QMumbai: Mumbai’s New CP; City Buildings on World Heritage List

1. Jaiswal Parachuted in From R&AW to Lead Mumbai Police

Senior IPS officer Subodh Jaiswal, who had been working with the country’s top intelligence agency R&AW in Delhi, was named the new Mumbai police boss on Saturday, in what some described as a surprise announcement by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Jaiswal pipped Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh and state intelligence chief Sanjay Barve, two men who were seen as frontrunners, to the post, replacing Dattatray Padsalgikar, who has moved up to become the Maharashtra director general of police.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. City’s Gothic and Art Deco Bldgs Make It to World Heritage List

Eros cinema in Mumbai. 

In Manama, Bahrain, at 13:02 on June 30, 2018, the Victorian Gothic and Art DecoEnsemble, Mumbai, was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, making it one of the most significant events in Mumbai’s historical timeline. This inscription will serve to protect, enhance and showcase a spectacular ensemble of 94 historic buildings across 66.34 ha with four significant architectural styles.

Two centuries, 19th and 20th, straddle the Oval Maidan on either side, making the ‘Mumbai collective’ unparalleled. The dramatic confrontation of the two styles across the Oval reflects two waves of urban expansion, within which the majority of buildings being built were Victorian Neo Gothic and Art Deco. These styles comprise Victorian Gothic, Indo Saracenic, Neo Classical and Art Deco.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. 5 Lynched by Villagers in Maharashtra Over Child-Lifting Rumours

Five persons were lynched in Maharashtra's Dhule district on Sunday, 1 July, by villagers, who suspected that they were part of a gang of child-lifters, PTI reported.

The incident took place at Rainpada, 25 kilometres from Pimpalner in the Dhule district, at around 11.30 am, officials told PTI.

(Source: The Quint)

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4. MahaRERA Goes Digital: Now, Project Details Just a Click Away

If you are a potential home buyer, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority(MahaRERA) has just made your life considerably easier. Now, instead of running from one builder’s office to another, you can access all the information you want regarding a project with just a click.

On Friday, the realty regulator went live and began mapping all the development projects registered with it. Using a Geographical Information System (GIS), over 4,000 projects have already been mapped out.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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5. 55-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Stung by Hornets in Mumbai Park

Bitten by a colony of hornets while taking a walk in Veer Savarkar Garden, a 55-year-old physically challenged man from Borivli, died within 12 hours on Wednesday. Two other men who rushed to his help also suffered multiple injuries.

Claiming that such an incident has not been recorded before, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) insecticide department said the insects were hornets – a subset of the wasp family. Although not confirmed, BMC insecticide officer Rajan Naringekar said it could be Vespa, an aggressive form of wasps, found commonly around SGNP, Borivli, Aarey and Goregaon. They had built their nest in the bark of a tree in the garden.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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6. Slow Trains to Run Faster on Churchgate-Borivli Route in Mumbai

File image of a Mumbai local train. 

Slow trains on the Mumbai Suburban Railway network are all set to pick up the pace. Western Railway (WR) has sought permission from Commissioner of Rail Safety (CRS) to increase the minimum speed of Bombardier-made trains from 70 km per hour to 90km per hour on the Churchgate-Borivli route.

“We have applied for the increase in the minimum speed of the trains. This would help in not just cutting travel, time but would also give an opportunity to fit in new services as well between Churchgate and Borivli station on the slow line,” said Sanjay Mishra, divisional railway manager, WR.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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7. Culture Ministry Will Take Over AI’s Art Collection

Days after it was announced that the Centre had initiated the process of selling Air India’s iconic Marine Drive building to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), it has come to light that the national carrier’s priceless artwork will be taken over by the Ministry of Culture, which will display it in the National Gallery of Modern Art in various metros.

The Air India is holding consultations with the ministry on the matter as preservation and upkeep of over 2,000 artefacts, some of which date back to the 9th century AD, is of prime concern now, said an Air India source. The modalities are being worked out for taking a final decision on the matter, said a ministry of culture official The art pieces have been collected over 60 years and are housed in the Air India building at Marine Drive. The officials said the artefacts could be displayed under a separate Air India pavilion in the National Gallery of Modern Arts.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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8. Mumbai Airport Fifth Least Punctual in the World

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, the second busiest in the country, fared miserable in flight punctuality as it was ranked fifth least punctual airport in the world, just ahead Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Indonesia and Islamabad airport.

The IGI airport in Delhi, the 16th busiest in the world, fared slightly better, securing the 451st position among the 513 airports worldwide, according to a study conducted by OAG, a global leader in providing flight information.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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