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Mumbai News highlights, Mumbai Weather Forecast, Covid-19 Cases in Mumbai highlights: Mumbai will witness a high tide of 2.78 meters on Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: September 2, 2021 8:11:22 am
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Mumbai News Today highlights Updates: The Indian Meteorological Department Wednesday has predicted heavy rains in parts of Mumbai, Thane, Palghar. Mumbai will witness a high tide of 2.78 meters on Wednesday and a low tide of 2.52 meters is expected at 2 pm today.

Mumbai recorded 323 fresh Covid-19 cases, and reported one death on Tuesday. As many as 272 patients recovered during the same period taking the total number of recoveries to 7,22,621. The active cases in Mumbai stand at 3,106 as of August 31.

In other news, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious project of constructing underground water holding tanks near Hindmata — the saucer-shaped and the low-lying area between Dadar TT and Parel — to deal with flooding is completed.

Filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan Kunder on Wednesday said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and hopes to recover soon. The director, known for films like ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Happy New Year’, said she contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the Vanrai police in Goregaon (East) recently busted a call-centre run by alleged fraudsters who impersonated officials from the “Federal Reserve System (FRS)” services and tricked US nationals into transferring money out of their bank accounts through gift cards. While two accused have been arrested, at least three more are wanted in the case.

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22:54 (IST)01 Sep 2021
HC reserves verdict in Kangana Ranaut’s plea against defamation proceedings by Javed Akhtar

The Bombay High Court reserved its verdict in a plea by actor Kangana Ranaut challenging the criminal defamation proceedings initiated by a Magistrate Court earlier this year on a complaint filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar in 2020.

A single-judge bench of Revati Mohite-Dere was hearing Ranaut’s appeal that had sought that the complaint by Akhtar be quashed and set aside.

In his complaint filed last year, Akhtar has alleged that Ranaut made defamatory statements on national and international television, “in what appears to be a clear campaign to malign and tarnish (Akhtar) in the eyes of the general public”.

Meanwhile, the HC was also informed that the Andheri Magistrate had adjourned hearing to September 14 and granted Ranaut one last chance to appear before it to honour summons sent to her in defamation proceedings initiated by Akhtar. 

21:40 (IST)01 Sep 2021
HC grants interim stay in defamation proceedings against ' Mafia Queens of Mumbai' authors

The Bombay High Court stayed summons issued by the Magistrate court in a criminal defamation complaint filed against Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges, authors of the book ‘The Mafia Queens of Mumbai,' on which the upcoming movie Gangubai Kathiawadi is based.

A single-judge bench of Justice Revati Mohite Dere on August 10 passed an order on plea by the authors challenging summons issued by the Magistrate Court, Mazgaon, in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Babuji Rawji Shah against them.

Shah, who claimed to be the adopted son of Gangubai Kathiawadi, had alleged that chapters on Kathiawadi in the said book were defamatory and tarnished his mother’s reputation.

20:12 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Navi Mumbai Ambedkar memorial to be ready by Dec 6: Eknath Shinde

A memorial for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar being built on a 1.5 acre plot in Airoli in Navi Mumbai will be ready by December 6, the legendary social reformer and jurist's death anniversary, observed as ''Mahaparinirvan Diwas'', said Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde.

The memorial will have halls for programmes, a library, a photograph gallery etc, Navi Mumbai civic officials said.

(PTI)

19:50 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Will be forced to reopen temples if state govt does not lift curbs: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said it would forcibly open all the temples in Maharashtra if state government fails to take a decision in the regard soon.

Leader of the Opposition in state assembly Devendra Fadnavis said, “There are no directives from the Centre to keep the temples shut. All the states in country have opened the temples, allowing people to worship. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government is an exception.”

The former chief minister said, “We don't understand the discriminatory policy. The government has allowed liquor shops, bars to function, but they cite Covid-19 pandemic when we demand reopening of temples.” 

17:41 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Mulund bus stands feature posters wishing BTS member Jungkook on birthday

A fan of BTS member Jungkook shared pictures of bus stands in Mulund, featuring pictures of the Korean pop musician.

The post showed a billboard featuring a picture of Jungkook along with QR codes of the songs he's sung - Euphoria, Still With You, Begin, My Time. Another poster hailed him as "the cause of our euphoria".

15:49 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Cooking gas LPG price hiked by Rs 25 per cylinder

The prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cooking gas cylinders across all categories including subsidised gas on Wednesday were hiked by Rs 25 per cylinder - the third straight increase in rates in less than two months.

In Mumbai, a 14.2 kg LPG cylinder now costs Rs 884.50 while in Kolkata, it is priced at Rs 911 - the highest among the four metros.

The latest increase in subsidised LPG price now has taken the cumulative rate hike since January 1 to Rs 190 per cylinder.

(PTI)

15:12 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Registration of homes in Mumbai municipal region jumps 2.5 times in August

Registration of housing properties in Mumbai municipal region more than doubled to 6,784 units in August compared with the year-ago period, driven by fresh sales during the current month, according to Knight Frank India.

Mumbai BMC region (Churchgate to Dahisar and Colaba to Mulund) recorded property registrations of 6,784 units in August 2021, registering a growth of 157 per cent Year-on-Year (YoY) compared to August 2020, the consultant said in a statement.

"Overwhelmingly, 92 per cent of the registered homes were fresh sales amounting to 6,241 units that were sold in the month of August 2021. New home sales grew from 53 per cent in July 2021, 42 per cent in June 2021 while in April was as low as 7 per cent," Knight Frank said.

(PTI)

14:32 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Farah Khan tests positive for COVID-19, says contracted virus despite being fully vaccinated

Filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan Kunder on Wednesday said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and hopes to recover soon.

The director, known for films like 'Main Hoon Na', 'Om Shanti Om' and 'Happy New Year', said she contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated.

"Despite being double vaccinated and working with mostly double vaxed people, I have still managed to test positive for COVID. I have already informed everyone I came in contact with to get tested," the 56-year-old director wrote in an Instagram post.

'However, if I have forgotten someone (because of old age and fading memory), please test yourself. Hoping to recover soon,' she further said.

Farah currently features as a judge on the 'Zee Comedy Show' and had recently also shot for a dance reality show with Shilpa Shetty Kundra. (PTI)

14:27 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Actor Saira Banu hospitalised, moved to ICU ward

Actor Saira Banu, wife of late veteran actor Dilip Kumar, was admitted to Hinduja Hospital in Khar, Mumbai after she complained of issues related to blood pressure three days ago. She has been shifted to the ICU ward today. (ANI) 

14:14 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Thane logs 205 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

Thane has reported 205 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,51,444, an official said on Wednesday.

Besides these new cases recorded on Tuesday, the virus also claimed the lives of three more people, which pushed the death toll in the district to 11,289, he said.

The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 per cent, he added.

In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,541, while the death toll has reached 3,293, another official said. (PTI)

13:39 (IST)01 Sep 2021
BMC completes construction of underground water storage tanks near Hindmata to counter flooding

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious project of constructing underground water holding tanks near Hindmata — the saucer-shaped and the low-lying area between Dadar TT and Parel — to deal with flooding is completed.

Guardian Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday took to Twitter to announce the project’s completion, “A major milestone achieved by @mybmc today. The rainwater holding tanks tor Hind Mata flood spot, that we got underway are now fully connected through a micro tunnel to ensure no stagnation of water, during heavy rain at Hind Mata junction for 80 mins.”

After over two decades of waterlogging woes, the BMC last year started constructing two underground water tanks at Pramod Mahajan Park in Dadar West and St Xavier Ground in Parel to provide a catchment for the flood water from Hindmata would be stored during heavy rainfall.

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13:30 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Cop who complained against Param Bir seeks permission for private firearm

Anup Dange, the inspector who had complained to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) against IPS officer Param Bir Singh that led to an open enquiry against the latter, has written to the Mumbai Police Commissioner seeking permission for a private firearm on safety grounds.

Dange had earlier complained that witnesses in the case against Param Bir Singh were being threatened and that his movements were being tracked.

In the latest letter, Dange has sought permission for him to carry a private firearm owing to the threat that he said he is facing for being a complainant in a sensitive case.

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13:20 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Mumbai records deficit rainfall in August; moderate shower expected today

Several parts of Mumbai and neighbouring districts witnessed moderate rainfall throughout Tuesday night. The area is likely to receive moderate to heavy rain in isolated places on Wednesday.

In the last 24 hours, ending Wednesday at 8:30 am, the city recorded heavy rainfall. The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory recorded 108.4 mm of rain and high relative humidity at 90 per cent. The Colaba observatory recorded moderate rainfall at 57.2 mm.

On Wednesday morning, no rain was recorded in the Mumbai suburbs, while light rainfall — between 1 and 5 mm — was recorded in the city and the neighbouring districts of Mumbai.

13:10 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Maha: Man held for illegal possession of firearm in Thane

Police have arrested a 28-year-old man for illegally possessing a gun and live bullets in Maharashtra's Thane district, officials said on Wednesday.

Acting on an information, the police caught the accused, Manish Appa Patil, in Bhiwandi town here on Monday.

They seized a foreign-made revolver and two live bullets from his possession, a police release said.

A case was registered against the accused under relevant provisions of the Arms Act, it added. (PTI)

12:47 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Don’t hold local bodies elections till OBC reservation is restored: NCP

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Wednesday said it was not in favour of holding elections till OBC reservation was restored in local bodies.

“The party is of the view that there should be no local bodies elections till the OBC quota is restored,” NCP minister and spokesperson Nawab Malik said. “The OBC is an important constituent. Depriving the community its political right in local body elections would be unjust.”

Incidentally, the NCP’s stand on OBC reservation is identical to that taken by the Opposition BJP.

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12:30 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Interim orders on eviction, demolition in abeyance till September 30: HC

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that interim orders passed by various courts and authorities in Maharashtra and Goa after April 9 on eviction, demolition and dispossession, which are still in operation, will be kept in abeyance until September 30 given the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.

The court raised concerns over crowding in public places including beaches in Mumbai and said that if the crowds are not controlled or restricted, then it will lead to the situation like “last year” and we require to learn from the past experience with the “third wave knocking at our doors”.

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12:13 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Maha: One held with drugs worth Rs 6.67 lakh in Palghar

Police have seized brown sugar and charas collectively worth Rs 6.67 lakh and arrested one person in this connection here in Maharashtra, officials said on Wednesday.

Based on a tip-off, officials of the Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar police's crime branch raided a locality in Valiv area here on Monday. They nabbed a person, identified as Abdulla Alimulla Chowdhary,  and seized the drugs from his possession, a police release said.

The police also seized Rs 3.22 lakh cash from the accused and registered a case against him under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

The crime branch team was trying to find out from where the accused procured the drugs and to whom he intended to sell them, the release said. (PTI)

12:05 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Cyber-fraudsters promise job in Indigo Airlines, dupe unemployed man of Rs 3.79 lakh

Two cyber-fraudsters, who impersonated as officials from Indigo Airlines, duped an unemployed man from Mumbai of Rs 3.79 lakh on the pretext of getting him a job as ticket-checker at the Mumbai International Airport. An FIR was registered with the Wadala police station on August 30.

The 42-year-old complainant told the police that he lives in Wadala with his wife and son and used to run tuition classes. But due to the pandemic he had to shut down his classes and was looking for a job. On June 1, he saw a job advertisement on Shine.com for a ticket checker in Indigo Airlines. He called on the number given in the advertisement but did not know that it was given by cyber-fraudsters.

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11:44 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Vehicular traffic stopped at newly constructed Ghatkopar-Mankhurd link flyover

The Mumbai Traffic Police Wednesday stopped the vehicular traffic on the northbound stretch of the newly constructed flyover at Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link at around 11.20 am to carry out repair work. The Brihan-Mumbai Municipal Corporation is carrying out the work of increasing the roughness of the road surface.

The decision was taken after multiple complaints were received about incidents of motorbikes skidding on the bridge during the rain, raising questions about the quality of construction. Several such accidents have taken place on the northbound (towards Mankhurd Mandala) side since the flyover was opened and a fatal one took place on Monday.

11:31 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Watch | Torrential rains in Jalgaon on Tuesday

Mumbai: A devotee breaks a 'dahi-handi' suspended in the air during 'Janmashtami' festival celebrations, in Mumbai, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (PTI Photo)

A seven-year-old boy who had suffered burns in a fire caused by LPG gas cylinder leak at Dharavi on Sunday succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Sonu Jaiswal’s mother Satradevi continues to be in a critical condition at a hospital. His father and aunt are being treated for burns too but are said to be out of danger. A 28-year-old labourer, Mohamed Miraj Siddiqui, was on Monday arrested for the LPG cylinder leak and subsequent fire at a slum structure in Dharavi’s Shahu Nagar, which injured 17 residents and grievously injured five, including Sonu.

READ | Dharavi gas cylinder leak: Seven-year-old succumbs to burns, mother critical

Dismissed Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze was shifted to a private hospital Tuesday for treatment following a special court’s order. Waze, who is in judicial custody in the Ambani terror scare case, was admitted to SS Hospital in Bhiwandi for treatment for his heart ailment. Waze’s lawyers said that after the court directions, he was shifted on Tuesday afternoon from Taloja Central Jail where he was lodged.

READ | Sachin Waze shifted to private hospital for treatment of heart ailment

The Bombay High Court pulled up the Maharashtra government Tuesday and asked it to respond within ten days as to why it has not yet set up civil defence centres in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts which are prone to natural calamities. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni was hearing a PIL filed by Sharad Raul, a 65-year-old retired revenue official from Ratnagiri seeking the establishment of civil defence centres in the two districts.

READ | Why civil defence centres not set up in calamity-prone districts, Bombay HC asks govt

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