QMumbai: SC Refuses to Stay Ordinance in Maratha Quota & More

SC refuses to stay ordinance allowing Maratha quota in PG seats; 200 Swine Flu Cases Reported & other stories

Published25 May 2019, 02:18 AM IST
India
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1. SC Refuses To Stay Ordinance Allowing Maratha Quota In PG Seats This Year

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday refused to stay the Maharashtra government’s ordinance that allows reservation for Marathas in post-graduate (PG) medical and dental courses this academic year.

The Apex Court, however, allowed the petitioners – three medical aspirants from the open category who had challenged the ordinance – to move the Bombay high court (HC).

Source: Hindustan Times

2. Two Shiv Sena Rebels Among Six State Legislators Now MPs

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray addresses a rally in Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray addresses a rally in Maharashtra.

Six out of 13 Maharashtra legislators who contested the Lok Sabha elections have won, and will now give up their memberships of the state legislature. The winning candidates include two sitting Shiv Sena MLAs from Maharashtra who had defected to other parties in the run-up to the polls.

Sena’s MLA from Loha, Pratap Patil Chikhalikar, upset former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to win the Nanded Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket. Also, Suresh (Bala) Dhanorkar, who had won the Warora assembly seat on a Sena ticket, was the sole Congress candidate to register a win, upsetting Union Minister Hansraj Ahir.

Source: The Indian Express

3. 200 Swine Flu Cases Reported In First Five Months: BMC Data

People wearing masks as a precautionary measure against swine flu<i>. (Representative image)</i>
People wearing masks as a precautionary measure against swine flu. (Representative image)
(File Photo: IANS)

The city has witnessed 200 cases of swine flu (H1N1) in the first five months of the year— the highest since 2016. There have been two deaths owing to the virus in March.

While there were no cases reported between January and May in 2018, 70 cases (three deaths) were reported in 2017, and two cases in 2016.

Doctors, however, claimed the outbreak is “under control”. The number of cases has dropped from 85 in March to 47 in April and 29 in May, according to epidemiology cell of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). There were 39 swine flu cases reported in February.

Source: Hindustan Times

4. State Govt Transfers, Promotes 20 IPS Officers

The Maharashtra government on Friday transferred and promoted 20 IPS officers as part of a much-anticipated shake-up in the police department.

Two new joint commissioners were posted in Mumbai with Thane Joint CP Madhukar Pandey being moved to the traffic department and Inspector General (Konkan Range) Nawal Bajaj named as Joint CP (Administration). His successor is Niket Kaushik, who is commissioner (Mumbai Railways). Rajkumar Vhatkar, who is IG (Establishment), was transferred as Joint CP, Navi Mumbai

Source: The Indian Express

5. 499 Buildings In Mumbai Declared Unsafe By BMC

Thousands of families opt to stay in such dilapidated buildings rather than risk delayed redevelopment projects<i>. (Representative image)</i>
Thousands of families opt to stay in such dilapidated buildings rather than risk delayed redevelopment projects. (Representative image)
(Photo: The Quint)

Ahead of the monsoon, about 500 structures that are rickety and beyond repairs are proving to be a major cause for headache for the BMC. Despite declaring them unfit for habitation, the civic body is struggling to get the buildings vacated owing to court cases, protests and other technical issues.

The BMC has identified 499 buildings as “dangerous” and Andheri-Jogeshwari (West) belt in K(West) ward tops the list with 51 buildings marked unsafe this monsoon. This is followed by Vile Parle (East) where 38 buildings have come under the C1 category (requires urgent demolition) this year.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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