QMumbai: Sena Push to Finish Chawl Project; Ration Shop Protest

Owners of Kamala Mills, two eateries responsible for December 2017 fire, says panel, and other stories.  

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A MHADA building. Photo used for representational purpose. 

1. Don’t Wait for HC Order, Finish Chawl Project: Sena Leaders

Two senior Shiv Sena leaders have taken up the cudgels for 672 tenants of the 40-acre Siddarth Nagar Patra Chawl in Goregaon.

A day after Mirror reported that the builder selected for redevelopment of the MHADA chawl eight years ago allegedly sold the land to seven others and that the housing authority was barred by the Bombay High Court from taking coercive action, Industries Minister Subhash Desai and Minister of State for Housing Ravindra Waikar on Friday said MHADA should resume construction and deliver the homes without waiting for completion of court proceedings.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

2. Protest Against the End of Ration Shops

The state’s decision to replace grain supply through Public Distribution System (PDS) with money transfer hasn’t gone down well with the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan (AAA), a group of state PDS activists. The group will stage a Maharashtra-wide protest on September 21 to oppose dissolution of PDS as, according to them, the beneficiary will have to pay more for grains from open market.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

3. Owners of Kamala Mills, Two Eateries Responsible for December 2017 Fire, Says Panel

The fire that broke out at Kamala Mills Compound in Mumbai.(Photo: ANI Screengrab)
The fire that broke out at Kamala Mills Compound in Mumbai.(Photo: ANI Screengrab)
(Photo: ANI Screengrab)

The three-member committee appointed by the Bombay high court (HC) to enquire into the fire at Kamala Mills in December 2017, has held the owner of the mill and two restaurant proprietors responsible for the incident.

The committee concluded that the “immediate and probable cause” of the fire on December 29, 2017 was burning charcoal from a hookah and that fire safety violations were committed by the owner of Kamala Mills, Ramesh Gowani, and the owners of two rooftop restaurants.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. HC Allows Rape Survivor to Abort in 24th Week

The Bombay High Court on Friday permitted a 14-year-old rape survivor suffering from cancer to medically terminate her pregnancy, which is now in the 24th week.

A bench of justices AS Oka and MS Sonak told the girl to visit JJ Hospital at 11 am on Saturday, and directed the dean of the hospital to ensure that the pregnancy is terminated performed by expert doctors expeditiously.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. ‘Lack of Communication’ Causes Derailment on CR

Representational photo of Mumbai’s local trains.
Representational photo of Mumbai’s local trains.
(Photo: Reuters)

Poor communication and a lack of coordination among Central Railway (CR) staffers led to the derailment of an inspection vehicle (also known as a tower wagon) early on Friday. The derailment had a cascading effect on CR’s local services, and 100 trains were either totally or partially cancelled and 50 delayed by up to 20 minutes as a result of the mishap, in which no injuries were reported.

Railway sources said a tower wagon was erroneously allowed to move on a section where track-maintenance work was underway at the time, causing it to derail at 1.04 am. By the time CR authorities re-railed the tower wagon at 12.24 pm, over 11 hours had passed since the derailment.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. Tech Co’s Diversity Chief Was Known for Her Prejudices

Tech Mahindra, a $4.9 billion company, caught in the midst of a public relations fiasco has appointed a corporate ombudsman to investigate allegations that their ‘Diversity and Inclusivity Chief’ was both bigoted and homophobic.

On Sunday, a former employee of the company, Gaurav Probir Pramanik, called out his previous boss, Richa Gautam, for her behaviour online as also at work. In a letter to Gautam which he made public on Sunday, Pramanik alleged that Gautam often berated him because he was gay, made fun of his colourful clothes, and said his “effeminate” manner had affected his work. He further added that Gautam’s conduct emboldened others in the organisation to bully him. This behaviour, he said, forced him to quit in 2016.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. Obsessive Lover Sends Cops on a Wild Goose Chase

When officers from the Crime Branch turned up at her Kalachowkie residence on Wednesday night to question her brother on his possible role in a bomb blast plot, a 31-yearold accountant was initially flummoxed. Soon, however, it became evident that this was just the latest instance of unrelenting harassment she had been forced to suffer at the hands of a man she had met – and rejected – on a matrimonial website last year.

According to Crime Branch officers, their investigations revealed that the anonymous caller who ‘tipped off’ the police about the terror plot was one Ravi Khushwaha, 34, who had allegedly been harassing the complainant ever since she turned down his proposal.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

8. Zoo Revamp: Kangaroos May Hop Into Mumbai

After Humboldt penguins, more magnificent creatures —kangaroos, a South American jaguar, giraffes, and many more — will be brought to Mumbai, according the civic administration’s ambitious proposal for expanding Byculla zoo. The plan was finalised recently and it will be now sent to the Central Zoo Authority of India for approval.

Six exotic zones will be created as part of the expansion, which will unfold on two plots, measuring 7 acres and 3.5 acres, adjacent to the existing zoo area. The two plots were earlier part of Mafatlal Mills and Podar Mills. In all, over 200 species will be procured from European, American and South East Asian cities. Two of Byculla zoo’s current high-profile residents, a hippopotamus and an emu, will be provided more comfortable lodgings in the planned area.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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