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Mumbai News Highlights: BJP’s Nupur Sharma booked for alleged remarks on Prophet Muhammad

Mumbai News Updates, 29 May: In other news, the NCB while giving a clean chit to Aryan Khan, in the last year’s drugs-on-cruise case has said that there was no recovery of drugs from him.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: May 29, 2022 10:39:06 pm
Nupur Sharma(Express Photo )

Mumbai News Highlights:  The Mumbai Police have registered an FIR against BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma under sections 295A, 153A & 505B of the IPC, after a complaint by Raza Academy for her alleged remarks on Prophet Muhammad on a national channel.

In other news, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) while giving a clean chit to Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, in the last year’s drugs-on-cruise case has said that there was no recovery of drugs from him, nor was there any concrete evidence to prove that he conspired with the other accused.

Meanwhile, the decision of MP Navneet Rana and husband MLA Ravi Rana to chant the Hanuman Chalisa at a temple in Nagpur on Saturday has not gone down well with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) members in the city, who have now declared that they too will do the same at the same temple.

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20:35 (IST)29 May 2022
Piyush Goyal inaugurates MIFF, hopes Disney, Marvel Studios make movies in India

Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday inaugurated the 17th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for documentary, short fiction and animation films and said he wants global production houses to mount their projects in India.

The seven-day festival, organised in hybrid mode, has a line-up featuring 400 films from across the world, out of which 102 titles will be screened under the Competition Category -- 35 in international competition and 67 in national competition.

At the ceremony, held at Nehru Centre Auditorium, Worli, the minister said small budget films like Vicky Kaushal-starrer "Uri- The Surgical Strike" and this year's blockbuster "The Kashmir Files" became successful by chronicling true stories about India on the big screen. (PTI)

20:08 (IST)29 May 2022
Eight from two families are Thane's link to Sikkim accident, missing Nepal plane

 A missing plane in the Himalayan nation of Nepal and an accident in the north-eastern state of Sikkim hogged public conversation in Thane on Sunday as eight of those involved in the two incidents are from here.

A small plane of Nepal's Tara Air went missing in the morning in the mountainous region of that country minutes after taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara. As per officials, among those on board are Ashok Kumar Tripathi, his wife Vaibhavi Bandekar (Tripathi) and children Dhanush and Ritika, residents of Kapurbawadi here.

In the second incident, a car skidded off the road and fell into a ravine several hundred metres deep in Kedung Bhir in north Sikkim at around 8m on Saturday night. Among those killed are Thane residents Suresh Punamia, Toral Punamia, Devanshi Punamia and Hiral Punamia, all from the same family, officials said. (PTI)

19:54 (IST)29 May 2022
Thane couple, their 2 children on board missing Nepal plane; kin asked to contact embassy: Police

A couple and their two children currently residing in Thane city near Mumbai, were on board the Nepal plane that went missing on Sunday, and their relatives back home have been asked to contact the Indian embassy in the neighbouring country, a police official here said.

A small plane of Nepal's Tara Air went missing on Sunday morning in the mountainous region of the Himalayan nation minutes after taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara. Four members of a family from Mumbai are among 22 on board the plane, officials earlier said.

According to police, Ashok Kumar Tripathi, his wife Vaibhavi Tripathi and children Dhanush and Ritika are on board the missing plane. (PTI)

17:30 (IST)29 May 2022
Mumbai’s Raza Academy which complained against BJP’s Nupur Sharma is no stranger to controversies

The Mumbai police on Saturday booked BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma allegedly over remarks she made against Prophet Mohammed during a news debate. The FIR was registered based on a complaint by the joint secretary of the Raza Academy in Mumbai.

Founded in 1978 by Muhammad Saeed Noorie and a few others, the Raza Academy was set up for printing and publishing books primarily written by Ahmed Raza Khan, founder of the Barelvi sect that has a considerable following in South Asia, and other Sunni Muslim writers on religion. Noorie has remained president of the organisation since 1986. Read More

17:10 (IST)29 May 2022
Maha BJP chief apologises for 'go home and cook' remark against Supriya Sule after women's panel notice

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil has apologised for his "go home and cook" remark against NCP MP Supriya Sule, said the chairperson of the state women's commission on Sunday.

The apology came in response to a notice sent to Patil by the commission in the wake of his remark. Reacting to it, Sule said through his apology, Patil has shown his "large-heartedness", and appealed to everyone to put the matter to rest.

On Wednesday, Patil, during the BJP's protest over the OBC reservation, hit out at Sule, saying, "Why are you (Sule) even in politics, just go home and cook. Go to Delhi or to a cemetery, but get us the OBC quota. Despite being a Lok Sabha member, how come you don't know how to get an appointment with chief minister." (PTI)

16:47 (IST)29 May 2022
Sambhajiraje’s political rise has become threat to some in western Maharashtra: Fadnavis

Maharashtra Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati’s political rise has become a threat to some in western Maharashtra, days after the Kolhapur royal family scion decided to pull out of the Rajya Sabha polls in Maharashtra.

Sambhajiraje, whose tenure as a Rajya Sabha MP ended last month, announced on Friday his decision to withdraw from the polls after Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) refused to pledge their support to him as an Independent candidate. Read More

16:11 (IST)29 May 2022
Mumbai: Man dead, sister critical after speeding car driven by drunk man hits their scooter

A 23-year-old man died and his sister was seriously injured after they were hit by a speeding car allegedly driven by a person in a heavily inebriated state in the early hours of Sunday, a Mumbai police official said.

The incident took place on Mahim Causeway when the deceased Moiz Ansari and his sister were traveling on a scooter on their way to Dongri in south Mumbai, the official said.

"Their two-wheeler was hit by a Skoda car driven by one Aamir Javed Sheikh, who has been arrested along with the other person in the vehicle, identified as Darayus Tigina. Passersby took Ansari and his sister to Hinduja Hospital, where doctors declared the former dead before admission, while the woman is critical," the Mahim police station official said. (PTI)

16:07 (IST)29 May 2022
Mumbai: Cab driver held for molestation of 15-year-old girl

The Mumbai Police on Friday arrested a 29-year-old cab driver for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl. The driver was arrested under Section 354 (molestation) of the IPC and stringent sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. He was remanded to police custody till May 30 by a sessions court.

The incident took place around 11 am on May 25, when the girl had taken the cab to her residence from the domestic airport. She had returned to Mumbai alone by flight and booked a cab from aggregator Ola at the airport. Read More

16:02 (IST)29 May 2022
Mumbai Greens: Johnson & Johnson Garden is small but packs a punch

The Johnson and Johnson Garden in Mumbai’s upmarket Breach Candy might not draw the same awe as the other sea-facing famed Tata and Amarsons gardens in the locality. However, the Johnson and Johnson Garden boasts of biodiversity with decades-old trees, different shrubs, and bushes, velvet grass lawns, a walking track, a children’s play park, and outdoor gym space. Krutarth Patnaik writes...

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15:23 (IST)29 May 2022
Brothers wrongly arrested for gangrape: ‘Cops striped us naked and beat us, I said will die but not confess’

A day after being released on bail from Arthur Road jail, two brothers – aged 19 and 20 years – who were wrongly arrested in a gangrape case and spent eight days in the police lock-up and another four in the jail, said on Saturday that the police stripped them naked and beat them up, forcing them to confess to the crime.

On May 27, The Indian Express had reported how the personal intervention by Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Vishwas Nangre-Patil had led to the release of brothers Anil Chauhan (19) and Nilesh Chauhan (20) – booked by the Dharavi police on May 11 – for the gangrape of a 20-year-old woman. Read More

13:35 (IST)29 May 2022
Shiv Sena: Will ED raid Yogi over Ganga getting polluted by floating bodies

Taking on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for searching premises linked to Shiv Sena Minister Anil Parab, the party on Saturday asked whether the central agency will raid Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over river Ganga getting polluted by floating dead bodies amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said that there is a “need to conduct global research on our country’s investigative system and judiciary”. This comes in the backdrop of the ED raiding premises linked to Parab earlier this week. Parab has claimed that the ED is carrying out a money laundering probe in connection to alleged illegal discharge of sewage into the sea from a resort at Dapoli in Ratnagiri.

13:33 (IST)29 May 2022
Maharashtra: Teachers worried over delay in holding training session to determine promotions

With A few days left for schools to resume, teachers are worried about the delay in holding a training session which would determine their promotions. The teachers were expected to attend the programme during the summer break.

Around one lakh teachers have registered for the training session that will provide them with a chance to get the approval of a senior-grade pay scale following an assessment. The State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) conducts the training. Each teacher paid Rs 2,000 as a registration fee for the programme. However, it has been almost two months since the registration process was over but there is no clarity on when the training session will be held.

Pandurang Kengar, spokesperson for the School Principals’ Association, Mumbai said, “Only a few days are left for schools to restart. How does the SCERT expect teachers to dedicate time to a training session when the schools are going to be completely in offline mode after two years of pandemic break.”

Maharashtra: Teachers worried over delay in holding training session to determine promotions

10:32 (IST)29 May 2022
Mumbai: Cops chasing murder accused take flight to UP, find him in train's toilet at Prayagraj

The police chasing a man, who murdered his wife at their residence in Goregaon on May 26 and fled to Uttar Pradesh on a train, nabbed him from the toilet of a train at the Prayagraj railway station.

The arrested accused Ansar Ali Hifazat Ali alias Samir, 29, and his wife Rosy Khatoon, 27, started living in a rented room in Santosh Nagar in Goregaon (East) on May 25.

The complainant Pramod Morya, who lives in their neighbourhood, received a phone call from Rosy's sister Julie Khatoon on May 26 around 9.30 am. Julie told Morya that Ansar had called her and said that he has killed Rosy. A frantic Morya then rushed to their rented home and found Rosy dead. He called the police, who later said Rosy was strangled to death.

09:40 (IST)29 May 2022
Monsoon in Mumbai: ‘I want to run away at the thought of rains’

The walls are tiled, the refrigerator and washing machine are mounted on a platform, smaller electronic devices wrapped up in plastic bags, and the special clothes stashed up in the loft. Yet, Prema Sannake knows she can never be too prepared. “I feel like running away from this place at the thought of rains,” she says. The monsoons are merely half a month away and the 54-year-old homemaker is anxious. For all the romance and chai-pakoda memories that the rains evoke, Mumbai’s monsoons end up stalling life in the metropolis — flooding streets and train tracks, bringing down trees and leaving office-goers stranded. Almost every year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic body whose job is to get the city ready for the rains, finds itself scrambling to clean the drains and desilt the pipelines. This year is unlikely to be any different.

Every year, as the monsoons keep their date with Mumbai, so do the floods that bring the city to a halt. Read Sanjana Bhalerao's report here. 

09:17 (IST)29 May 2022
FIR against BJP's Nupur Sharma for alleged remarks on Prophet Muhammad

The Mumbai Police have registered an FIR against BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma under sections 295A, 153A & 505B of the IPC, after a complaint by Raza Academy for her alleged remarks on Prophet Muhammad on a national channel.

09:15 (IST)29 May 2022
National Achievement Survey 2021: Glaring disparity in learning levels in Mumbai city & suburbs

The recently-released National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 has brought to the fore the disparity in learning levels of students belonging to the Mumbai Island city and the suburbs.

According to the survey, in Mumbai city, 61.2 per cent of Class III students are proficient or advanced in levels of understanding. For suburbs, this figure is only 36.3 per cent, raising questions on the disparity in the quality of education offered within the same district. The survey shows that understanding levels of children decline steadily as they grow up, with the divide becoming more evident in higher classes.

21:46 (IST)28 May 2022
SpiceJet plane returns to Mumbai after windshield crack observed

A SpiceJet plane, which was heading to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, returned to Mumbai on Saturday after a crack was observed on the windshield, according to an official statement.

"On May 28, SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft was scheduled to operate SG-385 (Mumbai-Gorakhpur). During cruise, windshield outer pane was observed to be cracked," the airline's spokesperson said.

The pilot-in-command decided to return to Mumbai, the spokesperson said. The air traffic controller was apprised and the aircraft landed safely at the Mumbai airport, the spokesperson added. PTI

21:41 (IST)28 May 2022
Maha forbids depts from transferring officials till June 30; essential ones allowed with CM's nod

he Maharashtra government has directed all its departments to not carry out transfer of officials till June 30.

An order issued by the state government's general administration department on Friday said essential transfers due to administrative reasons can be done only after permission is taken from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)

20:38 (IST)28 May 2022
World Menstrual Hygiene Day: Maha govt to launch scheme to provide 10 sanitary napkins for Re 1

The Maharashtra government on Saturday announced a scheme under which women in the BPL category and those part of self help groups (SHGs) will be provided 10 sanitary napkins at Re 1.

The order, which was issued by state Rural Development Department minister Hasan Mushrif, will be implemented from August 15 and will benefit 60 lakh women in rural areas.

The decision was taken to mark World Menstrual Hygiene Day. The implementation of the scheme will cost the state government Rs 200 crore annually, the minister said. (PTI)

20:10 (IST)28 May 2022
Maha: Nurses' strike affects Mumbai's JJ Hosp; most outfits stay away from stir

The strike call given by a union of nurses attached to government-run hospitals in Maharashtra evoked mixed response on the first day on Saturday with most of the other outfits in the sector maintaining a distance from the stir.

However, officials admitted that some hospitals did face problems, including postponement of some surgeries.

While surgeries like insertion of stents were postponed in state-run JJ Hospital here, which was considerably affected, there was little impact of the strike call by the Maharashtra State Nurses Association on other facilities like St George, Cama and Albless and Gokuldas Tejpal hospitals in the city, they said. (PTI)

The overall state performance of Maharashtra was ranked higher in language, Mathematics and EVS subjects, than the national average in most cases. (File photo)

Learning outcomes get worse in higher classes for Maharashtra students; Mumbai worst in state

The learning outcome among high school children in Mumbai suburban area is the worst in Maharashtra, revealed the results of the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 released Wednesday evening. Even when it comes to primary school children, Mumbai fared only slightly better than the remote, insurgency-hit Gadchiroli, the report showed.

Conducted on November 12, 2021, NAS assessed over 34 lakh students in 1.8 lakh schools in 720 districts across India. The purpose of NAS is to gauge the health of the school education system and assess learning outcomes in students by conducting an evaluation of their learning competency at Class III, V, VIII and X, officials said. The NAS was last held in 2017.

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