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Fadnavis orders probe into goof-up in Obama dinner invite
The invitation to the dinner, hosted by Rashtrapati Bhavan for the US President, had been delivered at Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan on 17th January, but was not forwarded to Fadnavis in time
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who missed a dinner date with US President Barack Obama, on Wednesday said he will look into reasons behind the invite not reaching him in time, though it was received at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi over a week before the event.
 
“The invitation was received on 17th January. The official concerned sent it to Mumbai by speed post,” Fadnavis told reporters in Mumbai.
 
“The resident commissioner at Delhi has been asked to send a detailed report. Action will be taken as per rules,” he said.
 
The invitation to the dinner, which was hosted by Rashtrapati Bhavan for the US President, had been delivered at Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan on 17th January, but was not forwarded to Fadnavis in time.
 
The Chief Minister and his wife Amruta Fadnavis were among the dignitaries present at the high tea hosted for US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday.
 
Amruta was later quoted as saying: “I told Michelle Obama I have always admired her. I follow her activities and efforts towards social causes and how she is a role model for women worldwide.”
 
She said that she will “always cherish these proud moments of greeting President Obama and his wife.”
 

 

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Suketu Shah

2 years ago

Politics by govt babus who work for Congress still who have to be thrown out of their jobs.

Is Mumbai’s bottled water high in toxin content?

A BARC study says that there were carcinogenic chemicals in bottled water samples in Mumbai

 

A Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) study observed that there were carcinogenic chemicals in bottled water samples in Mumbai. It recommends higher standards for disinfection by-products in the bottled water.  The Bureau of Indian Standards has stringent limits on presence of chemicals and radioactive substances in bottled water. These however, do not include disinfection by-products like bromates and chromates. Hence, in the present system the bromates found in bottled water do not violate any Indian standard for drinking water, says a report.
 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has limits of 10 micrograms per litre for bromates in drinking water. According to the BARC study, only five samples of the bottled water in Mumbai showed bromates exceeding this limit.
 
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies bromates as Group 2B carcinogens that could possibly cause cancer in human beings.
 
Thus disinfecting processes used in bottled water may not themselves be safe for consumption. Tap water does not have these problems but could have a higher level of infection.
 

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Hiranandani cannot build low-cost houses on open spaces, says HC

Accepting the plea raised by the eight societies against Lakeview Developers, the Bombay HC passed an interim order against Hiranandani Developers to stop its ongoing construction work

 

The Bombay High Court has stopped the Hiranandani Developers group’s plans of constructing low- cost housing on land parcels earmarked as "open space" for eight societies constructed between 1995 and 2007.
 
Justice Gautam Patel, accepting the plea raised by the eight societies against Lakeview Developers, passed an interim order against the developer to stop ongoing construction work, if any; not to utilise FSI of the open plots concerned; and not to create any third party rights in the proposed construction work. Lakeview Developers is a firm run by Niranjan Hiranandani and his family members.
 
The societies contended that the designated open space was covered under the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act, which meant that it belonged to societies and that the developer could not make any alterations without societies' permission.
 
The societies alleged that the Hiranandanis have ample open space available at their disposal in the area, but are seeking to leave those open spaces for their "free sale" component instead of constructing the "low-cost housing" component over there.
 
It may be recalled that the Hiranandani Group had signed a lease for developing 230 acres of land in 1986 in a tripartite agreement with the State and the MMRDA at a paltry rate of 40 paise per acre to build affordable houses.
 

 

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