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BMC ignored NGT order on falling trees: Activists

Green activists are up in arms against BMC for failing to ensure tree safety as well as de-concretise the tree bases in the city, despite a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.In its order the NGT had directed the civic body to clear all concrete, paving blocks and rubble around avenue trees (those lining roads) and construct tree basins. “Removal of concrete from the base was to be done in a scientific way but the BMC seems to have thought otherwise and ended up doing a shoddy work and simply cleared one feet area around the tree. NGT clearly said that the basins should be provided with nutrient rich soil, which was ignored,” said Stalin D, Director Projects, Vanashakti an NGO which took the matter of trees dying in Mumbai to NGT.He added that a majority of the trees in Mumbai were not de-concretised and where ever authorities removed concrete it made the trees even more vulnerable in the absence of soil support.“We expect the number of trees falling to only increase now due to this unscientific approach,” alleged Stalin. He added that the de-concretising work was carried out properly only in a few places in Mumbai like Dadar, Sion Panvel Highway and Matunga.Experts opine that the concretised base or paver block that is set all around the tree trunk deprives it of soil and moisture and due to it the roots also get damaged and it finally results in death of the trees. “The rigidity of the trunk on account of cementing also does not allow trees to be flexible to winds, making them prone to falling,” said an expert botanist who claimed to have given a detailed presentation to BMC’s Tree department. Meanwhile environmentalists also blamed the tree trimmings carried out as another major factor for tree falling. “Unfortunately despite so many tree falling cases, BMC has still not been able to get its act right when it comes to tree trimmings. The staff that cuts the tree seems to be more interested in chopping the bigger and thicker branches. Due to wrong method of pruning the tree becomes unstable and is prone to falling,” said Rajesh Jain a Dahisar based activist who had taken up the matter of unscientific trimming of trees with local elected representatives. CHOKING IN CONCRETEVanashakti had presented the BMC with a 14-month study in collaboration with Jhunjhunwala College’s botany department showing that one of the main causes behind deteriorating condition of trees was extensive concretisation of their critical root zone, which leads to the tree being depreived of water and falls prey to pests and fungus. It also prevents aeration of roots and interaction with the soil. Unscientific tree pruning on only one side causes it to lose its centre of gravity, making it vulnerable Concretised base or paver block set around the tree deprives it of soil and moisture damaging its roots PAST MISHAPSJuly 21, 2017 Kanchan Nath, 57, is seriously injured after a palm tree falls on her at Swastik Park in Chembur. She dies on July 22. June 6, 2017 Naval officer’s son dies after a Gulmohar tree falls on him, causing serious head injuries.July 29, 2016 48-year-old accountant loses his life after a huge tree falls on the car while he was travelling in Malad. July 27, 2015 Incessant rains lead to a tree falling on a wall which collapses on a hutment in Vakola, Santa Cruz, killing four.June 23, 2015 A 25-year-old man dies after a tree falls on him near Sahakari Bhandar at Agar Bazaar, DadarJune 23, 2015 A 60-year-old man dies on the spot after a tree falls on his cab opposite LT Marg police station. Three others injured. DNA – Research N Archives
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Cyclone Ockhi: Rain spoils Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers visit

The sudden rains in the city due to Ockhi cyclone approaching Maharashtra coast has resulted as a spoiler for the Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers who have started camping at Dadar-Shivaji Park since Monday evening.To pay tribute to Ambedkar, lakhs of people across the state gather at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on every December 6 and the civic body erects pandals at Shivaji Park for the visitors. However, the sudden rains from Monday evening destroyed the pandals at Shivaji Park and water and mud also have messed up the ground. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday evening arranged temporary accommodation for the Ambedkar followers in BMC schools in G-North civic ward (comprises Dadar-Shivaji Park, Mahim) and has also released a list of around 186 private schools where the visitors can be accommodated. BMC’s spokesperson Vijay Khabale Patil informed that the civic body has made all necessary arrangements especially food and water at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus for Ambedkar followers who are coming to Mumbai from long distance from Monday evening. Due to continuous showers in Mumbai, this years booklet on Bharatnatna Dr Ambedkar Jayanti was released in Mayor’s bungalow instead of Shivaji Park ground where it was originally planned to be released. The booklet was released by Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar in his bungalow in Shivaji Park.
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BMC to reimburse Rs 164 crore every year to BEST for free passes to students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A proposal to reimburse Rs 164 crore for free passes for students studying in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools for travelling in Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply And Trust (BEST) will come up for discussion during civic general body on Wednesday.BMC has decided to provide free commuting to students in BEST buses from their home to school. Last month, bus passes to travel in the Best bus was distributed for free to students of BMC schools. At least three lakh school students would be benefitted from the move.Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar distributed the passes at Dadar bus depot on October 31. The parent body BMC has decided to re-imburse the amount to the bus utility.From financial year 2017-2018 to every year, the civic body will reimburse BEST for free passes to students. Around 3.3 lakh students studying in 1048 primary and 147 secondary schools will get benefited.

‘Good samaritan’ held for cylist’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mankhurd Police on Wednesday arrested the man who until now was perceived to be a good samaritan, who tried to save accident victim and 65-year-old renowned cyclist Ashok Khale.The said samaritan was the complainant in the case and had got Khale hospitalised but the probe revealed that Khale had died after being hit by his vehicle.According to the police, on November 5, one Bandra resident Moiz Shaikh had found Khale unconscious at Sion-Panvel Highway and had got Khale hospitalised at a Navi Mumbai hospital. Shaikh got a complaint lodged against an unidentified motorist at Vashi Police Station in this regard.However, later the case was transferred to Mankhurd police station as the accident spot was under their jurisdiction.On November 11, Khale succumbed to his injuries at Bombay Hospital after which the Mankhurd Police had registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against unknown persons and began the probe.”When we visited the accident site we found several discrepancies in Shaikh’s statement. On sustained questioning Shaikh broke down and admitted to having rammed his vehicle into Khale’s cycle, resulting in severe injury. He told us that he was too scared to tell the truth,” said Sanjay Y Vernekar, senior police inspector, Mankhurd Police Station.The cycle, which was missing from the scene of the accident, has also been recovered by the police.On November 05, around 6 am Shaikh who was travelling in his SUV was heading towards Panvel when a few meters ahead of Vashi bridge on the Sion-Panvel highway, his vehicle hit Khale’s cycle, who was going to Khopoli from his Dadar residence.Khale, known as the King of Ghats, was the winner of national championships in 1979 and has several state and national medals for cycling to his name.He was known to have ridden the Khandala Ghat section in record time during the Mumbai-Pune national race. A recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati state sports award, he had also participated in Giro d’Italia.RIDING THE GHATSKnown as the King of Ghats and winner of 1979 national championships, Ashok Khale is known to have ridden the Khandala Ghat section in record time and is a recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati state sports award

Tomato prices up after 44% drop in supply

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After green vegetables, it’s tomatoes that are going out of the kitchen. Reason: the price of tomato has doubled in the last 15 days. At present, tomatoes are being sold at around Rs 80 per kg in the retail market while it is available for Rs 30 to Rs 40 in the wholesale market.One of the main reason, traders claim, is the drop in supply of the commodity. “The supply of tomato has dropped by around 44 per cent since October last week,” said an administrative officer of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi.On October 24, the supply of tomato in the wholesale market was around 275.5 tonnes. However, it came down to 155.4 tonnes on November 14. “With such a sharp drop in supply, the price usually increases,” said the official.Households are already worried due to the rise in green vegetable prices, now an increase in tomato price has added their woes. “After green vegetables, its tomato which is bringing tears to our eyes,” said Anupama Patil, a resident of Dadar.If the supply fails to improve in days to come, the price is likely to touch Rs 100 per kg in the retail market, fear most of the traders at APMC in Vashi. “The reason in the drop of tomato supply is heavy rainfall in some parts of Maharashtra,” said the official.According to market committee, tomato will continue to command high rate for a fortnight till new crops arrive in the market.

Eating out may become cheaper from today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ordering that extra starter or dessert at restaurants may not leave a larger dent in your wallet from today, as the central government had announced that it would reduce the goods and services tax (GST) levied at restaurants from 12 and 18 percent to five percent from November 15. However, till late on Tuesday night, it was unclear whether the cut in GST would roll out from the date announced, as a formal notification from the government was awaited.Restaurateurs had earlier complained of missing out on business and customers spending less after the new tax rate came into affect. A number of them said that the business was down by over 20 percent, and home delivery and take away orders were also hit.When GST came into force, there was a uniform 18 percent levied on restaurants that had both AC and non-AC sections, and 12 percent GST was levied on only non-AC restaurants.”For the past few months, our business, particularly the home delivery and parcels, was badly affected, hitting 30 percent of our business,” said Adarsh Shetty, president of AHAR, the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association.”There was no reason why a customer who was not sitting in the restaurant should be paying so much tax. Restaurants that had only 10 seats in AC room and 50 in non-AC were finding the same tax unbearable. Now there is rationalization across the board and we are informing our customers,” he added.”Even though a notification is not out yet, we have decided to pass on the benefit of a lower GST rate to our customers. All our members will be charging 5 percent GST from tomorrow. Even if the notification arrives later, we believe it will mention November 15 as the date for the reduced tax to kick in,” Shetty added.”We have already put up a notice outside our restaurant informing our guests that the GST rate is down and we look forward to passing on the benefit to them” said Mahesh Karkera, owner of popular eatery Mahesh Lunch Home in the Fort area in South Mumbai.”I fall in the category of common man and so it does make a difference to me when it comes to eating out. From 18 percent, if they are reducing it to five percent, it will certainly make a difference on when to go out for a get-together,” said Judith Monteiro, a resident of Dadar.However, Ankit Chona, MD, Havmor said, “While the FM has said that the tax will be reduced from Wednesday, there is no government notification in this regard. The proposed 5% GST is without Input Tax Credit (ITC), which defeats the very purpose of GST. We would have preferred a 12% GST with ITC. Without ITC we will not get tax paid on buying of materials. For example we by In-house ice cream where GST is 18% but we will not get ITC. We will have to charge 5% on the selling amount. Government’s argument that restaurant players are not passing the tax benefit would not hold true in longer run as those not becoming competitive will lose, as this sector is extremely competitive.”

Speak up Mumbai: Reasonable expectation or passing the buck?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After evicting over 20,000 hawkers from across the city over the past month, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now looking for support from citizens in ensuring that hawkers do not return to encroach the areas where eviction drives have been carried out — one of the reasons it has failed to curb the issue time and again.On November 5, members of a residents group called Friends of Dadar assembled near Shivaji Park and took a pledge to not buy the wares sold by hawkers anywhere in the city in a bid to discourage the illegal businesses which have repeatedly proven to be an impediment to the free movement of pedestrians.Civic officials in charge of the removal of encroachments have called it a welcome move and said that the participation of citizens is critical to rid public spaces of hawkers.While the BMC has been urging participation from citizens, DNA spoke to residents from across the city to find out whether they think their complaints about encroachments by hawkers have been taken seriously by the civic body.EXPERT SPEAKParticipation of citizens is crucial as there is a need to involve all stakeholders to solve the issue. It may not be possible to stop everyone from buying wares from hawkers so it is important that hawking zones are created and thereafter regulated by MCGM and the police. Other structures that obstruct movement on footpaths such as milk booths should be removed too.—Indrani Malkani, managing trustee, V Citizens Action NetworkThe authorities do not take the kind of action they should be taking against hawkers. Whenever we complain, they take some action but the hawkers soon return. Mostly action against those with political patronage is not taken. If we complain too many times, they move out for some time but come back again later. The action taken by authorities is not up to the mark.—Anandini Thakoor, civic activistVOICESConstant follow-ups with the BMC ward office are necessary to make public spaces free of encroachments. Just by writing a complaint letter or visiting the office once does not ensure immediate action. The civic officials need to be reminded repeatedly in order to ensure they have taken the necessary action.—Mehjabeen Barwani, JuhuBMC takes no cognizance of citizens’ complaints regarding hawkers. All the major roads near stations are occupied by hawkers, leaving no space for pedestrians. Barring designated hawking zones, hawkers should not be allowed in busy places. The corporation should take serious action against flouting the rules.—Sanjay Patil, BorivliWe complained about the issue of hawkers in our area about four months ago but the BMC ward office has not taken any action against a single hawker yet. In fact, more hawkers have joined in and started their business. We met the local corporator regarding the issue as well but the authority has failed to take serious action so far. BMC should probably increase the target of the collection of fines from illegal hawkers so that the ward officials take more action.—Dhaval Shah, AndheriThe BMC does take action against hawkers but only after repeated complaints and follow-ups. Besides, even if action is taken, the hawkers put up their stalls again the very next day. Why can’t the police or BMC have a system for patrolling in the days following an eviction drive if they are really serious about our complaints? The fact is that hawkers wouldn’t be able to run their businesses without the blessings from the police and BMC.—Nitin Nikam, ChemburIf people stop buying from hawkers, they will disappear. However, when hawkers are gone, shops encroach on footpaths. There has to be an easier process for lodging complaints as visiting the office every time is not possible. They should probably develop an app. Besides, people think that BMC won’t act and fear a backlash from those against whom the complaint is made in case the complainant’s identity is leaked.—Gaurav Worlikar, WorliResidents of Linking Road in Bandra and Khar have been complaining for years about the illegal hawkers menace in their areas. Despite this, the illegal hawkers are not evicted, they continue with their businesses and have created a mess for both pedestrians and motorists. Even though the BMC may have been successful in evicting hawkers from outside railway stations in the city, the civic body has not managed to evict illegal hawkers from these areas.—Sushmita Singh, BandraCan the BMC and other government agencies do anything apart from putting the onus on the common man? Being taxpayers, the least we can expect is knowing that the civic body is taking the initial steps to curb the menace. Thousands of complaints simply languish on their tables and no action is taken unless a major tragedy strikes. Citizens are ready to cooperate and support the civic body’s initiatives but the measures should be implemented without glitches.—Neeta Patel, VikhroliOne may complain to the civic body umpteen number of times but the issue always goes back to square one. The ironic part is that the hawkers are tipped off by the BMC office itself that they will be visiting with their van for an eviction drive so they are alerted beforehand. This is the most rotten form of corruption. Howsoever one complains, corruption is rampant. It’s really sad that eventually we, the taxpayers, have to suffer.—Krishna Gupta, Goregaon

Man smashes daily wager’s head with paver block

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dadar police are on the lookout for an unidentified person who allegedly killed a man in Dadar on Monday afternoon by assaulting him with a paver block on his head.According to the police, the deceased Sunil Punjabi, 30, a daily wage labourer was found killed by an unknown person on Sunday night near Dadar west. The police said Punjabi was sleeping on the footpath when an unidentified person smashed a paver block on his head. The locals spotted blood and informed the police who then rushed him to a nearby hospital. However, he was declared dead on arrival.

Hawker-free spots a challenge for BMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s eviction drives against hawkers over the past fortnight have made areas where the problem is most acute hawker-free, past experiences suggest that it will be a stiff challenge for the civic body to ensure that hawkers do not return to these areas.From Chembur in the eastern suburbs to Malad in the western suburbs, there is a history of hawkers returning to areas from where they have been driven out, and carrying on with their business after a few days. While the BMC has been focusing on clearing out hawkers from around railway stations following the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, in which 23 persons died, special attention is required to ensure that these areas stay hawker-free, owing to the lure of higher earnings for hawkers here.Another reason is that the BMC’s vigil drops in these areas, as civic officials claim they do not have enough strength to maintain a constant watch. The BMC’s Removal of Encroachments (RE) department has now sought additional manpower from the erstwhile Octroi department for this purpose.According to Shashank Rao, president of the Mumbai Hawkers’ Union (MHU), around 25 per cent of hawkers in the city carry out their business near railway stations. As per data available with the Removal of Encroachments (RE) department of the BMC, in the last one month, the civic body has removed around 21,000 hawkers across the city, and a majority of them were removed from areas within 150 metres of railway stations.Yusuf Mehrauli Road near Masjid railway station, under the B-ward of the BMC, is one of the areas where the hawker menace has been acutely felt. Despite the civic body’s crackdowns once a week, hawkers used to return to the area. The problem persisted despite more than 200 drives having been carried on by civic staff, the assistant municipal commissioner of the ward said.Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant commissioner of B-ward said that the civic staff had to resort to crushing the belongings of hawkers to prevent them from returning. “Yusuf Mehrauli Road, Bhandari street, Narayan Das Street and Nakhuda Muhala are some of the areas where hawkers come back again,” said Shiroorkar. He added that repeated action and giving a designated place to them can be a solution.The recurring problem of hawkers is not limited to one or two areas. It is spread across all wards, and some of the worst-affected areas are Dadar West, Kurla, Colaba, Malad West and Santa Cruz West. As per data from the RE department, in the last one month, maximum of 2,573 hawkers were removed from Dadar in G-North ward, followed by 1,469 in the CST and Colaba areas under A-ward, and 1,009 hawkers were removed in Santacruz under H-west ward.A hawker from Malad West, Ram Prasad Singh said, “Since there is no clarity on where we can legally carry on with our business, we have no option but to return to places from where we are driven out.”Members of the Jai Hind Hawkers’ Union, who did not wish to be named, said that as areas around railway stations, foot-over-bridges, skywalks and subways are the most lucrative, hawkers return to these areas a few days after eviction drives, when the attention of civic staff is focused on other areas.”After removal, it is necessary to keep watch on hawkers to prevent them from returning, and this can be done with more staff,” said an official from the RE department.Nidhi Chawdhari, deputy municipal commissioner (RE) said that the BMC would not allow hawkers within 150 metres of railway station. “The civic body will not tolerate hawkers within 150 metres of railway stations,” said Chawdhari.

Parties’ clash puts Rlys in a spot over hawker ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ever since the hawkers’ issue took a political turn, the Railways are hesitant to stop vendors and traders carrying huge sacks and luggage during peak hours. These include flower and vegetable vendors who added to the crowd at the Elphinstone Road station stampede on September 29, which claimed the lives of 23 people.The multi-disciplinary audit teams on both Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) had suggested disallowing these vendors from carrying their wares, gunny bags, and luggage into the rail premises especially during peak hours. However, the rail authorities have not been able to take a stand on the implementation of the ban.At stations like Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Byculla, and Andheri, vendors carry huge sacks while commuting, which causes a lot of inconvenience to the commuters on the foot-overbridges (FOBs).Sources in the Railways said that they cannot have a blanket ban on the vendors and that this would also mean preventing dabbawalas from travelling in trains during peak hours. The dabbawalas cater to lakhs of Mumbaikars daily, and they travel in the goods compartment but alighting from the FOBs is a tough task as thousands of commuters rush up and down the bridges.”We will need views from people, rail passengers and their associations on whether these vendors should be stopped from using the rail premises during peak hours,” said AK Gupta, General Manager, Western Railway.Hawkers are being driven away by political goons, and in retaliation, the political supporters are getting trashed by hawkers.In the past few days, the MNS party members have been driving away hawkers and destroying their businesses, while the Congress has come in support of the same hawkers and vendors.FUTURE PLANThe authorities have proposed to reduce the weight of luggage carried by commuters from 50kg to 15kg inside First Class compartment of suburban trains
They have also proposed to reduce the weight from 35kg to 10kg in second class compartment

Mumbai: Ticket checker held for ‘slapping’ ticketless traveller

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ticket checker was arrested for allegedly slapping a man, who was travelling without a ticket at Dadar railway station, a senior GRP official said.The Government Railway Police (GRP) official said that one Dheeraj Agarwal was caught without a ticket on platform number five at Dadar Central railway station by ticket checker Ajit Prasad (39) this evening.Prasad took him to his office, where they had an argument over the payment of fine. During the discussion, Agarwal tried to walk away from the office. However, the ticket checker caught hold of him and slapped him, the official said.Based on the complaint lodged by Agarwal, a case under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 342 (wrongful confinement).”Prasad was arrested and he will be produced before a court,” the official said.Further investigation into the matter is underway.

Tulsi Vivah celebrations mark the end of Diwali festivities today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping up with the spirit of the festive season, Mumbaikars will on Wednesday celebrate Tulsi Vivah, a wedding ceremony of​ the​ tulsi plant. Tulsi Vivah is celebrated on the last day of Diwali every year.This is a day when families and societies get together to celebrate the last day of the festival by performing Maharashtrian wedding rituals for the tulsi plant.“Two days before the Tulsi Vivah, we shop for all the wedding materials for the festival. For the last few decades, my family has been celebrating Tulsi Vivah. This day is considered as the beginning of the wedding season, according to Hindu calendar,” said Priyanka Jadhav, a resident of Vile Parle.For over 15 years, the Harharwalal society located opposite Ganesh Talkies in Lalbaug has been celebrating this festival. The residents start preparing for it a month in advance. Akshay Pange, a resident of Lalbaug society, said,“Over 250 families come together for the wedding. Every year, on the first day of Diwali we have a tradition to put up a poster of the wedding invitation card outside the society compound to invite people. We also organise Haldi ceremony a day before the wedding. By celebrating it in a traditional way, we want the families in the society to unite and celebrate our culture.”Subhangi Rane, a resident of Dadar, said, “We decorate the peripherals of the tulsi plant with colourful rangoli and other decorative items before starting the wedding ceremony. A human figure is decorated as a bride and is attached to the plant. We invite neighbours for the celebration and serve food after the wedding.”

Free WiFi ups crowd at stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Free WiFi at railway stations has become a reason for a major crowd. According to the audit report of Western Railway, non-commuters also stand at the end of the foot-over bridges (FOBs), staircases and use the WiFi, which causes congestion.The audit report mentions the misuse of free WiFi provided at important suburban stations. In Mumbai, there are 19 railway stations where WiFi network have been set up. Those stations are Mumbai Central, Kurla, Thane, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Bandra Terminus, Vashi, Kalyan, Panvel, Borivali, Churchgate, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Byculla, Khar Road, Dadar (Central Railway), Dadar ( Western Railway), Andheri, and Bandra.Senior WR officials said that they are now planning to restrict its frequency. They have found that some unscrupulous elements even watch pornography using the free WiFi at rail stations. The audit team observed that people just stand near the entry or exit of stations without any intention to travel.”Hence, it is recommended that the availability of WiFi should be restricted to main concourse hall and not on all platforms/FOBs. A provision shall also be made to switch off the WiFi during the night,” mentions the report.This decision has been taken as one of the ways to decongest railway stations. The authorities will also clear unwanted structures, boxes, toilet blocks, and food stalls that block free movement.Apart from this, they have also made it mandatory to have anti skid material and roughened granite on the landings of FOBs. All new FOBs should be planned with both side landings with a provision of ramp landing at either side for convenience of Divyang passengers. Also, staircase landing of FOBs and entrance should be made uniform.NEW VIDEO SYSTEMPresently, 1060 CCTV cameras are available at 30 suburban stations that provides live video feed which is monitored at every station either by RPF staff or station masters. The requirement to comprehensively cover all the 30 stations of Suburban section has been assessed as 2729 cameras.
In the new system, live video feed of CCTV cameras shall be monitored at every station in the Divisional Control Room at Mumbai Central. The newly proposed Video Surveillance System shall include video analytic software with facility for generating alarm for people crossing the tracks at Platform ends, people entering Railways operation areas, object/baggage left behind at Platform/waiting areas/ticketing counters and overcrowding at stations.
Face recognition software shall also be provided which shall capture faces from live video modes and generate alarm if black list match is found. The system shall be able to make suspected faces from pre-recorded video feeds. All these upgrade has been sought by the audit teams which were created on both WR and CR after the Elphinstone Road stampede that left 23 people dead.

Ashish Shelar-Raj Thackeray meet for unknown agenda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant development, BJP’s city president Ashish Shelar on Sunday met MNS President Raj Thackeray at the latter’s residence in Dadar.Both, otherwise active on social media, did not disclose the meeting nor share any detail with their followers. Raj Thackeray didn’t reply to any query on his meeting with Shelar, and Shelar didn’t disclose anything either. When contacted, Shelar told DNA, “I will talk to you later. I am busy in a meeting at the moment.”Only two days ago, Shiv Sena doled out a major blow to both the BJP and the MNS, when six out of a total of seven corporators of MNS defected to Shiv Sena. Even though Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has announced that these six corporators are only back to the pavillion (ghar wapsi) and were original Sena corporators, their fate depends on the decision taken by the Konkan Bhavan divisional commissioner.In this backdrop, Shelar called on Raj Thackeray on Sunday morning. BJP sources informed that Shelar discussed these political developments in the BMC with the MNS honcho. While both the MNS and the BJP are keeping mum on the issue, Shelar’s tweet soon after the defection of the MNS corporators reveals a lot. He had said, “Sena’s so-called Diwali dhamaka is full of dampened ammunition.”

‘Top CA’s daughter may not have jumped to death’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dadar Central Government Railway Police (GRP), who is probing the alleged suicide case of Pallavi Vikamsey, daughter of President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), was told by an eyewitness on Saturday that she doesn’t think Pallavi committed suicide, and that it could have been an accidental fall.However, moments before her death, Pallavi had sent a text message to her sister-in-law that said, “I am sorry, no one is responsible.”On Saturday the police recorded Jyoti Gaikwad’s statement, the lone witness to Pallavi’s fall from the running train, as the two were travelling in the same coach. Sources from the police said Gaikwad told them that Pallavi was looking disturbed from the time she boarded the train, repeatedly peeped out the coach’s door and was losing her balance. Gaikwad added that she wasn’t sure whether Pallavi jumped off to commit suicide but it could have been an accidental fall.The police recorded Pallavi’s father, Nilesh’s statement on Friday in which he did not make any mention of Pallavi being upset. He stated that he does not blame anyone for her death and thinks that it was an accident. “We are still probing all angles and have asked for details of Pallavi’s call records. Her mobile is still missing,” said Nitin Bobade, senior police inspector, Dadar central government railway police station. On October 4, Pallavi Vikamsey boarded a slow train from CSMT at 6 pm. At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey Road railway station informed the GRP about a mangled body lying on the tracks between Currey Road and Parel.THE CASEOn October 4, Pallavi Vikamsey boarded a slow train from CSMT at 6 pm. At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey Road railway station informed the GRP about a mangled body lying on the tracks between Currey Road and Parel. Her family had filed a missing person’s report the same night.

No one stole from stampede victims: Cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai police stated that the accusations, which were doing the rounds on social media, of people stealing from stampede victims are false. A viral picture which claimed that valuables from a female victim were stolen as family members complained to the police and railway authorities.Meanwhile, the police cleared that the valuables were in fact kept in safe custody and were returned back to the family members. The family members were satisfied with the gesture and had no further complaints in regard to the alleged theft.Rajiv Jain, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 5, said, “The confusion on social media led to chaos. The valuables were handed over to the police for safekeeping and were in the custody of Dadar police. Nothing was stolen.”

High-tide visarjan days worry BMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has warned devotees and Ganpati mandals to take precaution while visiting city beaches during immersion, as high tides from 1.09 metre to 4.21 metre are expected to hit the city beaches during the next few days.As per the information issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on August 26, which marks the immersion of one-and-a-half day Ganpati idols, a 4.11-metre high tide is expected around 2.55 pm. Similarly, on the fifth immersion day, a 3.23-metre high tide is expected around 5.48 pm. As a precautionary measure, the BMC has decided to deploy extra lifeguards.”Besides our own lifeguards, we will also hire guards from agencies and pools across the city to help existing teams at various immersion points in the city,” said a senior official from the Fire department. Major points where these lifeguards will be deployed are – Dadar Chowpatty, Juhu Beach, Mahim, Girgaum Chowpatty, Bandra Bandstand and Backbay Reclamation.Agencies are especially concerned about safety arrangements for Anant Chaturdashi on September 5, when maximum number of idols are immersed. “On September 5, a 4.11 metre high tide is expected around 11.36 am and a 3.86 metre high tide at night around 23.45 metre. This will make it a difficult task to handle the crowd,” said the official.

DJs, celebrities major crowd pullers this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Govinda troupes competed against each other with the usual enthusiasm, the usual large crowds were missing at many places on Tuesday.Onlookers preferred to flock to locations thathad celebrity attractions and DJs rather than the venues where only skill was on display.Dahi Handi celebrations hosted by BJP MLA Ram Kadam and MLA Prakash Surve saw larger crowds than the celebrations at Dadar and Gandhi Maidan, Worli.Kadam said, “Last year we did not organise the Dahi Handi because of the 20 feet height cap.”Besides bhajan and dhol performed by a local group, lavani dance performance entertained the crowd at his event in Ghatkopar this year. The local troupe was given the first chance to salute the Dahi Handi.Meanwhile, Gandhi Maidan – that used to be packed until two years ago barely had a few hundred people. “They set up a handi only around 3 pm. We have come to see Govindas forming pyramids,” said Suchita Tambe, resident of BDD Chawl. A small stage was set up by followers of Sachin Ahir. “There wasn’t any prize money this time,” said one of the pathaks that made a seven-tier pyramid here. At Dadar, Marathi cinema stars Amruta Phadke, Dnyanada Ramtirthkar and Radhaa Mistry broke the handi. “We are here to promote an environment friendly lifestyle. All festivals should be played in an eco-friendly manner,” said Phadke.

How railways managed the day during the Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With roads to South Mumbai partly blocked by supporters of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, the suburban local trains came to the rescue. Thousands of protesters, who participated in the morcha took the local trains, both on Central and Western Railways.In the morning hours, trains towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) were running full with supporters. Holding saffron flags and wearing caps, people boarded general and first class compartments; with or without valid tickets. The protesters were more on the CR than the WR line, as they came from various parts of Maharashtra.It was seen that they were trying to enter the first class women compartment as well, but were either stopped by railway police staff (RPF) or local commuters. “With many coming from various part of the state, it is possible that they might not know about the compartments reserved for women. We stationed kept ticket checkers at major stations,” said a CR official.There were more than 150 plus Tcs, who were placed across railway stations with many at CSMT, Byculla, Dadar, Kurla and Thane, where protesters boarded were in huge numbers. However, TCs did not catch ticket-less commuters merely due to the huge crowd.Meanwhile, over 400 RPF positioned since last night (August 8) at various railway stations in Mumbai.Their offs were cancelled and working hours were extended to 12 hours. CR authorities admitted that the morning hours were difficult as many protesters arrived at CST by rail. People also alighted at Byculla station to join the march starting from Rani Baug to Azad Maidan.By 2pm, the CR planned to operate four extra rakes that ran 24 services. “We operated eight services on CSMT-Panvel Harbour line and 16 services on CSMT-Kalyan route,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway.Officers from different departments, too, were posted at various stations, to monitor the trains.By 4pm, there was sudden surge in the number of protesters arriving at CST station. They were dancing, waving flags and shouting slogans. It was around the same time that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced sops to Maratha community. By this time the protesters started returning and taking the local trains.But then technical failure hit the local trains on CR at Kurla. There was point failure that hit train services between 5.10pm to 5.37pm. This affected the punctuality of local trains on the main line, which until then was running smoothly. As people threw food, pouches, and other garbage on rail tracks, platforms and station premises and littered the CST station, the CR deployed 23 extra sweepers to clean up.As evening progressed people arrived to board the long distance trains back to various parts of the state. There were seven long distance trains starting from CSMT, one each from Dadar and Kurla LTT, on which one or two additional general sleeper coaches were added. Apart from this, authorities also decided to add two special unreserved trains starting from CSMT to Solapur and Kolhapur.Meanwhile on road, taxis and BEST buses were diverted all till the evening. These did not ply between Dadar TT and CST. People who wanted to come to town, had to use the other way via Haji Ali, Peddar Road and till Churchgate.

5 lakh people to arrive in South Mumbai for Maratha Kranti march

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With over 5 lakh people expected to throng South Mumbai for the Maratha Kranti silent march on Wednesday, city commuters are likely to face traffic woes and congestion. The march will start from Byculla Zoo at 11 am and reach Azad Maidan.The Mumbai Traffic Police have issued an advisory for commuters to be followed from 9 am to 5 pm for ensuring smooth movement of traffic.According to the police, they have diverted the traffic route. Around four roads will be closed from 9 am to 5 pm and around seven roads will be available for the commuters as alternative routes. The police have advised citizens to avoid commuting on the route of the march between 9 am to 5 pm. The police have also made special arrangement for parking for the participants coming from across the state. Amitesh Kumar, Joint commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, “Considering the huge number of vehicles coming from all over Maharashtra the police have also arranged parking facility at four locations. We have made elaborate arrangements to ensure that citizens face minimum traffic congestion and traffic flow would be as smooth as possible.”Road closedSouthbound traffic on Dr Ambedkar Road will be closed from from Dadar Fire brigade junction upto JJ flyover. Also, JJ flyover from its starting point to CST junction.Hajarimal Somani road would be closed from OCS Road to CST junction.Mananagar Palika Road from Metro junction to CSTThe right turn from Bhatia Baug to CSTAlternative routes Traffic on Marine Drive (NS Marg) via Peddar Road Haji Ali towards Sea Link or from E Moses Road to Siddhivinayak towards Senabhavan is allowed.Traffic from Madam Cama road and right turn through Flora Fountain and going to Old custom House via Kalaghoda Road to Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg will be allowed.Traffic from King’s Circle taking left turn to char Rasta (RAK road) will be allowed.Left turn from Dadar TT towards Chaar Rasta (RAK Road) will be allowed.Left turn at Naigaon cross Road Chaar Rasta will be allowed.GD Ambedkar Marg Mane Master chowk to Chaar Rasta (RAK road) will be allowed.Traffic from NM Joshi Marg to Lower Parel railway station to Haji Ali to Worli Naka is allowed.

Central Railway scans unauthorised access points at railway stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could be a major security hazard, the Central Railway authorities, who inspected 11 railway stations on the suburban system, have found several unauthorised entry and exit points at the rail premises.The stations under its purview are Dadar, Kurla LTT, Kurla, Thane, Kalyan, Vashi, Wadala, Panvel, Dombivali, Ghatkopar and Karjat. Sources said that during the inspection, they found 90 odd authorised entry and exit points and 27 unauthorised points that are used by people — holding valid tickets and ticketless travellers.”We found that these unauthorised points aren’t manned 24/7. It is difficult to do so and is mainly created by people who have broken down the wall or any such path not authorised by the railways,” said a CR official.Officials said that Kurla LTT station is among the worst when it comes to security as all sides around the station premises are open. There are no boundary walls and it is easily susceptible to miscreants and anti-social elements.Ghatkopar station, which connects the suburban rail with the Metro, has no authorised entry/exit points.It has 18 unauthorised points that are used by nearly 1.5 lakh commuters every day at the station. In a meeting between the RPF and GRP to address this issue, agencies took stock of the current situation and discussed the possibility of adding manpower at these stations to monitor the unauthorised entry/exit points.Apart from this, the rail police authorities also checked the presence of door frame metal detectors (DFMD)and found that 52 DFMDs are present at six stations while there are none at Vashi, Wadala, Ghatkopar, Dombivli and Karjat….& ANALYSISSecurity at railway stations is a major concern for not only rail authorities but also commuters using the system everyday. The presence of these unauthorised entry points into railway premises shows the shoddy infrastructure. The railways need to spend more to strengthen existing security.

Seven spots along city beaches are fatal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Fire Brigade has identified at least seven spots along the beaches of the city which are dangerous to visit especially during the monsoon. The three school children on Saturday drowned at one of these spots. The lifeguards, too, could not rescue the kids as the sea is deep and rocky in nature.”The seven dangerous spots on the city’s beaches are high-risk spots for lifeguards as well. They have a chance of losing their lives if they venture into the sea. They may hit the rocks if they jump,” said Prabhat Rahangdale, chief fire officer of BMC. The seven spots are the entire seafront of Nariman Point, Dadar Chowpatty to Hinduja Hospital in Mahim, Bandstand in Bandra, Juhu Koliwada, Gorai, the seafront of Priyadarshani Park and Haji Ali in Mahalaxmi.Rahangdale said that it is not possible to depute lifeguards at these places. “We have already warned visitors to not venture into the sea at these places, and maximum cases of drowning are reported from these places,” said Rahangdale.There are six beaches in the city—Juhu, Versova, Girgaum, Aksa, Gorai and Dadar where residents visit to enjoy the monsoons.However, during high tide, these places prove to be dangerous for visitors.”We make sure to deploy additional lifeguards during monsoon to avoid any untoward incident. However, we need support from visitors. They should not venture into the sea during high tide and also stay away from the shore,” added the fire chief.

Watch: MNS workers vandalise Gujarati nameplate in Mumbai; 7 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least seven Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers have been detained by the Mumbai police for vandalising a jewellery store’s nameplate written in Gujarati, in Dadar.In a similar incident in April, at least 10 MNS activists were arrested for allegedly creating ruckus in a Zara showroom of apparel at Lower Parel area in Mumbai to oppose the sale of ‘Pakistani brands’ of clothes.Earlier in May at least eleven MNS party workers were arrested after they protested in front of Inorbit Mall in Malad against the sale of garments made in Pakistan in the H&M store.Enraged, the workers indulged in arson and set the Pakistani garments ablaze in front of the mall and shut down the H&M store, leaving customers panicked.

Govindas want their act to be highlighted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the Dahi Handi celebrations in August, city-based govinda pathaks want mandal organisers to pay attention and highlight the art of forming human pyramids rather than commercialising the festival.According to the govinda pathaks in the city, year after year mandal organisers are paying more attention to DJs, celebrity guest appearances, and dance performances rather than concentrating on the pathaks who come to perform during the day-long festival.The pathaks, who start practicing on the day of Guru Purnima every year, feel that they have not been receiving enough recognition due to the commercialisation of the festival.Bala Padalkar, the Dahi Handi Utsav Samanvay Samiti (DHUSS) president, said, “Many pathaks have been complaining that the viewers who come to watch are more interested in the dance performances, music and celebrity guests rather than watching the pathaks forming a human pyramid. The importance should be given to the Govindas and Dahi Handi.”There are around 1,200 mandals in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. Geeta Zagade, secretary of one of the pathak’s women wing, said, “Rather than wasting money on celebrities, posters, and other event elements, they should give more importance to Govindas. More space should be given to the pathaks to perform so that there will be fewer injuries. We had a meeting with the mandals a few days ago and all of these issues were discussed.”According to DHUSS, the pathak groups have this year decided to perform at mandals who plan to keep the event low-key.The DHUSS committee members also met MNS chief Raj Thackeray at his Dadar residence on Friday. Thackeray told the pathak groups to stay away from mandals who commercialise the celebration of the festival. He also pushed them to celebrate the festival in a traditional manner.What the sc saysThere are around 1,200 mandals in Mumbai, Thane and Navi MumbaiIn 2016, a day before the Dahi Handi festival, SC refused the plea by a Mumbai-based Dahi Handi trust and ordered that the height of the human pyramid formed during the festival should not go beyond 20 feetCurrently, Govindas below the age of 18 years are not allowed to perform

Google Maps help kids get admission in school via RTE

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Google Maps came to the aid of four children who were being denied admission to the KG section in Balmohan Vidhya Mandir at Dadar on the grounds that their residences were not within 3-km radius of the school, as required by the Right to Education (RTE) Act.In an affidavit filed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) through counsel Anil Sakhare said that the school had wrongly taken into account the distance to deny admission, but as per aerial measurement through Google Maps, the distance between the residences and school is within 3 km. Thus the school has been asked to admit the students.Parents of the four students had approached the court after the school denied admission to their children who had already secured admission by filling the form online, and received the admit card.Last week, the court had asked the school and parents to approach the civic body and try resolve the issue amicably.Sakhare had earlier told the court that it had issued notices to the schools, asking for a reply why their recognition should not be cancelled and why action should not be taken.Under RTE, the corporation had a functioning redressal mechanism and if there is a dispute with regards to the documents of the parents, the school can approach the corporation to resolve the same, but cannot on its own deny admission to the students.The school in Dadar had opposed the petition claiming that parents had failed to submit proper income and other documents to facilitate grant of admission. It was also said that the children granted admission under RTE drop out mid-way.RTI MECHANISMUnder RTE, the corporation had a functioning redressal mechanism and if there is a dispute with regards to the documents of the parents, the school can approach the corporation to resolve the same, but cannot on its own deny admission to the students.

Heavy rains lash Mumbai; disrupt rail, road traffic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy overnight rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas causing water logging in several low-lying areas here, resulting in slow movement of peak hour rail and vehicular traffic this morning. Many spots across the metropolis including Hindmata area in suburban Dadar, Sion, Matunga, and some parts in Andheri were waterlogged due to the incessant showers leading to traffic snarls and chaos on the roads. Suburban railway services were also delayed in the morning and trains were running up to 20 minutes behind schedule, stranding daily office commuters especially on the Harbour and Central line. According to civic officials, continuous rain spells uprooted trees at 22 places across the city but no human casualty was reported. Officials however warned of a 4.81 metre high tide this afternoon (at 2.39 PM) coupled with heavy showers, which may cause flash floods in low-lying areas in the city. According to BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner (General Administration) Sudhir Naik, the disaster management team is keeping a tab on the situation. “Civic body’s preparatory forces are in place to tackle any eventualities. There has been no significant water-logging and our machinery is keeping a close eye on the developments,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prove trees on Cadell Road a threat: HC to cops, BMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai traffic police to place on record the traffic census outside the Dadar Catering College on Cadell Road, to ascertain whether two fully grown trees on the road are posing a threat and need to be cut.A division bench of Justice RM Sawant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav gave a last chance to the authorities and asked them to come prepared on the next date of hearing with data indicating the number of accidents that occurred on the road due to trees.The bench felt, “Since the construction of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, majority of traffic would have been diverted there, thus less traffic would be plying on Cadell road.”There are two fully grown trees that the corporation intends to cut, as it claims they lead to accidents. The bench terming this issue as ‘serious’ in which it did not want to pass any orders without properly being assisted by the authorities said, “We give the corporation last chance to present its side or else we will ask the legal officer of the corporation to remain present in court on the next date.”Professor Dr AD Sawant who is leading the fight to protect the trees said, “The trees are around 40 years old and pictures show that they are fully grown. If these trees are transplanted to a nearby place it will not help the trees survive.”

MNS seeks closure of Dadar kabutarkhana, says it’s health risk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has asked the Brihanmumbai Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to shut famous Kabutarkhana (pigeon house) in Dadar in central Mumbai, terming it a “health hazard”. In his letter to the BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta, MNS leader Sandip Deshpande has stated that several residents of Dadar area, especially children and the elderly, have developed respiratory problems because of pigeons. “People residing in the vicinity of the Kabutarkhana have complained that they are suffering from respiratory problems and asthma due to pigeon feathers. The civic body has failed to take any action against the menace of pigeons in the city. We therefore request you to shut the Kabutarkhana at Dadar,” he stated. The kabutarkhana, a heritage structure, was initially built as a water fountain in 1933, but eventually turned into a pigeon shelter as nearby residents started feeding the birds. However, a BJP legislator has opposed the MNS’ demand. “I don’t think people are getting respiratory problems because of feeding pigeons. Kabutarkhanas are inseparable parts of the city’s history and culture. It is also a question of sentiments as some communities feed pigeons as their duty,” said BJP legislator Raj Purohit. The demand for closure of the kabutarkhana is being also opposed by an activist Rajiv Singal who jointly runs a charitable hospital in a suburb. “This is completely unacceptable. Instead, we demand more and more bird shelters be opened not only in Mumbai, but in all cities and towns of the country,” he said. When contacted, a senior BMC official said they have coming across such a demand for the first time. “Nevertheless, anything can be said only after going through the merits of the complaint,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1-rupee clinic: 15 RTI pleas raise concern

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the cost effective ‘one rupee clinic’ initiative gains pace in the city, over 15 Right To Information (RTI) applications raising questions about the concept and its business model have been filed within a month. One rupee clinics at five railway stations — Ghatkopar, Dadar, Kurla, Mulund and Wadala — started in the month of May, have seen a footfall of 6,900 visitors.According to Dr Rahul Ghule, who started the concept, there have been over 15 RTIs filed by citizens to the Food & Durg Administration (FDA) department within a month of its opening. Dr Rahul Ghule, said, “We are a private organisation due to which we did not receive any RTI directly but there are few filed with the FDA by citizens to know about the funding and business model. It is good to see that many people want to know about the ‘one rupee clinic’ initiative. We are an open platform so citizens can ask us their queries. We have taken Rs 50 lakh loan to open the clinics and there are no government funds involved. It is a sustainable model.”FDA Comissioner, Harshadeep Kamble, said, “Since it is collaboration, there is no need of a giving special license to them.”

Farmers’ strike causes prices to skyrocket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On its third day, the farmers strike seemed to have had some effect as not only was the supply less, but the prices of some of the perishables had sky-rocketed to fifty per cent more than what they were on the second day of the strike.Vegetable vendors said that neither was supply coming in, nor were vegetables priced cheap enough to be bought and resold.They purchased less, fearing that they would not be able to sell vegetables at a higher rate. When DNA tracked the vegetable prices, the following were the prices at which vendors sold their vegetables.Cuffe Parade MarketPotato Rs 25 / kg (25*)OnionRs 25 / kg (25*)TomatoRs 120-160 / kg (40*)BhindiRs 80 / kg (80*)BrinjalRs 80 / kg (80 (both)*)CauliflowerRs 120-140 / kg (80*)CabbageRs 60 / kg (60*)Colaba MarketPotatoRs 20 / kg (18*)OnionRs 20 / kg (18*)TomatoRs 120 / kg (30*)BhindiRs 80 / kg (60*)BrinjalRs 60 / kg (40*)CauliflowerRs 120 / kg (80*)CabbageRs 80 / kg (60*)EggRs 4 per piece (RS 4 per piece*)MulundBrinjalRs 80 / kg (80*)TomatoRs 100 / kg (40*)CauliflowerRs 100 / kg (80*)PotatoRs 30 / kg (30*)OnionRs 30 / kg (30*)LadyfingerRs 80 / kg (80*)KurlaBrinjalRs 80 / kg (60*)TomatoRs 80 / kg (30*)CauliflowerRs 100 / kg (80*)PotatoRs 20 / kg (15*)OnionRs 20 / kg (15*)LadyfingerRs 60 / kg (60*)DadarBrinjalRs 100 / kg (80*)TomatoRs 140 / kg (45*)CauliflowerRs 100 / kg (70*)PotatoRs 24 / kg (20*)OnionRs 24 / kg (20*)LadyfingerRs 80 / kg (80*)Siddharth Nagar, WorliOnion – Rs 20 / kg (16*)Potato – Rs 20 / kg (20*)Tomato – Rs 80 / kg (32*)Ladyfinger – Rs 60 / kg (40*)Cabbage – Rs 40 / kgWorli marketPotato – Rs 20 / kg (20*)Onion – Rs 20 / kg (16*)Tomato – Rs 80 / kg (32*)*Prices of vegetablesas on June 2, 2017

1 killed, 34 hurt as tourist bus overturns in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person was killed and 34 other passengers were injured when a tourist bus overturned in Dadar area here early today, a police official said. The Borivali-bound bus with 35 passengers onboard was coming from Devrukh town in Maharashtra’s Ratangiri district when its driver lost control over the vehicle at around 5 AM. After which, the bus hit a road-divider on Dadar TT bridge and then toppled, Matunga police station’s Senior Inspector B M Kakad said. One of the passengers, Sainath Bahalekar (35), died in the accident while the 34 injured passengers were rushed to a hospital, he said. The accident briefly led to traffic disruption on the bridge. Later, the bus was removed from the spot and the traffic movement was restored, Kakad said. The police have arrested the bus driver, Muttu Nadar, who also sustained minor injuries in the accident, he said. Kakad said it does not appear that the driver was in an inebriated state but his blood samples have been taken for further examination. A case has been registered against the driver on the charge of causing death by negligence, rash driving and endangering life or personal safety of others, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rs 1 crore demonetised currency seized; 2 held in Thane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane crime branch officials have seized Rs 1 crore in demonetised currency and detained two persons in this connection. Acting on a tip-off, a police team kept vigil near a hotel in Talaopali area last night and found the duo moving suspiciously, said senior police inspector (Crime) Ravindra Doipode. The illegal currency was stacked in a sack and a handbag, he said. Police have identified the duo as Manoj Cheda (36), a resident of Parel, and Prathamesh Bhaskar (22) from Dadar. They have recovered 6,455 notes of Rs 1,000 and 7,090 notes of Rs 500 from the duo. The seized currency was later handed over to the Income Tax department for further probe as the suspects could not explain the source of the money.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj Thackeray hails Ramdev as ‘the biggest global evangelist of Hindu traditions of yoga and ayurveda’

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday, met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray at his residence. Though it was not known what they discussed during the meeting, Thackeray hailed Ramdev as “the biggest global evangelist of the Hindu traditions of yoga and ayurveda.” The MNS leader also lauded Ramdev’s efforts to promote yoga and also ayurveda globally, through his FMCG firm Patanjali Ayurved Ltd.The meeting took place at Thackeray’s residence ‘Krishna Kunj’ in Dadar at around 9.30 am.”It was great meeting Baba Ramdev. He is the biggest global evangelist of Hindu traditions of yoga and ayurveda that India has seen,” Thackeray said.No statement was issued by Ramdev or Patanjali about the meeting.

Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passes bill for Bal Thackeray Memorial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill for Bal Thackeray Memorial in Dadar, in the memory of the Shiv Sena founder. The mayor’s bungalow at Dadar will be used to build a memorial in the memory of late Bal Thackeray. Earlier in November 2015, Fadnavis said that a plot near the mayor’s bungalow at Dadar will be used to build a memorial in the memory of Bal Thackeray and added that it would inspire people to emulate his contribution to society while he was alive. “Selected Mayor Bungalow which is located in Shivaji park of Dadar will be used to build Bala Saheb’s memorial. The memorial will be set up on similar lines to the memorial of the first chief minister of Maharashtra, Yashwantrao Chavan,” Fadnavis had told media. “A foundation stone will also be setup, which will be headed by Uddhav Thackeray. The memorial will remind the people of the values followed by Balasaheb and the work done by him in Maharashtra and the entire country,” he added. Bal Thackeray passed away on November 17, 2012 after a massive cardiac arrest. Thackeray began his professional career as a cartoonist with a English daily and founded the Shiv Sena in 1966 with the intent of fighting for the rights of the natives of the Maharashtra.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Video | #BMCElections: Residents of Shivaji Park building claim their names missing from voters’ list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the residents of Popular Niketan in Shivaji Park, Dadar are not on the voter’s list for the BMC polls.A resident, Kumar Gokhale, speaking to DNA’s Geeta Desai said that he checked all the schools in the area but couldn’t find the name on the voter’s list. “Not just me, all the residents of my building, did not find their names in the list. There are 25-30 people who didn’t find their names in the list. Our kids were first-time voters but couldn’t find their names in the list and felt discouraged,” he said. “I spoke to Zonal officer regarding the issue, but it didn’t bear any fruit,” he said.Polling for the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and 9 other civic bodies across Maharashtra got underway this morning with estranged allies BJP and Shiv Sena at the forefront of this battle of might.

Sena corporators join BJP; allege nepotism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Shiv Sena corporators today joined BJP, ahead of the February 21 BMC poll. The duo, Nana Ambole and B Panchal joined BJP in presence of Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar, at the city office of the party in Dadar. Ambole, two-term corporator from Lalbaug-Parel area, said he decided to quit the Sena as the local legislator of that party threatened to finish his political career. “Now, I will show him my popularity among Lalbaug-Parel voters. I had merely sought BMC poll ticket for my wife,” he said. Panchal, Sena corporator from Shivajinagar-Mankhurd suburbs, said he was working for the saffron party with dedication but was disappointed with that party’s MP in that area “preferred to favour his own family members, instead of sincere party workers when it came to giving poll tickets.” Former Sena corporator Prabhakar Shinde also joined BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Republic Day parade to be held at Shivaji Park

Maharashtra: Republic Day parade to be held at Shivaji Park

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Mumbai: Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday decided that the Republic Day parade on 26 January in the state will be held at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai.

“The parade was organised at Marine Drive in 2014. But, due to security concerns, the official function was shifted back to Shivaji Park a year later,” an official from the Chief Minister’s Office said.

“This year too, like the previous two occasions, the function will be held at Shivaji Park in Dadar,” he said.

The previous Congress-NCP government had broken the old practise of the Republic day celebrations at Shivaji Park and shifted them to Marine Drive on the lines of the function and Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.

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SA 372 8 110.1

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LIVE Australia Vs Pakistan Live Score

AUS vs PAK | Jan 3rd, 2017

AUS 365 3 88.0

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LIVE New Zealand Vs Bangladesh Live Score

NZ vs BAN | Jan 3rd, 2017

NZ 143 4 18.0

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