Mumbai Underground: TIMELESS PIECES

It seems we can expect some more ideas from Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh,who has been in news for some pretty radical ideas.

Written by Express News Service | Published:March 6, 2013 12:36 am

It seems we can expect some more ideas from Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh,who has been in news for some pretty radical ideas. The top cop is writing three books and says he has not been able to write beyond 50-60 pages of each owing to lack of time. One of them is about communal harmony,while the other is about the challenges faced by the Indian police. But perhaps the most interesting will be the third book,titled ‘Timeless Time’,which,in Singh’s own words,deals with several questions that have no answers,including why Tuesday comes after Monday and not Wednesday. We can only wait and watch how the book turns out.

ON A FITNESS TRAIL

Actor Dino Morea wants the rest of the city to catch up with fitness trends. On Tuesday,the actor put forth before the BMC a proposal to instal free public fitness centres in various parts of Mumbai. While identifying promenades and parks,located mostly in south and south-west Mumbai,Morea,flanked by Mayor Sunil Prabhu,Deputy Mayor Mohan Mithbaonkar and Shiv Sena leader Yashodhar Phanse,said he would donate the first batch of equipment. “Like the Marathon caught on,we want people,who are jogging and walking,to have the option of exercising for free in these public spaces such as Worli Sea Face and Bandra Bandstand,” said Morea. Prabhu said he would look into the proposal and asked Morea if trainers would also be provided at the centres.

LANGUAGE NO BARRIER

WHILE all bureaucrats who have worked in Mumbai for a considerable period are generally good at Marathi,the new MMRDA commissioner U P S Madan is a step ahead if employees at the city’s development authority are to be believed. Not only does he converse fluently in Marathi,he also thoroughly scans any official communication in the local language sent to him and corrects grammatical errors in the Devanagari script.

Back to Business

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar,who is also in charge of finance has decided to keep away from politics and focus on budget for the next few weeks. The state budget will be presented on March 20. Many political leaders and media persons who were eagerly waiting for a political debate with Pawar,were taken aback when he declared,“Let me make it clear I am not going to discuss politics. Enough of politics. Let me concentrate on finance and budget.” Wonder what his political rivals such as MNS chief Raj Thackeray are going to do if Pawar decides to go into silent mode.

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