HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014


Gold smugglers back in business, make a killing

The spurt in smuggling activities is a result of the widening difference in the yellow metal’s price between the domestic market and Dubai. The price gap has gone up to Rs. 5 lakh a kg in the past few months from being Rs. 2.5 lakh a kg in June, and only Rs. 1 lakh before that.

229 rapes, 8 gang-rapes recorded in Mumbai in 8 months

Mumbai city has witnessed 237 rapes, including eight gang-rapes till August this year, with police saying that in most cases, the victims knew the accused, majority of whom were either 'friends and lovers' or neighbours.

Mumbai: 10-yr-old rescues herself from kidnapper by jumping out of van

Showing remarkable courage and presence of mind, a 10-year-old girl today thwarted a kidnapping attempt by jumping out of a moving van.

Derecognise kids of non-Parsi fathers: Community opinion poll

Children of Parsi-Zoroastrian women married to people of other ethnic groups should not be considered members of the community, said a majority of 500 Parsis in an opinion poll.

In 5 years, water pipeline leakages across Mumbai went up by 20%

If the data obtained from the hydraulic department is anything to go by, the number of visible leakages detected in the water pipelines across the city has increased by 20% in the past five years.

Mumbai HC stays women’s panel probe into sexual harassment case

In a reprieve for consultancy firm KPMG India, the Bombay high court on Wednesday stayed the inquiry initiated by the National Commission for Women (NCW) into a complaint made by a former associate director of the firm alleging sexual harassment.

Firms in Maharashtra could be punished for no sexual offence panels

The strong public opinion generated by the sexual assault on a Tehelka journalist by her boss in Goa, has prompted the state government to propose an amendment in the existing acts to make neglect of the Supreme Court’s Vishaka guidelines a punishable offence.

With little help, collector’s land in Mumbai up for grabs

The razing of 800 shanties in a major fire at Cuffe Parade’s Ambedkar Nagar slum last week has brought into focus the toothlessness of the city collector’s office in preventing encroachments as it has to depend on external agencies to protect its properties.

BJP’s youth wing launches mobile app for women

Called App Raksha, enables women and senior citizens to save five important numbers of close contacts, which can be used during emergencies.

Mumbai college gets $100,000 grant from Gates foundation

A research team from Mumbai’s Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Matunga, received a grant of US $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the first ever eco-friendly nanovaccine for nasal immunisation as part of the foundations’ Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative.

57% rise in rape cases filed in Mumbai in 2012

In an indication that more people are speaking up about crimes against women, the number of rape and molestation cases registered in Mumbai nearly doubled last year, a report by a city not-for-profit has stated.

Cop posts lie vacant in Mumbai, crimes go unsolved

The city’s police force has only about half the number of officers needed at the ranks of police sub-inspector (PSI) and assistant police inspector (API), statistics collated by city not-for-profit Praja Foundation have revealed.

22% of Mumbaiites say neighbourhoods are not safe enough

Among the worrying findings, was that while 8% of the respondents had witnessed a crime, half of them did not report because they had no faith in the police or did not want to get involved in any trouble.

CM rules out regularisation of illegal Campa Cola flats

Making his stand clear on the illegal Campa Cola flats, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of regularising them through an ordinance or any other means, but promised to look at other options.

40L families with income more than Rs. 60,000 may be cut from food security scheme

The state has a Herculean task ahead. In order to roll out the food security programme, it will have to bring down the number of beneficiaries to 7 crore from the existing 8.52 crore beneficiaries.
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