached the top of the hill where the rocks bearing the petroglyphs lay scattered.
There might have been, and could still be, more treasures waiting to be discovered in ancient ranges. Much might have been lost to mining, ground to dust in the cavernous pits carved into the hills. But on some of the pristine stretches, experts don’t rule out more such discoveries.
“These findings are remarkable examples of Indian prehistory. They mark the progress of human civilisation. I believe the carvings are more than 10,000 BP old. But the exact date can be ascertained only after a survey,” said Banani Bhattacharyya, deputy director of the Haryana directorate of archaeology and museums. “This gives us a chance to see how the earliest of humans developed tools. Most of the carvings are of animal paws and human footprints. There are some basic symbols, which had presumably been kept for some special purpose,” she added.
Divay Gupta, an adviser to the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), said, “These petroglyphs are highly significant, considering their antiquity can go to prehistory. These can be territorial, or used for ancient games or record-keeping. It is, however, difficult to date them exactly or ascribe them a definite function at the moment. But further studies should be done on them.”
Officials in the archaeological department said they would soon carry out an extensive survey of the area. “Yes, we are aware of the findings. This region is a cradle of human civilisation. If we look at the Saraswati-Sindhu civilisation, its full cycle began in this belt. There is evidence of pre-Vedic and Vedic existence as well. We will carry out surveys for further research,” said MD Sinha, the principal secretary (archaeology and museums).
Paleolithic paintings have been discovered in the region earlier. In 2021, the archaeological department discovered a 5,000-hectare site in Faridabad’s Mangar, where cave paintings were found along with rock shelters and tools.
Among the items that were found were pebbles and flake-based tools, hinting at a site where stone tools were manufactured — this ‘Acheulean’ industry was the first tradition of standardised tool-making, according to archaeologists. They also believe that the stone paintings could be the largest in the Indian subcontinent. In 2021, carvings similar to the ones discovered on Saturday were found in Kot village of Faridabad. There were also graffiti of birds, animals and human footprints.
The Aravalis have been a subject of pre-historic research for several decades. In 1986, stone paintings were discovered in Anangpur area of Faridabad. A total of 43 sites were traced then, prompting researchers to start surveys of the area every now and then.

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