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QMumbai: BJP-Sena on ‘Betrayal’; MDL Seeks Land for Submarine Plan

3 city stations among dirtiest in the country, and other stories.

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BJP and Shiv Sena are trading harsh words over bypolls. 
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1. Palghar Bypoll: Sena Hits Back at Fadnavis, Says Calling Gavit Wanga’s Political Heir Is Betrayal

Two days after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accused the Shiv Sena of betrayal for fielding Sriniwas Wanga, son of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Chintaman Wanga in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll, the Sena on Tuesday hit back saying that roping in the turncoat Rajendra Gavit and calling him the former MP’s “political heir” is a betrayal of Wanga’s legacy.

Gavit was a Congress leader and used to be a minister in the Maharashtra government before joining the BJP earlier this month.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. MDL Seeks Land for Submarine Project

A glimpse of Mumbai Port Trust.
A glimpse of Mumbai Port Trust.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook)

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL), which constructs warships and submarines for the Indian Navy and smaller vessels for Coast Guard, is in talks with the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) for huge tracts of land for its new and expanding projects.

Mumbai Port Trust Secretary Rajendra Pai Bir told Mumbai Mirror: “We are discussing the modalities of leasing land to Mazagon Dock. They are asking for the Mumbai Port Trust workshop which is underutilised. We used to service our cranes and cars at the workshop. Now, this work is largely outsourced, and hence we don’t require it.’’

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. Nirav Modi Was Planning to ‘Divert Funds’ Through IPO

Nirav Modi is the main accused in an alleged fraud of over Rs 11,000 crore in the Punjab National Bank.
Nirav Modi is the main accused in an alleged fraud of over Rs 11,000 crore in the Punjab National Bank.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Nirav Modi)

The statements attached to the chargesheet filed against Nirav Modi, his brother Neeshal and various Punjab National Bank officials show that Modi planned to go public via the IPO route for his two flagship companies and wanted to “divert these funds raised through IPOs” to meet a certain level of “liabilities created by the Letters of undertaking (LoUs).”

Avneesh Nepalia, a complainant and deputy general manager of PNB, in his statement to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on April 11, said a high-level bank team held meetings with Nirav’s other brother Nehal, as Nirav “was constantly abroad”. In a first such meeting held at PNB’s Cuffe Parade guest house on January 25 this year – four days before the first complaint was made – the officials tried to impress upon him to arrange for payment of Rs 280 crore, which was the amount of alleged fraud discovered till that date.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Cop Undergoes Tests for Gender Correction Op

A battery of medical tests and a good-humoured comment about the need for some facial hair marked Beed constable Lalita Salve’s first day in Mumbai after police officials gave the final approval for a gender correction surgery.

Salve, who wants to serve in the police force as a male after grappling with gender identity issues for years, was admitted to St George’s Hospital near CST on Tuesday. The surgery has been tentatively scheduled for Friday and it will involve reconstruction of male genitalia, said senior plastic surgeon Dr Rajat Kapoor.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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5. JJ Doctors Call off Strike After Govt Assures Security

Doctors protesting against the thrashing on Saturday. 
Doctors protesting against the thrashing on Saturday. 
(Photo: IANS)

Resident doctors of JJ Hospital called off their strike on Tuesday after the government assured them their demands would be fulfilled. The doctors had been on strike since May 19, after two of their colleagues were allegedly assaulted by the relatives of a patient who had died during treatment.

“Our main concern is the security of doctors, which has been assured, and we have decided to resume duty,” said Dr Akash Mane, General Secretary, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. 3 City Stations Among Dirtiest in the Country

Three of the busiest stations in the city have to bear the ignominy of being among the 10 dirtiest stations in the country. In a survey conducted by Indian Railways between May 11 and May 17, Kanpur emerged as the dirtiest station in the country. Mumbai is the only city with three stations in the list – Kalyan (3rd), Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (5th) and Thane (8th).

Among the passengers surveyed, 58.74 said they were not happy with the cleanliness at Kalyan - a station through which 2.15 lakh passengers pass daily. Ninety pairs of long-distance trains and 572 local trains are handled at Kalyan. The percentage of unhappy commuters stood at 55.89 for LTT and 55.72 for Thane.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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7. Teenager Jumps to Death, Father Booked for Abetment

A sixteen-year-old allegedly committed suicide as he was tired of frequent quarrels between his mother and father, who is said to be a habitual drinker, police said. The police have booked the boy’s father, Umesh Telang, and several other members of his extended family for abetment to suicide.

According to the police, the boy tried to persuade his parents to resolve their differences and stop fighting every now and then, and even took the help of a group of women activists. The boy’s decision to approach outsiders was not liked by his father and other members of the family and they started harassing his mother, police said.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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8. Mumbai Train Tickets and Passes Will Cost 5% Less If You Buy Them Through Your Mobile

Representational image of Mumbai’s local trains. 
Representational image of Mumbai’s local trains. 
(Photo: Reuters)

Commuters travelling on Mumbai’s suburban rail network will soon get 5% discount on train tickets they buy using the railways’ phone app.

The railways are trying to encourage more and more commuters to use mobile ticketing, which would reduce long queues at the city’s railway stations.

“A commuter buying a seasonal pass of Rs 1,000 via the mobile app will get Rs 50 off,” said a railway official, who did not wish to be named. “The app is being tested with the discount feature. It may be available to the public tentatively in one month’s time.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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9. Work on Mumbai’s Coastal Road Set to Begin This September

Construction of the ambitious Rs 15,000-crore Coastal Road in Mumbai, which will run from Marine Drive to Worli, is expected to start this September.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already selected contractors to build two portions of the 9.98-km road, which will run along the city’s west coast. Financial bids for the southern-most portion, which also includes a 3.4-km tunnel, will open in the next few days.

Last November, to fast track the approval process from the state and central governments, BMC divided the project into two phases. It then divided the first phase — 9.98km from Princess Street flyover till the south end of the Bandra-Worli sea link — into three packages. Separate bids were invited for each.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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