Mumbai news highlights, November 1, 2022: Starting today (November 1), the Mumbai Traffic Police will start fining motorists Rs 200 if passengers, including those in the rear seats, are not wearing seat belts. The issue of seat belts in rear seats came up after the death of Cyrus Mistry, former chairman of Tata Sons, in a road accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar on September 4.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Traffic Police fined a total of 23,547 auto-rickshaws and taxis in October for refusing to ferry passengers wanting to travel short distances. The figure in October is more than the total figure from January to June this year. Of the 23,547 cases, 15,395 auto-rickshaws were fined Rs 50 each and 8,152 taxis were fined Rs 200 each.
Amid a row over the Tata-Airbus project going to Gujarat, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said company officials had last year rued the “unfavourable” investment climate in the state. He claimed the decision to shift the project was taken when Uddhav Thackeray was the chief minister. “I had invited the chiefs of the Tata Airbus Defence projects on April 24, 2021, at my residence ‘Sagar’, despite being a leader of opposition in the state. I spoke to them and told them as a senior leader, I will speak with the then chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to keep the project in Maharashtra. However, they told me ‘yahan ka mahol investment jaise nahi hai, Devendraji’ (the atmosphere in the state is not worth an investment),” he told reporters.
A car caught fire on a flyover in Matunga area, and no casualties were reported in the incident. The car with two occupants was on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, when smoke started emanating from the vehicle’s engine.
The vehicle was immediately halted and the occupants alighted safely. Within a few seconds, the car was engulfed in flames.
A car caught fire on a flyover in Matunga area; no casualties were reported in the incident.
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A 57-year-old woman was duped by a fraudster who gave an advertisement for part time “work from home” ad on Facebook and after the woman clicked on the link she was asked to invest money and complete a task for a 40 percent commission on her investments. The woman ended up paying Rs 15.22 lakh, which she never got back. An FIR was registered at the Dombivali police station in Thane district on October 31.
As part of the job, she had to buy Amazon products and would get a commission for it. The woman ended up paying Rs 15.22 lakh in the month of September. After paying the amount, the fraudsters asked her to pay another Rs 3 lakh, which she refused. She tried to communicate with the fraudsters for a few days hoping they would return the money and finally approached the police.
As many as 153 shops and commercial establishments have been fined for not displaying signboards in the Marathi language in Maharashtra’s Thane district, a Labour department official said.
Thane Deputy Labour Commissioner Santosh Bhosale said 15 of the 153 establishments had been fined Rs 3.49 lakh. One of these 15 establishments was slapped with Rs 2.86 lakh fine for delaying compliance by 60 days. (PTI)
The Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray party alleged that voters were being paid to choose None Of The Above or NOTA option in the November 3 Andheri East Assembly byelection in the city.
The campaigning for the byelection came to an end at 5 pm.
The party has video clips showing purported workers of the Republican Party of India (RPI) indulging in such acts, senior leader Anil Parab said. The RPI (Athawale faction) is part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction has fielded Rutuja Latke, the wife of incumbent Sena MLA Ramesh Latke whose death necessitated the election.
The Maharashtra government will issue a white paper in the next 30 days on some mega projects going out of the state and if any steps were taken by the previous MVA government to retain them, Industries Minister Uday Samant said.
He said the white paper will throw light on all the facts. “Some people are deliberately spreading lies about these projects. It will be clear once and for all after the white paper will be issued,” he said. A white paper is an informational document that highlights the features of a solution, product, or service.
High speed catamaran Nayan XI’s inaugural run was held from the Domestic Cruise terminal in Mumbai to Mandwa Jetty (Alibaug) on Tuesday morning. It takes 40 minutes for a ride from one end to the other.
The boat was built in Goa and arrived in Mumbai for the ferry service approximately a month ago.
Inaugural run of Nayan XI from the Domestic Cruise terminal in Mumbai to Mandwa Jetty (Alibaug).
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The men’s washrooms in stations of Mumbai’s first underground Metro line will have diaper-changing facilities for babies, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), the implementing authority for the project, has said.
This will be the first time in India that such a facility will be provided on the premises of a Metro station. This facility will be available at all 26 stations in Metro 3 from Cuffe Parade to SEEPZ.
Officials said the decision was taken keeping in mind the fact that a number of women work out of offices in the city and men share the responsibility of the children equally.
Breaking all gender stereotypes, Pratik Permey has emerged as the new face of student leadership. A queer who identifies as gender fluid, Permey created history by being elected as president of the Students’ Union at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) this year.
After battling for acceptance and validation throughout childhood, the 23-year-old last week took the oath to helm the Students’ Union of TISS.
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Salil Deshmukh, son of former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, was granted bail by a special court in a money laundering case.
Although Salil was not arrested in the case, he had filed for bail after filing of the chargesheet against him under relevant sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Salil was named as an accused in connection with the case where the ED had alleged that money collected as bribes at behest of Deshmukh was laundered in a trust belonging to the his family.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Monday launched the second of the longest (180 metre) orthotropic steel decks (OSD) on the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) — a 22-km-long sea link that will connect South Mumbai to Navi Mumbai. The first of the 180-metre OSDs was launched earlier this year.
The Mumbai police on Monday cremated the remains of a 16-year-old boy who was killed by six other inmates inside David Sassoon Industrial School and Children’s Home in Matunga.
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Former Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar walked out of the Dadar police station after 2.5 hours of questioning in relation to allegations that she was in illegal possession of six apartments in the Worli Gomantak Janata Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) colony.
Referring to BJP leader Kirit Somaiya’s allegations of her illegal possession of apartments, Pednekar said that all allegations need not be addressed. “I told the police that I will cooperate with all police investigations, but I am busy for three days. This was misrepresented in the media and it was said that I am not willing to cooperate with the police.” she said.
“Your watch shows 2.5 hours of questioning, but we (police and I) had informal talks for a while. I answered all questions to the best of my knowledge. There is not even 10 percent truth in what is being said about me. I am going to take a legal recourse and all cooperation will be given,” she said.
She further said that she has requested a meeting with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.
The state government decided to grant security to actors Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher.
Citing threats from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, which is believed to be behind the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, the state government upgraded the security of Salman Khan to Y+.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar has been provided X category security, which means he will be guarded by three personal security officers in three shifts. The actor was granted security as he was being targeted on social media based on his nationality.
Anupam Kher has X category security following threats he received after the release of the film The Kashmir Files.
The Mumbai Traffic police said that for next ten days, they will largely be spreading awareness among motorists about using seat belts in the rear seats.
Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction said the Gujarat government cannot shirk its responsibility for the loss of lives in Morbi bridge collapse and asked whether it should be termed as an “act of fraud, conspiracy or a mere accident”.
When a similar incident took place in West Bengal in 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had slammed that state government and called it an “act of God”, an editorial in the Thackeray camp’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana‘ said. “Will the lives lost come back? The company responsible for the maintenance of the bridge should be probed, but the Gujarat government cannot shirk its responsibility,” the editorial said.
“Should this incident be termed as an act of fraud, a conspiracy or a mere accident?” it asked. (PTI)
Starting today (November 1), the Mumbai Traffic Police will start fining motorists Rs 200 if passengers, including those in the rear seats, are not wearing seat belts. The issue of seat belts in rear seats came up after the death of Cyrus Mistry, former chairman of Tata Sons, in a road accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar on September 4.
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The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) on Monday gave its go-ahead for the transfer of a pair of lions from Gujarat to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali. The SGNP lion safari was started in 1999 but lost popularity over the years.
Currently, there is only one lion in SGNP, known as Jespa, who is 12 years old. Read more
A PIL has been recently moved by a lawyer and two others in the Bombay High Court seeking additional Sunni Muslim cemetery in the city’s Govandi area, citing shortage of space in existing cemeteries.
The petitioners informed that the HC in their earlier PIL had directed the BMC commissioner to decide the issues regarding shortfall of burial places in greater Mumbai including M-East ward comprising of Deonar-Govandi area. Read more
In a bid to fill 75,000 vacant posts in the Maharashtra Government Services, the state Finance Department on Monday curbed the Covid-imposed restrictions in the recruitment process and extended it till August 15, 2023. Read more
MUMBAI AND several parts of Thane district will face water supply cut between November 1 and 10 as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to carry out repair works in the pneumatic gate system installed within the Pise Dam, officials said.
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The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) gave its go-ahead for the transfer of a pair of lions from Gujarat to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali. The SGNP lion safari was started in 1999 but lost popularity over the years. Currently, there is only one lion in SGNP, known as Jespa, who is 12 years old.
Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted death certificates of two men, who were named witnesses in the Malegaon 2008 blast case, before a special court. One of duo was a key witness in the case, who had given a statement to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) about his association with accused Prasad Purohit.
Days after the security cover of several leaders in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance was scaled down, it has emerged that the Y+ security enjoyed by 41 MLAs and 10 MPs in Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp will continue. Recently, the security cover of as many as 25 legislators linked to the MVA was removed.