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Mumbai News Highlights: Aryan Khan appears before NCB as part of bail conditions in drugs-on-cruise case

Mumbai Air Quality Today Latest Updates, Mumbai Covid-19 Cases Highlights: Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 1,141 fresh Covid-19 cases and 32 related fatalities. The state's case recovery rate now stands at 97.6 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: November 6, 2021 8:43:58 am
Aryan Khan was given bail by the Bombay High Court last week. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai Highlights: Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday as part of one of the conditions set by the Bombay High Court while granting bail to the 23-year-old who was arrested, along with several others, by the agency in the drugs-on-cruise case.

Aryan Khan was released from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail on October 30 after spending 26 days in jail. The Bombay High Court had listed 14 conditions for his bail of which appearing before the agency every Friday is one.

As against the predicted heavy pollution on Diwali night, Mumbai witnessed a moderate AQI of around 149-165. Since earlier this week, the city’s AQI was in the poor category, i.e., between 201 and 300.

Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 1,141 fresh Covid-19 cases, a drop from the 1,193 it did a day ago. The state also recorded 32 fatalities during the same time, the health department said. With these additions, the statewide coronavirus tally rose to 66,15,299, while the death toll increased to 1,40,345, the department added. Maharashtra’s case recovery rate now stands at 97.6 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.

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20:40 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Sameer Wankhede taken off Aryan Khan case

Sameer Wankhede, who has been at the centre of a political storm following allegations of extortion in the cruise drugs bust case involving actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, was Friday removed from the team investigating the case.

The drugs bust case along with five other cases, including the ones involving NCP leader Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan and actor Armaan Kohli, have been transferred from Wankhede to Delhi NCB. Read more

15:33 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Kalaben Delkar didn't win using Shiv Sena symbol: Union minister Rane

Union minister Narayan Rane on Friday claimed the Shiv Sena was trying to project the victory of independent candidate Kalaben Delkar in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli (ST) seat Lok Sabha bypoll as its victory even though she did not use the party's election symbol. Talking to reporters here, Rane, who spent four decades in Shiv Sena before joining Congress and then BJP, said he checked Delkar's poll symbol after the Uddhav Thackeray-led party claimed it had won the first Lok Sabha seat outside Maharashtra. --PTI

13:54 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Woman out for shopping dies after slab plaster from building collapses on her

A 39-year-old woman, who was out shopping with her family members, died after a slab’s plaster from a building in Dadar (West) collapsed on her and her nephew.

The nephew suffered serious head injuries and is being treated at a hospital. His condition is stated to be stable as on Thursday. A case of accidental death has been registered at Dadar police station and a probe is on to find out whose negligence led to the mishap. The incident took place around 5.30 pm outside Woodside building on Gokhale road on Sunday. The deceased, Amruta Sawant, had gone to the Dadar market for shopping with her sister Sonali and nephew Aradhya (12). Read More

13:29 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Aryan Khan to appear before NCB every Friday

As part of the 14 conditions set by the Bombay High Court while granting bail to Aryan Khan, the 23-year-old has to appear before the central agency every Friday between 11 am and 2 pm. The NCB can request cancellation of bail if any of these conditions are violated.

13:21 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Aryan Khan appears before NCB as part of bail conditions set by Bombay HC

Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday as part of one of the conditions set by the Bombay High Court while granting bail to the 23-year-old who was arrested, along with several others, by the agency in the drugs-on-cruise case. Aryan was released from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail on October 30 after spending 26 days in jail. The Bombay High Court had listed 14 conditions for his bail of which appearing before the agency every Friday is one. Read More

12:17 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Teenager held for killing man in Mumbai

A 17-year-old boy, said to be suffering from a mental illness, was detained by police for allegedly killing a man here on Thursday morning, an official said. According to the official, the victim was returning home from a public toilet when the teenager stabbed him with a sharp weapon without any reason, leaving him injured, and fled, he said. After the attack, which took place in the Sahkar Nagar area of suburban Kurla, local residents rushed the injured man to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead, the official said. After scanning CCTV footage of the locality, the police gathered details about the attacker and launched a search for him, he said. (PTI)

11:35 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Bombay HC restrains publishers from sale and circulation of Vijaypat Singhania’s autobiography

The Bombay High Court vacation bench Thursday restrained the publishers and distributors of the autobiography of former chairman emeritus of Raymond Group and an aviator Vijaypat Singhania titled ‘An Incomplete Life’ from its printing, sale and circulation till further orders. Vijaypat Singhania is embroiled in a legal battle with his estranged son Gautam Singhania and Raymond Ltd over the release of the book for over three years. Read More

10:57 (IST)05 Nov 2021
MHCC gives nod to revamp of Gateway of India surroundings

The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) has given its nod to the Mumbai civic body to revamp the surroundings of the Gateway of India. The project, which is likely to cost the BMC Rs 20 crore, is aimed at providing a clear view of the monument and Shivaji Maharaj statue to people from the approach road. Currently, the view is blocked by the plaza, shops and temporary security tents at the entrance. Read More

10:31 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Closure of Hyatt Regency hotel illegal: Court

A labour court has ruled that the decision of Hotel Hyatt Regency to halt its operations in Mumbai is “illegal” under the Maharashtra Recognition of Trade Unions and Prevention of Unfair Labour Practices (MRTU and PULP) Act, 1971.

“It is held and declared that respondents (Hotel Hyatt Regency) have engaged into unfair labour practice under Item 6 of Schedule II and Item 9and 10 of Schedule IV of MRTU and PULP Act 1971. Respondents are directed to cease and desist from the same,” said an order passed by SV Suryawanshi, member of the Industrial Court in Mumbai, on September 30. Read More

10:04 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Draft Shakti Bill debated by review committee, several reservations raised

The amendments proposed by the draft ‘Shakti Bill’ — likely to be tabled in the winter session of the state legislature — were debated by the review committee comprising senior officers of the Maharashtra police last month.

The proposal takes inspiration from the Disha Act of Andhra Pradesh to effectively fight crime against women. Among the provisions proposed is death penalty in all rape cases. Currently only gangrape, rape of a minor or a prior conviction in a rape case invite death penalty. Apart from this, the Bill proposes that the chargesheet be filed in 15 days, trial should resume in 30 days and conclude in 45 days. Read More

09:41 (IST)05 Nov 2021
To boost infrastructure, BMC to recycle jumbo centres’ equipment at hospitals

The essential medical equipment procured for Covid-19 jumbo centres will be used to boost infrastructure in medical colleges and peripheral hospitals in Mumbai. With the flattening of the Covid-19 curve, the BMC has already initiated the process of transferring the equipment from a few centres.

When the Covid-19 pandemic reached its peak last April, civic and private-run hospitals were falling short of beds. So, BMC initiated three makeshift jumbo centres in National Sports Club of India (NSCI) complex in Worli, Nesco Exhibition Center in Goregaon and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). Subsequently, other centres were opened in Byculla, Mulund and Dahisar. Till now, over one lakh Covid-19 patients have been treated at these centres. Read More

09:11 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Bridge built for construction of Mumbai harbour link to be retained as bird-watching platform

The Maharashtra government plans to retain a temporary bridge, built to facilitate the construction of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, as a deck for viewing migratory flamingos that visit Mumbai.

The 5.6-km-long temporary access bridge had been constructed to facilitate the movement of machinery and men for work on the harbour link. The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has begun construction on the 22-km-long harbour link from the Sewri end, which will eventually connect Mumbai to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Read More

09:10 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Mumbai: 62-year-old loses Rs 3.45 lakh over buying liquor online

A 62-year-old man lost Rs 3.45 lakh while trying to order liquor online worth Rs 1,210 after a cyber-fraudster impersonated as an employee of a shop and asked him to make an advance payment.

An FIR was registered on November 3 at the Dahisar police station over the matter. The senior citizen told the Dahisar police that he was a retired person and his only source of income was his pension. The man wanted to have liquor and searched on Google for shops that sold drinks online. It is then he came across “living liquidz” and called the shop to place an order. Read More

19:01 (IST)04 Nov 2021
MHCC gives nod to revamp of Gateway of India surroundings

The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) has given its nod to the Mumbai civic body to revamp the surroundings of the Gateway of India.

The project, which is likely to cost the BMC Rs 20 crore, is aimed at providing a clear view of the monument and Shivaji Maharaj statue to people from the approach road. Currently, the view is blocked by the plaza, shops and temporary security tents at the entrance.

As per the plan approved by MHCC, the plaza building built 15 years ago inside the premises will be demolished. The existing garden around the Shivaji Maharaj statue and fountain will be opened to the public. 

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18:22 (IST)04 Nov 2021
AQI drops to moderate on Diwali, but pollution levels set to rise again

A partly cloudy sky and above normal minimum temperature was recorded on Thursday morning. The city skyline continued to be haze-filled in the morning and evening.

After high pollution levels for the past three days, the Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped to moderate category on Diwali afternoon, with overall AQI of 149 (moderate) being recorded. Since earlier this week, the city’s AQI was in the poor category, i.e., between 201 and 300.

According to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the concentration of PM 2.5 (the suspended pollutants 2.5 microns or smaller in size) was 75 micrograms/cubic metre, which is 1.2 times the daily safety limit. As per the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the daily safe limit of 60ug/m3 for PM 2.5 should be maintained. PM 2.5 is one of the city’s most prominent pollutants.

16:33 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Despite HC directive, over 40 ST bus depots still shut

Employees at more than 40 bus depots of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) continued their strike on Thursday, even as the Bombay High Court has directed them to refrain from doing so, officials said.

Till 10 am, over 40 of the 250 depots of the MSRTC were shut due to the employees' strike over their main demand for the merger of the transport undertaking with the state government, they said.

A section of the MSRTC employees is on an unannounced strike since October 28 seeking merger of the cash-strapped corporation with the state government, according to union sources.

A union leader, who did not wish to be named, told PTI that 59 depots were shut on Thursday morning, but later some of them resumed work and at around 10 am, 45 depots were closed. (PTI)

12:43 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Sudhir Mungantiwar: BJP’s alliance with Shiv Sena limited its expansion in Maharashtra

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is prepared to battle against the alliance of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena and come out winners in the 2024 Maharashtra Assembly elections, said senior party leader Sudhir Mungantiwar. The former state finance minister Mungantiwar said, “BJP will draw its strength and inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The great warrior king had to fight, on one side, Aurangzeb and on the other side, Adil Shah and Nizams. But he fought against all three and emerged victorious in the war.” Read More

11:37 (IST)04 Nov 2021
‘Bank official’ makes false claim of Rs 25 lakh lottery, dupes woman of Rs 3.86 lakh

A 43-year-old woman was duped of Rs 3.86 lakh by a cyber-fraudster, who impersonated as a SBI bank official, and told her that she has won Rs 25 lakh lottery making her deposit the cheated amount as processing fees and other miscellaneous fees. An FIR was registered with the Wadala police station on November 3.

The complainant told the Wadala police that she works as a caretaker for patients and lives with her four children. The incident took place between September 8 to September 17. The woman received a Whatsapp call from the cyber-fraudster who impersonated SBI bank’s manager Akash Verma. The fraud said he was calling from SBI’s Mumbai branch. Read More

11:11 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Loan default by parent firm, Yes Bank takes possession of Hyatt Regency building

Yes Bank Ltd has taken possession of Hotel Hyatt Regency building and a plot of land situated close to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in the city, after its parent company Asian Hotel (West) Ltd defaulted on loan repayment of Rs 267 crore. Hyatt is an American hospitality company that manages and franchises luxury and business hotels. It is managing the Mumbai property on a contract basis on behalf of Asian Hotels (West). Read More

10:48 (IST)04 Nov 2021
Right-wing outfit felicitates Sameer Wankhede outside NCP office in Mumbai

Right-wing outfit Shri Shiv Pratishthan Yuva Hindustan (SSPYH) on Wednesday came out in support of Narcotics Control Bureau zonal chief Sameer Wankhede in Mumbai.

A group of activists belonging to SSPYH gathered outside the NCB office in Mumbai to express solidarity with Wankhede for fighting against drugs. The organisation showered flower petals as Wankhede walked to the office. They also presented him a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The organisation assured their support to Wankhede in the fight against illicit drugs across the state. Read More

A Heritage Tour Bus of BEST at Colaba in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

Hockey players Monika Malik, Vandana Katariya to get Arjuna Award

The Central Railway’s (CR) Monika Malik and Vandana Katariya will receive the prestigious Arjuna Award for their excellent performance during the recently held Olympic Games at Tokyo.

Malik and Katariya, who worked as head TC in Mumbai Division, have been promoted as officer on special duty. Malik was a part of Indian women’s hockey team that secured a place in the semi-finals. Monika made her second consecutive Olympic appearance after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Katariya, also a part of the women’s hockey team, has the distinction of being the only woman who scored a hattrick in field hockey at any Olympic Games. Vandana scored her hattrick against South Africa.

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