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Mumbai News Today Highlights: Heavy rainfall likely in Maharashtra today, IMD issues yellow alert

Mumbai News Today, Coronavirus Cases in Mumbai, Mumbai Weather Forecast Highlights and Updates: As per the district forecast and warning, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar are under yellow alert indicating heavy rainfall at isolated places on Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: September 23, 2021 7:54:34 am
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Mumbai News Today Highlights and Updates: Under the influence of a low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal, widespread rainfall is likely in Konkan and Vidarbha region on Wednesday, IMD said on Tuesday. As per the district forecast and warning, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar are under yellow alert indicating heavy rainfall at isolated places on Wednesday. Through the day on Tuesday, most parts of the city and suburbs received intermittent heavy to moderate rainfall. The entire Konkan region was on yellow alert for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in a fresh war of letters, days after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wrote to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government asking it to consider a two-day Assembly session to discuss women’s safety against the backdrop of the horrific rape of a homeless woman in Mumbai earlier this month, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has replied suggesting Koshyari to write to the Union government seeking a four-day Parliament session to discuss the national issue of crime against women.

In other news, the Mumbai airport customs has arrested two foreigners for smuggling at least 4.95 kg of heroin worth Rs 25 crore into the country, said an official familiar with the case. The arrested mother-daughter duo was traveling from Johannesburg to Mumbai through Doha by Qatar Airlines.

In Covid-19 related news, Mumbai reported 352 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and one death, the lowest death count in three weeks, while 363 patients recovered from the infection. Mumbai also crossed the milestone of one crore Covid-19 tests. The city reported less than 400 daily COVID-19 cases after a gap of six days and witnessed only one fatality for the first time since August 31.

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Mumbai reports 352 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death; IMD issues rain alert for Konkan, Vidarbha, moderate rainfall to continue in Mumbai; Mother-daughter duo held at Mumbai airport for smuggling in 4.95 kg heroin worth Rs 25 crore; Follow this space for the latest news.

22:16 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Cong seeks Parliament session to discuss crime against women

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Sachin Sawant has demanded a special session of Parliament to discuss atrocities against women.

This follows Maharashtra Governor B S Koshiyari asking the state to hold a two-day Assembly session to discuss the issue after the Sakinaka rape case, and saying that the Shakti Act which has been delayed needs to be passed.

Speaking to the media, Sawant said that during the Devendra Fadnavis government, in 2019 there were 47 gangrapes in the state and now the number is 20.

"In 2019, 37,144 crimes against women were registered and the Fadnavis government tenure was a dark era for women. During the MVA government, cases decreased to 31,954 by 2020. Hence, we second CM Uddhav Thackeray’s demand for a special session of Parliament to discuss atrocities against women as we are concerned about the state of women in BJP-ruled states," Sawant said.

19:10 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Man held for killing son

The Vashi Government Railway Police have arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly killing his four-year-old son by banging his head on the Sanpada railway station platform on Monday.

The accused was identified as Sakalsingh Haridas Pawar. He allegedly committed the crime over a fight with his second wife, the police said.

The family stay beneath the Sanpada flyover and earn a living by doing menial jobs and begging.

According to the police, the incident took place around 9 am on Monday, when the family came to Sanpada station to beg. The accused beat up his son and threw him on the ground, killing him in the process, said the police.

16:39 (IST)22 Sep 2021
10-hour special block between Kalva and Mumbra railway stations on September 26

The Central Railway (CR) will operate a 10-hour special traffic and power block on the Kalva-Mumbra UP slow line near Mumbai on Sunday for expediting the work on the 5th and 6th line on the Thane-Diva route.

The special block will be conducted from 8 am to 6 pm on September 26 in connection with slewing of Up slow line for Thane-Diva 5th and 6th Line, the CR said in a release.

Central Railway officials said this is the first major block planned in connection with Thane-Diva additional lines project, executed by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation. More such long-hour blocks will be needed in the coming months before commissioning of the additional lines, they said.

(PTI)

14:36 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Letter war: BJP says Maharashtra CM Thackeray should respect Governor’s post

Amid a letter war between Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the issue of crimes against women, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Wednesday said the CM should respect the governor’s post.

Days after Koshyari wrote a letter to Thackeray for convening a special session of the state Assembly against the backdrop of the Sakinaka rape and murder, the CM on Monday hit back, saying the governor should request the Centre to call a session of Parliament to discuss issues concerning the safety of women and growing attacks on them.

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14:18 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Justice Chandiwal Commission gives former IPS officer Param Bir Singh time till October 6 to appear before it
14:06 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Khwaja Yunus custodial death case: Won’t appoint new Special Public Prosecutor till Oct 14, Maharashtra govt tells HC

The Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court it will not appoint another Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) into the custodial death of Khwaja Yunus till October 14.

The court noted that the state government had removed Special Public Prosecutor Dhiraj Mirajkar, who was appointed to represent it in the case in September 2015, “without assigning any reason”.

A division bench of Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Nitin R Borkar was hearing a petition by Asiya Begum, mother of the 2002 Ghatkopar blast suspect Khawaja Yunus, who died in police custody in 2003, who challenged the government’s decision to remove Mirajkar from the trial.

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13:09 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Biker injured after police assault

A 27-year-old biker sustained grievous head injuries after a policeman reportedly hit him with a baton in Kalyan East on Sunday. The victim received 10 stitches on his head after the alleged assault.

Nilesh Kadam and his friend, Bhupendra Dhukre (25), reached Tisgaon Naka area in Kalyan East on their way to Ulhasnagar, when a cop hit Kadam with his baton. The policeman is said to be attached with the Thane police station. The incident, however, took place under the jurisdiction of the Kolsewadi police station.

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13:03 (IST)22 Sep 2021
HC tells new committee for Shirdi Sansthan Trust to refrain from taking policy decisions till further orders

The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the new committee at the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi, to refrain, till further orders, from taking policy decisions, sanctioning expenditures, making appointments or inducting new members.

A division bench of Justice Ravindra Ghuge and Justice Sanjay G Mehere was hearing a civil application in a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by petitioner Uttamrao Shelke.

Shelke informed the HC that the state government had appointed a new managing committee for the Sansthan chaired by NCP MLA Ashutosh Kale through a September 16 order, and the said committee took charge on September 17.

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12:49 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Mumbai: Man arrested for killing 4-year-old son at railway station

The Vashi Government Railway police have arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly killing his four-year-old son by banging his head on the Sanpada railway station platform on Monday.

The accused has been identified as Sakalsingh Haridas Pawar who committed the crime, allegedly over a fight with his second wife, the police said. The trio and other relatives stayed beneath the Sanpada flyover and earned a living by doing some menial jobs and begging.

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12:40 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Mumbai doctor duped of Rs 1.43 lakh while buying wine online

A 29-year-old doctor from Malad was duped to the tune of Rs 1.43 lakh after she tried to order wine online.

According to the police officials, a case was registered at the Malad police station on Monday under relevant sections of cheating and cheating by impersonation.

The complainant, who stays in the Liberty Garden area of Malad, told police that she was looking up a wine store online. “She found one with the name Sona Wines. She dialed the number and was asked to make the payment of Rs 2,000 for the wine,” said an officer.

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12:10 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Dabholkar murder case: Bombay HC seeks CBI’s response to bail plea of prime accused

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed CBI to respond within two weeks to the bail plea of Virendrasingh Tawade, a prime accused in the 2013 case of the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.

Tawade claimed that the special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) Court in Pune erred while refusing his bail on ‘flawed grounds’ and passed the order without ‘application of mind’ and in ‘ routine and mechanical manner.’

A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice N J Jamadar was hearing Tawade’s appeal filed through advocate Virendra Ichalkaranjikar against the September 15, 2020 order of the special court that rejected his bail plea, his third bail application since he was arrested.

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11:51 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: BJP plays north Indian card by fielding Sanjay Upadhyay for Rajya Sabha bypoll

The BJP’s decision to field Sanjay Upadhyay, hailing from Basti in Uttar Pradesh, for the Rajya Sabha bypolls in Maharashtra is seen as a strategy to woo north Indian voters ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and UP assembly elections in 2022.

The bypolls were necessitated following the death of Congress MP Rajiv Satav in May. The Congress has fielded senior leader Rajni Patil as its candidate.

Upadhyay is the BJP Mumbai general secretary. A loyal worker, he has always retained a low profile, preferring to work in the background. Upadhyay said, “I am grateful to the party leaders for considering my candidature for the Rajya Sabha polls.”

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11:10 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: Joint team of Special Tiger Protection Force & Rapid Rescue Team search for a tiger that killed 15 people in Gadchiroli
11:02 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Thane: Priest's body found hanging at home in Thane

The body of a 38-year-old priest was found hanging at his home in Ulhasnagar township of Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Wednesday.

The deceased's neighbours noticed a foul smell emanating from his flat on Tuesday and informed his brother, who then alerted local police, an official from Vitthalwadi police station said. The police later broke open the door and found the man hanging from the ceiling, the official said, adding that no suicide note was found in the house where the man used to live alone.

The body had highly decomposed and was sent to a government hospital for postmortem, he said, without divulging any further details about the deceased. As of now, the police have registered a case of accidental death, the official said. (PTI)

10:23 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Mumbai reports 352 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Mumbai reported 352 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and one fresh fatality, the lowest death count in three weeks, while 363 patients recovered from the infection. Mumbai also crossed the milestone of one crore Covid-19 tests. The city reported less than 400 daily Covid-19 cases after a gap of six days and witnessed only one fatality for the first time since August 31.

10:07 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Government is not falling, this giving BJP sleepless nights: Shiv Sena

Hitting out at the BJP for “using” central agencies against the Maharashtra government, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that everyone from the Governor to the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly were treating the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government like an enemy.

In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, Sena said that the BJP was using central agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to put pressure on the government. Despite the use of “Centre” tactics, the MVA government was not falling, which has frustrated BJP leaders, it added.

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09:58 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Maharashtra: Court rejects anticipatory bail plea of man ‘misusing’ diplomatic post for 4 years

A sessions court on Monday rejected the anticipatory bail application of a 31-year-old, who worked as an Honorary Consul of the Democratic Republic of Congo, alleging that he misused his position for four years even after he was terminated in 2017.

The pre-arrest bail plea was filed by Ammeet Agarwal, who was booked on charges of cheating by Azad Maidan police. Agarwal submitted to the court that he had not been informed about the termination and that he had rendered honorary services.

He claimed that his name continues to be on the online directory and he was invited by other consulates to attend various functions from time to time.

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09:26 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Letter war: Uddhav writes to Koshyari suggesting Parliament session to discuss crime against women

In a fresh war of letters, days after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wrote to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government asking it to consider a two-day Assembly session to discuss women’s safety against the backdrop of the horrific rape of a homeless woman in Mumbai earlier this month, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has replied suggesting Koshyari write to the Union government seeking a four-day Parliament session to discuss the national issue of crime against women.

Thackeray wrote that Koshyari should request the Prime Minister and home minister to convene Parliament to talk about the image of Delhi as the “rape capital”, of Hathras, Unnao and Badaun gangrapes in Uttar Pradesh and similar incidents in Uttarakhand and Gujarat.

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08:59 (IST)22 Sep 2021
IMD issues rain alert for Konkan, Vidarbha, moderate rainfall to continue in Mumbai

Under the influence of a low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal, widespread rainfall is likely in Konkan and Vidarbha region on Wednesday, IMD said on Tuesday.

As per the district forecast and warning, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar are under yellow alert indicating heavy rainfall at isolated places on Wednesday. Through the day on Tuesday, most parts of the city and suburbs received intermittent heavy to moderate rainfall. The entire Konkan region was on yellow alert for Tuesday.

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22:56 (IST)21 Sep 2021
BJP demands physical meetings of vaccinated corporators

The BJP has demanded physical meetings of corporators who are fully vaccinated.

Complaining that during meetings of statutory and special committees via video conferencing, corporators have failed to raise civic issues, party group leader Prabhakar Shinde wrote a letter on Tuesday to Mayor Kishori Pednekar and Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal seeking their directions on physical meetings.

The party has also cited examples of local train travel, where the state government has allowed people to travel on local trains if they have taken both doses of vaccines.

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Mumbai: Healthcare workers inoculate Covid-19 vaccine to beneficiaries during a vaccination camp organised by Aditi Puri Charitable Trust at Valia College in Mumbai, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)

The Maharashtra Police is in the process of sending a proposal to the state home department seeking to scrap the post of assistant police inspector (API) to enable its personnel climb up the hierarchy at a swifter pace. It has already submitted a proposal to scrap the post of police Naik (PN) to the home department.

The proposal to do away with the API post is still being scrutinised at the DGP office. Both proposals are said to be the brainchild of DGP Sanjay Pandey who frequently interacts with the rank and file of the over two-lakh strong force.

READ | Elgaar Parishad case: Special court rejects Shoma Sen’s interim bail application

A special court on Tuesday rejected the interim bail application of Shoma Sen, a former professor at Nagpur University, who was arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case in 2018. Sen, through her lawyers Sharif Shaikh and Kritika Agarwal, has submitted that she is suffering from hypertension, blood pressure and other ailments, which make her vulnerable to Covid-19.

READ | Uddhav Thackeray directs relocation of tribal families to 5-acre land reserved for anti-terror unit

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday directed that the families from the tribal pada be rehabilitated on the five acres of land reserved for the state’s anti-terror unit ‘Force One’ at Goregaon East. Thackeray held a meeting on the issue attended by the Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil along with senior government officials from the Home Department and Housing Department and elected local representatives.

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