Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said days are not far off when it will be possible to unfurl the tricolour in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.Mr. Singh, credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee without wasting time. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km but due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, he said. He further noted that 66 years ago on May 11, 1953, Mukherjee was arrested from Lakhanpur in an illegal manner without any FIR, chargesheet or warning and was taken to Srinagar through this Chenani-Nashri road. After Mukherjee’s death on June 23, 1953 his mother wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to hold an enquiry into his death. “For some reasons then Prime Minister Nehru did not pay heed to that letter, no enquiry was done. It is a new era now. It was Nehru government then, today it is Modi government… That probe or lapse can not be compensated but this tribute for coming generation will preserve his heritage and memory. “The lapse on part of Nehru government has been atoned by Modi government,” he said. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after abrogation of the provisions of Article 370. The ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of ₹2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The key features of the tunnel are — it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.
Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays,Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays Bollywood tunes.To extend the vibe of the former avatar, there are football-team pennants hanging from the ceiling and a token arcade dart game for patrons to enjoy in the al fresco area. That it’s simulated makes it a safe bet-darts and drinks aren’t exactly the best combination.Said drinks are aren’t inventive, but the staples are satisfactory. The red wine sangria is fruity but not too sweet; the LIIT needed a splash of alcohol, but once the friendly waitstaff obliged, it was potent and perfect. To keep up with stereotypes, enjoy the game with a chilled Tuborg, and if you want to mix things up a little, you can rarely go wrong with classics such as the mojito and cospmopolitan.To cushion the considerable punch of these concoctions, start with a plate of Tap’s Macho Nachos. They live up to their name in both effect and flavour, accompanied by a variety of dips and toppings.In true bar fashion, the establishment’s grub doesn’t quite match the quality of drinks, but makes for a satisfactory meal if you’re trying to sober up before the second innings of your night, and game.From an exhaustive multi-cuisine menu that has Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese food on offer, we recommend their Mexican fare, but suggest you steer clear of the Italian dishes.Meal for two Rs 2,500 At Royal Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri WestTel 42634002Timings Noon to 1.30 a.m.By Asmita BakshiadvertisementListingsEvam Standup Tamasha: August 27Lungis are not great for dancing. Everything above Bangalore is North India. Modi is not a wave. And Rajni is the true king. Catch Karthik Kumar, Aravind Subramanian, Naveen Richard, Aswin Rao and Bala Kumaran, who call themselves loudmouths from down South, offer such pearls of wisdom and more.At Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman PointTel 22824567Timings 7 p.m.Tickets Rs 300, Rs 250 and Rs 200; available at the box office and bookmyshow.com.Mix BagAugust 21 and 22Fashion, jewellery, beauty and wellness products from rising entrepreneurs and stalls showcasing arts and crafts of weavers and artisans from across India are the highlights of Indian Merchants’ Chamber Women Entrepreneurs exhibition.At World Trade Centre, Cuffe ParadeTimings 11 a.m. to p.m.Tel 66387272Jules et JimAugust 20Director Francois Truffaut’s landmark film, Jules et Jim, follows the story of Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) whose friendship faces its toughest test when they both fall for the same girl, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau).At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine LinesTel 22035993Timings 6.30 p.m.Entry FreeChar… The No-Man’s IslandAugust 29Sourav Sarangi’s documentary follows the fraught life of teenager Rubel, who smuggles rice from India to Bangladesh by crossing the river Ganga. It’s the same river which eroded his home in India when he was just four.At Prithvi House, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 7 p.m.Trivial DisastersSeptember 6A man is unable to complete his sentences just when he wants to propose to his girlfriend. A talk show host interviews a serial killer. A man insists his broken kettle is under the warranty period. A son wants to reveal something important to his parents. A wife negotiates with the kidnappers of her husband. These are some of sketches enacted by Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadda, Purab Kohli and Cyrus Sahukar in this play directed by Atul Kumar and written by Ajay Krishnan.At Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Sophia College, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach CandyTickets From Rs 500Email firstname.lastname@example.orgShakkar Ke Paanch DaaneAugust 26In an hour long monologue, Rajkumar (Kumud Mishra) talks about his unremarkable life in a nondescript village and the five people who have stood out his drab life.At Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 9 p.m.Tickets Rs 150All Things Nice Wine WeekFrom August 25 to 31Oenophiles can avail a flat 30 per cent discount on any bottle of wine from all over the world or indulge in set course menus paired with wine at any of these restaurants: Four Season-Cafe Prato and San Qui, Sofitel Hotel ‘Jyran and Pondicherry Cafe, Trident BKC ‘ Maya and Botticino, Intercontinental Marine Drive-Long & Short and Kabab Corner, Novotel’s Olio, Out of the Blue, Serafina, Pizza Metro Pizza, O-Cha, Le Mangii, Cafe Mangi, Woodside Inn + All Day Bar & Eater, Viccinia, Di Napoli, Busaba in Colaba, The Tasting Room, Bungalow 9, Nico Bombay, Two One Two, Le Pain Quotidien, Olive Bandra, Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Caf, Cheval, Taj President, Grand Hyatt and Taj Land’s End.advertisementSoulmateAugust 20One of India’s leading blues bands, Shillong-based Soulmate return to the city. Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar present a sonorous blend of blues-rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower ParelTel 61586158Anish SoodSeptember 5Catch one of India’s busiest and biggest dance music artist Anish Sood, who has performed alongside giants such as David Guetta and Steve Aoki. Expect big room bass lines and trademark bootlegs.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Tel 61586158War HeroesAugust 19 to 22See photographs depicting life and involvement of Indian Soldiers during World War I.At Galerie Max Mueller, Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala GhodaTel 22027710Timings 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Entry FreeLife Of A PhilosopherAugust 22 to September 15On the occasion of Albert Camus’ birth centenary, the Institut Franais and Gallimard edition offer a peek into the writer’s life through exclusive documents, pictures and videos related to his works.At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines Tel 22035993 Entry Free