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QMumbai: Floatel Capsizes; Lalita Salve’s First Sex Change Surgery

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A floating restaurant, Ark Deck Bar, capsized off the Bandra coast on Friday afternoon.
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1. Aargh Deck!

A floating restaurant, Ark Deck Bar, capsized off the Bandra coast.
A floating restaurant, Ark Deck Bar, capsized off the Bandra coast.
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A floating restaurant, Ark Deck Bar, capsized off the Bandra coast on Friday afternoon. Fortunately, all the 15 staffers who were on the boat were rescued by the coastal police.

The timing of the incident, which occurred around 2 pm, ensured that a major tragedy was averted, as more than 240 guests were supposed to attend the last party of the season aboard the boat last night. Sources said that it was from a hole in the hull that water started entering the boat, following which she began listing and finally capsized.

The boat used to be a fishing trawler that was converted into a luxury restobar, which opened its doors in December 2017. The trawler, made in 1970, first operated as a floatel off Gateway of India. Since last year, she was brought to Bandra Reclamation promenade to be operated as Art Deck Bar. Diners would take a speed boat to Ark Deck, which used to be anchored at sea.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

2. 5-year-old Boy Repeatedly Abandoned by Parents, Now up for Adoption

At the tender age of five, Shivam Mishra has already been abandoned by his parents thrice, and now his mother is putting him up for adoption. Perhaps this time, though, he has a shot at finding a permanent home and family, with the help of a local NGO.

His mother Nisha Pawar, 36, met his father Kaushalendra Mishra, 35, in 2011, while they were both working at an ice cream factory in Malwani, Malad. They fell in love and tied the knot in 2012, against the wishes of both their families. Shivam was born a year later, and the family was happy - for a while.

Source: Mid Day

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3. Maharashtra: Sanjay Gandhi National Park Signs Pact With Wildlife Body to Radio Collar Leopards

An elusive and magnificent big cat – the leopard. (Photo Courtesy: Sumanto Chattopadhyay)
An elusive and magnificent big cat – the leopard. (Photo Courtesy: Sumanto Chattopadhyay)

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has signed an MOU with Wildlife Conservation Society-India (WCS) to radio collar leopards. It will be a two-year project to understand how the leopards use the landscape in and around the park.

“I am very happy to see this project come through as it will be the first time a leopard will be collared in this landscape. The work is also part of our mandate to have science-based management of the national park, which is a very important asset to the residents of Mumbai,” said Anwar Ahmed, director, SGNP.

Source: The Indian Express

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4. End Repression, Withdraw Notice, Students Tell Tiss

The TISS Mumbai campus.
The TISS Mumbai campus.
(Photo: The Quint/Sanjana Ray)

Expressing shock over the show-cause notice issued to them by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), the 26 protesting students have urged the institute to refrain from taking any punitive action and hold talks to resolve their problems.

The students on Friday filed their reply to the notice that accused them of misconduct during their on-going protest.

Several students have been camping at the TISS gate since February 21 in protest against withdrawal of financial aid to socially-disadvantaged groups.

“As students, we can only protest to make our voices heard. We feel extremely humiliated, disrespected by this show-cause notice. We are being trained to be social workers but, for the first time, we feel that our education is only for getting jobs and not taking a stand on things that impact us,” read the 19-page response. Mirror has a copy of the letter.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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5. Maharashtra Cop Lalita Salve’s First Sex Change Surgery Successful

 Lalita Salve from Beed district underwent first of the two genital reconstruction surgeries .
Lalita Salve from Beed district underwent first of the two genital reconstruction surgeries .
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POLICE CONSTABLE Lalita Salve from Beed district underwent first of the two genital reconstruction surgeries at Mumbai’s state-run St George’s Hospital on Friday. However, the constable will have to wait for another six months before she undergoes a second surgery and dons her new identity of ‘Lalit Kumar Salve’.

Salve was admitted to the hospital on Monday, after her application for a gender correction surgery received a nod from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier this month. The surgery was performed by senior plastic surgeon Dr Rajat Kapoor.

Source: The Indian Express

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6. Woman Booked for Taking Rs 54l for Medical Seat

A resident of a posh housing society in Worli has been booked for allegedly cheating an 83-year-old woman on the pretext of getting a medical seat for her grandson.

The alleged accused, Sunita Ashok Sharma, is a resident of Sukhada Co-Operative Society, where several high-profile people stay.

Mirror learnt that Sharma was booked after a resident of Dadar, Premlata Shivcharan Singh, lodged a police complaint. Singh alleged that Sharma had taken Rs 54 lakh from her to get her grandson a seat for MD at MGM University of Health Sciences in Navi-Mumbai. “When Singh realised that Sharma could not arrange the seat, she started demanding the money back. Sharma returned Rs 50,000,” said Jitendra Pawar, senior inspector of Worli police station.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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7. Mumbai: Ahead of Monsoon 1,400 Safety Nets for Manholes

After the death of senior gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amrapurkar, who fell in an open manhole last monsoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to cover city’s “dangerous” manholes with safety nets or metal mesh ahead of monsoon this year. These safety nets will be fixed six inches below the road level.

The BMC is planning to install around 1,450 safety nets /metal mesh on manholes at crucial locations, at the total cost of Rs1.38 crore. The work will be carried out in a phased manner and each net costs around Rs 9,480.

Source: The Indian Express

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8. Mumbai Mayor: Contractors to Be Prosecuted If Nullahs Not Cleaned on Time

The BMC headquarters in Fort, Mumbai.
The BMC headquarters in Fort, Mumbai.
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WITH MONSOON around the corner, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is preparing to ensure that storm water drains do not clog this season. Assuring residents that work towards cleaning nullahs will be completed before the rains arrive, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has said that if nullah contractors fail to complete the work on time, they will be prosecuted.

Every year, BMC begins starts cleaning the nullahs by May. However, this year, it has started the process in April.

Mahadeshwar said on Thursday that the storm water drain department has completed over 55 per cent of nullah cleaning and desilting work. “The nullahs are being cleaned by BMC-appointed contractors… if found uncleaned and clogged during monsoon, they will be prosecuted,” he added.

Source: The Indian Express

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