No ban on sale of non-vegetarian food at campus cafe, says IIT Bombay

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) on Monday said there is no restriction on the sale of non-vegetarian food items at the popular eatery, Civil Caf, on the campus.
The Institute, which has received flak from students opposed to the ‘ban’ on non-vegetarian food at the cafe, in a statement, said, “There is no restriction on the sale of non-vegetarian food items in the cafeteria.”

“The letter issued to the caterer was in the context of stale food and no cooking allowed in the academic area and the preemptive action was in the interest of health and safety of the users,” it said.
“The Institute does not favour any one preference over another or discriminate on such grounds,” it said.
The statement comes less than a month after one of the Institute’s hostels asked students to use separate tables and plates for non-vegetarian and vegetarian food items at the hostel mess, after receiving complaints from some vegetarian students.
The Civil Caf is popular among students as it has an adjoining terrace. Students have alleged that it is an attempt by the management to impose the food culture of a small section of people on the read more


Former Shiv Sena corporator Ashok Sawant stabbed to death in Mumbai

Former Shiv Sena corporator, Ashok Sawant, has been stabbed to death outside his house in Maharashtra’s Kandivali.
Sawant (62) was accosted by two men late on Sunday night who then attacked him with sharp weapons.


The incident took place when he was returning home after meeting a friend.
He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.


Sawant was a two-time corporator of Shiv Sena from Samta Nagar.
Investigation in the case is on.

West Bengal man arrested for stalking Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara

A 27-year-old man from East Midnapore district in West Bengal was on Sunday arrested for allegedly harassing cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, over the phone, police said.

Deb Kumar Maiti, a resident of Debkundu village near Geonkhali under Mahisadal Police Station, had gone to Mumbai sometime back to visit his elder brother when he somehow got hold of her number, they said.

He then called Sara several times and expressed his desire to marry her, they added.

A case was filed in this regard by the Tendulkar family in Mumbai, but the entire matter was kept secret by the Cyber Cell of the Mumbai Police.
A team of the Mumbai Police early today arrested Maiti near Andulia and read more


Mumbai bandh: City suffers as trains crawl, buses stoned, flights cancelled

Mumbaikars struggled to reach their destination as suburban rail services and road transport bore the brunt of protests by Dalit groups during the day-long ‘bandh‘ against the Bhima Koregaon caste clashes on Tuesday.

Local train commuters struggled to reach offices while motorists remained stuck on roads due to the demonstrations in various parts of the city and the extended suburbs. Flight operations at Mumbai airport were badly hit today due to the Maharashtra-wide protest called by various Dalit groups, with 33 flights, 32 of them from Jet Airways, getting cancelled.
Besides, as many as 377 flights, both flying into and out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), which is the world’s busiest single-runway airport, were delayed.

Services of suburban trains, known as the lifeline of Mumbai, remained disrupted for hours on Central Railway’s Main and Harbour Lines, and briefly on read more


Maharashtra caste clashes: Mumbai school buses to stay off roads today

School buses will stay off roads in Mumbai tomorrow in view of a Maharashtra bandh called by Dalit outfits to protest the violent clashes in Pune yesterday.

The School Bus Owners’ Association (SBOA) on Tuesday said it would not operate its fleet of 40,000 buses on Wednesday
Anil Garg, president of SBOA, told PTI, “For security reasons, we have decided not to ply our buses in the first shift today. If the situation remains peaceful, we will run the buses in the second shift.”

However, if a particular bus owner wanted to operate his services tomorrow, it would be his call, he added.

“Law-and-order is beyond our control. Therefore, we cannot take the risk,” Garg said.
The state government has said schools will remain open today.

Dalit organisations have called a Maharashtra bandh tomorrow to protest against the BJP-led state government’s “failure” to stop the read more


Pune violence: Protests in Mumbai, trains halted

The anger over marking the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district of Maharashtra continued on Tuesday as protestors disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line.

The protesters blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and also attacked a journalist of a television news channel.
The Dalits called for a Maharashtra bandh tomorrow.

In a latest development, the central railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.

An announcement regarding the same is being made at all stations of the central railway.Angered over the death of a person at the event organised to mark the anniversary in Pune yesterday, several groups of people had come out in protest this read more


Cafe Coffee Day raids: Income tax dept detects Rs 650 cr concealed income

The Income Tax Department raids on Cafe Coffee Day(CCD) retail chain since Thursday found Rs 650 crore concealed income from the documents seized, said an official on Sunday.

“Documents seized from the search operations at 25 places of Cafe Coffee Day and its group companies in Karnataka, Mumbai and Chennai have revealed concealed income of over Rs 650 crore,” a senior tax official told IANS here.The search and seize operations, which began on September 21, concluded on Sunday evening in the offices of the group involved in coffee, tourism, IT and other areas.

“The searches concluded with the group’s officials admitting to concealed income exceeding Rs 650 crore and the detection of undisclosed income, which is expected to be a much higher figure,” said another tax official in an e-mail to IANS.

The offices and residence of CCD’s founder-owner read more