Free Press Journal
  • Mumbai: Festival season turns out ‘time to be seen’ for city politicians

    Mumbai: The on-going Ganesh festival has become a public outreach opportunity for city-based politicians, who are eyeing blessings of both Lord Ganesh and his devotees ahead of an election year. As both the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra polls are due in 2019, political leaders, especially ticket-aspirants, are making it a point to visit people in their constituencies who have installed Ganesh idols at home, apart from going to several pandals that dot

  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Amit Shah offers prayers to Lord Ganesh in Mumbai

    Mumbai: BJP president Amit Shah Friday offered prayers to Lord Ganesh at various places in Mumbai as part of the ongoing 10-day Ganesh festival. Shah and his wife arrived in the city post-noon and were received at the airport by the party’s city unit chief Ashish Shelar. The BJP chief visited a Ganpati mandal in Bandra, headed by Shelar, to have ‘darshan’ of Lord Ganesh. The mandal’s decoration theme this year is based on the

  • No eco-friendly immersion this time as MBMC drops artificial ponds idea

    Taking a cue from their Pune counterparts, last year the MBMC had introduced Jal Abhishek,  a unique environment-friendly technology which involves mixing of ammonium bi-carbonate (baking powder) with water to dissolve idols made of plaster of paris.

  • Ganeshotsava concludes with immersion of Ganesh idols

    BHOPAL : The immersion of idols of Lord Ganesh on Ananta Chaturdashi on Sunday marked the end of Ganeshotsava. The administration and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) made arrangements of all the facilities large scale at the lakes and other water bodies identified for the immersion. Besides, the BMC installed water-filled tanks at various places with pandals, flexes and banners appealing devotees to immerse idols in the tanks just to conserve Lakes after

  • Eco-friendly immersions may not get MBMC support

    Bhayander : In a development that is bound to upset nature lovers, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is once again mooting to drop the idea of creating artificial ponds for immersing Lord Ganesh idols this year. This despite an encouraging response it had received in 2013.

  • Toll for 2,300 ST buses waived

    Mumbai : The State government has decided to waive off toll tax for the ST buses ferrying Konkan-bound devotees of Lord Ganesh. The decision was taken at a meeting with PWD minister Chandrakant Patil, MoS finance Deepak Kesarkar and other top officials, transport minister Diwakar Raote told reporters after the meeting.

  • grand farewell to Lord Ganesh

    The devotees bid adieu to Lord Ganesh with loud slogans urging to return soon on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi. Monday witnessed full day worship began early morning till late night streak of the Lord Ganesh since the 10 days long festival came to its end. The devotees organized various attractive programmes in the Lord Ganesh Marquees.

  • IT’S THE WAY I AM: RAM GOPAL VARMA

    We had reported yesterday about filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma being embroiled in a controversy for his objectionable tweets on Lord Ganesh. But when asked about it, the filmmaker says that he believes in one’s freedom of expression. What’s more, RGV says that expressing what he feels in a manner he likes, is the way he enjoys being!

  • RGV booked for tweets on Ganesha

    Hyderabad: A police case was registered here Sunday against filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for his objectionable tweets on Lord Ganesh. On a complaint by lawyer Karuna Sagar, a case was filed against Varma at the Saroornagar police station in Cyberabad. “We have registered a case against Varma. We will seek legal opinion before proceeding further in the case,” Saroornagar police inspector B. Naveen Reddy said.