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Maharashtra assembly polls 2019: Watch out for these 5 young leaders

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Ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections, the centre of gravity is shifting towards the young and dynamic leaders of tomorrow. This year, the state polls will see quite a few young guns battling it out on October 21. A major battle will play out in the Worli assembly segment, where Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray is making his debut in electoral politics. From Beed, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran late Gopinath Munde's daughter Pankaja Munde will lock horns for supremacy against Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Dhanajay Munde. Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of Congress legislative party leader Radha Krishna Vikhe Patil, will contest on a BJP ticket from Ahmednagar. Let's take a look at their work so far:  Aaditya ThackerayThe 29-year-old grandson of Shiv Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray is the first member from the Thackeray family to enter the electoral fray after Shalini Thackeray, the wife of Jeetendra Thackeray, a cousin of MNS founder Raj Thackeray..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls 2019: Security beefed up ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit

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Navi Mumbai After people expressed their anguish over the poor infrastructure and lack of basic amenities in the city, adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth functioning of events ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city on Wednesday, Modi will hold three public rallies in Akola, Jalna and Panvel in poll-bound Maharashtra today. His visit to the city is being seen as a boost for Prashant Thakur, sitting MLA and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Panvel constituency and for Manda Mhatre, CBD candidate and sitting MLA. The special protection group (SPG) has already screened the nearby areas, and local police, quick response teams, central reserve police force and special commando units of Navi Mumbai have also been deployed. Apart from state and central security forces being deployed across the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) ground in Kharghar, local BJP party workers are also alert. This comes after local housing col..
                 

Mumbai: Motoring body holds meeting same time and place after 100 years where it all started

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Every fairytale begins with once upon a time but this story starts with – 100 years ago the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) held its first meeting at the Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba in their Ballroom. The date of that meeting was October 15, 1919. Hundred years later, yesterday (October 15), they held a meeting at the same time and same place. Nostalgia in the air You could feel the sense of occasion and smell history in the air, as Nitin Dossa, WIAA chairman, started speaking. "It is great to be here, at this historic point in time for WIAA." Though the event was quite nostalgic, all speakers touched upon contemporary issues as well. Dossa said, "The RTO and the WIAA are in an arranged marriage. Both cannot do without each other. The WIAA supports the heavy fines imposed on traffic rule violators as part of the new Motor Vehicle Act. These are necessary if we are to bring down accident rates. When we were younger, the sight of a traffic constable would scare us. Today,..
                 

Small business owners have little hope from Maharashtra assembly polls

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It has been almost three years since demonetisation and two years since good and services tax (GST) implementation, but city's small businesses have still not revived from the economic shock. From manufacturers of garments and leather at Dharavi to members of the Koli and the Qureshi communities, all are counting their losses since note ban in 2016. They now have little expectation of revival as they see no hopeful candidates for the upcoming assembly elections. Pratap Rai Harjani, 65, who sells iron shutter gates in Dharavi, said, "Before demonetisation, I used to get more than 50 orders in a month but now the number has dropped to 25," said Harjani. Abdul Malik, 43, who makes wallets, sent his wife and six children back home in Bihar a couple of years back to save money. Malik once used to get orders for 3,000-4,000 wallets, but now he barely sells about 1000-1200. Closed shops at Dharavi. Pics/Anurag Ahire Sitting Congress MLA Varsha Gaikwad, Shiv Sena's Ashish More and AIMIM's Mano..
                 

Mumbai: Shopowners near murdered woman's home in Malwani passed information to killers

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The Malwani police on Tuesday arrested a couple, who allegedly masterminded the murder of Kanchan Ajay Singh alias Kanchan Pramod Gupta who was looted and murdered at her home on the night October 8. The accused have been identified as Rafique Khan, 28, and his wife Nasrin Khan, 27. The couple, who has a grocery shop near Kanchan's residence in Malwani, used to pass on information about the deceased woman to the alleged murderers, who were arrested on Sunday -- Abdul Rehman Sheikh, 23 and Ubaid Sheikh, 22. During interrogation, the duo revealed that Rafique and Nasrin hatched the conspiracy to steal the money from Kanchan's house after they learnt that she had received R5 lakh from a chit fund called 'Bishi'. Kanchan Ajay Singh, the victim The couple informed Abdul and Ubaid on October 8 that she had received the money the same day, following which the duo barged into her home and demanded for Rs 5 lakh. However, Kanchan had already paid a major amount to a contractor soon after receiv..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: Pankaja Munde brought PM because she is scared, says Dhananjay Munde

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With less than a week left for polling, Parli Assembly constituency challenger Dhananjay Munde is making full use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit last Thursday. The NCP candidate is fully using the PM's visit to his advantage. The spin he is giving Modi's rally is this: My cousin Pankaja is so scared of losing against me that she had to bring the PM to campaign for her. "The two-time MLA has done no work despite being a cabinet minister and so she is going to lose," Dhananjay, the leader of the opposition in the legislative council, told mid-day. "She is so frightened that she got the PM to campaign for her." Dhananjay Munde He could be accused of exaggeration, but only a little. Beed, which has been the late Gopinath Munde's bastion for decades, does seem like it is witnessing a close battle between the cousins. And it's become a prestige battle. Even BJP president came to Beed to campaign for Pankaja. There is also a numerical reason for NCP to be buoyant. In 2014, Panka..
                 

'Why do city people grumble about paying Rs 50 for onion?'

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine may be confident of coasting to an easy win in the Maharashtra assembly elections on the back of the abrogation of Article 370 in faraway Jammu and Kashmir. But there are still pockets where they will have to address real on-ground issues. Nashik, which has some of the country's biggest onion markets, is one of them and the farmers of the region are an angry lot these days. Just a few weeks ago, they were looking at making some profit by selling their produce at a five-year high price of Rs 4,000 per quintal. But with an eye on the urban voters, the Centre on September 29 banned export and imposed crippling stock limits for retailers (100 quintal) and wholesalers (500 quintal). As a direct result, prices have been steadily dropping, and stood at around Rs 2,800 on Tuesday. Farmer Bhagirathi Gangurde says all politicians are rascals and she will not vote for anyone When mid-day visited the Malegaon and Pimpalgaon markets on Tuesday, an..
                 

Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: A guide for first-time voters

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If you are one of those people who squirms whenever the word ‘politics’ is dropped and can’t tell the difference between Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, you’ve landed at the right place. As a voter, it’s important that you understand the politics of the nation and take a responsible decision. So without further ado, let’s try and understand the dynamics behind the Maharashtra Assembly Elections. What is a legislative assembly? Well, to begin with, India follows the system of federalism. That means that the Centre and the state share power and responsibilities. At the central level, there is the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. At the state level, there is the Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad (this exists only in some states, Maharashtra included). Let’s take a look at the difference between them. What is the difference between Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad? While Vidhan Sabha is the lower house, Vidhan Parishad is the upper house. While Vidhan Sabha..
                 

Mumbai MRI death: Nair hospital, BMC silent on compensation to Marus

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Nearly a month after the high court directed BYL Nair Hospital and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to pay the Maru family R10 lakh as compensation, they continue to wait for it, or even a word about it from the richest civic body in the country. Rajesh Maru, who was 32 at the time, was killed in January last year when he was sucked in by the magnetic waves of an MRI machine. The Marus, who live underneath a staircase in the Harharwala building in Lalbaug near the landmark Ganesh Talkies, are still fighting for justice. Their home is roughly 40 square feet. Rajesh, who was working in a clothing store in the area, was visiting an ailing relative at the civic-run hospital. He was allegedly told by a hospital attendant to carry an oxygen cylinder into the MRI room. As soon as he stepped in the magnetic force pulled him towards the machine and the oxygen from the cylinder leaked, killing him. Interim compensation The Marus got a high court order on September 17 stating that the..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: Which Deshmukh brother will win better in Latur?

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While around Maharashtra the buzz is on whether the Congress will manage to retain its existing number of seats (27), the mood in Latur is quite upbeat. So much so that the question is not whether Amit and Dhiraj Deshmukh, sons of the late former chief minister Vilasrao, will win, but who among the two will win by a higher margin. Two time MLA Amit is looking to defend his Latur City seat, while younger brother Dhiraj is taking his electoral bow from Latur Rural. Party workers, however, are confident that the Congress will win both the assembly seats, besides neighbouring Ausa, where two-time MLA Basavraj Patil will be challenged by the chief minister's personal assistant Abhimanyu Pawar. The remaining seats in Latur – Ahmadpur, Udgir, Nilanga, and Loha – have no favourites. Amit won the seat for the first time in 2009, defeating BSP's Kayyum Khan Mohammad Khan by 89,480 votes. In 2014, however, his margin almost halved. It's no surprise then that their filmstar brother Rit..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: In Kankavli, it's Nitesh Rane versus all

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Kankavli: Rarely has a candidate been so polarising that not just the Opposition, but even members of the party from which he is contesting, are uniting to see him defeated. But in the Kankavli constituency, that is the story of MP Narayan Rane's son Nitesh. Despite being in an alliance with BJP, Shiv Sena has nominated Satish Sawant, who ended his 25-year association with the Ranes only a fortnight back. Sawant followed Rane when he quit the Sena, but has now returned to the party when Nitesh joined the BJP. Worse, some local BJP members, along with their Congress and NCP counterparts, are silently helping the Sena, their only common aim being the Nitesh's defeat. Narayan Rane at a meet. Pics/Satej Shinde Nitesh Rane told mid-day, "Since I have started understanding the politics, I have become used to this type of elections. But, more important for us is people's perception. Voters are happy with the development work done by the Rane family. Nothing else matters. I know a few are tryi..
                 

Nearly 800 ISIS relatives flee Syria camp

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Qamishli: Hundreds of relatives of foreign jihadists escaped from a displacement camp in northern Syria, Kurdish authorities said Sunday, as the number of people fleeing a Turkish assault soared to 1,30,000. Fighting raged along the border on the fifth day of an offensive against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that has provoked an international outcry and left dozens of civilians and fighters dead. Kurdish authorities and foreign powers have warned repeatedly that the hostilities could undermine the fight against the Islamic State group or ISIS and allow jihadists to break out of captivity. The Kurdish administration said Turkish bombing near Ain Issa camp for the displaced led to nearly 800 relatives of ISIS members fleeing. The camp was "now without guards" and 785 relatives of ISIS jihadists had fled, it said. Some 12,000 ISIS fighters are detained in Kurdish prisons. Displaced Syrians, who fled their homes in Ras al-Ain, receive aid on Sunday. Pics/AFP More than 50 civilians have n..
                 

A book release by any other name

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It was the early 2000s. I was in the process of discovering the wondrously weird world of journalism with all its quirks and thanks to meeting even quirkier folk, all of which makes it such an engaging profession. It was one of those days when my assignment didn't involve reportage of a match but instead required me to attend the release of an autobiography by an Indian sporting champ. The chief guest was a senior icon from his discipline. After nine months of covering outdoorsy stuff in the dusty maidans and tennis hard courts in the city, this was a first. It was held in one of the swish rooms at the Cricket Club of India. The affair itself was a classy one; serious sports buffs, journalists and sportspeople had gathered to support the release. I envied how the moderator and the two people on the dais — the author and the chief guest — shared a crackling chemistry that ensured the session flowed seamlessly, drawing in the audience every now and then. That book release tau..
                 

Woman claims to have physical relationship with a Boeing 737-800

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A 30-year-old woman from Berlin, claims to be in love with a passenger jet that she calls "darling". Michele Köbke says that she has been in a physical relationship with a Boeing 737-800 for the last five years. She realised that she was in love, when she boarded her first 737-800. "I got so excited with boarding the plane, I realised I am in love with it." Years later, Michele finally got to spend some quality time alone with her "lover", in an airport hangar. "The first time we really met on May 1, 2019, I enjoyed every millisecond with him," she recalled. She, however, says that it's not easy to spend quality time with her "boyfriend". "A relationship with a plane can be difficult. I can only get close to him when I fly with him or when I can get to him in the hangar, which has only happened once in my life." But, she has found different ways to indulge in her affection. "I have a big model of him made of fibreglass as well as real components from him so I can act out my lov..
                 

Narendra Modi: Chennai connect to see new era in our cooperation

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Mahabalipuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that last year's Wuhan summit had increased the stability in ties with China and had given it a fresh momentum, but the 'Chennai connect' forged from their current Mahabalipuram informal summit will see the launch of a new era in bilateral cooperation. In his opening statement on the second day of the informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping here, Modi said the Wuhan summit helped to increase the strategic communication between the two sides. Modi said that both sides have agreed to prudently manage their differences, and not allow them to become disputes, remain sensitive to each other's concerns, and that India-China ties will lend stability and peace to international ties. "These are major achievements of both sides, and we should strive for further progress in this direction," Modi said. "Both of us have held discussions on important issues during our Chennai connect," he added. "The Wuhan spirit has given a new..
                 

PM Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping discuss trade, ways to counter radicalisation on day one of informal summit

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Mamallapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held discussions on a wide range of issues including the unbalanced trade that exists between the two countries and ways to counter radicalisation and terrorism. Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale while addressing a press conference here said, "There have been nearly five hours of quality time and discussion that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of China have spent together. Most of it was one to one." The discussions between two leaders that took place over the meal stretched over 150 minutes. "Discussions were very open and cordial. This was the quality time the two leaders spent together one-on-one. The rest of the two delegations were in fact in a separate location having dinner. The two leaders had detailed discussions on respective national visions, on the governance priorities. The Prime Minister explained that having been recently elected to a second term, he had received a new manda..
                 

In Konkan's Sena-BJP fight, a stalled project takes centre stage

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The row between the BJP and Shiv Sena over the Rs 3 lakh crore oil refinery to be built in Nanar seems to be far from over. In a veiled attack on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, senior Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai on Friday reiterated that the Nanar oil refinery will not be built in Konkan at any cost. Fadnavis had, during his recent state-wide yatra, said he will revive the project if the locals wanted it. The project was shelved last year, with the Sena lending its support to those opposing the project. However, after the BJP's landslide victory in the general election, and Nitesh Rane joining BJP, the demand for reviving the scrapped project is gaining momentum, despite Sena's opposition for the same. Addressing his first election rally in the Konkan region in Devgad, Desai, a senior cabinet colleague of Fadnavis, said, "Locals opposed Nanar project as it was coming at cost of environmental damage. No matter who puts his weight behind the scrapped project, I assure citizens that..
                 

Are we taking the youth seriously?

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A 16-year old girl affected me more this year than many older heads of state or established role models ever have. I'm not sure if Greta Thunberg knew what she would end up accomplishing when she went on strike in August 2018, sitting alone outside the Swedish parliament with a sign calling for stronger action on climate change. I'm not sure she had a plan or an inkling of what that symbolic act would trigger. The photograph went viral for all the right reasons, eliciting protests in Sweden that slowly overflowed before taking over the world. By September this year, she had pulled off what some refer to as the biggest climate strike in our history. Thunberg also reminded me of Emma González, a 19-year-old survivor of a shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, who co-founded a gun-control advocacy group called Never Again MSD. They initiated protests too, across the United States, arguing for changes in gun laws. A number of people wrote them off after a p..
                 

Consumer body chief steps forward to help Andheri West residents who were forced to pay stamp duty twice

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After the Financial Frauds Victims Welfare Association (FFVWA) petitioned the Inspector General Registration over several residents in the city being asked to pay double stamp duty, advocate Shirish Deshpande, chairman of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, a consumer rights organisation, has now joined the residents' fight. Excerpts from a chat with Deshpande: Can a case on double stamp duty be fought in a consumer court?No, this is a policy matter and out of the purview of the Consumer Protection Act. Stamp duty is a sovereign function of the government. This needs litigation by the courts. Shirish Deshpande Can stamp duty be collected twice?There is clearly a problem here and the IGR department needs to set this right. In their desperation, people might pay twice but it is wrong to make them do so. The duty was paid when the Development Agreement (DA) was signed by the housing committee office-bearers on behalf of the members. Why then, should they pay again? This is the crux of the matter. Ar..
                 

Aarey protesters say they were stripped and treated like criminals

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The protesters arrested while trying to stop the felling of trees in Aarey Colony for the metro car shed on the night of October 4, have alleged that they were treated appallingly by the cops, who badly manhandled them and also made them stand half-naked inside the jail, like criminals. They now want all charges against them dropped at once. "We are not the criminals, drop the charges," echoed the demand of 14 of the 29 accused on Thursday. The protestors recounted what exactly transpired that night. They have been accused of assaulting public servants and assembling in an unlawful manner. "We were engaged in a peaceful protest. Is that a crime? Why did they lathi-charge us? The government must apologise," said Kapil Agrawal, a student of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Shruti Nair, businesswomanWomen were pushed and dragged by male police officers. We were willing to go home but at 2:45am, when all roads to Aarey are shut, without any public transport, how would we have travell..
                 

World Post Day mooted by an Indian; how services changed overtime

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In a world full of quick-response applications, a letter from your loved one still excites you. The post began with communicating through letters, and later introduced services to send documents, money and parcels, after which the telegram, fax, internet, email, mobile phones and SMSes followed. The postal service was mooted by an Indian, Anand Mohan Narula in 1969 at UPU Congress in Tokyo. With over 1,55,015 post offices, India Post has the world’s largest postal network in the world. Today, it has also tied up with online shopping portals to deliver orders that are liable for cash-on-delivery and boost their digital connection. #WorldPostDay is being observed today with a view to create awareness about the role of postal services in the lives of people, as well as its contribution to global development.#DYK that this was mooted by an Indian, Anand Mohan Narula in 1969 at UPU Congress in Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/7GUkoinrvj — ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) October 9, 2019 ..
                 

Baramati residents: We want no one but the Pawars

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Baramati is the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) new lab. Having cracked the formula of winning several important seats in the Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) fiefdom of western Maharashtra, a victory in the personal stronghold of the Pawar family has eluded the ruling party. BJP's experiment went for a toss in the Lok Sabha polls when NCP boss Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule retained her seat with elan. In the impending Assembly elections, the BJP's game plan may not guarantee success against the indomitable Ajit Pawar, but it should keep incubating the party's hopes for a miracle in the future. BJP workers at the party headquarters at Baramati The Pawars haven't conceded their Parliamentary or Assembly seats ever since the family entered the electoral fray here 50 years ago. The BJP's recognition appears so weak in this super-rich town that one has to make repeated inquiries to find its local office. Prosperity displays its colours very vividly here. No other semi-urban centre ..
                 

On the Sunny side of the street

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Rohit Sharma draped himself in glory at Visakhapatnam last week, when he became the first Indian to score two centuries in a Test on his first appearance as an opening batsman. It's a feat that sent his critics scurrying for cover. It's also an achievement that his supporters will hope to see replicated considering he does possess an extraordinary appetite for runs. A century in each innings of a Test is a massive achievement to have on one's cricketing CV and to have three batsmen in the current Indian team to have accomplished this (Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and now Rohit) provides more than just a pointer as to how strong the current side are. Thanks to Rohit's twin strikes, we got reminded about Sunil Gavaskar scoring a century in each innings of a Test thrice and he was at Visakhapatnam to see Rohit's remarkable comeback unfold from the commentary box. If Rohit did it in his first Test as opener, Gavaskar achieved it in his debut series – against the West Indies at Port of..
                 

Mumbai: Centre takes cognisance of 'non-forest work in Aarey'

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The Union environment ministry has taken cognizance of the letter a city based non-profit organisation had sent last month, urging the central government to protect the 'forest' in Aarey Milk Colony. In the letter, NGO Empower Foundation had given evidence of existence of 290 different wildlife species, including leopards, in Goregaon's green zone. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) on October 3 wrote to Maharashtra's chief wildlife warden asking to take "necessary action in the matter; on the destruction of leopards' habitat and non-forest activities in Aarey forest at the earliest." Chief Wildlife Warden Nitin Kakodkar did not respond to requests for comment. mid-day had, on September 12, carried the story — NGO: Evidence of 290 wild species inside Aarey Milk Colony — which mentioned about Empower Foundation's 26-page report listing the 290 wild species, including Rusty Spotted cat, Sambar deer and various species of birds, reptiles ..
                 

Because dystopia begins at home

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Surely the world's been rightly blown away by Joaquin (pronounced Waa-keen) Phoenix as Joker in Todd Phillips's 2019 masterpiece of the same name. Comparisons with Heath Ledger's equally delirious, "why so serious" turn in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) are inevitable. Let alone Jack Nicholson's popular rendition of the same part in Tim Burton's Batman (1989), which was closer to the comic book. That said, The Dark Knight, in all its adult, dystopian bleakness, hinged on stark realism, was still very much "DC". How does one accurately place Phillips's Joker in the family-tree of films? One is tempted to draw up a mini-syllabus for a moviegoer. And, I say this having revised the material myself—the past couple of days since being hit by Joker; and further by its equally dark inspirations. To a point that I need help myself! The first clue, of course, is Robert De Niro in Joker. If you look at it one way, he's the movie's hero. For, why else would one of America's fines..
                 

One PMC bank depositor commits suicide, another dies of cardiac arrest

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Despite numerous protests, there seems to be no respite in sight for Punjab Maharashtra Co-Operative (PMC) Bank's account holders. On Tuesday, Fattomal Punjabi, 61, a Mulund resident, died of cardiac arrest while on his way to the bank. Police said on Tuesday that a depressed account holder, Dr Nivedita Bijlani, 39, killed herself by consuming sleeping pills on Monday night. Sanjay Gulati, 51, an Oshiwara resident and a former pilot, had died of a heart attack on Monday. Gulati, a former Jet Airways employee, had over Rs 90 lakh with the bank. For the last couple of days, Gulati had been attending various protests in the city. On Monday morning, after attending one such protest outside a city court along with his 80-year-old father, Gulati returned home, where he suffered a cardiac arrest at dinner time, said a senior officer at Oshiwara police station. He was rushed to Kokilaben Hospital by his wife Megha and a couple of friends, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. 'Tremendous..
                 

The jadoo around janaab Javed!

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The bit about the screenwriting pair Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, hiring a drunk painter one night, handing over colour, brush, and stencil, so the fellow could place their names — 'Written by Salim-Javed' — on every poster of Zanjeer (1973) that he could find in the 25-kilometre stretch from Juhu to Opera House in Mumbai, I suspect, is rather well known. This is how India's best known screenwriters first got credited in a film poster. How did they become India's most commercially successful screenwriters, ever? By setting their rate at '2 lakh, per screenplay. And finding no takers for nine months straight. This, despite hits Andaz (1971), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973), and of coursetheir breakout film, Zanjeer (1973). To give you a sense of what '2 lakh meant in '73 (and for the film industry in general), star-writers Salim-Javed used to then draw a monthly salary of '750 ('9,000 per annum), being on the payroll of Sippy Films ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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BOO, says bebo Kareena Kapoor Khan gives a fan a disapproving look as she is snapped outside a studio in Bandra on Monday. Pic/Anurag Ahire Mumbai dominates UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards Vikas Dilawari; Brinda Somaya; Abha Narain Lambha A water fountain. A church. A synagogue. A library. These landmarks echoed the diversity and celebrated the vision of its heritage keepers — all Mumbai-based — who bagged top honours in Penang yesterday at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Region Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2019. Fifty-seven entries were submitted from 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region including Australia, China, India and New Zealand. Mumbai's Brinda Somaya (SNK Consultants) bagged the Award of Distinction for her restoration of the Vikram Sarabhai Library, IIM, Ahmedabad. This, the citation mentioned, heralds an important step forward in the preservation of 20th century architecture in India. Somaya's vision ensured that Louis Kahn's design of the library was rehab..
                 

Maharashta assembly polls: Why NOTA is trending in Panvel homes

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Exasperated by ever-deteriorating civic amenities, residents of Panvel constituency seem to have reached the end of their tether. A number of them are expressing their displeasure with the government and its representatives through banners exhorting everyone to opt for NOTA (None Of The Above) this assembly election. The local MLA, however, says he has never been approached with these complaints. Residential societies in Kharghar, Road Pali and Kamothe have put up banners reading 'No Development No Vote', 'No Service No Vote' at their gates. Mangal Kamble, 50, a former school principal, who is also the president of Swach Kharghar Foundation, on October 12, wrote a letter to Panvel's Tehsildar, stating, "We, the officials of cooperative housing societies under the wings of *Swach Kharghar Foundation* in Kharghar node have decided to bring the fight on the road for very basic needs such as water, roads and pollution-free air. The MP has never shown us his face and even the present MLA is..
                 

Smriti Irani's hilarious take on fitness guru Mickey Mehta's six pack will make you ROFL!

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Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani never fails to leave her followers in splits with her witty social media posts. Recently, the 43-year-old minister recently took to Instagram to share a witty post about fitness guru Mickey Mehta that gained the attention of the social media users for the humorous take. Smriti Irani took to Instagram to share a photo in which fitness guru Mickey Mehta is seen holding a plate with gulab jamuns in it and she captioned Mickey's expression hilariously. While the picture is adorable, it was the caption that has won hearts all over.A screengrab of Smriti Irani's Insta story While shariing the picture, Smriti Irani captioned it: Not many know the fitness guru Mickey Mehta is my bro. She further wrote: Kahan vo, kahan main (look at him and look at me)," while trolling herself and making fun of her weight gain. Smriti ended her caption with a face palm emoji. A screengrab of Smriti Irani's Insta story Irani followed her first Insta story with another p..
                 

Anger simmers as netas sidestep floods

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Kolhapur: Climate change, failed disaster management and environmental policies, and flawed approach to relief and rehabilitation, which caused widespread devastation during Kolhapur and Sangli floods in August, hardly find a place in campaigning for the assembly polls here. But signs of devastation are still visible in the cities and villages, with sugarcane farmers and the poor still struggling, even as parties spar over issues that do not guarantee them a better tomorrow. Situated on the banks of a tributary that passes through Kolhapur city is Sutarwada, a group of 25 dilapidated shanties are lined up on a snake-infested landmass. They are not squatters, the locals said, claiming that the land was donated by the Chitradurg Math. The men work as painters, carpenters and mechanics; the women as domestic workers. Malgonda Patil whose house was reduced to rubble in the floods in Herwad village "We have decided not to vote. No politician came to help us," said Vandana Shivaji Shinde. "W..
                 

Chinese Dream vs New India

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Every visit of a Chinese dignitary to India, as was true of President Xi Jinping last week, dredges up emotions of awe and inadequacy, rage and despair in our collective soul. This is because China represents a challenge to who we are. China is a compelling argument to reject our self and become like, well, the Chinese. We harbour a wish to sock China, for thumping us in the 1962 war; for squatting over 42,685 sq km of Kashmir and coveting Arunachal Pradesh. China infuriates us with its support for Pakistan and its terror machine, for ensuring we don't nest in international bodies like the Nuclear Suppliers Group, for injecting in us a sense of inferiority as we know we can't make China bleed. Opinion polls reflect our emotions. Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy found in 2013 that 83% of Indians considered China a security threat. Three years later, seven in 10 Indians characterised China's economic impact a problem, with 45% of them rating it as very serious, in a Pe..
                 

Watch Video: 2-year-old girl's reaction to Bruce Banner turning into Hulk is heartwarming

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On October 12, 2019, Twitter user Paddy Raff shared an adorable video of his daughter watching Marvel's Hulk on television, which is going viral on the internet. Wonder why? Well, in the video, the two-year-old girl can be seen making adorable yet funny reaction as she watches actor Bruce Banner's transformation into Hulk and guess what, it has won the internet over. The secret way of stopping Dr. Banner from turning into the Hulk 🤫💚 https://t.co/4ZuYG5nEgs — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 11, 2019 In the viral video, the two-year-old baby is seen watching Marvel’s Hulk on Television. When Bruce Banner transforms into Hulk, the cute and adorable girl can be seen making funny faces and reactions as she watches the actor's character turn into Hulk. What's more interesting is the fact that the adorable video was re-tweeted by none other than Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the movie. While re-tweeting the video, Mark captioned it: The secret way of stopping Dr. Ba..
                 

Turkish government denies attacking US troops

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Ankara: The Turkish government on Saturday denied that its army had launched attacks on US special forces deployed in northeastern Syria, as it was earlier claimed by the Pentagon. "Attacking US forces is out of the question. There's the necessary coordination between our forces and the Americans," Turkey's defence minister, Hulusi Akar, said at a press conference. Pentagon sources said that Turkish artillery fire had landed near the US base near the Syrian border city of Kobane. Turkey aims to carve out a so-called safe zone that will extend about 32 km into northern Syria, stretching from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border. The Turkish Army and allied factions of the Free Syrian Army, armed militias opposed to President Bashar Al Assad, began the incursion into northern Syria on Wednesday in an operation dubbed "Peace Spring". They are fighting against the YPG, which controls most of northern Syria. The YPG, officially the People's Protection Units, is the largest Kurdish militi..
                 

End of road for western Maharashtra's last red bastion?

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Controversy over dynasty politics has marred the fight to retain the only remaining 'red bastion' in western Maharashtra. The left-wing Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) has won a record number of 11 terms from Sangola in Solapur district, thanks to nonagenarian MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh. However, recently, when the ageing Deshmukh, fondly known as Aabasaheb, announced that he wouldn't fight another election, and nominated a local industrialist, Bhausaheb Rupnar, as the official candidate of PWP, the party witnessed a minor revolution. Workers staged a sit-in agitation at the 93-year-old MLA's home for three days, demanding that he file the nomination, instead of the businessman, who they claimed was unpopular among the masses. But the veteran refused, reiterating that he was too old for yet another term. While Deshmukh's son Chandrakant, who also harboured political ambitions, was in the fray, PWP workers weren't too convinced about him. Eventually, Deshmukh's 27-year-old grandson Dr..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Gang tries to extort Bandra businessman via social media

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The business of extortion has reared its head once again in the city but with a technological update. Culprits are now using social media to execute coordinated smear campaigns against soft targets. A 38-year-old businessman is the latest victim of the trend where the accused first troll their target on social media to instill fear then demand money to settle the matter. Businessman Kanaram Patel, who runs an imitation jewellery shop, Riddhi Art Jewellery, at Hill Road in Bandra West has accused three men, Arbaaz Sayyed, Lokesh Rane, and Pradeep Yadav, of extortion. Senior Inspector at Bandra police station Vijaylaxmi Hiremath said the trio has secured anticipatory bail. "Sayyed photographed my shop and on September 21, posted a picture on Twitter alleging that I encroached on the footpath in front of my shop and BMC officials are not taking action against me," Patel told mid-day. Kanaram Patel at his shop, Riddhi Art Jewellery "A few days later, I started getting calls from Rane who t..
                 

BJP's plan to finish opposition will make India a dictatorship: Former CM Prithviraj Chavan

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Even though he is busy gearing up for a triangular fight in the Karad South assembly constituency, the larger battle between his dying Congress party and the ascendant BJP is never far from former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's mind. While he blames BJP for its 'vicious efforts' to obliterate Congress from India's political landscape, he does not spare those who defected to BJP either. Chavan says the defectors have not joined the BJP and Sena for the betterment of the public as they claim, but merely to escape the punitive action the government threatens them with for alleged financial irregularities in institutes these leaders have been controlling for decades. The technocrat-turned-politician also alleges that the BJP wants to turn India into a one-party, one-leader dictatorship. Campaigning in the sugarcane belt and hilly areas with contrasting prosperity and poverty, Chavan finds time for mid-day to discuss his thoughts on the present and the future of Indian politics. Excerpt..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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The Big B And by 'B' we mean birthday, which megastar Amitabh Bachchan is celebrating here outside his residence in Juhu on Friday. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi Batting for the environment There is a restaurant in BKC that's unlike any other in the city. Cardboard is an eatery where the entire décor and furnishings — including chairs and tables — are made of, you guessed it, cardboard. And the uniqueness of the place is something that the global F&B industry has now woken up to. Cardboard has been adjudged the best international café at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in London. "Cardboard, a material of humble origins, has stood the test of time and has been deliberately injected into the glass monolithic architecture of BKC, Mumbai's prime central business district, to advocate the environmental imbalance of recent trends of urbanism. We are hoping that this space evolves into a vibrant hub for dialogue and conversation on the role of design, material ..
                 

Love in entirely another language

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I have returned to Sudtirol for the fourth time. This year, though, my base has shifted. It is no longer Eppan, home of the Eau & Gaz residency—the original reason behind my presence in the region. Now, by virtue of love and marriage, I consider myself to be a resident of Tramin. We even received the certificate from the town hall acknowledging our union. My existence is on the record here. In this town of 3,000 people, my presence is being witnessed for the second time. It is all too clear, though, that I am much happier to greet most of the town's inhabitants than they are to see me. Their mannerisms belie a distance that feels very in keeping with my experience with cold weather people. It doesn't at all deter me from over-exuding my coastal Goan warmth. They say 'Hoi' and me, I want to go hug them. I can tell they are puzzled as to why I could possibly be so happy to see them. It confuses me, too. Each day I wish I had language on my side. I wish my interactions could see..
                 

Mumbai: Goof-up delayed police, cost two children's lives

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Getting a single digit in a number plate wrong was a mistake that possibly cost two young children their lives on Tuesday. An ailing Chandrakant Mohite, 37, drove off with his children Gauravi and Pratik on Tuesday evening after telling his brother he wanted to end it all. The Pune police who were relayed the number by the Ghatkopar cops, apparently took it down wrong and as a result, did not locate Mohite until it was too late. Mohite, a driver with a call centre, was suffering from a serious ailment for two years. He used to have regular fights with his wife Kavita over this, which made him worry about his children's future in the event he died of it. On the evening of October 8, around 7.30 pm, Mohite left his home at Jagrut Nagar with Gauravi, 11, and Pratik, 7. Mohite called his brother Suryakant around 10pm and told him he was going to end everything forever and hung up. Chandrakant Mohite When Suryakant and his relatives were unable to connect to his phone after trying for an ho..
                 

Raj Thackeray's MNS meet in Pune cancelled due to heavy rains

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Pune: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had planned to start his party’s campaign for the upcoming Maharashtra State Assembly polls from Pune but was unable to do it due to heavy rains. However, he plans to take two public meets in Mumbai on Thursday. Raj Thackeray's meeting was supposed to be organised at Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Pune between 6 pm and 7 pm. For Raj's public meet in Pune, MNS' party members were struggling to get the destination venue but when they finally got a ground at Saraswati Vidya Mandir on Tilak Road, they had to struggle in pulling out the muddy patches. Pic courtesy/Mandar Tannu For the last two days, the sudden rains in the city had hampered the ground. MNS party members were trying to clear the muddy patches manually as well as with the help of rollers and even worked round the clock to make sure the ground was smooth so that people should not slip.  On Wednesday, at 5.30 pm, the stage was set for Thackeray to speak. Unfortun..
                 

Most trees replanted in Aarey by MMRCL dead or dying

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The butchering of trees in Aarey Milk Colony is not yet complete. While the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) claimed that it has transplanted many trees removed for the Metro line three alignment and is taking care of them, a nature lover who went to check on them, says 35-40 of them have either died or are on the verge of dying. He fears that there may be more such trees and so experts should inspect the site. Nature lovers also fear that since the police are still guarding the car shed site, the chopping of trees must be on. Transplanted trees dying On Wednesday the nature lover (he did not want to be named) visited the area close to Tapeshwar temple adjacent to the car depot site, and found that trees which were removed from the Metro line three alignment and were transplanted, had a bad survival rate. Since 2017, MMRCL has transplanted hundreds of trees removed from the Metro 3 alignment. The nature lover said, "MMRCL has been making tall claims about how it has succes..
                 

Uddhav Thackeray: Discounts on power bills, and a meal at Rs 10

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After failing to fulfill promises on a tax waiver for properties up to 500 sq ft, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, has come up with new sops ahead of the assembly election. Thackeray aims to woo voters by offering discounts on electricity bills for residential premises, a Re 1 health check up and a full meal for the poor at Rs 10. He announced the freebies at the party's Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park on Tuesday. An important promise he made was about giving 80 per cent employment to sons of the soil, even those on contractual jobs. He further said that school students from rural areas will get free bus service to ensure a safe journey. Thackeray spoke about various issues and urged sainiks to work not just for Sena candidates but for those of the alliance. But he chose to stay mum on the issue of trees that were hacked in Aarey Milk Colony. Many chairs were seen vacant at the Sena's annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park on Tuesday. Pic/Ashish Raje Promises to keep Thackeray said, "My..
                 

Mini Punjab restaurant owners upset after being dragged into PMC Bank controversy

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The owners of Mini Punjab's restaurant are upset that their names have been dragged into the PMC Bank issue. On Sunday evening, account holders protested outside the restaurant at Bandra West, and had circulated messages on social media asking other account holders to boycott it. The owners of the restaurant have refuted the charges and claim that they have nothing to do with the bank directors, and in fact, they themselves have accounts in the bank. Speaking to mid-day, Kuldeep Singh Arora, 57, proprietor of the restaurant that has been located in Bandra for the past two decades said, "It was surprising to see protestors raise anti-Mini Punjab's slogans. We have nothing to do with PMC Bank directors. We ourselves have six of our savings and current accounts with PMC's Sion and Bandra West branches. We have never taken any loan from PMC Bank." On Sunday, a little after 4 pm, protestors arrived and some patrons had to be escorted out safely. "We informed the police control room and a te..
                 

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Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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Running joke Malaika Arora and Saif Ali Khan share a laugh after exercising at a Bandra gym on Tuesday. Pic/Shadab Khan A fest with music to suit all listeners Every December, Panaji in Goa becomes a hub of culture when the Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF) is held there. The multi-disciplinary event fuses different creative fields. Music is naturally a big part of the programming and the list of people who will be performing there this year has just been announced. Sneha Khanwalkar Tabla maestro Aneesh Pradhan and Bollywood composer Sneha Khanwalkar have curated the line-up that includes Louiz Banks and Braz Gonsalvez performing jazz; Dastaan Live playing art-rock music; Karsh Kale bringing in his signature blend of electronic fusion; and Rekha Bharadwaj adding a mix of Bollywood and folk music, meaning there is something for everyone. Support the city's splendid underdogs of basketball Sunday mid-day, NGO Hi5 Youth Foundation and crowdfunding platform Ketto have come together to raise ..
                 

These photos of elderly couple holding hands, taking selfies will melt your heart

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An elderly couple holding hands, and clicking selfies while pandal hopping during Durga Puja in West Bengal is taking the internet by storm. The series of photos prove that age is just a number and you are never too young to live a little. The adorable photos of the elderly couple were shared by Anjan Banerjee on Facebook. Banerjee mentioned that the couple's daughter lives abroad and could not visit India during the recently concluded Durga Puja. She captioned the photos saying, "Love has no age limit. Only two souls who want to keep each other well and happy". (an excerpt of Anjan's post which was written in Bengali). In the viral photos, the couple can be seen holding hands while pandal hopping. The man has sported a dhoti-kurta, while his wife looks mesmerising in traditional wear. From the photos, it's quite evident thta the two are made for each other. Here's the heartwarming post: What's more? The couple can also be seen taking a selfie in front of the pandal and amidst the cha..
                 

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Maharashtra assembly polls: A loyalist hopes to avenge mentor's defeat

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Of three seats in Sindhudurg, Kudal is set for an interesting battle, even if it may not match the drama of 2014, when Sena's Vaibhav Naik stunned former CM Narayan Rane by 9,000 votes. This time, Rane loyalist Ranjeet Desai will take on Naik. However, it is not the same as a family member contesting for the seat, and experts and local citizens feel it will be a cakewalk for the Sena, unlike Kankavli and Sawantwadi segments. In Kankvali, Rane's son Nitesh (BJP) will take on the Sena's Satish Sawant, a former Rane associate. In Sawantwadi, minister of state for finance and home department, Deepak Kesarkar (Sena) will take on another Rane aide Rajan Teli (BJP). Ranjeet Desai "Since Rane is not contesting, everyone feels there is no fight or that things have become easier for me," said Naik. "But, for me, this election is no different from earlier polls. I am giving my best. I am confident that citizens will stand by me, the way they did in 2014." Naik comes from a family of staunch Congr..
                 

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Maharashtra assembly polls: Will dad Sushilkumar Shinde's defeats help turn tide for daughter?

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Will two-time legislator and former Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's daughter, Praniti, make it three in a row, or will the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance prove successful in dethroning one of the state's oldest political families? There is no easy answer, even though the Congress camp feels that two successive Lok Sabha defeats for Sushilkumar Shinde may have earned some sympathy for Praniti. And, the former CM is pulling out all stops to transfer his loyal vote base, while the MLA tells people about her past work and flaunts her connect with the city's multi-lingual population cutting across class and communities. While the BJP is confident of winning the other two Solapur seats represented by ministers Vijay Deshmukh (North) and Subhash Deshmukh (South), the battle for Central looks complicated, with a five-way fight. "Considering the two ministers' influence in caste groups, the composition of urban and rural voters and a weak opposition, the BJP should h..
                 

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Bhatukama Festival and Durga Pooja celebrations held at Parul University

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Culture and religion are two dishes which taste better when they are shared. The nourishing South Indian floral rangolis along with the well-built pandals, decorated with the most divine ornaments brought together South Indian, Gujarati and International students in this harmonious celebration of good over evil, through Durga Puja. Along with the festivities of Navratri, the Parul University campus was filled with an atmosphere of reverence and worship through the holy idols of goddess Durga, brought to the campus in honour of the South Indian religious and cultural festivities. The occasion was successful in creating more than just a platform of worship, as it also became a way of integrating cultures, with Gujarati students and faculties, along with international students from Africa and Bangladesh coming together in celebration of this sacred festival. Durga Puja is a 10 day festival, which is commonly practised in West Bengal, Kolkata, along with other States on the Indian subconti..
                 

Mumbai: Neighbours pitch in with cash to release family held hostage in Aarey

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Frustrated at not being able to net victims on the highway, three desperate robbers targetted a home in Aarey instead. In the wee hours of Saturday, they barged into the home of a grocery shop owner, held his wife at razor point and left only after he was able to collect Rs 2,000 from his neighbours. The accused, David Charles Anthony Kondar alias Pappu 25, Rafique Ansari, 23, and Sarshi Goregaonkar, 22, pushed their way into the house of Pravin Sawant, 44, at Aarey, grabbed his wife, Vidya, and held a razor to her throat after realising there was nothing to steal in their house. The accused even threatened to kill their two teenaged children who were asleep. Rafique Ansari "I was lying down after dinner, around 1.30 am when I heard a knock. Through the peephole I saw a woman outside. She told me to open the door as she had something urgent to tell me. I refused to but she kept insisting. But, thinking the woman must be in distress, my wife opened the door," said Sawant. As soon as Vid..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Janhvi actually spotted me! A fan is elated that the young Bollywood star noticed her in a crowd at an event in Bandra. Pic/Shadab Khan Star in the making I am very excited. It's a testament to the incredible work done by the kitchen and our teams. The levels of innovation there are stratospheric and it's great to see their efforts receive recognition," ace restaurateur Zorawar Kalra told this diarist when quizzed about his thoughts on the recent news that his restaurant Farzi Cafe's London outpost has been listed in the Michelin Guide, UK. The much-followed restaurant guide describes Kalra's labour of love as, "A great spot for a meal before heading next door to the Theatre Royal," and hails the fare as "classic Indian dishes, with some interesting global tou­ches." Food for you, Zorawar! Another round of jazz for Mumbai At the launch of a new jazz space in the city called The BlueBop Café over the weekend, we learnt that the club is all set to get some company come Febru..
                 

Smriti Irani's adorable post on daughter Shanelle's birthday will melt your heart

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Union Minister Smriti Irani, who is well known for her witty and humorous posts on social media, recently took to Instagram to share a heartarming post featuring her daughter Shanelle Irani. Irani, who is slaying the social media game with perfection, took to Instagram to wish her daughter Shanelle Irani on her birthday today. The 43-year-old minister posted an adorable picture and a video to wish Shanelle on her special day. Also Read: Smriti Irani decodes husband Zubin's expression in a hilarious post Here's what Smriti Irani shared:       View this post on Instagram In every relationship you have lived you have blessed us with happiness , you are our pride , our joy❤️❤️❤️happy Birthday @shanelleirani 😘😘😘😘 A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) onOct 13, 2019 at 1:40am PDT In the post, Smriti Irani can be seen posing with her daughter Shanelle and her mother Mona Irani. While sharing the picture, Smriti Irani captioned..
                 

Jammu and Kashmir: Eleven civilians injured in grenade explosion

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Srinagar: At least 11 civilians were injured on Saturday when militants hurled a grenade at a crowded market in summer capital Srinagar. Police said militants hurled a grenade at the Hari Singh High Street in Srinagar when vendors were selling goods and the market was crowded with shoppers. "At least 11 civilians have been injured in this grenade explosion. All the injured have been shifted to hospital and the area has been cordoned off for searches," police said. Militants have been threatening shopkeepers, transport operators and other business establishments not to resume normal activities since August 5 when Article 370 was abrogated. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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Lost in a moment Actor Vaani Kapoor is caught by the cameras as she seems to be making a point at the launch of a fashion line at Marine Lines on Friday. Pic/Sneha Kharabe Guha Junior's Potter tale Where scholar Ramchandra Guha has contributed to literature with his books on Indian history, politics and cricket, his son, Keshava, will deviate a little, to take us into the world of fantasy. Sources told this diarist that Guha Jr, who studied history and politics at Harvard, is penning a new fiction with HarperCollins India, that might make JK Rowling fans happy. Set in Boston and Bengaluru, the book, titled, Accidental Magic, will tell the story of four different people, whose lives are brought together by Harry Potter. His publishers have described his book as a "work of great imagination". We look forward to the new Guha in town. It's a tie? Yes, it's also a book! Our in-house cricket nut's new 'find' in terms of old cricket books is one on neck ties, yes you heard right...neck ties..
                 

Mumbai: Is my home not a forest, asks a well-known Aarey resident

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Is Aarey a forest? Its wildlife certainly seems to point to the fact over and over again. In the very early hours of Friday, mid-day was able to shoot more evidence in the form of a female leopard, identified as Venus by her unique markings, who spent two whole hours perched on a wall inside the colony. 12.35 am Around midnight on Thursday mid-day's photo editor Ashish Rane was in Aarey on a personal errand, when he received a call from a nature lover informing him about a leopard resting on a concrete structure in the forested patch at Aarey. Rane reached the spot around 12.30 am and took a series of photos of her in various poses. A nature lover in the area said Venus is a resident animal and has been roaming in Aarey for the past three years. 12:45am: When he tried to get closer, she let out a warning roar, before settling down again once he had moved away The nature lover who did not wished to be named said, "The 16 sq km of Aarey Milk Colony is home to rich flaura and fauna yet th..
                 

Thane: Housing society chops trees, displacing and killing birds

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A housing society's managing committee in Thane has invited the ire of an NGO working for wildlife welfare, for chopping a number of trees on its premises and displacing and killing some birds. The Thane-based NGO RAWW has alleged that due to the tree-cutting activity at Vijay Nagri Society, Kasarvadavli, some birds were displaced, nests damaged and young birds orphaned. The president of NGO RAWW has written a letter to the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Thane Territorial Wing of the Maharashtra Forest Department, alleging that the activity has led to the violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, in a housing society. The NGO contacted the forest department and not the municipal corporation because the matter pertains to birds. The housing society's management in Thane had got a number of trees cut on its premises Angered by the activity, some residents of the building got in touch with the NGO and reported the injured birds. NGO RAWW founder and president Pawan Sharma told mid-d..
                 

Pune-based singer makes an attempt for entry in Guinness World Records

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On Thursday, Pune-based singer Manjushree Oak made an official attempt to create a Guinness World Record by singing songs in 122 different Indian languages in a single concert which went on for 13 hours nonstop. The musical concert, which was held at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud was organised by Yashlaxmi Arrts and was supported by TRTI Pune, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune, Heritage - The Art Legacy, and Census Office, Mumbai. Manjushree Oak sung songs in 122 different Indian languages in a single concert Manjushree Oak performed the songs in a duration of 13 hours, which included four sessions of three hours each with a break of 15 minutes between every two sessions. Each song was performed at a duration of 4-5 minutes with live music played by the accompanying musicians. The earlier Guinness World Record was of songs sung in 76 languages in a single concert. Several music experts and linguists were present at the event to attest the use of pronunc..
                 

'People have lost their youth to dirty politics of a select few'

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The mercurial Udayanraje Bhosale stumped Sharad Pawar when he quit as NCP MP in September, just five months after winning from Satara. His return to the BJP was perhaps the biggest political surprise among rampant NCP desertions, including his cousin Shivendraraje. Shivaji's direct descendant is back in the electoral fray, fighting the by-poll for the seat he vacated against former colleague, ex-MP and ex-governor, Shriniwas Patil. Shivaji's direct descendant is back in the electoral fray, fighting the by-poll for the seat he vacated against former colleague, ex-MP and governor, Shriniwas Patil, while Shivendraraje fights for the Satara-Javali assembly seat. mid-day caught up with Bhosale on the campaign trail, where he explains why he quit the NCP and canvasses on local issues, promising to resolve them with the BJP's clout. Excerpts. Having forced an election on people in just five months, will you win comfortably?This sort of movement [of leaders to the BJP] has happened for the fir..
                 

Why we have every reason to be alarmed with the late withdrawal of the monsoon

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Just when people were thinking that the rains have subsided, Mumbai was hit by heavy showers on Wednesday evening. In 2019, the withdrawal of monsoon was the most delayed in history (October 9) from the northwest regions of India like Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. It was 61 years ago that monsoon retreated on October 1 which was the previous recorded most delayed withdrawal. The annual monsoon season lasts from June to September and usually, the rains recede in the first week of September. The prolonged monsoon season this year wreaked havoc leading to floods and causing loss of lives and damage to properties in several parts of the country. Most parts of India are still experiencing heavy rainfall and the IMD forecast for Mumbai doesn't look too good either. According to the weather bureau, for the next seven days, there is rain expected during the afternoon or evening. Here's a look at the forecast: In 2019, India recorded the highest rainfall in the last 25 years. Many states like ..
                 

Mumbai: Owners take payment for Santacruz flat from food stylist, but refuse to hand it over

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Famous food stylist Ivan Fernandes has filed a cheating case against a father-son duo, from whom he had purchased a flat in Santacruz West earlier this year. In his complaint filed on October 5, he alleged that they are neither handing over the property to him nor returning the money he paid them. Fernandes was looking to buy a flat in January this year when a person named, Shailendra Gaikwad, introduced him to Harishkumar Banarsilal Madan and his father Banarsilal Gurudasram Madan. The Madans wanted to sell their flat in Saryu Apartments where they currently live. Harishkumar Banarsilal Madan and his father Banarsilal Gurudasram Madan They told Fernandes that they had taken a loan of Rs 2.75 crore against the flat and has paid only Rs 35 lakh so far. Fernandes agreed to pay the remaining loan amount to the bank, i.e. Rs 2.4 crore, and Madans agreed to sell the flat at market value of Rs 7 crore. Harishkumar then asked Fernandes to pay them Rs 1.20 crore in cash, which the latter agre..
                 

Did Wadhawans siphon off PMC loans via firms registered in tax havens?

6 days ago  
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A Mumbai activist has alleged that the promoters of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) used shell companies that featured in the Panama Papers to siphon off money into their personal kitty. Rakesh Wadhawan and son Sarang, both under arrest, are being investigated by Mumbai police's Economic Offences Wing for allegedly siphoning off R6,500 crore in unreturned loans via several dummy accounts. Anti-corruption activist Niraj Gunde, in his complaint to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the central Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday alleging that the Wadhawans are linked to several companies registered in tax havens, and which featured prominently in the Panama Papers. Rakesh who is currently under arrest in the PMC Bank scam HDIL is alleged to have cleaned up more than 70 per cent of PMC Bank's total assets using more than 21,000 dummy accounts since 2008. The fraud came to light only last month when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) put the bank under administr..
                 

Pradeep Sharma leads crorepati cops into Maharashtra assembly poll fray

7 days ago  
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Former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who is contesting on a Shiv Sena ticket from Nalasopara, has declared assets of an eye-watering Rs 36.21 crore in his poll affidavit. Two other crorepati cops in the political fray are former police inspectors, Shamsher Khan Pathan, with R4.87 crore assets, and Gautam Gaikwad, with assets worth Rs 3.21 crore. According to 1983 batch police inspector Sharma's affidavit submitted to the Election Commission, while he owns movable assets worth Rs 1.81 crore and zero immovable assets, his wife Swikriti has movable assets worth Rs 14.02 crore and immovable assets worth Rs 20.37 crore. Back in 2015, Sharma had mentioned Rs 1.64 lakh as his income, while that of his wife for the same year had been stated as Rs 1.02 crore in her tax returns filed in 2015-16. But, in 2018-19 Sharma's income jumped manifold, while his wife's income decreased sharply. In his returns for 2018-19, he has mentioned Rs 9.83 lakh as his income, while his wife's has been menti..
                 

As five sons arrive in Mumbai, cops unearth the fascinating life of Govandi beggar

7 days ago  
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The five sons of lakhpati beggar Biradichand Azad landed nm at the Government Railway Police (GRP), Vashi, on Tuesday, to claim their father's body and money, and revealed some intriguing details about his past. They told mid-day that he had worked as a mason in Muscat for two years, his real surname is not Azad, he was jailed over a scuffle with neighbours and they believed that he was not begging, but following the teachings of Nirankari Baba. The sons told mid-day that Biradichand had gone to Muscat in 1977, had worked there for two years and made a lot of money before returning to India. Vashi GRP traced his five sons — Sukhdevram, Rajkumar, Dharampal, Sarjeet and Sawarmal — through documents found at his shanty. An officer privy to the investigation said, "Sawarmal, the youngest son, lives in Mumbai. Rajkumar, too, was in the city for the past two months and the rest live in their ancestral home in Rajasthan. Sawarmal works as a supervisor in a private company in Mumba..