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Rs 1.3 crore heist: Two nabbed by Navi Mumbai police handed over to Thane police | Thane News – Times of India

THANE: Two persons have been arrested by the Navi Mumbai police in the sensational wall break Rs 1.3 crore heist at a jeweller last week.
The accused, Raool Shaikh, 35, a daily wage worker, 35 and Saheb Shaikh 55, a pomegranate seller both residing in Sangola but native of Radha Nagar Sahebganj in Jharkand have been arrested by the APMC police on Tuesday, confirmed Laxmikant Patil, the DCP crime.
The duo were arrested on a tipoff by the APMC police and accordingly they have been handed over to the Vartak Nagar police station for further probe.
A senior police officer informed that they had identified all the accused and nearly 10-13 persons participated in the heist. The police said that they have recovered nearly 90 gram gold from their possession.
The police said that once they wiped out all the jewellery from the shop, they then fled away to a specific location where they shared the stolen gold. From there they went to different parts of the state.
Patil added that they have formed various teams based on the locations of the accused and dozen of cops are camping in Jharkhand and various wings of crime branch carrying out the parallel probe.
The police said that already a team of crime branch has reached the place from where the suspects belonged and along with that a team of Vartak Nagar police station too has joined them.
Simultaneously, several wings of the crime branch are also carrying out the parallel probe.
It was during the wee hours of Sunday, the gang members rented a fruit shop next to the jeweller in November and during the wee hours of Sunday, drilled a hole to the shared wall and gained access inside the shop. Using gas cutters as well as other hardware tools, they broke opened the safe and decamped with the gold, silver as well as other precious jewellery worth Rs 1.37 crore

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Maharashtra reports 2,752 new Covid-19 cases, 1,743 recoveries,45 deaths | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Maharashtra’s coronavirus infection count increased by 2,752 fresh cases on Sunday to reach 20,09,106, the state health department said.
As the virus claimed 45 lives during the day, the overall death toll reached 50,785 in the state, it said in a statement.
A total of 1,743 patients were discharged on Sunday following recovery. This took the overall recovery count in Maharashtra to 19,12,264.
Maharashtra is now left with 44,831 active cases, it said. The case recovery rate in the state is 95.18 per cent while the case fatality rare is 2.53 per cent.
With 61,766 new tests, the cumulative number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra has gone up to 1,42,07,595, the department said.
Mumbai city saw 479 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths, taking the overall count of infections to 3,06,050 and the death toll to 11,304, it said.
Mumbai division, which includes the city and satellite towns, reported 920 fresh cases and 12 deaths, taking the total caseload in the region to 6,88,792 and the death toll to 19,487.
Nashik division reported 345 fresh cases, including 105 in Nashikcity, during the day.
Pune division added 622 new infections, including 152 in Pune city and 132 in Pimpri Chinchwad, the department said.
Aurangabad division reported 71 new coronavirus positive cases, Latur division 102, and Akola division 216.
In Nagpurdivision, 425 new coronavirus infections, including 253 in Nagpur city, were detected during the day.
The coronavirus figures in Maharashtra are: Positive cases 20,09,106, deaths 50,785, recoveries 19,12,264, active cases 44,831, total tests 1,42,07,595, tests conducted today 61,766.

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Maharashtra: Thousands of farmers reach Mumbai for January 25 rally | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Thousands of farmers from across Maharashtra reached Mumbai on Sunday evening to participate in a rally at the state capital on Monday against the Centre’s three new farm laws.
Police have stepped up security at Azad Maidan, the rally’s venue in south Mumbai, and personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have also been deployed there. Drones will also be used to keep an eye on the event, a police official said.
The All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) Maharashtra unit in a statement said around 15,000 farmers had set out for the state capital from Nashik on Saturday in several tempos and other vehicles.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and some other prominent leaders of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in the state will address the rally on Monday, the release said.
The state Congress unit, which is an ally of the MVA, has already extended its support to the protest.
Farmers from various places had gathered in Nashik and started their journey towards Mumbai on Saturday. Many peasants also joined on the way, the AIKS said.
They halted at Ghatandevi near Igatpuri hill town for overnight stay.
On Sunday morning, a number of farmers marched down the Kasara Ghat to head for Mumbai, while many left in vehicles.
Several women farmers took part in the seven-km long march at Kasara Ghat, which started at 9 am and ended by around 11.30 am. Later, they continued their forward journey in vehicles.
The Kasara Ghat march and the vehicle convoy was led by AIKS national president Ashok Dhawale, state president Kisan Gujar and its state general secretary Ajit Nawale.
On the way, hundreds of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)-affiliated factory workers from Igatpuri and Shahapur tehsils welcomed the farmers by showering flowers. At the Kalyan-Bhiwandi crossroad, the farmers were welcomed and provided food packets.
They entered Mumbai from Mulund check-naka, the entry point to the state capital from neighbouring Thane, and were welcomed at Kannamwar Nagar in Vikhroli by hundreds of workers of the Left parties.
The farmers then proceeded towards the Azad Maidan, where the joint sit-in protest by the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) began this morning, and will continue till the Republic Day.
“The rally is being held to support and expand the two-month-long farmers’ struggle in Delhi for a repeal of the three farm laws and for a central law to guarantee a remunerative Minimum Support Price (MSP) and procurement all over the country,” the AIKS statement said.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a pro-farmer body, has given a nationwide call for a struggle from January 23 to 26, including rallies to Raj Bhavans (governor houses) in states.
Accordingly, over 100 organisations came together and formed the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM), Maharashtra, in a meeting held in Mumbai on January 12.
On January 25, there will be a public meeting at 11 am, the release said.
Sharad Pawar, who was in Ahmednagar this morning, said he would take part in the rally on Monday.
Besides Pawar, state Congress president and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat, and Shiv Sena leader and state tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray will also address the rally, the AIKS statement said.
Later, the protesters will march to the Raj Bhavan and submit a memorandum to Governor B S Koshyari.
The main demands of the protesters include repeal of the three “anti-farmer” laws, and a central law guaranteeing remunerative MSP and procurement, the release said.
The protesters have also decided to hoist the national flag at the Azad Maidan on the occasion of the Republic day on January 26, and take a pledge to make the struggle of peasants and workers successful, it added.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the venue ahead of the rally, a police official said.
Apart from personnel of the Mumbai Police, nine platoons of the SRPF are being deployed at the Azad Maidan, he said, adding that drones will also be used.
Additional police force, including 100 officers and 500 constables, will also be deployed at the venue, he added.
Enacted in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of MSP and do away with the ‘mandi’ (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at several border points of Delhi, demanding a repeal of the three farm laws.
Multiple rounds of talks between the government and farmer unions have failed to break the impasse so far, while the Supreme Court has appointed a panel for resolution of the issue.

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Timings of 9 special trains from Mumbai Central and Bandra revised | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The timings of 9 special trains originating from Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus to various destinations have been revised, announced Western Railway chief spokesperson Sumit Thakur on Sunday.
Train No. 09037 Bandra Terminus-Barauni Avadh Special Express (previously running up to Gorakhpur) will depart from Bandra Terminus at 10pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and will reach Barauni at 11.10 pm on the third day from January. Similarly, train No. 09039 Bandra Terminus-Barauni Avadh Special Express (previously running up to Muzaffarpur) will depart from Bandra Terminus at 10 pm every Monday, Thursday and Saturday and will reach Barauni at 11.10 pm third day from January 28.
Train No. 02933 Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad Karnavati superfast special Express will depart from Mumbai Central at 2.05pm daily and will reach Ahmedabad at 9.05 pm the same day from January 27. Train No. 02955 Mumbai Central-Jaipur Superfast Special Express will depart from Mumbai Central at 7.05 pm daily and will reach Jaipur at 11.50 am next day from January 27.
Train No. 02961 Mumbai Central-Indore Avantika Superfast Special Express will depart from Mumbai Central at 8.55 pm daily and will reach Indore at 9.55 am next day from January 27. Train No. 02901 Bandra Terminus-Udaipur Superfast Special Express will depart from Bandra Terminus at 11.25 pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from January 28 and will reach Udaipur at 2.55 pm next day. Train No. 09021 Bandra Terminus-Lucknow Superfast Special Express will depart from Bandra Terminus at 12.15 am every Saturday and will reach Lucknow at 2.20 pm the next day from January 30.
Similarly, Train No. 09075 Bandra Terminus-Ramnagar Superfast Special Express will depart from Bandra Terminus at 5.10 am every Thursday and will reach Ramnagar at 8.30 am next day from January 28. Train No. 09041 Bandra Terminus-Ghazipur City Superfast Special Express will depart from Bandra Terminus at 11.25 pm every Friday and Sunday and will reach Ghazipur City at 8.20 am on the third day from January 29.

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Maharashtra: Cocaine worth nearly Rs 19 lakh seized, one held | Thane News – Times of India

THANE: A 30-year-old man has been arrested at Bhayandar in Maharashtra‘s Thane district and cocaine worth Rs 18.75 lakh seized from him, police said on Sunday.
The action was taken by the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar police, an official said.
“Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of the Kashimira police station laid a trap in Hatkesh area of Bhayandar. The accused was found loitering in the area in a suspicious manner during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday,” he said.
“During his frisking, 125 grams of cocaine, kept in four packets, was recovered from his bag,” he added.
The accused, identified as Anil Ramling Maitri, a resident of Bhandup in Mumbai, was placed under arrest and booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the official said.

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Maharashtra: Thousands of farmers to reach Mumbai for January 25 rally

Thousands of farmers have left from various parts of Maharashtra to participate in a rally at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai on January 24 against the Centre’s three new farm laws.

Also read: Farmers’ Republic Day tractor parade: Tableaux to depict protest against agri laws

Police have stepped up security at the venue in south Mumbai and personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have also been deployed there. Drones will also be used to keep an eye on the event, a police official said.

The All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) Maharashtra unit in a statement said around 15,000 farmers set out for the State capital from Nashik on January 23 in several tempos and other vehicles.

On January 24, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and some other prominent leaders of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in the State will address the rally, the release said.

Farmers sit on tractors during their ongoing agitation against the Centre's farm reform laws, a Ghazipur border in New Delhi on January 24, 2021.

Farmers sit on tractors during their ongoing agitation against the Centre’s farm reform laws, a Ghazipur border in New Delhi on January 24, 2021.
 
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The State Congress unit, which is an ally of the MVA, has already extended its support to the protest.

Farmers from various places gathered in Nashik and left from there on Saturday. Many peasants also joined them on the way, the AIKS said.

They halted at Ghatandevi near Igatpuri hill town for overnight stay.

On Sunday morning, a number of peasants marched down the Kasara Ghat to head for Mumbai, while many left in vehicles.

“The rally is being held to support and expand the two-month-long farmers’ struggle in Delhi for a repeal of the three farm laws and for a central law to guarantee a remunerative Minimum Support Price [MSP] and procurement all over the country,” the statement said.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a pro-farmer body, has given a nationwide call for a struggle from January 23 to 26, including rallies to Raj Bhavans [Governor houses] in States.

Accordingly, over 100 organisations came together and formed the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM), Maharashtra, in a meeting held in Mumbai on January 12.

The SSKM has called for a joint sit-in at the Azad Maidan here from January 24 to 26.

On January 25, there will be a public meeting at 11 a.m., the release said.

Besides NCP chief Pawar, State Congress president and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat, and Shiv Sena leader and State Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray will also address the rally, it said.

Later, the protesters will march to the Raj Bhavan and submit a memorandum to Governor B.S. Koshyari.

The main demands of the protesters include repeal of the three “anti-farmer” laws, and a central law guaranteeing remunerative MSP and procurement, the release said.

The protesters have also decided to hoist the national flag at the Azad Maidan on the occasion of the Republic day on January 26, and take a pledge to make the struggle of peasants and workers successful, it added.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the venue ahead of the rally, a police official said.

Apart from personnel of the Mumbai Police, nine platoons of the SRPF are being deployed at the Azad Maidan, he said, adding that drones will also be used.

Additional police force, including 100 officers and 500 constables, will also be deployed at the venue, he added.

Enacted in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of MSP and do away with the ‘mandi’ (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at several border points of Delhi, demanding a repeal of the three farm laws.

Multiple rounds of talks between the government and farmer unions have failed to break the impasse so far, while the Supreme Court has appointed a panel for resolution of the issue.

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Mumbai anti-crime drive: 52 wanted accused held, several fined | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Mumbai police have managed to nab 52 wanted criminals during an enforcement drive held across the metropolis between late Saturday night and Sunday morning, an official said.
Five additional commissioners of police, 13 deputy commissioners of police, several assistant commissioners of police and senior inspectors took part in “Operation All Out”, he said.
“During the operation, 232 places were searched to zero in on 1,369 accused, of which 349 were held along with 52 persons who were on the wanted list. Nakabandi was held at 101 sites, 66 people were charged under NDPS Act and 33 under the Arms Act,” he informed.
The official said 8,597 vehicles were checked, 2,479 motorists were fined for irregularities and 12 were held for drunk driving, and 739 lodges, hotels etc were combed, he added.
The official said 444 sensitive areas were checked and 31 people held for flouting externment orders.

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Maharashtra turnout for vaccination up to 83%, Mumbai stays at 90% | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Around a quarter of 1 lakh healthcare workers (24,282) took the Covid-19 vaccine on the fifth day of vaccination in Maharashtra on Saturday. The state managed to cover 83% of the targeted number —up from 73% on Friday, reports Malathy Iyer.
Maharashtra, in fact, saw the highest turnout among 27 states that had vaccination drives on Saturday.
In absolute numbers, Mumbai, too, managed its highest score so far with 4,374 healthcare workers— 90% of the intended target —taking the vaccine on Saturday. The BMC’s largest hospital, KEM in Parel, recorded almost 150% higher turnout when 733 healthcare workers took Covidshield against expected 500 on Friday. A BMC doctor said the weekend effect could have led to more people turning up. BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare said 3,300 of the 4,374 who got vaccinated on Saturday were “walk-in” beneficiaries.
The walk-in provision was introduced on the third day of vaccination due to glitches in the Centre’s vaccine software Co-WIN; to-be beneficiaries were not getting SMSes reportedly sent out by the app, leading to low turnout. As per the walk-in provision, any healthcare worker who has pre-registered for the vaccine can take the vaccine any time and at any of the nine centres.
In Thane and Navi Mumbai, too, the turnout was well over 100%. National Health Mission director N Ramaswami attributed the better turnout to “increasing acceptance” of the vaccines.
Ten out of the 36 districts in Maharashtra registered over 100% turnout on the fifth day of Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday. These were mainly districts (Gondia, for instance, managed 143% turnout with 428 taking the vaccine) with smaller targets of less than or 500 recipients for the day. Only three districts (Nashik, Raigad and Parbhani) saw less than 60% coverage.
State director of health services Dr Archana Patil said the higher turnouts are not surprising. “Any process takes some time to get established. Healthcare workers have learnt the drill of going to centres, getting the verification done and waiting for 30 minutes after the vaccination. With five vaccination days, the process has become clear, leading to better turnout,” she said.
For the second consecutive day, the NMMC area reported 100% turnout on Saturday. A total of 400 health workers were vaccinated at the four centres located at Vashi FRU, Airoli Civic Hospital, Apollo Hospital at Belapur and D Y Patil Hospital in Nerul. In all, 1,713 beneficiaries—that is 85.65% of the listed 2,000 healthcare workers—have been vaccinated at the four centres till Saturday.
The Thane Municipal Corporation on Saturday claimed that nearly 773 beneficiaries were vaccinated in its jurisdiction. TMC’s Sandeep Malvi said the initial plan was to vaccinate 400 beneficiaries on Saturday, but with prior permission from the state, 773 were vaccinated, “which is 193% more”.
(With inputs by B B Nayak & Nishikant Karlikar)

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Mumbai to see 80% increase in vaccination booths in first phase of drive | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The BMC plans to increase the number of vaccination booths or vaccinators by almost 80% during the ongoing first phase of the drive in the city.
Currently, BMC has 40 booths in nine hospital-centres across the city; big hospitals such as KEM, Sion, Nair and Cooper have prepared 10 booths while smaller ones in the suburbs have five booths each. ‘We can ramp up to 72 if there is a good turnout,” said BMC’s additional commissioner Suresh Kakani.

This follows the state government’s announcement on Friday that the number of vaccination booths across the state would increase from 285 to 511 from Monday. On Saturday itself, total booths had increased to 290. “Mumbai’s capacity has increased from 40 to 72,” confirmed Dr Archana Patil, state director of health services, on Saturday.
Kakani said the civic public health department has identified a few hospitals that could provide vaccination at a short notice.
“We have 15 booths ready in Seven Hills Hospital, Marol, which can be commissioned shortly,” said Kakani. Moreover, the number of booths at the BKC jumbo facility can be increased.
Incidentally, the number of booths and vaccination sessions per day are generated by the centre’s Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) software based on the data fed by the local health department.
Each vaccinator in a booth has to vaccinate 100 people a day. In cities such as Mumbai which have the infrastructure and the manpower, the corporations have decided to increase the number of vaccinators. “If there is a heavy turnout, we will add one vaccinator in a booth to speed up the process,” said BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare.
There is also an option to operate double shifts. The BMC has trained over 5,000 nurses and doctors for the vaccination process.
These ramping up measures are needed if all the healthcare workers have to be vaccinated within 28 days. “From the 29th day, we will have to start giving the recipients the second dose of the vaccine,’’ said Kakani.
Each recipient has to take two shots of Covid-19 vaccine, 28 days apart.
In the first phase of vaccination, almost 8 lakh healthcare workers across the state (including 1.3 lakh in Mumbai) will be vaccinated.
The state has also decided to increase the number of vaccination days in a week to five from the present four. The five fixed days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Due to the Pulse Polio drive on January 30, though, there will be no COvid-19 vaccination drive next Saturday.

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30 flat buyers face eviction in Mhada, builder dues row | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Thirty flat buyers face eviction from their new homes while another 50 await possession of their flats as Mhada and developer Rajan Shirodkar slug it out over dues to be paid to the housing authority. Shirodkar, also a member of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, has blamed Mhada’s delay in granting permissions as the reason for not completing his housing project at Parel on time.
Shirodkar had taken up a tenanted building in Parel housing 142 tenants for redevelopment in 2002. He said the Congress government of Prithviraj Chauhan announced 300-square-foot free tenements to tenants in 2009, though the circular was issued only in 2015. This, coupled with the refusal of 28 tenants who had taken up residence in Mhada transit camps to pay rent to the authority, had delayed the occupation certificate for the project. Mhada has raised a bill of Rs 3 crore (including rent, penalty and interest) and has refused to issue a no-objection certificate for the sale component.
The result is that 30 flat buyers in the sale building who had no option and occupied their flats are now facing eviction as the building does not have an OC. They were first promised possession in August 2016, then December 2016 and finally in May 2017.
The builder’s reasons have also not cut ice with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), which was approached by seven flat buyers. It said the builder should have approached RERA for extension to complete the project.
“There is no fault on part of the complainants who have put their hard-earned money into booking the flats,” reads a RERA order.
In two recent orders, RERA directed the builder to form an association of the flat buyers and complete the project. In another order, it has directed Shirodkar to pay interest from May 1, 2017, to the actual date of possession.
“We have appealed to Mhada to reduce the amount and we are hopeful of a positive outcome,” he said. Dhananjay Daund, a flat buyer, said they are suffering for no fault of theirs. “Why must Mhada punish us for the developer’s lapses?” he asked.

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