• Mumbai Police seizes 345 kg marijuana, arrests one accused
    Mumbai, January 15 (IANS): In another major haul within a week, Mumbai Police seized over 345 kg marijuana or 'ganja' valued at around Rs 52 million, officials said here on Friday. Following a tip-off regarding a huge consignment of contraband hidden in a building in Sangharsh Nagar, a Chandivali suburb in north-east Mumbai, a team of Saki Naka police station raided the premises, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 10) Maheshwar Reddy said. The 'ganja' was found h
  • Not wearing face mask? Then, clean up roads in Mumbai!
    MUMBAI, OCTOBER 30 (IANS): Cracking the whip against people who don't wear face masks in public and refuse to pay the fine, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned that they will have to sweep the city roads as a punishment. In the past two days (Thursday-Friday), over a hundred persons caught without face masks who refused or were unable to shell out the Rs 200 fine, were handed brooms or mops and made to sweep or clean up stretches of roads in the city. Inte
  • Top Bollywood producers file defamation lawsuit against TV channels
    MUMBAI, October 12  (Reuters): Bollywood's top producers have filed a lawsuit against two television news channels for painting the film industry as a den of drugs and crime following the death of a young movie star, they said. Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment in June in what police initially said appeared to be a case of suicide. His death unleashed frenzied media coverage with TV channels showing his body, analysing his medical prescription
  • Mumbai hit by massive power outage
    MUMBAI, October 12 (Reuters): A major grid failure caused a widespread power outage in India's financial capital Mumbai and surrounding areas on Monday, the first such blackout in more than two years that stranded thousands of train passengers and delayed college exams. The failure was caused by "technical problems" during maintenance work, the energy minister of Maharashtra said in a video message. Power has now been restored to many areas of the city, officials
  • India building collapse death toll climbs to 20, second day search underway
    MUMBAI, September 22 (Reuters): Rescue workers and sniffer dogs scoured the ruins of a collapsed apartment building looking for any sign of life on Tuesday, as the death toll climbed to 20 a day after the disaster struck in Bhiwandi town on the northeast outskirts of Mumbai. There were no reliable estimates of the number of people who were still missing after the three-storey building came down just before dawn on Monday, when many of the people in the 54 apartments would
  • 11-kg tumour extracted from Mumbai woman's abdomen
    Mumbai, September 20 (IANS): Doctors in Mumbai have extracted a gigantic 11-kg tumour from the abdomen of a 55-year-old woman after a marathon nine-hour surgery. A team of medicos headed by oncologist Dr Tanveer A. Majeed, urologist Dr Santosh Palkar and Dr Shilpa Deshmukh performed the complicated surgery at the Zen Multispeciality Hospital in Chembur. The patient Sujata Sinha (name changed) is a housewife who noticed her abdomen growing daily accompanied by breathing difficulti
  • Maharashtra exceeds 1 million coronavirus cases, rivalling Russia, stifling recovery
    MUMBAI, September 11 (Reuters): India's biggest and richest state, Maharashtra, recorded its millionth coronavirus infection on Friday, putting it on par with Russia in the pandemic and stifling India's attempts to turn around an economic plummet. Cases in the western state, home to financial capital Mumbai, passed 1 million as infections have been rising some 20,000 a day recently. If it were a country, the state would now rival Russia for the fourth-highest caseload g
  • With all odds against him, this Mumbai boy makes it to IIM
    LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 8 (IANS): He fought competition, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and dysarthria to crack CAT-2019 with 92.5 per cent marks. Yash Avadesh Gandhi, 21, is now a student of IIM-Lucknow and has been attending online classes from his home in Mumbai for the past one month. "I face problems with numbers. So, I had to put in extra effort, particularly in the quantitative ability section. It was tough, but not impossible," he said in an interview to a local daily
  • Mumbai slummers, women lead march to Covid herd immunity: Survey
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): In a heartening development for health authorities, a sero-survey conducted in Mumbai has indicated that slum dwellers and women are at the forefront in the march to herd immunity against coronavirus, officials said here on Wednesday. The 'Serological Surveillance for SARS-CoV2 Infection' survey was done by BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, along with NITI Aayog and TISS for 12-14 days in the first half of July covering 6,936 people. Conducted in
  • Coping with Covid: Indian Hotels to launch food ordering app
    MUMBAI, JULY 24 (IANS): The Indian Hotels Company which owns properties under the Taj and other brands will launch a food ordering mobile application Qmin which will be active in Mumbai area from Saturday. According to the company, the application will be available on both Google Play Store for Android users and App Store for iOS users, and it will roll out in nine other cities including Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai in the coming weeks. "The Qmin app brings signature dishes
  • Mumbai building crash toll climbs to 10, 12 injured
    MUMBAI, JULY 17 (IANS): In Mumbai's worst building disaster this monsoon season, the death toll in the Thursday's collapse of a part of Bhanushali Building near the GPO shot up to 10 while 12 others were injured, the BMC Disaster Control said on Friday.   Besides, two others were killed in another simultaneous tenement crash in Plot No 8B of Collector Compound, Malvani in suburban Malad west, and several more were injured.   In both instances, the relief a
  • After Big B, Abhishek Bachchan confirms he is COVID-19 positive
    'Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital,' informs Abhishek   Mumbai, July 12 (IANS): Soon after Amitabh Bachchan tweeted to confirm that he has been hospitalised with COVID-19 infection, the Bollywood icons son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, also took to social media on Saturday night to state that he has tested positive to the novel coronavirus.   "Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us hav
  • 1 killed in Maha as Cyclone Nisarga whirls past Mumbai
    MUMBAI, JUNE 3 (IANS): One person was killed in Maharashtra's Raigad district and at least 7 others injured in Mumbai as Cyclone Nisarga wreaked havoc after a thumping wet landfall at Shriwardhan-Dive Agar in Raigad on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.   Raigad Collector Nidhi Choudhari said one man was killed in Umte village when he was hit by an electric pole uprooted by the force of the gales lashing the region.   As per the latest India Meteorological D
  • Mallya to be flown, lodged in Mumbai on extradition
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 3 (IANS): On extradition to India, Vijay Mallya would be flown to Mumbai as the case against him was registered there, sources in the investigative agencies disclosed to IANS on Wednesday.   The fugitive businessman will be accompanied by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials. At the Mumbai Airport, a medical team will do his health check-up.   If Mallya lands in Mumbai at night, he will have to sp
  • Cyclone Nisarga's Maha landfall full of fury
    Mumbai/Raigad, June 3 (IANS): After a wait of 72 hours, Cyclone Nisarga made a thumping landfall at Shriwardhan-Dive Agar in Raigad district, hitting coastal Maharashtra with full fury, officials said.     "The eye of the storm is around 60 km away, it has hit Raigad district at a speed of over 100kmph. Now, it is proceedings towards Uran," said Ratnagiri Collector Nidhi Choudhari in a statement.     Uran is in the northern-part of Raigad
  • Mumbai streets deserted as India's biggest city braces for cyclone
    MUMBAI, JUNE 3 (Reuters):  Bracing for the first ever cyclone to hit Mumbai in living memory, people in India's most populous metropolis stayed off the streets and scrambled to protect their homes before the torrential rains and gale-force winds struck.   Authorities were working until late in the night on Tuesday to move thousands of people away from the coast, amid fears that a city already ravaged by COVID-19 infections could see its healthcare system f