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Demanding salary hikes, employees of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will be on strike indefinitely from the midnight of October 16th.

Employees' demands include implementing the 7th pay commission and an interim hike of 25% until the same.

The strike is expected to hit those expecting to travel during the Diwali holidays.

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In bad news for Mumbaikars relying on autorickshaws and taxis for their daily commute, a four-member Khatau Committee suggested a price hike for these two modes of transport.

The Committee submitted its report to the Maharashtra government. Transport Minister Diwakar Raote and Principal Secretary (Transport) Manoj Saunik would review it.

Currently, 45 lakh people in Mumbai use autos and taxis every day.

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Parents of children studying in Ryan Group's St. Joseph High School in Mumbai's Panvel objected to a prayer students were asked to recite during the morning assembly.

They asked the school to stop "forcing" children to recite Psalm 109 of the Bible, a prayer for the punishment of the wicked.

The parents have also been fighting with the authorities over fees-hike issue.

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