QMumbai: No Ultimatum to Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut; Engineer Duped

Shiv Sena speaks about alliance with BJP and other stories.

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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. 

1. No One Gives An Ultimatum To Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut On Alliance With BJP

Member of Parliament from Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut. 
Member of Parliament from Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut. 
(Photo: ANI screengrab)

Reacting to reports about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president giving an ultimatum to Shiv Sena to decide on the alliance for upcoming elections, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, "There is no one in India who can give an ultimatum to Shiv Sena. The word is not in our dictionary."

The parties - BJP and Shiv Sena - boasted of an unbroken alliance for decades that has lately been mired with constant bickering. On the issue of an alliance, Raut referred to the resolution passed at the executive meet of the party about a year ago.

"Shiv Sena, in an executive meet, had passed a resolution. We still stand by that resolution. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has the authority to take a decision. We are fighters. We are not those who run away. Maharashtra belongs to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Balasaheb Thackeray," Raut said.

On being asked if either of the parties wanted an alliance, Raut said, "Whoever wants it, will do it. Shiv Sena has already said, 'ekla chalo re' [Walk alone] so we will go alone."

Referring to actor Naseeruddin Shah issue over growing intolerance, Raut said, "I don't think there has been any violation of human rights. Even now, we have democracy in this country. Whenever democracy has been threatened, the people of this country have fought those who trample democracy."

(Source: India Today)

2. 931 More Maharashtra Villages May Be Declared Drought-hit

Image for representational purpose only.
Image for representational purpose only.
(Photo: PTI)

Considering the acute water shortage and low crop produce, the state government on Thursday decided to declare 931 more villages in Maharashtra drought-hit, in addition to the 151 tehsils where relief work has already begun.

The villages are located in 50 revenue circles in eight districts — Dhule, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Parbhani, Jalna, Osmanabad, Satara and Buldhana. The cabinet sub-committee’s decision brings the total number of revenue circles affected by drought to 318. Each revenue circle comprises 30-40 villages.

State relief and rehabilitation minister Chandrakant Patil said, “These villages got less than 75% of the average rainfall or a crop produce less than 50% of the estimate. Relief measures will begin with immediate effect.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. Leopard Carcass Found: Five Held For Setting Up Snares, Traps In Goregaon

Three days after a leopard carcass was found trapped in a snare near the Film City in Goregaon, the state forest department caught five people for setting up snares in the area.

Following a massive search operation in the film city area, spread over 500 acres, the department on Thursday arrested three persons. They led to two more people who were involved in setting up the snares in the area. The state forest department claimed that all the five people accepted that they were involved in setting up the snares. The accused have been booked under the Wildlife protection Act, 1972 and Environment Protection Act, 2002.

The decomposed body of the female leopard with 11 nails missing was found near the Film City in Aarey Colony on January 1. Another body of a sambar was also trapped in the metal snare, just metres away from the Film City. The head of the sambar was missing and a metallic wire was found encircling the leg. The state forest department found 30 active wire traps during the search operation.

(Source: Indian Express)

4. Engineer Duped Of Over Rs 2 Lakh By ‘Spanish Woman’ He Met On Social Media

Engineer conned by online “friend”.
Engineer conned by online “friend”.
(Photo: iStock)

An engineer lost over Rs 2 lakh while attempting to befriend an alleged Spanish woman based in London, who had sent him a Facebook friend request. The fraudsters did everything from sending staged photographs to tinkering with a caller ID app to ensure that the 36-year-old did not once suspect he was being cheated. The Andheri police has registered an FIR in the matter.

The engineer, who did not wish to be named, said that in August last year, he received a friend request on his Facebook account from the woman. She told him that she was based in London and travelled to Spain over the weekend. The duo exchanged telephone numbers.

The engineer said they started casually chatting over WhatsApp. Sometime later, the woman said she would come to India. “In mid-December, she told me she was coming to the city and sent me photographs of her flight tickets. She said she has got several gifts for me and sent photographs. She also sent me a photo of her with the airhostess. There was nothing to doubt,” the man said.

(Source: Indian Express)

5. Mumbai Civic Body Plans To Modernise Waste Station At Mahalaxmi, Cost Pegged At Rs 138 Crore

The BMC headquarters in Mumbai.
The BMC headquarters in Mumbai.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Oat YoungMan)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) now plans to modernise the refuse station at Mahalaxmi at a cost of Rs 138 crore. Modernisation of refuse station means that the garbage will be compacted before being taken to the dumping grounds. Following this, the garbage will be transported in one vehicle, instead of four.

The refuse station is the spot where localised garbage is unloaded daily from different vehicles and is loaded to bigger vehicles to be taken to the dumping ground. Under the project, the waste will be directly dumped into a hopper, then compressed and transferred to compactors that will carry it to the landfills. Currently, the capacity of the vehicle carrying garbage is 1.5 to 2.5 metric tonne. The bigger vehicles or compactors will carry 25 metric tonne of compressed garbage.

At present 550-600 metric tonne of waste is transferred daily from the site to the Deonar and Kanjurmarg dumping grounds.

(Source: Indian Express)

6. Mumbai Civic Body Starts Online Transfer Of Rights, To Benefit Over 46,000 Tenants

Under its ‘Ease To Do Business’, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started online transfer of tenancy rights from January 1, 2019.

The online facility will clear the uncertainty over the status of the transfer and the BMC has also assured that the transfer would be finalised within 33 days once all the documents are submitted.

About 46,000 tenants who live in 3,505 BMC buildings will benefit from this facility.

The introduction of the online process is an attempt to remove corruption and delay in the transfer of tenancy rights for those living in BMC buildings like the BIT (Bombay Improvement Trust) chawls.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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