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Mumbai News Live: Mumbai reports 7,895 Covid cases, 11 deaths

Mumbai Covid-19 Active Cases Today, Maharashtra, Mumbai Omicron Cases Latest News, Mumbai Weather LIVE News Updates, 16 Jan: Maharashtra logged 42,462 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths. The state also reported 125 new Omicron cases, raising their overall count to 1,730.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: January 16, 2022 8:50:59 pm
A BMC health worker collects swab sample of an outstation passenger for Covid-19 test, at Dadar railway station in Mumbai Jan 15, 2022. (PTI)

Mumbai Live News: Mumbai recorded 7,895 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths on Sunday. A total of 84 per cent of people out of the fresh Covid cases were asymptomatic. As of Sunday evening, the total tally of Covid cases was 60,371.

Maharashtra reported 41,327 fresh Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths on Sunday. Active cases in the state are 2,65,346. Omicron cases reported on Sunday were eight taking the total Omicron tally in the state to 1,738.

In other news, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) launched a Whatsapp chatbot on Sunday to help citizens get information about their nearest health services. It is India’s first city administration chatbot and is offering citizen services in English and Marathi.

Mumbai on Saturday reported 10,661 new Covid-19 cases with 11 deaths, the highest single-day toll in six months. The city on July 29, 2021, had reported 13 deaths and the mortality figure had started declining after that.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Saturday logged 42,462 new coronavirus cases — a slight decline from Friday’s tally of 43,211 — and 23 deaths.

Meanwhile, the strike-hit Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation on Friday said around 26,500 employees have rejoined duty and bus operations had resumed partially from 215 depots. Since October 28, a vast majority of the 92,000-odd MSRTC staffers are on strike demanding that the undertaking be merged with the state government, and the stir intensified on November 9 after bus operations got paralyzed in almost all depots.

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Mumbai News Live: Mumbai reports 10,661 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths; Maharashtra logs 42,462 new Covid cases, 23 deaths; Maharashtra's Omicron tally rises to 1,730; state govt sanctions Rs 17.76 cr to repair lakes in Latur. Follow latest updates here

19:35 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Mumbai reports 7,895 Covid cases, 11 deaths

Mumbai recorded 7,895 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths on Sunday. A total of 84 per cent of people out of the fresh Covid cases were asymptomatic. As of Sunday evening, the total tally of Covid cases was 60,371.

18:39 (IST)16 Jan 2022
International passengers from UAE no longer reuire 7-day quarantine

International passengers arriving from UAE in Maharashtra would no longer need to quarantine for seven days. They would although be required to show negative RT-PCR test reports, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday.

15:27 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Maharashtra CM inaugurates football pitches at Centre of Excellence, Kharghar

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday virtually inaugurated two football pitches developed by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) at the Centre of Excellence in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

According to officials, CIDCO is developing an International Corporate Park in Kharghar. The park will have a world-class stadium which is part of the Centre of Excellence. The stadium will be developed in three phases. Of the four pitches at the stadium, the two which are ready will soon be handed over to the Western India Football Association as practice grounds for the AFC Asian Cup.

The Centre of Excellence is being developed over 10.5 hectares and the stadiums and pitches are being built in compliance with FIFA standards. The stadiums will have a seating capacity of 40,000 visitors (Phase-3). Work is also underway for a golf course and rugby stadium at the Centre of Excellence.

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15:23 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Gynaecologist arrested in illegal abortion case

Niraj Kadam, an MS gynaecologist has been arrested on Sunday by Arvi police in an illegal abortion case of a 13-year-old girl which took place at his family-run Kadam hospital in Arvi, Wardha district earlier this month. 

13:32 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Quack, his aide held for duping elderly woman patient

Police have arrested a fake doctor and his assistant from Pune for allegedly duping a Mumbai-based 73-year-old woman, who had paid Rs 2 lakh to him for treatment of her knee pain, an official said on Sunday.

The accused, Hanis Abdul Hamid Sheikh alias Dr Malik (44) and his assistant Zahid Salim Hussain, were caught from Kondhwa locality in Pune on Friday, he said.

"In December last year, the complainant had approached the police saying that Dr Malik had taken Rs two lakh from her, assuring that he would treat her knee pain. However, despite the so-called treatment, she continued to feel the pain in her knees," assistant inspector Swapnil Patil of Cuffe Parade police station said.

After a probe, it was found that Sheikh is a bogus doctor, following which an FIR was registered against him and he was caught along with his assistant, he said. He had committed a similar crime in the past, police said. The arrested duo was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 420 (cheating) and further investigation is underway, official added. (PTI)

13:31 (IST)16 Jan 2022
GAIL director arrested by CBI in bribery case

The CBI has arrested E S Ranganathan, Director (Marketing) of GAIL, in a case of alleged bribery of over Rs 50 lakh for giving discounts to private companies buying petro chemical products marketed by the Maharatna PSU, officials said Sunday

The CBI had unearthed the alleged bribery scam involving Ranganathan, middlemen, and businessmen and arrested five individuals on Saturday, they said.

The central agency had conducted searches at eight locations including the office and residence of Ranganathan, they said. (PTI)

12:24 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Update on Lata Mangeshkar's health

A doctor who is treating singer Lata Mangeshkar at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital said that she will remain under observation in ICU for a few more days.  

09:56 (IST)16 Jan 2022
PIL in SC challenges Bombay HC circular reducing working hours due to spike in Covid cases

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court's administrative circular on the 12 noon-3 pm working hours during weekdays due to the rise in Covid cases.

The Bombay High Court's administrative committee has come out with a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and according to the decision, the high court would function from 12 noon to 3 pm without a lunch break from Monday to Friday from January 11 to January 28. (PTI)

09:55 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Witnesses turning hostile, ATS lawyers to be present at Malegaon blast trial: Maha home minister

Noting that prosecution witnesses in the 2008 Malegaon blast case are turning hostile, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil on Saturday said the lawyers of the state ATS would attend the ongoing trial before the special NIA court.

The case had been initially investigated by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took it over.

"Recently some witnesses have turned hostile, we will have our lawyers present in the court during the hearing from now on," Walse-Patil told reporters. (PTI)

22:45 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Maharashtra logs 42,462 new Covid cases, 23 deaths

Maharashtra on Saturday logged 42,462 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths.

19:03 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Mumbai logs 10,661 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths

Mumbai on Saturday reported 10,661 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths. 

18:25 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Existing Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions to continue in Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar

At the Covid-19 review meeting chaired by Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar on Saturday, it was decided that the exisiting guidelines and restrictions would continue in the state. Pawar said that the government has ordered medical stores to maintain a record of persons who purchase Covid-19 antigen self-test kits. (ANI)

17:15 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Bombay HC reinstates CISF constable booked for sexually abusing colleague’s minor girl

The Bombay High Court Friday set aside an order by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) unit at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust that dismissed in April 2018 from service a 32-year-old constable for allegedly raping and sexually abusing a nearly 5-year-old daughter of one of his colleagues.

The order was set aside as the accused was dismissed without a regular departmental inquiry and not given an opportunity to defend the charges. The High Court also directed the security force to reinstate him.

After perusing submissions, Justice Borkar, who authored the verdict for the bench, observed dismissal from service is the “harshest punishment akin to economic death penalty” for an employee and therefore a more objective approach should have been shown by the disciplinary authority. It added that instead, it got “swayed away” with a presumption that it may hurt sentiments of local residents and other members of the force. Read More

16:49 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Rear Admiral K P Arvindan takes charge as Admiral Superintendent of Mumbai's naval dockyard

Rear Admiral K P Arvindan has taken charge as the Admiral Superintendent of the naval dockyard in Mumbai, the Indian Navy stated on Saturday. Arvindan replaced Rear Admiral B Sivakumar in this position. He took charge on Friday.

"A recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal, the Admiral (Arvindan) was serving as Chief Staff Officer (Technical) at Headquarters, Western Naval Command, prior to taking over the present assignment," the Indian Navy said in a statement.

In a career spanning over 34 years, Arvindan has served in various capacities, including at command headquarters, training establishments, the marine gas turbine overhaul centre INS Eksila, and Mumbai's naval dockyard, it mentioned.

"He has served onboard a Petya class patrol vessel, the missile corvette Kirpan and guided-missile destroyers Rajput and Ranjit," it noted. (PTI)

16:48 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Delta still dominant strain of Covid-19, says Maha health official amid Omicron scare

Amid the scare caused by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, a senior official of the Maharashtra health department has said that the Delta strain of the virus still accounts for the maximum number of infection cases in the state as revealed by the genome sequencing of the patients' samples.

Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary of the health department, in a letter written to his colleagues on Wednesday said that the Delta variant was found in 68 per cent samples, out of the over 4,200 analysed, while the remaining 32 per cent patients were found infected with the Omicron strain.

The Delta variant had wreaked havoc during the second wave of the pandemic last year. The Omicron strain, which was first detected in South Africa in November 2021, started spreading in India from the first week of December. Till Friday night, Maharashtra has reported 1,605 Omicron cases, while its overall Covid-19 infection tally has jumped to 71,24,278. (PTI)

15:22 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Those purchasing self-test kits to provide Aadhaar to chemists: Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar Saturday said that the city administration has decided that those purchasing self-test kits will have to provide their Aadhaar cards to the chemists to maintain a record. If anyone tests positive, they must inform the authorities and update the same online, she said. (ANI)

15:09 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Assets worth Rs 410 cr of Mumbai realty group, actor-producer attached by ED

Flats and land worth a total of about Rs 410 crore of Mumbai-based realty group Omkar Realtors and that of a company belonging to actor-producer Sachin Joshi have been attached by the Enforcement Directorate under the anti-money laundering law.

Joshi, who has acted in some Telugu and Hindi movies, is the son of JMJ group promoter and businessman J M Joshi who is into gutka and pan masala manufacturing and also into hospitality business. Sachin Joshi has produced some movies too.

A provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) has been issued to attach "flats worth Rs 330 crore (approximately) in Tower C of sale building namely Omkar 1973, Worli (Mumbai), of Omkar Group and an open land situated at Viram, Pune worth Rs 80 crore (approx.) of a company belonging to Sachin Joshi", ED said in a statement. It said probe found that "loan amount Rs 410 crore was fraudulently acquired by Surana Developers Wadala, LLP, a sister concern of Omkar Realtors and Developers Pvt. Ltd (ORDPL) through falsely increased slum dwellers numbers and FSI (floor space index). (PTI)

15:08 (IST)15 Jan 2022
How Mumbai’s CSMVS became a repository of memories and culture, through wars, plague and pandemic

After more than a decade’s wait, a museum was set to be inaugurated in 1921 as a memorial to the Prince of Wales. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the memorial would have art, archaeology and science sections, and represent the Bombay Presidency and Sind. It would also encompass the “Oriental region”, including Tibet, Yunnan, Syria and Iran.

However, when Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, landed in Bombay in November 1921, he was greeted by non-cooperationists and riots that lasted three days. To the great disappointment of the museum trustees, the royal inauguration did not materialise. Then on January 10, 1922, the memorial was inaugurated by the collector of Bombay, JP Brander, and the wife of the governor, Lady Lloyd. With no prince in attendance, the memorial fulfilled its destiny as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India.

The museum, renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Kala Ghodha, is currently home to 70,000 objects, 26 galleries, and exhibition spaces that match international standards — all of which are managed by a staff of 220. The much sought-after destination attracted a footfall of 10 lakh annually pre-pandemic — tourists, picnickers, school students, art historians, numismaticians and zoologists. It celebrates its centenary this year. Read More

15:05 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Art Street: Much loved, hated, this Bandra installation was inspired by a song on motherhood

If you’ve stayed in Mumbai long enough, chances are you have come across the art installation in Bandra titled ‘A Child Gives Birth to a Mother’. It is one of those unique art works in the city that has perhaps earned an equal amount of praise as well as ridicule. But one thing is for sure, you cannot drive past the installation without it catching your eye.

Inspired by a Marathi song “Bala hou kashi utaraii, tuzhya mule mi zhale aai”, which loosely translates to “My child, how can I repay you, because of you I have become a mother”, written by P Savlaram, the installation was built by hotelier Vithal Kamat in 2012-13 when he was asked to develop the green island at Bandra. The song gives voice to the experience that a mother goes through, immensely grateful for her child, and who feels like goddess at the sound of the word “mother”.

The installation has seen its share of controversy. Kamat remembers a strange call he received one morning, summoning him to the then mayor’s office. He was told that the mayor intended to use the space for other purposes and wanted the structure demolished. Kamat says a senior Shiv Sena leader had to step in to ensure that the installation was left untouched. Read More

15:03 (IST)15 Jan 2022
NCP holding seat-sharing talks with SP for UP polls, one seat decided so far: Nawab Malik

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik on Saturday said his party is in talks with the Samajwadi Party (SP) over the seat-sharing formula for the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, and so far one seat has been decided for the NCP. He also said the current situation in Uttar Pradesh is similar to that in 1993 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was stopped from occupying power in that state.

Talking to reporters here, Malik, who is NCP's chief spokesperson and Maharashtra minister, said, "The NCP and the Samajwadi Party have decided one seat, which we (NCP) will be contesting. Talks about other seats are going on. The current situation in Uttar Pradesh is similar to 1993, when BJP was ousted from power." In 1993 Uttar Pradesh elections, SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav had joined hands with the then Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Kanshi Ram to give a jolt to the BJP. The SP-BSP combine formed the government with the support of other parties, even as the BJP had emerged as the single largest party at that time.

Earlier this week, NCP president Sharad Pawar had said his party would contest the UP elections as part of the SP-led alliance. (PTI)

Mumbai News Live Updates 16 January 2022:

Students between the age groups of 15-18 getting vaccinated at a Municipal run Vaccination center in Mumbai. (Express)

The Centre should think about enforcing mandatory Covid-19 vaccination to tide over hesitancy among a segment of people, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Friday. He said under the state government's 'Mission Kavach Kundal', health workers were going door-to-door to get people to take vaccine doses, but they were facing resistance due to which a sizable section was still unvaccinated.

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