QMumbai: Shiv Sena on 2019 Elections; Panic in Raghuvanshi Mills

1. Karnataka Poll Results Will Not Change Our Plan to Contest 2019 Elections Solo, Says Shiv Sena

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerges as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls, its ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday reiterated its decision on contesting the 2019 elections on its own.

Senior Sena leader and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Desai said that while election trends suggest that the BJP has an edge over the others in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Karnataka cannot be compared as “the two states have different political and social factors”.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Small Businesses in Raghuvanshi Mills Panic Over Builders’ Redevelopment Plans

Confusion reigns at Raghuvanshi Mills, home to some of the city’s biggest and plushest interiors stores, over conflicting reports of plans to redevelop the mill land.

A letter received by the Raghuvanshi Complex Management Association from Pune based builder Avinash Bhosale recently, claiming he had decided to redevelop the 6.5 acres sprawl dotted with home décor stores, a few restaurants and some floor tiles warehouses, has set off panic among the tenants.


(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. MU Defers Law Exams by a Week

The University of Mumbai. 

Under tremendous pressure from students, the University of Mumbai on Tuesday postponed the law exams by a week.

The exams, which were earlier scheduled to start from May 22, will now begin on May 30.

The university announced on Tuesday that the dates of 12 exams of three-year and five-year law courses were rescheduled after students demanded more time to prepare for their exams. The demand, according to the university, comes in the wake of delayed declaration of results of several exams of law faculty. “The MU must ensure that the new dates do not clash with the Company Secretary exams. The delay in the declaration of results will affect the current as well as the upcoming academic year,” said Zain Shroff, a student from Jitendra Chauhan College of Law.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Mumbai Crime: Online T20 Betting Racket Busted From Posh Vashi Hotel

In a shocking incident, six people were arrested by the Navi Mumbai police for betting on a T20 match between Delhi and Bangalore. the arrest was made after a raid at a four star hotel in Vashi.

The online betting racket came to light after sources informed the police about a few men from Mumbai and Pune running the same from room number 1918 of Four Points Hotel, Vashi.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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5. ‘Unviable Cost’ Forces MMRDA to Rethink Monorail Deal

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which awarded the contract to run the Mumbai monorail to IL&FS, may scrap the tender as it now feels the amount quoted by the lowest bidder is twice the estimated cost.

While MMRDA had estimated the cost to run monorail operations for 10 years not go above Rs 1,000 crore, IL&FS, which was lowest bidder, had quoted Rs 2,000 crore. Reliance Infrastructure, which runs the Mumbai Metro One, had quoted Rs 6,408 crore.


(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Cops Look for Kirti Vyas’s Body: Distraught Grandma Dies as Search Drags on

Search for the body of BBlunt Salon executive Kirti Vyas, who was allegedly murdered by her colleagues in Mumbai, is still on. 

The Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday sought more time from family members of murdered chartered accountant Kirti Vyas to find her body even as they grappled with another loss in less than two months.

Kirti’s 82-year-old grandmother, Rama, who had been in shock and fallen ill after learning about her death, passed away on Sunday.


(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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7. Green Tribunal Halts Debris Dumping, Cutting of Trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony for Metro

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has restrained the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) from carrying out any debris dumping, reclamation of land and felling of trees at the area allotted for the Metro-3 car shed in Aarey Milk Colony till July 10.

At a hearing in New Delhi on Monday, the NGT upheld the order issued by the tribunal’s Pune bench in August 2015, saying it cannot be breached. While activists have welcomed the tribunal’s decision, there remains a lack of clarity about whether there is a stay order in place to prevent MMRCL from going ahead with its plan of constructing a car shed in Aarey Milk Colony. “MMRCL will examine the NGT order and shall take necessary steps after studying it,” said a MMRCL spokesperson.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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8. Sohrabuddin Case: 2 More Witnesses Turn Hostile

Kausar Bi and Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

Another prosecution witness in the cases of encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati on Tuesday turned hostile before a special CBI court, taking the number of such witnesses to 58. The Mumbai court has examined over 83 prosecution witnesses so far, of which 58 have turned hostile.

The witness, Nizamuddin, a constable with Rajasthan police, deposed before the special judge S J Sharma. Nizamuddin had earlier told the CBI that police inspector Himmat Singh had informed him, as per the order of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Dinesh MN, that they needed to escort Prajapati to Ahmedabad for production in a court there. He claimed that the police escort was necessary as there was a risk that Prajapati would attempt to escape.


(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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