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Ratan Tata travels to Pune to see ailing former employee, social media lauds his kindness

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Social media is full of praise for Ratan Tata after the Mumbai-based industrialist quietly travelled to Pune to visit an ailing former employee. The 83-year-old was photographed at Friends Society in Pune by a LinkedIn user Yogesh Desai, who shared the picture on his profile a day ago. Since then, his LinkedIn post has been flooded with comments from people praising Tata's compassionate gesture. According to Desai, Tata travelled from Mumbai to Pune to visit a former employee who has been unwell for two years. "No media, no bouncers only commitment towards loyal employees," he wrote on the networking site, in praise of the man. Desai shared a photograph where the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons can be seen with two other people. Since being shared online a day ago, the post has garnered over 1.6 lakh reactions and 4,000 comments. "He is a legend, met him several times and you will never meet a more genuine, grounded individual. Example of a truly great leader and great person," wrote o..
                 

Stop! Garbage burning could be killing you!

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Rampant garbage burning along the highways in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad is posing a huge threat to people's health. A survey by the Awaaz Foundation to measure PM2.5 at some of these sites, has found that pollution levels had a direct co-relation with the size of the garbage dump being burnt. A dump at Bhiwandi showed the highest level of PM2.5. Air pollution is measured by quantifying total suspended Particulate Matter identified by the size of the particles. PM2.5 are minute particles of 2.5 micrograms or smaller. These particles contain a mixture of solids and liquids and include acids such as sulfates and nitrates, ammonium, carbon and mineral dust. The PM2.5 recorded at Bhiwandi was 612µ/mg3 (µ - microgram, mg3 - per cubic meter) while the permissible amount is 20µ/mg3. Sumaira Abdulali of Awaaz Foundation recently wrote to Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray highlighting the menace of garbage burning. Since 2016, Awaaz has documented numerous sites where garbage..
                 

Mumbai: Premal Udani retains Cricket Club of India top post

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Premal Udani on Wednesday retained the presidency of the Cricket Club of India (CCI), with 1,746 votes, while his opponent Satyapal Jain managed to get 755 votes. The results of the election to the top post was announced late evening. Udani took over the reins of the CCI in 2018. The term of the CCI president expires in two years, but s/he can contest for another term. With Wednesday's victory, Udani will now be serving his second term as president of the prestigious SoBo club. "This has shown that members have reposed their faith in me and appreciated the good work in what has been a very tough year for the club, like it has been for everyone. Some of our facilities have reopened according to the guidelines. Priority will be given towards unlocking more facilities as we try to get back to normal, adhering to protocol. Then, we will look ahead," Udani said. Premal Udani, president, CCI Jain said that "starting my campaign for the [election to the] top post very late" was one of the rea..
                 

Khar murder: Injuries on accused don't match the sequence of events

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The Khar police investigating the murder of the 19-year-old psychology student have sought the opinion of forensic experts to understand the nature of injuries of one of the accused, Shree Jogdhankar. According to the police, Jogdhankar's injuries are not consistent with the sequence of events, established through the questioning of co-accused Diya Padalkar and statements of guests from the New Year's Eve party. When asked if there's a possibility of Jogdhankar's injuries being self-inflicted, a senior officer said, "We have certain questions related to the accused's injuries. To get clarity on the nature of the injuries, we have sent our queries to forensic experts." Shree Jogdhankar outside Bandra court on January 2. Police have been able to question him only once so far. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi "One cannot injure oneself on the back. We do not want to jump to conclusions without getting the opinion of experts," the officer added. According to the police, Jogdhankar has an eight-inch..
                 

COVID-19: Numbers rise in Mumbai and state once again

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After recording over 3,000 cases consistently in the past few days, the state on Wednesday recorded over 4,000 cases. The numbers in Mumbai too shot up and crossed 700 on Wednesday. The state recorded 4,382 new cases taking the total tally of Maharashtra to 19.54 lakh cases. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in the state was 66 taking the total to 49,825 in all. The city recorded 795 fresh cases on Wednesday. The Thane Municipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan Dombivali Corporation recorded 142, 87 and 126 cases respectively in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Passengers at Dadar station being tested The state's recovery rate now stands at 94.87 per cent with 2,570 patients discharged on Wednesday. Mumbai's recovery rate stands at 93 per cent while the doubling rate is improving currently being at 365 days. The city's daily growth rate is now at 0.21 per cent as the total count stands at 2.96 lakh cases. The city has 7,480 ongoing cases. The mortality rate of the stat..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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Meet the fruit ninja A man practises a few Shaolin-style moves on a road in Juhu. A Kipling keepsake Rudyard Kipling. Pic courtesy/Wikimedia Commons This month, British auction house Christie's will offer the collection of Mr and Mrs John H Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue across live and online sales. In the collection spanning fine and decorative art, jewels and books is a copy of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, illustrated by Paul Jouve and François-Louis Schmied that was completed in 1919. What's interesting is that it contains an original drawing by Jouve in India ink. The book is from the couple's library, and commenting on the apartment, Will Strafford, senior international specialist, European furniture and decorative arts, said, "It is one of the most iconic interiors in New York with each room creating its own individual visual statement." Saluting Astad Deboo As if 2020 wasn't bad enough already, it took away from us, contemporary dancer-choreographer Astad Deboo in Dec..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Police identifies body found in open ground in Malvani

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The Malvani police on Wednesday identified the 35-year-old man, whose body was found in an open ground near Kharodi chapel on Tuesday morning. The victim has been identified as Ashok Yadav. He resided in the same locality and was in the fabrication business The victim’s throat was slit with a sharp knife and the body was found under a bench near the boundary wall of the ground. Some boys playing cricket on the ground noticed the body and informed the morning walkers, who alerted the police. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Body Of 35-Year-Old Man Found In Open Ground At Malvani Ashok was missing since Monday night. His brother-in-law, who resided in the neighbouring house, tried to contact him but his phone was switched off. He started searching for him on Tuesday morning and locals informed him that an unknown person’s body has been found in the ground. He reached the spot and identified the body. Ashok Yadav During the lockdown, Ashok had gone to his native village along with his..
                 

England is likely to extend third national lockdown till March

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England is facing a third national lockdown, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said will last at least six weeks. However, Cabinet minister Michael Gove on Tuesday morning reportedly said that the country would be able to begin easing the curbs only in March. "We will keep these [lockdown curbs] constantly under review but you are absolutely right, we can't predict with certainty that we will be able to lift restrictions in the week commencing February 15-22... I think it is right to say that as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions, but not necessarily all," Sky News quoted Gove as saying. Johnson had announced the tough, new stay-at-home order for England as authorities were struggling to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals around the UK. The restrictions took effect at midnight Tuesday. Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon imposed a lockdown that began Tuesday. 944 more die in GermanyMeanwhile, Germany report..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Trio who duped dabbawalas in free-moped scam held

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The Ghatkopar police on Tuesday said they have arrested three former office-bearers of a dabbawala association for cheating members of their own fraternity. A group of 60 dabbawalas had alleged that the trio collected their documents promising free mopeds, but later learnt that they had taken out two-wheeler loans against their names. Subhash Talekar, one of the accused Police arrested Mumbai Jevan Dabe Vahtuk Mandal's (MJDVM) former spokesperson Subhash Talekar on Monday, and former secretary Vitthal Sawant and former member Dashrath Kedari on Tuesday. “The accused had gone to the sessions court, the High Court and even the Supreme court against the arrest, but they rejected his plea. Ghatkopar police on Monday received information that Talekar was hiding at Rajguru Nagar, and he was nabbed. We produced him before the court on Tuesday and secured his custody till January 9,” said Inspector Pramod Kokate of Ghatkopar police station. Also Read: Mumbai 'dabbawala' offici..
                 

40 contacts of five recent UK passengers traced, all negative

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The BMC has so far traced over three dozen close contacts of five people who recently arrived in the city from the UK and were found to be infected with the new COVID-19 strain. "All are negative and have been isolated at home," said Suresh Kakani, additional commissioner of BMC. Officials had said actors Arbaaz and Sohail Khan had earlier evaded institutional quarantine Abour 2,600 passengers had come to Mumbai from the UK before December 21, while 181 reached the city afterwards. Of them, 26 were found to be carrying the virus. Their samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for the complex genome sequencing test. Of the five UK strain cases, two have already tested negative for COVID, while reports of the other three are awaited, said officials. Meanwhile, after actors Arbaaz and Sohail Khan were slapped with a case for evading the protocol, the two have proceeded on institutional quarantine for seven days. "They have been found negative, so we will not trace ..
                 

Kerala man sues Ayurvedic company over false promise of hair growth, wins

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Not a single hair grew, I am still half bald. The company's advertisement claimed their product would help grow lost hair naturally in six weeks," said Francis Vadakkan, 60, from Vylathur, Thrissur district, Kerala after winning a case against Kerala-based ayurvedic company M/s Dhathri Ayurveda Private Limited. Francis Vadakkan in 1995 with a head full of hair President of the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Thrissur, C T Sabu, and two members Dr K Radhakrishnan Nair and Sreeja S found the product's print and TV advertisement from 2012 misleading, fined Malayalam actor Anoop Menon R10,000 for endorsing a product he never used, fined the company and the pharmacy from where Vadakkan bought the product. Menon was directed to refrain from endorsing products he is not sure about. Vadakkan's lawyer, advocate A D Benny fought the case pro bono "I admire Menon so when I saw his advertisement in January 2012, about the hair cream, I had no reason to not believe the claim and bou..
                 

DC Avanti scam: Dilip Chhabria made suspicious transactions worth crores of rupees in last 5 years

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The Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday claimed that car designer and enthusiast Dilip Chhabria had made suspicious transactions worth crores of rupees in the last five years in the name of foreign, expensive vehicles other than the DC Avanti sports car. Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sachin Vaze of the CIU (Crime Intelligence Unit) said, “CIU conducted a search at Chhabria’s factory in Pune on Monday. 14 DC Avanti, 40 engines and 19 other expensive vehicles were found there. All these vehicles were said to have been seized for investigation.” “We seized DC Avanti car without engine-chassis number from Chhabria's factory at MIDC,” the Crime Branch officials said. Also Read: Loopholes Found In DC Avanti Vehicles' Registrations: Police According to Crime Branch, Chhabria had imported at least 400 engines from Renault to manufacture the sports car. Of these, 200 engines were ordered in the name of DC Design Company and 80 in the name of their own company. Acco..
                 

Mumbai Police asks citizens to 'stay in their orbit' after 11 pm

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The Mumbai Police is renowned for sharing super innovative advisory posts. Its latest post, inspired by our solar system, may make you believe the same. This image was shared on the official Instagram and Twitter accounts of Mumbai Police on January 4. “Mumbaikars, you are our biggest ‘Support System’ in this entire galaxy. Stay in your ‘orbit’ after 11 pm for a bright & light year ahead!” reads the text shared alongside the picture. The hashtags, #OrbitOfSafety and #TakingOnCorona have been shared with the post. Also Read: Mumbai: 'Night Curfew Off From January 5,' Says BMC The graphic shows our solar system and the text reads,“My Very Eager Mumbaikars Just Stay Under Night Purview,”. This novel version of the phrase that is usually used to remember the planets’ order advises people of Mumbai to follow the night curfew. Mumbaikars, you are our biggest 'Support System' in this entire galaxy.Stay in your 'orbit' after 11p.m for ..
                 

Mumbai: Man slitting throat on Facebook live rescued

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A facebook algorithm to prevent suicides and self harm, the Mumbai police's Cyber Cell and the Dhule police got together to save the life of a 23-year-old man who tried to commit suicide on Sunday. The man, who slashed his neck several times with a sharp-edged instrument, was on Facebook live. The technology conglomerate's international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, after being alerted by its algorithm, informed the Mumbai police's Cyber Cell DCP Dr Rashmi Karandikar immediately and within an hour, he was traced. The race against time to save him began when Karandikar received a call. "On Sunday at around 8:10 pm I received a call from an officer of Facebook's international headquarters in Ireland, saying a man near Mumbai was trying to commit suicide. He was seen in a video slashing his throat four to five times with a sharp-edged instrument. The officer shared the man's video and Facebook account details," said Karandikar. In the video the man can be heard speaking in Marathi, "Me..
                 

The dope art of cut-and-paste hip hop

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The first two chords cut like the steel edge of a knife and you know you've heard the song before; even the silver-tongued lead that follows is familiar. Now the knife comes down once more — two more sharp chords, then that lead again. A rasping, cavalier voice joins in and you know you've heard him before. Woodstock? The answer comes to you in seconds. Jimi Hendrix. But at the song's 30-second mark, a new voice enters, younger, more impatient. You know it's a rapper but at your age, you dislike rap because it makes no sense to you. Your son tells you it's a legendary rapper called Tupac. Google tells you he died young, at age 25, but is regarded as the single most influential musician in hip-hop. You still are not quite sure what hip-hop is, but you remember that Jimi Hendrix also died young, at age 28. You can still hear Hendrix's lead guitar, backing Tupac. Deeper into the song, Hendrix's voice comes back, and now you're hearing two legendary musicians jamming together, seemin..
                 

Mumbai: 2 years on, BEST sweeper struggles hard to get back job

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It has been two years that a 33-year-old woman sweeper of BEST has been struggling to get back her job, which she had got after her father, a former employee of the undertaking, passed away. She was dismissed from service in 2018 after she stopped going to work because of the harassment she faced from drug addicts in the Bandra bus terminus area, where she was posted in 2017. Over two years without a job, she and her 53-year-old mother, have been living in a deplorable condition.Both of them live at a relative's place in Virar because they can't afford a place of their own. The woman had joined BEST in 2011 and was posted at the Mumbai Central Bus Terminus. She started complaining of harassment by the drug addicts after she joined the Bandra Terminus in 2017. Neither did the depot manager and other seniors take any action, nor did they inform the police. 'Not allowed inside' Speaking to mid-day, she said, "My father passed away in 2009 and I got the job in his place. After completing f..
                 

Grab and savour a slice of history!

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It was in Sydney on the last Test tour of Australia, where India made history by clinching their maiden series win Down Under. The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) provides another opportunity for the Indian cricket team to embellish the history books. This, they can do by becoming only the second Indian side (after Bishan Singh Bedi's men in 1977-78) to win back-to-back Test matches on Australian soil. After losses in the first two Tests at Brisbane and Perth, the Indians stormed back to win in Melbourne by 222 runs and followed that up with an innings victory over the hosts in the fourth Test at Sydney. Interestingly, that SCG Test, like today's third Test tussle, started on January 7. Not sure who would win the toss today, but Bob Simpson was lucky then and chose to put his inexperienced bunch of batsmen to the test against the world's best spin attack. Gary Cosier was sent back by an off-cutter from Mohinder Amarnath and the promising Peter Toohey was run out to have Australia in early ..
                 

3 heavy vehicles catch fire after collision on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway

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Three loaded heavy vehicles collided on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway near Virar in the wee hours of Wednesday. After the collision, the truck carrying cardboard caught fire and it spread to the other two vehicles also. The vehicular movement on both sides of the highway was badly affected and after sustained efforts, Mumbai-bound traffic was cleared. However, vehicles heading towards Gujarat are still stuck, said Mira Bhayandar Vasai Virar spokesperson Tikaram Thatkar. “The traffic will soon be cleared,” he added. Motorists heading towards Gujarat face #traffic heat as 3 loaded heavy vehicles including a truck n two containers caught fire aftr collision on Mumbai-Ahd highway in the wee hrs near Virar. Rash driving case is registrd against driver of a container that was coming from Gujarat pic.twitter.com/1tQBH2BzpY — Diwakar Sharma (@DiwakarSharmaa) January 6, 2021 An officer attached to the Virar police station told Mid-day that the driver of a loaded container los..
                 

Mumbai: Man who shot ex-girlfriend dead, killed self was accused in 9 cases

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A 26-year-old man shot dead a woman at point-blank range before killing himself in Malad West on Monday night. Rahul Yadav was apparently upset with Nidhi Mishra's engagement to someone else. The spot where Yadav killed Nidhi before turning the pistol on himself on Monday night Yadav, who lived at Lalji Pada in Kandivli West, attacked 23-year-old Nidhi, resident of Omkar SRA tower at Kurar, near Ijmima Complex behind Goregaon Sports Club. She worked in the HR department of a company called Sealing solution in Malad. "While Rahul was in a relationship with Nidhi for the past five years, he was furious after she got engaged to another person on November 30. Nidhi was to get married on May 21," said a source, adding Yadav had also threatened her fiance. The police said Yadav, who hailed from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, faced nine cases, including attempt to murder. He had spent three months in jail and was out on bail during lockdown. He was back in Mumbai from his hometown on January 3. Ni..
                 

Mumbai: Commuters upset over steep climb up new foot over-bridge at Dombivli station

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Meant to reduce chaos at Dombivli station, a new foot overbridge at its Kalyan-end is making commuters sweat, quite literally. Users say it is too steep to climb and could be dangerous, particularly for senior citizens. Passenger body Bharatiya Rail Yatri first highlighted the difficulties faced by train users, calling it an "engineering disaster". Citizens have been complaining of cramps, too. The new foot overbridge is 6-metre wide with three spans. Pic/Amchi Dombivli Local Community Twitter Handle Railway officials said there was no flaw but the location and space constraints made it look so and that they would fix it soon. Commuters said the staircase is almost like a ladder. "I request everyone to be careful on these steps. Cannot see an old man or woman tumbling down. Dombivlikars should take up the issue immediately with the authorities concerned," Pankaj S Joshi said. Dombivli has one of the highest passenger densities among stations beyond Thane. Representation pic Another com..
                 

Mumbai: No second arm in Bandra, but Rs 91-crore skywalk in Borivli

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While the BMC rejected the second arm for the Bandra flyover over a funds crunch, it is going to build a Rs 91-crore skywalk connecting the east side of Borivli station to the Metro station at WEH. With BMC facing a revenue crunch, the high cost of the skywalk has made corporators raise eyebrows. The Metro line 7 goes from Andheri East to Dahisar East. The designing and tendering of the skywalk started two years ago. The skywalk will connect a Metro 7 station on the Western Express Highway with Borivli station. File pic While the estimated cost was Rs 70 crore, the lowest bidder pegged the cost at Rs 64 crore. Other components, including a 10 per cent alteration cost, Rs 25 lakh for transfer of utilities and water, sewerage taxes, increased the cost to Rs 91.31 crore. The deadline to complete the skywalk is three years, including the monsoon months. The Bandra skywalk, which is slated to have just one arm due to cash crunch, would have cost around Rs 50 crore to have both its arms goin..
                 

Acquainting you with Satish again

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Later on, even I would step out straight from the bathroom, to 'sahab, ab ghar par nahin hain (sir's not home)," says actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik, 64, of the time in the early '80s in Bombay, when he'd been chasing down director Shekhar Kapur. The attendant on the phone only had multiple excuses to ward off such phone calls. Having heard once from a spot-boy that Kapur had gone to the airport to drop off someone, he went there straight, to introduce himself, asking for a job of an assistant director (AD). There was a position available, but going to be filled by one Rajkumar Santoshi, he was told later. To which, instead of regretting that he'd miss working with Kapur, he said: You will miss working with me! "There was a slip in my English," Kaushik laughs. Kapur was evidently intrigued/impressed. This is how he landed up as an assistant on the milestone movie, Masoom (1982). He got to co-write memorable dialogues for Kundan Shah's landmark film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) next. Also ..
                 

Mumbai: Traffic cop helps solve autorickshaw theft case, history-sheeter arrested

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An alert traffic cop helped Pant Nagar police solve a theft case of an autorickshaw. The 35-year-old accused, Sandeep Babban Gosavi, is a history-sheeter and he stole the autorickshaw just a week after coming out of Taloja jail. The police officials said he was performing stunts on a road in Bandra and dashed another autorickshaw parked on the road. Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Questioned For Theft By Aarey Police Duo Confesses To Murder, Too Constable Mehboob Tamboli, who was patrolling near Appa Parab chowk in Bandra West on his motorcycle, noticed an over-speeding brand new autorickshaw pass by. “The autorickshaw driver was over-speeding and took a sudden left turn from Lucky junction and again a right turn towards SV Road. As he was over-speeding, I chased him and when the traffic signal turned green, he took another sudden right turn near Bandra Talao. I finally caught hold of him before Turner Road junction,” Tamboli told Mid-day. Accused Sandeep Babban Gosavi When Tambol..
                 

Mumbai: MMRDA begins work to make Kandivli landslide-free

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Five months after a landslide blocked a part of the Western Express Highway in Kandivli, the MMRDA has planned to carry out mitigation and prevention work. Following heavy overnight rain, mud and rocks flooded the road on August 4 last year. A small portion of the road still remains shut, causing traffic jams during peak hours. An official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) told mid-day on Monday, "In order to prevent further incidents of landslides, we have invited tenders for stabilisation and mitigation work in the area near the Times of India building on the Western Express Highway near Bandongari Hill, Kandivli." The official added that whoever gets the contract will have to do the work of removing the loose boulders and take certain measures that will prevent the rocks from falling on the road again. The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay had visited the site following the landslide and submitted a technical report with recommendations. Based on..
                 

Five fliers with new COVID-19 strain isolated in Mumbai

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The new strain of novel Coronavirus, which is said to be 70 per cent more infectious, had sneaked into Mumbai even before the state government announced mandatory quarantine for UK fliers on December 21. Eight passengers from Britain, including five from the city, who arrived between November 25 and December 21, have tested positive for the new variant. Among the eight passengers confirmed with the new strain, one each are from Mira-Bhayandar, Thane and Pune, besides the five from the city. They are among the 43 international fliers who tested COVID-19 positive on their arrival in the state before December 21, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday. "Eight passengers from Maharashtra returning from the UK have been diagnosed with the new corona, five from Mumbai, one each from Pune, Thane and Mira Bhayandar. All of them are being segregated and their contact tracing is underway," Tope tweeted. Passengers at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. File pic/Sameer Ma..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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Taking the right step A man lends a visually-challenged fellow commuter a hand to board a train at Goregaon station on Monday. Sound judgment Lyricists and music composers often get a raw end of the deal when compared to singers and music directors, especially in Bollywood. But those affiliated to the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) — an organisation meant to safeguard their rights — now have some reason for cheer. The Intellectual Property Appellate Board has recently passed a landmark judgment, saying that lyricists, composers and music publishers who are IPRS members can claim royalties in respect of the broadcast of lyrics and music underlying the sound recordings by FM radio stations across India. This will add to their revenue streams, and IPRS CEO Rakesh Nigam shared, "This judgment is a fundamental game-changer which will pave the way for us to deliver greater benefits to the creative community in India." A meeting to remember for this author The weekend w..
                 

Meet the Tech Entrepreneur of India: Parmarth Mori, ready to take over the industry with his expertise

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A founder of a Tech Company PM Communications, a leading web designing and app development company in India, shares a few future technologies for 2021 that would get mainstream. Since a couple of years, the tech industries have reshaped the world in ways more than one. This is a fact that other industries and businesses have accepted looking at the ever-growing technological advancements that have taken place, changing many industries dynamics for the better. Major credit must also go to professionals and experts who have led the industry from the front with their innovative ideas and concepts for tech tools, apps, programs, etc. These professionals make relentless efforts for leaving a huge mark in the industry, making people's lives better with their latest tech discoveries and creations. Parmarth Mori, hailing from Wadhwan (Vardhman Puri) in Gujarat is one such name who is gradually taking over the IT industry of Gujarat. As a tech expert from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Parmarth Mori has d..
                 

Indian restaurant in US gets a generous 2,020 dollar tip, internet applauds

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The restaurant business has changed dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, customers prefer to order in food, rather than venture out to eat. Thus, many eateries across the world are witnessing lowered footfall and a loss of revenue. Regular customers and loyal fans are trying their best to do their bit for the restaurants they love. An Indian restaurant based in Florida, USA, is the latest one to receive a whopping tip of 2,020 dollars from a generous patron. The post about the tip has gone viral on Facebook. The post was shared by Masala Mantra, an Indian bistro, which is popular in the Cape Coral area of Florida. The picture they shared from the handle was of the invoice of the tip. The total of the order came out to be 269.51 dollars and the additional tip by the customers was worth 2020 dollars or about Rs 1.48 lakh. This is also part of a 2020 'Tip Challenge' which started a year ago to encourage tipping to help out restaurants in distress. The restaurant praised the group o..
                 

How much will heritage walk cost? BMC does not know

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The day heritage walks in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) headquarters begin is nearing, but there is no decision yet on the charges for the tours. BMC officials say they have no role to play in this and the decision will be taken by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. MTDC officials say the charges will be fixed soon. A museum is also being developed in the BMC The BMC is gearing up to showcase its legacy by clearing eyesores and hindrances in the route of the heritage tours which will be conducted by MTDC. A museum is also being developed. From Gate number 2 of the headquarters, tourists will be taken to a chowk inside the premises. They will then proceed towards various party offices of leaders in the BMC, then towards the Mayor's office, the general body hall further heading to the commissioner's office, and then to the museum on the second floor. There are also plans to take tourists to the second level terrace where flag hoisting takes place. The tours..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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The weight is over An elderly man checks a woman's weight for her at the foot overbridge in Santacruz West on Tuesday.  Back in time The building on Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Road with a statue of Goddess Lakshmi Many Mumbaikars use Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Road every day, not realising its historical significance, but a virtual walk of this stretch hopes to share these gems with participants. "The road played a significant role in the development of Bombay, as it was the first East-West corridor, and it became the most important commercial and financial centre. It is also the earliest expression of a distinctly Indian identity as expressed in its Art Deco architecture embellished with Indian symbols, including agricultural motifs and etchings of the Goddess Lakshmi," shared Atul Kumar, founder-trustee of Art Deco Mumbai. To sign up, check out facebook.com/artdecomumbai. Kidding with books It's a good time for children to be exposed to the best of writers apart from the ones featured in..
                 

Khar murder: One accused starts to reveal the chain of events

10 days ago  
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Accused Diya Padalkar, arrested in the murder of her friend at a New Year's Eve party, has finally started to spill the beans. She has told the Khar cops, who have taken blood and urine samples of all guests at the party, that the other accused, Shree Jogdhankar, had smoked marijuana before coming. Cops claim to have figured out the chain of events. The victim's parents at the Mumbai police headquarters to meet the CP A senior police officer said, "We will wait for the forensic reports to find out whether drugs were used at the party. However, accused Diya said that Shree used to take marijuana and he had smoked up before coming to the party." However, the officer said that they hadn't found any traces of drugs at the venue after the body was recovered from the ground floor. Sequence of events According to the police, Shree was not invited to the party. He went there along with the victim and Diya at 12:05 am. Some witnesses have told the police that around 12:20 am the victim and Shre..
                 

Khar murder: Teen girl's parents meet Mumbai Police Commissioner, seek speedy justice

11 days ago  
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Parents of the 19-year-old psychology student, who was murdered at a New Year party in Khar, met Mumbai Commissioner of Police Parambir Singh and Joint Commissioner (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil on Tuesday and sought speedy justice in the case, said police sources. Also Read: Khar Horror: Was victim sexually assaulted? The victim’s family also sought to send the case to a fast track court. Singh assured them of a speedy investigation, added the sources. Victim's parents at the Mumbai Commissioner of Police's office. Pic courtesy/Faizan Khan The family will now meet state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in relation with the case, said sources. The victim, a Santa Cruz resident, was found in a pool of blood at a house in Khar where she went to celebrate the New Year with her friends. The Khar police have registered a murder case against the victim's two friends, Diya Padalkar and Shree Jogdhankar. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and a co..
                 

Mumbai: Man shoots woman dead, kills self in Malad

11 days ago  
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A man in his mid-twenties shot a woman at point-blank range before shooting himself in the head in Malad West on Monday, in what appears to be a suicide pact, the police said. The incident took place around 9.45 pm near Ijmima behind Goregaon sport club. The two have been identified as Rahul Yadav, who lived at Lalji Pada in Kandivli West, and Kurar resident Nidhi Mishra believed to be 24-year-old. Rahul Yadav The police said the couple was in a relationship and that Nidhi's family had fixed her marriage with someone else. Yadav had a criminal past, they said. Also Read: Man Killed For Objecting To Youth Urinating In Public In Navi Mumbai: Police Quoting eyewitnesses, the police said the couple had food at the scene and then Yadav shot Nidhi dead before turning the gun on himself. Cops from the Bangur Nagar police, a senior officer and DCP Vishal Thakur visited the spot. They recovered an empty cartridge from the spot. The bodies were sent to Shatabdi Hospital, said an officer. Read th..
                 

'Start vaccination drive only after proper screening'

11 days ago  
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AS India is all set to begin vaccinations against COVID-19, health experts have raised concerns about allergic reactions as a side effect. Allergic reactions to the vaccines were reported in the UK and USA, and authorities advised people with allergies to refrain from taking the vaccines. Allergy experts in India, state that nearly 30 per cent of the Indian population (urban and rural) are allergic to something or the other. They say the vaccine drive should begin only after proper screening and in hospitals (Pvt /Govt) where lifesaving equipment and medical experts are available to tackle any serious spontaneous allergic reaction - anaphylaxis - or peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord). Health workers show the victory sign after the COVID-19 vaccination dry run at a government hospital in Ranchi on Jan 2. Pic/PTI "Usually vaccines are safe, but in few cases, they do show some allergic reactions in adults / children, who may be sensitive to the c..
                 

Khar murder: Teen girl's mother urges fellow parents to not deny justice to her daughter by hiding the truth

11 days ago  
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Even as Khar police, investigating the murder of a 19-year-old psychology student, plan to conduct lie detector tests to get leads from the accused duo, the girl's family has said those present at the party should be questioned thoroughly. Believing that they are hiding details or may be involved in the alleged killing, the victim's mother has urged the attendees from the New Year's Eve party to share anything they might know. The Khar police have registered a murder case against the victim's two friends, Diya Padalkar and Shree Jogdhankar. The victim's mother wrote to Mumbai's Commissioner of Police (CP) Param Bir Singh seeking speedy justice. Pic/Anurag Ahire The victim's family has raised several questions about Yash Ahuja's family. Yash had organised the New Year's Eve party. "I have visited Bhagwanti Heights often and I saw the blood everywhere. There is no door at the staircase on the second floor. It is not possible that my daughter got killed and nobody saw anything. My daughte..
                 

2021: The year of hope

12 days ago  
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The year 2021 has brought us hope in the form of a novel Coronavirus vaccine, and with it, comes politics between the Centre and the non-BJP states, over sharing the cost of a very expensive vaccination programme and the approval given to a certain 'desi' vaccine. Also, the concern that the Narendra Modi-led Centre would make an event out of the national vaccination drive plays thick on the mind of the opposition leaders, some of who have refused to get the 'BJP vaccine' injected into their system, unmindful of the efforts the apolitical scientific community has made to make the vaccine possible. One can only imagine the level of politics the leaders can reach in the future. The expenditure part of the vaccination drive remains unexplained, with no commitment made either by the Centre or the state governments as far as making it free (of cost) for all is concerned. The Centre says it would bear the cost of vaccinating three crore most priority beneficiaries like healthcare and frontlin..