The Western India Automobile Association organised a motor rally by women drivers to observe International Women’s Day, in a bid to draw attention to the need for better safety for women in public transport and in public spaces. Among the well-known faces present were actor Tanvi Azmi, Neerja Birla, veteran rallyists Renuka Kripalani, Deepa Damodaran, yesteryear rallyists Navaz Bhathena Sandhu and others. But the top cheers were reserved for the first driver to be flagged off by WIAA executive chairman Nitin Dossa and Jean Todt, president of world body for motor sports. That was Rajkumari S Kasliwal, aged 77.
The fear of contracting H1N1 infection has not only increased the demand for the flu vaccine and for Tamiflu but has also seen a spurt in demand for the N-95 and triple-layered masks. So much so that a few chemists admitted that distributors are charging in excess for the masks that have witnessed higher sales since January across Mumbai. The normal cost for an N-95 mask ranges between Rs 85 to Rs 90, but a chemist opposite Bombay Hospital said South Mumbai chemists are getting masks for Rs 100 or above. Several chemists have stopped stocking N-95 masks saying that the profit margin has dropped too sharply.
All in a Name
The Bombay High Court took a serious view of the Union of India’s refusal to disclose the name of a bureaucrat in a matter where construction had been stalled as the requisite environment clearance was not taken. It has now asked the Union of India to file an affidavit explaining the unwillingness of the advocate to reveal the name of the secretary to the court during an earlier hearing. The bureaucrat is a secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. “The affidavit should explain why orders of court were not complied with and why name of secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests were not disclosed by the advocate,” said judges of the division bench.
A change in government usually means committees and commissions are replaced with members owing allegiance to the new political disposition but the timing of the change in the state’s animal welfare board is peculiar. Even as the future of old and infirm bulls and bullocks in the state falls in doubt after their slaughter was banned, the animal husbandry department appears to have dissolved most of the animal welfare board. A letter sent to non-government members of the board this week states that their appointment stands cancelled. The board was constituted only earlier this year, after a gap of 11 years. The state welfare board managed to hold just one meeting this year, the minutes of which are yet to be finalised.
The Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau on Friday arrested a senior police inspector and a police constable posted with the Thane Crime Branch for allegedly demanding and accepting ‘bribes’ from an Ulhasnagar-based businessman. Following a newspaper report referring to the businessman as a ‘bookie’, one of the policemen told the man that he would face action unless he pays up. A trap was laid, and the duo arrested. But interestingly, the policemen weren’t asking for cash. The senior inspector demanded an iPhone 6, while the constable preferred a Samsung Note 4.