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Mumbai News Highlights: Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amrita Arora test Covid positive

Five persons were injured as a lift collapsed in a 16-storey building at Mahakali Caves in Andheri East on Monday afternoon.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: December 14, 2021 9:38:44 am
Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora are accused of flouting Covid-19 norms. (Photo: amuaroraofficial/Instagram)

Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora have been tested positive for Covid-19. Both have mild symptoms and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked them to remain in home quarantine. Kapoor and Arora were tested on Saturday and their test results came positive on Sunday. As per the protocol, their houses has been sealed, an official from BMC said.

On the city front, Mumbai reported no Covid-19 fatality in the last 24 hours for the second time after the outbreak of the pandemic in the Maharashtra capital in March 2020. In the last 24 hours, the megapolis recorded 256 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally to 7,65,110, he said. The number of active cases in Mumbai now stands at 1,808, while the toll remains at 16,355.

In other news, five persons were injured as a lift collapsed in a 16-storey building at Mahakali Caves in Andheri East on Monday afternoon. All the injured are stable. The cause of the mishap is not known.

Also, two persons have been arrested for beating up a couple in the Akola district of Maharashtra, police said. The arrested persons were part of a mob that attacked the couple and also assaulted their friend after purportedly finding out that the woman was wearing a burkha despite being a Hindu.

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Mumbai News Highlights: AIMIM defies Section 144, holds rally in Mumbai; For second time after Covid-19 outbreak, Mumbai sees no related fatality in day; The tally of Omicron cases in Maharashtra remains at 17 so far.

19:21 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Three arrested for stealing actor Nikita Dutta’s iPhone

Two men who allegedly snatched actor Nikita Dutta’s iPhone in Bandra last month were arrested on Sunday. Another man who bought the phone from the accused has also been arrested, police said. The police have recovered the phone and seized a stolen KTM bike, which was used in the crime.

The incident took place on November 28 at 7.25 pm near Gurunanak nursing home, 14th road in Bandra west. One of the bike-borne men had tapped Dutta on her head, distracting her, while the pillion rider snatched her phone and the two sped away from the spot. The accused were said to have committed more robberies on the same day, police said.

19:20 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Dry days ahead in Maharashra, night temp to gradually drop

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast dry weather over the state in the next five days. While no large change in the maximum and minimum temperature is expected over the region in the next two to three days, a gradual decrease in the night temperature is likely after three days, the Met department said.

After unseasonal rainfall in the first week of December, both maximum and minimum temperature in Mumbai have remained above normal. The minimum temperature is likely to drop below 20 degrees Celsius over the weekend in the city. On Monday, the night temperature recorded at the IMD’s Santacruz observatory was three degrees above normal at 21.6 degrees Celsius. Relative high humidity recorded on Monday morning was high at 81 per cent, which dropped to 41 per cent by evening.

18:25 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Maharashtra pioneer in tackling Covid-19 situation, says Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court on Monday said it does not want a repeat of the “dark days” that were witnessed during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and added that the authorities should ensure prevention of further spread of the disease. The court made this observation while disposing of public interest litigations (PILs) alleging improper management of Covid-19 treatment in Maharashtra and seeking streamlining of vaccination.

The High Court also said that Maharashtra was at the forefront in tackling the Covid-19 situation.

“Last year, we knew nothing about Covid-19, but in April, this year, during the second wave we did know about it. However, we let our guard down and witnessed a difficult time,” the court said.

17:50 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amrita Arora test Covid positive

Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora have been tested positive for Covid-19. Both have mild symptoms and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked them to remain in home quarantine. 

Kapoor and Arora were tested on Saturday and their test results came positive on Sunday. After which the BMC traced their high-risk contacts. So far 15 high-risk contacts of Kapoor and 15 other close contacts have been traced and they will be tested for Covid-19. As per the protocol, their houses has been sealed, an official from BMC said.

"We have asked them to remain in home quarantine. The BMC is tracking all their close contacts," said Suresh Kakani, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Health. 

The BMC officials said that both have mild symptoms. "We will check all their contacts and if they have come in contact with any international travellers from countries at risk then the samples of both will be taken for genome sequencing to check omicron, "said a BMC official.

17:24 (IST)13 Dec 2021
PIL on dropping PM’s name, national flag, emblem from PM CARES Fund: Bombay HC seeks Centre’s response

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Centre to file an affidavit in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions for the removal of the word ‘Prime Minister’, the national flag and the national emblem from the name of the trust — PM CARES Fund (PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund) — and its web portal.

The plea said that PM CARES is a public charitable trust, a non-governmental entity, which is functioning privately and the amount collected by it does not go to the Consolidated Fund of India. Therefore, the use of the name and picture of the prime minister, flag and emblem violate the laws and rules governing the said symbols, the plea said.

17:23 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Excise dept issues show-cause notice to bar owned by Sameer Wankhede

The Thane unit of the state Excise Department has issued a show-cause notice to the bar owned by NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede in Vashi area of Navi Mumbai.

Nilesh Sangde, Superintendent of Excise (Thane district), said, “We have issued a notice in this case for breach of licence conditions and the owners, the Wankhedes, will have to appear before the collector of Thane for a hearing soon.”

An initial investigation by local excise officials has indicated that on the day that Wankhede was granted a licence for the bar and restaurant on October 27, 1997, he was just 17 years old, far below the minimum stipulated age of 21. As a result, the possibility of the licence being revoked can’t be ruled out. The permit can be revoked under section 54 of the Maharashtra Prohibition Act.

16:36 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Hindu woman assaulted by mob for wearing burkha, two arrested

Two persons have been arrested for beating up a couple in Akola district of Maharashtra, police said. The arrested persons were part of a mob that attacked the couple and also assaulted their friend after purportedly finding out that the woman was wearing a burkha despite being a Hindu. Notably, the police took the action after the video of the assault became viral on social media, although no FIR has yet been registered in the case.

The incident allegedly took place in an area under the jurisdiction of Ural police station last week. The couple and their friend were confronted by a mob comprising both Hindus and Muslims while they were riding a bike.

16:30 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Hindu woman assaulted by mob for wearing burkha, two arrested

Two persons have been arrested for beating up a couple in Akola district of Maharashtra, police said. The arrested persons were part of a mob that attacked the couple and also assaulted their friend after purportedly finding out that the woman was wearing a burkha despite being a Hindu. Notably, the police took the action after the video of the assault became viral on social media, although no FIR has yet been registered in the case.

The incident allegedly took place in an area under the jurisdiction of Ural police station last week. The couple and their friend were confronted by a mob comprising both Hindus and Muslims while they were riding a bike.

15:02 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Life collapsed in 16-storey building, five injured

Five persons were injured when a lift collapsed in a 16 storey building at Mahakali caves on Monday afternoon. The cause of the mishap is not known, but all the injured are stable.

According to the disaster management control of the BMC, the incident happened at 12.52 pm and the BMC was informed only at 1.40 pm. The incident happened in Building no. 1 of an SRA complex on Azad Raod, Gondivali in Andheri East.

The police, fire brigade and ward staff were alerted and all the injured were taken to Aditya Nursing Home and are said to be stable, said the disaster management control room.

14:20 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Mumbai's former chief fire officer Shashikant Kale faces dismissal

Mumbai Fire Brigade’s controversial former chief fire officer (CFO) Shashikant Kale is set to be dismissed from service as a departmental inquiry has found him guilty of hiding facts related to his service like suspension due to corruption charges and confidential reports while sending his name for the President’s Meritorious Service Awards.

A detailed report with the inquiry's findings will be tabled before the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee as well as the civic body's meeting this week for the approval of Kale’s dismissal. According to the report, in December 2020, Kale sent a proposal before BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal with the proposed names of firefighters for the president's awards with himself being mentioned as a full-fledged CFO.

In his application, Kale, a deputy chief fire officer who was given the additional charge of the CFO in August 2020, allegedly did not disclose that in 14 years, he had been suspended twice on corruption charges and that there had been adverse notings in his Annual Confidential Report (ACR).

13:48 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Maharashtra board extends dates for SSC, HSC private candidates registration

The deadline for filling up online forms by students wishing to appear for their Class Xth (SSC) and Class XIIth (HSC) exams as private candidates in the academic year 2022 has been extended by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

A notification issued by the board on Sunday said private candidates appearing for 10th,12th board exam in 2022 can now fill-up the form number 17 by paying late fees from today till December 18 or by paying extra late fees from Decmber 19 to 24. Earlier the board had allowed students to fill forms and pay registration fees from September 16th onwards to December 6th.  

The forms are available on the websites, http://form17.mh-ssc.ac.in for Class Xth and  http://form17.mh-hsc.ac.in for Class XIIth. Students should note that applications are being accepted only online and no offline applications will be accepted this year.

09:32 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Large crowds gather at Girgaum Chowpatty despite Omicron scare

Large crowds were seen at the Girgaum Chowpatty on Sunday, despite the imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code for the weekend amid an Omicron scare.

Maharashtra has reported 17 Omicron cases so far. The three patients from Mumbai were all men, aged 48, 25 and 37 with recent travel history of Tanzania, the UK and South Africa-Nairobi, respectively, the health department said. The new cases took the tally of Omicron patients in Mumbai to five.

18:24 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Mumbai: Woman held with 10 kg ganja in Malwani

A woman was held in Malwani in Mumbai's northern suburb of Malad allegedly with 10 kilograms of ganja, police said on Sunday. Kohinoor Khurshid Alam Sheikh (50) was held near a school on Saturday, a Malwani police station official said, adding that she is also an accused in another Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act case in which a man was held with 1,350 grams of ganja earlier. --PTI

16:02 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Nagpur reports first Omicron case

"Nagpur reports its first case of Omicron in a 40-year-old man," ANI quoted Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B as saying.

12:53 (IST)12 Dec 2021
AIMIM defies Section 144, holds rally in Mumbai

Defying Section 144 of CrPC imposed in Mumbai, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, in a show of strength ahead of local polls in parts of Maharashtra, including the BMC elections next year, addressed a large gathering in the city on Saturday.

The rally was held despite the Mumbai Police imposing Section 144 in the city over the weekend, prohibiting gathering of four persons or more. Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Chaitanya S said that no FIR was registered against the party after the rally.

Sources in AIMIM alleged that the Maha Vikas Agadhi (MVA) government had imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC to stop the party’s Tiranga rally at Chandivali on Saturday.

11:39 (IST)12 Dec 2021
86 new Covid-19 cases in Thane district, no death

With the addition of 86 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,70,460, an official said on Sunday. These new cases were reported on Saturday, he said. No new fatality was recorded, he said, adding that the death toll in the district remained unchanged at 11,593. The Covid-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.03 per cent, he said. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,38,794, while the death toll stands at 3,302, another official said.

10:27 (IST)12 Dec 2021
PM Modi greets Sharad Pawar on his 81st birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on his birthday on Sunday. Pawar, one of the most seasoned and respected politicians, turned 81. Modi tweeted, "Birthday greetings to Shri Sharad Pawar Ji. I pray for his good health and long life. @PawarSpeaks."

09:41 (IST)12 Dec 2021
For second time after Covid-19 outbreak, Mumbai sees no related fatality in day

Mumbai reported no Covid-19 fatality in the last 24 hours for the second time after the outbreak of the pandemic in the Maharashtra capital in March 2020. In the last 24 hours, the megapolis recorded 256 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally to 7,65,110, he said. The number of active cases in Mumbai now stands at 1,808, while the toll remains at 16,355

21:29 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Police reunite missing girl from Sweden with her family

A 16-year-old girl from Sweden who flew down to India after befriending an 18-year-old Chembur resident on Instagram was reunited with her family, thanks to the efforts of Mumbai Police. The girl had left her country without informing her parents.

DCP (crime) Neelotpal said they learnt on December 4 that the girl visited the Mumbai International airport after she had gone missing from her residence in Sweden on November 27. The information was received on the basis of a yellow corner notice issued by Swedish police. Read More

20:51 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Maharashtra sees 807 fresh Covid-19 cases, 20 fatalities, 869 recoveries

Maharashtra recorded 807 new coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours and 20 fatalities, the state health department said on Saturday, adding that no new cases of Omicron variant was detected. The tally of Omicron cases in Maharashtra remains at 17 so far. While seven of them have been discharged so far, the number of active cases of Omicron variant now stands at eight, it said. With the new additions, the tally of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra rose to 66,43,179 and the death toll to 1,41,243, the department said.

The swab samples of 107 persons have been sent for the genomic sequence so far, of which results of 51 are awaited, it said. Maharashtra's case fatality rate now stands at 2.12 per cent. A total of 869 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of recoveries in Maharashtra to 64,91,805 so far, it said, leaving the state with 6,452 active cases with a recovery rate of 97.72 per cent. With 1,19,680 new tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra went up to 6,67,59,668. Currently, 75,095 people are in home quarantine and 865 are in institutional quarantine. Eight districts and seven civic bodies in Maharashtra did not report any new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

The Mumbai division, which comprises the metropolis and satellite townships, reported 395 fresh cases and two fatalities. The Pune division added 212 cases, Nashik division 120, Kolhapur 24, Aurangabad 18, Latur 24, Akola seven and Nagpur seven, the health department said. Nagpur and Kolhapur divisions did not report any fatality during the day.

Maharashtra's coronavirus figures are as follows: positive cases 66,43,179, fresh cases 807, death toll 1,41,243, recoveries 64,91,805, active cases 6,452, total tests 6,67,59,668. (PTI)

Mumbai: Mayor gets death threats, seeks police protection

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Friday filed a complaint with the Byculla police station after she received an anonymous letter containing abusive language and death threats for her and her family.

The police said the letter was sent through post and originated from Uran. The one-page letter, written in Marathi, threatened to shoot Pednekar.

Pednekar later wrote to Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil requesting police protection. “I am requesting immediate special police protection for me and my family,” she said in a statement. The letter, which was sent to the Mayor’s former residence, was handed over to Pednekar on Friday morning.

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