Mid-week from Mumbai


03 May 2017

Railways considers high-speed Spanish trains on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route

Spanish firm Talgo has offered to operate trains on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route, which would reduce travel time between the two cities to 5 hours.

A committee has already been formed by the railway board to assess this proposal.

The trains from Spain can accelerate and decelerate faster, run swiftly on curves and reach destinations faster.

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21-year-old drowns while taking selfie at Bandra Bandstand

21-year-old drowns while taking selfie at Bandra Bandstand

On Monday near Bandra Fort, a 21-year-old woman slipped and drowned at Bandstand while trying to take a selfie with her sister and mother.

Local fishermen and fire brigade officials discovered her body near the Bandra Worli sea link two hours later.

The woman ignored the warning sign put up on the spot by Mumbai Police; she had also been warned by her father.


Dadar and Parel to have guided tours

To promote the preservation of heritage structures, some of which are 100s of years old, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon organize heritage walks in Dadar and Parel, two of Mumbai's oldest areas.

The BMC plans to include NGOs, historians and experts for guiding tourists and citizens on these heritage walks.

As a part of the plan, footpaths will be made encroachment-free.

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UberEATS comes to Mumbai

UberEATS comes to Mumbai

Global cab-aggregator Uber has entered the food delivery business in Mumbai with its UberEATS, which was launched yesterday.

Mumbai is India's first city where Uber has gone live with its food delivery service; it has partnered with over 200 restaurants.

Following the food delivery business model, UberEATS has already tied up with 200-300 delivery partners.

It will charge customers Rs. 15 as delivery fee.


Students have to provide 'valid reason' for changing junior college

According to a recent circular issued by the State Education Department, students are now required to cite "valid reasons" for switching their junior college after Class XI apart from their marks.

The circular stated colleges can be changed only if they are far from students' homes, do not offer preferred stream of choice or because of relocation.


Sena, Opposition want a special session for farm loan waiver

Sena, Opposition want a special session for farm loan waiver

CM Devendra Fadnavis is being pressurized to hold a special session to discuss the farm loan waivers being demanded by Shiv Sena and the Opposition together.

When the issue was raised during the budget session, Fadnavis had said loan waivers were not the most effective ways to tackle farmer suicides.

However, he later added that a decision would be taken at an appropriate time.

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