QMumbai: Raj Thackeray Wants Modi-Mukt India; Ola-Uber Strike

1. Raj Thackeray Calls for a ‘Modi-Mukt Bharat’ in 2019

A day after he met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, MNS chief Raj Thackeray called for a Modi-mukt Bharat in 2019 at a rally in the city on Sunday. Appealed to Maharashtrian pride while addressing a large rally at Shivaji Park on the occasion of Gudi Padwa, Thackeray called for a unified Opposition against the BJP, saying that if India had to be “saved”, the present government had to go. He then proceeded to list out a number of issues that he said showed the central BJP government’s ‘failure’.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

2. Ola, Uber Cabs on Strike Since Midnight

Drivers of cab aggregators Ola and Uber will stay off the roads indefinitely after midnight today to protest against “mismanagement” by the firms. “Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers initially.

Believing this, the drivers invested Rs 5-7 lakh from their own pockets, expecting returns of around Rs 1.5 lakh per month. But now, they are unable to recover even half this amount,” said Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Vahatuk Sena, which is leading the agitation.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

3. Rizwan Siddiqui Has Been Made A Scapegoat To Protect Nawazuddin And His Brother, Claims Lawyer

Lawyer Rizwan was Siddiqui arrested in Thane. 

Rizwan Siddiqui, lawyer of popular Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was produced in a Thane court on Saturday. Rizwan is suspected of having illegally obtained Call Detail Records (CDR) of Nawazuddin's wife through private detectives. Now, there is a suspicion that he may have got CDRs of more people.

Rizwan was arrested late on Friday night in the CDR racket case, unearthed in January, by the Thane crime branch. In their probe so far, the police have seized the laptop and mobile belonging to Rizwan and have claimed that he had deleted the data from both devices.

(Source: Mid-Day)

4. Housing Regulator Now Asks Maha Govt Officials to Explain Delays in Project Clearance

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has, so far, cracked the whip on builders, but now it has started taking on Maharashtra government authorities for delaying project approvals.

Recently, while hearing a case filed by a group of buyers against M/s Mount Mary Builders and M/s Akshar Space Private Limited over the delay in giving them flats in Green World project at Airoli, MahaRERA summoned officials from Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) to understand the reason for delays in clearances.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5. Juhu Beach Clean-Up: Residents Force BMC to Oust Tainted Contractor

File photo of Dia Mirza helping clean Juhu Beach the morning after Ganesh visarjan.

Juhu residents have finally won their battle against a tainted contractor over cleaning up the Juhu beach. After scrapping tenders in January this year, the BMC on Thursday managed to oust a tainted contractor, and picked a new one to maintain the iconic beach.

The tenders were drafted after taking suggestions and inputs from citizens and resident groups in June last year.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. After Kalyan, Fire Breaks out Inside Dumping Ground at Ambernath

A fire broke out inside the dumping ground at Ambernath on Saturday, releasing thick smoke and polluting the surrounding localities.

Ambernath is located around 48km from Mumbai city and is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. Aarey Loses Over Five Acres to Crematorium

The state’s decision to provide over 5 acres in Aarey Colony to an existing crematorium has upset citizen groups and activists fighting to preserve one of Mumbai’s last remaining green sprawls, already under pressure from the metro project.

The Shiv Dham crematorium was set up on a huge piece of Aarey land, near the Western Express Highway in Goregaon East, a few years ago. It now needs space to create an access road.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

8. Construction Curbs Around Prisons May Be Lifted Soon

Under pressure from builders to ease its construction norms around jails, the state government is learnt to be in the process of revoking its ban on all kinds of building projects within 150 metres of prisons.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-headed home department has mooted the proposal on the basis of a report submitted by a committee. If passed by Fadnavis, the revocation of the ban order will come as a huge bonanza for builders, who have been mounting pressure on the government to relax the restrictions, especially around Arthur Road Jail in Central Mumbai, where huge redevelopment projects are stuck because of the existing rules.

Earlier, the state didn’t allow constructions within a 182-metre radius of all jails.

In 2015, the government relaxed the curbs to a certain extent and issued a new notification under the Maharashtra Prisons (Prison buildings and sanitary arrangement) (Amendment) Rules, banning all construction activities within 150 metres of central prisons, 100 metres of district prisons and 50 metres of open prisons.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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