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Mumbai: BMC chief Parveen Pardesi presents Mithi river rejuvenation plan to Aaditya Thackeray

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On Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) gave a presentation about its plans to rejuvenate the Mithi River to Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam. The two Shiv Sena leaders visited BMC commissioner Pravin Pardeshi where the fate of Mithi river was discussed. Today Hon’ble Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi ji presented the Mithi river rejuvenation review of on going work to Env Min @iramdaskadam ji, UNEP former head and passionate environmentalist @ErikSolheim and champion of environment @AfrozShah1 . pic.twitter.com/HLUsMKAn17 — Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) June 26, 2019 The meeting was also attended by city activist and environmentalist Afroz Shah, who proposed to help BMC to clean the nullahs as well the Mithi river. Afroz Shah is the one who has been cleaning the beaches and making them plastic free across the city of Mumbai. The BMC has a mega plan of beautifying and rejuvenating the Mithi river for over ..
                 

Watch video: Man completes 65 item breakfast challenge in just 12 minutes!

16 hours ago  
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Competitive eater and YouTube personality, Adam Moran, who is popularly known by his channel name 'Beard Meets Food' has set a new record by breaking an "unbeatable" breakfast challenge in record time. The 33-year-old banker-turned-YouTuber gulped down 65 breakfast items which totaled almost 4,000 calories in just 12 minutes. The Terminator 2 by Shepherd Place Farm has 65 items which amass a mammoth 4,000 calories Shepherd's Place Farm in Nottinghamshire, London created the Terminator 2, a sequel to their original Terminator offering, to put diners to take the food test. The food challenge called 'Terminator 2' contains eight of all the traditional English breakfast items, including bacon, sausages, and eggs, and are served with a 'LOT' of baked beans and toast. The 'Terminator 2', which contains 65 breakfast items costs just 15 Euros. Also Read: Mumbai food: Mid-day reporter takes up "EXTREMELY spicy" wings eating challenge Adam Moran, who was born and brought up in Eng..
                 

The Dutch mystery: Missing man kept texting wife's friends after she died

18 hours ago  
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Information about Avdhut Shinde, who is missing since the mysterious death of his wife Sharmila in the Netherlands, doesn't cease to bemuse the couple's acquaintances and the police. Sharmila's friends now say Avdhut was chatting with them over Whatsapp after her death in an attempt to pretend everything was normal." Sharmila's decomposed body was recovered reportedly from the refrigerator of her flat in the Hague on May 18, days after she had moved there with their kids to join Avdhut. The revelation about her body being found in a refrigerator has shocked her friends in India. "Her mother believes that something went amiss between the couple on the night of May 16. She used to regularly speak to me over WhatsApp. I had dropped her a message saying 'where are you…no msg' which was not delivered until May 17 morning. When I got up at 7 am IST, I received a reply from her phone saying 'Babe, was busy in kids cycling, just got up'. However, I remember she never sent incomplet..
                 

Mumbai biker's Leh death exposes regulation lapse

18 hours ago  
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On June 21, 57-year-old Jojy Cherian, who was in Kargil on a motorcycle trip, sent a message at 6.53am to his son Rohan back in Navi Mumbai that he would soon be in a no-network area and that he was headed to Leh. Seventeen hours later, his family received news of his death in a road accident there. The incident that shook Rohan and his mother, Jessy, has also raised questions on the unorganised two-wheeler expeditions to Leh-Ladakh, which are turning out to be more a ruthless business and less an adventure sport. The incident is an eye-opener and calls for regulators and law-enforcment agencies to tighten the noose on a flourishing industry that pays little heed to safety. According to his family, Jojy was passionate about biking and had always dreamt of going on a motor cycle expedition to Leh. He had no health issues and had an active lifestyle. He had been using two-wheelers for over three decades and was known for being a safe rider. Eight months ago, he bought his dream bike BMW ..
                 

Sex toys in Mumbai: The pleasure is all yours, so what's the fuss about?

18 hours ago  
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In stark contrast to the hush-hush tones of conversations concerning sex, south Mumbai's Fort area sees an audacious sale of sex toys, complete with prominent displays. Motorised and non-motorised toys adorn the footpath stalls right opposite a court. A visit by team mid-day to this area confirmed the rampant sale of sex toys there. The vendors claim to have been selling these banned products for the past 40 years. The prominent display of sex toys, vendors at Fort said, is to make it easy and comfortable for customers to approach us. "Both male and female customers buy these sex toys from us. Some of them to arouse their partners and some to gift their friends, especially the newly-married ones," a retailer told the mid-day team. "Ye sab bikta hai [All this sells]," a retailer said when asked what these toys were. Asked if no one objects to such display, he denied it. The products were priced in the range of R300 to 400. Aren't these banned, we ask one vendor. "Net pe jake dekho kya ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednessday Dossier

19 hours ago  
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The centre of attention We can't tell what's more gorgeous — Jacqueline Fernandez during an event in Lower Parel or the gerberas in full bloom that she's posing with. Pic/Shadab Khan From a bawa to a scribbler It was Bombay in a picture, when we spotted the ultimate bawa, Cyrus Broacha fooling around with Jerry Pinto. It turns out, Broacha managed to rope in the writer for his podcast and got him to share anecdotal nuggets that more or less cover his life span, from being a teen and a Mathematics teacher, to dealing with tutoring a celebrity student, to becoming a writer worthy of a national award. "In the second half he traces his writing career — from writing 28 pieces in one paper to putting his experiences with his mother into his novel, Em and the Big Hoom. He even puts Cyrus' writing through a critical lens," it read. We are intrigued by this and will wait to find out if Broacha's sense of humour remained intact while his works were under a critical lens. Get loungin..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Onset of monsoons finally declared in the city

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In what can be stated as good news for Mumbaikars, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared the onset of monsoons over Mumbai today covering entire Maharashtra. It is time to be prepared for Mumbai rains as the monsoons have entered the city.   Rainfall records since 1951 As per earlier forecast by the IMD, the onset of monsoons was expected within 48 hours from Sunday. On Tuesday, the IMD had declared the monsoon onset over Mumbai. Director of IMD Mumbai Krishnanand Hosalikar, tweeted, "Monsoon onset declared in Mumbai today covering entire Maharashtra." Also Read: Mumbai rains: Mumbaikars take to Twitter as they brace for rains This is the most delayed monsoons in Mumbai in the last nine years. In the year 2009, the monsoons arrived in the city on June 24. Even as June 10 is considered to be a regular monsoon onset date, Hosalikar while sharing details of the monsoons from 1951, mentioned how there have been variations in the monsoon arrival date in differen..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Three steal furniture, dental equipment from clinic in Kandivli; arrested

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The Kandivli police have caught three accused who were allegedly involved in a burglary case at a dental clinic in Kandivli. Just a day after the inauguration of the clinic, the accused broke in and fled taking all the furniture’s, machines and dental instruments. According to the police sources, the dentist, doctor Yogesh Mundde who opened a clinic at shop number 501 and 502 (godown and clinic) located at Acme shopping centre. A few weeks ago, on June 16, when he visited his clinic, upon opening the shutters, he was shocked to see his clinic was empty as he was robbed of all his furniture and dental instruments from the clinic and godown. He then approached the Kandivli police station and registered a complaint. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Servant steals Rs 24 lakh from shop owner; arrested The police then registered a burglary case and began investigations, checking the CCTV camera which revealed the burglar. After taking a close look at the CCTV footage, Dr Mundde identifie..
                 

Byculla museum death: Terming BDL museum lift levegator 'deliberate'

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The lift at Bhau Daji Lad museum that killed a city dentist and injured her daughter in a mishap two months ago, was in fact, not a lift at all. The product sold to the museum is called a 'levegator' on paper, concluded Lift Inspector (City) in its report submitted to the Mumbai Police. The authority was asked by the Byculla police to give details of the technical specifications of the lift, its authenticity, and legal validity. A three-page report was thus submitted by the lift inspector, red flagging issues at the manufacturer's end. Renowned dentist Dr. Arnavaz Havewala and her daughter met with an accident when the lift inside Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla collapsed on April 28. This fall led to the death of Dr. Havewala later following which an offence was registered at the Byculla police station under IPC section 304A (cause of negligence) against unknown persons, 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by..
                 

Murder Mystery Solved: 3D face helps cops crack case

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The forensic department of the KEM Hospital has helped the Navghar police crack a two-month-old murder case with the help of facial reconstruction and 3D superimposition technology, which they used to put a face on the victim's severely fractured skull. Yogesh Rane, a worker at a tea stall in Mulund had in March smashed the face of his colleague Vijay Kishor and burnt his upper body for laughing at him at the gym. He was caught after he attempted to kill another co-worker when the latter started asking him questions about Kishor's sudden disappearance. The police were finding it difficult to identify the victim, whose body was found near Kelkar College in Mulund on March 27. The upper body was burnt to the bone while the lower part was intact when the cops found the corpse. When the police failed to identify the body after combing through 2,000 missing person's files, they approached the KEM forensic department for help. As Kishor's family members, who live in Uttar Pradesh, were unawa..
                 

Mumbai: Tired of police inaction, citizens nab conman in Andheri

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Fed up with the pace of police work over nabbing a serial conman, a group of citizens decided to catch the fraudster who posed as a politician, director, and producer to cheat dozens of people. He would promise them a flat through his artists' quota or offer them a role in his films. A trap was laid by a couple of complainants and Sandeep Aher was finally caught outside Andheri railway station on Friday afternoon. The complainants took help of DN Nagar police chowki outside the station to detain him and handed him over to the Oshiwara police. However, they have alleged that with just a non-cognisable offence report filed against Aher, the cops released him in a few hours. Also Read: Conman dupes resident of Rs 2 lakh, arrested in Mankhurd Director Amitraj Surya (third from right) with the other complainants Writer-director Amitraj Surya was among Aher's victims. "We worked hard to get him arrested but the cops released him. After I got in touch with the senior officers, they ..
                 

No light in sight for RaGa's Congress

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has, from all accounts, gone into a shell. While politicians usually take defeat in their stride, living to fight another day, Rahul has taken to heart the worse-than-expected defeat at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) two-man demolition machine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. After a brief holiday abroad – no big deal, given the hard work he put in during the elongated parliamentary election schedule – he's returned and stuck to his decision to resign. He refuses to sign official correspondence and refuses to be drawn into the party's future; in short, he's washed his hands of the party. There has briefly been talk of reuniting the Congress party to boost its morale and fortunes. The provocation for this was the assembly election in Maharashtra due in October. The Congress and its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), were blown out in the parliamentary election. Though their alliance is..
                 

Couple with two children break into shops in Palghar, rob cupcakes

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A gang of four members, suspected to be a couple and their two children, broke into two shops in Palghar on Tuesday. One of the shops belonged to a cake manufacturing unit, where the accused broke into the shutter using an iron rod and pulled it up to make narrow way to sneak into the shop. "The gang members pretended to be rag pickers and carried a sack at the time of the crime. The man first broke into the cake shop, ate a few cakes and picked up a few for his accomplices, apparently his wife and two children, and came out of the shop discreetly. The shop owner has incurred a loss of Rs. 500," said investigating officer PSI Ramesh Palve of Palghar police station. "Later the man broke into the adjacent shop of the digital board. He tried to break the shelf containing cash but his attempts failed. There were many other valuables in the shop but the accused did not pick up any. It seems that he was in an inebriated state," added Ramesh Palve. Also Read: Mumbai crime: Man stea..
                 

The viral fever that left 32-year-old Mumbai man in coma

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In November, when 32-year-old banker Keegan Vaz developed a fever along with a cough and cold, he did, what any of us would do. He went to a local chemist, got some over-the-counter medicines and popped the pills, maintaining the week-long course. He even recovered. Until late November, when he started getting headaches. By December first week, his condition started deteriorating and Vaz started vomiting. A banker, he took a break from work and stayed at this Wadala home, which he shares with a couple of friends. But resting and more over-the-counter medicines didn't help. When he became increasingly weak, his friends then took to a primary health care centre. Dr Vivek Agrawal, consultant brain, spine and interventional neurosurgeon at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, explains the procedure The doctors there, on a quick check-up, asked his friends — by now Vaz had fainted — to take him to a multi-specialty hospital. At Girgaum's Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, the ..
                 

Strangers on a train

3 days ago  
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I've travelled to many countries on my own and always managed to figure my way around. The 'developed' world, especially, is designed to minimise human dependence on humans. Maps, labels, signs: all help a newcomer navigate the system with relative smoothness. Germany, the native place of efficiency, was where I least expected to feel confused as I tried to get a train from Frankfurt to Weimar. Abandoning my independence, yaniki, machismo, I finally asked two young men near the ticket machine if it was the right one. They confirmed and then, to my surprise, began helping me buy the right ticket, which I was dismayed to discover, required two changes. "Don't worry. We are taking the same train till the first change, so we'll get you on." On the train, they immediately cracked open some beer and toasted each other. I learned they were cousins, and from Nepal, which gave their neighbourly behaviour to me a double meaning. S, the younger one had just flown in from Nepal. "I came to receive..
                 

Destiny be damned

3 days ago  
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The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir is a heartwarming international film in English, starring Tamil star Dhanush and Bérénice Bejo, that opened on Friday. Bejo, of course, is the Argentine-French Oscar-nominated actress from The Artist. The film is remarkable for many reasons (the Tamil dubbed version is Pakkiri). First, it is thrilling to see Dhanush effortlessly crack the Bollywood ceiling in a true-blue international co-production: it is a French-Belgian-Indian co-production, in English, directed by Canadian director Ken Scott. Dhanush holds his own in an international cast. Scott takes a Bollywood approach, pulling off a tightrope act, balancing romance, comedy, action, adventure and magic realism, with a touching message about hope amid illegal refugees, including people of colour, topped off with naach-gaana and a happy ending. It's a gora doing Bollywood, and he succeeds marvellously. And, it is timely, as nations worldwide, including the US, Europe and India, g..
                 

Chopped pieces of dead body wrapped in plastic bag found in Palghar

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Parts of a man's dead body that were chopped in pieces were stuffed in a bag that was found lying in a nullah in Dhaniv Baugh Shreeram Nagar area in Nalasopara east on Friday evening. According to the police, the dead body was of an unknown man who was brutally murdered and his body was cut into the numbers of pieces which was then stuffed into a nylon bag. The bag was noticed by locals who informed the local police. The senior officials from Palghar district police along with the local Tulinj police rushed to the spot and after conducting the Panchanama they sent the body for the autopsy to the local government hospital. The bag in which chopped pieces of body was found. Pic/Hanif Patel Parts of the body were allegedly wrapped into the black colour plastic and the identity of the body is not revealed yet. The police also recovered some clothes from the bag. A police officer from Tulinj police station said that a case of murder has been registered at Tulinj police station further inves..
                 

Mumbai crime: Man held for stealing cop's bag with arms at JJ hospital

4 days ago  
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A 45-year-old man was arrested by JJ Marg police last week for stealing a bag containing 60 live rounds of bullets that belonged to Local Arms Unit I of the Mumbai Police. The team had visited JJ hospital for the medical examination of an under-trial lodged in Arthur Road jail when the incident took place. At around 9 am, three constables attached with Local Arms-1 took a prisoner to JJ hospital. "He has an injury on his leg and was thus asked by the jail doctor to be examined at JJ hospital. One of the cops escorting him had a rifle and 60 live rounds of 7.65 mm bullets in his bag," an officer said. Also read: Mumbai Crime: Servant arrested for stealing ornaments worth Rs 28.5 lakh from jewellery shop While constable Santosh Gade was monitoring the under-trial, he had kept his bag nearby but the accused, Asfaq Sayyed, managed to steal it and escape. When Gade realised that the bag was missing, a search was undertaken but that didn't help. Finally, an FIR was lodged at the JJ..
                 

The myth of a safe-for-women India

4 days ago  
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A friend of mine travels to and from work by Uber. She uses the app on weekends too and spends approximately 40 per cent of what she earns on cab fare. On days when she can't find one — and this is a more common problem than you would think — she waits for office colleagues to drop her, sometimes waiting two hours after finishing her work for a lift. She does this not because she loves throwing away her money, or because she can't be bothered to use public transport like a million others, but because she finds Bombay's streets traumatic. I didn't take her very seriously when she first mentioned this to me, because I had used public transport on my own since the age of 12. I also took into consideration the fact that my mother, classmates in school and college, and other female colleagues travelled by bus and train regularly. And yet, it was only after I stepped outside her office alongside her one evening, that the reality of what she was trying to convey started to make se..
                 

Real North India from ground-level

19 hours ago  
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We all know about there being two Indias, blah blah. Most of these clichés about the rural/urban schisms, while progressively shrinking in uncanny ways, continue to hold. But, who really stands right at the intersection of the gap between these First and Third worlds—simultaneously living in separate centuries— within the same country? More than anyone else—the central government bureaucrat. They get to these jobs cracking arguably one of the world's toughest (UPSC) exams. Which covers for its syllabus (the General Studies paper, in particular), practically everything under the sun! Their first posting, in their early 20s, involve small towns, overseeing rural hamlets, in thoroughly distant states. This, when their general-awareness and academic exposure is at its peak. But the land they survey is wholly opposite to the books they've 'rattofied' to get there—let alone cultures they come from. Writer Upamanyu Chatterjee played this aspect up charmingly, wi..
                 

Miss India 2019 Suman Rao: Deepika Padukone is my favourite actress

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Deepika Padukone has been creating a buzz not only across Bollywood but all over the world for not just being a global icon but an inspiration, for one and all. The actress is ruling as a global icon and she is capturing hearts wherever she goes. Recently, the leading lady of Bollywood was appreciated by the 2019 Miss India winner Suman Rao. The beauty shared, "My favourite actress is Deepika Padukone. She really inspires me for the person she is and the way she carries herself I really love her personality." Rajasthan beauty Suman Rao was crowned as Miss India 2019. The 22-year-old was crowned by her predecessor Anukreethy Vas, Miss India 2018. Suman Rao will now represent India at Miss World 2019 pageant to be held in Pattaya, Thailand on December 7, 2019. Femina Miss India 2019 is the 56th edition of Miss India beauty pageant. Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone, whereas, will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar's 'Chhapaak', which is based on the life of acid attack survivor -- Laxmi Agarw..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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SONA, KITNA SONA HAI  Sonakshi Sinha stays true to her name, dazzling in gold at the launch of a hair styling product at an Andheri five-star on Monday. Pic/Sameer Markande Leading from the front  Adi Godrej, Sudha Murthy and Anu Aga Kickstarting its 150 year celebrations with a grand alumni dinner earlier this year, St Xavier's College is now hosting a leadership summit for the first time. With an illustrious line-up of speakers — including Adi Godrej, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Narayan and Sudha Murthy, and Anu Aga — the essence of the event is to understand the way great leaders think and learn from their journey. The theme of the summit is The Inflexion Point, and there will also be panel discussions on the present and future of the banking sector in India and the post-election future of Indian financial markets. The event takes place in the college auditorium on July 13 and tickets range from R2,000 to R4,000. A hefty sum to pay to get inspired? A quick nostalg..
                 

Of holy cows and total bullshit

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Remember Mohammad Akhlaq, the 50-year-old Muslim man who was lynched by a mob in a village near New Delhi on suspicion that he had consumed beef? It turned out later that the meat was actually mutton. Since then, we've seen many more attacks by cow vigilante groups. That incident made me wonder, though, if the average Indian lynch mob cannot tell mutton apart from beef, can it tell a cow apart from a bull? While on that, is a bull holy as well or is it just cows? If I passed a family of bovines in the middle of New Link Road, black, white, humped, flat-backed, old, young, calves, bulls — do I worship all of them or can I skip some? I've never seen a picture of a black buffalo being worshipped, only white cows. Quite a few Indians believe that white means female, and black, male. But as with human beings, it's not skin colour but existence of a penis and testicles that determine maleness, while the presence of udders and a vagina are sure signs that it's female. Some openly wonder..
                 

Mayawati appoints her brother, nephew to key party posts

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Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati Sunday appointed her brother Anand Kumar as the party's national vice president and her nephew Akash Anand as its national coordinator, a senior leader said. She also appointed BSP leader Ramji Gautam as the party's national coordinator. The decision was taken at a meeting here which was attended by top functionaries of the party. BSP president Mayawati Amroha MP Danish Ali has been made the leader of the party in Lok Sabha and its Nagina MP Girish Chandra has been appointed the chief whip, he said. The elevation of Anand's son Akash is being seen a sign as his growing influence in the party affairs. The suave 24-year-old, who is now a regular in BSP's official engagements, was introduced to party leaders by Mayawati in 2017 when she told them that he had returned from London after doing his MBA and he would look after the party affairs. Akash, the son of her younger brother Anand, made his public debut in May 2017, when he accompanied Mayawati to Saharanpur..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Gang breaks into 2 shops in Palghar, leaves only with cupcakes

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A gang of four, suspected to be a couple and their two children, broke into two adjacent shops in Palghar in the wee hours last week. Interestingly, one of the shops is a cake manufacturing unit, where the man broke open the shutter lock using an iron rod and pulled it up to create a narrow space to sneak into the shop. "The gang members pretended to be rag pickers. The couple was carrying a sack at the time of the offence. The man first entered the cake shop, ate a few cakes, picked up a few cupcakes for his accomplices, apparently his wife and two children, and came out of the shop discreetly. The cost of the cakes eaten is R500," said investigating officer PSI Ramesh Palve of Palghar police station. Also Read: Mumbai: Woman thrashes railway staffer for stealing her mobile phone One of the thieves captured in the CCTV inside one of the shops "Later, the man broke into the adjacent digital board shop. He tried to break into the drawer containing cash but his attempts failed. Ther..
                 

Heightened concerns

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"Pheroze! Pheroze! Where are you? I hope this isn't some prank where you try to scare the living daylights out of me," exclaimed Lady Flora, doing her best to locate her walking companion. It worried her even more because she had come all the way to his pedestal but there was no sign of him. "Could he have been kidnapped?" she wondered. But who would want to commit such an act on a genteel old Parsi barrister? "Lady! Lady! Up here," a faint voice could be heard. Lady Flora had to crane her neck and take a few steps back to check where the sound was originating from. To her shock and surprise, she spotted the outline of her friend against the façade of his former office, the BMC building. He was precariously placed beside a gargoyle as he tried to gain a foothold. "What are you doing there, Pheroze? Come down right now, for God's sake. Have you lost your mind!" she was stumped over why her friend would attempt such a bizarre stunt. About 15 minutes later, Sir PM emerged from the ..
                 

After taking away their roof, Mumbai cops burn their belongings

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We do not have any morsel of food left, nor my children have any spare clothes to wear. They (the police) came and burnt them all, saying we cannot stay here. My wife is six months pregnant and my two daughters are unwell. Where will we go?" asks Balu Machindra Chauhan, 30, a day after they were forcibly evicted from Amar Mahal junction, Chembur, by the police. While the state agencies are clear they won't allow encroachments, the incident has once again raised serious concerns about shelter homes for the homeless in the city. "If this is not our home, then where is our home?" asks Ashwini Pawar, 25. "I have been staying here for the last two decades, and have also got a ration card, which shows our address: below Amar Mahal footpath. We also get monthly ration from the fair price shop." Chauhan adds, "My daughter Anjali (5) is physically challenged. She and Chakula (2) were both scared when the police threw our belongings out. The police kept shouting, 'Chale jao yahaan se, dobara nah..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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Sombre Soha Actor Soha Ali Khan seems to be in deep thought as a bunch of playful strays follow her at a shoot at Aarey Colony in Goregaon East on Saturday. Pic/Satej Shinde Yoga in the kitchen Chef Lakhan Jethani and Vedant Malik, who run Mizu, a Japanese fine-dine at Atria mall, Worli, want their staff to not only be fit but also feel good. Which is why they have roped in close friend, fashion model Agatha Francini Gomes Figueiroa, to teach their employees yoga. Figueiroa, on her part, says she's more than happy to share the knowledge. "Working in a restaurant kitchen can be physically and mentally taxing, so we focus on areas like the shoulders, lower back, wrists and fingers along with breathing techniques and concentration meditation. We make it a point to start and finish the sessions with the Pranav Om and a huge self-love hug where they say out loud'I love myself'." On our own One of this diarist's favourite stores, O.M.O, in Bandra, is moving once again. After hosting a final..
                 

Hey, I don't know what's AI?

3 days ago  
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See boss, don't get me wrong. I appreciate the Internet world, okay, so we now have information at our fingertips that we never had as easily available before. So, today's kids will never quite know what it's like to enter the hallowed space called a library, where a big SILENCE sign greeted you as you walked in, and you pored over huge tomes, wanting to understand Hitler's impact on WWII, and now a Kindle or Wikipedia not only give you information on the Nazis but also the latest dope on the Kardashians and Kanye West. And, I don't want to sound old-fashioned, but I do agree that we have an ocean of stuff that would have been impossible to access a decade ago: but have we stopped reading? And is there information overload? And kids are on their cells all day, their faces buried in a blue screen never looking up at the blue sky. And, I would argue that we need to occasionally stop and think whether we are just bringing in generation after generation of 'mental machines'. And just when ..
                 

Google Doodle honours Bollywood's legendary actor Amrish Puri on his 87th birth anniversary

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On the occasion of Bollywood's iconic actor Amrish Puri's 87th birth anniversary, Google honoured the renowned actor with a doodle. The doodle was unveiled by Google on the actor's 87th birthday, was made by a Pune-based guest artist Debangshu Moulik, celebrates the life and legacy of Amrish Puri. The late actor, Amrish Puri is known for his iconic and some of the most memorable roles as a villain in innumerable movies in the Indian cinema. He is best remembered for his role as Mogambo in Mr. India which starred Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. Puri's dialogue, "Mogambo khush hua" went on to become his signature dialogue and is popular to this day. Amrish Puri was born in Jalandhar (Punjab) to a Punjabi-speaking Khatri family of Nihal Chand Puri and Ved Kaur. The actor had four siblings, elder brothers/renowned actors Chaman Puri and Madan Puri, elder sister Chandrakanta, and a younger brother, Harish Puri. Puri landed his first role in a movie at the age of 39, before which he was working in ..
                 

HC to MHADA: Submit safety plans in 2 weeks

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The Bombay High Court on Friday gave two weeks time to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of pedestrians passing by Esplanade Mansion. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and traffic police will be roped in for this, as the tasks will include re-routing of human as well as vehicular traffic and re-construction of footpaths which MHADA alone cannot handle. Directives for the same were given by Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice G S Patel, after the advocate for MHADA submitted a report on the closure and barricading of the building, after it was vacated. While a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to save the 150-year-old heritage structure, the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) is also scrutinising the possibility of restoring the building. Also read: Mumbai: Esplanade holds key to heritage tag for whole ..
                 

Mumbai: Thanks to Titwala man, MP Manoj Kotak raises local train delays in Lok Sabha

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On the day a commuter's show-cause notice to the Central Railway for delays in train schedule made news, BJP MP from Mumbai North East Manoj Kotak raised the issue in the Parliament on the very first day. Kotak highlighted the consistent delays on the route for the past 15 days. "The Central Railway is usually affected by the rains but the timetable of has collapsed even before the monsoon for the past 15 days. I request the authorities to set it right and seek to draw the attention of the Parliament to the issue," Kotak said in the zero hour of the Parliament. The punctuality issue has been plaguing the Central Railway for a while now, with the commuters being badly hit. A Titwala-based commuter thus issued a show-cause notice to the CR over delays that led to salary cuts for him. Manoj Kotak Also read: Mumbai: Snake scares his(s) fellow passengers in Central Railway train A number of commuter organisations too have planned to conduct a meeting at Diva on Saturday to decide on an..
                 

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Mumbai: 95-year-old Valsad station gets makeover

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In its latest project, Western Railway has given a modern makeover to the 95-year-old station building and circulating area of Valsad station. The project was aimed not only at upgrading the station but also to enhance passenger amenities which the station lacked for a long time. Western Railway has now revamped the station with modern waiting rooms, better toilet facilities, proper parking areas, newly built ticket booking office, etc. along with green initiatives like rainwater harvesting and a beautiful vertical garden. According to Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, Valsad station is an A-Class station and an important one on the Virar-Surat Section of the Mumbai Division of Western Railway. The daily footfall of passengers is approximately 26,000 since almost all Passenger and Mail Express trains halt here. This flourishing industrial city with stunning sea coast in close proximity to the station attracts a large number of tourists. Even th..
                 

Masked men spray paint CCTV, steal phones worth Rs 30 lakh in Vasai

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A gang of masked men allegedly broke into an "MI" mobile store near Hanuman Mandir at Manikpur Naka in Vasai last night and fled with mobile phones worth around Rs 30 lakh. According to the police sources, the incident was captured on the CCTV camera which was installed near the mobile shops. The CCTV footage shows three to four masked men roaming near the shop at around 4 am on Monday. On spotting the camera, the accused blocked the camera vision by spray painting the camera lens and then broke the shop shutters and escaped sweeping all the mobile phone from the mobile shop. Also Read: Woman steals Rs 30 lakh from office in Bandra, buys cars and runs away with lover The gang fled with more than 234 mobile worth around Rs 30 lakh from the shop. The shop owner approached the Manikpur police and based on the complaint, a burglary case against unknown accused has been registered and the investigation is underway, informs senior inspector Rajendra Kamble. Also Read: Man wanted ..
                 

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Mumbai's top cop pedals to 1,500 km cycling history

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Indian Police Service (IPS) Krishna Prakash, special inspector general of police (IGP), administration, Maharashtra, is back home in Mumbai after creating cycling history. The tough cop has finished a stupendous fourth in the men's open category of the Race Across West (RAW) in USA. The race, which requires cycling for approximately 1,500 km across four American states, started on June 11 and ended on June 14. "Competitors had to finish the RAW race in 92 hours but I did it in 88 hours," said Prakash, adding, "I went into the event hoping to become the first ever Indian to finish the cycling race. I never imagined I would get a ranking." The open category had competitors of age 18 to 50 years, which meant Byculla's 48 year-old Prakash was competing with men much younger to him. Difficult terrain called for high adaptability Trying terrain "This is considered the world's toughest cycling course. Like any endurance event, physical fitness is a must, but it also needs vast reserves of men..
                 

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Sex toys worth Rs 8 crore confiscated in two years in Mumbai

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In the world's second populous nation, the obsession with sex toys shouldn't come as a surprise. What, however, does is the massive quantity of it being illegally brought into the country. The toys are regularly detained by the Customs Department. A Right To Information query filed by activist Prithviraj Maske revealed that from 2017 to January 2019, the Airport Special Courier Cell of the Mumbai Customs Department had seized sex toys worth Rs 8 crore. In the world's second populous nation, the obsession with sex toys shouldn't come as a surprise. What, however, does is the massive quantity of it being illegally brought into the country. The toys are regularly detained by the Customs Department. A Right To Information query filed by activist Prithviraj Maske revealed that from 2017 to January 2019, the Airport Special Courier Cell of the Mumbai Customs Department had seized sex toys worth Rs 8 crore. The RTI filed by activist Prithviraj Maske revealed how consignees have been importing..
                 

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Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Hanging with the guards Actor Kalki Koechlin shares a moment with security after playing at the nets at a corporate cricket partnership at Churchgate on Sunday. Pic/Bipin Kokate Behind the case lies a story "Hyderabad's cops were the most helpful, while Delhi's were the least," admitted Arita Sarkar in response to a question from the audience about the challenges she had faced while researching her book, Kidnapped. That former Mumbai Police Commissioner AN Roy was one of the chief guests at the release of the hard-hitting title by mid-day's principal correspondent at a Bandra bookstore over the weekend, didn't deter her from plumbing for the khaki men from Hyderabad. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner AN Roy, actor Rasika Dugal with mid-day journalist Arita Sarkar. Pic/Atul Kamble Roy smiled on, and took on a few questions as well, where he shared his experience with the politician-kidnapper nexus and the onus on the police to be humane with the parents. Actor Rasika Dugal, fresh off th..
                 

Mumbai rains: Monsoon may arrive in 48 hours

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Good news is in store for Mumbaikars irritated with the hot and humid weather — monsoon is finally expected as the new week begins. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), with the north westward movement of the low pressure system, enhanced rainfall activity is expected during next 48 hours on the west coast, which includes Mumbai. Earlier this month, the city got a respite from the humidity for a couple of days when it rained while cyclone Vaayu was passing by in the Arabian Sea. Following that, Mumbai returned to its usual hot and humid weather, with the maximum temperature on Sunday being recorded at 33.6 degree Celsius. With the rain yet to cool down the city, a labrador and his owner cool off at the Banganga Tank in Walkeshwar. Pic/Suresh Karkera But with the new week starting, there is reason to cheer for the weather. The IMD's weather forecast on Sunday revealed, "With the north westward movement of cyclonic circulation over Chattisgarh and its neighbouri..
                 

Illegal path labs won't stop quacking

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Do you check the credentials of pathology laboratories where you give your blood or bodily fluids for clinical testing? If not, then, start doing it, because the registered doctors who are trained and authorised to run pathology labs have been alleging that some 8,000 academically ineligible technicians are running illegal labs across Maharashtra. Registered pathologists say that the technicians in these unauthorised businesses are as dangerous as other quacks in the medical field who pose serious threats to public healthcare. It has been a testing time for registered pathologists who want illegal laboratories shut. They claim the units are run without analytical expertise of post graduate pathology/microbiology practitioners. Some technicians have been arrested and prosecuted in the past for countersigning test reports despite not having the requisite qualifications and authority. These arrests were reported to the Legislative Assembly in 2018 when the opposition had raised the issue ..
                 

Jyotishmita Baruah posts adorable picture with her parents; calls them 'World's best'!

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When Gandhi met Jinnah in 1982

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Soft winds whispering between them, trees swish curtseys over palatial homes. This is Carmichael Road, rowed with regal residences Claude Batley and George Wittet imagined along the eastern cliff edge of Cumballa Hill. This SoBo stretch named for David Fremantle Carmichael of the Civil Services is now ML Dahanukar Road, honouring the first post-Independence Sheriff whose family occupied Shree Sadan mid-street. The hallowed hallways of Bureaucrat Boulevard entertain august company. Especially in bungalows like the Municipal Commissioner's, Bombay Port Trust Chairman's and Reserve Bank of India Governor's. The 1920s-constructed Municipal Commissioner's mansion's colonial-style portico and arcaded verandah are visible in a scene of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi, showing Jinnah and Gandhiji walk down the driveway. Interior shots were filmed at next-door North End, the BPT bungalow Wittet designed. Sir Benegal Rama Rau and Lady Dhanvanthi Rama Rau with Dr Radhakrishnan in South Africa, 1938..
                 

Child-sage Balak Nath

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In Himachal, and nearby regions, a yogi is worshipped, who is considered a form of Shiva in Kalyug. His name is Baba Balak Nath. In art, he is visualised as a young boy with a yoga staff in his hand, seated on a peacock wit h the hood of a serpent serving as his parasol. The story goes that he was born in the hills, and is one of the great Siddhas of the world. Since he possesses the knowledge of the universe, time does not affect him; he remains an eternal child and prefers to meditate in a cave. Unlike children, he stays away from women, because he does not realise his own strength and once accidentally hurt a cat, who was actually the mother-goddess Parvati in disguise. In his cave, women worship him from a distance, even though there is no rule stopping them from getting closer to his image. Some people connect him with Kartikeya, the son of Shiva and Shakti, because he is closely associated with the peacock. In North India, Kartikeya is considered to be a celibate god who shuns wo..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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Chewing gum Isn't the flexible Malaika Arora a delight to watch in the yoga studio? The actor gets contorted for the camera on International Yoga Day on Friday. Pics/Ashish Raje Namastaying away at the UN Composer and singer Vinod Krishnan, who shot to fame with the Carnatic remix of Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You, performed at the opening ceremony of the International Yoga Day celebrations organised by the Indian Embassy at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York yesterday. He also took to social media to share an image of his admit card. Elaborating on what the invitation meant to him, Krishnan told this diarist, "This is being put together by India's Permanent Mission to the UN. Incidentally, June 21 is also World Music Day, so it's doubly apt that I performed at such a significant event." Here's hoping that more young musicians get to perform at such international platforms. Say ciao to a new menu in BKC Fashion designer Kresha Bajaj's Instagram account is a treat for aesthete..
                 

Yemeni couple comes to India to save child with rare disorder; in trouble to go back home

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A Yemeni couple whose three-year-old was treated for a rare neurological disorder in Delhi is now caught in a quandary, with no home to go back to and other recourse in a strange land. Mahmood Shaker Edres (32), a mechanical engineer from Aden, his wife Buthina (28) and two children Shaker (3) and Ekhlas (1) arrived in India in February on a six-month medical visa. Shaker was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis, a condition that causes problems with normal brain and skull growth. Shaker Edres "When Shaker was born, we were thrilled," said Edres, about their first child. "A few weeks later, his grandmother noticed something wrong with the shape of his head. Doctors said his skull bones haven't expanded in line with the growing brain. He was in constant pain and got intense seizures. Also read: Major Saudi pipeline attacked by drones A friend suggested treatment in Germany, but Edres could not afford even the discounted $35,000 and chose India. With Yemeni air space shut, the family rea..
                 

Mumbai doctor's suicide: Why can't cops clearly explain sequence, asks Payal Tadvi's husband

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Whenever his phone rings in the evenings, Dr Salman Tadvi still thinks it's his wife Dr Payal Tadvi's call. "Every day, my phone rang around 8 pm asking me where I was, etc. Her voice is still fresh in my ears. I can't believe it has already been a month since she left me," Dr Salman says of life without his better half who committed suicide last month. The grieving husband has also questioned the delay in investigating Dr Payal's suicide and the events that led to it. "Due to the uproar around her death, all the accused were arrested and put behind bars but even after 30 days, the cops haven't been able to make a firm claim about the sequence of events on May 22," he said. Dr Payal was pursuing her MD (Gynecology) at the Nair hospital. "She would not have enough time to spend with me. We had odd duty hours and getting to see each other was a rarity. She had opted to stay in the hostel room so she could save time travelling to our rented apartment," he explains. Also Read: Mumbai ..