Mumbai News live updates, August 6, 2022:
After 15 days of protesting against rising fees at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, students got mild relief as the administration cut Rs 1,800 from the Semester Mess Advance (SMA) component of the fee structure. However, the students plan to continue the hunger strike in relay from Saturday, demanding the complete cancellation of the fee hike.
In a statement released on Friday, IITB Students Against Fee Hike, the collective of student protesters, said: “This decision is only a correction of unwarranted and unnecessary double perception. But the reduction of SMA can in no way be considered as the achievement of our objectives. Our resistance is to keep public educational institutions economically accessible to all.
In another update: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday authorized flexibilities to pay the premium for the transfer of collection lands (belonging to the Department of Revenue). The city has many properties built on land owned by the department and residents have difficulty transferring them into their name or the name of the housing corporation.
Over the past four days, Mumbai has recorded another 40 cases of swine flu, bringing the total to 182 in the city. With this, the infectious hospital run by the municipality – Kasturba Gandhi Hospital – has reserved a total of 48 beds for the treatment of swine flu patients. Swine flu is a human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strain that started in pigs.