QMumbai: Sena Asks BJP to Save Anna; BMC Budget on Infrastructure
Anna Hazare has been on hunger strike in his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar, since Wednesday, 30 January. 
Anna Hazare has been on hunger strike in his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar, since Wednesday, 30 January. (Photo: Reuters)

QMumbai: Sena Asks BJP to Save Anna; BMC Budget on Infrastructure

1. Save Anna Hazare Life: Shiv Sena to BJP

Anna Hazare.
Anna Hazare.
(Photo: Reuters)

The Shiv Sena on Monday, 4 February, appealed to the BJP-led government to save the life of social activist Anna Hazare whose hunger strike entered its sixth day.

The 81-year-old anti-graft crusader has been on hunger strike in his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar, since Wednesday, 30 January. Hazare, the face of the Lokpal movement, has been demanding the appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs at the Centre and in Maharashtra and resolution of farmers' issue.

(Source: PTI)

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2. BMC 2019-20 Budget Focuses on Infrastructure

The current BMC building juxtaposed with a time when walking was still the norm in Bombay. Image used for representation.
The current BMC building juxtaposed with a time when walking was still the norm in Bombay. Image used for representation.
(Photo Courtesy: Yuvraj Khanna)

Ahead of the upcoming general and Assembly elections, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday, 4 February, presented a Rs 30,692-crore budget for 2019-2020, exceeding the 2018-2019 budget by 12.60 percent. With no new taxes or hike in the existing ones, the focus is on building civic infrastructure.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : BMC Budget 2019-20 Crosses Rs 30,000 Cr, Infrastructure Key Focus 

3. Delisle Bridge Dismantled, a Part to Be Rebuilt

After dismantling the 98-year-old Delisle road overbridge at Lower Parel station on Sunday, 3 February, the Western Railway (WR) has planned to reconstruct the portion of the bridge running parallel to the railway tracks. The reconstruction work has been made open to bids and is expected to begin in a few months.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : Renuka Shahane Questions the Govt On Mumbai Bridge Collapse

4. BMC-Run Schools to Focus on Mental Health Education, Life Skills

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo: PTI)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which runs about 1,100 schools across the city and suburbs, plans to go beyond its mandated role of providing elementary education to the poor and underprivileged, entering the area of mental health education, provide counselling to students and imparting life skills. In its social sector provisions, the BMC’s Budget estimates for 2019-2020 include a provision of Rs 1 crore for this.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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5. 10% EWS Reservation Kicks In, Quotas Rise to 78%

Maharashtra on Monday, 4 February, became among the first states to implement a 10 percent quota in government jobs and education for people from economically weaker sections (EWS).

The state cabinet’s decision, announced just weeks before the code of conduct kicks in for the Lok Sabha elections, takes the total reservations in the state to 78 percent. In November 2018, the state announced a 16% quota for the Maratha community.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : Interim Budget 2019: Education gets 10% more

6. Murder Accused, Who ‘Chopped, Flushed Body’, Sent to Judicial Custody

The accused in the murder of Ganesh Kolhatkar, a Virar-based man whose body was chopped up and flushed down the toilet, was sent to judicial custody on Sunday, 3 February.

Police, who were still searching for the motive behind the crime, said Pintu Sharma, the accused, had not been fully cooperating with them during interrogation.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read : Locals in Shock After a Woman’s Chopped Body Found in Hyderabad

7. 53-Year-Old Gets 20-Years Imprisonment for Raping Minor

A still from an anti-rape protest. Image used for representation only. 
A still from an anti-rape protest. Image used for representation only. 
(Photo Courtesy: Pinterest)

A Sessions Court on Saturday, 2 February, ordered twenty years of rigorous imprisonment to a 53-year-old man in a three-year-old rape case. Police said that the accused, identified as Kirsan Damodar alias Mama, had abducted a 9-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her while she was playing in a garden near her house in Dharavi in the year 2015.

(Source: Mid-Day)

Also Read : Indore: Man Sentenced To Death Within 3 Weeks Of Raping 4-Year-Old

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