QMumbai: Pallavi Killer to Stay in Jail; BMC Starts Monsoon Work

1. Pallavi Killer Gets 1 More Year in Jail for Jumping Parole

Sajjad Mughal was convicted of attempted rape, and murder Mumbai-based lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in 2012.

A Nashik court has convicted the security guard accused of molesting and murdering lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in her Wadala flat in 2012 for jumping parole. The court sentenced Sajjad Mughal, alias Pathan, to one year's imprisonment and imposed a fine of 5,000.

Sajjad, in 2014, was sentenced to life imprisonment (until death) for murder. Two years after he was sent to Nashik Central Jail, he jumped parole, making the Nashik police register a fresh case against him.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Pallavi Purkayastha’s Killer Worked as a Guard When on Parole

2. Before Monsoons, BMC to Start End-to-End Desilting of Nullahs Across Mumbai

A drain  in Bharat Nagar, Bandra (East), Mumbai

In order to avoid waterlogging during monsoons, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to start desilting of nullahs in advance. This year, the civic body aims to clean nullahs from one end to another.

Earlier, contractors used to desilt only those areas which were prone to silting and flooding. According to a senior civic official, the end-to-end desilting will counter chances of waterlogging during the rainy season. "There are various reasons that lead to waterlogging during monsoons. It often occurs if silt is not removed properly," the official said. He added that instead of carrying out desilting in parts, end-to-end nullah cleaning will be done.

(Source: DNA)

3. Mumbai: Forest Officials Say Avni Cubs are Doing Well

THE two cubs of Avni, or T1, that was shot dead on November 2 in Yavatmal district’s Ralegaon, are doing fine and regularly killing baits, forest department officials said.

“The cubs, a male and a female, have so far killed five goats and a cow in a particular area,” said Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Sunil Limaye. “We are getting their camera trap pictures and they seem to be doing fine,” he said.

Asked when they would be captured as planned, he said: “We are not rushing with the plan. We want them to get the feeling that they are safe…”

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Was it necessary to kill Avni?

4. Murder Accused, who had Fled to Israel, Arrested after 25 Years

Twenty five years after he was released on bail, Augustin Joseph found himself behind bars once again. The 51-year-old, who had been accused of killing a man in 1992, had been untraceable since he got bail in the case in 1993.

Joseph had shifted to Israel in 1994 and returned to Mumbai in December last year. He was arrested by the Crime Branch from Bandra yesterday. Joseph and five of his friends had allegedly killed Sewree resident Anjuman Islam over a monetary dispute in 1992. All the six accused were arrested by the RAK Marg police.

The next year, Joseph managed to get bail and has been untraceable ever since. Crime Branch investigations revealed that in 1994 he and his wife shifted to Israel, but kept visiting Mumbai regularly

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. Rare Extradition in Works for Chicago's Mumbai Terror Plotter

People run past burning Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai during the 26/11 terror attacks. 

Ten years after India's most traumatic terror attack, U.S. officials are prepping extraordinary plans to send a Chicago man to Mumbai to face charges there, the ABC7 I-Team has learned.

Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a former Pakistani Army doctor turned Chicago travel agent, is being held in federal prison for plotting overseas terror strikes.

Rana, 57, helped scout attack locations in India, according to U.S. and Indian law enforcement. He teamed up with convicted Mumbai plotter David Coleman Headley, another Chicagoan who pleaded guilty in the case and cannot be extradited under the terms of his agreement with prosecutors.

(Source: Abc7Chicago)

Also Read: Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan: The Story Behind the 26/11 Braveheart

6. Political Fire Breaks out Over Aarey Forest Blaze

The government seems to be speaking in different voices in the aftermath of the fire that broke out on a hillock in Aarey Colony, on the outskirts of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), in Goregaon (E) on Monday. While environment minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday demanded that the forest department conduct an inquiry into the fire, which raged on for 14 hours, forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the area where the blaze erupted does not come under his department.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Massive Fire in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony Doused After 12 Hours

7. 15 Koliwadas May Lose Tag

Fifteen suburban koliwadas are set to lose their tag. The state revenue department has removed 15 koliwadas from a list of 29 prepared by the fisheries department last year to allow their preservation.

Fishermen fear that exclusion will lead to declaration of these fishing enclaves as slums.

Officials said the fisheries department conducted a detailed survey of koliwadas with the help of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute last year, and identified 29 in suburban Mumbai based on the number of fishermen as well as fishing vessels registered in those villages. “We submitted the list to the revenue department. However, revenue officials said there was an anomaly in the number of koliwadas. So, they instituted a committee to conduct a survey of their own and came up with a list of only 14 koliwadas.”

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

8. Mumbai Startup First Indian Private Firm to Have Satellite in Space

At the stroke of midnight on Monday, Elon Musk-led US space agency SpaceX launched India’s first privately built satellite Exseed Sat-1 along with 63 other satellites from 17 countries. After being repeatedly postponed for 10 days owing to technical and weather reasons, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off at 12.10 am on Tuesday (IST) from the Vandenberg air force base in California. Over 43 minutes after the launch, Falcon 9 placed Exceed Sat-1 into the polar orbit. With this launch, Mumbai-based Exseed Space has become the first private commercial organisation in India to have a satellite in space.

(Source: The Times of India)

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