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Mumbai News Highlights: Covid-19 case count above 500 for second time in Sept; 4 more die

Mumbai Rains Live Updates, Covid-19 Cases and Fatalities in Mumbai Highlights: In other news, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to scrap the proposed Light Rail Transit system and instead build a conventional metro line as an internal transportation system for the city.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: September 16, 2021 8:50:14 am
The latest survey, which covered 8,674 people, found a sero positivity rate of 87.02 per cent in slums, and 86.22 per cent in non-slum areas. This is the first time that there is a meagre difference in the sero positivity of the slum and non-slum population in the city.Mumbai reported 347 new Covid-19 cases, 6 deaths and 420 recoveries on Monday. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Mumbai Weather Forecast Live, Coronavirus Mumbai Highlights: Mumbai reported 514 new coronavirus positive cases and four fatalities on Wednesday, taking the tally to 7,36,284 and death toll to 16,037, a civic official said. This is after a gap of a week that the daily COVID-19 case count has once again surged over 500 in the country’s financial capital.

On Tuesday, Mumbai had reported 367 coronavirus infections, the fourth straight day of under-400 cases, and five fatalities.

Meanwhile, metropolitan magistrate’s court on Tuesday granted exemption from appearance to actor Kangana Ranaut in the defamation proceedings filed by poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar, and said that it would issue an arrest warrant against her if she remains absent during the next hearing.

In other news, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to scrap the proposed Light Rail Transit system and instead build a conventional metro line as an internal transportation system for the city.

Meanwhile, a 49-year-old businessman from south Mumbai has been booked for rash driving after his car reportedly entered Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s convoy on Monday.

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22:12 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Mumbai: 1,467-page supplementary chargesheet filed in pornography racket case against Raj Kundra, 3 others

The Mumbai crime branch on Wednesday filed a 1,467-page supplementary chargesheet in the pornography racket case against four accused, including businessman Raj Kundra, and the IT head of his company Viaan industries, Ryan Thorpe.

Apart from the two accused currently behind bars, the police have also charged two wanted accused, who are out of the country, in connection with their alleged role in the scam.

So far, 11 persons have been arrested by the Mumbai police in the case that was busted after a raid at a bungalow in Madh Island in February this year. The police had already filed a chargesheet against nine persons in April this year and the rest have been charged in the chargesheet filed on Wednesday. Read More

19:22 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Man arrested for pushing aspiring actors into prostitution rackets

The Mumbai police have arrested a man for allegedly pushing aspiring actors into prostitution rackets by promising them roles in movies. The police have rescued two girls.

The accused, a resident of Mira Road, was booked for trafficking and sections under Pocso and Juvenile Justice Acts since the victims were minors. Read More

19:22 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Plea in Bombay HC alleging corruption by Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab, seeks central probe

A suspended motor vehicle inspector of the Nashik regional transport office has recently approached the Bombay High Court alleging corruption in the RTOs in the state.

The plea has also accused Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab and six senior officers of corruption in connection with transfers and postings in the RTOs, amounting to several crores of rupees.

A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice N J Jamadar on Wednesday was hearing a writ petition by suspended inspector Gajendra Patil filed through advocates V P Rane and Venkatesh Shewale, which sought an investigation into alleged corruption in state transport department, through an independent central investigation agency, preferably CBI. Read More

18:45 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Two members of interstate highway robbery gang arrested

The Mumbai crime branch on Tuesday arrested two members of an interstate highway robbery gang that allegedly looted a tempo carrying mobile phones worth Rs 69 lakh in Karnataka last month and came to the city to sell it. The gang members hail from a nomadic tribe in Madhya Pradesh and specialise in highway robbery.

As per a crime branch officer, their alleged role in three other highway robberies worth crores of rupees in various states have come to the fore after the arrest of the two accused persons, identified as Ritesh Kasera and Vijay Shetty.

DCP Datta Nalawade said that based on the information of senior inspector Manish Sridhankar, a team led by inspector Sridhar Jadhav intercepted the accused at Garodia Nagar in Ghatkopar. Read More

18:44 (IST)15 Sep 2021
IT dept officials at premises linked to actor Sonu Sood in Mumbai

Income Tax Department officials descended on the premises linked to actor Sonu Sood in Mumbai and some other places on Wednesday in connection with an alleged tax evasion probe, official sources.

They said the action is being carried out in at least half a dozen locations in the metropolitan city and Lucknow.

It was not immediately clear if the action was being undertaken at Sood’s residence also. Read More

17:37 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Penguins give birth to chick at Byculla Zoo

Humbolt penguins Donald and Daisy, housed at Mumbai's Byculla zoo, have given birth to a chick, who has been named Oreo.The baby penguin was born on May 1 this year. Meanwhile another pair of penguins Molt and Flipper had given birth to a chick on August 19.

16:59 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Terror suspect nabbed by Delhi cops was under watch, no intelligence failure by Maharashtra police: Minister

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said one of the terror suspects, hailing from Mumbai, who was arrested along with five others by the Delhi Police, was under watch of the Maharashtra police and there was no intelligence failure on part of the state security force.

The Delhi Police's Special Cell on Tuesday busted a Pakistan-organised terror module with the arrest of six men, including two Pak-ISI trained terrorists, officials earlier said, adding that the terrorists were allegedly planning several blasts across the country, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, during the festivals of Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri and Ramleela.

Out of the six terror suspects, Jaan Mohammad Shaikh (47) hails from Mumbai and the city police and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officials on Tuesday questioned this family here and searched his home after his arrest became public.


14:46 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Byculla zoo welcomes two penguin chicks this year

Mumbai’s Byculla zoo welcomed two penguin chicks this year. The first one named Oreo was born to Humboldt penguins Donald and Daisy, two of the seven Humboldt penguins at the Veermata Jijabai Udyan, on May 1 this year.

Meanwhile, another chick was born to Flipper, the oldest female among the Humboldts, and Mr Molt, the youngest male penguin in the zoo, on August 19.

The baby penguin is stable and under observation of the zoo authorities. The sex of the penguin will be determined after a DNA test and the chick is yet to be named. The parents are currently taking care of their baby through a process called brooding. Read the full report here.

12:51 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Police arrest 5 for refilling gas cylinders without permission at Govandi

The Mumbai Police crime branch on Wednesday arrested five persons from the Shivaji Nagar area in the city’s eastern suburbs for allegedly refilling gas cylinders without permission in the densely populated area. The police said that the activity is fraught with the risk of explosion and despite knowing this, the accused were conducting it without permission.

An officer said that based on a tip-off, a team from Unit 6 of the Mumbai crime branch conducted a raid at a workshop located at Shivaji Nagar in Govandi. The police team found that five persons were changing regulators and filling gas from larger Bharat Gas cylinders to smaller ones without the necessary permission to do the same. Read the full report here. 

12:17 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Over 66,000 idols immersed on 5th day of Ganpati festival

A total of 66,299 idols, including 5,953 of Goddess Gauri, were immersed in natural water bodies and artificial lakes across Mumbai on Tuesday, on the fifth day of the Ganpati festival.

There was no report of any untoward incident during the fifth-day immersions on Tuesday, said a civic official.

The 10-day festival, which in normal times used to witness large gatherings and long queues outside public mandals which host the celebrations, is being held in a subdued manner for the second year in a row due to restrictions imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical darshans are also banned, instead, organisers have been asked to arrange for online darshans for devotees. Read the full report here. 

12:17 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Previous BJP govt responsible for financial crisis in power sector: Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut

Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut has urged consumers, especially in the agriculture sector, to clear their dues in order to facilitate uninterrupted power supply. The state power department is facing a huge challenge as overall dues has reached Rs 7,3879 crore. Of this, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has a cumulative loan amount of Rs 45,440 crore.

“The recovery of electricity dues from consumers across sectors is a challenge, but also a necessity. Huge power subsidies are given to various segments, including the agriculture sector which is largest. But in doing so, we burden industries and commercial power consumers who are made to pay higher tariffs,” Raut said. Currently, the cross subsidy amount is Rs 12,762 crore. Read the full report here. 

10:34 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Man arrested for pushing aspiring actors into prostitution rackets

The Mumbai police have arrested a man for allegedly pushing aspiring actors into prostitution rackets by promising them roles in movies. The police have rescued two girls.

The police said that the arrested accused Nitin Singh charged customers Rs 5 lakh but gave the women Rs 20,000.

Based on a tip-off, a police team raided a hotel in Borivali East and arrested the accused. Read the full report here. 

09:56 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Porn racket case: Police set to file chargesheet against Raj Kundra this week

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch is set to file its second chargesheet before the court in the porn racket case later this week against businessman Raj Kundra and the IT head of his company Viaan Enterprises, Ryan Thorpe.

The Crime Branch had in April filed a chargesheet in the case against nine persons who were arrested in February. It did not name Kundra and Thorpe whose involvement came to light later, leading to their arrest. The nine accused are currently out on bail.

The police have claimed that apart from the 11 accused identified so far, the investigation has not found the involvement of others in the case. Read the full report here. 

09:55 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: Officials plan rehab of orphaned teenager who was gangraped

An orphaned teenager found on a suburban railway station last month, who was gangraped, is recuperating at a civic hospital, with officials including the Government Railway Police (GRP), Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and members of a children’s home coordinating to plan her long-term rehabilitation in the absence of any family members. The incident came to light when a GRP staffer found the girl in a compartment of a suburban train in Dadar on August 7. The girl, aged between 15 and 17 as per the hospital, was taken to the CWC by GRP officials. CWC members, along with staffers of a children’s home in Dongri, spoke to her and found out that she had been sexually assaulted by a man and his friends in Vasai for several days.

She was taken to JJ Hospital for tests and treatment, which confirmed that she had been raped, and an FIR was filed.

The GRP continued to probe the case. The probe has so far revealed that the girl lost her mother when she was much younger, and her father had remarried. Her stepmother left the family last year, after which her father died by suicide. Read the full report here. 

09:54 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: 12 villages in Palghar decide to give up land for bullet train project

Land acquisition for the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited’s (NHSRCL) Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project has gained momentum in the last one month with 12 villages in Palghar district, which were covered under PESA (Panchayats – Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, passing resolutions through their gram sabhas to give up land for the project.

The bullet train will pass through Mumbai suburban, Thane and Palghar districts.

Sandip Pawar, the land acquisition officer for Palghar district, said, “As per our records, 19 villages covered under PESA Act and tribal-dominated, had given their consent earlier. Now, 31 villages have given concurrence to give their land. Ten are still opposing the project and we are in discussion with them. We will settle their claims or go for direct purchase of land.” Read the full report here. 

22:13 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Hindus most tolerant majority, India can never become like Afghanistan: Javed Akhtar

Screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar, in a signed article in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, has said that Hindus are the most tolerant majority in the world and that India could never be equated with Taliban-ruled Afghanistan as Indians are by nature moderates.

The Shiv Sena, through Saamana, had earlier this month criticised Akhtar when he had compared the RSS and VHP with Taliban. The Saamana editorial had called his statement disrespectful to Hindu culture and said that though Akhtar had been speaking openly about fundamentalism and fanaticism, it does not agree with the comparison between the RSS and Taliban.

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20:43 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Completion of widening work on Mumbai-Goa Highway possible by March 2022 if additional funds available: NHAI to HC

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) recently told the Bombay High Court that the final completion of widening work on the Mumbai-Goa National Highway is possible by March 2022, if more than Rs 200 crore additional amount is arranged by the lenders of the project, including SBI, at the earliest.

The authority further conceded that while the project highway was in ‘motorable condition’ before the ongoing monsoon season, due to heavy rainfall and heavy vehicular traffic, some ‘potholes, patches and water stagnation’ developed in certain sections.

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19:46 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Mumbai logs less than 400 Covid-19 cases for 4th day in row; 5 die, 408 recover

Mumbai reported 367 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the fourth straight day of under-400 cases, and five fresh fatalities, while 408 more patients recovered from the disease, a senior civic official said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said that with these additions, the tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 7,35,770, while the death toll climbed to 16,033.

This was the fourth day in a row when the financial capital has reported less than 400 Covid-19 cases. As many as 28,498 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking their cumulative number to 97,69,953, he said. (PTI)

19:38 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Thane corporation gives nod to proposal for internal metro

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to scrap the proposed Light Rail Transit system and instead build a conventional metro line as an internal transportation system for the city.

The proposal for the internal metro was prepared and tabled in last week’s general body meeting of TMC and approved unanimously.

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18:30 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Bombay HC division bench to hear Anil Deshmukh’s plea seeking quashing of ED summons

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday held that its division bench, comprising two judges, will hear the plea by former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh seeking quashing of summons issued by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money-laundering and corruption case.

The HC, while refusing Deshmukh’s prayer, said that the single-judge bench before whom he had filed the petition cannot hear the same.

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Devotees carry an idol of Lord Ganesha to their homes in Mumbai. (Photo: PTI)

‘Forest park’ in Malad West comes as a breath of fresh air

Until seven years ago, a five-acre plot in Malad West, behind Infinity Mall on Link Road, earmarked since 2002 in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation maps as “recreation ground”, used to be covered with hutments. Over 500 dwellings had been built over it. Over 2000 people lived on the land. In 2014, BMC decided to reclaim the encroached land, razed the slum, and developed it into a garden.

No one in the area knows where the people removed from there went, but today, it is a “forest” park called Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Vanodyan with 4,500 trees, including cashew, mahua, jamun and kokam. In Mumbai’s constant demand for public space, the development of this garden began in the run-up to the last civic election in 2017.

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