QMumbai: Shivaji Memorial To Be Taller; NCP Woos Raj Thackeray?

1. To Keep up with Uttar Pradesh, Height of Shivaji Memorial May Go Up

A representation of the proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial.

Following the Uttar Pradesh government’s announcement that it will build a 221-metre statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, the state government may increase the height of the proposed Shivaji memorial statue (212 m) to make it taller than the Ram statue.

Vinayak Mete, Chairman of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Project Implementation, Monitoring and Co-ordination Committee, said on Wednesday that a decision in this regard will be taken after the UP government’s decision is verified.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Is The NCP Wooing Raj Thackeray?

This isn’t the first time there have been whispers about the NCP wooing MNS. Word has it that though NCP's existing ally, Congress, was worried about the backlash from Hindi-speaking states due to MNS chief Raj Thackeray's past remarks against North Indian migrants. Perhaps that's why the Sharad Pawar party organised an event for North Indians in Kandivli on Sunday, to help Thackeray extend an olive branch to the community.

The event, held at Bhura Bhai hall in Kandivli, marked a rare instance where Raj Thackeray spoke in Hindi. Speaking to North Indians invited there by the NGO, Uttar Bhartiya Maha Panchayat, Thackeray clarified that he had no hate for North Indians and merely wanted priority for Maharashtrians in job opportunities.

(Source: Mid-Day)

3. MERC to Decide Future Course of Action Against Adani Electricity

Representational Image. 

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission may explore multiple options available under its own regulations and the Electricity Act, 2003 to address the issue raised by political parties and NGOs relating to the inflated bills recovered by Adani Electricity from its consumers, mainly from the suburban Mumbai. Power industry experts explained that MERC may accept Adani Electricity's explanation and close the matter or rap the company for lapses in the dissemination of information with regard to sending electricity bills on an average basis. The regulator may rope in a third party to prepare a report and based on its recommendations ask Adani Electricity to take corrective steps.

(Source: DNA)

4. Collector Orders Razing of Nirav’s Alibaug Bungalow

The Raigad collector has issued an order to demolish illegal sea-facing bungalow of fugitive businessman Nirav Modi on Alibaug beach, the state government told the Bombay high court on Thursday. As many as 58 other such constructions by locals on Alibaug beaches will also be razed. The action is not related to the Punjab National Bank fraud, in which Modi is the accused, but dates back to 2010 when he was issued a demolition notice. Modi was permitted 376 square metres in Kihim, but he constructed on 1,071 square metres—674 square metres in excess.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Mika Singh ‘Held in Dubai for Harassing Brazil Teen’

Mika Singh. 

Singer Mika Singh was detained in Dubai on Thursday for allegedly sending inappropriate pictures to a Brazilian teenager, reports said. There was no official statement by authorities in the United Arab Emirates at the time of going to print on Thursday night.

But a source in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that Mika had been detained for questioning after the 17­-year-­old girl lodged a complaint of harassment.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. Rename Malabar Hill as Ramnagari: Shiv Sena Corporator

A Shiv Sena corporator in the Mumbai civic body has suggested that Malabar Hill, the city’s posh, VIP address, be renamed Ramnagari, citing mythological significance.

Dilip Lande, the coporator from Kurla, has proposed that Malabar Hill be renamed Ramnagari after Lord Ram who, according to myth, stopped in the neighbourhood while journeying to Lanka to rescue Sita. He had also reasoned that ‘Malabar Hill’ is an English name and hence, needed to be changed. The proposal will come up for discussion in December’s general body meetings of the BMC.

(Source: The Indian Express)

7. Three Missing Girls Traced By Cops Under Operation ‘Muskan’

Three girls who had gone missing from Navi Mumbai were traced and reunited with their families by police's anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) under ‘Operation Muskan’, police said Thursday.  A six­year-old girl was reported missing by her father on 15 October, 2016. During the investigation, police got to know the man and his wife had separated.  They found that the woman had taken the child along with her to another place in Navi Mumbai without informing her husband or police about it, a release issued by the Navi Mumbai police said.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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