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Mumbai news today Highlights: City records 364 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths

Mumbai News highlights, Coronavirus Cases in Mumbai, Mumbai Weather Forecast highlights: Narayan Rane reached Ratnagiri on Friday morning and resumed his Yatra by garlanding the statue of Maratha warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji at Maruti Mandir Chowk in Ratnagiri.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: August 28, 2021 8:43:50 am
Union Minister Narayan Rane resumes Jan Ashirwad Yatra on Friday. (Express)

Mumbai News Today highlights, Mumbai Weather and Coronavirus Latest Updates highlights: Recording over 300 Covid cases for the three consecutive day, Mumbai on Friday reported 364 fresh infections and five fatalities. The city however witnessed a marginal dip in both the figures as compared to Thursday, when it had recorded 397 cases, this month’s highest, and seven deaths.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Covid tally climbed to 7,42,765, while the death toll jumped to 15,968 with today’s additions.

Union minister Narayan Rane reached Ratnagiri Friday morning to resume BJP’s Janaashirvaad Yatra. The Yatra was suspended in Ratnagiri on August 24 after for his ‘slap Uddhav’ remark.

Rane reached Ratnagiri on Friday morning and resumed his Yatra by garlanding the statue of Maratha warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji at Maruti Mandir Chowk in Ratnagiri. Heavy police bandobast has been deployed in Ratnagiri.

On Thursday, the city recorded 397 new Covid-19 infections and an increase in its positivity rate to 0.9 per cent. In the last 24 hours, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation conducted 41,628 tests in the city.

In a first, the Mumbai civic body has deployed drones for fumigation to combat the menace of malaria and dengue-spreading mosquitoes in the city. The drones are used for fumigation in the G South ward which has many mill compounds, Railway workshops, slum pockets and are inaccessible and abandoned in some cases. The ward is spread across Prabhadevi, Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi.

At least 22 people, a majority of them children and teenagers, tested Covid-19 positive at St Joseph Orphanage and School in Agripada at Byculla.

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22:33 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Mumbai records 364 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths

Recording over 300 Covid cases for the three consecutive day, Mumbai on Friday reported 364 fresh infections and five fatalities. The city however witnessed a marginal dip in both the figures as compared to Thursday, when it had recorded 397 cases, this month’s highest, and seven deaths.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Covid tally climbed to 7,42,765, while the death toll jumped to 15,968 with today’s additions.

19:42 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Teen flees home after taking Rs 10 lakh from parents’ account to play PUBG

A 16-year-old who had withdrawn Rs 10 lakh from his parents’ bank account to get an ID for PUBG game and was scared they would find out about it fled home after leaving behind a note earlier this week, police said.

After his parents complained to the police, a team from crime branch (Unit X) tracked him and reunited him with his family.

A crime branch officer said that after the parents found the note from their son at their residence on Wednesday, saying that he was leaving home and would never return, they approached the local police. The local police alerted the crime branch and the Muskan unit that looks for missing children. Read more

17:32 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Affidavit not needed for filing complaint about missing articles: Mumbai Police

There is no need to submit an affidavit while lodging a complaint about missing articles or documents, Mumbai Police said on Friday. The practice of demanding an affidavit before registering a complaint or issuing certificate about a missing article is illegal, as per a circular issued by police commissioner Hemant Nagrale. The commissioner had noticed that often police demand affidavit when someone visits a police station to lodge complaint about missing valuables or documents like passports and cheque books, an official said. --PTI

15:22 (IST)27 Aug 2021
SC rejects NIA's plea challenging bail by Bombay HC to alleged IS member

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a plea by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) seeking to cancel the bail granted by the Bombay High Court to a Kalyan man accused of travelling to Iraq and Syria to join terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS).A bench of Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice A S Bopanna, which was hearing a special leave petition filed by NIA argued through Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, refused to interfere in the HC order, stating that stringent conditions were already imposed by the High Court while granting bail to the accused, Areeb Majeed.

Majeed, who appeared in person before the Bombay High Court to argue his case, was granted bail on February 23.Noting that the right to fair and speedy trial was recognised under Article 21 (right to life) of the Constitution, the high court had held that the same was applicable to Majeed given that "there was no likelihood of the trial being completed within a reasonable time".The High Court had upheld the bail granted by the Special NIA Court on March 17, 2020, “on the ground of the accused having already undergone incarceration for more than six years" and the likelihood of the trial being delayed. Read more

-- Omkar Gokhale reports

14:39 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Maharashtra: Health minister Rajesh Tope suggests deferment of polls to local bodies over third wave of Covid

State health minister Rajesh Tope suggested that the elections to the local bodies should be postponed in view of the possible third wave of Covid-19.

The issue was discussed in the state cabinet Thursday. “Since the state election commission is an autonomous body, we will express our recommendation seeking postponement of the elections but the final decision will rest be with the commission,” Tope said.

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14:39 (IST)27 Aug 2021
ED attaches assets worth Rs 5.73 crore of NCP leader Eknath Khadse

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 5.73 crore of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Eknath Khadse, his wife Mandakini Khadse and son-in-law Girish Chaudhri in connection with a money laundering case.

The agency has frozen a bank account with a deposit of Rs 86 lakh and attached properties, including a bungalow in Lonavala and three land parcels in Jalgaon in Maharashtra, belonging to Khadse’s family.

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14:23 (IST)27 Aug 2021
In Pictures | Children enjoy the sunset at Dadar beach in Mumbai


(PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)

14:09 (IST)27 Aug 2021
In a first, Mumbai civic body uses drones for fumigation

In a first, the Mumbai civic body has deployed drones for fumigation to combat the menace of malaria and dengue-spreading mosquitoes in the city.

The drones are used for fumigation in the G South ward which has many mill compounds, Railway workshops, slum pockets and are inaccessible and abandoned in some cases. The ward is spread across Prabhadevi, Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi. The ward office is now using drones to spray anti-larval oil over the inaccessible spots.

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12:59 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Amitabh Bachchan’s police bodyguard transferred after reports of him earning Rs 1.5 crore a year emerge

Police constable Jitendra Shinde, who was assigned the responsibility of being Amitabh Bachchan’s bodyguard, was transferred to DB Marg Police Station on Thursday by Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale after reports emerged that he was earning Rs 1.5 crore a year.

According to the police officials, Shinde was working as a bodyguard to Amitabh Bachchan since 2015. The actor is given X-category security, which means that there are four police constables appointed to guard him — two constables each during day and night, of which one was Shinde.

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12:47 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Union Minister Narayan Rane meets mango and cashew producers at Vijay Desai factory

Union minister Narayan Rane Friday met with mango and cashew producers at Vijay Desai factory in the Golav area of Ratnagiri. Rane assured the producers that his ministry will provide help to them and has accepted their memorandum. 

"I will sincerely try to use my ministerial post for Konkan. Horticulture farmers will benefit from the government scheme, not a single farmer will commit suicide," he said, adding that within a month he would revisit with experts to solve their issues.

"Even though I have become Cabinet minister of the country now, I have gone there from Kokan only and I will try to resolve issues and will give relief to the mango and cashew producers,"he said.

12:25 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Bombay HC seeks Maharashtra govt’s response to plea challenging resolution to reduce school fees by 15%

The Bombay High Court recently directed the Maharashtra government to respond to a plea filed by CICSE and CBSE-affiliated schools challenging the August 12 Government Resolution (GR) directing private schools to reduce fees for the academic year 2021-22 by 15 per cent.

The Court also directed the state government to not take any coercive steps against the petitioner schools for not implementing the GR till further hearing for four weeks.

A division bench of Justices R D Dhanuka and R I Chagla, on August 25, was hearing a writ petition by the Association of Indian Schools (which runs CICSE and CBSE-affiliated private unaided schools) challenging the validity of the GR on various grounds.

11:50 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Narayan Rane resumes Jan Ashirwad Yatra, reaches Ratnagiri

Union minister Narayan Rane reached Ratnagiri Friday morning to resume BJP’s Janaashirvaad Yatra. The Yatra was suspended in Ratnagiri on August 24 after Rane got arrested for his alleged ‘slap Uddhav’ remark.

Rane reached Ratnagiri on Friday morning and resumed his Yatra by garlanding the statue of Maratha warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji at Maruti Mandir Chowk in Ratnagiri. Heavy police bandobast has been deployed in Ratnagiri.

11:06 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Man-leopard conflict: Maharashtra panel suggests co-existence with animals, ties with locals

An 11-member committee, set up by the state government in January to study leopard-human conflict, has re-stated the importance of co-existence with the big cats and focus on engagement with locals.

The committee has rejected suggestions of capturing or trans-locating leopards from the conflict zone besides suggesting a “Living with Leopards” (LwL) programme.

The committee, which recently submitted its proposal to the government, has suggested ways to create conditions where animals and humans share spaces.

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10:46 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Centre seeks response from Maharashtra over BMC proposal on Powai lake

The Union Environment Ministry has sought a response from the state environment department over the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s proposal to landfill parts of Powai lake to create a cycle track. Environmentalists had earlier raised concerns over the project.

Parts of Powai lake were reclaimed earlier for widening the Jogeshwari Vikhroli link road. The BMC has now proposed a cycling track around the lake as part of its plan to have cycling tracks around the city.

On August 19, environmentalist D Stalin of NGO Vanashakti wrote a letter to the Union environment department raising concerns about the project.

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10:43 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Some old viruses have cropped up, am determined to fix them: CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a veiled reference to Union Minister Narayan Rane said that “some old viruses” had made a return and that he was determined to fix them.

“In today’s situation I am taking cautious steps. The threat of corona is not completely over. However, some old viruses have cropped up and for no reason are causing side effects. I am determined to fix both of them,” Thackeray said while delivering his keynote address at the two-day industry conclave hosted by The Indian Express Group’s Marathi daily Loksatta.

The statement was seen as a swipe at Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Narayan Rane, who was arrested by Maharashtra Police on Tuesday for threatening to “slap” the CM. He was granted bail the same day.

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10:28 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Amit Shah called Narayan Rane for details leading to arrest: Nitesh

Union Home Minister Amit Shah called up Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane for an account of the developments leading to his arrest and bail following the “slap” remark against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

BJP MLA Nitesh Rane confirmed that the telephonic conversation between Shah and Rane took place on Thursday.

Nitesh, minister Rane’s younger son, said, “The home minister sought to know from Rane the exact details leading to his arrest and how it was carried out.”

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10:14 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Maharashtra: Three cops, including DCP, booked for extortion

Amboli police on Wednesday registered a case against a deputy commissioner of police and two police inspectors for allegedly conspiring, intimidating and extorting money from a 50-year-old property dealer.

The police officers named in the FIR are Deputy Commissioner of Police Akbar Pathan and two inspectors – Chimaji Aadav and Sunil Mane. Pathan was named as one of the accused in the extortion case registered at the Marine Drive police station in July in which former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh is a co-accused.

Mane is in jail for allegedly playing a crucial role in placing a gelatine-laden Scorpio car outside Antilia, the official residence of businessman Mukesh Ambani, and murdering Mansukh Hiren.

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09:59 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Maharashtra: Union rail ministry approves 63 additional trains to Konkan region for Ganesh Chaturthi

The Union Railway Ministry has given its nod to an additional 63 special trains for Konkan region in Maharashtra during the ten days of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The Union Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve Thursday said, “We have decided to provide an additional 63 special trains to accommodate the demand from people during the festival.”

Earlier, the railway ministry had already announced plans to deploy 112 special trains between Mumbai and Konkan.

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09:54 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Mumbai records 397 new Covid cases, 7 deaths

On Thursday, the city recorded 397 new Covid-19 infections and an increase in its positivity rate to 0.9 per cent. In the last 24 hours, BMC conducted 41,628 tests in the city. On Tuesday, the number of cases stood at 343. In the last five days, the daily positivity rate has shown a marginal increase from 0.7 per cent to 0.9 per cent.

Mumbai’s daily caseload had crossed 300 first time this month on August 20, when 318 people tested positive for Covid-19. On August 20, the civic body had also conducted the highest number of tests in a single day — 56,566 with the daily positivity rate at 0.5 per cent. The highest daily positivity rate was recorded on Tuesday at 0.94 per cent. Since July 30 this year, the positivity rate has been below 1 per cent.

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09:30 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Illegal pet shops: HC asks Maharashtra animal welfare board to submit details on valid licenses

The Bombay High Court Thursday sought a response from the Maharashtra Animal Welfare Board on illegal pet shops selling endangered species across the state. The HC, while issuing notice to the Board, sought information on the number of pet shops with valid permits.

The division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni was hearing a Public Interest Litigation on pet shops running without valid licences and violations of rules by them.

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The Bombay High Court on Thursday permitted a 20-year-old woman to medically terminate her pregnancy as her 33-week foetus had serious neurological and skeletal abnormalities. A division bench of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Madhav Jamdar had in an earlier hearing ordered a panel of doctors from state-run JJ Hospital to examine the woman and submit a report.

The bench was informed on Thursday that the foetus had a ‘substantial risk of serious physical handicap with very high morbidity and mortality’. The woman had expressed a desire to terminate the pregnancy due to this condition.

READ | Bombay High Court gives nod to abortion of 33-week foetus

The Maha Vikas Aghadi government has sought an appointment with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari over the delay in appointment of the 12 nominated members to the upper house of the state legislature. Sources said that Milind Narvekar, personal assistant of CM Uddhav Thackeray, went to Raj Bhavan on Thursday evening to seek an appointment for Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat to discuss the pending issue of 12 MLCs.

READ | Maha Vikas Aghadi govt seeks appointment with Koshyari over MLC appointment

Days after the Supreme Court struck down the OBC reservation in the local bodies polls, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has devised a formula to provide reservation to the OBCs minus SC and ST reservation within the ceiling of 50 per cent reservation for the upcoming local body polls. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of all political parties on Friday to build consensus on the formula and a formal announcement could be made after the meeting.

READ | Maharashtra government devises formula for OBC quota in local body polls

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