QMumbai: BEST Buses Resume Services; Canadian Molested in 5-Star

From BEST buses resuming services to a Canadian national being molested in a Juhu 5-star-all top stories of the day.

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Over 30,000 BEST employees were  on strike since 8 January 2019.
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1. BEST Buses Call off Strike, Resume Services

BEST workers and their family members protest.
BEST workers and their family members protest.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

Lakhs of commuters were relieved following the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking’s union leader Shashank Rao’s announcement to call off the nine-day long bus staff strike on Wednesday, 16 January, afternoon following the Bombay high court’s (HC) intervention.

While the intervention brought cheer to employees who would get an interim pay hike with immediate effect, the developments have now added to the troubles of the loss-making undertaking, including putting on hold the much-awaited revival of the 92-year-old bus service.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. Canadian Molested at Juhu 5-Star Hotel

An employee of a 5-star hotel in Juhu has been arrested for molesting a Canadian woman staying there. The 29-year-old woman said when she brought the incident to the notice of the hotel management, she was not offered help and was told to lodge a police complaint on her own.

The guest then checked into another hotel near the airport and lodged a complaint with the Santacruz police.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Drought Declared, Yet No Compensation For Maha's Farmers

Maharashtra Chief Minister says drought is the biggest challenge for the state in 2019.
Maharashtra Chief Minister says drought is the biggest challenge for the state in 2019.
(Photo Courtesy: Subrata Biswas/Greenpeace)

Even after two months since the Maharashtra government declared drought in 151 tehsils, the affected farmers have yet to get compensation.

The state government has sought a relief package from the Centre which is yet to be released. Wary of a negative reactions from the drought-affected people months ahead of the crucial general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state has now decided to start providing compensation from its own kitty to the affected farmers instead of waiting for Centre relief package.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. Mumbaiites May Be Able to Alert Fire Brigade Through App

If all goes according to plan, citizens may soon be able to alert the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) about a disaster through an android mobile application.

The fire brigade recently sent a presentation on the application, its uses and purview to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) information technology department, an officer confirmed. Once completed and launched, the mobile application can be used for online complaints on fires, road accidents or accidents involving hazardous material.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5. Mumbai Police Dog Squad to Get 12 Woman Constables as Handlers

Image for representative purposes. 
Image for representative purposes. 
(Photo: iStock)

Stepping into the 60th year of its inception, the dog squad of the Mumbai Police will soon add 12 woman handlers to its strength.

After training with the dogs for a year, the 12 woman constables will play the role of second handlers. Later, based on their performance, they will be given the job of their first handlers.

(Source: The Indian Express)

6. Falling Enrolment Forced 142 Municipal Schools to Shut down in 5 Years: Praja Report

In the last five years, 142 schools under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have closed, revealed report titled “State of Municipal Education in Mumbai” released on Wednesday, 16 January, by city-based non-governmental organisation, Praja Foundation.

The report found a total of 426 municipal schools in Mumbai were running with one to 100 students while 53 schools had only one to 20 students, and were therefore on the verge of being merged with other schools.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. Western Railway Halts Peak Hour Services to Save Pigeon

The Western Railway halted services on Wednesday, to save a pigeon.
The Western Railway halted services on Wednesday, to save a pigeon.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

For five minutes during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, 16 January, Western Railway brought its services to an abrupt halt to save a pigeon. Around 10am, a passenger informed the deputy station master of Goregaon railway station about a pigeon hanging from a kite thread over the Overhead Equipment mast at the north end of the station.

He immediately informed the Fire Brigade and OHE staff. The WR authorities then switched off power supply to the OHE wires for a few minutes.

(Source: The Times of India)

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