Mumbai: Penguins won’t let even vet touch eggs

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MUMBAI: There has been unusual excitement at the city zoo ever since one of Humboldt penguins there laid an egg. Zoo keepers said visitors enquire about the yet-to-hatch “baby penguin” at the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan va Pranisangrahalaya, popularly known as the Byculla zoo. Officials said many also ask about the parents. As a result, security guards around the penguin exhibit have learnt to identify Mr Molt and Flipper, the penguin couple whose egg it is. Flipper was seen laying the egg on July 5. It may take 40 days…

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8 years on, no end to residents’ wait for homes

Residents of Rangwala Compound in Saat Rasta living in dilapidated transit accommodations. More than 250 families of Rangwala Compound, a cluster of six chawls which are over 80 years old, in Saat Rasta, Byculla, are up in arms against their developer, Neelkamal Realtors, for an eight-year delay in giving possession of their new homes in this redevelopment project, forcing them to live in dilapidated transit accommodations. Agripada police had to rush into the Rangwala Compound and calm down tempers after more than 100 residents staged an angry protest when developer’s…

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Iron bar dangling from bridge stops WR services

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MUMBAI: A little over two weeks after the pedestrian portion of Andheri’s Gokhale road over-bridge (ROB) collapsed, bringing Western Railway’s suburban services to a grinding halt for for almost a day, an iron bar was found dangling from a BMC pipeline running adjacent to the ROB on Thursday afternoon. As the bar was hanging very close to the overhead wires of suburban trains, the Western Railway, as a precautionary measure, suspended fast services for half an hour. The dangling bar was removed, and a rope was used to hold fast…

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Number of female students making IIT entry doubles

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MUMBAI: The number of girls joining the IITs has doubled from last year. This time, 1,841female candidates have signed up at the country’s top tech schools as compared to 995 last year. As for boys, as the seventh and final admission round at the IITs closed on Thursday, their number stood at10,101. This year, the HRD ministry directed the IITs to set aside 800 supernumerary seats for girls and increase their percentage to 14. But the IITs did better: 16.32% of students now are girls. “The number of girls has…

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Youth lifts weights in gym, gets cardiac arrest

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MUMBAI: A 22-year-old man has been fighting for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest and brain damage while lifting weights at a Mumbai Central gym earlier this month. Crawford Market resident Adnan Memon is a fitness enthusiast who has been working out for more than five years. The incident came to light after CCTV footage of the gym showing Memon collapse on the gym floor within seconds of lifting weights, went viral on WhatsApp along with a false message that he was dead. His family said the messages have…

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Woman scooterist hits pothole outside police stn

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MUMBAI: A 35-year-old woman heading to Tardeo police station on her scooter to file a complaint against her husband on Tuesday night, hit a pothole outside the police station, fell on the road and sustained multiple head injuries. She was not wearing a helmet. Even as the woman is recuperating in hospital, the public works department filled the pothole within 24 hours, said the Tardeo police. The woman, a Tardeo resident and a mother of two, had a tiff with her businessman husband and left home on her scooter to…

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PWD, contractors taken to HC over pothole deaths

Navi Mumbai resident Deepak Singh filed a PIL in the HC saying Sion-Panvel Highway alone saw 93 deaths between January 2016 and November 2017, and politicians too should be made accountable. Amid Mumbai Mirror’s campaign to fix accountability for potholes, the Bombay High Court has been asked to allow initiation of criminal proceedings against the public works department (PWD) and road contractors for accidents. Navi Mumbai resident Deepak Siyaram Singh filed a PIL in court on Tuesday, holding the PWD and other relevant agencies responsible for 93 deaths and 242…

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