Centre asks Maharashtra to modify quarantine guidelines for air travellers

After the Maharashtra government revised the guidelines on quarantine for international passengers in view of concerns over the Omicron vari...

Over 1,000 people came to Mumbai from Africa; testing on

More than 1,000 travellers have landed in Mumbai in the last fortnight from African countries, where the more transmissible Omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected. “Swab samples of at least 100 travellers were collected out of the 466, whose list was received so far,” Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations (BMC) Additional Municipal Commi...

20-year-old woman raped, murdered in Mumbai’s Kurla

A 20-year-old woman was raped and murdered at a vacant residential building in Kurla of central Mumbai on Thursday. “The decomposed body of the woman was found on the terrace of the 13-storey building on Thursday evening,” the police said on Saturday. According to an official, some boys had gone to the building’s terrace to shoot a video when...

Sharp U-turns and subtle flexes that mark the Param Bir Singh saga

|| Misdirection (noun): the action or process of directing someone to the wrong place or in the wrong direction || The dramatic resurfacing of Mumbai’s ex-police commissioner Param Bir Singh this week, after six months of being underground, is anything but a win for the investigating agencies and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government that are probing...

26/11 anniversary: Looking through the rooms of Chabad House

Ever since 2003, the five-storey Nariman House - also known as Chabad House - had been home to a Jewish outreach centre owned and run by the late rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka. The structure, located in South Mumbai’s Colaba area, has been described on more than one occasion as the “epicenter of the Jewish community in the city."  On ...

How the BJP cut Fadnavis to size by rehabilitating sidelined rivals

Two key decisions taken by the central leadership of the BJP in Maharashtra in the past few days – the appointment of Vinod Tawde to the post of national general secretary and nomination of Chandrasekhar Bawankule for the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls – ahead of the Assembly polls in 2024 are being translated as measures to clip the wings o...

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Param Bir Singh, Mumbai’s ‘missing’ top cop, questioned for six hou...

A career filled with star-studded postings and cases ranging from fighting the underworld in the ‘90s to investigating the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Param Bir Singh couldn’t have asked for more. But then, things took a turn from there.

Shakti Mills gang rape convicts’ death penalty commuted to life term

Three men who were convicted of gangraping a 22-year-old photojournalist inside the defunct Shakti Mills compound in central Mumbai in 2013, and sentenced to death, were awarded life imprisonment by the Bombay High Court on Thursday (November 25). Commuting their sentence, a division bench of Justices Sadhana Jadhav and Prithviraj Chavan said Vi...

Param Bir Singh lands in Mumbai, appears before crime branch

Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, declared a proclaimed offender by a Mumbai court, arrived in Mumbai on Thursday to join the investigation as directed by the court, an official said. Singh flew in from Chandigarh, the official said. He has come to join the investigation under the orders of the court and will co-operate the inve...

BMC, India’s richest civic body, to give cash against house to poor

In what can be seen as an astute breakaway from a longstanding civic policy, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to give money — instead of houses — to people whose homes have been affected by developmental projects. The proposal, already cleared by the BMC’s standing committee, will allow India’s richest civic body to give cas...

A tale of two booze taxes: Maharashtra cuts excise, MP plans surcharge

Good liquor comes at a price, especially as governments impose an unfair tax. Alcohol lovers would always complain about this aspect. But it seems they have a reason to smile in Maharashtra, and perhaps, lament their hearts out in Madhya Pradesh.

‘No protection, no hearing until we know where you are’: SC to Param Bir ...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (November 18) asked former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to disclose his location and said that court will neither give him protection nor hear his case until it knows his whereabouts. The apex court asked his lawyer to inform about Singh’s whereabouts and posted the matter for hearing on November 22. ...

Maharashtra to enlist Salman Khan to overcome vaccine hesitancy in Muslim localities

The Maharashtra government is all set to enlist the help of Bollywood star Salman Khan to encourage the Muslim community to take their COVID-19 vaccine shots. This was revealed by Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope while talking to the media about how the residents of Muslim-dominated areas were reluctant to take COVID-19 vaccine doses. "Th...

Curfew in Amravati after communal violence, ex-minister of BJP arrested

Heavy police force was deployed, curfew imposed and the situation brought under control in Amravati.

Top Maoist leader Teltumbde among 26 rebels killed in Maharashtra encounter

At least 26 Maoists were killed on Saturday in an encounter with police in eastern Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district. The district shares border with Chhattisgarh. The gunbattle took place in the morning at Korchi in Mardintola forest area when a C-60 police commando team was conducting a search operation led by additional SP Soumya Munde, PTI r...

Malik to drop ‘hydrogen bomb’, after Fadnavis exposes his alleged Dawood ...

The slugfest between former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and state minister Nawab Malik just turned dramatic with more bombshell “exposes” expected in the coming days.

Cruise drugs case: Prabhakar Sail questioned by NCB for over 10 hours

Prabhakar Sail, an independent witness in the cruise drug case, in which Aryan Khan is involved, was questioned for more than 10 hours by the NCB’s Delhi vigilance team, probing the pay-off allegations in the case. After being summoned by the NCB on Sunday, Sail reached the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) mess in suburban Bandra under poli...

Claims, counter-claims, twists…Aryan Khan case turns murkier and messier

Conspiracy theories continue to hound the Aryan Khan case. Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik has claimed that NCB official Sameer Wankhede was part of a bigger plot to kidnap Aryan Khan, the son of actor Shah Rukh Khan who was recently arrested (later released on bail) in a drug case. Malik said the sensational drugs bust case off the Goa-bound c...

Sachin Waze given list of bar owners to collect money for Anil Deshmukh: ED tells cou...

Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze had played a key role in collecting "illegal gratification" from bar owners while in service as directed by then Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh who had asked a private person to hand over a list of bars and orchestra owners in Mumbai to Waze, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a special court on Saturda...

Maharashtra: Fire at district hospital causes death of 10 COVID patients

At least 10 patients died after fire broke out at the COVID-19 ICU ward of Ahmednagar district hospital in Maharashtra on Saturday (November 6). The fire started around 10am in the special COVID ICU ward where 27 patients were undergoing treatment. The exact cause of fire is not known but police said that short circuit seems to be the likely rea...

NCB officer Sameer Wankhede shunted out of Aryan Khan drug case

Sameer Wankhede, who has been probing the cruise drugs case in which Aryan Khan (son of actor Shah Rukh Kahn) was arrested, has been removed from the investigating team. The development comes after allegations of ₹8-crore payoff and extortion related to the high-profile case. "Total six cases of our zone will now be investigated by Delhi ...

Aryan Khan is back home, but minister Nawab Malik remains on page 1

The Maharashtra Minorities Minister’s allegations against NCB officials have flared up into an issue on to their own

I-T dept seizes assets worth ₹1,000 Cr linked to Maha dy CM Ajit Pawar

Assets valued at over ₹1,000 crore, belonging to the family of Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar have been provisionally attached by the Income Tax (I-T) department under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988, reports said. The assets include the Jarandeshwar Sahakari Sugar Karkhana in Maharashtra, a flat in Delh...

IT dept seizes ₹ 1,000 crore worth assets of Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar

The Income Tax department has seized assets worth ₹ 1,000 crore across Maharashtra, Delhi and Goa in the raids linked to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, officials said on Tuesday (November 2).

ED arrests Maharashtra’s former home minister Anil Deshmukh

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) late Monday night after over 12 hours of questioning in a money-laundering case linked to an alleged extortion racket in the state police establishment. As per a PTI report, Deshmukh, 71, was arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money La...