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Mumbai news today Highlights: Narayan Rane denies any wrongdoing, to resume Jan Ashirwad Yatra from Friday

Mumbai News Today Highlights, Mumbai Weather, Coronavirus Cases Highlights: Union minister Narayan Rane said even the Maharashtra chief minister had used unpalatable words while referring to BJP leaders Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: August 26, 2021 6:42:34 am
Union minister Narayan Rane was arrested on Tuesday over his remarks about slapping Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray | File image

Mumbai Latest News Updates highlights: Union minister Narayan Rane said even the Maharashtra chief minister had used unpalatable words while referring to BJP leaders Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath.

Speaking to reporters after securing bail from a Mahad court on Tuesday and further relief from the Bombay High Court on Wednesday, Rane also asserted that he is not afraid of the ruling Shiv Sena in the state.

“I am not afraid of anyone and I am not backing out. My words were an expression of anger against the chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray) who forgot the year of India’s Independence. I only told reporters what he had already said, so how can it be a crime,” Rane said.

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that it would not take any coercive action against Union minister Narayan Rane in an FIR registered in Nashik over his controversial remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar was hearing a petition filed by Rane, seeking to quash the FIR lodged in Nashik and all other cases that may be lodged in future.

In an embarrassment to the Shiv Sena amid the high-voltage showdown with Union minister Narayan Rane, a video clip of Transport Minister Anil Parab shows him ordering police officers to arrest Rane without delay.

Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Narayan Rane was arrested Tuesday by Maharashtra Police for threatening to “slap” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. He was released on bail in Mahad in Raigad, nearly nine hours after his arrest, but district officials said there were four other FIRs against him in the state.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has introduced a mobile application — MSRTC Commuters App — which shows commuters the live location of buses plying on the roads. The technology uses a ‘Vehicle Tracking System’ (VTS) which has already been installed for internal use in all of MSRTC’s 18,000 buses, said an official.

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22:24 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Maharashtra govt launches special mission for COVID-19 widows

The Maharashtra government has launched a special mission for women from poor families who have lost their husbands to coronavirus infection which aims to provide a bunch of services under one roof.

'The new programme - Mission Vatsalya- has been designed for widows, especially from rural areas who come from poor backgrounds and deprived sections. A bunch of 18 benefits, schemes, and services will be provided to these widows under one roof,' Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Yashomati Thakur said on Wednesday.

This includes several schemes like the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana, Gharkul Yojana for these women. Staff of the WCD Department, child development project officers, local unit officers and Anganwadi workers are visiting homes of such women and providing them with these services

In the last 18 months, 15,095 women lost their husbands due to COVID-19 infection, the minister said. The department has reached out to about 10,500 women.

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21:41 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Mumbai sees 343 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths

Mumbai on Wednesday reported 343 coronavirus positive cases, which is the second highest one-day infection count this month, a civic official said.

With this, the city's overall case tally climbed to 7,42,004, while the death toll grew by four to 15,956, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said. There are 2,855 active COVID-19 cases in the metropolis at present.

This is for the eleventh consecutive day that slums and chawls in the city do not have any containment zones, while the number of sealed buildings has increased to 26.

Mumbai's average case doubling rate declined to 1,884 days from 1,958 days recorded on Tuesday.

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20:50 (IST)25 Aug 2021
BMC defers tax collection plan from tenants in civic body properties

After corporators opposed to property tax collection from tenants living in municipal properties, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration decided to defer the proposal. 

In July, Opposition Leader Ravi Raja had raised the issue of the civic body’s decision of property tax collection from municipal properties for civic staffers. 

The BMC in December 2020 issued a circular, stating that the property tax will be collected from tenants from municipal buildings retrospectively from April 2017. On Wednesday, in a reply to Raja’s query, the civic administration justified their move but said, for now, they would not take any further action as per the standing committee’s direction.

19:16 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Anil Parab behind Narayan Rane's arrest: Ashish Shelar

BJP leader Ashish Shelar said in a press conference that Maharashtra minister Anil Parab is behind the arrest of Narayan Rane and demanded a CBI inquiry into the Union minister's arrest.

He lashed out at Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for forgetting how many years ago India gained its independence. “Under the leadership of state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil, we'll write 75,000 letters and send them to the CM so that he doesn't forget. Will CM apologise to people?” he asked.

18:49 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Mumbai University releases 2nd merit list at mu.ac.in

Mumbai University has released the second merit list for admission to undergraduate programmes in its colleges. Students who had applied online for admission to BA, BCom and BSc courses can check the merit list at mu.ac.in and on the college websites.

Colleges like St. Xavier's had also released their second admission list.

18:38 (IST)25 Aug 2021
BJP workers protest in solidarity with Rane in Shirdi

The senior BJP leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil led a protest rally in Shirdi against the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to show solidarity with union minister Narayan Rane on Wednesday.

Under Vikhe Patil's leadership, BJP workers assembled in the temple town of Shirdi and raised slogans against Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP president Sharad Pawar.

Holding banners, workers chided the CM for his ignorance towards facts pertaining to India's indpeendence.

18:12 (IST)25 Aug 2021
'Not scared of anyone': Narayan Rane takes swipe at Sena, denies any wrongdoing

Newly-inducted Union minister Narayan Rane said the Bombay High Court's verdict, which granted him relief in the FIR filed against him by Nashik Police.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Rane said the court verdict is an “indication that the country is run by laws”. Pointing in the direction of the Shiv Sena, he added that he is not afraid of anyone. “I have not said anything wrong. If Devendra Fadvanis says it is wrong, I will accept it as he is our 'margdarshak' (guide),” Rane told reporters.

He also thanked the BJP leaders for standing beside him and announced that he will resume the Jan Ashirwad Yatra from Friday. 

The Maharashtra government said in court that it will not arrest Rane, while the Pune Police said it will not seek immediate custody of the BJP leader. The Nashik Police has summoned him for questioning on September 2.


17:46 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Mumbai Police’s band wows Twitterati with James Bond theme performance

The cops from Mumbai Police band moved beyond Indian songs to perform iconic Hollywood music from James Bond films.

Sharing their tribute to Monty Norman’s ‘James Bond Theme’, the law enforcement agency shared a stunning performance by their Police Band Khakhi Studio. From Clarinet to Saxophone, the over 30 members from the force amazed all with their stunning performance.

A Twitter user called the band “Our very own 007s”, while another applauded the “other side of the police

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17:16 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Nashik Police summon Narayan Rane for questioning on September 2

The Nashik Police has served a notice under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to Narayan Rane, summoning him for questioning on September 2, failing which he will be liable for arrest.

The notice served on Tuesday to Rane states, “It is revealed that there are reasonable grounds to question you to ascertain facts and circumstances from you in relation to the present investigation. Hence you are directed to appear before me at 12.00 noon on 2/9/2021 at Cyber Police Station, Nashik city.”

16:48 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Saamana justifies Rane arrest, says similar comments on PM would have attracted jail term

A day after the arrest of Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena justified the action stating had anyone made similar comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he would have been put behind bars after being booked under sedition charges.

In a scathing remark on Rane, an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana titled “Balloon with holes” said “it (balloon) will not go up no matter how much air BJP pumps into it”.

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16:12 (IST)25 Aug 2021
No coercive action against Narayan Rane till September 17

The Maharashtra government informed the Bombay High Court that no coercive action will be taken against Union minister Narayan Rane till September 17.

Rane moved the court seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him at Cyber police station in Nashik on August 24 and for interim relief against any coercive action.

14:49 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Courier service driver who ran away with Rs 10 lakh arrested from UP

A 40-year-old man working as a driver with a courier service in Mumbai, who ran away with Rs 10 lakh in a cash parcel delivery, was traced to his home town Gonda in Uttar Pradesh and arrested by police within 36 hours. “We managed to recover the entire stolen amount,” said Santosh Kanse, assistant inspector of police.

The incident took place on August 19 and within two days, the accused was traced to Gonda and was brought back to the city on a transit remand.

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14:30 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Mumbai: Police recovers Rs 1.01 lakh lost by senior citizen in cyber-fraud

The Khar police recovered Rs 1.01 lakh lost by a 68-year-old woman to cyber-fraud after she approached the police station with her bank statement within three hours of the fraud taking place.

As the fraudsters operate from far off states and it’s difficult to trace them, the Mumbai Police try to recover the money in as many cases as possible if the victim approaches them immediately after the crime takes place which is termed as golden hours.

The complainant, in this case, was having a problem with some material she bought from an online shopping portal. She went on Google and searched for its customer care number. However, she was unaware that many fraudsters give their own number on Google as that of customer care of banks, shopping portals, wine shops, online marketplaces, job portals etc.

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14:21 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Stop cycle track construction along Powai lake to save crocodiles, says wetland committee member

A member of the Wetland Grievance Redressal Committee has written a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and environment ministry to stop the ongoing work of a cycle track along the Powai lake. Stalin D, director of NGO Vanashakti and a member of the Bombay High Court-appointed wetland committee, said that the project would damage the biodiversity of the lake, already threatened by the discharge of untreated sewage.

Powai lake is home to Indian marsh crocodiles protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. “The lake is part of the National Wetland Atlas and as per the guidelines from the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court, lakes in the National Wetland Atlas have to be protected. The lake has abundant biodiversity including schedule 1 species of wildlife (Indian marsh crocodile) in it. The crocodiles will be forced to enter the IIT area and that could further create conflict with humans. You are called upon to stop the work immediately and restore the site to its previous state,” read the complaint by Stalin, who said that the project by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and BMC does not have environmental clearance.

13:02 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Narayan Rane given inhuman treatment, his blood sugar shot up above 500, says BJP

BJP State president Chandrakant Patil Wednesday said that Union Minister Narayan Rane was given inhuman treatment after his arrest despite the fact that his blood pressure and blood sugar level had shot up beyond 500 mg/dl. He termed Rane’s arrest a political vendetta.

“The Union Minister was given inhuman treatment after his arrest. He was not allowed to even have his afternoon meal…His blood sugar level and blood pressure had shot up beyond 500, yet no medical treatment was provided to him,” said Patil in Pune on Wednesday.

Patil said since Rane’s BP and blood sugar had shot up, the Minister will take rest for a couple of days and then a decision will be taken about Jan Ashirwad Yatra. “After the Minister’s blood sugar level normalises, we will take a decision about resuming the Jan Ashirwad Yatra.”

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12:54 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Narayan Rane’s silence during Jan Ashirwad Yatra will be powerful: Chandrakant Patil

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil hit out at the Uddhav Thackeray’s government, saying that the decision to arrest Union Minister Narayan Rane was driven by political vengeance and not rules. Rane was arrested and released on bail for threatening to slap Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Rane was touring parts of Konkan, as part of the BJP’s public outreach campaign launched as the Jan Ashirwad Yatra, when he was arrested. The Jan Ashirwad Yatra will resume from Wednesday as scheduled.

Commenting on the court’s order granting bail to Rane, Patil said, “Though there are some restrictions imposed on his speaking it will not make any difference. Rane’s silence will be more powerful. We are confident that Rane’s presence without uttering a word will still attract a huge following. People in Konkan will like to come and see their leader and enquire about his well-being,” Patil said.

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12:23 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Narayan Rane’s arrest justified, but no need to keep him in custody: Court

The court which granted bail to Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Narayan Rane late Tuesday night, said that while his arrest was ‘justified’, there was no need to keep him in custody. Rane was arrested Tuesday by Maharashtra Police for threatening to “slap” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Rane was produced before the Judicial Magistrate First Class at 9.55 pm on Tuesday after the Police arrested him when his transit anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Ratnagiri sessions court earlier in the day. Rane had no complaint of ill-treatment by the police when asked by the court. His lawyers opposed his custodial interrogation stating that since the punishment on charges invoked against him is not more than three years, the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court on arrest in such cases should be followed.

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12:16 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Plea by woman who alleged stalking and harassment at Sanjay Raut’s behest dismissed

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea filed by a 39-year-old woman alleging that she was stalked and harassed by certain persons at the behest of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and her estranged husband.

The woman, a psychologist residing at Kalina in Mumbai’s Santacruz, sought directions to the police to investigate three complaints filed by her in 2013 and 2018 against unknown persons and to initiate action against the deputy police commissioner (DCP) of Zone VIII.

A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice N J Jamadar had on July 22 reserved its verdict on her plea.

On Wednesday, the high court asked the woman to follow the process of law and approach the appropriate subordinate court to raise the grievances pertaining to the A-summary report filed by police in two cases and chargesheet in the third complaint.

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12:07 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Mumbai: 10% water cut in parts of city on Thursday

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed a 10 per cent water cut in the entire western suburb and parts of eastern and island city from 8 am on August 26 to 8 am on August 27.

According to the BMC, the water cut will be imposed from Bandra to Dahisar in western suburb, N ward (Ghatkopar, Vikhroli) and L ward (Kurla, Chandivali) in eastern suburb, and A ward (Churchgate, Fort), B ward (Dongari), C ward (Marine Lines, Kalbadevi), D ward (Malabar Hill, Grant Road), E ward (Byculla), G-south (Worli, Mahalaxmi) and G-north (Dadar, Dharavi).

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11:59 (IST)25 Aug 2021
Mumbai: 73-year-old calls his bank’s ‘customer care’, duped of Rs 1.25 lakh

A 73-year-old retired man from Wadala was duped of Rs 1.25 lakh by a fraudster who impersonated as his bank’s customer care executive.

The senior citizen had called on a fraudulent number online while searching for his bank’s customer care number. On the pretext of solving his problem, the accused tricked the senior citizen into revealing his bank details and transferred Rs 1.25 lakh from his bank account.The incident took place on August 21.

The complainant told the Wadala TT police that he has an old account with the Axis bank and had forgotten his ATM card’s pin number and wanted to retrieve it. He went on Google and searched for Axis bank’s customer care number.

The fraudster stole the complainant’s banking details using a remote access mobile application and withdrew Rs 1.25 lakh in five transactions. The complainant immediately called his bank and asked them to freeze his account.

In its detailed order rejecting the bail and discharge applications of Sathyanarayana Rani, an alleged top Naxal operative, a special court has said that the absence of an explanation for possession of Rs 10.32 lakh with no known source of income, prima facie shows his involvement in collecting funds for banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).Sathyanarayana was arrested in 2019 for his alleged involvement in the IED blast at Gadchiroli, which killed 15 security personnel and one civilian.

READ | Court says prima facie involvement of accused clear in collecting funds for banned Maoist outfit

A special court on Tuesday framed charges against the last remaining accused in the 2011 Mumbai triple blasts case, paving way for the trial to begin. The court framed charges against Asadullah Akhtar on charges pertaining to murder, criminal conspiracy, relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

READ | Charges framed against remaining accused in 2011 triple blasts case

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