QMumbai: Sachin-Kambli in City Maidans; Ola-Uber Drivers Protest

After Cong-Sena spat, JVLR renaming gets a filmi twist, and other stories.  

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Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli.

1. Sachin, Kambli Are Back in City Maidans

Mumbai’s dusty maidans’ two finest products come together to unearth fresh cricketing talent

They were famous even before playing for India, when they hammered a 664-run partnership in schools cricket at Azad Maidan in 1988. Now, Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli return to the very maidans where they learnt their cricket, hoping to find talent that will keep Mumbai and India at the top of the cricketing charts.

Tendulkar and Kambli, called Jai and Veeru of Indian cricket by the fans in the 1990s, had a fallout a few years ago, so much so that Kambli said his school buddy had “forgotten” him when Tendulkar did not invite him for a postretirement party.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

2. Ola, Uber Drivers to Protest Today to Demand Fare Hike

Representational image of Ola and Uber cabs. 
Representational image of Ola and Uber cabs. 
(Photo Courtesy: Reuters/Twitter/@OlaCabs)

The drivers of Ola and Uber cabs are holding a protest today to demand a hike in fares in view of the rising fuel prices. They also want that the bookings should be made only from the Aadhaar-verified numbers of the customers and a check on hiring of new cabs by the aggregators. Due the protest, a few cabs are likely to remain off-roads today.

According to Sunil Borkar, leader of the app-based cab drivers’ union, said that the protest will be held outside the offices of Uber and Ola at Kurla at 11 am. “The future course of agitation will be announced during the protest,” he said. “Both the companies had given big assurances to drivers, but have failed to make good the promises. The drivers have not been able to recover their losses. The drivers had invested Rs 5-7 lakh and were expecting to make Rs 1 lakh a month. But drivers are unable to make even half of this because of the mismanagement by these companies,’’ Sanjay Pandey, a member of the cab drivers’ union.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

3. After Cong-Sena Spat, JVLR Renaming Gets a Filmi Twist

The Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, popularly known as JVLR, should be named after legendary filmmaker, late Kamal Amrohi, his son Tajdar has demanded.

Reacting to a report published in this newspaper on October 20, about Congress and Shiv Sena sparring over renaming this road, Tajdar said his father was the one who brought the area into focus by purchasing over 200 acres of land and starting a studio.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

4. Owner of Lingerie Biz Gone Bust Says Rivals Played Dirty

Harshad Thakkar has been missing. 
Harshad Thakkar has been missing. 
(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Chairman and managing director of Ashapura Intimates Fashion Ltd. Harshad Thakkar, who has been reported missing, has blamed stock market manipulation by his rivals for the dramatic drop in the company’s stock price.

In a note left behind by him, Thakkar has apologised for letting the company’s stakeholders down and causing them financial loss. “I don’t want anything from anyone. I don’t have any requirements and I don’t know what will happen to me. I am asking for your forgiveness. I can’t live with burden of the fact that I am responsible for the losses suffered by so many people (sic),” Thakkar’s note written in Gujarati says.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. Mumbai Crime: City's Most Wanted Chain Snatcher Held

The Navi Mumbai police on Saturday morning arrested the city's most wanted chain snatcher at Khalapur in Raigad, after he opened fire on the team which had gone to nab him. Around 7 am, rounds of gunfire were exchanged between the Navi Mumbai Crime branch and Faiyaz Khalid Sheikh, who has over 90 cases registered against him in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Thane and Gujarat.

After receiving a tip-off, more than two dozen officers reached the location. "The suspect panicked and started firing at us. So, we were left with no option but to retaliate. Shiekh was hit by a bullet and got injured. Two officers from PI Shrish Pawar and Vijay Kadbane's team escaped as the bullet hit them on the bullet-proof jacket," said DCP Tushar Doshi.

(Source: Mid-Day)

6. Cops Nab up Man Who Supplied Gun to Shooters

In a joint operation by the Mumbai crime branch and the Uttar Pradesh police, investigators arrested a man from UP's Phatakpura area for supplying a country made pistol used to kill a 35-year-old businessman in a crowded Dadar flower market over a week ago. The shooters had apparently bought the weapon from the accused, identified as Purushotam, alias Mallu Saxena, for Rs 10,000.

Police had earlier arrested the victim Manoj Maurya's friend, Radhakrishna Kushwaha, 37, and sharpshooters Hemendar Kushwaha, 20, and Rajendra Aherwaar, 30. Radhakrishna, a resident of Delhi's Nellothi area, ad allegedly paid Rajendra and Hemendar - both residents of UP's Orai area -to bump off Maurya due to differences between them.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. Mumbai: Mankhurd and Dindoshi Police Rob off Neighbours Privacy, Peace

One would imagine that having police presence in a neighbourhood would make its residents feel safe. But, for families of Vrindavan 3 CHS in Malad and Lalubhai Compound in Mankhurd which share their buildings with the police stations of Dindoshi and Mankhurd respectively, the experience has been nothing short of a nightmare. The constant movement of visitors inside their premises, and the high-handedness of the police, has robbed residents off their privacy.

For residents of Vrindavan 3 CHS, life has never been the same, ever since the Dindoshi police station moved into its premises, in the aftermath of the 1992 riots. At present, the compound has five buildings, comprising 109 flats with the police station located in the A wing. The ground floor of the A Wing has a station house and officers' room, while the first floor has a detection room. Recently, the police also opened a new office of externed criminals on the third floor.

(Source: Mid-Day)

8. Juhu Restaurant Found Serving Banned Hookahs, Four Arrested

Representational image of a hookah. 
Representational image of a hookah. 
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

The Juhu branch of Sheesha Sky Lounge was raided on Saturday night by the police after the cops found that the plush facility was also serving the banned hookahs to its patrons. Four people, including the manager and a few employees, were arrested while another senior staffer of the restaurant is still at large, said the police.

The raid was carried out by the police during the dinner service on Saturday night. Police said they found hookah being served to a mostly young crowd in a corner of the restaurant’s first floor. Other than the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA), the police also booked the accused for creating a fire hazard and endangering the lives of the patrons.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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