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Monday, June 25, 2018

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On Saturday, the plastic ban in the Indian state of Maharashtra came into force. In an attempt to minimise pollution, the state government has introduced a ban on single-use plastics.

The leader of the Yuya Senaa political party, Aaditya Thackeray, said on Twitter, “The ban on single use disposable plastic cups, plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic plates and cutlery, styrofoam cutlery and non woven bags”. He added, “these are global issues now and we have taken a step to combat it”.

Plastic pollution has led to the choking of drains, marine pollution and a risk of animals consuming plastics. This year, India’s motto for World Environment Day — June 5 — was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. People violating the plastic ban are to face a fine of 5,000 Indian Rupees (INR) for the first offence. For the second offence, the fine is INR 10,000 and the third time offence is INR 25,000 and a three-month prison term. Deputy municipal commissioner Nidhi Choudhary said, “To weed out corruption, we plan to give inspectors payment gadgets for electronic receipts of the fines”.

The Maharashtra government has given a 90-day period for manufacturers to dispose of existing polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE) plastic spoons and plates, while shopkeepers and citizens in general have six months to dispose of plastics. However, the ban does not prohibit plastic usage for wrapping medicines or milk cartons thicker than 50 microns.

The state government had announced the decision for the plastic ban on March 23. According to NDTV’s report, Maharashtra is the eighteenth Indian state to enforce a state-wide plastic ban. Aaditya Thackeray also said, “I congratulate the citizens for making this into a movement, even before the ban was enforceable, giving up single use disposable plastic.”



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June 20, 2015

Dozens dead in Mumbai after consuming toxic alcohol

Dozens dead in Mumbai after consuming toxic alcohol

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As of today, as many as 84 people are reported dead since Wednesday after drinking toxic homemade alcohol sold in a slum in Malad in northern Mumbai. More than twenty others are reported admitted to hospital for alcohol poisoning.

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Police said five people have been arrested for the transport and sale of the alcohol with three men ages 30 to 50 taken into police custody on Thursday night, and eight police suspended for failing to prevent the incident.

An investigation has been ordered by Devendra Fadnavis, the present chief minister of Maharashtra state.

Illicit alcohol is commonly sold in India usually in the poorer, more rural areas of the country and deaths from alcohol poisoning are not uncommon. However, this is the largest rash of deaths in Mumbai since the Vikhroli hooch tragedy of 2004 where more than 100 people died due to low-cost alcohol.



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January 25, 2013

Mumbai 2008 attack plotter sentenced to 35 years

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A Pakistani-American has been sentenced today to 35 years in prison for assisting and helping plan the 2008 attack in Mumbai leaving dead 166 people.

The 52 year old, David Coleman Headley, pleaded guilty in a US federal court in Chicago and co-operated in order to stop the death penalty and being extradited to India for trial. RK Singh, the Indian Home Secretary indicated that the Government would still be requesting his extradition to India.

The Mumbai attackers arrived via boat on Novemeber 26, 2008, bringing with them grenades, automatic weapons and hit multiple targets including the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and the famous Taj Mahal Hotel. David Headley’s scouting and information gathering had helped to enable the operation by the 10 gunmen from the Pakistani militant group Laskhar-e-Taiba. The attack put a huge strain on relations between India and Pakistan.

“I don’t have any faith in Mr Headley when he says he’s a changed person and believes in the American way of life,” said the sentencing judge, Harry Leinenweber.



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November 1, 2012

Wikinews interviews Indian philosopher and writer Kedar Joshi

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Indian philosopher and writer Kedar Joshi

Pune, India — Sunday, October 28, 2012, Wikinews talked with the Pune-based 32 year old philosopher and writer Kedar Joshi.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png You’re Kedar Joshi!

Kedar Joshi: Yes!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I remember, a few years ago I had read about you and your certain work in philosophy in a news article in Lokmat. Recently, I came across an article on you at Orato.com[fn 1] while googling “Indophobia”. I hope we can talk about that later but let me first know, where were you born?

Kedar Joshi: I was born in Mahim, Mumbai.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Right! That’s what seems to be mentioned on your website.[fn 2] You were born on 31 December 1979; you had your schooling there, and…

Kedar Joshi: and after passing 10th standard in June 1995, I came to Pune for higher education, where I have been living since, though I was in Cambridge, England for 2 years, from March 2004 to March 2006.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. When did you become interested in philosophy?

Kedar Joshi: As far as I remember, I had my first ever philosophical ponderings when I was 12. I made a note of the philosophical problems that popped into my mind and it was one of my maternal uncles who, when approached, later guided me through their possible solutions. The problems, I believe, were pretty naïve, but the discussions and the solutions opened up to me the world of science and scientific ideas, such as the theory of evolution. The uncle, Raghunath Joshi, was a staunch atheist and under his short influence I too became an atheist, perhaps an even more stubborn one. It was later, when I studied quantum physics, relativity, protein folding, astrology, etc., and their philosophical challenges, that I came to have theistic views and philosophies, though technically I am a weak agonistic for the 1% atheism still left as intellectual suspicion into my mind.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Tell me now about the theories of yours, NSTP (Non-Spatial Thinking Process), UQV (Ultimate Questioner’s Vanity), SDD (Solipsistic Divine Dream)?[fn 3]

Kedar Joshi: NSTP is a computational description of subjective idealism, though in totality NSTP is a “semi-idealistic and semi-dualistic” metaphysics. It contends that though space, the one which we happen to experience and the one in which supposedly mysterious phenomena such as quantum non-locality exist, is nothing but a projection of non-spatial mind, there may possibly be real, objective space in which such phenomena simply do not exist. So, it is neither purely idealistic nor purely dualistic; it is thus semi-idealistic and semi-dualistic. I would like to add that my journey to the NSTP theory had actually begun soon after my encounter with atheism, when I had begun to wonder how a smallest unit of biological life can have states of feelings or consciousness when none of its parts is considered alive or conscious. Later it was in late 10s and especially in early 20s that subjective idealism came to rescue with the potential idea that even a stone may be conscious.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. And the UQV theory?

Kedar Joshi: UQV is concisely the view that only one mortal life exists, the life of the author of the theory, which is me, and my life is a question asked by God about the way He exists. And the process of answering the question is supposed to be gradually quenching God’s ultimate vanity. God is discovered to be a paradox, since He, being the first cause, is uncreated, and at the same time He is logically unnecessary, which is inconceivable. God would not create anybody other than the philosopher, for it would be too cruel with regard to the potential for immense suffering and redundant with regard to the divine, philosophical vanity. However, the UQV theory leaves one with the problem, why would God be really even interested in creating the philosopher when He would know in advance whether the question about the way He exists would be answered or not? And it is then that the SDD theory comes into picture to solve the problem about the UQV theory. SDD says that the philosopher is in fact God, who is asleep, and the philosopher, and the philosopher alone, is His dream. In other words: I am not Kedar Joshi; I am God; I am asleep; Kedar Joshi, and Kedar Joshi alone, is my dream. And perhaps God is always asleep; sometimes He is in deep slumber, sometimes dreaming, but never fully awake; for maybe God is a true paradox and therefore unknowable even to Himself.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I believe it has been enlightening and I thank you for that! Let me now come to your England sojourn. You’ve mentioned on your website that you lived and worked in Cambridge and you also seem to have mentioned that you applied for asylum in the UK; your application failed and you were administratively removed to India.[fn 4] What made you apply for asylum in the UK?

Kedar Joshi: The fear of persecution, coming out of the controversial articles I had written while I was there in the UK.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Right! And I think that’s what I see on the Orato article on you I earlier mentioned. The article talks about your Indophobia and your anti-Indian views and writings, that it is one of your sayings that ‘India is a slow but deadly poison’,[fn 5][fn 6] that ‘the West should (militarily) invade India’, [fn 7][fn 8] etc. What makes you see India in such a negative light?

Kedar Joshi: On this, I’ll say only two things. I have respect for India, and for Hinduism, but that does not preclude me from figuring that India is a greatest threat to human civilization, that India is the most intricately barbarous, subtly dangerous and obdurately evil state in the world.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, Kedar Joshi, if you are reluctant to talk more on this topic then maybe we should stop here. I thank you very much for your time!

Kedar Joshi: You are most welcome!



Notes

  1. Kedar Joshi’s Indophobia: Kedar Joshi’s Alarming Anti-Indian Views at Orato.com
  2. SelectedWorks of Kedar Joshi at Bepress (2nd paragraph)
  3. SelectedWorks of Kedar Joshi at Bepress (1st paragraph)
  4. SelectedWorks of Kedar Joshi at Bepress (2nd paragraph)
  5. ‘India is a slow but deadly poison’: Kedar Joshi at rupeenews.com
  6. Kedar Joshi. “Quotes by Kedar Joshi (Quotations – General)” 2009 at Bepress
  7. Kedar Joshi. “The West Should (Militarily) Invade India” 2011 at Bepress
  8. Joshi, Kedar, The West Should (Militarily) Invade India (April 2011). at SSRN

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October 10, 2011

Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh dies aged 70

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Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh died today at 8:10 am IST after a brain haemorrhage at the age of 70.

He was admitted to Lilivati Hospital in Mumbai just before a scheduled performance on September 23. Despite surgery, he remained on life support.

Called “The Ghazal King”, he sang in several languages. He also received the Padma Bhushan award. His death was the top story on most Pakistani news agencies’ websites.

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August 12, 2010

Ramadan begins today in India

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ramadan, the holy month of Islam, is scheduled to begin today in India. The new moon, which marks the beginning of Ramadan, was observed accross the nation.

Maulana Mufti Mukkaram Ahmed, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Fatehpur Sikri mosque, announced that Ramadan would begin from today. The new moon was observed in states including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.

The new moon could not be observed in Delhi and Mumbai as the sky was covered by clouds but it was seen nearby.

Ramadan is observed by fasting from sunrise to sunset, and is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It lasts till Eid ul-Fitr or the next new moon.

Some other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, started Ramadan yesterday.



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March 15, 2010

Two suspected terrorists arrested in Mumbai, India

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Monday, March 15, 2010

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The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested two men in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on Sunday for plotting to set the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) office on fire and attack a mall and a market. They were arrested on information given by lndian intelligence agencies. The pair was arrested on Saturday, produced in court on Sunday and have been remanded to police custody till 18 March. Police have seized several maps from them.

The men, who are brothers-in-law, have been identified as Abdul Latif Rashid aka Guddu (29) and Riyaz Ali Imtiaz aka Rehan (23), and were arrested in Trombay while allegedly conducting reconnaissance of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) following a tip-off by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), according to police reports. The Esplanade metropolitan magistrate sent the pair to police custody till March 18 and charged them under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi said Adbul and Riyaz had identified three targets in the city; the Thakkar Mall in Borivali (West), the ONGC office and the Mangaldas Market, located at the busy Crawford Market. The suspects had conducted reconnaissance of the Nhava-Sheva area of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in south-east Mumbai, an ATS official said. “The two were preparing to set one of the ONGC establishments in the city on fire following instructions from someone called ‘Uncle’,” an ATS officer said adding “we are probing if the directions had come from across the border”.

IB had intercepted suspicious phone calls, between the two suspects and a ‘Chacha’ (uncle) in Karachi and the ATS had put them under surveillance. They were arrested after the suspicions were confirmed and backed by solid evidence. Rehan worked as a salesman at the Thakkar Mall, which already had been surveyed by the duo and were awaiting further instructions, according to police. ATS officials did not clarify whether the two were actually going to carry out attacks or were just drawing maps and conducting reconnaissance, being a part of a greater chain of command.

“I have more information about the people arrested, but I will not reveal it at this point as their accomplices, who are still at large, may benefit from it, ” said Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil. He refused to tell if there was a connection between these suspects and the Pune blast last month which killed seventeen people. The Home ministry of India described these arrests as significant, saying that the conspiracy was part of the “Karachi Project” .

The so-called Karachi project was revealed by David Headley, a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist arrested in US. It is supposedly a collaboration between Lashkar-e-Toiba and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency involving recruitment of serving and retired Pakistani army officers and fugitive terrorists from India to carry out suicide attacks in India.


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December 5, 2006

BSE Sensex hits all-time high of 14,000

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The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex touched yet another milestone today by crossing the historic 14,000 mark.

At 9:58 a.m. (local time), BSE-30 share index touched a new high of 14,028.47 points, which was 154 points higher than closing (13,874.33) of the last day.

Market closed at 13,937.65 which was also all-time closing high and 63.32 points higher than previous closing.

Sensex touched the new milestone just after 35 days which comprised of only 26 trading sessions.

NSE index (Nifty) was 14.75 points higher (0.37%) at 4015.75 with an intra-session high of 4,033.20.

Major supporters in the market gain were Reliance Industries, BHEL, Reliance Energy, ACC, Grasim Industries, Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Auto, Maruti Udyog, Tata Motors, Hero Honda, Reliance Communications, Tata Steel, Larsen and Toubro, TCS, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Ranbaxy Lab.

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October 31, 2006

Reserve Bank of India hikes repo rate, keeps most key interest rates stable

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The RBI headquarters in Mumbai

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has hiked the repo rate by 0.25 percent to 7.25 percent, keeping the reverse repo rate unchanged at 6%.

The Bank rate and the cash reserve ratio are left unchanged at 6% and 5% respectively.

In its mid-year review of monetary and regulatory policy, the Reserve Bank has forecast an annual GDP growth of 8.0%, as against the 7.5-8.0% forecast earlier in its annual policy statement and first quarter review. The Reserve Bank indicated that inflation will be contained between 5.0-5.5%, during the year 2006-07.

The Reserve Bank estimated real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2006-07 at 8.9%, up from 8.5% last year.

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October 30, 2006

Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex crosses 13,000 mark in morning trade

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Monday, October 30, 2006

The Bombay Stock Exchange

The BSE Sensex touched another milestone by crossing the historic 13,000 mark. The BSE’s main index reached to 13,039.30 in morning trade, surpassing the previous peak of 12,994.45 set earlier this month on October 17. After 135 trading sessions the new milestone of 13,000 has been achieved. Sensex also gained today all-time closing high of 13,024.26 points.

Reliance Communications Ltd. gained almost 3 percent when it announced it’s better than expected results in the morning. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. gained 4.09 percent at 760 while Bhari Airtel group gained 2.65 percent at 541.25. Infosys gained Rs. 6.55 at Rs. 2,104 per equity share.

People are expecting bullish market and looking for higher benchmarks. Nimesh Kampani, Chairman, JM Morgan Stanley expected the new milestone of 14,000 mark by March, next year.

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