QMumbai: Sena to Woo Gujaratis; 566 Per Cent Hike in MU Exam Fees
 Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is keen to win the support of the Gujarati community.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is keen to win the support of the Gujarati community. (Photo: PTI)

QMumbai: Sena to Woo Gujaratis; 566 Per Cent Hike in MU Exam Fees

1. Sena Attempts to Woo Gujaratis Again

In a bid to tap into the anti-government sentiment after demonetisation and the GST rollout, the Shiv Sena is set to float a new wing to target traders and business leaders from the Gujarati community. The community, dominated largely by Gujaratis and Marwaris, has been a traditional BJP support base.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. 566 per Cent Increase in Examination Fee Shocks MU Students

The University of Mumbai has been in the eye of several controversies recently. 
The University of Mumbai has been in the eye of several controversies recently. 
(Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Students pursuing a PhD or an MPhil from the University of Mumbai were in for a shock after their examination fee was hiked from Rs 750 to Rs 5,000 – a rise of 566 per cent – for the ongoing examinations.

Although the fee hike was announced in March this year for examinations to be held in the second half of 2017, students allege that the circular, dated August 16, intimating students and staff about the fee hike was shown to them four days before the exam.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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3. Parsi Community, Bombay Parsi Panchayat to Take Fight Against Metro III to PM

The fight against the construction of an underground Metro III tunnel in Girgaum, which might damage two Parsi shrines, has taken a new turn. Concerned activists, members of the Parsi community have teamed up with the Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP) to take their grievance against the Metro to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The joint move to tackle the Atash Behram controversy was decided upon after a meeting last week between structural engineer Jamshed Sukhadwalla, who has been leading the battle against the construction of the underground tunnel, and BPP chairman Yezdi Desai.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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4. MSRTC Strike: Staff Members Tonsure Head in Protest

Representational image of a MSRTC bus.
Representational image of a MSRTC bus.
(Photo courtesy: Facebook/ MSRTC)

Some staff members of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on Friday tonsured their heads on the fourth day of the indefinite strike in the state demanding implementation of 7th pay commission.

More than 17 thousand government buses run across the entire state, where about one lakh workers have gone on strike.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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5. Samruddhi Corridor: Black Diwali for Affected Farmers

Farmers in about ten districts across the state, that fall on the path of CM Devendra Fadnavis’s ambitious project – the Mumbai-Nagpur Highway – celebrated black Diwali to register their protests against MSRDC’s ‘forceful acquisition’ of their lands. The Samruddhi Mahamarg Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti (SMSSS), the body that spearheaded the unique protest, had urged all those affected by the project to put up black Diwali lanterns in their houses. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC), however, claims that there was no need for the farmers to do so as the land acquisition process was being done in the negotiated manner and forceful land acquisition hadn’t been resorted to, yet.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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6. Tatas' Rs 1,000-Cr Diwali Gift for Cancer Patients

 Let’s join the fight against cancer. 
Let’s join the fight against cancer. 
(Photo: iStock)

Tata Trusts, led by Ratan Tata, has pledged Rs 1,000 crore and other resources to help the central government develop cancer-care facilities in five states, an initiative that promises to drastically improve access to treatment for thousands of patients.

The facilities in Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh will be created afresh or upgraded on the lines of Parel’s Tata Memorial Hospital, which attends to patients from across the country.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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7. Army Jawan From Maharashtra Searches Desperately for Missing Wife and Baby; Meets CM for Help

Anil Gondge, an Indian Army jawan from Maharashtra’s Parbhani district, is running from pillar to post trying to find his wife Swapna, 33, and one-year-old daughter Ara, who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh, where he is posted, a month ago.

Swapna had stepped out with their one-year-old to visit a temple and never came back, said Gondge, who is disappointed with the investigation conducted by the local police and has approached Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for help.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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8. Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai airport project a step closer towards reality

Eight months after it received the highest bid from GVK for building the Navi Mumbai International Airport, the Project Management and Implementation Committee (PMIC), headed by the chief secretary, approved it yesterday.

The proposal will now be forwarded to the state cabinet by October-end for final approval. With the PMIC giving its nod, the sanction from the state is said to be a mere formality.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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