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From Blue Whale challenge to disabled-friendly Raj Bhavan: Top 5 stories from Mumbai

Here are the top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss.

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2017 17:32 IST
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Purported photo of a “blue whale” cutting on the arm of a person playing the online challenge game.
Purported photo of a “blue whale” cutting on the arm of a person playing the online challenge game. (The Siberian Times)

The death of a 14-year-old boy who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of his residence at Andheri (East) on Saturday has sparked the fear that the Blue Whale challenge could have made its way to India through social media. While builders in the city are rushing to get ongoing projects registered with the deadline under the Maharashtra Real Estate (Regulatory and Development) Act (RERA), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will soon appeal in the high court against the bail to Amir Gazdar, a close confidante of televangelist Zakir Naik. Special ramps will be constructed at the Raj Bhavan, the office and residence of Maharashtra’s governor, to make the 47-acre Malabar Hill property disabled-friendly. Also, sewage flowing in from the Kanjurmarg dumping ground in Mumbai is killing fish species in the Thane creek, fishermen from the region have told the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Mumbai Blue Whale suicide: Conduct psychological autopsy to check if boy took challenge, say doctors

Has the controversial Blue Whale Challenge reached India? The death of a 14-year-old boy who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of his residence at Andheri (East) on Saturday has sparked the fear that the dangerous self-harm challenge could have made its way through social media.

2. Realty bites: Builders rush to register ongoing projects under new act in Maharashtra

Builders in the city are rushing to get ongoing projects registered with the deadline under the Maharashtra Real Estate (Regulatory and Development) Act (RERA) ending today. While a total of 6,534 projects have been registered so far, around 1,000 came under RERA on Sunday. These projects coming under the purview of the housing regulator is good news for homebuyers who have invested in under-construction projects, as they will now be protected against fraud and manipulation by builders.

3. ED to move high court against Zakir Naik aide Amir Gazdar’s bail

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will soon appeal in the high court against the bail to Amir Gazdar, a close confidante of televangelist Zakir Naik. The special PMLA court had granted bail to Gazdar in July. Gazdar was arrested by the ED on February 16 in connection with a money-laundering case registered against Naik.

4. Maharashtra governor announces ramps to make Raj Bhavan disabled-friendly

Special ramps will be constructed at the Raj Bhavan, the office and residence of Maharashtra’s governor, to make the 47-acre Malabar Hill property disabled-friendly. Governer Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday announced that his office has been directed to make the arrangements.

5. Waste from Mumbai dumpyard killing fish in Thane creek, fishermen complain to civic body

Sewage flowing in from the Kanjurmarg dumping ground in Mumbai is killing fish species in the Thane creek, fishermen from the region have told the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In a complaint to the solid waste management (SWM) department of the BMC, which manages the dumping ground, the Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), an umbrella body of fishermen, has said that fish catch has dropped by as much as 90% in the past few years.