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Happy Birthday Shirish Kunder: Here is when he talked about his angry tweets and trolls that explode in fury
Tue, May 24, 2016

Shirish Kunder has turned 43 today. He is one of the few people in the film industry to talk politics and take a stand, he says he has nothing to lose.

Discharged in 2006 Malegaon blasts case: ‘I am legally free today’
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Those discharged in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case

Mumbai: Here, there is time to stand and stare
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The community, the villagers proudly say, was always entrepreneurial. Its members were either skilled in carpentry or as goldsmiths. In the houses that Mhatre points out, there are signs of these skills collected over a period of time.

Mahul: A traditional pocket, hemmed in by industries
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Most residents of the village, which has a few hundred homes, share a common second name Mahulkar, meaning ‘of Mahul’.

Rewind: Cops, mangrove cell take ‘baby steps’ to fast-track response to beaching
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Last week, on the night of January 28, a photographer saw what he thought was a large visual disturbance on the horizon of Juhu beach, like “a huge block of thermocol”.

Mumbai’s Azad Maidan: A ground of appeal
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

Mumbai’s Azad Maidan is a place where people from all walks of life come to protest with the belief that their voices will be heard. Here, life is a slow lesson in democracy and patience, and in forever lingering hope

They are not friends on Facebook
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

When two people met on a busy Mumbai sidewalk nine years ago, little did they know what crossing the road together would lead to.

The city of lights: Here, it will always be Bombay
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

She is 100 and still the queen. Step into Marine Drive’s past, where Nargis broke no-entry rules and women once cycled into the breeze.

Sheena Bora murder case: Probe report indicted former Raigad SP
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Sheena’s body was burnt on April 25, 2012 at a spot in Raigad district under the jurisdiction of Varsai police outpost.

Hope he will be brought here, he should face trial: D Sivanandan
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The retired IPS officer is perhaps best remembered for his tenure in Mumbai at a time when underworld activities and extortion-related shootings were rampant.

Time to dilute bylaws that give great powers to housing societies, says Maharashtra Police chief Sanjeev Dayal
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Outgoing Maharashtra DGP says there has to be a law that bans discrimination... police too must play a role in addressing issue.

7/11 Verdict: Father lives through granddaughters, says ‘my daughters are coming back’
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

Ramesh lost both his daughters in the gap of 6 months, one to an accident and the other in train blast.

Malegaon blasts: ‘A story I never wrote’
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

The Malegaon blast 2006 chargesheet has Shabbir Masiullah as the man who stocked RDX and made bombs. While I wrote on all the accused, I could never write on Shabbir.

Hotel raids: When Mumbai Police decided to ‘police’ the bedrooms
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

In Sewree—and in some parts of Mazgaon, where 'old Bombay' still exists in its shipyard horizons, the migrant locals have scribbled on long walls, "Couples beware. Do not loiter here".

Sunday Story: The importance of being Rohini Salian
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

The special public prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case who stunned all with her accusation that the NIA had asked her to “go soft” on the accused, tells Smita Nair why it was “time to expose”

Women too drink, drive, Mumbai cops realise
Fri, Jun 12, 2015

The move follows the death on Tuesday of two persons in a taxi that was hit by a vehicle driven by an allegedly inebriated woman lawyer, Janhavi Gadkar.

The Big Picture: His Name was Khan
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

The public lynching in Dimapur of a Muslim from Assam accused of rape has opened up the divide between Nagas and migrants in Nagaland. SMITA NAIR walks the fault-lines

In Nagaland lynch mob: airline staffer, ex-sepoy, auto driver and teachers
Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Of the 43 men arrested for parading and lynching Syed Sharif Khan, 25 young men have now been identified as the “core mob”

Dimapur: How an ex-inmate led lynch mob to rape-accused in jail
Wed, Mar 11, 2015

The outnumbered jail staff tried to stop the mob at the main gate, but a few sneaked in through a small gap before the rest pushed their way in.

Girl No.166: Will this retired cop ever stop looking for Pooja?
Sun, Mar 08, 2015

In the police records, she is a seven-year-old, who went missing on January 22, 2013. She was last seen near her school at 8.15 am.

How to stop radicalisation? Maharashtra DGP says start with inclusive housing, madrasa reform
Mon, Jan 12, 2015

He said, that he recently presented the proposal to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

NRSC’s Bhuvan to go live soon
Sun, Jan 04, 2015

Project using remote sensing technology to map rural India and its assets is a crowd-sourced medium

NRSC’s Bhuvan to go live soon
Sun, Jan 04, 2015

Project using remote sensing technology to map rural India and its assets is a crowd-sourced medium

Stop telecast… if it continues, our operation won’t end: Callers to PCR
Thu, Dec 25, 2014

From a sobbing housewife to a Navy commander, callers repeatedly ask the PCR to order a media blackout.

B E L…Belvedere, get it right… Rang Bhavan, next to St Xavier’s College: Callers told clueless PCR on 26/11
Wed, Dec 24, 2014

An analysis shows that at least 22 calls to the PCR between 11 pm & 1 am were about the location of the terrorists.

Mumbai Police Control Room on 26/11 attack: Panicky, Confused, Rambling
Wed, Dec 24, 2014

A close analysis of these calls tells how police operators in charge of the control room betrayed panic.

Formed after 26/11, Force One hones its killer instinct
Thu, Nov 27, 2014

The 5,500 officers and 31,515 constabulary of the Mumbai Police are still to be trained in first-response intervention and firing.

Formed after 26/11, Force One hones its killer instinct, but doubts remain about city cops
Thu, Nov 27, 2014

While the specialised unit has managed to cut its response time, police still poorly trained in handling arms

The tale of a BMC colony loo: No water, no light, rats for company
Mon, Nov 17, 2014

The residents of the colony hope the civic authorities and the CM will pay heed to their plight

No water supply in toilets for Mumbai sanitation workers
Mon, Nov 17, 2014

For 62 years now, this and other BMC-owned quarters for safai karamcharis across Mumbai have had no water supply.

‘Muslims were upset, felt cheated’
Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Majli-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s lone winning candidate in Mumbai speaks to The Indian Express.

Nuclear disaster: Control rooms with no bosses, hotline turned cold
Tue, Oct 21, 2014

After J&K floods came Hudhud. Now Ebola lurks. Indian Express examines India’s response preparedness to disaster.

For already embattled Kripashankar, loss of Kalina comes as a big blow
Mon, Oct 20, 2014

His downfall began two years ago when he had to quit as the city Congress chief following a disproportionate assets.

Voters feel infrastructure push came too late
Fri, Oct 03, 2014

At least six key transport-infrastructure works were completed over the past two years.

Maharashtrians confused, angry after collapse of Sena-BJP alliance
Tue, Sep 30, 2014

‘It’s like a family court asking a child, who do you want, your mother or father,’ says one on the divorce

DGPs’ report blames all arms of govt for ignoring minorities
Fri, Jul 18, 2014

The committee said minority communities face hurdles in finding a good home.