QMumbai: L&T, Tata Eye Aarey; Senior Citizen Dies in Building Fire

1. L&T, Tata Power Want a Piece of Aarey Forest Land

Aarey Colony is one of the last remaining green spaces in Mumbai.

After a series of land diversions in the Aarey forest in the last few decades, more applications are coming up for land allotments from private organisations and government, Mumbai Mirror has found.

Documents obtained by this newspaper under the RTI Act show that Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has asked for land for a labour camp in Aarey. The letter has been signed by Natesh Mahajan, Project Director of L&T, for Oberoi Garden City. He wrote to the CEO of Aarey Colony, Nathu Rathod, on October 11, “We have come to know from reliable sources that land is available with you on rent/lease at Mohan Gokhale Road opposite Esquire Project. We have to set up our labour camp for workmen for accommodation and require 30,000-35,000 sq ft.’’

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Senior Citizen Living Alone Dies in Fire Inside Flat at Grant Road

A fire that broke out on the third floor of the seven-storeyed Nirmal Niwas building in Grant Road at around 4 am on Wednesday claimed the life of a 65-year-old woman, Nargis Kanga. Fire officials said that a large amount of combustible material in her house fuelled the fire which was doused by around 9 am.

Kanga, who lived alone in the flat, was found lying on the floor of her house that was filled with a lot of books and old wooden furniture which helped the fire spread. "It took us some time to enter the house since we had to break the door to get to her. When we found the victim, she had burns on her arms and face and was immediately rushed to Nair hospital," said a fire official.

(Source: Mid-day)

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3. Farmers’ Meet in Mumbai on Nov 12; Pawar, Yechury to Attend

Volunteers offer refreshments to protesting farmers.

After organising the Kisan Long March from Nashik to Mumbai in March, to push their demands before the state, farmers’ organisation – All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) – will hold a convention in the city on November 12 to attract the attention on the non-compliance of the assurances by the government.

Key political leaders including Sharad Pawar, Sitaram Yechuri and Ashok Chavan, among others, will attend the convention before the commencement of the winter session of the state legislature on November 19.

The AIKS has been spearheading the convention to highlight the plight faced by the farmers. The organisation shot to fame when more than 30,000 farmers had walked for 200 kilometres during the long march.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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4. 31 Measles Outbreaks in City; BMC to Start Vaccination Drive

The BMC will start a vaccination campaign against rubella in Mumbai.

The civic body has recorded 31 outbreaks of measles this year. Last year, 23 such outbreaks were reported in the city. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines an outbreak as at least five cases reported from an area.

As per the directives from the government of India, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start a vaccination campaign against rubella – a kind of measles known by a reddish coloured rash – in the city from November 27. The campaign aims at immunising around 30 lakh children in the age group of nine months to 15 years. Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC’S city health officer said many cases of childhood abnormalities are a result of rubella infection.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. MahaRERA Asks Builder to Refund Rs 1.5 Crore to Buyer

The Maharashra Real Estate Regulatory Authority(MahaRERA) has asked a developer to refund a home buyer Rs 1.58 crore, plus 10.55 per cent interest from the date of payment, for delayed possession.

Skyline Constructions, part of the RNA Group, is to issue the refund for its RNA Exotica project in Goregaon to home buyer Manish Mody. Mody had booked Flat No. B 3201 in RNA Exotica, a 36-storey project close to Ram Mandir railway station, in October 2013. He was promised possession by December 31, 2017. RTI activist Sulaiman Bhimani, appearing for Mody, sought a refund of his investment under Section 18 of the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act (RERA) for failure to hand over possession by the agreed date.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. IT Firm Director Harassed by Anonymous Person Who Threatened to Wipe out His Family

The director of an IT firm approached the police in Powai on Saturday after enduring several months of harassment at the hands of a person who has allegedly sent several threatening e-mails and letters. After ignoring the earlier messages, the harasser allegedly mailed letters to the executive’s home in which he threatened to kill his family.

The 58-year-old executive, who runs an IT firm in Navi Mumbai and lives in an apartment complex in Hiranandani, Powai, first received e-mails in April from an anonymous sender who asked for pictures showing the work the firm does. The police said the executive ignored the requests. A few days later, he received pictures showing the inside of his office and of his car parked in the building’s parking lot.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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7. Mumbai University Postpones PET to Avoid Clash With CSIR NET

The University of Mumbai has rescheduled its PhD Entrance Test (PET).

The Mumbai University has postponed its PhD Entrance Test (PET) to December 23 from December 16. The decision was taken after it was pointed to the varsity that the PET will clash with CSIR NET (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - National Eligibility Test).

Mid-day had reported on the examination clash on Monday (Bad scheduling by MU becomes PET peeve for postgraduates). According to students, even as the schedule for the national level examination was out at the beginning of the academic year, the Mumbai University ignorantly scheduled its PhD Entrance Test the same day.

(Source: Mid-day)

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