QMumbai: Pawar on Sena-BJP Alliance; Cops Duty-Bound to File FIRs 

Kapoors get a clean chit in RK Studio fire, and other stories. 

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar. 

1. Shiv Sena Does Not Seem Interested in Continuing With BJP in Maharashtra, Says Pawar

Even as speculations run high that former Congress leader Narayan Rane - who has serious differences with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray - will be inducted in Devendra Fadnavis’ Cabinet in Maharashtra, Thackeray met NCP chief Sharad Pawar to discuss the political situation in the state a few days ago.

Though Pawar refused to divulge details of the meeting, he said that it appears Thackeray is not interested in continuing as an ally of the BJP in Maharashtra. “I feel that Uddhav Thackeray is not interested in continuing with the [BJP-led] state government,” Pawar told reporters on the sidelines of the NCP’s two-day conclave, organised to deliberate on its future plans and strategies.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. 'Cops Duty-Bound to File FIRs in Cognisable Offences'

The state government on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that it would not be possible for it to issue guidelines to investigating officers to treat different classes of cases differently at the time of registration of the case and that the police were duty-bound to register FIRs in cases where the complaint disclosed cognisable offences.

The affidavit filed by Venkatesh Bhat, Deputy Secretary of the State’s Home Department, says, “In the light of the law as it stands today and various judicial pronouncements, the investigating officer, in all but manifestly false cases, proceeds to register an FIR for further investigation into the allegation contained in the complaint.”

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. RK Studio Fire: 'Work in Progress' Tag Helps Kapoors Get a Clean Chit

RK Studio after the fire.
RK Studio after the fire.
(Photo: The Quint/Vanshika Sood)

The Kapoor family has gotten a clean chit from the fire department over the blaze that gutted part of RK Studio in Chembur on September 16. This is primarily because of the Kapoor brothers' contention that the fire took place before the renovation work, which had started in 2014, was completed.

The fire, which had taken place due to short circuit, had gutted Stage One of the studio entirely. On September 28, the fire department had issued a notice to the owners of the iconic studio for alleged violation of safety norms.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. BMC Utility Departments to Be Held Responsible for Manhole Maintenance in Mumbai

BMC CIVIC chief Ajoy Mehta is taking the issue of open manholes in the city seriously. In a recently held review meeting, he instructed the utility providing departments of the civic body to act on all open manhole complaints within 48 hours.

This comes months after leading city gastroenterologist, Dr Deepak Amr­apurkar, died after accidentally slipping into an open manhole during the August 29 deluge. During the meeting, the local ward offices had opposed taking up the repairs of all manholes as they claimed that fixing manholes was the responsibility of utility providers. The civic body's utility section comprises storm water drains, wa­ter and sewage departments.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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5. Students Want MU to Defer Semester Exams

Students of Mumbai University  have demanded delayed exams.
Students of Mumbai University  have demanded delayed exams.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook/ onlinerti)

Several students of University of Mumbai have come forward to demand that the varsity delay its semester examinations, which are set to begin today, till their re-evaluation results are declared.

A group of six students from different colleges filed a writ petition in Bombay High Court on Tuesday, stating that the re-evaluation results be declared at the earliest.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Aditya Chopra to Appear Before ED on November 9

Aditya Chopra has been summoned for an alleged multi-crore music royalty non-payment scam.
Aditya Chopra has been summoned for an alleged multi-crore music royalty non-payment scam.
(Photo: Yogen Shah)

The Enforcement Directorate has summoned top music company honchos to their office to record their statements in connection with the alleged multi-crore scam regarding non-payment of royalty to artistes.

According to top ED sources, they have summoned Aditya Chopra, chairman of Yash Raj Films (YRF), Shridhar Subramanium, vice-president of Sony Music India, and Devraj Sanyal, MD-CEO of Universal Music, to appear before the agency with relevant documents.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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7. Two From City Held With Rs 36 Crore in Old Currency Notes

Two Mumbai residents were arrested by the National Investigatin Agency (NIA) on Monday in New Delhi in connection with the ongoing drive against terror funding in Kashmir.

Vinod Shetty and Deepak Toprani, residents of Mira Road and Vidya Vihar respectively, were picked up from Jai Singh Road near Connaught Place with seven of their associates. The group was carrying Rs 36 crore in demonetised currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

NIA sources said the nine were attempting to convert the demonetised money into valid currency, which would have eventually been routed to the Valley to fund subversive activities.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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8. BEST to Introduce Four Electric Buses From November 10

In its attempt to contribute to reducing pollution, the BEST has decided to introduce four electric buses in the city from November 10. These 31-seater buses have come at a cost of around 1.61crore each.

“We are going to introduce these buses from November 10. Aaditya Thackeray will be present at the inauguration of the buses. A couple of services will be run on the first day. Scheduled services for the public will start from the next day,” Anil Kokil Chairman, BEST Committee told Mirror on Tuesday.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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