Thane municipal corporation raids 100 shops, collects ₹95,000 in fine
On the first day of plastic ban, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) raided more than 100 shops and seized more than 2,500 kgs of plastic.
It also imposed fine on those found with large quantity of plastic stock and collected a fine of ₹95,000 on Saturday. Some, who were caught with small quantity of plastic bags, were given a warning and told to dispose them of or else they would be fined.
The state imposed a ban on use of plastic bags and goods from June 23. Those found using them will be heavily fines. Following the state’s directives, the corporation began its drive throughout the city with a team of over 50 officials.
Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of the TMC, said, “The team checked shops and commercial establishments at Pokharan Road, Jambli Naka market, Gaondevi market and Vartak Nagar among others. More than 100 shops were raided and more than 2,500 kgs plastic seized. The team also collected around ₹95,000 fine. The plastic will be sent to the dry waste collection centre at CP Tank and disposed of scientifically.”
More than 500kgs of plastic was seized from the vegetable markets from Naupada. The drive which began at 7am continued till 12.30pm. An officer from Naupada ward added, “We mostly imposed fines on shops which had stocked more than 2.5 kgs of plastic. Others were let off with a warning. From tomorrow, we will impose fines on all if the plastic is not disposed of,” the Malvi added.
Plastic continue to appear in markets
Despite the ban on plastic, several vegetable and flower vendors were seen using plastic. Several residents were seen carrying or accepting plastic bags from vendors. Most of them stopped after the team of civic officials started taking action. Some residents were seen carrying cloth bags and also encouraging others to do the same.
Anant Thakur, 67, a resident of Kalwa, said, “I have started using cloth bags for the past two years and trying to encourage others to use the same. We have completely stopped using any type of plastic in my home. I have also got in touch with few NGOs and got cloth bag made and distributed them in my community.”
A 30-year-old woman died after Ritika Singh, the deceased was allegedly thrown off the fourth floor balcony of her house by her husband and four other people, police here said on Saturday. Police have arrested three people, including the woman's husband, Akash Gautam, and booked them in sections 302 (murder) and 34 (act done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, they said.
Mumbai Admissions to minority quota across colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai had to be completed by Saturday, June 25 this year. However, taking into consideration that non-state board students are still awaiting results in order to be able to apply, city colleges are finding ways to ensure that no student with merit goes without a seat in a college or course of his/her choice.
Lucknow Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said here on Saturday that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh always had a scientific approach and outlook because its RSS founder, Dr KB Hedgewar was a medical practitioner and had a science background. “Krishna's teaching to Arjun in Bhagwad Gita which is now 5000- years-old, still has meaning in modern times,” Yogi said. University professors were always on the look-out for promotions but hardly made effort for scientific publications.
Mumbai: Accused of circulating counterfeit Indian currency notes in the city, two men, residents of Malda district in West Bengal were acquitted of the charges by a sessions court on Thursday. Suleman Razzak Shaikh, 53, and Sanaul Julum Insarali Shaikh, 29, were arrested with 60 counterfeit notes of ₹2000 denomination, on November 8, 2017. The anti-extortion cell of the Mumbai police crime branch had received a specific tip-off.
A separate team raided a drug inspector Jitendra Kumar's native place at Ghonsi in Jehanabad, flats in Civil Lines of Gaya district, Pharmacy College, Gola Road (Danapur) and a newly-built house at Khan-Mirza locality falling under Sultanganj police station in Patna City. Currently, he is posted in Patna and runs a Pharmacy College. It is believed that Jitendra's entire tenure in Patna with the drug control administration has been controversial.