While a UK professor traced the history of cricket in India, the BEST buses will be shedding their old skin to appear in a new white-and-yellow avatar. From how a ‘sex and drugs’ cult lured youngsters through Facebook to the Shiv Sena’s protests against BJP’s nuclear plant project. Also, Bollywood biggies Salim Khan, Waheeda Rehman aren’t exactly keen on a public toilet being built near their Bandra homes.
Here are our top five picks of the day:
1.BEST buses to turn white and yellow: Will Mumbaikars like it?
The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking buses in Mumbai may soon shed their iconic red colour if residents of the city give a nod to painting them in white and yellow.
2.Salman’s father Salim Khan, Waheeda Rehman say no to toilet near their Mumbai homes
Bollywood scriptwriter Salim Khan, actor Waheeda Rehman and other local residents of Bandra in suburban Mumbai want the BMC to shift a public toilet installed near their homes along the Bandstand promenade.
3.Mumbai cult, ‘a drugs and sex racket’, was a Facebook click away: Parents
Leave a phone number on Shifu Sunkriti Facebook page and join the “cult” – this is how easy it was for youngsters to get dragged into the alleged sex and drugs racket, according to a couple from Malad in Mumbai, who claim their adult daughters – aged 21 and 23 – have joined the group.
4. ‘Mumbai’s Parsis were the first to play cricket in India’
Parsi-Zoroastrians not only played a prominent role in making Mumbai the financial and trading capital of the country, but also popularised the game of cricket, paving the way for it to become the country’s most popular sport, said Prashant Kidambi, associate professor in Colonial Urban History, University of Leicester, UK.
5. Shiv Sena to stage protests over BJP’s Jaitapur nuclear plant project
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena are likely face off over the Jaitapur nuclear plant once again. While chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met the French government on Tuesday, asking it to submit a time-bound programme detailing how the 9,900-megawatt power plant will be constructed, the Shiv Sena said it will step up protests against the plant.