Mumbai: Independent MLA who allied with BJP joins Shiv Sena

In a fresh jolt to the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) an independent MLA who supported the party after the Oct. 2019 Assembly elections, joined the ruling Shiv Sena, here on Saturday. The legislator is Geeta Jain, 56 – who was elected as a BJP rebel candidate from Mira-Bhayander constituency of Thane district – and is regarded as an influential leader among the business community. मिरा-भाईंदर विधानसभा मतदारसंघाच्या आमदार गीता जैन जी यांनी आज मातोश्री निवासस्थानी शिवसेना पक्षप्रमुख, मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांच्या हस्ते शिवबंधन बांधून शिवसेनेत जाहीर प्रवेश केला.…

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena to hold Dussehra rally in auditorium, not at Shivaji Park

The Shiv Sena has decided to organise its annual Dussehra rally on Sunday at an auditorium in Mumbai and not on the Shivaji Park ground, where the event it traditionally held. This decision was taken in view of the COVID-19 safety protocols, as per which the Sena-led Maharashtra government has prohibited political, social, and religious gatherings, party sources said on Saturday. This is for the first time the rally will not be held at the Shivaji Park, where party workers gather in large numbers to hear the party chief address…

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Devendra Fadnavis tests positive for COVID-19

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is in-charge of BJP‘s campaign for Bihar Assembly elections, tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday and has gone into isolation. The BJP leader tweeted, “I have tested #COVID19 positive and in isolation. Taking all medication & treatment as per the advice of the doctors.” I have been working every single day since the lockdown but now it seems that God wants me to stop for a while and take a break !I have tested #COVID19 positive and in isolation.Taking all medication & treatment…

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Devendra Fadnavis: Maharashtra’s Rs 10,000 crore rain aid betrayed trust of farmers

Maharashtra Leader of OppositionDevendra Fadnavis on Friday criticised the Uddhav Thackeray- led government’s Rs 10,000-crore assistance to rain-affected people, saying the announcement “betrayed” the trust of farmers. Earlier in the day, the chief minister announced Rs 10,000 crore aid to rain-affected people in the state, including farmers, and said the relief will be provided by Diwali. Referring to the demands made by Thackeray during the crop loss last year, when he was a BJP ally, Fadnavis said, “Earlier, Thackeray himself had demanded financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000…

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87-year-old doctor braves COVID-19 pandemic to treat villagers in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur

While the COVID-19 phase led to hardships for many, healthcare facilities in villages were severely affected, but even during this crisis, an 87-year old doctor from Chandrapur in Maharashtra continued braving the pandemic to reach his patients on a bicycle and provide them treatment. The homoeopathic doctor, Dr Ramchandra Danekar, travels 10-15 kilometres on his bicycle daily to provide door-to-door medical treatment to the poor for close to 60 years. “For the last 60 years, I’ve been visiting villagers almost daily. Due to fear of COVID-19, doctors are scared of…

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Mumbai man comes up with realistic, live models of BEST bus

Models of realistic-looking double-decker buses, made by a city-based enthusiast during the COVID-19 lockdown, have garnered likes and support with many wanting a similar model to be replicated for their personal collection. The model similar to the old Routemaster model of the bus has lights set in and motors making it more popular. Borkar’s collection includes lorries, buses and even trailers Mumbai-based SSC pass-out Vishal D Borkar has a passion for making all models of BEST buses. He has even made realistic-looking trailer bus, the old-style single-decker buses. Speaking to Mid-day,…

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Extra-marital affair not sufficient to constitute abetment to suicide: Bombay High Court

Granting interim protection from arrest to an architect, who was booked for abetting the suicide of his paramour’s husband, the Bombay high court (HC) said an extra-marital relationship should not be construed as a “positive act” that instigated his death by suicide. On Wednesday, Justice Sandeep Shinde said the Supreme Court analysed the requirements for abetment in a 2011 judgment in M Mohan’s case, reports Hindustan Times. Also Read: Pregnant woman ends life, man booked for abetment to suicide “The SC had held that abetment involves a mental process of instigating a…

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’45 mins to cross 1km between Oshiwara Depot and MG road junction!’

The unauthorised parking along Link Road and below the Metro corridor between Oshiwara Depot and MG Road junction, has become a nightmare for motorists using this arterial road. It leads to traffic jams during morning and evening peak hours. The work of the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro line 2A is going on in full swing on new Link Road between D N Nagar in Andheri West and Dahisar. On a major part of the section the launching of girders over the piers has been completed. Illegal parking has also started below…

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COVID-19 in Mumbai: City’s COVID-19 death toll crosses the 10,000 mark

With another 48 COVID-related fatalities, Mumbai’s death toll crossed the 10,000-mark while another 1,500 new infections were reported on Friday. Maharashtra recorded more than 7,000 cases, taking the state’s tally up to 16.32 lakh cases as the recovery rate now stands at 88.52 per cent. State health department officials reported that among the fresh cases, Mumbai took the lead with 1,470 cases followed by Nagpur with 630 and Nashik with 544. In the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, while Thane had 345 new cases, all other districts had less than 250 each.…

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Mumbai: Traffic police to go ‘all out’ against violators

Getting back on the roads after six months, several motorists have become negligent in following the traffic rules, causing jams. In order to bring discipline back, the Mumbai Traffic Police (MTP) has launched a campaign called ‘All Officers Out’. Under the campaign that takes effect from Monday, every officer of the department will be posted on duty to ensure the traffic rules are strictly enforced and that action is taken against the violators. The senior officers, including the assistant commissioner of police, deputy commissioner of police, additional commissioner of police…

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