A few days ago, however, Verve Compusoft approached BEST saying it had wrongly mentioned Verve Communications Private Limited, a different company, in documents. A proposal was tabled before the BEST committee of corporators last week to rectify the “typing error”.
Jerrit John, accused of throwing a corrosive chemical on Worli physiotherapist Aryanka Hosbetkar on Wednesday, was brought to Dadar Police Station late on Saturday evening after his arrest in Nalasopara. Dressed in a white T, khaki shorts and a cap, he hid his face initially. However, when he was marched through a crowd of waiting journalists after a press conference he scowled into the cameras and even stuck his tongue out.
Accusations take wings
At a recent BMC meeting discussing adverse effects of mobile tower radiation, corporators raised concern about the dwindling population of sparrows in the city. While three corporators sought to highlight how the towers were affecting flora and fauna, one shouted: “The lack of sparrows is definitely an issue, but the real issue is the lazy rhinos of the civic body that are not doing anything about the situation.” A thunderous applause followed.
Chants of relief
While Wednesday’s disruption in suburban train services gave lakhs of home-bound Central Railway commuters a hard time, it also evoked religious and even revolutionary sentiments among some. At about 9.30 pm, when a fast local finally started moving out of CST after a long delay, chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Moraya’ rented the air. This was topped up by a final cry of ‘Inquilab Zindabad’.
The Diwali department
The festive season has hit BMC offices, and how! The water department in Worli may win special points for its ornate rangolis inside and outside the office doors and the pretty lighting that grows in grandeur toward the cabin of chief engineer Ramesh Bambale. At the department on the mezzanine floor of the swanky new BMC engineering hub, a schedule of festivities to be held on Monday has been pasted. First, there will be a game of housie, after which wishes and gifts will be exchanged. A rich lunch will follow and finally, the staff will be treated to an orchestra.
If you get a call from a landline in the next few days, do not ignore it. It might well be CM calling. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has joined efforts for a pollution-free Diwali and started calling citizens from Saturday to wish a clean and noise-free festival. In crisp Marathi, he greets you and advises a pollution-free Diwali. But the call gets disconnected before you say ‘thank you’. The pre-recorded message, to be delivered through telecom companies, is part of an initiative by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.
Schools across the city are in a bind as Children’s Day, November 14, falls during Diwali vacation that starts the previous day. While some schools have advanced the celebration, a few others have decided to cancel it. Meanwhile, schools have been instructed by the education department to stay open on Sunday, November 11, to celebrate National Education Day. NB Chavan, deputy director of school education, Mumbai, has issued a circular asking teachers and students to attend school on November 11, the birth anniversary of first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. “Even if attendance is low, schools will have to remain open on Sunday and read PM’s message to students,” said Chavan.