QMumbai: Rules for Hookah Parlours; Probe Call Against BMC Chief

All mention of Delhi, Chittor and Mewar cut from ‘Padmavat’, and other stories. 

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A massive fire broke out in Kamala Mills on 28 December 2017.

1. Govt Plans Strict Rules to Rein in Hookah Parlours

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 
(Photo: PTI)

The state government seems to agree with Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar that the hookah bars need to be strictly regulated, especially after a probe revealed that hookah coal had triggered the Kamala Mills fire that killed 14 people.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the officials to come up with a strict set of regulations to keep the hookah bars, most of which are said to be violating smoking zone norms, tightly in leash. The home department has already got down to work on this.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Corporator Rajendra Narwankar Demands Probe Against BMC Chief Ajoy Mehta

BMC Chief Ajoy Mehta.
BMC Chief Ajoy Mehta.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook)

Ajoy Mehta's tenure as municipal commissioner has been the most futile, with complete negligence and irresponsibility — so says Rajendra Narwankar, a retired BMC engineer-turned-corporator. Narwankar, a corporator from Wadia Street in Mumbai Central, has now shot off a letter to the mayor, blaming Mehta for all the lives lost in disasters caused by civic apathy in the last two years. In his January 4 letter to Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, he further demanded that the civic chief be booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

(Source: Mid-Day)

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3. Kamala Mills Fire: Officials Ignored Norms to Renew 1Above's Licence

The irregularities and violations of civic rules, which are at the root of the Kamala Mills fire tragedy in which 14 people lost their lives, seem to be getting starker and more serious with every passing day.

It has now come to light that even after issuing notices to 1Above on September 18, 2017, for breach of licence conditions and filing court cases against it, BMC’s G (south) ward’s assistant commissioner Prashant Sapkale and medical officer of health (MOH) Satish Badgire renewed its eating house licence on November 29, 2017, for a sum of Rs 26,627.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Rash Biker Kills Teenage Girl After Dragging Her for 100 Metres

A speeding motorcycle took the life of KBP Hinduja college student Girija Ambala, 19, and injured her friend Kunal Surendra Vaidya, 21. The two were crossing the road at Worli Sea Face around 9.30 pm on Saturday when the motorcycle hit them. One of the three people on the vehicle has also been severely injured, while the other two are absconding.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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5. Gem Traders Fret as GST Raid Nets Parcels Worth Rs 94 Crore

The first GST-linked crackdown on angadia workers last week netted diamonds, gold bars, jewellery and cash totalling Rs 94 crore, officials revealed on Monday even as gem traders said such action could damage their business, which relies on the informal network of trusted couriers. The GST department now plans to rope in income tax and customs officials to ascertain if the gold bars, which were made abroad, were smuggled into the country.

Eighty-five couriers had brought the high-value packages from Gujarat to Mumbai on January 5. They were detained and their consignments seized.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. State Owes Rs 2,700 Cr to BMC Edu Dept: Ajoy Mehta

The BMC has said that it is yet to receive a large tranche of money as part of the state government’s grant-in-aid assistance for education. The civic body last received money from the state government expressly to pay salaries of teachers in aided schools in 2000. It has now claimed Rs 2747.58 crore, spent on primaryand secondary-aided schools, for reimbursement from the state.

In a recent letter to the state government, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta has said that out of the total pending grant, the largest chunk of outstanding concerns the education sector.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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7. All Mention of Delhi, Chittor and Mewar Cut From ‘Padmavat’

Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a scene from <i>Padmavat.</i>
Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a scene from Padmavat.
(Photo Courtesy: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions)

While Hollywood grappled with real-life issues — racism, media under fire in Trump’s America, and sexual harassment — at the Golden Globe Awards, one of Bollywood’s leading directors was sitting in the editing suite at Rajkamal Studio at Parel, turning the specific locations of his magnum opus into la la land.

When the censor board specified that the letter ‘I’ be dropped from Padmavati, it became the subject of a thousand memes. Few realised that the joke was on the filmmakers and the audience. It transpires that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been instructed to delete all references to Delhi, Chittorgarh and Mewar from the film.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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8. Mumbai Colleges Turn Santa for the Underprivileged

As Mumbaiites welcomes Christmas with bright lights and decorated trees, students from city colleges are spreading the cheer by helping the underprivileged.

St Andrew’s College, Bandra, is encouraging students campus to donate used goods that can be sent to orphanages.

“Instead of a red Santas, we are going ahead with a Yellow (‘Yeh-lo’) Santa Claus on our campus. Staff and students have been encouraged to donate clothes, books and toys, which can be donated to an orphanage,” said principal Marie Fernandes. The college has already received donations from the students and are is planning to take the help of charity groups to distribute the items collected.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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