Monday, 21 October 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections held on Monday saw a voter turnout of 60.46 per cent till the closing hour of 6 pm, election officials said here. The final figure of polling could increase and it will be available on Tuesday, officials said. The highest turn-out was reported in Karveer constituency in Kolhapur, at 83.20 per cent. The lowest turnout was recorded in south Mumbai's upmarket Colaba area at 40.20 per cent.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on September 29 accused BJP of defaming Maharashtra and Mumbai Police for their political vendetta ahead of Bihar elections. He further accused the party for misusing Bihar ex-DGP Gupteshwar Pandey for political gains. Deshmukh said, "AIIMS stated that there's no trace of poison in Sushant Rajput's body as per viscera report. A national political party tried to defame Maharashtra and Mumbai Police for political gains ahead of Bihar polls. Bihar ex-DGP Gupteshwar Pandey was also used for political gains."
President of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Maharashtra unit, Chandrakant Patil, shot down rumours of a reunion with former ally Shiv Sena to form the government in Maharashtra. A meeting between ex-Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had sparked rumours in the state. However, both sides maintained that the meeting was regarding an interview of the BJP leader with Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamna'. Patil said that no political offers were discussed in the meeting. He claimed that the Sena-Congress-NCP alliance was headed for a break-up and elections would follow since BJP would not ally with any of the three parties. He added a disclaimer that this was his analysis and not a definite prediction. Watch the full video for more.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday interacted with farmers from several states virtually. The interaction comes amid nationwide protests over the three farm laws. Gandhi accused Centre of 'breaking the back' of informal sector through its policies. He said that the farm laws are like a dagger through the heart of the farmers. Farmers from Punjab, Bihar, Haryana and Maharashtra took part in the interaction. They shared their views on farm laws and raised concerns over minimum support price. The 10-minute-long interaction was telecast on Gandhi's social media handles. "The three farm laws are like a dagger through your hearts. We need to oppose this not just for farmers but also for the country," the Congress leader said. President Kovind gave his assent to the controversial farm bills on Sunday. The three bills were passed during the monsoon session of Parliament.
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Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan were quizzed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in drug case related to Sushant Singh’s death. Deepika was questioned for over five hours at NCB’s Colaba guest house while Shraddha and Sara were summoned at a separate office. The top Bollywood actresses were summoned by NCB earlier. Rakul Preet Singh recorded her statement with NCB on Friday. Watch the full video to know more.
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On August 06, Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Iqbal Singh Chahal visited Peddar Road where a portion of a wall has collapsed in Mumbai. Due to heavy rainfall, part of retaining wall of ridge road at NS Patkar Marg collapsed. The road clearance process is underway. Speaking on the current situation of Mumbai rainfall, Commissioner Chahal said, "4 wards including Colaba, Nariman Point and Marine Drive received 300mm rainfall in 4 hrs yesterday. It was worse than 2005. It was unprecedented. Waterlogged areas were cleared soon." Intense rainfall led to sever waterlogging in parts of the city. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai's Colaba received 331.8mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. A high tide of 4.33 meter expected at 1351 hours on Aug 06. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai city and suburbs are very likely to receive few spells of moderate to heavy rainfall during next 3-4 hours accompanied with strong winds reaching 60-70 kmph. There is a possibility of thunder or lightning in some areas.
A part of the retaining wall of the ridge road at NS Patkar Marg collapsed in Mumbai due to heavy rainfall. Traffic on both sides of the road has been halted. BMC staff, fire brigade and police present at the spot. Mumbai's Nair Hospital flooded as the city received heavy rainfall yesterday. As per IMD, Colaba received 331.8mm and Santacruz received 162.3mm rainfall in last 24 hours. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai city and suburbs are very likely to receive few spells of moderate to heavy rainfall during next 3-4 hours accompanied with strong winds reaching 60-70 kmph. There is a possibility of thunder or lightning in some areas.
Kshitij Prasad, who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in connection with the drug probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case has made a big allegation. Reports suggest the producer told a court that he was forced by the NCB to implicate Karan Johar. Prasad told c Mumbai court that the NCB had harassed and blackmailed him into giving a statement and said he was subjected to third degree and ill treatment by the agency. The producer further alleged that NCB had picked up two of his friends who were also forced to make statement against him. He His lawyer also alleged that his statement was not recorded as per his narration and language. The producer has been remanded to custody till 3rd of October. Meanwhile, Karan Johar had earlier released a statement saying that he does not know Kshitij Prasad personally and he had been hired in Dharmatic Production on a contractual basis for a project which eventually did not materialize. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Actor Payal Ghosh, who accused film-maker Anurag Kashyap of sexual harassment, sought the latter's arrest on September 27. She visited Mumbai's Versova police station with her lawyer. While speaking to the media, she said that if she doesn't get 'justice', she would sit on a hunger strike. Earlier this month, Ghosh had said that Kashyap harassed her during the making of his film 'Bombay Velvet'. Kashyap has denied all the allegations, calling them an attempt to silence his political critique of the central government. Watch the full video for more.
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Mumbai, on Wednesday, received the highest rainfall of the season within just 12 hours and also the highest-ever recorded wind speed, according to the BMC. Normal life was thrown out of gear in several areas of the city. The area around the Nair hospital was completely waterlogged on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, heavy rain that lashed South Mumbai led to flooding at JJ Hospital, the state’s largest government health facility. Patients, medical staff and the family members of patients were seen wading around through ankle-deep water on the ground floor of the hospital. The patients had to be shifted to the upper floors after the incident. The water was later cleared, the BMC informed. Meanwhile, NDRF rescued passengers who were stranded after two trains coming from opposite directions got stuck between Masjid Bunder and Byculla stations on the Central line. This happened as the tracks were flooded and water had reportedly collected up to 3 feet after incessant rainfall in maximum city. Rains also lashed Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts in western Maharashtra. The MeT department warned of intense spells of 30 to 50 mm rainfall per hour with strong winds in Mumbai and suburban areas. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Heavy rain lashed parts of Mumbai on Wednesday, disrupting normal life. Neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts of also saw heavy showers. Rains also lashed Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts in western Maharashtra. Severe waterlogging was witnessed on several roads and low-lying areas. Local train services were affected due to waterlogging on rail tracks. Trees fell due to gusty winds and damaged vehicles. Water entered the state-run J J Hospital in the Byculla area as the rain continued to pound through the day. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the Mumbai municipal corporation to stay on high alert in the view of more rain forecast for Thursday. Teams of NDRF have been stationed at many places to deal with any eventualities. Indian Meteorological Department has predicted intense rainfall in Mumbai for the next 48 hours. CM Thackeray has also asked people to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work. He took stock of situation and asked BMC to coordinate with police, railway authorities and NDRF. Thackeray directed authorities to monitor situation arising out of disruption of uprooting of trees, waterlogging.
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Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is also the chairman of the Maharashtra Screening Committee described the results good in both Haryana and Maharashtra and congratulated the party workers for..