The Tree Authority (TA) on Wednesday deferred the proposal to remove 2,702 trees for the Metro car shed in Aarey Colony. The authority has asked for details related to the rehabilitation of tribals, as well as litigation on the issue. The Shiv Sena and Congress are still vociferously opposed to the proposal.Work on the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro line is under way, but the proposal to build a car shed inside Aarey Colony — especially the removal of trees — has met with stiff resistance from the very beginning. The protesters have been supported by Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar in the past.When the proposal was tabled before the Tree Authority earlier this month, members demanded a site visit, which took place on Tuesday. On both occasions, the Shiv Sena expressed its opposition to the car shed.Following the visit, the proposal was placed before the Tree Authority on Wednesday, but was sent back to the administration with queries. The administration will now have to table it with all the information demanded. Shiv Sena leader Yashwant Jadhav said, “There were alternatives of two other plots for the car shed. Why does Metro insist on Aarey Colony? We have received around 80,000 objections to the proposal. What are we going to do about those? Also, what about the rehabilitation of tribals in 27 hamlets? We want these answers.” The Shiv Sena has also demanded to know the status of two court cases in the matter.“In the 27 acres, trees have been cut on five acres without permission. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation should file a first information report against Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited,” said Ravi Raja, leader of the Opposition.Congress leader Milind Deora also tweeted, “The proposal from MMRCL to cut 2,703 trees at Aarey Colony for construction of Metro car shed was discussed in the BMC’s Tree Authority today. I informed Leader of Opposition @ravirajaINC that @INCIndia must oppose this proposal. Mumbai’s environment comes first!”
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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, Amruta, was trolled on social media after addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the ‘father of the country’ while wishing him on his 69th birthday on Monday. Ms. Fadnavis’s comparison of the Prime Minister with the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi did not go down well with Twitterati. “Wishing the Father of our Country @narendramodi ji a very Happy Birthday — who inspires us to work relentlessly towards the betterment of society (sic),” she tweeted, and social media was quick to remind her who the Father of the Nation was.Last year, Ms. Fadnavis had courted controversy by climbing on the edge of India’s first domestic cruise Angria to take a selfie. She was filmed being cautioned by security personnel, after she crossed the Mumbai-Goa ship’s safety range.Ms. Fadnavis profiles herself on Twitter as ‘Banker, Playback Singer, Social Worker, Homemaker.’ The Opposition took the opportunity to hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the tweet was indicative of Mr. Modi’s ultimate intention of replacing Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the ultimate aim of replacing Gandhiji as Father of the Nation. He even had his picture replace that of Gandhiji on the annual calendar of Khadi institutions. Ms. Fadnavis’s tweet is an indication of this evil ambition, which the people of this country will not accept,” said the Nationalist Congress Party’s Mumbai chief, Nawab Malik.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain the plea filed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy seeking e-auction of media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL).A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and A. M. Khanwilkar, refused to entertain the plea filed by Swamy in the case.The 11th edition of the IPL is scheduled to start in April next year.Swamy, however, said he wanted to file an Interim Application (IE) highlighting alleged collusion and conflict of interest on behalf of a BCCI functionary who also runs a news channel. This plea was allowed by the top court.”Today SC allowed me to file an IA to seek directions in the IPL auction’s conflict of interest of Rajiv Shukla as IPL chairman & Star TV bid,” he tweeted.The Supreme Court had earlier asked BCCI COA chief Vinod Rai to file an affidavit specifying how the ongoing tender process was better than the e-auction.The apex court had on July 28 sought the response of the BCCI on Swamy’s plea that e-auction of the media rights should be done to ensure transparency as the rights are to be given for the next five years.Rai had previously backed the idea of inviting closed bids. On July 11, Swamy moved to the apex court, seeking e-auction of media rights for the matches of the lucrative T20 league.A total of 24 companies have expressed interest in bidding for the IPL media rights.advertisementSubmission of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) is set on September 4.Brands such as Discovery, Airtel, BAM Tech, Yupp TV, DAZN/Perform Group, Yahoo, Star India, ISPN, Amazon and Reliance Jio are among the companies who will be contending for the television and digital rights of IPL.At present, Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) is holding the rights of the IPL. However, their deal is going to an end after the event’s next edition.In 2008, the Singapore-based World Sports Group bagged the IPL television rights for a 10-year period with a USD 918 million bid.It simultaneously signed a deal with Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. (MSM) that Sony would be the official broadcaster. The contract was recast before IPL 2009, with MSM agreeing to pay USD1.63 billion for nine years.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: G E Shipping India-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has reached an agreement for the purchase of a secondhand very large gas carrier (VLGC), built in 2007.Featuring 81,617 cbm, the unit is scheduled to join the company’s fleet in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.G E Shipping did not unveil the financial details of the purchase deal, nor the name of the seller.In late February, the company revealed that it decided to expand its fleet with a secondhand medium gas carrier. The agreement for the 36,567 cbm ship was signed with an undisclosed seller.As informed, the 1996-built vessel is expected to join G E Shipping’s fleet in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.G E Shipping’s fleet currently stands at 47 vessels, comprising 32 tankers and 15 dry bulk carriers with an average age of 10.37 years aggregating 3.88 million dwt.