|2009-04-28||Trace missing child, HC tells crime branch|
Trace missing child, HC tells crime branch
TNN | Apr 28, 2009, 04.10 AM IST
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday asked the crime branch to trace the four-year old son of an Ulhasnagar resident, who was allegedly
kidnapped by her husband.
"We have to verify if the child is all right,'' said a division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice Rajesh Ketkar while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Priti Chhug (26). Priti approached the HC after her husband Bunty Chhug absconded with their son Sujal on November 14, 2008, after a family court awarded her custody of the child.
Bunty's father and brother, who are in the powerloom business, were present in court and said they didn't have any knowledge of his whereabouts. "Our police will find him (Bunty) wherever he flees,'' the judges warned. "We will not hesitate to even order the CBI to trace him.''
Additional public prosecutor Vithal Konde-Deshmukh said the Ulhasnagar police had handed over the probe papers to the crime branch.
|2009-04-25||Multiplexes look at eclectic content|
Multiplexes look at eclectic content
Bharati Dubey | TNN | Apr 25, 2009, 05.52 AM IST
MUMBAI: As the ongoing tussle between multiplex owners and distributors continues to be in limbo and no Hindi film slated for release, multiplexes have begun exploring alternative avenues to generate revenue.
Apart from the usual mix of Hollywood and Marathi films, the range of shows that will run in multiplexes borders on the eclectic. Fame released a Sindhi film, Vaisara Ee Gum, a comedy that showcases the success of the Sindhis in cities like Nagpur and Ulhasnagar. PVR will screen The Iron Maiden Film: Flight 666, based on the renowned British rock band for a niche audience. Uday Singh, CEO of PVR Pictures, the movie production and distribution arm of the company, said, "In the US, concerts and sporting events are released in theatres to reach out to a wider audience. There is no reason why this cannot be explored in India as well. We are also releasing regional films and will try to showcase sporting events like the World Cup and T-20 matches. We may also go ahead with award-winning documentaries.''
Other multiplexes are looking at staging plays and organising film festivals. Fun Cinema, for instance, plans a day-long festival of short films. Shirish Handa, senior VP (marketing) Fun Cinemas, said, "We have planned a couple of short-film festivals, and will start screening world cinema as well. We have just released a Marathi film, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan.''
Audiences, say multiplex owners, are not complaining. Singh added, "With The Iron Maiden Film: Flight 666, we are focusing on the large number of rock lovers.''
Meanwhile, the United Distributor-Producer Forum (UDPF) has been meeting regularly with multiplex owners. But an industry source said, "All the bigwigs in the producer-distributor lobby are out of the country, and chances of a resolution will only be possible in the first week of May.''
|2009-04-01||CR opens ticket-booking kiosks at Shahad|
CR opens ticket-booking kiosks at Shahad
Roana Maria Costa | TNN | Mar 31, 2009, 01.23 AM IST
MUMBAI: On Friday, Central Railway (CR) started its first kiosk under the Jan Sadharan ticket-booking sevak scheme. The service gives commuters
from Shahad, Ulhasnagar and Kalyan the option of purchasing unreserved tickets at their neighbourhood kiosk rather than waiting in serpentine queues at stations.
CR is in the process of setting up 105 such kiosks at various locations across the city, with the next one scheduled for GTB Nagar on the Harbour line. "The plan to open the next Jan Sadharan kiosk at GTB Nagar was finalised on Monday. It would be started in a day or two,'' said chief PRO of CR S C Mudgerikar.
In the first phase, Bhiwandi, Vashi, Wadala, Thane, Tilak Nagar, Sandhurst Road, Bhindi Bazaar, Sion and Kurla will get similar kiosks. At Shahad, the kiosk is located at Manas Collection, opposite Mahalaxmi market, in Ulhasnagar-2.
Every ticket will cost an additional rupee which would serve as a commission to the stall owner who would get the contract for two years. Only senior citizens can avail of concessions.
"This scheme will benefit residents. Depending on the feedback from commuters, CR will decide if more kiosks should be set up and how the scheme should be modified,'' added Mudgerikar.
Officials said that this scheme is part of the railways' plans to reduce queues at booking windows and also provide employment. It was announced in the 2008-09 budget speech. Incidentally, CR is the first in the Mumbai division to implement the scheme.