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People stroll early morning at the Mumbai promenade.

Prior to the brutal second wave of the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cautioned civil services probationers against developing the despised "babu mindset". He gave the invaluable piece of advice while addressing civil services probies at the well-known Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie via video-conferencing. He also outlined the keystone mantra of "minimum government and maximum governance".

With the recent collapse of the under-construction flyover in Bandra Kurla Complex which injured 14 labourers, it seems like the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has got the PM's keystone mantra all wrong. The recent flyover collapse isn't an isolated incident, in fact, a month ago a similarly bemusing incident took place in the eastern part of the suburbs.

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Mumbai will be significantly greener in the years ahead.

Thirty-one of the world's great cities, including Mumbai, will be significantly greener in the years ahead, as leading mayors have committed to further expand, restore and protect urban parks, trees, gardens, ponds, and lakes within their cities. These investments in nature will speed up existing efforts to make communities healthier, improve air quality and help protect cities from the increasingly severe impacts of the climate crisis, such as extreme heat, flooding, and drought.

The targets set by cities signing the C40 Urban Nature Declaration will see huge increases in public green and blue spaces. In Durban (eThekwini) work has already begun to complete a Transformative Riverine Management Programme to improve the city's rivers, which will improve resilience and create thousands of green jobs. Barcelona will subsidize 75 percent of the cost of new green rooftops, creating urban allotments and providing space for renewable energy generation, rainwater collection, and composting for organic waste.

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In Guadalajara, 67,000 new trees will be planted across 70 green corridors, and over 50 new public gardens will be introduced to cool down the city and provide shade and leisure space. The city is funding courses to train gardeners and tree technicians, and providing 400 workshops for residents on caring for trees and gardens.

Under Toronto's Urban Forests Grants and Incentives program over 13,000 trees and shrubs will be planted, educating and engaging communities through planting events, educational workshops, and youth programming. In Mumbai, the state government is making amendments to the Tree Act to protect and conserve old trees and prevent the felling of trees, while protecting more mangrove trees.

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A group of naturalists has named a new spider species discovered in Kalyan, Thane, in memory of the 26/11 Martyr, Tukaram G. Omble.

In a poignant gesture, a group of naturalists has named a new spider species discovered in Kalyan, Thane, in memory of the 26/11 Martyr, Tukaram G. Omble -- the man who helped nab Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab alive during the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai.

The new 'jumping spider' male sex species, found last year in an urban locality of Kalyan town, has been christened as "Icius Tukarami", said Ahmedabad-based photographer and wildlife enthusiast Dhruv Prajapati.

Simultaneously, another group comprising Rajesh Sanap, Somnath Kumbhar, and John Caleb -- discovered another unknown spider species distributed in Aarey Colony, Mumbai, and also 50 km away in Kalyan, and named it as "Phintella Cholkei", in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

"This is in memory of Kumbhar's friend, Kamlesh Cholke who used to collect and provide us with different species of spiders. It has unique body pattern and genital organs not seen in other spiders," Sanap told IANS.

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