City Side: Anandiben husband backs out from joining AAP and Maharashtra plans mega R-Day show

CityMessage in the Mirror: A flex board at Balgandharva Rangamandir shows a message issued as part of the traffic safety fortnight being observed by the police, which started on January 03. (IE Photo: Arul Horizon)

We bring to you a selection of best stories from the Indian Express city editions across the country:

DELHI

The Delhi government is planning to approach the Supreme Court, seeking permission to add 50,000 more autorickshaws to the fleet of one lakh in the city. According to sources, Transport Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj has already given permission for this proposal and the government is expected to approach the court by the end of this month.

Delhi govt plans to move SC seeking 50,000 more autos on city roads

AHMEDABAD

Maftabhai Patel, the estranged husband of Gujarat minister Anandiben Patel, who had on January 3 publicly announced to join AAP, creating ripples in the state BJP, has postponed his decision under family pressure for now. A former college professor, 77-year-old Patel said that after his statements appeared in newspapers, pressure built up on him from his family, including his son and daughter to defer the decision at least for now.

Anandiben husband backs out from joining AAP

MUMBAI

The state government is all set to hoist the country's 'biggest flag' this Republic Day. The venue for the Republic Day celebration was shifted from Shivaji Park to Marine Drive last week. To make it a grand affair, the state government has roped in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard who will not only have marching contingents, but also perform air shows.

State plans mega Republic Day show, with 'biggest flag'

PUNE

For the first time in the country, a unique course on law and economics will be introduced from the coming academic year. Pune-based Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE) will launch the post-graduate degree that blends expertise in law and economics.

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