QMumbai: Faulty Engine Flight Crises; Bus Driver Saves 16 Kids 

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1.Faulty Engine Crises: Indigo, GoAir Cancel 48 Flights

Air India planes stand at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Representation Image.
Air India planes stand at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Representation Image.
(Photo Courtesy: Reuters)

Three days after DGCA grounded 11 aircraft fitted with faulty A320neo engines, low-cost carriers IndiGo and GoAir continued to reel under the impact with both airlines reporting 48 flight cancellations on Wednesday.

IndiGo announced the cancellation of 42 of its flights while GoAir cancelled six. On Tuesday, IndiGo, which has the largest market share of 39 per cent among domestic carriers, did not operate 47 flights and Go Air had to take off 18 flights off its schedule.

IndiGo cancelled four flights on the Mumbai-Delhi route, and several flights from Delhi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Dehradun, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Srinagar, and Jaipur among others.

Source: Mumbai Mirror


2. School Bus Driver ‘saves’ 16 Kids After Brakes Fail

Representational Image. (Photo: ANI)
Representational Image. (Photo: ANI)

The quick-thinking driver of a school bus (in pic) saved the 16 children on board after the bus developed brake failure and crashed into a tree at the Oberoi Mall signal in Goregaon (East). All the students were uninjured.

The bus belongs to Sai Ganesh Travels, a sister concern of Amey Travels, which has the transport contract for Ryan International School at Gokuldham, Goregaon (East).

“I picked up the students from school around 1.30 pm. As we neared the Oberoi mall junction, I realised the brakes had failed. The bus scraped the road divider, and I swerved left, crashing into a tree. Had I not done that, the bus would have rammed three smaller vehicles and injured people. I tried to save the students; I called for another bus to take them home,” bus driver Kisan Maruti Gaikwad told Mirror.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

3. Hand (G)Loom: Cottage Emporiums to Down Shutters by May

A handloom weaver in Varanasi, UP. Representation Image. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
A handloom weaver in Varanasi, UP. Representation Image. (Photo: The Quint)

Browsing through intricate handicrafts, handloom textiles, jewellery and more at the three Cottage Emporiums in the city will soon be a thing of the past as the Textile Ministry has decided to shut all the three stores in Mumbai by May.

The union ministry of textiles, led by Smriti Irani, has decided to shut down the three stores – in Fort, Colaba and Malad - operated by Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd (CCIC).

The decision has been taken due to repeated losses and over 30 employees who ran the stores have been asked to move to other stores in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.

According to an order issued by the CCIC management, a copy of which is with Mumbai Mirror, the decision was taken in January by the board of directors of CCIC. The Mumbai unit of CCIC has been incurring losses of around Rs 3.5 crore a year over the past three years.

Source: Mumbai Mirror


4. BEST to Launch App That Will Show How Long You Have to Wait for Your Bus in Mumbai, soon

BEST bus. Representational Image.
BEST bus. Representational Image.
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You will be able to figure out how long you have to wait at the bus stop for your bus from next year, as the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking has decided to introduce a mobile phone application that will provide commuters real-time updates.

The app is a part of the Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS), which on Tuesday received a go-ahead from the BEST committee.

The app, to be made available from January 2019, will provide information on the arrival time of buses for the next 15 to 20 minutes, the capacity of the buses, which will help determine if they are full, as well as the number of buses plying on specific routes. This information will also be shown on display panels at bus stops for those who have not downloaded the app.

Under the ITMS, GPS chips will be installed in buses to determine their exact location.

Source: Hindustan Times

5. Flats up to 700-Sqft May Be Exempted From Property Tax in Mumbai, Says CM Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.&nbsp;
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 
(Photo: IANS)  

In a bid to gain over Shiv Sena, which rules the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that property tax for tenements measuring up to 700 square feet in the city can be waived off.

He said that the government will give its nod if the BMC sent the proposal by completing the statutory procedures.

Shiv Sena had announced, during the civic polls early last year, waiving-off of property tax for flats measuring below 500 sqft.

While participating in the debate held in the Assembly over the last three days on the urban and housing issues of the city, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) member and party’s city chief, Ashish Shelar, had demanded the waiver from property tax for flats less than 750 sqft.

Source: Hindustan Times


6. ‘Abu Jundal Was Deported From Saudi Arabia’

Call it a slip of tongue or an inadvertent admission of truth, the prosecution’s premise that Mumbai terror attack handler Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal was arrested from outside IGI Airport in Delhi now hangs in the balance.

On Wednesday, in Special Judge GA Sanap’s court, a state government official during cross-examination by the defence allegedly admitted to Abu Jundal being deported from Saudi Arabia in 2012.

This assumes importance because if the court eventually rules this to be true, it would be difficult for the prosecution to prove that a Pakistani Passport and some ID cards were seized from him at the time of arrest.

The prosecution, however, downplayed the aberration saying it merely amounts to hearsay evidence as the officer did not have first-hand knowledge of his arrest.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

7. Sobo College Principal Busts Fake-course Scam

Representation Image. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Representation Image. (Photo: The Quint)

A south Mumbai college principal has busted an education racket that had been going on for at least six months. Umaji Maske, principal, Siddharth College of Commerce and Economics, uncovered the illegal activities of a woman graduate and an MBA-degree-holder (neither of whom is from the college), who were working in tandem selling fake admission forms to the college to unsuspecting students.

The duo used the college’s logo on the fake admission form, as well as the logo of other institutions and organisations, namely the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), State Bank of India (SBI), the Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS), the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and the Indian Railways.

“They promised students ‘courses’ for various competitive exams. They charged Rs 8,000 per student, and even issued receipts,” Maske told Mumbai Mirror.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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