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BEST to scrap 535 old buses by year-end; 19 double-deckers will also be removed
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BEST to scrap 535 old buses by year-end; 19 double-deckers will also be removed

The move is in accordance with the Bombay High Court's directive to scrap buses that have been operational for 15 years or more

Mumbai's BEST bus service has just launched its official Twitter handle, suggestions and requests are already pouring in
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Mumbai's BEST bus service has just launched its official Twitter handle, suggestions and requests are already pouring in

It certainly looks the handle will be a great place for catching up on the latest updates from BEST.

Mumbai's BEST to reduce bus fares to boost ridership; minimum fares for non-AC rides reduced to Rs 5
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Mumbai's BEST to reduce bus fares to boost ridership; minimum fares for non-AC rides reduced to Rs 5

BEST, with a fleet of 3,337 buses, including 120 double-deckers, has so far failed to recover even its cost of operation, and its ridership over the years has fallen.

Mumbai's BMC presents Rs 30,692-crore budget for 2019-20, proposes Rs 44 crore as capital investment for BEST
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Mumbai's BMC presents Rs 30,692-crore budget for 2019-20, proposes Rs 44 crore as capital investment for BEST

The Mumbai civic body on Monday earmarked Rs 4,151 crore for health and Rs 2,074 crore for primary education besides allocating funds for a number of infrastructure projects in its Rs 30,692-crore budget for 2019 -20.

BEST workers' union agrees to call off Mumbai bus strike, accepts management's '10-step increment plan'
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BEST workers' union agrees to call off Mumbai bus strike, accepts management's '10-step increment plan'

The Bombay High Court suggested that a retired high court judge be appointed as a mediator to resolve other concerns of the BEST employees.

BEST bus strike in Mumbai enters Day 9: No end to commuters' woes as workers reject '10-step increment plan'
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BEST bus strike in Mumbai enters Day 9: No end to commuters' woes as workers reject '10-step increment plan'

Over 32,000 BEST employees have been on strike since 8 January over their various demands, including pay hike, revision of pay grade for junior level employees, and merger of loss-making BEST's budget with that of the BMC.

BEST agrees to interim pay hike from Feb; Bombay HC tells workers' union to take final call on withdrawal of strike
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BEST agrees to interim pay hike from Feb; Bombay HC tells workers' union to take final call on withdrawal of strike

The Bombay High Court has directed the BEST workers' union to take a final decision on the withdrawal of its ongoing strike by Tuesday evening and inform the court on Wednesday

Mumbai BEST strike: Bombay HC to pass orders on Tuesday as Maharashtra govt, bus workers' union fail to resolve stir
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Mumbai BEST strike: Bombay HC to pass orders on Tuesday as Maharashtra govt, bus workers' union fail to resolve stir

The Bombay High Court Monday said it would pass appropriate orders on Tuesday if the BEST workers' union and Maharashtra state authorities failed to end the deadlock

Daily Bulletin: Gujarat implements 10% quota for general category 'poor'; petrol touches Rs 70 mark in Delhi; day's top stories
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Daily Bulletin: Gujarat implements 10% quota for general category 'poor'; petrol touches Rs 70 mark in Delhi; day's top stories

Today's top stories: 10% EWS quota to come into force in Gujarat from today; Petrol touches Rs 70-mark in Delhi for first time in 2019; Congress seeks immediate removal of chief vigilance commissioner; and more.

Mumbai BEST bus strike continues for fourth consecutive day; employees say services will remain suspended till demands are met
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Mumbai BEST bus strike continues for fourth consecutive day; employees say services will remain suspended till demands are met

Lakhs of commuters in Mumbai continued to suffer as an indefinite strike called by employees of BEST continued for the fourth consecutive day on Friday.

Mumbai bus strike enters Day 3: Lakhs of commuters face the heat as BEST employees continue protest
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Mumbai bus strike enters Day 3: Lakhs of commuters face the heat as BEST employees continue protest

Nearly 32,000 BEST employees are on an indefinite strike since Tuesday over various demands, including higher salaries and merger of the budget of the loss-making undertaking with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Mumbai comes to a standstill as 29,000 BEST employees take part in indefinite strike demanding seeking increase in salary, bonus
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Mumbai comes to a standstill as 29,000 BEST employees take part in indefinite strike demanding seeking increase in salary, bonus

Around 29,000 employees of the civic-run transport service BEST are going on an indefinite strike beginning on Tuesday for various demands despite an industrial court restraining them from taking the step.

Bengaluru's bus system loses least money, thanks to better supply chain strategies, lower staff costs
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Bengaluru's bus system loses least money, thanks to better supply chain strategies, lower staff costs

Bengaluru is India’s third most-populous city, but its bus system is not only India’s largest with 6,448 buses (in 2015-16), it also lost the least money.

Maratha quota agitation: BEST services suspended in Mumbai suburbs as protesters hurl stones at buses, block roads
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Maratha quota agitation: BEST services suspended in Mumbai suburbs as protesters hurl stones at buses, block roads

Protesters attacked public buses in Mumbai, and neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai as the bandh called by Maratha outfits over their demand for reservation began on Wednesday morning.

Heavy Mumbai rains claim three lives as traffic comes to standstill, road caves in and several flights are delayed
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Heavy Mumbai rains claim three lives as traffic comes to standstill, road caves in and several flights are delayed

Heavy rains in Mumbai led by the Southwest Monsoon have claimed three lives in the city and adjoining Thane district so far, according to officials.

Mumbai rail roko protest: Piyush Goyal assures students of help, says 20% posts already reserved for apprentices
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Mumbai rail roko protest: Piyush Goyal assures students of help, says 20% posts already reserved for apprentices

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday issued a statement on the rail roko protest by students in Mumbai held a few hours earlier and said that 20 percent of the posts in railways were already reserved for apprentices.

BEST acquires four 31-seater electric buses for Mumbai's suburban sectors; two more to join fleet soon
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BEST acquires four 31-seater electric buses for Mumbai's suburban sectors; two more to join fleet soon

The Bombay Electric Supply & Transport on Friday acquired four high-tech eco-friendly electric buses, which will be deployed on its Mumbai suburban sectors.

Mumbai rains as it happened: 6 inter-city trains, 108 flights cancelled due to inclement weather
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Mumbai rains as it happened: 6 inter-city trains, 108 flights cancelled due to inclement weather

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Tuesday afternoon, but there was no report of waterlogging or disruption of transport services.

Mumbai rains throw life out of gear; schools shut, flight operations hit, local trains delayed
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Mumbai rains throw life out of gear; schools shut, flight operations hit, local trains delayed

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Tuesday afternoon and the rains continued through the night till Wednesday morning reviving memories of the 29 August deluge that had paralysed life in the city.

Mumbai rains: BEST operates over 100 extra buses to ferry stranded commuters
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Mumbai rains: BEST operates over 100 extra buses to ferry stranded commuters

The Mumbai civic body's transport wing BEST has moved in to fill the void created by suspension of suburban train services due to heavy rains by operating over 100 extra buses.