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Man from Goa commits suicide outside Mumbai airport

A man, hailing from Goa allegedly committed suicide outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here, police said.

Manuel Pereira hung himself from an iron rod from a bridge outside the airport early yesterday.

He was travelling on a Dubai-Goa flight, which was on transit in the city. After taking out his baggage and placing it at the airport, he ventured out of the premises to take the extreme step, police said, adding that his family had been contacted in Goa.

He was identified from the passport in his pocket, police said.

A case of accidental death has been registered by police and the cause of suicide was yet to be ascertained, they added.

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ACB-CBI sleuths arrest two former directors of Air India

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have arrested two former Directors of Air India for alleged financial irregularities in the purchase of Potable Entertainment Appliances (PEA) from private firms causing loss to the government exchequer. 

CBI sources said here today that cases had been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Amod Sharma, former Director, In-Flight Services, and V Shrikrishna, former Director, Materials, Air India, Mumbai, for alleged financial irregularities in the matter of purchase of PEA from private firms.  
 
Searches were conducted for two days at 13 places in Mumbai and Delhi at the office and residential premises of the accused, leading to the recovery of documents related to seven properties in the name of Sharma and three properties in the name of Shrikrishna.  
 
During searches, Sharma was found in possession of gold ornaments to the tune of Rs 9 lakh along with a bank balance of Rs 17.35 lakh. Further investigation is in progress, the sources added.  
 
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CBI begins preliminary enquiry in alleged defence land scam at Kandivli in Mumbai

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) into the alleged irregularities in the sale of defence land to private company at Kandivli in Mumbai.
 
The PE was registered on Thursday, based on a report received from the Additional Director General (Discipline and Vigilance), Ministry of Defence.
 
The report had said that certain senior Army officers, while serving in the Southern Command, committed gross misconduct inasmuch as a plot of land, which was in the possession of Central Ordnance Depot (COD), Kandivli, Mumbai was relinquished unauthorizedly and later on it was sold by the Maharashtra government to a Mumbai-based builder.
 
The builder has constructed a 31-storeyed building of apartments on the plot, which is about an acre, overlooking the Ordnance Depot of the Army and thereby compromised the security of the Ordnance. 
 
The report also alleged serious complicity of some of then officials in the office of Collector, Mumbai.
 
According to sources, the plot was part of 13.28 acres of land that the Army had hired from the Maharashtra government in 1940 for a period of 99 years.
 
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Bombay HC issues notice to Railways on accident victims

 

Bombay High Court today issued a show cause notice to officials of Indian Railways on providing immediate medical attention during the "golden hour" (within one hour of an accident) to Railway accident victims.
 
The court had earlier asked the Railways and the Maharashtra government to sort out their differences over transporting victims to the nearest hospital. 
 
It has been established that getting a victim to a hospital within the golden hour gives him/her a high chance of survival.  
 
The court was hearing a contempt petition filed by social activist Samir Zaveri, who lost his legs in a railway accident. Zaveri filed the petition since the Railways failed to comply with the HC’s directions in connection with his public interest litigation (PIL) regarding commuters’ safety. 

Major fire guts garment unit at Hiranandani Estate in Mumbai

A major fire broke out in the Hiranandani Industrial Estate at Kanjurmarg in the eastern suburb late last night.
 
The fire broke out at around 2245 hrs in a readymade garments manufacturing unit, and spread to nearby areas in the unit, according to fire brigade sources.
 
No casaulty was reported, the sources said adding that 16 fire fighting tenders, six water tankers and two ambulances were deployed to extinguish the blaze.
 
The cause of fire and the extent of damages were yet to be ascertained, they added.
 
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BSE Sensex falls by 138.35 points to 16,037.51

The Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) slipped today by 138.35 points to settle at 16,037.51 following selling in IT, Technology and Capital Goods stocks.
 
The Sensex registered the day's high and low at 16,178.58 and 15,962.59 points, respectively.
 
The Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) declined by 29.70 points at 4,831.25.
 
The Nifty recorded the day's high and low at 4,869.20 and 4,803.90
points, respectively.
 
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Sify Technologies establishes undersea cable landing station in Mumbai

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Sify Technologies Limited, a provider of managed enterprise, network and IT services in India with global delivery capabilities, today announced the operational readiness of its Undersea Cable Landing Station in Mumbai.
 
"Sify is being increasingly recognised as a leading integrated ICT (Information & Communication Technology) company and this cable landing station is an important milestone in our journey," Raju Vegesna, CEO and Managing Director, Sify Technologies, said.
 
"We now look forward to partnering with telecom service providers and playing a larger active role in the communication revolution that is unfolding in the Asia Pacific region, Middle East and Africa. With capacity to land additional submarine cable systems, this connectivity will open a larger market for our industry-leading Managed Enterprise and Data Centre Services in the Middle Eastern market," he said.

Maharashtra Governor hospitalised on complaints of giddiness

Maharashtra and Goa Governor K Sankaranarayanan has been admitted to Bombay Hospital following complaints of  giddiness.
 
He was admitted in the cardiac ward on the 12th floor of the hospital yesterday afternoon.
 
Doctors said Sankaranarayanan was responding to treatment. He is under observation of Dr B K Goyal, Dean of Bombay Hospital,
 
After undergoing tests, he will soon be discharged, Raj Bhavan sources added.
 
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Dia Mirza fined Rs 1 lakh for carrying undeclared goods

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Model-turned-actress Dia Mirza was fined over Rs 1 lakh for carrying undeclared goods after her return from Bangkok early today at the Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport here.

After her arrival in a Thai Airways flight, she was found carrying branded purses and cosmetics, a customs official said.
 
Mirza was asked to pay a fine of over Rs 1 lakh and later allowed to go after she paid the amount, he added.
 
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Kamat requests for MRCC meeting on alliance with NCP

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Gurudas Kamat, former Union Minister and Congress MP from Mumbai, who has expressed strong reservations against the party's proposed alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for the February 16 municipal elections, today requested for a meeting of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) executive to discuss the matter. 

Kamat, a former MRCC chief, said there are many interpretations on his letter to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi sent yesterday on intra party matters. "I will not like to comment on this issue and the contents of the letter," Kamat said in a statement.
 
"However, to clear all misunderstandings inside and outside the party, I have requested Mr Kripashankar Singh, the MRCC President, to immediately convene a meeting of the MRCC Executive to discuss in detail the proposed alliance and the terms of the same by inviting all MPs, MLAs, Ministers from Mumbai, party corporators, DCC presidents and frontal organisation chiefs and the Mumbai Congress office-bearers to seek their opinion on the alliance," he said.
 
A lot of confusion prevails over certain "reported statements" of some NCP leaders, which has caused tremendous agony and pain to the loyalist Congress workers, which needs to be clarified and also to inform the Congress workers at large on what terms the proposed alliance is being thought of, Kamat said.
 
"There is no doubt that an alliance of secular parties is important, to keep the corrupt and communal parties away from the Mumbai Municipal Corporation in order to benefit India's commercial capital and to provide better infrastructure and amenities to the citizens of Mumbai. However this cannot be at the cost of self respect and unjustifiable demands," Kamat added.
 
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BCCI turns down SLC suggestion to stage matches in Lanka

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have apparently turned down a suggestion by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to stage a few of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) games in the island nation.

The fifth edition of the IPL, comprising nine teams and 76 matches, will kickstart and end in Chennai, with the opening match on April 4 and the final on May 27.
 
The teams will play each other at home and away during a league phase consisting of 72 games at 12, possibly 13, venues, beginning with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings playing Champions League T20 winners Mumbai Indians.

Syrian national detained at Mumbai airport

The Air Intelligence unit of the Customs detained a Syrian national at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for trying to smuggle in anti-epilepsy tablets worth Rs 39 lakh.

Fifty four-year-old Mohammed Aljannyd, who was carrying 1,500 strips of the drug, was intercepted yesterday while he was crossing the green channel, customs sources said.
 
He had arrived from Turkey via Cairo in an Egypt Air flight. He did not have the requisite license to carry the drug, the sources said.
 
Aljannyd was later detained for questioning, the sources added.
 
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Mahindra Blues Festival to be held in Mumbai on February 11-12

Five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, with special guest Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal Trio, John Lee Hooker Jr, Ana Popovic and Soulmate are some of artistes slated to perform at the second season of the Mahindra Blues Festival on February 11 and 12 in Mumbai.
 
The event, which will also have workshops and talks, will be held at the historic Mehboob Studios at Bandra in the metropolis, the Mahindra Group said.
 
Billed as Asia's largest and finest blues event, the weekend festival will give Indians a chance to witness a number of international blues superstars, many of whom are considered to be among the best in the world, and top home-grown talent like Soulmate, the organisers said.
 
Buddy Guy & Robert Randolph
Buddy Guy & Robert Randolph
“Our presence in various international markets helps us in transplanting local performing arts to other geographies thereby connecting communities around the world. The Mahindra Blues Festival – now an annual event and in its second year – is one such endeavour that seeks to promote a genre that has yet to receive the recognition it deserves in India and around the world," Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said.
 
With a brand new line-up, multiple concerts and sessions with the artists, and an iconic venue designed to create a fantastic blues-like atmosphere, the festival promises to be one to look forward to, a press release from the organisers said.
 
Chicago Blues veteran and multi-Grammy winner Buddy Guy, a definitive Blues artiste and a key influence on popular rock and Blues artistes like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan will be on his second visit to perform at the festival, and will also feature special guest and funk legend Robert Randolph who was included by the Rolling Stones Magazine in its list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Taj Mahal  Photo By Baron Wolmans Circa 1974 Berkeley C
Taj Mahal Photo By Baron Wolmans Circa 1974 Berkeley C
The line-up also includes two-time Grammy nominee John Lee Hooker Jr., and award-winning Serbian blues guitarist and singer Ana Popovi. Grammy winner and nine-time nominee Henry Saint Clair Fredericks’s well-known blues outfit, Taj Mahal Trio will join these artistes.
 
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BSE Sensex slips by 56.72 points to 15,882.64

The Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) slipped today by 56.72 points to settle at 15,882.64 on profit booking at higher levels from local operators amid a mixed trend in Asian markets.
 
The Sensex registered the day's high and low at 16,004.69 and 15,822.32 points, respectively.
 
The National Stock Exchange (NSE) lost by 15.65 points to 4,749.65.
 
The Nifty recorded the day's high and low at 4,782.85 and 4,728.85 points, respectively.
 
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CBI arrests railway employee, tout in job racket

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a senior technician of Central Railway, who is also an assistant secretary of CRMS, a trade union, and a tout for allegedly taking bribes from aspirants after promising them jobs in the Railways through political connections.

The arrested employee was identified as Rammani Tripathi and the alleged middleman as Balaji Shelke Patil.
 
The two were produced before a court in Mumbai, which remanded them to police custody till January 13, a CBI press release said here yesterday.
 
According to the release, two cases were registered at CBI, Mumbai against the employee for demanding bribes of Rs 5 lakh each from two aspirants for arranging for them jobs of Ticket Collector in the Railways from the "VIP quota" through some senior railway officers and politicians in New Delhi.

PPL serves notices to hotels on music license fee for year-end bashes

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The Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) has served legal notices to several hotels and pubs in the city and elsewhere which have not paid the requisite music license fee to play music at their year-end events.

A press release from PPL said it planned to initiate strict legal action against defaulters in case the license fee does not get paid ahead of their planned events.

Vipul Pradhan, CEO, PPL said: "New Year parties attract people promising them a good time through a combination of entertainment, food and beverage. A significant component of the sum charged from the customers is for music – an integral element of entertainment. Therefore, the music companies whose sound recording is regularly used have a right towards claiming their due because their product is getting consumed too.”

According to the release, under the statutory sanction of section 35 in the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public without paying the requisite license fee is an offence liable to contempt of court.

Section 35 grants exclusivity to PPL to issue licenses to hotels/pubs for playing music during the events in their respective premises. The tariff for the same is calculated on the basis of the number of hours the music is to be played and the number of people expected to attend the event, it said.

The release said that, every year pubs/ hotels target revenues with customized New Year packages but are reluctant to pay a nominal license fee (which varies depending on the number of hours for which the music is played) to PPL, flouting the norms and eating into the royalties of the music labels, it said.

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PPL said disc jockeys too need to abide by PPL guidelines if they continue to play music without paying the license fees.

The release said that, according to Music Listening Laws in India, any performance of Indian or even international music, in public places or commercial establishments such as hotels & resorts, restaurants, bars, pubs, shacks, discotheques, DJ’s, cruise liners, cinema halls, shops, banks, offices, amusement parks etcetera, rendered without first having obtained a license from PPL constitutes an infringement of copyright under the Copyright Act, 1957.

Section 35 grants exclusivity to PPL to issue licenses to hotels/pubs for playing music during the events in their respective premises. The tariff for the same is calculated on the basis of the number of hours the music is to be played and the number of people expected to attend the event.

PPL, incorporated in 1941, is the apex-licensing arm of the Indian Music Industry (IMI), and was formulated to administer the Broadcast, Telecast and Public Performance rights of its member companies. Formerly known as Indian Phonographic Industry (IPI), PPL currently has more than 241 member companies and is registered with the Registrar of Copyrights since 1996.

The member companies of PPL have assigned their performing rights in sound recordings to PPL, by virtue of which it is the designated authority to issue Public Performance Licenses all over India and also ensure fair payment of tariffs to all the recording companies. This includes the communication of music to the public in any form, be it acoustic or visual and covers music recorded in any format or communicated by way of a radio, a World Space Receiver, a television set or a cable network.

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PPL has its registered office at Kolkata, administrative office in Mumbai and licensing offices in New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chandigarh.

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Balaji Telefilms to sell media education, mobile content business

Television content producers Balaji Telefilms Ltd today said it had signed an agreement to sell its media education and mobile content production businesses for a consolidated consideration of Rs 8.37 crore.
 
In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the company said the transaction would be effective on receipt of the full consideration within a period not exceeding 90 days.
 
The company did not disclose the name of the buyer. It said the Internet business would be retained by it.
 
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Anna Hazare calls off fast, "jail bharo" campaign

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare called off his three-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill on the second day of the protest on Wednesday and also the planned "jail bharo" campaign across the country from Friday.
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Veteran social activist Anna Hazare called off his three-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill on the second day of the protest and also the planned "jail bharo" campaign across the country from Friday.

Hazare, 74, was running a fever when he startd the fast yesterday morning and his health condition had worsened today.
 
He told the gathering at the MMRDA ground, the venue of the fast, that he would now campaign against the Congress in the five states going in for Assembly elections early next year - Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.
 
He said the Bill, passed with amendments in the Lok Sabha late last night, was not acceptable to him.
 
While activists of India Against Corruption (IAC), the organisers of the protest, kept up a brave face, there were many who felt Hazare's decision was also due to the fact that his protest in Mumbai as well as many similar events organised in Delhi and other cities across India, did not evoke the enthusiastic response from the people that they had hoped for.
 
Hazare broke his fast by acceping a glass of fruit juice offered y a young girl from Ralegan Siddhi, his village near Pune. 
 
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Hazare's health improves slightly, to continue fast

The health condition of social activist Anna Hazare, who began a three-day fast for a strong Lokpal bill at Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) ground here, today improved slightly and he has decided to continue his fast.
 
Briefing mediapersons after Hazare's medical check-up by Dr Ratna Malhotra, Team Anna member Manish Sisodia said his fever had came down to 100 degrees this morning from 102 degrees last night. His pulse rate came down to 72 and blood pressure to 170/94.
 
He was given an injection last night to control the fever.
 
"We are requesting Anna to break his fast, but he refused to do so," Mr Sisodia said.
 
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Hazare starts fast in Mumbai for stronger Lokpal Bill

Social activist Anna Hazare waves to the crowd during his three-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill at the MMRDA ground in Mumbai on December 27, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Social activist Anna Hazare waves to the crowd during his three-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill at the MMRDA ground in Mumbai on December 27, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Anti-corruption crusader and social activist Anna Hazare began his three-day hunger strike today for a stronger version of the Lokpal bill than the one being debated by Parliament.
 
A frail-looking Hazare, 74, reached Juhu beach at 1000 hrs and meditated in front of a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi. A decorated truck had ferried Anna from Juhu to MMRDA grounds, the venue of the fast.
 
Hazare saluted Chhatrapati Shivaji's statue on the way while waving out to the crowds.
 
Hazare, who is suffering from a viral infection, arrived at the fast venue along with his close aides Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia to thunderous applause and slogans of "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram"
 
Hazare began his fast shouting slogans of "Vande Mataram"and "Inquilab Zindabad".
 
However, there was high drama on the way as around 20 men blocked his convoy and showed him black flags. The convoy of Hazare, on way to Mahatma Gandhi's statue on Juhu beach, was briefly stopped by the protesters carrying black flags and national tricolour and shouting "Anna Hazare murdabad".
 
The mood was vibrant at the grounds despite the small turnout in the morning. As street plays took place spreading awareness about the Lokpal Bill, Prashant Bhushan took the dais to speak about the need for a greater movement that would change how democracy is viewed in India.
 
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"Rich companies are making huge profits by exploiting natural beauty and livelihoods of poor farmers, tribals and villagers. If the government doesn't agree to a strong Lokpal, we need to change the way democracy functions. The laws and major decisions need to be made only after taking into account what people and citizens of India want. Parliamentarians must not think that they can make their own decisions once they are elected for five years. If the government does not listen to our demands, we will call for a bigger movement where we need to change the way democracy functions in India," Bhushan said.
 
Hazare, alongwith other team members including Bedi, Kejriwal, Sisodia and others had travelled in an open truck to the venue of the fast.
 
Kejriwal said, "We are here to press for a strong Lokpal bill, being debated on the floor of parliament. We demand members of Parliament to reject the bill."
 
He alleged that Congress-led government has betrayed the people of the country even after the assurances given to the civil society members to bring a strong Lokpal Bill.
 
Talking about the Lokpal Bill being debated today in Parliament, he said this bill should be rejected, because it favoured corrupt officers, bureaucrats and even members of Parliament, who were kept away from the ambit of the Bill, with only ministers covered by the proposed law.
 
Addressing the gathering at the venue, Hazare described his agitation against corruption as the "second freedom struggle of the country" and appealed to people to get ready for a long fight.
 
Stating that "Jan Parliament" (people's parliament) is above the "Delhi Parliament", he said the sacrifices of martyrs in the struggle against British rule such as Sukhadev Singh and Bhagat Singh should not be forgotten.
 
Hazare, who was said to be running a fever, said he would launch a "jail bharo" campaign across the country after the three-day fast.
 
"After the Lokpal Bill, we will have to fight for the Right to Reject bill because presently there are 150 members of Parliament with criminal records. We have to send a person with a clean image to Parliament, who will take a right decision," he said.
 
Hazare said he had invited yoga guru Baba Ramdev to the venue of the fast so that they could jointly fight corruption.
 
Talking about his health, the Gandhian said doctors had checked his temperature, which has slightly increased, but he would continue his fast as per schedule.
 
He said members of his team would launch a public awareness campaign in the five states where Assembly elections are due early next year.
 
Social activist Medha Patkar and Bollywood actor Anupam Kher also addessed the gathering.
 
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Stage set for Hazare's three-day fast at MMRDA ground in Mumbai

The stage is set for social activist Anna Hazare's three-day fast, against what he describes as a "weak" Lokpal Bill, beginning tomorrow at the MMRDA ground at the Bandra-Kurla complex here.

India Against Corruption (IAC) sources said Hazare, 74, would pay homage at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Juhu beach around 0930 hrs tomorrow on his way to the MMRDA ground to launch his fast around 1100 hrs.
 
Hazare is suffering from viral fever for the last three days. After a routine check-up this morning at his native place Ralegan Siddi, near Pune, doctors said he could go ahead with his fast, but certain precautions needed to be taken.
 
City police have geared up to ensure the security at the MMRDA ground. Additional forces been deployed in and around the ground.
 
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Renowned theatre personality Satyadev Dubey passes away

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Noted theatre personality and playwright Satyadev Dubey passed away here today after a prolonged illness. He was 75.

A Padma Bhushan awardee, Dubey suffered an epileptic attack in September after which he had slipped into coma. His health was fragile for quite some time and he was in and out of hospital in the last few years.
 
Mentor to hundreds of aspiring actors, Dubey had become a legend in Marathi-Hindi theatre.
 
Born in Bilaspur, now in Chhattisgarh, he made Mumbai his home and became a towering figure of the Marathi theatre.
 
In his long career, he produced/directed plays of all the prominent playwrights of post-Independence period including Girish Karnad, Badal Sircar, Chandrashekhara Kambara, Mohan Rakesh and Vijay Tendulkar. He was rightist in his thinking.
 
Besides being active in theatre, he also penned film scripts and dialogue.
 
Several actors have attended his workshops to improve their acting skills.
 
Actor Shabana Azmi tweeted, "The theatre stalwart passed away half an hour ago. it's been a terrible year for artistes...he was a giant of theatre."
 
"Satyadev Dubey the icon of the world of theatre has passed away! Fond memories of our days of wandering invade me. Alvida Dubeyji! Love," filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt tweeted.
 
Producer Viveck Vaswani tweeted "No celebration for entertainers this year! We have all suffered."
 
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Fire engulfs 6th floor of office complex in Mumbai on Friday night

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A major fire broke out last night at the Akruti Trade Centre, gutting a number of corporate offices, in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in suburban Andheri here last night. 
 
The fire broke out in the canteen on the sixth floor, fire-brigade officials said.
 
At least 15 fire brigade personnel battled the blaze for several hours, before dousing it.
 
Some offices on the sixth floor were reduced to ashes, officials said adding that the cause of the fire is still to be ascertained.
 
There were no casualties, they added.
 
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HC refuses to direct state on fee exemption for Hazare's fast venue

The Bombay High Court today refused to direct the Maharashtra government to grant exemption from charges of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority ground at Bandra-Kurla Complex, where social activist Anna Hazare proposed to hold a fast from December 27.
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The Bombay High Court today refused to direct the Maharashtra government to grant exemption from charges of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) ground at Bandra-Kurla complex, where social activist Anna Hazare proposed to hold a fast from December 27.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Jagrut Nagrik Manch, affiliated to Hazare’s India Against Corruption movement, seeking direction to government to allot the MMRDA ground in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex either free or at a concessional rate.
 
A division bench comprising Justices P B Majmudar and Mridula Bhatkar, observed "it can’t allow a parallel canvassing when Parliament is seized with the debate on Lokpal Bill and questioned Team Anna’s decision to seek exemption from ground charges."
 
Refusing to interfere in the matter, saying it cannot ask government authorities to grant them exemption. The court said, "It is not judicable. If we pass an order allowing your petition then even we will be interfering with the functioning of Parliament and court can’t allow parallel canvassing when Parliament is seized with debate on the Bill."
 
"You can propagate the Bill sitting at home. Till now, the Bill has not been passed. No one knows what form and what features it will have. Is public debate permissible at this stage," the court asked. 
 
Disapproving of the agitation despite the Lokpal Bill being tabled in Parliament, Justice Majmudar asked, "How is the country’s interest involved? We are a democratic set-up. We have elected a government. Wouldn’t your agitation interfere in the functioning of Parliament? The Bill will be debated in Parliament where our elected representatives will plead our case."
 
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The court added as judges they have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and law. Under which law are you (petitioner) asking for exemption? It might be Satyagraha for you but for some other factions it might be a nuisance, it said.
 
The bench, however, asked the Maharashtra government to inform whether it was ready to open the gates at Azad Maidan, the second option available for holding the fast from December 27, to allow Team Anna to have access to a larger area.
 
When the counsel for the petitioner informed the court that they have got permission for holding the fast in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, the court said "If Ramlila Ground is available, why don’t you hold fast there?"
 
The petitioner informed the court that Azad Maidan, which is being given for free, cannot be used due to space constraints.
 
The court, however, observed that it cannot direct MMRDA or any other government authority to grant exemption.
 
Counsel for MMRDA told the court that the petitioner is not a registered organisation and the MMRDA cannot include them in the category of social organisation and give concession.
 
The petitioner has to make a security deposit of Rs 8 lakh and Rs 11 lakh as rent to use the MMRDA ground. Under the category of social organisation, the petitioner will have to pay Rs 6 lakh, he said.
 
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Coach of CST-Kalyan local train derails in Mumbai

Train services on the main line of Central Railway were disrupted during the peak hours today after a coach of a CST-Kalyan local train derailed near Masjid Bunder station.
 
Railway sources said the incident occurred around 0847 hrs when the sixth bogie derailed. Services were suspended on the slow line.
 
There were no casualties, the sources said adding that efforts were on to remove the bogie from the track.
 
Hundreds of passengers were seen moving on the tracks towards the nearby CST station to proceed to their destination.
 
The Railway made announcements, allowing passengers to travel in Harbour line trains.
 
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