QMumbai: Ajit Pawar’s Clean Chit; TV Actor Gets Stalker Arrested

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Maharashtra’s ACB exonerated former Water Resources Development Minister Ajit Pawar of the allegations he had been facing for the multi-crore irrigation scam.

1. Ajit Pawar Got Clean Chit – Day After Fadnavis Resigned, Day Before New Govt Was Sworn In

In an affidavit filed before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court just a day before the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was sworn in on 28 November, Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) exonerated former Water Resources Development Minister Ajit Pawar of the allegations he had been facing for the multi-crore irrigation scam that rocked the state about a decade ago.

In the 16-page 27 November affidavit, Rashmi Nandedkar, ACB SP, Nagpur, stated, “The Chairman of the VIDC/ Minister of WRD cannot be held responsible for the acts of executing agencies, as there is no legal duty on his part.” Nandedkar was referring to Ajit Pawar’s tenure as Chairman, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation and the Minister of Water Resources Department during the Congress-NCP government in the state.

(Source: The Indian Express)


2. TV Actor and Former Splitsvilla Contestant Gets Stalker Arrested in Mumbai

The Churchgate Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested a 29-year-old man for stalking and assaulting a television actor and her Non Resident Indian (NRI) friend at Charni Road railway station. The arrested accused identified as Shahrukh Shaikh, 29, is the resident of Mariyappa Nagar, Worli. Shaikh claims that he works with a well known night club in south Mumbai.

The actor, identified as Harshita Kashyap, 26, who is working for an upcoming web series (she was also one of the contestants of Splitsvilla Season 8), is a resident of Four Bungalows in Andheri.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. No ‘Fail’ Remark on Class 12 Mark Sheets From 2020? Skill Department Issues Government Resolution

The mark sheets of students, who fail in three or more subjects in their Class 12 exams, from the 2020-21 academic year may no longer bear a ‘fail’ remark. In a government resolution (GR) issued on 4 December, the department of skill development and vocational education announced that such students can pursue vocational courses and their mark sheets will state ‘eligible for vocational courses’.

While the department has written to the state education department to act on this initiative, a senior education department official said they will make the necessary provisions to implement the move, like they did for Class 10 students last year.

(Source: Hindustan Times)


4. Amid Slowdown, Five Cidco Plots Sold for ₹203 Crore

The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) on Thursday auctioned five plots at Vashi and Airoli for ₹203 crore, even as the real estate sector continues to experience a massive slowdown. The Maharashtra Chambers of Housing Industry (MCHI), an association of builders, however, described it as a “costly, impractical deal”.

In an e-auction on Thursday, Cidco auctioned two 3,850-square metres (sqm) commercial plots in Vashi at ₹48.12 crore each. In Airoli, a 1,560-sqm plot and another 1,800sqm plot fetched ₹41.80 crore and ₹40.50 crore respectively. A 1,970-sqm plot, which was residential, was sold at ₹24.62 crore. Though the auction is over, Cidco is expected to officially announce the results on Friday. A Cidco official said it was a good deal for the corporation. “We really made money in this depressed market,” said the official.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5. Citizens Demanding Underground Metros to Form Human Chain

With Chief Minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray reviewing several infrastructure projects started by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, citizens in Mumbai have renewed their demand for underground Metro corridors in the suburbs.

This Saturday, citizens from various forums, who want underground Metro-2B (DN Nagar-Mandale), Metro-4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali) and Metro-6 (Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli), will form a human chain in Powai to highlight their demands. Sonali Mishra, a resident of Powai, who is part of a forum demanding an underground Metro-6, said more than 200 people are expected to gather in Powai on Saturday.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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