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Mumbai News Highlights: Maharashtra government slashes VAT on petrol by Rs 2.08 and diesel by Rs 1.44; Mumbai logs 234 new Covid-19 cases

Mumbai Coronavirus Cases Today News, Maharashtra, Mumbai Latest News, Mumbai Weather, Covid-19 Updates, Raj Thackeray News Live Updates, 22 May: Meanwhile, Mumbai on Sunday reported 234 Covid-19 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged a civic official said.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: May 22, 2022 10:44:58 pm
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI Photo)

Mumbai News Highlights: The Shiv Sena led Maha Vikas Aghadi government on Sunday announced that they will reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) by Rs. 2.08 for Petrol per litre and ₹1.44 for diesel per litre with immediate effect. This comes a day after the Centre’s decision to excise duty on petrol and diesel prices.

Mumbai on Sunday reported 234 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths. A total of 151 patients were discharged during the day. At present there are 1,294 active cases in the city and the recovery rate stands at 98 per cent.

Addressing a rally in Pune, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray Sunday reiterated his demand to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring in a Uniform Civil Code at the earliest. Thackeray was speaking at the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch in Pune. Thackeray also asked to rename Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar, ANI reported.

After his much-talked-about Ayodhya visit on June 5 has been cancelled, Thackeray said, “Two days ago, I tweeted about postponing my Ayodhya visit. I intentionally gave the statement to allow everyone to give their reactions. Those who were against my Ayodhya visit were trying to trap me, but I decided not to fall into this controversy.”

Pune police have given the nod to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s rally, scheduled to take place at Ganesh Kala Krida Rang Manch later today, under 13 specific conditions. These include directions to speakers at the rally to refrain from making any provocative statements or comments hurting communal sentiments, while those attending the rally have been asked to avoid chanting slogans or taking out vehicle rallies before or after the event. Police commissioner Amitabh Gupta said over 200 officials and constabulary have been deployed for Sunday morning’s rally. The State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has also been additionally deployed.

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Mumbai News Highlights: Reduction of excise duty on petrol, diesel not enough, says CM Uddhav Thackeray; BMC sets up office, segregation unit at Ghatkopar maidan, BJP complains; city reports 198 new Covid-19 cases; Follow this space for news updates.

20:26 (IST)22 May 2022
Maha govt slashes VAT on petrol and diesel; BJP says relief inadequate

A day after the Centre reduced excise duty on fuel, the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government on Sunday reduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) on per litre petrol by Rs 2.08 and diesel by Rs 1.44.

senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said the reduction in VAT on fuel done by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was inadequate and termed it as a "cruel joke" played on the people.

"An announcement which suits the economic condition of Maharashtra was expected. Our share in the country's GDP is 15 per cent. The central government was bearing a financial burden of Rs 2,20,000 crore and the state should have borne at least 10 per cent of the burden," the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly said. (PTI)

20:09 (IST)22 May 2022
Covid-19: Mumbai logs 234 new cases

Mumbai on Sunday reported 234 new coronavirus positive cases, which raised the city's infection tally to 10,62,908, while the toll remained unchanged at 19,566 as no death was reported, the civic body said.

A total of 151 patients were discharged during the day, taking the recovery count to 10,42,048, the health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

There are 1,294 active cases in the city at present. The recovery rate of Mumbai is 98 per cent. (PTI)

19:54 (IST)22 May 2022
Maha reports 326 Covid-19 cases, no death; 251 recoveries leave active tally at 1,903

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 326 Covid-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 78,82,802, while the toll remained at 1,47,856 with no fresh deaths reported, an official said. A release from the state health department said 251 patients were discharged during the day. 

State health bulletin data showed the recovery rate was 98.10 per cent, while the fatality rate stood at 1.87 per cent. Mumbai reported 234 cases during the day.

19:53 (IST)22 May 2022
Fuel excise duty reduction mere eyewash: Maha Cong chief slams Centre

Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole on Sunday described the central government's move of slashing excise duty on fuel as a mere "eyewash" and said if it really wanted to provide relief to people, then it should reduce the price of LPG cylinder to Rs 400 and also restore subsidy on it.

The Centre on Saturday announced a record Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 reduction on diesel. "If the Modi government is honest, then the unjust increase in excise duty imposed since 2014 should be withdrawn," Patole said. (PTI)

19:20 (IST)22 May 2022
10-year-old skater girl from Mumbai climbs Everest base camp

In a rare accomplishment, 10-year-old skater Rhythm Mamania from Mumbai became one of the youngest Indian mountaineers to climb the Everest base camp, a trek which she completed in 11 days. Her parents - Harshal and Urmi - accompanied her during the trek earlier this month.

"Rhythm, a Class 5 student from MET Rishikul Vidyalaya in suburban Bandra, reached the Everest base camp on May 6 at around 1 pm," her mother Urmi told PTI on Sunday. The base camp is situated at 5,364 metres and it took 11 days for her to complete the expedition, she said.

Rhythm, a resident of Worli, said, "Skating ring or base camp summit, it's the determination that gets you a long way." "Along with skating, trekking has always been my passion, but this trek taught me how important it is to be a responsible trekker and also solve the mountain waste management problem," she added. (PTI)

18:19 (IST)22 May 2022
Maharashtra government slashes VAT on petrol by Rs 2.08 and diesel by Rs 1.44

The Shiv Sena led Maha Vikas Aghadi government on Sunday announced that they will reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) by Rs. 2.08 for Petrol per litre and u20b91.44 for diesel per litre with immediate effect. 

After reducing the VAT on petrol and diesel, the per month revenue from petrol will reduce by Rs 80 crore, while that from diesel by Rs 125 crore. The central government on Saturday announced a record Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 reduction on diesel. (With Inputs from PTI)

17:27 (IST)22 May 2022
MP Navneet Rana to appear before Parliamentary Privileges Committee of Lok Sabha

MP Navneet Rana will appear before Parliamentary Privileges Committee of Lok Sabha on May 23rd in connection with her allegation of "patently illegal arrest and the consequent inhuman treatment meted out to her in Khar Police Station, Mumbai". (ANI)

16:57 (IST)22 May 2022
Shiv Sena slams Raj Thackeray's reasons for deferring Ayodhya visit

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday slammed MNS chief Raj Thackeray's claim that he had deferred his visit to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh as there was ploy to "trap" his party workers into legal issues, and said such comments were made out of frustration.

"Who can stop you from going to Ayodhya? What conspiracy can be there?" Raut sought to know while talking to reporters here. It was a "BJP-sponsored" visit, the Shiv Sena's chief spokesperson claimed, while noting that Uttar Pradesh is governed by the saffron party.

"If there is opposition from one BJP MP, defy that opposition and go ahead. Who will trap you? All such comments are made out of frustration. There is a need for counseling and treatment (over such comments)," the Rajya Sabha member said. (PTI)

15:46 (IST)22 May 2022
Mumbai Greens: Cooperage Bandstand Garden playing host to cultural events for more than 150 years

Echoing the melodies of history, the Cooperage Bandstand Garden is one of the torch-bearing green spaces in Mumbai. Since 1867, the garden situated towards the south end of Mumbai’s iconic oval maidan on Madame Cama Road has been a rich cultural heritage site as well.

The crown jewel of the garden is its circular wooden canopied bandstand surrounded by a grass amphitheatre. The 150-year-old structure, one of the few remaining bandstands in Mumbai, was recently restored and is an apt venue for cultural events which are also free for all. The city’s bandstands traditionally hosted cultural events, especially musical events, for the public. Krutarth Patnaik writes..

14:24 (IST)22 May 2022
Cancelled Ayodhya trip as a trap was being laid for me, says Raj Thackeray at Pune rally

Two days after he called off his proposed Ayodhya visit, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday alleged that he was forced to take the decision in view of a “trap” that was being laid for him and his workers ahead of the election season in Maharashtra.

“Those who were rattled by my announcement to visit Ayodhya were planning to lay down a trap…,” the MNS chief said while addressing a morning rally at the overflowing Ganesh Kala Kridha Manch in Pune city. Elections to 14 municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and scores of gram panchayats are overdue in Maharashtra. Read more

14:13 (IST)22 May 2022
Maharashtra: Man gets life imprisonment for running over acquaintance after birthday party brawl

A sessions court in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Friday convicted a 25-year-old man and sentenced him to life imprisonment for killing a 26-year-old man by running a car over him after a brawl during a mutual friend’s birthday party on January 15, 2018. Additional sessions judge DH Keluskar also fined the convicted Nimesh Tanna of Rs 10,000.

The incident took place at Achchhad village in Talasari taluka. According to the complainant Hemant Bora, Tanna rammed his car into that of the victim Pratik Patel near Sahyadri hotel after they left a resort after the party in a bitter note. Bora was travelling along with Patel in his car at the time. Read more

13:44 (IST)22 May 2022
Locals loot oil after tanker overturns on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway

A tanker carrying edible oil overturned on the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway here in Maharashtra, disrupting traffic movement on the road for about three hours, police said on Sunday. After the accident took place on Saturday, a number of locals rushed to the spot and looted the oil overflowing from the tanker, they said.

The driver of the tanker, carrying 12,000 litres of edible oil for processing from Surat in Gujarat to neighbouring Mumbai, lost control over the wheels near Tawa village. As a result, the vehicle overturned and the oil leaked from it. Many villagers rushed to the spot and took away the leaked oil in their cans and other vessels, the official said. (PTI)

13:00 (IST)22 May 2022
'Those who were against my Ayodhya visit were trying to trap me,' says MNS Chief Raj Thackeray

After his much-talked-about Ayodhya visit on June 5 has been cancelled, Thackeray said, “Two days ago, I tweeted about postponing my Ayodhya visit. I intentionally gave the statement to allow everyone to give their reactions. Those who were against my Ayodhya visit were trying to trap me, but I decided not to fall into this controversy.” (ANI)

12:35 (IST)22 May 2022
MNS chief Raj Thackeray calls for Uniform Civil Code, renaming of Aurangabad

Addressing a rally in Pune, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray Sunday reiterated his demand to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring in a Uniform Civil Code at the earliest. Thackeray was speaking at the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch in Pune. Thackeray also asked to rename Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar.

12:08 (IST)22 May 2022
Funds dipping, Lonavala residential school offering IB curriculum closed down

The Cathedral Vidya School (CVSL) in Lonavala, a residential IB (International Baccalaureate) World School, which also offers Cambridge IGCSE curriculum, has shut down. The teaching and non-teaching staff and parents were informed on Saturday via an email from the management that it is no longer financially viable to continue operations.

This comes at a time when the students were set to resume classes from Monday. While most IB and Cambridge IGCSE schools in Maharashtra begin academic year in June-July, CVSL starts its new session in May and goes into vacation from June-end to August, as it rains heavily in Lonavala. Read more

11:47 (IST)22 May 2022
Away from rows, a piece of Aurangzeb history brought to light in Maharashtra

From the renewed row over the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi built by him, to the disturbed quiet around his spare tomb near Aurangabad, Aurangzeb finds himself back at the heart of controversies. However, one piece of history involving the Mughal Emperor is slowly coming to life in Maharashtra. For the past six months now, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been excavating a 400-year-old hammam located opposite the ‘Bibi Ka Maqbara’ built by Aurangzeb in Aurangabad. Vallabh Ozarkar writes

11:19 (IST)22 May 2022
Mayor has no choice or discretion in recognising leader of House: HC

The Bombay High Court recently held that the mayor of a municipal corporation has “no choice or discretion as to who should be recognised as the leader of the House”. The court said that as per the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, “the mayor has to first determine which party in the ruling combination has greatest numerical strength and then recognise the leader of that party as the leader of House”.

The HC observed that a decision by the mayor of the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC) to remove councillor Shyam M Agarwal – the leader of the House from BJP – and replacing him with a candidate supported by the Congress was “arbitrary and contrary to the MMC Act”. Read more

10:48 (IST)22 May 2022
Superintendent of govt school gets 5 years in jail for molesting minor

A 36-year-old man, who was the superintendent of a government secondary school and hostel in Palghar district was sent to 5 years in jail by a sessions court for molesting a 16-year-old tribal girl. An FIR was registered in the case on March 2, 2018.

The 16-year-old victim told police that she has been staying in the girl’s hostel and studying in the school since childhood. On December 31, 2017, the accused called her to his room in the evening saying that her mother had called her over the phone. As the girl went to take the call, he told her that the phone line had got disconnected and asked her to come again around 9.30 pm. Read more

10:22 (IST)22 May 2022
BMC sets up office, segregation unit at Ghatkopar maidan, BJP complains

At a time when open spaces in Mumbai are a priced commodity, the southern end of the Acharya Atre maidan in Ghatkopar has been encroached by the BMC, local BJP leaders have alleged. The party workers said that the solid waste management (SWM) department of the local N ward has set up a motor loader chowki (office) and a segregation unit at the area during the pandemic.

The entire maidan was under the MHADA in the 1960s, and was later handed over to the BMC. Three former prime ministers – Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and V P Singh – have addressed meetings at the maidan. In 2019, the BJP had unveiled its party manifesto at the maidan. Now, cricket tournaments are held at the spot.

10:00 (IST)22 May 2022
Mumbai: BMC asks Rana couple to remove unauthorised structure within seven days

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a speaking order Friday asked Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana to remove an ‘unauthorised’ structure from their apartment within seven days from the receipt of the letter. The civic body said this in reply to a response submitted by the Rana couple on May 19. Earlier, on May 10, the civic body had issued a notice to Member of Parliament (MP) Navneet Rana and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ravi Rana over unauthorised construction at their Mumbai apartment. Read more

After two days of poor to very poor Air Quality Index in Mumbai, the pollution levels dropped on Saturday morning. The system of Air Quality Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) recorded an AQI of 197, which falls in the moderate category, a drop from 309 and 286 AQIs on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

According to SAFAR’s forecast, the AQI is likely to remain in the moderate category for the next two days. “AQI of Mumbai indicates ‘upper end of moderate’ and likely to be within ‘moderate’ for the next 2 days,” SAFAR said.

READ | Pollution levels drop in Mumbai, AQI likely to remain moderate next 2 days: SAFAR

At a time when open spaces in Mumbai are a priced commodity, the southern end of the Acharya Atre maidan in Ghatkopar has been encroached by the BMC, local BJP leaders have alleged. The party workers said that the solid waste management (SWM) department of the local N ward has set up a motor loader chowki (office) and a segregation unit at the area during the pandemic.

The entire maidan was under the MHADA in the 1960s, and was later handed over to the BMC. Three former prime ministers – Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and V P Singh – have addressed meetings at the maidan. In 2019, the BJP had unveiled its party manifesto at the maidan. Now, cricket tournaments are held at the spot.

READ | BMC sets up office, segregation unit at Ghatkopar maidan, BJP complains

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