Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Let Me Smoke: Shah Rukh Khan.

Actors should not be asked to curb their “creative liberties,” Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan said. He was responding to Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who said he and Amitabh Bachchan should stop setting a bad example by smoking in public and in films as “children have their first puff of cigarette due to celebrities.” “As filmmakers we should have creative liberties because cinema is all about make-believe,” Mr. Khan said. He, however, said he agreed with Dr. Ramadoss on his concern over an increase in young people taking to smoking.

Dr. Ramadoss had said Mr. Khan should not have smoked in the stands while watching a cricket match in Mumbai and that he and Mr. Bachchan could learn a thing or two from Tamil film actor Rajnikant, who accepted the Minister’s suggestion to quit smoking on screen.

Defending himself, Mr. Khan said the stadium where he was photographed smoking was a private club coming under the Cricket Club of India; moreover, there wasn’t a ‘no smoking zone’ specified in the area.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Chill pill in Mumbai!!!

This year, Mumbai’s winter seems to be doing a Sachin Tendulkar — beating its own record with crisp regularity. While January 25 became the coldest day in the decade with 11.4 degree Celsius, on Republic Day it dived further to 11 degrees.

But windy Sunday had saved one: the weatherman recorded 10.2 degrees. The government-run Doordarshan channel, and usually reliable with such data, said it was the coldest day in 45 years. Since offices were closed, this could not be confirmed.

“It is probably the lowest in two decades,” said regional head of the Indian Metrological Department, C.V.V. Bhadram. The lowest recorded temperature in Mumbai is 7.4 degrees on January 22, 1962.

“There is a cold wave in the state because of the Northerly winds. It does not last more than a week,” said M. Rajeevan, director, National Climate Centre, Pune. The cold and dry Northerlies travel across Kashmir’s peaks and Gujarat’s plains to reach Mumbai.

In the state, Nasik was the coldest at four degrees. Pune is slightly warmer at six degrees.

The weather has become conversation over drinks, with brandy seeing a sudden and rare period of popularity. “Clubbing just got dressier. Everyone has got their New York boots and trendy jackets out,” said 28-year-old Juhu resident Shalini Kalra.

Doctors sound less peppy. “Mumbai is not used to such cold. Respiratory problems have doubled. We have had to increase dosages of asthma patients, and some had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit," said Hemant Thacker, consultant physician at Breach Candy Hospital. “People have to keep their chests warm and avoid early morning walks because of smog.”

Laptop for Corporators.

Municipal Corporators in the city will soon be provided laptops to make them easily accessible to people in their wards.

The scheme to provide laptops to 227 corporators of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) will be included in the next year's budget, Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak said.

As per the scheme, which is under consideration, the corporators will use the laptops while in office and may be allowed to buy it at a depreciated price at the end of their tenure, he said.

This scheme had been implemented in some state government offices and can be thought of here as well, Phatak said.

The MCGM, with an annual budget of over Rs 10,000 crore, is one of the richest civic bodies in the country.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Manu Kumar Srivastava said the laptops would be acquired through a tender process and the contract would include a maintenance contract for the machines.

"We had recently started our website and our intention is that all corporators should be able to use it and have greater interaction with citizens," Srivastava said.

Screen Awards 2008 winners!!

Best Pair: Shah Rukh KHan & Deepika Pudokone
Best Actor: Shah Rukh Khan for Chak de India
Best Actress: Kareena Kapoor for Jab We Met
Best Film: Chak De India
Best Director: Shimit Amin for Chak De and Amir Khan for Tare Zameen Par

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Tare Zameen Par : 5 awards
Chak De India: 4 Awards
LIfe in Metro: 3 Awards
Guru: 2 Awards
Jab we Met: 1 Awards ssa-5.jpg
The blue Umbrella: 1 Award

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

IPL bid Changing face of cricket INDIA!!

The IPL issue was as good as an IPO!!The kind of media attention it got on print and television was tantamount to the importance the game is given to in India.The non decrepit league cricket in India has transformed overnight with big money hitting the lowest level.It bodes well for cricket as it will give the impetus to finding new talent and nurturing them.The super rich and famous have got there designer cricket team to show off and of course make money and enjoy limelight.
The very banal urge of rich and famous to hold more acquire more and get more turned the biddding into a happy tantrik trance for the BCCI.Niranjan bhai,Pawar saheb and company including Rajeev shukla must be grinning brim to brim!!
What they have done in a single stroke is to re affirm to the masses that the thret from Zee TV's ICL is a no starter.
It will be interesting to see how does the Zee group can keep the focus and attention in this onslaught of money and collective power of Mukesh ambani,Vijay Mallya,Shah Rukh Khan,Nes Wadia & Priety Zinta?
The Cricketing world is going to be on par with Bollywood vis a vis glitter and glamour the thin line will get thinner now.Shah Rukh had his last laugh about enjoying a cricket match!!No body can stopp him as he owns a Team now!!
The page three parties in AAmchi Mumbai will have new discussion!!Who has got the biggest??Come on silly,i mean team!!
I hope the glitter and money reaches the lowest level and cricket be the beneficiary in all the glitter.
As for Shah Rukh its continuation of a dream life and charisma.I salute the guts and the bussiness accumen of the bidders..

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Shah Rukh Khan,Mukesh Ambani,Preity Zinta,Vijay Mallya win IPL bids.

Mukesh Ambani has won the bid to sponsor the Mumbai team of the Indian Professional League (IPL) tournament promoted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Mukesh Ambani won the bid for the Mumbai team for $111.9 million.

Following are the bid amounts and winners for various teams in the Indian Premier League:
Vijay Mallya won the bid for the Bangalore team for $111.6 million.
Shah Rukh Khan won the bid for the Kolkata team for $75.09 million.
GMR Holdings won the bid for the Delhi team for $84 million.
India Cements won the bid for the Chennai team for $91 million.
Deccan Chronicle won the bid for the Hyderabad team for $107.01 million.
Emerging Media won the bid for the Jaipur team for $67 million.
Preity Zinta won the bid for the Mohali team for $76 million.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bala saheb speakes.

In an interview to his party mouthpiece, Saamna, Shiv Sena supreme Bal Thackeray has advocated that a certain quota of homes in new construction should be reserved for Maharashtrians in Mumbai. It is a reaction to the Maharashtra Government's doing away with the Land Ceiling Act, opening up more space in Mumbai for real estate development.

Sena supreme’s concern is that Marathi Manoos or the average Maharashtrians may end up being marginalised in Mumbai after the repeal of the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA) as a result of soaring real estate prices.

Thackeray's comments come on the back of his scathing attack on non-Maharashtrians, asking for permits to be issued to those working in Mumbai.

Thackeray said, "In the towers that are going to come up in Mumbai, allocation for Maharashtrians should not be ten or twenty percent but about fifty percent.
Otherwise, we won’t even allow a brick to be put in place. Builders should give a written undertaking to this effect, with a clear mention about the space allocation to Maharashtrians. We are not specifying how much area should be allocated but it should be enough to allow for comfortable living."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Saif Rocks Mumbai!!!

Saif Ali Khan showed off his hitherto less known rock-star side to thousands of screaming Mumbaikars, as he performed along with rock band Parikrama at the Seagram's Royal Stag Mega Music concert in Andheri last evening (Jan 20). The actor sporting a dark blue dotted bandana with a black tee and jeans looked at ease as he strummed the guitar to popular rock numbers like 'Smoke on the Water' by Deep Purple, AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' and Pink Floyd's 'Run like Hell'. The actor also showed that he can definitely sing much more than a line or two as he crooned Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B Goode' and even dedicated the song to his daughter who was in the audience. The concert also featured Pakistani band, Strings, who rendered some of their popular hits like 'Aakhri Alvida' from Shootout At Lokhandwala. However, those wanting to see Saif's lady love, Kareena Kapoor, at the concert were disappointed as she was busy shooting out of the country. Nevertheless, her name was seen tattooed prominently on Saif's forearm. So, what if Kareena couldn't be Saif's arm candy for his special night, she sure ended up being his fore-arm candy.

Mumbai Marathon!

John Kelai of Kenya broke off from a pack of three a couple of kilometres from the finish to win the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon title on Sunday. Ethiopia's Tariku Jufar was second. Kelai finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 22 seconds, with Jufar coming in at 2:12:28 and Kenya's Philemon Boit at 2:12:35. Ethiopia's Mulu Seboka won the women's marathon setting a new course record with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes and 3 seconds ahead of Kenya's Irene Kemunto (2:32:51) and Kenya's Margaret Karie Toroitich (2:33:56). It was Seboka's third victory in five years of Mumbai Marathon. Over 1,300 athletes competed in the event. Ian Ladbrooke, Elite athletes co-ordinator, said it was a tactical race. "After the pace-maker Daniel Rono a former winner of the event went off after 40 km, the top three stayed with each other with neither wanting to break off fearing they might serve as pacemakers to the others." Kelai's experience of the course stood him in good stead. But for being hotly chased by the other two Kelai may have bettered the course record, for the conditions were best that athletes have had for five years

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Indian maverick in Nuclear fuel.

When Holtec International Inc. chief executive officer Krishna "Kris" Singh founded his company in 1986 to develop technology to increase the amount of spent fuel rods that could be stored in nuclear power plants, he figured customers would flock to him. He couldn't have been more wrong.

"I am not a natural salesman," Singh, 60, told PhillyInc. "In the early years of Holtec's business, I struggled with it."

Eventually, he overcame his weaknesses as a salesman and convinced the nation's nuclear power industry that Holtec could help it address the problem of storing radioactive spent fuel rods. Sales at the closely held Marlton-based company then took off, as did the profits, which Singh declined to disclose.

The company, which Singh says has an order backlog of $3 billion, has about 300 employees. Holtec says its technology is used in reactors in the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan.

Last month, Holtec grabbed headlines when it won a $269 million contract to design, license, establish and commission a fuel-storage facility at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, the 1986 site of the worst accident in the history of nuclear power. The company plans to employ 60 to 80 people in Ukraine, and is looking to buy an office building in the country's capital of Kiev.

Notably, Singh said he has kept $1 from his salary each year, and has his company donate the rest to his charitable foundation. Singh's foundation has donated $20 million to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania's School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, to create the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. It was the largest gift in the history of the engineering school, where he got his doctorate.

Question: How did Holtec get started?

Answer: I wanted to take the necessary risk and develop new things. Nuclear power plants were sitting on the cusp. They didn't have enough storage to keep storing fuel inside the plant. There was no alternative technology to deal with the fuel.

Q: Nuclear power is in vogue again. Have people on Wall Street asked you about going public?

A: We get approached more frequently than I can remember. . . . It's a constant process. We have not seriously entertained going public. Wall Street is a short-term-focused enterprise. The stockholders, they want their returns. They want their returns yesterday.

Q: Did you have any mentors who helped you along?

A: His name is Dr. Burton Paul. [He was Singh's doctoral adviser.] He gave me encouragement every step of the way. . . . I always went back to him. He's always been a source of inspiration. He's a first-rate intellectual.

Q: When you first arrived in America, there weren't nearly as many people from India here as there are today. What was it like for you?

A: I used to get a newspaper once a week from the Indian Embassy. It had a circulation of 10,000. That lasted for about two or three years. As the population grew, they got out of the business of keeping us informed. . . . If I wanted to have an Indian meal, I had to go to New York City.

Q: What prompted you to make the donation to Penn?

A: Today, it's a new century, and I firmly believe that America's future lies in staying ahead in the technology race. The university will play a leading role in that.

Q: How big of a challenge is the Chernobyl contract?

A: It's going to take us altogether five years to finish. . . . It's a substantial undertaking for us. As one of my engineers described here, "It's the mother of all projects." It's going to consume an enormous amount of our resources. Our reputation rides on it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


DETROIT — The most talked-about car at the Detroit auto show is a car that isn't here, and isn't intended to ever be sold in U.S. showrooms.
It's the Tata Nano, a car that will cost just $2,500 and was unveiled last week at a car show in India. The bare-bones vehicle is meant not as an aspirational car but as a safer replacement for mopeds, which can even be seen carrying small families around neighborhoods in India.Some say the Nano could be a revolutionary car that could change the developing world.Even if it runs on just 7-inch wheels.
The Nano could repeat what automakers in the past — like Ford (F) with its Model T and Volkswagen with the Beetle — did successfully: Build a car that the masses can afford to buy."Cars like that could be the new Volkswagen," says Ken DeWoskin, a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers' Detroit office. "They could have a huge impact on the world."The Nano came up in conversations all over the North American International Auto Show here, and there were even rumors that it was on display in a small showroom in the basement of Cobo Hall, the area where the Chinese automakers and specialty carmakers have their stands.The big automakers are taking notice.
"They are going to create a whole new market," says John Parker, executive vice president for Asia Pacific and Africa for Ford Motor. "It's a different mindset, a different attitude. They're going to break through the paradigms."

Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors, (GM) says he's being careful not to dismiss the car simply because it is cheap and minimalist.

"In the developed world, we kind of miss the point," he says. "We think, 'How would that car do in a crash test?' But we miss the point that it's better than being in a crash in a two-wheeler."

As Tata Motors chief Ratan Tata explained in a press release last week: "I observed families riding on two-wheelers — the father driving the scooter, his young kid standing in front of him, his wife seated behind him holding a little baby. It led me to wonder whether one could conceive of a safe, affordable, all-weather form of transport for such a family."

Despite the show chatter, a car like the Nano likely won't be sold here any time soon. Stricter U.S. safety and emissions standards would drive up the price.

"I don't think in America there is an appetite for that kind of vehicle," Ford's Parker says. But in India, "If somebody's offering a vehicle that's a little more safe, even if it doesn't meet all of our first-world requirements, it could do well."

Nissan and its partner Renault say they have plans for a $3,000 car. They are the only full-line manufacturers now aiming for the bottom end of the market. The car would be for the booming Indian market first and eventually would be considered for the U.S. market, according to Carlos Tavares, executive vice president of Nissan Motor.

Even if they have to double the price to meet U.S. regulations, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, said it would still be the cheapest new automobile on the market.

Small cars are becoming more and more popular in the USA, with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. With the Nano, it's all about price.

Would it sell here? Says Kevin Smith, editorial director for Edmunds.com: "When I hear myself say that it's something that wouldn't sell here, I say wait a minute. With $3 gasoline heading for $4-a-gallon gasoline, all of the sudden it's not as ridiculous as it seemed."

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Auto component makers have played a major role in the creation of Nano, which has dominated the Auto Expo 2008. Vendor companies, that are supplying parts to the car, consider it a matter of pride to be associated with the world’s cheapest car.

“Have you seen the response at Auto Expo? It’s phenomenal! Roads are clogged in the neighbouring towns of Delhi because people are arriving in droves to see Tata Nano. When Tata Motors launched Indica, they were entering a segment that already existed. But with Nano, they are meeting the needs of the masses and creating a new benchmark in the industry,” said Sona Koyo Steering Systems’ CMD Surinder Kapur.

He added that since the car has a rear engine, it resulted in his company inventing a steering column which is low-cost and light, and has successfully passed all frontal collision tests.

While for some it meant lower prices, for others it simply meant smaller components and meeting an engineering challenge. Said Rico Auto’s MD Arvind Kapur, whose company has supplied engine head block to the People’s Car: “It was the ultimate challenge for the entire manufacturing and engineering industry. It wasn’t about making a low-cost component. It was about being able to design the products. It was about reducing the size of the engine and yet meeting safety norms. We have also shown a lot of faith besides sinking in money by setting up a plant in Singur despite various hurdles.”

For the Rane Group, setting up a dedicated facility to supply steering gears, columns and seat belts at Singur was a smaller challenge than meeting the project specifications. “Despite the problems of cost and innovating smaller castings and dyes to produce components for Nano, we took up the challenge and created many path-breaking practices to suit Tata Motors’ requirements. It was difficult initially, but the setting up of the Singur facility helped us develop such products,” said Rane Group chairman L Ganesh.

There were reservations and scepticism initially over the possibility of making such a product, admitted Lumax Group’s CMD DK Jain. “But the sheer determination of Ratan Tata increased our confidence. In two years, the prototype was out, and it made us realise that there is a strong vision behind the product, prompting us to follow the path and design products matching requirements both in terms of pricing and quality,” he added.

Agreed Nirmal Minda of NK Minda Group, which supplied electric switches for the car: “I never had any reservations about the car. It was all about streamlining the components manufacturing process and bringing in standardisation.”
President of Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association and Asahi Glass CMD Sanjay Labroo said: “I had full confidence in the project as the decades-long relationship with the Tata Group and its strong ethos had moulded us to bring out the product at their cost and quality.”

For Tata Motors, convincing vendors was a challenge. According to Girish Wagh, who led the team that designed Nano, Tata Motors started convincing vendors two years ago to include them in the development of the car. To overcome their resistance, the company decided to put its money where its mouth was.

“To get people on board, we had to do something first so they would believe we were serious,” he said. “For instance, we made engines with internally developed engine management system, which sent out a signal to both Bosch and Siemens that we were serious about the project. They were both in the race, but in the end Bosch won.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tata Nano: Housefull.!!!

Thank God, it’s finally over! What I went through a few hours ago was pretty traumatic because I am a shy person.” That’s how Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata summed up his feelings minutes after the launch of Nano. For someone known to be reticent at best and fiercely private at worst, Mr Tata’s admission was a break from tradition. Like the car that has been his dream for the longest time. Although he assured eco-activists RK Pachauri and Sunita Narain that they “need not have nightmares and can now sleep well”, he himself did without much sleep all through the last 24 hours. “I left at 2 (am) in the night after settling the event and was back here at 7 (am) in the morning for the dry run,” he admitted. That back-breaking schedule was worth it. In the end, Nano’s debut turned out to be a global blockbuster. No other car company in the world can boast the mass hysteria that the cute Rs 1-lakh car generated this afternoon. The debut was beamed live across the world.
One traveller caught the show at Frankfurt airport on German TV. Another watched it live on TV in London. Just minutes after the curtain went up and the cars drove onto the stage, each carrying four company officials, people started getting SMS-es from friends and relatives abroad. Everyone wanted a piece of the action. In real time.
The show itself was a sellout. Every inch of space was taken. As the photographers and TV crews got into rugby scrum, the usual mutterings turned into a slanging match and the pushing and shoving became a virtual stampede when the car appeared on stage. This was also the moment all good manners went out of the window-all those who had a chair of their own stood on it for a better dekko at the people’s car. Even its arch rivals were as rah rah as the Tata Motors officials themselves. Mahindra Renault MD Rajesh Jejurikar called the car ‘fabulous’. As did Ankush Arora, marketing veep of GM, who however pointed out that the central console was first introduced in India in Spark.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Tata Motors unveils the People’s Car

A comfortable, safe, all-weather car, high on fuel efficiency & low on emissions

Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors, today unveiled the Tata ‘NANO’, the People’s Car from Tata Motors that India and the world have been looking forward to. A development, which signifies a first for the global automobile industry, the People’s Car brings the comfort and safety of a car within the reach of thousands of families. The People’s Car will be launched in India later in 2008.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi, Mr. Ratan N. Tata said, “I observed families riding on two-wheelers – the father driving the scooter, his young kid standing in front of him, his wife seated behind him holding a little baby. It led me to wonder whether one could conceive of a safe, affordable, all-weather form of transport for such a family. Tata Motors’ engineers and designers gave their all for about four years to realise this goal. Today, we indeed have a People’s Car, which is affordable and yet built to meet safety requirements and emission norms, to be fuel efficient and low on emissions. We are happy to present the People’s Car to India and we hope it brings the joy, pride and utility of owning a car to many families who need personal mobility.”

Stylish, comfortable
The People’s Car, designed with a family in mind, has a roomy passenger compartment with generous leg space and head room. It can comfortably seat four persons. Four doors with high seating position make ingress and egress easy.

Yet with a length of 3.1 metres, width of 1.5 metres and height of 1.6 metres, with adequate ground clearance, it can effortlessly manoeuvre on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas. Its mono-volume design, with wheels at the corners and the powertrain at the rear, enables it to uniquely combine both space and manoeuvrability, which will set a new benchmark among small cars.

When launched, the car will be available in both standard and deluxe versions. Both versions will offer a wide range of body colours, and other accessories so that the car can be customised to an individual’s preferences.

Fuel-efficient engine
The People’s Car has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminium, two-cylinder, 623 cc, 33 PS, multi point fuel injection petrol engine. This is the first time that a two-cylinder gasoline engine is being used in a car with single balancer shaft. The lean design strategy has helped minimise weight, which helps maximise performance per unit of energy consumed and delivers high fuel efficiency. Performance is controlled by a specially designed electronic engine management system.

Meets all safety requirements
The People’s Car’s safety performance exceeds current regulatory requirements. With an all sheet-metal body, it has a strong passenger compartment, with safety features such as crumple zones, intrusion-resistant doors, seat belts, strong seats and anchorages, and the rear tailgate glass bonded to the body. Tubeless tyres further enhance safety.

The People’s Car’s tailpipe emission performance exceeds regulatory requirements. In terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution level than two-wheelers being manufactured in India today. The high fuel efficiency also ensures that the car has low carbon dioxide emissions, thereby providing the twin benefits of an affordable transportation solution with a low carbon footprint.
(For more information: www.tatapeoplescar.com )

About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India's largest automobile company, with revenues of US $ 7.2 billion in 2006-2007. With over 4 million Tata vehicles plying in India, it is the leader in commercial vehicles and the second largest in passenger vehicles. It is also the world's fifth largest medium and heavy truck manufacturer and the second largest heavy bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. Tata Motors and Fiat Auto have formed an industrial joint venture in India to manufacture passenger cars, engines and transmissions for the Indian and overseas markets; Tata Motors also has an agreement with Fiat Auto to build a pick-up vehicle at C√≥rdoba, Argentina. The company already distributes Fiat branded cars in India. Tata Motors’ international footprint includes Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Co. Ltd. in South Korea; Hispano Carrocera, a bus and coach manufacturer of Spain in which the company has a 21% stake; a joint venture with Marcopolo, the Brazil-based body-builder of buses and coaches; and a joint venture with Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant Company of Thailand to manufacture and market pick-up vehicles in Thailand. Tata Motors has research centres in India, the U.K., and in its subsidiary and associate companies in South Korea and Spain.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Madonna in Mumbai!!!

Pop superstar Madonna arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon with her family and spent the day visiting a slum and taking in some authentic south Indian food.

Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie reached Mumbai from Udaipur by a chartered flight at 11.30 am (IST).

Madonna accompanied by hubby and kids visited the Colaba slums. Madonna spent sometime with slum dwellers - "she just wanted to see what a slum looked like", said an eyewitness.

Soon after that, the family went to the Hotel Saurabh, a class II south Indian vegetarian speciality eatery for a quick lunch.

Madonna, 49, is expected to be in Mumbai for the next three days, according to hotel sources. However, on the record, a hotel spokesperson said: "It's all speculation."

Madonna seemed to be following in the footsteps of British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, who during her surprise visit to Mumbai in November 2006 had spent two days in a slum in Kandivli, northwest Mumbai.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Bollywood reacts to molestation!!!

Shabana Azmi: Take Back the Night was a slogan coined by a women's movement to demand basic security for women. Every rule of civilised society demands that security should be provided for women. We used to pride ourselves on Mumbai being a safe city. Surety of punishment for the offenders is a more effective deterrent than the severity of punishment."

Sushmita Sen: It's a repulsive incident. I feel very violated and upset when human beings relinquish their human qualities and begin to behave like beasts. It's not a question of Mumbai alone. It's not a geographical issue. Disgraceful people like these molesters make the world an unsafe place. I pray these offenders are caught and punished severely. My heart goes out to both the couples.

Malaika Arora: I've always considered Bombay to be a safe place for women. But not any longer. I am sure most women in the city feel the same way after the shocking barbaric incident.

Vaibhavi Merchant: Going to any public place on December 31, is scary especially in Mumbai. This incident only verifies my worst fears about the city. Only the cops can keep the city safe. It's really sad that such an incident went unnoticed. They should've thrashed the shit out of those drunken louts. However, Mumbai cannot be called unsafe because of some hooligans. This incident should serve as a wakeup-call for 2008.

Hema Malini: I thought Mumbai was the safest city in the world. This incident has shocked me. Those men should be punished right away, and that too in public. And the cops, how did they allow it to happen? I feel parents with daughters should be careful on nights like these when men are drunk.

Amrita Arora: I think New Years night is pretty unsafe. People are drunk and behave in a weird manner. There must be much more cops and security in crowded places during such occasions.

Bipasha Basu: Those dirty hooligans who apparently molested two women on New Year's Day should be punished so severely that no pervert would dare to try these ugly acts ever again. The offenders should be tracked down and disciplined publicly. I've been a single woman in Mumbai and used to be proud of the city. But cheap and filthy men like the ones who struck on New Year's day are destroying the city's safe reputation. And why should only cops be responsible for the law and order? Even the man on the road should help in such a situation. Ultimately, it's the people who define a city.

Mahesh Bhatt: Mumbai has always been unsafe. My wife was once molested back in the 1980s and had to fight her way out of a mob. The media is now spotlighting the average Indian's repressed sexuality.

Arbaaz Khan: Mumbai is surely one of the safest cities in the world. However some recent incidents are alarming and cause for worry.

Raveena Tandon: I wouldn't say Mumbai is completely unsafe. But it's getting there. The authorities should punish the offenders so severely that it sets an example for future. No one should dare to do what happened with those two women on New Year's.

Koena Mitra: Why only Mumbai city? No city is safe any more for women. I feel for the two women who were manhandled on New Year's eve. Poor things! My soul trembles at what they must have gone through. Nobody is safe anywhere. All us showbiz girls like Bipasha, Tanushree and Celina are out of towners. No matter how much security we have we're still not safe. We really need much harsher punishments for eve teasers. Punish them so hard, cut off their limbs, so they wouldn't dare to misbehave with women again.

Priyanka (Nisha) Kothari: That such a thing can happen in Mumbai is really shocking... One always thought the city was safe for girls. But I don't feel the same way anymore.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Photographers recognise molesters.

Police on Saturday carried out an identification parade of the 14 accused, arrested in connection with the molestation of two NRI women here, with the help of the two local daily photographers, who had taken pictures of the incident.

The two photographers of arrived on Saturday morning at the Arthur Road Jail and helped the police in carrying out the identification parade.

Statements - of the two newspaper lensmen, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amarjeet Singh, his driver and a constable accompanying him - were recorded before a special executive magistrate.

The accused, rounded up past midnight on Thursday, were later granted bail on a surety of Rs 10,000 by a
Metropolitan Court here.

However, as they could not furnish the surety and personal bond, they were sent to the jail.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Shiv sena blames outsiders for Molestation.

Shiv Sena has accused 'outsiders' of tarnishing the reputation of the city by their molestation of two women on the New Year night here and said it has taken upon itself the duty of protecting the women in the metropolis.

In a front page write-up in party mouthpiece "Saamna" on Saturday, Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray said "Sena has taken upon itself the duty of protecting the women of the city as people coming from outside have tarnished its image".

He also urged the police to ensure that "real culprits" are caught and those who outrage the modesty of women will not be tolerated.

The Sena leader said though the police cannot be blamed for this incident such things were happening in Mumbai "because there is no such a thing as a government in Maharashtra. As a result, "outsiders" have no fear, he added

Friday, January 04, 2008

Molesters arrested ,realesed on bail!!

Three days after two young women were molested by a mob on New Year's eve in Mumbai, 14 suspects who were arrested have been granted bail.

After the Mumbai police was criticised for its lax handling of the case, the police as well as the state government swung into action.

The state government ordered a special fast track court for the case and the Deputy Chief Minister asked the Police Commisioner to take very stern action against those arrested, action that would serve as a deterrent for others.

The Deputy CM, who is also the Home Minister made these remarks when he visited the Police Commissioners office for a function.

The comments are significant since the Deputy CM had distanced himself from the Police Commissioners initial remarks on the molestation case where he said ''these things keep happening and the media should not make a mountain out of a mole hill.''

A large group of men had surrounded two NRI women as they came out from the Mariott in the Juhu area of the city.

National outrage followed the incident, which was caught on camera by two photographers working for a newspaper but the police lodged an FIR only after massive public pressure.

As the husband and the brother of the women tried to protect them, 2 photographers working for a newspaper reported the incident.

National outrage followed the report and despite the victims refusing to lodge a complaint after massive public pressure, the police lodged FIR.

But despite the dramatic way in which the suspects were rounded up and presented to the media, it was clear that the police were merely trying to save face.

Three days after two young women were molested on New Year's eve in Mumbai, 14 suspects were arrested and were produced in court.

Mumbai police has also said that there would be an identification parade on Friday.

''We have not caught all the molesters. It is difficult to tell the exact number of suspects. This is a sensational case; ladies have been molested in a crowded place,'' said Mumbai police.

''It is not possible for police to man all points and crossings. Four of the accused have been identified and 13 accused are from Vile Parle, one from Kandivili,'' added the police.

Police claimed that there was never any jurisdiction problem. Neighbours of the main accused had informed the police but all 14 suspects had denied the molestation charge.

The arrests came as a morale-booster after an embarrassing faux pas from their chief 24 hours earlier and public outrage that lasted three days.

But a senior officer and his deputies sent out quite a different message claiming that the police had not let down the people as alleged. (With PTI inputs)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Molested in Mumbai!!!

Seven people were detained by police from Sion on Thursday in connection with the molestation of two women on New Year's Day in Mumbai.

A mob of 70-80 men had
reportedly torn up the clothes of two women, molested and groped them outside a 5-star hotel in Juhu on Tuesday.

However, no police complaint has been filed by the victims. Senior criminal lawyer Majid Memom has said that vi
ctims need to record statement for action to be taken against the accused. Majid Memom added that, “Nailing the criminals is difficult but not impossible.”

“Accused may go scot-free, if complaint is not registere
d,” he said

The incident had taken place at around 0145 hrs (local time) on Tuesday when the women, along with their male friends, were heading towards Juhu beach from a hotel in the suburbs.