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SC stops tree cutting in Mumbai’s Aarey till next hearing on October 21

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In a setback to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), the Supreme Court on Monday said that that no more trees are to be cut in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony till the next date of hearing on October 21.

“Don’t cut anything now,” a special bench of the apex court said while hearing petitions challenging the felling of trees to build a car shed for the Mumbai Metro.

The court also ordered the immediate release of protestors who were arrested on furnishing of personal bonds.

The SC asked Maharashtra government to maintain status quo on tree cutting and file a report on the status of saplings it has planted in the Aarey area.

On Sunday, the Supreme Court set up a special bench to hear petitions challenging the felling of trees in Aarey Colony which triggered a massive protest over the weekend with activists saying ecological damage to one of the city’s only green lungs.

The SC registry in a notice had said that the court had taken suo motu cognisance of a letter by law students, dated October 6, and set up a special bench to hear the matter on Monday. The notice said that the letter urging the top court to pay urgent attention to Aarey was treated as a public interest litigation.

The MMRC had begun chopping trees Friday night hours after the Bombay high court dismissed petitions challenging the felling of 2,464 trees from Aarey Milk Colony to make way for a car shed for Mumbai Metro Line – 3.

Locals and activists claimed that hundreds of trees have already been cut.

The SC ruling asking authorities to maintain status quo at Aarey is a setback for MMRC.

Sources said that the work at site stopped on Sunday evening after the Supreme Court scheduled a suo moto hearing on the matter. Sources, however, said that more than 1800 trees have already been cut in the car-shed area site since Friday.

MMRC, however, continues to be tight-lipped about the entire action. Even after three days of stir at Aarey, there has been no official communication from MMRC except a few tweets from Ashwini Bhide, the managing director of MMRC.

On Friday, Bhide tweeted that there is false propaganda being spread about authorities having to wait for 15 days after the tree-cutting permissions were uploaded on the website.

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17-year-old boy apprehended in Delhi for stalking girls on Instagram.

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A 17-year-old boy has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for allegedly stalking a number of minor girls on Instagram and threatening to publish their private photos.

According to the police, a father filed a complaint after becoming concerned that his 14-year-old daughter’s Instagram photos might have been shared with others.

According to the police, both the father and the daughter were counseled. The girl had shared her private photos and videos with a friend on instagram, and now the friend is pressurizing her to have more inappropriate conversations and send more of her private photos, the police said.

A case was filed based on the statement made by the minor girl.

Source: IndianExpress

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Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurates 400 Mohalla Clinic in Amritsar

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Image: Bhagwant Mann (Twitter)

Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 400 Mohalla Clinics in Amritsar’s Putlighar.
Amritsar now has 400 mohalla clinics, bringing the total in the state to 500.

As a chief guest at the inauguration, Delhi CM Kejriwal expressed his happiness and noted that Punjab’s clinics were constructed in ten months rather than the five years it took to construct them in Delhi. He added that a lot of districts and villages will get new clinics.

“I am very happy and thankful for the citizens for believing in us. My little brother, Mann, has fulfilled another guarantee,” he said.

Kejriwal said, “Being a full state, Punjab suffers no interference from the central government unlike Delhi,” in an attack on the central government. Every village will receive more of these clinics in the coming years.”

Source: ANI

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Another Hit & Run Case: Car dragged scooty rider for 300 meters, one died

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Once again a case of hit, run, and drag has come to the fore in Delhi. One person died in this accident while the other is still admitted to the hospital. Delhi Police has arrested a total of 5 accused including the driver by registering a case under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. CCTV footage of this incident has also come to the fore.

On the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, at around 3 pm, two PCR vans of Keshavpuram police station were patrolling the area. Only then the police personnel riding in it saw that a Tata Zest car hit an Activa scooty at Prerna Chowk in Kanhaiya Nagar area. Two youths were sitting on this scooty. One of the young men jumped in the air and fell on the roof of the car. At the same time, another young man jumped and got stuck between the windscreen and the bonnet of the car, while the scooty got stuck in the bumper below.

After this accident, instead of stopping the car, the accused fled from the spot, but the policemen posted in PCR caught all the 5 people in the car after chasing them for about 350 meters. During this, the policemen called the control room and informed them about the accident. The team that reached the spot took both the injured to the hospital, where one was declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of the other youth remains critical.

Source: Aajtak

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