Thane ganesh mandals prefer offline permission mode
Thane Ganesh Utsav mandals have given a lukewarm response to the civic body's online facility of seeking permission for erecting pandals. So far, 247 mandals have sought the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) nod. Of them, 96 applications were received online, while 151 mandals preferred offline mode. The permission has been granted to 94 mandals.
Adding that more approvals will be given in the next two days, the TMC has appealed to the mandals to send their applications by today. TMC
To tackle waterlogging, BMC installs automated flood gauges
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.
The BMC has identified 386 flooding spots across the city and various works have been completed to tackle 312 spots. The work required for eight spots is in the planning stage, while the work on 33 spots will be tackled till the next monsoon.
Man held from UP for duping people through 'friendship club'
A man was nabbed from Uttar Pradesh for allegedly cheating people through a 'friendship club', a Mumbai police official said.
Abhishek Dayashankar Singh (29) was held on Monday night from Mirzapur in the northern state by the Enforcement Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch, he said.
"Singh is accused of luring people to join his 'Geeta friendship club' by promising them Rs 30,000 from women for sexual relationships. He was charging several thousand rupees for membership, body massage kit as well as club commission," he said.
A case was registered against him for cheating and other offences at Azad Maidan police station, the official added.
Man serving life sentence along with fmr DU Prof Saibaba dies of swine flu
A man convicted along with former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for Maoist links died of swine flu on Thursday evening, an official said.
Nagpur Central Jail inmate Pandu Narote had high fever on August 20, was subsequently detected with swine flu and died at around 5pm, Deputy Superintendent Deepa Aage told PTI.
He was admitted in Government Medical College and Hospital here, the Deputy SP said.
Narote, Saibaba and four others were sentenced to life imprisonment in March 2017 under various sections of the UAPA dealing with conspiracy, being a member of terrorist gang or organisation and support to a terrorist organisation.
Narote was held along with two others from Aheri in Gadchiroli in August 2013. Saibaba was held in May 2014.
Maha forest dept issues order, asks staffers to answer phone with 'Vande Mataram'
The order, or government resolution (GR), was issued days after newly-appointed Cultural Affairs and Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar directed all government officials to say "Vande Mataram" instead of "hello" while receiving phone calls in offices.
'All the officials and personnel with the forest department have been urged to say Vande Mataram instead of hello while attending the phones of common citizens and people's representatives related to official work," said the GR.
"We are entering the 76th year of Independence. We are celebrating Amrit Mahotsav (of Independence). Hence, I want officials to say 'Vande Mataram' over the phone instead of hello," Mungantiwar had earlier said.
Lord Ganesha to have a bumpy welcome
Devotees are gearing up for the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities beginning next week, but the pothole-ridden roads in the Mira-Bhayandar region may not provide a smooth ride for the elephant-headed God.
NIA opposes Hany Babu's bail plea in Elgar Parishad case
NIA opposed the bail plea filed by Hany Babu, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case. A division bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and NR Borkar was hearing Babu’s bail application.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the NIA, opposed the plea saying that the accused is a member of the banned CPI (Maoist). The material found on his laptop shows that he was in continuous contact with the other accused.
Khwaja Yunus custodial death case: Prosecution seeks to withdraw plea to charge four more cops
The prosecution in the Khwaja Yunus custodial death case moved a plea before a court here on Thursday seeking to withdraw an earlier application to make another four policemen accused in the case.
Dismissed policeman Sachin Waze and three others are already facing trial in the case.
Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat, who was recently appointed by the state to conduct the trial, said the subject of prosecuting this set of accused is pending in the Supreme Court.
It is therefore submitted the application under section 319 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to make four policemen accused in the case is not pressed at this stage with liberty to file a fresh plea depending on the outcome at the apex court, the SPP said.
Maharashtra records 1,887 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths in a day
As on today, there are 12,269 active cases in the state. 2,190 patients discharged today and recovery rate stands at 98.02%.
Two Nigerian nationals held with mephedrone worth Rs 2.90 crore
Two Nigerian nationals were held from Mankhurd in Mumbai on Thursday allegedly with mephedrone worth Rs 2.90 crore, a police official said.
Acting on a specific tip off, a team of the Bandra unit of Mumbai Crime Branch's Anti Narcotics Cell held the two near a power station on the highway leading to Panvel at around 1:30am, he said.
"We seized 1.4 kilograms of mephedrone worth Rs 2.90 crore. One of the arrested Nigerian nationals is also allegedly involved in a murder in Tulinj in Palghar in 2016," the official said.
A team is working on unravelling their peddling network and it is suspected that they are part of a gang, ANC Deputy Commissioner of Police Datta Nalawade said.
Will check if term 'one should be ashamed' is unparliamentary, says Maha Speaker
Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar on Thursday said he would go through records to check if the term "one should be ashamed" was unparliamentary.
Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray, while attacking the Eknath Shinde government on malnutrition and problems faced by Adivasis in the state, had said "one should be ashamed" on the plight of Adivasis even after 75 years of Independence and the country having a tribal President.
However, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar objected to the term, after which Narvekar said he had taken note of the objection and would check records to see if it was unparliamentary.
The Speaker made the statement citing Item Number 357 in the list of words and expressions held to be unparliamentary or otherwise.
Mungantiwar also asked Thackeray if he wanted his father Uddhav Thackeray, who was chief minister from November 2019 to June 2022, to be ashamed as the figures tabled in the House belonged to the last three years.
To this, Aaditya Thackeray said he wanted everyone to feel ashamed that the plight of Adivasis had not improved and asked leaders to work harder to mitigate their woes.
2008 Malegaon blast case: Army officer having family relationship with Lt Col Purohit turns hostile
An Army officer having a family relationship with Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, became the 25th witness to turn hostile during the trial here on Thursday.
The Army officer recorded his testimony before Special Judge A K Lahoti on Thursday and recognized Purohit, who was present in the court.
He further testified that the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had made inquiries with him in connection with the case, but had never recorded his statement, after which the court declared him hostile.
Bombay HC refuses to grant relief to Air India employees who had challenged the eviction notice issued by the airline
However, in view of Ganesh Chaturthi, the HC has directed Air India not to take action till Sept 24.
Height relaxation near Navi Mumbai airport: HC seeks reply from Airports Authority of India
Expressing displeasure over the proposed relaxation of height norms of buildings in the vicinity of proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, the Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to give details of the same.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice M S Karnik was hearing a public interest litigation filed by an advocate Yashwant Shenoy raising concerns over the dangers posed by high rises near the Mumbai airport.
CM Shinde directs BMC Commissioner not to hike property tax for 2023 in Mumbai
Classical language status for Marathi: Maha CM writes to PM for approval
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give approval for bestowing classical language status on Marathi.
The matter has been pending with the Union Culture Ministry.
In a letter to the PM, Shinde informed that the state government had sent a detailed proposal on the issue to the Centre on November 16, 2013.
"The state has been regularly following up with the Centre about the status of the proposal. The people of the state conducted a signature campaign and collected 1.20 lakh signatures in support of the demand, which were sent to the President of India," the CM wrote in his letter.
Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy had told the Rajya Sabha on February 3 this year that the proposal was under consideration.
"The proposal has been under consideration for a long time and I request that the approval should be given at the earliest," Shinde said in the letter to the PM.
The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly passed a resolution to name Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv while Navi Mumbai Airport to be named after farmers' leader DB Patil
About 2000 plus Police personnel will get homes at Rs 15 lakh each after redevelopment of BDD Chawls
Gateway of India closed temporarily for security reasons: Mumbai Police
Mumbai has been on high alert since a boat carrying three Ak-47 rifles with live cartridges was found in Raigad followed by Mumbai Police receiving text messages threatening a 26/11-like’ attack in the city.
On Thursday, the police had issued a ‘no-entry’ for the tourists visiting the Gateway of India, for security reasons. It was then opened shortly for the public after a search operation was conducted.
“We are alert on coastal security and are coordinating with the Coast Guard,” said Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar, at a recent press conference.
According to Mumbai police sources, the ‘no-entry’ at the Gateway of India will continue only for the short notice. “We conducted a search operation for security reasons along with the Coast Guard. Gateway of India will be open shortly for the public as usual,” said a high-ranking police official.
No more queues for BEST card, Chalo App users
Now Mumbaikars using BEST's smart cards and Chalo App can heave a sigh of relief as they won't have to stand in queues for tickets anymore.
The BEST has introduced 100 per cent digital (tap-in, tap-out) bus services for hassle-free travel to the card and App holders on 16 prominent bus routes across the city. This is perhaps the first of its kind fully digital bus service in India.
Passengers who have the BEST Chalo App or smart card will be allowed to board these buses during peak hours without waiting in queues. Other passengers will be allowed to board the bus only after digital ticket holders.
“We have introduced these Tap-in Tap-out services on 16 bus routes across the city, including – A-77, A-102, A-105, A-112, A-115, A-116, A-118, A-123, A-162, A-167, A-369, A-378, A-401 A-402, A-Spl8, and ASpl9,” a BEST official said.
Auto, taxi drivers say will go on an indefinite strike from September 15; union to meet today
A L Quadros, General Secretary of Mumbai taxi men union said that they will go on an indefinite strike from September 15; they had demanded a hike of Rs 10 on taxi and auto fares.
According to the union, drivers are currently facing a loss of Rs 200 on a daily basis due to a steady rise in CNG prices.
The Union is set to meet today around 4 pm and decide on the matter.
Opposition staged a walk out in the state assembly expressing displeasure over tribal development Minister Vijay Kumar Gavit's reply that there are no malnutrition deaths in Maharashtra.
The Speaker of Maharashtra's lower house instructed the government to immediately lift the stay on hawkers policy done by the previous govt and allocate pitches to eligible hawkers and shift them to designated hawking zones.
Opposition demands Maharashtra government declare a wet drought, protest outside Vidhan Sabha
Maharashtra's tallest Ganpati installed in Khetwadi, dubbed as 'Mumbaicha Maharaja' ranges 38 feet
Khetwadi residents welcomed Maharashtra's tallest Ganpati of about 38-ft this year. The ''Mumbaicha Maharaja'' also known as "Khetwadi cha Lambodara" has been installed as an a effigy of Lord Vishnu's avatar Parashurama.
Ahead of Ganeshotsav 2022, to be celebrated on August 31, the tallest Ganesha idol has appeared at 11th lane of Khetwadi, Mumbai. It has been setup by Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Mandal.
The installation of the Ganesha idol has been credited to Murtikar Kunal Patil.
Read more about 'Mumbaicha Maharaja' here
Commuters, please look out for traffic in these places
From LBS Road, Bhandup pump house to Powai, heavy traffic from IIT to Mulund-Airoli link road due to Metro work and traffic congestion on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road.
Commuters, make your plans accordingly if you are going to step out
Offences registered against 261 people in one day for traffic violations in Palghar
The Palghar police have registered criminal offences against 261 people in one day for violating traffic rules, an official said on Thursday.
The police carried out the 'Operation All Out' in the Maharashtra district from 10 am to 10 pm on Tuesday, Palghar district Superintendent of Police Balasaheb Patil said.
During the operation, the police also arrested six wanted criminals and registered 21 offences related to prohibition and two cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, he said.
The police also conducted checks on 127 people involved in anti-social activities, the official said.
377 new COVID-19 cases in Thane; active tally up at 2,285
As many as 377 new cases of coronavirus have been detected in Maharashtra's Thane district, taking its infection count to 7,39,777, a health official said on Thursday.
With the addition of the latest cases on Wednesday, the district currently has 2,285 active COVID-19 cases, as against 2,131 the previous day, he said.
The death toll in Thane remained unchanged at 11,939. The recovery count has reached 7,25,928, he added.
Thanekars, don't forget to mask up and follow COVID-apprpriate behaviour!
Due to heavy traffic flow, south bound vehicular movement is slow at CIBA, WEH.
Preparations of Ganesh idols underway in Mumbai ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi on Aug 31
"After 2 years Ganesh Utsav is being celebrated. This time there're no restrictions. The price of idols has increased due to hike in prices of Plaster of Paris (PoP)," told a seller.
Mumbai to recieve moderate to light rainfall in next 48 hours
Dear Mumbaikars, don't forget to carry your umbrellas. IMD has forecasted light to moderate rain in city and suburbs for the next 48 hours.
Mumbai sees two-fold rise in active COVID cases
There has been a two-fold rise in the number of active COVID cases across Mumbai in the last 22 days of August. According to the data, until August 1 there were 1,889 active cases which have now increased to 6,269 (August 22). Moreover, the number of people getting hospitalised has also increased to 551 from 201 during the period.
Doctors attributed the surge to people not following COVID-appropriate behaviour, overcrowding during ongoing festivities and the emergence of new subtypes of the Omicron variant.
Read more about what doctors said in our detailed report here and don't forget to mask up!
BMC undertakes Rs 30 crore works to lock water leakages
FPJ earlier reported how 900 million litres of water is being wasted every day in Mumbai due to leakages and unauthorised connections. The BMC has now decided to undertake repair works of pipelines across Mumbai.
The civic body invited tenders for the replacement of pipelines in Colaba, Fort, Churchgate, Mohamad Ali road, Byculla and Nagpada on Wednesday. These pipes were laid during the British Raj and have weathered over the ages.
Read more about the projects in our detailed report here
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Police personnel from BDD chawls to get home at nominal prices, says Devendra Fadnavis
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday in the state assembly announced that the government will provide homes to the police employees residing in BDD chawls.
He clarified it won’t cost Rs 50 lakh or Rs 25 lakh and reiterated that the homes will be provided at a nominal price.
Fadnavis admitted that the police personnel are currently staying in BDD chawls with the shabby conditions of their tenements. He, however, clarified that the government cannot provide homes to police employees residing in BDD chawls at free of cost as the similar policy will have to be applied to other government employees.