QMumbai: BJP-Shiv Sena Meeting; Director Arrested for Molestation
Conman poses as Devendra Fadnavis’ secretary, cheats advocate of Rs 7 lakh; Five railway stations go cashless.
1. BJP President, Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis Meet Shiv Sena's Uddhav & Aaditya Thackeray
BJP president Amit Shah sought the Shiv Sena's support for next month's Presidential elections, but didn't give out any names when he met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday. Shah paid a "courtesy" visit to Matoshree, the Thackeray home in suburban Bandra today afternoon. Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had a closed door meeting with Uddhav and his son Aaditya for close to an hour.
Shah told Uddhav that once the BJP finalises a candidate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would speak to him (Uddhav). "Be assured that the candidate will be one, agreeable to all. You (Shiv Sena) are very much a part of the NDA and must support the NDA nominee and trust the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji," Shah reportedly told Uddhav.
Leaders from both the parties confirmed that Shah didn't give out any names or probable Presidential candidates. However, Shah made it clear that both the names suggested by the Sena, that of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan weren't in the reckoning. While Shah said that Bhagwat himself refused to take up the country's top job, Swaminathan was not keeping good health, Shah reportedly informed Sena supremo.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
2. Film Director Arrested for Molesting Assistant in Mumbai
A 34-year-old film director was arrested for allegedly molesting his 29-year-old assistant at his residence in Mahim on Saturday.
According to Mahim police, the director asked the woman to meet him at Mahim railway station at 11.30 pm on the pretext of signing a contract with her for a movie. He took her to a bar after they met at the station.
The accused got drunk there and despite the woman asking him to drop her at the railway station, he took her to his residence insisting that they must sign the contract, said the police. The director tried to take her clothes off and when she cried for help, he gagged her with his hand and threatened to defame her in the film industry if she made any noise. He told her he loved her and tried to get intimate with her.
(Source: Hindustan TImes)
3. Five Mumbai Railway Stations Go Cashless
To give a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cashless India push, Western Railway started cashless transaction at five stations of the city. These five stations opt for digital payment application for all facilities like ticket purchase, smart card recharge, refunds, and e-parking, eatery item tea coffee among others. However, the cashless facility cannot be opted for pay and use toilet services at stations.
The five stations are Churchgate, Mahalaxmi, Dadar, Elphinstone Road and Borivali.
Out of all, these five stations were chosen because of factors like major footfall of smart-card holders there and adequate mobile connectivity. This decision is, however, taken to encourage people to embrace the Centre's vision of a cashless economy.
Ravinder Bhakar, WR's Chief Public relation officer, said "People will have the option to pay through mobile wallets such as Paytm in this regard. The cashless transactions for ticket and smart card purchase or top up at these stations can be done through digital payment mode. Canteens of theses station are also part of this digitalization.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
4. Man Makes Hoax Call to Police About Bomb to Seek Revenge
On the day when 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts judgement was pronounced, the police main control received a call from an unknown person saying that a man named Manoj had planted a bomb at Vile Parle.
In the wee hours of Friday, the police control room received a call from that said that a person named Manoj had planted a bomb at S.V.Road in Vile Parle (W). The caller shared his mobile number and also his residential address of Santosh Bhavan, Nalasopara. The caller told the cops that Manoj originally hailed from UP and had committed three murders in Nalasopara and Mira Road.
The Crime Branch investigating the matter traced down the caller and he was identified as 27-year-old Abhimanyu alias Aditya Nagar Singh, a resident of Jawahar Nagar, Khar(E). During interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime and said that on Thursday night, after consuming alcohol, he received a call from his friend Manoj Rajput who runs a gambling den behind Deep Bar in Vile Parle (W). The duo got into a verbal fight during their telephonic interaction and Singh decided to take the revenge by making Manoj out to be a terrorist for the cops.
5. Conman Poses as Devendra Fadnavis' Secretary, Cheats Advocate of Rs 7 Lakh
The Colaba police has registered a case against a man for allegedly posing as the personal secretary to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The accused allegedly cheated a 72-year-old advocate of Rs 7 lakh, in the name of turning the complainant's nephew's temporary clerk job into a permanent one.
According to the police, the complainant Pandurang Shirsat is a Mulund resident, whose nephew Sunil works as a clerk at Takshila School, Ulhasnagar. Sunil has been trying to get a permanent position, but his efforts did not fetch the desired results. On December 15, 2014, Shirsat shared Sunil's problem with a friend, who told him that a Bhaurao Nimbalkar who could help. He then introduced Shirsat to Nimbalkar.
Nimbalkar told Shirsat that his friend Siddharth Kate is the CM's personal secretary, and can therefore get the job done, using his influence. However, he added that Shirshat would have to pay, which the latter agreed to. On December 16, Shirsat, Sunil, and their relatives met Kate and Nimbalkar. Kate allegedly asked for a payment of Rs 7 lakh and an advance of Rs 2 lakh.
6. Not Even Finalised Script: Anupam Kher On 'the Accidental Prime Minister'
Anupam Kher's look as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for "The Accidental Prime Minister" may have grabbed attention and sparked discussions, but the veteran actor says it's too early for him to comment on the film as they are yet to even lock the script.
An announcement that a film on Sanjay Baru's controversial book "The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh" is under works, sparked a buzz about what to expect.
Baru, who was media adviser to Manmohan Singh from May 2004 to August 2008, had in his 2014 book controversially depicted his former boss as not being in full control of his own cabinet, and being subservient to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
7. Tale Of Two Shivajis
On June 16th, BJP president Amit Shah posted a photo on Twitter of himself and state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis standing with folded hands and heads bowed in a crane above the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The photo was accompanied by this caption: “Paid tribute to the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, an epitome of valor and courage. He is an endless source of inspiration for us.”
Shah’s words are in keeping with the Maharashtra government’s ongoing project to build a 629-foot statue of Shivaji off the Arabian Sea. The bronze statue, which will be located about 1.2 km southwest of Raj Bhavan, in Mumbai, will be built by Delhi-based Ram Sutar, who is also overseeing the construction of the nearly as monumental statue of Vallabhbhai Patel that will be installed near the Sardar Sarovar Dam, in Gujarat. Shivaji’s statue, which is expected to be completed in 2019, will cost around Rs 3,600 crore.
Quite naturally, the government has been accused of profligacy, and of riding roughshod over the concerns of both fishermen and environmentalists. Speaking to Mirror earlier this year, Debi Goenka, executive trustee and founder of Conservation Action Trust, said, “Why is the government dedicating a memorial to a warrior, who spent most of his life in the Sahyadri mountains, in the sea?” Shivaji Bhonsle built over 110 forts between 1650 and 1680 in and around the Sahyadris. He also captured and repaired several forts. Mahrashtra has a total of 350 forts, and only 100 of these are protected by the state and the Centre. The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums protects 49, while the Archaeological Survey of India protects the other 51. About 50 of these protected forts are associated with Shivaji, and were either built, or captured by him. That leaves us with the 250 ‘unprotected forts’, out which about 100 are associated with the Maratha king.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
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