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24 May 2017

Mumbai based acid attack victim finds love at 26

Mid-week from Mumbai

In 2012, Lalita Ben Bansi was attacked with acid by her cousin, who threw it on her over a minor argument.

5 years and 17 surgeries later, she tied the knot with 27-year-old Ravi Shankar at a Thane court on Tuesday.

The couple met 2 months ago; it all started with a wrong number.

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Mid-week from Mumbai

24 May 2017

Haji Ali Trust asked to pay Rs. 1.9cr for mobile-towers

Mumbai's collector has directed the Haji Ali Dargah Trust to deposit Rs. 1.9cr as its share of half the income it generates by permitting mobile towers on its premises.

Abdul Sattar Merchant of the trust challenged the demand in the Bombay HC, stating that the income is used for the development of the religious community.

The HC vacation bench will hear the plea today.


No more toll for driving into Mumbai airport's Terminal 2

On 23rd May, workers from Shiv Sena decimated the toll booth outside the Terminal 2 entrance of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

They also threatened to storm into the airport if the booth is ever set up again.

This was done against the collection of Rs. 130 from vehicles entering the airport.

Before vandalizing the toll, party members also protested outside the airport.

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Municipal commissioners to get poor appraisals if cities are unclean

Maharashtra government has identified the 'Key Results Area' parameters for all municipal commissioners for the 2017-18 year.

The highest marks (30%) have been kept for ensuring that 90% of the waste is segregated and composted.

20% marks have been reserved for tax recoveries, another 20% for making BMC financially independent.

10% has been kept for other areas like declaring a city free of open-defecation.


Panel to commence hearing on collapsing of Mahad bridge

15th June onwards, a judicial inquiry commission will hear the case of the collapsing of the British-era bridge on the Savitri River near Mahad, Raigad.

The 9-decade-old bridge was a stone arch masonry structure and was 188-metres long.

On 2nd August, 2016, the bridge was washed away in the monsoon.

2 buses, 1 private vehicle fell into the river, and 29 people went missing.

MMRC permitted to cut 1,000 mangrove trees for Metro-3


MMRC permitted to cut 1,000 mangrove trees for Metro-3

The Union Environment Ministry has allowed Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to construct 2 land parcels measuring 0.91 hectares and 0.34 hectares respectively inside the mangrove wetlands at Bandra Kurla Complex and Dharavi for its Metro-3 project.

According to officials, approximately 1,000 mangrove trees would be cut for the same.

MMRC has agreed to plant 5,000 mangrove trees for the loss of green cover.

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