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NCP corporator seeks quality checks on mid-day meals in BMC-run schools
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Khan even carried samples of mid-day meal served at one of the BMC schools at Kurla to the meeting. The samples have been sent for testing at a laboratory.

At BMC meeting, BJP, Sena spar over dustbins
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The matter came to light on Friday after BJP councillor from ward 16 (Gorai) Anjali Khedekar reported that the previous corporator of the ward, Shiv Sena’s Sandhya Doshi, had stocked up dustbins at Kranti Maidan since last year.

No place to feed her son, corporator plans proposal for babycare room in BMC HQ
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Due to the lack of a baby care room in the civic headquarters, Kini (26), a first-time corporator from Manori ward No. 32, has been compelled to feed her son Sanchez in the security guard’s cabin and even on the staircase of the building at times

Ganesh Mandals: Less than a week for Ganeshotsav, BMC yet to process 87 per cent applications
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

For the 10-day festival that will begin on August 25, the BMC had received 1,312 applications for setting up Ganesh pandals. While 1,153 applications are still pending with the civic body, 74 have been rejected.

Ghatkopar building collapse: Survivors say no to temporary homes in Bhandup, Kanjurmarg
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Local BJP MLA Ram Kadam, however, said there are no flats available in Ghatkopar, and the survivors would have to accept homes in suburbs further north.

Vande Mataram mandate: Urdu-medium BMC schools fear parents’ ‘backlash’
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

SP leader Raees Shaikh said the verses of Vande Mataram are “in direct conflict” with the beliefs of Islam. “I respect the national song, but making it mandatory is unconstitutional and unfair,”

Mumbai hawker eviction drive: Cylinders, hand carts, stalls: BMC seizes goods worth Rs 2.25 cr
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

According to Deputy Municipal Commissioner (encroachment) Ranjeet Dhakane, who led the operation, the team seized 1,150 handcarts, 841 cylinders, 62 table-stalls and 13 sugarcane juice extracting machines.

Mumbai: Amid SP walkout, BMC makes Vande Mataram must in schools
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

After the proposal was tabled before the civic general body, corporators of the SP and the Congress sought a discussion in the matter. However, the proposal was passed without a discussion and debate.

Mumbai: Byculla zoo revenue goes up threefold in 10 days
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The BMC recently increased the zoo’s entry fee from Rs 5 for adults and Rs 2 for children to Rs 50 for adults and Rs 100 for a family of two adults and two children. Regular visitors could earlier get a monthly pass at Rs 30.

Maratha Kranti Mook Morcha: Muslim groups support rally
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Muslim groups too extended their support to Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai on Wednesday. Different Muslim groups put up benches at Byculla, Nagpada and CSMT where they provided food and water to the participants of the Morcha.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation widens Azad Maidan gate for ‘biggest’ Maratha rally on August 9
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

In a first, the BMC is widening the entrance of the historical Azad Maidan by 30 feet. Authorities fear the venue might not be able to accommodate many protesters, and hence, the BMC will use the adjoining Bombay Gymkhana ground too for the rally.

Police hunt for CCTV recorder in debris of Ghatkopar building
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Sunil Shitap had installed CCTV cameras in his nursing home

Ghatkopar Building Collapse: Shitap planned modern maternity home on ground floor, say police
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The revelations come days after the arrest of Anil Mandal, the site contractor Shitap had hired. Shitap, who owned the ground floor, ran a nursing and maternity home there until a month ago. Police said Shitap planned to operate the new maternity home on his own.

Development Plan: Opposition backs Shiv Sena, proposal on Metro carshed in Aarey rejected
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

As the draft of revised DP 2034 was approved by the general body past Monday midnight, the carshed issue became a bone of contention among political parties. The approval for the draft plan had to be held back because of a lack of consensus in the House over the issue.

Ghatkopar building collapse: BMC razes four other ‘illegal’ structures owned by Shitap
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The BMC has demolished four structures owned by Shitap on LBS Marg and Andheri-Kurla Link Road, hardly 1-1.5 km away from the site of the collapsed building. The four structures demolished included a warehouse, a garage, a two-storey structure in a chawl and two catering units.

Draft Development Plan 2014-34 gets BMC nod, finally
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Voting by show of hand on the Metro carshed issued in Aarey colony was still on till last reports came in. The ruling Shiv Sena is not in favour of the state government’s decision to build the carshed on Aarey land.

The Original ‘Sonu’ Song
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

‘Happy song became so popular, but wish spin-offs had given me credit’

Boosting population: Jiyo Parsi phase II campaign launched
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

The concept of the campaign was conceived and promoted by Parzor foundation, Bombay Parsi Punchayet, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the federation of Zoroastrian Anjumans of India.

101 babies in 3 years, ‘Jiyo Parsi’ looks for more fertility
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Started in 2014, the government-supported campaign is an initiative conceived and promoted by Parzor Foundation, Bombay Parsi Punchayet, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and The Federation of Zoroastrian Anjumans of India.

BMC to hire private agency to keep headquarters clean
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Work of 19-member maintenance department set to be outsourced

Ghatkopar housing society building collapse: Victims do not just lose their homes, but also dreams, identity, says survivor
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The news of the collapse of Ghatkopar’s Siddhi Sai Cooperative Housing Society on Tuesday made the residents of Borivali’s Laxmi Chhaya building and Dockyard Road’s Babu Genu Mandai building revisit the horrors of a similar tragedy in the past. “I saw myself when I watched the victims of Ghatkopar’s building collapse on TV channels on […]

12 killed in Mumbai building collapse
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Residents of the housing society alleged that Sunil Shitap, the owner of at least three flats on the ground floor, was responsible for the mishap as he made structural changes to the ground floor as he wanted to convert it into a nursing home. This weakened the building, they alleged.

Ghatkopar building collapse: At least two feared trapped, two ‘missing’
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Nearly 70 NDRF personnel and two Labradors were engaged in the rescue operations. With the fire brigade finding it difficult to cope with the scale of the operation, the NDRF’s efforts got under way at 1 pm, and bodies began to be removed from the rubble at regular intervals.

Ghatkopar building collapse survivors recount horror: Trapped under debris, man tells son on phone ‘I’m safe’
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Stuck under the debris, Rajesh kept his son informed that he was ‘safe’. Rajesh was asleep when the building started to crumble. He was lying in bed when a portion of a wall fell on his leg. Under the rubble for nearly nine hours, rescue workers pulled Rajesh out of the debris; however, his legs remained trapped.

BMC’s door-to-door scan to combat TB starts on August 1
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

373 teams formed to visit households in areas assigned to them

BMC plans 396 new pre-primary centres
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Teachers and activists, however, point out that not only are the existing balwadis short-staffed, the poor honorarium and salary paid to teachers and untrained teaching staff (balwadi sevika) has often prompted them to go on strike.

Shiv Sena calls RJ Malishka Mendosa’s video political gimmick
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

“It is for everybody to see who all are backing her and supporting her now. Malishka’s parody is nothing but a political stunt to malign the Shiv Sena. As soon as she was criticised, many political figures came forward in her support."

Carcasses in Dahisar river: Residents urge BMC to act against cowshed owners
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Residents of Srikrishna Complex, a housing society with over 250 families, were the first to find the carcasses on Thursday morning and inform the authorities. There are 18 cowsheds around the society.

Mumbai BMC schools to offer international curriculum
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Currently, the department is in the process of shortlisting 100 schools. Of these, the majority (25) are run by the BMC. BMC officials believe the scheme could provide a new lease of life to the “dilapidated” municipal education system.

These teachers brought a dying village school in Maharashtra back to life in one year
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Nawli is a village of around 2,000 residents, most of them farmers who grow soya bean and toor dal. The village has only one school — the Nawli zilla parishad school.

Thane Municipal Corporation gets notice over schools charging fee
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

An official said the allegations were serious as the civic body was said to be collecting fees in violation of the Right to Education Act. “We are awaiting the report from the TMC’s education department,” said a state government official. 

Students abroad rue govt delay in sending scholarship funds
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

These 75 students were selected for masters and PhD programmes at universities abroad under the ‘Rajarshi Shahu overseas scholarship’ offered on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar.

Maharashtra govt forms panel to name hostels for backward class meritorious students
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Students and inmates of these hostels, however, called it a move to politicise the leaders and felt that improvement of hostel facilities was more important.

Victoria owners reject govt offer of hawking licences
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The government resolution (GR) that was issued by the home department last week offers hawking licences plus Rs 1 lakh or Rs 3 lakh in compensation should they choose to not opt for the licence.

After protests, 7 TMC schools asked to stop charging students fee
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Following a news report in The Indian Express, the TMC has issued notices, to the schools to stop collecting fee from 2017-18.

3,000 students who failed SSC exams enroll for skill training
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Maharashtra has joined hands with National Yuva Co-operative Society (NYCS) to set up centres to provide skill development courses to interested students.