Mumbai underground: Shoot at site

Shiv Sena indeed takes messages on social networking sites seriously. After two Palghar girls were arrested on the complaint of a Sena member for questioning on Facebook the rationale behind a bandh to mourn the death of Bal Thackeray, party mouthpiece Saamana copied a post on one such site and pasted it as a headline.

The headline exploiting the coincidence of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab's hanging a few days after Thackeray's demise read: 'Balasahebanchi swargathi darkali, Yamrajla pahila aadesh, Kasabla uchla (Balasaheb's roar in heaven, first order to Yamraj, pick up Kasab)'.

A pleased father PATIL

Home Minister R R Patil received 729 congratulatory SMSes after Ajmal Kasab was hanged. Among them was one from his daughter. The beaming father said: "Even my daughter said she is proud of me."

'Moohfat' police officer

A senior officer landed a Mumbai Police special cell in trouble recently. At a high-level but routine meeting with lawyers and judges to discuss conviction-related issues, the officer, known to be short tempered, asked a Bombay High Court judge rudely: "Did you not know about this?" There was a brief silence and awkward glances were exchanged, but the meeting went on. Everyone thought the matter had ended, but the next day, a lower court issued a notice to the cell. Experienced officers were chosen to douse the fire. In a lengthy pleading session that followed, the officers used all accumulated goodwill to broker a compromise. They convinced the court the officer was known to be 'moohfat' and did not mean insult. Instances of cooperation in the past were recalled to resolve the issue and the cell breathed a sigh of relief.


The tender to acquire laptops for corporators also specified BMC will conduct workshops to train the elected representatives to use the gadgets.Thrilled, MNS leader Dilip Lande said, "We should also have a workshop on Samsung android phones!" This, after corporators sought internet with the Rs-38,000-each laptops.

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