Mumbai: BMC allows walk-in COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating women
Mumbai's civic body BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday has allowed walk in COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating women.
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said, "I have just been informed by BMC that my request for giving the option to pregnant women for COVID vaccination is going to be implemented and also for lactating mothers. They will be in the vaccination ambit. Thank you Shri Iqbal Chahal. A formal notification to follow soon."
Maha BJP ready to agitate for Marathas under any leader: Chandrakant Patil
BJP workers are ready to take part in any agitation for Maratha quota without holding the party banner or flag in the larger interest of the community, Maharashtra unit BJP president Chandrakant Patil said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, Patil said though the Centre has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court's verdict striking down the Maratha reservation law, "it is the responsibility of the state government to prove that the community is backward and there is an exceptional situation where the ceiling of 50 per cent reservation needs to be breached".
"The BJP's stand on the Maratha reservation issue is clear. In the interest of the Maratha community, we will take part in any agitation for Maratha quota like common citizens irrespective of which party or leader is leading it, be it Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, Vinayak Mete, Rajendra Kondhare, or Vinod Patil," he said.
Queried about Sambhajiraje not getting the appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue, Patil said, "PM feels the issue (Maratha reservation ) is more of state than the Centre. What is the use of meeting the PM when the issue falls under the purview of the state government?" He said the Centre had told the apex court that even after the 102nd Constitutional amendment, states have the right to extend quota to any backward community.
The Supreme Court on May 5 struck down the Maharashtra law granting quota to Marathas in admissions and government jobs, terming it as "unconstitutional", and held there were no exceptional circumstances to breach the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the 1992 Mandal verdict.
CIDCO to develop new satellite township in Palghar
The Maharashtra government's town planning agency CIDCO will develop a new mega township in Palghar located adjoining Mumbai, an official said on Monday.
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) said it has been entrusted by the government with the task of developing a district headquarters and a new township in Palghar spread over 440 hectares.
CIDCO, which has developed Navi Mumbai, said in a release that the new township, located 110 km north of Mumbai, will be spread over 337 hectares.
The release said under the project, 103.57 hectares is earmarked for constructing district headquarters.
The Palghar district headquarters will house buildings for offices of collector, superintendent of police, zilla parishad and district and sessions court, among others, it said.
"CIDCO has undertaken the project of development of Palghar new town and it intends to have deep understanding of the marketing aspects prior to development. Further, it aims to gain valuable inputs from industry experts for planning strategy that is financially viable and sustainable for development," said Sanjay Mukherjee, VC and MD, CIDCO.
The state-run agency intends to create awareness among industry players about the proposed project and to undertake an industry consultation exercise to gauge their inputs on key parameters, he said.
"Therefore, an Expression of Interest (EOI) has been floated for gaining valuable consultation from industry experts for efficient development strategy of the project," Mukherjee said.
18 states have reported 5,424 cases of black fungus; highest in Gujarat, Maharashtra
As many as 5,424 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus have been reported from 18 states, with a majority of them in Gujarat and Maharashtra, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.
"Nine lakh vials of Amphotericin-B are being imported by the central government for the treatment of Black Fungus. Of this, 50,000 vials have been received and around three lakh vials will be available in the next seven days," he said.
Speaking at the 27th group of ministers (GoM) meeting on COVID-19, he said that Gujarat reported 2165 cases, Maharashtra 1188, Uttar Pradesh 663, Madhya Pradesh 590, Haryana 339 and Andhra Pradesh 248 cases.
"Out of these 5,424 cases of mucormycosis, we have seen that 4, 556 cases have a history of COVID-19 infection, while 875 cases are amongst non-COVID patients. Diabetes was present in 55 percent of the patients.
"We have been warning, issuing advisories and, through our experts, it has been communicated that indiscriminate use of steroids must be avoided and diabetes must be treated thoroughly as best as possible," he said.
Mumbai Dabbawalas face economic crunch due to COVID-19
"Our business is only 5% now as we only deliver to essential services' people. Financially, it's a very tough time.Govt should let us travel in trains, it's difficult to travel on bicycle," said Spokesman Vishnu Kaldoke.
Mumbai gets oxygen from Qatar and Bahrain
INS Tarkash with two Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) containers of 20 MT each (from Qatar), 760 oxygen cylinders & 10 oxygen concentrators (from Bahrain) embarked arrived at Mumbai today: Indian Navy