A secure, three-tier space in Mumbai, legally viewed as foreign soil, reportedly served a beef dish during Ramzan celebrations. Partaking of the imported meat among other delicacies were 25 select guests. The technicality that the building and the compound are actually foreign soil within Mumbai meant the state’s beef ban did not apply — so no laws were broken. Unfortunately, however, nobody outside the select group saw what exactly was on the menu — the guests were requested politely but firmly to leave all devices including phones outside the premises.
Saving Rain Trees
After a large number of rain trees in Mumbai died last year due to insect attacks, an environmental organisation has launched a citizens’ initiative to save similar trees in Navi Mumbai. Titled iSave Raintrees, they are training the people through a science programme to spot an infected tree. One way to gauge an infection is to look for bare branches of a tree with white powdery clusters. The organisation has launched a mobile app called iTrees, which helps educate nature lovers about identifying such trees and also report their status through an online form. This data will then be shared with the NMMC and CIDCO, urging them to take action.
That THE Shiv Sena likes to play the opposition within the government is a well-known fact. It is also common knowledge that while Shiv Sena ministers may sit tight during House proceedings, the party makes its dissent heard through its mouthpiece, Saamana. However, to avoid having to comment on Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s most recent offensive in the publication, senior BJP minister Eknath Khadse decided that the freedom of the press was his best shield. Khadse, who is known to often lose his cool during House proceedings while fending off the Opposition’s attacks, calmly termed Thackeray’s onslaught on the government as a journalist expressing his opinion. “Why should I respond if he is criticising as a journalist? This way we will have to attribute motives to every journalist’s writing. I will respond if he speaks in the capacity of a politician,” Khadse snapped.
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