QMumbai: Investment Boost for Maha; Ness Wadia Molestation Charge

1. State Gets Rs 12 Lakh Cr Investment Commitments

The state government signed 4,106 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) during the three-day Magnetic Maharashtra summit. The agreements are expected to attract a total investment of Rs 12.10 lakh crore and create 36 lakh jobs.

Besides the big-ticket investments from both domestic companies and global conglomerates, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that various central and state government departments, too, would invest another Rs.3.91 lakh crore that would help create nearly two lakh jobs.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Ness Wadia, Accused of Molestation, Granted Bail

File photo of Ness Wadia. (Photo: IANS)

More than three years after actress Preity Zinta filed a police complaint alleging businessman Ness Wadia molested and verbally abused her, the Marine Drive Police yesterday filed a charge sheet in the case.

Wadia, who owns the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab along with Zinta, has been charged under the Indian Penal Code sections 354 (assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of woman).

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. Rs 11,400-Cr PNB Scam: Vipul Ambani, a Senior Official in Nirav Modi Firm, Arrested by CBI

Vipul Ambani, CFO of Firestar Diamond. 

In the first high-profile arrest in the Rs 11,400 crore PNB scam involving Nirav Modi, the CBI on Tuesday arrested Vipul Ambani, the president (finance) of Firestar International, the lead company of the celebrity jeweller.

Ambani is reportedly related to Reliance patriarch Dhirubhai Ambani. He is the son of Dhirubhai Ambani’s younger brother Natubhai Ambani, according to reports.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Move No-Confidence Motion Against Me so That Govt Is Forced to Transfer Me: Thane Civic Chief

Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Tuesday asked the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) general body to pass a vote of no confidence against him so that the state government would be forced to transfer him.

Though Jaiswal, who cuts a dashing, fearless image, enjoys the support of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, he has been facing strong opposition from the Thane unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for a few years now.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. Bullet Train: Terminus at Bkc Will Be Three-Level Underground Structure With Food Court, Shops

The high speed bullet train will provide an alternative mode of transport for travellers. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The proposed terminus at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train service will be a three-storey underground structure, said officials with the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC), an entity formed by the Union railway ministry to execute the project.

As per the NHSRC design, the BKC terminus will have six platforms for the trains at the lowest floor of the three-level station.

The structure, which will be near the headquarters of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), will have shops, ticket counters and a food court at the middle level, while the top floor will be used as the station administrative office and for equipment needed for train operations.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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6. Rs 50-Crore Relief for Campa Cola Residents

Residents of Campa Cola compound in Worli, who have been fighting a long court battle over the legality of their homes, have some reason to cheer. The BMC chief has withdrawn an earlier order, which would have forced the residents to cough up a penalty of Rs 50 crore before the land, which is leased to M/s Pure Drinks Pvt Ltd, could be transferred in the society’s name.

The commissioner’s action comes after residents had challenged the earlier order in court. The High Court in January had asked the commissioner to check its legality.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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7. 20-Year-Old Stabs Brother so He Could Watch TV

Representational image of a crime scene.

A 20-year-old watches TV late into Sunday night at his elder brother's courier company office at LT Marg. Other employees request him to turn the TV off so they can sleep. The youth is HIV-positive and used to being coddled by his family, so he ignores the requests. They call his brother and uncle to make him see reason, but the boy remains obstinate.

The youth's frustrated brother slaps him and yells at him for disregarding everyone else's needs. Not used to being held accountable or being disciplined, the 20-year-old reacts by stabbing his brother twice. "The boy had never heard been scolded in this manner before, and no one had ever slapped him. Full of anger, he picked up the knife, which was kept in the room, and stabbed his brother twice," said a police officer.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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8. HSC Exams Begin in Maharashtra; Students Won’t Be Let Into Centre Once Exam Begins

A day before students appear for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has once again reminded candidates that they will not be allowed to enter an exam centre once the examination begins. The aim is to avoid any form of malpractice this year during examinations, which begin from February 21.

“The exam begins sharp at 11am in the morning session and 3pm in the afternoon, so students should be inside the classroom before that. No student will be allowed after 11am and 3 pm so students should reach the exam centre before time to avoid any delay,” said Subhash Borse, secretary in charge of the state board’s Mumbai division. Over 3,30,000 students will be appearing for the exam from Mumbai division, which consists of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts, this year. The education board has not released data on the number of candidates from Maharashtra. Last year, 1.5 million students from the state appeared for the exam.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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9. Iconic South Mumbai Book Stall to Shut Shop

A book festival at the famous Strand Book Stall. 

In 2003, the year renowned scholar TN Shanbagh, was honoured with a Padma Shri, he said: “A bookseller acts as a catalyst between a book and the reading habit.” It was this belief which drove sales at the two-shelf stall Shanbagh set up at Strand Cinema in Colaba on November 20, 1948, and later at its bookstore avatar in Fort.

But now the iconic 70-year-old store — which never changed its original name Strand Book Stall and became famous for its never-ending discount offers — is preparing to roll down its shutters for the last time — on February 27, Shanbagh’s ninth death anniversary.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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