QMumbai: BMC Marshals Save Woman; PWD’s Notice to Serial Squatter

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1. Clean-up Marshals Dive Into Sea to Save Woman

Bandra Worli Sea Link. Representational Image. 
Bandra Worli Sea Link. Representational Image. 
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27-yr-old was taking photos near Bandstand when she slipped.

A 27-year-old woman visiting Mumbai with her family fell into the sea off Bandra on Thursday, but four BMC clean-up marshals dived in to save her. Dipika Parmar was safely brought ashore near Bandra Bandstand. The incident occurred around 4:45 pm.

Dipika and her family members were sitting on rocks near the promenade when she slipped and fell into the sea. Tanaji Dhavre, the captain of clean-up marshals, said the family was probably taking selfies when the incident took place. “Two marshals heard her screams. They removed their uniform and dived into the sea. Their two colleagues followed them,” he said. “Dipika was safely brought out with the help of a rope.”

Source: Mumbai Mirror

2. PWD Slaps Rs 30-lakh Rent Notice on Squatter Dange

Retired IAS officer told to pay up for holding on to SoBo flat even after his term as finance commission head expired in 2016.

The public works department (PWD) has issued a notice to former chief secretary and known serial squatter JP Dange, asking him to cough up Rs 30 lakh as rent plus interest for still occupying a government accommodation in a plush SoBo building even though his term as chairperson of the finance commission got over in May 2016.

The government has also started proceedings to evict him from the flat in Yashodhan, located opposite the Cricket Club of India.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

3. Plan for Taller Buildings, Higher Densities Around Metro, Rail Corridors on Hold

Delhi Metro. Representational Image. 
Delhi Metro. Representational Image. 
(File Photo: IANS)

A plan to permit taller buildings and allow additional buildable space to construction firms developing properties around Mumbai’s public transport corridors has been put on hold for now.

Government sources said that the contentious proposal won’t be a part of Mumbai’s new development control regulations for now. The new rules will kick in from September 1.

While the Mumbai municipality, which had drafted the city’s new Development Plan (DP), had rejected the “idea of providing higher floor space index (FSI) around transit corridors”, the Maharashtra government had been pushing it in order to raise resources for Metro rail routes.

Source: The Indian Express

4. Nationwide Crackdown on Activists: Charges False, Say Activists on Return

This isn’t the first time he has come under the scanner.
This isn’t the first time he has come under the scanner.
(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Activists Vernon Gonsalvesand Arun Ferreira, who were arrested following a nationwide crackdown earlier this week in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violenceand who have been placed under house arrest by the Supreme Court, arrived in Mumbai from Pune in the early hours of Thursday.

Three others — trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj (Faridabad), civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha (Delhi) and prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao (Hyderabad) — are also on house arrest until the next SC hearing on September 6 of a petition questioning the validity of their arrests.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

5. No More Parting Shots: IIT-B Ends Students’ Ritual

After taking feedback of stakeholders over a period of two years, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay has decided to increase the presence of women on campus. Representational Image. 
After taking feedback of stakeholders over a period of two years, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay has decided to increase the presence of women on campus. Representational Image. 
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Those graduating often lobbed offensive and sexist remarks at hostel valedictory functions, upsetting female students.

Year after year, graduating students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, paused their camaraderie for one evening to roast batchmates and roommates as part of a decades-old valedictory tradition. But the event, where a student would take the stage and pick out targets for jokes, was often marked by real insults and vulgar and sexist remarks that enraged female students.

Now, the institute, under growing pressure to root out casual sexism on the campus, has announced that such functions will no longer be held. In a notice put out on Wednesday, officials termed it an archaic ritual.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

6. A New Look Ladies Coach

Central Railway is painting the ladies coaches from inside in new colours.
Central Railway is painting the ladies coaches from inside in new colours.
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With a view to providing a pleasant and refreshing experience to women commuters of local trains, the Matunga workshop of Central Railway is painting the ladies coaches from inside in new colours.

To begin with, the changes have been made in the first and second class compartments of a coach in a CR local. The painting has been done by trade apprentices Chandu Aguru and Amol Dabhaded of Matunga workshop.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

7. Senior Citizen Found Dead in Versova Flat

Ex-hairstylist Sheela Kapoor lived alone; foul play not suspected. An elderly woman was found dead in her Versova apartment on Thursday evening after neighbours alarmed by an overpowering stench called the police.

Sheela Kapoor, 79, had been living alone in the second-floor property at Pushpanjali societyfor the past several years. A former hairstylist to film actors, she was last seen outside her home by society members on August 20. The Versova police believe she died at least two days ago.

There were no signs of a forced entry, prompting cops to suggest that she might have died of natural causes. The body has been sent for an autopsy.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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