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|2018-06-20||Thane hopes its feathered friends will flock back home - Free Press Journal|
Thane hopes its feathered friends will flock back home Jun 20, 2018 08:31 am FOLLOW US: Thane: Thane city is set to become an avian sanctuary of sorts, with shelters and bird-feeders being planned for its winged inhabitants, who have been rapidly vanishing from its concrete confines. To save the smaller members of the species, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to implement a project that entails bird shelters in various parts of the city. More than 150 housing societies and citizens have registered to participate in this project. The shelters and feeders will be located in lakes and public gardens and the TMC’s pollution control department will oversee the process of installation by the end of this month. Simultaneously, these will also be distributed to housing societies free of cost. “The models of shelters were kept on display for the citizens, during an exhibition organised recently by the corporation. We have received 150 registrations from those willing to install these shelters in their societies, gardens or balconies,” said Manisha Pradhan, head of the TMC pollution control department. Last year, having noted with concern the falling number of sparrows in Thane, the corporation had announced sparrow shelters on World Sparrow Day on March 20, following it up by installing shelters at Panchpakhadi and Kachrali Lake. The project was to have been completed by March 2018, but was delayed. “There are few manufacturers available in the city, which delayed the process of installation. However, these shelters, made of bamboo and coconut shells, are now ready to install. Around Rs 8 lakh has been spent on these sparrow shelters by TMC, which will be cared for the contractor for a year,” Pradhan said. “Definitely this is a good initiative, as it will not only shelter sparrows, but also other bird species similar in size, like mynas, munias and robins. But at the same time, the civic body must also take care of the green cover, which will help in conserve the decreasing number of bird species,” said naturalist Kaustubh Darves. In the past, NGOs had taken the initiative to spread the awareness about the decreasing numbers of small birds and had arranged tutorials on how to install shelters in schools and societies. This initiative attracted a limited number of people but now, with civic outreach, birds will actually have more places to fly home.
|2018-06-20||Barren Land in Thane Transformed to Lush 19 Hectare Forest in Less Than a Year! Here's How. - The Better India|
Barren Land in Thane Transformed to Lush 19 Hectare Forest in Less Than a Year! Here’s How. Over the past one year, the volunteers have planted about 8000 saplings on the once barren hill. They even took over the nurturing of plants and reported a survival rate of 98 percent! by Tanvi Patel June 20, 2018, 3:00 pm Once upon a time, a plot of land measuring 19-hectares which adjoins the Kalu river in the Runde area of Titwala, Thane, was brimming with wildlife. A forested area and an oxygen lung, the area lost all of this to high pollution levels, deforestation and soil erosion. To optimise oxygen levels and ensure the presence of an oxygen lung in the midst of a thriving city, the forest department decided to bring the land under a tri-party agreement and hand it over to concerned citizens. This way, a large number of people could work towards the revival of the barren land in Titwala. The Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal, an NGO in Thane, is part of this agreement. Volunteers from the NGO took charge of the land in January 2017. They began with conducting thorough research of the soil, water and the kind of fauna that would thrive in the weather conditions there. Slowly but surely, the lost green cover is coming back in Thane. Source: Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal. Sangita Joshi, who works with the NGO, told the Times of India, “When we started the project, our main aim was to bring back the greenery this area once had. We began by studying the soil, water and other aspects of the land. To ensure the project’s success, we had to plant saplings which we knew would survive.” The volunteers acquired two-year-old saplings which they had nurtured in their own homes and replanted them in Titwala. Ensuring a high probability of survival of plants was crucial. Over the past one year, the volunteers have planted about 8000 saplings on the once barren hill. They even took over the nurturing of plants and reported a survival rate of 98 percent! Needless to say, the land is a thriving forest land once again, and birds, insects and other animals have slowly started making a comeback to Titwala. Image courtesy: Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal. KD Thakare, conservator of forest (social forestry) spoke to TOI about the success of the tri-party agreement of forest revival. “We have numerous such tri-party projects with non-governmental groups where they are given a piece of the forest land to revive. Less than a year after this project started, the NGO has managed to revive the area’s lost green cover. The greenery has also started attracting birds, insects and fauna. It is becoming a complete eco-system once again,” he said. You may also like: These Mumbai Youngsters Help 123 Societies and 291 Restaurants Manage Waste! The efforts of the forest department and the NGO are certainly an encouraging way towards a greener future. It won’t be long till Titwala becomes a self-sustaining eco-system that no longer needs to be looked after by humans. Perhaps then we can direct our efforts to other such barren lands which have lost their forest cover due to human interference. (Edited by Gayatri Mishra) Featured image courtesy: Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: email@example.com Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp! 0SHARESWhatsappSpread the wordTweet thisLinkedin You may also like Modern India Can Learn a Lot from These 20 Traditional Water Conservation Systems Cultivating Progressive Thought Inspired by Pakoda Speech, Vadodara Man Runs Stalls, Now Sells 300Kgs in 4 Hours Tibetan Monk Finds Heartwarming Way of Giving Back & Saying ‘Thank You, India’! Love History? This Gem in Dharamshala Is a Travel Treat You Shouldn’t Miss! Video: Caught on CCTV, Mommy Doggo Fights Off Leopard To Save Her Puppy! 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|2018-06-20||Man held with banned narcotic in Thane - The Tribune|
|2018-06-20||Thane: Congress alleges 'scam' in recruitment of security guards in TMC - Free Press Journal|
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|2018-06-20||Thane cops arrest man who burgled 47 houses in 2 years - Hindustan Times|
|2018-06-20||Two Bangladeshi couples get two years' imprisonment for illegal stay; Thane court shows 'leniency' due to their poor ... - Firstpost|
|2018-06-20||Tree House rallies 20% after arm sells land parcel in Thane - Indiainfoline|
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|2018-06-20||78-year-old man held with banned narcotic substance in Thane - Free Press Journal|
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|2018-06-20||Thane school students to stretch it out on International Yoga Day - Times of India|
Thane school students to stretch it out on International Yoga DayThane school students to stretch it out on International Yoga DayFreny Fernandes | TNN | Jun 20, 2018, 23:47 ISTIllustration for representational purposeTHANE: From hosting yoga competitions to inviting professionals from the field, city schools are organising numerous workshops for their students on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday. While many schools have incorporated yoga sessions in their curriculum over the years, a special program is being scheduled for student where emphasis will be given on the importance and benefits of yoga. “Nowadays, students hardly take time out of their busy schedule for any physical activity or outdoor games. Most of them are caught up with school, tuitions and other classes. This lifestyle, along with changing food habits, is a major cause of their health issues. Through yoga, we hope to remind them about how just a few minutes of breathing exercise can help them relax and concentrate better,” said a teacher from St. John the Baptist school. “In the recent times, we have included yoga in our curriculum and have even hired two yoga instructors who teach various asanas, including chakrasan, pranayam, dhanurasan amongst others on a weekly basis. On the occasion of International Yoga Day, we will be preparing a PPT of all activities carried out in previous year and reiterate the health benefits of these ancient exercises,” said Simmi Juneja, principal of DAV school. Many schools have called in professionals to speak to their students about the importance of yoga. “While we begin every day with a class on yoga, our students have been practicing more complex asanas for the yoga competition and other workshops held on this day. In addition to this, we have also called in speakers to talk to our students about the transformation of yoga from the ancient form to the contemporary one,” said Meenakshi Iyer, principal of Sri Ma School. “Yoga helps students not only with health, but also in their concentration and focus, memory and confidence building and reducing stress, which makes it our responsibilities as academicians to teach it to them,” Iyer added. 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 around the web Premium homes in Devanahalli, Bangalore starts at 25 LakhsOzone Urbana PrimeReady to Move in 2.5,3 BHK Apts at 87L* in Haralur RoadShriram PropertiesUninterrupted cooling @ your home with KOEL Chhota ChilliKirloskar Oli EnginesMore from The Times of India Yoga Day: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva heads to SiachenSelfie with python almost cost this forest officer his lifeAlia Bhatt makes another interesting revelation on marriage From the WebMore From The Times of India Do you work the same way you did 10 years ago?CiscoKnow why fitness freaks should take sleep seriously?godrejinterio_sleep@10Shocking: doctor lost upto 30 kgs with this easy trick!!NutralyfeGet outcome-driven software suites with ease of purchasingCiscoInvest and Earn returns as high as 25% p.a.FaircentSairat vs Dhadak music, this is what Punekars sayNiki Niki Gal Song By Harry JeetChal Mohan Ranga | Song - Pedda PuliWhy is Vivek Oberoi's wife worried?Mystery shrouds Lord Krishna Eid painting more from times of india CitiesDelhi news todayMumbai RainsBangalore RainsDelhi EarthquakeChennai RainsDelhi SmogDelhi PollutionMumbai FloodsHindi newsViewcomments
|2018-06-20||RPF constable molests woman at Kalyan railway station, suspended - Times of India|
RPF constable molests woman at Kalyan railway station, suspendedRPF constable molests woman at Kalyan railway station, suspendedPradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 23:03 ISTA video recorded by a passenger shows the accused touching a woman on her back Related VideosOn cam: RPF constable molests ...THANE: A video of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable molesting a woman commuter at Kalyan railway station has gone viral on the social media. The video recorded by a passenger shows the accused constable touching a woman on her back who was sitting beside him at the railway station. Some passengers, including a relative of the woman, spotted the constable touching her and raised alarm. The RPF immediately suspended constable Rajesh Jahangir and ordered a departmental inquiry after the video was widely shared on the social media. RPF sources said the incident took place on June 18 at 10.03pm when the victim with a small child and a relative of her were waiting for a long-distance train at platform number 4/5. In Video: On cam: RPF constable molests woman at Kalyan railway stationGet 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 around the web Premium homes in Devanahalli, Bangalore starts at 25 LakhsOzone Urbana PrimeReady to Move in 2.5,3 BHK Apts at 87L* in Haralur RoadShriram PropertiesUninterrupted cooling @ your home with KOEL Chhota ChilliKirloskar Oli EnginesMore from The Times of India Yoga Day: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva heads to SiachenSelfie with python almost cost this forest officer his lifeAlia Bhatt makes another interesting revelation on marriage From the WebMore From The Times of India Buy 100% cotton & colorfast Sanskari t-shirtBewakoof.comDo you work the same way you did 10 years ago?CiscoKnow why fitness freaks should take sleep seriously?godrejinterio_sleep@10Shocking: doctor lost upto 30 kgs with this easy trick!!NutralyfeIs your child addicted to mobiles? Know why!CuriositiSairat vs Dhadak music, this is what Punekars sayNiki Niki Gal Song By Harry JeetWhy is Vivek Oberoi's wife worried?Mystery shrouds Lord Krishna Eid paintingDelhi: Phase-II of Barapullah elevated road to open in July more from times of india CitiesDelhi news todayMumbai RainsBangalore RainsDelhi EarthquakeChennai RainsDelhi SmogDelhi PollutionMumbai FloodsHindi newsViewcomments
|2018-06-19||New Mastermind of Call Data Record racket held by Thane Police - The New Indian Express|
Call Data Record racket: Delhi mastermind Saurabh Sahu held by Thane Police Several celebrities too had been called for an investigation in the case, latest of them is actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was summoned by the Thane police last month. Published: 19th June 2018 06:10 AM | Last Updated: 19th June 2018 12:27 PM MUMBAI: Saurabh Sahu, the Delhi based mastermind of the Call Data Record (CDR) racket was arrested by the Thane police crime branch on Monday. The crime branch had unearthed the racket earlier this year wherein details of several celebrities were found to have been compromised. Sahu was produced before the court which has granted police custody till June 29, police officials have said. "Sahu is a habitual criminal. He had already been arrested in 2016 by Delhi police and in 2017 by the Mumbai police under similar offences and had even tied to seek anticipatory bail from a Delhi court," said Nitin Thakre, senior police inspector of the Thane crime branch who led the investigation. The police had zeroed in on Sahu for a long time. Teams of Thane crime branch sent to Delhi to nab him had returned empty-handed at least four times as he had gone untraceable. However, after filing an anticipatory bail application the police could locate him and as the court rejected the application, he was nabbed, the officer said. In January 2018, the Thane crime branch had trapped four detectives for illegally obtaining CDRs. The investigation revealed that confidential CDRs of over a 600 to 700 people have allegedly sold and bought by many people. Several of these people were celebrities and hence several celebrities too had been called for an investigation in the case, latest of them is actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was summoned by the Thane police last month. The racket had also led to several arrests of police personnel, lawyers and private detectives including that of first women private detective of the country Rajani Pandit. The Crime Branch has so far seized hundreds of CDRs from the arrested people. These CDRs were being analysed by experts with the assistance of the mobile service providers, the police said.
|2018-06-19||Thane: Two youths on bike mowed down by Sewagram Express at Diwa railway crossing - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Two youths on bike mowed down by Sewagram Express at Diwa railway crossing Jun 19, 2018 06:35 am Thane: Two youths on a bike were hit by Sewagram Express at Diwa railway crossing, as they tried to cross the tracks on Monday morning despite the gates having been closed for the express train’s passage as it approached Mumbai. The duo were in a hurry and did not heed warnings, according to eyewitnesses. The deceased have been identified as Ramsharan and Angrej. Their bodies have been sent to Thane Civil Hospital. “The two were crossing the railway tracks on their bike and failed to make it. Diwa residents have been demanding an overbridge for vehicles, so that people do not cross the railway track. There is a foot overbridge (FOB) here but people do not use it. There are always such accidents as people do not have the patience to let the train pass,” said an eyewitness at Diwa station. “People prefer to cross the tracks, instead of using the FOB claiming that the steps are too narrow on the bridge and it is crowded during peak hours,” said a Diwa resident. “We agitated for years to have an FOB and now the FOB has been provided but the steps are narrow; so, during peak hours, people usually cross the tracks. They are scared after the Elphinstone bridge incident,” said another eyewitness. The level crossing at Diwa is opened 38 times in a day. Plans for a rail overbridge were announced in 2013, but it is yet to take shape.
|2018-06-19||After 14 months, Thane call centre scam mastermind 'Shaggy' granted bail - Hindustan Times|
After 14 months, Thane call centre scam mastermind ‘Shaggy’ granted bail During his earlier court hearings, the prosecution had argued that he should not get bail because he was the mastermind of the racket. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 19, 2018 11:56 IST Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy, the 24-year-old mastermind behind the call-centre scam that duped more than 6,500 people in the US of millions of dollars, was granted bail after 14 months by a Thane sessions court on Monday. Thakar was arrested in April 2017. On October 4, 2016, more than 75 people, including floor managers, accountants and even an investor were arrested in Thakar’s call centre on Mira Road in a raid that included 200 personnel from the Thane crime branch and the Thane rural police. It was found that Thakar’s employees impersonated officials belonging to US Internal Revenue Service and Department of Treasury and threatened American loan-defaulters with tax fraud or tax evasion if they did not pay up. In the process, they extorted millions of dollars. Thakkar had roped in his childhood friends to form a network of floor managers, who ran the multi-million dollar con across cities, police sources said. He also hired information technology experts who could operate phone lines. Employees either bought or used some sort of software to obtain contact details from Whitepages (an online telephone directory similar to the yellow pages). According to the police, the accused extorted an Indian equivalent of over Rs500 crore from more than 6,500 Americans. Two other suspects, Tapesh Gupta and Thakar’s sister, Reema are still at large. One of Thakar’s relatives, requesting anonymity, said that while in prison, he spent his time learning law and languages such as Marathi and Hindi. “He is now fluent in Hindi. We used to pray for him in our home. But earlier, we were shocked to know that even though the police did not find sufficient evidence against him, his bail applications were rejected. He cooperated with their investigation and had even come to Gujarat with them.” According to a police officer from the Thane commissionerate, during his earlier court hearings, Thakar’s lawyer defended him saying the investigation was completed with his help but the prosecution argued that he should not be granted bail because he was the mastermind behind the racket. “Shaggy did help us with the investigation and has assured us that he would come to the police station as and when it is required.”
|2018-06-19||rioting: Thane: Nine held for rioting, assault on police personnel ... - Times of India|
Thane: Nine held for rioting, assault on police personnel Jun 19, 2018, 17:06 IST THANE: Nine persons, including three brothers, have been arrested on the charges of rioting and assaulting police personnel at Central Police Station in Ulhasnagar in the district, an official said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday when an estranged couple came to the counselling centre at the police station along with their relatives. The counselling centres at the police stations try to mediate between warring couples. "When the couple was being counselled, an argument broke out between their relatives present there. Some members from both the sides exchanged blows," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. "The policemen and the mediator present there tried to pacify the warring members, but they were also beaten up," she said. Members of both the groups also took out knives, but the police managed to overpower them. Soon, more police personnel and beat marshals arrived at the station and caught nine of the accused, the official said adding that as many members managed to flee. "The woman constable and the mediator sustained injuries in the incident and they are undergoing treatment at a hospital here," Narkar said. The arrested accused were identified as Samir Changle (24), Sachin Murtadkar (21), Yogesh Murtadkar (24), Rahul Murtadkar (26) (all brothers), Mahesh Karpe (36), Vikas Shirsar (26), Akash Shirsat (24), Bandu Shirsat (36) and Amol Shirsat (28), police said. They have been booked under various IPC sections including, section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 506 (criminal intimidation). They have also been booked under the Arms Act and section 7 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, police said adding that a search has been launched to nab the other accused.
|2018-06-19||Finish laying 5th, 6th lines between Thane and Diva by March 2019: railway board - Hindustan Times|
Finish laying 5th, 6th lines between Thane and Diva by March 2019: railway board Over the years, deadlines for the project, which was sanctioned in 2008, have been repeatedly missed. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 19, 2018 11:50 IST A 10-year-old delayed project—laying fifth and sixth rail lines between Thane and Diva—was in focus in a review meeting chaired by Railway Board chief Ashwani Lohani. Lohani asked officials of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which is constructing the lines between Thane and Diva, to complete the project within the set deadline of March 2019 and not to set a new deadline. Over the years, deadlines for the project have been repeatedly missed and new deadlines have been set. The project, which was sanctioned in 2008, is a part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP 2B) and is crucial for the Central Railway (CR) as it will be a key factor in segregating the outstation and local train rail corridor and thus improve the speed/frequency of trains. CR officials raised the concern that deadlines for the project have been repeatedly missed and local trains are repeatedly delayed due to this, which also impacts on the punctuality of the suburban railway section. The first deadline was December 2015, which was later revised to December 2017. Now, it is March 2019. The initial cost of the project was stated to be ?130 crore. However, the present cost is nearly ?420 crore. Lohani directed MRVC officials to complete the project within the set deadline and asked the body not to set a new deadline. Expedition of approval for the suburban railway projects at railway board will also be done. “The Thane-Diva stretch is crucial as a lot of outstation and local trains pass by through it. The work on the project has been very slow and that is the reason the issue was raised in the review meeting. It has been asked to complete the work within the deadline,” said a senior central railway official who did not wish to be named. Currently there are six railway lines between Kalyan and Diva and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) and Thane. However, between Thane and Diva there are only four lines, which results in intercrossing of local and outstation trains. The segregation of lines used by local and outstation trains is important to improve the speed and frequency of suburban trains and make the journey slightly better. Passenger associations have stated that despite raising the issue with railway authorities, nothing concrete has been done. “We met the MRVC chairman four months ago over the issue. There are lakhs of commuters who travel every day and get delayed because of this. However, the response we got from the railway authorities was that a technical error has delayed the project and the work will be completed in March 2019. Indian Railways should take serious action and make the officers accountable for the delay in the project,” Lata Mishra, vice-president, Railway Pravasi Mahasangh. Discussions on fifth and sixth line between Kurla and Parel stations and review of work of Parel Terminus was also done at the meeting. The Parel Terminus will completely segregate the outstation trains from the local trains and many local trains will be terminated there. Work on increasing of speed of passenger outstation trains as well as goods trains is going on. Lohani also inspected the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on Monday. He directed the railway officials to put up boards displaying certain ‘meeting points’ categorised by numbers at the station, which would help passengers to convey their location to friends and relatives when necessary. While inaugurating the childline help desk at the CSMT Terminus, Lohani asked railway officials to conduct workshops and classes on gender sensitisation of motormen and station masters as they deal with commuters on a regular basis.
|2018-06-19||21 secondary schools in Thane district unauthorised: Survey - Times of India|
21 secondary schools in Thane district unauthorised: Survey Updated: Jun 19, 2018, 23:34 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Thane zilla parishad’s secondary education department has released a list of 21 unrecognised secondary schools in the entire Thane district, including eight in the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) and five in Navi Mumbai municipal corporation (NMMC) for the current academic year. The list of illegal secondary schools consist of 13 English medium and four each of Marathi and Hindi medium schools operating within the district. The zilla parishad secondary education wing has cautioned parents from admitting their children to such. The NMMC has asked the managements of these schools for immediate closure. Chief executive officer (CEO), Thane zilla parishad, Vivek Bhimanvar, said, “After the recent survey, we found 21 unauthorised schools within Thane district. These schools have not obtained the required permission from the authorities. Parents must be careful before admitting their children to schools. The zilla parishad will not be responsible for any loss caused to the children or their parents, which is why they are alerted through the release of the list.” Most schools have not received mandatory permissions from the state, district and local bodies. They are termed as unauthorized. The zilla parishad has already served notices to these schools to stop functioning and have said that they would take stern action. Some of the schools have applied to the state for recognition but running the business when the response is awaited. “Action will be initiated soon if the schools failed to comply with the order,” said an officer.
|2018-06-19||Thane: For past 3 years, 97 TMC schools operate without principals - Free Press Journal|
Thane: For past 3 years, 97 TMC schools operate without principals Jun 19, 2018 08:19 am Thane: For some technical reasons, most of the Thane civic schools are without principals. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has 121 schools and 80 per cent schools have no principals for the last three years. While the civic officials claim almost all the posts remain vacant in these schools due to technical reasons, RTI activists claim such posts cannot remain vacant since it has to provide qualitative education to students is the sole responsibility of the civic corporation. The TMC has 121 Hindi, English and Marathi medium schools, with 1,200 teachers and 36,000 students. Eighty per cent of these schools do not have principals as senior teachers’ promotions are due. Teachers here have been appointed as acting principals. Educational experts are concerned that these vacant posts can affect the quality of education. “As per the Right to Education Act, qualitative education is the duty of civic corporations towards their schools. Teachers who have been appointed as ‘temporary principals’, will now have the additional load of management work and this can affect the quality of education. Principals are heads of schools and the post cannot be kept vacant so many many years,” said NGO Ghanshyam Sonar, chief of Saman Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti. The civic corporation has a provision for advanced education in 2018-2019 budget for its schools, but has been unable to fill vacancies. Schools run by civic authorities will now be getting e-learning, digital and also the most advanced lessons during the current academic year. After pressure from teachers’ organisations who demanded that these posts be filled, the civic authority appointed senior teachers as temporary principals. Teachers on the verge of retirement will miss the opportunity to be promoted despite their seniority. “Due to code of conduct, the issue of posts have been delayed, once the Konkan Graduate elections are over, we will sort out this issue,” informed Vikas Repale, chairman of TMC education board. On the other hand, the civic corporation claims it has already started procedures to fill these vacant posts and may be in the next two-and-a-half months things will settle down.
|2018-06-19||Finally, work on Diva ROB put on fast track - Times of India|
Finally, work on Diva ROB put on fast track Jun 19, 2018, 23:46 IST THANE: The construction of the much delayed road over bridge at Diva could soon see some traction as the Thane municipal administration is in the final stages of clearing and rehabilitating the encroachers settled in its course. The rehabilitation was one of the main issues delaying the process, inform civic officials. Once completed, the bridge will lead to closure of level crossing located near Diva railway station reducing delays on CR schedules and minimising mishaps. The ROB project was proposed to the TMC in 2013 by the Central Railway and has since seen several delays mostly due to continuous revisions in the bridge designs. However, a consensus over the drawings is likely to have reached after the corporation sent a revised alignment drawing to the railways recently. The Thane municipal corporation in the meantime is readying itself for undertaking biometric survey of those settlements coming in the course of the landing of the bridge at its either ends. “We are in the final stages of conducting the biometric survey after which we will relocate the nearly 360 residents who are settled in the way of the project. The residents will be shifted to alternative homes after which we will start constructing the bridge,” informed civic officials. The corporation said that once an approval was sought from the railways, it will approach the general body for cost approval and start its process. The project is being executed on a cost sharing basis between the railways and the corporation. The 650m-long bridge project will be executed in two phases- the 90m span over the tracks will be executed by the railway contractor and the near 550m stretch at either ends will be constructed by the civic contractor. The bridge will be a two-lane structure, around 15m wide, with space for pedestrians on one side. The structure will cross the busy Central Railway lines near Diva railway station providing the much required east west uninterrupted connectivity. The estimate cost of the job to be done by the TMC is Rs 34cr while that of the railways hasn’t been known yet. The project had been delayed for several years due to reported lack of consensus between the municipal corporation and the railways due to which residents and commuters suffered a lot. While city motorists had to wait endlessly for the gates to open, railways services used to lose their punctuality by at least 5-10minutes on an average waiting at the level crossing which was operated minimum 60 times in a single day. Railway officials informed that once the bridge was constructed, the level crossing will not be operational thus reducing delays. “The bridge will lead to improvement of railway traffic and also road vehicular movements will be uninterrupted, informed an official. In addition, there will be reduction in mishaps like the one on Monday where two men rode their scooter from under the shut barrier gate and got crushed under a passing train.
|2018-06-19||Thane cryptocurrency scam's chief accountant surrenders - Hindustan Times|
Thane cryptocurrency scam’s chief accountant surrenders Sachin Shelar, 40, chief accountant of Flintstone firm for the last few years, had fled to Dubai along with the CEO and mastermind, Amit Lakhanpal, after getting wind that police were looking for him MUMBAI Updated: Jun 20, 2018 01:04 IST The chief accountant of the real-estate firm which duped more than 25,000 investors in a ?500-crore cryptocurrency scheme earlier this month surrendered himself to the Thane crime branch on Tuesday. Sachin Shelar, 40, chief accountant of Flintstone firm for the last few years, had fled to Dubai along with the CEO and mastermind, Amit Lakhanpal, after getting wind that police were looking for him. “We questioned Shelar’s family many time but they were not cooperating. It was on Tuesday when he finally came to the Thane crime branch and surrendered,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate. Shelar, who is said to be close to Lakhanpal, is a resident of Shivaji Chowk in Dombivli. “We have recovered hardware from Shelar which he intended to destroy. We are investigating how money was transferred to him and what he did with it after the transactions,” the officer said. The officer said this was the second arrest they had made in this case. “Earlier, we arrested the technical head of the firm, Taha Kazi, a Mumbra resident. There are three other suspects, including a woman, who are on the run.” On 4 June, the Thane crime branch busted the cryptocurrency racket run by the Flintstone firm and discovered that Lakhanpal had fled to Dubai, where he is said to be hiding now. On Saturday, the Thane crime branch also lodged a case related to the Gain BitCoin scam at Khadakpada police station in Kalyan, following a man’s complaint that he was cheated of ?22.5 lakh by the company. The mastermind behind this scam, Amit Bhardwaj, has already been arrested by the Pune police.
|2018-06-19||Three hurt as plaster falls in Thane's hospital ward - The Indian Express|
Three hurt as plaster falls in Thane’s hospital ward The injured were identified as Pooja Gautam, 22 — her left leg sustained minor injuries — Aalina Shaikh, a month old baby, and a 5-day-old infant. The ward was emptied and the patients were shifted to a different ward, sources said. Published: June 20, 2018 3:32:28 am A piece of plaster fell down from the walls of the gynaecology ward at Vitthal Sayana Civil Hospital at Thane around 9pm Tuesday, leaving three persons, including two infants with minor injuries. The injured were identified as Pooja Gautam, 22 — her left leg sustained minor injuries — Aalina Shaikh, a month old baby, and a 5-day-old infant. The ward was emptied and the patients were shifted to a different ward, sources said. The Regional Disaster team visited the spot and advised the hospital to keep the ward unoccupied for a while. Dr Makode, additional civil surgeon said, “It was an accident. We are taking precautions. No serious injuries have been caused.” An official said that they will check the vulnerability of the ward in the morning.
|2018-06-19||Dry and dull Yeoor forest turns flowery with blooming beauties - Times of India|
Dry and dull Yeoor forest turns flowery with blooming beauties Jun 19, 2018, 23:56 IST THANE: Be it with the mushrooming bundles of the white Kuli Fodshi, or the blooming pink and white Gulabi Karnful on the trees and flowering of numerous types of lilies, the onset of monsoon seems to have brought with it a new life to the dry Yeoor forest. Over the past few months, the dry and scorching weather had resulted in the browning and withering of most of the leaves of the trees at the Yeoor forest, giving it a dull look. In many instances, forest fires burned down chunks of greenery. However, since the start of the first showers, the blooming of various monsoon flowers, hers and grasses coupled with the increasing green foliage seems to have revived this 65sq km jungle. “Even though the monsoon has been scanty, the first few showers of the season have already revived the Yeoor forest range. While the revival of monsoon is evidently seen as the colour of the canopy of trees changes from dull brown and yellow shades to a myriad of green hues, it is the flowering of these monsoon plants that precede and mark the onset of the forest area’s liveliest season,” said Vishal Shinde, a city-based botanist. He added that from monsoon bloomers like Orchids and Wagheris to monsoon vegetation like the Kuli Fodshi and Dradon Stalk Yam to the abundantly seen flowering hers like the Kali and Safed Musali or the bright Ran Halad, the blooming of each of these plants indicates the start of the rainy season. Experts studying the flora in these green zones assert that this abundant green cover and the growth of these vibrant flowers and grasses are crucial elements of the entire ecological cycle as they attract and provide homes and mating grounds for various species of insects, spiders, etc, who then go on to provide food for frogs, snakes and the food chain goes on. Yatin Gholap, a Mumbai-based naturalist and botanist, said, “The changes in the seasons can be marked only by observing the slow changes in nature. Pollinated by insects and bees over the past few months, the forest, during monsoon, becomes abundant in various species of grasses, bulbous flowers like lilies and so on. The rain showers cover the forest floor with grasses and herbs like the Hill Turmeric, tall flowers like the Wild Spiral Ginger, Stalks of wild yam and so on.” “It is this environment that gives a perfect home ground for small creatures like grasshoppers and insects and even butterfly and moth caterpillars and larvae in the beginning, followed by spiders, frogs, birds and eventually the entire wild ecosystem till the entire forest turns into a lively hub,” added Gholap. It is this environment that gives a perfect home ground for small creatures in the beginning, followed by spiders, frogs, birds and eventually the entire wild ecosystem till the entire forest turns into a lively hub.
|2018-06-19||'Involve IIT to monitor infra works being done in TTC area' - Times of India|
‘Involve IIT to monitor infra works being done in TTC area’ Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 08:51 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The industrial cluster in the Trans Thane Creek (TTC) has asked the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to involve the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for proper monitoring of the infrastructural works being done. A meeting was held on Tuesday after which MIDC superitending engineer Rajendra Kendre said that he will move forward a proposal to senior authorities to appoint the technical body. The MIDC is executing expenditure on the infrastructure work. Sanction of Rs 267 crore has been given for 21km of internal roads besides ducts for electrical and telephone wires, gas pipeline and drainage work in the Rabale area in the first phase. The expenditure is based on a 50:50 cost sharing model between the industry and MIDC. As stakeholders, the industry association has upped the ante and also demanded action by the MIDC on illegal slums and cleaning of the drains. Three contractors have been assigned the task. Prakash Padikkal, vice president of TTC-MIDC industries’ association, said, “We want proper work as the industry has taken a gross hit last year and also during the first showers this monsoon with waterlogging in many units causing damage and loss to the tune of several crores.” He added that the money has been sanctioned for the first phase of the Rs 227 crore to be spent in Rabale. Kendre said, “The drains will be cleaned immediately and illegal commercial outlets that had mushroomed in the MIDC area will be demolished. As for the slums that were illegal, action will be taken post monsoon as it would discomfort people.” The association has scheduled a conference on Wednesday for its members to highlight the plight of industry owners due to the alarming conditions of roads and infrastructure. We want proper work as the industry has taken a gross hit last year and also during the first showers this monsoon with waterlogging in many units causing damage and loss of several crores.
|2018-06-18||bike-borne men: Thane: Two bikers killed in railway mishap | Thane ... - Times of India|
Thane: Two bikers killed in railway mishap Jun 18, 2018, 15:56 IST THANE: Two unidentified bike-borne men were killed after they were knocked down by a speeding mail express train at Diva level crossing Monday morning. The men had reportedly ducked under the level crossing gate that was shut for road traffic. The incident happened around 11am near the Diva level crossing gate. It is learnt that the victims had borrowed the bike from a native and were on their way to Diva east for some work. The duo wanted to cross over to the other side of the station, but were reportedly got impatient as the gate was shut for a long time and decided to cross over the busy tracks notwithstanding the busy railway traffic passing on the lines. The boys had hardly driven out on the tracks when they noticed a speeding express train coming in their way, but by the time they could move, the train had already hit them killing them on the spot. The Diva railway police rushed to the spot and admitted them to the nearest hospital that declared them dead on arrival. A case of accidental death was being registered with the police.
|2018-06-18||Dump Your Trash in Thane's Tech Bins, Win Gold Coins, Freebies & Discounts! - The Better India|
Dump Your Trash in Thane’s Tech Bins, Win Gold Coins, Freebies & Discounts! Thane has taken this unique initiative in order to encourage citizens to practice safe waste-disposal. June 18, 2018, 7:00 pm To tackle the trash menace in Thane, authorities have come up with a brilliant idea. To coax citizens to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, Maharashtra’s Thane City will start giving goodies to citizens. According to a report in The Times of India, the Municipal Corporation of Thane plans to give residents free gold coins, for using its newly-installed hi-tech roadside garbage bin. Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal is guiding the initiative to install 200 hi-tech bins in the city in the next one year. These bins will give out prizes in exchange for garbage. ‘TechBins’ will give out a unique code, every time a user deposits waste in it. Simply download the TechBin application from the iOS or Android application stores, and register. Visit the nearest tech bin, and drop your dry or wet waste in it. Then, send the unique code that the bin flashes to the number mentioned. Then, wait for discount offers to be sent to you, via e-mail or phone. Register just once, and perform multiple transactions. The bins have been developed by Bhandup-based Asian Gallant, a company also responsible for the maintenance of these bins for the next decade. The company will approach local vendors and shopkeepers to get the goodies at a discounted rate to give away to TechBin users. These bins have a carrying capacity of around 300 litres, allowing them to accommodate 190 cubic metres of wet and dry waste. The bins are capable of carrying out internal waste segregation and will be located at prime spots like bus stops, malls, markets, commercial areas and cinema halls. The project is being divided into phases, and according to Phase 1, 30 bins will be installed by the end of June 2018. A test run of the project was carried out, inaugurated by commissioner Jaiswal, at Pokhran 1, on June 13th. These bins have a carrying capacity of around 300 litres, allowing them to accommodate 190 cubic metres of wet and dry waste. The bins are capable of carrying out internal waste segregation and will be located at prime spots like bus stops, malls, markets, commercial areas and cinema halls. The project is being divided into phases, and according to Phase 1, 30 bins will be installed by the end of June 2018. A test run of the project was carried out, inaugurated by commissioner Jaiswal, at Pokhran 1, on June 13th. TechBin comes at a timely moment–Thane ranked low on the nationwide Swacch Sarvekshan Survey, and slipped several ranks, from 17th pace in 2016, to 116th place, in 2017. Activists are concerned that these TechBins might lure citizens from other places to dump their trash in Thane. However, as a strategy to combat the littering issue, the TechBins have been well-strategised, by providing an incentive to responsible citizens!
|2018-06-18||Thane: Con call centre kingpin gets bail | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Thane: Con call centre kingpin gets bail Jun 18, 2018, 11:51 IST THANE: The district sessions court has granted the bail to the 24-year-old mastermind of the fake call call centre racket that duped gullible American citizens to the tune of thousands of dollars. Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, a native of Ahmedabad is accused of duping US nationals of thousands of dollars. In his order, sessions court judge RV Jatale granted the bail, said a police officer confirmed to TOI. TOI was the first to report on the series of raids at Mira road fake call centres on the night of October 4, 2016. Thane police and US authorities also got involved as Thakkar had allegedly targeted American citizens. Thakkar later fled to Dubai, but came back to India fearing deportation to the US, added the officer. The advocate representing Thakkar moved the plea on the grounds the various grounds. Also, many accused have been released on bail and most recently one other accused and alleged accused Jagdish Kanani, too was released by the supreme court. The advocate representing Shaggy pointed out to the court various citations and the orders of the supreme court as well as high courts based on the release of Kanani, said a police officer. Earlier, too Thakkar had moved the plea but was rejected the district court citing the scope for probe. He had then pleaded that he is educated and the probe is completed and nothing has been recovered from him. On the other hand hand prosecution opposed the bail plea, stating that Thakkar is the main culprit and should not be granted bail. Investigations revealed that the call centres run by Shaggy at Ahmedabad and Mira road used a prepared script to speak to their American victims. The accused were skilled at speaking and some of their calls would last more than 30 minutes. The fraudsters would train youngsters to speak accented English in the call centers and make random calls to the citizens staying in the US posing as officials of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Indian equivalent of Income Tax, and threaten them of raids unless they paid up through wire transfers or purchasing I-tune cards which would in turn be redeemed by the cheats. So far, one Tapesh Gupta, Shaggy's sister Reema is absconding in the case. It was on the midnight of October 5, 2016 more than 200 police from crime branch raided bogus fake call centres located in Mira Road of the Thane district. In these call centres the callers posed as IRS officials and duped the US citizens to several thousands of dollars. More than 295 were arrested and chargesheeted and nearly 10-12 are presently still in judicial custody. A total of six people have been named as absconding in the case. While the police have seized accused's property of Rs 4.7 crore.
|2018-06-18||Thane corp starts work on construction of 25km track for cyclists - Times of India|
Thane corp starts work on construction of 25km track for cyclists Jun 18, 2018, 23:46 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is working on constructing a 25-km-long cycle track in the city for cycling enthusiasts. According to the plans, the tracks will be constructed only in Thane city presently and based on its popularity the plan may be extended to other parts of the city, said officials. The tracks will be developed along existing roads adjoining the footpaths at Pokhran, Wagle Estate, Devdaya Nagar, station area and Gladys Alwares Road to name a few. The tracks will be around three-12 feet wide to allow passage of a standard dimension bicycle in both directions on select roads and the maximum length in each of the areas would be 3.5km. These dedicated lanes will be connected to public transport hubs in the respective areas. Cycle stands will be constructed in particular areas to facilitate residents to minimise the use of autos or other mode of transport for short journeys. Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and other officials, who reviewed the progress of the work in the city recently said, the tracks will be ready for use mostly by December this year. The initiative is part of the Rs 28 crore pedestrain-friendly initiative undertaken under the smart city project. The lanes will be open for cyclists using their own cycles or even those rented from civic body’s rent-a-cycle project. Civic officials said they were positive the dedicated lanes would help attract more users as the project had initially failed to garner the desired response with several potential users shying away claiming lack of safety gear and dedicated lanes. “We are distinguishing these dedicated cycle lanes with a different colour and bollards. They will be linked to the two points without any interruptions midway. Also, care will be taken to ensure that vehicles are not parked on these tracks. We will also depute personnel to ensure the lanes are obstacle-free at all points,” said a civic official.
|2018-06-18||Two from UP die in Mumbai after being hit by train - Times of India|
Two from UP die in Mumbai after being hit by train PTI | Jun 18, 2018, 23:16 IST THANE: Two persons hailing from Uttar Pradesh died after being run over by an express train at Diva on the Central Railway here on Monday, the Railway Police said. The duo was crossing railway tracks on a two-wheeler at a level crossing when they were knocked down by Sevagram Express shortly before noon, Inspector Smita Dhakne of the Thane Railway Police said. The deceased were identified as Angre Sarabhit Chowdhary (25) and Ramcharan Chowdhary (30), both originally hailing from Basti in Uttar Pradesh, Dhakne said. Ramcharan Chowdhary worked as a mason in Diva town, while Angre Chowdhary was his helper, the officer added.
|2018-06-18||Thane: 65-year-old man arrested for raping 8-year-old in Kalyan - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 65-year-old man arrested for raping 8-year-old in Kalyan Jun 18, 2018 03:31 pm Thane: A 65-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in a public toilet in Kolsewadi in Thane district’s Kalyan area, police said today. Police said that Kamundas Samarudas Manickpure raped the 8-year-old girl when she went to a public toilet in Kolsewadi locality in the afternoon yesterday. A complaint was filed by the victim’s family last evening following which the man was arrested late yesterday night, a Kolsewadi police official said. The man is a resident of Suchak Naka in Kolsewadi, the official informed. “A case has been registered against the man for rape and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have also been invoked,” the official said. He said the man would be produced in court today and added that further investigation into the incident was underway, he added.
|2018-06-18||Wary TMC alerts PWD fearing massive landslide at Parsik - Times of India|
Wary TMC alerts PWD fearing massive landslide at Parsik Jun 18, 2018, 23:48 IST THANE: A wary municipal administration has alerted the public works department fearing a massive landslide along the Parsik hills in the monsoon season. Following a minor incident of soil slipping off beneath the Mumbra bypass road that has been constructed along the hill slopes; the administration has once again raised concerns over the safety of residents staying in the settlements. The administration has already sent warnings to residents asking them to evacuate their homes in the case of heavy rains as it is likely to trigger landslides. There are nearly 75,000 residents staying along the hill slopes in both Kalwa and Mumbra and they may face risks during the monsoon season when the land gets slippery and is prone to landslides, said officials. Officials said the rains last week were comparatively less but still managed to dislodge the retaining wall along the road. “We have checked the spot where the Saturady incident happened and feel it is prone to more landslides in the monsoon and have also alerted the public works department to take corrective action. Any repair work undertaken here is unlikely to last the fury of the rains that is witnessed here usually. There is danger to the settlements located on the slopes along the Mumbra bypass highway,” informed Santosh Kadam, chief of regional disaster management cell at the TMC. NCP corporator Prakash Barde said he was unsure if the corporation claims of reaching out to the victims could be true alleging that the administration was yet to deploy adequate infrastructure. “At the Kalwa side of the hill slopes, there is barely any space for the rescue teams to access the affected sites. It is time to relocate the residents from here at the earliest before waiting for a mishap to occur,” he said. We have checked the spot where the Saturady incident happened and feel it is prone to more landslides in the monsoon and have also alerted the public works department to take corrective action. There is danger to the settlements located on the slopes along the Mumbra bypass highway.
|2018-06-18||TMC to install suctions pumps at Dattawadi to avoid waterlogging - Times of India|
TMC to install suctions pumps at Dattawadi to avoid waterlogging Updated: Jun 18, 2018, 23:38 IST THANE: Although Kalwa’s Dattawadi area residents are yet to receive a permanent solution from the constant waterlogging taking place in their society and at times even in their homes, the civic administration has assured them that they would install suction pumps in the area to avoid flooding during heavy rains. Over the past decade, residents of this area have had to wade through knee-deep water to enter their homes as the drainage water, which accumulates along the railway tracks behind their societies, flows into their low lying area. This causes a lot of rodents and dirt in the are which can lead to illness. “As our societies is a low lying area. So, during rains there is a three to five feet accumulation of drainage water in our area. At times, even with a drizzle the place tends to get flooded. While it hasn’t rained properly since Saturday, our compound is still filled with the mucky remnants of the drainage water. Insects and rodents have become the order of the day,” said P Jaisinghani, a senior citizen from Lilavati Nagar CHS. After these residents approached the Kalwa ward office with their grievances last year, the officials visited the area and wrote a detailed report on the poor conditions and the need for a pakka nullah for the waste water to flow. With no action taken on this front since a year after the recce, citizens, on Friday, once again approached the TMC officials at its headquarters in Pachpakhadi. “Even though the officials promised us a pakka nullah behind our society, no work has started. I have approached a senior civic official for help as the first rain had reduced our area to a marsh once again. Things will get worse in the next few months,” said Jaisinghani. While the construction of the new drainage line will take time, civic officials have assured citizens that they will not face waterlogging problem this year as a number of suction pumps will be installed on days when the rainfall is heavy. “Constructing a new nullah is a lengthy process and it requires numerous procedures, including tying up with the railways as the main drain is on the railway tracks behind their society. While that will take some time, we will make sure to place suction pumps at regular intervals in this area during heavy rains so that excessive water is drained out and no flooding takes place,” said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commission, TMC.
|2018-06-18||Two men from Uttar Pradesh run over by express train in Thane - United News of India|
Two men from Uttar Pradesh run over by express train in Thane Thane, Jun 18 (UNI) Two men from Basti of Uttar Pradesh were runover by an express train at Diva railway station on the Central Railway route on Monday.The duo were crossing the tracks on a two-wheeler this morning when the train knocked them down, police said.According to police, the footage of nearby close circuit TV camera shows that they were warned by the attendant at the level-crossing against crossing the tracks but they did not heed the warning,resulting in the mishap. The duo were mowed down by the Sevagram Express, police informed. Their bodies have been sent for post-mortem to the government hospital.
|2018-06-18||Orientation workshop for national science congress on June 24 - Times of India|
Orientation workshop for national science congress on June 24 TNN | Jun 18, 2018, 23:39 IST THANE: Although city-schools have just reopened young science enthusiasts are already pumped up for the annual National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) to be held in December. A brainchild of the Government of India's National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) department of science and technology, NCSC aims at formulating a platform for young scientists to exhibit their creativity. Surendra Dighe from Jidnyasa Trust which is the coordinating agency for NCSC in Maharashtra said, “The 2018 NCSC focal theme is ‘Science, technology and innovation for a clean, green and healthy nation.’ Students will have to choose from six sub-themes - Ecosystem and ecosystem services, health, hygiene and sanitation, waste to wealth, society, culture and livelihoods and traditional knowledge systems.” Last year, three projects curated by lake city students were selected to represent Maharashtra. One group had devised solutions for improving the quality of water near railway lines to cultivate vegetables, and another prepared a protein-rich chocolate bar using edible algae. An orientation workshop will be held on Sunday, June 24 at Saraswati School, Naupada from 9.30 am-12.30 pm.
|2018-06-18||Thane: 2 on scooter crushed at Diva level crossing - Times of India|
Thane: 2 on scooter crushed at Diva level crossing Updated: Jun 19, 2018, 05:50 IST THANE: Ignoring the red signal, two men on a scooter ducked under the barrier of the Diva railway level crossing and tried to beat an oncoming express train, but were crushed to death on Monday. The impact of the collision was such that the front wheel of the scooter was found nearly a kilometre away from the spot. The deceased were identified as Ramcharan Choudhary (30) and Angrez Choudhary (25), who worked as masons and undertook small-time renovation contracts in and around Diva. Natives of Basti district in Uttar Pradesh, they were living in a rented room in Diva. On Monday, they were headed to a shop in Diva (E) to purchase some raw material. As they were in a hurry, they borrowed a friend's Scooty. "As the level crossing gate was shut for a long time, they decided to cross the tracks though the gate was closed and trains, both suburban and outstation, were constantly passing on the six railway lines," said an official from the Thane railway police, requesting anonymity. Ignoring warnings from passersby and motorists, Ramcharan and Angrez ducked under the barrier and started crossing the tracks when they realized that they were in the path of Nagpur-Mumbai Sevagram Express, which was approaching them fast. Several bystanders and even the gateman raised an alarm, but by the time they could react, the express train hit Ramcharan and Angrez. Station officials rushed them to a nearby hospital, where they were declared dead. The Thane railway police have registered a case of accidental death. Following the incident, locals reiterated the demand for closure of the Diva level crossing and the construction of a road over-bridge at the spot. A 2017 review of track-crossing deaths recorded 149 such incidents at Diva, and most of them were at the level crossing, said Central Railway officials. The Diva level crossing, which is opened 63 times a day, is a major hurdle on the CR's network, eating up nearly three hours of its time every day and delaying 300 services. In 2013, the CR proposed a road overbridge near Diva station to provide local residents a safer passage and prevent train delays that inconvenience thousands of commuters every day. The design is yet to be finalised because of a disagreement between CR and Thane Municipal Corporation. In 2014, then then railway minister Suresh Prabhu had announced that all level crossings in Mumbai would be shut to ensure timely suburban train services.
|2018-06-18||Thane to lose wetlands to development - The Asian Age|
Thane to lose wetlands to development Published : Jun 19, 2018, 2:39 am IST, Updated : Jun 19, 2018, 2:39 am IST Meanwhile, the TMC has stated that the civic body has all the required permissions in place. Mumbai: Thane city is going to lose two major wetlands at Gaimukh, Ghodbu-nder road and Mumbra to a waterfront development project by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The proposal, which includes a garden and a jogging track among others, plans to fill the wetlands by 15 feet in both the sites. Environmentalists have raised concerns over the reclamation of coastal regulation zone-1 area, which may prove detrimental to the city during the monsoon. Meanwhile, the TMC has stated that the civic body has all the required permissions in place. Not just these two wetland patches, but the project will also entail reclamation of wetland patches at three other spots at Thane city including Kopri and Salket-Balkum.
|2018-06-18||Thane: Delhi garment shop-owner held in CDR case - Times of India|
Thane: Delhi garment shop-owner held in CDR case Jun 19, 2018, 04:43 IST THANE: Crime branch sleuths nabbed a Delhi garment shop-owner, on the run for months following a police probe which pointed to his role in a call data records (CDRs) scam. Saurabh Sahu allegedly sourced CDRs of individuals using his network with police and passed them to key accused, Kling Mishra and Shitla Sharma, for a hefty amount. "We kept a watch on Sahu's home and we caught him on Sunday evening and brought him to Thane. He had applied for anticipatory bail at Thane sessions court, which rejected it a week back," said senior inspector (crime branch unit I) Nitin Thakre. Sahu, who was remanded to police custody till June 29, had been arrested earlier for similar crimes.
|2018-06-17||Seven men loot 22.57 lakh via bitcoins in Thane- The New Indian ... - The New Indian Express|
Seven men loot 22.59 lakh via bitcoins in Thane A charge sheet for cheating has been prepared against the accused, no arrests have been made. Published: 17th June 2018 03:54 PM | Last Updated: 17th June 2018 03:55 PM THANE: Seven people have been booked for allegedly cheating a man of Rs 22.59 lakhs. The victim, Raghuveer Kulkarni (45), was introduced to a bitcoin investment scheme of a company by one of his friends who promised him good returns. A case of cheating has been registered at the Khadakpada police station but no arrests have been made so far. As of February 2017, he had invested Rs 22.59 lakhs. However, the accused, who were associated with the company, did not pay Kulkarni any money and closed down their business and fled, the police said. Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that is supposed to provide a secure and private alternative to conventional money. According to the government, bitcoins or such cryptocurrencies are not legal tenders in the country.
|2018-06-17||CA duped of Rs 1 8 lakh in Thane - United News of India|
CA duped of Rs 1 8 lakh in Thane Thane, June 17 (UNI) A practicing Chartered Accountant was duped of Rs 1.8 lakh in this district of Maharashtra.According to police, on June 2, CA Nilesh Deshpande, a resident of Vrindavan society in the city, received a message purported to be from one of his client Dileep Gosh, stating that it was his new number and requesting him to help his friend with Rs 1,86,000. Nilesh, not knowing that he was being cheated by hacking his clients mobile, promptly helped the friend of his client and provided the money.On June 14, the CA received a message from his client stating that all his accounts including the contact list, whatsapp, facebook messenger and email had been hacked by some one who was identifying himself as Gosh and a complaint had been made to the local police at Versova on June 11, 2018.
|2018-06-17||Case Filed Against Seven In Thane For Alleged Bitcoin Fraud - NDTV|
Case Filed Against Seven In Thane For Alleged Bitcoin Fraud The victim, Raghuveer Kulkarni, 45, was introduced to a bitcoin investment scheme of a company by one of his friends who promised him good returns, they said. Updated: June 17, 2018 23:50 IST THANE: A case has been filed against seven people for allegedly cheating a man to the tune of Rs. 22.59 lakh after pursuing him to invest in bitcoins launched by a company, police said today. A case of cheating has been registered at the Khadakpada police station. No arrest has been made so far, the police said. The victim, Raghuveer Kulkarni, 45, was introduced to a bitcoin investment scheme of a company by one of his friends who promised him good returns, they said. Accordingly, since February 2017, he invested a total of Rs. 22.59 lakh into the company. However, the accused, who were associated with the company, did not pay Mr Kulkarni any money and closed down their business and fled, the police said. Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that is supposed to provide a secure and private alternative to conventional money. According to the government, bitcoins or such cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in the country.
|2018-06-17||Pune kingpin behind Kalyan cryptocurrency scam: Thane police - Hindustan Times|
Pune kingpin behind Kalyan cryptocurrency scam: Thane police Police were investigating the complaint of a 45-year-old man who was approached by Gain Bitcoin — Bhardwaj’s company — last year and lured into investing a lot of money in one of their schemes MUMBAI Updated: Jun 18, 2018 00:50 IST More than a month after Amit Bhardwaj, the kingpin of the 2000-crore cryptocurrency scam, was arrested by the Pune police, a unit of the Thane crime branch has found that it was the same person’s company that was running a similar racket in Kalyan for a year. A police officer from the Thane commissionerate, requesting anonymity, said they were investigating into this matter based on the complaint of a 45-year-old man, Raghuveer Kulkarni, who was approached by Gain Bitcoin — Bhardwaj’s company — last year and lured into investing a lot of money in one of their schemes. “Gain Bitcoin was running at Yogidh in Kalyan too. We found that the main accused, Amit Bhardwaj, has already been arrested. We have alerted Pune police about it,” the officer said. “Kulkarni invested 22.5 lakh (with Gain Bitcoin). When the company shut down a few months ago, the owners and other employees switched off their mobiles, just like they did to investors in Pune,” the officer said. The Thane police said there were more people apart from Kulkarni who were also cheated in Kalyan. Earlier this month, the Thane crime branch busted a similar cryptocurrency racket which had cheated more than 25,000 investors of more than ?500 crore. The mastermind behind this scheme, Amit Lakhanpal, is said to be hiding in Dubai. It was in 2017 when Lakhanpal launched his own fake cryptocurrency company, distributing 120 digital coins to investors after giving them fake promises. In connection with this case, the Thane police said they arrested one suspect. “We have arrested a Mumbra resident, Taha Kazi, 26-years-old, who was appointed as technical head and later made director (of Lakhanpal’s company),” said another officer from the Thane commissionerate. Police also seized 68 bottles of foreign liquor from Lakhanpal’s home in Navi Mumbai, besides three high-end vehicles and 3 lakh in cash.
|2018-06-17||Wet garbage woe plagues Thane residents - Daily News & Analysis|
Wet garbage woe plagues Thane residents Updated: Jun 18, 2018, 02:32 AM IST Though the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has extended its deadline by a month for bigger housing societies in Thane to manage their own garbage, the societies want the civic body to manage its wet waste. They say that they can manage dry waste but do not have the wherewithal to set up expensive bio compost machinery. On June 17 over 35 big housing societies from Thane had a meeting to discuss ways and means to manage their own waste. This was after the TMC on June 15 gave them one more month to adopt the waste management system. "After a lot of discussions we zeroed in on the idea to segregate the wet and dry waste of our societies," says Siva Kumar Vunnava from Bramhand phase VI, Ghodbunder road. "We will manage dry waste, but TMC should take care of the wet waste. Putting up a wet waste plant requires around Rs 10 to Rs 12 lakh," he adds. The residents also demand that TMC should put up a waste processing plant on vacant plots in the city since there's no dumping ground. "They have given a waste processing plant to an NGO at Kopri. Why cannot it do the same on other plots in the city? They can levy a surcharge to process and maintain it," says Mahendra Deshmukh, chairman, Prakruti Park co-operative housing society, Bramhand, Thane. The residents fume that the TMC is trying to get rid of its responsibility. "We do not have parking space in our buildings and they want us to start our own solid waste management plants," exclaims Deshmukh. The residents hope that good sense will prevail over TMC. "We will appeal to the TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to reconsider this decision. Or else we will start a signature campaign and approach the court about the same," warns Vunnava.
|2018-06-16||Thane court sentences three Bangladeshis to ten years in prison in 2012 human trafficking case - Firstpost|
Thane court sentences three Bangladeshis to ten years in prison in 2012 human trafficking case Jun 16, 2018 13:13:12 IST Thane: A district court has sentenced three Bangladeshi nationals to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in a human trafficking case that was filed in 2012. District sessions judge SC Khalipe convicted the trio— Abdul alias Afzal Shaikh alias Gaffar Shafiuddin Shaikh, 48, his wife Shivali alias Sangita Abdul Shaikh, 36, and her sister Nargis Abdul Hasan Mandal, 30. The sentence was awarded on Wednesday. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 26,000 on each convict. The trio was held guilty under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and IPC sections including 366(A) (procuration of minor girl), 366(B) (importation of girl from foreign country) and 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution). Representational image. Getty ImagesRepresentational image. Getty Images On 21 August, 2012, the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of Thane Police had conducted a raid and rescued five victims, including two minors. The trio was held from a hotel here, where a deal was being struck to push the women into flesh trade, prosecutors Vandana Jadhav and Rekha Hiwrale told the court. The police had sent a decoy to the hotel to strike a deal and caught the three red-handed. The premises where the flesh trade was being run—a 'chawl'—was also raided by the police. "So it is proved by the prosecution that the three accused persons in furtherance of common intention accepted money for providing girls for prostitution. It is proved that they were living on the earnings of prostitution business," the judge said in the order. "It has also been proven by the prosecution that the accused procured two minor and three major victims for prostitution from Bangladesh. One of the victims was brought from Bangladesh to Mumbai and was left at the house of the accused," it said. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) had earlier sent 11-year-old son of the convicted Bangladeshi couple to a remand home. The court ordered that the boy be kept in the remand home.
|2018-06-16||Fire in Thane bakery | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Fire in Thane bakery Jun 16, 2018, 12:35 IST THANE: A ground plus one structure of Janta Bakery near Ahmed Ali Chawl, in Rabodi Thane suffered massive damage after a fire broke out in the facility late Saturday morning. According to the Thane RDMC team, the fire in the unit was reported around 11am following which the rescue teams were alerted. The fire quickly spread to the upper floor and also damaged a part of the slab which caved in, informed officials. The bakery is owned by one Fahim Shaha. No casualty or injury was reported and the Situation has been brought under control, informed Santosh Kadam, chief of Thane rdmc. The cause of fire will be investigated soon, informed civic officials.
|2018-06-16||cheating young job seekers: Thane: Woman held for duping job ... - Times of India|
Thane: Woman held for duping job seekers, hunt on for 4 others Jun 16, 2018, 14:27 IST THANE: Navi Mumbai police have arrested a woman for allegedly cheating young job seekers to the tune of several lakhs of rupees on the false promise of providing employment, an official said on Saturday. The Anti Extortion Cell of Navi Mumbai police arrested the woman, identified as Jayashri Date, on Thursday. "Based on a complaint lodged by a victim in Satara district, an offence was registered against a group of people, including the woman, who ran a recruitment agency in Navi Mumabi," DCP Crime Tushar Doshi of the Navi Mumbai police said. "They had taken Rs 5.50 lakh from the victim in May 2016 promising to give her a job as a constable in RPF, Kolkata. They even sent a posting letter and other documents to her last year, which turned out to be fake. They later shut their office and fled," he said. An offence has been registered against them with the APMC police station under various IPC sections including 420 (cheating) and 465 (forgery). The woman's husband, Sunil Date, and other accused-Deepak Singh, Manish Singh and one Sadique- are still absconding, police said. "They had cheated several other job seekers in a similar fashion, promising jobs to them in RPF, Railways and JNPT," Doshi said. Further investigation is on.
|2018-06-16||IT department files 61 prosecution cases in Thane - United News of India|
IT department files 61 prosecution cases in Thane Thane, Jun 16 (UNI) The Income Tax Department at Thane has filed as many as 61 prosecution cases this year for default of taxes, the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Thane Nitya Nand Mishra said here on Friday.This year there has been growth of 40.37 per cent in corporate tax and the net budget collection of Thane charge has gone up by 25.35 per cent, also growth in advance tax has been marked at 26.96 per cent and self assessment tax at 24.5 per cent.He also added that there have been unprecedented recovery surveys and Operation Clean Money surveys. It has even being ensured that all the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAM) grievances are redressed within 30 days.
|2018-06-16||Yet another woman molested at civil hosp - Times of India|
Yet another woman molested at civil hosp Jun 16, 2018, 22:29 IST Thane: Yet another incident of molestation was reported at the Thane civil hospital on Wednesday within a span of almost a month after two such incidents. A 35-year-old housewife was allegedly molested by a helper from the hospital, while she was standing near the paediatric ward on Wednesday evening. The woman complained about the alleged accused to the hospital staff following which he was arrested. “The woman was accompanied by her two children to the hospital that evening. The accused, Manoj Manpe, touched her inappropriately when she was standing near the paediatric ward. She then complained about Manpe to the nurses around, who later informed us. We then arrested him from the hospital in the night. Manpe, who was initially given one-day police custody was granted judicial custody by the magistrate court on Friday,” said Mandar Dharmadhikari, senior inspector of Thane Nagar police station. Hospital authorities said that Manpe had been working in the hospital since the past six years and there were no complaints about him before. He was a helper in the paediatric ward and was on contract basis under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Officials from the hospital said that they will be installing CCTV cameras at the spot where the crime occurred as it was previously not under surveillance. Also, that are still waiting for sanctions of security personnel. “While we have cameras installed in most parts of the hospital, we will be installing a CCTV camera soon at the spot where the incident occurred on Wednesday. We have already sent two proposals asking for security guards for the hospital and are awaiting their sanction,” said Dr Sangita Makode, additional civil surgeon at the hospital.
|2018-06-16||Large societies get one more month to plan waste disposal - Times of India|
Large societies get one more month to plan waste disposal Jun 16, 2018, 22:30 IST Thane: The municipal administration, on Friday, announced that it will continue to collect solid waste from residential societies till mid-July as against its earlier plan to stop lifting trash from big colonies. The decision comes a day after the administration had aggressively claimed that it will not collect garbage from societies spread over 5,000sqm area citing a 2016 Ministry of Environment and forest circular. TOI had highlighted the ire of residents who had opposed the move and requested an extension. The stepdown from the earlier plan, was formally announced by civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, Friday evening, following persuasion by activists who feared a health hazard and intervention by guardian minister Eknath Shinde. Jaiswal said that while the civic staff will continue to collect wet and dry garbage from residential societies till the next one month, a local ward level committee will also be formed to tackle the disposal issue. “We have decided to postpone enforcing our plans for one month. A local level waste management committee will be formed that will conduct a trash audit and also work on promoting the initiative among local residents. However, after the extension period, we will strictly implement the same and also penalize offenders,” said Jaiswal. It may be noted that several residents had expressed their displeasure over the plan. Residents and activists said they are opposed to this plan that has been thrust on residents without even consulting them and many had even decided to stage protests against this decision. “The TMC can set up composting waste bins within the society and residents be allowed to dump their wet waste once a day after which the same could be covered with soil for allowing decomposition. The same can be replicated,” suggested Dr Uma Uppal, a Thane resident.
|2018-06-16||Thane woman offered job by friend from Punjab, raped - Hindustan Times|
Thane woman offered job by friend from Punjab, raped MUMBAI Updated: Jun 17, 2018 01:05 IST A 24-year-old woman from Thane was allegedly raped by her Facebook friend last year. The man had promised to give her a job in a multinational company. The Kapurbawdi police have filed a case against Mangatpal Singh,42, under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Singh is a resident of Punjab. A police officer from the Thane commissionerate said, “Last year, the woman got an interview call for the said job in October. Singh told her that he would conduct the interview when he would visit Thane.” The woman was called to a private lodge, where a spiked drink was offered to her. “The woman, in her complaint told that she went for the interview because she was offered a good salary and designation,” the officer said. In the lodge, Singh offered the woman a spiked drink. “The woman alleged that the drink was spiked, as she fell unconscious after consuming it. She has said that Singh raped her while she was unconscious and also recorded the entire act in a video,” the officer said. In the last few weeks, Singh threatened the victim using the video into having a physical relationship with him. He threatened to circulate it and to send it to the woman’s husband too. “We are searching on the lookout for the accused and have form a team a to nab him”, said the officer.
|2018-06-16||FIFA ticket for Thane girl who dreams to be a soccer coach - Daily News & Analysis|
This Mumbai girl is living the dream and going to watch FIFA 2018 in Russia Updated: Jun 17, 2018, 08:40 AM IST It's a dream come true for 20-year-old Shraddha Aher. She is among the few selected from the country by OSCAR Foundation to visit Russia for watching 2018 FIFA World Cup. Aher, a Thane resident has been playing soccer for last two years and wants to be a football coach in future. She is now coaching around eight girls from near her locality. Just like Aher, Poonam Gautam from Ambedkar Nagar slum in Mumbai, Lalu Rathod and Akshay Chauhan from the city too will be there in Russia as part of a six-member youth delegation. These youngsters will be participating in FIFA Foundation's 'Football For Hope' festival — FIFA's global initiative for youth and community development, from June 26 to July 3. Speaking about her love for football, Aher, said, "During school days, I saw a few of my friends participating in different sports, but I could not participate due to lack of financial support. After my junior college, I started taking young leader training from OSCAR foundation, which not only developed my learning and love for football as a sport, but also made me realize that I should train other children in this sports too." While Aher now trains 74 children in football at Rabodi Thane, there are only eight girls in her team. She further added, "Even today it is difficult to make parents understand that there is no harm if a girl plays football. While earlier even I didn't have support from family, now they do support me." Another youth delegate Poonam Gautam, 18, said, "I am very excited that I am one of the selected members for this tour. From my community, I am the first girl who will be going outside of India. I am passionate about football. I am excited to watch the match live and meet people from foreign countries related to my passion." Other members of the six-member team are Poonam Gautam (Mumbai), Lalu Rathod (Mumbai), Akshay Chauhan (Mumbai), Shital Toppo (Jharkhand) and Sony Kumari (Jharkhand).
|2018-06-15||Nine-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Water Tank In Thane - NDTV|
Nine-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Water Tank In Thane The boy's body was later fished out and sent for post-mortem. Updated: June 15, 2018 22:25 IST THANE: A nine-year-old boy fell into a water tank and drowned here this evening, a civic official said. The boy, Kunal Bagul, accidentally fell into the water tank located adjacent a public toilet in Mahatma Phule Nagar in Kalwa town and drowned, Santosh Kadam, chief of the Thane civic body's Regional Disaster Management Cell, said. His body was later fished out and sent for post-mortem, he said, adding a probe into the incident was on.
|2018-06-15||Thane residents get one more month to compost waste - Hindustan Times|
Thane residents get one more month to compost waste The Thane Municipal Corporation said it would not collect garbage from housing societies that generate more than 100kg of daily waste MUMBAI Updated: Jun 16, 2018 00:57 IST As the deadline for composting waste ended on Friday, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) gave residents more time to set up the system. The municipal corporation had said it would stop collecting garbage from those housing societies which generate more than 100kg waste every day. It directed them to set up their own compost system. The TMC’s solid waste management (SWM) department had announced that it would stop collecting garbage from big housing societies from June 15. On Friday, the TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal directed officials to extend the deadline for a month so that citizens can get time to adopt the waste management system. The officials said housing societies, schools, colleges and commercial structures which generate more than 100kg will face TMC action if they don’t comply within a month. The TMC had said it would impose ?500 fine per day on those societies which fail to implement the rule. “Many housing societies approached the municipal commissioner and other senior officials of the SWM department over extending the deadline. They wanted more time to set up the system,” said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner.
|2018-06-15||Himachal Pradesh: 21 Thane trekkers rescued, 1 dead. - The Indian Express|
Himachal Pradesh: 21 Thane trekkers rescued, 1 dead. “16 trekkers were brought to the ITBO base camp at Rani Kanda and nine of them were sent to Shimla. Six trekkers, apart from the body of the deceased, are being brought down to base camp,” she said. Updated: June 16, 2018 3:06:54 am The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) rescued 21 trekkers, mostly hailing from Maharashtra, besides two from Mexico, from Borasu Pass on the Himachal Pradesh-Uttarakhand border after receiving a distress call. One trekker from Thane, however, died due to high altitude sickness before he could be rescued. Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kalpa, in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, Major (Dr) Avaninder Sharma, said a total of 22 trekkers were crossing over from Uttarakhand to Himachal and made a distress call to which ITBP personnel of a battalion stationed on the Himachal side responded. Assistant Tehsildar Sangla, Prem Sarita, identified the deceased as Harish Apte (33) from Thane, Maharashtra. “16 trekkers were brought to the ITBO base camp at Rani Kanda and nine of them were sent to Shimla. Six trekkers, apart from the body of the deceased, are being brought down to base camp,” she said. She added that one of the rescued trekkers was from Delhi while the team leader was from Uttarakhand. The condition of the rescued trekkers was stable, sources said.
|2018-06-15||Nine-yr-old boy drowned in water tank in Thane - United News of India|
Nine-yr-old boy drowned in water tank in Thane June 15 2018 9:09 PM Thane, Jun 15 (UNI) A nine-year-old boy from Kalwa drowned after hefell into a water tank used for toilet on Friday. The boy, Kunal Bagul, fell into the water tank in Mahatma Phule Nagar and drowned this evening, an official of Thane Municipal Corporation said. Immediately upon coming to know about the incident, the staff ofTMC, police and local firemen rushed to the scene and fished out the body before sending it for post-mortem, the officer said. The local Kalwa police are carrying out further probe into the mishap, the officer added.
|2018-06-15||Thane couple have a baby, 21 years after marriage - Times of India|
Thane couple have a baby, 21 years after marriage Jun 15, 2018, 11:30 IST A negative pregnancy test can be extremely disheartening for a woman who is looking forward to becoming a mother. Especially in a country like India, where motherhood and the celebrations around it are a family affair. Naturally, 21 years after marriage, Madhavi and Amogh Kulkarni are over the moon, holding a baby in their hands. Madhavi now wants to reach out and help more couples, "We have had a very difficult journey that was extremely stressful at times. While many families may choose to lay the blame on the woman, many are not aware that male infertility is almost 50% of the problem. Yet, for most, it is too personal an issue to seek help. What couples need to know is that reliable help is available to help you conceive - at Cocoon Fertility we found this help". Infertility by definition implies that a couple has not been able to conceive a child even though they've had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. The good news is that for the very first time in Mumbai, Cocoon Fertility has launched ' Welcome your baby home ' initiative that offers hope to such couples and makes IVF affordable. Dr Anagha Karkhanis, Director at Cocoon Fertility says, "About 85% of couples who try, get pregnant in 1 year. So the thumb-rule for a couple to approach a fertility specialist could be: <35 years after 1 year of trying 35-40 after 6 months of trying >40 after 3 months of trying" Cocoon Fertility has come up with a limited period value offer with an IVF cycle at 25000/- which is less than 50% of the industry norm. Adding the cost of embryo transfer and IVF injections, the total cost could range from 95000 to 1,20,000. That's a massive reduction in the price. The centre also provides support to freeze extra embryos to improve the probability of success. EMI options for eligible patients are also available at Cocoon Fertility. Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar, Consultant, IVF and Reproductive surgery, Cocoon Fertility adds, "A couple can opt for IVF- depending on factors like age, testing of the ovarian reserve (capacity of the ovary to produce fertilisable eggs) and history of prior treatments. Amongst other things we also look at the husband's sperm test, because patients may require IVF for male-related problems". Sonali Advani, another mother who gave birth to a daughter in September 2017, 10 years after her marriage says, "Cocoon offered us a safe, truthful, and empathetic experience. We knew all along, what could go wrong and what could go right. Just the open communication channels helped us a lot." Cocoon fertility is helmed by the highly skilled sibling duo of Dr. Rajalaxmi Walavalkar and Dr Anagha Karkhanis. Together, the two are a formidable, complementary team- known for a success rate that exceeds the industry average. The centre offers a supportive environment and the promise to help you bring home your own baby. Cocoon Fertility - 022 25334848 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Website - http://www.cocoonfertility.com/ Cocoon Fertility Branches- Thane, Versova, Dadar, Santacruz, Pune.
|2018-06-15||The Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard Tells The Story The Nation Followed In "Saving Fiona" - WVXU|
skip to main content Connecting You to a World of Ideas Site Menu Donate Menu Home News Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More Politics Cincinnati City Council Hamilton County Commission Focus on Technology Ohio Statehouse News Bureau StateImpact Education WCPO News Cincinnati Around Cincinnati Cincinnati Edition Storycorps in Cincinnati Howard Wilkinson: Tales from the Trail Looking Up Start Hear John Kiesewetter: Media Beat Janelle's Notes Podcast Central Local Specials Community Calendar Music Radio Artifact Jazz on WGUC-HD2 The Blues with Lee Hay Jazz with OT Swing with Bill Cartwright Local Exposure Song-of-the-Day LX: Music Notes Janelle's Notes Support Thank You Gifts Sponsorships Become a Sustaining Member Update Your Information Donate Your Car Volunteer Gifts of Stock Bequests / Planned Giving Support Through IRA Charitable Gift Annuities Joseph-Beth Gives Back Program Contests Ways To Connect Our Programs Program Schedule Listen Live Subscribe to Email Podcast Central HD Radio Facebook Twitter Instagram Contact Us Search Menu Home News Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More Politics Cincinnati City Council Hamilton County Commission Focus on Technology Ohio Statehouse News Bureau StateImpact Education WCPO News Cincinnati Around Cincinnati Cincinnati Edition Storycorps in Cincinnati Howard Wilkinson: Tales from the Trail Looking Up Start Hear John Kiesewetter: Media Beat Janelle's Notes Podcast Central Local Specials Community Calendar Music Radio Artifact Jazz on WGUC-HD2 The Blues with Lee Hay Jazz with OT Swing with Bill Cartwright Local Exposure Song-of-the-Day LX: Music Notes Janelle's Notes Support Thank You Gifts Sponsorships Become a Sustaining Member Update Your Information Donate Your Car Volunteer Gifts of Stock Bequests / Planned Giving Support Through IRA Charitable Gift Annuities Joseph-Beth Gives Back Program Contests Ways To Connect Our Programs Program Schedule Listen Live Subscribe to Email Podcast Central HD Radio Facebook Twitter Instagram Contact Us Search Related Program: Around Cincinnati The Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard Tells The Story The Nation Followed In "Saving Fiona" By Lee Hay • Jun 15, 2018 Related Program: Around Cincinnati TweetShareGoogle+Email The story that captured the nation's attention is now told by the man who oversaw every step of it. Our friend, host of The 90-Second Naturalist, and director of the Cincinnati Zoo, Thane Maynard, has written Saving Fiona: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo, and he talks all about it with host Lee Hay.
|2018-06-15||Footage from 50 CCTVs scanned to find culprit behind Thane road accident - Mid-Day|
Footage From 50 CCTVs Scanned To Find Culprit Behind Thane Road Accident Jun 15, 2018, 19:55 IST The Kasarwadavli police arrested the tanker driver who had dashed a Scooty killing a girl in Thane The Kasarvadawli police searched footage from almost 50 CCTVs from Thane to Vasai in search of a tanker, whose driver allegedly dashed against a Scooty on Sunday, killing a girl in Thane. He was arrested early on Thursday. Police said the girls, Priyanka Zende, a resident of Lokmanya Nagar, and Tanvi Bolade, a resident of Yashoda Nagar, both 22, were friends since childhood. 'Tanker dashed Scooty' On Sunday at 8.30 am, in the rains, they decided to go to the under-construction chowpatty at Ghodbunder. A police official from Kasarvadawli police station said, "On Sunday around 11.30 am we received a call about the accident. The girls who had recently joined different IT companies, were returning home when a gas tanker dashed Bolade's Scooty, which she was riding. They slipped and pillion rider Zende came under the tanker's left side tyres. She died on the spot while Bolade escaped with minor scratches on her hand." SPI DS Dhole said, "Our team of seven members started investigation but despite checking CCTVs near the spot we didn't get a clue about the vehicle. The next day our team went to the spot at the time of the accident, when a fisherwoman approached us and said she had seen a tanker run over the girl. She remembered the colour of the vehicle but not the number. We started checking CCTV footage on roads till Vasai as we found the vehicle had come from there and finally we got the number of a vehicle." Driver arrested Dhole further added, "The tanker which was carrying some gas was from Gujarat. We informed the company it belonged to and got the driver's details. He is Hiralal Yadav. Early on Thursday when he again came to Thane we arrested him under IPC Section 304 (culpable homicide)."
|2018-06-14||KDMC official held for accepting Rs 8L bribe - Mumbai Mirror|
KDMC OFFICIAL HELD FOR ACCEPTING RS 8L BRIBE Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 05.49 AM IST An additional commissioner of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) and two KDMC clerks were arrested on Wednesday by the Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for demanding Rs 35 lakh from a builder and accepting Rs 8 lakh as bribe. On a tip-off from abuilder, additional commissioner of KDMC Sanjay Gajanan Gharat, 51, and clerks Lalit Dashrath Ambre, 42, and Bhushan Baliram Patil, 27, were arrested while demanding and accepting bribe at the KDMC headquarters. After the arrests several Kalyan Dombivali residents and members of political parties gathered outside the KDMC headquarters to burst firecrackers and distribute sweets. Gharat was allegedly demanding Rs 42 lakh from a builder to legalise his illegal construction of seven floors. “They finally negotiated the amount to Rs 35 lakh, and the first instalment of Rs 8 lakh was accepted by Patil on behalf of Gharat in his cabin at the KDMC headquarters in Kalyan; this is when we nabbed them redhanded,” said an ACB official. According to ACB officials, despite 27 villages being officially added to the KDMC during the last elections, the local Tehsildar had stopped the registration process in the area. This was giving builders a tough time and encouraged illegal construction activity in the area. Taking advantage of the situation, Gharat started demanding money from builders, one of whom helped the police set up a trap to get him arrested. “I work with a private bank and I am also a social worker. I have been repeatedly complaining about illegal construction in Dombivali West, but no action was being taken by Gharat and his close aide Suresh Pawar,” alleged Kalpesh Joshi, a local activist. “Every time I approached them, they would tell me that they don’t have police protection to demolish illegal buildings. For the last 11 days I have been on dharna at the KDMC office,” he said while distributing sweets. ACB chief Vivek Phansalkar confirmed that Gharat was arrested from KDMC headquarters. Hopeful of finding much more, ACB officials have begun searching Gharat’s properties. The officials also said that the additional commissioner had a posh cabin at the KDMC headquarters and he used to selectively hand out entry cards; these select few could swipe their cards anytime to enter Gharat’s office. In the past, an assistant commissioner of KDMC Ganesh Borade was arrested twice for demanding bribe, and an additional town planner Sunil Joshi was arrested for demanding Rs 5 lakh from a builder. ACB officials said Gharat had joined the KDMC in 1995 and was served several show cause notices for shoddy work.
|2018-06-14||5 Arrested For Burglary In Maharashtra's Thane - NDTV.com - NDTV|
5 Arrested For Burglary In Maharashtra's Thane Senior Inspector Jairaj Ranaware of Unit V of the Crime Branch said that three persons were arrested for allegedly committing a theft in Thane's Srinagar area. Updated: June 14, 2018 20:01 IST THANE: Thane police's Crime Branch arrested five people allegedly involved in more than a dozen cases of burglary in Maharashtra and Gujarat, police said today. Senior Inspector Jairaj Ranaware of Unit V of the Crime Branch told PTI that three persons were arrested for allegedly committing a theft in Thane's Srinagar area. He identified the three as Ramesh Shettiar (37), Sanju Shetty (32) and Venkatesh Mahadev Shettiar (42) and said that they had come out of jail two months ago in connection with another case. Two others, identified as Khanayalal Sudhar (24) and Jagdish Farat (33), were arrested as they were allegedly involved in several cases of thefts, police said. Police said that the two were history-sheeters and were involved in several cases of thefts in Ankleshwar, Manjalpur, Olpad, Navsari, Vasanda, Sairgaon, Viklimora, Pandesra and Udana areas in neighbouring Gujarat. Items worth Rs. 22 lakh were seized from the five arrested accused, an official informed. He said the arrests took place over the past two days and further investigations were underway.
|2018-06-14||Five arrested for house-breaking thefts in Maha's Thane - Business Standard|
Five arrested for house-breaking thefts in Maha's Thane Last Updated at June 14, 2018 18:25 IST Thane police's Crime Branch arrested five people allegedly involved in more than a dozen cases of house-breaking theft in Maharashtra and Gujarat, police said today. Senior Inspector Jairaj Ranaware of Unit V of the Crime Branch told PTI that three persons were arrested for allegedly committing a theft in Thane's Srinagar area. He identified the three as Ramesh Shettiar (37), Sanju Shetty (32) and Venkatesh Mahadev Shettiar (42) and said that they had come out of jail two months ago in connection with another case. Two others, identified as Khanayalal Sudhar (24) and Jagdish Farat (33), were arrested as they were allegedly involved in several cases of house-breaking thefts, police said. Police said that the two were history-sheeters and were involved in several cases of house-breaking thefts in Ankleshwar, Manjalpur, Olpad, Navsari, Vasanda, Sairgaon, Viklimora, Pandesra and Udana areas in neighbouring Gujarat. Items worth Rs 22 lakh were seized from the five arrested persons, an official informed. He said the arrests took place over the past two days and further investigations were underway.
|2018-06-13||IPL betting case: Thane police are on the lookout for 2 bookies - Free Press Journal|
IPL betting case: Thane police are on the lookout for 2 bookies Jun 13, 2018 08:30 am Mumbai: The Thane police are on the lookout for Suresh Nagri alias Junior Kolkata and his brother Sunil alias Appu Kolkata, suspected bookies in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) betting scam. Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata are wanted since they were running the betting business along with the arrested accused bookie Sonu Yogendra Jalan alias Sonu Malad alias Sonu Batla (41). Junior Kolkata, Appu Kolkata and Jalan were running the betting business in Sri Lanka, London and Dubai. Jalan had invested in real estate business and hotels in Sri Lanka and London in the business along with Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata. According to Rajkumar Kothmire, Police Inspector, Thane anti-extortion cell, “Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata are wanted in the case. During investigations, we have found that the accused were running betting business along with the accused Sonu Jalan. We are investigating regarding the money trail of Jalan in India and abroad and how much money was exactly invested in the business. If required, we may issue a Lookout Circular against Junior Kolkata and Appu Kolkata.” “During investigation, we have learnt that Jalan has made Rs 600 crore in the betting business during IPL 2018, “added Kothmire. Jalan was arrested on May 29 outside Kalyan court where he had come to visit his accomplices. Jalan who is considered to be the prime accused in this case has clients in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dubai, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The gang has contacts of several bookies in Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. The Thane police have so far arrested six bookies Vrajesh Joshi (27), Gautam Savla (43), Nikhil Sampat (53), Nitin Punjani (28) and Kushal Khimji Malad alias Rambhiyya (41). During an IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in May, the police had raided a Dombivili shop where betting business was going on. Savla, Sampat and Punjani were arrested from Dombivili. Jalan has been booked by the Thane police under MCOCA Act.
|2018-06-13||In Thane, Two Men Get 7 Years In Jail For Raping Teen Girl - NDTV|
In Thane, Two Men Get 7 Years In Jail For Raping Teen Girl The prosecution told the court that on June 17, 2012, Devendra Kolhe kidnapped the girl, then aged 15, and raped her in his car in the district's Kalwa town. Updated: June 13, 2018 12:33 IST THANE: A Thane court has sentenced two people to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a teenage girl in Thane in 2012. District and sessions judge Ms S C Khalipe also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 each on the two accused - Devendra Kolhe, 27, and Ravindra alias Aditya Suresh Lokare, 31 - while pronouncing the sentence yesterday. The prosecution told the court that on June 17, 2012, Devendra Kolhe kidnapped the girl, then aged 15, and raped her in his car in the district's Kalwa town. Both Devendra Kolhe and the girl were residents of the same locality in Kalwa. The victim later went alone to the Kalwa railway station from where Lokare took her to his house in Panvel on the pretext of offering her help, and raped her. When the minor did not reach home, her father lodged a missing person's complaint with the Kalwa police. The girl was later traced to Pune and brought back to Kalwa following which offences were registered against the two accused on June 22, 2012. In her order, the judge said the victim's evidence on record was trustworthy, believable and natural. There is no admission from her to discredit her evidence and therefore, "I conclude that the prosecution has proved the ingredients of offence under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code," she said. "Considering the nature of offence, I am of the view that the accused are liable to be punished with maximum sentence and fine," the judge further said. She said the fine amount was to be paid to the victim as compensation. "However, I find that the fine amount is not an adequate compensation. Therefore, the district legal services authority is requested to give an adequate compensation to the victim as per rules," the judge said.
|2018-06-13||Cop Held For Taking Bribe In Maharashtra's Thane - NDTV|
Cop Held For Taking Bribe In Maharashtra's Thane The cop, Mr Ramchandra Randive, 27, was caught yesterday while accepting the bribe from the complainant near a school. Updated: June 13, 2018 16:32 IST PALGHAR: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a cop working with the Vasai police station in Palghar district of Maharashtra for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs. 5,000 from a complainant. The cop, Mr Ramchandra Randive, 27, was caught yesterday while accepting the bribe from the complainant near a school in Palghar, ACB's Deputy Superintendent of Police Ajay Afle said. According to the complaint filed by the victim with the ACB on June 11, the accused demanded Rs. 50,000 from him for not taking action against his father, a businessman, who had apparently purchasing some stolen utensils six months back. Based on the complaint, the ACB laid a trap and arrested the cop while he was accepting an installment of the bribe amount yesterday, the ACB said. A complaint was filed against the accused under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, it added.
|2018-06-13||Lakhanpal to be brought back to India soon: Cops - Times of India|
Lakhanpal to be brought back to India soon: Cops Jun 13, 2018, 23:28 IST Thane: The crime branch officials investigating the crypto-currency racket will soon initiate the process to bring back Amit Lakhanpal who is the prime accused in the racket in which 25,000 investors were reportedly duped to the tune of Rs 500 crore. The investigators had recently busted the racket after its teams raided the offices of Flintstone groups in Thane as well another office in Vikhroli and have seized all computers as well as the material used in duping the investors, said Nitin Thakre, senior inspector and the investigation officer. The police said that they are tracking Lakhanpal’s current location. He was initially said to be holed up in Dubai but later it was learnt that he may have fled to some south Asian country. “He seems to be constantly changing location and may have fled to some south Asian country. We will soon initiate the process to bring him back and accordingly the embassy will be alerted and necessary legal steps will be taken,” said Nitin Thakre, investigation officer. Meanwhile, the special MPID court has extended the police custody of Taha Kazi till June 15.
|2018-06-13||Injured Olive Ridley Turtle rescued at Palghar - Times of India|
Injured Olive Ridley Turtle rescued at Palghar Jun 13, 2018, 23:29 IST Thane: An injured adult female Olive Ridley Turtle, who was washed ashore in Palghar’s Usarni village on Sunday, was rescued and given first aid by an NGO within half an hour. The NGO received a call from local fishermen about the turtle lying on the beach. They immediately sent out a team of rescuers to help the 10 to 15-year-old injured sea turtle. It was given first aid, after which the Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Association (WCAWA) was called. They took the turtle to a hospital further treatment. The entire resuce operation took three hours. “The pieces of fish net, oil spills, boat injuries, plastic and pollution in the sea and creeks are the main reasons for injuries of the sea turtles. said Dr. Dinesh Vinherkar from WCAWA.
|2018-06-13||Maharashtrians shower son-in-laws with gifts during Adhik Maas - Times of India|
Maharashtrians shower son-in-laws with gifts during Adhik Maas Jun 13, 2018, 23:29 IST Thane: For Maharashtrian families in the lake city, the period of Adhik Maas which falls once every three years is a time to shower their sons-in-law with gifts, love and loads of blessings. From performing a puja to praying for his well-being, offering sweets and gifting precious items, Thaneites seem to be holding on to this age old tradition. A resident of Waghbil, Sangita Sukhi, said, “We consider this period as auspicious. We donate and offer gifts to family members and loved ones. The last time, I had gifted my son-in-law a silver diya.” Also known as Purushottam, the extra month that is added to the Hindu calendar is a period of religious significance for Hindus. “This year, Adhik Maas began on May 16 and will end on June 13,” said a city-based astronomer.
|2018-06-13||Thane: Two get 7-years rigorous imprisonment for raping, abducting teenaged girl - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Two get 7-years rigorous imprisonment for raping, abducting teenaged girl Jun 13, 2018 11:32 am Thane (Maha): A Thane court has sentenced two persons to seven years rigorous imprisonment for abducting and raping a teenaged girl here in 2012. District and sessions judge Ms S C Khalipe also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the two accused – Devendra Kolhe, 27, and Ravindra alias Aditya Suresh Lokare, 31 – while pronouncing the sentence yesterday. The prosecution told the court that on June 17, 2012 Kolhe kidnapped the girl, then aged 15, and raped her in his car in the district’s Kalwa town. Both Kolhe and the girl were residents of the same locality in Kalwa. The victim later went alone to the Kalwa railway station from where Lokare took her to his house in Panvel on the pretext of offering her help, and raped her. When the minor did not reach home, her father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Kalwa police. The girl was later traced to Pune and brought back to Kalwa following which offences were registered against the two accused on June 22, 2012. In her order, the judge said the victim’s evidence on record was trustworthy, believable and natural. There is no admission from her to discredit her evidence and therefore, “I conclude that the prosecution has proved the ingredients of offence under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code,” she said. “Considering the nature of offence, I am of the view that the accused are liable to be punished with maximum sentence and fine,” the judge further said. She said the fine amount was to be paid to the victim as compensation. “However, I find that the fine amount is not an adequate compensation. Therefore, the district legal services authority is requested to give an adequate compensation to the victim as per rules,” the judge said.
|2018-06-13||Tree falls continue unabated, raise concerns of care and carelessness - Times of India|
Tree falls continue unabated, raise concerns of care and carelessness Jun 14, 2018, 04:48 IST Thane: As many as 139 instances of tree falls have been reported in the city over the last 13 days causing considerable worry among residents about safety from tree falls during heavy showers. Luckily, no major incidents or human fatalities have been reported this year so far unlike last year when a Panchpakhadi-based lawyer was killed in a freak tree fall mishap. Records available with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) reveal that nearly 139 trees toppled at various spots of the city in the last 13 days. Maximum incidents took place on the two days during of heavy rainfall last week with 42 trees falling on each of these days exposing the vulnerability of trees to topple in the heavy downpour during the peak monsoon period over the next three months. Officials said the number of tree falls in the last 13 days was more than what was reported in the entire of June 2016 with 214 trees collapsing then. A resident of Waghbil, who had a near miss in a tree-related mishap last week, said that she is now scared of walking down the city streets. “I was walking down the Hiranandani Estate when a huge tree branch fell right in front of me. I had a narrow escape and ever since I have been cautious while walking down the road or even parking my vehicle beneath a tree,” said Pranjali Kelkar, a resident of Waghbil. However, the TMC seems to have not learnt any lessons as not many trees in the city seem to have their trunks freed of cement concrete layers. The civic body has recently issued advisories asking residents to free tree trunks from the concrete and cement layers around them. However, not many trees on the roadsides have seen corrective action forcing residents to be wary while walking or driving down city roads. Experts said the concrete layers around trees could be rapidly weakening them and making them prone to topple any time. “There is no study done to understand the stability of any tree in the city and we rely only on visual readings like if a tree is tilted or roots have been exposed before we recommend action,” said a TMC official. The recent observation of the lack of a tree officer in the TMC by the Bombay high court also substantiates the callous attitude of the TMC, alleged activists. “The TMC, including other agencies, has been trimming trees without considering whether the balance of the tree will be affected or not. Also, the de-concretization of the roots and trunks is important,” said activist Rohit Joshi from Thane. A senior civic official said, “We are yet to start work on reducing the cement space around the tree trunks.”
|2018-06-13||Thane: Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation additional ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation additional commissioner ‘caught accepting bribe from builder’ According to sources, Sanjay Gharat (51), the additional commissioner, was trapped after a 28-year-old builder complained against him. Published: June 14, 2018 12:58:53 am The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau trapped the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation additional commissioner while allegedly accepting a bribe on Tuesday. He was arrested along with two clerical staff, sources said. According to sources, Sanjay Gharat (51), the additional commissioner, was trapped after a 28-year-old builder complained against him. “He had demanded Rs 42 lakh and had agreed to take Rs 36 lakh instead to not take any action against an illegal building constructed by the builder,” an officer said. The other two accused have been identified as Lalit Amre (42) and Bhushan Patil (27), both clerks. Investigations are on.
|2018-06-13||Thane: 29-year-old man, aide held for 'running clinic without permit' - The Indian Express|
Thane: 29-year-old man, aide held for ‘running clinic without permit’ According to Bazarpeth police, 29-year-old Rafik Nasir Shaikh was running Sifa Health Clinic in Kalyan for some years now. Published: June 14, 2018 2:58:23 am The Kalyan police arrested a 29-year-old man and his accomplice for allegedly running a clinic without any permits on Tuesday. The man claimed to be a doctor using his accomplice’s certification, police said. According to Bazarpeth police, 29-year-old Rafik Nasir Shaikh was running Sifa Health Clinic in Kalyan for some years now. However, a framed degree on one of the walls of the two-room clinic claimed that Mushtaq Gulam Hussain Shaikh (32) was actually the doctor, police said.
|2018-06-13||Thane schools organise FYJC form filling sessions - Times of India|
Thane schools organise FYJC form filling sessions Jun 14, 2018, 04:52 IST Thane: As the First Year Junior College (FYJC) online admissions are scheduled to begin from Thursday, the rush to reserve a seat in the best institute during this month-long enrolment process has begun with schools in the city organising sessions on form filling for parents and students. From chalking out options and giving preferences of junior colleges, gathering the required documents to visiting school guidance counsellors for advice, anxious parents and students have started their preparations in full swing. Darshana Thakker, whose son is a topper from St. Xavier’s High school, said, “I have a booklet since two years ago, which has all the rules and regulations of the admission process. But now, no such book exists. Everything is digital. The school is very co-operative in this matter. They have organised a session with parents wherein the authorities are going to divide the students to form a batch. In this way, everyone will get ample time to solve their queries and fill the forms.” Considering several students have managed to score well in exams, teachers believe the admission process will be crucial and one mistake could result in a huge loss. “Since many have secured a good percentage, it is possible that a high scorer may narrowly miss a seat in a college of his/her choice. We have called parents on Thursday where minute details would also be explained. The parents should sit with their child, analyse last year’s cut off of the college the student is interested in and then only make a proper preference list,” said a teacher from a city-based school. The school is very co-operative in this matter. They have organised a session with parents wherein the authorities are going to divide the students to form a batch. In this way, everyone will get ample time to solve their queries and fill the FYJC forms.
|2018-06-13||Calls made to Thane wildlife rescuers go up, citizens requested to help birds in distress - Times of India|
Calls made to Thane wildlife rescuers go up, citizens requested to help birds in distress Jun 14, 2018, 04:50 IST THANE: Scanty showers and strong winds over the past few days have cause a rise in calls received by wildlife rescuers in Thane. From birds that have been knocked off their nests or drenched to reptiles that have been driven out of their water-filled burrows, wildlife non government organisations (NGO), forest officials and fire brigade have been flooded with rescue calls for numerous wildlife species since Saturday. “Since the heavy rainfall on Saturday, we have received over 70 rescue calls from across Thane wherein alert citizens came across injured birds, including rock pigeons, pond herons, crows, cattle egrets and even monsoon migratory birds like the hawk cuckoo. They also came across puppies or kittens stuck in drainages,” said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS), Thane. “While bird rescue calls increase during this season because they are not only drenched in the rain which reduces their flight speed, but also because they face numerous injuries when their nests are knocked off the trees by the winds. The snakes meanwhile are seen more often during this season because their burrows are flooded with rain water. On Saturday we rescued five birds, eight snakes, a squirrel and a monkey,” added Aditya Patil, president of Wildlife Welfare Association that received 18 such rescue calls thereafter. While these activists urge residents to continue to help such birds, reptiles and mammals in need of help at the earliest, they assert that this rescue operation should be conducted in a scientific manner. “In case of any snake sighting, instead of hitting or prodding them, citizens must quietly keep their distance and inform the forest department or a local NGO. In case of a drenched or injured bird, they need to be calmed down by placing a cloth over them and carefully taking them to a veterinarian or NGO or forest office,” said Patil. “Many citizens still believe that if a person touches a bird it is not accepted back into the wild and so they refrain from helping them. Birds whose nests are destroyed should be carefully kept in a shoebox or cardboard box using a cloth or towel till help arrives,” added Bhanage.
|2018-06-13||Thane's creek fronts set to be tourist zones - Hindustan Times|
Thane’s creek fronts set to be tourist zones Parsik-Retibunder chowpatty likely to be ready by December; it will have a jogging track, promenades, amphitheatre, food kiosks and park MUMBAI Updated: Jun 14, 2018 00:29 IST In the next two years, the murky, silted, littered and polluted creek fronts in the city will be transformed into tourist-friendly landscapes. Eight waterfronts will go through a makeover with promenades, jogging track, walkways, playgrounds, play area, cycle tracks, open gyms, food courts and seating arrangements. A total of 10.58 km and an area of 7,22,000 square metres will be developed under the waterfront development project of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The TMC will fund the entire project cost of ?260.3 crore. By December, the TMC aims to open the Parsik-Retibunder Chowpatty for the public. A TMC official said, “The work on Parsik Chowpatty began in October last year. We have completed 25% of the work which includes levelling of the plot, construction of an immersion ghat and a compound wall. The first phase of the Gaimukh Chowpatty has also been completed.” Thane has 32km of coastline from Diva to Gaimukh but over the years it has been neglected, leading to encroachment and water pollution. The municipal corporation proposed the waterfront development project in 2010, which finally took shape in 2017. The makeover of Parsik-Retibunder, Kolshet, Kavesar-Waghbil, Kalwa- Shastrinagar, Saket-Balkum, Naglabunder and Kopri will be carried out through Smart City Limited. Gaimukh revamp will be executed by the Maharashtra Maritime Board. The waterfront project began in Thane with the commissioner’s plan to transform the Parsik-Retibunder creek into a Chowpatty on a par with the Marina Bay at Singapore or the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. A 150-m stretch has already been prepared for recreational purpose. “Of the total 480m, an area of 330 m will be completed in the next one year. The work on the other waterfronts began in March,” he said. TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had claimed that Thane is the first city in Maharashtra to begin waterfront development. The TMC-appointed Ney-Poullissen Engineers and Architects, a Belgium-based consultancy firm, carried out a study for the project and the area along the waterfronts. The firm also prepared a master plan for the project. “The civic commissioner has asked to complete the work on the Parsik chowpatty by December this year while the rest will be completed by next year. The project aims at conservation, protection and beautification of the polluted and neglected creek which is mostly under the threat of encroachment,” he added. The corporation has said there would be no loss of mangroves in the project. Mangroves cut for the project will be replanted. The TMC said the construction activity will adhere to Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms. The corporation said that around 310 people were displaced from Retibunder for the waterfront development. Activist highlights mangrove destruction The smart city project of the TMC has two components — creek front and lakefront development. Masunda, Hariyali and Gandhinagar lakefronts will be developed. Urban planner from Thane Mayuresh Bhadsavle said, “The Saket to Balkum creek stretch witnessed a lot of illegal sand mining, which stalled the waterfront development. All waterfronts along the water transport route will be developed.” Bhadsavle raised concern on mangrove destruction and flooding. “The municipal corporation will have to cut mangroves to build access roads. The corporation has not come out with a solution to save mangroves,” he said. The project might also lead to flooding in the housing complexes near the creek. “The coast is at a lower level than the housing societies. The corporation is levelling this for waterfront development. There will be flooding if mangroves are destroyed. Thane is surrounded by Sanjay Gandhi National Park on one side, from where streams of water flow into the city. This will flood Ghodbunder, Saket and Kalwa areas.”
|2018-06-13||Use Thane's techbins, earn cashback and brownie points - Hindustan Times|
Use Thane’s techbins, earn cashback and brownie points One has to first download the mobile application called techbins and scan the QR code after using a techbin MUMBAI Updated: Jun 14, 2018 00:36 IST You will get incentives to throw waste in bins. Urging residents to make the city litter-free, the Thane Municipal Corporation has installed 12 techbins across the city. By using these bins, one can win gift vouchers, gold coins and can also get cash in their ‘Paytm’ wallets. “The techbin at Singhania School was inaugurated last week. Thirty techbins will be installed by month-end,” said Manisha Pradhan, head of pollution control department, TMC. The official from the pollution control department said that 200 techbins will be installed across the city by year-end. One has to first download the mobile application called techbins and scan the QR code after using a techbin. A lucky draw will be conducted once a year for one-gram gold coin. “The initiative will push the citizens to keep the city clean,” said Rohan Vyas, 28, from Louiswadi, Thane. The bins will be installed in the public places such as bus stops, station area, markets, gardens and lakes. Each of these bins has a capacity of 180 cubic metres. The sensors installed at the bins will alert the operators once it is full.
|2018-06-13||Hit-and-run: Truck driver arrested for running over pillion - Times of India|
Hit-and-run: Truck driver arrested for running over pillion Jun 14, 2018, 04:53 IST Thane: Intense investigation and street surveillance over two days led to the arrest of a 34-year-old truck driver, who had fled away from the spot after running over a 22-year-old woman, riding pillion, on Ghodbunder Road last week. On Saturday, the victim, Puja Jhende, was crushed by the unidentified vehicle while the driver escaped without helping her or stopping the vehicle. The Kasarwadavli police, however, pieced together inputs from an eye-witness and footage from the CCTV network and tracked Hiralal Yadav (34), a native of Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, said police inspector Nasir Kulkarni. “An eye-witness told us about a heavy vehicle, resembling a tanker, with GJ number plate and a red strip at the rear, which had hit the scooter. A team led by assistant inspector Kailash Tokale worked back on the entire case and within less than two days, detected the case,” added Kulkarni. The police inspected numerous CCTV footages on the reverse direction for about 35km on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Road and finally gathered that there were only a few heavy tankers passing the Ghodbunder Road that day. They finally zeroed in on the specific tanker, which frequents the refinery and the destination at Nagotane at Raigadh and finally arrested the driver of the tanker, said the officer. Kulkarni said that usually in such accidents or hit-and-run cases, the myth is that the accused involved are seldom detected and the case remains undetected. In this case, Jhende had just passed her MCom exam and set out with her friend on a holiday. When they were proceeding on the two-wheeler in heavy rains, the tanker knocked them down, killing her instantly.
|2018-06-12||Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court in defamation case by RSS worker - Business Standard|
Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court in defamation case by RSS worker Gandhi arrived in Mumbai this morning on a two-day visit to Maharashtra Last Updated at June 12, 2018 10:23 IST Congress president Rahul Gandhi will appear before a court in the adjoining Thane district on Tuesday in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker. Gandhi arrived in Mumbai this morning on a two-day visit to Maharashtra. He will appear before the court at Bhiwandi in Thane at 11 am today, a Congress leader earlier said. The court had on May 2 asked Gandhi to appear before it today to record his plea in the defamation case filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in 2014. Kunte had filed the case after watching Rahul Gandhi's speech at an election rally in which he had claimed that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. "The RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi," the Congress president had allegedly said in the rally. During his two-day visit to Maharashtra, Rahul Gandhi is also expected to address party workers and interact with its corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Tomorrow, he is scheduled to meet the kin of Dadaji Khobragade, the rural inventor who revolutionised rice farming, at Chandrapur in Vidarbha, before returning to Delhi. Khobragade, 78, died earlier this month after a prolonged illness. Contrary to media reports, Rahul Gandhi's itinerary doesn't mention any meeting with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, the leader said. "Top leaders (of both the parties) can meet any time. But no such meeting is on the agenda today," he said. "Rahulji will appear before the court in the morning, address party workers in the afternoon and interact with Congress corporators about Mumbai's civic issues," the leader added.
|2018-06-12||Defamation case: Rahul Gandhi to appear in court in Thane today - The Tribune|
Defamation case: Rahul pleads not guilty; court frames charges Posted at: Jun 12, 2018, 9:46 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2018, 12:33 PM (IST) Thane, June 12 A court here on Tuesday framed charges against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker to which the Congress leader pleaded not guilty. Gandhi arrived at the court in Bhiwandi at 11.10 am amid heavy security cover and was greeted by people raising slogans in his support. The court framed charges against him under Sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the IPC. When civil judge AI Sheikh read out the charges against him, Gandhi said, “I plead not guilty.” Rahul left the court at 12.15 pm. The next hearing in the case is on August 10. The court had on May 2 asked Gandhi to appear before it on Tuesday to record his plea in the defamation case filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in 2014. Kunte had filed the case after watching Rahul’s speech at an election rally in which he had alleged that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. “The RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi,” the Congress president had allegedly said at the rally.
|2018-06-12||Prostitution racket busted in Thane, 3 including 2 models arrested - Nagpur Today|
Prostitution racket busted in Thane, 3 including 2 models arrested Published On : Tue, Jun 12th, 2018 Thane: A prostitution racket was busted in Bhayandar town of Thane district on Monday following which two small time models and a woman was arrested. The police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which shut down a few days ago at the Mira road. Upon getting the information, the police sent a decoy customer to the place and made arrests. The accused got caught in the police net on Saturday when the deal was being struck with the decoy customer. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were arrested. Police also rescued two women from the place. The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act section under Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been levied against the accused. The woman who ran the salon earlier used two models to get customers for the prostitution business in the area, the report suggests. Earlier on February 18, police arrested a Mumbai-based woman make-up artist working in the film industry for allegedly running a prostitution racket. A team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni arrested the 38-year-old woman, who worked as a make-up artist for Bollywood films, at Bhayandar in Thane district after sending her a decoy customer. The police didn’t disclose the woman’s name and arrested her after the decoy customer struck a deal with her for supplying call girls for Rs 1 lakh.
|2018-06-12||TMC commissioner miffed with Mayor over 'lost chance' to showcase Thane at London biz fest - Times of India|
TMC commissioner miffed with Mayor over ‘lost chance’ to showcase Thane at London biz fest Jun 12, 2018, 15:12 IST THANE: The long span of shadow boxing between Mayor Meenakshi Shinde and municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, appears to be over and the glovers are finally out over the “lost opportunity” for Thane to showcase itself as a start-up destination at the International Business Festival in London. The fracas turned public after the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) aggressively took to social networking groups blaming the first citizen of botching up the ambitious plans to represent Thane before the global business community. It is learnt that Mayor Shinde had declined to “accommodate” a last-minute proposal by the TMC for approval of the general body to sanction Rs 8.5 lakh for a four-day visit to London by TMC bureaucrats. Jaiswal was scheduled to participate in a start-up project presentation at the festival, which is scheduled from June 12 - 28. The TMC requested the Mayor to include the proposal before the last general body meeting, which she reportedly refused to accept at the last-minute. “We had got the opportunity to represent our start-up initiative there. It was an important trip, but the request to include the proposal in the last general body meeting at the last minute was not approved by the Mayor after which the commissioner decided to shelve the plans,” said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC The TMC administration announced its plans to shelve the tour and squarely blamed Shinde for this. The fiery exchange of words on this issue gained importance after a senior civic official posted the decision on the Whatsapp group of corporators and blamed the Mayor. On her part, the Mayor retaliated by accusing the civic chief of conveniently overlooking norms and also blamed the TMC for running a smear campaign. “Why does the commissioner need the Mayor’s approval for making a trip abroad. I do not remember him seeking mine or the house’s approval for travelling abroad in the past. The TMC came in late to me seeking my approval which was not possible. I am answerable to the House and Thane residents and acceding to such requests would have set a wrong precedent,” said Shinde. She added that Jaiswal could have used his discretionary powers to allocate required finance for the tour instead of approaching the general body.
|2018-06-12||After a cool Sat, Thaneites continue to sweat it out - Times of India|
After a cool Sat, Thaneites continue to sweat it out Jun 12, 2018, 22:38 IST Thane: While the long awaited monsoon brought with it cool winds and a pleasant climate on Saturday, this was short-lived for Thaneites as the humidity levels rose on Sunday and Monday. Although the IMD had predicted heavy rains and thundershowers over the coastal regions of Thane, Mumbai and Dahanu from June 9 to 11, the city received around 90mm rainfall on Saturday and less than 50mm on Sunday and Monday. To make matters worse, the humidity and temperature in the city rose considerably, leaving citizens here baffled. While the maximum temperature dropped to 30.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday from the sweltering 36.3 degrees Celsius on Friday, it rose once again to 33.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday and further to 34.5 degrees Celsius on Monday. Similarly, the minimum temperature rose from 25.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday to 26 degrees Celsius on Sunday and then soared again to 29 degrees Celsius on Monday. “We were really excited that we got some break from the sweltering heat and were glad that the IMD predicted heavy rains over the weekend. We had planned to stay indoors or maybe walk down to the scenic Upvan lake and enjoy the weather. While it did rain on Saturday, the next two days it was unbearable hot,” said Kshama Kulkarni, a Vartak Nagar resident. Meanwhile, the weather officials said that the rain bearing trough or clouds skipped the city and moved southwards towards the southern Konkan region, which received the heavy rainfall. “Every weather model, both national and international, predicted heavy rains over the weekend because of an offshore trough or group of rain bearing clouds moving over Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu regions. However, instead of moving upwards, this trough shifted towards the south, which resulted in heavy rains over southern Konkan regions,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather. “ The rains should revive by June 20, after which these areas will see good monsoon,” Palawat said.
|2018-06-12||Three People Including Two Models Arrested For Running Prostitution Racket in Thane - India.com News|
Three People Including Two Models Arrested For Running Prostitution Racket in Thane Updated: June 12, 2018 9:19 AM IST Mumbai, June 12: Three people, including two lesser-known models on Monday, were caught by the district rural police for their alleged involvement in the operation of a prostitution racket in Bhayandar town of Thane district in Maharashtra. The police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which shut down a few days ago at the Mira road. Going by the tip-off, the police sent a decoy customer to the place and made arrests. The accused got caught in the police net on Saturday when the deal was being struck with the decoy customer. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were arrested, NDTV reported. Police also rescued two women from the place. The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act section under Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been levied against the accused. The woman who ran the salon earlier used two models to get customers for the prostitution business in the area, the report suggests. Earlier on February 18, police arrested a Mumbai-based woman make-up artist working in the film industry for allegedly running a prostitution racket. A team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni arrested the 38-year-old woman, who worked as a make-up artist for Bollywood films, at Bhayandar in Thane district after sending her a decoy customer. The police didn’t disclose the woman’s name and arrested her after the decoy customer struck a deal with her for supplying call girls for Rs 1 lakh.
|2018-06-12||Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking - The Indian Express|
Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. Published: June 13, 2018 3:03:53 am The Thane Sessions Court sentenced three persons to 10 years in jail for running a brothel and trafficking women from Bangladesh, on Monday. The accused, Abdul alias Afzal Shaikh (42), his wife Shivali alias Sangeeta Afzal Shaikh (30), and Sangeeta’s sister Nargis Abdul Hassan (24), were held guilty under sections of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and sections of Indian Penal Code for sex trafficking. Judge S C Khalipe observed that the accused had forced five women, including two minors, into sex trade. The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. Following a medical examination in Thane civil hospital, the two minors’ age was verified at 16. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. The other rescued women were 25 and 22 years old at the time of rescue. According to victims’ advocate Megan Fernandez, assisting the public prosecutor, the three operated out of a brothel on Pokharan Road. On August 23, 2012, they changed the venue to Upvan hotel. The hotel was raided by anti-human trafficking cell following which the case was transferred to Vartak Nagar police station.
|2018-06-12||Thane locals irked over Thane Municipal Corporation decision on waste collection - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane locals irked over Thane Municipal Corporation decision on waste collection Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 03:30 AM IST With just two days left for the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) ghanta gadis to stop collecting waste, the Thane housing societies are in a catch-22 situation. The residents have been asked to manage their own wet and dry waste. While some of the big housing complexes have their own bio-compost to manage wet garbage, they complain that the agency appointed by the TMC will charge them for transporting their dry waste. While our builder has built a plant to manage wet waste, we are trying find out a way to handle our dry waste, says Sushant Kumar from Flora co-operative housing society, Hiranandani estate, Thane west. On Saturday, the residents of Hiranandani estate had a meeting with Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth (SBV) which will collect dry waste and send to recycling plants. They said they will charge Rs 2 per day from every flat as transportation charge. There are 223 flats in our society which makes it to Rs 13000 per month, says Sushant. Another resident Atul Joshi (name changed) says he does not understand why the residents have to pay money to a third party when they are already paying taxes to the civic body. Moreover, the TMC will also offer the societies five per cent rebate in property tax if they manage their own waste. This year they have raised the tax by 10 percent from which they will give us the rebate, he says. SBV, on the other hand, said that nothing has been finalised yet. We have not decided whether to charge, or how much to charge. The charges are for transportation, says Bhatu Sawant of SBV. TMC residents Thane Municipal Corporation Hiranandani Estate Dry Waste Sushant Kumar Housing Societies Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth builder Waste Collection SBV Bhatu Sawant Wet Waste Thane locals
|2018-06-12||Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty in defamation case in Thane court - The Tribune|
Defamation case: Rahul pleads not guilty; court frames charges Posted at: Jun 12, 2018, 9:46 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2018, 5:00 PM (IST) Congress President Rahul Gandhi will face trial in a defamation case filed against him by an RSS worker, with a court here in Maharashtra on Tuesday framing charges against him even as he pleaded not guilty. The 47-year-old Congress leader appeared before civil judge A I Sheikh in Bhiwandi, who read out the charges levelled against him and also the statement of the complainant Rajesh Kunte. Kunte had filed the case in 2014 after watching Gandhi's speech at an election rally in which he had claimed that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. After reading out the complaint against Gandhi, the judge asked him, "Do you accept the charges?" To this, Gandhi replied, "I plead not guilty". The court then proceeded to frame charges against the Congress leader under IPC sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation). Under section 500, a person found guilty of defamation faces simple imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both. The court fixed August 10 as the next date of hearing, when the actual trial will begin. Emerging from the court, Gandhi said if need be, he would be present in the court again. "Let them (the BJP and the RSS) slap as many cases as they want against me. Ours is a fight of ideology. We will fight them and win," he told reporters outside the court. On May 2, the court had asked him to appear before it on Tuesday. Gandhi, who arrived in Mumbai this morning, reached the magistrate's court at 11.05 am amid heavy security cover and was greeted by supporters who raised slogans in his favour. He was accompanied by Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan and some other party leaders. the court room, Gandhi's counsel Narayan Iyer and the complainant's lawyer Dharghalkar argued over the issue of the submissions made by Gandhi in the High Court where he had submitted the transcript of his speech made during the said election rally at Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014. The issue of taking it on record in this court was hotly debated and remained inconclusive. "As per the charge, you (Gandhi) on March 6, 2014, in a rally held for elections at Bhiwandi, Thane, defamed the organisation to which the complainant belongs," the judge said while reading out the charge. "Your speech, which was telecast on channels and also published in newspapers, damaged the reputation of the complainant and his organisation and you thereby committed an offence under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," he said. The judge also read out Gandhi's remarks which he had made at the rally and were cited by the complainant. Gandhi left the court at 12.15 pm. "On the next date of hearing, the court is likely to pass an order on whether certain documents, including the transcript of the video recording of Gandhi's speech submitted by the complainant, can be admitted as evidence or not," Iyer said. Gandhi is not required to appear before the court on the next date of hearing, he said. The court on Tuesday also allowed an application filed by Gandhi last month seeking a summons trial, which would mean detailed recording of evidence, instead of a 'summary trial'. While trials in such cases are normally held summarily, Rahul Gandhi filed an application last month seeking for it to be conducted as a 'summons trial'. "A summary trial is short and will be completed by just submitting the written arguments. We have sought for a summons trial which would go into the in-depth recording of the evidence," Iyer said. "The case relates to historical facts and hence, we need to rely on several documents and would like to record the evidence of experts," he said. After the court proceedings got over, Kunte said, "I have full faith in the court and I am sure justice will be delivered." Rahul Gandhi had earlier moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the case. The apex court had in July 2016 said he should not have resorted to "collective denunciation" of an organisation, and would have to face trial if he did not express regret for his remark. The Congress leader had declined to accept the suggestion and expressed willingness to face the trial. In the courtroom on Tuesday, Gandhi and the complainant sat at the extreme corners for about one hour while their counsels were examining the documents. At one point of time, the SPG officials got annoyed as Gandhi was made to use a toilet, which was in dilapidated condition, instead of taking him to the bar room washroom. Kunte, on the other hand, alleged that the police had given special treatment to Gandhi while he and his counsel were whisked away and subjected to a thorough checking before they entered the courtroom. The road leading to Bhiwandi had huge hoardings that said: “Rahul Gandhi, Sangarsha Karo”. The hoardings were later pulled down due to the model code of conduct in place for the MLC elections scheduled for June 25.
|2018-06-12||Thane civic body asked to form tree committee - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Thane civic body asked to form tree committee Published : Jun 13, 2018, 2:10 am IST, Updated : Jun 13, 2018, 2:10 am IST A division bench of Justices was hearing PILs filed by various NGOs against the cutting of trees. The HC has directed TMC to form a panel in a month. Mumbai: The Bombay high court has asked the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to appoint a qualified person to the post of tree officer and also constitute the tree committee within a month and file a compliance report on the same. The court held that the appointments should not be encumbered with any problems and officials should be able to start working as soon as appointed. Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has filed an affidavit informing the court that the civic corporation had permitted its tree department and private individuals to trim and prune trees that had overgrown branches as they posed a severe threat to the people during the monsoons. The petitioner had sought directions to the BMC to desist from the same. A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing public interest litigations filed by various NGOs against the cutting of trees and implementation of the Protection of Trees Act, 1975 in Mumbai and Thane. After hearing the petitioners from Thane who had alleged that the tree committee had not been constituted as per norms the court had ordered the committee to be dissolved. On Tuesday, after the Thane Municipal Corporation submitted that a resolution had been passed to form the new committee the court directed the TMC to do so within a month and also appoint a tree officer. According to the petitioner from Mumbai, Zoru Bathena, despite the stay on tree cutting the BMC had allowed trimming and pruning of trees by individuals and agencies and hence sought a restraint against it.
|2018-06-12||Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking - The Indian Express|
Thane: Three sentenced to ten year jail for running brothel, human trafficking The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. Published: June 13, 2018 3:03:53 am The Thane Sessions Court sentenced three persons to 10 years in jail for running a brothel and trafficking women from Bangladesh, on Monday. The accused, Abdul alias Afzal Shaikh (42), his wife Shivali alias Sangeeta Afzal Shaikh (30), and Sangeeta’s sister Nargis Abdul Hassan (24), were held guilty under sections of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and sections of Indian Penal Code for sex trafficking. Judge S C Khalipe observed that the accused had forced five women, including two minors, into sex trade. The five women were rescued from Upvan Hotel, in Thane, on August 23, 2012. Following a medical examination in Thane civil hospital, the two minors’ age was verified at 16. All of them were brought from Bangladesh with promise of work and forced into prostitution in a brothel run by the family. The other rescued women were 25 and 22 years old at the time of rescue. According to victims’ advocate Megan Fernandez, assisting the public prosecutor, the three operated out of a brothel on Pokharan Road. On August 23, 2012, they changed the venue to Upvan hotel. The hotel was raided by anti-human trafficking cell following which the case was transferred to Vartak Nagar police station.
|2018-06-11||Prostitution Racket Busted In Maharashtra's Thane, 2 Out Of 3 Arrested Are Models - NDTV|
Prostitution Racket Busted In Maharashtra's Thane, 2 Out Of 3 Arrested Are Models The arrests were made after the police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which was closed sometime back on the Mira Road. Updated: June 11, 2018 14:49 IST MUMBAI: The district rural police arrested three people, including two small-time models, for allegedly being involved in prostitution in the Bhayander township, an official said today. The arrests were made after the police got a tip-off that a woman was running a prostitution racket from the premises of a salon which was closed sometime back on the Mira Road. Based on the tip-off, the police sent a decoy customer to the premises. As the deal for flesh trade was being struck, the police arrested three people from there on Saturday, Bhayander Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were among those arrested, he said. The police also rescued two women from the place, he said. Offences were registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, the police added. The police said the woman who earlier ran the salon used the two models to get customers for running the prostitution business. The models in-turn would woo women who came in contact with them during shows, the police added.
|2018-06-11||2 models arrested in Thane for 'being involved in prostitution' - The Tribune|
2 models arrested in Thane for 'being involved in prostitution' Posted at: Jun 11, 2018, 11:18 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2018, 11:19 AM (IST) Thane, June 11 The district rural police arrested three people, including two small-time models, for allegedly being involved in flesh trade in Bhayander town here, an official said on Monday. The arrests were made after the police got a tip-off that a woman was running a flesh trade business from the premises of a salon on the Mira Road here, which was closed sometime back. Based on the tip-off, the police sent a decoy customer to the premises. As the deal for flesh trade was being struck, the police arrested three people from there on Saturday, Bhayander Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Two men, including a model from Karnataka, and a woman model hailing from Bihar were among those arrested, he said. The police also rescued two women from the place, he said. Offences were registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, the police added. The police said the woman who earlier ran the salon used the two models to get customers for running the prostitution business. The models in turn would woo women who came in contact with them during shows, the police added.
|2018-06-11||Thane police arrests two for mobile theft - United News of India|
Thane police arrests two for mobile theft Thane, June 11 (UNI) Thane police on Monday said that they have arrested two persons in connection with theft and seized stolen android mobiles valued at Rs 3.76 lakh. The accused were identified as Aamir Arbaz Khan (20) and Rizwan Babu Ansari (20). Senior Inspector Ganpat Pingle said that police spotted two persons moving in suspicious manner without a number plate on scooter, when they were intercepted they fled away. Later, the police chased and nabbed them.
|2018-06-11||MSRDC to soon okay bid for 3rd Thane creek bridge - Times of India|
MSRDC to soon okay bid for 3rd Thane creek bridge Updated: Jun 11, 2018, 23:23 IST Navi Mumbai: MSRDC has evaluated the finance bid for the Rs 775-crore Vashi bridge lane expansion project that includes construction of Thane creek bridge III. The board will be meeting to give its approval and award the contract to the lowest bidder. Mumbai’s infrastructure giants L&T and Tata Projects Ltd have made the finance bid. The project’s finance bid issue has been stuck since January and four bidders in the fray have sought extension thrice to submit their papers. The green clearance for the land parcels at both ends of the project has also reached the final stage. MSRDC has submitted its proposal for a land parcel of 1.24 hectares at Charkop to the Mumbai suburban collector to carry out compensatory mangrove afforestation. Besides, MSRDC is also in the process of finalising the matter of the Reserve Bank of India issuing bonds for Rs 325 to Rs 375 crore at 8 to 8.5% which will be purchased by banks and financial institutions for 15 years. The rest of the expenses will be funded through equity of Rs 200 crore by Cidco and Rs 200 to Rs 250 crore by MSRDC. “We will first make use of the equity fund in the project and then go for the bond issue in order to cut the cost of total funding. Why pay interest beforehand?” asked an MSRDC official. The project entails two separate corridors alongside the main Vashi bridge meant for heavy vehicles. One corridor of 3x3 Mumbai carriageway will be between Thane creek bridge II and Konkan railway bridge and the other again 3x3 between Thane creek bridge II and Thane creek bridge I (the old bridge). The corridors will be built 2.5 metres away from the main bridge.
|2018-06-11||Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court tomorrow in defamation case - United News of India|
Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court tomorrow in defamation case Thane, Jun 11 (UNI) Congress party president Rahul Gandhi will onTuesday appear in a court at Bhiwandi town of the district to attendthe hearing on a defamation suit filed against him by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). As Mr Gandhi will be passing through the city to attend the hearingin a Magistrate court at Bhiwandi, the city and district units ofthe Congress party has organised a rousing welcome for the party president. RSS leader Rajesh Kunte from Bhiwandi has filed a case against MrGandhi for making allegations against the Hindu organisation duringthe 2014 Lok Sabha electioneering in Bhiwandi. The case is beingheard by the magistrate court at Bhiwandi. According to Narayan Iyer, a prominent criminal lawyer fromBhiwandi, appearing for Mr Gandhi tomorrow, the court is likely toframe charges against the Congress chief.
|2018-06-11||IPL betting case: Kolkata bookie to be quizzed by Thane cops - Hindustan Times|
IPL betting case: Kolkata bookie to be quizzed by Thane cops Junior Kolkata, who is wanted in several states, is believed to have changed his location to London recently from Bangkok where he was holed up for nearly a year. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 11, 2018 23:58 IST A top cricket bookie from Kolkata, called “Appu Kolkata”, is going to be summoned by the Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC) for questioning in connection with the on-going probe into an alleged extortion case involving key Mumbai bookie Sonu Jalan. The development comes in the backdrop of findings that Jalan, whose earnings from the recently concluded Indian Premiere League (IPL) season allegedly ran into several hundred crores of rupees, has invested heavily in real estate and hospitality business in Sri Lanka and London jointly with Appu’s elder brother and top bookie, Junior Kolkata, who is currently absconding. “Appu is also a partner in the business,” senior Pradeep Sharma, Thane AEC told HT on Monday. “His questioning has become imperative to know Sonu’s investments in properties in London and Sri Lanka which he made from the proceeds of his bookmaking enterprise,” he said. Sharma said Junior, who is wanted in several states, is believed to have changed his location to London recently from Bangkok where he was holed up for nearly a year. Kandivli-based Sonu, according to the police, has long been a partner of Junior, who earlier lived in Mumbai. The duo is among the top-most cricket bookies in the country and worked closely with Dubai-based international bookie Anil Kothari. Kothari has a long association with top Pakistani bookies Ethsam and Doctor who are key aides of fugitive Dawood Ibrahim. Ads by ZINC The Thane police have started a parallel probe into Sonu’s millions which he had generated from his betting syndicate over the past decade, amid findings that he had made a transaction of over Rs600 crore during the IPL 2018. “He has been active for over a decade now. We are gathering details of his investments in India and abroad,” Sharma said, adding that the properties would face attachment. Sonu has been booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) which entails the attachment of the accused property generated from the proceeds of his crime. The police claim that Sonu had taken the help of gangster Ravi Pujari’s help in threatening his punters, including Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, for collection of betting money. The statement of Arbaaz, Bollywood producer Parag Shanghvi and Sonu’s former partner, Sameer Budha, has already been recorded. Sharma said that the police would be approaching the Interpol (through CBI) for issuing Red Corner Notice (RCN) against half a dozen of fugitive bookies connected to Sonu’s syndicate soon after the chargesheet in the case was filed.
|2018-06-11||Cell phone robbers held in Thane - The Hindu|
Cell phone robbers held in Thane MUMBAI, JUNE 12, 2018 00:23 IST UPDATED: JUNE 12, 2018 00:23 IST Two people were arrested for allegedly robbing pedestrians of their cellphones, in Thane on Monday. Police said the duo, identified as Amir Khan alias Arbaaz (20) and Rizwan Ansari alias Babu (20), were apprehended after a chase. They said the accused, both residents of Bhiwandi, were intercepted by a patrolling unit from Chitalsar police station on June 7 while riding a motorbike without a license plate. The accused were travelling from Kapurbawdi junction towards Ghodbunder Road. “We have recovered 25 Android-based phones from them, two of which were stolen from our jurisdiction. We are trying to identify the owners,” an officer said on Monday. Another officer with Chitalsar police station said, “The patrolling unit tried to stop the duo. When they didn’t, they gave chase and intercepted them near a petrol pump on the service road. They were found to be evasive when replying to simple questions, like their destination and profession, They were taken to the police station for further inquiries.” During intensive questioning, the accused allegedly confessed to being habitual offenders, who would rob pedestrians of their cellphones on Ghodbunder Road between Anand Nagar and Kasar Wadavli.
|2018-06-11||Shakti Mills gang rape convict externed from Mumbai, Thane for 2 years - Times of India|
Shakti Mills gang rape convict externed from Mumbai, Thane for 2 years TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 04:34 IST MUMBAI: A convict in the 2013 Shakti Mills gang rape case, who was sent to juvenile centre for three years since he was a minor then, has been externed from Mumbai and Thane districts by police for two years. Police took this action against Akash Jadhav two weeks ago after five criminal cases were registered against him since his release from the juvenile correction home last year. A person externed from an area should not enter the locality. And if he enters the locality, he faces police action. Jadhav was one of the accused arrested for the Shakti Mills gang rape case. He was 17 at the time of his arrest. He along with another minor accused was convicted in July 2014 by the Juvenile Justice Board and sent to Nashik Borstal school for three years, the punishment time for their crime. Barely two months after the 21-year-old Jadhav was released in 2017, he was booked in rioting, attempt to murder and assault cases by N M Joshi Marg and Agripada police stations. He had assaulted two brothers at N M Joshi Marg area last year after a quarrel. Virendra Mishra, deputy commissioner of police, said Jadhav has been externed for two years. "There have been several criminal cases against him and there was no improvement in Jadhav's behaviour even after spending time in the correction centre. We reviewed all the cases against him and decided to extern him," said an officer.
|2018-06-11||Thane Municipal Corporation to take action against those who threw 39 plants - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation to take action against those who threw 39 plants Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 03:35 AM IST The TMC will issue notices to shop owners who mercilessly threw away 39 plants from a Pachpakhadi building's terrace on world environment day. While the building residents are annoyed at this inhuman treatment meted out to the plants, the shop owners say that it is a ploy by the former to trouble them. When the world was celebrating environment day, over 39 plants died a silent death as they were thrown from the terrace of Gagangiri flat owners' society at Panchpakhadi. Since past two years the society has been bifurcated as Gagangiri flat owners society and shop owners. Earlier it was one body but issues cropped up in the management of the society which led to the bifurcation. "The shop owners said that they threw the plants away since there was leakage due to the water tanks kept on the terrace. Whatever it is, they cannot take it out on plants," she said.The residents also claim that the first floor is a sanctioned terrace garden as per the building plan submitted to the TMC and they pay property tax for the same. The shop owners, however, say that the residents are blaming them for no reason. "The terrace belongs to us. We asked them to remove the plants and waited patiently for 10 days. When they failed to do so we did it ourselves," says S Sawade, one of the shop owners from the building. "It is the residents who encroached upon our property. We will send a defamation notice to the residents and will also respond to TMC," he said. On Monday K Dawade, a horticulturist from the TMC said that they will issue notices to the concerned shop owners and take necessary action. "Whatever be the dispute between the shop owners and the residents, we will take legal action against those who threw away the plants," says Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC.
|2018-06-10||Thane: Portion of Mumbra bypass collapses - The New Indian Express|
Thane: Portion of Mumbra bypass collapses A fire brigade had reached the site for the rescue operation, however, no casualties and injuries have been reported so far. Published: 10th June 2018 06:03 AM | Last Updated: 10th June 2018 06:03 AM THANE: A portion of Mumbra bypass collapsed on a house in a chawl near Uday Nagar area on Saturday following heavy downpour in the district. A fire brigade had reached the site for the rescue operation, however, no casualties and injuries have been reported so far. Earlier in the day, Mumbai witnessed severe water-logging on the streets after the city received heavy downpour, leading to traffic snarls and flight delays. The downpour, however, had a limited impact on flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. "There are no flight diversions or cancellations yet. The flights have delayed by 15-20 minutes," Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) said. Monsoon has already hit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and North-East, and will move up north from Maharashtra in the upcoming days.
|2018-06-10||This is just the beginning: 209mm rainfall throws Thane out of gear - Times of India|
This is just the beginning: 209mm rainfall throws Thane out of gear Jun 10, 2018, 23:04 IST Thane: The first showers of monsoon washed away the tall claims of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), as instances of water-logging and tree falls continued Saturday. The lake city recorded nearly 209mm rainfall since Saturday midnight to 9:30pm. Heavy showers lashed the city from around 2am to 7am. The situation went out of control within hours of heavy rains forcing municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to step out on the field early on Saturday and take stock of the situation. Thane railway station area was inundated with water early morning affecting movement of trains in the first half of the day. However, following the advisory by the state government asking people to step out only if necessary and given the weekend holiday, many government offices and banks were closed and there was less crowd on the streets. A Kalyan-bound local was delayed for over 10 minutes after angry passengers staged a minor protest at Thane station on platform 2, owing to frequent cancellations of trains and overcrowding at around 8:30pm. Railway officials denied any protest, but said the delay was due to a technical snag, which was followed by chain-pulling by some unidentified passengers. The heavy showers, however, saw rain water gushing inside the homes located near nullahs at Naupada or at the foothills in Mumbra, Kalwa and Kausa. “The contractor assigned for cleaning the drains has not done his job properly due to which water was seen coming out of the gutter during heavy rains. One person suffered injuries while trying to remove water from his inundated house near my office. The administration’s claims have been completely washed away,” complained BJP corporator Sanjay Waghule from Naupada. While the civic body had issued directives to ensure safety of trees during the rains, as many as 42 instances of tree falls were reported in various parts of the city. Luckily, no major incidents of injuries to human life or damage to property were reported. The garden department has been instructed by Jaiswal to undertake immediate pruning of trees wherever there is a justified demand or possibility of a tree or its branch dangling in dangerous condition. Meanwhile, slippery roads in the city and suburbs claimed a life while overall the traffic was seen moving at a slow pace. The road works going on at several stretches in the city also posed a hindrance to traffic and pedestrians, who had to watch their step. Soil from under a small stretch of the bypass road in Mumbra caved in resulting in damage to a few houses built along the highway on the hills. The torrential rains snapped power supply at several parts of the city, including Manpada since early in the morning. “There was no power in our area since 3am. Repeated complaints to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) proved futile. We had no water in the morning as well. If this is the situation at the start of the rains, we wonder what will happen when the monsoon is in full form,” questioned Shashi Kumar Nair, a resident of Hill Gardens. Several vehicles suffered damages after the developer of a redevelopment residential project in Vartak Nagar failed to undertake adequate safety precautions while excavation work led to damage to the civic road and gutter that collapsed in the rains. A few vehicles suffered damage due to the incident and a police complaint was filed by the corporation against the developer of the project, said a senior official. Meanwhile, guardian minister Eknath Shinde has asked utility agencies to be on alert and keep the residents informed about any warnings in time. The army and the National Disaster Rescue Force have also been kept on alert that will reach the city or any emergency spot within an hour, said an official of the revenue department. The TMC has also cancelled leaves of all senior officials, who have been asked to ensure compliance for a safe monsoon.
|2018-06-10||Pillion crushed by tanker after bike skids - Times of India|
Pillion crushed by tanker after bike skids Jun 10, 2018, 23:06 IST Thane: A 22-year-old pillion rider was killed on the spot after the bike she was riding on slipped on the wet Ghodbunder Road. She was then run over by a speeding tanker that led to her death on the spot. The incident occurred when the victim, Priyanka Zende, was riding pillion with her friend Tanvi Bolade. The duo was travelling to Thane from Nagala Bunder at around 12:30pm. As it has started raining, the road had become slippery, which probably led the bike to skid on the wet surface, said the police. Bolade reportedly tried to control the bike, but before she could do it, an oncoming tanker, which was allegedly speeding dashed into it. While Bolade managed to escape with injuries, Zende got crushed under the wheels of the heavy vehicle and died on the spot. The driver of the tanker fled from the spot. A case has been registered against the unidentified driver of the vehicle by the Kasarwadavli police, who will be investigating the case. A few passersby had alleged that the accident was caused due to the uneven surface of the road but the police denied any such reason for the death, but added that they will investigate further. Priyanka Zende was riding pillion with her friend Tanvi Bolade from Nagala Bunder to Thane. As it was raining, the road had become slippery, which probably led the bike to skid on the wet surface, said the police.
|2018-06-10||6-month-old baby hurt in slab collapse - Times of India|
6-month-old baby hurt in slab collapse Jun 10, 2018, 23:07 IST Thane: A six-month-old baby sustained major injuries on his right leg after a portion of the ceiling of his first floor flat collapsed in Mumbra recently. The regional disaster management cell (RDMC) officials reached the spot immediately and began the rescue operations. The baby, Abdullha Shaikh, was rushed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj hospital in Kalwa. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer at RDMC, said, “The house belongs to Aaisha Shaikh which is on the first floor. The family was in the room when the slab suddenly collapsed. Fortunately, the other members escaped on time. The baby sustained injuries on his right leg. But the injuries are severe so he had to be shifted to JJ hospital in Mumbai.” After the rescue operation, the officials evacuated all the 21 occupants of the building as a precautionary measure. “The building is a dilapidated one. There are multiple cracks on the walls everywhere. So we have alerted the concerned authority to look into it and take the necessary action, added Kadam. A case has been registered. The baby is being administered treatment.
|2018-06-10||3 persons acquitted for lack of evidence in 2014 murder case - Times of India|
3 persons acquitted for lack of evidence in 2014 murder case Jun 10, 2018, 23:05 IST Thane: Three persons accused of murdering their colleague and disposinig off his body have been acquitted by the district sessions court due to lack of evidence. The accused had killed the victim and had dumped his body in Vasai creek. The police were, however, unable to trace his body since the trail commenced in 2014. District judge P P Jadhav ruled that the prosecution failed to prove the charges of murder as well as destruction of evidence against Rajesh Koli (43) aka Kaka, Rahul Thorat (35) aka Pappu and Rajendra Rajbhar (53) aka Muchhad. The prosecutions argued that the three had collectively conspired and killed Ganesh Bhoi on suspicion that he was in an illicit relationship with Koli’s sister. The court was informed that Bhoi used to work with Koli and Thorat and was friends with Rajbhar. However, their relation soured when the news of his affair with Koli’s sister surfaced and on August 26, 2014, he was murdered. “Bhoi was beaten up in the presence in the presence of people. One of the witnesses said that they had intervened and tried to resolve the issue. However, the next day they saw his dead body lying in the grass and the trio disposed it off in the creek. The bloated corpse resurfaced and the three accused then carried it in a boat and tied a huge stone to it and dumped in the Vasai creek,’’ the prosecutor claimed. Advocate Ramrao Jagtap who argued on behalf of the three accused said the body of Bhoi has not been traced and there was no justification in the police claim that he was murdered. In his order the judge said, “As already mentioned, the body of deceased is not discovered and his presence with the three accused and of being assaulted by them is also not duly proved. The prosecution has miserably failed to prove any allegations levelled against the accused."
|2018-06-10||Thane: Convict accuses Nashik jail authorities of assault - The Indian Express|
Thane: Convict accuses Nashik jail authorities of assault Vencil Miranda (36), a murder convict, serving life imprisonment, had been lodged at the Nasik jail since 2016. According to the complaint’s letter to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 2016, he was beaten up by the jail authorities on December 24, 2016. Published: June 11, 2018 4:21:57 am A Thane-based convict has accused Nashik jail authorities of assaulting him. His wife claims that despite the courts ordering the police to lodge an FIR against jailers, the police have failed to act. Vencil Miranda (36), a murder convict, serving life imprisonment, had been lodged at the Nasik jail since 2016. According to the complaint’s letter to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 2016, he was beaten up by the jail authorities on December 24, 2016. “I was in the solitary cell when one of the officers approached me. He asked me to accept a phone and sell it to someone else. When I refused, he broke the phone and threw it in my cell, after which he called other officers. The other officers checked my cell and found the phone. They started beating me up and I suffered over 30 serious injuries,” read Miranda’s letter. His wife Aria Miranda said, “He was badly injured. The officers kept threatening that they would get him killed. So, we approached the principal district judge.” Following an order of the principal district judge on April 16, 2017, the Chief Judicial Magistrate had ordered the Nashik City Police to register an FIR, claimed the Mirandas. “The jail authorities then approached the Additional Sessions Judge against this in a criminal revision application,” said Aria. However, in an order dated December 28, 2017, the Nashik Additional Sessions Judge stated, “The injury certificate issued by the CMO, Nashik jail, pertaining to the injuries of the complainant due to the assault at the hands of Nashik jail authorities prima facie supports the allegations and, therefore, there is a necessity to investigate the allegations of Opponent no. 1 (Vencil Miranda) against the jail authorities.” The judge, M H More, added, “So, I hold further that the order passed by Ld. CJM is legal and proper and there is no necessity to interfere the same.” However, according to Aria, despite it being months since the order was passed, no FIR has been lodged. “We have been writing continuously to the police to give us a copy of the said FIR. However, they have been delaying lodging the FIR to protect the jail authorities,” she said. Vencil has also been writing to the Nashik City Police. “The last communication he had received from them was that since the matter was sub-judice, they haven’t taken any action yet,” she said. According to BK Upadhyay, IG (prisons), the Nashik Jail authorities have approached the High Court against the order. Rajkumar Salli, superintendent, Nashik Jail, said, “In this case, the convict was hiding the phone. When the authorities found out, he assaulted them. Since he couldn’t get away, he has filed a baseless case. So, we have approached the High Court and the matter is sub-judice.” Aria Miranda, however, said, “There was no stay given on the order. Even if they have approached the High Court, why haven’t the city police lodged an FIR yet? That is clearly contempt of court order.” According to Nashik Commissioner of Police, Ravindra Singhal, the matter is under inquiry. “My officers have informed me that they are making enquiries in the case after the court’s order. I will have to read the orders but we are acting on the matter,” he said.
|2018-06-09||Maharashtra rain: Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane - The New Indian Express|
Maharashtra rain: Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane Fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning, and died on the spot, when he was examining his fishing net at around 6 am today, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell. Published: 09th June 2018 05:14 PM | Last Updated: 09th June 2018 05:14 PM THANE: At least two persons were today killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra's Thane district, officials said. Fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning, and died on the spot, when he was examining his fishing net at around 6 am today, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell. Six others, who were out in the open at the time, were also injured due to the lightning and have been admitted to a local hospital, he added. The incident took place at Patanbunder area of Uttan in Bhayander in the district, he informed. In another incident, a woman who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on GB Road and an official said that heavy rains probably caused the accident. The woman has not been identified yet and the man riding the two-wheeler was severely injured and has been admitted to the city civil hospital, the official added. Incidents of trees falling at several places and water-logging on some roads were also reported across the district, the official added.
|2018-06-09||'Thane to soon have a new Exhibition & Convention centre' - Times of India|
'Thane to soon have a new Exhibition & Convention centre' Jun 9, 2018, 20:17 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Over 100 companies are taking part in the three-day Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo which began on June 9 at Vashi's Cidco Exhibition Centre. After the success of industrial shows like Vasai Industrial Expo and Tarapur Industrial Expo, Exhicon Group is all set to host the first edition of the Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo which is especially tailor-made for industries in this area. Rajan Vichare, Thane member of parliament, while talking about the Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo said, "Industrial growth boosts the economy of Maharashtra. Exhicon's format of geographic shows in different industrial hubs is a next step towards industrial development in the state. We are also in the process of setting up an Exhibition and Convention Centre in Thane, owing to the growing demand." The expo also has a special facility of free stalls for SC/ST entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs to boost their entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. Around 100 entrepreneurs from various segments and start-ups are participating in the expo. Speaking about the event, M Q Syed, founder of EXHICON Group, shared, “Geographical industrial expos aim to target a specific region and bring products and services from that region to the attention of other regions of the state or country. This expo will help generate new markets for businesses and open new regions for business. This will benefit all types of businesses no matter how big or small. Navi Mumbai Industrial Expo will see a whole range of industries like Manufacturing, Construction, Chemicals, etc taking part in this mega expo.” The show will help facilitate several B2B conversations amidst the exhibitors on all the days. Popularly known as Thane-Belapur region, the industrial area in Navi Mumbai is one of the largest industrial regions in India where industries like Chemicals, Steel and Engineering, Plants and Equipment’s, Dyes and Intermediates, IT / ITES, Food Processing and Dairy Products, Petrochemicals amongst many others.
|2018-06-09||SSC results: Thane district records new low with 85.16% success rate - Times of India|
SSC results: Thane district records new low with 85.16% success rate Jun 9, 2018, 22:17 IST Thane: Thane district’s Class X performance has touched a new low with 85.16 pass percentage on Friday, as against a marginally high 85.27 per cent and 85.99 per cent in the past two years. Students from Bhayander topped the chart of 11 talukas recording 90.36 pass percentage followed by students from schools falling under the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) where the pass percentage was 89.60. Girls outperformed the boys across the district with 88.69 per cent of the total 55,674 girls clearing their SSC exams this year. Of the 65,804 boys, who appeared for the exams in March, 82.17 per cent were declared pass. Students from Kalyan (rural) taluks bagged the third place in the division with an 87.81 per cent success rate with Ambernath coming fourth with 86.75 pass percentage. This was followed by the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation’s success rate of 85.84 per cent. Thane city came seventh in the district with its 83.97 success rate. The lowest success rate of 77.78 per cent was recorded in the Bhiwandi taluka. Of the 1,21,478 students, who appeared for the Class X boards, as many as 28,613 students secured a distinction, while 33,338 others, which adds up to around 27.4 per cent and thus the majority of the lot, came under the first class category. Around 24.2 per cent passed with a second grade, while around 9.9 per cent of the rest came under the pass grade category.
|2018-06-09||Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane - Business Standard|
Lightning kills man, woman dead in road accident in Thane Last Updated at June 9, 2018 16:45 IST At least two persons were today killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra's Thane district, officials said. Fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning, and died on the spot, when he was examining his fishing net at around 6am today, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell. Six others, who were out in the open at the time, were also injured due to the lightning and have been admitted to a local hospital, he added. The incident took place at Patanbunder area of Uttan in Bhayander in the district, he informed. In another incident, a woman who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on GB Road and an official said that heavy rains probably caused the accident. The woman has not been identified yet and the man riding the two-wheeler was severely injured and has been admitted to the city civil hospital, the official added. Incidents of trees falling at several places and water-logging on some roads were also reported across the district, the official added.
|2018-06-09||City girls fare better, 88% of them push pass rate up - Times of India|
City girls fare better, 88% of them push pass rate up Jun 9, 2018, 22:18 IST Thane: Thane city recorded a success rate of 84 per cent in the Class X exam with as many as 22,534 of the 26,835 students clearing their exams. While boys secured a pass percentage of 81 this year, 88 per cent of girls cleared their SSC exams thereby pushing the city’s success rate to 88 per cent. Of the 274 schools affiliated to the state board, as many as 52 recorded a cent percent success rate with all of its students clearing their Class X exams this year. While a number of schools including St. John the Baptist School, Shreerang Vidyalaya, Naupada’s Saraswati Vidyalaya, etc, missed cent percent results by a wafer-thin margin, these 52 schools, including St. Xaviers High School, A K Joshi High School, Holy Cross Convent School, etc successfully recorded a cent percent result. Principal of St. Xaviers School, Janhavi Rai, said, “All through the year we ensure an all-round development of students. We do this by identifying the students’ weaknesses and strengths and then work on them.” Academicians believe that with a little extra effort and an encouraging and supportive school and family environment, students will be able to fare better. “Schooling is about providing students with support, freedom and opportunities to excel not only in academics, but also in extra-curricular activities. We will also plan a worksheet solving model that will help them with their exam preparations,” said Rupa Dey, principal of Shreerang Vidyalaya.
|2018-06-09||Rain forecast does not deter holidayers from making plans - Times of India|
Rain forecast does not deter holidayers from making plans Jun 9, 2018, 22:18 IST Thane: Even though the Indian Metrological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in the city over the weekend, most of the resorts and hotels at hill stations and beaches continue to remain booked on these two days. Travel experts claim that the announcement has not detered holidayers from changing their plans. Tour operations from the city have said that they haven’t recevied any cancellation calls till now. However, some said that the situation could change in case it starts raining on Saturday morning. Five places of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) near Mumbai are fully booked over the weekend. MTDC has received just five cancellations till Friday evening. “We have received only five cancellations due to the monsoon prediction. All our resorts are completely booked,” said an MTDC official. The Mumbai-based Maharashtra Tour Operators Association also said that they have received minimal cancellation of trips owning to the rain forecast. “Revellers seem to be wanting to make the most of the first heavy showers,” said Borivli-based Atul Mohile, who is the general secretary of the association. Travel agents said the train and flight bookings also said that there was considerable number of commuters planning to travel irrespective of the warnings Train bookings, including the popular Jan Shatabdi between Mumbai and Goa, showed a waiting list of around 330 and 23 for its seating and AC coaches.
|2018-06-09||Jalan arrested in yet another betting case - Times of India|
Jalan arrested in yet another betting case Jun 9, 2018, 22:41 IST Thane: The anti-extortion cell has arrested Sonu Jalan for yet another betting case which had taken place last year. The police said they had received a tip-off on September 21, 2017, that two men were receiving bets on the India-Australia cricket match and they were sending money to two other co-accused. A police team raided the hotel where the bettings were taking place and arrested the accused. Their phones were also seized and a case was registered with the Kasarwadavli police. Later, six others were arrested and Jalan was ‘absconding’. Now that Jalan has been arrested in another case, the police have rearrested him and taken him in custody. Jalan has been remanded to cop custody till 13 June.
|2018-06-09||RSS defamation case: Rahul to appear in Thane court on Tuesday - The Quint|
RSS defamation case: Rahul to appear in Thane court on Tuesday IANS 20H 24M AGO Thane/Mumbai, June 9 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi will appear in a Thane court on June 12 for a hearing in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. This comes days after former President and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee attended an RSS event in Nagpur. The defamation case was filed by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Rajesh Kunte following Gandhi's utterances at a rally in Thane in March 2014 in which he had accused the RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. At the June 12 hearing, the charges are likely to be framed against the Congress President by the Bhiwandi court. Later, Gandhi will travel to Mumbai and directly interact with the party's over 15,000 booth-level workers at a function in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, a crucial exercise ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This would mark the launch of a national endeavour, "Project Shakti" through which the Congress President would establish direct communication between the grassroots workers and the party's central leadership, said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam. He said the party workers would be enrolled for the project using their basic details and confirming that those enrolling were actually Congress men. These filtered people would then need to send an SMS on a contact number which would be provided to them by the party officials. These will enable the ground-level workers to share their ideas and views with the central leadership of the party which will boost their morale ensuring a proper flow of communication internally. Nirupam said that the all-India level project would be kickstarted in Mumbai by Gandhi and it was being considered a "path-breaking initiative of the Congress party to link with the extremely crucial chain in the party machinery". "The 'Project Shakti' will not only ensure the connect with the ground-level workers but also ensure that their grievances, if any, are resolved at the earliest. Every person who believes in the ideologies of the Congress, their inputs are important to us. Also, it will help us look at the problems of Mumbai at a micro level where development actually takes place," Nirupam explained. This will be Gandhi's first public engagement in Mumbai after taking over as Congress President in December 2017. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, of the six seats in Mumbai, the Congress had bagged five while its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) got one. However, 2014 proved a major setback for the party's stronghold when the Congress-NCP lost all the city seats to the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Nirupam, who had contested from Mumbai North, failed to retain the seat and lost to the BJP candidate by a large margin in 2014.
|2018-06-09||Despite accident, SSC girl scores 91% - Times of India|
Despite accident, SSC girl scores 91% Jun 10, 2018, 03:26 IST THANE: Despite undergoing nine major surgeries, being hospitalised for two months and having to juggle between doctors’ appointments, physical therapy and studies, SSC student Khushi Dand, who was run over by a truck, secured an outstanding 91%. After the 16-year-old Shahad resident was dragged by the wheels of a truck in Kalyan in October, she spent over two months undergoing multiple surgeries, skin grafting and plastic surgeries and fighting for her life at a hospital in Thane. “The accident shattered her pelvis and she lost 4 litres of blood. While we began treating her within the golden hour, we were not sure she’d survive the accident, let alone recover to write the board exam,” said Dr Ashish Phadnis, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Jupiter Hospital. “She underwent over 20 surgeries including nine major ones, and could not lie down or sit or walk properly. But she was determined, and kept working on getting better,” Dr Phadnis added. She was discharged from hospital in a wheelchair in December, she began working on physical therapy while getting back to her class X studies. “I have been in the list of top rankers in my school from class VIII and wanted to prove to myself that I could do well even in such a situation. I had finished most of my portion before the accident thanks to my school and my tutor,” said the gritty student of St Thomas English School in Kalyan (west). As I could not sit in one position for more than 15 minutes I took frequent breaks while studying. My tuition teacher came home to help me prep up for the finals,” said Dand, adding that her mother took leave from work. “I was given a second life by my doctors. This accident has only strengthened my determination in life,” she said.
|2018-06-09||Rains in Thane bring traffic jams, waterlogging, tree falls - Hindustan Times|
Rains in Thane bring traffic jams, waterlogging, tree falls According to RDMC, the city recorded 29.00mm rainfall while the total rainfall received till now is 182.50 mm MUMBAI Updated: Jun 10, 2018 01:11 IST With the onset of monsoon, the city saw heavy rainfall on Saturday. This led to traffic jams, tree falls and waterlogging in parts of the city. According to the information provided by the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), the city recorded 29.00mm rainfall while the total rainfall received till now is 182.50 mm. “Last year, the city received 58.50 mm rainfall in the same period. This year, the rainfall recorded is three times more,” said Santosh Kadam, in charge of RDMC, Thane. Around 40 tree falls were reported from Balkum, Ghodbunder, Naupada, Teen Haat Naka, Kopri and Gokhale Road among other places. No one was injured. Areas such as Naupada, Panchpakhadi, Gaondevi, Balkum and Vandana Cinema near ST depot and near Thane station were waterlogged, said the TMC official. Rain slowed down traffic at Ghodbunder, Kapurbawdi, Teen Haat Naka, Tatvadnyan Signal and Kopri bridge. Prabhakar Nikam, 44, a resident of Balkum, who was driving home in the evening, said: “The distance between Kopri bridge to Thane hardly takes five minutes, but it took around 20 minutes for me to reach the station area,” said Nikam. Kalyan received 43 mm of rainfall on Saturday morning. The early morning showers disrupted traffic on Rajiv Gandhi flyover between Bhiwandi and Wada stretch. Waterlogging between Nadinaka and Shelar road in Bhiwandi resulted in at least traffic jam on 4-km stretch. Traffic was disrupted at Kalyan’s Shivaji Chowk, Rambaug, Khadakpada, Kalyan station road and Patripool. Since June 1, the Kalyan and Dombivli received 101mm of rainfall. Last year, the city received 11mm of rainfall between June 1 to 9. ELECTROCUTED An autorickshaw driver was electrocuted in Bhiwandi on Saturday. Akbarali Ansari, 33, was taking out his autorickshaw to park it in another place when his hand touched the electricity pole which was connected to a live wire. “Ansari was electrocuted. He was taken to nearby hospital but was declared dead,” said the police. An accidental death report has been lodged with the Bhiwandi city police station. IN Navi Mumbai The city received an average of 153.85mm rain between 1.30am and 6.30pm. The city recorded 32 tree fall incidents since Friday night. Some vehicles and small houses were damaged. With 18 tree falling cases, the Vashi node has lost highest number of trees. It is followed by Airoli (7), Nerul (4) and Belapur (3). Residential areas in the satellite city were flooded during heavy rainfall on Saturday morning. Four spots at Turbhe were submerged in rainwater.
|2018-06-09||Thane: portion of Mumbra bypass collapses - Business Standard|
Thane: portion of Mumbra bypass collapses Last Updated at June 10, 2018 02:00 IST A portion of Mumbra bypass collapsed on a house in a chawl near Uday Nagar area on Saturday following heavy downpour in the district. A fire brigade had reached the site for the rescue operation, however, no casualties and injuries have been reported so far. Earlier in the day, Mumbai witnessed severe water-logging on the streets after the city received heavy downpour, leading to traffic snarls and flight delays. The downpour, however, had a limited impact on flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. "There are no flight diversions or cancellations yet. The flights have delayed by 15-20 minutes," Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) said. Monsoon has already hit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and North-East, and will move up north from Maharashtra in the upcoming days.
|2018-06-09||Thane's 'out-of-the-box' school students distinguish themselves - Free Press Journal|
Thane’s ‘out-of-the-box’ school students distinguish themselves Jun 09, 2018 09:30 am Thane: In an age when one hears of students securing 100 per cent marks in their SSC board examinations, when a school rejoices because two of its students secured 76% and 64%, one wonders what makes this so special. Mohan Kale and Dashrath Yuvraj Pawar from Thane’s Signal School are the students in question and their achievement is astounding because they were both former school dropouts who were inspired to go back to school, which is, believe it or not, in a shipping container.This Thane school-in-a-box has changed the lives of these youngsters by bringing them into the mainstream and imparting values alongside schooling. The Signal School, is the brainchild of the Thane Municipal Corporation and an NGO, Samarth Bharat Vyaspith. It started two years ago with a shipment container and now has a book and toy library, a computer, a separate nursery classroom, washrooms and robotic equipment. The school started with 15 students and now has 48 students. Mohan, now 19, had dropped out of school after Class 5 so that he could earn a living by selling eatables at traffic signals and support his disabled parents. Dashrath, like Mohan, also dropped out of Class 9, when he left his village in Latur to join his parents in Thane. “My parents wanted me to work so as to support the family. However, when I saw this school, I decided to complete my education.” Now, having successfully cleared his board exams, Mohan would like to join the Industrial Training Institute, while Dasharath wants to join the police.
|2018-06-09||Thane-Mumbai: Special pollution-free e-bus soon, includes Wi-Fi, AC, mobile charger - Free Press Journal|
Thane-Mumbai: Special pollution-free e-bus soon, includes Wi-Fi, AC, mobile charger Jun 09, 2018 09:17 am Thane: Accomplished with all modern facilities a new electric bus will soon be running on Thane-Mumbai road. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has inaugurated this ultra modern bus on Tuesday. The bus has a special facility of Wi-Fi, AC, mobile charging and also easily accessible for the disabled people. To begin with, there will be one bus initially and later 100 electric buses will arrive into Thane transport services. The bus that has a special facility for disabled is a welcoming feature in it. The bus has two doors and through one door, a wheelchair can enter in the bus. The person will be seated in the specially designed chair, informed the civic officer. “In this electric bus a special facility is provided, along with AC, Wi-Fi, mobile charger, there will be ramp for disabled people. The wheelchair bound person can enter in this bus with ease. The bus will tilt down a little to make the wheelchair enter in the bus. It is based on the many bus services provided in the European countries which is also pollution free,” said Sunil Pote, Deputy city engineer (Electrical). The service will start on the Public-private partnership (PPP) basis and the charging stations have already been started at Anandnagar bus depot of the TMT. It has claimed to be the first corporation to start the project of such bus on PPP basis. Ten buses of the first phase will arrive till December and the corporation will not have to spend a single penny as the project is implemented on the basis of PPP through an agency. The bus model is based on the bus services of the European countries and commuters will be charged with the same tariff as per the AC bus. The agency will provide all these facilities and at the end portion of the bus there can be a facility of laptop, printer as well. A driver, conductor, charging operator will also be appointed buy the agency. The civic body will just be providing space for the bus. The tickets will be charged according the RTO rules, the official informed. The 32-seater bus is completely powered by battery and will run for nearly 220 kms on a single charge. The charging points will be given on the bus stops. The vehicle will not be noisy while travelling on road without any emissions, claimed officials. TMT service has 313 buses in its service right now, but very few are in good condition and are running on the road. The new electric powered bus will provide a relief to commuters , going by the TMT claims. The eco-friendly bus will start its service till Borivali soon, the official informed. Along with this bus four electric two-wheelers were also launched. The two-wheelers will be used by corporation employees for official work. Soon there will be more two- wheelers available and the use of rickshaw will be reduced in the corporation. To make the city pollution free, the corporation has initiated the project.
|2018-06-08||Thane's cluster development confusion still continues - Free Press Journal|
Thane’s cluster development confusion still continues Jun 08, 2018 08:30 am Mumbai: The ambitious project of cluster development of Thane is in jeopardy, as the opposing Congress party has claimed that the impact assessment report made by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) itself is illegal. Further, it has said, the announcement to exclude villages and fishermen‘s colonies by the ruling Shiv Sena is a violation of the code of conduct. The Congress, led by Thane city chief Manoj Shinde, held a press conference “to expose the cheating by the ruling party in Thane,” and has accused the TMC of violating the norms and misleading residents of buildings that were to be cluster-developed. During the term of the UPA government in 2014, the TMC, after receiving the government notification, had prepared the ‘impact assessment plan’ in one night to lift the stay of the high court, alleged the Congress party. There were only eight cluster plans included in it. Later, after a fresh government notification in 2017, the TMC did not prepare the plan but included 44 URPs (urban renewal plan) in the old assessment plan. After that, village areas and fishermen’s colonies were included. The party has demanded a fresh assessment plan, saying civic officials, along with the ruling party, are misleading residents with old plans. “The ruling party has announced a decision which is a violation of code of conduct. People from villages and fishermen’s colonies have been opposing the cluster since its inception and Shiv Sena does not want to lose the vote bank of these communities. This is their strategy for upcoming 2019 elections, ” said Advocate Vikrant Chavan, Congress Group leader, TMC. The Konkan graduate constituency comprises Thane, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Sindhudurg and Palghar districts, with about 38,000 voters. Elections are on June 25.
|2018-06-08||'Stay indoors, refrain from using private vehicles for next 3 days - Times of India|
‘Stay indoors, refrain from using private vehicles for next 3 days Jun 8, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: Following the red alert issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) over the weekend, the state disaster management cell has sent out an advisory to curb any unfortunate incidents. Residents have been advised to avoid venturing out in the rain and to stay indoors in case of a downpour. The officials have also asked Thaneites to minimize the use of mobiles outdoors. The Met department has predicted very heavy rain for the next three days. Officials have asked residents to venture out only if it is necessary; else to remain indoors. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer of the regional disaster management cell (RDMC), said, “As per the IMD’s predictions, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Thane and its adjoining areas. The weather could be so intense that it can even give rise to a flood like situation. So, we have advised citizens not to venture out and keep an eye on their surroundings. While it is natural to panic in such cases, we want people to remain calm and not spread rumours. We have also advised people not to take their cars or other private vehicles on the road.” To tackle any calamity, the RDMC will be deploying rescue operators, ropes, boats and other equipment near the creek side and at low lying areas such as Vrindawan and Shrirang society. As a precautionary step, the Thane municipal corporation (TMC) has also issued a notification to slum dwellers residing near the creek and hilly regions to vacate the premises immediately. “We have been given orders by TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal to send out notices to citizens residing in flood or landslide prone areas. Accordingly on Thursday, we visited slums in Mumbra, Kalwa and Ghodbundar Road and made residents aware of the situation. Even those living near nullahs were served a notice. People living in Azad Nagar, Samrat Nagar, Khadi machine road will have to find a temporary shelter during the next three days,” said a civic official.
|2018-06-08||Bitcoin fraud: 1 of 3 seized cars fake Lamborghini - Times of India|
Bitcoin fraud: 1 of 3 seized cars fake Lamborghini Jun 8, 2018, 22:11 IST Thane: Bitcoin scamster Amit Lakhanpal led a lavish lifestyle and visited his house in a complex at Palm Beach road, Navi Mumbai once in a couple of months, said his second wife to the crime branch sleuths on Thursday. The police have seized three cars reportedly owned by Lakhanpal besides some cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh in the racket where he duped more than 25,000 investors, said the police. “Upon verifying the documents, we found that a Lamborghini, which was seized, turned out to be DC Avanti make, which the accused used to flaunt as Lamborghini to lure investors. Also a Mercedes S 350 and a Tata Tiago were seized,” said the police officer. He is also believed to have authored a book on the bitcoin wave, which is priced at $5,000. “The cheat’s family, including his second wife, their one-and-half-year-old daughter and his parents reside in a Palm Beach Road complex. The woman told us that she was unaware of his business and that he led a life of a recluse, visiting them briefly after long intervals,” said police inspector Nitin Thakare. The police added that around eight to 10 more complainants have come forward to complaint against Lakhanpal’s Money Trade Coin (MTC) group. Thakare said, “We have taken down the statements of his wife and she is cooperating in the probe. Some more complainants have come forward and we are recording their statements.”
|2018-06-08||Brief spell of rain leaves Thane in a mess; public transport hit - Times of India|
Brief spell of rain leaves Thane in a mess; public transport hit Jun 8, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: The pre-monsoon showers disrupted public transport services on Thursday morning. A few tree fall incidents were reported but so far no waterlogging or damage to life or property cases came to the fore. Several areas of the lake city, including parts of Ghodbunder, Bramhand and Pokhran 1, received around 10mm of rainfall since 4am. While the early morning showers did not cause much inconvenience, some parts of the city witnessed heavy rainfall during the day, leading to traffic congestion in some areas. The rescue teams were on their toes in the morning. The regional disaster management cell (RDMC) team received 11 calls, including that of tree falls and short circuits. Officials from the TMC said that they checked if any trees were bent in a dangerous manner. A tree had fallen near the collector’s office which had affected traffic for a while. But the disaster team cleared the area soon, said an official from the RDMC. The civic administration is also planning to trim or cut 29 trees that are in a dangerous state and could pose risk to human life and property. Officials said that they have released a public notice to the effect seeking suggestions and objections from residents. On the transport front, several autos remained off road and many private vehicles also did not ply due to the rains. There was a huge queue for autos at the railway station. “We had to stand in a long queue at the station to get an auto as the number of vehicles were less,” said Priya Shahani, a resident. Those using TMT services also complained of lack of service. Many buses were stuck in traffic on the highways. Motorists complained that the ongoing civic work at several locations in the city led to slow moving of traffic during peak hours. Fleet cabs were also scarcely available. The rescue teams were on their toes in the morning. The regional disaster management cell team received 11 calls, including that of tree falls and short circuits. Officials from the TMC said that they checked if any trees were bent in a dangerous manner.
|2018-06-08||Thane: 23 tonnes of ephedrine seized in 2016 to be disposed of this weekend - Times of India|
Thane: 23 tonnes of ephedrine seized in 2016 to be disposed of this weekend Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 11:05 IST THANE: As many as 23 tonnes of ephedrine that had been seized in a drug seizure case involving former actress Mamta Kulkarni will be disposed at a government designated company at Narayangaon this weekend. This could possibly be the biggest drug disposal in the recent past, source in police department claimed. It was exactly a year back that the special NDPS court had given an order to dispose of the stock. After following a lengthy process, the police has completed the formalities. "A drug disposal committee was constituted which is headed by a judge. Special inspector general of police shall supervise the disposal of 23 tonne of ephedrine as well as acetic anhydride that was also seized in the raid," a senior police official confirmed. The officer added to undertake disposal of the seized narcotics drugs then identified the company in Narayangaon that has the setup to incinerated it. The police said that presently a team of police from Thane city along with their counterparts in Solapur shall transport the stock to the Narayangaon from Solapur. It was on April 14, 2016 that the crime branch seized over 20 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.5 ton of acetic anhydride, from a pharmaceutical factory—Avon Life Sciences in Solapur and other locations in Thane and Ahmedabad. Deeper investigations led the sleuths to the involvement of Vicky Goswami and Kenyan based international drug mafia Akasha brothers involved in the racket as well as former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni.
|2018-06-08||DCP to inquire into allegations against Thane civic chief: Maharashtra govt tells Bombay HC - Free Press Journal|
DCP to inquire into allegations against Thane civic chief: Maharashtra govt tells Bombay HC Jun 08, 2018 06:08 pm Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court that a Deputy Commissioner of Police would inquire into the allegation that the Thane civic commissioner threatened an activist for filing a PIL over shoddy road concretisation work there. The high court had earlier this week expressed displeasure over the police’s handling of the inquiry and had asked the Thane Police Commissioner to either transfer the probe to a senior official or it would consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. A division bench of Justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla was today informed by the assistant government pleader that the probe will now be carried out by a Deputy Commissioner of Police. “Since the probe will now be carried out by the DCP, there is no need for us at this stage to appoint a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. The DCP shall submit an inquiry report before us on July 12,” the court directed. The activist, Pradeep Patil, had last year filed a public interest litigation (PIL) raising the issue of shoddy road concretisation work in neighbouring Thane district. Patil had in January this year filed an affidavit in his petition, alleging that on December 19 last year he received a call from Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal summoning him to the latter’s residence for a meeting. When Patil went to Jaiswal’s residence, he was threatened, the activist alleged in the affidavit. The Thane Municipal Corporation’s counsel Ram Apte had refuted the allegations and said Jaiswal never met Patil. The HC had then directed the police to carry out an inquiry and take into account the CCTV footage and call data records (CDR) of the petitioner. The police initially said it had completed its inquiry and found the allegations to be false. But later, the police informed the court that the inquiry was still on and that they were looking into Patil’s CDR details.
|2018-06-08||Info on LGBTQ given to 300 teachers - Times of India|
Info on LGBTQ given to 300 teachers Jun 8, 2018, 22:12 IST Thane: In an attempt to sensitise their teachers about the LGBTQ community, city-based Vasant Vihar School organised a two-hour gender and sexuality sensitization seminar at the school on Thursday morning. Over 300 teachers who participated in this seminar, led by Mumbai-based psychiatrists Kersi Chavda and Avinash Desousa, were not only made aware about the LGBTQ community, but also imparted information about correctly responding to queries from students about sexual preferences or deal with instances where students are themselves conflicted about their sexuality. “I went for one such workshop at a public hospital in Mumbai earlier and realised that it is crucial for teachers and school counsellors to be sensitised towards the LGBTQ community,” said V Kannan, principal. “In this workshop, our teachers not only learned that being a part of the LGBTQ community is not an illness, but also how to deal with students who may feel depressed or suicidal because of the negative connotation their sexuality has in society,” he added.
|2018-06-08||19-yr-old dies after speeding truck hits vehicle in Thane, 1 hurt - Hindustan Times|
19-yr-old dies after speeding truck hits vehicle in Thane, 1 hurt The driver of the speeding truck lost control and hit the two-wheeler from behind and fled the spot MUMBAI Updated: Jun 09, 2018 01:00 IST A 19-year-old man died after being hit by a speeding truck on the Thane-Nashik Highway Road at Bhiwandi on Thursday. The deceased Ajay Waghmare, who was on his way to Thane for a job interview was riding pillion with his friend Dipak Jetnavre, 22. The driver of the speeding truck lost control and hit the two-wheeler from behind and fled the spot. “While crossing the road on their two-wheeler, a speeding truck came from behind and hit them,” a police officer from Kongaon police station said. The officer said that the victims were rushed to the hospital. However, Waghmare was declared dead on arrival. “Jetnavre, who suffered severe injuries, is under treatment. Investigations are on to nab the truck driver. We have identified the truck number and with the help of RTO officials, we will track him down,” the officer said. A case has been lodged against the truck driver under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Motor Vehicle Act.
|2018-06-08||The Rock's Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde prepare to head to ... - Stuff.co.nz|
The Rock's Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde prepare to head to Mauritius to look for MH370 JAMES CROOT Last updated 09:16, June 9 2018 THE ROCK The Rock Drive hosts update listeners on their upcoming trip to Mauritius. Family members have been hugged, vaccination jabs endured and the number of McDonalds at their destination have been checked out.Yes, The Rock Drive hosts Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde are ready for their journey to Mauritius to search for wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.Crowdfunded to the tune of more than $35,000 from around 400 of their listeners, the pair will spend three days off the coast of the Indian Ocean republic searching co-ordinates Australian engineer Peter McMahon believed could be the plane's final resting place. It went missing in the early hours of March 8 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Although McMahon's theory has been widely discredited by investigators who believe his evidence is based on images taken in 2009, Heyde says that even if they don't find a plane, "at least we can offer to the families that have got victims that another part of the ocean has been searched. They can cross that off". The pair say they have the blessing of Charlotte Weeks, the niece of Paul Weeks, one of two New Zealand citizens on board the ill-fated flight. The Rock Drive hosts Duncan Heyde and Thane Kirby are headed to Mauritius in June to check out a possible location of the reamins of MH370, a plane that went missing in March 2014. READ MORE: * The Rock DJs Thane Kirby and Duncan Heyde defend crowdfunded search for MH370 * MH370: Experts aim to solve greatest aviation mystery * The Rock slammed by BSA for Thane Kirby's 'exploitative' interview * The crazy world of Thane KirbyMH370's disappearance has been something of an obsession for Kirby, who has hosted a regular Plane Watch segment on both his previous station George FM and now The Rock.Speaking before they head out on the long journey from Christchurch Airport on Sunday morning, Heyde says the whole endeavour only began to feel real, "when our personal locating devices got delivered to the studio". THE ROCK The Rock Drive team are heading off to search for MH370 on June 10. "We also got given the same satellite phone that Mike McRoberts uses when he goes to Afghanistan. It looks something from the 1990s, then you fold it out and add the aerial to it, it's as long as your forearm."The logistics of their trip, local assistance on the ground and how they are going to be able to broadcast their show from there next week have all started falling into place, Heyde adds, saying that they are currently expecting around 25 degrees while they are there. "Both days on the water look reasonably good – variable 20 km/h winds – which is pretty good."Kirby says they have both been studying up on their destination, learning that the population is 1.3 million, Mauritius is twice the size of Hong Kong and boasts six McDonalds. The Rock Drive hosts have been given an item vital to Mike McRoberts during his trips to the Middle East. Jabs for "tetnus, rabies, measles, mumps, rubella and something else" should prevent any illnesses, although Heyde says they were particularly warned to, "make sure we cover ourselves in insect repellent so we don't get dengue fever or malaria". Ad Feedback Kirby says while they have had plenty of support over the past week for their trip, they've also had a raft of emails from conspiracy theorists who believe they shouldn't go because they will be putting their lives in danger."Some have even suggested that this is a complete waste of time because the plane is actually in a hangar in Germany. We've had a lot of naysayers trying to put a lot of confusing [other] theories in our heads, but we've been head down and dedicated to making the most of our time in Mauritius." Heyde, who has a holiday to the Gold Coast to visit family as soon as he returns (while Kirby heads straight back to work), says he hopes everything will go without a hitch. 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|2018-06-08||Crypto money trail being probed: Cops - Times of India|
Crypto money trail being probed: Cops TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 03:06 IST THANE: The crime branch, investigating the Rs 500 crore cryptocurrency racket, is probing the money trail of the company that reportedly duped 25,000 investors. A police officer said they are contacting banks and financial institutions whose traces were found during searches of the office and house of the Flintstone Group owner. The company was run by Amit Lakhanpal, who introduced Money Trade Coin (MTC). Investigators suspect he has a secret financial transaction route to park wealth abroad. “Experts have been roped in to unravel the technology,” said a senior police officer. Another police team is corresponding with embassies of countries whose name Lakhanpal took to promote the currency. Meanwhile, Lakhanpal is trying to convince investors about returning their money, said a police officer. Police said they have found a bathroom with an AC, expensive bathtub, 68 bottles of Scotch and 12 tolas gold. A case has been registered with Navi Mumbai police on the seizure of liquor, said investigating officer Nitin Thakre.
|2018-06-07||TMC selects two startups to represent Thane in UK - Hindustan Times|
TMC selects two startups to represent Thane in UK Toolyt and Culture Aangan were selected in a competition in which more than 200 homegrown startups participatedstaret up MUMBAI Updated: Jun 08, 2018 00:06 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has selected two startups to represent the city at the International Business Festival at Liverpool, United Kingdom. Toolyt and Culture Aangan were selected in a competition in which more than 200 homegrown startups participated. The jury, chaired by TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, finalized the startups. The initiative is a part of TMC’s vision to transform the city into a hub for startups and business ventures. The focus of the competition was on solving grassroots issues, cutting across tourism, technology, administration and infrastructure, creating new entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities. Jaiswal said, “This is part of our larger initiative to solve local infrastructural issues through innovation, with the vision of putting Thane on the global startup map. I look forward to collaborating with the selected startups in our vision to transform Thane.” Toolyt is a business automation tool that helps organisations to increase the productivity of its field force. Nizamudheen Valliyattu, founder of Toolyt, said, “We can rope in global best practices and mentors to create entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities to build solutions to transform Thane.” Culture Aangan is dedicated to bring grassroot-level changes in rural communities by creating sustainable and experiential tourism destinations. This in turn creates livelihoods by educating and empowering the local village women. Similarly, Rashmi Sudhir Sawant, Founder of Culture Aangan, said, “there is an opportunity of creating an eco-system at Yeoor Hills which can be promoted as a tourist hub. By preserving the heritage of the original habitants of the villages, pockets of the villages can be developed as a home-stay for families from Thane or neighbouring Mumbai. Apart from that, there are huge opportunities to develop many neighbouring villages into an eco-tourism model, creating sustainable communities and possibly mitigating migration of the villagers to cities in search of employment.”
|2018-06-07||Monsoon Update LIVE: Skymet predicts heavy spells of rain in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri - Moneycontrol.com|
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|2018-06-07||Thane library offering your favourite book in digital, audio formats - Hindustan Times|
Thane library offering your favourite book in digital, audio formats The kiosk has a huge screen that displays pages of the book one chooses to read, it will also show animated stories. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 07, 2018 23:49 IST Even as the habit of reading is losing ground, city-based Marathi library, the Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya on Station Road, has come up with an innovative way to inculcate the habit of reading among people of all age groups. The library, which is one of the oldest in the city, on the occasion of its 120th anniversary, has installed a digital kiosk which will read out the contents of the books to readers. The kiosk has a huge screen that displays pages of the book one chooses to read. The screen will also show animated stories. Vidyadhar Walavalkar, administration officer of the library, said, “We have 25 books uploaded on the kiosk. For the past two days, we have been gauging the response.” People can access around 1,500 audio books and more than 1,730 books from 20 subjects ranging from history, biographies, geology, poetry and many more genres. The e-books are available free of cost. People of all age groups can enjoy using the kiosk, which will read aloud the chapters of the books which could be heard with headphones. The library management plans to install three more. This is a part of the digitalisation programme introduced by the library this year. There are around 3,500 scanned books, and many magazines and newspapers which readers can access. It’s interesting to note that the library has preserved newspapers like Kesari, (founded by Bal Gangadhar Tilak) from 1952 onwards. The library management began the digitisation of the books in November 2017. The collector has given ?50 lakh. “Many of the books we have are very old. Considering they are not in good condition, the idea to restore books of importance came up. After they are digitised, people from across the world can access the books. It will also make it easier to preserve these century-old books,” said Pranali Kobal, librarian of Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya.
|2018-06-07||Cryptocurrency scam: Thane police seize high-end cars from ... - Hindustan Times|
Cryptocurrency scam: Thane police seize high-end cars from kingpin’s house MUMBAI Updated: Jun 08, 2018 00:32 IST The Thane crime branch, investigating the cryptocurrency scam, seized two high-end cars of kingpin Amit Lakhanpal from his home in Airoli on Wednesday. They also seized 68 bottles of foreign liquor, ?3 lakh in cash and jewellery. The crime branch on Monday busted what is alleged to be a multi-hundred crore cryptocurrency scam, in which, around 25,000 investors were allegedly cheated of more than ?500 crore. Police have so far arrested Taha Kazi, 26, in connection with the scam. A police officer from the crime branch said, “A Mercedes and a DC Avanti [a modified version of Lambhorghini] have been seized”. Police said the software used in the scam was unique, decoding which is tough. “The software will lead us to various people linked to the accused. Technical experts are trying to decode it,” the officer said.
|2018-06-07||Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde puts Thane cluster development on hold - Daily News & Analysis|
Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde puts Thane cluster development on hold Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 03:20 AM IST Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday asked the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to put off implementation of cluster development scheme (CDS) in gaothans, padas and tribal areas of the city. The announcement is a relief for those who never wanted their sprawling homes to turn into 325 square feet units. "There is a standing instruction from the minister to withhold the scheme till the residents of these areas give their consent," said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer of the TMC. The decision was taken after corporators from Ovala, Kasarvadavli, Bhayanderpada, Mogharpada in Thane conveyed how the residents are opposed to cluster development. Various gaothan associations had come together to object to the decision. "Our houses are 2,000 to 2,500 square feet, we have cow stables of the same size," said Govind Bhagat, Aagri Yuvak Sanghatna (Aayus), Thane. "We do not want to give up such a big land and stay in cluster homes," he said. "CDS is nothing but a renamed BSUP scheme." BSUP is a project to provide Basic Services for Urban Poor. Another resident, Rajesh Patil from Kasarvadavli, said, "I have a 1,600 sq ft house. And they are offering 325 sq ft house under the cluster scheme. I cannot trade my house for such a small apartment," he said, adding that the scheme is to regularise illegal slums, and gaothans are not slums. The residents want TMC to survey gaothans. "Our three generations have lived in these gaothans. We want that to be included in the survey. Except for TMC taxes no other taxes should be levied on us," Bhagat said. A gaothan survey was done by TMC in 2003. But locals in Mumbra and Kalwa opposed it and the survey was incomplete.
|2018-06-07||Wife of crypto bizman says he loved costly cars - Times of India|
Wife of crypto bizman says he loved costly cars TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 03:12 IST THANE: The wife of cryptocurrency businessman Amit Lakhanpal has informed crime branch sleuths that he had a penchant for expensive cars and jewellery. She said he would visit their home at Palm Beach Road, Navi Mumbai, only once in a few months. Lakhanpal, believed to be holed up in Dubai, built a billion dollar business selling cryptocurrency to more than 25,000 investors worldwide, and is believed to have pocketed crores. “The family, including his wife, their one-and-ahalf-year-old daughter and his ageing parents reside at Palm Beach Road. She said she was unaware of his business and that he led a busy life, with long gaps between visits," inspector Nitin Thakare told TOI. Police had raided his old residence in Airoli on Wednesday, and after getting details of his personal life, reached his Navi Mumbai apartment. Police also seized three cars allegedly owned by Lakhanpal besides cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh. “On verifying documents, we found the car seized turned out to be a DC Avanti, which he flaunted as a Lamborghini to lure investors. AMercedes S350 and Tata Tiago were also seized,” said the officer. Police said 10 more complainants have come forward against Lakhanpal’s Money Trade Coin (MTC) group. Though the heat is building on Lakhanpal, he is said to be engaging with investors on WhatsApp and assuring them that everything will be ‘managed’, said the officer. Police will soon commence aprocess under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act (MPID) Act for attachment of assets and have interacted with the revenue department, which handles such cases. An application will be moved soon in the MPID court, added Thakare. Police added that the school dropout had created a make-believe world of finance and banking, where he gave away debit cards of his company to investors, promising shopping discounts. “We are probing deep into his scam and his close aide and the technical brain behind building the bitcoin network, Taha Kazi, who is in our custody, will reveal all. Lakhanpal had authored a book on the bitcoin wave, which is priced at $5,000,’’ a police officer said. Police said investors who suspected a fraud and raised their voice were threatened.
|2018-06-06||Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Two Startups From Mumbai to Attend the International Business Fest at Liverpool - Business Wire India (press release)|
Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Two Startups From Mumbai to Attend the International Business Fest at Liverpool In a competition held by the Thane Municipal Corporation, two startups – Toolyt and Culture Aangan will represent Thane at the International Business Fest in Liverpool, UK this month In a series of opportunities created for the startup ecosystem Thane, the city of possibilities, has yet again created a unique platform for startups from Maharashtra to pitch to a global network of investors in UK. Under the dynamic leadership of Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, the Municipal Commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), invited homegrown startups to pitch for solutions that drive exponential change and bring about a transformation in the society. The competition, hosted by DCF Ventures, saw more than 200 startups from Maharashtra applying, and after a rigorous evaluation and shortlisting process, the top six finalists presented to the jury chaired by Mr. Sanjeev Jaiswal. After multiple presentations by the startups, Toolyt and Culture Aangan were announced as the winners and they won the opportunity to present to the UK Business Angel Network (UKBAN) at the International Business Festival in Liverpool, UK. Toolyt is a business automation tool that helps organizations to increase the productivity of its field force. Culture Aangan is an organization which is dedicated to bring grassroot-level changes in rural communities by creating sustainable and experiential tourism destinations. This, in turn, creates livelihoods by educating and empowering the local village women to conserve the local traditional art and culture in its most natural form. This competition aims at transforming the city by focusing on solving grassroots issues, cutting across tourism, technology, administration and infrastructure, creating new entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities. The initiative is a part of TMC’s larger vision to transform the lake city into a hub for startups and business ventures. Delighted with the overwhelming response to the initiative, Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation said, “Thane holds immense potential and we are working towards developing it as one of the biggest startup hubs in Maharashtra. This is part of our larger initiative to solve local infrastructural issues through innovation, with the vision of putting Thane on the global startup map. I congratulate the winning ventures and look forward to collaborating with them in our vision to transform Thane.” The proposed innovation hub in the lake city will create infrastructure to provide technical and financial support to early-stage ventures. It will rope in global best practices and mentors to create entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities to build solutions to transform Thane. About Thane Municipal Corporation The Thane Municipal Corporation was established on 1st October, 1982. Covering a population of 7,90,000 as per the 1990 Census, the population has reached to about 14,00,000 in the year 2003. The Thane Municipal Corporation has undertaken many developmental projects and schemes since 1982 for a balanced development of the city. Thane is a city of many firsts, such as the terminus of the first ever passenger railway service in India, first city in India to adopt the DigiCity platform, first city in the country to adopt a district cooling system in commercial structures, etc. Thane district is the second largest contributor to state income (13.1%) after Mumbai (22.1%) and larger than Pune (11.4%). Mr. Jaiswal was recently awarded with a prestigious award which he received from the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis. About DCF Ventures DCF Ventures works with corporates to drive innovation initiatives, leading to increased revenue, reduced costs, enhanced customer experience. Acting as an innovation bridge between Indian and global innovation ecosystems, DCF Ventures has worked with leading organizations on delivering innovation as a service through managing corporate accelerators, innovation programs, hackathons, and innovation consulting projects. Direct access to 20,000+ Indian startups and a database of over 5000 ventures globally gives DCF ventures the ability to source the right strategic innovation partner for any business across the globe.
|2018-06-06||IPL betting racket: Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi records statement with Thane cops - Hindustan Times|
IPL betting racket: Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi records statement with Thane cops Police sources said Sanghvi was arrested bookie Sonu Jalan’s partner and had himself also placed bets on various matches. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 06, 2018 16:21 IST Bollywood producer Parag Sanghvi recorded his statement at the Thane Anti Extortion Cell (AEC)?in connection with the IPL betting racket on Wednesday. Police sources had said that Sanghvi was arrested bookie Sonu Jalan’s partner and had himself placed bets on various matches. The police had summoned Sanghvi on Monday. Meanwhile, Jalan will be produced in court on Wednesday. Sanghvi’s recent home productions include the movies ‘Bhoot Returns’, ‘Partner’ and ‘The Attacks of 26/11’. “Sanghvi’s statement is being recorded and we are verifying his statement with Jalan’s,” confirmed Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector, Thane AEC. Sharma said they are also examining videos from Jalan’s mobile phone shot by a friend. In the video, Jalan is shown talking on the phone with a bookie and saying that instead of six trucks full of dirhams, he would give eight trucks, buy Burj Khalifa, and name it Burj Sonufa. “Then, he says he will send 60 trucks filled with money that can be distributed across Kuwait. Basically, Jalan is using code language, which we are trying to decode. We are also verifying details seen and heard in the video,” he added. Speaking of other Bollywood celebrities involved in betting, Sharma said: “We found that Sajid Khan had also placed bets in the past, but we have not found any links to the current case.” On May 18, the Thane AEC arrested three cricket bookies from Dombivli — Gautam Savla,43, who runs a grocery shop, and Nikhil Sampat,53, who works in a private firm, both residents of Dombivli, and Nitish Punjani,28, a Thane resident who is otherwise unemployed. Following interrogation, the police arrested three more bookies, include Jalan, one of India’s top bookies, from Malad. So far, six bookies have been arrested in the IPL betting racket, and the statement of Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, brother of superstar Salman Khan, has been recorded; he confessed to laying bets on IPL matches and losing Rs 2.8 crore.
|2018-06-06||DIG Swati Sathe files complaint against suspended Thane jail superintendent - Hindustan Times|
DIG Swati Sathe files complaint against suspended Thane jail superintendent She alleged in her complaint that Jadhav was seen in Kothrud area, where Sathe lives. PUNE Updated: Jun 06, 2018 16:46 IST Swati Sathe, deputy inspector general (prison), Maharashtra, filed a complaint against Hiralal Jadhav, suspended superintendent of Thane central jail, at Kothrud police station. She alleged in her complaint that Jadhav was seen in Kothrud area, where Sathe lives. Jadhav was suspended in September 2016 after sexual harassment allegations made by a female prison employee. A year after his suspension, the Maharashtra administrative tribunal (MAT) had recommended cancellation of his suspension. However, in December 2017, the Bombay high court put a stay on the MAT order and upheld his suspension. "She was the head of the Vishakha committee which investigated the sexual harassment charges against him," said Appasaheb Shewale, senior police inspector of Kothrud police station. However, Jadhav had opposed an inquiry into the sexual harassment charges by the committee led by DIG Sathe. The committee is now headed by Aswathi Dorje, an Indian police service (IPS) officer, who was promoted as director of Nashik police academy in May. Sathe saw him a few days ago around a kilometre away from her house in Kothrud. Jadhav is a resident of Kondhwa area of Pune, the police said. "We will call and ask him what he was doing in Kothrud at the mentioned time and will check whether he had a good reason to be there," said senior PI Shewale. In July 2017, after a female inmate of Byculla jail was found dead on the prison premises, Jadhav had filed a case against Sathe for protecting the six officials held responsible for the inmate's death. No case has been registered in response to the complaint filed by DIG Sathe.
|2018-06-06||Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Mumbai Startups To Pitch Investors at Liverpool - IndianWeb2 (press release) (blog)|
Thane Municipal Corporation Selects Mumbai Startups To Pitch Investors at Liverpool Jun 6, 2018 Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has created a unique platform for startups to pitch to a global network of investors in UK – Pitchfest 2018. Toolyt, Culture Aangan were announced as winners & will present to UKBAN at the International Business Fest in Liverpool, UK. In a series of opportunities created for the startup ecosystem Thane, the city of possibilities, has yet again created a unique platform for startups from Maharashtra to pitch to a global network of investors in UK. Under the dynamic leadership of Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, the Municipal Commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), invited homegrown startups to pitch for solutions that drive exponential change and bring about a transformation in the society. The competition, hosted by DCF Ventures, saw more than 200 startups from Maharashtra applying, and after a rigorous evaluation and shortlisting process, the top six finalists presented to the jury chaired by Mr. Sanjeev Jaiswal. After multiple presentations by the startups, Toolyt and Culture Aangan were announced as the winners and they won the opportunity to present to the UK Business Angel Network (UKBAN) at the International Business Festival in Liverpool, UK. Toolyt is a business automation tool that helps organizations to increase the productivity of its field force. Culture Aangan is an organization which is dedicated to bring grassroot-level changes in rural communities by creating sustainable and experiential tourism destinations. This, in turn, creates livelihoods by educating and empowering the local village women to conserve the local traditional art and culture in its most natural form. This competition aims at transforming the city by focusing on solving grassroots issues, cutting across tourism, technology, administration and infrastructure, creating new entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities. The initiative is a part of TMC’s larger vision to transform the lake city into a hub for startups and business ventures. Delighted with the overwhelming response to the initiative, Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation said, “Thane holds immense potential and we are working towards developing it as one of the biggest startup hubs in Maharashtra. This is part of our larger initiative to solve local infrastructural issues through innovation, with the vision of putting Thane on the global startup map. I congratulate the winning ventures and look forward to collaborating with them in our vision to transform Thane.” The proposed innovation hub in the lake city will create infrastructure to provide technical and financial support to early-stage ventures. It will rope in global best practices and mentors to create entrepreneurial and revenue opportunities to build solutions to transform Thane.
|2018-06-06||South Aiken's Thane Tiffany is boys tennis player of the year - The Augusta Chronicle|
|2018-06-06||Treasure in the trash: Thane eyes better Swachh rank, offers gold coins for dumping waste in bins - Times of India|
Treasure in the trash: Thane eyes better Swachh rank, offers gold coins for dumping waste in bins Updated: Jun 7, 2018, 05:31 IST THANE: The municipal corporation in Thane plans to lure residents with freebies, including gold coins, for using its newly installed hi-tech roadside garbage bins. While the aim is to incentivize the use of trash bins, activists have raised questions over sustenance of this initiative. Under the latest initiative by Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, Thane residents dumping trash in the 200 hi-tech bins, called Techbins, will get freebies—from discount coupons to mobile phones and a chance to win gold coins in a lucky draw. The idea is apparently to promote the use of dustbins and keep the city clean. Thane had ranked low on the countrywide Swachh Survekshan Survey slipping from 17th rank in 2016 to 116 last year. civ A pilot project was inaugurated by Jaiswal at Pokhran 1 on Wednesday; 30 Techbins will be installed in the first phase by June-end after which the project will kick off. A Bhandup-based agency, Asian Gallant, has been hired to maintain and operate the system for 10 years. The agency will also tie up with various companies, including local traders, for the freebies. “Each Techbin will have a capacity to accommodate 190 cubic metres of wet and dry waste. These will be located at prime spots across Thane. The agency has been asked to deploy staff to ensure regular clearance of waste from the bins. In return, it will get advertising rights near the bins,” said Manisha Pradhan, head of the municipal pollution control cell. To avail the freebies, residents will have to download the app designed by the contractor and key in the unique code that will be generated after a single use of the bin and send it to a dedicated number. The data will be recorded with the company and the user will be rewarded with daily freebies like discount coupons or codes. A grand draw to win a one-gram gold coin will be conducted once every month, said Abhijit Devkar, founder of Asian Gallant. Activists, however, doubt the initiative will sustain, considering the volume of trash generated in Thane and misuse of the system. “The initiative is laudable, but the lure of freebies may attract residents from other cities to use the bins here adding to the volume of trash here,” said an activist. “The authorities should ensure the facility is used only by locals.”
|2018-06-06||Thane techie held in ?500 crore cryptocurrency scam - Hindustan Times|
Thane techie held in 500 crore cryptocurrency scam Cops say the main accused is in Dubai; policeman may be involved MUMBAI Updated: Jun 06, 2018 11:39 IST A day after the Thane police busted the cryptocurrency racket, a 26-year-old employee of the Ghodbunder Road company was arrested. Taha Kazi, a resident of Mumbra, was the technical head and director of the Flintstone Group, an alleged real estate company. He had created the software application for the company. The police said that more than 25,000 investors were cheated of more than ?500 crore. “Three accused in the cryptocurrency racket are still at large. In 2017, the accused introduced 10.5 crore coins but the demand went up to 12 crore,” said Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh. The mastermind, Amit Lakhanpal, is hiding in Dubai, said the police. The police said Lakhanpal has studied till Class 8 but showed fake doctorate certificates. Many well-known magazines have featured Lakhanpal. It was also found that an assistant police inspector from Thane police is also involved in the racket. On Monday, the police raided two offices — one at Thane and another at Vikhroli — and busted the racket. Singh said, “Many had invested in crores but none of them got any returns. A Delhi-based businessman Pravin Agrawal, 40, lodged a complaint with the police. He had invested ?1.7 crore on the maturity date, his account used to have technical problems. He could only see that rates of the coins had increased by 5,000 times. We raided the offices after the complaint was lodged.” The police had detained two people but after verifying their role, Kazi was arrested. Flintstone Group’s cryptocurrency was called Money Trade Coin (MTC). Lakhanpal’s aides cheated people promising 20 times return in six months. After the maturity date, they kept giving excuses to the investors. “We also found a certificate of a fixed deposit of a private bank which shows balance of ?2,500 crore and a standby amount certificate of ?1,750 crore. This was to gain the trust of investors,” said Singh. The investors were promised flats and citizenship in African and Caribbean countries. They were given a swipe card to purchase online products. “Last month, Kazi lodged a complaint with the Chithalsar police station, saying that their agent has cheated them of the invested money. This was done to mislead the investors,” said Singh. The police said they would send a team to Dubai to arrest Lakhanpal. The cryptocurrency was launched at a price of $3 (USD) and Lakhanpal told investors that it would increase to $2,500.
|2018-06-05||Thane: Rs 500 Crore Cryptocurrency Scam Busted In Maharashtra's ... - NDTV|
Rs. 500 Crore Cryptocurrency Scam Busted In Thane, Over 25,000 Cheated The accused allegedly posed as representatives of the Union Finance Ministry and had also prepared fake identity cards to cheat people, according to police officials. Updated: June 05, 2018 17:02 IST THANE: The Thane Police has busted an online cryptocurrency racket, which had allegedly collected an estimated Rs. 500 crore from people with the promise of good returns, and has arrested one person, an official said today. Some people had floated a company about a year back and launched their own cyrptocurrency called the 'Money Trade Coin (MTC)', through which they promised high returns and lured people to invest about Rs. 500 crore into its schemes, the police official said. However, the company allegedly failed to pay the promised sum to the investors. The accused allegedly posed as representatives of the Union Finance Ministry and had also prepared fake identity cards to cheat people, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said at a press conference in Thane. Around 25,000 people fell prey to the accused and invested money in the company, he said. Based on a complaint by a New Delhi-based businessman, the police raided the company's premises on Ghodbunder Road in Thane and in suburban Vikhroli in adjoining Mumbai on Monday and subsequently arrested a person, identified as Taha Kazi, from Mumbra town. Mr Singh said the police seized 53 laptops, rubber stamps and fabricated documents during the raids. Kazi, who was allegedly providing technical support to the company, was later arrested, another police official said. The police is trying to ascertain the exact modus operandi of the company's owners and how they used to run the racket. A search is on for five others for their alleged involved in the racket, the police said. A case has been registered against the accused under various Indian Penal Code sections for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act, the Chit Funds Act and the Information Technology Act. Across the world, there have been heightened concerns over cryptocurrencies, also known as 'virtual currencies', such as Bitcoins. This is because they are not regulated by any governments/central banks, leading to a fear of possible money laundering too. The RBI had earlier come out with warnings to discourage the public from investing in virtual currencies. The RBI has also asked banks not to extend banking facilities for sale or purchase of such currencies.
|2018-06-05||HC raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner - Business Standard|
HC raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner Last Updated at June 5, 2018 17:16 IST The Bombay High Court today expressed displeasure over the Thane Police's handling of inquiry into allegations that the district civic commissioner threatened an activist for filing a PIL over shoddy road concretisation work there. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to either transfer the probe to a senior official or it will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. The activist, Pradeep Patil, had last year filed a public interest litigation (PIL) raising the issue of shoddy road concretisation work in the neighbouring Thane district. Patil had in January this year filed an affidavit in his petition, alleging that on December 19 last year he received a call from Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal summoning him to his residence for a meeting. When Patil went to Jaiswal's residence, he was threatened, the activist alleged in the affidavit. Thane Municipal Corporation's counsel Ram Apte had refuted the allegations and said Jaiswal never met Patil. A division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla had then directed the police to carry out an inquiry and take into account the CCTV footage and call data records (CDR) of the petitioner. The police initially said it had completed its inquiry and found the allegations to be false. But today, the police informed the court that the inquiry was still on and that they were looking into Patil's CDR details. "First the investigating officer gives a clean chit, then today he says CDR is being looked into. Why has this sudden wisdom dawned upon the officer?" Justice Oka said. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to look into issue and inform the court if he was willing to transfer the enquiry to a senior police official. "We do not trust this police officer anymore. Ask the commissioner if he is willing to transfer the case to a senior official. If not, then we will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry," Justice Oka said to the assistant government pleader. The court has posted the matter for further hearing on June 8.
|2018-06-05||Thane: Cops bust cryptocurrency racket, one arrested | Business ... - Business Standard|
Thane: Cops bust cryptocurrency racket, one arrested Last Updated at June 5, 2018 17:25 IST The police has busted a cryptocurrency racket and arrested one, here on Tuesday. The arrested person has been identified as Hafiz Kazi. While conducting a raid at the official premises of the accused, the police seized 56 laptops, cell phones and fake documents, along with crypto-coins. Search for the main accused and others involved in the racket is still on. On a related note, businessman and actor Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra was summoned today by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Bitcoin scam.
|2018-06-05||Thane cops bust Rs 500-crore cryptocurrency racket; 1 held - HERE. NOW|
Thane cops bust Rs 500-crore cryptocurrency racket; 1 held Updated: June 5, 2018 Thane (Maha): The Thane Police have busted an online cryptocurrency racket, which had allegedly collected an estimated Rs 500 crore from people with promise of good returns, and has arrested one person, an official said Tuesday. Some people had floated a company about a year back and launched their own cyrptocurrency called the ‘Money Trade Coin (MTC)’, through which they promised high returns and lured people to invest about Rs 500 crore into its schemes, the police official said. However, the company allegedly failed to pay the promised sum to the investors.The accused allegedly posed as representatives of the Union Finance Ministry and had also prepared fake identity cards to cheat people, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said at a press conference here. Around 25,000 people fell prey to the accused and invested money in the company, he said. Based on a complaint by a New Delhi-based businessman, the police raided the company’s premises on the Ghodbunder Road in Thane and in suburban Vikhroli in the adjoining Mumbai Monday and subsequently nabbed a person, identified as Taha Kazi, from Mumbra town. Singh said the police seized 53 laptops, rubber stamps and fabricated documents during the raids, Singh said. Kazi, who was allegedly providing technical support to the company, was later arrested, another police official said. The police are trying to ascertain the exact modus operandi of the company’s owners and how they used to run the racket. A search is on for five others for their alleged involved in the racket, the police said. A case has been registered against the accused under various Indian Penal Code sections for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act, the Chit Funds Act and the Information Technology Act. Across the world, there have been heightened concerns over cryptocurrencies, also known as ‘virtual currencies’, such as Bitcoins as they are not regulated by any governments/central banks, leading to a fear of possible money laundering too. The RBI had earlier come out with warnings to discourage the public from investing in virtual currencies. The RBI has also asked banks not to extend banking facilities for sale or purchase of such currencies. ED grills Raj Kundra Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate Tuesday questioned Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, in connection with a money laundering probe related to a bitcoin transactions case, officials said. The businessman was summoned at the ED office here and was asked questions about his involvement in the trade, termed as illegal by the government, they said. There are some instances of the case that are linked to Kundra and hence, he has been asked to record his statement, the officials said without elaborating. The ED, sometime back, had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against bitcoin-based investment website GainBitcoin, its founder Amit Bhardwaj and eight others. It is alleged that nearly 8,000 investors lost around Rs 2,000 crore funds by transacting in this scheme. The ED had filed its case based on an FIR of the Maharashtra Police in this case and the Pune Police arrested Bhardwaj and his brother Vivek from Delhi earlier. Bhardwaj reportedly was behind ventures like GainBitcoin, GBMiners, MCAP and GB21, and the investors were allegedly duped after transactions on these portals.
|2018-06-05||Mother who strangled baby, threw body into Thane creek surrenders ... - Hindustan Times|
Mother who strangled baby, threw body into Thane creek surrenders after 15 days Thane woman confesses to strangling the infant because it was handicapped. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 05, 2018 12:20 IST The mother of a nine-month-old infant girl has surrendered to the police 15 days after throwing her baby into the Thane. The woman allegedly realised her mistake and went to the police station on Monday to confess her wrongdoing. She requested the police team to carry out a search operation at the creek but officials were unable to trace the body of infant. The mother, identified as Yashodha Kiran Cheda, 30, from Lokmanya Nagar, reportedly killed her baby because she was physically challenged. She allegedly committed the act on May 18, but recognised her wrongdoing and later disclosed her crime to the Thane Nagar police. “She revealed her act saying that her family is not economically strong enough to take care of the physically challenged child, hence she took the drastic step,” said senior police inspector MV Dharmadhikari. “On May 18, Cheda strangled her baby and then took the body to Kalwa creek where she threw it into the water. After a few days, when her family members interrogated her about the child, she claimed that she has left the infant at her mother’s home for few days. As days passed, her in-laws grew suspicious and forced her to bring back the child. This was when she revealed the truth and surrendered herself to the police,” Dharmadhikari said. The official said that while search operations were carried out at the Kalwa creek, they were unable to find the baby’s body. The case has been registered against Cheda, under the section 102 and 201 of Indian Panel Code. The mother has been taken into police custody and will be produced before the court today.
|2018-06-05||Bookie Sonu Jalan Names Director Sajid Khan in IPL Betting Case - India.com News|
Bookie Sonu Jalan Names Director Sajid Khan in IPL Betting Case Updated: June 5, 2018 7:06 PM IST Mumbai, Jun 5: Prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla, who was arrested on April 31 in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket, has named Bollywood director Sajid Khan, Thane Police Crime Branch sources told news agency ANI on Tuesday. Sonu Jalan said Sajid Khan used to place bets on cricket matches seven years ago. Thane police are investigating into Sonu’s claims but have not decided to summon Sajid for joining the investigation yet. Sajid is a brother of leading choreographer Farah Khan. No clarification was issued from the director till the filing of this copy. Bollywood star Arbaaz Khan’s name has also cropped up in the investigation. Arbaaz, brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, confessed to placing bets last year and losing Rs. 2.75 crore. Arbaaz, 50, said he will continue to co-operate with the police in this investigation. The actor was called for questioning on May 29 by the Anti Extortion Cell, Thane. The Anti-Extortion Cell on Monday issued summons to more people including film producer Parag Sanghvi and another person Sameer Buddha. According to Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire, the entire IPL scam involves some of the biggest bookies operating from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New Delhi. Sonu Jalan was first nabbed around 10 years ago when the IPL betting scam had erupted and later investigations proved he was in touch with several world personalities, including Arbaaz.
|2018-06-05||Thane police bust cryptocurrency racket - The Indian Express|
Thane police bust cryptocurrency racket According to police, the 2,500 people had invested and subsequently lost Rs 500 crore after investing in the cryptocurrency that had been launched by Lakhanpal at a well-known hotel in Dubai in September last year at an ‘Initial Coin Offering (ICO)’. Published: June 6, 2018 3:38:47 am THE THANE police on Monday busted a cryptocurrency racket allegedly run by Amit Lakhanpal who is believed to be in Dubai along with four others, who cheated nearly 2,500 people over the past 10 months. According to police, the 2,500 people had invested and subsequently lost Rs 500 crore after investing in the cryptocurrency that had been launched by Lakhanpal at a well-known hotel in Dubai in September last year at an ‘Initial Coin Offering (ICO)’. The police have so far arrested only one person who provided technical help to the operation. The name of an assistant police inspector linked to the Thane police is also being probed on suspicion that he is linked to the case. Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said, “Amit Lakhanpal had launched a redeemable cryptocurrency called ‘Money Trade Coin (MTC) at a Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on the lines of Initial Public Offering (IPO) in September 2017 at Dubai where it started with a value of three dollars. He had then raised the value of one MTC to 6000 dollars. Nearly 2500 people had made investments in MTC worth nearly 500 crores. However, people could not sell the cryptocurrency or make any withdrawals after they purchased it. The use of cryptocurrency is not allowed. Here, they cheated people by taking money in the guise of investing it in cyrptocurrency and not returning the money.” A team from unit 1 of the Thane crime branch conducted raids on the two offices of the Flintstone group located at Ghodbunder road and Vikhroli. From there the police arrested one Hafiz Kazi (26), a Mumbra resident, who was the technical brain behind the operation. He had developed the software through which the blockchain operated. Lakhanpal came to know that complainants had approached us and fled to Dubai before we could get to him. Apart from Lakhanpal, we are also on the lookout for three others including one Sachin Shellar, who served in the accounts department, Singh said. Singh said Lakhanpal had created a good profile for himself so that people could trust him. Though he had studied till class 8, he had a fake degree to show that he had done a degree in business administration from Auckland university. He had also launched a magazine that carryied ‘inspirational quotes’ and photographs with several celebrities including international cricketers, politicians and bollywood stars. Lakhanpal had a profile in the Middle East edition of a reputed international magazine. He has also written a book on cryptocurrency and had forged fixed deposit receipt of Rs 250 crores that he showed investors. “As a result of these things, people trusted him and invested in the cryptocurrency launched by him. He was also in the process of launching a debit card where the cryptocurrency could be used to make purchases on e-commerce sites,” the police commissioner said. Deputy commissioner of police Abhishek Trimukhe said there was an FIR registered against Lakhanpal in Rajasthan as well. Singh said they have found some links of an assistant police inspector of Thane police with the scamsters and are investigating it.
|2018-06-05||Thaneites strive towards making the Thane a greener place - Times of India|
Thaneites strive towards making the Thane a greener place Jun 6, 2018, 02:23 IST THANE: Even as the pre-monsoon showers since the last two days had uprooted many fully-grown trees across the lake city, dozens of Thaneites spent Tuesday morning making up for this loss by plainting more trees. On the occasion of world environment day, which was observed on Thursday, many organisations took up tree plantations drives or created butterfly gardens in their areas. Citizens spent most of their Tuesday morning in increasing the city’s green cover. Sashikumar Nair, secretary of an NGO, who along with seven other members celebrated the day by planting saplings in the Happy Valley area, said, “Over the past few weeks we have been taking care of the trees planted by the TMC in our area. However, a few of them got damaged due to some construction work and debris dumping,” “On Tuesday, we not only planted five new neem tree saplings, but also built protection walls around them,” Nair said. Even though schools are yet to start, many schools— including St. Xaviers and DAV— observed the day by organising tree plantation drives for their teachers and staff. “Our school is very close to Tulsidham ground and many of our students spend time in that area. We found that a senior citizens group were organising a plantation drive at that ground. So, we encouraged our teachers to take part in the initiative. They planted around 20 trees which will make the place a much greener one for our students,” said Simmi Juneja, principal of DAV school in Thane. Some other schools went one step further and even created butterfly gardens for students. “Children today have forgotten the importance of nature, even though it teaches us so much. While our academic year is yet to begin, we decided to create a butterfly garden where our students will practically learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly, the plants they live and feed on and the concept of life and evolution,” said Preeti Rane, principal of Kolshet based Aatman Academy. “We called in an expert who told our group of 12 academicians about the basics of creating and nurturing the garden. We spent the morning by planting host plants like lemon, curry leaves and bael leaves. The plants will be nurtured and monitored by teachers and students henceforth,” Rane said. Over the past few weeks we have been taking care of the trees planted by the TMC in our area. However, a few of them got damaged due to some construction work and debris dumping. On Tuesday, we not only planted five new neem tree saplings, but also built protection walls around them.
|2018-06-05||Bombay High Court raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner - Free Press Journal|
Bombay High Court raps Thane cops over probe in allegations against civic commissioner Jun 05, 2018 07:05 pm Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today expressed displeasure over the Thane Police’s handling of inquiry into allegations that the district civic commissioner threatened an activist for filing a PIL over shoddy road concretisation work there. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to either transfer the probe to a senior official or it will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry. The activist, Pradeep Patil, had last year filed a public interest litigation (PIL) raising the issue of shoddy road concretisation work in the neighbouring Thane district. Patil had in January this year filed an affidavit in his petition, alleging that on December 19 last year he received a call from Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal summoning him to his residence for a meeting. When Patil went to Jaiswal’s residence, he was threatened, the activist alleged in the affidavit. Thane Municipal Corporation’s counsel Ram Apte had refuted the allegations and said Jaiswal never met Patil. A division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla had then directed the police to carry out an inquiry and take into account the CCTV footage and call data records (CDR) of the petitioner. The police initially said it had completed its inquiry and found the allegations to be false. But today, the police informed the court that the inquiry was still on and that they were looking into Patil’s CDR details. “First the investigating officer gives a clean chit, then today he says CDR is being looked into. Why has this sudden wisdom dawned upon the officer?” Justice Oka said. The court directed the Thane police commissioner to look into issue and inform the court if he was willing to transfer the enquiry to a senior police official. “We do not trust this police officer anymore. Ask the commissioner if he is willing to transfer the case to a senior official. If not, then we will consider appointing a judicial officer to carry out inquiry,” Justice Oka said to the assistant government pleader. The court has posted the matter for further hearing on June 8.
|2018-06-05||Thane CP asked to probe RTI activist's allegations - The Asian Age|
Thane CP asked to probe RTI activist’s allegations Published : Jun 6, 2018, 2:18 am IST, Updated : Jun 6, 2018, 2:17 am IST Patil claimed that potholes appeared on roads owing to sub-standard work and this affected vehicular traffic. Mumbai: The Bombay high court has asked the Thane police commissioner to personally look into the incident where Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal allegedly threatened RTI activist, Pradeep Patil, for filing a petition against construction of sub-standard roads in Thane in the high court. On Tuesday, the Thane police submitted an application for further investigation into Mr Patil’s allegations. The court was irked and questioned how come when the investigation officer earlier gave a clean chit to Mr Jaiswal, the police now wanted to further the probe. The court said that it had lost faith in the investigation officer and asked the Thane police commissioner to personally look into the investigation and take appropriate decision. A division bench comprising Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla was hearing the petition filed by Mr Patil where he alleged a scam in road concretisation under the jurisdiction of the Thane municipal corporation. Mr Patil claimed that potholes appeared on roads owing to sub-standard work and this affected vehicular traffic. The activist further alleged that in the case of 21 roads, the works had not been carried out as per prescribed rules of the corporation. Mr Patil claimed that despite making several representations before concerned authorities, no one had taken cognisance. Mr Patil earlier informed the court that Mr Jaiswal had called and threatened him for filing the petition. He claimed that he registered a FIR against Mr Jaiswal but the police and the civic administration maintained that he never visited the municipal commissioner’s bungalow.
|2018-06-04||India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind - India Today|
India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind June 4, 2018, UPDATED 21:34 IST Following a detailed investigation carried out by India Today TV and Aajtak regarding scams run in the name cryptocurrency in story 'Operation Bitcoin', the Thane police on Monday registered a case against the scam's mastermind. In February this year, a special investigation story uncovered the scam worth crores of rupees duping investors across the country in the name of cryptocurrency investments. Money Trade Coin (MTC) was one such cryptocurrency used to lure investors promising ten to twenty times returns in just four to six months. India Today reporters posing as investors had approached the office of Flintstone Group in Thane and met office bearers of the company. Hearing that we were ready to make investments worth crores of rupees, the office bearers, and Digamber Jangle, who posed as the senior official of MTC, even went on to say that he would help provide an escrow account as well as citizenship of a Caribbean country if we invested in MTC. READ | Bitcoin not a legal tender, but your gains from the cryptocurrency are taxable Jangle also went on to say that they were directly in touch with governments of Antigua and Barbuda island and very soon their coin would be used as a legal tender in some of the countries located there. This was just a ploy to deceive and cheat investors by luring them with lavish life and huge returns but in reality, the modus operandi was just to dupe investors and escape with the money. Now Thane police have registered a case against the owner of the Flintstone Group. Owner of the Flintstone Group Amit Lakhanpal and his associates had launched the cryptocurrency named Money Trade Coin (MTC). Investments worth of crores were made by investors and estimated amount presently is said to be around 300 crore. ALSO READ | Cryptocurrency addicts seek treatment at Scottish clinic Lakhanpal and his associates fled the country. Some police officials are also involved in the scam and India Today in a special investigation had brought to light the scam that took place in a workplace that is presently being raided by the Thane Police. Jangle, who was caught on camera by India Today, is apparently a police officer and is also suspected to be one of the masterminds of the racket. "We have registered a case against Jangle and his associates, and as of now, we are conducting raids at his offices in Thane and Mumbai to get hold of records and documents related to the fraud," said Police Inspector Nitin Thakre from Thane Crime Branch Unit 1. The case has been registered under several sections of IPC, MPID (Maharashtra Protection of Investors and Depositors) act and chit fund act.
|2018-06-04||TMC gets over 1000 responses to its cluster redevelopment project - Times of India|
TMC gets over 1,000 responses to its cluster redevelopment projec Jun 4, 2018, 23:58 IST THANE: Over 10,000 objections and suggestions related to the cluster redevelopment project were reportedly presented at various offices of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) till Monday evening, which was the last date of sending responses before the administration finalised the project. Serpentine queues were seen outside a few ward offices in the city where residents thronged to submit their opinions since the last several days. Officials said that though the date for accepting the objections ended on Monday, they are likely to accept some inputs over the next two days before they start compiling it by next week. The administration said it will classify the suggestions and objections received as per the urban renewal plans and then hold a collective briefing with the contributors. Activists and community members from the Agri and Koli communities said several thousands of families have been sending their opinions since the time the TMC issued the notification. “We have received thousands of response from residents over the cluster redevelopment project. We will now scrutinize each of these suggestions and objections and respond accordingly,” said a senior official from the town planning department. The official, however, refused to confirm the number of responses received claiming that the accurate number would be made available only by the weekend. Meanwhile, the opposition to the project by select communities from the city, including Kalwa and Thane, continued as residents claimed they feared they would be given a raw deal. “We are skeptical of the project as there is no clarity on how it will be executed. There has been no proper information given to us either,” said a representative from the Agri-Koli community.
|2018-06-04||Maharashtra weather LIVE: Thunderstorm, heavy rain lash Mumbai, Thane - The Indian Express|
Maharashtra weather HIGHLIGHTS: Thunderstorm, heavy rain lash Mumbai, Than Maharashtra weather: In Nashik, five people were killed in two separate rain-related incidents over the weekend. Updated: June 5, 2018 3:21:04 am Thunderstorm and heavy rain lashed several parts of Maharashtra, particularly Mumbai and Thane, on Monday evening. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of more rain over the Western coast, especially in the capital, later this week. In Nashik, five people were killed in two separate rain-related incidents over the weekend. A woman and her three minor daughters were killed when a tree fell on them in Dhule district, while a man died when lightning struck him in Nashik district yesterday. Heavy pre-monsoon rains lashed parts of Nashik district on Saturday and Sunday, causing damage to several houses and crops.
|2018-06-04||Civic exhibition on eco-friendly alternatives to plastic ends today - Times of India|
Civic exhibition on eco-friendly alternatives to plastic ends today Jun 4, 2018, 23:56 IST THANE: Different alternatives that can be used instead of plastic are being showcased at the four-day exhibition by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) at the Gaondevi ground. The exhibition that started on Saturday and will end on Tuesday has been showing different types of cloth and paper bags, plates, bowls and spoons made of betel nuts and sugarcane baggase to make citizens aware about the alternatives that can be used. Parag Bhide, a Pune-based vendor of environment-friendly products, who has set up a stall at Gaodevi ground, said, “We are selling cutlery made of sugarcane bagasse. In the past two days, we sold more than 3,500 products. People are asking about the alternatives that can be used on a daily basis. Such microwaveable products are very convenient to use even in case of any function or social gathering. After the plastic ban, our business has boomed and people are coming forward with suggestions. It is a good initiative that the civic body is taking which not only creates awareness, but also generates a community of likeminded environmentally conscious citizens.” The exhibition, which advocates the ban on plastic and thermocol material, also showcases the importance of composting and segregation of waste. Speaking about the initiative, Manisha Pradhan, head of the pollution control department at TMC, said, “Ever since the ban has been implemented, people were left with lots of queries as to what to use instead of plastic. We thought we should give a platform to people, who are coming up with innovative ventures. Apart from this, we also have stalls exhibiting different techniques of composting and waste segregation bins made from cardboard and other organic, 100 per cent biodegradable products. The World Environment Day to be observed on Tuesday will also give a push to the initiative.”
|2018-06-04||CDR scam: Thane cops say Nawazuddin Siddiqui's brother asked for Call Data Records of actor's wife - Hindustan Times|
CDR scam: Thane cops say Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s brother asked for Call Data Records of actor’s wife Shamas Siddiqui questioned for about 9 hours on Monday Updated: Jun 05, 2018 01:01 IST Thane crime branch on Monday recorded the statement of Shamas Siddiqui, brother of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in connection with the Call?Data Records (CDR) scam and said Shamas had asked for the CDR of Nawazuddin’s wife from advocate Rizwan Siddhiqui. Shamas, who reached Thane crime branch around 11.30am, was questioned for about 9 hours. He has been asked to come on Tuesday too, for questioning. Nitin Thakare, senior police inspector from Thane crime branch, said , “We are questioning and have recorded his statement. We found that Shamas had asked Rizwan for Nawazuddin’s wife’s CDR. We are verifying the statements. After that, we will take legal action”. Thane crime branch last month recorded the statements of Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff’s wife, Ayesha Shroff and actor Udita Goswami in the CDR scam. Investigation into the scam has thrown up the names of several celebrities and politicians. A police officer from Thane crime branch said, “Shamas has shared a few names with us and we are investigating more to get details about their involvement”. The case came to light in January when Thane crime branch unit 1 arrested four private detectives for illegally selling CDRs. These included Makesh Pandiyan, 42, Prashant Palekar, 49, Jigar Makawana, 35, and Samresh Jha, 32. They used to allegedly sell the data for anywhere between ?25,000 and ?50,000. A total of 16 people have been arrested in the CDR scam, including well-known detective Rajani Pandit and lawyer Rizwan Siddhiqui, who were later released on bail. Thane crime branch filed charge sheet in the scam in March.
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|2018-06-03||Thane woman kills her daughter, later commits suicide - Afternoon Voice|
Thane woman kills her daughter, later commits suicide June 3, 2018 in City News, Thane Apparently fed up with marital discord, a 25-year-old housewife allegedly killed her child and later committed suicide, police said on June 3. The woman, Shobha Kolhe, and her husband had frequent quarrels over various domestic issues. He also doubted his wife’s character, they said. Apparently fed up with all this, Kolhe strangled to death her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter on Friday and then hanged herself in her house in Manda area, the police said.
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|2018-06-03||DNA Rain Check: Thane locals rue surface cleanup - Daily News & Analysis|
DNA Rain Check: Thane locals rue surface cleanup Updated: Jun 3, 2018, 06:00 AM IST The residents of Chikhalwadi and Indiranagar slums in Thane are only partially satisfied as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has carried out nullah cleaning in their areas, but many think it is a half-hearted, superficial job, and have prepared themselves to be submerged if it rains heavily. After DNA did a rain audit of areas in Thane which get flooded/waterlogged during heavy rains every monsoon, the TMC undertook cleaning of the nullahs of Chikhalwadi in Naupada, Thane West. But the residents have criticised the "half-hearted effort". They said being submerged in rainwater or waiting the showers out on the roads would be their options this monsoon. "TMC people did come here and cleaned the nullahs. They also built a chamber near Dnyansadhana College, on the opposite side of the road where our nullah joins a bigger one," said Jayprakash Yadav, a resident of Chikhalwadi. "But as the bigger nullah is not cleaned properly, the risk of being submerged remains," he said. The nullah runs perpendicular to the nullah near the college and requires more efforts. "They did some jetting on Friday to clean the muck which jams the perpendicular pipe joining the two nullahs. But that is not enough," said Ratnesh Mishra, another resident. "When it would rain heavily the water from the bigger nullah will enter ours and thus submerge the area. I think this monsoon cleaning will prove to be of absolutely no use," said Yadav. The residents of Indiranagar are, however, happy that DNA's report helped them to get the nullahs cleaned. "They have cleaned the nullah in the past three days but are using labourers instead of JCB and lots more needs to be done," said activist Meghraj Pandey from Valmikipada, Indiranagar. "With monsoon at our doorstep it looks like the cleaning work will not be complete and our area would still get flooded," he added. Corporator Pratibha Madhvi from ward no. 21, Naupada, said that she has written to the TMC asking the authority to clean the nullah properly but to no avail. "They should clean the nullahs 10-15 feet deep but the contractor has done a surface cleaning job. If anything happens to the residents here, it would be the TMC's responsibility," she said.
|2018-06-03||Ex-cop from Mumbai to be quizzed on bookie links - Times of India|
Ex-cop from Mumbai to be quizzed on bookie links Jun 4, 2018, 04:20 IST THANE: The Thane police are to summon a former Mumbai cop in connection with the IPL betting racket. A source said that during the interrogation of notorious bookie Sonu Jalan, who was arrested last Tuesday, it emerged that he was using a car registered under the name of the brother of a Mumbai cop who retired as an assistant police inspector. "We will summon the retired cop and his brother, probably on Monday, and question them on their links with Jalan," said a Thane police officer. Meanwhile, a businessman has registered a case of extortion against Jalan and one of his aides for seeking Rs 3 crore and for wresting the power of attorney on one of the complainant's flats. A police officer told TOI the businessman, who trades in spices, runs his business out of Thane and lives in Borivli. According to the businessman's complaint, Jalan, known to him for years, called him on his phone in January and threatened him at the behest of gangster Ravi Pujari and asked for Rs 3 crore. The businessman refused. After a few days, Jalan and an aide visited him at his shop. Pujari called one of them from an international number and made the person hand over his phone to the businessman. "Pujari repeated the extortion demand and Jalan flashed a revolver," said a police officer based on the businessman's complaint. "The businessman paid Rs 25 lakh, but gathered courage and complained to us after Jalan's arrest."
|2018-06-03||Thane: Gladys Alwares road dug up again, TMC promises to fix before rains - Times of India|
Thane: Gladys Alwares road dug up again, TMC promises to fix before rains Updated: Jun 3, 2018, 23:53 IST THANE: Residents of plush housing enclaves located along the Gladys Alwares road fear inconvenience during the oncoming monsoon as the municipal authorities have allowed MSEDCL to undertake some repair works at various points’ right at the onset of the rains. Several residents including seniors using the road have been repeatedly objecting to the frequent digging work undertaken by agencies including the MSEDCL on the smooth stretch since the last few months. The latest work that has been undertaken is at the Neelkanth and Happy Valley junction that has converted the three lane stretch into a rough patch that could easily invite mishaps during the rains. The MSEDCL officials working at the spot have also started digging up at few other spots on the road which has drawn the ire of local residents. “The road digging work has resumed in the last two days. The workers are randomly digging at several spots on the road and haphazardly filling it with soil and stones leaving a rough patch behind which can prove dangerous for motorists. They seem to be trying to locate a fault but are unable to. How can the municipal administration be so callous and allow such works at the last minute,” questioned Shashi Kumar Nair, a local resident and activist. Incidentally, the 2.7km long Gladys Alwares road connecting Pokhran 2 and Manpada was the first planned street constructed by the TMC a few years back. The administration had spent s 40 cr in 2011-13 to upgrade this road from two to six lanes with adequate trenches at the sides for utility lines that would avoid digging up of the roads. While all other lines were shifted, only the MSEDCL power cables were left to be relocated which has resulted in the road stretch being dug up several times over the years for undertaking periodic repair or overhaul works. “It is sad to see the road being dug up so many times throughout the year. Why didn’t the authorities ask the agencies to relocate their lines to the side when constructing this road? This frequent digging up causes lot of inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians alike. The MSEDCL should have undertaken works much ahead of the rains. The officials must restore the road to its original position before heavy rains start,” said S Chikhalkar, a resident of Happy Valley. When questioned, the local ward officials of the TMC admitted to have allowed the digging work to the MSEDCL as the power company had to undertake some urgent repairs. “We had to allow the road digging work due to the urgency of the situation. We will ensure all works are completed by June 5,” said a senior TMC official from the public works department.
|2018-06-03||Two siblings fall in Kalwa trench, die - Times of India|
Two siblings fall in Kalwa trench, die Updated: Jun 4, 2018, 04:42 IST THANE: In a freak accident, two siblings from Kalwa died after they accidentally slipped and fell into a trench in Manisha Nagar on Saturday evening. Police said the brother-sister duo of Nandini Gupta (8) and Anand (6) had been playing outside their house where a drainage line was being laid. Locals said they started screaming for help when they lost their balance and fell inside the six-foot-deep trench. When workers realized what had happened, they alerted the authorities. Fire brigade and regional disaster management cell officials along with police pulled out the kids and got them admitted to a local hospital but they were declared dead on arrival. Kalwa police senior inspector Shekhar Bagde said, "There was water in the area and the kids were busy playing. They didn't realize when they reached the edge and fell in. Their physically-challenged parents were in their tenement when the mishap occurred. We have registered an accidental death report." Police said that once the post-mortem is done, further investigations will be conducted and accordingly a complaint will be lodged against the contractor for negligence.
|2018-06-02||Thane: Jogila lake to rise from grave - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Jogila lake to rise from grave Updated: Jun 2, 2018, 06:20 AM IST The city of lakes, Thane, will receive an appropriate gift for the World Environment Day on June 5. The Jogila lake at Uthalsar, which is now extinct due to encroachment by land mafia, will be revived by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The civic body has already demolished over 186 structures at the Jogila market and it has also decided to rehabilitate those who have been affected by it. The TMC razed 168 hutments and 18 commercial structures at Jogila, on Thursday, in its bid to revive the lake which is buried under the human encroachment. "Many houses and shops were on the lake for the past 25 years," informed a TMC official. Around 500 policemen and 1500 civic employees were deployed during the demolition. Subsequently, the officials from the national environmental engineering research institute paid a visit to the spot on Friday. "The officials have asserted that they will search for the natural springs underneath the lake, revive and conserve them," said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer from the TMC. Meanwhile, a TMC official assured that all residents who have lost homes due to demolition will be given accommodation by the TMC.
|2018-06-02||Thane: More than 1.62 lakh people living in dangerous buildings - Free Press Journal|
Thane:?More than 1.62 lakh people living in dangerous buildings Jun 02, 2018 09:14 am Thane: The ‘pre-monsoon survey’ by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) shows more than 1.62 lakh people are still residing in ‘dangerous buildings.’ The civic commissioner has issued orders asking to demolish the 77 extremely dangerous buildings within one week. Thane has over four thousand dangerous buildings, of which more than 900 are legal while nearly 3000 buildings are illegal. The corporation till date has demolished only five of the total 95 buildings which are in ‘extremely dangerous’ category. Meanwhile, residents from 77 buildings have been evacuated. The TMC has already began evacuating the extremely dangerous properties in the city since mid-May. There are total 4,705 dangerous buildings in the city, of which 3798 are illegal as per the TMC survey. Over 41,927 families and 1,62,170 individuals reside in these dangerous buildings. The number of people residing in dangerous building this year have reduced by 50 percent, as compared to the previous year, when 3,67,824 people resided in the dangerous buildings. “We have focused on the 95 extremely dangerous buildings this year. We have evacuated 77 out of these 95 buildings while five buildings are demolished. The process of demolition of the remaining buildings is on and plan to complete it before monsoon. Around 18 buildings in extremely dangerous categories are still occupied by the residents. We could not demolish some of these buildings as the residents had approached the court getting a stay order, some of the residents said they will themselves demolish their buildings, while we have asked the permission of state PWD department to demolish the 13 buildings of MHADA,” an officer from anti-encroachment department said. Naupada, Kopri, Mumbra and Vartak Nagar still have a high number of extremely dangerous buildings. The corporation though claimed that it has evacuated 77 buildings in C1 category, most of the MHADA buildings in Vartak Nagar have already been empty. Moreover, over 114 buildings in C2A category also needs to be evacuated as per the government circular, which the corporation has not yet stated. Dangerous building categories The buildings are categorised into C1, which will include those buildings that are extremely dangerous, unfit for occupancy and to be demolished immediately; C2A, which includes buildings that can be structurally repaired after which residents can reoccupy the building; C 2B, which includes buildings that can be repaired without residents having to evacuate it and C3, which include buildings requiring minor repairs. Past incidents Nov, 1998: Sairaj Apartments in Kisannagar 3, Wagle Estate collapsed, claiming 19 lives 1999: An illegal building at Rashid compound in Mumbra collapsed, claiming 29 lives August, 2010: Sonubai Niwas near Gaondevi, Kalwa claimed 12 lives, while a chawl in Mumbra had claimed seven lives in the same year April 4, 2013: 74 were killed and 62 injured when Adarsh B building at Lucky Compound in Shil Phata collapsed June 21, 2013: Ten people killed and 14 injured when Smruti building collapsed outside Mumbra railway station.
|2018-06-02||Heavy rain lashes Mumbai, suburbs; expect early monsoon , says ... - Times of India|
Heavy rain lashes Mumbai, suburbs; expect early monsoon , says Met Updated: Jun 2, 2018, 23:18 IST MUMBAI: Pre-monsoon showers coupled with gusty winds lashed several parts of the city and its neighboring areas like Thane, Kalyan and Dombilvi on Saturday evening. Borivali, Goregoan, Kandivali, Mulund and Powai in Mumbai received heavy showers. The weathermen related today's rain to a typical monsoon pattern with the rains already having reached up to Karnataka. While the normal onset of monsoons over Mumbai is expected on June 10, the India Meteorological Department officials have hinted at an early arrival this year. Conditions are favorable for the monsoons to set over Maharashtra coast by the coming week, IMD officials have said. "Monsoon is yet to arrive in the state. Pre-monsoon activities are currently seen in entire Maharashtra including Mumbai and Thane," said Bishwombhar Singh, director in-charge, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, Mumbai. On Saturday evening heavy rains started from the outskirts of Thane like Badlapur, Dombilvi and Kalyan and within a while reached parts of Thane, Mira Road and also parts of Mumbai like Mulund, Powai and Borivali. Mulund resident Vignesh Nair said that by evening the skies had turned bright yellow which is very synonymous to the rains. "The rains were much awaited considering the high humidity and high maximum temperatures which had made it very uncomfortable to move out," he said. K S Hosalikar, IMD deputy director-general (western region) said, "The showers are owing to convection and ground heating. The reason for the showers is the high temperatures and moisture being abundantly available now. The monsoons have already reached Karnataka. The westerly winds are also present. This is a typical monsoon phenomenon." Flight operations affected Flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were hit with delays in arrivals and departures and diversions of several domestic, international and cargo flights. While Sri Lankan Airways' Colombo-Mumbai flight was diverted to Ahmedabad, other flights of Jet Airways, GoAir, Qatar Airways and various airlines were also diverted. Jet Airways announced that due to air traffic congestions following adverse weather conditions, delays of up to 45 minutes in departures and arrivals were expected till 11.30 pm tonight.
|2018-06-02||IPL betting racket: Actor Arbaaz Khan appears before Thane police - The Hindu|
IPL betting racket: Actor Arbaaz Khan appears before Thane police MUMBAI, JUNE 02, 2018 12:51 IST, UPDATED: JUNE 02, 2018 23:24 IST Actor Arbaaz Khan, during his questioning by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Thane Police Crime Branch, confessed that he had been an active better on cricket matches for several years, sources said on Saturday. The actor was quizzed for around five hours in connection with the Indian Premier League betting racket busted last month. The Thane AEC has so far arrested seven persons in connection with the racket, including known bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad. Mr. Khan’s name came up during Mr. Jalan’s interrogation. The police also found a picture of Mr. Khan along with Mr. Jalan and many other bookies on Mr. Jalan's cell phone. “Mr. Khan admitted that he had been regularly placing bets on cricket matches for five to six years. Investigations also indicate that he lost around ?2.80 crore on a bet that he placed in the recent IPL tournament,” an officer said. Arbaaz Khan quizzed Actor Arbaaz Khan, who confessed that he had been an active better on cricket matches for several years, reached the AEC office in Thane around 11.10 a.m. on Saturday. Officers started making inquiries about his association with bookie Sonu Jalan. He was also questioned regarding some other names in a diary recovered from Mr. Jalan, which has a long list of names, including celebrities, sources said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane police, said necessary inquiries had been made with Mr. Khan, after which he was allowed to leave. Asked if Mr. Khan would be made an accused or a witness in the case, Mr. Trimukhe said the investigation was still on.
|2018-06-02||News Live: Thane crime branch to question Arbaaz Khan on IPL betting case. - Zee Business|
News Live: Thane crime branch to question Arbaaz Khan on IPL betting case. Updated: June 2, 2018 13:54 pm Hindi actor and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan is to appear before Thane crime branch for recording his statement before the police in connection with an alleged IPL betting racket.
|2018-06-02||Thane Municipal Corporation to restore, revive Jogila lake encroached upon by slum-dwellers - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation to restore, revive Jogila lake encroached upon by slum-dwellers Jun 2, 2018, 22:31 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is all set to reclaim a lake that has been buried under encroachments since the last several years. The lake was covered with debris by the slum mafia. The project, an initiative by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, will include conducting a Hydro-geological survey to revive water springs and restore the original glory of Jogila Lake, which is spread over 0.1 hectares in Uthalsar ward. Historians said that the water body is one of the 33 natural ponds located in various parts of the metropolis. The restoration drive, claim officials, will probably be a first-of-its-kind initiative to be carried out in the country. Work will be taken up along with experts from the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). Jaiswal had a meeting with engineers from NEERI on Friday wherein the latter was asked to explore various options to revive the water body and restore the lake at the earliest. As per plans, the engineers will gauge the underground water levels and track the hidden springs and subsequently work towards reviving them. “The team will dig pits at various spots along the lake bed to analyze the level of underground water levels and also study the ecological and geographical aspects of the lake. The emphasis will be on ensuring permanent water supply in the lake,” said an official. The team will present its report in the next three months after which the corporation will chart out the further plans. The cost of the study is around Rs 25 lakh. Jaiswal had planned the restoration of this lake last year and took the first step of clearing the lake bed of the hundreds of hutments constructed over a massive debris pile dumped in it over the years by the slum mafia. The encroachments, reportedly made right under the nose of the corporation, were removed on Thursday after a huge posse of civic and police staff was deployed. The lake will be fenced and under surveillance to ensure further encroachments do not take place, said officials. “The idea is to restore the lake to its original glory before it was swarmed by the slum mafia. We had a meeting with engineers from the NEERI on Friday who will assist us in the programme. This is probably the first-of-its-kind initiative where a lake will be revived in the country. We are analyzing the conditions of the water levels beneath the ground surface and will work on activating the natural springs that were once the source of water supply to this lake,” said a civic official.
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|2018-06-02||Start composting waste as Thane Municipal Corporation will stop collecting garbage from June 15 - Hindustan Times|
Start composting waste as Thane Municipal Corporation will stop collecting garbage from June 15 A handful of housing societies are composting waste; others cite space and fund crunch for delay MUMBAI Updated: Jun 03, 2018 01:23 IST The city might see piled-up garbage everywhere as Thane Municipal Corporation will stop collecting garbage from June 15. After giving many deadlines for residents to start treating wet waste, the TMC has finally sent out notices to residential and commercial establishments, informing them that the garbage collection will stop from June 15. Deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpulle said, “We have served fresh notice to all the housing societies which generate more than 100 kg garbage a day. They have to start treating the wet waste, send the dry waste for recycling and hand over the hazardous waste to TMC by June 15.” While the corporation said they cannot delay implementing the HC’s order anymore, residents face issues such as lack of space or funds for setting up a waste treatment plant. As per the new solid waste management rules, all residential and commercial complexes are supposed to segregate their own waste. “All commercial establishments should treat their wet waste and recycle the dry waste,” Burpulle said. Those who generate more than 100 kgs waste a day will have to treat the wet waste instead of handing it over to the TMC. “We will stop collecting any dry and wet waste after this deadline. The housing societies which generate up to 100 kg waste should segregate the dry, wet and hazardous waste before giving it to the corporation,” Burpulle said. In November, the corporation issued notices to more than 1,000 societies to segregate and treat their own waste. Only 8 to 10 percent housing societies have taken up the initiative. Read more: Set up waste disposal plants or constructions will halt in Thane from 2020, says Bombay HC Burpulle said that the societies were given several extensions since November and the corporation will now have to implement this court’s order. Till date, not even a 100 housing societies are segregating waste. The remaining societies still continue to face several roadblocks in setting up waste treatment plant. If the corporation does not give an extension this time, the roads will be piled up with garbage. This might lead to an outbreak of monsoon related ailments. Bhavana Dumbre, founder of Arpan Foundation, has been going to housing societies to create awareness. Dumbre said,“There is a general discontent among the residents who feel that since they pay taxes, the corporation should treat the waste.” “We are going to several societies in the Ghodbunder area to educate and encourage people to start treating their own waste. We are giving them information about several agencies which will set up plants or recycle waste,” he said. He added that they have also approached women rag pickers who will benefit from the dry waste collected in housing societies. The civic body will face action if it fails in ensuring that waste is not segregated and disposed of in the right manner. New constructions within the areas under civic body’s jurisdiction will come to a halt in January 2020 if the corporation fails to set up plants to scientifically dispose of municipal solid waste. The Bombay high court in March had given the corporation an extension for the time required to implement the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules (MSW rules), 2000.
|2018-06-02||Slum children in Thane turn ambassadors of cleanliness - Hindustan Times|
Slum children in Thane turn ambassadors of cleanliness The transformation took place after the children and youngsters attended a summer camp and learnt the importance of cleanliness and hygiene MUMBAI Updated: Jun 03, 2018 01:05 IST It has been a fruitful summer vacation for children living in Janaka Devi slums. The dirty and dull walls have been transformed into an art piece. A big nullah near the hutments was filled with garbage and had an unbearable stench. It has been cleaned. The overflowing garbage in dustbins have been picked. The transformation took place after the children and youngsters attended a summer camp and learnt the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. They have now become ambassadors of change. In a combined effort of Thane Citizens’ Forum (TCF) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), the fun activities for children helped them ensure a clean environment in the slums. “Initially, we held a summer camp where children were taught to dance, act and paint. Their eagerness in painting gave us the idea to let their creativity flow,” said Kasber Augustine, member of TCF. Around 200 children from more than 1,000 houses painted the walls in two days. The walls have a social message or are showcase the children’s talent. Read more: Four city schools take RTE to slum children’s doorstep A small corner has been turned into a green patch with lawns and plants. Looking at the efforts of the residents, the TMC’s sanitation department has started collecting garbage from every house. “All of us have realised that we can keep our vicinity clean and hygienic. We are happy with the change,” said Maria Anthony, 24, local resident. The residents have also made sparrow houses and feeders which will be put up at different locations on World Environment Day. They also plan to set up a small library for children and an art gallery.
|2018-06-01||Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days - The Hindu|
Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days NAVI MUMBAI, JUNE 02, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JUNE 02, 2018 04:09 IST Transformer at Kalwa sub-station catches fire, damages another The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has said the electricity disruption faced by residents of Thane and Navi Mumbai will continue for few more days. This will give MSEDCL time to balance the load between demand and supply. According to MSEDzCL officials, the more cautiously consumers use electricity, the better the situation will be. Around 1.30 a.m. on Friday, a 600 MVA transformer under Rohitra Unit-2, located at the 400 KV Kalwa substation, caught fire. This led to cables of the Rohitra unit-1 transformer being damaged, leaving only one transformer functional for Thane and Navi Mumbai. Vishwajeet Bhosale, PRO, MSEDCL (Bhandup zone), said, “The issue is with Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL), as both transformers are unserviceable. There is enough electricity, but the load of transmitting the power to different areas is now on a single transformer. The infrastructure has been damaged and our team is doing their best to repair the fault.” MSEDCL sources said power cuts will be resorted to in Navi Mumbai and Thane to ease the load on the single functional transformer at the Kalwa substation. A planned load management will be executed to make sure the third transformer doesn’t get affected due to high power demand in summer. “The power cuts are conditional as per the the load on the transformer. Our team has been deployed and are working round-the-clock to identify and repair the fault.” Officials said MSETCL might need a week to repair Rohitra Unit-1, and a month to fix Rohitra Unit-2, which caught fire. The areas affected in Thane circle include Samantanagar, Pachpakhadi, Raheja Complex, Mental Hospital area, Kopri, Vitava, Navpada, Saket, Court naka, Majiwada, Kalwa and Mulund. In Vashi circle, areas between Airoli and Kamothe, including MIDC and Ulwe, will be affected.
|2018-06-01||Thane: Music teacher kills son, hangs self over debt, failed marriage - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Music teacher kills son, hangs self over debt, failed marriage Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 06:40 AM IST A music teacher from Thane killed his son before killing himself over debt and marital discord, according to the suicide note found from his home, the police said. On Wednesday afternoon, Shoumik Ghosh, 39, a resident of Vijay Enclave, killed his seven-year-old son, Ekansh, and then hanged himself. He was allegedly reeling under heavy debts and struggling with a failed second marriage, the police said. Ghosh took music classes in nearby areas and also organised music concerts. The matter came to light when his driver went to his house but nobody answered the door. The police was called in. They had to break open the door, only to find Ghosh hanging from the ceiling fan in his balcony. The child lay lifeless on the bed. "We are not sure if the child was strangled or smothered. It will be clear after the post-mortem report," said senior inspector DS Dhole. "Ekansh was his son from his first wife. Ghosh had remarried last year. But differences between him and his second wife escalated due to his alcohol dependency and profligate habits," the officer said. "He sold 50-60 tolas of her gold jewellery. She left him three months back," he said. "In his suicide note he said that he was depressed due to debts and his failed marriage, and was therefore committing suicide. He said his body should not be handed over to anyone," said Dhole.
|2018-06-01||Tree authority axed: Thane calls for new, qualified members - Daily News & Analysis|
Tree authority axed: Thane calls for new, qualified members Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 06:35 AM IST Thane is all set to get a new tree authority, hopefully with qualified members this time, after the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had to dissolve the old one on Bombay High Court's order in February. The civic body has invited applications nominating members on the six-member panel, which will be constituted under the Tree Act. The applicants should be from non-governmental organisations registered with the social forestry department of the state and have interest in tree plantation, conservation, protection, and so on. Ony one member from one NGO is eligible to apply. Applicants with a degree or diploma in agriculture, horticulture and forestry will be given preference. The last date to apply is June 8. It is a moment of victory for Thane activist Rohit Joshi, who filed the public interest litigation which led to the dissolution of the old and constitution of the new tree authority. But instead of celebrating, he thinks it wise to wait and and watch what unfolds. "Let us see as I learned last time that the corporators are not keen to appoint experts to the tree authority. They want to nominate members from among themselves," he said. He said that rather than appointing members with a degree/diploma in botany, horticulture or agriculture, the TMC should nominate candidates who have knowledge of social forestry. "Tree training, chopping and maintenance is taught in social forestry and not botany etc. So it is better to have members from the forestry," he added. He also said that this time the TMC should appoint an officer who is of the rank of assistant municipal commissioner to head the authority. Last December, Joshi filed a PIL in the HC against TMC's order to chop over 5,000 trees in Thane for development projects. The HC had stayed the axing and deemed that the authority was illegally constituted. PANEL DISBANDED In a PIL filed in HC in Dec, Rohit Joshi contended that members of the then tree authority were unqualified, as they were non-graduates. He said most of them had made it to the panel as they were sidekicks of politicians. The panel was then dissolved, in Feb.
|2018-06-01||Thane Municipal Corporation demolishes Jogila lake bed encroachments - Free Press Journal|
Thane Municipal Corporation demolishes Jogila lake bed encroachments Jun 01, 2018 09:13 am Thane: As part of its ongoing drive to rid the Jogila lake bed of encroachments, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Thursday demolished around 168 residential and 18 commercial structures that had come up on it over the years. Many residents opposed the drive, claiming it was unjust, even as the corporation claims that notices were sent and has promised to rehabilitate the displaced residents. “I have lost valuable books. The drive was so unexpected that I had to return from my village, cutting short my trip after my mother called me this morning with the news. We had not received any notice and did not get any time to move furniture and household goods. My books were precious and they were just thrown into the garbage,” lamented Sachin Sasane, a lawyer who lost his home in the demolition drive. Residents had demanded rehabilitation in the same area where many of them claimed to have been residing for at least three generations. The Sasanes and other families and small establishments, allege they had to vacate unexpectedly, as the corporation did not send out notices. They have complained that the housing and commercial plots are not part of the Jogila Lake, as the lake is behind their houses, which they claim have been there as long as the lake has existed. Notices were issued to Kamgar Nagar and a chawl behind their houses. Meanwhile, the corporation says it had already surveyed 325 constructions on this land, 301 of which were surveyed under the biometric system. 172 families have already been shifted to Acme and Khevara Circle areas. 102 constructions have already been demolished, the TMC said. After the demolition, there will be fencing around the lake and the lake bed will be unclogged. “Every family will be rehabilitated. The plan is to revive the dead lake, lost under the debris and illegal encroachment,” said civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The TMC hopes to revive the natural springs that are currently clogged under the debris with help from geological experts. Once rejuvenated, efforts would be made to revive the surroundings lost after the lake dried up several years ago. The revival plan is being worked out by the pollution control board and public works department of the TMC. Over the last several years, land mafia apparently had indiscriminately reclaimed parts of the lake and clogged its natural springs to set up more than 350 settlements on the lake bed.
|2018-06-01||Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL betting case - Hindustan Times|
Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL?betting case The police had recently busted a betting ring and arrested 42-year-old bookie, Sonu Jalan. The names of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders had figured in the diary found by the anti-extortion cell, police said. CRICKET Updated: Jun 01, 2018 22:08 IST Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by the Thane police in connection with an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scam, a senior police official said. Actor Salman Khan’s brother was summoned days after the arrest of a bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla. The police had recently busted a betting ring and had arrested 42-year-old Jalan, who allegedly operated in the country as well as abroad. “During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan as he had lost money on one of the matches,” said said Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector from Thane anti extortion cell. Two days after Jalan’s arrest, the Thane anti-extortion cell found a diary with phone numbers of more than 100 bookies. The names of a Bollywood celebrity, contractors and builders figured in the diary, police said. “We have got the list of bookies and are verifying it with Jalan. We found the book during a search at his home.” “Jalan had arranged a match-fixing meeting at Dubai. The celebrity was also present at that time. We are probing to know which match was fixed and who all were involved ,” Sharma said.
|2018-06-01||Rotational load shedding in Bhandup-Mulund, parts of Thane & Navi Mumbai - Times of India|
Rotational load shedding in Bhandup-Mulund, parts of Thane & Navi Mumbai Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 14:26 IST MUMBAI: There is rotational load shedding in Bhandup-Mulund and several parts of Thane and Navi Mumbai and this may continue on Saturday, sources said. The power outage is due to a “technical fault” at a sub station of Mahatransco in Kalva. Both MSEDCL, the power distribution utility, and Mahatransco, which deals with power transmission, have its workers on field to deal with the crisis on a ‘war footing’, said a senior official. “We are trying to resolve the problem by late Friday evening. But if it does not happen, the rotational loadshedding could continue till Saturday,” he stated. This could cause inconvenience to scores of electricity consumers, specially with fans, ACs and lights not working in the sultry weather. The official further stated that that power cuts will be carried in phases in various areas which include several parts of Thane, Navi Mumbai and in Bhandup-Mulund belt of Greater Mumbai. Rotational load shedding also carried out by Reliance Energy and Tata Power in parts of suburbs while BEST officials said no power outage so far in the island city. The areas affected included Ghatkopar, Chembur, Vikhroli, Shivaji Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Borivali and Kandivali, sources said.
|2018-06-01||Thane: SSC kids anxious after many CBSE, ICSE counterparts score above 90% - Times of India|
Thane: SSC kids anxious after many CBSE, ICSE counterparts score above 90% Jun 2, 2018, 00:14 IST THANE: Anxiety and anticipation have gripped students of SSC in the lake city after many students from non-state board schools have scored above 95 per cent. There is also a degree of fear among teachers that SSC students may face a tough time getting a seat in junior colleges of their choice given the good performance of CBSE and ICSE counterparts. “In the other boards, lots of importance is given to solving worksheets and mock question papers in school which is not the case with SSC schools and that is done for each chapter in every subject. We have lots of brilliant students who can achieve higher feat, but in comparison to the other boards, lag behind. This ultimately affects their junior college admission process. Till Class VIII, students take studies very lightly. Then they are unable to cope up with the stress and academics of class X,” said a teacher from a city-based SSC school. A few anxious parents and students have even started visiting the guidance counsellor at school to seek help, some are relatively calm and hoping for the best. Rupali Joshi, resident of Pokhran Road 1, said, “There is nervousness and excitement as the results are approaching. For me, it does not matter that my daughter is in SSC board. Ultimately, it is what she does in life that matters. Today there is so much exposure and a variety of career guidance sessions that even if one was to secure 70 per cent, it is not the end of everything.” Meanwhile, educational activists believe regular teacher training sessions coupled with innovative methods of teaching will go a long way in bringing the state board students forward to compete in this rat race. Surendra Dighe, an educational activist, said, “The other boards are considered elite compared to the state board. Their curriculum and teaching methodology are well updated and hence refreshing, unlike the SSC board. We need to change our teaching methods drastically and incorporate innovative techniques. Even teachers need to be given time-to-time training. At the same time, parents should realize that these marks are just marks. It is the knowledge gained that matters.” The other boards are considered elite compared to the state board. Their curriculum and teaching methodology are well updated and hence refreshing, unlike the SSC board. We need to change our teaching methods drastically and incorporate innovative techniques. Even teachers need to be given time-to-time training. At the same time, parents should realize that these marks are just marks. It is the knowledge gained that matters.
|2018-06-01||IPL Betting Scam: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police - Free Press Journal|
IPL Betting Scam: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police Jun 02, 2018 06:15 am Mumbai: Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by the anti-extortion cell of the Thane crime branch in connection with an international IPL betting ring that was busted recently. According to Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane crime branch, it is suspected that Arbaaz, younger brother of Salman Khan, had placed bets running into Rs 2.8 crores through bookies in the 11th edition of the IPL and lost heavily. These bets were allegedly placed through a top bookie from Malad, Sonu Jalan, who was arrested on Tuesday. He is known to be connected with underworld gangster Chhota Shakeel. Jalan ran a software– Bet and Take — which was thriving in national and international betting circuits. He was arrested in 2012, too, by the Mumbai Police for betting on IPL matches. He had then during interrogation told Mumbai crime branch officials that he paid Rs 10 cr to a top Sri Lankan player to fix a match. According to Pradeep Sharma, Senior Police Inspector, Thane anti-extortion cell, “During investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan as he had lost a huge sum on one of the matches.’’ The cops believe that some more prominent Bollywood personalities could be also involved in the racket. They have seized from Jalan a diary with phone numbers of more than 100 bookies and builders. Khan’s name was also mentioned in it. Now, these entries are being verified. According to the police, Jalan’s annual turnover is around Rs 100 crore. Another film personality, Vindu Dara Singh, was arrested in 2013 by the Mumbai police for betting on and involvement in spot fixing. He was later released on bail. But the case is just not about betting; in question is also a meeting in Dubai where match-fixing was discussed. It is suspected that Khan was also present at this meeting. ‘‘We are now investigating which match was fixed and who all were involved,” Sharma said. Jalan was arrested on Tuesday when he arrived at the Kalyan sessions court to meet his accomplices who were bookies. On May 16, the anti-extortion cell raided a building at Dombivali, which was found to be the nerve centre of an IPL betting racket. Jalan, along with another city bookie, Prem Taneja, and his business partner ‘Junior Calcutta’ had fixed a test match between Sri Lanka and Australia in 2016. To fix this match, the three had even gone to Sri Lanka and allegedly bribed the pitch curator. In that match, 21 wickets fell the same day. Taneja was later arrested along with actor Vindu Dara Singh in 2013.
|2018-06-01||Mumbai transgender assaulted by Thane MNS workers attempts ... - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai transgender assaulted by Thane MNS workers attempts suicide The Govandi resident said she got upset after watching photos and videos of the assault, which went viral on social media. MUMBAI Updated: Jun 01, 2018 17:11 IST A 23-year-old transgender, who was assaulted in Thane on Sunday by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers, is in hospital after she attempted suicide by consuming some medicines and a cleaning agent. The Govandi resident, who was hospitalised on Tuesday night, said she got upset and depressed after watching photos and videos of the assault, which went viral on social media. MNS workers said they had assaulted three transgenders as they were involved in prostitution. The 23-year-old refuted the allegations, and said that she was, in fact, a social worker attached to Akhil Kinnar Association, a group that represents transgenders and eunuchs. “I didn’t go there as a sex worker, I work as a social activist and had gone there to hand out condoms to those who work there.” Talking about the attack, she said: “As soon as my colleagues and I got down from the auto, several MNS men and women pulled us by our hair and started hitting us.” She explained that it was part of their job to supply condoms to sex workers, and that they visit Majiwada area — a major stop for trucks — twice a week. “Irrespective of who we are, even if we were doing something wrong, they should have approached the police. Why did members of a political party take law into their own hands? Is there no humanity left in this country,” she said. “We never get any jobs, and have few options but to beg or become sex workers. If that option is also taken away, what will we do?” Authorities at Rajawadi hospital, where she was treated for two days, said she was brought in conscious but had consumed medicines and phenyl. “The patient was stable and was kept under observation, but is not critical. Counselling was done as a part of treatment, so that the patient does not try it again. After two days of admission, the patient was discharged on Thursday and advised to undergo psychotherapy,” said a hospital official, requesting anonymity. An official from Shivaji Nagar police station said they had informed Kapurbawdi police station about the suicide bid. Senior officials at Kapurbawdi police station, where an FIR has been registered against 10 men and five women for rioting and causing hurt, said the suicide bid would be investigated by Shivaji Nagar police station as it took place in Govandi. “The incident will not be part of the case registered in Thane on Sunday,” said the official, on condition of anonymity. ‘WE FACE SOCIAL STIGMA, POLICE IGNORE OUR COMPLAINTS’ Often abandoned by their families, transgenders are treated shabbily, live in the periphery of society and struggle to make ends meet, which puts them at a greater risk. A resident of Bandra, Sonalee – she uses only one name - was sexually assaulted in 2016 and approached the police after the incident. The police have registered an FIR, but two years after the incident, the case has made no progress. “Is it our fault that we are born this way and our parents abandon us? We are studying and have respectable jobs, but if we make a complaint about sexual assault, the police ask us how we can be raped and ignore the complaint,” Sonalee said. Salma Khan, a Lok Adalat panel member and president of Kinnar Maa Trust, said being a transgender in India was a huge social stigma and that government bodies must work with the larger society to sensitise people. “We are active socially and have been working on various issues along with the government such as Swachh Bharat, education and tobacco awareness drives, but our community continues to be looked down upon. The police should undergo a sensitisation workshop so that they can understand our problems. We are a part of the society, and there shouldn’t be this discrimination,” Khan said.
|2018-06-01||Three women held for smuggling Marijuana - Times of India|
Three women held for smuggling Marijuana TNN | Jun 1, 2018, 11:18 IST THANE: The crime branch arrested three women and seized nearly 50 kgs of Marijuana worth nearly Rs 8 lakh from the Kalyan railway station area. A senior police officer said that a team led by Senior Police Inspector Jayraj Ranware and sub-inspector Shivraj Bendre got the information that a few people are coming to Kalyan railway station area with some drugs, hence a team of crime branch unit-5 laid a trap and nabbed the trio on Tuesday. The trio were found carrying the 49.72 kg of Marijuana which is worth Rs 7.45 lakh in the market. The accused has been identified as Junnu Dakwa 45, Sarojini Swain 31 and Babbi Reddy 35 all residents of Orrisa. Upon carrying out the probe, the person who had purchased the goods from them was indentified as only Shankar, Bendre informed TOI. An offence under sections 8(‘C),20 and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the trio with the Mahatma Phule police station at Kalyan and the further probe is underway.
|2018-06-01||Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days - The ... - The Hindu|
Power outages in Navi Mumbai, Thane for a week to 30 days UPDATED: JUNE 02, 2018 14:34 IST The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has said the electricity disruption faced by residents of Thane and Navi Mumbai will continue for few more days. This will give MSEDCL time to balance the load between demand and supply. According to MSEDCL officials, the more cautiously consumers use electricity, the better the situation will be. Around 1.30 a.m. on Friday, a 600 MVA transformer under Rohitra Unit-2, located at the 400 KV Kalwa substation, caught fire. This led to cables of the Rohitra unit-1 transformer being damaged, leaving only one transformer functional for Thane and Navi Mumbai. Vishwajeet Bhosale, PRO, MSEDCL (Bhandup zone), said, “The issue is with Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL), as both transformers are unserviceable. There is enough electricity, but the load of transmitting the power to different areas is now on a single transformer. The infrastructure has been damaged and our team is doing their best to repair the fault.” MSEDCL sources said power cuts will be resorted to in Navi Mumbai and Thane to ease the load on the single functional transformer at the Kalwa substation. A planned load management will be executed to make sure the third transformer doesn’t get affected due to high power demand in summer. “The power cuts are conditional as per the the load on the transformer. Our team has been deployed and are working round-the-clock to identify and repair the fault.” Officials said MSETCL might need a week to repair Rohitra Unit-1, and a month to fix Rohitra Unit-2, which caught fire. The areas affected in Thane circle include Samantanagar, Pachpakhadi, Raheja Complex, Mental Hospital area, Kopri, Vitava, Navpada, Saket, Court naka, Majiwada, Kalwa and Mulund. In Vashi circle, areas between Airoli and Kamothe, including MIDC and Ulwe, will be affected.
|2018-06-01||Swiss stole from Thane uncle, splurged on Vietnamese belle - Times of India|
Swiss stole from Thane uncle, splurged on Vietnamese belle Jun 2, 2018, 04:54 IST THANE: A Swiss national of Indian origin has been arrested for allegedly stealing at the residences of his close relatives in Thane and Hyderabad. Police inspector (crime) Nasir Kulkarni said that the accused, Abhishek Mintri (41), who is from Interlaken in Switzerland, was stealing to buy expensive gifts for his Vietnamese girlfriend. The officer said that Mintri used to stay at the homes of his two uncles while most of the family was out of town, steal jewellery from their residences and later sell it in a jewellery market in Kolkata. The officer said that on March 30 this year, he visited his uncle’s house at Kavesar in Thane when his cousin was at home while his uncle and aunt were in Jaipur. The next day he hurriedly rushed out of the house, saying he was on his way to Kolkata, Kulkarni told TOI. Later, when his uncle and aunt returned home, they found the jewellery missing, but were still unsure of Mintri’shand in the theft, their complaint states. Mintri ran out of luck on May 21 when the complainant got a call from another uncle at Hyderabad who alleged that Mintri had, in their absence, broken open the door of the house and “stolen jewellery” from the house. They also said that during Diwali last year, he was caught red-handed while stealing diamond jewellery, said Kulkarni. The complainant also stated that the accused had sent him a Whatsapp message of apology on May 22 this year, said the officer. The recent theft at Thane was of the value of Rs 8.72 lakh, the police said, adding that it included several ornaments. The police who arrested Mintri recently recovered 35 tolas of gold which he had sold in West Bengal, the police said. According to the police, the accused used to frequent Vietnam to meet his girlfriend and splurged money on her. He used to indulge in stealing in India at the residence of his relatives to meet his expenses. “His family was into the business of manufacturing mementos of wristwatches in Switzerland. In 2013 and 2014 he was arrested in Dubai,” Kulkarni said. Mintri was nabbed in Kandivili when the police tracked his mobile location. A case has been registered at Kasarwadavli police station.
|2018-06-01||Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL betting probe - Economic Times|
Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane Police in IPL betting probe JUN 1, 2018, 06.08 PM IST Bollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan has been summoned by Thane Police in connection with betting probe into the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). Arbaaz, brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has to appear before the police on Saturday to join the investigation. His name cropped up during the investigation of a bookie, Sonu Jalan, who was arrested by the police on Tuesday.
|2018-06-01||Arbaaz Khan | IPL betting: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane ... - Times of India|
IPL betting: Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by Thane police Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 19:41 IST NEW DELHI: Hindi film actor, director and producer Arbaaz Khan has reportedly been summoned by the Thane police for questioning in regards to a betting probe into the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to a TV report. ALSO READ: Bookie spills beans on aides in nexus with D-gang His name cropped up during the investigation of high profile bookie Sonu Jalan. Arbaaz has been asked to record his statement by the anti-extortion cell of Thane crime branch. Arbaaz was summoned for alleged placements of money on matches during the 11th season of the IPL through bookies, it was reported. Arbaaz, 50, is the brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Pradeep Sharma, the senior inspector of anti extortion cell, said that they have summoned the actor-producer to ascertain "his role in the betting racket and which shall be confirmed once his statement is recorded." He later told PTI that a "connection" between Arbaaz and Jalan has been established and the actor has been been asked to appear at the AEC office on Saturday. As per Times Now, Arbaaz was betting on IPL matches and lost Rs 2.8 crore in bets following which he was receiving threats from Jalan. When Salim Khan, Arbaaz's father, was contacted by the channel, he claimed of being unaware of the issue. "We suspect that Khan had placed bets on IPL matches and want to scrutinise his bank transactions," a police official was quoted as saying by the PTI. On May 16, the anti-extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch raided a building in Dombivli where the nerve centre of an IPL betting ring was located. Three people were arrested and two more arrests were made in the following days. Jalan (41) was nabbed on the Kalyan sessions court premises, where he had come to "comfort" his partners who were produced there on Tuesday. Popularly known in gambling circles as Sonu Malad, Jalan is said to be a key person in the betting business, with his activities spread across continents. Police inspector Pradeep Sharma says his annual turnover could be close to Rs 100 crore. Jalan, a Mumbai resident, is a partner in an online portal which was active during the IPL season. The anti-extortion unit of Thane police claims that his arrest would further expose the betting racket and bring to light an army of bookies.