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BJP MLA Ram Shinde was arrested recently for leading a delegation of protesters to Varsha,residence of the Chief Minister in Mumbai.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 8, 2013 2:35 am

Held at Bandstand? Not me,says MLA

BJP MLA Ram Shinde was arrested recently for leading a delegation of protesters to Varsha,residence of the Chief Minister in Mumbai. The protesters from rural Maharashtra wanted to highlight neglect of the agrarian sector. In the Assembly,the government stated: “Shinde was arrested by police at 10.30 pm from Bandstand.”

Other members,wondering what the MLA was doing at Bandstand late night during the session,began chuckling and speaking in hushed tones.

Shinde,who hails from Jamkhed in Ahmednagar,was puzzled till a member told him Bandstand was a lovers point where young couples and college students gathered.He urged the deputy Speaker to rectify the mistake in the government statement. “I have never been to such a place called Bandstand,” he said.

What do you call monorail in Marathi?

As it completes construction of Chembur-Wadala Monorail,the first in the country,MMRDA is facing another daunting task. Since the mass transit technology is new to the country,it does not have published manuals on opening,operation and maintenance of the corridor unlike Metro. While MMRDA is framing rules with help from the contractor,the development authority is struggling to translate manuals to Marathi. “It is really difficult to find regional language equivalent of every English technical word. But it is necessary to translate the rules to get them notified,” an official said.

No politics here,it’s fun AND food session

State minister for women and child welfare Varsha Gaikwad is a great host. During the budget session of the legislature,the Mumbai MLA throws open doors to her chamber for all women legislators to come and share home food. There is no party divide.Women MLAs said,“At lunchtime we don’t discuss politics. It is a food and fun session.” While the menu changes every day,what never goes off the list is fish.

If only I wasn’t a married man!

Naval officer Abhilash Tomy has become the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe unassisted. It took him 150 days of continuous sailing on INSV Mhadei to achieve the milestone. Tomy arrived at Gateway Saturday afternoon and reported completion of his voyage to President Pranab Mukherjee. On the journey,he once encountered another boat sailing dangerously close to his. The skipper of the boat was a Chinese man. “He communicated with me via signals and where I was headed. When I told him I was on a global circumnavigation mission,he congratulated me and said,‘I would have been on such a mission too,if only I wasn’t a married man’,” Tomy recalled.

Broken BEST bus creates bomb scare

A BEST bus,broken down and lying by the side of a major road in Chembur,created a minor bomb scare recently. As it was producing a loud hissing sound,passengers of an approaching bus tried to alight and escape thinking it was a bomb.

While the chaos lasted for only about half-a-minute,it was enough for a bus full of people to get the scare of their lives.

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