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Ease of Living Index ranks Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai at the top but conclusions of survey are laughable
Firstpost The measure applied to judge Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Thane to rank them for 'ease of living' is something akin to it. And on all parameters, the conclusions are laughable. The activists and NGOs which have been fighting to make Mumbai liveable have... --

Phone-tapping stings Shiv Sena officials
 Two party officials, who recorded and then revealed conversations of former mayor Datta Dalvi, sacked for ‘anti-party activities’.

Mum: 'ATS hacker' dupes Kalyan girl of 7 lakh
Mahatma Phule police in Kalyan recently arrested a 34-year-old Bengaluru-based IT engineer who posed as an ethical hacker working for the Anti-Terrorism Squad and duped several girls of lakhs of rupees by promising to marry them. According to the police, the accused has cheated atleast 25 well-educated girls employed in reputed companies across the country.Police said the arrested accused, identified as Subhankar Bannerji, is from a well-off family.The police said a woman from Kalyan had filed a complaint alleging the accused had approached her through a matrimonial website in November 2017.The victim has alleged when she had met him, he claimed he worked as a hacker for Google and the Anti-Terrorism Squad. He proposed marriage too.Soon after, he began extracting money from her on various pretexts.The victim has alleged that in eight months he took nearly Rs 7 lakh from her. Later, when they met at a hotel, he forcibly took photographs with her and started blackmailing her.On realising she had been duped, she filed a case of cheating and molestation against the accused.Prakash Londe, senior police inspector of Mahatma Phule police said, "On August 10, our team learnt that the accused had come to Mumbai. Acting on the information, we laid a trap and arrested him."An officer, who is part of the investigation said, "During probe, we learnt the accused has cheated around 25 girls across the country. He targeted them through matrimonial websites."A P Shedge, assistant police inspector said, "Of the several victims we have contacted, three have agreed to file complaints against the accused."

Pune ranked most liveable city in India, Delhi 65th
New Delhi: Pune is the most liveable city, followed closely by Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai in a ranking of 111 Indian cities with the national capital ranked at a lowly 65 on the Ease of Living Index released by the government here.Thane is the fourth Maharashtra city that made it to the top 10 in the list. Other cities ranked among the best 10 are Tirupati, Chandigarh, Raipur, Indore, Vijaywada and Bhopal.Notably, none of the cities in big states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have made it to the top 10.Chennai has been ranked 14, Hyderabad at 27 and Bengaluru at 85. Kolkata had refused to participate in the survey.Gurugram is at the 88th spot. Rampur in Uttar Pradesh is at the bottom of the list that has Jammu and Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir at 95 and 100.The Ease of Living Index was launched by Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday.The survey based on four parameters -- governance, social institutions, economic and physical infrastructure -- was conducted in 111 cities across the country.It is an initiative of the ministry to help cities assess their liveability on the bases of global and national benchmarks.The survey was started to encourage cities to move towards an outcome-based approach to urban planning and management.Its framework comprised four pillars -- institutional, social, economic and physical which are further broken down into 15 categories and 78 indicators.The minister said evaluation of cities was done on a 100-point scale with the institutional and social pillars carrying 25 points each, five points for the pillar on economic and 45 points for the physical pillar.A ministry official said the cities submitted data on more than 50,000 points. Secondary audit of 10,000 documents, physical audit of 14,000 units and survey of more than 60,000 citizens were completed which led to finalization of the index.The assessment standards, according to the government, are closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will provide a strong impetus to India's effort for systematic tracking progress of the goals in the urban areas.Of the 17 SDG goals, eight are directly linked to India's ease of living assessment framework.