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BMS paper leak: 3 more held, suspects likely to miss exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police on late Saturday night arrested three more persons for allegedly leaking and selling the third-year Bachelor of Management Studies’ (BMS) ‘Marketing and E- commerce and Digital Marketing’ question papers. The police had earlier arrested ten persons after a student was found with a copy of the paper in her mobile phone. Five of the arrested students are likely to miss their exam on Monday pending court a order.A team, led by Police Sub Inspector Daya Nayak, arrested the accused Mohammed Irfan Khatri an employee of an online ticket booking firm, Naved Khatik, 20, and Rajesh Dangi, 20, both third-year BMS students.According to the police, the main accused Kalpesh Bagul, a technician of the IT department at Nirmala Memorial Foundation College in Kandivli downloaded the question papers from an e-mail sent by the University of Mumbai prior to the examinations and later e-mailed it to Khatri, who, along with other two accused, sold the question papers to aspiring students for Rs 10,000 each.”The money was collected via online transfers such as PayTm and cash. Bagul would get his share from agents to whom he had sent the question papers. We have also sent a detailed report of their modus operandi to MU. We are investigating further,” added the officer.We have not given a green signal to the students appearing for exams as investigation is ongoing. The court too hasn’t given us any directives.Officer, Amboli police station

Monkey plays hide-and-seek game at L Parel stn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the past four days, a stray monkey has been troubling Lower Parel residents. The monkey has been raiding vegetables and fruits from vendors near the railway stations as well as nearby buildings and has also attacked a couple of people.With the monkey regularly visiting the platforms as well as the Foot Over Bridge (FOB) at Lower Parel railway station, the Railway officials on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Thane forest department. A team of the department visited the station on Thursday and set up a trap cage near the Station Master’s cabin on platform number 1.Ankit Vyas, an animal rescuer from Kandivli who assisted the forest department in setting up the trap, said: “It’s an aggressive alpha male and has even attacked a couple of people, including one railway official. We tracked it for over an hour on Thursday but it kept giving us a miss as it was first on platform number 1 from where it took the FOB and went on to the east side, and then disappeared.”Vyas informed that they even spoke to several locals as well as shopkeepers outside the station and they all requested that the monkey be trapped. They claimed it kept snatching food and other things from people.”The monkey has regularly been visiting the railway station and moving on the FOB. We are worried about the safety our commuters as during peak hours there can be a stampede like situation on the FOB if the monkey attacks someone. Hence, we have requested the forest department to trap the monkey as soon as possible,” said a railway official.While the forest department has set up the trap with fruits kept as bait, they doubt that it will enter it. “We have already tried on Thursday, and seeing the size and alertness of the monkey, we doubt it will be trapped. We have spoken to the officials from Sanjay Gandhi National Park as well and if required we will dart the monkey on Friday to capture it,” said a senior forest official from Thane forest department.NOT AN EASY TASKWhile the forest department has set up the trap with fruits kept as bait, they doubt that it will enter it. “We have already tried on Thursday, and seeing the size and alertness of the monkey, we doubt it will be trapped. We have spoken to the officials from SGNP and if required we will dart the monkey on Friday to capture it,” said a senior forest official from Thane forest department.

Poisar river clean-up gets new lease of life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>River March, a community-led initiative to save the rivers of Mumbai, inspired by Versova-based lawyer Afroz Shah’s biggest beach clean-up drives in the world is planning to replicate a similar model along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to ensure a complete clean up of the Poisar river.”Every year, we hear of multi-crore contracts being allotted to clean up Poisar river and its tributaries, but it is never effectively carried out. Garbage and trash collects all over the stretch right from the mouth of the river near Kranti Nagar and the plastic and other waste simply ends up in the creek after being washed down during rains,” said Sagar Vira, a River March volunteer and Kandivli resident, adding that inspired by Shah, they too have decided to initiate a detailed Poisar River Clean up campaign with help from the BMC and the community.In fact, members of the March had started a clean-up drive at the mouth of Poisar river in April this year, but it did not yield the expected result due to lack of support from the BMC. “We are preparing a detailed plan, which is to divide the entire campaign into phases. While cleaning of the existing waste in and around the river along with the BMC is the most important aspect, we also have to ensure monitoring of the cleaning carried out by contractors pre-monsoon,” said Vira.”There also has to be an emphasis on awareness dissuading people living along the river bank from throwing waste into the river,” he said.The team has already sent letters to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis, who has been taking a keen interest in the river rejuvenation plan.”We cannot leave things to the BMC and wait for them to clean up our river and hence we as citizens will have to actively take part in ensuring that we save Poisar river. We are also planning to meet the CM to personally brief him about the campaign to ensure BMC’s participation,” said Gopal Jhaveri, founder of River March movement.The team that will be surveying the entire 14-kilometre stretch to suggest interventions required under the campaign is also eager to pick up locations along the river that can be beautified and information about Poisar river and its relevance can be shared along with also using social media to spread information about the campaign.

‘Thief’ beaten to death, 3 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three workers of a tiles godown assaulted a 21-year-old man, claiming that he had entered the godown to commit theft. The victim was rushed to Shatabdi Hospital but succumbed to severe internal injuries.According to the police, Alekh Pandey, a Malwani resident, had entered a shop with a friend on Friday, when the workers at the Lalji Pada-based godown nabbed the youth and brutally assaulted him with bamboo sticks. The workers held him captive until the next day and continued to assault him through the night.”The accused persons later let him off. In an injured state, the youth reached his residence and narrated the entire incident,” said a Kandivli police officer. “He succumbed to severe injuries and we registered a case under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. We have arrested three persons in this regard and are investigating further,” said the officer.

After Sena, MNS protests against Jain monk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Shiv Sena, it is the rival Raj Thackeray-led MNS which has launched an attack on Jain monk Naypadmasagar Maharajsaheb, for his aggressive promotion of vegetarianism and his support for the BJP in the recent Mira-Bhayandar civic polls.On Saturday, a day before the Jain monk was to arrive at Thakur Complex in Kandivli, MNS put up posters welcoming him on behalf of the ‘All India Non-veg Lovers Society’. These were pulled down by the police later.On Sunday, around 20 party workers went to the programme venue wearing garlands made of onions and garlic to protest against the Jain muni’s promotion of vegetarianism and support for the BJP, said Hemantkumar Kamble, MNS vibhag adhyaksha (division chief) . However, they were detained by the Samata Nagar police and released later.

Mumbai rains delay tests of 13-year-old seeking abortion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed a 20-year-old Pune-based woman to terminate her 24-week-foetus which was growing without a skull and a brain.The bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao relied on a report submitted by a medical board, which said that there was “complete absence of brain and skull” of the foetus and the chances of survival was minimal.The top court, however, was unable to deliberate on another plea for abortion, filed by the parents of a 13-year-old rape survivor, who is more than seven months pregnant. The matter was postponed to Monday because the medical board was unable to conduct its tests as directed by the court.”Tuesday’s deluge in Mumbai threw things off gear,” advocate Sneha Mukherjee, who is representing the parents in this case, said. On Monday, the top court had ordered a medical board at JJ Hospital to examine the feasibility of an abortion for the 13-year-old.However, due to incessant rains on Tuesday, the family, residents of Kandivli — about 31 km away from the hospital —couldn’t go for the tests.The family will go for the tests as ordered on Friday. Any additional delay merely complicates the matter since the minor is already way past her seventh month of pregnancy.

BEST strike: Commuters opt for alternative transport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the 30 lakh passengers ferrying in BEST buses were left in a lurch due to the strike; other modes of transport came to the rescue. To begin with, suburban local trains played an important role as many shifted to it. It was also a field day for auto rickshaw and taxi drivers who milked people in every way possible. Even fleet cabs like TabCab and Meru were seen on the road, whose presence for several months has been a lull.Every day, around 74 lakh people travel by the suburban system, but as it was Raksha Bandhan, quite a number of offices had declared a public holiday or people opted for leave. This compensated for those using the BEST buses for travel. Sources in the railways said all local train services were operational and they did not run the holiday schedule where 30 per cent fewer services ply.”We expect an additional 10 per cent rise in daily commuters inside local trains,” said a CR official on the condition of anonymity. Trains and platforms were crowded in the morning and evening peak hours but then gradually eased. The Western Railway ran four extra services between Churchgate and Virar stations between 10am-2pm.Anticipating the crowd, rail authorities also opened up a few more ticket windows, at Kandivli, Goregaon, Bhayander, apart from regular counters being operated in double shifts and without lunch breaks. “We deputed commercial inspectors at the railway stations to monitor the rush at ticket windows,” said Gajanan Mahatpurkar, PRO, Western Railway.The Central Railway too opened additional ticket windows at Kalyan, Dombivali, Thane, Ghatkopar, Dadar, Kurla and Bhandup stations. “These catered to the extra rush of daily ticket seekers likely to occur due to BEST bus strike,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway.People normally use buses to come not only as feeder routes to reach railway stations, but also as long distance routes along the highways on eastern and western suburbs, LBS Road, SV Road and various link roads. On August 7, due to the strike, few of the taxi and auto rickshaw drivers took advantage of the situation as they levied seat-wise charges instead of by the meter.”We had kept our officers from different RTOs outside railway stations and even at the BMC disaster control room to monitor the situation. We shall take action against those drivers who are overcharged,” said Praveen Gedam, Transport Commissioner.Even the fleet cabs TabCabs and Meru were seen plying. Over the past few months, the number of these fleet cabs on road have dropped. However, on Monday, the fleet cab companies claimed the demand spiked by 15-20 per cent. Meanwhile, the recurring problem of Uber and Ola, of surge pricing continued even on the day of the strike.

Health issues go for a toss, netas busy renaming hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On matters of health, Mumbai’s municipal councillors appear to have found more pressing concerns than the city’s poor fight against tuberculosis, and over bearing seasonal illnesses such as dengue and swine flu. In the last five years, during health committee meetings, maximum motions raised were to rename the government-run hospitals and health centers, an RTI query found.As per the Right To Information (RTI) reply received by Praja Foundation, 67 renaming motions were raised by the municipal councillors during public health committee meetings between 2012 and 2017.In 2016-17, Shiv Sena’s Pramod Sawant raised the question of changing the name of the Marol Maroshi Road (ward no.74) municipal maternity home to Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Maternity Home.In another, older instance, a question was raised on naming the Kandivli-based Shatabdi Hospital as Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital.Meanwhile, a dismal 45 questions were raised on tuberculosis (TB) in the last five years.”Of these, only four questions were raised during the meetings on TB in last three years from 2013 to 2017,” Milind Mhaske, Project Director of Praja Foundation, said.The most recent question on TB was raised on March 31 by municipal councillor of ward 168, Saeeda Arif Khan. The NCP corporator raised a question about providing milk and ground nuts to TB patients seeking treatment in municipal hospitals.”Not a single question was raised by the corporators on diarrhoea in the last four years, from 2013 to 2017,” Mhaske said.The RTI details received on Wednesday, have come as a shocker, health activists said.The city has seen a 37 per cent rise in the incidence of TB between 2012-17. According to the 2016-17 government data, over 50,000 TB cases have been registered at government institutes.TB NEWS IN NUMBERSAn estimated 32,862 people died due to TB in the last five years (April 2012-March 2017) Ward-wise worst affected TB hotspots in 2016-17L ward (Kurla) 1254 casesH/E ward (Santacruz) 659 casesR/S ward (Kandivli) 493 cases

Mumbai local shocker: Man masturbates in front of woman, Railway helpline laughs it off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another shameful incident, a woman recounted how a man masturbated in her presence in a Mumbai local train. A 22-year-old woman revealed that a man sitting in the next compartment touched himself while look at the travellers of the ladies’ compartment. The woman said that the incident occurred on June 15 but she opened up about it on Thursday.The woman wrote on Facebook: “I’m looking at my phone and I see him waving at the girl through the railing. He’s put his hands through and has reached half the distance to the girl’s face. I cannot hear him, I’m wearing headphones. I reduce the music, out of curiosity and also to see whether she needs help, I do not turn. Looking down at my phone, I hear him calling her m******d. I heard it at least six times in the 30 seconds I listened. I looked at him, our eyes met and I looked down again (sic).”She added: “Meanwhile, he puts his hand down, whips out his penis and grins at me, he starts masturbating. For those who know me also know that I have seen this too many times. Maybe that prepared me to do what I tried next. I was rational, calm.”
ALSO READ No Ladies’ nights please: Delhi Police’s bizarre plan to make Hauz Khas Village safe for womenShe further wrote: “When Kandivli came, the man got out of the compartment and started walking towards the doors of the ladies compartment. Six women who could easily take him down, started yelling. I stood up and walked towards the door. He told me he would rape me. I told him to do it. (I only did so because I knew he wouldn’t and because the time permitted me, so did the space.) (sic)”What followed was even more shocking as her complaint was laughed off by the Railway helpline. She further wrote: “I told the person on the line all the details. The train was just approaching Kandivli. Which compartment, what time. All of it. Then I told him that this person had also called us what he did. And then the person on the helpline laughed. He found it funny. I asked him whether they’d pick this person up at Kandivli. He cut the call (sic).”As the post went viral, the Western Railway took cognisance of the matter and Deputy Commissioner of Police Purushottam Karad promised to follow up. He was quoted saying by the Times of India: “We have to check which helpline the woman commuter made the call to. There are two helpline numbers — one is railway police and the other is Railway Protection Force (RPF). We will talk to the woman.”Read the full text below:Mass-Train-Bait/ MasturbateMumbai Train from Borivali to Dadar3.38 pm that was delayed. Picture taken at 4.09 pmI’m sitting in the train, going back home after meeting friends who live in Borivali. I’m in the ladies compartment, there are about 6 other women. I’m sitting on the side that can see the handicapped section of the train, but with railings in between. On my left, there is another girl. We both are listening to music. In the handicapped section is a man. I’m looking at my phone and I see him waving at the girl through the railing. He’s put his hands through and has reached half the distance to the girl’s face. I cannot hear him, I’m wearing headphones. I reduce the music, out of curiosity and also to see whether she needs help, I do not turn. Looking down at my phone, I hear him calling her madarchod. I heard it atleast 6 times in the 30 seconds I listened. I looked at him, our eyes met and I looked down again.There are many mentally challenged people who travel on the train regularly and I’m used to many of them cursing, so I thought him to be one of them and let it go. The split second where our eyes locked, he took the chance to come to me. He came to my side of the compartment and put his hands through just like he had done before.He called me the same, another 6-10 times. I looked up, and just kept looking at him for 20 seconds. Thinking of what I should do.Meanwhile, he puts his hand down, whips out his penis and grins at me, he starts masturbating. For those who know me also know that I have seen this too many times. Maybe that prepared me to do what I tried next. I was rational, calm. And I asked the other women to tell me the police helpline and also yelled that this man was showing me his privates.They gave me the helpline. I had just run out of credit in the morning, so the girl he was waving at first gave me the phone. I called up the helpline.The next paragraph is a summary of that conversation:I told the person on the line all the details. The train was just approaching Kandivli. Which compartment, what time. All of it. Then I told him that this person had also called us what he did. And then the person on the helpline laughed. He found it funny. I asked him whether they’d pick this person up at Kandivli. He cut the call.I’m not sure what happened. When Kandivli came, the man got out of the compartment and started walking towards the doors of the ladies compartment. 6 women who could easily take him down, started yelling. I stood up and walked towards the door. He told me he would rape me. I told him to do it. (I only did so because I knew he wouldn’t and because the time permitted me , so did the space.)Learnings : 1. Our helplines. Do they really help? Or is equality for women just a trend for marketing and PR? 2. Rape is supposed to scare me. Stop being scared by it. Stop making it a big deal. Somewhere there, it will stop.Don’t take me wrong.Rape IS a big deal. But physically, mentally for the pain it causes. not because the honor of this society lies in my vagina. Not because I will be SCARED by the prospect because my life will be ruined.I once even called a suicide helpline that didn’t pick up. The irony.

Mhada sets lottery date for 800 houses in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s good news in store for Mumbai’s home buyers. Milind Mhaiskar, the newly-appointed Mhada CEO and VP, has confirmed that there will be a lottery for 800 houses in August. The advertisements for the same are expected to be out by the first half of July.Mhada has been coming out with an annual lottery for Mumbai on May 31 every year but failed to do so this time. This lead to speculations that there might not be a lottery this year at all. However, Mhada has finally closed in on the details and will be making the list public soon.The houses will be located in Tunga-Powai, Charkop, Vikhroli, Kandivli, Goregaon, and Mulund. “We are working on it in detail. We are about to complete the formalities and will announce the lottery soon,” said Subhash Lakhe, Chief Officer, Mumbai board.Until recently, the Mhada wasn’t very sure about whether they will be able to carry out the lottery due to a scarcity of houses. However, they managed to get nearly 500 houses for the same. “We looked at other projects and somehow managed to get all those houses that are still under construction. We even got them registered with MahaRERA to meet all the criteria before commencing the lottery,” said a senior official.Meanwhile, Mhada is planning to reserve most of these 800 houses for the economically weaker sections, that is, people who earn below Rs 25,000 per month. When asked, Mhaiksar confirmed the development. According to sources, the prices of the houses are being finalised, after which they will start advertising them for people to apply for these….& ANALYSISAffordable homes are a scarcity in the city and most Mumbaikars depend on Mhada lotteries to avail them. After this year’s delay, the Mhada managed to finally arrange for the lottery where 800 houses will be up for sale. However, it still lags far behind in meeting the rising demand for affordable housing in the city due to the perpetual urban sprawling and increased purchasing power.

Mumbai: Toddler falls to death from balcony

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-year-old girl died after she fell off fourth floor balcony of her flat in a residential building in suburban Kandivli on Sunday, police said.The victim, identified as Yashi Shah, was playing in the balcony of bedroom of the flat when she slipped, a senior official said, adding that the incident occurred at around 1.00 pm.She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. Police have ruled out a foul play in the incident and have registered a case of accidental death.A detailed statement of Yashi’s father Manish Shah has been recorded, the official said, adding that further is on.

Man dies while trying to flee after breaking into a shop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old man died while fleeing after breaking into a shop in suburban Kandivli today, police said. Maqshood Khan and his accomplice entered a general store in Lajipara in Kandivli (West) by rolling up its shutter in the early hours of morning. However, three employees who were sleeping inside woke up, and while the accomplice managed to flee, they caught hold of Khan, police said. There was a scuffle and one of the employees pulled down the shutter. Khan’s neck got stuck in a gap between the shutter and the floor as he tried to crawl out, police said. He passed out and was declared brought dead when the police took him to a hospital. “We have registered a case of robbery against the deceased and his associate. The three store employees have been arrested for murder,” a senior police official said. Further probe is on, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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