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|2019-04-22||Maharashtra: Massive fire breaks out at Thane factory, no casualties reported - NewsroomPost|
Maharashtra: Massive fire breaks out at Thane factory, no casualties reported April 22, 2019 10:03 Mumbai: A massive fire broke out at a factory in Bhiwandi area in Maharashtra's Thane district on Monday morning. The fire broke out at around 6 am in the morning. According to reports, three fire tenders have already reached the Kaba Brush company in the Jai Mata di compound, where the fire broke out. Meanwhile, no casualties have been reported but property worth lakhs of rupees has been damaged.
|2019-04-21||Autos driven by women, buses to ferry disabled voters in Thane - Times of India|
Autos driven by women, buses to ferry disabled voters in Thane Apr 21, 2019, 11:21 IST THANE: A total of 750 autos, preferably those driven by women, and 20 public transport buses will be deployed in Thane district to assist physically challenged citizens reach their nearest polling booth on April 29. Dstrict election officer and collector Rajesh Narvekar said on Saturday that the vehicles will be deployed on select routes in urban parts of the district. "The divyang residents can use the facility free of charge either by asking for a pick-up from home or flag off buses and autos from designated stands. The autos and buses will have banners stating that they are on election duty to help the physically challenged, said officials. Nearly 8,000 voters have been identified as physically challenged in the district. While the Thane constituency has 3,565 divyang voters, Bhiwandi has 2,111, and the rest 2,269 are in Kalyan. Many more are being identified, said an official. Residents can call on helplines for assistance, said the official. Physically challenged voters from Kalwa-Mumbra can contact 9322322973, Owala Majiwada 9881823593, Kopri Panchpakhadi 9167335577 and those from Thane can call up on 9969201660 to reach coordinators.
|2019-04-21||EC Flying Squad seizes over Rs 6 lakh in Maharashtra's Thane - Business Standard|
EC Flying Squad seizes over Rs 6 lakh in Maharashtra's Thane Thane (Maharashtra), Apr 21 (ANI): Election Commission's Flying Squad, which is super active due to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, seized Rs 6.50 lakh from a man in Maharashtra's Thane and arrested the person after he failed to justify the possession of huge cash with him. The search operation took place in Thane's Ulhasnagar.
|2019-04-21||740 autos and 20 buses for disabled voters in Thane - Hindustan Times|
740 autos and 20 buses for disabled voters in Thane Updated: Apr 21, 2019 07:25 IST The Thane district election commission has arranged for 740 autos and 20 buses, which will ply for specially-abled voters, on April 29. There will two bus services each on 10 ring routes. Each bus will have someone to assist the voters. The announcement was made by district election office along with the Thane Municipal Transport on Saturday. “If needed, we shall add more services. On April 29, these buses will ply on a ring route in each constituency and cater to specially-abled voters,” said Rajesh Narvekar, Thane district collector. Within Thane district, there are 7,945 specially-abled persons. The Thane election portal has listed contact numbers of volunteers who will help with the services.
|2019-04-21||A record ride from Thane to LA - Mid-Day|
A record ride from Thane to LA Updated: Apr 21, 2019, 08:23 IST The next time you spot a rickshaw plying within Thane with a fancy Eminem sticker on it, know that it is owned by the proud father of an emerging local rapper. Nineteen-year-old Ashutosh Mohite, aka MC Maar-T, says he could not have finished his debut album, recorded and produced in Los Angeles, without his father Anil's support. "I grew up in a small home in Thane's Chirag Nagar. I still remember how people in the area would tell my father he won't be able to offer a good education to my sister and me and that we were not allowed to dream, for they will never be fulfilled. When I took to rapping in school, these voices multiplied, but my father never lost faith in me." Maar-T was introduced to Eminem's Lose Yourself as a 13-year-old. "In the song, Eminem writes that we only get one shot and we should never miss this chance. The lines inspired me to take up rapping. I remember standing on the last bench in the classroom and rapping his hits. Who knew the love for underground hip-hop would bloom into a full-fledged career in this industry?" An alumnus of RJ Thakur school, Maar-T mostly writes in Hindi and Marathi, and is slowly learning the vocal structure in English as well. "In 2014, I did my first show at Bedekar College and won an award. When I told my father I did not want to pursue a career in the IT sector and work on my rap seriously, there was not a shadow of doubt." He soon started the Asliyat crew, with two rapper friends. "We mostly rapped about India and the need to stay united under any circumstances." Maar-T finally got his break in November 2017, when he was introduced to New York producers, Shay Vishawadia, president of Original Five Media, and Susanna Uusmaa, from Crossbones Media. He subsequently met Sat Bisla, founder of A&R Worldwide, who signed him on for his debut album. "When I was rehearsing with Vishawadia in a Mumbai studio, I came across Bisla's offer and I jumped at it." Maar-T flew to LA and worked with producers Monty Malone and Ryan Benyo for a week and recorded four Hindi songs for the album: Hip Hop from India. "[The song] Hey Bombay is a personal favourite as it discusses the city of Mumbai and the beauty of its people, who stand together even during times of crisis." The album is on SoundCloud and will be officially launched in a few months. Bisla also gave him the opportunity to perform at Musexpo's 2019 Creative Summit on March 25. "It was a dream come true. I am the only Indian rapper to have graced that stage." He is now in talks with Mumbai producers for his next album. "I returned home from LA and found the Eminem sticker on my father's rickshaw. For him, his son is his Eminem."
|2019-04-21||Mira Road conman held for duping car owners - DNA India|
Mira Road conman held for duping car owners Updated: Apr 21, 2019, 06:25 AM IST The Thane Police arrested a conman from Mira Road, who availed of rental cars and sold them off in other states, in the last week. The police also recovered five cars worth over Rs 17 lakhs from him. In May 2018, Sheshoskar Pushkaran Thangil alias Appu (31), a Mira Road resident, asked Thane resident Dashrath Kachre from Patlipada to buy a Toyota Etios car. "He promised Kachre a monthly amount of Rs 17, 662 for the next 13 months which the latter could pay as bank EMI," says senior police inspector Kishore Khairnar from the Kasarvadavli Police Station. However, when Appu kept dilly-dallying the payment to Kachre for the next 13 months, the latter lodged a police complaint against him on April 13, 2019. "Appu knew Kachre well and the latter trusted him. But, when Appu did not pay him the money nor returned the car, his doubts soared. Appu went underground when Kachre approached the cops," Khairnar said. Based on Kachre's complaint, the cops laid a trap and arrested Appu in front of Thane civil hospital on April 14. "During the investigation, he confessed to have cheated four more people in a similar manner," the inspector added. According to sources in the police, Appu was a professional in duping people he knew. He had worked in a travel and tour company and would boast of his contacts in big companies that rented out cars. "He would ask people to buy a car on loan which he would rent out to these companies and help them earn extra money," says Khairnar. Gullible people trusted him and bought the cars which he would then sell off to others in Hyderabad, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Based on his confession, the cops learned that Appu had four similar cases on him in Mira Road, Mumbra, Ghatkopar, and Naya nagar. The police also recovered five cars worth Rs 17.50 lakhs which he had sold off to people in south India. Currently, Appu is in custody and other police stations are preparing to take his custody for further investigation. "This is just the tip of the iceberg and similar cases are likely to be unearthed in future," he added. NOT HIS FIRST Based on his confession, cops learnt Appu had 4 similar cases against him in Mira Road, Mumbra, Ghatkopar, and Naya Nagar. The cops recovered 5 cars worth Rs 17.50 lakh
|2019-04-21||Water from Ulhas river not fit for drinking: Lab report - Hindustan Times|
Water from Ulhas river not fit for drinking: Lab report Updated: Apr 21, 2019 07:31 IST A quality analysis conducted by the Thane district public health laboratory has revealed that water from Waldhuni and Ulhas rivers is highly polluted and unfit for drinking. The findings of the study come less than a week after the Supreme Court (SC) slammed the state for failing to reduce pollution levels in both rivers. The report further stated that the water has a “reddish brown appearance and objectionable odour”. The rivers supply drinking water to more than 30 lakh residents in Ulhasnagar, Thane, Kalyan, Badlapur and Dombivli. In March, activist Satyajit Burman collected the samples near the Forest naka area in Ambernath, from where the water is pumped out for drinking. “It is a crime to supply this water to lakhs of residents and put our lives at stake,” said Burman. “Turbidity, chlorides, hardness and dissolved solids were many times above the safety standards (see box), while the pH level was acidic. Water from these rivers have chemicals and needs to be critically analysed by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB),” read the report, undersigned by the laboratory’s chief bacteriologist. DB Patil, regional officer, MPCB Kalyan, confirmed that water from the Waldhuni is not potable. He claimed residents are being supplied with drinking water only from Ulhas river. “The pollution is occurring from creek water entering the Waldhuni. We are working on a 17.5-km pipeline from Ambernath to purify the river and have asked civic bodies of Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Kalyan-Dombivli and Badlapur to follow the SC’s directions,” Patil said. After environment group Vanashakti filed a special leave petition, the SC on April 18 stated the rivers are highly-polluted owing to sewage and industrial waste and directed the state to apprise the court by July 17 about the status of compliance of the court’s previous directions. “We have taken cognisance of SC’s directions. On Tuesday, we have scheduled a meeting with the civic bodies to take stock of the situation. Officials will be questioned about the quality status,” said Anil Diggikar, principal secretary (environment). Kalyan-Dombivli civic chief Govind Bodke said all corporations were following SC’s directions to reduce water pollution. “Water quality has improved with installation of sewage treatment plants at several problem areas. Funds have been sanctioned to ensure overall compliance before the next SC hearing,” he said.
|2019-04-21||Show inked finger to get free check-ups at ?1 clinics for 6 months - Hindustan Times|
Show inked finger to get free check-ups at ?1 clinics for 6 months Updated: Apr 21, 2019 07:21 IST Residents of Mumbai and Thane who plan to vote in the Lok Sabha elections can avail free check-ups at one-rupee clinics across the city for six months from April 29, the day both cities go to polls. Dr Rahul Ghule, founder of the one-rupee clinic, recently announced that voters will get free consultancy, eye check-ups and blood pressure tests. “Patients who visit the clinic after voting can show their inked fingers and register their names. They will then be given a receipt, on the basis of which, they can avail free treatment for six months,” said Ghule. The facility will be available at all branches in the cities – namely at Sion, Kurla, Chembur, Bhandup, Kalwa, Thane, Dombivli, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar and Titwala stations. Additionally, voters will also get a discount of 15-50% on medicines from the medical stores attached to the clinics. “Discounts will range from 15% to 50%, depending on the type of medicines,” he said. Residents have welcomed the move as it will encourage citizens to cast their votes. “I hope this will encourage maximum people to step out and vote,” said Madhavi Desai, 44, Dombivli resident.
|2019-04-20||Mumbai: Train services to be affected due to maintenance block - Times of India|
Mumbai: Train services to be affected due to maintenance block Apr 20, 2019, 20:00 IST MUMBAI: Suburban train services will be affected on Western Railway (WR) and CR's main and harbour line due to maintenance block on Sunday. CR spokesperson said, "On main line, block will be taken between Matunga and Mulund on Thane-bound slow lines from 11.20 am to 3.50 pm. Thane-bound services will not be available at Vidyavihar, Kanjur Marg and Nahur during the block period." On Harbour line, block will be taken between CSMT-Chunabhatti and CSMT-Bandra on both lines between 11.10 and to 3.40pm. Special services will run between Panvel and Kurla (Platform No.8) during the block period.
|2019-04-20||Lok Sabha elections 2019: Authorities reject NCP campaign video - Hindustan Times|
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Authorities reject NCP campaign video Updated: Apr 20, 2019 06:24 IST The NCP’s Thane unit is up in arms against the Thane district election commission for denying permission to use a campaign video clip of its Lok Sabha candidate Anand Paranjpe. The party alleged that the commission rejected permission on the basis that the clip uses caricatures who resemble PM Narendra Modi, Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya. The party has threatened to stop all campaigns in Thane if their film is not permitted in 24 hours by the election commission. Jitendra Awhad, NCP MLA, in a press conference said, “The campaign film of NCP candidate Anand Paranjpe, has used caricatures, which look similar to PM Narendra Modi and two accused Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya who fled the country after robbing crores of rupees. This was the reason given by the media centre of the Thane district information office, for rejecting the film.” He alleged that since Paranjpe’s campaign is gaining much momentum in the city, few employees from the collector’s office are working with the ruling party to put pressure on them. “The permission for our posters are delayed, most of our films are stuck for approval and now the rejection of this film. These delays are merely to put pressure on our party workers. We want the state election commission to intervene and inquire into these incidents in the next 24 hours or we will disrupt all campaigns in the Lok Sabha constituency. Rajesh Narvekar, district collector said, “The decision was taken as per the guidelines of the election commission. The film does not cater to the rules of campaigning set by the election commission. It is expected that campaigning should be positive and not negative or defamatory. We will not permit the film.”
|2019-04-20||Lok Sabha elections 2019: Two-third of Mumbai citizens are out at work when candidates come for campaigning - Free Press Journal|
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Two-third of Mumbai citizens are out at work when candidates come for campaigning April 20, 2019 6:19 am Mumbai: The biggest nightmare for candidates in the Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad Lok Sabha constituencies is how to “catch” the slippery commuters who are their main electoral bank. As is well-known, nearly two-third of Mumbaikars comprising office-goers, workers and students, are perpetually on the move – some 8.5 million in suburban trains, and another two million or so in BEST and ST buses, taxies, autorickshaws or private vehicles. The Commuter — who is the King in Mumbai — shuttles to and fro his/her home in the farflung suburbs to the work place or educational institution in South or South Central Mumbai or one of the new business hubs that have come up in recent times. A legal team member of a prominent corporate business park, Kiran commutes daily to Mahalaxmi in the Mumbai SouthCentral constituency, but she is a registered voter in Thane Lok Sabha constituency being contested by the Shiv Sena’s Rajan B. Vichare and Nationalist Congress Party’s Anand Paranjpe. On an average, a typical King Commuter spends between 60-90 minutes one-way, twice daily, in suburban trains. For candidates in Palghar, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North West and even other constituencies, the potential voter has already disappeared around 8 a.m. for work and would only return after another 12-14 hours. “During the day, the candidates only get housewives, senior citizens or children which is not sufficient to convey the candidates’ opinions and solicit votes. By the time the other adult voters return home they are too tired to attend any election meetings and prefer to relax at home,” rued Ashok Sutrale, Mumbai North District Congress President and campaign director for Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar. Accordingly, he and other campaign managers of candidates make it a point to organise meetings, small rallies and public-candidate interactions outside railway stations to “catch the maximum number of commuters”. Admitting this is a serious issue during elections, Western Railway Passengers Association President Anil Shukla has made an innovative suggestion to the government and Election Commission of India. “Since this problem is unique to Mumbai, the government and ECI must permit all candidates contesting in seats falling on the sprawling suburban make short tape-recorded appeals which can be played on the railway stations, suburban trains throughout the day. It can be properly organised to ensure it doesn’t interfere with routine passenger-related or emergency announcements,” Shukla told IANS. Going a step further, Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee Member Shailesh Goyal said that the railways can earn attractive revenues from this proposal, which would be similar to the timings permitted on Doordarshan, All India Radio and other private audio-visual channels by the ECI. “The WR and CR suburban sectors can even levy the standard advertising rates for the political campaign in trains, stations, etc for maybe three to five minutes for each candidate, keep playing the tapes throughout the day for the campaign duration to enable them reach maximum number of electorate,” Goyal told IANS. Both Shukla and Goyal felt this would help save the candidates’ time and avoid huge congestion and security concerns outside railway premises, besides preventing incidents like the ugly ruckus between BJP and Congress workers near Borivali station on April 15 where Matondkar was campaigning. Rail Yatri Parishad President Subhash Gupta said that it’s imperative for all MPs to take up the cause of the 8.5 million railway commuters who daily travel in sub-human conditions from home to work and back. “The Metro Rail network that has come up in Delhi should have been first created in here because it is the country’s commercial capital. The huge amount of money being spent for the Bullet Train project should have been invested for improving the Mumbai suburban sector, but that has not been done,” Gupta told IANS. He lamented the fact that though all candidates woo the city’s railway commuters for votes, after elections nobody – barring a couple of exceptions – ever remembers them or raises their burning problems in parliament. However, as far as commuters are concerned, most admit they hardly get time to attend any political rallies/meetings and rely more on word-by-mouth or social media knowledge to decide whom to vote for.
|2019-04-20||Thane calls his MCPS replacement a “high qualified individual” - KPAX-TV|
|2019-04-20||Law catches up with three men on the run for over 20 years, arrested by Thane police - The Hindu|
Law catches up with three men on the run for over 20 years, arrested by Thane police UPDATED: APRIL 21, 2019 00:28 IST The Vartak Nagar police in Thane has arrested three absconding accused wanted for over 20 years in three separate cases under their jurisdiction. According to the Vartak Nagar police the action was taken as part of a special drive launched by the Thane police ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The drive was initiated earlier this month and all police stations and units were instructed to renew efforts to trace and apprehend absconders. Senior police inspector Pradeep Giridhar said the trio were arrested after nearly a month’s effort, during which the police, with the help of local informants, tracked their movements and laid traps for them. Among the three, the first Shrihari Bhise, was arrested in a case of assault and outraging a woman’s modesty in 1995. He went missing after securing bail. Based on a tip off, which said he had recently returned to his old locality, the police picked him up on April 11. “In the second case, Sunil Jondhale, a resident of the Shastri Nagar area, who had been arrested in 1993 in a case of criminal breach of trust, after he defaulted on a business-related payment. Missing since then after getting bail, he was picked up on April 17 and placed under arrest,” Mr. Giridhar said. Meanwhile, the third accused, Laxman Guher, had jumped bail after he was arrested in 1998 for allegedly assaulting a man in his locality with a hockey stick and stone following a petty argument. He was arrested on Friday after the police received a tip-off saying he was coming to visit his family. “All the accused had shifted to various cities like Nanded, Navi Mumbai and New Delhi after fleeing Thane. We had developed local informants in their respective areas who kept us in the loop about their movements after we launched the drive,” Mr. Giridhar said.
|2019-04-20||Thane: Major fire at chemical plant in Dombivli MIDC - Times of India|
Thane: Major fire at chemical plant in Dombivli MIDC Apr 20, 2019, 11:16 IST THANE: A major fire broke out at a chemical plant located in Dombivli MIDC in the district on Saturday morning, officials said. No loss of life has been reported so far and eight fire engines were engaged in the task of dousing the flames, the officials said. "The blaze started around 6.55 am in the chemical plant situated behind the Manpada police station in Dombivli MIDC," Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) chief Santosh Kadam said. An officer from Manpada police station said, "Eight fire engines have been deployed to bring the blaze under control. However, even at 10 am, it was still raging and the fire fighters were struggling to douse the flames." Te cause of the blaze was yet to be ascertained, fire brigade sources said. Thick black smoke from the fire has engulfed the area surrounding the plant.
|2019-04-20||Thane hopefuls go off beaten track - Times of India|
Thane hopefuls go off beaten track Updated: Apr 21, 2019, 08:20 IST THANE: On Monday, the NCP’s candidate in Thane Anand Paranjape boarded a civic-run bus and went around the city, interacting with passengers to ask about their problems and assuring them solutions. Before that, he took a local train to Navi Mumbai as part of his campaigning. These two moves not only provided him personal connect with Thane's electorate most of who take the public transport daily, but also ensured that his campaign did not get stuck in any traffic jam or add to the traffic woes of citizens due to presence of a cavalcade on road. With barely 10 days left for the polling on April 29, political parties and candidates are using new mediums to reach out to voters, going beyond the traditional forms of campaigning. For instance, major parties have deployed 25-35 mini-vans mounted with LED screens that are either on the move alone or stationed at railway stations, bus stands and vital chowks, where there is high visibility, to avoid any traffic jams. They are also releasing short videos on social networking sites. This way, the parties not just save on manpower but also manage to reach more people without causing any inconvenience, said an analyst. Parties have cut down not only rallies and road shows, but also public meetings in the lake city compared to the previous elections, political analysts say. Roads in Thane are already clogged due to ongoing work for Mumbai-Kasarwadavli Metro, widening of Kopri bridge, and several other civic infrastructure development works. So holding any road rally and adding to traffic chaos would only mean antagonising voters, analysts say. “We have deployed vans that convey the message or the issues that our candidate is focussing on. Screening short films on the screens of the mini-vans not only conveys the message in shot span but also ensures that the vehicle doesn’t have to remain at one stop for long, causing snarls, but move on immediately to the next locality. This proves helpful, as the candidate can cut down on personal visits but at the same time ensure his visibility,” said Vilas Joshi, a senior Sena functionary from Thane. Similarly, NCP’s Paranjape has already released short films sharing his view on several subjects including transportation. “There is barely any space in the city for holding sabhas. It is easier to communicate with voters through such innovative modes,” said a senior NCP functionary. This has certainly a big relief for residents and motorists in the poll season. “It is already a huge hassle to travel to work and back home these days due to infrastructure works being executed in the city. We are happy that political parties have decided to take up alternative modes of reaching out to voters,” said Sameer Joshi, a resident of Ghodbunder Road.
|2019-04-20||Snarls, heat push poll aspirants to take up new ways of campaigning - Times of India|
Snarls, heat push poll aspirants to take up new ways of campaigning Apr 21, 2019, 04:48 IST Thane: The massive traffic snarls in the city and lack of adequate venues coupled with the sweltering heat is forcing political parties and aspirants to deviate from traditional forms of campaigning and innovate new mediums to reach out to their respective voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls on April 29. Political parties are now relying on mini-vans mounted with LED, releasing short videos and publicity on social networking sites. Parties have decided to not just cut down on rallies and road shows but the number of sabhas in the lake city has also dwindled as compared to the last few years, said political analysts. Netas and their acolytes justified the ongoing Mumbai Kasarwadavli Metro, Kopri bridge widening and several other civic infrastructure development works had already caused massive traffic jams within the city providing very little space for vehicular movement. They admitted that any further snarls caused due to rallies could end up antagonising the junta, which could be detrimental at this stage, especially as the elections are barely two weeks away. Further, observers feel this is the best way to reach out to the voters without even having to worry about the mounting expenses and at the same time beat the sweltering heat. There are around 25 to 35 such vans moving around in different parts of the city, which are parked at specific locations for a few minutes and then move out to another location. Analysts said the parties can afford to depute such mobile vans even at strategic locations like the railway station, bus stands, vital chowks, where there is high visibility but avoid any traffic jams. This way, the party not just saves on manpower but also manages to reach the maximum number of people without causing any inconvenience, said an analyst. The party has to secure permission from the election department and alert the regional transport officials and the returning officer about the expenses of these vans and clippings, said a senior election department official. The Thane traffic police officials have also said they were happy with the new systems in place adopted by the candidates claiming there has been reduced traffic congestion on the roads, which otherwise could have seen massive congestions. Party activists claimed that in addition to the traffic snarls, the lack of adequate venues in the city is also hurting their earlier planned schedules as many grounds are either booked for cultural events or are within the silence zones. “We have deployed mobile vans that convey the message or the issues that the respective candidate is focussing on. Short films are very much in vogue as they not only convey the message in time but also ensure the vehicles do not remain stranded at one stop for long and cause snarls but move on immediately to the next locality. This proves helpful for the candidate as he can cut down on the personal visits and at the same time ensure his visibility through the visual medium,” said Vilas Joshi, a senior Shiv Sena functionary from Thane. Anand Paranjape, the NCP nominee for the Thane Lok Sabha seat, has already released short films sharing his viewpoints with voters on several subjects, including transportation. “There is barely any space in the city for holding sabhas. It is viable to start communicating with your voters through such innovative modes,” said a senior party member. Meanwhile, residents and motorists, who have been wondering about the comparatively less noisy atmosphere despite the elections nearing said they are not complaining. “It is already a huge hassle to travel to work and back home these days due to the multiple works being executed in the city. We are happy the political parties have decided to take up alternative modes of reaching out to their voters,” said Sameer Joshi, a commuter from Ghodbunder Road. We have deployed mobile vans that convey the message or the issues that the respective candidate is focussing on. Short films are very much in vogue as they not only convey the message in time but also ensure the vehicles do not remain stranded at one stop for long and cause snarls but move on immediately to the next locality. This proves helpful for the candidate.
|2019-04-20||Maharashtra: Major fire at chemical plant in Dombivli MIDC - Dynamite News|
Maharashtra: Major fire at chemical plant in Dombivli MIDC April 20, 2019, 11:12 AM Thane: A major fire broke out at a chemical plant located in Dombivli MIDC in the district on Saturday morning, officials said. Also Read: Fire breaks out in north Delhi plastic factory No loss of life has been reported so far and eight fire engines were engaged in the task of dousing the flames, the officials said. The blaze started around 6.55 am in the chemical plant situated behind the Manpada police station in Dombivli MIDC, Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) chief Santosh Kadam said. An officer from Manpada police station said, Eight fire engines have been deployed to bring the blaze under control. However, even at 10 am, it was still raging and the fire fighters were struggling to douse the flames. Te cause of the blaze was yet to be ascertained, fire brigade sources said.
|2019-04-20||Maharashtra: NCP workers stage protest against Pragya Singh Thakur - Times of India|
Maharashtra: NCP workers stage protest against Pragya Singh Thakur Apr 20, 2019, 19:22 IST THANE: NCP activists on Saturday staged a protest here in Maharashtra condemning BJP leader sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's statement on Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who died in the line of duty while repulsing terrorists in Mumbai in 2008. Thakur is the BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier in the day, scores of NCP activists, led by party leader Jitendra Awhad, gathered at the General Arunkumar Vaidya chowk, and raised slogans condemning Thakur and praising Karkare. Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case and currently out on bail, had said that Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because she had "cursed" him for "torturing" her. She apologised Friday after her statement caused a furore. The ATS under Karkare had probed the bomb blast case before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over. Awhad alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "backing" the statement made by the Hindutva leader. "Calling Thakur a 'sadhavi' (a female seer) is akin to insulting Sahdus. Seers have fought against casteist and religious discrimination," he said. Taking a dig, the NCP MLA said had Thakur should have cursed terrorists in Pakistan, if she believes that her curse is so powerful.
|2019-04-20||Thane: Teenagers abduct two minors from school; police suspect rape - Times Now|
Thane: Teenagers abduct two minors from school; police suspect rape Updated Apr 20, 2019 Thane: A shocking incident surfaced from Mumbai when two teenagers were arrested for allegedly abducting two minor girls. The two accused were arrested from the Nashik Road railway station. The arrest was made by the Bhiwandi police. The two minors were also rescued by the police. The two victims were students of Class 6 and had gone missing from their school during the lunch break. The school informed the victims' parents about the alleged incident. According to the CCTV footage of cameras installed outside the school, the victims were allegedly seen following two men towards the Nashik road railway station. The railway police was informed about the incident and it was discovered that the victims and the men had boarded a train which was going to Bihar. While talking to the Indian Express, a police officer stated that the victims were sent for a medical examination. The official also alleged that the victims might have been raped. One of the accused was taken into police custody till April 24 while the 15-year-old ally was sent to a juvenile home. The two accused were booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. A similar case surfaced on March 28 when a minor and three other people allegedly abducted and raped two minor girls. The victims and the minor accused used to study in the same school. The victims were students of Class 10. The police alleged that the accused minor confessed to befriending the victims and inviting them to her parental house. The accused allegedly clicked objectionable pictures of the victims and had even threatened to post them on social media. The accused were booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, POCSO Act and the IT Act.
|2019-04-20||CR may seek temporary closure of Kopri bridge or curtail traffic movement - Times of India|
CR may seek temporary closure of Kopri bridge or curtail traffic movement Updated: Apr 20, 2019, 09:09 IST THANE: The Central Railway (CR) may seek temporary closure or curtail movement of traffic on the Kopri bridge to facilitate effective repairs and stop recurring instances of plaster falling off its underbelly. Motorists and traffic police fear that if the closure is implemented, it could possibly cause massive inconvenience to motorists, who would have no other alternative to travel between Thane and Mumbai other than the narrowed down LBS Road. The Railways, however, are yet to formulate a repair schedule and approach the Thane traffic police with the same. A team of railway engineers, who inspected the structure after repeated instances of plaster collapse since last week, said they have been repairing the patches but the constant vibration from movement of road traffic above was impacting the works. The freshly-plastered cement layer is unable to set due to the constant vibrations of the road traffic above and the railway train movement below the structure and have suggested a rest period for the repairs to effectively settle down, said engineers. “We have been undertaking constant repairs of the plaster ever since the first major instance of damage was reported last week. We have been repairing small stretches but the same is coming off and is unable to settle down. The road traffic on the structure will have to be shut to allow the plaster to settle down which may take a few days,” said a railway official. However, as the bridge is a crucial link between Mumbai, Thane and stretches beyond, including Nashik, it is unlikely that the traffic department and other concerned agencies may allow its closure and work out a temporary solution for diverting road traffic if the repairs have to be undertaken. It may be noted that nearly a lakh vehicles cross over between Thane and Mumbai daily and the Eastern Express Highway is the only fastest way to travel to and from Nashik. “The closure of the bridge is out of question as the structure is the only vital link between Thane and Mumbai. It witnesses a massive flow of vehicular traffic, both domestic and outbound traffic. Shutting it even for a few days will cause massive inconvenience for motorists as the only other alternative of LBS road is already narrowed down due to metro work,” said a senior traffic official requesting anonymity. Senior railway officials from Mumbai, however, said while it would be ideal for the road traffic to be either shut or the volume reduced for effective results of the repair work, there was no immediate plan to undertake the same as the bridge seemed to be in stable condition following an inspection by senior engineers recently. We have been repairing small stretches but the same is coming off and is unable to settle down. The road traffic on the structure will have to be shut to allow the plaster to settle down which may take a few days.
|2019-04-20||Cop lives in village for a month to nab murder accused - Times of India|
Cop lives in village for a month to nab murder accused Apr 20, 2019, 09:10 IST THANE: A head constable with the city crime branch spent over a month in disguise near the Chambal ravines and successfully nabbed a murder accused who was on the run for 12-years. Head constable Anand Bhillare took refuge in Mehandawa town of Rain taluka in MP and masked himself as a villager to nab Rajkumar Rajawat, who was in hiding in his hometown after killing a man in Dombivili in 2007. Rajawat was one of the four accused in the murder of a 27-year-old Dombivili resident Shailendra Singh Dansingh Shekhawat in 2007 and was not-traceable since then, said DCP ( crime) Deepak Deoraj. The ground work to nab Rajawat was tasked to the head constable Bhillare attached to the crime branch who camped for over a month at the small hamlet of Mehandawa near Uttar Pradesh border. The head constable left nothing to chance, living in a thatched hut, mingling with locals and doing petty jobs to keep an hawk-eye on the accused’s movements. Bhillare also seldom used his mobile usage but examined all the movements of accused to trap the unsuspecting accused all alone. After doing all the required ground work, Bhillare along with a team led by senior inspector Nitin Thakre halted a specific spot in the far-off field where Rajawat used to come alone. “It was on Monday, Rajawat who was into farming, came alone at a spot only to find the sleuths of crime branch who pinned him down and brought him back for the further probe,” said the officer. Deoraj informed TOI, the deceased 27 a native of Jaipur in Rajastan used to take money from the needy and provide them overseas jobs. “He had taken money from the two persons Narendra Rajavat, and Pintusingh Rajawat of Dombivili but did not get them the job nor did he return their money. “The duo got agitated and with the help of other two Rajkumar Rajawat and Rishi Dong strangulated to death the Shekhawat and to destroyed the evidence, wrapped the body in a shawl and dumped it in a nullah. An offence was then registered at Vishnu Nagar police station on March 21, 2007 in Dombivali under various sections. But the foursome managed to flee and were not traceable since then. It was on May 13, 2008 a chargesheet was filed in the court with all requisite proofs. As the accused were not traceable a proclamation notice was issued by the court on February 02,2019. Simultaneously, Thane police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar launched the special drive to trace the absconding criminals. Accordingly, the police carried out this operation.
|2019-04-19||Power cuts in summer irk Mumbaiites - Hindustan Times|
Power cuts in summer irk Mumbaiites Apr 20, 2019 01:07 IST If the sweltering heat was not enough, unannounced power cuts in different pockets of the city, such as Mulund, Vikhroli, Thane, Andheri, Lokhandwala, Goregaon and Versova, in the past two weeks have irked Mumbaiites. While citizens said the outages have been lasting up to an hour, sometimes five times a day, most electricity firms have attributed the cuts to the on-going Metro and infrastructure works in the city. Different electricity firms supply electricity to these areas. In Vikhroli and Mulund in the eastern suburbs and Thane, where the state-run Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) supplies electricity, the power outages have stretched between 30 minutes to an hour. Mihir Palan, a resident of Tambe Nagar, Mulund, said, “Last week, there was a power cut five times in one day. It’s the same issue every summer.” Another resident of Mulund, Pooja Venkat, who was visiting Thane, said, “We had power cuts on Tuesday and Wednesday for 30 minutes.” However, PS Patil, chief public relations officer, MSEDCL, claimed that there was no load-shedding in these areas. “These are local technical problems. There is no load-shedding anywhere in the city.” An MSEDCL official said on-going Metro works had possibly damaged cables, leading to the power cuts. In Lokhandwala, Goregaon and Versova, electricity is supplied by Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd (AEML). “Last week, we had power cuts throughout the day and twice in the night. On Thursday, we did not have power for an hour in the afternoon,” said Sawan Dutta, a Versova resident. Founder of the Andheri-Lokhandwala-Oshiwara Residents’ Association, Dhaval Shah, also said he was told that Metro works have led to the outages. “We’ve been getting a lot of complaints. We were told the Metro work, which includes shifting of utilities, have led to these problems.” An AEML spokesperson said their average Service Availability Index for February and March was 99.99 % and 99.98%. “However, sometimes certain pockets face unplanned outages owing to infrastructure upgradation, damaging supply lines. In such cases, we take steps to restore services immediately. To avoid such outages, we have deployed dedicated teams for cable-patrolling.”
|2019-04-19||Thane Lok Sabha Constituency - Zee News|
Thane Lok Sabha Constituency Apr 19, 2019, 16:49 PM IST Thane Lok Sabha Constituency, is one of 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in the western state of Maharashtra and will cast its vote in the 2019 election on April 29. Votings for Lok Sabha election will happen in 4 phases in Maharashtra – April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29 and the counting will be held on May 23. Thane constituency covers six assembly segments – Mira Bhayandar, Kopri-Pachpakhadi, Ovala-Majiwada, Thane, Airoli and Belapur. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Rajan Baburao Vichare of the Shiv Sena – won with a huge margin of over 2.81 lakh votes. He had defeated Sanjeev Ganesh Naik of the Nationalist Congress Party. While Vichare had secured 595364 votes Naik got 314065 votes. The voter turnout figure was at 50.87 percent across 2197 polling stations. Some of the other candidates in the fray were Abhijit Ramesh Panse of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Sanjeev Vishnu Sane of the Aam Aadmi Party. In the year 2009, Dr. Sanjeev Ganesh Naik of the NCP managed to secure his winning position by getting over 49 thousand votes against Vijay Laxman Chaugule of the Shiv Sena. Naik had secured 301000 votes while Chaugule got 251980 votes. Some of the other candidates in the fray were Rajan Raje of the MNS and Avanindra Kumar Tripathi of the Bahujan Samaj Party.
|2019-04-19||HC tells Thane civic body to seal hospitals without fire NOC - The Hindu|
HC tells Thane civic body to seal hospitals without fire NOC UPDATED: APRIL 19, 2019 07:18 IST The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to seal all private hospitals and nursing homes that were operating without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Fire Department. A Bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N.M. Jamdar said if notices served by the TMC and the Fire Department to hospitals, asking them to follow safety norms, did not work, it was better to shut down such healthcare facilities. The Bench was hearing a public interest litigation filed by RTI activist Sapan Shrivastav. The plea claimed a survey by the Thane Fire Department earlier this year revealed that more than 50% of the private hospitals and nursing homes in the city were ill-equipped to deal with fire incidents. An affidavit filed by TMC’s counsel Arvind Aswani said that although the civic body’s Health Department had renewed registration of over 380 hospitals last year, only 181 hospitals were issued an NOC from the Fire Department. Currently, applications seeking NOCs had been filed by 129 nursing homes and hospitals, while the remaining 70 did not have it and continued to operate in violation of the fire safety norms, the affidavit read. Following the fire at the ESIC Hospital in Mumbai in December last year, in which 11 people were killed, the Thane Fire Brigade had carried out a safety audit at all private hospitals in the city. The Fire Department was supposed to make a list of hospitals in its jurisdiction and inspect them. The court said since the TMC already had records of hospitals and nursing homes violating the safety norms, it must initiate action. “You have the records. Go ahead and seal such hospitals that don’t have an NOC,” it said.
|2019-04-19||Railways can t go against the tide to build bridge at Diva and Thane - Mid-Day|
Railways can't go against the tide to build bridge at Diva and Thane Updated: Apr 19, 2019, 07:37 IST The movement of tides is an important factor in the construction of the 5th and 6th lines between Diva and Thane, as the work enters a crucial phase. Truck movement to build the bridge can only be done during low tide, and this affects work. "The railway project involves building a bridge on the creek at Mumbra on the south side of the station. The water levels vary as per tide, so engineers need to be very careful when and how to continue work, and allow truck movement for moving debris etc. Firstly, the soil is soft and it leads to sinking, and secondly if a truck enters at the time of high tide, it could sink. A truck had sunk in October 2018," a senior railway official said. The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation is building the line. 'Work Must Sync With Tides' "Work is currently on to build the foundations of the bridge in the creek and involves supplying raw material and removing debris, for which movement of lorries is essential. The work has to sync with the tides to proceed," a senior official said. The line promises to decongest the Central Railway in a big way. "The bridge is among the last big works remaining to be completed in the section. The bridges at the creeks in Thane and in the north side of Mumbra station are already in place. We are confident of completing the bridge work by 2019," he said. The work on the creek bridge is being done simultaneously with that of the new Mumbra station platforms, and their alignment that passes to the west of the existing station. The alignment continues towards the creek where the bridge is now being built. The bridge involves constructing a two-way rail alignment that will pass over the creek between Mumbra and Kalwa stations, crossing over the existing slow lines. Crucial Project For CR The project, which was sanctioned in 2008, is 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 rail corridors and thus improve the speed/frequency of trains. The first deadline was December 2015, which was later revised to December 2017, then to March 2019 and now mid-2019. The delays were due to various reasons such as the tunnel alignment went wrong and Project Affected Persons were not rehabilitated in time. As a result, the cost has escalated from about Rs 130 crore to Rs 440 crore. Currently, there are six railway lines between Kalyan and Diva, and Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) and Thane. However, between Thane and Diva, there are only four lines, which results in congestion and crossing of outstation trains. Once this is complete, there could be complete segregation of lines used by local and outstation trains between Kurla-LTT and Kalyan, which is important to improve the speed and frequency of suburban trains and make the journey slightly better.
|2019-04-19||Housing sales up 5% during Jan-Mar in 9 major cities: PropEquity - Moneycontrol.com|
Housing sales up 5% during Jan-Mar in 9 major cities: PropEquity Housing sales saw a 5 per cent rise at 56,146 units during January-March 2019 over the year-ago quarter in the nine major cities, driven by improved demand for finished projects, according to data analytics firm PropEquity. New launches, however, declined 7 per cent to 42,504 units in the first quarter of 2019 as against the year-ago period in these nine cities -- Gurugram, Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thane and Chennai. "Indian real Estate market is currently an end-user driven market as ready-to-move-in or nearing completion properties are being preferred as they have minimum or no risk attached to them," PropEquity said in its report. Unsold inventories dipped to 5.91 lakh units from 6.16 lakh units at the end of December 2018 on higher sales and drop in new supply.
|2019-04-19||Thane Police arrest man accused of cheating several car owners - Devdiscourse|
Thane Police arrest man accused of cheating several car owners Updated: 19-04-2019 22:35 IST Thane police said Friday that they have arrested a 31-year-old man who is accused of cheating several car owners in the district. Soshekar Thangil alia Appu, the accused, promised car owners Rs 17,000 per month for renting out their cars to him for his travel business and sold off the vehicles keeping them in the dark. He was arrested last week, said senior inspector Kishore Khairnar of Kasarwadavali police Station. Police found that Thangil had allegedly cheated several car owners in Mumbra, Mira Road, Nayanagar and other parts of Thane district. Thangil would allegedly sold off the cars he had rented to customers in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and then abscond. At least five cars were seized from Gudivada of Andhra Pradesh during the probe. Police hope to recover many more cars, inspector Khairnar said.
|2019-04-19||Tennis: Thursday's high school results - mySA|
|2019-04-19||MH-CAR CHEATING - THE WEEK|
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|2019-04-19||The speech makers - Fence Post|
|2019-04-19||Mumbai commuters to candidates: Catch me if you can! - Business Standard|
Mumbai commuters to candidates: Catch me if you can! Last Updated at April 19, 2019 10:50 IST The biggest nightmare for candidates in the Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad Lok Sabha constituencies is how to "catch" the slippery commuters who are their main electoral bank. As is well-known, nearly two-third of Mumbaikars comprising office-goers, workers and students, are perpetually on the move - some 8.5 million in suburban trains, and another two million or so in BEST and ST buses, taxies, autorickshaws or private vehicles. The Commuter - who is the King in Mumbai - shuttles to and fro his/her home in the farflung suburbs to the work place or educational institution in South or South Central Mumbai or one of the new business hubs that have come up in recent times. "I am not aware who are the candidates in my constituency. I have not attended any political rallies, but have rushed by some posters and banners. I am out of home for 10-12 hours daily," said a woman commuter from Mira Road, Kiran S.V., 45. A legal team member of a prominent corporate business park, Kiran commutes daily to Mahalaxmi in the Mumbai SouthCentral constituency, but she is a registered voter in Thane Lok Sabha constituency being contested by the Shiv Sena's Rajan B. Vichare and Nationalist Congress Party's Anand Paranjpe. On an average, a typical King Commuter spends between 60-90 minutes one-way, twice daily, in suburban trains. The Western Railway suburban sector is spread from Churchgate to Dahanu (116 kms), the Central Railway suburban lines from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Kasara (102 kms) and CSMT to Karjat (51 kms), with around 2,050 services operating on all these sectors for some 22 hours. For candidates in Palghar, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North West and even other constituencies, the potential voter has already disappeared around 8 a.m. for work and would only return after another 12-14 hours. "During the day, the candidates only get housewives, senior citizens or children which is not sufficient to convey the candidates' opinions and solicit votes. By the time the other adult voters return home they are too tired to attend any election meetings and prefer to relax at home," rued Ashok Sutrale, Mumbai North District Congress Working President and campaign director for Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar. Accordingly, he and other campaign managers of candidates make it a point to organise meetings, small rallies and public-candidate interactions outside railway stations to "catch the maximum number of commuters". Admitting this is a serious issue during elections, Western Railway Passengers Association President Anil Shukla has made an innovative suggestion to the government and Election Commission of India. "Since this problem is unique to Mumbai, the government and ECI must permit all candidates contesting in seats falling on the sprawling suburban make short tape-recorded appeals which can be played on the railway stations, suburban trains throughout the day. It can be properly organised to ensure it doesn't interfere with routine passenger-related or emergency announcements," Shukla told IANS. Going a step further, Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee Member Shailesh Goyal said that the railways can earn attractive revenues from this proposal, which would be similar to the timings permitted on Doordarshan, All India Radio and other private audio-visual channels by the ECI. "The WR and CR suburban sectors can even levy the standard advertising rates for the political campaign in trains, stations, etc for maybe three to five minutes for each candidate, keep playing the tapes throughout the day for the campaign duration to enable them reach maximum number of electorate," Goyal told IANS. Both Shukla and Goyal felt this would help save the candidates' time and avoid huge congestion and security concerns outside railway premises, besides preventing incidents like the ugly ruckus between BJP and Congress workers near Borivali station on April 15 where Matondkar was campaigning. Rail Yatri Parishad President Subhash Gupta said that it's imperative for all MPs to take up the cause of the 8.5 million railway commuters who daily travel in sub-human conditions from home to work and back. "The Metro Rail network that has come up in Delhi should have been first created in here because it is the country's commercial capital. The huge amount of money being spent for the Bullet Train project should have been invested for improving the Mumbai suburban sector, but that has not been done," Gupta told IANS. He lamented the fact that though all candidates woo the city's railway commuters for votes, after elections nobody - barring a couple of exceptions - ever remembers them or raises their burning problems in parliament. However, as far as commuters are concerned, most admit they hardly get time to attend any political rallies/meetings and rely more on word-by-mouth or social media knowledge to decide whom to vote for.
|2019-04-19||Lok Sabha elections 2019: Rs 19 lakh cash seized from car in Maharashtra - Free Press Journal|
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Rs 19 lakh cash seized from car in Maharashtra April 19, 2019 7:21 am Thane: A poll surveillance team has seized Rs 19 lakh cash from a car in Thane city of Maharashtra, the election office here said. The team intercepted the car, belonging to an architect, Durgesh Nadkarni, in Kolshet area here on Wednesday and found the cash in it, it said in a release. Nadkarni claimed he was carrying the cash to some construction sites in Navi Mumbai area for payment to workers, the release said. The Income Tax department has been informed about the seizure and its officials will take further action in the matter, it added. Polling in Thane Lok Sabha constituency will be held on April 29.
|2019-04-19||Bozeman superintendent Rob Watson named new MCPS superintendent | Regional News - KPVI News 6|
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|2019-04-18||Bombay HC asks Thane civic body to seal hospitals not having fire department's NOC - Times of India|
Bombay HC asks Thane civic body to seal hospitals not having fire department's NOC Updated: Apr 18, 2019, 17:57 IST MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in Maharashtra to seal all private hospitals and nursing homes that were operating without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department. A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar said if the several notices served by the TMC and the Fire Department to hospitals, asking them to follow fire safety norms, did not work, it was better to shut down such healthcare facilities. The bench was hearing a public interest litigation filed by RTI activist Sapan Shrivastav. The plea claimed a survey by the Thane Fire Department earlier this year revealed that more than 50 per cent of private hospitals and nursing homes in Thane were ill-equipped to deal with fire incidents. An affidavit filed by TMC's counsel Arvind Aswani stated that although the civic body's health department renewed registration of over 380 hospitals last year, only 181 hospitals were issued an NOC from the Fire Department. Currently, applications seeking NOCs had been filed by around 129 nursing homes and hospitals, while the remaining 70 did not have it and continued to operate in violation of the fire safety norms, the affidavit read. Following the fire at ESIC hospital in Mumbai in December last year in which 11 people were killed, the Thane fire brigade had initiated a safety audit at all private hospitals in the city. The Fire Department was supposed to make a list of hospitals in its jurisdiction and inspect them. The court said that since the TMC already had records of all hospitals and nursing homes violating the fire safety norms, it must initiate action. "You have the records. Go ahead and seal such hospitals that don't have an NOC," it said.
|2019-04-18||Rs 19 lakh cash seized from car in Thane - Times of India|
Rs 19 lakh cash seized from car in Thane Apr 18, 2019, 13:39 IST THANE: A poll surveillance team has seized Rs 19 lakh cash from a car in Thane city, the election office said. The team intercepted the car, belonging to an architect, Durgesh Nadkarni, in Kolshet area on Wednesday and found the cash in it, it said in a release. Nadkarni claimed he was carrying the cash to some construction sites in Navi Mumbai area for payment to workers, the release said. The Income Tax department has been informed about the seizure and its officials will take further action in the matter, it added. Polling in Thane Lok Sabha constituency will be held on April 29.
|2019-04-18||Engineer updates WhatsApp status before jumping into creek in Thane, body yet to be recovered - Times Now|
Engineer updates WhatsApp status before jumping into creek in Thane, body yet to be recovered Updated Apr 18, 2019 Thane: Police in Maharashtra have launched a search operation to recover the body of a 21-year-old engineer who attempted suicide by jumping into Kasheli creek in Bhiwandi on Monday. It has been reported that the victim, identified as Arman Irfan Ahmed Alvi, updated his status on messaging application WhatsApp. In his status, Alvi, a resident of Indira Nagar in Thane said that he had failed to fulfill his family's dreams which is why he was taking the drastic step of taking his own life. A witness who saw Alvi jumping into the creek alerted the cops and a search operation was launched in no time. Police officials familiar with the matter told Times of India that Alvi made a phone call to his mother before jumping off the creek. His mother claims that he sounded normal during their conversation. This raises the question of what might have triggered Alvi to take such an extreme step. Going by inputs from sections of the media, the police have not yet denied any foul play in connection with Alvi's death and more details are awaited in this regard. As per the latest report, police have recovered the deceased's mobile phone and driving license but are yet to recover his body. The exact reason behind Alvi's suicide is yet to be ascertained awaiting a detailed police investigation into the matter.A similar case had come to light earlier this year from Thane where a 16-year-old boy fell to his death from the 32nd floor of a highrise in Majhiwada area. The preliminary inquiry suggested that the victim, Prathamesh Parab was visiting the home of a family friend when he allegedly jumped off the building. The reason behind his suicide is also unknown. Parab was a student of Saraswati Vidyalaya High School and Junior College of Science, Rabodi in FYSC. He had reportedly told his parents that he was going to meet a friend.
|2019-04-18||Molestation case: court rejects ex-MNS MLA’s anticipatory bail - The Hindu|
Molestation case: court rejects ex-MNS MLA’s anticipatory bail UPDATED: APRIL 19, 2019 00:50 IST The Thane sessions court on Wednesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of a former MLA from the MNS, who was booked by the Rabale police for molesting a 19-year-old girl. Mangesh Sangle, who is currently with the BJP, was booked for molesting the girl, who was his neighbour, on March 16. On March 18, the Thane sessions court granted interim bail to Mr. Sangale and the order for anticipatory bail was kept for April 17. “The court has rejected the bail and has also given 72 hours to Mr. Sangale to appeal before the Bombay High Court. We do not have the power to arrest within this 72 hours. Even after this period, if he has not approached the HC, we can arrest him,” Sudhakar Pathare, deputy commissioner of police, zone I, said. The police said if he approaches the HC, they will have to wait till the court gives an order on the anticipatory bail. The incident had occurred on October 16, 2018. The victim and the accused stayed in the same building and were close family friends. The victim’s family had been facing some issues which they used to discuss with Mr. Sangle for guidance. On the day of incident, the victim and her elder sister were discussing the issues with Mr. Sangle when he told them to leave as it was getting late. Both the sisters left. Later, Mr. Sangle called the younger girl and asked her to meet him again as he had to tell her something important, the police said. The accused called the girl to his office room attached to his home where he touched her inappropriately. The victim was depressed and did not tell anyone. Later, she shared it with her friend on whose advice, she approached the women’s cell of the police and submitted a written application on December 5. The accused had sent a ‘sorry’ message to the victim after the incident. The complaint was converted into an FIR on March 16 based on the evidence the police found.
|2019-04-18||Thane cops solve 12 year old murder arrest senior citizen - Mid-Day|
Thane cops solve 12-year-old murder, arrest senior citizen Updated: Apr 18, 2019, 07:21 IST The Thane police have managed to crack a murder case after 12 years. A senior citizen has been arrested from Madhya Pradesh while his three friends are on the run for killing a businessman in Dombivli in 2007. A team has been dispatched to Kolkata to nab the other accused. Police said the accused killed the businessman for cheating them under the pretext of providing them jobs abroad.
|2019-04-18||HC asks Thane Municipal Corporation to seal hospitals not having fire dept's NOC - Mumbai Mirror|
HC asks Thane Municipal Corporation to seal hospitals not having fire dept's NOC Updated: Apr 18, 2019, 17:47 IST Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Thursday directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in Maharashtra to seal all private hospitals and nursing homes that were operating without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department. A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar said if the several notices served by the TMC and the Fire Department to hospitals, asking them to follow fire safety norms, did not work, it was better to shut down such healthcare facilities. The bench was hearing a public interest litigation filed by RTI activist Sapan Shrivastav. The plea claimed a survey by the Thane Fire Department earlier this year revealed that more than 50 per cent of private hospitals and nursing homes in Thane were ill-equipped to deal with fire incidents. An affidavit filed by TMC's counsel Arvind Aswani stated that although the civic body's health department renewed registration of over 380 hospitals last year, only 181 hospitals were issued an NOC from the Fire Department. Currently, applications seeking NOCs had been filed by around 129 nursing homes and hospitals, while the remaining 70 did not have it and continued to operate in violation of the fire safety norms, the affidavit read. Following the fire at ESIC hospital in Mumbai in December last year in which 11 people were killed, the Thane fire brigade had initiated a safety audit at all private hospitals in the city. The Fire Department was supposed to make a list of hospitals in its jurisdiction and inspect them. The court said that since the TMC already had records of all hospitals and nursing homes violating the fire safety norms, it must initiate action. "You have the records. Go ahead and seal such hospitals that don't have an NOC," it said.
|2019-04-18||Lok Sabha elections 2019: 2.74 lakh new voters enrolled since February in Thane, the total goes up to 63 lakh - Free Press Journal|
Lok Sabha elections 2019: 2.74 lakh new voters enrolled since February in Thane, total goes up to 63 lakh April 18, 2019 11:19 am With everyone eager to vote in Lok Sabha elections, in Thane more than 2,74, 000 new voters enrolled themselves since February. Adding these 2,74, 000, the tally of voters in Thane has reached more than 63 lakh. According to the Hindustan Times, most of the new voters are from the Owala-Majiwada constituency. An officer from the election department told the leading daily, “Until April 13, we received a whopping 4,87,080 registration forms from residents across the district for new registration, change of constituency and deletions among others. Of these, we enrolled 2,74,557 new voters in the supplementary voters’ list. We have also deleted 65,967 names from the list.” Sagar Gajare, 30, a resident of Waghbil, told the leading daily, “The monsoon last year was a nightmare for commuters who were stuck in traffic for over five hours daily to commute to and fro from office to home. Bad roads and long queues at the toll plazas were the main reason. Despite constant protests, none of the politicians were interested in resolving our problems. We have thus decided to get ourselves enrolled and vote to bring about change.” The total number of voters in the district have reached to 63.01 lakh. 24,903 voters from Owala- Majiwada constituency, 22,986 from Kalyan Rural and 22,688 from Kalyan West have registered themselves since February. The Election Commission will publish the final Assembly-wise list and bifurcation of men and women voters by the end of this week.
|2019-04-17||Dombivali man saved after a cardiac arrest onboard a local train - Mumbai Mirror|
Dombivali man saved after a cardiac arrest onboard a local train 17 Apr 2019, 9:31PM IST Prompt action by a fellow passenger and the RPF in Byculla station helped a stroke patient get treatment within the ‘golden hour’. The 55-year-old victim was on board a local when he suffered a cardiac attack that initially left him paralysed. A fellow commuter who had the mobile number of RPF sub inspector Brajesh Kumar contacted him and Kumar ensured that help was available at the next station, Byculla. Bholenath Raghunath Rende is now recovering at a private hospital in Thane.
|2019-04-17||Woman’s body found inside drum in Bhiwandi; head, legs, right hand missing - Hindustan Times|
Woman’s body found inside drum in Bhiwandi; head, legs, right hand missing Updated: Apr 17, 2019 13:06 IST The body of an unidentified woman was found at Sonale village in Bhiwandi recently. The legs, right hand and the head were missing from the body. The police the victim was a Bhiwandi resident and between 25 and 30 years old. On Saturday, the Bhiwandi rural police got an emergency call about a body dumped in a drum. S Hazare, police inspector, said, “We found the woman’s headless body inside the drum. The body has been cut into three pieces. We are searching the area for the other parts and are trying to trace her identity.” The police have formed three teams, including a crime branch team, to investigate the case. Hazare added, “We are taking help from other police stations to trace her identity. We have registered a murder case against unknown person.” A police officer from Thane rural said, “We are checking missing person complaints in all police stations. The woman is suspected to be a Bhiwandi resident.” A separate team has been formed to check missing person complaints in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
|2019-04-17||Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central sea - India.com News|
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central seats in Maharashtra Published: April 18, 2019 3:06 AM IST New Delhi: One of the 48 parliamentary constituencies of Maharashtra, Thane was formed prior to the elections of 1951. The incumbent MP is Shiv Sena’s Vichare Rajan Baburau, who won against the NCP’s Sanjeev Niak by nearly 2,00,000 votes in 2014. Naik was the NCP MP from Thane in 2009. This time the NCP is fielding Anand Paranjpe from Thane. The Thane Lok Sabha Constituency (constituency number 25) consists of 1,806,803 number of electorates in totality, of these 998,792 are males and 808,011 are females. The Mumbai-North constituency was formed prior to 1951 too. It comprises of six Vidhan Sabha segments and it is one of the parliamentary constituencies representing Mumbai city. This Lok Sabha seat has been a traditional battlefield of the BJP and the Congress. The current MP is BJP’s Gopal Chinayya Shetty, who won against Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam in 2014 by approximately 4,00,000 votes. Nirupam was the MP in 2009. BJP’s Ram Naik has been the MP from Mumbai North five times (from 1989-1999). The Congress has fielded filmstar-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar from this seat against the incumbent Shetty of the BJP. The Mumbai North-west constituency has been a Shiv Sena, Congress battleground. The current sitting member of parliament of the Mumbai North West constituency is Shri Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtika of the Shiv Sena. Kirtikar won in 2014 against Kamat Gurudas Vasant of the Congress by around 1,50,000 votes. This time the Congress is fielding Sanjay Nirupam against the Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar. According to an ECI report dated 2009, total electorates in the Mumbai North East Parliamentary constituency were 1,572,890 of which 700,239 are females and 872,651 are males. In an on and off fight between the BJP and the Congress, the former’s candidate Kirit Somaiya won in 2014 againt Sanjay Dina Patil of the NCP. Patil was also the MP in 2009 after he routed Somaiya by a wafer thin margin 2,900 votes. The NCP is once again fielding Patil this time against the BJP’s Manoj Kotak The Mumbai North-Central constituency was formed before 1952. It comprises of six Vidhan Sabha segments. The Mumbai North Central Parliamentary constituency (constituency number 29) has a total of 1,681,985 electorates out of which 743,036 are females and 938,949 are males according to Election Commission of India 2009 reports. The sitting MP is BJP’s Poonam Rao, who won against Priya Dutt in 2014 by 1,86,000 votes. Poonam Rao is now seeking a re-election, whereas Dutt is contesting against her once again on the Congress ticket. Dutt was the MP in 2009./
|2019-04-17||Lok Sabha elections 2019: With 2.74L more registrations, Thane now has 63L voters - Hindustan Times|
Lok Sabha elections 2019: With 2.74L more registrations, Thane now has 63L voters Updated: Apr 18, 2019 04:37 IST More than 2, 74, 000 new voters enrolled themselves since February in the supplementary voters’ list this year by the Thane district election commission. This increase will ensure more than 63 lakh voters from across the district can now cast their vote in the Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 29. Most of the new voters are from the Owala-Majiwada constituency, where many voters from the plush Ghodbunder complexes have got themselves registered in the past few months. An officer from the election department informed, “Until April 13, we received a whopping 4,87,080 registration forms from residents across the district for new registration, change of constituency and deletions among others. Of these, we enrolled 2,74,557 new voters in the supplementary voters’ list. We have also deleted 65,967 names from the list.” Now, the total people who can cast their votes in the district is 63.01 lakh. The officer added, “There are 24,903 voters from Owala- Majiwada constituency, 22,986 from Kalyan Rural and 22, 688 from Kalyan West. We will publish the final Assembly-wise list and bifurcation of men and women voters by the end of this week.”. Sagar Gajare, 30, a resident of Waghbil said, “The monsoon last year was a nightmare for commuters who were stuck in traffic for over five hours daily to commute to and fro from office to home. Bad roads and long queues at the toll plazas were the main reason. Despite constant protests, none of the politicians were interested in resolving our problems. We have thus decided to get ourselves enrolled and vote to bring about change.”
|2019-04-17||12 years on the run, murder accused nabbed in Chambal - The Hindu|
12 years on the run, murder accused nabbed in Chambal UPDATED: APRIL 18, 2019 00:50 IST The Thane Police Crime Branch has arrested a 62-year-old man who was wanted for the last 12 years in a murder case registered in Dombivli. The arrest was the result of a four-year-long operation in the infamous Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh. Three others are still wanted in the case. According to Crime Branch officers, the four accused were wanted for the murder of Shailendrasingh Shekhawat, a Rajasthan native who was 27 years old at the time. The police said Shekhawat used to arrange employment for people abroad in exchange for money. He was allegedly strangled to death on March 21, 2007, after he failed to get jobs for the four accused despite taking their money. The case had been unsolved since then. Developing network “Since 2007, repeated efforts were made to nab the four accused, all of whom hail from Chambal. They were declared proclaimed offenders by the Thane court on May 13, 2008. Over the last four years, our team repeatedly visited Chambal and, working in coordination with the local police, developed a network of informants there. Simultaneously, we were also in touch with some of their acquaintances from Dombivli for information on their movements,” an officer who was part of the operation said. Earlier this month, the Unit I team learned that one of the four accused, Rajkumar Rajawat (62), was going to visit his ancestral house this week. The team immediately left for Chambal and camped there incognito for several days. “We also had to consider that we might encounter resistance from local residents, and that the accused might flee if he got to know we were there. We worked hard to conceal our identities and to not stand out among the locals, which was done with the help of the Aswaal police. Finally, on Monday, we managed to nab Mr. Rajawat,” the officer said. Brought to Thane Mr. Rajawat was questioned at the Aswaal police station. After inquiries confirmed his involvement in the 2007 murder, he was brought to Thane. He was produced in the Thane court and handed over to the Vishnu Nagar police, in whose jurisdiction the murder occurred, for investigation. The police are now interrogating him to locate the other three accused.
|2019-04-17||Syracuse football legend Tim Green awarded Chancellor's Medal - syracuse.com|
|2019-04-17||Thane election office reaches out to voters with Leopard as mascot - Hindustan Times|
Thane election office reaches out to voters with Leopard as mascot Updated: Apr 17, 2019 12:41 IST To boost voter turnout this Lok Sabha elections from last time’s 50%, the Thane election office has reached out to 24,000 residential societies with its awareness programme that has a leopard as its mascot. According to officials on Tuesday, the turnout in rural areas was more than 60%, while urban areas saw a meagre turnout. To grab the attention of the voters, the commission has chosen the leopard as the programme’s mascot. The mascot along with the slogan “Vote Thane Vote” will be installed at prime locations in the city. Revathi Gaikar, the nodal officer for Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation program (SVEEP), said residents will identify with this mascot, which lives in the nearby Yeoor and was in the news a few months ago for wandering into a shopping mall. Gaikar said, “The voter turnout for Thane district last time was merely 50.27%, which we aim to increase to 70%. The lowest turnout was in Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi East, Kalyan West and Dombivli. We will focus on more SVEEP initiatives in these areas. A cycle rally will be organised on April 21.” The district election commission has also reached out to 2,000 schools. A three-kilometre run, bike rallies and flash mobs are some of the other initiative to increase the voter awareness.
|2019-04-17||Man wanted in Thane murder case held after 12 years from MP - Business Standard|
Man wanted in Thane murder case held after 12 years from MP April 17, 2019 15:00 IST Thane crime branch officials have arrested a man wanted in a 2007 murder case from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, a senior police officer said here Wednesday. However, three out of the total four accused are still on the run. The crime branch team tracked down one of the accused, Rajkumar Rajawat, in his home town Mehandawa in Bind district of Madhya Pradesh earlier this month, said DCP, Crime, Deepak Deoraj. He was arrested on April 15 with the help of local police, he said. Three other accused wanted for allegedly killing Shailendra Singh Dansingh Shekhawat, 27, are still on the run, the DCP added. The senior officer said that Shekhawat, who used to work as a job agent, was strangulated to death by Narendra Singh Rajbirsingh Rajawat and Pintusingh Bittusingh Rajawat for not providing them job despite taking money. Shekhawat's body was later found dumped in a nullah. Rajkumar and Rishi Dong were the two other accused who were involved in the crime. They all were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after investigation, he added. A chargesheet was filed against all the accused in a Thane court in May last year.
|2019-04-17||Thane court rejects plea to stop Raymond's former Chairman Emeritus Vijaypat Singhania’s autobiography - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane court rejects plea to stop Raymond's former Chairman Emeritus Vijaypat Singhania Updated: Apr 17, 2019, 07:39 IST A city civil judge will decide today if the release should be stalled for another 30 days to enable the order to be challenged. Three months after a court in Mumbai had rejected an application by Raymond Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Gautam Singhania, a court in Thane too has rejected an application seeking to stop the company’s former Chairman Emeritus Vijaypat Singhania’s autobiography. Should the Thane court extend a relief of stay in the company’s favour or not – which means, should the book be stalled for another 30 days to enable the company to challenge Tuesday’s rejection order – is likely to be decided by Senior Division City Civil Judge RN Merck on Wednesday. Gautam Singhania has approached the Bombay High Court against the Mumbai City Civil Court’s order rejecting his application, but it is yet to be heard by the HC. In September, last year, Singhania in his personal capacity, and Raymond Ltd as a company, had filed two different suits before a City Civil Court in Mumbai and Thane, respectively. The case filed by the group’s flagship company before the Thane court sought a permanent injunction against Vijaypat and the publishers – Penguin Random House India – on publishing the material, calling it false, illegal and defamatory. Represented by advocate Vijay Agashe, the company argued that Vijaypat and the publishers cannot be allowed to publish such material under the garb of freedom of speech and expression, and “cannot infringe on others’ right to reputation and privacy.” “It is verily believed that the same (the book) contains false, incorrect, misleading and malicious and defamatory representations and imputations to lower the corporate/business reputation and character of the company in the mind of the public and tarnish the name in estimation of right thinking members of the society,” the suit stated. On the same point, the suit added that the book is likely to contain false statements about Raymond and related companies, and adverse insinuations about the way in which affairs of the companies are conducted and decisions likely to be made, which may result in heavy losses for the company. The company also objected to the proposed title of the book, The Incomplete Man. It said that it had been deliberately chosen to disparage the company’s tagline being used since 1992, The Complete Man. In response, Vijaypat, represented by advocate Vibhav Krishna, called the company’s case “proxy litigation,” as it raised issues with respect to its Chairman and Managing Director Gautam Singhania – who had filed a similar litigation in Mumbai. He added that “pre-publication censorship” was not permissible, and that according to Vijaypat, every word written in the book “was truth, and nothing but the truth.” He argued that in the past seven years or so, there were a few other books which contained either “complete man” or “incomplete man” in their title, and the company had never challenged the use of those words in the title of any those books, therefore the objection to the title of this book was not sustainable. Vijaypat’s lawyers also dismissed all the allegations of the contents of the book being defamatory to the company, saying those apprehensions were at best based on “hearsay material,” as nothing was produced before the court to substantiate the allegations. He termed the Thane suit an “abuse of process of law” and “forum shopping” – seeking similar reliefs from different courts. “The defendant No. 4 (Vijaypat) had led a meaningful life and, in his twilight years, has decided to write an autobiography and share his experiences in life and to enlighten the readers with trials and tribulations of his life including his extremely successful story. He believes that it is in public interest for him to share his experience with the world at large (sic),” Vijaypat’s reply to the court stated.
|2019-04-17||Will MNS votebank favour Congress-NCP in Mumbai, Thane and adjoining areas as VBA threat looms? - Mumbai Mirror|
Will MNS votebank favour Congress-NCP in Mumbai, Thane and adjoining areas as VBA threat looms? Updated: Apr 17, 2019, 12:23 IST Mumbai: Each vote counts, and the Congress-NCP combine is leaving no stone unturned to repeat their 2009 feat of winning all six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai. But this time they are also hoping that the support of Raj-Thackeray led-Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) works in their favour. Raj Thackeray has already started a blistering campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. His rallies are well turned out and he's using audio-visual aids to drive the point home. It has given hope to the alliance candidates in the city who are pitted against the BJP-Shiv Sena combine. His methods of 'exposing' the central government through rallies have already become a talking point among voters. In fact, in a veiled attack on Shiv Sena, Raj has also asked people to desist from voting for those who help Modi-Shah stay in power. However, the emergence of an alliance between Prakash Ambedkar's Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and Assaddudin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which is contesting all seats, cannot be negleted. Dalits and Muslims form a sizable chunk of voters in the state and the alliance poses a serious threat to both BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP is some of the 17 seats including six in Mumbai which will go to the polls on April 29. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, MNS contested 11 seats and had a significant vote share of 4.6 per cent. In Mumbai South, MNS candidate Bala Nandgaokar polled more votes than the Shiv Sena- BJP candidate, standing second with 1.69 lakh votes, while Milind Deora won the seat with 2.72 lakh votes. In 2014, MNS chief's tactical move to field three candidates against the Shiv Sena on the one hand and extending support to Narendra Modi did not work in its favour as it garnered only 1.47 per cent of all polled votes, but it did dent the Congress' prospects by dividing Marathi votes amidst anger against Congress over the issue of corruption. In the last election, three seats were won by the BJP, while three went to the Sena. Sena’s Rahul Shewale won against Congress candidate Eknath Gaikwad by 1.38 lakh votes, whereas, MNS candidate stood third with 84,773 votes with 10.87 per cent vote share in the constituency. Not only in Mumbai, the MNS also played a crucial role in dividing votes in nearby Pune, Thane, Maval, Kalyan and Nashik regions and stood third on all the seats . Here's how MNS candidate fared in terms of vote share in 2014 MNS vote share Today, Raj is not only receiving tremendous response to his rallies, but he is being admired by political leaders for his oratory. Some Congress- NCP leaders have also said they want the MNS chief to campaign for them. In 2014, Raj Thackeray was showering praise on Narendra Modi. His party cleverly contested from only those seats in Mumbai where the Shiv Sena had put up its candidate. This time around, Raj is singing a different tune, tearing into the policies of the Central government and even openly criticising the Prime Minister. The MNS, in its many rallies across the state, has been careful not to ask for votes in the name of any one candidate or party but has actively sought to dissuade voters from voting for the BJP and the PM's policies, which Raj Thackeray has called divisive and confusing. In Mumbai, though the Congress party is battling internal conflicts, the new Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora is fighting a prestige battle where anti-incumbency is a factor against sitting MP Arvind Sawant that could possibly improve his prospects. The fourth phase polling for in 17 seats including Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune and Nashik will be held on April 29.
|2019-04-16||Dosti Realty Launches Dosti Planet North - Phase 3 - Dosti Onyx in Shil Thane - Outlook India|
Dosti Realty Launches Dosti Planet North - Phase 3 - Dosti Onyx in Shil Thane 16 APRIL 2019 Last Updated at 5:19 PM Smart 1 BHK & 2 BHK homes for small and medium sized families. • Dosti Onyx’s homes have been optimally designed keeping in mind all age- groups and families. After the successful launch of Dosti Planet North – Phase 2 – Dosti Jade in FY 2018-19 which offered spacious 2 and 3 BHK homes, Dosti Realty, one of the realty majors in Mumbai, starts the new financial year FY 2019-20 with a bang with the announcement of their new tower Dosti Planet North – Phase 3 - Dosti Onyx in Shil-Thane. Dosti Planet North is a premium residential project situated at one of Thane’s rapidly growing locations, Shil Thane, the project offers a pleasant living experience with the advantage of convenience. Dosti Onyx offers 1 BHK and 2 BHK homes of various sizes as per the current needs and preferences of potential buyers ie economical and optimally designed so there is something for every budget. The 1 BHK endows buyers with home of approximately 34.52 – 40.91 sq.m (372-440 sq.ft) while the 2 BHK is approximately 58.93 sq.m (634 sq.ft.). The budget-friendly quotient is the focal point behind the concept and execution of this configuration for small and medium sized families. Besides this, Dosti Planet North will come replete with an array of outdoor amenities that caters to every generation and user-friendly, these include a Multipurpose Lawn, Kids Play Area, Jogging Track, Multipurpose sports court, Cricket Area, Outdoor Gym, Amphitheatre, Skating Rink and Adventure Sports Area. In addition, there is also a luxurious private clubhouse* – Dosti Club Royale adjacent to the project with encompasses a host of lifestyle amenities to relax and re-energiseones self. The private clubhouse* includes an indoor swimming pool & kids pool, gymnasium, multi-purpose room, table tennis, snooker, chess and carom room, squash court, steam room, jacuzzi room, restaurant and crèche to engage its users in a healthy and refreshing environment. This one-of-its-kind project will provide the residents with a pleasant and fulfilling living experience combined with the advantage of convenience. The project has the benefit of great connectivity to various parts of the city. The availability of retail shops within the Dosti Planet North complex will further easy convenience for residents with the privilege of availing their daily requirements within a short walk. Focusing on the aspect of ‘Walk to School’, the Dosti Foundation ICSE school which is also adjacent to Dosti Planet North will give residents of Dosti Planet North the option of availing a good education for their children just a stone’s throw away. Besides this, Kalsekar Hospital is just 3 mins away in case of an emergency and Xperia Mall is close by for the residents entertainment needs. The area is increasingly gaining popularity amongst the potential homebuyers owing to its closeness to a host of commercial/ industrial pockets in and around ShilPhata, such as Rabale, Mahape, Turbe and Taloja. These areas are home to numerous reputed companies and organizations. Thane, Thane- Belapur Road which is a focal point of commercial / IT / ITeS developments and Navi Mumbai locations like Airoli, Ghansoli , Vashietc which are established commercial/ industrial locations are also easily accessible. Shil Thane as a location is well-connected to various parts of the city via an exceptional network of roadways and railways. The proposed Mumbai - Airoli Tunnel and proposed elevated corridor connecting the Eastern Express Highway to Navi Mumbai will offer reduced travel time leading to hassle-free in the future. Moreover, the recently sanctioned additional two lanes proposed for the ShilPhata to Kalyan Road will further add to the connectivity of the area. Commenting on the launch of Dosti Planet North – Phase 3 – Dosti Onyx, Mr. Deepak Goradia - Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Dosti Realty, says, “With the launch of Dosti Planet North’s third phase, we aim at contributing to the homebuyers dream of possessing his own home in Mumbai. After the successful completion of Planet North - Phase 1 where we have already delivered over 1100 homes we could clearly see the high demand within this market and were able to analyse the same. This prompted us to launch Dosti Planet North – Phase 2 – Dosti Jade in FY 2018-19 which offers spacious 2 and 3 BHK homes and now Dosti Planet North - Phase 3 - Dosti Onyx which offers smart 1 & 2 BHK homes. Today the Shil Thane location is emerging as a strategic location and witnessing a huge transformation due to its close proximity and ease-free connectivity to all parts of the city. The presence of commercial hubs in and around the locality, makes Shil Thane a favoured working as well as housing destination of the MMR region. Dosti Planet North is set to play a huge role in redefining the residential sector in that location due to its well-planned layout and the type of lifestyle it offers.” Dosti Planet North – Phase 2 – Dosti Jade project has been registered under MahaRERA registration Number: P51700018165, Dosti Planet North – Phase 3 – Dosti Onyx project has been registered under MahaRERA registration Number: P51700020162 and is available on website - https://maharerait.mahaonline.gov.in under registered projects. Please note that sale/lease of all premises in these projects shall be governed by agreement for sale/lease. This project is financed by Kotak Mahindra Investments Limited. *Dosti Club Royale is a private clubhouse. Right of admission is reserved by the promoter. About Dosti Realty Dosti Realty has been in the real estate business for over 3 decades and delivered more than 117 properties till date, providing homes to over 8,600+ families for over 42,700 residents. Encompassing a portfolio of 9.5 mn. sq. ft. Across Mumbai, the company has experience in various development types, be it Residential, Retail, IT Park etc. Over the years, it has been known for Aesthetics, Innovation, Quality, Timely Delivery, Trust and Transparency, Values that have built lasting relationships. To View the Image Click on the Link Below: Dosti Planet North - Phase 3 - Dosti Onyx (Artist Impression) PWR PWR
|2019-04-16||Mumbai Drunk rams into seven cars on EEH critically injures own wife - Mid-Day|
Mumbai: Drunk rams into seven cars on EEH, critically injures own wife Updated: Apr 17, 2019, 12:04 IST A 59-year-old man, who was driving back home to Thane from Bandra on Sunday, lost control of his vehicle on the Eastern Express Highway and crashed into seven other vehicles. While he escaped with minor injuries, his wife was seriously injured and his car totalled. Cops, who have booked the driver, said preliminary investigations revealed that he was drunk at the time. The police said Nitin Gulve, a resident of Paachpakhadi, Thane, and his wife, Anjali, had gone to meet his mother at Bandra on Sunday in his car. While returning home around 6.05 pm, he had reached the Navghar flyover, where he suddenly lost control of his car and started crashing into vehicles. "The first car he hit was a Scorpio, and he then hit six smaller cars. While the other cars had minor damages, Gulve's own car was completely crushed," an officer from Navghar police station said. "When his car hit the seventh vehicle and stopped, other motorists stopped their vehicles and came to Gulve's aid," the officer added. The motorists saw that Gulve was wearing a seatbelt, but Anjali, who had not been wearing hers, had smashed her head on the dashboard. "The woman was covered in blood, so the motorists immediately called the Navghar police, who rushed to the spot," the officer said. "Anjali has sustained head injuries, and the doctors suspect internal bleeding. She has been kept under observation at Jupiter Hospital," the cop added. Meanwhile, the police have booked Gulve under IPC sections 279 (rash driving) ,337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) and section 185 (driving by a drunken person) of Motor Vehicle Act. Gulve, reportedly retired from a renowned company in Kalwa at a senior position. "We have arrested the accused. Fortunately, the incident didn't lead to a major mishap. However, the accused's wife is seriously injured as she was not wearing a seatbelt," said Pushkraj Suryavanshi, senior inspector of Navghar police station. "A medical test done on the accused is awaited," he added.
|2019-04-16||21-year-old man jumps off Thane-Bhiwandi Kasheli bridge - Free Press Journal|
21-year-old man jumps off Thane-Bhiwandi Kasheli bridge April 16, 2019 7:32 am Kalyan: A 21-year-old youth, jumped off the Thane-Bhiwandi Kasheli bridge on Monday afternoon. A search operation was undertaken by the taking help of the local fisherman. However, his body was not found after six hours of search operations. Bhiwandi Narpoli police found his two-wheeler which was parked by the side of the bridge who also recovered his mobile phone and driving licence from his vehicle. The youth has been identified as Arman Irfan Ahmad Alvi (21), who resided with his family at Indira nagar in Thane. Police said, Alvi was an engineer and worked in a private company at Mumbai. The police said, Alvi had got engaged last year and the marriage date was expected to be fixed for next year. Investigating officer, Babasaheb Gorde, from Narpoli Police Station said, “Alvi’s family members told us, he had called his mother around 12.30 pm on Monday and he seemed normal. They did not know if he was going through any depression. His body was still not recovered till Monday night,” said Gorde. Alvi’s father, Irfan works in a private company, while his mother is a home maker. Police said, he was riding his scooty (two-wheeler vehicle) and was heading towards Bhiwandi Kasheli Creek from Thane. Bhiwandi fire station official said, “We received a call at around 3.10 pm after which we formed a team and one fire tender was also rushed to the spot. Even after six hours of search operation, his body has not been found.” Gorde said they called on the fisherman and locals to help them in the search operation by deploying their boats. “Two and three private boats were deployed in this operation, but his body was not found. We have to stall this ops since it turned dark. The body may have moved away from the creek,” said Gorde. Police said, the cause of suicide is yet to be ascertained and they cannot question the family, since they are under immense trauma.
|2019-04-16||The First Indian Passenger Train Ran on This Day from Bombay to Thane 166 Years Ago - News18|
The First Indian Passenger Train Ran on This Day from Bombay to Thane 166 Years Ago Updated:April 16, 2019, 6:32 PM IST Most Indians, rich or poor, have at some point in their lives boarded a railway train. In fact, the Indian railway system was one of the first networks to connect that entire country by road. While it is easy to take trains for granted today, the Ministry of Railways has taken it upon itself to remind the world about the long journey of the train in India. April 16 marks the date of the first passenger train that ran in India on the same date in the year 1852. It train, which ran from Bombay to Thane, covered a distance of 34 kms. Today marks the 166th anniversary of the feat that started India's love affair with trains. The train consisted of 14 carriages containing about 400 passengers. The train was powered by three engines named Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan. "Today is 16th April. Exactly 166 years ago, on this day, the first passenger train ran from Bombay to Thane(34 km). On April 16 1853, the 14-carriage train, hauled by three engines named Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan, started from now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal with 400 passengers," the Railway ministry wrote on Twitter.
|2019-04-16||Three Maharashtra cops two others arrested for extorting from trucker - Mid-Day|
Three Maharashtra cops, two others arrested for extorting from trucker Updated: Apr 16, 2019, 15:10 IST Thane: Three policemen and two others have been arrested for allegedly extorting money from a truck fleet operator in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Tuesday. Thane Rural police spokesperson identified the arrested personnel as sub-inspector Sameer Shende and constables Ajay Shetye and Datta Ingole, all attached to Vashind police. The others held on Monday are Arun Jadhav and Manoj Raut, he said. "A transporter with 125 cold storage trucks lodged a complaint that the accused had stopped one of their trucks transporting meat at Vashind on April 13. Despite the papers being in order, the accused demanded Rs 5 lakh in return for not slapping a case," the official said. A case for extortion was registered in Vashind police station and the five arrested, he said, adding that Deputy Superintendent of Police D M Godbole was probing the case. In October 30, 2018 a 26-year-old autorickshaw driver was arrested for allegedly vandalising a petrol pump and trying to extort money from its staff at Kalyan in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said. A police patrol van, which was passing by, arrived at the spot. The policemen immediately caught the accused and later placed him under arrest. Kolgaonkar has been booked under IPC sections 384 (extortion), 427 (mischief causing damage), relavant sections of the Arms Act, and others. An offence was registered against him at Bazarpeth police station in Kalyan.
|2019-04-16||Manoj Tiwari to campaign for BJP candidates in Mumbai and Thane - GNS News|
Manoj Tiwari to campaign for BJP candidates in Mumbai and Thane April 16, 2019 24 0 (G.N.S) Dt. 16 Thane Bhojpuri actor and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari has also come to campaign for BJP candidates in Mumbai and Thane. He campaigned for BJP candidate in Bhiwandi MP Kapil Patil and BJP candidate Poonam Mahajan in North Central Mumbai. Manoj Tiwari approached the Dhamankar Naka in Bhiwandi and went to the Candidate in Chandivali in North India and appealed the vote for the BJP. Tiwari attacked the This content is restricted to site members. If you are an existing user, please log in. New users may register below.
|2019-04-16||Maharashtra man gets life in jail for hacking to death minor girl - Times of India|
Maharashtra man gets life in jail for hacking to death minor girl Apr 16, 2019, 13:53 IST THANE: A man was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here for hacking to death a 14-year-old girl after she turned down his marriage proposal in neighbouring Palghar's predominantly-tribal Jawhar taluka. Dilesh Dinesh Somalya Kharpade, a labourer from Patarpada in Jawhar, was also fined Rs 10,000 by District Judge P P Jadhav, said additional public prosecutor Vivek G Kadu. Kharpade killed the victim with an axe on October 31, 2016 following an argument after the latter refused to marry him, the APP said. He said a girl, who was with the victim at the time, narrated the incident in detail to the court, after which Kharpade was convicted.
|2019-04-16||Court raps builder for suing flat buyers, says purchasers have right to protest if they don’t get posses - Mumbai Mirror|
Court raps builder for suing flat buyers, says purchasers have right to protest if they don Updated: Apr 16, 2019, 07:35 IST A civil court in Thane recently refused to grant relief to a building company and restrain aggrieved flat buyers from protesting outside its office in Vile Parle. Man Global Limited had accused the buyers of defamation. Civil Judge JS Bhatia observed that if a person buys a flat but does not get possession, “he has the right to raise his voice within the four corners of law”. He further observed that the builder’s application was nothing more than an attempt to “stop the voice of the flat purchasers”. “In the current scenario, when property prices are sky high, it is very hard for a middle-class person to buy his own dream house. When he does this big deal of his life by keeping aside other priorities, obviously he has an anxiety to get possession of his property at the earliest,” the order read. The suit stems from a project Man Global is developing in Mira Road called Man Opus, comprising 11 buildings, out of which two belong to MMRDA. There are 550 flats in the project. The company approached the civil court after more than 70 buyers protested outside its office on December 3, 2018. It claimed that they raised defamatory slogans with an intent to malign its repute and goodwill in public. Man Global also alleged that prospective customers had suddenly stopped contacting it. The builder said the project was delayed due to factors outside its control and submitted documents to that effect. It further accused the buyers of threatening to damage the property. In their reply, the customers said that the builder had presented a rosy picture at the time of purchase. They said they were promised possession in 2013. However, the builder kept pushing the date back. The buyers claimed that most of them had paid around 95 per cent of the purchase amount. The judge said that the builder had failed to keep its word. “Builders must be aware of the time required to face probable technical delays… In the case in hand, the plaintiff has sought repeated extensions, which has created the said situation.” After perusal of photographs attached to the suit, the judge observed that there was nothing to show any aggression on the part of the flat purchasers during the protest. “Builder is bound to answer queries raised by the flat purchasers. Filing this application is nothing but an attempt of builder to stop the voice of the flat purchasers,” the judge observed while rejecting the application for interim relief.
|2019-04-16||Thane: Engineer updates WhatsApp status before jumping in Kasheli creek - Times of India|
Thane: Engineer updates WhatsApp status before jumping in Kasheli creek Apr 17, 2019, 04:09 IST THANE: A 21-year-old engineer working with a private company tried to end his life by jumping into Kasheli creek in Bhiwandi on Monday. The victim has been identified as Arman Irfan Ahmed Alvi and was a resident of Indira Nagar in Thane. Before taking the drastic step, Alvi updated his WhatsApp status where he said that he was taking this step as he was unable to fulfill his family’s dreams and didn’t want to live. The witness who saw Alvi jumping into creek informed the cops. Search operations were on to find out the body. The police has found that Alvi last spoke to his mother on phone and sounded normal. The police said they are trying to investigate the reason behind the suicide. At the time of going to the press, police had recovered his driving license and mobile phone.
|2019-04-16||Tamil Nadu Army deserter reunited with family after 13 years - Times of India|
Tamil Nadu Army deserter reunited with family after 13 years Updated: Apr 17, 2019, 09:48 IST THANE: A 45-year-old Indian Army deserter, who hid his identity and had abandoned his family for 13 years, was reunited with his kin by authorities at civic-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj hospital in Kalwa recently. R Vadivelan, a gunner with the artillery wing, went absent without leave in 2006, when he was directed to report to Kashmir for duty. The then 32-year-old Vadivelan, who spent seven years in the regiment, with postings in Delhi and Nashik, decided against accepting his deputation and fled from home, hiding his identity and working as a porter at Kalyan and Ambernath railway stations to make ends meet. A leg injury, which aggravated and got maggot-infested, forced him to seek medical attention, where he revealed his identity after much persuasion. “When a gunny bag of coconuts fell on his feet, he choose to stay away from hospital. But the wounds turned serious, the flesh was evident and it was under attack by maggots. We attached an external fixator to the leg, for the bones to hold. Once the bones get solid, it will have to be removed,” said Dr Abhay Kulkarni, HOD of orthopaedics. He was at hospital for almost two months and did not give his family details as the hospital wanted to send him home. “We wrote to his family in Bargur taluka, Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu, but no one responded. We called the district police, who contacted local police, and informed his family. The family could not believe it as they thought he must have died by now. We made a video call, when his mother, sister and uncle cried with joy, seeing him after almost 13 years. They took him home the next day. The family said they did not receive our letter,” said Kundalik Amle, social service superintendent. Vadivelan said he choose to absent himself from duty as he did not want to go to Kashmir, and there was little scope to return home as his father, an ex-serviceman, would have got upset. “I feared serving in Kashmir, so I decided to stay back. I could not go home as my father, who is from the military, would have got livid, and I feared him. I stayed at platforms and worked as a porter,” Vadivelan said. The wound drove him to the hospital, where the medical team helped him to reconnect with his family.
|2019-04-16||Thane: Plastered underbelly of Kopri bridge continues to peel off - Times of India|
Thane: Plastered underbelly of Kopri bridge continues to peel off Updated: Apr 16, 2019, 09:27 IST THANE: Barely a week after the railway engineers inspected and certified the Kopri road over bridge as safe following an episode of plaster collapse, local residents have complained that small portions of the plastered underbelly continues to peel off and fall on the tracks beneath. Residents who access the stretches along the railway tracks have complained of stray incidents in the last week where small chunks of plaster have fallen from the underbelly of the bridge. The incidents surprisingly continued even after a late Monday incident last week after a sizeable part of plaster from the bridge underbelly collapsed on the railway tracks beneath. The railways had immediately slowed down the speed of traffic here and also despatched a team of senior railway engineers from Mumbai at midnight who suggested some cosmetic changes to the structure. Despite the railways claim to have undertaken some preliminary repair work but the same seems to have failed to sustain as the episodes are reportedly continuing causing panic among residents who cross the stretches. “We have often noticed fallen plaster on the tracks which is indicative that it may have fallen off the bridge underbelly. The authorities must take the issue very seriously especially after several incidents of bridge collapse have been reported in Mumbai recently,” complained a local resident. Locals claim the stretch of the bridge has witnessed similar incidents of plaster collapse even in 2016 including one where an iron piece had come off the bridge and crashed into the motorman cabin of a Titwala-bound local train. In another incident, a girder of the neighbouring bridge had collapsed on a passing local train few years back killing the motorman. A BJP corporator from Kopri has also written to the municipal authorities and the railways seeking immediate action in this regard which could otherwise cause massive casualties. “The negligence of the authorities could cost the residents dearly. I have written to the municipal authorities and will also write to the railways about taking corrective action at the earliest,” said corporator Bharat Chavan. Motorists and passenger activists have now urged the railway administration to take up corrective action well ahead of time ad any major damage to the structure could force it shut which could cause massive inconvenience to residents here who would have no other alternative but the already narrowed down LBS road. Nearly over a lakh city-bound and intra-city cars including freight and public transport vehicles use the stretch which is being widened to eight lanes from the existing four. “There is no viable alternative for the massive traffic passing between Mumbai-Thane daily other than the Eastern Express Highway. The LBS road is already packed with traffic thanks to the metro work and if the Kopri bridge isn’t repaired in time, it may cause massive chaos for residents who would have no other option to drive in or out of the city,” said an official from the Thane traffic department. Meanwhile, the railways claimed the structure is safe for both road and railway traffic passage but said they have scheduled a repair work soon wherein the stretch would undergo re-plastering wherever required. “We will arrange a repair work schedule during the next mega block and repair the affected stretch at the earliest. Our panel of senior engineers have inspected the bridge and certified it as safe,” said a senior official from the Central Railways.
|2019-04-16||18 days on, Nashik woman held for abducting baby from CSMT - Times of India|
18 days on, Nashik woman held for abducting baby from CSMT Apr 16, 2019, 05:53 IST THANE: Over a fortnight after a baby was abducted from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, he was brought back to the city. A 35-year-old woman from Nashik has been arrested for allegedly abducting the baby. The woman, Neelam Bora, is married and has no children, said the railway police. The child is in the custody of the railway police. His mother, who wanders around the railway premises, has not been in town for some time, said the Thane city police. The 2-month-old was asleep with his mother on platform 8 on March 29 when the then unidentified woman scooped him up and vanished between 6am and 7am. Later, when the baby could not be found, his mother approached the railway police. Footage from cameras at the railway terminus revealed that the woman had boarded an Asangaon-bound train. She alighted at Mulund and walked out. Crime branch officials, who were conducting a parallel probe, sifted through numerous images and found that the woman again boarded a local train, alighted at Kalyanfrom where she went to Shirdi. "Later, she visited her maternal home in Sendwa in Madhya Pradesh. There, she told her parents that is was her child," said a police officer. The police said they got clues from technical and human sources which led them to Panchavati locality in Nashik on Sunday. "There, we found Bora with the baby," said the officer. Bora married a transporter in 2009, said sources. The couple has no children. A senior police officer said they are probing as to what prompted Bora to abduct the homeless baby. Sources said Bora has told them that the woman, with whom the baby was at the station, is not his mother. "We are probing the veracity of this claim," said a senior officer. The police were probing another abduction case of a 10-month-old, Salman Khan from Mumbra, who was kidnapped in February this year by a woman in a black burqa. "So far, that kid has not been traced," said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Deepak Deoraj.
|2019-04-16||Communities usher in New Year on a gastronomical note - Times of India|
Communities usher in New Year on a gastronomical note Apr 16, 2019, 08:50 IST THANE: From feasting on traditional vegetarian sadya and authentic mangsho and maach bhaat to binging on festive sweets like of payasam, kada prasad and mishit doi, citizens across various communities in the lake city ushered in the New Year on a gastronomical note. As Sunday and Monday marked the beginning of the harvest festival across the states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab and the North East, citizens hailing from these regions went to great lengths to replicate the traditional festivities and food to stay connected to their roots. Swarnendu Bhattacharya who celebrated the Bengali New Year with his family and friends on Monday said, “Staying away from our hometowns makes it difficult to stay in touch with our traditions. However, we make the most of these festivals to remind us of our roots.” “While we start the day with prayers for the New Year, wearing new festive clothes and end it by attending Rabindra Sangeet events and other festivities, the main part of the celebration is the food. Dishes like mangsho and maach bhaat are an essential part of the feast, followed by sweets like rasgullas and mishti dahi,” Bhattacharya added. Agreeing with him, Manpada resident Sashikumar Nair who celebrated Vishu on Monday, added, “We start our day by praying to Lord Krishna for the New Year and gifting the children in our homes. We then go on to one of the most enticing part of the festivities, which is the tradition vegetarian meal on the banana leaf or the sadya. We have over 17 types of dishes including vegetables, rice, sambars, khichdis, papadams and payasam as part of this meal.” The Tamilian community, who had their Puthandu celebrations on Sunday, also topped off their festivities with a buffet of various types of vegetables including avial and French beans, rassams, sambars, rice and payassam to welcome in the new year. As Sunday and Monday marked the beginning of the harvest festival across the states, citizens went to great lengths to replicate the traditional festivities and food to stay connected to their roots.
|2019-04-16||Cops trace homeless woman’s baby, now she awaits reunion - Times of India|
Cops trace homeless woman's baby, now she awaits reunion Updated: Apr 17, 2019, 07:43 IST MUMBAI: Her forehead a mesh of wrinkles, Sunita Saund (35) made rounds of the railway police station at CSMT on Tuesday, keen to get back her infant that had been kidnapped from her custody last month and then found. On Sunday, the Thane crime branch had managed to rescue the two-month-old boy and arrested Neelam Bora (35), Saund’s “friend”, in the case. Since Saund could not be traced, the baby was sent to a children’s shelter. Police said Saund would have to go to the shelter and present the child’s birth documents to get him back. Saund (35) works as a washroom cleaner at Thane. “I came to India from my hometown in Nepal when I was little. My parents had passed away. I did odd jobs to support myself,” said Saund, adding that she has a brother and two sisters back in Nepal. “I don’t get along with my siblings and chose to stay in India rather than go back to them,” she added. She had a relationship with a man in Mumbai and got pregnant last year. But he deserted her soon after. A co-worker looked after her during the pregnancy. Earlier this year, Saund delivered a boy at St George’s Hospital in CSMT. She does not have a permanent address and lived in the locality around CSMT with the baby. On the night of March 28, she slept on platform number eight with the baby. Between 6am and 7am on March 29, while Saund was attending nature’s call, Bora picked up her child and walked away. Police said Bora was childless. When she noticed that Saund was carrying an infant, she befriended the woman and hung around her. “I hadn’t even named my child; I would call him Babu (little one). In the fortnight that passed till I heard of my baby’s rescue, I couldn’t eat or sleep properly. As I had to work to make ends meet, I could not go looking for him. Police had told me they would contact me once they found the baby but I lost my phone somewhere in Thane,” she said. “We left a message with some workers and washroom contractors in Thane to look for Saund. They told her that the baby was found and she should contact the CSMT GRP. She should get back the baby by Wednesday,” said Hemant Bavdhankar, senior inspector, CSMT GRP.
|2019-04-15||Maharsthra: Infant kidnapped from Mumbai's CSMT found in Nashik - Times of India|
Maharsthra: Infant kidnapped from Mumbai's CSMT found in Nashik Apr 15, 2019, 13:36 IST THANE: An infant who was kidnapped from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai on March 29 has been rescued from Nashik, a senior police official said on Monday. The child was rescued after Thane police, probing an earlier child kidnapping case in Mumbra township here, got vital leads on the CSMT incident, said Deepak Deoraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Thane. A 10-month-old toddler Salman was kidnapped on February 3 from Mumbra and several Thane police teams were probing the case and scouring CCTV images from the vicinity, he said. "We found similarities in the Mumbra and CMST kidnappings and started working on the leads. In the Mumbra case, our main suspect was a burkha-clad woman," Deoraj told reporters here. He said a Thane police team reached Panchavati area in Nashik on Sunday and found the infant kidnapped from CSMT with a woman identified as Neelam Sanjay Bora (35). "Bora has been arrested and the child rescued. Efforts are on to trace 10-month-old Salman who was kidnapped in February from Mumbra," he added.
|2019-04-15||3 booked for kidnapping, assaulting, firing at man in Thane - Business Standard|
3 booked for kidnapping, assaulting, firing at man in Thane April 15, 2019 13:45 IST Three persons have been booked for allegedly kidnapping and firing at a man in Dombivali in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said Monday. The incident happened on Saturday, an official said. "Tempo driver Mangesh Shelar was standing outside his home at around 6:30pm when accused Tanaji Kate, Vinay Iyer and Sanjay came there and forcibly took him to a desolate place," he said. According to the complainant, he was beaten up in Khambalpada and Saralgaon areas several times by the accused who demanded that he return Rs 2 lakh he had taken from Kate, the official said. "A cousin who was called there by Shelar was also beaten up. The complainant has said that Kate pulled out a revolver and fired it close to his face, injuring his ear. We are probing the chain of events," he said. Shelar previously used to work for Kate, the official said. A case for attempt to murder and kidnapping has been registered with Dombivali police station on Sunday, the official said, adding that Iyer has been arrested while a hunt for Kate and Sanjay was on.
|2019-04-15||Mumbai, Pune to Experience Rainfall Today; Hail, Thunderstorm Forecast in Interior Maharashtra - The Weather Channel|
Mumbai, Pune to Experience Rainfall Today; Hail, Thunderstorm Forecast in Interior Maharashtra Mumbai’s western and northern suburbs, including Andheri, Malad and Borivali, as well as its northeastern neighbours Thane, Kalyan and Ambernath experienced drizzles on Sunday night. This trend may continue into Monday, with the weather bureau predicting rain and thundershowers in Mumbai and Thane today. In fact, it is going to be a wet day for the state as a whole. Pune, Nasik, Kolhapur and other parts of Maharashtra may also experience thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds on Monday and Tuesday, the IMD's bulletin said. Weather officials told The Times of India that the Sunday drizzle in Mumbai occurred due to ‘ground heating’, i.e. convective activity. However, another weather system at play is a cyclonic circulation over Madhya Pradesh, whose influence extends to southern Maharashtra. This is likely to cause thunderstorm, hail, gusty winds (40-50 km/h) and lightning at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha. Thunderstorms were observed on Sunday at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada from of today. The IMD also noted that hailstorms were observed at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Rain was also reported in central Mumbai on Saturday evening. The precipitation could bring down day temperatures in the state. A Pune IMD spokesperson quoted by the TOI said that the mercury could dip by 2-3°C in the regions getting rain and hail. Another official added that since most farmers have already harvested their crops, no major agricultural loss is expected due to the untimely hail.
|2019-04-15||Thane Crime 3 booked for kidnapping assaulting firing at man - Mid-Day|
Thane Crime: 3 booked for kidnapping, assaulting, firing at man Updated: Apr 15, 2019, 19:47 IST Thane: Three persons have been booked for allegedly kidnapping and firing at a man in Dombivali in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said Monday. The incident happened on Saturday, an official said. "Tempo driver Mangesh Shelar was standing outside his home at around 6:30pm when accused Tanaji Kate, Vinay Iyer and Sanjay came there and forcibly took him to a desolate place," he said. According to the complainant, he was beaten up in Khambalpada and Saralgaon areas several times by the accused who demanded that he return Rs 2 lakh he had taken from Kate, the official said. "A cousin who was called there by Shelar was also beaten up. The complainant has said that Kate pulled out a revolver and fired it close to his face, injuring his ear. We are probing the chain of events," he said. Shelar previously used to work for Kate, the official said. A case for attempt to murder and kidnapping has been registered with Dombivali police station on Sunday, the official said, adding that Iyer has been arrested while a hunt for Kate and Sanjay was on.
|2019-04-15||.THANE/MUMBAI ELX65 MH-CODE-LD VIOLATION M'rashtra BJP MLA Booked for 'vote Two Times' Appeal at Rally - LatestLY|
THANE/MUMBAI ELX65 MH-CODE-LD VIOLATION M'rashtra BJP MLA Booked for 'vote Two Times' Appeal at Rally Apr 15, 2019 11:48 PM IST Thane/Mumbai, Apr 15 (PTI) An offence has been registered against BJP MLA Manda Mhatre here in Maharashtra for her alleged remarks asking people to vote two times, police said Monday. The ruling party legislator allegedly made the remarks, which violate the model code of conduct in force for the April-May Lok Sabha polls, while speaking in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai Sunday, an official said. The MLA from the Belapur assembly constituency in Thane district was campaigning for Shiv Sena-BJP alliance candidates for the Lok Sabha Rajan Vichare (Thane) and Narendra Patil (Satara). Addressing the rally, Mhatre allegedly said people should cast their votes two times as voting in Satara is scheduled on April 23 and in Thane on April 29. Several of those gathered at the rally originally hailed from Satara in western Maharashtra, but worked in Navi Mumbai and Thane. People should use their right of voting everywhere, she said. "After her speech, a complaint was filed by officials of the Election Commission following which an offence under IPC sections 171 D (personation at elections) and 171 F (punishment for undue influence or personation at an election) was registered against Mhatre," he said. "An offence was registered against the MLA on the complaint of the Election Commission officials," said Sudhakar Pathare, DCP (Zone-I). The MLA, in her speech, made a statement about double voting, Pathare said, adding further probe is underway.
|2019-04-15||Akola, Buldana, Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Nagpur, Pune and Wardha to witness Pre-Monsoon rains today - Skymet Weather|
Akola, Buldana, Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Nagpur, Pune and Wardha to witness Pre-Monsoon rains today 15 April 2019 11:17 AM As predicted by Skymet Weather, Pre-Monsoon weather activities picked up pace over Maharashtra during the last 24 hours. And scattered light to moderate rain and thundershower activities occurred over parts of Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra. In fact, Mumbai and its suburbs also witnessed short spell of light rainfall activity during the late evening hours yesterday. In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Sunday, Nasik recorded 7 mm of rain, followed by Malegaon 4 mm, Parbhani 3 mm, Satara and Solapur 2 mm. At present, a trough is extending from Afghanistan to North Central Arabian Sea up to 300 hpa. Therefore, moisture feed is available over most Maharashtra up to 10 km above sea level. Moreover, a cyclonic circulation has also formed over West Rajasthan. The trough from this circulation is extending up to South Madhya Maharashtra. Another trough is also merging with the above trough across Vidarbha region. Due to the combined effect of these multiple weather systems, we expect most parts of Maharashtra to receive rain, thundershowers and thunderstorm activity during the next 24 to 36 hours. Light to moderate rain and thundershowers with isolated squall and lightning will occur over Ahmednagar, Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Bhandara, Bid, Buldana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Hingoli, Jalgaon, Jalna, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Nagpur, Nanded, Nandurbar, Nasik, Osmanabad, Palghar, Parbhani, Pune, Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Sindhudurg, Solapur, Thane, Wardha, Washim and Yavatmal districts of Maharashtra during the next 24 hours. Thereafter the trough will move in easterly direction and dry winds from north/northeast direction will commence over Maharashtra, leading to dry weather conditions and increase in day temperatures.
|2019-04-15||Case Against BJP Legislator For Asking People To Vote Twice: Poll Body - NDTV News|
Case Against BJP Legislator For Asking People To Vote Twice: Poll Body Updated: April 15, 2019 14:58 IST THANE: A case was filed against BJP legislator Manda Mhatre for allegedly violating the model code of conduct in force since March 10 for the April-May Lok Sabha polls, a Thane polling official said on Monday. Ms Mhatre, while speaking at a rally in Shetkari Samaj Hall in Koparkhairane in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, asked people to vote two times. She asked the gathering, several of whom hailed from Satara but worked in Thane, to go to their hometown and cast their votes for the BJP-Shiv Sena Satara Lok Sabha candidate Narendra Patil and then return to Thane to vote on April 29 for Thane Shiv Sena candidate and sitting MP Rajan Vichare. Ms Mhatre is the BJP MLA from Belapur seat in Navi Mumbai. An official release from the Thane election office Monday said an offence had been registered under sections 171D and 171F, both dealing with personation in elections, of the Indian Penal Code. The case has been registered at Koparkhairane police station, it added.
|2019-04-15||Drizzle in western suburbs, Thane & Kalyan; Met says expect thunder, cloudy skies today - Times of India|
Drizzle in western suburbs, Thane $ Kalyan; Met says expect thunder, cloudy skies today Apr 15, 2019, 07:17 IST MUMBAI: In what seems like freak weather, it drizzled in some parts of the city like Malad, Borivli, Bhayander, Jogeshwari and Andheri as well as the neighbouring regions like Thane, Kalyan and Ambernath on Sunday night. In Thane, the drizzle was followed by winds. Weathermen attributed the activity to "ground heating" over the past two days. On Saturday night, parts of island city like Dadar and Parel received drizzle but India Meteorological Department (IMD)'s observatories did not record anything. There could be thunders and partly cloudy sky in Mumbai and the neighbouring regions on Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD)'s Mumbai observatory has predicted. Officials said the reason for the drizzle was convection-when air near the Earth's surface heats up, it causes air to expand and rise towards low air pressure area, where it cools down and condenses. "There is abundant moisture in the ground and the recent high temperatures in the city translated into drizzles," said an IMD official. The maximum temperature, which soared and crossed 36 C on Saturday, dropped on Sunday to hover around 34 C. The maximum temperature recorded by IMD's Santa Cruz observatory on Sunday was 34.5 C, 1.4 C above normal and at the Colaba observatory, it was 33.2 C, which was 0.7 C above normal. The relative humidity recorded by the Colaba and Santa Cruz observatories was 71% and 62% respectively. The minimum temperatures at IMD Colaba and Santa Cruz observatories also remained on the higher side-25.8 C and 24 C respectively.
|2019-04-15||Crime Branch nabs Nashik woman for kidnapping two-month-old boy - The Hindu|
Crime Branch nabs Nashik woman for kidnapping two-month-old boy UPDATED: APRIL 16, 2019 01:11 IST The Thane Crime Branch has arrested a Nashik-based woman for allegedly kidnapping a two-month-old boy from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus earlier this year. The case was solved while the police were probing the kidnapping of a 10-month-old boy from Mumbra, which is still being investigated. According to the police, 10-month-old Salman went missing from Mumbra on February 3 while playing with his sister Sonia (9). Examination of CCTV camera footage showed a burqa-clad woman taking Salman away. The Unit I of the Thane Crime Branch conducted parallel investigation into the case. “We scanned CCTV footage of all railway stations in Mumbai and Thane to trace the movements of the suspect. We found that a similar case had been registered with the CSMT railway police on March 29, when a two-month-old boy had gone missing from the station. We studied the footage of the case and found similarities in the movements of the burqa-clad woman in our case,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Deoraj, Thane Crime Branch, said. A joint probe was initiated, and the police, based on cellular location mapping, zeroed in on a number whose cellular movements matched the movements of the suspect in the CSMT kidnapping case. While tracking the number, the police traced it to Panchavati in Nashik, and sent a team to the location. “We reached the residence of the suspect, Neelam Bora (39), in Shraddha Park of Nashik on April 14. We found the two-month-old boy in her house, and brought both of them to Thane. After the boy’s parents identified him as their son, we arrested Ms. Bora and charged her with kidnapping under the Indian Penal Code,” an officer with the Unit I said. The officer said inquiries so far have not established Ms. Bora’s involvement in the Mumbra case. Meanwhile, Ms. Bora has said in her interrogation that she kidnapped the baby as she did not have a child of her own despite several years of marriage and saw him, a waste picker’s son, lying unattended at the station.
|2019-04-15||BJP MLA booked for violating MCC in Thane - United News of India|
BJP MLA booked for violating MCC in Thane Thane, Apr 15 (UNI) BJP MLA Manda Mhatre has been booked for violating the Model Code of Conduct. Ms Mhatre has been accused of flouting Election Commission's norms by requesting voters to cast their ballots twice in favour of Rajan Baburao Vichare, a sitting Member of Parliament (MP) from Thane Lok Sabha constituency, while campaigning for him on April 13.
|2019-04-15||BJP MLA booked for violating election code - The Asian Age|
BJP MLA booked for violating election code Published : Apr 16, 2019, 2:15 am IST Mumbai: A case has been registered against BJP MLA Manda Mhatre for allegedly violating the model code of conduct in force since March 10 for the April-May Lok Sabha polls, a Thane polling official said Monday. Mhatre, while speaking at a rally in the Shetkari Samaj Hall in Koparkhairane, asked people to vote two times. Mhatre made remarks at a public gathering at Koparkhairane Sunday afternoon while campaigning for Shiv Sena’s Lok Sabha candidate Rajan Vichare. Vichare is contesting from the Thane constituency. The MLA in her speech encouraged voters present at the rally to vote twice, first for Satara constituency candidate Narendra Patil on April 23 and later on April 29 for Vichare. She said that the citizens could go to their hometown in Satara to vote for Patil and then return to Thane and vote for Vichare who is the sitting MP. Mhatre is the sitting MLA from Belapur in Navi Mumbai, which falls in Thane district. An official release from the Thane election office Monday said that an offence had been registered under sections 171D and 171F of the IPC – both sections dealing with personation in elections. The case has been registered at Koparkhairane police station, it added.
|2019-04-14||Nearly 41% of candidates from Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi are class 10 dropouts - Times of India|
Nearly 41% of candidates from Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi are class 10 dropouts Updated: Apr 15, 2019, 08:50 IST THANE: Nearly 41% of the candidates seeking mandate from Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi parliamentary seats fall in the category of just about literate as 27 of the total 66 candidates are class X dropouts. Gautam Waghchaure from Bahujan Mukti Party, who is in the race for the Kalyan seat, is the sole candidate who is uneducated and currently unemployed. But irrespective of their educational qualifications, it was seen that most these candidates were doing well financially and most of them had their own businesses. These even included some of the known faces of the city like NCP contestant Babaji Patil, who quit studies after SSC. A corporator, he has his own businesses too. Going by the affidavits filed by the 66 nominees, only nine are postgraduates, including Dr Shrikant Shinde, the Shiv Sena nominee from Kalyan; NCP’s Anand Paranjape from Thane; and Arun Sawant from the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi have post-graduation qualifications. While Shinde, who holds a masters degree in orthopaedics, after working in development-malnourished pockets of the state, decided to throw his hat in electoral politics, Paranjape quit his construction business which he set up after completing his MBA in materials in Pune, and continued the political legacy of his father, former Sena MP Prakash Paranjpe. Sawant could easily be on the top of the education chart here as he is is an MsC-holder, a chemical scientist and has also been awarded the PhD in chemistry. He was chancellor of Rajasthan University and former pro vice-chancellor of Mumbai University. He taught chemistry for almost 38 years. Two Independent candidates have degrees from the Bombay Flying Club—Amrish Morajkar has studied aircraft maintenance engineering, while Asmita Puranik had completed a certified course as commercial pilot. While Suresh Taware of Congress quit studies after FYBCom and is into farming and has his own powerloom business, Kapil Moreshwar Patil from BJP is an arts graduate who has various businesses including construction. Sitting MP Rajan Vichare from Shiv Sena quit studies after FYJC.
|2019-04-14||Girl dies after snake bite, family protests - Times of India|
Girl dies after snake bite, family protests Girl dies after snake bite, family protests Apr 14, 2019, 05:56 IST KALYAN: A six-year-old girl died of a snake bite at Dombivli on Friday evening. The family on Saturday blamed the civic-run Shastri Nagar hospital for delay in treatment and protested against it. Swara Waghmare was residing with her parent at Mothagaon in Dombivli (West), where they had come a few months back. Her father Pramod operates an auto, while her mother is a housewife. Swara was playing outside her house when the snake bit her. Swara informed her mother, who rushed her to the hospital in Dombivli. The family claimed hospital staff gave her an injection but claimed she had to be admitted to the ICU. As they did not have staff, they told the family to go to a nearby private hospital. The family took Swara to Aptech hospital, where the doctor said it was too late. After the family conducted the last rites, they protested outside Shastri Nagar hospital.
|2019-04-14||Two get life for shooting man in 2015, one at large - Times of India|
Two get life for shooting man in 2015, one at large Apr 14, 2019, 05:33 IST THANE: The district court sentenced two people from Mumbra for shooting dead a man in the year 2015. The district judge SP Gondhalekar convicted Ajgar Ali aka Ajju Hasan Thakur (30) and the rickshaw driver Salim Abdul Majid Shaikh (35) and sentenced them the life term on Friday. A third accused is still at large. Prosecutor, Ujjwala Moholkar told the court that it was on August 27, 2015 the three accused dumped victim Rafique aka Shabbir Istiaque Khan (30) in an auto and brought him towards Saket from Mumbra and fired point-blank at him from the country made revolver and abandoned him on the street and fled. The victim’s body was found by the cops patrolling the area and rushed to the government hospital where he died during treatment. According to prosecution it was previous animosity and had a physical scuffle between the deceased and the first accused which lead to the killing in which the other accused abetted the crime.
|2019-04-14||Thane Woman fasts to get police to lodge FIR in Shahapur - Mid-Day|
Thane: Woman fasts to get police to lodge FIR in Shahapur Updated: Apr 14, 2019, 10:13 IST A 24-year-old woman from Chervali village is on a hunger strike in front of the police station in Shahapur, protesting against police inaction on her complaints of dowry demands by her fiancé and his parents. Almost 12 hours later, deputy superintendent of police assured her that the FIR would be registered. Dowry Demand Kavita Farde's would be in-laws allegedly asked for dowry after her engagement, and when her family refused to pay it, they called off the wedding. After Farde completed her MA D.Ed, her family arranged her marriage with Pravin Harad, from Virar, who works in a private firm. Farde said, "We were engaged on March 10. A few days after the engagement, they started ignoring my parents and my calls. Then they demanded dowry. They asked my father to pay them Rs 4 lakh, and gift a bus to their son, so he could start a business. My father said he could not do so. They asked him not to call them again." 'Police Refuse To Lodge FIR' Farde's father and uncle still asked to meet them. "But the day they went to talk to them, Harad's house was locked. Later, the Harads phoned my father and said they were calling off the wedding. I decided to file a complaint with the police, but some officers at Kinhavli police station were reluctant to take it," said Farde Fed up of the police's indifference, Farde decided to go on a hunger strike. "After 11 hours, the DySP of Shahpur, Dilip Sawant, gave me a written assurance of action against the police officers who refused to take the FIR. He also assured an FIR would be registered against the Harad family." Kinhavli police registered an FIR in the case on Friday.
|2019-04-14||Senior government official, wife booked for assets worth Rs 41 lakh in excess of income - Times of India|
Senior government official, wife booked for assets worth Rs 41 lakh in excess of income Apr 14, 2019, 07:13 IST THANE: The Anti-Corruption Bureau’s (ACB) Thane unit on Friday booked a senior state government official for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The police said that the accused, Sanjay Solanki, and his wife Vijaya have been booked. A case is filed at Wagle Estate police station. Solanki’s name had also cropped up in the multi-crore Maharashtra Sadan scam in which allegations were levelled against senior NCP leader and Chhagan Bhujbal.Solanki was also named in another land racket in Kalina. He is now posted as executive engineer at Nagpur. The ACB officer said it was during the inquiry against Solanki in 2015 that the ACB found assets in excess of his known income to the tune of Rs. 41.31 lakh. “An analysis shows that the disproportionate assets are excess by 27.95 % more than his known sources of income,” said a police officer.
|2019-04-14||Fire breaks out at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, no casualties reported - Hindustan Times|
Fire breaks out at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, no casualties reported Updated: Apr 14, 2019 23:10 IST A fire broke out at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) early on Sunday morning. No casualties were reported, according to fire officials. The blaze, which broke out around 6.20am, occurred because the garbage caught fire owing to the rise in temperature. However it was doused in 10-15 minutes, the officials said. Shashikant Kale, chief fire official, Thane fire brigade, said, “With the temperature rising day by day, such fire incidents are bound to happen. The forest has become dry. However, the fire only spread to a few metres.We have alerted our officials regarding the same so that no fire breaks out again.” A Thane forest range officer said, “In no time we alerted the fire department and there was no major loss. We are in discussion with higher officials to avoid such fires in the future.” On April 5, a major fire broke out in the evening in Yeoor forest range at Manpada area in Thane. No casualty was reported. Nishant Bangera, a 27-year-old resident of Manpada, said, “Since the forest has become dry, there are greater chances of forest fire now.”
|2019-04-13||Only 4 woman to fight in 3 Thane district seats - Times of India|
Only 4 woman to fight in 3 Thane district seats Apr 13, 2019, 09:26 IST THANE: Major political parties seem to have shied away from fielding women candidates for the three LS seats in Thane district-—Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi. This comes at a time when the number of women voters in the district has gone up by 10% in the last five years, shows data. According to the election department’s data, only four of the 66 candidates in the ring for the three seats are women. While Thane and Kalyan seats have two women candidates each, Bhiwandi seems to have none. Of the four women, Yasmin Salim and Sonali Gangavne are contesting independently from Kalyan along with 26 male counterparts, while in Thane, Shubhangi Chavan, who has nominated herself, and Madhavilata Maurya from Jan Adhikar Party will battle it out with 21 male candidates.
|2019-04-13||Every day Central Railway lugged 2 lakh commuters more due to curtailed BEST routes, continual shift of - Mumbai Mirror|
Every day Central Railway lugged 2 lakh commuters more due to curtailed BEST routes, continual shift of townships to north Updated: Apr 13, 2019, 08:34 IST An additional 2 lakh passengers have started using the suburban services of Central Railway every day, reveals the newly released data for 2018-19. From a daily average of 43 lakh passengers in 2016-17 and 2017-18, traffic grew to 45 lakh passengers every day in 2018-19. Also, nearly all stations from CSMT to Dadar witnessed a steady decline in passengers, while Panvel, Badlapur, Titwala and Aasangao witnessed a sharp increase owing to new townships in these areas. The total annual increase of suburban passengers on CR went up to 164 crore in 2018-19 from 156 crore recorded in 2017-18. This is a 4.53 per cent increase, resulting in a revenue growth of 47 crore in 2018-19. Hussain Indorewala, assistant professor at Kamla Raheja School of Architecture pointed to the discontinuation of BEST routes as one of the reasons for increase in passengers traffic on CR. “Cheap and efficient mode of transport after BEST is railways. Since BEST routes have been shut, it is natural that passengers will move to railways, which is reflected in this increase,” explained Indorewala. All CR stations from CSMT to Matunga, except Currey Road, comprising the southern part of the city have witnessed a consistent drop in passenger traffic. While Dadar reported a drop of 1.04 per cent, Parel – despite turning into a commercial hub – has witnessed a drop of 0.66 per cent. The stations beyond Matunga on the central line witnessed an increase in passengers, with Vidyavihar reporting a 4 per cent increase, followed by Diva Junction that slowed a 9.14 per cent increase. “Affordable housing plans have largely been implemented in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region beyond Thane. This has contributed to increased traffic,” said AV Shenoy, a transport expert. He added that industrial hubs have also shifted from southern parts of the city to northern areas like Parel, Ghatkopar and Thane. To cater to this demand, CR added 42 new services, of which 40 were on the harbour line. Another four services on the CR were converted to 15 coaches from the original 12 coaches. “After repeated demands, Diva was given an additional halt for fast trains. This has contributed to drastic rise in passenger traffic on this station, whereas Badlapur and Aasangao are being developed with bigger platforms to cater to the increasing demand,” explained the official. An indication of shift in passenger traffic was evident on the harbour line, which saw a drop right up to Kings Circle, beyond which it picked up again. Though there was a drop from Sandhurst Road to Chunabhatti, GTB Nagar was the only station that witnessed a 3 per cent increase. Dockyard Road reported a drop of 5.44 per cent, Vadala Road witnessed a drop of 8.65 per cent, Reay Road had a 4.97 per cent drop, while Cotton Green saw a drop of 3.49 per cent. The entire trans-harbour line from Thane to Panvel witnessed a steady rise, with an increase of 9.79 per cent in Airoli. Mansarovar had a 7.21 per cent increase and Panvel recorded the highest of 14.8 per cent. This growth in was accentuated because of the extension up to Kharkopar on the Seawoods-Uran corridor. Another expert, Gaurang Damani said, “Now there is no need to terminate 90 per cent of the trains at CSMT. Instead, railways should have trains turning around from Dadar, Kurla and Parel. This will save time.”
|2019-04-13||Four more held in fake paramedical certificates case - The Asian Age|
Four more held in fake paramedical certificates case Published : Apr 14, 2019, 4:15 am IST Mumbai: The police has arrested four more persons from Thane, in the alleged fake paramedical certificates case, taking the total number of arrests to 17, said police officials Saturday. The four accused arrested on April 11 were working as pharmacists at various medical shops in the Thane vicinity. The arrests were part of an investigation into the fake certificates racket, which was busted by the crime branch in January this year. At that time, the police had arrested 13 persons, including the chairman of a paramedical organisation, and the chairman of a Pune-based Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, which is not recognised by the state government. The Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said that some students had secured fake Class 10 and Class 12 certificates from the Pune-based organisation, and used them to get admissions in D. Pharm and B. Pharm courses. The students completed the pharmacy courses and used the fake qualification certificates to get jobs as pharmacists, they said in a release. The four arrested persons have been identified as Kamlesh Patel, 23; Jagdish Choudhari, 42; Vazaram Choudhari, 36; and Chunilal Choudhari, 50. Earlier in January, the Thane crime branch had busted a fake pharmacy certificates racket operating from a college in the district’s Dhokali area. According to the police, the chairman of the college, Dr Purshottam Tahilramani, allegedly helped pharmacists procure fake HSC and DPharma certificates.
|2019-04-13||Efforts on to make Thane polling booths more disabled friendly - Times of India|
Efforts on to make Thane polling booths more disabled friendly Apr 14, 2019, 06:27 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Making the polling booths comfortable for the disabled voters is a noble effort as well as an uphill task. The election commission of India making a first-time effort to do so is still at work to make things easy for disabled voters. Thane collector and district election officer, Rajesh Narvekar is trying to identify an estimated 25,000 disabled voters from the 18 assembly constituencies for the three parliamentary constituencies of Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi in the MMR for the April 29 election. A tentative list of 6,500 have been prepared for the three Lok Sabha seats with around 2,573 from the six assembly constituencies of the Thane seat. Thane has the second highest polling booths (2,542) after Maval constituency in the state. “We have culled data of various disabilities from hospitals and social justice department of the state government. But there are many more and hence we have engaged private agencies to identify them. The process is on,’’ said Narvekar. There will be wheelchairs for the disabled who will cast their vote on the ground floor of any polling booth along with dolis ( palanquin) for those who need to climb first and second floor. Volunteers will be present to provide assistance. There are four categories of persons with disabilities (see box)—total visually disabled (blind), total speech/hearing disabled, total locomotor disabled and total other disabilities. The last category implies those who are partially blind and can see with the help of machine aids. The aid will be provided at the booths. Out of the tentative list of 2,573 disabled voters who have been identified, 1774 will cast their vote on the ground floor, 728 and 71 on first and second floors respectively of the polling booths in Thane constituency. There are over 6,000 polling booths for the three seats and the administration is informed about the polling stations locations and the tentative number of disabled voters who would cast votes and on which floor, but a detailed exercise is currently on for ensure all are being covered to avail the facilities provided to them.
|2019-04-13||Thane: Four more held in fake paramedical certificate racket case - Times of India|
Thane: Four more held in fake paramedical certificate racket case Apr 13, 2019, 16:04 IST THANE: Police have made four more arrests from Thane in Maharashtra in the alleged fake paramedical certificates case, taking the number of arrests to 17 so far, an official said Saturday. The four accused who were arrested on April 11 were working as pharmacists at various medical shops in the city. The arrests were part of an investigation into the fake certificate racket which was busted by crime branch in January this year. Police had then arrested 13 persons, including the chairman of a paramedical organisation, and the chairman of a Pune-based Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, which is not recognised by the state government. Police said some students had secured fake class 10 and class 12 certificates from the Pune-based organisation, and used them to get admission in D.Pharm and B.Pharm courses. The students completed the pharmacy courses and used the qualification certificates to get jobs as pharmacists, they said in a release. The four arrested persons are identified as Kamlesh Patel, 23, Jagdish Choudhari, 42, Vazaram Choudhari, 36, and Chunilal Choudhari, 50.
|2019-04-13||Rape convict's brothers held for ruckus at police station - Mumbai Mirror|
Rape convict's brothers held for ruckus at police station Updated: Apr 13, 2019, 21:43 IST Thane: Two men were arrested late on Friday night for creating ruckus in a police station in Thane after their brother was sentenced to 20 years in jail earlier in the day for kidnapping and raping a mentally unwell woman. Rajesh Lalchand Mourya, along with four others, was convicted in the case, which took place on January 8, 2016, by district court judge SA Sinha. The rape and kidnapping case was registered and investigated by Vartak Nagar police. Mourya's brothers, Mukesh and Mangesh, arrived at Vartak Nagar police station around 6:20 pm on Friday, and annoyed at the court verdict, abused the personnel on duty, senior inspector PC Giridhar said. "They banged their heads against the wall, manhandled and issued threats to the policemen on duty. We have arrested the two," he said.
|2019-04-13||Only 4 woman to fight in 3 Thane district seats - Times of India|
Only 4 woman to fight in 3 Thane district seats Apr 13, 2019, 09:26 IST THANE: Major political parties seem to have shied away from fielding women candidates for the three LS seats in Thane district-—Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi. This comes at a time when the number of women voters in the district has gone up by 10% in the last five years, shows data. According to the election department’s data, only four of the 66 candidates in the ring for the three seats are women. While Thane and Kalyan seats have two women candidates each, Bhiwandi seems to have none. Of the four women, Yasmin Salim and Sonali Gangavne are contesting independently from Kalyan along with 26 male counterparts, while in Thane, Shubhangi Chavan, who has nominated herself, and Madhavilata Maurya from Jan Adhikar Party will battle it out with 21 male candidates.
|2019-04-13||Maharashtra ACB files DA case against senior town planning official - Times of India|
Maharashtra ACB files DA case against senior town planning official Apr 13, 2019, 17:45 IST THANE: The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau has filed a disproportionate assets (DA) case against an executive engineer currently posted in the state government's Town Planning department in Nagpur, an official said on Saturday. ACB Thane Unit additional superintendent of police Kisan Gavli said a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was filed on Friday against Sanjay Solanki (54) and his wife Vijaya. Solanki is the executive engineer, Implementation Cell of the Town Planning department in Nagpur, the official informed. An ACB probe in December, 2015 found that Solanki had allegedly amassed Rs 41.31 lakh in excess assets between December, 1985 and June, 2015. As per the complaint filed with Wagle Estate police station on Friday evening, Solanki's wife helped him in amassing such property and, therefore, has been made a co-accused, an official said. Solanki was earlier suspended in June, 2015 for alleged involvement in the Maharashtra Sadan scam. He was also allegedly named by the ACB in a land scam in Kalina in Mumbai.
|2019-04-12||Four get 20 years, one 14 years for rape of mentally ill survivor - Times of India|
Four get 20 years, one 14 years for rape of mentally ill survivor Updated: Apr 13, 2019, 05:37 IST THANE: The Thane sessions court convicted five men on Friday for raping a 22-year-old mentally ill woman in 2016. Four of the accused have been sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and the fifth to 14 years of imprisonment in the infamous case that had rocked the state assembly three years ago. In her order, district Judge S A Sinha also fined the four Rs 20,000 each and the fifth Rs 10,000. The judge pronounced the verdict around 1.50pm and ordered that the fine money must be handed over to the survivor. The five convicts include Gopi Bora (43), a fruit vendor, Balaji aka Bala Kharat (41), an autorickshaw driver, and his three friends Rajesh Mourya, (26), Kamlesh alias Pintu Gupta (37) and Vijay Bahadur alias Tufani Kamlaprasad Gupta (43)—all residents of Lokmanya Nagar and Sawarkar Nagar. Prosecutor Ujjwala Moholkar told the court that around 8pm on January 8, 2016, the survivor’s mother asked her to visit the flour mill. Instead, the mentally unstable survivor landed at the residence in Bora, a neighbour of her sister. He lured her inside, raped her and released her a few hours later after threatening her of dire consequences if she told anyone of the crime. When the survivor started for home, Kharat, who was passing by, stopped his auto and offered to drop her. He then took her to a secluded spot near Lokmanya Nagar bus stop and called three of his friends. All four consumed liquor and even forced her to drink. Thereafter, they pushed her inside a tempo parked nearby and raped her. The auto driver dropped her near her residence in the early hours and gave her his mobile number saying he would call her. In the meantime, the survivor’s mother had filed a missing person report at Vartak Nagar police station. On her return, her worried family inquired about her disappearance. She managed to explain what had happened to her mother through gestures and her family noticed her blood-stained clothes. Her mother then took her to the police station and lodged a complaint, after which a case was registered. A total of 17 witnesses were examined in court to establish the charges. While four of the accused have been charged with gang rape, kidnapping and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, the fruit seller has been charged with rape, said Moholkar. It may be recalled that seven MLAs had brought up the case through a calling attention motion after which junior minister (home) Ranjit Patil had announced that it would be fast-tracked, said a Thane police source.
|2019-04-12||9 candidates pull out of election fray in Thane district - Hindustan Times|
9 candidates pull out of election fray in Thane district Updated: Apr 13, 2019 00:34 IST Nine candidates withdrew their nomination from the Lok Sabha constituencies in Thane district on Friday — the last day of withdrawing nominations. This means, 66 candidates are in the fray for the three Lok Sabha seats in the district. Till April 10, a total of 75 candidates were in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections from Thane district. A district official said, “Two candidates from Thane, four from Kalyan and three from Bhiwandi withdrew their nomination on Friday. Thane has 23 candidates, Kalyan 28 and Bhiwandi has 15 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha polls. We also distributed election symbols to the candidates on Friday.” Those who withdrew their nomination are Vijay Ghate (Republican Bahujan Samaj) and Mohammad Salim Mohar Ali Choudhary (Independent) from Thane; Jyotiram Sarode (Independent), Devendra Singh (Independent), Sureshkumar Pal (Independent) and Sandesh Ingle (Independent) from Kalyan and Vishwanath Patil (Independent), Suresh Mhatre (Independent) and Yogesh Kathore (Independent). In Bhiwandi constituency, both the rebel candidates — Patil from the Congress and Mhatre from Shiv Sena —withdrew their nomination. Mhatre said, “I was not against the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, but I had filed the nomination against the present BJP candidate from Bhiwandi, Kapil Patil. I withdrew my application to respect the orders of my party superiors.” The Thane election commission distributed election symbols to unrecognised party candidates and Independents on Friday. Anil Pawar, returning officer of Thane Lok Sabha constituency, said, “Some of the symbols allotted today were common objects like grapes, red chillies, fountain, water tank, air conditioner, autorickshaw, camera, key and cup and saucer among other.” After the final list of candidates was declared, Thane and Kalyan will have two ballot units while Bhiwandi will have one. The district election commission will have to conduct a re-randomisation of the available electronic voting machines (EVMs). Pawar said the Thane constituency will require 2,452 more ballot units. More than 2,500 physically challenged voters in Thane “As per our survey, there are 2573 physically challenged voters from Thane. We have also analysed the polling centres of these voters. Around 1,774 physically challenged voters have their centre on the ground floor, 728 voters have on the first floor and 71 on second floor. We are planning to provide volunteers who can carry these voters on a chair to the first and second floors,” said Pawar. Code of Conduct violations The Thane election commission has pulled down 1,784 posters, banners and cut-outs from across the constituency. Pawar said, “Forty-three posters installed on private buildings were also removed. We have filed cases in three incidents for putting up illegal posters and banners and violating the code of conduct. In Belapur, we found a vehicle carrying Rs10 lakh cash. The owner could not give us an explanation and we have started an inquiry against him. We have also alerted the IT officials.” The constituency has 18 flying squads, three in each of the six assembly constituencies, video surveillance team, static surveillance team, excise team and the police department to keep a watch on violators.
|2019-04-12||Four get 20 years, one 14 years for rape of mentally ill survivor - Times of India|
Four get 20 years, one 14 years for rape of mentally ill survivor Updated: Apr 13, 2019, 05:37 IST THANE: The Thane sessions court convicted five men on Friday for raping a 22-year-old mentally ill woman in 2016. Four of the accused have been sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and the fifth to 14 years of imprisonment in the infamous case that had rocked the state assembly three years ago. In her order, district Judge S A Sinha also fined the four Rs 20,000 each and the fifth Rs 10,000. The judge pronounced the verdict around 1.50 pm and ordered that the fine money must be handed over to the survivor. The five convicts include Gopi Bora (43), a fruit vendor, Balaji aka Bala Kharat (41), an autorickshaw driver, and his three friends Rajesh Mourya, (26), Kamlesh alias Pintu Gupta (37) and Vijay Bahadur alias Tufani Kamlaprasad Gupta (43)—all residents of Lokmanya Nagar and Sawarkar Nagar. Prosecutor Ujjwala Moholkar told the court that around 8pm on January 8, 2016, the survivor’s mother asked her to visit the flour mill. Instead, the mentally unstable survivor landed at the residence in Bora, a neighbour of her sister. He lured her inside, raped her and released her a few hours later after threatening her of dire consequences if she told anyone of the crime. When the survivor started for home, Kharat, who was passing by, stopped his auto and offered to drop her. He then took her to a secluded spot near Lokmanya Nagar bus stop and called three of his friends. All four consumed liquor and even forced her to drink. Thereafter, they pushed her inside a tempo parked nearby and raped her. The auto driver dropped her near her residence in the early hours and gave her his mobile number saying he would call her. In the meantime, the survivor’s mother had filed a missing person report at Vartak Nagar police station. On her return, her worried family inquired about her disappearance. She managed to explain what had happened to her mother through gestures and her family noticed her blood-stained clothes. Her mother then took her to the police station and lodged a complaint, after which a case was registered. A total of 17 witnesses were examined in court to establish the charges. While four of the accused have been charged with gang rape, kidnapping and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, the fruit seller has been charged with rape, said Moholkar. It may be recalled that seven MLAs had brought up the case through a calling attention motion after which junior minister (home) Ranjit Patil had announced that it would be fast-tracked, said a Thane police source.
|2019-04-12||Thane: 5 convicted for raping mentally ill woman - Times of India|
Thane: 5 convicted for raping mentally ill woman Apr 12, 2019, 17:37 IST THANE: Five people were convicted on Friday for raping a mentally ill woman in 2016 in Thane district. While four of them were sentenced to 20 years in jail by district judge SA Sinha and also fined Rs 20,000 each for kidnapping and raping the victim, the fifth person, a fruit vendor, was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment and fined Rs 10,000 for rape. The 22-year-old woman was raped by the accused on January 8, 2016, additional public prosecutor Ujjwala Moholkar said. She had first gone to the house of a fruit vendor who raped her, then an autorickshaw driver who promised to drop her home but took her to a desolate place and called three of his friends and raped her, the APP said. After she narrated her ordeal to her mother, a case was filed at Vartak Nagar police station, Moholkar said. The five men who have been convicted are fruit vendor Gopi Harishsingh Bora (43), autorickshaw driver Balaji Bala Naroji Kharat (41), Rajesh Lalchand Mourya (26), Kamlesh Pintu Chotelal Gupta (37) and Vijay Bahadur Tufani Kamlaprasad Gupta (43). Seventeen witnesses were examined during the trial, Moholkar said.
|2019-04-12||MCPS announces three superintendent candidates to replace Thane - ABC FOX Montana|
MCPS announces three superintendent candidates to replace Thane Apr 12, 2019 Updated MISSOULA - As Superintendent Mark Thane retires, Missoula County school officials have narrowed the search for a replacement to three candidates, including one from Bozeman. The Board of Trustees picked David Baugh, Jan Haven and Robert Watson as finalists. David Baugh is a superintendent at a school district in Pennsylvania, according to his resume. Jan Haven is a district leader in Milwaukee. Robert Watson is the only Montana candidate, as superintendent of Bozeman schools. The public is invited to get to know the finalists on Thursday, April 18. A community meet-and-greet is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 PM at Sentinel High School.
|2019-04-12||TMC approaches IIT-Bombay to study crucial Thane bridges - Times of India|
TMC approaches IIT-Bombay to study crucial Thane bridges Updated: Apr 12, 2019, 09:05 IST THANE: Two days after a part of the Kopri flyover collapsed on the railway tracks, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has approached the IIT Bombay to examine the stability of the first SATIS bridge in the city. A senior engineer from the TMC confirmed that a panel from the institute have been approached to conduct a study on the stability of bridges including the Satis bridge, the Kalwa creek and Mumbra station flyovers. Already, a stability study of all bridges in the lake city has been undertaken in the city and adequate repair works have been commissioned. “We have approached the Bombay IIT engineers to conduct a structural stability of three crucial bridges in the city. The bridges are in good condition but we have still decided to undertake a study as some of these structures are nearly a decade old and witness severe wear and tear,” informed an official from the public works department of the Thane corporation. The bridges witness huge traffic on a daily basis and officials claimed it could be likely that they would have witnessed wear and tear. They claimed that though there have been no visual defects observed at these structures, the administration wants to be doubly sure about their stability. Meanwhile, local residents complained the authorities have been neglecting upkeep of the bridge that is a crucial link between Thane and Mumbai. Few also lamented that the ongoing work at the Kopri bridge for the widening could also have led to loosening of the plaster on the bridge. “There is lot of activity including drilling going on at either ends of the bridge to accommodate the widening of the stretch. The engineers should also explore if the tremors of these works including those from the movement of the passing trains below could have weakened the structure. A complete audit of the structure should be done before there is a major tragedy,” said Ramesh Jadhav, a resident of Kopri. The traffic department on its part said they have not received any communication from the railways or the MMRDA. The officials suggested the concerned teams should undertake immediate repairs of the stretch else it will cause congestion for Thane residents who will have nothing other than the LBS road to access Mumbai. When contacted, the MMRDA claimed that their work is being undertaken away from the stretch of the bridge which is under the purview of the railways. “We have taken all precautions while undertaking the scope of work under our ambit,” said a senior official refusing to be named. Central Railways also said they have started work on repair of the structure and are monitoring its daily health.
|2019-04-12||Five guilty of raping mentally ill woman in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Five guilty of raping mentally ill woman in Thane Updated: Apr 13, 2019 00:04 IST The Thane sessions court on Friday convicted five people for raping a 22-year-old mentally ill woman in 2016. While four of the accused were sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined ?20,000 each for gang-raping and kidnapping the survivor, the fifth accused, a fruit vendor, who is a relative of the survivor, was sentenced to 14 years in jail and fined ?10,000 for rape. On January 8, 2016, the survivor was at her relative’s house when she was raped. “The man, who was alone at home, pulled the woman inside the house and raped her,” said Pradip Girdhari, senior police inspector. “After the incident, the woman was walking back towards her home when one of the other accused, who knew she was mentally ill, offered to drop her home. The woman agreed,” Girdhari said. The accused then took her to an isolated spot where he forced her to drink alcohol and gang-raped her along with three of his friends, Girdhari said.
|2019-04-12||Thane police rescue kidnapped toddler in six hours, arrest 2, including minor - Free Press Journal|
Thane police rescue kidnapped toddler in six hours, arrest 2, including minor April 12, 2019 8:45 am Thane: Thane police rescued a kidnapped toddler in six hours and arrested two persons, including a minor boy from Thane, on Thursday. Around 6.30 am on Thursday, Kopri Police received a complaint from a scrap dealer, Radha Ambadas Mulekar, 27, who lives on a footpath near Thane railway station, that her one-and-a-half-year old daughter had been kidnapped by an unidentified person. She went to Kopri police station and booked a missing complaint. The mother stated in her complaint, she was sleeping with her three-year-old son and the baby on a footpath outside Thane railway station when early on Thursday, her baby went missing. Mulekar panicked and went in search of the infant, looking around the station, but could not find her. That was when she approached the police. Jayraj Ranvare, senior police inspector, Thane Crime Branch Unit 5, said they formed three teams and with the help of locals living near the station, began their inquiries. “We were told by the people, a fortnight ago, they had seen a woman who would often come there to talk to the children and then she disappeared. We examined the footage of CCTV cameras in the entire neighbourhood. We circulated a photo of the woman to all police stations and sent it to our informers as well. Following this, around 12.30 pm, we arrested them.” The arrested accused, identified as Shahista Shaikh, 30, and a 15-year-old boy, are both residents of Vartak Nagar, Thane. Shaikh is a housewife and her husband is an auto driver. Police suspect she could be involved with a child-trafficking gang. The accused will be produced in court on Friday.
|2019-04-12||Thane: TMT bus dashes into depot wall damages three vehicles, no casualty - Free Press Journal|
Thane: TMT bus dashes into depot wall damages three vehicles, no casualty April 12, 2019 8:27 am Thane: An empty Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus dashed into a wall at the bus depot after the brakes of the vehicle failed on Thursday evening. The bus damaged three vehicles. No casualty was reported. A bus accident may result in a loss of property with regard to the three vehicles and the damaged compound wall of bus depot. The incident took place at Lokmanya bus depot when the bus driver drove outside the depot. Luckily nobody had boarded the bus. Santosh Kadam, officer from Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) said,”Not a single passenger was in the bus. Due to the brake failure, the bus dashed into a compound wall and damaged three vehicles, two motorcycles and an auto”. Since driver had the seat belt on, he didn’t sustain any injuries. Police said prime facie the accident occurred due to bus break failure.
|2019-04-12||Bozeman hires affordable housing manager with banking background - The Bozeman Daily Chronicle|
Bozeman hires affordable housing manager with banking background By Katheryn Houghton Chronicle Staff Writer Katheryn Houghton 44 min ago Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save The city picked a Bozeman man from the business of banking to lead its affordable housing program. People in the world of building and advocacy hope the new hire’s background fills in missing pieces as Bozeman widens its housing efforts.Loren Olsen, a mortgage broker with Flagstar Bank, will be the city’s next affordable housing manager. Olsen has a 20-year home lending career primarily in management, according to information he provided to the city.“I look forward to continuing to work with members of our community while addressing affordable housing issues and maintaining the high quality of life found here in Bozeman,” Olsen wrote. × Advertisement Olsen was born and raised in Bozeman. He served on town boards, including the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Montana Building Industry Association, Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association and Gallatin Association of Realtors.In 2004, voters elected Olsen to the Local Government Study Commission, which he chaired. For roughly two years, the commission interviewed city employees, held public hearings and gathered residents’ ideas to improve how Bozeman functions.Marty Matsen, the city’s community development director, said Olsen’s background covers one of the more complicated pieces of housing — getting buyers into homes.“It’s not like people went to school to be an affordable housing manager,” Matsen said. “Loren has the program and management skills from past experiences, the education, that we’re going to be able to hit the ground running.”Olsen’s first day is Friday.Bozeman created the role in 2018. But the city has been without a full-time housing manager for roughly six months. The original hire, Matt Madsen, announced he was leaving seven months into the job.Bozeman’s policies primarily target new homes for sale. A city rule that’s been around less than two years requires developers subdividing 10 lots or more to sell a fraction of those houses within reach of someone making $56,840 or less.Both supporters and opponents of that ordinance have said it doesn’t make a dent in Bozeman’s problems, especially when it comes to rentals.A city-commissioned report recently estimated the town needs as many as 6,340 new places to live by 2025 to keep pace with Bozeman’s population. Half of those should be below market rates to meet the housing demand for people with paychecks behind the area’s cost of living.With that assessment done, the city is due to create a housing work plan to reduce some of the pressure in the market.Leading that plan will be high on Olsen’s to-do list, Matsen said.“We’re building an affordable housing program,” Matsen said. “The action plan undertaking will really help us as a community decide what direction we’re going to take this.”Greg Stratton was the first developer to work through the city’s housing ordinance. He said he hopes Olsen will be able to translate some of its policies into reality.Stratton, who is also on Bozeman’s affordable housing advisory board, said the city should expand its efforts beyond homes for sale but at the same time set obtainable goals.“I’m hoping he will be able to focus that effort in areas where we need and can make an immediate difference,” Stratton said.Brian Popiel with Southwest Montana Building Industry Association said Olsen is likely a good person to help do that. He said Olsen’s background means he knows the private market.“We have intelligent and well-intentioned people who understand the needs, but not a lot of people who understand starting from a bare piece of dirt to turning that into something someone is going to live in in some range of affordability,” Popiel said.“Loren’s gotten more people into houses than most out there by finding financing solutions and the ability to get people closed on a home.”Kevin Thane, the chair of the city’s affordable housing board, agreed that background is an advantage. But he said as far as understanding affordable housing and Bozeman’s past efforts, “there’s a lot to learn.”Thane said he hopes Olsen’s connections with groups throughout Bozeman will help deliver an understanding of affordable housing across Bozeman.“I’m hoping he’ll be an advocate for affordable housing, think outside the box, reduce regulation and encourage creativity,” Thane said. “We’re in a situation with this work plan where we have an opportunity to say what’s unique to Bozeman and how can we bring some ideas that are informed by the area.” Katheryn Houghton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought. Facebook Twitter
|2019-04-12||Hawkers sending record number to national speech and debate contests - The Bozeman Daily Chronicle|
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|2019-04-12||Two-year-old girl abducted from station, rescued in less than 24 hours - Times of India|
Two-year-old girl abducted from station, rescued in less than 24 hours Updated: Apr 12, 2019, 09:10 IST THANE: A two-year-old girl was rescued and a woman and her 15-year-old accomplice were arrested for abducting the child from platform number 10 at Thane station on Wednesday. The Kopri police reunited the child with her mother. The cops solved the case in less than 24 hours. The accused has been identified as Sahista Shaikh. According to the victim’s mother’s statement, the accused had approached her last week and had asked her if she was interested in selling her daughter. The victim’s mother promptly refused. At around 4.00 am, Shaikh and her aide came to the platform and sneakily abducted the girl. Her mother then registered a complaint with the Kopri police. The victim used to live along with her parents on the platform. The girl’s mother told the cops that she suspected Shaikh. The cops then checked various CCTV footages which led them to the accused at Vartak Nagar. During interrogation, Shaikh said that she planned to sell off the child to a family member who was eager to have a girl.
|2019-04-11||Ivory tusk racket: CBI arrests third accused - Times of India|
Ivory tusk racket: CBI arrests third accused Apr 11, 2019, 09:05 IST THANE: The crime branch investigating the sezuire of half kg ivory tusk, which is worth Rs 25 lakh in the international market, has arrested third person in connection with the case. The police said, accused Ganesh Dhere 29, a Mazgaon resident is a real estate and was part of the cartel smuggling the rare elephant Ivory tusk that was seized last week by the crime branch unit-5. The officer said following the sustained interrogation of the two arrested accused --Sachin Ramchandra Chougule and Pravin Ramesh Shere, who revealed to the police that it was Dhere who had given the half-kg to sell it on the market and find the suitable customer for it. The cops are interrogating Dhere to find out the source of the expensive tusk. “During the probe we found that this seems to be a big chain for smuggling the ivory tusk and couple of links have emerged. Dhere is being probed for the source of tusk,” said a police officer It was last Thursday evening, following a tip that the accused were to come to the city to sell elephant tusks, accordingly, the Crime Branch Unit-5 officials led by Jairaj Ranavare laid a trap at the old check post near Gaimukh and nabbed the duo. The police seized the tusk which they said they were planning to sell for Rs 5 lakhs and the cost of the same in the international market was Rs. 25 lakhs. As the elephant tusk fall under Schedule-I of the rare forest animals offences under sections 9,39,49(A),49(B),50 and 51 of the Wild life protection act of 1972 against them with the Kasarwadavali police station.
|2019-04-11||Girl rescued within 12 hours in Thane; minor among 2 booked - The Hindu|
Girl rescued within 12 hours in Thane; minor among 2 booked UPDATED: APRIL 12, 2019 00:36 IST The police on Thursday rescued a one-and-a-half-year-old girl within 12 hours of her abduction from Thane railway station and booked two people, including a minor. According to the Kopri police, Puja used to stay with her mother Radha Mulekar on platform no. 10 of the station. Ms. Mulekar works as a conservancy worker for a living. Around 4 a.m. on Thursday, when she woke up, she found that Puja, who had gone to sleep next to her, was missing. She raised an alarm and the Kopri police were informed, after which an FIR of kidnapping was registered against unknown persons. “We checked the closed circuit television camera footage of the spot where they had been sleeping and saw a young boy in his teens picking her up and walking away. We obtained several stills of the footage which had captured the boy and our teams started inquiries to identify him,” senior police inspector Jitendra Agarkar, Kopri police station, said. Mr. Agarkar said over the next several hours, the police teams made inquiries with around 100 people, including vendors and residents of nearby areas, who frequently visit the station. Some of these people recognised the boy, who makes a living by selling odds and ends aboard local trains, and provided the boy's address, who stays close to the station. The boy was picked up for inquiries and during questioning, he allegedly confessed to having kidnapped Puja. He also revealed that he had left Puja at the Vartak Nagar residence of one of his acquaintances, identified as Shaista Sheikh (30). Puja was rescued from Ms. Sheikh’s residence and she was arrested. The minor accused was booked and produced before a Juvenile Justice Court. He was sent to the juvenile remand home in Dongri. “We are still investigating to ascertain the exact motive behind the kidnapping,” Mr. Agarkar said.
|2019-04-11||Thane woman held, minor detained for kidnapping 1-year-old - Hindustan Times|
Thane woman held, minor detained for kidnapping 1-year-old Updated: Apr 12, 2019 03:26 IST A 30-year-old woman from Thane was arrested and a minor was detained on Thursday for allegedly kidnapping a one-and-half-year-old girl from Thane railway station in the early hours. The case was cracked down within six hours by Thane police. The accused Shahista Mehruddin Shaikh, a homemaker from Vartak Nagar, was about to sell the girl to a businessman, police said. The businessman is yet to be identified. J Ranaware, senior police inspector, Thane crime branch, Unit -5, said, “Soon after the child was kidnapped in the morning, her mother, a rag picker, approached the Kopri police station and a case was registered. We formed three teams to nab the accused.” During investigation, locals at the station confirmed that Shaikh was in search of a child for the past few weeks, police said. Avinash Ambure, deputy commissioner of police (zone -5), said, “During investigation, we found that Shaikh was seen roaming near Thane railway station platform number 10 from the past two weeks in search of a child. Shaikh lured the minor boy with money.?She promised him pay ?20,000 if he picked up the child from the station.” However, after the minor kidnapped the child from the station, Shaikh paid him only ?5,000 and fled the spot with the child. “Shaikh had taken the child to her mother-in-law’s house at Uthalsar,” Ambure said. “We questioned many locals at Thane station who helped us with Shaikh’s appearance,” said Ranaware. With the help of CCTV cameras installed at the station, the police identified Shaikh. “We first went to Shaikh’s mother-in-law’s house to rescue the child. Later, we went to Sahikh’s house in Vartak Nagar and arrested her. The girl was reunited with her family members,” Ranaware said. The minor boy has been sent to a remand home while Shaikh is in police custody, police said.
|2019-04-11||2019 Lok Sabha elections: Thane MP Rajan Vichare talks about his performance - Hindustan Times|
2019 Lok Sabha elections: Ensured infra and education got boost, says Thane MP Rajan Vichare Updated: Apr 12, 2019 00:09 IST Rajan Vichare is the Member of Parliament from the Thane Lok Sabha constituency. Speaking to HT, he claimed that there was ‘tremendous progress’ in Thane in the past five years. Excerpts: What would you say about your performance? Some allege you were working like a local representative and not like the Member of Parliament. Thane has shown tremendous progress in the past five years. Most of the projects that were stuck for years are now moving ahead. We started work on the Wadala-Kasarvadavli Metro, widening of the Kopri Bridge, cluster development, approved land for the extension to Thane station, started the University of Mumbai’s subcentre and also got approval for the bypass road at Ghodbunder. The city is also on the list of the top 10 smart cities in India. These are major projects which need the intervention of the Centre and state, and can’t be carried out on a local level. The allegations are baseless. Transport was on your agenda in 2014, however the commute has worsened in the past five years. Three major flyovers have come up in Thane in my tenure. This has eased traffic movement. Currently, the work on Kopri Bridge and Metro 4 is on, which is leading to traffic congestion at some places. When these projects are ready, there will be a major change. The first phase of the water transport from Kalyan to Vasai via Thane will be a major milestone. People from Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhayander have accused you of being inaccessible. Comment. I have pushed forth many projects for Navi Mumbai and Mira Bhayander in the past five years. The Kalwa-Airoli elevated corridor was one of them. I got approval, with the Prime Minister laying the foundation stone for it. We have started work on the first phase of Nerul-Belapur-Uran corridor. The amenities at Seawoods station are world-class. In Mira Bhayander, too, we have provided many facilities at railway stations. The Opposition repeatedly remarks on your qualification, will it affect your chances? I am not uneducated. I have studied till Class 11. From the age of 16, I have been actively working in Thane. I have served as a corporator in the Thane Municipal Corporation four times. I have known the city and its people for the past 35 years. This experience is as important as any fancy degree.
|2019-04-11||Plaster from underbelly of Thane bridge crashes - Times of India|
Plaster from underbelly of Thane bridge crashes Updated: Apr 11, 2019, 05:38 IST THANE: Plaster from the underbelly of Kopri rail over-bridge crashed on the tracks, sparking panic among railway officials in Thane late on Tuesday night. No one was injured, and rail and road traffic were not affected. The authorities had recently decided to shut for repairs or rebuild some FOBs and ROBs in the city following an audit by IIT-B. The major crashes were of the CSMT FOB and Gokhale bridge. The railways sent a high-level inspection team comprising engineers from Mumbai, who surveyed the spot till the early hours of Wednesday. Officials said the railways were responsible for the repairs and maintenance of structures passing above its property. The bridge on the Eastern Express Highway is being widened by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. It is considered a vital connect between Thane and Mumbai, with thousands of heavy and light vehicles crossing over it. “Part of the reinforcement used in the construction was exposed. The railway engineers recommended cosmetic repairs and declared the stretch safe for traffic movement,” said an official. Railway officials claimed they would keep a watch on the structure. Sources claimed investigations into the incident are likely to be undertaken to avoid a repeat. Railway officials said few locals spotted the plaster and alerted patrolling railway staff late on Tuesday. The team immediately clicked photographs of the spot and alerted senior railway staff at the station, who informed the engineering department. Rubble was seen along the slow and fast tracks under the bridge. Few exposed reinforcements confirmed the plaster had come off the bridge, said a senior police officer from Thane. TOI accessed images clicked at the spot and the communication sent to senior railway staff directing their immediate attention to the situation which could escalate into a major tragedy as as the flyover witnesses massive road traffic, while the six railway lines underneath witness dense traffic daily too. A senior official at Thane railway station said there was nothing to worry as the engineering department had taken appropriate corrective action. “We noticed fallen plaster at the spot right under the Kopri bridge late on Tuesday. The extent of the incident is not a cause of worry and is unlikely to affect the stability of the structure. Nonetheless, A team of engineers from Mumbai inspected the spot at midnight and declared it safe for railway and road traffic after inspection and suggesting action,” said R K Meena, station incharge at Thane. Residents did not rule out the possibility of heavy machinery or movement of heavy traffic causing the damage and demanded a thorough investigation. “The authorities should take adequate action in time. The bridge is vital, linking Thane with Mumbai, and any damage to the structure will not just affect traffic movement but also cause huge damage to the railways and road passengers,” said Mandar Joshi, a resident.
|2019-04-11||3 dead in tempo-truck collision on Mumbai-Agra highway - Times of India|
3 dead in tempo-truck collision on Mumbai-Agra highway Apr 11, 2019, 17:54 IST THANE: Three persons died on the spot and two others were injured seriously when the tempo in which they were travelling collided with a trailer-truck on Mumbai-Agra highway in Thane district on Thursday. The tempo was heading for Shahpur when the accident took place near Pandargol village around 8am, police said. The deceased were identified as tempo driver Navnath Devkar (35), Milka Vaze (18) and Sujata Vaze (23). After hitting the tempo, the truck ran onto the railway tracks along the road, which affected train services on Mumbai-Nashik route for about an hour, the police said. The truck driver went missing after the accident and a search was on for him, officials said.
|2019-04-11||Six nabbed with 29.50 kg ganja from Thane - United News of India|
Six nabbed with 29.50 kg ganja from Thane Thane, Apr 11 (UNI) Thane police has arrested six people and seized 29.50 kg ganja worth Rs 4.13 lakh from their possession in this district of Maharashtra. Acting on a tip off that some people were selling the contraband from a flat in Dadi Colony of Amrit Nagar of Mumbra, a police team raided the premises in small hours of Wednesday. The contraband was seized and arrests were made.
|2019-04-11||Thane: Y-arm of Castle Mill flyover thrown open - Times of India|
Thane: Y-arm of Castle Mill flyover thrown open Updated: Apr 11, 2019, 09:08 IST THANE: The Y-shaped flyover from Gokul Nagar to the Jail Lake was thrown open to motorists on Tuesday. It is expected to ease the vehicular congestion on the inner city roads. Motorists heading towards Thane station from Majiwada have an alternative option of taking the Meenatai Thackeray flyover from the Gokul Nagar-end. Though the arm of the Y-shaped bridge from Gokul Nagar to Jail lake was thrown open for motorists on Saturday, it was not until Tuesday that motorists started plying on it. The Gokul Nagar to Khopat stretch was thrown open to commuters on March 3, but the work was still underway on the other stretch, which descends at Jail lake, and commuters were not able to use it. The traffic authorities stated that this flyover will help cut down congestion by around 70 per cent and will ease the traffic under the structure. “Motorists will now be able to directly go to Kalwa, Thane station or at Khopat and dodge the congestion which is caused at bottom of the structure, at the castle Mill junction. This will help reduce the traffic snarls as most of the commuters will take the flyover. Also, for the safety of the motorists we have asked the civic authorities to install rumblers at two spots. As, even though the speed limit is 20kmph, motorists speed,” said Sudhir Khairnar, inspector (traffic). Although, the civic authorities have placed signage on the flyover, they are yet to install noise barriers on most part of the structure. The officials stated that they would complete the work within the next eight days. The Gokul Nagar-Jail lake stretch is of around 6.5 metres in width and 400-metres-long and the stretch towards Khopat is 570-metre-long and 7.5-metre-wide.
|2019-04-11||Rise in fake Rs 10 Rs 20 notes in Thane says CID - Mid-Day|
Rise in fake Rs 10, Rs 20 notes in Thane, says CID Updated: Apr 11, 2019, 13:32 IST Fewer fake notes seem to be floating around in the state after the demonetisation in 2016, but there has been a rise in seizure of forged Rs 10, Rs 20 and Rs 100 notes, according to the data collected from the Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID). And, these have mostly been found in Thane, CID data, collected through the Right to Information Act, shows. In 2018, the CID recovered 4,651 Rs 100 notes, 60 in Rs 20 and 57 in Rs 10 notes. While the agency did not find any forged notes of R10 and R20 in 2016 and 2017, only 601 fake notes of Rs 100 were found in 2016. A total of 487 fake Rs 50 notes were recovered in 2016, but the following year saw a massive decline with the recovery of only 109 notes of the denomination. However, last year saw a rise with CID seizing 352 fake notes of Rs 50. Of the overall 469 fake currency notes of Rs 10, Rs 20 and Rs 50 recovered last year, 271 were seized in Thane city, while 182 from Solapur. Of the total 4,651 notes of Rs 100, maximum number of fake currency was recovered from Aurangabad city (2,141), followed by Nandurbar (995), Pune city (545) and Thane city (340) among others. Former Director General of Police Praveen Dixit said, "The small currency notes are circulated by small-time goons. They procure the fake notes through scanning and target small businesses within the area like vegetable vendors and mobile recharge shops." Meanwhile, there was an overall seizure of fake currency notes worth Rs 17.64 crore in 2016 when the Centre demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes. But 2017 saw a massive decline with the agency seizing Rs 11.60 crore worth of fake notes while in 2018 it seized Rs 11.14 crore. More than 80 per cent of the fake Rs 1,000 notes recovered last year was seized in Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's hometown Nagpur. Of the total 3091 notes, 2,585 were found in Nagpur followed by Nashik (382), Solapur (95), and others. Highest number of fake Rs 500 notes seized last year was also from Nashik - 2,661 of 4691 notes. Aurangabad stood second with seizure of 1,071 Rs 500 notes followed by Nashik (553). About 2,009 Rs 200 notes, which was introduced post-demonetisation, were recovered in drought-affected Yavatmal last year. A total of 4,388 notes of this denomination was recovered from across the state in 2018. While 1,131 notes were seized in Pune Rural, 977 in Aurangabad and 119 in Thane. Dixit said, "The fake notes come from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan and circulated to other states via West Bengal." Nagpur Commissioner of Police Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay said, "The number of cases is increasing as we are conducting frequent checks into fake currency rackets."
|2019-04-11||Three die, 2 injure in tempo-trailer collision in Thane - United News of India|
Three die, 2 injure in tempo-trailer collision in Thane Thane, Apr 11 (UNI) Three people, including a teenager, died on the spot and two others were seriously injured when a tempo they were travelling in collided head-on with a trailer on the Mumbai-Agra.
|2019-04-11||Maharashtra: Shiv Sena sacks rebel contesting against BJP pick - Times of India|
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena sacks rebel contesting against BJP pick Updated: Apr 11, 2019, 09:15 IST BHIWANDI: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday sacked its worker, Suresh Mahatre alias Balya Mama, from the party for opposing the BJP candidate from Bhiwandi, Kapil Patil, and for indulging in anti-party activities. Balya Mama, who was Sena’s sampark pramukh in Thane Rural, had on Tuesday filed nomination papers as an Independent candidate against Patil. According to sources, he wanted a Sena ticket from Bhiwandi but the party gave the seat to BJP. After being denied a ticket, Balya Mama was trying to get a Congress ticket and also met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. However, the Congress gave a ticket to its leader Suresh Taware. Talking to TOI, Balya Mama said, “I accept the party’s decision of removing me but I will work to defeat Kapil Patil in this election.”
|2019-04-11||Badlapur: Body found with private parts cut off - Times of India|
Badlapur: Body found with private parts cut off Apr 11, 2019, 08:48 IST The body of an unidentified man, who the police said could be aged between 30 and 40, was found with his private parts severed in a forest in Badlapur. While the body bore several stab injuries, the teeth were also broken. A villager from Chinchavli, Motiram Gavanda, first spotted the body on Tuesday morning while passing by Pimpaldara forest and informed the police. A case of murder has been lodged at Kulgaon police station.
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|2019-04-11||Maharashtra: Man wanted in 15-year-old case held in Pune - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra: Man wanted in 15-year-old case held in Pune April 11, 2019 7:24 pm Mumbai: A 51-year-old man, allegedly involved in over 100 cases of theft and robbery, was arrested from Pune by the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police, an official said. Santosh Gopal Nair was nabbed by unit 12 of the Crime Branch in Pune Wednesday night, he said. Nair was hiding in Pune under a false identity for the last few years, he said. In 2004, the Crime Branch had arrested four of Nair’s aides when they were about to commit a robbery at a diamond polishing unit in Thane, seizing a pistol, live rounds, two choppers and a car. Nair and another person however managed to flee and since then the police were on the look-out for them, said the official. His interrogation revealed that he was involved in more than 100 cases of theft and robbery, and police were probing if he has any cases registered in Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Vasai-Virar areas, the official said.
|2019-04-10||Candidate pays 25,000 deposit in coins - Times of India|
Candidate pays 25,000 deposit in coins Apr 10, 2019, 12:51 IST Independent candidate from Thane Vinod Pokharkar sent election department officials in a spin as he paid his Rs 25,000 deposit in coins. It reportedly took the officials nearly two hours to segregate and count the coins, in the denominations of Re 1, 2, 5 and 10, submitted in cloth bags. "We met several Marathas over the last three weeks and sought blessings in form of coins. We asked for coins as they jingle and make noise. We want our community-backed candidates to raise their voice in Parliament," said his acolyte Santosh Suryarao.
|2019-04-10||Melting pots of Kalyan and Thane stir change - Times of India|
Melting pots of Kalyan and Thane stir change Updated: Apr 11, 2019, 07:54 IST THANE: As Thane and Kalyan Lok Sabha constituencies get ready to vote on April 29, dominating the discourse here is the role of changing demographics on electoral fortunes. While most agree that it is vital for candidates to take up local issues like infrastructure, almost all say that at the macro level urban growth and the arrival of non-Marathis in large numbers have forced a change in the campaigning styles of the Shiv Sena and the NCP, the two regional parties facing off in the two constituencies. Both parties have had to adopt a broader outreach plan transcending the sons-of-the-soil formula of old. The Agri-Koli natives once had a dominating presence in Belapur, Nerul, Vashi, Airoli, Thane and Kalwa-Kharegaon, all areas within Thane constituency. The community also has a voter strength of over 2 lakh in 50-plus villages and townships in Kalyan constituency. Thane and Kalyan initially grew when demand for larger and inexpensive homes led to migration of the Marathi manoos from Mumbai. But today, these cities have assumed a cosmopolitan character as a boom in real estate and swank high-rises have attracted the upwardly mobile from all sections. “ Leaders like Anand Dighe and MLAs from saffron parties like MD Joshi, Ganesh Naik, Shabir Shaikh, Jagannath Patil and Ram Kapse had an iron grip over these townships since 1968; the Shiv Sena tasted its first electoral victory in the Thane municipal council polls in 1969,” a political analyst said. “The sons-of-the-soil agenda or the Hindutva ideology had a magic influence on voters in the region then.” Activists said the percentage of Marathi speakers now equals or remains barely a shade above the non-Marathi sections in Navi Mumbai and Thane, with the Bengali, south Indian, Gujarati and north Indian presence growing. “The entire region of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi, Mira Road, Kalyan and the old towns of Ambernath-Badlapur is witnessing sweeping demographic changes,” said Sachin Salunkhe, who shifted to Thane from Dadar. “In the process, the Shiv Sena and BJP, which have been ruling the roost in these townships, too have changed their stripes in recent years so as to appeal to the new voters.” The victory of Shrikant Shinde of the Shiv Sena from Kalyan in the 2014 LS polls is an example of the party shifting gears. Salunkhe said the political pitch has changed “from divide and rule to provide and rule”, with the saffron parties’ talk of Marathi asmita (pride) losing traction. “Till about 2006-07, Valentine’s Day was taboo in Thane-Kalyan. All that is history now and the focus is on infra upgrade,” said Salunkhe. Navi Mumbai, the economic engine and education hub of Thane district, saw its population grow from 7 lakh in 2001 to over 15 lakh in 2015, with Marathi speakers sharing space with a sizeable migrant population. “The tall residential buildings on Palm Beach Road, the new complexes in Nerul and Belapur, they all have a completely diverse mix of population. The people here prefer inclusive politics and talk about development and employment,” the political analyst said.
|2019-04-10||Thane candidate gives Rs 25,000 in coins - Hindustan Times|
Thane candidate gives Rs 25,000 in coins Updated: Apr 11, 2019 04:36 IST An independent candidate, Vinod Laxman Pokharkar, 35, from Thane paid his Rs 25,000 deposit in coins. Reason: He didn’t have the money and had collected it through crowd-funding. Anil Pawar, the returning officer of the Thane Lok Sabha constituency, said, “Pokharkar got a bag full of coins while filing his nomination on April 8. His form was incomplete, so we told him to file the nomination on April 9. We had to separate the denominations between four staff members and count. It took us more than one-and-a-half hour.” The resident of Kopar Khairane who is supported by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, said his motive was not to harass the officials. “ A household which had one voter gave me Re 1, the one with two voters gave me Rs 2 and so on. I went to more than 6,500 houses in 15 days.”
|2019-04-10||Thane: Man kills teenager over old enmity - Times of India|
Thane: Man kills teenager over old enmity Apr 10, 2019, 16:01 IST THANE: A 16-year-old boy was allegedly killed by a 23-year-old man in Ulhasnagar in Thane district apparently over an old enmity between them, police said on Wednesday. The victim, identified as Sundaram Nishad, was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon at around 10.30pm Tuesday in Azad Nagar locality by one Bipin Yadav, a police officer said, adding that Nishad died on the spot. The officer said Yadav bore grudge against Nishad, as the latter had attacked him in the past. Ulhasnagar police station senior inspector SG Javale said a case of murder has been registered against the accused, who is absconding, on the complaint lodged by the victim's brother.
|2019-04-10||This independent candidate from Thane paid Rs 25,000 security deposit in coins - Mumbai Mirror|
This independent candidate from Thane paid Rs 25,000 security deposit in coins Updated: Apr 10, 2019, 13:27 IST Thane: A candidate in Thane district of Maharashtra filed his nomination and paid a security deposit worth Rs 25,000 in coins. Vinod Pokharkar, who is the convener of Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM), brought change of Rs 25,000 for filing his nomination. The total amount of the deposit was made up of coins of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10. Pokharkar's form was accepted on Tuesday after collecting the deposit amount which took the poll panel officers around 1.5 hours to count. Coins used by Vinod Pokharkar to file nomination. "The money was collected from residents of Koparkhairane, Airoli, Vashi, Digha, Ghansoli and Thane. People helped me with small amounts to fight the elections and it is their love and well wishes that they have showered on me. I already have 25,000 followers who donated to me generously and are going to vote for me. I now need to get required voted to win the election," said Pokharkar. Pokharkar is confident of defeating heavy weights like Rajan Vichare of the Shiv Sena who is the sitting Member of Parliament and Anand Paranjape of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Vinod Pokharkar. Photo: Prashant Narvekar/BCCL "You have seen the well wishes showered on me. The Maratha Samaj for whom we are fighting is 55 per cent in Navi-Mumbai and 38 per cent in Thane. This is my vote bank as they fall under my constituency. I am also targeting the youths. My manifesto will soon be out and it will be unique,” said Pokharkar, 38, who is a civil contractor from Koparkhairane. "I am giving in writing on a bond paper to my people (Maratha Samaj) that after winning elections, I will not choose any party as all the parties have cheated Maratha Samaj and used them for their benefits. The Maratha reservation issue is still hanging in courts," Pokharkar added. Vinod Pawar, returning officer from Thane, said, "We received the cash of Rs 25,000 which is the deposit one has to give for filing of nominations to fight the Member of Parliament (MP) elections as it was in the form of coins like Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10 it took us around 1.5 hours to count it."
|2019-04-10||25 nominations held valid for Thane LS constituency - Business Standard|
25 nominations held valid for Thane LS constituency April 10, 2019 18:16 IST Election authorities in Maharashtra's Thane district Wednesday rejected nominations of four of the 29 candidates who have filed their papers for the April 29 Lok Sabha elections, an official said. Thane is one of the 17 constituencies that votes in the fourth and the final phase in Maharashtra. As per the Election Commission, April 10 was the last date for scrutiny of nominations for the fourth phase. The last date for withdrawal of applications is April 12. The nominations were rejected for various reasons including incomplete information and not filing of mandatory affidavits. Interestingly, one of the 29 candidates Vinod Pokharkar had paid the requisite fee of Rs 25,000 while filing his nomination papers in coins. Nomination of Pokharkar, who is contesting as an Independent backed by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, was held valid in the scrutiny, the official told reporters. "The four nominations that were rejected were found to be incomplete regarding the affidavits and declarations, and improper proposers etc," said Thane constituency Returning Officer (RO) Anil Pawar. He said the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETBS) would be used for the first time for the "service voters" in the constituency. There are 543 such voters, he added. Voters having service qualification like members of the Armed Forces, those serving outside his native state; or a person employed under the Government of India, serving outside the country, are classified as service voters. Pawar further said that special arrangements would be made for counting the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips on the day of counting of votes--May 23. "As per a court order, five VVPATs from each assembly segment would be taken up for counting," the RO said. Thane Lok Sabha constituency comprises six assembly segments. The Shiv Sena has renominated its MP Rajan Vichare from the seat against NCP's Anand Paranjape. Meanwhile, Pokharkar said he deposited coins which he had taken from voters to pay the requisite charges.
|2019-04-10||Car thief who attacked constable gets 2 years in jail - Times of India|
Car thief who attacked constable gets 2 years in jail Apr 10, 2019, 07:41 IST THANE: A sessions court sentenced a 26-year-old man from Barmer in Rajasthan to two years' rigorous imprisonment for attacking an on-duty policeman in Nerul last year. Hemant Bishnoi was convicted by assistant sessions judge D Y Gaud under IPC sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of duty). He was also fined Rs 2,000. Jaswantsingh Rawat (27), who was alleged to be Bishnoi's aide, was given the benefit of doubt and acquitted. Prosecutor V M Mundhe told the court that on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 2018, constable Chandrakant Kadam and other cops on patrol duty found Bishnoi and Rawat standing near a car and making a duplicate key. As Kadam approached them, they fled. The cops chased them. Bishnoi picked up a metal object and attacked Kadam on the face. Kadam suffered injuries and was hospitalized. While Bishnoi was nabbed, Rawat managed to flee. A few days later, Rawat was spotted in the locality and arrested, the court was told. Ten witnesses testified against Bishnoi and the prosecutor sought maximum of punishment as "the offence was of a serious nature". The judge, after hearing both the sides, noted in his order: "..neither complainant nor any prosecution witnesses has stated that the other accused (Rawat) either caused assault or used criminal force to any of the prosecution witnesses, so the charges are not proved against him."
|2019-04-10||Now, you can tell real TCs apart from fake ones, Central Railway launches ‘Know Your TC’ pilot project i - Mumbai Mirror|
Now, you can tell real TCs apart from fake ones, Central Railway launches ‘Know Your TC’ pilot project in Thane Updated: Apr 10, 2019, 07:25 IST CR launches ‘Know Your TC’ pilot project in Thane; ticket-checkers will wear a card with a barcode around their necks. In a first for India, a pilot project called ‘Know Your TC’ was launched at Thane station on Tuesday afternoon, to weed out a number of fake TCs who have been found duping passengers on the Central Railway’s (CR) local network. In the last fiscal, FIRs were registered against seven fake TCs nabbed in CR’s Mumbai division, while numerous other offenders may have gone unreported. As part of the project, a unique QR code printed on a card is allotted to ticket checkers (TC), who wear them around their necks. Passengers can now verify the authenticity of TCs by scanning this QR code on their mobile phones. “This idea was conceptualised and implemented by Robin Kalia, senior divisional commercial manager (Works), CR Mumbai division. No extra cost was incurred as the coding was done in-house, by CR’s IT cell,” said CR’s chief PRO, Sunil Udasi. A CR officer recounted how a woman posing as a TC and duping commuters had been nabbed last year. “In December 2018, a woman named Asha Awhad, a resident of Ambernath, was arrested by the GRP Kalyan while posing as a TC and fleecing commuters between Kalyan and Ambernath. On December 14, when a train started from Ulhasnagar Awhad approached a woman commuter and asked for her tickets. When the woman told Awhad she didn’t have a ticket, the latter asked her to get down at Vitthalwadi railway station and collected Rs 250 from her, but didn’t provide a receipt. The victim complained to the railway authorities, and Awhad was arrested by the Kalyan GRP,” the officer said. “The number of such cases has gone up recently. That’s why we decided to introduce the ‘Know Your TC’ project,” he said. Kalia told Mirror: “Under this initiative, a unique QR code is allotted to each TC. Passengers can verify the staffer’s authenticity by scanning this code, which is linked to a backend server that provides authentication. It is very simple; passengers can verify the QR code from a slight distance, too. “We started this from Thane on Tuesday, as a pilot project. We plan to implement this across the Mumbai Division soon,” he said.
|2019-04-10||Election 2019: NCP Candidate List for Maharashtra - Business Insider India|
Election 2019: NCP Candidate List for Maharashtra Apr 10, 2019, 06.57 PM Shrad Pawar’s NCP is fielding Supriya Sule from her winning constituency. Nominated to face the upcoming elections from Baramati, she was elected as MP from here in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. In the same way, the other two NCP candidates who will face the elections from their winning constituencies include Udayanraje Bhosale and Dhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik who will contest from Satara and Kolhapur Lok Sabha seats respectively. Rajendra Shingane is fighting from Buldana, Raju Shetty will contest from Hatkanangale, Gulabrao Deokar will face the elections from Jalgaon and Sanjay Dina Patil will fight from Mumbai North East constituency. From Thane parliamentary seat, Anand Paranjpe will represent NCP.
|2019-04-10||Thane LS constituency to deploy e-ballot system for 543 service voters - United News of India|
Thane LS constituency to deploy e-ballot system for 543 service voters Thane, Apr 10 (UNI) A total of 29 candidates filed nominations to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Thane seat but the nominations of four candidates were held invalid owing to certain discrepancies found during scrutiny process, stated the Returning Officer (RO) Anil Pawar. Briefing the media persons here on Wednesday, the RO informed that these four nominations were rejected as they lacked mandatory affidavits and declarations. Speaking further, the RO mentioned that among 25 valid nominations, one candidate Vinod Laxman Pokharkar deposited the security amount of Rs 25,000 in coins of various denominations of Rs 10, 5, 2 and 1. The RO said that four officers counted the money for around two hours. "For the first time, 543 service voters from this constituency will vote through the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETBS) and the election duty personnel can exercise their franchise through postal ballot," the RO informed."Persons With Disabilities will be given to and fro transportation facilities from their residence till polling booths," the RO mentioned. The polls will be held for Thane seat on April 29.
|2019-04-09||FIR against MNS trio for beating BJP man, airing clip of it on TV - Times of India|
FIR against MNS trio for beating BJP man, airing clip of it on TV Updated: Apr 10, 2019, 05:25 IST THANE: The police have slapped an FIR against three MNS workers for assaulting a BJP worker over a WhatsApp forward. The post featured a laughing cartoon face poking fun at a Raj Thackeray statement. BJP worker Pradeep Rane’s thrashing was video-recorded and even aired on a local channel, said the police complaint. The police said that the complainant received a post on Sunday with MNS president Thackeray’s statement that he was not for sale. Thackeray’s picture was also in the post, and below it was a sketch of a man laughing and asking what was the need to buy when something was available for hire. Thackeray is himself a serious cartoonist who often pokes fun at other politicians, at times with sharp comments accompanying his drawings. “The complainant forwarded the post to some other people and WhatsApp groups, and it went viral in the Vrindavan locality,” an official from the Rabodi police station said. “The MNS men noticed it and felt offended.” Around 4 pm, the MNS men went to Rane’s home and asked him about the post. The police said the MNS men abused and thrashed Rane. “Though the complainant apologised to them and deleted the post, they were not satisfied and they videographed the thrashing and apology, and made it viral while also airing it on a local channel,” the police official said, quoting the complaint. A case was registered against the three MNS men under Section 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), Section 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and Section 500 (defamation) of the IPC. Addressing a recent party conclave, Thackeray had said party workers should thrash trolls who were abusive. He had said criticism was fine but not abuse.
|2019-04-09||Headless body of young woman found in Palghar - The Hindu|
Headless body of young woman found in Palghar UPDATED: APRIL 10, 2019 00:55 IST The decapitated body of a young woman was found in the Waliv creek in Palghar in the early hours of Monday. According to the police, local residents crossing the bridge over the creek spotted the body and called the Palghar Police control room around 3.30 a.m. “We sent a team to the spot and removed the body from the water. It had a sack of cement tied around the torso. The head had been cut off, and is yet to be found. Prima facie, the body seems to be of a woman in her early to mid-20s,” Additional Superintendent of Police (Vasai) Vijaykant Sagar said. Mr. Sagar said based on the condition of the body, the woman seems to have been dead for two to three days. As there are no CCTV cameras covering the bridge, police teams are conducting inquiries in residential localities on both sides to find out if anyone has seen suspicious activity in the last few days. “As the body seems to have been in the water for a long time, it was bloated and we could not discern any external injuries. The cause of death is still being ascertained,” an officer with the Waliv police said. The officer said wireless alerts have been sent out across Palghar and in the Thane and Thane Rural commissionerates seeking information on any women in their 20s reported missing in the last few days. “We are also seeking the assistance of our local informants. If the murderer is a member of the victim’s family, he or she might not register a missing person’s report immediately to delay or derail the investigation. We are finding out through informants if any resident has gone missing recently,” the officer said. The Waliv police have registered an FIR of murder under the Indian Penal Code against unknown persons for now.
|2019-04-09||Thane resident files complaint against Catholic union president for speaking against RSS - India Today|
Thane resident files complaint against Catholic union president for speaking against RSS UPDATED: April 9, 2019 22:01 IST In a recent spate of complaints filed against those speaking against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), another has been added by a Thane resident. The latest complaint is against John Dayal, Secretary General, President and Vice President of All India Catholic Union. Vivek Champanerkar, an RSS worker from Thane, has filed a complaint against Dayal that he allegedly made baseless comments during a debate on a private news channel. According to Champanerkar, Dayal said, "The RSS spreads fear, the RSS kills, remember. The RSS kills, the RSS killed Gandhi." The debate had taken place on July 12, 2018, and was telecast live. A link of the telecast is still available on the website of that news channel. The complainant said that he has also preserved the link of the video on the website and now seeks justice on the ground that Dayal had uttered false and baseless allegations against his organisation, the RSS. Advocate Aditya Mishra, appearing for the complainant, told the court that "linking RSS to Mahatma Gandhi's killing was unjust because that has not been proven by any commission or any court. And same is the case with the grossly generalised statement RSS kills which has not been substantiated." After hearing the arguments, the court in Thane issued a notice to Dayal to be present before the court on April 22. This is not the first time that a complaint has been filed against linking RSS to the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, in Delhi by Nathuram Godse. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had allegedly said "the RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi" at an election rally a few years ago. Rajesh Kunte, an RSS worker had filed a case at that time in Bhiwandi court where criminal defamation proceedings are underway against Rahul Gandhi. Charges against him have been framed after he had pleaded not guilty in June 2018. Lately, in another case wherein Rahul Gandhi and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury had connected RSS to the 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, defamation cases have been filed in Mumbai and Thane, one of them by Vivek Champanerkar himself.
|2019-04-09||Highly-decomposed body of man found in jungle in Thane - Business Standard|
Highly-decomposed body of man found in jungle in Thane April 9, 2019 16:50 IST A highly-decomposed body of a man was found in a jungle in the Kulgaon area of Thane district, police said Monday. The corpse, which has been found on Sunday evening near a nullah in the Pimpaldara jungle, was found with its private parts chopped off, a Kulgaon police station official informed. "It is of a man who was between 30-40 years of age. It is 8-10 days old with several stab wounds. We suspect he was murdered and then his body disposed of in the jungle." he said. A case has been registered at Kulgaon police station under section 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code, he added.
|2019-04-09||Maha: Collegian jumps off 32nd floor of Thane high-rise - Business Standard|
Maha: Collegian jumps off 32nd floor of Thane high-rise April 9, 2019 22:50 IST An 18-year-old college student allegedly committed suicide Tuesday evening by jumping off the 32nd floor of a high-rise in Majiwada area of Thane district, police said. Pratamesh Parab, a First Year Junior College student and resident of Kalwa, jumped off the refuge floor, situated at the 32nd level, at around 5 pm, an official said. "He was found lying in a pool of blood on the ground at the housing complex. As per preliminary probe, Parab informed his family that he was going to meet a friend in the complex. The identity of this friend is not yet known," the official said. "We have found his mobile phone in the building's residential area and its contents are being checked to get more information on why he might have committed suicide. The CCTV network of the area is also being checked," the official added. He said an accidental death case has been registered at Rabodi police station and further probe was underway, he said.
|2019-04-09||3 MNS activists booked for ‘beating up’ BJP worker in Thane - The Tribune|
3 MNS activists booked for ‘beating up’ BJP worker in Thane updated: Apr 9, 2019, 11:22 AM Three local MNS activists had been booked for allegedly beating up a BJP worker in Thane district of Maharashtra over a post forwarded by him on WhatsApp which they found offending, police said on Tuesday. According to the complaint filed by the BJP activist, Pradeep Rane, on Sunday he received a post on WhatsApp about the MNS along with a picture of its party chief Raj Thackeray, Rabodi police station’s senior inspector RM Somavanshi said. Rane forwarded the post to some other people. Later, three MNS workers also saw the post and felt offended following which they thrashed Rane, he said. The complainant alleged that he apologised and also deleted the post from his mobile phone, but the MNS workers allegedly made a video-recording of the beating incident which they posted on social media and also aired on a local channel, the official said. Based on his complaint, the police registered a case against the three MNS activists under IPC Sections 452 (house- trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 500 (defamation), he said. No arrests had been made so far, he said, adding that a probe is under way.
|2019-04-09||Thane Man Sentenced to 2 Years of 'Rigorous Imprisonment' for Attacking Cop on Duty - News18|
Thane Man Sentenced to 2 Years of 'Rigorous Imprisonment' for Attacking Cop on Duty Updated:April 9, 2019, 11:03 AM IS Thane: A court in Thane district of Maharashtra has awarded two years' rigorous imprisonment to a 26-year-old man for attacking a policeman and preventing him from discharging his duty. Assistant Sessions Judge D Y Gaud in his order last week also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the accused, Hemant Kumar Bishnoi, a native of Barmer district in Rajasthan. According to the prosecution, a group of policemen were on patrolling duty on the intervening night of November 2-3, 2018 when they saw the accused and his associate tampering with a car at Nerul in Navi Mumbai town. When the police approached them, the two men ran away. However, the police later caught Bishnoi and when they were enquiring with him, he attacked a constable with a metal object. The policeman received injuries near his right eye and was admitted to a hospital. Bishnoi was subsequently arrested and his associate, Jaswantsingh Jaggusingh Rawat (27), was also caught a few days later from the same area. The prosecution sought maximum punishment for the accused, saying the offence was of a serious nature. The judge sentenced Bishnoi after considering the fact that the offence was committed against a policeman, who is a public servant, while he was discharging his duty. He pronounced Bishnoi guilty under Indian Penal Code Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty). The judge acquitted Rawat, giving him benefit of doubt.
|2019-04-09||18-yr-old college student jumps to death from high-rise in Thane - United News of India|
18-yr-old college student jumps to death from high-rise in Thane Thane, Apr 9 (UNI) An 18-year-old college student allegedly committed suicide by jumping to death from the 32nd floor of a high-rise in a posh housing complex at Majiwada area of city on Tuesday.
|2019-04-09||New PUBG poster leaves Thane Police worried, call for ban grows in UAE - Janta Ka Reporter|
New PUBG poster leaves Thane Police worried, call for ban grows in UAE April 9, 2019 Amidst growing concern over adverse ramifications of PUBG addiction, a new poster in Maharashtra recently left the Thane Police extremely worried. This was after several residents of Thane reported how a group of people had put up a poster in a neighbourhood in the city marking the area reserved for PUBG players. Residents of Thane tagged the city police on Twitter to express their concern. The poster, written in Marathi, read, “This place is reserved only for PUBG game players.” Local residents were quick to share the poster with the Thane Police. Taking a dim view of the poster, the cops intervened and discovered that those responsible for the act were college students and had done so as part of a prank. According to local police, they were warned not to repeat this prank in future. Last month, Rajkot became the first city in India to announce a ban on PUBG. City Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal had issued a notification that read, “It has come to our notice from various media that PUBGgame, MOMO challenge is leading to a violent attitude among youth. The game is also having an impact on studies as well as behaviour, conduct and language of children and youth… Keeping in mind public safety security and to maintain law and order, I hereby impose a ban on playing PUBG game.” Meanwhile, a report by Khaleej Times said that parents in UAE had called for a ban on the popular online game because of the ‘bad influence on youth’ due to its ‘violent content and addictive nature,’ PUBG is an acronym for Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds. This is a multiplayer survival battle game developed by a South Korean firm.
|2019-04-09||Thane streets wore a festive look as Sena, NCP candidates file nominations - Times of India|
Thane streets wore a festive look as Sena, NCP candidates file nominations Updated: Apr 9, 2019, 09:26 IST THANE: The Sena-BJP alliance as well as NCP-Congress candidates from Thane Lok Sabha constituency filed their nominations with the election commission for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Thane district will go to the polls on April 29. Sporting saffron turbans and saffron clothes and dancing to the beats of the dhol, Sena-BJP alliance nominee Rajan Vichare was accompanied by minister Eknath Shinde, BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar, among other top party functionaries. Besides the politicos, thousands of party workers poured on to the street to show their strength. The procession started from their party office near Ram Maruti Road and went through the lanes of Gokhale Road and the crowded market, towards the collector office. The SSC passed Vichare filed his nomination with the returning officer on Monday. Though a handful of BJP corporators were seen in the procession, the street wore a saffron look. Meanwhile, on the other hand, NCP-Congress candidate Anand Paranjpe sported their tri-colour party flag with their clock symbol prominently present on it. Thousands of supporters gathered at the party office in Panchpakhadi while Paranjpe was filing the nomination papers. Here too the party supporters and corporators did not leave any stone unturned in terms of celebration. From bursting crackers to dancing on the beats of the dhol-tasha, everyone was seen cheering for their candidate. Many were seen sporting tri-colour caps and swaying their party flag. Paranjpe was accompanied by Congress corporator Manoj Shinde, MLA Jitendra Awhad, RPI-Ekyawadi leader Jitendra Indise and former MP Sanjeev Naik, among others.
|2019-04-09||Three workers in Dhokali STP uneasy due to ‘toxic’ paint - Times of India|
Three workers in Dhokali STP uneasy due to 'toxic' paint Updated: Apr 9, 2019, 09:26 IST THANE: In a freak mishap, three painters allegedly operating without safety gear complained of uneasiness after inhaling ‘toxic’ paint while working in the underground chamber of an under-construction sewage treatment plant at Dhokali on Monday morning. Thane civic officials said, the incident occurred when the workers assigned by a civic contractor to paint the chamber with an epoxy coat started feeling uneasy possibly due to lack of ventilation in the tank. The underground sump was nearly 30-feet-deep and had only one small iron grille opening at the top which did not allow the supposedly toxic fumes of the paint to escape, said the official. While other workers managed to come out in time, one of them started complaining of giddiness and was unable to even climb the ladder to safety. On seeing their accomplice losing conscious, the duo again descended the tank to retrieve their trapped aide but by the time they reached the bottom, the duo also started feeling nauseated and started losing their conscious. Meanwhile, panicked colleagues of the trio alerted the fire brigade and the regional disaster management cell that rushed to the spot and admitted the men to the nearest hospital. Kailash Mumbaikar, deputy city engineer and in-charge of the civic sewage disposal department said action will be taken only after conducting necessary investigations.
|2019-04-09||98 suspected of TB out of 3,000 food handlers in TMC health drive - Times of India|
98 suspected of TB out of 3,000 food handlers in TMC health drive Apr 9, 2019, 09:20 IST THANE: The civic health department had conducted a month-long drive to detect patients suffering from tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases and screened over 2,000 workers from various hotels and sweet markets. Of these, they came across 98 suspected patients. The camps started on March 10 and ended on World Health Day on April 7. The check-ups were conducted on food handlers from over 300 hotels and sweet marts in Thane, to make sure they did not suffer from tuberculosis, hypertension, diabetes and other health issues. “There is a high possibility of consumers getting infected with communicable diseases because of any infected food handler. Hence we conducted this drive and screened around 2,972 workers out of which 98 were suspected to have tuberculosis. Further, post the results if we come across any positive patients, then we will immediately start their treatment. If a worker is infected and he sneezes or coughs near the food, then there are chances of the germs spreading, which will affect the consumers,” said Dr Ram Kendre, civic medical health officer. These camps were conducted near the hotels or manufacturing units so that it was convenient for the workers and they do not have to miss out on work. The ones who were detected of having hypertension or diabetes were immediately given adequate medicines. The hotel and sweet mart association stated that these camps encourages workers to do a check-up.
|2019-04-09||Power cuts in Thane, Mulund and Andheri rattle residents - Mumbai Mirror|
Power cuts in Thane, Mulund and Andheri rattle residents Updated: Apr 9, 2019, 08:52 IST PRAYING FOR POWER: Sulabh Jain, a Mulund resident, says sometimes there are three power cuts in a day From Central suburbs such as Thane and Mulund to the Western suburb of Andheri – residents say there is no prior warning for load shedding. If the sweltering heat wasn’t bad enough, sudden power cuts have made matters worse for citizens in several parts of the city. The problem has been reported from suburbs as diverse as Thane, Mulund, Vikhroli and Andheri - areas where electricity is supplied through different power companies. This has caught citizens off guard as the city is not used to frequent power cuts. A resident of Ramgarh Nagar in Mulund, Pradip Gupta said that such unscheduled power outages, which have been happening for the last couple of months, have now become as regular as three times a week. “Not being able to use fans during summers, especially during nights, can be very uncomfortable,” he said. His neighbour, Mulchand Rajpurohit says that sometimes these power outages can last up to two hours. He said, “There are more than 2,200 families here that are dreading the summer months.” In Thane, residents are often woken up by power cuts. “Often, these cuts happen early in the morning or during the afternoons, disturbing people’s sleep,” he said. Sulabh Jain, who lives in Mirani Nagar, Mulund, said there were power cuts for at least five days in the past week, sometimes even thrice in the same day. “When we are getting ready for work in the mornings, it causes unnecessary delays. When we call the MSEB office, they don’t even answer the phone,” he said. “With kids preparing for examinations, things get very difficult for them,” he added. The situation is no better in the western suburbs where Adani Electricity supplies the power. “I had never experienced power cuts in 10 years of living in Goregaon until a few months ago. As a result, we often have food stored in the fridge going bad. Since this is not the norm, most households in Mumbai has no arrangement for power backup,” said media professional Ankit Vengurlekar. Over at Vikhroli, one housing society is even contemplating switching its supplier due to frequent power outages. “Though the cuts usually don’t last for more than half an hour, it is concerning, because people using elevators or treadmills at the time of outages have had really bad experiences. Since we have six elevators in our building, someone gets stuck in the elevator every time there is a power outage,” said advocate Jasmine Mehta. Another resident of the same building Gaurav Gill said that inability to pump water up to their houses because of these outages creates more problems. “It’s only after we start calling up the customer care that we get SMSs apologising for the inconvenience caused,” he said. A member of the Andheri-Lokhandwala-Oshiwara Citizens’ Association, Karan Jotwani said that besides the outages, residents in his area are also experiencing flickering for the last few days. “This is bad for the gadgets that are connected to the grid. A woman was also stuck in the elevator last week,” he said. When asked about this, Mahavitaran representative PS Patil said that there is no load shedding anywhere in Maharashtra, and in fact the state has excess power. “There may be localised power cuts due to some technical issues that can happen anywhere and is beyond our control,” he said and also blamed the Metro construction for the same. “Such instances seem to have increased after the construction for Metro has started as the workers end up damaging our power cables frequently,” he said. An Adani Electricity spokesperson said, “Sometimes certain pockets face unplanned outages due to the ongoing infrastructure upgrade work being carried out in the city that causes supply lines to be damaged once in a while,” adding, “Our Average Service Availability Index for February and March has been 99.99 per cent and 99.98 per cent.”
|2019-04-09||18-year-old boy found dead in Thane - The Hindu|
18-year-old boy found dead in Thane UPDATED: APRIL 10, 2019 00:59 IST An 18-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide at his friend’s residence in Thane on Tuesday. According to the Rabodi police, the incident occurred between 5 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. at Rustomjee Towers. The police said the deceased, Prathamesh Parab, was a resident of Manisha Nagar in Kalwa and had come to the building to visit a friend, who was his former neighbour. “Parab stepped out of his friend’s residence saying that he was going to meet another friend who stayed in the same building on a higher floor, after which he took the extreme step,” senior police inspector R.M. Somvanshi, Rabodi police station, said. Residents who witnessed the suicide immediately called the police. Parab was taken to Thane Civil Hospital, where he was declared dead before admission. “We have not found any suicide note on him, and his parents were in shock and unable to respond coherently to our queries. We will examine his cell phone for clues,” Mr. Somvanshi said. The police have registered an accidental death report for now. Parab used to study in Saraswati School in Rabodi, officers said.
|2019-04-09||Thane: Pretending to be cop, woman robs constable’s house; arrested - The Indian Express|
Thane: Pretending to be cop, woman robs constable’s house; arrested Published: April 10, 2019 2:42:56 am A 33-year-old woman was arrested and remanded in police custody for three days for allegedly pretending to be a police officer and stealing from the house of another police officer. The woman had earlier been accused of extortion by her third husband, police said. Bhakti alias Sarika Shinde’s social media friends lists have many senior and mid-level police officers across Thane and Mumbai. “She claimed to be a senior officer who has been suspended due to personal reasons. She has obtained several pictures with senior leaders and senior officers, which she uses to convince people,” said an officer. Dombivali resident Rajvardhan Wagh, a constable with Vikhroli police station, had befriended Shinde through his wife, who met her at a gathering, the police said. “On April 3, Shinde visited the Wagh household when no one was around. She sent the victim’s daughter to fetch her mother and took all the ornaments and money kept in Wagh’s house. She then left the building,” said the officer. After Wagh lodged the FIR, police arrested her from her house in Kalyan on Monday night. “She has been remanded to our custody for three days. We are investigating if she had targeted other people,” said a senior officer. Shinde, who has an FIR against her in Navi Mumbai, has allegedly been pretending to be a three-star-level cop, police said. “A builder, who she had married, lodged a complaint of extortion against her claiming that she had been married twice before, claiming to be a cop. She had then extorted money from him,” said an officer. Police claim that Shinde could have targeted other people by either befriending them or their families. “She could have lured others into believing she was an officer,” said the officer.
|2019-04-09||Thane: 3 MNS members booked for thrashing BJP worker - Times of India|
Thane: 3 MNS members booked for thrashing BJP worker Apr 9, 2019, 15:44 IST THANE: Three local MNS activists have been booked for allegedly beating up a BJP worker in Thane district over a post forwarded by him on WhatsApp which they found offending, police said on Tuesday. According to the complaint filed by the BJP activist, Pradeep Rane, on Sunday he received a post on WhatsApp about the MNS along with a picture of its party chief Raj Thackeray, Rabodi police station's senior inspector RM Somavanshi said. Rane forwarded the post to some other people. Later, three MNS workers also saw the post and felt offended following which they thrashed Rane, he said. The complainant alleged that he apologised and also deleted the post from his mobile phone, but the MNS workers allegedly made a video-recording of the beating incident which they posted on social media and also aired on a local channel, the official said. Based on his complaint, the police registered a case against the three MNS activists under IPC Sections 452 (house- trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 500 (defamation), he said. No arrest has been made so far, he said, adding that a probe was underway into the incident.
|2019-04-09||MCPS expected to narrow list for superintendent search tonight - KPAX-TV|
MCPS expected to narrow list for superintendent search tonight
|2019-04-08||MCPS Superintendent Finalist Candidates to be named Tuesday - Newstalkkgvo|
|2019-04-08||PUBG Mobile: Thane police warn students who put up posters to mark their territory - BGR India|
PUBG Mobile: Thane police warn students who put up posters to mark their territory Published: April 8, 2019 3:46 PM IST There were widespread calls in India recently to can the battle royale game PUBG Mobile because some people argued that the game is harmful to the mental health of the teenagers and others that are playing it, and is addictive as well. And to remedy this situation the game was banned in the stage of Gujarat by the police, following which many people were arrested as well for not abiding by the ban and breaking it by playing the game in public places. But the ban has since been rescinded and is no longer in effect. But in a recent incident the Thane Police warned some students who had put up posters in a neighborhood marking their area of playing the game. The poster apparently offended a resident of the area who decided to take the matter up with the local police by tweeting about it. This warning comes as a measure that was not deputed on the part of the police because there is no restrictions on playing the game, especially in Thane, where the incident occurred. There is no clear notion as to why the police had the posters removed in the first place.
|2019-04-08||Missoula County Public Schools ask voters to approve 2 operation levies - Missoula Current|
|2019-04-08||Thane Municipal Corporation holds awareness drives for public to cast their ballot - DNA India|
Thane Municipal Corporation holds awareness drives for public to cast their ballot Apr 8, 2019, 06:35 AM IST Even as several communities in Thane district are planning to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the TMC is making efforts to increase voter percentage. It has undertaken activities like rallies, signature campaigns, chunav pathshalas among other things to make the voters aware of their rights and cast their ballot. With the announcement of the LS poll dates, all the machineries in Thane have upped their game to increase voter percentage. For instance, from April 2, they have started Chunav pathshala (election school) where their officials visit various schools and colleges. "We tell students that voting is a duty and to educate their parents, relatives and neighbours, said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer and deputy municipal commissioner, TMC. They also show voters how to use VVPAT machine. They held a student rally accompanied by dhol-tasha pathak (band) on Friday at Lokmanyanagar in Thane. The students appealed people to exercise their right in the LS election of April 29. The civic body also organised a signature campaign urging the youth to vote. Apart from this the civic body have also asked its ghanta gadi (garbage collecting vehicles) to educate the residents of the areas they visit to collect garbage every day. Along with collecting waste, the workers will urge the residents of these societies and slums to vote on April 29, he added.
|2019-04-08||2019 Lok Sabha polls: Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi candidates file nominations - Hindustan Times|
2019 Lok?Sabha polls: Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi candidates file nominations Updated: Apr 09, 2019 00:52 IST Amid a show of strength in Thane, Shiv Sena’s sitting MP Rajan Vichare and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Anand Paranjpe filed their nomination forms at the collector’s office on Monday afternoon. While Paranjpe’s income rose to ?7.74 crore, from ?3.59 crore in 2014, Vichare’s income rose to ?18.23 crore from ?8.15 crore in 2014. More than 3,000 Congress-NCP supporters joined Paranjpe as he began his rally from the party’s office in Panchpakhadi. Senior NCP and Congress leaders namely Ganesh Naik, Jitendra Awhad and Congress city president Manoj Shinde, too, were present. “My objective is to reach out to every voter in the constituency. The MNS has also pledged their support to our party. Vichare had promised employment to two crore people every year. He should reveal how many jobs have been provided. “The sea of supporters is people’s way of expressing their anger against the ruling party,” Paranjpe said. On the contrary, Vichare’s rally, which began from the Shiv Sena’s central office in Naupada, did not see many supporters. “I have completed one tenure. The Thane Lok Sabha has six Assembly constituencies, five of which are ruled by the Sena-BJP. I am confident that the people will put their faith in us,” he said. In Kalyan, NCP candidate Babaji Patil, 52, filed his nomination, after a rally in Dombivli city. “The party has faith in me. I will do my best to develop the constituency if I win,” he said. Shrikant Shinde, the sitting MP of Kalyan constituency who has been given a ticket, is likely to file the nomination on Tuesday. Meanwhile, BJP’s Kapil Patil, 58, the sitting MP from Bhiwandi, filed his nomination at the sub-divisional office. His competitor Suresh Tawre may file the documents on Tuesday. So far, 11 candidates have filed nominations for the Thane Lok Sabha seat, while 14 for the Kalyan seat.
|2019-04-08||Mumbai, Thane candidates file nominations for LS polls - The Asian Age|
Mumbai, Thane candidates file nominations for LS polls Published : Apr 9, 2019, 2:23 am IST Mumbai: Congress candidate from the Mumbai North Central constituency Priya Dutt Monday filed her nomination. She was accompanied by her brother and film actor Sanjay Dutt. She has been pitted against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Poonam Mahajan. Several other candidates, including Urmila Matondkar and Rahul Shewale also filed their nominations for seats in Mumbai and Thane. Matondkar, who rode a motorcycle to file her papers, has been pitted against BJP’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai north. The polls will be held on April 29. With this, the election campaign in the Mumbai region is expected to intensify in the coming days. Former city Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam filed his papers from the Mumbai north-west seat, where he is locked in a battle with Shiv Sena's Gajanan Kirtikar. Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora and Sawant are in the fray from the Mumbai south seat. Sawant was accompanied by BJP leader Raj Purohit while filing his nomination papers. Sena leader Rahul Shewale also filed his nomination from the Mumbai south-central seat, where he will face-off with Congress’ Eknath Gaikwad. Shewale was flanked by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray when he reached the election office to file his papers. The last date to withdraw nominations for the fourth phase is April 11. Polling is scheduled on April 29. Lok Sabha elections to 48 seats in the state will be held in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. In the first phase, polling will be held across seven seats where 116 candidates are in the fray. In the second phase, 179 candidates will contest from 10 Lok Sabha seats. As many as 393 candidates are in the fray for the third phase of polling in 14 parliamentary constituencies of the state. In the fourth phase, polling will be held in 17 constituencies, inclu-ding those in Mumbai.
|2019-04-08||2 men arrested for travelling on train on fake disability certificate - The Tribune India|
2 men arrested for travelling on train on fake disability certificate Apr 8, 2019, 10:00 AM Two men were arrested for allegedly availing train travel concessions by submitting fake disability certificate in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Monday. The railways provide concessional tickets to those with disabilities. One of the accused, Ramesh Ahuja, recently booked his ticket in the Jaipur-Pune Express train by submitting a copy of a certificate purportedly issued by a city-based government hospital, claiming he was handicapped, an official at Mahatma Phule police station in Kalyan town here said. During verification, the Central Railway’s vigilance wing found the certificate to be fake, he said. As the train reached the Vasai station here on Sunday, the railways inspection staff found Ahuja and his attendant, Nandlal Kasturi, travelling in a coach meant for general passengers, the official said. The two were subsequently arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code sections for cheating and forgery, he added.
|2019-04-08||Two held for travelling in train on fake disability certificate - Times of India|
Two held for travelling in train on fake disability certificate Apr 8, 2019, 13:30 IST THANE: Two persons were arrested for allegedly availing train travel concessions by submitting fake disability certificate in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Monday. The railways provide concessional tickets to persons with disabilities. One of the accused, Ramesh Ahuja, recently booked his ticket in the Jaipur-Pune Express train by submitting copy of a certificate purportedly issued by a city-based government hospital, claiming he was handicapped, an official at Mahatma Phule police station in Kalyan town here said. During verification, the Central Railway's vigilance wing found the certificate to be fake, he said. As the train reached the Vasai station here on Sunday, the railways' inspection staff found Ahuja and his attendant, Nandlal Kasturi, travelling in a coach meant for general passengers, the official said. The two were subsequently arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code sections for cheating and forgery, he added.
|2019-04-08||BWW Review: MACBETH at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company - Broadway World|
|2019-04-08||Thane: EC flying squad seizes Rs 3,74,000 from car - Times of India|
Thane: EC flying squad seizes Rs 3,74,000 from car Updated: Apr 8, 2019, 23:25 IST BHIWANDI: The flying squad of Election Commission seized cash of Rs 3,74,000 from a car in Bhiwandi on Monday evening. The flying squad, led by Dr Sunil Bhalerao, checked a car and recovered cash of Rs 3,74000 on Monday evening near Sai Baba naka. As car owner did not produce details about the cash he was carrying, the cash has been handed over to Shanti Nagar police for further action.
|2019-04-08||Thane court summons activist John Dayal in RSS defamation case - The Hindu|
Thane court summons activist John Dayal in RSS defamation case UPDATED: APRIL 09, 2019 00:55 IST The Thane sessions court on Monday issued a notice to human rights and political rights activist John Dayal directing him to be present in the court on April 22 for hearing in a defamation case filed by a worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). RSS worker Vivek Champanerkar had filed the plea through advocate Aditya Mishra. He alleged that Mr. Dayal — the secretary general, president and vice-president of the All India Catholic Union — said on a talk show that the RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi. The plea said, “On July 12, 2018, Mr. Dayal uttered unfounded, false and baseless allegations against the RSS in a debate on a TV news channel. He said, ‘The RSS spreads fear. The RSS kills remember. The RSS killed Gandhi.’ Till date there has been no judgement pronounced by any court of law or report submitted by any commission of inquiry substantiating the statements.” The joint civil judge senior division had issued a notice to the activist on March 11. Mr. Dayal told The Hindu, “I am not going. In what capacity is an individual suing me?”
|2019-04-08||Youths of Badlapur take up initiative to clean Ulhas river - Mumbai Mirror|
Youths of Badlapur take up initiative to clean Ulhas river Updated: Apr 8, 2019, 17:58 IST Youngsters take up the initiative of cleaning Ulhas river Even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised cleaning of river Ganga before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, not much has been done since then. However some youngsters from Thane's Badlapur district have vowed to clean the Ulhas river, which is highly polluted because of the wastes from the nearby industries. Venu Kamble who stays in Satkarm Ashram near the river banks had informed Pooja Tanksalkar about this problem. Pooja, who is an MBA pass out, decided to do something regarding this problem. She thus started a social media campaign to clean the river. The campaign 'My Trash, My Responsibility' received wide response from the youth across the city. Every Sunday Young brigade in Badlapur assembles on the bank of the river to clean the trash. "Every week the number of volunteers is increasing. In the first week there were around 40 volunteers who helped it whipping out two tonnes of garbage," said Pooja. Amongst all the garbage, the number of empty alcohol bottles found were the most. Pooja posted about these bottles on social media and ideated that the bottles can be sold and the money can be used to paint the walls on the river bank. While she received great support from the people, a few miscreants purposely broke these bottles and spread the glass pieces across the river bank. "If you cannot help us please don't create problems for us," said Pooja.
|2019-04-07||Poll aspirants all set to file nominations for 3 LS seats - Times of India|
Poll aspirants all set to file nominations for 3 LS seats Updated: Apr 8, 2019, 10:36 IST THANE: The last two days of filing nominations to the three Lok Sabha seats in Thane district is likely to witness a flurry of applications from aspiring candidates especially on Monday, the first working day after a long weekend. Presently, only 14 including ten independent candidates have approached the election department with their requests. Experts claimed a majority of candidates and political parties preferred to wait till Gudi Padwa, considered an auspicious occasion for embarking on new initiatives by a majority. Several candidates including those from the BJP- Shiv Sena alliance and the Congress-NCP combine who are also likely to contest the three seats from the district will submit their respective applications for fighting the polls. Of these, Anand Paranjape, the NCP candidate contesting for the Thane LS seat on behalf of the NCP-Congress alliance will file his nomination on Monday while his rival Rajan Vichare from the Shiv Sena-BJP combine is likely to follow suit the following day. Meanwhile, ten independent candidates along with four from various other parties have already submitted their applications till Friday, the fourth day of filing nominations. As many as five independent candidates including Suresh Kumar Pal, Ajay Shyam Maurya, Devendra Singh, Shiva Krishna Iyer, Dinkar Palke along with Mohammed Ahmed Khan from the Bahujan Maha party and Muneer Ahmed Ansari from the Indian Union Muslim League filed there nominations from the Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency while Mallikarjun Pujari from Vanchit Bahujan aghadi, Sudhakar Shinde from the Ambedkarite party of India and Madhavilata Maurya from Jan Adhikar party filed nominations for the Thane seat. Not a single nomination was filed for the Bhiwandi seat on Friday. “It is routine for political parties to reserve the AB forms till the end and not just curb defections but also to accomodate any last minute changes in candidature if required. Also, the traditional factor of waiting for an opportune moment to file the applications also holds importance among a majority who hace decided to choose the best suitable date post Gudi Padwa,” said a political analyst. Election officials the total number of nominations till April 5 in Thane district, ahead of the public holidays was 14. “Four candidates from Thane had filed nominations while nine applications have been received from Kalyan (including a repeat nomination) while Bhiwandi has seen just one nomination filed till now,” informed an official from the election department. Rajesh Narvekar, Thane collector and election officer for the district said the last date for filing nominations was April 9 while the applications will be scrutinised on April 10. The last date for withdrawal of applications will be April 12. Meanwhile, officials from the Thane election department said they are all geared up to tackle any violation of poll code of conduct. Over 160 cases of violation of code of conduct was registered by the election commission of India till last week. A Bhiwandi businessman was also found to be in position of Rs 2.4 lakh cash during a surprise raid in the city last week by a special team of officials deputed to keep tabs on violations including possible illegal financial transactions ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
|2019-04-07||Man kills wife over domestic feud in Thane - Times of India|
Man kills wife over domestic feud in Thane Apr 7, 2019, 16:06 IST THANE: A 38-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife to death after a quarrel with her over domestic issues in Thane district, police said on Sunday. The victim, Rekha Pagare (35), used to work as a domestic help, but her husband Dileep Pagare, a plumber, did not like it, an official at Ulhasnagar police station said. The accused also doubted his wife's character and the couple, who have a son and a daughter, used to have frequent fights at their home at Mukund Nagar in Ulhasnagar township, he said. On Saturday RPT Saturday, while the family was celebrating the Gudi Padwa festival, the woman went to work and returned home in the evening. The couple had an argument over this following which the accused allegedly strangled his wife with a 'dupatta' (a long cloth worn by women), the official said. Their 13-year-old daughter tried to intervene but the accused pushed her out of the house. The girl then rushed to her grandmother's house located nearby to inform her about the incident, he said. When the girl and her grandmother came to the accused's house, they saw the victim lying on the floor. They rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her dead, he said. The body was later sent for postmortem. According to police, the accused on Saturday also beat up his wife, who had then received injuries and was treated at a hospital. Meanwhile, a search was on to nab the accused and a case was registered against him under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
|2019-04-07||Thane police nab man who stole auto-rickshaws to ferry passengers - The Asian Age|
Thane police nab man who stole auto-rickshaws to ferry passengers Published : Apr 8, 2019, 3:54 am IST Mumbai: The local crime branch (LCB) unit of the Thane (rural) police has arrested a 21-year-old thief who adopted a unique modus operandi to earn his daily bread and fund his addiction to alcohol. According to the police, the accused Mayur Sagar Naik (21), a resident of Murdha village in Bhayandar, stole rickshaws and used to ferry late-night passengers in and around the Mira-Bhayandar belt. Once the vehicle ran out of fuel, he would abandon it and walk away with the earnings. Alarmed by the rising cases of auto thefts in the region, SP Dr Shivaji Rathod deputed the LCB team to nab the culprits. “After intensifying our vigil and activating our core informer network, we rounded up the suspect. Initially, he cooked up a story claiming the involvement of his friend in the thefts. However, after sustained interrogations, he finally broke down and confessed to his single-handedly committed crime,” said assistant police inspector Pramod Badhakh. It emerged that Naik, who stayed alone in his tenement in Murdha village, was addicted to alcohol and mostly targeted older auto-rickshaws for the ease of stealing. Based on information provided by Naik, the police recovered four stolen autos, which will be handed over to their rightful owners after necessary verifications. A case under sections 379 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Naik, who has been remanded in custody. The case has been handed over to the Bhayandar police for investigation.
|2019-04-07||Football Coaching Camp in Churchgate and Thane - Free Press Journal|
Football Coaching Camp in Churchgate and Thane April 8, 2019 4:29 am Mumbai: The Football Goalkeeper Academy, which is being conducted under the guidance of renowned former AIFF XI, Maharashtra and Orkay Mills goalkeeper Shekar Bangera, will be organising a Summer Vacation Football Coaching Camp for boys’ and girls’ under-12 and under-14 age groups at two centres, at Karnataka Sporting Association ground, Churcharge and Thane Sporting Club ground, Thane (West) later this month. The Football Goalkeeper Academy will conduct trials to select the trainees at both centres from Monday, April 15. The trails will be conducted from 7.00 am to 9.00 am at both centres. Bangera, holds an AFC Football Coaching and Goalkeeping Level-1 Licence from AFC, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, will be the head coach who he would be assisted by former International and national coaches and players during the month-long coaching camp for children. All children interested in attending the coaching camp are requested to complete the registration process. For more information and registration contact – Churchgate Centre: Adarsh – 9136331220 or E-email: email@example.com and Ashwin – 9372265726 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Thane centre: K.G. Hariharan –8355890542 or E-mail: email@example.com and Ashwin –9372265726 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|2019-04-07||Thane: Woman experiences labour pain in local train; delivers baby at one-rupee clinic - Times Now|
Thane: Woman experiences labour pain in local train; delivers baby at one-rupee clinic Updated Apr 07, 2019 | 08:50 IST | Thane: The one-rupee clinic at Thane railway station came to the rescue of a woman who gave birth to her child there. The alleged incident took place on Saturday evening. The woman was travelling from Ambivli station and was being accompanied by a relative. The woman was identified as Ishrat Sheikh. Sheikh had boarded a fast local from the Ambivli station to go to a hospital in Kurla. On her way to the hospital, Sheikh encountered labour pain. Following this, the railway police was informed about the incident. While talking to the Hindustan Times, an official of the railway police said that they arranged a stretcher and called medical help from the emergency medical room. These emergency medical rooms are known as 'one-rupee clinics'. After making all necessary arrangements, the medical staff and the railway police went to platform number six and took the patient to the clinic. The clinic was situated at platform number two. The in-charge of the one-rupee clinic, Dr Rahul Ghule said that the baby was delivered around 6.30 pm. Both, the mother and the child were safe and were shifted to the Thane Civil Hospital for better treatment. Ghule added that this was the third successful delivery conducted by the Thane one-rupee clinic. While talking to ANI, Ghule thanked the railway authorities for their support in running the clinics. A similar incident surfaced from Kolkata on March 4 as a woman gave birth to her baby in a train. The woman was travelling from the Agartala-Habibgaunj Express when she experienced labour pain. The patients on the train helped her in delivering the baby. Three passengers, who were travelling from the same train, collected clothes from fellow passengers and used them to ensure privacy of the woman. Though the men left no stone unturned in helping the woman, they did not know how to cut the umbilical cord. It was then that the chain was pulled and medical aid was called for help.
|2019-04-07||Nearly 17% of jail inmates are child sex offenders - Times of India|
Nearly 17% of jail inmates are child sex offenders Updated: Apr 8, 2019, 07:42 IST MUMBAI: Mumbai: Nearly 17% of the prisoners lodged at Byculla, Arthur Road, Taloja, Kalyan and Thane jails are child sex offenders. And their number is increasing in jail, said officials though they do not have previous years’ records for comparison as till 2017, cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act were listed under ‘crimes under women’ category. Of the total 11,648 prisoners lodged in these five jails till March, 1,962 have been booked under the Pocso Act. “We don’t have previous records about those arrested under the Posco Act, but we are now preparing a separate list for such accused as their numbers are increasing in jails,” said an official, requesting anonymity. “Also, since Posco Act is stringent, the accused do not get bail easily and stay in jail as undertrials for a longer period.” The maximum accused booked in Posco cases—around 800—are lodged in Thane jail, followed by 675 inmates at Arthur Road prison. According to jail officials many of accused claim they are innocent. “There are youths who claim that they were in a relationship with underage girls and were arrested and booked under the Posco Act either when they refused marriage or her parents objected to their relationship,” said an official. “However, it is up to the court to decide who is guilty or innocent.” For officials the security of child sex offenders on the jail premises is a challenge. “Those booked under the Posco Act are more likely to be targeted by other prisoners. While there has been no case of assault against such an accused in the recent past, jail personnel do not want to take any chance and keep a watch on them,” said the officer.
|2019-04-07||Woman delivers at Thane railway station clinic - Times of India|
Woman delivers at Thane railway station clinic Apr 7, 2019, 08:10 IST THANE: A 20-year-old woman delivered her first baby boy inside a clinic at Thane station on Saturday evening, railway police said. Ishrat Shaikh was on a suburban local with her family, travelling from Ambivali to Kurla, when she experienced severe labour pain as the train was approaching Thane station. Few co-passengers and her relatives alerted railway staff, who attended to the coach by the time the train pulled into Thane station. Railway Protection Force personnel took them to the Re1 clinic, where she was attended to by doctors.
|2019-04-07||Thane electorate has 5.5 lakh more males than females - Times of India|
Thane electorate has 5.5 lakh more males than females Updated: Apr 7, 2019, 08:55 IST NAVI MUMBAI: There are 5,50833 more male voters than females out of the total electorate of 60,94,308 for the three parliamentary constituencies of Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi in Thane district that goes to the poll on April 29. However, the difference between the two genders is minimal for the over 80 age group and second lowest for the 18-19 age group of first-time voters (see box). The lowest and highest age cohort have a similar story for demography profile. The maximum difference of male and female voters is in the 20-29 age group (1,37,739), followed by 30-39 age group (1,15,211) and third place is for 40-49 age class (94,888). Which means, young voters, and particularly the big chunk of working class (30-39 and 40-49) that will play a decisive role in evaluating the performance of the current government and the alternative, with a slant towards the male perspective. While these three age groups have a total of 3,47,838 more male voters, the cohort of 50-59,60-69 and 70-79 account for 1,88,727 more male voters. There are 340 voters in the third gender; highest in 30-39 age group (128) and closely followed by in 20-29 age bracket (123). There is just one in the 70-79 and none in over 80 years of age.
|2019-04-07||Motorists to be hit as infra projects in Thane taken up simultaneously - Times of India|
Motorists to be hit as infra projects in Thane taken up simultaneously Updated: Apr 7, 2019, 07:16 IST THANE: Lack of any visible alternatives is likely to cause massive inconvenience to motorists from Thane and beyond over the next four years as a multitude of road and transport infrastructure projects being planned for the city have come up for simultaneous execution in the coming months. The Mumbai Metro works, Kopri bridge widening and Kalwa Creek bridge projects have come up for execution while the internal City Metro and the Satis 2 could be taken up for execution anytime in the next one year. Transport exports claim that the simultaneous execution of these projects may end up narrowing down the existing lanes on the roads causing massive traffic snarls for the city and intra-city passengers. Residents, specially those staying along the highways and even internal parts of the city, complain of having to spend nearly 30 to 45 minutes more in either exiting or entering the city during peak hours. “Travelling back home is a nightmare as I spend nearly an hour to reach Ghodbunder Road from Mulund where I work,” complained Amit Sharma, resident of Ghodbunder Road. It may be recalled the Mumbai Metro IV project has already started occupying two crucial lanes at several stretches of the highways enroute in Thane while the Kopri widening project has also eaten up into two lanes on either sides. Further, the respective agencies executing these projects have also claimed that the actual work on these projects is likely to pick up pace in the coming weeks. “We are in the process of speeding up the project. Certain issues related to the project execution were recently thrashed out at a joint meeting with the Thane civic and traffic police officials. We are likely to pick up pace of the Metro works soon. We will require three more years of work here. There is bound to be some more infringement on the existing lanes on the highways,” said an official from MMRDA. Deputy commissioner of police, traffic, Amit Kale, confirmed the situation could worsen over the next few years but said they were well prepared to tackle the traffic congestion. Experts have cited lack of any alternatives for motorists is likely to add to the snarls that will end up increasing the travelling time and fuel consumption for vehicles on these stretches. “There is absolutely no alternative for motorists other than to remain stranded in the slow moving traffic between Thane and Ghodbunder Road and vice versa during the period. As most of these projects are bound to to overshoot their respective deadlines this could end up unnecessarily harrassing residents,” said a transport expert.
|2019-04-07||Engineering college bags second prize at Asia's electric solar vehicle meet - Times of India|
Engineering college bags second prize at Asia's electric solar vehicle meet Apr 7, 2019, 07:26 IST THANE: After working for over seven months designing and manufacturing a solar car, students of an engineering college have helped their college bag the second prize in Asia's electric solar vehicle championship 2019. A P Shah Institute of Technology (APSIT) was amongst the 58 teams in 28 states that participated in the five-day competition. It was organised by the Imperial Society of Innovative Engineers (ISIE), Chandigarh. The team named Modified Auto Club had around 37 students from mechanical, Information Technology, Electronic & Telecommunication streams. "We took turns everyday to ensure that the vehicle was and we had adequate time to test it. This was the second year of our participation. Last year, we learnt that we had to focus on reducing the weight of the vehicle as it was around 400 kg. We used polycarbonate sheets and reduced the weight to around 180 kg. The car takes around six hours for solar charging. It has lithium batteries and can run on solar or batteries. The speed of the vehicle is around 35 kmph to 50 kmph," said Mithilesh Vekhande, vice-captain of the team. The college bagged the first price in two categories - endurance and cross pad. They even broke the record in the second category as the previous contestants, who have participated in the last five editions of the competition had completed minimum by 62 seconds. The vehicle also had a kill switch which could be used in an emergency. The switch is placed near the driver. The students said they will work towards probably having a car running in their campus.
|2019-04-07||Mumbai: Online gamers reserve spot in public, citizen alerts cops - Times of India|
Mumbai: Online gamers reserve spot in public, citizen alerts cops Updated: Apr 7, 2019, 05:46 IST BADLAPUR: A group of PUBG game players has courted controversy by reserving a place on a road below a tree by putting up a poster that reads: ‘This place is reserved only for PUBG game players. By order of Vijay Bhau’. Seeing the poster last week, a Badlapur resident approached the Thane police through Twitter by posting a picture of the poster and sought action. Acting on the information, the Thane police instructed officials of Badpaur police station who removed the poster put up in at Katrap locality and warned the youth not to play the game there. A police officer said that those who have put up posters are college students from the locality who used to assemble there to play the game. “They must have put it up just for fun. But after we warned them, no one comes there to play now,” said the officer. PUBG is an online game where about 100 players fight it out for all combat where the sole survivor emerges victorious. There have been calls to ban the game as it is “addictive” and has been linked to poor results of students in exams besides violence. Recently, an 11-year-old student had filed a plea through his mother, requesting the Bombay high court to ban PUBG as it “promotes violence, aggression and cyber-bullying”.
|2019-04-07||Sex racket busted, operators held - Times of India|
Sex racket busted, operators held Apr 7, 2019, 10:54 IST VADODARA: In a raid at the MIG flats located in Karelibaug area on Saturday, the police arrested two men who were running a prostitution racket, while they freed five commercial sex workers, including one from Bangladesh, from the den. Women’s helpline 181 Abhayam received information about the two accused, Vijay alias Bijendra alias Brajendra Gupta and Anna alias Emtij Sheikh, of bringing women from other cities to operate a prostitution racket in the city. Abhayam officials, along with cops from Karelibaug police station, raided the third floor apartment in the flats on Saturday afternoon and found the five workers along with the two accused. According to police, Gupta had taken the apartment on rent around two months ago for residential purposes. Police said that the accused and the workers lived in the flat. “The women used to go out to different locations wherever customers called them,” said a police official. Of the four other women, two are from Kolkata, one is from Thane and the fourth is from Mumbai. Police said that the women from Thane and Mumbai had arrived in the city on Friday night. Cops are now investigating the modus operandi of the two operators and how they called the women to the city and how they got their customers in touch with them. “We suspect Gupta to be involved in a similar crime in the past too and are investigating that angle,” said inspector R A Jadeja of Karelibaug police station. He added that while both accused claim to be from the city, Sheikh’s identity card mentions an Ahmedabad address. A case under Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act has been registered against them.
|2019-04-07||Man strangles wife to death over domestic feud in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
Man strangles wife to death over domestic feud in Thane Updated: Apr 7, 2019, 13:11 IST Thane: A 38-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife to death after a quarrel with her over domestic issues in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The victim, Rekha Pagare (35), used to work as a domestic help, but her husband Dileep Pagare, a plumber, did not like it, an official at Ulhasnagar police station said. The accused also doubted his wife's character and the couple, who have a son and a daughter, used to have frequent fights at their home at Mukund Nagar in Ulhasnagar township, he said. On Sunday, while the family was celebrating the Gudi Padwa festival, the woman went to work and returned home in the evening. The couple had an argument over this following which the accused allegedly strangled his wife with a 'dupatta' (a long cloth worn by women), the official said. Their 13-year-old daughter tried to intervene but the accused pushed her out of the house. The girl then rushed to her grandmother's house located nearby to inform her about the incident, he said. When the girl and her grandmother came to the accused's house, they saw the victim lying on the floor. They rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her dead, he said. The body was later sent for postmortem. According to police, the accused on Saturday also beat up his wife, who had then received injuries and was treated at a hospital. Meanwhile, a search was on to nab the accused and a case was registered against him under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
|2019-04-07||Armed to hunt missing minors - Pune Mirror|
Armed to hunt missing minors Updated: Apr 7, 2019, 06:15 IST When he was posted as the additional superintendent of police for Vasai-Virar in Palghar district, in April 2017, Raj Tilak Roushan had a singular brief from the inspector general of police — he had to do something about the phenomenal number of cases of missing children that Palghar and Thane were clocking at the time. “Palghar was losing 30–40 children every month. This was a big number and it was the same in Thane. The IG put me in as the nodal officer to address the issue,” Roushan recounts. Getting down to business immediately, Roushan started sifting through cases of missing children over the previous six years — studying both, the detected and the undetected. He noted the socio-economic strata the victims belonged to, their family situations and the investigation work done, trying to decipher the factors that led to detection and the reasons for non-detection. Dissection done, the IPS officer of 2013 batch delivered his SOP two months down the line. Through it, he effected changes in the team structure with a special squad dedicated for these cases at each police station. Second, he made process changes in monitoring investigation with a format for weekly review, incorporating colour-coding to indicate the severity of the case based on the progress made in its investigation. Finally, he crafted a scientific 72-column pro forma to detail out the case profile, leaving nothing to ambiguity. “The pro forma ensures the investigating officer (IO) has a 360-degree investigation covered, filling out details such as all personal, family, socio-economic-psychological aspect around the victim,” Roushan explains. But the bigger challenge yet was sensitising the police, impressing on them the gravity of the cases and changing their approach. “They were told that the cases were as important as any murder case and had to be taken up on priority. They cannot be dismissive sending complainants to search some more before registering their complaint. They should take immediate cognisance,” the officer points out. One aspect in tracking missing children is exploring the possibility of human trafficking, be it for sex, labour or organs. “The IOs were told to treat every missing case as that of trafficking until proven otherwise,” he says. So, tracking trafficking networks, hunting in red light areas has also been made part of the process. “We sent out officers with albums of the undetected cases to red light areas across the country, be it in Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad or Chennai, to scout for the missing minors. We got substantial data from the last stop,” Roushan notes. Another experiment has been to have a woman constable play out the role of a distraught teenager in secluded public places to lure traffickers, though this is yet to yield results. “We’ve had a case of a girl who was served a drug-laced drink in a park and was later rescued from a brothel in Agra, necessitating such a vigil,” explains the man who served in Palghar until August 2018. An annexure was devised for tracking back every movement of a victim to find clues to bust established trafficking networks. One such enterprise to be netted by the Palghar police had apparently trafficked 500 girls from Bangladesh in just a year. Furthering the process of detection, awareness programmes are unfurled in schools and colleges. Meetings with auto-rickshaw drivers, cabbies and bus conductors are held, apprising them of the cases and soliciting their input should they spot anybody. Photo albums are also sent to remand homes, just in case a victim is with them. Similarly, other stakeholders such as the Railways (both, Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force) and Child Welfare Committee are also kept in the loop. Once such elaborate system was put in place the results started showing. “As the teams witnessed emotional reunions after finding the lost kids, they got more committed,” Roushan observes. Cases dating back to 1999 onwards were reopened. In one year, 450 cases were detected, which included cases from the previous years. “As per norm, when a case remained undetected for more than four months it passed into the hands of the Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) cell. This made IOs complacent, in the hope the case would pass out of their realm. I brought those cases back to the police stations, though under the watch of the AHT cell, and several of those cases found detection in a short time,” the officer confides. In the wake of the new system, Roushan claims that 41 Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) cases were registered in Palghar over a year. While the rollout of the SOP has been more or less smooth, one of Roushan’s concerns has been the hesitation of complainants in sharing the names of suspects in cases of elopement. “If this name is not shared, the link can get broken when an IO is changed. In 2015, there was a case, in which the mother got a call from her missing daughter two years later, asking to be rescued. The boy she’d run away with had been exploiting her. She was finally brought home from Haridwar,” recounts the man, who currently helms Zone IV of Nagpur police. Roushan says he has provided the cutting-edge tool to the IOs, circumventing confusion created by the multitude of guidelines already in place, including the one put together by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2017. His model is currently being replicated in other Konkan districts. He has also initiated it in his current jurisdiction, though the incidence of missing children is less in the area. The officer has been nominated from Maharashtra for the Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Investigation award for the year 2018, for solving a six-month-old murder case. However, he flashes another feather in his cap: the Skoch Order of Merit (awarded by the Delhi-based business group) for the SOP he designed for tracing missing children.
|2019-04-06||Poddar Housing launches Rs 23 lakh homes in Badlapur under PMAY scheme - Mumbai Mirror|
Poddar Housing launches Rs 23 lakh homes in Badlapur under PMAY scheme Updated: Apr 6, 2019, 10:11 IST Poddar Housing and Development Ltd will launch the first public-private partnership affordable housing project in Mumbai Metropolitan Region under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana on the occasion of Gudi Padwa at Badlapur on Saturday. Speaking to reporters on the eve of the formal launch at Poddar Housing’s corporate office at Marathon Futurex, Rohit Poddar, Managing Director of Poddar Housing said the Poddar Wonder City in Badlapur is one of the first PPP projects under PMAY scheme for affordable housing across India, and the first phase of the project will unveil 1100 homes for the Economical Weaker Sections (EWS) at a price of Rs 19.95 lakh which including stamp duty, registration and society maintenance charges goes up to 23.45 lakh. “Apart from a substantial reduction in price, we have been able to achieve a substantial increase in the quality of living index of the customer. We have taken the best available technology for civil work, and we are using it for this affordable housing project so that it will require minimal maintenance costs in the long term,” Poddar said. Designed by architect Hafeez Contractor, the project will use high-quality Aluminium Formwork construction technology used in South Korea. The project offers several amenities including an open gymnasium, swimming pool, children’s play area, courts for sports like badminton, football, tennis, chess, an open-air gymnasium, and include a 22,000 sq ft clubhouse. Poddar Brio School with CBSE curriculum and a 100-bed Central Hospital, the only hospital with ICU facilities, at the project will be added features of the project. Poddar said the project with 20 storey buildings of 304 sq ft carpet area homes will come up on land adjoining an existing Poddar project in Badlapur. “We have given a timeline of three to four years for the project to be completed during registration with MahaRERA, but we are confident we will finish it much faster. We hope a proposed metro line and the Vadodara Expressway, both close to the project, will further improve connectivity to the project,” he said. Poddar said the Wondercity will become the model for other affordable housing projects envisaged by the group in MMR and Chakan region, building 4100 affordable homes.
|2019-04-06||Maximum chaos: BMC takes a step forward to fix mayhem outside railway stations - DNA India|
Maximum chaos: BMC takes a step forward to fix mayhem outside railway stations Updated: Apr 6, 2019, 06:00 AM IST The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken another step to sort the mess outside Kurla, Mumbai Central and Bandra railway stations. Based on the detailed project report (DPR) to develop Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS) at these three railway stations, a survey on establishments near these stations that need to be shifted has already begun. Transport and road connectivity in these areas will greatly improve once the pedestrian, as well as vehicular movement, is streamlined under this scheme. As part of the SATIS project, the BMC will make certain changes and will connect the foot-over-bridge with the bus stand similar to Thane railway station. However, a senior BMC official said that shifting commercial establishments near the railway station will be a difficult task as they have been doing their business since 1960 in Kurla. Last year, the civic body had appointed a consultant to study and prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for developing SATIS at these stations. "Earlier, the civic body had planned to develop SATIS on the lines of Thane station where it was implemented in 2009 only at Kurla station. Mumbai Central and Bandra railway stations were included in the project later," said a senior civic official. Like Thane, Kurla, Mumbai Central and Bandra stations witness huge footfall of commuters from the Central and Western line. "The premises of these stations are one of the most congested with footfall as well as vehicular movements," said an official from the bridges department of BMC. With Bandra and Kurla being the nearest railway station to Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), which is a commercial hub housing many national and multinational companies, lakhs of office-goers jostle for space in the area. As per the MMRDA report, around 1.5 lakh people commute to BKC every day, and around 20,000 vehicles ply in and out of the commercial hub. Similarly, many long-route trains including Rajdhani Express originate and terminate at Mumbai Central. It also witnessed a huge inflow of tourists due to its close proximity to tourist places. The project got approval from the BMC in 2014-15. However, it was delayed due to various reasons including coordination among different agencies.
|2019-04-06||Pipeline across Kopar station unsafe - Hindustan Times|
Pipeline across Kopar station unsafe Updated: Apr 07, 2019 00:20 IST A bridge supporting a water pipeline across the railway track at Kopar is dilapidated, with portions of weak slabs falling on the track. The railways have put a net on the weak portions. Commuters have been highlighting the problem to the railways, asking them to repair it. The water pipeline passes over the tracks and crosses the service road parallel to the tracks on the west side of Kopar station. Hundreds of trains pass under the bridge every day. Commuters said that around seven months ago a portion of the slab under the pipeline had fallen. The railways only placed a net under the weak slab. Kopar station sees around 30,000 commuters every day. Sarika Mohite, 30, a resident of Kopar (West), said, “Around seven months ago, a portion of the slab supporting the pipeline fell on the service road. No one was injured but a parked vehicle was damaged.” Railway officials said the 250-metre pipeline was built around 35 years ago. Mohite said, “The service road sees continuous flow of vehicles and pedestrians as it is the connecting road to the railway station. After this incident, the railways covered the portion with a net. This is hardly a solution.” S Ramchandran, 36, another resident of Kopar, said, “The railways should either dismantle or repair the pipeline immediately. This is a risk to commuters.” The railway authorities have been dilly-dallying on the problem. A railway official from Dombivli section said the bridge’s dilapidated condition has not been taken forward to senior officials. “The bridge is around 35 years old. We will write to the seniors about the bridge. The portion which is weak has been covered with a net so that concrete does not fall down,” said a railway official from Dombivli. With the railways dragging its feet, commuters feel unsafe. “I am scared to travel on the route. The net already has pieces of concrete. How long will it hold? The railways should act urgently. It would be more dangerous after it starts raining,” said Dayanand Gaikwad, 40, a resident of Kopar (West). In 2009, a girder of an under-construction road overbridge at Kopri fell, killing two and injuring 11. The girder fell on a moving CSMT-Kalyan local between Mulund and Thane stations. THE DEMAND Commuters from Kopar also demanded widening of the foot overbridge towards Kalyan and build a new one at CSMT-end to curb trespassing. “There is only one footoverbridge at Kopar station. One more is needed for east-west connect. As commuters are increasing, the foot overbridge needs to be widened,” said Ramchandran. “The railways has sanctioned building a new foot overbridge and widening the old one. We are also building a safety wall to curb trespassing,” said a railway official from Dombivli section. “The railways should keep a regular check on the old structures under its jurisdiction. The water pipeline passing over the track and service road needs immediate attention. The crumbling cement slab could lead to a mishap. Instead of waiting for a tragedy to happen, the railways should carry out the structural audit of the structure and take measures accordingly,” said Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of railway passengers’ association, Thane.
|2019-04-06||Volkswagen Mody Group delivers 12,000th car on Gudi Padwa - CarWale - CarWale|
Volkswagen Mody Group delivers 12,000th car on Gudi Padwa April 06, 2019, 10:44 AM VW and Mody Group partnership delivered its 12,000th car to its customer New sales milestone achieved on festive occasion of Gudi Padwa VW Thane also marks delivery of its 100th car Volkswagen is celebrating Gudi Padwa by delivering the 12,00th car in association with Mody Group. The keys of an Ameo were handed over to a customer on this auspicious occasion. Volkswagen Thane, which is a part of Mody Group, organised an event to mark this new sales milestone. In fact, this is also VW Thane's 100th delivery of a new car within a month of its operation. Hence, the carmaker's merriment was doubled especially when Volkswagen considers festival celebrations of paramount importance. Volkswagen's Director Steffen Knapp was also present at the event showing how enormously they value their relationship with dealer partners. Mody Auto Corp Pvt. Ltd., operating under the leadership of Director Parth Modi, has six Volkswagen dealerships across four states in India. They have played a key role in providing globally renowned Volkswagen standards of customer care and services to all its customers in India.
|2019-04-06||Thane: Man nabbed for attack on cop over 'love affair' - Times of India|
Thane: Man nabbed for attack on cop over 'love affair' Updated: Apr 6, 2019, 08:25 IST KALYAN: A government servant working as a translator was arrested for allegedly attacking his police constable friend over a one-sided love affair with his wife. The 40-year-old accused fired two rounds at the 36-year-old victim, but he hit him on his head with a knife when one shot misfired and the bullet got jammed in the second attempt. When the victim, with the help of neighbours snatched the revolver and threw it out of the window, the accused tried to use another hidden revolver. But the victim and neighbours snatched that too. Narpoli police have arrested the accused for attempt to murder and under the Arms Act for using illegal arms, and are investigating from where he got the revolvers. The accused and the victim, both married with children, live in the same area and hail from the same village. Their relations soured when the accused fell in love with the victim's wife. Last October, the victim's wife had complained to him about the accused. Police said he had warned him not to harass his wife. After that they had several disputes over the issue, but on Thursday evening, when the victim was at home, the accused entered it and threatened to kill him. The victim alleged that when the accused fired a shot, he moved one side, so the bullet hit the wall and the second bullet got jammed. The accused then allegedly hit the victim's head with a knife. Hearing the firing, neighbours came to the victim's rescue. The victim and a neighbour were admitted to S S Hospital following the incident. Senior inspector Maloji Shinde said, "A primary probe shows that the accused was in a one-sided affair with the victim's wife, and he tried to kill him because he protested." He added that they secured custody of the accused till April 10. In November 2018, nearly 24 hours after the body of a teenager, with the head severed, was found in Virar, his 20-year-old friend from Karad, Satara, was arrested for murder. The accused allegedly had a one-sided love affair with the victim's girlfriend, police had said.
|2019-04-06||PUBG Mobile: Thane Police Warns Group of PUBG Players Who Put up Posters to Mark Their Territory - News18|
PUBG Mobile: Thane Police Warns Group of PUBG Players Who Put up Posters to Mark Their Territory Updated:April 8, 2019, 10:34 AM IST PUBG has taken over the Indian mobile gaming world and has several young minds hooked to it. In a recent report, The youths allegedly put up a poster to mark their territory in Thane. The poster put up by the group read: 'This place is reserved only for PUBG game players'. After the poster was put up, a resident of the area approached the Thane police by tweeting about it, the Thane police got the poster removed and warned the youth against playing the game in the area. While talking to the TOI, a police officer said that the accused are college students and that they might have put up the poster just for fun. The officer added that after being warned. Recently, police in Gujarat reportedly arrested 10 college students for playing the battle royal game PUBG mobile in Rajkot. The debate surrounding PUBG and its effect on young minds is refusing to die down. Recently there was a report that a student committed suicide as he was scolded for playing PUBG and not studying enough for his examinations. The student was identified as Kallakuri Sambashiva who lived in Vishnupuri Extension in Malkajgiri area (Telangana) and was studying in Class 10th. His father, K Bharath Raj, who is a priest came up and said that children should be kept away from the game and should not be exposed to them. “We had uninstalled the game from his mobile phone many times. But he would install the game again and play without our knowledge,” Raj said, adding that as he had examinations, and had constantly asked him to stop playing.
|2019-04-06||Fortnight later, 9-year-old bitten by dog resumes school - Times of India|
Fortnight later, 9-year-old bitten by dog resumes school Apr 6, 2019, 10:10 IST THANE: The stray dog who had attacked a nine-year-old girl in Vartak Nagar almost two weeks ago is healthy and does not have rabies, stated the civic veterinary department. On March 17, a stray dog had bitten Muskaan Shaikh while she was playing with her friends. The girl had suffered grievous injuries on her head and near the eye and had received around six stitches. The civic veterinary department had kept the dog for observation for 10 days to check whether it was affected with rabies. The dog was released on Monday in the same locality after being declared healthy. “We observed the dog for 10 days to check for any symptoms of the disease. The dog is healthy and even have some caretakers in the area who ensures that he stays fit. They also give him vaccinations on time. However, we have given him anti-rabies shot as a precautionary step. If he would have been infected with rabies then he would have not have just bitten the girl, but anyone or anything in his way. Also, he would have been disoriented and wouldn’t have been able to run away after biting the girl,” said Dr. Kshama Shirodkar, a veterinary officer with the TMC. The authorities stated that probably the dog attacked the girl as it was instigated by someone. The victim is out of trauma and has resumed school on Monday.
|2019-04-06||Two EC officials inspecting Kalwa school for polls get stuck in its lift - Times of India|
Two EC officials inspecting Kalwa school for polls get stuck in its lift Apr 6, 2019, 10:16 IST THANE: In a freak mishap, two officials from the Thane election department and two others were trapped in an elevator of a Kalwa school for over 30 minutes after the machine developed a snag midway on Friday morning. The two election commission officials had gone to Kalwa Vidya Prasarak Mandal school for a routine inspection as it is being shortlisted as a polling centre for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled on April 29. At around 11:30am when the officials accompanied by two staff members of the the school took the lift from the higher floor to reach the ground, it suddenly got stalled between the ground and the first level. Frantic attempts by the staff members to make the machine move proved futile following which officials from the Thane regional disaster management cell (RDMC) and the civic fire brigade were alerted. The officials reached the spot and manually managed to lower the elevator to the ground floor and rescued the stuck members. “The lift got jammed while it was moving. We reached in time and rescued those trapped inside. No one suffered any injuries and as the lift had open grilles there was enough ventilation so the victims did not feel suffocated,” said Santosh Kadam, chief, RDMC. Civic officials said that further probe as to whether the lift was maintained periodically or not will be undetaken soon.
|2019-04-06||Woman delivers baby at Thane railway station - Mumbai Mirror|
Woman delivers baby at Thane railway station Updated: Apr 6, 2019, 20:51 IST A 20-year-old passenger delivered a baby boy at Thane station’s one rupee clinic branch on Saturday evening. Ishrat Shaikh boarded the local train from Central Railway’s Titwala station. She started experiencing labour pain when the train was about to arrive at Thane station. Seeing her in pain, a lady Railway Protection Force (RPF) official guided her to the one rupee clinic, where she delivered the baby around 6:15 pm. “Dr Rathod and Dr Latika Kotwal, who were present at the clinic, immediately took the decision to with the help of sister Komal and Bhavna,” said Dr Rahul Ghule, who is the CEO of the clinic. "Both mother and the baby boy are in good health. We also thank the railway authority for giving us the opportunity to run the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) of the patients via one rupee clinics at several railway stations,” he added. In the recent times, this is the third delivery at Thane railway station.
|2019-04-06||Thane: Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lakh seized, two held - Times of India|
Thane: Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lakh seized, two held Apr 6, 2019, 21:09 IST THANE: An elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lakh in the international market was seized and two persons were arrested from the city in this connection, police said on Friday. The action was taken on Thursday evening, police said. "Based on a tip-off, the crime branch of the city police laid a trap at the old check-post near Gaimukh, where they found two men carrying a gunny bag," assistant commissioner of police (crime) Mukund Hatote told reporters. "The police apprehended the duo and searched the gunny bag, in which an ivory was found," he said. The duo, identified as Sachin Chowgule and Pravin Shere, both residents of Mumbai, told the police that they were planning to sell the tusk for Rs 5 lakh and its cost in the international market was Rs 25 lakh, the officer said. Tusks are used for making showpieces, ornaments and other decorative items. They are also believed to have medicinal properties. Elephants are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Kasarwadavali police have booked the accused under different sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and further investigation into the case was being carried out, Hatote said.
|2019-04-06||Maharashtra: Tiger cub to be discharged from hospital in Thane - indiablooms|
Maharashtra: Tiger cub to be discharged from hospital in Thane Sat, Apr 06 2019 The couple had found an hour old tiger cub who had been dumped in a ditch in Ambernath nullah on December 30th. They immediately rushed the cub to a nearby hospital, but after the brain infections, Baby Tiger was admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wadia Hospital on January 28th. The cub was suffering from a serious brain infection called Meningitis & Ventriculitis. This infection had caused obstruction within the brain affecting the circulation of the fluid (Cerebrospinal fluid) within the brain. The cub was given Intravenous antibiotics of high potency to treat the infection. However, in spite of giving antibiotics, the infection persisted & a neurosurgery was performed to insert a reservoir beneath the skin,which connected to the CSF space within the brain. Through this reservoir we could do therapeutic tapping of the fluid & could also instill antibiotics into the ventricles. Tiger needed a prolonged course of antibiotics in view of the severity of infection. He needed multiple Ultrasound examinations, CT Scans & MRI at regular intervals to check on the progress of the Cerebrospinal fluid obstruction. Tiger is doing well currently & is ready for discharge. His admission weight was 1.8kg & currently he weighs 3.4kg. He is receiving physiotherapy currently which will have to be continued after discharge. Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia hospital says, “I am very happy today that our hospital doctors were able to save Baby Tiger and is ready for discharge on such an auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa. After discharge, he will need regular follow up to monitor his head growth & his development. ” Shivaji Ragade, Social worker says, “I am very thankful to the hospital and everyone who helped Baby Tiger. It was because of the collective effort of all, that the baby is fit for discharge and we pray for his bright and healthy future. ”
|2019-04-05||‘Missing’ Passport Seva Kendra irks Navi Mumbai residents - The Hindu|
‘Missing’ Passport Seva Kendra irks Navi Mumbai residents UPDATED: APRIL 06, 2019 08:08 IST On March 10, hours before the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections came into force, Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare inaugurated the first-ever Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Navi Mumbai on the premises of the Vashi post office, and the news soon went viral. Since then, residents from across Navi Mumbai have been visiting the post office in search of the PSK, only to return disappointed on finding no functional passport office. ‘Political stunt’ Baban Salunkhe, a resident of Vashi, said, “I wanted to renew my passport and I had read the news of the inauguration. Hoping to avoid travelling to Thane, I came here only to find there is no passport office yet. Politicians have been playing with the common man’s emotions.” Belapur resident Eknath Bhagat said he was looking forward to visiting a brand new, sophisticated passport office. “But when I came here, I found that apart from a board on the building, there is nothing. It now seems to be a political stunt just before the elections,” Mr. Bhagat said. The Regional Passport Office (RPO), Mumbai, meanwhile, has said it is not aware of any such inauguration. Harish Fulpadia, Deputy Regional Passport Officer, Mumbai, said, “We were not informed of any inauguration. The passport office will start in the vicinity of the post office in Vashi once the infrastructure is ready. The postal department will develop the infrastructure and we will provide the service.” The RPO website warns applicants that they must have online appointments before visiting any PSK. Employees from the Vashi post office said that Mr. Vichare had inaugurated the PSK in one of the rooms in the post office. “It was a Sunday and we were urgently asked to reach the post office and remove the chairs kept in the room. That room is used to sort post and parcels from the Sanapada post office. After that day, people have been coming to inquire about the passport office every day. We are fed up of telling them that it has not started yet,” one employee said. Temporary shed at spot The post office staff said the space allotted for the PSK is not in the building, but at a spot in the compound that currently houses a temporary shed. “The shed is used to sort parcels, and infrastructure for the PSK will be built here only after the elections,” the employees said. The post office employees want to remove the PSK board that has been put up, but are afraid of political backlash. MP adamant Mr. Vichare, meanwhile, said the PSK will start before April-end. “People also know it. The room is already there, only chairs and other furniture need to be put. The passport office is fully computerised so once the furniture is put up, the passport department will come with the staff and computers,” the MP said. When asked about the RPO saying that there is no infrastructure yet and it had not been informed of the inauguration, Mr. Vichare said, “Those people do not know anything. The office will start functioning this month.” In June 2017, former Thane NCP MP Sanjeev Naik had said an independent PSK in Navi Mumbai had been approved by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. It will be part of the second phase of the government’s policy of starting Post Office Passport Seva Kendra across the country. Currently, Navi Mumbai residents have to travel to the Thane PSK.
|2019-04-05||2 smuggle in Rs 25 lakh elephant tusk for sale in Thane, nabbed - Times of India|
2 smuggle in Rs 25 lakh elephant tusk for sale in Thane, nabbed Updated: Apr 6, 2019, 08:18 IST THANE: Two men were arrested for being in possession with an elephant’s ivory tusk, valued around Rs 25 lakh in the international market, from Thane on Thursday. The accused—Sachin Chougule and Pravin Shere, both of whom are Mumbai residents, were nabbed from the Kasarwadavali area, said officials from the crime branch of Thane police. They have been charged for being in possession of the banned item. Being in possession of an elephant’s tusk is a crime. The tusk is classified under schedule I of the ‘rare forest animals offences’ of the Wild life Protection Act, 1972 . There is much demand for elephant tusks which are used as antiques. Besides, they are used to make idols and medicines. Assistant commissioner of police (crime), Mukund Hatote, said they had got a tip-off that some people were to reach Thane to sell elephant tusks. On the basis of this information, crime branch officials led by officer Jairaj Ranavare laid a trap near Gaimukh in Thane city on Thursday evening. The police zeroed in on the two men who met the description they had about the suspects. A sack they were carrying bolstered the suspicion. “The men were frisked and the tusk was found in the sack,” Hatote said. Sub-inspector of crime branch, Shivraj Bendre, said the men claim they planned to sell the tusk for Rs 5 lakh though its cost is pegged around Rs 25 lakh in the international market. The police said their inquiry points to a connection in Sangli.
|2019-04-05||Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lacs seized in Thane, 2 held - United News of India|
Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lacs seized in Thane, 2 held Thane, Apr 5 (UNI) Officials of the Crime branch of Thane police have arrested two persons and seized from their possession rare elephant tusk worth around Rs 25 lacs in the international market, police on Friday said. Addressing a news conference here, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Crime, Mukund Hatote said that following a tip-off about some people coming to city to sell elephant tusks, the officials of the Crime Branch Unit V Wagle Estate lead by Jairaj Ranavare laid a trap at the old check post near Gaimukh in late on Thursday evening. Two people were spotted-carrying bags, when the police apprehended them and checked their bags- elephant tusk was found. The police seized the tusk, which they said they were planning to sell for Rs 5 lakhs and the cost of the same in the international market was Rs 25 lakhs. The tusks are used as antiques and also for making idols and for medicines. The police gave the names of the arrested as Sachin Chowgule and Pravin Shere, and stated that they were residents of Mumbai. As the elephant tusk fall under Schedule I of the Rare Forest Animals offences, a case under sections 9, 39, 49(A), 49(B), 50 and 51 of the Wildlife protection act of 1972 against them with the Kasarwadavali police station was registered. Further probe into the crime was on.
|2019-04-05||Tiger cub to be discharged from hospital in Thane - United News of India|
Tiger cub to be discharged from hospital in Thane Thane, Apr 5 (UNI) On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, 3 months old baby Tiger is ready for discharge after successful treatment of two months at Bai Jerbai Wadia. The couple had found an hour old tiger cub who had been dumped in a ditch in Ambernath nullah on December 30th. They immediately rushed the cub to a nearby hospital, but after the brain infections, Baby Tiger was admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wadia Hospital on January 28th. The cub was suffering from a serious brain infection called Meningitis & Ventriculitis. This infection had caused obstruction within the brain affecting the circulation of the fluid (Cerebrospinal fluid) within the brain. The cub was given Intravenous antibiotics of high potency to treat the infection. However, in spite of giving antibiotics, the infection persisted & a neurosurgery was performed to insert a reservoir beneath the skin, which connected to the CSF space within the brain. Through this reservoir we could do therapeutic tapping of the fluid & could also instill antibiotics into the ventricles. Tiger needed a prolonged course of antibiotics in view of the severity of infection. He needed multiple Ultrasound examinations, CT Scans & MRI at regular intervals to check on the progress of the Cerebrospinal fluid obstruction. Tiger is doing well currently & is ready for discharge. His admission weight was 1.8 kg & currently he weighs 3.4 kg. He is receiving physiotherapy currently which will have to be continued after discharge. Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia hospital says, “I am very happy today that our hospital doctors were able to save Baby Tiger and is ready for discharge on such an auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa. After discharge, he will need regular follow up to monitor his head growth & his development. ”Shivaji Ragade, Social worker says, “I am very thankful to the hospital and everyone who helped Baby Tiger. It was because of the collective effort of all, that the baby is fit for discharge and we pray for his bright and healthy future.
|2019-04-05||Former Thane Mayor Mohan Gupte dead - Business Standard|
Former Thane Mayor Mohan Gupte dead Updated at April 5, 2019 16:40 IST Former Thane Mayor Mohan Gupte died after a protracted illness at a hospital here Friday, his family said. Gupte, 88, is survived by a daughter and wife. As a Congress leader, he was Thane mayor in 1990-91. Later he joined the NCP. He was actively involved in social organisations such as the CKP Club and Arya Krida Mandal.
|2019-04-05||Working class to play key role for three Thane district seats - Times of India|
Working class to play key role for three Thane district seats Updated: Apr 5, 2019, 07:11 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The working class will play a decisive role to ink the report card at the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the three parliamentary constituencies at Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Thane. Around 68% of voters in Thane district fall under the 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59 age groups out of the more than 60 lakh electorate. The saffron alliance bagged all the three seats in 2014 polls; Bhiwandi was won by BJP, Kalyan and Thane seats went to Shiv Sena Interestingly, there are 14.71 lakh, 15.63 lakh and 10.95 lakh voters in 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59 age groups respectively out of a total of 60,94.308 lakh voters under the three major working-class age groups for the three seats. Out of these, the Thane seat has the maximum number of voters at 23.07 lakh. The Thane constituency has two assembly segments in Navi Mumbai’s NMMC area with Trans-harbour link and NMMT buses that ferries youths, professionals and industrial workers to the IT hub at Airoli and the TTC-MIDC industrial area. Life-changing issues such as jobs, housing and happiness quotient is likely to dominate voters’ choice. All the three constituencies are known for being industry and job hubs, besides Bhiwandi a centre for wareshouses. Thane and Kalyan are also busy routes on the Central Railway line and for suburban trains. Bhiwandi will now get linked with the upcoming Metro project of MMRDA, while Kalyan-Taloja is also a new link to the Metro for a seamless connectivity to the chemical hub at Taloja in Navi Mumbai that comes under the adjoining Raigad district.
|2019-04-05||Maharashtrians gear up to ring in their New Year on Saturday - Times of India|
Maharashtrians gear up to ring in their New Year on Saturday Updated: Apr 5, 2019, 07:09 IST THANE: From shopping for pots, torans, neem leaves, sweets and others essential for the upcoming Gudi Padwa celebrations, to purchasing new traditional clothes, lake-city residents have begun flocking the stores and malls for last-minute preparations. With Gudi Padwa, which the Maharashtrian community observe as their New Year, just two days away, residents have fast-tracked their preparations and started making home-made gudis. Sangita Joshi, a resident, said, “At our home, every item— right from toran and garland to gudis— is made at home for the occasion. This year, we are making a 10-ft high Gudi; so we had to rush to the market to purchase zari sari cloth, chandi pot, tambi and other creative items.” “In addition to this, we also finished purchasing all ingredients required for the special meal. Sweets and neem leaves were purchased on Thursday itself. We will buy flowers and garlands on Friday evening so that it remains fresh on Saturday,” said Nivedita Paymode (37), a Saket resident. While these residents have been flocking the markets in order to prep up for the weekend festivities, many others have used the occasion to purchase new clothes or valuables for their homes. “On Gudi Padwa we begin the new year. We wear new clothes during the puja to signify this change. Besides purchasing new clothes , we also bought a new microwave. This we will start using on Saturday itself as it is auspicious,” said Kshama Kulkarni, a Vartak Nagar resident. Meanwhile, some residents have spent the past few days window shopping and selecting items which they will purchase on the New Year itself. “We always make more purchases on auspicious days. We are planning to refurnish our home and have been looking furniture . We have selected what we want and will be placing an order on Gudi Padwa itself,” said Pankaj Sisodia (49), a Vasant-Vihar resident.
|2019-04-05||VBA’s Mallikarjun Pujari files nomination from Thane - The Indian Express|
VBA’s Mallikarjun Pujari files nomination from Thane Published: April 6, 2019 2:19:41 am MALLIKARJUN PUJARI, a candidate of Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, filed his nomination from Thane constituency on Friday. Pujari — the 48-year-old former Navi Mumbai president of the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP), belonging to the Dhangar community — said his modest background would make him understand the “issues of the marginalised sections in his constituency better”. Advertising The son of a former truck driver, Pujari, according to his nomination affidavit, has completed schooling till Class IV. He worked in the construction business before joining full-time with the RSP. “My father migrated from Solapur before I was born and worked as a truck driver for a company. In my constituency, there are issues related to health of those living in slums, their housing as well as employment, which previous MPs have not paid attention to,” said Pujari. He added that after meeting Ambedkar, he decided to contest the Lok Sabha polls as it was an “opportunity to bring representation to the marginalised communities”. “People had a lot of expectations from the BJP during the previous elections, which were not fulfilled in the last five years. I will be campaigning door-to-door, during morning walks as well as at nakas to reach out to the voters,” he said. In his affidavit, Pujari, a resident of Koparkhairne in Navi Mumbai, has declared his annual income at Rs 2.25 lakh in 2017-18. He has Rs 60.53 lakh in loan taken from a bank to purchase an excavator. He has no criminal cases against him. The other nominations received so far in the Thane constituency are from parties including Republican Bahujan Sena, Ambedkarite Party of India and Jan Adhikar Party.
|2019-04-05||Thane: Five use Ponzi scheme to swindle Rs 1.8 crore; arrested - Times Now|
Thane: Five use Ponzi scheme to swindle Rs 1.8 crore; arrested Updated Apr 05, 2019 | 08:48 IST | Thane: Using a Ponzi scheme,a group of five men allegedly duped people of more than Rs 1.8 crore. The five accused were arrested by the Thane Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Thursday. The accused had allegedly cheated three people. The three accused had promised the victims of 100 per cent interest on their investment within 200 days. Though only three FIRs had been filed, the police are expecting that the number of victims might increase with time. The accused were identified as Prakash More, Sandeep Patil, Umang Shaha, Ajay Zariwala and Ritesh Patel. The accused claim to be the directors of companies called Redrockgame. Zia Cool, Krypto Trade and Tipszone Advisory Pvt Ltd. While talking to the Indian Express, one of the EOW officers stated that the accused had promised the victims that on an investment of Rs 7.5 lakh, the latter will get one per cent interest everyday for 200 days. The aggrieved were only allowed to withdraw money after 200 days. The accused had also told the aggrieved that if he invested more money in the scheme and helped in adding to the chain, he would start earning three per cent more interest per day. The accused then agreed to investing in the scheme and lost their money after the company shut down in 200 days. The accused also stopped entertaining the phone calls of the aggrieved. Two of the accused, More and Patil were directors of the company. On the other hand, Shaha's bank account details show the transfer and withdrawal of money. The other two accused, Zariwala and Patel were responsible for bringing more people into the scheme.
|2019-04-05||Working class to play key role for 3 Thane dist seats - Times of India|
Working class to play key role for 3 Thane dist seats Apr 6, 2019, 04:46 IST Navi Mumbai: With over 67% of voters in Thane district falling under the 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59 age groups out of the more than 60 lakh electorate in the three parliamentary constituencies at Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Thane, the working class will play a decisive role to ink the report card at the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The saffron alliance bagged all the three in 2014 polls; Bhiwandi was won by BJP, Kalyan and Thane seats went to Shiv Sena. Interestingly, there are 14.71 lakh, 15.63 lakh and 10.95 lakh voters in 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59 age groups out of a total of 60,94. 308 lakh voters under the three major working-class age groups for the three seats. Out of these, the Thane seat has the maximum number of voters at 23.07 lakh. The Thane constituency has two assembly segments in Navi Mumbai’s NMMC area with Trans-harbour link and NMMT buses that ferries youths, professionals and industrial workers to the IT hub at Airoli and the TTC-MIDC industrial area. Life-changing issues such as jobs, housing and happiness quotient is likely to dominate voters’ choice. All the three constituencies are known for being industry and job hubs, besides Bhiwandi a centre for wareshouses. Thane and Kalyan are also busy routes on the Central Railway line and for suburban trains. Bhiwandi will now get linked with the upcoming Metro project of MMRDA, while Kalyan-Taloja is also a new link to the Metro for a seamless connectivity in the MMR to the chemical hub at Taloja in Navi Mumbai that comes under the adjoining Raigad district.
|2019-04-05||Mumbai: Five held for duping people of Rs 1.4 crore with ponzi scheme - Free Press Journal|
Mumbai: Five held for duping people of Rs 1.4 crore with ponzi scheme April 5, 2019 7:57 am Thane: Five people have been arrested for duping people to the tune of Rs 1.40 crore on the pretext of investing in their company and also promised them a double profit within 200 days. The company was fake, but to make it look like a real deal, they forged consent letters and other documents, assuring the victims of earning double the profits. The accused identified as Prakash More (52) and Govind Patil (43), both are residents of Thane, while Umang Shah (27), Ajay Jariwala (43) and Ritesh Patel (35) are residents of Surat, Gujrat. They were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of Thane police after the victims complained about the forgery. The incident came to light when nine victims, lodged complaints at the Kapurbawadi police station about the fraud on March 27. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, cheating (420 ), criminal breach of trust by a public servant (406 )and punishment of criminal conspiracy (120 B), has been registered by the police. Suresh Jadhav, the senior police inspector of the economic offences wing of Thane said,”We hope more victims will come forward after these accused were arrested. The company was established two years back” The accused had collected in cash and cheques were taken in the name of Tips zone advisory private limited, a company established by Prakash More at Thane. Prakash More, the alleged mastermind, was arrested after complaint was registered.
|2019-04-05||NCP's Foot Soldiers In Thane - Outlook India|
NCP's Foot Soldiers In Thane 04 April 2019 The tea bubbles in the saucepan at the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) office in Thane. And people stream in and out almost non-stop. Most of the visitors are for Anand Paranjpe, the NCP candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, and party leader Jitendra Awhad. From a corner, Prabhakar Sawant and Raj Rajapurkar watch the crowd. Nothing escapes their eyes—for they are the intermediaries between the electorate and the party. They are the grassroots worker; the indefatigable foot soldier who knows each booth, volunteer, and their day-today activities. Sawant, who heads the NCP’s Thane unit, was with the BJP for almost three decades before he became an NCP member in 2008. “I have seen all the prime ministers in my life. I was active post-Emergency, but this is the only prime minister who is a dictator. We are reaching out to as many people as we can to make sure the BJP is defeated,” he says and stresses that people are unhappy with the NDA government because of demonetisation, poor implementation of the GST, and unemployment. Sawant has a personal axe to grind against the 2016 scrapping of 1,000- and 500-rupee notes. “My son had three ice cream shops and was doing well. But after DEMo, the business went down for two-three months and did not pick up even by half. He has closed all the shops. This is the story of almost all traders across sections. They never came out of the red. People will not forget such decisions that brought them down.” For his part, Rajapurkar, in charge of the party’s OBC cell, is in touch with hundreds of people and uses every technology at hand. An articulate and persuasive party worker, he wants to use “old and new” methods to reach out to as many voters as possible. They are now going hyper-local with WhatsApp groups of housing societies and telling them about election issues. “People in Thane want a kind MP, not a corporator-type. They want someone accessible and educated. Thane no longer has a Marathi-only population. The constituency covers migrants from north and south as well. They want someone who will connect with MPs from their home states. I know this because I talk to people. I have been recording videos and posting them on my Facebook page.” The Shiv Sena-BJP office, hardly 10 minutes away, presents a contrasting sight. There are visitors and crowds all right, but the attitude is markedly different—guarded, quiet and unenthusiastic. “Elections are still some time away. We are yet to hit the ground,” says Mr Tilak, refusing to give his full name and details. Another office-bearer chips in, “What is there to say. Everyone will do their job once the date is closer. We are making a document of all the work that has been done.” It was not available at the office for perusal. Rajan Vichare, the MP, wasn’t unavailable for comments.
|2019-04-05||Raymond Realty to begin first project in Thane - CNBCTV18|
Raymond Realty to begin first project in Thane Updated : April 05, 2019 12:15 PM IST Raymond Realty will start its first project in Thane after textile manufacturer Raymond had announced its foray into the real estate space earlier this week. The real estate unit will start development of a 14-acre land parcel in Thane where they will make a 3,000 residential unit project. K Mukund Raj, CEO of Raymond Realty. “We have 120 acre land parcel in Thane, in the prime location of Thane - with the best of the connectivity and with the best of the ecosystem. In the first phase, we are taking up development of 20 acre land parcel out of which 14 acres we are developing a district which we have termed as ‘Aspirational District’,” he said. Raymond Realty said the will need to bring an investment of Rs 250 crore maximum from the parent firm as the land is owned by the real estate company. In terms of timeline, Raj said, “We initially launched two towers within internal stakeholders about three weeks back after getting the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) registrations and all done and subsequently looking at the response, we have launched the third tower and the timeline is we plan to handover these three towers in about 48 months."
|2019-04-05||2 Arrested In Maharashtra After Elephant Tusk Worth 25 Lakhs Seized - NDTV News|
2 Arrested In Maharashtra After Elephant Tusk Worth 25 Lakhs Seized Updated: April 05, 2019 23:41 IST THANE: An elephant tusk worth Rs. 25 lakh in the international market was seized and two persons were arrested from Maharashtra's Thane in this connection, police said on Friday. The action was taken on Thursday evening, police said. "Based on a tip-off, the crime branch of the city police laid a trap at the old check-post near Gaimukh, where they found two men carrying a gunny bag," a police official told reporters. "The police apprehended the duo and searched the gunny bag, in which an ivory was found," he said. The two, identified as Sachin Chowgule and Pravin Shere, both residents of Mumbai, told the police that they were planning to sell the tusk for Rs. 5 lakh and its cost in the international market was Rs. 25 lakh, the officer said. Tusks are used for making showpieces, ornaments and other decorative items. They are also believed to have medicinal properties. Elephants are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Kasarwadavali police have booked the accused under different sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and further investigation into the case was being carried out, a police official said.
|2019-04-05||Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lacs seized in Thane, 2 held - United News of India|
Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lacs seized in Thane, 2 held Thane, Apr 5 (UNI) Officials of the Crime branch of Thane police have arrested two persons and seized from their possession rare elephant tusk worth around Rs 25 lacs in the international market, police on Friday said. Addressing a news conference here, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Crime, Mukund Hatote said that following a tip-off about some people coming to city to sell elephant tusks, the officials of the Crime Branch Unit V Wagle Estate lead by Jairaj Ranavare laid a trap at the old check post near Gaimukh in late on Thursday evening.
|2019-04-05||Former Thane Mayor Mohan Gupte passes away - United News of India|
Former Thane Mayor Mohan Gupte passes away Thane, Apr 5 (UNI) Mohan Gupte, who was the Mayor of this city between 1990-91, died on Friday after suffering from prolonged illness, said family sources. Late Gupte was 88-year-old and known for his social yearnings and actively participated in the works of social organizations as well as the Rotary Clubs across the city. He was associated for long time with the CKP Club and Arya Krida Mandal.
|2019-04-05||Three held for illegally possessing 1,734 cough syrup bottles - Times of India|
Three held for illegally possessing 1,734 cough syrup bottles Apr 5, 2019, 07:09 IST THANE: The anti-narcotics cell has arrested three persons with 1,734 cough syrup bottles that were illegally sold at Kharegaon toll naka recently.. This is one of the biggest seizure in the recent past, the police said. The accused have been identified as Chandbabu Khan, Parvez Shaikh and Akbar Shaikh. They were running the racked since the last couple of years and had a huge client base. Assistant inspector Amol Walzade had received a tip-off that the accused would be transporting the cough syrup bottles in an auto at Kharegaon toll naka. The cops then laid a trap in the area and as soon as they spotted the auto, they intercepted them. Upon frisking the bags, the cops found high power cough syrups stashed in it. These were going to be sold illegally to addicts, said Vijay Powar, senior inspector with the anti narcotics cell. The police said that the total cost of the seized good is nearly Rs 3.21 lakh. The police suspect that they might have procured the syrups from a distributor in Bhiwandi and was to be transported to their clients in Mumbai. The officer said that they are verifying if the accused had other links and to whom they were going to sell the bottles. “We suspect that they have a huge client base. Their knowledge on pharmacy and selling medicines helped them in procuring the drugs,” said the officer. The police said that the cough syrup is locally called Batla due its cylindrical shape. The product is mostly used for drug addiction. The accused were produced in Thane court and were remanded to police custody till April 10. An offence has been registered with the Kalwa police under relevant sections of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 with the help of drug inspectors.
|2019-04-05||Alert traffic cops help foil mobile theft, nab accused - Times of India|
Alert traffic cops help foil mobile theft, nab accused Apr 5, 2019, 07:06 IST THANE: A mobile theft was foiled at Kapurbawdi on Tuesday; thanks to the alter traffic cops who chased the accused for almost a kilometre before nabbing him. The accused, Nilesh Ranjay (35) and Imran Qureshi (40) had robbed a commuter of his mobile when his car was stuck in traffic. The accused had kept and eye on the victim, Pravin Gupta, at Golden Diaz. They went up to her car and knocked on the window. Thinking that the duo were in need of some help, he rolled down the glass. While one of the accused diverted his attention, the other sleithly took the mobile that was kept on the adjacent seat. When Gupta realised what had happened, he immediately cried out for help. “The victim was heading towards Ghodbunder Road from Kharegon toll plaza and was at Golden Diaz junction when the incident took place. After hearing Gupta’s cries, five of us ran behind the accused. After running for almost a kilometre, we caught them at Gokul Nagar. They were immediately handed over to the Kapurbawadi police,” said Ravidutta Sawant, traffic inspector. The duo who were taken to the magistrate’s court and were granted police custody till Saturday. The police suspect that the duo have robbed many commuters in the city using the same modus operandi. “We recovered three phones worth Rs 75,000— including Gupta’s mobile. The duo claim that they are from Uttar Pradesh. We suspect that they have used similar modus operandi to rob drivers in various parts of the city and are verifying the same,” said A Deshmukh, senior inspector at Kapurbawadi police station.
|2019-04-05||Mumbai Crime Three arrested for taking bets on IPL match in Thane - Mid-Day|
Mumbai Crime: Three arrested for taking bets on IPL match in Thane Updated: Apr 05, 2019, 18:25 IST Thane police in Maharashtra have arrested three persons for allegedly taking bets on Wednesday's Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said the police raided a residential building in Bhayander on Wednesday night following a tip-off and caught the trio red-handed. The accused were identified as Rakesh Sharma (42), Vijay Towari (39) and Ankit Solanki (22). A case was registered against them under the Bombay Gambling Act and further probe was on, he said. In another incident, two people were arrested here and Rs 3.69 lakh recovered from them, city police commissioner Sandeep Patil said Saturday. With this, five people have been arrested in connection with such cases. Three people were arrested for betting from a rented room near the KSRTC bus stand on March 26 and Rs 62,700 and mobile phones seized from them. Addressing reporters, Patil said stringent action was being taken to check cricket betting during the IPL season. Operations of certain groups indulging in betting at various centres and online were being continuously monitored, he said. Asked about the preparations for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections, Patil said 17 people with criminal record had already been sent out of the district. A total of 1,533 cases of violation of election code of conduct have been registered and unaccounted money worth Rs 13.79 lakh seized ahead of the polls. A platoon of CRPF, which arrived in the city, has conducted route march in 29 sensitive areas, he said.
|2019-04-05||Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lakh seized, two held in Thane - Business Standard|
Elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lakh seized, two held in Thane April 5, 2019 20:10 IST An elephant tusk worth Rs 25 lakh in the international market was seized and two persons were arrested from the city in this connection, police said on Friday. The action as taken on Thursday evening, police said. "Based on a tip-off, the crime branch of the city police laid a trap at the old check-post near Gaimukh, where they found two men carrying a gunny bag," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mukund Hatote told reporters. "The police apprehended the duo and searched the gunny bag, in which an ivory was found," he said. The duo, identified as Sachin Chowgule and Pravin Shere, both residents of Mumbai, told the police that they were planning to sell the tusk for Rs 5 lakh and its cost in the international market was Rs 25 lakh, the officer said. Tusks are used for making showpieces, ornaments and other decorative items. They are also believed to have medicinal properties. Elephants are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Kasarwadavali police have booked the accused under different sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and further investigation into the case was being carried out, Hatote said.
|2019-04-04||Why Did Flamingos Flock to Mumbai in Record Numbers This Winter? - Smithsonian.com|
Why Did Flamingos Flock to Mumbai in Record Numbers This Winter? APRIL 4, 2019 12:20PM Since the 1980s, a large flock of migratory flamingos has come to Mumbai with the intent to nom. Between 30,000 and 40,000 of the large pink birds have frequented the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. This year, however, the population of flamingos has tripled, reports Payal Mohta at The Guardian, with conservationists estimating that 120,000 of the birds are hanging out along the mudflats of Thane Creek this year to enjoy a buffet of blue-green algae. So why have so many extra flamingos joined the party? Researchers suspect one factor may have to do with sewage. Clara Lewis at The Times of India reports that despite the establishment of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary in recent years, the area has become a hot spot for pollution. A 2016 report on the water quality revealed alarming levels of pollution in Thane Creek brought on by unchecked sewage discharges and illegal dumping. It’s believed that all of that organic waste is causing a boom in the growth of the blue-green algae in the mudflats where the flamingos go to feast. “It is a well-studied phenomenon in nature that one species’ waste is food for the other,” Debi Goenka, honorary secretary of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), tells Mohta of the Guardian. “The sewage in the creek promotes biological growth of blue-green algae, which is food for the flamingo.” Conservationist and naturalist Sunjoy Monga, who has authored a book on Mumbai’s birds, agrees, saying that it’s unlikely there would be so many birds if the human imprint on the body of water wasn’t so apparent. “This phenomenon is called edge nature,” he says. “Here, wilderness merges with human impact and some species are able to thrive in it. It’s a double-edged sword.” If the spike in flamingos indicates a trend, though, conservationists fear it may be a short-lived one. The mudflats where the birds congregate are under multiple threats: While the sewage and construction debris being flushed down Thane Creek may be the cause of the expansion of the mudflats and adjacent mangroves, without intervention, the sediment build up threatens to block the creek entirely.“Over time, the deposition of sediment has narrowed the channel,” a 2017 study noted. In that scenario, the whole area could dry up, destroying the mangroves and flamingo habitat. Development is also a concern. Mohta reports that the Uran wetlands, once home to a flock of flamingos, was recently reclaimed for construction of an airport, and the construction of a sea bridge across the Thane Creek mudflats called the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link caused the birds to move from their preferred location. Last month, authorities also authorized the construction of a bullet train route that would bisect the flamingo sanctuary. The BNHS is still looking to give a more definitive answer as to why so many flamingos flocked to Mumbai this year. Since launching a 10-year project to study the birds last October, Lewis of Times of India reports that a 20-person team has been responsible for counting the flamingos and testing the water for heavy metals and other pollutants. Rahul Khot, assistant director of BNHS and principal investigator of the team, says the researchers have already collected some interesting data: Of the two species of flamingos found in Mumbai—the greater flamingo and lesser flamingo—the number of greater flamingos has decreased since October, while the number of lesser flamingos has skyrocketed. In the future, they plan to add radio trackers to birds to gain a better understanding of their migration patterns. “It’s really good to see large number of birds visiting this metrocity,” Khot says in an interview with NPR, “but that also adds to our responsibility to conserve their habitat so that incoming future coming generation will also enjoy this bird.”
|2019-04-04||Flamingos flock to this coast ‘due to sewage and warm waters’ - ABC News|
Flamingos flock to this coast ‘due to sewage and warm waters’ Apr 4, 2019 5:08 PM Conservationists in India believe that an increase in sewage runoff from the city of Mumbai into the Arabian Sea has led to a dramatic increase in the city's flamingo population, as the polluted waters provide an ideal breeding ground for the iconic pink birds. Flamingos have been migrating in large numbers to Mumbai’s eastern seafront, known as the Thane Creek, since the late 1980s but previous estimates suggested there were only around 50,000 flamingos living in the area. In January, however, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), one of India’s oldest conservation societies, undertook an official count of the birds and discovered that there were now 122,000 flamingos in the Thane Creek, more than double previous estimates. The flamingos are flocking to the Mumbai coast in part “due to sewage and warm waters” in the Thane Creek area, according to Rahul Khot, the assistant director of the Natural History Collection Department at the BNHS. “The pollution seems to be contributing to rich foraging grounds to the flamingos,” Khot told ABC News. “But if there is a continue[d] rise in the pollution it will have adverse effects on these iconic birds. This also increase our responsibility to conserve these critical habitats so that birds will continue to flock for many more generations.” The rise in the flamingo population is “excellent news” despite the need to “work to clean the highly polluted eastern sea front,” Deepak Apte, Ph.D., director of the BNHS, said when the report was first released in January. Conservationists are particularly pleased with the increase in the number of Lesser Flamingos, which are a "near threatened" species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Another species of the bird, called Greater Flamingos, are far more common.(MORE: Why India and Pakistan are fighting in Kashmir and what's at stake) The increased pollution is likely to have a negative impact on the local wildlife in the near future, according to Debi Goenka, the executive trustee of the Conservation Action Trust, an environmental organization. “The discharge of untreated or partially treated sewage or industrial effluents is not really acceptable,” Goenka told ABC News. “Neither is the inflow of silt from the quarries and the construction sites during the Monsoons. This obviously has negative impacts both in the short term and the long term.”(Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images) Birds look for food on a sewage drain littered with plastic and a garbage in Mumbai, India, May 14, 2018. (Vikas Khot/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) Flamingos are pictured at Sewri Creek in Mumbai, India, March 27, 2006. While the number of flamingos is on the rise, the sewage in Mumbai has already had an impact on the creek’s ecosystem, and could even impact the economy as local fish become inedible.(MORE: Crocodile warning issued as Australian city faces 'unprecedented' levels of flooding) “Whilst it has benefited the flamingos, it has adversely affected the marine biodiversity,” Goenka said. “The number of marine species and the mangrove species have reduced. Fish caught in the creek smell of oil and are therefore of very low value.” Mumbai has one of the most polluted coastlines in the world, according to the Times of India. A survey conducted by the same newspaper found that the “dumping of debris and effluents” in the sea was posing “a grave threat to marine life” in 2016. The discharge of sewage water was the main factor in the rising levels of pollution.
|2019-04-04||BJP Lawmaker In Maharashtra Complains About Fake Facebook Profile - NDTV News|
BJP Lawmaker In Maharashtra Complains About Fake Facebook Profile Updated: April 04, 2019 14:58 IST THANE: BJP MLA Narendra Mehta has lodged a complaint with Thane police against an unidentified person for allegedly creating a fake account on a social media platform in his name and posting objectionable messages on it, an official said on Wednesday. Mr Mehta, the legislator from Mira Bhayandar constituency in Maharashtra's Thane district, was informed by some local BJP activists about the fake account running in his name on Facebook following which he approached the police on Wednesday, he said. The MLA mentioned in the complaint that the account was created with an intention to defame him as objectionable messages were posted on it between March 28 and 30, the police spokesperson said. Based on the complaint, the police registered a case against the unidentified person under Indian Penal Code Section 500 (defamation) and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, he said. No arrest was made so far, he said, adding that a probe was underway.
|2019-04-04||Flattened by Prosperity in Chiradpada - The Wire|
An Adivasi Hamlet Will Soon Be Flattened – to Make Way for the 'Prosperity Highway' 03/APR/2019 The huts of Janu Waghe and 15 other Katkari Adivasis – listed as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group in Maharashtra – are about to be overwhelmed by prosperity. Only it won’t be their own. Their little hamlet in Thane district could soon be flattened by the state government’s Samruddhi Mahamarg (‘Prosperity Highway’). “This is my home. I have spent all my life here. My father and grandfather lived here. Now they [the Maharashtra government] are asking us to leave. We have not even been given any [written] notice,” says 42-year-old Janu. “Where will we go from here? Where will we build our home?” His hut is located around half a kilometre from Chiradpada village in Bhivandi taluka. It’s a small room partitioned by a bamboo wall, and on the other side is a cooking area with an earthen stove. The floor is plastered with dung, the thatched walls rest on wooden poles. Janu catches fish from 8 am to 3 pm every alternate day. His wife Vasanti walks across a narrow, uneven path for six kilometres to the market in Padagha town to sell the fish, carrying a basket weighing 5-6 kilos on her head. They earn Rs 400 a day for around 15 days of the month for their family of four. In between, when work is available, both Janu and Vasanti do daily wage labour on farms around Chiradpada, earning Rs 250 a day for plucking cucumber, brinjal, chillis and other vegetables. The 400-metre long viaduct will cross Chiradpada and continue to the east of the Bhatsa river. It will not only take away the homes of Janu and his neighbours, but also their traditional livelihood of fishing. To help the land acquisition process, the state has made amendments to the Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955, and added state-specific amendments to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. Among the most important changes is the elimination of a social impact assessment. As a result, the resettlement of landless labourers has been ignored, and any compensation for Janu and his neighbours is still being decided. MSRDC’s deputy collector, Revati Gaikar, told me in a telephone interview: “We are acquiring land as per the Maharashtra Highway Act. We can’t rehabilitate affected families, but compensation will be given for their losses.” But Vasanti is sceptical. “Even if they [the government] give us money for taking away our house, how will we settle in a new village?” she asks. “We will have to get to know the people there, only then they will give us work on their farms. Is that easy? We won’t be able to continue fishing. How are we going to survive?” Every month, Vasanti gets 20 kilos rice at Rs 3 per kilo and five kilos wheat for Rs 2 on the family’s Below Poverty Line ration card. “We can’t afford to buy dal, we eat fish with rice. At times, we get some vegetables from farm-owners after we finish their work,” she says. “If we go from here, we won’t be able to continue fishing,” adds Janu. “This fishing tradition has been handed down to us by our forefathers.” His neighbour, 65-year-old Kashinath Bamne, recalls the day in 2018 (he thinks it was March or April) when officials of the Thane district collectorate surveyed the land in and around Chiradpada. “I was sitting at the doorstep. There were 20-30 officials holding files in hand. Seeing the police [among them] we got frightened. We couldn’t ask them anything. They measured our house and told us that we will have to vacate. Then they left. They told us nothing about where we will go from here.”
|2019-04-04||Thane: Three arrested for taking bets on IPL match - Times of India|
Thane: Three arrested for taking bets on IPL match Apr 4, 2019, 23:03 IST THANE: Thane police in Maharashtra have arrested three persons for allegedly taking bets on Wednesday's Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said the police raided a residential building in Bhayander Wednesday night following a tip-off, and caught the trio red-handed. The accused were identified as Rakesh Sharma (42), Vijay Towari (39) and Ankit Solanki (22). A case was registered against them under the Bombay Gambling Act and further probe was on, he said.
|2019-04-04||42-year-old man dies after falling off Thane local train - Hindustan Times|
42-year-old man dies after falling off Thane local train Updated: Apr 05, 2019 00:59 IST A 42-year-old man died after falling off a running local train between Thane and Kalwa stations on Wednesday night. The police suspect he may have fallen down owing to overcrowding in the train. The victim, Dayanand Sarwankar, worked as a driver in Belapur and was heading home to Diva, when the accident occurred, said Thane government railway police (GRP) officers. He is survived by his wife and a 13-year-old daughter. “The incident took place around 10.15pm between Thane and Kalwa stations. Sarwankar could have fallen down owing to overcrowding in the local,” said an officer. GRP officers reached the spot and found him lying on the tracks with major head injuries. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Thane, where he was declared dead on arrival. Doctors said he died owing to severe head injuries. According to the statement given by Sarwankar’s wife, Diksha, he had called her from Belapur after leaving his workplace. “Sarwankar was the only bread-winner in his family,” said an officer. An accidental death report has been registered by the Thane GRP, said an officer.
|2019-04-04||Thane: 5 arrested for ‘cheating 3 people of Rs 1.8 crore’ - The Indian Express|
Thane: 5 arrested for ‘cheating 3 people of Rs 1.8 crore’ Published: April 5, 2019 2:56:24 am The Thane Economic Offences Wing (EOW) arrested five men Thursday for allegedly cheating three people of more than Rs 1.8 crore through a Ponzi scheme that promised to pay them close to 100 per cent interest within 200 days. While only three FIRs have been registered, police suspect the number of complainants is expected to increase because the amount of money allegedly swindled by the accused runs into several crores. The accused have been identified as Prakash More (52) and Sandeep Patil (42) from Thane, Umang Shaha (27) from Surat, Ajay Zariwala (42) from New Delhi and Ritesh Patel (35) from Mumbai. They claim to be the directors and proprietors of companies Redrockgame, Tipszone Advisory Pvt Ltd, Krypto Trade and Zia Cool. According to Thane EOW officers, an FIR was registered in Kapurbawdi police station late last month. “The complainant was promised that if he deposited Rs 7.5 lakh, he would get one per cent interest per day for 200 days. However, the money could be withdrawn only after 200 days,” said a senior officer. The complainant was told that if he brought more people into the scheme and added to the domino chain, he would get three per cent more interest per person per day for the term he kept his money in the scheme, police said. “So he enrolled two of his friends into the scheme, too, who lost their money because the companies shut shop after 200 days and refused to answer phone calls,” added the officer.
|2019-04-04||Thane Police bust interstate Ponzi scheme racket, arrest 5 gang - United News of India|
Thane Police bust interstate Ponzi scheme racket, arrest 5 gang Thane, Apr 4 (UNI) With the arrest of total five people includingthree from Gujarat, the city police on Thursday claimed to havebusted a gang which allegedly ran an interstate Ponzi scheme and...
|2019-04-04||Thane: Women stage rail roko at Diva station - Times of India|
Thane: Women stage rail roko at Diva station Updated: Apr 4, 2019, 13:10 IST MUMBAI: Women commuters staged a rail roko on the tracks of Diva station here on Thursday morning after they were denied entry into the crowded compartments. The women complained that people standing at the door of the ladies compartments refused entry to them when the Up fast train arrived at Diva station. There was an altercation among the women commuters after which some of them complained to the motorman and tried to stop the movement of train. The local train was detained from 7.10am to 7.18am. Trains on Central Railway line are operating with delay after the incident.
|2019-04-04||Betting racket busted in Thane, 3 bookies arrested - United News of India|
Betting racket busted in Thane, 3 bookies arrested Thane, Apr 4 (UNI) The District Rural Police on Thursday claimed tohave busted a betting racket being run during ongoing IPL 20-20cricket match played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Superkings...
|2019-04-04||Thane: Cop smashes bottles in bar ‘open till 3am‘; owner says he wanted Rs 50 lakh bribe - Dover Daily News|
Thane: Cop smashes bottles in bar ‘open till 3am‘; owner says he wanted Rs 50 lakh bribe April 4, 2019 KALYAN: A senior inspector of Dombivli was caught on the cameras of a bar smashing bottles and abusing the staff in the wee hours of Thursday. While the bar owner, Madhavi Shahastrabudhe, claimed the cop was harassing her because she didn‘t pay him a Rs 50-lakh , senior inspector Vijaysingh Pawar rubbished the claim. He said during night rounds, he saw that the bar was open around 3am, and the staffers refused to shut down, he “took action”. A video clip of the incident has gone viral. The police have ordered an inquiry after Shahastrabudhe filed a written complaint demanding action against Pawar. Zonal DCP Sanjay Shinde told TOI: “The ACP is inquiring into the allegations.” In her complaint, Shahastrabudhe said Pawar was targeting her because she could not pay him Rs 50 lakh to drop a false food poisoning case registered against her husband. “We have paid him Rs 5 lakh. But as we could not pay the rest, he is harrassing us.”
|2019-04-04||Prevented from boarding train, women commuters block tracks at Diva - Hindustan Times|
Prevented from boarding train, women commuters block tracks at Diva Updated: Apr 05, 2019 00:21 IST Angry at not being able to board trains, women commuters blocked the track at Diva railway station on Thursday. They protested after they could not board CSTM-bound trains as other commuters were standing on the footboard. A railway official said women wanting to alight at Thane stand at the door, making it impossible for others to board train at Diva. “The same thing happened on Thursday morning, when the 7am CSMT local halted at Diva station. After women commuters couldn’t board the train, they jumped on to the tracks and protested. This delayed services by 15 minutes during peak hours,” said a railway official. Another official said they have received complaints from women commuters about being unable to board fast trains halting at Diva station owing to overcrowding. “The situation spiralled out of control because 6.56am Karjat-CSMT fast train was running behind schedule. However, the protest lasted only for 15 minutes,” said a railway official from Diva station. Aadesh Bhagat, an activist and a Diva resident, said a similar situation took place on Wednesday and an argument broke out between commuters wanting to board the train from Diva station and those travelling on the footboard. “When the women faced the same problem on Thursday, they protested by blocking the tracks at Diva station, he added. A Government Railway Police personnel from Thane said none of the protesters were arrested, but a case has been filed.
|2019-04-04||Thane Police bust interstate Ponzi scheme racket, arrest 5 gang - United News of India|
Thane Police bust interstate Ponzi scheme racket, arrest 5 gang Thane, Apr 4 (UNI) With the arrest of total five people including three from Gujarat, the city police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang which allegedly ran an interstate Ponzi scheme and cheated investors to the tune of several crores of rupees. The alleged accused set up a number of companies, wooed investors with lucrative returns and later wound up the companies before getting absconded. A complaint was registered with the Kapurbawdi police towards the end of last month under sections 420, 409, 406, 120 B of Indian Penal Code and also section 3 of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) Act, 1999, and also section 66(D) of the IT Act of 2008 against the accused, police said. According to police, the complainant was made to invest a sum of Rs 11,50,000 in the scheme and was promised Rs 21 lakh in return, furthermore, he was assured of 3 per cent interest as royalty per week till 200 days if he brings in more members to form a chain. The alleged accused had thus cheated nine investors to the tune of Rs 1,40,27,500, police said quoting the complaint. Upon filing of the complaint, police first arrested the main accused Prakash More (52) from Thane who was the director of Tips Zone Advisory. He had with the help of the other accused set up several fake but registered companies under different names such as Red rock Game, Crypto Trade, Ws and Jia Cool, they said. During interrogation, More spilled the beans which led police to other gang members in Gujarat and Delhi. Thus, police arrested four others including Sandip Patil (42), Umang Shah (27), Ajay Jariwala (43, both from Gujarat) and Ritesh Patil (35 of Gujarat from Delhi). Shah was the other main player in the entire racket besides More, police said. Seven bank accounts of the gang members had already been frozen and the immovable properties of them would also be attached, they said. The arrested have been remanded to police custody till Apr 8 and 10. Police suspect that the extent of the cheating by this gang might be into several crores and believed that there is a strong possibility that the gang had cheated several persons in other states of the country.
|2019-04-03||Raymond Realty eyes Rs 3,500 Cr revenue from 1st phase of Thane project - - Accommodation TAccimes|
Raymond Realty eyes Rs 3,500 Cr revenue from 1st phase of Thane project April 3, 2019 THANE: Textile major Raymond Group with its new division Raymond Realty has decided to foray into real estate business by building residential units in Thane. The company today announced that new division will develop 14 acres of land with 5 acres of central landscaped greens and amenities. This first phase of the project will house 3000 residential units across 10 towers. Each of these 42-storey towers will house smart-sized 2-bed homes with carpet area configuration of 515 sq. ft. and 640 sq. ft. The company has already received over 500 Expression of Interest (EoI) in 30 days during the soft launch. “The peak funding till FY 20 is expected to be Rs 250 crores only and a major part of this has already been spent in the planning phase and obtaining statutory approvals. In phase 1, Raymond Realty is expected to achieve a top line of over Rs 3500 crores with a profit margin of over 25% during the period of 5 years”, said the company in the statement. Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director, Raymond Limited said, “Raymond has forayed into Real Estate development in order to monetize the land at Thane. The decision is backed by our unmatched craftsmanship and eye-for-detail that has helped build the Raymond Legacy over the last century. Going forward, we intend to build a large integrated township that will have the potential to deliver a lifestyle well above the ordinary and still be in reach.” With the central theme of Go Beyond, the company has undertaken the project to build quality housing for all. A large gated community named Aspirational District is spread over 14 acres. Mukund Raj, CEO, Raymond Realty said, “In this project, we are offering world-class services and amenities that Indian discerning consumers would avail for a delightful livelihood.”
|2019-04-03||Thane sessions court summons Rahul, Yechury over linking RSS with Lankesh murder - The Hindu|
Thane sessions court summons Rahul, Yechury over linking RSS with Lankesh murder UPDATED: APRIL 04, 2019 01:37 IST The Thane sessions court on April 1 issued summons to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Communist Party of India general secretary Sitaram Yechury for linking Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. It directed them to be present in court on April 30. It is alleged that Mr. Gandhi made a statement, while speaking to a journalist outside Parliament hours after the death of Lankesh. The statement was, “Anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), against the ideology of RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed.” Mr. Yechury also made a statement that it was the RSS ideology and RSS men who killed Lankesh. The Thane court heard a civil defamation suit filed by RSS member Vivek Champanerkar through his advocate Aditya Mishra. He contended that RSS is a social organisation and is being defamed by these comments. Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Mishra said, “Mr. Champanerkar is not an extortionist, therefore he is seeking damages and compensation of ?1.” He also said, “We are seeking an injunction (stay) that both the leaders accused in this case and their party workers be restrained from talking against RSS whenever Gauri Lankesh murder comes up.” He also said there are no grounds for linking the RSS to the murder as no judicial inquiry or investigation has connected the two. On April 1, judge S.M. Bhatia issued summons to Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Yechury. On February 22, the Mazgaon magistrate had also issued notices to Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Yechury for making allegations against RSS over the Lankesh murder. Advocate Dhrutiman Joshi, a grassroots worker of the RSS, had filed a criminal defamation suit regarding the same statement made by both the leaders, and will be heard on April 5.
|2019-04-03||Thane: Woman auto driver held for sex racket, two rescued - Times of India|
Thane: Woman auto driver held for sex racket, two rescued Updated: Apr 3, 2019, 09:26 IST THANE: The anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) of the city has arrested a 42-year-old woman auto driver for allegedly pushing two women into flesh trade. The victims were rescued by the cops. The accused has been identified as Sangeeta Batawale, a Manpada resident, said senior inspector Sanjay Patil. Patil said that on Monday, they had received a tip-off that the accused was indulging in flesh trade and forcibly pushing women into it at Talaopali. The cops had laid a trap and had sent one of their cops who posed as a buyer and met Sangeeta. They fixed an amount of Rs 3,000. The accused then showed him the girls who were in her auto. The sleuths immediately caught them and rescued the women who were in the age group of 28 to 30 years. According to investigating officer Mohini Kapile, preliminary probe revealed that the accused used to befriend the customers who used her auto. She would then offer them financial help and push force them into prostitution. “She used to woo women with extra money and push them into flesh trade,” said Kapile. The accused would charge Rs 3,000 from her customers; of which she used to give Rs 700 to the victims. At times, the accused used to send the victims to three to four lodges per day. Sangeeta was booked under Sections 370(2)(3) of the IPC and Sections 4 and 5 of the PITA Act with the Naupada police. She was produced before a local magistrate’s court who remanded her to police custody till April 8.
|2019-04-03||None turned up on first day to file nomination in Thane district - Times of India|
None turned up on first day to file nomination in Thane district Apr 3, 2019, 09:23 IST THANE: The first day of filing nominations to the Lok Sabha polls failed to see any action as not even a single candidate turned up to file his nomination for the three parliamentary constituencies in Thane district. Experts said that it was routine for political parties to issue the mandatory AB form to their candidates at the last minute to avoid any defections of those upset probables while others claimed it was popular belief of opting for an appropriate muhurat to file the nominations. As per the mandate of the election commission the process of filing nominations for the three Lok Sabha seats in Thane district — Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi — started on Tuesday morning and is expected to close on April 9. Election officials said that there were no nominations filed till 3 pm at any of the designated form filling centres. “No nominations were filed in Thane district on April 2 till 3 pm,” confirmed district information officer Milind Dusane on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, political experts and activists claimed that it was a routine affair for netas and political parties to check an auspicious time before filing the respective nominations. “There is nothing unusual as no major names come up for filling up their nominations in the first few days. The numbers will start increasing towards the end as has been a practice over the last several years. Parties keep playing safe and defer issuing AB forms till the last minute evaluating the situation and making attempts to keep the disgruntled from switching loyalties,” said almanac maker D K Soman. District election officer Rajesh Narvekar said that aspiring candidates to the three Lok Sabha seat elections in Thane district, that will be held in the fourth phase, can file the same on working days till 3 pm on April 9 after paying a deposit of Rs 25,000. Those from the reserved will have to pay Rs 12,500 deposit. The scrutiny of applications will be done on April 10 and the last date for withdrawal of applications will be 3 pm on April 12.
|2019-04-03||Mobile app helps track 67 poll code violations in just 20 days in Thane district - Times of India|
Mobile app helps track 67 poll code violations in just 20 days in Thane district Apr 3, 2019, 09:24 IST THANE: As many as 67 cases of poll code violations across the three Lok Sabha constituencies in Thane district have been reported in the last 20 days. This has been possible because of the cVIGIL mobile application which was introduced recently. The app is the first-of-its-kind digital medium where citizens can report of any poll code violation. It was introduced ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Through the app, citizens and activists can click images and instantly alert the election department which will take action against the violators. Most violations that were reported pertain to putting up illegal banners, posters or any publicity material without permission from the local and election department, said an official. The data compiled by the election commission of India revealed that nearly 88% of the cases reported were found to be true. Visual evidence was also presented earlier but its veracity was always under question while the app service records the location and time of the violation, ruling out any objection at a later stage. “Earlier people used to alert us through phone calls or other mediums. We used to attend to their complaints but many times the violators used to escape action. The new initiative helps us instantly know of the location where the violation has taken place and take corrective steps immediately,” said an official from the election department. Meanwhile, data available with the department shows that the highest number of complaints were reported in Thane Lok Sabha constituency, followed by Kalyan and Bhiwandi. As many as 42 complaints were received only in Thane constituency, which comprises of Airoli, Belapur, Kopri- Pachpakhadi, Mira -Bhayandar, Owala- Majiwada and Thane assembly constituencies. Kalyan witnessed just 20 complaints, while Bhiwandi saw 5 cases being registered. Activists have also welcomed the initiative saying that there has to be better vigilance of political parties who would otherwise be seen defacing the city with banners and posters. Citizen activist Mahesh Bedekar said that he was happy to see that citizens are coming forward to report violations and this will serve as a very strong message to political parties that commoners will not tolerate any wrongdoings. “I am glad that residents have taken up the initiative. More citizens must start using the app and realise its importance and force political parties to start following norms,” said Bedekar.
|2019-04-03||Thane head constable in ACB net - United News of India|
Thane head constable in ACB net Thane, Apr 3 (UNI) A police head constable from the Thane police head quarters attached to the Ulhasnagar crime unit was held while taking a bribe, official statement on Wednesday said. The head constable Ramdas Misal (46) demanded a bribe of Rs 1,35,000 from a complainant for not arresting him in a theft case.
|2019-04-03||Thane court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury over anti-RSS remarks, linking Sangh to Gauri... - Firstpost|
Thane court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury over anti-RSS remarks, linking Sangh to Gauri Lankesh's murder Apr 03, 2019 15:44:44 IST Thane: A city court on Tuesday asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to appear before it on 30 April to respond to the charges of defaming RSS by allegedly linking it to journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder. The civil defamation case, seeking a token compensation of Rs 1 from Rahul and Yechury was filed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Vivek Champanerkar, who has claimed the duo "defamed" the RSS by linking it to the killing of Lankesh. Civil Judge J S Bhatia, who is hearing the case, ordered issuance of summonses to Rahul and Yechury asking them to appear in the court. The summonses are returnable on 30 April. In his prayer to the court, Champanerkar said Rahul and Yechury are in the habit of blaming the RSS for any act of violence and this needs to be stopped. He urged the court to direct them to stop linking the RSS with such incidents. Champanerkar's counsel Aditya R Mishra said his client filed the civil complaint in the court against the two leaders last week. Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru in September 2017, allegedly by the members of a right-wing extremist group. A Mumbai metropolitan magistrate's court is also hearing a criminal defamation case against Rahul and Yechury, filed by another RSS activist over the same issue. In the criminal defamation case, complainant Dhrutiman Joshi, an RSS worker and lawyer, has cited some purported remarks made by Rahul and Yechury against the RSS after the killing of Lankesh, a strong Hindutva critic. "Statements made by the accused and their respective political parties are in utmost sense defamatory and belittle the RSS in the eyes of common public. "There was a definite move by the accused to tarnish the image of the RSS without citing any proof," Joshi had said in his complaint. The Congress chief is also facing another defamation case in a court at Bhiwandi in Thane district over his alleged comments against the RSS regarding Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.
|2019-04-03||Education department yet to announce date of first RTE lottery round; leaves parents anxious - Times of India|
Education department yet to announce date of first RTE lottery round; leaves parents anxious Updated: Apr 3, 2019, 09:29 IST THANE: With the dates of the first lottery round of the RTE process yet to be announced, an atmosphere of anxiety has already started brewing up among parents. In the month-long process which ended on Saturday, Thane recorded 16,325 RTE applications against 13,400 vacant seats in the 620 registered schools across the rural and urban pockets of the district. Of each of these regions, Navi Mumbai—which has around 2,562 vacant seats in its registered schools—topped the charts with 4,748 confirmed applications with 2,562 vacancies, while Thane city followed with a total of 3,404 confirmed applications as against 3,194 vacancies. With the date of the lottery round still to be announced, parents of RTE aspirants across the district have begun anxiously waiting for their phones to buzz with the update from the education department. D Salvi (37), a Vartak Nagar resident who has put in an application for his daughter’s admission in the first grade, said, “I cannot afford to send my daughter to a good school as my salary is meagre and school fees are high. Through RTE, she may manage to get into one of the three good schools in our area.” “I am waiting to receive a call from the education department. I have also asked my neighbour to keep checking the website in case the dates are out,” he added. Meanwhile, education officials say that there is not need to worry as the seats are sufficient for the number of students, this year. “Each applicant is expected to apply to more than one school which magnifies the number of applications. The schools with more vacant seats and fewer applications admit all students and the others use lotteries to give out seats. During the admission process, when a student confirms his or her admission in a school, the other applications get cancelled, leaving it vacant for others,” said an official from the ZP education office. “ If parents have any queries, they can reach us at our help desks,” said Kalpana Shinde, another official from the ZP education department.
|2019-04-03||By end of May, civil hospital to be shifted near mental hospital for revamp - Times of India|
By end of May, civil hospital to be shifted near mental hospital for revamp Apr 3, 2019, 09:22 IST THANE: The state-run civil hospital will be relocated near the Thane mental hospital by the end of May as it is set to undergo a major revamp, stated hospital authorities. The hospital will become a super-speciality one and a few wards and offices of the hospital will be shifted at two of the buildings near the mental hospital. Hospital staff stated that the work of one structure is almost done and the other in process. “By the end of May the out-patient department (OPD), female and children ward and a few offices will be shifted to the two ground plus one storey structure. There will be around 122 beds and a sonography room. Once the work is done we will immediately shift the patients there and also keep them posted about the changes. In the past there were instances of plasters falling in the ward and hence we want to shift it before monsoons,” said Dr Kailash Pawar, civil surgeon. The authorities added that labour, gynaecology, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and paediatric wards will be located in one building and the other premises will have the OPD, sonography, blood bank and offices. “There we will try to make sure that the inpatients and the outpatients are separated and hence the OPD will be in the other building. Also, if need be we might close the terrace there so that we get one more floor to utilise,” added Dr Pawar. The hospital has already started informing government hospitals regarding the temporary shift so that once it is ready, patients can be referred there. They stated that they will place CCTVs and appoint security personnel from the Maharashtra State Security Corporation for patients’ safety. The hospital will become a super-speciality one and a few wards and offices of the state-run hospital will be shifted at two of the buildings near mental hospital.
|2019-04-03||Burial on open TMC plot: ‘Misuse’ of land threatens to create divide among residents - Times of India|
Burial on open TMC plot: ‘Misuse’ of land threatens to create divide among residents Apr 3, 2019, 09:27 IST THANE: Controversy over the “misuse” of an open plot, nestled amidst a residential enclave at Pokhran Road 1, as a burial ground by the local Christian community threatens to create a divide among the residents with a majority locals upset that a children’s playground has been usurped while the other faction claims the land belongs to a church trust. On March 20, the parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Church had buried a 95-year-old in the compound close to the church, which triggered angry reaction from the residents. “Our children used to play on the playground there. Since the burial the children are afraid to go there. We respect the sentiments of the community, but one cannot create a cemetery in a residential area, especially when it is marked as a playground area by the civic body,” said Sanika Ambekar, chairman of Ravi Estate. The civic birth and death department had registered a complaint against 11 parishioners after the burial as they had not taken adequate permission to do the same and it was done on the civic plot. “The civic department registered a complaint on March 20 against the parishioners stating that they had not taken adequate permissions required for the burial and that it was done on a plot, which is not marked as a cemetery. We arrested the accused within a week under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act and under the Bombay Police Act. But they were granted bail by the court,” said Pradeep Giridhar, senior inspector at Vartak Nagar police station. “The civic authorities should have kept a security personnel as it is marked as a playground area and there are slides and other equipment wherein children used to go and play. We fear that post this incident there will be many such burials and the plot will turn into a cemetery, which will affect the locals,” Amey Jadhav, resident of Ravi Estate. The residents of the various societies surrounding the plot have written to civic authorities and the guardian minister urging them to take action. “Cemeteries are usually away from residential areas and we fear that the plot will turn out to be a burial ground. We have written to various authorities urging them to look into the matter. There is a well on the plot from where the surrounding societies have borewell connections, which we fear will get contaminated due to the burials,” said Dattatray More, joint secretary at Suresh Park. The members of the Catholic community here said they have long been demanding regularisation of their church land to be used as a burial spot as there is an acute shortage of burial space. The Christian cemetery at the Teen petrol pump is inadequate for the growing population and there is a need for a new burial ground. Presently, most bodies have to be extricated in less than a year before they are fully decomposed. Guardian minister Eknath Shinde has written to the civic body to secure an open plot for the Christian cemetery. Our children used to play on the playground there. Since the burial they are afraid to go there. We respect the sentiments of the community, but one cannot create a cemetery in a residential area, especially when it is marked as a playground by TMC We have been demanding regularisation of our church land to be used as a burial spot as there is an acute shortage of burial space. The Christian cemetery at Teen petrol pump is inadequate for the growing population of the Christian community.
|2019-04-03||Maximum illegal cash, liquor and gold seizures in Mumbai - Times of India|
Maximum illegal cash, liquor and gold seizures in Mumbai Apr 3, 2019, 08:06 IST MUMBAI: Ever since the model code of conduct came into force in March, maximum cash, liquor and gold was seized from Mumbai city, followed by Mumbai suburban district, Thane, Nagpur and Beed in the state. The state election commission’s data shows that until now, seizures worth Rs 77.5 crore have been made and Mumbai alone, accounted for cash, liquor and gold worth Rs 37.4 crore. In Mumbai suburban, seizures worth Rs 14 crore were made, Rs 3.9 crore in Thane, Rs 2.7 crore in Nagpur and Rs 1.9 crore in Beed. The value of gold and silver seized in Mumbai city was Rs 30 crore and cash Rs 7 crore. From Mumbai suburban, unaccounted cash worth Rs 14 crore was seized, Rs 2.4 crore from Nagpur and Rs 1.9 crore from Beed. In Chandrapur, hometown of state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, liquor worth Rs 1.3 crore was seized. Significantly, since the last three years, there is ban on consumption and sale of liquor in Chandrapur. Drugs worth Rs 3 crore were seized in Thane district and Rs 52 lakh in Palghar. Smaller amounts of cash as well as liquor and drugs were also seized from Kolhapur, Solapur, Chandrapur, Yavatmal, Akola and Pune, and other districts. A senior official said chief electoral officer Ashwani Kumar is personally monitoring the situation.
|2019-04-03||Lok Sabha Election 2019: EC Seizes Over Rs 77 Crore From Maharashtra Since Model Code of Conduct; Maximum - LatestLY|
Lok Sabha Election 2019: EC Seizes Over Rs 77 Crore From Maharashtra Since Model Code of Conduct; Maximum Seizures From Mumbai Apr 03, 2019 04:43 PM IST Mumbai, April 3: The highest amount of cash, jewellery and liquor has been recovered from Mumbai since the Model Code of Conduct was put in place by the Election Commission of India on March 10, 2019. Mumbai is followed in the list by the suburban district, Thane, Nagpur and Beed in Maharashtra, reported the Times of India. The Maharashtra state election commission data shows that since March 10 to until now, more than Rs 77.50 crore has been seized, out of which Mumbai alone accounted for Rs 37.40 crore including cash, liquor and gold seized. In Mumbai suburban areas, seizures worth Rs 14 crore were made by the Police. The amount seized in Thane and Nagpur have been Rs 3.9 crore and Rs 2.7 crore respectively. Whereas Rs 1.9 crore has been seized from Beed district. The value of gold and silver seized from Mumbai is worth Rs 30 crore, and cash Rs 7 crore. The report also mentioned that Rs 1.3 crore was seized from Chandrapur, which is Maharashtra state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar's hometown. A large quantity of drugs was also seized from Thane and Palghar district. Kolhapur, Solapur, Chandrapur, Yavatmal, Akola and Pune are other areas from where cash has been seized, said reports. The Maharashtra Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will take place in Phases 1,2,3 and 4 from April 11 to April 29. While voting in Maharashtra for General Elections will be held on April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29, the counting of votes will be held on May 23.
|2019-04-03||Textiles major Raymond forays into real estate with Thane project - Business Standard|
Textiles major Raymond forays into real estate with Thane project April 3, 2019 20:56 IST Textiles major Raymond Group on Wednesday announced its foray into real estate by launching a 3.3 million square feet residential project in Thane at a time when the sector is going through a liquidity crisis. The project, which would be developed by its real estate arm Raymond Realty, will house 3,000 residential units across 10 towers in the first phase on a 20-acre land parcel that Raymond owns in Thane. This is part of the group’s plan to monetise its non-core assets to pare debt. Gautam Hari Singhania, chairman and managing director of Raymond, said, “In our continuous efforts to enhance value for stakeholders, Raymond has forayed into real estate development in order to monetise the land in Thane.” He said since the land parcel was in the heart of Thane, it offered huge potential for venturing into real estate and that going forward Raymond intended to build a large integrated township at that location. This is part of a 140-acre land parcel that the company has at the location. Leaving the schools (run by Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania Trust), there is around 125 acre contiguous land parcel at the area. The land housed its flagship textile factory and the company reached out for an out of court settlement with its labour union (representing nearly 2,000 employees at the Thane unit), which received a total compensation of over Rs 300 crore in lieu of giving consent for the real estate development on the land. The firm also secured requisite government clearances for a real estate project on the mill land. K Mukund Raj, chief executive officer (real estate), Raymond, said the maximum amount that Raymond would invest in this project was around Rs 250 crore, of which a significant portion had already been done. This excludes the amount paid for settlement with the labour union. The project would not require significant debt funding, he added. In the first phase, Raymond Realty is expected to achieve a top line of over Rs 3,500 crore with a profit margin of over 25 per cent during the period of five years. The cost of construction is around Rs 5,000 per square feet for the saleable area. This roughly works out to be around Rs 1,650 crore for 3.3 million sq ft development. "The 'Aspirational District' project, which will come up over 14 acres, would house 2.7-2.8 million sq feet of residential units, while the premium project (over 6 acres) would have around 0.5 million sq ft housing. These would be 42-storey towers," Raj said. Raymond’s net debt was Rs 2,185 crore debt in its books as on Q3 FY19.
|2019-04-03||Raymond starts real estate business with Thane residential project - Livemint|
Raymond starts real estate business with Thane residential project Updated: 03 Apr 2019, 09:42 PM IST Mumbai: Raymond Ltd on Wednesday said it will invest ?250 crore to develop its first residential project in Thane near Mumbai, marking its foray into the real estate sector. Announcing the formation of the company's real estate arm Raymond Realty, chairman Gautam Singhania said the residential project—spread over 20 acres in Thane—is part of a larger plan to monetise the company's legacy land holdings in the district. Raymond owns 125 acres of land in Thane and has been looking at ways to monetise the asset by conducting an outright sale or developing it in a phased manner. "Our intent is very clear—we should monetise the land. We are looking at all options to enhance shareholder value. This (developing the land) has been a work in progress for a long time," Singhania said. The 20-acre residential project announced Wednesday will be developed in two phases: the first will see construction of 3,000 mid-income housing units in 10 42-storey towers spread over 14 acres. Each of these flats will cost ?1.06-1.25 crore. Raymond Realty plans to build premium houses in the remaining six acres. The company expects the project to generate a revenue of ?3,500 crore in the first phase with a profit margin of 25% in the next five years. "The project would be largely funded through revenue being generated by itself, " said Raymond CFO Sanjay Bahl. "Over and above that, we will invest ?250 crore... A major part of it is already spent in the planning and obtaining approvals for the project." Raymond has been looking to sell its Thane land for close to a decade now. It has been engaged in discussions with several large developers for either outright sale of the land parcel or joint development with other builders. In 2012, Raymond was in talks with a local builder in Thane to sell a 9.4-acre plot. The deal did not take off. Last year, Raymong again put up on sale 20 acres of land. Several global investors and developers, including Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Xander Group and Phoenix Mills were said to have shown interest in the land.
|2019-04-03||Raymond Forays Into Real Estate With Housing Project In Thane - BloombergQuint|
Raymond Forays Into Real Estate With Housing Project In Thane Apr 03 2019, 11:44 AM Raymond Ltd. announced its foray into real estate development with a 20-acre residential project in Thane as it looks to monetise land parcels it owns. “We will become the most preferred real estate developer in this market,” Gautam Singhania, chairman of Raymond Group, told BloombergQuint on the sidelines of the project launch. The group holds 120 acres in Thane district, outside Mumbai. The project, called “Aspirational District”, will have a total of 3,000 units across ten towers, the company said in a statement. In the first phase three towers will have two-bedroom houses in two configurations—515 square feet flats an all-inclusive price of Rs 1.06-1.2 crore and 640 sq ft flats for Rs 1.35-1.52 crore. “We have another 3 acres earmarked for premium housing,” said K Mukund Raj, chief executive officer of Raymond Realty. The four-bedroom apartments of 2,300 sq ft each will be launched at the end of second quarter in fiscal 2019, he said. The project, which is expected to be completed in five years, will cost an estimated Rs 250 crore, with over 65 percent of which has already been spent. "Going forward, we will have our revenues with all the sales happening and customer collections, that is going to be funding the rest of the project,” Raj said. “We will not be needing anything beyond the maximum of Rs 250 crore that we have looked at.”
|2019-04-03||Thane court summons Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury over defamation suit filed by RSS - Economic Times|
Thane court summons Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury over defamation suit filed by RSS Apr 3, 2019, 11.36 AM IST Thane Civil court has summoned Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury over a defamation suit filed by the RSS.
|2019-04-03||Brain-dead Thane woman's organs save life - Times of India|
Brain-dead Thane woman's organs save life Apr 3, 2019, 08:54 IST MUMBAI: The family of a 47-year-old woman from Thane donated her organs to save the life of a liver failure patient. With this, the city has recorded 31 cadaver donations this year. Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) officials said there has been a 100% rise in donations between January and March compared to the corresponding period in the previous four years. The donations have facilitated nearly 70 life-saving transplants. "The increase has been made possible because of the support from intensivists and coordinators. Public awareness over the years has also helped," said Dr S Mathur of ZTCC. The latest donor was taken to Jupiter Hospital on March 31 after she suffered an intracranial bleed. After she suffered brain death, the transplant coordinator approached them for organ donation. Hospital authorities said her children and husband gave the consent for all organs though only her liver was fit for transplant. The family also donated her cornea.
|2019-04-03||Thane: Couple among five arrested for abducting two-year-old boy - Times of India|
Thane: Couple among five arrested for abducting two-year-old boy Apr 3, 2019, 08:43 IST THANE: Five persons, including a couple, have been arrested by Shil-Daighar police for allegedly abducting a two-year-old boy who was reunited with his parents on Monday. Police suspect it could be a bigger racket of children being abducted and sold across the country. A probe is underway, a police officer said. Those arrested included Afrin Khan (20), Mubina Shah (40), Mohammad Azharuddun aka Abdullah Khan, Azim Divekar (49) and his wife, Amira (46). Police received a complaint that a two-year-old boy from Sunil Nagar in Thakurpada of Dahisar village had been kidnapped while his mother had gone out to fill water from a tap nearby on Sunday. The mother raised a suspicion about their neighbour, Shah, following which police launched a hunt and the child was traced to a house of the Divekars in Mumbra. Khan had transported the abductors in an auto-rickshaw. Police said Afrin, with the help of her mother, kidnapped the child and kept him at the house of the Divekars. They registered a case under sections 363, 363(A) and 365 of IPC against the accused. They suspect that the accused and those absconding may have kidnapped 8-10 toddlers in a similar way and may have sold them. Police had they had a tough day on Tuesday as Afrin was a hard nut to crack and deceived them with various theories, including selling the children and killing them, but none of it could be corroborated. They said she even deceived them that the bodies had been buried in a ditch in Daighar but they could not find anything after digging the ditch.
|2019-04-03||Thane: Court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury - Times of India|
Thane: Court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury Updated: Apr 3, 2019, 09:34 IST THANE: The district sessions court here recently issued summons to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a defamation case filed by a city-based RSS activist. Vivek Champanerkar took affront to their statements linking RSS to the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru in September 2017. Advocate Aditya Mishra, counsel representing the activist, said his client sought a compensation of Re1 from the political leaders. Civil judge J S Bhatia ordered issuance of summons and notices to Gandhi and Yechury, returnable on April 30. Champanerkar said they should be restrained from linking and blaming RSS to the crime. "Just after the death of Lankesh, the duo blamed the Sangh and asserted that anyone opposing RSS ideology would be silenced this way. It is grossly inappropriate to link RSS with the crime, hence the defamation suit is filed," Mishra told TOI. He added that the hearing is slated for April 30. Gandhi already faces a defamation case by an RSS activist in a Bhiwandi court over the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
|2019-04-03||Toddler s abductors reveal they kidnapped 8 other kids in Thane - Mid-Day|
Toddler's abductors reveal they kidnapped 8 other kids in Thane Updated: Apr 03, 2019, 08:50 IST The kidnapping case of a two-year-old boy from Thakurpada in Thane has led the Shildaighar police to a suspected child-trafficking racket. Interrogation of the four accused arrested in the case has revealed that they kidnapped seven to eight children in the past. Though they tried to mislead the cops by saying that they had killed the children and buried their bodies at a spot between Shildaighar and Mahape areas, the cops realised that it was a lie when they failed to recover anything from the site. According to the police, the main accused – 20-year-old Afreen Munna Khan – who fled with the boy on March 31, initially went to the Mumbra railway station. The child was her neighbour's son. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a police officer said, "Afreen lured the boy with chips. Some neighbours spotted her taking away the kid. When she didn't return, his mother registered a complaint, following which a kidnapping case was filed. On April 1, we caught Afreen from near the Mumbra police station and rescued the child the same day. The boy was later handed over to his mother. However, during investigation we found Afreen's mother, uncle and aunt were involved in the case too." They have been identified as her mother Mubina Firoz Shah, aunt Amira Azim Divekar and uncle Azim Ibrahim Divekar. All of them hail from Kanpur, and have been staying in Mumbra for the past two months. The officer further said, "We suspect that the four of them are involved in human-trafficking, as they have kidnapped seven to eight children. During interrogation they said that they had killed the children and buried their bodies. On Tuesday when we dug up the spot with the help of a JCB machine, we found nothing. When questioned for the second time, they revealed that they were trying to mislead us. We are trying to trace the children."
|2019-04-02||Thane Court Issues Summons to Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury over Anti-RSS Remarks - News18|
Thane Court Issues Summons to Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury over Anti-RSS Remarks Updated:April 2, 2019, 10:48 PM IST Thane: A city court on Tuesday asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to appear before it on April 30 to respond to the charges of defaming RSS by allegedly linking it to journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder. The civil defamation case, seeking a token compensation of Rs 1 from Gandhi and Yechuri, was filed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Vivek Champanerkar who has claimed the duo "defamed" the RSS by linking it to the killing of Lankesh. Civil Judge JS Bhatia, who is hearing the case, ordered issuance of summonses to Gandhi and Yechury asking them to appear in the court. The summonses are returnable on April 30. In his prayer to the court, Champanerkar said Gandhi and Yechury are in the habit of blaming the RSS for any act of violence and this needs to be stopped. He urged the court to direct them to stop linking the RSS with such incidents. Champanerkar's counsel Aditya R Mishra said his client filed the civil complaint in the court against the two leaders last week. Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru in September 2017, allegedly by the members of a right-wing extremist group. A Mumbai metropolitan magistrate's court is also hearing a criminal defamation case against Gandhi and Yechury, filed by another RSS activist over the same issue. In the criminal defamation case, complainant Dhrutiman Joshi, an RSS worker and lawyer, has cited some purported remarks made by Gandhi and Yechury against the RSS after the killing of Lankesh, a strong Hindutva critic. "Statements made by the accused and their respective political parties are in utmost sense defamatory and belittle the RSS in the eyes of common public. There was a definite move by the accused to tarnish the image of the RSS without citing any proof," Joshi had said in his complaint. The Congress chief is also facing another defamation case in a court at Bhiwandi in Thane district over his alleged comments against the RSS regarding Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.
|2019-04-02||Thane court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury for - United News of India|
Thane court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury for Thane, Apr 2 (UNI) A court here on Tuesday issued summons to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on a defamation case filed by an RSS activist from Thane in...
|2019-04-02||Thane woman claims she killed 7 children, buried them; cops dig the spot for 2 hrs but find nothing - Hindustan Times|
Thane woman claims she killed 7 children, buried them; cops dig the Updated: Apr 03, 2019 01:03 IST Acting on a “confession” by a woman, arrested in connection with the abduction of a two-year-old boy from her neighbourhood in Mumbra, that she, along with her relatives, had abducted and killed at least seven other kids, the Thane police on Tuesday spent more than two hours digging a 5x10-ft pit at Shildaighar in Thane to find the bodies, only to realise that they had been misled. According to the police, the woman, Afreen Munna Khan, 20, kidnapped the child on Sunday, and was arrested from Mumbra railway station with the child the next day. “Khan lured the boy by giving him chips. During the investigation, we found that Khan’s mother Mubina Shah, 40, uncle Azim Ibrahim Divekar, 49, and aunt, Amira Azim Divekar, 46, too, were involved in the case and arrested them,” said a police officer. Suspecting the family’s role in other cases, they started to quiz her. “During interrogation, Khan confessed to killing the children and burying the bodies in Shildaighar area,” he said. The investigating officer then alerted the senior police inspector, assistant commissioner of police and deputy commissioner of police. A team of more than 12 police officers was sent to the spot around 3pm. Working for more than 2 hours, with an ambulance on standby, the workers managed to dig a 5x10ft pit, but found nothing. In the meanwhile, hundreds of bystanders gathered at the spot, with some taking videos and pictures. “Finding nothing at the mentioned spot, we went back to the arrested accused and questioned them. We realised they had misled us to divert our attention from the case,” he said.
|2019-04-02||Thane: Decomposed Body of a Man Found Dumped in a Pit at Mangrul Village - LatestLY|
Thane: Decomposed Body of a Man Found Dumped in a Pit at Mangrul Village Apr 02, 2019 03:17 PM IST Thane, April 2: Highly decomposed body of an unidentified man was found dumped in a pit at Mangrul village in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said Tuesday. Police suspect that the deceased, who seems to be in the age group of 30-35 years, was strangulated and his body dumped in the pit, dug by Forest department, some four-five days back. The body was spotted by a Forest department employee on Monday morning, who in turn informed police, said a Hill Line police station officer in Badlapur, around 38 kms from here. Decomposed Body of Afghan National Found. A case has been registered against unidentified person (s) under section 302 (Punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). No arrest is made so far, the officer said, adding that further investigation is underway.
|2019-04-02||Azziano D Tower Launched at Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W) - Business Standard|
Azziano D Tower Launched at Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W) April 2, 2019 17:15 IST Rustomjee has launched the D Tower at Azziano in the township of Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane. Other than the L Tower, the D Tower with 41 habitable floors will be the tallest in the Azziano cluster of towers in the township. The high tower offers breathtaking views of the mangroves. As such, residents will have access to 32 state-of-the-art amenities which are exclusive to Azziano which include gymnasium, mini golf, caf, spa, indoor play area, alfresco dining, mini theatre, library and reading room, business centre, box cricket, basketball, yoga hall, guest rooms, senior citizen's relaxation area, tennis and squash court and a 6 acre podium garden among others. They will also be privy to the township facilities of Rustomjee Urbania which boasts of an international school, children's activity centre, green zone, festival plaza etc. These 2 BHK homes have a minimum useable area of 746 sq. ft. and are available at reasonable price points of Rs 1.04 crore (taxes extra). All the apartments are Vaastu compliant. As a further incentive, Rustomjee has reintroduced the 20:5 payment plan for a limited time period. The D Tower is the last tower to be launched in the Azziano, which is one of the most premium set of residential towers in Rustomjee Urbania. Speaking on the launch of the tower, Percy S. Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group, said "We are very excited about the launch of the last tower at Azziano - The D Tower. We are offering our buyers not only the luxury of space but also the opportunity to be a part of community living at Urbania. This is where every festival and event is celebrated in the spirit of togetherness. Children are enriched by growing up in a multi-cultural milieu, with friends to share their lives and experiences. Holistic development of the child is encouraged at Leon's World Centre and parents can rest assured that their children are getting the best possible childhood possible. When you book an apartment at the D Tower you are buying into a Township experience like no other!" About Rustomjee Urbania: Located in Majiwada, Thane (W), Rustomjee Urbania caters to almost every need of a resident. It is the only township in Thane (W) that has received Pre-Gold Rating from IGBC (Indian Green Building Certificate) and is probably one of the most awarded township projects in India. The township is not only a self-sufficient entity but is strategically located so that residents find ease of commute and living. It is just off the Eastern Expressway, approximately 4.7 kms away from Thane station and about 8 kms from Airoli. In addition, there are several corporate parks in the vicinity as well as hypermarkets and shopping malls like Korum and Viviana. Rustomjee Urbania houses the Rustomjee Cambridge International School, the first school in the integrated township. Affiliated with International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Program of University of Cambridge, it makes a global level of education available to students, at walking distance from their homes. Rustomjee Urbania also houses 'Leon's World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development' which is a space developed in consultation with experts to provide children a stimulating environment. It caters to different aspects of growth and development. Mentors present at the center guide children in exploring various fields including arts, mathematics and science and language through play way learning methods. The centre regularly hosts the staging of plays, 'open mic' and cultural activities to get children to explore their rich heritage and unplug from the gadget syndrome. So far, the children have enjoyed watching The Gruffalo, Ramleela, Beauty and the Beast and La La Landamongst other plays. They are also introduced to Indian festivals and culture as well as other cultures through fun initiatives like Ravan Dahan, Halloween Party, Makar Sankrant and Holi celebrations. In the past two years, Rustomjee Urbania has also organized activities such as a Summer Fest, Adventure Carnival, Urban Farm Fest, among other monthly workshops that encourage children and parents to come together and spend quality time. A sizeable part of the township has green spaces with several trees and a sewage treatment plant which recycles used water for gardening, washing and sanitary purposes. With a view to being environment friendly, systems have been installed to harvest rain water; light reflecting windows help save energy and natural resources. About Rustomjee: Rustomjee has carved a niche for itself in the ever-growing real estate sector, with a portfolio that includes 14.32 million square feet of completed projects; 12 million square feet of ongoing development and another 28 million square feet of planned development in the pipeline, spanning across the best locations of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Their portfolio currently includes two very large townships, residential spaces, office complexes, retail developments, spaces for healthcare and education spread across BKC Annex, Khar, Off Juhu Circle, Kandivali, Borivali, Virar and Thane. Rustomjee lays emphasis on adding value to the lives of their homeowners through their core business, their CSR initiatives and philanthropy. They have strived to ensure that every blueprint includes child-friendly spaces for parks, playgrounds, and learning rooms and thereby encouraging families to spend quality time. To know more about Rustomjee, please visit us www.rustomjee.
|2019-04-02||Thane: Court slams woman cop for teen rape victim's suicide - Times of India|
Thane: Court slams woman cop for teen rape victim's suicide Apr 2, 2019, 05:32 IST THANE: A sessions court has slammed the woman police investigator probing the rape case of a 15-year-old who, sent to a remand home, committed suicide. Sentencing to seven years' rigorous imprisonment a cook, Mohammad Khan (29), for the rape, the sessions court questioned the sub-inspector Sadhana Ingale's humiliation of the victim and called her investigation sloppy. District judge P P Jadhav said: "In this case, the parents of the victim are alive. However, the investigating officer woman PSI Smt Sadhana Ingale unnecessarily sent the victim girl to remand home. Thereby, the victim was unnecessarily humiliated. It might have resulted in taking a stringent step by her-i.e. suicide." The convict was also slapped with Rs 25,500 in fines. ‘Sending victim to remand home an act of humiliation’ Passing its judgment on Friday, the court said the “negligent and casual investigation” by Ingale was required to be brought to the notice of senior police officers for action. “It is further to be noted here that, in present case, though it was revealed that mobile phones were used, no mobile handsets were seized and no CDR (call data records) were collected,” the court said. The judge also castigated the police in general for their uninterested attitude in such sensitive cases. “… (I)n various Pocso Act cases, the investigation is carried out by woman police officers recklessly, negligently and very casually, who never attempt to find out witnesses and record their statements,” the judge said. “On the contrary, they wait for the witnesses to visit the police station … , who (witnesses) merely put their signatures on documents prepared by other police employees.” Khan was held guilty under Section 341 and Section 376 of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act of 2012. Prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni said to the court that in December 2011, the victim visited the Khawaja Garib Nawaz restaurant to buy a chicken dish and was raped by Khan. Kulkarni said the girl was gagged and raped by Khan, who closed all doors. Khan was also accused of threatening to kill the girl, a student, by burning her in a tandoor if she disclosed what had happened to anyone. Later, in May 2013, a neighbour spoke to the victim’s mother that the victim might elope with Khan, who, the neighbour said, was of bad character. The mother spoke to her child, who said she had been raped by Khan. An offence was registered with the police, who arrested Khan. The girl was sent to a remand home and, and upon her return, committed suicide at her residence on June 17, 2013, it was said in court. The defence contested the prosecution version. The judge, after hearing both sides, came down heavily on the woman investigation officer. “… (T)hey don’t take pains to investigate the offence properly or attempt to find the truth,” the judge said. “Even in the present case, the approach of investigating officer is very casual and she has unnecessarily caused humiliation to the victim girl by sending her to remand home.”
|2019-04-02||Number of booths touches a record 97,640 in Maharashtra - The Hindu|
Number of booths touches a record 97,640 in Maharashtra UPDATED: APRIL 03, 2019 00:59 IST The Election Commission of India (ECI) has added over 2,000 polling booths in Maharashtra taking the total to well over 97,000. The additions have been made to existing facilities at Thane, Pune, Nashik, and rest of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) where the number of voters too has seen a proportionate rise. The total number of pooling booths is now a record 97,640, in addition to another 1,100 temporary polling stations, senior officials of the ECI said. “We have provided maximum number of polling booths in Mumbai suburbs and Thane, where urban areas are given greater share of the facilities with the increase in voters,” said a senior EC official adding that the count of sensitive booths too would jump. The total polling stations have been steadily rising in Maharashtra with an addition of nearly 65 lakh new voters for elections to the 48 Lok Sabha seats. The ECI had set up 64,508 booths in 2004, while increasing the numbers to 83,986 in 2009. During the 2014 polls the number of booths was increased to 91,329. The 2019 polls will have 97,640 polling booths with 274 added in Nashik, 237 in Pune, and another 227 in Thane among other minor additions except Sindhudurg, with an estimated 1,400 voters in a single booth. “We extended our voter registration drive and the hard work has paid off. Before the start of the exercise, to increase voters, we had put in place 95,473 booths but have now added another 2,167,” said an official. As per ECI guidelines, each booth will have 15 different types of facilities including toilets and emergency medical zones marked out for convenience of voters. Maharashtra has about 63,000 booths in urban areas while the rest are spread over rural parts. Pune has maximum 7,837 booths voting centres followed by Mumbai suburbs and Thane. “Most of these booths are housed in state buildings and schools, while as many as 1,400 are in the forest and semi forest areas,” said an official.
|2019-04-02||HC tells civic body to look into regularising grave - Mumbai Mirror|
HC tells civic body to look into regularising grave Updated: Apr 2, 2019, 06:00 IST Land owner St John the Baptist Church told to file application in a week. David has won against Goliath again. The Bombay High Court on Monday ordered the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), which arrested 11 parishioners of a local church two weeks ago for illegally burying a war veteran in a residential zone, to look into regularisation of the grave within four weeks. The HC disposed of a petition filed by the parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Thane, directing St John the Baptist Church—owner of the plot where freedom fighter Jesiah Rayan was buried—to file an application for regularisation before the Thane civic commissioner within a week under Section 320 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act. The court also directed TMC Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to take call on the matter in four weeks. Advocate Joaquim Fernandes, who represented the parishioners, said Section 320 empowers the municipal commissioner to hear a matter expeditiously and resolve it in four weeks of submission of the application. “It may be regularised since the commissioner has the power and the court has delegated the matter to it to decide. If the TMC fails to regularise, we will move court again.” The funeral of 95-year-old Rayan, who had won five medals for exemplary service in the Indian Army, was performed on the residential portion of the land on March 20, owing to shortage of burial space in the Thane cemetery. Around 1,500 parishioners were said to have participated in the ceremony. The TMC then registered an FIR against 11 parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Church, who had organised the funeral, for failing to seek the requisite permission from the civic body’s birth and death certificate department. They were arrested on March 26, and released a few hours later, but the issue caused a big uproar. The paucity of burial space and alleged harassment at the hands of civic authorities prompted the parishioners to move court to draw attention to the space crunch in the cemetery. Thomas Joseph, vice-chairman, parish council of Our Lady of Mercy Church, said the Catholic community in Thane has suffered from shortage of burial space for the last seven years. “A few people have taken objection to burials without understanding that the plot is our private land. For the last 100 years, the property has been in our possession,” said Joseph. Melwyn Fernandes, secretary of the Association of Concerned Catholics, who was among the 11 who were arrested, said, “The HC’s directive is a victory for the parishioners as adeadline has been set for the TMC to take a call on regularising the burial.” Dr Ramrao Kendre, head of the TMC’s health department, had told Mirror on Sunday: “We can regularise the burial spot only if the community submits a proposal stating that the land belongs to the church or the deceased, and that they are not getting a suitable place to bury the dead.”
|2019-04-02||Battle for Maharashtra: MNS boost for Congress-NCP but VBA threat looms in the Mumbai-Thane region - Economic Times|
Battle for Maharashtra: MNS boost for Congress-NCP but VBA threat looms in the Mumbai-Thane region Updated: Apr 02, 2019, 12.20 PM IST While Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has taken a u-turn after slamming the BJP for four and a half years, party workers claim the alliance is similar to a couple stuck in a bitter divorce. The Congress-NCP, which has their backs to the wall, has to face a lot of infighting. However, they have now got a huge shot in the arm with the MNS deciding to back the Congress-NCP coalition. The victory of Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant against Congress’ Milind Deora by 1.28 lakhs votes in 2014 was considered a shocking defeat. It was seen as a ‘fluke’ win under the Modi wave as the Marwaris and Jains in South Mumbai generally do not vote for the Shiv Sena. For Deora, who was the new Mumbai Congress chief, this is going to be a prestigious battle. Deora has been seen interacting with traders from the Jain and Marwari community.
|2019-04-02||Unidentified body found in Thane - United News of India|
Unidentified body found in Thane Thane, Apr 2 (UNI) The body of an unidentified person aged around 30-35 was found in the pit dug up by the forest department in Mangrul village of Badlapur, the city police said on Tuesday. Getting a message from the forest employee on Monday around 1000 hrs, the police rushed to the spot and took possession of the body.
|2019-04-02||Man gets 3-yr RI for molesting tribal widow - Times of India|
Man gets 3-yr RI for molesting tribal widow Apr 3, 2019, 09:20 IST THANE: A 47-year-old man from a village near Bhiwandi was sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for molesting a tribal middle-aged widow under the SC & ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Special judge, G P Shirsat also fined Prakash Andhere Rs 2,000, said prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale. Hiwrale told the court that on October 20, 2008 while the victim was sleeping in her house with her children, Andhere entered the house at 3 am and molested her. When she woke up, he offered her money to not speak about the incident. The moment she raised an alarm, her son woke up and tried to catch hold of Andhere, but he had managed to escape. Subsequently, a case was registered and he was arrested and tried in the case. The defence counsel contended the prosecution, but after hearing both the sides, the judge relied on the eyewitness’ account and held that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubts the charges.
|2019-04-02||Ulhasnagar: Constable caught red-handed while taking bribe - Times of India|
Ulhasnagar: Constable caught red-handed while taking bribe Apr 2, 2019, 22:18 IST ULHASNAGAR: A police constable attached with Ulhasnagar crime branch unit of Thane police has been arrested red-handed for allegedly taking bribe money of Rs 80,000 on Tuesday evening. An anti-corruption bureau (ACB) official said the complainant is an accused in an old theft case and Ramdas Misal was demanding bribe money of Rs 135,000 from him to not arrest in the case. Acting on the complaint of the complainant, the ACB team on Tuesday evening led a trap near crime branch office in Ulhasnagar and nabbed Misal from his car red-handed while accepting settlement amount of Rs 80,000.
|2019-04-01||Decide on burial ground in 4 weeks, Thane civic body told - The Hindu|
Decide on burial ground in 4 weeks, Thane civic body told UPDATED: APRIL 02, 2019 01:19 IST The fight for a burial ground in Thane has heated up with the Christian community’s attempts to regularise an open plot as a cemetery. The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to decide in four weeks if burials can be allowed on the plot. While community members had already carried out one burial on the plot without permissions on March 20, they had sought the court’s permission for the burial of a woman who died last week. But her funeral was carried out on Saturday as her body had started decomposing. The court asked community members to submit an application to the TMC. Other residents in the area, who are against the plot being used as a cemetery, were also directed to submit their objections to the civic body. “A cemetery cannot come up all of a sudden in the middle of residential buildings, play area for children, a school, and a temple. The Christian community is trying to politicise the issue by threatening to boycott the elections,” said Mahesh Nadkarni, a resident of Ravi Estate near the plot located off Pokhran Road no. 2. “We hope that the TMC provides an alternative plot to the community as soon as possible so that they can carry out the burials there,” he said. Christians from the locality are however adamant that the open plot where they buried 95-year-old Army man A. Jessiah on March 20 should be demarcated as a cemetery for them. “Why should we get a plot far from the church? This plot belongs to St. John the Baptist Church Trust. Why can’t we bury our people on our own land?” asked Melwyn Fernandes. Mr. Fernandes and 10 others were arrested by the Vartak Nagar police for burying Jessiah on the plot. On Monday, they moved an application in the High Court to quash the FIR against them. At present, the community carries out burials on a site near Teen petrol pump. But members have for long complained that there is no vacant spot in the cemetery and bodies are being piled. The members have also called for avoiding the use of coffins as the decomposition takes more time and more space is required for burial. Mr. Fernandes claimed that they have been demanding an additional burial ground from the TMC for the past several years but have never got any positive response.“If there are any more deaths in the community, we have no choice but to approach the court again,” Mr. Fernandes said.
|2019-04-01||Married couple among 4 arrested for abduction of children from Thane - United News of India|
Married couple among 4 arrested for abduction of children from Thane Thane, Apr 1 (UNI) With the arrest of four people including a married couple from Amrut Nagar of Mumbra, the city police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang of child lifters who allegedly abducted children from in and around Thane and sold them police said. Acting on a complaint filed on Sunday that two-year-old Ahmed Jamal Ahmed Shah, a resident of Sunil Nagar in Thakurpada of Dahisar, hadbeen kidnapped by some unidentified person while his mother had gone out for filling water from a nearby tap, the police swung into action and launched a hunt for the kidnapper and finally traced the boy in a house at Mumbra town of the district. The rescued boy has since been restored to his mother, who had raised a suspicion on her neighbour, police said. Police have identified the arrested accused as Afrin Munna Khan(20), Muniba Firozh Shah (40, said to be her mother), Azim Ibrahim Divekar (49) and his wife Amira Azim (46). According to police, accused Afrin was the neighbour of the complainant and with the help of her mother, she had kidnapped the toddler and kept him captive at the house of the Divekars in Mumbra. Police further said that accused Afrin had in a similar manner kidnapped at least 8 to 10 children from different locations and sold them at different places with the help of three other accused. Police are now trying to find out as to whom and where these children were sold and for what amount, as well as whether any more members are operating in the gang of child lifters, it was stated. A criminal case under sections 363, 363(A) and 365 of Indian Penal Code has been registered with the Shil-Daighar police station against the arrested accused, sources added.
|2019-04-01||2 awarded life sentence for killing man in Maharashtra - Times of India|
2 awarded life sentence for killing man in Maharashtra Apr 1, 2019, 17:23 IST PALGHAR: A court in Palghar district of Maharashtra has awarded life imprisonment to two members of a gang of robbers for killing a jeep driver. District judge Rajendra Majgaonkar pronounced the punishment to Firoz Khan (38), hailing from Uttar Pradesh, and Jahir Khan (45), a native of Vasai area, on Saturday and also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 each on them. Another gang member, Ganesh Waghmare (32), was awarded three years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 was slapped on him, while another accused, Sayeed Khan (62), was acquitted for want of sufficient evidence against him. According to the prosecution, the accused persons approached the victim, Prakash Shinde (40), at Bhiwandi town in the neighbouring Thane district on November 27, 2014 and hired his jeep for Rs 1,500 for a trip. While Shinde was driving the jeep, the accused offered him a drink laced with sedative. After he became unconscious, they pushed him out of the jeep and crushed him under its wheels at Chinchpada village on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway, the prosecution said. The accused then fled and sold the vehicle outside the state. The investigating officer in the case told the court that the modus operandi of the gang members was to approach a driver, hire his vehicle and then rob and kill him and sell the vehicle. Relying on the evidences, the judge observed that the prosecution proved the charges against the accused. He pronounced Firoz Khan and Jahir Khan guilty under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) and 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery). Besides, Waghmare was convicted under IPC Section 411.
|2019-04-01||Thane Catholics demand cemetery - DNA India|
Thane Catholics demand cemetery Updated: Apr 1, 2019, 06:25 AM IST Tired of fake assurances given by politicians every year, Roman Catholics from Thane have decided to boycott Lok Sabha elections this year. They have demanded that the authorities sanction them a cemetery before elections or regularise the 2600 square meter plot of their church on Pokharan road. Thane houses a population of over 2.62 lakh Roman Catholics but has only two burial sites one at the Teen petrol pump and another on forest land in Wagle estate. The former is for the Catholic community with 60 to 70 graves, while the latter is for the other Christians in Thane with 400 graves. With the Teen petrol pump cemetery exhausted, the Catholics have no other place to go. "Every week we have two burials and we do not know where else to go. So we want the authorities to sanction a cemetery to us on priority basis. Or else we will boycott the general election, says Melwyn Fernandes, a parishioner of OLMC (Our Lady of Mercy Church), Pokharan road. The parishioners want the authorities to either give them a cemetery or regularize the 2600 square meter plot of OLMC. The church land has been given to us by Queen Victoria through a sanad. If the government does not have land, they can regularise burials on this piece of land, says Sunil Saldanha, another parishioner from OLMC. People from the community are also planning take out a morcha if their demands are not met before elections.
|2019-04-01||Leopard rescued from Andheri building - The Asian Age|
Leopard rescued from Andheri building Published : Apr 2, 2019, 2:34 am IST Mumbai: The Thane forest department successfully rescued a male sub-adult leopard that had entered a residential society in Marol, Andheri on Monday morning. Forest officials stated that the leopard appears to have come from Aarey Milk Colony as the area is only 100 metres away from it. The leopard was spotted sleeping below a white car in Woodland Crest Residential Society in Vijay Nagar, Marol in the morning, following which the residents called the forest department for help. The rescue operation lasted for almost three hours after which the leopard was tranquilised and taken to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). “I saw the leopard resting below my car parked inside the complex around 9.30 am after which I rushed back to my home,” said Pramod Sambatwad. A team of almost 50 personnel from the Thane forest department and SGNP and an equal number of policemen and officials from the Fire Brigade along with volunteers from NGOs conducted the rescue operation. The team arrived at the spot around 10.30 am. “Being scared, the leopard ran into the basement of the building where it was hiding. Since it was an open area, we had to make sure that no one enters the area. Some of the team members were controlling the crowd,” said Jitendra Ramgaonkar, deputy conservator of forest, Thane. According to forest officials, the leopard did not attack or injure any residents there. By noon, the leopard was tranquillised beneath the staircase on the ground floor and it was brought to the rescue centre of the SGNP by 2.30 pm. “The leopard is around one and a half years old and not a fully grown," added Mr Ramgaonkar. Animal activists stated that there are multiple reasons for movement of the leopard into area. “One could be due to the ongoing metro work in Aarey Colony since it could be from there. Also, during summers, wild animals get dehydrated so it could have come searching for water,” said Sunish Subramanian, wildlife warden of Mumbai.
|2019-04-01||Mumbai region witnessed 1,100 wildfires since 2015, green area of 6,533 acres decimated: RTI query - Republic World|
Mumbai region witnessed 1,100 wildfires since 2015, green area of 6,533 acres decimated: RTI query Published: April 01, 2019 15:40 IST Mumbai-based environment group Watchdog Foundation had filed a Right to Information (RTI) query which revealed shocking data on forest fires across Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik and Aurangabad regions from 2015-2019. Watchdog Foundation, a Mumbai-based NGO, had revealed the data on the query which stated that in Mumbai, fires were primarily reported at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Borivali, protected and reserved forests from the Tungareshwar wildlife sanctuary up to Tansa, including the Karnala bird sanctuary and Phansad wildlife sanctuary. Godfrey Pimenta, the trustee of Watchdog Foundation said that the details are shocking as large numbers of fires have occurred but only with information on the damages. Shailesh Tembhurnikar, the additional principal chief conservator of forest (APCCF - Conservation), state forest department, said that the small fires can revitalize the forest undergrowth and recharge soil nutrients, but man-made fires have an adverse effect on plants, animal life and can even lead to soil erosion. Analysing the damage, after Mumbai, it is Nashik with 525 incidents that have left 4,917 hectares charred and at a loss of 53.48 crores over the five years. Thane and Kolhapur recorded 221 and 115 incidents respectively, with a combined loss of about 20 crores. While Pune has witnessed the least damage with 33 incidents and a loss at 114.5 lakhs. Tambhurnikar said that each of these districts has procured blowers and beaters that quickly extinguish the fire. However, there has also been a difference in terms of the data acquired. The forest department's data showed a 119% increase in fires from 2015 to 2018 in Mumbai, but the SGNP alone recorded a 309% rise during this time. MK Rao APCCF (West) said that forests like SGNP face a threat from the revenge fires by locals and tribes and that if arrests had to be made for violations or land disputes, fires are prone to become an act of vengeance. He also put across the point that unfortunately, in most of the fire-related cases in Maharashtra, the identification of the accused has been difficult, and more often than not, they are able to get bail from courts in spite of the law being a non-bailable offence. The Draft National Forest Policy of 2018 that was released by the union environment ministry last year in March aims to deal with this issue. It stated, ‘adequate measures would be taken to safeguard ecosystems from forest fires, map the vulnerable areas and develop and strengthen early warning systems and methods to control fire, based on remote sensing technology and community participation.’