QMumbai: 100 in Custody for ‘Padmaavat’ Release & More

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1. Maharashtra: ‘Samvidhan Bachao’ Rally by Opposition, BJP’s ‘Tiranga March’ on January 26

Opposition parties have decided to go ahead with their protest march Friday to highlight “threat to Indian Constitution”. The Opposition had received a communication from the government stating that a cultural function was scheduled at the Gateway of India to commemorate Republic Day on January 26.

NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad said, “We have been communicated that already a cultural function is scheduled at Gateway of India. But nobody has asked us not to hold the rally.” He added, “We are not going to call off the rally as it does not come in the way of cultural function, which is in the evening. We are holding a silent march in
the afternoon. We are not going to make any speeches or use loudspeakers.”

The rally will start from B R Ambedkar statue at Fort and culminate at the Gateway of India. The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana and the NCP have initiated the protest march under the banner of People’s Forum. Calling Samvidhan Bachao rally, they have invited all non-BJP leaders to join the rally.

Source: The Indian Express

2. ‘Padmaavat’ Controversy: 100 in Mumbai Placed Under Preventive Detention

Deepika Padukone in a still from <i>Padmavati</i>.
Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmavati.
(Image Source: Altered by The Quint)

In light of rising tensions surrounding the release of Padmaavat, 100 people from across Mumbai affiliated with the Rajput outfit Karni Sena were remanded in custody as part of a preventive detention on Wednesday.

The men have been placed under preventive detention under the Code of Criminal Procedure to avoid any damages to public property, said the police.

“We have taken around 100 people into custody so far, and our teams are on the ground to take swift action,” said Mumbai police spokesperson Deepak Devraj, deputy commissioner of police.

Source: The Hindustan Times

3. Sohrabuddin Case: HC Sets Aside Gag Order on Media

This image is for representation purpose only. (Photo: iStock)
This image is for representation purpose only. (Photo: iStock)

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday lifted restrictions on the reporting of the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, saying the press is the “most powerful watchdog in the Indian democracy”.

A special CBI judge conducting the trial in the case had imposed a gag order on journalists in November after an accused’s lawyer argued that the matter was very sensitive, and news reports would lead to “sensationalism” and threaten “national security”.

Justice Revati Mohite-Dere of the high court said the trial judge got swayed by the defence’s submissions and overreached his power by issuing the order. She agreed with a group of journalists, who had challenged the gag order, that there is no provision under the Criminal Procedure Code for the trial judge to issue such a directive. While media persons were allowed to sit in the courtroom, they were barred from reporting the case.

Source: Mumbai MirroJ

4. Mumbai: Byculla Zoo Set to Get Seven New Enclosures

The penguin enclosure at the Byculla Zoo. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)
The penguin enclosure at the Byculla Zoo. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)

THE Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, also known as the Byculla Zoo, will soon get seven new enclosures. After scrapping tenders twice, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally appointed a contractor to build the enclosures.

These seven new enclosures will house animals such as Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, wolf, jackal and swamp deer. The contract to build these seven enclosures has been awarded to Skyway constructions. After scrapping the previous contract, the BMC had issued two tenders worth Rs 120 crore, which had attracted responses from four contractors last year. As part of the new tenders, one contractor will be responsible for constructing 10 enclosures worth Rs 63 crore, while the other will have to make seven worth Rs 57 crore.

Four years after the Central Zoo Authority approved a revised masterplan for revamping the zoo, the project ran into a roadblock in May, when several contractors were disqualified on grounds of incomplete documents provided to BMC. A senior official said, “While construction work on the enclosures is on, we are working on procuring the animals.”

Source: The Indian Express

5. Coca-Cola Has Shown Interest to Work With State: Fadnavis in Davos

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (File Photo: IANS)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (File Photo: IANS)

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday held meetings with leading multi-national companies at Davos and said he got their commitment to participate and invest in Global Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018. The state’s first global business summit will be held in Mumbai from February 18 to February 20.

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) Fadnavis held meetings with the President and CEO of Coca-Cola, James Quincey, and discussed partnership in the food processing sector, recycling of plastic and waste management. The state government has been in talks with the company regarding fruit processing in Vidarbha, a region leading in cultivation of oranges and accounting for 40 per cent of the total producing in the country, he said.

“The Coca-Cola company has agreed to work closely with the Maharashtra government in multiple sectors such as food processing, recycling of plastic and waste management,” Fadnavis said. Stating that Mumbai was the growth engine and Maharashtra the real destination for investments, the chief minister engaged with Sterlite, Vodafone, Apollo Tyres, Tata Sons and several other multinational companies.

Source: The Indian Express

6. Udan: Flights to Link Solapur With Bangalore and Hyderabad

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This image is for representation purpose only.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/@AirIndia)

SOLAPUR airport will soon be connected to Bangalore and Hyderabad airports under phase-II of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). While SpiceJet will connect the airport to Bangalore, Alliance Air would connect it to Hyderabad.

On Wednesday, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Raju announced that the airports would be connected under phase-II of the RCS. While Solapur was included in Phase-I of the scheme, officials said an operational hurdle
delayed starting of flights on the route.

“There is a chimney coming in the flight path at the airport. We are still in talks with the company to demolish the chimney as early as possible,” Valsa Nair, the secretary, civil aviation said. “We see tremendous potential in the routes that we have been awarded and look forward to beginning operations very soon,” said Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet.

Source: The Indian Express

7. BMC Rejects Centre’s Request to Use Drones for ODF Inspection

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This image of a drone is for representation purpose only. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The central agency tasked with granting open defecation free (ODF) tags to cities will have a tough time rating Mumbai as the BMC plans to reject their request to use drones for the inspection. The civic body claims such an exercise would infringe on the right to privacy of Mumbaikars.

Quality Council of India (QCI), which conducts the inspection, had insisted on the use of drones in an email to BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta.

“But we cannot allow this simply because it is an invasion of citizens’ privacy. In the off chance that someone is indeed defecating in the open, no matter his/her reason, it wouldn’t be right to click pictures of the person. We will send our official response indicating the same on Thursday,” said Kiran Dighavkar, BMC’s nodal officer for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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