Naval officer gets life term for murder of girlfriend                

Mumbai: A sessions court here on Tuesday sentenced a 28-year-old naval officer to life imprisonment for killing his girlfriend. Manish Thakur, an employee of Aeronautical Wing of the Indian Navy, had been arrested in May 2007 by Mumbai police in Goa for murdering his girlfriend and employee of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Kaushumbi Layek. He was arrested when he was serving in INS Hansa.  24-year-old Layek was found murdered with two bullet injuries and her body was found in ‘Sun and Sheel Hotel’ in Andheri in the wee hours of May 14, 2007. According to the prosecution, Thakur had gone to Vasco in Goa after the incident and at the time of his arrest he had gone for advanced training in INS Hansa. The prosecution told the court that Thakur killed her because the Layek refused to marry him. According to prosecution Takur was already married and he had hidden this fact from Layek.          When Layek came to know about his marriage, she started avoiding him, due to which there would be regular fights between the two. Layek had also stopped receiving Thakur’s calls.

WR punctuality slipping badly

Mumbai: The once punctual Western Railway (WR) is a shadow of its earlier self these days. Commuters are plagued with constant delays on the fast up tracks and delays are only increasing with each passing day. On Tuesday, the trains on the UP fast line were running 40 minutes behind schedule during the evening peak hours. The crowd seemed to keep on swelling with each passing minute with the delayed trains. Sumeet Naik, a resident of Andheri said, “A Churchgate bound fast local scheduled at 4:30 pm arrived at 5:05 pm. Whereas the train that was to arrive at 4:43 pm arrived at 5:17 pm. The trains were at least 40 minutes behind schedule.” The platforms on major stations such as Andheri and Bandra were overcrowded with passengers. The commuters on the platforms were seen discussing the increasing delays on the WR. A commuter at Bandra station said, “The delay in the trains has been increasing over the week. Last week the trains were running late by 20 minutes but this week it has increased to 30- 40 minutes.” Not only are the trains running late, but the public announcement system also seems to be of no use. No announcements about the arrival of the train are made until the minute. The platforms on which the trains arrive are expected o arrive are changed at the last moments. The announcements about the changed platforms are made a minute before a train is to arrive which leaves the commuters with no time to change the platforms.

Farhan Azmi may take on Milind Deora

Mumbai: Farhan Azmi, son of state Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Abu Asim Azmi, on Tuesday said he was in the reckoning to contest against sitting Congress MP and union minister Milind Deora from Mumbai South constituency in upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Azmi said he wanted to take on Deora as he has “failed” youth while Shiv Sena candidate Arwind Sawant was a no match to the Congress leader. “There should be someone who can take on Milind. In 2009, I was not ready to enter electoral politics. But, now I am in the process of conducting a survey about my electoral prospects. If I can win one lakh plus votes, I will enter the fray. I do not wish to be just a game spoiler,” he said.

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