Slips and shows

Rose to Raj:MNS chief Raj Thackeray's praise of the constabulary on August 21, while condemning the state government and police following the Azad Maidan riot, moved constable Pramod Tawade so much, he clambered onstage and presented him a rose. Following an inquiry, the police department stopped Tawade's increment for the next three years.

Glutton cops served suspensions:Greed for mutton biryani landed seven Navi Mumbai police personnel escorting two dreaded goons to New Delhi court in trouble. The cops invited themselves to the residences of the accused, who spiked their food and fled. The dereliction of duty resulted in suspensions.

Thane top cop's mirchi moment:Days after a 23-year-old paramedical student was gangraped in Delhi, Thane Police Commissioner K P Raghuvanshi faced heat for telling college students in Dombivli on December 19 that women should keep a packet of chilli powder handy and use it if attacked by anti-socials.

CP's ban-ter:Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh announced a blanket ban on those assaulting cops. He threatened to reject passport applications of such offenders, blocking their registration at the employment exchange and permanently revoking their driving licences. The yet-to-be-implemented ban has been mostly ignored by the city as the announcement followed several assaults on traffic police by irate bikers and drivers caught flouting rules.

The mummy:Our oldest association with Egyptian mummies is mystery. Unravelling the secret, Egyptian artefacts original and replicas with four original mummies were put on display at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) as part of 'Mummy The Inside Story', a first-of-its-kind exhibition. With original papyrus sheets sourced from Egypt, CSMVS also taught Mumbaikers how to crack and write codes of ancient Egyptians.

Red Bull race:On December 2, Mumbai was treated to a rare spectacle in the form of India's first Red Bull soapbox race, a global event held in a number of cities in the past. Around 5,000 people went up Hill Road in Bandra (West) to watch non-mechanised soapbox carts, operating just on gravity, rush down a slope. There were 53 teams, which came dressed in all kinds of creative costumes, such as traffic police, politicians, jokers and dabbawalas. The winning team got an all-expenses-paid trip to 'World of Red Bull' in Austria.

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