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Housing societies in cosmopolitan Mumbai turn away Muslim buyers
Report dated 01/03/2014 @ 2:16 PM

Housing societies in cosmopolitan Mumbai turn away Muslim buyers For a Muslim, finding a home outside a Muslim ghetto is a real problem in the cosmopolitan suburb Bandra, Some house hunters say they have seen over a dozen flats and at each one they were told that they were not for Muslims. One broker says most sea-facing flats in Pali Naka, Bandra discriminate against Muslims, so he only shows clients those buildings with a 'cosmopolitan mindset'.

One particularly piercing example of the situation is the case of Captain Zainul Abidin Juvale, master of cargo vessel MV Safeer who sailed from Kuwait to Dubai with 722 Indians on board when Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein's troops had invaded Kuwait and Indians there were stranded for months. The same Captain Juvale who was called a hero then, has been house hunting in Bandra but brokers have candidly told him the societies he is interested in have an unwritten rule not to rent or sell flats to Muslims.

Juvale's family is from the Konkan. His grandfather Fakir Mohamed Juvale, was the first Indian captain in the merchant navy and was instrumental in opening the first nautical school in India in 1923. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1981.

Amir Rizvi who started a relevant page on Facebook in 2007 says there is segregation in the city, which is further perpetuated by real estate brokers, who take potential clients to areas that have unofficially been earmarked for Muslims. Rental advertisements seeking tenants now read like matrimonial ads, and specify details including caste, creed, skin colour, work timings and marital status. Some ads even clearly state 'No Muslims' on a property website, which were withdrawn after public protests. Still, the truth is the reality has not changed.

Sahara chief Subrata Roy finally arrested
Report dated 01/03/2014 @ 2:02 PM

Sahara chief Subrata Roy finally arrested Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police at 10.30 in the morning on the orders of the Supreme Court, but not before Roy had summoned doctors to check him at his house where he was being held by the police. Roy later sought to remain in Lucknow and argued against being moved to Delhi, but the Court rejected his contention and remanded him in police custody.

Roy's son Seemanto Roy addressed the press and appealed to investors and the media to understand their side of the story. Soon after he faced several questions from the media and as he left he announced that his father had never tried to evade the summons.

Sources say it is likely Roy's legal team will try to expedite the hearing as it does not want the Sahara chief to be behind bars for the next three days, but till that happens Subrata Roy, one of the most powerful and well connected business tycoons, will have to spend the next few days in custody.

BJP’s Vajpayee's niece joins Congress, slams Modi's 'dishonesty' !
Report dated 28/02/2014 @ 1:33 PM

BJP’s Vajpayee's niece joins Congress, slams Modi's 'dishonesty' ! Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla ended her 32-year-long association with the BJP, and has joined Congress, slamming Narendra Modi for 'plain dishonesty'.

Shukla said the BJP has declared a person who did not fulfill the duty of a husband or rajdharma when he was chief minister as their prime ministerial candidate, and if such a person talks about discharging rashtradharma, she calls it 'plain dishonesty'.

Welcoming Shukla to the Party Janardan Dwivedi said her joining Congress is symbolic as she was brought up imbibing the value system, and she severed ties with the BJP because of the bad culture it adopted in recent years. Her joining Congress was announced by the party with much fanfare.

Shukla, 63, who was unhappy over being sidelined in the party had criticised the BJP leadership on various occasions in the recent past. She resigned from the BJP last October alleging the party was under the grip of power politics.

$1 million 'Rise Prize' beckons Indian innovators
Report dated 28/02/2014 @ 1:32 PM

$1 million 'Rise Prize' beckons Indian innovators Industrialist Anand Mahindra is offering a million-dollar challenge in his first edition of the $1 million 'Rise Prize' to solve India's intractable problems of traffic stress and electricity shortages. The Chairman of the Mahindra Group is inviting competitive pitches from innovators, to develop a driverless car and a do-it-yourself solar power kit .

Mahindra hopes the prizes offered will foster scientific thought that is aspirational and has the potential to change everyday Indian life. The prize for building a driverless car is $700,000 and a solar DIY kit for household energy needs is $300,000.

The twin challenges have been selected on the basis of relevance to society, and Mahindra Group hopes this will ignite ecosystem building and change the societal mindset.

Admiral DK Joshi resigns over recent naval accidents
Report dated 27/02/2014 @ 2:39 PM

Admiral DK Joshi resigns over recent naval accidents Accepting moral responsibility for the accidents that have happened during the past few months, Navy chief Admiral DK Joshi has resigned, after two officers were killed and seven sailors were injured recently when a fire erupted on board the INS Sindhuratna submarine, some 40 nautical miles off Mumbai.

In the incident two officers, a lieutenant Commander and lieutenant, both from the electrical branch are 'still to be accounted for', while the seven injured sailors were airlifted to a hospital in Colaba. They became unconscious from inhaling heavy smoke that engulfed the submarine's third compartment. They are now said to be stable.

Another submarine the INS Sindhurakshak, much like the INS Sindhuratna, had sunk at the Mumbai naval dockyard, killing 3 officers and 15 sailors, after a series of internal explosions in its weapons compartment in August. The INS Sindhuratna was berthed next to the INS Sindhurakshak at that time and sustained minor damage to its hull.

The government has accepted Joshi's resignation with immediate effect, and Navy Vice Admiral RK Showan will discharge the duties of officiating Navy chief, pending the appointment of a regular chief.

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