work on which is already running behind schedule.is also necessary to tackle it, Nangaonkar said The 113-km Wadala-Jacob Circle monorail corridor is being constructed as the second phase of the 20-km Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle corridor The MMRDA hopes to commission the Chembur-Wadala phase of the monorail by the end of the year and expects the Wadala-Jacob Circle line to be functional a year after the first phase is commissioned For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 15 2016 5:27 pm Top News Two years after being banned for his role in L Sarita Devi’s Asian Games meltdown India’s former Cuban coach Blas Iglesias Fernandes is back in the country to conduct clinics for coaches and perhaps take a shot at reinstatement to his previous position It is learnt that his name has been recommended to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for a possible comeback and the matter is under consideration Asked if he has spoken to BFI about a possible comeback Fernandes was at best evasive in his response “I have discussed some ideas but nobody is clear about things right now So I will see how things progress from here” Fernandes told PTI during an interaction Fernandes was ringside when Sarita had lost in the semifinals of the Asian Games after seemignly dominating the bout Like Sarita who broke down the Cuban it is alleged also could not hide his anger and let it rip resulting in the stringent ban from AIBA which ended in October this year He was also fined 2000 Swiss Francs for the disciplinary transgression Even if he were to consider a comeback Fernandes said he would not want to travel with the team at least for sometime “If I come back I wish to be based completely in India I want to train the juniors or the sub-juniors and even the seniors if needed But I don’t want the travelling part I was banned for two years by AIBA and it is better if I don’t travel internationally too much” he said “I recently met the boxers in Punjab’s junior camp and it was a good experience” he added Fernandes is currently in Chandigarh on the invitation of Punjab’s Department of Sports to conduct clinics for boxing coaches in universities The 61-year-old who left the country in February last year has been in Chandigarh since November 4 and will be based there till December 10 Fernandes said he is happy to be back in India where he served as coach with the senior national team for more than two decades “I have been invited by the Punjab’s department of sports to conduct courses for coaches I will be here till December 10 And I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back in the country which I consider my second home” said Fernandes Asked how he spent the better part of his nearly two years away from India Fernandes said he kept himself busy by training boys at a local club in Cuba “I was training boxers at my local club Life was good there too I got some good time with my family But life is good here too and I would be happy to stay back if there is anopportunity” he said “I have reconnected with some of my friends and it was nice to see them happy to see me here” he added Fernandes has a good working relationship with current national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu who has already stated that he would not mind having him back in the fold For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Monaco | Published: February 14 2017 5:06 pm Nico Rosberg announced his shock retirement after winning his maiden world title last year (Source: File) Top News A practitioner of meditation Formula One champion Nico Rosberg says he is keen to explore India some day and may even look at pursuing yoga for strengthening his mind and body Rosberg whose F1 career spanned 11 seasons finished second in 2014 and 2015 before he finally bagged the Formula One World Championship title last year and the 31-year-old gave a lot of credit to meditation’ for his success “I have always been exploring that area because we are training our bodies flat out but yet we don’t do that much for our minds so it’s possible to do that extra for your minds So I went for it with a mental trainer and it gave me that little bit extra you know” said Rosberg on the eve of the Laureus World Sports awards Asked if he is planning to pursue yoga as well Rosberg said: “Yoga and meditation is quite similar Meditation has given me something extra in my life It will be great to explore India some day and do Yoga the Indian way of exploring this training” Having ended runner-up in 2014 and 2015 Rosberg vowed to avoid such disappointments and had hired a mind management specialist He started to practice meditation which ultimately played a key role in him winning the F1 championship “Thanks to the difficult moments in my life as they motivated me to do better It gave me the push to keep fighting with all the dedication and hard work Mediation also played a role” said Rosberg who announced his shock retirement after winning his maiden world title last year For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Islamabad | Published: February 15 2017 4:54 pm Pakistan Cricket Board has promised to provide top-level security to the PSL finalists at Gaddafi Stadium (Source: File) Top News The Pakistan Super League will give franchises the option to draft new players in case contracted international stars opt out of the March 5 final at Lahore due to security reasons “On Feb 22 we will do a new draft” PSL chairman Najam Sethi said on a Pakistan TV channel “We will put a formula in front of all the franchises and foreign players to let us know who will play the final in Lahore and who will not come” International stars including West Indies batsman Chris Gayle Shane Watson of Australia and England’s Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan are among 30 foreign players contracted to five teams in the PSL Twenty20 tournament which is being staged mostly in the United Arab Emirates The Pakistan Cricket Board has promised to provide top-level security to the PSL finalists at Gaddafi Stadium But a bomber targeting police escorting a rally by pharmacists on Monday killed 13 people in Lahore casting fresh doubt over whether foreign cricketers will risk a return to playing in Pakistan Sethi said he had been in contact with several foreign players who indicated they’d be willing to play the final in Lahore “We are in touch with other foreign players so that we could replace those (contracted international) players who are not willing to play in Lahore” A report last month by the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) warned foreign players from traveling to Pakistan for matches On Tuesday Pakistani army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa extended full support to the PSL organizers “I salute the army chief” Sethi said “The PSL (final) which we are going to do is not just cricket it has now more meaning into it “We want to show the world that it’s a showcase of Pakistan … PSL is a window which we are using to bring back the world to Pakistan We have worked very hard for it” Pakistan has not hosted any major test playing countries since 2009 when terrorists attacked a bus and police convoy taking the Sri Lanka national team to a test match at Lahore For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Jaskiran Kapoor | Chandigarh | Updated: December 7 2015 5:14 am Rama Bhanot Related News “NO we are not grieving at all There will be no mourning in the Bhanot household My mother lived a full and happy life and that’s all that counts” says Aneesh Bhanot whose mother Rama Bhanot passed away after battling an illness on Saturday night She was 86 Rama was also the mother of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot who lost her life trying to save the lives of 379 passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked PanAm Flight 73 on September 5 1986 Neerja was India’s youngest and first woman recipient of the highest civilian honour the Ashoka Chakra posthumously Pakistan also bestowed the prestigious Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat Award on Neerja She was only 22 In yet another act of kindness and selflessness by this family Rama’s body was donated to PGI “This was mama’s wish She used to accompany us to the Rotary meetings and would always try to find ways to help people This was her final gift” says Aneesh The tragic loss of her daughter to a terrorist attack 29 years ago was an unbearable one but Rama and her husband Harish Bhanot soldiered on “It took them time for Neerja was the ‘laado’ of the family the youngest and most pampered My parents had wished for her and in a news article after her death my father had mentioned how when she was born on September 7 1962 the maternity ward matron here at Chandigarh hospital rang up to inform it’s a girl To her surprise he gave her double thanks for Neerja was a prayer answered after two sons” recalls Aneesh The bond between Rama and Neerja often made Aneesh and his older brother Akhil jealous “Neerja used to bully us both Quite a feisty girl she was” remembers Aneesh Everyone’s favourite there was a lot of Rama in her “Both of them would go for ice cream every afternoon when we were living in Mumbai The zest for life the courage and the can-do attitude the loving and giving nature laughing and cracking jokes being confident and bold — Neerja got it all from mom” he reminisces sharing how his mother braved his father’s illness too who passed away in 2008 after battling Alzheimer’s From Shimla Rama Bhanot was an MA in classical music and worked as a telephone operator in times when even local calls were booked She also took an active part in the Punjab Song and Drama Division and travelled all over the country with the production Come New Year and the Bhanot family is gearing up for the Neerja Bhanot Award on January 13 which is also Rama’s birthday Then it’s Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged’s ‘Neerja’ (a biopic) that will release on February 19 Directed by celebrated ad film director Ram Madhvani Sonam Kapoor is essaying the role of Neerja and Shabana Azmi the role of Neerja’s mother Rama On playing the role of Neerja’s mother Azmi in a release had mentioned “I had the good fortune of meeting Ramaji in person last year when I was invited to Chandigarh to present the Neerja Bhanot award She is lovely and we get along really well” Interestingly when Sonam visited the family two years ago for a dinner the minute she walked in Rama said “This is Neerja” recalls Aneesh wishing his mother was alive to see the film something she was looking forward to too A prayer ceremony will be held in the memory of Rama Bhanot on December 16 at Arya Samaj Bhawan Sector 16 For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related News Nowhere is this more true than in Rwanda.

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CSE said.has been appointed as the new Director-General of National Investigation Agency (NIA).thanks to a portal started by two Ahmedabad-based entrepreneurs. says the story of Rani Mehra needs to be told in every language because every girl in an Indian household can relate to it.Kangana Ranaut played Rani in Queen a story of self-exploration The Kannada remake is titled Butterfly “When I watched ‘Queen’ I asked myself why I didn’t get such a role I’m glad I’m part of its Kannada remake The story of Rani unfortunately can be found in every Indian household It’s very sad that a lot of women go through such a phase in their lives” Parul told IANS The character of Rani and the need to tell her story to a larger audience convinced Parul to accept the offer “It’s a great character Just like Rani a lot of Indian women are vulnerable and they need such a story to motivate themselves; to rise against all odds and evolve in life “I’m sure even Kangana would have accepted the film because of the character and great story” she said Having begun shooting for the project last week Parul said she is on “cloud nine” “Being a part of this project gives me such a high Beyond the fact that the film was a huge hit and even won a National Award it was a milestone in Kangana’s career I’m positive it will be an equally important film in my career” she said Parul is aware of the comparison that will be drawn “It gives me the chills I have stopped watching the original I have started treating it as just another film Rani is very vulnerable but I’m a very confident person I need to play the part with a sense of insecurity It’s not going to be easy” she said Instead of relying on the original Parul said she will understand the character to the best of her ability and perform to the best of her ability The project is being directed by Ramesh Aravind and Parul believes there can’t be a more “sensible” director to take over the reins “Even though it’s a commercial film; it’s a difficult movie to direct Ramesh sir has the sensibility to do justice to the film” she said adding that the shoot will take place in Bengaluru and London The film also stars Amy Jackson and she will play Lisa Haydon’s part For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsShimla: Himachal Pradesh BJP leaders on Thursday accused the Virbhadra Singh government of trying to "derail" investigations into the Kotkhai rape and murder case to "save the real culprits" The party also sought the resignation of the government on the issue Representational image AFP The latest developments in the investigation into the case has exposed the virtual absence of governance leading to loss of faith of the people and the civil society in the government Union Health Minister JP Nadda alleged The intention behind constituting a Special Investigation Team (SIT) by the state government was to ensure fair and impartial probe but its conduct has come under cloud he claimed "Though the investigation is underway and the matter is subjudice the actual culprits of the dastardly act are yet to be nabbed The arrest of the complete SIT by the CBI isnot something routine.it shows that officers sitting at the top tried to influence andgive a twist to the direction of this case" Nadda said The minister’s remarks come after the CBI on Tuesday arrested the inspector-general of the Himachal Pradesh police Zahur Haidar Zaidi and seven other policemen in connection with the custodial death of an accused in a rape case He said that the entire BJP state unit had been demanding a fair and unbiased probe into the case and had echoed the sentiments of the people "The entire tenure of the present government is synonymous to nepotism corruption and inefficiency and now towards its fag end things have gone from bad to worse" the minister said The chief minister and the party are at loggerheads andbusy making a beeline in Delhi rather than caring for minimal governance for which they have been mandated he claimed Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister and BJP leader PK Dhumal alleged that the very purpose of constituting the SIT was to give a "twist" to the probe and "save" the real culprits "Virbhadra Singh has pushed the state into morass of crime and there has been spurt in incidents of heinous crimes due to protection given by the government to criminals and he must resign and pave the way for a fresh assembly polls in the state" he said adding "the sooner he quits the government better it would be for the state" Dhumal said that the chief minister has no right to remain in power and he should resign in view of the arrests by the CBI Accusing the chief minister for misusing the police to serve his vested interests he said that the rape and murder case had "sullied" the image of the entire police force "It is unfortunate that the chief minister not only misled the Assembly and the people but also patted the SIT for good work" he said "To derail the probe it has become a habit of the chief minister to give clean chit to culprits even before the investigations are completed and in this case also efforts were made to twist the facts to save the real culprits" Dhumal said in a statement Meanwhile BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur demanded the resignation of Singh on the issue State BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti and chief party spokesman Rajiv Bindal have also accused the government oftrying to save the culprits by implicating the wrong people in the case Written by Ramin Jahanbegloo | Updated: December 15 2014 8:25 am Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant (Source: Photo by Reuters) Related News Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme failed for the second time this year to meet a deadline for a deal After a full year of negotiations the two sides are still unable to bridge the gap on two principal issues — the future size of Iran’s nuclear-fuel production capacity and the pace at which sanctions will be lifted As a result the new failure of the nuclear talks with Iran leaves the process vulnerable to greater divides and suspicion between the two sides Not surprisingly the US and its allies continue to suspect Iran’s nuclear work to be aimed towards producing a weapon something Tehran has repeatedly denied As for the Iranian conservatives represented by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei they continue to be opposed to concessions necessary for a nuclear deal and are wary of diplomatic and economic relations with the West once the sanctions are lifted However President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet continue to see the bright side of negotiations and maintain their optimistic tone In an address to the nation Rouhani affirmed that the seven-month extension of the negotiations was a victory for Iran Iran has agreed under the terms of this extension to stop all forms of enrichment including laser enrichment The Iranian government has also promised to provide expanded access to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to existing centrifuge production facilities and to not install the IR-8 at the Natanz Pilot Plant This prevents Iran from developing another potential pathway to material for a weapon In return for these steps the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have agreed to continue providing Iran $700 million in its oil sale proceeds per month Meanwhile the Iranian regime is emerging in the eyes of global public opinion as a stable regional power in the Middle East and a strong force for combating the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda and for restoring stability to the region and the broader Muslim world As such a last-minute nuclear deal could provide an opportunity for constructive diplomacy to replace the embarrassing chaos in the Middle East In such an eventuality the US will gain a new strategic breadth in the Middle East after disastrous outcomes in Afghanistan and Iraq Pragmatically speaking Iran is the strongest military force in the Persian Gulf region to conduct a war against the IS On another front the Obama administration and the EU face questions over their ability to overcome Iranian-Russian business projects Although Moscow showed its willingness to take part in a united front with the Europeans and Americans in the nuclear talks with Iran there is no shadow of doubt in the minds of the negotiators that Vladimir Putin’s interest in defying Western policies in the Middle East is growing A few months ago Russia signed a $20 billion trade deal with Iran that will help Iran organise oil sales as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry construction of power plants grids supply of machinery consumer goods and agriculture products” The Russian move is also a victory for Iran which has been looking to boost its oil production in recent months setting a new output target of 57million barrels per day of crude by 2018 This said the Europeans are looking towards Iran as a potential gas supplier and an alternative source to Russia Therefore the chances of further international consensus on sanctions against Iran are slim However what needs to be added to this picture is the larger domestic opposition to the nuclear deal in both Iran and the US The Obama administration is now challenged by a Republican-controlled Congress that has the opportunity to weigh and veto any final agreement with Iran and also impose new economic sanctions A future breakdown in negotiations with Iran could increase Congressional pressure on the US administration to bomb Tehran’s nuclear sites and cause a backlash by leading Iran to attack American interests in the region Any failure in future talks with Iran will also be considered by the Israeli government as a great relief since Binyamin Netanyahu has often dismissed Iran’s argument that it has a natural right to enrich uranium For the Israeli government the absence of an agreement with Iran simply means the international pressure on Tehran would continue While the leading Israeli lobbying groups in Washington push for new sanctions against Iran those in favour of a diplomatic solution believe any new sanctions will not only sabotage the talks but also strengthen hardliners in Tehran who oppose diplomacy and prefer accelerating the nuclear programme Such an outcome would ruin completely any hope of ending the destructive enmity of the last 35 years between the US and Iran It would also destroy a historic opportunity for closer cooperation on the future of peace in the Middle East With a nuclear deal Iran will certainly be more prepared to join the US-led coalition against the IS and encourage its proxies in the region to turn their guns on the caliphate instead of provoking Israel However if a nuclear deal remains uncertain future military cooperation between Iran and the US is even harder to expect The writer is Noor-York Chair in Islamic Studies York University Toronto For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Published: July 30 2017 2:08 pm Happy Birthday Sonu Nigam: The singer turns 44-year-old Related News Sonu Nigam made his entry to the film industry when male singers – Vinod Rathore Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan were ruling the chartbusters For music composers these male singers were a go-to option because they were hit making machines But nobody had thought that soon Sonu Nigam would be added to the list and after a point of time leave these three hitmakers behind Yes we are still in love with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan songs but Sonu Nigam is an icon for every kid born in the nineties As the singer celebrates his birthday today Here’s a throwback to his few iconic songs Accha Sila Diya (Bewafa Sanam 1993) -Today’s generation might not know about this song but in 90’s Sonu Nigam rose to fame with it that spoke about heart-break While we are stuck to break-up songs like the one in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil this song had poetry meaning and Sonu’s voice added depth to the song This is definitely one song you should listen to if you are a Sonu Nigam fan Sandeeshe Aate Hai (Border 1997): For a voice like Sonu Nigam’s it would have been easy for the industry to typecast him for either romantic or sad song but this 1997 hit film’s number came in as a surprise for his fans and contemporaries This song was about memories of a person about birth place mother beloved and it is such an emotional song especially for those who were at war or the families that were left behind JP Dutta’s film was surely iconic but even the song has made history by being in our memories forever Yeh Dil Deewana ( Pardes 1997)- The year of 1997 was quite formative for Sonu Nigam to make a strong base and stand out as a singer and performer His song Yeh Dil Deewana presented heart break like never before Of course as late 90’s knocked on the doors the listeners taste in music also changed and this song was a trend setter in the industry Satrangi Re (Dil Se) – A song of wanting obsession and the ache of separation this song had captured three most difficult emotions with such ease and Sonu Nigam’s voice did justice to it This is an all time favorite song for Shah Rukh and Sonu Nigam fans Suraj Hua Maddham (Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham 2001): This song is all hearts even now Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam voices suited perfectly for the song which also became popular for the romance and chemistry of actors Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan Main Hoon Na title track (Main Hoon Na 2004): It seemed like Sonu Nigam had become voice of Shah Rukh Khan for several films Main Hoon Na title track was just another step for Sonu to prove that it would take others quite a long time to even compete with the singer Do Pal (Veer Zaara 2004): Goddess of voice and music Lata Mangeshkar sang with Sonu Nigam of course magic had to happen This song yet again picturised Shah Rukh with Preity Zinta who in turn made all the romantic people cheer out loud The song transports you instantly to the times when you were struggling with or for love Dheere Jalna (Paheli 2005): The film might have flopped but the song remained one of the melodious numbers by the singer Commercially the music might not have been as famous as ‘Tumse Milke Dil Ka’ or ‘Sooraj Hua Madham’ but this Shah Rukh Khan’s song has a simplicity and an essence that taps on your musical side Mere Haath Mein (Fanaa 2006): Out and out romantic number which was written well and of course sung well Sonu Nigam with Sunidhi Chauhan blended romance the pain of separation and betrayal beautifully with their voices Abhi Mujhme Kahin (Agneepath 2011): After a long time Sonu Nigam had put his best foot forward With so many old singers gone out of the sight and new singers coming up every now and then people had thought that the singer had lost hold of his place in the music industry This song was a perfect answer that shut up all the gossip mongers For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Published: April 9 2017 2:45 am Top News Fighting cases in the Supreme Court to get justice for victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots AAP MLA and Leader of Opposition in Punjab HS Phoolka Saturday supported the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s resolution describing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as “genocide” Following the resolution Phoolka said that Hindus did not kill Sikhs but the riot was a well- planned mass murder against the Sikhs led by the then ruling Congress party That is the reason why the riot was a “genocide” Speaking to The Indian Express Phoolka said that there cannot be a better example than him and his family who were saved by their Hindu landlord when riots broke out in Delhi following the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi “We lived in South Extension area of Delhi and my wife was four months pregnant The mob attacked our rented accommodation and it was our Hindu landlord who hid us in his storeroom The mob came and searched his entire house but our landlord stood as a shield Later on November 5 we were safely sent to Punjab with the help of another friend in an Air India flight My daughter Prabh Sahay Phoolka was born in April 1985 and had it not been for our landlord we would have been killed that very day How can you say that those riots were Hindus vs Sikhs No they were not Hindus saved many Sikh families It was Congress vs Sikhs” said Phoolka The Ontario Legislative Assembly Friday passed a resolution recognising the 1984 anti Sikh riots as genocide following a private Bill moved by Member Parliament Province (MPP) Harinder K Malhi The resolution was passed with votes of present 34 members However the total strength of the House is 117 “It was state sponsored terrorism carried out with the active involvement of state agencies Many Hindu families saved Sikhs Congress party with the help of the entire government machinery carried out the attacks on Sikhs” he added He also said that it the current government’s opposition to the resolution was surprising “Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had himself admitted in 2014 that the 1984 anti-Sikh riot was a genocide” he added “All persons responsible for the attacks should be booked under genocide laws and given the strictest punishment We all know that even after more than three decades justice is still denied to victims of 1984 Sikh genocide” he said For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Benita Chacko | Mumbai | Published: February 27 2017 1:50 am Top News Holding their breath train commuters travelling between Bandra and Mahim are all too familiar with the vile stench that emanates from the Mithi river It is the same stench that Mumbaikars face in different parts of the city in the Mithi’s 15-km run from the Aarey Colony in Goregaon to the Mahim creek But many offices facing the river in Bandra Kurla Complex have found an easy fix to the problem — air purifiers Among them is the office of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) a body that is also responsible for controlling the odour from the river MMRDA has purchased 25 air purifiers at a cost of around Rs 4000 each for its office rooms facing the Mithi river in BKC It is to combat the deadly stink emanating from the river during low tide Watch What Else Is making News “The stench from the river is unbearable here Though the air-conditioning in the room generally keeps it out during some parts of the day it gets really bad That is why the MMRDA provided us with air purifiers” says an MMRDA official on the condition of anonymity According to the officials it is post 7pm when the winds change their direction that the stench is worst While the city continues to reel under the unhealthy stench from the river the officials get a temporary respite from it thanks to the air purifiers “The stench is a sign that there is undigested material lying in the river The root cause is the pollution in the water Instead of treating that they have chosen to spend public money in doing superficial things The air purifiers will not be able to take care of the pathogens” said Janak Daftari an environment worker The MMRDA is responsible for the river’s upkeep from Mahim creek to Kurla while the BMC looks after the remaining length till Goregaon The MMRDA had set up a Mithi River Authority to take up the Mithi Odour Control Project Despite taking up several initiatives like installing machines and diffusing poisonous gases to purify the water over the last decade the river’s situation has not improved much For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 18 2016 3:35 am Top News The Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court on Thursday granted bail to one of the accused in the 2012 Pune serial blasts He is the second of eight arrested accused to receive bail Kashif Biyabani 35 an Aurangabad native was released on bail by Judge S L Pansare of the special MCOCA court He is accused of recruiting the other accused and putting them in touch with Fayyaz Kagzi an alleged Lashkar-e Toiba operative wanted in the terror attack in Pune’s German Bakery in 2010 The defence had argued that the phone number of Kagzi allegedly provided by Biyabani was an old one and had not been brought on record by the prosecution Defence advocate Mubin Solkar also argued that Biyabani had no active role in the execution of the blast Share This Article Related Article Previously Bunty Jagirdar accused of providing firearms to the plotters had also been granted bail by the special court The explosions took place within minutes of each on August 1 2012 at Pune’s Jangli Maharaj Road An unexploded bomb was also defused before it could blast One person was injured in the attack The Maharashtra ATS had arrested eight men in the case — Asad Khan Imran Khan Sayyed Firoz Irfan Mustafa Landge Farooq Bagwan Munib Iqbal Memon Kashif Biyabani and Bunty Jagirdar For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Updated: June 23 2016 1:05 am The RE department issued a circular on Wednesday directing the ward officials to register FIRs against repeat offenders under Maharashtra Region and Town Planning (MRTP) Act Top News The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the ward officials to register FIRs against ‘repeated offenders’ who encroach upon open spaces footpaths and roads across the city? 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