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Milosevic Concedes Opposition Victories in Fall Elections – BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) –

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 After 2 1/2 months of pro-democratic protests, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic today conceded the opposition won municipal elections in Belgrade and other Serb cities.
Milosevic’s refusal to honor results from the fall elections triggered an unprecedented wave of unrest and anti-government protests for 77 straight days.

Because the politically savvy Milosevic has alternately raised and dashed hopes that he would accept the opposition victories in 14 cities across Serbia, protest leaders reacted cautiously to today’s announcement and said the rallies would continue.

When an opposition leader, Vuk Draskovic, told protesters assembled today in Belgrade of Milosevic’s decision, the crowd responded with cries against the president of “Resign! Resign!”

But this latest act appeared to be a genuine attempt by the president to stop weeks of demonstrations and improve his government’s international image.

Protesters clashed with police yesterday (1:36 min.)

The state-run news agency Tanjug said Milosevic instructed Premier Mirko Marjanovic to have the government pass a special law that will accept the Nov. 17 elections results as confirmed by international reviewers.

It was the first time since the crisis began that Milosevic had issued a written instruction to Serbian authorities that was made public.

“The election disputes … have caused great damage to our country both domestically and internationally and it was high time to solve the problem,” Milosevic said in a letter to Marjanovic that was published by Tanjug.

Moving to defuse the biggest challenge to his rule since he came to power a decade ago, Milosevic said in a statement:

“I think that the state interest of improving relations of our country with the international community by far exceeds the significance of any number of seats in a handful of cities.”

A Portrait of the protest: Rock ‘n’ roll in Belgrade
The announcement triggered initial jubilation among protesters, coming right before the start of the daily rally, but opposition leaders later said this was just the beginning.

“This is a first step, but it is not enough,” said Zoran Djindjic, head of the Democratic Party, one of three parties comprising the Zajedno (Together) alliance that has led the pro-democracy movement.

“He finally accepted what he should have accepted 2 1/2 months ago,” Djindjic told reporters among a crowd of 50,000 supporters who packed the central Republic Square.

Djindjic, who would be Belgrade mayor if the opposition’s victory claims are recognized, said the opposition would continue its protests until those responsible for the police crackdown that injured 80 protesters late Sunday and early Monday are punished.

He also demanded that the media be freed from state control. Independent radio that reported live from the protests had been briefly shut down by the authorities after the elections were annulled.

Earlier today before the announcement, about 20,000 students marched through Belgrade to police headquarters to demand the release of 20 colleagues arrested the day before. The students were joined in their march by about 1,000 Belgrade lawyers, who have been on strike since Friday.

The lawyers promised free legal help to students and other citizens arrested and beaten by police.

The question of who won the city elections in Belgrade and other Serbian cities has been at the center of the social unrest that has divided Yugoslavia’s dominant republic for months.

Pro-democracy activists carried their protest into the country’s cultural life, with film distributors closing down cinemas across Yugoslavia today for two days. The National Theater also canceled its performances indefinitely to protest the police assaults.

In the November elections, the opposition coalition Zajedno, or Together, won 60 of 110 Belgrade city council seats. Socialists won 23, other parties took the rest.

An independent fact-finder confirmed in December that Zajedno won Belgrade and 13 other city councils. Milosevic has conceded six of those wins, but refused to recognize others.

The protests, called originally to demand the acknowledgment of the opposition-led local governments, have grown to include wider calls for democracy in Serbia.

After a rally Monday by about 60,000 protesters, up to 200 young people, many of them teenagers, threw stones and skirmished with police. Police chased the youths, beating and dragging away some of them.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which confirmed the opposition election victories, called through Denmark, its current chairman, for dialogue on democratic reform and urged authorities “to immediately stop the use of force.”

In Washington on Monday, State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said: “It is strange to see still in Central Europe … that there are authoritarian figures who deploy these security goons to beat up democrats.”

An off-duty American embassy Marine guard was caught and beaten by the riot police, Burns said.

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“If the government parties do not want to sit in the street, then”;

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The central government has decided to reduce excise taxes on gasoline and diesel in the wake of the increased policy. On Saturday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about it. “We are reducing the central excise duty by Rs 8 per liter on petrol and Rs 6 per liter on diesel. This will reduce petrol by Rs 9.5 per litre, and diesel by Rs 7 per litre, Sitharaman said. After this, the leader of The Devendra opposition has attacked the Thackeray government following this decision.

Many thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the decision to reduce the central tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 8 and Rs 6 per litre, respectively! For this, the central government will bear a charge of Rs 1 lakh crore every year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has also decided to give a subsidy of Rs 200 per cylinder to recipients of Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana, thus a financial burden of Rs 6,100 crore will be incurred,” said Devendra Fadnavis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again shown that the Modi government at the Center is the common man’s government in this country. The welfare of the poor is a very important issue for them and they constantly fight for it. He has given the same answer once again from these decisions. Now, I once again request the Chief Minister and the Government of Maharashtra to take the initiative to reduce the taxes on gasoline and diesel and provide more relief to the common man. Because the rates in Maharashtra are the highest. The ruling parties do not want to sit in the streets, they want to give relief to the people,” Fadnavis said.


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“This government belongs to dishonest children, they are in the sea…”, offensive statement from the BJP MLA! | …

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A few days ago, the Supreme Court ordered the state government to declare local body elections in the state within 15 days. Thus, while expressing a strong feeling that the OBC reserve is gone, the Opposition has targeted the Maharashtra Government. BJP has criticized the state government for killing the OBC reserve. In this regard, BJP MLA Babanrao Lonikar’s tongue slipped as he spoke to citizens in the Mantha city of Jalna. He criticized the state government in offensive language. Reactions to his statement are now beginning to surface.

“Government Thieves, Lafange Ministers”

“If this information had been delivered to the Supreme Court by collecting Imperial data and conducting a triple test, an OBC reservation of one thousand percent would have been read. But this government and its ministers, liars, scoundrels, scoundrels should be drowned in the sea. These liars were constantly saying that Modi, the central government should give us the data,” said Babanrao Lonikar.

“Data collected during Manmohan Singh’s rule”

“Manmohan Singh was the prime minister of the country. In Delhi, Maharashtra was ruled by the Congress. The whole country was under the control of the Congress. That was when the survey was done. There were 69,000 errors in it. The Manmohan Singh government never has not released that data to any state. Congress hasn’t released that data in its 50 years of existence. But the OBC ministers in the state are making the scene. They’re giving speeches with scarves around their necks. They’re speaking in the media.” Lonikar said.

“Go to the villages and tell them…”

Speaking at the occasion, Lonikar called on those present to speak about government from town to town. “Go to the villages and tell them that this is a dishonest child. The snake is not visible in the vegetation. We have to explain to the villagers how poisonous this three-winged snake is in Maharashtra,” Lonikar said.


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Aurangabad was rocked by two murders; One Sided College Girl All Day…

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The city of Aurangabad was shaken by the killings that took place in the morning and around noon. Two days ago, a man murdered his girlfriend and committed suicide in Aurangabad. While the incident was fresh, a 19-year-old girl was killed near the university on Saturday (May 21) out of one-sided love. The defendants in both cases have been acquitted. The deceased 19-year-old student and her killer were both from the same community, police said.

In another incident, Sabir Shah Qasim Shah (36) and Farhan Khan Nizam Khan (19, both Cuttackgate water tank residents) got into an argument at the Jinsi police station on Friday over a minor altercation. Farhan hit Sabir Shah in the stomach with a sharp object near him, seriously injuring him. Sabir Shah is receiving treatment at Ghati Hospital. However, the doctors pronounced him dead in the morning.

The police arrived at the scene in a case of one-sided love

One case has been recorded in this regard, said Jinsi Police Inspector V. METRO. Kendra gave. Senior officials including API Magare from Kendra visited the site. Tangde Criminal Investigation Squad Deputy Inspector Sunil Jadhav has been dispatched to Naregaon to search for the accused. A forensic team has been called to the scene. Panchnama was also performed by Sub-Inspector Harun Sheikh’s team.

Also read: Two murders at midnight in Aurangabad, murder of a woman along with a young man

Meanwhile, the defendant has a large gang that includes all minors and children up to 18 years of age. Many of them are in the business of only selling buttons at night. The police are investigating in that direction.


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