Bhandup: Two senior citizens arrested for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old minor girl
According to the police, the victim in her statement also mentioned a third person who had sexually assaulted the girl too, who is at this point unidentified and untraced.
Man held for stealing valuables from Ganpati pandal in Palghar
A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing valuables worth Rs 25,000 from volunteers at a Ganpati pandal in Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said on Friday.
The theft was reported from a pandal at Nalla Sopara area in the district in the early hours of Thursday, an official said.
Volunteers of Shivalingeshwar Mahadeo Sarvajanik Sanstha Ganesh Utsav Mandal were sleeping in the pandal, when two persons sneaked into the structure and stole cash and mobile phones worth Rs 25,000, he said.
Based on the CCTV footage from the area, one person was apprehended on Friday and the search of still on for the other accused, the official added.
Mumbai logs 402 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths; active tally at 3,414
Thane: Woman loses Rs 2.95L to fraudsters in job racket
A 30-year-old woman from Dombivli has lodged a complaint with the police stating that she was duped by a group of fraudsters to the tune of Rs 2.95 lakh on the pretext of providing her job as a flight attendant supervisor. When, despite repeated requests, the victim did not get her money back, she lodged a complaint with the Manpada police in Thane.
11602 Ganesha idols of one and half days Ganpati immersed in Thane
The one-and-a-half-day immersion of Ganesha idols in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) area took place in a devotional atmosphere on Thursday, September 2. This year, 11602 Ganesha idols were immersed in the city for one and a half days.
The devotees responded well to Ganesh immersion in the artificial ponds created under the alternative Ganesh immersion system of the TMC, which is setting a model for environment-friendly Ganeshotsav in the state by implementing the concept of eco-friendly Ganeshotsav. Similarly, a total of 316 Ganesh idols received in the TMC Ganesh Murti Center were also duly immersed.
Three MNS leaders granted bail on a surety of Rs 15,000
Bhayandar Shocker: 19-year-old boy held for raping minor girl
In a horrifying incident, a teenager was arrested by the Navghar police in Bhayandar on alleged charges of raping a 16-year-old girl. The accused, aged 19 years, was arrested on Wednesday and booked under sections 376 of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act-2012.
According to the police, they had registered a case under section 363 (kidnap) after the girl (name and area details withheld to protect her identity) went missing on August 27, 2017.
Maharashtra records new 1,258 COVID-19, 6 fatalities in a day
Bombay HC notice to SII, Central Govt on medical student’s death due to side effects of Covishield
The Bombay High Court recently issued notices to the Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Central Government while hearing a petition filed by Diip Lunawat, the father of a medical student who allegedly died due to side effects of the Covishield vaccine that she was administered in January 2021.
No proposal to bifurcate Pune civic body, says Maha Dy CM
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said there was no proposal before the state government to bifurcate Pune Municipal Corporation.
His statement comes a day after his cabinet and party colleague Chandrakant Patil said there was a need to split PMC into two smaller civic bodies for better governance.
"There is no such proposal before the state government," Fadnavis said.
Speaking to reporters, Fadnavis also quashed speculation about him becoming guardian minister of Pune or fighting the next Lok Sabha polls from Maharashtra's second largest city.
"I am not going to be guardian minister of Pune. Also, I am not going to contest Lok Sabha elections from Pune. All such talks in the media are wrong," he said.
Queried about a purported meeting between him and Congress leader Ashok Chavan, Fadnavis said no such interaction took place as both arrived at a Ganesh festival venue at different times.
Raigad: NCB nabs man with 210 kg ganja worth Rs 4 crore
A man was held allegedly with 210 kilograms of ganja worth Rs 4 crore in Khopoli in Raigad district, over 100 kilometres from here, a Narcotics Control Bureau official said on Friday.
Acting on a tip-off about an inter-state drug trafficking gang, a team from Mumbai NCB laid a trap at Khopoli on Mumbai-Pune Highway on Thursday and arrested the man who is a resident of the metropolis, he said.
The ganja was found in 98 packets covered with brown adhesive tapes, a common way of packing this kind of contraband, the official said.
"The ganja has been sourced from Pune while the main supplier may have sourced it from the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border. Some part of it was meant for Pune and some for areas like Govandi and Mankhurd here, our probe has found. He has been peddling contraband in these areas for the last few years," he said.
A probe was underway to unravel the peddling network, its suppliers, carriers and peddlers as well as buyers, the official added.
Demolition of Carnac Bridge begins
Will fight local polls in alliance with Shinde group, says Maha BJP chief
Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party president Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Friday said his party and the Shiv Sena faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will contest local elections in alliance.
He also told reporters the alliance will emerge winners in the polls to municipal corporations, councils, urban and rural local bodies.
Bawankule said as part of the BJP's Mission 2024, in which Central ministers will go to Lok Sabha constituencies to check welfare projects, Chandrapur will be visited by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
"Chandrapur has six Assembly seats. Minister Puri's visit will be on September 22 and 23," he added.
Truck driver dies in accident on Mumbai-Pune expressway
A 41-year-old driver of a tempo died after hitting a truck along the Mumbai-Pune expressway early this week. Police said that the accident took place while overtaking the truck towards the Pune end.
The tempo driver was identified as Subhashchnadra Gautam, a Titwala in the Thane district. According to police, Gautam lost control over his pace after hitting a truck while overtaking near Panvel.
MNS suspends party worker, Vinod Argyle for thrashing an elderly woman in Kamathipura.
'No woman should go through this': Prakash Devi who was pushed, slapped by MNS workers in Mumbai
On Thursday, a video of three men including a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader went viral where they were seen beating a woman; they were detained by police.
The woman they assaulted, Prakash Devi, said that they wanted to install banner outside her shop. "I declined and told them to install it somewhere else, so they hit me... no woman should go through this," she added.
The woman had taken objection to local MNS workers installing a pole for putting up an advertisement in front of her shop in Kamathipura in central Mumbai, police said.
The incident had taken place on Sunday, said an official.
Rain and heat do not deter Mumbaikars as they throng Ganesh pandals
With coronavirus-induced restrictions out of the way, devotees are flocking to Ganesh pandals across Mumbai in large numbers as the festival of the elephant-headed god began two days ago.
People are doing `pandal-hopping' with gusto, especially in central Mumbai areas of Lalbaug, Parel and Girgaon where some famous Ganesh Mandals or groups install the idols.
The `Lalbaugcha Raja' Ganpati draws lakhs of people every year from Mumbai as well as the surrounding satellite cities, though in the last two years coronavirus played spoilsport.
An incident of rape of a 9-year-old girl was reported at Bhandup PS. Case registered against 3 people under POCSO Act while 2 men aged 62 & 65 years arrested.
Tarffic Jam in Goregaon West Opposite Sammelan Hall
Koli community stands guard at immersion points
On Thursday, when Vasant Patil went to the Worli Koliwada Bateri Jetty, the day was extended one. He immersed his one-and-a-half day 'navsacha' (wish fulfilling) Ganpati and stayed put. Not because he was out fishing.
The Kolis refrain from fishing due to breeding season and government orders. Like every year, Patil was there to avoid any drowning incident or help people if they got stuck mid-way.
“This is the second year of my pledged three year Navsacha Ganpati. We install an eco-friendly idol for one-and-a-half day. On the day of immersion, we immerse our idol and then stay put to help others,” said Patil.
At various immersion points, particularly where the Koli community has a village, they come out voluntarily to help people. Some do free service, while some take whatever is given "happily by people" to some even making a quick buck for their service.
“Most do it as a gesture to help people. They may be getting something but that is not the intention,” said Vijay Worlikar, who is the patil or head Worli Koliwada.
Read more about Koli community's service in our report
Now BEST consumers can pay electricity bills by scanning QR code
The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking, which continues to make technological advancements to enhance the consumer experience, launched a dynamic QR code system for bill payment systems on Thursday.
With the new initiative, electricity consumers will simply have to scan the QR code using apps such as Google Pay, Amazon Pay, Bhim, PhonePe etc. The bill details along with the amount to be paid will appear on the screen after which the consumer has to press the ‘pay’ tab that will complete the payment. Consumers can make their payments by using QR codes printed on their e-bills.
“The details of payment will appear on the screen and the consumer will also receive an intimation via SMS. The entire payment process can be completed in a few seconds. QR code-based payment is more efficient, less time-consuming, error-free, more secure and tamper-proof,” said an official of BEST, adding at present it has around 10.5 lakh electricity consumers across the city. Of these nearly 70 per cent use digital payment methods to pay their bills.
Families throng to Mumbai's Chowpatty to bid adieu to household Ganeshas
After the two-year Covid hiatus, Girgaon Chowpatty on Thursday once again witnessed the cheerful and somewhat teary immersion of Ganesh idols. The first in a series of upcoming immersions was mostly of household Ganpatis.
Devotees blew coonch, did aartis and prayed Bappa to return earlier the next year, while the lifeguards kept a hawk's eye from watch towers. They blew whistles if people went too deep in the sea. The excited devotees waved at the helicopter as it flew past.
Commuters, due to closure of Jawle Marg, the existing operation of Bus Route No. 118 is being carried out from Kabutar Khana from 6.00 am onwards.
Ganeshotsav 2022: CM Eknath Shinde visits Thackeray’s top aide Milind Narvekar on Chaturthi
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday visited the residence of Milind Narvekar, personal secretary of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, on the occasion of Ganesh festival.
When rebel MLAs supporting Shinde went to Surat in June, Narvekar had travelled there for holding talks with them. Shinde eventually toppled the Sena-NCP-Congress government headed by Thackeray.
Now, he and Thackeray are fighting a legal battle to claim the leadership of the Shiv Sena.
Mumbai's GSB Seva Mandal Ganesh idol adorned with 66 kg of Gold & 295 kg of Silver
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Over 34,000 idols immersed on Thursday
The devotees in the city immersed around 34,122 Ganesha idols and Hartalika in natural and artificial ponds on the one-and-a-half day of the festival. The city is celebrating its first Ganeshotsav with enthusiasm after the pandemic. The BMC said no untoward incidents were reported.
The festival will be celebrated till September 9. Traditionally, sarvajanik (public) Ganeshotsav mandals immerse the idols on the second, fifth, seventh, and 11th days of the festival. As per the data shared by BMC's disaster management cell on Thursday, devotees in the city immersed around 34,070 Ganesh idols and 52 Hartalikas at the various immersion spots.