City to witness less rainfall this week
Mumbaikars, the temperatures may go up slightly as the city will be seeing lesser rainfall in the week. IMD says intensity of monsoon will reduce in next five days.
However, it says that this is not the retreat of monsoon as new favourable systems can form over the next week which can result in good rains.
IMD official Sushma Nair said, the intensity of rainfall will reduce over the next five days as the ‘depression’ has moved towards areas which are not favourable for monsoon over Mumbai.
“Though the city will have less rains in the coming week, around August 19 we expect some favourable conditions which can mostly result in good rainfall, ” she added.
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Cancer treatment with proton therapy at ACTREC Kharghar soon
Tata Memorial Centre's Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) at Kharghar is awaiting approval from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) so they can use proton therapy for better cancer treatment outcomes.
The installation of three gantries for this technology has been completed and its clinical commission is underway.
Proton therapy is a type of external beam radiation that uses protons rather than x-rays to painlessly kill cancer cells by penetrating through the skin. Positively charged protons can destroy cancer cells more efficiently at high energy.
Read more about Proton therapy and details of ACTREC's project here
Streets, public places gripped with patriotic fervour
City streets, prominent public places, restaurants and roads gave a feel of the jubilant celebration of Independence Day. Huge crowds were seen at Marine Drive, CST, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach, and Gateway of India among other places.
Since early morning there were rallies with people singing patriotic songs shouting Jai Hind, Bharat Mata ki Jai' and Vande Matram. These were on foot, bikes and cars. At many locations in the city, people formed small groups and played patriotic songs. Passerbys stood by, cheered them and enjoyed the music.
The call for Har Ghar Tiranga ensured that Tricolour was seen at every balcony and prominent buildings.
As India celebratesdiamond jubilee of independence, Rotary Club of Bombay strikes silver for rural Bharat
As India celebrates the 75th year of its Independence, the members of the Rotary Club of Bombay (RCB) were inaugurating their 25th integrated village development in Ambu, in the Khed Taluka of Pune District.
Vineet Bhatnagar, President RCB said, "This is a very joyful moment for us. On a momentous landmark for our nation, we are ensuring that about 1000 of our rural brethren will get access to pure, drinking water, water for agriculture, solar lights and street lights and access to uninterrupted education."
Bhatnagar added, "We have noticed that with water for agriculture, villagers do not migrate en masse to urban centres after the monsoon. Over the last three years we have impacted 8662 lives, provided about 25,986 litres of clean drinking water, support 23 schools in these villages and brought about 280 acres of land under cultivation. And all this with solar power."
Read more in our report here
Rotary Club of Bombay strikes silver for rural Bharat as India goes diamond
186 fresh COVID-19 cases in Thane; active tally rises to 1,604
As many as 186 new cases of coronavirus have been detected in Maharashtra's Thane district, taking its tally of infections to 7,37,080, a health official said on Tuesday.
With the addition of the latest cases on Monday, the active COVID-19 tally in the district has gone up to 1,604 as compared to 1,446 the previous day, he said.
The death toll in the district remained unchanged at 11,938, the official said, adding that the recovery count has reached 7,24,207.
Thane: Bite marks on man's face help police nab him for molesting minor girl
The bite marks on a man's face helped the Thane police trace and nab him for allegedly molesting a 17-year-old girl in a public place here, police said.
The incident took place on August 11 when the girl was going on a sky walk on Ghodbunder Road in Maharashtra's Thane city.
The accused allegedly caught hold of her from behind and molested her, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Vartak Nagar division, Nilesh Sonawane told reporters on Monday evening.
Resisting the man's move, the girl bit his face and managed to free herself from his clutches. She then rushed to a police station nearby and filed a complaint, based on which the police registered an FIR against the then unidentified culprit.
According to the official, a number of netizens had expressed concern over the safety of women and girls in public places after the incident.
1 lakh elite club members lose privacy to hackers
Data of over one lakh members of a renowned club was recently hacked and put up on sale for a pittance. The matter came to light after a few members received emails and messages from unknown persons claiming to have floated the information online for Rs 19,999.
The complaint of data theft was lodged at Kasarvadavali police station by a software solution company that safeguards the club’s information and data comprising members’ names, mobile numbers, email IDs and their business classification. The police have registered a case to probe the complaint.
The complainant firm develops software and data security, and has been handling the club’s information since 2014.
MSRTC aims to launch sleeper bus service by April 2023
State government-run transport corporation is now planning to introduce sleeper bus services in Maharashtra.
The MSRTC is planning to introduce 50 non-air-conditioned purely sleeper buses by end of this financial year, to compete with private operators and provide an alternative to train commuters. Most of these buses will be introduced on the Mumbai-Konkan route.
The buses will be introduced on a gross-cost contract basis, meaning the fare will be collected by the MSRTC authority. The contractor provides the drivers while the authority pays a fixed sum to the contractors for providing the service.
Currently, around 150 non-AC seater / sleeper buses, also known as semi-sleeper buses, are being operated by corporation across the state. These semi-sleeper buses have 30 pushback seats and 15 sleeper berths. The new buses will be equipped with all 40 sleeper berths.
“These buses will also be equipped with facilities like a reading lamp, a night lamp, charging points, fans and two huge storage compartments. The buses also have fire safety measures,” the official said, adding that a prototype bus is likely to be ready in the next 45 days.
Mumbai: 7 fire brigade bravehearts to be conferred with President's award
Announcements for the Presidential awards were made on Sunday, with the names of seven Mumbai fire brigade jawans being included in the list for bravery and four named for excellent service. The seven firefighters had done a commendable job in handling the gas leak incident at Kasturba Hospital last year.
Chief fire brigade officer Hemant Parab said, “These seven jawans had risked their own lives and saved many others. They also controlled the leak, thus averting a major mishap.”
The names of the bravery award winners are Dnyandev Ghadigaonkar (divisional fire officer), Vishal Chandrakant Vishwasrao (senior station officer), Deepak Madhukar Jadhav (station officer), Sagar Jagganath Khopde (station officer), Sanjay Sadashiv Gaikwad (leading fireman), Sanjay Laxman Nikam (fireman), Ganesh Deoram Choudhary (fireman).
MMRDA plans tunnel to connect Eastern freeway to Girgaon Chowpatty
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is exploring a possibility of tunnel to bypass busy pockets of GPO and CSMT junctions and the Crawford market.
MMRDA has also invited bids to finalise a consultant to conduct a feasibility study and make detailed project report.
An official told Midday that MMRDA is planning tunnel road to connect Eastern Freeway from P D'Mello Road to Girgaon Chowpatty-Coastal Road.
The underpass will also ensure smooth access to the coastal road in future and is expected to bring the travel time to just five minutes.
Presently. it takes nearly 20 to 30 minutes to travel from P D'Mello road to Girgaon Chowpatty.
Traffic across various points in city slowed due to waterlogging, rains. These areas have slow traffic:
Due to water logging vehicular movement is slow at Poonam Chambers Northbound.
Due to water logging, vehicular movement is slow at Sakkar Panchayat, Wadala.
Andheri subway has been closed for traffic due to up to 0.5 feet of water
0.5 ft Water logging at Hindamata junction, South bound, has slowed down the traffic.
Due to water logging at Mahalaxmi Junction, Tardeo, vehicular movement is slow. Traffic moving toward Haji Ali is also slow.
Traffic near Airport road, Marol Naka and Sakinaka signal congested. Trailor, buses parked around airport road signal causing further issues.
Due to bad roads, vehicular movement is slow at Vakola bridge North Bound.
Gazebo Shopping Centre shooting: Mumbai Crime Branch arrests a man, scooty used in firing recovered
On Tuesday, Unit 9 of Mumbai Crime Branch has arrested a man named Sharik Sheikh in connection with a firing reported in Khar Police Station area on Thursday, August 11.
The scooty used in the firing has also been recovered. The firing was done with the motive of extortion by scaring hawkers in Bandra. Search is on for the three others.
Due to water logging, vehicular movement is slow at JJ bridge, southbound
Due to road repair work, vehicular movement is slow at Akurli Bridge.
Meeting of opposition parties on the eve of monsoon session of Maharashtra Legislature
Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen and Pune-Mumbai Intercity Express Trains Reschedule Alert.
Train 12124 Pune- CSMT Deccan Queen loco trouble at Thane station . Train detained on platform at Thane station from 10.24 am.
A layer of fog was witnessed on the route between Gujarat and Nashik, in Peth Taluka of Nashik earlier today.
New made in India rake added to Metro Line 2A & 7
One more 'make in India' metro rake has been added to the fleet of Mumbai Metro Lines 2A and 7 on August 15, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. It was virtually flagged off by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, in the presence of other officials.
According to the Maha Mumbai Metro Rail Operation Corporation Ltd (MMMOCL) – the project implementing authority – this new rake named Azadi Express will increase the number of trips.
SVR Srinivas, Metropolitan Commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) said, “The Azadi Express will now add 18 trips, taking the total number of trips to 172. This will help reduce the time interval between trips from 12 minutes to about 10 minutes, helping passengers save time.”
Shinde faction MLA threatens Sena workers; Thackeray supporters complain to police
An MLA from Maharashtra Chief Eknath Shinde-led faction has asked his supporters to beat up workers of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena amid the growing rift between the two groups.
A video on Monday went viral on social media platforms wherein MLA Prakash Surve was also seen assuring his supporters to bail them out if they face any legal action.
A police station in Maharashtra's Palghar district has been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certificate for its systems and methods, an official said on Tuesday.Superintendent of Police (Palghar Rural) Balasaheb Patil inaugurated a plaque of the certification awarded to Wada police station at a small function here over the weekend, he said.The Wada police station has been certified in the category ISO 9001:2015 for maintaining law and order, prevention and detection of crimes and providing police services to people, the official said.
CM Eknathrao Shinde, Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis & Ministerial colleagues, leaders at the customary ‘Tea Party’ at Sahyadri, Mumbai on the eve of Monsoon Session of Maharashtra Legislature
Man found dead in Mithi river
The decomposed body of a man was fished out from Mithi river in Dharavi area here on Tuesday, police said.
A passerby spotted the body of a man in his 50s in the river in the afternoon and alerted the police, an official from Dharavi police station said.
The body was fished out and sent to Sion Hospital for post-mortem, he said, adding that there were no injury marks on the body.