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Dadar RPF unites lost minor children with father

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
On March 24, 2019, Sub-Inspector Rekha Mishra and constable Diwan Singh were making the rounds on duty on Dadar's railway platform no 6, when they found two petrified minors weeping. According to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Dadar, the boy and girl were siblings. Senior inspector of Dadar RPF, Satish Menon, said, "Mishra approached them in a warm and friendly manner and won their confidence. Upon speaking to them he found out that the 14-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister are residents of Saraswati Chawl in Kalwa East." The boy told the police that as their mother was out of town, they were alone at home. His sister kept pestering him to meet their father and also refused to eat food. They left from Kalwa during noon to meet their father, a tea-seller working at Churchgate. The RPF took good care of them providing refreshments and soft drinks. The boy had his father's mobile number written on a slip, which Mishra used to contact him. The father then came to the RPF offi..
                 

Shiv Sena 'inducts' BJP candidate in Palghar ahead of 2019 elections

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Ending all speculation, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday gave the Palghar Lok Sabha seat to outgoing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rajendra Gavit in a 'partner exchange' formula.The Sena's aspirant, Shriniwas Vanaga - who had contested the by-election in 2018 against BJP's Gavit - stepped aside and agreed to enter the Maharashtra Assembly through the elections slated later in 2019."I have not forgotten my (last year's) promise. Vanaga is my responsibility. First we will get him elected to the Assembly and later also send him to the Lok Sabha," Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said, formally admitting Gavit to the party on Tuesday.On his part, Vanaga said he and his family had decided against contesting the Lok Sabha battle this time and instead concentrate on the Palghar Assembly seat."I shall continue to work in Palghar district and later contest the Assembly elections...," said Vanaga, son of former BJP MP, the late Chintaman Vanaga.Sena senior leader and Minister Eknath Shinde said that in..
                 

Coastal road project: BMC plans compensation, but fishermen unimpressed

2 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After strident opposition by the fishing community to the coastal road project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's now plans to compensate them monetarily. But, the community believes that as fishing is their only source of livelihood, no compensation could replace it, and that the coastal road would eventually destroy their livelihood. In response to the concerns raised by the community in the case filed in the Bombay High Court, the civic body plans to compensate whatever damaged is caused to them. Senior civic officials said the idea was proposed as a possible solution to the state government last week. In the petition filed jointly by the Worli Koliwada Nakhwa Matsya Vyavsay Sahakari Society Limited and Worli Machimmar Sarvodaya Sahakari Society, fishermen have opposed reclamation of land along the shoreline as part of the project. They said that their fishing activities were getting affected due to the ongoing work. During the hearing on March 14, the division bench compr..
                 

Accused creates ruckus, slaps on-duty police constable in Borivli

2 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Borivli police have booked a 25-year-old criminal who allegedly attacked an on-duty police constable while he was in the lock-up at Borivli police station. The accused was identified as Shankar Satpal Pival. According to police sources, the accused Pival attacked Chavan when he was uncuffing the former. Pival allegedly slapped Chavan and smashed his head on the nets of the police station thereby injuring his nose. The accused was immediately take to the hospital for medical assistance where he was treated. The next day, he began creating a ruckus once again when the police arrived to take him to court. This time, Pival threw latrine at the police team, said a police official from Borivli. Pival did not stop there and went on to create more nuisance when he was presented before the judge and while he was taken in the police van to Thane jail. According to police officials, Pival is a habitual criminal who has a background ranging from robberies and housebreaking to bei..
                 

Cool activities for young minds during this summer!

3 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
INDOORS Sounds about right Vacations can surely be productive. Enroll your child (between eight and 15 years of age) in a series of camps hosted by the True School of Music. These range from a choral singing course where kids can develop a sense of harmony to a drum circle workshop where they will learn Brazilian and Afro Cuban rhythms. To top it all, there's a session where the little ones can experiment with instruments such as the guitar, piano and bass and figure out their own inclination.From April 11 to June 15At True School of Music, Sun Mill Compound, Lower Parel.Call 66243200Cost Rs 950 onwards Of stagecraft and stories Spread over the months of April, May and June, Summertime at Prithvi will host 21 workshops including one on fiction and non-fiction writing by Chatura Rao, and a story, drama, song and dance session by Trishla Patel and Merle Almeida, along with several other workshops by noted artistes Makarand Deshpande, Rupesh Tillu, Anita Salim, Om Katare and Sheena ..
                 

Railways begin Wadala GRP station repairs but staff unsure of stability

4 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Soon after mid-day reported on the Wadala Government Railway Police (GRP) station that is so weak, that its walls shudder with every passing train and the sound they make, railway officials have begun to repair it. However, GRP staff are still not sure about the structure's stability despite the repairs. Talking to mid-day, Senior Inspector, Wadala GRP, Rajendra Pal said, "Railway officials have started repair work. They have begun repairs of the toilet whose condition was very bad. There is a space behind the police station where we have asked them to build a small room, for female police officers." A constable said, "We are really thankful to mid-day, because of your report the railways have started repairs. They have repaired almost all cracks, but we are still scared as the structure still shudders every three to four minutes when trains pass. It is irritating to work in such a structure. It is better to do some outdoor work." According to the female officers, earlier there..
                 

Sheetal Mafatlal knows how to slay metallic outfits with style

6 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Mafatlal Luxe Luxury Brand Consultancy founder Sheetal Mafatlal has recently grabbed attention with bold experiments with her style. It's no secret that Sheetal is also a fashionista and knows how to slay different trends and combinations in style. This time, she turned heads with her sizzling metallic outfit at an event in Mumbai. Pic courtesy/ Sheetal Mafatlal's Instagram Sheetal Mafatlal took to Instagram to share some pictures of her slaying a copper metallic outfit by Cavalli for the BT Fashion week. She rocked the event in a body con metallic pants, a tube top with a matching belt. She also shared a video of her eye catchy entry of the event on her Instagram account.       View this post on Instagram Irresistibly Metallic..... 🌟âÂœ¨ðŸ’« #copperring : : : : #mumbai #mycity #fashionista #fashion #style #mystyle #luxury #luxelife #swag #slay #potd #141 #f4f #igers #bombaytime..
                 

Mumbai: House wall collapses in Mankhurd; six injured

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Six people injured after the house wall collapsed after high tension wire fell on the house in Mankhurd area on Monday, said the Disaster Control Unit. The injured were quickly taken to a nearby hospital. "The injured include four minors--Arbaz Shaikh, Nilesh Yadav, Vipul Ghanshyam Pathak and Dhiraj Yadav, all aged up to 14 years," said Dr Patil, AMO, Govandi Shatabdi Hospital.He said the condition of those injured was stable. One of the injured, named, Lata Parshuram Palekar was treated quickly and discharged from the hospital. The treatment of Prashant Dilip Pawar, 25, is going on.The incident took place at around 4.30 pm after high tension wire fell on the house at Ekta Nagar's Shivneri road in Mankhurd Mandala. The incident was reported by the CP Control room. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates..
                 

Mumbai Food: Four latest eateries that are Instagram-perfect

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The adage, "You eat with your eyes first," has probably never been more relevant. We step out, pick a place, get a table, place our orders, and we are ready to tuck in as soon as the food is served. But then, a whack on the hand stops us. "Let me take a photo first," someone asserts. In an era where for many of us, our entire lives, beginning from grocery shopping to political activism, are reliant on social media, can establishments survive unless they're riding the tide? Even a few years ago, "Instagrammable" was simply an aesthetically pleasing space. Today, that's not good enough. And so restaurateurs are being forced to scratch the surface and offer something more. Four of the city's recent openings have upped their game in order to ensure their patrons are toasting and posting in equal measure. Here's what they have to say. Swag tera desi For Raj Sadvilkar, owner of a value-for-money restaurant and bar chain themed around Indian dhabas and thekas, the idea was to help patrons ..
                 

Law college students raise an alarm as only four of 116 pass

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Firest semester students of Sandesh Law College at Vikhroli were in for a shock when their results were declared last week. Only four of the total of 116 students have passed. The others were declared failed in at least one subject. Students are questioning the assessment process, as according to many of them, it is unbelievable that they have failed. The college administration is firm on its decision, asking all failed students to apply for re-evaluation. The incident has sparked further discussion about the Mumbai University's decision to transfer law evaluation to colleges. Following long delays and goof-ups in the law stream's results, Mumbai University decided to shift the assessment process to colleges, except for the final degree examination. Law student unions had opposed the decision strongly, stating that it would give entire control to colleges. Just last semester, a Borivali law college was embroiled in controversy after it charged R10,000 per student for delay in enrolmen..
                 

Make yourself herd

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Look around you. Read the papers. Watch the news on television. Listen in to conversations in places like local trains, and it will become clear to you that there is a growing sense of herd mentality brewing in society today. This isn't restricted only to the binaries that the ruling dispensation and the main opposition party are trying to propagate in this country. It's something that's evident everywhere from America to even a largely peaceful nation like New Zealand, as was the case recently. And what this does is make a minority out of free thinkers who hold on to their individuality like how a Cheteshwar Pujara holds on to his wicket. "You are either with us or against us" — that seems to be the prevailing notion of the day. Now, an iconic play later this week will highlight the follies of such an ideology. When the Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco had written Rhinoceros in 1959, he'd addressed those countrymen of his who had been enticed en masse by the Nazi movement. Bu..
                 

Mumbai: Fins of dead whale that washed ashore near Mahul stolen

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In what can be termed as a serious wildlife offense, few antisocial elements chopped the fins of a dead whale shark that had washed ashore on the east coast of Mumbai near Mahul on Monday. The Mangroves Cell officials are visiting the spot to check if they can find any CCTV in the area to find out who the culprits are. Honorary Wildlife Warden of Thane and Head of NGO RAWW Pawan Sharma confirmed the development and said, "Carcass of a Whale Shark was reported near the Mahul Creek early on Monday evening. Prathamesh Panchal from our team was assigned to visit the location and help the forest department in recovering the carcass." The volunteers from NGO reached the spot but they were shocked to see that the fins were missing from the carcass. Sharma said, "Investigations have started and all necessary actions will be initiated. All native wildlife is the governments' property and an attempt to remove and procure any part is violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972." Als..
                 

Congress goes Rangeela, ropes in Urmila Matondkar

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Congress's search for candidates for Mumbai's two prime seats seems to have ended, with the high command approving city president Sanjay Nirupam for the North-West and veteran actor Urmila Matondkar for Mumbai North. While Nirupam's name as candidate was announced late Monday, Urmila's will take some time, party sources said. Nirupam's candidature was delayed because of opposition to his name from within the party. Some prominent leaders like Kripashankar Singh had also thrown their hats in the ring. The contention of the Nirupam detractors was that he should stick to his previous constituency, Mumbai North, where he had won a term and lost in 2014. The vacancy in North-West occurred because of Gurudas Kamat's death. As Kamat's wife and son were not willing to contest, the seat was up for grabs. Starry affair in NorthThe confirmation followed Nirupam's grand welcome in Shastri Nagar where hundreds of workers gathered on Monday. Nirupam has been working in the segment, opening off..
                 

Vino therapy in Bandra

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Two decades ago, drinking wine was restricted to snooty pseudo-intellectuals who turned the experience into flavour profiles of tannins and acids, melons and mango, and grape varieties that we could barely pronounce. We now sip in times when the pourer, who once intimidated us with technical terms, explains the story of the vineyard, the grape and body with passion in layman’s terms. When we stepped into 266 Wine and Bar Room, we were quickly reminded of the Kala Ghoda Wine Bar that recently opened in the much-loved backroom of Kala Ghoda Café. The space is done up in hues of light blue and grey, with light fixtures adding a warm, amber glow from low-wattage tungsten bulbs. We settle into blue sofas, preferring the comfort to the high stools that may turn tricky after a few glasses. 266 Charcuterie and Cheese Board The 266 Charcuterie and Cheese Board (Rs 675) is an indulgence with brie, camembert, cheddar, strawberries, walnuts, olives and chicken and pork cold cuts. ..
                 

Cave talk in Andheri

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"When people think of Mumbai, they think of a city that has been shaped during the British times. But Mumbai is, and has always been so much more than what the British left behind," says researcher and content writer Ashwini Nawathe, who works for an online museum and conducts heritage walks in the city on weekends. Having conducted walks at the Kanheri and Elephanta caves, this Sunday, she will take participants through another ancient site, the Kondivite caves, better known as the Mahakali caves. The 2,000-year-old historic Buddhist site, which originated between 1st century BCE and 6th century CE, is a group of 19 caves, most of which once served as Viharas, or residential shelters for the Buddhist inhabitants. Cave 9, which is the Chaitya, or the shrine of the site, is an example of some of the earliest Chaitya patterns — circular walls and a circular Stupa — found in Western India. "A common misconception about the caves is that they're named after the Hindu godde..
                 

A FRIENDS-themed meet up in Bandra

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Do you know what Chandler Bing does for a living? If the answer is yes, and you think you can do better than Rachel and Monica did in a quiz in Season 4 episode 12, head to this Friends-themed meet-up in Bandra West. Conducted by quiz organising company Ace of Pubs, who recently hosted similar events themed around the Game of Thrones and The Office, the aim is to take you on a trip down memory lane with some fun games. "The questions will be around iconic moments from the show and we'll have 10 to 15 teams of three to eight people. Just sign up with your friends online," says Hardik Jain from the gaming company. While you'll get something from the menu on the house for each right answer, including their special line of craft beer, they also have movie tickets and Friends merchandise up for grabs. ON March 26, 8 pmAT Effingut, Ganga Jamna Sangam Building, Linking Road, Bandra West CALL 71179491LOG ON TO https://bit.ly/2UaR7aSFREE..
                 

Mumbai: Lokhandwala lake clean-up begins after years 10 years

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It took 10 long years for the locals of Oshiwara-Lokhandwala to finally be heard. Their campaign against illegal dumping of debris and waste in the Lokhandwala lake has got through to the authorities, who have got down to cleaning up the filthy water body, that used to see several winter migratory birds visiting the area. According to suggestions from local residents, the lake will also soon be barricaded to prevent any more dumping here. The barricades around the entire circumference of the Lokhandwala lake will prevent people from dumping pooja waste and other garbage into the lake, said Dhaval Shah, a member of the Oshiwara Lokhandwala Citizen's Association (OLCA), adding, "The flooring in front of the lake is being renovated along with the installation of benches for residents to relax disturbing the wildlife." The lake that sees several species of birds, including migratory ones, has been used for dumping waste for years Some nature-lovers have, however, raised concerns over th..
                 

SSC paper leaks: Brave tutor who blew the whistle

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The whistleblower behind the SSC paper leak is none other than a 26-year-old tutor who collected evidence through WhatsApp and his students against those running the ring, after he was tricked into solving an Algebra paper. The tutor smelled a rat on March 11 — the day of the Algebra paper — after a woman he has known for a few years asked him to solve a paper of the same subject. Speaking to mid-day, the tutor said, "On March 11, I received a call from a woman I've known for the past few years, as she used to take classes. She'd sent me the algebra paper at 9:30 am and asked me to solve it quickly and send it back to her. I called her to ask what that was about and why she needed the answers that quickly. She asked me to not waste my time and help her out once. So, I solved the paper and sent it back to her." Another favour "On the next day, she sent images of a geometry question paper at 10 am and asked for the favour once again. I was so shocked; I was wondering about..
                 

'Why isn't this boy asking me out yet?'

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
I am a little confused about someone I met a few weeks ago. He was introduced to me by a friend, and we chatted for a while and decided to go on a date a week later. We have met a few times since and always have a good time. I am trying to understand his body language though. He is very comfortable with me and holds my hand at times, but I am not sure if he likes me or is just a friendly person. Our dates don't end in anything conclusive, and he hasn't said anything about whether he wants us to consider a relationship or not. How do I figure this out? Should I ask him directly? I know this is a fairly new situation, so should I just be patient and wait for him to make the first move?I am as confused as you are, because I'm not sure what the problem is. This is someone you met fairly recently, as you admit, and with whom you have gone on a couple of dates. If he's being friendly, that's a good thing. If he says he wants to meet you again, that's a good thing too. What are your feelings ..
                 

Students speak up against sexual harassment in colleges

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It was two years ago, at a college picnic when Pooja R (name changed on request) first confided in her 33-year-old professor about dealing with anxiety and how she'd lost faith in therapy. "At the time, sir suggested that I join his theatre group after college. He said it would help me snap out of whatever I was going through," the graphic design student, studying at an institution affiliated with a foreign university, says. Over the next few weeks, Pooja, now 21, remembers feeling "a lot of better". "In fact, sir had become a close confidant." Things started getting uncomfortable, when he placed his hand on her thigh, during a rehearsal. "I wasn't sure what to make of it. I thought I was over-thinking and let it pass," she says. It got out of hand, when during a visit to his home, he kissed her on the lips. When she resisted, he kissed her neck. Frozen with fear, she didn't stop him, but later ignored him at college. "He had become such a huge support system that it was difficult to ..
                 

Actors Bhagyashree and son Abhimanyu Dassani talk about his debut

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Back in the 90s', when actor Abhimanyu Dassani was growing up, he hated that his mother, Bhagyashree, was an actor. The fact that she was recognised everywhere as Suman, the character she played in her debut Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) opposite Salman Khan, which went on to become one of the most successful movies ever, didn't help the cause. "The more time she spent on set, she spent away from me. So, I didn't want her to act. I was possessive," he says, when we meet the mother-son duo at their Juhu home on a Friday afternoon. Bhagyashree doesn't wear her age on her face, and Abhimanyu strikes us as a heartthrob in the making. "Later, I realised how iconic that character was. That people still remember her as Suman is testament to the impact it has left. I wish one day, people remember Surya like that," says the 29-year-old. Abhimanyu is speaking about his character from his debut film, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, which follows the journey of a young man who suffers from congenital insensit..
                 

Chef Augusto Cabrera talks about Sushi, Vegan food for Mumbaikars

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It's a warm afternoon and we are sitting at the bar of Town Hall, the upscale Mumbai outpost of the New Delhi establishment which launched last week at Lower Parel. It's hard to look away from the ascending rows stacked with the world's finest blends with its rich hues awakening our senses. But, if the colour-coded alcohol makes us trippy, there's more sorcery awaiting in the quiet corner next to the bar. Inside the open kitchen, Filipino chef Augusto Cabrera is slicing salmon with surgical precision. A mound of rice and veggies sit next to it. The zen-like concentration and composure makes you believe that Cabrera takes his sushi as seriously as the Japanese. The kokona And it's true, given the fact that Cabrera's reputation precedes him. The 38-year-old gained a sizeable fan following amongst Delhi's swish set when he was the chef at Oberoi New Delhi a decade ago. In 2013, when restaurateurs Randeep Bajaj and Navneet Randhawa launched Town Hall in the heart of Khan Market, Cabrera..
                 

Weekly Planner: 12 things to do around Mumbai from March 25 To March 30

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sign up for a weaving workshop12.30 PM onwards: Weaving is meant to be relaxing and therapeutic. So, relax your shoulders when you craft at this workshop. The organisers will combine ideas and introduce fresh life into traditional methods as you weave a round rug.25 MondayWhere: IteehaStudio, Lower ParelEntry: Rs 1,800To book: insider.in Attend a trade fair9 am — 6 PM: Capindia is slated to be one of the largest sourcing and networking events for chemicals, plastics, construction and mining industries. The event will see the presence of over 500 exhibitors.26 TuesdayWhere: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon EastCall: 22021288 Relive all the childhood tales5.15 PM onwards: Get your kid to rediscover tales like the Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Riding Hood through puppet theatre, at Ethiros Theatre Group’s ‘Lets Puppet’ event.27 WednesdayWhere: The Cuckoo Cafe, Bandra WestEntry: Rs 350To book: bookmyshow.com Get trained from the best2 pm to 6.30 pm..
                 

Multi-brand stores battle with flawed retail margins

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Last week, Arti Kirloskar walked into Churchgate's concept store, Bungalow Eight (B8), looking to find something interesting from its multi-brand curation. She was there because she heard the 16-year-old clothing, accessories and décor pit stop was shuttering. Trustee of the Kirloskar Foundation and an artist, she had travelled from Pune to see if she'd find a black jacket to wear to the upcoming Art Basel Hong Kong. It's not surprising that a customer would seek out B8 located under the bleachers of Wankhede Stadium, for a specific something, or walk in without agenda but go away with a curiously unusual discovery. The top-notch curation, often considered the mainstay of a successful multi-brand store, is what regulars will miss. Loulou Van Damme, who is helping Sanjay Garg set up his flagship New Delhi store, says while the main job of a retail shop is to sell, it can no longer simply put things on a hanger or treat it like a space with four walls. Pic/Bungalow Eight In an ..
                 

Deborah Cheetham's debut in India: An indigenous soprano's tale

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The exodus of the Yorta Yorta (indigenous) people from their homeland in Australia, and their inevitable and unending search for belonging, deserve an opera. Acclaimed soprano Deborah Cheetham is one such member of the country's aboriginal group, who is bringing to life their ancient song-line through a unique narrative recital. The journey to finding her sense of belonging, she says, has been a long one. And she is now coming to Mumbai to share her story as part of the finale of the Australia Fest, a six-month-long festival of Australian culture, creativity and innovation in India. The 54-year-old opera singer and composer says she belongs to the 'stolen generations' of Australia. "Aboriginal children, who are now called the stolen generations, were forcibly removed from their parents, families and communities. This policy by the successive Australian governments was designed to commit cultural genocide. But it failed. Because we are still here. It has, however, left an indelible ma..
                 

Honey Singh remembers his first collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan

2 days ago  
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Yo Yo Honey Singh has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry, but working with Amitabh Bachchan was special. As his song, Party With Bhootnath, from Bhootnath Returns (2014), clocked five years, the singer went down memory lane. He penned a heartwarming post on social media referring to working with the Big B as a learning experience he will always cherish. He wrote, "One of my biggest song with the living legend "Amitabh Bhachhan" ji - "Party with the BhoothNath". It’s been 5 years still it feels like yesterday.It was a great learning experience and much love to my musical brother Bhushan Kumar for getting me this opportunity (sic)"        View this post on Instagram One of my biggest song with the living legend “Amitabh Bhachhan” ji - “Party with the BhoothNath”. It’s been 5 years still it feels like yesterday.It was a great learning experience and much love to my musical brother Bhushan K..
                 

Parsis take on MMRCL over dipping levels of well water in Girgaon

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Responding to the concerns raised by residents of Jagannath Shankar Sheth Road about the severe shortage of well water, supposedly due to the Metro tunnelling work, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has denied any connection between the construction of the tunnel and the dropping water levels. The irked residents find no merit in the MMRC's arguments and, in return, will send their reply to the MMRC in the next few days. The residents of Karim Manzil, Singapuri and Sukhadwala buildings, who had written to the MMRC last month, received a letter earlier this week. Metro officials stated that the water levels in the wells in the area are being monitored "on a regu-lar basis". Worried residents of buildings on JSS Road in front of the well (Above) at Karim Manzil. Pics/Atul Kamble MMRC officials also claimed that the drop in the water levels in the wells is due to "seasonal fluctuations". The letter states, "We have studied these monitoring reports on the well water levels of the..
                 

How does one spread Indian culture if people call classical dance noise

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For 20 years, Kathak exponent Uma Dogra, who is recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for 2014, has been conducting rehearsals in a ground floor apartment she owns at Jal Padma Society in Goregaon West. In fact, Dogra, 61, says the residents were "proud when she bought a house there." But, the relationship has gone sour, with Dogra having filed a complaint with the Bangar Nagar police against four members on March 18, alleging they insulted and harassed her for feeding strays. While Dogra says the atmosphere grew tense when she and another resident of the society started feeding stray pups in the colony, the society's chairman M Rao, said it was because Dogra conducts classes at the society, and not merely rehearsals. The society's chairman says Dogra's claims are baseless since the strays continue to be allowed in the premises. Pic/Sneha Kharabe A few months ago, a stray who has been living in the colony for some years, delivered a litter of nine. Initially, t..
                 

Mumbai ka quarter master

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A dive bar for allFrom expensive blended scotches and bourbons to the standard IMFL favourites, all are available under their signature pauva section at this bar and restaurant chain. "We were one of the first few bars to initiate this system back in 2014, and the idea was to bring the concept of a dive bar to your neighbourhood and make it safe for all. The feedback from our customers has been fantastic because it's economically beneficial to them," says Nilesh Patel, beverage head. At Social (all outlets).Time 9 am to 1 amCall 7506394243Cost Rs 750 to Rs 3,750 Tharra for the tipplerAt this budget-friendly watering hole, the pauva system gets a cool makeover. "Having tharra or desi daaru in Mumbai makes for a unique experience. Staying true to the concept, we launched an array of cocktail quarters that are inspired by the regional tipples from the various states of India. Like, jagadhri no 1 from Haryana, gulabo from UP to santra from Maharashtra. Our patrons love these desi ..
                 

In the latest list from Maharashtra, BJP replaces four MPs

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The BJP has replaced four sitting MPs in Maharashtra in its third list of six candidates from the state, and has fielded a woman candidate from Baramati, the bastion of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, against sitting MP Supriya Sule. The latest list includes 36 candidates from various states. With six candidates from Maharashtra, the BJP has so far announced names of 22 candidates. The saffron party is contesting 25 out of total 48 seats in alliance with the Shiv Sena, which will fight on rest of the seats. The BJP had won 22 of the 24 Lok Sabha seats that it contested from Maharashtra in 2014. Prominent among those who are denied re-nomination is Dindori MP Harishchandra Chavan, who has been representing the tribal-dominated seat since 2009. This time, the party has reposed faith in NCP turncoat Bharti Pawar, who had lost to Chavan in 2014 polls by a huge margin. The BJP has given ticket to KanchanKul, wife of Daundlegislator Rahul Kul,from Baramati seat in Pune district against Sule, daugh..
                 

25-year-old woman arrested for killing her newborn daughter

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A 25-year-old woman was arrested on Friday evening for allegedly killing her 16-day-old daughter here, police said. The incident had taken place Tuesday at Sundar Kamla Nagar in Sion, Central Mumbai, an official said. The 16-day-old girl had gone missing from the first floor of her parents' house when her mother Sama Ansari (25) went downstairs for some work, he said.A complaint was lodged by the newborn baby's father at the Sion police station following which a case of kidnappingunder IPC section 363 was registered, the official said. On Wednesday midnight, the girl's body was found onthe rear side of her residence, following which a case of murder after kidnapping was registered, he said. During the investigation, the police grew suspicious about Ansari and grilled her, he said, adding she was later arrested. However, the motive behind the murder was not yet known. An officer said that it might be a heat of the mo..
                 

Pad up to have a ball

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Getting the right predictionIf you consider yourself to be a cricket expert, head to a suburban eatery where you can put your skills to the test. Play a game called Predict the Score, where patrons will be asked to guess the number of runs to be scored and the number of wickets to fall every three or five overs. The person who comes the closest wins free beer, wine, sangria or appetiser. At Out of the Blue, Le Sutra Hotel, 14 Union Park, Khar West.Till May 12, during match hoursCall 9324839393 Stocking up on good timesA bar chain that’s popular for its reasonably priced booze, is brining prices down by a notch further for the IPL. Gather your friends and get a bottle of imported whiskey at Rs 5,000, bucket of five imported beers at '1,000 and a bucket of 5 domestic beers at '600. Patrons can also choose from specially curated bites like crispy garlic sticks, bhajiya platter and chicken tikka popcorn. At All Bar Stock Exchange outlets (Bandra, Kurla, Colaba, Andheri, Chembur,..
                 

Now, a Horniman Circle festival, on the lines of Kala Ghoda festival?

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
On the lines of the famous Kala Ghoda festival, a proposal for hosting a cultural event around South Mumbai's Horniman Circle was recently submitted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The civic body will take a call on approving it after evaluating its commercial aspect. Called the Horniman Circle Fiesta, the event aims to provide a platform to art and music amateurs to showcase their talent, along with established artists, and streaming these performances live on the internet. The BMC ward office was approached by private organisers to conduct this event every weekend on from April to June in Horniman Circle Garden and on Homji Street. The event will also host various art and craft and food stalls apart from artists' programmes. Around 29 stalls are proposed on the Homji street. According to the civic policy, permissions for such an event can be given by charging a rent amount for the land used, provided No-Objection Certificates are granted by local police, traffic police, ..
                 

Mumbai: CST bridge collapse reminds infra agencies to conduct audits

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The bridge collapse at CSMT seems to have sent other public infrastructure developing agencies into a tizzy. While the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to conduct the structural audits of its flyovers in Mumbai, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has asked its engineering department to visit the bridges/FOBs under their jurisdiction for an inspection. "We will begin the audit of the flyovers that are with MSRDC in Mumbai and a report will be prepared soon. Expert opinion will also be sought from the IIT engineers and if any repair work needs to be done, it will be taken up immediately," said an MSRDC official. He added that the crucial Sion Circle flyover will also be shut down for traffic in a few days "for repair work related to expansion joints and bearings." It will be shut for around two months. The Mumbai Entry Point Limited - the toll collection agency appointed by MSRDC at five entry points to Mumbai - carries out th..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Weaving a better futureIf you haven't had your fill of fashion shows this season, this one in Worli should be your next stop on Sunday. It's for a great cause because designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have put it together in association with Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), to celebrate 50 years of the NGO. "It is an honour to work with CPAA for the third year in a row. Cancer is treatable and beatable. Let's all be a part of this fight," the duo told this diarist. Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Karan Johar Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, and Shweta Bachchan Nanda will be the showstoppers for this collection titled Inheritance, an Ode to the Textiles and Embroideries of India, which uses heritage textiles from acr­oss the country as a canvas for embroideries. You can expect ba­n­d­hani tie-and-dye, Banarasi tissues, jamdanis, khadi, Assam weaves and Kanjeevaram silks, with chikankari, zardozi, gota and resham work, along with motifs like the pai­sley and lotus..
                 

PNB Scam: Mehul Choksi moves application in PMLA Court, citing ailments

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi on Friday moved a new application in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai, stating his long history of heart ailments and a blood clot in the brain. This comes after it was reported on Wednesday that the extradition process against embattled diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi has begun in Antigua. The court has adjourned the matter for April 9 for arguments. Choksi's counsel Vijay and Ashul Agarwal submitted his detailed medical history citing his ailments constraining him from travelling and hence leading to his inability to return to India. His counsel also placed 38 documents on record including the latest prescriptions in which doctors have highly recommend that Choksi should remain under continuous medical supervision in Antigua and should avoid travelling as his medical condition may deteriorate. Mehul Choksi and nephew Nirav Modi are kingpins of the Rs 13,000-crore Punjab National Bank fraud. They both fled from the countr..
                 

Mumbai Crime: After two paper leaks, third one surfaces in Bhiwandi

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
If the State Board had filed a police complaint soon after an NGO informed them on March 14 about the presence of a possible paper-leak racket in Bhiwandi, then the leak of the History paper of the SSC examination on Wednesday could have been prevented. Three girls were caught with images of the question paper while they were entering the Taware School exam centre. Based on an FIR filed on March 20, and another one filed by the exam centre in-charge, this case would be investigated along with the earlier Algebra, Science I and II question paper leaks. The State Board had registered a complaint at the Bhiwandi Town police station after NGO Samvad Foundation informed them about the possible leaks of Algebra and Science question papers, which were available on WhatsApp minutes prior to the examinations. Tuition teacher arrested Cops have arrested a private tuition teacher in the case. Samvad had informed the Board office through an email and had also attached screenshots of the images o..
                 

Mumbai: 9000 drunk driving cases registered on Holi in city

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
This year, the cases of drunk driving in Mumbai during Holi celebrations went up to 725 cases from the 375 cases filed in 2018. In all, Mumbai police and traffic police registered over 9,000 cases in total on Thursday, as per official data. The offences include riding triple seat, rash driving, speeding, driving without helmet and driving under the influence. For Holi, the Mumbai police had deployed 8,500 policemen and 3,000 traffic cops to ensure the safety of citizens and handle any untoward incident. As per data issued by the police until 8 pm on Thursday, there were 725 drunk driving cases, 166 rash driving cases, 430 speeding cases, 789 triple seat cases, 4,730 riding without helmet cases, along with 3,827 other cases. According to several civic hospitals, around 60 people were reportedly admitted on Friday for being heavily inebriated and having reactions to low-quality powders. A senior police officer said, "The traffic police has taken stringent action against those foun..
                 

Mumbai: A step forward for Hancock Road bridge reconstruction

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The demolition of illegal hutments has made way for the pillars and foundations of the new Hancock Road bridge at Mazgaon, that was demolished in 2016. Work has gathered pace, with the railway and civic authorities planning to complete it before this year-end. Officials said they would reinstall the old plaques that were part of the demolished bridge, to maintain the heritage. Authorities have promised to get the pedestrian bridge up by July 2019 and the entire road bridge by September. The estimated cost for it is Rs 51.70 crore. Civic activists said that the BMC should now expedite work. "They should assemble the metal girders and keep them ready. If China can build a bridge in 36 hours, why can't India? This bridge crisis is looming large over Mumbai. First it was Hancock, then Lower Parel, and at least 20 more are lined up to be demolished, and the authorities should find a quicker way to get these built," said activist Kamlakar Shenoy, who has put up a sustained fight to get this..
                 

Mumbai CP to direct senior police inspectors over video conferencing

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With all the hoopla around Digital India, the city's new commissioner of police, too, has joined the bandwagon. CP Sanjay Barve has decided to connect all senior police inspectors across the city through video conferencing, monitored from the Visitors Hall at the CP's office. The step is a result of consistent complaints by citizens against local police stations not giving an ear to their grievances and being forced to visit senior officers. When citizens meet the commissioner every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm at the CP's office, the top cop will also communicate with the senior police inspectors via video conferencing. Also Read: Mumbai: Police Chief changes visitors hours for citizens to curb cops' sleeping time Around 80 people had gathered for Tuesday’s meeting. Pics/Atul Kamble Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve said that the process of connecting all the senior PIs directly to the visitor's area will be completed soon. "It will help us in understanding the..
                 

Sajid Nadiadwala all set for hat-trick release with these movies

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The film-maker last week unveiled the teaser of his upcoming film Kalank in association with Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios. He shares about his upcoming films and slate of 2019 amongst which will be Super 30, Chhichhore and Housefull 4. Riding on the success of recent films like Judwaa 2 and Baaghi 2, filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala and his production company Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment (NGE) are gearing up for the next round of showbiz challenge in 2019-20. He has successful partnerships with stars like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff and Sushant Singh Rajput. Not just that, he's also going to launch Suniel Shetty's son Ahan in a Bollywood film, too. Sajid feels it's his company's ability to deliver cutting-edge content that holds him in good stead. He explains, "All my associates have worked with me more than once, which is the barometer to NGE's success. Maybe it's because of our focus and ability to curate content, which ends up ta..
                 

Taimur Ali Khan plays Holi with the paparazzi at his Bandra residence

5 days ago  
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Thane: SSC question papers of two subjects leaked, case registered

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Question papers of two subjects of the SSC (Class X) exam conducted by the Maharashtra State Board were found leaked at Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra on Wednesday, police said. A case was registered at Narpoli police station against an unidentified person in this connection. "As per the complaint filed by a state board official, examination of history and political science subjects was scheduled to take place on Wednesday," senior inspector M B Shinde of Narpoli police station said on Thursday. "For the exam that was to start at 11 am, students were expected to be in the exam hall by 10.15 am. However, outside an exam centre at Kalher in Bhiwandi, the board official found some girl students checking their mobile phones inside an autorickshaw," he added. When the official checked their phones, he found the question papers of history and political science subjects. "The girls had received these question papers through a messaging application. When the actual question papers ..
                 

Here's why Sheena Bajaj is excited for Holi this year

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sheena Bajaj is doubly excited for Holi this year as it is her first Holi after marriage. The actor got hitched to actor Rohit Purohit some time back. "It going to be very special as my in-laws are here. There is a ritual where the Saas and Bahu don't stay in the same house for a day and they don't see the same Holi burning. So for that one day, I'll be staying with my family. But my mother in law is so fond of me that she really does not want me to go. She says that she'll really miss me as when I'm not home, there is no entertainment!" she says. Talking about how she likes to play Holi, she says, "I just like doing Pooja. I don't like to play Holi at all ...I think Mumbai has a lot of shortage of water and we should save it so as an individual I do my bit. Also, it causes a lot of air pollution and there are colours which are very bad for the skin. Plus these fall on animals and they harm them too. I have never really played Holi. I just put a tika max." Also read: Sheena Baja..
                 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali wins Best Director at the Zee Cine Awards

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat went on to set a box office record and was one of the most appreciated films of all time. After recently being celebrated at the Mirchi Music Awards with Padmaavat sweeping the album of the year and Sanjay Leela Bhansali winning the Music Composer of the Year , the film also had the honor of 18 nominations at the Zee Cine Awards. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali took home the award for Best Director for Padmaavat , a film that set a benchmark at the box office becoming one of the highest grossing Indian films of all time ,with a worldwide collection of 585 crores. Padmaavat's phenomenal 100 day run at the box office stood testimony to why Sanjay Leela Bhansali continues to remain one of the most sought after filmmakers in the country. 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..
                 

UK court denies bail to Nirav Modi; remands him in custody

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
District Judge Marie Mallon denied bail to Modi and remanded him in custody till March 29, saying there were substantial grounds to believe that he would fail to surrender if granted bail. A London court on Monday had issued an arrest warrant against Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India for an alleged loan default case, according to the sources in the Enforcement Directorate. His arrest came days after a London court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition in a money laundering case. The location of the arrest indicates that Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank scam case, was arrested from where he is believed to have been living in a plush apartment in Centre Point in the West End. The case is expected to follow a similar pattern through the UK courts as that of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who remains on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April ..
                 

'If you carry a white cane, you are a beggar'

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"It's like if you walk around with a white cane in your hand, then you must be begging," Babita Saroj, a third year BMM student at St Xavier's College says. The 22-year-old has 75 per cent visual disability, and is a dancer, mallakambh player and actor. She even represented the country at an Accessible Tourism in South Africa. Concerned about the stereotypes the visually challenged face, she along with a group of students from the city has launched an initiative that aims to shed light on their diverse talents. VCparty6 was initially set up as an email group for sharing notes among visually challenged students five years ago. Only last month, it was converted into a participatory initiative, ideated by Xavierites Jayesh Panchal, Shahul Bhujbal and Talha Ansari, to change perceptions about the blind with about 15 members on board. "Someone once gave me biscuits at the CSMT station saying it was 'bhagwan ka prasad' and ran away," Ganesh Phalke, a final year BA student recalls. "I comp..
                 

The bestest Kapoor brothers, Rishi-Randhir bond over food in New York

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Randhir Kapoor and daughter Karisma have winged their way to the US to visit Rishi Kapoor who is seeking treatment in New York. Neetu Kapoor shared a picture on Instagram and wrote, "The bestest brothers ever. Their conversation is only about food though (sic)."       View this post on Instagram The bestest brothers ever ðŸÂ’• their conversation is only food though 🙈🤪🙄 #family #bond #forever A post shared by neetu Kapoor. Fightingfyt (@neetu54) onMar 18, 2019 at 9:15pm PDT As Chintu once famously said about the Kapoors' love for food: "At breakfast, we are already planning what we will eat for lunch. When we visit a restaurant, we are planning which place to visit next." Ever since Rishi Kapoor took off for New York in September to seek treatment for an undisclosed ..
                 

Holika Dahan: Mumbaikars to burn effigy of Masood Azhar and PUBG

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Twin brothers Amar and Ashish Vitthal from Sion Koliwada built an effigy of the mobile game PUBG which they plan to burn today on the occasion of 'Holika Dahan' To create awareness about the negative impact of the game on people. Ashish said: "PUBG must be banned. Parents tell us children play PUBG all day. They appreciate us for the concept." Mumbai: 'Holika Dahan' effigy of Jaish-e-Mohammed's Masood Azhar and an effigy depicting PUBG, in Worli, ahead of #Holi . pic.twitter.com/UINHOchp9C — ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2019 Amar added, "People are turning violent by playing PUBG, children are not focussing on studies. So we came up with this concept. Earlier we had created awareness about noise pollution, demonetisation etc. We will burn this effigy during 'Holika Dahan'. We want to spread a social message." Apart from PUBG effigy, Mumbai also saw an effigy of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. This year, Holi got its own twist in Mumbai with creativ..
                 

Abhimanyu Dassani, Vidyut Jammwal on taking up MMA for their films

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Touting his upcoming offering, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, as a tribute to the action stars of cinema, including Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Sammo Hung, Abhimanyu Dassani says the film is a reflection of his fitness journey. "I'm chubbier in the first half, and ripped by the climax. We shot it in continuity. From being an obese kid to achieving this level of fitness was unimaginable," says the newcomer. For someone seeking a healthier lifestyle, Bhagyashree's son got more than he bargained for, with his debut vehicle, which demanded him to be fluent with his movements. Abhimanyu Dassani To look seamless when pulling off high-octane action in the film, Dassani was thrown into a vigorous training programme. How much, you ask? "I trained for nine hours a day, for nine to 12 months," he replies. Dassani's days were divided into training for three specific programmes. "I commenced my day with three hours of martial arts training, in which I learnt eight forms of it. Later, I spent three hour..
                 

Gaming enthusiasts to bring back charm of board games in Malad

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
If you are one of those who enjoy taking a trip down memory lane every now and then, a board gaming meet in Malad with a spread of over 50 board games on offer, might bring a smile to your face. Vol­u­nteers at the venue will gu­i­de you as you pick between options like Splendor, Azul, Kingdomino, Code Names, Santorini and Istanbul. They also have Catan, a favourite among enthusiasts due to its concept of building your own cities and trading resources. They also have a complimentary croissant or puff and tea or coffee for participants, if they feel like a snack. What started as a board ga­me meet in a cafe in Vile Parle, now aims to spread awarene­ss about the niche market for the activity, 29-year-old Allan D'Souza, co-founder of The Board Room, which is organising the event, tells us. "People are engrossed on their ph­ones in today's digital age. Ev­en when you are gaming, you don't get to see the pers­on's reaction. It's not interac­t­iv..
                 

IPL 2019: Siddhesh Lad's time has come at Mumbai Indians

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Mumbai Indians are known to introduce lesser known faces, who later cement their places in the national team. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are prime examples. In this edition too, MI might introduce another face in the Indian Premier League - Siddhesh Lad - who the three-time champions' skipper Rohit Sharma termed as a surprise element. "Siddhesh has been part of this team for three-four years now. He's been a consistent in domestic cricket [for Mumbai]. I feel that somewhere down the line, we need to play him to see what he's all about when it comes to the IPL. I wouldn't say Siddhesh is inexperienced. It's just that he hasn't played the IPL. He's raw, so the opposition may be surprised with his skill set," Rohit said during a pre-season interaction yesterday. Mumbai Indians' reserve batsman Siddhesh Lad Rohit, who in earlier IPL editions, preferred to open the innings or bat in the middle-order according to the team's requirements, has now decided to open the batting as he is ..
                 

Huge pipeline crack behind water shortage in Juhu

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A massive crack in a water pipeline that sits right behind a BMC notice etched in stone, urging residents to save water, is leading to taps in Juhu running dry for over three months now. Alert citizen and local resident Larson Fernandes, who scrutinised the locality to pinpoint the reason behind the water shortage, ended up identifying three spots on Juhu Tara Road. "While two of them were on the main road and clearly visible, the biggest leak was found in the pipe passing through the creek between Ajivasan School and SNDT college, with gallons of water flowing into the sea," Larson said, adding that it is difficult to tell if the pipe is broken or simply corroded since "someone has tied a plastic sheet with a coir rope around it to minimise leakage." It is clearly not very effective though and Larson has been following up with the civic authorities over this for a month now. Shirley Coutinho, another local, said that the area has been facing water shortage for close to a y..
                 

Mumbai: BEST staff to share salary woes with you

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Frustrated with their salary issues, BEST employees will now share their woes with the general public of Mumbai at railway stations across the city, conveying to them their grievances. The protests will begin from Mumbai CSMT on Friday. The February salary of BEST employees will be released on March 30 and the subsequent ones will come after the 20th of every month. The employees on Tuesday staged a protest at the Wadala bus depot against this decision claiming that they were facing troubles with basic requirements such as paying EMIs and their children's school and college fees. One employee's wife at the Wadala staff quarters said it was getting tougher by the day to run her home. "School and tuition fees, EMIs, and other such monthly mandatory expenses are beginning to get affected with the delay in salaries. The BEST should sort out its problems once and for all," she said. "If the BEST does not have the money, the BMC, under which the transport and power undertaking falls, shou..
                 

Mumbai: Cleaner dies as Metro barricade rips through bus in Goregaon

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A cleaner died and two students of St. Xavier's School, Goregaon, suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in met with an accident on the Western Express Highway (WEH) early on Tuesday morning. The incident happened when the bus rammed into the Metro barricades on the stretch near NESCO and then grazed past them. The Vanrai police have arrested the driver and registered a case of rash and negligent driving against him. According to the police, the accident took place around 6.30 am when the bus was on the way to the school with 30 children, an attendant and the cleaner – Umesh Gurav – on board. As Gurav was standing at the door, he got caught between the vehicle and a barricade, and died in the incident. One of the students, 12-year-old Deep Nor was sent home after being administered first aid, while the other injured student, 13-year-old Amogh Warang, was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment for a suspected fracture. The spot where t..
                 

Mumbai: Why Wadala GRP police are living in a nightmare every day

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Walls that shudder with every passing train, and the noise that they make, along with their deafening horns, is what office means for the staff of the Government Railway Police station at Wadala. Located between platform two and three at the station, the policemen have been living in a nightmare for several years now. The station is infamously known to be worse than punishment postings among GRP personnel, as a train almost shakes them up every three minutes. Established in 2000, the Wadala GRP keeps a check on anti-social elements and commuter safety across 13 stations on the Harbour line. "It is very irritating when we literally shake in our seats every few minutes. If it's a fast train, the vibrations are worse. The sound is so deafening that we have to use earplugs inside the police station," complained Rajendra Pal, senior inspector of Wadala GRP. A large crack runs along one wall of the GRP station at Wadala. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar and Suraj Ojha "We have written to the authoriti..
                 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Knew I would direct Alia Bhatt some day

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Alia Bhatt is in an enviable position today - only days after she was announced as the leading lady of SS Rajamouli's magnum opus RRR, she has bagged another biggie. The actor has been roped in as the female lead of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next, Inshallah, opposite Salman Khan. Rumoured to be a love story, it marks her first collaboration with the superstar as well as the director. While buzz suggested that the director was considering his muse Deepika Padukone for the film, Bhansali tells mid-day that Inshallah served as the perfect script to collaborate with the youngster: "Alia is a talented actor, who I knew I would direct someday." Salman Khan Famed for creating author-backed roles for women, the director unsurprisingly features on most female actors' wish list. He notes that while he has been impressed with Bhatt's choice of projects, he was certain of approaching her only when he had a story that did justice to her potential as an artiste. "As a director, it's always a pleasu..
                 

Mumbai: Within 24 hours, cops arrest teen for abducting infant at Dadar

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Within 24 hours, the Shivaji Park police arrested a 13-year-old boy for allegedly kidnapping a one-and-a-half-year-old baby. The child's disappearance was reported by his mother to the cops on March 7. She said a 12-13-year-old boy who'd been playing with her son for a couple of hours said he was taking him nearby to play with him, but he never returned, said a police officer from Shivaji Park police station. At GhansoliA case was registered at the police station under section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. Cops checked CCTV footage and established that the boy had taken a local train towards Kalyan. After checking more footage, it was found that the boy had alighted at Ghansoli. Teams were deputed to Ghansoli and police stations in Navi Mumbai and Thane were alerted about the incident as well. Then, around 6 pm on March 8, the Kalwa police informed them about a boy who matched the kidnapped kid's description. A team rushed to Kalwa police station with the mother and con..
                 

'Shows on aliens more believable than those on naagins'

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Indian television never ceases to surprise. The list of supernatural shows has got a new addition in Shaadi Ke Siyappe, a comedy that sees four aliens turn wedding organisers. In a quick chat with mid-day, Mishkat Varma talks about playing an extraterrestrial character and why the show is a valuable addition to his résumé.  Edited excerpts from the interview: What about playing an alien enticed you to take up the role?Supernatural shows work on television these days. If viewers can [practice suspension of disbelief] in shows about daayans [witches] and shape-shifting snakes, then why not aliens? Scientifically, there is a chance that extraterrestrial creatures exist. But can we say the same about shape-shifting snakes? So, technically this makes more sense than those shows. However, I have no disrespect for the content, I believe in being part of things that work. Sonali [Jaffer] ma'am wrote my first show, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, and I trust her blindly. She suggested I..
                 

Editor's murder: Autopsy delay may ruin evidence, say forensic experts

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Delay in dispatching Nityanand Pandey's body resulted in early decomposition of his mortal remains, forensic experts said. The body was sent for a post-mortem at 5 pm on Sunday and the autopsy started almost 30 to 36 hours after the crime. Pandey's body was found around 2.30 pm on Saturday but reached the department of forensic medicine and toxicology, Grant Medical College and JJ Group of hospitals only around 5 pm on Sunday and the autopsy began two hours later, by when the body had begun showing early signs of decomposition, forensic surgeons said. The Bhiwandi Taluka police, under whose jurisdiction the body was found, also did not send crucial spot photographs of the deceased to the forensic experts. "Pandey's face, hands and legs had started showings signs of decomposition. We have found contusion marks around the neck and most of the injuries are ante mortem," said a forensic surgeon. The preliminary cause of death in was given as, "Multiple injuries with neck contusions (unna..
                 

SP-BSP join hands in state for Lok Sabha polls

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have come together in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls, further splitting the anti-BJP and pro-Dalit votes. This is  the fourth alliance in the state, albeit a small one, in addition to the BJP-Sena, Congress-NCP and a conglomerate of other parties, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, which will field their candidates in 48 segments. The BSP and SP will announce their seat-sharing and agenda at a press conference today. SP state president and MLA Abu Asim Azmi, BSP's MP and national general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra Ashok Siddharth and BSP state president Anil Sakhre will represent their respective parties. Sources said SP had been demanding seats from the Congress and NCP in an extended alliance in Maharashtra. The party was willing to take a position different from that in UP where it has entered into a pact with BSP and would be seen in a three-way fight with the Congress and BJP. But, in Maharashtra, since the deal did not work in SP'..
                 

Karan Johar's mother Hiroo Johar's birthday was one grand celebration

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Yesterday, Karan Johar's mum, Hiroo, turned 76. The doting son hosted a bash at a suburban restaurant for her girl gang, which included Jaya Bachchan, Salma Khan, Shobha Kapoor and Rima Jain. Before cutting the three-tier cake, Hiroo gave a short speech thanking all her friends for making it special. KJo suggested that they celebrate her birthday once in two years now, but Hiroo's buddies chorused he should host it twice a year. Karan Johar also shared a cute picture with mum on Instagram, and captioned it: "Happy birthday to the big love of my life!!!! Happy birthday mama!!!! love you so much!!!! [sic]"       View this post on Instagram Happy birthday to the big love of my life!!!! Happy birthday mama!!!! ❤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Â love you so much!!!!❤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ..
                 

Mumbai: Auditor who forged CSMT FOB report held

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Azad Maidan police have managed to catch hold of the absconding structural auditor of the CSMT FOB, which collapsed last Thursday killing six people and injuring 31 commuters. Accused Neeraj Desai was arrested from his brother's house in Sakinaka, where he was hiding since the incident took place. Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abhishek Trimukhe, who is heading the investigation, said, "Desai was well aware of the consequences of forging the FOB's audit report. He is a mechanical engineer and owner of Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Pvt Ltd, which audited the bridge. Primary investigation reveals that he did not conduct the audit properly and submitted a forged report to the BMC. Police sources said Desai was arrested after Chief Engineer of BMC's Bridges Department, Sanjay Darade, told them that the FOB's audit report was misleading. "We have recorded Darade's statement. As per the report, the bridge was certified fit for use," an officer said. Also Read:&..
                 

Peter Mukerjea undergoes angiography at JJ Hospital

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case on Monday underwent angiography, which revealed he is suffering from triple vessel disease, a hospital official said. The 65-year-old, who is in jail since his arrest by the CBI in 2015, was on Sunday admitted to the state-run J J Hospital after he complained of chest pain. On Monday, he underwent angiography, an imaging test that uses X-rays to view body's blood vessels, at the hospital. "The doctors found triple vessel disease and available options are multi-vessel angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting (a major cardiac operation)," the official said. "The patient is, however, stable," he added. Triple vessel disease means three big vessels (the left anterior descending, right coronary and circumflex arteries) of a patient have blockages from atherosclerotic plaques (clogging of arteries with fatty deposits). Earlier in the day, a special CBI court here allowed Peter Mukerjea to get admitted to a..
                 

Can't feed birds from flat's balcony, SC said

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A person cannot feed birds from a flat's balcony creating nuisance due to droppings and filth for other occupants in a residential society, the Supreme Court has said. The top court refused to interfere with an order restraining a woman from feeding birds from her balcony flat in a high rise building in Mumbai. "If you are living in a residential society, then you have to conduct yourself according to the norms," said a bench of Justices U U Lalit and Indu Malhotra. Counsel appearing for petitioner Jigeesha Thakore said it was not a case of nuisance but of strained business relations between the parties concerned due to which a civil suit was filed against her in the lower court. The bench said in a recent order that the Bombay City Civil Court on September 27, 2013 had granted interim injunction by which it had restrained the woman from feeding the birds from the balcony of her flat. It noted that when the civil court order was challenged by the woman before the Bombay High Cou..
                 

Kangana Ranaut's birthday plans: No big bash on the cards

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
No big bash on the cards, instead it's going to be a working birthday for Kangana Ranaut, who turns 32 on March 23. The actor, we hear, will be shooting for the promotional campaign of Prakash Kovelamudi's Mental Hai Kya on her big day. Ranaut was slated to wing her way to hometown Manali for the celebrations. But she agreed to dedicate time to the promo shoot and the patchwork of the quirky comedy, on producer Ekta Kapoor's request. Soon after, Ranaut will resume shooting for Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's Panga. The sports drama apparently has two consecutive schedules lined up in New Delhi and Kolkata. In the days leading up to her birthday, the actor has reportedly signed in to a wellness programme that is carried out in complete silence and involves long hours of meditation. Also Read: Kangana Ranaut's Panga to release on January 24, 2020 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..
                 

Alia on Kalank's song: Lucky it wasn't a dance-off with Madhuri

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
When we meet her at the Dharma office, Alia Bhatt - looking sprightly as always - can barely conceal her happiness after having watched the cut of Ghar More Pardesiya, the first song from Kalank. "There was no scope of going wrong with this," says the actor. Remind her that her last classical dance piece was in Abhishek Varman's 2 States (2014), and she nods, "He has the habit of pushing me out of my comfort zone. It was a difficult and crucial song for me. While I trained in Indian classical dancing for nearly a year, I dedicated two months to this particular song. Pandit Birju Maharaj helped me crack the expressions. I consulted him a week before we shot the song." Bhatt with Dixit in the song It isn't easy to match steps with Madhuri Dixit-Nene, arguably the finest dancer in Bollywood. Bhatt admits that though she was initially intimidated by the idea of dancing with Dixit, the senior actor turned out to be a source of encouragement for her. "I was lucky that it wasn't a dance-o..
                 

Two Maharashtra youth playing PUBG mowed down by train in Hingoli

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Two persons engrossed in playing online game PUBG were knocked down by a train in Hingoli district in Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The incident happened at Khatkali Bypass in Hingoli, over 570 kilometres on Saturday evening, an official said. "Nagesh Gore (24) and Swapnil Annapurne (22) were playing PUBG near the railway tracks. They were run over by the Hyderabad-Ajmer train. Their bodies were found late at night by people living in the vicinity," he said. An accidental death report has been registered at Hingoli police station, he informed. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG, is an online multi-player game of South Korean origin which experts have said is highly addictive and gives rise to violent behaviour in many of those playing it. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai: Two builders land in jail for forging no objection certificates

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Amboli police have arrested two builders of a private company for allegedly forging two no-objection certificates (NOCs), issued by the civil aviation department for someone else. They changed the documents and got it made in support of the construction of a high-rise building in Jogeshwari West. The action was taken based on a complaint filed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last year. The arrested accused have been identified as Sameer Razzak Chunavala, 43, and Farooq Razzak Chunavala, 42. Earlier, in the same matter, the cops had arrested Jainam Sunil Shah, 31, Vasant Vishnu, 72, and Mohammed Nafis Sheikh, 40. According to the police, a NOC is required from the civil aviation department for construction of buildings in the vicinity of the airport. However, investigation revealed that the accused had forged the NOCs for construction of Reyhaan Terrace by Fairmont Constructions Pvt. Ltd. After crosschecking the NOCs provided by the accused with the Airport Author..
                 

This stadium is too small: FC Goa fan

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"Scream at us, abuse us, criticise us, but do come to watch us play." These words were uttered by India football captain Sunil Chhetri on the eve of his 100th match for India, who were to face Kenya on June 4 last year. Yesterday, Bengaluru FC's Chhetri must have been delighted to see a packed house for his team's ISL final against FC Goa at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri. The season's finale had fans travelling from far distances to support their teams. However, the numbers would have been greater if the venue could accommodate more than just 9000-odd. "I'm part of the Goa team's fan club. We had 10 buses from Goa for people of our club and there were others who travelled by cars and bikes. Around 5,000 people came for this match. Many more wanted to come for this game, but the stadium is too small," FC Goa fan Vishal Gawas told mid-day. Some fans bought last-minute tickets from touts outside the stadium. "Usually, we get around 1500 tickets for the club but this time we only..
                 

Celebrate Holi with family and friends with food, music and colours

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Holi Color Fusion is an initiative of bringing together individuals, families, friends and adding music, food, colors to this amazing festival! Happening at the heritage ground of Borivali – Korakendra Grounds. HOLI COLOR FUSION will be the biggest Holi festival this season! With a powerful DJ line-up, we also have crowd engaging activities open to all generations! HEADLINER: AARYAN GALAPlaying Alongside: Muszik Mmafia, Dj Navin, DJ Manzee and Dream Projekt Also, to add the beat and increase the heat, they have Dancing Diva Rutth Lawrence along with her crew. So, hold your breath because they ain't gonna skip a Beat. 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 responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day mana..
                 

A remake of Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao's Ishq Vishk on the cards

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Shahid Kapoor's Bollywood debut, Ishq Vishk (2003), is likely to get a reboot. The coming-of-age drama, directed by Ken Ghosh, also starred Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasury. Buzz is that the producers (Tips) of the film are keen to make a latter-day version of the college romance with a brand new cast and director. Will they retain the film's tracks, especially Aisa Kyun Hota Hai Baar Baar, which was a chartbuster? Ishq Vishk marked the acting debut of Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasury. Shahid and Amrita bagged the Best Male Debut and Best Female Debut for the film. The film was about two childhood friends Rajiv (Shahid Kapoor) and Payal (Amrita Rao). While Payal is in love with Rajiv, the latter realizes it a bit later about his feelings for her.  Shahid's character, whose dream was to date the most beautiful girl in his college, had become popular among the youths. And not to forget, Shenaz, who played the hottie 'Alisha'! The actress, who is now a travel blo..
                 

Harleen Sethi breaks up with Vicky Kaushal?

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Over the weekend, rumours flew thick and fast that all is not well between Vicky Kaushal and girlfriend Harleen Sethi. Tongues have been wagging about the Uri: The Surgical Strike star's growing proximity to another female actor. It is said that as soon as Harleen got wind of it, all hell broke loose. She immediately unfollowed Vicky's account on Instagram. The two had been guarded about their relationship till Vicky dropped hints on Karan Johar's chat show and Neha Dhupia's podcast that there was someone special in his life. Harleen, who was seen in the web series, Broken But Beautiful, had shared a photograph with Vicky on social media in January. In February, in an interview with Filmfare, Vicky Kaushal had confirmed that was in a relationship with Harleen Sethi, and felt right ever since they started seeing each other. "It was beautiful to get to know each other, but at the same time, feeling right from the very beginning. It started from last year only. We just happened to meet ..
                 

This health cafe in Colaba is worth exploring

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
On a sunny Monday morning, a giant door framed by a colourful hand-painted mural welcomes us to Easyhuman Cafe, a picturesque health café in Colaba that also houses a gym one floor above. We had been looking forward to our visit to this café, not just because we love to explore healthy fresh food offerings across the city, but because we have an expert, Dr Vishakha Shivdasani, for company, to gauge how healthy the menu actually is. "I love the vibe of the place," Shivdasani, who specialises in nutrition and lifestyle ailments, tells us. And we agree. The white walls and colourful artworks make for a lively setting that complements the body-loving food that the café offers. The tablet menu impresses Shivdasani with notes on all the right cooking techniques and ingredients. Shine "I wish that they would make separate sections for Keto and Paleo options, though, especially since they are a health café and both of these diets are well-followed in Mumbai today..
                 

Mumbai: Walk the old dock in Colaba

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Take a trip to one of the oldest docks in the city. Named after Baghdadi Jewish trader David Sassoon, the 143-year-old Sassoon Dock is the first wet dock constructed in Mumbai. The site is a melting pot of cultures including the Kolis, Banjaras, Tamilians, Kannadigas, and North Indians. Witness fishing activities in the noisy market where you can find people selling rare and popular varieties of fish, crab and oysters. "Another interesting aspect of the Docks that the walk covers is bits on the smuggling and Bollywood angle there," says event organiser Gajanan Khergamker. TILL March 19, 7 am to 10 amMEETING POINT Khandoba Mandir, Azad Nagar, Colaba.CALL 8080441593 COST Rs 499 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..
                 

CST foot overbridge collapse: Pulled up engineers blame contractor

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
While the blame game continues over the CSMT foot overbridge collapse, some of the BMC engineers held responsible for the poor supervision of the structural audit have now raised allegations against Veetrag Enterprises - the contractor who carried out the 'cosmetic renovation' work in 2016 - for failing to take stock of the condition of the structure at the time. While BMC's vigilance department inquired into the role of the repair work done by RPS Infrastructure in 2013, it has clearly left out any mention of the work done by Veetrag in 2016 from the preliminary enquiry report. The reportThe report, issued by civic chief Ajoy Mehta, had held Professor DD Desai's Associated Engineering Consultants responsible for carrying out the structural audit in 'an irresponsible and negligent manner', and RPS Infrastructure for carrying out repairs that weren't 'up to the mark'. The enquiry also placed the blame on three junior engineers, a retired deputy chief engineer and a retired chief engin..
                 

Azad Maidan cops desperately seeking Professor DD Desai

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The police, waiting to record the statement of the professor who had last audited the CSMT foot overbridge that collapsed last Thursday, have said they would be forced to conduct raids at his homes, offices if he did not appear by Monday. A senior officer privy to the investigation told mid-day, "Professor DD Desai, who runs the firm, Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts, had conducted the audit of Himalaya FOB in 2016. We have written a letter to the person concerned in the BMC to ask him to report to Azad Maidan police station so that his statement can be recorded. But professor Desai has neither reported to the police station nor contacted us over the phone. We are trying to trace him now." The FOB caved in during peak hours on Thursday evening, claiming six lives and injuring three dozen others. On Saturday, BMC handed over all relevant documents to the police such as inquiry report and audit report related to the FOB. "Desai's statement is crucial in this case becaus..
                 

Mumbai Food: Maharashtrian chefs share their favourite sabudana recipes

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sabudana khichdi will always be a staple in Maharashtrian homes, but little did we know that it could play a part in mending the political situation of the state. In a recent interview, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis chuckled and mentioned that what sealed the deal between BJP and the Shiv Sena was the sabudana khichdi and vada served by Uddhav Thackeray's wife during his visit to the latter's residence. Taking off on that cue, we asked some of the city's Maharashtrian chefs to share their favourite sabudana recipe. Sabudana thalipeethAparna Surte, home chef and food stylist at Peckish Mumbai"My mother, Sanjeevani, makes sabudana thalipeeth mainly on Ashadhi Ekadashi, Kartiki Ekadashi and Mahashivratri. It's a good way to use up leftover bhagar that is made from varayee tandul," says home chef Aparna Surte. Unlike the regular thalipeeth, this version is made with potatoes, soaked sago and Rajgira flour (or leftover bhaajani). Add spices and peanuts to the mix and make sm..
                 

Sheena Bora murder case accused Peter Mukerjea hospitalised

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was admitted to the state-run J J Hospital in Mumbai after he complained of chest pain, officials said on Sunday. Mukerjea, who was lodged at the Arthur Road Jail in Central Mumbai, had been complaining of chest pain for the last few days, a police official said. On Saturday evening, he again suffered from severe pain in the chest following which the prison medical staff checked him and rushed him to the J J Hospital, he said. "Mukerjea was admitted to the hospital on Saturday evening for chest pain. The patient's condition is stable and he is undergoing treatment," J J Hospital's medical superintendent Dr. Sanjay Surase said. The CBI told a special court here earlier this month that Mukerjea is the "silent killer" of Sheena Bora, the daughter of his wife and former media executive Indrani Mukerjea from a previous relationship. The April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora (24) came to light in August 2015 when Ind..
                 

Mumbai Food: Eat a sumptuous Mangalorean meal near Thane station

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Two years ago, when Kistu Fernandes, a former news photographer with a broadsheet, started recceeing for locations to set up a Mangalorean eatery, he had a simple requirement: the spot had to be near Thane Railway Station. "Honestly, that was the toughest part," he recalls. "While there are tons of Malwani food joints in the vicinity, there wasn't a single restaurant selling Mangalorean cuisine. The ones present are at a considerable distance," adds Fernandes, who incidentally hails from Malwan, but is a self-professed Mangalorean food junkie. Now, after a long hunt, he can finally heave a sigh of relief. The prawn curry rice plate is priced at Rs 249 Shoutout to a classic recipeStanding cheek-by-jowl with a juice stall next to the Railway Police Station, is the Fish Curry Canteen, the 49-year-old's new venture. With freshly painted white walls and a hand-scribbled menu on the white board, the place beckons with the wafting aroma of fried fish. The interiors are minimalistic with ca..
                 

Vivaan Shah is back on the scene

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Vivaan Shah was last seen in the damp squib Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana (2017). Naseeruddin Shah's son's mystery thriller, Living Hell, recently hit the stands. The actor-turned-author features in the upcoming film Coat, which has Sanjay Mishra as co-star. Other than this, Akshay Singh's directorial venture will see Shah play an economically disadvantaged character whose ambition is to buy a designer coat someday. The desire motivates him to start a small-scale bamboo handicrafts venture. Vivaan is the son of veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah. "I have made it on my own without using the name of my family. It would have been more difficult for me to get work if I was an outsider and the film industry would not even know anything about me," Vivaan had told in an interview with PTI, during his film Laali Ki Shaadi Mein  Laaddoo Deewana. The 29-year-old actor made his debut with Vishal Bhardwaj's '7 Khoon Maaf'. After that, he featured in Shah Rukh Khan..
                 

Three songs to have on your playlist or not

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
1 Esta Rico by Marc Anthony, Will Smith and Bad Bunny: Even though this is a slightly old song, we heard it recently and it made us move our bootay, again and again. Isn't that enough reason to have it on repeat? 2 Talk by Khalid: There is a chance that if you are listening to any of the top charts, you have seen Khalid's name pop up again and again. Songs like Talk will tell you why. His vocal styling and musical aesthetics are addictive. Must listen. 3 Bad For You by Merlot: What would you do if someone told you they are bad for you? Would you still walk in with eyes wide open? If they sing a song like this, then we surely will. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Maithili Ahluwalia's Bungalow Eight readies for a curtain call

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It's never easy to say goodbye. As the retail chapter of Bungalow Eight, a concept store that integrated clothing and accessories by indie and established names along with the in-house label, the BUNGALOW, draws to an end, there is a tinge of melancholy you experience. Since its launch in February 2003, the store was less brick and mortar enterprise, and more creative marketplace for consistently cool designs curated by founder Maithili Ahluwalia. "I felt the store had begun to fall between two stools. It had outgrown being a one-store operation, and the next step of scaling up would probably have eroded its very soul. Personalised, curated, intimate, exacting and independent stores of a certain size have their limits," she says about the decision to fold up. 11.11/eleven eleven, spring/summer 2018 exclusive for Bungalow Eight Within the city's crowded fashion boutique scene and the rushed business of selling products, Ahluwalia's sanctuary defined what a concept store was, and offe..
                 

Watch: A play in Mumbai on Parsis called Geedra of Thrones

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
There are people outside of Mumbai, who think Parsis are a figment of our imagination. "You can't blame them," says theatre director Meherzad Patel. "Sixty thousand is literally the crowd in this area. But, we are so loud and boisterous that one Parsi sounds like 50 Parsis. We look at swear words as punctuation. The way we treat our car, our bike, our food, our drinking habits: we don't consider it as alcohol. I have a one-year-old, and at weddings, they'll dip their finger [in a drink] and give to the baby. That's the initiation into the Parsi culture." Who in their right mind could make this up? Meherzad Patel, theatre director, 30 Twice a year, during Nowruz in March and Parsi New Year in August, Patel finds new ways of taking the mickey out of his community. In 2014, he cooked up The Buckingham Secret, in which the inmates of the Buckingham Palace were actually Parsis in crown jewels. In Amar Akbar Akoori (2017), a Gujarati, a Bohri and a Parsi live as PGs in an old Parsi dame's..