Chavan to skip inauguration to avoid traffic pile-up
The flyover over Suman Nagar junction was to be inaugurated by the chief minister, but good sense prevailed.
Good news for motorists and good sense from the chief minister. "On Thursday, Navi Mumbai-bound motorists will be able to cross the Suman Nagar junction, one of the busiest intersections on the Eastern Express Highway, and directly reach the Panvel highway thanks to the new flyover. The flyover, which also ensures smooth movement of vehicles heading to Thane, was to be inaugurated by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. However, the CM has decided not to go in for a formal event to avoid inconvenience to the public,” says Times of India.
If politicians can do it, why not the underworld? "The infamous matka queen, Jaya Bhagat, known for spending a majority of her tenure in jail hospital-hopping, has now checked in to the plush multi-specialty Saifee Hospital at Charni Road in South Mumbai. She was admitted in an AC room with a sea view and a TV on the 10th floor of the hospital last Sunday," says Mid-Day.
And, finally, the law catches up with misdeeds of another from the underworld as illegal encroachments by Tavaa restaurant in Bandra were demolished yesterday. "This is not the first time that Tavaa has grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons. The restaurant had found itself in the middle of an unsavoury controversy after its owner, Hanif Kadawala, was arrested in the 1993 serial blasts case. Soon after Kadawala's arrest, the police had allegedly forced the eatery to shut down, but it re-opened after a few years. Kadawala, after being released on bail, tried to restart the restaurant," says the Times of India.
The left hand and the right are at loggerheads. "With the New Year's Eve round the corner, a circular issued by the home department has created confusion for clubs and their patrons. The circular states that discotheques falling under four stars and above category can stay open for business till 3 am, but the labour department insists it violates the Bombay Shops and Establishments Act, 1948 which states eateries cannot stay open after midnight," says Mid-Day.
Khar gets painted black. "Over the past fortnight, Khar has earned the dubious distinction of being the most unsafe locality for women in the western suburbs. The Mumbai police, in a special drive to crack down on eve-teasing, made a maximum number of preventive arrests of 'Roadside Romeos' from the leafy suburb. Prime localities of Juhu, Oshiwara, Andheri and Saki Naka followed Khar's lead on the notorious list. Khar alone accounted for more than 15% of the 556 preventive arrests by the police between November 15 and December 1," reports the Times of India.
Colaba, too, proved to be unsafe for women – in broad daylight. "The Colaba police on Tuesday arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly outraging the modesty of an American national. The accused, Hamsa Dawa, has been remanded in judicial custody by a local court. The incident took place at 11.30 am on Monday in a building on Mereweather Road, opposite Electric House in Colaba," says Indian Express.
The 'occupy' movement is over, but the movement itself is not. "Republican Party of India (RPI) activists continued with their pressure tactics in their bid to force the government to acquire the Indu Mill land so that a memorial can be built at Chaityabhoomi, where a memorial of Dalit icon Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar currently stands, in south-central Mumbai. In the morning, some activists protested outside Varsha, CM Prithviraj Chavan's official residence at Malabar Hill," says DNA.
And finally, winter comes to the city. "The minimum temperature in the city has been on the decline for a week now. The temperature recorded during night and wee hours fluctuated between 20°C and 19.8°C. But over the last 48 hours, the minimum temperature has dipped to 19° C. The maximum temperatures have also plummeted. The maximum temperature at Colaba stood at 31.3°C while the maximum temperature at Santa Cruz was 33°C. December’s mean maximum temperature looms around 32°C," says DNA.
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