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Delhi deputy CM's driver fined for over-speeding
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's car was found to be over-speeding last week and his driver was fined, police said on Friday.
 
Sisodia was seated in the car when his driver was found to be over-speeding while crossing the Khajuri Khas area in east Delhi.
 
"A fine of Rs.400 was imposed when Sisodia's car was found over-speeding by our interceptor vehicle on June 12 evening," Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandeep Goel told IANS.
 
The car, with registration number DL 10 CA 0017, was stopped by a traffic police team, an officer said.
 
"As the car did not stop, it was chased by a traffic constable on a bike who later issued the challan (ticket)," the officer said.
 
On being questioned how many VIPs have been fined recently, Goel said: "It is very difficult to get the name of any VIP who was challaned recently."
 
He clarified that since the fines were issued on the name of the drivers, it was difficult to find out the name of the VIPs.
 
Replying to a question whether VIPs have priviledges on this score, Goel said: "The rules are equal for everyone."

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Suketu Shah

2 years ago

This is the exanple Kejriwal's right hand man is giving Delhi!

D S Ranga Rao

2 years ago

All are equal; but some are more equal which the Police Officer may be unaware of or pretending to be so. Let the Delhi police challan the drivers of vehicles with beacons, particularly that of MPs, Union Ministers, top bureaucrats, etc., not just a small fry like that of drivers of AAP Ministers who do not have Delhi Police under them. In fact, why not introduce the same system of police in every state not under the respective state control but under a different authority outside the state? After all, all are equal, you see!

SC gives Sahara 18 months to pay up Rs.36,000 crore
The Supreme court on Friday gave 18 months to Sahara to repay Rs.36,000 crore of the investors money which its two companies, SIRECL and SHFCL, had collected in 2007-08 through OFCDs.
 
However, an apex court bench headed by Justice T.S.Thakur reiterated a March 26, 2014 order saying that Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two directors will only be released from Tihar jail, where they are in judicial custody, after Rs.5,000 crore in cash and a bank guarantee of like amount is deposited.
 
The court also approved the format of the bank guarantee given to it by Sahara.
 
The court said that Sahara will deposit the Rs.36,000 crore in instalments of Rs.3,000 crore every two months and the balance amount will be deposited in the last instalment.
 
In case Sahara defaults in paying two instalments, which may not be consecutive, SEBI will then encash the bank guarantee of Rs.5,000 crore, the court added.
 
If Sahara defaults on the payment of three instalments, which may not necessarily be consecutive, then Subrata Roy and two directors will surrender before Tihar jail authorities, failing which the police will arrest them, the court said.
 
The court has said that Roy will deposit his passport within 15 days before his release, will not leave the country and will also inform the police about his whereabouts.
 
However, the possibility of Subrata Roy coming out of jail has diminished as Kapil Sibal, appearing for him, informed the court that the financial institution backing the bank guarantee has withdrawn. He said that they will be arranging a fresh bank guarantee, for which efforts are on.

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Heavy rainfall paralyses Mumbai
The lifeline of the city - the suburban railway network - has been hit hard with water-logging on railway tracks, preventing office-goers from reaching their destinations
 
Barely a week into monsoon on Friday, Mumbai and its surroundings were paralysed as heavy rains lashed the areas since Thursday evening, authorities said here.
 
The lifeline of the city - the suburban railway network - has been hit hard with water-logging on railway tracks, preventing office-goers from reaching their destinations.
 
The IMD has warned of heavy rainfall in Mumbai, coastal Konkan and other parts over the next two days accompanied by strong winds touching 60 knots and very rough seas.
 
While the Central Railway (CR) and Harbour Line, and Western Railway (WR) managed to start a few services for the day in the early hours, they were delayed and later suspended in the city, rail officials and the BMC Disaster Cell said.
 
However, services continued on the mainland beyond Thane, Karjat-Kasara and Panvel sections of CR and beyond Vasai on WR.
 
Long distance trains on all sections have been severely hit with trains halted at various stations en route on the Mumbai to Gujarat, New Delhi, Nagpur, Pune and Goa routes.
 

The civic body has advised people not to send their children to schools and Mumbaikars have been told to venture out only if necessary in view of the heavy rains expected to lash the city over the next 24 hours.
 
Menawhile, heavy water logging and flooding has been reported at various locations around the city including Dadar, Parel, Byculla, Mazagaon, Mahim, Santacruz, Juhu, Vile Parle, Worli, Sion, Chunabhatti, Andheri, Kurla, Borivali, Dahisar, Jogeshwari and other areas preventing movement of road traffic.
 
Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar said over 100 pumps are being operated to flush out the excess waters flooding the city and advised people not to ventures to beaches or near seashores.
 
Around 250 special buses have been deployed to ferry commuters who have been stranded in different parts of the city as the suburban train services have collapsed.
 
Meanwhile, Mumbai city recorded around 170 mm and suburbs averaged around 155 mm rainfall till Friday morning.

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Suketu Shah

2 years ago

SS has not cleaned the drains at all in Mumbai contrary to their cvlaims.We all are suffering due to SS only.

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Yogesh Tiwari

In Reply to Suketu Shah 2 years ago

SS = Suketu Shah :)

Gururaj Rao

2 years ago

While a schoolboy in Mumbai 50 years ago, flooding occurred at several locations frequently during the rainy season-- it does so at the same locations even today. The authorities in charge should get together with professors from institutions like the IIT, university researchers, practicing engineers, and form a team to study how to drain out the water during rainy seasons. I'm sure we have the capability to do so. Why isn't this happening?

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c v manian

In Reply to Gururaj Rao 2 years ago

IIT professors can solve technical issues, but not the corruption issues associated with BMC and annual storm water drainage cleaning. Since the BMC ruling party is cahoots with the contractors, unless this nexus is broken, Mumbai has no vimochan from the annual flooding.
C V Manian

Gururaj Rao

In Reply to c v manian 2 years ago

Who is responsible for ensuring that rains do not clog up drains? Is the precipitation rate so high that drains cannot cope with the discharge of water into the sea? Can ordinary folks like us question the persons in charge and demand solutions? Can the Moneylife team get such persons to a meeting and let loose a barrage of questions so that some action is taken by these persons to alleviate the issue?

Gururaj Rao

In Reply to Gururaj Rao 2 years ago

I have just read a report on the Net quoting a municipal commissioner's view on water logging. It appears that the drains in Mumbai can handle only 55 mm of rainfall per day; sometimes you get 100-mm of rainfall. So just cleaning nullahs won't help. The city needs an integrated plan to drain out water after assessing maximum rainfall in a season. According to last years' news reports, Laxman Vatkar, chief engineer of the storm water drain department, looks after the water-logging. Another name that cropped up was SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner. If we contact these persons for information, I'm sure we'll have the real goods and know what measures they are taking.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

All money spent over the years, amounting to thousands of crores goes into drains, for preventing flooding in Mumbai during the rains.

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