Mumbai underground: ‘Typing error’

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) roped in private firm Verve Compusoft last year to install surveillance cameras and LCD screens on buses and develop a system for waiting commuters to track bus movement in real time.

A few days ago, however, Verve Compusoft approached BEST saying it had wrongly mentioned Verve Communications Private Limited, a different company, in documents. A proposal was tabled before the BEST committee of corporators last week to rectify the "typing error".

Throwing tantrum

Jerrit John, accused of throwing a corrosive chemical on Worli physiotherapist Aryanka Hosbetkar on Wednesday, was brought to Dadar Police Station late on Saturday evening after his arrest in Nalasopara. Dressed in a white T, khaki shorts and a cap, he hid his face initially. However, when he was marched through a crowd of waiting journalists after a press conference he scowled into the cameras and even stuck his tongue out.

Accusations take wings

At a recent BMC meeting discussing adverse effects of mobile tower radiation, corporators raised concern about the dwindling population of sparrows in the city. While three corporators sought to highlight how the towers were affecting flora and fauna, one shouted: "The lack of sparrows is definitely an issue, but the real issue is the lazy rhinos of the civic body that are not doing anything about the situation." A thunderous applause followed.

Chants of relief

While Wednesday's disruption in suburban train services gave lakhs of home-bound Central Railway commuters a hard time, it also evoked religious and even revolutionary sentiments among some. At about 9.30 pm, when a fast local finally started moving out of CST after a long delay, chants of 'Ganpati Bappa Moraya' rented the air. This was topped up by a final cry of 'Inquilab Zindabad'.

The Diwali department

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