Mumbai underground: What’s in a rename?
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Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale has been keeping a low profile nowadays. While he might have wanted to earn some brownie points when he suggested renaming of Shivaji Park as Shiv Tirth, Shewale's idea seems to have backfired. Senior leaders are said to be upset with him for suggesting a proposal when it was rejected within the party itself years ago.
After the Centre decided to hand over Indu Mill land to the state for a memorial for Dr Ambedkar, BMC opposition leader and Congress corporator Dnyanraj Nikam raised a notice of motion in the civic general body meeting. He praised the Congress-led UPA for granting approval and taking efforts to solve the issue. He could not, however, have the last word on the row, as the rest of the house — including his allied parties — almost immediately pounced on him for taking credit. As it turned out, it was Samajwadi Party corporator Yakub Memom who got a round of nods when he quipped, "If the Congress was so keen to solve the land row, why did it wait for 12 years?"
The craze to join premier educational institutes in India has led to the mushrooming of coaching centres in the city. One such guidance centre has announced its arrival by plastering posters at stations on the Harbour line. The centre promises candidates that it will help them overcome exam phobia for entrance tests for a premier organisation. However, the centre, which is promising to turn gawky 17 year olds into budding scientists, committed a simple mistake of not using spell check before designing the posters. The institute, which promises to churn out India's next breed of technocrats, has misspelled phobia as 'fobia'.
The two-day Know Your Army mela to commemorate India's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, was held this year in Mumbai over the weekend. Prior to the celebrations, Major General Rajesh Bawa, General Officer Commanding, Mumbai Sub Area, Mumbai, held a press meet. The first question came from a reporter, "Sir, can you tell us what were the strategies and weapons used by the 10 terrorists responsible for 26/11 in 2008?" General Bawa answered, "This is Know Your Army. We cannot comment on the other side."
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