THANE: A fire broke out at the kitchen of a theatre on Saturday at the high street Mall in the Kapurbawdi area of Thane. No casualty or injury was reported in the incident, said a civic official. #Maharashtra: A fire broke out at the kitchen of a theatre on Saturday at the high street Mall in the Kapurbawdi ar… https://t.co/ITABVVVeuR— TOI Mumbai (@TOIMumbai) 1656184146000Avinash Sawant, head of regional disaster management cell of Thane Municipal Corporation said that the incident occurred at around 11.20pm at the kitchen of cinema star which is located on the third floor of the mall. The officer added that as soon as the fire was reported, the fire brigade personnel as well as a jumbo water tanker and two fire tenders were pressed in to douse the fire.
MUMBAI: A David among Goliaths, the city's oldest surviving retail chain, Apna Bazar, launched its 75th anniversary celebration last week. Loyal employees proudly led a grand 'Amrit Mahotsav' procession in the vicinity of its Dadar Naigaum headquarters. Instituted by Dadasaheb Sarfare on May 9, 1948, this low profile Maharashtrian workers' cooperative is a rare departmental store that continues to function on socialist principles, on a no-profit no-loss basis. And unlike other retail cooperatives, Apna Bazar bravely maintains its independence from giant retail chains. "Our founder Sarfare started Apna Bazar as a small grocery store in Naigaum. Since then we have opened 22 branches including eight large 3,000-6,000 sq ft departmental stores and 16 smaller units of 600-1,500 sq ft," says chairman Shripad Phatak. There is one branch each in Ratnagiri, Khed and Gujarat as well. Phatak terms Apna Bazar's survival as a miracle. Indeed, it has outlasted the era of mushrooming kirana stores, shopping malls and now online retail. Most employees are Maharashtrian -- 90% are approximately 50 years old and have a service record of 20-25 years. Senior officials like Phatak work on an honorary basis. Anil Bane, general manager, finance, says, "We buy good quality food products from APMC Vashi, and we also source Maharashtrian items from women who are home cooks. So apart from our own 412 employees we support the livelihoods of nearly 1,000 people. We sell products below MRP, but unlike large retailers, we do not rush to procure items from big brands that distribute one-for-one free because the expiry date is nearing. And no one can accuse us of ever having defaulted on payments or salaries." At Apna Bazar, Andheri West, Saturday, Sneha Patil had come shopping from Seven Bungalows. "I am a loyal customer since 20 years because I find the service is attentive and the products are fresh," she said. Gazala Syed of Jogeshwari has been visiting since 15 years. She said, "The quality here is superior than malls. Apna Bazar updates its products date-wise. For me, that is more important than discounts." On one occasion, a cosmopolitan buyer was browsing through ethnic Maharashtrian flours and masalas when a helpful attendant shared the recipes for those dishes. Like the humble kirana store Apna Bazar personnel make free home delivery on bicycles or on foot. Buyers participate in consumer awareness meet-ups and are asked to give feedback on the goods and services. "We also appoint consumers as committee members. Even the state government approaches Apna Bazar for consumer outreach initiatives," said Phatak. The store that neither closed during the Bombay riots nor the Covid lockdown hopes to celebrate milestones beyond its diamond jubilee.
MUMBAI: Maharashtra's Covid-19 task force has expressed concern over the rise in cases in states including Delhi and Karnataka and recommended a return to masking. In particular, it has recommended compulsory masking in indoor spaces like cinema theatres, auditoriums and malls. It has also said that masking should be urgently resumed in both public and private hospitals. The development comes on a day Mumbai breached the 100 mark to report 102 fresh cases on Tuesday, its highest single-day jump in 57 days. The last time the city reported more than this tally was on February 27 (103 cases). The city's daily positivity rate has now touched 1.4%. The state too registered a notable rise in cases compared to Monday. From 84, new detections nearly doubled to 153 on Tuesday. Maharashtra registered four Covid-19 deaths, of which three were from Thane city. The task force met on Monday to review the pandemic, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting on the issue on Wednesday. The task force has conveyed its concerns to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray about the rise in cases in parts of the state. Intensivist Dr Rahul Pandit, who is a member of the task force, said enough scientific evidence exists to support that masking in closed spaces remains the most important barrier to avoid infection. "There are papers about air ventilation, how the virus lingers since its airborne and how it can spread quickly in closed and less ventilated spaces such as malls, hotels, cinema halls, offices and hospitals," he said. The task force expressed concern about the inadequacy of testing and said the rate of testing should be increased. It said people are relying on rapid action tests and home-isolation; people are avoiding the RT-PCR test and not undergoing a quarantine period. Dr Pandit said that while the mandate for each district is to carry out 140 tests per million population, it could be pushed to 200 tests per million. "We also need to capture the home testing data well," he said. In Mumbai, cases are largely asymptomatic, but vigilance has been increased, said additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani. "Almost 98% of the cases found are asymptomatic and don't require hospitalisation," he said.
Mumbai: The price of diesel for bulk users, such as public transport buses, trains, industries, airports and malls, was hiked by Rs 25 per litre on Sunday. This has increased the operational costs by 27% for such users, said sources in the oil marketing companies. They added that the price hike is a fallout of the recent increase in global crude oil rates due to the Russia-Ukraine war.The price of diesel for common citizens in Mumbai, however, has remained unchanged at Rs 94.14 per litre for 136th day in a row, while that of petrol is also constant at Rs 109.98 per litre.Sources in BEST, which runs bus services in Mumbai, and MSRTC, which operates buses across Maharashtra, said they will either absorb the hike burden or send some buses to private retail pumps to fill up diesel—where prices will be cheaper as compared to bulk user rate of around Rs 120 /litre.Apart from public transport buses, the railways will also be affected by the hike to some extent as it operates diesel engines. A senior Central Railway official, however, said that in 2021-22, there was a huge saving of Rs 88 crore on diesel expenditure by adopting Head On Generation (HOG) in which power is fed from an electric locomotive that draws power directly from electric traction through pantograph to meet requirement in coaches of Mail Express trains for air conditioners, electric bulbs, fans and pantry, etc.Sources said other bulk users to be impacted are industries that use bulk diesel, as the hike in their input costs may lead to increase in manufacturing prices of the goods. Others hit by the surge include malls and airports as they use huge quantities of diesel for generating back up electricity, said sources.When contacted, BEST general manager Lokesh Chandra said that with operational costs going up by 27%, it will be a burden on the transport undertaking. "We are making efforts to phase out diesel vehicles gradually and have only buses running on cleaner fuel which is less expensive," he said. The BEST owns 185 single-decker buses and 45 double-deckers running on diesel. It has decided to run fewer buses on diesel during the weekends when the demand is low.A senior official of the MSRTC said that most of its fleet of over 18,000 buses run on diesel, but there are plans to switch to CNG and electric buses to reduce operational costs in the future. "We will not be hiking any fares, and to reduce our expenses, we will be sending as many buses as possible to the retail diesel pumps where the fuel price is cheaper," said a senior official from MSRTC management.For BEST buses running on diesel, the per km cost is Rs 40 (which will now shoot up to around Rs 50), while for CNG buses, it comes to Rs 26 per km and for an electric bus, the cost is as low as Rs 9 per km.
THANE: The relaxation in Covid norms in Thane city, at par with 14 districts in the state with low infection and high vaccination rate, has brought in cheer for residents and the commercial sector alike. While residents said they were thrilled after desperately waiting for routine life to return to normalcy and visit places of interest like malls, recreation areas and restaurants, management of commercial establishments like hotels, malls said they were equally looking forward to regaining normalcy in business. “We were waiting to meet and celebrate a few professional achievements and the timing of these relaxations has come at an appropriate time. We are scheduling a luncheon over the weekend with our team comprising of 25 people which would otherwise have been difficult with the Covid norms in place,” said a resident. Meanwhile, the Viviana mall management said they welcomed the decision to allow 100% capacity inside malls saying the relaxations will help uplift the mood of citizens. “Our retailers and staff are ready to welcome patrons and them a wonderful shopping experience. The food court is also gearing up to provide the best services,” said Rima Kirtikar, CMO at Viviana Mall. Hoteliers Ujjwal and Sham Maurya who own restaurants in the city said the relaxations in timings and capacity will help them maximise the services for their clientele. “The extension in timings and allowing us to operate with full guest capacity will help boost the industry to a large extent. We will also be able to maximise our services and schedule several facilities for customers now,” Maurya said. It may be recalled, the Thane district disaster management authority had eased Covid norms in Thane and Navi Mumbai corporation limits bringing relaxations in these two cities at par with Mumbai and other districts that reported high vaccination and low Covid infection ratios, collector Rajesh Narvekar announced on Thursday. The relaxations are in force starting Friday, March 4 allowing 100% capacity in shopping complexes, theatres, religious places among others for fully vaccinated people in Thane and Navi Mumbai city limits as per the state guidelines issued on Wednesday, said an official. The district administration justified the relaxations to the two cities based on the state mandate that corporations be considered as separate units and analyse their respective Covid and vaccination status independently. Even though, the overall Thane district figures were short on meeting one of the four parameters for enhanced relaxations, Thane and Navi Mumbai cities fulfilled the criteria following which the DDMA that met on Thursday decided to extend the relaxations to them. “Navi Mumbai has completed 113% first dose and 98% second dose of vaccination ratio while the same in Thane city is 90% and 74% which fulfils the state mandate of having 90% and 70% vaccination count. Accordingly, we decided to allow relaxations to these two cities. However, the rest of the corporation and civic body limits in the district will continue to face the curbs,” he said. Narvekar added that the DDMA has also decided to request the state government to include the entire of Thane district in the Mumbai metropolitan region area. Presently, only few major corporations and councils are included in the MMR.
THANE: A 30-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly operating a flesh trade racket in Maharashtra's Thane city, police said on Saturday. Based on a tip-off, a team from the anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) of the city police nabbed the accused near a mall on Friday, an official said. The police also rescued two women in their 20s whom the accused had pushed into sex trade, senior inspector Mahesh Patil said. An offence under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act (PITA) and IPC has been registered against the accused with Vartak Nagar police station, he added.
A large portion of Dream Mall in suburban Bhandup in Mumbai was gutted in a major fire that raged for nearly nine hours before it was doused, a civic official said on Saturday.No casualties were reported in the incident, he said.The blaze erupted around 8 pm on Friday. It was described by fire brigade officers as 'level 3' (major) fire and later upgraded to 'level 4', he said. The fire was extinguished around 5 AM on Saturday. On March 25, 2021, a fire had broken out at a designated Covid-19 inside the same mall and claimed eleven lives.Watch the latest DH Videos here:
Amidst a decline in Covid cases, the Maharashtra Govt recently lifted all restrictions and allowed malls, cinema halls, bars, sports complexes, swimming pools, religious places, tourist places etc to operate with 100 per cent capacity. Full vaccination will remain mandatory for those visiting malls, theatres, restaurants, sporting events, religious places, tourist places This easing of restrictions across many of the metro cities is a positive sign for the hospitality industry. But non-uniform guidelines across States and districts have the restaurant associations worried. Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) tells Bombay Times, “The Government now needs to lift all kinds of restrictions across the country and allow business and life to return to the pre-pandemic times. We request the Governments at both the State and Centre to bring back regularity and uniformity in operations to encourage and promote travel so that the wheels of the doomed hospitality industry can start to circulate. The non-uniform guidelines are a cause for concern not just for the hospitality industry but also for travellers. Tourists will not be able to keep a tab on which destination is fully functional and which isn’t. This will only create confusion and discourage tourists from travelling.” While the easing of restrictions and allowing restaurants to operate at 100 per cent capacity is a big relief for restaurants in some districts, the remaining restaurants in the state continue to suffer say association authorities. Pradeep Shetty, Sr. VP., Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) says, “Almost after 708 days, restaurants in fourteen districts including Mumbai will go back to operating at 100 per cent capacity. While this is a big relief for restaurants in these districts, the remaining restaurants in the State continue to suffer. Not only are these restaurants continuing to operate at 50 per cent capacity but also timing restrictions have not been lifted for restaurants in the remaining 22 districts.” The authorities feel that the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference/Conventions and Exhibitions/ Events) segment across hotels and independent venues has taken a major beating all through the last couple of years. “All kinds of events and social gatherings should be now allowed to operate at full capacity like it was prior to March 2020. The hospitality industry needs this urgently. The State now should do everything it can to bring back confidence amongst its citizens and businesses. We request the Government to restore normal timings as well as allow all hotels and restaurants to operate at 100 per cent capacity across all the districts in the State,” adds Pradeep. With over 90 per cent of the eligible people having received the first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 and 70 per cent having received both the doses, there are apprehensions among some about the state. Shivanand Shetty, President, AHAR says, “While we welcome the move to open restaurants fully, given the negligible new Covid cases, the 90-70 clause is not well thought through as there is a Supreme Court ruling that vaccination cannot be forced upon an individual. Since Centre has given a go-ahead to start off economic activities and even schools and colleges have started, we fail to understand why not open up for the whole of Maharashtra instead of only 14 districts. This will also help the industry to bounce back in a much faster way.”
Aurangabad: The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC0 has decided to set up nearly 200 charging stations for electric vehicles in the city by this year-end, a senior official said here in Maharashtra.For this, the civic body will spend about Rs 5 crore of the fund granted under the 15th Finance Commission, municipal commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey told PTI on Wednesday.“The charging stations will come up at fuel pumps, malls, bus stands, railway stations, business complexes and other locations,” he said.“This will encourage people to go for electric vehicles and help in reducing pollution. The fund granted under the 15 Finance Commission for Aurangabad city will also be used to buy electric cars for official use,” another official said.Notably, the Marathwada Auto Cluster recently launched the Aurangabad Mission Green Mobility initiative with the people's participation, under which 250 electric four-wheelers are set to be purchased by March this year. PTI
The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation has decided to set up nearly 200 charging stations for electric vehicles in the city by the year-end, a senior Maharashtra official said.The civic body will spend about Rs 5 crore of the fund granted under the 15th Finance Commission, municipal commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey told PTI on Wednesday. "The charging stations will come up at fuel pumps, malls, bus stands, railway stations, business complexes and other locations," he said.Also Read — Hurdles seen in mass adoption of EV battery swapping technologyA second official said, "This will encourage people to go for electric vehicles and help in reducing pollution. The fund granted under the 15 Finance Commission for Aurangabad city will also be used to buy electric cars for official use."Notably, the Marathwada Auto Cluster recently launched the Aurangabad Mission Green Mobility initiative with the people's participation, under which 250 electric four-wheelers are set to be purchased by March this year.Watch the latest DH Videos here:
PUNE: The Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries has written to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, demanding reopening of entertainment parks with 50% capacity in the state. The association said that since the state government has allowed indoor venues like malls, gyms, saloons etc to operate at 50% capacity, it too should be allowed to reopen outdoor entertainment parks and operate at 50% capacity. The letter further said that Maharashtra has over 37 large and small entertainment parks, generating, on average, 13,000 direct and 52,000 indirect employment, which has been affected due to the closure. “Amusement Parks were allowed to reopen from October 22 (last year) after the 2nd wave, and within two months of their reopening they have been closed down once again. This is going to be very fatal for our industry as huge investments and manpower planning were undertaken by the industry to restart its facility,” said the letter. The letter further stated that the crowd at amusement parks is ‘regulated’ due to high pricing and online booking, unlike other tourist spots. Dhimant Bakshi, CEO, Imagicaa, said, “The government must allow the reopening of amusement parks with limited capacity immediately because these are also places where the entire family comes to destress themselves, which in turn eases pressure on city-based establishments like malls and cinemas.” Jai Malpani, director, Malpani group, said, “We run four amusement parks in the state and employ around 8000 people. Since the closedown order, the industry has been incurring tremendous loss. There is no support from the government at any stage for this industry.”
NASHIK: State minister for food and civil supplies Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday said the government would be forced to take harsher measures, including “no vaccination, no ration” for people who have not taken the jabs yet. Speaking to reporters here after reviewing the Covid situation in the district, Bhujbal said the denial or rations to the unvaccinated would be on the lines of the “no vaccine, no entry” system being implemented in all government and semi-government offices, shops and establishments, and malls in the district. “Since there are few who are not taking their shots for no valid reason, we may be compelled to deny them rations, especially in districts where the vaccination figures are very low,” said Bhujbal. Noting that the number of active Covid and Omicron cases were rising in the state, Bhujbal said vaccination was the only way to cut down the severity of the Covid infection. He said the second vaccine dose should be taken within the prescribed time after the first dose, adding that delay would render the jab as waste.
NAVI MUMBAI: Acting on a complaint by the owner of a Spa at a mall in Nerul, alleging that three persons claiming they were journalists have extorted Rs 24,000 from him from September till December last year after threatening to lodged false police complaint of the women staffers at his Spa were soliciting customers with sexual favours, the Nerul police have registered a FIR against the three accused persons. The complaint has been lodged by Ashish Kale (27), owner of Avenue Spa and Salon located in Haware Centurion Mall in sector 19A, Nerul. The accused identified as Vijay Sangharsh Masik, Datta Mane and Siraj Choudhary claim to be a journalist with Maharashtra crime. They have been booked under IPC Section 384 for punishment for extortion and Section 34 for common intention. As per the FIR, the complainant Ashish Kale has stated that the three accused had come to his Spa in August last year and identified themselves as journalists. They threatened him that they will lodge police complaint by claiming that his women staff were deliberately wearing semi-clad clothes to attract customers and offering sexual favours during body massage. They demanded monthly payment of Rs 8000 to not lodge police complaint. Kale told them no such illegal activity was going on at his Spa and refused to pay them. Hence, they threatened him that they will ensure he will not be able to do business at his Spa. After five day, they called on Kale's mobile and demanded monthly extortion, but Kale ignored them. Thereafter, Nerul cops frequently came to his Spa for inquiring about illegal activity as they were receiving complaints over telephone. As Kale started losing customers due to police inquiring frequently, he decided to compromise with the three journalists and agreed to pay them every month. They three accused extorted monthly Rs 8000 from September till December last year, which Kale paid to them by Google Pay. Later, on December 15, they demanded to increase the monthly extortion to Rs 9000, to which Kale denied. But they again threatened to conduct police raid on his Spa. Hence, fed up of extortion by the three accused, Kale registered a FIR against them at Nerul police station on January 3. Sanjay Chavan, police inspector of Nerul said, "The extortion case is being probed by an assistant police inspector, who will conduct a preliminary probe and then arrest the three accused named in the FIR by the complainant Spa owner.”
BENGALURU: The announcement came after a three-hour meeting with the state's technical advisory committee, which suggested additional measures to contain the spread of the virus. The committee advised focused implementation of the five-fold strategy of test, track, treat, vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour. Ashoka said the weekend curfew will come into effect at 10pm Friday and end at 5am Monday. While theatres, malls, pubs and bars will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity with entry restricted to fully vaccinated persons, gatherings at public places will be barred. "Cinema malls, multiplexes, theaters and auditoria and similar places can operate at 50% of its seating capacity," it added. Weddings will be permitted with not more than 200 people participating in open spaces and 100 people in closed places. Religious places will be allowed only for 'darshan', with 50 fully vaccinated persons permitted at any given time. "There shall be intensive surveillance along the border of Kerala and Maharashtra as per the prevailing circular/guidelines issued by department of health and family welfare, government of Karnataka. The same guidelines are extended to Goa. The checks will be conducted on all modes of transport," the order said. "The district authorities will be asked to issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and ensure strict compliance during weekends," Ashoka said. He said the proposed paadayatra by the Congress will not be allowed. "This rule is applicable to all political parties," he added. Health minister K Sudhakar said, "The Omicron variant is behind the surge in the city as 149 cases have already been recorded in the state. More restrictions will be implemented if the bed occupancy rate goes up."
Weekend curfews are back in Delhi and Karnataka, while Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Punjab became the latest states to announce night curfew as an upsurge in Covid cases and the threat from the Omicron variant prompted governments on Tuesday to either place or plan stricter restrictions. In Karnataka, weekend curfew from 10pm on Friday to 6am on Monday was announced for two weeks. This will be in addition to the 10pm-to-6am night curfew. In-person classes, except for Class X and XI, were cancelled in Bengaluru for two weeks. Malls, pubs, bars can open at 50% capacity. In poll-bound Punjab, the state government on Tuesday imposed night curfew for all non-essential activities from 10pm to 5am till January 15. It ordered closure of all educational institutes, sports complexes, swimming pools and gyms, but allowed operation of bars, cinemas, malls, restaurants and museums at 50% capacity. Chhattisgarh declared a night curfew from 10pm to 6am. Bihar too announced a night curfew from 10pm to 5am along with a host of curbs. All religious places, malls, cinemas, clubs, swimming pools, parks and gyms will remain closed from Thursday till January 21. The UP government closed all schools up to Class X till January 14, while night curfew was extended by two hours (revised timing: 10pm to 6am) from Thursday. Not more than 100 people will be allowed at any indoor event, including weddings, from Thursday. Maharashtra and capital city Mumbai may come under tighter restrictions. It will be decided at a meeting chaired by deputy CM Ajit Pawar on Wednesday. BMC chief I S Chahal said more curbs will be placed if daily cases in Mumbai cross 20,000, while mayor Kishori Pednekar warned of a lockdown if that number is breached. Tamil Nadu is also contemplating stricter measures such as night curfew, 50% attendance in offices, closure of schools and colleges. The government is likely to announce the curbs on Wednesday.
NASHIK: On the first day of the “No Vaccination, No Entry” drive in Nashik, all government offices, including the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), started allowing only vaccinated visitors into their premises. Even banks and shops are now asking customers their vaccination status before allowing them in. Malls and multiplexes in too are abiding by the directions of the NMC and the district administration. NMC commissioner Kailas Jadhav said he has directed the officials to strictly follow the orders. He said teams have been formed to inspect shops and establishments, at random, to check for compliance. The Nashik traders’ association said it has already instructed the traders to put up banners informing customers not to enter the shops if they are unvaccinated. Prafulla Sancheti, the president of Nashik grain and grocery merchants’ association, said though this is a good decision, it will affect the traders’ relationship with customers. “We are putting up banners. However, the government machinery should hold the drive at the beneficiaries’ doorstep who are yet to take the vaccine,” he said. The district administration has made arrangements to ensure that every person entering the four office buildings at the collectorate are checked. “There is no intention to harass anybody, but to contribute in the fight against Covid,” said collector Suraj Mandhare. When contacted, officials from the city’s largest mall said they have already started the ‘No Vaccination, No Entry’ policy. “We have deployed adequate staff at all the entry points of the mall,” said an official.
BENGALURU: The Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has suggested that the state make full vaccination mandatory for people to avail various benefits, including rations, water and electricity, from the government. This follows concerns over the possible spread of Omicron, the new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern, and experts pushing to ensure all eligible people above the age of 18 years are completely vaccinated to prevent the pandemic situation from spiralling out of control. TAC members met health minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday and submitted a slew of new recommendations, based on discussions at its 136th meeting on Monday (November 29). The report recommends that to draw government benefits like rations from the public distribution system, electricity, domestic LPG, salaries, pensions, awarding of contracts and even petrol and diesel at bunks, one must be fully vaccinated. Incidentally, the Centre has insisted that the vaccine is not mandatory, although it has urged people to take the shot. Karnataka has so far covered 91.5% of the total eligible population with the first dose, while second-dose coverage crossed 60% on Tuesday. As reported by TOI earlier, the TAC had also recommended that the government refuse free treatment in private hospitals for people who contract the disease and are not vaccinated. They can only be treated in government hospitals. The TAC has also suggested that the government conduct special vaccination drives in shopping malls, bus stands, railways stations, hotels and lodges, and at exhibitions. While the state has mandated that only fully vaccinated people can enter film theatres, implementation has been lax with theatre personnel not asking cinemagoers for vaccination certificates. Yet to decideAfter his meeting with the TAC on Tuesday, Sudhakar said that there have been suggestions that those who do not receive the second dose should not have access to malls, theatres and the government should take a decision on non-payment of treatment in a private hospital. âWe are yet to take any decision on these recommendations,â he told reporters. Most of the recommendations are already in force in states like Maharashtra. From Sunday (November 28), the Maharashtra government mandated that full vaccination certificate is needed to use public transport such as buses, autos, taxis and trains. People must also furnish a vaccination certificate to enter malls, theatres, shops or any establishment where the public have a right to service. In Madhya Pradesh, double vaccination was made mandatory to purchase liquor from November 19 onwards. When contacted a top bureaucrat said that TACâs suggestion on cutting water and power supply cannot be implemented. âExperts have suggested what they have discussed,â the official said. âWe cannot force anyone to take the vaccine. Instead, we must educate people on the benefits of vaccination and explain to them that the vaccine has effectively prevented Covid deaths across the country.â The official said efforts are being made to get people who are hesitant to take the vaccine.
The Enforcement Directorate took action in connection with a money laundering probe. (Representational)New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said it has taken possession of a shopping mall worth Rs 483 crore in Maharashtra's Nagpur in connection with a money laundering probe linked to an alleged bank loan fraud.The agency took "physical possession" of Empress Mall after the adjudicating authority under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) approved its provisional order attaching the property, according to an official statement.The mall is constructed on a commercially diverted land of 2,70,374 square feet, worth Rs 483 crore and is in the name of KSL & Industries Ltd, it said.The ED added that the action was taken against Tayal Group of Companies, including Actiff Corporation Ltd, Jaybharat Textiles & Real Estate Ltd and Eskay Knit (India) Ltd, for "alleged cheating and fraudulently availing loans to the amount of Rs 524 crore from Bank of India and Andhra Bank, Mumbai in 2008."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe agency has also filed a charge sheet in the case.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)