QMumbai: Inquiry Into Adani Power Bills; Ark Deck Bar Wreckage
Fire in Mahalaxmi high rise, 70-year-old woman dies, 19 hospitalised, and other stories.
1. CM Devendra Fadnavis Gives Boost to Citizens Power Tussle With Adani
In a major relief to approximately 30 lakh power consumers in the city, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the allegedly inflated bills complaint by Mumbai's suburban citizens against Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML). With BJP, too, raising concerns over inflated bills, the issue is turning out to be a political power slugfest to woo suburban voters.
Vote bank politics?
After mid-day's report on the inflated power bills, Raj Thackeray-led MNS was first to raise the red flag on the issue, followed by Congress president Sanjay Nirupam and Shiv Sena's Anil Parab. The latest to join the bandwagon is BJP city president Ashish Shelar.
2. Finally, This Junk Will Be out of Our Sea
More than six months after it capsized off Bandra, luxury floating restaurant Ark Deck Bar has finally been cleared from the navigation channel. A salvage company appointed for removing the wreckage re-floated it on November 29—after several failed attempts by the owner—and took it to Mahim Bay so that it doesn’t block the passage of other vessels.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
3. Mumbai: Fire in Mahalaxmi High Rise, 70-Year-Old Woman Dies, 19 Hospitalised
A 70-year-old woman died and at least 19 were hospitalised, two of them critical, after a fire broke out Sunday in a high-rise building near Mahalaxmi Racecourse in south Mumbai, police said.
The blaze occurred in the early hours Sunday on the third floor of the 18-storey Samrat Ashoka building located on Keshavrao Khade Marg, an official said.
He said the fire possibly started in the electrical wiring inside a duct on the third floor and then spread to the wiring right up till the top floor.
4. Two More Arrested for Govind Pansare’s Murder
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested two more persons on Saturday for their alleged role in the murder of communist leader and writer Govind Pansare. The two accused – Bharat Kurne and Vasudev Suryawanshi – were later produced in a Kolhapur court, where the judge remanded them to police custody until December 7. According to the police, Kurne provided training to Pansare’s assailants on his farm in Khanpur, and Suryawanshi provided the vehicle used in the shootout.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
5. Mumbai: 'Malfunctioning' Superbike Causes Virar Man's Death
A nagging defect in his superbike allegedly led to the death of biker Zoheb Merchant, 28, on Sunday morning. The Virar resident was on his way home after a joyride with his biker gang, when the front brake of his MV Agusta F3 800 jammed at Manor, throwing him off in another direction. This was the third time his superbike had malfunctioned since he bought it.
Merchant is survived by his parents, three brothers, wife and a six-year-old son. He was the eldest in the family and had a business selling firecrackers. The incident occurred on Sunday morning when Merchant and his group of 15-18 bikers had gone on their usual Sunday ride from Virar to Dahanu. When they were on their way back, the front brake of Merchant's bike allegedly jammed, leading him to lose control of the bike and ram into a divider.
6. Chennai Child Trafficking Racket Kingpin Held From Mumbai Airport
The Chennai police on Saturday arrested a woman allegedly involved in a child-trafficking racket, in Mumbai. The woman had trafficked a minor boy in April this year. The probe revealed that the woman had trafficked at least seven children to various countries through one passport. The woman, identified as Haru Manju Datta, 55, a resident of Khar west, was nabbed upon arriving at the international airport from Mumbai.
According to the Chennai police, in April 2018, Datta had trafficked a boy using a passport issued in a name of Haru Hitesh. The immigration officials later learned that Datta and Hitesh were given departure immigration clearance at the Chennai airport for a British Airways flight by immigration counter officer D Jayasingh.
7. Mumbai: Deadline to Vacate Buildings in GTB Nagar Gets an Extension Over Board Exams
Given that several children will be appearing for exams in March 2019, the Bombay High Court has given tenants of 25 buildings at GTB Nagar an extra month to vacate their premises. An earlier order had asked residents of these 25 buildings to vacate their premises by October as the structures are in a dilapidated condition and could collapse anytime.
A division bench of justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla, in its order extending the deadline to vacate, said, "By way of last chance, final orders passed earlier are modified only to the extent that time granted under the said orders to vacate the respective premises to the applicants, their members and occupants is extended till April 30, 2019."
8. Thane Man Selected as Honorary Fellow at UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab
Thane's Vidyavihar Prabhudesai has one more feather to add in his cap. The 38-year-old co-founder of LeadCap Ventures and LeadBurg mobile behavioural analytics platform has been selected as one of the experts in UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab (IPL).
The lab, which aims to solve global problems, has experts from across the world and Prabhudesai is the first from Thane to join the league. Prabhudesai's LeadCap Trust is involved in identifying and shaping future leaders in the states of Maharashtra and Kerala. In October this year, he applied for the fellowship on the UNESCO's IPL website.
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