QMumbai: Ola-Uber Strike; Christians Say No to Firecrackers

1. Mumbaiites Face the Surge as Ola ­Uber Strike Continues for Fifth Day

The strike called by Ola-Uber drivers entered the fourth day on Thursday, leaving office-goers hassled during morning and evening peak hours.

The protest will continue on Friday, even as transport minister Diwakar Raote promised to look into their demands by Saturday.

Mumbai has around 45,000 to 50,000 app-based taxis. Their drivers are demanding a minimum base fare in the range of ₹100-150 depending on the type of car and a per-km fare of ₹18 to ₹23.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Mumbai's Christians Oppose Supreme Court's Decision to Allow Firecrackers to Be Burst During Christmas Eve, Say 'Protecting the Environment Is the Need of the Hour'

The Supreme Court last week refused to impose a nationwide blanket ban on firecrackers and permitted the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” alternatives.

It also fixed a two-hour time period between 8 pm and 10 pm for bursting crackers on Diwaliand a 35-minute window between 11:55 pm and 12:30 am for Christmas and New Yearcelebrations.

But the Christian community says the relaxation of the rule during Christmas Eve was unnecessary.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. Dumping Ground to Eat Into Mangroves, Flamingo Sanctuary

Flamingoes in the Sewri mudland flats of Mumbai.

The flamingos, who flock to the city for a few months every winter, may soon have one less place to visit. With the state government giving a clearance to the BMC to expand the Kanjurmarg dumping ground, environmentalists fear this will cause irreparable damage to the mangroves and have serious impact on the flamingoes who make the city’s eastern sea front and mud flats their home each year.

The State Environmental Impact Assessment Committee (SEAC) II approved the BMC’s plan for expanding the dumping ground by 52 hectares last week, which will make the Kanjurmarg dumping ground the largest dumping ground in the city. Currently spread across approximately 90 hectares, the Kanjurmarg landfill receives around 35 per cent (3,000 tonnes) of the city’s total garbage (8,600 tonnes) every day.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Dry Waste Processing: Civic Body Seeks Bids From International Companies

Soon, Mumbaiites can log on to a mobile application to get their dry waste collected, processed and dumped. As part of its mega plan to streamline the collection and processing of 800 to 1,000 tonnes of dry waste generated daily, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recently written to the consulates of seven countries for inviting Expression Of Interest (EOI) from entities of these countries to collect, transport, process and dispose of dry waste generated in the city.

The civic body has also earmarked six locations in the city — Colaba, Bandra, Kandivli, Malvani, Ghatkopar and Deonar — which will be given to the selected firm for setting up a processing unit. The BMC has written to the consulates of United States of America, Germany, Finland, France, Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. Suicidal Mumbai Student Saved by Hero Twice in a Night Is Recovering

Her eyes light up each time Syed Nasser Hussain comes to visit her at Sion hospital. The 18-year-old Mankhurd resident can’t speak but gestures to show gratitude for her second lease of life. The woman was rescued by Hussain from two suicide attempts in a night more than a month ago allegedly after a heartbreak and was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

His selfless acts have placed them in his debt forever.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Mumbai Jeweller’s Daughter Falls to Her Death From SoBo Duplex

The teenage daughter of a prominent jeweller fell 14 storeys to her death at Tardeo’s Imperial Towers early on Saturday, a few hours after she returned home from a get-together with friends. Security guards found Priyanka Kothari, 16, in a pool of blood on the ninth-floor lawn of the complex’s North Tower, which is 60 storeys high, around 2 am.

The Kothari family lives in a duplex on the 23rd floor. The circumstances surrounding Priyanka’s death are not clear. The Tardeo police refused to offer an opinion — whether she slipped from the duplex’s balcony or it was a deliberate step.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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7. Mumbai-Elephanta in Just 14 Minutes

The Elephanta Caves. 

In four years, Elephanta Caves in Gharapuri island will be just a 14-minute ride away. The Central government’s standing finance committee last week cleared the proposal for an 8-km Mumbai-Elephanta ropeway — the first such across the sea in the country — allowing the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPt) to finally take up the project three years after hitting upon this plan to boost tourism.

At present, ferries from the Gateway of India provide the only access to the UNESCO world heritage site. But a oneway ride takes close to an hour and inclement weather can bring operations to a halt.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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8. No Takers for BEST’s Smart Card Ticket Plan

Representative photo of a BEST bus. 

It looks like the BEST will have to fall back entirely on paper tickets with no takers for its plans to buy electronic ticketing machines that will offer cards to commuters.

There are absolutely no takers for the cash-strapped BEST’s plans to issue electronic tickets using automated ticket vending machines. The BEST has floated tenders 11 times but no contractor or supplier has come forward to provide electronic-ticketing machines to the BEST.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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9. Forced to Go to Police Station, Model Strips in a Fit of Anger

The tony Lokhandwala Complexsaw high drama last week when a model stripped to thwart an attempt to be forcibly taken to the Oshiwara police station.

According to the police, Megha Sharma, who is a paying guest at one of the buildings in the complex, called up the security guard on the intercom on the night of October 25 and asked him to buy her a pack of cigarettes.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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