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From bullet train to Gurgaon school murder: Top five stories from Mumbai

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

mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2017 17:21 IST
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The proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, whose foundation stone PM Modi will lay on September 14, will come with two speed options for the passengers—high-speed and rapid high-speed—and its fare could be in the range of Rs3,000 to Rs 5,000. While Maharashtra government has decided to rope in mayors, corporators and senior bureaucrats to take rounds of cities and ensure that people are not defecating in the open, Mumbaiites were charged with 2,354 animal cruelty cases this year. For the first time in six years, the median salary offered at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) job placements has dipped. Also, the Bombay high court on Tuesday granted protection from arrest to the founders of the Ryan International Group, and the parents of its CEO, Ryan Pinto, who had sought anticipatory bail in connection with the murder of an eight-year-old boy on their institution’s campus in Gurgaon.

Here are today top five picks:

1. Proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train to have 2 speed options, fare likely between Rs 3,000-5,000

The proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will come with two speed options for the passengers—high-speed and rapid high-speed—and its fare could be in the range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation stone of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, on September 14. To fund the ambitious Rs1,10,000-crore project, a loan of Rs88,000 crore will be taken from Japan.

2. Maharashtra asks its mayors, corporators to keep check on open defecation

With less than a month to go for its target to completely rid urban Maharashtra of open defecation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government has decided to rope in mayors, corporators and senior bureaucrats to take rounds of cities and ensure that people are not defecating in the open. So far, of Maharashtra’s 384 cities and towns, about 44 are yet to get the ‘open defecation free’ tag from the state government, while the rest have since 2015 gone through three levels of scrutiny to be certified open defecation-free.

3. Median salaries for IIT-B students fall for first time in 6 years to Rs 9.4 lakh

For the first time in six years, the median salary offered at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) job placements has dipped. The annual placement report of the institute reveals that the median salary offered by companies for campus recruitment fell by 4.3% during the last academic year. Static growth in the information technology (IT) and manufacturing sectors seems to be the primary reason why the annual salary package offered to the average student - which is usually on an upward trajectory - slumped this year.

4. Gurgaon school murder: Bombay HC grants Ryan International owners protection from arrest

The Bombay high court on Tuesday granted protection from arrest to the founders of the Ryan International Group, and the parents of its CEO, Ryan Pinto, who had sought anticipatory bail in connection with the murder of an eight-year-old boy on their institution’s campus in Gurgaon. The relief for Augustine, 73, and Grace, 62, is, however, limited till tomorrow only.

5. Mumbaiites charged with 2,354 animal cruelty cases this year

Mumbai’s cruelty to animals is a matter of concern, with almost 300 cases of animal cruelty filed every month. Data compiled by the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSCPA) reveals 2,354 animal cruelty cases between January and August. Animals that faced human cruelty included those raised as pets, like dogs, cats, birds and turtles to cattle such as cows, bullocks, horses, fowl and goats.