QMumbai: SGNP Car Park Gets State Nod; Drug Sellers In Bandra
Sanjay Gandhi National Park. 
Sanjay Gandhi National Park. (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

QMumbai: SGNP Car Park Gets State Nod; Drug Sellers In Bandra

1. SGNP Car Park Gets Final State Nod

Despite stiff opposition from environmentalists and forest conservationists, the state forest department on Monday gave a green signal for a car park to be built inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. About one hectare of forest land has been diverted for this purpose.

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The proposal that was chalked out at least three years ago, was vehemently opposed by nature lovers as it involves cutting and felling of several trees.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

2. Psychologist’s Sting Shows Drug Sellers At Work In Bandra

Shraddha Sidhwani took the help of two teenage girls, who were able to purchase weed in the two areas without much difficulty.
Shraddha Sidhwani took the help of two teenage girls, who were able to purchase weed in the two areas without much difficulty.
(Photo: The Quint)

A psychologist, alarmed by high number of teen drug addicts, conducted a sting in Bandra and Khar on Tuesday, and found that despite cops’ repeated assurances of clean streets, it’s very easy to buy illegal substances from local peddlers.

Shraddha Sidhwani took the help of two teenage girls, who were able to purchase weed in the two areas without much difficulty. She also found paan shops that readily provided rolling paper and cigarettes to minors.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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3. Metro Cinema Junction Gets Its Fountain Back

About 150 years after it was built and half a century after it was unceremoniously removed from its original spot, the Fitzgerald Fountain will soon spring back to life near Metro Cinema. Over a year after the plan was first mooted, the traffic police has finally given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for re-installing the fountain at Metro junction. The traffic police issued the NOC recently and the BMC has decided to place the fountain near the statue of freedom fighter Vasudev Balwant Phadke at the junction.

With the NoC in place, the BMC has floated tenders for restoring the heritage fountain, and work is expected to begin in a month’s time. “We have finally got the traffic police’s NOC and have already floated the tenders.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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4. Trials After The Tragedy

The Elphinston station tragedy has killed at least 22.
The Elphinston station tragedy has killed at least 22.
(Photo: PTI)

Of the 23 dead, families of 17 have filed their claims. From among the injured, 21 have filed for compensation.

Nilesh Sawant, 32, a software engineer has been commuting by local trains for close to 20 years now. But never before had a train pass figured in his life as centrally as it did just months after he escaped certain death in the Elphinstone Road footover-bridge stampede on September 29 last year.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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5. Slow Going Under The Hammer In First Half Of Auction At Mahalaxmi Racecourse

The Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) auction of two-year-old horses that was expected to make waves, returning to Mumbai after a gap of 20 years saw a fairly muted start at the Mahalaxmi racecourse paddock on Monday evening.

The unexpected low-key response dampened the spirits of horse breeders from all over India who have put up 114 horses on display for the two-day sale, which will end today (Tuesday) late evening. The opening session saw only a handful of horses coming under the hammer, while most were "bought in", a term that means they were not even bid the minimum reserve price set by the sellers, and hence could not be sold.

Source: Mid-day

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6. Cop Caught On Camera Thrashing Goregaon Resident Over Loan

A video of a policeman thrashing a 29-year-old in Goregaon surfaced yesterday. The sub-inspector in question, Vijay Motling, can be seen beating Goregaon resident Shahid Shifaat Khan, alleging non-payment of the money he'd lent the family, but the latter has termed the allegation false. Both Khan and Motling have filed applications to register complaints against each other; an inquiry by assistant police commissioner (ACP) of Dindoshi division has been initiated.

Sudden assault
Shahid, a resident of New MHADA Colony, lives with his parents. In 2016, his mother Anis Fatima had borrowed R3.5 lakh from Motling who'd lent the money at an interest of 5 per cent. "We know Vijay Motling since years; I call him uncle. Even after we returned the entire amount to him, he asked me to deposit the money to his family member's account," said Shahid.

Source: Mid-day

7. Alert Hotel Staff Bust Kenyan Airways Crew Member Carrying 23 Kg Gold

Vigilance on part of three employees of Hotel Grand Hyatt in Santacruz East yesterday helped to bust a Kenya Airways crew member, who was found to be illegally carrying nearly 23 kg of gold. The Sahar police received a call from the hotel around 8 am yesterday over suspicion of contraband material inside the bag of a crew member of Kenya Airways who had checked in. Based on the input received, officers reached the hotel and arrested Abdulla Ali, 29, who had arrived from Nairobi on flight KQ-210. They also arrested a Kenyan identified as Ali Hussain Ibrahim, 26, who had come to the hotel to take the gold from him.

The police recovered 128 gold bars weighing nearly 15 kg and 28 crude gold bars weighing 7.8 kg, concealed in four nylon kneecaps and a belt with 26 pockets. The total value of the precious metal recovered is estimated at Rs 6.37 crore. Ali, who has admitted in his statement of knowledge, possession, carriage and recovery of the said gold bars, has been handed over to the customs department for further investigation.

Source: Mid-day