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Between the recent Ambani bomb scare case and the mysterious death of seven-time MP Mohan Delkar, the Maharashtra Police and state administration have landed themselves in trouble. With ex-CP Param Bir Singh’s explosive letter complicating it further, it is high time that a central investigating agency is called in to investigate the Delkar case.

Gopal Goswami



The current turmoil in the political arena of Maharashtra has brought a twist in many tales. The chaos amongst the police department and ministers in the government has put big question marks on the security of the financial capital of the country. If Mukesh Ambani can be a target, that too of law enforcing agencies, then who is safe in this city?

The revelations regarding Mumbai cop Sachin Vaze have opened a Pandora’s box and many skeletons will come out of the cupboards of Anil Deshmukh and others. The Rs 100-crore-per-month club seems to be connected to the top leadership of the current MVA government. More troubles for the Maharashtra government will be unveiled in the coming days as the letter war between outgoing Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh and Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has just begun. While Deshmukh has framed Singh in the Antilia bomb case, Singh has responded with a lethal letter-bomb addressed to Chief Minister Aditya Thackeray in which he cites that Deshmukh made a police officer collect money from business establishments, bars, parlours, etc.

The most shocking revelations by Param Bir Singh is about the late Mohan Delkar, MP of Dadra & Nagar Haveli (DNH). In his written submission to Chief Minister Thackeray, after he was shunted out to Home Guard, he states that Anil Deshmukh pressured him to file an FIR for abetment to suicide in the death case of Mohan Delkar. Apparently, Deshmukh forced him to lodge the FIR at the Marine Lines police station and include Praful Patel and other officers of the Dadra & Nagar Haveli administration. However, Singh has suggested that since the alleged abetment was committed in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, it is for the DNH Police, not Mumbai Police, to investigate the case.

The big question here is: Why was Deshmukh keen to get the case investigated by Mumbai Police? What were the reasons for insisting on it, despite the legality of the jurisdiction which could have been challenged in court and fallen apart? Is there something underneath which links the Mohan Delkar death case? Is the Maharashtra Home Minister using the police to convert a murder case into suicide? After the confession of Sachin Vaze in the Ambani bomb scare case, the credibility of Maharashtra’s police and state government is at stake.

As more conspiracy theories unfold with each passing day in Mumbai, it is getting harder to believe the police and politicians of Maharashtra. The Mohan Delkar death case should be handed over to the central investigating agency now to find out the exact cause of his death. His family should demand it, as Mohan Delkar was not a weak person by any means. The cause of his death portrays him as a coward, but people who knew him are not ready to buy it. Delkar was a man with rock-solid will power. He might have faced numerous criminal and civil cases in his lifetime but he was never put down or demoralised by them. The abetment case may not stand a minute in the courtroom as there were no personal grievances involved. Officers were defending cases filed against him to protect personal or public property from encroachment, which is their duty. If there is any malice among the officers, the cases would have been dropped and the officers would be punished by the court. If such cases are amounted to be abetment, then no officer will be able to perform their duty.

Mohan Delkar was born on 19 December 1962 to Sanjibhai Delkar, who was elected to Lok Sabha from DNH in 1967 as an Indian National Congress candidate and joined Morarji Desai’s NCO faction when the party split in 1969. Mohan started his career as a trade union leader in Silvassa and fought for the rights of tribal people working in different factories. In 1985, he started the Adivasi Vikas Sangathan for the tribal people. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989 from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli constituency as an independent candidate. In 1991 and 1996, he was re-elected as a Congress candidate from the same constituency. In 1998, he was again elected to the Lok Sabha as a BJP candidate from the constituency. In 1999 and 2004, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha as an independent and Bhartiya Navshakti Party (BNP) candidate, respectively. However, he lost in the 2009 and 2014 elections as a Congress candidate. After that, in 2019, he distanced himself from the Congress and was elected as an independent politician. Recently, he had switched to join the Janta Dal (United) led by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.

In Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Mohan Delkar was a larger-than-life figure. He will remain so in the hearts of the tribal-dominated union territory forever. Thousands of people thronged the Vinoba Bhave Hospital soon after the news of his death broke in the tribal town of Silvassa. Such was the popularity of the seven-time Member of Parliament among the locals. Delkar lived his life like Robin Hood in the tribal district for over 50 years. Be it a domestic dispute or an industrial wage problem, the setting up of a factory or selling off of land, his words used to be considered the final say in any matter. Nothing was possible without his knowledge and consent. He was a king until he lost the election to Natu Patel in 2009, when he switched to Congress and held a huge rally for Sonia Gandhi. He held his ground by winning the district panchayat and regained his strength by winning the 2019 general election. Delkar amassed money, muscle and political power, and enjoyed it to the fullest. He was a very good orator, had a pleasing personality and was a good commander of his cadre. He used to take great care of the tribal villagers, but at the cost of the industry.

This powerful person was found dead in a hotel in south Mumbai on 22 February. The Mumbai Police registered an FIR against Praful Patel, the Administrator of Dadra Nagar Haveli & Daman Diu, the Collector and SP of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and five others for their alleged involvement in the suicide of Delkar at the Marine Drive police station based on a complaint by Delkar’s son, Abhinav, under the IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 506 (criminal intimidation), 389 (putting the person in accusation of offence to commit extortion) and the Prevention of Atrocities Act. The police also recovered a 15-page suicide note from Delkar’s hotel room, written on his letterhead. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh then announced that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) would probe the alleged suicide and announced in the state assembly that Delkar’s suicide note had stated that the Praful Patel had been harassing the MP.

However, the sequence of events suggests something fishy and has led to many theories. Was the MP being blackmailed? Is there a murder angle as suicide seems to be an abnormal activity in this case? Is there any connection between Delkar’s death and Deshmukh’s “Rs 100 crore a month” target set for Mumbai Police officials, as has been claimed in former CP Param Bir Singh’s letter? Given the situation, the investigation of the case must be handed over to a central agency now.

The writer is Research Scholar, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat. The views expressed are personal.

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As we spent yet another year at home in our pyjamas, the ongoing festive season has given us the perfect excuse to dress up! It is that time of the year when festivity in India is in its full swing. India boasts of an array of significant festivals, of which Karva Chauth, marks one important celebration for married couples.

Karva Chauth is a celebration of the pious bond between a husband and a wife. Ladies dress up to the nines and observe fast from sunrise to moonrise for a day for the safety and long lives of their husbands.

Undoubtedly, like every year, ladies would be stressed about choosing the perfect outfit for the special day. But do you think your search will be limited to finding a good dress? Of course not!

With your sartorial choices taking the front seat, do not forget to have your hands on the must-have jewellery pieces that not only compliment your clothes but also your personality.

Bhavesh Navlakha, founder of online fashion jewellery brand Sukkhi helped ANI list the trending jewellery pieces that would be a one-time investment for you to perfectly style your outfit not only for Karva Chauth but also for the entire festive season:

1. Pearl choker: Chokers are never out of style and are a beautiful addition to accentuate Indian outfits. The choker lends an edginess to your chosen ethnic outfit. An elegant pearl choker can elevate any outfit and give a rather classy look without being too heavy.

2. Long-chain jhumkis: Long-chain jhumkis, also referred to as Bahubali-inspired earrings, is a style statement that acts as the perfect addition to any ethnic outfit. It is a contemporary take on traditional earrings which adds a touch of glamour to your outfit without the need for any more jewellery.

3. Pearl bangles: Bangles are one of the most traditional accessories used in India. Bangles are a versatile jewellery piece that compliments our ethnic outfits. Adding jewellery pieces to your wrist acts as the perfect accessory to just about every Indian outfit.

4. Jhumkis: Jhumkis are immensely popular as one of the most worn jewellery pieces and is loved by everyone for their intricate design. Jhumkis can be paired with Indian ethnic outfits and also western outfits to create an eye-pleasing ensemble.

5. Kundan neckpiece: Kundan neckpieces look elegant and sophisticated and can glam up your outfit in no time. Not just for Karva Chauth, but Kundan sets can be worn by pairing them with your favourite outfit and layering the necklaces.

With jewellery trends constantly evolving and changing every year, we find it hard to keep ourselves updated on them. So, now that we have got you all covered, style your outfit with the above-mentioned jewellery pieces, making your ensemble not only look great but also speaking volumes for you!

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Needledust launches its first-ever store in Mumbai



India’s first-ever designer jutti label, Needledust is thrilled to announce the launch of their first-ever store in Mumbai at Reliance’s first premium mall in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex, Jio World Drive.

Housing more than 90+ premium and luxury brands, JIO World Driver is an exciting hub for luxury, fashion, shopping and entertainment. Located in Bandra Kurla Complex, and spanning across an area of 17.5 acres at Maker Maxity, Jio World Drive is Mumbai’s newest, vibrant urban hangout. The precinct is home to 72 prominent International and Indian brands, 27 culinary outlets with cuisines from across the globe, Mumbai’s first rooftop Jio Drive-In Theatre, an open-air weekend community market, pet-friendly services, a dedicated pop-up experience and other bespoke services. With an international consumer base, Needledust launched in 2014 with an original first of its kind product in the designer jutti space.

Following the immense success of their existing stores in Delhi & Chandigarh and a spectacular online presence on Needledust.com, this is a significant milestone for the brand as they open their doors to the tinsel town. 

Needledust brings to you a line of bespoke fine leather juttis that speak the charm of a true old school artisan with a desire to recreate this age-old craft for those who wear, admire, preserve its elegance and culture.

The celebrated label is all about unbridled passion for the revival of the jutti and unmatched craftsmanship, amalgamating the finesse of old royal moulds with innovative design and embroidery patterns that impeccably reflect 21st-century aesthetics.

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This wedding season, Manubhai Jewellers, a leading jewellery brand for over 30 years has made the process of finding the perfect jewellery for all the brides-to-be more special and remarkable. The brand has launched a new campaign called “Wedding by Manubhai” that features jewellery for every function – Sangeet, Mehendi and Wedding -along with a special traditional experience for all the new brides-to-be to wish them good luck and prosperity.

Speaking about the new campaign, Samir Sagar, Director, Manubhai Jewellers, said, “We at Manubhai Jewellers have been creating intricate and beautiful pieces of jewellery that balance between tradition and contemporary design to suit every occasion. For the wedding season, we want to take the opportunity to highlight the traditional values associated with our brand and offer a new bridal experience.” Manubhai Jewellers are popularly known for their specially crafted and curated collections in Mumbai. With a retail presence in Borivali, they cater to every customer’s needs ranging from beautiful modern diamond pieces to fanciful and chic gold wear, to traditional Kundan and Jadau jewellery. The brand is one of the few jewellers in Mumbai creating bespoke designs in Polki, Temple and Antique.

Additionally, Manubhai Jewellers are also committed to specialising in bridal jewellery called Madhuban. The Madhuban collection features beautifully handcrafted inspirational jewellery displayed in the store with a royal theme. Manubhai’s traditional concepts stand are brilliantly reflected through the indigenous craftsmanship of the Madhuban collection and has made the brand popular among the best jewellery shops in Mumbai. Further, all jewellers at Manubhai are hallmarked and certified.

Further, to make the moment special for new brides, Manubhai Jewellers have also introduced “Madhuban Delight” wherein the bride is first welcomed in a traditional way with the ‘Aarti thali’ and then gifted with a ‘Potli’ – a traditional drawstring bag that contains silver coins, vermilion, rice and Swastik that symbolise good luck, prosperity and imply the underlying cultural significance of ceremonial rituals.

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Karva Chauth 2021: Stand out with these easy makeup looks



Karva Chauth, an important festival for married couples has always been about dressing up to the nines and sporting elaborate makeup looks for women. Karva Chauth is a celebration of the pious bond between a husband and a wife. Ladies dress up to the nines and observe fast from sunrise to moonrise for a day for the safety and long lives of their husbands. This year Karva Chauth will be celebrated on 24 October, that is, Sunday.

Ladies, you may even have spent days planning out your Karva Chauth outfit and makeup look. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic easing down, there is much of a point in getting decked up like earlier.

So, it is time to come up with a makeup look that is not only appropriate for your special day but also worthy of posting on Instagram!

Check out the simple tips listed below by Professional MUA Sahibjeet Kaur shared with ANI to create a makeup look that is unapologetically you:

1. Basic red, with popping eyeliner or kajal: Women love to wear traditional red shades for their Karwa Chauth, but another trend that has really taken up and we cannot get enough of is the coloured eyeliner or kajal look. Gone are the days when your eyes could carry only basic black or simple brown colours. Now, you can use coloured eyeliner or kajal to add a unique point to your Karva Chauth look. Add trendy colours like lime green, electric blue, and bubblegum pink to your eyeliner or Kajal. You can play around with a sleek cat-eye look or experiment with a graphic liner look by doing a cut-crease with a coloured liner. Apply bold blood-red lipstick with small size red bindi. To compliment your look, style your dress with gajra, mang tikka, and a choker neckpiece.

2. Have fun with the eyeshadow palette: Bid adieu to your basic pink and red eyeshadow look. Explore the peppy colours in the palette and blend the shades that go with your outfit. To add more glam to your eye makeup, apply artificial lashes on your eyes and coat them with intense mascara. Go light with your lip-shade to let your eyes do the talking!

3. Smokey eyes with a glitter twist: A trend that can never become stale is the basic smokey eye makeup look. But, why should you settle for basic? Pick up your makeup brush tool and add some glittery twist to the whole look. Choose a colour matching to your outfit for the smokey eyeshadow. Blend it until you achieve the perfect smoke. Apply artificial lashes to your eyes and coat them with intense mascara. Ditching the basic black, add a glittery twist to the whole look by applying a silver shiny eyeliner. Apply nude or glossy lipstick and a stroke of highlighter on your cheekbones. If you can wear big jhumkis, it can enhance your look like anything.

4. Add some glow to your look: Steer clear of your ultra-bright golden highlighter and go for a subtler look instead. Opt for a subtle highlighter in the shade of rose gold, champagne, or dull gold. Apply it at the high points of your cheekbones, on your brow bones, and down your nose to give yourself that lit-from-within look. This will make your makeup look understated while still making you look effervescent.

5. Get peachy with blush: Red, pink or green- choose any colour for your outfit and peachy makeup will add volumes to your look! Go for a peachy blush with a slight shimmer to add warmth to your face and elevate that dewy look. You can apply the blush straight across your cheekbones and nose to create a pretty fresh look and to your nose to give yourself that lit-from-within look.

Pro-tip: Do not neglect your eyebrows. You can use an eyebrow pencil to shape up your eyebrows or can use eyeshadow to give a natural uplift to your brows.

Now that we have got you all covered, try out these makeup tips to glam up this Karva Chauth!

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With the adage ‘Less is more’, allow your furnishings and accessories to come through placing them judiciously, giving your home an effective yet understated appeal that is easy on the eyes.




Clamping down on consumption for some has indirectly affected their aesthetic (most for the better). It has initiated a shift in consumer choices. The year 2020 and a majority of 2021 have seen a shift in design trends. Instagram accounts with zen influencers have made impressions in the aesthetic inclinations of many. Enter Marie Kondo, the purveyor of minimalism with tidying up as her motto. Known to preach cleanliness, she believes ’Tidying up’ fosters joy and serenity. Indulgence and maximal living is a personal choice and we are not arguing about it. Respect, Kardashians and Jenners.

However, understated interiors are an aesthetically pleasing choice of decor. This style that is #trending can be incorporated into homes of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s Japanese, modern or Scandinavian, there are many ways to achieve this coveted look. An added advantage is it is not labour intensive to execute so you can save energy for your upcoming HIIT session. Most of these sleek looks can be achieved by incorporating simple streamlined furniture with chalky hues for upholstery.

Clean modern lines, a pastel palette of colours and simple silhouettes. With the adage ‘Less is more’, allow your furnishings and accessories to come through placing them judiciously, giving your home an effective yet understated appeal that is easy on the eyes. Colours are imperative.

A decluttered coffee table with a statement pot planter can do the trick. Facets that add to the zen features range from contemporary ceramic bowls to a some-free soy wax candle. These contemporary bowls can be procured from Ellementry, a home accessory studio from Jaipur. Nestasia (an online Indian home store) boasts of geometric ceramic pots that are unique and trendy. They are available in chalky hues in harmony with a minimalist’s handbook. For everything else there is Ikea.

Rattan mirrors are topping the charts for sprucing up your blank spaces. Choose from a range of hand made rattan numbers to bevelled circular pieces. One mirror on a single wall should do the trick. A multitude of small rattan mirrors can add that subtle adornment. These handmade rattan numbers could be found at gingercrush.com. You could also explore www.pepperfry.in for some sleek round mirrors by the brand Flairglass.

Tables with sharp lines or curves comply with the minimalist’s montage. Sofas and couches with forms conforming to the Marie Kondo design sensibility.

If you’re looking to fix the mess, commit to tidying up. Investing in simple yet effective pieces with minimum maintenance. Airy spaces with sunlight pouring in are therapeutic. Choose earthy and pastel colours in tandem with the zen philosophy. To destress, declutter.

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ICDMA is a provider of IT services such as Cyber Forensics, IT Audit, IT Risk Evaluation, and Digital Security. In recent years, it has become a tried-and-true standard for businesses looking to defend their brands, enterprises, and reputations from crippling cyber attacks. They develop and deploy information security platforms and services, both standard and personalised, to protect, evaluate, and respond to cyber threats such as security breaches that occur in your systems and networks. The services they provide include Application and Web Development, Graphic Design, Security Audits, Cyber Security Services, Vulnerability Assessments, Fraud Risk Management, and IT Consultancy.

In addition, the firm achieved awards for being the best Cyber Forensics firm preventing businesses from external threats. A cybersecurity analyst is responsible for the security of an organisation, business, or government agency from cyber threats. Their primary role is to analyse any possible threat that might occur through or to your system and come up with plausible and practical solutions to protect you.

Being a cyber security expert and analyst, Dheeraj Kumar has years of experience and stays up-to-date with the current crimes and security trends. He believes that like many other professions, this is a never-ending learning field. They monitor your networks and then analyse them to find common threat patterns or trends. Further, they design software that suits the needs of the problem at hand and ensures that these measures are maintained properly. If, in any case, they encounter a new problem, they utilise their years of experience and knowledge to produce a unique solution.

Witnessing the increased cyber threats, Cybersecurity analyst Dheeraj advises people to use the Internet wisely and productively. Dheeraj is currently working on an Al-driven platform for identifying and mitigating digital risks and counteracting brand impersonation attacks with the company’s patented technologies at its core. Dheeraj’s experience in threat hunting and cyber intelligence has been fused into an ecosystem of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions designed to monitor, identify, and prevent cyberattacks.

A cybersecurity analyst is responsible for the security of an organisation, business or government agency from cyber threats. Their primary role is to analyse any possible threat that might occur through or to your system and come up with plausible solutions.

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