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Mumbai News Highlights: Next two days crucial for Maha on electricity front as state didn’t get enough coal supply, says Minister

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Mumbai | Updated: March 31, 2022 9:15:37 am
Minister Nitin Raut (File)

Mumbai news Highlights: Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Wednesday cautioned the people saying that the next two days are going to be crucial for the state as it did not receive enough coal supply amid the rising electricity demand due to the heatwave. He said the state government is making efforts to avoid a situation wherein it has to impose load shedding. “The coal supply in the last two days has been very low, which is creating a challenge before the state power generation company to meet the growing demand for electricity. If we do not get enough coal, the state would be affected,” Raut told reporters.

Meanwhile, an audio clip has surfaced on social media, in which BJP MLA Babanrao Lonikar is purportedly heard threatening an official of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) with Income Tax raids for allegedly disconnecting the power supply of his bungalow in Aurangabad. However, talking to reporters in Jalna on Wednesday, Lonikar, a former Maharashtra minister, claimed that the audio clip was fake and there was an attempt to tarnish his image through it.

In other news, Congress, which is part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra, on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and demanded implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP). The CMP could not be implemented properly in the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, said state Congress chief Nana Patole in the letter.

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22:42 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Maha records 119 new Covid cases, 2 deaths; active tally at 939

Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 119 fresh cases of coronavirus and two new fatalities linked to the infection, while 138 more patients were discharged following recovery, the state health department said.

With these additions, the state's overall Covid tally rose to 78,73,841, while the death toll increased to 1,47,782, the department said in a bulletin.

On Tuesday, the state had recorded 103 coronavirus cases, but no new death linked to the infection. The department said Mumbai recorded 38 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, but zero death. (PTI)

22:04 (IST)30 Mar 2022
BJP to launch agitation in Mumbai ahead of polls

The BJP on Wednesday announced that it will hold a 'Poll Khol' agitation in every civic ward of Mumbai. Elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, currently controlled by the Shiv Sena, are due this year.

BJP leader Ashish Shelar told reporters that during the agitation party workers will sensitize people about "how the party in power is not doing justice to their demands." It is a preparation for the BMC polls and will improve the party's base in the city, he added.

All the civic polls are postponed because of the OBC quota issue. As many as 12 senior leaders of the BJP will tour the state from April 15 to 30 to strengthen the party's base not just for upcoming local governing body polls but for 2024 general elections too, Shelar said. (PTI)

22:02 (IST)30 Mar 2022
In picture | The newly constructed viewing deck at Girgaum Chowpatty

A view from the soon to be inaugurated viewing deck, at Girgaum Chowpatty, in Mumbai, Wednesday.

(PTI /Kunal Patil)

21:58 (IST)30 Mar 2022
In picture | A view of the Arabian Sea

Fishermen row their boat in the Arabian Sea, in Mumbai, Wednesday.

(PTI /Kunal Patil)

21:54 (IST)30 Mar 2022
HC seeks Maha govt's response on PIL about plight of patients languishing in mental health facilities

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra government to respond to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a psychiatrist seeking a report on the status of all inmates of mental health facilities in the state, and a review of their status for discharge as required under the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.

The PIL, filed by Mumbai resident Dr Harish Shetty, highlighted the plight of a woman who was rescued last year from a mental health facility after having languished there for 12 years even though she did not have any significant symptoms of mental illness.

A bench of Justices S S Shinde and Sarang Kotwal directed Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to appear on behalf of the government and assist the court. "Considering the seriousness of the matter, we have asked the AG to appear in this case," the HC said. (PTI)

21:46 (IST)30 Mar 2022
ED to attach properties of Jarandeshwar SSK worth Rs 65.75 crore

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will soon take possession of the land, machinery and building of Jarandeshwar Sahkari Sugar Karkhana (Jarandeshwar SSK) worth Rs 65.75 crore in Satara, Maharashtra, following an order by the adjudicating authority under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Sources said the agency is awaiting a copy of the written order, before taking possession of the assets.

Last year in July, the ED had provisionally attached these assets after it found that the Maharashtra State Co-operative (MSC) Bank sold Jarandeshwar SSK in 2010 through an auction without following any rules at a lower price than fair value. Read more

21:32 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Next two days crucial for Maha on electricity front as state didn't get enough coal supply: Minister

Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Wednesday cautioned the people saying that the next two days are going to be crucial for the state as it did not receive enough coal supply amid the rising electricity demand due to the heatwave.

He said the state government is making efforts to avoid a situation wherein it has to impose load shedding. "The coal supply in the last two days has been very low, which is creating a challenge before the state power generation company to meet the growing demand for electricity. If we do not get enough coal, the state would be affected," Raut told reporters.

"We are trying to avoid load shedding by exploring possibilities to increase the coal availability. The state will procure more power from the exchange. The current procurement of power ranges between 1,500 MW to 2,500 MW per day," he said. (PTI)

21:31 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Neighbour's statements against Salman appear to be supported by documentary evidence: Court

The statements made against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan by a neighbour appear to be supported by “documentary evidence”, a civil court has said here. The court last week refused interim relief to Khan who has filed a defamation case against his Panvel farmhouse neighbor Ketan Kakkad.

Additional Sessions Judge Anil Laddhad rejected Khan's plea seeking an interim order barring Kakkad from making any further comments against him or his family members in connection with Khan's farmhouse at Panvel in neighbouring Raigad district.

The detailed order became available on Wednesday. Kakkad, an NRI, owns a plot on a hill next to Khan's farmhouse. (PTI)

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21:30 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Mumbai registers 38 Covid cases; no new death for 3rd day, active tally below 300

Mumbai on Wednesday reported 38 new cases of coronavirus, but no fresh death linked to the infection was registered for the third day in a row, the city civic body said.

With this, the tally of overall coronavirus infections rose to 10,57,953, but the death toll remained unchanged at 19,559, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) bulletin said. A day ago, the financial capital had reported 36 Covid cases and zero fatalities.

In March, out of 30 days so far, the city has witnessed zero fatalities on 26 days. Also, the daily Covid cases are below the 100-mark since March 2. With 57 more patients getting discharged in the last 24 hours, the number of recoveries jumped to 10,38,092, leaving the city with 292 active cases, the bulletin said. (PTI)

21:29 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Another witness turns hostile in Malegaon blast trial, 20th so far

A retired Army man on Wednesday became the 20th prosecution witness to turn hostile in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.

The witness, who held the post of `naik' in the Army, had given a statement to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in 2009 about a "camp" (allegedly organized by some of the accused) at Deolali near Nashik.

He had seen two of the accused, Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit and Sudhakar Chaturvedi, attending the camp, he had told the ATS which was then probing the case. The probe was later taken over by the National Investigation Agency. (PTI)

20:04 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Maha Congress chief writes to CM Thackeray, seeks implementation of CMP

Congress, which is part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra, on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and demanded implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).

The CMP could not be implemented properly in the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, said state Congress chief Nana Patole in the letter.

“Now that the intensity of the pandemic has declined, the Common Minimum Programme should be implemented. Schemes should be planned and implemented for the welfare of Dalits, OBCs and the minorities,” he said. The other two prominent constituents of the MVA are the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party. (PTI)

20:00 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Two boats carrying illegally stocked diesel seized off Mumbai coast; two persons held

Police have seized two fishing boats off the Mumbai coast and recovered 10,950 litres of diesel illegally stocked in them, an official said on Wednesday.

Two persons found in the boats were arrested in this connection, he said. The operation was conducted by the Yellow Gate police station here on a specific information about the illegally stocked diesel, he said.

The accused persons, identified as Deepakkumar Tandel, 42, and Sureshbhai Tandel, 47, were in deep sea for the last 15 days and it is suspected that they had procured the diesel illegally from big vessels anchored off the Gujarat coast, the official said. (PTI)

19:56 (IST)30 Mar 2022
BJP meets top cop, seeks permission for Gudi Padwa processions, end loudspeaker use in mosques

A delegation of BJP leaders in the city met Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey Tuesday seeking permission for gudi padwa processions and urged him to end the use of loudspeakers in mosques.

The delegation led by BJP Mumbai chief Mangal Prabhat Lodha and MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar met Pandey at the Mumbai Police headquarters.

Speaking to the media later, Lodha said, “We met the commissioner firstly to seek permission for processions during Gudi Padwa, which is in a few days time. Secondly, we asked the police to stop the use of loudspeakers in mosques to recite azaan. We cited various court judgments that have in the past denied mosques permission to use loudspeakers.” Read more

19:28 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Leopard rescued from village in Maharashtra

An adult leopard, which had strayed into a village in adjoining Palghar district four days ago, was rescued on Wednesday, a forest department official said.

The wild animal, whose one of the legs had injury marks due to entanglement in a snare, was rescued by the forest department in collaboration with a team from Mumbai's Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) from Kashid Kopar village, the official said.

According to the official, the leopard was spotted by local residents, whose houses are located near a forest, four days ago after which they informed the police as well as the forest department. The big cat did not attack any villager, but had killed four dogs, he said. (PTI)

19:26 (IST)30 Mar 2022
In viral audio, BJP MLA 'threatens' MSEDCL official for 'snapping' power supply of his bungalow

An audio clip has surfaced on social media, in which BJP MLA Babanrao Lonikar is purportedly heard threatening an official of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) with Income Tax raids for allegedly disconnecting the power supply of his bungalow in Aurangabad.

However, talking to reporters in Jalna on Wednesday, Lonikar, a former Maharashtra minister, claimed that the audio clip was fake and there was an attempt to tarnish his image through it.

In the audio clip of the purported phone conservation, Lonikar, who currently represents the Partur Assembly constituency in Jalna district of the state, is heard asking the MSEDCL official the power supply of his bungalow in Aurangabad was snapped and the meter box was taken away although he has paid Rs 10 lakh outstanding bill amount this year. (PTI)

18:42 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Mumbai's Joint Commissioners of Police to be on night duty twice a month

Senior police officers in Mumbai, including Joint Commissioners of Police, will have to do night duty once every 15 days, officials said on Wednesday.

A circular in this regard has been issued by Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey, who took charge of his post a month ago.

In the circular, Pandey has instructed all the five Joint Commissioners of Police - looking after Law and Order, Crime, Administration, Traffic and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) - and all Additional Commissioners of Police to take up night duty, an official said. (PTI)

18:23 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Developer booked for snapping housing society's water supply over maintenance dues

The Mumbai police have registered an FIR against a city-based developer for allegedly snapping the water connection of the members of a housing society at Vakola in suburban Santacruz and shutting the terrace as well as the welfare office of the building for them following a dispute over maintenance dues, an official said on Wednesday.

The FIR was registered against Shakil Khamkar of Dolphin Developer at Vakola police station on Tuesday. He was booked after Sunny Mahida, a member of the housing society, lodged a complaint against him, he said.

In the complaint, Mahida alleged that over a month ago, Khamkar had threatened over 40 families residing in the building that he would stop the supply of water and electricity and also the lift service if they don't pay the society maintenance charges to him. (PTI)

17:53 (IST)30 Mar 2022
AAP stages protest against Darekar over 'bank fraud', BJP leader calls stir 'nautanki'

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday held a protest and demanded the arrest of Maharashtra BJP leader and MLC Pravin Darekar over his alleged role in a "fraud" at Mumbai District Central Cooperative Bank, where he is a director.

AAP workers staged the protest in the afternoon in front of the BJP office at Nariman Point in South Mumbai and demanded his resignation. 

Darekar, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, hit back at the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, calling its protest a 'nautanki' (drama) and termed fraud allegation against him as baseless. During the protest, the AAP supporters raised slogans against Darekar. (PTI)

17:50 (IST)30 Mar 2022
NIA can't label me terrorist without attributing any act of violence, Teltumbde tells HC

Academic Anand Teltumbde, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoists links case, told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had labelled him a terrorist without attributing to him any direct act of violence.

Teltumbde's counsel Mihir Desai told the high court that while the NIA had claimed in its charge sheet in the case that Teltumbde was part of terrorist organisations and that he abetted terrorist activities, he had not been charged directly for any particular act of violence in the case.

For one to be called a terrorist, there must be an act of violence, Desai told a bench of Justices S B Shukre and G A Sanap. He was arguing on Teltumbde's behalf, seeking bail for him in the case. (PTI)

16:58 (IST)30 Mar 2022
Two clerks of private school held for taking bribe on promise of admission

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday said it has arrested two clerks of a private school in Bhiwandi town of Maharashtra's Thane district for allegedly seeking and accepting Rs 9,000 bribe on the promise of giving admission to a child. The arrest was made on Tuesday, an official release said.

The accused were identified as Tehaseen Mohid Ahmed Momin, 36, and Akhil Malik Shaikh, 52. Momin and Shaikh work are clerk and senior clerk, respectively, at Ayesha Siddhika Girls Urdu School, Deputy Commissioner of Police (ACB - Navi Mumbai) Jyoti Deshmukh said in the release.

The accused demanded Rs 9,000 over and above the regular fees from the complainant for giving admission to a child in the Junior KG in their government-aided school, the official added. (PTI)

Members of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. Union raise slogans in protest during 'Bharat Bandh', a two-day nationwide strike against the government over Unilateral Electricity Amendment Bill and privatisation of power firms in Maharashtra, in Thane, Monday, March 28, 2022. (PTI)

The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are running the MVA government in Maharashtra together under the leadership of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said here on Monday. He made the remarks while replying to Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil's comment that the NCP is running the MVA government.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress leader Sachin Sawant on Monday welcomed Union minister Nitin Gadkari's "a strong Congress is important for democracy" remark, but asked him to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on what he claimed as BJP's efforts to destroy the opposition. At an event in Pune on Saturday, Gadkari said a strong Congress is important for democracy and that it was his honest wish that the party becomes strong at the national level.

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First published on: 29-03-2022 at 08:36:15 am
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