Mumbai's bid to ban lingerie mannequins ridiculed

Lingerie-clad mannequins are a common sight in shop windows at retail parks and malls in India's commercial capital. Photo: AFP

The city council in Mumbai came under fire for a proposal to ban lingerie-clad mannequins in shops and markets for fear they could encourage sex crimes. Commentators and women's rights group have ridiculed the draft directive by the Indian city's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at a time when the country is trying to curb crimes against women. The proposal, by BMC member Ritu Tawade, awaits final clearance from the civic body's chief.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 2:22am

Adlabs Imagica, India's first major theme park, set to open near Mumbai

Visitors enjoy a water ride at the Ablabs Imagica park near Mumbai, India's first major theme park, which opens tomorrow. Photo: AFP

India's most elaborate theme park opens this week with special-effect Hindu gods and Bollywood-themed rides, aiming to tap a thirst for family entertainment among the country's rising middle class.

18 Apr 2013 - 1:47am

Mumbai building collapse leaves 45 dead

Rescuers work at an unauthorised eight-storey building, which was under construction, after it collapsed on the outskirts of Mumbai, on Friday. Photo: EPA

At least 45 people were crushed to death on the outskirts of Mumbai when an unauthorised partly-built apartment block collapsed, officials said on Friday, highlighting the dangers of India’s illegal housing boom.

5 Apr 2013 - 9:56pm

Five dead in Mumbai factory explosion

An explosion at a small factory in a Mumbai slum on Friday killed five people and injured three others when the wall of a neighbouring house collapsed, police said.

Forensic investigations are under way to clarify the cause of the blast, which happened before dawn in the city’s Andheri suburb.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:51pm

Three killed as Mumbai airport flyover collapses

An rescue worker looks for survivors under the rubble of a bridge that collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday. Photo: AP

The collapse of a flyover bridge being built at Mumbai’s main airport killed three people and injured another six, Indian police said on Thursday.

“A large slab fell suddenly late last night, trapping several people underneath it,” Uttam Korekar, a senior police inspector, told reporters at the site of the accident.

“Most of them were labourers,” he added.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:31pm

Mumbai vegetarians attempt to keep meat-eaters out of apartment blocks

Malabar Hill is an affluent area of Mumbai and has some the city's most expensive real estate. Photo: Bloomberg

Mumbai's vegetarians can be a pushy lot, commonly using their clout to prevent meat-eaters from renting or buying flats in the complexes where they live. The aim is to turn their apartment blocks into vegetarian enclaves.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:34am

Destination Mumbai

Amar Juice Centre & Fast Food (above); chicken berry pulav (below) at Britannia & Company; bombil fry (bottom) from Gajalee.Photos: Victoria Burrows

The number and diversity of people who call Mumbai home make for a dining culture rich in variety, with everything from the country's hippest restaurants to roadside stalls serving an incredible variety of street food. There is an endless list of worthy restaurants. Here are a few that offer unforgettable experiences.


22 Nov 2012 - 9:10am

Starbucks open its first café in India, with more to come

Staff working behind the counter at India's first Starbucks outlet, in Mumbai. Photo: AFP

After years of delays, Starbucks will open two stores in India this week after launching its first cafe in the country last Friday.

Its first store, in Mumbai, features local design, Indian teakwood furniture and espresso drinks made from Indian-grown and roasted coffee.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:00am

Bollywood threat to quit Mumbai over violent attacks

Ramesh Sippy

Bollywood and Mumbai are as intertwined as tree roots, each inconceivable without the other. The label which denotes the Indian film industry was coined by combining Mumbai city's earlier name, Bombay, and Hollywood.

20 Aug 2012 - 4:35am

Are your holiday finds worth bringing home?

While on holiday overseas, many of us, at least fleetingly, imagine what it would be like to live in a rambling Tuscan palazzo, a flat in Paris or a Malaysian shophouse. Although making such dreams a reality might be near impossible, bringing back a token of our trips, in a piece of furniture or a lamp, is a great way to add something new to our homes.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Castles in the sky

Even India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, CMD of Reliance Industries, could not find a large area of land in Mumbai to build himself a new home. The tiny strip that constitutes Mumbai has so little land left that it is close to imploding.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Disruption as Kingfisher cancels Mumbai flights

Passengers booked to fly with Kingfisher Airlines between Hong Kong and Mumbai had their travel plans disrupted after the troubled carrier yesterday cancelled its daily flights between the cities.

One travel agent estimated that about 260 passengers a day would have to make alternative plans.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Party on ...

Long after the rest of the world has finished welcoming the new year, in many parts of India the celebrations have continued. Mid-January witnessed Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival that marks the sun's auspicious journey into the northern hemisphere.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Terminal velocity

It's raining cows and buffaloes in Mumbai. Schools have closed; low-lying areas are flooded; and the railway, lifeline for millions, is at a standstill.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Take it to the streets

Given the success of Hermes' luxury Chinese brand - Shang Xia - it was only a matter of time before it turned to India. The new Hermes sari, to be launched next Friday in Mumbai, is a bold attempt by the French luxury brand to 'connect' with rich Indians.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am