Continuing with its spree to dole out sops ahead of the Assembly polls, Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday accepted the report to set up Mahatma Jyotiba Research and Training Institute (MAHAJYOTI) for the OBCs, Special Backward Classes (SBC) and Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) communities.The MahaJyoti will function on the lines of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI) for Scheduled Castes and Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research, Training and Human Development Institute (SARTHI) for Marathas.The Cabinet also cleared extension of all benefits provided to Scheduled Tribes by the Tribal Development department, with a provision of ₹1,000 crore allocated in the State Budget. A sum of ₹500 crore has already been budgeted.“This institute will work to bring social, educational and economic development of the OBCs, SBCs and VJNT and also work to prepare students from these communities to sit for various competitive examinations,” said Dr. Sanjay Kute, Minister of OBC, SBC, VJNT Communities Welfare department.The institute will be headquartered in Pune, with divisional offices in Nagpur and Buldhana, and have a budget of ₹380 crore for two years. The decision to set up the institute was taken on the basis of a committee report which was accepted by the Cabinet, Dr. Kute said.It would conduct surveys for improving the situation of backward classes and deprived sections of the society, and make available facilities for self-employment, besides imparting skill training, the minister added.MahaJyoti will also have a helpline and counselling centre, and provide scholarships for M. Phil and Ph.D courses, besides creating awareness for removal of caste and creed bias. The institute will offer three programmes, namely ‘Jyotidoot’, ‘Jaldoot’ and ‘Savitridoot’.While Jaldoot will have programmes of awareness in water literacy, conservation, irrigation, and water management, Savitridoot will create awareness on gender bias, prohibition and cleanliness, and Jyotidoot will work to eliminate dowry and caste discrimination.Benefits to DhangarsDr. Kute said, as per the Cabinet decision, 13 schemes being implemented by Tribal Development department will be extended to Dhangars. Prominent among the schemes are providing land for grazing of sheep, financial assistance for Dhangar students if there is no provision for hostels, giving admissions to meritorious students from the Dhangar community in prominent English schools as well as a scheme to build 10,000 homes for the community. Asked about the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s promise to Dhangars to extend reservations in the Scheduled Tribe category, Dr. Kute said it will have to be decided in Delhi. “The issue of quota for Dhangars is being heard in court, but the State government has decided that, till then, all facilities provided to tribals be given to the former as well,” he said.
Makers of the Gujarati film Hellaro, which bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards, were booked for the alleged use of a “derogatory term” in a dialogue to refer to a Scheduled Caste character, the police said on Tuesday. Hellaro (The Outburst) was released in theatres on November 8.“An FIR was registered against the director, producers and dialogue writer of Hellaro over the utterance of word ‘Harijan’ by one of its characters, considered derogatory by members of Scheduled Caste to which it referred,” an official of Kagdapith police station here said.The FIR was registered on Monday evening after a complaint was filed by Congress corporator Jamnaben Vegda, who claimed she was agitated after hearing the word uttered by one of the characters in the film a few minutes post-interval.Director Abhishek Shah, and producers Ashish Patel, Aayush Patel, Mit Jani, Pratik Gupta, and dialogue writer Saumya Joshi have been booked under Sections 3 (1) and 5, among others, of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the police official said.
China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “I don’t actually believe that would be Pacquiao actually even saying that himself,” the Australian told Channel Nine.“Maybe it is his team around him. But Pacquiao seemed very humble in the way that he lost and thought the decision was correct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I am ready for a rematch. If he wants to come back and do it again, we will do it. That’s up to him, he’s got the option,” Horn said.Written off by most observers, the 29-year-old stunned the Filipino legend with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No reversal of PacHorn decision, says WBO In Brisbane, with chants of “Hornet! Hornet!” ringing out, the Australian boxer was handed the keys to the city and told thousands of supporters he was ready for the next challenge.“Thank you all for turning up and supporting me and my dreams and, as you can see, you never give up.“I went through a tough round nine, pushed hard through and we got there” he told the crowd. “We got that World Championship.”There was no doubting the fight’s outcome among fans who came out to greet their hometown hero.“(It was) an absolutely amazing performance. He (Horn) definitely, definitely, definitely won,” one supporter told Sky News.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc LATEST STORIES Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Newly-crowned world welterweight champion Jeff Horn on Thursday brushed aside boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s call for a review of his controversial defeat and threw down the gauntlet for a rematch.Thousands joined a ticker-tape parade in Brisbane in honor of the former school teacher, who said he doubted if Pacquiao had personally backed a call to review the outcome of last Sunday’s title bout.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Read Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The result has been widely questioned, with many believing Pacquiao should have won.The 38-year-old Filipino champion Wednesday backed a formal request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board for the World Boxing Organisation to review the decision.“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he said in a statement issued by his office.“I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”In the twilight of a 22-year pro career in which he won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao had initially called for a rematch, but later said he would also “think hard” about retiring.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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