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Mumbai News Highlights: The Bombay High Court has issued a notice to Maharashtra minister Abdul Sattar for ordering ‘regularisation’ of the possession of land reserved for public ‘gairan’ (grazing) in favour of a private person in the face of a civil court order. There shall be an interim stay to the effect and operation of the order passed on June 17, 2022 by Sattar until further orders, the HC’s Nagpur bench said while issuing the notice on December 22. The details were available on Saturday.
Even as the first phase of the 24.5-kilometre-long Mumbai Metro Line 5 connecting Thane to Kalyan via Bhiwandi has gathered steam, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the agency responsible for the infrastructure development in Mumbai, will put on hold the 4-kilometre stretch in Phase 2, officials said. The MMRDA is yet to get an official notification from the Maharashtra government to build the rail line underground from Dhamankar Naka to Temghar which is part of the 11.8-km-long second phase work from Bhiwandi to Kalyan.
Mumbai’s real estate market saw highest ever sale in 2022 in terms of the number of properties registered. According to data from Liases Foras – an independent real estate research company – on housing market trend in 2022, Mumbai Metropolitian Region (MMR) recorded the highest ever supply of new houses, followed by Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The data revealed that in September 2021, the supply of new houses in MMR was 9,022. This September, the figure was 22,044 – an increase of 144 per cent. The average price growth in MMR, however, was only 1 per cent, the data showed.
The FIR against Khan was registered on the basis of a complaint by Vanita Sharma, Tunisha’s mother. (Read more)
Maharashtra on Sunday reported 32 new Covid-19 cases and no new deaths, with Mumbai alone recording nine Covid-19 cases.
The new cases have taken the total caseload of the state to 81,36,511, while the total fatalities remain 1,48,415. There are now 148 active Covid-19 cases in the state, of which 50 active cases are in Mumbai.
Across Maharashtra, 20 Covid-19 patients recovered on Sunday, taking Maharashtra’s recovery rate to 98.17 percent. The positivity rate is 0.34 percent. (Read more)
The All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) demanded that the Maharashtra government set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of actor Tunisha Sharma.
“We demand the government form an SIT in Tunisha Sharma’s suicide case and the investigation be done properly. Today, I went to the set where Tunisha Sharma committed suicide. I found people were scared. Something wrong must have happened,” AICWA president Suresh Shyamlal Gupta said.
“Women are not safe on the set (of the television show that Tunisha was shooting for). The set is at a very interior location where people are afraid to commute. The government should pay attention to this matter and have the death probed by an SIT. Many things will come out after the probe,” added the AICWA president.
Rahul Shewale, a Lok Sabha member from the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction, on Sunday demanded a National Investigation Agency probe into the complaint of rape filed against him by a woman, who he alleged had links with Pakistan and Dawood Ibrahim.
Shewale said he has made the demand to state Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM and Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“The woman is making baseless allegations against me…She is a habitual complainant and has been harassing me and my family for the last two years. She has links with Pakistan and (fugitive gangster) Dawood Ibrahim. She is misusing the help I provided during the Covid-19 pandemic and wants to finish off my political career,” Shewale claimed.
A court in Andheri has directed that a case be filed against the woman, he said, adding that his wife has filed a complaint against the woman at the Govandi police station. (PTI)
A fire broke out on the third floor of a five-storey building in suburban Kandivali, but nobody was injured in the incident, an official said.
The blaze erupted in Geetanjali Building in Samta Nagar locality in the afternoon, the fire brigade official said. “It was a minor fire, which was extinguished within 30 minutes. What exactly triggered it is being probed,” he said. (PTI)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said the opposition parties have “no love left for Vidarbha” as they are not taking up issues of the region during the ongoing state legislature session in the region’s Nagpur city.
Talking to reporters at the Aurangabad airport in Marathwada region, Shinde said his government was working for the common people and will continue to do so.
The winter session of the Maharashtra legislature is currently underway in Nagpur.
The opposition has been targeting the state government over various issues, including the raging border dispute with neighbouring Karnataka and a controversial allotment of a land parcel in Nagpur in 2021 when Shinde was the urban development minister in the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. (PTI)
Sheezan Khan has been sent today to police custody for four days. Sheezan Khan, co-star of actor Tunisha Sharma the television actor who on Saturday allegedly died by suicide on the set of a TV show in Vasai was arrested earlier today after a case of abetment to suicide was registered against him. 
Based on a complaint filed by Tunisha’s mother, the Valiv police registered a case against Sheezan M Khan, under Indian Penal Code Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and arrested him, the station house office of Valiv police station told PTI.  The two had worked together in the show Alibaba – Dastaan-e-Kabul. 
An autorickshaw driver and two others have been arrested for allegedly robbing a passenger on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place in the early hours of December 18 when the victim was travelling to Nalla Sopara in an autorickshaw, an official said.
The driver allegedly stopped the vehicle midway and assaulted the victim along with the co-passenger and robbed him of his mobile phone and other valuables worth Rs 14,000, assistant commissioner of police (Virar division) Ramchandra Deshmukh.
Based on tip-offs, the police apprehended the autorickshaw driver and two others involved in the robbery, the official said.
The police also recovered two autorickshaws and 16 stolen mobiles from the accused, which were totally valued more than at Rs 2.35 lakh, he said. (PTI)
Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party if it agreed with the view of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis who called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the father of New India.
This is an “insult” to Modi as in the new India, ghosts of hunger, poverty, unemployment and terrorism are raising their head, Raut claimed in his weekly column Rokhthok in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, of which he is the executive editor.
“No one in the BJP talks about (freedom fighter) Veer Savarkar being father of the nation. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was always opposed to Savarkar who underwent rigorous imprisonment. These people have partitioned India into old and new,” the Rajya Sabha member further claimed. (PTI) 
Sheezan Khan, co-star of actor Tunisha Sharma the television actor who on Saturday allegedly died by suicide on the set of a TV show in Vasai was arrested after a case of abetment to suicide was registered against him. 
Based on a complaint filed by Tunisha’s mother, the Valiv police registered a case against Sheezan M Khan, under Indian Penal Code Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and arrested him, the station house office of Valiv police station told PTI.  The two had worked together in the show Alibaba – Dastaan-e-Kabul. 
TV actor Tunisha Sharma death case | Mumbai: Accused and Tunisha Sharma’s co-star Sheezan Khan taken to court from Waliv police station pic.twitter.com/S6rveBOKSp
People dance & sing at Marine Drive in Mumbai as they celebrate the festival of Christmas. Christmas is being celebrated across India with each city displaying its own unique flavour and a reflection of their history through celebrations. 
#WATCH | People dance & sing at Marine Drive in Mumbai as they celebrate the festival of #Christmas pic.twitter.com/kG5nSwBTfl
Three new cases of coronavirus have been detected in Maharashtra’s Thane district, taking its infection count to 7,47,391, a health official said on Sunday. 
With the addition of the latest cases on Saturday, there are now eight active COVID-19 cases in the district, which comes under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, he said.
The death toll in the district remained unchanged at 11,967 and the recovery count stood at 7,36,179, he added. (PTI)
CM Eknath Shinde is on Aurangabad  and Solapur tour today. Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena lead by CM Eknath Shinde to visit Ayodhya soon. 
On the climb up to the Mount Mary Church in Bandra, a glance to the left reveals a stack of light rods that beckons the curious passerby. Upon closer inspection, and a turn around the pyramid-shaped stack, one can see that the rods converge at points in the form of a tree—indeed, a Christmas tree, topped with a dainty star. “Nest” is the latest annual tree that pops up at the start of The Steps, a pedestrian-only public space opposite the St Stephen’s Church.
Architect and urban planner Alan Abraham of Abraham John Architects has designed these “trees” at The Steps since 2019. With Nest, he aims to bring together age-old but oft-forgotten ideas of the home. He says, “Nest is an actual home in a tree. Twigs form a nest…The tree is building material and not only for human beings as lumber…A tree is our home, it’s something that keeps us safe.” Using steel and LED rods, the architect aims for a balance between the delicate and the durable, much like how twigs and feathers shelter hatchlings.
Benita Fernando reports

Former Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ICICI bank Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar were produced before a Special Court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for carrying forward remand proceedings.
The CBI arrested the couple on Friday in connection with the alleged ICICI Bank-Videocon money laundering case.
The CBI lawyer in the court said that they have arrested accused number four and five, as per the First Investigation Report registered with them.
“Accused 4 was MD and CEO of ICICI in 2009 and the fifth one is her husband,” the lawyer said.
He said that after Chanda Kochhar became the MD and CEO of the bank, six loans were sanctioned to Videocon and its subsidiary companies and Chanda was a part of the committees that sanctioned two of the loans.
“The loan amount of Rs 1,800 crore has been given to the company,” the CBI lawyer added mentioning that another loan of amount Rs 300 crore was given to a company whose part was Deepak Kochhar.
“We are filing an application to invoke IPC section 409 also in this case. We had already given a notice to both the accused under section 41 of the CrPC, but since they did not cooperate so we arrested them,” he said underscoring that they had sent a notice to the couple to appear before it on December 15 but they said they would appear four days later and did not come on 19th as well. (PTI)
Six accused related to gangrape of a 15-year-old girl were arrested by the police on Saturday. Three out of six accused are minors & were sent to a Juvenile rehabilitation centre. A case was filed under POCSO Act. The other 3 accused have been sent to police custody till December 30, news agency ANI reported. 
RT-PCR test to be mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong & Thailand. On arrival, if any passenger from these countries is found symptomatic or tests positive for Covid19, then he/she will be put under quarantine: Union Health Min Dr Mandaviya pic.twitter.com/QOXNnu0LRV




With a surge in Covid-19 cases abroad, many schools in Mumbai have brought back precautionary measures such as use of face masks, hand-washing and sanitisation of premises, among others.
Amid various rumors doing rounds on social media, the schools are also facing frantic calls from worried parents.
However, the Christmas break has come as a breather to the schools, as they get some time to put in place precautionary measures in their premises. (Read More)
Mumbai’s minimum (night) temperature has dropped to 16 degrees today, as per the Santacruze observatory of the IMD. The Colabal observatory also recorded 18 degrees on Saturday morning. 
This is the lowest night temparature that has been recorded in Mumbai this year, so far.

The project
Chheda Nagar is a major junction on Eastern Express Highway (EEH) at Ghatkopar where the Mankhurd Ghatkopar link road meets the EEH. After the completion of Santacruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR) and Eastern Freeway, traffic on both these roads meets at Chheda Nagar junction. The integration of all these roads at the junction causes heavy traffic jams. To resolve this traffic issue, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) took up the project to decongest the Chheda Nagar junction by constructing three flyovers and one vehicular subway. Of three flyovers, one is already in service.
Significance:
Currently, bottlenecks are seen at Chheda Nagar junction severely hampering the travel time between south Mumbai and Mankhurd. Also, during peak hours, the traffic moves at a snail’s pace. Nearly 2.5 lakh vehicles pass through this junction every day. To resolve the traffic issue, the MMRDA took up this project. In March 2022, one of the flyovers, SCLR to Chheda Nagar, was opened to traffic while the work of the other two flyovers and one underpass is still under construction.
With a surge in Covid-19 cases abroad, many schools in Mumbai have brought back precautionary measures such as use of face masks, hand-washing and sanitisation of premises, among others.
Amid various rumors doing rounds on social media, the schools are also facing frantic calls from worried parents.
However, the Christmas break has come as a breather to the schools, as they get some time to put in place precautionary measures in their premises.
“You’re Charles”
“Are you crazy? Who Charles?”
“I know it is you Charles, I had arrested you in 1971 as well.”
A conversation between retired police officer Madhukar Zende and Charles Sobhraj, the notorious serial killer and French citizen, at a Goa restaurant in 1986 has played out in his mind several times over the years. Zende, 84, was reminded of it again after the Supreme Court of Nepal Wednesday ordered Sobhraj’s release within 15 days and deportation back to France on “humanitarian grounds”.
 
 
 
 

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