Sharad Pawar unanimously re-elected as the President of the Nationalist Congress Party for 4 years: Mahesh Bharat Tapase, chief spokesperson, NCP Maharashtra
1.93 lakh idols immersed in Mumbai during ten-day Ganesh festival
More than 1.93 lakh idols were immersed in Mumbai during the ten-day Ganesh festival which concluded on Friday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
A total of 1,93,062 idols, including 6,795 idols of Goddess Gauri, were immersed this year in the city, the civic body said.
This was 17 per cent increase over 2021 when 1,65,040 Ganesh and Gauri idols had been immersed amid the coronavirus pandemic, the BMC said. Gauri idols usually form a very small proportion of the number.
As many as 66,127 idols were immersed in artificial ponds set up across the city over the last ten days.
Notably, the number dropped by 20 per cent as last year 82,061 idols had been immersed in artificial ponds.
After a gap of two years, Ganpati or Ganesh festival was celebrated without any pandemic-related restrictions this year.
According to the BMC, the highest 60,557 idols were immersed on the second day of the festival.
Man bites cop after being stopped from shooting video at police post
An offence has been registered against a man for allegedly biting a policeman who stopped him from shooting a video of on-duty personnel at a police post in Maharashtra's Nagpur district, an official said on Saturday.
The incident took place in Makardhokda police post in Umred tehsil on Friday evening, he said.
Rakesh Purushottam Gajbhiye (30), a resident of Makardhokda village, had quarreled with police officers for not registering a case against a man with whom he had a dispute, the official said.
The accused then started filming the on-duty policemen in the premises, and when a policeman intervened and demanded the video clip, Gajibhiye allegedly bit him, he said.
The accused then fled on his two-wheeler, the official said, adding that an offence under section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.
Mumbai CSMT- Karmali 'Tejas' Express extended up to Madgaon Jn
The train will halt at Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kudal, and Karmali stations.
One worker dead, five injured in accident at steel unit in Palghar
A worker was killed and five others injured when a hot liquid from a furnace spilled on them at a factory manufacturing steel products in Wada area of Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said on Saturday.
The police have registered an offence under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code against the company for the incident that took place on August 22, sub-inspector Dileep Pawar of Wada police station said.
The accident occurred at Surya Company in Abitghar village around 10 pm on August 22, when hot melted steel from a furnace spilled on the workers.
The injured workers were rushed to a hospital, where one of them died on August 29, the official said.
The Wada police received an intimation about the death on Friday, after which additional section 304(A) (causing death by negligence) was added to the case registered against the company management, he said.
The FIR has been registered against factory manager Siddhartha Kumar Balram Pande for not providing PPEs to workers, he said, adding that no arrests have been made so far.
Mumbai records 209 fresh coronavirus cases, no deaths reported
Maharashtra logs fresh 734 COVID-19 cases, 1 fatality in a day
Nashik sees 29 COVID-19 cases, 31 recoveries
The COVID-19 tally in Nashik reached 4,81,763 on Saturday after 29 cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 8,904, an official said.
He said the recovery count had increased by 31 and stood at 4,72,685, leaving the district with 174 active cases.
City witnesses noisy Ganpati visarjan after gap of two years
Noise levels recorded in Mumbai during the last day of the 10-day Ganpati festival reached a two-year high, at 120 dB, the data shared by a city-based organisation revealed on Saturday.
As per information provided by NGO Awaaz Foundation, the highest noise level 120.2dB was recorded at Opera House in south Mumbai after midnight on Friday, the final day of immersion of Ganesh idols.
The music was stopped after a complaint was raised on Twitter to the Mumbai police, an official from the organisation said.
The second highest noise level of 118 dB was recorded at Shastri Nagar, where people played drums, metal cylinders and loudspeakers, while 106dB was recorded at Girgaon Chowpatty, where idols were immersed, he said.
Along the immersion route at Girgaon Chowpatty, loudspeakers from pandals of political parties continued till about 1.25 am, despite a personal visit to the police control room in the area and a Twitter complaint at 1.06 am, he claimed.
The city had witnessed the noisiest visarjan in 2019 at 121.3 dB, followed by 100.7 dB in 2020 and 93.1dB in 2021.
The combination of drums and banjo had created the highest noise level 115.6dB at the Babulnath corner of Marine Drive and 112.1dB at Bandra on the fifth day of the festival.
20 die during Ganpati immersion across Maharashtra
At least 20 people died in various incidents related to Ganpati immersion across Maharashtra, the state police said on Saturday.
"20 people lost their lives in various incidents related to Ganpati immersion. 14 people died by drowning," said the Maharashtra police.
Four booked for cheating investors of Rs 9.19 cr in Thane
An offence has been registered against four persons for allegedly cheating investors of Rs 9.19 crore in Maharashtra's Thane city, police said on Saturday.
The accused had allegedly floated an investment company and wooed investors by promising them good returns in the share market, an official from Kalwa police station said.
The accused had allegedly cheated 54 investors to the tune of Rs 9.19 crore over a period of six years, from 2017, he said.
A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act has been registered against the accused Sandhya Prafull Jaiswal, Prafull Jaiswal, Sachin Koumal and Padmini Koumal, the official said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.
Mentally unwell woman from WB reunited with kin by Virar social service group
A 50-year-old mentally unwell woman from West Bengal who had boarded a train to Mumbai almost two years ago amid the coronavirus pandemic and had got lost in the metropolis has been united with her family in the eastern state, functionaries of a social service group said on Saturday.
Cop runs over pedestrian in Mumbai; arrested
A 55-year-old man was killed after a car driven by a policeman ran over him in south Mumbai, police said on Saturday.
The police constable who drove the car was arrested on Friday for the offence registered against him at Tardeo police station, an official said.
The accident took place around 8.46 pm on Thursday near Mahalaxmi race course, where Vakil Salim Ansari was mowed down by the speeding car while crossing the road, he said.
The accused policeman has been booked under sections 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code, he added.
A fire broke out in the Prabhadevi area of Mumbai, 4 fire vehicles rushed to spot. More details awaited
Due to an accident, southbound vehicular movement is slow at Parel T.T bridge Shinde wadi Junction.
More than 38,000 Ganesh idols immersed till Saturday morning; processions still on in some suburbs
More than 38,000 idols of Lord Ganesh were immersed in various water bodies across Mumbai till Saturday morning following the conclusion of the 10-day festival a day ago, while immersion processions are still on at some places in the city, an official said.
The idols were immersed in the Arabian sea off Girgaon Chowpatty (beach) in south Mumbai, in artificial ponds and some other water bodies. While Girgaon Chowpatty is one of the major spots for immersion of popular Ganesh idols like Lalbaugcha Raja, Ganesh Gully and others, idols are also immersed at other beaches across the city, including Shivaji Park, Bandra, Juhu and Malad. The immersion processions had begun on Friday morning.
Eleven from a family at immersion site in Panvel, sustain injuries
Eleven persons sustained injuries after getting electrocuted at an immersion site at Wadghar Koliwada in Pavel during visarjan on September 9.
The injured persons were from the same family, said officials. They have been admitted to Lifeline hospital and Sub-District Hospital in Panvel.
According to the police, the incident took place when a wire connecting a generator snapped following heavy rainfall and wind. The wire fell on a youth and the family members jumped to his rescue, all of them were electrocuted.
The incident led to a chaotic situation, however, the police present over there brought the situation under control.
FADA will run safety campaign to buckle up car owners after Cyrus Mistry's fatal accident
Following the death of well-known industrialist and former Tata Sons chairman Mistry died in a road accident near Mumbai on Sunday evening, Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), the apex national body of Automobile Retail in India on Friday said that dealers will run a safety campaign across the country.
Talking to ANI, FADA President, Manish Raj Singhania said, "FADA has decided to start a safety campaign buckle up safety for the customers. We are chalking out the plan and will soon announce the campaign which will run across the country. FADA is the apex national body of automobile retail industry in India engaged in the sale, service and spares of 2/3 Wheelers, Passenger Cars, UVs, Commercial Vehicles and Tractors."
FADA India represents over 15,000 automobile dealers having 26,500 dealerships including multiple Associations of Automobile Dealers at the Regional, State and City levels representing the entire Auto Retail Industry.
I lost everything: Karambir Kang speaks about 26/11 Mumbai attack at UN Victims of Terrorism Convention
Karambir Kang called upon the international community to act against terrorism and seek justice for the victims who lost their lives during the attack.
Kang was General Manager of Mumbai's Taj Hotel when the ghastly terror attack occured on November 26. He shared his painful memories of the terror attack, to which his lost his family including two young sons and wife, at the first UN Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism convention.
"The entire world watched with horror when 10 terrorists attacked my country, city and my hotel, the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai where I was the general manager. During the tragedy that continued over three long days and night, over 34 previous lives were lost," Kang recounted his entire story.
Read our report to know more about his speech.
Thane records 170 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 1,537
Thane district of Maharashtra has recorded 170 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally of infections to 7,43,591, a health official said on Saturday.
With the addition of these cases on Friday, there are now 1,537 active cases in the district, he said.
As nobody succumbed to the infection during the day, the death toll remained unchanged at 11,953 and the count of recoveries stood at 7,30,684, the official added.
Devotees turned up in huge numbers for the immersion of Lalbaugcha Raja, in Mumbai yesterday
IMD says moderate to heavy rainfall, thunderstorms in city
Mumbaikars, please travel safely and if possible stay home. The Indian Meterological Department has forecasted moderate to heavy rainfall for the city and suburbs over the next 48 hours.
The weather agency also said that the rainfall will likely come in association with thunderstorms.