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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

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How will CM find open spaces in encroached Mumbai?

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised to double the open space each Mumbaiite can access, but more than one-third of the city’s open spaces might be lost permanently to encroachments.

MU asks students to vacate hostels for foreign visitors

More than 250 students from Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Boys’ Hostel and Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve Girls’ Hostel at the Kalina campus have been asked to vacate the rooms by the wardens, putting many in a tight spot.

Panel will decide minimum rate for land acquisition in Maharashtra

With several projects stuck because of problems in compensation to private land owners, Maharashtra CM Fadnavis has decided to form a committee that will come up with a formula and decide the minimum rate to pay.

All 5 in car on WEH may have been drunk: Mumbai cops

The Mumbai police said prima facie, it appeared all five travelling in the car had consumed alcohol, but they have not invoked sections of drink driving, as they were awaiting their medical reports.

Mumbai: Drink driving on Christmas eve kills 23-year-old

A 23-year-old woman was killed in an accident on the Western Express Highway, when she was on her way home from a Christmas party early on Thursday.

Much to learn: How the world watches its waste

In New York, which generates more than 25,000 tonnes of waste the department of sanitation has set up more than a hundred drop-off sites where compost bins are operated. Most of these are operated by the department itself.

Staff crunch: 2 specialists quit GTB hospital in Mumbai

GTB hospital, which is already grappling with a shortage of specialist doctors, is now facing a major staff crunch with a psychiatrist and a chest medicine specialist quitting.

For 12 years, Anahita Pandole has waged war againt illegal hoardings

It has been a long battle for Anahita Pandole and her lawyers. The endless tracking of the case and trips to the HC are worth the outcome, which is to have a city free of hoardings, and have the BMC follow the law.

Advance bookings turned on-the-spot flight tickets costly: analysis

Nearly 8 out of 10 year-end vacationers in India bought their air tickets almost three months ahead of their date of travel, and this is one of the reasons why spot fares have skyrocketed, an analysis of this year’s air tickets bookings found.

Mumbai: Dabbawallahs to begin clean-up drive at Lower Parel station

A wave of joy spread among the dabbawallahs in Mumbai, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday nominated the world-famous lot among nine people and organisations to take forward the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

CBSE extends deadline for Good Governance Day essay competition by a day

The board issued a circular on Wednesday after the Central government informed the Delhi high court that entries to the competition will be accepted on December 25 and 26.

Borivli family mistaken for  gangster’s wants cops to pay

“Will you please meet me next morning? I am absolutely exhausted after being with the police for more than 24 hours.” This is what the 42-year-old husband of Sridevi Pujari told an HT reporter on Wednesday, at 1am, outside the Sahar police station.

Cops’ blunder ruined Borivli family’s vacation plan

A case of mistaken identity and blunders by the police turned into a 30-hour ordeal for the Borivli-based Pujari family.

CM unwraps goodies for city

The city got a Christmas gift from the Devendra Fadnavis-led government on Wednesday in the form of major project announcements.On the last day of the winter session, the government announced it would start the pending CCTV camera network by March, fix automatic doors for Mumbai local trains, complete the second phase of the metro by September 2015 and map encroachments using satellite imagery.

Dutt home for new year, plans quiet celebration

Actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been granted furlough for 14 days, is planning a quiet Christmas and New Year with his family and friends, sources said.
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