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Mumbai celebrates USSR Victory Day

May 9 marks a pivotal day in Russian history, the triumph of Soviet forces over those of Nazi Germany, a crucial event in the conclusion of World War 2

Mumbai, India. May 08, 2024: Russian children join the celebration of Victory Day at the Russian House in Mumbai, commemorating the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany on May 9th, 1945. May 2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 09:27 AM IST

Bhima Koregaon case: Two prisoners pass law entrance test

Mahesh Raut and Sagar Gorkhe hold master’s degrees from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Yashawantrao Chavhan Maharashtra Open University

Mahesh Raut, a Gadchiroli-based activist fighting for the rights of tribals, scored 99.79% in the state common entrance test (CET) for law.
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:42 AM IST

Malabar Hill residents demand restoration of parking spots on Ridge Road

With old buildings and few parking spaces of their own dotted along Ridge Road, the residents were accustomed to parking their vehicles at the sides of the road

With old buildings and few parking spaces in Malabar Hill, residents say they have been parking their cars on the road for decades, but only now the traffic police is cracking the whip. (HT Archives)
Updated on May 07, 2024 09:24 AM IST

Jet ski operator and colleague rescue two drowning boys at Versova Beach

Despite lifeguards and a high-tide alert, the boys either missed the rescue teams, or the sequence of events unfolded too rapidly to be prevented

The two boys who were rescued are from MHADA Colony, Lokhandwala
Published on May 06, 2024 03:42 PM IST

Dumping of debris at Sanjay Gandhi National Park border goes unchecked

Civic officials claimed the dumping was stopped immediately after they received the complaint, but residents claimed it was continuing unabated

Mumbai, India - May 2, 2024: Illegal duming of debris at the boundary of Borivali National park near Hanuman Tekdi in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, May 2, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:26 AM IST

Workers de-silting drains without safety gear: Mumbai citizens

Citizens have come up with at least three incidents of workers not donning appropriate safety equipment

A worker inside a drain in Tilak Nagar, Chembur, wearing only an orange safety vest
Updated on May 02, 2024 09:42 AM IST

Trade unions resolve to vote against four new labour codes

Trade unions in Maharashtra with over 25 lakh members disavow BJP due to new labor codes. Resolution passed to mobilize working-class votes against them.

HT Image
Updated on May 02, 2024 06:44 AM IST

Mumbai waste picker Sushila Sable guns for global role

Starting as a waste picker at the age of 10, Sushila Sable is contesting for the position of vice president of the International Alliance of Waste Pickers (IAWP), whose first congress commences on May 1

Mumbai waste picker Sushila Sable guns for global role
Updated on May 01, 2024 06:43 PM IST

300-year-old baobab tree in Santacruz axed for metro 2B

The 40-feet high tree, an important part of the area’s history and everyday life of the residents, was chopped by MMRDA

Mumbai, India. April 29, 2024: Local authorities cut down a 300-year-old Baobab tree on Swami Vivekanand Road (S V Road) in Santacruz, Mumbai. April 29,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 09:12 AM IST

Toilet deaths: Time to revamp Mumbai's Community Based Organisations

In recent months, Mumbai has seen at least two tragic incidents resulting in deaths in public toilets. The first occurred on December 18, 2023 in Bamanwada

Bamanwada public toilet where a body was found in December
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 08:42 AM IST

Fire breaks out in Kandivali hospital, 4 injured

The fire erupted around 1.45pm was extinguished around 2.05pm and was confined to the electrical wiring, installation and compressor of the centralised AC unit on the ground floor behind the hospital premises

Fire brakes out in the Wins Hospital at Kandivali West on Saturday. (Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 07:28 AM IST

Ambujwadi deaths: Water tank turned to septic tank, says BMC

Civic body has to work out whom to hold responsible for the deaths as the family of the deceased was a part of the CBO appointed for the upkeep of the toilet

Mumbai, India - March 22, 2024: Kavat 3 male persons were fallen in the chember of the underground sewer drain about 15 feet deep of public toilet at Ambujwadi, malad west in Mumbai, India, on Friday, March 22, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 09:40 AM IST

Two dead, one critical after falling into Malad East manhole

The police are in the process of registering a case pertaining to death due to negligence, as no safety gear was provided to the labourer

Mumbai, India. April 24,2024: Two construction workers lost their lives in a septic tank of an under construction building at Malad East area in Mumbai. Three construction had entered the tank to clean it manually. (Photo by HT )
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 09:11 AM IST

‘Unsafe’ tag riles residents of JVPD building

On Monday, police visited Hem Niketan and warned residents that water supply would be disconnected within three days if the building was not evacuated

Hem Niketan (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 09:27 AM IST

Mumbai's redeveloped Crawford Market block 3 and 4 to open in June

Phase one of the work involved the restoration of Mumbai's famous heritage market building, from 2015 to 2018. The fountain and open space have been revived

Mumbai, India - April 21, 2024:Redevelopment work of Crawford Market, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, April 21, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:51 AM IST

BMC defends centralised slum sanitation tender

BMC extends slum sanitation tender submission date to April 25 amid objections. Sanstha claims exclusion of current workers

File photo: A general view of Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai, India, August 1, 2023. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Chabiwalas who supply water to Mumbai seek exemption from poll duty

All 108 chabiwalas in the western suburbs have been called for election duty,” said the deputy hydraulic engineer in charge of nine wards

Thane, India - May 09, 2023: Water being wasted due to a water pipeline valve leakage, at Panchpakhadi, near TMC Office, in Thane, India, on Tuesday, May 09, 2023. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 09:29 AM IST

3,000 families in Gorai without water for 7 days; BMC blames ‘low pressure’

The problem of water scarcity in Gorai was much older, said villagers, narrating how over 5,000 families residing on the fringes of the village stopped receiving water from the civic body at various points over the past few years

Owing to the water crisis, many families are forced to use impure water from village ponds and lakes for their daily needs (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 08:08 AM IST

Green Tribunal orders panel to execute clearing of Aarey debris

This latest development comes after a previous order, dated July 7, 2023, directed the BMC to clear the debris in Aarey, but was not followed through

NGT orders panel to execute clearing of Aarey debris
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 09:05 AM IST

Fired by Goregaon firm over caste on Ambedkar Jayanti, alleges youth

23-year-old marketing executive fired allegedly for his caste on Ambedkar Jayanti in Mumbai. FIR filed against employer under SC/ST Act

Workers clean the statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti at a workshop in Jogeshwari, Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 09:11 AM IST

Mulund residents complain of frequent power cuts

Mulund residents face frequent power cuts attributed to load shedding by MSEDCL, despite claims of no shortage of energy

MSEDCL said there was no shortage of energy and the power cuts were due to technical fault. (HT File Photo for reference)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:26 AM IST

80-year-old awaits pension for 4 years

Arun’s father worked in multiple municipal schools in Mumbai, lastly settling in Andheri East till his retirement in 1993, after joining service in 1958. After his retirement, the couple moved back to their hometown village in Uttar Pradesh, Ramnagar

80-year-old awaits pension for 4 years
Published on Apr 14, 2024 07:17 PM IST

What Mumbai can learn from the campaign to hasten Gokhale Bridge work

The citizens' created a WhatsApp group titled ‘Gokhale Bridge ASAP.’ It quickly breached its limit of 500 members, and a second one had to be created

Mumbai, India. Feb 27,2024 - After 15 months traffic movvents on Gokhale bridge at Andheri in Mumbai. Gokhale bridge, connecting Andheri East and Andheri West. reopened after 15 months of repair work following a partial collapse of the bridge. Feb 27,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 09:02 AM IST

BMC demolishes houses after landslide in Ghatkopar

BMC demolishes seven slum houses in Mumbai after minor landslide; 32 individuals relocated to nearby civic school for temporary accommodation.

Mumbai, India. April 13,2024: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished the dangerous huts near the Aslpha hill rockface where the landslide occurred at 9.14 pm on April 12 at Govind Nagar, Ghatkopar in Mumbai. April 13,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 07:16 AM IST

Khar East and West residents oppose elevated road over busy subway

Locals complain that the current plan will create further traffic snarls and destroy planned neighbourhoods with old, robust rain trees

Mumbai, India - June 09, 2022: Inside view of Khar subway during HT Monsoon Audit, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, June 09, 2022. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Broken gutters, dirty water spillage plague Juhu Koliwada

Over two years after their first complaint about broken gutter chambers, residents of Juhu Koliwada continue to live with stinking water in their lanes

Broken gutters, dirty water spillage plague Juhu Koliwada
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 09:50 AM IST
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BMC asks for police help in tree trimming, activists fume

BMC's H West ward seeks police aid against tree activists during annual tree trimming. Activists claim BMC must show permission for tree pruning.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been facing flak for unscientific methods of tree trimming these days.(HT File (Representational Image))
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 10:10 AM IST

This Tambourine Man sings for the benefit of construction workers

The centre of attention was Dev, a travelling musician, strumming his guitar and kazoo. He sang from his compendium of songs on workers and inequality, as the workers looked on, amused

Mumbai, India – Mar 13, 2024: Music session at Labour Nakas, Tardeo, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 08:18 AM IST

Day after HC rap on Wadala tank deaths, BMC razes tenements

BMC demolishes Mumbai family's tenement after children's tragic death in water tank. Residents left homeless in sweltering heat, seeking justice and support.

Mumbai, India. April 05,2024 : Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished the Karena (5) and Ankush (4) house at Wadala Flyover. They fell into a water tank and died at BMC garden on Mar 17,2024.(Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:58 AM IST

Kandivali Lokhandwala Township raises pitch on complaints about truckx parking

In January, an urban planner and architect wrote to the police asking for a permanent ban on heavy commercial vehicles parking in the area

Mumbai, India - April 4, 2024: Illegal parking on the road side at Lohandwala Township, Kandivali in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, April 4, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 10:48 AM IST
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