Palghar to remain dry district for Lok Sabha bypolls
Areas within five kilometres of the Palghar district border, like Kashimira and parts of Mira Road will remain dry for 48 hours, Saturday evening onward, for the bypoll to the Palghar Lok Sabha seat.
Liquor will also not be available in these areas on the counting day – May 31, as Bombay high court on Friday refused to interfere with the Thane collector’s order keeping liquor shops and bars in these areas closed on the three days.
A vacation bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice AS Gadkari adjourned the petition filed by Kashimira Hospitality and Entertainment Association for further hearing on June 4.
The Thane collector issued an order on May 19 directing all liquor shops and establishments within five kilometres from the border of Palghar district to remain closed from 6pm on May 26 till the completion of the polling process on May 28. The shops and establishments are again ordered to remain closed till the completion of counting on May 31.
The association had approached the high court in order to challenge the district collector’s order saying Rule 9(A)(C)(2) of the Maharashtra Foreign Liquor (Sale on Cash, Register of Sales etc.) Rules, 1969, empower the authorities to close liquor shops and establishments in the constituency where elections or by-elections are being held.
The association contended that the same power cannot be used to close down liquor shops and establishments in areas falling outside such constituency, as in this case the by-polls are being held in Palghar district, but hundreds of liquor shops from the Thane district have been ordered to be closed.
The contention, however, failed to impress upon the vacation bench, which refused to interfere with the decision of the district collector.
Raising hue and cry over erratic water supply and unscheduled power cuts, residents of Ambedkar Nagar in ward number 29 staged a protest outside councillor Prabhjot Kaur's office on Wednesday. As per the information, the residents at first went to protest outside the office of MLA (Ludhiana South) Rajinder Pal Kaur Chhina and then moved to the office of councillor stating that the municipal corporation has failed to resolve the issue despite repeated complaints.
Agra police arrested three lawyers and a woman allegedly involved in extorting money by lodging a fake rape case against a man. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the superintendent of police Vikas Kumar said that a complaint was lodged on June 24 at Hari Parvat police station by a woman, posing as a rape victim, against the accused Rahul Kumar. Rahul and his family members also threatened her.
The installation of water meters has seen 20% opposition from various housing societies and bungalow owners. During the sampling audit in Pashan, Aundhgaon, Susgaon, Sutarwadi, Ganeshkhind road and Shivajinagar, it has also been found that more than 700 homes are wasting water up to 12,000 litre per capita per day (LPCD) as against the permissible limit of 150 LPCD.
With an aim to spread awareness among masses and promote cleanliness, the municipal corporation has prepared a 'City Sanitation Plan' wherein all the branches of the MC will organise coordinated drive in a particular area in a day and take up all the works in one go. The drive will be organised for one day in each of the four zones during a week and will continue for a few months.
Four people were arrested on Wednesday from Rajasthan's Chittorgarh for robbing cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 crore from a showroom in Bengaluru, police said. The robbed gold and cash were also recovered from the accused after a police chase, they said, adding the robbery took place on Monday. The arrested accused include Devaram of Sojat City, Anil Ram of Pali district, Ram Singh of Jodhpur district and Rahul of Sirohi district.