Maharashtra on Monday reported 256 Covid-19 cases and two deaths, which took the tally to 81,19,601 and toll to 1,48,331, an official said. Mumbai circle accounted for 108 of the new cases, followed by 67 in Pune, 35 in Nashik, 17 in Nagpur, 15 in Kolhapur, among other circle. The two deaths took place in Mumbai and rural Raigad, the health official added.Read Less
Maharashtra Congress to brainstorm over continuance of MVA experiment
The Congress has summoned a meeting of top leaders from Maharashtra on Tuesday to resolve the conundrum over continuance with the coalition experiment with the Shiv Sena and the NCP for future elections in the state. Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole has been insisting on going it alone in the state, at a time when a large section of leaders appear satisfied with the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) forged by NCP supremo Sharad Pawar to keep the BJP away from power.
The unlikely power sharing agreement between the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress had fizzled out in June following large-scale dissidence in the Sena ranks. Comprising over 40 MLAs and 12 Lok Sabha members, the breakaway faction of the Shiv Sena, led by Eknath Shinde, formed the government with support from “natural ally” BJP.
Maharashtra to get lion-lioness pair from Gujarat
Maharashtra will get a lion-lioness pair from Gujarat in return for a tiger and tigress from Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park, state forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Monday. The Asiatic lion and lioness will be housed at the SGNP in Borivali.
Mungantiwar held discussions on this with Gujarat’s minister of state for forest department Jagdish Vishwakarma.It was also decided to jointly seek approval from Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for this project.
Went ‘overboard’ to make better offer for Vedanta-Foxconn project: Fadnavis
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday claimed that he had gone “overboard” to get the Vedanta-Foxconn project to the state and made a better offer than neighbouring Gujarat.
Speaking to reporters here, Fadnavis said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) was spreading lies that the Eknath Shinde government did not take efforts to keep the project in Maharashtra.
A political blame game began in Maharashtra after Vedanta-Foxconn signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat government earlier this month for setting up a semi conductor unit at a cost of Rs 1.54 lakh crore.
“The previous MVA government is spreading lies. I had gone overboard and reached out to the companies and made a better offer than Gujarat, when I learned about their plan to shift to the neighbouring state,” the deputy chief minister said.
HC orders Maha govt to pay Rs 10 lakh relief to widow of man killed by wild boar
The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Maharashtra government to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to a woman whose husband died after a wild boar rammed into his motorcycle, noting that the state is obligated to protect wildlife and its citizens from any injury caused by wild animals.
A division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and Gauri Godse passed the order on a petition filed by Anjana Redij, a resident of Ratnagiri district, seeking direction to the state government to pay her compensation for her husband’s death due to attack by wild boar.
The bench, in its order, noted that it was the duty of the concerned officer of the state government to protect wild animals and not allow them to wander outside the restricted safety zone.
Eight held for practising black magic in Thane district
Eight persons were arrested on Monday for allegedly practising witchcraft and black magic in Murbad town of Maharashtra’s Thane district, police said.
The police had received information that some persons were practising black magic and witchcraft at Songaon on Sunday night, inspector Satosh Darade of the Tokawade police station of Murbad said.
Eight persons, including two fake godmen and two women, were arrested, while another person managed to escape the scene at night, he said.
Maha minister draws criticism for Maratha quota ‘itch’ statement, apologises
Maharashtra Minister Tanaji Sawant on Monday attracted the ire of Maratha groups and opposition parties by claiming an “itch” for reservation for the community had once again set in after the change of guard in the state.
The Supreme Court had, in May last year, struck down a Maharashtra law giving reservation to the Maratha community in government jobs and education by terming it as unconstitutional and holding there were no exceptional circumstances to breach the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the 1992 Mandal verdict.Speaking at an event, Sawant said,
“There was nothing on (Maratha) reservation for two years (after it was stayed by the Supreme Court). Now, after the change of power in the state, there is an itch for reservation. Even I want it and my next generation wants it. We will not sit quietly till the time we give it (reservation).”
“Our leaders (Chief Minister) Eknath Shinde and (Deputy CM) Devendra Fadnavis will ensure reservation as per our demand. They will not sit quiet till reservation is granted,” Sawant, part of Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena, added.
PFI raids: Maha ATS arrests one more activist; 21 so far
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Monday arrested one more activist of the Popular Front of India (PFI) from Nanded in Marathwada region, an official said. With the arrest of Mohammad Abed Ali Mohammad Mehboob Ali (40), the number of PFI activists arrested so far after the September 22 raids has risen to 21.
The ATS had registered four offences last week against members of the PFI for allegedly carrying out unlawful activities and subsequently arrested 20 activists from different parts of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra reports 256 Covid-19 cases, two deaths, 315 recoveries
Maharashtra on Monday reported 256 Covid-19 cases and two deaths, which took the tally to 81,19,601 and toll to 1,48,331, an official said. Mumbai circle accounted for 108 of the new cases, followed by 67 in Pune, 35 in Nashik, 17 in Nagpur, 15 in Kolhapur, among other circle. The two deaths took place in Mumbai and rural Raigad, the health official added.
A special trial Judge today extended the ATS remand of five alleged #PFI activists in an alleged terror case under UAPA till October 3.
Debt-ridden bizman found hanging in his apartment
A 47-year old businessman committed suicide by hanging inside his house while his wife had gone to a temple in Kurla Sunday afternoon. The deceased identified as Ashok Mohanani was a resident of Ma tch factory in Kurla west, and running a business of readymade garments.
2 bodies with head injuries fished out of Morbe dam
The bodies of two vegetable vendors from old Panvel were found in Morbe dam reservoir in Khalapur taluka on Sunday morning. Khalapur police have registered a murder case as both victims — Pandharinath Sakunde (40) and Pratibha Mhatre (40) — have severe head injuries. “It looks like the man and woman were assaulted on their heads with some heavy object and their bodies were dumped into the reservoir,” said a ssistant police inspector Ganesh Karad. “We have registered an FIR against an unidentified accused under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence). ”
Sonakshi Sinha wins Rs 29L foreign tax credit dispute
Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Mumbai bench, has issued an order in favour of Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha, upholding her claim of foreign tax credit (FTC) — the taxes were paid in the UK of Rs 29 lakh. This claim had been denied by the tax officer as the relevant form was not filed in time. A similar order was passed in favour of Anuj Bhagwati, a sa laried individual towards his foreign tax credit claim of over Rs 14. 2 lakh for taxes paid in the US.
Monkey strays into police station, attempts to snatch 1-mth old child
A month old baby girl sustained five stitches on her head after a monkey attacked the child in the premises of the Shil-Daighar police station after it attempted to snatch the child from her mother on Sunday morning. The mother of the child had visited the police station over a petty domestic feud. “She was waiting outside the station house, when the monkey came into the police station and was frighte ning people,” said a police officer.
Crime branch takes over probe into 3 held captive in Myanmar
The Mumbai crime branch has taken over a probe into the alleged kidnapping case of three persons who have been held captive in Myanmar after being lured to Thailand with a job offer. A senior police official said police have received information that three persons from Mumbai have been held captive in Myanmar by a gang after being lured with jobs in Thailand.
1 dead in Wadala hit & run mishap
A 45-year-old financial advisor was killed in a hit-and-run below the Eastern freeway in Wadala on Friday. Cops are checking CCTV footage to identify the driver who knocked down the victim’s two-wheeler and sped away.