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Mumbai news today highlights: ED summons Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab in money laundering case

Mumbai News Today, Coronavirus Cases in Mumbai, Mumbai Weather Forecast highlights: Kohli, a former Big Boss contestant, was in 2018 arrested by the Excise department for possessing 41 bottles of scotch whiskey at his residence, which was against the law.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: August 30, 2021 8:12:28 am
Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab at his residence in Bandra East | Express file photo by Nirmal Harindran.

Mumbai News Today highlights, Mumbai Weather and Coronavirus Latest highlights: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab, who was caught on camera directing the police to arrest Union Minister Narayan Rane last week, in connection with a money laundering case. He has been asked to appear before the agency on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mumbai on Sunday reported 345 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths in the past 24 hours. The city also recorded 280 recoveries.

Earlier in the day, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Bollywood actor Armaan Kohli in Mumbai, hours after they recovered a small quantity of cocaine during searches at his Andheri residence. An NCB team searched Kohli’s house on Saturday evening and later took him to the agency’s office after the banned contraband was recovered from his house.

In another development, 15 people were injured after an LPG cylinder exploded in a house in Shahu Nagar, Dharavi on Sunday. The fire at the site was extinguished at around 12:43 pm. The injured have been admitted to the Sion hospital. Five of them are said to be in critical condition.

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22:31 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Covid to be considered pandemic until 80% of city fully vaccinated: BMC

With the number of daily Covid-19 cases and positivity rate constant — around 300 new cases were recorded each day in August — experts have said that the Covid-19 situation in the city is inching towards an endemic stage. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), however, has said that Covid-19 will be considered to be in a pandemic stage until 80 per cent population of the city is fully vaccinated.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), endemic refers to the “constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographic area”. However, the number of cases of a disease that are considered “constant” would be different for different areas and would also depend on the particular geographical area’s population.

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20:51 (IST)29 Aug 2021
‘We are asking for what is the right of the fishing community’: Devendra Tandel

Devendra Tandel - the newly appointed president of Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samiti - speaking about the recent protests by the fishermen community over shifting of their market outside the city, said that they have demanded only what was their right.

"Originally, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Fish Market was under fish market reservation from 1974 to 2017. This was created on the lines of the APMC market. We want the entire market to be reinstated once the demolition, reconstruction of the building is complete. We want that reservation to be reinstated, this is our primary and non-negotiable demand," he said.

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19:40 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Days after he ordered Rane arrest, Anil Parab gets ED summons; Sanjay Raut cites ‘chronology’

Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab, who was caught on camera directing the police to arrest Union Minister Narayan Rane last week, has been served a notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The agency has summoned Parab in connection with a money laundering case and has asked the minister to appear before it on Tuesday.

“As expected, Anil Parab has been served a notice by the ED as soon as the Jan Ashirwad Yatra concluded. The central government has started its work. The epicentre of the earthquake was Ratnagiri (referring to Rane’s arrest) and Parab is the Guardian Minister of that district. Please understand the chronology. This is a legal battle which we will fight legally,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut tweeted.

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19:20 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Mumbai reports 345 new Covid-19 cases, two deaths

Mumbai on Sunday reported 345 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths in the past 24 hours. The city also recorded 280 recoveries.

18:48 (IST)29 Aug 2021
In India to learn Vedanta, US citizen distances himself from family; Bombay HC refuses parents’ plea to evaluate his mental state

The Bombay High Court recently dismissed a plea by the parents of a 25-year-old US citizen, who came to India to pursue a course on Vedanta at an academy near Pune in November 2019, seeking to assess his mental state by experts and request to direct him to interact with the petitioners. This was after the son had declined to give consent to a mediation process.

The parents, based in the US, alleged that their son had stopped interacting with them since last year and there had been a sudden and alarming personality change in him. His behaviour was increasingly getting volatile with threats of bodily harm and life to himself, they said and apprehended that he was suffering from mental illness and needed treatment. 

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17:11 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Update: 15 injured in explosion of LPG cylinder in Dharavi slum, five of them critical

Fifteen persons were injured, five of them seriously, after an LPG cylinder exploded and caused a minor fire at a shanty in Mumbai's Dharavi slum on Sunday, news agency ANI reported.


15:58 (IST)29 Aug 2021
BJP brass siding with people who insult Maha pride? asks Sanjay Raut

Amid a bitter feud between his party and Union minister Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday wondered whether BJP leadership is supporting those people who insult Maharashtra's pride and self-respect. Raut, the executive editor of the party mouthpiece 'Saamana', said in his weekly column that apart from Maharashtra BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil, Central leaders like BJP president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah had reportedly called up Rane to express their support to him.

"If this is true then it is an insult to Maharashtra's self-respect and pride. Why does Delhi stand in support of those who insult Maharashtra's pride and self-respect?" Raut asked.

Rane, a BJP MP, was arrested on August 24 after his "would have slapped Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for the latter's ignorance of the year of India's independence" remarks kicked up a huge row. The remarks triggered violent protests by Shiv Sena cadres who vandalised offices of BJP in some cities and clashed with supporters of Rane. (PTI)

14:21 (IST)29 Aug 2021
14 injured in cylinder blast in Dharavi

14 people were injured after a cylinder blast in a house in Shahu Nagar, Dharavi on Sunday. The fire at the site was extinguished at around 12:43 pm.  The injured have been admintted atthe Sion hospital and an update on their condition is awaited.

"Out of the 14, two people have suffered 70 per cent burn injuries and 12 others are getting treatment for minor burn injuries," said Assistant Municipal Commissioner (G/North Ward) Kiran Dighavkar.

12:45 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Mumbai: BMC’s first EV charging station in a public parking lot gets good response

As many as 20 vehicles have so far visited the electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Dadar West which had been inaugurated on August 17 by state Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray. The station, located at the Kohinoor building parking lot, is the first to be set up in a public parking lot (PPL).

Thackeray has promised to set up more EV charging stations and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is exploring locations for the same on municipal properties.

“The EV charging station at the Dadar PPL is getting a good response. So far 20 vehicles have been charged. In addition, there have been many enquiries from those looking to buy an EV,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner, G/North ward.

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12:07 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Touching cheeks of child without sexual intent not offence: Bombay HC

Touching cheeks of a child without sexual intent would not attract the offence of sexual assault, the Bombay High Court said while granting bail to a 46-year-old man accused of sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl.

A single bench of Justice Sandeep Shinde on August 27 granted bail to the accused Mohammad Ahmed Ulla arrested on July 2020 by the Rabodi police in the neighbouring Thane district.

“In my view, touching the cheeks without a sexual intent would not attract the offence of ‘sexual assault’, as defined under Section 7 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,” the high court said.

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11:58 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Ambani terror scare: NIA seeks custody of Waze, Mane

A week before filing its chargesheet in the Ambani terror scare case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday sought from the special court the custody of dismissed Mumbai Police officers Sachin Waze and Sunil Mane.

The agency said it is on its “final leg” of probe and the role of key suspected persons surfaced, which needs to be confirmed with the two on the basis of documents and other materials. The NIA sought Waze’s custody for two days and Mane’s custody for five days. “The investigation is progressing on a day-to-day basis (on) direct involvement and specific role of some co-accused, along with previously arrested accused. Who killed Mansukh Hiran… a part of the larger conspiracy of this case is revealed and investigation is underway. It is being ascertained to know the role of arrested accused and other involved in the larger conspiracy…” the NIA said in its plea. It added that its officers traced incriminating material against suspected accused.

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11:51 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Phone number tattoo reunites mentally-challenged teen from MP with his parents

A mentally challenged teenage boy was reunited with his family members at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh over 24 hours after he went missing thanks to the mobile phone number tattooed on one of his arms, a Railway Protection Force (RPF) official said here in Maharashtra on Sunday.

The teenage boy was spotted loitering on a platform of the Dombivali railway station in the Thane district on Friday evening, he said. The boy told RPF personnel that his name was Ankit and he hailed from Jabalpur. During the investigation, the police noticed that a mobile phone number was tattooed on one of his arms, the official said.

The RPF called on that mobile number. The call was attended by a woman who told police that her son Ankit Singh went missing on Thursday. The boy was reunited with his parents on Saturday night, the official said. He said the boy might have boarded an outstation train at the Jabalpur railway station and reached Thane. (PTI)

11:41 (IST)29 Aug 2021
OBCs will not let ministers enter their villages unless quota is restored, BJP tells Maharashtra government

BJP general secretary Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Saturday that the state government should draw up a proposal to restore OBC reservation without further delay or be prepared to face serious consequences.

“The state government should restore OBC reservation in the local body elections. Otherwise, members of the OBC community will not let ministers enter their villages,” the former minister said.

The BJP’s aggressive stance comes a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray convened a meeting of all political parties for a discussion on OBC reservation on Friday. Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis too had attended the meeting.

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11:22 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Maha: Two arrested, minor detained in murder case

The Navi Mumbai Police has arrested two persons and detained a minor for allegedly killing a teenage boy following a drunken brawl, an official said on Sunday.

The incident had occurred in the Kalamboli locality when the accused and the victim, a history-sheeter, were drinking liquor, DCP Shivraj Patil told reporters.

He said the accused attacked and killed the victim with sharp weapons. Of the three accused, Pratik Pagare (18) and Udit Naik (22), were arrested while the 16-year-old boy was sent to remand home. (PTI)

10:28 (IST)29 Aug 2021
NCB arrests actor Armaan Kohli in drugs case

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Sunday arrested Bollywood actor Armaan Kohli in Mumbai, hours after they recovered a small quantity of cocaine during searches at his Andheri residence.

An NCB team searched Kohli’s house on Saturday evening and later took him to the agency’s office after the banned contraband was recovered from his house.

“Till now, the investigation has revealed that the case has international linkages as the cocaine seized has South American origin. NCB Mumbai is probing the route and linkages used to bring the seized cocaine to Mumbai and the involvement of other traffickers. Further investigation is underway,” an NCB official said.

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10:14 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Mumbai: NCB raids residence of actor Armaan Kohli in drugs case

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Saturday conducted raids at the residence of actor Armaan Kohli in Mumbai in connection with a drugs case.

An NCB official confirmed that searches were currently underway at the actor’s residence, but refused to provide details of the case.

Kohli, a former Big Boss contestant, was in 2018 arrested by the Excise department for possessing 41 bottles of scotch whiskey at his residence, which was against the law.

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10:05 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Rane’s tongue was slipping repeatedly, needed to be reined in legally, says Raut

Attacking Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane over his criticism of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena, party MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that legal action had been taken against Rane as he had been using “insulting language” frequently.

Raut, while speaking at a party event in Nashik, said that since Rane became a Union minister, he has been constantly attacking Thackeray, Sena and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

“Since his tongue was slipping repeatedly, he needed to be reined in legally. The chief minister has done it. The language of the ministers should be polite. The one who takes the oath of the Constitution needs to maintain the civility and dignity of the post,” Raut told party workers.

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09:44 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Considering legal action against Parab, studying all options, says BJP

The BJP on Saturday said it is considering legal action against Shiv Sena leader and Transport Minister Anil Parab for what it termed as “blatant misuse” of power by pressuring the police to arrest Union Minister Narayan Rane in Ratnagiri on Tuesday.

On Saturday, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil said, “We have initiated the process to gather facts and consult legal and constitutional experts.”

“We are studying all possible options. The video clip showing Shiv Sena Minister Anil Parab ordering police to arrest Rane at any cost is being looked into. It has reached every household because of social media,” he added.

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09:29 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Mumbai: Cop dismissed from service for failing to report to work for 7 years

A constable from the Mumbai Police force was dismissed from service after he failed to report to work for the past seven years. The suspension followed an inquiry, initiated against the constable, as officials came to know that he has been drawing salary during that period without working.

Police officials said the constable, Vijayanand Ingale, was posted at the Goregaon police station but as he remained absent without informing his superiors since January 2012, he was transferred to the Local Arms (LA) division in Naigaon on May 20, 2012. However, Ingale did not report to work at the Naigaon Local Arms office as well.

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09:16 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Mumbai is becoming warmer, facing increased extreme rainfall events: WRI data

Mumbai is becoming warmer and facing substantial increase in extreme rainfall events in recent years, showed the city’s vulnerability assessment done by World Resource Institute (WRI) India.

The vulnerability study has termed these two phenomena as major climate challenges. While Mumbai has seen constant rise in temperature after 2007, there has been a substantial increase in intense rainfall and storm events in the past five years. Areas like Worli, Dadar, Kurla and Andheri are more prone to extreme rainfall events.

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Mumbai: Passengers wait in queues to give swab samples for the Covid-19 testing after arriving at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus railway Station in Mumbai, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)

A week before filing its chargesheet in the Ambani terror scare case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday sought from the special court the custody of dismissed Mumbai Police officers Sachin Waze and Sunil Mane.The agency said it is on its “final leg” of probe and the role of key suspected persons surfaced, which needs to be confirmed with the two on the basis of documents and other materials. The NIA sought Waze’s custody for two days and Mane’s custody for five days.

READ | Ambani terror scare: NIA seeks custody of Waze, Mane

Mumbai is becoming warmer and facing substantial increase in extreme rainfall events in recent years, showed the city’s vulnerability assessment done by World Resource Institute (WRI) India. The vulnerability study has termed these two phenomena as major climate challenges. While Mumbai has seen constant rise in temperature after 2007, there has been a substantial increase in intense rainfall and storm events in the past five years. Areas like Worli, Dadar, Kurla and Andheri are more prone to extreme rainfall events.

READ | Mumbai is becoming warmer, facing increased extreme rainfall events: WRI data

A constable from the Mumbai Police force was dismissed from service after he failed to report to work for the past seven years. The suspension followed an inquiry, initiated against the constable, as officials came to know that he has been drawing salary during that period without working.

READ | Mumbai: Cop dismissed from service for failing to report to work for 7 years

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