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Indian man fills potholes out of love for dead son

MUMBAI: Dadarao Bilhore smoothes the road surface, rests his shovel, looks to the sky and prays for his son, one of thousands of Indians killed every year in accidents caused by potholes. Prakash Bilhore, a promising student, was just 16 when he died in July 2015 in Mumbai, India's hectic financial and Bollywood capital of 20 million people. "Dadarao Bilhore's son Prakash was travelling pillion with his cousin when the motorbike he was on hit a deep pothole, sending him flying through the air. Prakash, who…

Servant almost killed woman with ‘deadly omelette’!

MUMBAI: A 65-year-old Parsi woman's chef was arrested for feeding her deadly omelette. The elderly woman had started feeling ill after eating her meals, little did she suspect that her vomiting was not due to contaminated food, but because of rat poison. On the advice of her doctor, a piece of omelette Zeenia recently ate was sent to the FSL after she complained of nausea and loose motions.R The chef Riyaz ul Haq, alias Mandal (33), was arrested on Saturday.  The findings shocked her, it was learned Mandal had…

Miss Universe asked to pay Rs 4 Lakh duty fee at airport for pageant crown

MUMBAI: Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters while arriving at Mumbai international airport was taken by surprise as airport customs asked her to pay Rs 4 lakhs Indian rupees in customs duty for a mere replica of her original crown. The South African beauty pageant winner arrived in India to judge a beauty contest. Though she arrived at Mumbai Airport at 7 pm in the evening she was not allowed to leave till 1 am in the morning! Miss Universe Demi-Leigh had been crowned Miss Universe in 2017 though while…

27,363 potholes in Mumbai: Citizens now apply for world record

MUMBAI: A team of residents in Mumbai  decided to deal with lingering problem of potholes after they counted all such spots and now approached the Guinness World records to get their country listed for recognition. Navin Lade, on behalf of Mumbaikars has applied to both Guinness World records and Limca Book of Record for having the maximum number of potholes on the roads. Navin Lade, General secretary of the employment wing of the Republican Party of Indian (RPI), came up with the idea of entering the number of…

Thief ‘Hypnotizes’, Kidnaps, Robs 15-Year-Old

MUMBAI: A man allegedly 'hypnotized' Anurag, kidnapped him and then robbed him of his gold ornaments. According to Anurag, around 4 pm on Saturday, he left Global hospital, where his father is getting treated for dengue, with his aunt and sister. They were walking back home. They reached near the Parel ROB around 4.30 pm, and a man on a bike stopped next to them and asked them to help him because his house was being renovated. Anurag told mid-day, "I sat on his bike. He first took me to Dadar, Wadala, Antop Hill, GTB…

Heavy rain brings chaos to Mumbai

MUMBAI: Heavy rain delayed flights on Tuesday in and out of India’s financial capital of Mumbai where a footbridge partially collapsed, halting commuter trains. Schools and colleges in several parts of the city declared a holiday but government offices, the stock exchange and banks were functioning as normal. Jet Airways, India’s biggest full-service airline, announced a waiver on penalties for changing flights and refunds for passengers flying out of Mumbai. A footbridge, weakened by the rain, partially collapsed…

India’s Punjab Bank to shutter most operations in fraud-hit branch

MUMBAI: India's Punjab National Bank (PNB) is closing nearly all its operations in a Mumbai branch that was at the heart of a $2 billion fraud, according to four sources with knowledge of the decision. The move to downsize the Brady House branch, which has come to symbolise the biggest banking scandal in the country’s history, comes as India’s second-largest state lender seeks to tighten controls and restore its reputation. The 123-year-old bank has lost more than half its market value since the fraud came to light in…

Teenager takes on heart criticism over ‘excessive social media use’,commits suicide

MUMBAI: A 15-year-old after allegedly being told off by mother for constant use of cell phones and social Media attempted suicide by jumping off a high rise in the early hours of Tuesday. He left behind a suicide note on Instagram Stories apologizing to everyone. The boy was good at his studies and had cleared his Class IX exams in the IGCSE stream of a Kandivli school. The boy and his older sister spent most of their time with their grandfather as his parents frequently travel extensively for their travel and…

Sonam Kapoor’s big day has finally arrived!

MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor's much-awaited wedding day is finally here and it is one big Bollywood fest. From Kareena Kapoor Khan to Amitabh Bachchan, stars are arriving in their best attires to wish the couple all the very best.  In a picture posted on social media, Sonam dazzles in a red traditional bridal dress and Maharajah style jewelry. Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja are set to marry as per Sikh traditions at her aunt's bungalow in Bandra. Paparazzi clicks Bollywood's best arriving at the venue to…