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NCC Cadets Caned in Thane College; Protests Erupt, Deputy CM assures action

Viral video shows NCC cadets brutally beaten by a senior during training in Thane college. Outrage and protests demand action. Authorities assure investigation.

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NCC Cadets Caned in Thane College; Protests Erupt, Deputy CM assures action
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Thane: Outrage and protests erupted outside Joshi Bedekar College in Thane, Maharashtra, after a viral video emerged showing National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets being subjected to brutal thrashing by a senior student. The incident occurred during a physical training session on a rainy day, and the video has sparked public fury over the mistreatment of the cadets.

The shocking video portrays eight NCC cadets, drenched in rainwater, with their heads pinned in muddy soil as a punishment. The senior NCC cadet can be seen wielding a stick and relentlessly thrashing each cadet, one by one, for failing to perform a challenging drill. The video went viral on social media platforms, prompting widespread condemnation.

Following the circulation of the video, student unions and groups affiliated with political parties protested outside the college, demanding justice for the assaulted cadets. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, speaking in the state assembly, asserted that a thorough investigation would be conducted, and those responsible for the barbaric act would face stringent action.

In response to the incident, the NCC issued a statement clarifying that the actions depicted in the viral video do not align with NCC’s ethos and are not representative of any organized NCC training or activity. The organization expressed zero tolerance for such behavior and assured that appropriate measures would be taken against the culprits.

Opposition leader Vijay Wadettiwar raised the issue in the state assembly, garnering widespread support for action against the responsible parties. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan also urged authorities to invoke the anti-ragging law to hold the senior student accountable.

The college management swiftly responded to the incident by suspending the senior student involved in the act. It was revealed that a fellow student had recorded the thrashing, leading to further demands for police intervention. However, some NCC cadets and their parents alleged being under immense pressure from the college management to refrain from filing complaints against the senior student.

Members of the student wings of political parties, including the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), presented memorandums to the college management, calling for strict action against the perpetrator. To maintain order, police were deployed at the college premises to prevent protesters from forcibly entering the institution.

According to a university senate member, the absence of the NCC instructor, who was recently transferred, led to senior cadets assuming charge and precipitated the unfortunate incident.

The Joshi Bedekar College, along with two other sister institutions, Bandodkar College and VPM Polytechnic, runs the NCC unit. In light of the distressing incident, authorities are being urged to take immediate measures to ensure the safety and dignity of all students within the campus.

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Karnataka Cricketer Hoysala Dies at 34 from Cardiac Arrest

The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest.

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The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest. The competition, brimming with excitement between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, took a solemn turn with the unexpected loss of this talented player.

After the intense match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala joined his teammates for dinner when he suddenly collapsed due to a heart attack. Despite swift medical intervention on-site, including emergency treatment by attending physicians, Hoysala could not be revived. He was swiftly transported to Bowring Hospital, but tragically, doctors pronounced him deceased upon arrival. The news sent shockwaves through the cricketing fraternity, with players, supporters, and officials mourning the untimely departure of this gifted cricketer.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka’s Minister of Health & Family Welfare, conveyed his condolences via social media, stating, “Deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Karnataka’s emerging cricketer, fast bowler K. Hoysala, during the Aegis South Zone Tournament. My heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Instances like these underscore the imperative of health awareness, particularly regarding cardiac health.”

Hoysala K, renowned for his prowess as a fast bowler, had previously showcased his talents with teams like Bellary Tuskers and Shivamogga Lion in the Karnataka Premier League, leaving an indelible mark on the state’s cricketing scene. His sudden departure has left a palpable void within the cricketing community.

In the pivotal match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala played a pivotal role in Karnataka’s triumph, contributing both with the bat and the ball. His thirteen runs off thirteen balls coupled with the crucial wicket of Tamil Nadu’s opener, P. Parveen Kumar, were instrumental in securing a nail-biting victory for Karnataka. Defending a modest total of 173 runs, Karnataka clinched the win by a mere run, showcasing Hoysala’s invaluable contributions to the team’s success.

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Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill

Karnataka Council approves FAR Bill amidst uproar. Premium FAR capped at 0.4%, Transferable Development Rights at 0.6%.

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The Legislative Council approved the bill enabling the sale and purchase of premium Floor Area Ratio (FAR) despite the BJP members staging a walkout during the session on Thursday.

Presented by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who oversees Bengaluru City Development, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2024 received passage in the Council after its prior approval in the Assembly. This legislation permits developers to augment building floors by acquiring additional FAR through a fee payment equivalent to 40% of the guidance value, as sanctioned by local planning authorities. Furthermore, the bill sanctions the sale of FAR.

According to Shivakumar, the inclusion of premium FAR provision is anticipated to augment the revenues of local planning authorities, enabling investment in developmental endeavors. The premium FAR allotment is capped at 0.4%, with Transferable Development Rights limited to 0.6%.

The bill mandates that the proceeds from premium FAR fees be allocated towards land acquisition and the enhancement of basic amenities. Presently, FAR determination hinges on factors like road width, zoning regulations, and other pertinent parameters.

Expressing concerns, BJP MLCs cautioned against potential traffic congestion arising from the proliferation of buildings due to additional FAR. They proposed referring the matter to a select House committee for comprehensive deliberation, while some members advocated for an in-depth discussion before tabling the bill.

Shivakumar defended the legislation, asserting its simplification aimed at benefiting all stakeholders and bolstering the revenues of local planning authorities. He underscored that the previous BJP administration under Basavaraj Bommai had intentions to amend this law.

“We’ve introduced certain amendments to the law. Premium FAR has been operational in Mangaluru for some time now, generating approximately Rs 3,000 crore in additional revenue over the past six years. This amendment extends the same benefit to the entire state,” remarked Shivakumar.

However, BJP members opposed the bill and subsequently staged a walkout from the Council.

In addition, the Council ratified the BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill, which previously received approval in the Assembly.

Shivakumar elucidated that the bill aimed to rectify an oversight from the previous government, which led to substantial penalties on property owners. He highlighted that the 15th Finance Commission stipulated the release of grants contingent upon property tax aligning with the guidance value, necessitating the introduction of this amendment bill.

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Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents.

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Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents. However, their efforts were met with an unexpected discovery. Despite the urgency of the calls, upon investigation, officials determined that the alleged leopard was, in fact, a dog.

Responding to multiple calls from RR Nagar residents who claimed to have seen a leopard in their vicinity on February 11 and later on February 19, forest personnel conducted a thorough search operation. However, their efforts yielded no evidence of a big cat prowling the area.

Even as some residents maintained night vigils in hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive creature, no leopard was sighted. The situation escalated when residents of a local apartment complex shared CCTV footage capturing an animal moving along the road, albeit unclearly.

With concerns mounting, residents promptly alerted forest authorities, presuming the creature to be a leopard. Forest officials mobilized their resources for a comprehensive search, only to discover that the supposed leopard was, in reality, a domestic dog.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate identification and prompt response in wildlife management, even in urban areas where encounters with wildlife are rare but not unheard of.

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