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Death penalty for three repeat offenders

News in brief

On April 1, 2014, 26,000 bus drivers and conductors of BEST went on a flash strike that left commuters stranded. Despite the Bombay High Court’s order that they resume work, the workers continued the strike on 2 April, 2014. The strike was on account of a new scheduling system, which requires 20% of the BEST workers to work for 12-13 hours a day.

According to media reports an MMRDA official confirmed that the Wadala-Chembur Monorail line has been operating at a loss of Rs 1.5 crores a month, out of which 1 crore is spent on security.

On 20 March, 2014, a south-bound train from Kasara derailed near Titwala killing one passenger, Dhaval Lodaya (19), and injuring twentythree. The exact cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained, it is believed the cause was either by the parting of trains or a track-related failure.

One of the accused in Shakti Mills gang rape stares out of the police vehicle at the Arthur Road jail, Mumbai on 21 March, 2014. In the two rape cases at the Shakti Mills compound, the Sessions Court sentenced 3 repeat offenders to the death penalty and two perpetrators were given life imprisonment. Rajesh Satpute/ Mumbai Weekly

In a strong and unambiguous decision coming out of the Sessions Court, Mumbai, on 4 April, 2014, 3 rapists involved in the brutal gang rapes of a telephone operator and subsequently, a photojournalist, at the Shakti Mills compound, (Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Shaikh alias Kasim Bangali, Salim Ansari), were found

guilty and sentenced to the death penalty as repeat offenders. In both the cases totally 5 adults and 2 juveniles were found guilty. The 2 adults aside from the 3 sentenced to death were given life imprisonment. The trials in the 2 juvenile cases will follow through the Juvenile Justice System. Principal judge Shalini Phansalkar-

Joshi was unwavering in her assertion that the p e r p e t ra t o r s should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, which would send ‘like minded persons’ a strong message that rape is simply unacceptable. The death penalty became an option in the second rape case of the photojournalist,

Building collapses, six dead March 14th Sankar Lok apartments collapsed to the ground partly destroying the nearby Catherine Chawl, which was home to 25 families.

An Indian rescue worker walks on debris at the site of a building collapse, Mumbai on 14 March, 2014. Six people were confirmed dead and scores were rescued from the debris of the disused building, according to rescue officials at the site of the collapse. Abhishek Chinnappa/ Mumbai Weekly

In yet another woeful tale of a Mumbai building collapse, a seven-storey struc-

ture crumbled unexpectedly in Santa Cruz on 14 March, 2014 taking with it

six lives including two children and injuring several. At 11.45 a.m. on

The BMC had issued three eviction notices to residents at Sankar Lok apartments since 2007, saying the structure was dangerous. One family’s refusal to move out of the building resulted in this fatal tragedy that could have been averted easily.

because of a recent amendment to the Indian Penal Code, Section 376 (E), which allows for the application of a maximum punishment of the death penalty in the case of repeat offenders in sexual crimes. Section 376 (E) was passed following the Nirbhaya case of a young woman who was gang-raped in a bus in the national

capital in December 2012 and died soon after. This is the first case in which Section 376 (E) was applied and the perpetrators were found to be guilty. The three committed to the death penalty will not face their sentences yet. The Bombay High Court will firstly have to confirm the Sessions

Court decision, after which it is expected that the guilty will challenge the decision in the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court decides to impose the death penalty on the three rapists, the President has to approve the decision. It is only after this that the death sentence will be carried out.

An hour for the Earth Earth Hour is a global grassroots movement initiated by the WWF. The movement raises awareness about environmental issues like energy conservation, forestation, biodiversity preservation, and sustain-

able natural resource management. It was started off as a ‘lights off’ event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The initiative has grown exponentially since and several countries now participate. Every year on

29th March people are asked to switch off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 P.M local time. Earth Hour tries to increase people’s consciousness about environmental damage and the impact our lifestyles have

on the resources of the earth. By taking the small step to switch off the lights for an hour, people acknowledge the value of our fast depleting natural resources and the urgent need to protect them.

The Gateway of India before & after it’s lights are turned off to observe Earth Hour 2014, Mumbai on 29 March, 2014. Abhiskhek Chinnappa/ Mumbai Weekly




Arvind Kejriwal campaigns in Mumbai

Aam Aadmi Party leader and anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal is greeted by a Muslim leader during an election campaign rally, on day one of his three-day campaigning tour across Maharashtra, Mumbai on 12 March, 2014. Akshay Vaidya/ Mumbai Weekly

Arvind Kejriwal waves to supporters of the AAP during his road show in Nana Chowk, Mumbai on 12 March, 2014. Kejriwal was joined by candidates Meera Sanyal, Medha Patkar and Mayank Gandhi in his day-long campaign in the city. Akshay Vaidya/ Mumbai Weekly

Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), arrived in Mumbai on 12 March, 2014 to kick -start the AAP’s campaigning in Maharashtra for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. AAP contestants Meera Sanyal from South Mumbai, Medha Patkar from the North-Eastern constituency, and Mayank Gandhi from North-West, accompanied Kejriwal. By the end of March the AAP managed to field candidates from all six constituencies in Mumbai. Kejriwal’s day-long campaign was carefully planned to reach out to both the affluent and economically deprived sections of Mumbai. After traveling in a

Mayank Gandhi (left) and Arvind Kejriwal (right) confer as they ride on a local train, Mumbai on 12 March, 2014. Niket Kotecha/ Mumbai Weekly

Mumbai auto rickshaw and local train in the hot summer day as an aam aadmi, Kejriwal and the AAP candidates attended a fundraising event in South Mumbai and ended the day with a well attended Jan Sabha in Kammanwar Nagar. In keeping with their core issues, the AAP campaign highlighted corruption in the country and the need for fundamental egalitarian reform. According to media reports, Kejriwal’s weekday commute on Mumbai’s public transportation system was disruptive and caused inconveniences to local co mmu ter s. At Churchgate station people and the media jostled each

Arvind Kejriwal waves to AAP supporters at a road show in Nana Chowk while campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Mumbai on 12 March, 2014. Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly

other and metal detectors toppled over in the chaotic rush. The Mumbai police fined the auto driver who drove Kejriwal from the airport to Andheri station. The airport police also

Members of the Republican Party of India burn a poster of Arvind Kejriwal in response to his comments about the media, Mumbai on 16 March 2014. Rajesh Satpute/ Mumbai Weekly

registered an FIR against Kejriwal, party leader Preeti Menon, and others for unlawful assembly and disobedience of order under the Indian Penal Code, and sections

of the Bombay Police Act. The AAP in turn blamed the Mumbai Police for not taking adequate measures in preparation of Kejriwal’s visit and the media for disruptions in

transportation. Nationally, the AAP has 78 candidates standing in the Lok Sabha elections this year. The pool of candidates of the AAP is extremely diverse and spans

contestants with corporate backgrounds, young people, grassroots activists and people from minority communities. The AAP’s manifesto for the 2014 elec-

Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party rides in an auto rickshaw to the venue of an election campaign rally, Mumbai on 12 March, 2014. Firoz Merchant/ Mumbai Weekly

tions is drawn from their 2013 manifesto for the Delhi Assembly elections, with their top two priorities being the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill and the Swaraj Bill, legislations that address the issues of corruption and decentralized political governance. The AAP has also prioritized broad-based electoral reform in the manifesto with changes that include Right to Recall (candidates), Right t o R e j e c t (candidates) and reducing the age of candidates in Assembly elections from twenty five to twenty one years.


MW Mumbai demonstrates zero tolerance for rape


Three rapists involved in the gang rape of a photojournalist at the Shakti Mills seen coming out of the police truck outside Arthur Road jail, Mumbai. On 4 April, 2014, three repeat offenders: Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Shaikh alias Kasim Bangali, and Salim Ansari were sentenced to death by the Sessions Court under Section 376 (E) of the IPC. This was the first time that an offender was found guilty under this very recent amendment to the IPC. Abhishek Chinnappa, Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly Siraj Rehman involved in the rape of a photojournalist sentenced to life in prison, steps out of the police van at Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai on 4 April, 2014. Akshay Va idya/ Mumbai Weekly

Women protect women The Mumbai suburban local railway, long considered the city’s safe travel lifeline, has witnessed a steady rise in crimes against women and the need to introduce measures to protect the safety of women has been imperative. Wo me n ’ s safety has been a growing concern in India and specially Mumbai with two recent rape cases and several other

crimes against women on local trains and other public places. Akshara, an NGO working on women’s safety proposed different ways to control crime against women in Mumbai. Mumbai Police have also launched a free SMS helpline to help women who travel alone in odd hours. Women Marshals trained in self defense, will be

armed with a baton and pepper spray to protect women from miscreants in the women’s coaches and will be assigned on the Western Railway trains between 9.30 p.m. and 12.30 a.m. between Andheri and Borivali and Mumbai Central and Churchgate, according to a press release by a nongovernmental organisation leading the initiative.

Trained women marshals line up at an open-air amphi-theatre before they are introduced to the media during a press conference, Mumbai, India, 7 March, 2014. Fariha Farooqui/ Mumbai Weekly

World Day for water Every year for over twenty years now, countries have celebrated 22 March as World Water Day. In 2014, the UN’s theme for World Water Day was the interrelatedness of energy and water. The generation of energy requires water resources. In turn energy is used for pumping and transportation of water.

Man drinks water on a hot day, Mumbai on 22 March, 2014. Through this day the United Nations advocates for member states to prioritise conservation of water resources and access to safe drinking water and sanitation for marginalised populations. Alan Marwein/ Mumbai Weekly.

This year the UN will work with member states to address inequities for poor communities who do not have access to safe drinking water,

sanitation, food and energy services. According to the UN water chair, Michael Jarraud, the problem is astronomical and we still have a long way to go before we fully address it. According to a statement from Jarraud, “768 million people lack access to improved water sources, 2.5 billion people have no improved sanitation and 1.3 billion people cannot access electricity.” Usually the people who lack access to safe water and sanitation are also the ones who lack access to energy.

Metro flags off election campaigns Mumbai, India’s financial capital is scheduled to go to the polls on 24 April, 2014. As the elections approach, the city is bustling with the chatter of political campaigns,

rallies of seasoned politicians as well as Bollywood stars who are inclined to politicking. The billboards have come alive overnight with advertisements by the

BJP and Congress alike, targeting youth, women and Muslim voters. The parties have even used the T20 World Cup final as an event to draw impoverished voters

by sponsoring large community screens for entire communities to watch. And the action is only going to heat up further in the coming weeks before the elections.

(right) A salesman organises his stock at a shop that specialises in the sale of political party paraphernalia, Mumbai on 15 March, 2014. People in Maharashtra go to the polls for the election of forty eight Lok Sabha members over three days: April 10th, 17th and 24th. Elections in Mumbai are scheduled for 24 April, 2014. Lakshmi Anantnarayan/ Mumbai Weekly.

In 2014 the UN and its member states will focus on developing sustainable national policies that will lead to energy and water security in green economies. Best practices in the establishment of industries that conserve water and energy will be highlighted. On the eve of World Water Day the UN also released a report that suggested that by 2025, about 3.4 billion people will be living in water-scarce countries. Reports on environmental degradation

and global warming including this one have indicated that shortage of key resources like water will lead to conflicts increasingly. India is expected to face a particularly difficult crisis and be a site for such conflict. The report named the Aral Sea, the GangesBrahmaputra River, Indus river and Mekong river basins as some sites of such potential conflict. India must prioritise water conservation measures like rainwater harvesting urgently in order to avert such crisis.




OPINION: Another brick in the bubble lowered quality of construction are sold to citizens as investments. An empty flat trades for more and illustrates the census data from 2011, which shows nearly half a million homes lie vacant in the city whereas the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report reveals about

A man holds a flash light as rescue workers sift through the rubble at the site of a building collapse at Santa Cruz, Mumbai on 14 March, 2014. Abhishek Chinnappa/ Mumbai Weekly

Abhishek Chinnappa

Old is gold, it is perennially said. Does it not beg the question why things our

grandparents indulged in were better than in their present form? Old houses were good, user-friendly and well ventilated. Old craftsmanship is worthy of eulogies. Then where did we loose the plot of reinforced and secure homes and what makes our new

homes vulnerable? Another day, another morning, dense clouds of brown dust obscure a sleepy neighborhood in Santa Cruz, another high-rise has collapsed taking down with it dreams, aspirations and more importantly human life. The contentment of living in a city has

been cut short; there will soon be competition to build another high-rise building there and the rigmarole will continue. And below the new residents the ghosts of the dead shall reside with their reheated breakfasts, canned juice drinks and the spicy pickles. Urban planning is

as complex a role to perform as that of a spider spinning its web. A municipal urban planner has to assuage the feelings and monetary implications of the local administration, the builder lobby and sundry and that is just the job half done. An architect designs the house. After architectural design, the plans are

then engineered. The site plans are sent to the municipality and a lengthy checklist of items must be reviewed and approved by the concerned authorities. The checklist is ticked off with great haste and the foundation of a new high -rise is laid with connivance of local authorities and politicos. Flats with

60% of its residents are homeless or inhabit slums. This ‘investment’ has created an artificial bubble for more housing and accelerates the speed of construction thus eating into the available space in the city. This lack of space has created verticals in the cityscape without fully comprehending that high rises mean more money has to be spent on construction and maintenance. This new design of the cityscape has also sharply increased the social divide, as people from the lowerincome groups fail to afford the bombastic prices commanded by these expensive high-rise structures. The eco-

nomic divide has been responsible for most people migrating to the evergrowing suburbs. This perhaps explains why a recent wave of building collapses is dotted along the periphery of the financial capital of India. Residents of housing colonies in Mahim, Thane, Mazgaon, and Santa Cruz amongst others echo to the wails of the survivors of building collapses that occur with alarming frequency that most of the city has become immune to the heart wrenching narrative of loss. With their homes existing only on the maps of their memories of irreplaceable pasts muddied photographs and salvaged properties perhaps it is time to rethink the prevailing housing policies, building methodologies and regulate the real -estate speculation before another brick comes down in the great squabble for housing in the metropolis of the erstwhile Bombay. Opinions expressed are those of the author & do not represent Mumbai Weekly.

POINT OF VIEW: An end to rape in sight? Think again. the maximum sentence that could be awarded in the case, is a welcome deterrent.

Lakshmi Anantnarayan

The Sessions Court in Mumbai issued strong and speedy verdicts in both the rape cases at the Shakti Mills compound on 21 March, 2014, and 4 April, 2014, awarding three death sentences and two life imprisonments to the five adults involved in one or both cases. The legal decisions have re-instilled a degree of faith in the law enforcement system’s ability to guarantee justice in cases of such grave violations. The death sentences of the three repeat offenders who were perpetrators in both the cases, which is

Apart from these two verdicts, the trial of the two juveniles accused in the same rape cases will wind its way through the Juvenile Justice System. The inevitable question that hangs on our minds is - are we going to witness yet another replay of the Nirbhaya rape case sentencing here? In that instance, the juvenile perpetrator (17½ years old) was sentenced to three years imprisonment, just a slap in the wrist, for the gruesome gang rape and murder of a young woman. The maximum punishment a juvenile (between 7-18 years) in India can be sentenced to, is three years imprisonment through the Juvenile Justice

System regardless of his/ her maturity, age, and the gravity of the crime they have committed. This blanket law n e e d s r e examination. In many developed countries, the legal system uses its discretion on a case-by -case basis, on whether or not a juvenile (usually between 16-18 years of age) should be tried through the Juvenile Justice System or through the Criminal Justice System, where they would be treated as an adult. The Delhi gang rape victim’s parents in December 2013, petitioned the Supreme Court of India calling for “juvenility” to be determined by a criminal court and not the Juvenile Justice Board, in the case of heinous crimes. It is crucial that the Supreme Court decides in favour of their plea.

A man looks on at a schoolgirl in a train station, Mumbai on 24 March, 2014. According to media reports, Mumbai declined to fifth position in a list of safe cities for women in India. Akash Srivastav/ Mumbai weekly

Yes we need stringent laws, strict punishments that may deter rapists, tighter enforcement, and a legal system that has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sex crimes against women and girls. And yes the media frenzy surrounding select high

profile urban rape cases has helped raise awareness about rape. But I am dismayed that all our attention is only on law enforcement and no one wants to talk about the 10 tonne gorilla in the room, which is the baseline of an all pervading sexism upon

which we as a society operate. We, for instance, assume that law enforcement and the legal system are unbiased and gender sensitive. Rape and sexual assault is integrally connected to female infanticide, sex selective abortions,

sex trafficking, dowry deaths, objectification, and domestic violence. They are all about systematically devaluing girls and women, and controlling their bodies. We need to examine our inability as a society to see women as equal human beings with

equal rights. Why is it that juveniles feel entitled to rape in the first place? How do they see women? These are much deeper questions that need a more fundamental cultural change. Opinions expressed are those of the author & do not represent Mumbai Weekly.




Special A Father’s Love

Unlike most fathers of children with disabilities, Ramesh Kadam, the father of 14-year old Amol, is the primary caregiver in his family. Ramesh

decided to stop working for a living in 2012 and became a stay-at-home father just to take care of his son. Amol was born with severe physical and

intellectual disabilities. Since birth, Amol has had visual and speech impairment and very limited mobility. On most nights Amol,suffers an

epileptic attack. Because Amol likes sparklers every evening the Kadam family celebrates Diwali with a sparkler. Mumbai Weekly’s Alan

Marwein shared time with Ramesh and Amol to highlight the constant care and deep bond between this special father and his “special” son.


MW Sensex hits record high


The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex closed the week that ended on 28th March, at 22,339.97 (up 586 points or 3%), while the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty closed at 6,695.90 (up 203 points or 3%) for the same week.

A man looks at stock prices at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai on 28 March, 2014. The BSE Sensex hit a record high for a fifth straight session. Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly

The Nifty Monday closed at 6,584 (up 89 points) which

was a trend seen across markets in Asia. Tuesday the Nifty closed 6,590 (up 9 points) based on the deferment of an increase in gas price that was due to take effect from 1 April, 2014. Wednesday, the Nifty closed on a positive for the fifth consecutive session up by 12 points to end trading at 6,601 due to RBI’s deci-

sion allowing opening of special rupee as well as foreign currency accounts with local banks. Banking shares were in focus after Goldman Sachs upgraded ratings of state-owned banks. Nifty closed at 6,642 (up 40 points) Thursday. Nifty again managed making a new high and closed at 6,696 (up 54 points

or 0.82%) Friday. Of the 1,428 companies on the NSE, 855 companies closed in the green, 535 companies closed in the red while 38 companies closed flat. The top three gains for the week were Punjab National Bank (17%); IDFC (15%); State Bank of India (12%).

Mumbai cheapest city in the world According to a recent survey conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit, Mumbai has been listed as one of the least expensive cities to live in. It has topped the list of top ten least expensive cities followed by Karachi (Pakistan) and New Delhi (India). India’s financial capital has emerged to have the best ‘value for money spent’.

The report takes into account the cost of bread and petrol that one can get for one dollar. The average cost of unleaded petrol in Mumbai is $1.21 and a kilogram of bread costs $0.91. Singapore, on the other hand is listed as one of the top five most expensive cities among Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. The survey

has gathered information on more than 160 food items, toiletries, clothing, domestic help, utility bills and transport costs for every city. The survey came as a shock for most people living in Mumbai as the daily cost of living like rent is exorbitant and one of the highest in India. Most Mumbaikars’ income goes towards living spaces

which are unaffordable for many, and therefore leave many homeless. Apart from real estate though, Mumbai does offer very inexpensive and affordable options for food and other utilities right along side some of Asia’s most expensive choices and so on a worldwide platform the city is considered to be the least expensive.

A man sells affordable street food on a sidewalk, Mumbai on 1 April, 2014. According to the Worldwide Cost of Living 2014 Index, Mumbai is the least expensive city in the world. Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly

Costlier by the day

Gas cylinders are stacked on and around a gas vendors cart, Mumbai on 14 March, 2014. The market was expected to witness a hike in gas prices from April 2014, but Reliance Industries and its partners were directed to sell gas at current prices from their D6 block. In 2013, the Indian cabinet approved a move to link the prices of local gas to global benchmarks that could nearly double gas prices. The Election Commission of India has currently ordered the government to not make any changes to gas prices until the completion of the national elections, which are expected to finish in May 2014. Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly

A man pays for tomatoes at Bhaji Gali, Mumbai on 17 March, 2014. According to media reports vegetable prices are predicted to increase by 30 percent because of hailstorms. Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly

Automania The fourth edition of DNA Auto Expo was held at the NSE Grounds, Goregaon on March 22—23, 2014. The auto expo showcased a wide range of cars: from affordable family cars to more expensive ones. Car lovers gathered at the event to take a look

at some of the meanest machines that were on display. The event also had on display two wheelers, out of which Harley Davidson stole the show. Auto enthusiasts were also allowed to take photographs with their dream cars.

(left) A visitor takes a photograph of a Ferrariis displayed at the Auto Expo in NSE grounds, Goregaon, Mumbai on 18 March, 2014. Souradeep Roy/ Mumbai Weekly


A complicated ‘State’ of affairs

Alia Bhatt arrives to promote her upcoming movie “2 States” at a suburban hotel, Mumbai on 29 March, 2014. The movie is scheduled to release on 18 April, 2014. Souradeep Roy/ Mumbai Weekly

MW ‘2 States’ is a Bollywood film to be released on 18 April, 2014 starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt and directed by Abhishek Varman. Alia Bhatt is an upcoming star who made her debut in Bollywood with Karan Johar’s film ‘Student of the Year.’ A promotional event for the film was organized at the Taj Lands End in Bandra on 29 March, 2014. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same name by Chetan Bhagat. Based on Bhagat's personal life the film is

about the love story of Krish and Ananya who are from different cultural backgrounds within India, he is Punjabi and she Tamil. Krish and Ananya meet and fall in love during their academic program at the Indian Institute of Management. Tensions build once they decide to marry as cultural misunderstandings and conflict surface between the two families. The film describes the obstacles and struggles, Krish and Ananya overcome in the pursuit of their love.

Lavani performance enthrals Mumbai Lavani dancers performed at Ravindra Natya Mandir, on the occasion of Holi – the festival of colours. Lavani is a rhythmic folk dance from Maharashtra based on the Dholki, a percussion instrument. In Lavani, there is equal emphasis on the dance and lyrics of the song. It is a sensual music and dance form which is

performed by both male and female dancers. Due to the erotic appeal female dancers usually take the centre stage and entertain the audience. Being a female-oriented dance form; a red bindi, juda or hair bun and a nine-yard sari are a must. Marathi films and theatre played an important role in making the dance famous.

(left) A dancer jumps up in the air during the performance of Lavani, during Holi, Mumbai on 17 March, 2014. Fariha Farooqui/ Mumbai Weekly

A dancer wears make-up in preparation for a rendition of Lavani (a traditional folk dance from Maharashtra) during the festival of Holi, Mumbai on 17 March, 2014. Fariha Farooqui/ Mumbai Weekly

Spotlight on Sunny

25 years of the Elephanta Festival

Indian actor and former adult movie star Sunny Leone interacts with the media as she promotes her latest movie Ragini MMS2, Mumbai on 21 March, 2014. Meenakshi Lodaya/ Mumbai Weekly

Sunny Leone is an Indo-Canadian actor and an adult movie star who started her Bollywood career with Bigg Boss. She

was recently seen at a promotional event for her latest horrorthriller film Ragini MMS2. The film is a sequel of Ragini

MMS which was released in 2011. MMS2 produced by Ekta Kapoor earned INR45.88 crores at the Indian box of-

fice in the first two weeks. Given Leone’s association and past with the adult movie industry in Canada, her

entry into Indian film industry was not without criticism especially from the moral police.

Prachi Shah, a classical Kathak dancer performs at the Elephanta Festival, Mumbai on 15 March, 2014. Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly




Western Central Railway falls flat

A moment during the 72nd All India Railway Men’s Hockey Championship match between Central Railway (C.R) & Western Central Railway (W.C.R), Mumbai on 28 March, 2014. Hosts Central Railway started off on a winning note defeating West Central Railway 2-1 in a Pool-B round-robin league match. Alan Marwein/ Mumbai Weekly

Hosts Central Railway started off on a winning note defeating West Central Railway 2-1 in a Pool-B roundrobin league match of the 72nd All India Railway Men’s

Hockey Championship. Ajaz Qureshi struck in the th 12 minute to put Central Railway in the lead before West Central Railway scored the equaliser through

skipper Akram Iqbal in the 24th minute. But the home team playing with plenty of determination netted the winner through Athar Mirza in the

41st minute.


In the opening match, Diesel and Locomotive Works won a resounding victory over East Coast Railway by a whopping 10-0

In another match, Southern Railway who were behind fought back to share honours with Eastern Railway in a 2-2 draw in

Juhu Sparks held by Soccer XI

apool. Ajuib Ekka and D. Kullu were on target for Eastern, while S. Manoj and R. Divakaran got the goals for Southern Railway.

Results on March, 2014:


Pool-A: South-East Central Railway 7 (Amulaya Minz 2, Jerom Lakra 2, Sadab Khan 2, Shahid Sheikh) beat East

Coast Railway 0. Pool-B:Central Railway2 (Narad Bhadur, Vishal Pillay) beat Eastern Railway 1 (D.Kullu)

Bombay Muslims victorious

Bombay Muslim player, Tohid Khan, falls while he fights for possession of the ball against an opposition player from St. Sebastian during the Super Division match, Mumbai on 30 March, 2014. Shailesh Panchal/ Mumbai Weekly

India ARC three time winners

Nitin Lalu (in black) of Soccer XI dribbles past a Juhu Sparks player (in green) during a Super Division match, Mumbai on 6 April, 2014. The first goal was scored by Mahesh Katkar, a Juhu Sparks’ player at the first minute. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser from Leonard Wickens in the 65th minute. Akshay Vaidya/ Mumbai Weekly

Two players from India ARC (white) and three from Argentina (blue) try to get possession of the ball in the Yes Bank International Polo Cup match held on March 22, 2014 at the ARC Polo Grounds, Mumbai. This is the third year of the Yes Bank International Polo Cup and the third consecutive year that the Indian ARC team walked away with the trophy. Shweta Agrawal/ Mumbai Weekly

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