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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

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Errant bikers to be counselled on safe riding by cops

The Mumbai traffic police are now counselling bikers who ride on the wrong side of the road to get them to ride safely. The two-hour sessions which are being conducted at the traffic police headquarters, has had a positive effect with the cases of bikers riding on the wrong side of the road substantially decreasing.

Police to penalise hotels if customer found driving drunk

Bars and pubs could face strict action if a motorist is caught driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year’s Eve, the Mumbai traffic police have warned. The authorities started their campaign against drink driving on Tuesday night and have already caught 317 motorists.

State wants 60 people to pay for losses in 2012 Azad Maidan riots

The district collector has asked 60 people accused in the Azad Maidan riots of 2012 to pay for losses caused to the state. The organisers and participants however, have refused to pay up, claiming the damage was done by outsiders.

Where’s the party tonight? In a rented villa, farmhouse

This year, youngsters are renting out party pads within Mumbai for New Year’s Eve bashes, to avoid exorbitant last-minute air fares, pricey party passes, and the hassle of coordinating time off between friends.

Subhash Desai, Vinod Tawde appointed as Mumbai's guardians

Guardian ministers are appointed to ensure the development plans of the districts are implemented. This is monitored through the district planning and development council (DPDC) meetings chaired by the minister.

Check drug use, women harassment or lose licences: Mumbai cops tell pubs

Mumbai police commissioner said the licence of establishments such as pubs, discotheques and night clubs will be cancelled permanently, if they come across instances of peddling or consumption of drugs.

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.
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