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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Iram Siddique


Ganesh Chaturthi: No green signal from state, Rlys puts on hold train services to Konkan
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

The special train services were expected to begin on Tuesday. However, late Monday, the Railways had not received the go ahead from the state government to operate the trains.

For Ganesh Chaturthi, govt nod to special trains from Mumbai to Konkan
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

The state's nod comes as a response to a letter sent by the Central Railway (CR), which had sought the government's view, as rail officials were receiving appeals for such trains from public representatives.

Mumbai: Malls reopen to attractive discounts, low footfall
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

The state government on July 29 had rolled out fresh relaxations to the lockdown norms and allowed malls and market complexes to reopen from 9 am to 7 pm across the state, including in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Lower berths: MP HC asks Rlys to give preference to senior citizens, pregnant women over VVIPs
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

“However, as regards to berth allotment is considered, the respondent Indian Railway is requested to re-prioritising the berth allotment by giving the highest priority to pregnant women, then to senior citizens and thereafter VVIPs,” the court has said.

Curtailed annual haj leaves many disappointed, say accepted applicants should be allowed next year
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

With millions of people hopeful of undertaking the journey, the Saudi government is tightly regulating the entry for the pilgrimage to avoid crowding. Each country has been allotted a specific quota with India being eligible to send 2.3 lakh pilgrims.

Maharashtra: No fresh SOPs by govt, police seize vehicles with goats
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

This comes after the government, in its earlier guidelines, had allowed the sale of goats either online or through calls even as it did not allow the customary Deonar market to be held this year.

Harrowing journey: Travel without local trains in Mumbai
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Iram Siddique spoke to some residents of these satellite towns who are spending more money and time to get to work everyday.

Pandemic claims colonial vestige: Railways to end dak messenger system
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

The Railway Board has urged officials to stop the use of these messengers, a practice dating back to the colonial era, and instead use video conferencing for any communication.

Maharashtra: MSRTC asks all employees to report to work
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

This comes even as the state government is yet to make an announcement and a nod is awaited from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Explained: Why traders have not returned to Mumbai’s Deonar abattoir
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

The restriction on meat traders to sell their livestock only to local dealers and not allowing unsold animals to leave the mandi have been met with stiff resistance by the trader’s association.

Mumbai: No goats or sheep slaughtered in last 20 days, traders say unviable rules
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The traders and mutton dealers have called the guidelines issued by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for Deonar as unreasonable and detrimental to business, pushing them to rely on the unregularised and underground markets that have mushroomed across the city.

Muslim MLAs likely to meet Pawar over restrictions on Eid-ul Adha celebrations
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The delegation, to be led by Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party MLA from Bhiwandi, is set to request Pawar to intervene to ensure the state government reviews its recent guidelines that have prohibited the sale of animals, for the purpose of sacrifice.

Come August, Maharashtra govt may allow inter-district travel for Ganesh Chaturthi
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Lakhs of people from the districts of Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, who have migrated to other parts of the state, especially Mumbai, return to their home districts annually for the festival.

Eid-ul-Adha: Traders in Deonar left in lurch as Maharashtra govt prohibits sale of sacrificial animals in open markets
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Instead of selling the cattle at the mandi, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has issued a set of guidelines stating that the sale of animals for the festival will be restricted to online or through calls while no mandis for sale of animals will be functional across the state

Migrant workers who left for their home states return; Back in Mumbai
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

Kamaluddin has been working in Mumbai for over ten years in a pipe parts manufacturing unit in Andheri. He went home in January and was stranded there during the lockdown. He returned to Mumbai in spite of his family’s protestations in view of the increasing Covid cases because his savings had dried up.

Mumbai: Reduced services, better preparation allow Railways to run smooth services
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

As per existing rules, the protocol for moving on waterlogged tracks entails the motorman to halt the train for a full minute before moving ahead at a restricted, much slower speed.

Mumbai: Soon, QR codes to allow essential workers to board local trains
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

At the entrance of the stations, as the ID cards will be scanned, the QR codes will throw up photographs of the essential workers to whom they have been issued, allowing the security personnel and ticketing staff to verify the same with ease.

Railways develops prototype coaches for safe travel
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

The two coaches — one AC and the other non-AC — have been equipped with foot-operated wash basins and toilets while the air purifier has been modified to ionise the air, ensuring a non-conducive environment for germ growth, said officials.

Railways to install compactor dustbin in 5,000 coaches to improve sanitation
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

The new dustbins, designed by Modern Coach Factory (MCF), are equipped with an in-built piston to crush garbage inside bins and create room for extra waste, thereby preventing spillage of trash.

Plummeting demand, soaring fuel prices, high commission rates force ride-hailing app drivers to look for career switch
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

While cab-aggregator firms are finding it increasingly difficult to stay afloat, poor demand, rising diesel prices, ambiguity in rules and regulations coupled with high commissions have become major deterrents for the drivers wishing to return to the business.

Mumbai: Interest rates on 3-month EMIs to add to power consumers’ woes
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

The 50 lakh power consumers in Mumbai, who are supplied power by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking, Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited and Tata Power will have to cough-up up to 14 per cent interest on their instalments

Revenue down by 58%, Railways enforcing cost-cutting measures
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

The Railway Board has sent a detailed letter to various departments, urging them to review orders, contracts, review manpower requirements and bring down fuel and energy consumptions to curtail expenditure.

Toy train services started by CR to supply essential items to Matheran residents suspended
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

The toy train service was started on May 22 to provide essential food items to nearly 5,000 residents of Matheran, which is an ecologically sensitive zone (ESZ) with restrictions on movement of vehicles.

MPSC results: 26-yr-old daughter of BEST clerk scores highest among women chosen for DSP post
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Savitha Garje chose to become a police officer after learning that despite 18 per cent reservation for women, less than 10 per cent opted for it.

IRCTC terminates 500 hospitality supervisors on contract
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Close to 560 supervisors (hospitality) were roped in by IRCTC in 2018 to maintain quality checks on contractors assigned to cater food in trains equipped with pantries.