Israeli woman detained at Mumbai airport for carrying live cartridges

An Israeli woman was today detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here for allegedly being in possession of live cartridges.
Twentythree-year-old Nurat was intercepted during a security check before she was to board a flight for Nepal this morning, airport officials said.
She was found to be carrying live cartridges. The woman was being interrogated by police, they said.

Ronit Roy arrested for rash, negligent driving

File photo of Ronit Roy.
File photo of Ronit Roy.

Popular television actor Ronit Roy was today arrested for alleged rash and negligent driving after his Mercedes car rammed into another car at Amboli in suburban Andheri early today, leading to injuries to four of its occupants, police said.

The 41-year-old actor was arrested under sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 338 (causing serious injuries and endangering life or personal safety of others), police sources said.

The incident occurred at around 0700 hrs.

A 56-year-old woman sustained serious injuries and the actor himself took her and three others to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, police said.

Police are awaiting medical reports to confirm if the actor was drunk at the time of the mishap. However, his spokesperson said he was returning from a Diwali party and was not under influence of liquor.

Roy shot to fame in the serial "Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi". He has also acted in a few films, including "Udaan".



TV actor Ronit Roy arrested on charges of negligent driving

File photo of Ronit Roy.
File photo of Ronit Roy.

Television star Ronit Roy was arrested for alleged rash and negligent driving after his car knocked down three people in Amboli area of suburban Andheri early today.

The three injured, including a 56-year-old woman, were rushed to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

The actor's spokesperson said he was on his way home from a Diwali party and was not drunk as claimed by eyewitnesses.

The police are awaiting his medical reports.


Former Karnataka minister Katta in Mumbai for cancer treatment


Former Karnataka Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, arrested in connection with an alleged land scam, was last night flown to Mumbai for cancer treatment.

Sources said Mr Katta, who was undergoing treatment at the state government run Victoria Hospital here, was shifted to Leelavathi Hospital, Mumbai.

Mr Katta, who was under judicial custody in connection with Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) land scam, was permitted by the Special Lokayukta Court to get treatment anywhere in India with Police in plain clothes guarding him. The court had rejected his bail plea on health grounds.

Mr Katta, his son, a corporator, and the Managing Director of a private firm, were arrested last month on charges of collecting huge compensation from KIADB by purchasing land at cheaper rates from farmers and later influencing KIADB to acquire the same land for a higher compensation under fictitious names.

It was alleged that the trio had collected more than Rs 350 crore through this means and had not even settled the payment to farmers from whom the land was acquired initially.



Ra. One producer to desposit one crore in court

File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO
File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Ahead of its Diwali release, Bollywood's costliest and much-awaited film Ra.One, starring superstar Shahrukh Khan, got a setback with the Bombay High court ruling prima facie that it was convinced that TV writer Yash Patnaik had copyright over the concept on which the movie was based.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi yesterday asked producer Gauri Khan to deposit Rs 1 crore in a day to ensure the film's release in theatres on October 26. The producer has agreed to abide by the court's directive.
Patnaik had moved the court, contending that he was the original copyright owner of the concept on which Ra.One is based. He had registered the concept with the Film Writers Association in 2006.
In his petition, Patnaik sought a stay on the film's release till he got due credit for the concept by way of damages. He wanted 10 per cent of the film's profit if he was not given credit for the concept.
When the court said it was inclined to grant an interim stay on the film's release, the counsel for Khan agreed to deposit a demand draft of Rs 1 crore in court. The bench said the amount could be deposited in a day.
"It is an unfortunate part of the film industry that people use concepts developed by others and then do not want to pay or give them credit," the judges observed.

Nitin Gadkari says will contest next Lok Sabha elections


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari today said that he would contest the next Lok Sabha elections due in 2014.
Talking to reporters here, Mr Gadkari did not specify the constituency which he would contest from. But it was clear that he would contest from his hometown Nagpur.
Mr Gadkari had last faced the general elections in 1985 when he contested the assembly elections of Maharashtra from Nagpur (West) unsucccessfully.
Later, since 1989, he has been getting elected to legislative council from the graduates' constituency of Nagpur.
Mr Gadkari also said that the party would announce its prime ministrial candidate as and when the time came and added that the party had many qualified persons for that post.

Former Bombay High Court judge Bhalchandra Gadgil passes away



Former Bombay High Court Judge Justice Bhalchandra Chintaman Gadgil
died at his residence in the city after suffering a heart attack yesterday.
He was 88 and is survived by his wife, a son and daughter.
Justice Gadgil, popularly known as "Bhausaheb", was the president of Rotary Club of Nashik and had close relations with various social organisations in the city.
In 1966, he became the district judge and in 1976, he was appointed as a High Court judge.

Mumbai police seeks confirmation of Yakoob Khan's detention in Dubai

The Mumbai police today sought confirmation from Dubai authorities on the reported detention of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's close aide Yakoob Khan alias Yeda Yakoob, a key accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in the metropolis.

Khan was reportedly caught yesterday at Dubai airport as soon as he landed there to meet his relatives.

Sources in Mumbai police said they were verifying if he had been deported to Pakistan as he was found with a Pakistani passport or he was still under detention.

Reliance MediaWorks to manage, operate Annapurna Studios


Film and entertainment services company Reliance MediaWorks today said it had partnered with Annapurna Studios, a leading film and television studio and production house in Hyderabad, to manage and operate their studio facilities.

Reliance will also operate and expand the digital post-production facility at the studios, a press release from the company said here today.

Annapurna Studios was founded by legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and is a leading provider of various production facilities, including sound stages, outdoor sets, editing and sound recording theatres to the Telugu entertainment industry.

Piracy attack on Indian merchant vessel foiled


Indian Navy ship INS Sukanya thwarted an attack on an Indian merchant vessel, MV Desh Rakshak, during its ongoing operations to counter piracy in the Arabian Sea yesterday.

A boat, about 12 meters in length, with a skiff in tow, was observed approaching Desh Rakshak from about 5-6 nautical miles last evening. Personnel from the boat were observed to be boarding the skiff, an official release said here today.

INS Sukanya, which was carrying out escort operations, immediately altered her course towards the boat and launched a Chetak helicopter to carry out an investigation. The boat was warned to stop and the crew, numbering 14 in all, was ordered to muster on the upper deck.

Advani says he warned Yeddyurappa earlier

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani, who is on a nationwide yatra for "good governance and clean politics", today said he had warned former Karnataka chief minister B S Yedyurappa after the report on the alleged land scam came.

"The BJP does not take its weaknesses lightly. We take action whenever anything wrong occurs," he told reporters here.

"We are fully aware of the fact that no party can effectively win the confidence of the people against the corruption of the Congress-led UPA government if its own house is bedeviled with similar weaknesses," he told reporters here.

Corruption charges against the former Karnataka chief minister are casting a shadow on Mr Advani's 38-day "Jan Chetna Yatra" against corruption and black money.

Mr Advani said the party’s fight against "corruption of the UPA" was "handicapped" due to the Karnataka situation.


Labour contractor stabbed to death in Mumbai


A 35-year-old labour contractor was stabbed to death by three unidentified men while he was travelling on his motorcycle with his son at Goregaon yesterday, a western suburb, police said today.

The deceased, Sudhakar Reddy, a resident of Aarey colony in Goregaon, was killed over personal enmity, police said.

A manhunt has been launched for the assailants, police added.



Actor Hrithik Roshan hurts his back during shooting

Hrithik Roshan
File photo of Hrithik Roshan

Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan hurt his back during the shooting of Karan Johar's "Agneepath" in the metropolis yesterday, industry sources said today.

According to the sources, Hrithik was supposed to lift a burly fighter, who weighs nearly 110 kg, during Agneepath's shoot. The actor wanted to do it by himself without using a body double.

While, shooting the scene, Hrithik was struck badly with a severe back pain. Hrithik was immediately rushed to Breach Candy Hospital.

The current schedule of the film could be hit because of Hrithik's injury, the sources added.



Mumbai film festival starts with screening of Brad Pitt's Moneyball


The week-long 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance Entertainment initiative, got off to a start with the much anticipated Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball, directed by Bennet Miller, here last night.

Noted film-maker Yash Chopra and actress Dia Mirza lit the lamp to mark the commencement of the festival at the Cinemax at Versova in suburban Mumbai.

The president of the Film and TV Producers Guild Ramesh Sippy, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) trustee Amit Khanna, jury president Hugh Hudson and actress Sarika were among those who graced the occasion.

The red carpet saw celebrities and delegates arrive for the inaugural function, which was followed by the opening ceremony get-together at a hotel, where the jury members of all sections were introduced to the gathering.

Commenting on the occasion, festival director Srinivasan Narayanan hoped that this year's selection of films would satisfy cinegoers' urge to see quality films.

On the second day today, 50 movies were screened at three venues in the city.



IT department conducts searches at Pipavav Defence Company


The Income Tax Department carried out searches at the docks of Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company, the country's largest shipyard, here today.

The searches, which started this morning, were still continuing at the company's premises, sources said.

Pipavav had entered into a joint venture agreement last month with the state-owned ship building major Mazgaon docks for building defence ships. The agreement ran into trouble with the defence ministry and the deal is now put on hold.

Shipyards like L&T, Bharati Shipyard and ABG shipyard had alleged that the deal was arbitrary and lacked transparency.



Dawood Ibrahim's aide Iqbal Mirchi arrested in London: CBI

Iqbal Mirchi, a top aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, has been arrested in London, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said today.

"Iqbal Mirchi has been arrested in London. He was arrested for committing some offence there," a CBI official said.

Mirchi is an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and was declared a proclaimed offender by the government in 1994.

He is known to handled Dawood's drug trade. There was an Interpol notice pending against him. He had fled India in 1995.

Mirchi was earlier detained in London but the UK authorities had turned down India's request for his extradition at that point of time.

However, this time, the CBI sources said, they were hopeful of making a headway with more evidence against him that will be provided by the Mumbai police.


Mortal remains of ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh cremated


The mortal remains of ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh, who stirred millions of hearts with his soulful songs, were consigned to flames here today.

The body of the 70-year-old "King of Ghazals", who passed away at Lilavati Hospital here yesterday, was taken to his Peddar Road residence early today, where friends and well-wishers paid their last respects.

The last rites were conducted at the Chandanwadi electric crematarium this afternoon by Singh's brother Kartar Singh in the presence of close family members.

Tearful mourners, including Vinod Khanna, Gulzar, Javed Akthar, Roopkumar Rathod, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Raza Murad, Madhur Bhandarkar and Raj Babbar and several friends and well-wishers bid adieu to the man with a golden voice, who brought an elite genre to the common man and popularised it beyond belief.



Shri Hanuman Chalisa in Amitabh Bachchan's voice


Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched "Shri Hanuman Chalisa" in his unique baritone at a function here last evening.

Presented by AB Corp and Veecon Music & Entertainment, the "Shri Hanuman Chalisa" has been recorded in Bachchan’s voice along with 20 other renowned playback singers and artistes from the Indian film industry.

The music has been composed by Aadesh Shrivastava, under the Veecon Music label.

This is the first time in India that a single CD featuring only one track sung by 21 singers is being released.

Renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passes away

Renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, who was credited with pioneering the modern form of ghazal in India, along with his wife Chitra Singh, passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai early on Monday morning, sources said
File photo of Jagjit Singh.
File photo of Jagjit Singh.

Renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, who was credited with pioneering the modern form of ghazal in India, along with his wife Chitra Singh, passed away at a private hospital here early this morning, sources said.

Singh, 70, had undergone an emergency surgery at the Lilavati Hospital on September 23 after he suffered a brain haemoorhage. He was on life support since then.

Doctors at the hospital told NetIndian that Singh breathed his last at 0810 hours today.

According to various reports, Singh had been suffering from high blood pressure for the past few years.

He was to perform at a concert with famed Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium here on September 23 evening but the show was cancelled after he suffered the brain haemorrhage.

In January 1998, Singh had suffered a heart attack. In October 2007, he was hospitalised following blood circulation problems.


Known as the "Ghazal King" of India, Jagjit Singh and his wife Chitra are considered the pioneers of modern ghazal singing in the country, no mean feat in an era in which ghazal singing was dominated by such stalwarts as Noor Jehan, Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar, Talat Mahmood and Mehdi Hasan.

Born on February 8, 1941 as Jagmohan to a religious middle class Sikh family in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, Jagjit Singh showed a talent for music early in his life and his father arranged lessons for him under the guidance of Pandit Chaganlal Sharma.

Later, he learned from Ustad Jamal Khan of the Senia gharana, who was considered to be a descendant of Mian Tansen.

Jagjit Singh was particularly influenced by the singing stye of Ustad Aamir Khan Saheb, which showed in his performances. He shifted to DAV College in Jalandhar, where he performed on All India Radio and came into contact with well-known musicians.

His father wanted him to join the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), but that was not be to be, as Jagjit Singh shifted to Mumbai to pursue his love of music. Somewhere along the way, though he trained as a classical vocalist, he took to ghazals.

Jagjit and Chitra, whom he married in 1970, are credited with popularising and creating a huge following for "non-filmy" music. Their album, "The Unforgettables" in 1976 changed the ghazal scene in India forever and highlighted Jagjit's talent as a composer. Their songs of that period, such as "Baat niklegi", "Aahista aahista", "Dard badhkar" and "Bohot pehle se" are as popular today as they were then.

It was during this period that veteran journalist Khushwant Singh wrote about Jagjit Singh: ""He sings better than Mehdi Hassan and looks better than Dilip Kumar".

Songs in films like Prem Geet, Arth and Saath Saath took their ghazals even more to the masses and also won them critical acclaim.

They also composed music for famous TV serials like "Mirza Ghalib" and"Kahkashan".

As their popularity grew, the duo performed in front of full houses all over the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Singapore, Kenya, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Australia and New Zealand.

Over the years, they became the most successful husband-wife act in the history of recorded Indian music and also the most successful recording artistes outside the all-prevasive film music.

Their lives changed after their only son Vivek died in a road accident in 1990. Chitra Singh never recovered from that shock and stopped singing completely, withdrawing from public gaze. Jagjit Singh took time off, and later made a comeback as a solo singer.


Jagjit Singh was associated with many charities and brought out a special album for Children Relief and You (CRY).

He was honoured with many awards, including the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and the prestigious Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Madhya Pradesh government.

Apart from Hindi, Jagjit Singh had recorded songs in Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages. He recorded songs written by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in two albums - Nayi Disha (1999) and Samvedna (2002).

On May 10, 2007, he rendered last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar's ghazal "Lagta nahin hai dil mera" at a function in the Central Hall of Parliament to commemorate the 150th anniversary of India's First War of Independence (1857).

His last major concert was on September 16 at the Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai.




26/11: SC to hear Kasab's appeal against death sentence on Monday

File photo of Ajmal Kasab during a court hearing in the 26/11 case.
File photo of Ajmal Kasab during a court hearing in the 26/11 case.

The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow the appeal of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case in which he is facing the death sentence.

A bench comprising Justices Aftab Alam and C K Prasad will also consider his prayer for suspension of the death sentence till the final disposal of his appeal.

Kasab, the only surviving terrorist involved in the attack on the commercial capital of the country in which 166 innocent lives were lost, had challenged the Bombay High Court judgement confirming his death sentence awarded to him by the trial court.

Mumbai selected as host city, CSIA as host airport for Routes Asia 2013


Mumbai has been selected as the host city and the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) as the host airport for Routes Asia 2013 that will bring representatives of the airline, airport and tourism industry together to explore opportunities for airline route development.

"We are pleased to note that CSIA has been selected as the host airport for Routes Asia 2013," said Mr.G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) and Vice Chairman GVK.

"This is noteworthy because, besides being one of the busiest airports in South Asia, CSIA has also emerged as one of the most significant aviation hubs in the region, given both the increase in passenger traffic and number of carriers flying to Mumbai.

American artist Carmel Berkson donates 38 sculptures to NGMA

Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.
Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.

Renowned American scholar and artist Carmel Berkson has donated as many as 38 sculptures to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) for its permanent collection.

The artist, who has been honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri, personally handed over the works to the NGMA at a ceremony in Mumbai yesterday evening.

Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja formally accepted the collection on behalf of NGMA and the Government of India.

"This is a proud moment to accept the sculptures from the great artist and researcher Ms. Carmel Berkson," Ms Selja said on the occasion.

Bachchans at Mata Ki Chowki at Sanjay Dutt's residence in Mumbai

Bollywood actor couple Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan with daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the Mata Ki Chowki at actor Sanjay Dutt’s residence in Mumbai on the night of October 3, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Bollywood actor couple  Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan with daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the Mata Ki Chowki at actor Sanjay Dutt's residence in Mumbai on the night of October 3, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Bollywood actor couple Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan with daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the Mata Ki Chowki at actor Sanjay Dutt's residence in Mumbai on the night of October 3, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Actor Fardeen Khan pleads not guilty in narcotics case


Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan today pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him in a narcotics case.

NCPA to host first-ever jazz music festival in Mumbai from Oct 14-16

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will host its first annual international jazz festival, NCPA JazzMatazz, here from October 14-16 and feature performances by some legendary stars.

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