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From Blue Whale challenge to Film City shut down: Top five stories from Mumbai

Here are the top five stories from Mumbai you shouldn’t miss.

mumbai Updated: Aug 01, 2017 17:10 IST
HT Correspondent

A friend of the 14-year-old Mumbai boy, whose suicide is being linked to the Blue Whale challenge, said that he had told them that he would not be coming to school from Monday. Two Chinese nationals, on Monday, managed to replace a piece of diamond jewellery with a fake one at Mumbai’s India International Jewellery Show. However, swift action by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) led to their arrest at Mumbai airport. With the monsoon reaching its midway mark, Maharashtra has received surplus rains so far. Also, the forest department has asked Film City in Goregaon to stop shooting at outdoor sites for the next eight days till a leopard suspected of attacking five children in the area is trapped.

Here are today’s top five picks:

1. Blue Whale Challenge: Mumbai boy had told friends he won’t be coming to school from Monday

A friend of the 14-year-old Mumbai boy, whose suicide is being linked to the Blue Whale challenge, remembered the victim as well-mannered. They used to play cricket together for the past 4-5 years in the area. Speaking to HT, the friend claimed that the 14-year-old had told them that he would not be coming to school from Monday. The boy committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of an Andheri (East) building on Saturday.

2. 2 Chinese nationals swap diamond with fake one at jewellery exhibition, arrested at Mumbai airport

Two Chinese nationals, on Monday, managed to replace a piece of diamond jewellery with a fake one at Mumbai’s India International Jewellery Show. However, swift action by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) led to their arrest at Mumbai airport. The diamond, worth Rs34 lakh, was recovered from a bottle of shampoo. The CISF later also provided security at the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS)-2017, which was being held at Bombay Exhibition Center, Goregaon.

3. Mid-monsoon report: Maharashtra records surplus rain till July 31

With the monsoon reaching its midway mark, Maharashtra has received surplus rains so far. As against normal rain of 543.88mm for the two-month period till July 31, the state got 550.3mm, which is 1% surplus, according to data from the weather bureau. While the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions recorded deficient rain at 17% and 20% below normal, the Konkan coast (including Mumbai), Goa, and central Maharashtra recorded surplus rain between June and July at 7%, and 22% above normal rain.

4. Sharad Pawar’s shirt just got whiter!

After last week’s capitulation to Narendra Modi and the BJP by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, one can safely say there are just two men left standing - or at least half-standing - and one woman standing firm against the powers that be: Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

5. Mumbai’s Film City shut down after five leopard attacks

The Maharashtra forest department has asked Film City in Goregaon to stop shooting at outdoor sites for the next eight days till a leopard suspected of attacking five children in the area is trapped. Officials from the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari confirmed that eight locations where films or television series are shot have been closed for at least eight days. Film City is located on the boundary of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), which has a leopard population of over 20, and the Aarey Milk Colony, where the cats are known to enter in search of prey.