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Mumbai residential building fire: PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 for injured

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the Mumbai residential building fire in Tardeo and Rs 50,000 for those injured.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that six people died in the fire that broke out inside the 20 storey Kamala building in Mumbai on Saturday morning. The civic body further informed that 16 injured people are admitted to the various hospitals while seven have been treated and discharged. “An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the building fire in Tardeo, Mumbai. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000 each,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting…

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CISF recovers 60,000 US dollars worth Rs 45 lakh at Mumbai Airport

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Friday recovered 60,000 US Dollars which converts approximately to Rs 45 lakh, from the possession of a ground handling agency staff at Mumbai Airport.The appended staffer has been identified as Ritesh Parker, who belongs to ground handling agency Aviaxpert Pvt Ltd. at Mumbai Airport. Parker was caught around 12.40 a.m. during his frisking at Security Hold Area (SHA) of Terminal 2, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International (CSMI) Airport, Mumbai after the CISF personnel observed that he had concealed something at lower part of his body under his clothes and socks.“During thorough physical checking, 60,000 US dollars which worth approximately Rs 45 lakh in indian currency were recovered from his possession. He was later identified as Ritesh Parker, AEP No.BOM 2812210113 of Aviaxpert Pvt. Ltd. dealing as ground handling agency at Mumbai Airport,” the CISF…

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INS Ranvir blast: Mumbai Police registers accidental death report, investigation underway

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India](ANI): Mumbai’s Colaba Police Station registered an accidental death report (ADR) in the death of three naval personnel, who lost their lives in an explosion in an internal compartment onboard INS Ranvir on Tuesday at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, said police on Wednesday. Further investigation into the matter is underway.Earlier on Tuesday, the Indian Navy officials, in their statement, informed that “in an unfortunate incident today at Naval Dockyard Mumbai, 3 naval personnel lost their lives in an explosion in an internal compartment onboard INS Ranvir. Responding immediately, the ship’s crew brought the situation under control. There is no major material damage,” the officials said. “INS Ranvir was on cross coast operational deployment from the Eastern Naval Command and was due to return to base port shortly,” Indian Navy officials further added. A Board of inquiry has been ordered to investigate…

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Bulli Bai app case: Mumbai court reserves order on bail plea of Vishal Kumar Jha, Mayank Rawat, Shweta Singh

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): Mumbai’s Bandra Court reserved order on the bail applications of Vishal Kumar Jha, Mayank Rawat and Shweta Singh arrested in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case, till January 20. The Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police on Monday opposed the bail pleas of the three stating that the investigation suggested that the accused were also involved in ‘Sulli Deals’ app case.Advocate Sandeep Sherkhane represented accused Mayank Rawat. A Bandra court had earlier sent Bulli Bai app case co-accused Shweta Singh and Mayank Rawat into 14-day judicial custody till January 28. Before this, they were sent to Mumbai Cyber Cell police custody till January 14. They were arrested from Uttarakhand on January 5. Vishal Kumar Jha has been sent to judicial custody will January 24. (image -instagram)

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Mumbai Police arrests 65-yrs-old drug peddler with 1 kg heroin

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): The Azad Maidan Unit of Anti-Narcotics Cell, Mumbai Police arrested a 65-years-old drug peddler from Borivali and seized one-kilogram heroin drug.As per information received by the police, the seized one-kilogram heroin drug cost Rs 3 crore in the international market. He has come from Rajasthan to supply drugs. A case has been registered against the accused under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.The accused has also been sent to police custody till January 19. (Image source: Instagram)

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Mumbai: Passengers from UAE exempted from compulsory week-long home quarantine, RT-PCR test upon arrival

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): Passengers arriving from United Arab Emirates (UAE), including Dubai are now exempted from compulsory seven-day home quarantine and RT-PCR test upon their arrival to Mumbai, as per an order from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).“To contain the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the city, special SOPs for monitoring of international travelers arriving from United Arab Emirates (UAE) including Dubai in Mumbai were issued under circular No. MGC/F/5819 Dated 29.12.2021. As per these SOPs, 7 days Home quarantine and on arrival RT-PCR test was made mandatory for such passengers. These directives are now revised as below: 1). No special SOPs henceforth will be applicable for passengers coming from United Arab Emirates (UAE) including Dubai 2). Guidelines applicable to international travelers arriving from “Countries other than Countries at-risk” will be made applicable to trave*rs arriving from United Arab Emirates (UAE)…

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Mumbai reports 11,317 new COVID-19 cases

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): Mumbai reported 11,317 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours.According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin, the total number of cases of the disease in Mumbai has gone up to 9,81,306. The bulletin said nine people lost their lives due to the virus during the last 24 hours and the death toll has gone up to 16,435. Of the 11,317 new cases, 9,506 cases are asymptomatic. The city has 84,352 active cases.The bulletin said that 22,073 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recoveries to 8,77,884.It said 800 people were hospitalised on Friday taking the total hospitalisations to 6,432. There are a total of 38,088 beds in Mumbai. The current bed occupancy rate is 16.80 per cent.A total of 54,924 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. (Image source:…

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Bulli Bai case accused Shweta Singh, Mayank Rawat sent to 14-day judicial custody

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): A Bandra court on Friday sent Bulli Bai app case co-accused Shweta Singh and Mayank Rawat into 14-day judicial custody till January 28, confirmed Sandeep Sherkhane, accused Mayank’s lawyer on Friday.Shweta Singh and Mayank also filed a bail plea in the Bandra Court. Hearing on the case is on Monday (January 17), said Mayank’s lawyer. Earlier Sweta Singh and Mayank were sent to Mumbai Cyber Cell police custody till January 14. They were arrested from Uttarakhand on January 5.Sweta Singh was produced before the court on Friday while Mayank Rawat could not, as he tested COVID positive, informed Mumbai Police.The other co-accused, Vishal Kumar Jha was earlier sent to police custody for 14 days while Niraj Bishnoi and Aumkerashwar Thakur are in Delhi police custody for further investigation.‘Bulli Bai’ app was on the open-source platform Github which carried images of…

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Mumbai is Facing vaccine shortage; no indication of flattening of curve: Health Minister

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], (ANI): Maharashtra is facing a shortage of Covaxin and Covishield, said state health minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Tope said, “Vaccination drive for teenagers and precaution doses are being given to senior citizens, frontline and healthcare workers. Due to this, we are facing the shortage of Covaxin and Covishield. We have demanded additional 50 lakh Covishield doses and 40 lakh Covaxin doses from the Central government.”He further said that it is not true that there is a decline in COVID-19 cases. “In the past two-three days, the reporting of COVID-19 cases might have come down. It may be because of the low testing. On Wednesday, the state has reported around 46,000 new COVID-19 cases. So, there is no indication of flattening of the curve in Maharashtra.” The positivity rate in Maharashtra stands at 21.4 per cent,…

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Disturbing scenario as Param Bir Singh has no trust in force which he once headed: SC

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that it was a “disturbing scenario” that the former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh does not have trust in the police force which he headed once and the Maharashtra government has no faith in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).The bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh refused to extend protection from arrest to Singh. The Bench said, “This is the same police force that you headed. Now, what do we say, the head of the police force has no trust in the police force and the administration has no trust in the CBI. Look at the scenario which is being painted. It is a very disturbing scenario for us. We cannot resolve it peacefully.”It added, “The state government does not think it appropriate for CBI to look into it and…

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Lata Mangeshkar admitted to ICU but Stable for now

New Delhi [India]: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was recently admitted to a Mumbai hospital after she was diagnosed with COVID-19. The veteran singer was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on Monday.“Didi is admitted to ICU after she was diagnosed with COVID-19. Dr Pratik Samdani is treating her and he says that there is nothing serious but she needs to be kept in ICU for precautionary reasons seeing her age. We hope she will recover soon. Please respect our privacy and keep didi in your prayers,” Mangeshkar’s niece Rachna told ANI. Fondly called ‘Nightingale of India’, the legendary singer has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and has sung many tracks in several Indian languages and foreign languages. Her iconic songs include ‘Lag Jaa Gale’, ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’, ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’, ‘Bahon Mein Chale Aao’, ‘Tere Liye’ from ‘Veer…

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Maharashtra reports 44,388 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): As many as 44,388 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra during the last 24 hours, as per the state health department on Sunday.The active cases currently stand at 2,02,259 in the state. During the last 24 hours, 15,351 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries in the state to 65,72,432. The recovery rate in the state is 94.98 per cent.As many as 12 people succumbed to the deadly virus in the state during the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate stands at 2.04 per cent.According to the media bulletin, out of 7,05,45,105 laboratory samples, 69,20,044 have been tested positive for COVID-19 so far.A total of 10,76,996 people are in-home quarantine and 2,614 people are in institutionalquarantine, the bulletin said.Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 207 new cases of Omicron variant of the COVID-19 on Sunday. With this, the tally…

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Maharashtra govt revises COVID norms; beauty salons, gyms to function at 50 pc capacity from Jan 10

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] (ANI): The Maharashtra government on Sunday revised its COVID-19 restrictions allowing beauty salons and gyms to function at 50 per cent capacity with the services being open to only fully vaccinated people.The state government made a partial modification to its last order issued on January 8, which is scheduled to come into force from Monday. In its last order, the Maharashtra government had said that beauty salons and gyms in the state will remain completely shut. However, in its latest order, the government said: “Beauty salons shall be grouped with hair cutting salons and shall be allowed to remain open with 50 per cent capacity subject to restrictions mentioned in the table for hair cutting salons.”In the last order, the government had allowed hair cutting salons to operate at 50 per cent capacity adding that these salons will remain closed from…

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COVID: Decision on weekend curfew likely by tonight, says Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Amid the massive surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Friday informed that a decision regarding weekend curfew might be taken by tonight after a review meeting.Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and state Health Minister Rajesh Tope will likely make a decision regarding weekend curfew by midnight. Addressing a press conference here, Pednekar said, “No decision yet on weekend curfew. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a review meeting via video conferencing with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray this evening on the COVID-19 situation.”Apprising that the Chief Minister does not think that a lockdown should be imposed, Pednekar further said, “But, people are still not serious and are not wearing masks. People must follow all COVID19 SOPs.”Since a lot of tourists visit Mumbai during the weekend, and the maximum surge…

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Ninety-three Mumbai cops test positive for COVID-19

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As many as 93 Mumbai policemen tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, informed police on Friday.With this, 9,657 policemen have tested positive so far in the city. Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 20,181 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the positivity rate to 29.90 per cent, informed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday.Maharashtra reported 36,265 new cases, 13 deaths and, 8,907 discharges on Thursday.The State reported 79 Omicron cases today, taking the tally to 876 including 381 recoveries.

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Mumbai: 21 more employees of BEST test positive for COVID-19, tally reaches 87

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As many as 21 more bus workers of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19, informed Public Relation Officer (PRO) of BEST.With 21 more cases, the tally has reached 87. BEST PRO said that a total of 22 workers have been discharged so far.Maharashtra on Wednesday had reported 26,538 fresh COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the state health bulletin.Of the new cases, Mumbai reported the highest number of infections at 15,166.As per the health bulletin, 67,576,032 cases have been reported in Maharashtra so far including 87,505 active cases.

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Maharashtra reports 19000 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra has reported 18,466 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Tuesday. The cases of the new variant of COVID-19, Omicron have gone up to 653. There are 66,308 active cases in the state.Out of the 18,466 new COVID-19 recorded in Maharashtra, Mumbai reported 10,860 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The state has witnessed 20 COVID-related deaths, while 4,558 patients have recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines for sealing buildings in Mumbai. As per these guidelines, the whole building or a wing of the building complex/society will be sealed if 20 per cent of the building or a wing of building society is affected with COVID-19 cases or at least 10 COVID-19 cases are detected in the affected…

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Mumbai: Lockdown will be clamped if daily COVID cases jump 20,000 mark, says city Mayor Kishori Pednekar

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday said that if the daily COVID-19 cases cross the 20,000 mark, then the lockdown will be imposed in the city. “We will have to impose lockdown in Mumbai if daily COVID cases cross the 20,000-mark,” said Pednekar.She further said that all the schools in the city have been closed due to spike in COVID-19 cases and students are taking online classes. “Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has himself cancelled the programmes of Shiv Sena. This effort is going on so that the lives of our citizens should not be in danger,” said Pednekar. She further urged people to follow all the COVID-appropriate rules. “People should not crowd and should follow the rules. No one wants lockdown but for that, people should follow the rules,” added Mumbai Mayor. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday issued fresh guidelines for…

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Sameer Wankhede is holding Bar License in his name, alleges Nawab Malik

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik on Monday had given a complaint to Vigilance department of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIT) against NCB officer Sameer Wankhede saying that “Wankhede is holding a Permit Room and Bar License in his name from 1997 onwards till date.“Wankhede is holding a Permit Room & Bar License in his name from 29th Oct 1997 onwards till date…,” reads the letter The complaint further read, “Is a Central govt servant eligible to hold and operate a Permit Room and Bar License in his name? Please take a note of facts, of administrative misconducts… and conduct proper Inquiry in the matter.”Earlier on Sunday, Nawab Malik had alleged that some influential BJP leaders from Maharashtra are Lobbying for Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director Sameer Wankhede for the further extension of…

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Mumbai reports 6,347 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai reported 6,347 fresh COVID-19 cases and one death in the last 24 hours, informed the state health bulletin.As per the bulletin, Out of 6,347 cases, 5,712 are asymptomatic. 451 patients have been recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the city rose to 7,91,457. The active caseload in the city stands at 22,334.With 451 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries mounted to 7,50,158.On December 31, the city had recorded 5,631 COVID-19 cases.Meanwhile, India reported 22,775 new COVID-19 cases and 406 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.As per the release by the ministry, “The active caseload currently stands at 1,04,781. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.30 per cent.”

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Commercial LPG cylinder prices slashed by Rs 102.50

New Delhi [India]: In some relief for consumers on New Year, National Oil Marketing companies have slashed the prices of 19 kg commercial LPG cylinder cost by Rs 102.50 effective from January 1, 2022. The 19 kg commercial cylinder will cost Rs 1998.50 in Delhi from today, sources told ANI.It will provide some relief to restaurants, eateries and tea stalls etc which constitute the largest user segment of the 19 kg cylinder. Last month on December 1, prices of 19 Kg LPG cylinders were increased by Rs 100 bringing the prices of 19 kg commercial cylinders to Rs 2,101 in Delhi which was the second-highest price of 19 kg commercial cylinder after 2012-13 when it cost around Rs 2,200 per cylinder. However, there is no decrease in prices of other domestic cylinders weighing 14.2 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg composite or 5 kg composite…

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Mumbai on high alert after inputs of possible terror attack by pro-Khalistan groups

New Delhi [India]: A high alert has been sounded in Mumbai after intelligence agencies received inputs regarding terror activities planned by pro-Khalistan groups. A senior officer said that after Jaswinder Singh Multani, a member of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) who was allegedly linked to Ludhiana court blast, was detained and questioned in Germany, they have received inputs regarding planned terror activities in Mumbai and other big cities.“We have received inputs that apart from SJF, other banned pro-Khalistan groups are in contact with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to execute terror activity in Mumbai, Delhi and other cities,” he said. Sikhs For Justice is a designated terror group in India. An alert has been issued to Mumbai Police and has been asked to remain vigilant and take note of any suspicious activity. Mumbai Police have instructed all police stations to be on alert. Quick Reaction teams…

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Omicron Threat : Mumbai Police impose Section 144, New Year celebrations banned

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]:In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the Mumbai Police on Thursday has imposed Section 144 in the city starting from today till January 7. As per the new COVID-19 restrictions, prohibition has been placed on New Year’s celebrations, parties in any closed or open space including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, resorts and clubs from December 30 to January 7.“The order shall come into the force, in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai from 00:00 Hrs of 30th December 2021 and will remain in force till 24:00 Hrs of 7th January 2022, unless withdrawn earlier,” the order reads. “Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code 1860 in addition to the penal provision under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and National Disaster Management Act 2005 and other legal provisions as…

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Despite COVID-19 restrictions, people gather at Mumbai’s Bandra Reclamation

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: People gathered at Mumbai’s Bandra Reclamation area which is lit up for the New Year despite COVID-19 restrictions to prevent crowds.The Maharashtra government has banned congregations of more than five people from 9 pm to 6 am throughout the state in all public places, amid the rising COVID-19 cases and Omicron scare. Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 2,172 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, said the state health department on Tuesday.However, no new cases of Omicron variant of the virus were reported in the state during the last 24 hours. There are currently a total of 167 Omicron cases in the state.There are currently 11,492 active COVID-19 cases in the state.

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‘Wrote to Governor, no response yet’, Maharashtra Minister Thorat over Assembly Speaker election

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra Minister and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat on Tuesday hit out at Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari stating that there was no response over Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s request seeking approval for the election of the Legislative Assembly Speaker during the ongoing winter session of the state legislature.Speaking to the reporters here on the matter of the election of Speaker ahead of the last day of the Winter Session of Maharashtra Assembly, Thorat said, “We have written a letter to the governor on the matter but we have not received any response yet.” “If he does not want to allow the conduct of the election, he can clarify that. He should not keep the matter pending in this manner,” he added.The MVA government intends to conduct the Speaker election in the Assembly on the last day of the Winter session, according…

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COVID-19: BMC calls for meeting with health officers on rising number of Omicron cases

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Chahal has called a meeting on Monday with Health and Ward officers on the rising number of COVID-19 Omicron cases.India has logged 6,531 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. As per the Health Ministry, the country’s active caseload stands at 75,841. “Active cases constitute 0.22 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is lowest since March 2020,” said the Ministry.Meanwhile, the tally of cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus in the country has risen to 578.The Ministry further informed that as many as 7,141 patients recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,42,37,495. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.40 per cent, the…

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Gujarat CM reviews Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project

Surat (Gujarat) [India]: Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited and reviewed the development of the High-Speed Bullet Train Mumbai-Ahmedabad project in Surat on Sunday afternoon.Union Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh was also present at the venue. National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) MD, Satish Agnihotri who was here as well told ANI today, “We have acquired and started working on approximately 98.5 per cent of the 350 kilometres land stretch in Gujarat.”“We will try to adhere to the time period of 6 years given by the Railways Minister to complete the project in Gujarat,” Agnihotri said.Jardosh tweeted, “Reviewed the ongoing work of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project C-4 section at Vaktana near Surat with Gujarat CM Shri @Bhupendrapbjp ji. The High Speed Bullet Train Project is on track to bring unparalleled economical transformation for our nation.”At present Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail…

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Mumbai: Fake COVID-19 vaccination certificate racket busted, 2 held

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai police crime branch on Friday busted a gang used to issue fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates to the unvaccinated people and arrested two in this regard, informed the police.Certificates were sold at high prices to people who were not vaccinated against COVID-19. The police had taken an action on the complaint registered by the Assistant Medical Officer of L-Ward at Kurla Police Station.

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Anyone found violating govt guidelines on COVID-19 will be booked, says Municipal Commissioner

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner, in a fresh order on Thursday said that anyone found violating the state government’s guidelines on COVID-19 will be booked under Section 188 of IPC. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government will issue detailed guidelines on Friday to avoid crowds during Christmas and New Year celebrations as the State is once again reporting a steep hike in COVID-19 cases amid fresh concerns raised by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.While, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey held a meeting with the COVID-19 task force on Thursday at 10:00 pm via video conferencing, as per Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The guidelines will cover the gathering allowed at wedding ceremonies in hotels and restaurants. (ANI)

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This country continues to ill-treat nationalists: Kangana Ranaut post her hearing at Khar police station

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : After appearing at Khar Police Station on Thursday morning to record her statement in a case related to alleged derogatory remarks made by her against Sikhs on her social media platform, actor Kangana Ranaut expressed her disappointment saying that “this country continues to ill-treat nationalists.” “This country continues to ill treat and devalue nationalists and if you love your nation you are on your own against a very powerful enemy,” she wrote on Instagram Story. For the unversed, on December 13, Bombay High Court asked Kangana to appear before Mumbai Police on December 22 for investigation of an FIR registered against her for her Instagram post with alleged derogatory remarks made against Sikhs. Maharashtra government had agreed not to take any coercive action against her till January 25, the next date of hearing. Recently, a petition had also been filed in…

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Mumbai: Kangana Ranaut not to appear before Mumbai Police

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Pursuant to the Bombay High Court, Actor Kangana Ranaut was supposed to appear before the Mumbai police at Khar police station on Wednesday in connection with the investigation of FIR filed against her for her Instagram post with alleged derogatory remarks made against Sikhs. However, she will not be appearing at the Khar police station on Wednesday. She has cited the reason that she is not going to be in Mumbai on Wednesday, informed her lawyer Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee.Ranaut was supposed to appear at Khar police station on Wednesday to record her statement. Earlier on December 13, Bombay High Court asked actor Kangana Ranaut to appear before Mumbai Police on December 22 for investigation of an FIR registered against her for her Instagram post with alleged derogatory remarks made against Sikhs. Maharashtra government had agreed not to take any coercive action…

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Omicron, inflation, FIIs, major factors behind panic selloff at Dalal Street

Mumbai [India]: The Indian equities markets benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty have slumped more than 11 per cent from their peaks. Technically the markets have now entered the correction zone. This has happened for the first time since March 2020. The markets witnessed panic selling on Monday. The key indices slumped over 3 per cent leaving equity investors poorer by a staggering around Rs 10 lakh crore.The benchmark Sensex dipped to a low of 55,132.68 points on Monday trade, which is 11.42 per cent down from its high of 62245.43 points reached on October 19, 2021. More than 10 per cent of decline from the peak is referred to as correction.What is causing this massive selloff at the Dalal Street? There are multiple factors. Exploding COVID cases due to the new strain Omicron, rising inflation and sustained selling by the Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs)…

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More Bollywood names under ED scanner in money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar

Mumbai [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar in the Rs 200 crore money laundering case has mentioned that he has an association with several Bollywood celebrities including actor Shraddha Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty. According to the disclosure statement of Sukesh Chandrashekhar, he has disclosed that he knows Sharadha Kapoor since 2015 and helped her in Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) case.Speaking about other Bollywood celebrities, Chandrashekhar told to ED that he knew actor Harman Baweja and was planning to co-produce his next movie “Captain” starring Kartik Aryan. Chandrashekhar’s disclosure statement also mentioned that he also contacted actor Shilpa Shetty for husband Raj Kundra’s conditional release. Earlier, ED had questioned actor Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi for their alleged connection with Sukesh Chandrashekhar. The central agency stated that Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi received top models of luxury cars and other expensive gifts…

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Mumbai: ‘Made Dhirubhai Ambani upset, rejected Reliance tender for Mumbai-Pune expressway,’ says Gadkari

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari urged investors to invest more in infrastructure projects for good returns while recalling a past event during his ministership in the Maharashtra government when he had made Reliance Industries founder Dhirubhai Ambani upset by rejecting the company’s tender for the Mumbai-Pune expressway in 1995. Addressing the National Conference on “Investment Opportunities in Highways, Transport and Logistics” in Mumbai today, Gadkari said, “Today’s conference in Mumbai reminds me of my time as state minister in 1995 when I rejected a tender by Reliance for the Mumbai-Pune express highway. Dhirubhai (Ambani) was there at that time, and he was very upset with me. My chief minister was also upset and so was Balasaheb Thackeray. They asked me why did you do it?”“I said we will raise money from the public for that project and other projects like Bandra-Worli Sea…

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Param Bir Singh extortion case: Mumbai crime branch arrests Vinay Singh

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Crime Branch of Mumbai police on Thursday arrested Vinay Singh, an absconding accused in an extortion case involving former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, informed Mumbai police.A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Sachin Waze, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, and others at Goregaon Police Station, and the investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch. Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Param Bir Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray leveling corruption and misconduct charges against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner on March 17 and was made the General Commander of Maharashtra State Home Guard after he leveled allegations against Deshmukh.

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Income Tax Department conducts searches in Mumbai

New Delhi [India]: The Income Tax Department has carried out search and seizure operations on four Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) in Mumbai, informed the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday.As per a press release issued by the ministry, the search operations conducted on November 8, covered 60 premises spread over Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi etc. The search action revealed that the ARCs had adopted various unfair and fraudulent trade practices in acquiring the Non-Performing Assets (NPA) from the lender banks. It has also been found that an unholy nexus existed between the borrower groups and ARCs and in the process, a maze of shell/dummy concerns have been used.The amount at which the NPA has been acquired by the ARC has been found to be far less than the real value of the collateral securities covering the said asset/NPA, informed the ministry.The search further revealed that the…

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Maharashtra Excise Dept issues notice to bar owned by Sameer Wankhede

Thane (Maharashtra) [India]: The Thane unit of Maharashtra Excise Department has issued a show-cause notice to a Navi Mumbai-based bar owned by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, said the Collector’s office.Wankhede had furnished wrong information about his age in his application for the bar licence in 1997, the Collector’s office said on Monday. When Wankhede was given the licence to his resto-bar in 1997, he was just 17 years of age, while the age should have been at least 21 to get the same, the Thane Collector’s office said.The Excise department has asked Wankhede to reply within a week.Earlier on Friday, Wankhede and his wife Kranti Redkar had approached the Dindoshi court with a suit against Google, Twitter and Facebook alleging that the platforms are being used to spread misinformation against them. The matter is scheduled to be heard on…

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Mumbai Mayor provided security after threat letter, Maharashtra Home Minister assures action

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, talking about the threat letter received by Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said that the government has provided her with security adding that the culprit would be punished “severely”.Mayor of Mumbai, Kishori Pednekar had received a letter from an anonymous sender threatening to kill her. Pednekar had registered her complaint in the police station soon after receiving the letter. Speaking to the reporters here, Patil said, “After the Mumbai Mayor received the threat letter, we have provided them security. The search operation of the sender is on. Whosoever is found to be the culprit, would be punished harshly.”Notably, the Mayor had earlier received the death threat last year over the phone.

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2022 Asian Games equestrian trials to be held in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The 19th Asian Games equestrian (showjumping) trials for the selections will take place from December 12-16, 2021 at the Amateur Riders Club at Mahalakshmi Racecourse, Mumbai.Athletes aged 16 and above will be eligible for participation. Organised by the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI), athletes from across Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai along with host city Mumbai, will be taking part in the trials which will have two rounds for teams and individuals to qualify under the following categories: CATEGORIES(a) Show Jumping 1.40 m over two rounds for team qualification(b) Show Jumping 1.50 m over two rounds for individual qualificationThis is the first time ever Mumbai will be playing host to the equestrian Asian Games selection 2nd and 3rd round of trials in December 2021 and January 2022. The trials will take place under the supervision of Judges (Francis Henry Andre Normandin from France,…

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Param Bir Singh extortion case: Mumbai Court rejects bail plea of police officers Nandkumar Gopale, Asha Korke

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai City Sessions Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of police officers Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke, who were arrested in connection with the extortion case involving former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.Earlier, Esplanade court had also rejected their bail plea. On December 4, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch Unit 11 had filed chargesheet against former police commissioner Param Bir Singh and three others including Sachin Waze in Esplanade Court.A 400-page chargesheet has been filed in the Goregaon alleged extortion case.Singh had recorded his statement in the case last week.A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Sachin Waze, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, and others at Goregaon Police Station, and the investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Param Bir Singh after he wrote…

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NCB vs Nawab Malik: Unnecessary statements let country down, says Shiv Sena MP

Mumbai [India]: Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, talking about the defamation case filed by Narcotics Control Bureau’s Mumbai unit chief Sameer Wankhede’s father, Dnyandev Wankhede against NCP leader Nawab Malik said that making unnecessary statements lets the country down and added that it is better to trust the judicial system than make statements. Dnyandev Wankhede filed an affidavit before the Bombay High Court alleging that Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik has committed contempt of court as he continued to give statements against his family despite giving an undertaking in court that he would not do so.Nawab Malik in November gave an undertaking before a division bench of Bombay High Court that he would not tweet against Sameer Wankhede till the court hears the matter next. Speaking to ANI on Tuesday, Sawant said, “The father of Sameer Wankhede has filed a defamation case against Nawab Malik,…

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Shiv Sena questioned Maharashtra BJP’s silence over Gujarat CM’s meet with business leaders in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 5 (ANI): After the Bharatiya Janata Party accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of ‘diverting’ businesses from Maharashtra to West Bengal, Shiv Sena questioned Maharashtra BJP’s silence over Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel’s Mumbai visit and his meeting with the business leaders and leading industry executives here.“Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited Mumbai along with half his cabinet. He came to invite the industrialists in Mumbai to participate at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. They need the help of the industrialists of Mumbai to make a ‘self-reliant Gujarat’. Why is BJP silent now?” Shiv Sena asked in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana. The BJP had earlier hit out at Mamata for trying to ‘migrate’ business to West Bengal after the latter met the industrialist in Mumbai during her visit to the city.“BJP believes that industries must be spread across the country. But…

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Mumbai Police files chargesheet against Param Bir Singh, Sachin Waze in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai Police Crime Branch Unit 11 on Saturday filed chargesheet against former police commissioner Param Bir Singh and three others including Sachin Waze in Esplanade Court.The 400-page chargesheet has been filed in the Goregaon alleged extortion case. Singh had recorded his statement in the case last week.“400-page chargesheet filed against Param Bir Singh, Sachin Waze, Alpesh Patel and Sumit Singh in Goregaon alleged extortion case. Singh and Waze will be served a copy each on the next date of the case,” Special Public Prosecutor Advocate Shekhar Jagtap told ANI.A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Sachin Waze, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, and others at Goregaon Police Station, and the investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Param Bir Singh after he wrote a letter to…

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Nine international travellers test positive for COVID at Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Nine international travellers, including one from South Africa, who arrived at Mumbai International Airport between November 10 – December 2 have tested positive for COVID-19, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday.The BMC has sent the samples of the patients for genome sequencing to find out if they are positive for the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. Meanwhile, the Centre on Thursday informed that two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant in Karnataka.The new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.On November 26, the WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a…

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UPA govt was not soft on security after 26/11, restraint perceived as weakness, says Manish Tewari

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday said that his new book does not say that United Progressive Alliance (UPA) goernment was soft or weak on the security after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 and that “restraint is perceived as weakness”.Speaking at an event on the launch of his book, ’10 Flashpoints: 20 years-National Security Situations That Impacted India’, Tewari said, “If you read the paragraph in entirety, it doesn’t say that the UPA govt was soft or weak on security. The paragraph says that the state that has no compunctions about slaughtering people in cold blood, restraint is perceived as a weakness, not as a sign of strength.” The Congress leader, who is a member of “G23” which wrote to Congress presisent Sonia Gandhi last year seeking sweeping reforms in the party, said that a perception got created in Pakistan…

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Bombay HC allows default bail plea of activist Sudha Bharadwaj in Bhima Koregaon Case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed the default bail plea of activist Sudha Bharadwaj and directed her to approach Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court for further proceedings in the Bhima Koregaon Case.A bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar said that Bharadwaj’s bail conditions will be decided by the Special NIA Court in Mumbai. The High Court ordered that she should be produced before the Special NIA Court on December 8.Simultaneously, in the same case, the court rejected the default bail plea of eight accused Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira.Bharadwaj was among the five activists, including Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha, who were arrested from various cities in 2018 for their alleged involvement in the Elgaar Parishad event near Pune.On January 1, 2018, violence at…

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There’s No UPA Alliance : Mamata Banerjee After Sharad Pawar Meet

Mumbai [Maharashtra] : Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar met this afternoon to lay out what he called the “Template for 2024”.  “What is UPA? There is no UPA,” said Mamata Banerjee. Tweeting photos of the meeting, Mr Pawar – one of the key interlocutors of the opposition – posted: “Pleased to meet Hon’ble CM of West Bengal Smt @MamataOfficial at my Mumbai residence. We Discussed various issues. We agreed upon the need to strengthen the collective efforts and commitment towards safeguarding democratic values and ensuring the betterment of our people”. Last evening, Ms Banerjee met  Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut. Her meeting with Uddhav Thackeray did not take place as the Chief Minister has undergone a surgery and has been advised isolation.

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Mamata Banerjee visits Siddhivinayak Temple

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three-day tour to Maharashtra, visited Siddhivinayak Temple on Tuesday.While speaking to the media, Banerjee said, “I came to Mumbai many times but never came to Siddhivinayak temple. I also worship Ganpati Bappa at my home. I am thankful to the Maharashtra government. I prayed here for Uddhav Thackeray Ji’s health. I am very happy to visit here.” A meeting between Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take place at Mumbai’s Nariman point at 8 pm on Tuesday.Informing about the meeting, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told the media, “A meeting between West Bengal Chief Minister and Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray will take place in Mumbai today at 8 pm. I will also join the meeting.”Meanwhile, Shiv Sena…

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Mumbai: Reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7 postponed till Dec 15, amid threat of Omicron

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Amid the worry of the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7, in Mumbai, has been postponed till December 15, informed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.Earlier, the schools for classes 1 to 7 was scheduled to reopen from December 1. School for classes 8 to 12 had reopened earlier on October 4.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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India Ratings upgrades Capacit’e Infraprojects to ‘IND BBB’/Stable

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Capacit’e Infraprojects Limited (CIL), a fast-growing construction company providing end-to-end services for residential, commercial and Institutional building with presence in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Pune, Chennai, National Capital Region (NCR), Varanasi, Kochi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, announced that India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has upgraded their Long-Term Issuer Rating to ‘IND BBB’ from ‘IND D’ and the outlook is Stable.As per the rating agency the key rating drivers were: Improved Operational Performance in 1HFY22: Despite the second wave, the company was able to register revenue of INR2.8 billion in 1QFY22 (1QFY21: INR0.2 billion) with EBITDA margin of 14.1%. The execution pace further picked up in 2QFY22 and CIL clocked close to INR3.4 billion in revenues with EBITDA margins improving to 17.8%. Ind-Ra estimates CIL to register a revenue of INR14 billion-15 billion with EBITDA margins in the range of 16%-17% in…

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Salman Khan requests fans to not ‘waste’ milk on ‘Antim’ posters

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Salman Khan, on Sunday, shared a video on social media in which his fans can be seen pouring milk on ‘Antim’ posters and dancing to dhol beats. Along with it, he penned a note to ask his fans to not “waste” milk and further requested them to rather give the milk to underprivileged children who are unable to afford it.He wrote the caption, “Kai logon ko paani naseeb nahiin hota aur aap aise doodh waste karr rahe ho. Agar aapko doodh dena hi hai toh my request to all my fans is ki Aap gareeb bacchon ko pilayein jinhe doodh peene ko nahiin milta…” Recently, another video had surfaced on the internet showing moviegoers and fans bursting firecrackers inside a theatre while watching ‘Antim’. The actor had also requested his fans on social media to not do so “as it…

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British Diplomatic Mission organizes memorial service for Percy Norris in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra), [India]: British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai organised a memorial service to commemorate the 37th death anniversary of Percy Norris today at Flora Fountain here on Saturday. Percy Norris was British Deputy High commissioner in Mumbai when he was killed by 2 bike-borne men on 28th November 1984 near this same Flora Fountain. Norris was declared dead on arrival at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital. An obscure outfit called the Revolutionary Organisation of Muslim Socialists claimed for the attacks.Earlier, Margaret Thatcher government wanted to reach out to the new generation of Indian entrepreneurs and increase bilateral trade and Percy Norris was entrusted with the task.Percy Leonard Norris began his diplomatic career with a posting in the Solomon Islands during 1956-58 and served in a number of postings, including in Malaysia and Dubai, before being posted to head the Deputy High Commission in…

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‘Absconding’ Ex Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh reaches Mumbai, joins probe in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]- Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh who has been declared ‘absconding’ by a Mumbai court, has arrived at Crime Branch unit 11 office in Kandivali to join the investigation of the Goregaon extortion case, informed police official. “He has reached at Crime Branch unit 11 and he will record his statement in Goregaon extortion case,” said Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to join the investigation. Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling corruption and misconduct against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.…

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Mamata Banerjee to visit Mumbai on November 30, will meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Mumbai on November 30 and meet her Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.“I will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar Ji during my visit to Mumbai between November 30 and December 1,” Banerjee told reporters here. Notably, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo has been holding talks to unite all Opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) keeping the 2024 general elections in mind.Asked about the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Banerjee said, “If Akhilesh (Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav) needs our help, then we are ready to extend help.”Mamata Banerjee called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and demanded rolling back of the Centre’s decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction in the state. Following the meeting with Prime Minister, Banerjee said, “I met…

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Ex Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh is ‘absconding’, notice pasted outside his flat

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai court order, declaring former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as ‘absconding’ has been pasted outside his flat located in Juhu on Tuesday. The order said that a complaint has been made before the court under various sections of the Indian Penal Code related to extortion and criminal conspiracy and the court is satisfied that the accused i.e., Singh has absconded or concealing himself to avoid the service of the warrant.“Singh is required to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Esplanade, Mumbai or investigating officer to answer the said complaint within 30 days,” reads the order issued by the court. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to…

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Bombay HC refuses to restrain Nawab Malik from making comments against Wankhede

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to restrain Maharashtra Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik from publishing tweets about the family of Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.While hearing the defamation suit filed by Wankhede’s father, Dhyandev, who has sought damages to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore from Malik for allegedly making defamatory comments, the court said that it is “necessary to balance fundamental rights of Nawab Malik and Dhyandev Wankhede.” “Nawab Malik should post, comment and publish anything against the Wankhede family after ‘reasonable verification of facts’,” the court ruled.Dhyandev K Wankhede has filed a police complaint against Malik under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly making false accusations regarding his family’s caste.The complaint was filed with the Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Oshiwara…

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ED summons Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali on Nov 24 in money laundering case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali on November 24 in connection with the arrest of her close aide Saeed Khan in an alleged money laundering case.This is the third summon by the agency to Gawali. The ED had earlier summoned Gawali on October 20 in connection with the case.Saeed Khan was arrested by the ED on September 28. The accused, Saeed Khan, is the director of ‘Mahila Utkarsh Trust’, the trust has now been transformed into a company.

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No evidence of conspiracy: Bombay HC in bail order of Aryan Khan

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Bombay High Court, in its order, has said that there is “hardly any positive evidence” against Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case, for the offence of conspiracy under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.“There is hardly any positive evidence on record to convince this Court that all the accused persons with common intention agreed to commit unlawful act,” the High Court said in its 14-page order while granting bail to three including Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha. It further explained that “merely because Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were travelling on the same cruise,” that by itself cannot be termed as “satisfying foundaotin” for invoking provisions of Section 29 against them.“Court has already observed that there is no material on record to infer that Applicants have…

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Salman Khan should encourage Muslims to get vaccinated against COVID-19: Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Expressing concerns over ‘religious apprehensions among Muslims’ on COVID-19 vaccination, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday hoped that celebrities like Salman Khan will help raise awareness among Muslims to get vaccinated. “Whenever vaccination happened there were religious apprehensions in Muslims, which delayed it slightly. Hoping that Muslims will take jabs and actors like Salman Khan should encourage them,” said Mumbai Mayor on the issue of the Muslim community not in favour of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.Earlier today, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said that the state government is in talks with religious leaders and celebrities like Salman Khan to raise awareness on COVID-19 vaccination. While speaking to ANI, Tope said, “In order to get more people vaccinated, we will be getting religious leaders, celebrities to create awareness on vaccination. We are also in talks to bring onboard celebrities like Salman…

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Drugs-on-cruise case: Special NDPS court grants bail to another accused

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Court on Saturday granted bail to Mohak Jaiswal, who was co-accused in the drugs-on-cruise case.Jaiswal was granted bail on a bail bond of Rs 50,000. Jaiswal was arrested on October 3, with seven others including actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, in connection with a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.On October 2, an NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea.A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals have been arrested so far in the case.The Bombay High Court granted bail to Aryan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha on October 29. 

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Mumbai Police seized 3414 kg drugs in last 3 years: RTI reply

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai Police has seized 3414 kilograms of drugs in the last three years, out of which 2593 kg were seized in 2021 itself, as per the reply to a Right to Information Act (RTI) query provided by Mumbai Police.In 2021 till October 25, Mumbai Police has seized drugs worth more than Rs 83.13 crore which is more than triple what it seized in 2019 (Rs 25.28 Crore) and 2020 (Rs 22.23 Crore.) Galgali, an RTI activist, had sought information from the Mumbai Police on the seizure and disposal of drugs seized in the last three years.“The year 2019 and 2020 have not been reported and the disposal of 248 kilos of goods has been reported in the year 2021. Even today, there are doubts and rumours that police officers sell confiscated goods to each other. For this, it is necessary to…

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Nawab Malik’s son-in-law sends defamation notice to Fadnavis

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Maharashtra Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan has sent a legal notice to the former Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis for levelling “defamatory” and “false allegations” against him.According to the copy of the legal notice, shared on Twitter by Nawab Malik and his daughter Nilofer Malik Khan, Khan also demanded Rs 5 crore on account of “mental torture, agony and financial loss.” Fadnavis on November 1 accused Sameer Khan of “possessing drugs, while the investigation into the case is still going on.”“The allegations were baseless and without any merits. The charge sheet filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau does not support even a single allegation levied by you. The Panchnama dated January 14 clearly says that the house was searched and no contraband/suspicious substance was found in my client’s house or under…

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Sameer Wankhede counters Nawab Malik, says fake notes allegations baseless

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede on Wednesday rubbished Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik’s allegations and said that the face value of counterfeit notes seized in 2017 was around 10 lakh not around 14 crore and three people were arrested in the matter.He further said that the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had approached the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the case, but the latter did not do so “Nawab Malik’s allegations are baseless. The face value of counterfeit notes seized in 2017 was around 10 lakh not around 14 crore. 3 persons were arrested in the matter. At that time DRI had approached NIA to probe the matter, but NIA did not take over the case,” said Wankhede.His response came soon after Malik alleged that after demonetisation the game of counterfeit notes was going on in…

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Kashiff Khan invited me to cordelia cruise party: Maha minister Aslam Shaikh

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh on Monday confirmed that he was invited to the Cordelia cruise party by Fashion TV head Kashiff Khan in which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.Addressing a press conference, Shaikh said that he does not know him personally and does not have his contact number. “Being a minister, I get invited to many events and parties. I was invited to the cruise party by one Kashiff Khan. I don’t know him personally and I also don’t have his contact number. If someone has any evidence, then they should bring it forward,” said Shaikh.The Maharashtra Minister said that two agencies are currently probing the entire issue and the truth would come out soon.“Even now, the whole nation and even international media is focussing…

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Nawab Malik confirmed that MVA Ministers have links with drug mafias: Mohit Kamoj

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : After Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik accused Fashion TV head, Kashiff Khan of compelling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) minister Aslam Shaikh, to attend the Cordelia Cruise ship party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mohit Kamboj reiterated that his allegations of MVA ministers having links with ‘drugs mafias’ have proven to be true.“I have said earlier that a Minister who has relations with drug peddlers was involved in cruise party. Today Nawab Malik confirmed that Aslam Shaikh has relations with Kashiff Khan and also that children of NCP leaders, ministers are in contact with drug peddlers,” Kamboj said while addressing a press conference here yesterday. “He (Nawab Malik) has accepted everything that I had said. Earlier, he had spoken of a bearded man having connections with a minister. He himself revealed that Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh has links with…

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Sunil Patil denies Mohit Bharatiya’s allegations of being mastermind in drugs-on-cruise case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Sunil Patil on Sunday denied allegations levelled by BJP leader Mohit Bharatiya alias Mohit Kamboj that he is the “mastermind” behind the conspiracy in the drugs-on-cruise case.Earlier on Saturday, Kamboj alleged that Sunil Patil is a close associate of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). He is the mastermind of the whole conspiracy, Kamboj alleged. Sunil Patil has been associated with NCP for the last 20 years. He is a close friend of Hrishikesh Deshmukh, who is the son of Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who was recently arrested, alleged Kamboj.Reacting to the allegations, Patil said, “I am not the mastermind nor do I have anything to do with this case and I have no contact with NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.”He said, “I don’t know Rishikesh Deshmukh, except that he is the son of Anil Deshmukh”.

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Bombay HC sends Anil Deshmukh to ED custody till November 12

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Bombay High Court on Sunday remanded Maharashtra’s former home minister Anil Deshmukh to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till November 12.On Saturday, Deshmukh was brought to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail after the Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court sent him to 14-day judicial custody. On November 2, Deshmukh was remanded to four days of ED custody till November 6.He was arrested on November 1 in connection with extortion and money laundering allegations levelled against him by the former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.Singh had alleged that Deshmukh was involved in several wrongdoings, including, asking Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

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Two dead in fire at Mumbai’s Hansa Heritage building

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Two persons including a woman died in Hansa Heritage building fire in Mumbai’s Kandivali area on Saturday, police informed.Speaking to ANI, Sampark Karade, Divisional Fire Officer said, “Seven people were stranded in a flat of the building. However, the fire has been doused and the cooling process is underway.” The officer also said that both the deceased persons were taken to the hospital after they got serious injuries in the incident, but, they were declared dead on arrival.

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Income Tax Department conducts searches in Maharashtra

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations at the headquarter and one of the branches of an Urban Credit Cooperative Bank located in Maharashtra and restrained Rs 53.72 crore, informed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Saturday.The search and seizure operation was carried out on October 27. According to CBDT, the residence of the chairman and one of its directors were also searched.CBDT said the analysis of bank data on Core Banking Solutions (CBS) and the statements of key persons recorded during the search action have revealed the glaring irregularities in opening the bank accounts.“More than 1200 new bank accounts were opened in the said branch without PAN. The investigations have revealed that these bank accounts were opened without following KYC norms and all account opening forms are filled in by the bank staff and…

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Mumbai reports 238 new Covid cases, 4 deaths

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As many as 238 fresh COVID-19 infections and four deaths were reported in Mumbai on Friday.With this, the number of total positive cases reached 7,57,272 including 3,326 active infections, according to the data by the Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai. The four new deaths pushed the fatalities to 16,269.At present, the Covid recovery rate stands at 97 per cent and the case doubling rate is 1,832 days.Meanwhile, India reported 12,729 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry.The country’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922. With 12,165 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,37,24,959. The total death toll has reached 4,59,873.

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Mumbai NCB team led by Sameer Wankhede not to probe six cases including drugs on cruise matter involving SRK’s son Aryan

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai unit led by Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede will not investigate six cases including the drugs on cruise matter involving actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, sources said.According to sources, the Mumbai NCB team under Wankhede will also not be probing the case against Sameer Khan, son-in-law of Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik. Speaking to ANI, NCB Deputy Director South-Western Region General Mutha Ashok Jain said a total of six cases including Aryan Khan’s case and 5 others of the Mumbai zone will be now investigated by teams from Delhi. “It was an administrative decision,” Jain said.Meanwhile, Wankhede said that he has not been removed from the investigation and it was his writ petition in court that the matter be probed by a central agency.“I have not been removed from the investigation. It was…

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Mumbai: Man arrested over Rs 4 cr heroin seizure to be produced before court

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : A man who was arrested over seizure of heroin worth Rs 4 crore from Mumbai’s International Courier Terminal Sahar Cargo Complex will be produced before court today, informed Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).A team of NCB Mumbai recovered and seized 700 grams of white coloured powder purported to be heroin at International Courier Terminal Sahar Cargo Complex, Mumbai from a courier parcel dated October 29. During further follow-up action, NCB recorded the statement of the parcel’s consignee named Krishna Murari Prasad, resident of Vadodara, Gujarat on Wednesday.Prasad was summoned to the NCB Mumbai office.Further investigation is underway. 

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ED issues summons to Anil Deshmukh’s son for questioning in money laundering case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Enforcement Directorate on Thursday issued summons to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son, Hrishikesh for questioning in an alleged money laundering case.The agency has told Hrishikesh to appear before it on Friday. Earlier in the day, the ED took Deshmukh, who was arrested in a money laundering case, for a routine medical examination.Deshmukh’s lawyer, Indrapal Singh, said, “As per the court’s order, I am here to be present during the interrogation of Anil Deshmukh. His medical examination was done, he is fine.”Earlier, on November 2, a special PMLA court in Mumbai had sent Deshmukh to four days of ED custody till November 6 in the money laundering case.

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No COVID-19 vaccination at civic, govt-run centres in Mumbai for 4 days

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday announced that no COVID-19 vaccination will take place at civic and government-run centres in Mumbai between November 4 to 7 owing to Diwali celebrations.The vaccination will resume on November 8. According to the BMC, it has a sufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccine doses. Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 1,078 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths. The active cases stand at 15,485.

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Sameer Wankhede’s sister accuses Nawab Malik of taking out ‘personal vendetta’ for son-in-law arrest

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Narcotics Contol Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede’s sister Yasmeen Wankhede has hit back at the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik for sharing her purported Whatsapp chats on social media and accused the Minister of taking out his “personal vendetta for his son-in-law’s arrest” by dragging women into the ongoing tussle between him and the probe agency.The reaction came after Malik’s tweet on Tuesday that said, “Screenshot of the WhatsApp chat between Yasmeen Dawood Wankhede (sister of NCB official Sameer Dawood Wankhede) and a drug peddler. The question arises, is this morally, ethically and legally right?” Wankhede also alleged that Nawab Malik “in his attempt to defame me and my family members” has gone to the extent of “stalking me online and illegally taking my personal photographs” from my social media handles.“I want to give a message to…

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NCB seizes heroin worth crores in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday seized a large quantity of heroin from Mumbai’s Vile Parle area.As per information shared by NCB, heroin worth crores was seized by the agency. The NCB is also searching for the suspect in the case who is allegedly absconding.Further investigation into the matter is underway.

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Maharashtra man sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in FICN case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai on Saturday convicted and sentenced one accused in Bhivandi, Maharashtra under Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) case.The NIA Special Court on Saturday convicted the accused named Rohit Kumar Nagendra Singh for the offence under sections 120-B, 489 (B) and 489 (C) of IPC and sentenced him to 7 years of Rigorous Imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1000, under FICN case (03/2018/NIA/MUM), after the accused pleaded guilty before the court. “NIA Special Court, Mumbai pronounced judgement in 03/2018/NIA/MUM pertaining to recovery of FICN having face value of Rs 4,78,000 from five accused namely Rehan Abbas Shaikh, Shafahad Mukhtar Ansari, Anees Iklak Shaikh, Kishor Namdeo Fular and Rohit Kumar Nagendra Singh, all residents of Bandra (East), Mumbai,” NIA said.The case was originally registered as FIR Number 357/2018 dated October 11, 2018, at…

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Non-bailable warrant issued against former Mumbai CP Param Bir Singh in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and two other accused in connection with an extortion case.As per official information, this warrant has also been issued against Vinay Singh and Riaz Bhati, accused in the same case. At present, Bhati is absconding. The application was filed in court by the Mumbai Crime Branch.A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Parambir Singh, Sachin Wajhe and others at Goregaon Police Station, whose investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.It was the second case of extortion in which Param Bir Singh has been named.The Enforcement Directorate had earlier summoned the former Mumbai Police Commissioner to record a statement in connection with the Rs 100 crore money laundering case against ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

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Mumbai cruise drugs case: Team led by ACP Milind Khetale to investigate allegations levelled against Sameer Wankhede

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Milind Khetale will investigate allegations levelled against Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director, Sameer Wankhede.In a brief statement issued by the Mumbai Police, it said, “A team led by ACP Milind Khetale to investigate the allegations levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede. Four Police stations in Mumbai have received complaints against Wankhede.” On Wednesday, the probe agency’s Deputy Director General (Northern Region) Gyaneshwar Singh said that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede will remain the investigating officer in the drugs-on-cruise case until substantial information is found against him,An NCB team, led by Gyaneshwar Singh, is in Mumbai to probe allegations of corruption levelled by Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the drugs-on-cruise case.An NCB team, led by Gyaneshwar Singh, is in Mumbai to probe allegations of corruption levelled by Prabhakar…

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Four held for peddling drugs in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday arrested four people for allegedly peddling drugs from the Dahisar area of the city.As per information shared by the police, all the accused, which include two women, are residents of the Powai area in Mumbai. “24 kilograms of cannabis worth Rs 1,44,00,000 was seized from the accused,” the police said.“These drugs were brought from Rajasthan to Mumbai via road,” they added.Further investigation into the matter is underway. 

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COVID-19: BMC collects Rs 77 cr so far as fine from people not wearing masks

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected a total penalty of Rs 77.37 crore (Rs 77,37,41,000) for not wearing masks since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out last year.The BMC in a statement issued by it mentioned the break-up of the above-mentioned amount and said that the city corporation has collected Rs 64.16 crore from all 227 wards in the past 1.5 years whereas the Mumbai Police have collected Rs 12.70 crore during the same period. The Mumbai railway has collected Rs 50.35 lakh since the start of the pandemic, it added.Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Sunday reported fewer coronavirus infections at 1,410, as per the state health bulletin.According to the state health bulletin, as many as 18 COVID-19 patients died in the state during the day, while 1,520 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours taking the total number…

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Mumbai: Man arrested for harassing women cops on control room calls

Mumbai Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who has been calling in the police control room and abusing women police personnel. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : According to an official statement of Police, after taking cognizance of the matter Crime Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Police started an investigation. “On October 16, six to seven consecutive calls were made to the Mumbai Police Control Room and every time the accused spoke in a different language. He also threatened to kill personnel during the calls,” police saidThe police started tracing the number from which the call came, after investigation, it turned out that these calls came from the Khar Danda area in Mumbai.“The calls were traced back 41-year-old Chandrashekhar, who was spent two years in jail in the two earlier cases and was lodged in Taloja jail, from where he learned different languages from the same,” police…

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Mumbai apartment fire, man dies after jumping from 19th floor

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : A 30-year-old man succumbed to injuries in a fire that broke out at a multi-story building in Mumbai’s Parel area on Friday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials said.As per the Mumbai Fire Department, the man jumped from the 19th floor of the building. The deceased has been identified as Arun Tiwari. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and other officials arrived at the spot.The Level Three fire broke out at Avighna park apartment, Curry Road around 12 noon the Mumbai Fire Department. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. More details are awaited.

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Cruise Drug case: NCB detains 24-year-old peddler for questioning

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has detained a 24-year-old drug peddler in Mumbai in connection with the cruise liner drug bust.As per NCB’s statement, the drug peddler’s name has emerged from the alleged ‘drug chats’ in the case. “The drug peddler was brought to the NCB office for interrogation in connection with the cruise drugs case,” it said. Meanwhile, the NCB has conducted six raids or searches in Mumbai and nearby areas in the last two days in connection with the cruise drugs case, said sources.According to sources, the areas where these searches were conducted are Navi Mumbai, South Mumbai, Nalasopara, International Airport, Bandra and Juhu.“In the last two days, NCB conducted 6 raids/searches in Mumbai and nearby areas. Searches were conducted in Navi Mumbai, South Mumbai, Nalasopara, International Airport, Bandra and Juhu areas,” sources said.An NCB team busted an…

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Woman held for peddling drugs in Mumbai, 7 kg heroin worth over Rs 22 cr seized

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Anti Narcotic Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested a woman for allegedly peddling seven kilograms of heroin in the city.The Ghatkopar Unit of Anti Narcotics Cell arrested the accused from the Sion area in Mumbai. As per an official statement by the crime branch, the value of the seized drugs is over Rs 22 crores in the international market.A case has been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.Further probe in the matter is underway. 

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All restaurants, eateries allowed to function till midnight in Maharashtra

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra government on Tuesday allowed all restaurants and eateries to function till midnight, said an official order from the state government.In an order of the state government, “All restaurants and eateries may be allowed to function till midnight 12 am, and all other establishments that have been allowed to function by the government may be allowed to function till 11 pm.” “Local District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) may restrict these timings further if so deemed fit due to any local requirements but shall not relax it further without the consent of State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA),” read the order signed by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte.

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Mumbai Police looking for Dawood Ibrahim’s aide in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch on Friday informed that it is now looking for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Riyaz Bhati who has been named in the FIR against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in an extortion case.“Riyaz Bhati’s name is also mentioned in the same FIR which has been registered against Param Bir Singh in an extortion case. But Bhati has disappeared since the crime branch called him for interrogation,” the police said. The police further informed that Bhati filed an anticipatory bail application in September this year which was rejected by the sessions court. “While dismissing the plea, the court said that custodial interrogation is necessary in this case,” the police added.Police alleged that Bhati used to collect money from bar and restaurant owners and send it to suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze.Earlier on October 9, the…

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Sanjay Raut reacts to fuel price hike as petrol crosses Rs 110/litre mark in Mumbai

Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Raut, on Thursday, while interacting with reporters said the process of burning one demon (Ravana) that is Petrol and Diesel (prices) will begin from tomorrow i.e., Dussehra and in the year 2024, the demon will be burnt completely. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 14 : “The process of burning the demon of petrol and diesel will start from tomorrow. On the day of Dussehra, we will burn one Ravana and in 2024 it will be burnt completely,” said Raut. Interestingly, both the National and Maharashtra assembly polls are scheduled to take place in the year 2024 only.Meanwhile, Petrol and diesel prices were hiked again across the country on Thursday after a pause of two days.In Mumbai, petrol prices were raised by Rs 0.34 to Rs 110.75 per litre, and diesel by Rs 0.37 to Rs 101.4 per…

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Lawyer files complaint before Mumbai police commissioner against 5 in cruise drug case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai-based lawyer has filed a written complaint before the Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale against five persons for their suspicious role in the Mumbai cruise party case. The complaint filed by Advocate Kanishk Jayant alleged criminal conspiracy by the five persons – KP Gosavi, Manish Bhanushali, Amir Furniturewala, Prateek Gaba and Rushab Sachdeva- and requested the Police Commissioner Nagrale to file FIR for extortion and their suspicious role in Cordelia Cruise Drug Case.The complaint had been filed before the Mumbai police commissioner and at Yellow Gate police station. The complainant asked “who has authorized Gosavi and Bhanushali to take physical custody of any citizen of India and manhandle an unsuspecting citizen on behalf of the Narcotic Control Bureau?” “Has Sameer Wankhede authorized KP Gosavi and Manish Bhanushali to take physical custody of Aryan Shah Rukh Khan and Arbaaz Merchant,” asked…

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Will be sending letter to shipping corporation on cruise ship raid, says Mumbai Police

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale on Wednesday spoke on the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raid onboard a Mumbai cruise and assured that he will be sending a letter to the shipping corporation in this regard.Addressing a press conference in this matter, Nagrale said, “We will be sending a letter to the Director-General, Shipping Corporation on whether there was any violation related to the cruise ship (where NCB conducted a raid and made arrests) or other permissions about its seaworthiness.” The NCB on Tuesday arrested four more persons in connection with the cruise ship drug raid, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 16. Of these 16 persons, popular actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan has also been arrested.An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa…

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Schools reopen for classes 8-12 in Mumbai today

Mumbai schools re-opened for classes 8-12 on Monday in adherence with the COVID-19 Standard Procedure Protocols (SOP). Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 4: Bai Kabibi School and Junior College located in the Bora Bazaar area of Mumbai is all prepared to welcome students after school has closed for more than one and half years. Speaking to ANI, Ajit Dubay, a teacher in Bai Kabibi School said the school administration is very happy to meet students. The school has been decorated and prepared with all the safety measures.“We are very happy, finally schools are re-opened, we will welcome the students with flowers and sweets,” the teacher said.Dubay who has been teaching Kabibi school for almost 20 years said everything was so good before March 2020, and then the unprecedented corona has changed everything in our lives.“After the 20 years of union with students, physical disconnectivity for…

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Mumbai: Drug supplier taken into custody by NCB following series of raids

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A drug supplier has been taken into custody by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) following a series of raids in Bandra, Andheri, and Lokhandwala, late on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.Earlier on Sunday, the NCB arrested all eight persons who were detained in connection with the Mumbai cruise party raid. Three accused including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were remanded to NCB custody by the Esplanade Court in Mumbai till today. The next hearing will be held today afternoon.Other accused Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhokar were arrested and will be produced before the court today after their medical tests.On Saturday evening, an NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea. Eight persons were detained for questioning…

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COVID-19: Mumbai Mayor issues guidelines for reopening of schools

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Thursday announced strict standard operation procedures (SoPs) for reopening of school for classes 5 to 12 from October 4. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 30: “We are ready with SoPs to reopen schools. The consent will be taken from the parents of the students and it would be mandatory to give it in writing,” the mayor said. Earlier on Wednesday Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued an order for re-opening of all schools in Mumbai for classes 8 to12 from October 4 with all COVID-19 protocols in place.BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal also had said that all COVID-19 SoPs issued by the government will be implemented.As per the guidelines issued by the mayor, one class will have a maximum of 50 students capacity and only one student will sit on a single bench. Students have been also asked to come on an…

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Mumbai schools to reopen for classes 8 to12 from October 4

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday issued an order for re-opening of all schools in Mumbai for classes 8 to12 from October 4 with all COVID-19 protocols.BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said that for now, the Civic body is reopening the schools for classes 8 to 12 from October 4 and for the rest, the decision will be taken in November. “We are reopening schools for classes 8th to 12th in Mumbai with effect from 4th Oct, and for the rest of the classes, we will make a decision in November. All COVID19 SoPs issued by the government will be implemented,” Chahal said.Last week, the state education minister Varsha Gaikwad announced that the Maharashtra government had decided to reopen schools from October 4.She informed that schools will be reopened in a phased manner. “In rural areas classes will resume from standard 5th…

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ED summons Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawli in alleged money laundering case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 29 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawli for Monday, October 4, in connection with the arrest of her close aide Saeed Khan in an alleged money laundering case.The ED had arrested Saeed Khan, a close aide of Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawli, on September 28. The accused, Saeed Khan, is the director of ‘Mahila Utkarsh Trust’, the trust has now been transformed into a company.

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Mahant Giri’s was murdered, death being framed as suicide: Nana Patole

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 21 : Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole on Tuesday alleged that the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) Chief Mahant Narendra Giri was murdered and his death was framed as a suicide.Addressing media, the Congress leader demanded President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh and claimed that the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh is sants for political benefits. “Mahant Narendra Giri died in a very mysterious way. His death is being framed as suicide. The majority of the deaths of sants are taking place in Uttar Pradesh. BJP is using the mahants for their political benefits,’ said Patole.“If this had happened in Maharashtra, people would have protested. We demand President’s rule in the state,” he added.Earlier in the day, UP Police lodged an FIR against Anand Giri, the disciple of Mahant Narendra Giri for abetment of suicide under section 306…

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Mumbai: Lookout notice against 2 aides of Raj Kundra in pornography cases

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 21 : Mumbai Crime Branch has issued a lookout notice against the absconding accused Yash Thakur alias Arvind Srivastava and Pradeep Bakshi, aides of Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra in a pornography case, said Crime Branch on Tuesday.In the supplementary charge sheet of this case, both the accused have been declared absconding by the crime branch, added Crime Branch. Earlier on Tuesday, businessman Raj Kundra along with his associate Ryan Thorpe walked out from the Arthur Road jail, a day after getting bail by a Mumbai Court in a pornography case.Prior to that on Monday, the Mumbai court granted bail to Kundra and Thorpe on a surety of Rs 50,000.On Monday, the Property Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch had submitted a 1500-page supplementary charge sheet before Esplanade Court in connection with the pornography case against businessman Kundra.As per…