GRP nabs 2 for smuggling expensive mobiles
Mumbai: Mumbai Central GRP on Thursday arrested an attendant of Rajdhani Express for smuggling cell phones. The accused Pinto Sarkar (25) was detained by the police after the GRP came across 10 iphones in his possession.
On questioning Pinto, the police arrested another Wasim Shaikh from Apeksha Lodge in Mumbai central and recovered 25 phones from his possession and a slip of a shop in Mumbai. Senior Inspectior Rajendra Trivedi of GRP said, “These phones were robbed from Delhi and sold in Mumbai at Heera Panna. We are investigating the matter and if necessary a team will be sent to Delhi for further inquiry.” Pinto was paid Rs 2,000-3,000 for each delivery. He will be produced in court on Friday.

Entrance test for Urdu teachers
Mumbai: Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani said the BMC will conduct an entrance test for the post of teacher in the corporation’s Urdu medium schools. Corporator Mohammed Siraj Shaikh told FPJ that teachers in Urdu schools are not very proficient in Urdu language. The students suffer due to this.
He said further that most of the Urdu teachers that are employed are from outside Munbai. These teachers get selected on the basis of high percentage from the universities there. To maintain the standard of teachers, the BMC has decided to conduct entrance examination for recruiting them.
Adtani said that the 430 teachers who have been selected as of now will not be subjected to the entrance test. However, next rounds of recruitment will be according to the results in the entrance test.

‘Save the Future’ campaign winners feted
Mumbai: K Shankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra felicitated the winners of the ‘Save the future’ campaign of Maharashtra circle of Indian Post. The campaign had two themes ‘Save the Earth’ and ‘Save the Girl Child’. The Maharashtra circle had invited essays, stories, poems, cartoons and drawings from the people across the state. The entries were invited in Marathi, Hindi, English and French. Out of about 75,000 entries, 29 winners were chosen.
The age categories ranged from below 12 years to above 60 years. The campaign was the brainchild of Colonel K C Mishra, Chief Postmaster General of Maharashtra circle. The Governor in his speech stressed the need for saving the girl child and protecting the environment. The speech was made effective with several anecdotes.

BMC plans float at R-Day parade
Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to have a float in the upcoming Republic Day celebrations at Marine Drive. BMC PRO Vijay Khabale-Patil said “The float will have six couples belonging to different communities in Mumbai. They will be garbed in their traditional clothing. Each couple will represent a community that has worked hard for the developmentof Mumbai.” The six couples will be of Marathi, Gujarati, Koli, Muslim, Parsi and Christian community.

Flag-hoisting at Tilak’s grave
Mumbai: The first-ever flag hoisting ceremony at ‘Swarajya Bhoomi’; the grave of Lokmanya Tilak, will take place this year. Surendra Shankarsheth whose family is related to Lokmanya Tilak, will hoist the flag. Many dignitaries from Mumbai and Maharashtra will be present at the time of the event. The ceremony will take place on January 26 at 9.30 am.

Dutt prays at temple, dargah for wife
Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt, whose wife Maanyata is currently undergoing medical treatment at a hospital, visited a temple to pray for her recovery. Earlier this month, Maanyata was admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai after being diagnosed with a tumour in liver and a suspected heart ailment.
Dutt, who is under emotional distress because of his wife’s ill-health, recently visited Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir in Dadar and the holy Sayyed Haji Abdul Rehman Shah Baba Dargah in Dongri to pray for her recovery.
Earlier this week, the Maharashtra government extended his parole by another 30 days on the ground of his wife’s illness. “My wife has a tumour of the liver. There have been many cancer instances in my family. Doctors are investigating. Please pray for my wife. We will follow medical course after the investigation,” Dutt had said earlier.

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