Mumbai News Highlights, November 22, 2022: The city reported another suspected measles death. The official toll stands at 10 while the number of cases is 220. Mumbai city doctors are witnessing the spread of measles among kids as old as 15 years, though the infection is known as a childhood disease as it is more common among children up to 5 years of age. Taking note of the development, doctors are cautioning people who aren’t fully immunised with the two doses of measles vaccines in their childhood.
Meanwhile, a leopard was allegedly spotted on the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) in Powai here and the forest department was alerted, a forest official told PTI. A distress call was made to the forest department on Monday morning and a team was sent to the spot to investigate if the sighting was of concern. Leopards are generally nocturnal and sightings during the day are not very common, he said.
Reacting to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s remark that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has become an “icon of olden times”, Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said that the dignity of the post of Governor has ended in Maharashtra because BJP has made the Raj Bhavan its party HQ. “We’re not ready to consider him as Governor. He’s a humble BJP worker. Governor is neutral & shows dignity in his words & conduct,” Raut was quoted saying by news agency ANI.
Another suspected death due to measles has been reported in Mumbai. The official toll due to measles stands at 10, of which, nine deaths are from the city while one was reported from Bhiwadi, Thane.
The number of cases reported so far is 220.
Yuva Sena chief and MLA Aaditya Thackeray will be going to Bihar on Wednesday to meet Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav.
The Bombay High Court took serious note of open manholes in the city terming them as “death traps”, and directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to cover these up immediately.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Abhay Ahuja was hearing petitions raising concerns over potholes on city roads causing accidents.
On Tuesday, advocate Ruju Thakker, representing one of the petitioners, pointed out that there were around 300 open manholes on the service road of the Eastern Express Highway Though several complaints had been lodged with the authorities, not a single manhole has been covered, she claimed. (PTI)
A leopard was allegedly spotted on the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) in Powai here and the forest department was alerted, a forest official said.
A distress call was made to the forest department on Monday morning and a team was sent to the spot to investigate if the sighting was of concern, the official said.
Leopards are generally nocturnal. Sightings during the day are not very common, he said.
A woman police officer was suspended for alleged dereliction of duty after she failed to act on a complaint of harassment by a 22-year-old woman who was killed by a man in Maharashtra’s Pune city, an official said on Tuesday.
The victim Shweta Ranawade was stabbed to death on November 9 by her former boyfriend Pratik Dhamale after she ended their relationship. The accused was found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Pune a couple of days after the murder, the official said. (PTI)
A division bench headed by Bombay High Court’s Chief Justice Dipankar Datta recused itself from hearing a PIL alleging Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and his family members had amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income and seeking a probe by the CBI and ED.
The Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by Mumbai resident Gauri Bhide, came up for hearing before the division bench of the Chief Justice and Justice Abhay Ahuja.
The bench recused itself from hearing it without assigning any reason. “The matter shall be placed before another appropriate bench,” it said.
The Maharashtra government has issued a Government Resolution regarding the appointment of two ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraje Desai for coordination of the legal and other matters in the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.
The son of former Maharasthra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Rishikesh withdrew his anticipatory bail application in connection with a money laundering case. He is an accused in the case and has not appeared before the ED despite summons.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Tuesday began its probe into the allocation of works by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 10-member team of the CAG held a meeting with BMC commissioner Iqbal Chahal at the civic body’s headquarters in the morning, officials said.
The Eknath Shinde-led government had on October 31 asked the CAG to conduct a probe into the allocation of works by the Mumbai civic body in the pandemic period when the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was in power. (PTI)
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday an appeal by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the bail granted to scholar-activist Anand Teltumbde in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, took note of the submissions by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the stay on the operation on the high court’s bail order is for a week only and the matter needed urgent hearing.
The solicitor general, at the outset, said the NIA has filed the appeal and the plea has been numbered and may be listed for an urgent hearing. (PTI)
Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena can not compromise on key ideological issues like respect for V D Savarkar and Hindutva even as it is a part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).
He, however, also said that his party was in an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party for long despite their differences, and it worked smoothly. “There are some issues where the Shiv Sena can not compromise. This includes (the issue of) Veer Savarkar and Hindutva. Our party is built on an ideology and we are not surrendering that,” Raut said in an interview with the news channel NDTV.
Cricketer Virat Kohli and his wife, actor-producer Anushka Sharma, have rented a flat for Rs 2.76 lakh a month in Mumbai’s Juhu. The flat on the fourth floor of High Tide building comes with a sea view due to its proximity to the Juhu shoreline. Read more
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday announced that the kin of “martyrs” in the struggle over border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka will be given pension like freedom fighters.
“We have decided to extend the benefits of the CM relief fund to the residents of the border area. We are also planning to extend Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya scheme benefits to the people in this area. In addition, kin of those martyred during the border dispute will be paid pension along the line of freedom fighters,” said Shinde. Read more
The recently retired Chief Justice of India (CJI), Uday Umesh Lalit, said on Monday that more dedicated investigators are required to ensure speedy justice, while maintaining that 56 out of every 100 prisoners languishing in jails have the possibility of being acquitted in the case.
“Otherwise, the ineffective criminal justice system would do no societal good for such people behind bars,” he said, adding that arrests made without ascertaining requirements burden the judicial system.
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The Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) has submitted a report on re-allowing both pedestrian and light vehicular movement on Andheri’s Gopal Krishna Gokhale bridge which has been shut since November 7.
Civic officials said the VJTI has suggested reopening of the bridge, but only after carrying out repair works in certain portions that have been pointed out by the institute. Read more
THE EXISTING trans-harbour railway line that runs between Thane and Panvel will have a new station, Digha, which will be a part of this route in January 2023. The new station will come after Airoli and will also be a part of the proposed Airoli-Kalwa elevated suburban corridor on the Central Railway line. Read more
FORMER MUNICIPAL commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, also the head of technical committee on Safety Manual to respond to man-made disasters, said on Monday that nearly 70 per cent of the fire incidents in Mumbai take place due to electrical short circuits. He was speaking at a panel discussion ‘Electrical Safety is non-Negotiable’ in the city.
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A Thane resident died Monday evening after a tree branch came crashing down on his car in Mumbai’s Worli, civic officials said. The incident was reported on E Moses Road around 5.20 pm. A case has been registered, officials added.
The deceased was identified as Saiyog Manohar Pawar, 38, and officials said he was driving the car when the tree branch fell on it. A bulletin issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said he worked at a private firm. (Read More)
The Federation of Maharashtra Muslims (FMM), an umbrella body of outfits from the Muslim community, came together in Jalna on Sunday to condemn the killing of Shraddha Walkar (27) allegedly by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala. The FMM also said the media must desist from communalising the Shraddha Walkar murder case.
9th edition of Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally flagged off
THE NINTH edition of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally (MBCCR), flagged off on Sunday, saw participation by over 70 Mercedes cars from across the country, including Rajkot, Goa and Kochi. Organised by Autocar India in association with Mercedes-Benz, more than half the participating cars made their show debut this year. The rally — from Taj Lands End in Bandra to Worli Sea Face and back — was flagged off by Vishwas Nangre Patil, Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order), Mumbai, and Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, on Sunday. Read more.
Experts from VJTI, IIT visit Gokhale Bridge for safety inspection
A TEAM of engineers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) bridges department, along with technical experts from the Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai) and Veermata Jijabai Institute of Technology (VJTI), inspected the structural stability of the Gopal Krishna Gokhale Bridge on Sunday morning to check if the structure could be reopened temporarily for pedestrians and light vehicles till the time it is demolished. The reports will be submitted by the institutions within the next 7-10 days, following which, a final call would be taken on reopening the bridge temporarily. Read the full report here.