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Mumbai News Highlights: Mumbai reports 196 new Covid cases, 1 death

Mumbai reported 196 new coronavirus cases and just one fresh fatality on Tuesday, taking the infection tally to 7,61,518 and the death toll to 16,311, a civic official said.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: November 25, 2021 8:39:33 am
Under the Har Ghar Dastak Campaign, a health worker vaccinates a beneficiary at the parking lot of Dharma ji Cooperative Housing Society at Karave Gaon in Navi Mumbai on Monday morning.

Mumbai reported 196 new coronavirus cases and just one fresh fatality on Tuesday, taking the infection tally to 7,61,518 and the death toll to 16,311, a civic official said. Maharashtra recorded 766 new Covid-19 infections and 19 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours even as the active cases in the state remained below 10,000 for the third consecutive day, the health department said on Tuesday.

Collector offices across the state are receiving several queries daily about the procedure for receiving the Rs 50,000 ex-gratia for Covid-19 deceased patients. Most of them are from families who do not have Covid test reports and death certificates that mention ‘Covid-19′ as the ’cause of death’. There have also been complaints about the functioning of the district-wise grievance redressal committees that were supposed to assist such kin as per the directive of the Supreme Court.

In other news, in its detailed order granting bail to a 31-year-old man booked in the Antilia terror scare case, a special court has said that prima facie, it appears he was not aware that the SIM cards he procured were being used for an illegal purpose. Naresh Gaur is alleged to have procured 14 SIM cards of which five were found at the office of dismissed assistant police inspector Sachin Waze.

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Mumbai reports 196 new Covid cases, 1 death; 766 new cases in Maharashtra.

21:44 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Cordelia cruise raid: HC permits fashion model to mark her weekly presence in NCB's Delhi office

The Bombay High Court permitted fashion model Munmun Dhamecha, accused in the drugs-on-cruise case, to mark her weekly presence before the Narcotics Control Bureau's (NCB) office in Delhi instead of in Mumbai.

Dhamecha was granted bail by the high court on October 28 along with Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and Arbaaz Merchant.

While granting the bail, the HC had imposed certain conditions including the mandatory presence of all the accused before the NCB's Mumbai officer every Friday. They also have to inform the investigating officer of their itinerary if they were leaving Mumbai.

Dhamecha, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, had sought modification of these two conditions on the ground that she resides in Delhi for work. (PTI)

19:10 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Fadnavis visits Raj Thackeray at his new house, triggers speculation ahead of BMC polls

Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis called on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, sparking off speculation in political circle about a possible tie-up between the two parties ahead of the crucial Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections early next year.

Fadnavis and his wife Amruta met Raj Thackeray, his wife Sharmila at the latter's new residence 'Shivteerth' at Dadar in central Mumbai. All four of them were seen chatting in the balcony of the MNS president's house. 

While BJP office-bearers called it a cordial family meeting, political observers said it assumes significance in view of the crucial Mumbai civic body polls.

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14:31 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Central Railways restores train services between Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Chennai

The Central Railway has decided to restore the services of trains between Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Chennai. Only passengers having confirmed tickets will be permitted to board these special trains.

Passengers are advised to adhere to all norms, SOPs related to Covid-19 during the boarding, travel and at the destination, the officials said. For detailed timings at halts of this special train please visit http://www.enquiry.indianrail.gov.in or download NTES App

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13:53 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Malegaon blast case: Accused BJP MP Pragya Thakur appears before Mumbai court

BJP’s Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, appeared before a special NIA court here on Wednesday.

She appeared before special judge P R Sitre, hearing cases related to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Thakur’s lawyer said that although the court had not summoned the MP, she appeared on her own as she was in Mumbai for her medical treatment. Read the full report here. 

 
12:40 (IST)24 Nov 2021
BMC sets up squad to control crowd ahead of festivities next month

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n view of the expected increase in the crowd due to year-end festivities and upcoming marriage season, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has formed two squads in each of the 24 administrative wards in the city to ensure that Covid-19 appropriate behaviour is followed.

The BMC said it will watch out for any rise in Covid-19 cases and any possibility of a new variant next month.

As per the current rules, indoor marriage halls can operate at 50 per cent capacity or with a maximum of 100 people while outdoor marriage halls are allowed to accommodate up to 50 per cent of their capacity or a maximum of 200 people. Meanwhile, restaurants, pubs, eateries in the city can stay open till midnight. Read the full report here. 

12:39 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Defamation plea: Sameer Wankhede’s father moves HC challenging single-judge order refusing to restrain Nawab Malik

Dhyandev Wankhede, father of NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, Wednesday approached the Bombay High Court with an appeal challenging the single-judge bench order, which refused to grant an interim injunction against Maharashtra cabinet minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik in his defamation suit.

A single-judge bench of Justice Madhav J Jamdar had on Monday had refused to grant a blanket injunction restraining Malik but directed him to conduct “reasonable verification” of facts before posting any material on social media or speaking with the media against Sameer Wankhede and his family.

The appeal filed through advocate Diwakar Rai has sought that while the court in its order observed Malik’s posts on his social media handles “are actuated by malice or personal animosity” since the minister’s son-in-law was arrested by the NCB, then Malik ought to have been restrained from making further comments. Read the full report here. 

09:28 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Allegations against Deshmukh based on info from other officers: Singh’s lawyer

FORMER MUMBAI Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s lawyer told the Maharashtra government-appointed Justice (retired) KU Chandiwal Commission that the allegations Singh made against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh were based on information other officers had provided him.

Singh’s counsel Abhinav Chandrachud said that the former commissioner had heard the information about Deshmukh from other officers and hence in that sense it is hearsay. Hence, even if Singh were to step into the witness box it would have no value in law. A lawyer present during the hearing said that the argument was taken on record by the commission. Read the full report here. 

22:52 (IST)23 Nov 2021
MSRTC stir enters 27th day: Govt offers interim salary hike; over 230 services operated

The Maharashtra government offered an interim salary hike to protesting MSRTC staffers as the stir entered its 27th day, even as the undertaking said it had managed to run 236 services till evening.

The employees of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) have gone on strike demanding its merger with the state government, which will give them better salaries and greater job security. All 250 ST bus depots have been shut since November 9, though the stir started from October 28.

Maharashtra transport minister Anil Parab, in the evening, said a meeting with MSRTC employees' representatives was "positive" and the state government had offered them an interim salary hike. (PTI)

18:08 (IST)23 Nov 2021
BMC to provide electric cycles to disabled

The BMC has decided to provide divyangs (physically disabled) persons electric cycles instead of the hand drawn tricycles that were provided earlier.

The BMC provides these under a scheme launched by the state for financial empowerment of the disabled.

A proposal of Rs 1.81 crore for direct transfer of aid to divyangs will be tabled before the Standing Committee meeting.

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14:14 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Mumbai Police arrest youth from Rajasthan for blackmailing Shiv Sena MLA

The Cyber Cell unit of Mumbai Police Monday arrested a 28-year-old man from Rajasthan for allegedly making an obscene video of Shiv Sena MLA Mangesh Kudalkar and subsequently blackmailing him to pay money. The arrested person was identified as Mausamdeen Mev from Sikari district in Rajasthan. Read More

13:28 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Mumbai Fire Brigade to spend Rs 2.2 crore on annual health check-ups for staff

The Mumbai Fire Brigade will spend Rs 2.22 crore on the routine annual health check-up of firefighters for the next three years. The Fire Brigade has finalised a private agency to conduct health check-ups for its 2,000 staff members, including officers and firemen above 35 years of age. According to an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), under the scheme M/s Apollo Clinic will be finalised for conducting 16 types of tests once a year for firefighters from 2021 to 2023. The proposal will be tabled before the Standing Committee on Wednesday. Read More

13:19 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Extortion case: Court rejects bail plea of two police inspectors

The bail applications of two police inspectors arrested in connection with an extortion case against former city police chief Param Bir Singh were rejected by a magistrate on Monday. The two officers, identified as Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke, had moved an application for bail soon after the court remanded them in judicial custody on November 16. Read More

12:07 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Maharashtra govt seeks extension for chief secretary

The Maharashtra government has recommended an extension for chief secretary Sitaram Kunte who is slated to retire on November 30. Kunte, an IAS officer of 1985 batch had taken over from Sanjay Kumar. Additional chief secretary Home, Manukumar Srivastava of 1986 batch, additional chief secretary PWD Manoj Saunik and his wife additional chief secretary General administration department Sujata Saunik of 1987 bath are front runners for the top bureaucracy post in state.

10:43 (IST)23 Nov 2021
BMC tables Rs 15-crore maintenance proposal for penguins

After nearly two months of the controversy over the maintenance cost of the Humboldt penguin enclosure at Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has tabled the same Rs 15 crore enclosure maintenance proposal before the standing committee for its approval. The standing committee meeting is scheduled to be held on November 24. In August, the civic body floated a tender worth Rs 15.26 crore for the upkeep of the penguins and their enclosure at the Byculla Zoo for the next 36 months. Objecting to the development, BJP and Congress said that the costs had been inflated while also criticising the BMC for failing to create an in-house management system for the upkeep of the penguins. Read More

10:01 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Govt should compensate us for losses during Amravati violence, say victims

More than a week since violence erupted in Amravati city, two men whose shops were gutted in the arson said they need financial help to restart their business and demanded compensation from the government for their losses. Government officials said the revenue department would begin the panchnama (assessment) to ascertain the losses and prepare a report, and the amount of compensation would be fixed after that. Read More

09:20 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Joggers’ haven Tata Gardens is now the focal point of mega Coastal Road project

Running parallel to Mumbai’s eastern coast is Tata Gardens, a popular jogging park for residents of the upmarket Breach Candy district. Spanning a little over an acre, it is hardly one of Mumbai’s biggest parks, but given that a jogging track occupies most of its rectangular perimeter, it is an ideal spot for locals to get their daily cardio, protected somewhat from the heat by the gentle ocean breeze. Tata Gardens is also a focal point of the Coastal Road project. A 10.5 km portion of the coastal road, from Princess Street Flyover to the Worli end of the Bandra-Worli sea link, will pass through the gardens, along with Priyadarshini Park and Haji Ali. Read More

09:04 (IST)23 Nov 2021
Maharashtra records 656 new Covid-19 cases

Maharashtra on Monday reported eight fresh fatalities and 656 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest one-day figures since April 2020, a health department official said.

He added that with these additions, the cumulative tally in the state rose to 66,30,531, while the death toll went up to 1,40,747. The state has witnessed a dip in new Covid-19 cases and also fatalities, as compared to Sunday, when it had logged 845 cases and 17 deaths. Mumbai reported the highest number of fresh infections at 174, followed by Ahmedabad district at 69. Notably, only Mumbai and Pune regions reported fresh deaths (four each). Among the 9,678 active coronavirus cases in the state, Mumbai district has the highest at 2,632, he said. (PTI)

22:12 (IST)22 Nov 2021
MSRTC stir: HC asks committee formed to study merger to submit prelim report by Dec 20

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the three-member committee, set up by the Maharashtra government on the issue of merging the employees of the cash-strapped Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) into the state government, to submit its preliminary report on December 20.

A division bench of Justices P B Varale and S M Modak also requested the striking MSRTC employees to reconsider their stand and report to duty as several persons, especially children, in rural areas were facing difficulties due to lack of convenient and economic transport.

“Those employees, drivers, conductors who have shown willingness to extend cooperation to the corporation will be permitted to ply buses either in urban or rural areas so that public in general, including school students, are not put to suffering,” the bench said, adding that children will suffer as schools are now open. (PTI)

20:43 (IST)22 Nov 2021
COVID-19: Mumbai sees 176 cases, 4 deaths, 275 recoveries

Mumbai on Monday reported 176 COVID-19 cases and four deaths, taking the tally to 7,61,322 and the toll to 16,310, a civic official said. The discharge of 275 people during the day took the recovery count to 7,40,002, which is 97 per cent of the caseload, leaving the country's financial capital with 2,453 active cases, he said. With 24,798 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Mumbai went up to 1,21,65,445, the official added. (PTI)

19:33 (IST)22 Nov 2021
MVA govt must apologise to Maratha community for failing to give them reservation: Pravin Darekar

The leader of the Opposition in the state legislative council, Pravin Darekar, on Monday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi government must apologise to the Maratha community for “betraying their trust” by not giving them reservation in education and government jobs. As a result, thousands of candidates have been deprived of the benefit of quotas for last two years, he said.

At the same time, CM Uddhav Thackeray should initiate the process to reinstate Maratha reservation in Maharashtra, he demanded. Read more

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Allegations against Deshmukh based on info from other officers: Singh’s lawyer

FORMER MUMBAI Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s lawyer told the Maharashtra government-appointed Justice (retired) KU Chandiwal Commission that the allegations Singh made against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh were based on information other officers had provided him.

Singh’s counsel Abhinav Chandrachud said that the former commissioner had heard the information about Deshmukh from other officers and hence in that sense it is hearsay. Hence, even if Singh were to step into the witness box it would have no value in law. A lawyer present during the hearing said that the argument was taken on record by the commission.

Meanwhile, dismissed assistant police inspector Sachin Waze was on Tuesday cross-questioned before the commission. Waze had earlier filed a plea to defer his cross examination until Singh appeared before the commission, which was rejected.

 

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