QMumbai: Security at Railway Stations Stepped Up; No Dy Speaker
Security to be stepped up at 37 railway stations in Mumbai and other city stories.
1. ‘Prepare For Celebrations On December 1’: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Hints At Maratha Quota
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday all but said his government would give in to the demand of the Maratha community for reservation in educational institutions and government jobs and asked it to prepare for celebrations on December 1, instead of agitations.
Fadnavis’ comments, at a public meeting in Ahmednagar, came hours after the Maharashtra backward class commission submitted its report on social, educational and economic conditions of the community to the state chief secretary, DK Jain. The commission was set up in 2017 to determine whether Marathas deserved reservation.
“I had promised time-bound action on this issue. The report has been submitted to us and by the end of the month, we will take decision on reservation. We will now complete other statutory requirements for this,’’ said Fadnavis.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
2. Mumbai: Security To Be Stepped Up In 37 Railway Stations
The Director General (DG) of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Arun Kumar, said on Friday that the Railways is working on a plan to ensure strict implementation of its Integrated Security System (ISS) in 37 stations of Mumbai.
Kumar, who was on a three-day visit to Mumbai, had taken charge as the DG last month. He was reviewing the safety parameters in stations ahead of the tenth anniversary of the November 26, 2008, terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Maintaining that a security plan is underway to fix all loopholes, Kumar said: “Under the plan, all entry and exit points of stations will be monitored. In the long run, we will have access control set up at the stations… similar to what we have at airports. While it is a difficult haul, we are working on it.”
After the 2008 attacks, the Railways had implemented the ISS, which include the installation of door frame metal detectors, hand held metal detectors, vehicle scanners and other equipment to guard entry and exit points at stations. However, the ISS is yet to be strictly implemented across all stations.
3. Two Floatels To Be Inaugurated In Mumbai: Guests To Be Tracked By Qr Codes, 500 Life Jackets In Each Ship
Six months after floatel Art Deck Bar that had 15 people in it capsized off Bandra, the southern coast of Mumbai is set to get two new floating restaurants. On Saturday, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, will inaugurate the floatels.
Queensline Sea YAH and Queensline Neverland will cruise from the Gateway of India on Monday and as safety precaution, each guest will be given a QR code to trace the location during the journey.
There will be 500 life jackets and 15 rafts on each ship and two marine staff members will be posted in the pontoon boat shuttle services that would be made available.
“We would follow a dedicated path while sailing and an automatic identification system (AIS) would continuously track the movement of our ship. Additional systems and floats would be present on the ship,” said Captain Naresh Kalra from KNK ship management company, which is handling the safety arrangements for the Queensline cruises.
4. ‘Cheated’ By Builder, Man Jumps Off Transit Building
A 20-year-old man leapt off a three-storeyed building in Kurla as he reportedly couldn’t take the harassment meted out to his family by the builder who not only cheated them out of a flat but was also forcing them to vacate their transit camp residence.
Omkar Builders, who have been booked for abetting the suicide, however, have brushed off the matter as ‘an internal domestic family issue’.
According to the police, Magendar Nair, who had jumped off the Jankalyan Co-operative Society in Kurla West on Saturday and was being treated for multiple injuries at civic-run KEM Hospital, succumbed on Wednesday. His family has refused to accept his body or conduct his last rites until they are given their due.
5. Mumbai Crime: Godman Rapes 37-Year-Old Housewife Under Pretext Of Curing Infertility
A 45-year-old godman was arrested for allegedly raping a 37-year-old housewife repeatedly for two months under the pretext of curing her of infertility. The self-styled godman, identified as Ajay Choudhary, was arrested from his residence in Virar East on Friday after the victim registered a complaint against him at Virar police station.
According to the police, the victim, a resident of Naigaon, has not been able to conceive a child for many years since her marriage. Desperate of conceiving a child, she approached the godman, who assured her of motherhood and performed various kinds of "Poojas" along with her at his home.
This went on for several months until a couple of months ago, when he invited the woman to his residence on the pretext of performing a pooja and offered her holy water which was spiked. As a result, the survivor lost her consciousness and taking advantage of her situation the self-styled godman raped her. He sexually assaulted the married woman on several occasions, said a police official from Virar police station.
(Source: Mid Day)
6. No Deputy Speaker In State Assembly Since 4 Years
The 13th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly will go down in state history as the one without a deputy speaker for the longest gap of four years.
The BJP government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assumed office on October 31, 2014 and won the trust vote on November 12. Prior to the trust vote, BJP leader Haribhau Bagade was unanimously elected Speaker.
The Shiv Sena joined the government in December 2014. The Lower House of the state legislature has met 15 times since then, and on Monday will meet again for the 16th time for a two-week winter session. During the Sena-BJP rule between 1995-99, Sharad Motiram Tasare of Congress from Teosa Assembly constituency was the Deputy Speaker.
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