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After a 15-day protest against the fee increase at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, students got a little relief when the administration cut Rs 1,800 from the Semester Mess Advance (SMA) component of the fee structure. However, students plan to continue the relay hunger strike from Saturday and are demanding a full rollback of the fee increase.

In a statement released Friday, protesting student collective IITB Students Against Fee Hike said: “This decision is simply a correction of unlawful and unnecessary double charging. But reducing SMA can in no way be considered as achieving our goals. Our opposition is to the economic accessibility of public educational institutions for all.”

Further updated: Prime Minister Eknath Shinde approved relaxations on paying the premium for the transfer of collector land (owned by the Treasury) on Friday. The city has many properties built on land owned by the ministry and people are facing a difficult time transferring them to their name or that of the housing association.

In the last four days, Mumbai recorded 40 more cases of swine flu, bringing the city’s total to 182. The Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, which is run by the citizenry, has reserved a total of 48 beds for the treatment of swine flu patients. Swine flu is a human respiratory infection caused by a strain of influenza that started in pigs.

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