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05 Apr 2017

Ludhiana Police fail to arrest Rakhi Sawant in Valmiki case

Ludhiana police were dispatched to Mumbai on Monday following a court order to arrest actor Rakhi Sawant, but failed to locate her.

Rakhi Sawant is in trouble for her alleged derogatory statements made in a TV Show in 2016 against sage Valmiki.

In the next hearing on 10th April, Ludhiana police will submit a report to the court.

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Health

Maharashtra witnesses increase in Swine Flu deaths

According to state officials, the number of H1N1 deaths that have occurred since January 2017 is 85, a sharp increase in comparison with 25 deaths in 2016.

State Surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate said out of the 410 cases registered this year, most come from Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad.

Doctors have advised people against self-medication, urging them to visit health facilities instead.

RTE

Education activists suggest how to ensure proper implementation of RTE

Despite of the 'Right to Education' Act existing for 7 years, carrying their textbooks to a class for gaining knowledge still remains a dream for over 2 crore children in India.

According to education activists, the same can be improved by increasing education budgets, carrying out student enrolment drives and investing in teacher training.

Security in schools is another important aspect that needs attention.

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Airline security officer assisted flyer to smuggle gold

Crime

Airline security officer assisted flyer to smuggle gold

A senior security officer of a Bangkok-based airline was arrested for allegedly aiding the smuggling of gold worth Rs. 78 lakh.

Officer Amit Bhostekar helped a flyer to smuggle 2.6kg gold by taking advantage of his access to the airport.

Two other flyers were also detained for smuggling gold in their rectum.

Customs officials have seized gold and diamond jewellery collectively worth Rs. 1.9crore.

Transport

BEST fares could be increased by 50%

Mumbai's BEST is currently considering a proposal, which when approved, could increase bus fares by 50%

The proposal might also let go of subsidies provided to students, senior citizens and physically challenged commuters.

The BEST committee will discuss the same on 6th April.

According to the BEST Chairman, Anil Kokil, the hike in fare prices was mandatory to compensate for the losses made.

05 Apr 2017

Actor Vinod Khanna hospitalized

Actor and BJP Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Vinod Khanna was hospitalized on Tuesday due to severe dehydration.

The 70-year-old is being treated at Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Girgaum.

A statement issued by his family said his illness was brought under control soon and the actor is now stable.

They also expressed gratitude at the "good wishes pouring in."

BMC

Property tax collection falls short of target for 2016-17

Collection of property tax was unsuccessful in meeting its target for the second consecutive year; this is expected to affect BMC's income.

According to civic officials, Rs. 4,845 crore was collected till 31st March as opposed to the target of Rs. 5,200 crore.

However, funds collected by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation exclude refund amounts expected to be received by the civic body.

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