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On 52nd anniversary, Shiv Sena reiterates claims of winning Maharashtra polls next year on its own

Shiv Sena on its 52nd anniversary tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Accusing its alliance partner of doing injustice with the nation at various fronts, the Uddhav Thackrey helmed party, in its mouthpiece Saamna made clear that it would opt out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).Shiv Sena, in its editorial expressed confidence and said that it will win the next Maharashtra Assembly Elections on its own and will play a role of kingmaker in the 2019 general elections. “Shiv Sena’s journey has never been easy. Even today there are many obstacles in our path. However, despite all the hindrances we are confident of winning the next Maharashtra Assembly Elections solo. We also are sure of the fact that we will play a major role in the upcoming general elections,” the Saamna editorial read.At a time when the BJP is desperately trying to woo Sena for an alliance, the latter has not been responsive. The editorial also cornered the Centre over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which seeks to give illegal migrants from ‘minority communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan’ — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsi and Christians an easy and short path to Indian citizenship.”The culture and the identity of Assam are in danger. The Centre is trying to bring in foreign elements in the state, this way the people of the state will have to compromise on their rights”, the editorial added. It further slammed the intentions of private developers ‘renaming’ areas in Mumbai. The Sena chief in the past has objected to alleged change of names of places like Worli and Malabar Hills in Mumbai.The Sena in a sardonic attack said that like Delhi, a virtual dust storm is making lives miserable across the nation but Prime Minister Modi remains unfazed. “Only Delhi is not witnessing a dust storm. The entire nation is experiencing one but Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot see it as he is never in the country,” the editorial said. “Is there an emergency in the nation? Such questions are arising. Our soldiers are being killed but the Centre remains unfazed,”it added.The editorial also reviewed party’s 52-year-long journey and highlighted the milestones achieved along the way, while underlining the party?s contribution to the state and the country.
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Maharashtra: Food poisoning kills at least three in Raigad district, leaves several admitted in hospital

At least three chidren were killed and several hospitalized after a case of suspected food poisoning.The incident took place early Tuesday in Mahad village in Raigad district, which is around 80 kilometres from Mumbai. According to the Kualapur police, Subhash Mane, one of the villagers had organized a dinner to celebrate buying a house. “He had organized a dinner on occasion of vastu shanti pooja,” a police officer said. The function was a whole day function and the food served was dal and rice. People who had eaten earlier in the day did not suffer from the ill-effects of the food, which raises suspicion that the food may have contaminated during the course of the day.After the dinner, many children were complaining of stomach aches, and began vomiting. They were rushed to hospital where three children succumbed to their illness. Four childtren were shifted to Pragati hospital and Ashtavinayak Hospital in Panvel while one is in MICU.Around 30 to 40 people have been admitted in MGM Hospital Kamothe and D Y Patil Hospital in Nerul in Navi Mumbai. Police sold that the condition of many patients are critical.A doctor at MGM Hospital said that he suspected some chemical powder had been mixed with the food, but this could be confirmed only after tests.
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One teen drowns off Palghar, three others missing

Four teenagers drowned off the Dadra Pada coast of Palghar on Sunday afternoon. While one body has been fished out, a search operation is on to trace the missing three.The teenagers were part of a group of seven youngsters from Nalasopara’s Santosh Bhuvan area who had gone for a picnic at the Kelwe beach.The youngsters have been identified as Deepak Chalwadi, 20, Dipesh Dileep Pednekar, 17, Sritej Naik, 15, Tushar Chimte, 15, Gaurav Sawant, 17, Sanket Jogle, 17, and Devidas Jadhav, 16.According to Palghar Police, the incident took place around 2:30 pm on Sunday when the sea was rough due to heavy rains. The teens were enjoying at the far north end of the beach when they were caught unaware by the rising water. They had ignored the caution sign and were trapped in the high tide. Even the lifeguards stationed at the beach by the Kelwe Gram Panchayat were not able to rescue the four teens.The lifeguards and a few local fishermen managed to rescue Jogle, Jadhav and Sawant when they heard their screams for help.”We have found the body of Deepak Chalwadi. An operation to trace others is still underway,” said a police officer from the Palghar Police Station.”We have informed the parents of the teenagers. Chalwadi’s body will be handed over to his family on Monday after a postmortem. One of the survivors is in the hospital right now, while others are safe,” he added.


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Architecture students anxious as reviewed scores not out

Several students who are set to seek admission to undergraduate architecture programmes in the state are anxious as the Council of Architecture (CoA) is yet to declare reviewed results of the National Aptitude test in Architecture (NATA).This year, the CoA had allowed review of marks against it’s policy as several students who had appeared for NATA had stated that they were dissatisfied with their scores, especially in the drawing paper. While review applications were accepted on the NATA website by June 13, officials at CoA had said that they would declare the reviewed scores within one week after the last day of submitting applications.However, as the Directorate of Technical Education, which conducts admissions for architecture courses in the state has asked students to submit their documents and finish the admission process by June 20, leaving several students anxious.”I am sure that the score in the drawing paper is not correct and have submitted a review application. However, the state admission guidelines mandate us to complete the process by June 20 even as we haven’t got revised scores yet. Many of us are under immense pressure,” said an aspirant.


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Previously bedridden, 19-year-old Nigerian girl walks after two years

After undergoing a successful Total Hip Replacement (THR) and reconstruction surgery in Mumbai, 19-year-old Zinatu Umar from Nigeria took her first step in over two and a half years.A fatal car accident in September 2016 left Zinatu left bedridden. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she underwent primary treatment for the injuries, which she sustained from her hips to her feet. Her femur was plated (bone extended from hip to the knee) and a grip was put in place to support the hip. She was subsequently discharged.In 2017, Zinatu underwent another surgery. Local doctors had recommended a corrective procedure for her hip deformity, but her condition only worsened. Due to lack of technological advancements and expertise, doctors in Nigeria stated that her condition could not be fixed.But Zinatu did not lose hope. With some online research, Zinatu and her family approached doctors in Mumbai, who showed promise. Zinatu underwent a surgery to reconstruct her hip and socket through grafting of the bone.Speaking about her condition post surgery, Dr Kaushal Malhan, Senior Knee and Hip Surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “The patient had not gone to school for over a year and was completely bedridden. She was looked after by her father and sister continuously. She is now able to walk using crutches. She has been put on medications and will soon return home, start going to school and continue with her further studies.”Total hip replacement and reconstructive surgery is a procedure where the damaged ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and are replaced with locally available bones. The entire surgery was conducted within 2.5 hours.Speaking about the treatment, Zinatu Umar said, “I am unable to express how difficult this phase was for me. The pain has now disappeared and I look forward to walking normally like before. I will soon return to school and pursue my dream of becoming a doctor.”


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Rescue operation vehicles worth Rs 50 lakh unused for eight years in Mumbai

Four ambulances and two buses that were bought eight years ago by the Directorate of Civil Defence for rescue operations, following disasters in Mumbai may finally be pressed into service. For all these years, the department did not bother to get the mandatory roadworthiness certificates for them, said people in the know.The vehicles, which were purchased in 2010 for around Rs 50 lakh, were moth-balled due to this official apathy and red-tape, leading to a waste of public money. The volunteers from the Civil Defence are meant to be the first responders during calamities and these ambulances and minibuses were meant to be used in such situations. Senior officials from the Directorate of Civil Defence said that they have now secured the certifications for these ambulances and buses, which have been kept at the Civil Defence office, opposite Cross Maidan in South Mumbai. The department has also initiated an inquiry into the lapse. “The department purchased four ambulances for Rs 7,77,515.27 each, totalling around Rs 31,10,061, on March 30, 2010. Similarly, two buses worth Rs 17,72,676 were bought on March 20, 2010. However, they could not be used for their intended purpose, such as deployment of volunteers and rescue during emergencies and calamities, due to the lack of roadworthiness certificate,” a senior official from the Directorate of Civil Defence told DNA. “We have initiated an inquiry about why these vehicles did not undergo the mandatory RTO certification and were hence forced to lie idle. Since they have been certified as being roadworthy now, we are seeking that the BMC take them over. This is because our role of first responders has been gradually eroded with the BMC having its own disaster management cell and the state government its own disaster management authority,” the official added. Civil Defence volunteers, who are trained in skills like firefighting and first aid, are meant to play an active role in disaster management. The Civil Defence Act, 1968, was meant to prepare people for emergencies like war and was born after the country’s wars with China and Pakistan. Maharashtra has Civil Defence units in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and the Konkan.CASUAL ATTITUDEThe vehicles were purchased in 2010. Volunteers from the Civil Defence are meant to be the first responders during calamities and these ambulances and minibuses were meant to be used in such situations. The department has initiated an inquiry into the lapse.



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BMC denies former Indian Army captain’s allegations, says garden leased to Brahma Kumaris taken back

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), denying allegation by a former Indian Army Captian, said it has taken back the 13 gardens, which were leased to Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. It has also claimed to have locked and sealed the structures that were used by the organisation to practice spiritual activities and Yoga.Advocate Dhruti Kapadia, appearing for the civic body, filed an affidavit in the court opposing a petition filed by former Indian Army Captain, Haresh Gaglani, who had alleged that the organisation was illegally occupying and preventing the general public from entering the gardens.The affidavit read, “Petitioner’s allegations are not true and with records herein, it is clear that the relief sought in the plea does not survive, as possession of the gardens are already handed over to the corporation. Under these circumstances, the petition should be dismissed.”Gaglani, in his plea, had claimed that the corporation had given the gardens on lease to World Renewal Spiritual Trust, which closely works with the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris, He alleged that despite the lease being expired, the trust still illegally possesses the gardens.The plea says the gardens, which are spread out across different municipal wards, are prime parcels of land and thus causing heavy loss to the state exchequer. It also added that the trust has built permanent structures inside the gardens, which are being used for various illegal purposes, like holding fundraising functions etc.BLAME GAMEAdvocate Dhruti Kapadia, appearing for the BMC, filed an affidavit opposing a petition filed by Haresh Gaglani, who had alleged that the organisation was illegally occupying and closing the garden gates to the public

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Mumbai Cops bust gang for cyber fraud

The DB Marg Police have busted a gang of cyber fraudsters accused of duping gullible victims by luring them into a bonus on their Life Insurance Policy.Pranav Kumar, a 26-year old man from Thane’s Ghodbandar area, had duped a 65-year-old former bank employee of Rs 3 lakh under the pretext of giving him bonus amount on his LIC policy that is soon to mature.According to the police, the victim, Mehernash Barivaya’s insurance policy was about to mature when one day he received a call from the accused disguised as an LIC executive. Kumar introduced Barivaya to a lucrative offer of 60 per cent bonus on the latter’s insurance policy once it mature’s.The accused then told the victim that to avail the offer, he would have to transfer some amount in the given bank account. The victim agreed to the same and transferred Rs 3 lakh in different bank accounts given by the accused.However, after transferring the money, Barivaya did not receive any communication from the accused. Upon inquiring with the LIC office, he realised that there was no such scheme.”The victim approached us and we registered an FIR and started tracing the bank accounts. During the investigation, we traced Kumar and arrested him from Thane,” said a police officer.The police are on the lookout for more three persons who are suspected to be involved in the scam.



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Woman held by Navi Mumbai police for duping jobseekers

The anti-extortion cell of Navi Mumbai police has arrested a woman on the charge of cheating many youngsters of several lakhs of rupees by promising them jobs. The cops have identified the accused as Jayashri Date. The police said Date ran a fake recruitment agency in Navi Mumbai. Recently, a victim lodged a complaint against her in Satara district, prompting the local cops to alert the Navi Mumbai police.In her complaint, the victim said she was duped of Rs 5.50 lakh by Date’s agency. In May 2016, she alleged, the agency promising her to get the job of a constable with the Railway Police Force, Kolkata. The accused even sent a ‘posting’ letter and other documents to her last year, which turned out to be fake. They later shut their office and went underground.“A case was also registered at the APMC police station against the accused following which we started the probe. The woman was then traced and arrested,” said an officer. Date’s husband Sunil, and other accused – Deepak Singh, Manish Singh, and one Sadique – are still on the run, the police said. “They had cheated several others promising jobs to them in RPF, Railways and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust,” said Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police.

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Expect dip in showers next week, temp may rise by two degrees in Mumbai

Although the monsoon began with heavy showers, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the city will witness light showers in the next week. It announced that it will take six to seven days for heavy rains to begin. As a result, temperature in the city may increase by a degree or two.Ajay Kumar, a scientist with IMD, said, “We have predicted intermittent rainfall in city for Saturday and Sunday followed by heavy rainfall in one or two places on Sunday. However, starting Monday for next six or seven days there will not be much rainfall and it will take another one week for the monsoon to get active.”Kumar said, “Temperature is around 30 degree Celsius, however, heat might increase in the coming week and temperature may go up to 32 degree Celsius.”Private weather agency Skymet has predicted that heavy spells are likely to continue in Mumbai till 19 June. We expect rains to continue and even increase in intensity. The showers will not be continuous; on and off spells would continue. The sky would be mainly cloudy to overcast.”Meanwhile, Colaba saw a maximum temperature of 32.6 degree Celsius with 37 mm of rainfall between Friday and Saturday evening. Santacruz recorded a maximum of 33.9 degree Celsius and recorded 9.1 mm of rainfall in the same period.WEATHERMEN SAYPrivate weather agency Skymet has predicted that heavy spells are likely to continue in Mumbai till 19 June Meanwhile, Colaba saw a maximum temperature of 32.6 degree Celsius with 37 mm of rainfall between Friday and Saturday evening Santacruz recorded a maximum of 33.9 degree Celsius and recorded 9.1 mm of rainfall in the same period




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Bhima Koregaon violence: After arrest, Nagpur University suspends Assistant Professor Shoma Sen

The Nagpur University on Friday suspended assistant professor Shoma Sen after she was taken into custody by Pune Police in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case.On Thursday, a Pune Court extended the police custody of four of the five accused till June 21.Earlier on June 7, the court sent the four accused to police custody till June 14.The four accused – Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Sen and Mahesh Raut were arrested by the Pune police on June 6 from Mumbai, Nagpur, and Delhi.Earlier, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani criticised their arrests. “Attack on Ambedkarite movement : Maharashtra police has arrested Ambedkarite activist & editor Sudhir Dhawale in Mumbai, advocate Surendra Gadling in Nagpur and Rona Wilson in Delhi. All 3 booked under draconian UAPA while Bhima Koregaon culprit Manohar Bhide roams scot free,” he had tweeted.Also readBhima Koregaon violence: CID releases photos of four attackers who killed Rahul PhatangadeThe Maharashtra state unit of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties also condemned the arrests. “All these above persons have been active in various movements and organizations, and have publicly defended the rights of Dalits and various sections of marginalized people. The simultaneous arrests at all India level (Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi) by State authorities, smack of predetermined planned attack on people who have been protesting against injustice and atrocities perpetuated by various State and non-State Hindu right-wing groups. These arrest amounts to blatant violation of citizen’s rights to freedom of expression and voicing dissent, and is clearly a move to target individuals working for rights of the marginalised sections of society, and to produce a chilling effect on voices of dissent,” the organisation said in a statement.On January 2, the 200th anniversary of Bhima-Koregaon battle took a violent turn when a youth died in clashes that broke out during an event to mark the day.Also readThinking of a Rajiv Gandhi-type incident: Shocking details of Bhima Koregaon-accused’s plot to assassinate PM Modi The violence also left several injured, including 10 policemen.With ANI Inputs




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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar returns home, lands at Mumbai Airport

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar landed at Mumbai airport today. He is expected to fly to Goa shortly. The chief minister has been in the US for treatment of a pancreatic ailment since March this year.”Parrikar will fly from the US to Mumbai and from Mumbai to Goa on Thursday. He is arriving in Panaji tomorrow,” a senior official at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.Before leaving Goa, Parrikar had formed a cabinet advisory committee to guide the state administration on governance and other issues, in his absence. He has been monitoring the affairs of the state from the US.The tenure of the committee comprising Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Francis D’Souza of the BJP and Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party will expire on June 30.The official said Parrikar is likely to chair a cabinet meeting on June 15 to decide the dates for the upcoming monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly.Also readNo one to protect women in Parrikar’s absence: Goa Mahila CongressAccording to sources, all ministers have been directed to attend the meeting.Of the 11 members in the state cabinet, two are currently not in Goa. While Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar remains hospitalised in Mumbai after suffering brain stroke, Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza is in Portugal on vacation.Also readVijay Sardesai slams Congress for making issue out of Goa CM Parrikar’s absenceThe Congress had alleged that the state administration has collapsed in absence of Parrikar who holds a host of portfolios including home, finance, personnel, and general administration.Parrikar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 for pancreatitis and was discharged on February 22. He returned to Goa the same day and presented the Budget in the Assembly, but the session was truncated to only four days owing to his illness.He was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital on February 25 after he complained of dehydration and was discharged four days later.The chief minister went to Mumbai again on March 5 for his further check up from where he was referred to the USA.



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India transgender officer rejoins duty after rare show of support

The 29-year-old policeman was allowed to rejoin the force after a minister backed him.

Sangh Pariwar affiliates are trying to spark communal riots: Prakash Ambedkar

Accusing the Centre of trying to foment caste-based tensions in the country to postpone the Lok Sabha elections, former Lok Sabha MP and Bharatiya Republish-Bahujan Mahasangh (BRP- BMS) Chief Prakash Ambedkar denied that the Elgar Parishad organised in Pune had any link with Maoists.”I feel that the government is bent on creating riots in the country,” said Ambedkar. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ambedkar alleged that the Sangh Pariwar affiliates like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal were trying to foment anti-reservation sentiments througious functions where people were asked to take a pledge to oppose quotas.”Sacrifices are being organised in North India and people are being asked to take a pledge that they will oppose reservations and will participate in agitations to put an end to it. This will pit pro and anti-reservation protestors against each other,” he charged, adding that this might lead to “anarchy” which in turn will give the government an excuse to impose internal emergency and postpone the Lok Sabha elections.Ambedkar said the BJP-led government wanted to impose an emergency and had earlier tried to pit Hindus and Muslims against each other; however, the plan was foiled since the “Muslims did not react”.He charged that those responsible for the violence against Dalits at Koregaon Bhima were yet to be brought to book. “An agitation can start anytime and have an impact across the country,” he warned.Ambedkar, who had accused Sambhaji Bhide Guruji of the Shivprathisthan Hindustan and Milind Ekbote of the Samasta Hindu Aghadi for the violence, said while Ekbote had been arrested, “the enquiry was an eyewash”.The Pune police had arrested five people connected with the Elgar Parishad organised in Pune in December to commemorate the 200 years of the Battle of Koregaon and alleged that they had links with Naxal groups. “The Elgar Parishad is being maligned by saying that the Maoists have joined it,” he explained, adding that Sudhir Dhawale, who was among the five activists arrested, had been acquitted by Gondia court on similar charges.
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Maharashtra government signs pact with Quebec for economic cooperation

The Governments of Maharashtra and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) signed an agreement to form a working committee that will meet at least once a year for bolstering the scope of investment opportunities and cooperation in the areas of information technology, biotechnology, aeronautics, engineering, energy, agriculture and allied activities. Couillard and Fadnavis signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect on Wednesday.CDPQ, a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and para-public pension and insurance plans, has evinced interest to tap on business opportunities in Maharashtra. Apart from that, Bombardier, the global leading manufacturer of planes and trains, proposed to extend cooperation in transport infrastructure projects undertaken in the state. Both these companies spelt out their business plans at a meeting in Quebec with state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a week-long tour to the US and Canada.A state government release said that Fadnavis held one-on-one interaction with CDPQ President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Sabia and Bombardier Chairman Pierre Beaudoin. Fadnavis also highlighted the ongoing Metro, Mumbai Nagpur Expressway, logistic parks, financial services sector, new Fintech Hub aided by progressive policy framework and logistics and some other projects as perfect options for investment.


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Mumbai Resident doctors continue security talks with government staff

Resident doctors from the state-run hospitals conducted a meeting with the state authority to follow-up on the safety measures provided to doctors in every ward. While the resident doctors have been given assurance that the alarm will be set within 30 days, the safety audit of other hospitals is in progress.Last week, the resident doctors from Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had written a letter to the state authority that the implementation of safety measures should be from the date which was decided and it should not be affected due to the transfer of Sir JJ Hospital’s Dean.In a meeting which held earlier, the resident doctors had got an assurance that security guards will be deployed in sensitive areas.”We will be having follow up meetings. And the in-charge of guards have been told that the duty will be shifted as per requirement of safety,” said Amol Hekare, spokesperson of MARD.A few days ago, the state-run St George’s Hospital underwent security audits too. Speaking about it, Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, said, ” We need an alarm system which can indicate to the security guards from which ward of the hospital the alarm is ringing. Also, we have told the doctors to counsel patients while treating.”The authority has decided to train doctors in soft skills.

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Maharashtra government issues guidelines for establishment of business incubators

In a bid to promote establishment and expansion of business incubators, Maharashtra government today issued some important guidelines. The government proposes to provide grant-in-aid to set up the incubator for a maximum period of 5 years to cover capital and operational expenditures. To scale up existing incubators with a demonstrated history of facilitating start-ups, capital assistance grant of up to Rs 5 crore shall be provided. Equal contribution would be required to be made by the applicant depending on his/her category. The selection criteria will be business plan, leadership team, sector expertise, market linkages and infrastructure. The objective is to promote Maharashtra as start-up and innovation hub.State industries department officer told DNA, “The Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSInS) proposed to set up business incubators across the state in collaboration with industry and academia. The aim is to foster the start-up ecosystem and enable entrepreneurs to succeed in their pursuits. The guidelines issued today will help establishment and expansion of incubators.”Director General of Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC), Arvind Pradhan said that the biggest problem faced by start-ups has always been lack of good infrastructure for healthy growth. “The policy on incubators will propel organisations, both in the profit and non-profit sector, to set up incubation centres with financial support from the govt. The policy has the potential of ensuring that soon, Maharashtra may become the capital of start-ups in India,” he noted.The officer informed that the government has proposed three categories of incubators for providing financial support. Category I incubators will receive grant-in-aid of up to 100per cent of the total eligible project cost comprising capital and operational expenditure up to Rs 5 crore. The applicant under this category can bring on board other knowledge partners and promoters.For the category II incubators, the applicants will receive a grant in aid of up to 75per cent of the total eligible project cost up to Rs 5 crore. Each tranche of the grant-in-aid will be disbursed in phases approved by the expert committee set up by MSInS only after the applicants provide proof of contribution of 25 per cent.In case of Category III incubators, applicants will receive grant-in-aid of up to 50 per cent of the total eligible cost up to Rs 5 crore. The MSInS will hold a maximum 26 per cent equity stake in special purpose vehicle, the equity share of MSInS will increase in the proportion of the contribution to a maximum of 49 per cent.

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Mumbai: Man awaits job in civic body for 13 yrs, loses Rs 26.40 lakh

The police have registered a case of cheating and impersonation against two persons who allegedly duped a 42-year-old man resident of Borivali, Prashant Rajaram Dhanu, to the tune of Rs 26.40 lakh by promising him a job in Municipal Corporation.The duo, who claimed to be government officials, had been luring the victim since June 2005 to shell out money for the lucrative job, making it one of the longest running scams.According to the police, two people had met Dhanu in June 2005 through a mutual friend and the duo had promised Dhanu that they would help him get a job in the civic body.”The duo met Dhanu several times and took as much as Rs 26.40 lakh in cash and cheques on various pretexts, claiming that they would need money to assure a government job for Dhanu. The duo also lured Dhanu by it would be easy for them to get Dhanu a government job since they were government officials. An unsuspecting Dhanu kept on giving them money,” said an officer from Borivali Police Station.After nearly thirteen years passed and Dhanu could not get a government job, he confronted the duo. Subsequently, they began avoiding him and Dhanu finally lodged a First Information Report in the matter on Tuesday.”We are getting more details about the accused from the bank account details in which the cash was deposited by Dhanu. No arrests have been made in the case so far,” the officer informed.
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Mumbai sees six dengue cases after first spell of monsoon

The first spells of monsoon in the city have accompanied the deadly dengue fever. Six cases of dengue were confirmed in the city. While three patients were admitted in the Wockhardt Hospital at Mumbai Central last week, three more visited the out patient department (OPD) ward of the hospital and were diagnosed with dengue.All three who were admitted to the hospital have been released. According to the doctors, all six cases of dengue hit people belonging to the age group of 25-50.Speaking about the cases, Dr Behram Paradinala, a medicine specialist in the Hospital, said, “We received three dengue patients last week who were admitted in the hospital and were discharged after three days of treatment. We also got 3 patients who were detected as positive dengue cases in the OPD ward but are being treated at home.”Dengue is a viral infection caused by the bite of an Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is already infected with the virus. The primary symptoms of dengue appear three to 15 days after the mosquito bite which includes — high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes that is apparent when trying to move the eyes, joint pain, and rashes.After the city experienced rain, the water collected in the potholes have become the breeding ground for mosquitoes, leading to the fear of another dengue outbreak.”We can come across more such cases if we are surrounded with stagnant water. Cases like typhoid and leptospirosis can also be a concern,” added Dr Pardinala.Speaking about a number of dengue cases this year, Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC’s executive health officer, said, “We haven’t yet received data related to detection of dengue cases in the city”





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22-year-old Rajkot robbery case accused held in Mumbai by Anti Extortion Cell

A 22-year-old man, wanted in connection with the Rs 43 lakh robbery in Gujarat’s Rajkot, was arrested on Wednesday by the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Mumbai Police from suburban Govandi, police said.The accused, identified as Shahrukh Sakhale, hails from Bhakti Nagar in Rajkot.According to an official, Sakhale has been on the run since May 23 after he and his three aides allegedly attacked an angadia firm employee at Rajkot bus stand and robbed him of cash and diamonds worth Rs 43 lakh.A case was registered at Rajkot police station following the incident.The official said that Rajkot police had forwarded a video of the incident to the crime branch of the Mumbai Police, he said.On specific inputs, police today laid a trap in Govandi and arrested Sakhale, he said, adding that the accused will be handed over to Rajkot Police.


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Mumbai: Worli Fire – Shiv Sena corporator blames security guards, says they didn’t call fire department promptly

A massive fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon on the upper floors of a skyscraper, located in Worli’s Prabhadevi area in Mumbai.About ninety to ninety-five persons were rescued safely.The fire, which was earlier characterised as a ‘Level-II’ one, now falls in ‘level-III’ category.Fire fighting operations are underway. The building is named Beaumonde residential complex, where Bollywood star Deepika Padukone also owns a house.Six fire engines and five jumbo tankers and a hydraulics platform and ambulance are present at the spot currently.Also readBeaumonde Tower Fire: How this 85-year-old and 65-year-old walked through a towering inferno to safetyNo causalities have been reported so far.Read: Worli Fire – latest updates Also readDubai hotel fires celebrity Indian-origin chef Atul Kochhar for ‘anti-Islam’ tweetThere is already an early controversy brewing about the fire with Shiv Sena corporator Kishori Pednekar alleging that the building’s security guards tried to douse the fire before informing the ‘fire and police promptly.She told DNA: “The building had private security agency which was not skilled. They tried to douse the fire on their own instead of informing Fire Department and police promptly. That wasted some time.”Also readBeaumonde Towers in Mumbai’s Worli catches fire; Sena corporator blames security guards as fire rages Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLA Sada Sarvankar blamed the BMC and police saying that the fire department had no facility to climb the building. He said: “It is lucky that people survived. Firemen rushed through stairs to douse fire.”The Mumbai police in response to a Twitter user sharing a picture of the fire, tweeted, “Our staff & Fire Brigade is on the spot for assistance. They are trying their best to douse the fire and provide necessary help to people there.”Chief Fire Officer, P S Rahabgdale said, “A duplex flat on 32nd and 33rd floor has caught fire. We have rescued 90-95 persons. The firefighting operations are going on”In 2010, actor Deepika Padukone bought a plush four-bedroom apartment in a 33-storey tower for a whopping Rs16 crore along with her father Prakash, a former national badminton champion. Currently, Padukone is travelling, but all her staff members were successfully evacuated.
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Beaumonde Tower Fire: How this 85-year-old and 65-year-old walked through a towering inferno to safety

It didn’t matter that they had to climb down 28 floors, but for this 65-year-old woman and an 85-year-old man and their maid, it was a matter of survival after a fire broke out in Worli’s BeauMonte Towers.Meera Gupta had come on vacation to stay with her daughter, who lives on the 28th floor of the apartment. At the time of the fire breaking out, Gupta was having lunch with her daughter’s family that comprised the husband and an 85-year-old father-in-law. The maid was the fifth person in the house. The children were in school.As soon as the fire broke out, it was perhaps an adrenaline rush that gave the senior citizens the strength to climb down 28 floors, but they finally made it with the help of the maid and their children. The fire meanwhile reached the 28th floor.Also readBeaumonde Towers in Mumbai’s Worli catches fire; Sena corporator blames security guards as fire rages “Someone knocked on our door and told us about the fire. We immediately left the house and walked down the stairs,” she told DNA.Earlier, the lever-III fire broke out in the residential complex at Appasaheb Marathe Marg in Worli, Mumbai. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.Also readDeepika Padukone’s residential building catches fire, actress safe10 fire engines, 5 jumbo water tankers, 2 hydraulic platforms and an ambulance is on spotThe fire broke out on the 33rd floor and has now spread to five floors below, it was reported.In 2010, actor Deepika Padukone bought a plush four-bedroom apartment in a 33-storey tower for a whopping Rs16 crore along with her father Prakash, a former national badminton champion.The actress’s apartment in tower B has an area of 2,776 sq ft .

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Beaumonde Towers in Mumbai’s Worli catches Level III fire, 10 tenders at the spot; everyone rescued

A lever-III fire has broken out in a residential complex at Appasaheb Marathe Marg in Worli, Mumbai. The fire, which originally was a level II fire, has spread, the fire department has said. Fortunately, everyone has been rescued.The building known as Beaumonde Towers (pronounced Bo Monde) is a ground-plus-33 floor structure. The complex has three towers, and Tower B was the one that caught fire. However, as a precaution, residents of Tower A and C were evacuated as well.10 fire engines, 5 jumbo water tankers, 2 hydraulic platforms and an ambulance is on spot.”Apparently no one was living on the top floor. They live abroad most of the time,” according to Surendra Malwankar, who lives on the fifth floor of the building. The fire broke out on the 33rd floor and has now spread to five floors below, it was reported.Originally, four fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot after a call was made at 2.10 pm.The Mumbai police in response to a Twitter user sharing a picture of the fire, tweeted, “Our staff & Fire Brigade is on the spot for assistance. They are trying their best to douse the fire and provide necessary help to people there.”Chief Fire Officer, P S Rahabgdale said, “A duplex flat on 32nd and 33rd floor has caught fire. We have rescued 90-95 persons. The firefighting operations are going on”In 2010, actor Deepika Padukone bought a plush four-bedroom apartment in a 33-storey tower for a whopping Rs16 crore along with her father Prakash, a former national badminton champion. Currently, Padukone is travelling, but all her staff members were successfully evacuated.
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Modi government working for select businessmen; ignoring everyone else: Rahul Gandhi in Mumbai

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led NDA government over a number of issues, particularly the rising fuel prices.“During the Manmohan Singh government (UPA 1 and UPA 2), crude oil prices had touches $140 per barrel, which resulted in an overall rise in fuel prices the world over. Today, however, the fuel prices are $70 per barrel. The extra money is being used to bail out select businessmen,” he claimed, adding that the government was only working for rich businessmen and not for the poor.He further questioned why fuel prices had not come under the ambit of the Goods and Service Tax (GST). GST was introduced last July by the Centre, but fuel prices and alcohol did not fall under its ambit. “This proves once again why GST is Gabbar Singh Tax,” the Congress president added.Also readTop Opposition leaders, former Presidents likely to grace Rahul Gandhi’s first Iftaar party as Congress president todayGandhi also spoke of the united opposition that had formed to oppose the BJP. “This is to oppose the BJP’s attempt to encroach upon the Indian Constitution and various institutions. Under the Narendra Modi-led government, all key institutions are in jeopardy, and their autonomy is in danger. Congress is looking to connect parties and like-minded forces to oppose this move,” he added.Hitting out at the PM for his silence, Gandhi added that because of the Centre’s economic policies, the biggest losers were the Medium and Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the poor of the country. “PM Modi, however, is not ready to speak and the government is the least interested in giving them any relief,” he alleged.Also readCongress will win Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh: Rahul GandhiA day earlier, the Congress President visited the Mumbai suburb of Goregaon to meet party workers. He claimed that that after its close victory in Gujarat and reverses in Karnataka, the BJP would be wiped out in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh elections due later this year.Gandhi accused Modi of neglecting his erstwhile guru (mentor) and BJP patriarch LK Advani and added that despite being political adversaries, he (Gandhi) ensured that Advani’s esteem was retained in events like those organised in the Parliament.Also readDefamation case: Onus on Rahul Gandhi to prove RSS killed Gandhiji”It is only one force that can protect the farmers and give employment to the youth, that is the Congress party,” said Gandhi, who began his speech in Marathi and was hailed by Congress leaders who spoke before him as the “future Prime Minister.”



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Crime Branch of Delhi Police arrests accused in murder case of juvenile hawker

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has arrested an accused for the murder of a juvenile hawker, who had refused to pay him protection money.The accused identified as Sunil Bihari alias Narender alias Shiv Shakti (40), who is also an accused in various other robbery and pick-pocketing cases on the Delhi-Mumbai railway network.Bihari had been a member of the Raju Hakkla Gang and in the quest to prove his supremacy over the Sunil Teja Gang, had brutally murdered a juvenile hawker a year ago who had refused to pay him protection money. Bihari had stabbed him with a knife and then smashed his head and other parts of the body with stones and bricks. Later Bihari left the body on platform no. 6 of the New Delhi railway station. The body was found wrapped in a blanket in multiple pieces.During interrogation, Bihari also revealed that he had now been running a gang of teenagers on the Delhi-Mumbai railway network, who would climb up trains to commit robberies. These teenagers would later jump-off the train to escape.After receiving a secret tip-off, was the Crime Branch of Delhi Police arrested Bihari from the Ganesh Nagar area under the Pandav Nagar police station, where he had come to meet one of his associates. After a brief chase, he was arrested a near a milk booth.During the interrogation, Bihari revealed his involvement in these crimes. The police team has been expecting more information after the interrogation ends.

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SSC paper leak scam: Mumbra school gets showcause notice

The committee headed by Dr Subhash Borse, Secretary of Mumbai Divisional Board, said, "The show cause notice was served by the board after the report of the committee found out that the school was not following any RTE norms. They didn't have sufficient teachers in school. Most of them were appointed at very low salary packages, many were not qualified to teach. We also found out that during the board exams, the principal of the school used to send her husband to collect question papers from the custodian, though he was not appointed for any board work."”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 03:40 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Mumbai Divisional Board slapped a show cause notice on Kiddies Paradise School, Mumbra asking them why the school should not be derecognized. The decision was taken after the 16-member committee set up by the Mumbai Division Board following the SSC paper leak fiasco submitted an inquiry report which stated that the school is not following the norms of Right to Education.The school is allegedly the source of five SSC papers leaks between March 10 and 19 according to the police. Amboli police arrested four accused, including Firoz Khan (47), who had been working as a maths teacher in the school for the past 10 months. Police claimed that Khan clicked photographs of the papers as soon as the seals were broken in school head Zakiya Shaikh’s cabin and circulated them.The committee headed by Dr Subhash Borse, Secretary of Mumbai Divisional Board, said, “The show cause notice was served by the board after the report of the committee found out that the school was not following any RTE norms. They didn’t have sufficient teachers in school. Most of them were appointed at very low salary packages, many were not qualified to teach. We also found out that during the board exams, the principal of the school used to send her husband to collect question papers from the custodian, though he was not appointed for any board work.”
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Bombay High Court: Ensure safe transport of kids in school buses

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday, said that authorities should inculcate a law abiding culture in citizens. Especially, parents who for sake of convenience send their children in mini vans, auto rickshaws, not following proper safety rules, as done by school buses.A division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice G S Kulkarni while hearing a petition filed by an NGO, PTA United, highlighting the problem of non-implementation of Motor Vehicle rules in school buses, said “Schools should, on their own, devise a scheme which minimises usage of private vehicles, mini vans and auto and make school buses the preferred mode of transport.”It urged the authorities to sensitise parents on the possible drawbacks of children being transported to schools in unsafe vehicles. It also asked them to improve complaint mechanism to allow parents and others to lodge complaints.The state government informed the court that there are 1,08,000 schools across the state, of which 90,000 schools have a committee and 25,000 school buses are used for ferrying children. To which the court said that the state should continue carrying out random checks, to ensure that school bus contractors comply with the said rules and the children are safe.
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Waiting to wear my police uniform: Constable Lalit Salve after undergoing genital reconstruction surgery

Lalit Salve, 29-year-old Beed constable who underwent sex reassignment surgery has got discharged from state-run St George Hospital, Fort. He underwent the first of the two genital reconstruction surgeries on May 25. While the discharged papers were signed on June 11, Thursday, he will be leave the hospital on Friday afternoon. His condition is stable, and he is a following the diet given by his doctor.According to doctors his next surgery will be conducted after six months. After going back to Beed, he will soon start the process of renaming himself as Lalit on legal documents. “I am happy that finally I will start the process of naming myself Lalit. I have spoken to my uncle, will sign papers after going to Beed,” said Salve.Recently, the police department had announced that after returning from medical leave, Salve will be treated as male constable.Also readConstable Lalita Salve get govt nod for sex change surgery “Every day I received messages from my colleagues in Beed on WhatsApp asking about my condition and when I will be back at work. Apart from my family and relatives they have supported me a lot. I am thankful to our Chief Minister and Police department to grant me a permission, ” added Salve.So far, he has received crowdfunding of Rs 16,000 by local social workers.Also readLalit(a) Salve to be treated as male constableSalve said, “For nine months, I started saving my money for my operation and other costs such as travelling from Beed to Mumbai and vice versa. So far, I have spent around one lakh fifty thousand rupees from my pocket which includes lawyers’ fees, travelling, medicine, hotel stay of my family while I was in hospital. The hospital has assured that they will arrange social workers fund for my further medicine cost.”


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Saved by Lady Luck and quick thinking: How this Mumbai biker fell under a truck and lived to tell the tale

It’s one of those stories that you read and wonder how the person survived, but for Mumbai resident Sameer Siddiqui Lady Luck was never kinder. The 22-year-old air conditioner mechanic was pulled under a truck for 100 metres, but lives to tell the tale thanks to some quick thinking, Mid-Day reported.According to the report, Sameer, a Mira Road resident was returning home from a customer’s place. His friend Usman Khan was riding pillion. The vehicle lost control in Kandivali when a car next to the bike took a sudden right turn, resulting in the bike losing control. A truck came from behind and then his Sameer’s bike, resulting in him coming in between the front two tyres of the truck. Usman too fell off and sustained head injuries.Quick thinking prompted Sameer to hold onto a metal rod. He was dragged for 100 metres and his skin peeled off. Although he tried screaming, the truck driver could not hear him. Only when people began yelling did the driver stop the vehicle.Sameer immediately went to Usman’s aid and found that he was unconscious. He then put him in an auto rickshaw and rushed him to Sai Krupa hospital in Kandivali.Sameer then took him to the Sai Krupa hospital in Kandivli. Usman suffered five stitches on the head. Sameer’s skin on the back has peeled away and he was also gravely injured in his shoulders, butt and legs.Meanwhile the driver was booked under Sections 279 Rash driving and 337 (endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. He was arrested but he managed to secure bai.


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Assam lynching: Victim’s father had urged him to travel in larger group, he said ‘it’s safe; tribals are friendly’

The father of Nilotpal Das, one of the two youths from Guwahati who was lynched by a mob in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, had warned his son to travel in a large group because the area was not safe. However, his last words before leaving home were, “Don’t worry. I will be fine. The tribal people there are very good, peace-loving,” Indian Express reported on Tuesday. So far 23 people have been arrested in connection with the lynching. This apart, one Diphu resident was arrested on Sunday for spreading fake news regarding ‘child abductors’ on Facebook.“Das was a musician specialising in traditional percussion and woodwind instruments. According to his family, he wanted to switch to full-time music after clearing higher secondary, but on the insistence of his father graduated in commerce from Delhi University before doing a course in sound-engineering from Mumbai,” the report added.Also readAssam lynching: 19 arrests so far, search operation continuesThe father of the second victim, Abhijeet Nath, is more forthright about what he feels, stating that the accused should be ‘severely punished’.Earlier, Das (29), a sound engineer based in Mumbai and his friend Abhijeet Nath (30), a businessman had gone to the picnic spot Kangthilangso in Karbi Anglong on Friday night to capture the sounds of nature, they said.Also readAssam lynching: 16 arrested, strict vigil on social mediaOn their way back, the duo was stopped by some villagers at Panjuri, pulled out of the car and thrashed on suspicion of being child lifters, they added.In a video of the incident circulated on social media, the duo can be seen pleading for their lives and trying to explain to the livid crowd that they were Assamese but to no avail.Also readIn Assam, angry mob lynches 2 men in Karbi Anglong on suspicion of child liftingAs the police reached the spot, the seriously injured duo was rushed to a hospital but died on the way.The police have launched a massive search operation to nab the culprits on the basis of the video. No arrests have been made so far, they said.The district administration authorities are camping in the area and holding talks with the villagers.Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said he has directed the DGP to look into the matter immediately.




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Kaala: India superstar Rajinikanth mixes swagger with politics

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Thane Municipal Corporation to take action against those who threw 39 plants

The TMC will issue notices to shop owners who mercilessly threw away 39 plants from a Pachpakhadi building’s terrace on world environment day. While the building residents are annoyed at this inhuman treatment meted out to the plants, the shop owners say that it is a ploy by the former to trouble them.When the world was celebrating environment day, over 39 plants died a silent death as they were thrown from the terrace of Gagangiri flat owners’ society at Panchpakhadi.Since past two years the society has been bifurcated as Gagangiri flat owners society and shop owners. Earlier it was one body but issues cropped up in the management of the society which led to the bifurcation. “The shop owners said that they threw the plants away since there was leakage due to the water tanks kept on the terrace. Whatever it is, they cannot take it out on plants,” she said.The residents also claim that the first floor is a sanctioned terrace garden as per the building plan submitted to the TMC and they pay property tax for the same.The shop owners, however, say that the residents are blaming them for no reason. “The terrace belongs to us. We asked them to remove the plants and waited patiently for 10 days. When they failed to do so we did it ourselves,” says S Sawade, one of the shop owners from the building. “It is the residents who encroached upon our property. We will send a defamation notice to the residents and will also respond to TMC,” he said.On Monday K Dawade, a horticulturist from the TMC said that they will issue notices to the concerned shop owners and take necessary action. “Whatever be the dispute between the shop owners and the residents, we will take legal action against those who threw away the plants,” says Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC.
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Shiv Sena to not be a part of Opposition alliance against BJP

Shiv Sena won’t be a part of non BJP front in Maharashtra. Instead, the saffron party has hinted that it has already launched a massive organisational build up to go solo in the ensuing Lok Sabha and state assembly elections. Shiv Sena has down played call by the Nationalist Congress Party for Maha Aghadi (grand alliance) to defeat BJP. At the same time, Shiv Sena clarified that the party cannot associate with Congress in such an alliance due to strong ideological differences.Shiv Sena also indicated that the party, which is currently sharing power with BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, is not in a hurry to get out of the government but continue to play the role of effective opposition by taking up several issues faced by the cross sections of the society. Shiv Sena’s move comes close on the heels of BJP national president Amit Shah’s two-hour long meeting with party president Uddhav Thackeray for continuation of alliance in the state. However, Shiv Sena unilaterally announced that the party, which lost the Palghar by poll to BJP, will fight it independently in 2019, declaring its resolve to win it.Shiv Sena Harshal Pradhan told DNA, “Shiv Sena will continue to be a part of the BJP led government for the sake of stable government. However, despite being in power, the party will continue to fight for common man, farmers, women, and other sections.” He alleged that the opposition’s plan to form mega front is a political ploy to destablise the government and Shiv Sena will not associate with it.Another Shiv Sena leader reminded that party had contested Lok Sabha elections in an alliance with BJP and had won 18 seats. However, Sena bagged 63 seats in state assembly poll after BJP severed its alliance. “Thackeray has reiterated that party will go alone in all polls which means it will have no truck with BJP or any other parties,” he noted.Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Sanjay Nirupam also ruled out any possibility of Shiv Sena’s inclusion in the proposed anti-BJP front. “Shiv Sena and Congress are two different poles; therefore, it can’t become a part of the mega alliance.”On the other hand, Nirupam and state Congress president Ashok Chavan alleged that Sena is desperate for power and it has lost trust of the people.GOING SOLOSena hinted that it has already launched a massive organisational build up to go solo in the ensuing Lok Sabha and state assembly elections As of now, Shiv Sena will continue to be a part of the BJP led government for the sake of stable government

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Now, Mumbai Central station to have food vending machines

Mumbai Central will be the first railway station on which rail passengers can enjoy pizzas, fries, popcorn and other fast food items from a food vending machine. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will introduce this machine by end of the month. A few days ago, the railways introduced similar machines in Coimbatore-Bengaluru UDAY Express.Sources said the machine will dispense both vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas of different sizes (8-10 inches), varieties that are normally available in restaurants. The pizzas will be baked inside the machine and be readied with toppings over it.“Pizzas will be available within 7 minutes. The cost will depend on the size and content,” said an IRCTC official.The price will range from Rs 70 to Rs 250 depending on whether its a single slice or an entire circle or whether its thin or regular crust. This machine will also dispense fries, popsicles, juices (canned and packaged), and popcorn. Officials have selected Mumbai Central as it is used by passengers coming to board both long distance and suburban local trains. It is likely to be kept on the concourse near the Jan Ahar stall where people wait for the trains. IRCTC is planning to slowly replace food stalls with such food vending machines which take lesser space and can provide better food.The IRCTC has a range of eateries like Jan Ahar and other private caterers and restaurants that operate at railway stations. They also have an app that allows people to order food online which gets delivered inside long distance trains. Sources said that in 2016 when it first started there were merely 14 orders per day which has now skyrocketed to 3500 orders per day.YUMMY FOR TUMMYThe machine will dispense both vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas in different sizes, varieties that are normally available in restaurants. The pizzas will be baked inside the machine and be readied with varieties of toppings over it.

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Lack of commitment making mangrove committee ineffective: Green expert to Bombay High Court panel

In a strong worded letter addressed to all the members of the Bombay High Court appointed-wetland grievance redressal committee, environmentalist Stalin D, who is also a member of the committee, has alleged complete lack of commitment shown by government departments thereby making the committee ineffective.The 13-member committee is headed by the Divisional Commissioner of Konkan Division. As per HC orders, Stalin D, project director of Vanashakti, which is the first petitioner in the case, was also made a member apart from officials of Mangrove Cell, Environment department, Maharshtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and Municipal Corporations.The trigger for the letter was the recent case earlier this month where despite the committee asking CIDCO officials to stop reclamation of a pond in Kharghar, the officials continued the work forcing residents to approach the High Court, which then stayed the work.”The citizens were forced to go to the court in the issue which is a clear certificate of our ineffective functioning. The silence of your departments and the reluctance to pass written orders is disappointing,” Stalin stated in his letter citing that Mira Bhayander, Mumbra, Gaimukh, Dhamapur, Uran, JNPT, Malad, Kopri where examples of sites witnessing rampant wetland reclamation cases, which are pending before the committee for over six months to one year.”We should file a detailed affidavit stating clearly all the facts and pin pointing responsibility on the concerned officials. We cannot be seen as participating in a toothless and insincere committee,” the letter says.Commenting on the issue, Stalin said he was extremely upset over the government officials themselves not taking the committee seriously and also informed that the divisional commissioner himself has not been chairing the meeting for the past three months. “I am requesting for a team to be put together to visit all the sites where action is pending and submit the report to High Court,” he said.
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Civil construction cost of Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway set to increase

In an estimate that might increase the toll for motorists who would ply on the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, the cost of the project’s civil construction is likely to rise. This comes after the state instructed the MSRDC to use concrete cement instead tar for the Expressway construction, the overall cost of which is estimated to be Rs 46,000 crore including Rs 27,000 for civil construction.An MSRDC official said, “We were informed about having the whole Expressway made of concrete cement instead of tar while the bidding process was on, and later we informed the bidders about the same(sic).””Considering the earlier cost estimate was basis on tar, the cost of each package has increased by 20-40 per cent as bidders have now quoted for concrete cement road. We have sought justification from the bidders who have quoted more than our estimations.”A week ago, the corporation opened financial bids of contractors for nearly 13 packages valued around Rs 22,000 crore in which bidders have quoted higher between 20-40 per cent due to change in decision of layering road with concrete cement, the official said.The civil construction of the 704-km-long Expressway is divided into 16 packages between Bhiwandi and Nagpur, wherein every package will be constructed by a different contractor at an estimated cost of Rs 27,000 crore.Meanwhile, the MSRDC plans to collect toll for around 40 years. The proposed toll is Rs 2.5 per km for small vehicles and Rs 6.5 per km for heavy vehicles amounting to around Rs 1,700 and Rs 4,600, for the entire length of the expressway, respectively.PROCESS UNDERWAYA week ago, the corporation opened financial bids of contractors for nearly 13 packages valued around Rs 22,000 crore in which bidders have quoted higherMSRDC PLANS TO COLLECT THE TOLL FOR AROUND 40 YEARS Vehicle Toll amount Entire E-waySmall vehicle Rs 2.5/km Rs 1,700Heavy vehicle Rs 6.5/km Rs 4,600





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TISS-UNICEF study on smartphone use by adolescents

An exploratory study named Youth Subcultures and Smartphones: Exploring implications for Gender, Sexuality and Rights released by TISS, Mumbai and supported by UNICEF, Maharashtra looks at the psychosocial and sociocultural impact of cell phones on adolosecents, particularly the girl child. The study — which comes at a critical time when there is so much debate surrounding the area of adolescents and young people in the digital space — looks at safety, surveillance, sexual and gender identity assertion, cyber patriarchy and the moral panic components of this impact.Lakshmi Lingam, Isha Bhallamudi and Neomi Rao presented their study, which was unveiled by Anjali Monteiro, internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Dean of the School for Media and Cultural Studies, TISS.”The study has engaged with youth and families to gain insights into perceptions of impact of smartphone technology on urban adolescents and perceptions around use of mobile phones. There is a need for development of progressive policies that enhance online safety, reduce risks and empower youth – women and men to participate fully and equally,” Lingam said.






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Mumbai woman files police complaint after being spied upon with her phone, computer since 2012

It appears that technological advancements are more bane than a boon, as this Mumbai woman discovered. In her complaint, the woman has said that she is being stalked and spied upon by an unknown individual since June 2012 using her cell phone and computer, the Indian Express reported on Monday.In her complaint, the woman said she began receiving innocuous messages sent to her via WhatsApp, relating to posts on her Facebook page.“I had posted on Facebook about getting a new haircut, I would immediately receive an image on WhatsApp from a friend of a woman getting a haircut. Or if I was drinking coffee at a cafe, I’d receive an image of a coffee cup and the words ‘will you have coffee with me?” said the woman speaking to the daily.Unable to take the harassment any longer, the woman has quit all social mediaHer family, however, insisted that she was on the receiving end of practical jokes, and she was dissuaded from approaching the police. “This year, after her phone began to ring each time she stepped into a bathroom either at home or at work, the woman was convinced she was being spied upon. Her efforts to make her family and friends take her seriously did not succeed, and she said she contemplated suicide,” the report added.The woman was referred to advocate Pankaj Bafna following which she discovered that her gadgets had been infected by malware.The woman, who works for an IT company, is hesitant to hand over a list of suspects to the police. She is suspicious of a few, but doesn’t have any evidence. An FIR was finally lodged last Friday at Bhoiwada police station against unidentified individuals under the Information Technology Act for tampering with a computer, harassment on social media, theft of confidential data, identity theft, impersonation, transmitting obscene material and cyber stalking, the police said.




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BJP using ‘letter threat’ for sympathy: Sharad Pawar

Attacking BJP over the recent reports of threats to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar today claimed that since BJP’s popularity is going down, it has come up with threat letter conspiracy to “garner people’s sympathy”.Pawar was speaking at rally organised to celebrate 19th anniversary of the party and valedictory function of the party’s Halla Bol agitation in the state.Speaking on the recent reports of an alleged plot to assassinate Modi and Fadnavis, Pawar said, “A retired police official told me that when such letters comes, it does not go to media but to the security agencies to double security measure.”“The authenticity of these letters is yet to be proved. BJP is losing popularity, and to gain it back, they are coming up with these tactics. However, people will not fall for it,” Pawar added.Pawar also criticised the government for arresting five people over alleged connection with Maoists. He said, “Entire worlds knows who is behind Bhima-Koregaon violence but instead of taking action against them, the government is arresting those who have no connection with the incident,” he said.He said that the government ‘is playing vendetta politics’ and Chhagan Bhujbal has fallen prey to it. “He was kept behind bars for two-and-half years, though he was innocent. Now in a similar way, the government is targeting former finance minister P Chidambaram.”Reacting to Pawar’s statement, Fadnavis hit back at Pawar in a tweet. “PM is the leader of our nation and not just a political party. Pawar is not expected to stoop Down to this level. Police has all the evidences and truth will prevail,” he tweeted.

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Speak up Mumbai: Hell holes! Will BMC ever cover open manholes?

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) faces criticism every year for its negligence which puts citizen’s lives at risk. However, the civic body is yet to learn its lesson. Open manholes around the city is one such legacy that reflects the failure of the civic body to fulfil its responsibilities. Open manholes not only pose threat to lives of the citizens, but could also lead to fatal accidents. During August 29 deluge last year, a prominent gastroenterologist from Bombay Hospital, Dr Deepak Amrapurkar died after falling into an open manhole. The BMC had been on the receiving end of consistent flax post the incident. However, investigation revealed that five local residents opened the manhole cover to help recede the rain water and left them unattended, giving a clean chit to BMC employees.This year is no exception. On Friday two motorists tumbled into an open manhole in Matunga. It was the local people who covered the manhole after waiting for BMC to do its duty in vain. The BMC has now registered an FIR in Matunga police station against unknown citing sabotage.Questions are being raised as to why BMC is not alert about a a manhole lying open and unattended in the middle of the road. Mumbaikars rant about how open manholes are death traps and how BMC is negligent about it, while DNA listens in.VOICESDuring monsoon when finding public transport is a big challenge, I dare to walk my way on the flooded roads. Knowing that there are open and unattended manholes. People are losing their lives, but BMC officials are yet to lear their lessons. Not attending open manholes and letting people die is a criminal offence.—Owais Mirza, resident of MazgaonThere are so many open manholes. Most manholes are not covered properly after road repair work. Neither do they put up any barricade or caution sign. One has to watch one’s steps, or you may just fall into one of the open manholes. Why don’t the BMC workers cover the holes properly after completing their work?—Manda Shete, resident of ChemburThe civic body should learn lessons from the past. This year, small boy lost his life due to its sheer negligence of BMC. During heavy rains, BMC should take precautionary measures so that citizens don’t have to suffer due to open manholes. It is definitely becoming a death trap during monsoon and the authority should be held responsible if manholes are kept open without caution signs.—Jayshree Nagvekar, AndheriThe BMC should ensure that no one can open the manholes, neither should they be left open and unattended. It is a death trap, for pedestrians as well as motorists. It is BMC’s responsibility to ensure that the manholes are closed immediately after completion of any repair work that required them to open the manholes. Strict action should also be taken against the people who open the manholes during flooding and leave them unattended. At the same time, the BMC should take measures to prevent floodsin the city.—Nirali Koradia, Mulund eastDue to BMC’s sheer negligence, the manholes have turned into death traps today. A variety of retention and high-security locking systems are available to clamp down on manhole cover theft. A student had come up with similar technique recently, the BMC should implement such techniques. Like every year nullahs were not cleaned, causing the areas to flood. The BMC is totally failing in its responsibility.— Vinod Roshan D’Souza, BandraIf anyone feels that open manholes aren’t dangerous, then there is some introspection warranted. BMC, need to take cognizance of the issue and resolve it soon. During maddening Mumbai monsoons, open manholes become a greater threat. Citizens also need to be vigilant and do their bit to report cases of stealth, damage or open manhole covers to help avert any untoward incident from occurring.—Hiren Metalia, MaladAn open manhole during monsoon and especially if it’s flooded, is nothing less than a death trap. Last year we lost a bright soul near Deepak talkies, which is so close to my house. Imagining that someone drowned because they fell in a manhole sends a chill down my spine. Opening manholes for water to recede is an age old technique during flood like situation, but in a developing nation with the richest Municipal Corporation we need to come up with foolproof solutions.—Pradnya Khandori, WorliTime and again manholes have proved dangerous to everyone from motorists to pedestrians. Some potholes had been serial killers! Every year there are news of deaths at the same location. That’s beyond acceptable. If a society has to move ahead, it cannot make careless recurring mistakes like these. The authorities from elected representatives and officials should be made liable for such incidents.—Yashraj Akashi, resident of DadarEXPERT SPEAKIt’s not just Matunga, manholes on the stormwater drain are lying open near Kalina Education Society. I complained to ward office and storm water drains officer, bur in vain. We activists keep complaining, fight for people’s safety and follow up with ward office till an action is taken. It’s only after a mishap the BMC wakes up. They try to take to take preventive measures, but most of them fail. BMC will be held responsible for any unfortunate incident since they did not take any action despite raising complaints.—Stany Dsouza, ALM of KalinaI fail to understand that how a manhole in middle of a main road in Matunga is lying open for so long and neither the BMC nor traffic police is aware of it. The BMC has not learnt any lesson from last year’s incident where a doctor lost his life. I have been raising so many civic issues with ward office, but they hardly pay heed. On Saturday a manhole was dislodged on BA Road. I called up disaster management control room, yet no danger sign was put near it. The area was flooded, anybody could have met with an accident.—Nikhil Desai, activist from Matunga

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Mumbai: Complaint by woman filed two years ago finally heard

Two years after a woman was duped by a man of Rs 25 lakh on a matrimonial site, the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission has finally taken cognisance of the matter and directed the Mumbai Police to submit an investigation report. The accused had allegedly promised to marry the victim, who approached the Charkop Police to file a complaint only face their reluctance.In 2016, a Mumbai-based 34-year-old woman had met a man on a matrimonial site. Within four months’ time, the man had taken Rs 25 lakh from the victim by promising marriage but was untraceable after he was paid the amount.The woman had then approached the Charkop Police asking them to investigate the case and register an FIR in the matter, however, the police allegedly did not register a case.The woman had then met senior police officers and requested them to register the FIR. Yet, instead of filing the case, police officers allegedly asked her to forget the cheating and move on.According to the State Women’s Commission, the victim was thereby frustrated and depressed. “After considering her plight, we have sent a letter to senior police inspector of Charkop Police and have asked them to submit to us the case reports,” said Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar.
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JEE Advance results 2018: Without grace marks success rate shrinks

The significant fall in the number of students clearing the JEE this year is being attributed to the fact that students were not given any bonus marks this year with none of the challenges on questions being accepted.This year,only 11.69% of the total candidates who had appeared for the exams across the country cleared them as opposed to a success rate of 31% in 2017.Experts said that this is probably for the first time in the history of the exams that not a single bonus mark has been granted. ” It must be the first time when there are no bonus marks as all the questions were correct. We are happy that the online examinations have been succesful in making the whole process smooth” said Professor Shalab, Media incharge of IIT-Kharagpur which was the organising institute for JEE 2018.”With no challenges being accepted , no students have got a special advantage this year thus making the list of students clearing the exams thinner” said the founder of a top coaching institute in the city.In 2017, 18 bonus marks were awarded to students for ‘ambiguous’ questions and the ones that were not clearly printed in the paper. Initially, when the answer key was released, students got 11 marks for three ambiguous questions. After a few students challenged two more questions which were not printed clearly in some paper codes, marks were granted to all candidates to ensure a fair process.



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JEE Advanced results declared, Panchkula boy tops

The much awaited results of the Joint entrance exams(JEE) Advance for admissions to IITs and other premiere engineering institutes across the country were announced on Sunday morning.A total of of 1,55,158 candidates appeared in both papers 1 and 2 in JEE (Advanced) 2018. Of this, 18138 candidates have qualified the exam i.e., they scored above the cut?offs required for qualification. This is more than 1.6 times the number of seats that are being offered. The number of students qualifying the exams has seen a huge dip from 2017 when over 50,000 students had made the cut. The dip is being attributed to the fact that there were no bonus marks awarded to students this year unlike the last few years.Pranav Goyal from Panchkula topped the exams bagging the first place in the Common Rank List (CRL) while Meenal Parakh from Kota topped from amongst the girls with CRL 6. Rishi Agarwal from Mumbai emerged the Maharashtra topper with CRL 8.The number of students clearing the exams went down from 50,455 in 2017 to 18,138 this year. IIT Delhi zone recorded the best performance amongst the 7 zones with 5072 students qualifying the exams. IIT Madras ranked second with 3585 students and IIT Bombay stood third with 2936 students making the cut.This was the first year when the exam was conducted in a completely online mode. 2018. This year (i.e., in 2018), 800 supernumerary seats have been created specifically for female candidates in the IITs in order to improve the gender balance in IITs and as per directives of the MHRD, Government of India.

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Mom overwhelmed after son returns from dead ship

Isaac Creado, the 24-year-old who spent eight months on a dead ship, finally returned to his family on June 6.His mother could not hold back her tears when she saw her son. Speaking to DNA, the ecstatic mother said that tears would well up often when her son was not around for eight months at a stretch. Isaac was fooled into a job of sailing off Dubai coast, with a promised salary of $850 per month. Instead, he was sent to a dead ship in deep sea which had irregular food supply, electricity and poor communication.Isaac had left India on September 24, 2017 and boarded a dead ship in Dubai on October 4. He remained in the dead ship until June 4, when International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) rescued him and handed him over to the Indian Embassy.”Initially, he would not tell us about the condition. His agent would tell him that the company pays after three months at one go when he would not get his monthly salary,” said Felix, Isaac’s father.However, four months into the job, the family realised that they were fooled. The family, comprising of a retired father and a home-maker had paid Rs 1.5 lakh for the job, foregoing a huge amount of savings. “As of now, we are happy to see him. When I would call the agent asking for my son, he rudely told me one time ‘If you want to see your son the way he was when he went, stop bothering me’. It made me feel really terrible,” said a relieved Theresa, Isaac’ mother.However, Isaac is still fighting to get his salary from the fraudsters and determined to return to the sea soon.SAD TALEHis father suffered a heart attack while Issac was away. However, Isaac was not informed about it. His mother fell ill too after persistently waiting for his son. The police was approached but they said that they were helpless, said Isaac’s father, Felix.
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DNA RAIN CHECK: Sporadic rain, humid weather for one week in Mumbai

Prepare for off and on rains with high humidity in the coming week as IMD officials have declared that monsoons in Mumbai will be subdued due to the weakening of monsoon current.”There will a few spells of rains off and on in the coming days but overall the monsoon has subdued and as of now there are no warnings for heavy rains in Mumbai. Currently, there are warnings only for south Konkan, which is seeing heavy rainfall activity,” said KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director General, Western Region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).While Mumbaikars witnessed a cooler Saturday, they were left sweating on Sunday as the city saw high humidity. Colaba saw maximum temperature of 33 degree Celsius with humidity of 87 percent while Santacruz recorded a maximum of 33.1 degree Celsius with humidity of 75 percent. Both Colaba and Sanatcruz observatory recorded 0.8mm and 0.5 mm of rainfall till 8.30pm.Akshay Deoras, an independent meteorologist, said that Mumbai can expect intermittent and sporadic rain showers on Monday.”Rains will decrease in Mumbai between June 12 to 15,” he said, adding that Mumbai witnessed sultry weather conditions on Sunday the temperature at the airport was 32 degree Celsius at 12 pm with a relative humidity of 75per cent together taking the heat index (temperature feel) to 42 degree Celsius on Sunday.As per independent weather enthusiasts, Mumbaikars will have to prepare for high humidity in the coming week.Meanwhile, the Trombay police, on Saturday, registered a case against the contractors and workers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation after a three-year-old boy had drowned when he fell into an open drain in Cheetah camp area of Chembur.On Thursday, while the victim Adihan Tamboli was playing on the M J Road, Cheetah Camp, sudden rains led Tamboli to fall into the drain that was left open due to the negligence of contractors who were supposed to clean the nullah as part of monsoon preparedness.



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Suspended for filming colleagues bathing, Mumbai doctor gets back job, hospital blames ‘misinterpretation’ of court order

The reinstatement of a doctor by administration of Cooper hospital has created a stir in the campus. Dr Yogendra Jaiswar, 29, was suspended from his duties over allegations of filming his two colleagues while they were having a bath. The inquiry in the case is still underway. However, after facing a backlash, Cooper administration has now admitted that the reinstatement of Dr. Jaiswar was wrong. In its explanation the hospital said that the suspension was lifted because the court order was misinterpreted by the hospital authorities. Dr Jaiswar, an orthopedician, was suspended after a preliminary probe found him guilty. The doctor, at present, is out on bail. He then moved to Mumbai’s Andheri magistrate’s court stating that the suspension had disrupted his preparation for a post-graduate degree. Taking cognizant of which the court allowed him access to the campus. But going a step ahead, the hospital placed him at the BMC-run Trauma Care Centre, ignoring the fact that he still needed to be come out clean from the investigations. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, it took the complainant five months of running around to bring it to the notice of authorities that Dr Jaiswar’s reinstatement was wrong at multiple levels.“Forget about listening to me, it took me four months to just get a copy of the court order that was used to reinstate him,” the victim told Mumbai Mirror on Saturday.In a letter written to Kundan, the victim wrote: “I am mentally depressed and it the reinstatement of the accused had caused huge embarrassment to me. I did not even want to step out of my house. Adequate precaution was not taken regarding maintaining confidentiality by senior hospital authorities and my name was publicly discussed.”Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sunil Dhamane, who has been asked to conduct a fresh inquiry, said he has already met with a few Cooper officials. “I am meeting some more officials connected to the case next week. The BMC’s legal department is assisting me in this inquiry,” he said.Jaiswar was caught after one of the women, who saw the video clips that had been circulated, suspected his involvement as he had been pestering her with messages from the time she joined the course at HBT Medical College, on the Cooper Hospital premises, according to the report. After she approached the hospital dean and subsequently the Juhu Police, Jaiswar’s phone and laptop were checked, and three video clips were found stored in the phone, the report further stated.


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Three coaches of Mumbai-Howrah Mail derail near Igatpuri in Maharashtra; 12 trains cancelled, 7 diverted

three coaches of Mumbai-Howrah Mail train were derailed near Igatpuri railway station in Maharashtra in the early hours on Sunday. No casualties were reported in the accident. However, several trains have been cancelled or diverted since rail route has been blocked. Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, said 3 coaches of 12809 Mumbai-Howrah Mail via Nagpur derailed near Igatpuri on Mumbai Division at 2:05 am on Sunday. There are no injuries to any passenger, he said. <!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Coach S-12, S-13 and pantry car of the train were derailed. The rail traffic was affected for a while but Railway officials said it was restored soon. ANI reported that 12 trains on the route were cancelled while one was short terminated. 7 trains were initially diverted due to the affected line.”Front portion of Engine and 8 coaches left site for Igatpuri at 03:50 am. At 05:45 am 9th coach from engine (S-13) was rerailed. The diversions of trains are likely to be cancelled as the affected line is likely to be made fit shortly,” Udasi said. Affected trains: Trains Diverted via Pune-Daund-Manmad: 11057 CSMT-Amritsar Express JCO 9.6.2018 15645 LTT-Guwahati Express JCO 9.6.201812167 LTT-Varanasi Express JCO 10.6.2018Trains Diverted via Vasai Road-Surat-Jalgaon: 11093 CSMT-Varanasi Mahanagari Express JCO 10.6.201812141 LTT-Patliputra Express JCO 9.6.201815066 Panvel-Gorakhpur Express JCO 9.6.201812811 LTT-Hatia Express JCO 10.6.2018Helpline Numbers: Kalyan- 0251-2311499Dadar- 022-24114836Igatpuri- 02553-244020
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Mumbai: The goal is to improve fame of the game

Hardcore fans of football are ready with their jerseys and gears, listing the timetable of their favourite country’s matches this Football World Cup. But, there are some who don’t just watch football but live the game. DNA spoke to a couple of these Mumbaikars who are not just ardent fans of the ‘most popular sport’, but are also trying to improve the game’s popularity in India.Dhruv Pandey, 27, a resident of Bandra, has been playing football since childhood. He did his masters from Columbia University in the United States where he played soccer for the team. Here, in Mumbai, he plays for a couple of football teams when he takes time out of work. He has also coached kids. All this seems to be normal, but it is his work that brings about the change in which youngsters look at football.He left his cushy life back in the US and returned to work for a NGO called Enabling Leadership Foundation. He is part of the programme called ‘Just For Kicks’, where underprivileged kids across Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai receive training.“We use football as a tool to teach life skills, values of team building, how people of different race and colours play in harmony. This World Cup, one of the kids, named Rudresh, 13, from our NGO has gone to Russia as part of ‘football for friendship’ programme. He hwent there as a ‘reporter’ after his article on how football changed his life received appreciation. There, he will play with other kids from other countries,” said Pandey.





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Not legs, Dev Mishra shakes arms to groove to music

“When I lose myself to the music and dance, nothing else seems to matter,” says resident of Khar-Danda, Dev Mishra, who lost both his legs in a railway accident three years ago. His dreams of qualifying in an audition for a soon-to-start dance reality show keep him hopeful, says the 21-year-old, demonstrating the classic moonwalk-like step, which he attempts with his hands.Mishra is the youngest of the three siblings, who lost their father at a very young age. Mishra and his siblings were raised by his mother, Vandana Devi, who worked as a labourer on other people’s farms and homes. No sooner did he drop out of Class VIII that he was sent off to work with a contractor in Hyderabad as a welder.”I must have been barely 15 but it felt fun to be stepping out of my village and taking a train to such a far away place,” he recalls. “I would remit all the money I earned back home as the contractor gave all employees a shed to stay and food.”It was on one such bi-annual visit back home on 1 June, 2015 that disaster struck Mishra at 17. When trying to board the unreserved bogie of his train, which was chugging into Barauni station, he was pushed in the melee, lost his balance and fell on the tracks through the gap. The train ran him over and amputated both his legs above his knees. “I kept screaming but nobody could do anything to help me till the train was in position. Later when it had moved away, some people pulled me up since another train was coming and I lay on the platform for three hours screaming and begging people to help me. While people stopped to look no one came forward to help for over three hours when I lost a lot of blood.”Upon recovery, Mihra tried to find work but no one was willing to hire him. “I still feel that the rejection I faced from people who wanted to pity me, buy me a meal at the most and ask me to move on felt worse than the train running over my legs.” As if this weren’t enough, Mishra’s brother too began to criticise the family because “he had to fend for them forever”.Bu this only encouraged Mishra to make a final attempt at going to Jaipur to get prosthetic feet. Yet, as luck would have it, the prosthetic did not fit. With his hopes now lying at the edge, Mishra sat at Jaipur station waiting for his return train. All the while, he kept thinking of his brother’s jibes and taunts. On a whim, he boarded a Mumbai-bound train and came here in August 2017. “I knew no one and when I got off at Bandra, the sky was overcast and it was raining like crazy,” he remembers as the first hint of emotion hits his voice, even as he continues to bravely hold his smile.”I had to live on alms, sleeping on the footpaths off Carter Road, eating leftovers and often even going hungry when nothing else was available.” “I’d see all these glamorous people come for walks, looking fit in their fancy clothes and then felt that I should also work out.” It was during such “workouts,” that a local dance instructor, Vishal Paswan noticed him and began helping him out. “Soon we were talking and he told me he is a dancer. I told him to teach me some moves and he was quite surprised at how quickly I picked them up.”This became a routine and Paswan would soon help him rent a small place at Khar Danda. “He has helped me find stage shows which help me get by and I have also enrolled for Class XII exams to appear privately and I am preparing to audition for major dance reality show.”When asked if life has taught him anything he would like to share he stares out beyond the mangroves near his home to say: “If I could do it, anybody can.”


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Mumbai school revokes decision to switch from SSC to ICSE

Following revolt from parents of Dadar’s Shardashram Vidyamandir School primary and secondary section students, the school has withdrawn its decision to convert from SSC to ICSE Board. The school will now continue to remain a state board school until this year’s Class II students clear Class X under the SSC board school.Earlier in the month of April, parents of Shardashram School’s secondary section students opposed the its decision of converting from state board to ICSE board. Parents of primary section students too joined in and complained to the BMC education department about the same. This has forced the school management to continue with the state board curriculum for students from class II till X and close the state board step by step every year.Akaram Patil, trustee of the school said, “Since parents don’t want the ICSE board, we will continue the state board for students till they complete their SSC class X exams. Right now only class I will be started as ICSE board.” The parents are still waiting to get written confirmation from the school.



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Two women united with kids, in a separate case two more denied release from correctional home

With the view that children should not be deprived of mother’s love, the sessions court set aside an order passed by a magistrate court of sending two women to correction homes, thereby reuniting the mothers to their children. The women were allegedly arrested by the VP Road Police under the charges of prostitution.In a related case, a plea by two women for their release from a correction home was dismissed by the court on the grounds that they were second-time offenders, who were earning their living through flesh trade. The two were arrested by the Nagpada Police.One of the two women claimed that she is pregnant and hence did not want to stay back in the correction homes. The court, however, held that the correction homes have all the necessary facilities to take care of a pregnant woman and so there appears no urgency to release her from the correction home. “The very purpose of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA) is for the better upliftment of women and prevention of immoral trafficking.”



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Mumbai: First rain didn’t go down the drain

The southwest monsoon hit the city on Saturday and the very first rainfall brought Mumbai to a halt, proving the civic body’s ill preparedness for the season. The city saw severe waterlogging at many places and road traffic was affected. Chronic flooding spots such as Hindmata, Parel, King’s Circle and Sion were under water until evening.Yet, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) kept asserting that many areas did not flood due 120 corrective measures taken by the civic body last year.That’s not what drenched citizens had to say. They took to social networking platforms to post pictures of flooded areas, people walking in knee to waist-deep water and vehicles stranded on the road.BMC had also claimed that Hindmata area (in Parel) will see less water-logging due to augmentation of drains, however, the claims and the area were in knee-deep water for several hours in the afternoon.The civic officials reiterated that the water accumulated in the region receded very fast and that there was no flooding on railway tracks. However, that’s not what pictures taken by DNA’s photo-journalists say.The island city recorded 75.66 mm rainfall and eastern and western suburbs together received 58.30 mm rainfall. Areas such as Mazgaon, Bandra, Kurla, Dadar, Worli and Santacruz received maximum rainfall.The Indian Meteorological Department has said that the city is likely receive heavy rainfall till June 12.A total of 11 trees collapsed on Saturday, and two electrocution incidents were reported. Heavy rainfall slowed traffic on all major roads. Around 70 BEST buses routes were diverted due to water-logging. The Railways has cancelled the mega block on Central and Western railways.Meanwhile, IMD officials say Mumbai might have to sit through a wet Sunday. “One can expect similar situation, and certain areas will receive 80mm to 100mm of rain in a short span, that could lead to flooding,” said an IMD official.



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How did the abandoned Kothari building catch fire? Here’s what Mumbai fire brigade chief said

A major fire broke out in an old building in South Mumbai early today and a part of it collapsed, injuring two fire brigade personnel, an official said.The fire brigade personnel were injured when a portion of the building, called Kothari building (also known as the Light Of Asia), collapsed during the fire-fighting operation, he said.The fire in the ground-plus-five-storey building, which is unoccupied for the past nearly five years, started at around 4 am, the official from the fire department said.The structure in the Fort area, a major business district, is old and its southern part collapsed when fire brigade personnel were putting out the blaze, he said.Mumbai Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale told DNA: “The fire in the Kothari building is covered from all sides. Fire-fighting operations are going on with 16 fire engines, 11 jumbo water tankers, 16 motor pumps and one emergency medical service vehicle is on spot. When the part of the building collapsed which came down from the fifth floor three females are injured. In fire fight operations two fire men are injured and are taken to Nair hospital. Fire is confined to electrical wiring, electrical installations, wooden furniture, wooden doors, wooden propping etc”Also readMumbai: Massive blaze in Fort area, 2 firefighters injured after building collapsedHow did a fire start in an abandoned building? Mumbai Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale was quoted saying by India Today that that an investigation is necessary to ascertain what caused the fire in a building that was vacant for the last five years. As of now, the cause of the fire is still not known.Fire department officials confirmed no one was trapped inside the building. Sixteen fire engines were deployed to douse the flames, he said, adding the cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

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Mumbai: Massive blaze in Fort area, 2 firefighters injured after building collapsed

The fire that broke out in Patel Chambers here on Saturday is under control, Chief Fire Officer said.”Two firefighters had minor injuries, rest everybody is safe. We deployed 16 fire engines, 11 tankers and 150 fire officers. The situation is under control,” fire officer Prabhat Rahangdale told media here.However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.”This building has been vacant for around four years. It seems like a very old building. The staircase inside had collapsed long ago, so there was no way for us to go inside. It is a very congested area, so chances were that the fire could spread to neighbouring buildings as well. We are investigating the cause of the fire,” Prabhat added.The deputy spokesperson of BMC, Tanaji Kamble, informed that the building is a MHADA cessed structure which was declared in C-1 category (extremely dilapidated condition) and was vacated a few years ago.6 Fire Engines, 2 QRV, 11 Jumbo Tankers, 2 ALP, 1TTL 108 ambulance, 3 JCB machines, and 1 Emergency Medical Service vehicle had been deployed. According to Assistant Municipal Commissioner of A-ward, Kiran Dighavkar, BEST officials and 50 labours are sent to the spot.Two fire tenders were injured earlier this morning after a Level-4 fire broke out inside Patel Chambers here in Fort area.The fire officials got injured after a part of the building collapsed while they were dousing the fire, sustaining minor injuries.(With ANI Inputs)


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Maharashtra Board SSC Results 2018: Highest no of SSC top scorers are in Mumbai

City schools performed exceptionally well in the Class 10 board examinations, the results of which were declared on Friday. Mumbai division, which also includes Thane, Raigad and Palghar, stood fourth amongst the nine divisions in the state with an overall success rate of 90.41 per cent.816 (22 per cent) of the 3,679 schools in the city recorded a cent percent result this year. The number of students scoring 90 per cent and above also went up in the city – from 10,157 in 2017 to 13,329 – this year. With this, the division has got the highest share of students in the 90 and above elite club across all the nine divisions.Four students from the Mumbai division scored a cent percent result of which three students – Shrutika Mahajan, Bhavik Bharambe and Riddhi Karkare, all hailing from Dombivali – made it to the 100 percenter club.Subhash Borse, Secretary, Mumbai Divisional Board, said that the city has improved its performance as compared to last year. “Getting bonus marks for art, culture and sports have helped students score higher this year. The division has got a large share of schools who have registered a 100 per cent passing rate,” Borse added.Rakhi Mukherjee, Principal, Utpal Sanghvi High School in Juhu said that students have performed very well with many scoring above 90 and several getting distinctions. “The school has a 100 per cent result and 31.65 per cent of the total students have secured 90 per cent and above,” she added.This year, a total of 36 students were barred from attending two examinations from the Mumbai division for various reasons, including cheating. While one was declared innocent by the education board, results of 33 accused students were held in reserve until further investigations. According to a report given by the Mumbai Police to the divisional board, a large number of students were found circulating exam question papers on Whatsapp.Schools under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also did well in the exams. Students overcame all odds and emerged successful. 14 schools, under the corporation, saw 100 per cent results with all the students passing with flying colours. The overall pass percentage of all the BMC schools was 73 per cent. “Our schools have performed really well this year. It is better than that of last year and there is a 5 per cent jump in the overall pass percentage,” said Mahesh Palkar, Education Officer, BMC.TOP SCORERSShrutika MahajanIES Chandrakant Patkar Vidyalaya, Dombivali, 100%Shrutika managed to get the perfect score by ensuring that she studied regularly and solved a lot of practice papers. “I was very confident of scoring over 95 per cent marks but this comes as a complete surprise,” she said. Shrutika, who was born and raised in Dombivali, was always passionate about dance and pursued her hobby religiously for over 7 years. “ I am trained in Bharatnatyam. My passion for dance helped me score bonus scores, which ultimately improved my score,” said Shrutika. She wants to become an engineer and will start coaching for the same in the coming days.Bhavik BharambeModel English School, Dombivali, 100%Bhavik Bharambe from Dombivali was ecstatic after getting to know that he had scored a perfect 100 in his board exams. Bharambe said that the perfect score was a cakewalk for him. “I just used the school notes and a few reference books which helped better the exam preparation,” Bhavik said. His hobbies include playing cricket and reading. He is also a national-level chess player and that helped him score 15 grace marks for the exams. He plans to pursue Science stream and is planning to prepare for JEE. “I want to become an engineer,” he added.Khushi VoraDr S Radhakrishnan School, 99.60%Khushi, who stood first in her school, attributed her success to her attentiveness in class. “My basics were very clear and I always attended all classes to understand things better. My school and parents encouraged me a lot, which acted as a great support for me to focus on my studies,” she said. Khushi got 15 bonus marks as she is trained in classical dance. “I love dancing and I pursued it even during the board year.” She wants to become a doctor and will now begin her preparation by opting for sciencein her college.BMC REPORT CARDSchools under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation also did well in the exams 14 schools saw 100 per cent results with all the students passing The overall pass percentage of BMC schools was 73 per cent


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Not home dry yet: IMD sticks by high alert

At Air Quality Index (AQI) 32, the air quality on Friday evening was the best recorded for the season, beating June 4th’s record of 34. System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) that monitors AQI at 10 stations in the city showed low levels of various pollutants.”

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Maharashtra govt to Bombay HC: Special task force formed to curb plastic use

The Maharashtra government on Friday told the Bombay High Court it has formed a special task force comprising plastic manufacturers’ associations, experts and government officials to come up with a solution to put an end to plastic use in the state.On March 23 this year, the government had issued a notification, imposing a ban on the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic materials like one-time-use bags, spoons, plates, PET and PETE bottles and also thermocol items.The notification gave a period of three months to manufacturers, distributors and retailers to dispose of existing stock of the banned items.Consumers and users were, however, given only a period of one month to dispose of them.The notification was challenged in the HC by plastic, PET bottle and thermocol manufacturers and retailer associations on the ground that the ban was arbitrary, bad in law and violated their fundamental right to livelihood.In April, a division bench of Justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla refused to stay the notification after observing that the court cannot ignore the adverse effects of plastic waste on the environment.The court had, however, protected citizens from prosecution for possession of these items for a period of three months.The bench had then also directed the petitioners to file representations before the state government for further consideration on the issue.The state government today filed an affidavit saying it has formed two committees – an expert committee under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary and an implementation committee.The affidavit added that the expert committee was looking into the representations submitted by the petitioner associations.”The government has formed a task force comprising different plastic manufacturing associations, experts from different institutions and government officials concerned to find out solutions and to prepare an action plan for plastic waste management to end the life cycle of plastic,” the affidavit said.”The petitioner associations have not come up with any foolproof buyback mechanism for recycling of plastic waste,” the affidavit filed by Sanjay Sandanshiv, undersecretary of the state environment department, said.The court today directed the government to give copies of its affidavit to all petitioners and posted the matter for further hearing on June 22.
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Mumbai: How mistaken identity got this couple beaten up by Andheri pub staff

A couple was assaulted in a Mumbai pub on May 27, allegedly by the staff members of the establishment, Mid-Day reported. While the staff has been booked, the pub owners allege that the couple repeatedly assaulted a bouncer before the staff retaliated.According to the report, Yash Kukreja and Vedika Sangtani had visited Agent Jack’s pub in Andheri to watch the IPL final. After the match, music started playing and the couple started dancing. On the floor were a group of teenagers and a middle-aged couple. A while later, the middle-aged woman complained to the staff that one of the teenage boys was harassing her. However, in a case of miscommunication, the staff assumed the teenage boy to be Yash and reprimanded him.Vedika then reportedly clarified the confusion with the woman and then approached the staff to clear the air. The middle-aged woman also reportedly clarified the confusion with the staff. However, the staff members refused to listen and allegedly assaulted Yash. When Vedika tried to intervene, she was allegedly assaulted. Both Yash and Vedika then approached the Amboli police station, where the cops called the accused. A waiter also arrived and corroborated Yash and Vedika’s story. Meanwhile, a senior officer asked his team to bring the alleged accused to the police station. When the cops reached the bar, they were told two bouncers have been fired and the owner of the franchise is on leave.An FIR was filed under sections 143, 147, 149, 504, 504, 323 of the Indian Penal Code. However, the owner of the establishment, Dibyendu Bindal told the daily that the couple was drunk and misbehaved with the staff.

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MSRTC goes partly on strike over fares; Mumbai-Pune ST bus services affected

A day after pre-monsoon showers flooded several parts of Mumbai and had its citizens worried about what to expect in the monsoons, Friday morning witnessed light drizzles, with the sun playing a game of cat-and-mouse with the clouds. Central and Western train services ran as per schedule, but for inter-city road passengers, it was a tough day as Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) unions went partly on strike, resulting in fewer buses plying on the road.Sources said that the buses included the Shivneri buses on Mumbai-Pune route. A few buses left from Mumbai Central, Kurla and Borivali depots. Of the 250-odd depots, at least 202 depots are functioning across the state. However, Parel depot in Mumbai was completely shut.From June 15, the bus rates are expected to increase by 18%. The state transport service announced rounding off the fare in multiples of Rs 5. It means the passengers will be charged Rs 10, if the fare for specific distance is Rs 8 and Rs 5, if it calculates to Rs 7. With this fare hike, journey in private intercity buses will become costlier as the state government has allowed private bus operators to charge 50% more fare than MSRTC buses, irrespective of the class of the buses.Meanwhile Western and Central Railway had trains running every 3-4 minutes. Owing to the warning of heavy rains, the rail authorities had made a visit on Thursday, to the vulnerable locations to check the issues namely related to water logging on tracks, situation of drainage lines and performance of water pumps put along the tracks.


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Mumbai: 10-cm cyst inside 42-yr-old’s food pipe operated

Five months after the detection of oesophageal duplication cyst in the food pipe, 42-year-old Bandra resident underwent a robotic surgery to remove the 10-centimetre cyst.Farooque Kazi has been suffering due to duplication cyst since December last year. While he was told to undergo open chest surgery by few specialists, he searched for an alternate surgery option.With the help of robotic surgery, an oesophageal duplication cyst of 10×10 cm was removed from his food pipe on May 19. While a cyst usually develops during the childhood and has an average size of 3-5 cm, it was surprisingly found inside an adult body with an abnormal size.”I met a few chest specialists but everybody gave me open chest operation option. After few months, one of the doctor referred me to Dr Mehta. Although the robotic surgery costs more than the open chest surgery, I wanted to undergo a surgery which is less painful,” said Kazi.According to the doctor, the patient wanted minimal cut in his body and they suggested a robotic surgery accordingly.Dr Marzi Mehta, a consultant surgical oncologist at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, who operated Kazi, said, “Usually, the average size of these cysts are three to five cms in diameter. Most of the times, the cyst is resected with the conventional open surgery (Thoracotomy). This case is rare because of the size of the oesophageal duplication cyst. Also, it is rare to find it in adulthood. The cyst was resected with the robotic technique rather than the open surgery.”He added, “He was distressed with a severe cough due to the oesophageal duplication cyst. He is now good health and has recovered. There are no particular precautions which he needs to take.”
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