QMumbai: Businessman Loses Lakhs to Phishing; Baby Found In Auto

Baby girl found abandoned in an auto in Mumbai and other city stories.

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A baby girl was found abandoned in an auto in Mumbai.

1. Businessman In Mumbai Falls Prey To Phishing Scam, Loses ₹5.8 Lakh

Mumbai businessman gets cheated of Rs 5.8 lakh online.
Mumbai businessman gets cheated of Rs 5.8 lakh online.
(Photo: iStock)

A 53-year-old businessman from Powai has been cheated of Rs 5.8 lakh by an unidentified person, who posed as his close friend and requested him to transfer money into his bank account as an urgent loan.

This kind of cybercrime, where an email that looks legitimate is used to cheat people, is called phishing. The Powai police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) in the matter and are investigating the case.

The Powai police, who registered the complaint , said that on November 18, around 10 am, the businessman, a resident of Hiranandani Complex, Powai, got an email from whom he thought was his friend, who said he was stuck somewhere and was in urgent need of money.

Without giving it much thought, the businessman transferred the requested sum, Rs 5.8 lakh, into the bank account number that was shared in the email. Later, only after he called his friend to confirm whether he had got the money did he realise that he had been conned.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. MNS Wants Banks To Use Marathi For Operations, Threatens To Launch Stir

MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
(Photo: Reuters)

The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has now threatened to agitate against banks in the state if they fail to use Marathi in their daily operations. MNS workers on Monday visited Punjab National Bank, Union Bank and Allahabad Bank in Bandra Kurla Complex and handed them letters asking them to give prominence to Marathi in their day to day functioning.

Raj Thackeray, during his public rally held in Thane last week, had said that despite a Reserve Bank of India directive that asked banks to ensure that they used local languages while dealing with customers, banks continued to rely on Hindi and English while interacting with customers.

The MNS has threatened an agitation if banks fail to comply soon. The party is trying hard to regain political ground in the state after suffering a series of electoral setbacks and defections.

(Source: Indian Express)

3. Flouting Rules, BMC Workers Burning Waste On Marine Drive

The BMC seems to be adopting an easy method of dealing with the dry waste collected from housing societies on Marine Drive. The Marine Drive residents have alleged that civic workers have been burning dry waste on roads every morning for the past fortnight.

This default of the civic body’s Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 by its own workers comes at a time when the BMC as a part of its clampdown efforts on housing societies has refused to collect wet waste (since October 2) and is preparing to prosecute societies for not setting up composting units. As a result of the civic body’s refusal to pick wet waste, many societies across the city were faced with the prospect of having unsightly heaps of garbage.

Burning the dry waste is an illegal method of dealing with it, say Marine Drive residents.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

4. Man Saves Newborn Baby Abandoned In Auto, Gets Praise From Mumbai Police

An alert Mumbai-resident successfully saved the life of a 3-5-day old baby girl, who was found abandoned in an auto rickshaw. The man's prompt actions earned him a lot of praise from the Mumbai police, as well as, Twitterati.

26-year old Hemant Sharma was taking a stroll near Bhandup, when he noticed the bundled-up newborn crying after being abandoned in the closed auto rickshaw. The alert resident, immediately attempted to contact the local police. However, he failed to get the authorities' attention.

Not knowing what to do and noticing that the baby was increasingly shivering, Sharma, who goes by the name 'Aman' on Twitter, took to the micro blogging site to seek help. He tweeted, "Found this 3 to 5 day year old kid in closed auto. Please help me guys. I’ve no idea what to do? #help." Respondents quickly brought the situation to the attention of the Mumbai police Twitter handle.

(Source: Mid-Day)

5. Bhandup Woman Fights Family To Reunite With Her Girlfriend

A 27-year-old Mumbaikar is up against a rigid set of social and cultural norms that have wrenched her away from her girlfriend.

Reshma Mokenwar, a resident of Bhandup, met her cousin Preethi Sarkila in Telangana last year, and fell in love with her. Last month, Mokenwar and Sarkila, 20, eloped to Shirdi in the hope of the beginning a new life. The couple worked at a restaurant in Shirdi and stayed at a lodge. About ten days ago, though, the Telangana police, acting on a missing person complaint registered by Sarkila’s parents, traced them to Shirdi.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror over the phone, Mokenwar claims that the cops took her and Sarkila to Boath, in Adilabad, in Telangana, where the complaint was filed. “Our family made false promises that they will let us go and live on our own,” said Mokenwar. “But the moment we stepped out of the police station, they separated us and sent us off in different cars.” Mokenwar is at present under the custody of her parents in Nanded, while Sarkila lives with her parents in Telangana. Mokenwar said that she and Sarkila were in love and wanted to live with each other and on their own. She claimed that she and Sarkila had even slashed their wrists outside the police station to convince their parents to let them stay together. “We will not disturb our families. All we are asking is freedom to live the way we want to live.” Mokenwar, a divorcee who was married off while still a minor, has been staying in Mumbai for over a decade, and worked in a pharmacy until last year.

Tirupati Mokenwar, the girls’ uncle, told Mirror that he cannot allow the two girls to stay together. “This is not our culture, and we will not let this happen in our family. We are looking for a right match for Priti, and plan to get her married off in the next two months.”

Inspector Jayaram Nayak of the Boath police station, in Telangana, said that the girls’ parents filed missing complaints since they had left their homes without informing their parents. “Both girls have given us statements that they left their parents’ homes since they wanted to work and live on their own.”

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. Pressure For Marriage Led Woman Cop To Seek Sex Change

The Beed female constable who wants to undergo a sexchange surgery said on Monday she had struggled with gender identity issues all her life and she decided to seek an operation after her family pressured her for marriage.

“I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s life by getting married in this physical and mental state. I decided I would meet doctors and opt for a sex reassignment surgery,” 27-year-old Lalita Salvi said.

She had sought the Maharashtra police’s assurance that she would not be sacked after the procedure, and would be allowed to serve as a male cop. Her request was turned down on Saturday and she now plans to file an appeal in the Bombay High Court.

Salvi, who hails from a village in Beed, is attached to the Majalgaon police station, about 155 km from Nanded. She said her family was poor and she cannot afford to lose the police job.

“My body has been undergoing changes and I know the sex reassignment surgery is my only option. But at the same time, I need this job,” she said.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. 41 Projects Worth Rs 30,000 Crore Likely To Take Off Before March 2018

A birds-eye view of the Marine Drive in Mumbai. 
A birds-eye view of the Marine Drive in Mumbai. 
(Photo Courtesy: Mumbai Tourism)

If civic chief Ajoy Mehta has his way, 41 public projects worth over Rs 30,000 crore will commence before March 2018, around the time his tenure ends in the BMC.

These include eight swimming pools, a 12-acre sports complex at Andheri, widening of roads, beautification projects, restoration of heritage structures, hospitals.

"Once the tender is floated for a project the additional commissioners are expected to ensure that the work gets off ground," said Mehta. Last week, he allotted the work to four additional municipal commissioners and asked them to prepare individual timelines. The four additional commissioners will prepare a vision document of these projects within a week.

The addition of new public swimming pools should come as a welcome move considering there are just six civic pools in the island city.

(Source: Times of India)

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