Mumbai News Highlights: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday arrested five more persons in connection with the cruise ship drug raid, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 16. Those arrested on Tuesday included four persons from an event management company that had organised the party and one passenger who had allegedly consumed drugs while the ship was at sea. Four persons, three of whom were arrested on Monday night, were produced before the court on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Central government through the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) informed the Bombay High Court on Monday that the work of filling up potholes on the Mumbai-Nashik expressway is in full flow and will be complete before October 25. The Mumbai-Nashik Expressway is a toll road on which commuters pay Rs 120 for one-way travel on the over 100-km stretch.
In other news, Mumbai reported 433 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Tuesday, taking the infection tally to 7,45,163 and the toll to 16,129. With 31,969 Covid-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, their cumulative number climbed to 1,05,34,673. 525 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 7,22,096.
An inter-ministerial team of the Central government reached Raigad on Monday to visit and inspect flood-affected areas of Mahad and Poladpur talukas as well as landslide-affected sites of Taliye, Sakhar Sutarwadi and Kevnale. The team is on a two-day inspection tour to study the flood-affected parts of Raigad district in Mahad and Poladpur taluka.