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23 August 2022 07:52 AM IST

Restoring glory: Maharashtra govt to conserve three ancient temples

The Maharashtra government has decided to restore the glory of three of its ancient temples – Khandoba (Satara) in Aurangabad; Dhootpapeshwar (Rajapur) in Ratnagiri; and Bhagwan Purshottam (Purushottam Puri) in Beed.

The project will be undertaken by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and will mainly include restoration, upgradation, and conservation, along with the development of temple precincts.

The project was first proposed by the former Maha Vikas Aghadi government for eight ancient temples. However, only three were selected.

To know more about the project, read our article

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Commuters, all trains on Central Railway lines are plying routinely. Check the latest update here

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

ED has today summoned Swapna Patkar, a witness in the Patra Chawl scam, for interrogation.

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

BMC polls: Estranged Thackeray cousins Uddhav & Raj to come together?

Will the estranged brothers Uddhav and Raj Thackeray come together? The buzz is getting louder after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s wife Sharmila Thackeray said let there be a proposal from Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Even though Sharmila did not rule out the possibility of Uddhav and Raj joining hands ahead of BMC elections, she said, ‘’Let there be a call, and let us see then.’’

Her statement is important especially after the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led maha Vikas Aghadi government after the rebellion staged by Eknath Shinde and when the Thackeray faction is striving hard for its survival.

Insiders from the Thackeray faction and MNS hinted that as Uddhav Thackeray has launched the party’s rejuvenation and revival ahead of the crucial BMC elections to retain its supremacy, he may explore an option of extending the olive branch to the estranged cousin Raj. They claimed that if both Thackerays come together they will certainly give a tough fight to BJP and Shinde camp which have announced to win the BMC polls.

Will the Thackeray cousins really get together? Read our report here

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Western Railway removes bottlenecks to improve train safety & speed

Western Railway has completed yet another major infrastructure project aimed at removing operational bottlenecks in order to improve train safety and speed. The work of realignment of curves and removal of diamond crossings as well as points on harbour lines at Mahim was successfully completed on August 21, 2022. The work started on June 20, 2022.

Due to this work, travel time will be decreased by 45 seconds over the section, which will prove helpful to improving the punctuality of local trains in the future.

The removal of two diamond crossings and four points will also help in reducing the maintenance in Mahim Yard. Apart from that, the dismantling of redundant platforms on the UP Fast line and down Harbour lines at Mahim has created space for laying the 6th line.

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

150-year-old Carnac bridge closed for traffic, railway ready for its demolition

The154-year-old Carnac bridge was closed for vehicular movement on Monday for its demolition. Both Hancock and Carnac are crucial east-west bridges in South Mumbai, connecting P D'Mello Road to the west side.

Since only two lanes of Hancock bridge are open for traffic to avoid traffic hassle, the BMC has undertaken a drive against hawkers on Yusuf Meher Ali Road. Moreover, few structures close to the bridge will be demolished in a four-day drive, said a civic official.

As per the notification, Yusuf Meher Ali Road will be a one-way route. The northbound traffic coming from Pohmal Junction towards P’Demelo Road will remain closed from 7 am to 11 am. During these hours, vehicles will have to proceed to their destinations via Mohammad Ali Road – Himalaya Junction – CST Junction – Avtar Singh Bedi Chowk. Commuters can also make their way through Bhendi Baazar junction and take a left turn at SVP Road – Wadibundar Junction to P’Demelo Road.

There shall be ‘no parking’ for all types of vehicles on the south and northbound of the Yusuf Meher Ali Road.

For more details about the traffic diversions, read our report here

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

IMD forecasts possibility of intense spell in city, suburbs

The Indian Meteorological Department said that Mumbai, suburbs will see generally cloudy sky with moderate rain for the next 48 hours.

Possibility of occasional intense spells in the next 24 hours, the weather agency forecasted.

Mumbaikars, don't forget to keep your umbrellas handy!

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Prominent Mumbai hotel receives a bomb threat call

A bomb threat call was received at a prominent hotel in Mumbai. An unidentified person called the hotel and said that bombs have been kept at four places in the hotel and demanded Rs 5 crore to defuse them. Case registered at Sahar PS under sections 336, 507 of IPC, said Mumbai Police.

This comes days after the city police received threat message from a Pakistani number warning of a 26/11-like attack on city again.

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Due to bad roads, vehicular movement is slow at Vakola bridge south Bound.

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

A meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi will be held today evening. The meeting will be attended by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray along with MLAs of the three parties: Maharashtra LoP & NCP leader Ajit Pawar

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Chaos at Matoshree signal junction (after Seepz), traffic on lane towards Jogeshwari congested too. Do plan your route accordingly, dear commuters

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Due to the construction of a stage for an event at Shastrinagar in Santacruz, operation of Bus Route No. 224 is completely closed. It has been diverted to Santacruz Agar.

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Mount Mary fair to return after 3 years; Bandra, BMC all set

After a three-year halt, the festive season across Maharashtra is being celebrated with much fanfare without pandemic-related restrictions. Annual Mount Mary fair or popularly known as Bandra fair is also set to return with pomp. The fair will be held from September 11 to 18 this year.

The festival, with a tradition of more than a century, starts on the second Sunday of September. People of all faiths, not just Christians, flock to the event, a big attraction on Mumbai’s social and religious calendar.

Many stalls are erected around the Mount Mary Church in Bandra (West) during the fair and the BMC has begun inviting bids.

Read more about it in our report here

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Mumbai Police has registered FIR against 5 developers for violating Supreme Court guidelines of 'No construction work and silence zone from 10 pm to 6 am': Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadanvis in a written reply to State Legislative Council

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Speaker Rahul Narvekar asks the State government to form a committee on climate change

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Immediate relief amount given to the flood-affected persons to be increased to Rs 15,000 from Rs 5,000: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde in the Legislative Assembly

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Supreme Court orders Election Commission not to take any action till Thursday on the application filed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's camp for recognition as the 'real Shiv Sena' party and allotment of the 'bow and arrow' symbol to it.

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Maharashtra farmer tries to self-immolate in Mumbai outside Vidhan Sabha

A man claiming to be a farmer from Osmanabad attempts self-immolation outside Maharashtra Assembly as the monsoon session is underway. The man has been admitted to the nearest hospital by the police.

"We have received information that a farmer identified as Subhash Bhanudas Deshmukh set himself ablaze outside Vidhan Bhavan," Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said.

23 August 2022 02:24 PM IST

Potholes: Surge in cases of backache and neck pain among Mumbaikars

Mumbaikars struggle with a variety of challenges while commuting by road in the city, thanks to the potholes that surface in the monsoon. Some of these challenges go beyond the commute, with a surge in cases of backache and neck pain, especially among those between 25 and 40 years of age.

Doctors in the city say they are seeing at least 20 patients daily complaining of various musculoskeletal issues, such as severe back and neck pain.

The majority of cases involve motorcyclists who face a threat not just to their vehicles but to their very lives from potholes.

In the past month, there have been many bike accidents due to waterlogged potholes. A Thane man died after falling off while a couple also lost their lives on the Western Express Highway in Mumbai.

For those suffering from aches and pains, doctors are prescribing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and asking them to follow a regular exercise regimen.

23 August 2022 03:41 PM IST

Maiden meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi at 6 pm today

Maiden meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi will be held from 6 pm at Vidhan Bhavan after the collapse of the government. Former CM Uddhav Thackeray to chair the meeting.

Will also reiterate that MVA exists& it will be further strengthened to take on Shinde Fadnavis govt key issues

23 August 2022 03:41 PM IST

Due to car breakdown, southbound vehicular movement is affected at the Mankhurd railway bridge.

23 August 2022 03:41 PM IST

MACT awards Rs 17.85 lakh compensation to family of man killed in bike accident

A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) in Maharashtra's Thane district has awarded Rs 17.85 lakh compensation to the family of a 36-year-old man who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2017.

MACT member Shaukat S Gorwade directed the opponents - the owner of the offending vehicle and the New India Assurance Company Limited - to pay the compensation with an interest of 6 per cent per annum from the date of filing of the application.

The order to this effect was passed on August 4 and the copy of the same was made available on Tuesday.

23 August 2022 05:11 PM IST
23 August 2022 05:11 PM IST

Training programme to be held for drivers working for Maha legislators

The Maharashtra transport commissioner's Office will conduct a road safety programme on Wednesday for drivers working for legislators in the state, an official said on Tuesday.

As per an official release, the road safety cell of the state transport commissioner's office will hold a three-hour training programme.

Last week, Shiv Sangram Party leader and former member of the legislative council Vinayak Mete died in a car crash on Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

23 August 2022 05:11 PM IST

IndiGo Airbus (VT-IZR) operating 6E6097 from Goa to Mumbai returned after taxy out. During taxi, pilot got a momentary engine warning. Pilot carried out their procedures & returned the aircraft for necessary inspection. Passengers will be accommodated on another flight to Mumbai.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Wrong if accused are 'felicitated': Fadnavis on welcome accorded to Bilkis Bano case convicts

The convicts in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case of Gujarat were released following a Supreme Court order, but it was wrong if a person accused of a crime is "felicitated" and there can be no justification for such an act, said Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday.

Replying to a discussion in the Legislative Council on an incident in Bhandara district, where a 35-year-old woman was sexually assaulted allegedly by three people, he said there was no reason to raise the Bilkis Bano issue in the House.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

HC irked as BMC now says it can consider afresh regularisation of unauthorized construction at Rane's bungalow

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday berated the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) stand that it was ready to consider a second application for the regularisation of unauthorized construction at a bungalow of Union minister Narayan Rane in suburban Juhu.

The BMC had rejected an application for regularization by Rane's company in June, a decision the high court had accepted after the company had approached the court.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Mumbai residents suffer as road conditions remain poor; doctors recommend prehab

Residents of the city lamented that they have been struggling with back pain and other issues because of bad roads in the city; doctors advise taking preventive measures including taking a 45-minute walk and keeping backrest when driving.

Mumbai residents suffer as road conditions remain poor; doctors recommend prehab

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Panvel: City police reunites mute toddler with family within hours

The Panvel City police swung into action to reunite a two-year-old girl with her family.

Locals who spotted her near the T point near Palaspe along the Old Mumbai-Pune highway informed the police. The incident happened on Saturday, around 11 am.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Bombay HC pulls up Maha govt for failing to make Mental Health Authority fully functional

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Maharashtra government for failing to ensure that the State Mental Health Authority, which was set up to implement the Mental Healthcare Act, was fully functional.

A division bench of Justices N M Jamdar and N R Borkar noted that when the Act provides for an authority to ensure that the object of it is fulfilled, the government cannot expect the court to look into all this.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by a city-based psychiatrist seeking a comprehensive report on the status of all persons in mental health facilities across the state, and a review of their status for discharge as mandated by the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.

The bench then directed the state government to give a time frame by which the authority would be made fully functional.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on August 29. The PIL has urged the implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, across Maharashtra.

The provisions of the Act protect the rights of persons suffering from mental illnesses and allow them to move a mental health review Board to seek discharge from institutions after recovery, the petition stated.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Armed robbers attack petrol pump employees, loot Rs 20,000 in Pune

Two unidentified armed robbers barged into the office of a petrol pump and attacked employees before escaping with more than Rs 20,000 in cash in Maharashtra's Pune city on Tuesday, said police.

The incident, in which two petrol pump employees were injured, took place in the Narhe area at around 1 am, said an official of the Sinhgad Road police station.

An offence was registered and a manhunt launched to trace the robbers after scanning CCTV footage, Police Inspector Shailesh Sankhe said.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

City logs 1910 new Covid-19 cases, 7 fatalities

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Taximen's Union and Autorickshaw Union calls for an indefinite strike from September 15 to demand fare hikes

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Two held with banned Gutka worth Rs 8.93 lakh in Taloja

In a joint operation, the Crime Branch and Anti-Narcotic Cell of Navi Mumbai police arrested two people and seized banned gutkha worth Rs 8.93 lakhs last week. The banned gutkha and flavoured paan masala were brought in from other states to sell in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Vidhan Bhawan to chair an MVA meeting

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

NMMC starts preparation for NMC visit to start PG Medical college in Vashi and Nerul hospital

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has started preparations to get the final approval from the National Medical Commission (NMC) to start its PG Medical College in Vashi and Nerul hospital from May 2023. The civic chief, Abhijit Bangar, held a meeting with the health department and directed them to start preparing for the physical inspection of NMC.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Nirav Modi case: Bombay HC dismisses CBI appeal challenging Maiank Mehta’s travel to Hong Kong

Justice PD Naik dismissed the appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) challenging the order of special court trying cases under the Prevention Of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) permitting Mehta to travel to HK.

The court will give a detailed order later. However, on request from CBI counsel Raja Thakare, the HC has stayed the order for 2 weeks to permit the central agency to file an appeal.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Transport dept to crack down on vehicles using Maha govt stickers, plates illegally

The Maharashtra transport department has issued an order directing a crackdown on vehicles sporting Maharashtra government stickers or plates illegally, an official said on Tuesday.

In an order issued on Monday, the department has directed all regional transport offices to take immediate action against vehicles that put such stickers or plates "illegally".

Using a Maharashtra government sticker or plate on a vehicle that does not belong to the government is "misrepresentation" and "cheating", state transport commissioner Avinash Dhakane said.

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Thane: Critically endangered Leiths Softshell turtle weighing 20kg rescued Worldlife Welfare Association (WWA) from Brahmala lake

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Domestic help involved in Rs 47L theft at Khar arrested

23 August 2022 07:44 PM IST

Navi Mumbai: Nerul plot receives highest ever bid at Rs 3.85 lakh per sq meter

A residential-cum-commercial plot in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, measuring 3,069 square metres (sqm), received a record bid of Rs 3.85 lakh per sqm during an e-auction conducted by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). The auction, for which the results were declared on Monday, was held last week. In 2016, a 3,050 sqm plot at sector 13 in Sanpada had received the highest bid of Rs 3,39,339 per sqm.

23 August 2022 07:56 PM IST

Traffic cop nabs mobile phone thief after long chase on busy street

In a scene straight out of a movie, a traffic constable chased after a mobile phone thief for a kilometre on a busy street and nabbed him in the western suburb of Bandra here on Tuesday, police said.

Constable Vikas Babar, attached to the Bandra traffic division, was patrolling in his van, when he spotted a man snatching a woman's high-end mobile phone and fleeing, an official said.

The constable immediately chased after the accused through the busy street for nearly a kilometre and managed to catch hold of him, he said.

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