Mumbai News Highlights: Forest officials trap male leopard in Aarey forest after toddler death, hunt on for its sibling – The Indian Express

Mumbai News Highlights: Forty-eight hours after a leopard claimed the life of a toddler inside Mumbai’s Aarey forest, known as the green lung of the city, a three-year-old male leopard was trapped by forest officials on Wednesday early morning. Forest officials said that out of the two leopards, identified as C-55 and C-56, suspected for the recent man-animal conflicts from inside the unit-15 of the forest area, one has been trapped.
In other news, former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh approached the Bombay High Court seeking a regular bail in a corruption case lodged against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The bench asked CBI to file a reply by November 9 and posted the matter for further hearing to November 11.
The BMC has planned an extensive beautification project for Dadar and Mahim, including the shoreline between Dadar and Mahim beach, Shivaji Park, Portugese Church Junction and Dadar station. The BMC has proposed having a multimedia light show along the Mahim and Dadar beaches and a digital aquarium inside the park opposite Chaityabhumi. This will provide tourists an experience of walking underground though a tunnel, with water and marine life overhead.
Three persons died and another 12 were injured in a blast at a chemical factory in Boisar, Palghar district on Wednesday evening.
Last week, three persons, including an apprentice of the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers (RCF), were killed in a blast at the RCF plant’s Thal unit. Thal is located along the coast of Alibaug.
The Mumbai Central–Gandhinagar Capital Vande Bharat Express will halt at the Vapi station, the Western Railway said. In view of the additional stop, the timings of the other halts of the train have been changed, but there will be no change in the timings for the Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar stops.
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Forty-eight hours after a leopard claimed the life of a toddler inside Mumbai’s Aarey forest, known as the green lung of the city, a three-year-old male leopard was trapped by forest officials on Wednesday early morning.
Forest officials said that out of the two leopards, identified as C-55 and C-56, suspected for the recent man-animal conflicts from inside the unit-15 of the forest area, one has been trapped. Read the full story here

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh Wednesday approached the Bombay High Court seeking a regular bail in a corruption case lodged against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The bench asked CBI to file a reply by November 9 and posted the matter for further hearing to November 11. Read more
After almost one year of looking for the perfect spare part for the musical water fountain inside the Textile Museum that is being constructed at United India Mills compound in Kala Chowky, the BMC has now found the right fit.
This means the first phase of the Textile Museum project — planned as a tribute to the now defunct cloth mills in Mumbai — is likely to be completed by mid-2023, almost four years after it was started, according to a senior civic official.
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For the first time in Mumbai, commuters taking the Bandra-Worli Sea Link may be able to witness a multimedia light show during their commute, projected on selected buildings located on the shoreline of Dadar and Mahim – which are visible from the sea link.
This is part of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) extensive beautification project planned for Dadar and Mahim.
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ACTING ON a petition against a government resolution (GR) on reducing the night school timings by an hour daily, the Bombay High Court has put a stay on the recommendation, allowing them to continue for three-and-a-half hours every day.
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In an attempt to make Dharavi free from solid waste and improve hygiene in the slum cluster, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to segregate and recycle the daily waste generated from this place by appointing expert agencies for professional waste management.
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MUMBAI FIRE Brigade (MFB) received 41 fire calls, including 28 relating to firecracker-related incidents, on the day of Diwali this year. The MFB data also state that during the Diwali weekend, between October 22 and October 24, they received 85 fire calls in all out of which 37 were directly related to firecrackers.
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The Congress has planned to organize two rallies in Maharashtra as part of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra which is set to enter the state on November 7. The rallies will be held at Nanded and at Shegaon in Buldhana district, senior party leader Manikrao Thakre told PTI.
The Yatra will proceed through the Nanded district for four days. Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting in the district on November 10, he said.
The campaign — a foot march — will enter Maharashtra at Deglur in Nanded district from Telangana on November 7 and travel for 382 km across five districts before entering Madhya Pradesh on November 20. In Maharashtra, the Yatra is scheduled to enter Hingoli district on November 11, Washim district on November 15, Akola district on November 16 and Buldhana district on November 18.
The Shegaon rally in Buldhana will be held between November 18 to 20.
The lumpy skin disease has affected 1,43,089 cattle in Maharashtra so far and 93,166 of them have recovered after treatment, a senior animal husbandry department official said.
The disease has till now spread to 3,030 villages in 32 out of the total 36 districts of the state, Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh said.
Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar said farmers in Maharashtra were facing a crisis after suffering crop losses due to the “wet drought” caused by heavy rains in parts of the state.
Pawar also said he met Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis before Diwali and told them that the “situation has gone out of hand”. (PTI)
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will contest some of the civic polls separately and others in alliance.
Notably, CM Shinde had in August said the “original” Shiv Sena and the BJP will contest the forthcoming elections to civic bodies in Maharashtra together. He had claimed that the led by him represents the “original” Shiv Sena.
The elections are due in various civic bodies in the state, including the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The Shinde-BJP coalition came to power in Maharashtra on June 30 this year after a rebellion led by Shinde led to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)
A day after Bollywood actor Salman Khan was diagnosed with dengue, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday carried out an inspection at his residence in Bandra’s Galaxy Apartments to locate possible mosquito breeding spots.
The civic official’s search was part of a larger inspection, which included six other buildings located along the same road in Bandra. (Read More)

A fire broke out at Food Corporation of India’s rice godown in Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai on Tuesday morning. “We got a call about the fire at around 7.04 am. 5 fire tenders are present at the spot. The fire has been brought under control,” said Saurabh Patil, Chief Fire Officer, Kalamboli. 
Maharashtra | Fire breaks out at Food Corporation of India’s rice godown in Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai

We got a call about the fire at around 7.04 am. 5 fire tenders are present at the spot. The fire has been brought under control: Saurabh Patil, Chief Fire Officer, Kalamboli pic.twitter.com/ZObZ6XKffr

An FIR has been registered against a person named Pradeep Bhalekar at Samta Nagar PS in Mumbai for using derogatory words on social media against Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis &Union Minister Narayan Rane. Search is on to nab the accused said Mumbai Police. (ANI)
A 49-year-old woman from Andheri in Mumbai, who lost Rs 2.40 lakh to cyber fraud while trying to buy sweets for Diwali, approached the local Oshiwara police within an hour of the incident, following which the cyber police unit managed to recover Rs 2.27 lakh, the police said. (Read More)
Riyaz Bhati, who is said to have links with underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested Sunday by the Mumbai police and remanded to judicial custody Tuesday in an alleged case of extorting Rs 24.85 lakh from a businessman. Bhati was traced and arrested in September this year by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) this year.
Officials of the Versova police station on November 21 last year had registered an FIR against Bhati, 54, based on a complaint lodged by a businessman. The complainant had alleged that Bhatti extorted Rs 24.85 lakh by using a honey trap. (Read More)
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called on Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to extend greetings on the festival of Diwali.
The two leaders met late Tuesday night at the CM’s official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai in the backdrop of BJP leader Fadnavis’s comment earlier in the day that the state cabinet would be expanded soon.
The deputy CM was accompanied by his wife Amruta Fadnavis when he met Shinde at his residence where the CM’s parliamentarian son Shrikant Shinde was also present.Shinde had visited Gadchiroli district earlier on Tuesday to celebrate Diwali with police personnel stationed in the remote Bhamragad area to fight Maoists. (PTI)
Visited Varsha & met CM @mieknathshinde ji and extended #Deepavali greetings to him and his family, earlier today !
मुख्यमंत्री श्री एकनाथजी शिंदे यांच्या वर्षा निवासस्थानी जाऊन त्यांना व त्यांच्या परिवारास दिवाळीनिमित्त शुभेच्छा दिल्या ! #Diwali pic.twitter.com/LjEdrg6lxq

As many as 20 new Covid-19 cases have been detected in Maharashtra’s Thane district, taking the infection tally to 7,46,464, a health official said on Wednesday.
With the addition of the latest cases on Tuesday, there are currently 465 active Covid-19 cases in the district, which is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, he said. (PTI)
The Bombay High Court, while quashing an FIR registered against a nine-year-old cyclist who allegedly injured a 62-year-old woman at a suburban housing society, has expressed displeasure over the Mumbai Police action stating that it had “traumatised” the boy and reflected “complete non-application of mind” by the officer concerned.
The court directed the Maharashtra government to pay Rs 25,000 to the petitioner within eight weeks and that the cost be recovered from police officer responsible for registering the FIR. The court said it was “shocked and surprised” that police had registered an FIR against a minor boy, and observed that “it was nothing but an accident which was clearly unintentional”.
In other news, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday that the much-awaited second expansion of the Maharashtra cabinet would take place soon and the final dates would be worked out in consultation with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
Meanwhile, students’ organisations in Maharashtra are once again demanding to bring back campus elections, more so after Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) managed to hold a peaceful election last week. The demand comes at a time when the Mumbai University is in the process of reforming its executive bodies such as the senate, management and the academic council.

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