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Vicky Kaushal: When people spot me they exclaim, 'How's the josh?'

an hour ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Vicky Kaushal is evidently 'josh-ed' up with the thunderous response to his latest release - Uri: The Surgical Strike has raked in Rs 100 crore at the box office. "Uri crossed the benchmark that every film is vying for," beams Kaushal, hardly able to contain his joy. "In fact, the film fared better over the second weekend. Fans have been sending us videos of people reacting to different scenes - it is overwhelming to see them clapping and hooting." Vicky Kaushal in a still from Uri With back-to-back successes in Raazi, Lust Stories, Sanju, Love Per Square Foot and Manmarziyaan last year, Kaushal sealed his place as the star to watch out for. Continuing his golden run in 2019, the actor appears to be living up to the tag. Quiz him if his bankability has improved, and he says, "A hero cannot make a film hit. Movies are made with team effort. I credit Aditya [Dhar, director] and Ronnie Screwvala [producer] for their conviction. A film can turn an actor into a star, but a star can't guar..
                 

Ashutosh Rana: Happy to play roles of varied temperaments

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Ashutosh Rana finds himself in an interesting phase of his career - after playing a pivotal role in Rohit Shetty's over-the-top universe of Simmba, the actor will be seen in Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya, a gritty dacoit drama. "What more can an actor ask for but characters of varied temperaments? Commercial cinema is getting real, so it is a good time for artistes like me," says Rana. Ever since Sonchiriya's trailer released, there has been curiosity about his role, with fans wondering if Rana is back to doing what he does best - exploring a grey character. "It's an interesting character with different shades to it," he says in measured words, careful to not divulge too many details. "Abhishek is known for his raw dramas. Plus, when you have co-stars like Manoj Bajpayee, the finest actor of our times, and youngsters like Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar who are known for their acting prowess, things work out for the good." Apart from Simmba, Rana was also seen in Anubhav Sinh..
                 

Mumbai Food: Madh Island pop-up Rajasthani dishes are lip-smacking good

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
This happened over a decade ago, but the memory is as clear as if it were yesterday. A bunch of us had driven down from Delhi to Jaipur to spend New Year’s Eve at a friend’s place. We reached his home around 8.30 pm and had immediately sat down for dinner after freshening up. This meal, which his mother had cooked, starred laal maas. None of us had ever had this local delicacy before. But, it was love at first bite. The red-hot gravy with succulent pieces of mutton swimming in a pool of ghee was so utterly delectable that we had eaten like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, our stomachs did groan in protest the next morning. But these complaints fell on deaf ears given how satisfactory our culinary experience had been. Now, Mumbaikars, too, can get a taste of laal maas cooked the way it is in Rajasthan’s capital. For, when Sureshi Prasad and her husband had gone to Jaipur only a few months before our own trip to the friend’s place, their socks had also been knocke..
                 

Mumbai: Locals sound alert over danger to mangroves patch in Andheri

12 hours ago  
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Once again, the city's mangroves are in danger of being destroyed. This time, it is a patch of mangroves adjacent to the Lokhandwala back road on a 200-metres stretch, where construction material debris is being dumped. Interestingly, the stretch goes towards a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) garbage segregation unit. Activists say the Mangroves Cell should act before it's too late. Illegal dumping of construction material debris is a major concern in many places in Mumbai. The mangrove cover in isolated places is an easy spot to dump debris without getting noticed. Debris has been illegally dumped in various locations close to the mangroves forest patch in and around Lokhandwala in Andheri west. 'Can't police, BMC, see?' On Sunday this reporter visited the 200m stretch and saw debris dumped close to the mangroves forest patch on both sides of the road. What is also shocking is the fact that the road where the debris is being dumped, is frequently used by BMC trucks to ..
                 

Ronnie Screwvala's cryptic 'STICK WITH IT' tweet hints at SRK?

12 hours ago  
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Though writer Anjum Rajabali has pooh-poohed reports that Shah Rukh Khan is walking out of astronaut Rakesh Sharma's biopic, speculations continue. Adding credence to the rumours is producer Ronnie Screwvala's recent cryptic tweet. He wrote, "Most times the difference between success and failure is not a better idea or ability but the courage to bet on the idea, pre-plan to perfection, take the calculated risk and then stick with it (sic)." Most times the difference between Success and Failure is not a better Idea or ability but the courage to BET on the idea, PRE PLAN to perfection, take the calculated RISK and then STICK WITH IT. — Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) January 19, 2019 SRK is said to be doing a rethink about Salute/Saare Jahaan Se Achcha as Zero, which proved to be a damp squib, also saw his character travel to space. He is in no mood to experiment. Add to this Farhan Akhtar's statement that he will make an announcement soon. It is being said that SRK is ..
                 

Angry over scolding, girl 'kills' neighbour's 2-year-old baby

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A girl studying in Class 10 was detained by Murbad police in the district Sunday for allegedly strangulating a neighbour's two-year-old baby. The incident took place at Tulai village, said inspector Ajay Vasave of the local police. Manishka (2) went missing while playing near her house Saturday evening following which local people alongwith the police launched a search in the area, he said. Suspecting that the 16-year-old girl who lived nearby might be involved in the child's disappearance, the police searched her house sometime after midnight and found the child's body concealed in the house, he said. The two-year-old girl had been apparently strangulated though the autopsy report was not yet available, the inspector said. The accused was scolded by the victim's mother a few days ago and the girl wanted to take revenge which allegedly led her to commit the crime, he said. A case of murder under IPC section 302 has been registered. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Intern..
                 

Gully Boy: Latest song Mere Gully Mein to be launched on January 24

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boy's latest song 'Mere Gully Mein' is all ready to be unveiled at the grand music launch on January 24, 2019. The launch, powered by Bira, will see a unique promotional strategy with a larger-than-life graffiti campaign across the country. Audiences across various cities stand a chance to attend this event. One of the previously released rap songs from the film, 'Apna Time Aayega', has already become an anthem of sorts and was also featured in the trailer of the film. Gully Boy, based in part on the lives of Mumbai rappers Divine aka Vivian Fernandes, and Naezy aka Naved Shaikh, brings into focus the city's underground hip-hop scene.       View this post on Instagram Wolfpack 🐺 @vivianakadivine @naezythebaa #gullyboy A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) onJan 17, 2019 at 8:03am PST The film also stars Alia Bhatt in a never-seen-before avatar, paired opposite Ranveer; t..
                 

Horoscope: Guide for sun signs to better health, fitness and work-life

17 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
AriesWellness cue: Channelise the aggressionTo combat challenging and stressful situations in 2019, focus your energy on outdoor activities like a nature hike. Should time not permit, opt for power walks or spice up your routine by trying unique exercise classes like kickboxing or acro-yoga. TaurusWellness cue: Ground yourselfFeel good in your body. Taurus needs to sustain life and to build in order to feel stable and secure emotionally and physically. Take barefoot walks on the grass and honour your own pace. Take time out regularly for a massage, a bubble bath, and focus on your senses. You’ll feel less overwhelmed and refreshed in no time. GeminiWellness cue: De-stress your nervesTo soothe your frazzled nerves, be in the moment. Spend time in nature to reflect on what is truly meaningful to you, so that your mind has that space. Eat light, sticking to a saatvik diet. Be part of a meditation group, or opt for a nature retreat in 2019. Avoid being sharp in your speech. ..
                 

Mumbai: Byculla zoo wants a lion but has no giraffe to give in return

18 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Want to see lions in the Byculla zoo again? You can't as they don't have giraffes. Confused? Well, that's what the Junagarh zoo authorities have asked Byculla zoo officials for in exchange for a pair of lions. Zoos across the country follow the barter system where they offer animals they have in surplus, in exchange for animals they want. Byculla zoo has very few animals and birds in surplus, but these no other zoo wants. The Veermata Jijabai Udyan, or Byculla zoo's attempt to procure lions rests on its ability to exchange surplus animals for them. As part of the Byculla zoo's expansion plan, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been in talks with various zoos to transfer animals like jackals, civet cats, otters, hyenas, sloths and leopards. It has approached zoos in Ahmedabad, Kanpur and even the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Want lions? Give giraffesWhile attempting to bring lions to the Byculla zoo, senior civic officials said that officials of the Sakkarbaug Zoological..
                 

Mumbai Food: Chembur restaurant brings in the flavours of Sindh

19 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Three months into the city, and we are still on a quest to find an eatery that serves authentic Mughlai food to satiate our biryani craving. And as we waited, we heard about a Sindhi restaurant that had opened shop in Chembur. No stranger to the cuisine, we asked our friend from the community, whose grandmother’s cooking we have fond memories of, to tag along one Friday evening. Bheja Fry It’s easy enough to locate Duma Dum Mast Kalandar, tha­n­ks to its brightly lit signage bang on the main road. Our ap­p­rehensions start building up as we walk in and find the place empty. On be­i­ng offered to be seated at th­eir bar on the first floor, we head up, and then retreat, craving the cosy, warm lighting in the restaurant as opposed to the dimly-lit bar, again, empty. Sindhi chicken masala As we listen to the Ca­rna­tic instrument­al playlist and decide wh­at to order, our he­l­pful waiter points to the bheja fry (Rs 350) a..
                 

Mumbai: Waste-to-energy project gets Rs 225 crore budget allocation

20 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Despite the tender for the proposed waste-to-energy plant at Deonar being floated in 2016, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to find any takers for it. Now, the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department plans to increase the budgetary allocation for the plant to R225 crore. After floating the tender twice and giving three extensions, the civic body has given yet another month's extension, which will end on January 29. Civic officials have attributed the lack of response to a number of reasons, of which the most important one is the large quantity of waste (3,000 tonnes) to be processed daily. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said initially there was no response from the bidders as they were not confident of the existing technology. "The technology required to handle such a high quantity of waste is not available. Hence, we revised the tender document, which now requires the company to process 600 tonnes of garbage daily, which will eventually be done in five phases to..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Ultraman cop Krishna Prakash breezes through 42 kms

23 hours ago  
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Krishna Prakash, the first Inspector General of Police (IGP) rank officer to have earned both the global Ironman and Ultraman titles, completed the Tata Mumbai Marathon in three hours and 47 minutes yesterday. An IPS 1998 batch officer, Prakash said, "I'm very happy. I was preparing for a month." The Special Inspector General of Police VIP Security, Maharashtra State Intelligence Department, earned the famous Ironman Triathlon title on August 27, 2017, at Vichy, France, and became the first Indian government servant, civil servant and Serving Uniformed Services Officer to finish this gruelling task. He did so with an impressive timing of 14 hours, eight minutes and 23 seconds - the timeframe given is 17 hours. He is also the only Indian civil servant and the Indian Police Services officer to win the Herculean Ultraman in Noosa Heads, Sun Shine Coast, Australia. Prakash completed it in 34 hours and 21 minutes. Another IPS officer - Anup Kumar Singh - completed the Mumbai Marathon in a..
                 

R Madhavan to direct Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
R Madhavan was to co-direct Rocketry: The Nambi Effect - which sees him as former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan -with Ananth Mahadevan. However, the latter has dropped out of the project, leaving the actor to wield the directorial baton alone. R Madhavan look in Rocketry A source reveals, "In the course of shooting the film, the two realised that they had a different vision for the story, which was leading to creative differences between them. They had a discussion about it last week and decided to part ways amicably." When mid-day reached out to Madhavan, he said, "Ananth Mahadevan is a talented filmmaker. But, owing to unavoidable circumstances and certain pressing commitments, he could no longer direct Rocketry. The film is shaping up well and I can't wait to tell Nambi Narayanan's story." Mahadevan remained unavailable for comment. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Thackeray not a politically motivated film, say Nawazuddin and Amrita

yesterday  
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Amid controversy surrounding the release date of Bal Thackeray's biopic, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao on Sunday clarified that their upcoming film 'Thackeray' has no political agenda. In an exclusive interaction with ANI, Siddiqui, who will play the role of Bal Thackeray in the film and Amrita Rao, who will feature as his wife Mina Thackeray, refuted claims that the film has been made for political benefits ahead of upcoming elections. Amrita Rao Rao asserted that the only reason behind releasing the film in January was that 23rd January is Bal Thackeray's birth date. 'From the very starting, we were told by the filmmakers that this film has to come out on his birthday because that would make his fans and followers very happy," she said. Directed by Abhijeet Panse, 'Thackeray' follows Balasaheb's life and his transition from being a cartoonist to becoming one of the most respected and powerful politicians of India. Speaking about the preparation that went into building his c..
                 

Kangana Ranaut reacts to Hansal Mehta's dig at her

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"I had tears of joy," starts off Kangana Ranaut, describing her moment of glory at Rashtrapati Bhavan where her directorial debut, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, had its first screening on Friday. Beaming that months of hard work have borne fruit, the actor reveals that she was surprised by LK Advani's nuanced critique of her work. "I was amazed when he made some technical notes about the film. Prasoon sir [Joshi, lyricist] later told me that Advaniji started his career as a film critic. It was a surreal moment when he complimented my direction." Ranaut with LK Advani and President Kovind. Pic/Twitter While she was basking in the appreciation that her labour of love received in the capital, Ranaut seems oblivious to Hansal Mehta's dig at her. When reports emerged of Manikarnika producer Kamal Jain being hospitalised, Mehta tweeted, "Sad news. I completely empathise with him and the possible cause of his condition." His allusion to Ranaut was not lost on anybody - their experience ..
                 

Congress, NCP did not provide land for Ambedkar memorial: Fadnavis

yesterday  
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alleged on Sunday that the Congress and NCP, when in power, did not provide land in Mumbai for a memorial of Dr B R Ambedkar. Speaking at the national convention of the BJP's Scheduled Caste Morcha in Nagpur, Fadnavis came down heavily on the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party. "These leaders made so many memorials for their forefathers but Congress leaders could not give land for the father of Indian Constitution [Ambedkar]," he said. "Because their eyes were set on the Indu Mill land and its FSI [floor space index, for commercial development], like they captured other [textile] mill lands in Mumbai," Fadnavis alleged. Dalit organisations had been long demanding the land of the defunct Indu Mill — which was with National Textile Corporation — for the Ambedkar memorial."Congress, NCP and other political parties which ask for votes in the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar did not give an inch of Indu Mill land for the mem..
                 

Sunil Jogi on penning the title track Aaya Re Thackeray

yesterday  
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Sunil Jogi, who wrote the lyrics for the title track of Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray biopic, says the late politician was always an inspiration. "Writing the lyrics for this song was important because I've always respected him [Thackeray] for his honesty." Sunil Jogi "He made powerful decisions for the welfare of the Hindus and Marathias, but, within him, there was a great artiste and cartoonist," says Jogi, who penned the title track, Aaya Re Thackeray, for the film. Having interacted with the politician on multiple occasions, Jogi says, "I would open his speech sessions with my poems. He would listen to them, appreciate them and quote lines in his speech. I've known him well, and that made the process of writing this song easy." Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Horse Racing: Pesi Shroff beats Oaks record

yesterday  
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Roberta, trained by Pesi Shroff, won the HT Palate Fest Indian Oaks (Gr 1), the prime event of Sunday's eight-race card at Mahalaxmi. The Multidimensional - Moonlight Romance filly bred at the Usha stud gave the ace trainer his fifth Oaks winner on the trot, taking his overall Oaks tally to eight, and thus enabled him to eclipse the record of legendary trainer Uttam Singh who, in a 50-year training career, had won seven Indian Oaks. Roberta also took the Oaks tally of the breeders, Usha stud, to a record 16 successes in the coveted race. Roberta, ridden to victory by Trevor Patel, raced in the silks of Vijay Shirke who owns the filly in partnership with Dara and Keki Mehta, and Khushroo & Deepa Dhunjibhoy. In a chat after the race, Pesi Shroff magnanimously gave credit of his record-breaking Oaks victory to the same man, Uttam Singh, whose record he broke, and who was felicitated just minutes before the race by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) administration for having c..
                 

Mumbai: Lavani performance male dancers dons rainbow hues

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The centuries-old history of lavani has traversed through a complex terrain of gender and caste. While the lesser-known tradition of Sangeet Bari characterised by its intimate baithak style has always had women performers, the more popular Tamaasha style only had male performers up until the 1880s, who dressed up as women characters. The reason mirrored the patriarchal notions of the time that looked down upon women in the entertainment profession. "Things began to change when two women, Pawala Bai and Baya Bai, from the so-called untouchable communities of the time, began to perform lavani. With more women joining in, the number of male performers dwindled away," informs Bhushan Korgaonkar, who wrote the book, Sangeet Bari, in 2014. This Friday, Korgaonkar's Sangeet Bari production directed by filmmaker Savitri Medhatul, will not only combine multiple narratives such as the lavani woman, musicians, the customer and researcher but also celebrate the Pride month with a performance. As..
                 

Kandivali Std 10 student's sacrifice of home comforts pays off

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Joint Entrance Examination — Main (JEE — Main) 2019 results were declared on Saturday. Among the top 15 candidates who scored 100 percentile is Ankit Misra, a Kandivali resident. Misra joined Swamy Vivekanand Junior College in Koparkhairane after Std 10, in order to prepare for JEE through Allen Career Institute. He says that while he was expecting a good score, featuring in the top 15 is certainly a delight. But, he hasn't lost focus. He's already gunning for his next aim: clearing the next level — JEE-Advanced which determines admissions to Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) across India. "Inspired by his uncle who is a civil engineer and settled in USA, Ankit chose engineering as his career. He has always been a topper and focused on his studies. The extra-curricular activities too for him in school were related to studies such as science exhibitions, quiz competitions, debates etc. But after school he completely stopped participating in extra-curricular a..
                 

Khatron Ke Khiladi 9: Khiladis face the fear of the unknown

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Kickstarting 2019 with a bang, COLORS launched another exhilarating season of Khatron Ke Khiladi season 9. While the show captivated the viewers with the death-defying stunts, the premier episode of the new season witnessed a grand opening and topped the charts. Not only that, viewers have been loving Rohit Shetty, whose inimitable sense of humour and direction has been a motivational factor for contestants to perform each task with ease. In the upcoming episodes, a lot of acts will leave the viewers with goosebumps, the contestants will witness a rise in adrenaline as they face the fear of the unknown. The show's upcoming week's theme is 'Horror'. Face it, witness it, perform through it is the motto. A stunt, which has been performed by former contestants in the previous seasons made its comeback this year too. The stunt involved a coffin in which contestants are locked in with rats and creepy crawlies and amongst all the chaos, they have to find the keys and try to release themse..
                 

Prakash Jha: I love to work with Ajay Devgn

yesterday  
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Filmmaker Prakash Jha says he loves working with actor Ajay Devgn and added it would be fantastic if there is a subject that brings the two together again. Jha and Ajay have together collaborated for several films such as "Gangaajal", "Apaharan", "Satyagraha" and "Rajneeti". Asked if he plans to work with Ajay anytime soon, Jha told IANS, "I love to work with him and if there is a subject where he and I get together... that will be fantastic. But right now there is nothing on the cards." Jha's latest release is "Fraud Saiyyan", which he has produced. The film stars Arshad Warsi and Saurabh Shukla. He is also working on a biopic of Indian mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh, who was born in 1942 in Basantpur village in Bhojpur district of Bihar and received a PhD on Reproducing Kernels and Operators with a Cyclic Vector from the University of California-Berkeley in 1969. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS ap..
                 

Claims of political vendetta fiction of Vijay Mallya's imagination

yesterday  
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Businessman Vijay Mallya's claim that the Indian government's efforts to extradite him were a result of "political vendetta" was "mere fiction of his imagination", a special PMLA court observed in its order. Mallya, accused of defaulting on loans of over Rs 9,000 crore, was on January 5 declared a fugitive economic offender (FEO) by special Judge M S Azmi of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court. The judge, in his order that was made available to media Saturday, said, "Mere statement that the government of India had pursued a political vendetta against him and initiated criminal investigations and proceeding against him cannot be ground for his stay in UK." Besides these bare statements, there is nothing to support as to how the government of India initiated investigation and proceedings to pursue political vendetta, the judge said in his order. "Hence the arguments in these regards are mere fiction of his imagination to pose himself as law abiding citizen," he added. T..
                 

John: Nice to see Bollywood celebrities associate with social causes

yesterday  
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Actor John Abraham, who is the face of Habitat Humanity India that builds houses for homeless people in the country, said that he feels nice when he sees his colleagues from Bollywood associate themselves with various kinds of social causes. John was interacting with the media at a meet and greet session for Habitat Humanity India on Saturday here. Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have been associated with various kinds of social causes. "It's very good. As a film industry person, I feel that it's great that more people are coming forward with various social causes. I think if you are in position and you have a platform, then you must do it. "It's really nice to see that many people are working towards social causes because it's not just a good thing for our country but for the entire world," the actor said. When asked whether he wanted any celebrity to join the Habitat Humanity India's initiative, John said: "I hope more and more celebriti..
                 

All about Suhel Banerjee and his Che Guevara Instagram account

yesterday  
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Film-Maker Suhel Banerjee is talking about Che Guevara in a rented beret. "He took Rs 50 to put the star," he says, of the temporary acquisition. We're on the terrace of a Bandra building, which overlooks the Sealink and the skyscrapers of South Mumbai. "It's the perfect setting: the towers are covered in a rising haze of pollution. Capitalism is being threatened by itself." Banerjee, 32, is a mechanical engineer by degree and a film-maker by calling. A Lucknow boy who studied in Kolkata, films happened to him "because I was bunking classes. I used to go to the Kolkata Film Festival, where I saw films of Pedro Almodóvar. I saw what cinema could be." That's also where he saw The Motorcycle Diaries for the first time. "I knew Che roughly because Bengal being Bengal at that time [Left-leaning]. But, then I saw The Motorcycle Diaries and then I bought the book from College Street. I realised he's an extraordinary man, and I started buying more books on him." Even though Banerjee s..
                 

20 more manufacturing units come under MPCB scanner for banned plastic

2 days ago  
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There is a ban on plastic bags in the city, yet it seems manufacturing units in the suburbs continue to produce them. While in the last six months, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has taken action against nearly 45 units producing such banned plastic in Mumbai alone, a recent complaint has reached the MPCB office pointing out to 20 odd units that continue to manufacture the banned material. On January 1, the MPCB received a list of units producing single use plastic in Dharavi, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Govandi and Thane and Palghar districts. Now, the BMC plans to use the blue squad to take action against them. An MPCB official said, "We have started visiting places and, while many units have been already shut, those brought to our attention recently will be dealt with on priority. The plastic ban will be implemented in totality." Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest u..
                 

Mumbai girl credits orphanage for journey that ended in Poland

2 days ago  
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Life-changing! That's how Bhavana Jais's describes her time at Thane's Ma Niketan orphanage. Admitted there by her mother at the age of seven post her father's death, Jais went on to pursue an MBA, join a multi-national company, travel to Poland for work, and find the love of her life there. All this, thanks to the care and education she received at Ma Niketan, the 28-year-old says. "My sisters at Ma Niketan are the most important people in my life. They are the ones who never gave up on me and so many other girls. I owe my existence to them. It is because of Sister Kishori's upbringing that I am the person you see today. To my heritage, my world, and Sister Kishori, my words might fall short in expressing gratitude," said Jais. From Thane to EuropeAfter her schooling at St John's, a confident Jais went to her mother's house as an 18-year-old. She then pursued her graduation in commerce from Mumbai University while working as a receptionist in a company. She saved all that money and ..
                 

A natural mystic

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Once upon a time, around 500 years ago, there lived a Sufi mystic in Lahore called Shah Hussain. He was a man who went against the grain of societal norms. Why should we conform to the notions of "good" and "bad"? That was the question he strove to answer. If someone wants to seek spiritual enlightenment, let them have it. But if on the other hand someone seeks intoxicating substances, let them have that too. Such was his philosophy. Most importantly, however, Hussain believed that it's the human ego that shackles people's minds. If you can break free from it, the world is yours. "He lived during the time of Akbar, and belonged to a sect called Malamati. Their whole pursuit involved detracting attention away from themselves. That's why they wouldn't do anything that's conformist. And Shah Hussain didn't believe that there was only one right path to reach the divine. So, he questioned the orthodox views with which people approached the almighty. In fact, he says in one of his kalams [c..
                 

Key points

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
We live in an age where the boundaries of technology are immense. The question of whether something will ever be possible has been reduced to a matter of time. Or has it? Are there no limits to what computers, the forefront of modern technology, can do? Find out the answers this Sunday in a session by Prerona Chatterjee where she question if computers are able to do everything. The research scholar at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) will helm the event. "People believe that computers can do everything; but that isn't true. There are problems of varying difficulties, some of which are pretty hard to solve for these machines," says Chatterjee. Prerona Chatterjee The session is hosted by Chai and Why?, an informal science interaction forum of TIFR that is completing a decade of sharing the science behind their fundamental research with common folk. ON January 20, 11 am AT DG Ruparel College, Senapati Bapat Marg, Matunga WestCALL 9757157795 Catch up on all the latest..
                 

Salman Khan's surprise visit to a stall causes chaos at expo in Bandra

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
There was nothing Chori Chori Chupke Chupke about Salman Khan's visit to the Mumbai Marathon Expo at Bandra-Kurla Complex on Friday evening. Frenzied fans rushed to catch a glimpse of the Bollywood star who, accompanied by his brother Arbaaz, was paying a surprise visit to the Being Human stall at the expo. As people thronged the stall, the Asics stall came crashing down. Utter chaosA substantial number of people were at the expo at the MMRDA grounds, checking out stalls with fitness and wellness lifestyle products, and also collecting their bib numbers for the Mumbai marathon to be run on Sunday. Among the brands that had put up stalls were Being Human, Salman's charitable trust, and Asics, which makes top sports gear. Suresh Rathod, who is to run the 42-km marathon on Sunday, said, "I was at the Asics stall, doing a gait test on the treadmill. I had just got off the treadmill and collected my racing bib, when I heard someone yell, 'Salman Khan is here, Salman Khan is here'. Within ..
                 

'Indrani Mukerjea's son Mikhail was not tortured during treatment'

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A doctor who had treated Indrani Mukerjea's son Mikhail Bora for psychosis told the special CBI court on Thursday that he had not been confined or put under physical restraint, as alleged, during the treatment. Mikhail had earlier told the court, which is conducting the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case, that he had been tortured during the treatment at the behest of his mother Indrani, the main accused. He had alleged that he was put in confinement, given electric shocks and tortured during treatment for psychosis because his mother wanted to prove that he was 'insane'. He also said that he did not take drugs. Dr Yusuf Machiswala, who treated Mikhail at Masina Hospital, said Mikhail was referred to him for 'substance-induced psychosis' in 2006. "To the best of my knowledge, he was abusing tobacco and cannabis," the doctor told Judge J C Jagdale, adding that he was transferred to another hospital after two months. "Indrani (again) called sometime in the month of April 2012 and ..
                 

Mumbai Food: Andheri pizza joint will satiate your late night cravings

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
If you're hungry in the middle of the night, two of the main concerns regarding your order — apart from the quality of the food, of course — is the efficiency and speed with which your food is delivered. And it's on these counts that Baking Bad, a late-night delivery joint in Lokhandwala, delivers on a consistent basis, as we find out when we order food from there after a gap of four months. It takes only about half an hour for the dishes we order to arrive, and both the pizza and spaghetti are hot and properly packed. The pizza we ask for is called the boss ('395). It consists of chunky pieces of pepperoni and sun-dried tomatoes embedded in a thick layer of mozzarella cheese, with a bit of tomato basil sauce and green pesto drizzled on top. Spaghetti carbonara This joint prides itself on the quality of its pizzas, which come in a range of options that — outside of chicken and vegetarian variants — include pork and b**f. We have earlier gorged on piggy b..
                 

Sleuths from Down Under

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A young schoolboy from a modest background boards a train from a provincial town in Germany to Berlin. He has set out to meet his grandma and give her the money his mother has saved for months. Aware of the responsibility, he carefully sews the money into the lining of his coat. But then he meets an unscrupulous co-passenger and things go awry. Will he be able to recover his money? Who comes to his help in an unknown city? There is something deeply empowering and assuring about a story that celebrates a child's agency. And that's perhaps why the story of Emil Tischbein and his army of little sleuths is a much-loved one and remains relevant 90 years after it was written by well-known German writer, poet and satirist Erich Kästner. In 2017, Emil and the Detectives was adapted for the stage for Adelaide-based Slingsby Theatre Company by playwright Nicki Bloom, and after a warm reception in the country, the play has been brought to India as part of the six month-long Australia Fest. ..
                 

5 routes under UDAN scheme to restart from Feb 13 in Maharashtra

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In a boost to low-cost air travel in Maharashtra, five routes under the Centre's UDAN scheme, which were discontinued some time back, will resume on February 13. According to a government official, Mumbai-Nashik, Mumbai-Jalgaon, Mumbai-Kolhapur, Mumbai-Solapur and Nashik-Pune air services will commence again, adding that these routes have been allotted to two airline companies SpiceJet and TruJet (Turbo Mega). "After the UDAN scheme started, these routes were allotted to Air Deccan airline company. However, several complaints were received about the company violating norms. Despite issuing a notice, it could not normalise services. Hence, its services were scrapped and it was decided to appoint new airline companies on these routes," the official said. In addition to this, two new routes Nashik-Prayagraj and Nashik-Hindon are also expected to start soon, he added. Under the 'Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik' (UDAN) scheme, nine airports in the state Nashik, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nanded,..
                 

Mumbai: Fire brigade to crack down on civic hospitals

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After the fire at the ESIC Hospital in Marol last month, the Fire Brigade wants to ensure civic hospital buildings are safe. Fire department personnel will soon visit the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) hospitals to conduct a fire audit and check the safety equipment there. This will be followed by an awareness programme in civic and private hospitals. They are also preparing a module for training to be imparted to hospital staff. Priority to govt hospitalsA senior civic official said, "The government hospitals will be taken up on priority considering the high number of footfalls there, and then we will move on to private hospitals for awareness." The fire broke out at ESIC hospital and killed 11 people, mainly due to smoke as the hospital had limited emergency exits, and ongoing repairs proved to be a hindrance during fire-fighting. What came as a surprise to Mumbai Fire Brigade officials, was the negligence on part of the administration and contractors who did not take ne..
                 

Mumbai: Trees come in way of Kurla East-West connectivity

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Absent without leave: The staircase to a foot-over-bridge that connects Kurla East to West has been missing despite the FOB being ready three months ago. The reason for the delay in building the stairs is pending permission from the BMC's tree authority. In the absence of the bridge, many tend to jump over the fence and crossover the tracks with Kurla ranking number two in the list of stations that record maximum deaths due to accidents on tracks. While there have been 344 deaths at Kalyan, Kurla has recorded 313 deaths and Thane has seen 295. A Kurla resident Mofid Khan recently questioned authorities regarding the delay in inaugurating the bridge built towards the Kalyan end of Kurla station. A CR spokesperson said that the railways had been waiting for permissions and that they had received them this week. "The work cannot begin till the BMC's permissions are in place. Now that the BMC's tree authority has given permission, the Central Railway can finish the work in two weeks and t..
                 

Don't stack your notes yet, Maharashtra state in no mood to dance

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
While the Supreme Court's verdict easing stringent restrictions on dance bars came as a relief to many on Thursday, dance bar owners and performers should be ready to face several hurdles back home, as the state government is mulling on delaying licensing and stalling re-launching the enterprise first banned in 2005. While the state government said it was in the process of studying the apex court's order, top officials said they had been instructed to find ways to make things difficult for prospective bar operators or those who held such licences before the ban came into existence. Till the time new restrictions are not in place, the licensing authority — the police department — may always delay approvals by raising a question or two, as it had been doing in the past. Reacting to the order, Nishant Katneshwarkar, state government's advocate, said, "Our main intention was to protect the bar girls and that has been upheld by the court. We will give licences to whoever com..
                 

Mumbai-Vadodara E-way will kill forests the size of 70 football fields

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For commuters between Mumbai and Vadodara, the future looks brighter with reduced travel time thanks to the National Highway Authority of India's (NHAIs) ambitious Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway Project (also called the Eastern Peripheral Expressway). But, the environment will pay a heavy price for this as the project will swallow up 181 hectares of forest between Vasai and Talasari in Maharashtra, equivalent to the size of 70 international football fields. Environmentalists have raised concerns over the rate at which green cover is being sacrificed for infrastructure projects. According to the proposal submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) for an Environment Clearance, a total of 181.6506 hectare forest land along the 78.38 km-long stretch between Talasari and Vasai will have to make way for the eight-lane expressway which is part of the 379-km greenfield expressway between Vadodara and Mumbai under the National Highways Development Project (NH..
                 

Schoolboy commits suicide; drawing of person hanging found in his bag

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A 14-year old schoolboy has allegedly committed suicide last night in Nalasopara east by hanging himself with nylon rope. The rope was tied to a pull-up bar situated in the garden premises of the complex he resided in. The deceased had a drawn a picture of a person hanging and had kept it in his bag, which the police also found. The deceased has been identified as Huzaifa Nagori, who lived with his parents, grandparent and two younger sisters in Rashmi residency of Nalasopara east.  According to the police sources, last night around 11 pm, he was found hanging with nylon ropes tied to the pull-up bar. People informed to the Tulinj police, who rushed to the spot immediately and after conducting the Panchanama, sent the body for autopsy to a local government hospital. "During the search, we found a diary in his bag in which a photo of a person hanging by the ceiling fan with a rope was drawn. Numbers written in Urdu and words written in English and Hindi h..
                 

Mumbai Food: Kala Ghoda Cafe gives the good old Bombay feeling

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
You think you know a city and every bar worth knowing in its popular alleys, but you don't. We didn't either. We walk into Rope Walk Lane at Kala Ghoda and enter Kala Ghoda Café, which we've frequented only for its tea with jaggery and BLT sandwiches. Past the door, we walk into the larger seating, but we are not there yet. Past another door that reads Wine Bar in small font, we step into a hidden world that offers you old-Bombay charm in the form of a 30-seater wine bar, with bentwood chairs, wooden tables, old sofas and a swanky bar done up in sky blue tiles. The floor rug has lost colour. Probably from the 80s, it has a decrepit charm, unlike the disc lamps that add a touch of class with a sepia-toned effect. The setting is like an underground secret club, with heavy grey curtains. We take a table by the wall on the other end of the bar, which has the backdrop of a Himalayan range, reminding us of Kashmir ki Kali. The setting is perfect, to implement the idea behind the spac..
                 

Mumbai: Supreme Court allows dance bars to re-open

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Thursday gave a go-ahead to the re-opening of dance bars in Mumbai, stating that there cannot be a total prohibition on dance bars in India's commerce capital. Noting that no license has been granted by the Maharashtra government since 2005, the Supreme Court reiterated that there may be some regulations but that should not amount to a total prohibition. The apex court also relaxed the stringent conditions set by the state government for getting a license for running dance bars but upheld the time of five and a half hours for dance performances. In its verdict, the apex court also set aside the conditions of the state government of putting up CCTV cameras in bars and giving licenses to the people of good character terming these as vague. Allowing orchestra and tips, the apex court, however, stated that showering of cash and coins is not allowed inside the bars. Quashing the rule that segregates the dancing stage from the bar area ..
                 

Maharashtra's cyber security and AMBIS technology bag award

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The automated biometric identification system of Maharashtra Police and its cyber security project have bagged an award in the smart policing initiative category. The award was given at a national conference on digital innovation and cyber security organised by the Haryana government in Gurugram on Wednesday, a release said. Maharashtra Police's Special Inspector General Brijesh Singh and a team from the cyber security cell accepted the award on behalf of the state. The Maharashtra government had earlier introduced the Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) as part of its plans to modernise the state police department and improve crime detection. With the use of this system, the data of all criminals can be accumulated at one place and makes it easier to control cyber crimes. Over 6.5 lakh fingerprints are being digitally stored using the AMBIS Technology to give momentum to cyber probe. The prints of palms, retinal scan and other biometric information are als..
                 

Varun-Shraddha to be trained by Got To Dance UK dancer Tashan Muir

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Considering their last collaboration ABCD2 (2015) was a runaway hit, director Remo D'Souza is pulling out all stops for his next featuring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. In a bid to up the ante, the filmmaker has flown in Tashan Muir - a famed London-based artiste who runs a dance school in the Queen's city - to train his leads in street dance and hip hop. Muir. Pic/Facebook Says a source from the creative team, "Having worked closely with Tashan during ABCD (2013), Remo was keen to use his expertise in this project, too. So, Tashan, along with one of his students Tanya, has been brought down to India to conduct workshops with Varun and Shraddha. Tashan is one of the leading names in street dance in London; in fact, a team training in his school was the runner-up of Got To Dance UK season 3. Since the movie is set in London, the director was keen that the leads be shown employing dance forms that are prevalent there. So, the actors have been training in European hip hop, locking a..
                 

Mumbai Crime: 43-year-old man sexually assaults teen daughter

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Powai: A 43-year-old man on Monday was arrested by the Powai police for allegedly sexually assaulting his 19-year-old daughter for the past 3 months. According to the victim’s statement, her father touched her inappropriately in the absence of her mother, said a police officer from Powai police station. The victim lives in Powai with her mother and two other sisters aged 17 and 15. Mother and the daughter, both work as domestic help in the neighbourhood. On Monday, around 2 pm, when the victim came home from work and was cooking lunch her father molested her and left home. According to Hindustan Times, The girl started feeling unwell and went to take a nap. Around 4 pm, her father returned home in an inebriated state and molested her again. “He slept next to the girl and started sexually abusing her. The girl pushed him away, but he kept insisting her for a physical relationship,” the police officer said. In the evening, at 5 pm, when the girl’s mother..
                 

Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi director Krish Jagarlamudi in trouble

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Kangana Ranaut is said to be amused by the news that director Krish Jagarlamudi has been allegedly accused of 'stealing' Teja's script for the Telugu film, NTR Kathanayakudu, which released recently. Krish had left Kangana-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi mid-way, which made the actor take over the directorial reins of the historical as well. Krish Jagarlamudi Krish then replaced Teja as director of the NTR biopic starring Balakrishna and Vidya Balan. Kangy has been heard saying it is a classic case of out of the frying pan into the fire for Krish! Director Krish Jagarlamudi walked out of the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi mid-way to helm the NTR biopic. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is an Indian epic biographical film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain & Nishant Pitti, the film is slated to release on January 25, 2019. Kangana Ranaut plays the titular role of Rani Laxmibai. Pri..
                 

Will Mumbai teenage cricketer get 3-year-ban for sexual misconduct?

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Mumbai's teenage cricketer, who is accused of alleged sexual misconduct, is set to be banned for three years by the Mumbai Cricket Association. The MCA is expected to officially announce their decision today. Sources told mid-day that the teenaged cricketer has been found guilty of his act where he allegedly flashed at his Mumbai U-16 teammate during the quarter-final of the Vijay Merchant Trophy against Uttar Pradesh last month. Last week, the MCA conducted an inquiry where the accused and the victim were called to present their side with other team officials. The incident came to light after the team manager highlighted the alleged sexual misconduct in his report that was submitted to the MCA recently. MCA officials confirmed to mid-day that the incident did take place. The association's authorities called for a disciplinary meeting yesterday, but cancelled it since the teenaged cricketer is out of town for some friendly Twenty20 games. The father of the young cricketer in questi..
                 

Tiger Shroff multitasks as he shoots for multiple projects simultaneous

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Tiger Shroff who has two big budget film releases in 2019 is busy juggling between the shoot of his upcoming film with Hrithik Roshan, and his other project, Student Of The Year 2. To wrap up all his work commitments, The actor has been putting in the extra number of hours to keep things on schedule. Besides, his film commitments, the actor is also giving time to his brand campaigns shoot simultaneously. Even though he is shooting in Mumbai the actor is working round the clock to fulfil all his work endeavours hopping between different sets for a week. Tiger Shroff who is known for his punctuality and discipline believes in giving equal time and effort to each assignment that he takes up and never compromises on the quality of work. Being the punctual person that he is, he also believes in finishing things in time. In fact, he even managed to attend an event in Delhi recently. Moreover, Tiger has not missed any of his workout sessions despite his choc-a-block schedule. The actor has ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Make plastic pollution passeThe campaign to spread awareness about plastic pollution in Mumbai just got an artsy touch when Mum­bai-based photographer Natasha Hemrajani co­llaborated with Cirque du So­leil recently. The Madh island re­s­i­d­ent, who takes the jetty every day from Versova to get home, co­uldn't ignore the appalling am­o­unt of trash and garbage accumulated there. "It's not a beach anymore. The sand is filled with plastic. The water is black sewage filled with plastic and the fishermen go out and fish in these waters. And they also chuck plastic right back in. It amazes me that something that we are so reliant on — an ecosystem of water — is something that we have no trouble polluting and we don't see a crisis," Hemrajani told this diarist. And so, when she spoke to Cirque through a friend she's worked with before, the collective was quite keen to do something about environmental pollution in Mumbai. "The idea was to..
                 

BEST strike in Mumbai ends as it began, with vote

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With drama, tears, jubilation and a court order, the BEST's nine-day strike came to an end on Wednesday at an employee congregation in the Wadala staff quarters. Before formally ending the strike, president of the BEST Sanyukta Kamgar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS), Shashank Sharad Rao, asked protesters: "Since we started the strike with a vote, should we end it with one too?" The question was met with a Rao-sing show of hands followed by applause. Earlier in the day, the BEST workers were at a HC hearing on a PIL on the strike, the BEST Workers' Union agreed to withdraw the stir after accepting the '10-step' increment offered by the management of the civic-run BEST undertaking as an interim measure. An agreement was also reached to resolve the remaining issues through a mediator. The first BEST bus rolls out of Wadala depot after the strike ended yesterday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Following this, Rao met senior union leaders and later made his way to Wadala where he explained the efforts that led..
                 

Mumbai: BJP man held for selling weapons at Dombivli shop

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A large haul of weapons, including 170 guns, swords, machetes and knives, was found at the shop of a local BJP functionary in Dombivli, the police said on Wednesday. Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy chief of BJP's Dombivli city unit in Thane district, from whose store the seizure was made, has been arrested, police said. The 170 weapons were found during a raid conducted by the Kalyan Crime Branch at Kulkarni's fashion accessories store in Tilak Nagar on Monday night, the police said. The cops added that he was arrested on Tuesday morning. A local BJP leader said Kulkarni was the vice-president of the party's Dombivli unit. "Following a tip-off, the raid was conducted at Tapasya House of Fashion, which sells fashion accessories and cosmetics," a police officer said. "The weapons for sale included eight air guns, 10 swords, 38 press button knives, 25 choppers, nine kukris, nine guptis (bladed weapon concealed in a wooden case), five knives, three axes and a sickle," he added. "The seize..
                 

Priyanka Chopra's girl gang fights prejudice

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
While the world at large was happy to term it the 'feminist Tinder', Priyanka Chopra Jonas insisted that Bumble - the social networking app backed by her - was essentially another step towards women empowerment. Her argument - it gave the female population the power of choice. Upon its launch in India last month, the actor also unveiled the #EqualNotLoose campaign that championed the cause of gender equality. Neha Dhupia Now, in a bid to take the idea further, Chopra has roped in social media influencers Neha Dhupia, Kubbra Sait, Lily Singh, Mithila Palkar and Saloni Chopra to initiate conversations about women empowerment. Kubbra Sait A source close to the development reveals, "The idea was to promote equality and challenge gender stereotypes through the promotions. The 'Equal Not Loose' tagline is an attempt to challenge the judgment that often accompanies women's pursuit of independence, and professional and relationship goals. We'll kick off a week-long campaign that will see N..
                 

Taxi driver and his gang molest female traffic cop, assault colleague

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Two traffic police officers including a Woman Police Constable (WPC) of the Mahim division were assaulted by a taxi driver and his five other members of his gang near Paradise cinema on Monday evening around 6 pm. "After violating the traffic rule, a taxi driver took a right turn at Paradise cinema. When the on-duty traffic constable, Gyaneshwar Meshram (45), asked the taxi driver to halt the vehicle, he got into a heated argument with the constable and later drove towards Senapati Bapat Marg,” said the source. After 30 minutes, the taxi driver - who is believed to be residing in the nearby area – returned with four to five boys and started to manhandle Meshram. “An on-duty lady constable, who was standing next to Meshram, jumped to rescue her colleague but the angry taxi man and his boys also manhandled and molested her,” said the source. The sources at Mahim traffic division told mid-day that the fight lasted for around 30 seconds and both the on-dut..
                 

Mumbai Food: Relish Bohri delicacies at two day feast in Colaba

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Get your fill of Bohri delicacies at a two-day feast, organised by The Bohri Kitchen, that will celebrate winter specials like lassan kheema baidu — a layered dish made with minced mutton topped with pepper, lime and sunny side up eggs. Kharaas options include smoked mutton kheema samosas, khatta meetha chicken and raan in kaju masala, unique as the 1.5 kg leg of lamb is marinated for 48 hours in rich kaju masala and fresh cream, before being cooked for over three hours. The dum chicken seekh bir­y­ani is another traditional dish, cooked with pieces of chicken seekh and potatoes. Don't forget to try the khajur and dried fruit chutney, if you can save belly room, that is. On: January 19 and 20, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm At: Colaba. Call: 9819447438 Cost: Rs 1,500 Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates..
                 

Former NCP leader Sadanand Lad commits suicide near temple in Mumbai

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The former member of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sadanand Lad, 55, committed suicide at Grant Road on Wednesday morning at around 9.30am. Lad committed suicide in a room near a Ganpati temple by hanging by the ceiling of a room adjacent to the temple which he had formed. The reason behind the suicide is not known as no suicide note was found. Sadanand alias Pappu Lad was the founder of popular 'Laadancha Ganpati' at Grant Road. His body has been sent to JJ Hospital for post-mortem. The DB Marg Police is investigating the matter.   Lad was a supporter of leader Chagan Bhujbal. He even wrote, directed and produced a movie 'Baap Manus'. He produced 15 films all together in his lifetime. 55-year-old Lad was booked for a couple of cases of extortion against him. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai Food: Mains good, cocktails could be better at Lower Parel bar

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
As we are about to enter Lilt, a new bar in the Mathuradas Mill Compound, we recall about its predecessor at the location, Summer House Café that had the makings of a good bar that had to shut down too soon on a sour note. We are brought back to present by the host on roller skates, who takes us to our table after a warm introduction. As he zips away, we take in the décor, which grows on us while we browse through the engaging Asian menu. We instantly take a liking to its stripped-down chic décor. The metal accents on the bare walls, particularly the rotating bottle holders behind the bar grab our attention. Combined with the groovy playlist, the cocktails beckon us, and so we call for the smoked cigar (Rs 595) and tripster (Rs 695). Tripster The former comes with a flourish of smoke that adds to the core cinnamon notes of the whiskey cocktail. However, it’s watery and doesn’t wow us in a sip. Tripster, on the other hand, is a hodgepodge of flavours,..
                 

Hexa Squash clinch Jr League title

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After their dominating performance against Lightning Strokes, Hexa Squash put up an all-round show again to defeat Royal Strikers 11-7 in the final of the 2nd Platinum Corp Super Squash Jr League at the JVPG Club, Juhu. In the final, which is decided by the first team to win 11 games, Arin Khot started the match on a positive note for Hexa Squash, winning 11-5, 4-11, 11-5 to give his team a 2-1 lead. Adish Kancharia and Tanish Vaidhya turned the tide for Hexa Squash, winning their respective ties against Dev Sharma and Kavya Anand, to get a 9-6 lead. In the final tie, Hriday Rajani beat Kavanpal Kohli of Royal Strikers 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 to win seal the title for Hexa. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

BCCI should take over blind cricket from CABI, insist players

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
India's blind World Cup-winning cricketer Anish Baig and Maharashtra's blind team skipper Prashant Jagtap urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take over the running of blind cricket from the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) for the betterment of players. Baig and Jagtap are currently in the city, representing Maharashtra in the national blind tournament for the Siyaram Cup. Baig, who was part of India's T20 World Cup triumph in 2017, but was not picked thereafter has been alleging for some time now that the CABI are asking players to pay to be selected. Blind Welfare Organisation of India chief Arun Bharaskar No hopeHe now wants BCCI to step in to stem this rot. "Why should I give CABI money to represent my country? Though I have lost all hope of being picked for the national team again, I will continue to play and perform. "I urge BCCI to take over blind cricket from CABI and help blind cricketers like me. My World Cup-winning teammate Ketan P..
                 

Thackeray's Marathi version redubbed; Here's why

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Upon its release, the trailer of Thackeray elicited strong and polarising responses - on one hand, the audience lauded leading man Nawazuddin Siddiqui for his uncanny resemblance to the late Balasaheb Thackeray. However, cinephiles were just as vocal in pointing out that Sachin Khedekar, who dubbed for Siddiqui in the Marathi version, was no match for the late Shiv Sena supremo, who was known for his deep baritone and rousing oratory. Amid rumours suggesting that Chetan Shashital is likely to redub for Thackeray's part, mid-day has learnt that the voiceover artiste has already lent his voice to the protagonist of the Abhijit Panse-directed biopic. Sanjay Raut A source working closely on the film reveals, "After fans expressed their displeasure with Sachin Khedekar's voice, the makers zeroed in on Chetan Shashital. He has earlier dubbed for Balasaheb's role in the Marathi movie, Balkadu (2015). He redubbed the entire film last week. The makers are happy with the result." Sachin Khed..
                 

Vishal Bhardwaj gets a glitch in national anthem rectified

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A technical glitch in the national anthem that played at movie theatres has been rectified after it was identified by Vishal Bhardwaj. He has appreciated the authorities for their quick and efficient work. Heard our national anthem produced by @Films_Division and @MIB_India during @MumbaiFilmFest. There is a technical glitch at "Gahe Tav Jai Gaatha", seems to be a sound transfer issue. Goes off tune and hurts ear and soul. Can @MIB_India please get this rectified? — Vishal Bhardwaj (@VishalBhardwaj) October 29, 2018 In a tweet put out on October 29, 2018, Bhardwaj said he heard the national anthem produced by the Films Division and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the Mumbai Film Festival. "There is a technical glitch at 'Gahe Tav Jai Gaatha'. Vishal Bharadwaj ji thanks for pointing out the audio glitch issue.We have worked on rectifying it.We took an authentic version of audio of national anthem from All India Radio which took a couple of days.The sa..
                 

He throws away my stuff without asking

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
My boyfriend has an extremely annoying habit of throwing away things that belong to me, without checking with me first. We have been living together for almost a year now, and it's as if he has no respect for my stuff at all. I have had a number of arguments about this with him, but it doesn't seem to change the way he looks at my property. It's not as if he's disrespectful towards me in any way, or that he doesn't take me seriously, it's just his inability to understand that my old clothes or old books are things I actually want to hold on to. This is starting to bother me a lot because I used to dismiss it at first as just his obsession with keeping things tidy. How do I resolve this?You're not being unreasonable, because respect doesn't simply apply to one's person, it extends to personal space and property too. Your boyfriend seems to assume it doesn't, which is a problem. This may be because he has a radically different idea of what personal space and property mean to a couple, or..
                 

Mumbai: Reprimanded for using 'TikTok' app, teen hangs herself

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A 17-year-old girl succumbed to the injuries she sustained while hanging herself in her house at Bhoiwada. Senior Inspector Ramchandra Jadhav said she breathed her last at KEM hospital on January 13. Police said she liked to upload her videos on the app 'tiktok,' to which her parents objected. On Friday, the girl was celebrating her father's birthday. She also posted some videos of herself with her family on the app. Police said when she was busy with the phone, her mother objected and snatched it. "Her mother told her not to spend time with her phone and instead focus on her studies. This annoyed her. After this the girl went in the washroom and tried to hang and kill herself," said Jadhav. When her mother found that she hadn't come out for a long time, she knocked on the door of the washroom. When she didn't get a response, the door was broken open with the help of neighbours. "The girl had hung herself with the help of her dupatta. She was lowered down and rushed to KEM Hospital...
                 

EC appoints sweepers, drivers and labourers to update voters' list

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
This year, if you go to cast your vote in the Lok Sabha polls and don't find your name in the electoral rolls, you can blame the Election Commission's (EC) bizarre decision to appoint sweepers, drivers and labourers to review the voters' list. Sources said many of these workers can't even read. As such, they are ill-equipped to deal with the complex electoral paperwork and procedures. The EC's own handbook lays down several guidelines for the process of updating the voters' list. This includes a very specific list of people who can be appointed for this all-important task. The task of updating the electoral roll is usually given to more qualified government or semi-government officials (see box). Titled Booth Level Officers (BLO), they are entrusted with going door-to-door and verifying voter information. This involves adding data on new voters in the area, and removing voters who moved elsewhere or are deceased. BLOs are usually deputed in their own area, so they can use their local..
                 

Mumbai Food: It's Thai cuisine invasion at the South Mumbai eatery

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Blue created waves when it launched in 2017, filling up the bite-sized space with patrons who came back only hungry for more. Started by chef Seefah Ketchaiyo and Karan Bane, it closed doors in December only to spring up on Hill Road last weekend with a new identity with chef’s namesake Seefah. The buzzing eatery had bagged the award in the Best Asian Restaurant category at the inaugural Guide Food Awards last year, beating some heavyweights in the process. When the chef couple took their A-game to Breach Candy, we dropped by for a tasting. Honey toast  Replacing the plush Doppio Bar, the space is done up in red and blue suave chairs with golden rims to match the Buddha on the wall. The lanterns dropping from the ceiling add a dim yellow glow to the space, transporting you to Soi69, a side street famous for food and drinks in Thailand. A sushi counter has been assigned and the bar is at the far end. The ever-smiling chef Ketchaiyo is sprightly on the floor, taking ca..
                 

Food nirvana: 7,000-sq-ft full of only kilo-plus crabs in Mumbai

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After much conjecture and buzz, the high-profile Ministry of Crab, with its flagship restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is all set to open in the city at the Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) West End building on 14th Road, Khar, sometime in February. Vijay Zaveri, the owner of TBZ West End, confirmed the location to mid-day. Zaveri said, "The TBZ jewellery showroom used to be on the ground floor for the past 25 years. It has now moved to the third floor of my building and Ministry of Crab is set to open in its place. I think they are looking at a February opening, I do not have all the details as I am not associated with the restaurant in any other capacity except as owner of the space." The TBZ West End building in Khar. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Location, babyZaveri added, "The space is approximately 7,000 square feet and the venue is already well-known because of the TBZ showroom, so it is a high-visibility location. I have been following reports about the excitement this brand has creat..
                 

Inside Salman Khan's 10,000-sq-ft secret gym on Bharat set in Film City

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Irrespective of how busy Salman Khan is, his daily schedule will feature a rigorous workout session - the primary reason why he is fighting fit at 53. The superstar, who has moved lock, stock and barrel to Goregaon for the last schedule of Bharat, hasn't let the move play havoc with his ritual - mid-day has learnt that producers Atul Agnihotri and Nikhil Namit have specially built a 10,000 square feet gym in Film City to ensure Khan doesn't miss his workout regimen. What makes it all the more special is that the centre boasts of equipment from the actor's recently launched line of fitness gear. Khan during his workout regimen. Pic/Twitter For the uninitiated, Khan announced late last year that he will be launching his own range of fitness equipment. The superstar acquired 100 per cent manufacturing rights of Jerai Fitness - which designs and manufactures weight-resistance, exercise equipment - for the endeavour. Says a source from the unit, "Since Salman did not want to travel to Go..
                 

Mumbai: Jogeshwari railway station to get three escalators

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In a reply given to an RTI query placed by a commuter, the Western Railway (WR) has elaborated on their plans of upgrading the Jogeshwari station and giving it the much needed facelift. Apart from three escalators, one of which will be ready by March, the station would also get better amenities. The infrastructural layout of the station has been a matter of concern for commuters for some time now. After the new harbour line platform was constructed, people complained that both the stations were not connected well. Even earlier, commuters have communicated their grievances with the general manager during his inspection visits. Speaking to mid-day, Mansoor Umer Darvesh, secretary of Passenger and Traffic Relief Association, said, "I was curious as to why the Jogeshwari station was not getting escalators, and hence, had filed an RTI query. I have been told that the station will get three escalators, one of which will be ready in the next two months. It'll take some time to install the o..
                 

Recharge yourself with yoga in the forest hills of Tala

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Gain from the benefits of yoga and the experience of maestro Tarini Menezes in a scenic location that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. The Glampsite at Forest Hills, Tala, in the Sahyadris is a nature-meets-nurture ca­mpground that provides just enough luxury to be comfortable (plush bathroom and beds with crisp linens), yet maintains its adventurous spirit (nature trails and excursions). Each of the four yoga sessions (one restorative, and three vinyasa), has been designed to work on a particular body part or an asana. The experience keeps in mind the true spirit of glamping, combining rustic charm with nature. This is where you maintain health and bust stress. ON: February 8 to 10AT: Taraste, Pitasai Kumbet Road, Raigad. CALL: 9820932329 COST: Rs 18,500 (plus taxes) Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city here. Also download the new mid-day Android..
                 

Another victim complains against land mafia in Kalina

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Apart from putting pressure on the police to act against the land mafia for usurping a bungalow in Kalina, mid-day's coverage has inspired yet another victim to come forward with a similar ordeal. Albina Fernandes, 62, has alleged that the same accused had also grabbed her property 13 years ago, and that she found no help from the Vakola police in all these years. This paper had earlier reported how land grabbers took over a bungalow in Kalina while the owner was behind bars. The owner had alleged that the Vakola police was hand in glove with the culprits and that's why the investigation was not progressing. Soon after the report, the police arrested one of the accused on Friday, while the other - Prem Chandran  - remains at large. Albina recognised the accused, Prem Chandran, from mid-day's report and was inspired to resume the battle for her land Now, Albina has alleged that it was none other than Prem who had taken over her house and land in the same locality - Sundar Nagar ..
                 

Raveena Tandon: Don't intend to act in my productions

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Joining the bandwagon of actors turning producers is Raveena Tandon. Well aware that web is the future of entertainment, Tandon has chosen to explore the medium for her foray into production. The actor is in talks with Arka Media Works led by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni - the production house that bankrolled the Baahubali series - to co-produce three web series. Shobu Yarlagadda A source reveals, "Raveena was planning to turn producer since long. Her husband Anil Thadani is a distributor, so she knows how the business works. She will be producing three shows under the banner of AA Films that is backed by her husband." Talking to mid-day, Tandon reveals that the projects are scheduled to go on floors in the next few months. "Of the three web series, one is a contemporary drama while the remaining two belong to the mythological genre," says the actor. Quiz her if she intends to act in any of them, and she laughs, "I will be handling the production and creative side. I'm not l..
                 

Mumbai: A speedster party event at Lower Parel

6 days ago  
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BEST strike in Mumbai enters Day 8; losses mount to Rs 20 crore

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With the BEST strike entering the eighth day on Tuesday, the undertaking has already incurred a loss of more than Rs 20 crore. In view of the fact that there have been no signs of the deadlock ending, the Bombay High Court has asked the high-powered committee appointed to redress the grievances of BEST workers to submit a report in a sealed envelope on January 15. Even though earlier in the day Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray met post a meeting at the Mantralaya to find a solution to the problem, they could not end the stalemate. Shiv Sena has been unable to end the strike despite its affiliated union - BEST Kamgar Sena - announcing a day into the strike that they would not be a part of the protest. Blaming the state government for ignoring the strike, Ravi Raja, Opposition leader and senior-most committee member in BEST, said, "This is height of ignorance. It's the state government's fault that the strike is continuing for such a long time. It i..
                 

Fed up of family's goats, neighbours burn their 6-yr-old son to death

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A long-simmering quarrel between neighbours over a few goats in Nalasopara ended with the murder of the goat-owner's seven-year-old son. The neighbours had poured petrol over the child and set him alight in his house compound a month ago. He had sustained 50 percent burns and succumbed to his injuries at Kasturba Hospital last week.  The Tulinj police have arrested Alok Shrivastava and Akash Shrivastava on charges of murdering Faizan Quereshi. According to police sources, all involved live in Santosh Bhavan Gorai Pada. Faizan lived with his father Izhar, mother Samuza and two elder sisters, and was studying in Std II. Izhar reared goats for a living. Alok runs a business while Akash is jobless and the two are close friends. The two used to be constantly annoyed by the goats roaming in the area and leaving droppings everywhere. They often quarrelled with Izhar over this. The day before Alok burnt Faizan, he had threatened to burn the entire family. The next day, when Izhar was o..
                 

Want to be productive, efficient at work? Here are some mantras

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For far too long, being busy has been associated with being productive or even successful. Professionals today feel compelled, not just by the demands of their job but also by the implicit need to out-work their competitive cubicle-mates, to work longer and (ostensibly) harder than ever before. This dedication takes a heavy toll on their physical and mental wellbeing, while also inhibiting their personal and social lives. However, according to Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, authors of It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work (HarperCollins), we're doing it all wrong. The problem, they write, is not that we suddenly have a lot more work to accomplish in a single day. Quite conversely, they point out, people today are working more but getting a lot less done. The good news is that it is possible to be able to work efficiently and go after that raise you've been hankering for — all you need to do is adopt the right mindset. We bring you four key mantras from the book for a mo..
                 

Mumbai Food: Bandra eatery gives you the perfect taste from Mexico

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
When we visit Sancho's on a Sunday night, there is a slight nip in the air. A special hot buttered rum from the winter menu tempts us. We give in, and the rum drink ('350) spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, apple reduction and bitters, and a hint of salted butter, warms the throat." Chef Esdras Ochoa divides his time between the kitchen and moving from table to table talking to guests. Known as LA's Taco King, Ochoa was seen on the web series, The Final Table. Vegan ceviche tostada Chef Amninder Sandhu, who was also a contestant in the show, met him on the sets. The two hit it off and a year later, Sandhu roped him in for Sancho's. On our revisit to the three-month old Mexican restaurant on Pali Hill, we find the same creamy comfort in rags to riches guacamole ('450) served with activated charcoal tortilla. We like the touch of crispy kale garnish, but the gimmick of black food turns us off. The ahi poke tostada ('525) has tuna cubes on a bed of guacamole, and the hit of jalapeno and..
                 

Four dead in SUV-truck collision in Maharashtra

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
An SUV of Madhya Pradesh police on Monday met with an accident in Maharashtra's Buldhana district in which four civilians were killed and three others, including two police personnel, were injured, an official said. The mishap occurred in the early hours at Kate Phata near Malkapur town on the national highway no. 6, over 500 kms from here, when the SUV collided with a container truck, got toppled, and hit a car tailing it. The police team was returning to Madhya Pradesh after nabbing one Rohidas Raibole, an accused in a kidnapping case from Akola district in east Maharashtra, said Malkapur police station inspector Bhushan Gawande. He said the deceased included three relatives of the complainant and a relative of the accused who were also travelling in the police vehicle. The occupants of another car escaped unhurt. The injured persons, including two policemen, were admitted to a state-run hospital in Buldhana, around 70 km from Malkapur, before being shifted to a private facility. T..
                 

3 workers run over by train on rail track in Maharashtra

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Three workers were killed after being run over by the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express on a railway track in Maharashtra's Raigad district, a police official said Monday. The incident took place on Sunday night when the victims, all contractual labourers, were working on tracks near Jite railway station in Pen area of Raigad, located around 66 km from here, he said. While the workers were crossing the track, they apparently did not see the approaching train and were hit by it, he said, adding that the three men died on the spot. The deceased were identified as Ashok Bari (30), Nimsingh Gulkar (40) and Ajay Dandodiya (18), all hailing from Madhya Pradesh, he said. The bodies were sent to a state-run hospital for post mortem, and an accidental death report was registered at the Dadar Sagari police station in Raigad, the official said. Tejas Express is a fully air-conditioned train which runs between Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Karmali station in Goa. Catch up on all t..
                 

The seat belt sign is on

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Markets began the week on a positive note and gained on the first three days of the week. There was correction and profit taking on the remaining two days. BSESENSEX gained 314.74 points or 0.88 per cent to close at 36,009.84 points. NIFTY gained 67.60 points or 0.63 per cent to close at 10,794.95 points. The broader indices saw the BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 0.58 per cent, 0.63 per cent and 0.47 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 0.19 per cent and BSESMALLCAP gained 0.05 per cent. StocksThe top sectoral gainer was BSEFMCG which was up 2.12 per cent followed by BSECONDUR 1.72 per cent and BSEHEALTHCARE 1.42 per cent. The top sectoral loser was BSEOIL&GAS down 2.40 per cent followed by BSEMETAL 0.95 per cent and BSECAP GOOD 0.82 per cent. In individual stocks, the top gainer was Axis Bank up 7.61 per cent followed by Aurobindo Pharma 6.21 per cent, Tata Motors 5.59 per cent and ITC 5.22 per cent. The top loser was Bharat Petro down 6.37 per cent followed by Hind Petro 6.13..
                 

Mumbai: Toilets for women cops have no water, poor light

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Speaking of equality, the condition of toilets meant for female police in the East region, is as bad as those for male cops. The toilets are equally not maintained, filthy and smell. The women in uniform have no option but to use them and hope nothing happens to them, especially when they have their period or are pregnant. Many suffer from Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) which they claim is due to the use of the unclean toilets. No water, no proper lightThe toilet at the Navghar police station in Mulund is absolutely compact, and it is a skill to use it properly. In addition, it is filthy and stinks because of which it is also a health hazard to pregnant cops who use it. The filthy urinals in the men's toilet at Navghar police station. Pic/Rajesh Gupta The toilet also doesn't have a separate light inside, but is lit by a bulb placed over the non-functioning washbasin near it. Whenever the bulb stops functioning, the women have to use the toilet in the mobile phone's torch. But first,..
                 

Mumbai: Those people producing too much garbage to be fined every day

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After failing to convince the 3,374 bulk generators of solid waste in the city to comply with norms on waste disposal, early this week, civic chief Ajoy Mehta directed the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department to initiate strict action against repeated offenders. So instead of coughing up a one-time fine, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now levy fines that will increase every day until the waste is properly dealt with. Of the total number of bulk generators (those that generate more than 100 kg waste per day), currently only 1,525 are segregate their solid waste and have set up composting units within their premises to process the food waste they generate. "We have issued notices to bulk generators and have fined them in the past as well. But now we will start imposing daily fines on the repeat offenders till they comply with the norms," said Vishwas Shankarwar, deputy municipal commissioner of the SWM department. He added that they will first issue a notice and af..
                 

Mumbai: Mayor gets gated residence, parking inside Byculla zoo

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The mayor is bound to have some very unusual neighbours at Byculla zoo, but most people will be able to relate to his policy for dealing with them — the less he sees or hears from them, the better. The BMC has erected a gate on the access road to the bungalow to provide privacy and security to the mayor, and will also install sound barriers to keep the zoo animals and mayor's guests from disturbing each other. Late last month, the civic body put up the gate on a road inside the zoo premises leading up to the bungalow. Past the gate and towards the house, the entire stretch of road can be used as a parking lot for guests. The mayor's car will have its own parking shed. Guards will also be posted at the gate to ensure that visitors to Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo don't wander into the mayoral residence. "The Mayor will have a lot of visitors and they will need a place to park their vehicles. Around 15-20 cars can park on the road, and the gate will prevent the zoo's vis..
                 

Mumbai: Farmers attack sugar factories over payment delay

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Angry over delayed payment for their crop, farmers have attacked and set on fire several offices of sugar factories in parts of western Maharashtra over the last two days, police said Sunday. According to farmers' organisations, sugar mills in Maharashtra owe Rs 4,500 crores to sugarcane cultivators in pending dues. A group of protesters torched the office of Krishna Sugar Factory at Karad in Satara district Friday, a police official said, adding some important documents, computers and furniture were destroyed in the blaze. He said offences were registered against unidentified persons by the Karad rural police. The office of another sugar factory in neighbouring Sangli was set on fire Saturday morning, an official from the Islampur police station said. Protesters also vandalised and tried to torch the office of Kranti Sugar Factory at Walwa in Sangli district Saturday and later fled the spot, the officials said. Offences were registered against unidentified persons for mischief a..
                 

How 31-year-old Karachi born is giving History lessons on Instagram

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Do you remember Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to graduate from Bombay University and study law at Oxford University? Or Amrita Sher-Gil, who died at the age of 28, but established herself as one of South Asia's most celebrated artists? Does Indrani Rahman, the first Indian to compete in the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1952, ring a bell? If not, an Instagram page started by a 31-year-old Karachi-born will come in handy. When Ahsun Zafar, an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry in Montreal, started Brown History in September 2017, out of sheer curiosity to understand his roots in South Asia better, little did he know that the page would get a whopping 55k followers in one year. While his father is Pakistani and mother half-Pakistani, half-Irani, his maternal great-grandfather taught at Aligarh University and his maternal grandfather was a student there. "Everyone ended up in Pakistan after Partition. However, I grew up in Canada and knew very little of South Asia except..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Vakola police arrest illegal occupant of Vakola bungalow

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Eighteen days after mid-day's report, the Vakola police arrested Abid Ali Mushtaque Tanaji, 46, for allegedly trespassing on the bungalow of an undertrial, 66-year-old Roque D'Souza. D'Souza was arrested for allegedly killing his wife, Celine D'Souza, in July 2017. Police demanded maximum custody for Tanaji, as he's suspected to be involved in other land-grabbing matters as well. Cops confirmed before the court that Tanaji grabbed the bungalow with forged documents, in connivance with the complainant's brother Joseph D'Souza and one Prem Chandran. Roque's Kalina bungalow is spread across 6,000 sq fit, and worth '50cr. According to Roque's complaint, Tanaji, along with Chandran and Joseph, forged the documents to claim ownership of the bungalow. Tanaji started Chinese Kitchen inside the bungalow, a Chinese delivery service. After his arrest, the cops have sealed the bungalow. As per the remand produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Bandra, the police have stated, "After receiv..
                 

Farmers attack sugar factories in Maharashtra over payment delay

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Angry over delay in payments, farmers attacked offices of sugar factories in Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra and set some of them ablaze, police said Sunday. A group of protesters torched the office of Krishna Sugar Factory at Karad in Satara on Friday, a police official said. Some important documents, computers and furniture were destroyed in the blaze, he said, adding that offences were registered against unidentified persons by the Karad rural police. Besides, another office of the sugar factory in neighbouring Sangli was set on fire on Saturday morning, an official at Islampur police station said. Some workers informed police about the incident at the sugar factory's office, where computers and several documents were kept, he said. Protesters also vandalised and tried to torch the office of Kranti Sugar Factory at Walwa in Sangli on Saturday and later fled, the officials said. Offences were registered against unidentified persons under Indian Penal Code secti..
                 

A kaleera redux

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Jewellery designer Mrinalini Chandra, who is from Lucknow, had never really known what the fuss over the kaleera was. Worn by Punjabi brides on their weddings, the umbrella-shaped hanging accessory is usually worn on the wrists and is part of an important marriage tradition — the bride shakes her hands over the heads of all the unmarried girls, and whoever the kaleera falls on, is supposedly the one destined to be married next. "But, I was fascinated by them, and did a version of the kaleera at my 2014 Lakme Fashion Week show. It has never been revisited before, and I wanted to do something different with it," says the 30-year-old. The motif designer made one that had miniature Mughal thrones hanging from it, the quirkiness of which got noticed by everyone. Sonam Kapoor wearing Mrinalini's kaleeres But it was this year in May, when Chandra sent a pair of kaleeras to Sonam Kapoor as a gift for a wedding, that life went into high gear. The kaleeras were made of exquisite dancing..