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Mumbai: Metro to run trains every five minutes instead of eight minutes

7 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Your wait for the Metro is about to get shorter very soon, with the authorities having decided to run trains every five minutes instead of the current eight-minute gap. Not only will this cut your waiting time by three minutes flat, but it will also help introduce 44 additional trips per day. On Monday, office-goers will not only have a shorter wait for the Metro trains but will hopefully also find more space in the coaches, thanks to the increase in the number of services. Now, Mumbai Metro trips will go up from 396 to 440 during off-peak hours between 11.30 am and 430 pm. Trial runs with the increased frequency began on September 19. However, full-fledged services will begin with effect from September 24. The 44 additional trips will have a capacity for nearly 66,000 commuters. This move could greatly reduce crowds at Metro stations Crowding issuesBy reducing the intervals between trains and adding new trips, the authorities hope to address crowding issues that have plagued Metro ..
                 

Serial child rapist strikes Nalasopara; molests two minors

9 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Despite the Navi Mumbai police and Thane Crime Branch's dogged pursuit of him, the serial child rapist has struck again, this time in Nalasopara. The pervert, against whom the most recent case was registered in May, raped two minor girls in the past 10 days in Nalasopara. The paedophile had raped nine children and molested three since 2017. Same modus operandiTulinj police station PI JB Suryavanshi said, "Both the cases are registered in Tulinj police station under IPC and POCSO sections. We have already started search for the accused. Initial investigations reveal that he is the same person who targeted children in Navi Mumbai and Thane." The accused used the same modus operandi of drawing children to secluded spots under the pretext of delivering a parcel for their family. On Ganesh Chaturthi, September 13, a shopkeeper from Nalasopara took his daughters shopping. According to the statement of his 13-year-old daughter, he dropped her and her six-year-old sister near their home late..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 900 kg of ladoos offered to Andheri Cha Raja

9 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Ganesh idol of Andheri Cha Raja which is also referred as the Lalbaugh Cha Raja of the Mumbai suburbs was today offered 900 kgs of ladoo. The 'Navshala Pavnara Andheri Cha Raja' which means that the Ganpati idol of Andheri fulfills wishes of its devotees. The Andheri Cha Raja Ganesh idol is organised by Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti and was established way back in in 1966 by the workers of Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd. Andheri Cha Raja mandal comprises of more than 600 volunteers. The mandal is headed by Chairman Keshav Tondvalkar, secretary Vijay Sawant and Pramukha Margadarshak Yeshodhar Padmakar Phanse. Darmesh Shah and Prashil are in charge of the art direction. Every year the beautiful decorations and the unique themes of the Andheri Cha Raja pandal attracts a huge crowd of devotees from across the city and state of Maharashtra. What makes this Ganpati idol different from the rest is that it is immersed after 16 days instead of the usual ..
                 

BMC-MTDC's bid to promote Ganesh visarjan globally falls flat

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In a bid to promote the Ganesh festival among foreign tourists, the Maharashtra Tourism and Development Corporation (MTDC) along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with an initiative to provide them a platform to witness visarjan at Girgaum Chowpatty on Sunday. Even though the authorities have organised a free-of-cost tour for the final day, it has not managed to get more than 25 online applications for it. However, MTDC is hopeful of getting 150 more through spot registrations. In view of the mad rush on visarjan day, the BMC has constructed a pandal (432 square metres) for the tourists, from where they can witness the immersion activities. The pan?dal also has a stage, which/;'/ has been constructed exclusively for the foreign tourists. According to MTDC sources, the tourists can register for the event through their website and then the authorities would arrange a free pick-up and drop facility for them. However, as online registration has not been able to..
                 

Seven FIRs against Ganpati mandals flouting HC ban on DJ music

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Palghar police have registered seven cases against Ganesh mandals for going against a Bombay High Court ruling on playing music with DJ systems, during visarjan in Vasai division. The HC, on Friday, refused to provide relief to an association that sought permission to use DJs and loud music in the state this festive season. Seven FIRs lodgedAdditional superintendent of police, Vijaykant Sagar, told mid-day that the police had given a strict warning to the committee members of mandals about this. "It was candidly conveyed in the coordination committee meeting that action will be taken against those caught flouting high court directives on the DJ ban. Our officers in plainclothes were vigilant from day one. We have registered seven cases (FIR) at Manikpur, Valiv, Virar and Arnala police stations and the electronic instruments and DJ systems have been seized," said Sagar, who added that the violators were stopped mid-way before reaching the visarjan spots in Vasai division. He claime..
                 

Controversial Shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan booted out of T1 hunt

13 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It's confirmed. The controversial, trigger-happy shooter, Nawab Shafat Ali Khan, against whom mid-day has been consistently writing about, will no longer be part of the operation to capture tigress T1, that has been allegedly responsible for killing 13 people over two years. On Friday, mid-day had reported that the nawab would be sent back ('Controversial shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan told to go back home'). After the timely intervention by MP and union minister Maneka Gandhi, the Maharashtra forest department has officially given him the boot. The good news is also that a team of experts from the Madhya Pradesh forest department led by Dr Akhilesh Mishra, will soon be in Pandharkawda to capture the elusive tigress and her two cubs. Senior BJP leader and Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi. File pic 'Tranquilise and capture'Gandhi had also taken serious note of the series of reports in mid-day, which had highlighted the fact that Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCC..
                 

22-year-old TV actress accuses man of raping her in Rajasthan

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A 22-year-old Television actress from Mumbai has alleged rape by a 25-year-old man at a hotel in Rajasthan’s Neemrana, on the pretext of marriage, the police said. The Neemrana police on Wednesday received a zero FIR from Oshiwara police station in Mumbai regarding the matter. "Summons have been sent to the accused and the victim has been asked to visit Neemrana for further investigation. However, both the victim and accused are yet to respond," added Sanjay Puniya, SHO, Neemrana police station.  According to the officer, the television actress had befriended a Kanpur-based man through a social networking site after which the two exchanged numbers via Facebook chat, followed by a round of frequent video calls. The couple started chatting for hours on a daily basis and after some time decided to get married. However, the Kanpur-based man asked the actress to meet him once to take the discussions regarding marriage further. The couple planned a tour to a few interestin..
                 

Abhishek Bachchan, Rohit Shetty and others at the Jagran Cinema Summit

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Celebrated filmmakers and creative marketers from across the country came together to take a deep dive into the future of cinema at the second Jagran Cinema Summit held at the Taj Santacruz. Film Critic & Festival Director, Jagran Film Festival, Mayank Shekhar also announced the opening film for JFF- the much awaited, Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born. The event began with a passionate session spearheaded by Mayank Shekhar with well-renowned director Rohit Shetty who gave helpful pointers on ‘How to be the Audience’s BFF (Best Friend Forever),' something most aspiring filmmakers strive to do. “I always keep the mass appeal in mind. I’m happy when my audience is happy. That gives me a high. To understand what will work, you need to observe and spend time with the audience, trust your instinct and delve deep into the history of cinema, that’s the only way you will be brave enough to create something great.” Rohit Shetty in conversation with Mayank..
                 

MSSA Football: Yash nets solitary goal in St Paul's win

16 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
St Paul's (Dadar) showed excellent teamwork to completely dominate Gopi Birla School (Walkeshwar), but they were unable to capitalise on their scoring opportunities as they could muster only one strike to clinch a 1-0 win in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys's U-16 match of the Ahmed Sailor knockout football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Skipper Soham Shintre along with Yash Nihalje, who scored the lone goal, Saumitra Mane, Smit Chandorkar and Soham Anekar led their attack and they worked in tandem to make a series of incisive runs towards the rival goal. But after advancing deep, they were unable to open up the game and attempt clear shots at goal. Credit should also go to Gopi Birla goalkeeper Tanay Shah for restricting St Paul's to a solitary goal. He made some brilliant saves to deny St Paul's of at least three certain goals. In the first half, Tanay showed great reflexes after attempts from Soham and Yash. In the second half, Tanay charged out in t..
                 

Tracing the evolution of Ganpati idols sans 1893

16 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In 1893, when the British imposed the no-public gathering rule to suppress an uprising by Indians, Lokmanya Tilak came up with the idea of using Ganeshotsav to mobilise people. At the time, the idols were 2-feet-high, with most being made at home. It became a sarvajanik celebration in the year 1892 when Bhausaheb Laxman Javale installed the first such idol in Pune. In 1977, in honour of 50 years of its Ganeshotsav's sarvajanik (public) celebrations, Parel's Ganesh Gully, popularly known as Mumbaicha Raja, brought home a 22-feet-high idol. Because clay was too soft a material to hold up a gigantic idol, sculptors began to use Plaster of Paris. The cost proportionately increased, where a 10-foot-high idol cost Rs 50,000-75,000. As height increased, so did the decorations of the idols as well as the pandals. The GSB Seva Kendra Mandal idol, said to be the richest in Mumbai, adorns its idols with almost 70kg of pure gold and 470kg of pure silver jewellery. In 2014, the GSB Seva Mandal in..
                 

Nandita Das: I am told, there was a technical issue

17 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Manto had a bumpy start at theatres yesterday — morning shows of the Nandita Das directed film were cancelled across the country. It was only in the early afternoon that cinema halls began screening the film. Talking about the unfortunate development, Das said, "I am told that there was a technical issue, but it was intriguing and overwhelming to see the support we got. People [netizens] in Ahmedabad were coordinating with those in Gurgaon, giving them hope that the film will be on screens soon. And since noon, it was up and running. We are hoping for a great run." Nandita Das The film that opened in theatres yesterday had a rude shock in its first leg — multiplex chain PVR Cinemas had to cancel the morning shows citing "technical glitch". Another leading multiplex chain stated that the prints had reached them only in the afternoon, owing to which they had to turn down customers for the morning shows. "Hugely disappointed... six years of work..
                 

52-year-old watchman hangs himself at Borivali's school premises

17 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The watchman of a Borivli school allegedly committed suicide on its premises on Friday morning. According to MHB police sources, the 52-year-old watchman from Borivli's St Francis School, allegedly hanged himself inside the changing room. The deceased, identified as Ganesh Ram Bahadur, was a resident of Nava Nagar at Dahisar west. He was depressedPolice said Bahadur was depressed due to health issues. His wife is also often sick. They said he had been threatening his family with suicide due to these issues, for the past few days, and on Friday he took the drastic step. Police said he was associated with St Francis School in IC Colony from 2004. His wife also works with the same school. He reported to duty as usual and went to the changing room around 7:30 am. The other watchman noticed that the door to the changing room was closed for a long time and informed the school authority. When the door was opened, they saw Bahadur's body hanging from the ceiling fan, with a nylon rope tied a..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Transgender arrested for molesting girl in Kandivli

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Charkop Police arrested a transgender for allegedly molesting a minor girl on Thursday afternoon. According to the police sources, the incident took place in Charkop, Kandivli (W). The accused transgender came to the victim’s house to offer blessings in exchange for cash and allegedly touched the girl inappropriately. The girl informed her mother about the incident who was in the kitchen at the time. The mother immediately approached the Charkop Police to register a formal complaint against the transgender. The Charkop police registered a complaint on the request of the mother and made the arrest within an hour by tracing the accused in the same locality. Pramod Dhaware, senior police inspector of Charkop police told Free Press Journal, "We have arrested the accused and booked him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to molestation. The accused will be produced in the local court on Friday.” The police officer further added, "The minor gir..
                 

Sanya Malhotra: I don't discuss my scripts with Aamir Khan sir

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Almost two years after she made her Bollywood debut with Dangal (2016), Sanya Malhotra is back on screen with Vishal Bhardwaj's Pataakha. Considering she forayed into movies with Fatima Sana Shaikh, comparison between the two is inevitable. While her Dangal co-star boasts of a big ticket film - Thugs Of Hindostan - as her second release, Malhotra says she is happy to take it slow. "I have never been insecure. It was a conscious choice to go slow on work," says Malhotra, adding that her friendship with Shaikh runs too deep to be affected by such comparisons. "I am happy for Fatima; the film is looking fabulous." Sanya Malhotra with Fatima Sana Shaikh. Pic/Instagram That she is chasing creative satisfaction as an artiste and not box-office success is clear in her choice of projects - Bhardwaj's comedy and Badhaai Ho. One may assume that her keen eye for scripts is the result of her association with mentor Aamir Khan. Ask her if she consults him before greenlighting a project, and she ..
                 

Yuva Sena complains about Mumbai school for cancelling Ganpati holidays

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
At a time when a Malad school has landed in the soup for suspending 32 students, who stayed away for five days during Paryushan, Yuva Sena submitted a complaint to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) education officer about Convent Girls' High School in Prabhadevi, as the authorities kept the institute open on September 17 even though all schools had declared a five-day holiday for Ganesh Chaturthi. However, Education Officer, Mahesh Palkar, is of the opinion that if the school had informed parents and made changes in the holiday calendar well in advance, then the decision was not completely wrong. Further mentioning that the school also conducted an exam on the said day, Pradeep Sawant from Yuva Sena said, "All schools had declared a five-holiday in view of Ganeshotsav. But the Prabhadevi school was not only open, they also conducted an examination. Because of this, no one could skip school. We want the education officer to investigate this as the decision was wrong." Whe..
                 

Vicky Kaushal turned poet and listened to sad songs after a break-up

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Vicky Kaushal has got candid about his break-up on the chat show, Midnight Misadventures With Mallika Dua. The actor says he turned poet and heard sad songs like Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se Hum Ajnabee Ban Jaaye. The Sanju star did not reveal the name of the girl, but said his break up story had its share of tamasha. Recently, Vicky was caught by the paparazzi with a woman at a suburban hotspot. Guess, his love life is back on track. Vicky Kaushal also shared an interesting trivia that he doesn't like to wear a watch while shooting for a project. "I wear a watch only if my character demands it, otherwise I don't like to wear one." In the truth or dare round, Vicky refused to share remuneration details and preferred to eat red chilli powder. Mallika says she is the "biggest Vicky Kaushal fangirl and been his fan since 'Masaan'. "For me, he is the perfect hero which Bollywood needs. He is phenomenally versatile and so good that whatever he does inspires me. His energy motivates me to take i..
                 

Aanand L Rai: Feel for Anurag, but we have to be practical

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Producer Aanand L Rai defended the decision to cut three smoking-related scenes from the film Manmarziyaan, stating that their non-inclusion does not "compromise" with its genre. His response came after director Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter and expressed displeasure over the move, indicating that he was not consulted before the decision was taken. Earlier, co-producer Eros had implied that the decision to cut the scenes were taken by the creative producer of the film, Colour Yellow Productions which is run by Rai. In a statement, Rai said, "These cuts were made on a call taken by Colour Yellow Team. I feel we need to understand that this controversy happened after the film has released which leaves the producers and studio extremely vulnerable (sic)." Rai and Kashyap The scenes in question had upset a certain section of the Sikh community and Kashyap, who is out of the country, had on Wednesday issued a "genuine" apology to those who were hurt. Rai said if the concept of the fil..
                 

Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar: Ready for alliance with Congress

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar, who has announced an electoral tie-up with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), met state Congress leaders on Thursday to discuss a possible alliance. A Congress source, however, said the party is in a quandary as it wants an alliance with Ambedkar but not with the AIMIM. Ambedkar, who heads Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, met Congress leaders at the official residence of Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Thursday. 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-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete o..
                 

A city in the making

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A varied architectural history has always been central to Mumbai's landscape. At the time of Independence, Britain had one architect per 4,000 people, in stark contrast to India having one architect per 1,000,000 people. Bombay, however, had over half of the country's architects. But in a city that has changed rapidly, and has so much to share — be it the people and their stories or the spaces that surround them, there's always something that's forgotten. And this Saturday, a Modern Mumbai walk organised by Trip 360 with historian Alisha Sadikot aims to shed light on the same. Empress Court at Churchgate is an Art Deco structure built in 1938 "We will be covering the stretch from Oval Maidan to Nariman point in the context of the 20th century. You see the high point of Gothic architecture, then in the 1920s, the Art Deco style comes into play, and suddenly you spot the high rises — the Trident building, for instance. So, on a single trail, there's evidence of different ti..
                 

Your story, on stage

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Devised in 1975 in the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York, playback theatre is a form of drama that helps build an intimate connection between the audience and the performers through personal stories that the actors perform impromptu. "Once, a member of the audience told us the story of losing his pet. When we enacted it on stage, he mentioned that it helped him get closure as he wasn't there with his pet when he passed away," says Preeti Birla Nair, founder, Mumbai Playbackers (MP). While catharsis through performances isn't uncommon, playback theatre adds a new dimension to experiencing emotions and recreating memories, painful or happy. If you wish to be a part of this experience, MP will present Slice of Life, an unscripted performance that will portray the stories of the audience on stage. Founder Preeti Birla Nair (left) interacts with an audience member "It's based on an improv theatre format. The actors don't come prepared with any script. I usually conduct the evening where I in..
                 

In Mumbra, every resident is part of Muharram and Ganeshotsav

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Residents of Mumbra are the perfect example of peaceful co-existence. In respect for the Muslims observing Muharram since September 12 and the Hindus celebrating Ganeshotsav during the same period, the two communities have been sharing the same pandal and sound system for both occasions. So, once the Ganesh aarti is done with, the Azaan and condolence programme begins. But, this is not a one-off. They have been doing this for the past 20 years, said locals. The pandal this year was set up by the Shri Ganesh Mitra Mandal and Anjuman Majude Ali. While devotees share the mic and loudspeaker, organisers coordinate the timings for the respective prayers to be conducted through the day. Ayaz Ehsan, member, Anjuman Majude Ali and Girish Ahire, head of Shri Ganesh Mitra Mandal "We have been celebrating the Ganesh festival for the past 20 years, and this time the dates of both festivals coincided so we decided to share it. For Thursday and Friday the Ganesh mandal will only conduct the Aarti..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana's name never came to mind: Sriram Raghavan

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Roping in Ayushmann Khurrana to play the role of a blind pianist in AndhaDhun may have seemed as unusual to director Sriram Raghavan as is did to cinephiles when news of this casting hit headlines. Raghavan tells mid-day that Khurrana was "quite opposite" to the image he held of his leading man. "I was thinking of various names and faces, but his name never came to my mind until he said he wanted to audition for the part. I asked him if he could play the piano, to which he said that while he knew [how to play] the guitar, he would learn the piano for the film. That enthusiasm, coupled with the fact that he is a musician, and so, in sync with the character, was an advantage." In order to slip into the part of a visually impaired person, a fair share of prep work began at home for the actor. "I read about the things that Al Pacino did to slip into the role of a visually impaired [in Scent Of A Woman], and used some of those tricks. I told Ayushmann to practise playing the part at home ..
                 

Mumbai: Lalbaugcha Raja mandal in trouble after cop-volunteer rift

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Lalbaugcha Raja mandal, one of the richest Ganeshotsav mandals in the city, is in trouble. The charity commissioner has set up an inquiry into its organisation of the festival. After reports of a tiff between a cop and a volunteer (reported by mid-day, 'Top cop gets into scuffle with Lalbaugcha Raja volunteer,' on September 19), the charity commissioner took suo motu cognisance, and on Wednesday, inspected the pandal himself. The inquiry set up by the commissioner will focus on crowd management, untoward incidents, and whether overcrowding was caused by mandal volunteers. However, whether daily functioning of the committee will be looked into, is yet to be decided, said officials from the CC's office. Charity Commissioner Shivkumar Dige said, "I visited the pandal on Wednesday to check reports of overcrowding and mishandling of devotees. I have asked my officers to keep an eye on the festival and carry out an inquiry into this matter by speaking to devotees. I have also told them..
                 

My dad's pushing me into a loveless marriage

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
My father wants me to marry his friend's son, but he and I have no feelings for each other. He's afraid to question his own father and wants me to convince mine. How do I do this?Why can't the two of you sit down with your parents and tell them how you feel? As an adult, you cannot be forced into a relationship you don't want to be in. I am a 24-year-old woman in a relationship with a 27-year-old man. We have been together for more than seven years. He started cheating on me in 2013. When I found out, he said he would stop dating that girl, and blamed me for not respecting him, saying it was the reason why he did it. I left him eventually, because I couldn't stand it anymore. In 2016, we got back together after he promised never to do it again. I forgave him, and he made things right. I now find that he has cheated on me more than five times since, and it's worse because he even introduced me to the girl once. When I confronted him, he said he would leave her, but I am not sure. I'm h..
                 

Bandra Reclamation's Ganpati Idol is made up of 16,000 box of tissues

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Its been over 7 days since Lord Ganesh has taken residence at homes and the pandals across Mumbai and the state of Maharashtra. Ganpati festival which is also known as Ganesh Chaturthi is the most popular festival in Mumbai. The festival marks birthday celebration of Lord Ganesha. From colourful pandals to delicious modaks, the festival celebrations are being held with great pomp and fervour. This year, we have also seen a unique Ganpati idol recreated by Inspector Rajendra Kane of Vile Parle police station at his Andheri residence, with Lord Ganesha dressed in police attire seated in a police officer's chair.The 26th Annual Ganesh festival celebrations is all the more special this year for Jolly boys Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal, situated at Reclamation in Bandra due to its eco-friendly Idol and Global Warming theme. The Ganesh idol made up of 16,000 boxes of tissue paper, glue, and chalk powder. Right from the decor to the festivities and events like Quiz, antakshari, come..
                 

Mumbai Food: Bringing Beirut to the city

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Olives? In Hommos? Never!" says chef Ali Ghadban dismissively as we marvel at our serving of the velvety dish garnished with chickpeas — its key ingredient — instead of something passe like olives. We are sitting across him tucked snuggly into the burgundy banquette inside Rue Du Liban, a new restaurant in Kala Ghoda that celebrates Levantine cuisine. Its green walls are donned with watermarks of olive trees that boast of exquisite Arabesque brassware. The dreamy art installation behind us comprises suspended transparent olive leaves luminescent under halogen lights. In the curvy, antique wooden chairs opposite us sits Arja Shridhar, gesticulating unapologetically as she utters the words "passionate about food" one too many times. Sridhar helms Indianapoli Hospitality along with Sam Malde and actor Juhi Chawla's spouse Jay Mehta, and says her love for the simplistic, healthy and wholesome cuisine can be traced back to dining in Lebanese restaurants in London. The idea o..
                 

mid-day garden audit: BMC orders to place complaint book in every park

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
You can now register complaints or give suggestions about your favourite garden while taking a stroll inside it. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started keeping complaint books in every garden to encourage citizens to be actively involved in its maintenance. The idea came from citizens and activists who participated in mid-day's Garden Safety Audit Round Table conference in July this year. Following mid-day's suggestion, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC), in charge of Garden Department, Dr Kishor Kshirsagar issued a circular (on September 12) to all 24 ward officers and zonal garden department officials, directing them to keep complaint/suggestion books in the cabins of security guards in every BMC garden. Involving citizensAccording to the circular (a copy of which is with mid-day), many citizens often complain about the state of the garden's cleanliness, maintenance of the gym and play equipment, benches, etc. Following this, and to address these grievances prope..
                 

Morya all the way

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Any activity that involves running is one that either induces excitement or becomes an event to run away from. To counter the vigorous intensity often associated with the term, the Bombay Running crew decided to rope in some fun in the spirit of the ongoing Ganeshotsav celebrations. The organisation, known for hosting runs around the city, often comes up with creative concepts — only last year they conducted the 10x10 challenge where runners had to run 10km at different locations for 10 consecutive days. This Saturday, the collective is all set to host a run around the Ganpati pandals in the Matunga-Kings Circle belt. Deepak Oberoi "We've been thinking of the concept since 2012, but we never executed it so it feels nice to organise it this year. We went route-mapping on Monday, and since Matunga has open pandals every 100 to 200 meters, this will be an easy 5km run," informs Deepak Oberoi, the co-founder of Bombay Running, while adding that at least 80 people are expected to pa..
                 

Mumbai: 32 kids from Malad school suspended for taking Paryushan leave

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Angry parents of 32 children from Children's Academy School in Malad reached the premises on Wednesday demanding an explanation from school authorities on why their wards had been suspended. The school authorities had suspended the children for being absent from school for five days. The parents said the children could not attend owing to Paryushan, an important religious obligation in the Jain community. According to the school administration, this was disciplinary action taken against the students as per school regulations. However, the parents claim the action was taken without giving any notice or warning. The school in Malad, which has many Jain students, met the complaining parents who had come with a letter of their demands. After a meeting, however, though the action taken remains the same, the school core committee has assured parents that the issue will be discussed at another meeting to raise the number of permitted holidays in such cases. Parents shockedThe 32 students ha..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A wild hitThis newspaper had recently reported about an initiative by four Mumbaikars, who gave up their corporate careers to promote organic methods of farming in the Ahmednagar district, so its tribal population could continue growing traditional grains and vegetables. To acquaint citizens of Mumbai with the nutritional value of this almost unknown produce, Shailesh Sakharam Awate, Abhay Bhatia, Pranav Khandelwal and Karan Khandelwal organised a wild food festival last weekend. Complete with talks, musical performances and an elaborate lunch menu featuring indigenous dishes, the festival was a runaway hit, attended by some well-known faces. Filmmaker Kiran Rao dropped by with son Azad, as did chef Thomas Zacharias of a popular Lower Parel restaurant. Nutritionists and food bloggers were seen sampling the dishes, too. "By the end of the festival, we were just left with some rice to spare," a happy Awate told this diarist. Hillary looks East for fashionBack in March, when American p..
                 

Indrani-Peter divorce case: Who will pay stamp duty of Rs 1 crore

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
While Indrani and Peter Mukerjea happily signed consent terms for mutual separation in the family court on Tuesday, it is not known whether they know that both immoveable and moveable properties they have agreed to split will attract stamp duty. There is no mention of who will pay the duty. The two will have to register their assets with the sub-registrar. Suresh Jadhav, additional controller of stamps, General Stamp Office, Mumbai, told mid-day: "Even in consent terms, both moveable and immovable properties attract stamp duty, which is calculated as per the present market value. The family court will send the signed consent papers to the Controller of Stamps for ascertaining if the document has been properly stamped or not, and on the basis of the valuation, they will have to pay the stamp duty, failing which the court will not pass any further order." Noted property lawyer Vinod Sampat echoed similar views and said that the provisions of Indian Stamp Act will be applicable in this ..
                 

See Photos: Sharman Joshi roams around Mumbai with missing posters

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sharman Joshi stepped onto the roads in Mumbai as part of a promotion of his forthcoming film Kaashi in Search of Ganga, and says it was an exciting experience. Sharman started the promotion by getting onto the road with the poster of the girl Ganga (his sister) who is missing in the film. The actor was also seen approaching some cops to help him find her at Juhu Beach. "A very exciting day indeed just to see that people connected with the missing posters... And I was revealing the part that this was actually a part of the film," Sharman said in a statement. "They showed a lot of interest in that which was wonderful. It was a fruitful day and hope for many more in the coming days," he added. Check out some pictures from the promotional activity here: Sharman Joshi promoting his film Kaashi In Search Of Ganga at Versova (Pic/Yogen Shah) Sharman Joshi promoting his film Kaashi In Search Of Ganga at Versova (Pic/Yogen Shah) Sharman Joshi promoting his film Kaashi In Search Of Ganga ..
                 

Mumbai event: Explore Asalpha village on foot

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
I guess it happens to everyone at some point," remarks Ranjeet Adkar about mid-life crisis. The 45-year-old mechanical engineer quit his corporate job to pursue his passion for photography in April this year, after working in the profession for two decades. And in May, he started PhotoWorks, an organisation that conducts photography workshops and walks, and provides basic and advanced training to enthusiasts. a photograph of schoolchildren from the village This Saturday, Adkare will be conducting a walk around the colourful Asalpha village, a locality situated in Ghatkopar, which has often been compared to Positano, a popular holiday destination and quaint cliff-side village on southern Italy's Amalfi Coast. But Asalpha wasn't always Positano. Some time ago, it was much like any other slum in Mumbai, morbid with its crumbling walls, and homes as weathered as a book left out in the rain for too long. In 2017, an NGO started a campaign inviting volunteers to re-imagine the village and ..
                 

Love triangle

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For Mumbai theatre buffs who miss out on international theatre productions, here's a novel way to catch up on these shows. This weekend, watch a live screening of a contemporary adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie in collaboration with the National Theatre of London. Written by Polly Stenham, the plot is set in modern-day London. Witness Carrie Cracknell's exhilarating direction on stage through the turmoil and savagery portrayed by the characters. The recently single Julie, played by Vanessa Kirby of The Crown fame, throws a late night party. Trouble starts to brew when Julie starts to seduce the engaged chauffeur Jean played by Eric Kofi Abrefa. What sets to become a struggle of survival between Julie and Jean's fiancée Kristina might leave you on the edge of your seat. Spokesperson Deepika Pant says, "We collaborate with many international theatres to bring live or pre-recorded screenings of plays, movies, ballet and opera to Indian audiences." On: September 21, 3..
                 

Why is there still so much garbage, asks BMC chief Ajoy Mehta

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is unwilling to believe the claims of its departments about the reduction in garbage collected every day to 7,200 metric tonnes from 9,500 metric tonnes. The authority wants its officers to verify the data submitted by ward offices. At the review meeting of BMC officers, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said he wanted to ensure that there is an even further reduction in garbage collected for which it is important that segregation and collection is done properly. He also wanted more emphasis laid on recycling at source. Mehta wanted deputy municipal commissioners to visit wards and check statistics regarding house-to-house collection, which has taken a hit owing to non-availability of infrastructure to collect waste from slums. He also wanted checks on segregation and elimination of garbage dumps as BMC wants to reduce dependence on them. A civic official said, "The civic chief was unhappy with the progress of reduction in waste reaching ..
                 

Deep dive Down Under

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
When one thinks of Australia, it is hard to leave out the clear beaches, rich biodiversity (where 87 per cent of mammal species are unique to the country), and for us Indians, maybe cricket. Although holidaying there may be a long trip away, from this month onwards the Australia Fest is bringing the country's culture and creativity to 20 cities in India — because there's so much more to the land Down Under. With 75 events on the list ranging from performance, food, literature and art, Australian Consul General Tony Huber describes the essence of the festival. "There is something for everyone to experience. Each will show that Australia is a truly unique partner country, yet with our shared values, the future for collaboration is broadly based and growing," he says. Tony Hubber With the lines between cultural identities blurring, the festival hopes to strengthen Australia-India ties, with a platform where both countries can benefit from this exchange. Hubber explains, "The key t..
                 

Railways roll out poster-perfect idea to give CPR instructions

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Railways have hit upon a poster-perfect idea to equip Mumbaikars taking the local trains to deal with emergency situations. The new Bombardier locals now have a step-by-step instruction manual pasted inside on how to perform CPR, an emergency procedure. This move comes after the announcement of setting up 73 emergency medical rooms at railway stations across the city.The posters have been put up next to window panels on the new trains and would soon be replicated on all trains. Central Railway officials said the idea behind these was to help save a life in the golden hour. Western Railway's chief public relations officer Ravinder Bhakar said the city's local trains are crowded and every attempt to save lives is important. The panel put up near windows on trains gives instructions on making the sufferer lie flat on the ground, and compress the lower part of their chest bone 30 times, followed by breath compression. The following note is about respiratory revival with instructions ..
                 

Mumbai school reprimands 8-year-old for 'inappropriate touch'

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A Vile Parle school reprimanding an eight-year-old for allegedly indulging in inappropriate touching has set off an important debate: at what age do children know the difference between good and bad touch? Child psychology experts and the Maharashtra State Child Rights Commission (MSCRC) feel that children of this age cannot indulge in any such act knowingly. The discussion began after the mother of the eight-year-old boy approached MSCRC, stating that she has received a complaint from her son's school about him indulging in inappropriate touching. 'He doesn't even know'Recalling the incident, the parent said, "They'd just told me that there were complaints against my son. After asking about the nature of the complaints, I was told that he hit his classmates and touched them inappropriately. I was shocked to hear that. It is impossible for me to believe this as he is just 8 years old. Forget about indulging in any such act, he's not even aware about bad touch yet." The mother contin..
                 

Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea begin divorce proceedings

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sheena Bora murder accused Indrani Mukerjea has made a list of immovable properties, financial settlements including bank deposits and personal belongings which includes the window curtains. Highly placed sources informed mid-day that both Indrani and husband Peter Mukerjea have mutually agreed on a list of demands which was communicated through their respective lawyers. The list is a detailed one and runs in more than a page. Apart from the fixed deposit accounts in four banks, a list of immovable properties includes properties located in UK, Spain Marlow and two properties in Goa. Indrani arrives at Bandra Family Court. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar The Worli flat according to sources will be split between Indrani and Peter equally. The duo will be brought to family court at 10.30 am on Tuesday from Byculla and Arthur Road Jail respectively. Source purview to the divorce case on condition of anonymity said "They will be brought to the first floor of the family court, where all relevant verif..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Andheri Cha Raja in different avatars

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti, Andheri revealed the first look of Andheri Cha Raja on September 12, 2018 in Mumbai. Andheri Cha Raja is also referred as the Lalbaugh Cha Raja of the Mumbai suburbs. The Andheri Cha Raja is known as the 'Navshala Pavnara Andheri Cha Raja' which means that idol fulfils the wishes of its devotees. The Andheri Cha Raja mandal was established way back in in 1966 by the workers of Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd. Every year the beautiful decorations and the unique themes of the Andheri Cha Raja pandal attracts a huge crowd of devotees from across the city and state of Maharashtra. What makes this Ganpati idol different from the rest is that it is immersed after 16 days instead of the usual 10th day for other Ganpati idols.  Several Bollywood movie stars like Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty family, Ravina Tandon, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Alka Yagnik, and Bappi Lahiri frequent the pandal during the Ganesh festival. S..
                 

Pakistan are favourites to win Asia Cup, says Sanjay Manjrekar

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar believes India are one of the main contenders to lift the ongoing Asia Cup, but tipped Pakistan as the favourites given the neighbour country has been playing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regularly. Pakistan have begun their Asia Cup campaign routing minnows Hong Kong by eight wickets Sunday and have the added advantage of playing in the UAE, their "home" ground. India, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, would start their campaign Tuesday against Hong Kong, which is a dress rehearsal for their marquee clash with arch-rivals Pakistan the next day. "I think Pakistan start as favourites more than India, because they have been playing in those conditions (in the UAE) for a while now and it's a team which is on the surge. "India, of course, are resting Virat (Kohli), which takes a lot of strength away from the team," Manjrekar, an ESPNcricinfo expert, told PTI here. He was quizzed whether in the absence of Kohli, India were the favourites going i..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Broken tail light ends duo's bag-lifting spree

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The broken tail light of a two-wheeler and an intensive probe helped the Versova police arrest five bag-lifters two weeks after two of them made away with a vendor's bag containing Rs 6 lakh in cash at Four Bungalows, Andheri. Initially, the cops traced the duo to their hideout in N M Joshi Marg, following which their interrogation led them to three of their accomplices. The trio was picked up from Mahalaxmi, Kalachowkie and Curry Road areas. The police have also seized two vehicles from their possession. Confirming the arrests, Senior Inspector Ravindra Badgujar identified them as Nilesh Kamble, 34, Nitesh Bhutia, 30, Lakhan Bhutia, 29, Rahuk Valshekhar, 23, and Sudesh Janvalkar, 30. Another officer from Versova police station said all accused were school and college dropouts. The Versova cops swung into action after the vendor had complained on August 28 about his bag being snatched from his tempo by two men who fled on a bike. Thereafter, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 9), Pa..
                 

Chef Prateek Sadhu takes Mexican chef-friend for a food trail in Srinag

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Having come here all the way from Mexico City, it is chef Jorge Vallejo's first visit to India. And to ensure that his food journey doesn't end at butter chicken and naan, chef Prateek Sadhu whisked him away to Srinagar over the weekend. Sitting at Ahdoos, a 100-year-old restaurant in the Kashmir capital's Presidency Road, 36-year-old Vallejo — who runs Quintonil in Polanco district and is touted as one of Mexico's top new-gen chefs — felt at home. "This act of sharing and eating together at the table is familiar," Vallejo explains to us later. Jorge Vallejo and Prateek Sadhu in Maharaj Ganj, Srinagar At Ahdoos, they were served a nose-to-tail mutton experience, with delicacies like kebabs, and meatballs and curries made with liver, intestine and chest. "The way Indian food is a mix of spices and colours, Mexico, too, sees an explosion of flavours and colours and meals, which for us, are acts of festivity with the people you care about," says Vallejo, who spent the day s..
                 

No dream too big

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Ayaan Kapadia is like any other 10-year-old. He religiously wakes up a couple of hours in advance to go to school in the morning, devotes his time for academic work once he's back, and leaves some time for gaming and cricket. But in the middle of his daily routine, there's one thing he doesn't fail to materialise unlike his peers — dreaming. When we meet Kapadia, he's on his way to publishing his second book, Maverick's Adventures with the Pirates. The book is a sequel to Maverick's Marvelous Adventure that was released earlier this year, and earned him the titles of Youngest Author in India and A Book Written by a Child in the Shortest Period by the Indian Achiever Book of Records. That's why when we ask him if there will be a third book in the series, his answer doesn't surprise us. "Oh yes, I was dreaming about it last night," he says. The standard V student narrates his journey with a resounding similarity to the plot of his 60-page book — a young boy wants to become a..
                 

Prize for most eco-friendly home Ganesha goes to...

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Civic officials of F-South ward are looking for the 'Raja of environment' this Ganeshotsav. For the first time in the city, they have announced a competition for families who install eco-friendly Ganesh idols in homes (gharguti Ganpati), and celebrate the festival with an eye on the environment. Some of the criteriaThe criteria for the competition called 'Ganpati Mazha Paryavarancha Raja' (My Ganpati, the king of the environment), includes using eco-friendly homemade decorations that don't have even a tiny bit of plastic or thermocol. Participants will also be evaluated on the social message they pick, and there are extra points for those who immerse idols in artificial ponds. "Instead of the usual protocol of spreading awareness about using environment-friendly material, this year we also thought of introducing a competition to increase public participation. Immersion of idols in the sea adds to pollution, and is responsible for garbage washing up on beaches. Hence, we have encour..
                 

mid day editorial: BMC, cops must work together for the city

4 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Mind your own business, said the BMC to the Antop Hill police, a front-page report in this paper cited. A couple of weeks ago, there were reports that the Antop Hill police was fed up of potholes and had filled craters near their beat chowkie No. 1. Post those reports, the BMC chief Ajoy Mehta has sent a stern message to the cops in return, instructing that the BMC will no longer tend to that spot. Mehta instructed ward officials that they were not to touch that particular spot and let the cops maintain it themselves. The civic officials claim there were no potholes on the stretch, that it was an undulation which the cops fixed with substandard material. Meanwhile, the traffic cops say the potholes there caused at least two accidents. This spat needs to be over quickly. The police say that they have been misunderstood and they did not fill the potholes for publicity but out of genuine concern for citizens. They have clarified that the pictures used by the media to report the incident..
                 

'Shameful that PCCF sent woman officer to hunter's hotel at night'

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Upset that he has not yet come face-to-face with Yavatmal's man-eating tigress, T1, controversial shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan has trained his gun on the forest department instead. Shockingly, the PCCF tried to pacify the Nawab by sending a senior woman officer - Deputy Conservator of Forest K M Abharna - to his hotel to apologise. Deputy Conservator of Forest K M Abharna is the smart, young officer leading the forest department's mission to capture tigress T1 alive. It is protocol to attempt a live capture by tranquilising, and shooting wild animals - even man-eaters - is the last resort. In this case, rescuing T1 without bloodshed will also go a long way in ensuring that her cubs do not lash out in fear. Sources said officer K M Abharna seemed to be upset after meeting the shooter But this approach doesn't seem to have gone down well with the trigger-happy Khan, who is notorious for killing hundreds of wild animals. Even as the authorities put in their best efforts to capture the..
                 

New Bengali eatery in Lokhandwala serves excellent authentic cuisine

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Any fool will tell you that we Bengalis have a long-standing love affair with fish. Outside of roshogollas, maachh-bhaat is what typifies our cuisine. And this love affair is no casual flirtation either. It's a lifelong commitment that starts with the market and ends at the table. But there's a problem that Bengalis face in Mumbai. There is a comparative lack of river fish in the city. So unless it's the market in Chembur, your fishmonger's options are usually restricted to catch from the Arabian Sea. And that's something that the proprietors of Rajbari Rasoi, a new Bengali restaurant in Lokhandwala, didn't take into account when they designed their menu. For, they included freshwater staples like boyal, koi and topshe, without realising that sourcing the same here would be as difficult as finding a vada pav on Kolkata's streets. But let that not take away from the outstanding job they have otherwise done of recreating the food of zamindari Bengali families. Even the ambience is such ..
                 

Mumbai Congress leaders demand removal of Nirupam as MRCC president

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Senior Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) leaders on Sunday met Maharashtra Congress in-charge - Mallikarjun Kharge - and demanded removal of their president, Sanjay Nirupam. The leaders recommended name of former Lok Sabha MP, Milind Deora, for the post. According to Congress sources, Kharge assured the leaders that he will put forth their demand before Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Sources said that the MRCC leaders had sought a meeting with Rahul, however, the Congress president's office asked them to meet Kharge instead, who was in Mumbai for the past two days for a parliamentary committee meet. All the leaders put forth a unanimous demand for a change in the MRCC president at the earliest for better preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha and the State Assembly elections due next year. Along with the MRCC leaders, supporters of late Congress leader Gurudas Kamat were also a part of the delegation, who were said to be upset with Nirupam's stance on the crucial issues r..
                 

Mumbai event: Up close and personal with lavani researchers

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Pop culturisation of art can be a double-edged sword. While its reductionist approach shows little regard for the context and nuances of an art form, it takes the form to a far larger audience than it could have possibly reached on its own. Lavani is a case in point. "Known to many as the sensuous dance that often lends itself to an item number on the silver screen, it is this popularisation that has inspired women who don't hail from traditional dance communities to pursue it as well," says Bhushan Korgaonkar, who wrote the book, Sangeet Bari, in 2014. Korgaonkar and Savitri Medhatul — the duo made a documentary on this dance form in 2008 — conceptualised the book launch as reading of excerpts from the book interspersed with lavani performances. The success of the format led to the production of Sangeet Bari. Bhushan Korgaonkar and Savitri Medhatul This Friday, the Marathi show will be followed by one with Hindi narration. The performers include lavani dancers and ..
                 

Central Railways' 'short mega block' turns out to be empty promise

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Central Railway's grand promise of ending the mega block an hour earlier for Ganpati on Sunday turned out to be just words as services remained suspended till the usual time of 4.10 pm. According to the initial announcement, the block on the Mulund-Matunga main line and CSMT-bound line was supposed to be from 11.10 am to 4.10 pm and between Vashi and Panvel from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm. However, even after the railways' announcement of cutting down the block time by an hour, the situation on the ground remained the same. As this mid-day reporter travelled along the route, he spotted the Mahadev and Neelkanth wagons undergoing maintenance work on the main line between Vikhroli and Ghatkopar. They were removed from the tracks only around 3.56 pm. Hence, the block effectively ended at 4 pm, after which some time went into getting the services back on track. Even as commuters were spotted waiting at the Kurla station around 4 pm, the railways announced the unavailability of slow trains ..
                 

Retired officer turns to HC for his dues, again

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Running from pillar to post, for his hard-earned money, has become a full time profession for retired Assistant General Manager Raja Basu. The former Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) employee has now filed a fresh petition before the court seeking the release of his dues from the Assistant Labour Commissioner. In his petition, he says that Kalpana Sisodia, Assistant Labour commissioner, Central 3 , who was custodian of his gratuity of Rs 20 lakh from his Rs 45 lakh dues, has allegedly issued an order asking Basu to obtain direction from High Court to release the said amount or get consent of management of SCI, for releasing the payment. According to the mandate of gratuity law, as soon as the employer deposits the gratuity amount with the office of controlling authority, the same shall be released immediately, to the concerned employee. Advocate Rajeshwar Panchal, who is representing Basu said, "It is unfortunate that Basu, who had served SCI for over two and half decades, is..
                 

Mumbai: Speeding car kills walker in Marine Drive hit-and-run

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A speeding car ran over a jogger at Marine Drive on Sunday morning, killing him. The deceased, identified as Ashwin Jain, 55, was a textile businessman. While the police have not named or found any accused, they have registered a case. Jain, a resident of south Mumbai, had gone to Marine Drive for his daily run. However, on Sunday, when he was crossing the road after parking his bike at B D Somani Chowk, a speeding car hit him and fled from the spot. An eyewitness said deputy commissioner of police Shivdeep Lande was at the spot when the incident occurred and rushed to help Jain. Speaking to mid-day Lande said, "On Sunday, I heard a loud noise while I was running. When I turned, I saw people had gathered around a person who lay in a pool of blood. With the help of some people, I immediately put him inside a taxi. In the meantime, local police personnel came and began doing their work." Left him bleedingOne of Jain's relatives, Dilip Jain, said, "Police told us that the speeding car ..
                 

Arbaaz Khan to marry girlfriend Giorgia Andriani?

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Buzz is Arbaaz Khan is all set to get hitched for the second time. Those in the know say that things are almost official between him and ladylove Giorgia Andriani. She accompanied him to the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at Arpita Khan Sharma's home. Arbaaz's ex-wife Malaika Arora was also present. But two share cordial relations and the presence of Giorgia in the house did not make it awkward either for Arbaaz or her. The actor-producer has been stepping out with Giorgia everywhere. It is said that he will pop the question soon and the Khandaan approves of her. Looks like wedding bells are all set to ring in Galaxy Apartments in the coming months. Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora's divorce shocked one and all. They were one of the most loved and strongest couples in Bollywood and their divorce came as a shock to their fans. The couple split after 17 years of marriage, but continue to remain friends. Malaika attends all the functions and parties held at the Khan residence and the family..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Munnabhai ganpati layaActor Sanjay Dutt, along with wife Manyata and their twins, Shahraan and Iqra, gives Ganpati an environment-friendly visarjan below his Bandra home on Saturday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Vivaan Shah turns novelistNaseeruddin and Ratna Pathak Shah's youngest son Vivaan has already proved his métier as an actor both, in theatre and Bollywood. Now, the junior Shah, we hear, in busy penning a crime thriller. To be published by Penguin Random House at the end of this year, the book titled Living Bell, is set in the seedy underbelly of Mumbai and tells the story of Nadeem Sayed Khatib, who is sent to extract rent from one of the tenants in the building by his landlord. But, he finds the man murdered, and himself at the heart of a conspiracy. We already think the plot is juicy enough for a film, hopefully scripted by Vivaan himself. Review official Nitin Kannamwar (right) with line umpires Sagar Kashyap, Supreeth Kadvigere, Saibal Banerjee and Shreeram Gokhale along ..
                 

Let's talk about love

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Not too long ago, writer and playwright Avantika Shankar had staged a play, which took the audience into the lives of two couples, who meet at a high-end café in South Bombay. Like their gilded surroundings, the couples — one young and old — seem hopelessly out of place in the world they live in, and start to unravel their inhibitions, showing us how romance is not necessarily a fairytale, and probably a lot more ludicrous than most people like to believe. Now, Mahesh Dattani has come on board with another cyber romance story, The Reading, to ooze new life into the play. Avantika Shankar and Mahesh Dattani In its new avatar, the play, titled Dance Me to the End of Love, will waltz you across Shankar's quirky café, before beaming you through cyber space and book readings with Dattani's work. "It all started with Avantika, who had written a series of plays on young and old people dating. Two of these stories, The Date and the Dated, were extremely delightful a..
                 

Hormusji N Cama is new ABC chairman

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Hormusji N Cama, director, Mumbai Samachar was unanimously elected as the chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the year 2018-2019. Cama was earlier the president of Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for two terms as well as chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI) and Media Research Users Council (MRUC). Cama continues to be an active member on the Board of INS, PTI & MRUC till date. Madhukar Kamath, chairman emeritus, DDB Mudra Pvt. Ltd. representing Advertising Agency category on the Council, was unanimously elected as the deputy chairman of the Bureau for the year 2018-2019. The publishers representatives on the Bureau's Council of Management for the year 2018-2019 are Cama, Devendra V Darda of Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd (secretary), Shailesh Gupta of Jagran Prakashan Ltd, Debabrata Mukherjee of Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd, Chandan Majumdar of ABP Pvt. Ltd, Raj Kumar Jain of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, Pratap G. Pawar of Sakal Papers Pvt. Ltd, and Riyad Mathew of Malaya..
                 

Saurabh Shukla talks about his latest play Jab Khuli Kitaab

6 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In Jab Khuli Kitaab, Saurabh Shukla the director cast Saurabh Shukla the actor reluctantly. "I'm in one of the main roles, which is an accident," he says over the phone from Lucknow. "I never wanted to be in that role. I tried many actors, but it's not easy to find seasoned, working actors for theatre, because everybody has some work or the other. I kept trying, I kept trying, I kept trying, and I realised that if I kept waiting, I'll lose this production. So, I decided to step in." When Shukla repeated the same sentiment to another seasoned, working actor, Danish Husain, outside Prithvi Theatre one day, Husain did the only sensible thing: he volunteered. Hence, Jab Khuli Kitaab is packed with well-loved actors such as Shukla, Husain and Irawati Harshe, and 22 other old and new faces. "You have to understand that this has been a real nightmare," says Shukla, of the casting. "There are approximately 25 people onstage. This is a humongous, huge cast by any standard. A small stage will n..
                 

'Mind your own business, red-faced BMC tells Antop Hill cop'

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Our business is our business, none of your business: there's nothing the BMC wants to say to the Mumbai police more than this. A couple of weeks ago, the civic body was left red-faced by reports that even the Antop Hill police had become fed-up of potholes and had filled craters near their beat chowkie No. 1. Now, civic chief Ajoy Mehta intends to send a stern message to the cops in return, instructing that the BMC will no longer tend to that spot. During a review meeting last week, BMC boss Ajoy Mehta instructed additional municipal commissioner Vijay Singhal to write a strongly-worded letter to the Additional Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Central region, in this case) to convey that henceforth the stretch of road should be looked after by the cops, as the Corporation will no longer look after its maintenance. Further, Mehta also instructed the ward officials (mid-day accessed a copy of the minutes of the meeting) that they were not to touch that particular spot and let the cops ma..
                 

Secular organisations come out in support of Kerala nun; seek justice

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Putting fire into a Friday afternoon, secular organisations and community representatives spoke out at a conference in solidarity with the survivor nun. The conference was held at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh at Azad Maidan. The speakers took aim at the slow action against Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal. A Kerala nun has accused him of raping her, saying she was sexually abused 13 times between 2014 and 2016. 'We are ashamed'The speakers, though, first took aim at themselves, saying that they apologised for being slow to speak out and stand up for the survivor. They also said that it was a time to hang their heads in shame at the accusations, but more so at the silence of those whom the nun had complained to. Voice for voicelessSpeaker Dolphy D'Souza, former national vice-president of the All India Catholics Union, said, "We have gathered here to give voice to the voiceless, we stand on the side of the suppressed." D'Souza said, underlining the overarching message that this was a..
                 

WR installs canopies to shelter waiting commuters at Mahalaxmi station

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Commuters had a pleasant surprise waiting for them at Mahalaxmi station this week - no longer would they have to stand in lashing rain or scorching sun while waiting for their train. While the platform rooftops have been removed in order to facilitate the construction of new foot over bridges (FOBs), the Western Railway has hit upon a quick-fix solution - temporary canopies. A senior divisional official explained that with a large number of footbridges commissioned, the roof of the station has been removed to build foundations, etc. Usually, the roof is put back after the bridge is complete, but the entire process is time-consuming and leads to passenger complaints. Quick fixAfter recurring of complaints of leaking or missing roofs, WR has installed canopies on the station platforms. These canopies can be erected in minimal time - no longer than a week - while traditional rooftops can take up to three months to install, as the process begins with floating tenders and waiting for bids..
                 

MSSA U-16 Div IV: Goalie Manas, skip Sujal save the day for Dolours

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Goalkeeper Manas Chogale's match-winning effort enabled Our Lady of Seven Dolours (Marine Lines) score a narrow 1-0 win against Rosary HS (Mazgaon) in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys' U-16 Div IV knockout first round match of the inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Manas showed good anticipation by moving to his left to block Abhijith Singh's shot from the penalty spot late in the match to deny Rosary an equaliser. With three minutes remaining for the final whistle, Dolours defender Asif Shaikh handled the ball in the area and referee Irfan Shaikh awarded the Mazgaon school a penalty, which they were unable to convert and paid dearly, as they made an exit. Super SujalEarlier, Dolours captain Sujal Shinge scored the decisive winner by converting a penalty in the fourth minute on resumption to give Dolours the lead. Referee Avinash Kanajia awarded Dolours the penalty when Sanket Arekar was tripped by Rosary's Aseem Shaikh inside the box. From..
                 

Why hike in petrol and diesel prices affects the common man?

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Can't levy it aloneHere are the taxes you pay on fuel:* Central Excise Duty: On Petrol, which is at Rs 21.48 per litre, whereas for Diesel, it is at Rs 17.33 per litre.* State VAT: Around 21 states have a 25 per cent Value Added Tax on petrol, with Mumbai having the highest at 39.12 per cent. State VAT on diesel is more than 20 per cent in 14 states, with the highest in Andhra Pradesh at 28.08 per cent.* Add it up: In Delhi, for every Rs 100 you pay for petrol, Rs 45.9 goes to the government in the form the taxes in Delhi. The amount of taxes differs in all states based on their VAT and other factors. 'The reason why we pay such high taxes on petrol is because around 15 years ago, a bureaucrat at the Centre, on the instructions of the minister of his department, changed paise to per cent on the tax applicable to fuels, and the rule stuck'Nitin Dossa, president, Western India Automobile Association When BJP was pe-trolledOn September 10, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tweeted an ima..
                 

Shah Rukh Khan says no to the remake of Tamil film Vikram Vedha?

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The bug of remaking South films in has bitten most of the Bollywood filmmakers The formula of remaking a masala potboiler and minting moolahs at the cash registers is a safe bet. For instance, Ajay Devgn's Singham, and Akshay Kumar's Rowdy Rathore, Salman Khan's Wanted, amongst others generated immense footfalls in the theatres. These films are also very highly consumed on satellite.  While most of the Bollywood stars have a South film's remake on their name, superstar Shah Rukh Khan is yet to foray into that transition. There is a buzz about Shah Rukh Khan and the Hindi remake of the 2017 Tamil action thriller, Vikram Vedha. The film starred R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. While the actor had shown interest in the project earlier, whispers are that SRK has now lost interest in the project. Initially, the makers wanted him to play Madhavan's role of a cop, but he was more keen on Sethupathi's character of a gangster. Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey is on board as creative consultant, b..
                 

20-year-old unruly biker jumps signal; runs over traffic cop in Borivli

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
An unruly biker jumped a traffic signal in Borivli West on Wednesday night and grievously injured a traffic police constable. According to police sources, the injured constable, identified as Milind Hiwale, 32, from the Borivli traffic division, was regulating traffic at the Don Bosco junction in Borivli around 8.15 pm on Wednesday. Just then, the biker, identified as Akshay Ajay Parmar, 20, jumped the signal. Hiwale signalled him to stop, but Parmar drove his motorcycle towards Hiwale and ran him over, leaving him with head, nose and leg injuries. He then tried to flee from the spot, but Hiwale's colleague caught him and handed him to the Borivli police. Meanwhile, Hiwale was rushed to Sailee Hospital, and admitted to the ICU. His condition was critical. On Thursday, he was moved to Life Line hospital for further treatment. Hiwale's right ankle has been badly damaged, while his nose and head, too, have serious injuries. Arrested accused Parmar is a resident of Mangal Murt..
                 

Has Aayush Sharma decided not to work with Katrina Kaif?

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma is all set to step his foot into the world of glamour as an actor, with his debut film, Loveratri. The actor, along with debutante Warina Hussain and director Abhiraj Minawala are busy promoting the film endlessly. Reportedly, Aayush Sharma has said that he can't work with Katrina Kaif for 'obvious reasons'. Arpita Khan's husband's statement is said to be a hint at Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's alleged relationship. He'd rather steer clear of her. However, in the past, there were rumours that the Tiger Zinda Hai actress had refused to work with Aayush in a film. Aayush's statement has left him and Katrina's fans in a soup. They are wondering if he was referring to Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's history or her refusal to work with him. We assume it is the former. Talking about Loveratri, it is a romantic drama that marks the next venture of Salman Khan Films. Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, Loveratri is produced by Salman Khan under the banner..
                 

Mumbai: Derailment hits Central railway; Trains down on Kasara line

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A rail inspection tower wagon 'Vaitarna' that was servicing the overhead equipment between Asangaon and Kasara derailed near Umbarmali shortly after midnight hitting the suburban train services of the Central Railway (CR) here on Friday, an official said. While the restoration work was going on at war footing, there was a public agitation at Vasind by commuters due to which suburban trains were restrained till Titwala only. Thousands of commuters launched an agitation as there were no suburban train services between Asangaon-Kasara. The protests were controlled by 8:15, but that didn't help as it delayed the restoration work. Mail Express train movement has started on single line for UP and DN direction. However, there will be delay in clearing all mail Express trains due to bunching. Although efforts were on to clear the tracks during the morning peak hours, stranded irate commuters shouted slogans, while some ran about on the railway tracks at t..
                 

Last Ganpati celebrations for Kapoors at the R.K Studios?

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For several decades, the Kapoors have been celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi at the iconic R.K Studios, helmed by the late veteran actor-producer Raj Kapoor in 1948. The studio, which was gutted in fire last year, has been put up on sale. However, despite the decision of selling the sprawling landmark studio, the Kapoors have continued with their year-long tradition, and have welcomed the diety on the pious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Confirming the same, Randhir Kapoor told Pinkvilla that the celebrations will remain the same this year. "We shall be celebrating Ganpati as usual like we do every year. Rk. [sic]," said Randhir Kapoor.  The RK Studios fire erupted on September 16 last year on the set of the television show, Super Dancer 2.  Later, it was reported that the family has collectively decided to sell the studio, which was built 70 years ago by veteran actor Raj Kapoor. The studio, spread in the two-acre was the headquarters of the film production compa..
                 

Doctor performs surgery on 56-yr-old woman with rare cystic condition

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Fifty Six-year-old Shanta Sosa, a resident of Tardeo, recently underwent a surgery at Mumbai's iconic Bhatia Hospital for an extremely rare condition called chylous mesenteric cyst. The woman was experiencing very heavy uteral bleeding which led her to visit a local gynaecologist. A routine ultrasound revealed that there was a cystic tumour near her pancreas and the gynaecologist referred her to Dr Kamlesh Khandelwal, Laproscopic Surgeon, at Bhatia Hospital. The gynaecologist was of the opinion that the tumour needs to be taken care of first following which she could perform a hysterectomy. Upon further investigations, Dr Khandelwal found that the tumour was about 6 cm in diameter and was not arising from either the pancreas or the intestine. It was instead in between the two. The tumour was also shifting blood vessels to the colon which made the situation a very critical zone to operate upon. With this knowledge, Dr Khandelwal conducted a laparoscopic surgery over the patient and ..
                 

Maharashtra court orders attachment of Dhananjay Munde's properties

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A court in Maharashtra's Beed district has ordered the attachment of properties of senior NCP lawmaker and the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde for allegedly duping a cooperative bank. Munde, who has been one of the directors of a cotton mill since 2006, was accused of not repaying the loan taken from the Beed Central Cooperative Bank.According to an FIR filed in 2013, the leader and other directors of the Sant Jagmitra Cooperative Cotton Mill at Parli in the Beed district had taken loans of several crores from the bank between 2003 and 2011.The FIR said the loan was obtained without following due process and without checking if the applicants had the ability to repay it.Judge Dhananjay Deshpande of the additional district court of Ambajogai, in his order on September 5, stated that properties belonging to Munde be attached and he be prohibited from transferring or charging the said properties.Munde Thursday told reporters that the court's jud..
                 

'Mumbai's Central Railway to get Semi-AC local trains by 2019'

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In a major development, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that Central Railway Mumbai will get four semi-air-conditioned local trains during the summer of 2018-19 and that a plan to convert existing 12-car trains into 15-car will be included in the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A (MUTP-3A). Railway Minister @PiyushGoyal informed me, @Central_Railway will have 4 AC Rakes & will run/operate 40 Air Condition (Semi AC) trains services daily between CSMT & Kalyan in next 4/5 months @BJP4Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/6elijlN2vX — Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) September 12, 2018 India's first Air-conditioned suburban train that runs on Mumbai's Western Railway "The plan to upgrade infrastructure to run 15-car trains on Central Railway will be taken up in the upcoming MUTP-3A," Goyal wrote in a letter to Mumbai North East MP Kirit Somaiya this week. Somaiya put out a tweet mentioning the same on Wednesday. "The trains are being manufactured by the Integral Coach Fa..
                 

Culinary secrets from the Sahyadris

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In urban health food parlance, oats, quinoa and chia seeds occupy a place of honour. From supermarket shelves to diet menus, so widespread are these "superfoods" that the fact that farms within a 100-km radius of the city grow equally — if not more — nutritious veggies and grains might come across as implausible to many Mumbaikars. Paddy farming in Harishchandragad Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary The ramifications of the scales tipping in favour of fancy imports, however, go beyond burning a hole in the consumer's pocket. Tribals who have lived in harmony with nature for centuries — picking fruits and vegetables from forests, and practising sustainable farming — are now chopping down trees to make way for farmlands to grow what urban dwellers consume. As a result, indigenous knowledge about local produce is slowly getting lost. Sanjay Patil of BAIF is a key driver in the field of seed preservation "The need to preserve this knowledge and promote produce traditio..
                 

Ganesh special series: Tusshar talks about fun, food and modaks

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Actor Tusshar Kapoor is a hands-on father is what we realise when he shares his schedule for the day till sunset — he picks up his two-year-old son Laksshya from playschool and then has lunch with him, which is followed by a play date in Bandra. As a single father, Kapoor believes in being wholly there for his son and encouraging him to take family traditions forward, one of which is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. For 45 years, the Kapoor family has been bringing Ganpati home. Sister Ekta gets an idol to her residence too. "My dad started the tradition before I was born. As a kid, I remember how all his friends who lived close by would drop in — Rakesh Roshan ji, Rishi Kapoor ji, Prem Chopra ji, all my building friends, and his friends from his old home in Girgaum. It was more of a close-friends-and-family event," says Kapoor, and adds, "As a child, the festival was entertainment for me. There was a lot of hulchul in the house, and we would look forward to coming home after..
                 

'Baatein Aman Ki' campaign to gun for peace and harmony

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Giving the 'there is no space for dissent in the current Narendra Modi govt, regime' narrative a feminist twist, a clutch of women's and civil society organisations have come together to hold a pan-India campaign — 'Baatein Aman Ki' (peace conversations). This hopes to galvanise women and men across the nation to propagate peace, harmony, love and safeguard constitutional values. The campaign will see women on a pan-India journey to spread the message of peace, harmony, tolerance and to fight back against what the organisers call, "targeted attacks on the Constitutional rights of women in India." Creating awarenessThere will be five vans of approximately 25 women each moving across the nation (five routes have been chalked out), including Kandhal (Himachal), Kerala and Kashmir. Women will distribute posters and leaflets upping awareness about shrinking dissent space and attacks on rights. Over 500 programmes will be held in 200 cities, towns and villages where these vans will go..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi: Devotees to gain Tuberculosis gyan with darshan

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
This Ganeshotsav, those going for Bappa's darshan to some pandals will get a lesson in tuberculosis diagnosis and care. A TB expert has decided to use the festival of the god of knowledge, to spread awareness about the deadly disease. Dr Rajendra Nanaware, a pulmonologist and former medical superintendent of Sewri's TB Hospital (the city's biggest civic-run TB hospital), has been granted permission for this by several pandals in Kurla and Ghatkopar. "I have been given time slots by various pandals in these two areas to discuss TB. We [his team and himself] will mainly talk about the symptoms and diagnosis of TB, as we can reach a large number of people at one go," said Dr Nanaware. When asked why he chose these two areas in Mumbai, he said these areas record the highest number of TB cases every year. "Many people are still not aware of government schemes to curb TB. Also, today, thanks to their lifestyle, more people are falling prey to TB, as their immune systems are getting weaker...
                 

'Bollywood is an ocean for different genres'

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Ronkini Gupta is a trained Hindustani classical singer who straddles the worlds of Bollywood and independent fusion music with equal elan. We caught up with her ahead of Bandishana, an evening of musical poetry based on bandishes, where she will perform with Rupak Dhamankar on the tabla and harmonium player Adinath Patkar. Edited excerpts. How does Bollywood music differ from indie music? Are there similarities?Well, Bollywood is an all-pervasive industry. If I were to tell someone that I am a vocalist, the first question that pops up is, "Oh, which film have you sung for?" No one ever thinks that I could be an independent musician pursuing khayal, ghazal, thumri, folk or fusion, all of which are distinct genres that a musician may want to specialise in. So let's just say that people are probably more familiar with only Bollywood as an industry, whereas everything else falls in a separate bracket that doesn't really mean much. By saying this, I don't mean to point a finger at Bollywood..
                 

Shocking! Worms in packaged drinking water, elderly couple falls ill

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Suhail Khan didn't mind paying '60 for bottled water, because he thought he was paying a premium for clean, safe water. Instead, he and his family members fell violently ill after drinking water from a brand called 'Splushh', packaged as a subsidiary of PepsiCo. On closer examination, they found worms and dirt in the bottles. With no response from the dealer nor any action by the Sakinaka police, the family has now complained to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The complaint is against Winsel Aqua's Pvt Ltd, for supplying worm-ridden bottles of Splushh, a packaged water offering by Okey Minerals Water Pvt Ltd. Changing supplyThe Oshiwara-based family were once regular buyers of 20-litre jars of Aquafina, packaged water sold by PepsiCo. However, last year, their local dealer gave them a circular printed on the Aquafina letterhead, stating that the brand was in short supply. They offered to supply Splushh instead. The supplier, Winsel, claimed that Splushh was bottled in the same..
                 

8 health and diet tips for a healthy and sickness free monsoon season

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Monsoon season is that time of the year when we are tempted to binge on piping-hot pakodas, chaat, samosas, bhajjiyas and much more. The street food may taste delicious and look attractive, but the chances of it being contaminated are much more. Your body becomes more susceptible to certain health risks, as the immune system becomes weaker. Monsoon also brings along with it an array of diseases and infections that may take a toll on your body and overall health. Most of which depends on the kind of foods that you consume during the rainy season. Eating wrong foods may result in diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid, viral fever, jaundice, and leptospirosis. So, if you are confused about which foods to pick and which to avoid, worry not as we list down a few monsoon health and diet tips to ensure that you do not get sick and enjoy it more. Here are a few monsoon health and diet tips that you should always keep in mind: Consume more fruits during the rainy season as they help to bui..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Ganesh Galli 'Mumbai Cha Raja' First Look Unveil

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
With less than 48 hours to go for Ganesh Chaturthi festival to begin, the first look of one of Mumbai's most famous and one of the oldest Sarvajanik Ganpatis, Ganesh Galli Cha Raja also popularly known as 'Mumbai Cha Raja' was unveiled today. This year the Ganesh Ganesh Galli Cha Raja Idol enters its 91st year. The Ganesh Galli Cha Raja is visited by thousands and lakhs of devotees every day during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. About Ganesh Galli Cha Raja: Ganesh Galli cha Raja also called as 'Mumbaicha Raja' is one of the oldest and one of the most renowned Ganpati pandals in Mumbai. Founded in 1928, the Ganesh Galli pandal will be celebrating its 91st Ganpati festival this year. Interestingly, it is just a few lanes away from the most popular pandal in Mumbai, Lalbaug Cha Raja. The Ganesh Galli pandal is well known for its unique themes which are often a replica of popular temples of India. Mumbaicha Raja is also one of the oldest Ganpati pandals in Lalbaug. Address: 1, Ganesh ..
                 

Mumbai: Cooperage Bandstand ready, but Mayor isn't

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The historic Cooperage Bandstand, all of 145 years old, has been waiting for the past three weeks for Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar to open its spruced up gates to the public. Locals have not been able to enjoy the facilities since January 2017, when the section was shut for renovation. The BMC spent Rs 50 lakh on restoring this heritage structure. The restoration work, which commenced in January 2017, included revival of the wooden canopy with original Burma teak wood and replacing the tiled roof of the Bandstand with metal sheets. According to the civic officials, the contract for restoration was awarded to conservation firm Vaastu Vidhaan Projects last year. The BMC spent Rs 50 lakh on restoring the Cooperage Bandstand A senior civic official from the BMC said, "Restoration was completed a month back. We have sent a formal letter to Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar to do the formal inauguration of this historical place so that people across the city will get to know about its heritage..
                 

This budget-friendly Vashi eatery is a must-visit for chicken lovers!

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
We spotted a new eatery in the busy commercial hub of Sector 17, Vashi, and the signboard got our attention immediately — Nothing But Chicken, it boldly announced, Now Open. Mental note to self — must check this place out. Soon enough, we find ourselves at the new eatery one afternoon. With just four high chairs, the place is more a take-away, but we choose to have our working lunch at Nothing But Chicken (NBC). The décor is cheery and functional with doodles of smiling hens giving us company. We also note signage about the restaurant being Halal & ISO 22000 compliant, and most importantly for us, that the meat is fresh, not frozen. Chicken seekh kabab Chicken all the wayAt the entrance, NBC sports a huge refrigerated display that has raw, pre-cut and in some cases, pre-marinated chicken portions. You can choose from a variety of sausages — jalapeno and cheese, cocktail, classic salami to name a few — or you could buy pre-marinated chicken, grill i..
                 

When crafts get collaborative

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
"of the 400 billion dollar global handicrafts market, the Indian share is only two per cent. This, despite the fact that Indian artists make up 40 per cent of the world's artisan population," Saumya Pankaj points out as she highlights the need for craftsmen to go beyond their artistic realms through creative intervention and collaborations. With this aim in mind, the Delhi-based visual communication designer started The India Crafts Project (TICP) earlier this year, which works in the areas of research and documentation of the challenges artisans grapple with, creating an e-commerce platform for artisans, and facilitating collaboration between artisans and creatively inclined professionals. Pankaj will be in Mumbai this Sunday for the latter, with a meet-up that invites photographers, writers, artists, accountants, filmmakers, strategists and other professionals who can bring their entrepreneurial, managerial, technical, creative or design-related skills to the table, and help artisan..
                 

Going beyond vision

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Baluji Shrivastav was born in Usmanpura in Aligarh. His love affair with music began with Bollywood and his mother's singing and her playing the harmonium. But he didn't realise how good a singer his mother was, like the most of us. As a student at Gwalior Blind School, music was a compulsory subject, or like he puts it, "a stigma attached to Indians that the visually challenged can excel only in music." As the noted multi-instrumentalist and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) narrates his journey in the industry, the connecting dots he reveals come across as beautiful moments of serendipity — that would cease to exist if he didn't believe in himself. After travelling across the country while performing and teaching music, he made his way to France in the 1980s. Baluji Shrivastav "For a blind person, it isn't easy to just live in the mountains and not know French — one has to mould themselves to fit into a culture," Shrivastav explains over a phon..
                 

Engineered to succeed

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
There was a time when every Indian family had to have an engineer, and the honour was met with great pride. Now, a talk on how India became a country obsessed with the profession aims to open fresh new perspectives for listeners. History buffs can unite to understand how engineering and technology have played a pivotal role in shaping the socio-economic conditions in modern India. The talk will also highlight why popular movies like Three Idiots showcase the profession as the benchmark to living a good life. Aparajith Ramnath The session is being organised to celebrate Engineer's Day that marks the birth anniversary of engineer, scholar and statesman Sir M Visvesvaraya. Speaker Aparajith Ramnath will be drawing excerpts from his book The Birth of an Indian Profession: Engineers, Industry, and the State, 1900-47 that is often dubbed as the first synoptic history of engineers of the nation. The session will dig deeper into the culture around the profession and its famous Indian icons ..
                 

Mumbai: Indian Navy sailors save man from drowning at Marine Drive

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A man who was drowning at the popular Marine Drive was saved by three young sailors of the Indian Navy on the night of September 9, 2018. The young Navy sailors noticed people gathered at a spot near the Marine Drive on Sunday. On seeing a man drowning in the sea, the sailors immediately jumped into the waters and pulled him out, a Navy release said on Tuesday. Here's how the spokesperson of the Indian Navy shared the news with netizens and lauded the brave efforts of the three young sailors. They tweeted:  3 young sailors of #IndianNavy Akash (Ship's Diver), Dhananjay Seaman( good swimmer) & Vishwakarma (Marine Commando) rescue a man who had fallen into sea off Marine Drive on the night of 09 Sept. Their selfless & prompt act of bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions IN pic.twitter.com/Q854vJe3mW — SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 11, 2018 The three young sailors of the Indian Navy were identified as Akash (Ship's Diver), Dhananjay Sea..
                 

Heroes of Mumbai: Why being a Bollywood stuntman is a high risk job?

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Dildaar Singh, 28, from Malvani, Malad has made it big in the Bollywood Film Industry. Dildaar performs dangerous and daring stunts as a stuntman and body double for the stars of Bollywood. Some of the breathtaking action scenes that we see on the big screen, which keeps us literally on the edge of our seats, are performed by these stunt persons, the faceless action stars of movies. We showcase Dildaar Singh's life story as part of our series "Heroes of Mumbai" and enlighten our readers about stuntmen and their profession so that people begin to appreciate these often neglected heroes for their contribution to the Hindi film industry. Dildaar Singh started doing stunts as a young teenager in the bylanes of Malad. Driving bikes and performing stunts is something that he strives as a stuntman. Since 2008 Dildaar has been performing stunts and still continues to serve the industry. Dildaar has worked in popular films such as Dhoom 3, Bullet Raja, Phantom and much more..
                 

Makarand Deshpande takes us Ganpati idol shopping in Vile Parle

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Amidst the larger-than-life revelries that have come to be associated with Ganeshotsav in Mumbai, picturing the festival as a low-key, family affair can be somewhat difficult. But before the local DJ's cacophony drowns out the manjiras and mammoth idols dwarf the home-bound avatars of the elephant god, a warm, egalitarian spirit runs through the bazaars of the city, where both, the homemaker and the celebrity come shopping for festive paraphernalia. The buzzing market area near Vile Parle East station is no different on the cloudy September afternoon we meet Makarand Deshpande. The veteran theatre artiste has promised to take us to the shop his family has bought their Ganesh idol from, for close to 30 years. "We always buy a 16-inch idol of shaadu maati from here," Deshpande tells us, as he enters the Joglekar Bandhu workshop, lined with countless idols of varying sizes. He mentions his sister-in-law's name to one of the attendants, and out comes an endearing, smiling murti of the lor..