Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during a meeting with Gondia and Bhandara Guardian Minister Parinay Fuke in Mumbai on Tuesday, allotted 100 acres of land for setting up an ethanol and biogas plant in Bhandara. At the project, which will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore, ethanol and biogas will be produced from paddy straw.
Apart from CM Fadnavis and Guardian Minister Fuke, also present during the meeting were Bhushan Gagrani (Principal Secretary to CM), former minister Shobha Fadnavis, Shantanu Goel (Collector, Bhandara), P Anbalagan (CEO, MIDC) and Milind Patke (Executive Director, Bharat Petroleum).
Speaking about the project, Parinay Fuke, who has been pursuing the project since the last one year, said, ₹3.84 lakh tonne and 3.46 lakh tonne of paddy straw is available in Gondia and Bhandara district respectively. The paddy straw in these districts was burned till now and not used for any other purpose. Paddy straw available in these districts will now be used to produce ethanol and biogas, which will be further used in vehicles thereby reducing the consumption of petrol and diesel and reducing pollution as well. The project will also generate employment and an alternative source of income for farmers.
When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years
Nightingale of India, late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. So much so that the Queen of Melody would also tie rakhi to the latter. She was among the close ones who visited the late actor during his last days. But do you know the reason why their relation had gone sour, as a result of which they did not speak for 13 long years?
The story dates back to the time when Lata Mangeshkar was to sing ‘Laagin Naahi Chhute’ for the film Musafir, in 1957. At that time, Kumar told music composer Anil Biswas, “The Urdu of Marathis (Maharashtrians) is like dal and rice.” This offended the veteran singer, after which she decided to hone her Urdu speaking skills.
After 13 years when they met in 1970, the veteran singer remarked, “You know, Yusuf saab, I’d always heard you loathed me for being one up on you while recording the Laagi Naahin Chhute Rama duet with you in Musafir. But I only sang the way I can’t help singing any number.”
To this, Kumar gleefully asserted, “It’s precisely because you can’t help singing the way you do that my family and I adore you! How possibly could I loathe a voice so heavenly!”
On February 6, 2022, due to COVID-induced prolonged illness, the illustrious singer passed away in Mumbai.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) July 7, 2021
‘Even Modiji can’t finish my political career:’ Pankaja Munde
BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wouldn’t be able to end her political career if she lived in people’s hearts and minds. Munde said the same on Tuesday while addressing a public rally — part of PM Modi’s birthday celebrations for a fortnight across Maharashtra — at Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district.
Munde said, “If I live in people’s mind and heart, even Modiji cannot end my political career… Dynasty politics has been prevailing in the Congress party. Modiji, however, wants to end the dynasty rule… I hail from a political family, but if I live in your mind and heart, nobody will be able to finish (end the career) me. If I live in people’s minds and hearts, even Modiji cannot finish my political career.”