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Sachin Waze paid Rs 45 lakhs to Pradeep Sharma to kill businessman Mansukh Hiren: NIA

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) while opposing the bail plea of Shiv Sena leader and former encounter specialist of Mumbai Police Pradeep Sharma in Bombay High Court said that he was paid Rs 45 lakhs from suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze to kill Businessman Mansukh Hiren.

NIA in its affidavit to Bombay High Court on Wednesday termed Sharma the “main conspirator” in the Mansukh Hiren murder case.
Earlier in a chargesheet NIA had said, “On March 3, 2021, accused Sachin Waze met accused Pradeep Sharma at Police Station Foundation office, Andheri (East), Mumbai during evening time and handed over a rexine bag containing a large amount of cash (bundles of Indian currency note of Rs 500 denomination). Thereafter accused Pradeep Sharma called accused Santosh Shelar to ascertain the registration number of the vehicle arranged by him. Accused Santosh Shelar conveyed the details as to accused Sachin Waze.”

The chargesheet had also revealed that on realising that the investigation relating to the planting of an explosive-laden SUV at Carmichael Road in South Mumbai, near the house of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence on February 25, was getting transferred to a senior police officer, Waze pressurised Hiran to take up the responsibility for the said crime, so that the investigation of the case can be vitiated in his favour. But the proposal was turned down by Hiran, stated the chargesheet.

NIA arrested Waze in March 2021 in connection with the investigation into the recovery of explosives from a car parked near Mukesh Ambani’s house in Mumbai. Waze is the prime accused in placing an explosives-laden vehicle near Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s house Antilia in Mumbai on February 25, 2021.

He is also accused in the murder of Mansukh Hiren case, the owner of the vehicle that was found containing explosives materials outside Antilia. Hiren was found dead on March 5 in Thane. (ANI)

 

Hanuman Chalisa row: Kirit Somaiya accuses Shiv Sena of attacking him

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya claimed he was injured in alleged stone-pelting by Shiv Sena workers in Mumbai on Saturday.

Somaiya has now reached Bandra Police Station following the alleged attack on him.

In a series of Twitter posts, Somaiya said, “Heavy stone-throwing at Khar Police Station by Shiv Sena gundas (goons), my car window glass broken, I am injured, rushing to Bandra police station,” Somaiya said.

“I am shocked, in the presence of 50 police persons, on the campus of Khar police station, Shiv Sena’s 100 gundas assault me with stones. Wanted to kill me. What the Police Commissioner is doing? How are so many mafia Sena gundas allowed to gather in the police station?” he said.

Somaiya further alleged that this was the third time he was attacked.

“This is the third time Uddhav Thackeray’s gundas tried to kill me, first at Vashim, then Pune and now at Police Station (Khar Mumbai) itself,” he said.

Meanwhile, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis demanded action against the alleged attack on party leader Kirit Somaiya.

“It is a total collapse of the law and order situation in Mumbai and Maharashtra! Goons attacked BJP leader Kirit Somaiya ji right in front of Khar Police Station and in presence of police personnel. This is absolutely unacceptable! We demand the strongest action!” tweeted Fadnavis.

Earlier on Saturday, Somaiya visited Khar Police Station to meet Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana who were arrested on Saturday.

Before reaching Khar police station, he said, “I will go to Khar police station to meet Ravi Rana and Navneet Rana. Let us see who stops me. Those who were protesting at Navneet Rana’s place today are not Shiv Sainiks, they are goons. The end of this government has come, people here will expose the scam.”

Mumbai Police on Saturday arrested Amravati Member of Parliament Navneet Rana and Member of Legislative Assembly Ravi Rana on Saturday.

The police officials took them to Khar Police Station.

“A case is registered at Khar Police against MLA Shri Ravi Rana and MP Smt Navneet Kaur Rana U/S 153(A), 34, IPC r/w 37(1) 135 Bombay police act. Both are taken into custody from their house at Khar. Further investigation is being done by Khar Police Station,” stated an official release by the police.

Earlier, Shiv Sena workers on Saturday protested outside the residence of Amravati MP Navneet Rana and MLA Ravi Rana who had announced their plan to chant “Hanuman Chalisa” outside Matoshree, the private residence of Chief Minster Uddhav Thackeray.

The announcement came after, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had stoked controversy earlier by asking the state government to remove loudspeakers from mosques while warning that if the demand isn’t met, his party members will put loudspeakers to play “Hanuman Chalisa”. (ANI)

Will Smith Spotted At Private Airport In Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Will Smith who slapped comedian Chris Rock on the Academy Awards stage last month was spotted at a private airport in Mumbai on Saturday.

The actor was seen dressed in an oversized white T-shirt that he teamed with the same colored pants over which he donned knee-length black shorts. The photos also showed a ‘mala’ around his neck. It is believed to be Smith’s first public appearance since his Oscars controversy.

The 53-year-old superstar waved at mediapersons and humbly greeted the fans who came to click pictures with him. Accompanying the actor was a person who seemed to be a monk, dressed in saffron clothes typically worn by sadhus.

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The purpose of the trip of the ‘King Richard’ actor has not been publicised.

For the unversed, this is not the first time that Smith has visited India.

He visited Haridwar in 2019 as part of his Facebook Watch series; and also shot for his cameo in ‘Student of the Year 2’ in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Smith remained away from the spotlight after the Oscars slap incident.

While presenting the best documentary feature award at the 2022 Oscars, Chris Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

Rock said he couldn’t wait to see Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia areata, star in ‘G.I. Jane 2’ which led Smith to go up on stage and slap Rock. Smith returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fu**ing mouth!”

A few minutes after the incident, Smith was announced Best Actor at the 94th Academy Awards. While accepting his first-ever Oscar for best actor (leading role) in ‘King Richard’, Smith apologized to the Academy and fellow nominees but did not mention Rock.

However, after receiving backlash for his disorderly behaviour, Smith issued an apology to Chris Rock and Academy on his social media handle.

On March 29, there was a short virtual meeting between Smith, Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, initiated by Smith.

A few hours later, Smith announced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, claiming he “willfully accept any and all consequences for my conduct.”

Soon after the Academy’s statement, Smith resigned from his AMPAS membership and the Academy continued its investigation. The Academy then moved up its meeting, where it banned Smith from its events for the next 10 years. (ANI)

India Inc performance improves in second half of 2021-22

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]:  India Inc performance based on credit ratings improved sharply in the second half of the financial year 2021-22 on the back of sustained improvement in demand, secular deleveraging by debt issuers, and proactive relief measures by the government, CRISIL Ratings said.

The CRISIL Ratings credit ratio 1 (upgrades to downgrades) increased to 5.04 times in the second half (H2) of fiscal 2022, compared with 2.96 times in the first half (H1), underscoring continuing improvement in the performance of India Inc.
In all, there were 569 upgrades and 113 downgrades in the second half (H2) of 2021-22.

The upgrade rate increased to 15.4 per cent in H2 from 12.5 per cent in H1, while the downgrade rate declined to 3.1 per cent from 4.2 per cent in the same period. The downgrade rate is less than half the 6.5 per cent average seen in the past ten-and-a-half-year period, CRISIL Ratings said.

The performance comes on the back of a sustained improvement in demand (that lifted the revenues of most sectors to their pre-pandemic levels), secular deleveraging by debt issuers (seen over the past few fiscals and through the pandemic), and proactive relief measures by the government (that cushioned the pandemic blow), it said.

CRISIL Ratings’ outlook on credit quality remains ‘positive’, with upgrades expected to outnumber downgrades in fiscal 2023, too. However, going forward, the credit ratio could moderate for two reasons: one, demand and profitability could soften if commodity prices remain high; and two, winding back of Covid-19 relief measures. Further, with offices reopening and business travel restarting, some of the cost savings of 2020-22 would be eliminated.

Demand recovery, nimbleness in managing supply chains, and a tight leash on costs have shored up the median operating profit growth of the upgraded companies by 41 per cent in the past two fiscals — more than double the rate for the portfolio. (ANI)

 

Uddhav Thackeray flags off two metro lines in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]:  On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray flagged off two metro lines – Metro 2A and Metro 7, in Mumbai on Saturday.

Trains on the new Mumbai Metro lines will function between Aarey and Dhanukarwadi.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, State Cabinet Ministers Aaditya Thackeray and Eknath Shinde were also present on the occasion.

However, BJP boycotted today’s metro inauguration program as the Maharashtra government did not invite BJP leader and opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis.

This step taken by the Maharashtra government holds importance as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election is slated to be held this year. (ANI)

 

Sameer Wankhede arrives at Kopri Police Station in connection with forgery case

              

Thane (Maharashtra) [India]: Former Mumbai Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Director Sameer Wankhede arrived at Thane’s Kopri police station on Wednesday in connection with an alleged forgery case on a complaint by the state excise department.

The Bombay High Court has granted him interim protection till February 28.
Meanwhile, Wankhede has moved the Bombay High Court seeking quashing of FIR by Thane Police against alleged fraudulent bar licence. The court has fixed the hearing in the matter on February 22. He had moved another petition in the Bombay High Court seeking restoration of cancelled bar licence by Thane Collector.

An FIR was filed against Wankhede on Sunday for forgery in Mumbai’s Thane for allegedly obtaining a licence for a hotel by willful misrepresentation of his age, said the Kopri police on Sunday.

The action was taken following the complaint of State Excise Department official Shankar Gogavale who alleged that Wankhede was below 18 years of age in 1996-97 while obtaining a licence for Sadguru Bar in the city.

Thane collector had issued an order to cancel the licence of the bar.

As per the FIR, the former zonal NCB director was not eligible to do these agreements but he claimed to be a major on a stamp paper in his agreement deed for Sadguru Hotel of Thane. (ANI)

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi Back In Mumbai After Wrapping Up ‘Tiger 3’ Delhi Schedule

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 19 (ANI): Actors Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif were clicked at the Mumbai airport as they returned to the city after wrapping up the ‘Tiger 3’ Delhi schedule.

Emraan Hashmi, who is also starring in the movie, was captured at the airport too.

Katrina was seen in a pink sweatsuit with sunglasses while Salman looked dashing in a plain T-shirt and denim. He also wore pair of sunglasses and a black cap. Meanwhile, Emraan was seen in a sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and shades.

Earlier, the Delhi schedule of the upcoming film was expected to commence on January 12 but it was later postponed, given the surge of COVID cases across India, including the national capital.

Helmed by Maneesh Sharma, the upcoming action thriller has been majorly shot across several countries including Turkey, Russia and Austria.

‘Tiger 3’ will have Salman reprise his role of R&AW (Research & Analysis Wing) agent Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger, while Katrina will be seen playing the female lead, Zoya.

The first film of the popular franchise called ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ came out in 2012 and was directed by Kabir Khan. The film received an overwhelming response and was a massive success at the box office.

The second movie, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, had released in 2017 and was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

Salman and Katrina have featured in both installments of the franchise.

Mumbai gets water taxi service to boost connectivity, tourism, other Metros may follow

             

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India](ANI): To provide smooth connectivity and boost tourism, a water taxi service was launched in Mumbai on Thursday.

The Water Taxi service will connect the twin cities of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai for the first time. The Water Taxi services will commence from the Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) and will also connect nearby locations at Nerul, Belapur, Elephanta island and JNPT.

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal virtually flagged off Water Taxi from the newly constructed Belapur Jetty. Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray presided over the on-ground function where he inaugurated the newly constructed jetty.

According to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Water Taxi services are going to give huge impetus to the tourism sector, especially travel to the historic Elephanta caves from Navi Mumbai. Visitors will be able to travel easily from Navi Mumbai to the Gateway of India.

The newly constructed Belapur jetty, built at a cost of Rs 8.37 crore was funded in the 50-50 model under the Sagarmala scheme of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The new jetty will enable the movement of vessels to locations like Bhaucha Dhakka, Mandwa, Elephanta and Karanja.

Addressing the event virtually, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Sagarmala Programme has undertaken a range of projects across an array of categories such as port modernization, rail, road, cruise tourism, RORO and passenger jetties, fisheries, coastal infrastructure, skill development. 131 projects worth Rs 1.05 lakh crore has been identified for implementation in Maharashtra.”

The union minister said out of 131, 46 projects worth Rs 2,078 crore being financially supported under the Sagarmala scheme. He said Maharashtra coast has huge potential for urban water transportation which can become an alternate mode of transportation.

“ROPAX movement between Mumbai Ferry Wharf and Mandwa has resulted in a positive impact with a reduction in travel time for passengers, quick and agile loading and unloading process of vehicles. More than 32 projects were undertaken in four clusters – Palghar, Mumbai and Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg,” said Sonowal.

The union minister further said for upliftment of the fishing community, four fishing harbour projects have been sanctioned for funding under Sagarmala. Stage II expansion of Mirkawada Fishing Harbour in Ratnagiri District has been completed. Further, modernization of Sassoon Dock and development of Karanja in Raigad and Anandwadi in Sindhudurg district are under implementation.

The proposal for modernization of Mallet Bunder in Mumbai is under active consideration. (image -instagram)

Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal Return To Mumbai Ahead Of Valentine’s Day

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 14 (ANI): Love is in the air! Newlyweds Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif were spotted at Mumbai airport at midnight.

Several pictures and videos have been doing the rounds on the internet, in which the couple can be seen walking hand-in-hand.

Vicky was dressed in a white tee which he teamed with a black jacket and denim trousers, while Katrina looked uber cool in an all denim outfit. Both were also seen wearing masks.

Vicky and Katrina’s latest pictures have left fans excited.

“They both are so so cute,” a social media user commented.
“Can’t take my eyes off them,” another one wrote.

Reportedly, Katrina and Vicky, who got married in December 2021, were in London before arriving at the bay today.

CGST busts fake invoices racket in Mumbai

                

Mumbai (Maharashtra) (ANI): Officers of CGST Mumbai South has busted a network of fictitious firms that issued fake invoices of Bullion of approximately Rs 1,650 crore and fake Input Tax Credit (ITC) of Rs 49.7 crore, said a press release on Friday.

The accused have been remanded to judicial custody by Additional CMM Court, Mumbai.
The arrested person had created multiple bogus including Karnataka Jewellers, Balaji Enterprises, and Kismat Enterprises. These three entities had collectively availed and passed on fake ITC of Rs 29.4 crore to another entity Gajamukhi Bullion, which further passed a part of this fake ITC Rs 20.27 crore to Golden Bullion, without actual movement of goods or services. The proprietor of Golden Bullion was arrested in the past.

Detailed investigations revealed that the arrested person was creating fictitious firms at various locations including Mumbai, Belgaum and Bikaner, for monetary gains. Based on material evidence and his confession, he was arrested under Section 69 of the CGST Act for offences under Section 132(1)(b), 132(1)(c) read with Section 132(5) of CGST Act. He was produced before Additional CMM court Mumbai on February 3. He was sent to judicial custody of 14 days. Efforts are underway to apprehend other persons involved in this network.

This case is a part of Anti-Evasion drive launched by CGST, Mumbai Zone against the tax evaders. As a part of this drive, CGST Mumbai South Commissionerate has detected tax evasion of Rs 570 crore approximately recovered Rs 7 crore and arrested 7 persons during the last five months.

The CGST department is using data analysis and network analysis tools to identify potential tax evaders and also coordinating with other tax authorities for nabbing tax evaders. The department is going to intensify this anti-evasion drive in the coming days and months.

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 the Prime Minister.
“Saddened by the building fire at Tardeo in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families and prayers with the injured for the speedy recovery,” the PMO tweeted.
A level 3 fire had broken out in the residential building. DCP Saurabh Tripathi had said that 21 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse out the fire.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray and Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar visited the fire site. (Image source: Instagram)

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 said.
On questioning, the CISF said, Parker informed that he was going to hand over the said foreign currency to someone at boarding gate No.46.
“Immediately, the matter was informed to Senior Officers of CISF. In the meantime, CISF surveillance team located a passenger (later identified as Sufiyaan Shahnawaz Shaikh, bound for Dubai by IndiGo flight No.6E-8271) near the boarding gate No.46. He was intercepted and enquired. On questioning, the said passenger refuses any involvement in the case,” said the CISF, which is responsible for the internal security of 64 airports across India.
“But as the staff confirmed that he was about to hand over the foreign currency to the said passenger, he was stopped with the help of the airline staff and the matter was informed to Customs/Air Intelligence Unit Officials,” officials said.
On arrival of the Customs Officials, the CISF said, Parker and the passenger along with the recovered foreign currency worth Rs 45 lakh were handed over to them for further action in the matter. (Image source: Instagram)

COVID-19: Third wave has reached its peak in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, says IIT Prof

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Dr Manindra Agrawal, Professor of IIT Kanpur, said that the third wave of COVID-19, which is caused by Omicron, has reached its peak in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata as predicted by IIT’s Sutra model. He further said that COVID-19 will peak in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana this week.
Earlier in an interview with ANI, Dr Agrawal, who developed the model, had predicted that the COVID-19 third wave will peak by January end.
Dr Agrawal said that COVID-19 is spreading faster in India than projected earlier.
In a series of tweets, the IIT Professor said, “There appear two plausible reasons for this: 1) there are two groups in the population, one with less immunity against Omicron and the other with more. The mutant first spread in the first group causing a sharp rise. Now the first group is exhausted and so the spread is slower.”
He further said, “Second, there was a lot of concern when Omicron started spreading, but in the last week or so, people almost everywhere have concluded that it causes only mild infection and have decided to handle it with standard remedies instead of getting tested.”
“In Maharashtra, it is predicted to peak on 19th. May peak sooner since the trajectory is almost flat at present. Gujarat is predicted to peak on the 19th. Haryana is predicted to peak on 20th,” he added.
He further said that southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will see the current wave peak next week.
“In Karnataka, the COVID-19 wave is predicted to peak on 23rd. A new phase just started and Tamil Nadu has been predicted to peak on 25th Jan. Trajectory has started deviating. Andhra Pradesh is predicted to peak on the 30th. No deviation yet from the predicted trajectory. Probably because of the spread in at a very early stage,” he tweeted.
“However, Haryana is predicted to peak on the 20th. Now to some states like Assam is predicted to peak on 26th Jan. No phase change yet, but the blue curve is suggesting there will be one soon,” he added. (Image source: Instagram)

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)

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) including Dubai,” reads the order issued on Sunday. These directions will be enforced with effect from midnight of January 17 2022. (Image source: Instagram)

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: Instagram)

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 they filed a plea regarding this in Bombay High Court which they lost. Now the matter is in the Supreme Court. We do not know what will be the view of the concerned Bench here. We have given you (Singh) enough protection, we are not giving any more protection.”
The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Singh seeking protection from coercive steps by Mumbai police in the cases registered against him.
During the hearing, senior advocate Puneet Bali, appearing for Singh, told the Bench that the former Mumbai Police Commissioner is being targeted and the State government is trying to scuttle the probe in the CBI matter.
Senior advocate Darius Kambatta, appearing for Maharashtra, told the Bench that the State government has filed an appeal in the top court against the Bombay High Court order dismissing its plea to hand over the investigation into the ‘cash-for-transfer’ allegations against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh from the CBI to a Special Investigation Team.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for CBI told the top court that the agency has filed an affidavit in the matter and it is ready to take over the probe in one of the criminal cases lodged by Maharashtra police against Singh.
The bench now posted the matter for hearing on February 22.
Earlier, the apex court had directed the Maharashtra police not to file chargesheets in the FIRs lodged against Singh, and also sought CBI’s view on taking over the investigation.
Cases were registered against Singh over allegations of misconduct, corruption and extortion and the apex court had sought CBI’s view on probing the cases as they are interlinked with the matters already under the investigation of the central agency.
it had also granted interim protection to Singh from arrest.
Singh had approached the apex court against the September 16, 2021 judgment of the Bombay High Court which dismissed as not maintainable his pleas challenging the two enquiries orders issued by the State Home Ministry for allegedly violative service rules and the second over allegations of corruption.
The apex court had also expressed concern over the ongoing fight between Deshmukh and Singh saying the matter has become “curiouser and curiouser”.
Singh’s counsel had told the apex court that 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 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 levelled allegations against Deshmukh.
On November 18, the Bench had asked Singh to disclose his whereabouts while making it clear that no protection can be granted to him against arrest until his location is known.
Singh was declared as an absconder by a Mumbai Magistrate after his non-appearance in an extortion case. (Image source: Instagram)

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 institutional
quarantine, the bulletin said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 207 new cases of Omicron variant of the COVID-19 on Sunday. With this, the tally of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the state has gone up to 1,216.
Out of 1,216 Omcron cases, 454 cases have been discharged following a negative RT PCR test.
As per the bulletin, of 207 Omicron cases, 155 have been reported by B J Medical College and 52 have been reported by the National Institute of Virology. Following these, Sangli reported (57), Mumbai (40), Pune MC (22), Nagpur (21), Pimpri-Chinchwad MC (15), Thane MC (12) and Kolhapur (8).
Meanwhile, Mumbai logged 19,474 fresh COVID-19 cases and during the last 24 hours, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday. With this, the total count of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai has gone up to 9,14,572.
Seven people lost their lives to the deadly virus during the last 24 hours, taking the death toll due to the COVID-19 in Mumbai to 16,406.
A total of 8,063 people recovered from the infection during the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 7,78,119. The recovery rate in Mumbai stands at 85 per cent. (Image source: Unsplash)

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 10 pm to 7 am every day.
The new order also states that in beauty salons, only those activities that do not require the removal of masks by anyone shall be allowed. “Only fully vaccinated persons shall be allowed to use these services. All the staff engaged in operation shall be fully vaccinated,” it read.
“Gyms are allowed to remain open with 50 per cent capacity, subject to the use of masks while performing any activity. Only fully vaccinated persons shall be allowed to use these services. All the staff engaged in operation shall be fully vaccinated,” the government has said.
In view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Maharashtra government has imposed a night curfew between 11 pm to 5 am starting Monday among other restrictions to curb the transmission of the virus.
Swimming pools, spas, zoos, museums, and entertainment parks will remain closed until further orders. Schools, colleges and coaching institutes will remain closed till February 15, with few exceptions in the state.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Saturday reported 41,434 new COVID-19 cases, 9,671 recoveries, and 13 deaths. The active cases in the state stood at 1,73,238. Notably, Maharashtra has the highest number of active cases in India.
Maharashtra has reported 1,009 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 so far, as per the state health bulletin on Saturday. (Image source: Instagram)

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 in COVID cases is usually registered during that time, Pednekar said that a decision on weekend curfew is likely.
“Today, there could be a decision on seating capacity to be allowed for restaurants, hotels etc,” she added.
Meanwhile, Twenty staff members of Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil tested positive for COVID-19 today.
Mumbai reported 20,181 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the positivity rate to 29.90 per cent. With these, Mumbai’s tally of COVID-19 cases jumped to 8,53,809, while the tally of active cases stood at 79,260 on Thursday.
The overall growth rate of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai is 0.99 per cent and the doubling rate of patients is 70 days.
As per BMC, a total of 67,000 test samples were collected of which 20,181 were tested positive yesterday.1,170 patients were hospitalised on Thursday. 106 patients are on Oxygen out of total hospitalised patients.
Out of 35,594 available beds, only 5,998 are occupied by the patients so far. Only 16.8 per cent of beds are occupied out of the total available beds.

Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi name their son Guriq

            

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India],(ANI): Actors Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi have named their son Guriq.

On Saturday, Neha took to Instagram to reveal the name of her second child.
“Our baby boy Guriq. Guriq Singh Dhupia Bedi,” she wrote.

She also dropped a few images of the little one on Instagram. In one of the images, Neha can be seen holding Guriq in her arms while enjoying in a pool.

Guriq means one with God, one from God, and saviour of the world. The doting mother has also created a new Instagram account handle under the name of Guriq.

Neha and Angad got married at a private ceremony in Delhi in 2018. The couple welcomed their firstborn, daughter Mehr in the same year. (ANI)

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.

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.

Flights from Mumbai, Delhi to WB will operate thrice a week from Jan 5, Govt writes to Civil Aviation Ministry

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: In light of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the West Bengal government on Tuesday wrote to the Ministry of Civil Aviation informing it of their decision to allow domestic flights from Mumbai and Delhi only thrice a week from January 5.
A letter by West Bengal Additional Chief Secretary BP Gopalika stated that the flights between the two metro cities will operate only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. “The State Government is extremely sensitive towards the inconvenience that may be caused to the passengers but restrictions are absolutely essential for containment of COVID cases in the State,” the letter read.
“However, the incoming domestic flights from Mumbai and Delhi will be allowed thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with effect from January 5, 2022, and the same will be reviewed again shortly depending upon the COVID situation in the State,” it added.
Notably, this decision of the State government comes after Delhi and Mumbai for the past week have been reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Mumbai on Tuesday reported 10,860 fresh infections of COVID-19 and 2 deaths. The active cases in the financial capital of India are at 47,476.
Delhi reported 5,481 new infections on Tuesday pushing the positivity rate to 8.37 per cent, the highest in over seven months.
Meanwhile, West Bengal recorded 9,073 new cases and 16 deaths on Tuesday while the active cases are at 25,475.

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 his tenure, which came to end on December 31 last year.
Malik alleged that that NCB zonal director Wankhede is deliberately planting some news and is also, deliberately saying that he does not want an extension.
He further alleged that the NCB officer continued his wrongdoings despite a series of exposes by him and they are still trying to trap innocent people.

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.”

Prithvi Shaw to lead Mumbai in Ranji Trophy, Arjun Tendulkar named in squad

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Arjun Tendulkar, the son of legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar was on Wednesday named in Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad with Prithvi Shaw appointed as the captain of the side.
Prithvi Shaw had led Mumbai to the Vijay Hazare title in the last season and it will be the first time that the opening batter will captain the team in first-class cricket. “The Senior Selection Committee of Mumbai Cricket Association consisting of Mr. Salil Ankola (Chairman), Mr. Gulam Parkar, Mr. Sunil More, Mr. Prasad Desai and Mr. Anand Yalvigi has selected the following players to represent Mumbai in Ranji Trophy Match against Maharashtra from 13th – 16th January 2022 and against Delhi from 20th – 23rd January 2022 at Kolkata,” Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) said in a statement.
Mumbai Squad: Prithvi Shaw (Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aakarshit Gomel, Armaan Jaffer, Sarfaraz Khan, Sachin Yadav, Aditya Tare (wicketkeeper), Hardik Tamore (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dube, Aman Khan, Shams Mulani, Tanush Kotian, Prashant Solanki, Shashank Attarde, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Avasthi, Prince Badiani, Siddharth Raut, Royston Dias, Arjun Tendulkar
Ranji Trophy will start from January 13 with the final of the tournament to be played on March 17.

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.

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 highest since March 2020.
“India has so far conducted over 67.29 crore cumulative tests,” said the Ministry. As per the release, the weekly positivity rate at 0.63 per cent remains less than 1 per cent for the last 43 days now. While the daily positivity rate has been reported to be 0.87 per cent.
“The daily positivity rate has remained below 2 per cent for last 84 days,” stated the Ministry.
On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 1,648 new cases of COVID-19. 31 new cases of the Omicron variant of the virus were also detected. A total of 141 Omicron cases have been reported in the state so far, as per the bulletin provided by the state health department on Sunday.
With this, the total count of COVID-19 cases in the state has gone up to 66,57,888. There are currently 9,813 active COVID-19 cases in the state.

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 (MAHSR) project is the only sanctioned project of High-Speed Rail (HSR) in the country which is under execution with financial and technical assistance from the Government of Japan.
A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), namely National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has been formed to implement the Project, the Ministry of Railways said.

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.

Panama Papers leak case: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan returns to Mumbai after appearing before ED

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan returned to Mumbai last night after appearing before Enforcement Directorate in Delhi in connection with the Panama Papers leak case.
The Enforcement Directorate on Monday questioned Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for nearly 5 hours in the Panama Papers leak case. She deposed before the investigators following the summons issued by the federal agency against her to join the probe.
The ED recorded the statement of the 48-year-old actor in the case over allegations of stashing wealth abroad under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999. She had earlier submitted records on the foreign payments under investigation.
The ED had issued notices to the Bachchan family asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of the Reserve Bank of India.
Sources in the agency informed that Aishwarya was summoned earlier too but she could not appear and sought next dates at least two times.

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.

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 minimum cash payouts made out by the ARCs to lender bank(s) for acquiring the stressed assets/NPAs have usually been using the funds of the borrower group. Such funds have been routed through several layers of dummy companies controlled by the borrower group or through hawala channels.
“It has also been found that the ARCs have been following non-transparent methods in the disposal of assets that were acquired by them from the banks. More often than not, the underlying assets had been re-acquired by the same borrower group, albeit at a fraction of their real values. The ARCs are found to have concealed the profits on disposal of the underlying assets by diverting the actual profit to their related concerns, under the garb of consultancy receipts or unsecured loans/investments. Through this method, the ARCs have not only evaded the payment of due taxes but also deprived the lender bank(s) of their share of actual profits,” read the ministry’s release.
One of the ARCs was found to be maintaining a parallel set of accounts on Tally accounting software, in a pen drive, recovered from the custody of the trusted employees of the promoter. This parallel set of accounts contained cash transactions aggregating to more than Rs 850 crore. Handwritten diaries have also been found during the search, containing detailed entries substantiating the deliberate act of layering of transactions by the promoter group and the use of a network of middlemen for the same. There is also evidence of routing of funds through offshore structures to acquire the assets.
Cash of Rs 4 crores has been seized during the search operation. Large volumes of documentary and digital evidence seized are being further analyzed for detection of violations under the Income Tax and allied Acts.
Further investigation into the matter is underway.

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.

‘Don’t get trapped in political secularism’: Owaisi tells Muslims during AIMIM’s Tiranga Yatra in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday advised the Muslims not to get trapped in political secularism.
Addressing the mass here in Mumbai during Tiranga Yatra, Owaisi, said, “I want to ask Muslims of India what we got from secularism? Did we get reservations from Secularism? Did the people who demolished the mosque get punishment? No, no one got anything. I believe in constitutional secularism and not in political secularism. I appeal to all not to get trapped in political secularism.” He added, “Government data states that graduate Muslims in Maharashtra is only 4.9 per cent. In middle school, there are only 13 per cent Muslim students. 83 per cent of Muslims in Maharashtra are landless.”
He slammed the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said if the government would have provided reservations to the Muslims, Muslim children would have received education.

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 qualification
This 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, Maria De Uriarte Spain FEI3 Arbaiza from Spain and Jody Leonce F Fourneau from Belgium) appointed by the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI).
Earlier this year Mumbai witnessed numerous young athletes participate in the REL qualifiers and FEI Jumping World Challenge (South zone) organised adhering to international standards at ARC. Post-Asian games trials, the city will also be playing host to the Junior National Equestrian Championship (JNEC) and Senior National Equestrian Championship (SNEC) in December and January respectively.
Shyam Mehta, President of ARC, said, “We are obliged to host two trials of Asian games at ARC in December and January respectively. In 2021 ARC hosted numerous tournaments including REL qualifiers, FEI jumping world challenge, and other events which were happening at regular intervals and occasions. In recent months we witnessed many youngsters keenly turn up to take on the sport by participating in as many practice sessions apart from tournaments. We’re excited to see the competition as this will bring in the best from across the country who will further represent India on the international stage.”
Col Jaiveer Singh, Secretary-General, Equestrian Federation of India said, “We at EFI are taking progressive steps to provide our riders with International exposures in India and prepare them for Asian Games 2022. After successful completion of the first show-jumping selection trial in Bengaluru, we are delighted to bring the second selection trial to Mumbai. This will be an opportunity for all promising athletes & horses across the country to showcase their skills and secure a place for themselves to represent India at the 19th Asian Games. Show Jumping as an individual and team sport is gaining popularity and the federation will continue to promote the sport and support athletes to compete at the highest level”.

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 a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling 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 levelled allegations against Deshmukh.

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 Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling corruption and misconduct 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 levelled allegations against Deshmukh.

Scoring hundred at Wankhede special for any Indian, says Mayank Agarwal

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: India opening batter Mayank Agarwal has said that scoring a hundred at the Wankhede Stadium is special for any Indian.
Mayank’s comments after the right-handed batter registered a century on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand. “Definitely this innings means a lot to me. Getting a Test hundred at Wankhede is always special for any Indian. I would just like to say that this innings was not the nicest looking, not the easiest of innings but it was all about grit and determination. I am happy that I was able to stick to the plan and bat through the day,” Mayank told teammate Prasidh Krishna in a video posted on bcci.tv.
“To Ajaz, if I wanted to go over the top, then I wanted to get as close as possible to the ball. Sometimes I yorked myself in the process. If I could very close, then it did not matter. Very honestly, I was not planning the celebration. I am grateful to God for helping me achieve whatever I have managed to. I think scoring runs in Test cricket means everything, I really look forward to this format. This kind of feeling you do not get very often, but Test cricket does that to you,” he added.
Mayank scored his fourth Test ton as India ended day one of the second and final Test at 221/4 on Friday. The opening batter scored an unbeaten 120 while Wriddhiman Saha hit 25 before the close of play.
Resuming from 111/3 after tea, Mayank and Shreyas Iyer steadily carried on from where they had left after the fall of three quick wickets. Ajaz Patel once again put break as he dismissed the middle order batter in the 48th over.
Despite losing partners at the other end Mayank looked solid and kept the scoreboard moving and capitalized on the poor deliveries that came his way as India scored 221/4 on day one of the second Test.

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 when the UPA government chose to exercise “strategic restraint” after the Mumbai attack.
“This was about the perception that got created in Pakistan when we chose to exercise strategic restraint. It was not about the fact that the UPA government or the options which it explored were the weak options,” he said.
“Given the sheer barbarity which was unleashed, in my opinion, and I have always felt this way, that we should try and explore what kinetic options that we have available an try and operationalise that,” Tewari added.
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and party leader Anand Sharma were among those present.
During the release, Manish Tewari said that Pakistan did not change its behaviour after the surgical strikes in 2016.
“There’s no empirical evidence that deep state in Pakistan was worried or changed its behaviour after the Uri Surgical strikes. Don’t forget Pulwama happened after Uri strikes,” he said.
“When I was writing this book, people told me that I am writing my expulsion notice. But I think there hasn’t been much discussion on national security in legislative corridors,” he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have targeted the Congress over Tewari’s remarks in the book.
Rajnath Singh said it has “accepted that the (UPA) government should have taken effective action after the terror attack in 2008”.
Tewari has written in the book: “For a state that has no compunctions in brutally slaughtering hundreds of innocent people, restraint is not a sign of strength; it is perceived as a symbol of weakness. There comes a time when actions must speak louder than words. 26/11 was one such time when it just should have been done”.

Mamata Banerjee likely to meet Sharad Pawar today

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday afternoon in Mumbai.
Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to Maharashtra, met Shiv Sena leaders Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut in Mumbai on Tuesday. “We welcome her to Mumbai and Maharashtra. There has always been a friendship. We had met her even 2-3 years back when she visited Mumbai. We came to carry forward that friendship. We discussed many issues but we came here to welcome her to Mumbai,” Thackeray had said while speaking to media persons.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena in a statement informed that due to health issues, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will not be meeting Banerjee.
“Due to health issues, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray won’t be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her two-day visit to Mumbai. She has earlier announced that she will be meeting CM over several issues,” the statement read.
Before visiting Mumbai, the TMC chief was in Delhi. Congress leaders Kirti Azad, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar and former JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma joined TMC during Banerjee’s visit to the national capital.

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 Mumbai.
Norris’s diplomatic assignment in Mumbai coincided with the visit of the English cricket team, which had continued with the Test series in India despite the deterioration of law and order in the backdrop of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

People in Bangladesh observes 13th Anniversary of Mumbai Terror attacks

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: A series of events were held in Dhaka city to observe the 13th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks.
To mark the day, a photo exhibition was held at Shilpakala Academy where pictures of the Mumbai Terror Attacks were put on display.
Pictures of Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 terror attacks, who is based in Pakistan, were also displayed for the visitors.

In another event, a cycle rally was held in the city which passed in front of the Pakistan High Commission to make Islamabad acknowledge its support to the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attacks. In a seminar by Bangladesh Online Activist Forum, terrorism in all forms has been condemned.

On the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, the world remembered the victims of this dastardly attack and the valiant security personnel who laid down their lives.
In New Delhi, a senior diplomat from the High Commission of Pakistan in India was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs. A Note Verbale reiterating India’s call for an expeditious trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case, and calling on the Government of Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control for terrorism against India, was handed over to him.
Fourteen other countries lost their nationals in these attacks. Indian Missions in these countries are organizing memorial events remembering the victims, both national and foreign, reminding the world of the continuing global threat of terrorism. Senior government representatives from the host Governments, family members of victims and survivors will be participating in these solemn events.
It is a matter of deep anguish that even after 13 years of this heinous terror attack, the families of 166 victims from 15 countries across the globe still await closure, with Pakistan showing little sincerity in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

INS Vela commissioned into Indian Navy in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Indian Navy commissioned INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, in Mumbai on Thursday.
Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh commissioned INS Vela at the Noval Dockyard. The Navy chief said that INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations.
“INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations. Given today’s dynamic and complex security situation, its capability and firepower will play a crucial role in enhancing the Navy’s ability to protect India’s maritime interests,” he said.
Earlier, INS Visakhapatnam was inducted into the Indian Navy on November 21.

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over a number of state-related issues. We also spoke on the BSF’s jurisdiction extension issue and demanded that this decision be withdrawn. I also spoke to Prime Minister Modi on Tripura violence.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy met Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee is slated to be in the national capital till November 25. Her visit comes days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.
On Tuesday, former Congress leader Kirti Azad and, former JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma joined TMC in the presence of Mamata Banerjee in the national capital.

Cheating case filed against Shilpa Shetty-Raj Kundra

New Delhi [India] : A Mumbai-based businessman has lodged a cheating case against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, her husband Raj Kundra and some other persons for allegedly duping him of Rs 1.51 crore, a police official said on Sunday (November 14). The FIR was registered at Bandra police station based on a complaint by businessman Nitin Barai. The complainant alleged that in July 2014, Kaashif Khan, the director of SFL Fitness company, along with Shetty, Kundra and others asked him to invest Rs 1.51 crore into the enterprise to earn a profit. The complainant claimed he was assured that the SFL Fitness company will provide him a franchise and open a gym and spa at Hadapsar and Koregaon in neighbouring Pune, but it did not materialise, as per the FIR. Later, when the complainant sought his money back, he was allegedly threatened, the police official said quoting the complaint. Based on the complaint, the Bandra police registered the FIR under various Indian Penal Code Sections, including 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention), he said, adding that an investigation into the case was underway. This is another case against Raj Kundra, who was jailed in a pornography racket earlier this year. He is currently out on bail. Raj was granted bail by a Mumbai Court in the aforementioned case on a surety of Rs 50,000. 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 Raj. Raj was arrested by police on July 19 along with 11 other people on charges related to the alleged creation of pornographic films.

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 make public the details of the confiscated items after each action so that ordinary Mumbaikars can also contribute to the ongoing war on drugs,” he said.
The Anti-Narcotics Cell of Mumbai Police informed Galgali about the action taken in the year 2019, 2020 and 2021.
As per the reply, in the year 2019, 395 kg 35 gm goods worth Rs 25.28 crore, as well as 1343 strips, 7577 bottles, 1551 dot, were seized. But no information was given about the disposal of these drugs.
In the year 2020, 427 kg 277 gm goods worth Rs 22.23 crore, as well as 14 mg, 5191 bottles, 66000 tabs, were seized.
As of October 25, 2021, the highest amount of goods worth Rs 83.18 crore was seized which included 2592 kg 93 grams of goods as well as 15830 bottles, 189 LSD papers. Disposal items include 248 kg 344 gm cannabis, 0.010 kg MD and 368 codeine phosphate mixed cough syrup bottles.

Top NCB officer leaves for Mumbai to probe pay-offs in drugs-on-cruise case

New Delhi [India]: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Deputy Director-General Gyaneshwar Singh, who is leading a vigilance team of the agency, left for Mumbai from Delhi airport on Monday.
The vigilance team had summoned Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the drugs-on-cruise case, to record his statement in the alleged payoff in the case today. The agency asked Sail to appear before it at 2 pm on Monday, said NCB. Gyaneshwar Singh is heading the Special Enquiry Team (SET) which has been constituted to probe allegations against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede in the drugs-on-cruise case.
Sail, who is the personal bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi and also a witness in the Mumbai cruise ship raid case, levelled allegations of corruption against Gosavi and NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.

Deshmukh in Arthur Road Jail

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was on Saturday brought to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.
Earlier in the day, 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 Enforcement Directorate (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.

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.

NCB team probing extortion charges against Sameer Wankhede to reach Mumbai on Monday

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A vigilance team of Narcotics Control Bureau Delhi investigating extortion allegations against NCB’s Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede will visit the spots in Mumbai related to the drug bust case on Monday, said sources.
As per the sources, the team headed by NCB Senior Officer Gyaneshwar Singh will reach Mumbai from Delhi on Monday. It is likely to visit the cruise ship where the raid took place last month in which Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested. Sources said that the team will also record the statements of witnesses in the cruise drug case namely Prabhakar Sali, Kiran Gosavi and Manish Bhanushali.
The team is also likely to call Sam D’Souza, the consultant accused of brokering a deal with Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani and KP Gosavi, and Sunil Patil.
So far, the vigilance team has recorded statements of 12 people. They have not found anything concrete related to ‘extortion’ allegations from them. However, some procedural irregularities by the NCB in filing the Aryan Khan case were found, the source added.
Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising officers from the Operations Branch of Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters in New Delhi arrived in Mumbai on Saturday to take over six cases, including the drugs-on-cruise case from NCB Mumbai Zonal Unit being probed by Sameer Wankhede. It is also set to start its investigation on Monday.
The SIT comprising 13 members is headed by NCB Officer Sanjay Singh whereas the Vigilance team has seven members including the team headed by Gyaneshwar Singh.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals and Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

Special NCB Delhi team arrives in Mumbai to take over Aryan Khan’s case being probed by Sameer Wankhede

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : A Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising officers from the Operations Branch of Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters in New Delhi arrived in Mumbai on Saturday to take over six cases, including the drugs-on-cruise case from NCB Mumbai Zonal Unit being probed by Sameer Wankhede.
Speaking to media persons at Mumbai airport, NCB Deputy Director General Sanjay Kumar Singh that they have taken the probe of over a total of six cases. He further said that the team will take the assistance of NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.
“We have taken over a group of 6 cases. He (Sameer Wankhede) is the zonal director of Mumbai, we will definitely take his assistance in the investigation,” Singh said.
Speaking to ANI over the phone, an NCB official said that Sameer Wankhede is an Officer of Zonal Director Rank which is equivalent to the rank of a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and such a senior officer does not become the investigating officer of any case.

“He/She just supervises any investigation of the zone. So it’s baseless to say that Sameer Wankhede will cease to investigate these 6 cases. Actually, he was never investigating these cases,” he said.
Commenting over the developments, Wankhede said: “I was never the investigating officer of the cases. I am still the zonal director. I have not been removed from my posts. In fact, I demanded in the petition to investigate the allegations over me by central agencies.”
“I have not been removed from the investigation. It was my writ petition in court that the matter be probed by a central agency. So Aryan case and Sameer Khan case are being probed by Delhi NCB’s SIT. It is in coordination between NCB teams of Delhi and Mumbai,” he told 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.
A team of Delhi NCB is arriving in Mumbai tomorrow.

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.
“Sameer Wankhede has been removed from 5 cases including the Aryan Khan case. There are 26 cases in all that need to be probed. This is just the beginning… a lot more has to be done to clean this system and we will do it,” the Maharashtra minister tweeted.

Earlier on Tuesday, Wankhede said, “The drug mafia is trying to frame him and his family in false cases.” He has been accused of extortion and forging documents to secure a government job.

Malik had alleged that Wankhede was born a Muslim but he forged documents, including a caste certificate, to pass off as a Scheduled Caste (SC) person to get recruitment under quota after clearing the UPSC exams.

NCB vigilance team questions investigating officer of drugs-on-cruise case for 2 days

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Ashish Ranjan Prasad, investigating officer in the drugs-on-cruise case, was questioned by the vigilance team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for two days on November 4 and 5 in New Delhi.
This is the second time that Prasad was questioned by the vigilance team of NCB for two consecutive days. Earlier, Prasad’s statements were recorded on November 2 and 3 in Delhi. Prasad was earlier interrogated in Mumbai as well.
The NCB vigilance team is probing the allegations of extortion that have been levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede in drugs-on-cruise case.
Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising officers from the Operations Branch of Narcotics Control Bureau Headquarters in New Delhi arrived in Mumbai on Saturday to take over six cases, including the drugs-on-cruise case from NCB Mumbai Zonal Unit being probed by Sameer Wankhede.
Speaking to media persons at Mumbai airport, NCB Deputy Director General Sanjay Kumar Singh that they have taken the probe of over a total of six cases.

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.

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 my writ petition in court that the matter be probed by a central agency. So Aryan case and Sameer Khan case are being probed by Delhi NCB’s SIT. It is in coordination between NCB teams of Delhi and Mumbai,” he told ANI.
The team of Delhi NCB is arriving in Mumbai tomorrow.
Commenting on the development, Malik said that this is just the beginning.
“Sameer Wankhede has been removed from 5 cases including the Aryan Khan case. There are 26 cases in all that need to be probed. This is just the beginning… a lot more has to be done to clean this system and we will do it,” the Maharashtra minister tweeted.
Earlier on Tuesday, Wankhede said, “The drug mafia is trying to frame him and his family in false cases.” He has been accused of extortion and forging documents to secure a government job.
Malik had alleged that Wankhede was born a Muslim but he forged documents, including a caste certificate, to pass off as a Scheduled Caste (SC) person to get recruitment under quota after clearing the UPSC exams.

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.

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.

Sachin Waze in police custody

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Esplanade Court on Monday sent the dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze to Crime Branch’s custody till November 6 in connection with an extortion case.
However, the Crime Branch had sought 10-day custody of Waze in the matter. A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Sachin Waze, Parambir Singh and others at Goregaon Police Station and the investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.
The Chandiwal Judicial Commission has issued a bailable warrant against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, in connection with an alleged corruption case of Rs 100 crore.
Singh had alleged that former home minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh, had indulged in “malpractices” and asked suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crores every month.
NIA arrested Waze in March in connection with the investigation into the recovery of explosives from a car parked near Mukesh Ambani’s house in Mumbai. Waze is the prime accused of placing an explosives-laden vehicle near Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s house Antilia in Mumbai on February 25.
Waze was also accused of the murder of Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the vehicle that was found containing explosives materials outside Antilia. Hiren was found dead on March 5 in Thane.
Waze, former Assistant Police Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), was later transferred to the Citizen Facilitation Centre at Mumbai Police Headquarters after his name came up in Mansukh Hiren’s death case.
Waze was dismissed from service in May 2021.

Nawab Malik has links with underworld?

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday, while refuting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik’s allegation that he has relations with Jaydeep Rana who is involved in a drugs trafficking case, said that he will soon present evidence of Malik’s relations with the underworld.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Fadnavis said, “There are no relations between Jaydeep Rana with me or my wife.” “Those who have relations with the Underworld should not speak about me. I will present evidence of Nawab Malik’s relations with the Underworld. I am waiting for Diwali to pass,” he added.


Earlier on Monday, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Malik had alleged that the drugs business in the state flourished under Devendra Fadnavis’s tenure.
Addressing a press conference, Malik said, “One Jaydeep Rana currently in jail in connection with a drug trafficking case has relations with former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was the financial head of a famous River song by former Chief Minister’s wife Amrita Fadnavis. Drugs business in the state grew under his tenure.”
Malik further said, “This is a matter relating to the illegal drugs business in Maharashtra. I demand CBI or judicial enquiry in this issue.”

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 Bhiwandi Taluka Police Station, District-Thane, Maharashtra under Section 489-B, 489-C and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Subsequently, NIA re-registered the case as RC-03/2018/NIA/MUM on December 4, 2018, and took up the investigation.
After investigation, NIA had filed three charge sheets on January 5, 2019, November 30, 2019, and April 23, 2021, against nine accused persons.
The trial against the remaining charge-sheeted accused is continuing.

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.

Commissioner gets warrant

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A court in Maharashtra’s Thane has issued a non-bailable warrant against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in an extortion case.
The order was issued by chief judicial magistrate R J Tamble on October 26 to Thane Nagar police station, where the case against Param Bir Singh is registered. Mumbai police on Thursday informed that its Crime Branch moved an application in the Sessions Court to issue a non-bailable warrant against Param Bir Singh.
The Crime Branch claimed that the former IPS officer is untraceable. The court has scheduled a hearing on October 29.
A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Parambir Singh, Sachin Waze and others at Goregaon Police Station and the investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.
The Chandiwal Judicial Commission on Tuesday issued a bailable warrant against Param Bir Singh, in connection with an alleged corruption case of Rs 100 crore.
He alleged that former home minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh, had indulged in “malpractices” and asked suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crores every month.

Legal Team of Shahrukh Khan: Aryan Khan will come home soon

Mumbai ( Maharastra ) : The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted Aryan Khan bail in connection with the alleged cruise ship case, according to ANI. Bombay High Court also grants bail to Arbaz Merchant and Munmum Dhamecha in drugs-on-cruise case. Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, who is representing Aryan Khan had concluded his argument before Justice N.W. Sambre on Wednesday (October 27). Arbaz Seth Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha’s lawyers had also presented their case before the single bench of the High Court yesterday.  Additional Solicitor General of India Anil Singh, who is appearing for Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), gave replies to the arguments of the accused’s advocates at the Thursday’s hearing.

What Happened In Court Today? 

ASG Anil Singh told the court that Aryan Khan is a not first-time consumer of drugs, according to ANI. Singh added that the star kid was in touch with the drugs peddlers.   “Defence has spoken about testing. Why testing? Our case is not of consumption but of possession. Accused one was in conscious possession of drug,” Singh was quoted as saying by the news agency.   ASG Anil Singh mentioned Aryan Khan’s WhatsApp chats and said, “If we relied upon WhatsApp chat, he (Aryan Khan) had made an attempt to deal in commercial quantity (of drugs). Ecstasy was of commercial quantity. It can’t be said that drug was for personal consumption.

Why Was Aryan Khan Arrested?

Aryan, Arbaz and Munmun were among the eight people, who were detained and later arrested following NCB’s raid on a cruise ship on October 2. They were booked under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. A Special NDPS Court had rejected Aryan’s bail on October 20 in the seizure of drugs case. In a major setback to SRK and Gauri Khan’s son, his judicial custody was also extended till October 30.
The lawyers of the trio approached the Bombay High Court last week after the NDPS Court rejected their bail pleas.
Last week, the Narcotics Control Bureau had summoned Ananya Panday to appear before the officials in connection with the drugs case. The anti-drugs law enforcement agency had conducted a raid at Panday’s Mumbai house on October 21.
The NCB officials had seized her mobile phone and laptop following. Ananya’s name featured in the WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan and hence, she was summoned for questioning, as per a report .

Won’t arrest Sameer Wankhede without giving prior notice : Maharashtra govt tells Bombay HC

Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik has levelled a series of charges against the NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede who is investigating the alleged drug bust case involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan.

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it will not arrest NCB’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede without giving him prior notice of three working days, in connection with the allegations of extortion and corruption leveled against him. Wankhede also moved to the Bombay High Court on Thursday, seeking interim protection from arrest or any coercive action against him. He sought an urgent hearing of his plea challenging the Mumbai police’s decision to form a four-member team to investigate the allegations of extortion and corruption against him, in the aftermath of the cruise drugs case in which actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested. The Maharashtra government initially opposed the plea but subsequently, chief public prosecutor Aruna Pai assured the court that it will give prior notice of arrest to Wankhede. “We assure the court that three working days’ notice will be given (to Wankhede) before arresting by Mumbai Police,” Pai said. The HC disposed of the plea following the state government’s statement.

Bombay HC disposes of NCB Zonal Director Wankhede’s petition seeking CBI probe in extortion allegations

Bombay High Court on Thursday disposed of the petition of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the money extortion allegations levelled against him in connection with the drugs on cruise case.
Earlier today, Wankhede moved Bombay High Court over the enquiry against him by the Maharashtra government and demanded a probe by CBI or any central agency in the matter. In response to this, the lawyer representing the state government told the court that there are four different complaints against Wankhede. “An ACP level officer is heading the enquiry which has just begun. We have not registered an FIR against Wankhede yet so the application is at a premature stage,” the lawyer stated.
“As the petition is in respect to the Prevention of Corruption Act, we will give prior notice of 72 hours if we register an offence under the act,” added the lawyer.
Following this, the court disposed of Wankhede’s petition after the state government’s lawyer assured that a notice of three days will be served prior to the arrest.
Earlier, Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the Mumbai cruise raid case had alleged that the NCB Zonal Director and some other NCB officials had sought Rs 25 crores from Shah Rukh Khan in order to release Aryan Khan who is an accused in the drugs bust case.
Meanwhile, the NCB team from Delhi will also question Wankhede to investigate allegations levelled against him.
On Wednesday, the probe agency’s Deputy Director General (Northern Region) Gyaneshwar Singh said that Wankhede will remain the investigating officer in the drugs-on-cruise case until substantial information is found against him.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa on October 2. A total of 20 people including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, have been arrested in the case.

Sameer Wankhede’s wife writes to Maharashtra CM urging justice over ‘attack on her family’s personal life’

Zonal Director of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)’s Mumbai unit Sameer Wankhede’s wife Kranti Redkar Wankhede on Thursday wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urging justice, citing the “continued attack into her family’s personal life”.
Kranti Redkar has also sought time from the Maharashtra CM to meet him but has not received any response yet. In her letter to Uddhav Thackeray, Sameer Wankhede’s wife said, “I grew up as a Marathi girl in view of Shiv Sena fighting for the justice of Marathi man since childhood. Learned from Balasaheb Thackeray and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj that we must not do injustice to anyone, do not tolerate injustice on yourself.”
“I am standing alone against those who are attacking my personal life privately every day on social media. We are being insulted by people every day. A woman’s dignity is being toyed with in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s state. Had Balasaheb been here today, he would not have liked it,” her letter in Marathi read.



“He (Balasaheb) is not here today but you are. We see him in you, we trust you. I believe that you will not allow injustice to my family and me. As a Marathi, I look towards you with hopes of justice. I request you for justice,” her letter added.
She further said, “I have sought time from Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in order to meet him. I have not received a response so far, I am waiting for a reply.”
Notably, in the drug-on-cruise case, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik had accused the zonal director of NCB Sameer Wankhede of favouritism. Along with this, he also made serious allegations like extortion and has also raised questions on Wankhede’s birth certificate and marriage.
Malik had posted purported pictures of the ‘nikah’ of Wankhede. The NCP leader also posted a screenshot of the ‘Nikah Nama’ of Wankhade with his first wife Dr Shabana Quraishi. Following this, Wankhede’s wife Kranti Redkar said that Wankhede’s ‘nikah’ had taken place and the marriage had been registered under the Special Marriage Act.
Meanwhile, Sameer Wankhede’s sister Yasmeen Wankhede on Wednesday alleged that Malik has been stalking and threatening her online. She requested the National Commission for Women to register a complaint in the matter.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship, which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case. 

Maharashtra Home Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], : Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Thursday informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
“After experiencing mild symptoms I decided to get tested for COVID-19. I have tested positive. My condition is stable and I am following my doctor’s advice. I urge all those who came in contact with me during Nagpur and Amravati tour, and other programs, to get themselves tested,” Patil said in a tweet. Meanwhile, India reported 16,156 new COVID-19 cases and 733 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The active caseload of the infection in the country stands at 1,60,98.

Drugs on cruise case : Bombay HC adjourns hearing on bail plea of Aryan Khan, others till tomorrow

Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on the bail application of Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaz Seth Merchant, in connection with the drugs on cruise case, till tomorrow.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : “The arguments of lawyers of accused number 1, 2 and 3 have concluded today. The hearing is scheduled for 3 pm tomorrow for further arguments,” Munmun Dhamecha’s lawyer Kaashif Khan Deshmukh told the media after the conclusion of the hearing today. Following the conclusion of the arguments presented by lawyers of the three accused, Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG) Anil Singh, who is representing the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), will respond to their arguments in the court tomorrow.
A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday refused to grant bail to Aryan and two others in connection with the seizure of drugs. Following this, Aryan Khan moved a bail application in the Bombay High Court against the NDPS court order on his bail rejection.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals, have been arrested so far in the case.

‘Will quit if proven wrong’

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Wednesday posted purported pictures of the ‘nikah’ of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.The NCP leader also posted a screenshot of the ‘Nikah Nama’ of Wankhede with his first wife Dr Shabana Qureshi. “Photo of sweet couple Sameer Dawood Wankhede and Dr Shabana Qureshi” Malik said in a tweet along with a photograph. In a subsequent tweet, the minister said, “Presenting shortly the ‘Nikah Nama’ of the first marriage of ‘Sameer Dawood Wankhede’.”

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : This follows a day after Malik shared a letter he had received apparently from an NCB official that claimed that Wankhede had violated rules and framed people in false cases to extort money.
Malik had earlier also accused Wankhede of using a fake birth certificate to secure his government job.
He had shared the birth certificate of Wankhede on Twitter saying “Sameer Dawood Wankhede’s fraud started from here.” Following this Wankhede said he will fight Malik legally.
Wankhede had previously said that all the allegations are false and that he was being targeted and is ready for a probe into allegations against him.
NCB on Tuesday also denied to probe the anonymous letter received by
Malik which he forwarded to NCB Director General SN Pradhan.


NCB said that “no action” will be taken as per the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission. “No action will be initiated on the anonymous letter (containing allegations against NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede) forwarded by Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik to Director General of NCB as per guidelines of Central Vigilance Commission,” said the probe agency.
Sameer Wankhede is investigating the Mumbai cruise ship drugs case in which Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son has been arrested.

Wankhede let international drug lord off hook in Mumbai cruise ship raid, alleges Nawab Malik

Making further allegations against the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik said that during the rave party in Mumbai cruise ship, in which Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s Aryan Khan has been arrested, an international drug lord was present on the ship and Wankhede allegedly let the mafia off the hook.
Addressing a press conference, the Minister said, “The rave party was held when the COVID protocols were in place. No permission was sought from the Maharashtra Police or state home department. The permission was granted by the Shipping Director. “During the rave party, an international drug lord was present in the ship and the NCB officials, led by Sameer Wankhede, let him off the hook. The drug lord is a close friend of Wankhede. He should tell why did he (Wankhede) let him (drug mafia) go,” he further alleged.
“I have the video of the drug lord dancing with his girlfriend. If the NCB does not take action, then he will release the video,” he added.
He further stated that the issue is not the rave party but the forging of documents by Wankhede. “The NCB Zonal Director forged documents and made Scheduled Caste certificate in order to get into public service commission,” he alleged.
Demanding a Central Vigilance Commission probe into the allegation of extortion bid of Rs 25 lakh from Shah Rukh Khan in order to release Aryan Khan, Malik said, “The Central agency had called Bollywood actors like Deepika Padukone and Sara Ali Khan last year (Sushant Singh Rajput case), similarly the CVC should initiate investigation against Wankhede in the alleged extortion bid.”
Prabhakar Sail, on Monday, had alleged that Wankhede, Kiran Gosavi, another witness in the drugs case, and some other NCB officials had sought Rs 25 lakh from Shah Rukh Khan.
Sail is also a witness in the Mumbai cruise ship drug case.
Malik also said that the pictures and the post that he is putting out are false then he would resign from public life.
Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, was arrested on October 3. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals, have been arrested so far in the case.
Aryan Khan’s bail plea was rejected by the special court on October 20 in the case following which his judicial custody in the matter got extended till October 30. Khan approached the Bombay High Court for an urgent bail hearing.

Plea in Bombay HC seeks to refrain Nawab Malik from commenting on cruise ship case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been moved in the Bombay High Court seeking to refrain Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and state cabinet minister Nawab Malik from commenting “in any manner” on the ongoing probe in the cruise ship drugs case.
The PIL filed by Kausar Ali, a Mumbai-based businessman and priest (Maulana), stated that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, “a non-corrupt officer, has been most effective in handling the drug menace”. “Under Wankhede’s supervision, the central agency, NCB has been most effective,” reads the PIL.
The plea further said that Malik’s tweets and statements are only demoralising Wankhede and his team.
On Wednesday morning, when the PIL was mentioned before a division bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta, the court declined the request for an immediate hearing. It asked the petitioner to move the vacation bench or wait until regular court resumes after the Diwali vacation.
The NCP leader had earlier today posted purported pictures of Wankhede ‘nikah’ on Twitter.
This follows a day after Malik shared a letter he had received apparently from an NCB official that claimed that Wankhede had violated rules and framed people in false cases to extort money.
Malik had earlier also accused Wankhede of using a fake birth certificate to secure his government job.
He had shared the birth certificate of Wankhede on Twitter saying “Sameer Dawood Wankhede’s fraud started from here.” Following this Wankhede said he will fight Malik legally.
Sameer Wankhede is investigating the Mumbai cruise ship drugs case in which Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son has been arrested.

Drugs on cruise case : 5-member NCB team reaches Mumbai to probe allegations of corruption

A five-member team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) reached Mumbai on Wednesday to probe allegations of corruption levelled by Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the drugs on cruise matter of Mumbai, sources said on Tuesday.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The team is led by Deputy Director General (DDG) of NCB Gyaneshwar Singh and 4 other NCB officers. The bodyguard of NCB witness Kiran Gosavi, Prabhakar Rohoji Sail alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. Sali had said, “I worked as a bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi. I assisted him during the Mumbai cruise drugs case.”
Kosavi has, however, denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, the NCB named Sail as a “hostile witness” in its affidavit in court on Monday.
Earlier today, Mumbai Police appointed an ACP-level officer to investigate the allegations levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who is probing the drug case.
“All the complaints received against Wankhede will be probed by the officer. Four Police stations in Mumbai have received such complaints so far,” said police.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people have been arrested in the case.

Mumbai Police appoint ACP-level officer to probe allegations against Sameer Wankhede

Mumbai Police have appointed an ACP-level officer, Milind Khetle to investigate the allegations levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, said police sources on Wednesday.
All the complaints received against Wankhede will be probed by Khetle. Four Police stations in Mumbai have received such complaints so far, said the sources. However, the Mumbai police have not registered any case against Wankhede.
Prabhakar Sail, who is the personal bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi and a witness in the Mumbai cruise ship raid, had alleged that Wankhede, Gosavi and some other NCB officers had sought Rs 25 lakh from Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan to release his son Aryan Khan in the drugs bust case.
However, the Mumbai Police did not elaborate what complaints that they have received against Wankhede

Cruise drugs case: Actor Ananya Panday not appearing before NCB today

Bollywood actor Ananya Panday who was summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with Mumbai drugs-on-the-cruise case is not appearing before the agency on Monday due to some personal commitments.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Panday was supposed to appear before NCB for the third round of questioning in connection with the investigation into the case on Monday. The actor requested the agency for any further date as she cannot join the questioning today due to some personal commitments.
However, NCB has accepted her request. The agency will fix any other date for fresh summons for some other date.
Earlier, the actor was quizzed by NCB on Friday for over four hours. She had been summoned by the agency on Thursday as well.
During the questioning on Thursday, the actor denied the allegations of supplying or consuming drugs.
As per the NCB sources, Ananya denied the allegation of supplying drugs to Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail and an accused in the case, and said that she has never consumed drugs.
“The chats recovered from Aryan Khan’s mobile phone reveal that in the year 2018-19, she helped supply drugs to Aryan thrice by providing him the numbers of drug dealers,” NCB sources had told ANI.
“Ananya denied the supply related talks in the chat conversation and told the NCB officials that she has never consumed or supplied drugs,” sources added.

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 of recoveries in the state to 64,35,439.
As per the health bulletin, the number of active cases in the state stood at 23,894 and total cases went up to 66,02,961.
As many as 1,91,401 people were in-home quarantine and another 903 were in institutional quarantine.
The state’s COVID-19 recovery rate stood at 97.46 per cent, while the fatality rate was 2.12 per cent.
The cumulative number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state climbed to 6,18,93,695.
Among districts, Mumbai reported the highest new infections at 408 and six deaths, taking the state capital’s caseload to 7,53,680 and the death toll to 16,213.

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 said
The 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 said
The police said it is trying to find the accused’s motive behind the act.
Further investigation into the case is underway.

Mumbai Cruise Drugs case: NCB witness Kiran Gosavi’s bodyguard makes allegations regarding ‘pay off’

As investigations in the Mumbai Cruise Drugs case continue, the bodyguard of NCB witness Kiran Gosavi, Prabhakar Rohoji Sail alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : In a video message, the bodyguard is heard saying, “I worked as a bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi. I assisted him during the Mumbai cruise drugs case.” “On the night of the raid, I reached the place around 9:45 a.m. He asked me to stand near a car and somebody gave me two bags filled with cash for Gosavi. I took it to Vashi at Gosavi’s home and gave it to him. Right after this, I saw that Kiran Gosavi packing bags and leaving for somewhere,” he alleged.
“I handed over the bags of cash to him in his car. However, when he counted the cash it was only Rs 38 lakhs. Later, I left from there to Vashi,” he further alleged.
Meanwhile, reacting to the allegations made by the driver, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, in a tweet wrote, “Witness in #AryanKhan case made to sign on blank paper by NCB is shocking. Also, there are reports that there was a demand of huge money. CM Uddhav Thackeray said that these cases are made to defame Mah’shtra. This seems to be coming through Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil. Police should take a suo-moto cognizance”
On October 18, a case was registered against Kiran Gosavi, the man who was seen accosting Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan at Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) office in connection with the drugs-on-cruise matter.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

NCB to widen its probe into Mumbai cruise drugs case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: As Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship on October 2, the probe agency may soon go to other states too in connection with the investigation of this case, NCB sources said on Saturday.
“Investigation of this case has some important connections with the other states too. The probe agency may soon go to other states to investigate the case,” sources said. According to sources, nearly five to six drug peddlers are on the radar of NCB officers who are allegedly involved in the cruise drugs case.
“Now NCB is looking for the financial trail in the case. The agency will now check all the financial transactions of the accused arrested so far,” sources added.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

Cinema halls, theatres to reopen

Maharashtra government on Friday reopened cinema halls, theatres and auditoriums with 50 per cent seating capacity as COVID-19 cases are going down in the state.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Addressing a press conference, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that if the situation is in control after Diwali then the seating capacity will be increased. “We have re-opened theatres with 50 per cent capacity from today. The theatre owners are demanding to reopen with 100 per cent seating capacity but we have told them to wait till Diwali. After Diwali if the situation is under control, then we will increase the capacity,” said Pawar.
Earlier on Monday, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had said that amusement parks, auditoriums and theatres would be reopened from October 22.
In a tweet, the chief minister said, “Restrictions are being gradually eased as the number of COVID cases is on the decline. Amusement parks, auditoriums, and theatres will be opened from October 22nd. Guidelines for extending the hours of restaurants and shops across the state will be out soon.”
The Chief Minister also said that the guidelines for extending the hours of restaurants and shops across the state will be released soon.
Cinema halls and theatres, shut since March 2020, were reopened in November last year. However, they closed again in April 2021 after the second coronavirus wave hit Maharashtra.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 27,899 active COVID-19 cases in the state.

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.

Prakash Padukone, NSCI launch badminton coaching in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : In a major boost for the sport of badminton in Maharashtra, Padukone Sports Management (PSM) in partnership with the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) has launched the PSM Badminton Coaching Program in Mumbai.
State-of-the-art badminton coaching and playing facility was inaugurated on Tuesday by former World No.1, Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee, the legendary Prakash Padukone in the presence of Atul Maru, Secretary, NSCI, Mumbai and other eminent members of NSCI committee. The partnership between PSM and NSCI will aim to establish this Prakash Padukone Badminton Coaching Program as a Centre of Excellence in the future for this part of India.
PSM is now run by Prakash Padukone directly and this NSCI centre is his first in Maharashtra, since then. For this, NSCI has revamped its existing infrastructure with state-of-the art badminton courts and other related facilities. The partnership would provide a world-class coaching destination for young badminton players from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and other centres, putting the state of Maharashtra on the badminton map of India.
On the occasion, India’s badminton legend Padukone said, “We at PSM are extremely honoured to launch our training centre in Mumbai. I would like to thank the NSCI for extending their top-class facilities to us and we are hopeful that we would get some good badminton players from Mumbai along with Pune and Nagpur which already has an existing proud badminton lineage. PSM’s and NSCI aim is to establish this as a Centre of Excellence in the long run and make it the pre-eminent coaching destination in the years to come. The focus will be on grassroots, intermediate and advanced training programs.”
The key focus areas at the Padukone Sports Management academy in Mumbai will be on making badminton training more standardised and arming it with technology. The academy will have certified coaches and will look to make coaching more fun.
The world-class refurbished badminton courts at NSCI has the ideal flooring used for top-flight badminton play combining silicon cushioning with high-quality teakwood. To give the look and feel a further fillip, emphasis has been laid on the design elements which include badminton-themed furniture including shuttlecock-shaped tables, paintings and laser-cut wall art.
There is a viewing gallery at the badminton courts, made for spectators, catered to by a selection of NSCI famed culinary delights along with completely kitted facilities for players including changing rooms, locker areas and steam rooms.

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.

Mumbai records zero COVID-19 death for first time since pandemic began

Mumbai, (Maharashtra) [India] : Mumbai on Sunday recorded zero death due to COVID-19 for the first time since the pandemic began in March last year.
“Mumbai recorded zero Covid death after March 26, 2020. This is great news for all of us in Mumbai. I salute Team MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) for their spectacular performance,” I S Chahal, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner said. “Let us all keep the mask on our face and let every citizen of Mumbai get vaccinated if some of us haven’t yet! I appeal to everyone to help us keep Mumbai safe,” he added.
Maharashtra environment minister and Mumbai suburban guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray also took to Twitter to share the “good news”.
“The good news: Mumbai today has recorded zero covid deaths, first time since 26th March 2020. Keep the mask on the face and get yourself vaccinated if you haven’t yet! Help us keep Mumbai safe, we’re here to serve you!” he tweeted.
As many as 367 new COVID-19 cases were reported today, taking an active caseload in the city to 5,030, as per the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the metropolis is 7,50,808 while the death toll due to the viral disease stands at 16,180.
The Covid recovery rate in Mumbai reached 97 per cent while the doubling rate is at 1,214 days.

Reliance announces launch of ‘Jio World Drive’ in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Reliance on Thursday announced the launch of its premium mall, “Jio World Drive” spanning across an area of 17.5 acres in the commercial epicentre of Mumbai, Bandra Kurla Complex.
As per a press release, the precinct will be Mumbai’s first rooftop drive-in theatre and will house 72 international and Indian brands, 27 culinary outlets with cuisines from across the globe, an open-air weekend community market, and pet-friendly services. “With the opening of Jio World Drive, Bandra Kurla Complex is poised to be the new social centre of gravity in Mumbai. The precinct will set a new benchmark for curated experiences that one can expect from such retail avenues from across the globe, in the heart of Mumbai. Iconic offerings like the upcoming Jio Drive-in theatre will make this a must-visit destination to create moments of delight for all,” CEO of Reliance Brands Limited Darshan Mehta said.
The Jio World Drive will also be home to Reliance’s new food and grocery concept store FreshPik, India’s first flagship and anchor store of the global home-decor behemoth- West Elm and a global-first concept store of Hamleys’ called Hamleys’ Play.

The rooftop Jio Drive-In Theatre with a capacity for 290 cars will be operated by the PVR.
“The precinct also introduces PVR’s flagship cinema concept of Maison PVR for the first time in India. The new concept launches with 6 state-of-the-art multiplex theatres, preview theatre and separate entrances for VIP guests,” the release informed.
Revealing insights into customer behaviour for creating differentiated experiences, Mehta said, “Our research indicates that customers are ready to step out for unique experiences, in places that are likely to provide more than one sensory experience and with people they love. And that is exactly what we aim to provide at Jio World Drive.”
It was also informed that only those who are fully vaccinated with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have exhausted a period of 14 days from their second shot will be allowed to enter Jio World Drive.

Mumbai cruise raid: Court sends Aryan Khan, 7 others to 14-day judicial custody

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai court on Thursday sent Aryan Khan and seven others to judicial custody for 14 days in connection with a drug seizure on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) took Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan to its office in Mumbai after producing him before Esplanade Magistrate court. The accused will be kept in the NCB office in judicial custody till tomorrow because the jail would not accept new inmates at this hour. The court in Mumbai also said it will hear the bail plea of Aryan Khan at 12.30 pm on Friday and asked NCB to file a reply by then.
The Court further said that the case will now be heard by special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court.
As many as 18 arrests have been made in the cruise ship raid case so far. Total 17 have been produced before the court and 18th person is yet to be produced before the Mumbai court.
Achit Kumar, who is the 17th person arrested by the NCB, was today remanded to NCB custody till October 9. His arrest was made after his name was disclosed by Aryan Khan and Arbaz Seth Merchant.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night. Eight persons including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Vikrant Chhoker, Ismeet Singh, Nupur Sarika, Gomit Chopra and Mohak Jaswal were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Monday which remanded them to NCB custody till October 7. They were arrested on October 3 in connection with the drug seizure on the cruise ship.
Three accused including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court which remanded them to NCB custody till October 4 and then till October 7.
As per the NCB, eight persons have been booked under Section 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance), 35 (Presumption of culpable mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act), 28 and 29.
8C of NDPS Act refers to prohibition to produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import inter-State, export inter-State, import into India, export from India or tranship any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance while Section 20B deals with punishment for producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, purchasing, transportation, imports inter-State, exports inter-State or use of cannabis.
Satish Maneshinde, the lawyer arguing in defence of Aryan Khan said in the Court, “Accused number 1, Aryan Khan was invited for the cruise party. However, he did not have a boarding pass. He didn’t have any seat or cabin there. Secondly, according to the seizure, nothing has been found in his possession. He is arrested only based on chats.”
NCB has also arrested Abdul Qadir Sheikh, Shreyas Nair, Manish Darya, Avin Sahu among others.

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 at mid-sea on Saturday night.

Mumbai cruise raid: Four persons arrested today sent to NCB custody till October 11

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Tuesday sent Abdul Qadir Sheikh, Shreyas Nair, Manish Darya, and Avin Sahu to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) custody till October 11.
All four accused were arrested earlier today in connection with a drug seizure on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Eight persons including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Vikrant Chhoker, Ismeet Singh, Nupur Sarika, Gomit Chopra and Mohak Jaswal were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Monday which remanded them to NCB custody till October 7.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on Saturday night.

NCB arrests 2 more

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai Narcotics Control Bureau on Monday night arrested two persons- one person who was detained during a raid on the cruise ship for the second day and a drug peddler from the Jogeshwari area.
The NCB arrested an alleged drug peddler after a raid in Mumbai’s Jogeshwari area and seized Mepehdrone drugs from his procession. According to NCB, both the arrested persons will be produced before court today.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night.
Eight persons were detained for questioning by the NCB in connection with the drug seizure on the cruise ship, according to NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede. All of the eight persons were later arrested on October 3.
Three accused including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court which remanded them to NCB custody till October 4.
As per the NCB, three persons have been booked under Section 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance) and 35 (Presumption of culpable mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act).
Section 8C of NDPS Act refers to prohibition to produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import inter-State, export inter-State, import into India, export from India or tranship any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance while Section 20B deals with punishment for producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, purchasing, transportation, imports inter-State, exports inter-State or use of cannabis.
Satish Maneshinde, the lawyer arguing in defence of Aryan Khan said in the Court, “Accused number 1, Aryan Khan was invited for the cruise party. However, he did not have a boarding pass. He didn’t have any seats or cabins there.
Secondly, according to the seizure, nothing has been found in his possession. He is arrested only based on chats.”
Other accused in the case include Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhokar.

Mumbai cruise raid: 8 accused presented before city court

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: All the eight accused, arrested after a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, including Aryan Khan, were taken to the city court on Monday.

An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on Saturday night. Eight persons were detained for questioning by the NCB in connection with the drug seizure on the cruise ship, according to NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede. All of the eight persons were later arrested on Sunday.
Three accused including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court which sent remanded to NCB custody till October 4.

As per the NCB, three persons have been booked under Section 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance) and 35 (Presumption of culpable mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act).

Section 8C of NDPS Act refers to prohibition to produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import inter-State, export inter-State, import into India, export from India or tranship any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance while Section 20B deals with punishment for producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, purchasing, transportation, imports inter-State, exports inter-State or use of cannabis.

Satish Maneshinde, the lawyer arguing in defence of Aryan Khan said in the Court, “Accused number 1, Aryan Khan was invited for the cruise party. However, he did not have a boarding pass. He didn’t have any seats or cabins there. Secondly, according to the seizure, nothing has been found in his possession. He is arrested only based on chats.”

Other accused Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhokar were arrested later today and will be produced before the Court tomorrow after their medical tests. (ANI)

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 more than one and a half years was very difficult however, we were connected through the online medium,” he told.
“It is a happy moment today as students will start coming to school,” Dubay said.


Talking about the Covid management and the precautions, the teacher said, every precaution is in place, the school is fully prepared. The teachers are fully vaccinated, in case if anyone still left are appearing for the RT-PCR tests. All reports are negative therefore nothing to worry about.
Dubay further informed that a classroom has 20 sitting arrangements, one student will sit on a single bench.
“All the students have been asked to wear a mask and follow all the Covid guidelines.
Ravinder Gaurav, a staff member of the same school, said, “We are happy, finally schools are re-opened, we are waiting for students to come.”
Raunak shah, a ninth standard student from Sir J J Fort Boys’ High School, said he is happy for the offline classes and will meet his fellow batchmates.
“I am very happy, we are all friends will meet again after a long time. We will get good study in offline classes, online education was not that good,”, he said.

Raid conducted at party held on cruise in Mumbai, children of prominent Bollywood actors being investigated, says NCB

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday said that children of prominent Bollywood actors are being investigated in connection with a raid that was conducted at a party held on a cruise in Mumbai on Saturday.
Children of prominent Bollywood actors are being investigated, according to NCB officials. Speaking to media, Sameer Wankhede, NCB Zonal Director said, “So far no arrest has been made by us.”
“We have intercepted some persons. The probe is underway. Drugs have been recovered. We are investigating 8-10 persons,” Wankhede told the reporters.
“I can’t comment on it”, added Wankhede when asked, “Was any celebrity present at the party?”
Earlier on Saturday, NCB detained at least 10 persons during a raid conducted at a high profile party that was held at a cruise in Mumbai.

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 to 12th and in urban areas from standard 8th to 12th. Local authorities have been given powers to monitor guidelines set by the government.”
The government is making efforts to bring all the students back to school. The local authorities, collectors, and the commissioner had been told to monitor strict standard operation procedures (SoPs).
The education minister also clarified that there is no compulsion to attend physical classes. Students can attend online classes too. They will come to school only with the consent of their parents.

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.

Maharashtra minister Anil Parab reaches ED office

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 28 : Two days after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) served notice to Maharashtra Transport Anil Parab, he reached the ED office on Tuesday and said that he is not aware why he has been called by the central agency.
Speaking to reporters, Parab said, “I am going to the ED office today, I will cooperate. I’ve not done anything wrong.” He further said, “I am not aware why I have been summoned. Whatever question they ask, I will tell. Now, I am here for the investigation and I will get to know the reason why they have summoned me.


The ED had summoned the Shiv Sena leader on September 28 in connection with the money laundering case.
Earlier on August 29, ED had summoned Parab in connection with the same case, following which he on August 31 sought 14 days time to appear before the agency.
The ED has also summoned Parab’s close aide Regional Transport Office (RTO) officer Bajrang Kharmate in the same money laundering case in September.

Shraddha Kapoor Enjoys Auto-Ride In Mumbai

Ditching her swanky car, Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor on Friday captured the streets of her ‘beautiful city’ while enjoying an auto-ride in Mumbai.

On her Instagram handle, Shraddha shared a timelapse video featuring the beauty of Mumbai’s nightlife, which she captured while enjoying an auto ride in the dream city. Shraddha also added the song ‘Beautiful City’ in the background music of the video and shared it by using an ‘auto’ and a ‘purple heart’ emoticon.

The short clip grabbed fans’ attention and they chimed into the comments section while appreciating the star for her simplicity.

“Love your simplicity mam,” one fan wrote. Another commented, “I wish I would in same auto.”

For the unversed, this isn’t the first time a star has been spotted travelling in a rickshaw. A few weeks ago, actor Alia Bhatt was also papped ditching her luxurious car to take an auto ride for reaching the shoot location.

Previously stars like Salman Khan, Disha Patani, and Sanjay Dutt among others have also been spotted resorting to public transports in the city.

Meanwhile, on the professional front, Shraddha will be next seen in projects like ‘Chaalbaaz In London’, which will be a reboot of the 1989 rom-com classic ‘Chaalbaaz’ directed by Pankaj Parashar, who helmed the original flick starring late legendary star Sridevi.

The actor has reportedly signed a three-film franchise based on the TV series ‘Naagin’, to be produced by Nikhil Dwivedi.

Mumbai, Bangalore and London named among World’s top startup hubs

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: London, Mumbai and Bangalore have featured among the world’s top startup hubs, according to a comprehensive ranking of international startup hubs compiled by Startup Genome for its annual Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021.
Despite Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, London maintained its second-place ranking tied with New York for the second year in a row. Bangalore also ranked in the top 30 global tech hubs (#23 globally) and Delhi made it into the top 40 list, coming in at 36th. Mumbai maintained its first position in the Emerging Ecosystems ranking (ecosystems in earlier stages of growth that have high potential to be global performers in the future), outperforming other fast-growing ecosystems in areas of funding, performance, market research, and talent.
Released to coincide with London Tech Week, the largest tech event in Europe, the report ranks the leading 140 startup ecosystems based on seven success factors including Performance, Talent and Connectedness.
The findings revealed that London is the most attractive destination to set up a tech startup outside of Silicon Valley, with an overall ecosystem value of USD 142.7bn. London has risen up the league table in the last few years, climbing from number eight in 2012 when the first rankings were released to number two in 2020. Silicon Valley held onto the top spot this year while Beijing and Boston came in fourth and fifth respectively.
The research shows that Indian startups raised USD 12.1 billion in the first half of this year, demonstrating the rapid growth of India as a global hub for tech and innovation. As of August 2021, India has produced 24 unicorns in 2021, including 6 in just 4 days in April.
The city of Bengaluru and the surrounding state of Karnataka is also the world’s 4th largest technology and innovation cluster and home to more than 400+ global R&D centres. Alongside Mumbai, a number of other Indian hubs made it into the ‘Top 100 Emerging Ecosystems’ list, including Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad.
The findings also revealed London is one of the best cities in the world for access to funding and quality and activity in the investment ecosystem (referring to the number of local investors, investor experience and their level of activity).
London has already seen record levels of VC tech investment this year, with the UK capital’s tech startups receiving USD 13.3bn in the first seven months (January to July), more than the USD 10.9bn raised in the whole of 2020.
London’s impressive start to 2021 has been boosted by major funding rounds for Revolut (USD 800m), Checkout.com (USD 450m) and Hopin (USD 400m). Bangalore’s ranking was also boosted by healthy access to growth capital, demonstrated by recent large funding rounds from food delivery platform Swiggy (USD 1.3bn), social media company ShareChat (USD 502m) and edtech firm Byju (USD 460m).
Compared with other international tech hubs, the research found that startups in London have access to deeper pools of capital, with an average seed round of USD 653k, ahead of the global average of USD 494k. London is currently home to over 1,370 VC firms – more than any other European city, providing access to a vast network of investors and a depth of capital in the ecosystem.
A number of global investment firms have also increased their presence in London recently, with Index Ventures announcing a USD 3.1bn fund for European start-ups in July and the news that Silicon Valley based VC Sequoia Capital had expanded its footprint in the UK capital.
London is also recognised for its world class talent pool, with the city ranking highly across the board for quality and access to Tech and Life Sciences talent. With four of the world’s top ten universities located in or close to London, the city is home to 484k software developers as well as a high number of Life Sciences-focused universities and degree programmes.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “London is a fantastic place to grow and scale a global tech business. We celebrate the diverse, international nature of our tech ecosystem and it is great to see our thriving start-up community being recognised in this report.
London’s tech sector has a pivotal role to play as we rebuild from the pandemic, and I am excited to be part of London Tech Week to discuss how our tech community can work with other start-up hubs to solve global challenges. In the face of Brexit and the global pandemic, London has demonstrated its resilience and proven itself once again to be one of the best places globally for tech innovations and start-ups.”
Janet Coyle, Managing Director Business Growth, London and Partners said, “India and London have shared strengths in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and today’s report findings demonstrate the abundance of opportunities for Indian tech companies looking to London for international expansion. For startups and high growth companies considering global expansion, London has access to high levels of funding, talent and customers all in one city. As one of the world’s leading hub for innovation, there is huge opportunity for London to collaborate with other fast-growing startup hubs like Bangalore and Mumbai.”
JF Gauthier, Founder & CEO of Startup Genome said, “Entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community leaders in Asia have been working hard to build inclusive innovation ecosystems that are engines of economic growth and job creation for all. The Global Startup Ecosystem Report is the foundation of knowledge where we, as a global network, come together to identify what policies actually produce economic impact and in what context.”
While the US and China have long been considered the global superpowers for startups and tech, the pandemic has accelerated the democratisation of startups, and Europe is quickly cementing its position on the global stage. The report shows Europe accounts for 17 per cent of the top 30 ecosystems this year, with London the only European city to make the top 10 list. Asian ecosystems also continue to rise in the rankings, with Tokyo (from #15 to #9), Seoul (#20 to #16), Shenzhen (#22 to #19), Bengaluru (#26 to #23), and Hangzhou (#28 to #25) moving ahead.
Poppy Gustafsson, Founder and CEO at Darktrace, said, “At Darktrace, we are proud to be building on the UK’s rich heritage in tech and innovation. Being part of the UK’s tech ecosystem affords us access to a vast network of investors, researchers and talent and has been instrumental in building a successful AI business and – in particular – advancing our leading position in Self-Learning AI. I’m thrilled to be an ambassador for London Tech Week, a fantastic opportunity not only to celebrate the UK’s achievements thus far, but to drive our industry forward.”
The release of the latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report coincides with London Tech Week, bringing together the global tech community to address how tech can solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Key speakers throughout the week include Hilary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Co-founder and CEO at Klarna, Alex Mahon, CEO at Channel 4 and Maria Raga, Founder and CEO at Depop.

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 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Anant Giri’s name was mentioned on a
Meanwhile, Anand Giri earlier said, “It is a big conspiracy by people who used to extort money from Guruji and wrote my name in the letter. It needs to be investigated as guru Ji has not written a letter in his life and could not do suicide. His handwriting needs to be probed.”
Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar informed that the accused Anand Giri was taken into police custody on Monday after his name surfaced along with two other names, in the suicide note found in the revered saint’s death case.
The ABAP President was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Baghambari Math located residence on Monday.

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 information shared by Mumbai police, the 1500-page charge sheet contains the statements of 43 witnesses including Shilpa.
The statements of actors Sherlyn Chopra, Sejal Shah, many models and employees of Kundra’s company have also been recorded in the charge sheet. The charge sheet also includes the names of two wanted accused. (

BMC likely to introduce logo with QR Codes

State Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray on Monday asked Brihanamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to design a special logo with a QR Code to identify buildings in Mumbai where all eligible residents have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 21 : State Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray was speaking at a meeting held to review Mumbai’s strategy to tackle COVID-19, increase vaccination and control vector-borne diseases in the city. A statement issued by the minister’s office said that the QR Code will be displayed at the entry gates of residential and commercial buildings and offices.
The QR Codes would help in verifying that residents of housing societies and occupants of buildings and offices are fully vaccinated, it said.
During the meeting, the issue of providing second dose due shots to university students and increasing coverage of the second vaccination shot among the working population was also discussed.
In the meeting along with Aaditya Thackeray, Collector Mumbai Suburban, Nidhi Choudhary, Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani and DMCs of Mumbai were present to review and seek inputs for drawing up a strategy to tackle Covid-19, increase vaccination and control vector-borne diseases in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Mumbai on Monday reported 419 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of active cases in the city to 4,595.

‘Will move HC against Maharashtra’

Following his detention at Karad Railway Station in Satara district, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya on Monday said he will move the High Court against the Maharashtra government over the incident.

Satara (Maharashtra) [India], September 20 : Briefing media persons in Karad, Somaiya claimed, “Police personnel are acting on the orders of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.” “Police placed me under house arrest for six hours on Sunday. When I challenged the order, the police officer who showed me the order ran away from the spot. Later I understood that the order which was shown to me was forged,” he alleged.
“Now I got an order from Karad police which said I am not allowed to come out of Mumbai…The way the order was forged, will Uddhav Thackeray and the state Home Minister take responsibility for this order?” he further alleged.


“They did not allow me to go to Kolhapur. This is against my fundamental rights. I will go to the High Court against Maharashtra Government for this,” the BJP leader said.
Somaiya was detained in Satara district in the early hours of Monday.
He was expected to visit Kohlapur today and was en route to the district via train.
Ahead of his visit, Kolhapur District Collector had issued prohibitory orders against him and imposed Section 144, prohibiting gatherings on September 20 and 21.
The BJP leader on Sunday had alleged that he was detained at his residence in Mumbai.
He was scheduled to visit the properties owned by Maharashtra Minister Hasan Mushrif in which he claims corruption has taken place.
Earlier, Somaiya had levelled allegations of money laundering against Maharashtra Cabinet Ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Anil Parab.

Mumbai man held in Pak terror module case sent to ATS custody till Monday

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 18 : Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Saturday produced Zakir Hussain Shaikh before Mumbai Special Court, which sent him to custody till Monday in connection with a terror plot recently busted by Delhi Police Special Cell.
A joint team of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken the man into custody from the Jogeshwari area of the city. The suspect, Zakir, is said to have an important link with the terror module. Maharashtra ATS said that he had asked the arrested terrorist Jaan Mohammad alias Sameer Kalia to bring arms and explosives to Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the Government Railway Police (GRP) in Mumbai has increased the security at all major railway stations of the city.
As per the GRP, some entry and exit point routes have also been closed.
GRP Commissioner Kaiser Khalid said, “We keep getting such alerts from time to time, especially for the local trains. We take every alert seriously. We take steps for the safety of our passengers accordingly.”
The checking of parcels and movement of people has also been increased.
GRP has also started mock drills at stations and also deployed additional police force at major railway stations.
Delhi Police Special Cell on Tuesday has busted a Pakistan organised terror module and arrested six operatives, including two Pakistani-trained terrorists.
The arrested suspects were planning to carry out targeted killings and blasts across the country, as per the police.

Sensex closes above 59K mark, Vodafone spurts 26 pc

Key equity indicators scaled fresh highs on Thursday as several government incentives to industries boosted investor morale.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Sep 16 : Market analysts said yesterday’s package for telecom industry and PLI scheme for autos indicate the government is on a fast-forward mode as far as reforms are concerned. At the closing bell, the BSE S&P Sensex was up by 418 points or 0.71 per cent at 59,141 while the Nifty 50 gained by 110 points or 0.63 per cent to 17,630.
Except for Nifty IT and metal which dipped by 0.6 per cent each, all sectoral indices were in the green with Nifty PSU bank ticking up by 5.4 per cent, private bank by 2.6 per cent and FMCG by 1.2 per cent.
Among stocks, Vodafone Idea surged by 26 per cent after the government announced a relief package for the sector.
IndusInd Bank advanced by 7.3 per cent to Rs 1,131 per share, Kotak Mahindra Bank by 1.8 per cent, ICICI Bank by 1.7 per cent and Axis Bank by 1.5 per cent.
State Bank of India rose by 4.7 per cent to close at Rs 465 per share while index heavyweight surged 1.9 per cent to Rs 2,424.
FMCG major ITC jumped by 6.6 per cent to close at Rs 230.30. But among those which lost were Grasim, Bharti Airtel, Tata Steel, JSW Steel, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro.
Meanwhile, Asian shares gave up early gains to fall again on Thursday, weighed by declines in China and Hong Kong.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.45 per cent while Japan’s Nikkei shed 0.62 per cent on profit booking after the recent rally.
Hong Kong benchmark fell 1.46 per cent with property names continuing to drag. South Korean stocks dipped 0.74 per cent to end a four-day rally as tech heavyweights slid.

Raj Kundra case: charge sheet submitted in court

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 16 : The Property Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch on Wednesday submitted a 1500-page supplementary charge sheet before Esplanade Court in connection with the pornography case against businessman Raj Kundra.
As per information shared by Mumbai police on Thursday, the 1500-page charge sheet contains the statements of 43 witnesses including Kundra’s wife and actress Shilpa Shetty. The statements of actors Sherlyn Chopra, Sejal Shah, many models and employees of Kundra’s company have been recorded in the charge sheet.
The charge sheet also includes the names of two wanted accused in the case.
Kundra was arrested by police on July 19 along with 11 other people on charges related to the alleged creation of pornographic films.

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