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Mumbai News Highlights: 5 more arrests in ship drug raid case; Mumbai reports 433 new Covid-19 cases, two deaths

Mumbai News Today Highlights: 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.

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Updated: October 7, 2021 8:05:26 am
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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.

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Mumbai News Highlights and Updates: 5 more arrests in ship drug raid case; Mumbai reports 433 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths; Central team arrives in Maharashtra to inspect flood-hit areas; Follow this space for more updates

23:17 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Attendance in BMC schools dropped on Day 2 of reopening, shows data

Attendance at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools has dropped after an encouraging turnout on Day 1 of reopening on Monday, according to numbers provided by the civic corporation.

While on the first day of reopening on October 4, roughly 30,250 students – less than half of the total strength -- across 755 BMC-run schools attended classes, the number dropped to 23,162 the next day.

On Wednesday, owing to Pitru Paksha, only Urdu- and English-medium schools were operational in the city and just 7,332 students attended in-person classes. 

BMC education officials said it would be too early to comment on the reason behind the drop in the attendance. “Overall, nearly 60 per cent of parents had given consent to send their kids to schools for in-person classes. Of those, many might still be adjusting (to the idea of) coming to schools. However, it has been just three days to come to any conclusion,” said a deputy education officer. 

18:37 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Rains, thunderstorms witnessed in some parts of Mumbai, adjoining areas

Mumbai and adjoining areas witnessed heavy rains and thunderstorms on Wednesday evening. As per a nowcast issued by IMD Mumbai at 5.30 pm, "Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and moderate to intense spells of rain with gusty winds reaching 30-40 kmph very likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Mumbai, Thane, Parbhani, Hingoli and Sindhudurg during next 3-4 hours. Take precautions while moving out."

18:15 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Baseless allegations: NCB responds to NCP's allegations of 'fake raid' on cruise ship

The Narcotics Control Bureau denied the NCP’s allegations that the raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast was fake and no narcotic drugs were found on board.

NCB DDG Gyaneshwar Singh and Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede said the allegations were prejudiced and that there were 10 independent witnesses in the case. “They (the accused) and free to go to court. We will reply as we have followed all proper procedures,” the officials said, while addressing reporters.

NCP had also questioned the presence of two persons along with the NCB team during the raid, and alleged that one of them was a BJP member. In response, the NCB said the two persons were independent witnesses.

16:44 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Cruise ship drug case: Four accused sent in NCB custody

A local court remanded four persons arrested in  connection with a drug seizure from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast in the custody of the NCB till October 14.

Gopal Anand, Samir Sehgal, Manav Singhal and Bhaskar Arora were organisers of an event on the cruise ship during which drugs were allegedly consumed, the Narcotics Control Bureau told the court.

The NCB has so far arrested 17 people including Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan since the raid on the Goa-bound ship on Saturday. It claimed to have seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 pills of Ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh in cash. (PTI)

14:43 (IST)06 Oct 2021
File response to Sachin Waze’s plea seeking house custody for three months: HC tells NIA

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file an affidavit in reply to a plea by dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze, seeking that he be shifted to temporary house custody for post-surgery care.

A division bench of Justice Nitin M Jamdar and Justice Sarang V Kotwal was hearing Waze’s plea which was moved after the special NIA court rejected his prayer of house custody for three months for post-surgery care. Waze, arrested in the Ambani terror scare case, was admitted at a private hospital in Mumbai after he underwent a bypass surgery last month. The NIA had opposed Waze’s plea before special court stating that if he is sent to house custody, he may abscond.

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14:34 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Central Railway writes to Maharashtra govt seeking SOP for issuing tickets to students

As schools and colleges reopened in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) on Monday, the Central Railway on Tuesday wrote to the Maharashtra government seeking guidelines for issuing tickets and seasonal passes to students who want to travel in local trains.

In the letter, addressed to the disaster management authority undersecretary, the railways are seeking standard operating procedure (SOP) for issuing journey/season tickets to students travelling by local trains in MMR.

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14:29 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Final I-girder of Mumbai Metro Line 2A launched

The final I-girder of Mumbai Metro Line 2A between Dahisar and DN Nagar was launched at the Adarsh Nagar Junction in Andheri on Wednesday morning. With this, the track surface of this Metro line has now been completed. According to an MMRDA official, the I-girder weighing 42 tonnes and measuring 24 metres was erected in 30 minutes. The official said that the Metro team can now initiate the track-laying process on this stretch of Line 2A.

14:16 (IST)06 Oct 2021
The three gems of Jogeshwari

Picking up from where we left off last week, while the Matoshree Meenatai Thakre Shilpagram is the crown jewel of Jogeshwari parks, there are three hidden gems scattered around it as well. Named in honour of the officers who lost their lives during the 26/11 attacks, the recently renovated Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte parks are nestled amongst Joghaswari’s vibrant urban sprawl. A BMC official described them as welcome patches of green cover in a city that can often seem overrun by concrete.

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13:42 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Southwest Monsoon withdrawal commenced today: IMD

The India Meterological Department Wednesday said that the Southwest monsoon withdrawal commenced today against the normal date of September 17. The Southwest Monsoon has withdrawn from some parts of west Rajasthan and some parts of adjoining Gujarat on 6 October.  The withdrawal line passes through  Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jalore, Bhuj, it said. 

Conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from some more parts of Gujarat, entire Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, UP and some parts of Madhya Pradesh during next 3-4 days, IMD said. 

13:03 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Cruise ship drug case: NCB arrests one more drug peddler

The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested one more drug peddler in connection with the seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, an NCB official said on Wednesday. The NCB's Mumbai zonal unit apprehended the drug peddler from suburban Powai late Tuesday night after his name cropped up during questioning of those arrested earlier in the cruise drug party case, the official said. (PTI)  

12:27 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Sushant Singh Rajput death case: Here’s the CBI, NCB probe update

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14, 2020 in Mumbai. The case was first being probed by the Mumbai Police and was later transferred to the CBI. Early investigations by the Mumbai Police concluded that he had died by suicide. A preliminary post-mortem at Cooper Hospital confirmed the cause of death as asphyxia due to hanging.

Allegations were made that the death of the actor and his former assistant Disha Salian, who had died on June 8 last year, were linked and the duo had been murdered.

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12:03 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Kailas Gaikwad appears before ED in relation to Anil Deshmukh money laundering case

Deputy Secretary of the home department, Kailas Gaikwad, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday morning for questioning in relation to the money laundering case involving former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Gaikwad is in charge of the IPS establishment in Mantralaya and looks after transfers, postings and inquiries.

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating an alleged money laundering case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Deshmukh, when he was home minister.  It registered a case against Deshmukh and others based on a corruption case filed against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after then Police Commissioner Parambir Singh made the allegations.

11:55 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Palghar: 2 held for cheating over 200 investors of Rs 8.71 crore

Police have arrested two persons for allegedly cheating over 200 people of Rs 8.71 crore by promising them lucrative returns on investments in various schemes here in Maharashtra, an official said on Wednesday.

The duo, identified as Amit Kantilal Jain and Yogesh Bhalerao, had set up a consultancy firm in Vasai town here through which they allegedly lured people to invest in various schemes and offered them 25 to 50 per cent higher returns,  Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dr Mahesh Patil said. They allegedly cheated 215 people and then fled from the town by closing their establishment, the official said in a release.

The police later got information that the accused had fled to Dubai and Mumbai. The police also sought help of the Bureau of Immigration in New Delhi to trace the accused. Recently, the police got a tip-off that Jain was to come to Chinchoti area here, following which they laid a trap and nabbed him on September 20, the official said. (PTI)

11:11 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Mumbai's Mumba Devi Temple trust issues guidelines for devotees as temple opens from tomorrow
10:54 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Natural disasters putting strain on Maharashtra's economy: Thackeray

The growing number of natural disasters is putting a strain on Maharashtra's  economy, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday as the states emerges from two spells of heavy rains and devastating floods in the last few months. He also called for efforts to prevent a possible  third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day workshop organised by the VS Page Parliamentary Training Center at the Legislative Secretariat here, he said although the government is providing immediate relief to victims of natural calamities, it should not be treated as compensation as this cannot make up for the loss suffered by them.

"These disasters were putting a strain on the state's economy," a statement quoted Thackeray as saying at the event.

Maharashtra is one of the worst-affected states with extreme weather events like floods and lightning. According to IMD data, nearly 435 people died due to  extreme weather events in India during June-August, of which one-third casualties were in Maharashtra. In July-end, more than 200 people died in heavy rains, landslides  and floods in the Konkan region and western Maharashtra districts. Last month, parts of the Marathwada region faced flood fury, damaging crops in vast stretches of land. (PTI)

10:46 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Drugs seizure: NCB summons Cordelia Cruises CEO

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has issued summons to the CEO of Cordelia Cruises in connection with the seizure of banned drugs from the ship off the Mumbai coast last week, an official said on Tuesday.  As the probe is progressing, the NCB has summoned the CEO of the cruise liner to join the investigation, he said.

The NCB is seeking details of the passengers who were present onboard the Goa-bound ship and also examining the CCTV footages to get more evidence against the accused persons, the official said. He said teams from other zonal units are also assisting the Mumbai NCB. (PTI)

10:43 (IST)06 Oct 2021
‘Third wave not imminent’: HC asks Maharashtra to consider physical meetings of BMC standing committee

Observing that prevailing pandemic situation in the city does not indicate any imminent “third wave” and that most of the public amenities are being made open to the citizens, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra government to consider within five days as to why the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot be allowed to conduct its standing committee meetings through physical mode.

The court, while hearing a PIL by two BJP councillors, also directed the chairman of the Shiv Sena-led BMC’s standing committee to allow petitioners to physically attend the panel meeting being conducted on Tuesday afternoon.

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10:27 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Mumbai: New cable-stayed bridges to replace two British-era ROBs

Two British-era road over bridges (ROBs) — Reay Road in Byculla and Tilak Road in Dadar — will be demolished and new cable-stayed three-lane bridges will replace them. The Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDCL), which will carry out the execution of the construction work, started the tender procedure earlier this month. The actual reconstruction is expected to start in November.

10:11 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Borivali firing case: Ex-underworld gang member held from UP

The crime branch of Mira-Bhayandar Vasai Virar (MBVV) police traced and arrested a man who allegedly fired at an engineer from Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) in Borivali (east) on September 29. Investigations are on to find the second accused. A country-made pistol was used to commit the crime. The arrested accused is identified as Amit Sinha, 40. He is a habitual offender and has worked for gangsters like Chhota Rajan and D K Rao.

The incident occurred around 6.10 pm near Omkareshwar temple near Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Deepak Khambit (49), an executive engineer with the MBMC, was returning home in his official car when Sinha and his aide allegedly attacked him.

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09:55 (IST)06 Oct 2021
Students greeted with sanitisers, Covid rules as Mumbai schools reopen after 18 months

After more than 18 months, Paveri Kamble, 15, went to school on Monday. She was restless, excited and relieved at not having to juggle the lone smartphone in the house to attend online classes, she said.

Students were welcomed back on school campuses across Mumbai with flowers, balloons, sanitisers and social distancing protocols. Kamble was one of the roughly 30,250 students in BMC-run schools who resumed physical classes. The total number of students who attended classes in private schools was not available.

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.

This comes after the High Court on September 24 asked the Centre and the state government to be “serious” about the issue of potholes on the Mumbai-Nashik Expressway and other highways in the state and make coordinated efforts to ensure lives are not lost due to the poor condition of roads.

READ | Borivali firing case: Ex-underworld gang member held from UP

The crime branch of Mira-Bhayandar Vasai Virar (MBVV) police traced and arrested a man who allegedly fired at an engineer from Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) in Borivali (east) on September 29. Investigations are on to find the second accused. A country-made pistol was used to commit the crime. The arrested accused is identified as Amit Sinha, 40. He is a habitual offender and has worked for gangsters like Chhota Rajan and D K Rao.

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