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Mumbai News Highlights: MNS chief Raj Thackeray, his mother, sister test positive for Covid-19

There are now 24,138 active cases in the state, while the coronavirus recovery rate stands at 97.46 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: October 25, 2021 9:13:47 am
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Mumbai Live highlights:  Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, his mother and sister have tested positive for Covid-19, news agency ANI reported. Thackeray and his sister have been admitted to Lilavati Hospital.

Meanwhile, the additional chief metropolitan magistrate, while rejecting Kangana Ranaut’s plea seeking to transfer the defamation proceedings against her before another judge, said that merely because a judge is following legal procedure does not mean that he is biased against her. The court also said that Ranaut’s allegations are vague, without any reasonable apprehensions and if the case is transferred, it would affect the morale of the presiding officer.

On the virus front, Maharashtra recorded 1,632 new covid-19 cases, slightly up from a day ago, and 40 fresh fatalities on Friday, while 1,744 patients recovered from the infection in the state. Eight out of 36 districts did not report any fresh case. There are now 24,138 active cases in the state, while the coronavirus recovery rate stands at 97.46 per cent.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned actor Ananya Pandey again on Monday for a third round of questioning in the cruise ship drugs case. Accompanied by her actor-father Chunky Pandey, Ananya visited NCB office on Thursday and Friday to record her statement in connection with the arrest of Aryan Khan whose bail hearing was put off by the Bombay High Court on Thursday till October 26.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old security guard fell to his death from a balcony on the 19th floor of a 61-storey residential building in central Mumbai after a major fire broke out there on Friday, officials said. The Fire Brigade rescued sixteen other stranded persons. The incident took place at the city’s luxury Avighna Park society.

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Maharashtra recorded 1,632 new covid-19 cases, 40 deaths; Metropolitan magistrate’s court rejects Kangana Ranaut’s plea; One dead in Lower Parel building fire; Ananya Panday called for questioning at NCB office.

19:30 (IST)23 Oct 2021
MNS chief Raj Thackeray, his mother, sister test positive for Covid-19

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, his mother and sister have tested positive for Covid-19, news agency ANI reported. Thackeray and his sister have been admitted to Lilavati Hospital.

18:52 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Cidco to provide water connection to buildings sans OCs in Navi Mumbai airport rehab area

CIDCO, the city planning agency of the Maharashtra government, has decided to provide water connection to buildings that are yet to obtain the Occupancy Certificate (OC) located in some pockets of the rehabilitation area of the upcoming Navi Mumbai international airport considering the necessity of water, as per an official release.

"After considering the necessity of water, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has decided to provide water connections to the buildings that are yet to obtain the occupation certificate in the Airport Rehabilitation area (R&R). The buildings in the pocket 1 to 7 in the Karanjade and Ulwe nodes in Navi Mumbai will benefit from this decision as the water rates levied on these connections is less than the rates imposed by other the local bodies/authorities," it said. --PTI

17:58 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Maharashtra: Nepali national arrested after `stabbing' man from his village

A 45-year-old Nepali man has been arrested in Maharashtra's Thane city after he allegedly stabbed a compatriot. Indramoham Barmalebuda, the accused, had arrived in India recently, police said. He and victim Padmabhushan Takola (49) hail from the same village in Nepal, said senior inspector Jairaj Ranaware of the Thane Nagar police station. Barmalebuda on Friday afternoon landed at Takola's house. The latter works as a security guard in a housing complex in Kharkar Aali area and lives on the same premises. The accused asked him for shelter, the police officer said. When Takola, who lives with wife and children, expressed inability, the accused allegedly stabbed him in the stomach. --PTI

16:44 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Shah Rukh Khan's bodyguard visits NCB office to hand over documents

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's manager Pooja Dadlani visited the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office here on Saturday morning, sources said. Dadlani arrived at the anti-drug agency's office at Ballard Estate in south Mumbai around 10 am, carrying an envelope in her hand, they said.

While stepping out of the office over an hour later, the media persons waiting outside tried to seek her comment, but she left the place without speaking to them.

Aryan Khan (23), son of Shah Rukh Khan, was arrested by the NCB on October 3 following a raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. --PTI

15:32 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Malik may have evidence against Wankhede, hence speaking against him: NCP minister

NCP's Maharashtra unit chief and state minister Jayant Patil has said that his party colleague Nawab Malik may have some concrete evidence against NCB's Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, without which he would not have made statements against the officer. Over the last few days, Malik has been criticising Wankhede, who had supervised a raid on a cruise liner off the Mumbai coast earlier this month that led to the alleged recovery of drugs and arrest of superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan. Two days back, the NCP leader had dubbed the officer as 'bogus' and asserted that once 'proof' against him is out, he cannot remain in government service for even one day. Notably, Malik's son-in-law Sameer Khan had been arrested by the NCB on January 13 this year for alleged possession of drugs. He had got bail in September. --PTI

13:30 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Fewer lightning strikes, but Maharashtra records more deaths than other states: IITM scientist

Despite fewer strikes in a year, the mortality due to lightning in Maharashtra is much higher than the most lightning-prone areas in India, according to a scientist who studies lightning at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune. Sunil Pawar was speaking at a lecture organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences on Friday as part of the ongoing Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign.

In India, the highest lightning strikes are reported over Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and the northeastern states. But deaths are relatively fewer in the northeast, Pawar noted. “This is mainly due to the topography, that is, along the hilly regions the lightning strikes get trapped and do not hit the land, and thereby fewer people are affected,” he said, adding that increasing events of lightning strikes have been observed over India in recent years as revealed by satellite data since 1995. (Read more here)

13:06 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Cops register FIR in Mumbai high-rise blaze

Police have registered a first information report (FIR) in connection with the fire in a 61-storey residential building in Currey Road area of central Mumbai, which resulted in the death of a security guard as he fell from its 19th floor, an official said on Saturday. "A case has been registered against the owner of the building, its occupant, the fire safety maintenance contractor and others under IPC sections 336 (rash or negligent act that endangers human life or personal safety of others), 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) and under sections of the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act at Kalachowki police station here," the police official said. 

10:35 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Metropolitan magistrate’s court rejects Kangana Ranaut’s plea, calls her allegations vague

The additional chief metropolitan magistrate, while rejecting Kangana Ranaut’s plea seeking to transfer the defamation proceedings against her before another judge, said that merely because a judge is following legal procedure does not mean that he is biased against her. The court also said that Ranaut’s allegations are vague, without any reasonable apprehensions and if the case is transferred, it would affect the morale of the presiding officer.

“Merely because the court proceeds with the case by following the procedure of law, it does not mean that the court is biased against the applicant (Ranaut). Unless some positive, concrete case is made out showing that there is reasonable apprehension of not getting fair trial or fair justice from the concerned court, the proceedings cannot be transferred from one court to another on mere vague and general allegations,” additional chief metropolitan magistrate S T Dande said in her order.

10:32 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Maharshtra covid: District wise cases

Eight districts - Nandurbar, Latur, Parbhani, Gondia, Nagpur, Amravati, Gadchiroli, Wardha - did not record any new case. Areas under the civic bodies of Akola and Amravati also recorded zero cases, it said. Mumbai recorded 420 cases and five deaths, the bulletin said. The Mumbai circle which comprises Thane district and adjoining satellite cities, Nashik and Pune circles each recorded 10 deaths. The Kolhapur circle recorded seven deaths, while Latur and Akola circles recorded two and one fatality, respectively, the bulletin said. Nagpur and Aurangabad circles did not record any fresh death in the last 24 hours.

10:32 (IST)23 Oct 2021
🦠 Maha records 1,632 new covid-19 cases, 40 deaths

Maharashtra recorded 1,632 new covid-19 cases, slightly up from a day ago, and 40 fresh fatalities on Friday, while 1,744 patients recovered from the infection in the state. Eight out of 36 districts did not report any fresh case. There are now 24,138 active cases in the state, while the coronavirus recovery rate stands at 97.46 per cent.

09:03 (IST)23 Oct 2021
After PM Modi hails 100-crore vaccine milestone, Shiv Sena casts doubt on figure

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the nation for reaching the milestone of 100 crore Covid vaccine doses, the Shiv Sena said it has become a “new tradition to celebrate such things” in the country. 

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Friday, “Have we really administered 100 crore doses? If we have done so, then it is a matter of pride…But an event is happening (in the country). It has become a new tradition to celebrate (such things).” He said only 33 crore people have been fully vaccinated while the rest have not got their second dose. Raut said it was an “event” being celebrated by the Modi government and “new traditions are being set”.

19:13 (IST)22 Oct 2021
NCB summons actor Ananya Pandey again on Monday in cruise ship drugs case

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned actor Ananya Pandey again on Monday for a third round of questioning in the cruise ship drugs case. Accompanied by her actor-father Chunky Pandey, Ananya visited NCB office on Thursday and Friday to record her statement in connection with the arrest of Aryan Khan whose bail hearing was put off by the Bombay High Court on Thursday till October 26.

18:25 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Ananya Pandey leaves NCB office after questioning

Bollywood actor Ananya Pandey leaves NCB office after questioning.

16:13 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Ananya Pandey at NCB office on Friday

Ananya Pandey at NCB office fro second round of questioning on Friday.

14:57 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Ananya Panday arrives at NCB office for questioning in cruise ship drugs case

Actor Ananya Panday arrived at NCB office on Friday for a second round of questioning in cruise ship drugs case. The actress on Thursday had recorded her statement in connection with the arrest of Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. Aryan's bail hearing was put off by the Bombay High Court on Thursday till October 26.

14:32 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Lower Parel Fire: Three BEST bus routes diverted

Following the fire in the Avighna building on Mahadev Palav Marg, the routes of three BEST buses -- headed towards Bharat Mata Cinema, Ganesh Cinema and Gulabrao Ganacharya Chowk via Babasaheb Ambedkar marg -- have been diverted. 

14:07 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Lower Parel: Fire doused; municipal commissioner orders probe

The fire has been doused, fire brigade officials confirmed. 

Meanwhile, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has ordered a probe into the incident. 

13:07 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Man jumps from 19th floor of Avighna Park building to escape fire, dies

A 30-year-old man died after he jumped out of the 19th floor of the Avighna Park Building in Lower Parel to escape the fire. He was taken to KEM hospital, where he was declared dead. 

12:37 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Fire breaks out on 19th floor of building in Lower Parel

A fire broke out on the 19th floor of the Avighna park building in Lower Parel on Friday.

12:13 (IST)22 Oct 2021
NCB's Wankhede a 'bogus' officer, will lose job, land in jail: Minister Malik

Launching a scathing attack on Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Thursday dubbed the officer as "bogus" and asserted that once "proof" against him is out, he can not remain in government service for even one day.

Continuing his tirade against Wankhede, who supervised a raid on a cruise liner off the Mumbai coast earlier this month that led to the alleged recovery of drugs and arrest of superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan, Malik claimed the IRS officer will lose his job in one year and eventually land in jail. (PTI)

Aryan Khan and others accused in connection with the drugs case brought to a court in Mumbai. (Express file photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Ananya Pandey gets NCB call, Bombay HC to hear Aryan Khan bail on October 26

THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Thursday summoned actor Ananya Pandey to record her statement in connection with the arrest of Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. Aryan, whose bail hearing was put off by the Bombay High Court on Thursday till October 26, earlier in the day got his first visit from family as Khan came to the Arthur Road jail to meet the 23-year-old.

The NCB also visited Khan’s residence Mannat on Thursday, and said it was to collect some documents.

Khan spent around 15-20 minutes at the jail with Aryan, who has now been in custody since October 3. The Arthur Road jail, which had stopped family visits due to Covid protocols, restarted the same Thursday morning. Officials said that two persons from a family are allowed at a time.

In bail pleas before court, three accused say they are not connected, alleged recoveries of drugs also not linked

A day after bail plea of Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, was rejected on grounds including alleged conspiracy, three other accused arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the cruise drug bust case said on Thursday in their bail pleas before the special court that they were neither connected to each other nor the alleged recoveries of drugs were linked.

The court was hearing arguments made on behalf of Aachit Kumar, arrested allegedly based on the retracted statement of Aryan. It also heard the bail pleas of Odisha residents Manish Rajgaria and Avin Sahu.

“By adding the charge of conspiracy, the NCB is alleging that whatever drug recovery is made from one accused is liable on all others. But the agency has not shown any nexus between all the accused. The element of conspiracy under the NDPS Act is very narrow. These accused were traveling in the cruise independently. For convenience, the NCB has registered only one complaint. This had also been done in the case of Rhea Chakraborty. Though 33 people were arrested, not all of them were linked to each other. In this case too, different recoveries have been made independent of each other,” lawyer Taraq Sayed said on behalf of Rajgaria, from whom NCB allegedly recovered 2.4 gm of ganja.

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