QMumbai: Farmers Call Off March; Maha Govt to Bring Legislation

1. Farmers March to Azad Maidan: CM Promises to Settle All Land Rights Claims

A large number of farmers and tribals took part in a protest march to push for their demands in Mumbai on 22 November. 

A 15-member delegation of agitating tribals and farmers met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, 22 November, at Vidhan Bhawan, where the winter session of state legislature is underway.

During the 90-minute afternoon meeting, the CM assured the protesters, led by civil rights organisation Lok Sangharsh Morcha, that their land claims under the Forest Rights Act will be settled in the next three months.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2.Govt to Bring Legislation Next Week, Says Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis.

The Maharashtra government has decided to bring a legislation promising reservation to Marathas under the newly created independent category, Socially and Educationally Backward Class, in the ongoing Winter Session at the state legislative Assembly.

On Thursday, 22 November, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said at the Assembly: “The government has taken the decision to bring a legislation in the second week of the Winter Session. The legislation has factored in all legal and constitutional aspects that are mandatory for implementation.”

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Maratha Community To Get Reservation, Says CM Devendra Fadnavis

3. Sotheby’s MD Sent on Leave in the Wake of #Metoo Calls

A week ahead of its mega inaugural auction in India, auction house Sotheby’s has sent its Managing Director for the region, Gaurav Bhatia, on leave. 

A week ahead of its mega inaugural auction in India, auction house Sotheby’s has sent its Managing Director for the region, Gaurav Bhatia, on leave pending an inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment.

So far four different complainants, all of them anonymous, have taken to social media to complain about Bhatia’s sexual misconduct.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. CBI Closes Evidence, Tulsiram’s Mother Among Witnesses Not Examined

Kausar Bi and Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

The CBI has closed its evidence in the alleged fake encounter cases of Tulsiram Prajapati, Sohrabuddin Shaikh and the alleged murder of Shaikh’s wife Kausarbi before a special court in Mumbai on Thursday, 22 November.

Special Public Prosecutor B P Raju submitted a written statement before Judge S J Sharma, stating that the prosecution has completed its evidence and would not be examining any more witnesses.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Sohrabuddin Encounter: Details of 30 Witnesses Who Turned Hostile

5. Activist Wants Pothole Record Plaque in Civic Chief’s Office

Social activist Navin Lade, who wanted to shame the municipal corporation into action by entering it into world record books for the most number of potholes, wants a pride of place for the record plaques – the civic chief’s office wall.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Hawker Climbs up to BMC Head Office Gallery, Waves Tricolour

The BMC Building. 

A hawker climbed up to the BMC head office’s gallery at CST on Thursday during a protest against relocation, organised by a group from Ghatkopar. The man, who started waving a Tricolour from the gallery, was later brought down and handed over to police.

Hundreds of hawkers, led by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Feriwala Sangh, reached near BMC’s head office to protest BMC’s decision to relocate at least 300 hawkers from Hingwala market in Ghatkopar. The protesters had brought vegetable baskets with them and kept those outside the BMC gates.

(Source: The Indian Express)

7. Royal Row over Sale of Land Donated by Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria. 

In 1863, Queen Victoria donated a piece of land to the Roman Catholic Church, on which the Our Lady of Mercy Church in Thane stands.

The sale of part of this land to a developer has raised the hackles of some Catholics, as they say such land cannot be sold. The land parcel, measuring 48.75 acres, was donated to the Church, through a ‘sanad’ document, by Queen Victoria. In 2007, the St John the Baptist Trust sold 5.2 acres of land to Hiranandani Properties (P) Ltd for Rs 20 crore. The sale had got the consent of the Archdiocese of Bombay.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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