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Relay race for cops in Mumbai Marathon
Mumbai: Around 76 city cops will participate in the inaugural Mumbai Police Cup, a relay race to be held as part of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday. This relay race has a total of 19 teams, consisting of 76 participants from Mumbai Police. The Police Cup on Sunday will have 15 men’s (constable) teams, 3 women’s (constable) teams and one traffic (constable) women’s team. Each team will comprise 4 members and each runner will cover a distance of 10.5 kms to reach the finish line. This 42.195 km relay marathon will start from CST at 5 am. The winning team will get a Rotating Trophy and a team prize money of Rs 40,000, merit certificates and medals. The runner-up team will be given merit certificates, medals and a team prize money of Rs 20,000.

Stone hits teenager in Kasara local
Mumbai: A 16-year-old son of a fisherman was badly injured after being hit by a stone in the Kasara bound train between CST and Byculla in the wee hours of Friday. Abhishek Pharange was sitting on the footboard in the luggage compartment of a Kasara bound train with his mother when the stone hit him. His mother Alpana Pharange said, “After buying fish we were heading back when he was hit. We did not see any one as he was profusely bleeding. The incident happened after the train pulled out from CST. We got down at Byculla and informed the station master about it.”
The incident happened immediately after the train pulled out of CST at around 7:05 am. The boy finally received medical treatment at Shahapur. A complaint has been registered with the Government Railway Police at Titwala.

Firemen protest at Azad Maidan
Mumbai: To put forward their demands, firemen from Mumbai Fire Brigade protested at Azad Maidan on Friday. BMC Commissioner Sitaram Kunte visited the firemen on the first day of their demonstration and assured them that their demands would be discussed in the coming week, following which the demonstration was rolled back. Secretary of Mumbai Aganismana Dal Ladhau Kamgar Sanghtana Rajaram Dhuri said, “We have taken the commissioner’s word and taken back the demonstration. If he fails to address our issues we will protest again.”

Ray of hope for illegal buildings
Mumbai: Efforts are on to bring a proposal before the state cabinet to regularise illegal constructions in rural Maharashtra after charging a fine. There have been previous efforts to regularise illegal constructions in the state where state government had regularised the illegal buildings that came up before 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2001. However, it is learnt that illegal constructions will not be regularised under any circumstances henceforth and lakhs of rupees will not be spent on manpower and machinery to demolish these structures. But they will be regularised after a fine.

Versova-Bandra sea link gets nod
Mumbai: A go-ahead is given to start preparations for the construction of the 9.89-km-long Versova- Bandra sea link. The sea link will go through Bandra, Juhu Koliwada, Versova and Carter Road. It is claimed that this journey will be reduced to mere 15 minutes. The government had appointed MSRDC as the nodal agency for this project in 2009. The MSRDC had then appointed Parsons Brinkerhoff Pvt. Ltd as the advisor in 2010. It is estimated that the project will be completed in next five years after its commencement in 2014. The estimated cost at present is Rs 6018 crore.

Massive fire in slums at Mankhurd
Mumbai: There was a fire in new Mandala slums in Mankhurd on Friday evening. According to fire brigade control room, the call was received by them at 5.27 pm when 8 fire engines along with 8 water tankers and an ambulance were sent on the spot. The fire came under control at around 7 pm and was completely doused at 7.20 pm. No one was reported injured or dead in the fire according to the fire control room. The locals say that there are a few godowns in the area that store inflammable chemicals and scrap material. According to them, they were demanding action on the godown owners since a year but no action was taken. After the incident of the fire, the locals went to Lallubhai compound police station but the police refused to file an FIR against the godown owners. The slum dwellers then staged a ‘dharna’ at the police station.

State reply sought on Susiben charges
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the state government to file a reply regarding the allegations made by a woman, who had filed a sexual harassment case against accounting firm KPMG, against newly-appointed chairperson of the state women’s commission Sushiben Shah. Advocate Sushiben Shah, daughter of former minister B A Desai, was appointed chairperson of Maharashtra State Commission for Women earlier this month. Six others were also appointed as members of the commission by the government. The appointments were made pursuant to the direction of the High Court during the hearing of a public interest litigation raising the issue of the posts in the commission lying vacant since 2009. The court was informed on Friday that all seven posts lying vacant, including that of the chairperson, has been filled up. However, an application was filed by the woman, who had filed sexual harassment case against KPMG, seeking to challenge Sushiben Shah’s appointment as chairperson.
According to the woman, when she had filed her complaint against KPMG, Sushiben had allegedly tried to influence her and asked her to withdraw her complaint against the accounting firm.
The court directed the lady to submit her complaint and other relevant documents to the government and directed the government to look into the issue and inform the court by February 9 if the allegations are true.