QMumbai: Slapdash Plans & Rain Woes; Fake Encounters “Mastermind”

1. Mumbai Drowning Under Haphazard Planning, Changing Weather Patterns

On June 21, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) assured the Bombay high court that it was prepared to “tackle all natural calamities” this monsoon. It had mapped 186 flooding spots, installed water suction pumps in areas prone to waterlogging and installed special safety grilles on manholes. On paper, the civic body was ready for the annual rainy season – until the torrential rainfall of July struck the city.

On Tuesday, Mumbai surpassed more than 65% of its average annual rainfall in just the first month of the monsoon and the city’s infrastructure has struggled to cope with the downpour. In addition to places like Hindmata, which are low-lying and known to be prone to flooding, Tuesday saw waterlogging in Goregaon, Chembur and Mankhurd. In Vasai, the National Disaster Response Force had to be deployed. Stretches of the local train network’s tracks were submerged. Flights were delayed and traffic was disrupted all over the city.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. ‘Vanzara Was Mastermind of Fake Sohrabuddin-Prajapati Encounters’

Kausar Bi and Sohrabuddin Shaikh.

The former chief of Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), DG Vanzara, was on Wednesday accused in the Bombay High Court of being the ‘mastermind’ of ‘fake encounters’ of alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati.

The allegation was made by the counsel for Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin Sheikh during hearing of a plea against discharge of senior IPS officers Dinesh MN, Rajkumar Pandian and Vanzara in the alleged fake encounter case.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. After Mallya, ED Wants Modi, Choksi Declared Fugitives

Nirav Modi is the main accused in the Punjab National Bank scam case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday moved a special court, asking it to declare diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi as ‘fugitive economic offenders’ and confiscate their assets worth Rs 3,500 crore in relation with the multi-crore-rupee Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.

ED officials said two separate applications, under the recently promulgated Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, were filed against the duo before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. George Fernandes’s Wife Objects to Biopic Plan

George Fernandes.

In a letter to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who said last month he would produce the biopic, Leila Fernandes has complained that she and her son were not consulted and expressed fears about facts being misrepresented in the movie.

“While the family appreciates your efforts to honour George Fernandes with a biopic, we are also concerned about the ‘facts’ in the picture as he was a much-misunderstood person in public, especially towards the last stage of his public life,” she has written. “George is no position to respond to your move. My son and I feel that you should have discussed the film with us before announcing it. Normal courtesy demands that such a move is discussed with the person’s family and formal permission is taken.”

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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5. Median Salary for IIT-Bombay Graduates Crosses ₹10 Lakh for the First Time

IIT Bombay.

In a first, the median salary package offered during the 2017-18 placements at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) has touched the seven-figure mark, after seeing a dip during the 2016-17 placement season.

The median salary — the annual package offered to the average IIT-B graduate — rose from Rs9.3 lakh to Rs10.2 lakh in 2017-18, the institute's annual placement report revealed.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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6. Mumbai: Central Railway Uses Cloth Rags For Fractured Rail To Save From Rush Hour Delay

To temporarily fix a fractured rail at Govandi and avoid causing major delay during the evening rush hour, some Central Railway (CR) officials on Tuesday tied it up with cloth rags. Four packed suburban trains ran on the rail with the raggedy fix, albeit without any issues. Railway officials said this was not a security lapse, but was the best decision taken at the point of time.

Sources said the incident occurred at 6.15 pm, when a crack was detected on the rail on the Panvel-bound track between Govandi and Mankhurd stations. Railway officials said the rails had neither split nor separated, but only had a dent. The rails already had a joggled fishplate (a bar bolted to ends of two rails to join them) in place.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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7. MCI Rules Bar Learning Disabled From MBBS

A set of recent guidelines from the Medical Council of India (MCI) excluding persons with benchmark (not less than 40 per cent) learning disabilities from taking admission in MBBS course under the physically handicapped quota has dashed hopes of many students across the state. While the NEET exam was conducted in May and the results came out in June, experts allege that the government’s U-turn has come at the wrong time – just when it’s time to apply to colleges after getting allotted seats.

This year, out of 110 students eligible for MMBS in the five per cent persons with disability (PWD) quota, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Mumbai, declared eight students with learning disabilities ineligible, based on MCI rules for 21 benchmark learning disabilities.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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8. Scriptwriter Jumps off Building

A 32-year-old scriptwriter, who had been undergoing treatment for depression, jumped off the terrace of the seven-storey Versova buildingwhere he lived with his brother on Wednesday.

Ravishankar Alok ended his life around 1:50 pm at Vasant Prakash Society.

His brother was not home at the time. The Versova police said they had not recovered a suicide note. A neighbour said the brothers had rented a flat on the seventh floor. “We rarely saw Alok,” he said.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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9. Biker Hangs Self, Cites Unfulfilled Goals in Note

Chetna Pandit, a well-known biker who encouraged women to take up motorcycling, committed suicide at her Goregaon apartment on Tuesday evening, after writing about unfulfilled ambitions in a final note, the police said.

The 27-year-old hanged herself from a ceiling fan in the rented house on the first floor of Padmavati Nagar Society between 6 pm and 7 pm. A flatmate found an unresponsive Chetna about an hour later after calling a key maker to gain access to the flat.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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10. Panel Recommendation on Surge Pricing Gathers Dust

The BC Khatua report which suggests a cap on surge pricing on aggregators has been lying in cold storage for the last nine months. The report was processed by the state transport commissionerate and sent to Mantralaya. “Taxi Aggregators should be brought under the purview of the same law and fare structure applicable to taxis. Taxis should be exempted from payment of taxes for installation of cashless payments app, the report had said.

Khatua had retired as additional chief secretary of the state government and was commissioned by the government to conduct the study. He had submitted his report on October 10 and it was made public on October 23.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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