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Mumbai News Highlights: Maharashtra records lowest covid-19 cases in 17 months

Chief Minister's Office has said that amusement parks, auditoriums, and theaters in the state will be opened from October 22.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: October 20, 2021 9:09:45 am
A health worker takes swab sample of a passenger for Covid-19 test, at a railway station in Mumbai. (PTI)

Mumbai News Highlights: Maharashtra on Monday reported 1,485 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily count in more than 17 months, and 27 fresh deaths, taking the infection tally to 65,93,182 and the toll to 1,39,816. No fresh cases were reported in several districts. Over 2,000 patients recovered from the virus, while over 28,000 cases are currently active.

Covid-19 induced restrictions are being gradually eased in Maharashtra as the number of cases is on the decline. Chief Minister’s Office has said that amusement parks, auditoriums, and theaters in the state will be opened from October 22. It also added that the guidelines for extending the hours of restaurants and shops across the state will be out soon.

In another news, a Shiv Sena leader has moved the Supreme Court seeking judicial enquiry into affairs of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at Mumbai and its officials in the wake of the arrest of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan in a case of alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship in Mumbai. The petition has urged the apex court to take suo moto cognizance to protect the fundamental rights of Aryan who has been booked under the NDPS Act by NCB, Zonal Office, Mumbai.

On the other hand, there are clear similarities in the two alleged drug busts by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai over the past year, involving actor Rhea Chakraborty and Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan. In neither case was the central agency able to show any drug seizures on Aryan or Rhea, nor did it carry out blood tests on either of them to determine whether they had consumed drugs. In both cases, the NCB detained the two suspects, got access to their mobile phones, and used material stored in the devices, including deleted WhatsApp chats, to arrest them.

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Mumbai  currently has around 7.5 lakh active Covid-19 cases; Mumbai University issues SOPs for colleges reopening on October 20; Read highlights

22:23 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra send Rs 50-crore defamation notice to Sherlyn Chopra

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and her businessman-husband Raj Kundra sent a legal notice to actor Sherlyn Chopra, seeking an apology and Rs 50 crore in damages for ruining their reputation by making "false and baseless" allegations against them.

The legal notice, sent through their advocate Prashant Patil, has sought an unconditional public apology from Chopra in leading newspapers and on digital media platforms within seven days, failing which it warned of civil and criminal proceedings against the 37-year-old actor. (PTI)

20:21 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Second wave not receded yet, third wave feared post-Diwali: Health minister

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has not receded yet in the state but at the same time conditions are not favourable to immediately trigger the third wave.

Tope also said the COVID Task Force has cautioned about a third wave of the pandemic post the Diwali season. "The second wave of the pandemic is not over yet. But there is no favourable condition for a third wave as of now. The state task force has cautioned of a third wave post the Diwali season. We are assessing the situation," he said. (PTI)

18:55 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Mumbai's R-value drops below 1, showing infection rate declining

After being over one in the first half of October, Mumbai's R-value, which reflects how rapidly the coronavirus pandemic is spreading, has dropped below one, according to researchers of the Chennai-based Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

The R-value for COVID-19 in Mumbai between October 16 and 18 was 0.94, they said. The Reproduction number, or R, refers to how many people a sick person infects on an average. In other words, it can tell how 'efficiently' a virus is spreading.

The smaller R is than 1, the faster the disease is on decline. Conversely, if R is greater than 1, the number of infected people is increasing in each round - technically, this is what is called the epidemic phase. The bigger the number is than 1, the faster the rate of spread of the disease in the population. (PTI)

16:49 (IST)19 Oct 2021
26-year-old gangraped in Thane, no arrests yet

Case registered against four persons for allegedly gang raping a 26-year old woman in Thane.

Kasarvadavali Police station registered a case under IPC 376, 376 (d), 377, 354, 420, 323, 504, 506 and 34, ANI reported. No accused have been arrested in the case so far.

12:43 (IST)19 Oct 2021
‘We may not be able to stop climate change, but we can slow it down,” says Aaditya Thackeray

We may not be able to stop climate change, but we can slow it down, state Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray said on Monday.

He was interacting at National Stock Exchange during a panel discussion on ‘Economic opportunity for India to accelerate management of marine & land waste and pollution’, amid members of UN agencies, government, sustainability heads of corporates and select NGOs.

Asking people to make it a habit to adhere to climate change emergencies, making small changes, Thackeray said, “We may not be able to stop climate change, but what we can do as corporates, citizens, industries is slow down what climate change is doing to us.”

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12:43 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Take a look at BMC guidelines ahead of covid reopening

The BMC on Monday issued SOPs for opening of colleges and movie and drama theatres in the city. Cinema halls, single-screen theatres, drama theatres and auditoriums have been allowed to open from October 22 with 50 per cent seating capacity.

In an order issued on Monday, Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal said that the guidelines issued by the state government to allow reopening of cinema halls, drama theatres and auditoriums will be implemented in the city from October 22, until further orders.

The guideline has not mandated that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed entry and has allowed people to show “safe status” on Aarogya Setu for entry.

10:38 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Byculla zoo set to open Nov 1; penguin chicks and aviary new attractions

Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo in Byculla is likely to reopen from November 1.

BMC officials said the Byculla Zoo, popularly known as Rani Baug, has submitted a proposal regarding the zoo’s reopening and it is likely to be opened next month as auditoriums and theatres will also open for the public after October 22.

“We are in talks with senior officials of BMC and state government. The zoo is likely to be reopened by November 1. We are doing all necessary preparation for opening up,” said Sanjay Tripathi, zoo director. The zoo was last opened in February 2021, after 11 months of being shut due to the pandemic, since March 2020. However, after a month, the zoo was shut again as the second wave hit the city.

08:37 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Maharashtra's covid-19 recovery rate at 97.4%

As on Monday, Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.4 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.

08:36 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Maharashtra records lowest covid-19 cases in 17 months

Maharashtra on Monday reported 1,485 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the lowest daily count in more than 17 months, and 27 fresh deaths, taking the infection tally to 65,93,182 and the toll to 1,39,816. No fresh cases were reported in several districts. Over 2,000 patients recovered from the virus, while over 28,000 cases are currently active.

08:30 (IST)19 Oct 2021
BMC allows reopening of cinema halls, drama theatres from Oct 22

he Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday allowed reopening of cinema halls, drama theatres and auditoriums for organising cultural programmes in the metropolis from October 22 with COVID-19 protocols like use of face masks and social distancing. In a circular, the civic body said the SOPs (standard operating procedures) related to reopening of these establishments, which were issued by the Maharashtra government through three separate orders, will be applicable in areas falling under the BMC's jurisdiction.

Earlier last week, the government had issued SOPs for reopening of cinema halls, drama theatres and auditoriums for cultural events at 50 per cent capacity across the state.

21:28 (IST)18 Oct 2021
In 27 years, Mumbai saw 2-degree C rise in temperature even as built-up area increased 66%: Study

Mumbai has witnessed a 2-degree Celsius average temperature rise across 27 years (1991-2018), while the built-up area of the city has risen by 66 per cent in the same period, a study by Researchers Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, Osmania University in Hyderabad, and Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh has found.

“We observed that the average temperature in 1991 was 34.08 degrees Celsius. It rose to 36.28 degrees Celsius in 2018 (a 2.2-degree Celsius increase) under the heat island zones (vulnerable areas), thus exposing people to higher heat risk,” said Shahfahad, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, Jamia Millia Islamia University, and lead author of the study. Read More

20:27 (IST)18 Oct 2021
BMC preparing for vaccine drive for children, awaiting central guidelines: Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Monday said that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is prepared to launch a Covid-19 vaccination drive for 33 lakh children between 2 and 17 years of age, but it is awaiting guidelines from the central government.

“Vaccination will start after receiving the guidelines from the central government and the required stock of vaccines for this age group,” said Pednekar in a media interaction on Monday. Read More

20:08 (IST)18 Oct 2021
20 inmates of Kalyan jail test Covid-19 positive

Twenty inmates of Adharwadi Jail in Kalyan tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and have been admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. Earlier, in April 2021, 30 inmates were found infected with coronavirus in Aadharwadi jail.

According to jail officials, all other prisoners who came in contact with the infected persons have been quarantined. The official said that accommodation of new inmates was arranged at Don Bosco School in the same area. Currently the centre has been closed as the cases had started going down. Initially, mild symptoms were seen in the infected prisoners and then they were tested for the virus.

"During the RT-PCR test of the inmates, 20 of them were found to be corona positive. Their condition is stable. All these prisoners have been admitted to the hospital where their treatment is going on," said Kailash Pawar, Thane civil hospital surgeon. 

19:05 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Maharashtra to reopen amusement parks, auditoriums, and theaters from October 22

Covid-19 induced restrictions are being gradually eased in Maharashtra as the number of cases is on the decline. Chief Minister's Office has said that amusement parks, auditoriums, and theaters in the state will be opened from October 22. It also added that the guidelines for extending the hours of restaurants and shops across the state will be out soon.

18:50 (IST)18 Oct 2021
ED issues fresh summons to Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali for questioning on Oct 20

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali to appear before it on October 20 for questioning in a money laundering case registered against her and others, official sources said on Monday.

The 48-year-old Gawali is a sitting Lok Sabha member from the Yavatmal-Washim constituency in Maharashtra. She was first summoned by the agency to appear on October 4 but she sought adjournment and a new date citing work commitments. Read More

17:34 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Shiv Sena leader moves SC seeking judicial enquiry into affairs of NCB at Mumbai

Shiv Sena leader has moved the Supreme Court seeking judicial enquiry into affairs of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at Mumbai and its officials in the wake of the arrest of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan in a case of alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship in Mumbai.

The petition has urged the apex court to take suo moto cognizance to protect the fundamental rights of Aryan who has been booked under the NDPS Act by NCB, Zonal Office, Mumbai. Read More

17:17 (IST)18 Oct 2021
In pics | Swarnim Vijay Varsh: Air Force’s Suryakiran team holds flypast over Gateway of India

The Suryakiran Aerobatic Team of the Indian Air Force (IAF), as part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations, did a flypast over the Gateway of India in Mumbai today.

15:33 (IST)18 Oct 2021
At least 15 to 20 BJP corporators likely to join Shiv Sena, says Yashwant Jadhav

BMC Standing Committee Chairman and senior Shiv Sena leader Yashwant Jadhav has claimed that at least 15 to 20 BJP corpprators are likely to join Sena.

"Many corporators from BJP are not happy with the behaviour of senior BJP leaders in BMC. They are in touch with us and likley to join the party by December," said Jadhav in a press conference at BMC Headquarters on Monday. He added that the BJP is raising wild allegations of corruption in 'Ashraya Yojana' (housing for sanitary workers) and targeting Sena after they got to know about their corporators being not happy with the party functioning and readying to join Sena.

On Saturday, BJP corporators Vinod Mishra and Prabhakar Shinde  had alleged corruption of Rs 1844 crore in contracts awarded for housing projects of BMC sanitary workers.

14:01 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Maharashtra: 3 dead, 6 injured in vehicle pile-up on Pune-Mumbai Expressway

Three people were killed and five injured in a pile-up of six vehicles, including three cars, a bus, a tempo and a trailer, on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway in the early hours of Monday, said the police. State highway patrol officials said that the accident took place in the Borghat area around 6 am and caused traffic snarls for some time before the damaged vehicles were taken off the road. Read More

13:11 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Use of central agencies against kin of MVA leaders shows BJP's 'inhuman face': Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Monday said it can understand the use of central agencies for targeting leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, but claimed the "harassment" of their family members shows the "inhuman face of the BJP". People normally say they have lost faith in a government. But in Maharashtra, it is the opposite. The BJP has become a "butt of jokes" in the state, an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

"The BJP uses the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, I-T (Income Tax department) and the NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) for its own agenda. Thackeray exposed these attacks being made through the ED and CBI — the attacks are like using Shikhandi as a shield," it said. Bhishma, the patriarch of the Kauravas and Pandavas in the epic 'Mahabharata', was eliminated with the help of Shikhandi. The Shiv Sena further hit out at the BJP and the Centre, claiming they don't face questions and "finish" those who question them. "The BJP and its government at the Centre do not believe in democracy, Constitution, law and order. They don't accept chief ministers of opposition parties. This new phenomenon in politics speaks volumes (about the mindset). Such things come to their mind only due to smoking up of low quality weed," the edit said. (PTI)

The lake near Powai Garden. (Express Photo)

Mumbai Greens: Powai Garden, gateway to a simpler time

Located adjacent to Powai Lake, the sprawling Powai Garden epitomises the diversity of Indian life. In the hour or so we spent there, we came across a myriad of people, some there for pleasure, others for basic needs like water and shade. Unlike the other gardens we visited, Powai Garden truly felt like a gateway to a simpler time when Mumbai could boast of more trees than people, when the air smelt crisp and damp and when we were able to hit pause on our chaotic lives to appreciate the world around us.

Resembling a jungle more than a garden, visitors here are first greeted by a large water display, a teaser for the massive lake that lies five minutes away. Despite the copious number of water bottles and empty chips packets in the fountain, some resilient fish still found a way to survive, treating the offending articles more like a reef than trash.

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