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Mumbai News Highlights: Mumbai witnesses 530 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

Mumbai News Today, Coronavirus Cases in Mumbai: With this the total number of active infections in the city rose to 3,895.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: September 9, 2021 6:39:23 am
Mumbai: A health worker inoculates a beneficiary with a dose of Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Mumbai, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)

Mumbai News Today highlights, Mumbai Weather and Coronavirus Latest highlights: Mumbai on Wednesday reported 530 new Covid-19 cases and 349 recoveries. With this the total number of active infections in the city rose to 3,895. Mumbai also recorded 4 Covid-19 fatalities.

The pedestrian who was injured in a road accident involving Bollywood actor Rajat Bedi’s car in suburban Andheri died during treatment, PTI reported quoting police on Wednesday. Following the death of the injured victim on Tuesday late night, D N Nagar police have added section 304-A (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code in the FIR registered against the actor, an official said. The actor is not yet arrested, he said.

Similar to the guidelines issued last year for Ganeshotsav in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, the BMC on Tuesday said visitors will not be allowed inside pandals and that all interested in darshan would have to do it online. Organisers should arrange for online darshan through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as well as cable and local TV channels, a 23-point charter issued by the BMC said.

In weather-related news, under the influence of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, Maharashtra is likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall in Konkan, central Maharashtra and Vidarbha on Wednesday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert (be prepared) predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5 mm to 115.5 mm in 24 hours) over Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Nashik, Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts on Wednesday.

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22:46 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai Congress seeks reopening of theatres, multiplexes

The Mumbai Regional Congress Committee has demanded reopening of cinema theatres, auditoriums and multiplexes in Mumbai and the state.

It has also demanded opening of swimming pools in Mumbai so that swimmers can practice ahead of championships.

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22:45 (IST)08 Sep 2021
'Not inclined’: Bombay HC turns down Deepak Kocchar’s appeal for urgent hearing

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to grant an urgent hearing to Deepak Kocchar, businessman and husband of Chanda Kocchar, the former managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank, on a plea seeking quashing of proceedings against him in a money-laundering case.

Earlier this year, Kocchar had approached the HC challenging the special court’s order issuing summons to him based on the prosecution complaint (chargesheet) filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him.

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21:09 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Municipal Commissioner defends tender for penguin upkeep, says birds have helped increase Byculla Zoo income

Refuting charges that the presence of penguins and their upkeep is causing Veermata Jeejamata Bhosale Zoo, popularly known as Byculla Zoo, losses, Municipal Commissioner IS Chahal on Wednesday said the penguins have, in fact, helped increase the zoo’s revenue collection.

The zoo has been housing seven penguins for the last five years. They were brought over from Seoul, South Korea, in 2016 and were put in an enclosure for public viewing in 2017.

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20:36 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Death by negligence charge against Rajat Bedi after pedestrian hit by his car succumbs

The pedestrian who was hit by actor Rajat Bedi’s car succumbed at a government hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday night, after which police added charges of death due to negligence against Bedi on Wednesday.

The police said they would arrest Bedi if it is ascertained that he was at fault. Milind Kurde, senior inspector of D N Nagar police station, confirmed the development.

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20:05 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai reports 530 new cases, 349 recoveries and 4 deaths; active cases 3,895

Mumbai reports 530 new cases, 349 recoveries and 4 deaths; active cases 3,895

17:55 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Man hit by actor Rajat Bedi's car dies; cops add section 304-A of IPC in FIR

The pedestrian who was injured in a road accident involving Bollywood actor Rajat Bedi's car in suburban Andheri died during treatment, police said on Wednesday.

Following the death of the injured victim on Tuesday late night, D N Nagar police have added section 304-A (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code in the FIR registered against the actor, an official said.

The actor is not yet arrested, he said. 

'The accident victim Rajesh Baudh, a labourer, was declared dead in the Cooper Hospital where he was being treated for the last two days,' the official said. 

The incident occurred on Monday evening near a temple in Andheri when the actor was on his way home, according to police.

The pedestrian, who was in an inebriated condition, suddenly came into the middle of the road and got hit by the actor's car before the latter could apply brakes.

The actor took the injured person to the nearby Cooper Hospital and then went to D N Nagar police station where he informed about the incident to on-duty police officer, police had said.

Police had registered a case against the actor under Indian Penal Code sections 279 (rash driving) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

Bedi has acted in several films, including Hrithik Roshan-starrer 'Koi...Mil Gaya', and 'Partner', which featured Salman Khan. (PTI)

17:45 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Money laundering: HC declines urgent hearing on plea by businessman Deepak Kochhar

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to take up for urgent hearing a plea filed by Deepak Kochhar, businessman and husband of former Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar, seeking to quash proceedings initiated against him by the ED in an alleged money laundering case.

Deepak Kochchar, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in September last year, had sought urgent hearing in his plea claiming the trial court is likely to frame charges against him on October 1.

Justice S K Shinde, however, noted that he was not inclined to take up the plea for hearing on an urgent basis. "What is so urgent about this matter? Why should I give priority to this matter? Let the trial court frame charges. Should I hear matters only because the trial court will proceed? Every matter is like that. I am not inclined," Justice Shinde said.

The court posted the plea for hearing on September 22. (PTI)

16:32 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Unfortunate that people have to knock on court's doors to get water after 75 years of independence: HC

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said supply of regular drinking water was a fundamental right and it was unfortunate that people have to knock on the court's doors to get water even after 75 years of independence. The strong remarks were made by a division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and Milind Jadhav while hearing a petition filed by residents of Kambe village in Bhiwandi town of neighbouring Thane district.

They were seeking a direction to STEM Water Distribution and Infra company, a joint venture of the Thane Zilla Parishad and the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation, to supply drinking water on a daily basis. The petitioners contended that they are currently getting water supply only twice a month and that too for approximately two hours. (PTI)

14:30 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Potholes in Mumbai: Corporator asks BMC to find alternate solution to cold mix materials after complaints rise

With complaints pouring in from citizens over potholes reappearing even after repairs, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee chairman Yashwant Jadhav directed the civic body to find alternate solutions in place of cold mix materials being currently used. Jadhav said the current method of repairing potholes is not very effective.

The recent rains led to many potholes on the roads across Mumbai. According to data from BMC’s pothole tracking website, so far over 900 have been reported in the city. Although civic engineers have repaired over 500, citizens and activists say there are more potholes than what the website is reporting. In some places, the repair works have not helped solve the problem and potholes have resurfaced after one or two spells of rains, they alleged.

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13:50 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Cyber fraudsters dupes Central railway engineer of Rs 37,266

A 50-year-old senior engineer with the Central Railway was allegedly recently duped of Rs 37,266 by cyber fraudsters who impersonated as executives from a non-banking financial company and tricked him into transferring the amount on the pretext of processing a loan of Rs 2.50 lakh.

The engineer lodged an FIR with the CSMT government railway police station on September 6. The complainant told police that he was on duty on August 7 when he received a phone call from a cyber fraudster who posed as an executive from Hero Fincorp and said a loan has been approved to him of Rs 2.50 lakh.

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13:00 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Ganpati festival: Mumbai civic body bans physical darshan, restricts participation in processions

The Mumbai civic body has issued fresh guidelines for the Ganpati festival beginning from Friday and has banned physical darshan for devotees at public pandals as well as imposed restrictions on the number of participants in processions during the celebrations.

For bringing the idols of the deity and during their immersion, there will not be more than 10 people in the processions of public mandals and not more than five for the household Ganpatis, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the guidelines issued on Tuesday.

“All devotees should wear masks and observe social distancing. Also, the 10 participants should have taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine and completed 15 days after taking the second dose,” the guidelnes said.

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12:42 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Thane logs 253 new Covid-19 cases, 4 more deaths

Thane has reported 253 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,53,366, an official said on Wednesday. These new cases were recorded on Tuesday, he said.

Four more people also succumbed to the viral infection, pushing the death toll in the district to 11,326, he said, adding that the COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 per cent. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,816, while the death toll has reached 3,294, another official said. (PTI)

12:25 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Maha: Bizman turns burglar after suffering losses due to lockdown; arrested

A 45-year-old cloth trader from Solapur allegedly took to committing burglaries and thefts after suffering losses in his business due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, police said on Wednesday. He was arrested last week in Maharashtra's Solapur city in connection with eight such cases, they said.

The accused, identified as Anand Kodam, a resident of Vajreshwari Nagar in Solapur, located about 400 km from Mumbai, was nabbed on September 2 when he was on way to sell some ornaments allegedly stolen by him, a police official said. Kodam was earlier into his family's cloth business and they used to run a factory in Solapur, he said.

In 2018, he parted ways with his family due to some reasons and started living separately with his wife and children. He then started an independent business of sale and purchase of towels, which was running well, the official said. However, last year, a businessman allegedly cheated him of Rs 8 lakh, due to which he had to take loans and after a few days, had to shut his business in the wake of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, he said.

After being unable to repay the loans, Kodam allegedly started committing burglaries since August 1 this year, the official said. (PTI)

11:54 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Nita Ambani cancelled trip to Guj after explosives-laden SUV was found outside 'Antilia': Security staff tells NIA

A scheduled visit of industrialist Mukesh Ambani's wife Nita Ambani to Gujarat was cancelled after the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV outside their house 'Antilia' in south Mumbai in February this year, the  security head of the residence has said in his statement to the NIA.

The statement is part of a charge sheet filed last week by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) before a special court here against dismissed police officer Sachin Waze and nine others in connection with the recovery of the vehicle with gelatin sticks near Ambani's residence on February 25 and the subsequent murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran.

The residence's security head said in his statement that after the vehicle with explosives and a threat letter were found, he immediately brought it to the notice of Mukesh Ambani. He also told the NIA that a scheduled visit of Nita Ambani on that day to Jamnagar in Gujarat was rescheduled and then cancelled on his and the zonal DCP's advice.

The security head further stated they had been receiving threats from various quarters, but all were related to farmers' protest that began in October 2020. The Ambani family does not suspect any particular person for the threat letter and gelatin sticks found in the abandoned Scorpio parked illegally on the Carmichael Road here on February 25, he said in the statement. (PTI)

11:49 (IST)08 Sep 2021
‘Selmon Bhoi’: Online game based on Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case temporarily blocked by court

A civil court in Mumbai has granted relief to actor Salman Khan after he approached the court seeking an injunction against an online ‘hit-and-run’ game, “Selmon Bhoi”. The court has granted interim relief to the actor observing his ‘image will be damaged’ and restrained the company which made the game from creating, launching and disseminating a game or any other content related to the actor.

The actor had approached the court stating that he became aware of the game in the last week of August. It was submitted before the court that the game’s title is ‘driver on the quest to kill’. The court was shown the online game during the proceedings. It was submitted on behalf of Khan that he had not consented to the game.

11:40 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Andheri to get 1st model ward with 100% waste management at source

Mumbai’s first model ward with 100 per cent waste management at source is set to come up at Andheri West. The BMC has started a pilot project in electoral ward 61, which comprises areas of Oshiwara.

Under the project, BMC’s solid waste management (SWM) department will set up a mechanism to treat and reuse all waste generated from the ward at source to eliminate dependence on dumping grounds. Officials said the pilot project will take three months to finish and if successful, the same model will be implemented in all other electoral wards.

According to BMC data, ward 61 daily generates 33 metric tonne of garbage, of which more than 70 per cent is wet waste like food. The rest consists of wet waste like plastic and clothes.

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11:16 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Man held for circulating wife's obscene videos to obtain divorce

A 28-year-old man was arrested from Uttar Pradesh for allegedly circulating obscene video clips of his wife to obtain a divorce, police in Deonar in Mumbai said on Tuesday.

The man, who fled Mumbai after a case was registered, was nabbed from Shravasti in UP, along with the person who provided him videos of his wife, an official said.

'The man who provided the videos to the husband had assaulted and raped the woman. He had shot videos and had demanded Rs 5.20 lakh from the woman to not circulate it on social media. After he did not get money, he sent the videos to the woman's husband, who also used it to blackmail her into giving divorce,' he said.

The two have been charged for rape, extortion and other offences based on the complaint of the woman, the Deonar police official added. (PTI)

10:54 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai crosses 1 crore COVID-19 vaccination mark: BMC data

Mumbai hit the milestone of administering more than 1 crore vaccine doses against coronavirus on Tuesday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, nearly eight months after the nationwide inoculation drive began on January 16.

A total of 1,00,41,579 vaccine doses have been administered so far to beneficiaries across all eligible age groups, the data showed. According to the BMC, 71,61,427 beneficiaries have been given the first dose of the vaccine, while 28,80,152 have received both shots.

So far, 91,49,489 beneficiaries have been given  Covishield, while the  indigenous vaccine Covaxin has been administered to 8,59,343 and Russia-made Sputnik V to 32,747 people, the figures showed.

The highest 45,63,716 doses were given to beneficiaries in age group 18 to 44 followed by 28,47,204 in 45 to 59  age group, according to the data. As many as  18,44,078 beneficiaries aged 60 and above have been covered under the vaccination drive so far. (PTI)

10:48 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Special drive on Thursday for those seeking second dose

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned a special drive on Thursday for those eligible for a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

On September 9, over 300 civic and government-run centres will only administer a second dose. “The state and civic-run centres will not administer the first dose of vaccine on Thursday,” BMC said on Tuesday.

This is the second time in a week that BMC is conducting a special drive for those awaiting a second dose. On September 4, the civic body conducted a similar drive.

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10:46 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Moderate rain likely in Mumbai, Raigad, Sindhudurg, Nashik

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Wednesday predicted moderate to intense spells of rain at isolated places in the districts of Mumbai, Raigad, Sindhudurg and Nashik over next 3-4 hours.

Mumbai: A medic incoculates beneficiary with a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Mumbai, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)

The Nagpada police is looking for unknown persons who allegedly broke into the office of a minority community’s trust and escaped with 2.79 kg of gold worth Rs 96 lakh. Different units of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch are also conducting a parallel probe. The police said the theft took place at the trust’s office on Christ Church lane between 7.30 pm on August 31 and 9.15 am on September 1. An office-bearer of the trust, Zulfikar Arsiwala, is the complainant in the case.

READ | 2.79 kg gold, worth Rs 96 lakh, stolen from Nagpada office

Taking a dig at the Opposition demand to reopen temples, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that even if the places of worship are closed, people will give blessings for opening the required “health temples through hospitals”. Speaking during the virtual inauguration of development projects in Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation, Thackeray said, “Even if the temples are closed, the necessary health temples through hospitals are being opened up. The people will give blessings to you for that. (Union minister) Kapil ji (Patil), you need a health centre in your area and that is required, right? Or shall I open up an adjoining temple by closing the health centre? Today, health temples are more important. We will open up temples but will go for it in a phase-wise manner.”

READ | Even if temples are closed, health temples through hospitals are being opened: Uddhav Thackeray

Heeding public feedback has earned the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) rich dividends, helping the civic transport provider increase its passenger count by 1.48 lakh and its earnings by Rs 12.96 lakh within just eight days. Manoj Varade, public relations officer (PRO) for BEST, said, “Since August 30, we have made three major changes based on passenger feedback, which helped us increase the number of passengers and our earnings till September 6.”

READ | Mumbai: How implementing public feedback helped BEST up its passenger count by 1.48 lakh in just eight days

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