QMumbai: Narayan Rane on Hold; Dawood’s Properties Auctioned 

BEST committee approves proposal to hike fares, and other stories. 

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Narayan Rane recently quit Congress. 

1. Narayan Rane Remains on Hold

Narayan Rane will have to wait a little longer for that call from the BJP. It’s been two months since he quit the Congress, but there has been no formal invitation from the BJP to join the state Cabinet.

Now, the Maharashtra BJP’s core committee has decided to postpone the state Cabinet expansion till results of the Gujarat Assembly election are out, ruling out any possibility of the former chief minister to merge his newly floated Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha with the BJP.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Dawood Ibrahim’s 3 Mumbai Properties Auctioned Off For Rs 11.5 Cr

Three of Dawood Ibrahim’s properties have been auctioned off at the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Three of Dawood Ibrahim’s properties have been auctioned off at the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
(Photo courtesy: AP)

Three properties belonging to gangster Dawood Ibrahim have been auctioned for approximately Rs 11.5 crore. The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) has emerged the highest bidder for three of the wanted gangster’s properties in South Mumbai, that were put up for auction by the Ministry of Finance on 14 November.

The SBUT, which is run by the Bohra community, has quoted an amount close to Rs 11.5 crore for all the three properties together, sources told The Quint.

The auction was carried out under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (SAFEMA) Forfeiture of Properties Act at the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Churchgate.

(Source: The Quint)

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3. BEST Committee Approves Proposal to Hike Fares

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) committee on Tuesday approved a proposal to hike the fares on BEST buses. The proposal contains fare hikes for distances of and more than 6 km.

Commuters, including school children, will have to shell out more on longer routes for their daily commuter and for monthly passes.

While the fare for 6 km will go up from Rs 14 to Rs 15; the fare for 8 km will go up from Rs 16 to Rs 18; for 10 km it will go up from Rs 18 to Rs 22; for 12 km it will increase from Rs 20 to Rs 25; for 14 km it will increase from Rs 22 to Rs 28; for 17 km it will go up from Rs 24 to Rs 32; for 20 km it will increase from Rs 26 to Rs 34 and for 25 km it will go up from Rs 28 to Rs 37.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Work on DN Nagar-Mankhurd Metro Line in Mumbai to Start in January

A representative image of the Mumbai metro.
A representative image of the Mumbai metro.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook)

The first part of the civic work on Metro 2B (DN Nagar to Mankhurd) is likely to begin in January.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) opened the financial bids for the line on Monday. The work of designing and constructing 11 elevated stations and a 12-km-long viaduct is likely to be allotted to Simplex Infrastructures Ltd, the lowest bidder. However, the contractor has quoted 8% more than the estimated cost, sources said.

The MMRDA got bids from eight companies for the project.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. CM's Information Officer Fined Rs 25,000 for Delaying RTI Reply

The state information commission has levied a fine of Rs 25,000 on an officer from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat for not giving information on time to former central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi.

Gandhi had asked for information on number of grievances filed and redressed on the Maharashtra government’s online portal, and also for a copy of these on a CD, on November 13, 2015.

The general administration department (GAD) said it did not have the information and sent it to the CM’s office, which returned it to GAD on December 4, 2015. On January 2, 2016, GAD transferred this to the Technical Directorate, which in turn appears to have passed on the case. Ultimately, the principal information officer (PIO) in the CM’s office, Desk Officer Anagha Sathe, in a letter dated April 2 (posted on May 3), said about 9,000 grievances were filed and most were resolved, Gandhi said.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. No Guards at Mumbai University's Exam Centre

Mumbai University's exam security has come under the scanner right at the beginning of the examinations. The professional security agency hired by MU last year has withdrawn its services over unpaid bills. This leaves the most sensitive department of MU vulnerable just when there are lakhs of answer sheets coming in for scanning ahead of the On-Screen Marking (OSM) process.

Last year, Mumbai University hired the services of a private professional security agency – a move made to ensure tight security around the examination section following incidents of malpractice. There were around 100 security personnel from the agency deployed at the Kalina campus.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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7. MMRDA to Suffer a Loss of ₹52.4 Lakh Owing to Mumbai Monorail Shutdown

The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) is expected to suffer a loss of ₹52.4 lakh as a result of the fire breakout and subsequent shutdown of the monorail at Mysore Colony station on Thursday. Officials said that the monorail services between Wadala and Chembur are likely to remain shut down for the next 10 days while an independent probe committee certifies all the rakes.

The MMRDA, which maintains the corridor, will lose around ₹5 lakh a day owing to the shutdown of the monorail, which makes about 131 trips at a cost of ₹4,000 per trip.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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8. Malvani Fraudster Caught With 49 Credit Cards

Representative image of credit cards.
Representative image of credit cards.
(Photo: iStock)

The Malvani police have arrested an accused who used to take people's details, such as identity documents and bank account numbers on the pretext of providing a job, and later using the same to get a credit card. The man, identified as Sameer Shaikh, 26, had made 49 such cards and withdrew lakhs of rupees through them.

According to police sources, the incident came to light when a bank recovery officer had approached a credit card holder to recover an outstanding amount. The man was shocked as he had never owned a credit card in his life. The bank recovery official then informed the bank authorities as well as the police.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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