Chanda Kochhar, husband Deepak, Venugopal Dhoot allowed home-cooked food, bed in CBI custody

Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar leave after appearing in a court in Mumbai on Saturday. (Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Maharashtra recorded 15 new cases of coronavirus on Monday that raised the tally of infections to 81,36,526, an official from the state health department told news agency PTI. As per an official report, Mumbai circle recorded the highest number of six cases, followed by Pune with four, Nagpur with three and Nashik circle with two.

On Monday, Shinde had hit out at his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray, who demanded that the Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka be declared as a Union Territory. “We do not need any lessons from others. We are standing steadfast with those living in the boundary region,” Shinde told reporters on Monday. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday asserted the state government will fight for even an inch of land, amid the simmering boundary dispute with Karnataka.

Nisarga Yatri Sanstha, a Ratnagiri-based non-profit organization, has been working for the last few years to find and preserve petroglyphs in Konkan region. (Photo: Nisargyatri)

The site proposed for a mega oil refinery in Barsu village of Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district is at the center of a row over whether it might damage ancient rock carvings found in the area. Known as Ratnagiri oil refinery and petrochemical complex, the project is being developed by Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited.

The rock art, or petroglyphs, estimated to be 20,000 years old and classified as protected monuments by the state archeology department and the Archaeological Survey of India, have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. read more

Kumud Mishra, Divya Jagadale and Manav Kaul in the play Irani Cafe, written by Shiv Subrahmanyam.

To celebrate the work and life of Shiv Subrahmanyam, a four-day festival was rolled out at the Prithvi Theater by his theater group Playtrix Players turning the spotlight on his work as an actor, writer and director.

The festival opened last week with the release of ‘Irani Cafe & Other Plays’ (published by Dhauli Books), a collection of plays written by Subrahmanyam. While Subrahmanyam has written around nine plays, this collection has three of his full-length plays — Irani Cafe, Snapshots from an Album and Clogged Arteries. read more

A special CBI court sent former ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and chairman of Videocon group Venugopal Dhoot to custody till December 28. The CBI Monday arrested Dhoot in connection with alleged cheating and irregularities in loans sanctioned by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group companies, officials said. On Friday, the CBI arrested the Kochhars for allegedly cheating the bank of Rs 1,730 crore until March 2012.

As the resolution over the Maharashtra-Karnataka border row was delayed in the Assembly on Monday, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray demanded that the Center declare the disputed border area as a Union Territory. “We don’t want a single inch of Karnataka’s land but we want our land back… We should send a demand to the Center to declare the Karnataka-occupied-Maharashtra a union territory.” While the Maharashtra government was set to bring a resolution, similar to the one recently passed by the Karnataka Assembly, reiterating its stance on the dispute, on Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the resolution has been delayed because CM Eknath Shinde had to go to Delhi.

In other news, Mumbai recorded five fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday, a government health bulletin showed. With 1,270 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) stood at 0.39%. At present, there are 4,441 Covid-19 beds in Mumbai, out of which 10 are occupied. At present there are 49 active Covid-19 patients in Mumbai and the recovery rate of Mumbai stands at 98.3%.

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