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|2018-03-23||Oil truck topples at Patlipada, traffic hit - Times of India|
Oil truck topples at Patlipada, traffic hit Mar 23, 2018, 22:28 IST THANE : Thousands of office-goers from Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai using the Ghodbunder Road faced immense inconvenience for over three hours on Thursday morning after a container truck carrying some unidentified oil variant toppled near the Patlipada flyover.According to the traffic police, around 7am, the driver of the Silvassa -bound trailer (MH-04-EB-4844) coming from JNPT lost control of the vehicle near the flyover and crashed into the divider after which it toppled opposite Preston Building. The driver, Jeetlal Pal, sustained minor injuries. The impact of the mishap punctured the container leading to the oil spilling out and making the road slippery and dangerous following which the authorities immediately blocked access to it. All vehicles including tourist, public transport buses and freight vans along with cars on the Thane-Gaimukh lanes were diverted on the opposite track leading to a massive snarl. “The oil had spread out on all the Gujarat-bound lanes of the highway near the Patlipada bridge ascent forcing the police to halt all traffic on it. Rescue officials rushed to the spot had a huge responsibility clearing the traffic and clearing the oil spill. We covered the affected lanes with soil to absorb the oil and minimize risk to the passing vehicles,” informed Santosh Kadam, in charge of the RDMC. Meanwhile, several commuters complained they had no other alternative but to stay stuck on the congested stretch. “I was on my way work to Borivli and got stuck at Majiwada for a long time as the traffic inched slowly further. It took me nearly an hour to cross the stretch,” said Pratik Patil, a regular traveler from Kalyan who drives to and from work using GB road. The stretch was opened for traffic nearly three hours later.
|2018-03-23||Thane police nabs four persons with Hashish worth Rs 18lakh - Times of India|
Thane police nabs four persons with Hashish worth Rs 18lakh Mar 23, 2018, 12:51 IST THANE: The sleuths from anti-narcotics have arrested a 67-year-old Kashmiri man and three others for possessing nine kgs of pure quality of Hashish. The consignment is estimated to be worth Rs 18.20 lakh in the international market. Police said that such finest quality of Hashish is cultivated in Kashmir valley and is high on demand among addicts. The accused have been identified as Ishwarchand Agrawal (53) from Delhi, Mohammad Bhat (67) from Pulwama in Kashmir, Mohsin Khan (33) from Kalyan, Mohammed Harun Shaikh (36) also from Kalyan. All of them were arrested by a team led by senior Inspector Sanjay Godse, Sub-Inspector Amruta Chaware and the team. Godse informed that police had a tip off about the delivery of consignment by two men near Station area. Acting on the advance tip-off, cops laid a trap and nabbed Agrawal and Bhat after they arrived on the spot to deliver the package to Khan and Shaikh on Wednesday evening. The officer said that a team shall be dispatched to Delhi and Kashmir for the further probe as from where the accused got such a huge consignment. A case has been registered at Thane Nagar police station under relevant sections of NDPS act.Earlier in this month, the anti-extortion cell had arrested three persons including two Kashmiri men from Mumbra allegedly for smuggling 15.7 kgs of Hashish worth Rs. 31 lakhs. The police said that they are yet to probe if both the cases have any connection.
|2018-03-23||History sheeter arrested with six illegal fire arms - Times of India|
History sheeter arrested with six illegal fire arms Mar 23, 2018, 11:47 IST THANE: A 23-year-old history sheeter from Virar has been arrested and six illegal pistols and 15 live cartridges were recovered from him. The accused, Samen Shaikh was arrested by the anti-extortion cell sleuths based on a tip-off, said N T Kadam, the Assistant police commissioner. Shaikh is a history-sheeter and has been earlier booked by Kandivali police in a similar illegal fire arms case, he was convicted for a robbery at Ambernath and was lodged in the jail for around three-and-half years. "Shaikh came out of jail on January 11 and again got into illegal business of supplying fire arms," said Pradip Sharma, the senior inspector. Based on the information, that he will come to Kopri, the slueths led by inspector police RV Kothmire, Vilas Ghodke and the team laid a trap and intercepted the accused.Upon frisking, the police found 0.32 bore six illegal fire arms of fine quality with 15 live cartridges. "The pistols are manufactured on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh's Banda village. He was supposed to deliver the firearms to someone but was trapped before that," said Kothmire. Preliminary investigation revealed that he was supposedly paid Rs 20000 for the delivery. The market rate of one pistol is Rs 1.25 lakhs to Rs 2 lakhs, which can vary according to the buyer or the customer in the illegal market.
|2018-03-22||Mistaken by Thane residents as a Portuguese church, team ... - The Indian Express|
Mistaken by Thane residents as a Portuguese church, team stumbles upon Anglican church The team has now been trying to convince the locals about its origins. They would, however, much rather believe the stories their ancestors told them about. Mumbai | Published: March 22, 2018 5:58 am Chasing Portuguese structures in Thane, a team of researchers and archaeologists from Mumbai University’s Centre for Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) stumbled upon an almost two centuries old Anglican church, earlier mistakenly known as a Portuguese church by Thanekars. The team has now been trying to convince the locals about its origins. They would, however, much rather believe the stories their ancestors told them about. A protestant church built in 1825 in Thane along with a cemetery in the backyard has a list of names of the priest-in-charge and members. As the researchers found, they are either English, Irish or Scottish. The research is part of the CEMS’s exploration project of the salsette region (a stretch between Mahim creek-Bandra-Vasai creek). The team headed by Dr Kurush Dalal was exploring Thane and beyond for the archealogical remnants, especially those with traces of Portuguese architecture. “We visited the St James Church in Thane last year, following talks of it being a Portuguese church dating back to the 17th or 18 century. However, after studying the structure and other details pertaining to it, we found that the church has nothing Portuguese about it. It is purely an Anglican church according to our research. However while interviewing locals, we found that they call it a Portuguese church for decades,” said Dr Kurush Dalal, deputy director of CEMS who headed the team which explored Thane zone. The entrance of the church is flanked by six huge pillars each 15 feet high. According to the priest in charge the church was managed by the British government during the pre-Independence period, now it falls under the Bombay Diocesan Trust Association. According to Dalal, Portuguese architecture has original and peculiar characteristics that were exported to all its colonies in India, Africa, etc. Portuguese Jesuitical architecture followed the Baroque model, which is not in the case of St James Church. “The closest comparison is St John, the Baptist church in Thane, originally St Francis church dating back to 1535, has hundred per cent Portuguese architecture. The conical style roof, other architectural remnants found at St James Church, the old graveyards, memorial tablets bearing English, Irish and Scottish names point out the Anglican Origin of the church,” added Dalal. The priest in charge of the church, Rev Rajendra Bhonsale, said, “The church was built for English officers, civic servants such as collectors and magistrates posted in Thane during that time. We have preserved stone and marble tablets raised in their memory in those time. It is an Anglican church even though locals call it a Portuguese church.” The Pednekar family, who has been living in the compound of the church for over five decades, claim they have heard stories about the church from their family. “We often heard from our father and grandfather that the church was built by Portuguese. However what difference does it make? We live in the compound of this church and have been entrusted with task of its caretakers,” said Viresh Pednekar, who lives in the St James Church compound with his 74-year-old father Vinod. Historian Sadashiv Tetwilkar said, “Locals believe hearsay and stories told to them. The older the story, the more authentic they feel it is. Everything in the church including the architecture points out it is an Anglican church. Interestingly, there is almost a two century old tomb in the middle of the cemetery that has some message carved on it in ancient Marathi script. No matter what, the locals will continue to call it Portuguese church, as they have known it to be.” Have a comment or suggestion for Notes from the Suburbs? Write to mumbai.newsline @expressindia.com with subject line: Notes from the Suburbs
|2018-03-22||Nawazuddin Does Not Have a Clean Chit Yet: Thane Crime Branch - The Quint|
Nawazuddin Does Not Have a Clean Chit Yet: Thane Crime Branch 03H 25M AGO The Thane crime branch, investigating the Call Data Records (CDR) racket, on Wednesday, stated that actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not have a clean chit in the scam, and his role is being probed. The Thane police have also issued summons to actor Jackie Shroff’s wife, Ayesha, whose name surfaced in the racket on Tuesday.Nawazuddin’s lawyer, Rizwan Siddiqui was arrested on the night of 16 March for allegedly obtaining CDR of the actor’s wife, Anjali Siddiqui illegally from one of the private detectives arrested earlier in the case. Investigators believe that it is “quite obvious” that the advocate had taken the step on behest of the actor; however, no incriminating evidence against Nawazuddin has come forth so far. “Preliminary investigations have revealed that Nawazuddin’s brother was in touch with Rizwan over phone calls and chats,” Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police (crime), Thane told The Quint. “After analysing CDR details of Nawazuddin and Rizwan, we have found that there was no direct communication between the two. However, investigations in the case are not over yet. Nawazuddin does not have a clean chit, and we are probing every angle in the case.”
|2018-03-22||Installing feeders, bird houses & water bowls pays off as Thane witnesses rise in sparrow population - Times of India|
Installing feeders, bird houses $ water bowls pays off as Thane witnesses rise in sparrow populationInstalling feeders, bird houses & water bowls pays off as Thane witnesses rise in sparrow populationFreny Fernandes | TNN | Mar 22, 2018, 22:17 ISTTHANE: The sparrow population that was on a decline a few years ago in the city has finally witnessed an increase in numbers. Thanks to the various initiatives taken up by residents and NGOs who put up nests and bird houses in their balconies and housing societies. From making nests to installing bird feeders and water bowls for the petite winged beauties, Thaneites have gone out of their way to make the city more bird friendly. They have been stocking up food, creating shelter to attract birds. Due to all these efforts, they have saved these birds from becoming extinct. Saurabh Raikar (20), a Bramhand resident who had installed a sparrow house and feeder in his balcony in 2014, said, “We used to hardly see any sparrows in our vicinity four years ago. But now, the chirping of these birds has become prominent as many have put up sparrow homes in their balcony. In the first few months itself, sparrows used to come and feed on the grains. When we kept the feeder and house opposite each other and kept a few plants around it, we had more sparrows coming in and starting families in the sparrow house. While we see sparrows every day, it has been even more exciting watching the adult sparrow feeding their fledglings and leaving the house with their small families around three months later.” Many housing societies who had started Sparrow-Vapsi projects have witnessed a rise in the number of sparrows is their gardens these days. “Over the past few years we have been reading a number of articles about the depleting sparrow population due to the rise in urbanisation and drop in tree count. We made sparrow nests and placed them in parts of the buildings that would attract these birds,” said Navin Augustine, a resident of Neelkanth Heights society, where they have installed bird feeders. While residents have been doing their bit to conserve the sparrow population, many schools like Sankalp English School has also been enlightening their students about it by asking them to make sparrow houses and essays writting on the subject. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App. Download The Times of India news app for your device. Read more City news in English and other languages.RELATED From the WebMore From The Times of India An agency which serves you best to Indian MarketIMA DigitalGoing bald? This ’10 Days’ Ayurvedic hair oil can help you!10 Days Hair OilInsure your parents & save tax upto ?9000 under Sec 80D!ET INSURELosing your hair? This ’10 days’ hair oil will grow it back!10 Days Hair OilGrow your hair back without any hassles!RATHIRA AYURVEDAMohabbatein | Song - Soni SoniSevere storms wreck Alabama churchTaking classical art forms to the youthKirrak Party | Song - Last BenchBSF organises football tour for youth in Kolkata From around the web Do you want your child to be the next Einstein?MAX LIFERelax & let us boost your website trafficTimes GroupAmazon Business-GST Invoice & Bulk DiscountsAmazon SMEMore from The Times of India Bird lovers make nests on World Sparrow Day in Navi MumbaiRussian boy embraces 'rejected' heart at Chennai hospitalWatch: Rape victim's mother thrashes accused in Indore more from times of india CitiesDelhi news todayMumbai RainsBangalore RainsDelhi EarthquakeChennai RainsDelhi SmogDelhi PollutionMumbai FloodsHindi newsViewcomments
|2018-03-22||Oil spill causes severe traffic jam on Thane's Ghodbunder Road ... - Hindustan Times|
Oil spill causes severe traffic jam on Thane’s Ghodbunder Road during morning peak hours The accident took place on Patlipada bridge on Thursday morning; congestion has cleared now MUMBAI Updated: Mar 22, 2018 13:41 IST Commuters using Ghodbunder Road got stuck in a severe traffic jam on Thursday morning after a container toppled and spilled tonnes of oil on the highway. The accident took place on Patlipada bridge, opposite Preston building, early on Thursday, while the container was going towards Silvassa from JNPT. The driver suffered minor injuries and has been admitted to hospital.Officials from Thane’s Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) reached the spot soon after with one fire engine, a Quick Rescue Van and an emergency tender. “The container was carrying oil and it spilled on the road around 6am. It led to a huge traffic block for more than three hours. Now the traffic has started moving slowly,” said Santosh Kadam, in charge of the RDMC.The driver lost control and crashed into the divider after which the heavy vehicle toppled, Kadam said. “We have covered the affected spot with soil so that it absorbs the oil.” For a while,the traffic police and RDMC officials closed the lane where the oil had spilled, but now the lane has been opened and the congestion has mostly cleared, he revealed.The driver of the container, Jeetlal Pal, 35, has suffered minor injuries and has been shifted to a hospital nearby, Kadam added.
|2018-03-22||'Backdoor levies to push up your property tax outgo' - Times of India|
‘Backdoor levies to push up your property tax outgo’ Mar 22, 2018, 22:15 IST Thane: Residents may have to pay nearly 34% increase in their property tax next fiscal despite the annual budget presented has not proposed any hike. The reason for the rise, claim officials, is the non-implementation of the increased taxation despite an approval in the present fiscal. Officials informed the hike approved by the general body for the current fiscal was not executed in the current fiscal and may now reflect in the bills generated for the next fiscal. Activists and elected representatives have expressed their ire over this issue and have criticized the administration and the ruling party over this ‘discreet’ taxation. The hike was first mentioned in the Tuesday general body meeting wherein Shiv Sena leader Naresh Mhaske requested the administration over reducing the property tax hike to 10%. The surprised house however questioned this hike claiming having no idea when the same had come for approval and got approved. The proposal (copy is with this paper) speaks of a hike spread across various components of the property tax including water, sewerage, and road tax cover for both residential and non-residential properties. The hike for residential properties is from 32% to 66% while that for commercial properties is from 46% to 77% as per the document. A group of citizen activists on Wednesday rubbished the ploy of the administration by waiving off any taxes when it was discreetly planning to load residents with the same. They alleged the administration had claimed of increasing the property tax revenue next year from Rs 500 cr to Rs 600cr target by improving collections while it was actually a backdoor levy. “The commissioner and the house need to give complete clarity on this issue. The administration, if at all has to enforce the hike, should reduce the quantum by 25% for each of the sectors,” said activist Unmesh Bagwe.Bagwe along with fellow activists from the Thane chapter of the Swaraj Abhiyaan also questioned the implementation of the solutions planned for alleviating the traffic menace here. “There seems to be no immediate plan of action to tackle traffic congestion in the city as all the remedial measures may take several years to get functional by when the volume of traffic would have escalated already,” complained Bagwe. Meanwhile an official from the property tax department said there was a delay in the implementation of the tax hike last year as by the time the final orders came in, the first batch of bills had already been dispatched. “The same is likely to be implemented next year but a final call will be taken only by the municipal commissioner,” informed the official requesting anonymity. The administration has tried to hoodwink residents by saying there will be no tax hike when infact it has secretly made preparations to levy the increased duty from next year. Such misleading tactics will not be entertained and we will seek an explanation
|2018-03-22||With feasts & prayers, Parsis usher in Navroz - Times of India|
With feasts & prayers, Parsis usher in Navroz Mar 22, 2018, 22:16 IST THANE: Parsis residing in the lake-city ushered in their Navroz on Wednesday with special prayers and festivities. After spending the past five days in looking back at their actions through the year, asking for forgiveness for their wrongdoings and making amends with those they have offended, these Thaneites spent the first day of their New Year in visiting the fire temple and feasting over traditional delicacies. “We started our New Year celebrations by visiting the agiary. On this day we pray for good health, productivity, wealth and prosperity in the New Year. We make sure that the celebration throughout the day has the four crucial Fs which stand for fire and fragrance, food and friendship, where we share traditional meals with our family and friends,” said Delnaz Billimoria, a Runwal Nagar resident. “This day signifies the period to forgive and forget the sins of the past year and start anew. This entire week is a season of new beginnings and celebration,” added a member of the Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman Trust. While their Navroz festivities with prayers, the community spent the rest of the day cooking, eating and sharing traditional sweet and savoury delicacies. “Food is a huge part of our celebrations and any event is incomplete without Salli boti, patrani machhi, dhansaak and other meat and fish dishes. As we don’t get as much time to cook a massive meal because of our busy schedules, a few friends come together and we have a potluck. While my friends were in charge of main course, I prepared the vermicelli and mava sweets,” said Monaz Acchadiwala, another Thaneite. “My wife and I took leave to celebrate our one-year-old’s first New Year. After visiting the agiary, we went out for lunch at a famous Parsi restaurant in fort that I had been going to since I was a child. We spent the rest of the day visiting relatives and friends,” said 34-year-old Frehaan Shokri, who recently shifted to Thane.
|2018-03-22||Advocate Rizwan Siddiqui to file petitions against Thane police over his recent arrest in CDR case - India Today|
Advocate Rizwan Siddiqui to file petitions against Thane police over his recent arrest in CDR case Mumbai March 22, 2018 UPDATED 16:59 IST A day after his release from police custody, advocate Rizwan Siddiqui said that he is preparing his petitions to take on the Thane police over his recent arrest. He intends to file a series of petitions asking for investigation against the police officers who arrested him on March 16. Rizwan Siddiqui was released by Thane police on Wednesday after Bombay High Court ordered them to do so. Today, he was going through all that has been written and spoken by Thane police in his case while he had been in police custody since the last five days. Siddiqui was arrested by Thane police on the allegation of having sought call data records of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's estranged wife Sheeba.Siddiqui today said, "Shocking to see DCP Abhishek Trimukhe 'doing trial by media' by giving interviews with false and cooked up stories concerning my client Ms. Kangana Ranaut, Ms. Ayesha Shroff and another client's Warangal case. I dare him to lead evidence in public and support his claim. My silent co-operation with police seems to have been misconstrued therefore it it is time to talk. DCP Abhishek Trimukhe cannot wrecklessly garner publicity for himself on the basis of falsehood and at the cost of my reputation. Enough is enough." Kangana Ranaut, yesterday, lashed out at the DCP saying, "When we respond to a notice, we give all details to lawyer. To assume that these details were used to violate law and make statements based on that assumption and defame an artist is super lame on Abhishek Trimukhe's part. Proper investigation should be carried out before making assumptions." Divisional commissioner of Police (DCP) Trimukhe reportedly had said, "Also investigation has revealed that Kangana Ranaut had shared Hrithik Roshan's mobile number and shared it with the accused Rizwan Siddiqui in 2016, a reason for that is not known yet, the probe is on." He had made allegations against actor Jackie Shroff's wife Ayesha Shroff on similar lines. According to police they had apparently found all the evidence in Rizwan's phone.
|2018-03-21||Thane Municipal Corporation to undertake go-green drive - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation to undertake go-green drive Thane Municipal Corporation has proposed various measures like massive tree plantation drive, green hanging walls, memory garden and so on in order to further increase the city's green cover. In past three years, TMC planted 10 lakh trees in the city. "We had a target of 5 lakh trees but we planted double with a survival rate of 80% to 82%," says Sanjeev Jaiswal, TMC commissioner. This has increased the urban jungle at Kavesar, Bramhand and Waghbill and added to the green lungs of the city. Encouraged by this initiative, the civic body will now plant one lakh trees and one lakh fragrant plants this year and a budget of Rs 5 crores have been allotted for the same. This has encouraged the TMC to undertake more tree plantation and add to the overall greenery of the city. "Starting with Majiwada flyover, each pillar of the flyovers in the city will have a hanging green wall," he says.
|2018-03-21||Thane: To save sparrows, children create homes for birds - Free Press Journal|
Thane: To save sparrows, children create homes for birds Mar 21, 2018 08:40 am Thane: March 20 is celebrated as World sparrow day and to save the tiny bird, Thane children made beautiful small houses for them. Thane’s Sankalp English school has been celebrating this day since last five years to create the awareness among students about the environment. This year, with the help of Sanjay Gandhi national park (yeoor department) the students created the bird feeders and tiny houses. Along with the houses, this year, the school had initiated the poetry project where students, parents, teachers, and the Principal as well wrote the poems based on the theme ‘Sparrow’. Famous Marathi poet, Jayant Bhave helped creating the book out of this project and the book was published by students on this day. Last year, the school had created a record by making around 1,1100 homes for sparrows. This year also the houses are made and that will be hanged in the jungle of Yeoor. The houses are made by recycle waste like cardboards, old notebooks . With the help of their craft teacher, the students created these beautiful tiny homes and decorated with Warli painting.
|2018-03-21||50-year-old man's decomposed body found near Mama Bhanja Hill - Times of India|
50-year-old man’s decomposed body found near Mama Bhanja Hill Updated: Mar 21, 2018, 13:57 IST THANE: A decomposed body of a man was found near Mama-Bhanja hill on Tuesday afternoon. “A passerby spotted the body and informed us about it. We then took the body to Thane Civil hospital for postmortem. The body was in a completely decomposed state and there was no identity proof on the man. He was around 50 years old. Also, there wer CCTVs in the area to find out what exactly happened. But we will check the ones nearby to see if any such person was seen in the last few days. As of now we have registered a case of accidental death,” said Pradeep Giridhar, senior inspector from Vartak Nagar police station. As the body was in a highly decomposed state the Thane Civil hospital has sent the viscera to the forensic lab in Kalina. Further investigations are on in the case.
|2018-03-21||CDR case: HC directs Thane police to release arrested lawyer - Business Standard|
CDR case: HC directs Thane police to release arrested lawyer Mumbai Last Updated at March 21, 2018 15:26 IST The Bombay High Court today directed the Thane police to release from their custody advocate Rizwan Siddiqui, who was arrested last week for illegal possession of the call detail records (CDRs) of bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's wife. A bench of Justices S C Dharamadhikari and P D Naik held that in arresting Rizwan Siddiqui, the Thane police had acted in a "high-handed" manner and failed to follow "due process of law". The bench also directed senior most officials of Thane police and the state Home department to inquire into the actions of the Thane police and if deemed fit, initiate appropriate punitive proceedings against the officials concerned. The bench was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Rizwan Siddiqui's wife, Tasneem, challenging the manner of his arrest in the case. The advocate was arrested by the Thane police on the night of March 16 for allegedly having ordered the illegal procurement of the CDR of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's wife. In the plea, Tasneem claimed that her husband Rizwan Siddiqui had received a witness summon from the Thane Crime Branch Unit one on February 14. However, around 10 pm on March 16, Thane Crime Branch officials came to his office and while recording the statement, arrested him without giving him any notice under section 41(A) of the CrPC to give him time to make an appearance before the police, the plea said. It further alleged that the Thane police has kept him in wrongful and illegal custody since then. The state, that is the prosecution in the case, however, told the HC that the Thane Crime Branch had attempted to serve the 41(A) notice on Rizwan Siddiqui. But since he refused to accept the same, he was arrested, the prosecution said. Section 41 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) sets out guidelines for a prosecuting agency to arrest a person without warrant. It mandates that, if a complaint is received against someone, or if a cognisable offence is made out against that person and he must be arrested without a warrant, then the agency must serve such person with a notice under section 41(A), asking the person to appear before it at a given location and time. Today, the prosecution submitted the details of such notice. However, the court realised that while the notice had been issued on March 15, asking Rizwan Siddiqui to be present before it on March 17 at 11 am, he was arrested before he could have visited the police. When the bench observed that this was in clear contravention of the law, government lawyer Aruna Pai submitted that while the Thane police had no objection to Rizwan Siddiqui's release, as per the magistrate's court order, he had been remanded in police custody till March 23. The bench, however, dismissed the argument. "The magistrate's order is not binding upon this court. This court had to intervene only because due process of law was not followed by officials concerned," the bench said. It said their arguments and the perusal of police records have failed to offer a justification for the high-handed manner in which the police acted and arrested the petitioner's husband (Rizwan Siddiqui). "Therefore, we also suggest that senior most officials of the Thane police and the state Home department look into this and initiate appropriate action against the officials concerned," the high court said. The bench also said the prosecution and the police failed to answer its questions on the process of law and therefore conceded to saying that they have no objection to releasing the petitioner's husband. "See to it that he is released forthwith," the bench said. The court, however, clarified that its observations and order did not pass any judgement on Rizwan Siddiqui's role in the CDR case, and that the police was free to act against him as long as the same was done in accordance with the law.
|2018-03-21||Bombay HC terms lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui's arrest illegal, asks Thane Police to release him by 5 pm - India Today|
Bombay HC terms lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui's arrest illegal, asks Thane Police to release him by 5 pm Mumbai March 21, 2018 UPDATED 17:42 IST Bombay High Court division bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice Prakash Naik came down heavily on Thane police officers investigating the CDR (call detail records) case. The division bench was hearing a habeus corpus petition filed by celebrity advocate Rizwan Siddiqui's wife Tasneem. The court had earlier asked the prosecution to produce contemporaneous documents pertaining to Siddiqui's arrest. A notice under Section 41(a) of Criminal Procedure Code mandates that the investigating agency should serve a notice to the person they need to question, asking him to be present before them at a specified time date and location. While looking at the notice and the arrest memo given to Tasneem by police, Justice Dharmadhikari asked the public prosecutor Aruna Pai, "Do you want strictures against these police officers? Do you want an inquiry in this issue? When you had asked the advocate to produce himself before the police on March 17 at 11 am then why did you have to go with the entire force and arrest him before that?" Siddiqui was arrested by Thane police on the allegation of having sought call data records of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's estranged wife Sheeba. She is locked in a bitter divorce battle with Nawazuddin. According to advocate Siddiqui, he had done so only after his client had asked him to do so. For this, he had even gone to the bar council to ask their permission to divulge the privileged information between a lawyer and his client. However, the Thane police arrested him a day before and handed an arrest memo to his wife around 10:30 pm on March 16. Public prosector Pai showed various documents to show that Thane police had indeed followed procedures. However, Justice Dharmadhikari was not impressed and called it a "facade". Pai then took time till 1 pm to respond to the court. At 1 pm Pai came back to the court and said that she had instructions that Thane police are ready to release Siddiqui from custody but the only problem was that lower court had remanded Siddiqui to police custody till March 23. However, the division bench refused to hear any further saying that it was an issue related to police and lower court. While dictating, the division bench also said in its order that it expects an inquiry against the erring police officers who took law into their hand and that Rizwan Siddiqui should be released by 5 pm. Advocate Rizwan said that they would like to pursue an inquiry against the Thane police officers.
|2018-03-21||CDR case: Bombay High Court directs Thane police to release arrested lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui - Mumbai Mirror|
CDR CASE: BOMBAY HIGH COURT DIRECTS THANE POLICE TO RELEASE ARRESTED LAWYER RIZWAN SIDDIQUI Updated: Mar 21, 2018, 06.48 PM IST The Bombay High Court today directed the Thane police to release from their custody advocate Rizwan Siddiqui, who was arrested last week for illegal possession of the call detail records (CDRs) of bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's wife. A bench of Justices S C Dharamadhikari and P D Naik held that in arresting Rizwan Siddiqui, the Thane police had acted in a "high-handed" manner and failed to follow "due process of law". The bench also directed senior most officials of Thane police and the state Home department to inquire into the actions of the Thane police and if deemed fit, initiate appropriate punitive proceedings against the officials concerned.
|2018-03-21||Vehicle theft racket busted, two arrested - Times of India|
Vehicle theft racket busted, two arrested Mar 21, 2018, 23:17 IST THANE: The city police have busted a vehicle theft racket with the arrest of two auto drivers from Wagle Estate on Monday. The cops have recovered four motorcycles and nine autos that were stolen from Mumbai and Thane. The accused have been identified as Imran Shaikh and Abdul Sayyed. According to the police, the duo used to steal autos and bikes from Mumbai and used to change their number plates and then rent it out to other drivers for Rs 1,000 per day. A total of seven vehicle theft cases have been detected, out of which four which were registered in Thane. DCP Sunil Lokhande said, “We are trying to trace the main owner of the vehicles. The accused had stolen these vehicles over a period of one year and used to commit these robberies only at night.” The accused used to earn Rs 30,000 a month from the stolen vehicles.
|2018-03-21||Thane Consumer Court awards Vinod Naik Rs1.65 lakh for belongings stolen in train - Moneylife|
Thane Consumer Court awards Vinod Naik Rs1.65 lakh for belongings stolen in train 21 March 2018 Vinod Naik, from Ulhasnagar in Thane district in Maharashtra, informed a Thane consumer forum that on 14 May 2015 he was travelling by Kochuveli-Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express of the Konkan Railway Corporation along with his wife and four-year-old daughter. At around 2.10 am, somebody pulled the chain due to which the train stopped for 20 to 25 minutes between Kolad and Mangaon stations, according to a report in the Mid-Day.During that period, some unidentified men stole gold jewellery of his wife, besides his mobile phone and cash, all worth Rs2.9 lakh, he alleged. No railway policeman or train ticket examiner (TTE) was available in the compartment, Naik said alleging that his belongings were stolen in the train due to the negligence and deficiency in service by the Konkan Railway, thus causing him financial loss and mental agony. Hence, he sought compensation from Konkan Railway Corporation, reported the Mid-Day. The Thane Consumer Forum observed that it was the duty of the railway administration to provide adequate security to the passengers and their property during journey, and that the paucity of staff cannot be an excuse to avoid the responsibility. Having considered the evidence on record and submissions made by the parties, there is negligence and deficiency in service on part of the respondent due to which the man suffered financial loss and mental agony, it said. Under these circumstances, he is entitled to be compensated, the forum held in its order. The forum ordered the Konkan Railway Corporation to pay Rs1 lakh for the loss incurred by the complainant, Rs50,000 towards compensation for his mental agony and Rs15,000 for the litigation charges. The compensation is to be paid within 45 days, or else it will attract an interest at 12% per annum, the forum added.
|2018-03-21||Thane Crime Branch summons Ayesha Shroff, alleges accessed CDRs of ex-boyfriend Sahil Khan - Free Press Journal|
Thane Crime Branch summons Ayesha Shroff, alleges accessed CDRs of ex-boyfriend Sahil Khan Mar 21, 2018 07:40 am Mumbai: The Thane Crime Branch has summoned Ayesha Shroff, wife of actor Jackie Shroff, who allegedly accessed the Call Detail Records (CDR) of ex-boyfriend Sahil Khan and submitted it to accused advocate Rizwan Siddiquee. Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane Crime Branch, said, “Ayesha Shroff has been summoned for accessing Call Detail Records of actor Sahil Khan. During investigation, it has been found that Shroff had given the CDRs to Rizwan Siddiquee. Her statement will be recorded this week.” Sahil and Ayesha were in a relationship with each other and had dragged each other to court in 2014. Ayesha levelled allegations against Sahil and had told the court that the relationship could not have existed between the two since Sahil’s sexual orientation was different. Sahil claimed that Ayesha had set up film studio Karma Productions with the sole intention of using her family’s wealth to fund her extravagant lifestyle under the garb of running a business. Sahil had also levelled allegations in the Sessions court in December 2014 that Ayesha had cheated him of Rs 5 crore.Meanwhile, during investigation, Thane crime branch said that actress Kangana Ranaut had shared one of actor Hrithik Roshan’s mobile numbers with Siddiquee in 2016. Confirming this, Trimukhe said, “During investigation, it has been found that Kangana Ranaut shared one of the mobile numbers of Hrithik Roshan with Rizwan Siddiquee. We are yet to ascertain if any CDRs were handed over to the advocate. Our teams are working on it.” Ranaut and Roshan’s controversy hit headlines in 2016, after she called him her “silly ex” in an interview, followed by the two actors slapping legal notices on each other. On February 16, Roshan sent a legal notice to Ranaut asking her to apologise for damaging his reputation through the ‘silly ex’ quote and clarify that she wasn’t referring to him as her ex. He threatened to sue her for defamation if she didn’t comply. Ranaut responded with a 21-page legal notice saying she nowhere mentioned his name and charged Roshan with criminal intimidation and threat. It was then brought to Ranaut’s notice that she had been receiving emails not from his original email, but that of an imposter. Hrithik disclosed to Kangana his original email ID and sources claim that thereafter Kangana started sending an average of 50 mails per day to Hrithik on his original email, including titillating videos of herself.
|2018-03-21||Thane: Woman held for 'killing lover' - The Indian Express|
Thane: Woman held for ‘killing lover’ According to Kasarvadavli police, they found a decomposing body of a man in a room at the Hanuman Galli slum on March 19. “We were alerted when local residents started complaining of a foul smell,” an officer said. Thane | Published: March 22, 2018 3:46 am The Thane police have arrested a 28-year-old woman for allegedly killing her “lover” in a slum in Thane. The woman had allegedly murdered him in a fit of rage after he refused to marry her. She was arrested from Bengaluru. According to Kasarvadavli police, they found a decomposing body of a man in a room at the Hanuman Galli slum on March 19. “We were alerted when local residents started complaining of a foul smell,” an officer said. They found that the body was of a 25-year-old man, identified as Kabir Ahmad Lashkar. “Lashkar had recently moved to the house and had a visitor a few days before his body was found, his neighbours said,” police inspector Nasir Kulkarni said. Lashkar had reportedly moved to Thane from Karnataka last year. He used to work in a cycle repair shop in Karnataka. On Tuesday night, police arrested the woman, identified as Ruma Begum Anwar Hussain Lashkar, from the cycle store in Anikal, Karnataka, sources said. “Her face matched a sketch we prepared of the visitor (to the house of the deceased) and when we interrogated her, she confessed to killing Kabir,” Kulkarni said. According to sources, Ruma Begum was married to the cycle store owner, Anwar Hussain Lashkar. She allegedly fell in love with Kabir who used to work there. “He left for Mumbai to increase his income. He took up a room in Hanuman Galli and told his neighbours that his wife was going to arrive soon,” an officer privy to the investigation said. But when Ruma left her house and came to Kabir, he refused to marry her, police claimed. “She said, in a fit of rage, she killed him by first attacking him with bricks and then slitting his throat. She then took all his money and other valuables and fled to her home. She even took a flight back to Bengaluru to shorten her travel time,” the officer said. “We arrested and brought her to Thane on March 21. We shall produce her in court on March 22,” DCP (Zone V), Sunil Lokhande, said.
|2018-03-21||SSC exam paper leak: Maharashtra police arrest one more person from Thane district - Zee Business|
SSC exam paper leak: Maharashtra police arrest one more person from Thane district SSC exam paper leak: The matter came to light on Monday after exam invigilator Sandhya Pawar saw three students constantly referring to their text books and mobile phones outside the exam hall at MVM Swami Muktanand High School in suburban Andheri, the official said. On checking the mobile phone of one of the students, Pawar found a question paper of history and political science stored in it. Updated: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 08:12 pm Mumbai, PTI SSC exam paper leak: One more person has been arrested in connection with the SSC exam paper leak, taking the total number of arrests to four, a senior police official said today. The accused, Rohit Singh, was arrested last night from Badlapur in Thane district. "Rohit Singh used to teach science in various coaching centres and is a close associate of prime accused Firoz Khan. Khan, also a teacher, runs a coaching centre in Ambarnath in Thane district and Singh used to teach at Khan's coaching centre," an official attached to Amboli police said. "Singh used to work as a facilitator between the prime accused and the students. Khan would forward the papers to Singh on his mobile and the latter used to bring together students at a coaching centre and provide them question papers along with the answers. Thereafter, the students used to appear for the exam," he explained. According to the official, the gang has allegedly leaked papers of five subjects-- maths, science (I&II), history and political science. "We are waiting for the exams to get over as we don't want the students to get distracted. A thorough probe will be conducted into the matter. We will get to the root of the matter and find those responsible for the leak," sub-inspector Daya Nayak, who is probing the case, said. The matter came to light on Monday after exam invigilator Sandhya Pawar saw three students constantly referring to their text books and mobile phones outside the exam hall at MVM Swami Muktanand High School in suburban Andheri, the official said. On checking the mobile phone of one of the students, Pawar found a question paper of history and political science stored in it. Once the exam got over, the students were taken to Amboli police station and a case under Information Technology Act and Maharashtra University Act registered in this regard. Taking a prompt action, a police team of inspector Ravindra Sawanke and Nayak arrested Khan and two others- Imran Sheikh (45) and Anwarun Hassan (21)- within ten hours after the case was lodged. Police have detained eight students, who were found in possession of the leaked paper. According to police, Khan and the other two accused used to charge anywhere between Rs 100 and Rs 2,000 from each student for such leaks.
|2018-03-21||Three attempt to extort ?10 crore from BJP corporator in Thane, held ... - Hindustan Times|
Three attempt to extort ?10 crore from BJP corporator in Thane, held Dumbre first met Shirgaonkar and Bhanushali on March 6, when they called Ansari, who pretended to be chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis over the phone. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 22, 2018 00:27 IST Three people have been arrested for attempting to extort Rs10 crore from BJP?(Bharatiya Janata Party) corporator Manohar Dumbre, 55. The three accused have been identified as Anud Sajjad Shirgaonkar,29; Anilkumar Shankarlal Bhanushali,31; and Abdulla Fayyaz Ansari,24. Dumbre first met Shirgaonkar and Bhanushali on March 6, when they called Ansari, who pretended to be chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis over the phone. Further, Shirgaonkar and Bhanushali told him that they are closely connected to Fadnavis, and he would be made MLC (Member of Legislative Council) by June or July if he paid them Rs10 crore. Manohar Dumbre said, “During the call, I was told to pay Rs10 crore if I am interested in becoming an MLC. I was suspicious of the situation, so I called up CM Fadnavis to confirm the events. I got a reply from him, warning me that the call was fake.” Dumbre then approached the police and they decided to lay a trap. On Tuesday, Dumbre went to Ghodbunder road to pay the initial agreed amount of Rs25 lakh, when Shirgaonkar and Bhanushali were arrested. Upon further questioning, Ansari was also arrested the same day. sdad A case was registered at the Kasarvadavali police station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Thane crime branch unit 2, 3 and 5 are currently investigating the case. So far, police have recovered fake national investigation agency (NIA) cards from Shirgaonkar and fake special investigating agency cards from Bhanushali. The three were produced in court and remanded in police custody.
|2018-03-21||Historysheeter arrested in Wagle Estate - Times of India|
Historysheeter arrested in Wagle Estate Mar 21, 2018, 23:17 IST Thane: A 35-year-old man has been arrested for a series of offences by the crime branch unit-5 on Monday. The accused is a resident of Indira Nagar slums in Wagle Estate and has been wanted for a series of crimes.“Kshetrapal Prasad has been wanted in a number of robbery cases in Thane, Mumbai and Vijaywada. The police had received a tip-off that Prasad was suppose to arrive in the city to sell a country-made revolver,’’ said senior inspector Jairaj Ranware. A trap was laid and the accused has been arrested. The police also found the revolver on him. During interrogation, the police found that he is also wanted in a Rs 1 crore robber case by the Vijaywada Governor Peth police station. Several non-bailable warrants have also been pending against him. The accused will be handed over to the Vijaywada police, Kapurbawdi police, Daighar police and Kashmira police for further investigations.
|2018-03-20||Youth found strangled in Thane slum - Times of India|
Youth found strangled in Thane slum Updated: Mar 20, 2018, 05:49 IST THANE: The police recovered the mutilated and highly decomposed body of a 25-year-old man from Sainath Nagar slum recently. The deceased was identified as Kabir Lashakar, a bicycle mechanic. The police said he was strangled. Neighbours had complained about a foul smell emanating from a hut in the slum on Ghodbunder Road. The body bore injury marks and the youth's private parts were found chopped off. The body was sent for a post-mortem to the Thane civil hospital, said a police official. tnn
|2018-03-20||Toll issue becomes talking point in Thane again - Daily News & Analysis|
Toll issue becomes talking point in Thane again Updated: Mar 20, 2018, 06:05 AM IST With the country gearing up for the general elections in 2019, the issue of toll has cropped up once again as the hot topic for campaigns in Thane. Citizens forums in Thane have taken up the initiative to raise awareness about the issue again. Vehicles entering Thane city have to pay toll at four nakas — Anandnagar, Kharegaon, Mulund west and Airoli. In July 2016, Thane's Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde announced that toll should not be collected from vehicles if the traffic at the toll nakas crosses the yellow line. The announcement was a prelude to the 2017 municipal elections in Thane. The Thane Citizen's Forum (TCF) initiated a 'No Toll Before Poll' campaign to make people aware of the yellow line rule. With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the issue is in the limelight yet again. To make sure it doesn't turn into another election gimmick of politicians, TCF has decided to intensify the campaign. "We noticed that the yellow line rule was not being followed at the toll naka. In fact, officials at the toll naka are not even aware of it nor can they see if vehicles are beyond the yellow line," said Kasber Augustine, president, TCF. The TCF has decided to post volunteers at the yellow line to help toll officials implement the rule. "Our volunteers will inform the motorists as well as toll officials that they are not supposed to pay toll in case they are behind the yellow line during traffic congestion," explained Augustine. "Last year, we put up boards towards Mumbai and Thane to inform people about the rule but now they have been removed and I have requested for them to put again." TCF will also distribute pamphlets and follow the campaign aggressively. "We want people to be aware of this benefit throughout the year and not just during elections. We will plan more such initiatives," added Augustine. Meanwhile, Shinde had a meeting with Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officials where he instructed them about the strict implementation of the toll rule. He also directed them to appoint five officials at every queue for the quick movement of vehicles. He also asked them to consider the possibility of giving a return pass to those vehicles that return within 24 hours through the toll naka.
|2018-03-20||Missoula student cited with 2 felonies after police incident - NBC Montana|
|2018-03-20||Thane mental hospital seeks new building before making way for ... - The Indian Express|
Thane mental hospital seeks new building before making way for new railway station Hospital is set to lose 14.7 acres of its 60-acre premises, including a female ward, to Central Railway Mumbai | Published: March 21, 2018 1:58 am The Thane Mental Hospital is set to lose 14.7 acres of its 60 acre premises, including a female ward, to the Central Railway but not before it gets a brand new building, on lines of Bangalore-based National Institute of Mental Health And Neurosciences (NIMHANS), to house its female patients. In April, a team of mental health officials from the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) and Thane Mental Hospital will visit Bangalore to study the premium institute’s infrastructure for patients. A similar model is expected to be replicated at the Thane hospital as a replacement of the female ward that may be demolished soon. “As part of the demolition, 400-600 female patients will be displaced. We have asked government to first construct a new building and then take over the land,” said Dr Nitin Bhalerao, state in-charge for mental health. The proposal to take over the hospital’s lush green property is part of long-pending demand to construct a new railway station between Thane and Mulund for the central line passengers. The proposed station is slated to come up in Kopri over land that currently belongs to the mental hospital. The 1,850-bed mental hospital is usually has 70 per cent occupancy. According to hospital superintendent Dr Ujwala Ghute, there is still no clarity when the project will take off. Doctors attached with the hospital added that after the new female ward is constructed, there are plans to to redo the entire hospital. Former health minister, Suresh Shetty, had, in 2011, floated a project to revamp the entire hospital on lines of NIMHANS. Except for the geriatric ward in which over 20 patients remain admitted, no other plan under renovation has taken off. The state government now plans to follow NIMHANS and create a separate out-patient department for geriatric, de-addiction patients and other patients. “Our hospital has a common OPD for every patient right now. We plan to escalate quality of services,” a doctor said. The new railway station is expected to ease commuter burden from Thane and Mulund railway station and will cater to passengers mainly from Ghodbunder, Wagle Estate and Majiwada area. Sajeev Jaiswal, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) commissioner, told The Indian Express that all queries presented by the state health department have been discussed and approved. “The land will be first transferred to TMC. We will construct the new ward in an open space in hospital. The land for railway station will be transferred to Central Railway. The project is funded under the Smart City programme,” he said. An official proposal from the railways for alignment, location of railway station and number of platforms has been approved. The final proposal will now be tabled in the cabinet for approval. “Under Smart City, we have also approved Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) to ease traffic in the east of the new station. This is just like the system set up in Thane west station,” commissioner Jaiswal added. The new suburban railway station will also have a bus terminus and connectivity with Eastern Express Highway.
|2018-03-20||Jackie Shroff's wife shared Sahil Khan's CDRs with Rizwan Siddiqui ... - ANI News|
Jackie Shroff's wife shared Sahil Khan's CDRs with Rizwan Siddiqui: Thane DCP Mar 20, 2018 23:09 IST New Delhi [India], Mar 20 (ANI): Deputy Commissioner of police, Thane crime branch, Abhishek Trimukhe on Tuesday revealed that they have recovered a Call Detail Records (CDRs) of actor Sahil Khan during analysis of celebrity advocate Rizwan Siddiqui's mobile. As per DCP Trimukhe, the CDRs were shared with Rizwan by actor Jackie Shroff's wife, Ayesha Shroff. Rizwan, the lawyer of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was arrested by Thane crime branch in connection with a Call Detail Records (CDRs) case. "Probe found that Ayesha Shroff (wife of Jackie Shroff) procured CDR of Sahil Khan and shared it with Rizwan, this was revealed in an analysis of Rizwan's mobile," said DCP Trimukhe. During the investigation, it also revealed that actress Kangana Ranaut had also shared Hrithik Roshan's mobile number with Rizwan in 2016. "Also investigation has revealed that Kangana Ranaut had shared Hrithik Roshan's mobile number and shared it with the accused Rizwan Siddiqui in 2016, a reason for that is not known yet, the probe is on," the DCP said. As per information, Ayesha Shroff allegedly had affair with actor Sahil Khan and after a dispute between them, the former procured the CDRs of the 'Style' actor and gave it to Rizwan. Rizwan was apparently blackmailing Sahil. Rizwan was arrested by police last week in course of an investigation into the illegal acquisition of CDRs by private detectives. Earlier, it was reported that Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his wife were summoned by Thane's crime branch in connection with the Call Data Records (CDR) racket that was unearthed in January.(ANI)
|2018-03-20||Man arrested for sexually assaulting 11-year-old boy in Thane ... - Hindustan Times|
Man arrested for sexually assaulting 11-year-old boy in Thane The accused would lure the boy with Rs100 and assault him in a public toilet at Wagle Estate. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 20, 2018 16:04 IST A public toilet cleaner has been arrested by the Wagle Estate police on Sunday for sodomising an 11-year-old boy several times. The accused has been identified as Sandip Suraj Singh, 22, a resident of Wagle Estate, Thane. Meanwhile, the boy has been admitted to hospital, and is undergoing treatment. A police officer from the Wagle Estate police station said, “Singh has sodomised the boy several times in past. The accused would lure the boy with Rs100, and take him to public toilet, where he would sodomise the boy. After sexually assaulting the boy, Singh would threaten the boy to remain quiet or face dire consequences.” Last month, the locals saw Singh come out of the public toilet with the boy. Sensing that he had assaulted the boy, the locals thrashed him. But Singh got away because the boy was too scared to reveal anything. On Saturday night however, when the boy was sodomised again by Singh, he went home and narrated his ordeal to his parents. Ravindra Malekar, senior police inspector from Wagle Estate police station said, “Singh used to lure the boy over money and then take him to the public toilet. After the boy narrated his ordeal to his parents, they confronted Singh, but he fled away.”
|2018-03-20||Thane man fined ?60.24 lakh for destroying wetland - Hindustan Times|
Thane man fined ?60.24 lakh for destroying wetland MUMBAI Updated: Mar 20, 2018 11:47 IST The Thane district administration imposed a fine of Rs60,24,275 on the land owner for destroying mangrove patch near Swami Samarth temple in Kopri, Thane (East). The owner has been accused of dumping debris in the area. However, the land owner refuted the allegations and said he will move court. The fine levied on the land owner is the highest in a wetland destruction case reported from Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), said members of the Wetland Grievance Committee (WGC). The committee was formed by the Bombay high court in 2016. Based on a complaint by Thane activist Rohit Joshi, the WGC?ordered a probe in February this year. Violations reported Joshi comprised construction of 1.5-kilometre road, construction of a temple, an open gym, over 60 shanties and a cow shelter. He said the patch destroyed was more than 5-acres of which 2.5 acres comprise a tar road, debris dumping and other illegal structures. Omprakash Divte, deputy municipal commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), said, “The penalty is identified as restoration charges, which needs to be recovered from Chetan Ramesh Tandel. We have sent the revenue recovery certificate to the district administration to collect the fine and start restoration. Illegal structures have been demolished at the site and the process of debris removal is underway.” The district administration said it had issued two notices to Tandel in the past. “A response is expected from him in the next 10 days. His land will be confiscated if he fails to respond,” said Thane collector Mahendra Kalyankar. In his defence, Tandel refuted the allegation levelled against him. “There was a kuccha road at the site for the past 60 years. I acquired this land in 1988 and the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification was introduced in 1991. Neither have I have dumped debris at the site, nor do I know who’s doing it. I’ve decided to move court,” he added. Mumbai-based NGO Vanashakti has offered to restore the wetland patch for free by planting mangrove saplings. “Directions issued by the HC committee will make people think twice before destroying wetlands. While this is the largest penalty for MMR; arrests and convictions are the only way to stop such acts against the environment,” said Stalin D, director, Vanshakti. Though Joshi welcomed the administration’s decision, he was sceptical about the restoration of the area. “Only 40% debris has been removed by TMC from the site. They had also ordered to remove all illegal encroachments but they have failed to do so. Debris dumping is still on during the night. So, our efforts will go on until the entire site is restored,” said Joshi.
|2018-03-20||AP gold heist: Runaway accused held in Thane - Outlook India|
AP gold heist: Runaway accused held in Thane 20 MARCH 2018 Last Updated at 11:16 PM Thane, Mar 20 An Uttar Pradesh native was arrested today for his alleged involvement in the Rs 2 crore gold heist in Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh last year, police said. The accused, identified as Kshtrapal alias Avinash Kailash Prasad, was arrested on a tip-off that he was coming to Thane from Balia to sell some arms, a police official said. On July 11, 2017, a gang of 13 robbed 5 kg gold from a workshop. Subsequently, police arrested ten persons while three were absconding, including Kailash Prasad. On a tip-off, the crime branch arrested Kailash Prasad here, an official said. He is allegedly involved in a string of crimes in Mumbai, Thane and surrounding regions, police said.
|2018-03-20||Jackie Shroff's Wife Ayesha to be Interrogated as Call Record Scam ... - News18|
Jackie Shroff's Wife Ayesha to be Interrogated as Call Record Scam Grows Earlier in March, Nawazzuddin Siddiqui and his wife were also summoned by the Thane Crime Branch after his name surfaced in the call records scam investigation. Updated:March 21, 2018, 10:08 AM IST Mumbai: Four days after lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui was arrested by the Thane Crime branch for an alleged involvement in illegally procuring Call Data Records (CDRs) of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's wife, the police is now planning to summon actor Jackie Shroff’s wife, Ayesha Shroff for questioning in a similar case. Abhiske Trimukhe, DCP, Thane Crime Branch, said, "Our investigations have revealed that Ayesha Shroff retrieved the CDRs of actor Sahil Khan through a private detective agency and handed it over to Rizwan. She will be summoned for questioning to understand why she procured Khan’s call records."Trimukhe further added that even Kangana Ranaut had shared Hrithik Roshan's number with Rizwan, a celebrity lawyer who handled legal cases of several celebrities. "We have written to the nodal officer of the concerned mobile operator to gather more details, on this," said Trimukhe.While Kangana had filed a case and send notices to Hrithik Roshan last year, Ayesha Shroff had also filed a case of cheating against Sahil Khan. Thane Police believes that Rizwan, who has represented many celebrities, including Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has been adopting illegal means to procure call detail records to help his celebrity clients to win court cases. The police say they are likely to summon more of his clients in the coming days to unearth the scam that is growing in magnitude. Police have seized Rizwan's laptop and phones. The lawyer, however, claims that he was arrested without following the due process of law. Rizwan's lawyers, on the hand, have alleged that he is being made a scapegoat to protect actor Nawazuddin and his brother. Thane police has maintained that Nawazuddin doesn't have any direct connection to the CDR scam and that he was merely a witness. Earlier in March, Nawazzuddin and his wife were summoned by the Thane Crime Branch after his name surfaced in the call records scam investigation. The Crime Branch has arrested 11 people involved in the case for obtaining call records by illegal means and then selling it to clients. The racket was being run by private detectives who would use the login details of senior police officers to access call details from mobile network service providers and sell it to clients who would pay anything between Rs 30,000 and 50,000.
|2018-03-19||5-year-old girl gang-raped in Thane - Business Standard|
5-year-old girl gang-raped in Thane Thane (Maharashtra) [India] Last Updated at March 19, 2018 07:10 IST In a shocking incident of crime against a minor, a five-year-old girl was gang-raped by a group of men in Maharashtra's Thane. The minor was brought to the police station after a passerby saw her weeping on the road. After an inquiry and physical examination, it was established that she was sexually assaulted. Thane police on Sunday registered a case against unknown persons. The case was registered under several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with one of rape and also sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) were also invoked.
|2018-03-19||Thane: Dosti Rental House residents stage protest over civic apathy - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Dosti Rental House residents stage protest over civic apathy Mar 19, 2018 08:17 am Thane: The Gudhi is a symbol of prosperity and to welcome the new year that brings good luck, the Gudis are raised. But, the Dosti Rental Colonies this year, in order to condemn the civic corporation’s negligence, raised the Gudi of inconvenience. The residents who have been writing to the corporation about inconveniences they face as they have been shifted to these rental houses. But the civic corporation does not pay any heed and to condemn the civic corporation, residents here raised the Gudi of ‘inconvenience’ along with the traditional Gudi in the vicinity of the building. “There are so many problems we are facing staying here. Irregular water supply, no lifts, closed cctvs, non-working fire alarms, gutters, bursted pipelines and also there are lodges opened here in many apartments. We have been suffering since many years, but we haven’t been able to get our home yet and we have to face problems in this rental housing systems,” said Santosh Nikam, resident, Dosti Rental Scheme,Thane.
|2018-03-19||MNS workers target Gujarati signboards at Thane shops - The Hindu|
MNS workers target Gujarati signboards at Thane shops THANE, MARCH 19, 2018 12:48 IST UPDATED: MARCH 19, 2018 12:48 IST “Vasai and Thane district are in Maharashtra and not Gujarat, and we will not tolerate name boards in Gujarati anymore.” Activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) pulled down Gujarati signboards at some establishments in Thane district. The cadres of the Raj Thackeray-led party smashed and pulled down over 20 signboards on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in the district’s Vasai area late last night, MNS Thane region president Avinash Jadhav said on Monday. “Vasai and Thane district are in Maharashtra and not Gujarat, and we will not tolerate name boards in Gujarati anymore,” Mr. Jadhav told PTI on the phone, asserting that their agitation against such signboards would continue. The Vasai police control room confirmed the incident, but said no offence had been registered so far. In July last year, some workers of the MNS had protested against a jewellery shop in Dadar and a hotel in the Mahim area of Mumbai, asking them to remove the signboards in Gujarati, the police had then said. Following the protests, the two establishments removed the Gujarati signboards, they said. While the owners of the establishment did not lodge any complaint against the MNS cadres, seven of them were then arrested for “illegal gathering” in Mahim, the police had said.
|2018-03-19||'When A Woman Says No, It's Really No': Thane Court Sends Advocate To 3-Year RI For Trespassing In Woman ... - Outlook India|
'When A Woman Says No, It's Really No': Thane Court Sends Advocate To 3-Year RI For Trespassing In Woman Lawyer's OfficeThe accused, who is a widower, made a proposal for marriage to the complainant, which she rejected. 19 MARCH 2018 Last Updated at 11:04 AMNATIONAL A Thane court has sentenced a 45-year-old lawyer to three years of rigorous imprisonment for trespassing in the office of a woman advocate and abusing her for refusing his marriage proposal. "When a woman says 'no', it is really 'no'," observed the court of First Class Judicial Magistrate R T Ingale. The lawyer was convicted under IPC sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace).Additional Public Prosecutor Rashmi Kshirsagar told the court that the complainant, a divorcee, had uploaded her biodata on a matrimonial website. Later, he asked her several times to marry him, but the woman refused. On September 16, 2013, when the woman was at her office in the Naupada area of the city, the accused went there and asked again if she would marry him. When she refused, he shouted at her, used abusive language and also threatened her, the prosecutor told the court. The others present in the woman's office took the accused to the police station where an FIR was filed against him and he was arrested. In his order, the magistrate said the argument of the defence is that an advocate's office is accessible to everybody. "But this, according to me, is misconceived. The office of an advocate is not a public place. It is a private office. The permission is necessarily required to enter the office," he said.When the complainant rejected the accused's proposal again and again for marrying him, it also implied her refusal for permission to enter her office, Ingale said. "When a woman says 'no' it is really 'no', but men take it as 'yes'," he observed. In the present case, the complainant refused the accused's proposal several times, and she really intended to say that she was not interested in marrying him. Despite that, the accused kept on asking her for marriage, the magistrate said in his order on March 15. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 on him.
|2018-03-19||Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers target Gujarati signboards at shops in Thane - The New Indian Express|
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers target Gujarati signboards at shops in Thane Published: 19th March 2018 12:15 PM Last Updated: 19th March 2018 12:15 PM THANE: Activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have pulled down Gujarati signboards at some commercial establishments in the district. The cadres of the Raj Thackeray-led party smashed and pulled down over 20 signboards on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in the district's Vasai area late last night, MNS Thane region president Avinash Jadhav said today. "Vasai and Thane district are in Maharashtra and not Gujarat, and we will not tolerate name boards in Gujarati anymore," Jadhav told PTI on the phone. He asserted that their agitation against such signboards would continue. The Vasai police control room confirmed the incident, but said no offence had been registered so far. The incident came two days after Raj Thackeray called for opposition unity and a "Modi-mukt Bharat" by 2019.Addressing party workers at a rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai on Saturday, Thackeray said, "The country is fed up with the false promises made by (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and his government." "All opposition parties should come together to get rid of the BJP-led NDA government to ensure a "Modi-mukt Bharat," he said, while reminding the audience of the BJP's "Congress-mukt Bharat" slogan.In July last year, some workers of the MNS had protested against a jewellery shop in Dadar and a hotel in the Mahim area of Mumbai, asking them to remove the signboards in Gujarati, the police had then said. Following the protests, the two establishments removed the Gujarati signboards, they said. While the owners of the establishment did not lodge any complaint against the MNS cadres, seven of them were then arrested for "illegal gathering" in Mahim, the police had said.
|2018-03-19||CDR scam: Thane police to file charge sheet against twelve arrested soon - Hindustan Times|
CDR scam: Thane police to file charge sheet against twelve arrested soon Meanwhile, police are checking actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s lawyer, Rizwan Siddiqui’s mobile phone, which was seized after his arrest on Friday. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 19, 2018 10:43 IST The Thane police are in the process of filing a charge sheet against the 12 accused arrested in the Call Data Records (CDR) scam so far. They were arrested for illegally obtaining CDRs of people and selling it to others. Meanwhile, police are checking actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s lawyer, Rizwan Siddiqui’s mobile phone, which was seized after his arrest on Friday. Police said they arrested Rizwan for not accepting notice to come to the police station to record his statement. It was found that he had taken CDR from some of the arrested accused.During remand, a police officer told the magistrate that they have to carry out additional probe into the racket and examine Rizwan’s laptops and mobile phone as part of their investigation. “We will soon file a charge sheet in the case,” said a police officer, who promised the court that their investigation, in no way will interfere in his business data as their probe pertains only to the illegal CDRs. On January 24, four private detectives were arrested by Thane crime branch (Unit 1) for allegedly selling CDR illegally. They used to sell the data for Rs25,000 to Rs50,000. The accused, Makesh Pandiyan, 42, Prashant Palekar, 49, Jigar Makawana, 35, and Samresh Jha alias Pratik Mohpal, 32, were arrested from Kalwa. Till now, the Thane crime branch has arrested 12 people in the scam, which includes a police constable from Yavatmal and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s lawyer. Of the 12, one of the accused, a woman detective was released on bail last week.
|2018-03-19||Decomposed body of man found in Thane slum - Outlook India|
Decomposed body of man found in Thane slum Outlook March 19, 2018 22:21 IST Decomposed body of man found in Thane slum outlookindia.com 1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530 Thane, Mar 19 A decomposed mutilated body of a man, who appears to be in his 20s, was recovered today from a shanty in a slum colony on Ghodbunder Road near here, police said.According to police, the body bore many injury marks and private parts of the victim were found severed.Police were informed about the matter by residents of Santosh Nagar Colony following a foul smell emanating from the hut of the deceased, identified as Kabir Lashkar, an official said.Laskhar, a cycle repairing mechanic, had moved into the colony only last week.The official said a woman had accompanied Lashkar earlier, who he introduced as his wife.Prima facie, police suspect it to be a case of a love affair gone sour, the official said.A case of murder has been registered against an unidentified woman, said Thane Police PRO Sukhda Narkar.Police have recovered a brick, a knife and a cotton cloth from the scene of the crime.It seems Lashkar was hit with a brick on his head, strangled and his genital was chopped off, Narkar said, adding that further investigation is underway. More from Website Kerala Women Launch Bare Chest Campaign On Facebook To Protest Professor’s ‘Melon’ Remark On Female Breast Apology Accepted: Court Acquits Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Co-Accused Sisodia In 2 Defamation Cases By Gadkari, Sibal Media Attention Given To Sridevi's Death Was A Ruse To Divert Attention From PNB Scam: Raj Thackeray Critises State Funeral More from Outlook If A Coalition Is Willing A Turn In The Caste Table The Unease Under Those Lotus Crowns Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Next Story : Punjab govt schools get 200 more Principals Download the Outlook Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store 0
|2018-03-19||Thane shopkeeper killed over petty dispute, five held - The Indian Express|
Thane shopkeeper killed over petty dispute, five held Based on the complaint of the victim's wife, the police lodged an FIR and arrested the five accused in the wee hours of Monday. The accused were booked under IPC sections pertaining to murder, voluntarily causing hurt, unlawful assembly and rioting, the police added. Thane | Published: March 19, 2018 11:35 am A 40-year-old shopkeeper was allegedly killed over a petty dispute last night on the occasion of ‘Gudi Padwa’ in Kalyan township of the district, police said on Monday. The Thane police has arrested five people, including two autorickshaw drivers, their wives and a relative, in connection with the killing, as per the FIR lodged at the Kolsewadi police station in Kalyan. According to the police, the autorickshaw drivers were neighbours of the victim at a chawl on Haji Malang road in Kalyan. They used to park their three-wheelers in front of the chawl’s main entrance, causing inconvenience to other residents. The victim, who used to run a stationery shop, yesterday asked the two autorickshaw drivers, who had again parked their vehicles in front of the chawl, to move their three-wheelers from there. This enraged the autorickshaw drivers, who then allegedly caught hold of the shopkeeper and beat him up severely, banged his head on a window grill and also tried to throttle him. When the victim’s wife tried to intervene, the accused thrashed her also, said the FIR. The severely injured shopkeeper was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, the police said. Based on the complaint of the victim’s wife, the police lodged an FIR and arrested the five accused in the wee hours today. The accused were booked under IPC sections pertaining to murder, voluntarily causing hurt, unlawful assembly and rioting, the police added. The incident happened on ‘Gudi Padwa’, which was celebrated yesterday by Maharashtrians to welcome the Hindu New Year, by putting up colourful gudis at their houses.
|2018-03-19||Thane civic budget: No new taxes, focus on 'happiness index' - The Indian Express|
Thane civic budget: No new taxes, focus on ‘happiness index’ Revenue to rise by ‘record-breaking’ Rs 1,273 crore from last year, says Thane Municipal Commissioner Mumbai | Updated: March 20, 2018 1:10 am PROPOSING budget estimates totalling Rs 3,695 crore for the financial year 2018-19, the Thane Municipal Commissioner on Monday sought to allocate Rs 228.6 crore for projects aimed at improving Thane’s “happiness index”. No new taxes or charges were proposed. Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said the corporation of the satellite city of Mumbai has projected a revenue of Rs 2,690 crore for the coming year, the highest projected revenue for the corporation in the past three years. “Since last year, the revenue is set to rise by a record-breaking Rs 1,273 crore,” said Jaiswal. In addition, the TMC expects grants totalling Rs 279.98 crore and income through bonds totalling Rs 535 crore. Presenting his estimates in a speech with many firsts, the commissioner said: “While we are focusing on the generic problems, I also want to make Thane a better place to live in. Drawing inspiration from our honourable Prime Minister and working on the potential available in this city, we are planning to push the limits.” For this, he proposed a Happiness Index Project, through which projects ranging from clinics for depression and platforms for social and entrepreneurial innovations will be taken up. The project will deal with concerns of physical and mental health, connectivity and new energy resources, anti-pollution measures and better open spaces. “We are living in a world where happiness quotient is the measure of lifestyle now. We wanted to work on it,” Jaiswal said. Planned under this umbrella of expenses is a Global Intelligence Hub, to produce and innovate on technology that will help solve micro and macro issues of the city. “The platform for innovators, fitted with incubators, idea chambers and all the other technology will come up with several world-renowned institutions such as Stanford University,” he said. An initial sum of Rs 5 crore is allocated for the intelligence hub, to be built through a partnership with private firms.The project also looks at maternal and neo-natal health, along with creating help-desks fitted with counsellors across the city. “We all know about depression. When a person is depressed, so many times, they don’t have anywhere to go to, pushing them to the edge, which can be avoided with our easy-to-reach counsellors,” Jaiswal said. He added: “And to ensure that the accessibility is not affected by bad network, we are introducing our own Wi-Fi and messaging service. This is what the Prime Minister has envisioned in his Digital India.” For these, the commissioner allocated a sum of Rs 12 crore. The Happiness Project also looks at including the disabled, the commissioner said. “With our community radio, it is an all inclusive project. We have programmes for the visibly challenged along with machine and mobile medicine assistance for those with impaired movements,” he said. Allocations worth Rs 2.5 crore were made for these. Work on a ‘Smog Tower’ to reduce air pollution will be initiated later in the year, for which a sum of Rs 15 crore was set aside. The budget has several other ‘firsts’. “We have allocated Rs 10 crore to start floating markets. The pilot will be in Mumbra. In order to decongest the city streets, we shall provide the street vendors space by the waterfront or even in the lakes. They will become a tourist attraction,” the commissioner said in his speech. Thane will also become a hub of new energy, the commissioner proposed. “We are coming up with the world’s biggest solar panel, spread over 500 square metres, at the Chatrapati Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa. It will be functioning by the end of this year. We are also starting hydro-power and tidal-power projects on the lakes and will harness energy from these,” he said. The new energy projects see an allocation of Rs 6 crore. Other than these innovative projects, allocations were also cleared for long-pending projects, including burial space in Mumbra, a multi-faith burial space, a gymkhana in Upavan, a mini-mall at Teen-hath naka, a parking plaza at Thane railway station, and grade separators. On road construction, the commissioner said proposals worth Rs 218 crore are underway. While Mayor Minakshi Shinde said she would comment after studying the proposals in detail, NCP corporator Milind Patil, who is Opposition leader in the TMC, said the ruling Shiv Sena’s promises do not find mention in the budget. “It is the budget of civic chief and not of the ruling party. The Sena had promised to waive property tax for houses up to 500 sq ft, but there is no mention in the budget. Besides, it is also not utilizing the funds for the Shai dam,” said Patil.
|2018-03-19||Two more Bangladeshi nationals with alleged terror links arrested from Thane, Mahad - Hindustan Times|
Two more Bangladeshi nationals with alleged terror links arrested from Thane, Mahad Arrest is part of anti-terrorism squad’s crackdown on illegal immigrants from Bangladesh with alleged links to front organisation for Al-Qaeda MUMBAI Updated: Mar 20, 2018 00:59 IST The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) recently arrested two more people from Thane and Mahad in Raigad district, as part of its ongoing crackdown against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh with alleged links to Ansarullah Bangla Team or Ansar Bangla (ABT) – a front organisation of Al-Qaeda and a banned outfit in Bangladesh. Preliminary inquiry has revealed the duo was involved in harbouring and providing logistical support to ABT members during their stay in Pune, said ATS officials. The two arrested, aged 30 and 24, are from Jaishar district in Bangladesh and have been remanded in police custody till March 29. On Friday evening, the ATS had arrested three Bangladeshi nationals suspected to have links with ABT from Wanavadi and Akurdi areas of Pune. “The three accused, aged between 25 and 31 years, hail either from Khulna or Shariyatpur in Bangladesh,” said a senior ATS officer, requesting anonymity. ATS sources said the three had been staying illegally in India for the past five years.
|2018-03-18||Leopard enters residential building in Thane, rescued later by forest ... - The Indian Express|
Leopard enters residential building in Thane, rescued later by forest officials "After several rounds of search, we managed to spot and tranquilise the animal. He will be transported shortly," Range Forest Officer Santosh Kank said. Updated: March 18, 2018 6:21 pm After several hours of search, forest officials managed to rescue a leopard which had entered a residential building in Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra, in the wee hours of Sunday. Forest officials claimed they were not sure as to how the animal managed to reach the site. Residents of the multi-storeyed building in Bhatiya Chowk were alerted by security guards, of a nearby tutorial class, in the morning after the leopard was caught entering the building on CCTV camera. “When we checked the CCTV near our entrance gate, we saw the leopard entering and leaping over a wall,” a resident said.Forest officials and the fire department arrived at the spot and positioned themselves and a search is underway to spot the big cat. “After several rounds of search, we managed to spot and tranquilise the animal. He will be transported shortly,” Range Forest Officer Santosh Kank said.“I don’t understand how did the leopard manage to come here, in the middle of a bustling town. We don’t even have forests close-by,” Rajesh Dhamija, one of the residents of the area, said.
|2018-03-18||Thaneites ring in Gudi Padwa celebrations - Times of India|
Thaneites ring in Gudi Padwa celebrations Mar 18, 2018, 23:00 IST Regarded as the first day of the Hindu New Year, the festival of Gudi Padwa is celebrated with pomp and gaiety by the Marathi-speaking families. From adorning their homes with traditional rangoli, along with garlands and setting up the gudi to preparing an array of culinary delights, Thaneites are leaving no stone unturned to make the day a memorable one. Ananya Kulkarni, a Thane resident, said, “We assemble the gudi in the morning which is made using a long stick and a coloured cloth— ideally using an old saree blouse. On the top of this, we place a kalash or a tamba which is a small vessel decorated with neem leaves and flowers. After this, we perform a puja. We offer crushed neem leaves along with jaggery and coriander seeds as prasad. We believe that neem is a medicinal herb so eating its leaves will cleanse the body; thus it is a considered a nice way to kick start the New Year. To balance its bitter taste, coriander seeds and jaggery is offered. Some even make a paste of all the three ingredients.”While Maharashtrians celebrate Gudi Padwa, people from Karnataka celebrate the festival of Ugadi. Even the Sindhi community celebrate Cheti Chand with their customs and traditions. This is regarded as their New Year. “Throughout the day there are many fun fairs organized at Lal Maidan in Thane’s Kopri area. Some people attend that and take part in the numerous activities with their families. Later on in the evening, sweets and other delicacies are prepared and relatives are invited,” said Pooja Raisinghani, a resident of Kopri.
|2018-03-18||Rain helps drop RSPM levels but still higher than permissible limit - Times of India|
Rain helps drop RSPM levels but still higher than permissible limit Mar 18, 2018, 23:00 IST THANE: The slight showers that the city had witnessed on Wednesday and Thursday had brought the respirable solid particulate matter (RSPM) down by 15 to 20g/m, but the overall pollution levels in the atmosphere shot up once again on Saturday. After weeks of breathing in air filled with vehicular pollutants and construction dust particles, residents had finally got some respite on Wednesday and Thursday as the slight showers and cloudy skies had washed down quite a bit of respirable particulate matter from the atmosphere. While the permissible RSPM limit in the air is 100g/m3, the levels at which it is hovering around is 180g/m3. On Wednesday, it had gone down to 160g/m3, which despite the 11% drop was still above the permissible limits. However, as the skies cleared and the temperatures went back to normal by late Friday, the RSPM levels shot up to 182.4g/m3. “While the slight rain and strong wind had decreased the RSPM levels, vehicles were continuously emitting pollutants due to which the levels didn’t fall below the permissible limit. However, once the cloud cover was cleared, the dust particles in the air moved upwards in the atmosphere,” said a civic official. Medical experts, who believe that the pollution level is going to remain constant if not get worse in the coming months, have urged citizens to take necessary precautions. “We have been receiving dozens of cases of lung ailments, fungal infections and chronic coughs lately; a lot of which is because of the dust particles in the air. Citizens need to start boosting their immunity by having food rich in vitamins, they should keep themselves hydrated by drinking water or by consuming seasonal fruits. They must also avoid stepping out in the sun. If they have to step out then one should wear a scarf or bandana or use an umbrella,” said Dr. Manisha Singhvi.
|2018-03-18||Two arrested in Thane with sand boa snakes worth Rs 12 lakh - Mumbai Mirror|
TWO ARRESTED IN THANE WITH SAND BOA SNAKES WORTH RS 12 LAKH Updated: Mar 18, 2018, 04.30 PM IST Thane: Two people have been arrested for trying to sell sand boa snakes, a protected species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which the police today claimed were worth Rs 12 lakh in the illegal wildlife market. Officials of the Ambernath police said that Suresh Nikam (32) and Sanjay Pawar (47) were nabbed from a closed mill at about 5pm yesterday. "The two snakes, also called mandul, were in a bag. One of them is worth Rs 5 lakh and the other Rs 7 lakh," an official said. The two have been arrested under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and we are looking out for the people to whom the duo planned to the sell the snakes," the official added.
|2018-03-18||Minor's molester gets 3 years in jail | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Minor's molester gets 3 years in jail Updated: Mar 18, 2018, 06:24 IST THANE: A 30-year-old music teacher has been sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment for molesting a minor girl in 2016. Additional sessions and special (POCSO) judge A S Bhaisare also slapped a fine of Rs 1,500 on Sanjay Patil, a Majiwada resident. Additional public prosecutor Shilpa Talhar told the court that Patil used to run a music institute. On December 9, 2016, he showed obscene videos to the six-year-old girl after class and molested her on December 6, 2016, Talhar told the court. TNN
|2018-03-18||Parents of youth, teen knew about their 'suicide pact'? | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Parents of youth, teen knew about their 'suicide pact'? Updated: Mar 18, 2018, 06:03 IST THANE: Though the relatives of the 20-year-old youth and the minor girl who were found dead on tracks on Friday have claimed the two did not know each other, cops said the teenager's parents, on coming to know of the man's death, told them to look for their missing daughter nearby. Bodies of the youth, who worked as a dance teacher, and the girl were found, within metres of each other, between Diva and Niljhe stations. The police are probing if the parents were aware that the duo was going to commit suicide. The police said the girl's parents, along with some neighbours, rushed to the police station on coming to know of the dance teacher's death and insisted that the cops try to find her body at the same spot where the youth's was found. The girl's body, surprisingly, was found a few metres away. Her body had grease and oil marks, indicating a collision with a locomotive, said an officer."The girl's family also came to the spot and trailed our officials. How they could be so confident of finding their daughter at the same spot. We will question both the families to know if they were aware of any relationship between the two," said senior inspector Uttam Sonawane. The police suspect that the families disapproved of the duo's alliance as the youth and the girl belong to different communities. The youth's relatives have claimed he did not shown any signs of depression and had recently bought a bike. The girl was preparing for her Class IX exams, her parents told TOI.
|2018-03-18||Leopard enters residential area in Thane, creates panic - Times of India|
Leopard enters residential area in Thane, creates panic Updated: Mar 19, 2018, 00:18 IST ULHASNAGAR: A leopard created panic when it entered the residential area of Ulhasnagar, in Thane district of Maharashtra, in the early hours of Sunday. The leopard's presence has shocked locals as this is the first time when it has been spotted in Ulhasnagar. The forest officials managed to tranquilize the big cat with a dart and capture it after a four-hour-long operation. Later, the leopard has been sent to Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali. The locals said that leopard was first seen by a girl at tabela situated opposite her residence after which she raised alarm and locals witnessing leopard informed police who called the forest officials and the fire brigade.Forest officials and the fire department arrived at the spot around 10.30am and started the rescue operation. It was around 4.30 pm when team managed to rescue leopard which later was sent to Sanjay Gandhi National park. Forest department official suspect leopard may have come from Bhimashankar forest rang through Malang gad hill area.
|2018-03-18||TMC threatens to stop garbage collection, Thane housing societies start wet waste management. - Daily News & Analysis|
TMC threatens to stop garbage collection, Thane housing societies start wet waste management. What years of plain speak to segregate dry and wet garbage could not do, a simple notice by TMC to Thane's big housing complexes to stop waste collection did. Some of these societies quickly adopted wet waste management system in the past two months. On January 22 Crystal Garden estate co-operative housing society (CHS) at Pokharan road number 2, Thane west got a notice from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC ) that their waste collection will be stopped. "The notice said that housing societies with over 5000 square meter of the area need to manage their own wet waste. If they fail to do so, TMC will not collect their waste from next month," says Ushana Palsikar, secretary, Crystal garden. The society had just eight to nine days in their hands and they scratched their heads to look for a solution. "We have been doing dry and wet waste garbage segregation in our society for past two years. But, this notice made us look for an immediate solution which would also be long term," he says. Search for a viable solution led them to Lahs Green India a Thane-based company which manufactures organic wet waste management machine. "They gave us a demo and after we were satisfied with the product we bought a machine from them," he adds. The machine which has a capacity to handle 125 kg wet waste came at a cost of Rs 6.5 lakhs and was installed at the end of February. There are over 200 flats in Crystal garden CHS which contribute to 100 kg of wet waste daily. The wet waste is put in a shredder and is further converted into organic manure in two days. "Since we are a very green society true to our name we use this manure to fortify our plants," says Vaishali, wife of Ushana. Similarly, Shravan society which is a part of Tarangan CHS complex behind Cadbury junction, Thane west has also recently set up a bio-compost system to handle their wet waste. "We have helped them put up the system which can take care of their wet waste," says Manohar Kataria, a member of the managing committee of Tarangan society which was the first to set up dry and wet waste management system in Thane in 2015 and has also received various awards for the same. "We have also provided guidance to other housing societies in Thane to manage their waste," says he.
|2018-03-17||Thane: 70 artists make 18000 square feet long Rangoli in 9 hours - Zee News|
Thane: 70 artists make 18,000 square feet long Rangoli in 9 hours The people of the state of Maharashtra celebrate their New Year on the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu Lunar calendar. This day is called Gudi Padwa. Updated: Mar 17, 2018, 07:58 AM IST MUMBAI: On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, an 18,000 square feet long Rangoli was made in Maharashtra within a duration of 9 hours. As many as 70 artists made the Rangoli by using 900 kgs of rangoli powder at Thane's Gaondevi Maidan. In India, people from across the length and breadth of the county have a distinct tradition of celebrating New Years specific to the region they hail from. The people of the state of Maharashtra celebrate their New Year on the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu Lunar calendar. This day is called Gudi Padwa. The Konkani community refers to this day as Samwatsara. This year, Gudi Padwa will be celebrated on March 18. What is a Gudi? A wooden stick is covered with a piece of bright red or yellow coloured cloth. Then a Kalash made of silver, copper or bronze is placed upside down on one end of the stick. A dash of vermillion (kumkum) and turmeric (haldi) are applied on the outer surface of the Kalash. This ensemble is called Gudi and it’s placed outside the door or the window so that everyone in the vicinity gets to see it. A garland made of sugar candy (saakhar gaathi) and neem leaves are hung along with the Gudi. This ritual signifies the bitter sweet experiences of life.How do Maharashtrians celebrate Gudi Padwa? Days before the festival, people start cleaning their homes and courtyards to start preparations for the actual day. On the day of the festival, people decorate their doorsteps with Rangoli. Flowers are used for decorating the house and a toran made of mango leaves is hung across the top of the door. People take bath and wear new clothes and dress up in traditional style. Women drape the Navari and the men wear Kurta teamed up with Dhoti or Pyjama. People offer their prayers to the Gudi after placing it on the window or door. They offer flowers, perform the aarti and put Akshat on the Gudi. The family gets together to celebrate their New Year by consuming a preparation made of neem leaves, jaggery to symbolise the diverse aspects of life. Shrikhand and Puran Poli are also prepared on this day.
|2018-03-17||Thane Municipal Corporation has until Dec '19 to follow waste management rules - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation has until Dec '19 to follow waste management rules The Bombay High Court (HC) has granted the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) time till December 31, 2019 to put in place methods for scientifically treating garbage and following Solid Waste Management Rules. If not done, the court will stop the grant of permission for construction of new buildings in Thane. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla, while allowing the application for extension filed by TMC, said, "It is shocking that the corporation is only treating ten per cent of the around 800 meteric tonne of waste generated daily." Advocate NR Bubna, appearing for the civic body, assured the court that steps will be taken in forthcoming months to ensure proper waste segregation and treatment at ward levels to reduce illegal dumping. The court thus asked the corporation to file a quarterly compliance report on its progress. The first such report has to be filed in June. One of the petitioners, Gaondevi Mitra Mandal, had highlighted the problem of garbage being dumped in non-designated zones and on mangroves in Thane. Advocate Sandesh Patil, appearing Mandal, argued that because of the illegal dumping, mangrove land is being flattened and land mafia at few locations have made constructions and created third party rights. Patil said, "As permission for new construction has been stopped in Mumbai following failure to comply with rules, similar action would follow in Thane if the corporation fails to comply with the rules."
|2018-03-17||'Library conference' in Thane on June 1 - Business Standard|
'Library conference' in Thane on June 1 Thane (Maharashtra) Last Updated at March 17, 2018 10:25 IST A 'Library conference' will be organised by the Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya here on June 1, where problems faced by libraries across Maharashtra would be discussed, it was announced today. "We have invited office-bearers of 90 libraries, which have completed over 100 years, for the conference to held in Thane on June 1," said Vidhyadhar Walavalkar, Executive President of Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya. "We will discuss the issues faced by the libraries and ways on how it can be solved," said Walavalkar. City-based Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya is organising the conference as part of its quasquicentennial celebrations.
|2018-03-17||5-year-old girl kidnapped & raped in Thane - Business Standard|
5-year-old girl kidnapped & raped in Thane Thane Last Updated at March 17, 2018 14:26 IST A five-year-old girl from Bhandup in Mumbai was allegedly kidnapped and raped by an unidentified man in Thane, police said today. The incident took place yesterday afternoon, they said. "The accused kidnapped the girl from her residence in Bhandup yesterday and brought her to a dilapidated structure at Khanna Compound of Azad Nagar in Thane, where he raped her," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. "After the sexual assault, the accused left her at the spot. A man, who heard the girl's cries, rescued her and took her to a police station," she added. A medical test conducted on the girl confirmed that she had been raped, police said. Inspector V G Darekar of the Kapurbawdi police station said the girl has been admitted to a hospital, where she is undergoing treatment. When asked, the girl told the police that she lived in Bhandup, police said adding that efforts were on to trace her parents. Police have booked the unidentified accused under IPC sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc) and 366 A (procuration of minor girl) and others.
|2018-03-17||CDR case: Nawazuddin Siddiqui's lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui sent to Thane police's custody - The Indian Express|
CDR case: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui sent to Thane police’s custody Advocate Rizwan Siddiqui, arrested last night after he allegedly did not turn up before the Thane police despite a summons, has represented many celebrities, including Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Published: March 17, 2018 10:29 pm A Mumbai-based lawyer, arrested by the Crime Branch of the Thane police in connection with illegal procurement of Call Details Records (CDRs), was on Saturday remanded in police custody till March 23 by a court here. Advocate Rizwan Siddiqui, arrested last night after he allegedly did not turn up before the Thane police despite a summons, has represented many celebrities, including Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The Thane police have also summoned Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his wife for recording their statement in the case, which came to light in January with the arrest of some private detectives. It is alleged that a racket of private detectives was selling illegally obtained CDRs to lawyers and others. The Thane police have so far arrested 12 persons in the case. Rizwan Siddiqui was produced before Judicial Magistrare P L Gupta, who, after hearing the submissions of investigating officer Nitin Thackeray and the accused’s lawyer, remanded him in police custody till March 23. His lawyer claimed that advocate Siddiqui had no role to play in the CDR racket and was cooperating with the probe. However, senior inspector Thackeray contended that the accused was not cooperating with police. Meanwhile, speaking to a news channel, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said that Nawazuddin Siddiqui had no direct role in the CDR case. He has been summoned as a witness, and he has assured police of cooperation, the commissioner said. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhi had earlier said that some of the accused told police that Nawazuddin’s lawyer had obtained CDRs of Nawazuddin’s wife from private detectives.
|2018-03-17||Maharashtra forest department pulls down hotel being built on ... - Hindustan Times|
Maharashtra forest department pulls down hotel being built on wetland in Thane Action taken at Dive-Anjur on directions issued by a high court-appointed committee MUMBAI Updated: Mar 17, 2018 13:35 IST The state forest department cleared encroachments on a one-acre wetland patch at Dive-Anjur off Thane-Bhiwandi Road on Thursday. Following directions from the Bombay high court (HC) constituted wetland grievance committee, the Thane territorial forest department razed an under-construction hotel being built at the site using excavator machines. The violation was first highlighted by the state mangrove cell in the Bombay HC in 2014. N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell, had inspected eight wetland sites (one of them was Dive-Anjur) and confirmed the destruction. His report said unidentified violators had cut off the flow of tidal water to the wetlands. “After discussions during our meeting, we directed the Thane forest department to take action at the site. Recently, the land was handed over to the forest department and 10 days back we issued directions. The deputy conservator of forest (DCF), Thane forest range took action at the site,” said JR Gowda, member secretary, of the HC committee. “We will ensure the land gets restored.” Jitendra Ramgaokar, DCF, Thane, said, “We removed a massive structure from the wetland, which is very close to the creek, where debris had also been dumped. Based on directions to us by the HC committee, we had issued a notice to the people concerned over the past week. After finding that details submitted by them were violating wetland rules, we carried out the demolition drive and the structure was removed.” Environmentalists lauded the move by the forest department. “We welcome this decision by the forest department and mangrove cell. This will send a message to violators that court orders cannot be subverted by political and mafia pressure. However, more sites remain and the big fish are still out there,” said Stalin D, director, NGO Vanashakti. In another incident, the Thane forest department also cleared an encroachment from a protected forest land at Kalwa, along the Mumbai-Panvel Highway on Thursday. “A company with 30 employees was engaged in developing ship parts, and had encroached on the forest land for 20 years. We arrested Ramesh Parashuram Sharma, the owner of the company. The encroachments will be removed over the next few days,” said Ramgaokar.
|2018-03-17||18000 square feet Rangoli made in Thane ahead of Gudi Padwa - Mumbai Mirror|
18,000 SQUARE FEET RANGOLI MADE IN THANE AHEAD OF GUDI PADWA Updated: Mar 17, 2018, 11.29 AM IST Ahead of Gudi Padwa, an 18,000 square feet rangoli was made by 70 artists in a duration of nine hours at the Gaondevi Maidan in Thane, ANI reported. A whopping 900 kgs of rangoli powder was used by artists to create this masterpiece. Gudi Padwa is the New Year celebrated by people in Maharashtra. It falls on the first day of the Chaitra month of the Hindu lunar calendar. Preparing with gusto for the festival, people all over Maharashtra have started making grand preparations. Among the most famous celebrations in Mumbai on this is the Gudi Padwa procession in Girgaum, where thousands of men, women and children walk, ride bikes and play the traditional drums while donning colourful outfits.
|2018-03-17||Set up waste disposal plants or constructions will halt in Thane from ... - Hindustan Times|
Set up waste disposal plants or constructions will halt in Thane from 2020, says Bombay HC About 800 metric tonnes of solid waste is generated every day within the Thane civic body jurisidiction MUMBAI Updated: Mar 17, 2018 13:45 IST New constructions in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) area will come to a halt in January 2020 if the civic body fails to set up plants to scientifically dispose of municipal solid waste generated within its limits. The Bombay high court on Friday allowed TMC’s plea seeking an extension for the time required to implement the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules (MSW rules), 2000. A division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice Riyaz Chagla granted the civic body time up to December 31, 2019 to set up the required waste treatment plants of appropriate capacity. The permission, however, comes with a rider. The bench has restrained Thane Municipal Corporation from granting development permissions for construction of residential or commercial constructions from January 1, 2020, if it fails to comply with the requirements of the MSW rules by then. However, the embargo will not apply to reconstruction of old buildings and construction of new buildings for educational institutions and hospitals. The restraint is based on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Thane-based activist, Vikrant Tawade, complaining about the lack of implementation of MSW Rules by TMC. The civic body had filed an application in the PIL seeking extension of time for compliance with MSW Rules. According to the figures submitted by the civic body, about 800 metric tonnes (MT) of municipal solid waste is generated daily within TMC limits. While this includes 425 MT of wet waste and 375 MT of dry waste, the facilities provided only allow for the treatment of 60 MT wet waste and 12 MT of dry waste. The bench was annoyed to note that hardly 10% of the entire solid waste generated everyday within TMC limits was being disposed of scientifically. “It can’t be that the local authorities will take their own time to implement MSW Rules and at the same time allow the quantum of municipal solid waste generated within the city to continue to increase on account of addition of new constructions,” said the bench while imposing the condition. “If municipal solid waste is not scientifically treated, it directly affects the environment and thus, infringes on the right of individuals to live in a healthy environment, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” it added. It has sought a report from the civic body indicating progress of the work by July 6, 2018. The court has also directed TMC to undertake a scientific study about the effect of new constructions on generation of solid waste and that of generation of municipal solid waste on the environment.
|2018-03-17||Thane: Teachers gets 3-yr-jail for molesting minor girl in 2016 - The Asian Age|
Thane: Teacher gets 3-yr-jail for molesting minor girl in 2016 Published : Mar 17, 2018, 1:44 pm IST Updated : Mar 17, 2018, 1:44 pm IST Additional Sessions and Special Judge A S Bhaisare also slapped a fine of Rs 1,500 on the convict Sanjay Patil, a resident of Majiwada. Thane: A court in Thane has awarded three-year rigorous imprisonment to a 30-year-old music teacher for molesting a minor girl in 2016. Additional Sessions and Special (POCSO) Judge A S Bhaisare also slapped a fine of Rs 1,500 on the convict Sanjay Patil, a resident of Majiwada. Additional Public Prosecutor Shilpa Talhar told the court that Patil, a music teacher, was running his own institute and simultaneously teaching in another music class at the Vrindavan Society in Thane. On December 9, 2016 Patil showed obscene videos to the victim, while she was waiting after the music class, for her parents to come and pick her up, the court was informed. Patil also molested the six-year-old girl, who had joined the music class on December 6, 2016, Talhar told the court. In his order issued on March 14, the judge noted that the prosecution has proved all charges beyond reasonable doubts and sentenced Patil for three years rigorous imprisonment.
|2018-03-17||Actress' lawyer got call records of actor after their public spat? - Times of India|
Actress’ lawyer got call records of actor after their public spat? Updated: Mar 18, 2018, 03:29 IST THANE: The Thane crime branch probing the illegal procurement of phone call records by arrested celebrity lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui for actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui suspect that he may have sourced records in similar fashion for a Bollywood actress too. The actress, the police said, was engaged in a high-profile spat with another popular face from the film industry last year which led to allegations being traded publicly by both sides. Call detail records, or CDRs as they are called, may be of help to the actress to establish her case against the one-time colleague on the sets, a police officer said. At the time of Siddiqui’s arrest on Friday for allegedly sourcing CDRs of Nawazuddin’s wife from a private detective, police had seized two laptops and three mobile phones along with CCTV footage from his office. Police will soon look into their contents. “If the lawyer has sourced CDRs of other celebrities or any other person, he could be in serious trouble,” the officer said. However, Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh told TOI that Nawazuddin had “no direct role” in the case and police would examine the evidence and also the possible involvement of his brother Shamas.Rizwan Siddiqui was on Saturday sent to police custody till Mach 23. Advocate Rizwan Merchant, who opposed police custody, said his client was also an advocate and had been made a scapegoat. He said police had violated all procedures set by the apex court for investigation and arrest. “Rizwan always wanted to co-operate with the investigating agencies. He had no role to play in the entire CDR scam,” Merchant said. He said that when the police had wanted certain evidence about the lawyer’s clients, he had written a letter to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa seeking permission. But Nitin Thakre, senior inspector with the crime branch, claimed the lawyer was not co-operating with the authorities. Thakre justified the arrest saying the lawyer could have destroyed evidence and said that in another case, an accused had got all data on his mobile phone erased at a remote location. Outside the magistrate’s court, Merchant alleged that senior Thane police officers were trying to protect Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He refused to give any details though, saying, “Whatever is to be done will be done in a court of law. We believe in fighting such false cases in a court of law.” Merchant said he would also challenge his client’s custodial remand in the courts.
|2018-03-17||Couple found dead on Thane tracks: Kin of youth unaware if there is ... - Hindustan Times|
Couple found dead on Thane tracks: Kin of youth unaware if there is a link The railway police will now question the motormen of the trains that pass from Diva-Panvel railway line to find out if any of them had spotted the duo together. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 18, 2018 01:33 IST The families of two youths, a 20-year-old man and a minor girl, whose bodies were recently found on the railway tracks near Nilje station, have said they were not aware about their relationship. The families of Rohit Waghe, 20 and Gauravi Yadav, 16 have stated this in their statement to Thane Railway Police. “The families of both the victims are in shock, therefore we have asked them to be present for interrogation on Monday. We have spoken to the youth’s brother, Deepak Waghe, who said they didn’t know whether his brother was involved with the girl. The father of the girl, Vinod Yadav, has also mentioned the same in his statement given to police,” said a senior police official from Government Railway Police (GRP), Thane. The railway police will now question the motormen of the trains that pass from Diva-Panvel railway line to find out if any of them had spotted the duo together. On Thursday night, the motormen of Diva-Roha train alerted the Thane station master about a youth lying unconscious on the track. The police took him to Thane Civil Hospital, where he was declared dead. They learnt that he was Rohit. On Friday morning, Gauravi’s body was found near Nilje railway station. Both bodies had injury marks. Though both were registered as cases of accidental death, the GRP team is still investigating whether they committed suicide or met with an accident. “We are preparing the list of the trains that passed on the same route,” said an official. According to a Thane GRP official, Rohit hailed from Waklan village and worked as a gardener in Navi Mumbai. Gauravi was from class 9 student from Nilje village.
|2018-03-17||Thane security guard arrested for kidnapping, raping 5-year-old girl - Hindustan Times|
Thane security guard arrested for kidnapping, raping 5-year-old girl The 32-year-old accused allegedly lured the victim by offering chocolates MUMBAI Updated: Mar 18, 2018 01:03 IST A 32-year-old security guard was arrested on Saturday from Thane for allegedly kidnapping and raping a five-year-old girl from Bhandup area in Mumbai. The accused was identified as Suman Jha,a resident of Thane, said Sunil Lokhande, deputy commissioner of police, zone -5. Sources said Jha is being questioned and would soon be sent for a medical test. According to the police, after being abducted on Friday evening, the girl was taken to Azad Nagar area in Kaphrbawdi, Thane, where she was raped by the accused. He later abandoned the victim and fled the spot. “She was found by a man, who saw her crying. He alerted the police and when we asked her she told us her address. We alerted her family,” said a police officer from Kapurbawdi police station. The girl was kidnapped when she was playing alone outside her house. “The girl told us that she was given chocolates and later lured her for more. She was taken to Thane by rickshaw, where she was threatened and raped. We spoke to the man who spotted her. He told us the girl had been crying and her clothes were torn. The man then took the girl to the police station and after recording her statement and her parents’, a complaint was lodged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and The Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012”, said a police officer. The girl was sent for medical test, which proved that she was raped. The survivor is under treatment at Thane’s Civil Hospital.
|2018-03-17||Get the Thane road name right, siblings tell Google officials - Hindustan Times|
Get the Thane road name right, siblings tell Google officials The Bhandigare brothers received an acknowledgement from Google officials for correcting the name of Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Marg, which had earlier incorrectly been named Raunak Residency Road. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 18, 2018 01:14 IST If you are a resident living around Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Marg in Thane, you must thank the Bhandigare brothers for getting the name of your area on Google map corrected. Prasad Bhandigare, 25 and Vivek Bhandigare, 20, found out that the name of the road from Vartak Nagar junction to Bhimnagar area on the navigation tool is that of a residential complex, Raunak Residency Road, instead of Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Marg. Owing to the error, fleet cabs drivers or delivery boys would often find it difficult to find the area. Prasad and Vivek took the onus to get the name corrected to make it convenient for cab drivers and residents alike. However, the road to get the name changed was not easy. Prasad said, “ I gave my feedback to the officials at Google, requesting them to change the name of this road. Initially there was no reply from Google.” When Prasad’s attempts bore no fruit, his brother Vivek joined him. “Vivek and I kept sending the feedback to Google. We may have sent around 10-15 feedback. Finally, Google officials conducted a survey of the road and changed its name.” The Google officials sent an acknowledgement to the Bhandigare brothers. The brothers had approached the ward office of Thane Municipal Corporation too, before going to Google but did not receive help from civic officials. An officer from Vartak Nagar ward said, “The duo had approached us, to ask if the name of the area was officially changed. We had not changed the name of the road in the last decade, nor were there any proposals to change the name from its original Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Road. We however cannot change the name on Google map unless we get written complaints from the residents. No one had filed any objection or complaint on the road’s name.”
|2018-03-17||Portion of Diva dump yard in Thane to be closed in six months - Hindustan Times|
Portion of Diva dump yard in Thane to be closed in six months The corporation has appointed consultants to begin scientific closure of the dump yard. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 18, 2018 00:50 IST To prevent fires at the dumping ground in Diva, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to shut one part of the ground. Around five hectares of area beside the main Diva dumping ground is lying unused for the past three years. The corporation has appointed consultants to begin scientific closure of the dump yard. “There used to be instances of smoke billowing from the ground, regularly increasing air pollution. The smoke was caused due to the incomplete burning of methane gas released from the waste. Methane is 21% more potent than carbon dioxide, when it burns incompletely. So, we have decided to scientifically close this portion of the dumping ground,” a TMC official said. Till 2015, TMC dumped waste on this five hectare land. The officer said in the last three years TMC was awaiting the decomposition of wet waste. “All the wet waste has now decomposed and we can go ahead with the closure. We have appointed the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) agency, which was recommended by the ministry of science and technology of the Centre. The agency will give us a complete analysis and report in six months after which, we will begin closure.” The agency will submit a report on physical analysis of the ground, how much methane is released every day, soil bearing capacity of the ground, the topographical survey, hydrogeological survey (which shows the flow of ground water), sampling of surface water and contour mapping. “The agency will also check the air pollution level, level of particulate pollutants and analyse the creek and well water. We will install a flare system on this ground, which will combust the methane gas completely and convert it into non-polluting carbon dioxide. The closure of the dumping ground will be carried out in three phases based on the recommendations of the agency and we plan to close it in one year,” the officer said. No alternative treatment plant Though TMC has proposed to scientifically close a part of the Diva dumping ground, the process of closure of the prime area has not yet begun. TMC cannot close the ground unless an alternative treatment plant is identified. The dumping ground caught fire last week, which was later brought under control. However, toxic fumes still continue to emit from the ground leading to bad air quality, which makes it difficult for residents. Currently, the corporation present is not in a position to close this ground unless an alternate treatment plant or dumping site is identified. The TMC treats only 10 percent of the total 800 metric tonnes of waste the city generates daily. Court’s ruling this week: The High Court has given the Thane Municipal Corporation time till December 2019 to close the dumping on Diva mangroves and implement all solid waste management rules. The court has stated in case of failure to implement the norms, no new construction will be permitted after 2019. It has also asked the corporation to file quarterly compliance report. About Diva dumping ground Dumping is being done at two places – Diva and Khardi In 2015, around 58 chemical drums were set ablaze in the Diva dumping ground leading to chemical pollution in the area In 2012, residents had written to TMC officials to close the dumping ground, for which they also conducted a signature campaign The new plot proposed for scientific treatment of waste at Shil Diaghar will last for at least 40 years The corporation has also planned to install mini processing units at ward level to minimise daily waste generated and treat it at the source itself HOW?WASTE?IS?DISPOSED?OF Thane city generates 800 metric tonnes of waste, apart from the additional 200 metric tonnes, which is the construction and non-recyclable waste. The 800 metric tonnes of waste generated daily comprises of 425 metric tonnes wet waste and 375 metric tonnes dry waste. At present, there are 100 dry waste collection centres in the city. Most of the dry waste, apart from 10 to 15% goes to these collection centres. Out of the 425 metric tonnes, the residential societies at present treat 80 tonnes of waste. Around 60 tonnes of waste is treated by different energy plants operational by TMC, while some part of it is treated in three townships in the city. This leaves around 285 metric tonnes of waste, which at present, is dumped on a private land in Diva, along with 200 metric tonnes non-recyclable waste. The TMC dumps around 500 metric tonnes of waste at the Diva dumping every day.
|2018-03-16||Dry days ahead for Maharashtra's Panvel and Thane as water cuts announced in both areas - Daily News & Analysis|
Dry days ahead for Maharashtra's Panvel and Thane as water cuts announced in both areas It’s going to be tough going for Thane and Panel residents starting today. While Panvel residents are already facing water cuts, residents of Thane will face a 7% water cut from March 19, Hindustan Times reported. The reason behind the cuts, it was reported, was to ensure that water lasts till July 15. Residents have already been facing water cuts since January despite a decent rainfall in the 2017 monsoons that went on till October. Last year, Barvi dam, which supplies water to Thane was 99% full by July-end. The water from Barvi dam overflows in the Ulhas River and is supplied to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai. In Panvel, however, the situation is far worse, as residents will receive water only on alternate days. Panvel, which receives water from Dehrang dam, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran and MIDC will have shortage due to technical issues at MIDC.
|2018-03-16||Businessman rescued within 3 hours of abduction, 1 held - Times of India|
Businessman rescued within 3 hours of abduction, 1 held Mar 16, 2018, 07:15 IST KALYAN: High drama in Ulhasnagar that lasted three hours saw Thane police rescue a 40-year-old abducted businessman and nab one of his four kidnappers who demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore to release him. Following considerable negotiations with the victim, though, the kidnappers brought down the ransom demand to Rs 25 lakh. The kidnappers claimed to be part of the Chhota Rajan gang. They allegedly bundled the businessman into a car around 10.30pm on Wednesday, pointed a revolver at him and demanded that he call a relative or a friend and ask him to bring along the cash. The victim’s friend, in turn, informed cops who laid a trap for the kidnappers and nabbed one of them after he ventured out to collect a bag ostensibly filled with cash. The arrested accused has been identified as Saeed Khan (25). The businessman, Naresh Ramnani (40), is a resident of Konark Residency near Shahad station in Ulhasnagar and runs Krishna Tours and Travels. The incident came to light on Thursday night when Ramnani was on his way home. The kidnappers overtook his car and braked to a stop in front of it. They then rushed out and dragged Ramnani into their car. One of the accomplices followed them on a bike. Cops said the accused drove towards Ambernath. Ramnani recalled that one Mishra pointed a revolver at him and said they belonged to the Chhota Rajan gang and that they were from Chembur, before demanding Rs 1crore ransom amount. Ramnani told them that he did not have that kind of money. The demand was subsequently reduced to Rs 25 lakh. On their instructions, Ramnani called up his friend, one Naresh Rohra, and asked him to arrange the money. Police sources said Rohra called up Ramnani’s relatives and approached local Ulhasnagar police, who immediately formed a team of 14 cops and dispatched them to the spot where money was to be collected. The team swooped down on two of the kidnappers who were there to collect the ransom amount. While one of them managed to flee by crossing the railway tracks in the vicinity, Khan jumped into a nullah filled with garbage and hid under mounds of rubbish. Cops, too, entered the nullah and took the fire brigade’s help to trace him in a 40-minute search operation.Cops have learnt that Khan is a resident of Tata Power House area in Kalyan (East) and has multiple cases against him. On interrogation, Khan confessed to the crime and named his associates and said they are from Chembur and Manpada, Dombivli. Ramnani told TOI: “I am very grateful to the police for rescuing me.” D D Palve, senior inspector, Ulhasnagar police, said, “The main accused told the victim that they were attached to the Chhota Rajan gang but we are verifying the claim.” Ankit Goyal, DCP, Zone IV, Thane police, said, “Our team will soon nab the other three.” Although the victim has been rescued, a probe is on to ascertain the involvement of any local or an insider who may have passed on information about him.
|2018-03-16||Call data record case: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's lawyer Rizwan arrested by Thane crime branch - Daily News & Analysis|
Call data record case: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's lawyer Rizwan arrested by Thane crime branch On the evening of March 16, Thane crime branch arrested Rizwan Siddiqui, lawyer of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the call data record (CDR) case. Rizwan is said to have obtained CDR of the actor's wife to spy on her. He will be produced in Thane court on Saturday. The actor, however, did not present himself in spite of being summoned by the cops. Thane police busted the CDR racket on January 24 with the arrest of four detectives of Globe detective agency, Vashi. The call date of the Siddiqui's wife was obtained through the detective agency. This was followed by the arrest of five more people which include detectives and hackers.
|2018-03-16||Youth, teen girl found dead on Thane railway tracks - Times of India|
Youth, teen girl found dead on Thane railway tracks Updated: Mar 17, 2018, 05:17 IST THANE: A young dance teacher and a teenaged girl were found dead, within metres of each other, on railway tracks between Diva and Niljhe stations on Friday. It appears to be a suicide pact, said the police. Initial reports said the two had tied their hands to each other's with a piece of cloth before being struck by a train. "It is believed that the two were upset with their families, who had opposed their relationship, and ventured out on the live tracks on the Diva-Panvel line, determined to end their lives by throwing themselves before a running train. Their bodies were recovered separately by the police from the same area but at an interval of six hours,'' said senior inspector Uttam Sonawane of Thane railway police. The 20-year-old man and the 15-year-old girl were reported missing from their respective homes since Thursday late evening. The man's body was noticed after midnight by Niljhe station officials, who alerted the police. Cops went to the spot and took him to hospital, where the youth was declared dead. At dawn, the police team was alerted about a girl lying unconscious a few metres ahead. She was also declared dead on arrival by the hospital staff.The youth worked in a company in Navada near Taloja in Navi Mumbai and also taught dance to children from a plush residential complex in Niljhe near Dombivli. He is believed to have met the college-going girl, who stays nearby, during the course of his teaching, and the two apparently developed a bond. But their families were opposed to any relationship, said a cop. The two families denied that the youngsters were in anyway known to each other. "We were waiting for him to come home and panicked when he didn't return even an hour after his usual time. We approached the police, who told us a girl is also missing. We had no idea about the involvement of our brother with any girl," said the youth's sibling. The girl's uncle denied that she ever went to any dance class. Her parents had thought that she was at her friend's place for studies. They were informed of the death only on Friday morning and are in a deep state of shock, said the relative. The police have registered an accidental death case, but senior officials said it could be revised after inquiries.
|2018-03-16||Thane CDR scam: Nawazuddin Siddiqui's lawyer arrested - Hindustan Times|
Thane CDR scam: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s lawyer arrested Last week, the Thane crime branch had summoned Siddiqui and his wife, along with their lawyer, to record their statements. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 17, 2018 00:43 IST Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s lawyer was arrested in connection with the call data records (CDR) scam on Friday night by the Thane crime branch for illegally obtaining CDRs from Siddiqui’s wife’s phone, said a police officer. Last week, the Thane crime branch had summoned Siddiqui and his wife, along with their lawyer, to record their statement. A police officer said, “Rizwan Siddiqui came to record his statement today, and after it was confirmed that he obtained CDRs from one of the accused, we arrested him. We will soon produce him in court.” It was alleged that Rizwan had taken Nawazuddin’s wife’s CDR details from Prashant Palekar, 49, who was arrested earlier in connection with the CDR scam.On January 24, four private detectives were arrested by Thane crime branch for allegedly selling call data records. They used to sell the data for Rs25,000 to Rs50,000. Makesh Pandiyan, 42; Prashant Palekar, 49; Jigar Makawana, 35; and Samresh Jha alias Pratik Mohpal, 32; were arrested from Kalwa. On February 23, during investigation, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s name has also cropped up in connection with the scam. Till date, the Thane crime branch has arrested 12 people in connection with the CDR scam.
|2018-03-16||Third Kalwa bridge in Thane to get structural monitoring device - Hindustan Times|
Third Kalwa bridge in Thane to get structural monitoring device The ?130-cr device will detect any structural changes, warn of defects and ensure timely repairs of the bridge. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 17, 2018 00:43 IST When the construction of third Kalwa bridge started last year, the cost was pegged at Rs183 crore. The bridge is expected to ease traffic in Thane, Kalwa and Thane Belapur Road. The cost has now doubled as the Thane Municipal Corporation has decided to spend Rs130 crore on structural monitoring device in this bridge. Navigation Span Structural Health Monitoring Device will detect any minor structural changes in the bridge, warn of defects and ensure timely repairs on the bridge.City engineer Anil Patil said, “The Navigation Span Health Monitoring Device will be fitted in the Kalwa bridge to ensure safety of the bridge. It will monitor any minute changes in the structure of the bridge along with the changes in the steel and concrete used in the bridge. The structural stability of the bridge will be monitored continuously on the computer. We will know in advance if there is any problem in the structure.” The total cost of construction of Kalwa bridge will now be Rs315 crore. “The device will avert accidents of bridge collapse. The regular maintenance of the bridge will also increase its life span. We had studied the technology in Singapore two years ago. After the success on this bridge, we will replicate it on other bridges. Installing the device will cost Rs130 crore. It will be fitted in every pillar of the bridge,” Patil added. The work on the third Kalwa Bridge over the Thane creek was proposed in 2012. The budget of the bridge was Rs10 crore when it was proposed in 2012. It escalated to Rs100 crore, when the Thane Municipal Corporation asked the state to fund the project. Later, the corporation decided to fund the project on its own to prevent delay in the project.
|2018-03-15||Fire breaks out in Thane's packaging company - The New Indian Express|
Fire breaks out in Thane's packaging company Published: 15th March 2018 08:15 AM Last Updated: 15th March 2018 08:15 AM THANE: A major fire broke out in a packaging company in Thane’s Dombivli in the early hours of Thursday. Six fire tenders immediately reached the spot and the attempts are underway to douse the flames. No causalities or injuries have been reported so far. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. More details are awaited.
|2018-03-15||Thane: 13 Lakh residents to get own homes through cluster redevelopment - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 13 Lakh residents to get own homes through cluster redevelopment Mar 15, 2018 07:21 am Thane: Thane has added yet one more crown in its pocket, as it has become the first city to be redeveloped under the cluster development plan. The lakhs of residents staying in dangerous buildings under the constant fear of mishap, have a pleasant surprise for them. Not only the residents but also the unemployed have the reason to rejoice as there will be more employment chances will be available through this development. Green zones,lakes, roads also the amenities mentioned in the development plan will be developed at the same time of redevelopment. The first phase will be implemented in five sectors where there will be development of 23 percent area. The constructions under CRZ will also be taken care during this redevelopment plan. There are 43 renewal plans under this cluster project and the actual implementation will start from the month of October of this year, as informed by the Thane Civic Chief. The presentation of this project was shown in the Research Center of Thane Corporation on Wednesday. PWD minister Eknath Shinde was present at the presentation who also expressed his views while addressing the meeting. The project will be implemented in first five phases and according to the population of the area , the facilities in the area were researched first and the remaining facilities were included in the new urban renewal plan.Also the impeded reserved plots will be developed according the plan. These first five sectors are in Lokmanya nagar, Rabodi, and Wagle Estate area of Thane city, informed Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The city has 5,903 hector land available for the development on this date. The cluster development will be implemented on the 291 hector land. It means 23 per cent of land in the city will be used for this development and it will have the international level facility centers that includes traveling, community centers, town centers. “There will be free residences till 300 square feet and if anybody requires more area , they will have to pay as per the construction cost . The FSIs given are 4, but somewhere if it is not feasible, or there is an extra FSI, the developer will get a chance to use it elsewhere. We are sure many developers will come forward for these ambitious projects,” Said, Sanjeev Jiaswal, Civic Commissioner , Thane municipal Corporation. Due to cluster , there will be 51 per cent employment chances in MMR region, except Mumbai, which means there will be employment chances available while the project will be implemented. There will be 23,000 colonies be constructed under the project. The residents staying in illegal buildings, will also get the relief and also the legal and dangerous buildings can be included in the scheme. The residents staying on CRZ, forest land will also be covered under the scheme and hence, more green belt will be available for the citizens, added Commissioner.
|2018-03-15||Cluster to set devpt plan of city for next 3 decades - Times of India|
Cluster to set development plan of Thane for next 3 decades Updated: Mar 16, 2018, 02:41 IST THANE: The cluster redeveploment that is all set to be implemented in Thane by October will set the blueprint of development for the next three decades, factoring in all the requirements of the city usually allocated in the development plans (DP)s. According to the team of experts and officials from the municipal administration who have designed this roadmap, a first of its kind in the country, the project will help reorient the entire cityscape for next four decades. “All elements that are usually taken care of in a development plan for a city like land utilisation, proposed density in a location and more have been considered in these renewal plans for Thane not just fort the next few years but over the next few decades as well,” said an official. The project that looks at vertical development is likely to restructure the ratio of roads and amenities in each of the urban renewal plans. It will also optimize the land use better than the existing development plans, said civic officials. The urban renewal plans that comprise of nearly 23% of the developed areas of the city have been designed keeping in mind the future developments. Each of these plans will be congruent with all future potential developments proposed in the respective areas, including common amenities like fire stations, parks, auditoriums, to name a few. In addition, the revamp will also involve revising the existing land use pattern. Several areas have currently either been under-utilising their potential or over exploiting the land use vis-a-vis their actual requirement and potential will see a correction.The presentation made by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday stressed more on how the land utilisation currently isn’t in proportion to its potential. The presentation highlighted how areas like Rabodi that currently has almost no land parcels earmarked for commercial activities will see around 5% allocations from its 38 hectares of space in the renewal plan, while Kopri will see a correction of road networks that will occupy 20% of roads as compared to the 13% as per the current use or even 24% as proposed in the development plan. “We have carried out an extensive study of the city with experts to understand the future needs of specific areas and accordingly have made allocationsWe have reorganized the land use in the URPs to ensure its optimal utilisation,” said Jaiswal. All elements that are usually taken care of in a development plan for a city like land utilisation, proposed density in a location and more have been considered in these renewal plans for Thane not just fort the next few years but over the next few decades as well
|2018-03-15||Thane might be India's first city to be developed under the cluster ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane might be India’s first city to be developed under the cluster scheme The corporation has prepared 43 urban renewal plans (URP), which aim to provide homes and employment in the neighbouring areas. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 15, 2018 11:19 IST More than 13 lakh Thane residents may soon get homes under the cluster development scheme of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said Thane will be the first city in the country to be redeveloped under the cluster scheme. The corporation has prepared 43 urban renewal plans (URP), which aim to provide homes and employment in the neighbouring areas. On Wednesday, Jaiswal presented the 43 URPs before the politicians and the media. The scheme aims at all-round development of the city by increasing road network, open spaces, green zones and civic amenities. The first phase of the scheme, which includes redevelopment of 43 URPs, will take around 15 years for implementation. The URPs have been planned keeping in mind the city’s requirement till 2041. The work on the first cluster is slated to begin in October this year, after the monsoon. Jaiswal said, “We have prepared detailed URPs of 43 clusters in eight sectors in the city. The URPs will not only provide homes but also employment opportunities for the people of that area. Each URP will have commercial centres, city centres and community centres. The community centres will house the local small time vendors in that area. Based on the expected population of the URPs, a study on the amenities required was conducted. All he URPs will have roads networks, playgrounds, hospitals, green areas and public transport.” He added that the reservations of coastal regulation zones (CRZ) or forest, which had hampered development, have also been addressed under the cluster scheme. The city’s resources such as lakes, creeks, monuments or historical settlements will also be restored. “The planning is done after studying several such successful clusters across the world. The city has around 5,903 hectares of developable land, of which 1,477.18 hectares (around 23 percent) will be developed in the first phase. Residents can get free homes up till 300 square feet and will have to pay if they want additional area.” The project also aims at creating equal housing stock in the city. Currently, the housing stock is concentrated mostly along the Ghodbunder area. “The URPs are planned for the next 25 years. We will require 15 years to implement these 43 URPs. This will, however, be the first city in India to be redeveloped completely under the cluster scheme. The earlier projects were implemented in isolated areas. The Thane cluster pattern can easily be replicated by the other cities in the future,” Jaiswal added. The URPS will be published by March 20, following which citizens are invited to give suggestions and objections for a month. Lakes to be restored The city of Thane is recognized for its lakes, which TMC has planned to revive under the cluster schemes. Lakes that have been encroached upon will be dug up to restore its original size. Creeks and settlements belonging to the koli, fishing and agricultural communities will also be restored in the cluster. The scheme will also benefit from upcoming projects like water front development, water transport, internal metro and PRTS (personal rapid transit system). TMC to demand housing stock from developers The civic body will require enough housing stock to rehabilitate people while implementing the cluster development scheme. To provide these transit camps, the corporation has proposed to undertake housing projects. However these affordable housing will take time for construction. The civic commissioner has now decided to approach the developers and real estate organisations. “Most developers have many unsold flats which do not sell for two to three years. They can give these flats on rent to us for ten years. The residents can use these flats as transit camps,” Jaiswal said.
|2018-03-15||Bldr cheating case: Second accused held from Pune - Times of India|
Builder cheating case: Second accused held from Pune Updated: Mar 16, 2018, 02:40 IST Navi Mumbai: The second key accused proprietor of Tirumala Properties has been arrested on Wednesday for cheating a Vashi-based builder in 2012. The officials from the Economic Offences Wing (unit 1) have identified the accused as Devdatta More. More had identified himself as a police constable when the other accused had gone to strike the deal with the Vashi builder. More, along with his other two partners, had sold a 350 acres land worth Rs 300 crore in Wahal village, Panvel taluka, to the builder. They had accepted Rs 5 crore as token amount in 2012. But the trio had allegedly forged the land documents. When the builder learnt about this, he informed the cops but by then they had already gone absconding, a police official said. Senior inspector Vikas Ramugade of the EOW unit-1 said, “ We have arrested the second accused More from Pune. The EOW team, led by former inspector Shivaji Awate, had arrested the first accused Sachin Shewale in July 2017. The other accused Avinash Deshmukh is still at large.”
|2018-03-15||Thane police rescues criminal from drain, arrests him for extortion - India Today|
Thane police rescues criminal from drain, arrests him for extortion March 15, 2018 UPDATED 23:39 IST In an unusual turn of events, Mumbai police today nabbed a criminal from a drain in Ulhasnagar after he fell in it. The accused and one of his aides were being chased by the police in connection with a case of kidnapping and extortion. The police swung into action after a person identified as Naresh Ramnani was threatened by the duo. At around 10.30 pm, the accused intercepted Ramnani's motorbike near a school in Ulhasnagar. Despite Ramnani's efforts to evade he was targeted by two others, suspected to be accomplices of the accused. Following an altercation, Ramnani was pushed into a car. The accused threatened to kill Ramnani if he made any noise. Ramnani told the police that one of the accused held a gun against him and asked for a ransom of Rs 1 crore. "They told me to shell out Rs 1 crore or they would shoot me. I told them that I did not have the amount, but they kept threatening to kill me. Somehow they settled for Rs 25 lakh and asked me to get it from my family. I called my brother and asked him to arrange the money and told him that I was coming to receive the money," Ramnani told the police. Later, the accused drove Ramnani to Ambernath Maharashta Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and then asked him to check if the money was ready. The accused soon left towards Kalyan and from there drove the victim back to Ulhasnagar. The men accused spotted police chasing them while they were near Ramnani's friend's house. While the two of them fled from the spot, the other two stayed back with Ramnani. According to Ramnani, one of them even threatened to kill him with a knife. However, the duo was chased from outside the residence of Ramnani by police and the victim's friends. While one of them ran towards the railway tracks, the other fell into a drain. "To pull the accused out of the drain, a fire brigade had to be called. The rescue operation went on for an hour after which the accused was taken into custody," said an officer from Thane Anti-Extortion Cell. The officer added that the duo was part of an armed gang that operated in the locality and targeted individuals for extorting money. Police said they have launched a manhunt to arrest the other members of their gang.
|2018-03-15||Thane rape and murder case: Accused committed over 50 robberies ... - The Indian Express|
Thane rape and murder case: Accused committed over 50 robberies, say police Narwade would spend the day as an autorickshaw driver, he would target couples on deserted stretches once it was dark, the police said. Mumbai | Published: March 16, 2018 2:28 am The accused in the Titwala rape and murder case was an auto driver by the day and an alleged armed robber by night, police have claimed. While he has two cases registered against him, Sanjay Narwade committed more than 50 robberies, they said. On March 5, 28-year-old Ganesh Dinkar was shot dead by Narwade at a secluded spot off the Ambernath-Chinchpada road near Nalimbi village. Narwade then allegedly raped Dinkar’s girlfriend and fled with the keys of their bike and phones. On hearing the victim’s cries for help, the villagers alerted the police. Narwade was arrested after six days. “He used to come to the empty stretch on the Ambernath-Chinchpada road, as this was used by several couples. Since most couples were meeting secretly, he knew no one would complain against him,” said an officer from Thane rural police. Narwade, originally from Jalna, was a trouble-maker in his hometown as well, the police said. “He allegedly left his house with some money he had stolen. With part of that amount, he procured a sophisticated gun from Aurangabad at Rs 15,000. With the rest, he got an autorickshaw. He never stayed at one address and preferred to live in rented rooms,” the officer said. While Narwade would spend the day as an autorickshaw driver, he would target couples on deserted stretches once it was dark, the police said. “He used to threaten people with the gun and take their belongings, generally phones. We believe that he has fired at people twice. The first case, his target survived with minor injuries. But Narwade was never identified. He believed that the woman in this case, would be too distraught to identify him,” another officer said. Narwade was caught in Ulhasnagar after the rape victim identified his picture sent on WhatsApp. “He had sold off the deceased person’s phone. He was so sure that he wouldn’t be arrested, that he was living in the same rented room which the man, who bought the phone off him, had described,” the officer said. The police are approaching more people to come forward to tell them if they had been robbed in a similar fashion. “We are interrogating him and checking if other police stations nearby have a similar case where he could be interrogated,” said a senior officer. Narwade has been remanded in police custody till March 19.
|2018-03-15||Hurdles cleared for six flyovers on Ghodbunder Road in Thane ... - Hindustan Times|
Hurdles cleared for 6 pedestrian bridges on Ghodbunder Road in Thane The designing of the four other foot overbridges at Kasarvadavli, Bhayander Pada, Ovala and Gaimukh is however, yet to begin. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 16, 2018 11:31 IST After the city got two foot overbridges at RMall and Tatwadnyan Vidyapeth on Tuesday, there are plans to have six new ones on Ghodbunder Road. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has said it would approve the six foot overbridges in a month. The work on the six foot overbridges was stalled last month as the MMRDA claimed that the foot overbridges were creating obstruction for the Metro 4 line (Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali) on the Ghodbunder Road. Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner of MMRDA, said, “The Ghodbunder foot overbridges are no longer obstructing our metro line. So, we do not have any problem with the corporation going ahead with the construction work.” Darade said that the MMRDA will give the TMC a written approval soon. He said, “We have given them in-principle, an approval two days ago and soon will give them a written approval.” The budget for the Waghbil and Brahmand flyovers is around Rs10 crore, while the budget estimate of the remaining four flyovers is not yet ready. The TMC had floated the tender for two foot overbridges at Brahmand and Waghbil. The designing of the four other foot overbridges at Kasarvadavli, Bhayander Pada, Ovala and Gaimukh is however, yet to begin. The MMRDA had claimed that the corporation should not start the work on the six foot overbridges until the plan for the metro line is ready. This stalled the work of the six foot overbridges for six months. A civic official requesting anonymity, said, “We have changed the design of Brahmand and Waghbil foot overbridges. We will plan the four footbridges keeping in mind the alignment of the metro line.” “We have submitted the new designs to the MMRDA officials who have agreed to give approval to the six foot overbridges in a month,” the official said. Around four lakh people live along Ghodbunder Road. The demand for foot overbridges along this road is almost a decade old. In 2011, 10 foot overbridges were proposed along Ghodbunder Road and Eastern Express Highway jointly by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and Thane Municipal Corporation. The MSRDC was supposed to construct four and the TMC six bridges. However in 2015, the MSRDC asked the municipal corporation to construct all the 10 FOBs along the two highways.
|2018-03-15||Water woes in Thane to continue this year too, weekly cuts planned - Hindustan Times|
Water woes in Thane to continue this year too; weekly cuts to start from next week Citing lesser waster stock in the dams in comparison to last year, the irrigation department has imposed 7% water cut from March 19 MUMBAI Updated: Mar 16, 2018 12:35 IST Starting Monday, Thane residents will have to face water cut once a week. Citing lesser waster stock in the dams in comparison to last year, the irrigation department has imposed 7% water cut in Thane from March 19. The decision was taken to ensure that the water stock lasts till July 15. Despite above average rainfall in 2017, the residents were facing water cut once a fortnight since January An official from irrigation department said, “The water stock in Barvi dam 7% less than last year. We will have to manage the available stock till July 15. So we decided to impose 7% water cut from March 19.” The day of water cut will be different for each area, depending on which of the four water sources are being shut for the day. Last year, Barvi dam was 99% full by July-end. The water from Barvi dam overflows in the Ulhas River and is supplied to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai. “We will take a meeting every month during to analyse the available water stock and review water cuts,” added official. Commenting on the issue, Thane Municipal Corporation officials said are yet to receive circular related to water cut and will issue a notice once days for water cut are finalised.
|2018-03-15||Trained by Chintan Upadhyay, Thane jail inmates paint graffiti for ... - The Indian Express|
Trained by Chintan Upadhyay, Thane jail inmates paint graffiti for exhibition These accused have painted a large graffiti depicting 10 stories under the guidance of Chintan Upadhyay, the artist who has been arrested on the charges of killing his estranged wife, Hema, and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani. Mumbai | Published: March 16, 2018 3:56 am Titled ‘Process of Decay’, a painting exhibition has given nine inmates lodged at the Thane central jail much to look forward to. These accused have painted a large graffiti depicting 10 stories under the guidance of Chintan Upadhyay, the artist who has been arrested on the charges of killing his estranged wife, Hema, and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani. While the organisers have managed to find a facilitator amongst the inmates, for Upadhyay the task has helped him battle depression, jail sources said. “The practice followed by us is to provide a facilitator who conducts workshops for prisoners. Sometime around May last year, I met Upadhyay, who is currently lodged at the Thane jail, and requested him if he could be our facilitator at the Thane jail. He readily accepted the request and agreed to impart painting lessons to inmates,” Kavita Shivdasani of Dagar Pathway Trust told The Indian Express. “Now, their work is ready and we have decided to showcase it in the exhibition to be held over the weekend,” Shivdasani said. Other than the graffiti, there are 24 paintings that will be part of the upcoming exhibition called ‘Tabula rasa’ at the Cymroza Art Gallery. Of these, six have been painted by inmates at Byculla jail, one from Nashik and 17 from Thane. “We have conducted many exhibitions as a part of our ‘Art from behind bars’ project. Every time we try a new theme. After looking at the paintings we decided to name the upcoming exhibition, ‘Tabula rasa’, a Latin word for clean slate. A chance to turn over a new leaf and start anew with a blank slate,” Shivdasani said. The graffiti is now a talking point among jail officials and artists alike. “While the background has been drawn by the nine inmates, Upadhyay has drawn the faces in each painting and then brought them together as a graffiti. One of the paintings even has his signature ‘baby face’ painted,” added Shivdasani. “The theme is dark but relevant. Decay is everywhere and the artist has just taken the liberty to portray it through art,” said a senior prison department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Talking about Upadhyay’s condition, the official said, “Last year, Upadhyay showed visible signs of depression like lying in a corner of his cell for hours and limiting his interaction with other inmates. Around the same time, while on a round, a senior official spotted Upadhyay staring blankly at a wall. He inquired with Upadhyay about his health and asked if he would like to paint again,” the official said. “We then provided him with paints, canvases, brushes and other art material. After a couple of months there was improvement in his condition. Since then, he has painted many paintings, participated in a few exhibitions and even prepared a mural. This time he agreed to teach and nine inmates have benefited from it,” the official added. In August last year, after the requisite formalities, paints, canvases and other art materials were supplied to the inmates. Upadhyay conducted a nearly month-long session and, by the end of it, a 2×5-feet tall graffiti named ‘Process of Decay’ and 17 paintings have been put together by Upadhyay and his students. “Initially, 22 inmates at the Thane jail attended the workshop conducted by Upadhyay. However, during the course of the workshop, many dropped out as it clashed with their court dates and timings. However, nine stayed till the end and they have supplied the maximum art work, including the graffiti,” added Shivdasani. The proceeds from the sale will go to the prisoners. “Whenever a painting is sold, we issue what we call an authenticity certificate, which includes a photograph of the painting, name of the artist, price and the jail where the inmate is lodged. The money is deposited in the accounts maintained by the jail staff,” said Shivdasani. “This money is available for the prisoner to use whenever he or she is released from the jail or in cases where they want it to be transferred to a family member, that is also done. Though in a small way, the money helps them when they start afresh after they step out of jail,” said another jail official.
|2018-03-15||Pedestrians to get four foot overbridges on Thane-Belapur road ... - Hindustan Times|
Pedestrians to get four foot overbridges on Thane-Belapur road The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will build two overbridges at Turbhe and one each at Rabale and Digha. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 16, 2018 00:58 IST The busy Thane-Belapur road, which has seen many accidents, will get four foot overbridges. Every day, 90,000 vehicles ply on the 15 kilometre-long Thane-Belapur road, which connects Thane with Navi Mumbai. Over the years, crossing the road on the busy road has become a problem as there is no infrastructure for pedestrians. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to build four foot overbridges — two at Turbhe and one each at Rabale and Digha. Tenders will be invited for the Digha bridge within a few weeks, a senior officer said. In 2017, 22 people died and around 60 people were injured in accidents on the road. “In Turbhe, the first bridge will be developed near the railway station at a cost of Rs2.5 crore. Train commuters will then have a smoother walk from the station. The second bridge will be developed a few hundred metres away, near the slum area. It will cost Rs3.12 crore,” said Sanjay Desai, executive engineer of NMMC.He added that the tendering process for the two bridges will be completed in the next two months. “We will give the contractors a timeframe of two months to complete the projects,” Desai said. The civic body has decided to develop the third bridge near the pond at Rabale with a budget of Rs1.13 crore. Sources from the NMMC said work of the bridge will start by June or July and will be completed within three months. “The fourth bridge, which will come up at Digha will cost Rs2.38 crore. Since we have not even started the tendering process, we can’t say when the work will start. However, all four bridges will be ready this year-end,” Desai said. The Thane-Belapur road starts at Sion-Panvel highway near Turbhe and ends at Kalwa near Thane. The stretch between Turbhe and Digha runs parallel to the trans-harbour line of Mumbai Suburban Railway. Airoli, Rabale, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane and Turbhe stations have direct access from the road. Ramaswamy N, commissioner of NMMC, said, “The residents have been demanding the bridges for a long time. There was a plan to develop the bridges at Turbhe a few years ago. But the plan could not be implemented due to local issues.” “Now, we have decided to build all four bridges. The other railway stations on the trans-harbour line already have such bridges in front of them. Still we will check if there is any need of such amenities at those places,” he said.
|2018-03-14||Thane to flag off cluster redevpt in six months - Times of India|
Thane to flag off cluster redevelopment in six months Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 04:44 IST THANE: The dense clutch of chawls and cheek-by-jowl dingy homes spread across the Lake City are set for a transformation into swanky highrise apartments, huge open spaces, wider roads and tree-lined footpaths following the municipal administration’s declaration on Wednesday to flag off cluster redevelopment plans in six months. The plan is to strip the old, cluttered sprawl spread across the city, and redesign the newly-carved 43 zones into a modern colony with recreation and play area amenities to match global standards. “Thane will lay the benchmark for future cluster redevelopment plans. In fact, we will be the first city in the nation where a meticulous plan and design has begun as part of an urban overhaul,” guardian minister Eknath Shinde said at a press conference on Wednesday. Around 149 hectares of occupied land, equal to four Bandra-Kurla Complexes, will undergo a massive infrastructure revamp, with plans to optimize land usage for amenities, while protecting heritage structures and natural bodies. Nearly 13 lakh residents will get access to ‘affordable’ homes along with adequate infrastructure as the plans ensure optimization of land for facilities like roads and amenities. A maximum FSI of 1:4 will be made available, depending on the situation.Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said the draft of the plans will be made public by next week and citizens will get two months to submit suggestions and objections. He said the final scheme will be readied by May-end and implementation will begin by October. The civic administration is simultaneously mulling a centralized stock of flats for temporarily rehabilitating residents while undertaking cluster redevelopment in any area. “We are in talks with real estate industry wherein we could allocate space for them to construct houses that can be leased by the administration or the contractor concerned, making it a viable solution as the resident will get assured rehabilitation space while the contractor will be able to implement the project faster,” Jaiswal said.
|2018-03-14||Over 5000 get seats under RTE in first round - Times of India|
Over 5,000 get seats under RTE in first round Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 04:55 IST THANE: The first lottery round under the Right to Education (RTE) process was announced on Tuesday. Out of 42,678 RTE applications in Thane district this year, 15,202 applications were considered for the first round of the lottery system. From this, 5,702 made it in the first round. ‘‘Last year, there were over 11,000 applications who were selected in the first round. This year, the number dropped because we wanted to ensure that students get selected in schools that are close to their home. So, we considered only the applications of students living in less than 1-km radius from the school in round 1. Through this system, less parents will have to worry about their child’s transport and safety,’’ said an official from the ZP education department.“However, this system will only be followed for the first round, after which everyone will be included in the lottery system for their choices of schools,” the official said. Once the selection lists were released on Tuesday, parents of the selected applicants were sent an SMS informing them about it. They immediately made a bee line for their preferred schools to complete the admission process on Wednesday. “We have taken many steps to ensure that parents are in the loop of the entire process and have submitted their documents properly. We have also set up a number of help centres to guide them in each block in the district. Besides, parents are informed whether their child has been selected or not through a text message,” said an official at the Thane ZP. The selected students will have to visit their school and complete the admission procedure by March 24, after which the dates of the next lottery round will be announced. Last year, there were over 11,000 applications who were selected in the first round. This year, the number dropped because we wanted to ensure that students get selected in schools that are close to their home
|2018-03-14||Save Bhiwandi river: College students in Thane rope in authorities to chalk out plan - Hindustan Times|
Save Bhiwandi river: College students in Thane rope in authorities to chalk out plan Industries have been discharging chemical effluents into the river, which is covered with filth and weeds. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 15, 2018 01:22 IST Bhiwandi, the state’s largest powerloom hub, has almost 90% of the taluka’s population working in the looms. However, all effluents from the looms are released into the water bodies, which are dying slowly. Kamwari river is one of polluted water bodies in the city. The river existed since the 16th century and used to be a port during the British-era. Once a big river used to transport cargo, it is now the size of a nullah. The growing industrialisation and urbanisation on the banks of the river has led to more pollution. Around 50 students from Shree Hallari Visa Oswal College of Commerce, Bhiwandi, have decided to revive Kamwari river. The students approached the authorities for a solution. A meeting was conducted of all the officials from Thane district collector’s Office, Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation and the college principal. Rajendra Singh, a well-known water conservationist from Rajasthan was also present. They discussed about the importance of conserving rivers and the measures to be taken to revive Kamwari river. “For the last 20 years, the river is deteriorating. The industries in the vicinity have been discharging chemical effluents into the river. For around four months in a year, the river is completely dry. A wall was built to separate the polluted water but it has broken,” said Snehal Donde, principal of Oswal College of Commerce. She said that the students will start by removing filth and planting trees around the river. Singh, also known as the waterman of India, said that water conservation was the need of the hour not only in the country but across the world. “Youngsters should take the initiative to conserve water. The process should be planned and executed wisely and so start with reviving the Kamwari river,” said Singh.“It is not possible to go ahead and revive any water body without the government’s support. They will have to ensure sewage water treatment and control plastic waste as it can deter ground water to accumulate,” said Shaikh. Around 70 years ago, Kamwari was a tributary of Ulhas river and connected till Thane creek. “Gradually, its condition deteriorated and now it is dry from November. Upstream there is enough water for the villages but as it enters Bhiwandi, it weakens,” said Akshay Patil, student. Yogesh Pawar, a student, said that the negligence of the Thane zilla parishad and the municipal corporation towards conserving lakes and rivers has led to pollution of around 10 water bodies in Bhiwandi. “We will focus on Kamwari river as its revival will benefit many. We will then take up other lakes,” he said. WHAT?THE?STUDENTS?WILL?DO • Clear filth from the river • Plant saplings around the river bed • Create awareness to conserve water • Ensure all new buildings have water harvesting system
|2018-03-14||Two months after senior citizen's death, chain snatcher held in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Two months after senior citizen’s death, chain snatcher held in Thane A senior citizen died in January this year when she fell from a moving auto rickshaw after a pillion rider snatched her gold mangalsutra. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 15, 2018 01:20 IST A senior citizen died in January this year when she fell from a moving auto rickshaw after a pillion rider snatched her gold mangalsutra. The Thane crime branch on Wednesday arrested the chain-snatcher from Bhiwandi. The accused has been identified as Hujju Yaser Irani, 24. Irani, a Bhiwandi resident, is a history sheeter. His family members have also been previously been arrested in chain-snatching and theft cases. His father has been in Coimbatore jail for over the past one year, his brother has been in Thane jail for a few months, and his mother was released from kalyan jail on bail last year. Ads by ZINC The victim, Kanchan Kudalkar, 65, was travelling by auto at Vakola signal in Santacruz on January 16 when the incident occurred. “Kudalkar suffered grievous injuries. The rickshaw driver and the two bike-borne accused fled from the spot. Vakola police registered a case under relevant sections against an unidentified person,” said a police officer from Thane crime branch. Kudalkar was rush to a private hospital in Thane. She succumbed to her injuries on January 29,” the police office added. Senior police inspector from Thane crime branch, Nitin Thakare, said, “on Tuesday, we came to know that a chain-snatcher had come to Bhiwandi to meet his relatives. We lay a trap and caught Irani on Wednesday. Irani was wanted in many cases, of which 23 are chain snatching cases.” Irani began snatching chains and committing thievery at the age of 17 in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, said the police. A police officer from Thane commissionerate said, “All his family members are history-sheeters. Irani was produced in court and remanded in custody.”
|2018-03-14||Thane to flag off cluster redevelopment in six months - Times of India|
Thane to flag off cluster redevelopment in six months Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 04:44 IST THANE: The dense clutch of chawls and cheek-by-jowl dingy homes spread across the Lake City are set for a transformation into swanky highrise apartments, huge open spaces, wider roads and tree-lined footpaths following the municipal administration’s declaration on Wednesday to flag off cluster redevelopment plans in six months. The plan is to strip the old, cluttered sprawl spread across the city, and redesign the newly-carved 43 zones into a modern colony with recreation and play area amenities to match global standards. “Thane will lay the benchmark for future cluster redevelopment plans. In fact, we will be the first city in the nation where a meticulous plan and design has begun as part of an urban overhaul,” guardian minister Eknath Shinde said at a press conference on Wednesday. Around 149 hectares of occupied land, equal to four Bandra-Kurla Complexes, will undergo a massive infrastructure revamp, with plans to optimize land usage for amenities, while protecting heritage structures and natural bodies. Nearly 13 lakh residents will get access to ‘affordable’ homes along with adequate infrastructure as the plans ensure optimization of land for facilities like roads and amenities. A maximum FSI of 1:4 will be made available, depending on the situation.Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said the draft of the plans will be made public by next week and citizens will get two months to submit suggestions and objections. He said the final scheme will be readied by May-end and implementation will begin by October.The civic administration is simultaneously mulling a centralized stock of flats for temporarily rehabilitating residents while undertaking cluster redevelopment in any area. “We are in talks with real estate industry wherein we could allocate space for them to construct houses that can be leased by the administration or the contractor concerned, making it a viable solution as the resident will get assured rehabilitation space while the contractor will be able to implement the project faster,” Jaiswal said.
|2018-03-13||Missoula school administrators talk bond projects, security at City Club - The Missoulian|
Missoula school administrators talk bond projects, security at City Club Mar 12, 2018 Updated 4 hrs ago Student safety is one of the primary needs being addressed with the $158 million in bonds that voters approved for Missoula County public schools in 2015, MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane told Monday's monthly meeting of City Club Missoula. Thane was one of three MCPS leaders Monday who outlined how the district is spending the bond money. He also addressed the importance of security following last month’s school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people. Following that shooting, MCPS had a handful of threats at its high schools, including a day when Big Sky High School went into lockdown after a threatening message was found in a locker room. “We need to provide an environment that provides the greatest level of security for our students,” Thane said. Part of the updates to the schools include electronic locks with key card access. Thane said the doors can be programmed differently to provide staff and students access depending on their needs. A student who comes to the building early for a weight-training program, for example, would be able to get into a door near that area that would otherwise be locked at that time. As of the fall, MCPS has sold the entire $158 million in bonds, with executive director of business and operations Pat McHugh saying it managed to get below 3 percent interest, despite anticipating a rate of 3.5 percent. The district is trying to keep the proceeds of the bonds going to local companies as much as possible, Thane said. Of the first 31 different professional firms hired for bond projects (including architects, contractors and the like), 26 had an office in Missoula. “We’re really an economic driver in the community,” he said. Mental health professionals also work in each school, and Thane said the district has put together teams including counselors, administrators and law enforcement that follow a specific threat assessment protocol whenever an issue arises. McHugh also outlined a pair of operating levies the district will likely ask voters to approve on a May ballot, including $305,000 for the elementary district and more than $171,000 for the high schools. The district’s board will vote on final numbers for the measures on Tuesday. But even if the levies pass, McHugh estimated that taxes for the elementary district will rise $9.54 per year on a $200,000 valuation home this year, while taxes in the high school district will actually decrease $4.11 dollars, largely due to more funding from the state. Still, Thane said school funding has been shifting from state funding to local taxpayers, a trend he wants to see reversed. “I think we need to broaden out tax structure and thereby our support to schools,” he said. *** Elise Guest, the district’s executive director of teaching and learning, said common complaint is that MCPS spends too much school time on testing. The district put together a task force last year that narrowed the standardized testing process to a single test, administered three times a year to check if students are keeping up with their grade-level standards. “We have to capitalize on every single moment we have with our kids,” Guest said. MCPS also plans to pilot an “early kindergarten” program starting in the fall, with three classrooms — roughly 60 children — taking part. Thane said recruitment for the pilot project will start in the spring, and the classes will be held at the Jefferson School building during the 2018-2019 term. An audience member wondered what was being done to make sure that the millions of dollars in backlogged deferred maintenance that eventually led to the 2015 bonds didn’t happen again in the future. Thane said that realistically, MCPS doesn’t have the capacity to undertake major projects — like putting on new roofs or replacing boilers — without voter approval, as state law doesn’t allow them to roll over budgets to build up an account. A new building reserve levy likely will be put forward soon that would let the district pay for larger maintenance projects for several years, but Thane said it’s likely that, decades from now, the district would approach voters to approve another large bond to cover major projects. The superintendent was asked what the district plans for some of its unoccupied buildings or those that are being used by someone other than MCPS. While he didn’t provide specifics for the former Prescott School building — currently being leased to Missoula International School, which plans to build a new school — or the former Whittier School building, Thane said the district is trying to figure out what to do with several empty pieces of land it owns around Missoula. Last summer, the district regained ownership of the former Missoula College building just off South Avenue near Sentinel High School. Thane said that building needs some significant maintenance, and that it’s possible the district will sell vacant properties — such as plots in the Linda Vista and South Hills areas — to pay for that remodeling. Thane said he thinks MCPS will hang onto the former Mount Jumbo school building in East Missoula, with the hope that at some point the population becomes large enough to reopen it. Mount Jumbo was leased to Walla Walla College, and then used for students during the construction of the new Lowell Elementary. A recent district survey found that about 150 elementary-age kids lived in the area — not enough to sustain a school right now, but Thane said he sees East Missoula as a residential growth area. In the meantime, the district plans to find a new tenant for the building. April’s City Club will feature a State of the Community address with Mayor John Engen, County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier and University of Montana President Seth Bodnar.
|2018-03-13||Man who killed couple in Thane, arrested - Daily News & Analysis|
Man who killed couple in Thane, arrested Updated: Mar 13, 2018, 06:55 AM IST The Thane Rural Police on Sunday evening arrested 25-year-old Siddharth Narvade for allegedly killing a 28-year-old man and raping the latter's girlfriend in Thane on 5 March, 2018. Investigation revealed that a similar act of crime was was committed on July 26, 2017 at Shivajinagar in Thane, which led to Narvade's arrest. On the evening of 5 March, Narvade held the couple at gunpoint and demanded that Dinkar handover his bike and girlfriend. "Its a hilly area with a small Mahadev mandir where couples often frequent for privacy. Narvade would sit at the top and keep a watch on couples and would strike them at an opportune moment," said senior police inspector, Venkat Andhale, Thane rural-crime. When Dinkar did not pay heed to Narvade's threat, the latter fired an empty round followed by a second round at Dinkar, who fell on the ground. Narvade took the bike keys and dragged Dinkar's girlfriend into the bushes and raped her. The villagers, upon hearing the shocked girl's cries, alerted the Titwala Police, who, based on the description provided by the girl, made a sketch of the accused. "Based on the sketch and the victim's identification of the accused, we laid a trap and arrested Narvade from a guest house, which he had rented for Rs 100 a day," said the police official. Narvade was arrested under sections 302 (murder), 397 (robbery) and 376 (rape) of the IPC and was produced in court on Monday.
|2018-03-13||Dosti Realty Launches Flagship Project in Balkum, Thane on the Occasion of Gudi Padwa - Business Wire India (press release)|
Dosti Realty Launches Flagship Project in Balkum, Thane on the Occasion of Gudi Padwa Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:24AM IST (5:54AM GMT) An iconic project offering quality living in Thane Emphasis on the aspect of recreation and well- being Dosti Realty, a brand known for creating lavish spaces and propagating quality living in Mumbai, recently launched its latest project Dosti West County in Balkum, Thane (W). The focal point behind creating this project is to offer a well-planned large layout that encompasses a host of lifestyle amenities and unique features matching the contemporary and urban lifestyle. The project being launched on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa will endow the buyers with a plethora of benefits in the form of subvention scheme, under which the homebuyers will be entitled to pay only 5 percent at the time of booking and the rest at the fit outs. The initial 108 bookings will be accompanied by special offers, making the festival even more euphoric. Dosti Realty has launched two towers: Dosti West County - Dosti Oak (Phase-1) a 30 storey tower and Dosti West County - Dosti Cedar (Phase-2) a 33 storey tower respectively. These two towers jointly comprise 2 BHK (Optima, Prima and Ultima) and 3 BHK (Prima and Ultima) homes, so there is something for everyone as per their budget. Thane as an area will be one of the most sought after location because of the connectivity due to the upcoming metro lines as well as other proposed infrastructural developments. Starting from infrastructure to employment opportunities, these developments will be significantly contributing to the process of easing the commute to different parts of the city. Besides this, Dosti West County offers something that most people dream of nowadays - large open spaces. Given the large layout format of the project, there are a number of outdoor amenities like two kids play areas, a cycling track and jogging path, multi-purpose sports court, lawn tennis, futsal, two box cricket pitches to ensure that one can maintain their healthy lifestyle within the premises. Besides this, the project also offers unique features such a Merlion Zone and an Olympic size swimming pool and a kids adventure pool with water slide. There is also an amphitheatre, multi-purpose lawn and resting plazas that residents can enjoy and come together to experience community living. Dosti Realty has always been dedicated to creating holistic living spaces, catering to all age groups. The facilities in the premises includes a clubhouse, comprising of amenities like gymnasium, two squash courts, two badminton courts, chess and carrom, pool/snooker room, table tennis, will fruitfully cater to the wellness aspect of the resident, a crèche/toddlers play area for children will be a contributing factor to the Kids welfare and recreation. Keeping in mind the tasteful indulgence and cravings, the project will also include a cafeteria for the residents. Mulling over the need of self-indulgence and intellectual development, a library is created for those who wish to have quality time with the books. There is also a proposed commercial premises Dosti West County - Dosti Westwood (Phase-3), where they will be providing an all-inclusive haven for both Dosti West County residents and their friends and family. So if someone is looking to book a beautiful banquet hall, cosy guest rooms, eat at the restaurant or hire the AV Room, this is the perfect solution. According to Mr. Deepak Goradia, Vice Chairman and Managing Director - Dosti Realty, “This new launch by Dosti Realty on the cusp of Gudi Padwa which is marked as an auspicious period for property purchase amongst the homebuyers, is done keeping in mind the contemporary needs and demands of the potential home buyers. Since inception, Dosti Realty is on with the endeavour to develop and deliver quality spaces suitable to the dynamic needs of the homebuyers.” About Dosti Realty Dosti Realty has been in the real estate business for over 3 decades and delivered more than 117 properties till date, providing homes to over 8,600+ families for over 42,700 residents. Encompassing a portfolio of 9.5 mn. sq. ft. Across Mumbai, the company has experience in various development types, be it Residential, Retail, IT Park etc. Over the years, it has been known for Aesthetics, Innovation, Quality, Timely Delivery, Trust and Transparency, Values that have built lasting relationships.
|2018-03-13||Forest fire in Thane - The Hindu|
Forest fire in Thane MUMBAI, MARCH 13, 2018 23:55 IST UPDATED: MARCH 13, 2018 23:55 IST A massive forest fire raged near Ghodbunder Road in Thane on Tuesday evening. The Thane Fire Brigade received a call informing them about the fire at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday. The fire brigade sent one fire engine and a rescue van to the spot from Balkum fire station. Fire officials said the fire spread up to Bhayander Pada near Gaimukh Temple on Ghodbunder Road. A senior officer with Mira-Bhayander Fire Brigade said that the fire had been raging for five days. The firefighters said they could not douse the fire earlier as the spot where the fire sparked off could not be accessed by road.
|2018-03-13||Fire breaks out on sixth floor of Thane building | Mumbai News - Zee News|
Fire breaks out on sixth floor of Thane building Fire department immediately rushed to the spot and launched rescue and relief operations. Updated: Mar 13, 2018, 10:40 AM IST Mumbai: At least two fire tenders were rushed when a blaze erupted on the sixth floor of a building in Thane on Tuesday morning. Another two rescue vehicles were also dispatched to the location. The fire broke out on the sixth floor of Samarth Arcade building on Uthalsar Road. Fire department immediately rushed to the spot and launched rescue and relief operations. According to local reports, while people were first evacuated, firemen then began efforts to bring the flames under control. NoteMore details are awaited
|2018-03-13||Thane CDR scam: Woman detective granted bail - India Today|
Thane CDR scam: Woman detective granted bail March 13, 2018 UPDATED 00:00 IST Thane, Mar 12 (PTI) Private detective Rajani Pandit, who was arrested on February 2 in connection with the Call Detail Record (CDR) scam, was today granted bail by a court here. Additional Sessions Judge A S Bhaisare, while granting bail to Pandit on a bond of Rs 20,000, laid down conditions including not tampering with evidence and remaining present in court whenever required. The court rejected the bail applications of two other accused in the case, Prashant Palekar and Jaspreet Singh Marwha.Pandit was arrested after her name cropped up during the interrogation of private detectives arrested earlier in connection with the case, police said. The CDR racket was unearthed on January 24 when police, acting on a tip off, nabbed four private detectives from Kalwa here. Since then, police said, 11 persons had been arrested in the scam which involved the illegal procurement and sale of CDRs of private individuals. PTI COR BNM DIP DIP
|2018-03-13||Walk down memory lane: New theme park opens at Ghodbunder Road - Times of India|
Walk down memory lane: New theme park opens at Ghodbunder Road Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 04:35 IST Thane: The inauguration of the 36,000 sq km miniature replica of Thane city at Ghodbunder Road has opened up an opportunity for visitors to witness a one-stop destination to know the history and heritage of Thane. The formal inauguration took place on Tuesday evening by guardian minister Eknath Shinde and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray. The park located near the Patlipada junction, showcases the old and new Thane, a first-of-its-kind initiative by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). With over 10 historic miniature replicas on display, the park also boasts of a botanical garden, pathway, an amphitheater, games and rides for children and statues of notable personalities.Accordingly, replicas of the Central jail, Dadoji Kondev stadium, Masunda lake, old Thane and new Thane railway station, etc. have been constructed at the park. It is said that the Rs 16 crore worth project will be an infotainment park where citizens can take a walk down the memory lane wherein every turn will showcase the development of the city from how it was decades ago in comparison to the current scenario.Mohan Kalal, executive engineer of the project from TMC, said, “Thane as a city has progressed from a back of the beyond locality to a metropolitan city. One will be baffled by the changes in new Thane from old Thane. We wanted to showcase the progress made by the city as a whole. For example on the water front development level, we have displayed a replica of the old Kalwa bridge and the new one. Even the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (Satis) bridge replica shows the recent developments in the city. The main highlight is a toy train which is wall mounted on the periphery of the park. It depicts the first railway train between Thane to Boribundar in 1853.” Pradeep Shikhe, a resident of Ghodbunder Road, said, “Residents in my area are elated at the opening of such a park. We are new to Thane and what better way to learn about the development of the city over the years?”
|2018-03-13||Thane municipal commissioner: Did Thane civic chief meet activist ... - Times of India|
Did Thane civic chief meet activist, asks court Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 04:24 IST MUMBAI: The Bombay HC on Tuesday asked Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to state whether municipal chief Sanjeev Jaiswal met activist Pradeep Patil at his official residence. It sought TMC’s response after Patil claimed Jaiswal had called him to his bungalow on December 19 and threatened him. “Will you make a statement tomorrow? If you are right, we’ll come down heavily on him. If you are wrong, it will become a serious issue,” said a bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla. Patil had filed a petition alleging shoddy road concretization work. Patil’s name is on the list of activists who misused information sought under RTI to harass citizens, especially builders, that has been submitted to the police commissioner. Patil’s advocate Shriram Kulkarni said the visit may be confirmed by CCTV footage and mobile tower location and his client is even ready to undergo a narcoanalysis test. “The whole issue cropped up because he sought information of transfer of development rights. Now, the municipal commissioner has given a list to the police commissioner. Let there be an inquiry in this respect,” said Kulkarni. TMC advocate Narayan Bubna denied Jaiswal met Patil. “Why should a 12th pass say in what manner an inquiry should be done?” he asked. Senior advocate Ram Apte, also representing TMC, reiterated that Jaiswal has not met Patil. But the judges cautioned. “Are you instructed to make a statement? We have to record in the order,” said Justice Oka. The bench has indicated that it proposes to direct the HC’s registry to hold an inquiry in this matter.
|2018-03-13||Two jail inmates injured in brawl | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Two jail inmates injured in brawl Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 04:31 IST THANE: Two jail inmates sustained injures after a brawl broke out between two groups inside the Thane central jail late on Sunday night. The fight was over a game of Ludo. A police official said, “The fight broke out as there was some agrument between the two while playing the game.” A little later, seven inmates got into scfulle and assaulted each other. A case has been registered against the seven accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
|2018-03-13||Trio held from Ambernath with marijuana worth Rs 13 lakh - Times of India|
Trio held from Ambernath with marijuana worth Rs 13 lakh Mar 13, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: The Thane anti-narcotics cell arrested three persons from Ambernath, who were reportedly in possession of 83.55 kg of marijuana worth Rs 12.53 lakh.Senior police inspector Sanjay Godse was informed about the drug carriers transporting the contraband in a car near Ambernath. The team positioned itself at Bhalgaon in Ambernath and stopped the car, which had three occupants. A search of the car led to seizing of 83.55 kg of marijuana. The three arrested are Anil Pawar, a resident of Padgha, Premnath Bhoir of Bhiwandi and Divesh Vayle from Bhalgaon. The police said that along with the contraband, they have also seized a car, said the police. An offence under Sections 8 (C), 20 and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the trio with the Hill Line police station at Ulhasnagar, added the police. Last week, the unit had nabbed Odhiya resident Jaya Sahi with 22 kg of marijuna from Kalyan station area. It was worth Rs 3.30 lakh.
|2018-03-13||Fire breaks out at commercial building - Times of India|
Fire breaks out at commercial building Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 04:32 IST Thane: A fire erupted on the fifth floor of a commercial building in Thane’s Uthalsar area on Tuesday at around 10am. No one was injured, but the rescue officials evacuated seven people, including a two-day old infant. The staff from Prathamesh nursing home, which was located on the first floor of the building, were also evacuated. The cause of the fire is unknown. During the cooling operations, a fire officer, Chandrakant Davle from Jawahar Baug fire station sustained minor injuries and is being treated for the same.
|2018-03-13||25-year-old man held for starting forest fire in Yeoor - Times of India|
25-year-old man held for starting forest fire in Yeoor Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 04:33 IST A 25-year-old resident of Dongripada in Yeoor range was on Monday arrested for allegedly starting a forest fire and burning down close to 200 sq yards of green cover in Kavesar area. Forest officials said the accused, Rajesh Mokashi, had burt and cleared a part of the forest land for cultivation. However, he accidently ended up setting fire to a pile of dry leaves. This fire then spread rapidly. Mokashi panicked and fled from the scene. But the forest officials arrested him later. “Mokashi lives on the outskirts of Yeoor range and was burning small grass and dry leaves to clear it up for cultivation. As the fire got out of hand, he immediately tried fleeing but our team which had seen the flames and gone to douse it saw him trying to escape. The officials quickly put off the fire. During interrogation, Mokashi confessed to the crime,” said Sanjay Waghmode, range forest officer (Yeoor). The officials immediately filed a case against under Indian Forest Act, 1927 and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, making this the first forest-fire related arrest. — Freny Fernandes
|2018-03-13||Over 5 hectares of forest turn into ashes due to fires | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Over 5 hectares of forest turn into ashes due to fires Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 04:34 IST Thane: Every tree burnt in a forest fire destroys a huge chunk of the ecosystem, claim environmentalists and activists referring to a series of forest fires that has reduced over five hectares of Yeoor range to ashes. While the forest department has valued the gutted forest area according to Rs 500 per hectare rate determined by the estimated cost of the timber lost, the green warriors claim that each inch of the green zone has a wealth of biodiversity living in it and needs to be valued accordingly.“Each tree in the forest plays a host to a variety of insects, reptiles, mammals and much more. In addition to harming this fauna, the burning down of one tree in the forest completely destroys their habitat and displaces them. If this is the impact of one tree burning, imagine the effect on the ecosystem and the biodiversity if acres of trees face the same end,” said Aditya Patil, a city-based activist. “This year, over five hectares of forest land was burnt down, which on paper amounts to a loss of a little over Rs 2,500. Officials need to make another estimate considering the loss of biodiversity so that citizens, especially those frequenting the forest, take the necessary precautions,” said an activist.In addition to the loss of biodiversity, locals point out that the forest fires also have a direct impact on the heat and pollution levels in the city. The forest fire in Pachpakhadi on Monday resulted in the temperature rising up to 41 degrees Celsius. “I can sense a forest fire without going to my window, as the temperature suddenly increases. These fires are puncturing holes in the only oxygen providing green lungs in the MMR,” said Dippak Nair, a Manpada resident.
|2018-03-12||Thane: 84 kg cannabis seized, three arrested - The Indian Express|
Thane: 84 kg cannabis seized, three arrested The Anti-Narcotic cell of Thane police said they have received a tip off that a small-time dealer was about to get a large consignment of cannabis. Mumbai | Published: March 13, 2018 4:57 am THANE POLICE have arrested three people and seized nearly 84 kg cannabis in Bhalgaon near Ambernath on Sunday night. The cannabis, police said, was procured from some other state. The accused were nabbed while they were delivering a consignment, added an officer. The Anti-Narcotic cell of Thane police said they have received a tip off that a small-time dealer was about to get a large consignment of cannabis. “We had been keeping track of the people coming and leaving the village. On Sunday night, we spotted the accused,” said a senior officer of the Anti-Narcotic Cell. The three arrested for buying and selling the banned substance have been identified as Anil Pawar (29), Premnath Bhoir (28) and Divesh Vayale (30). “Bhoir and Pawar came in a car, which has also been seized. They had come to deliver the consignment to Vayale,” added the officer. While this is a big seizure, police said they were yet to find out where the consignment originated from. “We are sure it came from another state. However, we are investigating about the supplier,” said an officer.
|2018-03-12||Thane: 49 year old woman who brings order to 'crush hour' travel ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: 49 year old woman who brings order to ‘crush hour’ travel every day “I ask people to stand in lines. People who come later should stand at the back. If we can do it for metros, why can’t we do it for local trains?” Jyoti Salvi asks. Salvi has earlier been a member of the Nationalist Congress Party. Mumbai | Published: March 13, 2018 4:38 am The ‘crush hour’ on suburban trains of Mumbai has inspired films, stories and humour. Its stories have travelled far and wide. A 49-year-old woman from Thane has, however, been doing her bit to discipline the crowd boarding trains at the busy railway station. Jyoti Salvi has been travelling in locals for decades. “The jostling and pushing is almost a part of life for all of us,” she says. After petitioning people to take steps to manage the crowd, she finally decided to take matters in her own hand. On most afternoons, she can be seen shepherding people into a line across the platform for fast locals, both up and down. “I ask people to stand in lines. People who come later should stand at the back. If we can do it for metros, why can’t we do it for local trains?” she asks. Salvi has earlier been a member of the Nationalist Congress Party. “I have always wanted to work for the people,” she says. “I got bruised sometimes while trying to board a local. The way people push and hustle, it’s dangerous. People have fallen out of platforms and into tracks too,” she adds. “I first decided to talk to the railway police. They liked what I was saying, but said that they don’t have sufficient manpower to manage the crowds. So, I decided to do whatever I can on my own,” she explains. On certain days, when the trains may be late, she is even seen drawing lines to mark the queuing space on the platform using a chalk. “I have written to railway authorities, to mark where the train coaches will halt. That will help people in standing at the right direction. Once the lines are in place, people will stop running from one coach to the next, and the entire boarding chaos will also go down,” she says. While some people listen to her authoritative voice, several others start questioning her. “Are you a TC is a general question I get. I tell them I am a common citizen,” she says with a smile. “Some people come and thank me once they board the train. Some people don’t listen, so I try to cajole them. Finally, I threaten them that I will complain against them. Most of the time, they listen, but sometimes I fail,” she says. Salvi is a known face with regular commuters. “She once helped a girl who was standing with a big bag. She made sure that the girl gets in the compartment by organising everybody in a line. It’s a nice initiative, and we always follow what she says,” said Ashiya Khan, a Dombivli resident who goes back home from her college in Thane in the afternoon. While the railway police is short-staffed, they do know about her. “Whatever she is doing is actually helping the crowd. So we don’t trouble her. She sometimes brings some anti-social elements to us and we make sure we take the necessary action,” said an officer from the Thane railway police.
|2018-03-12||Thane rape-murder: Previous crime helped police nab accused ... - The Indian Express|
Thane rape-murder: Previous crime helped police nab accused According to sources, the victim had told the police that the accused was wearing a brown shirt and trousers. Since that is the uniform worn by auto drivers, the police decided to check if any auto-driver had been missing from his regular route. Mumbai | Published: March 13, 2018 3:36 am A previously undetected case helped Thane Rural Police nab the accused of the Titwala murder and rape, sources said. Accused Sanjay Narawade had assaulted someone who had described him exactly like the woman in this case, said police. Narawade, an auto driver originally from Jalna, had bought a sophisticated gun from Aurangabad for Rs 15,000, police said. “He had been carrying the gun since last year. In the first quarter of 2017, he allegedly used the gun to rob someone in Ambernath. While a case was registered and even a sketch of the perpetrator was made, he wasn’t identified,” said a senior officer from Thane Rural Police who seized his gun and the other valuables from the alleged rape and murder spot that the accused had taken. The police had been tracking the woman’s mobile phone, which the accused had taken along with the keys of the deceased’s bike. “However, we didn’t know if he would throw the phone away. It was only after the sketch was made that we got the actual clue,” the officer said. According to sources, the victim had told the police that the accused was wearing a brown shirt and trousers. Since that is the uniform worn by auto drivers, the police decided to check if any auto-driver had been missing from his regular route. “While looking for the auto driver, we realised there was a case in which a gun brandishing auto driver had robbed a passenger in 2017. We started digging around that case and managed to zero in on Naravade,” the officer said. Narawade, who killed a 28-year-old man and raped his girlfriend before fleeing with their valuables, said he had been attracted to the woman, the police said. “He has confessed to both the crimes, this one and the one committed in 2017. He was remanded in the police custody till March 17. We intend to interrogate him to find out if he has robbed others on gunpoint. We are also checking if he is a sex addict as he seems to be fond of pornography,” said an officer investigating the case. On March 5, the couple were on a joyride when they stopped near a secluded spot on the Ambernath-Chinchpada Road. The accused allegedly attacked them and asked for their valuables. When they refused, he shot the man dead and dragged the woman behind bushes and allegedly raped her. He then fled the spot with her phone, and the key of the bike the deceased was riding. The woman’s cries were heard by a man from nearby Nalimbi village who alerted the police.
|2018-03-12||MMRDA extends infrastructure projects in Thane, Dombivli areas - Free Press Journal|
MMRDA extends infrastructure projects in Thane, Dombivli areas Mar 12, 2018 07:40 am Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has planned to especially develop cities of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali and Virar areas under Extended Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project. This work includes road development and construction of flyover in these areas to reduce congestion. The authority is implementing the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project (MUIP) in the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. “Lakhs of people travel to the city from its metropolitan region and to make available similar infrastructure facilities for them. It is necessary to extend the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project (MUIP) to the Metropolitan Region in order to reduce traffic congestion,” said a MMRDA official.
|2018-03-12||After Thane crime branch summons Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his wife defends him over stalking controversy - Bollywood Hungama|
After Thane crime branch summons Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his wife defends him over stalking controversy Hungama News NetworkMar 12, 2018 - 11:40 am IST A few days ago, Nawazuddin Siddiqui once again came under scanner for allegedly stalking his wife. The actor and his wife Aaliya Siddiqui were summoned in connection with the Call Data Records (CDR) racket by Thane’s crime branch. The actor’s name cropped up when Thane police’s Crime Branch got hold of 11 people, mainly private detectives, who were involved in the scam.After the news spread like fire, Nawazuddin Siddiqui took to his Twitter account to say his side of the story. He wrote, “Last evening, I was helping my daughter to prepare her school project Hydroelectric Power Generator & went to her school this morning for Project Exhibition. To my surprise the media had questions about some random allegations on me #Disgust.”Now, Nawazuddin’s wife Aaliya Siddiqui has come out in support of her husband via a lengthy Facebook post. She said that they have been together for several years and that her husband was just a soft target. She even said that the truth will be out soon. In a lengthy post, Aaliya Siddiqui wrote, “Kal se media mein jo bhi news chal rahi hain, usey dekhkar Nawaz ke saath, main khud hairaan hoon. Pichhle kai samay se mere aur Nawaz ke baare mein kai tarah ki baatein media mein aati rahi hain, jinmein divorce se lekar Humaare saath na rahne jaisi kai baate kahi gai….. lekin kal se jo news circulate ho rahi hai…. wo hum dono ke liye shocking waali rahi aur mazboor hokar mujhe aaj apni khamoshi ko todna pada…” Nawaz ka dosh sirf itna tha ki wo sach ko sach bolte hain. Unke andar kahin koi jhooth nahi. Lekin bajaay unhein samjhne ke, unhein galat thahra diya gaya. Mera aur Nawaz ka rishta 15 saal puraana hai. Jab Nawaz kuchh bhi nahi the. Ek chhote se ghar se shuru hui hamaari prem kahaani mein kai utaar-chadaav rahe. Magar ek lambe relation ke baad aakhir humne shadi kar li. Nawaz ne bhi career ki bulandiyon ko chhoo liya. Jo thodi bahut kami thi, wo hamaare do bachchon Shora aur Yani ke janm ne poori ho gai. Nawaz duniya ke liye aaj ek celebrity hain lekin mere liye Wo aaj bhi wahi Nawaz hain, jo 15 saal pahle the. “Mujhe Nawaz ki hamesha se jo achchhi baat lagi, wo hai unka khule vicharon ka hona. Unhein jitna apna space pasand hai, dusron ko bhi wo utna hi space dete hain aur iska sabse bada example hai hum dono ka dharm.” “Main Hindu brahmin family se hoon, wahi Nawaz ek Muslim. Lekin Nawaz ne kabhi mere alag dharm se hone ka mujhe ahsaas nahi hone diya. Na hi apne dharm ko mujh par thopne ki kabhi koshish ki. Wo jitna apne dharm ko maante hain, wahi respect, wo mere dharm ko bhi dete hain. Yahi hamaare bich ek mazboot rishtey ki buniyaad rahi hai.” Rahi baat, CDR se judi iss nai controversy ki to, sachchaai jald sabke saamne aa jayegi. Bas main yahan itna hi kahungi ki Nawaz par lagaaye gaye allegation poori tarah se jhoote aur be-buniyaad hain. Celebrity hone ke karan, unhein soft target banaya gaya hai…..” Meanwhile, on the work front, Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen in Manto. He has even started prep to play the role of late Shiv Sena leader Balasaheb Thackeray.
|2018-03-12||Thane CDR scam: Woman detective granted bail - Business Standard|
Thane CDR scam: Woman detective granted bail Thane Last Updated at March 13, 2018 00:00 IST Private detective Rajani Pandit, who was arrested on February 2 in connection with the Call Detail Record (CDR) scam, was today granted bail by a court here. Additional Sessions Judge A S Bhaisare, while granting bail to Pandit on a bond of Rs 20,000, laid down conditions including not tampering with evidence and remaining present in court whenever required. The court rejected the bail applications of two other accused in the case, Prashant Palekar and Jaspreet Singh Marwha. Pandit was arrested after her name cropped up during the interrogation of private detectives arrested earlier in connection with the case, police said. The CDR racket was unearthed on January 24 when police, acting on a tip off, nabbed four private detectives from Kalwa here. Since then, police said, 11 persons had been arrested in the scam which involved the illegal procurement and sale of CDRs of private individuals.
|2018-03-12||Krishi Mahotsav opens in Thane - United News of India|
Krishi Mahotsav opens in Thane Posted at: Mar 12 2018 4:06PM Thane, Mar 12 (UNI) The 'Global Village' of Dubai was replicated here in the Krishi Mahotsav where more than three dozen different types of honey were displayed for the sake of the visitors and sale also. The Mahotsav was inaugurated on Sunday by the District Collector Dr. Mahendra Kalyankar, who said that the area under the Rabbi crop would be increased in the district. In his speech he emphasized the need for adopting various modern methods of agriculture by farmers. This years attraction was the presence of more than three dozen different types of Honey.Please log in to get detailed story
|2018-03-11||Mum on edge as 12000 farmers take to streets - Times of India|
Mum on edge as 12,000 farmers take to streets Updated: Mar 11, 2018, 14:40 IST THANE: Nearly 12,000 farmers arrived in Thane on Saturday evening on their way to Mumbai determined to demand their rights and make the government answerable to their plight on Monday. Farmers from adjoining areas, accompanied by their families joined the massive rally at Thane, their last stop before they entered Mumbai on Sunday. The peasants led by All India Kisan Sabha seemed determined to present their stance before the government that reportedly has been ignoring their plight. Ajit Nawale of AIKS, said thousands of farmers have joined the cause and several parties including the Shiv Sena and MNS that have extended their support to the cause. The resolute of the agrarians was visible as they trooped down hills undeterred by blisters on their bare feet by walking in the scorching afternoon sun.
|2018-03-11||Mumbai traffic police issues advisory as Farmers' March with over 35000 protesters reaches Thane - India Today|
Mumbai traffic police issues advisory as Farmers' March with over 35,000 protesters reaches Thane March 11, 2018 UPDATED 14:20 IST Over 30,000 farmers, who are protesting against the Maharashtra government for a complete loan waiver, reached Thane-Mumbai border on Sunday. After walking in the blazing sun from Nashik, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which swelled to nearly 35,000 people, has reached Anand Nagar in Thane on Sunday morning. The farmers began their protest on March 6 from Nashik. The 180 km long-march protest is organised by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). The farmers are demanding a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills and the implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, which says farmers should be paid one-and-a-half times the cost of production for what they produce and the MSP's should be fixed keeping this in mind.AIKS national president Ashok Dhavle, local MLA J P Gavit and other leaders are leading the long march. The massive march by farmers will proceed to the KJ Somaiya ground in central Mumbai before heading towards the state Legislative Assembly on Monday. MNS chief Raj Thackeray will meet the farmer's at KJ Somiaya ground around 4:30 pm. Congress extended it's support to the farmers long March. President Of Maharashtra Congress Committee, Ashok Chavan in his tweet supported the farmers' march and asked that the government should leave its stubborn attitude and accept their demands As the long march heads towards their final destination, Mumbai traffic police preps for the jam and have also issued a traffic advisory to avoid congestion in the city. Elaborate security arrangements are also in place. In the advisory, Mumbai police have mentioned that the Eastern Express Highway, southbound from Anand Nagar toll plaza to the Somaiya ground, will remain closed on Monday for heavy and goods vehicles from 9 am to 11 pm. These vehicles will alternately be diverted via Kalwa, Airoli, Vashi Creek and Vitava.
|2018-03-11||Thane gramin police nabbed man who killed youth and raped his girlfriend - Times of India|
Thane gramin police nabbed man who killed youth and raped his girlfriend Mar 11, 2018, 19:16 IST KALYAN: The local crime branch unit of Thane Gramin police have arrested the accused who allegedly shot at a 26-year-old Ganesh Dinkar and raped his girlfriend on the Ambernath-Titwala road on Monday evening. The arrested accused is identified as Sanjay Narvade, 30. He is resident of Ulhasnagar where he works as auto rickshaw driver. On Monday night, Dinkar and his girlfriend had gone for joyride near Nalindi village situated on Ambernath-Titwala road during which accused at isolated place tried to rob Dinkar but when he refused to give motorcyle accused shot him three round bullet and later raped his girlfriend. After raping girl accused fled with her mobile phone.Following to the incident several teams were formed by Thane gramin as well as city police. During probe police team led by police inspector Vedant Andhale of local crime branch unit of Thane gramin police on Sunday on specific input laid trap and arrested accused.
|2018-03-11||TMC snaps water connection of 100 residential, commercial users - Times of India|
TMC snaps water connection of 100 residential, commercial users Mar 11, 2018, 23:00 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Saturday snapped the water connections of over a 100 residential as well as commercial users who had defaulted on payment of tax since the last fiscal. The move comes in the wake of a review meeting conducted last week wherein the civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal ordered each department to ramp up their collections and meet the revenue targets, failing which he said stern action will be taken against senior officials. As per the orders, the civic authority cracked a whip on 127 water connections from various parts of the city — Naupada, Manpada, Uthalsar, Vartak Nagar, Majiwada, Kalwa, Kopri and Wagle Estate. A senior civic official said, “We have deployed a special squad to look into the water tax collection process. Citizens who have failed to pay their bills will be shamed by displaying their names on hoardings and strict actions will be taken against them. Accordingly, we have started the process of snapping their water connections. This includes both residential users as well as commercial establishments. Those who have illegally re-connected their water supply without the permission of the civic administration will also be made liable to pay fines.”Till date, the civic body has managed to recover Rs 80 crore which is only 55 per cent of the targeted water tax amount of Rs 150 crore for this fiscal year. Displeased by the poor tax collection, even this year Jaiswal will be sticking to the Band Baaja concept flagged off in 2017 wherein the team would send a band to the residences of the tax evaders and shame them into paying their dues. “It is good to know that the civic body is investigating in depth such cases and taking action against defaulters. I hope that people pay their dues on time after this move taken up by the municipal corporation,” said Lata Dighe, a Thane resident. The move comes in the wake of a review meeting conducted last week when civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal ordered each department to ramp up their collections and meet the revenue targets, else face stern actions. Till date, Rs 80 crore revenue has been recovered, which is just 55% of the targeted water tax amount of for this fiscal
|2018-03-11||Melons, coconut water, citrus fruits in high demand this hot season - Times of India|
Melons, coconut water, citrus fruits in high demand this hot season Mar 11, 2018, 22:59 IST Thane: With the mercury levels rising, seasonal fruits like the melons, pineapple and jackfruit are making their way into city markets and are in great demand. From flocking to fruit vendors and various refreshment stalls that are mushrooming in every nook and corner of the city to preparing quirky fruit dishes at home, everyone is figuring out different ways to beat the sizzling heat. Shraddha Deshmukh, a resident of Pokhran Road 2 said, “I prefer to consume water-based fruits i.e. citrus fruits in summer. These fruits contain a lot of vitamin, which help reduce hair fall. They are not even that filling, so I also opt for various fruit juices in the evening before dinner. I buy fresh fruits every day.” As the heat is setting in, food lovers in Thane are on a spree of cooking gastronomical delights with these seasonal produce, available for limited time. A resident of Vartak Nagar, Shraddha Vedak, said, “I eagerly wait for the arrival of watermelons in the markets. I cannot go a day without having a glass of fruit juice or a bowl full of fruit salad consisting of the seasonal produce. Every day, since I travel to college from Thane till Churchgate, I have to carry some fruit or juice to keep myself hydrated.” Some are even consuming fruits as snacks in the hot afternoons as an attempt to get some respite from the scorching heat.“I love fruits and munch on them during my office hours whenever I feel hungry. Normally, during summer I do not feel like having heavy lunch and buy fruits instead. As this period is supposed to be good for weight loss, it is the best time to consume as many fruits as possible, said Danielle Dias, a resident.” Even city vendors claimed that sugar cane and coconut water are the two most popular summer coolants amongst the crowd. A coconut water seller at Ghodbunder Road, said, “There has been an obvious rise in the number of customers opting for coconut water. Some people even place an order for coconut water to be delivered at their doorstep everyday during this season. Sushma Thakur, a housewife from Naupada, said, “I stay at home the whole day doing some or the other chore. The heat is getting slightly unbearable now and I spend most of my time in the kitchen attending to a number of activities. I have asked a coconut water seller close to my place to deliver two everyday at my doorstep for my husband and myself.”
|2018-03-11||'Taking up hobbies, activities will help tackle depression' - Times of India|
‘Taking up hobbies, activities will help tackle depression’ Mar 11, 2018, 23:01 IST Thane: Ankit Kulkarni who suffers from clinical depression had a smile on his face after doing what he likes the most—visiting old age homes. Mental experts state that just like Kulkarni there are many who get a positive approach to life once they indulge themselves in some activities that they like. It could be a hobby, exercise or just acts that make them empathetic.These medicos state that the first thing about treating such patients with mental disorders is to make them aware about their condition and accept it. Any person who suffers from depression has symptoms like feeling sad for a long time, hopelessness, worthlessness, over sleeping, eating too much or eating less and sleeping for few hours, irritability, intolerance to noise, unable to carry out routine work and much more. “There are two ways in which patients suffering from clinical depression are treated—counselling and medication. But along with these things, we make sure that they indulge in activities that they like doing as it benefits them while they are undergoing treatment. Initially the person is low on energy or has negative thoughts and at times does not wish to get out of the bed. So, we do not force them into doing something they don’t feel like. But later as they show some progress, we ask them to take up their hobbies again,” said Dr. Shailesh Umate, psychiatrist at Institute for Psychological Health. Experts claimed that when these patients take up any activity, it releases endorphins which helps in changing their mood and generates positivity. Also, due to this they get motivated and gain confidence. “Even though these alternate therapies will not change the person’s condition immediately, it will help to make the person’s mental state better. Also, when we recommend such activities, initially we ask them to take up some physical activity and later give them do things based on concentration like reading a book. We even advice the relatives to help them out while they indulge in something they used to like as they need someone to give them a little push. Even some dietary changes are made as they are advised to eat banana, chocolates and almonds which also act as antidepressant,” added Dr. Umate.
|2018-03-11||Summer gift: Mulund hsg society provides shelter for strays - Times of India|
Summer gift: Mulund hsg society provides shelter for strays Updated: Mar 11, 2018, 22:54 IST Mumbai: A housing society in Mulund has built a huge doghouse for the strays in the neighbourhood. Animal lovers have provided not just bowls for food and water but even cushions for the furry ones. A photograph of the doghouse went viral on social media and messaging applications two days back. When TOI traced the people behind the dog house, it came to light that animal lovers have to thank the residents of Cypress cooperative housing society in Mulund for the noble deed who had constructed this over a year ago. “ It was our chairman’s idea to build a dog shelter just outside the society gate. The shelter was built from waste. We have covered the rooftop with hay so that it stays cool especially during summer,” said Shailesh Nagda, a resident of the housing society. Initiatives like this will create harmony in not just housing societies but also among strays and people, said Pawan Sharma, an animal welfare officer and founder of Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW). “It is usually an NGO or an animal lover who takes up such an initiative and so this comes as a pleasant surprise. The strays will not just become fond of the people caring for them but also protect them,” Sharma said.
|2018-03-11||Thane: Rickshaw driver arrested for shooting dead youth, raping woman - The New Indian Express|
Thane: Rickshaw driver arrested for shooting dead youth, raping woman Published: 12th March 2018 12:19 AM Last Updated: 12th March 2018 12:19 AM THANE: Thane (rural) police today arrested a rickshaw driver for an incident on March 5 where a youth was shot and his girlfriend raped in Nalimbi on the Ambernath-Titwala road near here. Police today said that Sanjay Narvade (30), an autorickshaw driver from Ulhasnagar, was arrested for the crime. On March 5, Ganesh Dinkar, 20, and his friend were on a two-wheeler when the accused waylaid them and demanded money, said police. When Dinkar refused to oblige, the accused shot two rounds at him from point blank range and then proceeded to rape the woman, police said. The man died and the accused fled the scene with the mobile phone of the woman, they informed. Officials said they caught Narvade following the efforts of several special police teams that had been formed across the region.
|2018-03-11||Thane opens its heart and purse for protesters - Times of India|
Thane opens its heart and purse for protesters Updated: Mar 12, 2018, 01:42 IST Thane: Distressed farmers seem to have earned the empathy of urban residents. As thousands of farmers, waving red flags, strode into Thane on Saturday night, residents milled on to the streets to interact with them, some eagerly clicking selfies with them and others offering food grains and footwear. The Thane Matadata Jagran Manch provided nearly 500kg of food grains to the farmers who camped for the night at BMC octroi ground. “We had been in touch with the protestors since the rally started from Nashik on Tuesday. The organizers had refused to accept donation, but we were determined to help them as we are aware how they struggle to ensure food on our plate,” said Unmesh Bagawe from the group. Another group, through a social messaging app, mobilized footwear for the farmers after reading about their blistered feet. “We were shocked to see the farmers walk barefoot on the highway. Some of us removed our footwear and offered it to the women, while others decided to donate shoes the following day,” said Nita Karnik, a resident of Flower Valley who volunteered to deliver 100 pairs of shoes. A few residents from Mulund showered flowers on the marchers as they started leaving Thane city limits on Sunday morning. “We are humbled by the love showered on us by Thane residents...We are happy that those living in the city have understood the plight of poor farmers living in villages,” said AIKS state secretary Ajit Navale. “We hope the government accepts our demands too.”
|2018-03-11||TMC draws flak for setting curbs on RTI queries - Times of India|
TMC draws flak for setting curbs on RTI queries Mar 11, 2018, 23:02 IST Thane: The civic body has drawn the censure of former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi who has suggested that the administration must be more proactive while sharing project-related information rather than setting curbs on RTI queries. The development comes close on the heels of the municipal administration narrowing down a list of RTI activists suspecting them to be seeking information with malafide intentions. In a letter written to municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, Gandhi has suggested that the civic administration becomes more transparent so that there is very little scope for activists to seek information under RTI and 'misuse' it. The former activist who was part of the National RTI movement which was involved in drafting the National Act suggested the TMC that they put up information about every project on website there would be no scope for blackmailers to operate in the first place as all the data is already in the open. Also, details of the information sought under any RTI can be highlighted online which, to an extent, could help curb any mischief, he said. “I have written to the commissioner saying that it is the right of every citizen to get information about the functioning of the corporation and its projects. Stonewalling information by claiming misuse of information is not right. The Thane corporation must instead publicize the information sought by every RTI applicant, which I will, will help curb the menace,” said Gandhi.
|2018-03-11||Thane civic chief unmasks 'activists' | Mumbai News - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane civic chief unmasks ‘activists’ Mar 12, 2018, 02:49 IST Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has approached police chief Param Bir Singh to demand action against errant RTI activists. Jaiswal is the first bureaucrat in the state to take on RTI activists. Alarmed by a sudden spurt in applications under the Right to Information Act by the same people regarding certain projects, Jaiswal set up an internal committee to study all the applications received under the RTI Act in the last one year. The committee found that some activists were seeking information repeatedly on building and development proposals. On the basis of the information secured under RTI, either the activist or his proxy challenged the entire project in court to create hurdles. Some activists initially objected to a project, but later quietly withdrew their application. In certain cases, it was found that even PILs filed before the high court were withdrawn without assigning any valid grounds. The committee has prepared a chart on the number of applications filed by activists, names of the projects, complaints filed with the Thane Municipal Corporation and courts, and date on which the complaints were withdrawn. Jaiswal has submitted a list of more than a dozen RTI activists, saying their role should be probed and appropriate action should be taken. A week after the Kamala Mills fire tragedy, which claimed 14 lives, some RTI activists were at the receiving end. The role of RTI activists was under scrutiny, but the investigation never reached a logical end. “It was unfortunate that the corporation was blaming RTI activists for maladministration in the municipal corporation. Under the Act, the role of RTI activists is crucial, they are making attempts to improve the administration, if someone is indulging in blackmail, stern action should be taken. But it does not mean that all RTI activists are blackmailers,” said a RTI activist based in Thane.A month after charity commissioner S G Dige took over the reins, he found that leading charitable hospitals were not providing free treatment to poor patients, although it was their responsibility to reserve at least 10% of their beds for them. Besides imposing a huge fine on a leading hospital, Dige has ordered inspection of several charitable hospitals and called for records of poor patients. It was followed by identification of beggars on the roads. Dige felt that if funds under corporate social responsibility are made available, then it was not difficult to rehabilitate 1.5 lakh beggars. Many of them are stationed at traffic signals or outside temples in the state. Dige has entrusted the task to the woman and child welfare department to identify beggars and draft a rehabilitation plan. The department has already initiated the work and efforts are being made to complete the assignment within a stipulated period. Dige realised that many farmers were committing suicide due to lack of funds for their daughters’ marriages, debt burden and poor health. A week ago, Dige called a meeting of trustees of all major temples across the state to ascertain the status of funds and how they were utilizing the surplus cash. Many trustees attended the meeting with their balance sheets. Dige has taken the view that if surplus funds could be utilized for the marriages of farmers’ daughters, it would go a long way in providing relief. “Dige is looking beyond his routine job and his plans will certainly provide relief to the common man,” said a senior bureaucrat.
|2018-03-11||Maharashtra farmers' march: Police issues traffic advisory as over 35000 protesters reach Thane - Firstpost|
Maharashtra farmers' march: Police issues traffic advisory as over 35,000 protesters reach Thane Mar 11, 2018 16:33:04 IST As Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra braces for a massive showdown on Monday, with farmers marching towards Mumbai from Nashik, the crowd has swelled to nearly 35,000 people demanding waiver of all farm loans and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report.The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) protest march reached Anand Nagar in Thane on Sunday, reported ANI. The AIKS is the farmer wing of Communist Party of India — Marxist (CPM). According to NDTV, the number of farmers reached close to 35,000 as more and more people joined the march on the way since it began on 6 March. The march will be attended by AIKS national president Ashok Dawale, CPM MLA JP Gavit, state president Kisan Gujar and working president Arjun Ade among others.The huge march by farmers and Adivasis will proceed to the KJ Somaiya Ground in Mumbai before heading towards the state Legilsativ Assembly on Monday. In view of the protests, Mumbai Police has issued a traffic advisory and tightened security for Monday. The farmers are set to enter Mumbai at 10 am through the Anandnagar toll plaza in Mulund before reaching Somaiyya ground in Sion at 9 pm, via Vikhroli, Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Chheda Nagar and Suman Nagar. The Eastern Express Highway, southbound from Anandnagar toll plaza to the Somaiya ground, will remain closed on Monday for heavy and goods vehicles from 9 am to 11 pm, Mumbai Police said in its advisory. These vehicles will alternately be diverted via Kalwa, Airoli, Vashi Creek and Vitava.The Traffic Control Branch of the Mumbai Police also advised people to avoid travelling on the route of the march and use alternate routes (eg, LBS Road, Sion-Panvel Road, Thane-Belapur Road, etc). Speaking to Firstpost earlier, All India Kisan Sabha general secretary Ajit Navale said, "The demands are an increase in Minimum Support Price for crops, immediate implementation of loan waiver, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission, forest rights to the farmers, and good quality education for farmers' children." On Saturday, the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) parties also extended their support to the farmers' march. Navale said Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has expressed his support as well. "Shinde welcomed the protestors in Thane district and extended support to the demands of the farmers. He said he was conveying the message of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Similarly, Abhijit Jadhav, an emissary of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, also met us and got me in touch with the MNS chief over the phone. The MNS too has extended support to our demands," Navale told PTI. Protesting farmers have demanded a change in the plan to link rivers in Nashik, Thane, and Palghar to ensure that tribal lands are not submerged and water from the scheme be made available to these areas as well as other drought-prone districts, the organisers said. They said that farmers were also protesting against the state government's land acquisition for projects like high-speed rail and superhighways. "We are demanding an increase in pension schemes for poor peasants and farm workers, compensation for losses due to bollworm and pest attacks and rehauling of the public distribution system," he said.
|2018-03-10||Call Data Records Case: Nawazuddin Summoned by Thane Police - The Quint|
Call Data Records Case: Nawazuddin Summoned by Thane Police UPDATED: 02H 36M AGO Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui reportedly failed to appear before the Thane crime branch on Friday (9 March) despite the summons issued to him in connection with the Call Data Record (CDR) case. As per TOI reports, the probe agency suggests that Nawaz’s lawyer had allegedly tried to procure CDRs of his wife illegally by enlisting a local detective, for Rs 50,000. The Thane Police is investigating the case in which private individuals managed to obtain confidential CDRS with the help of detectives.According to the leading daily’s reports, Thane police claims that during their probe, they stumbled upon conversations of the Gangs of Wasseypur actor’s lawyer Rizwan Siddique, who sought the CDR of Nawaz’s wife in phones confiscated from the accused. The Thane Crime branch has arrested 11 individuals in the multi-city racket. As per The Indian Express reports, a constable from Yavatmal and a Pune man illegally using police IDs to obtain CDRs issued were also arrested. The police posit that the main accused is still at large. Four detectives were arrested for illegally owning and peddling call details of people, including a few VIP records, on January 29. The four, whom the police identified as Makesh Pandian (42), Prashant Palekar (49), Jigar Makwana (35) and Samresh Jha (32) alias Pratik Mohpal named detective Rajani Pandit.
|2018-03-10||Thane, 1st in India to have district cooling system under UNEP - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane, 1st in India to have district cooling system under UNEP Thane has been in the forefront of environment friendly initiatives and the city has now become the first in the country to have a district cooling system. It was selected by the UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) to implement centralised air conditioning to commercial structures like hospitals, malls, IT parks, townships which will cut down energy consumption by 40 to 50 percent. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is responsible for the implementation of the district cooling system (DCS) in India. "This system is like piped gas where chilled water is circulated to the subscriber's air conditioners/chillers which generates cool air," says an official from the TMC's engineering department. "There is one centralised compressor which generates chilled water for distribution to air conditioners," he said. This leads to two types of savings - technical as well as commercial. Technically, a centralized compressor reduces the energy consumption. And commercially, the provider of the DCS can bargain with the energy provider on the rates for the provision of chilled air. "As opposed to individual air conditioning units, this leads to almost 50 per cent less power consumption," added the official. The specified district cooling system is available internationally. Germany, Japan, Dubai, Korea and European countries have implemented the system. It will be operational in Thane by the end of 2018. "The feasibility study will take another three to four months after which the contract for this project will be given to a third party through tendering process," the official added. The project will be based on DBOT (Design Built Operate Transfer) where the service provider will fund the project and the amount will be recovered from the subscribers.
|2018-03-10||Thane travel agent booked for duping - United News of India|
Thane travel agent booked for duping Posted at: Mar 10 2018 2:29PM Thane, Mar 10 (UNI) A lady travel agent has been booked by the Thane police on the alleged duping the customers and the company to the tune of Rs 57.80 lakhs, the police said on Saturday. According to the complaint, the alleged accused S Ghotankar was wooing customers since 2014. Seeking foreign trips of getting concession if they made cash payments, she collected the monies received from them and misappropriated the collection from 23 such customers. The Chitalsar police under Wagle Estate division have registered, an offence under section 420,406,465,468,477(A) of the IPC against the alleged accused S Ghotankar the police said. However, no arrest has been made in this connection so far. UNI XR PS 1428
|2018-03-10||Thane call detail record scam allegations are 'random', says Nawazuddin Siddiqui - Hindustan Times|
Thane call detail record scam allegations are ‘random’, says Nawazuddin Siddiqui The 43-year-old actor took to Twitter where he criticised the media for questioning him about his involvement in the scam, when he accompanied his daughter, Shora, to her school for an exhibition. BOLLYWOOD Updated: Mar 10, 2018 13:39 IST Nawazuddin Siddiqui, whose name cropped up in the Call Detail Record (CDR) scam yesterday, has dismissed the claims against him, terming them as “random”. The 43-year-old actor took to Twitter where he criticised the media for questioning him about his involvement in the scam, when he accompanied his daughter, Shora, to her school for an exhibition. “Last evening, I was helping my daughter to prepare her school project Hydroelectric Power Generator and went to her school this morning for Project Exhibition. To my surprise, the media had questions about some random allegations on me #Disgust,” Nawazuddin wrote, along with a few pictures from the activity with his daughter.The Thane police yesterday said that they had summoned Siddiqui, his wife, Anjali, and a lawyer in connection with investigations into the CDR scam that came to light in January in Thane. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhi told mediapersons that the three had been called after some of the arrested accused had told police that an advocate had obtained CDRs of the actors wife from private detectives.
|2018-03-10||Thane police arrest butcher for buying 2 cows, 400kg beef | mumbai ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane police arrest butcher for buying 2 cows, 400kg beef Sarvar Quereshi, a history-sheeter and resident of Bhiwandi, was arrested following the interrogation of six others arrested earlier this week MUMBAI Updated: Mar 10, 2018 16:29 IST The Thane crime branch has arrested a 42-year-old butcher from Bhiwandi, for allegedly purchasing 400kg of beef and two cows from a man, who was arrested last week. The police said the accused, Sarvar Quereshi,has previously been suspected of selling cow heads and horns in the market, to people who like to keep them as display. Sarvar, a history-sheeter, is wanted in several other cases, including an attack on animal activists. “Many animal activists were injured when they tried to stop him from transporting cows in his tempo; in one case, some policemen got injured too,” said a police officer, who did not wish to be named. “We are now interrogating him to see what information he has about other cases as well.” Six men, all butchers, were arrested earlier this week for stealing cows from highways in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. They include Asif Yasin Quereshi, 24, Monish Fidahuddin Quereshi, 20, Irfan Ghulam Mohammed Mulla, 35, Fazal Ayub Qureshi, 22, Layk Yasin Qureshi, 32, and Shafiq Hanif Quereshi, 32, all residents of Kalyan and Mumbra. Following their arrest and interrogation, on Thursday, a police team went to Bhiwandi and arrested Quereshi. He was later produced in court and remanded in police custody. Datta Sarak, police sub-inspector from Thane crime branch unit 1, said: “Sarvar is a history-sheeter and his named cropped up when we were interrogating the six accused. Sarvar had purchased many cows from them earlier.” The accused, who have confessed to stealing 30 cows since the past two years — all of them have been butchered and the meat sold — used to steal cows at night. “On February 25, a case was lodged after two cows were stolen from Wagle Estate in Thane. Two days later, we arrested the six people,” added Sarak.
|2018-03-10||Rustomjee launches E Tower Azziano in Thane - Accommodation TAccimes|
Rustomjee Launches E Tower Azziano In Thane Published On: Sat, Mar 10th, 2018 A new tower, the E Tower, is being launched on Wednesday, at Azziano at the township of Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane. The E Tower has exclusive 2BHK homes which are not only exquisitely designed but also have access to a plethora of amenities. Percy S. Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group, said “The E Tower at Rustomjee Urbania is an ode to the new trend of people seeking to upgrade their lifestyle. The 2BHK size has been planned in keeping with the demand of our clientele and is ideal for any family.” The 36 storey tall E Tower provides 4 level parking and has an enviable view of the Yeoor Hills and Thane city. Moreover, it presents a perfect investment opportunity as not only are all the approvals in place but one can also save 2.5% on stamp duty as per special approvals from Thane municipal authorities. In addition, those booking on or before 31st March 2018 can also avail of a Rs 2.5 lakh discount. These 2 BHK homes can be had at price points of Rs 1.46 crores (all inclusive) for a total area of 828 sq ft which includes 696 carpet area and 132 exclusive flat appurtenant areas. An exclusive 20:50:30 payment plan is also available, the release said.
|2018-03-10||Thane traffic police issue diversions keeping protesters' arrival in mind - The Asian Age|
Thane traffic police issue diversions keeping protesters’ arrival in mind Published : Mar 11, 2018, 2:25 am IST Updated : Mar 11, 2018, 2:27 am IST Thane city will have to take LBS Road to reach Mumbai and will have to pass from Modella Check Naka to LBS Road in Mulund. Mumbai: The Thane traffic police has issued traffic diversions ahead of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Maha-sabha’s march that will reach the city on Saturday night. The diversion is for heavy vehicles plying from Nashik to Mumbai between Saturday and Tuesday. Only one lane will be open for light vehicles on NH 3 to ply towards Mumbai. The Thane police has made arrangements to segregate heavy vehicles from the route on which the farmers will ply to reach Mumbai. The traffic department issued a plan stating that vehicles from Nashik to Mumbai will take a left turn from Rajnoli Naka and will move from Durgadi Bridge to Katai Toll Naka to Kalyan Phata to Mhape Road to Vashi Bridge. Vehicular traffic to Mumbai from Bhiwandi/Narpoli will take Kasheli route to reach Balkum-Kapurbawdi Circle in Thane city. From there they will be diverted to Ghodbandar Road, Fountain Hotel square and Dahisar Check Naka. The traffic police said that all light vehicles can also take this route with only one lane from Nashik to Mumbai being allowed on NH3 to them on Saturday. However, vehicles from Thane city will have to take LBS Road to reach Mumbai and will have to pass from Modella Check Naka to LBS Road in Mulund. The Mumbai traffic police said that the farmers are scheduled to enter the financial capital around 11 am on Sunday via the Eastern Express Highway (EEH). The group will pass via Vikhroli, Ramabai Amb-edkar Nagar, Chheda Nagar and Suman Nagar; and will assemble in Somaiya ground in Sion by 9 pm. The EEH will be shut for heavy vehicles from Mulund to Sion from 9 am to 10 pm on Sunday. The traffic police will continue to issue timely updates pertaining to the situation via Twitter and FM throughout the day.
|2018-03-09||All India Kisan Sabha protest demanding complete loan waiver reaches Maharashtra's Thane - The New Indian Express|
All India Kisan Sabha protest demanding complete loan waiver reaches Maharashtra's Thane Published: 09th March 2018 10:01 AM Last Updated: 09th March 2018 10:01 AM THANE: The Protest led by more than 20,000 farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS), demanding a complete waiver of loans, arrived in Thane on Friday. Currently, the protest has reached Shahapur in Thane district, which is around 73 Km away from Mumbai. The farmers, who are covering a stretch of 30 km every day, aims at gheraoing Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai on March 12. The 180-km-long march commenced on March 5 from the CBS Chowk in Central Nashik. The farmers of the state have been demanding a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills.
|2018-03-09||All India Kisan Sabha protest reaches Thane - Business Standard|
All India Kisan Sabha protest reaches Thane Thane (Maharashtra) [India] Last Updated at March 9, 2018 10:00 IST The Protest led by more than 20,000 farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS), demanding a complete waiver of loans, arrived in Thane on Friday. Currently, the protest has reached Shahapur in Thane district, which is around 73 Km away from Mumbai. The farmers, who are covering a stretch of 30 km every day, aims at gheraoing Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai on March 12. The 180-km-long march commenced on March 5 from the CBS Chowk in Central Nashik. The farmers of the state have been demanding a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills. Last year, the Maharashtra government had announced a loan waiver of Rs 4,000 crores under the first phase of the farm loan waiver scheme.
|2018-03-09||Thane CDR case: Actor Nawazuddin under police lens - Business Standard|
Thane CDR case: Actor Nawazuddin under police lens Thane (Maharashtra) Last Updated at March 9, 2018 22:15 IST In a fresh twist in the Thane CDR case, the city police's Crime Branch has summoned Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui for investigations, but he failed to respond, official sources said here on Friday. The acclaimed award-winning actor was allegedly accused of spying on his wife and his name cropped up after the police in Thane nabbed 11 persons, mainly private detectives, who were involved in the Call Detail Records scam. According to statements by some of the accused, Siddiqui had allegedly acquired CDRs of his wife's phone through an advocate by hiring a private sleuth to keep an eye on her contacts and whereabouts. "One of the accused has revealed the name of Siddiqui during interrogation. We have issued summons to him, but he has failed to appear before us for investigations," Thane Crime Branch Senior Police Inspector Nitin Thakare said on Friday. The accused have revealed the names of several other Bollywood personalities, businessmen and even politicians who are likely to be probed soon, investigators said. However, Thakare said the police cannot identify other suspects till the full probe into the sensational case is completed. Incidentally, Pandit's name cropped up during the interrogation of four other private detectives arrested in January this year -- Makesh Pandiyan, Pratik Mohpal, Prashant Palekar and Jigar Makwana -- all nabbed from Thane and two others later -- Prashant Sonawane and Santosh Pandagle, both from Navi Mumbai.
|2018-03-09||Road works, snarls force SSC candidates to leave home early - Times of India|
Road works, snarls force SSC candidates to leave home early Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 22:11 IST Thane: The ongoing civic works and hawkers blocking several major city roads has been causing traffic snarls, putting students appearing for SSC exams in trouble.With the board instructing exam centers to not allow students after the exam starts, parents and students are left with no other option but to leave homes much in advance. Students from areas like Vasant Vihar, Kalwa, Pokhran, Mumbra and Naupada have been particularly inconvenienced. A student from Balkum said she takes nearly 30 minutes to reach the exam centre in Manpada, which is otherwise a 10-minute drive. “I am forced to take the internal roads as the condition of the roads in our locality is bad ,” said Ritika Nair. Another student, Savari Gandhi, said she has to leave home an hour earlier, thanks to the Kalwa bridge work. A parent from Uthalsar said the flyover work has been causing massive inconvenience to his son whose exam centre is in another part of the city. Meanwhile, in Mumbra, hawking on streets have been causing traffic snarls. “I have complained to the administration. Are they waiting for a major tragedy,” asked MLA Jitendra Awhad.
|2018-03-09||Thane cops arrest two criminals wanted in separate murder cases - Times of India|
Thane cops arrest two criminals wanted in separate murder cases Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 22:06 IST Thane: The Anti Extortion Cell of Thane police arrested two accused wanted in separate murder cases on wednesday. The police said that the accused were wanted in murder case by Hill line police station in Ulhasnagar and other by Mumbra police station. In the first case, the Nishant Patil 32, was wanted by the Mumbra police station accused in 2015 murder case of contractor Sandeep Patil, 32.Nishant and Sandeep had rivalry over land dispute. On January,19, 2015 Sandeep was standing with his friends when he was attacked by five people who killed him. The four accused were arrested in the earlier after weeks of incident while Nishant was wanted. He used to hide at his relative’s place by changing identity. He wasrecently arrested when he came to visit his family on Holi. He would visit his family in past also,” said Rajkumar Kothmire, police inspector of Anti Extortion Cell. “It was during the Holi, the accused had come to meet his family members and relatives. After meeting them he stayed back. The police got a tip and Nishant was arrested,” said the officer. In the second case, on the eve of Holi, a 23-year-old history sheeter was brutally attacked by dozen of people at Ulhasnagar on March 1. Babloo Chourasiya, who had dozens of serious offences was attacked with sharp weapons. Subsequently, the police arrested six people who are behind the bars while few other were on the run. On Wednesday, police got a tip and the seventh accused Rohit Ashok Shinde,21, was arrested from Ulhasnagar. “Our team was on the look out for the accused and based on tip, the accused was trapped. The deceased was involed in the murder of another man in Kalyan and to take revenge, Shinde and his associates killed Babloo,” said a police officer.
|2018-03-09||'Few RTI activists seeking info with malafide intent' - Times of India|
‘Few RTI activists seeking info with malafide intent’ Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 22:04 IST Thane: The Thane municipal administration has finalised a list of Right To Information (RTI) activists who they suspect have been seeking information with malafide intentions and have alerted the Thane police recommending action. It is learnt that the list, drawn up by a six member team deputed by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal recently, includes names of political activists, former corporators, citizen activists among others.The panel that was studying the pattern of RTI applications filed by most of these noticed that some had filed over 60 queries with a particular department. The action follows after it was found that some activists have been regularly seeking information and reportedly misusing it to file frivolous cases in courts against certain developers or officials. Most of these cases would be withdrawn after a certain period of time. Deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi confirmed to TOI that they had compiled the list of Right To Information applicants who were found to be misusng the data. MLA Pratap Sarnaik had also tried to draw attention of the Assembly over the issue recently and had named a few people who could be potentially misusing the information seeked through the RTI.
|2018-03-09||Thaneites bring home potted plants to beat the heat - Times of India|
Thaneites bring home potted plants to beat the heat Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 22:08 IST Thane: From flowering and colourful plants to herb saplings and even creepers, the last few weeks have seen dozens of lake-city denizens flocking to plant nurseries to buy a variety of potted saplings to help them beat the summer heat. Since the onset of summer, the mercury levels in the city have been on a constant rise and even crossed 40 degrees Celsius on some occasions. As plants not only block the scorching sunrays from entering homes, they also purify the air. Many Thaneites have started lining their window grills with creepers amongst a number of other saplings. While some denizens have been equipping their windows with floral saplings and creepers many others have been searching nurseries to buy herbs. “Over the past two weeks we have seen a sudden rise in the sale. While a few are interested in flowers like sunflowers, marigold and others, most have been buying plants like coriander, chillies, curry leaves and other such hers that not only add to the greenery of their homes, but also are available for them to use for cooking. Many customers are not aware of how to take care of flowers, but are enthusiastic to learn and start gardening,” said Thakur S, owner of a plant nursery in Majiwada. Many denizens seem to have also joined environmental groups and lectures to learn more about these saplings and maintaining them before purchasing them for their homes.“Different plants have different requirements — be it the amount of water used for it, sunlight, light, space and so on. If there’s not enoug sunlilght in your house then you won’t be able to keep flowering plants at your home. However, herbs like coriander, chillies, curry leaves or leafy veggies like methi, spring onion and palak can thrive without much sunlight,” said Dr Manasi Joshi, a botanist from the city, who organises various lectures on gardening. “There seems to be a tremendous rise in the number of citizens planning to start their window or terrace gardens, as the number of those coming for our lectures on maintaining these indoor plants has definitely risen. The main reason for this rise during summers could be the fact that these plants, in addition to blocking the harsh sunrays also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen thus purifying the air. And a garden also help in feeling relaxed and rejuvenated,” Dr Joshi added.
|2018-03-09||TMC, residents jointly fight to beat mosquito menace - Times of India|
TMC, residents jointly fight to beat mosquito menace Mar 9, 2018, 22:06 IST Thane: In order to fight the mosquito menace in city many denizens have started putting mosquito nets, closing their windows in the evening as a precautionary measure to stay away from any disease. Many citizens stated that they have seen a rise in the number of mosquitoes in the last two weeks. Also, doctors claimed that though there is a rise in these insects, currently people are not suffering from dengue or malaria. “Fumigation is done throughout the year in order to keep mosquitoes awayAlso, whenever we get complaints of residents stating that there is an increase in these insects in their areas, we increase the number of fumigation. We also keep an eye on the breeding spots and ensure that fumigation is done,” said Dr. Ram Kendre, medical health officer of TMC.“We are making sure that water is not accumulated anywhere in the surrounding or any puddles formed in the society area so that the population of these insects do not increase further. Since past few days as more mosquitoes are seen around we close all the windows after sunset ,” said Pooja Raisinghani, resident of Kopri. Few denizens have even installed nets on the windows so that they can keep them open. “In order to make sure that the insect does not enter the house we have put up nets on the windows, with this, we can at least keep the main door open,” said Aditi Ghangurde, resident of Pokhran no 1. The moth experts stated that one of the reasons for the rise in the number of these insects could be because there is decrease in their predators. “I have observed that since the past few years the number of dragonflies is decreasing. Many do not know that they need the same kind of environment like mosquitoes to exist. Even they lay eggs in the puddles but they not only eat the mosquitoes but they even eat their eggs. Due to the fumigation not only mosquitoes but other insects are also getting affected,” said V. Shubhalaxmi, moth expert, also known as moth lady of India.
|2018-03-09||Panic in Diva as garbage dump catches fire - Times of India|
Panic in Diva as garbage dump catches fire Mar 9, 2018, 22:28 IST Thane: A fire broke out in a garbage dump alongside Diva-Shil Road at 4am on Thursday leaving several residents breathless. The incident which took place behind the National English Primary School woke up thousands of families from their sleep. Locals said firemen reached the spot after a delay of almost six hours by the time which many cases of breathlessness were reported. Santosh Kadam of the Regional Disaster Management Cell, said, “We got a call at 10am after which we rushed to the spot with two water tankers and a fire brigade. We don’t know the exact cause of the fire. Someone may have thrown some hazardous, combustible material into the yard causing the fire.” —Avani Ghangurde
|2018-03-09||Hsg soc secretary held for running over stray, gets bail - Times of India|
Hsg soc secretary held for running over stray, gets bail Mar 9, 2018, 22:27 IST Thane: The Kapurbawdi police recently arrested Shailendra Pharkya, the secretary of Lodha Luxuria housing society following a complaint by a resident that the latter ran over a stray puppy - Bella in their complex last month while driving his SUV. Pharkya was later released on bail. The police initiated criminal action against Pharkya following a complaint by one Nishi Sawant who demanded to see the CCTV recordings after the complex gardener informed her that the puppydied after being runover by a SUV. On hearing about the strays death, Sawant approached the Kapurbawdi police who registered the FIR on February 9 and arrested the secretary on February 26 for allegedly running over the pup. “We were informed about the incident by a resident and activist from the society and immediately asked the housing society committee to send us the CCTV footage. We saw in the footage that a SUV had run over the puppy, which was sitting on the divider in the society. The secretary has been booked, but ws released on bail, ,” said Ashwini Jadhav, sub inspector from Kapurbawdi police station. — Freny Fernandes
|2018-03-09||Man held with 22kg marijuana worth Rs 3.3L - Times of India|
Man held with 22kg marijuana worth Rs 3.3L Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 22:11 IST Thane: The anti narcotics cell of crime branch nabbed a 45-year-old man from Odisha with 22kg of marijuana worth Rs 3.30 lakh from Kalyan station area on Thursday. Based on a tip-off, the cops laid a trap and caught Jaya Sahi outside Kalyan station area. “He took a train to come here and sell the drugs but we nabbed him. We are probing other links,” said a police officer. Thane: The anti narcotics cell of crime branch nabbed a 45-year-old man from Odisha with 22kg of marijuana worth Rs 3.30 lakh from Kalyan station area on Thursday. Based on a tip-off, the cops laid a trap and caught Jaya Sahi outside Kalyan station area. “He took a train to come here and sell the drugs but we nabbed him. We are probing other links,” said a police officer. Recommended By Colombia Another anti narcotics cell team probing two Visakhapatnam based residents who were found in possession of marijuana has arrested a man from Aarku in Andhra Pradesh. The police said that the accused duo, Victor Joseph (47) and Balla Badarao (32) were nabbed in a trap led by the sleuths on Sunday. After being grilled, the duo named Gangadhar Shetty and a team nabbed team him on Thursday. “The accused lives near the Naxal-infested area and the connections, if any, with them will be probed after thorough investigation,” said a police officer.
|2018-03-09||Nawazuddin Siddiqui summoned in Thane Call Data Record case - India Today|
Nawazuddin Siddiqui summoned in Thane Call Data Record case Mumbai March 9, 2018 UPDATED 09:02 IST Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been called to record a statement by Thane crime branch in Maharshtra. His lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui is alleged to have illegally obtained the Call Detail Record (CDR) details of actor's estranged wife Sheeba. She is locked in a bitter divorce battle with him. The actor's lawyer is said to have obtained the CDR with the help of one Prashant Palekar who was arrested by Thane crime branch last month. DCP Abhishek Trimukhe of Thane crime branch said,"We have summoned Nawazuddin, his lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui and wife Sheena to find out who is the one who ordered to obtain CDR illegally. CDR can be obtained only by an officer of the rank of SP. But the private detectives were selling CDR data to private clients for Rs.30,000-50000". The police said that the future course of action will be determined from the statements of Nawazuddin, his wife Sheeba and his lawyer. It will then be decided whether Nawazuddin and Rizwan be made accused or not. The Thane police is investigating an inter-state CDR (call detail record) racket run by private detectives in Mumbai and Thane. As of now, eleven people have been arrested. During interrogation, the accused have revealed that they would use user ID and passwords of Police officers illegally to obtain CDR for their clients and would sell it for Rs. 30,000-50,000. Thane police had also arrested Rajni Pandit last month who is said to be India's first female private detective in this case.
|2018-03-08||Thane first city in country to get community cooling - Times of India|
Thane first city in country to get community cooling Updated: Mar 8, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: The municipal administration is working on implementing community cooling systems for big residential complexes or commercial complexes that could not just reduce the ecological damage but also help reduce power bills. Thane could possibly be the first city in the nation to stage this project proposed by the United Nations Environment Programme, informed a municipal official. The project will be staged along with support from the central government. Initial level surveys by the TMC reveals the project can be implemented in future residential or commercial projects wherein developers can be asked to make adequate arrangements. The same can also be replicated in existing projects but will require massive alternations.An initial study by the administration reveals each of the systems with a minimum capacity of around 10,000 tonne is enough to service the needs of an equal number of rooms or a cluster of commercial complexes or malls. A senior civic official associated with the study informed the proposal was floated by the United Nations to the centre for adopting this mechanism across cities that have potential for future realty development. A series of interactions between the municipal commissioner and the central government led to the team choosing Thane to stage the pilot project.An initial survey and study of the system, implemented in several developed countries, has revealed its potential to reduce power bills by nearly 40% and will also reduce toxic emissions by using green refrigeration materials, informed a civic official. We have been informed by the central government of staging this pilot project in Thane. A survey will soon be launched to work out the feasibility of the project in the city which will include identifying clusters of residential and commercial units in addition to proposing this to developers to incorporate in new projects that could also help them earn points by reducing the carbon footprints, informed the official.
|2018-03-08||Jaiswal slaps defamation notice on activist, magazine - Times of India|
Jaiswal slaps defamation notice on activist, magazine Mar 8, 2018, 22:47 IST Thane: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has slapped a defamation notice on a citizen activist and a weekly magazine of Mumbai for publishing offensive news against him allegedly without verification.Jaiswal moved an application before the district sessions court in December citing his defamation according to Sections 500, 501 and 502 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. He personally appeared before the court on Wednesday and presented his stand. The IAS official, according to a press release circulated by the Thane Municipal Corporation, has claimed the weekly named Loknirbhid carried two defamatory articles about him without verifying the facts and only based on the allegations of the mentioned activist Vikrant Karnik. The application has also held the weekly editor Dnyandev Sutar and its printer responsible for the defamation. The reports were based on some alleged molestation incident of a minor girl supposed to have taken place at the commissioner's residence last year and was reportedly published in the publication with the intention of maligning his image. “The court has ordered for summons to be served on the citizen activist, the editor of a weekly magazine and its printer for the hearing scheduled on March 28,” said a Thane Municipal Corporation official.
|2018-03-08||Facebook, new-age networking site 'for the older generation' - Times of India|
Facebook, new-age networking site ‘for the older generation’ Mar 8, 2018, 22:49 IST Thane: Facebook now seems to be gaining popularity among the older generation, who have been connecting with friends and family through the new-age networking site. Facebook’s demographic shift, where people above 50 years of age are becoming a regular and spending quality time on the site, reveals their acceptance to technology and willingness to learn new modes of connecting socially using their laptop or smartphones.The sudden influx of the elderly to Facebook, however, has not gone down too well with their children and grandchildren who have not just blocked them to avoid embarrassment in front of their peers but also with some moving to other “young” sites. Rahul Jain, a 59-year-old resident of Thane, said, “I have signed in to Facebook very recently out of curiosity. I would often see my daughters hooked onto it, playing some games and posting pictures. At first I could not understand a thing, but now I have got a hang of it. I use it to get in touch with my friends settled abroad. Though I have WhatsApp on my cellphone, I like Facebook more as I can see them real time and know what they are up to.”While some flock to Facebook to share pictures of their latest expeditions, a few make the most of the platform to connect with random likeminded people across the globe. Swati Pongurlekar, a 52-year-old working professional from Thane, said, “I am extremely passionate about photography and birding. Through Facebook I keep an eye on birding events or other related projects I might like. I am also a member of many groups on Facebook pertaining to my hobby of bird watching, travel, wildlife photography, etc.”
|2018-03-08||Sessions court defers order on bail plea of pvt woman detective - Times of India|
Sessions court defers order on bail plea of pvt woman detective Mar 8, 2018, 22:47 IST Thane: The sessions court on Wednesday deferred the order on the bail application of the country’s first woman private detective Rajani Pandit, 61, till Friday. Earlier, the magistrate court had rejected the bail plea and Pandit moved the bail plea to the sessions court which came up for hearing on Tuesday in the court of A S Bhaisare. The counsel for Pandit argued in the court that that her role in the probe was over and that her presence was not required in the case as all the data and official documents from her office were in custody of the police who are analysing it. The defense also said that their client had not purchased the call detail record but it was the other accused that had purchased the it from her. Assistant police inspector Aviraj Kurhade pointed out that the case was serious in nature and she should not be given bail.
|2018-03-08||Thane: Investment firm director of Sagar Investments and wife held for Rs 400 crore default - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Investment firm director of Sagar Investments and wife held for Rs 400 crore default Mar 08, 2018 04:39 pm Thane: The Economic Offences Wing of Thane Police last night arrested an investment firm director, his wife, and two relatives for allegedly duping as many as 4000 investors of Rs 400 crore by defaulting the interest payout since November 2017, an officer said today. The EOW officials arrested Shriram Samudra, a director in Sagar Investments, his wife Angha, and two relatives, said DCP (EOW) Sandeep Bhajibakre. Police also seized several bank accounts of the firm and the accused. A case of cheating was registered against the Samudras in October last for allegedly duping 4,000 investors, hailing from places like Badlapur, Ambernath, Kalyan, Thane and Pune, of Rs 400 crore, said the DCP.“Sagar Investments, operating since 1988, claims itself to be a Sebi-approved sub-broker. It was offering advice on investments, insurance, retirement plans, and was also running many schemes promising doubling the investments. It also claimed to be offering a range of services for high net worth individuals as well as NRIs under one roof,” said the officer. The firm offered 15 per cent interest for many years, but defaulted paying the same since last November, following which the investors lodged a complaint with the Badlapur police, he said. EOW senior inspector Sulbha Patil said they had received as many as 300 complaints from investors so far. “Most of the investors are senior citizens who have invested their retirement benefits with the firm,” said Patil.
|2018-03-08||Hoteliers call off protest after civic chief reduces penalty amount - Times of India|
Hoteliers call off protest after civic chief reduces penalty amount Mar 8, 2018, 22:46 IST Thane: Nearly 450 hoteliers from Thane called of their protest after municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal promised to look into their grievances and reduce the quantum of unreasonably high penalty slapped on a few units. Jaiswal, on Wednesday, apparently agreed to reduce the quantum of the administrative penalty to be levied after a closed door meeting with a delegation of hoteliers on Wednesday afternoon. The penalty, said officials, was for operating their units without taking mandatory permits from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The hoteliers have been given a deadline to pay the fees latest by March 31 failing which they will face punitive action.The range of penalty amount has been reduced from Rs 10-25 lakh bracket to Rs 1-4 lakh depending on the size of the premises. However, other aspects like compounding fees will remain as it is. The hotel owners have also been briefed about the standard safety precautions to be followed in their premises and all misunderstandings were cleared, said a senior official present at the meeting. The hoteliers on Tuesday had abruptly downed their shutters complaining against the abrupt operations of the fire department that had slapped notices for payment of administrative penalty to the tune of Rs 10-25 lakh on a few hotels as administrative penalty. The notices reportedly were mostly sent to around 70 hotels, including a few that had already taken fire compliance steps while some that were in the process of getting regularised. The hoteliers immediately called off their protest after meeting with the commissioner and said all misunderstandings were cleared. “We called off our agitation on Wednesday afternoon after the municipal commissioner assured us to reduce the quantum of penalties from the existing Rs 10-25 lakh to maximum of Rs 4 lakh. Also, we have been assured of the same set of rules for seeking fire safety approvals which are prevalent across the state, said Ratnakar Shetty of the Thane Hotel Owners Association.
|2018-03-08||Strike effect: Rise in no. of customers at small eateries - Times of India|
Strike effect: Rise in no. of customers at small eateries Mar 8, 2018, 22:46 IST Thane: With over 450 restaurants and eateries across the lake city that downed their shutters on Tuesday afternoon as a mark of protest against the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), commuters and office-goers were seen making a beeline to the local poli bhaji centres and roadside vendors.Small time eateries and joints in the city were benefited due to the sudden one-day strike and claimed that their business increased slightly with a rise in the number of customers. Even the day-to-day food prepared and stocked up in the poli bhaji centres was over by afternoon with office goers flocking to these joints for lunch. Vaishali Kulkarni, who owns a poli bhaji centre in Thane’s Naupada area, said, “Apart from the regular customers, I had a big group of six office-goers from the neighbourhood for lunch on Wednesday afternoon. Normally we cannot predict the number of customers, so every day we are prepared with a good amount of food. We had to make 20 extra chapatis for the group.” While some residents headed to local eateries and roadside vendors near the railway station, a few were forced to look for other alternatives for a day. “I work in a company on Ghodbunder Road. Usually I order food from nearby restaurants. Since we had no idea about the intensity of the protests, we had to go to a restaurant in Mulund,” said a resident.
|2018-03-08||TMC demolishes over 200 illegal structures - Times of India|
TMC demolishes over 200 illegal structures Mar 8, 2018, 22:45 IST Thane: More than 200 illegal structures in Wagle Estate, Balkum and Hardas Nagar were razed to the ground in the last 48 hours by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The two-day demolition drive aimed to clear the encroachments that obstructing the road widening project under the civic body’s proposed development plan.The drive, which started on Monday covered the stretch of Hajuri Nagar in Thane’s Wagle Estate after which the team moved to Hardas Nagar that is located near the Eastern Express Highway. Thirty-six structures were collectively demolished on the first day. On day two, the team moved towards Balkum and Ram Maruti Road, pulling down some 50 plus illegal structures. A senior civic official said, “Action was taken against 211 structures across four parts of the city namely Balkum, Ram Maruti road, Hajuri Nagar and Hardas Nagar over two days. A total of 198 structures in Hajuri Nagar and one in Hardas Nagar were razed. Besides this, 12 from Ram Maruti Road and Balkum were demolished on day two. The said structures were illegal and were obstructing our plan of widening the roads. We got orders from civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal to pull down those establishments as they were interfering with the work of the proposed development plan.” He added that accordingly three groups were made headed by three different senior officials along with their entire team.” The administration even cracked a whip on a city-based bakery near Vasant Lawns on the service road alongside Jupiter hospital on Pokhran road number 2 on Tuesday. Jaiswal visited the spots backed by a team of police sleuths.
|2018-03-08||'Detective was in cahoots with Pujari' - Times of India|
‘Detective was in cahoots with Pujari’ Mar 9, 2018, 04:48 IST THANE: Private detective Satish Mangle, arrested under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for blackmailing IAS officer Radhyeshyam Mopalwar, made multiple trips to Sri Lanka and Thailand reportedly met gangster Ravi Pujari to discuss criminal activities, stated the chargesheet filed on Wednesday. The 1,731-page chargesheet was moved in the MCOCA court of Justice AS Bhaisare on Wednesday when the opposition moved an adjournment motion in the assembly over the reinstatement of Mopalwar as Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) chief. On November 4, 2017, Satish and Shraddha Mangle were caught accepting Rs 1 crore to hand over some “incriminating” audio tapes. Mangle had earlier given a tape to TV channels in which Mopalwar was allegedly heard discussing a Rs 4 crore deal. A state-appointed panel gave him a clean chit and recently Mopalwar was given an extension at the MSRDC. On November 14, 2017, Mopalwar reportedly received a call from gangster Ravi Pujari, who is said to have demanded Rs 7 crore. Pujari ordered Mopalwar to withdraw the complaint against Mangale and also threatened him with dire consequences, if he did not comply.
|2018-03-08||Fulfilling the dreams they have sacrificed, compromised for kin - Times of India|
Fulfilling the dreams they have sacrificed, compromised for kin Mar 8, 2018, 22:48 IST Thane: On the occasion of Women’s Day, TOI spoke to women who sacrificed their dreams to take care of their “priorities.” Today, they have carved a niche for themselves.Anita Mada, who had quit her yoga course mid-way to take care of her daughter and manage her house, took up studies again after almost 30 years and now holds a diploma in yoga philosophy. Mada, a government employee, was unable to give time to herself and fulfil her dream of getting a degree and becoming a yoga teacher. “I used to be a volunteer for yoga sessions. In order to pursue a degree I had even taken up a course but did not complete it as I got married and soon had a daughter. It became impossible to manage house, work and the course. Now since my daughter can manage on her own, I started going to the university during weekends to do the advance yoga philosophy course,” added Mada.Just like Mada, Jasma Vaghela not only had to cook for her two sons and husband but also manage work. Recently she pursued her dream of becoming an actress and has even acted in a short film. “Women always sacrifice their wishes as they want to prioritise their family, but once when their duties are done and after their children become independent they try to make sure that they fulfil their dreams. Both my sons are earning now which gave me the liberty to pursue acting. I even acted in a short film recently which got over a million views and it even won an award for spreading the best message on the relationship of a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law at the Jodhpur film festival,” said Vaghela.
|2018-03-07||Two held for raping woman in Thane - Business Standard|
Two held for raping woman in Thane Thane Last Updated at March 7, 2018 10:40 IST The district rural police arrested two men from the Bhiwandi taluka for allegedly raping a 30-year-old tribal woman. The woman, in her complaint to the police yesterday, alleged that the two men, who lived in her neighbourhood and worked in a brick kiln, entered her house on March 2, beat her up and then raped her, a police official said. Based on her complaint, the police yesterday arrested the two men, aged 23 and 35, and booked them under IPC sections for gang-rape, house trespass and voluntarily causing hurt, the official said. An investigation was on into the incident, he added.
|2018-03-07||Thane: Man shot dead, friend gangraped by robbers - Times of India|
|2018-03-07||Thane: Man Commits Suicide After Stepdaughters Accuse Him of Rape - India.com|
Thane: Man Commits Suicide After Stepdaughters Accuse Him of Rape Published: March 7, 2018 6:35 AM IST Thane, Mar 7: A 43-year-old man committed suicide by jumping before a moving train on Monday night after his two stepdaughters accused him of raping them over the past few years. The man, a cab driver by profession, was absconding since the stepdaughters lodged a complaint against him, alleging that he had molested and raped them. The deceased had gotten married to the girls’ mother in 2013 and agreed to take care of the two girls. The two sisters, aged 15 and 18, approached the police on Sunday. “The girls have alleged that the elder daughter was molested and raped since 2014,” a police officer from Shrinagar police station was quoted as saying. The victims said they were threatened and assaulted. Hence, they were scared to lodge a complaint against him. “On Friday, the man lured his younger stepdaughter over ice-cream and took her to an isolated place and allegedly raped her. It was then that the elder daughter decided to approach the police,” Sulbha Patil, a senior police inspector from Shrinagar police station told Hindustan Times. The officer said they came to that the accused had committed suicide on Monday night by jumping in front of running train at Palghar. “His wife informed us and we confirmed this with the Palghar police. We are yet to get an official statement from the Palghar police,” added Patil.
|2018-03-07||Thane to get crematorium for people of all communities - Free Press Journal|
Thane to get crematorium for people of all communities Mar 07, 2018 07:58 am THANE: The battle of crematorium has finally ended in Thane after almost a year. The MLA of area has finally gave his land to build this first of its kind of project in the city and thus this question of crematorium has been solved permanently. There was a PIL applied for the reservation of this land by the original owner, which was taken back by him and thus the land was handed over to the Municipal corporation on Monday. There will be a crematorium for all religion following people here at one place. This multi-faith burial ground was initially opposed by the MLA’s family (The son and wife of MLA who are corporators in Corporation) in the general meeting of Corporation. It was also discussed that the MLA family is opposing this project due to their own projects here. But ,while explaining that there was no opposition for the burial ground, the Shivsena MLA has transferred the land to the Corporation under TDR plan(Tranfer development rights.)There are few projects of Sarnaik’s group that are on here at Bhainderpada area of city . Therefore, after this transfer , the multi-burial ground is definitely going to take place here in Bhaynderpada. The memorial here will be built by Vihang group of MLA and There was an increasing demand from everyday extension of population in the newly developed belt of city and hence, the Corporation has taken the project of multi-burial ground. It has drafted a design for the 37,000-sqm crematorium, to come up on a ground at Bhayander Pada, and allotted space to different communities. “We have taken into account the population of all communities and the mortality rate, and allotted space accordingly,” said a civic official of Corporation. “Ideally, there should be a green belt around the burial ground, which acts as a buffer zone. However, this crematorium has been planned on the outskirts. Even the provisions made for it are more than those required for the current mortality rate. This should help the communities for the next 30 years.” He added. The memorial here will be built by the Vihang group of MLA and be transferred by them in 18 months to Corporation under the TDR plan.
|2018-03-07||Pet care group cleans strays hit by Holi colours - Times of India|
Pet care group cleans strays hit by Holi colours Mar 7, 2018, 22:46 IST Thane: A pet care voluntary group has initiated a drive to identify and clean strays in the city that were sprayed with toxic colours during Holi celebrations. In the last two days 20 dogs were taken for a wash at the centre run by the Pet Owners and Animal Lovers (PAL). “We noticed many strays covered with Holi colours. Most of them were found loitering in the slum pockets and colours were sprayed on them. If these chemical-laced colours are not cleaned immediately, it can lead to skin ailments. We have cleaned them off, but one wash was insufficient and we may require to wash them at least three more times,” said Dr Viveka Vatwani, CEO of PAL. Medical experts from the city said if toxic colours stay on the animal’s body for long, it can lead to skin allergies and in some cases they even suffer from liver diseases and kidney failure.“When one throws colours on these animals, the colour gets absorbed in the skin, which leads to rashes and other skin ailments. Also, when the colour is on the skin and not fur, then it becomes too difficult to get rid of it and the dog needs multiple baths. Dogs have a habit of grooming themselves by licking their skin, so these toxic chemicals go inside their body which leads to kidney failure and diseases related to liver,” said Dr Hemant Thange, a veterinarian from Thane city. Rescuers claimed that the colours had entered their eyes making them red and swollen. “We will not only ensure that the colours are washed off completely from the strays but will even see to it that they get treatment for diseases they suffer from in any. Also, we are getting calls from many denizens who are informing about dogs that are covered in colours. We will be going around the city to look out for other such dogs in the city,” added Vatwani. When colour is on the skin and not fur, it becomes difficult to get rid of it and the dog needs multiple baths. Dogs have a habit of licking their skin, so these toxic chemicals go inside their body which leads to kidney failure and diseases related to liver
|2018-03-07||Second SATIS in Thane will be bigger and better - Hindustan Times|
Second SATIS in Thane will be bigger and better Civic body officials say project will unclog east side of Thane railway station, make travel easy and seamless as it will connect eastern expressway MUMBAI Updated: Mar 08, 2018 01:14 IST If the municipal corporation’s plans materialise, you will see a decongested area on the east side of Thane railway station by 2020. An elevated deck, a food court, citizens’ facilitation centre and an elevated road are some of the features of Station Area Traffic Improvement Project 2 (SATIS) which will be taken up by the Thane Municipal Corporation. Recently, the railways gave its approval for construction of a deck — this has given a boost to the project, which aims at unclogging the east side of Thane. After SATIS 1, on the west side of Thane station, was thrown open to the public in 2010, commuters have been complaining about the faults in the design. The officials said that errors would not be repeated while designing the second SATIS. A TMC official, requesting anonymity, said: “We will construct a 6.5-metre deck on an area of 8,900 sqm, which is under the railways. It will be huge enough to accommodate buses and also give space to passengers to wait.” The railways has also given its approval for a commercial structure, with 3 floor space index, which will house a food court, citizen facilitation centres and shops. A 2.23-km elevated road, which will connect the deck, will smoothen traffic outside the station. In November last year, the railway authorities gave a no-objection certificate for construction of a 2.23-kilometre elevated road which will connect to the deck. The elevated road will start from the gurdwara along the Eastern Express Highway, connect to the SATIS deck and extend till Kanhaiya Nagar. The road will be a three-lane one up to the SATIS deck and a two-lane from the deck to Kanhaiya Nagar. The municipal corporation is finalising the design for the elevated road which will be approved by the railways. The work on designing the deck will begin by next month. The project is divided in two phases — the deck and the elevated road will be built first. The elevated road, which will start from Thane (West), will connect Kanhaiya Nagar to Eastern Expressway Highway, forming a loop. SATIS 1 LACKS SPACE The municipal corporation had received lot of flak on the first SATIS in the city. The deck’s height does not allow fire tenders and emergency vehicles to pass. If a vehicle breaks down on the deck, it holds up traffic for hours. The project did not plan any parking space, leading to haphazardly parked vehicles outside the station. A civic official said, “The east side will have a huge deck. A crane can easily access the lane if vehicles break down. We have also planned parking plaza below the deck. The deck’s height is high enough to allow passage of fire vehicles in case of emergency.” He said SATIS 1 did not have faults in design but lacked space. “We merely had 2,500 sqm of deck space in contrast to 8,900 sqm in the east. As Mass Rapid Transit System was planned on the deck area, we could not increase the height of the deck. Also, there was no scope for parking.” The official claimed that the congestion on the west side of the station is because of traffic mismanagement. 800 BUSES TO PLY FROM ELEVATED ROAD After SATIS 2 is ready, around 800 buses can use the elevated road, thus decongesting the area below. A TMC official said, “Civic and private buses cause traffic congestion in Kopri. The east side of the station witnesses the movement of around 750 to 800 buses every day. These buses are either private buses or those belonging to Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport, Mira Bhaynder Municipal Transport, Vasai Virar and BEST buses. The buses can use the elevated road and halt at the deck. Passengers can alight on the deck and board the bus which will reconnect the highway from Kanhaiya Nagar in Kopri.” The corporation said they would accommodate even private buses on the elevated road so the present station road will be used only for light vehicles, easing the peak hour traffic. Expert speak: “The municipal corporation did not take commuters’ suggestion nor experts’ opinion while planning SATIS 1. This was why it failed. Instead of constructing elevated roads, the focus should be on decreasing the number of vehicles going towards the station. The elevated road will take more vehicles to the station premises. Even if buses ply on the elevated road, other vehicles will still use the road below. This was the problem with SATIS 1. Although buses ply on elevated roads, areas like Shivaji Path are still congested. There is a need for a bypass road.” Mayuresh Bhadsavle, urban planner, Thane About SATIS at Thane West The Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) costing Rs35.5 crore was completed in 2010. There is an elevated deck for TMT buses, two skywalks connecting the north and south of the station and foot overbridges connecting the station. This will ensure that commuters can directly enter or exit the railway station and reach the bus stop. About SATIS 2 Rs266 crore: The cost of the second SATIS project in Thane east 2.23-km long elevated road will connect the elevated road from Eastern Express Highway to Thane east The Thane Municipal Corporation proposed the second SATIS project on the east side in 2012. The east side has narrow roads, illegally parked auto stands and haphazardly parked private buses. WHAT IT WILL HAVE Multilevel parking, Separate deck for bus terminus A commercial building with food plaza, rest rooms, ticket counter Citizen facilitation centre
|2018-03-07||Rustomjee Launches E Tower Azziano, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane - BW Businessworld|
|2018-03-07||Man shot dead, girlfriend raped by robber in Thane district's Titwala area - Daily News & Analysis|
Man shot dead, girlfriend raped by robber in Thane district's Titwala area A man was shot dead and his female friend raped by a man, allegedly part of a gang of robbers, in Titwala, 45 kilometres away from Thane, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the couple was on their way on the man’s motorcycle – a Royal Enfield – when the man stopped the bike to relieve himself at around 9pm. It was then that the woman was accosted by an armed man, who threatened her. Hearing her screams, the man rushed to her rescue, but was shot multiple times. The woman was then dragged into the jungle where she was raped. He then snatched two mobile phones and left taking the motorcycle. The woman then rushed to the nearest village for help. The woman was admitted to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar for a medical examination, after which she was discharged. The man, identified as Ganesh Dinkar, was declared brought dead. Twenty four hours after the incident, police are yet to identify the accused, even as locals claimed the road between Ambernath to Chinchpada, where the incident took place, is a known hideout for “anti-social elements”. The case was lodged with the Ambernath police station but has been transferred to the Titwala police. Several teams of Murbad region and even the Thane rural crime branch are working on the incident. Dinkar worked at a Chinese stall in Ambernath and the girl is from Kalyan, police said. “Dinkar was riding his elder brother’s motorcycle. The stall where he works as a helper is also his brother’s. We were told by the girl that she was dating the man and they used to take several bike-rides together on his days off,” an officer from the Titwala police station said.
|2018-03-07||Eateries shut to protest TMC's 'move of sealing their premises' - Times of India|
Eateries shut to protest TMC’s ‘move of sealing their premises’ Mar 7, 2018, 22:45 IST Thane: Most hotels, restaurants and drinking joints here downed their shutters on Tuesday noon and put up a united front against the municipal administrations ‘unilateral and arbitrary’ move to seal their premises and slap recovery notices. The sudden shutters-down by most of the 450-plus eating houses here greatly inconvenienced citizens, especially the working class who returned home late from work were denied their meal and had to make do with the roadside vendors. The generally unassertive Thane Hotel Association, a federation of the members of the hoteliers community here, took an aggressive stance on Tuesday and announced an indefinite shutters-down, stating that the cash-starved civic administration has pushed them to the wall slapping penalty notices and demanding payment of dues from anywhere between Rs 10-20 lakhs. Kushal Bhandari, a city hotelier complained that there is complete lack of transparency in the civic administration as most officials could not justify the penalty amount of several lakhs of rupees but would either seal the premises of threaten to do so sooner. The TMC, however, justified its stance saying it had given ample time to the hoteliers to comply by with the irregularities in their operations. “We have already issued NOCs to 79 units and recommended 305 others to the town planning department while the rest who are yet to comply by the norms have been served notices to pay the penalties for operating without valid NOCs as per the commissioners instructions,” informed a senior official requesting anonymity. The hoteliers claimed they have been trying to hold a dialogue with the administration to resolve the issue, but the civic bureaucracy choose to be adamant and slapped notices asking them to pay Rs 10 – Rs 20 lakhs as administrative penalties for operating their premises without following the norms till now. Members of the hotel industry said they were frustrated by the harassment of the administration that arbitrarily sealed premises either citing flimsy reasons or even without issuing proper notices. The trigger to this sudden protest, said office bearers of the association, was the sealing process of around 86 hotels that was undertaken since Sunday in the city.Few hoteliers, requesting anonymity, claimed the TMC was giving them little time for compliance or slapping unreasonably huge penalty amounts under the guise of administrative penalty without issuing any clarifications. Many said it was easy to shut shop rather than to face this continued harassment. Another hotelier complained the administration has been refusing to accept their compliance reports citing flimsy reasons. There is no set of fixed rules by the administration that we can follow for compliance. They try to find fault in every step we take which is very frustrating, said another hotelier requesting anonymity. Meanwhile, residents were inconvenienced by the sudden closure of big hotels in the city. We were trying to go out for an evening but were surprised to see all big hotels shut down without any notice. We had to drive down to neighbouring Mulund to ensure our evening was not spoiled, said a resident of Thane. Hotelier said, they will be meeting the commissioner tomorrow following which they will take a stand on how long the protest will continue.
|2018-03-07||16 get life for murder of bar manager - Times of India|
16 get life for murder of bar manager Mar 8, 2018, 04:41 IST THANE: Sixteen people, who had been found guilty of murdering a country liquor bar manager in 2012, were awarded life imprisonment by the district court at Kalyan. Additional sessions judge NM Waghmare found all Kaka Shankar Patil (64), his sons Sandeep (39) and Anil (27), and 13 others guilty under sections for murder, rioting, destruction of evidence, conspiracy, and provisions of the Arms Act. Government pleader Sangita Phad said that an old dispute over land led to the murder of shop manager Vikas Patil. Vikas and Kaka Shankar had been at logger heads. Vikas had been attacked by Kaka Shankar and others on many occasions in the past. On October 03, 2012, around 6.30am, Patil was opening the door of the country liquor bar when the 16 men armed with swords and knives attacked him. The men stabbed him 26 times. “His head was severed. The killing was witnessed by an ice cream seller and a auto driver,” the prosecution said. The accused had meticulously hatched the conspiracy to eliminate the victim. “After killing the victim, the accused fled in two vans to a farmhouse and threw away their cellphones and weapons in a river,” said the prosecutor. Twenty-one witnesses testified in court and Vikas’s widow deposed how Kaka Shankar and others harassed them over the land dispute and that they had registered cases against them. The police found the blood-stained clothes of the accused in the farmhouse. The blood type on the clothes and the vans matched. In his order, the judge observed that the prosecution has proved all the charges against the accused beyond all doubts.
|2018-03-07||'Area with most DigiThane users to get Rs 10cr funds' - Times of India|
‘Area with most DigiThane users to get Rs 10cr funds’ Mar 7, 2018, 22:44 IST Thane: Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has announced that the corporation will spend Rs 10 crore on projects suggested by residents provided the areas they live in have the highest number of DigiThane mobile application users. The decision was taken by Jaiswal during a review meeting on Monday where it was decided to allocate adequate funds and lure new users by empowering them in decision-making for select projects. The DigGiThane app that was launched by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has apparently yet to find a foothold with citizens nearly over a month of its launch. Presently, there are a little above 10,000 users and the need to promote its usage among the nearly 18 lakh residents was discussed at the meeting. The initiative, which aims for an online citizen-administration communication, is the first of its kind to be made operational in the country and second in the work after Israel.“It was decided that a closed group of DiGiThane users from a particular administrative ward of the city will be empowered to decide the initiation of any project in their area provided the number of users of the app is the highest in that stretch. The amount allocated is Rs 10 crore for the developmental works to be undertaken under this initiative,” said deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi. Meanwhile, it is learnt that Jaiswal was not happy with the percolation of the application within the citizen community. The commissioner had set a target of 1 lakh users within two months but the number of hits is still hovering around the 10,000 mark. “The civic commissioner is believed to have laid stress on promoting the application aggressively at the ward level and the citizen empowerment plans seems to be a part of this initiative,” said an official present for the review meet. The DigGiThane app that was launched by the Thane civic body has apparently yet to find a foothold with citizens nearly over a month of its launch. Presently, there are a little above 10,000 users and the need to promote its usage among the nearly 18 lakh residents of Thane was discussed at the review meeting
|2018-03-06||Mumbai: Man shot dead, girlfriend raped in Thane - India Today|
Mumbai: Man shot dead, girlfriend raped in Thane Thane March 6, 2018 UPDATED 14:28 IST A man was allegedly shot dead and his girlfriend raped by an unidentified person in Nalimbi village here tonight, the Thane rural police said. Ganesh Dinkar and his girlfriend were at a hillock when a man approached them and demanded money, they said. When the couple said they had no money on them, the man pointed a gun at Dinkar and allegedly raped his girlfriend. When Dinkar resisted, the accused shot him dead and fled, police said.
|2018-03-06||Fire breaks out in meter box in Thane building, 19 residents evacuated - Hindustan Times|
Fire breaks out in meter box in Thane building, 19 residents evacuated 16 meter boxes caught fire in the residential building at Kalwa; another small fire reported in Dombivli godown MUMBAI Updated: Mar 06, 2018 16:47 IST Around 16 electric meter boxes located in the ground floor of a residential building in Kalwa, Thane, caught fire after a short circuit in the wee hours of Tuesday. There were no casualties, but fire department officials evacuated 19 residents from the building. Kalwa is around 26km from Mumbai city. The incident took place around midnight at Parijat society in Manisha Nagar. “We got a call at 12.30am, though the fire broke out around 12. We were called when the fire started spreading to the other meter boxes,” said an official from Thane’s Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), who did not wish to be named.
|2018-03-06||23-year-old man stabbed to death by cousin near Thane - Hindustan Times|
23-year-old man stabbed to death by cousin near Thane Believed to be over property dispute, police say they lived in the same building MUMBAI Updated: Mar 07, 2018 01:06 IST A 30-year-old man was stabbed to death in Bhiwandi by his cousin and his friend over property dispute on Monday night. Both the accused Moghesh Mhatre and his friend Abhishek Joshi were arrested. Pankaj Prakash Mhatre, 30, and his cousin brother Moghesh, 23, live in the same building at Kalher. The police said the two families were not on good terms for the past three to four years. S Jadhav, senior police inspector from Narpoli police station, said, “Both worked as raw material suppliers to buildings and construction sites. On Monday night, Pankaj was sitting in his friend’s office at Kalher, a few metres away from his house.” Moghesh and Joshi came armed with a sharp weapon and called Pankaj out as they wanted to talk to him. Pankaj was playing carom with his two friends. “After Pankaj came out of the office, there was a heated argument with Moghesh. When Moghesh pulled out a knife, Pankaj tried to run but Joshi chased and caught him. Moghesh stabbed Pankaj’s chest. Passersby rushed to Pankaj’s help but the two managed to flee,” he added. Pankaj was taken to a nearby hospital but was declared brought dead. The police first arrested Joshi. Moghesh was arrested on Tuesday evening from ST bus depot in Bhiwandi when he was boarding a bus to go to his native place.
|2018-03-06||Youth shot dead, friend raped by roadside near Thane, no leads so far - The Indian Express|
Youth shot dead, friend raped by roadside near Thane, no leads so far Twenty four hours after the incident, police are yet to identify the accused, even as locals claimed the road between Ambernath to Chinchpada, where the incident took place, is a known hideout for “anti-social elements”. Mumbai | Updated: March 7, 2018 8:04 am A 28-year-old man was shot dead and his 30-year-old girlfriend raped by a man who was allegedly part of a gang of robbers, who Monday accosted the couple in Titwala, 45 km away from Thane. The couple was on a motorcycle ride on an isolated road and were going back to their homes. The woman was taken to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar for a medical examination and discharged on Tuesday, while Ganesh Dinkar was declared dead at the hospital, police said. Twenty four hours after the incident, police are yet to identify the accused, even as locals claimed the road between Ambernath to Chinchpada, where the incident took place, is a known hideout for “anti-social elements”. According to police, Dinkar and his friend were on a Royal Enfield motorcycle Monday night near Nalimbi village on the Ambernath-Chinchpada road. “The incident occurred around 9:00 pm. According to the woman’s statement, she was standing alone with the bike while the man had gone inside the jungle to relieve himself,” said Mahesh Patil, Superintendent of Thane rural police. In her statement, the victim told police a man armed with a gun had threatened her. “When Dinkar realised what was happening, he ran back to the woman and tried to fight the man off. However, he was shot two to three times in his upper body, chest and neck,” Patil said. The assailant then allegedly dragged the woman to a thicket of trees around the road and raped her, police said. “She has suffered injuries of sexual assault. She is also in extreme shock,” Patil said. Police also said the assailants left the woman in the bushes after one of them had raped her and that the they stole both their phones and Dinkar’s bike, on which they fled. The woman, police said, ran to the outskirts of Nalimbi village crying for help. “The case was lodged with the Ambernath police station but has been transferred to the Titwala police. Several teams of Murbad region and even the Thane rural crime branch are working on the incident,” said a senior officer from Thane rural police. Dinkar worked at a Chinese stall in Ambernath and the girl is from Kalyan, police said. “Dinkar was riding his elder brother’s motorcycle. The stall where he works as a helper is also his brother’s. We were told by the girl that she was dating the man and they used to take several bike-rides together on his days off,” an officer from the Titwala police station said. According to residents of Nalimbi village, the Ambernath-Chinchpada road had heavy tree cover on both sides of the road and provided perfect cover for many anti-social elements. “We don’t generally venture on this road after dark as there are many drunkards and robbers sitting behind the trees. The area is also used by couples for privacy. However, the road is used as a picnic spot by the children in the day,” said Nilesh Pawar, a resident. Another local, requesting anonymity, said, “Local goons and robbers are known to frequent the place.” Patil denied the allegations. “There has never been any crime reported from the area. All our teams are working hard, we will nab the criminals,” he said.
|2018-03-06||Thane: Man shot dead, friend gang raped by unidentified persons - Business Standard|
Thane: Man shot dead, friend gang raped by unidentified persons Thane (Maharashtra)[ India] Last Updated at March 6, 2018 11:20 IST A man was shot dead and his friend allegedly gang-raped by unidentified persons in Maharashtra's Titwala town after the victims refused to give them money. The incident took place in Thane's Nalimbi village yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Ganesh Dinkar who with the female friend had gone to a hillock when few men approached them and demanded money. "When the couple was returning back at around 7:30 pm, the unidentified men chased them on bike and demanded money. After the victim resisted the men shot and allegedly raped his friend by dragging her to a solitary place," Police Officer Titvala, Yogesh Gurav told ANI. "The accused are on the run and investigations are on," Gurav added. A case has been registered in this matter.
|2018-03-06||Beef racket busted in Thane, six arrested - The Hindu|
Beef racket busted in Thane, six arrested MUMBAI, MARCH 06, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: MARCH 06, 2018 03:19 IST Accused would steal cows, sell the meat Six people were arrested for allegedly stealing cows in Thane, slaughtering them and then selling the meat in the State and outside. According to the Thane Police, the racket was busted by the Crime Branch’s Unit-1 on February 27, based on a tip-off that a gang of rustlers would be coming to a spot near Kalsekar Hospital in Mumbra. A police team laid a trap and intercepted four accused, identified as Asif Qureshi (24), Monis Qureshi (20), Irfan Mulla (35) and Fazal Qureshi (22), who had arrived in a jeep. A search of the vehicle revealed syringes with animal tranquilisers. A Crime Branch officer involved in the operation said, “During questioning, the accused said they had stolen two Jersey cows from a shed in Wagle Estate on February 26. They tranquilised them and delivered them to their accomplices in Kalyan.” The accomplices, identified as Laeek Qureshi (32) and Shafiq Qureshi (32), were subsequently picked up. Police claim they confessed to slaughtering the cows at a secluded spot in Badlapur and selling the meat. The officer added, “We are still gathering information on the buyers. Preliminary inquiries indicate the racket has been active for one-and-a-half years. During this period, the accused have stolen and slaughtered several cows in Thane district. Their customers are based in Maharashtra and other States. We’re in the process of identifying them.” The accused have been charged under the Maharashtra Wildlife Protection Act. They were produced in a local court, which remanded them in police custody till March 6.
|2018-03-06||Two held with fake currency notes in Thane - Business Standard|
Two held with fake currency notes in Thane Thane Last Updated at March 6, 2018 11:25 IST The Thane police's Crime Branch arrested a man and a woman and recovered counterfeit currency notes with a face value of Rs 43,400 from them, an official said today. The police nabbed the woman, aged 47, at Gajanan market in the Ulhasnagar township here on March 4 and seized 110 fake notes of Rs 100 denomination from her, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mukund Hatote said. He said the police had got a tip-off that the woman was planning to circulate the fake notes in the market. Based on the information provided by the woman during questioning, the police later arrested the 32-year-old man, who had allegedly given the counterfeit currency to her, the ACP said. During a search at the man's residence in Ulhasnagar, the police recovered 324 fake notes of Rs 100 denomination and also seized a scanner, a cutter and some blank papers apparently used to make the counterfeit currency, he said. Both the accused lived in the same locality in Ulhasnagar, the official said. An offence under relevant IPC sections was registered against the accused at the Ulhasnagar police station, he said. The police was trying to find out if any gang was linked with the manufacturing and circulation of these fake notes, he added.
|2018-03-06||Will the Thane Central Jail become a tourist location? - Daily News & Analysis|
Will the Thane Central Jail become a tourist location? Thane corporators have expressed their will to convert the Thane Central Jail, a heritage structure, into a tourist spot. The Thane Central Jail, a monument built when the area was colonised by the Portugeese, is an old structure with beautiful architectural features. The Thane corporators have passed a resolution body this week asking the jail to be shifted elsewhere while the building be made open to visitors. However, sources said that the move involved vested interests of the corporators. On February 28, the general body of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) passed a resolution to shift Thane jail out of the city. “Yes, the resolution has been passed and will be sent to the state government for its approval,” said Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner of TMC. The corporators have debated the issue on the grounds that the jail structure holds historical interest and it should be made available to the tourists interested to visit the building. However, sources claimed that it is an utterly selfish move of some corporators who have hidden interest. “As per the norms there should be no development around 150 meters of the jail while some corporators want to undertake redevelopment of buildings,” said a TMC official on conditions of anonymity. “This will open up a huge parcel of land available for real estate development in the area,” he added. Thane resident Melwyn Fernandes said that the decision is not needed at all. “What is the need to shift the jail when the area around it cannot be developed due to the CRZ norms,” he asked. According to the CRZ (coastal regulatory zone) rules there cannot be any development around 500 meters of a water body, in this case the Kalwa creek which is near the jail. According to Unmesh Bagwe of Thane Matdata Jagran Manch (TMJM), the shifting of a jail is a state subject. “Shifting the jail and building a fresh one is the state’s responsibility and the TMC has got nothing to do with it,” said Bagwe. “This proposal to build a jail elsewhere is out of vested interests and the city should not be concerned with this aspect. Whether the jail is at Thane station or at Ghodbunder road, the city has no interest in it,” he said.
|2018-03-06||Thane: Man shot dead, girlfriend raped by unidentified person - The Asian Age|
Thane: Man shot dead, girlfriend raped by unidentified person Published : Mar 6, 2018, 9:41 am IST Updated : Mar 6, 2018, 9:42 am IST When the couple said they had no money on them, the man pointed a gun at Dinkar and allegedly raped his girlfriend.Thane: A man was allegedly shot dead and his girlfriend raped by an unidentified person in Nalimbi village in Thane on Monday night, the Thane rural police said. Ganesh Dinkar and his girlfriend were at a hillock when a man approached them and demanded money, they said. When the couple said they had no money on them, the man pointed a gun at Dinkar and allegedly raped his girlfriend. When Dinkar resisted, the accused shot him dead and fled, police said.
|2018-03-05||Six arrested for stealing cows from highways near Mumbai; six at large - Hindustan Times|
Six arrested for stealing cows from highways near Mumbai; six at large The accused, who are butchers, have confessed to have stolen 30 cows in past two years. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 06, 2018 01:17 IST Six people were arrested on Monday for stealing cows from highways in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The accused, who are butchers, have confessed to have stolen 30 cows in past two years. Asif Yasin Quereshi, 24, Monish Fidahuddin Quereshi, 20, Irfan Ghulam Mohammed Mulla, 35, Fazal Ayub Qureshi, 22, Layk Yasin Qureshi, 32, and Shafiq Hanif Quereshi, 32, are residents of Kalyan and Mumbra. On February 25, Sunil Yadav lodged a complaint with the Wagale Estate police station after two cows went missing from his cow shed. During the investigation, police constable Rizwan Sayyed from Thane crime branch unit 1 got a tip-off about the accused and alerted his seniors. “We formed a team to nab the accused. We arrested the accused from Mumbra and Kalyan. They have been remanded in police custody. They have confessed to being involved in three cases. We are checking with the other police stations about similar complaints being lodged,” said Datta Sarak, police sub-inspector from Thane crime branch. “Till now, they have confessed to stealing cows in Mumbai, Thane and Roha, Mahad and Chiplun. Yadav had seven cows, of which two went missing. We have arrested six accused. Four are on the run,” said Sarak. Shrishail Chiwadshetty, assistant police inspector from Thane crime branch, said, “We have taken samples of the dead cows which were slaughtered. The skin, blood and flesh have been sent to the forensic lab for testing. All the accused are butchers.”
|2018-03-05||Thane: TMC to take strict actions against tax evaders and officials who fail to collect the target - Free Press Journal|
Thane: TMC to take strict actions against tax evaders and officials who fail to collect the target Mar 05, 2018 09:10 am Mumbai: Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is all set to take strict actions against the tax evaders of city and this time the Corporation will not spare the civic officials also who fail the collect the target. The Municipal Commissioner’s orders are such and hence there is an unrest amongst the civic officials after the Saturday’s meeting. The meeting of various department’s officials from Corporation was held on Saturday with the civic Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in the urban research center. The commissioner has ordered to take the strict disciplinary action against the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners of various related departments if the target of tax collection does not meet. Also, the names of the tax evaders will be displayed and there will be water cut of the residents who have not paid their property and water taxes. As per the Commissioner’s orders there will be action on the 86 hotels that has not applied for the Fire NOC (no objection certificate) after various chances given to them.
|2018-03-05||Beef racket busted in Thane, six arrested - The Hindu|
Beef racket busted in Thane, six arrested MARCH 06, 2018 00:32 IST UPDATED: MARCH 07, 2018 15:03 IST Accused would steal cows, sell the meat Mumbai: Six people were arrested for allegedly stealing cows in Thane, slaughtering them and then selling the meat in the State and outside. According to the Thane Police, the racket was busted by the Crime Branch’s Unit-1 on February 27, based on a tip-off that a gang of rustlers would be coming to a spot near Kalsekar Hospital in Mumbra. A police team laid a trap and intercepted four accused, identified as Asif Qureshi (24), Monis Qureshi (20), Irfan Mulla (35) and Fazal Qureshi (22), who had arrived in a jeep. A search of the vehicle revealed syringes with animal tranquilisers. A Crime Branch officer involved in the operation said, “During questioning, the accused said they had stolen two Jersey cows from a shed in Wagle Estate on February 26. They tranquilised them and delivered them to their accomplices in Kalyan.” The accomplices, identified as Laeek Qureshi (32) and Shafiq Qureshi (32), were subsequently picked up. Police claim they confessed to slaughtering the cows at a secluded spot in Badlapur and selling the meat. The officer added, “We are still gathering information on the buyers. Preliminary inquiries indicate the racket has been active for one-and-a-half years. During this period, the accused have stolen and slaughtered several cows in Thane district. Their customers are based in Maharashtra and other States. We’re in the process of identifying them.” The accused have been charged under the Maharashtra Wildlife Protection Act. They were produced in a local court, which remanded them in police custody till March 6.
|2018-03-05||Man shot dead, girlfriend raped in Thane - Business Standard|
Man shot dead, girlfriend raped in Thane Thane Last Updated at March 6, 2018 00:45 IST A man was allegedly shot dead and his girlfriend raped by an unidentified person in Nalimbi village here tonight, the Thane rural police said. Ganesh Dinkar and his girlfriend were at a hillock when a man approached them and demanded money, they said. When the couple said they had no money on them, the man pointed a gun at Dinkar and allegedly raped his girlfriend. When Dinkar resisted, the accused shot him dead and fled, police said.
|2018-03-05||Vishakhapatnam drug pushers arrested in Thane - Times of India|
Vishakhapatnam drug pushers arrested in Thane Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 11:43 IST THANE: Two drug pushers from Vishakhapatnam were arrested and 6.5 kg ganja was seized from them, by the anti narcotics cell from outside Thane station near Mumbai on Saturday. The police said that the duo were identified as Victor Joseph, 47 and Balla Badarao, 32. Joseph is an auto driver and Kailaspuram resident while Badarao vendor and reside is Alipuram of Vishakhapatnam.Based on a tip-off that the duo would be carrying the consignment, a team of anti narcotics cell waylaid the duo near Thane station. Upon searching them, cops found packets of pure ganja worth 1 lakh, stashed in a sack, said an officer. The sleuths suspect that the duo could only be peddlers smuggling the contraband to Thane and the kingpin could still be at par. "The investigations are still underway and now we are trying to identify the other links of the accused involved in smuggling of the contraband," informed a police officer. Preliminary probe revealed that the accused, in a bid to earn quick buck got the idea of supplying the contraband as there is a real demand of ganja which is in the pure form. The duo went to a weekly market in a village which is about 125 km from Vishakhapatnam and purchased ganja from a person visually impaired with one eye, the police said. "This village, is close to Naxal infested area and it is suspected that the Marijuana is grown in the Naxal controlled area and then dispatched to various parts of the country through various peddlers like these two. Thorough probe shall reveal the actual route, "informed a police officer.
|2018-03-05||Arrested men bought contraband from Maoists: Thane Police - Hindustan Times|
Arrested men bought contraband from Maoists: Thane Police The police said that the accused purchased ganja from a market in Paderu village, 125 km away from Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh for Rs14, 000 from Maoists. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 06, 2018 01:17 IST Two men arrested on Saturday by the Thane anti-narcotics cell for selling six kilograms of ganja, worth Rs1lakh bought the illicit drugs from Maoists, the police said. The accused Victor Raju Joseph M, 47, and Balla Annaji Vira Badarao, 32, hail from Andhra Pradesh are in police custody, and the police are investigating the case further to find out if the men have any other identity. Joseph drove a rickshaw, while Badarao worked as a hawker. The men are habitual offenders, and have been going to various places in the Thane commissionerate to sell Ganja in the past two years. The police said that the accused purchased ganja from a market in Paderu village, 125 km away from Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh for Rs14, 000. The village is close to the forest, where Maoists cultivate ganja. A police officer from the Thane commissionerate said, “Maoists who shelter in forests cultivate marijuana and sell them illegally during the market days in villages. The two accused bought ganja from the Maoists at a very cheap rate, with an intention to later sell it for a profit margin of 60%.” Joseph and Badarao were produced in court and remanded in police custody till March 11. The police said the accused have been travelling around Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan to sell ganja, since the last few years. Manohar Ghadge, sub-inspector, Thane anti-narcotics cell said, “We have got some leads on a few names of more peddlers from the accused and are working to track them.” A case under the relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered against the two accused.
|2018-03-05||Girl 'harassed' by Thane Municipal Commissioner: Bombay HC asks ACP to record her statement - India TV|
Girl 'harassed' by Thane Municipal Commissioner: Bombay HC asks ACP to record her statement A bench of Justices R M Savant and Sarang Kotwal directed ACP (special branch) Padmaja Chavan to record the girl's statement at a place and time of her choosing in accordance with the mandate of the POCSO Act. Published on: March 05, 2018 21:28 IST The Bombay High Court today directed the Thane police to record the statement of a 15-year-old girl who had alleged harassment at the hands of the Thane Municipal Commissioner. A bench of Justices R M Savant and Sarang Kotwal directed ACP (special branch) Padmaja Chavan to record the girl's statement at a place and time of her choosing in accordance with the mandate of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The bench was hearing a plea filed by activist Vikrant Karnik seeking appropriate directions to the Thane police. In his plea, Karnik had alleged that the 15-year-old girl had been employed by Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal as a domestic help. He said that in December last year, he came across a video on social media in which the girl had alleged that Jaiswal had subjected her to mistreatment and harassment.Karnik claimed he filed a police complaint and also wrote to the Thane Police Commissioner seeking a probe into the matter, but appropriate steps were not taken. The Maharashtra government, meanwhile, submitted that soon after the alleged video surfaced, the girl and her family left Thane for Surat, in Gujarat. And hence, her statement could not be recorded. The state also raised doubts on the veracity of the girl's allegations. The bench, however, noted that the police had an obligation to implement the provisions of the Act that deal with recording a minor victim's statement irrespective of any apprehensions on the veracity of the allegations. "We hope and trust that the alleged victim's statement is recorded in the presence of a woman officer in consonance with the provisions of the Act," the bench said while granting the police four weeks to do the same.
|2018-03-05||Man from Thane commits suicide after stepdaughters file a rape complaint against him - Hindustan Times|
Thane man jumps in front of train after stepdaughters file rape complaint against him The two sisters, aged 15 and 18, approached the police on Sunday. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 06, 2018 10:33 IST A 43-year-old cab driver committed suicide after his two stepdaughters lodged a complaint against him, alleging that he had molested and raped them over the past few years. The two sisters, aged 15 and 18, approached the police on Sunday. The police, who were searching for him, later came to know that he had committed suicide in Palghar by jumping in front of a train. He had gotten married to the girls’ mother in 2013 and agreed to take care of the two girls. “The girls have alleged that the elder daughter was molested and raped since 2014,” said a police officer from Shrinagar police station. Sulbha Patil, senior police inspector from Shrinagar police station, said, “We came to know that the man had committed suicide on Monday night by jumping in front of running train at Palghar.” “His wife informed us and we confirmed this with the Palghar police. We are yet to get an official statement from the Palghar police,” said Patil. “The girls have alleged that they were threatened and beaten up. They were scared to lodge a complaint before. On Friday, the man lured his younger stepdaughter over ice-cream and took her to an isolated place and allegedly raped her. It was then that the elder daughter decided to approach the police,” added Patil.
|2018-03-05||Shivaji Maharaj temple in Thane soon - United News of India - United News of India|
Shivaji Maharaj temple in Thane soon Posted at: Mar 5 2018 11:32AM Thane, Mar 5 (UNI) The first ever temple of the great Maratha warrior, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Maharashtra will come up in Bhiwandi taluka of the district and the ground breaking ceremony was held on the auspicious occasion of the Shiv Jayanti on Sunday. Thane guardian Minister Eknath Shinde performed the ground breaking function at Dugad Phata on the Bhiwandi-Wada road on the occasion of the 388th birth anniversary on Sunday. The entire function which was full of beating of Dhol-Tasha and filled with saffron colour was complete with the songs in memory of Shivaji. The Shiv Kranti Pratishtan which celebrates the Shiv Jayanti festival every year came up with the idea of construction of the exclusive temple of the great leader and bought the land for the temple where the temple will be constructed. The prototype of the picture was later unveiled at the function by dignitaries. In his speech Shinde said that the temple coming up near the historical Vajreshwari temple will prove to be inspiration to the youths. Those who present to this function were the leader of the house (SS) in the Thane Zilla Parishad Balya Mama-Suresh Mhatre, Shiv Sena Thane District (Rural) chief Prakash Patil and MLAs Shantaram More, Roopesh Mhatre among others. UNI XR NV SM SDR 1132
|2018-03-05||Thane VP threatens to disconnect power, water connections - Oherald|
Thane VP threatens to disconnect power, water connections Team Herald VALPOI: Thane Panchayat has threatened to disconnect electricity and water connections if the Charawane residents fail to stop releasing waste water in gutters and set up soak pits within a month. A number of people had fallen ill in Charawane recently and health officials had found that the water was contaminated on account of relase of waste water into the gutters which seeped into the water bodies. The residents had demanded that the Thane Panchayat take serious action against those found releasing waste water into the gutters. Acting on the public demand, the Thane Panchayat held a meeting under the leadership of Sarpanch Sarita Gaonkar and took serious note of the issue. The panchayat has decided to issue a special notice at public places in the village instructing people to stop releasing waste water immediately. The panchayat has decided to give residents a month’s time to set up soak pits failing which the panchayat has threatened to disconnect power and water supply to the houses. Many houses lack soak pit facility, due to which waste water finds its way into the gutters and this is a serious health concern for the people, said panch Prajita Gawas.
|2018-03-04||Thane to get new bridge under SATIS - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to get new bridge under SATIS Thanekars can expect relief from traffic congestion in Kopri area as the TMC has decided to build an elevated bridge in Thane east under the SATIS scheme. The civic body have invited tenders for the same. For years the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have been trying to find answers to the traffic problem in Kopri area in Thane east. During peak hours there is heavy traffic jam on the Kopri bridge which later joins the highway. But now TMC has zeroed in on a solution in the form of a 2.2 km (kilometer) long road which joins the eastern express highway in Thane. This elevated road will be used by public transport like TMT (Thane municipal transport) buses, Thane-Vasai, Borivli buses, etc. This leaves the current road empty for other vehicles.
|2018-03-04||Drugs worth over Rs 32 lakh, revolver seized in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Drugs worth over Rs 32 lakh, revolver seized in Thane Mar 04, 2018 12:09 am Thane : Thane police have seized 15.700 kg drugs and revolver along with bullets in two different cases. In the first case, the anti-extortion cell have seized drugs worth over Rs 32 lakh and arrested three persons at Kausa in Mumbra. Acting on a tip-off, the anti-extortion cell chief Pradeep Sharma laid a trap near Mumbra railway station and arrested the trio with the drugs. They have seized 15.700 kg of charas worth Rs 32,40730 and Rs one lakh from their possession. The accused have been identified as Hasan Khan alias Moosa (38), Abdul Samad Abdul Raza Gujali (55) of Sambal, Bandipura of Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammad Makbul Mukta Bhat (55) Safapora, Gandharbhal of Jammu and Kashmir. They were booked under sections 8(k),20 and 22 of the the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985. The accused were produced before the Thane Court and have been given the police custody till April 5 for further investigation. In another case, the anti -extortion cell arrested a person who was possessing an illegal revolver and 5 bullets from Chendani Koliwada area of Thane. The accused has been identified as Sandesh Dube (27). This accused was produced before the Court and has been given the police custody till April 5.
|2018-03-04||13 city eateries sealed for flouting fire norms | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
13 city eateries sealed for flouting fire norms Mar 4, 2018, 23:10 IST Thane: The city municipal corporation on Sunday sealed around 13 hotels, including bars and restaurants, in various parts of the city for failure to comply with fire safety norms. On Saturday night, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal ordered immediate action on 86 such units operating without following safety norms as mandated in the Maharashtra Fire Safety and Prevention of Life Act, 2006. Among the 13 hotels, four are located around Ghodbunder Road, one is in Kalwa, three in core Thane city area and two in Kopri. Officials said a survey in January revealed that over 426 hotels in the city were found to be operating without valid fire safety permits. Several of these structures were also either operating from illegal structures or had failed to intimate the municipal administration about change in use.The civic administration that was initially dithering to take action was forced to act following the December blaze at an eatery in Kamala Mills in Lower Parel. Civic officials said that the hotels and their owners were served several notices prior to the action but reportedly failed to respond or even take corrective action. However, around 340 structures had taken corrective action since January while about 86 others were found to have taken no cognizance about ensuring fire safety on their premises. The administration had issued several notices to these structures but the owners reportedly failed to take any action following which the civic commissioner directed the chief fire officer to immediately take action on these structures. “Around 13 structures from various parts of the city were sealed on Sunday by the fire brigade. The facilities will be allowed to operate only after they comply with the stipulated norms,” said Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer at TMC.
|2018-03-04||Thane civic body seals 13 hotels and bars that aren't fire-ready ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane civic body seals 13 hotels and bars that aren’t fire-ready The corporation has claimed that the remaining hotels, pubs and bars without fire NOCs in the city will be sealed in the next three days. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 05, 2018 00:36 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Sunday sealed 13 of 83 hotels and bars that did not have a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department. The corporation has claimed that the remaining hotels, pubs and bars without fire NOCs in the city will be sealed in the next three days. Around 426 hotels, bars and pubs had submitted applications for fire NOCs with the fire department. Out of these, 80 hotels complied with all the conditions of the fire and town planning department. 86 hotels did not comply with most of the safety measures. Sandeep Malvi, Public Relations Officer, TMC, said, “In a meeting held on Saturday evening, the commissioner had asked the officers to seal these 86 hotels in three days. Accordingly, we have sealed 13 hotels on Sunday. The remaining hotels will also be sealed in next three days.” “The list also includes hotels from the Kothari Compound. The documents of 260 hotels are still pending with the town planning department for verification,” said Malvi. Following the fire at Kamala Mill compound in December last year, the issue of hotel owners violating fire safety norms had come to the fore. The Kothari compound in Thane also has many such illegal bars and lounges. The corporation had earlier razed 35 hotels while 12 hotels were sealed. This lead to all the hotels in the city to submit applications to seek fire NOCs with the fire department. After getting the fire NOCs, these establishments also need to get clearances with respect to structural stability, change of user and amalgamation. Illegal establishments will have to pay compounding charges to regularise them. “The hotels that have been sealed include Hotel Titanic (Kalwa), Everyday Anday (Naupada), Ammuno (Kothari Compound), 70 degrees (Kothari Compound), Rainbow Bar (Balkum Junction), X Zone (Waghbil), Golden Fast Food (Kopri), Hadiya (Mumbra), Kausar (Mumbra), Devidarshan (Raghunath Nagar), Fukrey (Flower Valley), among others,” said Malvi.
|2018-03-04||Two nabbed with Rs 1 lakh worth drugs near Thane station - Times of India|
Two nabbed with Rs 1 lakh worth drugs near Thane station Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 00:27 IST THANE: Two drug pushers from Visakhapatnam were arrested by the anti-narcotics cell and 6.5kg of marijuana worth over Rs 1 lakh in the local market was seized outside Thane station on Saturday. “Interestingly, the two were told that some persons, codenamed Aloo or Baingan, shall approach them for the delivery,” a senior officer said. A police officer said Victor Joseph (47) is an auto driver from Kailaspuram and Balla Badarao (32) a vendor from Alipuram. The cell got a tip-off that the duo would be carrying the consignment and a search revealed packets of pure marijuana stashed in a sack, added the officer. The sleuths suspect the duo could only be peddlers. “Investigations are still on, we are trying to identify the other links of the accused,” the officer said. A preliminary probe revealed that the accused, to earn quick money, supplied the contraband as there is great demand for it in a pure form. They went to a weekly market in a village 125km from Visakhapatnam and purchased it from a visually impaired person, police said. “The village is close to a naxal-infested area. It is suspected that the marijuana is grown in the naxal-controlled area and sent to various parts of the country. A thorough probe will reveal the actual route,” the officer said. The officer added that a team will soon be sent there for further investigations.
|2018-03-03||APS letter regarding student walkouts raises concerns - KRQE News 13|
APS letter regarding student walkouts raises concerns Updated: Mar 06, 2018 11:22 AM MST ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - People have mixed feelings about a letter sent out by the Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent regarding upcoming planned student walkouts. A national school walkout is planned March 14 to call on Congress to keep school safe from gun violence. Some people feel the letter is delegating when students should and should not be expressing their freedom of speech. APS claims people are interpreting the letter all wrong. A spokesperson said they are simply asking that students be safe. From protesting standardized tests, to speaking out against budget cuts and issues with DACA, APS schools have had their fair share of student walkouts. Now, after the Parkland school shooting in Florida left 17 people dead, two national school walkouts have been planned for March and April, both during school hours. “It’s a really good education for children,” said Thane Padilla. However, APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy posted a letter on Friday saying she respects students right to expression, but encourages students to consider alternative demonstrations that don’t distract from class. She suggests a better time would be before and after school, lunch or weekends. The letter also says protests and rallies aren’t appropriate for elementary students. The superintendent suggests schools offer and extra 17 minutes of playtime for elementary school students to honor the Parkland victims and in celebration of the innocence of childhood. So, KRQE News 13 asked people around Albuquerque to read the letter. “I mean, it’s well intended,” said one man. “I agree with some of the points,” said Thane Padilla. Still, there’s quite a bit in the letter that people disagree with. “If you’re gonna do a demonstration, and we have that right, needs to be done to disrupt the normal schedule of the day,” said Padilla. Others feel the district isn’t putting enough trust in the students and the schools. “It can be done in a responsible way, give them a chance, work it through, but don’t make this business as usual,” said another man. APS said the sole intent of the letter was simply regarding safety. “I see that’s mentioned there, I don’t buy that,” said Padilla. The district said it fully supports students’ right to demonstrate, but safety concerns from past walkouts is why they sent out the letter.
|2018-03-03||Thane: Special Inspector General Naval Bajaj bats for third party audit of police dept - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Special Inspector General Naval Bajaj bats for third party audit of police dept Mar 03, 2018 08:49 am Bhayandar: In what is being seen as a bold step towards image building, Special Inspector General (Konkan Range) Naval Bajaj, in a bid to evaluate efficiency of the police department, has geared up to conduct a performance assessment exercise in the form of a third-party audit. The Mira Road division of the Thane (rural) police comprising six police stations and other related wings will be under the scanner in the first phase. Mira Road based- N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, which has been handpicked for the job will conduct research studies on topics like examining police image by capturing perception of the society towards them, reviewing work stress job satisfaction and other factors related to the day-to-day activities of the men-in-khaaki, scrutinising the way which citizens wish to connect with the police in this tech-savvy era and knowledge, reaching out the local ground level to get an insight view of apparent reasons that lead to substance abuse and exploring integration and harmony of the society. “Performance measurement is an essential tool for any organisation to assess standards of service delivery and identifying areas which need to be upgraded and the police force is no exception. Ultimately, it’s an endeavour to learn about shortcomings and overcome them for better policing, supporting long-term reform,” said Bajaj.“The initiative is aimed at enhancing dedication and commitment of the force along with a proper brand building exercise, for enhanced efficiency. The complied data would prove beneficial for the cops in taking proactive steps in curbing drug menace, enabling a conducive atmosphere in promoting interactions and improving mutual co-existence amongst communities,” said, institute director Dr Raja Roy Choudhary.
|2018-03-03||MMRDA appoints contractors for Mumbai's Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor - Hindustan Times|
MMRDA appoints contractors for Mumbai’s Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor The 32.32-km-long Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro will connect Wadala in central Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district via the Eastern Express highway. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 04, 2018 00:34 IST The executive committee of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Saturday appointed contractors for the Metro-4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali) corridor. The on-ground work is expected to start next month. The planning authority has awarded the contract of constructing metro stations and viaducts for five packages. The contracts worth Rs14, 549 crores has been awarded to the consortium of M/s Reliance Infrastructure Ltd and M/sASTALDI and consortium of M/s TATA Project Limited and M/s China Harbour Engineering Co. The 32.32-km-long Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro will connect Wadala in central Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district via the Eastern Express highway. According to MMRDA, the Metro corridor will lead to development around the areas. The corridor will provide more north-south rail connectivity, and reduce the burden on the suburban rail network. On Saturday, the committee also appointed a consortium of M/s MBZ and M/s RCC and a consortium of M/s GGYHBCL, M/s Neeraj Cement Structural Limited and M/s MPKHS Pvt.Ltd. for civil works of the Metro-2B corridor (DN Nagar to Mandale). The contracts awarded are worth Rs10,986 crore. UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA said, “We are committed to providing easier, faster and safer mode of transport to commuters. Our aim is also to enable commuters to travel from anywhere-to-anywhere in one hour.” Besides sanctioning administrative approval for the construction of two Metro corridors, the committee also approved the Rs237 crore, 4 km-long Thane-Belapur Road, which includes the construction of a 1.7km long tunnel. Further, the committee approved a Rs125 crore rail over bridge at Kopri, Thane and sanctioned Rs223 crore for improvement of the Chheda Nagar Flyover.
|2018-03-03||Three, including duo from J&K, held for smuggling charas in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Three, including duo from J&K, held for smuggling charas in Thane The trio was produced before a local court which remanded them into police custody till March 5. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 04, 2018 00:54 IST Three persons, two of them from Jammu and Kashmir, have been arrested for allegedly smuggling charas worth Rs31 lakh, police said on Saturday. Thane additional commissioner of police (crime) Makarand Ranade said that acting on a tip-off, sleuths of the anti-extortion cell apprehended the trio at Kausa in Mumbra on Wednesday. A total of 15.7 kg of charas and Rs1 lakh was seized from them, the officer said. The accused — Hasan Khan alias Moosa, 38, Abdul Samad Abdul Raza Gujali, 55, of Sambal, Bandipura of Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammad Makbul Mukta Bhat, 55, Safapora, Gandharbhal of Jammu and Kashmir — remanded them in police custody till March 5. A case under relevant sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 was registered at the Mumbra police station, said deputy commissioner of police Abhishek Trimukhi.
|2018-03-03||Dopehri in Thane: An evening with 3-time national award winner Pankaj Kapoor - Hindustan Times|
Dopehri in Thane: An evening with 3-time national award winner Pankaj Kapoor After performing across the globe with 8 international shows, ‘Dopehri’ by Pankaj Kapoor will have its 46th show in Thane. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 04, 2018 00:57 IST The city which is known for giving a unique platform to Marathi theatre is set to witness a new entrant – veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor – who will be reading his novella ‘Dopehri’ in Hindustani on March 11. After performing across the globe with 8 international shows, ‘Dopehri’ by Pankaj Kapoor will have its 46th show in Thane. “I had only heard about Thane all this while and when Eyedentity Entertainment came up with the idea to perform in Thane, I was keen as it has a great theatre audience. I have always wanted to perform here and my first visit to Ghanekar auditorium was amazing as the huge stage took me by surprise. I was also impressed with the development that has taken place in Thane,” said Kapoor. While talking about the theme of his novella, the three times national award winner said, “Women are not portrayed well in our country. The focus is always on the girl child. However, mature women or those who are lonely and wish to create their worth in the society need expression as well. This is how I started writing Dopehri – it represents a sum of emotions that we experience in life. It is entertaining and all those who can understand Hindustani will enjoy.” Kapur has been a part of theatre for 40 years now. “I have had various experiences as an actor. It does not matter if it’s a series, movie or theatre, everything is equally challenging. I work for everything with equal honesty and seriousness. While shooting, we have the option to of a retake whereas theatre is compact and in front of a live audience, where we cannot make mistakes. It’s a different experience in both situations,” said Kapoor. ‘Dopehri’ which represents an evening at the theatre with music and lights, will see a reading and enactment of the novel. “This is going to be a very different experience for theatre lovers,” the actor said. What: ‘Dopehri’ by Pankaj Kapoor Where: Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruh, Thane When: March 11, 2018, 8:30pm
|2018-03-03||Police arrest history-sheeter,foil plan to kill criminal in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Police arrest history-sheeter,foil plan to kill criminal in Thane MUMBAI Updated: Mar 04, 2018 00:46 IST A 27-year-old man was arrested on February 28 by the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell after he attempted to kill a man for slapping him in the presence of his mother three years ago at Bhandup. The accused, Sandesh Bhiraghunath Dubey, 27, is a history-sheeter. He was externed in 2016 for two years by the Mumbai police from Mumbai and Thane. However, on the afternoon of February 28, when Dubey had come to Thane, officials from the Anti-Extortion Cell nabbed him. They also seized a country made revolver and five live bullets from Dubey. During investigations, Dubey confessed that he had come to Thane to sell the revolver, but wanted to kill a man named Sanjay Singh, 35, who used to reside in Mumbai previously. Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector from the Thane Anti Extortion Cell said, “Dubey said that he had bought this revolver from Uttar Pradesh to kill Singh. Dubey was angry at Singh for slapping him and planned to kill Singh soon. Both Singh and Dubey are criminals, and have many cases registered on them.” Inspector Sharma added, “On further investigations, Dubey said that after killing Singh, he wanted to sell the country made revolver, so that he would not be suspected. He came to Thane to make a deal to sell the revolver. We laid a trap after we received his whereabouts and caught him.” Dubey has six offences, including an attempt to murder charge previously registered against him. He was produced in court and was remanded in police custody till March 6.
|2018-03-03||New fire station in Thane city will soon come up at Shilphata - Times of India|
New fire station in Thane city will soon come up at Shilphata Updated: Mar 3, 2018, 22:39 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is working towards construction of the seventh fire station in the city limits at Shilphata that will cover the dense areas along the city fringes at Diva and Mumbra-Panvel highway areas. As per plans, the nearly 2,500sqm area will comprise of a full-fledged fire station operating within the next one year with an in-house staff quarters along with facilities for daily training. The station will house four multipurpose fire engines that can tackle all types of emergencies like fire, building collapse, riots, to name a few. Nearly 28 firemen will be deployed at the station fulltime. The fire station in ward number 33 is part of the 15 fire brigades necessary for the city as per the Maharashtra Fire Safety Norms that mandates a facility to cover an area of 10sq kms for prompt access and quick action. While six stations are already operational in the city, nine others that have been approved by the general body in the past are in various stages of being developed. The fire station at Mumbra handles a dense load with nearly five emergencies on an average reported within the city limits including those at Diva and also in adjoining civic areas like Kalyan or Dombivli or even Navi Mumbai and the Mumbra Panvel road stretch.During peak hours, the fire engines take a long time to reach the affected spot and having a centralized fire station will help reduce the response time a lot, informed officials. The project will be beneficial for the dense localities in and around Shilphata and also in Diva and Mumbra along with the Panvel highway where several industrial zones are located. Presently, all the disasters in the area are handled by the Mumbra fire station and many a times it takes an hour to reach the spot of emergency, informed an official from the Thane fire brigade. The ground breaking ceremony of the facility will be done on Saturday by district guardian minister Eknath Shinde and Mayor Meenakshi Shinde.
|2018-03-03||Cash strapped TMT will now save fuel worth Rs 19000 daily - Times of India|
Cash strapped TMT will now save fuel worth Rs 19,000 daily Updated: Mar 3, 2018, 22:40 IST Thane: Nearly, two years after its operations, the Mulla Baugh depot of the Thane transport undertaking has finally got a fuel station saving on operating time and fuel bills of nearly Rs 70 lakhs annually for the cash strapped undertaking. Officials claim that commuters can now expect better AC bus frequencies as the 30 vehicles in its fleet will no longer have to cut down its trips in travelling to and from the fuel stations at Wagle estate located nearly 10kms away from the Mulla Baug depots. The nearly 12,000 litre diesel tank and dispensing unit at the depot will ensure that the fleet of 30 AC buses that operate from these depots will not have to make empty trips for refueling. The fuel station with two dispensing nozzles will be enough to tank up nearly 50 buses throughout the night also ensuring that none of the buses waste time during their running hours.Further, on an average, each of these buses made an empty trip of 20kms to and from the fuel station daily. Considering, these buses gave a low average of around 2kms/litre, the administration was spending nearly 300 litres daily which was denting the undertaking of roughly Rs 19,000 every day. The administration purchases the fuel at Rs 64/ litre. The account books of the TMT reveals the undertaking spends nearly Rs 17.36 crore annually on fuel for its nearly 200 diesel powered buses. Officials say, the saving, though not huge compared to the annual fuel bills of the undertaking, can nonetheless make a start in curtailing expenses of the TMT that has been riddled with operating losses over the last several years. “We are working towards reducing the financial losses for the TMT. This initiative will help curtail the unnecessary 600kms of daily trips made by the buses to and from the fuel stations. We will conserve nearly Rs 19,000 worth fuel daily which translates into annual losses of Rs 70 lakhs which will be of great help to the administration,” informed a senior official from the administration. “Hopefully the TMT will save this money and use it in maintaining the buses. Initially the AC bus service was very good, but had slumped recently. If fuel was the reason then I am sure the authorities will now be in better position to ply the AC buses,” said Mukta Bakshi, a commuter.
|2018-03-03||On duty Mumbra cops attacked by Irani clan | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
On duty Mumbra cops attacked by Irani clan Updated: Mar 3, 2018, 22:42 IST Thane: A police party which went to arrest suspects was attacked by a pack of Irani clan, injuring an officer on Friday in Mumbra. A total of four persons including a woman were arrested by the Mumbra police for attacking the policemen with blows, fists and punches. Mangesh Borse, the assistant inspector was injured after one accused using a steel fighter punch attacked him injuring his hand, while some of the constables were beaten up by the Irani clan, informed the police. The police said that while investigating a Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 case, they came across a name of accused Hussain Jafri 37 and Siraj Irani 32, both residents of Kausa in Mumbra. Accordingly a police party from the Mumbra police station went to arrest the duo at around 12.20 pm near Zendewala baba Dargah in the Kausa area, said DS Swamy, the deputy commissioner of police zone-1. As the police was escorting Jafri, a mob of woman children as well as other came to rescue and resisted the police from taking away Jafri. His family members gheroed the police party and attacked the police party with bricks and manhandled them.The other accused Irani, in the meantime came rushing towards Borse and with a hard fighter punch he was about to hit the head of Borse but the officer in bid to evade the punch , hit his hand, said a police officer. The officer added that the family members created ruckus and even warned the police officer of dire consequences and even threatned to kill them. Later, additioanal staff was summoned and the accused were arrested. The police found a country made pistol from the possession Jafri while the police recovered the fighter punch from the possession of Irani. The police said that one juvenile was detained and sent to the remand home for attacking the police while three including a woman named Surraiya Jafri 40 was arrested. A case has been registered at Mumbra police station.
|2018-03-03||Three drown after Holi revelry - Times of India|
Three drown after Holi revelry Updated: Mar 4, 2018, 05:09 IST TITWALA: Three people drowned in two rivers after Holi revelry on Friday. The bodies were fished out on Saturday. Ulhasnagar residents Hira Ahuja (41) and Sumit Kukreja (26) went missing in river Ulhas where they had gone for a bath with friends after playing Holi. Mulund resident Bhushan Mahaske drowned in Khadavali river.
|2018-03-03||But flora continues to bloom with the onset of summer - Times of India|
But flora continues to bloom with the onset of summer Mar 3, 2018, 22:16 IST Thane: Be it the bright red Flame of the Forest flowers or the blooming reddish-yellow Ukshi flowers or even the white Karvanda buds, the onset of summer seems to added a dash of colour to the browning Yeoor forest. Over the last few months, the dry cool weather in the moist deciduous forest had resulted in the browning and withering of most of the leaves, which gave the green cover a dull look. However, since the onset of summer, the blooming of various brightly coloured flowers seems to have revived this 65sq km jungle. “While the forest region is at its peak in terms of bio-diversity during monsoon and attracts a lot of environmentalist and bird watchers, it is summer that excites botanists and plant scientists. Despite lack of water, high temperature and other hostile factors, this season sees a number of flowering plants—including silk cotton tree (katesavar), Ukshi, bonfire, kaushi, karanj, and so on. While the kusumb plant doesn’t flower, its leaves turn a magnificent saffron colour,” said Vishal Shinde, a city-based Botanist. Experts studying the flora of this eco-sensitive belt points out that these plants are crucial elements of the entire eco-logical cycle as they attract insects and bees who help in the pollination process and lay the foundation for birth of many plants during monsoon. Yatin Gholap, a Mumbai-based naturalist and botanist, said, “The change in seasons can be marked by observing the slow changes in nature. The blooming of shrubs and plants, including the Flame of the Forest, Ukshi, Karvanda, Charole and Bahava are clear indication of the onset of summer.” “These vibrant flowers attract pollinators like bees which while moving from one flower to another carry with them pollen seeds. This then helps the reproduction of the flowering plants which are the main sources of food for people and wildlife. These plants then multiply during monsoon,” he said.
|2018-03-02||History-sheeter Babloo Chourasiya found killed in Maharashtra's Thane - The New Indian Express|
History-sheeter Babloo Chourasiya found killed in Maharashtra's Thane Published: 02nd March 2018 10:09 AM Last Updated: 02nd March 2018 10:09 AM THANE: A 23-year-old man facing several criminal charges was found killed here last night, police said today. The body of Babloo Chourasiya, found in Ulhasnagar township at around 9 pm, bore multiple stab wounds and his throat was slit, they said. Chourasiya had several criminal cases, including murder, attempt to murder and extortion, pending against him in the city, police said. A case of murder was lodged and further probe was on, they added.
|2018-03-02||Thane residents observe one-min blackout to show solidarity with civic chief - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane residents observe one-min blackout to show solidarity with civic chief On the auspicious occasion of Holika Dahan (lighting of holy pyre) on Thursday`residents of Thane came held a one-minute blackout along with a candle march. The act was a mark of their support to Thane municipal commissioner who is being maligned and defamed due to the ongoing tussle between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. As a result, the angry commissioner has asked for a transfer from Thane. On the evening of March 1, as the sun went down, over 200 Thane housing societies switched off the lights in their homes to show solidarity with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The residents reminisced the work done by the commissioner for their betterment and also held a prayer session. “This is our effort to show our solidarity, give our thanks and appreciation to honourable Sanjeev Jaiswal for all the good he has done for the citizens of Thane and the development of our city,” says Kasber Augustine, president of Thane Citizens Forum (TCF) which had organised this campaign, 'Blackout Hope'. “We also condemn those who defamed him and request him to come back and resume work,” he adds. TCF is a residents body of Thane which has over 700 big housing societies and complexes in the city. It has initiated many residents campaign successfully like 'No toll before poll,' 'Bird vapasi,' 'Paint the walls,' etc. Last week when the Thane civic chief abruptly announced in the TMC general body that he wants to quit as he is being targeted by a coterie of corporators, TCF decided to mobilise support to show their solidarity with Jaiswal. The residents have pledged that this will be an ongoing campaign until Jaiswal joins work and is given an extension of tenure as civic chief in Thane. “We also plan to meet Thane’s guardian minister Eknath Shinde and our chief minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting them to give a special extension to Jaiswal at least for a year till he finishes the projects he initiated for the city,” says Augustine.
|2018-03-02||Thane civic officials begin SATIS 2 survey - Hindustan Times|
Thane civic officials begin SATIS 2 survey This week, the railways gave its in-principle approval for the construction of a 6.5-m deck on 8,900 sq m MUMBAI Updated: Mar 02, 2018 23:33 IST After the railways gave its approval for the second Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) on the east side of the Thane railway station, civic officials conducted a survey of the proposed route. This was done to find out how many people would be affected by the project and structural hurdles on the route. The Thane Municipal Corporation will begin marking the 2.23-km elevated road and talk to residents about the project. The marking will give an exact idea on the route of the elevated road and the obstacles which needs to be tackled. This week, the railways gave its in-principle approval for the construction of a 6.5-m deck on 8,900 sqm in the SATIS 2 project. The project plans to have a 2.23-km elevated road connecting the deck. Additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan conducted a survey of the route from Gurdwara to Kanhaiya Nagar — the route of the elevated project. There are around 20 houses which will be affected by the project. The residents will be rehabilitated. Chavan said, “There are some houses and several quarters of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) in the area demarcated for the project. We will start sending notices to the people who will be displaced. A small temple is also blocking a portion of the road. We will also have to remove a portion of the Kopri skywalk for the elevated road.” We will also conduct discussions with the residents to tell them about the project. If there is any opposition, we can address it,” Chavan added. Earlier, the SATIS 2 project was supposed to be constructed as a loop joining the east and west side of the city. However, the elevated road will end at Kanhaiya Nagar. Chavan added, “The MMRDA has planned a subway from Kanhaiya Nagar towards Dyansadhana College in the west. The subway will be for pedestrians and small vehicles. The residents can use the subway after the elevated road ends.” About the project The second SATIS project will cost Rs266 crore. It will have multilevel parking, a separate deck for buses, a commercial building with food plaza, rest rooms, ticket counter and citizen facilitation centre. The TMC will build an elevated road from Eastern Express Highway to Thane station. The elevated road will be 2.23-km long
|2018-03-01||Telecalling racket busted in Thane; 2 held, laptops seized - The Hindu|
Telecalling racket busted in Thane; 2 held, laptops seized Share On JUST IN 7mins State-run banks start to rationalise overseas units 22mins Vinay Kumar is envoy to Afghanistan 2hrs Blizzards kill more than 50 in Europe 2hrs ‘Unfair trade in metals hitting U.S. producers’ 2hrs Sameer announces his return 2hrs Kapil wants Pandya to work on his batting 2hrs Sri Lankan govt. launches Office of Missing Persons 2hrs Miku, Udanta fire BFC to victory 2hrs Karmakar suspended 2hrs Neymar returns home for foot surgery 3hrs Australian batsmen kept under check 3hrs Pakistan welcomes Ghani’s peace offer to Taliban 3hrs Two doctors to face action for denial of ambulance 3hrs Hyderabad beats Tamil Nadu 3hrs National Biodiversity Authority calls for plan to manage import of exotic fish CLOSE NATIONAL ANDHRA PRADESH KARNATAKA KERALA MUMBAI NEW DELHI OTHER STATES TAMIL NADU TELANGANA Bengaluru International Film Fest 2018 Today's Paper NATIONAL MUMBAI MUMBAI Telecalling racket busted in Thane; 2 held, laptops seized Special Correspondent Mumbai, February 28, 2018 00:00 IST Updated: February 28, 2018 04:27 IST Share Article PRINT A A A
|2018-03-01||Sultry weather in Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Thane; keep irrigating summer Groundnut - Skymet Weather|
Sultry Weather In Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Thane; Keep Irrigating Summer Groundnut 1 March 2018 06:51 PM At this time, all the regions of Maharashtra, i.e. Vidarbha, Marathwada, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra have been witnessing above normal maximum temperatures. This departure from the normal levels, particularly over Konkan and Goa is the highest, wherein day temperatures have been settling by 5 to 7 degrees above the normal range.For instance, as on Thursday, Mumbai and Ratnagiri recorded a maximum of 37.4°C. Hot day conditions are going on over many parts of Konkan and the weather has become very uneasy, leading to discomfort among the inhabitants. This could be attributed to the vicinity of Arabian Sea, which is why humidity levels usually remain high. The high humidity and high temperatures are at present increasing the distress level over Konkan. Although Vidarbha may see scattered rainsaround March 7 and 8, but during that time also dry and warm weather is expected to continue over Konkan region. However, temperatures may decrease marginally, due to the cloud cover that will bring in some relief. At this stage, let’s have a look at the impact of weather on agriculture: Farmers are advised to protect Mango inflorescence and developing fruits from hot and dry winds. Furthermore, they should also shield the crops from sucking pest. Farmers are recommended to provide irrigation to summer Groundnut crop at regular intervals.