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Sena slams bullet train, leopard caught, cashless Maharashtra: Top 5 stories from Mumbai

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

mumbai Updated: Sep 14, 2017 17:11 IST
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Nearly two months after traps were set up in Aarey Milk Colony and Film City, Goregaon, to catch a leopard suspected to have attacked five children, killing one, forest officials in Mumbai said that the animal has been caught. A history textbook prescribed by Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, that came under fire for describing an ancient ritual to conceive a male child, has been removed from the curriculum. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, the Shiv Sena slammed his government’s priorities and called the Rs1.08 lakh crore project unnecessary and a dream for the wealthy. In a bid to help families of farmers who have committed suicide in the state, the Maharashtra government has decided to provide jobs to their kin.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Child-killer leopard caught in Mumbai’s Film City

Nearly two months after traps were set up in Aarey Milk Colony and Film City, Goregaon, to catch a leopard suspected to have attacked five children, killing one, forest officials in Mumbai said that the animal has been caught. A three-and-half year old male leopard was trapped in a cage near the Aarey helipad in Film City at 11pm on Wednesday, forest officials said. The animal is being quarantined and checked for injuries, and is expected to be released in the forest later.

2. Amravati university withdraws book that described ritual to conceive male child

A history textbook prescribed by Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, that came under fire for describing an ancient ritual to conceive a male child, has been removed from the curriculum. Ajit Deshmukh, registrar of the university, said that the vice-chancellor took the decision to remove the book from the list of reference books provided in the syllabus. The university issued a notification to announce this decision last month.

3. Shiv Sena slams bullet train project even as PM Modi lays foundation stone

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, the Shiv Sena slammed his government’s priorities and called the Rs1.08 lakh crore project unnecessary and a dream for the wealthy. In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana the Sena said the Maharashtra government would have to spend Rs30,000 crore towards the project just to fulfil the “wealthy dream” of Modi.

4. Maharashtra likely to offer government jobs to kin of farmers who committed suicide

In a bid to help families of farmers who have committed suicide in the state, the Maharashtra government has decided to provide jobs to their kin. Shiv Sena leader and state transport minister, Diwarkar Raote, had made a representation to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, seeking quota for jobs in Group ‘C’ government jobs. The Group C jobs include clerical, stenographer and assistant positions.

5. Maharashtra to go cashless in rural areas, but where’s the internet?

In a bid to promote a cashless economy, the Maharashtra government has planned to stop accepting cash for any of its payments, including fees, taxes, penalties in the coming months. This drive will start from the state’s rural areas, but achieving the goal is a herculean task and is likely to stay on paper. HT looks at the government’s plan and hurdles ahead in a reality check of the announcement.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 17:11 IST