1. Raut Retracts Comments on Indira After Cong BacklashA day after kicking up controversy by claiming that the late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had met Karim Lala, a Pathan leader with links to the underworld, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut withdrew his statement following strong objections from Congress leaders.In the hours that preceded the retraction, a political storm stirred as Congress slammed Raut, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked the Congress over the statement, seeking clarification on links with the underworld.Source: Hindustan TimesRaut’s Comments on Indira Gandhi Taken out of Context: Aaditya2. Maharashtra Govt Orders High-Level Inquiry Into Tarapur Factory BlastThe state government has instituted a high-level inquiry into last week’s blast at a chemical factory of a pharmaceutical company in Tarapur Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), in which eight persons were killed.The inquiry will be carried out by Konkan divisional commissioner, director of the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) and MIDC chief fire officer.Source: The Indian ExpressPalghar Factory Blast: Missing Girl’s Body Found, Toll Rises to 83. IPS Officer Who Quit Served Showcause Over Anti-CAA RallyMaharashtra cadre IPS officer Abdur Rehman, who had tendered his resignation to the state government after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 (CAA) was passed in December, has been issued a showcause notice by the state government for attending an anti-CAA rally in Mumbra.The notice was issued on the grounds that the officer’s resignation has not been accepted as yet and, hence, is technically still a serving officer.Source: The Indian ExpressMaha IGP Abdur Rahman quits service to protest CAB4. Malls, Eateries Can Stay Open 24 x 7 in Mumbai From Jan 27Living up to its reputation as the city that never sleeps, Mumbai will now have malls, multiplexes, shops and restaurants that can stay open 24x7, without serving any alcohol.The authorities — the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai Police — have permitted such establishments across the city, which fall under “gated communities”, and non-residential areas, to stay open 24x7 from January 27, according to municipal commissioner Praveen Pardeshi.Source: Hindustan TimesBMC Contractors Raided, Rs 735 Cr Financial Irregularities Found5. Congress Corporator Threatens Metro Station Staffers, Shouts at JournalistA Congress corporator from the Thane Municipal Corporation had a huge altercation with the staff at Azad Nagar Metro station on Wednesday after the ticket token he had bought got stuck in the slot at the entry gate.Corporator Vikrant Chavan (52) repeatedly threatened a staffer, named Sajid, with his “corporator” status. When two Metro staffers and two security guards tried to calm him down, and a security official informed him that the station was a silent zone, Chavan shouted back, saying, “I am a corporator, I will speak like I want to.”Source: The Indian Express We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.