QMumbai: Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai; Cops to Attend PTA Meetings
Bullet train is a virtually free project, says CM Devendra Fadnavis, and other stories in QMumbai.
1. Heavy Rains Lash the City; Airport Shut Till 5 Am
Mumbai city witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, forcing the airport in the city to be shut till Wednesday morning, and resulting in diversion of flights. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in the Konkan region, including Mumbai, over the next 24 hours.
Schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) have been instructed to remain closed on Wednesday in the backdrop of heavy rains, the Maharashtra government announced on Tuesday night.
(Source: The Quint)
2. Police Officers to Attend PTA Meets of All City Schools
Mumbai police officers will soon start attending Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) meetings of every school in the city in the light of the murder of a seven-year-old boy at Gurgaon’s Ryan International School earlier this month.
Every police station will designate a buddy pair of officers for each school and these officers, apart from remaining present at all PTA meetings, will stay in constant touch with the school’s administration and routinely review its security arrangements.
Confirming the plan to designate officers for each school, Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar said the main aim is to have a better grip on students’ safety and facilitate quick law-enforcement interventions.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
3. Bullet Train Is a Virtually Free Project, Says CM Devendra Fadnavis
Following criticism that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train is a sheer waste of money that wouldn't cater to all classes, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said it's virtually a "free" project. In an exclusive chat, Fadnavis said the bullet train wasn't just a railway project, but a path towards "unprecedented development and progress". He said the investment wouldn't cost the stakeholders anything if the project ensured long-term returns.
Fadnavis said city's much-delayed ambitious trans-harbour link (MTHL) also would be constructed on a similar financial model, one that wouldn't put any burden on the state's coffers, thanks to long-term revenue gains. MTHL tenders for three packages would be opened this week, he added.
4. BMC Pulls up KEM as 15 Docs Come Down With Dengue
What do you do when you're down with dengue? Go to hospital, right? But what if the hospital itself has mosquitoes breeding on its premises? That seems to be the scene at KEM hospital, the city's biggest civic hospital, which has got a warning letter from BMC for its failure to control the breeding. Following an inspection by the insecticide department last week, a warning letter was sent to the hospital on Friday.
As per sources, they found several mosquito-breeding sites on the hospital premises, particularly in the stagnant water collected on the tarpaulin on the rooftops and next to drains.
"We sent a letter to the hospital after finding mosquitoes breeding at several sites. Following heavy rain, water had got deposited on tarpaulin covers, which turned into the perfect breeding spots for dengue mosquitoes, which can spread up to 400 metres in diametre," said a senior official from the insecticide department, BMC.
5. Cops Make MNS Worker Delete Anti-Modi Posts
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activist from Kanjurmarg has been asked to remove Facebook posts critical of the Narendra Modi government by the Kanjur Marg police, after a local BJP leader registered a complaint with them. Several BJP workers, led by former corporator Mangesh Pawar, had on September 15, complained about certain objectionable content posted by Mahendra Rawle against Prime Minister Modi and his government.
Rawle, who runs a real estate business, was served with a notice under section 149 of the Indian Penal Code, which states that he would be held responsible if his posts lead to a law and order problem, or an unlawful assembly. Rawle was summoned to the police station and made to delete some Facebook posts in Marathi. One post used a derogatory term to refer to Modi, while two other posts made references to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
6. Mumbai University Onscreen Assessment: Results of All Courses Declared
After having missed the initial deadline of July 31 set by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, the University of Mumbai on Tuesday announced that it has declared results of all of its 477 courses.
Acting vice-chancellor Devanand Shinde said that it was a moment of pleasure for him and his team who, according to him, were up against a mammoth task. “I thank all the teachers and the staff at the Examination Department who worked tirelessly despite rains and holidays,” he said.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)
7. Corruption-Fighting Cop Sunil Toke Reveals Traffic Police's Latest Scam
Whistle-blowing cop Sunil Toke has once again refused to 'tow' the line when it comes to corruption in the police department. Months after he exposed the rampant bribery among traffic cops, he has revealed yet another irregularity in the traffic department, which has offered a nearly 1,000 sq ft office to a towing contractor free of charge.
8. Record Feat! 18-Yr-Old Mumbai Boy Conquers Turbulent Waters of Japanese Channel
Prabhat Koli comes from a long line of city fishermen who conquered the Arabian Sea, but this 18-year-old has far grander plans of becoming master of the seven seas.
The Chembur resident last week became the youngest male to swim across the turbulent waters of the Tsugaru Channel at 18 years, one month and five days, breaking Japan's Honoka Hasegawa's record of 18 years, four months and 20 days that was set last year. Young Koli completed the Tsugaru channel in nine hours and 52 minutes.
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