Mumbai rains: Amid heavy showers, police ask people to travel only if necessary

With the weather department expecting intense rainfall in Mumbai for the next four to six hours, the city’s police department has cautioned citizens. As several roads were waterlogged by rainfall throughout the night, Mumbai police department has issued a notification, requesting citizens to not venture out unless absolutely necessary. “As per weather forecast, Intense spells of rain likely to continue in the next 4 hrs and heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hrs. We request Mumbaikars to take adequate precautions & ensure safety. #Dial100 in case of…

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After terrible Tuesday’s downpour, Mumbai experiences a spike in monsoon diseases

(Thinkstock) Post the torrential rains on August 29, the city may have bounced back on its feet the very next day. But the woes of many Mumbaikars are far from over. People, especially those who got wet in the rain, waded through flooded streets to get home, or were involved in relief and rescue missions, are experiencing a host of seasonal ailments as an after-effect. Waterborne illnesses such as leptospirosis and gastroenteritis, various forms of hepatitis and even mosquito-borne ailments like chikungunya are on the rise. While every monsoon, there…

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Mumbai, get fitter: Nutritionists reveal the truth behind diet and food myths

In the era of Internet and information overload, we can be easily misled and misinformed. We are surrounded by myths about certain foods and more often than not we believe whatever we read without questioning it. For example, “granolas and flavoured yogurt are healthy” or “salt only increases the risk of high blood pressure”. These statements are not necessarily true. To get a clearer picture, we spoke to nutritionists to reveal the facts about certain foods that we assume to be healthy or unhealthy for us. Unhealthy? So you thought!…

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Mumbai parents win fight against fee hike, civic body asks school to roll back its decision

Parents of those studying in Turner Orchids, the International School in Koparkhairne on the outskirts of Mumbai have managed a small victory. Taking note of their complaint, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has ordered the school to roll back its fee hike. The parents, in their complaint, said the school has asked parents to pay Rs10,000 (for Class 6 and 7) and Rs15,000 (for Class 8) for the upcoming academic year (2017-18) under the Orchids Careers Foundation Programme (OCFP), in addition to their regular fees. The parents claimed the…

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Chikungunya cases in Mumbai touch 5-year high

It’s Just Tip of Iceberg, Say Doctors. The incidence of chikungunyain Mumbai has touched a five-year high this year with 60 confirmed cases being reported so far. The disease situation though is remarkably better than Pune that has reported nearly 2,500 cases. The first few cases of the `breakbone fever’ were reported in October followed by a steady stream of patients through November and December. From not reporting a single case last year, the positive cases jumped to 60 in just a span of three months this year. In 2012,…

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Chikungunya rears head again in Mumbai

Chikungunya, the breakbone fever, has made a comeback to Mumbai after a span of one and a half years.The BMC on Thursday confirmed four cases of the viral disease that wreaked havoc in Delhi this year, affecting thousands and its complications claiming 13 lives. The health report from the civic body stated that at least 20 more people are suspected to be suffering from the disease that spreads through the bite of the same aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits dengue. Physicians from the private sector are not surprised by the…

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Mosquito-related diseases wreak havoc across Maharashtra, Mumbai spared epidemic

While many states as well as the rest of Maharashtra seem to be reeling under the twin assault of dengue and chikungunya, Mumbai has been a relative haven. Despite a slight spurt in dengue noted over the past few weeks, the situation is nowhere close to what Delhi or even Pune is going through. Delhi has recorded over 1,158 dengue cases and 10 deaths since the beginning of the year. There have also been more than 1,100 cases of chikungunya in the capital. The epidemic took a rare fatal turn…

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Trafi Public Transportation App Launched in Bengaluru, Mumbai

An international public transport app, Trafi, that helps in planning city journeys was unveiled on Wednesday in Bengaluru and Mumbai. “Trafi’s real-time focused approach offers accuracy of information, showing what happens in your city at any time. As this is applied on major transport modes, it will help you with any trip selecting best buses, trains and metro options in clear overview,” Martynas Gudonavicius, co-founder and the chief executive of Trafi, said in a statement. The app will spend $1 million (roughly Rs. 6.6 crores) in 2016 to complement the…

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Mumbai, Bangalore Ranked Among Cheapest Cities in World: Report

London: Mumbai and Bangalore are among the cheapest cities in the world, according to a top London-based forecast group that named Singapore as the most expensive city. Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Singapore as the priciest ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong, Geneva and Paris. It also said India and Pakistan accounted for five of the ten least expensive cities in the world. London was sixth and New York seventh on the list that compared the cost of a basket of goods across 133 cities, BBC News reported. The cheapest were…

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Uber Partners Mumbai Traffic Police to Install Breathalysers

App-based cab aggregator Uber has partnered with the Mumbai traffic police to curb drunk-driving by installing ‘Uber Breathalysers’ at bars and pubs in the city. Uber Breathalyser is a kiosk that analyses alcohol content in a person’s blood and accordingly flashes a red light, if it’s over the legal limit, and a green light, if it’s safe for the person to drive. If the reading is over the legal limit, a message is displayed on the screen that helps the person request an Uber home, instead of driving. “Through this…

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