Toddler falls to death from 7th floor in Mumbai

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MUMBAI: An 18-month-old Nalasopara girl died after allegedly falling from the balcony of her seventh floor flat last week. Tuling police have registered a case of accidental death. Priyal Das stood on the half railing of the balcony at Sandeep Heights, Yashwant Galaxy Complex, at 4.45 pm on Friday. Even before her mother and grandmother could react, Priyal slipped and landed in the compound of the eight-storey building. She was taken to a nearby civic hospital but was declared dead on admission. Priyal’s father, Sudam, who works in Surat and…

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‘50% of Mumbai bldg deficient in fire-fighting’

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MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had surveyed 5804 buildings in Mumbai between 2015 and September 2018 and found that 2,942 had deficiencies in fire-fighting equipment. That’s a share of 50%. This was revealed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in a written answer in the state assembly. Notices were issued to the 2,942 buildings under the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006. Of these, as many as 2,924 buildings rectified this. The BMC has lodged cases against 18 buildings which did not rectify shortages in fire-fighting equipment,…

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Mumbai’s live music show to be staged in Guj

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VADODARA: One of the most popular and loved musical shows of the country, Bipin R Pandit’s ‘Khumaar’, will be staged in Vadodara. Khumaar has been entertaining full houses of music loving audiences for the past 13 years in Mumbai and is now going national. And the first city that it is moving out of Mumbai to, is Baroda. On December 28, at 6.15pm, a three-hour concert of ‘Khumaar’ will regale music lovers at the Sir Sayajirao Nagargruh in Akota which can accommodate an audience of 1,000. A well-segmented show, Khumaar…

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Wholesale tomato prices plunge in Mumbai

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MUMBAI: The wholesale price of tomato has dropped to Rs 8 per kg in APMC Vashi Monday. However, retailers are charging anywhere from Rs 10 to an inflated Rs 30 for the kitchen staple. On Monday, tomato was selling for Rs 10 in Kalyan, Rs 10-20-30 in different parts of Thane, Rs 20 in Andheri West and Powai and Rs 30 in Bandra West and Khar. In Thane, I-T professional Winston Dsouza purchased 1.5 kg of the fruit for Rs 15 at Kalwa market. “The quality was satisfactory and people…

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145 compete for one toilet seat in Govandi slums

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Mumbai: The queues outside the public toilets in Shivaji Nagar begin as soon as they open around 6am. With 145 people jostling for each toilet seat in this Govandi neighbourhood, the wait to relieve oneself can often take 30-45 minutes. If the line moves smoothly, there’s an air of camaraderie—neighbours gossip while children chase each other—but even a small delay can cause a mini riot. When the bathroom attendant doesn’t open the facilities on time, people get belligerent and start yelling. And if someone dawdles, the crowd’s heckling can pummel…

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