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Ambanis play hosts at future daughter-in-law Radhika Merchant’s arangetram

Sunday night saw the city’s influential and culturati meet at Jio World Centre, BKC, for the arangetram or ‘ascent to the stage’ of Radhika Merchant, Anant Ambani’s bride to be. Anant is Nita and Mukesh Ambani’s younger son. The guests turned up in their traditional best, personally welcomed by the Ambanis.  Radhika Merchant has trained in Bharatanatyam for eight years; (right) Mukesh and Anil Ambani display sibling camaraderie, a rare sight, as the extended family turned up to cheer Merchant  Trained under the tutelage of her guru, Ms Bhavana Thakar, Merchant has trained in the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam for eight years. This solo performance  marks her entry into the classical art world, characterised by guru-shishya parampara.  Now, there is something common between mother-in-law and future daughter-in-law. Nita Ambani is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, too.  Also Read: Mukesh Ambani regains Asia's richest man tag, surpasses Gautam Adani Mukesh Ambani with son Akash, daughter-in-law Shloka and grandson Prithvi at the Jio World Centre, BKC, on Sunday. Pics/Ashish Rane Merchant’s performance started with the Pushpanjali to invoke the deities of the stage, god, guru and the audience, followed by Ganesh Vandana, the Allaripu, Shiva Panchakshara  and AstaRasa before the recital culminated with the Tillana.  Akash and Shloka Ambani with grandmother, Kokilaben; (right) Aaditya Thackeray with his brother Tejas and mother Rashmi

17 November,2022 07:47 PM IST | Mumbai | A Correspondent
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'Summon to be issued to Nupur Sharma over controversial remarks against Prophet'

Mumbai Police chief Sanjay Pandey has said that they are all set to summon suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and record her statement, in connection with her alleged comments against Prophet Mohammed during a news debate on the Gyanvapi issue. Mumbai Police will soon send a summon to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma & record her statement, in connection with her alleged comments against Prophet Mohammed during a news debate on the #Gyanvapi issue: Mumbai CP Sanjay Pandey pic.twitter.com/g08eSeQvSP — ANI (@ANI) June 6, 2022 Earlier, on June 5, BJP had suspended Nupur and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal as the row over their alleged derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed escalated with protests from some Arab countries. Amid demonstrations by Muslim groups and the sharp reaction from countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar, and Iran, the BJP issued a statement asserting that it respects all religions and strongly denounces insults of any religious personality. Also Read: OIC's remarks on Prophet controversy 'unwarranted' and 'narrow-minded': Centre After being suspended, Nupur tendered an apology and withdrew her statement. With inputs from Agencies

17 November,2022 07:44 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Thane Creek pollution continues, damaged pipeline dumps effluents

The Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary sees no end to pollution as it has come to light last week that there is continuous release of industrial effluents through a damaged pipeline in the creek close to Vashi bridge. Environmentalist Stalin D from NGO Vanashakti has written a letter to the principal secretary of environment department, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, regional officer of MPCB, Thane Collector and chief conservator of forests, Mangrove Cell.   “This is to draw your immediate attention to the continuous release of industrial effluents through a damaged pipeline in the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary close to Vashi bridge in the Thane creek,” the letter read. The environmentalist alleged that he had earlier warned about the effluents being released through the dislodged MIDC pipeline: “Our complaint of May 21, 2022 was taken lightly and brushed off as not important. Both MIDC and MPCB said that there was no leakage and that only the pipeline has been dislodged. Well we urge you to see the videos taken by us today and understand the truth. You can also see the black effluent forming a separate patch from the creek water and then getting mixed with it.” Also read: Thane creek polluted beyond belief, experts urge caution Adding further Stalin said, “It is utterly disappointing that a strange system has been put in place in the state of Maharashtra where polluters/violators of environment laws give themselves clean chits and the monitoring agency accepts it without even doing a site visit with the complainant. Please start taking environmental concerns seriously and act on them. We hereby put you on notice to immediately stop the discharge of effluents else we will be forced to move the courts to seek environmental justice.” 21 MayDay when the previous plaint was filed

17 November,2022 04:11 PM IST | Mumbai | Ranjeet Jadhav
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Schools in Maharashtra to reopen on June 15: Varsha Gaikwad

Amid rising coronavirus in Maharashtra, state Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Monday said that schools will reopen on June 15 with all possible precautions in the state. “Schools will open with all necessary precautions on June 15 which has been the date for reopening of schools (after summer vacation),” the minister said. The daily graph of Covid-19 cases in the city fell below the 700-mark for the first time after June 1 with the city reporting 676 fresh infections on Monday, 285 less than the day before. The state cabinet on Monday instructed the administration to ensure that people in the districts with rising Covid-19 cases wear the protective gear. It, however, asked not to penalise the violators. Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Pune are some of the places where the test positivity rate is high. "The government has not taken any decision on making the use of masks mandatory but we are urging people to wear masks. Instead of falling ill, citizens should observe hygiene, wear the mask and follow social distancing," Tope had tweeted. मास्क बाबत राज्य शासनाने कोणतीही सक्ती केली नसून मात्र नागरिकांनी मास्क वापरावे असे आवाहन आम्ही करत आहोत. आजार होण्यापेक्षा मास्क वापर, स्वच्छता, सोशल डिस्टन्सचे नियम नागरिकांनी पाळावेत. — Rajesh Tope (@rajeshtope11) June 6, 2022 Also read: 'New strain, drop in temp during monsoon will lead to surge in Covid-19 cases' (With inputs from PTI)

17 November,2022 03:42 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Threat letter: Mumbai Police record Salman Khan's statement

After recording screenplay writer Salim Khan's statement, Mumbai Police has recorded the statement of actor Salman Khan in connection with a letter threatening him and his father, an official said. Khan's statement was recorded on Monday evening before he left for Hyderabad, he said. Police had also beefed up the security around the actor's residence in suburban Bandra. According to the police, the letter said "Salim Khan, Salman Khan Bahot Jald Aapka Mooselwala Hoga... (Salim Khan, Salman Khan, very soon you will meet Moosewala's fate.)" Also Read: Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi denies role in threat letter to Salman Khan, father Salim Khan Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala was killed by unidentified assailants in the Mansa district of Punjab in May month. A case under section 506-II (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Bandra police station. (with inputs from PTI)

17 November,2022 02:44 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Do you know what the stars hold for you in terms of love life, career, business and personal wellness today? Well, read on to know your astrological predictions as per your zodiac sign for November 15. Aries   March 21 – April 20Taking success for granted may be the wrong mind-set to cultivate. Cosmic tip: Stay on the present path and direction in the present circumstances. All will work out satisfactorily.   Taurus   April 21 – May 20A karmic cycle of getting your dues begins. A new business has potential. Health is good.Cosmic tip: Make time to enjoy yourself too. Happiness and laughter lifts energy levels.   Gemini  May 21 – June 21Don’t worry about delayed communication. Be ready to leave for an unscheduled meeting immediately. Work at keeping the peace with someone older.Cosmic tip: Reward yourself.   Virgo Aug 24 – Sept 23A karmic cycle of fame and recognition begins. Handle a new project with confidence. Don’t overindulge when out with friends for dinner.Cosmic tip: Express yourself in different creative ways.   Cancer June 22 – July 23An elder understands your point of view regarding inheritance. Just pursue the issue gently yet firmly.Cosmic tip: Be assertive yet peaceful when stating your point of view. It gets accepted.   Leo July 24 - Aug 23Step back from confrontations, learning to be mindful of how you speak to others. Let go of anger.Cosmic tip: Heal, attract or balance a relationship by being at peace within yourself.   LibraSept 24 – Oct 22Being too focused on what you won’t agree to, keeps other options blurred or hidden. Keep an open mind. Cosmic tip: Follow the path decided on for a happy outcome.   Scorpio  Oct 23 – Nov 22Various plans about what to do while on holiday have been made. Have a great time!Cosmic tip: Keep your heart open to love. This helps attract the right soul mate.   Sagittarius Nov 23 – Dec 22Meeting a friend after ages makes it a nostalgic time.Cosmic tip: Be aware and grateful for how your needs are taken care of by a loving God/the universe.   Capricorn Dec 23 – Jan 20Your partner in a new relationship is too aggressive, making you re-think this. Consider it rationally.Cosmic tip: Spend time near a water body to feel peaceful and rejuvenated.   Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19A time of change and considering other ideas about business is revealed. A legality turns in your favour. Cosmic tip: Be open to receiving assistance even if it’s unasked for.   PiscesFeb 20 – March 20A conversation begins pleasantly enough, but suddenly veers into an argument. Nurture this relationship carefully.Cosmic tip: Maintain a balance between spirituality and materialism to glean best of both worlds.  

17 November,2022 12:23 PM IST | Mumbai
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BMC gets over 200 objections after lottery draw for wards' reservation in polls

The Mumbai civic body has received 232 suggestions and objections after it drew a lottery for reservation of wards for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and general category seats for women for the forthcoming city municipal elections, officials said on Tuesday. Monday was the last day for citizens to submit their suggestions and objections in the matter. According to the officials, many people in their suggestions/objections expressed the view that reservation of some civic wards for women was "injustice" to male candidates. There were also demands for changing the reservation of some wards that are reserved for the general category women in the lottery draw. As per the lottery drawn last week without the Other Backwad Class (OBC) quota on the directions of the State Election Commission (SEC), 118 of the total 236 seats in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be reserved for women. Eight of these seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates, one seat for Scheduled Tribes candidates and 109 for the general category. Also Read: Mumbai: Delay in BMC polls means delay in ward funds too Citizens were given time from June 1 and 6 for submitting suggestions and objections about the ward reservation. After compilation of all the suggestions and objections, the final ward reservations list will be published in the gazette on June 13, as per the lottery schedule earlier released by the SEC. The schedule for elections to the BMC and other municipal corporations is yet to be announced. According to civic officials, there is also a demand for reserving a civic ward for general category (instead of the Scheduled Castes), where there are around 5,000 SC community members out of the population of 54,000. There is also a demand for changing the reservation of a ward, having over 7,000 SC community members and has been reserved for the general category in the lottery draw, to Scheduled Castes. The officials also said that 94 of the 232 suggestions and objections about changing reservation of wards are similar in nature and only the names and addresses of the senders are different. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

07 November,2022 04:20 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Over 60 pc of Covid-19 cases in ! - S-Ward from Powai's elite housing societies

The S-Ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reported 148 Covid-19 cases last week, of which 60 to 70 per cent were reported from the Powai area. According to BMC data, 12 housing societies in Hiranandani along with IIT-Bombay reported the highest number of cases. Currently, IIT Bombay in Powai has 10 active cases. BMC's S-Ward consists of Bhandup, Kanjurmarg and Powai. According to Dr Avinash Waydande, medical officer of the ward, over 60 per cent of the cases in the ward are from elite housing localities such as Brentwood, Avalon, Raj Grandeur, Jaltarang, Evita, Golden Oak, Torino Hiranandani South Avenue, Powai Cosmos Politan, Hiranandani Zen Maple, Trinity, Skyline Villa, Mahada and Shivneri (IIT Bombay). Speaking about the cases, Dr Waydande said, "While 90 per cent of the patients are asymptomatic and in home isolation, all of them have a travel history and most have received two doses of the Covid vaccine." Also Read: Mumbai: IIT Bombay reports 66 per cent rise in Covid-19 cases in one week According to the public health department officials, they have ordered the local ward office to track high-risk contact in these cases. Dr Mangala Gomare, executive health officer, BMC's public health department, said, "We have asked the local ward office to get in touch with the high-risk contacts of the patients in the same localities and conduct cluster testing to track suspected cases." On June 6, the S ward tested a few high-risk contacts of the patients in the Powai area. On measures taken to prevent transmission in other areas of the ward, Dr Gomare added, "Under the Har Dastak campaign, the vaccination drive is being pushed in slum pockets of the ward to reach out to the young population and other citizens who are yet to take doses." According to the IIT-Bombay alert for the campus residents, a significant increase in the number of cases has been reported among staff members and students. While the cases are mild, the institute has made the wearing of masks mandatory in all indoor spaces to contain the spread. An article quiz -Article quiz

13 October,2022 03:50 PM IST | Mumbai | Anagha Sawant | Asif Rizvi
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Mumbaikars can now place orders for fresh veggies at PDS shops

Citizens can place orders for farm-fresh vegetables at their nearest ration or public distribution system shops in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane city, a senior official said on Tuesday. The pilot initiative of the food and civic supplies department is limited to Mumbai and Thane cities for now, Vijay Waghmare, the secretary of the department said. Earlier, the state government had started an initiative in which stationary products could be sold at PDS shops in rural areas, as items sold in these regions were either of bad quality or expensive, the official said. The scheme was successfully tried and tested in Pune and later implemented in the rest of the state, he said, adding that once the initiative gained traction, its ambit was further extended to groceries as well. "As both these schemes received a good response, farmers' produce organisations from Pune and Nashik approached the department seeking that even their produce be sold through PDS shops," Waghmare said. These organisations already had a good presence in the urban areas through their applications and supply chains, he said. People can place their orders at PDS shops, which will serve as a link between the produce organisations and consumers. Customers will be notified when their order arrives, the official said. The initiative will benefit farmers, shopkeepers and consumers who can get fresh produce, he added. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

11 October,2022 12:02 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI | Anagha Sawant
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Mumbai: Ahead of RS polls, Sena shifts MLAs to Mumbai hotel to avoid poaching

Ahead of the June 10 Rajya Sabha polls, the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra has decided to shift its MLAs from a resort in suburban Malad to a five-star hotel in south Mumbai as part of a strategy to ward off poaching, a senior party leader said on Tuesday. All legislators of the Shiv Sena have been summoned to Mumbai and they will stay together till the polls on June 10, he said. "We were in 'The Retreat' (at Madh island in northwest Mumbai) and all our ministers too were present there. That was part of our strategy. We will be moving to hotel 'The Trident' (in south Mumbai) today," Sena MLA and party spokesperson Sunil Prabhu said. The Trident hotel is stone's throw away from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly where voting will take place for the six Rajya Sabha seats. The Sena has 55 MLAs (one MLA had died due to a heart attack last month) in the 288-member House. Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday met the MLAs of his party as well as others supporting it. After more than two decades, the state will witness a contest in the Rajya Sabha polls as there are seven candidates in the fray for six seats. The Sena has fielded two candidates -- Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar -- while the BJP has nominated Union minister Piyush Goyal, Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik. The NCP (Praful Patel) and Congress (Imran Pratapgarhi) have fielded one candidate each. Also read: MVA leaders should contact us if they want support for RS polls: Asaduddin Owaisi The contest lies for the sixth seat between Pawar and Mahadik. Given its strength in the Assembly, the BJP has enough votes to win two seats, while the Sena, NCP and Congress can win one seat each. The Sena (55), NCP (52) and Congress (44) -- all constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi-- have enough votes together to ensure the victory for the second candidate of the Sena. While two NCP MLAs, Anil Deshmukh and minister Nawab Malik, are currently in jail, one seat is lying vacant in the 288-member House. Apart from the four main parties, the Assembly has 25 MLAs from smaller parties and Independents. The Sena decided to corral its MLAs after accusing the opposition BJP of "horse-trading" and using Central agencies to pressure independent MLAs. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

11 October,2022 12:02 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Let there be light: HIV shelter home inmates celebrate uninterrupted Diwali

After a wait of 14 long years, HIV orphans celebrated Diwali this year without powercut at the Happy Indian Village (HIV) in Hasegaon, Ausa Taluka, located 16 km from Latur. The credit goes to a Good Samaritan and a charitable trust based in Mumbai, that provided them with solar panels for free. But the real hero is Ravi Bapatle, 45, who runs Sevalay (a project started for HIV minors) and Happy Indian Village (for adults). His story has been inspiring many across India. Bapatle claims he was boycotted by his family and villagers after he performed the last rites of an orphan child who died of HIV in 2006. After that incident, Bapatle dedicated his life to HIV orphans. “For the first time this year, we did not face any power failure. Earlier, we used to end up having dinner using kerosene lamps and candles. This Diwali was brighter for sure,” Bapatle said. For several years now, the NGO members have been facing power cut for close to 10 hours every day. They were almost used to spending most nights in the dark. But this has now become a thing of the past, thanks to  Krishna Mahadik, a social worker from Mumbai, who visited Happy Indian Village a few months ago on the occasion of a mass wedding ceremony in the area. Mahadik was moved after witnessing the dedicated work at Sevalay and Happy Indian Village. “I expressed my desire to provide assistance in resolving the frequent power problem faced by the shelter home. Accordingly, I spoke to members of the Suman Ramesh Charitable Trust in Mumbai and they were kind enough to accept my request. They then sponsored setting up solar panels for the shelter home,” shared Mahadik. Orphans between the age group of 6 and 18 years and adults above 18 years of age stay at Bapatle’s shelter home free of cost. “Since ours is a licensed shelter home, the child welfare committee refers abandoned orphans to us from Mumbai, Pune, rest of Maharashtra, Karnatak and Orissa,” informed Bapatle. Bapatle has ensured that the orphans reveived education at Zilla Parishad schools. A female student has recently enrolled for a nursing course. Those who have studied only till Class X continue to work and stay in the shelter. Not a single child at the home has lost his or her life to the condition, Bapatle tells us. “None of them contracted Covid-19 during the pandemic. In fact, a couple, both HIV patients, got married and their newborn is healthy and HIV negative,” he said.

10 October,2022 03:25 PM IST | Mumbai | Vinod Kumar Menon
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