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Pakistani man threatens Mumbai woman by disguising as Indian on matrimonial site

3 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A Pakistani man, who disguised as Indian on a matrimonial site, allegedly threatened a Mumbai woman with murder after she rejected his marriage proposal. Narrating her ordeal, the woman said that she got a request from the Pakistani national through a matrimonial site who claimed to be an Indian-based doctor working in London. The man had claimed that he is from Nagpur and following the termination of his contract, he would come back to India. According to the woman, the man always used to ask her questions pertaining to her choices and hobbies but was always reluctant to answer the questions asked by her. Suspicious of his intentions, the girl called the hospital in London and found out that the man was not even an employee there. The woman came to know about his original identity after he shared photographs of himself and his identity card of the hospital he purportedly worked with. In one of the pictures, the woman noticed a contact number of a photo studio. The woman then mad..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Mystery woman's murder investigation goes south

5 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Ever since a woman's corpse washed ashore at Cuffe Parade in 2016, the police's investigation has only gone south. Now, the cops are headed in the same direction, suspecting that the woman may be from South India. Going by a photo they had found on the body, the police are now matching DNA samples with missing complaints for women in south and east India who disappeared between October and November 2016. mid-day had reported on the case after the body was discovered on November 2, 2016, around 2 km behind INHS Ashvini in Colaba. At the time, the police had only three clues to work with — a bed sheet stamped with 'GL', in which the body had been wrapped; a torn picture of a woman on the forehead of the victim; and a beaded bracelet on her person. Failed attemptsAt first, the police suspected the white bed sheet was from a hotel or lodge, but couldn't find any that used such sheets. The cops also questioned bedding traders but got no answers. The police also reconstructed the fac..
                 

Shiv Sena to back Modi government for Friday's no-trust vote in Lok Sabha

6 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Shiv Sena will vote in favour of the BJP-led government during the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha tomorrow, a source close to party chief Uddhav Thackeray said. "We will support the BJP. A formal announcement may be made by this evening," the source told PTI here today. The motion will be the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's decision to accept the motion moved by former BJP ally TDP and others came on the first day of the Monsoon session. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu had sought the support of other parties for the motion, citing the NDA government's "non-fulfilment of the promise" to grant special status to his state. Meanwhile, Sena leader Sanjay Raut today said his party will disclose its stand on the floor of the House. "A decision has been taken. We will let it be known inside the House," he said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International a..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Woman raped by father, brother for 10 years yet to get justice

7 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Tenˆmonths after a 25-year-old woman filed a complaint against her elder brother and father for raping her since she was 15 years old, the cops are yet to arrest the accused. For her, the only ray of hope is a sessions court order rejecting the anticipatory bail application filed by the duo. However, they are still absconding. According to the woman's complaint with the Malad police station, the abuse started in 2007 after her elder sister, who was physically challenged, died due to prolonged illness. She, too, had been raped for years by the father-son duo. When the victim complained about it to her mother, she asked her to cooperate, or leave the house. As she was just 15 then, she stayed back. The torture continued until her younger brother got married and his wife became the new victim. When the father and son started sexually harassing her, too, the sister-in-law approached the Malvani police. In June 2017, the sister-in-law filed a complaint, following which the cops registere..
                 

Mumbai boy ties up with Dabbawallas, launches courier service

7 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Tilak Mehta, a 13-year-old boy from Mumbai donned the role of a budding entrepreneur by unveiling an app-based courier service that provides real-time tracking and will be used by the famous 'Dabbawallas'. Called "Papers N Parcels", the start-up is dedicated to carrying small parcels and important documents, along with tiffins for an assured same-day delivery at nominal prices. Speaking to ANI, Tilak Mehta said, "The idea came up when I had forgotten my books at my uncle's place. I was searching for courier companies which would provide me with the delivery. But, I didn't find much. And the ones which I got, their rates were between Rs. 200-250. It was way too high." He added that one day he saw the Dabbawallas doing their delivery services and walked up to them with a few questions. "I asked how strong was their service, to which they replied that they have services all over Mumbai. I even asked how much they were earning. They (Dabbawallas) gave me monthly rates. They do double d..
                 

Revealed! Why Khar subway turns into a drain every monsoon

7 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
You can't drive through Khar subway in the monsoon without being greeted by the disgusting sight of dirty brown water flooding the underpass. What's even more revolting is that this isn't rainwater, but actually the discharge from storm water drains along the railway tracks. The water runs through the filthy gutters and then cascades down on unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians in the subway. If you've ever wondered why the Khar Subway is always flooded even after the lightest shower, this is probably why. It was Khar resident and activist Zoru Bhathena who first observed the problem. "On the day of the bridge collapse in Andheri, I walked along the railway tracks from Khar Road to Santacruz station. It was raining lightly, but I was shocked to see that all the water from the tracks was directly discharged into Khar Subway," Bhathena recalled. "This water from the railway tracks is the main contributor to flooding in the subway. The force of the water is such that no pedestrian can..
                 

Wadala cave-in: High Court tells residents to listen to IIT committee

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In its fourth hearing in the Wadala cave-in incident, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked residents of Dosti Realty, Dosti Blossom and Lloyd Estate, to follow the remedial measures given by the IIT committee. The three parties will now have to submit an affidavit in the court on Monday stating that they will do so, said a lawyer representing one of them. While stating that the report is sacrosanct, the court reportedly highlighted that the objective of the committee was not to blame anybody, but fact-finding on the cause of the incident and how the damage can be remedied. "A corporation officer will be appointed to implement the suggestions given by the IIT committee's report for long-term remedial measures. The court has also stated that the individual members of the society will not write any letter to IIT or interfere in the work," said the lawyer. Following the landslide at Lloyd Estate, residents of Dosti Blossom had moved the Bombay High Court, filing a writ petition seeki..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Helter shelterCould Kangana Ranaut be saying, "My curls are dry thanks to him"? when we catch her in Juhu on a rainy day. Pic/Satej Shinde Bombay to NYIn 1947, a group of artists came together in Bombay to form Progressive Artists' Group, and give Indian art a new identity. With KH Ara, SK Bakre, HA Gade, MF Husain, SH Raza and FN Souza as its founders, the group continues to shape Indian art. In a rare treat for art connoisseurs, the Asia Society Museum in New York will showcase works by the artists (including later members) in September. We call this rare because even in India, it's not everyday that we come across works by such legends in one show. The interiors of the Andheri outlet Andheri gets a new casaBandra's Su Casa has made its mark as being a picturesque space for lunch with its pretty al fresco section, and a buzzing night spot with its DJ nights. Owner Suren Joshi is all set to open the second outlet of his Bandra baby in Andheri on July 23. When this diarist inqu..
                 

Step-by-step guide to get the latest trend in hair - the 'it' girl pony

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Are the rains giving your hair a "frizzy Monica" moment from Friends? Thank your stars, as the go-to hairdo for the season is the high pony. "The slicked high pony highlights the cheekbones and gives your face an instant lift. You can also try the high half top knot. It can damage your hair if done every day, but once a week is fine. Since many women are sporting layered hair, using pony extensions is a smart option. The extension bears the pull and reduces the damage to natural hair," shares make-up artist Pakkhi Pahuja of city-based salon Team Vanity. Jacqueline Fernandez plays with crinkled texture. Pic/Suresh Karkera Here's a guide to get high on style* Cheat your way to a sleek pony by first spraying your hair with water spray.* Separate your hair in three parts. Keep the front section aside, and style it later.* Take your hair in the crown region and the back section and pull it into a thick, high pony. Model Bella Hadid goes for the extreme pull and keeps her pony sleek. Pics..
                 

Gino Banks shows you the basics of playing the drums

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
If some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, Gino Banks was probably born with a drum stick in hand. But his father, the legendary Louiz Banks, had first introduced him to his own instrument — the piano. "That didn't work out, though. So when I was about seven, I was sent to a person called Cawas Lord, who played percussions for SD and RD Burman, among others. And that's how my journey as a drummer began," Gino shares. Snare Drums That journey has now culminated in the 35-year-old gearing up to play a gig showcasing his solo album, Logically Speaking. It involves him navigating his way dexterously through a massive drum kit, with a laptop as his only musical companion. But ahead of the performance, we had a chat with Gino to get an idea about the basics of his craft. And here's what we gleaned from it, in case you, too, want to beat your own drum, literally of course. ON Tonight, 9 pm onwards AT The Quarter, Royal Opera House, GirgaumLOG ON TO insider.in CALL 83..
                 

Mumbai: Bank's director commits suicide at Vasai home

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A board director of the Bassein Catholic Cooperative Bank, Dilip Mathak, 45, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on Tuesday afternoon. His body was recovered by his family from his home in Pachubandar, Vasai West. No suicide note has been discovered yet. Mathak used to reside with his mother, wife —whom he married in January this year — and younger brother. His body was found in a small room behind his bungalow around 5 pm. One of his family members informed the Vasai village police, who rushed to the spot, conducted a panchnama and sent the body for an autopsy at the local government hospital. According to police sources, Mathak was a prominent name in Vasai, and was also the president of its Koli Yuwa Sanstha. He was a very friendly person. One of his friends said they're in deep shock as Mathak suddenly took this step, even though everything seemed to be going well for him. Speaking to mid-day, a police official from Vasai village police station said, "The r..
                 

Mumbai: Unruly partygoers thrash and lock up two constables

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Some people can go to any extent to have a good time, even lock up the police! Though this may seem like a scene from a show, it happened in Mira Road. Three policemen who arrived to stop a party in a posh society after complaints from neighbours, were beaten up, and two of them were locked up by those partying. Fourteen of the partygoers, including two women, were arrested. The incident took place in the wee hours of Tuesday when three constables from Kanakia police station went to stop a party in Poonam Garden colony. It was in flat number 603 in D wing of Samruddhi Co-operative Housing Society. Police said the constables, Harishchandra Jhanje, Pradeep Gore and Pramod Kendre, reached the flat around 5 am with the help of the society security guard. One of the constables who was thrashed shows his injuries. Pics/Hanif Patel Cops beaten and locked upPolice said loud music was blaring in the room, which was full of hookah smoke. People were dancing inside with alcohol bottles in the..
                 

Mumbai University students to get provisional mark-sheets along with results

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After facing much criticism for delaying the process of issuing mark-sheets after declaring results, the Mumbai University (MU) now plans to give provisional ones to students to help them apply for further admissions. According to sources, though the varsity has declared results for 3.5 lakh students in 149 courses so far, they are yet to receive their mark-sheets. Admitting to the delay, the varsity had said that as a number of results are declared simultaneously, it takes time to print and distribute the mark-sheets. Hence, provisional mark-sheets would minimise students' inconvenience. Speaking at a press meet, Dr Arjun Ghatule, director of Examinations and Evaluations of MU, said, "As and when results are declared, the provisional mark-sheets will also be available online. Students can take the respective college principal's signature and stamp and use them as valid documents for admissions." The varsity authorities also gave a presentation on the steps they would take in strengt..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Four booked for blackmailing teen with nude photos

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Samta Nagar police have booked four teenagers for blackmailing a 16-year-old boy by threatening to make his nude pictures viral. The pictures were taken by the accused in April after the boy was called for lunch to Borivli by a friend to Borivli. After lunch, the two went to Kandivli. Both of them reached a secluded spot there and found six to seven more boys waiting for them. According to the statement given by the teen, "They began hitting me and asked me to remove my clothes. When I did, they started clicking pictures; some of them made a video too. The very next day, I received a call from my friend saying they've demanded Rs 600 to delete the video." The teen gave the money, but the boys returned in May, saying they wanted Rs 10,000 now to delete the video. The boy sold his gold chain to give the money. But the demands continued. On July 14, one of the accused asked the teen to follow him to a secluded place, where he was again beaten up by three boys, who demanded Rs 5,000...
                 

Mumbai: Now, BMC has rat killers working through the night

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The rainy season brings with it a number of diseases, leptospirosis being the most threatening, as the chances of contracting it during monsoon are the highest. As rats are a major source of the bacteria, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has hired 44 night rat killers to wipe out the rodents from across the city. According to data provided by BMC, the insecticide department has managed to clear the city of 2,11,705 rats since January this year. The highest number of rats was killed in M East ward (32,935), followed by E (23,762) and N (23,685) wards. The night rat killers manage to kill over a 1,000 rats every day and are paid Rs 18 for each one. Speaking to mid-day, a BMC health official said, "The chances of contracting the disease during the rains are the highest, as people get exposed to water sources that might contain rat excreta. Due to shortage of staff, the civic body has hired private night rat killers, who are paid Rs 18 for each one." Confirming the developme..
                 

Western Railway to rename Elphinstone station as Prabhadevi

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In another case of changing the British era names, the Western Railway on Tuesday renamed Elphinstone Road Station to Prabhadevi on Mumbai's suburban section. According to a notification, the new name will come to effect from the midnight of July 18, i.e. July 19. 'Necessary changes are being made on station boards, indicators, PA system, etc for the benefit of passengers,' read the official statement. The station code for newly renamed Prabhadevi station will be PBHD. The station, named after Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay from 1853 to 1860, is renamed after the local deity 'Prabhadevi'. This renaming was first proposed by Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote in 1991. Elphinstone is the station where as many as 23 people were killed and over 39 injured in a rush-hour stampede at the railway station's foot over bridge on September 29 last year. 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 e..
                 

Mumbai Crime: City becomes hub for production, export of speed to US, Europe

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A deadly party drug, amphetamine, also known as speed, has put anti-narcotics agencies on alert, after their probe revealed that Mumbai and its surrounding areas have become a major source for manufacturing and exporting it. Sources in the agencies said the banned drug is mostly exported to the US, Africa and Europe. In the latest, 16.2 kg of amphetamine was seized from a 35-year-old Tanzanian national at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Latest seizureIn the latest, 16.2 kg of amphetamine worth around Rs 2.5 crore was seized from a 35-year-old Tanzanian national at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The suspect was supposed to board an Emirates flight to Dubai, and travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, from there. Similarly, in June 2017, a 48-year-old Zambian national was also caught at the international airport in possession of 23.8 kg of amphetamine worth Rs 3 crore. The drug was being taken to Africa. Throughout 2017, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) s..
                 

Coup-ed up

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Headlines have a way of dehumanising victims. Take, for example, the article published on October 2, 1977 in the New York Times. It reads, "Junior officers tried to overthrow the military Government...but the authorities reported that the uprising had been crushed." Nobody will tell you just how apt the use of the word "crushed" is, but it's possible to steal a glance through the pages of Anisul Hoque's Ayeshamangal, recently translated into English by well-known Bangladeshi reporter Inam Ahmed, titled, The Ballad of Ayesha (Harper Perennial). The story pans across 20 years. Oscillating between the late '70s - when the Bangladesh air force staged a mutiny during the military government spearheaded by then President, Ziaur Rahman - and the late '90s - when Bengali daily reporter Zayadul Ahsan released a series on air force and other government personnel who went mysteriously missing in the aftermath of the coup - the story traces the life of Ayesha Begum, perennially in search of her ..
                 

Navi Mumbai Crime: Hackers demand ransom in bitcoin from Vashi hospital

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Mystery hackers have held the computer system of MGM hospital in Vashi to ransom since Sunday, demanding payment in bitcoin to decrypt it. The amount of money the hospital has to cough up will depend on how much time it takes to respond to the hackers' demands. While none of the patients have faced any major issues due to the incident, the hospital authorities have admitted to encountering difficulties in discharging and billing them. The hack came to light around 9 pm on July 15, Sunday, when the hospital receptionist started her computer. She wasn't able to log into the 179-bed hospital's system. Following repeated failed attempts, she contacted hospital system administrator Amit Vavhal to inform him the system wasn't working. Vavhal tried to get into the system through remote access and succeeded, but was left stunned with the message he saw on the screen. The message said: "All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to resolve them, wr..
                 

I don't enjoy having sex with my husband

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
This is an awful thing to say, but I hate having sex with my husband. I know it's wrong for me to even think about this, but the truth is it always feels forced. I know he enjoys it, because he never has a problem, but I am always left feeling unfulfilled because it feels like a chore rather than a pleasurable task. I want it to change, because I really love him a lot and it's not like I am attracted to someone else or even thinking of someone else while having sex with him, but I don't know what to do or how to mention it to him without hurting his feelings. He's a great guy so I feel guilty about this. What can I do to make it more pleasurable for me?You don't have to feel awful about your sexuality, nor should you think that you're wrong about not enjoying sex. You are entitled to as much pleasure as your husband is, and this is an extremely important aspect of your relationship, so you should take it seriously. Being in love has nothing to do with being able to enjoy sex, because w..
                 

Mumbai Crime: 11-year-old boy body, with throat slit, found in Ulhasnagar

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The body of an 11-year-old boy, whose throat had been slit, was found in a house in Ulhasnagar township in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Tuesday. The body of Harsh Alhat, a student of a local school, was found at 10pm on Monday in a house some distance away from the victim's residence, a police official said. "The boy was with his parents till late evening yesterday. We suspect he was abducted and then killed with a kitchen knife. His throat was slit," the official said. Ulhasnagar Zone IV Deputy Commissioner of Police Ankit Goyal told PTI that an offence had been registered against unidentified persons under sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code. Some people have been detained in connection with the crime and are being questioned currently, Goyal informed. He said that police teams had been formed to track down the killers and investigations were underway to find out the motive behind the crime..
                 

Mumbai: Esplanade Mansion redevelopment row re-sparked by balcony crash

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"It is sad but not surprising," laments Abha Narain Lambah, over the phone lines from Delhi when she learnt of the collapse of a balcony from the façade of the 150-year-old Watson's Hotel in Kala Ghoda. Barely two weeks back, the conservation architect was part of the Indian delegation that ensured Mumbai's Victorian Gothic and Art Deco ensemble finally earned the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) tag after a 14-year-long struggle. One of the buildings in the precinct that finds mention in the dossier includes this engineering marvel, which is probably India's oldest cast iron structure in use. Hotel of woesLast Sunday evening, the one-time hotel housed inside the Esplanade Mansion, hailed as the city's most luxurious in the 1880s, witnessed another unfortunate episode where its balcony collapsed, crushing an unoccupied black-and-yellow taxi parked below. Despite several parts of the 150-year-old Esplanade Mansion, a heritage building, crumbling over the years, ther..
                 

Listen to compositions by maestros at a festival helmed by young Indians

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For eight years, Con Brio - The John Gomes Memorial Piano Competition & Festival - has given a platform to budding musicians from across India to showcase their training in Western classical music. Under the mentorship of eminent musicians, Marialena Fernandes, Mark Troop, Patricia Rozario and Paul Stewart, young artistes have brought to life the music of classical maestros on stage. But this year, the four pillars of the festival, as director Parvesh Java calls them, had prior engagements to take care of - Rozario and Troop, for instance, are preparing for an opera they will be presenting in Mumbai next month. That's when Java decided that it was time to let young musicians shoulder the responsibility of the festival all by themselves. The three-day festival will be dedicated to music from three watershed movements in art history, namely Enlightenment, Romanticism and Modernism. Chelsea de Souza "Given the demanding nature of chamber music, it is assumed that only senior intern..
                 

Vasai-Virar Floods: Body taken for funeral over autorickshaw

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Residents of Vasai, Virar and Nalasopara faced many hardships because of the heavy rains. A family from Nalasopara had to carry the body of a loved one on top of an autorickshaw for the funeral as no other vehicle was available. But the rickshaw broke down in the rain, and relatives had to push the vehicle to take it for the last rites. Rajkumar Jaysaval, 37, a resident of Shine building in Samarth Nagar, Nalasopara, had stepped out on July 9 to buy groceries, when an electric current passing through the water killed him. He was struck just outside his building and relatives rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Rajkumar Jaysaval died of electric shock when he stepped out of his house in the heavy rains "The next day as the area was still waterlogged, we transported his body on top of a rickshaw," said his sister-in-law Poonam Jaysaval. The rickshaw broke down and relatives had to push the vehicle to the funeral site which was a good 10-15 minutes fr..
                 

State fields brickbats after Apex court order

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Asked by the Opposition what the government would do to ensure reservation for backward class students in minority colleges in Mumbai University, a facility struck down by the Supreme Court last week, education minister Vinod Tawde responded with, "You will call us anti-Christian and anti-Muslim if we take action against minority institutes that don't fill minority students' quota in degree colleges." In the Assembly on Monday, Tawde said either the Centre should get the Opposition's assistance in changing the law made by the UPA in 2005 despite opposition from the BJP, or the state government should take action against minority institutions that violate provisions of a compulsory intake of 51% minority students. "These institutes fulfill a condition of ensuring 50% members from minority on its directors' board, but not all adhere to the compulsion of admitting 51% students from minority classes," Tawde said. NCP's senior leader Chhagan Bhujbal had raised the question during a callin..
                 

Thane Police chief takes offence to being called 'bad cop' by Julio Ribeiro

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Thane police chief Parambir Singh has taken offence to being allegedly referred to as a 'bad cop' by retired Mumbai Commissioner of Police (CP) Julio Ribeiro, in an article written by the latter on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appointing Subodh Jaiswal as the new CP, where he also lauds outgoing police chief Datta Padsalgikar. Even though Ribeiro didn't take Singh's name in the piece, Singh has demanded an apology for being termed as the supposed 'bad cop' and initiate legal action if he doesn't get it. Ribeiro, meanwhile, has said he stands by what he has written. In the article published in a city daily, Ribeiro had said, referring to no one in particular, how two aspirants were rumoured to be vying for the job and how the CM 'withstood all pressures from unsuitable contestants'. He then went on to praise Padsalgikar for the work he did as the city police chief. Tarnished reputationSingh seems to have taken this as a snide attack on him. In response to the article, the Thane CP..
                 

As Hyderabad Blues turns 20, what's next for Nagesh Kukunoor?

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sometimes it takes a bad apple to understand that it doesn't really keep the doctor away. And that's the thing about rules, until someone breaks them, you don't quite understand why it is important to do so. Celebrated filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor managed to do just that two decades ago when he made his first low-budget, no-frills romantic comedy, Hyderabad Blues. In one way, the movie exposed Indian audiences to the world of independent films and in another, it undid some of the stitches in the fabric of Indian cinema. Think of it as darning, which is the process of interweaving the yarn to fix a hole. And the industry in India in the '90s - which was predominated by films with star-studded casts, over-the-top action sequences and glamorously shot music videos - had a gaping hole. With Hyderabad Blues, Kukunoor fixed that in a way or at least mended a part of it. Nagesh Kukunoor As the film turns 20, and in the lead up to its screening tonight, organised by Drishyam Films, where the a..
                 

Am I falling in love with the guy who I'm dating?

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
I have been on three dates with this guy and think I am falling in love with him. My friends think it's just an infatuation, and my sister thinks I am being ridiculous because I know almost nothing about him. I know what he does for a living and where he lives and things like that, but everyone says I need to spend more time with him to really understand what he is like as a person before telling him that I'm in love with him. My fear is, if I don't speak up, he may not go on another date and may end up with someone else. Am I being too hasty? I know this sounds romantic, and I am usually a pragmatic person, but this is an unusual thing to have happened to me. I don't want to lose him. What should I do?If your worry is that he will leave you for someone else, it may actually be obvious that he doesn't think of you the way you think about him. The idea of love is complicated, and hard to separate from infatuation. This isn't to discount the veracity of your feelings, but only to ask tha..
                 

Pooja Hegde sweats it out for Housefull 4

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Set to kick-off work on her next Bollywood film two years after her first one released, Pooja Hegde knows that the stakes are high for her with Housefull 4. In a bid to leave no stone unturned, the actor has been toiling away at the gym, putting in as many as five hours each day to work on her frame. Pooja Hegde A mix of functional training, aerial silk, Pilates and Yoga is helping her work on a number of fitness components, particularly agility, which, she says, is a requisite for a song in the film. "My regime entails calisthenics as well. It has helped me yield good results. Since the past few weeks, I've been travelling to different locations to shoot. Since fitness has always been a priority, I've made certain to wake up at 4 am to work out." Well aware that a fitness routine is rendered redundant in the absence of a nutritious meal plan, Hegde is also making certain to stick to home-cooked food. Also Read: This is why Shah Rukh Khan got married so young Catch up on all ..
                 

Mumbai: Brave female cop gets errant auto driver arrested

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Traffic constable Minaj Khan, 34, isn't one to back down in the face of intimidation from unruly drivers; and she showed just that last week. On the evening of July 13, she was at Lokhandwala in Andheri carrying out routine vehicle and licence check, when she noticed an errant autorickshaw driver headed towards Infinity Mall, trying to evade the check by driving away in a hurry, so much so that he rammed into a parked motorbike. Audacious automanActing swiftly, Khan stopped the autorickshaw and asked the driver, identified as Mohd Kalim, 39, to show his licence, which turned out to be expired. Khan then asked him to pay the fine so that she could issue a challan. Kalim, however, flashed his 'media' ID and threatened her, saying not to mistake him as a lowly auto driver, and that he belonged to the media. Kalim flashes a 'media' ID and threatens and pushes Khan; he later tries to intimidate her by driving his vehicle towards her Kalim then snatched the licence, pushed her and tried t..
                 

Unpublished authors weave engaging stories at a session in Mumbai

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The power of storytelling is profound. Stories can share moments of laughter or sadness simply through the emotional impact of words. Sharing them can be thrilling, and listening to them, captivating. Join in on the excitement with the help of hosts Anuya Jakatdar and Sharin Bhatti Nair at Stories on Toast, a public forum for unpublished authors. Spend a cosy evening soaking up stories from amateur poets and novelists, or share your own. "You come in and you don't even know what to expect — it could be in English, or in Hindi — we have people perform spoken word, poetry, or read excerpts," says Smriti Sant, project lead at Books on Toast, the managing organisation. Aranya Johar Sant talks of the power with which some speakers perform, and explains that many stories stem from intimate memories. Speakers are allowed five minutes, or around 2,000 words to perform. As a special surprise, guests such as Aranya Johar will be making an appearance to share their work. There are c..
                 

MNS workers storm govt office amid rage over pothole deaths

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Members of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) today attacked a government office in adjoining Navi Mumbai, to vent their ire over potholes dotting the 39-km stretch between Sion and Panvel. Accidents on pothole-riddled roads have claimed five lives in adjoining Thane region since last month. The victims lost balance and fell as their two-wheeler hit potholes. The MNS workers stormed in the office of the Public Works Department (PWD) at Turbhe claiming that the Sion-Panvel road is dotted with potholes and has endangered lives of commuters. The protesters shouted slogans, smashed office equipment, threw chairs, pulled down cupboards and smashed window panes, computer terminals, CPU and printers in the office, police said. They shouted slogans against public works minister Eknath Shinde of Shiv Sena and demanded registering of offences against those responsible for the "shoddy" condition of roads. The demanded that officials concerned be booked for murder in cases of..
                 

Saif Ali Khan: Attacking stars easiest way to get attention

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"I wasn't expecting such an overwhelming response," smiles Saif Ali Khan, when we congratulate him on the success of Sacred Games. Based on Vikram Chandra's celebrated novel by the same name, the show has been winning accolades from all and sundry since it dropped online 10 days ago. Though sold as a platform devoid of the censorship barriers that dominate the movies, the Netflix series, directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, ran into legal trouble last week. A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking to remove certain sections that were allegedly derogatory to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Saif Ali Khan "Some people try and gain mileage. They watch like hawks for anyone to say anything that can be politically manipulated. For me, as an actor, it's important to be part of the creative journey without worrying too much about this. If the intention is correct — that of making entertaining content — then the idea of offending someone becomes second..
                 

Mumbai: 79 new flooding spots identified; BMC blames Metro works

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC's) multi-crore efforts to make the city flood-free by improving the drainage system, have, well gone down the drain, thanks to ongoing infrastructure projects and rampant concretisation. Over the past few years, the number of flooding spots in the city has increased to 225, according to BMC's latest figures, from 40 spots in 2014. According to BMC's budget speech for 2014-15, the chronic flooding spots in the city were pegged at 40. In 2015-16 and 2016-17, the same number continued. But in the budget speech of 2017-18, it was revealed that the number of spots has increased to 66, and to eliminate these sites, BMC allocated an estimated budget of Rs 74 crore. Kemps Corner Cut to the 2018-19 budget speech by Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, in which he mentioned that during the heavy rainfall on August 29, 2017, BMC officials identified a total of 146 flooding spots. Post this, the civic body had set a target of eliminating 55 of the 146..
                 

Why ditching plastic could be good for your health

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For Mumbai-based entrepreneur Shaan Lalwani, the Maharashtra government's decidedly tough stance on plastic is perfectly attuned to her own plastic-free lifestyle. Lalwani, 33, made the decision to banish plastic from her daily routine a year ago, and hasn't looked back since. "Roughly five years ago, I was saddened to see one of my favourite beaches covered in trash. I started to pick up the trash as much as I could, until it occurred to me that putting plastic litter into a bin would not make it go away. This inspired me to eliminate plastic items from my life," she shares, noting that her decision was also partially inspired by her growing awareness of the long-term effects of plastic on human health. These effects, say experts, can be grave and should be considered when you analyse the role of plastic in everyday life. Consuming food in Styrofoam containers can lead to chemicals leaching into it Plastic belly The ubiquitous presence of plastic in household items means that most..
                 

Fourth floor balcony of Watson Hotel in South Mumbai falls; none hurt

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A month after the Watson Hotel figured at the top of a list of the most dangerous buildings in the city prepared by MHADA's Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board, a part of the fourth floor balcony collapsed on Sunday. No one was injured, and the building was vacated soon after to avoid any untoward incident. According to sources, one of the most magnificent structures from the British era, the conservation of Watson Hotel has been stuck for years due to the lack of government's pro-activeness in the matter. Designed by Rowland Mason Ordish, who is known for his detailed work on the single-span roof of St Pancras station, and named after its original owner — John Watson — the building has been an iconic structure. Opened in the late 1860s, it was in this building that the Lumiere Brothers showcased six films, which marked the birth of Indian cinema. Abha Narian Lambah, conservation architect, said, "This has been the oldest surviving cast-iron structure in the world. In ..
                 

Pritam: Impact diluted, but reality TV still relevant

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Why have you kept a low profile in Bollywood this year?When I signed Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017), my line-up comprised Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), Dangal (2016), Raabta (2017), Tubelight (2017) and Jagga Jasoos (2017). I had to work on 29 songs [for these films], [and then another] nine for Jab Harry Met Sejal. The projects had lined up one after another. I didn't want to experience the pressure of signing a new film, so, I decided that I would not sign anything until Jab Harry Met Sejal wrapped up. Then I also took a break for four months. Now, I tend to take up new projects. My film songs should release next year. What encouraged you to join the judging panel of Dil Hai Hindustani?I loved the concept. All the reality shows that I did before this encouraged solo singers. But this show promotes solo, duet and group performances. The genre ranges from Hindi film music to regional folk. Rappers and beatboxers are also encouraged, which is unique. It's great that people from across the glo..
                 

Mumbai Food: This thali in Fort brings you a plate of pizza, nachos, pesto bread

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Till about a couple of years ago, the spot next to Plenty restaurant outside Bombay Stock Exchange housed The Lazy Dog, a watering hole that offered annual membership cards for discounts on its premium liquor. Many would head to the bar to wash away the day's fatigue. It's ironical then that The Fork Tale, restaurateur trio Marzy Parakh, Parth Dalal and Sarthak Oza's latest venture, which now stands in its place, has no alcohol on the menu. "We might be one of those rare species who managed to get a liquor license but might just return it," laughs Parakh. But the 33-year-old and his cronies, who also run the Bombay Haveli at Charni Road, have good reason to not focus on the tipple. An art hubHoused in Raja Bahadur Mansion, The Fork Tale is an upcoming 90-seater all vegetarian and vegan fine-dining restaurant that has introduced the concept of a table buffet. Conventionally, guests are expected to serve themselves from a variety of dishes set out on a table or a sideboard, but in this ..
                 

Mumbai Food: Four sugar-free and gluten-free desserts to relish

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Dates and oats orange cake#glutenfree #sugarfree #vegan At Deliciae Patisserie How does one eat cake and not feel guilty about unwanted calories? The answer lies in a slice of dates, oats and orange cake from Bunty Mahajan’s Deliciae Patisserie at Khar. It was last month that the patisserie forayed into the healthy treat segment with DLite, with offerings like nutri bars, Keto cookies and gluten-free tarts, in addition to cakes, brownies and tarts. This one comes with no refined sugar or eggs, but their absence is hardly missed. Made with gluten-free flour and soy milk, it is moist and light. The chunky dates complement the orange rind, and together they elevate the flavour. Despite being sugar free, it is rich and filling. We weren’t able to eat more than two slices. A special mention for the presentation, what with all the almond shavings and orange slices dotting the surface. This one gets a thumbs up from us. Cost: Rs 1,000 for half kg and R1,950 for one kgAt: Khar D..
                 

6 reasons why ice creams are a must have for everyone

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Ice cream is a favourite dessert enjoyed by people all over the world. The popular dessert is perhaps one of the perfect inventions by humans. Typically made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, this food item is consumed as a dessert and also as a snack in various forms. In the United States, a National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July, and now it has become a global event. We celebrate Ice Cream Day and the Ice Cream Month by looking at six reasons why ice-creams are good for you! Historical Scoop of Ice Cream Day: The National Ice cream day was created by an official proclamation by former US President Ronald Reagan in 1984. In the proclamation, Regan called ice cream the perfect dessert and snack food. In addition to observing a National Ice Cream Day, the proclamation also designated July as the National Ice Cream Month, which has also become a tradition. While the history of National Ice Cream Day is an indisputable truth, the same can’t be ..
                 

Chef Amit Bajaj tells why you need to use citrus fruits while cooking fish

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
When life throws lemons, chef Amit Bajaj uses it to cook fish. "It's a technique I discovered while experimenting with citrus fruits," says the executive chef at Worli's Glocal Junction. According to Bajaj, the idea behind using citrus fruits while cooking is to prevent the skin of the fish from sticking to the pan, or getting burnt in the process. Till date, he has experimented with orange, sweet lime, grapefruit, pomelo, pineapple and raw mangoes. "Citrus fruits have the much-needed moisture to hold on to the heat for the entire process of grilling and it also complements seafood," he says. The thick skin of citrus fruits helps it withstand heat. "However, ensure the fruit is fresh," he instructs. The method operates on the same lines as grilled fish, where you marinated the fish with salt, pepper and some herbs. "First you slice the fruit, and let it sit for a while. After 10 minutes, place the fish on the slice and put it cook on the grill — this keeps the skin of the fis..
                 

Timely procedure saves infant's life who was born with rare lung disease

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
An infant who was born with a rare lung disease that pushed the heart and food pipe to the right side of her body, underwent a life-saving procedure, right after her birth. She was only one hour old, weighing 2.5 kilos, when the procedure helped shift back the organs to their normal positions. On May 21, the baby was born through normal delivery at SRV Mamata Hospital in Dombivli. But, within an hour after her birth, she developed respiratory problems. Diagnosis showed that her respiratory rate was more than 50 breaths per minute, hence she was immediately shifted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). X-ray revealed that the left side of the lung had collapsed due to which she was having difficulty breathing and her blood pressure was decreasing. She was diagnosed with pneumothorax, a rare lung disease where air gets collected between the lung and the chest wall, and this happens due to air leaking out of the lung. "This disorder may develop in newborns without any prior symptom in..
                 

Mumbai: Shop built in car lift is back after BMC demolished it

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Kenilworth Mall's bete noire Sultan Mansuri is back, and he hasn't given up on encroaching the property's car lift. After the BMC demolished the garment shop he'd made in the lift, he has returned to reclaim the same spot. But no action is being taken against him now. Kenilworth Mall has a two-level basement as parking area, which can accommodate more than 15 cars, for each parking space, members have paid R5 lakh. Mansuri's garment store hinders the other shop owners' access to the basement car parking. Captured and demolishedThey said approximately 2,500 sq ft area was illegally captured by Mansuri to make a shop in August 2013, which was demolished by the BMC in December 2014. mid-day had highlighted the matter in 2014, which led to BMC demolishing the encroached property. Mansuri's garment store, made in the car lift, hinders the other shop owners’ access to the basement car parking. Pics/Ashish Raje Dagdu Sonawane, society committee member told mid-day that the structur..
                 

Mumbai: Stranded, injured Olive Ridley turtle rescued

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With the monsoon in place, incidents of marine creatures being stranded along the west coast of Mumbai and its adjoining areas is on the rise. An injured olive ridley turtle washed ashore a beach in Mumbai on Friday. In the past one week more than five injured turtles have washed ashore. On Friday the NGO RAWW rescued the female injured Olive Ridley sea turtle rescued from Walkeshwar. A distress call was made to the forest department helpline, 1926, by Dr Jinesh Shah from Walkeshwar, who found the injured sea turtle. It was reported to Dr Dinesh Vinherkar. "Soon an SOS call was forwarded by the forest department to our rescue team at Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW). A three-member rescue team including Hasmukh, Ravi and me were assigned to the rescue operation. The turtle was rushed to Dr Dinesh's clinic," said president of RAWW, Pawan Sharma. It was then shifted to the emergency centre and hospital facility at Thane SPCA overnight. "The turtle will be handed over to..
                 

Mumbai: SGNP doctors, staff save the king of the jungle

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The lion safari at Sanjay Gandhi National Park has just three lions, so the health of each matters. A couple of months back when the oldest lion, 15-year-old Ravindra developed an injury in one of his front paws, it became a matter of great concern. The six inch deep wound worsened endangering the lion's life. Thanks to his keepers and doctors, he was saved and is slowly being reintroduced into the safari. One day in May, the staff at the lion safari noticed Ravindra limping into his cage. They informed the Veterinary Officer at SGNP, Dr Shailesh Pethe, who found he was in pain. The left front leg of the big cat was badly swollen. Dr Pethe said, "We were very worried as treating an animal in his old age is very challenging. On May 4 the lion was tranquilized to understand the nature of the injury." Shifting the 250 kg animal into a squeeze cage for treatment was another challenge for the team. When Ravindra was tranquilized, the paw was inspected by Dr Pethe. He said, "We foun..
                 

Uber accident death: Deceased woman's family struggle to get death certificate

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Muzammil Shaikh, 39, the husband of Tanzila Shaikh, 35, who was killed on June 14 when the Uber she was travelling in crashed into a haphazardly parked garbage truck, has been running from pillar to post to get her death certificate made. Ideally, this should not have taken him more than three working days to acquire. When Muzammil finally inquired at the citizen facilitation centre at Diva, he was told that the clerk supposed to sign the papers has been on leave for the past two weeks. Muzammil said Tanzila's R75 lakh full and final settlement and company insurance coverage cannot be processed without the death certificate. He told mid-day, "I first went to the TMC office in Panchpakhadi where they directed me to the Thane Municipal Corporation's office in Kausa. At Kausa, I was told the person who has to sign the certificate is on leave and to come back on June 26. On June 26, I was told that residences from Kausa and beyond now come under the TMC office at Diva Road." Muzammi..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The desi chef cooking it up in AucklandAustralia seems to be a dreamland for humble foodies and aficionados alike, no less because of the popular show Masterchef Australia that has become a cult unto itself. However, New Zealand too, is fertile ground for gastronomical explorations. Celebrated chef Sid Sahrawat’s popular restaurant SIDART, situated in a suburban inner-city in Auckland — which is often compared to Mumbai because of the trippy nightlife, cosmopolitan vibe and port-city intricacies — is one such feather in the country’s chef hat. Sid Sahrawat And we just found out that he has launched an all new contemporary Indian fine-dining menu. It seeks to combine condiments from our country such as kingfish, daikon, hapuka, mustard seeds, tamarind, almond and Goan flavours with a more formal and precise aesthete. “It’s a reincarnation that showcases my metamorphosis from an Indian chef cooking kiwi food to a kiwi chef who incorporates love for ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Two more arrested for trying to extort Rs 10 crore from builder

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Just a week after the Crime Branch arrested real estate agent Dharmendra Raghu Khandagle for trying to extort `10 crore from a builder, two others were nabbed on Thursday for planning the process. The duo has been identified as Besmond Tarakand, a landowner, and Shailesh Kambli, a real estate agent. Main accused Khandagle had tried to extort the money by posing as a gangster, but police investigation revealed that his voice didn't match with the person whose name he used. An analysis of his voice samples led to his arrest. Sources said in 2010, the victim, who is a Santacruz-based builder, had struck a deal with the owner of a land through Khandagle. Later, due to some dispute between the two, the deal didn't work out. In December 2017, the builder started receiving calls from an unknown international number. The caller identified himself as a gangster and asked him to pay Rs 10 crore to the landowner and settle the matter. The victim received multiple such calls till February 2018. ..
                 

Vinayak Samant: Coaching Mumbai is a very big responsibility

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After three meetings (on July 6, 10 and 11), which lasted nearly 18 hours in total, the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) yesterday finally decided on who will coach the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team and the under-19 side. Former Mumbai and Tripura wicketkeeper-batsman Vinayak Samant got the Ranji team's job while ex-Mumbai all-rounder Wilkin Mota will guide the under-19 outfit." Samant was the first candidate to appear before the CIC for an interview on Wednesday morning before former Test off-spinner Ramesh Powar and ex-Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sunderam. Samant, who coached the Mumbai U-23 team to their 2015-16 CK Nayudu Trophy triumph, had a sleepless night on Tuesday as he worked on two consecutive shifts — 3 pm to 10 pm and then 10 pm to 7.30 am — at his Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) office in Sewri. "I am used to it," Samant told mid-day about his grueling schedule. "I don't think it's too hectic for me because I enjoy fin..
                 

Death of Mumbai woman in fatal crash raises safety concerns with cab aggregators

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The services of taxi aggregators have come under severe censure following mid-day's report on July 12 about 35-year-old Tanzila Shaikh who lost her life on June 14 after the Uber cab she was in crashed into a stationary garbage truck at Bhandup. Amitesh Kumar, joint CP (traffic), has taken cognizance of mid-day's exclusive report on the incident and said he would be meeting representatives of all such aggregators soon. "From the safety aspect of passengers, and in light of the recent incident reported and other cases that have come to our notice, we will be calling in Uber and other application based cab service representatives for a meeting soon." He added, "We are in the process of coming up with a QR code and Infrared Code for regular black and yellow taxis from the commuter safety point of view. Ola and Uber are given permits by the State Transport Commissioner offices and have to follow their permit norms." The car after the crash Cancel Uber's licence: WIAAThe Western India Au..
                 

Monali Thakur all set to Melt Hearts at Radio City's GIGCity Season 3

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Radio City’s flagship property GIGCity, India’s first ever Live Radio Concert, currently in its 3rd Season, has already created a stir amongst listeners by bringing live performances from India’s biggest singers. Radio City’s Gig City “Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahaan” this week will feature versatile singer and performer Monali Thakur on Friday 13th July, 7pm onwards. Through this innovative concept, listeners can enjoy a LIVE music concert at their convenience. Thrilled to perform at GIGCity Season 3, Bollywood’s Superstar Playback Singer Monali Thakur said, “Radio, as a medium has always excited me and the idea of a live radio concert, is personally very appealing. I'm looking forward to connect with my fans across the nation through this performance on the radio. In the past, I have performed live, impromptu, but this will be a very different experience for me. I am really excited just ahead of my performance in the third season of GIG Cit..
                 

Mumbai: No fellowship for TISS' protesting students

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In a shock to students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) who have been protesting against the administration, their fellowship has been stopped. Reason: the institute has decided not to clear their certification, a key document to be submitted to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for clearing the fellowship amount. The institute, on July 10, issued a notice naming 27 students for whom continuation forms for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) won't be certified over misconduct from March 23 to 28 — the period when the protesting students had barged into the registrar's office and blocked the office area. Students have alleged that the institute is being vindictive by sabotaging their academics. "This is to bring to the knowledge of concerned that disciplinary action has been initiated against the following M.A., M.Phil., and PhD students for blocking and occupying the registrar's office from March 23 to March 28, 2018, which amounts to misconduct ...all those availi..
                 

The Mumbai Minute: Plan your weekend in 60 seconds

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
FridayClub readyDance the night away with your loved one at this event and make a gala party out of it, too. DJ Sushant will be playing unforgettable beats to set the mood right.ON: 9 pmAT: The House of Mirabella, Veera Desai Road, Andheri West.CALL: 8291824029 Bread for beginnersAttend this artisan baking workshop to learn how to whip up an array of goodies such as dinner rolls, brioche, and Indian spiced breads by combining natural ingredients. TIME: 2 pm to 5 pmAT Mahek's Atelier, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West.LOG ON TO: eventshigh.comCOST: Rs 5,900 Comic reliefNeed a good laugh? Head to this show that will feature artistes such as Joel D'Souza and Shaad Shafi for a night filled with witty humour.TIME: 9 pmAT: The Integral Space, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. LOG ON TO: insider.inENTRY: Rs 250 SaturdaySoul musicEnjoy a soulful night as you watch musician Megan Murray pay tribute to the women of blues and soul — Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Ta..
                 

How do I make someone fall in love with me?

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
What's the easier way to get someone to fall in love with you? I have been sending this girl I know poems for weeks, but she doesn't even tell me if she likes them. I want to get her to like me, but she's making it difficult. What should I do?You're probably not a poet, the poems you're copying out are probably not interesting enough, or she may have no interest in poetry. Either way, that's not the point. You can't compel someone to fall in love with you unless something about you appeals to them. I suggest you simply spend time with her and get her to know you a little better. Don't treat this like the plot of yet another awful Bollywood film. Being yourself is the only thing you should focus on. I live in Mumbai and am in love with a girl from Manipur. I have proposed to her many times and told her about how I feel, but I never get a response from her. We chat on WhatsApp a few times. I am concerned about her and don't want to lose her. I am confused about what to do and how to exp..
                 

Mumbai: Consider allotting separate ladies first class coach, says Bombay HC

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Observing that women suffer more rail-related accidents than men, the Bombay High Court today said the Railways should consider allotting a separate first class coach for women commuters in all suburban trains. Presently, one-fourth of three coaches are reserved for women who have first class tickets or season passes. Three-fourth of three coaches are earmarked as second class women's compartments. "Why can't the Railways allot a full coach for ladies travelling in first class? For one month, the Railways should try it," a division bench of Justices N H Patil and G S Kulkarni said. The bench was hearing two PILs - one by Thane resident Vikrant Tawde seeking judicial inquiry into the Elphinstone Road stampede incident and another filed by Smita Mayank Dhruva, president of Indian National Congress' South Mumbai division seeking that the Railways take measures for better crowd management. "There are so many women travelling in trains to commute to work and go back home. In fact, wome..
                 

Screenplay writer Ravi Shankar Alok allegedly commits suicide

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A 32-year-old screenplay writer allegedly committed suicide in Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Ravi Shankar Alok, a resident of Seven Bungalows area in Andheri (W), ended his life by jumping off from the roof of the building where he lived at around 2 PM on Wednesday, a police official said. Alok was reportedly involved in the writing of Nana Patekar-starrer Ab Tak Chhappan, he said. No suicide note was found on Alok's body or in his house, the official added. As per the preliminary information, Alok was suffering from depression and was undergoing psychiatric treatment, he said. Suburban Versova police are conducting further probe. Ravi S Alok had also directed short films like The Ticket and Khuli Khidki. The former was officially selected to be screened at the Ladakh International Film Festival 2012. 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 This story has been sourced from..
                 

City's first children's museum will be curated by kids for kids: CSMVS Directo

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"If things go according to plan, the children's museum will open in October 2018," reveals Sabyasachi Mukherjee, director general, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS). On May 25, 2018, a conclave at the museum witnessed a daylong brainstorming session, where top city minds and international experts discussed the focus for the soon-to-open space. The blueprint of the museum plan Their little museum"We wanted the inaugural show to be inspired by children, and so we asked ourselves: 'How do we select these bright minds?' It's when we decided to organise a painting and an essay competition. Five winners from each competition will curate our first exhibition. The theme will be 'My Little Museum'," says Mukherjee. It will be open to a cross-section of schools, from IB, state board as well as BMC schools in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, he tells us. "While entries for the essay competition can be mailed across till July 30, the painting competition will require children to com..
                 

Get a glimpse of the longest eclipse on July 27th

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
This July is going to be quite eclipsed by the sun and moon. On July 13, a partial solar eclipse is expected to occur, while the end of the month will be marked by a truly magnanimous astral event - the occurrence of a total lunar eclipse whose phase of totality of its kind will be of the longest duration in the past century, close to two hours. According to Arvind Paranjpye, director, Nehru Planetarium, the partial solar eclipse this Friday will not be visible from India and most other shores around the world since the moon's shadow will fall between Australia and Antarctica. Some places in Tasmania and the Antarctic coast might get a glimpse of the eclipse. However, the July 27 total lunar eclipse will be one-of-a-kind. "The phase of totality during the total lunar eclipse will last for one hour and 43 minutes — the longest of its kind in the past century," said Paranjpye. Explaining the three phases that occur during an eclipse, he said, "At 10.42 pm the penumbral phase wil..
                 

State Education Minister to set up body for prompt action during calamities

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Following severe criticism from citizens on poor coordination between multiple agencies, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde has decided to form a coordination committee headed by a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official — additional municipal commissioner in-charge of the disaster management cell, a charge presently held by Idzes Kundan. The committee will have officials from the Indian Meteorological Department, traffic department, MMRDA, railways, BEST, MHADA and other agencies. Vinod Tawde had faced flak after giving statements on Tuesday that there was no waterlogging in the city Batting for coordinationWhile there were several such committees at various levels earlier, this one has been given more teeth with Tawde announcing that in case of any disaster due to heavy rainfall, this committee will take the decision of declaring a holiday for schools and colleges as a precautionary measure. A civic official elaborated, "In case of heavy rainfall, or any other bi..
                 

Attend Kolkata-based rap-rock band Undergound Authority's gig in Mumbai

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For front man EPR Iyer, guitarist Adil Rashid, bassist Bubbla and drummer Sourish Kumar, their band, Underground Authority — as the name might already suggest — was born out of them coming together and finding their voices resonate in each other. "Addressing social issues is one of the reasons why we even joined forces," says Rashid. Rap-rock is a unique genre of protest music, which gained both momentum and currency most visibly in the '90s. Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, P.O.D and Rage Against the Machine's songs have served as the background score to perhaps every millennial's teenage-angst years. And so it might not be wrong to presume that tonight's gig in the city is a reason for many to celebrate. Known especially for being vocal about issues plaguing our society and writing conscientious music, the four-piece band is set to unleash a new sound and a new look upon their audience. "This particular line of shows that we will be playing is based entirely on our new sound, w..
                 

Mahaakshay Chakraborty aka Mimoh out on bail, gets married to Madalsa Sharma

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty's son Mahaakshay aka Mimoh has tied the knot with fiance Madalsa Sharma in a private ceremony here. Mahaakshay, who along with mother Yogita Bali is currently out on bail, shared the news on his Instagram page. "Ladies and Gentleman ... Mr. and Mrs. Chakraborty," Mahaakshay wrote while sharing a photo with his wife. Even Madalsa took to Instagram to share the picture:   It’s you and me forever ~ 10.07.18 #TheMnMWedding #MrsChakraborty #mimohkishaadi #MarriageDay #Familia #DestinationWedding #MadAboutMimoh ♥ï¸Â A post shared by Madalsa Sharma Chakraborty (@madalsasharma) onJul 10, 2018 at 3:51am PDT The ceremony was held at the actor's posh hotel in Udhagamandalam (Ooty) in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Mahaakshay's marriage to Madalsa was earlier scheduled for July 7 but it was cancelled after a police team arrived at the venue to investigate a complaint of rape and cheating f..
                 

Whoa! Rs 5 crore combo deal for Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani?

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani delivered one of the biggest hits of the year in Baaghi 2. Riding high on the film's success, the couple has apparently hiked their endorsement fee. It has been heard that when a cooking oil brand approached the duo for a joint endorsement deal, the lovebirds quoted a cool Rs 5 crore for their remuneration. A source reveals, "The marketing team of a renowned oil brand wanted to position their product as the choice of fitness enthusiasts. Disha and Tiger seemed to be a perfect fit as brand ambassadors since the two are known to be health freaks. Considering they haven't featured in a commercial together, the team felt the ad would have the novelty factor. When the team approached them, the duo asked for Rs 5 crore as fee. Given their popularity among the youth, the brand officials agreed to cough up the amount. Though Tiger and Disha are yet to sign on the dotted line, the conversation is at an advanced stage." Shroff and Patani are the latest to jump on ..
                 

Mumbai Food: Pop-up in SoBo serve rustic delicacies from Malabar

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
If you have indulged in Sandeep Sreedharan's menus, you know his flavours are rustic, but the approach is modern. The chef-entrepereneur at Curry Tales is all set to launch a new restaurant in Goa by the end of August, but Mumbaikars will get a taste of some of the modern delicacies from the West coast at an upcoming pop-up titled Malabar at SoBo's The Clearing House. "The restaurant is named Mahe, after my hometown," Sreedharan reveals, adding that his menu will also cover delicacies from Sri Lanka. "It's a new concept, where rusticity and modernism will overlap seamlessly," he says, with a nervous excitement. Potato curry with morel mushrooms and chevre The four-course menu will begin with a rasam consommé and yogurt-rice mousse amuse bouche served with ikan bilis (anchovies). "This is inspired by the combinate of rasam rice and yogurt, which I used to eat during the monsoon while growing up in Kerala. My most flavourful memory of childhood is my mum's potato curry which I a..
                 

Central Railway uses cloth rags for fractured rail to save from rush hour delay

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
To temporarily fix a fractured rail at Govandi and avoid causing major delay during the evening rush hour, some Central Railway (CR) officials on Tuesday tied it up with cloth rags. Four packed suburban trains ran on the rail with the raggedy fix, albeit without any issues. Railway officials said this was not a security lapse, but was the best decision taken at the point of time. Sources said the incident occurred at 6.15 pm, when a crack was detected on the rail on the Panvel-bound track between Govandi and Mankhurd stations. Railway officials said the rails had neither split nor separated, but only had a dent. The rails already had a joggled fishplate (a bar bolted to ends of two rails to join them) in place. In a bid to keep services running during rush hour, The permanent way inspector and gangmen at the spot allegedly decided to quick-fix the gap by tying it with cloth rags Since it was the evening rush hour — coupled with the pressure to keep the services running —..
                 

Ali Fazal's romantic endeavour in his school in Lucknow

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The shooting schedule of Prassthanam taking Ali Fazal to hometown Lucknow was enough reason to pride himself, but the cherry on the top for the actor is bagging a chance to film in his school. Amyra Dastur and Ali Fazal Fazal, along with co-actor Amyra Dastur, serenaded each other while shooting at the La Martiniere boys' school, where the actor was once a student. Evidently nostalgic to return to the university, Fazal tells mid-day, "For anyone, his/her school brings back many memories. To return there as a working individual and shoot a film feels unreal. My school hasn't changed at all. I loved every bit of it, the royal structure, teachers and its culture." Given that the shoot was conducted on a non-working day, Fazal says he was unable to interact with the staff members, but hopes to return to meet them. The song sequence saw the duo dance in the corridors and on the school grounds. The actor has been stationed in the North Indian city since the beginning of June to film the a..
                 

NDRF helps stuck express train passengers after WR's distress call

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The NDRF along with the Navy, Coast Guard and the RPF rescued over 2,000 passengers stranded in trains midway. As water levels rose, power to the trains had to be disconnected, keeping people stuck for hours without food and water. Teams worked in tandem to ferry people to the nearest stations on rescue rafts. Later in the day, a special food train, carrying 2,000-odd packets prepared in Base Kitchen, Mumbai Central, was run from Mumbai Central to Naigaon for passengers waiting in stranded trains. A slithery resident takes refuge from the flooded tracks. Pic/Hanif Patel A dark nightThe situation was grim right from the wee hours with Vadodara Express forced to halt near Nalasopara at 3.25 am with no means to reach the station. Later, Bhuj Bandra Express, Lokshakti Express and Jamnagar Express, too, got stuck. RPF teams reached the spot early morning with food packets for passengers. But as water levels kept rising further, General Manager A K Gupta finally made a distress call to t..
                 

Navy helps evacuate stranded commuters from Nalasopara rly station

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Navy was deployed to evacuate train commuters stranded at the Nallasopara station in Mumbai due to flooding of railway tracks between Nallasopara and Vasai Road stations, officials said on Wednesday. Following a request from the Western Railway, the Western Naval Command deployed high-chassis vehicles that could traverse the flooded areas and reach the stranded commuters, a Defence spokesperson said this morning. Mumbai has been experiencing heavy rains for the past 48 hours resulting in water-logging in several areas which has severely hit road and rail transport also. The Western Naval Command has been maintaining rescue teams and emergency equipment to provide assistance to Mumbaikars in emergent situations, the spokesperson said. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no r..
                 

Mumbai coach job: Pradeep Sunderam vs Ramesh Powar?

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After being a part of the Rajasthan team together, Pradeep Sunderam, 58, and his former ward Ramesh Powar will be pitted against each other for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach job when they appear for an interview with the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) today. Sunderam, who used the three-day extension to apply for the Mumbai senior team coach's job, will face a stiff challenge from ex-India off-spinner Powar, who played as a professional for Rajasthan in 2013 when Sunderam was the coach. "It's a good and healthy competition. I am getting an opportunity to be with my student. I have worked with most of the players in Mumbai and played with them too. Ramesh played for Rajasthan when I was the coach in a team led by Hrishikesh Kanitkar in 2013-14. It's a good sign for Mumbai cricket," Sunderam told mid-day yesterday. Sunderam coached Mumbai's U-22 side for six years, winning the CK Nayudu Trophy twice. As coach of the West Zone U-19 team, Sun..
                 

Dungarpur: I'll discuss the heritage of each of our 10 Indian film industries

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
'So, Baahubali was not made in India?' The question addressed to cinema preservationist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur from filmmakers on international turf caught him off-guard. Asserting that the world needed to be aware of the industries that comprise Indian cinema, Dungarpur tells mid-day that the topic will make for a prominent part of his presentation at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Dungarpur, founder of the Film Heritage Foundation, has been invited by the Academy for an eight-hour-long session, which will be held in Los Angeles on July 14. The three-part session will comprise a discussion on the importance of preserving and restoring motion pictures, followed by one on India's film heritage, and will conclude with a screening of Dungarpur's Celluloid Man. "One of the key things that my presentation will entail will be how varied Indian cinema is. Indian cinema doesn't only [consist of] Bollywood. I had to tell them that Baahubali was made in India, but not i..
                 

How do I make my relationship more romantic?

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
How can I make my relationship with my boyfriend more romantic? We go out to dinner a lot and spend a lot of time together, but it doesn't feel romantic. The idea of romance is subjective, and shouldn't come from romantic comedies, because that's when we often try and convince ourselves that what we have isn't good enough. If you both enjoy each other's company and love talking about anything and everything under the sun, you're in a good place. Don't try and force things. Also, ask your boyfriend if he feels the same way. His answer may surprise you. I am a 52-year old married man with a 7-year old daughter and a 45-year old wife. My wife suddenly lost interest in love, romance and sex. The atmosphere at home is very unhealthy, so we live apart and meet just once a month, even though we talk daily. Please advise me on what I should do before we split forever. - Padam SThis is entirely up to you and your wife. If the two of you have problems with each other, it is only the two of you w..
                 

Mumbai: Pubs and bars in the city to enjoy football World Cup matches

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Footie menusIreland didn't make it to the World Cup this time. But a pub themed on the country is joining in on the excitement by adding typical football snacks to its menu, like chips and dips and sweet corn pops.Till: July 15, 12 pm to 1 amAt: The Irish House (available at all outlets across city).Call: 8879773315 (Fort) Goa is one of the most football-crazy states in the country, along with West Bengal and Kerala. So it follows that a Goan restaurant in the city is revamping its menu for the occasion. Tuck into football-friendly nibbles such as sausages, onion rings, fish fritters and tenderloin skewers.Till: July 15, 12 pm to 1 amAt: O Pedro, unit no 2, plot no C-68, Jet Airways-Godrej Building, BKC.Call: 26534700 Fun events will kick offWatching football matches on a giant screen in a stadium-like atmosphere is a popular trend in the West, but hasn't really caught on in India. That option is now available at a BKC venue that is planning to host a whopping 5,000 fans for the ..
                 

Tanmay Bhatt: Controversies leave you unemployable for a while

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Growing up as an obese kid, comedy was the defense mechanism that Tanmay Bhatt turned to, to make himself affable. Little did he know that it would eventually become a career, and he, a revered artiste. While he struggled to find his voice in the beginning, Bhatt reveals that the challenges he faced then are in stark contrast with the ones youngsters face today. "Ours were better," he says. From turning performer, to a mentor now on Amazon Prime's new show, Comicstaan, he says he hopes to encourage discussion on relevant issues, including mental health. Edited excerpts from the interview: Is comedy, as a profession, is viable? Do you think the struggles you faced initially are different from the ones newcomers face today?The difficulties that comics face are uniform. There's the outrage, self-censorship and psychological damage they face. Supporters of politicians [one pokes fun at] can make life hard. And, in India, unfortunately, free speech, as a concept, is new. Punishment is not..
                 

Aamir Khan begins look test for Rajneesh Osho?

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Given his perfectionist streak, it's not surprising that Aamir Khan is doing due diligence before giving his nod to Shakun Batra's film that revolves around controversial guru, Rajneesh Osho. It has been heard that the superstar has begun meeting prosthetic experts to discuss the transformation he will have to undergo to slip into the role. A source reveals, "Though he has liked the script, Aamir wants to be completely sure before he signs on the dotted line. He has been meeting prosthetic experts to understand whether he will be able to look the part of Osho. He will also be required to sport a semi-bald pate for a portion in the film. Aamir will sport four different looks in the drama, which will begin with Osho's rise as a spiritual guru in India to his setting up base in the US. Considering the Netflix series, Wild Wild Country, piqued curiosity among cinephiles about Osho, Aamir is keen that they remain authentic to the subject." Though it's rumoured that Alia Bhatt will be seen..
                 

Salman Khan calls Katrina Kaif 'baby'. Watch this viral video

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
During a media interaction in the US for the ongoing Da-Bangg Reloaded tour, Salman Khan referred to Katrina Kaif as 'baby'. One of the reporters casually told him that baby's birthday is on July 15 and would he wish her, to which Sallu immediately replied, "But my baby's birthday is on July 16," which is Katrina's birthday! Well, it all started when a lady asked Salman if he remembers her. She stated that they met 12 years ago. Katrina Kaif quipped in by saying that Salman has a poor memory and probably doesn't even remember his own birthday. By default, the conference room was filled with laughter. The lady in question further stated that it's her baby's birthday on July 15, that's when Khan without missing a second, responded, "My baby's birthday is on July 16,"! Katrina can be heard as saying, "Not this baby, that baby!" Watch this video. It's real fun!   Salman Khan calls Katrina Kaif his Baby !!😍😍ð&Aci..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Uneven road in Kalyan claims mother of four

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
You would think a death due to potholes right at the start of the monsoon would shame the civic authorities into taking action. It didn't; instead, they just sat on it. Then, last Saturday, the same potholes claimed another one; so, yesterday, KDMC started filling all the pits at Shivaji Chowk in Kalyan. Mother of four Manisha Bhoir, 40, was the latest victim. Last month, five-year-old Aarav Atharale had died at the same spot. A shopkeeper from the area shows the spot where Manisha Bhoir (inset) died Shrikant Pathare, 49, uncle of the deceased who worked as a peon in a school in the area, said the incident happened when she was walking home from work. "Manisha never took an autorickshaw to go from home to school and back. She always covered the three-kilometre stretch on foot. On Saturday though, a neighbour saw her walking and offered to drop her home on his bike as he, too, was headed home. She got on, and in less than a minute it happened — the bike got stuck in a pothole at..
                 

Akashdeep Sabir's role in Shah Rukh Khan's Zero revealed

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Akashdeep Sabir plays a film producer in Aanand L Rai's Zero starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. Though the makers are keeping the plot tightly under wraps, we have learnt that Akashdeep plays an '80s filmmaker and his scenes are mainly with Katrina and Abhay Deol, who has done a cameo in the drama. Looks like Zero has Bollywood as its setting. SRK plays a vertically challenged man in the movie. He will be seen in a double role, one of which is of a dwarf. Zero is slated to be released on December 20. Shah Rukh reunites with his Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-stars, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in the film. On the response received for the film's teaser, Aanand L Rai said, "I am getting really good feedback but this time. I am trying to give the audience things which are coming from my heart and with Shah Rukh sir, I think, I am being able to achieve that. The kind of fun we all are having while making this film is what I always look for... I still require two mont..
                 

Six courses of Murakami

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In the worlds woven in Haruki Murakami's novels, fish fall from the sky, cats disappear, and two moons rise in the sky. Just like that. In the very same books, characters go about their mundane routines cooking spaghetti, eating eggs and singing songs. A food writer from Mumbai and a chef from Mangalore have put their heads together to create a pop-up menu inspired by the books, titled Murakami's Kitchen Table by The Literary Table. Meet Shirin Mehrotra, who runs a blog, Will Travel For Food, and Shriya Shetty, who has interned with Kelvin Cheung at Ellipsis and Gaggan Anand in Bangkok. Think an aglio olio style Udon with a pour of Cutty Sark from Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. "This was the toughest concept I have ever worked on. In my menu, I have tried to add elements that have been mentioned repeatedly across his books — there are these instances where people like eating omelettes, noodles and seafood. Instead of picking dishes from the texts, I hav..
                 

Mumbai coach job: Pravin Amre not being ruled out in race

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The three-day extension to invite more applications for the Mumbai coach job turned out to be a futile exercise as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) did not receive any new applications when the deadline to apply ended yesterday. As of now, only six applications have been received - ex-India cricketers Ramesh Powar and Ajay Ratra, former Mumbai stumper Vinayak Samant, former Vidarbha off-spinner Pritam Gandhe, ex-Maharashtra batsman Nandan Phadnis and former Mumbai U-19 coach Vinod Raghavan, who has applied for the senior and U-19 positions. On July 11, the MCA's Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) will meet to finalise the coaches for the Mumbai senior and its U-19 teams. MCA sources yesterday confirmed that only Powar and Samant have been invited for a formal interview process so far. Powar's elder brother Kiran, who has applied to coach the U-19 team, has also been invited for the interview, it is learnt. Former India pacer Karsan Ghavri will join CIC chairman Ajit Wa..
                 

Mumbai: Metro III damaged Worli Municipal school, claims BMC

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
What damage will Metro III cause next? After repeated instances of waterlogging in South Mumbai, and unusual flooding due to illegal discharge of slurry water in the stormwater drain network, work on the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz corridor has now found to be affecting a civic school as well as a cement concrete road in Worli. The Worli primary school holds classes from Std I to VII in Hindi, Marathi and Urdu mediums, as well as for night school. The Metro work is for the Acharya Atre Chowk station and being done in the school's backyard, on Dr E Moses Road. The BMC has written a letter to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is executing the project. Teachers say nearly all classrooms near the Metro site have been affected. Pics/Suresh Karkera Cracked and damagedThe matter came to light after a few teachers complained to the AO (administration officer) that the school building felt the vibrations when drilling or digging work was done at the site. When mid-day visi..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Media professional claims cops ignored his theft complaint

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A 40-year-old media professional who was robbed at knifepoint, has alleged that not only did the police not entertain his complaint, he was taken to Malwani police station and forced to sign an apology note, saying he called them without reason. Malwani police have denied the incident. Amol Naik, who stays at Malad, was returning home from work in an auto rickshaw, when it was stopped just behind Infinity Mall around 1.30 am on Sunday. The driver fled with the vehicle immediately, said Naik, adding that two men with a knife who had stopped the rickshaw, took him to a secluded spot and threatened to kill him unless he gave his valuables. "I handed over my cash and credit card," said Naik. Naik went home and called the police control room. He claimed they did not entertain him. He called again and they took down his address. However, when there was no response, he called and threatened to go to the media if they did not take action. "Then Malwani police sent a vehicle and took me to th..
                 

Mumbai: Portion of building declared dilapidated by BMC crashes in Kurla

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The balcony portion of a ground-plus-three storey residential building came crashing down amid the heavy downpour in Kurla West on Sunday afternoon. Although the building had been declared dilapidated by the BMC, a few residents continued to stay in it. While it was evacuated immediately, and no one was hurt, the incident sparked panic in the vicinity. Around 2 pm, the balcony portion of Bhushan Bhavan on New Hall Road collapsed. "We received a call at 2:45pm and rushed two engines there. The debris was cleared and the building evacuated by our officials," said an official from the Mumbai Fire Brigade. "The building was constructed in 1958. Till today, 14 to 15 tenants were residing in the building. The city civil court had issued a stay till the Technical Advisory Committee's (TAC) decision. An undertaking had been taken by court from the occupiers that they will stay at their risk and that the BMC and police will not be held responsible for any untoward incident," said Ajit Kumar ..
                 

Hrithik Roshan takes a break from Super 30, holidays with 'his boys'

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Like dad Hrithik Roshan, Hrehaan and Hridhaan, are also adventure freaks. The actor took a break from shooting his next, Super 30, to go on a vacation with them. He shared a video of rock climbing with his sons in Gstaad, Switzerland, and captioned it, "Beautiful days". At the end of the video, Hrithik and Hrehaan are seen cheering for Hridhaan, as he climbs down a rock. Hrithik also shared a video on Instagram in which he is seen riding a two-wheeler in Rome, with Hrehaan as the pillion rider. Hrithik Roshan will be portraying the life of Anand Kumar in his first ever biopic in Super 30. Based on Anand Kumar's educational program Super 30, the film will showcase Hrithik Roshan in a never seen before avatar. Super 30 by mathematician Anand Kumar has been a revolutionary move on the educational front, the math genius trains 30 deserving, economically backward students for IIT-JEE the entrance exams of IIT each year with commendable success rate. Helmed by Vikas Bahl, Presented by..
                 

Harshvardhan Rane officially part of JP Dutta's 'paltan'

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Abhishek Bachchan's loss is Harshvardhan Rane's win, but, it appears the latter has been showered with more than expected after the former walked out of JP Dutta's Paltan. Filming for the director's war drama, Rane's act has been so impressive that Dutta has offered him a three-film deal under his banner. This is a first-of-its-kind offer emerging from his production house. JP Dutta Confirming the news to mid-day, Rane recalls how the offer landed in his lap. "We were shooting in Deolali, where I was riding the new bike I had bought from my first cheque for the film. Earlier, sir [Dutta] had expressed his reservations to Nidhi [Dutta's daughter, executive producer] about my biking, but I insisted on doing it. When the shoot got over, Nidhi told me he wanted to meet me. I thought he would fire me for riding the bike. But, he said, 'JP Films wants to sign you for three films'," narrates the actor. Emotional, Rane recalls how he ran away from his home in 2001 to make a career in Bollyw..
                 

Kavi Kumar Azad aka Dr. Hathi from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah passes away

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Kavi Kumar Azaad, breathed his last this morning at Mira Road Wockhardt Hospital, the show's producer Asit Kumarr Modi, said in a statement. The shoot of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah at Film City has been cancelled after the team learnt of his sudden demise. Asit Kumarr Modi, TMKOC's maker, said, "We are very sad to inform loss of our senior actor Kavi Kumar Azaad. He was playing the character of Dr Hathi in TMKOC. We lost him to a massive cardiac arrest today morning. He was an amazing actor and a very positive person. He truly Loved the show and always came for the shoot even if he was not feeling well. He called today morning that he is not well and will not be able to come for shoot. And later we got the news that he passed away. We are all too numb to say anything," Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has been entertaining the viewers for the past eight years through its slice of life stories. Set against the backdrop of Gokuldham society in suburban Mumbai, the SAB TV show chron..
                 

Will disclose everything about Madhubala's life, says the late actor's sister

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
As Sanjay Dutt's biopic, Sanju, continues to take the box office by storm, rumours are rife that the audience may witness another film legend's story on celluloid. In a chat with mid-day, Madhubala's sister Madhur Bhushan reveals that a biopic on the reigning queen of the '50s is in the offing. With Kishore Kumar Though she claims that several filmmakers have evinced interest in the subject, Bhushan is yet to finalise a director who will do justice to her sister's tragic story. "I'll be on board as a consultant. We will start rolling next year." Madhubala with Dilip Kumar in Mughal-e-Azam Famed for her million-dollar-smile as much as for her acting chops, she achieved success in front of the camera. But her life outside of the arc lights was said to be troubled. Bhushan asserts that the movie will honestly appraise the actor as well as those in her life. "I will disclose everything about my sister's life. Her relationship with Dilip Kumar, and marriage with Kishore Kumar will also ..
                 

Register for annual cycling event at Vasai

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Taking away a foam glass loaded with caffeine hurriedly as opposed to taking our own sweet time with a Marie biscuit dissolving in a cup of hot tea, or booking a cab using an algorithm suited to our needs instead of throwing our legs up in the air while pedalling without caution — we shed a bit of our childhood every day to fit into the made-to-order quick-paced life of an adult. But this Saturday, we can reclaim those fast evanescent parts of our lives while simultaneously committing to a cause. Participants at an earlier edition of Tour de Vasai Tour de Vasai, a one-of-a-kind annual cycling event that sees scores of participants cycling down a fixed route in the Vasai-Virar region — stretching across 50 km — is back for its fifth edition. It is a collaborative initiative between two Vasai-based cycling clubs, both of which were founded around the same time in 2010. Cycle Village, a cycling business-cum-community, was launched by Seraj Lopes, whereas Ameya Cycling ..