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From Vistadome coach to state cabinet reshuffle: Top five stories from Mumbai

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

mumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2017 17:14 IST
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Hindustan Times

The Railways flagged off the glass-roofed, air-conditoned Vistadome coach on the Mumbai-Madgaon Janshatabdi Express from Monday. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ remarks in Aurangabad on Sunday, pointing to a cabinet reshuffle, have set tongues wagging in Maharashtra’s political circles about new inductions, promotions and demotions among Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. The Santacruz police late on Saturday night arrested three men who allegedly abused and roughed up a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus driver in an incident of road rage. Postgraduate students at the University of Mumbai are likely to end their first semester without attending a single class, with admissions for courses pushed to September 25. Also, though the Maharashtra government has been boasting that 89 lakh farmers will benefit from its loan waiver announced in June, the actual figure of beneficiaries is expected to be between 60 to 65 lakh, according to the number of eligible applications it has received.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Glass-roofed Vistadome coach makes maiden journey on Mumbai-Goa route

Your journey on the last coach of the Dadar-Madgaon Janshatabdi Express on the Mumbai-Goa route is set to become even more scenic. Passengers can now enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque Konkan landscapes while sitting comfortably on their reclining chairs. The train also has an observation lounge at the back of the coach. The Railways flagged off the glass-roofed, air-conditoned Vistadome coach on the Mumbai-Madgaon Janshatabdi Express from Monday.

2. Maharashtra cabinet reshuffle on cards, but no date fixed yet

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ remarks in Aurangabad on Sunday, pointing to a cabinet reshuffle, have set tongues wagging in Maharashtra’s political circles about new inductions, promotions and demotions among Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. Fadnavis’ smoke signals about changes to his cabinet came even as senior Congress leader Narayan Rane hinted that he would join the BJP by Dussehra, which falls at the end of this month.

3. Road rage in Mumbai: Three arrested for roughing up BEST bus driver

The Santacruz police late on Saturday night arrested three men who allegedly abused and roughed up a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus driver in an incident of road rage, after their vehicles brushed on a road in Santacruz (West). The accused have been sent to police custody for further probe. According to the Santacruz police, the incident took place around 10.20pm on SV Road in Santacruz when the BEST bus was on its way to Andheri (West) from Pratiksha Nagar, Sion. One of the vehicles, a Santro car, which was driven by the accused, tried overtaking the bus from the left side. In the process, the Santro brushed the front side of the BEST bus.

4. One semester wasted? Mumbai University PG students worry about missing classes as admissions are delayed

Postgraduate students at the University of Mumbai are likely to end their first semester without attending a single class, with admissions for courses pushed to September 25. Even as it faces flak over delayed results and missing answer scripts, the university has once again postponed admissions to postgraduate courses in affiliated colleges. Students are worried about wasting an entire semester as colleges are scheduled to shut down for Diwali vacations in October, leaving just two weeks for completion of the admissions process and starting MA, MCom and LLM classes before the break for vacations.

5. Will the farm loan waiver in Maharashtra go the UP way?

Though the Maharashtra government has been boasting that 89 lakh farmers will benefit from its loan waiver announced in June, the actual figure of beneficiaries is expected to be between 60 to 65 lakh, according to the number of eligible applications it has received. Further, farmers’ outfits are pointing out that the actual loan waiver may turn out to be a miniscule amount. Besides, a significant number of farmers could be left out due to the conditions set by the government to grant the farm loan waiver.