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Mumbra man duped of Rs 97,000 by online cheats offering fake loans
Times of India | 16 hours ago | 29-11-2022 | 04:50 pm
Times of India
16 hours ago | 29-11-2022 | 04:50 pm

THANE: A 38-year-old man from Mumbra was cheated of Rs 97,000 by five persons who offered him a loan with zero per cent interest. The police said that in 2019, he had taken a loan from a financial company and had repaid the loan with the prescribed interest. It was recently, he got a call from a woman from the same finance company who identified herself as an executive and told him that considering his old financial record with the company and the credit score, he can avail the loan at zero percent interest. As he was in dire need of money, he fell prey to the sweet-talking accused. He said that he got calls wherein the accused told him different schemes but settled to take Rs 30 lakh loan with no interest. Another accused also a woman told him that he will have to avail a policy from them accordingly he paid the sum for the requisite. Again the accused told them that he can avail the subsidy on loan but for which he will have to pay more money. They sent him a link via email and told him to take the insurance policies and pay a different sum. Both the policies turned out to be genuine as the complainant verified it with the call centre numbers. Falling prey to the scamsters he paid the amount on different pretext to the accused and took three policies from the accused but did not give him any loan and later their mobile numbers were unreachable. He then realised that he had been duped and registered a case with the Mumbra police under various sections of cheating of the Indian penal code and relevant section of information and technology act. The police said that they are probing the case.

Mumbra man duped of Rs 97,000 by online cheats offering fake loans
  • Thane: Man duped of Rs 97,000 by five in fake loan scam
  • Times of India

    THANE: A 38-year-old man from Mumbra was duped of Rs 97,000 by five persons who offered him a loan with zero per cent interest. The police said that in 2019, he had taken a loan from a financial company and had repaid it with the prescribed interest. However, he recently got a call from a woman from the same finance company impersonating an executive who told him that he can avail the loan at zero per cent interest. He settled for Rs 30 lakh loan with no interest. Another woman told him to avail a policy from them, and he paid the sum for the requisite. The accused again told him to pay more money to avail subsidy on loan. He took three policies, but never received any loan.

Thane: Man flees after failed ATM theft
Times of India | 2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:33 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:33 am

KALYAN: An unidentified youth on Saturday tried to steal money from an ATM kiosk of Canara Bank in Ambernath taluka of Thane District. An official from Hill Line police station said the accused attempted to break open the cash-dispensing machine but failed to do so after which he left the kiosk.The accused (aged 25 to 30 years) posing as a customer, stepped inside the ATM kiosk situated near Khoni village on Taloja MIDC road early in the morning, and attempted to steal the money by trying to break the machine. However, when he failed to do so he left the spot, said the police. Cops found that he managed to partly damage the machine safe door. The incident was captured in CCTV with shows him hiding his face with a cap.

Thane: Man flees after failed ATM theft
  • Man attempts to break open ATM in Thane
  • Times of India

    KALYAN: An unidentified youth on Saturday tried to steal money from an ATM kiosk of Canara Bank in Ambernath taluka of Thane district. Police said the accused attempted to break open the cash-dispensing machine but left the kiosk after he failed to open the main machine in which cash was loaded. Police found the accused had partly damaged the machine safe door where the money is stored. The incident was captured in the CCTV camera.

Bank robbery bid: ‘Killer’ who fled from Vasai court held in 48 hours
Times of India | 2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:19 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:19 am

THANE: Following a 48-hour search operation, the crime branch unit-3 of Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar (MBVV) police nabbed the undertrial accused of murdering a banker during a robbery bid who had escaped from Vasai court premises along with his bike-borne aide on Friday, officials informed on Sunday. In July 2021, Anil Dubey (36), a former private bank manager, was arrested for allegedly killing his former colleague and injuring another while trying to flee with gold ornaments worth nearly Rs 3.4 crore from the locker at the bank's Virar branch. On Friday afternoon, when Dubey was brought from Thane Central jail to Vasai court, he allegedly requested the escorting policemen to allow him to visit the washroom and managed to give them the slip and escape on a motorcycle driven by his aide Chand Badshah Aziz Khan (42), a historysheeter from Nalasopara. "We have arrested Dubey and Khan from Nalasopara after our teams narrowed down on them following technical leads. We also recovered the bike," confirmed Shrikant Pathak, additional police commissioner, MBVV police. Avinash Ambure, deputy police commissioner, crime, MBVV police, said, "Our teams were tipped off that the absconding undertrial could be holed up in Nalasopara following which crime branch unit-3 formed teams and started search operations." Police are likely to have zeroed in on the accused based on technical surveillance, including CCTV footage, of the area. Police in the Vasai-Virar area were on alert and also undertook late-night patrolling since Friday, officials said. While sources said Dubey got in touch with Khan when the latter was lodged at Thane jail a few months back, prison officials said they were unaware if Khan was lodged there and may have interacted with Dubey to hatch the escape plan.

Bank robbery bid: ‘Killer’ who fled from Vasai court held in 48 hours
Thane: Man, 70, on train to Kerala, gets off at Kalyan, found in Mulund
Times of India | 2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:04 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:04 am

KALYAN: A 70-year-old man from Kerala who disembarked from a long-distance train at Kalyan and got separated from his family was reunited , thanks to the alacrity shown by the railway police. The elderly man was part of a group of more than 100 pilgrims who had been on a fortnight's pilgrimage to Kashi, Ayodhya and other shrines in the north. On their way back home to Kerala the man, Krishnan Namboothiri, alighted at Kalyan around 2am on Saturday although the group was supposed to travel up to the destination point at the Kurla terminus before boarding a connecting train to Kerala. His relatives later said they were not aware that he had got off the train. It was only after the train had reached Kurla terminus that Namboothiri's wife and other family members realised that he was missing. A few of the relatives went back to Kalyan and sought help from the station master. Namboothiri's elderly wife and most of the others in the group were told to proceed on their journey to Kerala. A check of footage from CCTV cameras at Kalyan station showed Namboothiri getting off the outstation train. The relatives were told to contact the railway police at Kalyan. Namboothiri's photos were circulated on on various WhatsApp groups of the railway police, said senior inspector Mukesh Dhage. Within a few hours, the railway police at Mulund station got back to say that a person meeting the description of the missing senior citizen had been spotted outside a temple near Mulund railway station on Saturday evening. Namboothiri was reunited with his relatives who took him along and the elderly man is slated to leave for Kerala with the relatives on Monday. Namboothiri, who has never been to Mumbai, has said that he is not aware how he had reached Mulund from Kalyan station, where he got down from the express train. Santosh M, a relative of Namboothiri who lives in Kalyan, said, "He has told us he does not know why he got down from the train at Kalyan and is not even sure how he travelled up to Mulund... But we are thankful to the Kalyan railway police officer Mukesh Dhage who swung into action and helped trace him. We were quite worried for him."

Thane: Man, 70, on train to Kerala, gets off at Kalyan, found in Mulund
New, signal-free corridor will ease Mumbai-Thane traffic woes
Times of India | 2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:01 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:01 am

THANE: The MMRDA has given its approval to ease congestion at one of the 'world's most chaotic' traffic junctions at Teen Haath Naka by constructing a fresh pair of U-shaped flyovers in addition to the existing bridge that runs above the intersection, officials informed, adding that the project will also ensure the arterial junction could get rid of signals presently required for crossing the intersection. The proposal for the flyovers - with three lanes each and collectively costing approximately Rs 289 crore - was presented before the MMRDA committee last month and finally got administrative approval. Teen Haath Naka is a vital junction on the Mumbai (LBS route)-Thane-Pune-Nashik route where nearly seven roads, including three arterial lanes, converges. A 2014 study commissioned by the Thane corporation had pegged the junction as one of the world's most chaotic ones. Even though the MSRDC had built a flyover over the junction two decades back, it doesn't cater to the rising movement of traffic underneath and between the seven lanes that connect Mumbai-Thane via LBS road with the Eastern Express Highway. According to the plans, a 700m-long, U-shaped flyover will take off from the Nashik lane of the EEH after the Teen Haath Naka junction ends and will run parallel to the existing bridge and then take a turn to the right and land few metres ahead of the junction on the Mumbai-bound carriageway. All vehicles coming from Mumbai and entering Thane city or proceeding towards LBS road or old Pune highway will take this arm without waiting at the signal for crossing over. Similarly, traffic from Nashik, Pune and Thane city headed towards Mumbai using LBS road will ascend the second U-shaped flyover after crossing the junction on the Mumbai-bound lane of the highway. The flyover measuring 900m in length will run parallel to the highway and take a U-turn and land in the opposite direction ahead of the Teen Haath Naka. Officials say once the project is completed, the waiting time at signal for Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, and Pune-bound vehicles will be reduced substantially. The plan entails removing the signals that increase waiting time and often stretches beyond 15-20 minutes. The inclusion of the two U-shaped flyovers at the spot will prove beneficial in smooth management of traffic, especially once the metro station comes up on the stretch. The project may affect a small stretch of green cover between the service road and the highway.

New, signal-free corridor will ease Mumbai-Thane traffic woes

Thane Political News

Maharashtra: Developer caught stealing electricity worth Rs 33 lakh in Thane
Times of India | 4 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 09:19 pm
Times of India
4 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 09:19 pm

KALYAN: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has unearthed electricity theft worth Rs 33 lakh by a developer at his construction site in Ambernath in Maharashtra's Thane district. The MSEDCL found that the construction company — Seren Infrastructure — has been stealing electricity with the help of a remote facility. It was found that the builder stole 80,387 units of electricity worth Rs 33 lakh over 21 months from March 2021 to November 2022. In an official press note, MSEDCL claimed that the developer, earlier, by taking permission from MSEDCL constructed two 12-storey buildings at the site. After constructing two residential complexes, the developer continued to use electricity for the another residential complex from the old electricity connection without permission and constructed six floors out of 12 floors. The MSEDCL official said a raid, led by Ulhasnagar division-2 executive engineer Praveen Chakole, recently inspected the power connections of Serene Infrastructure. It was found that Serene Infrastructure was tampering with the electricity meter using remote control. After a thorough investigation, it was found that Seren Infrastructure had stolen electricity worth Rs 33 in the last 21 months. The official further said a notice has been issued to the concerned builder for the payment of stolen electricity. If this payment is not paid on time, a police complaint will be filed against Serene Infrastructure.

Maharashtra: Developer caught stealing electricity worth Rs 33 lakh in Thane

Thane Election News

Thane gram panchayat polls: Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction & BJP claim victory on 80% seats
Times of India | 1 month ago | 18-10-2022 | 09:36 am
Times of India
1 month ago | 18-10-2022 | 09:36 am

THANE: Chief minister Eknath Shinde-led Bala Saheb's Shiv Sena and Bhartiya Janta Party's supporters have claimed to win about 80 per cent of the seats in Thane district in the first gram panchayat elections held after the Shinde and BJP government came to power in Maharashtra. Thane district is home town of Shinde, where he has a strong hold. Both alliance parties had claimed that their supporters manage to win 121 gram panchayats while Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Maha Vikas Aghadi together have been able to win only 28 gram panchayats out of total 156 gram panchayats in District while on 2 gram panchayat locals had boycotted voting. The maximum 63 gram panchayats were won by Shinde faction while BJP managed to win 58 gram panchayats. Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena supporters contested election together with its MVA partners Congress and NCP and they altogether won 28 gram panchayats. Political pandits claimed that many were believing that Thackeray may get sympathy votes since Shinde broke his party, but results show that Shinde still have his clouds in Thane District like earlier. It may be recalled after Eknath Shinde formed government with BJP, more than 80% of political representatives including corporators, zila parishad members, gram panchayat members of Shiv Sena had came in support of Shinde. Prakash Patil, up neta of Shinde faction who has strong hold in Thane rural area, said, "The results shows that Shinde saheb who worked for development in Thane district is still having strong support of real Shiv Sainiks in Bala Saheb's Shiv Sena party and in future also we will get same support." Patil claimed that in upcoming two to three days I will take all our elected representatives in Mumbai to meet CM Shinde. Interestingly MVA partners till late evening were not sure about their elected representatives in Thane district. When asked Kedar Dighe, Thane district president of Uddhav led Shiv Sena, he said, "I was busy in party's meeting and yet to check exactly how much our supporters win gram panchayats." A senior bureaucrat said the claims made by parties have no substance since the elections are not contested on the basis of affiliation to political parties.

Thane gram panchayat polls: Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction & BJP claim victory on 80% seats
‘Uddhav Thackeray’s Sena banking only on legacy for votes’
Times of India | 1 month ago | 14-10-2022 | 10:47 am
Times of India
1 month ago | 14-10-2022 | 10:47 am

THANE: Ahead of the Andheri assembly seat by-polls, the Eknath Shinde faction has accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led group of relying on legacy and sympathy votes instead of talking about developmental works. A day after the Thackeray-led group submitted a letter to the Election Commission alleging bias, Naresh Mhaske, former Thane mayor and spokesperson for the Shinde group, released a digital statement dismissing the same and claiming they (Thackeray) had no other topics to fight elections and are therefore banking only on blame games and seeking sympathy. “They (Thackeray) had sought the torch symbol and temporary name for their party from the EC, and had announced the same on social media also and started celebrations. Surprisingly, after three days, they are now alleging foul play which reflects that they have nothing else to fight on except playing the sympathy card and banking on their legacy. The kind of work you do is more important when fighting such polls,” said Mhaske. Chiding the complaints made by the Thackeray group, Mhaske repeated Shinde’s stance that injustice was done on their group. “We are the real claimants for the party symbol and name, and have over 80% support of leaders and workers. On the other hand, they are resorting to forging support which was recently seen in Mumbai. We appeal to them to fight out a fair war based on works done. These crocodile tears won’t help,” said Mhaske. When contacted, Kedar Dighe, district president at Thane Shiv Sena, defended the Thackeray group. “If it was only sympathy then it would not have lasted long, but those making allegations must also remember dedication and loyalty is what binds a party and its people together. It seems it has become a norm for them (Shinde faction) to comment and criticise everything. But they must realise that the common man is watching everything,” he said.

‘Uddhav Thackeray’s Sena banking only on legacy for votes’
  • Sena vs Sena in Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde group targets Uddhav Thackeray faction for banking on legacy, sympathy
  • Times of India

    THANE: Ahead of the Andheri assembly seat bypolls, the Eknath Shinde faction — of the Shiv Sena — has accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led group of relying on legacy and sympathy votes instead of talking about developmental works. Read AlsoSena vs Sena: Uddhav camp gets 'mashaal' as poll symbol, Shinde faction told to give new list of symbolsThe Election Commission on Monday allotted 'flaming torch' (mashaal) election symbol to the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena and gave it the name: 'Shiv Sena - Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray'. 'Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena' (Balasaheb's Shiv Sena) is the new name for the Eknath Shinde group of theA day after the Thackeray-led group submitted a letter to the Election Commission alleging bias towards the Shinde faction, Naresh Mhaske — former Thane mayor and spokesperson for the Shinde group — released a digital statement wherein he dismissed the same and claimed they (Thackeray) had no other topics to fight elections and are so banking only on blame games and seeking sympathy. Read AlsoSena vs Sena: Eknath Shinde camp gets 'two swords and shield' as poll symbolThe Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday allotted ‘Two Swords and Shield’ as a poll symbol to the Eknath Shinde-led faction of the Shiv Sena. The development comes a day after the poll panel gave the faction its new name: Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena.“They (Thackeray) had sought the torch symbol and temporary name for their party from the EC and had announced the same on social media also and started celebrations. Surprisingly, after three days, they are now alleging foul play which reflects that they have nothing else to fight on except playing the sympathy card and banking on their legacy. The kind of work you do is more important when fighting such polls,” said Mhaske. Sena vs Sena: Uddhav Thackeray, Eknath Shinde groups fight over venue of Dasara rallyChiding the complaints made by the Thackeray group, Mhaske repeated Shinde’s stance that injustice was done on their group. “We are the real claimants for the party symbol and name and have over 80% support of leaders and workers. On the other hand they are resorting to forging support which was recently seen in Mumbai. We appeal to them to fight out a fair war based on works done. These crocodile tears won’t help,” said Mhaske. When contacted, Kedar Dighe, district president at Thane Shiv Sena, defended the Thackeray group. “If it was only sympathy then it would not have lasted long but those making allegations must also remember dedication and loyalty is what binds a party and its people together. It seems it has become a norm for them (Shinde faction) to comment and criticize everything. But they must realise that the common man is watching everything,” he said.

Kalyan: Court orders to initiate criminal proceedings against petitioner for presenting false documents
Times of India | 2 months ago | 26-09-2022 | 04:14 pm
Times of India
2 months ago | 26-09-2022 | 04:14 pm

ULHASNAGAR: Hearing an election petition, Kalyan sessions court has ordered to initiate criminal proceedings against the petitioner for presenting false documents in the court. In 2017, Prakash Kukreja, a retired law officer from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), had filed an election petition before the court, challenging appointment of five nominated corporators -- Asha Idnani, Manoj Lassi, Arun Ashan, Pradeep Ramchandani and Surendra Sawant -- by the UMC. Post-retirement, he was also working as a lawyer. However, during court proceedings, civil judge A S Lanjewar, found that petitioner had deliberately adduced false evidence and it requires to initiate action in view of section 340 of Cr.P.C. The judge also observed that after retirement, Kukreja became a partner in a firm, and was carrying out development business in name of M/s Kapleshwara Builders & Developers. The said firm also constructed project 'Pinnacle Gloria'. Therefore, P.P. Kukreja is not competent to claim himself as an advocate. In order, Lanjewar stated that during cross-examination, respondent put various suggestions in that respect. However, Kukreja flatly denied any relation with said partnership firm and project. Therefore, the respondent produced the necessary certified documents on record. However, Kukreja claimed that those documents were false and bogus. Therefore, respondents examined officers of MAHARERA and Register of firms. Considering evidence and documents produced on record, it clearly established that Kukreja is a partner in a partnership firm and he deals in the business of development. The judge, in his order, directed superintendent, civil court to initiate criminal proceeding against Prakash Punjumal Kukreja and hereby, directed him to file a criminal complaint against him for an offence punishable under section 193 of Indian Penal Code.

Kalyan: Court orders to initiate criminal proceedings against petitioner for presenting false documents
Remove photo of Shivaji Maharaj and contest polls: Maharashtra minister Dada Bhuse challenges Uddhav Thackeray
Times of India | 2 months ago | 24-09-2022 | 01:06 pm
Times of India
2 months ago | 24-09-2022 | 01:06 pm

KALYAN: The ports and mines minister Dada Bhuse of Shiv Sena's rebel faction on Friday challenged Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to remove the photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and contest the election as the latter is continuosly teasing the Eknath Shinde group for using Bal Thackeray's photo. The Hindu Garv Garjana Sampark Yatra was started by chief minister Eknath Shinde and his supporters across Maharashtra, under which the first rally was organized in Dombivli on Friday evening by Eknath Shinde's son Dr Shrikant Shinde during which minister Bhuse was also present. The rally was attended by a large crowd of Shiv Sainiks. On this occasion, Dada Bhuse in his speech said, "This gathering is a trailer for Dussehra gathering and now we will have to search for a bigger ground for gathering on Dussehra." Bhuse said Uddhav Thackeray is repeatedly asking us to remove Bala Saheb's photo but Bala Saheb was not the father of one family but the father of entire Maharashtra. Therefore, those running the party in the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj should remove the picture of Shivaji Maharaj and contest the elections, he said. Bhuse slammed Uddhav saying that he remembers Shivaji Maharaj during election and then forgets him. Talking about the permission denied for Shivaji Park rally, Bhuse said that, "We are Shiv Sainiks who believe in democracy. It's good that it happened. Since the capacity of Shivaji Park is less, not so many Shiv Sainiks can gather there. Therefore, we should look for a bigger ground for a large crowd." During the rally, Shrikant Shinde also targeted Uddhav saying, "Earlier, during the 2.5 years of government, it was being run by someone else and someone else was sitting on the chair". Shrikant also said that looking at the speed of work of Shinde government in last 2.5 months, opposition are worried about what he would do in 2.5 years of his government. He added that during the next 2.5 years, Shinde-led government will be a blockbuster hit like Sholay movie. However, speaking over chair controversy during a rally he said, "Earlier opposition were looking at the chair of Shinde Sahab. Now these people have started seeing my chair too". Shrikant said, "Yesterday (Thursday) I was sitting on the chair of my Thane-based house, before I sat, there was the video conferencing of CM saheb, due to which there was his board behind the chair but I had not seen it. I am a second time MP and once I win by 2.5 lakh margin and I will know protocols about where to sit and where not."

Remove photo of Shivaji Maharaj and contest polls: Maharashtra minister Dada Bhuse challenges Uddhav Thackeray

Thane Education News

Thane: Girls turning doctors by dozens, may resuscitate Bhiwandi’s image
Times of India | 3 months ago | 21-08-2022 | 04:46 am
Times of India
3 months ago | 21-08-2022 | 04:46 am

THANE: In the drawing room of a modest apartment in Bhiwandi sit a dozen girls, some in burqa. One thing common among them is that they have all passed MBBS. This pretty picture is noticeably different from the popular image of Bhiwandi. With creaking infrastructure and its power looms, once a mainstay of its economy, in a limbo, Bhiwandi is often called a dying textile town. Unemployment and hopelessness often explain the town that was once called 'Manchester of India'. Amid this hopelessness, is sprouting a new breed of doctors who can change this image. "There is a craze among youngsters, especially girls, to become doctors. Soon we will have dozens of trained doctors," said Shamim Ansari, whose daughter Somaiya is credited to have become a role model. Newly minted doctors drive Bhiwandi's silent revolutionBhiwandi's girls are excelling at NEET, and it is being compared to a "silent revolution". "Recently we felicitated hundreds of students who had cleared SSC exams with flying colours, 70% of which were girls. The way girls are excelling at NEET exams, it is liberation through education and they are bringing a silent revolution," said Bhiwandi East MLA Rais Shaikh. The revolution began with Somaiya Ansari. Studying in Urdu medium, Somaiya topped her school at SSC exam in 2008 and cracked NEET in 2011, securing an MBBS seat at a government medical college. Along with her, Ansari Shifa Shamim and Momin Aseera Akhtar too cleared NEET. "These three girls inspired many youngsters who began dreaming of becoming doctors," said Bhiwandi resident and law teacher Salim Yusuf Shaikh. While many individuals worked to create awareness, many credit Dr Abdul Aziz as having encouraged youngsters to aim for MBBS. "From arranging for fees to helping students get caste certificates and their validation, Dr Abdul Aziz has been a great motivator for medical aspirants here," said businessman Akram Ansari, whose elder brother was among a few initial MBBS doctors in Bhiwandi. Akram's daughter is also studying medicine. There are some unlikely "lovers" of a career in medicine here. Sheikh Parvez Ahmed is a photographer-cum-cabbie who drives Bhiwandi students to a coaching centre in Mulund. "While I drove these MBBS aspirants to the coaching centre and back, I thought about my own daughter. I spoke to parents of some of these girls who guided me and I put my own daughter in the same coaching centre and now she too is MBBS," says Ahmed.

Thane: Girls turning doctors by dozens, may resuscitate Bhiwandi’s image

Thane Covid News

Maharashtra: Active Covid tally dips below 10,000 after 3 months
Times of India | 2 months ago | 07-09-2022 | 07:43 am
Times of India
2 months ago | 07-09-2022 | 07:43 am

PUNE: Maharashtra's tally of active Covid cases has now dropped below the 10,000-mark for the first time in over three months. It's a major development, considering the state had over 25,000 active cases around June-end. Officials attributed the drop to clear skies and reduced rainfall. The break in the weather has also caused swine flu cases to fall. "Transmission of influenza and Covid is nearly similar. Increased rainfall and humidity can boost transmission as SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses can piggyback on moisture droplets in the air," said state surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate. Data showed that around June 9, Maharashtra had 11,571 active Covid cases. The number rose to 23,746 around June 19 and by June 27, active caseload was at 25,570. But by August 8, number of patients fell by more than half to 11,900 and by August-end, it was at 10,633. On Tuesday, the state's active caseload was at 7,701. As for SARS-CoV-2 variants, Maharashtra seems to have dodged the more serious BA.5 subvariant - its prevalence is now less than 5% in samples from the state. Dr Rajesh Karyakarte, a member of India's INSACOG network, said, "BA.5 had triggered severe infection in patients in some countries." Maharashtra is reporting a 75% prevalence of the milder BA.2.75 subvariant, which has not caused a spike in hospitalisation rates. Dr Awate said, "We are seeing a rise in BA.2.75 infections, but cases are largely mild and people are recovering at home. BA.2.75's prevalence is high in samples from Pune, Mumbai, and Thane." According to labs, the state reported 21 BA.5 patients and 216 BA.2.75 cases between August 20 and September 1. Dr Sidram K Raut, director of Noble Hospitals, said, "There has been no rise in the number of people reporting to the hospital. Widespread vaccine coverage may be a factor. But at the same time, there has been no major drop in the number of patients, which suggests many still haven't taken boosters."

Maharashtra: Active Covid tally dips below 10,000 after 3 months