QMumbai: Announcement of Congress-NCP Alliance Delayed & More  

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NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. 
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1. Congress-NCP Yet to Get All Smaller Allies on Board

The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and a few smaller parties may opt for “friendly fights” in seven to eight constituencies across the state, with the Congress likely to contest more than 140 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections.

Earlier, the Congress had announced it would contest 125 seats. The NCP is expected to contest 125 seats, while its smaller allies could get to contest 17-18 seats. However, announcement of a final seat-sharing agreement could not be made on Wednesday.

Negotiations with Swabhimani Paksha and Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) went on till late on Wednesday, which delayed the announcement of a grand alliance.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. ‘Save Aarey’ Campaign Turns Into Rallying Point for Political Parties

File picture of protesters demonstrating against the decision to cut trees in Aarey colony.
File picture of protesters demonstrating against the decision to cut trees in Aarey colony.
(Photo: PTI)

With the protests against a proposal to fell and transplant 2,646 trees in Aarey Colony to make way for the Metro 3 car shed gathering momentum and resonating across Mumbai, most political parties, sensing its importance in the upcoming state election, have declared their support to “saving the environment”.

Except the BJP, which has maintained that the car depot in Aarey Colony would be in the interest of the city, its ally Shiv Sena, opposition parties Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Samajwadi Party, have all gatecrashed the ‘Save Aarey’ movement.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. 100 Autos Plying With Tampered Meters: Cops

The switch to electronic meters in autorickshaws was meant to prevent drivers from overcharging commuters. However, the Mumbai crime branch has now discovered that more than 100 autos have been fitted with tampered meters in the western suburbs.

Four accused, who were arrested by unit 9 of the city crime branch on 27 September, for allegedly altering the calibration of e-meters, have given a list of more than 100 autos plying between Borivli and Kandivli, with tampered equipment.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. IIT-Bombay Holds Workshop for ‘Student Solar Ambassador’

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, IIT Bombay and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy organised the ‘Student Solar Ambassador Workshop’ on Wednesday. Students from the country, as well as from abroad, were given hands on training to assemble their own solar study lamp.

As part of this programme, held at IIT Bombay campus, 1,400 students from various schools and institutions assembled their own lamps and took a pledge to become student solar ambassadors for protecting the environment.

Meanwhile, an initiative taken by IIT Bombay to promote energy sustainability by teaching students how to create solar lamps has won the first prize in the Indian Institute of Electronics Engineers’s (IEEE) ‘Empower Billion Lives’ (EBL) competition.

5. Air India Pays Tribute to Gandhi With Image on Plane

National carrier Air India has painted the image of Mahatma Gandhi on the tail of an Airbus A320 aircraft to pay tribute to him on his 150th birth anniversary.
National carrier Air India has painted the image of Mahatma Gandhi on the tail of an Airbus A320 aircraft to pay tribute to him on his 150th birth anniversary.
(Photo altered by The Quint)

National carrier Air India has painted the image of Mahatma Gandhi on the tail of an Airbus A320 aircraft to pay tribute to him on his 150th birth anniversary. The 11 x 4.9 feet Gandhi image was painted at the airline’s hangar at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said, “The entire work has been done by an in-house team [airline’s maintenance team of A320] after taking all the required approvals.”

The airline will operate this aircraft between Mumbai and Delhi on Wednesday and its first operation for the day, as flight AI 317 with 156 passengers, took off from Delhi at 1pm and landed Mumbai at around 3.30pm.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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