Imran Khan files PIL against hike in age limit for consuming liquor

Bollywood actor Imran Khan, the nephew of superstar Aamir Khan, today filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to raise the legal age limit for consuming alcohol from 21 to 25 years.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari undergoes surgery for Type-2 diabetes

Nitin Gadkari.
Nitin Gadkari.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari underwent a gastric bypass surgery for treatment of his Type-2 diabetes yesterday, a bulletin issed by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala of Saifee Hospital here said.

The bulletin said Mr Gadkari, 54, a known diabetic, had had poor control of his sugar for the last few months with early diabetic nephropathy despite the best currently available medical management.

"Mr. Gadkari’s sugar was not getting controlled for some time. Hence he has undergone gastric bypass surgery for treatment of his Type-2 diabetes," Dr Lakdawala, who is attending on him, added.


SC upholds death for wife killer


The Supreme Court today upheld the capital punishment awarded to a person who poured petrol on his wife and three grown-up children and set them on fire in 2003 after a fight with his wife.

Maharashtra ATS arrests youth from Surat in Mumbai blasts case


The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) today arrested a youth from the Limbayat area of the city in connection with the July 13 triple blasts in the city.

Photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha passes away

File photo of Gautam Rajadhyaksha
File photo of Gautam Rajadhyaksha

Gautam Rajadhyaksha, one of India's leading fashion photographers, passed away early today after a heart attack.

He was 61. He breathed his last at about 0400 hrs.

A cousin of well-known novelist Shobhaa De, Rajadhyaksha had made his mark as a celebrity photographer. After working with a number of notable icons of Bollywood, he soon became synonymous with the tinsel world.


Security at Mumbai airport beefed up


Security at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has been put on high alert after central agencies warned of a possible threat from an aircraft.

10-day-long Lord Ganesh fest concludes, one killed in balcony collapse

A devotee immersing an idol of Lord Ganesha on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Yamuna river in New Delhi on September 11, 2011. UNI PHOTO/Bivash Dey
A devotee immersing an idol of Lord Ganesha on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Yamuna river in New Delhi on September 11, 2011. UNI PHOTO/Bivash Dey

The 10-day-long festival of Lord Ganesh passed off peacefully on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi today across Maharashtra, barring an incident, in which one person was killed when a portion of the balcony of a dilapidated building collapsed at Parel in south-central Mumbai.

Many devotees were standing on the balcony of the building near Bharatmata cinema to catch a glimpse of the deity when it collapsed, killing one and injuring eight others.

The celebrations were held amidst tight security in the backdrop of the Delhi bomb blast of last Wednesday.

Devotees took the idols of the elephant-headed god in processions to the beats of drums and film music and bursting of fire crackers to water bodies to bid a farewell to the deity.

Chants of "Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya" reverberated across the state as the devotees carried the Ganesh idols while singing and dancing to the nearby lakes, creek, rivers and sea.

A sea of people had gathered at Girgaum Chowpatty, Dadar Chowpatty and Juhu Chowpatty to see the immersion processions.

In Mumbai and other major cities of the state, the traffic police had closed several roads, while some roads were made one-way and others were partially closed for vehicular traffic for the smooth passage of the processions.


Top Mumbai civic official held in bribery case

Officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught Deputy Municipal Commissioner Chandrashekhar Rokade red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a transport contractor inside his Byculla offce here yestrday, official sources said.

Maid commits suicide at actor Ravi Kissen’s house in Mumbai

A 20-year-old housemaid, working at Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kissen's residence at Goregaon in the western suburbs of the city, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from his 14th floor flat last evening, police said.

Senior citizen found dead in flat in Mumbai's Dadar area

An 85-year-old widow was found murdered in her ground floor flat at Hindu colony at Dadar in central Mumbai, police said today.

HDFC bank manager dies in road mishap in Mumbai


An HDFC Bank manager was killed and five others, including his two colleagues travelling with him in a taxi, were seriously injured when a jeep hit their vehicle at Haji Ali junction here yesterday, police said.

The driver of the jeep Srinivas and its women occupants Prema Mathews and Rosy Pascals, both nuns, were also injured in the accident.

The deceased, Anjan Raisinghania (32), was a Pune resident, while his injured colleagues, Vidit Srivastava (32), and Joyta Bhatacharaya (35) are from Mumbai.

Srivastava and his colleagues hailed a taxi from Mahalaxmi to attend a meeting at Dadar. Raisinghania was sitting on the front seat next to the driver. When the taxi reached opposite Lala Lajpatrai college at around 1415 hours, the speeding jeep collided into it head-on, according to the police.

The impact was such that the front end of the car was completely crushed. Raisinghania, who suffered a major head injury and multiple rib fractures, died before being admitted to the Nair hospital.

The other injured were also rushed to Nair hospital by the police.

Srivastava suffered head injuries, while Bhattacharya suffered a leg fracture. They were later shifted to Saifee hospital in Girgaum by the HDFC management.

The jeep driver and the nuns were taken to Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri as they work there. "We have registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving), 304-A (causing death by negligence), 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC and section 184 (dangerous driving) of Motor Vehicle Act against the jeep driver," police added.

Raisinghania's body was handed over to his relative from Pune after an autopsy.


Resident doctors in Mumbai's civic-run hospitals go on strike


Medical services at four civic-run hospitals in the city were affected today after resident doctors went on an indefinite strike to protest against the assault on their colleagues at the hands of a patient’s relatives at Sion hospital.

Landslide blocks traffic on Mumbai-Goa highway

Traffic on the Mumbai-Goa highway was thrown out of gear for the second consecutive day today after a fresh landslide in a ghat area in Raigad district.

Salman Khan still to fully recover: family sources

Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who underwent a successful surgery for a nerve disorder in the United States, is still to fully recover and may undergo another procedure in January next year.

Main runway at Mumbai airport opened for operations

After three days of disruption of air traffic at the Mumbai airport following the skidding of a Turkish Airways aircraft, the Air Traffic Control today allowed the use of the main runway for operations.

Film director Jagmohan Mundhra passes away

Film director Jagmohan Mundhra passed away this morning leaving the industry in a state of shock.

Born on October 29, 1948, the 62-year-old director breathed his last in a city hospital, where he had been admitted for the last three days, sources close to the director said. They said he was suffering from internal bleeding.

The director, who shot to fame with movies like Nandita Das' Bawandar and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan's Provoked.

After finishing his PhD, he also taught for a year at California State University. His stay in California brought him close to Hollywood. In 1979, he decided to become a full time filmmaker.

His last directorial venture was Naughty@40, starring Govinda, and he was about to start shooting Kissa Kutte Ka, a political satire starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Seema Biswas, Sarika and Raghubir Yadav.

Mundhra had over 30 films to his credit. After his debut film Suraag (1982), he directed a string of horror and erotic thrillers in Hollywood, including The Jigsaw Murders(1988), Halloween Night (1988), Night Eyes (1990), LA Goddess (1993), Sexual Malice (1994) and Tales of the Kama Sutra 2: Monsoon (1998).


Operations at Mumbai airport remain hampered for third day

Normal operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport remained severely hampered for the third day today after a Turkish Airways plane skidded off the runway during landing and got stuck in mud last Friday.

Operations at the airport are likely to be normal by this evening, an official said.

The official said continuous downpour in Mumbai and surroundings areas have further hampered the operations to retrieve the aircraft.

National carrier Air India was helping remove the stranded aircraft and clear the main runway for flight operations. All normal flight operations were shifted to the secondary runway.

The Turkish Airways had attributed the incident to "excessive rainfall".


SpiceJet's Bangalore-Mumbai flight lands under emergency conditions


A SpiceJet flight from Bangalore landed under emergency conditions at the Santa Cruz domestic airport here this afternoon.

Rains hit normal life in Mumbai, CR trains running late


Torrential rains, pounding the metropolis and adjoining Thane district since last night, affected normal life today with air services, local trains and vehicular traffic disrupted.

Mumbai airport's main runway to be shut till Saturday evening


Passengers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here faced delays for the second day today as the main runway of the airport was closed after a Turkish Airways flight skidded off the exit taxiway yesterday.

The runway was expected to open this evening, airport sources said. The runway was shut down yesterday morning after the incident.

The airport had to make do with its secondary runway and as a result, some flights had to be cancelled and many others ran late by about 45 minutes.

The heavy rains in the city and suburbs was a major hindrance as the towing of the aircraft was taking longer than expected.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has begun a formal inquiry into the incident.


Renowned painter Jehangir Sabavala passes away


Jehangir Sabavala, one of India's best-known painters, died here yesterday after a prolonged illness, family sources said.

He was 89. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Born in Mumbai in 1922, the artist studied at the J J School of Art before proceeding to Europe to pursue his passion.

His love for nature, found exxpression in oils, creating landscapes and figures. In his 62-year career, he participated in several exhibitions and one-man shows all over the world.

He represented the quiet and understated civility that has become as rare as the pastel-coloured Fiat he drove for years.

Family sources said he died a week after his 89th birthday.

A stunned art world, mourning his death, said his was aninimitable artistic style. Painter Anjolie Ela Menon said his unique style bridged the gap between the European modernist movement of the school of Paris and aspirations of Indian artists in the post-independence era.


"He was an artist, who was passionately committed to his vision. He lived through times when the concept of art had changed dramatically," said artist Gieve Patel.

S H Raza said his contribution to modern Indian art was noteworthy. "I am saddened to learn of his demise and the art fraternity will greatly miss him," he said.


SC notices against 26/11 conspirators' acquittal

The Supreme Court today issued notices to Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed on the petition filed by the state of Maharashtra challenging their acquittal in November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack case.

Turkish plane skids off Mumbai airport runway

A Turkish Airways flight from Istanbul to Mumbai, TK-720, skidded off the runway at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here in the early hours of today, apparently because of the wet conditions caused by excessive rainfall.

Ganeshotsav celebrations commence in Maharashtra

Chants of "Ganpati Bappa Morya" reverberated across Maharashtra as its biggest 10-day festival "Ganeshotsav" started today with devotees installing the elephant-headed god in their homes and pandals to welcome Lord Ganesh on his annual earthly sojourn.

In the metropolis, the celebrations began in lakhs of households this morning with the symbolic "mahurat aarti", attended by close relatives and friends. After the chanting of bhajans and slokas by priests, lord Ganesh, the symbol of success, was installed.

The lord is believed to fetch success and growth in the house, where he is installed.

Thousands of people visited various temples across the city and suburbs to offer prayers early this morning and the biggest queues were seen at the famous Siddivinayak temple at Prabhadevi in central Mumbai.

Bollywood stars made a fervent appeal to citizens to opt for a green Ganpati, made of bio-degradable materials, to avoid damage to the environment and the ecosystem. Appeals were made to shun plaster of Paris and chemical paints and use clay and natural colours instead to make environment-friendly idols.

The pandals wore a festive look, with theme-based projections, and have planned out elaborate programmes for the festivities. The concept of Sarvajanik Ganeshotsavs were initiated by Lokmanya Tilak, 117 years ago, to bind people together. The 'Lalbaugcha Raja' was the biggest draw in the city with people, including celebrities, planning to visit the pandal and offer prayers there.

Eight malls across the city have installed Ganeshas for people to worship them during their shopping spree.

Modak, considered to be the favourite of Lord Ganesh, was distributed as prasad at the end of the Aarti. Shopkeepers were flooded with demand for the ready to serve packets that come with visuals of Lord Ganesh with a booklet that has information about Ganpati puja.

The festival is considered as one of the most auspicious occasions to invest in assets.


Air India Jeddah-Mumbai flight lands under emergency conditions


An Air India flight from Jeddah landed under emergency conditions at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Internationl Airport here today.

The flight had 260 passengers on board.

All passengers disembarked safely, an Air India spokesperson said.

The flight developed a technical snag in its hydraulic control system, following which it made an emergency landing, the spokeperson added.


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