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From Sanjay Dutt’s to engineering aspirants’ dreams: Top 5 stories from Mumbai

The top five stories of the day

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2017 16:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Sanjay Dutt,Madhur Bhandarkar
The spot where the Ghatkopar building collapsed.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

While actor Sanjay Dutt wanted to join the Army, IIT-Bombay seems to be the ultimate dream of engineering students. There seems to be no end to trouble for Mumbai residents – while Congressmen are disrupting shows of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar, based on the Emergency, the BMC is paying no heed to complaints of illegal repairs and construction. But there’s some good news, traffic snarls on Mumbai-Pune expressway may become a thing of the past once the authorities get two drones to man the traffic.

Here are our top five picks:

1. After Ghatkopar building collapse, can BMC act on 22,000 other illegal structures in Mumbai, please?

As illegal alteration surfaced as the preliminary cause of the Ghatkopar building collapse, which killed 17 people, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) responded saying the “residents should have complained about it”. But in cases where residents alerted them about illegal construction and the danger involved, this is how they swiftly they acted – solved 2,482 of the 22,808 complaints, a mere 10%, in 2 years – the data from their complaints portal showed.

2. In pics: This is how Sanjay Dutt spent his time in Pune’s Yerawada jail

From revealing his desire of wanting to join the Indian Army to writing poems, songs and shayaris – this is how actor Sanjay Dutt spent time in Yerawada jail in Pune, according to the secret files accessed exclusively by HT. During his stay, Dutt was lodged in a barrack of Fansi yard in Yerawada jail, while ex-major Ramesh Upadhyay, an accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case, was kept in one of the barracks in the same yard.

3. Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar released: Congressmen disrupt shows across Maharashtra

Congress party workers disrupted the screening of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar, the film which released today and is based on the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi government in 1975, across the state. The party, however, claimed the protests are spontaneous and its leadership is not against the release of the film.

A protest in Thane. ( PRAFUL GANGURDE )

4. IIT Bombay favourite among aspirants; 201 of 500 top JEE rankers select Mumbai institute, 137 Delhi

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) remains the favourite among the toppers of the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), the entrance test for admission to IITs and other important technology institutes. Data revealed by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) shows among the top 500 rankers, 201 chose IIT-B while 137 opted for IIT-Delhi. Among the top 100 rankers, 65 chose IIT-B and 31 preferred IIT-Delhi.

5. Mumbai-Pune expressway commute to get smoother as 2 drone cameras will handle traffic

Don’t be surprised if you spot a drone while travelling on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The Maharashtra government has allowed the highway police to get two drone cameras to control traffic along the 94-km stretch. The expressway sees major traffic snarls, especially on weekends when a lot of people travel to Lonavala and Khandala. Moreover, an accident or landslide during the rains throws the traffic out of gear for 3-4 hours.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 16:34 IST