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Mumbai News Highlights: No new COVID-19 case in Mumbai for the first time since pandemic began – The Indian Express

Mumbai News Highlights, January 24: After almost two years and 10 months, Mumbai did not record any fresh cases of Covid-19 Tuesday, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health bulletin. The city achieved this feat for the first time since March 16, 2020. Maharashtra logged eight COVID-19 cases on Tuesday but did not report any fresh death linked to the infection in the last 24 hours. Mumbai’s overall tally of COVID-19 cases and the death toll now stands at 11,55,240 and 19,747, respectively. The city first reported Covid-19 cases on March 11, 2020.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the decision of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to step down from his post is his personal choice and nobody asked him to resign. “I have to make it clear that nobody had ever asked the governor to resign. If he wished, he could continue for five years,” Fadnavis added while speaking at an event organised here by regional news channel ABP Majha.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said there were less chances of “large changes” in the weather in Mumbai and Maharashtra in the next 48 hours. The IMD’s Mumbai unit refuted speculations that the temperatures might drop further during the rest of the week. Mumbai’s night temperatures dropped to 14.8 degrees Celsius on Monday, in comparison to the night temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
After almost two years and 10 months, Mumbai did not record any fresh cases of Covid-19 Tuesday. The city achieved this feat for the first time since March 16, 2020.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin noted zero Covid-19 cases and associated deaths Tuesday. A total of 3,000 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.
This development comes at a time when there were anticipations of another outbreak owing to the sudden surge in cases in neighbouring China. Read more
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann held interactions with industrial heads across sectors in Mumbai Tuesday and said he was in the state not to take away projects from Maharashtra but only wanted to optimise investment potential in his state.
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“We have not come here to take away projects from Maharashtra. To the contrary, It is our endeavour to work together keeping India’s growth and development (in mind),” said Mann. Read more
The central government on Tuesday issued a notification for appointment of advocate Neela Kedar Gokhale as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court for a period of two years. The Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, had recommended elevation of Gokhale as a judge of Bombay High Court on January 10.
Gokhale had represented Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit — an accused in the 2008 Malegaon Blast case — among others before the Bombay High Court. Read more
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said there were less chances of “large changes” in the weather in Mumbai and Maharashtra in the next 48 hours.
The IMD’s Mumbai unit refuted speculations that the temperatures might drop further during the rest of the week. “There are two consecutive westerly disturbances likely to take place this week. However, indicators show that there are less chances of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, witnessing any large changes in weather. There are equal chances of temperature rising or falling by one degree Celsius in the next 48 hours,” a scientist at the IMD, Mumbai told news agency PTI..
Mumbai on Tuesday recorded minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius. It may increase or decrease by one degree depending on various factors that influence weather, she said. (PTI)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Tuesday said his government has prioritised Mumbai’s infrastructure development and will make the city pothole-free in  two years.
“The state government has taken the infrastructure development of Mumbai on fast track, starting with the city’s beautification and redevelopment of old dilapidated buildings and koliwadas. The state government is focused on a complete Mumbai makeover,” Shinde said while addressing a television programme.
The chief minister said that the recurring issue of potholes in the state capital will be addressed effectively. “Stress on zero tolerance to potholes is our directive [to officers]”, he added. Read more
Shivaji Park, located in Dadar, has been declared a ‘No-fly zone’ on January 26, say police.
THE MUMBAI Metro Line 2A and 7 that opened to the public on January 20 may have received a warm welcome from Mumbaikars, but has made auto-rickshaw and cab drivers an unhappy lot. With commuters, who travel across the western and eastern sub-urban localities, now opting for the metro, rickshaw and cab drivers are fretting over their reduced earnings.
The new metro line, unveiled on January 19 by PM Narendra Modi, has reduced travel time between Dahisar and Andheri by about 75 minutes, and much to the relief of Mumbaikars, has helped decongest the Western Express Highway and SV Road. Read more
The Bombay High Court recently granted interim relief of no coercive action till January 31 to Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal in a money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The central agency had in 2020 taken cognisance of an FIR by Mumbai police at MRA Marg police station on a complaint from a travel agency. In 2021, a closure report was also filed in a cheating case filed by the Mumbai police against Jet Airways, Naresh Goyal and Anita. Even as the ED opposed it, the court had accepted the report.
A division bench of Justices Revati Mohite-Dere and Prithviraj K Chavan was on January 17 hearing a plea by the Goyals seeking to quash the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) by the ED. Read more
A total of 3,546 women in the state have lost their lives to preventable cervical cancer in the five years between 2017-2021. With an average of over 700 deaths each year, doctors are stressing the need to introduce human papillomavirus (HPV)—a vaccine for cervical cancer—in the national immunisation programme to save more women from succumbing to the disease.
Cervical cancer occurs in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. The data on death toll was compiled by the state health department.
The most important risk factor for cervical cancer is human papillomavirus virus (HPV)—a common infection. Most infections occur after people become sexually active, and most people clear the virus without problems. There are over 100 types of HPV, and not all are linked to cancer. The HPV types, or strains, most frequently associated with cervical cancer, are HPV16 and HPV18. HPV infections are more commonly seen in people who have multiple sexual partners. Read more

Mumbai’s night temperatures dropped to 14.8 degrees Celsius on Monday, in comparison to the night temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius on Sunday. Despite the marginal drop, Mumbaikars have reported experiencing much cooler weather in the past two days.
On Monday, Mumbai recorded day temperatures of 26.5 degrees Celsius, which was much cooler than adjoining cities known for cold temperatures such as Pune, which recorded 31.2 degrees Celsius and Nashik (28.5 degrees Celsius), with night temperatures in Pune at 12.3 degrees Celsius. As per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), day temperatures in Mumbai on Monday were up to four degrees below normal, whereas night temperatures were up to 1.4 degrees below normal. Read more
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that former Mumbai police chief Sanjay Pandey had been given a “target” to arrest him but the police officer could not succeed as he had done nothing wrong. Fadnavis was speaking at an event organised here by regional news channel ABP Majha.
“The Mahavikas Aghadi government had given a target to then Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey to put me in jail. The MVA government had given orders to frame me or slap some criminal charges (on me) anyhow,” said the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader.
Fadnavis returned as the deputy chief minister last year after a revolt by Eknath Shinde split the Shiv Sena and led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government that also comprised the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.
“It is the truth and now you can ask any police official. They will also tell about it,” he said adding, “However, I had done nothing that would help them put me in jail, and thus they failed.” Fadnavis also said that he does not hold any personal animosity against Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, who was the chief minister with the support of the Congress and NCP. (PTI)
A special court in Mumbai on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in a money laundering case against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and others to February 27. Rajya Sabha member Raut was present before special judge R N Rokade on Tuesday. The matter was listed for hearing before framing of charges in the case.
However, the proceedings could not take place due to non-submission of summon reports to other accused by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is conducting a probe into the case.
The ED had arrested Raut on August 1, 2022 for his alleged role in financial irregularities in connection with the redevelopment of the Patra Chawl (row tenement) in suburban Goregaon. (PTI)
The decision of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to step down from his post is his personal choice and nobody asked him to resign, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Tuesday.
Koshyari had said, in a statement released by Raj Bhavan Monday, he has conveyed his desire to step down to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I have always received love and affection from the Hon’ble Prime Minister and I hope to receive the same in this regard. It was an absolute honour and privilege for me to serve as the Rajya Sevak or Rajyapal of a great state like Maharashtra – the land of saints, social reformers and valiant fighters… I can never forget the love and affection I have received from the people of Maharashtra during the last little more than three years,” Koshyari said in the statement. Read more
While holding the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government responsible for overlooking environmental issues that caused the Air Quality Index (AQI) to dip from ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ this winter, the BJP has demanded a roadmap to make Mumbai pollution free by 2035.
The city’s air quality has dipped to unhealthy levels. According to experts, more than 50 per cent of this pollution is due to the sudden surge in construction activities, increased vehicular emissions and changes in wind speed this winter. The government needs to intervene and take immediate measures to prevent further deterioration, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said. Read more
With only two days left for Republic Day, full dress rehearsals underway at Shivaji Park, Dadar, in Mumbai on Tuesday morning. (Express video by Pradip Das)

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With the competitive celebration by the two Shiv Senas of Balasaheb Thackeray’s birth anniversary on Monday again underlining the unsettled matter of Eknath Shinde‘s position, any little encouraging sign from ally BJP goes far in Maharashtra political circles.
So, for some days now, what remains a matter of discussion is the warmth shown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the Maharashtra Chief Minister during his recent visit to Mumbai – Modi’s first since the BJP manoeuvred the split in the Sena to form a government with the Shinde faction, six months ago. Read full Political Pulse here
Maharashtra | Portrait of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray was unveiled in the Central hall of Maharashtra Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai on his birth anniversary. (23.01)
In two separate incidents, one on Sunday and the other Monday, the Mumbai Airport Customs personnel intercepted two foreign nationals and seized 90,000 USD concealed in the pages of books and over 2.5 kg of gold paste from their respective possessions. Both the passengers were arrested. (ANI)
#WATCH | Mumbai: On Jan 22 & 23, Mumbai Airport Customs intercepted two foreign nationals in two separate cases and seized 90,000 USD concealed in pages of books and over 2.5 kg of gold in paste form respectively. Both the passengers have been arrested: Customs

Two persons were killed after their scooter hit the wall of a flyover and they fell off the bridge in Maharashtra’s Thane city on Tuesday, civic officials said.
The accident took place at around 3.30 am on the flyover at Castle Mill Naka when the victims were going towards Thane station from Majiwada, Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management cell chief Avinash Sawant said.
The scooter rider lost control over the two-wheeler and it hit the protection wall of the flyover, he said. Both the victims fell from the flyover and received severe injuries. They were rushed to the Thane civil hospital where doctors declared them brought dead, the official said.
The deceased have been identified as Pratik Vinod More (21), resident of Lokmanya Nagar in Thane city, and Rajesh Bechenprasad Gupta (26) from Ulhasnagar town, the official said. The bodies were sent for post-mortem, he added. (PTI)
The Maharashtra government has decided to set up a centre to teach the philosophies of ancient Indian thinker Chanakya.
According to Maharashtra minister for tourism and skill development Mangal Prabhat Lodha, the centre–Chanakya Excellence Centre–will come up at Karla near Lonavala of Maharashtra.
Chanakya’s philosophy of law, politics, economics and finance, governance and international relations will be taught at the centre, a senior official said. Read more
The 97th birth anniversary of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray was marked by the two factions of the Shiv Sena separately on Monday. While Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led faction unveiled Bal Thackeray’s portrait in the central hall of the state legislature in South Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray paid tribute to his late father at Bal Thackeray’s lifesize statue installed at Regal Circle in Colaba. Though Uddhav was invited by the state government for the unveiling of Bal Thackeray’s oil portrait, he has chosen to skip the function.
Monday is the day when Uddhav’s term as Shiv Sena party president ends. He has not been re-elected yet owing to the ongoing battle of who controls the Shiv Sena before the Election Commission. While the Uddhav-led UBT faction had sought permission to hold the election from EC, it has not been given by the poll panel yet. Uddhav will also address the party workers at Shanmukhanand Hall Monday evening to mark the birth anniversary of the Sena founder.
The Vadodara-Virar section of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway. (Twitter/@NitinGadkari)
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday shared pictures of the Vadodara-Virar section of the under progress Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. “Stunning views from Vadodara – Virar Section of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. Limiting the distance for prosperous India,” he tweeted.
Gadkari had said that the 1386-km eight-lane expressway, the fastest and longest of India, between Delhi and Mumbai would be almost complete in December this year. Once complete, the expressway will shorten the time to cover the distance to 12 hours.
Samajwadi Party state president Abu Azmi
Saying that ‘renaming smaller cities was a political move to polarise the society on religious lines, which never helps the common people’, Samajwadi Party (SP) state president Abu Azmi said on Sunday, “Rather than renaming just two to three cities… rename Maharashtra after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”
“There are just three cities — Aurangabad, Osmanabad and Ahmednagar — which are named after Mughal rulers,” Azmi said, adding that the SP was not in favour of renaming of the cities.
Maharashtra Navirman Sena president Raj Thackeray (File)
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has asked the MNS workers to ensure the party’s win in civic bodies, where the elections are due. Thackeray was addressing a meeting of the party office-bearers during his visit to Thane on Saturday. Elections to various civic bodies including Thane and the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation are due and the dates are yet to be announced.
In the first phase of initiative, BMC will install sanitary pad dispensing machines at 5,000 public toilets. (File, representational Photo)
BMC has planned to install 500 sanitary pad dispensing units along with incinerators for used pads at 5000 public toilets in Mumbai. In the first phase of this initiative, BMC will install these machines at 5000 public toilets, with a focus on those located in slum areas in the city, said officials.
Presently, about 55 per cent of Mumbai’s population lives in slum areas in the city. There are 7,543 public toilets in the city, of which 1999 are municipal toilets, 4694 are MHADA-owned public toilets, and 846 are pay-and-use public ones.
The elevated new Metro lines passing from Link Road and Western Express Highway, both important roads in Mumbai, are expected to turn into an important mode of public transportation. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)
The newly commissioned Mumbai Metro lines 2A and 7, passing through densely populated areas between Dahisar and Andheri on the east and west sides of the city recorded over one lakh ridership on the second day after starting commercial operations.
According to the Maha Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Ltd, an undertaking of the Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), the new lines recorded a ridership of 1.10 lakh till 8 pm on the second day.
The Congress on Monday demanded Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who has expressed the desire to quit, be sacked by the President and not allowed to quit, while the Shiv Sena (UBT) faction took a dig saying “better late than never”. The Congress and NCP, both members of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) along with Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) faction, also said Koshyari should have written to the President to discharge him of all responsibilities if he believed the position of the governor is Constitutional and not political one.
Amid political bickering and visible unease among leaders of different political parties, an oil portrait of Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray was unveiled at the central hall of state legislative building by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on the occasion of his birth anniversary on Monday. “We formed the government following the teachings of Balasaheb Thackeray of fighting against injustice with courage and self respect,” said Shinde, taking a dig at Uddhav. “He never compromised on his ideology to grab power or chief minister’s post. We learned this from him and we are working on his ideals.”
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his reference to the erstwhile Shiv Sena-controlled BMC which “kept money in fixed deposits in bank instead of being used for the city’s development” and stated that the BJP was eyeing Mumbaikar’s hard-earned money. During the day, Uddhav also announced an electoral alliance with Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA).


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