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Mumbai: Juhu's Bar Bank fails to convince BMC, loses furniture

2 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday seized some items of furniture from the newly opened restaurant Bar Bank opposite Juhu Chowpatty. It had, earlier, warned of action and sent a notice to the eatery for allegedly operating without a licence. It finally took action after finding the reply submitted by the restaurant "unsatisfactory". mid-day had reported on November 6 on the BMC directing the eatery to down shutters for operating illegally and causing a nuisance to public. Action for the sake of it?Following up on the issue, the civic body visited the restaurant on Monday morning and seized a few items - 10 iron chairs, two wooden chairs, three wooden tables, and an induction cooktop. Ward officials told mid-day that if the restaurant doesn't secure the required permissions, a prosecution case will be filed against it. However, the activist who has been complaining to the BMC about the issue called Monday's action cosmetic and superficial. Ganesh Kusumulu sai..
                 

Mumbai: Housewife tries to return T-shirt, gets duped of Rs 99,999

2 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A Dahisar housewife fell prey to a cyber fraudster recently when she tried to return a T-shirt she had ordered online. The conman managed to get her 16-digit card number as well as OTPs sent to her registered mobile number and withdrew Rs 99,999 from her account. The Dahisar police have filed a case of cheating under the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. Officers said the victim (who did not want to be named) had ordered a T-shirt worth Rs 360 for her son from an online portal on October 10. The T-shirt, which was delivered on November 7, turned out to be too small for the 15-year-old. So, she did an online search and got a number on which to call the website. As soon as her call was answered, she explained that she wanted to return the product over size issues; however, the call got disconnected. She immediately got a call back from another number, where the caller told her if she wanted her money back, she would have to give her bank..
                 

My mother killed herself as hospital had turned her away, says daughter

3 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Hours before she committed suicide, 60-year-old Rochi Lawrence Elenjikal had rushed to Apollo Hospital in Belapur in a full blown anxiety attack. But the hospital staff allegedly turned her away in her hour of need, without medicines or a chance to meet a doctor. Last week, after more than four months, the Navi Mumbai police finally sent a report on the matter to the medical council. They are yet to lodge the family's case. Rochi's daughter, Shilpi Elenjikal, 27, has alleged that the police are dilly-dallying on the matter, and did not even bother to conduct the panchnama properly on the day of her mother's death. Rochi's daughter Shilpi and husband Lawrence What happenedShilpi said, "On June 29, after her anxiety and depression medicines ran out, my mother went to Apollo Hospital in Belapur, where she had been treated for three years. She was facing anxiety issues and breathing problems, but the reception told us that her psychiatrist was not available. They did not offer a consul..
                 

Did railway minister Piyush Goyal dedicate incomplete works to people?

3 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It appears that Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has dedicated some works on the Central Railway to commuters that are yet to be completed. On Sunday, Goyal had dedicated the new platform at Parel station, a footover bridge, etc, along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and a host of other ministers and officials, when they flagged off a new suburban corridor and trains. A ground check by mid-day on Tuesday however, found that key passenger amenities on the new Parel platform, like an escalator and elevator are yet to be completed. Another project that was mentioned in the list of utilities in use in the dedication to the public on Sunday, was the Parel footover bridge, which also remains incomplete in a way, because one of its landings and pathways in the west side of Prabhadevi station are yet to be completed and opened. "The Parel platform was thrown open to the public long ago. Will it again be dedicated in the name of Parel Terminus once the work is complete in the future?..
                 

Fake CBI officer held for extorting Rs 50 lakh and a car from couple

5 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The MHB police on Monday night arrested a man who cheated people posing as a CBI officer, and his associate. After a 50-year-old woman complained, they arrested the accused for extorting Rs 50 lakh and an Innova car from her and her husband. The woman has founded a credit co-operative society and her husband is an LIC agent. Threatened into payingPolice said the woman's husband was introduced to the main accused, Ashwini Sharma of Panipat, at a friend's office in BKC, where he (Sharma) posed as a CBI officer. Police said they kept in touch and one day Sharma called up the man, saying he had a complaint against his wife's credit co-operative society, and they would have to pay him Rs 50 lakh and give him an Innova car to settle the matter, or else he would kill them in an encounter. Afraid, the couple paid the money and gave him the car. However after a few days, Sharma, and his aide, Sajid Warekar of Thane who also claimed to be with the CBI, demanded another Innova. The couple got ..
                 

Mumbai: BMC finalises 9,000 hawking pitches in two zones in city

8 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has finalised 9,000-odd pitches in two zones for hawkers as it plans to implement the hawkers' policy by early next year. However, the scrutiny and qualification of the hawkers is yet to be started. Handing over registration certificates will be a tough task ahead for the civic body. The civic body has finalised 80 hawking roads/streets in Zone V, which includes Kurla, Chembur, Mankhurd, Govandi, and 63 streets in Zone VII that includes Kandivli, Borivli and Dahisar. While the BMC had set an ambitious target of finalising hawkers by December end, this seems to be an impossible task as the pitches of about five other zones in the city are yet to be finalised. While Zone V has about 5,037 pitches, Zone VII has 4,460 pitches. R central ward, that includes Borivli, already has many hawkers, while RM Bhattad Road, Devidas Road, Chandavarkar Road and LT Road has the major chunk of the hawking pitches. Interestingly, even Gorai, which is considered to ..
                 

Amyra Dastur, Cyrus Broacha on their fav hangouts as kids in Mumbai

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Active weekendsOur memories of time are always attached to a location. But monotony can often hinder this. So, in order to make sure that actor and model Sushant Divgikar, 29, didn't while away his weekends by playing video games, his father would take him to Almeida Park in Bandra. Sushant Divgikar at Khar Gymkhana; (right) Divgikar with his father "We played every outdoor sport. I also remember our meetings with my cousins at Otters club, Khar Gymkhana and Sea Princess Hotel where we would swim. I would also play football and cricket at Chand Terraces grounds," he recalls. And today, even though those venues remain, according to Divgikar, much has changed. "Sea Princess used to have fantastic brunches with live music but now it's pretty dull. I still go to Khar Gymkhana and Otters, who have upped their game. Almeida Park has been beautified while Joggers Park has lost its charm," he says, adding, "Children's Day was special for the family. Dad would take us shopping and mum would ..
                 

Shiv Sena ministers raise T1's killing in Cabinet meeting

13 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Shiv Sena is leaving no stone unturned while creating trouble for the BJP government in Maharashtra, with whom it shares power. On Tuesday, Sena ministers questioned the forest department's inept handling of the killing of tigress T1 in the Cabinet meeting. The ministers also demanded that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' pet infra project, Samruddhi Super Communication Highway between Mumbai and Nagpur, be named after Sena founder late Bal Thackeray. Though forest minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar denied being grilled in the Cabinet meeting, the Sena ministers said they raised the issue, citing the killing as unnecessary, and demanded that T1's cubs be located and rescued as early as possible. Sena minister Ramdas Kadam told the media that he and his colleagues posed questions to the people concerned (he did not name Mungantiwar) in the Cabinet. He said after the Cabinet meeting that the killing of the tigress should be probed by a judicial panel. Kadam's party ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

13 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sau saal jiyoThat's what record-breaking athlete Mann Kaur, who is 103 years old, seems to be telling fitness enthusiast Milind Soman during the announcement of the launch of a marathon, at a Lower Parel restaurant on Tuesday. Pic/Atul Kamble A frame from the archives How very desiThere are parts of Wolverhampton in the UK where you would struggle to find a white face on the streets. This is because after about 40,000 Punjabis migrated there between 1960 and 1980, they grew in number to become an important fabric of the local society. Anand Chhabra is a photographer who accessed the family albums of some of these people. He told this diarist ahead of a talk on the project at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, "It's of utmost importance to preserve the photographic history of this community within Wolverhampton, which proves their arrival and impact in the region." No doubt about that, we feel. Tinder on genderThe conversation around LGBTQI rights and gender equality has heated up in India a..
                 

Mumbai: Water stock low, BMC mulls 10 per cent water cut in city

13 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With complaints of water shortage pouring in from various parts of the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has finally admitted that the water stock is low, and is expected to announce a 10 per cent water cut for the city later this week. Civic officials stated that the proposal to introduce the water cut will be tabled before the standing committee on Wednesday and will be implemented after approval. Over the past few weeks, ward officials from areas like Andheri, Bandra, Malabar Hill and Colaba stated that they have received numerous complaints of irregular water supply. A senior civic official said, "The lakes haven't collected enough water this year as there hasn't been enough rainfall, especially in September." The city usually requires 14.37 lakh million litres of water for an entire year, but rainfall this year is around 2 lakh million litres less. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to th..
                 

Mumbai: MIG societies in tizzy as state issues contradictory orders

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Even the state doesn't know what to make of the ongoing battle over one of the city's biggest redevelopment projects. Within the span of a month, the state's department of cooperatives has passed two contradictory orders on six MIG societies in Bandra East - first, imposing a stay on the redevelopment, and then backing off in the second one, claiming lack of jurisdiction. With nearly 8,000 metres to play with, the redevelopment of six MIG societies in Bandra East is among the city's most prime contracts. However, like so many other redevelopment projects, this one too is locked at the centre of a battle between society residents, who are unable to agree upon which builder to hand the contract to. Now, the two different factions are accusing each other of irregularities. The six MIG buildings are over 50 years old. Pic/Nimesh Dave Contradictory ordersAdding further confusion to the mix, the deputy registrar of cooperative societies, Bajrang Jadhav, has issued two contradictory o..
                 

Mumbai: Bhandup resident who got goon arrested thrashed by friends

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Bhandup resident Jitendra Chinchkar thought his troubles were over, when he complained to the police about a local goon who beat him up, and they arrested him. But, the following month he was in for a shock, when the criminal's four friends beat him up, saying they had spent Rs 10,000 on bhai's bail, which he should repay! 'Bhai ke bail ka paisa de'On November 6, when his office was closed for Diwali, Chinchkar, 23, went to Thane with two friends, to borrow money from another pal, as he was in need of it. According to Chinchkar, on the way back, four people in a vehicle stopped near their bike (the trio were riding one) at Bhandup. They got off, surrounded him and started abusing him. Police said when Chinchkar asked why they were doing this, they replied that because of his complaint, Nishu bhai (Nishu Manjarekar, the goon who had beaten him up) was arrested, and they had spent R10,000 on his bail, to free him. Police said one of them told Chinchkar to pay them the money, or else the..
                 

Woman asks for CCTV footage of son's 'harassment', school refuses

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Six-year-old Advik Shetty, who studies in Dombivli-based The Shri Ram Universal School (TSUS), has had a traumatic last month owing to alleged harassment by a teacher. But what has riled up his mother further is that the school is allegedly trying to pin the blame on the boy, asking him for a 'mental fitness certificate' of the family. "I suspect that my son has been sexually assaulted, and that's why the school management is refusing to show me the CCTV footage," said Sushmeeta Shetty. She lodged a police complaint against the teacher on September 10 after failing to get a proper response from the school authorities. The Manpada police are investigating the case. What happenedIt all started on September 7, after Advik quarrelled with a classmate over a trivial issue. The teacher, Sneha Kashid, allegedly thrashed Advik and, with the help of a security guard, dragged him down from the first floor to the ground floor, resulting in him sustaining bruises and cuts. "After learnin..
                 

Mumbai: Campaign guides parents with school admissions

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
As city parents gear up for their children's school admissions, Early Childhood Association (ECA), a non-profit organisation that works in the pre-schools and day-care sector, has started a campaign aimed at helping new parents find the right pre-schools for their children. Right from the choice of board to curriculum, and the fee structure, everything is explained to these parents under the campaign titled #RightStart. The organisation ensures that parents don't fall prey to interviews that popular schools conduct for the students seeking admissions along with their guardians. In the absence of any regulatory body for pre-schools in India, there are no clear guidelines on admissions either. The campaign which started last week on social media is already gaining popularity among young parents. Explaining its objective, Swati Popat Vats, president of ECA, said, "Concerns over pre-school admissions have been raised repeatedly over the last few years and hence we decided to take a stand..
                 

Navi Mumbai Crime: 62-year-old man beaten to death with own utensils

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A senior citizen was brutally murdered in Koparkhairne on Monday afternoon. The police said some unknown people barged into his flat and beat him to death with the utensils in the house. He was found lying on the floor, covered in blood when the Koparkhairane police reached the spot. The police are interrogating his son who was at home at the time of the incident. The victim, identified as Vijaykumar Darote, 62, had been living with his only son in a Koparkhairne high-rise for the past few years. On Monday afternoon, some unknown people came to Darote's house on the fifth floor of the building and when he opened the door, they pushed their way in and started beating him up with rods and utensils. When his son tried to intervene, they beat him up, too, and fled from the house. ACP Pradeep Jadhav said, "We got a call from Darote's son who was present at the time of the brutal assault. He, too, is injured and has been admitted to a hospital. Darote had too many injuries because of which..
                 

Mumbai: Baby Eliza gets a bed at Cooper; procedure planned tomorrow

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Four-month-old Eliza Waghmare was finally accommodated in the paediatric ward at Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, on Monday. The family had been sent back from there on Saturday over "unavailability of beds", which Sunday mid-day had reported on November 11. Confirming the development, her father Anand, who has been shuttling from his residence in Air India quarters, Kalina, to Cooper Hospital, said, "We had to go through the formalities once again on Monday. We were in the hospital by 9 am; by the time Eliza got admitted, it was a little past noon. 'No one should face this'"We are not asking for any preferential treatment, nor do we intend to cause any inconvenience to other paediatric patients by pulling strings. All we are concerned about is that no patient should have to go through red tape and callous hospital staff, especially at civic hospitals." Anand added, "Last Friday, we were told that if Eliza got admitted early on Monday, her blood samples (B+) would be collected for group..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A veggie take on Japanese foodWhen Yuuka, the Japanese restaurant in Lower Parel's St Regis hotel opened in 2015, it faced a challenge. While a lot of the clientele were expected to be vegetarians, Japanese cuisine isn't particularly known for its veggie fare. So, chef Ting Yen was flown in all the way from Boston, where he runs a joint called Oishii, and given a tour of SoBo markets where he acquainted himself with the local produce. And he then revamped the menu with veg dishes that turned out so well that the chef included some of them at Oishii, too. And now, we hear that chef Tin is back in the city, this time to give the menu a rejig. That perhaps makes it a good time to book a seat and savour his magic. Is this the end or a new beginning for an eatery?The Tasting Room, an icon unto itself, was one of the first café-restaurants in the mill districts of Mumbai, whipping up heavenly gourmet fare for the discerning foodie. That was in 2005. Earlier this year in May, when..
                 

BMC hands over possession of land for Bal Thackeray memorial

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Two years after the plan to build a memorial to Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray was announced, the Mumbai civic body has handed over the possession of the land earmarked for it to the trust which will construct the structure. The land selected for the proposed memorial, announced in November 2016, currently houses the bungalow of Mumbai mayor located near Shivaji Park in Dadar, central Mumbai. According to a civic official, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) handed over the possession of the land to the Balasaheb Thackeray Memorial Public Trust Tuesday last. "Built in 1928 in an area spread over four acres, the possession of mayor's bungalow has been officially handed over to the trust," said Parag Masurkar, assistant municipal commissioner (estate department), BMC. "Now physical possession will start as and when the current mayor vacates his official residence and we get further instructions," he said. "The plot, ad measuring 11,500 sq metre, has been handed over to t..
                 

Tigress Avni (T1) case: 'Government-appointed committee is an eyewash'

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The appointment of controversial tiger expert Dr Bilal Habib to the committee formed by forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to probe tigress T1's killing, has raised questions about the motive of the government among wildlife lovers and activists. On November 9, Forest Department officials had informed reporters that Habib, a representative of the Wildlife Institute of India, would be part of the committee. 'Dr Habib won't speak against FD'Talking to mid-day, a wildlife lover said, "The state government-appointed committee is an eyewash, because there is no veterinarian and no ballistic or forensic expert in it. What is more shocking is that they have involved Dr Bilal Habib. Everyone knows the controversy around the missing tiger, Jai, which was radio collared by Habib and his team. A National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)-appointed committee on the probe related to Jai had raised several questions about the people involved in tracking and monitoring him. Habib is also working o..
                 

Mumbai: Doctor arrested for running fake certificate racket

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Agripada police have arrested a 44-year-old doctor who was allegedly running a fake post-graduation certificate racket. Dr Snehal Nyati, practising in Mumbai, was arrested on November 10 from Nashik. The Maharashtra Medical Council, (MMC) had unearthed the scam after 57 doctors across the state submitted fake post-graduation documents. Dr Nyati allegedly took R7 to R10 lakh for the fake certificates of College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS). The police suspect more people are involved in the scam and are probing the matter. MMC had started verification of the documents of the doctors who submitted their graduation as well as post-graduation certificates for registration. During scrutiny, MMC found that 57 doctors had filed applications for registration between January 2015 and October 2015. "All these doctors had submitted certificates from College Of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai. We sent the documents to the CPS for verification but they told us all the documents were forged..
                 

From lawyer to musician - that's Angad Katari!

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For 24-year-old percussionist-turned-guitarist and singer-songwriter Angad Katari, music has always been a part of his life, even though he comes from a family of lawyers. After completing five years at law school, he suddenly declared music as his career choice. Given two years to accomplish making a living via his passion, Delhi-based Katari is now going to be playing in Mumbai as a part of a short India tour. But just like law, even music, it seems is hereditary. "My maternal grandmother taught the harmonium," says Katari. It's an instrument he started tinkering with at the age of six. His mother also played the sitar when she was young, while Katari turned to music when he started playing percussions instruments for his school orchestra. It was only at Amity University in Noida that he picked up the guitar, and the decision to give music a 100 per cent. "I used to jam on the guitar with friends in college, and I started writing my own songs," recalls Karati. The first was on bein..
                 

Mumbai: Workshop highlights a brew for coffee and cocktails

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Seeing that cold brew is the new hot cake in town, the folks at Roasted Today are now hosting a workshop in a bid to highlight how this drink makes not only for a chilled caffeinated beverage, but also serves as a great base for cocktails. Rizwan Amlani Keeping this in mind, Rizwan Amlani, Mumbai's roaster and Salt Water Café, have put together an intriguing event that will entail a session on the basics of cold brew and another on different methods of making it which will be tied together with mixology lessons to help you give your alcohols a coffee-filled twist. ON November 18, 4 pm onwards AT Rose Minar, Bandra West LOG ON TO imojo.in/DopeDrinks1 Cost Rs 999 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..
                 

Here's how politicians get away with crimes

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
If you ever wondered how politicians get away with crimes so easily, here's a clue: other politicians help them. In little over a year, as many as 41 criminal cases against politicians and party workers have been disposed of on recommendation of a sub-committee of ministers and officials. These cases include damage to property in crores, and one case even resulted in the death of three people. All 41 cases against political leaders — mostly MLAs and senior party leaders — were scrapped between June 2017 and September 2018, on the basis of a Government Resolution (GR) issued in August 2016. But this is hardly the first time the state has tried to have cases against politicians be quashed. In fact, a petition filed under the Right To Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the state had passed three earlier GRs in similar attempts, meeting failure each time. Girish Bapat, food and civic supplies minister So what was different this time? In the three previous tries in 2010,..
                 

Mumbai: Railway motorman stops train to attend nature's call

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In a shocking video, a motorman of an express train stopped the train to urinate on the tracks. The Gandhidham Express was on its way to Mumbai, when the incident occurred on Saturday at about 10.30 am. The eyewitness, HS Dosani, said he found it unbelievable at first. Dosani owns a cafe in Vasai and was on his way to open it when he saw the train come to a halt. When he saw the motorman climb down, he started taking the video. Dosani asks, "How come the Express, which is a very important train, does not have a bathroom facility for motormen?" When contacted, Nitin David, public relations officer (PRO) for Western Railway asked mid-day to speak to the chief PRO, Gajanan Mahapurkar, who admitted that the motorman should not have done it. Normally, trains have in-built bathrooms, but Mahapurkar needed to check and asked us to speak to the divisional railway manager (DRM). The DRM, Sanjay Mishra, said he was not in the city when the incident occurred and had no information about it. Al..
                 

Mumbai based mixologists talk about the story behind a cocktail

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Earlier this year, Yash Bhanage, co-founder of The Bombay Canteen (TBC), and his research team found themselves meandering the alleys of South Mumbai soaking in the history of iconic single screen theatres. At Lamington Road, they learnt about Imperial Cinema, which in 1936 screened Miss Frontier Mail, an action crime thriller starring Fearless Nadia. Guided by local history enthusiast Simin Patel, this walk was in fact, a cocktail-making lesson under a garb. As outrageous as it sounds, unearthing hidden gems in the city and narrating its history through a drink is a mantra that the folks at TBC swear by; one they've been doing for over two years. Their new cocktail menu in the form of a guidebook, takes you through a curated journey of Bombay's talkies, with Miss Frontier Mail and Imperial inspiring the white lady cocktail. "A cocktail is more than a sum of its ingredients. It needs to tell a story," says Bhanage, in a phone call interview from Sri Lanka, where he is hosting a pop-u..
                 

Is the rebirth clinic a ray of hope for gender correction seekers?

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sitting outside the Gender Reassignment and Cosmetic Surgery out-patient department (OPD) at St George Hospital, Rita Devi appears shifty and anxious. She has only a couple of hours to get a slew of tests done before flying back to Assam the next morning. Clutching a folder containing documents, Devi is soft spoken, to the point of being barely audible. But she makes herself heard when she needs to. The 36-year-old, born in Hojai district of Assam, approached the hospital authorities for gender dysphoria - a condition in which a person does not identify with the gender they were born with. The term made its way from medical circles to the Mumbaikar's living room when Lalit Salve, a police constable from Beed, fought a long and hard battle to retain his job after a gender reassignment surgery. His case not only inspired others to explore the possibility of gender change, but even prompted the state-run St George Hospital to open the ward. Launched on September 26, it aims to provide a..
                 

Mumbai: City photography group trails the Dhangars

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The generational occupation of the Dhangars has been to live off the earth. As pastoralists ("shepherds and cowherds, blanket- and wool-weavers, butchers and farmers"), they make their way through mountains and forests, living like nomads. Since schools and jobs don't follow them on foot, they've remained economically backward and socially aloof. For the last few decades, they have been demanding inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes (ST) group. They make up nine per cent of Maharashtra's population (roughly a crore), and are currently included as a Vimukt Jati and Nomadic Tribe. Ahead of the elections in 2014, the BJP had promised them ST status; and in 2015, asked the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to prepare a report on the same. That report, after combing through 324 villages and interviewing 20,000 people, was finally submitted last week, and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it was "not hostile to the [community's] demand." A shepherd with his herd at Masai plate..
                 

#Onrepeat

3 days ago  
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1 Thank you, next by Ariana Grande: Have you ever felt like thanking all your exes, and then saying, good riddance. This song is for you. Here's to moving on in style.2 Yellow Lights by Natania: Mumbai's LA export Natania Lalwani never fails to impress, and Yellow Lights is another sparkling pop gift for her fans. Make sure you send it to that lover who is giving you mixed signals.3 Without Me by Halsey: To complete the trinity of telling your toxic lover to take a hike, is Halsey's Without Me. As she sings, "You know I'm the one who put you up there", you will find yourself saying goodbye with ease. 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..
                 

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas want to keep their wedding private

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have already registered for a marriage license at the Beverly Hills courthouse. The couple was keen to do the paperwork before their December 2 nuptials in India. PeeCee and Nick's wedding festivities will start from November 30 at the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. The couple's wedding will be a private affair with only family and close pals in attendance. So all those wondering if their wedding date will clash with Ranveer and Deepika's Mumbai reception on December 2 can breathe easy. It is said the two will get married in separate ceremonies to honour each other's faith. There might be a get together on their arrival in Mumbai for PeeCee's close industry pals. 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..
                 

BMC decides to put an end to manual cleaning of drains

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Following drowning cases of labourers, while cleaning sewer lines, the BMC has decided to put an end to manual cleaning of sewers and storm water drain lines. The contractors will be warned to strictly adhere to cleaning sewer or SWD lines only mechanically and not by entering the manholes. "We are in the midst of fixing the responsibility on the contractors if any labourer is found entering manholes for cleaning sewer or SWD lines. We are going to keep a strict vigil and have also informed the ward offices to ensure that there is no manual cleaning and only mechanical cleaning," said a senior civic official on the condition of anonymity. The BMC is now looking at reducing human efforts as it has started sweeping roads mechanically and has given out contracts for this purpose on arterial roads. Safety nets such as bucket-shaped metal frames to be fixed in the manhole and wire mesh over the manhole/grated cover over the manhole, were discussed. These were also implemented with BMC cov..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Twinning in white, this couple is wedding readyActors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh leave the city for Italy where their wedding is scheduled to take place on November 15. Singh, we learn, posed for the shutterbugs as he played 'Mehendi laga ke rakhna' on his car's music system. Pics/Satej Shinde Freddo-style of appreciating opponents must come back in styleThe West Indies play the last game of their India tour at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai which hosts the third T20 international today. Though the erstwhile kings of cricket stay at the bottom of the cricket charts, they are one side that most cricket fans want to see back on top. Why is it so? Probably it's to do with the way they play - to entertain at all times - and the fact that they are always cheerful. West Indians over the years have also been known for their sporting behaviour. Brian Lara, their greatest batsman in the modern era, didn't wait for the umpire's decision to make his way to the pavilion; he was a '..
                 

Mumbai: Commuters protecting old man attack Sandhurst Rd railway staff

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
What had started off as a well-meaning gesture to protect an elderly man from harassment, quickly escalated into vandalism and violence, as commuters pelted railway staffers with stones. Eventually, it turned out to be a huge misunderstanding, and the man was taken away safely, while the Sandhurst Road station's booking office suffered damage. A misunderstandingSources said a senior citizen was sleeping outside the station manager's office, and when a railway pointsman went to wake him, he started shouting and crying. Commuters gathered quickly, mistakenly assuming that the old man was being harassed. Before anyone could explain what was happening, the angry mob damaged the booking office and started hurling rocks at the staff. The station master had to call the police. The Dongri police whisked away the drunk man and brought the situation under control. The windows of the booking office and other railway material were damaged. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, cur..
                 

A look at the menstruation taboos that makes blood boil

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The scenes at Sabarimala temple, since it opened its doors early last month for prayers and rituals, have been agonising and outrageous. The holy Hindu site has been besieged by protests and violence, as women devotees attempt to exercise a basic right - that of equality - after the Supreme Court lifted the 90s ban that had disallowed them from the entering the premises. Right-wing and religious organisations have, so far, refused to allow the police to implement the court order, citing tradition and legends that, they say, need to be upheld to keep menstruating women away from the temple. My body, my rules!Tina Kurian,journalist'When I was a little girl (according to the elders, a "big girl" because I'd had my period), friends and their mothers told me I could no longer take holy communion while menstruating, and I accepted that without question. However, as I grew up, I realised God was more concerned about the purity of my mind, heart and soul than that of my body. Menstruation sho..
                 

Divyanka Tripathi confuses Kiara Advani's car with hers

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Telly star Divyanka Tripathi appeared to be confused on her way out from Ekta Kapoor's Diwali bash. The Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor got into Bollywood actor Kiara Advani's car, which was waiting near the exit. She did not realise her folly till husband Vivek Dahiya came to her rescue and told her it was the wrong vehicle. Divyanka was spotted laughing aloud (pic above), while Vivek led her to their car. Looks like Divyanka had soaked in the festivities a tad too much at Ekta's bash. She could not recognise her own car! Kiara Advani, who is gearing up to work on the Akshay Kumar-starrer "Good News", said in an interview with IANS that she wants to entertain audiences from across the country without differentiating between Bollywood and regional cinema. "I want to be a pan-India entertainer and entertain everyone who wants to watch me. If there are good scripts regardless of the language, I would like to take them up and entertain as many people as I can," Kiara said. "I am very for..
                 

Aparshakti Khurana: Don't have any complex

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Aparshakti Khurana, who has mostly done supporting roles in films, says he doesn't mind playing second fiddle. Having featured in supporting roles in films like Dangal, Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi and Stree, Khurrana insists he does not feel sidelined. "I don't have any complex. When a person works with a mentality that I will overpower another person, then you don't see the teamwork. [In such a case], you can't make a good film. I think it is more important that people appreciate your film rather than your individual performance in it. I have always been a sports person and have a sportsman's spirit." Talking about his upcoming release Badhaai Ho, Khurrana said, "We haven't seen any trailer go viral in such a short time." Also Read: Aparshakti Khurrana To Play Parineeti Chopra's Childhood Friend In Jabariya Jodi 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..
                 

Celebrating the real avatars of B-Town stars with Jhakaas Awards 2018

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Over the decades, Bollywood stars have been awarded for their convincing portrayals in front of the camera. In a departure from the regular awards, mid-day.com has introduced the Bollywood Jhakaas Awards 2018, the only people's choice awards where B-Town stars will be celebrated for their off-screen avatars. From being a travel enthusiast to donning the hat of a Bollywood fashionista, every actor plays multiple roles in his/her life. The awards aim to bring their real-life roles to the fore, thus bringing their fans closer to their cine idol. Celebrities have aced the fashion game - be it the airport or the gym look - giving fashion goals to their countless followers. Bollywood Jhakaas Awards will give their admirers a chance to vote for their favourite celebrity on these accounts, with nomination categories including the Best Out Of The Gym Look, Best Airport Look, Best No Makeup Look and Best Bollywood Fashionista. Having tasted success in Bollywood, several stars have made their ..
                 

Child artiste Rudhraksh takes acting lessons from Thor star

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Far away from the hustle and bustle of Bollywood, Avengers star Chris Hemsworth is shooting in Ahmedabad for the Netflix film, Dhaka. As the city remains oblivious to the presence of a Hollywood superstar amidst them, he is busy making new desi friends, including 15-year-old child actor Rudhraksh Jaiswal. "I am living my dream. Chris sir is sweet and down-to-earth. He calls me the little legend," starts off the teenager when we finally get on a call with him. Directed by Sam Hargrave, the kidnap extraction drama sees Hemsworth play a mercenary, Rake, who is hired to rescue the son of a businessman. Five days into the shoot, Jaiswal says the Hollywood sensation is "an amazing teacher". "He sits for the script reading sessions with me and has taught me voice modulation. He is particular about how lines are delivered and has taught me the importance of getting the pauses right. He does enough rehearsal before the camera starts rolling." Chris Hemsworth Ask him how he broke the ice with..
                 

Alia Bhatt ready to meet Mexican drug lords for a panel discussion

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Given the runaway success of Narcos so far, viewers are naturally waiting with bated breath for the release of Narcos: Mexico, conceptualised as the fourth season of the crime drama. While it is already known that the show's lead cast - including Michael Pena, Eric Newman and Diego Luna - is headed to India in the run-up to its release on November 16, mid-day has now learnt that Alia Bhatt has been invited to be part of a panel discussion with the stars scheduled for Monday. On the cards will be a dialogue on what makes the Netflix original series so popular, and the way ahead for digital entertainment. Kapoor & Sons (2016) director Shakun Batra is also expected to join the conversation. Diego Luna in a still from Narcos: Mexico A source reveals, "The opening discussion will be about what makes Narcos such a popular show in India. But the crux of the chat will be about how online streaming business has changed the game of content viewing in India. This year was important for ho..
                 

Raut: When will Devendra Fadnavis rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad?

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Close on the heels of the Uttar Pradesh government's decision to rechristen Allahabad and Faizabad, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut Thursday sought to know when will the Maharashtra government rename the state's Aurangabad and Osmanabad cities. The Yogi Adityanath government in UP had last month renamed Allahabad as "Prayagraj", and on Tuesday announced that Faizabad district will henceforth be known as Ayodhya. Raut in a tweet said, "Yogi Adityanath renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya, Allahabad as Prayagraj. When will (Maharashtra) Chief Minister Devendraji (Fadnavis) rechristen Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv." Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said their demand to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad is not new. "This has been our long-standing demand and was raised several times, but the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) opposed it (when the parties were in power) to appease Muslim voters," she said. The Gujarat government had also recently said ..
                 

Now, vet association slams state over tigress Avni (T1)'s killing

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Trouble for state government and forest department (FD) over tigress T1's killing is not yet over. Now, a veterinary association has written a letter to the state FD, terming the killing a serious breach and violation of the Veterinary Council Act, because a non-veterinary person shot the big cat. On November 6, Pashu Chikitsak Mahasangh - Veterinary Council Association wrote to the chief wildlife warden of Maharashtra, who is also the principal chief conservator of forests, alleging a breach of the Veterinary Council Act 1984, Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1945, and Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985. The letter, a copy of which is with mid-day, states: "[There has been] a very serious breach of section 30(b) of the Veterinary Council Act, as the order to tranquillise the tigress and her cubs has been entrusted to a private hunter [Nawab Shafat Ali Khan], who is not a registered veterinarian... Even more shockingly, it is being reported that the darting and shooting was done by..
                 

Mumbai: Flights delayed after Air India ground staff go on strike

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
As many as 12 flights have been delayed due to a strike called by the contractual ground staff of Air India Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. As per reports, the AIATSL ground staff have been on strike since last night. "Due to a sudden industrial situation at Mumbai airport by AIATSL employees, some flights have got delayed. We are assessing the situation and all efforts are being made to minimise delays or disruption," an Air India spokesperson said in a statement. In order to normalise the situation, the airline has asked its own staff to take control of the operations. "Air India permanent employees have been deputed to normalise the flights, only early morning flights from Mumbai delayed by 2 hours," said an Air India official. Further details are awaited. 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 sto..
                 

Now, it's celebrate Students' Day, even as schools are on vacation

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Whether schools function or not, they must celebrate Students' Day. This is the ignorant approach of the state government, which had issued an order to them to celebrate Students' Day on November 7. Schools are currently on Diwali vacation and were informed about this only on November 6. They didn't know what to do as the government has also asked them to submit the report of activities held. The new day has been added to the list of many others that schools have been asked to celebrate by the government. According to a Government Resolution in this regard (on November 3), schools were expected to hold a book distribution for children from nearby slums, activities to inculcate a liking for education among children, and essay writing, elocution competitions etc. They were also to ensure awareness regarding the importance of education. The GR which ordered all schools to celebrate the day was formed forgetting that Diwali vacations have started. Schools will resume only after the second..
                 

No dining on insects anymore on trains

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With the Indian Railways reversing its decision to scrap pantry cars aboard trains, the terrifying image of cooks in vests frying on flaming high stoves in unhygienic kitchen coaches might soon change. It has agreed to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation's (IRCTC's) proposal of redesigning pantry cars to bring them on par with international standards and improving hygiene and quality of food. Indian Railways has given IRCTC a free hand to take over the train kitchens and convert them, as it pleases, over the next three years. It issued a circular to this effect on Tuesday; mid-day has a copy of it. There have been repeated complaints over unhygienic conditions of pantry cars in trains Cleaner kitchensTwo years ago, the railways had decided to scrap pantry cars and add another passenger coach to boost capacity. But given the repeated complaints and demand for quality food, it decided to reverse its decision. A senior railway official said storage of food items, preparatio..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Little Mumbaikar helps those who need it mostIt was in her school that 14-year-old Sanjana Runwal first came across an NGO called Freedom Trust. They were running a campaign there, and what they shared had such an impact on Runwal that she felt that she, too, wanted to join in, in their efforts to make the world a better place. And the way she thought of doing so is lending a helping hand to two people in Vidarbha who lost their legs in an accident. Sanjana Runwal So, Runwal is now on a mission to raise Rs 20,000, which would be enough for the cost of at least two camps in the district (one to take measurements and the other for fitting), training, and the actual price of the prosthetic. That doesn't seem like a lot, so it turns out that you don't need to pay an arm and a leg to contribute to this worthy cause started by a girl who is only in class 9. Sometimes, it's children who show adults the way. Sun, sand and films in GoaThe International Film Festival is back and like before, ..
                 

Mumbai: Man booked for maligning innocent trader as terrorist

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It's taken two years, but the first step towards justice has been taken — Sayyed Sherali Khan, 32, branded a terrorist after a petty altercation in 2016, has managed to get the rumour-monger-in-chief booked. After making Khan run around for two years, during which his reputation was torn to shreds and he was forced to change homes, the Virar police have filed a case against the main accused who destroyed Khan's life via a WhatsApp forward, labelling him a terrorist, that had gone viral. mid-day had reported on September 26, 2016, that Khan came to know about the forward after a friend of his received it on September 22 and, shocked, sent it to him (Khan). The forward had a photo of Khan riding a bike with another person behind, and the caption read: "Guys ye adami kidhar bhi dikha to ye log ko pakdo and police ko hand out karo because ye log terrorist hai and har ek jagah jakar udhar k details le rahe hai, be alert (sic)". The WhatsApp message branding him a terrorist and askin..
                 

Mumbai Crime: 60-year-old found murdered in Mira Road

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A 60-year-old woman was allegedly killed by unidentified people in Mira Road, the police said on Tuesday. The woman, identified as Rita Ronnie Rodrigues, was found lying dead with multiple stab wounds in her flat in Mira Road area on Monday evening, the Thane rural police spokesperson Yuvraj Kalkutage said. She lived alone and used to take tuitions in the house, he said. The body was sent for a post-mortem and a case has been registered against the unidentified culprits under IPC section 302 (murder), he said, adding that a probe was on into the incident. 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 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..
                 

BMC hands over plot for Thackeray Memorial, Mayor to be shifted soon

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar all set to move out of his official residence at Shivaji Park in Dadar by January next year, Shiv Sena aims at undertaking the ground-breaking ceremony for the Bal Thackeray memorial on his birth anniversary on November 17. On Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) completed the advance possession procedure of the property with civic officials handing over the 11,500 square feet property to senior Sena leader Subhash Desai, who is also the secretary of the Bal Thackeray Memorial Trust. According to sources, the heritage grade II-B bungalow at Shivaji Park has been chosen for the memorial, as the Sena founder was very fond of the place. Civic sources said that this was the Mayor's last Diwali at the bungalow, as the authorities would soon zero down on a house where he would be shifted. The sources further said that the memorial would also help Sena keep Bal Thackeray's followers happy before the elections, as they form a major part of th..
                 

Raghuram Rajan: RBI is like a seat belt for the government

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Amid mounting tension between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the finance ministry, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday said the central bank is like a seat belt in a car, without which accidents can happen. Pitching for respecting the institutional autonomy of the RBI, he said the central bank has the liberty to say no if the government pushes it to be lenient. Ahead of the November 19 meeting of the RBI Board, he said the objective of the Board is to protect the institution and not serve others' interests. "The RBI is something like a seat belt. As a driver, the driver being the government, it has the possibility of not putting on a seat belt but of course if you do not put on your seat belt you get into an accident and the accident can be quite severe," he told CNBC TV18. Historically, the relationship between the RBI and the government has been precisely this - the government wants to focus on improving growth and it does all it can within the limits set by the RBI ..
                 

Navi Mumbai: Burns centre starts helpline for fire cracker injuries

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The National Burns Centre in Airoli (Navi Mumbai) always wishes the city a 'safe Diwali'. "That is much before we say happy," laughed Dr Sunil Keswani, director of the tertiary burns centre near Mumbai. The centre has a 24-hour helpline for firecracker injuries. "We usually see 20 to 25 people come into our centre with cracker-related injuries post Diwali," said Dr Keswani, adding that, "Seven out of 10 times, we see that the anar (fountain) has burst in the hand. Sometimes, those lighting fireworks get too close to the fountain, which for some reason may take some time to erupt. They bend over, and it suddenly bursts. Usually, the eyes shut automatically as the cracker bursts, so it is the eyelids that get burnt. Sometimes, very rarely though, we see damage to the cornea." Dr Sunil Keswani Dr Keswani said, "It is mostly men who come in with second degree burns, which means that the dermis is affected. This is because young men (mostly young fathers) often demonstrate cracker lighti..
                 

Campaign against wrong-side riders goes to Navi Mumbai

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Navi Mumbai traffic police, who had been penalising drivers in order to steer them to the right side of the road to little success, have now started filing FIRs instead. The cops began the drive five days before Diwali and have already booked 530 under Section 279 (rash driving) of the Indian  Penal Code. Speaking about what kind of motorists inspired this strict action, Koparkhairane traffic API Sachin Khondre said, "Three to four months ago, a man was riding his bike on the wrong side with his pregnant wife and their young daughter, when an out of control dumper coming from the right side of the road collided with them. This is just one example of the kind of issues we face every day with people who flout traffic rules." Those driving in the opposite lane can not only cause massive traffic congestion, but at times can also lead to accidents. Representational Image Reducing law breakers"Half of the time is wasted in fighting with them. This time around, the traffic DCP or..
                 

'When tigress Avni (T1) came, they started the lights and shot her'

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The tigress is gone but the theories around her killing continue to burn bright. An over minute-long audio clip, supposedly between a veterinarian and a member of the team that killed T1 or Avni in Pandharkawda, discussing how she was shot point-blank, has now gone viral. Activists are also alleging that Asghar, the son of Nawab Shafat Ali Khan, who shot her, has not handed over his weapon for the ballistic report and forensic investigations. Forest Department officials have maintained they shot the tigress in self-defence. A senior official from the Forest Department said, "I have heard the audio clip which has gone viral, but people are deliberately circulating it to spread misinformation and to portray the FD in a bad light. We are firm on our stand. The tigress was shot in self-defence and the postmortem report and the other investigations will prove our stand." The handout photo released by the Forest Department showing T1 shot dead The audio clipIn the audio clip two persons ..
                 

5 ways to get glowing skin during Diwali 2018

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Diwali is around the corner and everyone is gearing up for the festival of lights. After all, we all wish for a glowing skin during a festival and no celebration is complete without a spotless skin. Start with a personalised regimen of skin, hair, and nail care to move towards your project ‘dream skin’. Since we are all short on time and running to make the two ends meet, we list 5 best and easy tips that will help you get a healthy skin and make you glow during Diwali. 1. Deal with chronic skin problem ASAP: If you are plagued with acne or any other skin problems, start getting facials done from a skilled skin therapist or drop in for skin spa at your nearest outlet. If the problem is a more severe one, consult your dermatologist before the festival. 2. Get rid of unwanted hair forever: Get rid of unwanted hair before Diwali to get a permanent glow. Consider permanent laser hair removal as your secret beauty mantra and forget about packing or using the razor before dres..
                 

Mumbai's places that never had proper lights to be lit up this Diwali

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Festival of Lights promises to set aglow five areas of suburban Mumbai that have so far been shrouded in darkness. Work to install 115 street lights in five locations, which never had lights, has already started. The spots have been identified as the area behind Signature Island (BKC), the area below JVLR bridge (Jogeshwari), and three other spots, one each in Charkop, Bhayander and Chembur, will get street lights put up by Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML). An AEML official said the installation work, besides bearing the entire cost of this exercise, will be done by the company. When asked how long it will take to finish the work, the official added, "The lights should be operational by Diwali. But in case the deadline is missed, certainly before the end of the month." Recently, AEML took over the electricity business. Immediately after acquisition, the company initiated the process to take Mumbaikars' feedback on power-related issues. "It was during this process that m..
                 

Mumbai: SSC language paper pattern changed at 11th hour

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Students appearing for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination this academic year are in for another surprise. Their question paper pattern for language subjects has been changed, according to a circular issued by the Balbharati, Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research, on October 30. This batch is the first one to appear for the new curriculum. They will also have 100-mark papers instead of the earlier 80-20 division where 20 marks were reserved for internal school-level assessment. With the board examination scheduled to begin from March 1, 2019, the last minute change has led to panic among students and teachers alike. "We have no issue with the changes but it is important to announce them at the beginning of the academic year. This is a very crucial examination for the students. This batch is already under pressure because of the new syllabus and the change in marking system. All our classes, study material as well as practice question ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Police arrest serial fraudster after he flees from court

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
After duping several people, serial fraudster Yogesh Kanubhai Darji, 35, thought he could fool the police too. But cops weren't going to let him go so easily. Darji had almost successfully escaped from the Killa court on November 3, before cops caught him following a three-hour-long operation. Darji had been arrested on September 9, 2017, under several sections of cheating. He has allegedly duped several people by promising them MHADA flats that didn't even exist and was currently held in the same case. Apart from that, he's also wanted in a Rs 5.59 crore cheating case. There's a long list of crimes registered against him at Gamdevi, Kasturba, Andheri, and Vikhroli police stations, and at the Economic Offences Wing (EOW). Last Saturday, he was brought to the 37th Esplanade Court for a hearing in the MHADA case. Since he was not handcuffed in court, he managed to slip away from police custody. Following that, a police team was dispatched to look for him and a new case was filed again..
                 

Mumbai teen siblings save man drowning in pool at Lonavla resort

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Siblings Alefiyah and Abbas Akil have been swimming since they were 8 and 10 years old, but they'd never fathomed that their passion would one day help them save someone's life. In August, while they were holidaying at a resort in Lonavla, they jumped into the pool to save the life of a middle-aged guest who'd slipped and fallen into the deep end. While the hotel presented the duo with an appreciation certificate, their Dubai-based family has nominated them for a bravery award. Alefiyah, 16, and Abbas, 13, landed in Mumbai on June 26 for their annual trip to the city. In August, the family decided to head to Lonavla. On August 7, they made their way to the Fariyas resort, where their stay began on a bruised note after Alefiyah began bleeding in her toe while swimming. A broken tile at the bottom of the pool was to blame. Alefiyah Akil Into the deep end"After she got injured, we decided to do other activities around the pool," their mother Fatema Akil told mid-day, adding, "and sudde..
                 

Massive fire breaks out in chemical factory in Ambernath; four injured

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A Major fire broke out in a chemical factory between Ambernath and Badlapur Railway station. The incident occurred at around 3 pm in the afternoon. Soon after the fire took place, the traffic on Down line was stopped from 3.53 hours beyond Ambernath due to heavy smoke as a precautionary measure but after some time the serviced resumed. The fire that broke is not so far but just 500 meters away from the railway station. The fire department is trying to douse off the fire. According to the sources, four people are injured due to the fire and as a precautionary measure Centralrailway halted train services in the area as its tracks are about 100 metres away from the site of incident. A Fire Brigade official from Ambernath MIDC said that the blaze was reported at around 2pm from the Persia Chemical Factory situated in Morivali MIDC, over 60 kilometres from here. Personnel, fire engines and tankers from fire brigade units of Ambernath, Badlapur, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar have been rushed to the..
                 

Mumbai Food: New food truck in Juhu adds flavours of Punjab

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Service isn't an alien concept for Mukesh Talwar. After all, he did serve the country for 15 years as a marine engineer with the Indian Navy. "I was eligible for pension after that [compulsory service], and I was just 32. I wanted to do more and was inclined towards business, so I ventured into the textile industry," the 57-year-old reminisces. When the business began incurring losses Talwar considered opening a cloud kitchen, Punjab Da Chulha, which specialises in Amritsari food. "I always enjoyed cooking, and realised that no one was serving authentic chole and kulcha in Mumbai, so I felt it might be a nice idea to begin something on those lines," Talwar shares looking back at how he began his venture three years ago even as he gears up to usher his patrons into a newly opened venue in Juhu where his erstwhile kitchen stands in flesh and blood, in the form of a food truck. Stuffed Amritsari tandoori kulcha with chole Even so, what strikes us most is the fact that Talwar's kitchen,..
                 

Jailed for over 72 hours? You can't donate blood

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Central government has streamlined blood donation rules to ensure the safety of donors and patients. As per the guidelines, someone who has been jailed for more than 72 hours cannot donate blood. Also, an inmate out of jail cannot donate blood for a year from his/her release. A senior officer from the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) said that this has been done according to the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). "As per the recommendations of WHO, it is advised that any person who has been jailed for more than 72 hours shouldn't donate blood. This is to avoid unnecessary chances of infection. They have been included into the vulnerable group [who are apparently more susceptible to sexually transpired diseases] of infection," he said. It is well known that jail inmates often contract blood-borne infectious diseases. They can spread the infection if they donate blood. Speaking about this, Ganesh Acharya, an activist said, "When a person donates blood,..
                 

Mumbai event: A treat for art lovers at Carter Road this weekend

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The act of creation is often a mystery to everyone but the creator. And that perhaps defines the very nature of art, allowing one to have their own interpretations rather than blatantly put out the artist's intentions. That being said, you can fall in love with a painting, but not with an equally mesmerising process — because you've never seen it. And maybe it's time you do. Art by the Sea is a unique event that will see 15 artists paint together live at Carter Road promenade, against the backdrop of the setting sun. An event organised and conceptualised by Le Sutra Hotel, Out of the Blue restaurant, and Marico Evenings, the theme of the third edition is Childlike Innocence in keeping with the spirit of Children's Day. "The idea is to create awareness about art in the city and let the public in on the process of painting various styles that range from abstract to figurative. Although there is a theme, the artists can exercise creative freedom. And it is important to see this liv..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Political worker attacked over 'molestation' in Chembur

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Four persons have been arrested for allegedly attacking a political functionary in suburban Chembur after a woman lodged a complaint of molestation against him, the police said Sunday. The incident occurred Saturday night at Sindhi colony in Chunabhatti area, an official said. The injured person has been identified as Karna Bala Dunbale, who is reportedly attached with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). A woman had filed a complaint against Dunbale for touching her inappropriately in the Chembur police station, the official said. Dunbale is not arrested yet as he is undergoing treatment in a hospital, the official 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 responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management..
                 

Enter the third dimension

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
We believe that drawing is not a mindless exercise. And as we embrace and adapt to new technology, the process itself gets more interesting. Take, 3D doodling, for instance. At a workshop tomorrow, you can come close to bringing your artwork to life. The session is hosted by Curiosity Gym, a place where avid learners can find room to fulfil their curiosity through applied learning. Participants will start with a basic template using the stencils provided, and gradually work through creating their masterpiece — a replica of a monument, spectacles, a pen stand, or anything you wish to. Shaka laka boom boom, anyone? ON November 6, 11.30 am onwardsAT Palkhiwala Building, Fort.LOG ON TO www.curiositygym.com 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: Hurt peacock wandering near SoBo traffic rescued

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A snake rescuer from south Mumbai on Thursday rescued a wounded peacock while himself being injured. Sandesh Bedre reached the peacock immediately after he received a call saying that the bird had been resting outside the garden premises of Grand Paradi Apartments in Kemps Corner. The peacock was immediately rushed to the Raj Bhavan where doctors checked it before shifting it to the animal hospital. Bendre, who injured his hand last week, has been rescuing snakes and other birds in the area whenever he gets a distress call. "Had the peacock wandered on to the road, it could have even died in a road accident," said Bendre who also informed the Forest Department since the peacock is a scheduled animal under the Wildlife Protection Act. "I have always made it a point to try and help animals in distress. I did not want the peacock to die and so did not think twice before rushing to the spot," added Bendre who is likely to undergo a surgery on his injured hand in a couple of days. He has ..
                 

Athiya Shetty to spend 26th birthday working

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Actress Athiya Shetty, who will turn 26 on Monday, says she finds a feel-good factor about spending her special day working. The actress is in Bhopal and will be shooting for the film Motichoor Chaknachoor with actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. "My most special birthday had to be the one when I turned 18 and I got the narration of my first ever film. I always try to do some kind of work on my birthday since it gives me great energy and happiness. I just feel good about it," Athiya said in a statement to IANS. "I did get a chance to take a day off and come back home, but I chose to work. I don't get excited about birthdays. I am not a party person. Just being with my loved ones and family is how I usually celebrate my birthday," she added. Athiya is the daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. She started her film career with the 2015 film "Hero" and was later seen in Mubarakan. Her new film Motichoor Chaknachoor is being described as a romantic wedding comedy. Catch up on all the latest entertain..
                 

Pahuna - The Little Visitors to release on December 7

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Priyanka Chopra's maiden Sikkimese production "Pahuna - The Little Visitors" will hit the screens on December 7. It is the story of three children bonding together and making a new home for themselves after being separated from their parents while fleeing Nepal during an unrest. Produced by Priyanka and her mother Madhu Chopra under their Purple Pebble Pictures banner, co-produced by Children's Film Society, India (CFSI), and directed by Paakhi A Tyrewala, the first look of "Pahuna - The Little Visitors" was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in May last year. Madhu said in a statement: "This film is very special because it addresses the far reaching consequences for children when adults make harsh decisions. Also this story is relevant globally in its appeal." Explaining the film's ethos, Tyrewala said: "We live in a tough world. Sometimes it's easier to just give up. Hope is what we all need. Like one of the characters in the film says, 'It's never all dark, there is always light..
                 

Virat Kohli's birthday: Anushka wants to make it special this time!

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Anushka Sharma will ring in hubby Virat Kohli's 30th birthday tonight. It is the cricketer's big day tomorrow and the doting wife wants to make it special as it is his first birthday after marriage. When Sharna had turned 30 on May 1 this year, the doting hubby had made sure it was a day to remember. He had shared photos on social media with three cakes and referred to her as the most positive and honest person he had met. The couple was spotted at Mumbai airport, as the duo left the city. Check out their pictures: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were spotted entering the Mumbai airport last night, leaving the city (Pic/Yogen Shah) Anushka Sharma was looking casual but smart in a white Gucci top, matching white pants and black shoes. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, was looking sporty in a black t-shirt, black track pants and white shoes. Virat Kohli also accesorised his look with a black cap. Anushka Sharma will soon be getting super-busy with the promotions of her upcoming fi..
                 

Bigg Boss 11 fame Zubair Khan to withdraw case against Salman Khan

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
On Saturday, Bigg Boss 11's controversial contestant Zubair Khan said on Facebook that he would be withdrawing a case he filed against Salman Khan last year on December 27. When mid-day contacted him, he said, "I lost my mother three months ago and it was her last wish that I withdraw the complaint. I didn't listen to her back then, but after having lost her, I don't wish to pursue the matter anymore or trouble Salman's mother with this case." Zubair's mother passed away on June 25. Khan was reportedly ousted from Bigg Boss for using foul language and threatening co-contestants. He had a showdown with Salman on the show, post which he was asked to leave. On his exit, Zubair filed a case against Salman at the Lonavala police station for allegedly threatening to beat him up and destroy his career. "Last year, I filed a case against him to show him that he cannot get away with anything. I wanted to show him the power of a common man. I was fighting for my self-respect." He adds, "I fil..
                 

After Uber-Ola, Kali Peeli to strike over fitness certificate row

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
As the 12-day cab aggregators' strike ended on Friday, the city's biggest taxi union of black and yellow cabs threatened to go on protest from November 15. They have said they will park all the kaali-peeli cabs outside chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' bungalow in south Mumbai if their vehicles' fitness certificates are not renewed or extended. The fitness certificates of about 5,000 cabs have expired in Mumbai. Anthony Quadros, the union leader of Mumbai Taximen's Union, told mid-day that senior officials at the transport department are "busy playing games" and the taxi drivers were suffering because of that. "Since the last two months, the renewal of the fitness certificate has been delayed due to a court order, which has directed the transport department to conduct a test that includes testing of brakes at a minimum distance of 250 metres. However, neither the government or the transport department has taken the order seriously," he said. "We've written to the transport department..
                 

Seven exciting video games to play at your houseparty

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
WWE 2K19You don't need to be a wrestling fan to enjoy a WWE 2K19, but being one certainly helps. The game lets friends pit their skills against each other as you maim, kick and punch your opponents into submission. All the modes of WWE are available in the game, including ladder matches and battle royal, making this a lot of fun. The number of WWE players available in the game is also impressive and this includes some classic ones like Bret 'Hit Man' Hart, Andre - the Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, The Rock, British Bulldog and a lot more. The controls are simple enough to pick up and play. More lighthearted modes keep the game fun and interesting for first timers.Price: Rs 2,999Platform: PC, PS4, XBOXMax players: 4 Jackbox Party Pack 5The mainstay of any party game compilation is back with a new set of games ready to take on new unsuspecting players and up to 10,000 spectators. The new Jackbox Party Pack 5 contains a new version of You Don't Know Jack, Split the Room, Mad Verse ..
                 

Diwali 2018: Maharajes take to freelancing as the have become wandering

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Over the last few decades, the title of maharaj has lost its flavour, though the cooking done by them continues to retain it. When old Mumbai homes enjoyed fuller families, they also enjoyed the services of a full-time maharaj. He ran the kitchen. As food historian and Padma Shri recipient, Pushpesh Pant, says, "He was a sovereign of his domain. The word 'maharaj' literally translates as great king. This title was obviously given to the professional family cooks to flatter them and retain them." As families started to downsize, so did the duties of the maharaj. "The extended joint families are extinct and even large families can't afford a retainer of this kind," says Pant. "Today, there is no question of having a live-in maharaj. Eating habits, too, have changed and ritual purity or traditional recipes aren't a priority. It's not surprising that many a maharaj has taken to freelancing." From the head chef, the maharaj has been demoted to the wandering chef: from home to home, kitche..
                 

Shivesh Bhatia shares insights from his debut cookbook 'Bake With Shive

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For 22-year-old Shivesh Bhatia, baking has been a great leveller. Where life would have given lemons to many, Bhatia feels baking did the same for him. "I have literally whipped up one disaster after another," he recalls, of his initial experiments with dessert. But, when one skims through his debut cookbook, Bake With Shivesh (HarperCollins India), it's hard to gauge the failed attempts or toiling in the kitchen, which would have gone into the making of this genius. "Oh! You can't even imagine," the self-taught Delhi-based baker tells us over the phone. Here, he recounts the first time he did it, when he was in Class IX. "I baked a batch of vanilla cupcakes with my cousins for our nani, who had taken ill. But since we were too intimidated to try the recipe from scratch, we got a Betty Crocker cake mix. We, unfortunately, burnt the batch and still ended up frosting them horribly. But, I just had so much fun in the kitchen, I knew I had to try this again," he adds. Today, Bhatia wea..
                 

Diss track hits India as Mumbai underground rapper Emiway takes on Raft

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
When Eminem came out with his surprise album, Kamikaze, in September this year, he had a diss track on it. Called Not Alike, it spoke of a rapper caller Machine Gun Kelly (MGK). "And I'm talking to you, but you already know who the f**k you are, Kelly/I don't use sublims and sure as f**k don't sneak-diss/But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie." MGK wasn't to be left behind, and released Devil Rap as a reply to Eminem's dig: "I think my dad's gone crazy, yeah, Hailie, you right", referring to Eminem's daughter. On September 25, this prompted Eminem to release Killshot, another response to MGK, which became the largest debut of a hip-hop song in YouTube history. In other words, a fight between two rappers, gave rap fans across the world one new song after another, and lifted the diss track genre to new heights. Closer home, we are experiencing our own drama. It all started last week when rapper Raftaar said in an interview that there was no money to be made in underground rapping. ..
                 

Sohum Shah's journey: From selling edible oil to coaching with Nawaz

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
There's an incident from the making of the recently-released fantasy-horror film Tumbbad that director Rahi Anil Barve recounts with part amusement, part reverence. Since rain is an important trope in the movie - shot in nine different locations across rural Maharashtra - Barve had insisted on shooting certain scenes during the monsoon, when the sky was overcast. "But, the region was hit by drought, so rain was often playing truant," he says, over a telephonic interview. "For days, our set of 200-odd people would wait on top of a cliff, where we had constructed a hill house [for the film], wondering when it would pour. Had it been any other producer, he'd have said, 'F**k these clouds, and let's get on with the shoot. You're wasting my time and money'. But, Sohum [Shah] would sit with us, and watch for those rain clouds." Sohum Shah. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi When we meet Shah, Tumbbad's producer and greedy protagonist Vinayak Rao, we realise that patience is second nature for him. Dr..
                 

Metro work is nuisance for Mumbai Police too

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Even as the state government approved Rs 980 crore this month, to secure all of Mumbai with a network of 5,000 CCTV cameras, the truth is that transport infrastructure development - Mumbai Metro work, in particular - is proving to be a major impediment in the successful implementation of the surveillance system. The new menace, sources in the Mumbai Police said, are the wall-sized barricades installed in the middle of the roads for the construction of the metro, which are not only causing traffic snarls, but also obstructing the field of view (FOV) - or open observable area - of the public security cameras. Requesting anonymity, cops in the city told mid-day that the barricades have hampered post-crime investigations, as the CCTV catchment areas are obstructed by the metro fences. "The cameras were installed in the city, when there was no metro construction work. They are expected to cover traffic from all sides. But due to the barricades, these cameras fail to capture what is happen..
                 

Deepika Padukone's ex Nihar Pandya to get hitched with Neeti Mohan

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Deepika Padukone's ex, model-actor Nihar Pandya is getting married to singer Neeti Mohan in February. Coincidentally, Dippy and Nihar's respective weddings were fixed at the same time! Neeti and Nihar have known each other for four years. Over a decade ago, when Dippy shifted to Mumbai from hometown Bengaluru, the two were said to be in a live-in relationship. The duo started off by featuring in music videos of Himesh Reshammiya. While Deepika was seen in Naam Hai Tera, Nihar was in I Love You Sayonee. As mid-day had reported earlier, the big, fat wedding will take place at Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como. With barely two weeks to go for the big day, the guest list has been drawn up. We hear, Padukone and Singh wish to make it an intimate affair and are said to have invited only four friends from the film industry. The source adds, "Given her deep bond with Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan who had launched her in Bollywood, Deepika was certain that she wants them by her side on an a..
                 

BPP and Class IV workers reach amicable settlement over bonus

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The long-drawn tussle between trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) and the Mumbai Mazdoor Union came to an end yesterday after both parties signed off on mutual terms as part of an ongoing case in labour court. After the BPP paid the workers' bonus on Friday, the union members promised not to resort to any agitation over the issue till December 2019. The Class IV workers had filed a case in labour court two months ago after they received show-cause notices from the trustees threatening to deduct their salaries for eight days. The notices had been issued after the workers had gone on a mass casual leave on August 21 to protest the delay in payment of the bonus among other reasons. During the hearing, the trustees explained their financial constraints, and both parties agreed to file consent terms. As part of the consent terms, BPP agreed to pay the bonus before Diwali and not make that penal salary deduction."The union has agreed to keep the new Charter of Demands, which was t..
                 

Mumbai Open: Luksika upsets top seed Saisai to enter semis

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Fifth seed Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand produced the biggest upset of the L&T Mumbai Open tennis tournament yesterday by knocking out top seed Saisai Zheng of China to enter the semi-finals of the 125K WTA event. Luksika fought back brilliantly after dropping the opening set, hitting hard and deep with her double-fisted forehand as well as backhand, besides attacking the net at opportune times, to carve out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win at the Cricket Club of India. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates 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 management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

History outside classrooms

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sometimes one unearths treasures in the least expected places. The first floor of plant 19A, Godrej, Vikhroli — in the midst of grey factory plants and sprawling space — is a surge of warm oranges and sweet violets, ancient typesetting that you instantly love. To think that my kids, who are increasingly wary of the places I take them to, were engaged and happy to be here, is the litmus test of young adult-engagement that is so hard to find at this age. So here we were, totally surprised and happy with the first glance of the archives. (I've been to museums and places of history, and this is the first time that I see an approach that is welcoming and one that in no way removes the sense of history; kudos to the Godrej family for a funky version of an archive). My excitement grew seeing the first refrigerator (we had one in my home!), the first cupboards (a Godrej in our day and time was synonymous with the word 'steel cupboard'), the first square locks and safes, the first ..
                 

Pooja Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt on location scouting for Sadak 2

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Mahesh Bhatt has been location hunting in Dehradun for Sadak 2. The sequel of his 1991 film, which starred daughter Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt, has the two reprising their roles. Pooja shared the image on Instagram and wrote, "Fleet Street! #traveldiaries #uttrakhanddiaries #sadak2diaries #uttrakhand #incredibleindia #mykindofride #life(sic)."       View this post on Instagram Fleet Street! #traveldiaries #uttrakhanddiaries #sadak2diaries #uttrakhand #incredibleindia #mykindofride #life A post shared by Pooja B (@poojab1972) onNov 2, 2018 at 7:19pm PDT Sadak 2, the sequel of Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt's 1991 hit film Sadak, has been locked for release on March 25, 2020. The film's star cast has also been announced by its makers. On Mahesh Bhatt's 70th birthday, Vishesh Films took to Twitter to announce that Sadak 2 will star Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Alia Bhatt as the lead faces. Mahesh Bhatt and Vishesh Films are presenting ..
                 

Mumbai, maska mar ke

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The speedy chopping of batata, kanda, kakri, and tamatar, generous amounts of butter being spread on soft and fresh slices of bread laden with green chutney, a flip and flop of the chimta on a coal burner, sometimes topped with sev, sometimes coated in another thick layer of butter and red chutney, a long knife is used to cut the sandwich into six bite-size cubes that are effortlessly slid on to a plate traced with a newspaper. This is not just a recipe — it's an imagery that is iconic to Bombay's ethos. The working-class sandwich that a time-strapped CEO relishes with as much joy as the cobbler near the ladies compartment in Andheri station on platform number one — we have seen them both devour it. And do you know why this 25-rupee snack holds such a dear place in everyone's heart? Because iconic things are never expensive, only priceless. So, on World Sandwich Day, we spoke to some of Mumbai's favourite sandwich walas who have been looking at this city evolve and devolve..
                 

Bombay Scottish halts AVM's winning run

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Defending champions Arya Vidya Mandir's (Juhu) winning sequence was finally broken as they were stunned 0-1 by enthusiastic Bombay Scottish (Mahim) outfit in an exciting and nail-biting girls' U-14 Div I final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised inter-school football tournament, at Azad Maidan yesterday. Back-to-back matchesThe Juhu schoolgirls, who had completed a hat-trick of triumphs when they won the crown last year, looked jaded and were not their usual selves. They were heavy on their feet and could not play with the same flair and fluency they they had displayed in the previous matches. The reason could be that they were playing for the second straight day in hot humid conditions. They had defeated Bombay International (Babulnath) in the second semi-final on Thursday evening would not have got sufficient rest before the final. However, the Bombay Scottish schoolgirls must be given all the credit for their disciplined show as they rose to the challenge and emerg..
                 

Mumbai: Radio Club spat reopens Indian Army's darkest chapter

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A Controversy is brewing in Radio Club, with a member asking why Major (Retd) Nirmal R Ajwani, whose name figured in the infamous Samba Spy Scandal of 1979, continues to be a member of the Colaba club. Advocate Ravi Goenka, a Radio Club member of 10 years, also objected to Major Ajwani being the presiding officer at the club's Annual General Meeting (AGM), where elections for a new committee were held on September 28. In letters to the club dated October 12 and October 20 Goenka cites that Ajwani was implicated in India's worst espionage scandal that shook the military establishment and is often referred to as the Indian Army's darkest hour. The scandalBetween August 1978 and January 1979, the Military Intelligence arrested over 60 army men of various ranks posted in Samba after they were named as Pakistani spies by two gunners - Aya Singh and Sarwan Dass - who were themselves arrested for spying for the Inter-Services Intelligence. Several of those implicated in the scandal protes..
                 

Ekta Kapoor opts for a low-key Diwali bash

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In Bollywood, Diwali is synonymous with Ekta Kapoor's grand card parties that see B-Town and television stars throng her Juhu residence. However, mid-day has learnt that this year will see the TV czarina trade her lavish do for an intimate affair. A friend of Kapoor reveals, "Some of Ekta's closest friends are not keeping well and told her that they may not be able to attend her annual Diwali party. Since they hold a special place in her life, she initially considered skipping the bash altogether this year. However, she has finally decided to opt for a low-key soiree with select few in attendance." Those waiting for her famous card parties that run till the wee hours of the morning will have to wait till next year — Kapoor's invite for the November 6 soiree mentions that it will not be the grand bash that one associates her with. "It has been a good year for Ekta as all her projects across platforms have done well. While she would have liked to celebrate the success with a lavi..
                 

Salman Khan - Shah Rukh Khan to reunite for Bhansali's next?

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Given his love for ambitious dramas, it's hardly a surprise that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is planning a film with a cast that most filmmakers only dream of — rumours are rife that the auteur is in talks with Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan for his next. Sanjay Leela Bhansali Says a trade source, "Salman and Shah Rukh will be reuniting on screen for a two-hero film that will be directed by Bhansali. A family drama about friend-turned-foes, the film will be along the lines of the Dilip Kumar-Raj Kumar starrer Saudagar (1991) and will see them share equal footage. The superstars have always been keen on doing a movie together and Bhansali's film seemed to be the perfect opportunity. They have agreed to it in principle, but Bhansali might take as long as nine months to complete the final draft. If everything goes according to plan, the project may roll mid-next year." Salman and Shah Rukh have previously worked together in Karan Arjun (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Hum Tumhare ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Minor girls working at hotel accuse owner of molestation

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The owner of a Rabale-based hotel went absconding two days ago after two minor girls working in the hospitality department filed a complaint with the MIDC police that he molested and tortured them on the pretext of assigning work. After registering a case under the POCSO Act, the cops launched a search operation to nab the accused. According to the police, the hotel is situated at the Mindspace Business Park in Airoli area. Mamta Dsouza, senior inspector, Rabale MIDC, said, "Two days ago two young girls came to us and narrated the torture that they were going through at the hotel. The hotel owner, Lokesh Tiwari, had hired them for the hospitality department. When the girls used to visit the storeroom, he would follow and then touch them inappropriately. He often threatened them of ruining their lives if they revealed the matter to anyone." Police sources said after registering a case in the matter, they checked Tiwari's background and the details of his previous employees. An officer..
                 

Wendell Rodricks' LGBTQ helpline has Church's blessing

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
To support the LGBTQ community, veteran fashion designer Wendell Rodricks has decided to set up a helpline that will bring the community closer to the Church. He met Cardinal Oswald Gracias on Wednesday to seek his approval for the initiative. Despite the Supreme Court's recent landmark judgment decriminalising homosexuality, Rodricks said that it bothered him to see the LGBTQ community distancing itself from the church. "The general attitude is to see members of the community as sinners and condemn them. But, the new pope is compassionate and we thus wanted to have a social media presence to help members of the community who want to be closer to the church," said Rodricks. He came up with the idea along with Ruby Almeida, co-chair of Global Network of Rainbow Catholics. "We met with the cardinal and he was very receptive. He asked us to go ahead and start the helpline. He also agreed to advise his clergy to be more compassionate and less condemning of the LGBTQ community," said Rodr..