Delhi's water not good, Maharashtra is nice: Gadkari
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said he found Maharashtra better than Delhi, and his experience has been that the people he thought to be "big" turned out to be very small when seen up close.
Speaking at an event here, the BJP leader recounted a conversation he had had with a friend.
He had lived in Delhi earlier when he was elected president of his party, Gadkari said, adding with a smile, "Delhi's water is not good." "Maharashtra is very nice. Mumbai is very good," he further said, evoking laughter in the audience.
Gadkari was president of the Bhartiya Janata Party from 2009 to 2013. He was earlier a minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government in Maharashtra from 1995 to 1999. Since 2014 he has been a senior minister in the Narendra Modi government.
Mumbai Chhath puja: Check traffic advisory issued by Mumbai Police for Juhu Chowpatty
Mumbai: The Mumbai Traffic Police has issued a circular announcing a new traffic advisory that will be applicable during the festival of Chhath Puja.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Western Suburban, Nitin Pawar said through the circular said, “In order to prevent danger, obstruction, and inconvenience to the public, I hereby issue the following orders for the regulation of vehicular traffic during the said festival on the roads on October 30 from 10 am to October 31 up to 11 am.”
Maharashtra records 319 COVID-19 cases, two deaths
Maharashtra on Saturday reported 319 new COVID-19 cases and two pandemic-related deaths, the state health department said.
It took the tally of cases in the state to 81,31,458 and death toll to 1,48,385.
On Friday, the state had reported 273 new cases and a single fatality.
Among new cases, the highest 216 were reported from Mumbai circle, followed by Pune (62 cases), Nagpur (10), Akola(9), Nashik (8), Kolhapur (7), Latur (4) and Aurangabad (3).
Both the fatalities were reported from the Mumbai circle. One took place in Thane city while another in Vasai-Virar area.
More than 50 animals rescued by forest dept during Diwali in Mumbai
More than 50 animals, birds and reptiles were rescued by the forest department during Diwali festivities in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district, an official said on Saturday.
The forest department in coordination with Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) rescued animals and birds after attending more than 110 distress calls over a period of five days, he said.
Maharashtra recorded 36 patients of XBB variant of COVID-19 till date
Maha: Fire at soap factory in Palghar, no casualties
A blaze broke out at a soap factory in Boisar area of Maharashtra's Palghar district on Saturday and no casualties were reported in the incident, police said.
The fire erupted in the factory around 3.30 pm, following which the fire brigade and local police were alerted, an official said.
A firefighting operation was initiated and the blaze was doused in an hour, he said.
No casualties were reported in the incident, as the factory was closed at the time, the official said, adding that a probe has been launched to ascertain the cause of the blaze.
BJP slams Uddhav for 'Marathi Muslim' article in 'Saamana'; calls it politics of appeasement M
he Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday accused the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) of indulging in the politics of appeasement after the latter's mouthpiece 'Saamana' carried an article on "Marathi Muslims" supporting the former chief minister.
'Saamana' carried a front-page article on October 22 about the Marathi Muslim Seva Sangh backing Uddhav Thackeray, adding that the outfit is active in Mumbai, Konkan, Marathwada, Vidarbha and western Maharashtra.
"The Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Party wants to garner Marathi and Muslim votes, but it cleverly played with the words by calling them Marathi Muslims," Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said at a press conference.
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Police arrests third accused for stealing 2-month-old infant
Azad Maidan police have arrested a third accused in connection with the kidnapping of a two-month-old infant from the pavement near St Xavier’s School in South Mumbai on Friday. Previously, the police had arrested a couple- Mohammad Hanif Memon (46) and his wife Afreen Memon for the same crime.
Dhumale’s name came up during interrogation of the Wadala-based couple arrested on Thursday for allegedly kidnapping on the night of October 25. Dhumale lived in Dharavi and had promised to pay ₹60,000 to the arrested couple for a new born baby.
Traffic Movement is Slow at Akurli Bridge, southbound
Veer Yoddha Sanghathan staged a protest in Mumbai today against US F-16 fighter supply to Pakistan. The group expressed that America is funding terrorism and demanded a ban on American goods.
A cattle runover incident occurred with passing Vande Bharat train today near Atul in Mumbai Central division at 8.17 am. The train was on its journey from Mumbai Central to Gandhinagar Following the incident, the train was detained for about 15 minutes
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Security cover of 25 MVA leaders removed; here's why
The Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government has removed 'categorised' security cover of 25 leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, an official said.
It means these leaders would not have permanent police security outside their houses or escort. The decision was taken after a fresh assessment of their security perception, the official said on Friday.
The security cover of Uddhav Thackeray, the previous chief minister, and his family has been retained.
The security cover of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar and his family, including his daughter and Baramati Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule too has been retained, but that of some other NCP leaders, including Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal and jailed Anil Deshmukh has been removed.
New traffic diversion in Bandra till November 19; read details here
The Mumbai Traffic Police on Friday announced that traffic from the Kherwadi area of Bandra, where J. Kumar Infra-project will be undertaking cement concrete work for Metro line-2B pillar no. 411, will be diverted from Friday.
As per the notification by MTP, for the said work, there shall be 'No Entry' for vehicles proceeding from New Family Court towards Bandra Railway Bridge landing through southbound of New Family Court BKC Flyover bridge.
For alternate roads, motorists can proceed through the subway by taking a right turn at MMRDA Junction and a left turn at Kalanagar junction and then through Prabodhankar Thackeray subway along pillar no. 411, shall proceed through Western Express Highway.
The said diversion will remain enforced from Friday to November 19, between 12 to 6 am, in the morning period only.
Cooling issue reported in Churchgate -Virar AC local; 2nd incident in 15 days
The 6.28 pm Churchgate -Virar AC local train on Friday suffered a cooling issue. Passengers of the third coach alleged that without proper cooling they faced difficulty in their travel.
"For the second time in 15 days an AC local train has departed the station with doors open. No AC and Ventilation in the train. No one attending complaints by passengers," tweeted a passenger.
However, Western Railway officials said that after reports on the issue with the cooling system was reported at Andheri, a technician was sent immediately at Borivali.
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BMC takes action against illegal hawkers outside Dadar station
As part of its promise to weed out illegal hawkers, the BMC pushed out some of them outside Dadar railway station on Friday. The civic body’s anti-encroachment department also removed garbage and washed the road with the help of a jet machine. The action will be a continuous process, assured a civic official from G-North ward.
Key roads outside Dadar station – Ranade Road and D’silva Road – are crowded with hawkers, making it difficult for pedestrians. During Diwali, these roads were teeming with shoppers. To cash in, hawkers encroached the roads as well as the entrance of legitimate shops. Dadar Vyapari Sangh requested the ward office to take action as it affected their businesses.