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Mumbai, Maharashtra News Highlights: Eknath Shinde camp leaves Thackeray loyalists out of Assembly panel; Two succumb to injuries in Worli chawl fire

Mumbai, Maharashtra News Highlights: Following the rebellion of Eknath Shinde in June and subsequent change of guard in Maharashtra, the Shinde camp and 40 supporting MLAs have been claiming they are the original Shiv Sena.

By: Express Web Desk
Mumbai | Updated: August 11, 2022 10:36:57 pm
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. (Express file photo)

Mumbai, Maharashtra News Highlights (August 11): The legislators of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena were not invited to the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Maharashtra Assembly held Thursday morning to discuss the schedule of its upcoming monsoon session. Following the rebellion of Eknath Shinde in June and subsequent change of guard in Maharashtra, the Shinde camp and 40 supporting MLAs have been claiming they are the original Shiv Sena.

Meanwhile, the cabinet expansion of the Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis finally took place on Tuesday. While 18 leaders from Sena’s Shinde faction and BJP got ministerial berths, several leaders felt left out and spoke in hushed tones about their frustration even during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan.

In other news, two women succumbed to the injuries they sustained in the fire reported from a chawl in Worli Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said in a statement. Laxmi Rathod, 50, was admitted to Kasturba Hospital and was being treated for her injuries when she succumbed on Tuesday at 3.30 am, according to information from the BMC’s Disaster Management Department. Madhu Rathod, 38, was declared dead at Nair Hospital on Wednesday evening.

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21:09 (IST)11 Aug 2022
I-T dept seizes Rs 56 cr cash, Rs 14 cr worth jewellery during raids in Maharashtra

The Income-tax department has seized a whopping Rs 56 crore in cash apart from jewellery valued at Rs 14 crore after it raided two major Maharashtra business groups engaged in manufacturing of steel TMT bars, the CBDT said Thursday.

The stash of cash and jewellery was kept in more than 30 accounts of a cooperative bank and inside an undisclosed chamber of a farmhouse.

The searches were launched on August 3 and more than 30 premises of the two entities in Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik and Mumbai were covered.(PTI)

20:17 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Maharashtra: 17 women rescued, nine agents held after prostitution racket busted in Navi Mumbai

Mumbai police rescued 17 women, who were allegedly forced into prostitution, after conducting a raid in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, and arrested nine men for acting as agents, an official said on Thursday.

The operation was conducted by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of Mumbai police on August 5, he said.

"The action was taken after a woman approached the AHTU on August 4 with a complaint against two persons named Raju and Sahil, who were involved in human trafficking racket," the police official As per the complaint, the accused duo used to bring women from different states on the false promise of giving jobs of housemaid in Mumbai, he said.(PTI)

19:37 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Will raise price rise, farmer issues in Maha legislature during monsoon session: NCP

The opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday said it would raise important issues like price rise, snail attack on crops and losses suffered by farmers due to heavy rains in the monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature starting from August 17.

State NCP president Jayant Patil said Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis made several visits to New Delhi in connection with formation of the Cabinet, but did not seek financial assistance from the Centre for farmers.(PTI)

17:57 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Suryawanshi new MMRDA Additional Metropolitan Commissioner

Senior IAS officer Dr Vijay Suryawanshi on Thursday took charge as the Additional Metropolitan Commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

A 2006 batch IAS officer, Suryawanshi was earlier Municipal Commissioner of the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation near Mumbai. He has also served as district collector of Raigad and Gondia districts.

An alumnus of Sainik School Satara, Suryawanshi was also the Chief Executive Officer of Palghar and Kolhapur Zilla Parishads.

As Kolhapur ZP CEO, he initiated the Operation Kayapalat programme to improve public health parameters in Primary Health Centres. This became the basis for the national level Kayakalp Awards for public health organisations.(PTI)

17:19 (IST)11 Aug 2022
HC grants bail to former VP of Gitanjali Group in PNB scam case

The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted bail to Vipul Chitalia, former vice-president of Mehul Choksi-promoted Gitanjali Group, more than four years after he was arrested in the multi-crore rupees Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Chitalia in March 2018 alleging that he was responsible for handling unauthorised Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) and foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs) and maintaining contact with the bank officials.

Justice Bharati Dangre granted bail to Chitalia on Friday. A detailed order with bail conditions was not available immediately.

Chitalia has been booked under the Indian Penal Code sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and fraud and also under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

He approached the HC through advocate Vijay Aggarwal after a special CBI court refused him bail in December 2020.

Chitalia had been in prison for four years and the charges in the case were yet to be framed, so he should be granted bail, advocate Aggarwal argued.(PTI)

16:35 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Speaker Rahul Narvekar says Shinde added all names in BAC

Rahul Narvekar, Speaker, Maharashtra assembly said "We have accepted the names sent to us by Shiv Sena group leader Eknath Shinde, who is also the Chief Minister. Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs and none of the group has come to us and said that they are a different faction. We have only one shiv Sena in front of us. As per the records in front of us, group leader has been appointed by the majority of MLAs. We sought names from the group leader (Shinde) and those names were added in the BAC."

15:26 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Maha legislature's monsoon session extended by two days; to conclude on Aug 25

The monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature has been extended by two days, which will now conclude on August 25.

The decision to extend the session was taken during the meeting of the state legislature's business advisory committee (BAC) held on Thursday.

During the meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and attended by group leaders of all parties, it was decided that the monsoon session would be held between August 17 and 25. As per the earlier schedule, the session was to end on August 23.

The Houses will not function on August 19 as it is a holiday (on account of Dahi Handi festival). Moreover, there will be no session on weekends. So, considering all this, the committee members demanded that the duration of the session needs to be extended so that decisions that require approval of the Houses can be taken, a BJP leader said.(PTI)

15:06 (IST)11 Aug 2022
3 people swept away after heavy rains in Maha & MP; IMD predicts flash floods in Vidarbha

Three persons were swept away in swollen drains after heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, while the India Meteorological Department predicted a risk of flash floods in the Vidarbha region, officials said on Thursday.

Some rivers in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra were flooded after heavy showers and several people from Bhandara and Chandrapur were shifted to safer places, they said.

The heavy rains also caused damage to crops and an assessment survey was on, an agriculture department official said.

In Indore city of MP, two persons were swept away in swollen drains following heavy rains and efforts were on to trace them, police said.(PTI)

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Eknath Shinde camp keeps Uddhav Thackeray loyalists out of Assembly panel

The legislators of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena were not invited to the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Maharashtra Assembly held Thursday morning to discuss the schedule of its upcoming monsoon session.

Following the rebellion of Eknath Shinde in June and subsequent change of guard in Maharashtra, the Shinde camp and 40 supporting MLAs have been claiming they are the original Shiv Sena. Read more

14:37 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Two succumb to injuries in Monday’s fire in Worli chawl

Two women succumbed to the injuries they sustained in the fire reported from a chawl in Worli Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said in a statement.

Laxmi Rathod, 50, was admitted to Kasturba Hospital and was being treated for her injuries when she succumbed on Tuesday at 3.30 am, according to information from the BMC’s Disaster Management Department. Madhu Rathod, 38, was declared dead at Nair Hospital on Wednesday evening. Read more

14:26 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Sunny morning in parts of Mumbai; IMD predicts moderate rain, strong wind

It was a sunny Thursday morning in parts of Mumbai, after good spells of rain over the last few days. According to civic officials, most parts of the city did not witness rain in the morning.

The sun shone brightly in some areas of the metropolis, while other parts witnessed overcast skies. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted moderate rain in the city and suburbs with the possibility of heavy rainfall at isolated places in the next 24 hours. It has also forecast occasional strong winds of 40 to 50 kilometre per hour gusting up to 60 kmph.

According to civic officials, there will be a high tide of 4.59 metres in the Arabian Sea at 11.33 am and of 4.12 metres at 11.33 pm. (PTI)

21:27 (IST)10 Aug 2022
Maharashtra: CBI nabs power firm engineer while taking Rs one lakh bribe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an engineer, who works with a power firm in Maharashtra's Solapur, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs one lakh, an official said on Wednesday.

The engineer of Utility Powertech Ltd, a joint venture company formed by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and a private enterprise, the CBI official said.

The engineer allegedly demanded Rs 2,50,000 from a contractor, who is the complainant in the case, in connection with the return of his security deposit. After negotiation, the accused allegedly reduced the bribe amount to Rs two lakh and agreed to accept Rs one lakh as initial amount, he said.(PTI)

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On July 1, the metropolis reported 978 cases and two fatalities, before the daily number of cases started dipping gradually.

Barring the first two days of this month, Mumbai has been reporting more than 400 coronavirus infections everyday. The spike in the number of cases in the last 24 hours is nearly 79 per cent or 376 more compared to 476 infections reported on Tuesday.

The metropolis has been witnessing a steady rise in the cases for the last few days.(PTI)

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An SC bench headed by Justice U U Lalit on Wednesday observed that the medical condition of Rao, currently out on interim bail on health grounds, has not improved to such an extent that the relief granted earlier to him be withdrawn.

“Rao's health is still not that good. He is suffering from various ailments. He is relieved and happy with the Supreme Court order making his medical bail permanent,” Rao's lawyer Satyanarayan Iyer told PTI in Mumbai.(PTI)

18:36 (IST)10 Aug 2022
BJP has shown its true colours: Shiv Sena on Sushil Kumar Modi's 'break' remarks

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shown its true colours, the Shiv Sena said on Wednesday as former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi's remarks that BJP "broke" the Uddhav Thackeray-led party triggered a war of words.

Shiv Sena leader Ambadas Danve, who was appointed the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council on Tuesday, said the BJP's strategy is to form an alliance with a party and then weaken it.

“The BJP has shown its true colours,” he said while responding to a query on Sushil Kumar Modi's remarks.

After Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar parted away with the BJP, Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said the BJP "broke" only those who betray them (BJP). In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena betrayed us and faced the consequences, he had said.(PTI)

17:52 (IST)10 Aug 2022
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Maharashtra cabinet first meeting after expansion held on Tuesday. Cabinet decided to double the compensation to flood affected farmers than the NDRF norms. The limit of two hectares for compensation increased to three hectares.

17:14 (IST)10 Aug 2022
Mumbai cops seize 266 kg ganja worth Rs 80 lakh

The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai crime branch seized 266 kg ganja hidden in two cars and arrested two persons, a police official said on Wednesday.

The seized contraband is estimated to be worth Rs 80 lakh.

The arrested accused are identified as Ashwin Kumar Ashok Sharma (32) and Raju Ramesh Lohar (24), both residents of Thane.(PTI)

16:47 (IST)10 Aug 2022
Special court allows ED to record statement of lawyer Surendra Gadling

Special court allows ED's plea to record statement of lawyer Surendra Gadling. He has been in jail since 2018 in the Elgaar Parishad case. 


Gadling argued in court that the entire chargesheet in the Elgaar Parishad case does not mention any proceeds of crime from him for the ED to invoke sections of Prevention of Money Laundering Act .

Special court said that whether there are proceeds of crime or not is a matter of investigation. Gadling will be interrogated by ED officials for three days from August 17-19 at Taloja jail.

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion: Independents, smaller parties left out in cold

Even as all the nine rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, who were ministers in the earlier government, were inducted in Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Cabinet on Tuesday, the 10 independent and small party MLAs who also joined the Shinde camp have been left out.

The Cabinet expansion saw 18 MLAs inducted on Tuesday, nine each from the Shinde camp and the BJP. Those from the Shinde camp who made it are Uday Samant, Sandipan Bhumare, Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, Shamburaj Desai, Abdul Sattar, Tanaji Sawant, Deepak Kesarkar, and Sanjay Rathod — all of them have been ministers earlier.

Meanwhile, the flag manufacturers in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) are seeing a significant increase in the demand for the National Flag this year due to the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign initiated by the Ministry of Culture, which encourages citizens to hoist the National flag in their homes from August 13 to 15. The Ministry of Home Affairs last week amended the Flag Code of India 2002 to allow the Tiranga to fly even at night if it is hoisted in the open. Earlier, it could be hoisted only between sunrise and sunset.

In other updates from the state, loss of evidence, including a police uniform damaged by termites, prompted a sessions court to recently acquit a 35-year-old man, booked 15 years ago on charges of endangering and obstructing a policeman.

The man was a 21-year-old medical student at the time of the incident in 2007, when he allegedly jumped a traffic signal.

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He was stopped by a traffic policeman who demanded to see his licence but the accused allegedly continued to ride his bike, due to which the policeman’s hand got entangled in the iron rod on the rear seat, causing injuries to him.

Pune Police silent on Pooja Chavan case; Shinde said in July ‘Rathod given clean chit’

There has been a studied silence of the part of the Pune Police on its probe into the allegations against Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Rathod – inducted in the Eknath Shinde-led Cabinet on Tuesday – in connection with the suicide of 22-year-old Pooja Chavan in Pune last February.

Ironically, it was then Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and his BJP colleague Chitra Wagh who had gone on the offensive against Sanjay Rathod.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court recently granted interim protection from arrest to a man booked by Navi Mumbai police for raping and cheating a 30-year-old woman after they got introduced to each other through a dating mobile application. The complainant had alleged that the accused forced her into a physical relationship on the assurance of marriage, and also managed to get her to transfer nearly Rs 6.6 lakh to him.

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First published on: 10-08-2022 at 10:02:45 am
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