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Mumbai News Highlights: City reports 279 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

Mumbai COVID-19 Active Cases Today, Maharashtra, Mumbai Omicron Cases Latest News, Mumbai Section 144 News: Maharashtra in total detected 877 new cases and 19 fatalities on Thursday. In the last 4 days, Mumbai has witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: December 18, 2021 9:40:04 am
Mumbai Today Live Update, News Mumbai Weather LiveA health worker vaccinates a beneficiary under 'Har Ghar Dastak' Covid-19 inoculation campaign in Navi Mumbai. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Mumbai on Thursday reported 279 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest record since November 11 this year, and 5 deaths, the state health department said. Maharashtra in total detected 877 new cases and 19 fatalities on Thursday. In the last 4 days, Mumbai has witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday will question the Akola Superintendent of Police, G Shreedhar, in connection with its probe into alleged corruption by former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in the transfer and postings of police officers in the state.

Former media executive Indrani Mukerjea, facing trial for the alleged murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, has written to the CBI from jail claiming that a fellow inmate had told her that she had seen Bora alive in Srinagar.

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Mumbai Today News: 279 fresh Covid-19 cases recorded, 2 deaths; Maharashtra in total detected 877 new cases, 19 deaths; Fellow inmate saw Sheena alive in Srinagar: Indrani writes to CBI.

19:48 (IST)17 Dec 2021
‘Stan Swamy in eyes of law entitled to be seen as innocent’: Plea in HC against court observation

Father Frazer Mascarenhas, former principal of St Xavier’s College and present Parish Priest of St Peter’s Church, has moved a plea in the Bombay High Court seeking to clear his late friend Father Stan Swamy‘s name pertaining to the observations and findings made against the Jesuit priest by the Special NIA Court while rejecting his bail pleas.

The plea, filed on Wednesday, referred to an instance of a political party disallowing Jesuits from naming a park after Swamy outside Mangaluru and said that the odium of accusations had “followed him to the grave”.

Emphasising that Swamy died without a trial, the petition sought “necessary directions asserting that the deceased Stan Swamy, in the eyes of law, is entitled to be seen as innocent and not guilty of the offences alleged against him irrespective of the (prima facie) findings of the special court”.

16:27 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Maharashtra local body polls: Elections to de-reserved OBC seats to be held on Jan 18

After the Supreme Court’s order on renotifying seats reserved for the OBCs in the local body polls, the Maharashtra State Election Commission has said that the elections to the seats initially meant for the OBC category will now be held on January 18. Elections to certain local self-government bodies were to be held on December 21, but the apex court said the seats meant for Other Backward Castes (OBCs) were to be treated as general seats.

Hence, the seats set aside for the OBC category will be de-reserved and elections to these seats will be held on January 18. The results will be announced on January 19.

16:25 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Antilia bomb scare: HC verdict in NIA’s appeal against accused Naresh Gaur’s bail on Tuesday

The Bombay High Court on Friday concluded hearing and reserved its verdict in the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) appeal against bail granted to Naresh Gaur, an accused in the Antilia bomb scare case.

The central agency had approached the division bench of the HC barely a day after a single-judge bench of the High Court set aside a special NIA court order staying for 25 days the bail it had granted to Gaur.

Gaur was arrested in March, this year, for his alleged involvement in the procurement of SIM cards used by the other accused in the conspiracy.

14:39 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Activist Rona Wilson’s phone infected with Pegasus spyware, says new forensic report

AN ANALYSIS by an external forensics firm has claimed that the phone of activist Rona Wilson, arrested in 2018 in the Elgaar Parishad case, was “infiltrated” with Pegasus spyware before his arrest.

The recent report by the US-based Arsenal Consulting claims that two backups of an Apple iPhone belonging to Wilson had digital traces showing infection by the Pegasus surveillance tool, a Washington Post report has stated.

According to the Washington Post report, the backups of Wilson’s phone were provided to the forensic firm at the request of his defence team. “It (the report) has legal consequences on the case. So, appropriate action will be taken in due course,” senior counsel Indira Jaising, who represents Wilson, said. Read more 

14:02 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Mumbai: BMC starts process for fresh survey on homeless

The Brihanmumbai Corporation (BMC) will conduct a survey to find out the number of homeless people in Mumbai after the Supreme Court-appointed Shelter Monitoring Committee raised questions over the findings of a previous study that pegged the number of homeless at 11,915 in a city with 1.24 crore people.

The corporation floated an Expression of Interest on Thursday to appoint an agency to conduct enumeration of the homeless in Mumbai.

The agency will have to conduct the survey with the help of a mobile-based app system, where the location of all the homeless will be geotagged and biometric registration will be done. Read more 

11:41 (IST)17 Dec 2021
279 fresh Covid-19 cases records, highest daily number since Nov 11

Mumbai on Thursday reported 279 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest record since November 11 this year, and 5 deaths, the state health department said. Maharashtra in total detected 877 new cases and 19 fatalities on Thursday. In the last 4 days, Mumbai has witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases.

11:40 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Trial yet to begin, IM suspect in jail for 13 years denied bail

A special court recently rejected the bail plea filed by a man who has spent 13 years in jail on allegations of being a member of the banned terror group Indian Mujahideen (IM). The trial in the case is yet to begin.

Mubeen Kadar Shaikh filed the bail plea last month on grounds, including that the trial is yet to begin, and hence, is not likely to be completed in the near future.

Shaikh is one among the 26 people booked in the case, 14 among whom are behind bars. The prosecution has claimed that an email was sent to media organisations on August 23, 2008, claiming responsibility for the Gujarat serial bomb blasts that had taken place on July 26 in the same year. Read more 

11:15 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Now, V-Cs of Maha universities will be decided in kitchen cabinet of Yuva Sena: Shelar

The BJP on Thursday accused the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of undermining the Governor’s authority to appoint vice-chancellors for state universities. The state Cabinet on Wednesday had passed a proposal to reduce the scope of Governor in appointment of vice-chancellor (V-C) of various universities and also created a post of pro-chancellor for Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant.

Former education minister Ashish Shelar said, “Changes have been made in the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016, and a new Section 9(A) has been inserted, in which the government has removed the powers vested in the Governor.” Read more 

11:06 (IST)17 Dec 2021
Anil Deshmukh case: ED to question Akola SP G Shreedhar today

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will Friday question the Akola Superintendent of Police, G Shreedhar, in connection with its probe into alleged corruption by former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in the transfer and postings of police officers in the state.

Shreedhar, an IPS officer, was earlier posted with the State Reserve Police Force in Nagpur. After receiving the ED summons in the case, Shreedhar had said he would co-operate with the agency in its investigation. Read more 

22:23 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Maharashtra reports 877 new Covid-19 cases, 19 deaths; no fresh case of Omicron variant detected

Maharashtra on Thursday reported 877 new coronavirus positive cases, and 19 fatalities, which took its infection tally to 66,46,938 and death toll to 1,41,317, the state health department said. 
          
No new case of Omicron variant was reported in the state, it said in a health bulletin. On Wednesday, the state had reported 925 Covid-19 cases and 10 fatalities.
        
A total of 632 patients were discharged during the day, taking the overall recovery count to 64,95,249. Maharashtra's Covid-19 recovery rate is 97.72 per cent, while the fatality rate stands at 2.12 per cent.
        
"There was no new patient of Omicron variant reported in the state today," the health bulletin said. Maharashtra had recorded four cases of the Omicron variant on Wednesday.
        
The World Health Organization (WHO), which had classified Omicron as a 'variant of concern', recently said that it is spreading at a rate not seen with any previous strain. (PTI)
        

20:03 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Mumbai: MLA threatened with morphed video, FIR registered

An MLA from Mumbai recently lodged an FIR with Dahisar police station alleging that an unknown person made video calls to him in which a woman was seen doing obscene acts, and that later a person from the same number tried to extort money from him by morphing his video.

Prakash Surve, a Shiv Sena MLA from Magathane, told the police that he receives several phone calls and WhatsApp messages from people asking for help.

On November 11, around 9.20 pm, he received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number where a person said, “Hello, How are you.k”. Again, on November 13 around 3 pm he received a WhatsApp message, “Hi”. Surve said he did not respond to these messages as they were from an unknown number. Read more

19:07 (IST)16 Dec 2021
HM Amit Shah to visit Maharashtra from Dec 18-19

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a two-day visit to Maharashtra starting December 18 during which he will inaugurate a new building of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Pune and interact with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, officials said.
      
Shah will also attend the convocation of the Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM) in Pune and the national awards function of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) in Mumbai during his visit.
    
On December 18, the home minister will visit the Shirdi temple in Ahmednagar and present the Vithalrao Vikhe Patil literary awards at a function in Loni, besides attending the ICSI function in the metropolis, the officials said. (PTI)
    

18:15 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Mumbai Cong chief ‘unconditionally’ withdraws plea for nod to hold rally at Shivaji Park

Mumbai regional Congress committee chief Bhai Jagtap on Tuesday “unconditionally” withdrew his plea from the Bombay High Court seeking permission to hold a rally at Shivaji Park here on December 28, the party’s foundation day. Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi was likely to address the rally.

The plea, filed through advocate Pradeep Thorat, had stated that the Congress, which is a part of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra, had applied for permission to hold a rally and use portions of the ground to G-North ward of BMC, state urban development department and other authorities. It said the party would abide by all norms laid down by the civic body and public health department.

A division bench of Justice A A Sayed and Justice Abhay Ahuja was hearing Jagtap’s plea. Read more

15:37 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Defamation case against Rahul Gandhi: Bombay HC defers magistrate hearing beyond Jan 25

The Bombay High Court Thursday deferred beyond January 25 proceedings before a magistrate court in the city in a defamation case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The case has been filed over the former’s “commander-in-thief” remark targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A single-judge bench of Justice Sandeep K Shinde extended the relief to Gandhi while hearing his plea seeking quashing of the defamation case. Read more

14:28 (IST)16 Dec 2021
SC allows Maharashtra to conduct bullock cart races

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the resumption of bullock cart races in Maharashtra in view of the amendments made by the state to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Live Law reported.

A bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilar and CT Ravikumar noted that after the apex court’s ban on Jallikattu and bull races in 2014, the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had passed amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to continue practicing the tradition of such animal sports. However, a Constitution Bench of the top court is yet to determine the validity of these amendments after writ petitions were filed against them. The Court did not order an interim stay to the amendments in the meantime.

13:56 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Maharashtra: BJP will take to streets if polls held without OBC reservation, says Fadnavis

The BJP has threatened to launch street agitation across Maharashtra if elections to local bodies are held without Other Backward Class (OBC) reservation. This comes after the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the State Election Commission of Maharashtra to notify 27 per cent seats in the local bodies, which were reserved for the OBCs, as general category so that the poll process can be taken forward.

While describing the development as unfortunate and detrimental to the political growth of the OBCs, Fadnavis said, “Holding local bodies elections without OBC reservation, as directed by the Supreme Court, is an outcome of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s lack of political will.”

13:06 (IST)16 Dec 2021
‘Inmate said Sheena Bora alive in Kashmir’: Indrani Mukerjea in letter to CBI

Former media executive Indrani Mukerjea, who is currently facing trial for the alleged murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, has written a letter to the CBI claiming that a fellow inmate has told her that she had seen Sheena alive in Kashmir.

Mukerjea is facing trial for allegedly killing her daughter Sheena on April 24, 2012. She was arrested by Khar police on August 25, 2015, and has been lodged at the Byculla Jail since September 2015. Her former husband Peter Mukerjea, ex-CEO of Star India, and Sanjeev Khanna are the co-accused in the case. Peter was granted bail last year. Read more

12:33 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Banking services in Maharashtra hit as 60,000 bank employees go on two-day strike

Banking services in the state have been hit as close to 60,000 bank employees from various public sector banks are on a two-day nationwide strike beginning Thursday, to protest against the government's decision to privatise two more public sector banks, unions said. Unions claimed that about nine lakh employees of state-run banks are observing strike across the country. The government had in Budget 2021-22, announced its intent to take up privatisation of two public sector banks (PSBs) during the year.

12:15 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Mumbai: BMC to open night vaccination centres to increase second dose coverage

To boost the pace of vaccination in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has opened centers at night. The corporation will either have mobile teams or vaccination centres in all 24 administrative wards to cover the population who are yet to received their second doses.

The night centres will be operational from 6 pm to 10 pm, and will mainly be set up in crowded areas like railway stations, slums, construction sites or areas where there is poor vaccination rates. Officials said that from Tuesday, all wards will have at least one night vaccination centre.

11:38 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Court asks ATS, not Crime Branch, to quiz gangster Suresh Pujari

Underworld gangster Suresh Pujari (46), deported from The Philippines on Tuesday night, was on Wednesday produced before a Thane court that remanded him to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) custody for 10 days in connection with an extortion case. Sources said that it was his visit to India in 2013 following his son’s death and the social media activities of a female friend in The Philippines that helped agencies locate Suresh in the island nation and get him to India. Read more

A special court recently rejected the bail plea filed by a man who has spent 13 years in jail on allegations of being a member of the banned terror group Indian Mujahideen (IM). The trial in the case is yet to begin.

Mubeen Kadar Shaikh filed the bail plea last month on grounds, including that the trial is yet to begin, and hence, is not likely to be completed in the near future.

Shaikh is one among the 26 people booked in the case, 14 among whom are behind bars. The prosecution has claimed that an email was sent to media organisations on August 23, 2008, claiming responsibility for the Gujarat serial bomb blasts that had taken place on July 26 in the same year.

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