QMumbai: 85-yr-old Drowns; Woman Held for Smuggling 523 Tortoises

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In one of the largest such seizures in recent times in Mumbai, as many as 523 star tortoises were rescued from a 42-year-old woman who was intercepted at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Kurla.
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1. 85-yr-old Drowns in Lake

Representational Image. An 85-year-old woman drowns in a lake at Mulund’s Navghar area.
Representational Image. An 85-year-old woman drowns in a lake at Mulund’s Navghar area.
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An 85-year-old woman drowned in a lake at Mulund’s Navghar area on Friday. In another incident, a teenager was feared drowned in a pond in Aarey Colony.

Indubai Namdev Bargule, a resident of Shantaram Mhatre chawl in Mithagar road, had gone to the lake in the afternoon when she suspected to have fallen into the lake at Ganesh Ghat.

According to the police, the woman was living with her daughter-in-law. She was spotted by a passerby, who informed the police. The woman was taken to Veer Savarkar Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

2. At Railway Station With Kids, Mumbai Woman Arrested for Smuggling 523 Tortoises

Representational Image. (Photo: AP)
Representational Image. (Photo: AP)

In one of the largest such seizures in recent times in Mumbai, as many as 523 star tortoises were rescued from a 42-year-old woman who was intercepted at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Kurla on Thursday afternoon. In a joint operation conducted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Thane forest department, a woman who was travelling with two children was intercepted.

After receiving a tip-off from DRI on Thursday morning, a five member team from WCCB (the regional deputy director, two inspectors and two constables) and a 11-member team from the Thane forest department reached LTT by 1.30pm.

The accused was travelling with two children to avoid suspicion.

Source: Hindustan Times

3. Residents in Mumbai Hold Ground, Save 313 Trees From Civic Body’s Axe

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Representational Image. 
(Photo Courtesy: Trek India)

After residents objected to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) proposal to cut around 313 trees on the 6.1 km stretch of the LBS Marg from Vikroli station to Sonapur, Bhandup for infrastructure work, BMC had to back track its proposal.

During a public hearing on August 8 at BMC’s garden department, residents said that the trees on the 6.1km-stretch need not be cut, as the work on the stretch had been completed four months ago. The garden department has now sent the proposal back for review to the road department.

The trees were proposed to be cut by the road department for laying storm water drains, as they came in alignment of laying the pipeline.

Source: Hindustan Times

4. Demolition of Illegal Shrines: Govt for Sena MP’s Prosecution

Maharashtra’s law and justice department has recommended prosecution of Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire for allegedly obstructing demolition of an illegal temple in 2015, the state government informed the Bombay High Court on Friday.

Khaire, a Lok Sabha member from Aurangabad, had allegedly abused a tehsildar and prevented a demolition squad from razing the illegal shrine in Walunj on October 29, 2015, as per aplea filed by a social activist before the court.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

5. Sheena Bora Murder Case: Court Says Indrani’s Logic ‘Exaggerated’, Rejects Bail Again

Sheena Bora (centre) and her mother Indrani Mukerjea (left). (Photo altered by <b>The Quint</b>)
Sheena Bora (centre) and her mother Indrani Mukerjea (left). (Photo altered by The Quint)

Special CBI court says no threat to Indrani Mukerjea’s life; who she feels threatened by is either behind bars or outside the prison.

The Special CBI court on Friday refused to grant bail to Indrani Mukerjea for the second time and termed her reasons ‘exaggerated’. Prime accused in her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder, Mukerjea had last month applied for bail, citing ill-health and “threat to her life”. In her application, she had quoted two occasions on which she was admitted to the hospital.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

6. More Forest Land for Adanis, Now for Research Centre

After setting aside 148.59 hectares of forest land in Vidarbha’s Gondia district for the construction of a coal-based thermal power plant by the Adani Group in 2014, the Maharashtra forest department sanctioned another 141.99 hectares of land in the same area for a research centre. Representational Image.
After setting aside 148.59 hectares of forest land in Vidarbha’s Gondia district for the construction of a coal-based thermal power plant by the Adani Group in 2014, the Maharashtra forest department sanctioned another 141.99 hectares of land in the same area for a research centre. Representational Image.
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After setting aside 148.59 hectares of forest land in Vidarbha’s Gondia district for the construction of a coal-based thermal power plant by the Adani Group in 2014, the Maharashtra forest department sanctioned another 141.99 hectares of land in the same area for a research centre. A Government Resolution (GR) to this effect was signed by Virendra Tiwari, joint secretary on Friday.

Last year, this paper had reported how Adani had asked for another patch of forest land admeasuring 141.99 hectares close to its power plant in Gondia in Vidarbha. The group has already received clearance from the forest authorities, even as opposition parties and green activists are calling the move a systematic destruction of the forest which is less than 10 km from Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve, located 970 km from Mumbai.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

7. Metro 6 Line Will Cause Traffic Havoc: Experts

This is the first easement rights deal for the DMRC. Photo used for representational purposes. (Photo: iStock)
This is the first easement rights deal for the DMRC. Photo used for representational purposes. (Photo: iStock)

Residents seek change of alignment to suit commuters, save Powai Lake.

Taking a cue from the residents of western suburbsBandra, Khar, Santacruz and Juhu, who are giving a stiff opposition to Metro 2B Bandra-Dahisar elevated rail, Powai residents are gearing up for a similar movement, as they are not happy with the planning of Metro 6 line.

The line will run from Swami Samarth Nagar in Lokhandwala junction and go via the periphery of their serene Powai lake and the already congested Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) up to Eastern Express Highway where the last station is Vikhroli.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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