QMumbai: Fadnavis Readies for Battle; Runway Closure Hits Flights

Was there an attempt to hide Indrani Mukerjea’s ‘drug overdose’ findings, and other stories.  

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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. 

1. Maharashtra CM Gears up for Game of Throne Season 2

One of the first things Devendra Fadnavis did after he took over as the chief minister of Maharashtra was to form his own team and set up a Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) along the lines of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) – one that would call the shots in the state’s administration and “assist” other ministers whenever they felt challenged.

In the past three-and-a-half years, barring the recent plastic ban policy (where the chief minister has been forced to step in), majority of the important policies and projects of the government have had a distinct CMO imprint.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. Runway Closure Hits 225 Flights

Representational image of an IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect  Boeing 737 aircraft taxi at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport. (Photo: Reuters) 
Representational image of an IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport. (Photo: Reuters) 

As many as 225 flights were cancelled and several rescheduled following the closure of the Mumbai International Airport’s main runway.

Runway 09/27 is undergoing pre-monsoon maintenance scheduled over two days beginning yesterday between 11am and 5 pm.

Since the shutdown was announced last week, airlines had time to rejig their schedules and could inform passengers well in advance about the changes.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

3. Indrani Mukerjea Drug Overdose: Was There an Attempt to Hide 'Drug Overdose' Findings?

Indrani Mukerjea is being treated for drug overdose.
Indrani Mukerjea is being treated for drug overdose.
(Photo: Facebook)

Was there an attempt to derail the 'drug overdose' line of diagnosis given for Indrani Mukerjea, who was brought to JJ hospital unconscious late on Friday night? This concern is being raised after a constable to whom Indrani's urine sample, along with her gastric lavage (stomach wash) sample, was entrusted to be taken to Kalina forensic lab for toxin screening, returned to the hospital, saying the urine sample had leaked, asking for another.

A senior doctor said, "We had sealed the samples and preserved them in the refrigerator at Critical Care Unit (CCU) (where Indrani is admitted). On Saturday, a constable, S P Rathod, visited the CCU around 8.15 am, and the samples were handed over to him."

(Source: Mid-Day)

4. MHADA Lottery: Nearly 800 of 1,001 Houses Reserved for Poor This Year

Representational image of a MHADA building.
Representational image of a MHADA building.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook/ ePrahaar)

This year, MHADA’s lottery will reserve more than threefourths of houses for economically weaker sections (EWS) and low income groups (LIG).

The move comes the housing body received a lot of flak for reserving just eight homes for EWS groups last year. Though the date for this year’s lottery has not been finalised, MHADA has revealed that it will be selling 1,001 houses through lottery this year. Of this, 283 apartments will be reserved for EWS and 500 houses for LIG.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. TMH Shifts High Tech Cancer Facility to Kharghar

Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) has said that logistical issues caused by the monorail network connecting Chembur to Saat Rasta have forced it to relocate its proposed Hadron Beam facility from Parel to Navi Mumbai.

TMH was given the 5-acre plot to set up the facility by the Medical Education department in 2011, but instead it is constructing a 600-bed hospital on the land.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. 160 Employees of Defunct Nightclub Protest With MNS Union’s Support

Around 160 employees of Trilogy Super Club, a high-profile nightclub overlooking Juhu Beach, who were rendered jobless overnight after the establishment downed shutters on March 12, protested outside the hotel on Monday afternoon (pictured) — this time with the support of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers’ union.

Calling it an “illegal termination”, the MNS Kamgar Sena pledged its support to the sacked employees till the hotel paid all their dues.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. Board Questions 17 Students Over Leaks

The Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Monday conducted an inquiry into several alleged paper leaks that rocked the board examinations this year.

The board office had called 54 students – including those who allegedly received and those who allegedly circulated SSC board papers on WhatsApp before the exam started (these 17); and those caught cheating and copying during the exams. However, only 49 students turned up at the office on Monday.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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