COVID-19: Tourism-dependent Elephanta island stares at long road to recovery
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard everywhere and the Gharapuri island that houses famous Elephanta caves, a world heritage site off Mumbai coast, is no exception to it.
The residents of this tiny island, which comprises three hamlets- Rajbunder, Shetbunder and Mora Bunder- are completely dependent on tourism for livelihood, and in normal times, except during monsoon, this place witnesses a heavy footfall of tourists who come to see the collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
However, the situation changed after the COVID-19 crisis broke out last year. The pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown as well as the state-level restrictions have affected the lives of the people.
The residents said that besides them, the gram panchayat has also run out of money, and some NGOs are helping them out with groceries and other things.
True leader knows when to protest, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
In a veiled barb at the state BJP leadership, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said knowing what is the right moment to stage a protest and when dialogue is a better option is the hallmark of a "true leader".
He was speaking at a virtual function to mark the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, the reformist ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Kolhapur.
There were legal hurdles in the implementation of the Maratha quota -- quashed by the Supreme Court in May -- and a legal solution needs to be found, Thackeray said.
Schoolboy makes prank call to Taj hotel about terrorists
Anil Deshmukh had received over Rs 4 cr from bar owners and channeled them to his trust: ED
The then Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh had received over Rs 4 crore from bar owners in Mumbai and channeled that money to his trust in the form of donations through various dummy companies, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a court here on Saturday.
The ED made this claim during the remand hearing of Deshmukh's personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde.
Palande and Shinde were arrested in connection with a money laundering related to an alleged multi-crore bribery-cum-extortion racket that led to Deshmukh's resignation in April, officials said, adding the duo was booked under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
NCB recovers drugs hidden in kitchen appliance
The Narcotics Control Bureau's (NCB) Mumbai zonal unit has seized 500 gm of Amphetamine concealed in a kitchen appliance, which was part of a consignment heading to New Zealand, an official said on Saturday.
Based on a tip-off, the NCB team raided a structure in Andheri (east) on Friday and recovered the contraband, which was hidden in a fake cavity inside a induction cooker, the official said.