Maharashtra to give free Covid vaccine jabs to all above 18
In a significant decision, Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has decided to vaccinate all the people in the state aged 18-45 free of cost, a minister said on Sunday.
The state will bear the cost of inoculation of all its people between the age group of 18-45, from the next phase which will start on May 1.
The ongoing vaccination drive and the plans ahead for the second phase were discussed at the weekly Cabinet meeting last week, said Nationalist Congress Party national spokesperson and Minorities Affairs Minister Nawab Malik.
Later, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar announced that the would float global tenders and vaccines would be purchased for the people of the state.
“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray would make an announcement in this regard soon,” he said.
Informing the media on Sunday, Malik said that in the time of crisis the government would go out and help its people.
“As per the Deputy CM’s announcement, we will float tenders and get the best vaccine at the most competitive rates. We need to procure nearly 14 crore vaccine doses as two jabs are needed,” he said.
The government’s top officials are also in touch with managements of Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech (BB), which are manufacturers of Covishield and Covaxin, respectively, which are currently administered in the country.
Both companies have given vaccines to the Centre at Rs 150 per dose.
Serum Institute has offered vaccine at Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals, while Bharat Biotech vaccine will be available at Rs 600 per dose for state hospitals and Rs 1,200 per dose for private hospitals.
The MVA announcement was greeted with approval on social media as the state is the worst-hit by the corona pandemic.
Maharashtra, along with other states, had earlier also objected to the Centre’s new vaccination policy and related issues.
Mumbai News: Cyclone Biparjoy Intensifies, City to Experience Heavy Rains Over Weekend
Mumbaikars are set to experience intense rain over the weekend. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the Mumbai and Konkan regions on Saturday and Sunday, according to a five-day forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which said on Wednesday that a low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a depression by Friday evening. Isolated parts of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar will experience light to moderate rainfall from June 7, according to the IMD.
City in for heavy rain
“The deep depression intensified into the cyclonic storm Biparjoy over east-central Arabian Sea at 5.30 pm and is likely to move nearly northwards and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours,” said an IMD official. The cyclone is also likely to lead to rough weather in the coastal areas of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala, IMD said and issued a five-day warning for the region from June 7. It warned fishermen in the region not to venture into the sea.
The wind speed in the Arabian Sea is likely to range from 80 kmph to 155 kmph over the next five days, according to the weather agency. Meteorologists, however, underlined that though the tentative track of the system is likely to be in the northward direction storms at times defy the predicted track and intensity.
Monsoon to progress slowly
Conditions have become favourable for the onset of the southwest monsoon in Kerala, because of Biparjoy, the first storm brewing in the Arabian Sea this year, according to experts. However, meteorologists predicted a “mild” onset over Kerala and “weak” progress beyond the southern peninsula. After the onset over Kerala, the monsoon is expected to remain “weak” until the storm degenerates around June 12, according to Mahesh Palawat, vice president (climate and meteorology) Skymet Weather.
“The powerful weather system in the Arabian Sea may spoil the advancement of the monsoon deep inland. Under their influence, the monsoon stream may reach coastal parts but will struggle to penetrate beyond the Western Ghats,” Skymet Weather had said on Tuesday.
Forecasting agencies said the storm has seen “rapid intensification”, escalating from just a cyclonic circulation to a severe cyclonic storm in just 48 hours, defying earlier predictions. Atmospheric conditions and cloud mass indicate that the system is likely to sustain the strength of a very severe cyclone till June 12, they said.
Climate change intensifying storms
Cyclonic storms in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea have been intensifying rapidly and retaining their intensity for a longer duration because of climate change, according to scientists.
“The oceans have become warmer already on account of climate change. A recent study shows that the Arabian Sea has warmed up by almost 1.2 degree Celsius since March. Thus, conditions are favourable for the rapid intensification of the system (Cyclone Biparjoy). So it has the potential to sustain the strength for a long period,” said Raghu Murtugudde, professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland and IIT Bombay.
Navi Mumbai News: NMMC Seizes 450 Kg Of Banned Plastic, Collects ₹ 2.5 Lakh In Fines
In order to make Navi Mumbai plastic-free, apart from creating public awareness among the citizens that single-use plastic should not be used, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is taking action if single-use plastic use is found. The municipal commissioner Rajesh Narvekar is keeping a close eye on stopping the use of single plastic which is an important factor in city cleanliness and it is being reviewed regularly in department head meetings.
Nearly 500kg of banned plastic seized
In the month of May 2023, a penalty amount of 2.50 lakh was recovered from 50 people and shopkeepers. The civic body also seized 450 kg of banned plastic from respective wards.
Keeping in mind the damage caused by plastic to the environment, the citizens should stop the use of single plastic completely and also show awareness about the environment by using cloth bags instead of plastic bags, Municipal Commissioner Shri. Rajesh Narvekar.
Mumbai: Man Chops Live-In Partner’s Body Into 20 Pieces In Mira Road; ‘Boiled Body Parts & Fed To Stray Dogs’, Arrested
The police have recovered the mutilated body of a woman from an apartment in the Geeta Nagar area of Mira Road on Wednesday evening. Police reached the building on receiving information about foul smell emanating from a seventh-floor apartment and found the body, identified as that of Saraswati Vaidya who was in a live-in relationship with Manoj Shahane, according to Deputy SP Jayant Bajbale.
Police suspect Shahane to have had a hand in the crime. Prima facie investigations have revealed that the accused had tried to cut the body into pieces, according to the police. The accused has reportedly been taken into custody.
Neighbours called police after stench from couple’s home
The suspect had been staying with Vaidya in the rental flat in the Akashganga building in the Mira Road area over the past three years. On Wednesday, Nayanagar police station received a call from residents of the building, complaining about a foul odour emanating from the couple’s flat.
“Police have found a body of a woman who had been cut into pieces, from a society in the Mira Road area. Here a couple was living in a live-in relationship. A preliminary investigation revealed that the woman was hacked to death. Further Investigation underway,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Mumbai Jayant Bajbale said.
Chopped her body in over 20 pieces, boiled pieces in Pressure Cooker
According to reports, Shahane killed his partner Vaidya over domestic dispute. The news agency quoted that Manoj Shahane had purchased tree-cutter to chop her body and he also boiled her body in a pressure cooker before filling them into plastic bags to dispose it of.
The cops also founf over 12-13 pieces of her body from the couple’s Mira Road home.
Police suspect he may have fed the body parts to strays
According to another report, prelimnary probe revealed that Saraswati, an orphan, had been living with Shahne since 2014 and that he worked at ration shop. Reportedly, the couple fought often.
Reports stated that residents told the police that the couple did not interact with neighbours or anyone in the building complex. Some residents were report telling the police that Shahane was seen feeding stray dogs in the locality over the past two to three days — something he never did in the past. Police suspect he may have fed some of the body parts to the strays in the vicinity. They are also ascertaining if body parts were flushed down the drain, said the report.
Reportedly, the killing was committed on June 4. Additional Commissioner of MBVV Police told IE that the accused used two cutters, including electric cutter and chopped body in small pieces. He expressed that some pieces were missing and the cops said they suspect he had dumped them off in different areas.
The cutters used by accused have been seized by the cops. A case is being filed against Shahne under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.
Re-Run of Shraddha Walkar murder?
The brutal murder sends chills down one’s spine and is very reminiscent of Shraddha Walkar murder which shocked the collective conscience of the entire country. Walkar, who was a resident was Palghar, was killed by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala in Delhi last year. Poonawala had chopped up her body in 35 parts and had stored it in fridge before scattering it across forests in the national capital.
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