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FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, August 26, 2022, 08:39 PM IST
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26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Northbound vehicular movement is slow at Pedar road, Tardeo.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Cyber fraudster poses as police commissioner on Whatsapp asking for money

A conman posing as the Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar asking people for money has the police top brass fuming in rage at the embarassment caused by the audacity of the cyber fraudster.

The cyber criminal using a photograph of the Mumbai Police chief in uniform as the display profile on popoular messaging mobile application WhatsApp sent messages asking send amazon gift vouchers (amazon pay e gift card) of Rs 10k value.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Navi Mumbai: Nigerian national held with 57.5 grams of MD worth Rs 8.6 lakh in Taloja

Taloja police arrested a 36-year-old Nigerian national and seized a total of 57.5 grams of Mephedrone (MD) drug worth Rs 8.5 lakh on August 26 from Phase one in Taloja. Police have received information that a Nigerian national was delivering contraband on Friday night in the Taloja area.

Acting on tip-off, the Taloja police formed two teams and laid a trap behind a temple in Phase one in Taloja.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Four held for stealing jewellery from women on express train

The Government Railway Police (GRP) have arrested four persons for allegedly stealing jewellery worth Rs 10.26 lakh from two women onboard an express train in Maharashtra, an official said on Friday.

The GRP Nagpur nabbed the accused Sheikh Rais Sheikh Sayed (26), Mohammed Samsher Shah Salim Shah (24), Firoz Ahmed Faruque Ahmed Sheikh (32) and Shahrukh Khan Nisar Khan (25), within 24 hours of the crime, the official said.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

City sees 679 new cases, two more fatalities; active tally at 5,392

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

MSRTC's free travel scheme for those above 75 starts

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has said people above the age of 75 can travel for free on its buses from Friday.

An MSRDC releases also quoted the state-run transport undertaking's vice chairman and general manager Shekhar Channe as saying that those eligible for this free travel scheme will get a fare refund if they had booked their tickets before August 26.

It said those between the age of 65 and 75 would get 50 per cent rebate on ticket fares on all types of bus services operated by the undertaking.

The free travel facility can be availed by showing identity documents like Aadhaar Card, PAN card, driving licence, Voter's Card etc, the release said.

It also added that this facility is not available for MSRTC's city buses and will be for journeys within state limits.

The announcement of the new facility was made by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the state Assembly a couple of days ago.

MSRTC has a fleet of more than 16,000 buses and used to ferry almost 65 lakh passengers per day before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Lift stuck for 20 minutes at Andheri's platform 2/3, 10 to 15 people rescued

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

CM Shinde announces toll waiver on highways & PWD roads due to Ganesh Chaturthi

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

To guarantee pedestrian safety & a smooth flow of traffic during Chintamani Ganpati's arrival, following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic from 12 am to 10 pm on August 27, citizens are requested to use alternate routes.

North bound traffic coming from Arthur Rd. naka towards Gas company junction via Chinckpokali Bridge will be closed.

  • Alternate route- N.M Joshi Rd. - Curry Road or Khada Parasi Junction.

North Bound traffic of Dr. B. A. Road from its junction to Bawla Compound to Bharat Mata Jn. will be closed.

  • Alternate route - Bawla Compound - T.B. Marg - Tanaji Malusare Marg - Rambhau Bhogale Marg - Shravan Yashwante Chowk.

South Bound traffic of Dr.B.A. Rd. from it’s junction at Bharat mata to Bawla Compound will be closed.

  • Alternative route - Bharat Mata Jn. - Curry Rd. Bridge - S Bridge Rd. - Dr. B. A. Road.

  • Alternate route - Bharat Mata Jn. - Naik Chowk - Shrawan Yashwante Chowk.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

In order to provide better health services for the citizens of the tribal areas near their homes, the Thane Municipal Corporation has newly created a 'Moving Health Center' in collaboration with the TMC Public Health Department and the ICICI Foundation.

It was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday, August 26 in Thane.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Maharashtra logs 1,846 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in a day

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

After 26/11-like attack, Mumbai police's traffic helpline receives another message about avoiding `Somalia-type' attack

The latest message did not issue any threat but police are investigating its source, the official said. The message, though, did not make it clear which incident in the African country it was referring to.

Terror group Al-Shabaab recently attacked the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Pimps using WhatsApp as tool to run sex racket, 1 held, 3 women rescued in Mira Road

The anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU) of the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) police busted yet another high-profile prostitution racket and arrested a 53-year-old woman in Mira Road on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off about immoral trafficking of women in the Twin Cities, a team led by ASI-Umesh Patil, under the supervision of Police Inspector-Devidas Handore, established contact with the woman (name withheld) through a decoy customer.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

NCP leader Anil Deshmukh faints in prison, taken to hospital

Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh was taken to the state-run J J Hospital here after he fainted in the prison on Friday, an official said.

Deshmukh, lodged in the Arthur Road prison here in an alleged corruption case, felt dizzy and fainted, a prison official said.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Thane Excise department seized Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) worth Rs 26,82,000, 1 arrested from Thane's Shahpur

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

Mumbai Police busts gang engaged in conducting fake Income Tax raids

Mumbai Police busted a gang which was conducting fake Income Tax (IT) raids in Akshay Kumar's 'Special 26' style at a businessman's residence.

The Parksite Police Station, under the Mumbai Police, busted the gang during their investigation at the Green Building, Hiranandani in Vikhroli.

The police informed that the gang was conducting a fake raid at a businessman named Mayank Bajaj's residence. The gang members reached the businessman's residence at 1 pm on July 26 when Mayank Bajaj was not at his home.

The gang members came in formal clothes and posed as Income Tax officers by showing fake ID cards. They started conducting the raid by showing a fake warrant. They were able to find 1 lakh cash from the house.

But, once Mr Bajaj came back, he contacted the IT department from where he came to know that no raid is being conducted by the department. After that, he complained at the nearest police station and the police came and arrested the gang.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the case. They have been identified as Dheeraj Kamble, Prashant Bhatnagar, Wasim Kureshi and Ejaz Khan.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

CM Eknath Shinde pays tribute to late Shiv Sena leader Anand Dighe

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday paid tribute to his mentor late Shiv Sena stalwart Anand Dighe on the latter's death anniversary in Thane here.

Dighe died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital after a road accident on August 26, 2001.

Shinde first visited Anand Ashram, from where the late leader operated all his life, and then drove to his memorial.

26 August 2022 08:39 PM IST

There will be no jumbo block on Sunday, 28th August, 2022 on Western Railway’s Mumbai suburban section.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

Families of deceased municipal employees get jobs on compassionate grounds

For the first time since 2018, the Families of 13 deceased municipal employees get jobs on compassionate grounds at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC).

There is a provision to accommodate the eligible families of officers and employees who have died while in the service of NMMC on compassionate grounds.

According to senior civic officials, such proposals have been pending since 2018. The municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar instructed the administration to pay attention to this matter on a priority basis.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

SEEPZ Service Road repair work has started, therefore, JVLR (Seepz Village to Kamal Amrohi Studio) is temporarily closed in 'up' direction for vehicles. This work is likely to be completed in 2-3 days.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

Inflation hurts plans of Navi Mumbai Ganesh Mandals

There is a sharp rise in the number of Ganesh mandals seeking permission to set up pandals from the previous year. However, when compared to 2019, before the Covid outbreak, there is a drop in Ganesh mandals approaching the civic body for permission.

As per the number provided by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), it has, so far, granted permission to 164 mandals, which is higher than 2021.

Back then, only 112 mandals were given permission considering COVID constraints. However, in 2019, when there were no such restrictions, the civic body granted permissions to 192 mandals. It means there was around a 14.5 percent drop in 2022 from 2019.

The rising cost and multi-layered permission process are said to be the main reasons for a lesser number of mandals approaching the civic body.

Vijay Walunj, a former corporator who also holds Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal in Vashi, said that the rising cost of materials and poor market conditions have forced many mandals to celebrate the festival in low-key manner.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

Central Railway has announced a Mega Block on Harbour and Transharbour Line on Sunday 28th August; no block on Main line.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

Traffic congestion in Thane from Ghodbunder road to Wagle estate; highway choked. 

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

BMC issues notice to 8,437 residents over mosquito breeding spots; Rs 9 lakh collected in fines

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued notices to 8,437 residents, commercial establishments and societies for not destroying and checking spaces that are responsible for mosquito breeding.

The BMC has also initiated legal action against 594 societies that did not take action after the issuance of notices, while Rs 9,22,800 was collected in the form of penalties.

From January 1, 2022, to August 19, the BMC found 7,484 Anopheles mosquito breeding spots in Mumbai. Anopheles mosquitoes are responsible for spreading malaria.

Similarly, the civic body also found 47,931 Aedes mosquito breeding spots across the city. Aedes mosquitoes spread dengue.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

South bound vehicular movement is slow at NESCO, Western Express Highway; commutersplease plan your route accordingly

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

With an eye on BMC polls, no hike in property tax for another year

With an eye on BMC elections, Mumbaikars will have been spared from hike in property tax for another one year. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday announced in the state assembly that he has directed the BMC Commissioner not to revise the property tax as demanded by a number of legislators from the ruling and opposition parties.

‘’BMC generally revises the property tax after five years. In view of the coronavirus pandemic the property tax was not increased in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Several legislators from Mumbai made a representation to me and pleaded that the property tax should not be increased for another year.

Considering their request, I have directed the BMC Commissioner not to increase it for another year,’’ said Shinde. CM’s announcement was welcomed by ruling and opposition legislators especially from Mumbai thumping benches.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

The IMD has forecasted light rain in city and suburbs with generally cloudy sky for the next 48 hours. Don't forget to keep your umbrellas handy Mumbaikars, you don't want to be caught in the rain.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

Vehicular movement is slow at Matunga bridge due to truck breakdown.

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

Western Railway to introduce 20 AC, 10 non-AC local train services from October

The Western Railway is planning to introduce around 20 air-conditioned and 10 non-air-conditioned local services from October 2022 on its suburban corridor.

Currently, WR runs 1375 local services in its suburban corridor, including 48 air-conditioned local services. A senior officer of WR said, "Keep in mind the convenience of non-air-conditioned comments. We are planning to introduce some more non-AC services, which will be incorporated into the new time table likely to come up in October 2022."

Further speaking about the details of these services, the officials said, "Most of these services will be introduced on Churchgate Virar section. As of now, on average, 30 lakh passengers daily use the local services operated by Western Railway."

26 August 2022 04:01 PM IST

Commuters, all trains on Central Railway's main, harbour lines are plying smoothly. Check the latest update here

26 August 2022 07:42 AM IST

To tackle waterlogging, BMC installs automated flood gauges

Many low-lying areas like Andheri Subway get inundated every monsoon. To measure waterlogging levels across the city, the BMC has started installing flood gauges with sensors at 100 locations at Rs 2.32 crore price tag.

In the first phase, the instrument has been installed at 25 flooding spots. These sophisticated gauges will send alerts to the civic body's storm water drain (SWD) as well as the disaster management cell from next week.

The installation of flood gauges at 75 spots is underway. It would help the civic authorities to plan and tackle flooding in the specific area more effectively, said the civic officials.

Read more about what Mumbai's civic body is doing to control waterlogging here

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