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Amruta Fadnavis of Divyaj Foundation & Bhamla Foundation engages with MCGM for beach clean-up drive in Mumbai post Ganpati Visarjan!

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Ganesh Visarjan done – Amruta Fadnavis of Divyaj Foundation & Bhamla Foundation organize a clean-up drive at Mumbai’s Juhu beach!

The 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festivities have eventually come to an end. However, the sight on beaches of Mumbai post the idol immersion is one of apathy as they are strewn with idol remains and plastic.

In an endeavour to drive awareness about the alarming issue of city’s beaches post Ganpati visarjan while supporting the city civic authority’s efforts, Smt. Amruta Fadnavis (of Divyaj Foundation) partnered with Shri. Asif Bhamla founder of Bhamla Foundation for a clean-up drive at Mumbai’s Juhu beach on 10th September.

The noble initiative was flagged off by Shri Mangal Prabhat Lodha ji and was attended by BMC commissioner Shri. Iqbal Singh Chahal, Police Commissioner of Mumbai Shri. Vivek Phansalkar, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly speaker Shri Rahul Narwekar, Juhu MLA Shri Ameet Satam, Smt. Vrushali Shinde, & other MLA’s and distinguished guests.

Apart from renowned names from the field of politics, a few notable names from Bollywood also participated in the cleanliness drive including veteran actor Anupam Kher and Parineeti Chopra and Aparshakti Khurrana. Interestingly, more than 2000 volunteers came forward to provide a helping hand for the noble cause.

Present at the venue, Amruta Fadnavis said, “Keeping ourselves and the environment neat and clean is one of the basic hygiene practices that we have been taught as children. Bringing back the cleanliness lessons and implementing them on ourselves and around us is the only solution to fully enjoy the resources of Mother Nature and pass on a serene legacy of environment to our children and to save the marine life.”

“Following the thoughts of our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, we all should take oath that we will not spoil our mother nature and not let anyone do the same” she adds.

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PIL filed in Bombay HC to seek probe in expenses of CM Eknath Shinde’s Dussehra rally

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In a petition filed in the Bombay High Court, a social worker has asked the source of money and sought a probe against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde under the provisions of the Money Laundering Act and the Income Tax for allegedly spending “Rs 10 crore or more” during his Dussehra rally at MMRDA grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on October 5.

Deepak Jagdev, a social worker, petitioned through advocate Nitin Satpute asking the court to direct central agencies such as the CBI, Mumbai Police Economic Offence Wing, and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate the fund of Rs. 10 crore or more used by the unregistered party led by Eknath Shinde in the CM’s Dussehra Rally on Wednesday.

he petitioner raised the question of the use of public transport, such as the 1,700 Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses, for transporting Shinde’s supporters from various parts of the state to BKC, which caused a lot of inconvenience to the average man.

Social activists have raised the question that “What is the source of money?” as huge amount of money was spent for advertisements in newspapers, to rent the BKC ground, songs, teasers, putting over 2000 hoardings, and food packets, and “more than Rs. 10 crores has been paid to the State Transport.’

Drawing comparison with incarcerated political leaders, the plea states: “If Sanjay Raut can be jailed for Rs. 56 lakh and Anil Deshmukh for Rs. 4.5 crore of his own property, then Shinde is also liable for Rs. 10 crore.”

The plea asserts that there is a high probability that black money has been used for this public rally by spending Rs 10 crore. The source of black money and funding needs to be investigated.

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Uddhav Thackeray’s response sought to Shinde group’s claim on poll symbol

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The Election Commission on Friday wrote a letter to Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, asking him to furnish a response along with requisite documents in the case related to dispute over claims by two groups over “real Shiv Sena”, by Saturday.

In the letter issued on Friday, the Commission said that it received an application from the (incumbent Maharashtra Chief Minister) Eknath Shinde faction on October 4 to allot the symbol of the party ‘Bow and Arrow’ to the group led by Shinde in view of ongoing bye-election from 166-Andheri East Assembly Constituency.

“Chirag Shah, an advocate, on behalf of Shinde has furnished an application to allot the symbol of the party ‘Bow and Arrow’ to the group led by Shinde in view of ongoing by-election from 166-Andheri East Assembly Constituency,” said the Commission’s letter.

The Commission said that it is yet to receive a reply from the Thackeray group.

“Though your reply is yet to be received, considering the fact that by-election has been notified from 166-Andheri East Assembly constituency, it is directed that you may furnish your comments along with requisite documents as requested by the Commission’s letter, latest by 2 p.m. of 8.10.2022,” it said.

In case no reply is received, the Commission will take appropriate action in the matter accordingly, it added.

The Commission in its letter dated September 29 had requested Thackeray to furnish written submissions along with the respective documents to support claim, if any, by 2 pm, October 8.

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Very soon the E-bikes will be seen at the bus stops, “B.E.S.T” has taken the target: Mumbai

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The Brihan mumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking plans to have a fleet of 5,000 e-bikes at bus stops across the city for last mile connectivity by 2023.
BEST General Manager Lokesh Chandra said that passengers alighting from buses can use e-bikes to travel to their destination and back. “These vehicles can be picked up and dropped off at any e-bike station. This further strengthens BEST’s position as the country’s number one technology-oriented transport undertaking. BEST has been doing public trials of this service since June 2022, and these have received a tremendous response with more than 40,000 people registering for it,” he added. highlighted in June 2022 that the undertaking had launched a public trial of electric bikes at key city bus stops. This month, the BEST announced the induction of the first 1,000 e-bikes in western suburbs and island city, and officials said the long-term plan is to induct a fleet of 5,000 such bikes by next June.

“1,000 e-bikes will be deployed this month at 180 bus stops, and commercial and residential areas. Initially, the bikes will be available in Andheri, Vile Parle, Juhu, Santacruz, Khar, Bandra, Mahim and Dadar and then the rest of the city,” he added.

The project has been implemented under the tender ‘Selection Of Service Provider For Deploying E-Scooters For The Last-Mile Connectivity With Buses For BEST Undertaking’ in partnership with Vogo, a scooter rental service. BEST is India’s first bus transport operator to offer such integrated first and last-mile services.

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