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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai has to maintain position as commercial engine, says Ajoy Mehta 24.5.2018 DNA: Top News
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC) hopes the Development Plan 2034 & Development Control Rules will help Mumbai maintain its pre-eminence as a commercial engine. In an exclusive interview, city civic chief Ajoy Mehta clears ambiguities and misconceptions about the city's new Development Plan (DP). Will opening of No Development Zone (NDZ) come at the cost of the environment and benefit only builders? That is a misnomer -- NDZ was never a no-development zone. In the 1967 and 1991 DPs, Floor Space Index (FSI) of 0.5 was allowed on NDZ. Of the 13,000 hectares of NDZ in Greater Mumbai, 10,000 hectare is marked as Natural Area (NA). What is left is 3,000 hectare, of which 700 to 800 hectare has slums. Hence we are left with about 2,200 hectare, which we are taking up for development. If the NDZ land, which we call Social Development Zone (SDZ), has to be developed, the owner will have to divide and allot one-third for housing, one-third for open space and one-third for sale. We have marked a huge ...
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Death for one in minor’s kidnap-murder 24.5.2018 Hindu: Home
Four accused kidnapped ex-boss’ son, demanded ransom after killing the boy
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Could architect Gary Chang's 300-sqare-feet experiment and big data help India build a billion homes? 22.5.2018 Sify Finance
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Bird enthusiasts, take a boat ride along the Dahisar mangroves 22.5.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Bird enthusiasts, take a boat ride along the Dahisar mangroves
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Madras Medai: on stage, everyone’s equal 21.5.2018 Hindu: Rx
Madras Medai’s first concert had indie musicians taking on social issues with their hard-hitting lyrics
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Royal Wedding 2018: Meghan Markle promises to give more time to Indian charity Myna Mahila Foundation 20.5.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Newly-wed Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has promised to give more time to the Indian charity handpicked for donations in lieu of gifts for her royal wedding to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. As the 36-year-old former actress mingled with the 600 guests invited to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle yesterday, she told Mumbai-based Myna Mahila Foundation founder that she was looking forward to giving more time to the women's empowerment charity. "It was the highlight of the day, to meet the bride. She was as down to earth and as approachable as ever. She said that now she would be able to give more time to Myna and other humanitarian work, said Suhani Jalota, who founded the charity nearly three years ago. As a guest in the chapel and the lunchtime reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II soon after at St George's Hall in the Castle, Jalota received lot of compliments for her pastel sari with Indian motifs. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who was among the guests as one of the bride's close friends from ...
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Start-up educating people in urban slums using tech 20.5.2018 General News
A Delhi-based tech start-up has begun educating people belonging to marginalised sections living in urban areas by using modern technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality. The start-up, VRARMR (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality), has completed its month-long pilot project in Faridabad near here educating those living in slums by using gears such as VR headsets and other tools that gave them immersive experience. "In the pilot project, we told them short moral stories using virtual reality and they expressed immense interest in it. Most of them have not received even basic education, but education through this technology makes them immerse in the concepts being taught for easy and better understanding," founder-president of the start-up Divyanshu Varshney told PTI. "Apart from education, our efforts also expose them to advanced technologies which may also influence decisions they take for their future," he added. Ever since the start-up was ...
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'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' to release on Gandhi Jayanti 20.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Mere Pyare Prime Minister", inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, has been locked for release on Gandhi Jayanti this year.
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Meghan Markle promises more time for Indian charity 20.5.2018 General News
Newly-wed Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has promised to give more time to the Indian charity handpicked for donations in lieu of gifts for her royal wedding to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. As the 36-year-old former actress mingled with the 600 guests invited to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle yesterday, she told Mumbai-based Myna Mahila Foundation founder that she was looking forward to giving more time to the women's empowerment charity. "It was the highlight of the day, to meet the bride. She was as down to earth and as approachable as ever. She said that now she would be able to give more time to Myna and other humanitarian work, said Suhani Jalota, who founded the charity nearly three years ago. As a guest in the chapel and the lunchtime reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II soon after at St George's Hall in the Castle, Jalota received lot of compliments for her pastel sari with Indian motifs. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who was among the guests as one of the ...
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Soon, builders may lose MHADA contract if project is delayed 20.5.2018 General News
The Maharashtra government is planning to amend the law and provide for termination of contracts with private builders, if they don't complete the projects of MHADA, the state housing agency, in time. The Slum Rehabilitation Authority Act, under which private builders can construct houses for slum dwellers and get rights for commercial development in return, has a provision for termination of contract for delays. But the Act governing the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) doesn't have any such provision. The authority, whose mandate is to build affordable houses, has 104 colonies in Mumbai alone. It hires private builders for its projects, for constructing new buildings as well as for redevelopment of the old ones. "To expedite pending projects, we are going to introduce a contract termination clause in MHADA Act on the lines of SRA Act," said Housing Minister Prakash Mehta. "It will empower MHADA to select a new builder and complete the pending ..
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Royal Wedding: Mumbai-based NGO in Markle, Harry's donation list 20.5.2018 General News
Mumbai-based organisation Myna Mahila Foundation has made it to the list of seven charity trusts chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their friends and followers to make donations rather than sending gifts to mark the British Royal Wedding.Earlier, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked anyone who wish to gift them to consider making a donation to charity."The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the Royal Wedding considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift," read a tweet from the official Kensington Palace account.Myna Mahila Foundation provides access to menstrual hygiene education and products to more than 10000 women every month at their doorstep in urban slums in Mumbai.Another charitable organization that made it to the Royal list is Scotty's Little Soldiers - a charity for bereaved British Forces children.Launched in 2007, StreetGames is the third one. It helps over 900 community organisations across .
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When an Indian sari graced royal wedding 19.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Activist Suhani Jalota, who runs Myna Mahila Foundation, attended the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday in an elegant sari designed by Indian brand Raw Mango run by designer Sanjay Garg.
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Attending royal wedding once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Indian activist 19.5.2018 General News
Indian activist Suhani Jalota today said she is "super-excited" to attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, calling it a dream come true and an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The 23-year-old activist, the founder of Mumbai-based Myna Mahila Foundation, is among four women who are among the special guests invited by the royal couple to their wedding in Windsor Castle today. "I am super excited to be able to attend this wedding. It is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Jalota said. Their women's empowerment charity, which produces and distributes low-cost sanitary napkins to women in Mumbai's slums, is the only non-UK organisation hand-picked by the royal couple as beneficiaries of donations in lieu of wedding gifts. Her colleagues, Deborah Das, Archana Ambre and Imogen Mansfield, are among the 1,200 members of public invited to the wedding picnic party on the grounds of the Castle. While the dress code for the wedding lists day dress and hat for ...
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India's sari-clad women make a splash at Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wedding 19.5.2018 General News
Four Indian women dressed in brightly-coloured silk and organza saris are among the special guests invited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their wedding in Windsor Castle today. Suhani Jalota, the founder of Myna Mahila Foundation, arrived in the UK from Mumbai with three other colleagues earlier this week. Their women's empowerment charity, which produces and distributes low-cost sanitary napkins to women in Mumbai's slums, is the only non-UK organisation hand-picked by the royal couple as beneficiaries of donations in lieu of wedding gifts. "We are all very excited to be representing India at the celebrations. We are so honoured that she (Markle) chose us and kept her word that she would help us in every way she can," said Jalota, who is among 600 guests to witness the wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Her colleagues, Deborah Das, Archana Ambre and Imogen Mansfield, are among the 1,200 members of public invited to the wedding picnic party on the grounds
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Bracing for monsoon: WR takes extra care for flood-prone areas 18.5.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Mumbai: The Western Railway (WR) has identified flood-prone areas like Matunga, Mahim, Bandra and Khar as part of its monsoon preparations.“We have f
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Maharashtra mulls PPP model to acquire land for low-cost homes 17.5.2018 General News
The state government is mulling a public private partnership policy under which it plans to acquire land parcels in the MMR region and develop low-cost homes, giving further impetus to its affordable housing programme. The policy is likely to be presented in the cabinet in a month's time, state housing minister Prakash Mehta told reporters on the sidelines of CII event here today. "There are large land parcels like 100 to 500 acres in the MMR region where the owners want to develop them but don't have finances. Also, even if they develop on their own they may get an FSI of 1 or maximum 2.5 and will have to pay premium on that FSI. Now, under the new policy, we are proposing that we will acquire these land parcels through Mhada and develop affordable homes and compensate the land owners," Mehta said. He said currently discussions on how to compensate these owners, are on. "It could either be by paying the beneficiary the cost of land as per the ready reckoner rates or ...
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Voices on the medai 17.5.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Madras Medai brings together musicians from across economic backgrounds and genres on one stage
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South Mumbai trimming down the BEST part of its journey 17.5.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport has been losing its grip on SoBo. A recent stocktaking of BEST passenger traffic and bus trips revealed the undertaking is operating the least number of buses from its five depots in the island city as compared to suburban depots. In February, the BEST plied 532 services which originated in SoBo — at Backbay, Colaba, Worli, Mumbai Central or Wadala depot. On the other hand, depots in Central Mumbai, chiefly Bandra, Anik, Pratiksha, Dharavi, Kala Killa and Santacruz, which cater to up-and-coming business hubs, sent out the most number of buses — 674 on an average. North Mumbai, meanwhile, saw an average of 605 buses a day, western suburbs 582, and eastern suburbs 584, leaving the SoBo part of the operations to bring up the rear. Official BEST sources said the buses in SoBo ferried 1.29 crore passengers that month, which is much lesser than the passenger load borne by depots further uptown. All the SoBo trips together ran up 22.47 lakh kilometre in February, ...
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Mumbai 'Mynas' ready for UK royal wedding 17.5.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Two days before the British royal wedding, Suhani Jalota and the superwomen in her team are busy with last minute hustle. Jalota's NGO — city-based Myna Mahila Foundation — is one of the seven charities listed by Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle as beneficiaries at their wedding. The couple appealed to people to support these charities instead of sending them wedding presents. Jalota and two representatives of the NGO – Deborah Das and Archana Ambre – have been invited to the royal wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19. Both managers live in the slums of Govandi. They will be taking a highly personalised gift for the couple — an outline of the myna bird, with messages from all the women written in calligraphy. The art is a nod to Meghan Markle, who is a calligraphy artist."Everyone is extremely excited about it," says Jalota The fact that they have been invited has just about hit the team, which has been caught up with arranging passports, visas and some last minute preparations. "They ...
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Surprise: city ranked #1 in cleanliness survey 17.5.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Mumbai has topped the Swacch Surveskshan 2018 after ranking 29th in the country last year; Navi Mumbai best in solid waste management
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