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From Maharashtra HSC results to farmers’ strike: Top five stories from Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss

mumbai Updated: May 30, 2017 16:58 IST
HT Correspondent
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(Bhushan Koyande)

South Mumbai faced massive traffic snarls on Tuesday as farmers’ leader and MP Raju Shetty walks from Bhoiwada to Raj Bhavan, as part of farmers’ outfit Swabhimani Sangathna, that started a march at Kolhapur. Maharashtra HSC board results were announced today, and the state recorded a success rate of 89.50% (freshers only) in Class 12. While the state government is considering levying fuel surcharge on fuel for vehicles passing through 10 districts of the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur expressway, we give you five reasons why the super communication highway is a bad move for the Devendra Fadnavis-led government. Also, a new drug called N-bomb, which mimics the effects of LSD but costs half the price, has got Mumbai cops on their toes.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Plan your road commute better, farmers’ rally leads to traffic snarls in Mumbai

South Mumbai faced massive traffic snarls on Tuesday as farmers’ leader and MP Raju Shetty walks from Bhoiwada to Raj Bhavan. Hundreds of farmers, part of farmers’ outfit Swabhimani Sangathna that started a march at Kolhapur, will end the protest at Raj Bhavan today, said Mumbai traffic police officials. The rally started from the Shirodkar school grounds, where the farmers stayed on Monday night.

2. Maharashtra HSC results today: State pass percentage 89.5%, Mumbai last among all divisions at 88.21%

Maharashtra has recorded a success rate of 89.50% (freshers only) in Class 12 state board exams results announced today.The Mumbai division, including Thane, Raigad, Palghar, finished last among the nine divisions with a pass percentage of 88.21%. Konkan division stood first with 95. 20%. Pune and Kolhapur recorded pass percentage of 91.16% and 91.40%, respectively. The science stream saw more than 95% students passing, followed by commerce at 91% and arts at 81.91%.

3. Five reasons why Mumbai-Nagpur super communication highway is not a good move

While the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government in the state is finding ways to deal with the Opposition Congress-NCP and ally Shiv Sena’s attempts to mobilise farmers over the issue of farm loan waiver, it may have to handle another problem — protests against land acquisition for its ambitious infrastructure projects. For the past few weeks, farmers in Nashik and some other parts are staging agitation against the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur highway. Titled as Maharashtra Prosperity Corridor, the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway is chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ dream project.

4. N-bomb alert in Mumbai: Cheaper LSD-like drug has cops on their toes

The N-bomb has been keeping the Mumbai police on its toes lately — not the deadly nuclear bomb, but a potent but much cheaper LSD-like drug. The Anti Narcotics Cell said the synthetic drug, which has been popular in the west for over a decade, may be finding its way into Mumbai’s party circuit. The police discovered the N-BOMe —street names include Smiley or N-bomb — had entered the country after the substance was found during two raids last year by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Goa and Bangalore.

5. Mumbai-Nagpur expressway: Motorists from 10 districts may pay for it, here’s how

Vehicle owners in the 10 districts through which the proposed 706-km Mumbai-Nagpur expressway is going to pass might have to shell out more every time they refuel, as the Maharashtra government is mulling levying cess on petrol and diesel. According to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation—the nodal agency for the project—the cess might be levied on the sale of petrol and diesel, to raise additional revenue for the repayment of loans.