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Congress, NCP divided over compensation for Kandivali slum fire victims’ compensation

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However, Mumbai NCP president Sachin Ahir termed the amount as “meagre” and a “joke”.

While the city Congress on Thursday claimed that government increased the amount of compensation for the victims of December 7 fire at Damunagar slum in suburban Kandivali due to the party’s agitation, NCP termed the aid as a joke. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said the party workers’ relay hunger strike forced the state government to hike the compensation from Rs 3,800 to Rs 25,000 per family. However, Mumbai NCP president Sachin Ahir termed the amount as “meagre” and a “joke”. In a statement, Nirupam said the devastating fire had rendered over 2,000 families homeless, but no BJP or Shiv Sena leader bothered to visit them. The relay hunger strike by Congress forced the government to increase the compensation to Rs 25,000 per family, he claimed, adding that the government also agreed to probe the cause of the fire and accepted Congress’s demand for rehabilitating the victims on the same site or nearby. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government should waive school fees of the children from affected families, he said. Ahir, on the other hand, termed Rs 25,000 aid as “meagre”. “This is like playing a cruel joke on the affected families. The government is trying to dodge the demand of on-site rehabilitation,” he alleged. Ahir demanded Rs five lakh to the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to the injured, Rs 50,000 to the affected families and permanent houses for them. Congress-NCP regime had rehabilitated the affected slum dwellers of Nargis Dutt Nagar in Bandra on the same site, he claimed.

Centre tells Bombay High Court it may increase punishment for drunk driving

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Salman Khan hit and run case: Here’s what the judge said while delivering the verdict

The Bombay High Court on Thursday acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

The Bombay High Court on Thursday acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case in which he had been earlier convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment by a sessions court.On September 28, 2002, Salman’s car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra. One person was killed and four others were injured in the mishap.Here is what Justice A R Joshi said:<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1) The appeal is allowed. The trial court’s verdict is quashed and set aside. Salman is acquitted of all charges.2) The prosecution failed to establish its case against the appellant-accused (Salman) on all charges. The burden is on the prosecution to establish the guilt of the accused and this needs to be done beyond reasonable doubt.3) There are various shortcomings by the prosecution like not recording evidence of necessary and important witnesses and omissions.4) There are contradictions in the evidence of injured witnesses, which definitely create a doubt about the involvement of Salman for offences for which he has been charged. On the basis of such evidence, Salman cannot be convicted.5) The investigation was conducted in a faulty manner with many loose ends and as such, benefit of this had to be given in favour of the accused.6) The trial court erred in accepting bills (of Rain Bar and Restaurant where Salman had gone before the mishap) without a panchnama, 7) The judge said he is of the considered view that the appreciation of evidence done by the trial court while convicting the appellant was not proper and legal, as per the principles of criminal jurisprudence.Also Read: All you need to know about Salman Khan hit-and-run case

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Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Prosecution failed to prove actor was drunk and driving, says HC

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Aamir Khan has no plans to move wife Kiran out of Mumbai after protests staged outside his residence

The 50-year-old actor is in the midst of a raging debate after he said that his wife had suggested moving abroad owing to sense of despondency and disquiet.
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Superstar Aamir Khan, who is in the thick of a controversy over his remarks on intolerance, has no plans to move his wife and son out of Mumbai for a few days out of concern over their safety, according to a source close to the actor.”No, please don’t pay attention to rumours,” a source close to Aamir said when asked about reports in this regard.Aamir has resumed shooting for his film Dangal in Ludhiana while his filmmaker wife Kiran is very much in Mumbai, the source said. The actor’s comments have drawn flak from the BJP as well as some Bollywood celebrities and activists of little known right wing outfit Hindu Sena on Tuesday staged a protest in front of his residence at Bandra in Mumbai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He (Aamir) is in Ludhiana shooting for his upcoming film “Dangal”. He will be there for a few days,” the source said.”She (Kiran) is here,” the source added without giving any further details.Also read: Aamir Khan says those shouting obscenities against him are proving his pointThe 50-year-old actor is in the midst of a raging debate after he said that his wife had suggested moving abroad owing to sense of despondency and disquiet.”Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me,” Aamir had said.”She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” he had said.

Rahul Mukerjea had mailed Indrani, Peter over suspicion on Sheena’s disappearance

In his mail to Peter and Indrani, dated May 28, 2012, Rahul speaks about his suspicions over Sheena’s sudden disappearance after he dropped her on April 24, 2012 near Bandra’s National College.

Former media tycoon Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul said to the CBI that he had suspicions about Sheena’s disappearance in a mail to his father and Indrani Mukerjea a month after Sheena Bora went missing in 2012, report India Today.In his mail to Peter and Indrani, dated May 28, 2012, Rahul speaks about his suspicions over Sheena’s sudden disappearance after he dropped her on April 24, 2012 near Bandra’s National College. He says that he was not convinced with the text messages from Sheena that said that she wanted to ‘discontinue our relationship’ etc as he had received messages from Indrani pretending to be Peter. He had got the texts the very next day.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I cannot fully accept as in the past there was an instance where I had received a text message from you pretending you to be Pete (Papa) i.e. while I was speaking to him on the phone. I received an SMS from his other number. That was a bit of a giveaway as I am pretty sure that he wasn’t texting me an unpleasant message with one phone while I was speaking to him on the other!! That is the main reason why I cannot accept this SMS,” Rahul’s mail said.He pointed out that Indrani had treated Sheena poorly earlier when Sheena was given unnecessary sedatives and sent off to Bengaluru than Guwahati. Indrani and Sheena held a joint bank account in Bengaluru. Peter claimed that Sheena’s phone was discontinued to work repeatedly over there. “Thank God she had a few friends around in Bangalore at that time other than the chap you had sent her with,” the email said further.He said that things could be clear only when he was able to speak with Sheena. “Until I hear from Sheena herself, it is simply impossible to accept what you say with all this doubt in my mind. Unfortunately, said doubt is leading me to be somewhat suspicious as to the reasons why she will not, or is unable to, speak for herself,” Rahul said.Rahul said that he was told that Sheena would contact him in a new number in a week but a month had passed and he was still not contacted by her.

Sheena Bora murder case: Fear of losing property led Indrani hatch conspiracy, says CBI

Mumbai: Fear of Sheena Bora inheriting the entire property of her and her husband in the event of the victim’s marriage to Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul is said to be the prime motive for Indrani Mukerjea to do away with her daughter, according to the CBI chargesheet in the sensational case.

Indrani, who has a soft corner for Vidhie, her daughter with former husband Sanjeev Khanna, feared that the entire property might go to Sheena and Rahul if they were married, the chargesheet said, adding, “In this context, she planned a conspiracy with Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai to kill Sheena Bora.”

Indrani Mukerjea (left) and Sheena Bora.Indrani Mukerjea (left) and Sheena Bora.

Indrani Mukerjea (left) and Sheena Bora.

The CBI, which arrested Peter Mukerjea on Thursday, told the court of Metropolitan Magistrate in Mumbai on Friday that he was allegedly involved in the conspiracy with his wife Indrani and had played an active role in the commission of the offence and also misled his son Rahul to hide the fact that Sheena was murdered.

The central probe agency, represented by Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, also told the court that Peter was in continuous conversation with Indrani prior, during and after the gruesome murder of Sheena, who was Indrani’s daughter from her first marriage.

There was a dispute between Sheena and Indrani, and Peter had acted as a mediator, Singh told the court.

Singh said that Rahul and Sheena were about to get married and “After that she (Sheena) could have got a share of property. And they (CBI) are looking into this (angle).”

The probe agency also said that (when) Peter and Indrani returned separately (from the US) they were constantly in touch with each other, which was not normal at other times.

“Though Peter was abroad, telephone conversation during 2/3 days around the crime lasted 20 to 25 minutes each time,” Singh told the court.

Also, Sheena’s mobile and ATM cards are missing, he told the court.

The agency told the court that Rahul had recorded his conversation with Peter in which his father told him that he has spoken to Sheena and she was in the US.

The CBI also sought 14 days of custody of Peter arguing he has “multiple bases” like Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong and abroad. The court, however, granted the agency the custody of Peter till November 23.

“Peter made no effort to trace Sheena’s whereabouts and misled Rahul”, Singh told the court.

According to the chargesheet, Indrani had told Sheena and Mikhail that nobody should learn that they were her own children as it would affect her business and her reputation.

She promised to take care of their educational and other expenses and bring them to Mumbai for education on the condition that they address her as sister in public. Sheena and Mikhail agreed as they had no other alternative, it said.

Rahul met Sheena at Peter’s house and the friendship grew into love. In 2008, Sheena told Rahul that she was in fact Indrani’s daughter, the chargesheet says.

Indrani was not happy with the love affair and quarreled with Sheena. She also sent Sheena to Guwahati and later, Delhi.

When Sheena fell ill in Delhi, Indrani called Sheena’s former boyfriend, Kaustubh Saikia, and asked him to take her to Bangalore. Rahul came to know of this; he visited her in Bangalore and found that the medicines given by Indrani to Sheena were sedatives meant for mental illness, it says.

Sheena wrote to Peter that her problem was Indrani.

“You could make Indrani Mukerjea understand that bad-mouthing me or Rahul won’t solve anything,” she wrote.

Indrani made every effort to end Sheena’s relationship with Rahul and threatened Sheena that she would disinherit her of their ancestral property in Guwahati, the chargesheet says.

After Rahul and Sheena’s engagement in October 2011, Indrani sent an email to Mikhail (which he forwarded to Sheena).

“…we have changed the will (in which Indrani had bequeathed flat in Delhi to Sheena) and disinherited you… as a sign of our disapproval of your relationship with Rahul… don’t contact us till relationship with Rahul (continues),” the email said.

Sheena, in her reply, said she was happy and safe with Rahul. “Shouldn’t that be the most important things for parents… You did whatever gave you happiness in life. Even I deserve the same why are you upset because of it? I am your daughter. I have some of you in me I will find my way through and be just fine,” she wrote.

Khanna entered into the conspiracy with Indrani as, after Sheena’s death, his daughter Vidhie would have got all the property of Indrani and Peter, the chargesheet says.

“A will had also been executed by Peter and Indrani in favour of Vidhie in which she had been made legal heir of some properties,” it says.

Shyamwar Rai received Rs 1.25 lakh from Indrani’s secretary, and he (Rai) participated in “planning and killing… disposal of her body to destroy evidence”, it states.

During the conspiracy, Indrani and Khanna spoke through Skype, an online video chat service. She also asked her secretary to open a Skype account for Rai and train him in using it. Then Indrani told Rai about the plan to kill Sheena and Mikhail.

Rai visited forests in Khopoli and Lonavala to find a spot for disposing of the bodies. Later, he took Indrani with him to finalise the place, and also purchased an empty 20-l can and two big-sized bags.

On April 24, 2012, Indrani invited Sheena to meet her for an ‘engagement gift’ and dinner.

The chargesheet says that Indrani also visited a chemist’s shop and a wine shop that day, while Rai added a sedative in some water bottles. In the evening, Indrani and Rai went to Bandra where Khanna had arrived.

Meanwhile, Rahul visited Sheena at her office and took her to his house. From there they went to Bandra.

“Sheena Bora met Indrani at around 6.40 PM while Rahul went away. Indrani offered the spiked water bottle to Sheena,” the chargesheet says.

Rai drove the car, Khanna was sitting beside him, while Indrani and Sheena were in the rear seat.

“When Sheena became drowsy, Rai stopped the car and Khanna came to the rear seat, Rai covered Sheena’s mouth while Khanna pulled her hair and Indrani strangled her,” says the chargesheet.

Sheena, putting up some resistance, had bit Rai’s right thumb, the chargesheet says.

The car then moved towards Taj Land’s End hotel in Bandra. Indrani said to Rai and Khanna that ‘Sheena has got her three bedroom flat’.

The three then reached Indrani’s flat in Worli.

Indrani drank liquor with Mikhail, who was there.

“She was concerned that even after consuming a lot of liquor, Mikhail was not getting unconscious. Khanna suggested they would see him later as it would be difficult to carry two bodies at two different places,” says the chargesheet.

The next day, they disposed of Sheena’s body in a Raigad forest.

When Rahul tried to contact Sheena on her mobile phone, he received a message (which Indrani had sent) that she was with Indrani and would return in the morning.

Later, Rahul received another message from Sheena’s mobile phone saying that she wished to discontinue their relationship.

“Rahul grew suspicious of the responses when he tried to ascertain Sheena’s whereabouts from her (Indrani). Indrani and Peter both were evasive and gave contradictory versions. Rahul was persistent in his enquiries and raised questions over their inconsistent responses and he started recording conversations with Peter and Indrani,” the chargesheet says.

PTI

Hit-and-run case: Salman seeks examination of singer Kamaal as witness

Mumbai: Adding a twist to his appeal proceedings before the Bombay High Court, Bollywood actor Salman Khan, sentenced to five-year jail term in the 2002 hit-and-run case, on Monday sought examination of his friend and singer Kamaal Khan as a witness by the prosecution.

Justice AR Joshi asked the prosecution to file by Tuesday a reply, rejecting or accepting the application filed by Salman’s lawyer Amit Desai.

“Why the prosecution had not examined this witness in the trial court?… Kamaal Khan is the best eyewitness available to the prosecution as he was present in Salman’s car on 28 September, 2002, when it rammed into a shop in Bandra killing one person and injuring four others,” said Desai.

Kamaal can throw light on who was driving the car, the lawyer added. Salman’s defence has been saying that it was his driver Ashok Singh who was behind the wheel.

Other eyewitness, Salman’s police bodyguard Ravindra Patil, died during the trial in 2007. The prosecution relied on his statement before the magistrate implicated Salman, but as the defence couldn’t cross-examine him, it caused prejudice to the actor, advocate Desai said.

Salman Khan in a file photo. AFP

Salman Khan in a file photo. AFP

The prosecution also didn’t examine Ashok Singh, though he had gone to the police station (after the accident) to give his statement, he said.

The trial judge had rejected Singh’s testimony (as a defence witness), observing that he might be trying to save his master by taking the blame on himself.

Desai contended that the prosecution told the trial court that Kamaal was abroad and not available for testifying, but it made no efforts to bring the singer to the court, and it should explain this.

The trial court on 6 May held Salman guilty of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’, upholding the police’s case that he was drunk and was driving the car when the accident took place in suburban Bandra.

Under section 391 of Criminal Procedure Code, the high court can summon a witness while hearing an appeal “if it thinks additional evidence to be necessary”.

The testimony can be recorded either by a magistrate or the sessions court, said Salman’s lawyer.

Justice Joshi then asked the prosecutor to submit a reply on Tuesday.

During the arguments, Desai also said that the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 part II of IPC, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, was not made out because there was no evidence to prove that Salman was drunk and driving.

At best he can be tried under section 304 A (causing death by negligence) which carries a maximum punishment of two years, he said.

Desai cited two other famous hit-and-run cases, namely Alistair Pereira case in Mumbai and Sanjiv Nanda case in Delhi, to show that the circumstances there were different to justify the culpable homicide charge.

Pereira was clearly drinking as liquor bottles were found in his car. In Nanda’s case, the accused had run away after the mishap but Salman had not done so, he said.

In Prabhakaran versus the State of Kerala case, where a bus drive mowed down a school student, the Supreme Court held the act to be only a reckless driving and reduced his sentence to two years from five years, said Desai.

The arguments would continue Tuesday.

PTI

Maharashtra’s e-toll plan hits a fund hurdle

There is a possibility of more banks joining the plan before December-end.

Electronic toll collection (ETC) plan of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has hit a hurdle, and will now be reworked upon by roping in other financial institutions. Minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said, “The bank has informed us that the offer is not practical.” Therefore, the plan will be reworked upon, so that a common chip can be used to pay toll at all points on the national highways. Gadkari added the discussions were on within the ministry to rope in more banks, so that the scheme can be rolled out all over the country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is a possibility of more banks joining the plan before December-end. At the moment, ICICI and Axis Banks, have tied up with MoRTH to provide ETC chips and refilling the prepaid system. The tags are Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) equipment pasted on the windscreen. Even the newly manufactured vehicles in India have the ETC tags pre-fixed on the top center of the windshields.At the moment, certain toll plazas have a lane reserved for ETC tags. They are at Bandra-Worli Sea Link and at Charoti on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway near Mumbai. The same system has also been put up at other toll plazas across the country.The idea to have ETC or E-Toll is to reduce the queues at toll plazas wherein a motorist can just drive the vehicle without having to wait to carry out the physical toll transaction. At least one lane will be reserved for the system.

Hit and run case: Fingerprints not taken from steering wheel, says Salman’s lawyer

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s lawyer on Thursday argued in the Bombay High Court that police had failed to examine the finger-prints from the steering wheel of his vehicle involved in the 2002 hit-and-run case, although they had alleged that the superstar was driving it.

“The finger-prints had not been taken from the steering wheel of the Toyota Land Cruiser by forensic experts though they had examined the finger-prints of the actor after his arrest in the incident,” said Amit Desai while arguing for Salman’s appeal against the five-year jail term awarded to him on 6 May.

The 49-year-old actor was found guilty by a sessions court of ramming his car into a Bandra shop killing one person and injuring four on 28 September, 2002.

File photo of Salman Khan outside a court in Mumbai. PTI

File photo of Salman Khan outside a court in Mumbai. PTI

“When the appellant was in (police) custody, his finger prints were taken (by forensic experts) as per the standard procedure. However, there are no records to suggest whether the finger prints were taken from the steering-wheel,” Desai submitted.

Salman has taken a defence that his family driver Ashok Singh was driving the car and not him as alleged by police.

“Had they (police) taken the finger-prints from the steering wheel, they would have come to know whether Salman was driving or Ashok Singh was driving,” Desai said.

There are photos of the car but who has clicked them is not on record. Prosecution Witness-19 (Rajendra Keskar, an RTO inspector) says that it was not taken in his presence and PW-26 (police inspector Rajendra Kadam), who was the first to reach the spot, says he has not taken it, Desai pointed out.

The lawyer also questioned why the theory of tyre burst suggested by some witnesses was not investigated.

Salman’s car veered off from the road after a tyre-burst because of rubbles and stones lying there. Moreover, the standing order of Maharashtra government on investigations of road accidents was not followed and this is evident from the fact that Bandra police did not check the condition of the road at the mishap site, Desai contended.

“PW-26 (police inspector Rajendra Genbapu Kadam), who was the first to reach the spot, says that he does not remember the standing order even if he has read it…he accepts that there is a standing order but he does not remember…This is how investigation is being done,” Salman’s lawyer submitted.

“He has talked about the tyre burst, but said he had not investigated whether there are tyre marks on the road…when you (prosecution) say the car was at a speed of 90 to 100 kmph and there is a tyre burst, it is your duty to investigate,” Desai said adding that there were some road repair work going on and rubbles, gravels and stones were lying on the road.

Desai further argued that just 300 feet away from the mishap site there is a speed-breaker. He wondered how a car could run with a speed of 90 to 100 kmph as indicated by the first informant and an eye-witness late Ravindra Patil who was the former police bodyguard of the actor.

The line of Desai’s arguments was to suggest that the car (of Salman) had veered out of the road and turned to the left because of stones and rubbles lying on the road and not due to rash and negligent driving as alleged by prosecution.

Referring to the evidence of PW-19 (Rajendra Sadashiv Keskar, the RTO inspector), Salman’s lawyer said “stepping into the court after 13 years, he states that tyres were good and were in a condition to be driven.”

However, police ignored the version of Salman’s driver Ashok Singh who had told the trial court that he was driving the car on the day of the accident and the police were aware of this because he had gone to police station and narrated what had happened on that day, Desai told Justice AR Joshi who is hearing Salman’s appeal.

Arguments would continue tomorrow.

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Rash & negligent charge against Salman Khan exaggerated, says lawyer

Ravindra Patil, the then bodyguard of Salman who had accompanied the actor on that day, is the first informant in this case and had lodged FIR.

“That he was driving at a speed of 90 to 100 kmph is an exaggeration by Ravindra Patil who said what the police told him,” senior defence counsel Amit Desai told Justice AR Joshi.

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The charge against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan that he drove his car in a rash and negligent manner in September 2002 was exaggerated by a witness who was tutored by police to say this, the actor’s lawyer argued on Monday in the Bombay High Court. The Court is currently hearing an appeal filed by Salman who was sentenced to five years jail term on May 6 for ramming his car into a shop in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.One person was killed and four others were injured in the mishap. “That he (Salman Khan) was driving at a speed of 90 to 100 kmph is an exaggeration by Ravindra Patil who said what the police told him,” senior defence counsel Amit Desai told Justice A R Joshi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the prosecution, the 49-year-old actor, on the day of the mishap, had gone from his residence at Galaxy Apartments in Bandra to Rain Bar and Restaurant at Vile Parle and then to J W Marriot Hotel in Juhu and from there to the accident spot on way back to his house. Ravindra Patil, the then bodyguard of Salman who had accompanied the actor on that day, is the first informant in this case and had lodged FIR. He died in 2007.Police had relied upon his statement recorded by a magistrate and placed it before the trial court. Desai argued that “he is the first informant and has said nothing about the alcohol (allegedly consumed by Salman before the mishap) in the FIR. He talks about the rash and negligent driving (by Salman) but his statements are contradictory.Patil had said Salman was driving at a speed of 90 to 100 kmph and that they had started from J.W Marriot hotel at 2.15 AM to reach the accident spot at Bandra at 2.45 AM on September 28, 2002. The distance between these two places is 8 to 10 kms and and in that speed the car would have crossed the place in eight to ten minutes, the lawyer further argued.

Mumbai: 2,500 years later, Jains to fete a monk for fasting 400 days

It’ll be a mega event of sorts for the Jain community at the Bandra Kurla Complex here on November 1. The day will mark one among them completing Gunratna samvatsar tap, observing of fast for over 16 months. Community members say the feat has precedence in Jain history, but not in the last 2,500 years. Hansratna Vijayji Maharajsaheb, the Jain sadhu to accomplish this task, will be breaking the fast on the day at a grand function to be graced by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and some of his cabinet colleagues. Around 50,000 Jains of all sects are expected to attend the event. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘fasting’ has a methodology. In the first month, the person is supposed to fast one day and eat (two serves) the following day. In the second month, fasting will be for two days followed by a day of modest eating. The number of fasting days will go up with every passing month, while the break for taking some light meals will be always one. On days of fasting only boiled water can be had, that too between sunrise and sunset. “People have tried earlier, but after 12 or 14 months they drop it. After five months, the body does not accept food as such. Five sadhus have done this, but all 2,500 years ago,” said Dharmadhyan Vijayji Maharajsaheb, nephew of Hansratna.The monk had last year completed 180 days of fasting. Then a family bid Rs 21 crore for the rights to serve him the fast-breaking liquid food. This year, there will be no bidding but the community is raising money for charity activities including drought assistance, which will be announced on the occasion. “No money will be raised on the day as such,” said Karan Sanghvi, whose Nashik-based family is organising the event. “It was Hansratna’s desire that our 93-year-old grandmother break his fast. Since this is something we may not see again in our lifetime, we readily agreed,” said Karan adding that the family doesn’t want to go public with expenditure details.Hansratna, 49, who took to this ‘devotion’ at the age of 35, has spent 1,300 days fasting in the last 12 years. “He observed fast even while travelling 1,071 kms in 16 months across Mumbai, including one to Nashik,” said Naypremvijayji Maharajsaheb, who is busy making arrangements for the event. “I did this with the blessings of my gurus, Bhuvanbhanusuri Maharajsaheb and Rupatit Maharajsaheb. My fast is for cleansing of karma, my soul. For me that is enough. I have asked those who want to do charity to donate towards the cause of education, making of sanatoriums, civic amenities and to save lives from slaughter houses,” said Hansratna.With the parna (breaking of the fast) nearing, numerous programmes are being held with community members coming forward, offering charity or joining the fast. A devotee family on Sunday donated Rs 58 crore for renovation of Matunga Jain Sangh next to Arora Talkies, and adding another six floors to the single-storeyed building. “The family does not want to be named,” said Naypremvijayji.Over 200 people are fasting for the last 16 days to join the monk while he breaks his fast. “I am observing fast and today is my 10th day. This is in appreciation of what he has done,” said Payal Saurabh Dalal, resident of Juhu Galli.

Mumbai: Air Force chopper makes emergency landing in Bandra Kurla Complex

Indian Air Force chopper MI-17 on Wednesday made an emergency landing at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-17 chopper on Wednesday made an emergency landing at the Bandra Kurla Complex here following a technical snag, a Defence spokesperson said.”A MI-17 aircraft of the IAF was on a routine training sortie during which it developed a technical snag,” he said.He said the aircraft carried out a precautionary landing at the Bandra Kurla complex in suburban Mumbai this afternoon.”The aircraft and all the four passengers on board are safe while a technical support team has been dispatched to the spot to assess the aircraft,” the spokesperson added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Mumbai Police thrashed two young Muslims, asked them to go to Pakistan, accuses victims’ relatives

Residents of Mahim, Asif Shaikh and Danish Shaikh both of whom are 19 year old were allegedly detained and tortured by some Bandra police officers on suspicion of being Pakistani terrorists or ISIS agents on Saturday.

Residents of Mahim, two 19-year-olds Asif Shaikh and Danish Shaikh were allegedly detained and tortured by a few Bandra police officers on suspicion of being Pakistani terrorists or ISIS agents on Saturday, a leading daily reported.Asif who works as a gym trainer was with Danish near Bandra Reclamation on the way back home from Bhabha Hospital, when they were allegedly picked up by the police. Victims’ relatives and neighbours allege that both Asif and Danish were detained and grilled for over three hours and were beaten badly. They were even asked to “leave India and go to Pakistan” by the police, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asif was hit with belts and batons and Danish slapped and punched, after which the police finally made a call to their parents to take them back.It is not clear whether the detention of Asif and Danish was made an official entry in police records.Asif’s photo published in the news report shows the brutality he was treated with, but the police is yet to make comment on the incident.

Mumbai: Your third kid won’t be obese, doctors assure Bandra mom after historic test

Tajkhatul Khan with her second child Zoya Khan
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Tajkhatul Khan (28), who is 20-week pregnant, has a reason to smile. Her third child is going to be a normal baby.The Bandra resident’s other two children had a problem – extreme obesity. In fact, it even killed her first child.Equally happy is Dr Parag Tamhankar, divisional head at Parel-based Genetic Research Centre, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH). He conducted what is called a Leptin Receptor Deficiency (LRD) test on Tajkhatul to find out whether her unborn baby is going to be normal or not. It was the first such test in the country. NIRRH is a premier research institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>LRD is a condition that causes severe obesity in the first few months of one’s life.Tajkhatul knows about it only too well. Seven years ago, her son, Faizan, weighed 22kg when he was just two years old. He developed respiratory problems and succumbed to it.Five years ago, she delivered a girl, Zoya. In 11 months, her weight shot up to 19kg. She had to undergo a weight-loss surgery at Breach Candy Hospital. Doctors were successful in arresting Zoya’s weight through a surgery called sleeve gastrectomy.When Tajkhatul became pregnant a third time, she didn’t want to take any chance. She approached surgeon Dr Sanjay Borude, who referred her to Dr Parag Tamhankar, when she was 15-week pregnant. This time, Tajkhatul was determined: if the baby’s going to be like her other two children, she would opt for abortion as per the Medical Termination Pregnancy Act.But Dr Tamhankar gave her family good news. “God has saved us. Tomorrow, we are going to get the result,” said Tajkhatul’s husband Yusuf, a resident of Nirmal Nagar in Bandra. Yusuf earns Rs70 to Rs100 every day by selling craft toys. The test cost of Rs 25,000 was borne by Dr Tamhankar himself.But for Dr Tamhankar, there was a problem: the kit for the test had to be imported and it costs lakhs of rupees. Finally, he found a way around. With the help of some friends and others, he raised some money and developed an indigenous kit for testing LRD.”It was a really challenging case as nobody in the country has done the test before. We knew the history of the patient. With the help of a sonologist from Wadia Hospital, we took Tajkhatul’s amniotic fluid, the protective liquid in the amniotic sac of a pregnant woman. We also took the blood samples of the parents and Zoya. From the test, we found that the unborn baby doesn’t have LRD,”said Dr Tamhankar.”We will send this case to medical journals. It’s a proud moment for us. Since we have developed the kit, now on, other parents facing the same problem can approach us,” he said. What is sleeve gastrectomy? Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive form of weight-loss surgery in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed, leaving a cylindrical or sleeve-shaped stomach. The removal of a major part of stomach results in the virtual elimination of ghrelin hormones, which stimulate hunger. It gives the feeling of instant fullness after a light meal.

Sheena Bora murder case: Judicial custody of Indrani Mukerjea, Sanjeev Khanna and driver extended

The trio, whose judicial custody ended on Monday, were produced before a Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court via video-conferencing. All the three accused, who are lodged in various jails in the city, could not be produced physically due to security reasons.

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A local court on Monday extended the judicial custody of key accused Indrani Mukherjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai till October 5 in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case. The trio, whose judicial custody ended on Monday, were produced before a Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court via video-conferencing. All the three accused, who are lodged in various jails in the city, could not be produced physically due to security reasons.On September 7, a fortnight after their arrest and prolonged interrogation, the court had remanded Indrani and her driver Shyam Rai to judicial custody till September 21 while Khanna was taken to Kolkata where he was produced in a court there. On September 8, Khanna, former husband of Indrani, too was remanded in judicial custody after their mandatory period of 14-day police custody ended a day before.Indrani, Khanna and Rai have been arrested on the charge of murdering Sheena and disposing of her body in a Raigad forest in April 2012.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police had exhumed remains of a body from Raigad forest and later claimed that digital superimposition of the profile of Sheena had matched with the skull recovered from the forest. The police has also extensively grilled Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea, though he is not an accused in the case. Others questioned in connection with the case included Peter’s son Rahul Mukerjea and Vidhie, daughter of Indrani and Sanjeev Khanna. The police have also questioned Siddharth Das, biological father of Sheena and Mikhail Bora.Sheena was allegedly strangled in a car, then her body was burnt and dumped at a forest in Raigad, about 84 kms from Mumbai. According to police, a team of forensic auditors, chartered accountants, income tax consultants and officers of the Economic Offences Wing have also been scrutinising various companies, investments, properties not only in India but also in UK and Spain, belonging to Mukerjeas as well as the companies owned by them.Last week, the Maharashtra government decided to transfer the Sheena Bora murder probe to CBI after days of uncertainty on the supervisory role of former Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria, who was shunted in the midst of the inquiry that he had helmed proactively.The decision for a probe free from “prejudices” was announced at a press conference on September 18 by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi, who said that financial angle of the case has also been taken into account in transferring the probe to the central investigation agency.

Mumbai: Seven coaches of a local train derail near Andheri, no injuries reported

Seven coaches of a Virar-Churchgate fast train derailed between Andheri and Vile Parle stations on the fast line moving towards Churchgate, on Tuesday morning.

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Seven coaches of a Virar-Churchgate fast train derailed between Andheri and Vile Parle stations on the fast line moving towards Churchgate, on Tuesday morning.Services on the fast corridor on Western Railway line have been affected,Officials said it will take several hours to restore normalcy. Western Railway divisional railway manager Shailendra Kumar told dna that at the moment there was no report of any injury to any passenger.Thousands of commuters have been stranded.
<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is the second incident of derailment in the last 24 hours. Thousands of commuters were left inconvenienced on Monday evening after a local train coming from Bandra derailed while entering platform number 2 at CST station.More details awaited

Indrani Mukerjea often lost cool with Peter while discussing property issues: Reports

According to various reports, Sheena Bora had been blackmailing her mother Indrani Mukerjea and demanding a three-BHK in Bandra West.

Indrani Mukerjea

As interrogations continue in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, police are unearthing new facets of main accused Indrani Mukerjea’s personality. According to a report published in a leading daily, police sources have claimed that Indrani Mukerjea was extremely ‘aggressive and dominating’, her husband Peter Mukerjea said. Peter Mukerjea has reportedly told police that in cases of property dispute, he often had to face Indrani’s wrath. According to the report, Indrani’s son and Sheena’s brother Mikhail Bora have also corroborated this fact to the police. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to various reports, Sheena Bora had been blackmailing her mother Indrani Mukerjea and demanding a three-BHK in Bandra West. Apparently, while strangling Sheena, Indrani kept on repeating: “Now take your three-BHK flat in Bandra”, her driver Shyamvar Rai said in his confession to the police.Also read: What were the last words that Indrani Mukerjea said to Sheena Bora?A leading daily claimed that Indrani was exceptionally violent while strangulating Sheena. It’s believed that Indrani’s driver Rai gave this information to the cops before he was sent to judicial custody. Peter’s statement may be used by police in their chargesheet against Indrani Mukerjea who has been accused of killing Sheena Bora with ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai. Indrani, holder of a British passport, was reportedly co-owner of most of media honcho Peter Mukerjea’s properties. A property in New Delhi was in Sheena’s name and became a cause of discontent between the mother and daughter, says the report. Police are likely to finish their investigation by the end of the month. The angle of money laundering is being looked into closely in connection with the murder case. According to the report, Peter Mukerjea may not be summoned again for questio.

Indrani Mukerjea Case: Did Mumbai’s expensive real estate play a part in Sheena Bora’s murder?

Apparently, while strangling Sheena, Indrani kept on repeating: “Now take your three-BHK flat in Bandra”, according to her director Shyamvar Rai’s confession.

According to various reports, Sheena Bora had been blackmailing her mother Indrani Mukerjea and demanding a three-BHK in Bandra West. Apparently, while strangling Sheena, Indrani kept on repeating: “Now take your three-BHK flat in Bandra”, according to her director Shyamvar Rai’s confession.A leading daily claimed that Indrani was exceptionally violent while strangulating Sheena. It’s believed that Indrani’s driver Rai gave this information to the cops before he was sent to judicial custody. Rai’s hoping that his sentence will be reduced since he helped the police. During the course of inquiries, it emerged that Indrani was being blackmailed by Sheena who threatened to expose her to Peter. It’s also believed that Indrani was disturbed by Sheena’s intention to marry Rahul, Peter’s son. (Read: Who tipped off the police?)<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheena even got engaged to Rahul and Peter didn’t have any objections to the relationship. It’s also believd that Indrani was insecure about losing Peter’s assets if Sheena got married to Rahul. (Read:

Mumbai: Fire breaks out at RBI building in Bandra

The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
Deven Lad
Team iamin
A fire broke out in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) building in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) today. There was no immediate report of any causalty, fire brigade sources said.The blaze erupted on the eighth floor of building no. C-9 at around 8.30 AM, they said. Eight fire engines and six tankers have rushed to the spot.Fire officer Ashish Chougule was injured while extinguishing the fire. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, sources added.
With inputs from Deven Lad of Team Iamin. For more hyperlocal stories, visit their website.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Why hire a babysitter when there is CCTV?

These are parents who install CCTVs at home to keep a watch on their babies. Despite hiring a nanny to care of the baby, working mothers feel secure when they install cameras at home.

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It’s a wired world, indeed! Ask Sion-based engineer Sanjay Nair and Wadala resident Shirin Khan. Both are at the forefront of an emerging trend – monitoring parents. These are parents who install CCTVs at home to keep a watch on their babies. Despite hiring a nanny to care of the baby, working mothers feel secure when they install cameras at home. “We have a two-year-old daughter and both my wife and me are working. Our parents do not stay with us, and, therefore, we have to rely on a maid,” says Nair. It’s news of children being beaten up by maids that made them turn to technology. “When we have the technology, why not use it? The CCTVs are connected to our mobile phones. While at work, we take turns to keep a tab on our child who is at home with the maid.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Khan says that by installing CCTV cameras at home, she can monitor if the maid is taking proper care of her one-and-a-half-year-old son. “After installing the CCTV, I am at peace. I keep a track of the maid’s every move. Even she is aware of the cameras. It is better than keeping our son in a creche,” said Khan. Nadeem Shaikh, senior technical engineer with SMB Computers in Kurla, says this is a trend that is catching on. “We get one or two requests for CCTV cameras at home every day.” Many non-resident Indians (NRIs), especially those who have old parents, too, are joining the bandwagon. “My parents live alone and we have two maids taking care of them. It becomes important for me to monitor who is coming home and what is happening there in terms of security. It also helps me stay in touch with them every second,” said Siddharth Sen, who lives in the USA and has has parents in Bandra.

Sheena murder case: Here are seven questions for you to answer, Mr Maria

Even a week after the Mumbai police had claimed to have cracked the mystery behind murder of Sheena Bora, there are a series of questions to which the police are yet to find answers. dna asks some of them.

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Even a week after the Mumbai police had claimed to have cracked the mystery behind murder of Sheena Bora, there are a series of questions to which the police are yet to find answers. dna asks some of them. What was the motive behind such a heinous crime?Several theories were doing the rounds as to why Indrani Mukerjea and ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna allegedly murdered 25-year old Sheena. But even after a week, the police could not find the real motive. In fact, the Khar police, in their remand application before the Bandra court on Monday, stated that they are yet to ascertain the motive. The police have grilled Indrani and the other two accused for more than 100 hours.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From where did Shyamvar Rai get the weapon?Indrani’s driver Rai, who was nabbed from Vakola on August 21, with a weapon, spilled the beans on the murder during sustained grilling. Why would Rai, who do not have a previous criminal record and a full-time private vehicle driver, need a weapon ? From whom did Rai procure the weapon and for what? Why are there no further arrests in the weapon recovery case? After having found Sheena’s passport, why did Rahul Mukerjea not approach the police? It could have ended all claims and speculations about Sheena settling in the United States…Following the arrest of Indrani, Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul told the police, in his statement that in 2012, after he was unable to contact Sheena, he asked Indrani about the Sheena’s whereabouts. He was told Sheena is in the US and did not wish to continue her relationship with him anymore. Rahul found something amiss and claimed to have approached the police, requesting them to trace Sheena. Rahul later found Sheena’s passport from her belongings and again confronted Indrani. This time, Indrani’s reply was that Sheena had gone abroad on another passport. How can a citizen be issued two passports? If Rahul had Sheena’s passport, why did he not approach the police with this evidence that something wrong could have happened to Sheena. If Mikhail knew he was to be bumped off by Indrani, why did he stay mum all these years?Mikhail, in his statement to the Khar police, had stated that on the day Sheena was murdered (April 24, 2012), Indrani had spiked his drinks with the intention of eliminating him, too. However, Mikhail claims to have got whiff of it and fled Mumbai. If that is the case, when Sheena went ‘missing’, why did Mikhail not inform the police that he suspected something would have happened to Sheena since he suspected Indrani to have conspired to kill him?Why did Peter Mukerjea believe his wife (Indrani), despite his son Rahul and Sheena revealing Sheena’s relationship with Indrani?Peter had claimed that he was always told by Indrani that Sheena was her sister. However, he later claimed that Rahul had informed him that Sheena is Indrani’s daughter. Sheena herself had told this to Peter. Then what strong reasons Peter had to believe Indrani and not his son and Sheena? Charred body found, why did Raigad police not register an accidental death or murder case in 2012?The Raigad police have come under scanner for their ‘negligence’ in handling a case, wherein a charred body was found in the Pen forest in 2012. The Pen police, in 2012, were informed by locals about the body. They simply made a diary entry into the matter and sent fragments of bones, teeth and hair to the JJ hospital without an FIR or accidental death report (ADR). This raised suspicion since, in such cases, the police are expected to file an ADR. In this case, the body was charred and petrol was used. Still, why did the police not register a murder case and initiate a full-fledged probe? Why did Indrani keep the suitcase meant to dispose Mikhail’s body at her residence all these years?The police had on Sunday recovered a suitcase from Indrani’s Worli residence, which they claim was to be used by Indrani and her accomplices to dispose Mikhail’s body, once he was eliminated. With Mikhail fleeing Mumbai and there was no way Indrani could have eliminated him, would she have kept the suitcase at her place?

Sheena Bora murder case: Mikhail Bora was next on Indrani Mukerjea’s target list

During sustained interrogation at Khar police station on Saturday, Indrani and Sanjeev blamed each other for the crime. Mikhail Bora was also questioned at a hotel in Bandra on Saturday.

A psychiatrist was also reportedly approached by Indrani to get a medical certificate declaring Mikhail as mentally unstable.

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According to the reports that have emerged on Sunday, Indrani Mukerjea’s son Mikhail Bora is believed to have been the next target after his sister was brutally murdered. A psychiatrist was also reportedly approached by Indrani to get a medical certificate declaring Mikhail as mentally unstable. According to our sources, the Mumbai Police has recovered a suitcase that was supposed to be used for Mikhail. Sheena Bora was put in a suitcase after being strangled which was burnt by the accused trio–Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai. Indrani had reportedly purchased both suitcases from Dadar in Mumbai. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Mumbai Police along with Indrani, Khanna and driver have reached the spot in Raigad where Sheena Bora was allegedly buried. They are re-creating the crime scene at the forested area.Also read: We share Peter’s fortune if Sheena dies, Indrani told ex-husband Sanjeev KhannaDuring sustained interrogation at Khar police station on Saturday, Indrani and Sanjeev blamed each other for the crime. Mikhail Bora was also questioned at a hotel in Bandra on Saturday.Police are also probing Mikhail’s claim that just hours before Indrani and Sanjeev met Sheena on April 24, 2012 and took her for what would be the last drive of her life, Indrani had also allegedly drugged him. By the time they came back, the suspicious, groggy Mikhail had fled.Meanwhile, a village official in Raigad district, who helped Mumbai Police team locate the spot where Sheena Bora was allegedly buried, said on Sunday that when he first spotted the body in 2012 it was just a skeleton with no flesh.”It was all skeleton. There was no flesh. The local government doctor took it for post mortem, after which it was buried,” Police Patil Ganesh Dhene of Hetevne village said.

Sheena murder case: Focus now on forensic report of skeletal remains

The focus in the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case has now shifted to the forensic analysis of the skeletal remains found in Raigad district where her body was allegedly dumped three years ago.

The focus in the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case has now shifted to the forensic analysis of the skeletal remains found in Raigad district where her body was allegedly dumped three years ago. “We have sent the bones and other skeletal remains for forensic analysis and are awaiting report,” a police official said.JJ Hospital had yesterday handed over to Khar police a few bones it had received from Raigad Police in 2012.Police are also probing Mikhail Bora’s claim that just hours before Indrani and Sanjeev Khanna met Sheena Bora on April 24, 2012 and took her for what would be the last drive of her life, Indrani had also allegedly drugged her son, Mikhail.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mikhail has claimed that on the pretext of discussing a property deal, he was given a spiked drink in his hotel room in Worli by Indrani and Sanjeev, who then left to meet and murder Sheena. By the time they came back, the suspicious, groggy Mikhail had fled.Sanjeev Khanna, the former husband of Indrani Mukherjea, arrested in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case has confessed to his complicity, Mumbai Police chief, Rakesh Maria told reporters here late last night.”We interrogated the third accused (Khanna) and he has confessed to complicity in the crime. We have also recovered her (Sheena’s) passport from Dehradun, which negates the theory that Sheena Bora went to the US,” Maria said.Khanna had earlier been remanded in police custody till August 31 by the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate court.Maria said, “We have recovered skeletal remains of Sheena Bora. We will be dispatching the remains for a DNA test.” On Friday, the police had called former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea and, Indrani Mukerjea’s son Mikhail Bora to the Khar police station for questioning.The police refused to accept a written statement from Peter Mukerjea, and he was told that when the police required, he would be called to answer their queries.The media baron then left the police station.

Sanjeev Khanna remanded in police custody

Clad in a yellow shirt, Khanna was produced before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate SM Chandagade around 1.30pm. When the magistrate questioned Khanna, asking if he had any complaints against the police, he replied in the negative. The prosecution then sought Khanna’s police custody.

Sanjeev Khanna

The Bandra magistrate court on Friday remanded Indrani Mukerjea’s ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna in three-day police custody. The accused was arrested from Kolkata and brought on transit remand to Mumbai for his alleged role in the Sheena Bora murder case.Sheena was allegedly strangulated and her body later set on fire in Pen, Raigad on April 24, 2012.Clad in a yellow shirt, Khanna was produced before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate SM Chandagade around 1.30pm. When the magistrate questioned Khanna, asking if he had any complaints against the police, he replied in the negative. The prosecution then sought Khanna’s police custody.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advocate Laxman Rathod, the prosecutor, said the police want to take the accused to the spot to find out if any more people are involved in the case. “The prosecution wants to find out how the accused thought of the location to dispose of the body. Khanna had played an active role in the murder,” said Rathod.However, defence advocate SR Mithare pleaded with the court to remand him in judicial custody.The court, after going through the arguments, remanded the accused in police custody till August 31.Mithare had earlier approached the court, seeking permission to provide him with home food and clothes in police custody, but it was denied, with the court saying these applications could be made when the accused was sent to judicial custody.Khanna has been charged under sections 364 (kidnapping), 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 120 (b) (hatching conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.The police had recovered a laptop, mobile phone and passport of the accused. They are, however, yet to recover information from the articles.

Sheena Bora Murder Case: Mumbai Police confirms identifying Sheena’s DNA sample

Forty-three-year-old Indrani, the wife of former Star India CEO, Peter Mukherjea, was arrested from her Mumbai residence on Monday after her driver confessed that he had killed Indrani’s daughter Sheena

Sheena Bora

The Mumbai Police on Friday said it has identified the DNA sample of Sheena Bora, as sent to it by the Raigad police.As per sources, the sample will now be matched with the DNA samples of accused Indrani Mukerjea and her first husband. Meanwhile, a Bandra court has allowed Indrani’s lawyer to meet her during investigation.However, the application over giving her home food and fresh clothes is still undecided.Forty-three-year-old Indrani, the wife of former Star India CEO, Peter Mukerjea, was arrested from her Mumbai residence on Monday after her driver confessed that he had killed Indrani’s daughter Sheena in April 2012, on the orders of his employer. Indrani is in police custody till August 31. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Sheena Bora murder case: Court allows lawyer to meet Indrani

Mumbai: A local court on allowed the application filed by lawyer of Indrani Mukherjea, accused in the murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora, seeking permission to meet her.

Indrani’s lawyer had moved the court on Thursday saying that police were not allowing her lawyers to meet her. The Bandra court, while allowing the application, directed the police to follow the guidelines framed by the apex court on the rights of the accused.

Indrani Mukerjea. IBNiveIndrani Mukerjea. IBNive

Indrani Mukerjea. IBNive

Mukerjea’s lawyer Gunjan Mangala had told the court that when the lawyers went to meet her, the police denied the permission repeatedly. Indrani’s lawyer had yesterday moved an application in the metropolitan magistrate’s court in Bandra seeking home food, clothes and permission to meet her in custody.

The court later directed the prosecutor to file his reply in the application and adjourned it till today. Indrani, the wife of former STAR CEO Peter Mukherjea, was arrested by Khar police on August 25 over her alleged role in the murder of Sheena Bora in 2012.

She was later produced before the Bandra court, which remanded her in police custody till August 31.

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Maharashtra Congress to ‘expose’ AIMIM in Muslim-dominated constituencies

“Our team of five office-bearers would be deputed in each of the constuencies to expose the AIMIM, who is hand in glove with the BJP and whose only role is to polarise the society,” the leader said on condition of anonymity.

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In order to counter the inroads that the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is making into Maharashtra, the state Congress is planning to depute party workers in Muslim-dominated Assembly constituencies and are willing to “expose” the Hyderabad-based outfit.A senior Congress leader said there are 130 Assembly constituencies in the state and each one of them has 25,000 to one lakh Muslim voters.”Our team of five office-bearers would be deputed in each of the constuencies to expose the AIMIM, who is hand in glove with the BJP and whose only role is to polarise the society,” the leader said on condition of anonymity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State Congress chief Ashok Chavan on Wednesday chaired a preliminary strategy meeting with prominent Muslim party office-bearers from all the districts.In the Assembly polls last year, AIMIM hurt Congress’ prospects in a few seats, including Mumbai, where Congress had to finish a poor third in constituencies like Byculla and Bandra east.In the Bandra East by-election early this year, even Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane had to suffer a defeat against Shiv Sena candidate due to AIMIM cutting into the Congress votes.AIMIM has made inroads in Nanded and Aurangabad civic bodies as well and the party won two seats in last year’s Assembly polls.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls are scheduled in early 2017.

Patel quota row: Here’s a list of trains to Gujarat that have been cancelled or diverted

Some Western Railway trains are cancelled, partially cancelled and diverted due to the public agitation in Ahmedabad Division.

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Amidst the violence and state-wide bandh in Gujarat following the OBC reservation demand for the Patel community, there has been a change in schedule for a few trains. Members of Patel community had on Tuesday night resorted to arson, stone-pelting and vandalism after brief detention of their 22-year-old leader Hardik Patel, following which curfew was imposed in three towns of North Gujarat and some areas of Surat.Some Western Railway trains are cancelled, partially cancelled and diverted due to the public agitation in Ahmedabad Division. Here’s a detailed list: <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cancelled Trains (Journey Commencing on 26 August, 2015)· Train no 19707 Bandra Terminus-Jaipur Aravali Express· Train no 22936 Palitana -Bandra Terminus Express· Train no 12957 Ahmedabad-New Delhi Swarnajayanti Rajdhani Express· Train no 12915 Ahmedabad-Delhi Ashram Express · Train no 19223 Ahmedabad – Jammu Tawi Express· Train no 14322 Bhuj-Bareilly Express· Train no 69131 Ahmedabad – Gandhinagar Capital MEMU· Train no 52912 Ahmedabad (MG) – Ranuj Passenger· Train no 54804 Ahmedabad – Jodhpur Passenger· Train no 79490 Ambliyasan – Vijapur Rail Bus· Train no 79406 Mahesana – Taranga Hill DMU· Train no 19222 Veraval-Ahmedabad Somnath Express· Train no 12972 Bhavnagar-Bandra(T) Express· Train no 19216 Porbander-Mumbai Central Saurashtra Express· Train no 19453 Gandhidham-Puri Express· Train no 19132 Bhuj-Bandra(T) Kutch Express· Train no 19116 Bhuj-Bandra(T) Sayaji Nagari Express· Train no 19221 Ahmedabad-Veraval Somnath ExpressCancelled Trains (Journey Commencing on 27 August, 2015)· Train no 22935 Bandra Terminus-Palitana Express· 22451 Bandra(T)-Chandigarh Express· 12480 Bandra(T)-Jodhpur Surya Nagri Express· 14708 Bandra(T)-Bikaner Express· 12489 Dadar-Ajmer Express· 19409 Ahmedabad-Gorakhpur Express· Train no 19452 Gandhidham-Bandra (T) Express· Train no 54804 Ahmedabad-Jodhpur Passenger· Train no 19411Ahmedabad-Ajmer Express· Train no 19031 Ahmedabad-Haridwar Express· Train no 19059 Surat-Jamnagar Express· Train no 19060 Jamnagar-Surat Express· Train no 22908 Hapa-Madgaon ExpressPartial Cancellation of trains( Journey Commencing on 26 August, 2015)· Train no 19215 Mumbai Central-Porbander Express is cancelled between Vadodara –Porbander· Train no 19005 Mumbai Central-Okha Saurashtra Mail is cancelled between Ahmedabad-Okha· Train no 12971 Bandra(T)-Bhavnagar Express is cancelled between Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar· Train no 19017 Bandra(T)-Jamnagar Saurashtra Janta Express is cancelled between Ahmedabad-Jamnagar· Train no 19115 Bandra (T)-Bhuj Sayaji Nagari Express is cancelled between Vadodara-Bhuj· Train no 19131 Bandra(T)-Bhuj Kutch Express is cancelled between Vadodara-Bhuj· Train no 12548 Ahmedabad-Agra Fort Express is cancelled between Ahmedabad-Palanpur· Train no 19119 Ahmedabad-Somnath Express is cancelled between Ahmedabad-Surendra Nagar· Train no 59548 Okha-Ahmedabad Express is cancelled between Viramgam-Ahmedabad.· Train no 19059 Surat- Jamnagar Intercity is cancelled between Surat-Viramgam· Train no 11091 Bhuj-Pune Express is cancelled between Viramgam-Pune.· Train no 19309 Gandhinagar Capital-Indore Express is cancelled between Gandhinagar Capital- Ahmedabad.· Train no 12475 Hapa-Jammu Tawi Express is cancelled between Ambli Road-Jammu Tavi.· Train no 12905 Porbander-Howrah Express is cancelled between Surendra Nagar-Howrah.· Train no 18402 Okha-Puri Express is cancelled between Than-Puri· Train no 11463 Somnath-Jabalpur Express is cancelled between Wankaner-Jabalpur.· Train no 19018 Jamnagar-Bandra(T) Express is cancelled between Rajkot-Bandra(T).· Train no 19006 Okha-Mumbai Central Express is cancelled between Rajkot-Mumbai Central.· Train no 59050 Viramgam-Valsad Passenger of 26th August terminated at Ambli Road station.· Train no 59049 Valsad-Viramgam Passenger terminated at Vadodara on 26th August and is reversed as train no 59050 Ex Vadodara.Partial Cancellation of trains( Journey Commencing on 27 August, 2015)· Train no 12548 Ahmedabad-Agra Fort Express will remain cancelled between Ahmedabad- Palanpur· Train no 19006 Okha- Mumbai Central Saurashtra Mail will remain cancelled between Okha –Ahmedabad· Train no 19018 Jamnagar- Bandra(T) Saurashtra Janta Express will remain cancelled between Jamnagar- Ahmedabad· Train no 17017 Rajkot-Secundrabad Express will remain cancelled between Rajkot- Ahmedabad· Train no 12946 Mahuva-Surat Express will remain cancelled between Mahua-Ahmedabad on 27th August,2015.· Train no 16333 Veraval-Trivendram Express will remain cancelled between Veraval- Ahmedabad.Partial Cancellation of trains( Journey Commencing on 28 August, 2015)· Train no 12972 Bhavnagar-Bandra(T) Express will remain cancelled between Bhavnagar -AhmedabadDiversion of trains (Journey Commencing on 26 August, 2015) · Train no 12216 Bandra(T)-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Garib Rath of 26th August,2015 is diverted via Vadodara-Ratlam-Nagda-Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur.· Train no 14708 Bandra(T)-Bikaner Express of 26th August,2015 is diverted via Vadodara-Ratlam-Chanderia.· Train no 12480 Bandra(T)-Jodhpur Surya Nagri Express of 26th August,2015 is diverted via Vadodara-Ratlam-Chanderia.· Train no 19029 Bandra(T)- Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express of 26th August,2015 is diverted via Vadodara-Ratlam-Nagda-Sawai Madhopur.· Train no 12490 Dadar-Bikaner Express of 26th August,2015 is diverted via Vadodara-Ratlam-Chanderia.

Harda twin train derailment: Western and Central Railway cancel 22 and 57 trains respectively

21 trains have been diverted through different routes, a statement issued by CR said.

Twin Train derailment in Harda, Madhya Pradesh

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The Western Railway (WR) has cancelled as many as 22 trains, departing from its zonal stations, due to the Harda twin train derailment on the Khandwa-Itarsi section and heavy rainfall in the zones of its Ahmedabad division.Train no 19047 Surat-Bhagalpur Express and 19051 Valsad-Muzaffarpur Shramik Express have been cancelled for Saturday while train no 19045 Surat-Chhapra Tapti Ganga Express, 22937 Rajkot-Rewa Express and 11453 Ahmedabad-Nagpur Prerana Express have been cancelled for August 9, a WR statement said. Train No 19049 Bandra(T)-Patna Express and 19045 Surat-Chhapra Tapti Ganga Express have been cancelled for August 10.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Due to heavy rains in Ahmedabad Division, WR has cancelled six trains – 19151 Palanpur-Gandhidham Express, 19152 Gandhidham-Palanpur Express, 22484 Gandhidham-Jodhpur Express, 59425 Bhuj-Palanpur Passenger, 59426 Palanpur-Bhuj Passenger and 54832 Bhildi-Jodhpur Passenger for today. 19411 Ahmedabad-Ajmer Express has been cancelled till August 10 while 12959 Dadar-Bhuj Express has been partially cancelled today while 22904 Bhuj-Bandra(T) AC Express has partially cancelled today and on August 10.Meanwhile, Central Railways also cancelled 57 trains for Saturday along all the concerned zonal railways due to the derailment which took place at Khandwa-Itarsi Section. 21 trains have been diverted through different routes, a statement issued by CR said.On Wednesday, 29 people were killed as two express trains derailed within minutes of each other on flooded tracks while crossing a railway bridge in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh in the dead of night and plunged into the swollen Machak river.

Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Actor falsely implicated by a tutored witness, says lawyer

Alleging that the witness was tutored by the prosecution, Desai said “why do you need to tutor a witness when there are eyewitnesses who are alive and available and not examined?” referring to the singer Kamaal Khan who was in the car with Khan at the time and was never examined.

Salman Khan (File Picture)

A crucial eye-witness produced by the prosecution in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Salman Khan implicated him falsely with a tutored testimony, the Bollywood actor’s lawyer ton Friday argued before the Bombay High Court.Khan was sentenced to five years in prison by the sessions court in May. He is accused of running over his car on people sleeping outside a shop in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four.The actor, on bail, has filed appeal in the High Court. Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai on Friday said Muslim Shaikh, who was among the injured, told the magistrate in 2006 (during the first trial) that he had not seen anyone getting down from the car after the accident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But he told the sessions court during the fresh trial in 2014 that he saw Salman Khan getting down, Desai said. “It appears that with age, memory becomes sharper,” the lawyer quipped. The case was heard afresh by the sessions court after the charge against Khan was upgraded to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.Alleging that the witness was tutored by the prosecution, Desai said “why do you need to tutor a witness when there are eyewitnesses who are alive and available and not examined?” referring to the singer Kamaal Khan who was in the car with Khan at the time and was never examined. “A key question still remains to be answered…who was driving the car,” Desai added.Justice A R Joshi asked the defence and also prosecutor S S Shinde to prepare a list of witnesses in a tabular form and their respective statements, posting the next hearing to August 25.

Hit-and-run case: No eye witness said Salman Khan was driving, says lawyer in HC

Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s lawyer on Wednesday contended before the Bombay High Court that none of the eye-witnesses in the hit-and-run case involving the actor said that he was driving the car.

Salman Khan

Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s lawyer on Wednesday contended before the Bombay High Court that none of the eye-witnesses in the hit-and-run case involving the actor said that he was driving the car.The High Court is hearing an appeal filed by the actor who was sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide not amounting to murder by the sessions court in May.A car driven allegedly by Khan rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four who were sleeping on the pavement.His lawyer Amit Desai on Wednesday argued that the entire case was based on circumstantial evidence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singer Kamal Khan, a crucial eye-witness, was not examined before the trial court, the lawyer said, adding that prosecution found and produced the doctor who conducted autopsy of the victim but did not try to trace Kamal Khan.Further, none of the eye-witnesses said that they saw Salman driving; they only stated from which side of the car they saw him getting out after the accident, Desai said. Justice AR Joshi will continue to hear the arguments on Thursday.

Cancel Salman’s bail, BJP demands after actor’s controversial tweets on Yakub Memon

Mumbai: With Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s tweets defending Yakub Memon, the death row convict of 1993 Mumbai blasts case, drawing severe flak from different quarters, BJP in Mumbai demanded cancellation of the actor’s bail in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

Salman Khan. PTI

Salman Khan. PTI

Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar on Sunday met Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and submitted a letter requesting cancellation of bail granted to Salman by the Bombay High Court.

“I submitted a letter to the Governor requesting cancellation of bail of convicted Salman Khan for supporting a convict,” said Shelar.

“Very disappointing to see Salman Khan ask for release of Yakub Memon. His (Salman’s) bail should be cancelled on the basis of the support for crime,” he said in a tweet.

“Yakub Memon worked on the mission of mass murder. His sympathy can only come from fellow convict who fails to appreciate mercy shown to him,” Shelar added.

Meanwhile, BJP Yuva Morcha activists are expected to stage protest outside Salman’s residence in suburban Bandra later on Sunday.

Salman, who was sentenced to five years in jail by the Sessions Court earlier this year in the hit-and-run case in which one person died, was later granted bail by the Bombay High Court.

The 49-year-old actor said that an “innocent” is being hung for the crimes of his brother and the prime suspect in the 1993 bombings – Tiger Memon.

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Security beefed up outside Salman Khan’s residence following tweets defending Yakub Memon

Mumbai: Security on Sunday was beefed up outside Salman Khan’s residence in suburban Bandra here following the Bollywood superstar’s tweets defending Yakub Memon, the death row convict in 1993 Mumbai blast case, which have drawn severe flak from various quarters.

“We have tightened security outside Salman Khan’s residence to prevent any untoward incident,” DCP (detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.

Salman Khan. FirstpostSalman Khan. Firstpost

Salman Khan. Firstpost

The 49-year-old actor said that an “innocent” is being hung for the crimes of his brother and the prime suspect in the 1993 bombings – Tiger Memon.

In a series of tweets last night, Salman had defended Yakub Memon.

“Get tiger hang him. Parade him not his brother (sic),” he tweeted.

“Been wanting to tweet Tis fr 3 days n was afraid to do so but it involves a man’s n family. Don’t hang brother hang tha lomdi (fox) who ran away (sic),” he tweeted.

“1 innocent man killed is killing the humanity,” he said on Twitter.

Political parties in Maharashtra including Shiv Sena and BJP have condemned Salman’s remarks.

Memon was the only convict in the case whose death penalty was upheld by the Supreme Court.

After his curative petition was dismissed, Memon has submitted a mercy petition to Maharashtra Governor. The President had earlier rejected his mercy petition.

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Tuesday rain brings in water for 10 days

According to officials from water department this addition to the water stock has brought in relief to the civic administration.

A month after the deluge, the rains again took city by surprise on Tuesday. It however helped douse the fears of an imminent water cut in the city, as only on July 15 the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had announced that the city has just 84 days’ water left and a decision on imposing supply cuts will be taken in the first week of August based on July rains.For that matter, Tuesday’s rains in Thane region added up to the drinking water stock by another 10 days. Total water stock in all seven lakes swelled up to 3,05,297 MLD water. While the western and the eastern suburbs of Mumbai received maximum rainfall, city areas received lesser rains on Tuesday. City receives 3,750 MLD as daily water supply.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to officials from water department this addition to the water stock has brought in relief to the civic administration. “If the trend prevails in the next two months, the city will not have to worry about any water cuts this year,” said an official. While eastern suburbs recorded 105.17 mm rainfall, western suburbs received 68.17 mm and city area 49.74 mm.The rains, which started in the wee hours at 2 am, also left a trail of destruction. While a two-year-old died following a wall collapse, two were injured after tree fell on them. 41 trees were uprooted in different parts of the city, leading to traffic blocks and diversions.Two-year-old Naikraja Parvez Aslam Ansari died after a wall collapsed on him in Govandi’s Samrat Ashok Nagar area. Another 26-year-old was injured in the incident.Water logging was reported in areas like Mahim, Sion, Dharavi, Chembur, Govandi, Kurla, Mulund, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Mankhurd, Dahisar, Borivali, Kandivali, Goregaon, Vileparle, Santacruz, Khar and Bandra. Water logging, coupled with potholes, slowed down the vehicular traffic leading to traffic jams in many areas.Major traffic jams were witnessed across eastern and western suburbs. BEST buses were diverted from Sion Road number 24, National College in Bandra west, Milan Subway in Santacruz west, Maheshwari Udyan in Matunga, Shell Colony in Chembur, Khardev Nagar in Chembur, Samaj Mandir Hall on Manjarekar Marg, Naik Nagar in Khar. However, by evening, the traffic routes were restored.Disaster Control of the BMC recorded at least six incidents of short circuit in different parts of the city. Doppler radar lying defunctWith the Doppler radar used for weather forecast defunct for last 25 days, the disaster management cell of the BMC has expressed its limitations in taking precautionary measures during heavy rains. “Only if we have information about heavy rains, we would be able to alert the wards and maintenance department so that they can be prepared. But for the last 25 days we are clueless. We have conveyed this to MET department,” said a civic official. MET department official confirmed that the Doppler radar was defunct due to technical issues and power supply problem. BMC is planning to write to higher authorities and seek help to resolve the problem. How much rains city’s lakes received on July 21 total water stock in brackets Kodak Sagar – 109 mm (55,777 MLD)Tansa – 176.20 mm (28,439 MLD)Vihar – 52.80 mm (7,102 MLD)Tulsi – 75 mm (4,681 MLD)Upper Vaitarna – 108.40 mm (10560 mm)Bhatsa – 115 mm (80268 MLD)Middle Vaitarna – 116 mm (1,18,469 MLD) City’s water stock on this day, last 5 years 2015 – 3,05,297 MLD2014 – 2,22,092 MLD2013 – 10,11,306 MLD2012 – 3,35,446 MLD2011 – 5,67,264 MLD

As rains lash Mumbai, fire breaks out in Bandra’s KFC building

Even as heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Tuesday, a shopping complex in Bandra West caught fire. The building, which houses the fast-food joint KFC, popular Japanese joint Kofuku, among other shops, on Linking Road was engulfed in smoke.

Fire at the KFC Building, Bandra. Image Credit: TwitetrFire at the KFC Building, Bandra. Image Credit: Twitetr

Fire at the KFC Building, Bandra. Image Credit: Twitetr

The fire reportedly began in a shoe shop in the building and the presence of plastic and leather items caused the fire to spread rapidly, NDTV report said.

According to reports, seven to eight fire tenders were deployed to put out the blaze. Sources were quoted as saying that the situation was under control. However, traffic piled up around the area soon after the fire broke out.

According to a Rediff.com report, a short circuit caused the fire. The report also added that the KFC outlet was gutted. Reliance Energy tweeted that the fire has caused the power to be cut off in the area.

Here  are several photographs of the fire which were uploaded by users on Twitter.

Five days later, Western Railway still holed up on washed-away worker

Chellapan’s father Srinivasan, who has come from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu

Has the railways any idea of the contractors and sub-contractors who clean up the drains that run beneath its tracks? Or does it even care? If the sorry case of S Chellapan is anything to go by, then the answer is a resounding no. Chellapan was washed away on Saturday afternoon while clearing an overflowing culvert of filth and muck, close to the railway dispensary along the western fringe of Bandra station. Heavy rains on Saturday had flooded the railway colony at Bandra and Chellapan’s team was sent – by an yet-to-be identified department – to clear the drains.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Five days later, neither has Chellapan’s body been found, nor the belongings on his person like mobile phone and diary. Shockingly, various departments of Western Railway’s engineering department – the one which looks after such cleaning – are unable to tell Chellapan’s grieving family for which contractor did he work. “Though Chellapan drowned on Saturday afternoon, I was told about the incident on Sunday morning by two persons who worked with him. They had no clue of what happened. I have been going to the Permanent Way Inspector’s office and the Inspector of Works office but they are all shooing me away,” said a tearful Raja Karatan, Chellapan’s father-in-law and himself a trackman with WR. Sarita, an eye-witness and part of the group of four that went to clean the culvert, claims to have seen Chellapan go down the overflowing culvert but has no idea about his mobile phone or diary. “Chellapan was our team leader and he paid me Rs 300 per day, and the men Rs 400, to clean drains. That day (Saturday) too he called us and we went. We do not know if Chellapan worked for some contractor or he himself was one,” Sarita said. “That cellphone is the key to his mystery as it would clearly tell us who called Chellapan for the drain-cleaning work. Even the contractor for whom Chellapan worked could be found out. But no one is bothered to find the phone because we are insignificant people whose life and death mean them nothing,” sobbed Karatan. Chellapan’s parents, from Vriddhachalam in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district, rushed to the city on Tuesday. “I really wish they find my son’s body. I wish they find out how he died so that others cleaning drains during floods don’t lose their lives needlessly. I don’t know what his three children and wife will do now,” said Srinivasan, Chellapan’s father. Chellapan’s family has found a helping hand with the Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh but with the railway authorities stone-walling efforts to find out more about his death, the case looks weak for the grieving family. “In a railway set-up where 13 lakh people work, and with a budget of over Rs 1 lakh crore, isn’t it shameful no department can find out which official and which contractor sent Chellapan to death? Just imagine the magnitude of the drain-cleaning scam if officials have no idea about contractors etc. though several crores are spent every year for cleaning up drains, culverts and tracks,” said WRMS divisional secretary Ajay Singh. Khar police have taken down a missing complaint with senior inspector Dattatrey Bargude telling dna that efforts are on to find Chellapan’s body. “Even today, we along with fire brigade personnel mounted a search for his body, but in vain. An Accidental Death Report (ADR) can be registered only when the body is found. We are also searching for his cellphone,” said Bargude. Bargude said a letter had been sent to the railways asking for details of the contractor for whom Chellapan worked but the police had not got a reply as yet.

Delhi’s CP 5th most cosliest prime office market in world

Mumbai’s alternative business district of Bandra–Kurla Complex (BKC), however stood at the 15th position, while Nariman Point was ranked 30th on the top 50 rankings for global prime office properties.

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Delhi’s Connaught Place has ranked fifth in the list of most expensive prime office markets in the world, owing to rupee depreciation.According to a survey by property consultant CBRE, at nearly USD 157 per sqft per annum, Delhi’s central business district (CBD) of CP has gained the fifth spot in the list of most expensive prime office markets in the world. Mumbai’s alternative business district of Bandra–Kurla Complex (BKC), however stood at the 15th position, while Nariman Point was ranked 30th on the top 50 rankings for global prime office properties.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Although Connaught Place moved up one spot in the rankings, due to the rupee depreciation, occupancy costs in this market remained largely stable due to a positive market sentiment,” CBRE South Asia Chairman and Managing Director Anshuman Magazine said.The office occupancy costs in Bengaluru rose by about 2.2 percent in the Bengaluru CBD, broadly in line with global inflation, he said.According to the survey, London’s West End remained the world’s costliest prime office market, while Asia continued to dominate the most expensive office locations, accounting for four of the top five markets. London West End’s overall prime occupancy costs of USD 267 per sqft topped the ‘most expensive’ list, while Hong Kong’s total prime occupancy costs stood at USD 254 per sqft, followed by Beijing’s Finance Street at USD 196 per sqft, Beijing CBD (USD 188 per sqft) and New Delhi’s CBD of Connaught Place at US 157 per sqft rounded out the top five.”Occupancy cost trends were mixed, with regional surveys showing stronger hiring intentions among employers in India, Taiwan, New Zealand, the Philippines and Japan while corporate hiring activity remained muted in other locations.India and the Philippines continued to benefit from growing IT back office services looking for operational and costs efficiency,” Magazine said.The study also found that the real estate recovery in Ireland remained on track, with Dublin (26.1 percent) and Belfast (13.3 percent) showing the largest and fourth-largest year-on-year prime occupancy cost increase, respectively, among the 127 cities surveyed. The change in prime office occupancy costs mirrored the gradual recovery of the global economy, he said.According to the survey, global prime office occupancy costs rose 2 per cent year-over-year, with the Americas up 2.9 per cent, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) rising 1.5 per cent and Asia Pacific up 1.4 per cent. “Occupier caution has declined and corporate confidence has been on the rise and this confidence is starting to translate into a degree of expansionary momentum,” CBRE Global Chief Economist Richard Barkham said.

Woman stopped for drunk driving abuses cops, locks herself inside car in Mumbai

A woman when stopped by the police in Bandra suburb of Mumbai, locked herself in her car and hurled abuses at the police for close to two hours.

Screen grab from YouTubeScreen grab from YouTube

Screen grab from YouTube

The police had reportedly barricaded a road in the suburb as part of its drive to curb drunk driving in the city and when the woman approached the barricade, she was asked to park her car. She then allegedly tried to break through the barricade and flee.

When she failed to do so, she locked herself in the car for close to two hours and when asked to step out by police officials, she started hurling abuses.

Later, when two women police constables did manage to get into the car, they had to push her out of the car and took her to the nearby police station.

“We did a breathalyzer test and found she was drunk. We tried to arrest her but she locked herself into the car,” said a police officer.

A case has been registered against her under the Motor Vehicle Act.

She was later let off after paying a fine of Rs 1200, but she continued to hurl abuses at cops and even chased a journalist down the street.

This year, your odds of getting an affordable MHADA house are 1 in 118

40 of the rejected applications have the same bank account number under different names. As they are out of the fray and will not be participating in the draw, there is no reason for any criminal action against them, said CK Dange, joint chief officer of Mumbai board of MHADA.

Out of 1,26,200 applications received by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) for this year’s housing lottery draw, 632 applications have been rejected. Some of these rejected applications have the same bank account number under various names. It is the first time that such entries have been rejected by the housing agency. “40 of the rejected applications have the same bank account number under different names. As they are out of the fray and will not be participating in the draw, there is no reason for any criminal action against them,” said CK Dange, joint chief officer of Mumbai board of MHADA.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the rejection of 632 applications, there remain 118 applications on an average for each housing unit that MHADA has put up for sale through the lottery draw. These flats are at various locations such as Sion, Goregaon, Mulund, and Mira Road. The lottery draw for 1,063 affordable homes is scheduled to be conducted on the morning of Sunday, May 31, at Rangsharda Auditorium in Bandra West. Within a fortnight from the lottery draw, the authorities will begin refunding the earnest money deposit to the applicants who did not figure in the lottery draw list.

Court suspends Salman Khan sentence

The high court in Mumbai suspends Bollywood star Salman Khan’s sentence for hit-and-run conviction, pending appeal.

Live | Hit and Run Case: Salman Khan’s jail term suspended pending appeal; fans celebrate

In a huge relief to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the Bombay High Court on Friday suspended his 5-year sentence in the 2002 hit-and-run case and granted him bail pending his appeal against conviction.”He has been on bail for a long time and his liberty was not curtailed. Normally, in such cases, the appeal is admitted and an accused is granted bail,” Justice Abhay Thipsay said, while staying his conviction and granting him bail.The judge directed him to surrender before the trial court and furnish a fresh bail bond of Rs 30,000. The court will issue next directions on 15th June, and the hearing on actor’s appeal will take place in the months of July.​<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delivering the verdict in the case that dragged on for over 12 years, sessions court judge DW Deshpande on Wednesday said “all charges” against the actor have been proved, which included the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, besides various other offences, including rash and negligent driving and driving under influence of liquor.Also read: Salman Khan verdict: This is how hit-and-run case unfoldedLatest updates15:08 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Salman’s fans celebrate as court suspends his sentence As the Bombay High Court uspended the five-year sentence awarded to Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case, scores of his fans who had converged at his residence in suburban Bandra here broke into jubilation.A huge crowd including curious onlookers and admirers had gathered outside Galaxy apartments ahead of the court hearing on the 49-year-old actor’s appeal against conviction.13:09 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Court to issue next directions on 15 June. Judge says that the hearing on appeal can be in the months of July-August.12:44 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Salman will first have to go to trial court to execute fresh bail bond as his interim bail ends today.12:40 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Deciding the conditions of bail, Judge Thipsay asked if Salman’s passport was with him and was told that it was in the possession of the Bandra police and the actor routinely sought its permission before going abroad.12:39 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Bombay High Court suspends actor Salman Khan’s sentence.12:17 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Salman Khan’s fan attempted suicide outside Mumbai High Court, taken to hospital12:12 IST Friday, 8 May 2015* Public Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde: Kamal Khan was not available. He is a British national12:07 IST Friday, 8 May 2015* Public Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde: Bail should not be granted.In the Court | ​Defense lawyer Amit Desai’s argument in the court12:05 IST Friday, 8 May 2015This case is different from Alistair Pereira case, latter knew there were people sleeping on pavement. In this case it was’nt so. Defense lawyer concludes his argument.11:51 IST Friday, 8 May 2015* Salman Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai: Prosecution has not proven that Salman was driving the car.11:45 IST Friday, 8 May 2015* Salman Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai: CrPc 161 statements (statements before police officer) by witnesses are contradictory. Tyre burst argument was ignored by lower court. Witnesses said vehicle was at speed of 90-100. Then how can it take 30 minutes from Marriott to incident spot in Bandra, which is 14 kms away.11:32 IST Friday, 8 May 2015* Salman Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai: Sessions court ignored 4th witness’s (who was in the car) statement in the case. That statement was crucial.* Salman Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai: Kamal Khan was in the car but his statement was not taken into consideration by sessions court.11:31 IST Friday, 8 May 2015* Salman Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai: Sentence should be suspended, it is not a matter of 304(2) but 304(1).* Judge Thipsay seeks witness Ravindra Patil’s statement. * Judge: Why was Kamal Khan not examined?Latest updates11:18 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Amit Desai asked the judge for some time for papers to reach court. 11:17 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Proceedings begin fo Salman Khan’s bail plea; Actor’s lawyer Amit Desai arguing his appeal 11:15 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Bombay High Court admits actor Salman Khan’s appeal against conviction, begins hearing his bail plea. 10:58 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Advocate Abha Singh, Public Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde in courtroom, Salman Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai still to arrive.10:55 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Pavement dwellers protest outside High court10:56 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Salman’s sister Alvira Khan reaches High Court.10:18 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Public Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde reaches High Court for Salman Khan’s hearing9:29 IST Friday, 8 May 2015If appeal is not acceded, then the sessions court will release arrest warrant : Abha SinghSpeaking to news agency, Senior Lawyer Abha Singh said, “Salman Khan is not needed to remain present in the court today. He can be represented by his lawyers. High Court can alter or reduce the charge, after the appeal is heard.”She further said, “If his appeal is not acceded then the sessions court will release an arrest warrant against Salman.”If we feel Kamal Khan is needed for justice then we will file a petition to bring him back to India,” she added.9:23 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Special Prayer9:06 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Speaking to ANI, victim Abdullah Sheikh said, “I lost my leg in the accident, but punishing Salman now will not achieve anything for anyone.”He also said that he has received compensation from the court but not from the actor.9:15 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Salman Khan may not appear before the High Court.9:05 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Advocate Amit Desai will appear for Salman Khan’s bail application in Bombay High court.9:00 IST Friday, 8 May 2015Salman’s appeal is listed for admission on the board of Justice Abhay Thipsay, who had granted him an interim bail for two days.BackgroundThe trial court on Wednesday found him guilty of ramming the American Express bakery in suburban Bandra with his Toyota Land Cruiser on September 28, 2002, killing one person and wounding four others sleeping on the pavement outside.Delivering the verdict in the case that dragged on for over 12 years, sessions court judge DW Deshpande said “all charges” against the actor have been proved, which included the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, besides various other offences, including rash and negligent driving and driving under influence of liquor.Soon after the conviction, Salman’s lawyer had moved the High Court which granted him interim bail for two days since he had not been given a detailed, reasoned copy of the verdict on the basis of which his appeal would be heard.Salman has been convicted under Section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (rash and negligent driving); 279 (rash driving); 337 (causing minor injuries); 338 (causing major injuries) 427 (negligence) in connection with the case. Under Motor Vehicle Act Sections 34 (a), (b) read with 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules); 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol).

Salman Khan breathes easy, court grants bail and suspends sentence in hit and run case

The judge directed him to surrender before the trial court and furnish a fresh bail bond of Rs 30,000.

In a huge relief to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the Bombay High Court on Friday suspended his 5-year sentence in the 2002 hit-and-run case and granted him bail pending his appeal against conviction.”He has been on bail for a long time and his liberty was not curtailed. Normally, in such cases, the appeal is admitted and an accused is granted bail,” Justice Abhay Thipsay said, while staying his conviction and granting him bail.The judge directed him to surrender before the trial court and furnish a fresh bail bond of Rs 30,000.Thipsay had on May 6 granted 48-hour interim bail to the actor, hours after he was convicted and sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by the trial court on the ground that he had not been supplied with a detailed order explaining the reasons for his conviction. The term of interim bail was to expire today. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deciding the conditions of bail, Judge Thipsay asked if Salman’s passport was with him and was told that it was in the possession of the Bandra police and the actor routinely sought its permission before going abroad.Earlier, the court admitted Khan’s plea against conviction and heard arguments of the prosecution and defence.Defence counsels Amit Desai and Shrikant Shivade said the trial court had failed to appreciate the fact that four witnesses had maintained there were four persons present in the Toyota Land Cruiser when the accident took place on September 28, 2002, and that it was Salman’s driver Ashok Singh who was at the wheel. One person had died and four others injured in the accident.The defence’s argument that it was Singh who drove the vehicle that ran over five people sleeping on the pavement outside a Bandra bakery had been rejected by the trial court, which had said evidence showed that the actor himself was behind the wheel.Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde, while seeking denial of bail to the actor, countered its claim, saying it was only just before the conclusion of the trial that Salman Khan had made a statement under section 313 of CrPC in which he claimed it was Singh, who was driving the SUV.Salman was himself not present in the court during the hearing as it was not required under the law.

Salman Khan fan allegedly attempts suicide outside High Court

A fan of Salman Khan on Friday allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming poison outside the Bombay High Court, which was hearing the actor’s bail plea in a 2002 hit-and-run case.

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A fan of Salman Khan on Friday allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming poison outside the Bombay High Court, which was hearing the actor’s bail plea in a 2002 hit-and-run case.Gourango Kundu, an aspiring script writer and a resident of Bandra east in suburban Mumbai, said in a pamphlet which he had distributed, that he was hoping that Salman would help him showcase his talent but if the actor does not get bail, it would shatter his dream.He said he wanted to become a Bollywood script writer but did not get any opportunity to showcase his talent. After that, he started sending his scripts to Salman hoping that the 49-year-old actor would give him a break in the industry, it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was distraught because if Salman does not get bail, his dreams would remain unfulfilled and hence he allegedly consumed poison in the presence of police personnel.The man was unconscious and has been taken to hospital, police said.The Bombay High Court was hearing Salman Khan’s bail plea and has also admitted his appeal against conviction by sessions court in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The High Court later granted bail to the actor and suspended his sentence.

For Salman with love: Fan attempts suicide during actor’s bail plea

Mumbai: A fan of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan attempted suicide by consuming poison outside the Bombay High Court premises on Friday when the actor’s bail plea in the 2002 hit-and-run case was being heard.

The victim, said to be in his 30s, was immediately whisked off by the police to a nearby government hospital or treatment and his condition is being monitored.

File photo of Salman Khan at the court. PTI.File photo of Salman Khan at the court. PTI.

File photo of Salman Khan at the court. PTI.

Thousands of Salman’s fans have assembled outside the actor’s suburban Bandra residence, and the high court in south Mumbai where Justice A. M. Thipsay is hearing the actor’s bail application against the five-year sentence awarded by Additional Sessions Judge D. W. Deshpande on Wednesday.

Tight security has been at both venues in view of the huge fan crowds, celebrities and stars, media contingents and commoners gathered there.

Salman was convicted in the September 2002 accident case in Bandra which had left one person dead and four other pavement dwellers injured.

The high court has told Salman Khan that his sentence will be suspended and has asked him to get a fresh bail bond.
He has to surrender again before the sessions court and then get a fresh bail bond.

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Bombay HC to hear Salman Khan’s plea for bail on Friday, actor unlikely to be present

Mumbai: All eyes are on the Bombay High Court which will hear Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s appeal against his conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case and his plea for bail on Friday.

Salman’s appeal is listed for admission on the board of Justice Abhay Thipsay, who had on Wednesday granted him an interim bail for two days.

Salman Khan. AFPSalman Khan. AFP

Salman Khan. AFP

The actor was convicted and sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment on various charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, besides penal provisions under Motor Vehicles Act and other laws.

The trial court had found him guilty of ramming the American Express bakery in suburban Bandra with his Toyota Land Cruiser on 28 September, 2002, killing one person and wounding four others sleeping on the pavement outside.

Soon after the conviction, Salman’s lawyer had moved the High Court which granted him interim bail for two days since he had not been given a detailed, reasoned copy of the verdict on the basis of which his appeal would be heard.

Later in the evening, trial court Judge DW Deshpande handed over a 240-page copy of the judgement to Salman.

“Since the appellant was on bail throughout the trial and since a copy of the judgement of conviction has not yet been furnished to him, it would be proper to protect the appellant for some time in the interest of Justice,” Justice Thipsay observed while granting him interim bail till 8 May.

Salman, who has been on bail for the last 13 years in this case, is not expected to be present in the High Court when his appeal comes up for hearing.

Legal sources said his lawyers Harish Salve and Srikant Shivade would argue his bail plea in the absence of the actor as he was not required to be present under the law.

In the appeal, the actor has challenged his conviction saying that the trial court had not considered his plea that he was not driving the car and that his family driver Ashok Singh was behind the wheel. The actor has also challenged the findings of the court that he was drunk and was driving under the influence of liquor.

Salman has also pleaded that the trial court had wrongly convicted him under the ‘culpable homicide’ charge because he had no knowledge that he would meet with an accident.

Seeking bail until the time his appeal has been finally heard and disposed of, Salman has said the court may grant him liberty on such conditions as it deems fit. He said he had never misused any bail conditions imposed on him by the court in the past.

Meanwhile, several Bollywood personalities and MNS leader Raj Thackeray on Thursday met the actor at his Galaxy Apartments residence in Bandra.

There was a steady stream of Bollywood colleagues calling on Salman through the day including old friend Aamir Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kareena Kapoor, Karan Johar and Govinda.

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Guilty at last: Salman Khan convicted after 13 year trial

It was after 13 years that the verdict in the 2002 hit and run case against the Bollywood superstar was delivered on Wednesday, with the Sessions court convicting the superstar and sentencing him to five years of rigorous imprisonment.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan leaves Sessions court on Wednesday evening after Mumbai HC granted him two-day interim bail.

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“You are held guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. It is proved that you were under the influence of alcohol,” Sessions Court judge D W Deshpande told actor Salman Khan in a packed courtroom (no. 52) at 11.20 am on Wednesday. Dressed in white shirt and blue jeans in the witness box was Salman, composed but head down.It was after 13 years that the verdict in the 2002 hit and run case against the Bollywood superstar was delivered on Wednesday, with the Sessions court convicting the superstar and sentencing him to five years of rigorous imprisonment. Silence gripped the courtroom for a few minutes as the judge pronounced his judgment. His sisters Alvira and Arpita, meanwhile, broke down hearing the verdict.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The actor’s day started around 9.45am, when he left his Bandra apartment where his family and close friends had thronged. The Sessions judge had scheduled the judgment at 11.15am. His sisters and brothers Arbaz and Sohail were already on court premises when Salman reached there along with his body guards and made his way to the tightly packed courtroom and to the witness box.Sporting a stubble which looked to be a couple of days old, the actor looked tensed and nervous as he stood in the box. After the verdict was delivered, Salman stood stoic in the witness box while the prosecution and defense lawyers argued on the quantum of punishment to be delivered.After the arguments were over, the court adjourned for a break. An already hot day was made even hotter when for a few minutes electricity went off on the court premises. Salman, who was with his family members, could be seen drinking water from a bottle.Later, around 1.10 pm after the court passed order, and sentenced him with a punishment of five years of imprisonment, the actor was straight-faced and showed no emotions. He stood composed even after his sisters Alvira and Arpita approached the witness box in tears.At around 2.30pm, the defence for the actor along will Alvira approached the Bombay High court, challenging the Session court’s order and seeking interim relief.The actor was surrounded by his sister as well as Alvira’s husband Atul Agnihotri, and a few of his friends. At around 4.30 pm, there was a buzz in the courtroom that the matter has come up for hearing before the High Court even as the actor stood there blank and serious.It was only around 5 pm, when his sister Alvira rushed back to the court and informed Salman that the high court has granted a two-day bail that smile returned on the actor’s face. Salman smiled at his sister and blew a kiss to her. He then hugged the younger sister, when she said, “Chalo, ab Ghar jayenge” (We shall go home now).A relieved Salman also waved at his fans who had crowded the parapet walls and were peeping into the court to have a glimpse of their actor. The actor even devoured a vada pav as he waited for his lawyers to get the order copy from HC. Finally at around 6.56 pm, the defence lawyer brought the order copy from the High Court and the court after going through it, smiled at Salman and said, “You are free (as of now).”Salman, along with his family, friends and lawyers, immediately left for his Bandra home, where a huge crowd of fans and media persons have gathered. When Salman reached the Galaxy apartments around 8.15 pm, a frenzy broke out and the police had to resort to a lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.

Salman Khan guilty in car death case

An Indian court finds Bollywood star Salman Khan guilty of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run driving incident in Mumbai.

In unique initiative, 2 Mumbai women plan to send home-cooked Theplas to Nepal earthquake victims

My dear friends, Can you give me 25 rotis?

It can happen to us too. Just a few minutes ago what was our home, the centre of our entire existence, built bit by bit with hard work, hope and love is no more than a pile of rubble now . What would we do?

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FAcebook @Goonj

In any natural disaster, after the evacuation the first thing needed is food. There is a huge difference between packets of biscuits and home cooked food. We at the Food Army believe in the power of food cooked with positivity. We have committed to send home cooked food to the people of Nepal to ease their pain a little. We had done that at the time of Kashmir floods. 

Every person in the Food Army contributes 25 Roti( Theplas), we send them to the affected area. We make sure they get distributed and consumed within 72 hours of making. 

This is the latest message doing the rounds of Whatsapp after the Nepal earthquake. The initiative is started by two sisters — Rintu Rathod and Krishna Desai. Their initiative however is not a first — they had sent 35,000 (approximately 700 kgs) of thepla to the flood-affected people of Jammu & Kashmir last September. This time, they already have 2,000 people who signed up to help make the theplas to be sent to Nepal, according to Mumbai Mirror.

“We cannot reverse the situation but we can certainly do something to ease their suffering. Remember, every effort counts,” the sisters add in their message.

However, The NGO Goonj has released a list of items needed more desperately, they are: rice, pulses, spices, milk powder, tea leaves and sugar. What they don’t need is perishable items, cooked food and half consumed liquid packs.

If you want to help you can get in touch with them here:

For Bandra -9223322022 Address-Therese Villa,Ist floor ,flt.no.4,Ist rd.,TPS 4,Bandra west
Sorry correction – rotis are required on Wednesday the 29th of April.
For juhu: Manuja shroff.b 404 milton apts juhu koliwada. Mumbai 49
For Bandra-Deepika 9223322022.Address-Therese Villa,1st Floor,Flt.no4,1st TPS 4rd,Bandra West
For lokhandwala -Bicky Vijan, C 1304,Oberoi springs, new link road,Andheri (w).

Owaisi brothers poisoning minds of Muslims: Shiv Sena

“The Owaisi brothers (Asaduddin and Akbaruddin), who were recently in Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad), issued a fatwa to remove the saffron flag from the civic body and replace it with the green one. What else can be expected from them? The green colour of Pakistan’s flag has filled up their minds,” the Sena said in the editorial of party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

Accusing Owaisi brothers of Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen’s (MIM) of “poisoning” the minds of Muslims, Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the Hyderabad-based outfit would be defeated in the Aurangabad municipal polls the same way it was routed in the recently-held Bandra bypoll.Elections to Aurangabad and Navi Mumbai municipal corporations are being held today.”The Owaisi brothers (Asaduddin and Akbaruddin), who were recently in Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad), issued a fatwa to remove the saffron flag from the civic body and replace it with the green one. What else can be expected from them? The green colour of Pakistan’s flag has filled up their minds,” the Sena said in the editorial of party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling MIM a “demon” that is looming over Aurangabad, the saffron party said that the Owaisi brothers should not forget that the people of Sambhajinagar would defeat their party just like in Bandra byelection.”Everybody has seen the way MIM’s ideology was defeated in the Bandra bypoll. They keep poisoning the minds of Muslims in Sambhajinagar. But history will repeat itself in today’s polls,” it said.”The patriotic Muslims voters will show their strong nationalistic streak by not supporting the Owaisi brothers.This is a good chance to bury the demon and purify the land from its ill-effects,” it said.After all the MIM should not forget that (Mughal emperor) Aurangzeb was buried at the same place (Aurangabad), the party added.In an apparent jibe at the NCP, Sena said that party strongman Ganesh Naik lost his Belapur seat in last year’s state Assembly polls as a result of people’s anger and the NCP will meet the same fate in Navi Mumbai municipal election as well.

Abu Salem hit-man says he ‘fired at Rakesh Roshan’

Jaan Usman Khan alias Reenu, Abu Salem’s alleged sharp shooter has reportedly confessed that he fired at Rakesh Roshan in 2001.

Rakesh Roshan

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Jaan Usman Khan alias Reenu, Abu Salem’s alleged sharp shooter who was arrested by the Delhi police reportedly confessed that he was among the assailants who shot at Rakesh Roshan following orders from Salem in 2001, an English daily reports. The report also quotes Delhi DCP (crime) saying that Khan was also making extortion calls to singer Daler Mehndi.Roshan was shot by two armed men outside his Santacruz office in 2001. He was rushed to the hospital by his driver thereby saving his life. Khan was arrested for several cases of fake currency, murder and extortion in Delhi and Mumbai. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A country-made pistol and three cartridges were recovered from him during the arrest. He was earlier arrested in 2000 by the Bandra Police in Mumbai in an extortion case of Bollywood producer Anil Thadani, who is the husband of actress Raveena Tandon, police said.”He was living here in Tri Nagar area of Sarai Rohilla in north Delhi. He has contacts in the underworld and has been a shooter for underworld don Abu Salem. He is involved in cases of fake currency, extortion, murder in Delhi and Mumbai,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.Salem was later arrested in this case in 2006. Usman Khan was also arrested in 2010 in Vikas Puri when he along with Vinod Pandit had fired on Hemant Birje, a big financer.

MIM using drugs to attract Muslim youths: Nitesh Rane

A day after his father and Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane lost the Bandra (East) Assembly bypoll, Congress MLA Nitesh Rane on Thursday alleged that MIM was using drugs to lure Muslim youths, a charge denied by the party.

A day after his father and Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane lost the Bandra (East) Assembly bypoll, Congress MLA Nitesh Rane on Thursday alleged that MIM was using drugs to lure Muslim youths, a charge denied by the party.”MIM is spreading its wings among the youth in the community through drugs. The party is not only a threat to the country and politics, but also to the future of Muslim youths,” Nitesh told reporters.He said he would write to the Election Commission to debar the Hyderabad-based political outfit from contesting election in future. Nitesh said he was levelling the allegation based on the “experiences” he had while campaigning for his father in the bypoll.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When contacted, MIM MLA from Byculla seat in South Mumbai Waris Pathan told PTI that the charges were false and baseless.”I was the one who raised the issue of MD Drugs in the Legislative Assembly, and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that MD drug would be included in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NPDS) Act. Why will my party indulge into such activities? This is nothing but frustration after losing the election. If there is a substance in his (Nitesh’s) charges, why did he keep quiet till the results (were out),” Pathan said.”I am ready to accompany him to the police,” the MIM leader said adding Nitesh should file a police complaint if his allegations have any base.MIM, led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, had put up an impressive show in the state Assembly elections last year, winning two seats in debut.In the prestigious contest fought on the home turf of Thackeray clan, Shiv Sena’s Trupti Sawant trounced Rane, a former Sainik, by a margin of over 19,000 votes while the MIM candidate Siraj Khan polled about 10,000 votes.

We never misused power while in Government, says Sena leader

The party, which is part of the BJP-led Governments at the Centre and Maharashtra, made the demand yesterday in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

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After Shiv Sena sparked a firestorm of protest by demanding the disenfranchisement of Muslim community, a party leader on Monday sought to make light of the statement, saying the saffron outfit has never misused power while in Government. “Have we ever abused our power while in Government? Will you file case against somebody’s ideology or thought process?”, the functionary said when pointed out that several parties have demanded that a criminal case be filed against the Sena for its call to scrap voting rights of Muslims. The party, which is part of the BJP-led Governments at the Centre and Maharashtra, made the demand on Sunday in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “When the Shiv Sena was a part of the Government (at the Centre) during Balasaheb and Atalji’s time (1998-2004), did it bring any such law?<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In 1995-1999, too, we were in power (in Maharashtra). Did we stop Muslims from voting then? “People should understand the difference between thought process and action. Instead, we increased the FSI (additional construction rights) for masjids and dargahs (tombs) during our tenure,” the Sena leader said on condition of anonymity. Such statements are made to grab public attention and force people to think about our party, the leader said. A top Sena leader had made a similar demand in 1990s, but those times were different. Today there can be a different context to this statement. It might be the Bandra Assembly polls (held on April 11) or the upcoming municipal polls in Aurangabad, the leader added. Also Read: Muslim voting right comment: Arrest Sanjay Raut, de-recognise Shiv Sena, demands AAP

Salman Khan hit and run case: Actor denies having drinks, driving the car

Describing the evidence adduced against him in the hit-and-run case as “false”, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Friday told the trial court that he was not driving the car which met with an accident in 2002 killing one person and injuring four.

Describing the evidence adduced against him in the hit-and-run case as “false”, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Friday told the trial court that he was not driving the car which met with an accident in 2002 killing one person and injuring four.The 49-year-old actor while stating that his driver was behind the wheel also denied the prosecution’s charge that he had taken drinks just before the mishap occurred. “My driver, Ashok Singh, was driving the car when the mishap occurred,” Khan, attired in a white shirt and blue denim jeans, said in reply to a question posed by Judge D W Deshpande.Khan was summoned to make a statement under section 313 of Cr.Pc on the evidence adduced against him in the court during the trial. He was asked 418 questions by the Judge. Khan’s car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping outside on pavement. According to prosecution, he was driving the car and he was under the influence of liquor at the relevant time, a charge he denied. “I do not want to examine myself but would like to examine defence witnesses”, said the actor when the court asked him what he had to say about the case against him. Khan further said that the entire evidence placed in the court against him was “false”. The actor denied having taken drinks at a bar where he had gone with his friends and brother Sohail Khan just before the mishap occurred.”I was having a glass of water at the bar,” he said in reply to a question. The actor also said that Bala Shankar, who had tested Khan’s blood sample was not an expert. He was responding to deposition of this witness who had told the court earlier that 62mg alcohol was found in Khan’s blood sample, which was above the permissible limit, indicating that the actor had taken drinks before the mishap.Khan further told the Judge that the chemical analysis expert, while testing his blood sample, had allegedly not followed the procedures prescribed for examination. Khan was shown three photographs of the spot where his car had met with an accident and he identified them. These photos had been produced by the prosecution earlier. Salman told the court that on the ill-fated day he had gone with his friends to a bar in suburban Juhu. Initially, driver Altaf was driving his Land Cruiser SUV. Then Altaf left and another driver Ashok Singh joined them. “It is true I was sitting on driver’s seat in the car at the parking lot of J W Marriot hotel. But I was waiting for driver Ashok Singh and as soon as he arrived, I vacated the seat,” the actor said in response to deposition of a hotel staffer who had seen him occupying driver’s slot on that day.To another question, the actor said that Ravindra Patil, his police bodyguard at the time and had passed away during the trial, was not the eye witness to the mishap as claimed by the prosecution. “At that time, he was sleeping,” Khan said. “It is false to say that I was driving at a great speed of 90 to 100 kms per hour and also not true that I could not control the vehicle at that speed and hence met with an accident. In fact, I was not driving but Ashok Singh was driving the car,” Khan said.The actor, however, admitted that the car had climbed the stairs of the shop after the mishap and that it had run over some people sleeping outside the premises. The mishap spot was near his Bandra residence. He also denied that he had run away from the spot soon after the mishap. “I was there at least for 15 minutes and had told my driver to inform the police and help the injured in getting admitted to hospital.”The actor said his neighbour Francis reached the spot and advised him to go away as a mob had gathered and could have turned aggressive. Therefore, on his advice, he left the scene after asking the driver to inform police and help the injured. To another question, Khan said he was not arrested by police from an advocate’s place in Bandra but in fact he had himself surrendered to police few hours after the mishap. The actor said he was not aware if Excise department had issued any permit to him to consume liquor but was sure that on the ill-fated day he had not taken drinks. About the driving licence, the actor denied the claim of prosecution that he did not have it at the relevant time.He was then shown the extract of RTO record showing that he had obtained licence in 2004, two years after the mishap. The actor says the details of the record mentioning his address and name were correct. However, it would not be correct to say that this was the first driving licence issued to him, he said.To a question, the actor said he was not aware if he had suffered abrasion on his wrist at the time of mishap as mentioned in the panchnama. He also denied that the spot panchnama prepared by police was “false”. Khan’s statement concluded on Friday and the court allowed him to examine defence witnesses from March 30. In another development, the Judge asked the media not to report the actor’s statement until it concludes by evening.The court also restrained the media not to telecast or broadcast panel discussions or interviews of personalities on the merits or demerits of the case. The order was passed on an application moved by Khan’s lawyer Srikant Shivade. Khan’s statement under section 313 of CrPc comes at the fag end of the trial after the prosecution closed its evidence by examining more than 25 witnesses in court. This is a fresh trial being held in a sessions court after a Magistrate added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which lays down punishment upto ten years.Besides the charge of culpable homicide (sec 304 part two IPC), the actor is also facing charges of causing death of one person by negligent driving (sec 279), causing hurt to persons by act endangering personal safety (sec 337) and causing damage to property (sec 427). Khan is also facing charges under the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act (driving without licence), and provisions of Bombay Prohibition Act (driving after consuming liquor). Eye witness Ravindra Patil, who had allegedlly warned Khan against rash driving under the influence of alcohol, died of Tuberculosis on October 3, 2007. He had filed the first FIR and testified in a Magistrate’s court in the earlier trial saying that the actor was driving the car after taking drinks.In January 2013 mid-way during the trial, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate V S Patil slapped the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ on the actor and referred the case to Sessions Court for a fresh trial. This section of IPC prescribes punishment upto ten years.Earlier, Khan was charged with rash and negligent driving which provides for imprisonment upto two years. The prosecution also examined witnesses who said that they has seen the actor getting down from the side of driver’s seat of the car on the ill-fated day. The actor, however, testified before the court on Friday that he was sitting on the left side of the car but the door was jammed and hence he got down from the right side of the driver’s slot.

Salman Khan denies driving crash car

Bollywood star Salman Khan tells an Indian court that he was not driving on the night he is accused of running over five men sleeping on a pavement, killing one of them.

Salman Khan hit and run case: Doctor gives two versions on whether the actor was drunk

Originally from:  Salman Khan hit and run case: Doctor gives two versions on whether the actor was drunk

Prosecution plea to re-examine witness in Salman Khan hit-and-run case rejected

In a setback to the prosecution in the hit-and-run case allegedly involving the Bollywood actor Salman Khan, the sessions court here today rejected its plea to re-examine an RTO officer who had carried out inspection of the actor’s car after the incident in 2002. Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat had sought re-examination of RS Ketkar, who worked with Regional Transport Office in 2002, on the ground that he had given “vague and evasive” answers to Khan’s lawyer Srikant Shivade during the cross-examination and certain clarifications were needed to be brought on court’s record.Judge DW Deshpande, however, rejected the application after the defence objected to it. Shivade argued the prosecution wanted to bring new facts on record on the pretext of re-examination and it may cause prejudice to the accused (Khan).If the witness had been “vague and evasive” during the cross-examination, it should only bother the defence and the prosecution need not re-examine him, he said. Gharat denied that he wanted to bring on record any new facts. The judge, however, said the prosecution can incorporate clarifications in the final arguments.The court on Thursday allowed the prosecution to examine, on January 19, a doctor who had subjected Khan to blood test after the accident to find out if he was drunk. A police constable, who had taken the actor to government-run JJ Hospital for the test, would also be examined on the same day.One person died and four were injured when a car, allegedly driven by Khan, ran over them in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.

Murli Manohar Joshi to flag off new weekly Kanpur-Mumbai train tomorrow

Senior BJP leader and local MP Murli Manohar Joshi will flag off a new superfast weekly train between Kanpur and Bandra in Mumbai on Tuesday.Murli Manohar Joshi will flag off the train from Kanpur Central Railway Station at 4:15 PM tomorrow and preparations are going on in full swing for the function, railway officials said. However, from next Wednesday, the scheduled time of departure of the train from here will be 6.15 PM. It will reach Bandra at 11.15 PM the next day, they said.The train will travel through Hathras, Mathura, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur, Ratlam, Surat and Vapi. It will start for Kanpur from Bandra on Fridays.The train is expected to benefit traders of the city the most as they travel to Mumbai often for business purposes.Meanwhile, former MP of the region Sriprakash Jaiswal claimed that it was he who, on the demand of businessmen here, had pressurised the then railway minister and got the train project approved in the 2013-14 Budget.”To me, it does not matter who is flagging off the train. I am happy and satisfied that a long-pending demand of Kanpur residents have been met,” he said.

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