QMumbai: NCP Invokes Bal Thackeray In Sena Stronghold & More
1. NCP Invokes Bal Thackeray In Sena Stronghold, Cong Targets BJP Turf
Ahead of the 2019 polls, the Opposition on Thursday launched a twin attack against the ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena. While the NCP, which kicked off a statewide ‘Parivartan Yatra’, mounted an offensive from the Sena stronghold of Raigad in Konkan belt, Congress leaders took the battle to the BJP in Nagpur — Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s native district and also the home turf of the RSS. Both parties have already declared their intention of contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in an alliance.
In Raigad, former deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal, who was originally with Sena, invoked Sena founder Bal Thackeray. “If Balasaheb was still alive, he’d have kicked (BJP national president) Amit Shah in such a way that he wouldn’t have dared to ever come to Mumbai,” he said.
Source: The Indian Express
2. After Nayantara Sahgal Invite Fiasco, Farm Widow To Unveil Marathi Literary Meet
The embarrassed organisers of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan has decided to invite a farm widow to inaugurate the three-day conference that will begin from Friday at drought-hit Yavatmal.
Dr Ramakant Kolte, executive president of the 92nd edition of the Marathi literary meet, informed that the decision was taken in a meeting held at Yavatmal Thursday. Earlier, the organisers unceremoniously withdrew invite to writer Nayantara Sahgal to inaugurate the event. This triggered a controversy and nationwide criticism. Several people, including a local Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader, objected to her presence at the conference, citing that she is an English writer.
Source: Hindustan Times
3. Three Days Later, BEST Workers Still On Strike In Mumbai
The BEST bus strike continues for the third day today. Presently, major potests are happening at Wadala bus depot because wives of BEST employees have been asked to vacate the staff quarters.
Workers including drivers and conductors have assembled outside bus depots but they are not willing to go and sign the morning muster.
Despite being warned of stringent action, imposing MESMA (Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act) on 300 staffers and issuing showcause notices to 2,000 employees to vacate staff quarters, workers are firm on continuing with the protest till demands are met.
4. 10 Illegal Cylinders Seized From Gymkhana
The fire brigade seized 10 illegal cylinders from the Bombay Gymkhana in south Mumbai on Thursday. In a fire compliance inspection of the commercial structures in the area, the fire brigade found three LPG cylinders and seven industrial use cylinders stocked in the Gymkhana kitchen. In addition, the electric panel that is supposed to be free of encroachment was blocked by cartons.
Upon finding irregularities, the fire brigade went on to serve a notice to the Bombay Gymkhana. It now has 15 days to regularise and comply with the fire safety norms.
Source: The Indian Express
5. GoAir Flight Returns After Take-Off
A Mumbai-Delhi GoAir flight of an Airbus A320neo aircraft on Thursday returned to the city after take-off after the pilot reported a technical glitch.
A GoaAir spokesperson said that engineers undertook rectification work on flight G8-319 and the glitch was corrected, after which the aircraft was made operational. It had taken off at 10.14 a.m.
“Post normal landing, all passengers were immediately accommodated on another aircraft to Delhi. The crew operated within the established guidelines for safe travel. GoAir is committed to the highest standards of safety of passengers and crew members,” the spokesperson said.
Source: The Hindu