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Mulund residents upset as BMC goes back on promise to restore playground

The play area dug up

Angry residents of Mulund East are in a head-on clash with the civic body after a gaping hole filled with water in the area's only playground has not been filled despite the corporation promising to do so.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had, last month dug a temporary pond at the spot, despite protests by locals, for Ganesh visarjan. It had even put up a board declaring that the pond was a temporary one and the ground would be restored after Anant Chaturdashi.

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Telangana women burn `poor quality` saris given as gifts

Women burn saris in Hyderabad yesterday. Pic /PTI

The free distribution of over one crore saris for women below the poverty line for the upcoming traditional 'Bathukamma' festival began across Telangana yesterday. But, the sari distribution found itself in a row with the saris allegedly being burnt over poor quality.

While the state government held the Opposition responsible for the burning of saris, cops have booked those involved. Apparently, the saris cost between Rs 200 and Rs 220.

Bengal Minister`s brother swept away in river during religious ritual

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Kolkata: The elder brother of West Bengal Law and Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak is believed to have been swept away while performing a ritual in Damodar river in West Bardhaman district on Tuesday, police said.

"Ashim Ghatak, a senior advocate of Asansol sub-divisional magistrate court in the district and elder brother of state Minister Moloy Ghatak went missing while offering 'tarpan' in the Damodar river on Tuesday afternoon. It seems he was swept away in the river," an officer from Hirapur police station said.

Ghatak was performing the '

`Charismatic` Sushma Swaraj Ivanka Trump talk empowerment

US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump and EAM Sushma Swaraj also discussed the former's forthcoming visit to India in November. Pic/ Indian Embassy US on Twitter

US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump today met External Affairs Minister Sus­hma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

Ivanka, who wo­uld be leading the US delegati­on to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India in November, discussed workforce development in the two countries. "We had a great discussion on women's entrepreneurship,

Katrina Kaif gets emotional as she nears the wrap of `Tiger Zinda Hai` schedule

Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Tiger Zinda Hai,’ starring superstar Salman Khan and beautiful Katrina Kaif, is gearing up for a Christmas 2017 release. The film is a sequel to Kabir Khan ‘Ek Tha Tiger,’ with the same star-cast, which released in 2012.. Ali promises ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ to be packed with high-octane action stunts.Despite the team being shooting in the sweltering heat of Abu Dhabi, director Ali Abbas Zafar and Katrina Kaif have kept their fans updated and engaged with the film via social media.Several videos and photos from the sets have been uploaded by Katrina and the

Riya Sen shares photo with mother-in-law from her lavish wedding reception

Riya Sen shares photo with mother-in-law from her lavish wedding reception. Pic/Riya Sen's Instagram

Bollywood actress Riya Sen and husband Shivam Tewari had a lavish wedding reception in New Delhi's Leela Palace. Riya took to Instagram to share a picture with her mother-in-law Rita Tewari.

 

OMG! `Not a good student` Shraddha Kapoor secured 95 per cent

Shraddha Kapoor

The gorgeous and petite actress Shraddha Kapoor has slayed into every arena that she stepped in. Be it acting, singing or dancing, the 'Ek Villain' actress is on-point and flawless.However, when it comes to studying, the self-admitted diva reveals that she is not a good student, whereas, on the other hand, she has secured 95% in her twelfth grade.

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Shocking! Sanjay Dutt did not invite Salman Khan for `Bhoomi` screening

Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan

Sanjay Dutt is going to great lengths to ensure that his comeback vehicle, Bhoomi, grabs eyeballs. Ahead of the film's release this week, the actor has organised two special screenings of the Omung Kumar-directed project. Interestingly, while one is for his friends from the fraternity, his old buddy, Salman Khan, hasn't been extended an invitation.

A source tells mid-day, "Sanjay and wife Maanayata are planning to host a grand screening on September 20 for the industry folk. Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Suniel and

Ola, Uber drivers unaware of bandh which started from Monday

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Even as the Ola and Uber drivers' union called for a flash strike starting from Monday midnight, there was hardly any impact observed during the Tuesday morning rush hour as most drivers seem to be unaware of it. The union however, continues to remain strong on its stand, saying it will continue with the indefinite strike.

The union is demanding safety and security of drivers of these private cab services after observing instances of thrashing of drivers in the past. The union is also demanding a high margin of earning for drivers.

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Mumbai University`s latest goof-up: Wrong circular issued

Mumbai University

Mumbai University (MU) is back in the news and for the wrong reasons, again. The varsity's latest goof-up involves wrong information released in a circular. The varsity recently issued a circular asking the students whose results were reserved or who were marked absent in their results, to apply for re-evaluation.

Incidentally, the university had earlier assured students that MU would itself review those results. After mild protests, during which students refused to pay the re-evaluation fees, the varsity has responded saying that there was a mistake in the

Aditi Rao Hydari: Sanju sir`s hug is really like jaadu ki jhappi

Aditi Rao Hydari and Sanjay Dutt. Pic/Yogen Shah

Omung Kumar's 'Bhoomi,' Sanjay Dutt's grand comeback vehicle, is a few days away, and has generated enough curiosity. The film becomes special, as it's his first film after the long sabbatical.

'Bhoomi' is an emotional and sensitive revenge drama that explores the relationship between a father and daughter.Playing the role of Sanjay Dutt's daughter is the gorgeous and petite Aditi Rao Hydari.Talking exclusively to mid-day,

Mumbai rains: BMC on alert as heavy showers lash the city

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Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Tuesday afternoon, but there was no report of waterlogging or disruption of transport services.

Today's forecastHeavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy rain at isolated places is very likely over Konkan and Goa. Heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places is very likely over Chhattisgarh. Heavy rain at isolated places is very likely over Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland-Manipur-Mizoram-Tripura, Odisha, Jharkhand, east Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Region, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha, coastal

Mumbai: MSF staff go on flash strike at Ghatkopar metro station

Protesting MSF staff. Pic /Rajesh Gupta

The Maharashtra Security Force (MSF), which provides security to Mu­mbai Metro and key civic hospitals, went on a flash strike this morning, taking authorities by surprise. According to a source, the staff did not report for duty, and instead led a protest at Ghatkopar Metro station.

The MSF staff has been demanding the same rights and facilities as other state agencies. Previously, they had requested that the state give them permanent jobs, instead of hiring them on a contract basis. A source said that over 500 MSF employees were also

`If somebody wants to see only sex scenes, they`d rather watch adult films`

With South actress Rai Laxmi's first full-fledged Bollywood film 'Julie 2' gearing up for release, she's become the hot sensation on the block, courtesy, her alleged past relationship with renowned cricketer MS Dhoni, and her sensuous scenes in the film.Since the film is distributed by former Central Bureau of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief Pahlaj Nihalani, the film grabbed more headlines as the former Chief was known for trimming kissing scenes and every second film fell into a controversy as it had to face the wrath of CBFC's scissors. However, Nihalani made his stance clear

Iqbal Kaskar was watching `KBC`, eating biryani when picked up

Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar

Late on Monday night, when Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, the brother of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, was picked up from his home in south Mumbai, he was busy watching the 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' show and eating biryani, police said on Tuesday.

Iqbal Kaskar was on Tuesday produced before a local court which sent him to eight days police custody.

Kaskar and two others were arrested by the Thane Police Anti-Extortion Cell for allegedly running an extortion racket since 2013.

He was picked up from the home of his deceased sister, Haseena

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