Shopping mela

While the Maharashtra government plans to organise a shopping festival to boost tourism in Mumbai, the autorickshaw ride for Thane near Mumbai will be bumpy in the absence of prepaid autos. Moreover, NGOs have alleged that hundreds of trees have been cut and water bodies have been destroyed for Mumbai Metro. A man hanged himself after killing his mother and grandmother in Andheri. Also, the police have found that the Mumbai cult leader Sunil Kulkarni has a BCom, not MBBS degree.

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1. Shop till you drop: 17-day Mumbai Mela likely this year

Need an incentive to visit Mumbai? Hotels, restaurants, malls and airlines will offer you whopping discounts during a 17-day Mumbai Mela organised by the Maharashtra government. The mela — a shopping festival along the lines of the Dubai Festival — will be the first such event organised on a grand scale in Mumbai, said officials.

2. Mumbai cult leader Kulkarni has BCom degree, not MBBS

When police officer Shekhar Tore heard about the arrest of Sunil Kulkarni it rang a bell. Tore was posted in Pune 20 years ago when he arrested Kulkarni for allegedly duping a home-loan seeker. “He was a “Natwarlal” in the making,” Tore says about Kulkarni, who is now under arrest in Mumbai for being the head of a cult called Shifu Sunkriti that is accused of entrapping and cheating young people.

A 2000 satellite image of the Mithi river. (HT)

3. Hundreds of trees cut, water bodies destroyed for Mumbai Metro, says NGO

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRC) has chopped hundreds of trees on a 3-hectare plot along the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Link-Road (JVLR) and destroyed water channels that flow into the Mithi river, alleged environmental watchdogs on Tuesday.

4. Brace for a bumpy ride, prepaid autos will no longer ply from Thane station

Prepaid autorickshaws will no longer ply from Thane station owing to poor response from commuters resulting in financial losses, said autorickshaw unions in the city. Regional transport office (RTO) officials said they would rectify the problems with the service, and then reintroduce prepaid autos with improved features in about a month.

5. 24-year-old takes photos of HR executive inside Pune office washroom, arrested

A 24-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for taking photographs of a woman human resources executive inside the washroom of her office in World Trade Centre in Kharadi, Pune.


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