QMumbai: Sridevi Last Rites Today; CM Inaugurates Army-Built FOBs

NCC cadets asked to get NaMo app, and other stories. 

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1. Farewell, Sridevi! Superstar’s Last Rites in Mumbai on Wednesday

The late Sridevi Kapoor.
The late Sridevi Kapoor.
(Photo: Yogen Shah)

After almost three days of investigation and procedural delay in Dubai, Indian superstar Sridevi’s mortal remains reached Mumbai on Tuesday, 27 February.

The actor, who ruled Indian cinema for around five decades, passed away from "accidental drowning" on 24 February, in Dubai. Although initial reports suggested that the cause of her death was a cardiac arrest, forensic reports later stated that Sridevi drowned in her hotel room’s bathtub following a loss of consciousness.

(Source: The Quint)

2. CM Fadnavis, Railway Minister Hop on Local Train, Inaugurate Army-Built FOBs in Mumbai

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal and defence minister of state Dr. Subhash Bhamre travelled in a local train on Tuesday afternoon from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Parel station to inaugurate the new foot over-bridges (FOBs) constructed by the Indian Army.

They boarded a train after handing over the documents connected to handing over a plot in Bandra-Kurla Complex for the bullet train project.

Fadnavis said he used to travel by locals frequently before he became chief minister.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. PNB Fraud: Modi’s Firestar Files for Bankruptcy in Manhattan Court

Nirav Modi is the main accused in an alleged fraud of over Rs 12,600 crore at Punjab National Bank.
Nirav Modi is the main accused in an alleged fraud of over Rs 12,600 crore at Punjab National Bank.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/NiravModiJewels)

Even as Punjab National Bank informed the BSE that the quantum of the fraud — earlier estimated at Rs 11,400 crore — might actually be Rs 1,300 more, Nirav Modi’s flagship company, Firestar Diamond, filed for bankruptcy in a US court on Monday. In a case (Petition No. 18-10509-shl) filed before Judge Sean H Lane of the US Bankruptcy Court, in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan), Modi’s company has sought the Chapter 11 option. In its application, Firestar has listed up to $100 million in assets and debt, according to documents made available to Mirror.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

4. Scam Accused Contractor Kills Himself in His Car

A city-based road and dam contractor died after allegedly shooting himself in the head inside his car opposite Marine Plaza Hotel in South Mumbai’s Marine Drive on Tuesday evening. Jigar Thakkar, 41, a resident of Ghatkopar, was one of the directors of D Thakkar Constructions Private Limited, a company that was charge-sheeted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the Gosikhurd irrigation project scam in Nagpur in January, police said. Along with him, his father and brother were also named in the charge sheet.

The police said around 7 pm, Thakkar asked his driver, Sunil Singh, to get out of the car, Mahindra Rexton, and then allegedly shot himself with his licensed pistol in the backseat of the car.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. Mithi River’s Rejuvenation Project Gets on Track, Finally

Several stretches of the Mithi river have no water and are strewn with garbage. (Photo: T<b>he Quint</b>/Liju Joseph)
Several stretches of the Mithi river have no water and are strewn with garbage. (Photo: The Quint/Liju Joseph)

Has Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and wife Amruta’s singing and swaying convinced the BMC to finally put its Mithi rejuvenation plan into action? If sources are to be believed, the civic body will be starting work on the first phase of the long-pending project in April wherein sewage outlets leading into the Mithi will be diverted to a water plant in Powai for treatment before being let out in the river.

The civic body has already spent crores for widening and deepening of Mumbai’s rivers in order to prevent flooding in the city. In this year’s annual budget, the BMC even claimed that 95 per cent work of Mithi’s deepening has been completed and the river’s carrying capacity has increased three times.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. Ten-Hut! Cadets Should Get NaMo App: Schools Told

Students enrolled in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) programme in the state are being asked to install the official app of Narendra Modi on their phones ahead of a planned interaction with the prime minister in March.

Schools and colleges, which are affiliated with the programme, started informing the students this week after receiving a directive from Mumbai-based ‘1 Maharashtra Naval Unit NCC’.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. Maharashtra Govt Considers Making Marathi Compulsory up to Class 12 for All Boards

The government is considering making Marathi mandatory till Class 10 or Class 12 in all schools affiliated to all boards in Maharashtra, school education minister Vinod Tawde told the state Assembly on Tuesday.

The decision will be taken soon, after the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education deliberates on the matter, he said. Instead of taking the final decision in the legislature, the board should be given the liberty to decide on the matter, the minister added.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

8. CM Orders Action Against Firm for Violating Land Law

The state government has ordered the BMC commissioner, the Mumbai suburban district collector, and a “competent authority” under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act to take action against Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T), for violating of provisions of the ULC Act.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced this while replying to a question raised by Sunil Prabhu, the Shiv Sena MLA from Dindoshi, on Tuesday.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

9. Sohrabuddin Case Reassignment: HC Judge Who Was Hearing Petitions Goes on Leave

This image is used for representation purposes.
This image is used for representation purposes.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

Justice Revati Mohite-Dere, the Bombay High Court judge who was hearing challenges to discharge applications in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case until last week, has proceeded on leave till March 1. However, it is unclear if this is in any way connected to the cases being assigned to a new judge after a change of assignments was notified last week.

HC Registrar General SB Agrawal told Mirror that there is no reason for too much to be read into it, and that Justice Mohite-Dere has tendered a leave application. He termed the change of assignments as routine.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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