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.


Woman, servant found murdered in flat at Juhu in Mumbai


A 43-year-old woman and her servant were found murdered in a flat at Juhu here last evening, police said.

The incident occurred when Kavita Suchak and her three male domestic helps were in the ground floor flat at Jagdish building.

When police reached the spot, they found the woman lying in the bathroom with head injuries and her domestic help Prakash dead in the bedroom. Their bodies were sent to the nearby Cooper hospital.

Two of the servants, Ram Singh and Tej Singh, hailing from Nepal had gone missing after the incident, police said, adding that a manhunt had been launched for the duo.

Police found things scattered all over the bedroom and valuables missing from the cupboard. A case of murder and robbery has been registered by police.

The woman's husband is in the United States. When her three children returned home, they received no response and alerted neighbours, who informed police.


Rains force cancellation of 630 suburban, 10 mail/express trains in

The Central Railway (CR) today cancelled 630 suburban trains and 10 mail/express trains and rescheduled eight trains following heavy downpour and flooding of the Mithi river and adjoining waterways in the city that resulted in water logging at Sion-Kurla and Chunabhatti early this morning.

A CR spokesperson said here that the Main line was partially restored at 1200 hrs and the Harbour line at 1520 hours.

He said 630 suburban services were cancelled as only Siemens AC-DC rakes were pressed into service as they are less susceptible to damage due to water. As the water receded around 1230 hours, the services were gradually increased.

Ten Mail/Express trains (Pune and Manmad) were cancelled. Thirty-eight shuttle services were run between Thane-Kalyan/Karjat/Kasara and 50 shuttle services between Mankhurd-Panvel.

Eight Express/Passenger Trains were short terminated out of which four were run from the short terminated destinations as special trains. One special suburban train was run from Dadar to Diva for the passengers of 50103 Dadar-Ratnagiri Passenger.


Incessant rains lash Mumbai, one killed in landslide

Local trains cross water logged tracks following heavy rains in Mumbai on August 29, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Local trains cross water logged tracks following heavy rains in Mumbai on August 29, 2011. UNI PHOTO

A middle-aged man was killed and three others injured in a landslide today at a hillock, adjoining the famous Haji Ali dargah, as heavy rains pounded the metropolis, disrupting rail, road and air services.

The incident occurred early this morning when the deceased, still unidentified, and others had come to the shrine for offering prayers, officers at the Tardeo police station said.

In Marol area, near the banks of the Mithi river, four houses collapsed due to heavy rains. One person was feared drowned after a portion of his house fell into the river. Efforts were on to trace him.

During the morning peak hours, thousands of office-goers were stranded at various local railway stations as rail services were suspended for a couple of hours on both the Harbour and Main lines of Central Railway. Trains on Western Railway were running late by 15 to 20 minutes.

A Central Railway spokesperson said here that Main and Harbour line services were partially resumed at around 1215 hours. Due to water-logging on the tracks, the trains were running at a restricted speed.

Some long-distance trains on Central Railway were cancelled or rescheduled due to the water-logging on tracks.

Sources at the domestic airport said air services were disrupted with flights departing behind schedule.

Vehicular traffic was affected on both the Western and Eastern express highways and water-logging in several low-lying areas added to the woes of the people.

Several schools and colleges were closed for the day and municipal schools declared a holiday for the day.

The meteorological department has forecast heavy rains would occur in parts of the city and suburbs with heavy to very heavy rains, accompanied by strong gusty winds, in the next 24 hours.

During the last 24 hours ended at 0830 today, the weather department has recorded maximum rainfall of 232.6 mm at Santa Cruz, while 178.6 mm of rainfall was registered at Colaba.


Torrential rains disrupt normal life in Mumbai


Torrential rains lashing the metropolis since last night threw out of gear normal life today with train services on the Central Railway suspended beyond Thane, vehicles on the Eastern and Western express highways moving at a snail's pace and air services disrupted.

People had a harrowing time reaching their destinations due to traffic snarls at various locations.

Flooding on the tracks led to cancellation of trains, and services on Harbour line of Central Railway were completely disrupted.

However, trains on the Western railway were running, though 15 to 25 minutes behind schedule, railway sources said.

Flights were departing late by twenty to thirty minutes with domestic counters at the airport flooded with calls about departure timings.

Several schools and colleges were closed for the day as students and teachers could not reach because of the heavy rains.

Vehicular traffic was hit as low-lying areas were flooded at various locations, police said.

Yesterday was the wettest day of the season for Santa Cruz in the city as it recorded 220.4 mm rainfall, weather office sources said.


8 long distance trains cancelled following heavy rains in Mumbai


The Central Railway (CR) today cancelled eight Mail/Express trains and rescheduled several other trains following a heavy downpour in the city, resulting in water logging at Sion-Kurla and Chunabhatti on the suburban section.

According to a CR spokesperson, the following trains were cancelled: 12127 Mumbai-Pune Intercity Express, 11007 Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express, 12123 Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen, 12125 Mumbai-Pune Pragati Express, 11009 Mumbai-Pune Sinhagad Express, 12109 Mumbai-Manmad Panchavati Express, 12169 Pune-Solapur Express and 12170 Solapur-Pune Express.

Five Mail/Express trains were short terminated: 12124 Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen short terminated at Karjat and returned as special train to Pune, 12126 Pune-Mumbai Pragati Express short terminated at Lonavala and returned as special train to Pune, 11010 Pune-Mumbai Sinhagad Express short terminated at Ambarnath and returned as special train to Pune, 12110 Manmad-Mumbai Panchavati Express short terminated at Kasara and returned as special train to Manmad. 12528 Latur-Mumbai Express short terminated at Thane, 12290 Nagpur-Mumbai Duranto short terminated at Thane.

Three trains were rescheduled: 12859 Mumbai-Howrah Gitanjali Express rescheduled at 1100 hrs , 12534 Mumbai-Lucknow Pushpak Express rescheduled at 1115 hrs , 11029 Mumbai-Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus (Kolhapur) Koyna Express rescheduled at 1130 hrs, the spokesperson added.


Late filmmaker Kamal Amrohi's son Shandar passes away

Shandar Amrohi, the eldest son of the late filmmaker Kamal Amrohi and owner of Kamalistan studio in the western suburbs, died in Goa after a brief illness yesterday. He was 68.

Shandar was shooting on a music video based on the poems of his step- mother, late actress Meena Kumari in Goa, when he collapsed, family sources said.

He had featured in a brief role as an actor in his father's film Razia Sultan.

Shandar was embroiled in a property case with his sister Rukhsaar which is still pending in court.

In 2010, he had announced that he wanted to adopt actress Preity Zinta and will his entire property to her but changed his mind later.

Shandar’s body was brought to Mumbai and the funeral will take place later today, the sources added.


Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Ferrous and non-ferrous metals rise on better demand

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals moved up today on better demand from industrial users, traders at the Bombay Metal Exchange (BME) said.

Four knocked down by bus at Dadar in Mumbai

Four people - a woman and three children - were killed and two others injured when a private bus knocked them down at Dadar, near Kamdar ground, early today, police said.

The victims were crossing the road when the mishap occurred this morning, police said.

The driver of the bus fled the scene after the mishap. The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital. The deceased were yet to be identified, police added.


HC gives green signal for release of "Not a Love Story"


The Bombay High Court today gave its green signal for the release of producer Ram Gopal Varma's Hindi movie "Not a Love Story", said to be based on the gruesome murder of television executive Neeraj Grover.

Following the court directive, the movie is slated to hit the screens from this Friday.

Justice S J Vazifdar refused to grant relief to a suit filed by former naval officer Emile Jerome, who was convicted in the 2008 murder case, seeking stay on the release of the controversy-ridden movie stating that it would hamper his appeal which is pending before the High Court.

Kannada actress Maria Susairaj, a co-accused who was convicted on a lighter charge of destruction of evidence, had also intervened and sought injunction on the movie's release.

The movie, directed by Varma and starring Mahi Gill in one of the main roles, is scheduled to release on August 19.

Jerome in his suit had claimed that the movie would create a stigma and destroy his life and diminish his chances of rehabilitation.

Advocates Veerendra Tulzapurkar and Vibhav Krishna, appearing for the producer of the film, argued that the prints of the movie have been already sent to the distributor for nationwide release and cannot be called back.

"The film was announced in April 2011 and has been widely publicised since June 2011 with a disclaimer that it is a work of fiction and not based on any story or incident," they argued.

The court, while accepting the arguments, refused to stay the release of the movie.

While Jerome was sentenced to ten years of imprisonment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, Susairaj was sentenced to three years. She is out of jail as she has served the period during trial. Both have appealed against their conviction in High Court.

In a related development, the state will shortly move the High Court challenging the conviction granted to both the accused with a prayer to enhance the convictions.


Majority of BEST buses go off Mumbai's roads due to strike


A majority of BEST buses today went off the roads in the commercial capital of the country, causing much inconvenience to commuters in reaching their places of work.

The employees' union of Bombay Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) has asked its drivers not to report to work from midnight last night in support of their demand for pay revision.

Only a few buses were plying and commuters, after a long wait, boarded autorickshaws or crowded trains for reaching their destinations.

The union is pressing for implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations. However, BEST management has asked its staff not to strike work.


Unidentified man killed in Mumbai hit-and-run case


An unidentified man, who appeared to be in his mid-50s, was killed when a mini-bus hit him from behind at Dongri in south Mumbai last night, police said.

The man was walking down the pavement at Dongri around 2100 hours when the vehicle hit him. He collapsed on the road and succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital, police said.

The driver fled from the scene after the accident. The victim's body has been kept in the morgue at J J Hospital morgue.

Police registered a case of hit-and-run against the unidentified driver and further investigation was in progress, the sources added.


BEST employees in Mumbai to go on strike from midnight

More than 42,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking here will go on strike from midnight tonight to press for their demands.

Addressing mediapersons here, convener of Best Workers Action Committee Sharad Rao said 12,000 junior grade workers and 30,000 permanent employees have signed a memorandum listing their demands and addressed to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Mr Rao said all BEST employees would take out processions from their respective bus depots and will gather at Azad Maidan, where a meeting would be held at which they would decide on their further course of action.

Later, a delegation of the action committee will submit the memorandum to Mr Chavan and Mr Pawar.

The main demand of the employees is the merger of dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay, he added.


HC directs Govt to give job to daughter of deceased employee


The Bombay High Court has set aside a decision of Maharashtra government, refusing to offer a job on compassionate ground to a daughter of an employee who had died in harness.

HC asks Union Ministries to file affidavit on national anthem issue


The Bombay High Court today directed three Union Ministries to file their replies within three weeks on a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the usage of the word "Sindh" in the national anthem "Jana Gana Mana".

Shammi Kapoor's last film "Rockstar" to release in November


Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor, who died here yesterday, will be seen on screen soon in his last film, Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar starring the actor's grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor.

The actor will be seen playing a shehnai and Ranbir will be playing the guitar, industry sources said.

Kapoor, who died of renal failure on Sunday morning, was on dialysis when he was shooting for the film.

The film is slated for release on November 11, the sources added.


MT Pavit refloats 16 days after being stranded off Mumbai

MT Pavit, a Panama-flagged 999-tonne vessel, stranded off the Juhu beach since July 31, was today finally towed back to sea.

The vessel was refloated after removing sand around it, Directorate General of Shipping sources said.

Yesterday, the authorities had removed sand around the vessel and tilted it 35 degrees towards the sea, using tugs.

MT Pavit had drifted towards the Juhu beach on July 31, after the coastal security agencies failed to intercept the vessel.



Mortal remains of Shammi Kapoor consigned to flames

The mortal remains of legendary actor Shammi Kapoor, who mesmerised cinegoers with his flamboyant style in several blockbusters of the 1960s, were consigned to flames at the Banganga cremation ground here today, marking the end of an era in which the actor changed the face of the Hindi film hero.

Family members, relatives, friends and leading lights of Bollywood were present as his son Aditya Raj Kaapoor lit the funeral pyre at the cremation ground, along with his grandson here this morning.

The 79-year-old actor died of renal failure at the Breach Candy Hospital early yesterday.

Kapoor's body was brought to the cremation ground around 1045 hrs for the last rites. His younger brother Shashi Kapoor, who is unwell, attended the cremation on a wheelchair. His nephews Randhir and Rishi Kapoor and his grandnephew Ranbir were among the large number of people present.

Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Prakash Jha, Satish Kaushik, Subhash Ghai, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Yash Chopra, Nikhil Advani and Sudhir Mishra were also present along with Ranjeet, Fardeen Khan, Vinod Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha and Kabir Bedi.

Industrialist Anil Ambani and local politicians also attened the last rites.


Navy captures hijacked ship off Mumbai


The Indian Navy has captured a hijacked ship, "MV Nafis-1" off the Mumbai coast, official sources said here today.

This was the latest success for the Navy and Coast Guard personnel as part of their anti-piracy operations.

The Navy had kept the Iranian flagged ship under surveillance since August 12 and intercepted the vessel, about 175 nautical miles off Mumbai last evening.

During checking, two AK-47 rifles and a pistol were recovered from the ship.

The ship is said to have been missing for more than five months with Sharjah being its last port of call.

It will be towed to Porbander port, where the crew will be handed over to police, the sources added.


4 members of a family die in road accident in Raigad district

Four members of a family, including two minor children, died on the spot when their car plunged into a deep "nullah" near Khanapur village in Raigad district today.

According to the sources in Raigad control room, the four members of a family were on their way to Mumbai from Pune in a car, when the owner Sunil Baldhave (35) lost control over vehicle and it fell into the deep nullah, killing them on the spot.

The other deceased have been identified as Sakuntala Baldhave (65), Ruchit Sunil Baldhave (8) and Girish Sunil Baldhave (5), all residents of Model Colony at Shivajinagar, Pune.

Their bodies have been handed over to their relatives, police added.


Actor Shammi Kapoor passes away at 79

Shammi Kapoor, the flamboyant actor who became the hearthrob of millions in the 1960s and 1970s with his versatile performances in movies such as "Kashmir ki Kali" and "Teesri Manzil", died in Mumbai on Sunday.
Shammi Kapoor
Shammi Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor, the flamboyant actor who became the hearthrob of millions in the 1960s and 1970s with his versatile performances in movies such as "Kashmir ki Kali" and "Teesri Manzil", died here today.

He was 79. Kapoor had been ailing for some time and had been admitted on August 7 to the Breach Candy Hospital, where he breathed his last at around 0515 hours today. The funeral will be held tomorrow in the city.

During nearly four decades in films, Kapoor had acted in more than a hundred films, acquiring in his early years the image of an impish and stylish playboy.

His tall and athletic build, fair complexion, green eyes and handsome looks endeared him to the audiences.

Shammi was the pet name of Shamsherraj Kapoor, who was born on October 21, 1931 as the second of three sons to Prithviraj Kapoor, a towering actor of his time.

His elder brother was the well-known Raj Kapoor and younger brother is Shashi Kapoor, also a prominent actor.

He studied at the New Era School in Mumbai and went to the Ruia College for, in his words, a "short and sweet stay" before he joined his father on the stage in his theatrical company, Prithvi Theatres, as a junior artiste in 1948 on a monthly salary of Rs 50. He stayed with the company till 1952, by when his paycheck had gone up to Rs 300.


He did his first major film Jeevan Jyoti, directed by Mahesh Kaul for the Kardar film company. His first heroine was Chand Usmani.

Between 1952 and 1955, he acted in Rail ka Dibba with Madhubala, Laila Majnu with Nutan, Thokar with Shyama, Shama Parvana with Suraiya and Hum Sab Chor Hain with Nalini Jaiwant.

He went on to do films like Tangewali, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Miss Coca cola, Mohar, Coffee House, Chor Bazaar and so on.

"Some more nondescript films followed. I remained a male starlet," he wrote about his career at that stage.

In 1955, he married the well-known actress Geeta Bali, who was already an established star. Two years later, he had his first big success, Tumsa Nahin Dekha. He went on to do films like Dil Deke Dekho, Mujrim, Ujala, Singapore, College Girl, Boy Friend, Basant and Preet Na Jaane Reet.

Junglee in 1961 was his first colour film and he finally became a star. More success came his way with Professor, China Town, Char Dil Char Rahen, Raat ke Raahi, Dil Tera Diwana, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Kashmir ki Kali, Bluff Master, Janwar and Rajkumar.

In 1965, his wife passed away.


Shammi Kapoor went on to do movies such as Teesri Manzil, Budtameez, Laat Saheb, An Evening in Paris, Tumse Achha Kaun Hai, Jawan Mohabbat, Prince, Brahmachari, Pagla Kahin Ka, Andaaz, Sachai and Pritam.

Brahmachari fetched him the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor in 1968. In 1969, he married Neila Devi of Bhavnagar.

He ventured into direction with Manoranjan, adapted from the French play Irma La Douce, which was also made into a movie by Billy Wilder.

From then on, Shammi Kapoor started doing character roles in many movies, including Zameer, Prem Rog, Rocky, Betaab, Mama Bhanja, Biwi O Biwi, and Parvarish.

In 1982, he got the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Vidhaata. In 1995, he got the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kapoor was also the founder-chairman of the Internet Users Community of India (IUCI). He also maintained a website dedicated to the Kapoor family, often referred to as the first family of the Hindi film industry.


Bombay High Court grants bail to Hasan Ali

The Bombay High Court today granted bail to Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, who is facing charges of tax evasion, with a condition that he cannot leave the country without the permission of the court.

While granting bail, the court asked him to furnish surety of Rs 5 lakh in cash.

Ali, who is in judicial custody, in his bail plea told the court that he has been detained without any case under civil offence.

He also stated that no offence was made out against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of the material collected by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Justice A M Thipsay, while granting bail, also observed that there is nothing in ED's case to show that the money amassed by Khan are proceeds of crime.

The court also said that the accused deserves to be released on bail and agreed with the submission made by defence that his custodial interrogation is over and he is entitled for a bail.

Khan was arrested by ED and booked under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The court, however, directed him to appear before ED everyday and stay either in Mumbai or Pune.

Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata, appearing for ED, requested the court to stay the bail order for a week to enable the agency to appeal against the judgement in the Supreme Court.

Justice Thipsay, however, turned down the plea, saying "There is no apprehension that he would abscond or tamper with evidence. Hence there is no necessity to stay the bail order."

The court had earlier said that ED should find out if the money allegedly amassed by Khan are proceeds of crime. "There cannot be a presumption on this," the court had said.

Khan's lawyer I A Bagaria had argued that he had been falsely implicated in the case. He had contended that Khan had no links with international arms dealer Adnan Kashoggi and had no accounts in foreign banks.


Coast Guard says oil spill from M V Rak off Mumbai coast has reduced

Navy and Coast Guard personnel carrying out rescue operation as bulk carrier MV Rak sinks off the Mumbai coast on August 4, 2011.
Navy and Coast Guard personnel carrying out rescue operation as bulk carrier MV Rak sinks off the Mumbai coast on August 4, 2011.

The Coast Guard has reported that helicopter surveillance by it had shown that the oil spill from M V Rak Carrier, the cargo ship that sank off the Mumbai coast a few days ago, had reduced considerably.

The trail of the oil spill was observed up to 9 nautical miles with the width of 1 cable and further reducing to half a cable, Coast Guard officials said at a review meeting held by the Directorate General of Shipping here yesterday.

The meeting was a part of the follow-up action on the pollution response and abatement measures for oil pollution from the sunken ship.

The situation report on oil pollution and corrective and preventive steps being taken to check, reduce, contain pollution and clean up the affected areas at sea as well as ashore were discussed and deliberated at the meeting with the key Coastal State Authorities and other agencies.

The meeting was told that two Coast Guard vessels, including oil pollution response vessel Samudra Prahari, are standing by in the proximity of the casualty to deal with the minor pollution observed from the sunken ship.

In addition, a sortie by a Dornier aircraft was undertaken yesterday. The usage of Oil Spill Dispersant has been stopped for the present.

The Coast Guard also reported that no fresh patches had been observed near the Mud Island. However, four shiny patches were seen about 5 nautical miles off Mahalaxmi Temple. Fresh patches have also been observed near INS Kunjali.


According to the Coast Guard, the estimated quantity of oil that has leaked out from the sunken vessel could be about 150 tons.

The Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board reported no fresh patches of oil on the coastline. An ONGC diving support vessel is at the site with divers. They have marked the wreck with three markers. The diving operations will take place when favourable weather and tide conditions are available.

The Directorate explicitly instructed the P & I Club to revert with the de-bunkering plan for the residual amount of bunkers still present on board. The P & I Club correspondent was also reminded to ensure that ITOPF services are quickly activated.

The Mumbai Port is continuing to promulgate local navigational warning in respect of this shipping casualty at periodical interval of 4 hours on VHF channel 16 to warn the maritime traffic, an official press release added.


Actor Maria Susairaj moves HC in Neeraj Grover murder case


Kannada actor Maria Susairaj, who was convicted for destroying evidence and sentenced to three years by the sessions court in the Neeraj Grover murder case, today moved Bombay High Court and filed an appeal against that order.

The HC had last week admitted an appeal filed by former naval officer Emile Jerome, challenging the 10-year sentence awarded to him for the murder of media professional Grover.

Justice R C Chavan had admitted Jerome's appeal and kept his bail earing after two weeks.

The Maharashtra government had informed the court that it would be filing an appeal seeking enhancement of punishment for both Jerome and his actress fiance Susairaj.

According to the prosecution, Grover was stabbed to death by Jerome and Susairaj at her flat on May 7, 2008 following a fight. The duo then allegedly chopped his body into pieces and disposed it of at Manor jungle on the outskirts of the city.


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