Free Press Journal
  • Ganesh Immersion

    Millions bid tearful adieu to Lord Ganesh in Maharashtra

    Mumbai: Millions of people in Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra bid a tearful adieu to elephant-headed Lord Ganesh whose thousands of big and small idols were taken out in colourful processions for immersion, marking the end of the 10-day long Ganeshotsav festival here on Sunday.

  • Vasai police books Ganesh fest organisers

    Vasai : Members of a Ganesh festival organising committee in Vasai were booked by Manikpur Police on Friday for staging an alleged vulgar dance show in their pandal, which resembled an ambience of a dance bar. Along with the committee members, two female performers with their crew members and four others who had been part of the cheering crowd and also danced with the girls, also have been booked.

  • 16-year-old raped by four men in Aurangabad

    Mumbai : The holy Ganesh festival was marred by a gang rape incident when a 16-year-old girl was targeted by four unidentified men after beating up her boyfriend in Golwadi area of Aurangabad on Monday .

  • HC warns of against pandals being set up without permit

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today said it would issue contempt notices to all those political parties, trusts and organisations which set up pandals during ‘Dahi Handi’ and Ganesh Chaturthi festivals without securing permission and flouted noise pollution rules.

  • Immersion preparedness: BMC to pour in Rs 7 crore for Powai lake cleaning

    Mumbai: As part of preparations for the upcoming Ganesh festival, the BMC will spend about Rs 7 crore and clean up the Powai lake. Traditionally, residents of the area immerse idols in the lake on the third day of the festival, as part of the Ganesh festival is celebrated for two and a half days. The BMC has undertaken this project in collaboration with IIT (Mumbai) students.

  • HC sets up spl cell to prevent power thefts during festival

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday ordered constitution of a special cell to check power thefts during the forthcoming Ganesh festival and Navratri festival here. The cell, to be headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Enforcement), would keep watch on temporary electricity connections given to organisers of festivals. Other members of the cell would be senior inspectors of police and chief vigilance officer of Bombay Suburban Electric Supply and Transport

  • Essel sets-up special counters

    Ujjain : On the occasion of Ganesh festival, Essel has set-up special counters at all zones for pandaal samities to take temporary connections. These counters would be working from August 27 to September 7. To provide uninterrupted electricity and to monitor illegal connections a vigilance team set-up by Essel would be patrolling in the entire city. According to PRO Sunil Sharma, an approval from local authority to set-up the pandaal would be

  • More coaches for Ratnagiri trains

    Mumbai: In a step to cater to the needs of commuters for the Ganesh festival, Western Railway (WR) will be adding additional coaches to the special trains announced during the festival season. The two extra chair car coaches along with two general coaches will be added to Vasai Road-Ratnagiri special. The LTT-Ratnagiri train departing on August 26 and September 9 will have two additional second class chair car coaches along with two

  • Heavy rains hold up Konkan trains for hours on end

    Mumbai : First it was the derailment which held up pilgrims heading to Konkan for the Ganesh festival, but on Tuesday they were stuck once again with trains  running with a delay of about five to six hours. Not only where the trains delayed but the commuters were stuck in the train for hours as the KR .had to take an emergency block to carry out the repair work at Karanjwadi station.

  • Highway to death!

    Adivashi readers would recall that the expansion work on the Mankhurd-Vashi-Panvel state highway was forcibly halted by the Navi Mumbai traffic police since the work was causing much more hardships than solving any. Now the police have this shocking piece of information: the shoddy construction work has resulted in the death of 155 people over the past 30 months – that is more than five a day!