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Rane quits Congress, WR to probe speeding train, Army jawan arrested: Top 5 stories from Mumbai

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

mumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2017 17:57 IST
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Narayan Rane

Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane on Thursday announced that he was quitting the Congress party, leaving all political parties in turmoil. Operations at Mumbai airport’s main runway 27, that was shut after a Spicejet flight with 183 passengers overshot it, began at around 12.20am Thursday after all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and runway inspections were conducted. The Airport police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man, who is a jawan in the Indian Army, for allegedly trying to open the emergency exit of a flight while it was on standby on the domestic airport on Monday evening. The Western Railway (WR) has set up a three-member committee of senior officials to probe the Nallasopara speeding train incident, in which an unidentified train on Wednesday passed with high speed, splashing water all over the place. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray created a sensation when he said that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was in talks with the Central government to return to India.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Narayan Rane quits Congress, leaves all political parties in a fix

Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane on Thursday announced that he was quitting the Congress party. Rane made the announcement at a meeting of his followers at Kudal in Sindhudurg district of coastal Konkan area. Rane said he had quit the party membership as well as membership of the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Rane who quit the Shiv Sena in 2005 was unhappy in the Congress and is negotiating with the BJP for his entry to the party.

2. Operations resume at Mumbai airport’s main runway, disabled Spicejet aircraft removed

Operations at Mumbai airport’s main runway 27, that was shut after a Spicejet flight with 183 passengers overshot it, began at around 12.20am Thursday after all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and runway inspections were conducted. The disabled Spicejet aircraft was retrieved at 9.38pm on Wednesday and towed to a hangar. This was done almost 24 hours after it over shot the main runway while landing during the downpour on Tuesday.

3. Army jawan arrested in Mumbai for trying to open emergency exit of flight

The Airport police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man, who is a jawan in the Indian Army, for allegedly trying to open the emergency exit of a flight while it was on standby on the domestic airport on Monday evening. The flight was about to leave when the incident occurred, sparking tension among other passengers on the flight. According to the airport police, the accused is from Bihar and was going to Assam to resume his duties after a ten-day holiday. The flight had come to Mumbai via Lucknow and was to fly to Guwhati, Assam in sometime.

4. Western Railway to probe speeding train incident in Mumbai

The Western Railway (WR) has set up a three-member committee of senior officials to probe the Nallasopara speeding train incident, in which an unidentified train on Wednesday passed with high speed, splashing water all over the place. The video of the incident apparently shot by a passenger waiting for the suburban local train at Nallasopara station went viral on social media on Wednesday morning. The video is still being widely circulated on Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook and other social media platforms.

5. Raj Thackeray claims Modi government in talks with Dawood for settlement

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray created a sensation when he said that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was in talks with the Central government to return to India. He assailed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government would try to derive political mileage for the 2019 parliamentary elections for bringing back Dawood, who is the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 17:57 IST