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BJP-Sena-NCP drama, shrinking lakes, MU mess: Top five stories from Mumbai

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

mumbai Updated: Sep 11, 2017 16:55 IST
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The lake, inside Royal Palms - a private housing and entertainment complex, which was half-an-acre in area, has reduced to less than a quarter-of-an-acre.
The lake, inside Royal Palms - a private housing and entertainment complex, which was half-an-acre in area, has reduced to less than a quarter-of-an-acre.(HT)

Political circles are abuzz after the Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut wrote in the party’s daily Samana on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to induct the Nationalist Congress Party’s Supriya Sule in his cabinet. However, BJP rubbished the rumours saying Raut lacked any credibility and should not be taken seriously. NCP’s Sule too denied the claims, saying there was no such meeting between Modi and Pawar. Political drama aside, the baby born on Friday to a 13-year-old rape survivor from Mumbai, whom the Supreme Court had granted permission to abort her 32-week-old foetus, died on Sunday morning. Preoccupied with the mess in its examination department, the University of Mumbai (MU) has once again missed the deadline to apply afresh for ratings under the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Also, satellite images of a lake inside Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon, revealed that illegal reclamation has reduced the water body to 40% of its original area between 2009 and 2017.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Satellite images show how illegal reclamation shrunk Mumbai’s Aarey lake by 40% in 7 years

Satellite images of a lake inside Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon, near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), reveals that illegal reclamation has reduced the water body to 40% of its original area between 2009 and 2017. The lake, inside Royal Palms - a private housing and entertainment complex, which was half-an-acre in area, had reduced to less than a quarter-of-an-acre, non-governmental organisation (NGO) Vanashakti said in a complaint to the Konkan Commissioner, Mumbai suburban collector and forest department. The complaint warned that there could be plans to drain the lake completely.

2. Preoccupied with exam mess, Mumbai university fails to apply for NAAC ratings

The University of Mumbai (MU), preoccupied with the mess in its examination department, has once again missed the deadline to apply afresh for ratings under the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The university’s decision to assess students’ exam papers online has led to delays in declaration of results.

The university will now have to wait until the next round towards the end of the year to be eligible for accreditation.

3. PM Modi wants Sharad Pawar’s daughter in cabinet, says Sena MP. Rubbish, says BJP

Political circles are abuzz after the Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut wrote in the party’s daily Samana on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to induct the Nationalist Congress Party’s Supriya Sule in his cabinet. In his weekly column in Saamana, Raut said the NCP chief Sharad Pawar told him that Modi wished to include his daughter Supriya in the cabinet. She is the MP from Baramati.

4. Baby born to 13-year-old Mumbai rape survivor dies

The baby born on Friday to a 13-year-old rape survivor from Mumbai, whom the Supreme Court had granted permission to abort her 32-week-old foetus, died on Sunday morning. The baby, which had respiratory complications and needed mechanical breathing assistance, had spent 48 hours on a ventilator. Because of the premature birth, the baby which weighed 1.8kg, had smaller organs. A full-term baby - between 39 and 40 weeks - has to be around 2.5kg.

5. NCP’s Supriya Sule denies any meeting with PM Modi on Cabinet berth

Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule has rubbished the Shiv Sena’s MP Sanjay Raut’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered her a cabinet berth at a meeting she and her father, the NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had with him. “There has been no such meeting where I met Mr Modi with Mr Pawar,” Sule told HT. In his column in the Sena mouthpiece Samana on Sunday, Raut had quoted Pawar as telling him about meeting Modi and discussing the offer. Raut claimed, Sule, who was also present in the meeting, said she would be last person to go with the BJP.