From Kritika Choudhary murder case to NEET results: Top five stories from Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Here are top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss

mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2017 16:57 IST
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Days after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray came on board to support the NDA’s presidential candidate, Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told Hindustan Times that meeting with BJP president Amit Shah had broken the ice between the warring allies. While few would know that Pradeep Bhalekar — the man who filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the alleged leniency shown by the jail administration towards actor Sanjay Dutt— runs a Vada Pav stall in Thane for a living, police have run out of leads in model Kritika Choudhary’s murder case. The final NEET undergraduate results for this year evoked mixed reactions from students. Also, the state government has appealed to all its employees, ministers, ministers of state, bureaucrats, members of the legislature as well as the police force to donate a day’s salary in July for the welfare of the wives and children of farmers who have committed suicide.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. HT Exclusive: Things are sorted between BJP-Sena, says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

Days after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in a U turn came on board to support the NDA’s presidential candidate, Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told Hindustan Times that meeting with BJP president Amit Shah had broken the ice between the warring allies. While the Sena had continued its criticism of the BJP even a day after this meeting, with Thackeray terming selection of a Dalit for the Presidential post as vote bank politics, the chief minister indicated that much of this could be his ally’s ‘public posturing’.

2. Meet Pradeep Bhalekar, the vada-pav seller who challenged Sanjay Dutt’s release

Few would know that Pradeep Bhalekar — the man who filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the alleged leniency shown by the jail administration towards actor Sanjay Dutt— runs a Vada Pav stall in Thane for a living. Still fewer would know that the 30-year-old Kurar resident was twice booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), and served more than four years jail term for various other offences, before he turned an RTI activist following his release.

3. Kritika Chaudhary murder case: Police run out of leads

Police investigating the murder case of 27-year-old actress Kritika Chaudhary, who was found dead last Monday at her Andheri (West) residence, have run out of leads and are now groping in the dark for clues. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a police official from Amboli police said, “All leads we had have dried up. But we are confident that sooner or later we will nab the accused. We are probing all angles.”

4. NEET result 2017: Mixed reaction from students, many say challenges not accepted

The final NEET undergraduate results for this year evoked mixed reactions from students. While some were relieved to finally get hold of their marks, many were upset about the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to not accept any challenges sent by them in the past week. “My score is the same as it was when I calculated it on the basis of the answer key. I had challenged four questions after that but my marks have not changed. So, clearly, CBSE has not accepted the challenges,” said Priyanka Vyas, a candidate who scored 580 in NEET.

5. Maharashtra urges employees to donate day’s salary for farmers’ cause

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government has appealed to all its employees, ministers, ministers of state, bureaucrats, members of the legislature as well as the police force to donate a day’s salary in July for the welfare of the wives and children of farmers who have committed suicide. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will also set aside a day’s salary for the cause.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 16:57 IST