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QMumbai: Parl Berth Likely for Fadnavis; BMC Seeks Film City Land

Suspected LeT operative Salim Khan arrested from Mumbai airport; H1N1 strikes in Vasai, Virar.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis.

1. BJP Parl Board Berth Likely for Chief Minister

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
(Photo: PTI)

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to replace former Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in the BJP’s central parliamentary board, a big political elevation that can be construed as a reward for his convincing performance as a head of state and party leader.

Naidu exited the party after the NDA named him as its vice-presidential nominee. As a result, Fadnavis, considered to be a favourite of the top leadership, has been chosen to fill in Naidu’s shoes, said party insiders.

According to senior BJP functionaries, a membership of the party’s parliamentary board will be a big promotion for Fadnavis. Apart from Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Fadnavis will be the only chief minister to be a part of the BJP’s top-decision making body that is chaired by party national president Amit Shah.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Connecting Goregaon to Mulund: BMC Seeks Film City Land for Link Road

The BMC has sought 1.5 acres of state government-controlled Film City’s land in Goregaon to build a tunnel connecting the western suburb to Mulund and set up a casting yard for the project.

With the alignment of the 12.5-km Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR), which earlier was to run through Sanjay Gandhi National Park, changed following environmental concerns, it will now start at the Film City before running under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

The Film City, which fears the road will interfere with its activities and has its own plans to develop a theme park on the land, has rejected the BMC request. Sources, however, said talks are on.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. Suspected LeT Operative Salim Khan Arrested From Mumbai Airport

 Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Salim Mukim Khan.
Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Salim Mukim Khan.
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A suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, believed to be involved in the 2008 attack on a CRPF camp in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, was nabbed from Mumbai Airport as he arrived from the UAE, an official said here on Monday.

Salim Mukim Khan was detained by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) as he arrived by an international flight at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, on Monday morning.

(Source: The Quint)

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4. 75 Struck by H1N1 in Vasai, Virar

A H1N1 flu screening centre.
A H1N1 flu screening centre.
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About 75 cases of those affected by the deadly H1N1virus have been recorded in the twin cities of Vasai and Virar in Palghar since June. Within two months, the deadly virus has claimed 6 lives. And the situation will seemingly only worsen as the local civic body does not have any provisions for treatment. There is not one single isolation ward in the area – mandatory as per medical norms for swine flu affected patients – patients are instead referred to far off hospitals like JJ, Nair and Kasturbha, according to Vasai-Virar Municipal Commissioner.

Senior officials from the Health department, however, pointed out that patients can avail treatment in four private hospitals. “There are four hospitals that do have isolation wards. And patients can always get treated there,” said an official who did not wish to be named. On the higher treatment costs at these hospitals as compared to government-run hospitals, he did not comment.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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5. Man Arrested on Girl's Complaint of Stalking Her in Mumbai

Representational image of a crime scene. 
Representational image of a crime scene. 
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The police have arrested a 27-year-old man on the complaint of a college going girl that he allegedly stalked her and made lewd gestures at her in suburban Powai.

As per the girl's complaint, the accused, identified as Kalpesh Deodhar, a resident of suburban Malad, allegedly stalked her on his bike when she was returning along with her friends from their college in Powai, a senior police official said today.

He then allegedly made lewd gestures and also used vulgar language in front of them, the official said.

The girl then complained to the police who registered an offence against the man under IPC sections 354 (d) (stalking) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), he said.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Mumbai: Upscale Gymkhanas May Need to Pay More for Renewal of Their Lease

The City Collector and the District Magistrates office has called a meeting of 13 South Mumbai gymkhanas/grounds representatives today (Wednesday) afternoon at the Collectors office in SoBo, to dispel ambiguity over the revised fee of renewal of lease of the Gymkhanas. A recent GR has cited substantial increase in rents for gymkhanas and grounds across the city.

The 13 invitees to the meeting are: Cooperage ground, Wood House Gymkhana at Colaba, the Western India Football Association (WIFA) at Cooperage, Mumbai's swish Bombay Gymkhana in the news for a host of reasons, the slew of Gymkhanas on the Marine Drive, Parsi, Islam, Hindu, Wilson College Gymkhana, the Grant Medical College Gymkhana, Police Gymkhana and Catholic Gymkhana. Several of these gymkhanas have been accused of holding more weddings than sport on their grounds by irate members who are afraid of being named and consequently losing their membership. Representatives from The Cricket Club of India (CCI) once dubbed the Controversial Club of India but now enjoying a relatively quieter life and the Indian Medical Association ground has also been called.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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7. South Mumbai Local Loses Car Parts in Brazen Thefts, Cops Refuse FIR

Sunil Adhikari feels like he is waging a losing battle with the police. Since April, his car's accessories have been stolen on four occasions. But the police refused to register an FIR even after he procured CCTV camera footage showing the perpetrators' faces.

The police have only filed a non-cognisable complaint for the offences under section 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of R50) of the IPC and have told him to approach the court to get an order on registration of an FIR.

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Adhikari, 38, a resident of a Cuffe Parade slum who runs a Chinese fast food stall, bought a Swift Dzire in April and rented it out to the Navy to earn some extra cash. But soon after, parts of his car began getting stolen. After the fourth theft, he approached the police, who filed a non-cognisable complaint against unidentified offenders.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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8. Principals Caught in Standoff Between Government, Teachers

Representational image of salary. 
Representational image of salary. 
(Photo: Reuters)

The Mumbai School Principals’ body has expressed concern over the administration’s attempt to pin responsibility on principals in the issue of shifting salary accounts of teachers to Mumbai District Cooperative Bank (MDCB). Several teachers are opposed to the government’s resolution to credit salaries at MDCB.

In a letter to the principals in the west zone on Wednesday, Nitin Bachav, education inspector of West Zone, said that school principals, as heads of institutions, have the responsibility to ensure that there is no delay in disbursal of salaries to teachers and other staff. And that teachers and non-teaching staff are required to open accounts at the MDCB, failing which their salaries will not be credited.

“If some teachers are resisting opening accounts, principals will unfortunately have to bear the brunt. Principals have been caught between protesting teachers and the government. As of now the administration has only issued a notice. If they take action against principals, eventually, we will have to take some action regarding the issue,” said Prashant Redij, secretary, Mumbai School Principals’ Association.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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