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Mumbai News Highlights: Mumbai records 274 Covid cases, 1 death; All MSRTC bus depots shut as employees continue strike

Mumbai Coronavirus Cases Latest Updates, COVID Highlights: Mumbai on Tuesday recorded 274 fresh coronavirus cases and one death, contributing the highest number of daily cases and fatalities in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: November 11, 2021 9:01:03 am
Mumbai: A health worker collects swab sample of a resident for Covid-19 test, at Sion in Mumbai. (PTI)

Mumbai News Highlights: Mumbai on Tuesday recorded 274 fresh coronavirus cases and one death, contributing the highest number of daily cases and fatalities in the state. Maharashtra reported a total of 982 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 27 fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of infections to 66,19,329 and the toll to 1,40,430, the state health department said on Tuesday.

Bus operations at all 250 depots of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) were shut on Wednesday due to the strike by its employees over the demand for a merger of the corporation with the state government, officials told PTI. The MSRTC employees are also planning to take out a morcha in Mumbai later in the day. According to a union leader, a number of employees of the state-run corporation from across Maharashtra have left for the metropolis in private vehicles.

Meanwhile, former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday alleged that NCP minister Nawab Malik had “underworld links” with 1993 Mumbai bomb blast convict Sardar Shabab Ali Khan and an aide of gangster Dawood Ibrahim, Salim Patel.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Fire Brigade rescued nine people after a house collapsed in Mumbai’s Antop Hill area on Tuesday morning. The incident happened at 8:10 am following which, four fire brigade vehicles were rushed to the spot. Out of the nine, seven people were sent to Sion hospital, while two refused hospitalisation.

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20:54 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Mumbai records 347 COVID-19 cases, three deaths

Mumbai on Wednesday reported 347 new coronavirus infections and three  fatalities. It took the caseload in the financial capital of the country to 7,58,536 and death toll to 16,285, a civic official said.

After a gap of three days, the city logged more than 300 new COVID-19 cases.  It had reported 279  COVID-19 cases and one death on Tuesday. There are now 2,761 active COVID-19 cases in Mumbai as  363 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the day. (PTI)

17:29 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Third non bailable warrant issued against Param Bir Singh

A third non-bailable warrant has been issued today against former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh by a court today in Mumbai. This warrant is in connection with an alleged extortion case filed at Marine Drive police station. Previously, two warrants were issued in connection with extortion cases filed in Goregaon and Thane.

14:08 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Court allows Rhea Chakraborty’s plea seeking access to bank accounts

A special court in a recent order allowed actor Rhea Chakraborty’s application seeking de-freezing of her bank accounts frozen during the investigation of the drugs case filed against her by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) last year. The court also allowed a plea for the return of her laptop and phone seized during the probe in the case filed last year following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

The court said that with no strong opposition from the NCB on her plea seeking the de-freezing of her accounts and Fixed Deposits, it can be allowed subject to conditions including a written undertaking from her that she will make available the balance amount shown in the accounts as and when required during the trial. Her plea had said that she supported herself and her brother from the money from her accounts which were frozen last year. Read the full report here. 

12:59 (IST)10 Nov 2021
All MSRTC bus depots shut as employees continue strike; Maha transport minister to meet labour union leaders

Bus operations at all 250 depots of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) were shut on Wednesday due to the strike by its employees over the demand for a merger of the corporation with the state government, officials said. The MSRTC employees are also planning to take out a morcha in Mumbai later in the day. According to a union leader, a number of employees of the state-run corporation from across Maharashtra have left for the metropolis in private vehicles. (PTI)

12:29 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Covid-19 case doubling rate improves to 3,196 days in Navi Mumbai

he doubling time of Covid-19 cases in Navi Mumbai town of Maharashtra has improved to 3,196 days as against 3,000 days a month ago, civic officials said on Wednesday.

The number of active cases also came down considerably to 308 on November 8, as compared to 11,605 on April 11 this year during the second wave of Covid-19, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said in a release.

During Diwali festival last week, 16 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Navi Mumbai on November 5, which was the lowest number since the outbreak of the pandemic, he said. NMMC's medical officer of health Dr Pramod Patil told PTI that after the outbreak of the pandemic last year, the Covid-19 case doubling rate was about 30 days. (PTI)

10:41 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Mumbai's Parel ST depot closed as MSRTC strike continues

With employees of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) continuing their strike, 247 out of 250 ST depots have been closed across the state. This includes the Parel SC depot in Mumbai. 

10:20 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Extortion allegations in cruise ship drug raid case: NCB seeks CCTV footage of 6 areas for its vigilance probe from Mumbai Police

NCB Deputy DG Gyaneshwar Singh, who is conducting a vigilance probe against the central agency’s Mumbai Zonal Unit Director Sameer Wankhede, on Tuesday met Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale seeking CCTV camera footage of certain areas in the city relevant to the probe. Sources said Singh sought CCTV footage of six spots in the city and is likely to be provided the same.

An NCB officer said that Singh sought CCTV footage of the areas near Cordelia cruise, Lower Parel, Worli and the NCB office among other places. “These are the places where it has been alleged that money had changed hands in connection to extortion allegations made in the cruise ship drug raid case,” the officer added.

The officer further said that in addition to recording statements of various concerned persons, the NCB is gathering material evidence to assist its probe. Read the full report here. 

10:19 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Western Naval Command gets Scorpene submarine

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) delivered the fourth Scorpene submarine of Project P-75 to the Western Naval Command on Tuesday. It will be subsequently be commissioned into Navy as INS Vela.

The acceptance document was signed by Chairman and Managing Director of Mazgaon Dock, Narayan Prasad, and Rear Admiral K P Arvindan, Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of Western Naval Command.

“With Vela, India further cements its position as a submarine-building nation and MDL has lived up to its reputation as one of the India’s leading shipyards with capacity to meet requirements and aspirations of the Navy,” said a Mazgaon Dock spokesperson. Read the full report here. 

10:18 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Maharashtra: Behind 10-cr vaccination milestone, efforts of 9,200 vaccinators

Nearly 9,200 vaccinators worked tirelessly over the last 10 months to help Maharashtra achieve the milestone of 10 crore vaccinations. The Indian Expressspoke to some vaccinators about the challenges they face while being at the forefront of the Covid-19 immunisation programme.

Ujwala K Paradeshi: ‘Villagers are wary of vaccines, we try to convince them’

Ujwala K Paradeshi starts her day at 7 am. The 30-year-old Auxiliary Nurse Midwife of Chandsami primary health centre of Chopra taluka of Jalgoan sets out with an ice bag on her shoulder to travel 10-25 km to inoculate people.

A vaccinator for 10 years, Ujwala is responsible for vaccinating people from 10 villages including Vatar, Sutkar and Wadgoan. Most days, her husband Praveen Madanlal Paradeshi and two children would accompany her to the villages. Read the full report here.

10:15 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Fadnavis questions Nawab Malik on land deal with ‘underworld’

THE exchange of allegations between NCP minister Nawab Malik and the BJPcontinued Tuesday, with former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis accusing Malik of buying property for cheap in 2005 from two men associated with the Mumbai underworld. One of them was convicted for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and is serving life term.

Addressing the media at the BJP headquarters here, the senior BJP leader said: “A prime property of 2.80 acres on L B S Marg in Kurla was bought by Solidus Investment Private Limited for a meagre Rs 30 lakh. The signatory on the deal was Faraz Malik, the son of Nawab Malik.” Malik himself resigned from the company on becoming a minister in 2019, Fadnavis said. Read the full report here. 

10:14 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Three from Mumbai fell prey to fake courier cyber-fraud, lose Rs 3.02 lakh

Three people from Mumbai, in separate cases, were cheated by cyber-fraudsters who impersonated as courier service executives over the phone and tricked them into transferring a total of Rs 3.02 lakh from their bank account on the pretext of registration and collecting advance payment.

In all three cases, the victims searched for numbers of courier services on Googleand ended up calling the cyber-fraudsters who upload their own numbers on internet search engines as that of popular courier services.

In the first case, an FIR was registered on November 6 at LT marg police station near Crawford market. The 61-year-old complainant told the police that she wanted to send an affidavit by courier to her son who stays in Pune. On November 4, she searched on Google for Blue Dart’s courier service number and ended up getting a fake number. When called, the fraudster made her download and install Anydesk app, a remote access application that enabled the fraudster to see her mobile activities. He then asked her to pay Rs 5 as processing fees and as she filled the banking details on her mobile the fraudster saw it and used them to transfer Rs 91,000 in six transactions from her account. Read the full report. 

21:55 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Nine injured after house collapses in Antop Hill

Nine people were injured after a house collapsed in Antop Hill on Tuesday morning. The ground-plus-one-storey structure at Jai Maharashtra Nagar in Antop Hill, Wadala, collpased at 8 am on Tuesday. The cause is still unclear.

Four fire engines were rushed to the site along with a rescue van, JCB, while 20 labourers cleared the debris. Of the nine people rescued, seven were sent to Sion Hospital for treatment while two persons refused hospitalisation, the BMC disaster management said.

Some of the injured who were under OPD treatment at Sion hospital were identified as Amit Mishra (23), Surendra Mishra (59) and Punam Sharma (28). ENS

18:22 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Mumbai records season’s lowest temperature

A three-degree drop in minimum temperature was recorded in Mumbai in the last 24 hours. From 23.4 degree Celsius on Monday, the minimum temperature in the city dropped to 20.2 degree Celsius on Tuesday, making it the lowest recorded temperature this season, the IMD said.

Tuesday’s minimum temperature was also two degree Celsius below normal. While the Colaba observatory (south Mumbai) recorded a minimum temperature of 23.5 degree Celsius, which is 0.3 degree Celsius below normal.

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16:10 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Param Bir Singh extortion case: Two cops remanded in CID custody for 7 days

A Mumbai court remanded two police officers in the custody of the Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID) custody for seven days in connection with an extortion case registered at Marine Drive police station against them and former city police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

The two cops - inspectors Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke - who were previously posted in the Mumbai crime branch, were arrested by the CID on Monday. Gopale was currently posted at the Khandala police training centre, and Korke in the Naigaon local arms unit.

The duo was arrested following a complaint filed by real estate developer Shyamsunder Agrawal at the Marine Drive police station on July 22 this year on the charge of extortion.

14:21 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Nawab Malik has ‘underworld links’ with Mumbai blast convict, Dawood aide: Devendra Fadnavis
Last week, Nawab Malik (R) had alleged links between Devendra Fadnavis (L) and people operating the drugs business in Maharashtra. (File Photo)

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday alleged that NCP minister Nawab Malik had “underworld links” with 1993 Mumbai bomb blast convict Sardar Shabab Ali Khan and an aide of gangster Dawood Ibrahim, Salim Patel.

The allegations follow a war of words which broke out between Malik and Fadnavis last week, when the NCP minister tweeted a photo of a man with Fadnavis and his wife Amruta Fadnavis, claiming he was a drug peddler named Jaydeep Rana who is presently in jail.

12:46 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Mumbai: Nirbhaya team finds 8-year-old lost girl, reunites her with family through social media

The Nirbhaya team from Samta Nagar police station in Kandivali (east) found an 8-year-old girl who had gone missing from her residence in Malwani in Malad (west) and reunited her with her family.

The girl hails from Uttar Pradesh and had come to Mumbai a few days ago to stay with her uncle. “She did not like it here and wanted to return to UP. So she left home around 9 am and got lost,” said Aanandrao Haake, senior inspector, Samta Nagar police station. Read More

12:40 (IST)09 Nov 2021
HC raps ‘adamant’ MSRTC workers for not withdrawing strike despite panel set up by Maharashtra govt
A section of the MSRTC employees has not been reporting for duty since October 28 seeking a merger of the cash-strapped corporation with the state government. (Express file photo by Nirmal Harindran)

The Bombay High Court has deprecated the “adamant stand” taken by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation employees of not withdrawing their strike despite the Maharashtra government extending full cooperation and setting up a panel to address their demand of merger of the MSRTC with the state government.

12:38 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Sameer Wankhede’s father files police complaint against Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik
Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik. (Express file photo)

NCB Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede’s father Dhyandev Wankhede has filed a police complaint in Mumbai against Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik for allegedly making “false and derogatory” remarks against him and his family members and their caste, an official said on Tuesday.

The senior Wankhede approached the Oshiwara division’s assistant commissioner of police on Monday with his written complaint, demanding that an FIR be registered against the minister under the SC/ST Act, he said.

12:25 (IST)09 Nov 2021
Bombay HC seeks Nawab Malik’s reply on suit filed by Wankhede’s father

THE BOMBAY High Court on Monday directed state cabinet minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik to file an affidavit in reply to the defamation suit by Dhyandev Kachruji Wankhede, father of NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, seeking Rs 1.25 crore in damages from Malik.

Justice Madhav J Jamdar heard Dhyandev’s plea for interim relief, including deletion of articles, tweets, interviews in electronic and social media, and a temporary injunction restraining respondents from publishing, writing and speaking in any media on Monday. Read More

11:29 (IST)09 Nov 2021
NCB team records Sail’s statement, visits three spots

THE VIGILANCE team of the NCB probing corruption allegations against agency official Sameer Wankhede on Monday recorded the statement of Prabhakar Sail, one of the panchas in the Cordelia drug bust case.

Sail had later alleged that payoffs were discussed by another witness K P Gosavi to ‘help’ Aryan Khan, who had been detained by the NCB soon after the raid.

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THE BOMBAY High Court on Monday directed state cabinet minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik to file an affidavit in reply to the defamation suit by Dhyandev Kachruji Wankhede, father of NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, seeking Rs 1.25 crore in damages from Malik.

Justice Madhav J Jamdar heard Dhyandev’s plea for interim relief, including deletion of articles, tweets, interviews in electronic and social media, and a temporary injunction restraining respondents from publishing, writing and speaking in any media on Monday. The plea was mentioned for urgent hearing on Friday before a vacation bench of Justice S J Kathawalla, who kept the matter for hearing on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Criminal Investigation Department on Monday arrested two inspectors of the state police in an extortion case in which former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh and five other police officials have been named.

In other news,, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in Maharashtra has said its employees who have not taken even one dose of vaccine against COVID-19 will not be paid salaries. The decision was taken on Monday during a meeting of senior TMC officials, including civic commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma and Thane Mayor Naresh Mhaske.

Mumbai: High-rise society gets notice for not maintaining fire-fighting system

The Mumbai Fire Brigade on Monday issued a notice under Section 3 of the Maharashtra Fire Act to the 15-storey Hansa Heritage in Kandivali West, where a blaze broke out on Saturday, killing two members of a family. The fire brigade said the society had failed to submit the bi-annual fire audit report and maintain the fire-fighting system.

Maharashtra: Behind 10-cr vaccination milestone, efforts of 9,200 vaccinators

Nearly 9,200 vaccinators worked tirelessly over the last 10 months to help Maharashtra achieve the milestone of 10 crore vaccinations. The Indian Expressspoke to some vaccinators about the challenges they face while being at the forefront of the Covid-19 immunisation programme.

Ujwala K Paradeshi: ‘Villagers are wary of vaccines, we try to convince them’

Ujwala K Paradeshi starts her day at 7 am. The 30-year-old Auxiliary Nurse Midwife of Chandsami primary health centre of Chopra taluka of Jalgoan sets out with an ice bag on her shoulder to travel 10-25 km to inoculate people.

A vaccinator for 10 years, Ujwala is responsible for vaccinating people from 10 villages including Vatar, Sutkar and Wadgoan. Most days, her husband Praveen Madanlal Paradeshi and two children would accompany her to the villages.

No pre-arrest bail for man booked for cheating another over helping him secure Olympic committee post

The Bombay High Court recently refused anticipatory bail to a man booked by the Mumbai Police for cheating a person of over Rs 3 crore by promising him membership of Indian Olympic Handball Committee and Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association Committee. The court held that custodial interrogation of the applicant for detailed probe is required.

A single judge vacation of Justice Surendra P Tavade last week was hearing the pre-arrest bail plea of Joseph Anthony Castelino, who was booked the Santacruz police station for offences punishable under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 34 (criminal act with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, along with co-accused Dharmendra Singh and Rakesh Kumar.

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