QMumbai: BJP Leaders to Meet Guv; Action Against Illegal Hawkers  

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From left to right: BJP President Amit Shah, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

1. BJP Leaders to Meet Maharashtra Governor

With the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) set to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Khoshiyari on Thursday, ally Shiv Sena on Wednesday refused to budge from its demand for a 50:50 share of the chief minister’s post in Maharashtra.

Sena leaders indicated that the deadlock between the two parties would end only if the BJP agreed to this demand, and said they were also prepared not to be a part of the government. The leadership is also firm on its demand for equal power sharing when it came to other portfolios, which Sena said was decided while forging the saffron alliance before the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.

Amid this, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is set to address a meeting of party legislators on Thursday.

(Source: The Indian Express)


2. Cops to Track Social Media Posts Ahead of Ayodhya Order

The Maharashtra cyber police has formed a special team to monitor social media platforms to ensure no inflammatory comments or messages are circulated ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The verdict is expected before Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, retires on 17 November.

The state cyber department will gather intelligence inputs and report to the concerned state police if any inflammatory posts.

“Our team comprises 10 officers and men from the Maharashtra cyber cell. We will be monitoring all social media platforms to ensure they are not misused to spread rumours, create tension between religions or groups, hate speeches to incite violence, etc. We may book offenders who attempt to disrupt law and order,” said Brijesh Singh, special inspector general, Maharashtra cyber cell. The team will operate from a social media lab housed at the World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade, with a panel of technical experts to assist them.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. BMC Challenge Ends Today, 70% of Potholes in Mumbai Fixed

It was a public relations exercise riddled with potential pitfalls. But at the end of the seven-day #PotholeChallenge2019, the BMC appears to be sitting pretty—
the corporations claims to have fixed nearly 70% of the pothole complaints that came its way, and furthermore, has decided to call up all complainants and check if their grievances were addressed ‘satisfactorily’.

On 1 November, the BMC had announced the Pothole Challenge 2019 and asked Mumbaikars to report potholes on its #FixItApp. If the potholes were not fixed in 24 hours, the complainant would get a Rs 500 gift.

(Source: The Times of India)


4. PCMC Starts Taking Action Against Illegal Hawkers

Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has started taking action against illegal hoardings, encroachers and hawkers.

Jameer Lengrekar, deputy municipal commissioner, said, “We were busy with Lok Sabha elections, then festivals and Assembly elections. Now that these are over, we have asked officials to be vigilant and take action against encroachers. We have started taking action in Kalamboli and Panvel.”

Hoardings and illegal encroachments have mushroomed in Kharghar, Taloja Kamothe and Panvel.

Officials have started taking action from Monday and collected ₹37,000 in fines from illegal encroachers at Khanda Colony in Panvel.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5.Former Deputy Mayor Booked for Cheating and Forgery

The Nerul police are on the lookout for former deputy mayor Ashok Gawade in a cheating and forgery case in which he is accused of being involved in an illegal transfer of two flats.

According to the police, the complaint was registered by Kaustubh Kulkarni, who lives in the United States of America. Kulkarni claimed that in 2006, a woman posing as his mother obtained share certificates of their two flats in Shree Ganesh society in Nerul. Gawade is the chairperson of the society.

The alleged forgery came to light in April when Kulkarni’s father passed away and he learnt that someone named Santosh Taware is staying in the flat claiming to be the owner.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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