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Mumbai Weekly VOL 6. ISSUE 1 | FRIDAY 09 JUNE, 2017


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Trees hacked for Metro project amidst protest

GDP knock-out punch to Indian economy

According to Moody’s global rating agency, the Indian economy will grow 7.5% in the fiscal year 2017 and 7.7% in 2018 and it will grow to 8% in three to four years. There will be very less impact of last year demonetization on the economy. Idrees Mohammed/ Mumbai weekly.

Pollution levels rise drastically in Mumbai People hug a tree as a worker walks past with a chainsaw at Churchgate in Mumbai on 25 May 2017. Thousands of trees, some over a hundred years old, are going to be cut for underground metro work that is being constructed amid protests from citizen’s group. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly Mumbaikars lament the axing of several old trees to make way for

the metro 3 (ColabaBandra-SEEPZ) project near Churchgate. Ear-

lier, the Bombay high court on 05 May gave a a green signal to the

Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation limited (MMRCL) to start

hacking trees for the metro3 project. The high court refused

all pleas against cutting of trees and stated that a middle ground has to be

arrived at between the city's development work and the environment.

Fire breaks out at a factory in suburban Mumbai Mumbai has been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the fifth most polluted megacity in the world. It is an indication of the poor health of the city’s air. Since humidity levels have been high for the past few days and day temperatures are high, pollutants have made the air heavier. WHO statistics show that pollution has increased by 8% in last five years. Four out of five people in Mumbai are exposed to levels that exceed WHO limits. Hemanshi Kamani/ Mumbai Weekly

A maj or fire broke out at a commercial complex at Vij ay Industrial Estate, behind Evershine Mall at Malad Link Road, in Mumbai on 23 May 2017. According to media reports, no casual ties or inj uries have been reported in the fire. The fire took place at around 8.20 pm. at first floor of the complex which housed a toy factor y which is considered to be the source of the fire. In no ti me it spread on all the floors of the building. The fire bri gade reached the spot at around 8.30 pm. Ei ght fire engines and seven water tankers were

used to douse the fire. Many residents and onlookers had gathered at the site. The Bangur Nagar police rushed to the spot to control the crowd. The fire incident caused traf fic j am along the Link Road for t wo straight hours which resulted in commuters been stranded for a long time. Traffic was diverted near Ever shine Mall and commuters were advised to use S V Road till the fire was brought under control. The fire was brought under control by around 10 p.m. but police could control the crowd till around 10.30 p.m.

Firemen try to douse the fire at a toy factory in Mumbai on 23 May 2017. “There is no major casualties or fatalities have been reported in the fire " said senior police inspecter Santosh Bhandare, Bangur Nagar police station. Mohammed Shaikh/Mumbai Weekly

GST to bring down FMCG prices, selective goods only: E&Y

A customer shops at a supermarket in Mumbai on 24 May 2017. According to a local daily, overall price of FMCG products might reduce but certain products will show increase in rates due to the newly introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST). Mukesh Amaran/Mumbai Weekly

As we approach July 1st, the authorities are busy working out the details related to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The central and state Finance Ministers met in Srinagar to finalize GST rates. Following this, the government has indicated that to monitor prices of various items it may set up an anti-profiteering au-

thority. The GST council has various items under five different tax rates ranging from 5% to 28%. There is also an additional GST compensation cess. Implementation of GST would simplify all the indirect taxes and would reduce tax on taxes. However, since some tax rates such as VAT currently vary across states, the real impact of

GST rates on prices may only be revealed after the roll out. Laws like the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 controls the price of certain necessary items including the products that fall under the FMCG category. The Fast Moving Consumer Good sector of India comprises more than 50 percent of the food and beverage industry and anther 30

percent from personal and household care. Reports suggest the sector contributes a significant USD 6.5 billion in direct and indirect taxes. From an efficiency perspective GST will have a lot of benefits for the FMCG industry, claims Harishankar Subramanian, National Leader – indirect tax, Ernst and Young global solution.




FRIDAY, 09 JUNE, 2017

The queer, yet beautiful

Attendees kiss during Kashish Film Festival at Liberty Cinema in Mumbai on 28 May 2017 . Karma Bhutia/Mumbai Weekly

People share a candid moment during Kashish 2017 Film Festival at Liberty Cinema in Mumbai on 25 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/ Mumbai Weekly The 8th Kashish Mumbai international queer film festival, a five day event kick started on the 24 May 2017 jointly held at Liberty cinema and Alliance Francaise de Bombay. It is the first Indian LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer) film festival to be held with approval of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of the central Govern-

ment of India. According to media report, the event is said to be South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only one of its kind to be held in a mainstream theatre. The theme of the festival is 'Diverse, One’, which explores the diversity of the community. The diverse shades of the rainbow represents the uniqueness of all the people and despite the differ-

ences what brings them together is their shared values, a want of an equal society, basic human rights and laws that criminalize and discriminate. On the 4th day of the event the total footfall marked more than 2000 ,according to a local daily. It was a gathering of great filmmakers and the creative fraternity. Faraz Arif Ansari said ‘it started as a film fest for the com-

munity but it's not only about homosexual meet or a gay event it has transformed into South Asia's biggest film fest where they show good LGBT films. Mona Ambegaonkar said 'I have been in the jury selection community; I have worked and reached out to the LGBTQ people with all kinds of issues for 8 years with Humsafar trust. Everyday is like a job

terms. Before Bollywood (hindi movie industry) movies were played in Liberty cinemas but now some dhinchak LGBTQ movies are played. We are like army of marching ants, we sing and dance and slowly march towards our goals.’ Ankur Ballal said ‘love the event, it's interesting, educational, inspirational and get to make new friends.’

A man carries another during Kashish Film Festival at Liberty Cinema in Mumbai on 28 May 2017 . Karma Bhutia/Mumbai Weekly

A drag queen performs at Kashish Film Festival in Mumbai on 28 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly

A man twirls during Kashish Film Festival at Liberty Cinema in Mumbai on 28 May 2017. According to media reports, over 2000 people attended the closing ceremony of the festival. Karma Bhutia/Mumbai Weekly

Two men share a moment as they sit inside Liberty Cinema during Kashish Film Festival in Mumbai on 25 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/ Mumbai Weekly

People share a moment during Kashish Film Festival at Liberty Cinema in Mumbai on 28 May 2017. Karma Bhutia/Mumbai Weekly

A man looks at another's tattoo during Kashish Film Festival at Liberty cinema in Mumbai on 28 May 2017. Karma Bhutia/Mumbai Weekly




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Museum on the road “ M u s e u m o n w h e e l s ” , a mo b i l e museum saw enthusiasts on International museum day. It is a mobile museum in which t he old artifacts and sculptures are showcased to create appreci ati on of heri tage and culture. This project was started to set up exhibitions in semi-urban and rural areas. This concept was commenced on 01 March 2015 and it hit the roads on 20 October 2015. This b u s i s f u l l y equipped with air – conditioners, art supplies, audiovisual and digital equipment such as touch screens and

di gi t al t abl et s etc. According to IFA (India Foundation of Arts), The museum is inspired by students’ curricular and extra curricular needs aimed at providing information into wide range of subjects and in fun and interactive manner to rural and s emi -ur ban areas . This exhibition is showcasing the important old developments related to history of India. The exhibition i s displ aying vari ous historical sources such as stone tools, pott e r y , c o i n s , sculptures, manuscripts, textiles and ar chi val mat erials.

A woman takes a selfie with a Megalithic Age burial setup, inside a bus museum, which was parked at the Phoenix Mill mall at Lower Parel in Mumbai on 18 May 2017. Idrees Mohammed/Mumbai Weekly

Slum demolition: People fear the loss of livelihood On 13 May 2017, the civic body of Mumbai, BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) demolished about 750 houses on Pipeline Road, Vidyavihar. Allegedly, residents were promised new houses at Kohinoor in Kurla which was why they vacated their houses for demolition. The residents were later allotted houses at Mahul village, but

hey refused to move as it is far away which would affect their livelihood and is very polluted. The residents started living on Pipeline Road itself, shifting their household items to footpath and building tents on the rubble of their demolished houses. The residents were later given an option to choose accommodation in Mahul village or in Mankhurd. To which they

opposed, again demanding to shift them to a place close by, either Kurla or Ghatkopar. People were living without a house for more than 10 days as there was no decision made about new accommodation. Some had to leave the city and go back to their hometown as they could not afford to get a house to live in on rent until a decision was made.

A man sleeps on a bed near rubble of demolished houses at Vidyavihar in Mumbai on 16 May 2017. The civic body of Mumbai - BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) demolished around 750 houses on 13 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/ Mumbai Weekly

Mumbai airport declared as busiest single runway Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has been crowned as the busiest runway in the world among the single runways. Airport authority spokesperson said that Air Traffic controller (ATC) handles a difficult job as every 65 seconds flights are taking off and landing.

There are days when number of flights crosses 900 movements in a day. Mumbai airport now handles 837 flights per day, a notable amount. Mumbai airport has beaten London’s Gatwik airport in world ranking. In terms of the number of passengers also, the city airport tops with

45.2 million (45,200,000) people flying in and out in against 44 million (44,000,000) at Gatwick airport. Notably, no other large city in the world is served by one airport, that too with a single-runway. All the leading cities like New York, London, Dubai, and Singapore have more than

one airport with multiple runways. Second airport is proposed in Navi Mumbai which is not yet ready. In 2016-17 the growth volume has increased by 8% as compared to the previous year. Mumbai is having a huge network which connects passengers to 95 international and domestic airports.

Airplanes line up to take off at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai on 15 May 2017. CSIA is now the world's busiest single runway airport with one flight every 65 seconds. Chitral Khambhati/ Mumbai Weekly

A luxurious travel to Goa Tejas Express makes its maiden journey from Goa to Mumbai on 22 May 2017. It is a semi high speed train brand of Indian railways introduced with modern on board facilities. These newly designed coaches are capable of running at a speed of 200 km/h (120 mph). The coaches

are having Bio-vacuum toilets, water level indicators, tap sensors, hand d r ye r s , i n t e gr at ed Braille displays, LED TV for each passenger with phone sockets, local cuisine, celebrity chef menu, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee vending machines, magazines, snack tables, CCTV

cameras, fire & smoke detection and suppression system. Tejas express is been proposed for Delhi, Chandigarh and Surat from Mumbai route. The fare of Tejas is 20% to 30% more than fare of Shatabdi. Tickets in second class cost around 1,190 rupees

($18) while in first class the price is in the range of 2,590 rupees. Central railway's chief commercial manager Shailendra Kumar said, “Of course India is far away from luxury trains unveiled in Japan recently but according to Indian standards it is very good start and will be a hit”.

A police officer checks the newly launched high-speed train, Tejas Express of Indian Railway in Mumbai on 21 May 2017. Idrees Mohammed/Mumbai Weekly




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Point of view: Threshold of safety

Mukesh Amaran


imits are a very important parameter which defines the extremities of capabilities in any kind of an action performed. Every country’s laws and regulations define these limits to keep the citizens in check from any repercussions arising from some decisions made by the citizens. However, India is a country where saying ‘pushing the limits’ would be an understatement of unimaginable proportions. A motorbike in any other country is seen as a method of transport for a maximum of 2 people (still depending on the design of the vehicle); on the contrary, in India, a man riding his bike with his wife sitting behind him in a very awkward position, one kid in front, one inbetween him and his wife and the youngest (mostly an infant) on the wife’s lap, is a very common sight. All this and still jumping the red light on a busy road would be considered one of the most dangerous acts even in a world famous circus in developed nations. Road safety is not the only area where Indian threshold for danger is

A man falls on the railway platform as another man tries to catch him in Mumbai on 09 May 2017. Ramees M.A/Mumbai Weekly pushed beyond limits. Mumbai is a city where the density of population

is the first thing that hits you when you see it for the first time. 18.41 million people call this city home out of which 7.5 million people a day use the Mumbai Suburban Railways, daily. To put it in perspective, That is more than five times the population of Estonia, ten times the population of Bhutan

and just a little less than the population of Switzerland. Spread across 450kms, the network not just connects the suburbs but also the outlying townships that surround the city. So on an average day, Over 4,500 passengers are packed into a 9-car rake during peak hours, as against the rated carrying capacity of 1,700. That is an average of 14 to 16 standing passen-

gers per square metre of floor space. The peak hour’s scenario on a Mumbai local is a site of an ant hill. Massive crowd that hardly empties the coaches making the influx a major complication. We can find a bunch of commuters dangling from the footboard. Irrespective of men or women. Women even let their dupattas, scarfs, hijabs fly while on the footboard, get-

ting more vulnerable and they tend to care least. It's ironic how they manage to do so, being well aware of the risk. Or is it the ignorance? Or not being a quick learner? Or lacking common sense? According to a report obtained under the right to information application, the average daily deaths on railway tracks is 8 people in 2016, only 3% lesser

than 2015; a total of 3,202 passengers died and 3,363 were injured; with more than half of these fatalities are caused while crossing the tracks. People still seem to do so without the slightest fear of 700 tonnes of iron packing 4,500 passen ger s cho o chooing towards them. There have been perennial attempts

made by the various non-government organisations and individuals to fight out these numbers through print media, demonstrations, campaigns and such but it all seems to fall on deaf ears. They do blame infrastructure and government but I don't see why. The number of trains operating has gone up, the

frequency is high, over bridges are pr ovi ded; despi te people friendly efforts made by the providers, people choose to defy. Now is that a convention to ignore by choice? That's a call only an individual can take on his behalf.. The above views are personal views expressed by the author .

Opinion: Does equality exist?

Sweta Patra


t was a summer noon, the local train was almost crowded. She wore a red saree, she looked striking and distinct. She had some grace in her actions as she came close to give her blessings, lambi umar ho (may you live long), with a modest smile. I couldn't resist asking her for a picture, to which she immediately agreed and struck a dance move with her saree. Within moments she fled to the footboard and plunged out of the compartment and boarded another. Not even 6 minutes passed and we were

left with an aura of zeal and pleasantness. Now that I think back she didn't have to do any of it but she did, she wanted to. None of us paid her yet she smiled and blessed. I have seen many people showing discomfort in the presence of a transgender. But why? Because they are different? All the dislike in exchange for blessings? We are so much conditioned in our minds that we fail to see beyond imperfections. They are not beggars by choice. Imagine being cornered in society, being deprived of basic rights, being stared down at and considered a menace. Most transgender have been driven out of their families for bringing shame. Most if not all have experienced spite in their lives yet they offer their blessings. Now

A transgender travels in ladies compartment of sub-urban train in Mumbai on 27 May 2017. Nakshatra Krishnamoorthy/Mumbai Weekly that is an act of kindness at a different level. She said they are not offered with jobs and

that leaves them with no choice. To this I had no answer. I realized none of us would swap posi-

tions with a transgender for a moment and empathize with them. Afterall it's only an oppor-

tunity that we all look forward to prove that we are worthwhile, to earn that respect, to

make the difference, to stand out. So why are they deprived of making their ends meet.

The above views are personal views expressed by the author .




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Lungs of the city, not anymore The Mumbai Metro-3 proj ect by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRCL) that starts from Colaba in South Mumbai to SEEPZ in Andheri has been slammed with allegations regarding illegal cutting down of trees in the Colaba area of South Mumbai. The Bombay high court on Wednesday had asked the MMRCL to file a reply regarding the allegations. The case filed by city resident Kunal Birwadkar alleges that trees not within the contract are also being

cut by the corporation. A stay order was asked to be granted and the court had also refused the stay order and posted the matter for hearing on 26 th May. However, th on 25 of May, a few residents took t o t h e s t r e et s on what was a resistance in the form of a mini Chipko movement. The tree being cut was hugged by the residents to prevent them from being brought down and people protested with setup of funeral of a tree by carrying a branch on a bamboo stretcher.

The protester, Abhay Bavishi stands on a tree as officials look at him during tree cutting at Churchgate in Mumbai on 24 May 2017 . Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly

Right: A man gestures with officials while taking out a protest march against the felling of trees at Churchgate in Mumbai on 24 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly

A man gestures to the policeman at Churhgate in Mumbai on 02 May 2017. According to media reports, people protested with setup of funeral of a tree by carrying a branch on a bamboo stretcher. Prabhat Mehrotra/Mumbai Weekly

Workers pull a rope tied with a tree at Churhgate in Mumbai on 24 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly

A worker holds a chainsaw as he stands on the tree in Mumbai on 24 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly

People hold a tree as a mark of protest which has been cut for Metro3 project at Churchgate in Mumbai on 25 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly

Vehicles go past by a chopped tree that was felled down for the Metro-3 construction site at Churchgate in Mumbai on 24 May 2017. According to media reports, The tree being cut was hugged by the residents to prevent them from being brought down. Chitral Khambhati/ Mumbai Weekly




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Case against an industrialist for power theft A case was filed against a senior official of a tea strainer manufacturing unit for alleged power theft of around 1.55 million USD since November 2011 in Mumbai on 21 May 2017. According to newspaper reports, the theft was done by tampering an electricity meter. State Vigilance department had received information of alleged power theft so it conducted a raid and detected an electricity theft at Bombay Tea Strainers Manufacturing Company at Sitafalwadi, Mazgaon in Mumbai. The raiding team found 176 KW connected load to the company and estimated loss of 1.55 million USD involving two current trans-

formers meters. The team is still suspecting a third meter and is further investigating. The department has accused the owner of the company, Mikdar Ratlamwala (as mentioned in FIR), who is a Byculla resident, has not been arrested yet. The Vigilance department approached Byculla police station and gave them the raid details and documents. The complaint was accordingly filed under Indian Electricity Act 2003. Senior inspector of Byculla police station Avinash Shingte confirmed the development and said that the investigation is on to check if any other people are also involved in the crime.

A man stands on top of the roof in Mumbai on 15 may 2017. Police registered a case against a senior official of a tea strainer manufacturing unit for alleged 1.55 million USD power theft since November 2011 by tampering on electricity meter. Muhammed Shaikh/Mumbai Weekly

IKEA store set to open in Mumbai

A foundation laying ceremony for IKEA’s new mega retail store in Mumbai took place in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai on 18 May 2017. IKEA , a global home furnishing company is planning to offer its products via ecommerce. According to newspaper, IKEA will provide home delivery and home assembly services for its

customers at its upcoming stores in Mumbai and Hyderabad. The estimated project investment cost is over Rs. 1000 crore in the store. The store will be spread across 4,30,000 square feet (Four Lakh Thirty Thousand square feet) and is expected to employ seven hundred direct workers and another one thousand five hundred for providing assembly and delivery. It has already started con-

structing its first store in Hyderabad in August 2016 and is looking forward to complete it and have its opening in next year. However exact projected month of its opening was not disclosed by IKEA official. The IKEA official expects the Mumbai store to open within six months of the launch of H yd e r a b ad st or e. Maharashtra will be a key market for IKEA

and it plans to open five to six stores in the state going forward which also includes projected distribution centre in Pune. As reported by newspaper, IK EA Chief Officer Juvencio Maeztu said, “We will make a positive footprint by creating employment, investing in skill development, growing local sourcing to meet demands in India and globally”

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief minister of Maharashtra talks with Swedish director general, Karin Olofsdattor at an event of IKEA in Navi Mumbai on 18 May 2017. Supreet Sapkal/Mumbai Weekly

Vodafone India profit dips 10 % BSE hits new high

A man talks on a phone as he walks past a Vodafone logo in Mumbai on 17 May 2017. Vodafone India suffered dip in its FY17 (fiscal year 2017) operating profit by the competitive pressures after the entry of Reliance Jio. Nakshatra Krishnamoorthy / Mumbai Weekly Vodafone India on 16 May 2017 reported a 10.2% decline in operating profit to 1.8 billion USD on margin contraction primarily impacted by the competitive pressures after the entry of Reliance

Jio. Reliance Jio lau nc he d f r ee v oic e calls for life, others in the sector are expected to come up with plans w h e r e t h e c u s t o m er wont be paying separately for voice and data. Both will be of-

fered under one bucket plan - generous hunks of data bundled with loads of free voice minutes , content and services- at a fixed price. The big three of Indian telecom - Bharti Airtel, V odaf o ne I ndia and

Idea cellular will be compelled to migrate to bucket plans for retaining mid and high-end customers amid rising churn, says Sanjay Kapoor, former Chief Excecutive of Bharti Airtel. Vodafone's

upbeat outlook sent r el i evi n g i nvest or s after a tough year that saw the group report a 6.1 billion euro ($6.7 billion) loss, dragged down by last year's $5 billion write-down on Vodafone India.

Men take a selfie with the bull statue in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on 29 May 2017. BSE crossed the level of 31,000 for the first time. Aparna More/Mumbai Weekly

There has been a cheer in stock market from last few weeks. BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) has cr ossed t he level of 31,000 for the first time. The last time

it crossed 29,000 was September 2016. In past few months Indian rupee has been strengthening steadily against United States dollar because of which investors are getting

confidence. As of 1st June, the sensex was observed at an all time high of 31,273 and rising. The National Stock Exchange’s broader 50share Nifty also rose to lifetime high.




A billion dreams come true Sachin: A Billion dreams , the movie directed by James Erskine released on 26 May 2017 and has already been declared tax-free in Kerala , Odisha and Chhattisgargh. Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali Tendulkar hosted the entire bollywood ensemble at the premier of the movie. Bollywood stars to cricket players to industrialists to politicians, celebrities from every field had gathered to be a part the most awaited sports film of the year. Sachin’s daughter Sara Tendulkar, son Arjun Tendulkar , Sachin's coach R a m a k a n t A chr e kar , MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli with Anushka Sharma

made for an elegant red carpet moment. Bollywood stars who came for the event are Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan , Ranveer Singh, Sushant Singh Rajput with Kriti sanom, Anil kapoor , John A b r a h a m . A.R.Rahman ,the music director of the movie came with his son. The current players of the Indian team were also present there before flying to England for the upcoming Champions Trophy. There were Mukesh Ambani and Tina Ambani , Former Indian hockey team captain Dhanraj pillai and Indian boxer champion Vijender Singh also made their presence.

Above: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma arrive at Sachin’s premiere in Mumbai on 24 May 2017. Prabhat Mehrotra/Mumbai Weekly Sachin Tendulkar's Coach Ramakant Achrekar attends "Sachin" movie's premiere at PVR Versova in Mumbai on 24th May 2017. Prabhat Mehrotra/Mumbai Weekly

Right: Aamir Khan hugs Sachin Tendulkar at his movie premiere in Mumbai on 24 May 2017. Prabhat Mehrotra/ Mumbai Weekly

Khan brothers at “Tubelight” trailer launch Salman Khan's new Bollywood flick 'Tubelight' had its trailer launch in the city recently. Sohail Khan, plays Salman's brother in the movie and was also present at the launch. After Bajrangi Bhaijan, Kabir Khan and Salman Khan come together to create another heartwarming flick about one man's love for his family and his unshakable belief in himself. The fans are already grooving to the newly released 'Nach Meri Jaan', one of the songs from the movie's album and are longing in anticipation to see their 'Bhai' on the big screen soon. Salman Khan stands in front of the poster, at the trailer launch of his upcoming movie "Tubelight" in Mumbai on 25 May 2017. Tehniyat Fatima/Mumbai Weekly

Shilpa inaugurates a yoga statue

Irrfan Khan attends the first screening of “Hindi Medium”

Indian actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra poses next to a statue in Mumbai on 17 May 2017. She inaugurated a Yoga posed statue at Juhu. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbaii Weekly

Irrfan Khan and Deepak Dobriyal pose with school teachers at the first premiere of ‘Hindi medium' in Mumbai on 17 May 2017. A special premier for Hindi medium school teachers and principals was screened apart from the shows held for critics. Mukesh Amaran/ Mumbai Weekly




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Shoaib Siddiqui leads his team to victory

Middle Income Group batsman, Shoaib Siddiqui goes for a shot and misses the ball during the under 19 player selection cricket tournament in Mumbai on 17 May 2017. He led his team to an easy win against the Thane college team. Utkarsh Parmar/Mumbai Weekly

The under-19 selection of Cricket Tournament for Maharashtra team “Naren Tamhane“ Tro-

phy got off to a flying start on 16 May 2017. In one of the league match Shoaib Siddiqui

from Middle Income Group team scored highest score of 175 leading his team to vic-

tory . Thane college team won the toss and chose to field. Middle Income Group

team got of to a good start while Siddiqui displayed brilliance against the

Thane college team . At the end of the first day the MIG team declared a score of 375

runs. On the second day, Thane college team started of with a mammot h t ot al to chase

down. The team lost the match moments later leading to an easy win for the MIG team.

Parle Xenons beats Parle Indians in ‘Vile Parle Premier League’ Parle Xenons dominated Parle Indians in VPPL (Ville Parle Premier League) the local football league where a tough competition saw both the teams standing neck to neck in a typical tight win situation. Aniket Kumar and Abu Jafar from the Xenons showcased a stellar performance, putting the Xenons on the scoreboard with one goal each. The tight assists from Robin

D’souza and Raj Rane help the strikers put Xenons in a 2-1 win against the Parle Indians with Sherwin Gonsalves scoring one goal for the Indians, assisted by Hemant. Parle Xenons goalkeeper Jay Suryavanshi was awarded the man of the match for his acrobatic saves that kept the Indians at bay while the Xenons took the lead at Ville Parle on 17th May 2017 in Mumbai.

Parle Xenons player, Aniket Kumar, reacts as he falls during the Vile Parle Premier League held at Dubashi ground in Mumbai on 17 May 2017. Chitral Khambhati/Mumbai Weekly

Mumbai Indians claims their third IPL crown

Celebrating ‘125 years of basketball’

Mumbai Indians win the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Sunday in Hyderabad. The first innings saw Jaydev Unadkat and Dan Christian restrict MI to 129/8. Krunal Pandya scored the maximum runs for the winning team with a 38 of 47 balls with Mitchell Johnson being the bowler of the night with a 3 wicket haul

YMCA Mumbai organised an Under 18 Basketball tournament for celebrating the invention Basketball. Held on the 125th year anniversary, league matches were conducted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in 4 YMCA’s across the city. One of those league matches, the match between the Indian Gymkhana

for 26 runs. After this exciting win over Pune, Mumbai Indians have now won the IPL for the third time. MI become the first team to ever win the IPL for more than two times with the most number of victories t hr oughout t he tournament the first being in 2013, second in 2015 and now in 2017.The team brought the winning trophy back to the home city to share their 2017 edition.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and player Parthiv Patel and bowling coach Shane Bond hold their trophies at a press conference of their IPL 2017 win in Mumbai on 22nd May 2017. Supreet Sapkal/Mumbai Weekly.

(IG) and Borivali YMCA. Both the teams displayed good skill and effort but at the end, IG came out with 56 points and won the match. Aishwarya Shetty was the star player of the winning team, single-handedly scoring 21 points of the total 56 scored by the Indian Gymkhana team.

Indian Gymkhana player Aishwarya Shetty tries to score a basket against their opponent Borivali YMCA on 23rd May 2017 in Mumbai. Supreet Sapkal/Mumbai Weekly.

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