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|2016-01-31||Thane Fire Brigade dept aims to purchase Fire fighting robot - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-31||Thane: Man sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for raping teenage step-daughter - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-31||'Startup India, Standup India' programme launched in Thane - YourStory.com|
'Startup India, Standup India' programme launched in Thane posted on 31st January 2016 Deepak Ghaisas, the first Indian to receive the CFO Asia Award in 2001, launched the 'Startup India, Standup India' programme in Thane. The Thane arm of the ambitious flagship programme, which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day last year, was inaugurated at the campus of Vidya Prasarak Mandal, an eminent city-based educational institution.On the occasion, Ghaisas, who is the Chairman of Gencoval Strategic Services, guided the students on a number of aspects of entrepreneurship. He said that an entrepreneur must ask himself questions like whether his idea is noble, how it is better than those of others, if it is going to be of any use to the society, and whether there is a difference in his approach. He also shared his views on disruptive innovation and delved in the meaning of 'going global', besides highlighting the need of introspection, saying it should not be an imposed quality. Vijay Bedekar, the Chairman of the VPM Trust, presided over the programme. He stressed on the need of startups to create the right set of values in the market, and on multi-dimensional thinking. He opined that the current industrial and economic scenario in India makes it imperative for entrepreneurs to have a more dynamic and pragmatic approach.
|2016-01-31||Two commit suicide in Thane - Business Standard|
Two commit suicide in Thane Thane Last Updated at January 31, 2016 23:13 IST Two persons allegedly committed suicide in different incidents in Bhiwandi, police said today. A 17-year-old boy allegedly hanged himself to ceiling of his house after he was scolded by his father, they said. The deceased was the resident of Hanuman Nagar of Kamathghar area. In another incident, a 27-year-old tempo driver from Narayan Compound, Suraj Harijan hanged himself in the unit he was employed at, police said.
|2016-01-31||Thane prison shop sells furniture, clothes and biscuits, brings new ray of hope for convicts - The Indian Express|
Thane prison shop sells furniture, clothes and biscuits, brings new ray of hope for convicts What mainly sets it apart from other shops in the locality, however, is that the people who make the products are Thane prison inmates. Mumbai | Updated: February 1, 2016 5:03 am IN THE midst of Thane prison, sessions court and Thane police commissioner office is a no frills shop with a blue hoarding which won’t be easy to miss. The shop, set up a year back, with a ‘small but loyal customer base’, claims to be different from other shops in the sense that it sells ‘100 per cent genuine products’ and at a price cheaper than market rates. What mainly sets it apart from other shops in the locality, however, is that the people who make the products are Thane prison inmates. Sanjay Tiwatane, 45, who mans the shop along with a colleague, says that the few products on display are from the four ‘industries’ inside Thane prison: tailoring, carpentry, bakery and powerloom. Most of the shop, open six days a week with a half day on Sunday, is occupied by teakwood furniture, with products ranging from chairs to stools to miniature aeroplane models. Apart from the furniture being made in the largest of the four industries, there are shirts and kurtis from the tailoring industry, towels from powerloom and biscuits and snacks from the bakery. “The revolving chair we make out of teakwood is in high demand. We still have orders of around nine such chairs to be delivered across various government departments,” Tiwatane says with some pride. He adds, “It costs Rs 9,000 but will last for years. The teakwood is 100 per cent genuine as it is from ‘sarkaari jungle’ (government owned forests). Outside in the market, it may not be as genuine.” A jail official explains that nearly 100 inmates convicted to rigorous imprisonment work at the industry at a time. Undertrials, those sentenced to simple imprisonment and those with health issues do not have to work. Once the inmate comes to the prison, the superintendent assigns him to one of the four industries depending upon his background. There are around seven trainers who help inmates understand how to work on the industry assigned to them. Tiwatane is also a trainer in the tailoring department since he completed a course on tailoring. A convict has to work from 8 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and earns a petty Rs 55 per day. He can use the money that usually adds up to Rs 700 per month to buy things for himself from the prison canteen or get it deposited to his account and collect it once he completes the prison term. Inmates also get a certificate from the industry where they worked as that would help them get work in the same sector once they complete the prison term. Apart from Thane, there are industries at Yerwada, Nashik, Kolhapur and Nagpur central prisons too. “Each industry has equipment that a prisoner could use to harm himself or others. At all time, there are prison guards to ensure that none of the equipment is misused. Hence all prisons do not have industries as it requires a lot of caution,” a senior jail official explained. The clientele for the shop, that earlier operated from a 10X10 room, is majorly government departments. “Mostly, it is tables and chairs for government offices. Several department including the prisons itself place orders for getting their uniforms stitched at the prison industry,” an official said. “While at present, we do not boast of a huge clientele but once someone takes a product from here, they keep coming back again. There is a couple from Palghar that comes all the way to purchase products from us every few weeks. We have several such customers,” the official added. Advertisements are also put out on newspapers during festivals like Deepawali and Raksha Bandhan about products made by Thane Central Prison. They normally receive good response. For senior jail officials, it also works as an image-building exercise for the prisoners. A senior official said, “Most people think of prisoners as violent evil people. We are hoping that by putting up their products, it changes the perception about convicts behind bars.”
|2016-01-30||'Start Up India, Stand Up India' launched in Thane - Economic Times|
'Start Up India, Stand Up India' launched in Thane By PTI | 30 Jan, 2016, 03.36PM IST THANE: Deepak Ghaisas, the first Indian to receive the CFO Asia Award in 2001, launched the 'Start Up India, Stand Up India' programme in Thane. The Thane arm of the ambitious flagship programme, which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day last year, was inaugurated yesterday at the campus of Vidya Prasarak Mandal, an eminent city-based educational institution. On the occasion, Ghaisas, who is the Chairman of Gencoval Strategic Services, guided the students on a number of aspects of entrepreneurship. He said that an entrepreneur must ask himself questions like whether his idea is noble, how it is better than those of others, if it is going to be of any use to the society, and whether there is a difference in his approach. He also shared his views on disruptive innovation and delved in the meaning of 'going global', besides highlighting the need of introspection, saying it should not be an imposed quality. Vijay Bedekar, the Chairman of the VPM Trust, presided over the programme. He stressed on the need of startups to create the right set of values in the market, and on multi-dimensional thinking. He opined that the current industrial and economic scenario in India makes it imperative for entrepreneurs to have a more dynamic and pragmatic approach.
|2016-01-30||DNA test as Thane family claims body of man who died in - Business Standard|
DNA test as Thane family claims body of man who died in Shirdi Last Updated at January 30, 2016 20:22 IST A family from Thane today claimed the body of an old man who died here two days ago after being taken to hospital in a garbage collection van, but the police have decided to go for a DNA test to verify the identity. Sopan Mandalik, (50), who watched the news on TV arrived here yesterday and after seeing the body kept at Pravara Hospital at Loni claimed it was his 80-year-old father Gyaneshwar Ramchandra Mandalik. "My father had left our home in Thane on the morning of December 6, 2013, and didn't return. We lodged complaint with the police and searched for him at many places but in vain," Mandalik told PTI. He said he and his relatives recognised the body and want to take it home for performing last rites. However, the police remain sceptical about the claims as some marks on the body didn't match the family's description. Police inspector Pramod Wagh said DNA samples would be sent to a forensic lab in Mumbai to verify the claim. Some Marathi news channels had yesterday aired visuals of the old man, who was found on Pimpalwadi road near the famous Saibaba temple here, being bundled into the van by municipal workers, sparking an outrage. Opposition NCP even demanded resignation of state health minister Deepak Sawant. Shirdi sub-divisional officer Kundan Sonawane subsequently suspended six contractual workers.
|2016-01-30||Maha: Shinde supports Thane Collector on her rumoured transfer - Business Standard|
Maha: Shinde supports Thane Collector on her rumoured transfer Thane Last Updated at January 30, 2016 17:02 IST The Maharashtra PWD Minister Eknath Shinde has voiced his support for Thane Collector Dr Ashwini Joshi, the rumours of whose transfer are doing the rounds on social media, saying she is doing "noteworthy" work. Shinde, who is also the Thane Guardian Minister, was speaking after inaugurating the Konkan Division Revenue Sport and Cultural Meet here. "Since January 26, a message is circulating on social media saying the Thane Collector has been abruptly transferred and sent out of the district. The message stated that the reasons for the transfer are Joshi's strict action against illegal godowns, illicit dredging of sand among other activities, which are not going down well with a section of leaders in the district," he said. The message comes in the wake of some BJP leaders including elected representatives making several representations to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to seek the Collector's transfer. It had apparently baffled the district residents. Breaking his silence on the issue, Shinde said he always stood by Joshi and her efforts against the illegal activities being carried out in the district. Lauding the work done by the Collector since she took charge, the minister exhorted the citizens to come together and support it. He further said the work done by Joshi to improve discipline was noteworthy and asked the citizens to boost her confidence. In a related development, the Thane MLA Sanjay Kelkar, along with his Dombivali and Kalyan counterparts, yesterday met Fadnavis and submitted a memorandum asking him to not transfer the officer. The memorandum, copies of which were today furnished to the media, stated that Joshi had been doing an excellent job and transferring her at this stage will send a wrong message in the society, Kelkar said. The memorandum further guarded the Chief Minister not to fall prey to a section of leaders "with vested interests and indulging in illegal activities", he said. The officials present in the inauguration function of the three-day event included Thane MP Rajan Vichare, Konkan Divisional Commissioner Tanaji Satre and the Collectors of all the districts of the Konkan division.
|2016-01-30||Stolen idols recovered, two arrested in Thane - Mid-Day|
Stolen idols recovered, two arrested in Thane By PTI |Posted 30-Jan-2016 With the arrest of two persons, the Thane police has claimed to have solved a theft case involving idols and golden ornaments worth around Rs 3.17 lakhs. Addressing a press conference on Friday evening, DCP Kalyan Zone Sanjay Jadhav told newsmen that it was between January 10 and 11, 2016 the thieves had broken into a house of one Vishal Patil in Bail Bazar of Kalyan and decamped with the booty. The goods stolen included silver idols of deities of lord Ganesh, Bhavani Mata, Mahalaxmi, Annapurna, Bal Krishna, Dattatreya besides golden ornaments and cash totalling Rs 3.17 lakhs. The police carried out a probe and finally nabbed the duo--Raiz Niazali Mohamad Shaikh, 26 and Jitu Rtajesh Kadam, 20--and recovered stolen goods worth Rs 1.55 lakhs from them. CCTV footage installed in the premises helped the police trace the accused. Local police had registered a case under section 454, 457 and 380 of the IPC against them.
|2016-01-30||Thane Mental Hospital's Nigerian inmate finally sent back home after 8 years - Mid-Day|
Thane Mental Hospital's Nigerian inmate finally sent back home after 8 years By Faisal Tandel |Posted 30-Jan-2016 In this week's second success story for the Thane Mental hospital, a Nigerian inmate, Sunday Ozigbo, was finally sent back home after eight years, thanks to staffers and cops who helped with the paperwork. A fight over a piece of bread ended in over five years of incarceration for a 35-year-old Nigerian national in the Thane Mental Hospital. Yesterday, however, the man finally returned to his home country, thanks to the efforts of the hospital workers. This is the hospital's second success story this week, after workers helped to reunite two women inmates with their families. Even as he was escorted to the airport yesterday, Sunday Christian Ozigbo couldn't believe he was finally going home. Eight years ago Sunday Christian Ozigbo (35), a resident of Lagos, Nigeria, told mid-day that he had come to India eight years ago on business. He arrived in 2007 and began living at Mira Road, dealing in clothes and medicine. Sunday had long outstayed his visa, but did not bother to renew it, sure in the knowledge that no one would check it. But when the police arrested him in 2010, it was for a very different matter he was charged with attempt to murder after he hit someone on the head for being refused bread. I was arrested by the Navghar police in Bhayandar for an attempt to murder case. I served three years at Thane jail for the case,recalled Sunday. But his troubles were far from over. Early in 2014, Sunday had finished his sentence and was to take a flight home and was escorted to the airport by the police. But he couldn't contain his glee, and began to shout and rave, creating a ruckus at the airport. He was deemed unfit to fly and was admitted to Thane Mental Hospital on February 7, 2014. During admission, the officers told us that he had completed his prison term and was about to take a flight home when he got excited and started creating a ruckus at the airport, said Gopal Ghodake, social worker who helped Sunday along with psychiatrist Dr Ashish Pathak. After the brief psychotic episode at the airport, Sunday was treated till July, when he was once again deemed fit to fly. But by then, Sunday had misplaced his passport, and there was the added complication of his residing in the country without a valid visa. However, the hospital staff joined hands with the Navghar police, particularly PI Shrikant Padule, to help the man and speed up his repatriation process, with constant follow-up. Thanks to this, he was finally able to take the long due flight home yesterday. Hospital Superintendent, Dr Rajendra Shirsat said, It was a great effort by the doctors and social workers who treated him. We continuously followed up with the Navghar police but the procedure for his release took time. Friday's flight, I can't believe I am returning to my home town. I thought they were kidding when they told me about it. I was treated well in the hospital as well as in the jail, but was lonely. I am sad I won't be able to see my mother, who passed away. I am happy to go back to my family, said Sunday, who was provided with new clothes for his journey home. He boarded a flight to Kenya, from where he will take another flight to Lagos. We have requested the crewmembers to help him during the journey, said a police officer from Navghar police station. Before his departure, the 35-year-old was seen hugging other inmates at the hospital while bidding them farewell. The hospital staff said they would miss the Monitor, as he had been nicknamed. Sunday was the supervisor for all the inmates. When he was there, we never had any worries, as he was happy to keep an eye on the inmates, ensuring they had all eaten on time and were following rules. He would make us laugh, as we couldn't understand him at first, but then we slowly learnt English, said a warden. On his part, Sunday too picked up rudimentary Hindi and Marathi during his long stay at in jail and hospital. At first, I used to cry because there was no one to share my feeling with, but I started learning Marathi and Hindi, thoda thoda. The years I spent in jail and hospital will be among the more memorable ones in my life, said Sunday, who, notwithstanding his name, will probably count Friday his lucky day here on. Reunited On January 26, mid-day reported how the staff at Thane Mental Hospital helped to reunite two women with their families. Both women were inmates at the facility and were barely in a condition to remember their own names, let alone give the details of their families. However, through repeated counselling and constant follow-up, staffers managed to find the families.
|2016-01-30||Thane traffic police celebrate road safety campaign with a drawing competition - Times of India|
Thane traffic police celebrate road safety campaign with a drawing competition Indira Rodericks | TNN | Jan 30, 2016, 12.52 PM IST Thane: Thane Traffic Police in association with a multinational company organised a mega inter-school drawing competition with an aim to create awareness about road safety and traffic etiquette amongst the general public. Over 3000 school students from Thane, Kalyan, Bhivandi, Ullahasnagar and Dombivili actively participated in the competition held at Dadoji Konddev Stadium. Present on the occasion were Ashutosh Dumbhare, Joint Commissioner of Police (Thane) and Dr. Rashmi Karandikar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic (Thane). With the theme being "Rang Majhe Majhe Sobati"" (Color with me), the students painted their ideas on traffic rules and related subjects. Through this mega drawing competition, Thane Traffic Police intended to drive the key message of "Safety is not a Slogan, it is a way of life". Winners of this competition were awarded trophies by Thane Traffic Police. Ashutosh Dumbhare, Joint Commissioner of Police said, "I am sure this campaign will encourage children and their parents to follow simple rules of road safety like wearing seat belts and helmets, using pedestrian crossings and abiding by the speed limits."
|2016-01-29||Man dies of cardiac arrest at Thane station after allegedly waiting half-an-hour for help - Mumbai Mirror|
Man dies of cardiac arrest at Thane station after allegedly waiting half-an-hour for help Mumbai Mirror | Jan 29, 2016, 09.03 AM IST A 55-year-old man succumbed to a cardiac arrest on Wednesday evening after allegedly waiting nearly half-an-hour for help at Thane Railway Station. Dattatray Lankhe, a businessman from Thane, had boarded a train to return home after dropping off his wife at Kalyan, and experienced severe chest pain just after the train passed Dombivili, an eyewitness, who didn't want to be identified, said. Around 5 pm, the train reached Thane, and a few commuters helped Lankhe lie down on a bench, and alerted the railway police and the station master. "An announcement summoning porters was made but none could be found. The cops got a stretcher after 15 minutes, but couldn't find the porters for at least half-an-hour after the man was helped off the train," the eyewitness said. Several commuters rushed to the station master's cabin, and were told that the porters had been despatched to help an accident victim at Kopri, near Thane Railway Station. "It was around 5.30 pm when the man was finally put in an ambulance," the eyewitness said. Lankhe was rushed to the Thane Municipal Hospital, where he was declared dead. "He was unconscious by the time he was put in an ambulance. The station has an emergency medical room but nobody bothered to rush the victim there," the eyewitness, who accompanied Lankhe to hospital, said. The staff at Thane Railway Station and the Central Railway officials were not available for comment, but the railway police denied negligence on their part. Senior Inspector Sunil Tondwalkar from Thane Government Railway Police (GRP) said, "I'm not aware of any delay on the part of our men to rush the victim to hospital. As far as I know, the victim was rushed to the hospital by our constables, and another commuter had accompanied them. We will probe this allegation." The victim's family said that they came to know of the incident from one of the commuters. "The police didn't bother to inform us. One of my father's acquaintances saw him lying unconscious at the railway station and called us up," Lankhe's son Sushil said.
|2016-01-29||Thane, KDMC fail to make it in phase I of Smart Cities - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-29||DSK Benelli launches its first exclusive showroom in Thane - Zigwheels.com|
DSK Benelli launches its first exclusive showroom in Thane January 29, 2016 The new DSK Benelli showroom in Thane will be home to the entire range of motorcycle offerings from the Italian marquee ranging from 250cc to 1131ccIn a bid to expand its presence across all major metros in the country, DSK Benelli has formally opened the doors to its first exclusive showroom in Thane, Maharashtra. The new showroom will showcase the entire range of DSK Benelli superbikes available in India under the dealership of S M Motors. Bookings and deliveries have already commenced. At present, the Thane showroom houses the Tornado Naked Tre, or TNT superbikes that encompass the TNT 25, TNT 300, TNT 600i, TNT 600 GT, TNT 899, and the TNT R flagship motorcycle. Located in one of the liveliest areas of the city, DSK Benelli claims the outlet will be in complete consonance with the premium luxury that the brand stands for. Well-trained and knowledgeable staff will be made available in order to assist the patrons in sales as well as service. Below are the prices of the motorcycles, all ex-showroom, Thane. • TNT 25 – Rs. 1,65,000. • TNT 300 – Rs. 2,93,000. • TNT 600i – Rs. 5,28,000. • TNT 600 GT – Rs. 5,85,000. • TNT 899 – Rs. 9,31,000. • TNT R – Rs. 11,59,000. Speaking on the launch of the Thane showroom, Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman, DSK Motowheels said, “It gives us immense pleasure to be associated with ‘S M Motors’. The philosophy with which we operate is in tandem with the ethos of our Thane dealer. The employees at DSK Benelli – Thane have been provided with specialised training in management of sales, service, spare parts and customer service, to ensure that customers can enjoy best-in-class ownership experience. Keeping in mind the global standards, we are also glad to announce that all the DSK Benelli showrooms across India including DSK Benelli – Thane, meet the International CI standards of Benelli global showrooms.” “Our main focus is to align DSK Benelli’s presence across all strategic locations in order to generate strong brand eminence and Thane in that respect, is one of those key markets. The dealership will not only act as a platform to sell motorcycles but also a place for DSK Benelli superbike enthusiasts to interact with other bikers and share their love for the Italian biking legend.” he further added. The DSK Benelli Thane showroom is located at Anand Kawach Apts. Shahu Nagar, Near Majiwada Bridge, Opp. Vasant Lawns, Service Road, Eastern Express Highway.
|2016-01-29||Thane students make science child's play through kids stories - Times of India|
Thane students make science child's play through kids stories Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 29, 2016, 12.58 PM IST THANE: Banishing the myth that complex science terminology is essential for the study of the field, a group of 100 plus school and college students penned a number of creative scientific stories for children. Concepts ranging from the law of motion to gravitational force were explained through animated stories that used animals as the main characters, with the help of eminent scientists present here. The workshop, organised by city based Jidnyasa Trust last week at B.N. Bandodkar College, encouraged many youth to take up scientific writing as a viable career in the future. Tanmay Chopra, one of the students here said, "I have always loved science but didn't have much exposure to it as a child. This field is not only interesting in itself, but also will help me develop the interest of the next gen in science." "Science reporting, while very prominent in regional languages, has very little prominence in the English language, and thus provides with a huge growth opportunity. Children today seem very inclined to science, and it is our role to develop this curiosity," said Suhas Naik-Satyam, program coordinator at Nehru Planetarium and one of the speakers at the workshop. A.P.Jayaraman, a scientist who led the interaction, said, "In this workshop we taught students the five basic steps to write a story, namely the observation of the elements of the concept and the characteristics of the animals, experimenting them with each other, creating a hypothesis relating to the scientific principal, interpreting the story and coming up with a conclusion. This not only strengthens the concept in the mind of the student, but also boosts his vocabulary.
|2016-01-29||TCS seals the deal for India's largest office space in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
TCS seals the deal for India's largest office space in Thane By Nazia Sayed, Yogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 30, 2016, 02.00 AM IST India's largest office space deal has just been concluded in Thane. Software major Tata Consultancy Services recently signed on the dotted line to pick up 19 lakh square feet for its biggest office under one roof at Hiranandani Estate in Thane. Once delivered, TCS will be able to accommodate 30,000 of its employees in this office. Hiranandani Constructions hopes to deliver the office in the next yearand-a-half. TCS and Hiranandani have signed a 15-year contract with the option of a reset clause every three years. The monthly lease rental for the space is between Rs 50 and Rs 55 per sq ft and that the annual lease rental for the property will be in the range of Rs 120 crore to Rs 130 crore. While confirming the deal to Mumbai Mirror, Niranjan Hiranandani said that it will boost job generation in Thane direct and auxiliary which has been on the downswing after industries shut down in Thane. "We have given 19 lakh sq feet to the TCS on long lease for setting up a single beam IT park. This will be the largest one in the country owned by a single company. Nearly 25,000 people in Thane will get jobs. A lot of people in Thane lost jobs when industries closed down. These 25,000 jobs are much more than the jobs lost during closure of industries. Work has already started and it will take nearly one and a half years to complete it. We will provide the best architecture here," he said. Confirming the reports Thane Municipal Comissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said, "It is a matter of pride that the TCS campus is coming to Thane. This one is going to be a grand project and we are working towards it." Pauroos Karkaria of TCS did not respond to calls from this newspaper. The Thane lease will help India's largest software services exporter to consolidate its growth plans. The revenues of TCS stood at Rs 24,220 crore in 2015 and the company has a headcount of 3.2 lakh. During the announcement of the company's annual results last year, N. Chandrasekaran, MD & CEO of TCS had said: "We have laid a strong foundation for growth in 2015-16." TCS has 19 offices in Mumbai and the surrounding areas, including its headquarters, and 10 delivery centres in Mumbai and Thane. The lease deal also signals a revival in the commercial real estate market in Mumbai, which had turned sluggish of late.
|2016-01-29||Thane builder suicide: Court rejects jailed corporator's plea to attend bank meet - The Indian Express|
Thane builder suicide: Court rejects jailed corporator's plea to attend bank meet. By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jan 30, 2016, 1:49 A special court Friday rejected jailed corporator Najeeb Mulla's application seeking permission to attend a meeting of a bank in Mazgaon. He is the chairman of the bank. Mulla and three other corporators of the Thane Municipal Corporation are in prison for allegedly driving builder Suraj Parmar to commit suicide in Thane last year. Mulla (39) had sought permission from the anti-corruption court to attend a meeting of the Kokan Mercantile Bank on Saturday. In his application, he told the court that he had been elected as chairman in October last year. He added that after surrendering to the police in December, he had missed three board meetings this year. The meetings, Mulla's application added, dealt with important issues related to the bank such as sanctioning loans, planning and development of the bank, approving membership application forms, recovery of advances made etc. ťThe bank, the application said, had over 50,000 shareholders and boasted a deposit worth Rs 500 crore. Keeping him out of the meetings would hamper the interests of the people who have elected him. He fears that he would be removed as chairman of the bank if he continues to miss meetings, said Advocate Rounak Naik who is representing Mulla. Mulla also expressed his willingness to pay expenses incurred by the party of police officers to escort him to Mazgaon. Earlier this month, he had been allowed by the court to attend the funeral of his aunt. However, the application was rejected as the court observed that Mullaâ€™s absence from the board meetings would not hinder the working of the bank. Mulla and fellow NCP corporator Hanumant Jagdale, Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan and Independent corporator Sudhakar Chavan surrendered to the police in December, two months after Parmar shot himself in his under-construction tower in Thane. Parmar had mentioned their names in a 13-page suicide note.
|2016-01-29||How TMC is turning Thane around - Mumbai Mirror|
How TMC is turning Thane around By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 30, 2016, 01.07 AM IST Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal; Kalwa Chowk was in a state of disrepair before the TMC decided to give it a facelift; TMC's multi-level car parking facility near Jupiter Hospital; Beautification of parks is part of the plan; Lake Kachrali, one of Thane's 35 lakes, has already been cleaned up ATMs for water, mini Central Park, Metro, water supply mapping, mini sewage plants, broad footpaths, spruced up lakes, gardens and more chart Thane's course to development. Though its ambitious proposal to be made a smart city under the Centre's much-publicised eponymous scheme has been snubbed alongside Mumbai's by the union urban development ministry, Thane remains undaunted. It is, in fact, bent on turning smart on its own. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has chalked out a broad-spanning plan, hinged on some thrust areas, to shape its urban agglomeration into a clean, lean and sustainable habitat. While only time will tell how much of the proposed transformation takes concrete form, TMC has set the wheels in motion for the turnaround. Here's how: LAKES While the 35 water bodies in this City of Lakes haven't been looked after much, TMC has started cleaning them up one by one. Once they are spruced up, they will be promoted as tourist spots. Kachrali, for instance, is already shipshape, and Masunda is being mopped up. WATER In the next two years, TMC aims to provide 24/7 water supply to its citizens, who currently face frequent cuts, on the strength of four main projects. The first is a detailed audit of Thane's water distribution network. According to civic officials, a shocking 40 per cent of the city's water is lost in seepage. Once the administration maps the supply, it will be able to pinpoint the points at which leakages through theft or ruptures occur. Second, TMC wants to cut down the power its pumping stations guzzle, by replacing its rusty old pumps with new ones, to improve efficiency and eradicate the maintenance headache. Third, smart metering will eliminate underpayment of bills, with the aid of automated devices that work on card-swiping principle and generate bills on the spot. People will have to pay a minimum sum for a fixed quantity they will be apportioned according to a uniform tariff plan, which has already been drawn up. The final implement is water kiosk. Akin to ATMs, kiosks will be set at places such as the shanty towns of Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva that do not have pipeline network and thus receive less water. People will be able to swipe smart cards at these kiosks and receive their daily ration of water at the set rate. Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said. "A sum of Rs 450 crore has been sanctioned for laying pipelines and extend the network in Ghodbunder and Mumbra," he added. SEWAGE Environmentalists have long crusaded against the spewing of Thane's wastewater straight into Kalwa creek, which is toxic for marine life as well as flamingos. To tackle this problem head-on, TMC is going for a decentralised approach to treat sewage. It is identifying spots to set up small units of sewerage treatment plants (STP), each with a capacity to treat 2-5 million litre a day (MLD). "The existing STP will be handed over to private vendors, and treated water will be reused for non-potable purposes," the civic commissioner said. WASTE AND SANITATION In a sustainable spirit, the corporation wants to let nothing go to waste. It plans to turn floral waste into manure, wood waste into fuel briquettes (compressed blocks), vegetable waste into CNG, animal carcasses into biogas, and debris into construction material all through decentralised solid waste management units which will have automated waste converters. Other than that, Japanese firm Hitachi is helping the city erect a centralised waste processing unit in Dyghar. On the other hand, to rid the stink of open defecation, TMC aims to construct 16,000 household toilets, in addition to community and public loos and state-of-the-art restrooms by March 2017. The first of the modern restrooms is already up and running near Upwan lake. ENERGY The civic boss is big on promoting non-conventional sources of energy. Solar parks are already coming up in Dyghar, and hydel power projects will soon be set up at various pumping stations. Following the energy savings company or ESCo model, Thane's roads will now be awash in yellow LED lamps, instead of the white ones that are costing the corporation a pretty penny. The highways, though, will continue to have white sodium lights till Phase 2 of the plan. TRANSPORT AND CONNECTIVITY To neutralise commuter woes, the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) body plans to add 100 electric buses to its fleet. These will be given to private contractors for maintenance, in partnership with TMC. Furthermore, TMT will get another 190 buses, including Volvo. To craft a novel solution to the transport problem faced by a burgeoning population, the corporation is looking at harnessing inland waterways, including the waterfront. It is planning a jetty at Thane creek to ferry passengers to the nearby cities of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Vasai, Virar, Kalyan and Dombivali. The project has already received the union transport ministry's nod. For greater connectivity, many more projects are on the drawing board. Key details accessed by Mirror reveal that Thanekars can look forward to the following: Metro rail line to be extended from Ghatkopar to Kasarwadawli in next 6 months Kopri railway bridge widening at an estimated cost Rs 95 crore Kalwa creek bridge Rs 180 crore Three flyovers at Meenatai Thackeray Chowk, Almeda Chowk and Postnaka Chowk; to cost Rs 270 crore Flyovers at Kalyan Phata and Shilphata an MMRDA project; to cost Rs 240 crore Kalwa-Kharegaon link road in the proposal stage Ghodbunder bypass elevated road Ghodbunder-Borivali tunnel road Private motorists and pedestrians haven't been left out of the plan. While car owners can look forward to a multilevel pay-and-park facility near Jupiter Hospital that can house 3,500 vehicles, those who like to walk it can hope for more and better walkways. Several footpaths are being widened or revamped under the Harith Janpath project, a scheme that also aims to enhance gardens and open gyms. Tenders have been invited for the beautification of chowks. Thane hopes to increase its green cover by 5 lakh trees, a mangrove swathe, 10 theme parks, and a smaller replica of New York City's Central Park, in Balkum, which has been designed by Singapore-based Aedas. The park is part of a trio; the other two will come up on Ghodbunder Road. Also on the cards is: a mega IT campus, a swank 200-room old-age centre, an 11-km cycling track at Upwan, a working women's hostel and another for college girls, the latter three of which the city does not yet have.
|2016-01-28||2016 will solve Thane's garbage dumping problems - Daily News & Analysis|
2016 will solve Thane's garbage dumping problems
|2016-01-28||Thane Metro work to start within two months, assures CM Devendra Fadnavis - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Metro work to start within two months, assures CM Devendra Fadnavis
|2016-01-28||Thane human trafficking cell raids bar; rescues 18 - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-28||Thane youth, commuters and shopkeepers come together, revamp station area on R-Day weekend - Times of India|
Thane youth, commuters and shopkeepers come together, revamp station area on R-Day weekend Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 28, 2016, 03.27 PM IST THANE: Dozens of lake-city denizens stopped in the midst of their hectic schedules and joined together to revive the beauty of Thane railway station area this Republic Day weekend. Armed with gloves, masks, brooms, paint and brushes, commuters and shopkeepers were seen sweeping away the rubbish on the street, ripping of flyers from walls and painting over the filthy beetle-leaf stained pillars under the SATIS bridge. Rahul Shrivastav, the 22-year-old Thaneite who initiated this Thane beautification drive with a group of 20 other like-minded youth, said, "We have been conducting similar beautification drives across the city for over a year, but received maximum public participation this Republic Day weekend. While our group worked on beautifying 11 pillars under the SATIS, we were approached by a group of 12 to 13-year-old students who wanted to join in the drive. They successfully beautified two pillars with abstract paintings." These youngsters were joined by hordes of shopkeepers and commuters in their Swachh mission, bringing a sense of unity and creativity among them. "For years this area has been dirty because of the filthy habits of people, especially during rush hour. While people snack on food and throw waste paper and plastic in the existing mess, the walls have always been red with paan stains spewed here by commuters and rickshaw drivers. When these youth started clearing the mess, we decided to help out by at least clearing the handbills and posters stuck on walls and thrown on the road here," said Akhilesh Jadhav, employee at a mobile store in the area. These shopkeepers have vowed to try their best to keep the area spotless. Shivanand Honkote, who a fruit vendor here, said, "We helped clean the area a day before Republic Day and the very next day saw paper flags strewn on the floor. We cleaned it again. People will never change, so we will try to help in our little way."
|2016-01-28||Poachers choose Thane for wildlife smuggling: Officials - Times of India|
Poachers choose Thane for wildlife smuggling: Officials Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 29, 2016, 01.04 AM IST THANE: The cops from the crime branch unit 3 recently arrested four poachers on Wednesday, who were trying to sell leopard skin and tiger claws in Dombivli. And it was not long back when a man was held selling a smuggled pocket-sized marmoset. The city is slowly turning into a hub of poachers who are selling illegal wildlife articles. The poachers have made Thane a hub for selling these illegal wildlife articles, as they find it easy to enter Thane. Recent cases detected by the police and forest department has highlighted vulnerability of the area for trafficking animal goods, informed a forest officer. In the last two years, officials have come across six to seven cases where poachers who were trying to sell the animal skins have been nabbed. The forest officials have been trying hard to protect these protected species. Forest officers believe there is a huge market of buyers in and around Mumbai who are ready to pay good price for the animals as well as for their skin, claws etc. "The lake city is gradually turning a hub for animal trafficking as poachers come here from across state to sell the rare species of wildlife as they claim to get good business here," says an official. Also, Thane's peculiar geographical location and the number of entry and exit points makes it easy to do business, the cops believe. "Access to Thane district is relatively porous than that of Mumbai as a result the smugglers tend to get an easy access in Thane. Rather than going to Mumbai where the security is rather stringent at the entry- exit points, smugglers prefer to operate from the periphery in Thane," informed a senior forest officer. A senior police official claimed that apart from the highways, the railway routes, too, have become another medium of sneaking in Thane and the surrounding region for smuggling. "We are keeping an eye on such illegal activities and trying to curb them with an aim to save the endangered species," said a senior police officer. The officer also urged citizens to report and watch out for people engaged in such activities.
|2016-01-28||Fans dejected as Dhanawade out for 37 in Thane tourney - Times of India|
Fans dejected as Dhanawade out for 37 in Thane tourney TNN | Jan 29, 2016, 01.07 AM IST Cricketer and world record holder Pranav Dhanawade (15) failed to make a mark in the first round of the 60th Shamrao Thasar Shield Memorial Suburban Cricket Tournament that was held at Central Maidan in Thane. on Wednesday. Dhanawade had shot to fame after he had scored 1,009 runs of 323 balls in an inter-school match. Even though Dhanawade's team Modern Cricket Club (MCC) of Kalyan won the fixture, he scored just 37 runs. "I was here to see the wonder boy in action, but his dismal performance was a spoiler," said Amin Kedare, a cricket enthusiast.
|2016-01-28||SSG Advises Thane International on Asset Sale in Management Buyout - ABL Advisor|
SSG Advises Thane International on Asset Sale in Management Buyout January 28, 2016, 07:33 AM SSG Capital Advisors acted as the investment banker to Thane International, Inc. in the sale of substantially all of its assets in a management buyout. The sale was effectuated through a Canadian receivership proceeding and was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court through a Chapter 15 bankruptcy filing. The transaction closed in December 2015. Thane is a global, multichannel media and direct-marketing enterprise with a focus on the sale of unique consumer products. The Company airs direct response television programs to generate revenue from product sales and has access to hundreds of thousands of hours of media time. The Company develops compelling promotional programs with global appeal for consumer goods in the housewares, health and beauty, and fitness sectors. Thane is a fully integrated consumer products company, with the ability to develop, manufacture and distribute its products to its domestic and international customer base. With strategically-located facilities, the Company maintains a worldwide distribution platform that spans millions of consumers in over 100 countries. Thane's performance was challenged by the transforming media and retail landscape, in addition to changes in consumer behavior. In response to the Company's challenges, management implemented initiatives geared toward transforming Thane by leveraging its expertise in television marketing to drive a multi-channel strategy through traditional retail channels and access to over 10,000 stores across the globe. The Company needed to strengthen its capital base to complete the transformation and provide for future growth. SSG was retained as Thane's investment banker to explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the Company. Leveraging its experience in the consumer products industry as well as its relationships with consumer products-focused and special situations-oriented private equity firms, SSG conducted a comprehensive marketing program which resulted in a competitive bidding process for Thane. The Company was ultimately sold in a management buyout. Other professionals who worked on the transaction include: David F.W. Cohen and Rachel C. Conway of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, lead counsel to the bank group; Paul van Eyk and Pritesh Patel of Richter Advisory Group Inc., Canadian receiver to Thane International, Inc.; Gordon G. Raman of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, counsel to Thane International, Inc.; Mark L. Desgrosseilliers, Morgan L. Patterson and Nicholas T. Verna of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, bankruptcy counsel to Thane International, Inc.; Alex F. Morrison of Ernst & Young LLP, financial advisor to Thane International, Inc.; Stanley W.L. Freedman of Aird & Berlis LLP, counsel to the buyer; Richard M. Beck of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, bankruptcy counsel to the bank group; and David T.B. Audley and Michael T. Benz of Chapman & Cutler LLP, bankruptcy counsel to the bank group. SSG Capital Advisors contacts on this deal were: J. Scott Victor, Managing Director Michael Goodman, Managing Director Neil Gupta, Vice President SSG Capital Advisors is an independent boutique investment bank that assists middle-market companies and their stakeholders in completing special situation transactions. We provide our clients with comprehensive investment banking services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private placements, financial restructurings, valuations, litigation and strategic advisory. SSG has a proven track record of closing over 300 transactions in North America and Europe and is a leader in the industry.
|2016-01-27||MCPS board offers Thane $170K compensation package for first year of contract - The Missoulian|
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|2016-01-27||Seven arrested, stolen cigarettes worth Rs 1.03 cr seized in Thane - Mid-Day|
Seven arrested, stolen cigarettes worth Rs 1.03 cr seized in Thane By PTI |Posted 27-Jan-2016 Thane: The crime branch of Thane police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a cigarette-theft racket with the arrest of seven persons and recovery of stolen items worth Rs 1.03 crore. Representational picture On December 16, last year, the accused allegedly looted 312 cigarette cartons worth Rs 1.50 crore after stopping a tempo heading for the company's godown from Ambernath. The booty was then taken to a godown at Shil Phata near Thane, DCP Parag Manere said. After learning that the cartons had been sold to a trader at Ulhasngar here, police arrested seven of the accused and recovered 195 cigarette cartons worth Rs 1.03 crore, he said. Hunt is on to arrest godown owner Nazir Anna and the leader of the gang Anil Ahire, the DCP said. Senior inspector Niteen Thackeray identified the arrested men as Firoz Rehamanuddin Khan, Abdul Mohamamd Sharif Pathan, Hanif Ahmed Khatil, Sher Ali Salim Sayyed, Mohammad Hanif Allabax Shaikh, Akash Dighambar Fad and Ashik Lucky Prasad Chourasia (the paan-shop owner who allegedly bought the cigarettes). Firoz had been earlier arrested in a similar case by the Shivaji Nagar police station. The gang sold the stolen cigarettes at around half the marked price. There are inter-state gangs which loot cigarette cartons and police are probing whether the accused were involved in similar crimes elsewhere, Manere added.
|2016-01-27||Mumbai locals timing changed: Complete schedule of revised timings for local Harbour, Trans Harbour Railway line - India.com|
Mumbai locals timing changed: Complete schedule of revised timings for local Harbour, Trans Harbour Railway line By Mohammed Uzair Shaikh January 28, 2016 12:18 AM
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|2016-01-27||tHANE LOST MORE GREEN COVER IN 2015-16 THAN PREVIOUS FY - Times of India|
THANE LOST MORE GREEN COVER IN 2015-16 THAN PREVIOUS FY Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 28, 2016, 01.33 AM IST Thane: Poor planning by civic officials while concretizing stretches in and around the city coupled with less rainfall could be responsible for the death of trees in the city. As per civic records, 2015 saw a rise in the number of tree falls compared to the previous year. Statistics compiled by the disaster management cell for the period between April and December 2015 saw more trees falling as compared to that between April 2014 and March 2015. The number in financial year 2015-16 has already exceeded that of last year although the year is yet to end. City environmentalists say while the strong winds this monsoon could have been the trigger, weakening of roots of these trees due to increasing concretization, lowering of the water table due to less rainfall and faulty planting of trees could be some of the key factors. "With thousands of bore wells cropping up in the city, the water table has reached a whole new low. The scanty rain doesn't help in bringing it back to its normal level," said city-based activist Prasad Karnik, president of Thane-based NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. The concretization of roads and open spaces also leads to tree falls as the concrete not only obstructs roots but also absorbs water. The saplings are planted in holes in concrete footpaths. "The roots get obstructed and these trees can get uprooted with the slightest of wind. Such initiatives need to be well planned out," said a civic official. Horticulturist Anjana Dewasthale said the TMC should also think before planting different types of trees. "The branches of trees such as jamun are brittle and more likely to fall," she said. Civic officials, however, say an increase in insect attacks could be another reason. "A number of trees that have fallen this year are trees prone to attract insects. The only solution is chemical spraying but we have refrained as it could affect the health of residents," said Sunil Chavan, TMC additional municipal commissioner. But, he admitted rapid concretization was also a main reason.
|2016-01-26||Activist, AWBI work together to get bullock cart race in Thane cancelled - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-26||President's medal for 2 Thane and 17 Mumbai policemen - The Hindu|
President's medal for 2 Thane and 17 Mumbai policemen Special Correspondent Seventeen policemen from Mumbai and two from Thane will be awarded the President's Medal this year.While two will receive the President's Medal for Distinguished Service, the others will receive the President's Medal for Meritorious Service. According to official sources, the two officers who will receive the President's Medal for Distinguished Service are Joint Commissioner of Police Atulchandra Kulkarni, Mumbai Crime Branch, and Assistant Commissioner of Police Shashikant Surve, Colaba division, Mumbai.Those receiving the President's Medal for Meritorious Service include Special Inspector General of Police Vinay Kargaonkar, Sales Tax, Maharashtra, Additional Commissioner of Police (west region) Chhering Dorje, Mumbai, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Jambhulkar, Armed Police, Mumbai and ACP Nagesh Lohar, Thane police.The list also includes several personnel from Inspector to Constable level from various police stations and units such as the State Intelligence Department and the Anti Terrorism Squad in Mumbai. The list includes personnel from Inspector to Constable level from various police stations.
|2016-01-26||Thane Mental Hospital staff helps 2 inmates reunite with families - Mid-Day|
Thane Mental Hospital staff helps 2 inmates reunite with families By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours The women were both admitted with mental conditions and could barely recall their names; it took constant counselling and follow-up to learn about their families and track them down. Yesterday, Thane Mental Hospital was witness to the heart-warming reunion of two women with their families after years, thanks to tireless efforts put in by social workers and doctors there. Both the women were inmates at the hospital, barely able to remember their own names, let alone the details of their family members, but this did not deter the hospital workers. Case 1 The first case is a particularly distressing one of a woman who went through intense mental trauma after she was abandoned by her husband and then gang-raped two years ago. The 40-year-old woman will finally go home to Uttar Pradesh with her brother after spending two years at the hospital, as social workers attempted to trace her family. The 40-year-old woman hails from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, where she lived with her husband. But towards the end of 2013, she suspected that her husband had a second wife hidden in Mumbai, so she travelled here to check on him. When she learnt that he had indeed married another woman, he abandoned her. Heartbroken and alone in a strange city, the woman went through a second trauma when she was gang-raped. The Dharavi police registered the case and she was admitted in the Thane Mental hospital on January 2, 2014, for treatment for the resulting psychosis. Two years ago, the victim came to know that her husband had married a Bengali woman in Mumbai, so she came to Mumbai, where she was gang-raped. This led to mental trauma and she was admitted here, said Surekha Wathore, psychiatrist and social worker at Thane mental hospital. Back in UP, the survivor's five kids and her brother had no idea where she was. Social workers in the hospital didn't have much luck while trying to figure out her identity either. Language problems and her condition got in the way. After approaching her several times, we finally gained her trust and slowly started getting a few details like the fact that she hails from Rampur. We then contacted the Rampur police and enquired about missing cases. Two months ago, we finally traced her family and even spoke to her brother, Wathore added. However, her brother couldn't make it to Mumbai because of financial constraints, which is when other NGOs stepped in to help, such as the Environmental Medical Association, which provided funds so that the brother could come to the city and be reunited with his sister. We tried to search for my sister many times, but couldn't find her. I had visited Mumbai earlier, but had to return when I couldn't find any leads. We filed a missing complaint with the local police station but lost all hope until the hospital staff traced us. I am happy that we can finally take her home after two years, said the brother. Case 2 The second woman spent a much longer period in the hospital nearly eight years. Shobha Giri (43) was admitted on July 1, 2008, by the Kashimira police station and was found to be suffering from a manic disorder. After eight years of searching for Shobha Giri, her husband Vasant was finally reunited with her yesterday. The police found her roaming around in their jurisdiction and sent her here. We tried counselling her several times, but she was not even aware of her own name, and kept saying different names like Meena, Seema and others. But we kept talking to her and slowly began to learn more about her, Wathore recalled. It was finally in August that the hospital made a breakthrough, when Shobha finally revealed to one of the social workers that she was from Gujarat, where her husband and sister reside. We took her details and started looking it up online. We forwarded the information to the Kashimira police station and asked them to trace her family in Udhna in Surat. The cops found her husband, who had reported her missing in 2008, Wathore added. Shobha's husband, Vasant, said, We never thought she would go all the way to Mumbai. We kept searching for her in local areas in Surat. For months, I would ride my bicycle through every by-lane, looking for her. We are grateful to the hospital staff for reuniting us. It was later learnt that Shobha had taken a train to Mumbai unbeknownst to her family. When her husband was informed that she was in Mumbai, he wanted to take her home immediately, but once again, financial restraints stopped him, he didn't have the money to pay Shobha's treatment fees. Here too, the Environmental Medical Association came to their aid and shared the cost with the family, after which husband and wife came together after nearly eight years on Monday. Hospital superintendent, Dr Rajendra Shirsat said, It took real effort from our social workers, who traced the families and continuously followed up. Our aim is to reunite as many such victims as we can.
|2016-01-25||Man lynched in Thane allegedly after being caught stealing - Zee News|
Man lynched in Thane allegedly after being caught stealing Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2016 - 14:01 Thane: A 27-year-old man was lynched by a mob allegedly after he was caught stealing inside a residential complex in Mumbra town here. The incident took place at Rashid Compound in the wee hours yesterday when the watchman of the building caught two men stealing something from the bikes parked inside the complex, police said today. As soon as he raised an alarm, the duo tried to escape. However, residents managed to apprehend one of them and assaulted him, police said. Firoz Khan was soon taken to the local Civic Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital where he was pronounced dead, they said. Mumbra police has registered z case under section 302 rw 34 of the IPC. One person has been arrested in connection with the crime and the hunt is on for eight others, police said. According to police, the victim engaged in odd jobs in the locality and was a habitual offender. In a similar incident, a 23-year-old man was yesterday allegedly tied to a pole and beaten to death by some truck drivers and workers at a gowdown in Bhalswa Dairy area of northwest Delhi after he allegedly robbed one of the assailants earlier. PTI
|2016-01-25||Thane: Citizens help police nab 3 wanted criminals in early morning chase - Mid-Day|
Thane: Citizens help police nab 3 wanted criminals in early morning chase By Faisal Tandel |Posted 2 hours The cops led a 30-minute operation and nabbed the three, who are wanted in more than 30 cases; they are now looking for a woman the accused worked for. Alert citizens and an active police force foiled an early morning robbery in Thane on Friday. After a 30-minute operation in a four-storey building, the Kopri police nabbed three wanted criminals, who were hiding on the terrace after attempting the robbery. Two of them were found from the water tank, while the third one was on the umbrella antenna. Sanbabu Panikar, Sachin Namdev Masal and Ganesh Mani alias Ganya The arrested accused have been identified as Ganesh Mani Narayan Swami Marijaan alias Ganya (30), a resident of Chembur, Sanbabu Panikar (25) from Kamothe, Navi Mumbai and Sachin Namdev Masal (23), from Mankhurd. The broken window through which the accused slipped out of the house. They climbed the pipes outside this window and reached the terrace All three are habitual offenders and are wanted across Mumbai in more than 30 cases. They were produced in a Thane court on Friday and are in police custody till January 27, said SS Kalbande, senior police inspector from Kopri police station. Kalbande claimed they have also recovered 26 tola gold from the three and also found some equipment which they used for house break-ins. Attempting the robbery Around 2.30 am on Friday, the three robbers entered flat number 302 of Kaleshwar Ashish Society in Thane. The complainant, businessman Vivek Kubal (45) was locked since Kubal, his brother Sachin and his parents were in Goa. Taking advantage of this, the robbers entered the flat and started their work, said VN. Mudawadkar, Police Sub-Inspector, Kopri Police station. At around 2:36am, Bhushan Maruti Bide (33), an alert citizen from the neighboring building, saw that the lights of Kubal's flight were switched on. Bide noticed some people moving in the flat. He got suspicious and called the police control room. Cops break in We were present in the Anand Nagar Beat Chowky, located at a distance of two minutes, when we received a call from the control room. Mudwadkar said, adding, We reached the spot and found some youngsters who had gathered there. With a service revolver in hand, we went to the third floor. As soon we opened the door, one of the robbers pushed us and fled inside the house, closing other doors. Mudawadkar who was with a team of five policemen and more than 10 youngsters from the society, then informed the control room, asking for more cops. More than 20 policemen from Shrinagar, Wagle Estate and DCP Squad then reached the spot and we covered the building from the ground, Mudawadkar added. The robbers quit their idea of burgling the house and broke the glass window of the bathroom. They started climbing the pipes from the third floor and reached the terrace of the four-storey building. Our policemen on the ground floor informed us about their movement and we reached the terrace. It was dark and quiet, so we started looking for them with a flashlight. We found Ganesh and Sanbabu hiding in the water tank. We found Sachin hiding on the umbrella antenna of the building. He was not ready to come down, so we assured him that we would release him soon. We called him down and later, arrested him. The total operation went on for around 30 minutes, added Mudawadkar. Search on for kingpin The accused have a history of committing crimes. The Kopri police had received calls from Mumbai Police for their custody. During the investigations, we found that Ganesh is wanted since more than 2 years and his MCOCA procedure is going on, but since he was at large, it got delayed. We also found that they work for some woman in Mumbai, who is their kingpin and our search for her is on. In the past, the accused have assaulted many officers and doctors during the robberies, Kalbande added. The Kopri police have registered a case against the three under Sections 457 (lurking house-trespass or housebreaking by night), 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
|2016-01-25||Man Lynched in Thane Allegedly After Being Caught Stealing - The New Indian Express|
Man Lynched in Thane Allegedly After Being Caught Stealing By PTI Published: 25th January 2016 02:05 PM Last Updated: 25th January 2016 02:05 PM THANE: A 27-year-old man was lynched by a mob allegedly after he was caught stealing inside a residential complex in Mumbra town here. The incident took place at Rashid Compound in the wee hours yesterday when the watchman of the building caught two men stealing something from the bikes parked inside the complex, police said today. As soon as he raised an alarm, the duo tried to escape. However, residents managed to apprehend one of them and assaulted him, police said. Firoz Khan was soon taken to the local Civic Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital where he was pronounced dead, they said. Mumbra police has registered a case under section 302 rw 34 of the IPC. One person has been arrested in connection with the crime and the hunt is on for eight others, police said. According to police, the victim engaged in odd jobs in the locality and was a habitual offender. In a similar incident, a 23-year-old man was yesterday allegedly tied to a pole and beaten to death by some truck drivers and workers at a gowdown in Bhalswa Dairy area of northwest Delhi after he allegedly robbed one of the assailants earlier.
|2016-01-25||Thane: Man, two grandsons drown in Ulhas river - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man, two grandsons drown in Ulhas river By Faisal Tandel |Posted 25-Jan-2016 A 58-year-old man and his two grandsons drowned in Ulhas river on Sunday. According to the police, the deceased have been identified as Dignarayan Singh (58), Arjun Singh (13) and Ayush Singh (12). They are residents of Dhobi Ghar, in Kamla Nehru Nagar in Ulhasnagar. On Sunday, the two kids, along with a friend named Manoj, and their and grandfather visited the riverside in Ulhas river, at Maharal village, to enjoy picnic. "The incident took place at around 4 pm. Onlookers claimed the three kids were enjoying in water and went deep inside. Dignarayan saw them shouting for help and jumped inside to save them. None of them were able to swim. An alert citizen went to save them and rescued Manoj, but the other three drowned," said a police officer from Titwala police station, who was on the spot for rescue operations, along with fire brigade officials. All the three deceased were shifted to a civic hospital in Ulhasnagar, where they were declared dead by doctors. A case of accidental death has been reported at the Titwala police station of Thane rural police.
|2016-01-25||Thane: Man strangulates wife to death; arrested - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man strangulates wife to death; arrested By PTI |Posted 25-Jan-2016 Thane: A 38-year-old man from a village in Sahapur taluka here has been arrested for allegedly strangulating his wife to death, police said today. Dashrath Nameda was arrested last night in connection with the murder on January 23, according to API, N B Gaikwad of Sahapur police station. The victim Dashita (32) was found hanging in her house following which police had registered a case of accidental death. However, her postmortem reports from the government hospital in the taluka revealed that she was strangulated, police said. Based on the autopsy report, police initiated a probe and found that the murder resulted from frequent quarrels between the couple over Nameda wanting to keep a widow in his house along with his wife Dashita. On Saturday, the accused killed his wife and projected it as a suicide. Nameda has been booked under section 498A and 302 of the IPC, police said.
|2016-01-24||Road widening to decongest Thane traffic - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-24||Thane Corporation to rehabilitate people affected in road widening - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-24||Turning tide towards natural burials in Thane - Times of India|
Turning tide towards natural burials in Thane Ayesha Venkataraman | TNN | Jan 24, 2016, 10.13 AM IST In early December last year, Father Joshua gave a homily on the delicate matter of natural burial and its environmental benefits, especially in our space-starved city. And to his surprise, many of the parishioners at St John the Baptist church in Thane were very accepting of the idea. So much so that parishioners from neighbouring churches requested that he visit to deliver the same sermon, and all the funerals he officiated in that month involved shroud burials instead of using coffins. "Obviously we want to give our best to our loved ones who've passed away, putting them in the costliest coffins and garments, but there are environmental consequences. And to find out about all this from a priest was good so that you get to know the religious background alongside the scientific reason," said Bonifas D'Souza, a long-time parishioner at St John the Baptist. Father Joshua thought it important to note that "Jesus wasn't buried in a coffin, but in a shroud, with coffins only beginning later on to transport bodies." And while there appears to be a slow shift toward natural burials, the pressing need for it is far graver. When Father Joshua overlooked the opening of temporary graves filled in 2013, he was shocked to find many bodies as yet undecomposed. On average, it usually takes somewhere between 8 months and 2 years for a body to fully decay. But Father Joshua has recently come across a body from 2007 that hasn't still. "The bodies aren't decomposing fast enough and you can't bury someone on top of that. There's no place, what do you do? You have to bury somebody somewhere," he said. This growing lack of burial space due to delayed decomposition is a serious problem, admits Father Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese of Bombay, citing the example of Our Lady of Lourdes church in Orlem, Malad which had to stop burials for a year due to this very issue. In a desperate bid to reuse space, "the government has made most of the churches' graves temporary, so that only the bones are later stored in permanent niches," explained Father Joshua. While this remains a looming problem for parishioners of St John the Baptist church, whose abutting graveyard has around 375 graves for about 80 deaths a year, the neighbouring Teen Petrol Pump cemetery shared by five parishes in Thane is fast-approaching the need for new burial grounds. So a shroud burial is one way to ensure a quicker turnover. " There is no benefit to a coffin," stated Father Joshua. "Thirty million trees were cut in America, that's a lot. And for what? Why are we killing something that's alive for something that's dead?" He was quick to add that soil quality also benefits from a natural burial. High-end clothes like silk and nylon, as well as embalming the body, hinder decomposition, and come ill-advised by Father Joshua, as does using a lot of concrete to build a gravestone. "In light of the Pope's encyclical on protecting the environment, we would say that natural burials are the preferred option, though not a compulsion for anyone," said Father Barrett. Adding, "However natural burials have started. Many people have seen the value of it. I do see that this is something that will catch on." He stresses the need for respectable etiquette when a shroud burial is performed, such that the common coffin is lowered down in a dignified manner, to lead to its greater acceptability. Although Father Joshua is yet to face any direct opposition, finding that even an undertaker he had spoken to about this approved of the idea, despite it being bad for business. "Burial with a shroud is not a new concept, it has been around for quite some time and it's a very Indian thing. It's how burials are normally conducted in other faiths. The coffin is a very European concept. Yet people are very sentimental when it comes a death in the family and understandably so," stated Father Barrett. This issue is more divisive among other Christian communities, like the Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC) whose secretary, Judith Monterio "is personally in favour of natural burials, but refuses to endorse it as a compulsory community decision". On the other hand, AOCC's Melwyn Fernandes is strongly against the move, stating, "Our religion doesn't approve, we need a coffin. Muslims use a cloth." He's not alone in his disapproval. Our Lady of Mercy Welfare Association, of which he is a member, has penned a letter to the Archbishop of Bombay expressing their concerns. Pointing to the call for natural burials, the letter claims that this "smacks of discrimination and is hurting the sentiments of the Christian community of Thane. The poor are forced to wrap and bury the dead while the rich and famous are allowed to use coffins." It goes on to demand an all-encompassing directive for natural burials in the interest of fairness. Finishing strong, it states, "On one hand land belonging to the Church and the Trust are illegally sold to the builders, thereby creating a scarcity, while on the other hand the Christian community of Thane is being deprived of legitimate right to have a decent burial for their deceased members."
|2016-01-23||Thane lad wins crown at All India badminton show - Times of India|
Thane lad wins crown at All India badminton show B B Nayak | TNN | Jan 23, 2016, 09.36 PM IST Thane: Thane lad and international shuttler Jishnu Sanyal has won men's doubles crown at the prestigious Radhe Shyam Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament held at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. In the finals, partnering with Shivam Sharma of host state, defeated Rohan Kapoor of Harayana and Saurabh Sharma of Delhi to lift the coveted title. "It was a fantastic victory. I could not have bargained for more," said Sanyal. In semifinals Sanyal and Sharma beat 3rd seeded pair of Arun George and Santosh Ravuri in straight sets at 21-15, 21-15 to romp into the finals.
|2016-01-23||Maha Guv for resolving disposal of waste issue in Thane dist - Business Standard|
Maha Guv for resolving disposal of waste issue in Thane dist Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) Last Updated at January 23, 2016 23:42 IST Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao today said he will call a meeting of the elected representatives, office bearers, government officials and the district guardian minister to resolve the issue of treatment and disposal of waste in the district. The problem is being faced by several civic bodies in the district including Thane, Navi Mumbai, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar and Kalyan-Dombivili. The Governor said he will call a meeting of the elected representatives, office bearers, government officials and the district guardian minister (Eknath Shinde) to resolve the issue and for a speed up the process to start the Taloja waste disposal plant. Rao today launched the' Swach Bhiwandi programme' under the 'Swach Maharashtra' initiative. "When I was coming to the city flying in the helicopter I saw that the city was totally dirty with garbage every where. This situation needs to be changed and a cleanliness drive should be undertaken in the coming years to make it clean," he added. "The state government will give all possible support and there is no dearth of funds for the programme," the Governor said. He also appealed corporates and industries around Thane to be part of the Swatch Bharat mission and spend 2 per cent of their profit as CSR for the projects falling under the cleanliness drive. Eknath Shinde along with other senior government officials was present for the programme.
|2016-01-23||Terror Central? Arrest of ISIS India chief puts Thane under lens - Catch News|
Terror Central? why arrest of 'ISIS India chief' puts Thane under the lens Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:28 IST The arrest of over a dozen alleged ISIS operatives on 23 January has returned Thane district under the spotlight for its "terror connection". In early morning raids across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttarakhand, the National Investigation Agency Saturday arrested at least 15 men who had allegedly been persuaded by the ISIS to carry out attacks in India. In Maharashtra, the raids were conducted in Mumbai, Aurangabad and Thane, and led to the arrest of three men. They have been identified as Mohammed Hussein Khan, 36, of Mazgaon, Mumbai; Mudabbir Sheikh, 35, of Amrut Nagar, Mumbra; and Imran Pathan, 26, of Vaijapur, Aurangabad.
|2016-01-22||Baby selling racket: Accused Thane couple claimed to be saviours - Mid-Day|
Baby selling racket: Accused Thane couple claimed to be saviours By Faisal Tandel |Posted 4 hours The couple, who sold kids for around Rs 1.25L, told the police that they did that to rescue them from the flesh trade The couple, who was arrested from Thane on Tuesday for running an illegal adoption agency, told police that they took the children from Bhiwandi's commercial sex workers to save them from getting absorbed in the flesh trade. The accused couple Shabulan Rammurti Mali and his wife Anjalina jyoti claimed that since they wanted to give the kids a better life and rehabilitate them, they got the children home. Shabulan claimed that he wanted to save the girls so that they don't get sucked in the commercial sex working racket. However, we are further investigating the motive of the couple, said Medha Rane, sub inspector, Titwala police station. The cops had also rescued three girls aged five, six and seven years from their flat and found that they had sold two kids in 2011 to two families a railway ticket checker in Kalyan and a fisherman in Vasai under the garb of adoption. The accused said they gave an eight-day-old baby girl to Peter Samudre, a railway ticket checker and a newborn boy to Belsapa, a fisherman based in Vasai. We have found that they don't have any legal adoption documents, added Rane.
|2016-01-22||Chintan Upadhyay gets bed, bed sheet in Thane jail - Daily News & Analysis|
Chintan Upadhyay gets bed, bed sheet in Thane jail Updated: Jan 22, 2016, 07:15 AM IST, DNA The Thane prison authorities have agreed to provide bed and bed sheet to artist Chintan Upadhyay who is lodged there for allegedly murdering his estranged wife and her lawyer. A division bench of justices Ranjit More and SC Gupte was informed by the prison authorities that Chintan is being provided with a pillow, blanket and dhurrie for sleeping. If he wants an extra blanket, he can ask for it from the prison authorities and, on advice from the medical board, the same can be provided. With respect to medical aid in prison, he can approach the prison hospital and all required medical help will be given. Senior counsel Niteen Pradhan, appearing for Chintan, had approached the court, seeking directions to provide him with a bed to sleep on inside jail as he is unable to sleep on the floor due to his back problem. In his petition, the artist arrested for double murder had claimed that he is suffering from spondylitis, which is aggravating because he is being made to sleep on the floor. No medical help is provided to him by the prison authorities. The plea seeks directions to the authorities to provide him with a bed which would bring some relief to him. Chintan was arrested on December 28, 2015, in connection with the murder of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani. Four other accused — Pradip Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar, Shivkumar Rajbhar and Azaad Rajbhar — are also currently lodged in judicial custody. The main accused, Vidyadhar Rajhbhar, is still at large.
|2016-01-22||NIA gets transit remand of alleged ISIS recruit from Thane - Economic Times|
NIA gets transit remand of alleged ISIS recruit from Thane By PTI | 22 Jan, 2016, 09.20PM IST MUMBAI: Alleged ISIS member Mudabbir Mustaq Sheikh, arrested from neighbouring Thane district, was today produced before a court here which granted NIA his transit remand for three days so that he could be produced before a court in Delhi. Sheikh (40) was arrested last night from Amrit Nagar area of Thane district in a joint operation of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and the National Investigation Agency. NIA lawyer told the court that a case was registered at its headquarters in Delhi after the agency came to know that the middle-east terror group ISIS was recruiting some Indians and foreign nationals for terror activities. "During the investigation, the role of the accused was revealed. We have got some incriminating material and some documents were recovered from him," the probe agency informed. Special NIA court's judge N K More then granted the agency Sheikh's 3-day transit remand.
|2016-01-22||Now, Thane civic body moots social shaming for property tax evaders - Times of India|
Now, Thane civic body moots social shaming for property tax evaders Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 22, 2016, 04.50 PM IST THANE: TMC will now hire services of band musicians and take out processions to premises of property tax evaders in Thane. The idea is to shame defaulters and pressurize them to cough up dues of around Rs 80 crores. A decision was taken today in a meeting called by the Thane civic commissioner following reduced tax collections this fiscal year. "We are planning to go full steam against those who have evaded taxes since the last few years. Band musicians will be roped in who will accompany civic recovery officials till the doorsteps of property tax evaders. This public and social shaming will at least encourage them to pay their default amounts," said a senior TMC official.
|2016-01-22||NIA gets transit remand of alleged ISIS recruit from Thane - Deccan Chronicle|
NIA gets transit remand of alleged ISIS recruit from Thane PTI Published Jan 22, 2016, 8:54 pm ISTUpdated Jan 22, 2016, 8:54 pm IST The alleged ISIS member was arrested from Thane in a joint operation of Maharashtra ATS and the National Investigation Agency. Mumbai: Alleged ISIS member Mudabbir Mustaq Sheikh, arrested from neighbouring Thane district, was today produced before a court here which granted NIA his transit remand for three days so that he could be produced before a court in Delhi. Sheikh (40) was arrested last night from Amrit Nagar area of Thane district in a joint operation of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and the National Investigation Agency. NIA lawyer told the court that a case was registered at its headquarters in Delhi after the agency came to know that the middle-east terror group ISIS was recruiting some Indians and foreign nationals for terror activities. During the investigation, the role of the accused was revealed. We have got some incriminating material and some documents were recovered from him, the probe agency informed. Special NIA court's judge N K More then granted the agency Sheikh's 3-day transit remand.
|2016-01-22||Tax evaders to face the music in Thane - Times of India|
Tax evaders to face the music in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 22, 2016, 11.14 PM IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) tax-collection staff will soon shame property and water tax defaulters by getting procession bands to blare out music, to alert the entire locality and force them into paying their dues. The civic body presently publishes names in the media but it has failed to elicit any response. "We plan to go full steam ahead against those who have evaded taxes for the last few years. The public shaming will encourage them to pay up," a senior civic official said. There are 4.10 lakh property and water tax payers listed with the TMC. The tax liabilities for the administration is to the tune of around Rs 80 crore, with many defaulters not paying taxes for the last few years. But most are yet to pay their taxes for the first six months of the current fiscal year despite many reminders. The municipal commissioner has set a target for the team of around Rs 400 crore to be collected, but the civic body has received only Rs 22 crore till the end of the third quarter of the fiscal. The administration is also mulling snapping power lines, water supply and sewerage lines of those not relenting and said appropriate action will be taken. The water department has snapped connections of over 3,500 consumers in a massive drive initiated since January 1. Around Rs 62 crore was collected from 2,500 consumers who were penalized and their connections regularized by the civic team, a senior official said.
|2016-01-21||Baby selling racket busted in Thane, couple held - Mid-Day|
Baby selling racket busted in Thane, couple held By Faisal Tandel |Posted 53 minutes ago The duo would procure the children from commercial sex workers and sell them off to childless couples; three girls were rescued from their flat A couple was arrested on Tuesday for running an illegal adoption agency and the cops also rescued three girls aged 5-7 years from their house in Thane. Two years on, cops arrest baby-selling racket's kingpin Shabulan Rammurti Mali and wife Anjalinajyoti After Parmeshwar Dhasare, district child protection officer, tipped off the police, a team of Thane Crime Branch officers and Anti-human Trafficking Cell raided Room no. 306 at Ashtanga complex in Galegaon, Ambivli and rescued the girls. They also arrested the accused couple 40-year-old Shabulan Rammurti Mali and his wife Anjalina jyoti Shabulan Mali. Nitin Thakre, senior police inspector, Thane Crime Branch, said, The accused used to sell the kids at around R80,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh to people interested in adopting. I met a woman recently who said three kids were being illegally kept in a house from where they are sold. So I informed Parag Manare, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, who put together a team that raided the spot on Tuesday, said Dhasare, while adding that the girls parents have not been found. Anjalina jyoti is Shabulan's second wife and he has two children from his first wife. The accused also has a dowry case against him filed by his first wife at Titwala police station. While the adoption agency is Shabulan's brainchild, Anjalina jyoti is a teacher. After receiving the information, our team raided their residence and rescued three girls aged five, six and seven years. The accused claimed that they brought the kids from commercial sex workers in Bhiwandi. Children born out of these women's illicit relationships are handed over to the accused, who sell them to couples looking to adopt but illegally, added Manare. Sting busts shocking baby-selling racket The rescued girls have been sent to Janani Ashish Charitable Trust in Dombivli. During the interrogation, the accused revealed that since 2011 these kids had been staying with them. Also, we found that they had sold two kids to two different families in Kalyan and Vasai. Though those families claim that they were unaware of the accused's background, added Dhasare. A case was been registered against the couple at Thane Nagar police station under Sections 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 363 (Punishment for kidnapping) of the IPC.
|2016-01-21||Chintan provided bed, blanket: Thane jail tells HC - Business Standard|
Chintan provided bed, blanket: Thane jail tells HC Press Trust of India | Mumbai Last Updated at January 21, 2016 19:02 IST Thane prison authorities today told the Bombay High Court that they have provided a bed, blanket and pillow as requested by artist Chintan Upadhyay, arrested for allegedly murdering his wife Hema and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani. The prison authorities were responding to a petition filed by Chintan, who is lodged in Thane jail, seeking a bed to sleep in his cell as he is unable to sleep on the floor due to spondylitis. The jail authorities today told a division bench headed by Justice R V More that a bed, blanket and pillow have been provided to Chintan, and if in future he requires such facilities then he may request the jail superintendent. Following this, Chintan's lawyer withdrew the petition. Chintan was arrested on December 28, last year in connection with the murder of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Bhambhani. Four others accused in the murder case -- Pradip Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar, Shivkumar Rajbhar and Azaad Rajbhar -- are also currently lodged in judicial custody. However, the main accused, Vidyadhar Rajhbhar, is still at large. Hema, an installation artist, and Bhambhani were found dead in a drain in Dhanukar Wadi in suburban Kandivli on December 11, last year.
|2016-01-21||With A Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine, Thane Police Sets An Example - NDTV|
With A Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine, Thane Police Sets An Example Others | Written by Ankita Sinha | Updated: January 22, 2016 00:32 IST THANE: Paving the way for a more sensitive workplace, the Thane police in Maharashtra have installed a sanitary napkin vending machine at the traffic police headquarters in the city. Initiated by Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police in Thane Dr Rashmi Karandikar, the machine has been brought in for the convenience of women traffic personnel. Around 1,300 women work for the department. "Women police constables work round the clock and could end up needing a sanitary napkin at any time during duty hours. I am glad that the vending machine has been installed," said a woman traffic police constable. The vending machine was inaugurated on Wednesday by Thane's Joint Commissioner of Police Asutosh Dumbre and actor Sonali Kulkarni. "It is worrying that even to this day we don't talk about topics like periods in public. This awkwardness about the subject must be stopped and that is our responsibility. I applaud the Thane Traffic Police branch for installing a sanitary napkin vending machine," said actress Sonali Kulkarni. From 1960, when a person was beaten up for promoting the usage of sanitary napkins in the city, its accessibility has come a long way, Thane Joint Commissioner of Police Asutosh Dumbre said. But this is just the beginning, the Thane police department said. Going forward, more such machines will be installed in public places like Railway stations, colleges and schools across the city, the police said.
|2016-01-21||Thane Stenner: What high-net-worth investors can expect in 2016 - The Globe and Mail|
What high-net-worth investors are predicting for 2016 THANE STENNER SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL APRIL 7, 2017 JANUARY 21, 2016 Early in 2016, we're still in the season of annual market forecasts – and the accompanying debate about whether investors should pay any attention to those forecasts, or ignore them altogether. Myself, I've always found detailed, precise forecasts of limited value, particularly when they're published in February after four to six weeks of market performance. Such forecasts are more about improving the odds of being right, and making the analyst/economists look good, rather than communicating insight. I've always thought the point of forecasts shouldn't be to try to pin down the exact number of the S&P 500, or oil, or the Canadian dollar, or housing starts, or whatever else you may be trying to predict. Rather, it's to identify big-picture themes and issues that may impact your portfolio, so you can take steps to protect yourself. In the 30 years or so that I've been working with high-net-worth (HNW) individuals, I've noticed this is something they do better than most. Most of them are in the habit of gazing into the future quite often. But they're less concerned about coming up with an exact number for this or that market/asset/commodity/whatever. Rather, they're much more concerned about the "36,000-foot view" of what's going on. This is how HNW individuals consider annual forecasts: as a way of asking "What if …" It's as much about protecting capital as it is about seizing opportunities. Over the past couple of months, I've been speaking to many HNW individuals (both here in Canada, and in the U.S. through the TIGER 21 network) about some of the trends and issues on their radar screens. I've also spoken to many colleagues, analysts, portfolio managers, hedge fund managers and other professionals who work with HNW clients. Here is a summary of these expectations, along with my own insight and observations, written as of the last week of December, 2015. Challenging times for Canada Most HNW investors anticipate continued weakness in the Canadian economy. And while opportunities are starting to emerge in the commodities sector (see below), most HNW investors remain cautious about putting too much money to work in Canada. This is a continuation of a trend that started last year, when HNW investors started to pare back Canadian holdings and allocate them elsewhere. When it comes to Canadian real estate, many see an inflated/oversupplied housing market. Most believe (and I agree with them) that we'll see real estate sour in 2016 – what we've seen so far is only the start of a topping process. With consumer household debt to household income rates soaring to all time Canadian records, and the ability of major financial institutions to generate organic growth coming into question, we expect Canadian short-term interest rates will lag U.S. rates. This, of course, will put continued pressure on our loonie; we see it dipping below 69 cents (U.S.), and likely bouncing in and out of that level for most of the year. Continued uncertainty overseas Many HNW investors expect a difficult year ahead in most developed markets, with political/military conflicts creating uncertainty around the globe. We agree with them, and see many international economies unravelling. While many HNW individuals believe the U.S. economy will continue to grow modestly, there is less optimism about the U.S. equity market. We believe the FANGs, for example (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google), will make a major move lower, and this will contribute to a beginning of a U.S. bear market in 2016. Last year, FANGs were the main stocks keeping the S&P 500 afloat, and they likely need to be "ground down" to molars this year. Emerging markets are something of an exception to this gloomy forecast. We expect them to find a bottom in 2016-17. But they will likely experience a very bumpy ride along the way – as they historically always have been. Some HNW investors have started to boost their allocation to emerging markets over the past several weeks, and we expect this to continue. throughout the year. Beaten-down sectors will bottom and start to turn After an annus horribilis for commodity producers, we are preparing for a gradual bottoming in 2016. Some HNW investors have become quite interested in commodities from a deep value perspective. While we're not in the business of picking a bottom for any commodity (notoriously difficult to do), we have been busy identifying select opportunities, and expect to continue doing so throughout the year. After a brutal 2015, the energy sector certainly has a higher probability of bottoming in 2016, and could start to rise at some point within the year. But it will be a volatile ride and a very slow process. We see U.S. light crude oil reaching lower before it starts its climb back to respectability. One area we've become very interested in lately in energy-related master limited partnerships (MLPs). After declining 55 per cent from their peak in 2014 to their early-2016 lows, we are starting to step into this sector within Q1 2016. Gold-related equities hit a bottom in 2015. Deep value bargain hunters have stepped in near current prices. We continue to see value here, particularly in well-managed gold miners. This could be the year that gold finds an interim bottom. Volatility strategies remain top of mind One longer-term trend among HNW investors is the continued attraction of volatility-based strategies – long/short and market neutral funds in particular, and more broadly, the entire alternatives category. We expect continued "smart money" flows into hedging strategies throughout 2016, and in such an environment, we expect active managers to start to outperform passive investments. If the year shapes up largely to what HNW investors expect, the argument for managers who can potentially add alpha in both up and down markets will become very persuasive indeed. We use a combination of both active managers and passive ETFs as optimal in this environment. Most broad markets are still expensive, even after the toughest yearly start in the markets since 1928. However, there are pockets of value emerging, but you have to think and act in a contrarian fashion to benefit. Thane Stenner is founder of StennerZohny Investment Partners+ within Richardson GMP Ltd., as well as director, Wealth Management. Thane is also chairman emeritus of TIGER 21 Canada. He is the bestselling author of True Wealth: An expert guide for high-net-worth individuals (and their advisors). The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson GMP Ltd. or its affiliates.
|2016-01-20||Couple arrested, three girls about to be sold rescued in Thane - Mid-Day|
Couple arrested, three girls about to be sold rescued in Thane By PTI |Posted 20-Jan-2016 Thane: The crime branch of Thane police on Wednesday claimed to have foiled an attempt by a couple to sell three girls. DCP Parag Manere said the girls, aged 7 years, 6 years and 5 years, were rescued by a team led by senior inspector Niteen Thackeray by raiding a house in Galegaon of Ambivili. Shabulan Rammurti Mali and his wife Anjalina Jyoti Sabulin Mali were arrested. The accused, who ran a trust, procured children mostly from red light area and sold them to childless couples for about Rs 1 lakh, police said. The rescued girls were sent to a child shelter home. Further probe is on.
|2016-01-20||Thane's ace shuttler bags gold at Premier Badminton League - Times of India|
Thane's ace shuttler Akshay Dewalkar has won gold medal in Premier Badminton League (PBL), representing Delhi Acers. The Badminton League was organized under the Badminton Association of India after a gap of 2 years which had many star international players along with Indian players. The finals were played at Delhi, where Delhi Acers defeated Mumbai Rockets, thus winning men's singles, men's doubles to lift the PBL 2016 crown. Earlier in the semi-finals Delhi Acers had outclassed Chennai Smashers who were led by PV Sindhu by 3-2 margin. Dewalkar represented Delhi Acers had won 3 ties and lost 2 ties before coming to the semi-finals. This league was a wonderful experience for Thane lad Dewalkar as he expressed his thoughts that playing with some of the best international players in the league and also to be a part of team which consisted of world no 11 Tommy Sugiarto. "Other teammates have also boosted my confidence to perform better at top level. This format of the game has brought charm to badminton with foreign players playing alongside Indians," said Dewalkar, one of the successful doubles players in the country.
|2016-01-20||Thane police install sanitary napkin vending machine for women personnel - Firstpost|
Thane police install sanitary napkin vending machine for women personnel. Jan 20, 2016 21:10 IST Thane: A sanitary napkin vending machine was on Wednesday inaugurated at the traffic police headquarters in Thane, claimed to be the first such initiative in the city.Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Thane, Dr Rashmi Karandikar, who took the initiative to install the machine manufactured by a government agency, said there are more than 1,300 women police constables in the traffic department of the city commissionerate.The decision to install the machine was taken as a need was felt for it, she said. Gradually machines would be installed at other locations as well, she added. Thane's Joint Commissioner of Police Asutosh Dumbre and noted Marathi stage and film actress Sonali Kulkarni were also present at the inauguration. Kulkarni said women should shed fears around their monthly periods and should not consider it a curse. She said such machines should also be installed at railway stations, colleges, schools, and other public places. She also called upon people to change their attitude towards the issue. Dhumre said a person was beaten up in 1960 for promoting the usage of sanitary napkins, which have now become a necessity. People still shy away from discussing issues around sex education and periods, he said, adding the thought process needs to be changed along with the changing lifestyle. He appreciated the efforts of the Thane police's traffic control room in this regard.
|2016-01-20||SRFTI faculty member held in Thane on student rape charge - The Hindu|
SRFTI faculty member held in Thane on student rape charge I am virtually under house arrest, says Vyapam whistleblower Chaturvedi I have no privacy at home. My friends have been cut off. Nobody coming forward to help me
|2016-01-20||Thane, Raigad district sports offices invite applicants for state government awards - Times of India|
Thane, Raigad district sports offices invite applicants for state government awards B B Nayak | TNN | Jan 21, 2016, 12.54 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Thane and Raigad sports offices have invited applications for various state government awards given by directorate of sports to encourage sports persons and organizations promoting sports. The last date for submission of forms is February 3. The Shiv Chhatrapati Rajya Krida Puraskar is for sports administrators and medal recipients of various national and international games and adventure sports. The Eklavya Puraskar is for differently abled achievers and the Jijamata Rajya Krida Puraksar is for coaches and women sports administrators. The Shiv Chhatrapati Rajya Krida Lifetime Achievement award is for veteran sports promoters. Forms must be submitted to the district sports office along with recommendations from the sports bodies of the respective state. The applicants should have domicile status of at least 15 years in Maharashtra. Forms can be downloaded from www.sport.maharashtra.gov.in.
|2016-01-20||Thane police instals sanitary napkin vending machine for women personnel - Firstpost|
Thane police instals sanitary napkin vending machine for women personnel Jan 20, 2016 21:10 IST Thane: A sanitary napkin vending machine was on Wednesday inaugurated at the traffic police headquarters in Thane, claimed to be the first such initiative in the city. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Thane, Dr Rashmi Karandikar, who took the initiative to install the machine manufactured by a government agency, said there are more than 1,300 women police constables in the traffic department of the city commissionerate. The decision to install the machine was taken as a need was felt for it, she said. Gradually machines would be installed at other locations as well, she added. Thane's Joint Commissioner of Police Asutosh Dumbre and noted Marathi stage and film actress Sonali Kulkarni were also present at the inauguration. Kulkarni said women should shed fears around their monthly periods and should not consider it a curse. She said such machines should also be installed at railway stations, colleges, schools, and other public places. She also called upon people to change their attitude towards the issue. Dhumre said a person was beaten up in 1960 for promoting the usage of sanitary napkins, which have now become a necessity. People still shy away from discussing issues around sex education and periods, he said, adding the thought process needs to be changed along with the changing lifestyle. He appreciated the efforts of the Thane police's traffic control room in this regard.
|2016-01-20||Man arrested from Uttar Pradesh for kidnapping Thane boy 10 years ago - Mid-Day|
Man arrested from Uttar Pradesh for kidnapping Thane boy 10 years ago By Agencies |Posted 5 hours Thane: A 50-year-old man has been arrested from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the abduction of a local teenage boy, nearly a decade after the incident, police said. However, arrest of Kadir Choudhary on January 15 revealed that the 16-year-old victim, identified as Pramod Gautam, died after he fell from a truck in which his abductors were shifting him, sometime in January 2005. The boy fell from the truck near Nashik and was run over by another vehicle which resulted in his death, DCP Parag Manere said yesterday. Gautam, a resident of Wagle Estate in Thane, was abducted on January 7, 2005 by four persons over a business rivalry with his family members, who are scrap merchants. Though police had arrested Abdul Choudhary (38), Mohd Khan (35) and Jalal Khan (50) in connection with the kidnapping, Kadir remained at large. Police, who recently opened up pending cases under their jurisdiction, conducted an investigation and finally traced Kadir in UP. Kadir told the police that Gautam fell from the truck near Divagaon enroute to Nashik on the Mumbai-Agra highway and was run over by another vehicle, police said. Kadir then dumped his body by the roadside.
|2016-01-20||Thane police install sanitary napkin vending machine for women personnel - Firstpost|
Thane police install sanitary napkin vending machine for women personnel. Jan 20, 2016 21:10 IST Thane: A sanitary napkin vending machine was on Wednesday inaugurated at the traffic police headquarters in Thane, claimed to be the first such initiative in the city.Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Thane, Dr Rashmi Karandikar, who took the initiative to install the machine manufactured by a government agency, said there are more than 1,300 women police constables in the traffic department of the city commissionerate.The decision to install the machine was taken as a need was felt for it, she said. Gradually machines would be installed at other locations as well, she added. Thane's Joint Commissioner of Police Asutosh Dumbre and noted Marathi stage and film actress Sonali Kulkarni were also present at the inauguration. Kulkarni said women should shed fears around their monthly periods and should not consider it a curse. She said such machines should also be installed at railway stations, colleges, schools, and other public places. She also called upon people to change their attitude towards the issue. Dhumre said a person was beaten up in 1960 for promoting the usage of sanitary napkins, which have now become a necessity. People still shy away from discussing issues around sex education and periods, he said, adding the thought process needs to be changed along with the changing lifestyle.He appreciated the efforts of the Thane police's traffic control room in this regard.
|2016-01-20||Thane police Crime Branch busts child trade racket - The Indian Express|
Thane police Crime Branch busts child trade racket By: Express News Service Mumbai Published:Jan 21, 2016, 1:15 The Thane police crime branch Tuesday discovered a racket in which young girls were kidnapped and sold off to childless couples. The police have arrested a couple from Kalyan and rescued three girls whom they had kept hidden. Initial probe has revealed that the couple have sold such children in the past as well. ACP Nagesh Lohar said the crime branch received a tip off about a couple, namely Shabulan Mali and Anjelina Jyoti Mali, residents of Ambivali area in Kalyan, who were selling children. Based on the tip off, a raid was conducted at the couple's Ambivali residence and the police rescued three girls aged seven, six and five years from there. â€śThe accused couple have told us that they would sell these children to childless couples,ť said Lohar. The couple further told the investigators that they got the girls from commercial sex workers from the Bhiwandi area. The children have been sent to the Children Welfare Committee (CWC) in Thane.
|2016-01-19||Shocking! Most CCTV cameras at Thane railway station do not work - Mid-Day|
Shocking security lapse: Most CCTV cameras at Thane railway station do not work By Faisal Tandel |Posted 4 hours While 12 of the 35 cameras at Thane station are defunct, images from the remaining cameras cannot be viewed as the LCD monitoring system has been gathering dust since two months The busy Thane railway station, which is a hub for both local and outstation trains, is a prime example of a major security lapse. With 35 CCTV cameras installed all over the station, you'd think the police is seriously monitoring everybody's move. But, thats not the case. Most of these cameras do not work and images from those that do cannot be viewed by cops for lack of a monitoring system from the last two months. The contractor says the process of connecting the cameras directly to a command centre at Thane commissioner office and traffic police chowky will take at least a month. Informatics E-tech India Limited, the firm responsible for the maintenance of the cameras claims that they are working to set up the command center at Thane commissioner office. Six years ago, 35 CCTV cameras were installed under Satis Bridge (Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme) and out of them 23 work. Also, the LCD monitoring system is dysfunctional. We are working on connecting the cameras directly to a command centre at Thane commissioner office and traffic police chowky, which will take at least a month. We are working to get a proper command center at the commissioner office, said Rajendra Jagdale, director of Informatics E-tech India Limited. The LCD TV kept aside at Thane railway stations traffic unit mid-day visited the traffic unit near Thane railway station and found the LCD screen, which is the monitoring system, gathering dust. We are continuously following up with the contractors to get them started as they help us prevent crimes like chain snatching, harassment and other petty crimes. Miscreants also think twice before doing something when they are under CCTV surveillance, said Deepak Chaudhari, senior police inspector, Naupada traffic unit. The cameras given by MP Rajan Vichare were installed some six years ago to keep an eye on criminals, errant auto-rickshaw drivers and robbers. Around 6.5 lakh passengers use the Thane railway station premises everyday. Lakhs of people come to Thane station every day and the cameras were installed for their safety. After installation the maintenance work should be done by the contractor and if there was any problem they should have informed us. I have sanctioned Rs 50 lakh from my MP fund for installation of CCTV cameras across Thane city, said Vichare.
|2016-01-19||Godrej Properties, Vihang Group in pact for 15-acre development in Thane - Economic Times|
Godrej Properties, Vihang Group in pact for 15-acre development in Thane By Kailash Babar, ET Bureau|19 Jan, 2016, 05.37PM IST MUMBAI: Godrej Properties Ltd, the real estate development arm of the Godrej Group, has entered into a development agreement with Thane-based realty developer Vihang Group for a 15-acre land parcel in Thane. The company will be developing a residential housing project with a development potential of over 1 million sq. ft, Godrej Properties said in a release. The land parcel is located off Ghodbunder Road in Thane. "We are happy to add a new project in Thane, which is a very important and large micro market within Mumbai. This is in line with our strategy of building our development portfolio across the country's leading real estate markets. We will do our best to deliver an outstanding project," said Pirojsha Godrej, Managing Director & CEO, Godrej Properties. Industry experts are of view that the deal augurs well for Thane property market. "This deal reinforces the Thane market as a strong and steady residential market and the market is expected to get a boost with the entry of a tier 1 brand like Godrej. The project, when launched is expected to command a premium over other projects." said Ramesh Nair, COO, JLL India, the transaction advisors for the deal. Currently, Godrej Properties is developing residential, commercial and township projects spread across 111 million sq ft in 12 cities and this is company's maiden project in Thane.
|2016-01-19||GRP may record statement of kin of deceased Thane builder - Business Standard|
GRP may record statement of kin of deceased Thane builder Press Trust of India | Mumbai Last Updated at January 19, 2016 14:57 IST The Government Railway Police is today likely to record the statements of the family members of deceased builder Amar Bhatia, who was found dead in neighbouring Thane district two days ago. Bhatia, director (Operations) of Mohan Group of Developers, a reputed construction firm in Thane and Kalyan, was found dead on the railway tracks between Ambernath and Badlapur stations after he left home on Saturday evening, police said. According to GRP, the builder was hit by the Kolkata-bound Duronto Express and suffered multiple injuries. Subsequently, he was pronounced dead at the Ulhasnagar Central hospital on Sunday. "We haven't recorded any statements of Bhatia family so far, as they are in a state of shock and could not speak. DCP (Central Railway, GRP) Rupali Ambure told PTI. Before taking the extreme step, Amar had sent message to his uncle Rajkumar Bhatia on Whatsapp on Saturday night that he is committing suicide. He, however did not explain the reason, Ambure said. Police have not ruled out the murder angle and is further investigating the case. Today, we shall try to record the statement of their family, a GRP official said. Bhatia's death comes after the suicide of Suraj Parmar of Cosmos Group, due to which Thane Police has decided to conduct a parallel investigation in the case. Parmar, a leading builder, had shot himself on October 7 last year. His suicide note alleged that a nexus of officials and corporators was harassing him for bribes.
|2016-01-19||Man gets five years in jail for raping own daughter in Thane - Mid-Day|
Man gets five years in jail for raping own daughter in Thane By PTI |Posted 19-Jan-2016 Thane: The district court on Tuesday sentenced a 36 years old man from Kausa area of Mumbra near Thane to five years' rigorous imprisonment on the charge of raping his own daughter. Additional sessions judge U M Nandeshwar passed the judgement on Tuesday. On February 16, 2013, the accused and his wife had a quarrel, and she left the house and went to live at an acquaintance's place. The couple has two sons and two daughters. On the same night, the accused raped his 13 years old daughter. When the wife returned next day, the girl narrated the incident to her. The wife then lodged police complaint. The accused had abused the girl earlier too, she told police. The court upheld the prosecution's case.
|2016-01-19||Thane teen's killer traced to UP, 10 yrs after murder - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane teen's killer traced to UP, 10 yrs after murder By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 20, 2016, 04.22 AM IST The accused, Abdul Qadir Chaudhary; (right) the victim, Pramod GautamThe accused was contesting civic body elections, and was identified from photographs in his campaign posters. Ten years after a Thane teenager's body was found dumped in Bhiwandi, the Thane Crime Branch last Thursday arrested a 50-year-old man from Basti town in Uttar Pradesh. The accused, Abdul Qadir Chaudhary, was contesting the local municipal body elections, and was identified by a police informer from his photographs on the campaign posters put up by his supporters. The Thane Crime Branch said that Chaudhary had confessed that the victim, Pramod Gautam, who worked as a truck cleaner, was grievously injured by a driver, Jalaluddin Khan, after a petty argument escalated. "Pramod was hit on the head with an iron rod by Khan after two argued over who should replace a punctured tyre. Pramod and Khan worked for Chaudhary, who ran a small-time transport business in Thane. Instead of rushing the victim to hospital, Chaudhary, with the help of Khan and another driver, Mohammad Aziz, dumped him at a secluded spot in Bhiwandi, where he bled to death," a Crime Branch officer said. Ironically, the Narpoli police, which found the body on January 8, 2005, couldn't even identify the victim. They classified the body as 'unidentified', and cremated it. Meanwhile, officers at the Wagle Estate Police Station in Thane, where the victim's family had filed a complaint saying their boy had been kidnapped, questioned Chaudhary, and detained Khan and Aziz. The Wagle Estate cops had no idea that Pramod was dead, and didn't press any charges against Chaudhary, Khan, and Aziz. A few weeks after the incident, Chaudhary shut his business in Thane, and returned to his hometown Basti, while Khan and Aziz, who were not arrested for the lack of evidence, disappeared. The police have now launched a hunt for the two. The victim's brother, Arjun Gautam, said that Pramod was 16 when he left home in 2005, after a fight with his family. "We resided in Hajuri Dargah Road locality in Thane (W), and came to know that Pramod was working at a transport company at the Wagle Estate. When we went to meet him, we were told that he had already left the job. We suspected foul play and filed a complaint at the Wagle Estate Police Station," Arjun said. The breakthrough the police were looking for only arrived a couple of weeks ago, when they were told that several posters with photographs of the man they were looking for had come up all over Basti town. "We were contacted by an informer, who said that a man wanted in a case filed at the Wagle Estate Police Station was contesting municipal elections in Basti. After making sure that he was indeed the person we were looking for, a Crime Branch team went to Basti," Inspector Madan Ballal from Thane Crime Branch said. "Chaudhary has been booked for murder, while the hunt is on for his accomplices," Ballal said. The victim's family is bitter about the fact that it took the police 10 years to find one of the accused. "All these years, we thought our boy was missing. The culprits would have been arrested a long time ago had the Wagle Estate police not been lethargic," the victim's brother, Arjun, said. DCP Parag Manera from the Thane Crime Branch said that the police will not check the postmortem report, and will add additional charges if need be.
|2016-01-19||Developers seek CBI probe into Thane builder's death - Times of India|
Developers seek CBI probe into Thane builder's death Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jan 19, 2016, 11.34 PM IST Ulhasnagar: Developers and friends of Thane builder Amar Bhatia on Tuesday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into his death. Bhatia's body was found on the railway tracks between Ambernath and Badlapur early on Sunday, hours after he went missing. Some developers from here have written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis that the case should be probed by a central investigation agency as it was sensitive. Ram Wadhwa, a builder and Bhatia's friend, said the case should also be simultaneously probed by a senior state government official. Wadhwa said the state government should take concrete steps to stop such cases in future and so that the truth comes out, or else builders' suicides will continue. Bhatia's death came a few months after that of another Thane-based builder, Suraj Parmar, in October 2015. Parmar had shot himself and left a suicide note. The Government Railway Police (GRP), probing the Bhatia case, have summoned other directors of the Mohan Group on Wednesday, to record their statements to find out if he was under pressure or if he was facing project-related problems. "A primary probe shows that the builder was depressed, so we have called some partners to record their statements," said A Rane, senior inspector, Kalyan GRP. Rane said the mobile phone which Bhatia used and which could be crucial in the case was locked. He said that as the mobile company said that unlocking it may end in all data being lost, they were sending it to Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina. "The probe will cover all angles, including whether Bhatia was harassed by anybody or if he had some family dispute," said Rupali Ambure, deputy commissioner of police, central zone. The GRP has sought call records from the service provider, which are expected by Wednesday. It said it had confirmed that Bhatia had committed suicide as the autopsy report from Central hospital showed that he had multiple fractures. A senior company employee said all projects were cleared and there was no problem with the authorities. He also said that the company would soon present its version on Bhatia's death to the media. A developer said getting a plan sanctioned was very difficult and officials had to be bribed or they create obstacles in a project. Some developers said the government must act immediately to stop the harassment of builders by civic bodies and corporators, or many more deaths would follow. The family on Tuesday conducted a 'pagri' programme which was attended by family members and many developers.
|2016-01-18||Lamborghini Huracan crashes in Thane - Motoroids (blog)|
|2016-01-18||Thane-Belapur Road jammed for an hour after bus breaks down - Times of India|
Thane-Belapur Road jammed for an hour after bus breaks down Jan 19, 2016, 00:05 IST NAVI MUMBAI: Traffic on Thane-Belapur Road came to a standstill from 9-10am on Monday morning after an NMMT bus broke down near Kalwa Bridge. The bus got stuck while climbing the inclined stretch of the bridge leading to traffic along roads leading to Kopri, police line, RTO, Rabodi and Balkum. The stretch from Creek naka to Shivaji hospital and Kharegaon road were also affected. "The increasing traffic density crippled vehicular flow and I missed a key appointment, which will affect my work performance," said Manish Gupte, a motorist who was stuck in the jam.
|2016-01-18||Thane developer's death: Take care of my wife, son, builder texted relatives - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane developer's death: Take care of my wife, son, builder texted relatives. By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 19, 2016, 03.08 AM IST Mohan Group's Amar Bhatia told his uncle and cousin that he was ending his life; hours later his body was found on tracks near Ambarnath. Thane developer Amar Bhatia, who was found dead on tracks near Ambarnath on Sunday, had apparently sent a text message to his cousin and uncle late on Saturday night saying he was committing suicide. "Please take care of my son and wife after me; I am ending my life," the message read, setting off a frantic search by his family. Hours later, his body was found on the tracks. The Government Railway Police (GRP) believe he was run over by a train, and have so far not found any evidence that suggests foul play. Investigators have recovered Bhatia's iPhone, but have been unable to access it because of the fingerprint screen lock. They have now contacted the manufacturer for unlocking the phone. Bhatia 38, was a director of leading construction firm Mohan Group. A relative claimed on Monday that Bhatia had been facing problems with a central agency that investigates money laundering cases, while another said that officials from a state government department had been harassing him over a project. Bhatia had written to Thane district collector Ashwini Joshi about the harassment, the relative claimed. But Joshi denied receiving any such letter. "I have no idea about any such complaint," she said. An official in the Thane collectorate also said that they had not received any communication from Bhatia. Bhatia's death has shaken the real estate industry still reeling from prominent Thane builder Suraj Parmar's demise. Parmar, who headed Cosmos Group, was found dead with a gunshot wound on October 7 last year. He had reportedly accused some officials and politicians for hounding him for bribes. Bhatia lived with his family in Ulhasnagar. His uncle, Hari, who brought up him after his father's death, also stays with the family and is a director on Mohan Group's board. Investigators on Monday recorded the statements of Hari and his son, Dhiraj. "Bhatia's father passed away when he was only 10. His uncle raised him. Their business ventures are doing well," said senior inspector Anant Rane of Kalyan GRP. Bhatia did not appear to be under stress resulting from any family issue, his friends have told cops. "Bhatia's cousin Dhiraj had planned to get married next month and family members had begun the preparations. It is not yet clear why Bhatia committed suicide," Rane said. The police have been unable to speak to the builder's wife, who is currently under medical supervision. "We have contacted Apple Inc to access Bhatia's phone. Once we check his call log, we will know whom he spoke to in the hours leading up to his death," Rane said. Bhatia had recently travelled to the US with his wife and son for a holiday. Lately, he had been seen riding a Harley-Davidson around Ulhasnagar. He bought the motorcycle after seeing one in America. On Saturday, he left home telling his wife he would soon return to pick her up for a mehendi ceremony at a relative's house. Two hours later, he sent the text message to Hari and Dhiraj.
|2016-01-18||Another Thane builder found dead on tracks - Mumbai Mirror|
Another Thane builder found dead on tracks By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 18, 2016, 09.21 AM IST Even as Thane builder Suraj Parmar's suicide is under probe, the discovery of yet another builder's body continues the disturbing pattern of deaths of developers in the metropolitan under inexplicable circumstances. The body of 38-year-old Amar Bhatia was found on the tracks between Ambernath and Badlapur railway stations on Sunday. While the police think it is a suicide, Bhatia's kin dispute the fact, alleging he may have been killed. Bhatia, one of the directors of Mohan Group, a leading construction firm, lived with his wife and 10-year-old son Romit at Priya apartments in Camp No.3 in Ulhasnagar. On Saturday, he was to attend a relative's wedding ceremony along with his family. "Bhatia was to leave with his wife and son at 8 pm to attend the mehendi ceremony in the evening. He left home telling his wife he was going to meet someone and would be back in time for the ceremony," said Pradeep Ramchandani, a family friend. When Bhatia did not show up, his wife began calling him up and sending messages to his phone. But he did not respond. "She got very worried and called Bhatia's brother Papan, who also tried to contact him. The 'last seen' on Bhatia's WhatsApp read 10:47 pm," Ramchandani said. The worried family started calling up his friends and partners but no one had any idea about Bhatia's whereabouts. Finally, Papan, his friends and Romit went looking for him, aided by a mobile app Papan had asked Bhatia to install on his phone. The app traced the phone through GPS and displayed the locations on all the other phones linked to it, Papan's being one of them. Following the inputs from the app, the group reached a secluded level crossing between Ambernath and Badlapur stations, where Romit spotted his father's car. But there was nobody inside. The app showed Bhatia's location to be a few metres ahead. The search party started walking in that direction, and some 50 feet ahead, saw a body lying on the tracks in a pool of blood. It was 1:30 am when Papan and Romit recognised Bhatia's face and broke down. It seemed to them he had been run over by a train. The Government Railway Police (GRP) was alerted and officials from Kalyan GRP arrived at the scene. RUN OVER? "Bhatia was run over by the Duronto Express. It is a case of trespassing. Initial investigation doesn't point to foul play but the probe is on. The family members are not in a state where we can record their statements. Once we speak to them, we will find out more," said a senior GRP officer. Railway police commissioner Madhukar Pandey told Mumbai Mirror, "We have received information that Bhatia had sent SMSes to his relatives stating that he was under depression and that he would end his life. To get more details we will retrieve Bhatia's call detail records (CDR)." Bhatia's kin, however, say he couldn't have committed suicide and allege that he was killed, and his body dumped at the tracks. "Bhatia was financially sound. His business was doing well. The spot where his body was found is 3 km from a project named Mohan Meadows that his company had constructed in 2013. This indicates he had gone there willingly and could have committed suicide, but the reason behind the extreme step is not known," said a builder from Ulhasnagar who is a family friend to the Bhatias. "Police should carry out a thorough probe to find out what led Bhatia to the tracks, and whether it is a suicide or an accident. The builder fraternity stands with the Bhatia family in these difficult times," said Manoj Rai, vicepresident, Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), Kalyan. "The Duronto Express passes through Ambernath and Badlapur areas at the time the man seems to have been hit, so it is possible the train ran him over. As of now, we have registered an accidental death, but further investigation is on," said Ritesh Ahir, public relations officer, GRP.
|2016-01-18||K.B.College of Arts and Commerce for Women, Thane - Harsh Utsav'15 ... - Free Press Journal|
K.B.College of Arts and Commerce for Women, Thane Harsh Utsav 15 Indradhanush at K.B College(Thane) in winter By FPJ Bureau Jan 18, 2016 12:16 am Excelssior's Educational Societies, K.B. College of Arts and Commerce for Women is the only NAAC accredited women's college situated in thane functioning for past couple of decades. The college has excelled not only in academic performance through university rank holding and overall passing result of above 90% but also cultural activities performed . K.B. students were able to bring down Indradhanush to their cultural annual fest HARSH UTSAV 2015 on 22nd December at Gadkari Rangayatan Auditorium. Every year after brain storming for months together the theme for each year cultural fest ,Harsh Utsav is decided . Accordingly the theme evolved for annual cultural prog 2015 was Indradhanush- Mere Amber Ka. The theme based Annual programme was performed for more than 5hrs and more than 250 participants that involved the depiction of cultural and traditional diversities of states in India from North to South stretching from West to east. The entire exhibition was in the forms of dance, projections ,documentaries, skit, fashion show, epilogue etc. Cultural and traditions legacies of number of states and Union Territories was rekindled in the hearts of audience to reassert the extraordinary and beautiful highlight of diversity with unity in India. The coverage of the states and union territories ranged from Jammu Kashmir Bumrao dance to Tamil Nadu bharatnatyam and Gujarat Garbha and tippani along with to assam tribal dance of Bihu ,UP. Chath Pooja and Kathak ,W. Bengal manifestation of victorious Durga over the evil rudra .The prog was event of interest to attend to all the esteemed and distinguished guests present at the show who promptly provided consent to be a part of after hearing the theme. Among number of guests k.B. College was honoured to have Police Commissioner Shri Parambir Singh, T.M.C additional Commissioner Shri. RanKhamb, Siddhivinayak Trust Chairman Mr. Narayan Rane, most talked about Big Boss celebrity and versatile bollywood actress Dolly Bindra. Harsh Utsav in K.B. College is not only about the Annual Prog , it also comprises of the celebration for 4 consecutive days earlier to it. This involves the number of unique days celebrated viz school day, horror make up day, cartoon day ,retro day etc , literary competitions viz elocution ,debate, extempore etc ,art competition lviz theme based Rangoli, Mehendi, Salad dressing ,flower art etc, dance and singing and Miss K.B. personality Contest. Overall prog was a hit and most befitted biding bye to year 2015 in India was the remark given by all eminent guests and the management of the college. Principal Dr.Renu Trivedi, Vice Principal Sumathi B. Cultural Incharge Ms. Vaishali Garkal, Student Council Incharge Ms. Manjusha Kulkarni and the staff were overjoyed with the fact that the entire auditorium was up with all patriotic slogans like Vande Mataram, Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Jai Ho, Mera Bharat Mahan, three cheers for the college hip hip hurray so on and so forth.
|2016-01-17||Ghulam Ali to perform in Thane Festival after last years's cancellation, Shiv ... - Economic Times|
Ghulam Ali to perform in Thane Festival after last years's cancellation, Shiv Sena threatens to disrupt By Krishna Kumar, ET Bureau | 17 Jan, 2016, 03.54PM IST A Nationalist Congress party leader Jitendra Awhad has announced that he would be organizing a Ghulam Ali concert in Thane in February next month. Awhad has invited well known Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to Thane for a four day 'Thane festival' that begins on February 11. According to Awhad, Ghulam Ali has confirmed that he would be performing at the event. The move is bound to create problems between the Shiv Sena which is an ally of the BJP in the state as well as the centre and the State. Last year the Sena had threatened organizers of a Ghulam Ali concert in Mumbai for inviting the Pakistani Ghazal singer following which the organizers then cancelled the concert. The Sena has opposed any ties with Pakistan as it claims that the neighbouring country is involved in terrorist activities in India. The Sena's threat that lead to the Ghulam Ali concert in October last year was a major embarrassment to the BJP government in the state as well as in the centre as it fuelled the debate on 'Intolerance'. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had then put the onus of cancellation of the Ghulam Ali concert on the organizers saying that the state was ready to provide security for the event but the organizers had backed out. This time though with Thane strongman Awhad organizing the programme, its clear that the concert will go through and the state will have to provide security. For the BJP the Ghulam Ali concert will put it in Catch 22 situation for if the Sena disrupts the Ghulam Ali concert then the BJP would be severely embarrassed in the state as well as in Centre. On the other hand if it provides adequate security and tackles the Shiv Sainiks intent on disrupting the programme aggressively then it risks getting in to a confrontation with the Sena. On the other hand for the NCP it is a win-win as it would get brownie points even if the concert is cancelled or the concert goes through. For the record the Pratap Sarnaik the Sena leader from Thane has already warned that under no circumstances will they allow Ghulam Ali to even set foot in Thane.
|2016-01-16||Thane policeman's heroic act saves toddler's life - Mid-Day|
Thane policeman's heroic act saves toddler's life By Faisal Tandel |Posted 3 hours A police constable saved a two-year-old girl, who had climbed onto the parapet of a terrace flat in a three-storey building at Mumbra after being alerted by the crowd A police constable's quick thinking and quicker feet saved the life of a two-year-old girl recently. The toddler, who had climbed onto the parapet extending from the terrace of a three-storey building in Mumbra, was spotted by people in the area who informed the nearest police chowki about it. A constable managed to bend the locked terrace door with the help of a local boy and rescued the kid. The incident took place on Thursday evening around 6 pm in Kausa Market where Aslam, a shop owner, lives in a terrace flat at Khatiza building along with his wife and three daughters, Heeram (7), Fariya (5) and Rifa (2). Kudan Bhamre (31), a constable from Mumbra police station, who was at Kausa police chowki, heard people shouting. The building is right next to the police chowki and after I came out to see what was happening, a hawker came asking for help. A girl was sitting on a parapet of the third floor, said Bhamre. Bhamre along with a local boy quickly rushed to the building's terrace and found the door locked. He said, The iron door to the terrace was locked and we could bend it a little to make space for us to enter the terrace. I slowly moved to the parapet and rescued the girl. Bhamre further added, Her mother claimed that since Rifa was sleeping she asked her five-year-old daughter Fariya to take care of her while she went out to pick up Heeram from tuitions and locked the door behind her. Parents should be alert and not so careless as to ask a 5-year-old to take care of a toddler. Fariya told Bhamre that after Rifa woke up and started crying she took her to the terrace and kept her on a bench placed right beside the terrace fence. Fariya then started playing nearby and since the parapet was accessible for the toddler she climbed up the wall to reach there. Aslam, who owns a shop of spices in Kausa Market, was thankful to the alert constable who saved his daughter's life. I get jitters just looking at the parapet. I am thankful to the constable who reached on time and saved my daughter without losing even a second, said Aslam.
|2016-01-15||Thane: Three booked for transporting bull in SUV for 'slaughter' - Hindustan Times|
Thane: Three booked for transporting bull in SUV for ‘slaughter’ Three people have been booked by police in Thane district for allegedly transporting a bull in an SUV for slaughtering it, police said on Thursday. INDIA Updated: Jan 15, 2016 08:21 IST Three people have been booked by police in Thane district for allegedly transporting a bull in an SUV for slaughtering it, police said on Thursday. Bull slaughtering is banned in Maharashtra. The three -- identified as Intezar Ali Sheikh, Raju Ungli and Raju Lanka -- have also booked under various charges -- including attempt to murder, based on a complaint filed by animal activist Chetan Sharma on Wednesday. Sharma and his bodyguard tried to stop the three accused from transporting the bull, which was in a tranquillised state, allegedly to a slaughter house in Mumbra township of Thane district in the early hours of Thursday. The accused, however, attacked Sharma and his bodyguard, the activist said in his complaint filed with Taloja Police in Thane. Later, the vehicle got stuck in bushes on a roadside when the accused tried to escape. The three then came out of the vehicle and ran away, taking advantage of the darkness, according to the complaint.Sharma’s bodyguard then alerted the Taloja Police who found the bull lying tied inside the car in a tranquillised condition. The police seized the vehicle, and also some injections apparently used to tranquillise the animal, a knife with blood stains, three mobile phones and sticks lying inside the car. An FIR was registered against the three under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) and 379 of the IPC, along with sections of Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Arms Act, an officer at Taloja police station said. A hunt is on to nab the three accused, he added. Meanwhile, Sharma said that the bull has been sent to a ‘gaushala’ and police are trying to trace its owner. Notably, the President granted assent to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act in February last year. While the original Act of 1976 banned slaughter of cows, the amendment prohibits slaughter of bulls and even possession and consumption of beef.
|2016-01-15||Thane: Three booked for allegedly transporting bull in SUV for slaughtering it - Mid-Day|
Thane: Three booked for allegedly transporting bull in SUV for slaughtering it By A Correspondent |Posted 4 hours PTI Three persons have been booked by police in Thane for allegedly transporting a bull in an SUV for slaughtering it, police said yesterday. The three men identified as Intezar Ali Sheikh, Raju Ungli and Raju Lanka have also been booked under various charges, including attempt to murder, based on a complaint filed by animal activist Chetan Sharma yesterday. The cops have also recovered a knife from the vehicle.
|2016-01-15||Thane Police arrests UP man in 25-year-old murder case - Business Standard|
Thane Police arrests UP man in 25-year-old murder case Thane Last Updated at January 15, 2016 11:57 IST A man wanted for a murder committed 25 years ago has been arrested by the city police in Thane. Udaybhan Ramadhar Singh, accused in Baliram Mhatre murder case, was nabbed in Uttar Pradesh four days ago. Another accused in the case, Anil Ramsagar Choubey alias Vijay Singh, a former sarpanch of village Aurav in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, had been arrested on December 25, last year. Mhatre, a local ganglord in Diva town near here, was shot dead in March 1990. Inspector Niteen Thackeray of Thane Crime Branch said following Choubey's arrest, police tracked down Udaybhan and arrested him in Varanasi district on January 11. A court here has remanded him in police custody till January 20. Singh, allegedly involved in several crimes in UP and Maharashtra, had also been sarpanch of Thana Rampur village in Varanasi district and a Zilla Parishad member. He was allegedly associated with Guru Satam gang, inspector Thackeray said.
|2016-01-15||Thane rural cop wins state strongman title - Times of India|
Thane rural cop wins state strongman title B B Nayak | TNN | Jan 15, 2016, 09.58 PM IST Thane: Ramdas Kharat who works for the Thane rural police was the show stealer by winning the state strongman title at the Senior State Bench Press Championship that was held in Sangli recently. Kharat is a double Chhatrapati awardee in both power lifting and bench press. With this win, the 40-year-old has won a hatrick by winning the state crown consecutively for three seasons. Age was no barrier for Kharat as he gave the younger participants a run for their money. He emerged as the champion amongst 500 contestants from across the state. He participated in the 105 kg weight class at the Sangli event and lifted the weight bar of 217.5kg in bench press. His contemporaries were far behind his calibre. Kharat has been regularly taking part in such events since the last 18 years and has won over 20 medals at national events; besides titles at the district and state events. "Age is just a number for me. Despite being 40, I played in the open group since I was confident enough to take on the challenge against the boys who are almost half my age. What upsets me is only the lack of support and encouragement," said Kharat, who has been the Asian champion.
|2016-01-15||Thane Police arrests UP man in 25-year-old murder case - Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)|
Thane Police arrests UP man in 25-year-old murder case Press Trust of India Thane Jan 15, 2016 11:57 AM IST A man wanted for a murder committed 25 years ago has been arrested by the city police in Thane. Udaybhan Ramadhar Singh, accused in Baliram Mhatre murder case, was nabbed in Uttar Pradesh four days ago. Another accused in the case, Anil Ramsagar Choubey alias Vijay Singh, a former sarpanch of village Aurav in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, had been arrested on December 25, last year. Mhatre, a local ganglord in Diva town near here, was shot dead in March 1990. Inspector Niteen Thackeray of Thane Crime Branch said following Choubey's arrest, police tracked down Udaybhan and arrested him in Varanasi district on January 11. A court here has remanded him in police custody till January 20. Singh, allegedly involved in several crimes in UP and Maharashtra, had also been sarpanch of Thana Rampur village in Varanasi district and a Zilla Parishad member. He was allegedly associated with Guru Satam gang, inspector Thackeray said.
|2016-01-14||Indian Consul General in New York visits Thane civic body - Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)|
Indian Consul General in New York visits Thane civic body Press Trust of India Thane (Maha) Jan 14, 2016 06:43 PM IST The Indian Consul General in New York Dnyaneshwar Mulay today visited the Thane Municipal Corporation and held discussions with regard to the proposed Smart City project being undertaken by civic body. Mulay held meetings with city Mayor Sanjay More and Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. He assured all kinds of assistance to the city and its citizens with regards to the projects being undertaken by them, an official release issued by the Mayor said. The Mayor Sanjay and other senior civic officials made a presentation to Mulay on the various projects being undertaken by the civic body, it added. Meanwhile, Vijay Joshi, the President of Gujarat unit of the Chamber of small Industry Association, who accompanied Mulay during his visit, told PTI that a Maharashtra Association would be set on the lines of the Maharashtra Sadan (state guest house in New Delhi) in USA for co-ordination of the activities in the state. According to Joshi, Mulay has asked Thane Commissioner to forward him brief of projects which require financial assistance.
|2016-01-14||Thane Police ensure blind student gets to college safely every day - Mid-Day|
Thane Police ensure blind student gets to college safely every day By Faisal Tandel |Posted 14-Jan-2016 After the 20-year-old complained to the joint commissioner of police about the challenges he faced in getting to college every day, a traffic constable was assigned to take him to college and back every day. As 20-year-old visually challenged student Shivam Patil makes his daily journey to his Thane college, he is accompanied by his guardian angel in khaki the traffic constable who ferries him between home and college on his motorcycle every day. Constable Zuber Shamsuddin Tamboli ferries 20-year-old visually challenged student Shivam Bahusaheb Patil between college and home every day on his motorcycle, and ensures that he reaches the campus safely. The story of how Shivam got this unusual travel buddy is a heart-warming instance of how the police can sometimes go out of its way to help citizens. It all started with a complaint Shivam, an SYJC student at the Joshi-Bedekar institute, was finding it tough to commute to his college ever since Thane Joint Commissioner of Police VV Lakshmi Narayana banned illegal private buses in November. When these buses were plying, he could board one near his house at Vijay Garden road and go all the way to Thane station (his college is located nearby) for a mere Rs 10-15. I used to board the bus in front of my house and was dropped near college. There were five drivers whom I knew and were always helpful, recalled Shivam. But when this facility was stripped from him, he had only two other options: he could either use the Thane Municipal Transport buses or the more expensive auto rickshaws. Auto drivers would often overcharge me. Every day, I would end up spending around R 400 travelling to and from college. On the other hand, the frequency of municipal buses was not good. Moreover, the bus stop is about half a kilometre away from my house, and there is a highway in between, which is very dangerous for me to cross, said Shivam. But when he called the police control room to complain about the inconvenience, the officials told him to call the Thane traffic police. A cynic would assume that the police would simply shrug shoulders and say it was not their problem, but the Thane control room patiently explained that the private buses had been taken off the roads because they were illegal and Joint CP Lakshmi Narayana had taken action against them. The cops went a step further and gave Shivam the personal mobile number of Lakshmi Narayana. I narrated my problem to the Jt CP and asked him to allow the bus service again, as it was the only affordable option for me. He refused, but then told me that he would do something to solve my problem and get back to me soon, added Shivam. Lakshmi Narayana kept his word. He informed Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Rashmi Karandikar about Shivam's problem and asked her to take care of him. Accordingly, a traffic constable attached with the Kasarvadavli unit was assigned the job of picking up and dropping Shivam every day. Constable companionConstable Zuber Shamsuddin Tamboli (28) takes great pride in having been assigned the job, and has been helping Shivam for the past 45 days. Senior Police Inspector Shreekant Shonde from the Kasarvadavli traffic unit, assigned me the job, and I am happy to do it. So far, I have solved a kidnapping case and have worked with the traffic department for more than two years and also did a lot of bandobast duty for VIPs, but I find this duty priceless, said Tamboli. He added, I realised he was special the very first day I met him. I picked him up at 8.45 am, and we were riding on my motorcycle when he said he could tell we had reached Majiwada junction because he could smell watermelon. That junction is actually famous for watermelon vendors, so I was surprised. Tamboli said even his wife was proud that he had been assigned this duty, even though she had complained about his long hours in the past. On January 10, it was my son, Ahaan's birthday. I took my wife and son to meet Shivam, and after meeting him and seeing his talent, my wife started crying. She finally appreciates the work I do, and says she will no longer get angry if I come home late. A grateful Shivam said, There is a common perception among the citizens that the police are our enemies. But if we try to understand them, we will learn that they are human beings too, and can be our friends. Not only do we sleep safely because of them, in my case, the constable helps me go to college every day, even though this is not the job of the police. Youth fights for Braille libraryT hane could very well get its first Braille library thanks to Shivam, who approached his college administration demanding that a Braille section be set up in the library so that blind students can also read. Shivam also encouraged several other visually challenged students to enrol for college, and some day, wants to be a teacher himself. Shivam meets outgoing Joint CPOn Jt CP VV Lakshmi Narayana's last day in office yesterday, several well-wishers turned up to meet him. Among them was young Shivam, who met the Jt CP for the first time. Lakshmi Narayana has been transferred as Additional Director General of Police (Administration) and will be replaced as Jt CP by Ashutosh Dumbre. Recently transferred Thane Joint CP VV Lakshmi Narayana Shivam thanked him for all his help and gifted the policeman a pen and two star brooches. Such policemen do good work for the public. When they are transferred, the common man suffers in the end, said the 20-year-old. The boy approached us with his complaint about the inconvenience he was facing, so, we arranged for a police constable to drop him to school and back. I try to help each person who visits me with a problem, said Lakshmi Narayana.
|2016-01-14||Thane teenage girl's road accident reveals rape, pregnancy - Mid-Day|
Thane teenage girl's road accident reveals rape, pregnancy By PTI |Posted 14-Jan-2016 Thane: A minor girl was allegedly raped by a youth in the city and the crime came to light when she was involved in a road accident and found to be pregnant. The pregnancy of the 14-year-old girl came to light recently when she met with a road accident and had to be admitted to hospital, police said. The girl, her parents and younger sister lived on a footpath in the Wagle Estate locality of the city and collected and sold scrap material to earn a livelihood. On January 6, the girl was knocked down by a vehicle on the road. She suffered injuries in the mishap and was rushed to a hospital in Mulund. A case was then registered with the Shrenagar police station, Thane police PRO Gajanan Kabdule said. Later, as the girl complained of severe stomachache, she was shifted to Sion Hospital where on Monday the doctors conducted sonography which revealed that she was one-month pregnant, he said. The doctors took the girl into confidence and probed further when it was revealed that she was allegedly raped by a youth, Mehboob Sayeed (23), who used to target her at the Indira Nagar footpath, police said. Subsequently, the youth, who did did petty jobs like electrical wiring, was arrested yesterday and booked under section 376 (rape) of the IPC and sections 4, 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, police added.
|2016-01-14||Over thousand illegal hoardings pulled down in Thane - I am in dna of India|
Over thousand illegal hoardings pulled down in Thane Trending News Thursday, 14 January 2016 - 7:27pm IST | Rupali Shinde | Edited by: Disha Shetty Thane Municipal Corporation is coming down heavily against those putting up illegal hoardings in the city. Acting on orders of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, 1159 hoardings and banners have been pulled down in the city. The commissioner wants the city to be free of illegal hoardings and banners that deface it.Officials from the civic body have filed cases against 65 people for putting up such banners. "In last two days, TMC has pulled down banners and hoardings in almost all the areas. TMC commissioner has given strict instructions to do so," said the civic body's public relation officer Sandeep Malvi. Name of the committee Number of banners taken downMumbra ward committee 581 Kalwa ward committee workplace 40 Kalwa ward area 41 Naupada ward61Wagle ward committee 107 Rayladevi ward committee 230 Lokmanya-Savarkar nagar ward committee 18 Vartak nagar ward committee 19 Majiwada-Manpada ward committee 28 Uthalsar ward committee34 Thursday, 14 January 2016 - 7:27pm IST | Rupali Shinde | Edited by: Disha Shetty
|2016-01-14||Thane widow wins Rs3 lakh claim for medical expenses - Times of India|
Thane widow wins Rs3 lakh claim for medical expenses Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 14, 2016, 11.20 PM IST Thane: A widow here has won a long legal battle with a private insurance firm which had refused to release her claim of Rs 3 lakh for medical expenses of her late husband as he had not disclosed his acute illness when signing the policy documents. The district consumer redressal forum censured Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co for deficiency in service and directed it to release the entire claim amount along with 6% interest, besides paying Rs 34,000 as legal fees to Mamta Gandhi. Forum president Sneha Mhatre and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and N D Kadam recently held that arguments by the insurance firm were an alibi and had caused harassment and mental agony to the Gandhis, who were mourning the loss of a breadwinner. Gandhi had informed the forum that Prakash had taken two policies. He died on October 19, 2008, during treatment at Jupiter hospital, and hence she lodged a claim. The insurance firm rejected the claim as the deceased had liver cirrhosis seven years prior to his death and he had hidden that fact while taking the insurance in 2006. The deceased's family doctor issued a certificate stating that he suffered from diabetics from February 2008 and cirrhosis from March 2008. The insurance company submitted a report by Onicra Credit Rating Agency of India Ltd, which the forum refused to accept, stating it was not accompanied with an affidavit.
|2016-01-14||Indian consul general in New York visits Thane to discuss Smart City project - Times of India|
Indian consul general in New York visits Thane to discuss Smart City project PTI | Jan 14, 2016, 10.32 PM IST THANE: The Indian consul general in New York Dnyaneshwar Mulay on Thursday visited the Thane Municipal Corporation and held discussions with regard to the proposed Smart City project being undertaken by civic body. Mulay held meetings with city mayor Sanjay More and Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. He assured all kinds of assistance to the city and its citizens with regards to the projects being undertaken by them, an official release issued by the Mayor said. The mayor and other senior civic officials made a presentation to Mulay on the various projects being undertaken by the civic body, it added. Meanwhile, Vijay Joshi, the president of Gujarat unit of the Chamber of Small Industry Association, who accompanied Mulay during his visit, told PTI that a Maharashtra Association would be set on the lines of the Maharashtra Sadan (state guest house in New Delhi) in USA for co-ordination of the activities in the state. According to Joshi, Mulay has asked Thane Commissioner to forward him brief of projects which require financial assistance.
|2016-01-14||Thane: Teenage girl's road accident reveals rape, pregnancy - IBNLive|
Thane: Teenage girl's road accident reveals rape, pregnancy Posted on: 02:54 PM IST Jan 14, 2016 Press Trust of India Thane: A minor girl was allegedly raped by a youth in the city and the crime came to light when she was involved in a road accident and found to be pregnant. The pregnancy of the 14-year-old girl came to light recently when she met with a road accident and had to be admitted to hospital, police said. The girl, her parents and younger sister lived on a footpath in the Wagle Estate locality of the city and collected and sold scrap material to earn a livelihood. On January 6, the girl was knocked down by a vehicle on the road. She suffered injuries in the mishap and was rushed to a hospital in Mulund. A case was then registered with the Shrenagar police station, Thane police PRO Gajanan Kabdule said. Later, as the girl complained of severe stomachache, she was shifted to Sion Hospital where on Monday the doctors conducted sonography which revealed that she was one-month pregnant, he said. The doctors took the girl into confidence and probed further when it was revealed that she was allegedly raped by a youth, Mehboob Sayeed (23), who used to target her at the Indira Nagar footpath, police said. Subsequently, the youth, who did did petty jobs like electrical wiring, was arrested yesterday and booked under section 376 (rape) of the IPC and sections 4, 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, police added.
|2016-01-14||Three booked in Thane for transporting bull for 'slaughter' - Mid-Day|
Three booked in Thane for transporting bull for 'slaughter' By PTI |Posted 14-Jan-2016 Three persons have been booked by police in neighbouring Thane district for allegedly transporting a bull in an SUV for slaughtering it, police said on Thursday. Notably, bull slaughtering is banned in Maharashtra. The three - identified as Intezar Ali Sheikh, Raju Ungli and Raju Lanka - have also booked under various charges, including attempt to murder, based on a complaint filed by animal activist Chetan Sharma on Wednesday. As the three accused were trying to transport the bull in a tranquilised state allegedly to a slaughter house in Mumbra township of Thane district in the early hours on Wednesday, Sharma and his bodyguard tried to stop them. But, the three allegedly attacked Sharma and his bodyguard, the activist said in his complaint filed with Taloja police in Thane. Later, the car of the accused got stuck in bushes on a roadside when they tried to escape. The three then came out of the vehicle and ran away taking advantage of the darkness, according to the complaint. Sharma's bodyguard then alerted the Taloja police who found the bull lying tied inside the car in a tranquilised condition. The police seized the vehicle, and also some injections apparently used to tranquilise the animal, a knife with blood stains, three mobile phones and sticks lying inside the car. An FIR was registered against the three under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) and 379 of the IPC, along with sections of Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Arms Act, an officer at Taloja police station said. A hunt is on to nab the three accused, he added. Meanwhile, Sharma said that the bull has been sent to a 'gaushala' and police are trying to trace its owner. Notably, the President granted assent to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act in February last year. While the original Act of 1976 banned slaughter of cows, the amendment prohibits slaughter of bulls and even possession and consumption of beef.
|2016-01-14||How VV Laxminarayan restored people's faith in Thane police - Daily News & Analysis|
How VV Laxminarayan restored people's faith in Thane police How VV Laxminarayan restored people's faith in Thane police Colleagues give a farewell to VV Laxminarayan (extreme left) at a press meet, on Wednesday (dna - Vibhav Birwatkar) 72
|2016-01-14||Thane Police ensure blind student gets to college safely every day - Mid-Day|
Thane Police ensure blind student gets to college safely every day By Faisal Tandel |Posted 4 hours After the 20-year-old complained to the joint commissioner of police about the challenges he faced in getting to college every day, a traffic constable was assigned to take him to college and back every day As 20-year-old visually challenged student Shivam Patil makes his daily journey to his Thane college, he is accompanied by his guardian angel in khaki the traffic constable who ferries him between home and college on his motorcycle every day. Constable Zuber Shamsuddin Tamboli ferries 20-year-old visually challenged student Shivam Bahusaheb Patil between college and home every day on his motorcycle, and ensures that he reaches the campus safely. The story of how Shivam got this unusual travel buddy is a heart-warming instance of how the police can sometimes go out of its way to help citizens. It all started with a complaint — Shivam, an SYJC student at the Joshi-Bedekar institute, was finding it tough to commute to his college ever since Thane Joint Commissioner of Police VV Lakshmi Narayana banned illegal private buses in November. When these buses were plying, he could board one near his house at Vijay Garden road and go all the way to Thane station (his college is located nearby) for a mere Rs 10-15. I used to board the bus in front of my house and was dropped near college. There were five drivers whom I knew and were always helpful, recalled Shivam. But when this facility was stripped from him, he had only two other options: he could either use the Thane Municipal Transport buses or the more expensive auto rickshaws. Auto drivers would often overcharge me. Every day, I would end up spending around R 400 travelling to and from college. On the other hand, the frequency of municipal buses was not good. Moreover, the bus stop is about half a kilometre away from my house, and there is a highway in between, which is very dangerous for me to cross, said Shivam. But when he called the police control room to complain about the inconvenience, the officials told him to call the Thane traffic police. A cynic would assume that the police would simply shrug shoulders and say it was not their problem, but the Thane control room patiently explained that the private buses had been taken off the roads because they were illegal and Joint CP Lakshmi Narayana had taken action against them. The cops went a step further and gave Shivam the personal mobile number of Lakshmi Narayana. I narrated my problem to the Jt CP and asked him to allow the bus service again, as it was the only affordable option for me. He refused, but then told me that he would do something to solve my problem and get back to me soon, added Shivam. Lakshmi Narayana kept his word. He informed Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Rashmi Karandikar about Shivam's problem and asked her to take care of him. Accordingly, a traffic constable attached with the Kasarvadavli unit was assigned the job of picking up and dropping Shivam every day. Constable companionConstable Zuber Shamsuddin Tamboli (28) takes great pride in having been assigned the job, and has been helping Shivam for the past 45 days. Senior Police Inspector Shreekant Shonde from the Kasarvadavli traffic unit, assigned me the job, and I am happy to do it. So far, I have solved a kidnapping case and have worked with the traffic department for more than two years and also did a lot of bandobast duty for VIPs, but I find this duty priceless, said Tamboli. He added, I realised he was special the very first day I met him. I picked him up at 8.45 am, and we were riding on my motorcycle when he said he could tell we had reached Majiwada junction because he could smell watermelon. That junction is actually famous for watermelon vendors, so I was surprised. Tamboli said even his wife was proud that he had been assigned this duty, even though she had complained about his long hours in the past. On January 10, it was my son, Ahaan's birthday. I took my wife and son to meet Shivam, and after meeting him and seeing his talent, my wife started crying. She finally appreciates the work I do, and says she will no longer get angry if I come home late. A grateful Shivam said, There is a common perception among the citizens that the police are our enemies. But if we try to understand them, we will learn that they are human beings too, and can be our friends. Not only do we sleep safely because of them, in my case, the constable helps me go to college every day, even though this is not the job of the police. Youth fights for Braille libraryThane could very well get its first Braille library thanks to Shivam, who approached his college administration demanding that a Braille section be set up in the library so that blind students can also read. Shivam also encouraged several other visually challenged students to enrol for college, and some day, wants to be a teacher himself. Shivam meets outgoing Joint CPOn Jt CP VV Lakshmi Narayana’s last day in office yesterday, several well-wishers turned up to meet him. Among them was young Shivam, who met the Jt CP for the first time. Lakshmi Narayana has been transferred as Additional Director General of Police (Administration) and will be replaced as Jt CP by Ashutosh Dumbre. Recently transferred Thane Joint CP VV Lakshmi Narayana Shivam thanked him for all his help and gifted the policeman a pen and two star brooches. Such policemen do good work for the public. When they are transferred, the common man suffers in the end, said the 20-year-old. The boy approached us with his complaint about the inconvenience he was facing, so, we arranged for a police constable to drop him to school and back. I try to help each person who visits me with a problem, said Lakshmi Narayana.
|2016-01-13||Thane to go hoarding free following orders from Municipal Commissioner - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane to go hoarding free following orders from Municipal Commissioner Thane to go hoarding free following orders from Municipal Commissioner (File Photo) 11
|2016-01-13||MCPS board votes to offer Thane 3-year superintendent contract - The Missoulian|
MCPS board votes to offer Thane 3-year superintendent contract Jan 12, 2016 The Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees used its first regular meeting of 2016 to officially offer Mark Thane the position of superintendent. Thane technically has been serving as the district's interim superintendent since June of 2015, after the previous superintendent, Alex Apostle, left the district. Following a closed-door executive session to conduct Thane’s performance evaluation, the board unanimously voted to drop the interim title by offering him a three-year contract as superintendent. “In a time when there’s going to be so much change, it’s nice to have a sense that there will be some stability,” trustee Grace Decker said. Following a period of discussion on what the specific terms of Thane’s contract will be, the board chose to wait until its next meeting to vote on factors like compensation. As interim superintendent, Thane was making $145,000 per year plus $22,500 that was placed in a tax-sheltered annuity. While the board did not vote on the matter, the general consensus of the discussion was that the value of Thane’s compensation package should not be less than it was during his time in the interim role. “I would like to see him have what he needs to have and recognize that he’s a valuable piece of our school district,” trustee Ann Wake said. Thane said he has greatly enjoyed his time as the interim superintendent, and looks forward to continuing to work hard for the district. “This is a great community and a great school district, and I would be honored to be able to continue to serve in this capacity,” he said. The only request he asked of the board as it was deciding compensation was rather than select what the salary would be for each year of his contract, he would rather they chose an amount for the first year and that in following years he simply receive the same pay increases afforded to the rest of the district’s staff members. *** Officially offering the job of superintendent wasn’t the only matter the board decided Tuesday. In his superintendent's comments, Thane included some updates on the status of various projects related to the $158 million in school bonds voters passed in November. Among them were that this week, members of the education innovation teams at Lowell and Franklin elementary schools would receive an update on the designs for the renovation and rebuilding of those schools. JCM Architecture also was announced as the firm to design improvements at Chief Charlo, the Vocational Agriculture Center and the Jefferson building, with A&E Architecture slated to design the Paxson project and CTA Architects working on the expansion at Seeley-Swan High School. The district also is negotiating to purchase a piece of land directly to the north of Hellgate High School that it currently leases. The district hopes to use the land for the expansion of the school. Thane said MCPS is also still exploring options, including one in the Lower Miller Creek area, for a relocation of Cold Springs Elementary School. In a matter related to the bonds, the board voted to extend a lease at the Mount Jumbo building to Walla Walla College. Originally, the college had planned to vacate the building by the end of December, but ran into issues with its new location. The extension of the lease gives the college until the end of March to leave the building, and allows MCPS staff to enter it and begin to conduct some of the work that will prepare Mount Jumbo to act as swing space for students from Lowell Elementary School during its construction, planned to start in June. The school board also was presented with an update on the district's plan to upgrade its Internet connectivity and the information network between its buildings. Hatton Littman, director of technology and communications for MCPS, laid out four different approaches to the issue that the district is accepting requests for proposals for. "It's been a solid two years of talking about how this district receives Internet service and how it connects its buildings," Littman said. The different potential strategies included various ways the district could lease fiber optic cable from private companies up to the district choosing to build its own fiber network. The district pays around $176,000 per year for connections between buildings and another $96,000 annually for Internet service. The different approaches would lead to a potential reduction in cost, increase in speed or both. Littman said the deadline for proposals regarding the connectivity issue is Feb. 3.
|2016-01-13||Thane: Serial Killer Vijay Palande Aces Exam On Gandhian Principles - NDTV|
Thane: Serial Killer Vijay Palande Aces Exam On Gandhian Principles Mumbai | Sailee Dhayalkar, Mid day.com | Updated: January 13, 2016 10:26 IST Vijay Palande is also allegedly a member of underworld don Santosh Shetty's gang. Mahatma Gandhi is considered the foremost exponent of non-violence so it's nothing short of ironic that an accused serial killer has aced an exam on Gandhian principles. Vijay Palande (48), who is accused of four murders and was allegedly a member of underworld don Santosh Shetty's gang, clinched the second rank in the Gandhism exam conducted at Thane jail. But while this feat may come across as a sign of successful reformation in prison or an extensive study of Gandhism over time, Palande unabashedly admits that he only studied the principles for a few days. "I had appeared for an exam on Gandhi after one of the inmates suggested it to me. I studied for just a few days, and have heard that I aced the exam. I am happy about that," he told mid-day. The exam was conducted for inmates at Thane jail on November 28, by the Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal. Around 98 prisoners appeared for the test, which was based on Gandhi's life and beliefs. Palande scored 66 marks out of 80 and ranked second in the category for inmates who have completed education between Std XI to graduation. Cheating accused Ramesh Israni, who scored 70 marks, came first in the same category. Thane Central Jail Superintendent Nitin Yachal said, "There were a total of 98 inmates who appeared for the exams. A special programme will be conducted to hand over the passing certificates to all of them very soon."
|2016-01-13||Audi India inaugurates its seventh showroom in Maharashtra at Thane - Overdrive|
Audi India inaugurates its seventh showroom in Maharashtra at Thane By Team OD German luxury car brand Audi has now opened its seventh showroom in the state of Maharashtra at Ghodbunder road, Thane. Audi is the first luxury car manufacturer to open up a showroom in the region. Earlier Navnit BMW used to import vehicles and sell it through their showroom in Thane. Audi India hopes to take the lead in catering to the demand for luxury cars in the emerging market of Thane, the facility is also set to become the biggest Audi workshop in Maharashtra with the capacity to service 40 cars a day. The luxury brand came to India in 2007 and offers a range of products across segments, from mid-size sedans like A3 to full sized SUVs such as the Q7 and supercars like the R8 Spyder. The company considers the state of Maharashtra as a high potential market for their cars and aims to be ready for the rising demand for luxury cars. Joe King, head, Audi India said, Maharashtra is increasingly becoming an important business hub for Audi with theever-rising demand for luxury cars. Seven showrooms spread across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, and now Thane will add to the success story of Audi in the Western region of India. Our entry into Thane is an acknowledgement of the growing potential of this market. People want to commute in class and style and we are extremely excited to be the first luxury car manufacturer to reach out to Audi enthusiasts here. These emerging towns of Maharashtra are displaying an increasing appetite for Audi cars and are the new hubs of luxury.ť
|2016-01-13||Thane; Three of family die in fire; police suspect murder - Mid-Day|
Thane; Three of family die in fire; police suspect murder By PTI |Posted 13-Jan-2016 Thane: A man and his two minor children died of burn injuries while his 32-year-old wife is battling for her life in a tragedy police suspect was caused during a domestic quarrel. A murder case has been registered in this regard as police said that the husband may have set his wife and children on fire before committing suicide by self-immolation. The four members of the family, among them a toddler, were found unconscious with burn injuries in the wee hours yesterday at their house at a chawl in Ambernath township of the district. Police said today that the head of the family, Sanjay Choudhary (35), and his son, one-year-old Anuj, died late last night while his daughter Rani (8) died today. His wife, Madhvi, is in an unconscious condition at JJ Hospital in Mumbai. "Police have registered offences under Sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC against Chaudhary as we suspect that he allegedly set his son, daughter and wife on fire before committing self-immolation," said Ambernath police station Assistant Inspector PK Pasalkar. Police said Chaudhary, who hailed from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, came here some four months back and resided with his family at the 'chawl' (housing colony) in Buvapada locality. He worked at a garments factory in the Ambarnath Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation area. According to police, Chaudhary was a drunkard and often used to get into arguments with his wife. They suspect that Sunday's incident might have occurred in a fit of rage.
|2016-01-13||Audi inaugurates new dealership in Thane - Zigwheels.com|
Audi inaugurates new dealership in Thane Audi becomes the first luxury car maker to open a dealership in Thane, their seventh in Maharashtra RECOMMENDATIONS Delhi Auto Expo 2016: Organisers Expecting 6 Lakh Plus Visitors Audi inaugurates new dealership in Rajkot New Audi Q7 to be launched in India on December 10 Audi's expansion plans continue in 2016 as the brand inaugurates its seventh dealership in Maharashta in Thane. The four ring brand is the first luxury car maker to set up shop in Thane. The dealership was inaugurated by Joe King, Head, Audi India and Gautam Modi, Dealer Principal, Audi Thane in the presence of Bollywood actor Ileana D'Cruz. Gracing the occasion, Joe King, Head, Audi India said, Maharashtra is increasingly becoming an important business hub for Audi with the ever-rising demand for luxury cars. Seven showrooms spread across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, and now Thane will add to the success story of Audi in the Western region of India. These emerging towns of Maharashtra are displaying an increasing appetite forAudi cars and are the new hubs of luxury. This new dealership has the biggest Audi workshop in the Mumbai region with a capacity of 40 cars a day. With 11,192 units sold in 2015, Audi has had a pretty decent year and now plans to keep the momentum going by unveiling three new models at the 2016 Auto Expo in February. The German luxury car maker will bring in the New Generation Audi R8 V10, the A8L Security and the Prologue Concept at the 2016 Auto Expo next month. By Team Zig Wheels Posted on January 13, 2016 11:03 IST
|2016-01-13||Thane offered 3-year contract as MCPS Superintendent - KPAX-TV|
Thane offered 3-year contract as MCPS Superintendent Posted: Jan 14, 2016 2:51 AM IST Updated: Jan 14, 2016 2:51 AM IST MISSOULA - Missoula County Public School Superintendent Mark Thane no longer needs the "interim" tag. He has been offered a three-year contract and says he's excited to continue leading the school system as the official Superintendent. "I'm just excited to do the work," Thane said. "There's a lot to be done, we're excited about the bond projects, but in addition to that we have a lot of educational programs that need to be attended to and so continuing that work with this wonderful community and staff is going to be really exciting for me." Thane had served as interim Superintendent for six months. His salary and other details of the contract will be discussed at the next MCPS board meeting in late January, and then Thane can officially sign the agreement.
|2016-01-12||9 Thane artists' work on display at platography expo - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-12||Joint CP Thane VV Laxminarayana promoted to ADG, transferred - Mid-Day|
Joint CP Thane VV Laxminarayana promoted to ADG, transferred By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 12-Jan-2016 Thane Joint Commissioner of Police V V Laxminarayana was transferred as Additional Director General of Police, Administration, and Ashutosh Dumbre was appointed in his place. Laxminarayana was very popular among Thane residents as he had brought under control corruption and bar owners, especially dance bar owners were afraid of him and he was the one whose efforts had led to the arrest of four corporators in builder Suraj Parmar's suicide case. Laxminarayan had investigated several high profile cases even before being posted to Thane like illegal mining OMC Scandal, Emaar Properties scam, Satyam scandal and disproportionate assets case against Karnataka's YS Jaganmohan Reddy and he did the same in Thane as well. Laxminarayana who is a non-corrupt and honest officer and this is what happens to such officers. They are transferred to side postings, said a senior officer. It was due to Laxminarayana's efforts that the four corporators were arrested in the Suraj Parmar case and the builder got some justice. The dance bar owners were afraid of him since he would conduct surprise visits and had even cancelled several bar licenses. He used to never meet dance bar owners and he was very strict with them, said another officer. Laxminarayana even transferred 58 corrupt Thane police officers last year. He booked a DCP's orderly when he fired in a hotel just to show how powerful he was. Most of the gambling dens in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivali had stopped operating since he took charge and if at all any were running they were all hidden. There was some kind of fear among policemen about Laxminarayana, said another police officer. There was always a queue of visitors outside Laxminarayan's office as people considered him fair. Laxminarayana was posted as Joint CP Thane from February, 2014. Lakshminarayana, who was recently promoted to the post of Additional Director General of Police, is an IPS officer of 1990-batch.
|2016-01-11||Molesters made to clean streets in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
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|2016-01-11||Mentally-Ill Woman Gang-Raped in Thane, Five Arrested - NDTV|
Mentally-Ill Woman Gang-Raped in Thane, Five Arrested Others | Press Trust of India | Updated: January 11, 2016 22:40 IST A 22-year-old mentally-ill girl from Thane's Lokmanya Nagar area was allegedly gang-raped by four persons, just after she was sexually assaulted by another man, police said today. All the five accused have been arrested by police, although their identities have not been revealed so far.The incident had taken place on January 8 night and the arrests were made following a complaint lodged by the victim's family. "The five accused, arrested yesterday, were produced before a local magistrate today who remanded them in police custody till January 16," Thane police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said. According to police, the incident had taken place when the victim's mother sent her to a flour mill around 8 pm. However, instead of going to the mill, the victim went to the house of her sister's neighbour, who is a fruit-seller by profession. "The man, who was alone at home, took her inside and then sexually assaulted her. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed it to anybody," Mr Kabdule said. Later, on her way home, an autorickshaw driver offered to drop her and asked her to get into the vehicle. "The driver took her to a secluded place near Lok Manyanagar bus stop and called his three friends there. All of them consumed liquor and also forced her to drink it. Thereafter, they pushed her into a stationary tempo parked nearby and raped her," Mr Kabdule said. "Later, the rickshaw driver drove her to a place near her house in the wee hours and also gave her his mobile number saying he would call her back," the policeman added. Meanwhile, her mother started looking for her daughter as the girl did not return home and filed a missing person report with Vartak Nagar police station. However, when the girl returned home early next morning, the family members asked her where she had been. The girl managed to explain to her mother through gestures what she went through, police said. The next day, her mother took the girl to the police station and lodged a complaint, after which a case was registered. While four of the accused have been charged for gang-rape, kidnapping and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, the fruit-seller has been booked for rape. Further investigation into the case is on, police said.
|2016-01-11||Thane's prepaid auto service may get more women drivers - Times of India|
Thane's prepaid auto service may get more women drivers Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 11, 2016, 10.09 PM IST Thane: The city transport department is mulling to rope in women drivers to pilot the prepaid auto service being operated in the lake city. According to transport officials, the prepaid facility, which is also the first to be introduced in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, started operations and has received good response with more women commuters opting for it. It was launched in May 2015. Nearly seven out of every ten passengers using the facility are women, transport officials said, citing a survey's data. The figures reveal that of the 3,500 commuters, who used the service, 2,800 were females. "The response to the prepaid facility has been good and we have many women who opt for this facility to travel within the city. Female commuters feel safe while travelling in such services as the records of the drivers are available with us. There is also no scope of overcharging. We are now planning to introduce women drivers for this service too," Hemangi Patil, Thane deputy regional transport official, said. The Thane RTO has got good response from women drivers, who have applied for auto permits to operate in the city. Around 365 of the 548 women from the state, who applied for the freshly released permits online till Friday, were from Thane region. Transport officials say women commuters from the city won't mind paying more for the sake of their safety. This was also found in a survey conducted recently by the Thane office. The prepaid system introduced for the first time in the MMR at Thane assures safety for female passengers as details of the drivers and their photographs are available with the authorities. However, the system is almost 20% costly compared to the regular fares. Different fares based on distance slabs have been fixed and are displayed at the counter. "We have been suggesting the prepaid service to our friends and relatives. We feel there is an assurance of safety and drivers cannot cheat passengers who are new to the city. The facility should also be started for those who travel late at night. More women drivers should also be inducted for the service," Sunita Narvekar, a resident of Vartak Nagar, said.
|2016-01-11||4 of Family Found Unconscious with Burn Injuries in Thane - The New Indian Express|
4 of Family Found Unconscious with Burn Injuries in Thane By PTI Published: 11th January 2016 07:33 PM Last Updated: 11th January 2016 07:33 PM THANE: Four members of a family, including a toddler, were found in an unconscious state with burn injuries, inside their house in the wee hours today at Ambarnath township in the district, police said.Around 3 AM, locals saw smoke coming out of the house of 35-year-old Sanjay Choudhary in Buvapada colony, Thane police official Gajanan Kabdule said.According to police, it may be that Sanjay allegedly attempted suicide and tried to kill his family members. As the house door was locked, the locals including the neighbours broke it and entered the house. They found four persons Sanjay, his wife Madhavi (32) and their children Rani (8) and Anuj (1) lying on the floor in an unconscious state with burn injuries, he said.They were rushed to Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar and later shifted to the JJ Hospital in Mumbai and are battling for life, he added.Police officials said Sanjay, who hailed from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh came here some four months back and resided with his family at a 'chawl' (housing colony) in Buvapada locality.He worked with a garment factory in the Ambarnath Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation area.No case has been registered in this regard till now and investigations are underway, police said.
|2016-01-11||Four of family found unconscious with burn injuries in Thane - Mid-Day|
Four of family found unconscious with burn injuries in Thane By PTI |Posted 11-Jan-2016 Thane: Four members of a family, including a toddler, were found in an unconscious state with burn injuries, inside their house in the wee hours today at Ambarnath township in the district, police said. Around 3 AM, locals saw smoke coming out of the house of 35-year-old Sanjay Choudhary in Buvapada colony, Thane police official Gajanan Kabdule said. According to police, it may be that Sanjay allegedly attempted suicide and tried to kill his family members. "As the house door was locked, the locals including the neighbours broke it and entered the house. They found four persons Sanjay, his wife Madhavi (32) and their children Rani (8) and Anuj (1) lying on the floor in an unconscious state with burn injuries," he said. They were rushed to Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar and later shifted to the JJ Hospital in Mumbai and are battling for life, he added. Police officials said Sanjay, who hailed from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh came here some four months back and resided with his family at a 'chawl' (housing colony) in Buvapada locality. He worked with a garment factory in the Ambarnath Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation area. No case has been registered in this regard till now and investigations are underway, police said.
|2016-01-10||Theft gang busted in Thane; 8 held - Business Standard|
Theft gang busted in Thane; 8 held Thane Last Updated at January 10, 2016 13:48 IST With the arrest of eight persons, Thane Police claimed to have busted a gang allegedly involved in thefts by cooking up stories of robbery. The police got the first lead into the case by apprehending a truck driver and its cleaner last week when they tried to mislead the cops by saying that their steel-laden vehicle was robbed on highway in Thane, DCP-Zone I Sachin Patil told reporters here last night. He said that on January 1, a truck carrying steel pipes weighing about 5.50 tonnes valued at around Rs 13.34 lakhs was dispatched from a godown of a company at Bhiwandi in Thane for Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai. However, the truck did not reach the destination. Instead, the next day, truck driver Ramdayal Chowdhari and cleaner Mohammad Rafique lodged a complaint of robbery with Shil-Daighar police station. They informed the police that there was a highway robbery wherein some miscreants waylaid the truck, pulled out both of them, tied them up and then fled with the truck containing the steel pipes, the police official said. The probe team, lead by senior police inspector Krishna Katkar, sensing something amiss took Chowdhari and Rafique into custody. During interrogation, they revealed that infact they had "cooked" up the story of robbery and that the truck was never waylaid and looted, he said. It was ascertained that the duo had taken the truck to a godown at Kalamboli and unloaded the consignment there to be shifted elsewhere and disposed, police said. Subsequently, the police arrested the duo and six of their other gang members on Friday, who were allegedly involved in an inter-state robbery racket, and recovered the full stock from the godown at Kalamboli, police said. Among those arrested, are the gang leader Mustaq Abdul Khan and godown owner Kewaram Patel, police added.
|2016-01-10||Audi drives into Thane; set to open showroom soon - Business Standard|
Audi drives into Thane; set to open showroom soon Audi Thane is also the first-ever luxury car showroom to be opened by any luxury car manufacturer in the area Mumbai Last Updated at January 10, 2016 14:05 IST Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, opened Audi Thane, its seventh showroom in Maharashtra. Audi Thane is also the first-ever luxury car showroom to be opened by any luxury car manufacturer in the area and with this Audi India has taken a lead in increasing its presence in this high demand and growth potential region of Maharashtra. The Audi Thane showroom was inaugurated by Joe King, Head, Audi India and Gautam Modi, Dealer Principal, Audi Thane (Krishiv Motors Pvt Ltd.). "Maharashtra is increasingly becoming an important business hub for Audi with the ever-rising demand for luxury cars. Seven showrooms spread across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, and now Thane will add to the success story of Audi in the Western region of India. Our entry into Thane is an acknowledgement of the growing potential of this market," said Joe King, Head Audi, India. "People want to commute in class and style and we are extremely excited to be the first luxury car manufacturer to reach out to Audi enthusiasts here. These emerging towns of Maharashtra are displaying an increasing appetite for Audi cars and are the new hubs of luxury," added Joe King. "Association with Audi is an epitome of success for the people who have arrived in life on their own grit and passion. We are proud to begin our association with Audi's first dealership in Thane. The Audi Thane team is committed to deliver and delight the customers through an extraordinary experience as delivered by any other Audi dealership in the world." said Gautam Modi, Dealer Principal, Audi Thane (Krishiv Motors Pvt. Ltd.). The Audi model range in India includes the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A8 L, Audi Q3, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi TT Coupe, Audi S4, Audi S5 Sportback among others. The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. The company is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. In the second half of 2016, Audi will start production of the Q5 in San Jose Chiapa (Mexico). In 2014, the latest full financial year, the Audi Group delivered to customers approximately 1.74 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 2,530 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and approximately 45,000 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. AUDI AG achieved total revenue of 53.8 billion euro and an operating profit of 5.15 billion euro in 2014. At present, more than 80,000 people work for the company all over the world, 58,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on new products and sustainable technologies for the future of mobility.
|2016-01-10||Special bus services to tackle two-day mega block - NYOOOZ|
Special bus services to tackle two-day mega block TOI Thane Sun,10 Jan 2016 Thane: The civic transport undertakings from the district will operate special bus services to and from Thane railway station during two-day Central Railway mega block on Saturday and Sunday. Accordingly, a meeting between transport officials and Eknath Shinde, guardian minister was conducted on Friday where it was decided to operate special buses from Thane station. The bus services will be of help to residents travelling to nearby cities," said an official from the TMC. As per the plans, around 15 Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses would be deployed on inter-city routes so that commuters can reach their respective destinations with ease. Meanwhile, the move is likely to affect intra-city services as the TMT already has less fleet plying city streets on any given day.
|2016-01-09||Audi opens its first showroom in Thane, seventh in Maharashtra - Daily News & Analysis|
Audi opens its first showroom in Thane, seventh in Maharashtra Date published: Saturday, 9 January 2016 - 4:41pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: ANI
|2016-01-09||Conviction rate up by 1% in Thane, but second last in state - Times of India|
Conviction rate up by 1% in Thane, but second last in state Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 10, 2016, 02.23 AM IST Thane: The Thane police commissionerate has shown a slight improvement in its conviction rate during 2014 having secured a term in 8.6 per cent cases as against 7.6 per cent in 2013. Nonetheless, the Thane police rank second last among the nine police commissionerate of the state in the convictions, according to the annual crime report released by the Criminal Investigation Department recently. Under the Thane police commissionerate, a total of 93,535 cases were pending at the end of 2014 which includes the pending cases from previous years, however, the trail in 1,928 cases were completed and only 168 of the accused were convicted while 1,760 were discharged or acquitted in the case. Speaking to TOI, a police official said, "Blaming only police or investigation officer is inappropriate, as witnesses turn hostile in court, which is why the cases are weakened and tilted towards accused." A senior cop confidently shared that the number of convictions in the following years are likely to rise under Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh who has been relatively strict with the implementations of the guidelines laid to increase the conviction rate. The officer added that lack of evidences, benefit of doubt and some of the technical issues, too, favours the accused. The separate investigations units have been established in every police station for the sessions case. Earlier insufficient staff present at the police was overburdened with numerous cases. "With the spurt in the population, the crime rate is obvious to go up and the pressure piles up on the officers and to some extent hamper the investigation and due to which the chargesheet is not filed in a particular case," another officer informed TOI.
|2016-01-09||Thane police fares poorly in filing chargesheets - Times of India|
Thane police fares poorly in filing chargesheets Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 10, 2016, 02.24 AM IST Thane: The Thane police appears to have fared poorly in filing charge sheets in criminal offences as no charge sheet was filed against 45 per cent of the cases in 2014. Chargesheet is a crucial document used to nail the offenders and put him behind bars. The annual crime report 2014 compiled by the state CID says that chargesheet was filed against just 55 per cent cases that were filed in the year 2014. In contrast, all other police commissionerates across the state saw an impressive percentage of filing of chargesheets which was in the range of 60 to 70 per cent. As per the law, filing chargesheet within 90 days is applicable in the sessions cases or in major offences where the punishment is over seven years. For all other cases, with punishment less than seven years is a duration of 60 days. "The delay in filing the chargesheet directly works in favour of the offender, especially those involved in serious offences. If the chargesheet is filed in a stipulated time the courts can frame the charges and the trial can start without delay,'' an official said. But the Thane police have given minimal importance to the criminal cases directly affecting probe and outcome of a case. A police officer informed that the rate of filing chargesheet is directly based on the number of detections and arrests made in a case, however, most of the cases are left undetected and are kept under investigations and the charge sheet is not filed. It was last year from July 1, dedicated investigation units (IU) to probe serious offences tried by the session's court was created at every police station in the state on the directions of Supreme Court's guidelines. The main objective was to ensure timely disposal of such cases and up the conviction rate in accordance with suitable manpower and segregating them exclusively for investigation could give a rise in filing chargesheet in timely disposal of the case, said a police officer.
|2016-01-08||6 of 10 women opting for auto permit in state from Thane - Times of India|
6 of 10 women opting for auto permit in state from Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 8, 2016, 10.59 PM IST Thane: Nearly six of every ten women who applied for an auto permit in the state this year is from Thane. Transport officials inform that with more women likely to join the fray, their ambitious plans to start ladies special autos in Thane will soon be a reality. Around 365 of the total 548 women who applied for the freshly released permits online till Friday were from Thane region. Rest of the applications under the five per cent quota reserved for women are from other 13 regions of the state. The Thane transport department says they are glad that large number of women are coming out to participate in the draw. "We have received nearly 365 applications from Thane region, which is nearly 70% of the total response by women across the state. We are hopeful of issuing them the permits soon," said dy RTO, Hemangini Patil. The Thane transport department has been pursuing with the MMRTA to operate ladies special autos. A formal okay from the authority, the officials planned to promote this exclusive service that could be driven by women and be hired by women only. A separate colour code was proposed for these vehicles to identify them on the roads. Once implemented, Thane could possibly be first in state with female-driven auto.
|2016-01-08||Violent crimes in Thane city only second to Gadchiroli - Times of India|
Violent crimes in Thane city only second to Gadchiroli Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 9, 2016, 12.00 AM IST Thane: The Gucchait family's plans for a long vacation during the summer of 2014 was shattered when their 12-year-old son mysteriously disappeared from their home in Sundar Nagar complex, Kalyan, on April 17. A day later, Rohan was found dead, in a nullah at the APMC flower market. In another horrifying incident, a 24-year-old newly married Priyanka Jagtap was stabbed to death by her obsessed lover, Dipesh Dodhad, in May 2015 when she was on her way to the exam centre. Violent crimes, once a rarity in the working class suburban neighbourhood, appears to be soaring in the Thane police commissionerate jurisdiction. The boom towns of Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi and Ulhasnagar are now gaining notoriety as the wild west of Maharashtra. "The percentage of violent crime, including murder, attempt to murder, robbery, dacoity, etc, vis-a-vis other crimes in the state was 13.04 per cent in 2014. Thane city's record of violent crimes in that year was 20 per cent, which is above the state average. In fact, what is alarming is Thane's violent crime graph is just a notch lower than that of the Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district where the violent crime during the same year was 20.57 per cent,'' a police official quoting the annual crime report authored by the state CID told TOI. The incidents of robbery tops the list of violent crimes registered during 2014 with a total of 1,315 cases registered in the 33 police stations spanning Thane-Klayna-Bhiwandi-Badlapur townships. The cartel involved in child trafficking, kidnapping and abduction has been another big concern for the Thane police as 435 children mysteriously disappeared. A total of 117 murders were reported in the city in 2014, and the primary motive of the murdered being personal vendetta as well as illicit relationship, the report states. The rising violent crime, according to police is attributed to spurt in population and peculiar geographical location of the commissionerate. According to a senior police officer, parts of cities and mushrooming townships especially the illegal pockets falling under Thane police commissionerate is the amalgamation of rural and cosmopolitan culture. "The fast-changing demography of the city and the influx of migrants has triggered a spurt in violent crime in the region," a police officer informed. The scarcity of resources and the handful of staff face tough time while dealing with the crime rate. "Insufficient police strength under a single police station is possibly the prime reason of hampering the effective crime control measures in Thane though the recent crackdown on the criminal element has put on the brakes to an extent," said a police official. Another police claimed that inter-state gangs has now stretched their features in the key cities and vanish to other states which causes ordeal to crack cases also these leads them to carry out crime fearlessly. The citizens, however, differ with the opinion and section of them claim that the political patronage to the goons leads to the rise in the violent crimes. "There has to be a proper mechanism to thoroughly check the backgrounds of new people who have arrived in a particular area and have started residing there. Practically, the participation of citizens in keeping a check on anti-social elements is key with the support of the police," said Kiran Jadhav, a Khopat resident.
|2016-01-08||Thane's Sanskruti Arts Festival kickstarts today - I am in dna of India|
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|2016-01-07||Molesters ordered to sweep Thane roads as punishment - Mumbai Mirror|
Molesters ordered to sweep Thane roads as punishment Mumbai Mirror | Jan 8, 2016, 12.23 AM IST Milind More and Amit Adkhale Mumbai Mirror Bureau The Bombay High Court on Thursday came out with an innovative way of dealing with a case of attempted murder and molestation where the victim had consented for setting aside the case against the accused. While granting the relief, the court directed the four accused to sweep public roads in Thane for six months. The division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice VL Achliya, on Thursday accepted the offer of sweeping the roads from accused Ankit Jadhav, Suhas Thakur, Milind More and Amit Adkhale. The court, however, doubled the duration mentioned on behalf of the accused from three months to six. The four were accused of molestation and attempt to murder in October last year, but had approached the court seeking to quash the case contending that the victim family had agreed to the same. "Will sweeping the roads clean the dirt in your mind as well? That is something that needs to happen," asked the bench. The court then turned towards the victims and inquired if they had consented for quashing of the case. The reply was affirmative after which the court passed the order. The petition mentioned that if the court agreed to quash the case, the accused will do community service and something good for the society. An officer from the Naupada police station - where the original case was registered has been directed to monitor the community service by the accused. The accused are supposed to perform the job between 7 and 11 am and then between 4 and 7pm every Sunday for the next six months. The case against the accused was that they molested a lady during the Dussehra procession in October last year. Noticing this, another member of the procession intervened and tried to stop the accused, after which they beat him up with rods. A case was then registered at the Naupada police station. The accused have also been directed to pay Rs 5,000 each to the Tata Memorial Hospital.
|2016-01-07||Charitable trust-run hospitals under Thane Municipal Corporation's scanner - Daily News & Analysis|
Charitable trust-run hospitals under Thane Municipal Corporation's scanner Charitable trust-run hospitals under Thane Municipal Corporation's scanner By Naveeta Singh Date published: Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 6:45am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna
|2016-01-07||227 Children Reunited With Parents in Thane - The New Indian Express|
227 Children Reunited With Parents in Thane By PTI Published: 07th January 2016 03:19 PM Last Updated: 07th January 2016 03:19 PM THANE: As many as 227 children were reunited with their parents in the last six months under a family restoration programme Muskan of the Thane Police here. Under the programme, the parents and family members of children who were found loitering, begging or doing errand jobs, engaged in child labour or lodged at remand homes weretraced, a release said. The Child Protection Unit of Thane Police Commissionerate ran the programme which ended in December 2015. In this social initiative, 8 missing children and 35 kidnapped children were traced and reunited with their family. A team of officials located the parents of 58 children lodged in remand homes and about 41 children who were found at public places like railway stations and bus stands. As many as 35 child labourers and 44 children who were found begging were counselled before restoring them to their families. Four children have been lodged at a remand home here as the team failed to locate their parents, the release said. The police efforts also brought two special children to their parents, it said.
|2016-01-07||Reprieve, but repent first - HC orders accused Thane youths to sweep roads - Free Press Journal|
Reprieve, but repent first, HC orders accused Thane youths to sweep roads By FPJ Web Desk, Jan 07, 2016 06:24 pm The Bombay High Court came out with a rather innovative order while quashing aside a case of molestation and attempted murder against four youths. The High Court today directed four young men accused of molestation and attempted murder to sweep public roads in Thane once a week for the next six months. The High Court granted them relief by way of quashing of the attempt to murder and molestation case registered against them in October 2015, as the petitioners had reached an amicable settlement with the complainants. However, in hindsight, it seems like the HC did not wanted the accused youths to go free. Hence, announced a order asking them to sweep public roads in Thane for eight hours every Sunday for the next six months. A police officer from Naupada police station has been told to monitor if they are following the court order. The four accused are Ankit Jadhav, Suhas Thakur, Milind More and Amit Adkhale.
|2016-01-07||First-time ever: Thane woman driver gets autorickshaw permit - Times of India|
First-time ever: Thane woman driver gets autorickshaw permit Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 7, 2016, 10.45 PM IST THANE: Local resident Janhavi Awate has become the first woman from Thane to get an auto permit. Awate has been already driving the auto rickshaw for last several years, but now she has her own permit. She had applied for a permit last time in 2015, but did not get one. Her name featured first in the waiting list and following that she received the papers on Thursday. Coincidentally, the state has recently released 35,000 permits for autos in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region of which around five per cent have been reserved for women. "She is the first woman to hold an auto permit in Thane. We are encouraging more women to apply for permits and drive autos," said Hemangini Patil, dy RTO, Thane.
|2016-01-06||MLA backs for odd-even plan in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
MLA backs for odd-even plan in Thane MLA backs for odd-even plan in Thane By Naveeta Singh Date published: Wednesday, 6 January 2016 - 7:15am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna 10
|2016-01-06||Best of music, art & food in Thane from Jan 8-10 - Times of India|
Best of music, art & food in Thane from Jan 8-10 TNN | Jan 6, 2016, 10.38 PM IST Thane: Be it the soulful performances of musical divas, the rare sight of the famous paintings and sculptures under one pavilion, or the experience of listening to music while floating above a beautiful lake surrounded by hills and forest, the Times Sanskruti Festival 2016 is set to mesmerise art lovers this weekend. The festival, to be held at Upvan Lake between January 8 and 10, will showcase an awe-inspiring massive aquarium and a mobile planetarium to further deepen the experience of the cultural bonanza. "We are going to build a floating stage on the lake and a unique aquarium that will house species of fish from across the world that have never been seen before. The main stage will have a seating capacity of 7,000 people which will host the performance of celebrity artist Salim and Sulaiman on Friday evening, Shalmali Kholgade on Saturday and Benny Dayal on Sunday evening." The youth stage will showcase established artists as well as rock and classical performances by youth bands of India. Art lovers will get a chance to see rare and famous paintings and sculptures from old masters and renowned artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Baburao Painter, Sanjay Shelar, Pramod Kurlekar and many more at the Times Sanskruti Arts Festival. A mobile planetarium is being set up by the Nehru Planetarium Authorities to attract students and visitors to get a view of the Galaxy. Tickets for the performances of celebrity artists Salim and Sulaiman, Shalmali Kholgade and Benny Dayal between January 8 and 10 will be available at Book My Show, Hotel Vihang's Inn, Vihang's Palm Club, Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Gadkari Rangayatan, Viviana Mall and Sanskruti Arts Festival Office, Upavan Lake.
|2016-01-06||Mahindra Imperio launched at Rs 6.25 lakh (ex Thane) - ETAuto.com|
Mahindra Imperio launched at Rs 6.25 lakh (ex Thane). ETAuto 06 January 2016, 4:43 PM IST NEW DELHI: Mahindra has launched its premium pick-up Imperio, priced at Rs 6.25 lakh (ex-showroom Thane, for Single cabin BS3 variant) the company informed in a statement. It will be available in four variants - two single-cabin options (SC, SC-VX) and two double-cabin options (DC, DC-VX) and in three metallic colours of Lava Red, Verve Blue and Arctic White.Powered by a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine with common rail technology, the Imperio offers 75 hp and a 220 Nm of torque with maximum payload of 1,240 kilograms. Speaking at the launch, Pravin Shah, President Chief Executive (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra, said, "In keeping with our endeavour of offering first of its kind world class products, we have launched the Imperio today which lays a strong foundation for an entirely new generation of pickups. A true 'Make-in-India' vehicle, I am confident that together with being a game changer, the Imperio will go a long way in helping our customers to prosper and Rise". Imperio comes equipped with some class-leading technology features such as Fuel Smart technology, independent front suspension, brake with LSPV, follow-me-home lights, keyless entry, and telematics compatibility. Mahindra Imperio caters to the small and medium businesses transportation needs, and is to be rolled out from the company's Chakan plant.
|2016-01-06||From games to medical check-ups, Rotary Kopri Fest 2016 in Thane has it all! - I am in dna of India|
From games to medical check-ups, Rotary Kopri Fest 2016 in Thane has it all! Trending News Wednesday, 06 January 2016 - 5:41pm IST | Rupali Shinde The Rotary Kopri Fest 2016 will be held in Thane East from January 8 to January 10 and will be inaugurated by Thane's Guardian minister Eknath Shinde, Thane Municipal Corporation Mayor Sanjay More, Thane MP Rajan Vichare. The fest has been organized by the Rotary club of Thane and will start at 9 am on January 8. "We have organised lot of games during the event and there will be games for senior citizens also. On the first day, from 3pm to 5pm, we have organised a Masterchef competition which is open for both men and women and will be judged by Shantanu Gupte, the celeb chef of FoodFood Channel. Also, our rotary club runs sessions on employment opportunities for the whole year for women who are underprivileged. We will be holding exhibition of stuff made by these women from 4pm to 9pm. We also have Umang talent programme for senior citizens which will begin at 7pm to 10pm. In this talent show, senior citizens will get an opportunity to showcase their talent," said Resham Thanekar, President of Rotary Club of Thane East.On January 9, a science and robotic exhibition will be held for children from 8am to 5pm in which students from Thane schools will present their science projects. In the evening, there will be a pet show and a fashion show from 4pm to 8pm. On January 10, 25 teams of doctors will do medical check-ups of patients from 8am to 2pm. This will be free of cost and whatever funds we will collect from this event, will be used for our social events. We have adopted villages in Shahpur and Kalyan, so we will be using these funds to gift toilet facilities for girls of the village," added Resham Thanekar.Interested can call on this number and resister themselves for the fest, 02225980044/ 02225323070.
|2016-01-05||VV Laxminarayan to continue as joint CP Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
VV Laxminarayan to continue as joint CP Thane VV Laxminarayan to continue as joint CP Thane By Arvind Walmiki Date published: Tuesday, 5 January 2016 - 7:05am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna
|2016-01-05||Thane collector halts new civic building work at Mira Road which was ... - Times of India|
Thane collector halts new civic building work at Mira Road which was inaugurated by Maharashtra CMS andhya Nair | TNN | Jan 5, 2016, 02.20 PM IST MUMBAI: The Thane collector has stalled the construction work of a new civic building in Mira Road by a private developer after it emerged that the land belonged to the state. The foundation stone was laid by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in October. The Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) building on a plot near S K Stone, Mira Road was being constructed by Salasar Unique Group. A residential-cum-commercial complex was also to come up on the 18-acre plot. Fadnavis had laid the foundation stone of the civic building on October 24. The MBMC is ruled by the BJP-Shiv Sena. An RTI by a Mira Road resident Shivaji Mali found that the land belonged to the state government. Mali alleged that civic officials may have connived with the developer to grab the land. The developer was to construct the civic building free of cost. Mali submitted the land documents to the Thane collector and the CM. The collector Ashwini Joshi has stalled the work and instituted an inquiry into the matter. The current civic headquarters is in Bhayander (west). The civic administration was to move into the new building.
|2016-01-05||Delay in permissions to project hits builder, buyers hard: MCHI, Thane - Mid-Day|
Delay in permissions to project hits builder, buyers hard: MCHI, Thane By PTI |Posted 05-Jan-2016 Thane: The undue delay in grant of permissions by various agencies has affected construction activities in the district, thus affecting the home buyers, builders and developers, according to MCHI-CREDAI, Thane. It has been observed that once a builder goes in for the project and finance, and starts the process of seeking permissions, it takes around two years to get all nods, Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI)- Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India (CREDAI), Thane, President Ajay Ashar told reporters here yesterday. During this period, the interest paid by a builder is very heavy which could be very well avoided by reducing the time period (of granting permissions) to some months, he said. As a result of the delay in the issuance of permissions, both the builder and the home buyers suffer, he said while announcing the MCHI-CREDAI Thane Expo 2016, which will be held in the city between January 15 and 18. The theme of this year's exhibition is 'Act before it is too late', he said. Ashar also welcomed the decision of the Maharashtra government to reduce the required permissions from 119 to 58. Replying to questions, he said the MCHI wants to put Thane city on the world map and all efforts are on in this direction. This year, the MCHI expects sale of around 2,000 flats as compared to 1,200 last year, he said. "We are concentrating on the serious home buyers," he added.
|2016-01-05||Thane: Villagers fume over Shivaji statue fencing, seek Sena's intervention - IBNLive|
Thane: Villagers fume over Shivaji statue fencing, seek Sena's intervention Posted on: 02:54 PM IST Jan 05, 2016 Press Trust of India Thane: The fencing of a statue of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj allegedly by a private organisation has irked the villagers of Ganeshpuri in the district, prompting local Shiv Sena MLA to approach concerned authorities to resolve the matter.The Ganeshpuri villagers held a meeting on Monday to condemn the fencing around the life-size statue and said that they would "free" Shivaji Maharaj at any cost. The all party 'Sangharsha Samiti' passed a resolution to this effect and also sought the intervention of local Sena MLA Shantaram More for removal of the fence.
|2016-01-05||Thane Building Permit delays reminder on long overdue Municipal Reforms - Niticentral|
Thane Building Permit delays reminder on long overdue Municipal Reforms PTI Limited Government Author: Niti PTI Bot January 6, 2016 It has been observed that once a builder goes in for the project and finance, and starts the process of seeking permissions, it takes around two years to get all nods, Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI)- Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India (CREDAI), Thane, President Ajay Ashar told reporters here yesterday. During this period, the interest paid by a builder is very heavy which could be very well avoided by reducing the time period (of granting permissions) to some months, he said. As a result of the delay in the issuance of permissions, both the builder and the home buyers suffer, he said while announcing the MCHI-CREDAI Thane Expo 2016, which will be held in the city between January 15 and 18. The theme of this year's exhibition is Act before it is too late, he said. Ashar also welcomed the decision of the Maharashtra government to reduce the required permissions from 119 to 58. Replying to questions, he said the MCHI wants to put Thane city on the world map and all efforts are on in this direction. This year, the MCHI expects sale of around 2,000 flats as compared to 1,200 last year, he said. We are concentrating on the serious home buyers, he added. PTI CORR GK DV SRE .
|2016-01-05||Thane gearing up to develop as Smart City - Accommodation TAccimes|
Thane Gearing Up To Develop As Smart City Published On: Tue, Jan 5th, 2016 Thane is surrounded with natural scenery, greens lashes, it also provides affordable home alternative to home buyers, with leading variety of malls, high-rises, cultural hubs, entertainment and hang-out places, fitness clubs and impeccable connectivity to other regions of Mumbai, this makes it prime candidate for Smart City Thane city situated near Mumbai on it’s northern region, is one the list of Smart Cities in Maharashtra, Narendra Modi led government’s ambitious plan 100 Smart Cities in India is much talk about topic in the real estate industry, it is predicted that Smart Cities will bring in development in the country and give a boom to the real estate market. Smart City is the need of the hour for India’s urban areas, as the global population continues to grow at a steady pace, more and more people are moving to cities every single day. Last month Thane’s civic administration, on Saturday, secured approval from the general body for its smart city presentation and has now started process to submit the same before the urban development department and be part of the Centre’s ambitious urban makeover project. Thane has proposed a Rs.6,630 crore plan under smart city and AMRUT missions. Of this, the civic body has factored in a whopping Rs.4,375 crore through what it calls ‘private finance’. In Thane’s smart city presentation authorities have focused on the makeover of the city. Thane will entail retrofitting and redeveloping existing structures. Some of the projects to be undertaken will involve systematic waste management, uninterrupted water and power supply, improving connectivity issues, to name a few. The existing near 50% of slum population will prove to be a huge challenge for the redevelopment process. What is Smart City? The key features of a Smart City is in the intersect between competitiveness, Capital and Sustainability. The smart cities should be able to provide good infrastructure such as water, sanitation, reliable utility services, health care; attract investments; transparent processes that make it easy to run a commercial activities; simple and on line processes for obtaining approvals, and various citizen centric services to make citizens feel safe and happy. Smart City means different things smart design, smart utilities, smart housing, smart mobility, smart technology etc. A Smart City for its sustainability needs to offer economic activities and employment opportunities to a wide section of its residents, regardless of their level of education, skills or income levels. In doing so, a Smart City needs to identify its comparative or unique advantage and core competence in specific areas of economic activities and promote such activities aggressively, by developing the required institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructures for it and attracting investors and professionals to take up such activities. It also needs to support the required skill development for such activities in a big way. This would help a Smart City in developing the required environment for creation of economic activities and employment opportunities. About Thane As per the key feature of Smart City Thane is eligible considering all the aspects. Thane is one of the fastest growing areas of infrastructure in the city. Talking about the accessibility Thane offers direct road connectivity offered by the Western Express Highway to Ghodbunder Road, this has emerged as an extended western suburban destination. Proximity to the airport and its connectivity through railways to other parts of the city including CBDs make Thane a preferred location. Currently, Thane is one of the fastest emerging residential destinations on the outskirts of Mumbai city. The growing population in the city has triggered the demand for suburban areas, where homes are available at affordable prices and with more availability of space and open areas and natural environment. It is high on demand due to affordable property rates and peaceful environment provided by the region, many people are buying property there. The biggest commercial complex, residential apartments, luxurious townships are located on the Thane Mumbai. Smart Cities=Integrated Townships The ever increasing population in the city has also triggered the demand for integrated townships, which is the ultimate solution to the city’s major urban problems such as bad roads, traffic congestions, inadequate water and power supply and poor sanitation system. Today, there is little doubt that integrated townships are the format for city development. Last year, the state Cabinet proposed amendment to the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act under which all ‘special townships’ in the state would be reclassified as ‘integrated townships’ so that they come under the ‘smart city’ category. An integrated township has comprises of everything under one roof i.e. it has residences, Gardens, Play Park, Educational Institutes, Hospitals, Shopping Arcade, Entertainment spaces, Restaurants, community centre, etc. The most important thing in a township is social infrastructure, good connectivity, estate management, business arcade an integrated township always has this essentials. Residencies: Thane is the prime location of Mumbai where Builders and Real Estate Developers, on the other hand, are working on various residential projects to provide all categories of home seekers. Thane Project is one of the popular residential Developments in Mumbai with many excellent amenities like swimming pool, theatres, children parks, landscapes, banquet halls, health cares, gym, etc. Educational Institutes: Thane is dotted with excellent number of ICSE and CBSE schools , providing education along with remarkable sport facilities , which your child misses out in suburbs , due to no space. According to the Education World India School Rankings 2012, Sulochanadevi Singhania at Thane ranks sixth best day school. There are other good schools like Hirananadini Foundation school (icse) and vasant vihar school (state board), Orchid International School (CBSE Board). Shopping Malls: Thane has shopping malls which are huge in size and diverse in options. From attractive global design labels to in-house entertainment activities for children and umpteen cuisine options. R-Mall is the largest mall in Thane, followed by Korum Mall, Viviana Mall, which can very well be regarded as the next best to the high octane lifestyle malls in SoBo. You can also enjoy 4-Dx movie at Cinepolis, Viviana. Thane also pleases its middle-class citizens with shopping centres such as D-Mart and Big Bazar. Real estate growth in Thane has been rapid, flanked by popular realty developers like Hiranandani Constructions, Rustomjee, Lodha, Runwal who create townships; serving all your needs, from a tiny coffee shop under your building to a mini-movie theatre. Commercial spaces have equally developed due to penetration from the major IT and Industrial houses. Developers desire to construct townships here so that they can provide their buyers affordability with luxury and with all amenities. Thane is the most popular city for the development of integrated townships. In recent times many luxurious yet affordable townships have come up in Thane. Thane satisfies all the necessary requirements for a Smart City with great infrastructure facility, open space, ample land and excellent connectivity. Smart Cities require a large and conveniently located stretch of land. In Mumbai, while land acquisition continues to be a challenge, the boundaries for residential places are extending towards Thane and beyond in the central suburbs.
|2016-01-04||Five men arrested for stealing 21 autos in Thane, Navi Mumbai - Mumbai Mirror|
Five men arrested for stealing 21 autos in Thane, Navi Mumbai Mumbai Mirror | Jan 5, 2016, 02.34 AM IST The Navi Mumbai police have busted a gang of five men who robbed auto rickshaw drivers and stole their vehicles. The gang was active in Thane and Navi Mumbai, and the police have recovered 21 auto rickshaws from them. The gang came in under the police radar around three months ago, when an auto driver in Navi Mumbai complained to the Turbhe MIDC police that three men, posing as passengers, directed him to a secluded spot where they attacked him. The men took away his auto and money. A week ago, the cops from the Navi Mumbai police's Anti-Extortion Cell detained one of the accused, Ahmed Abdul Khan, who led him to the other four, identified as Baqar Abbas Rizvi, Kasim Abbas Rizvi, Mukin Khan, and Furqan Khan, all residents of Mumbra. "The robbers would pose as passengers and rob auto drivers, and also steal parked autos. Kasim Rizvi, the leader of the gang, would keep the stolen rickshaws hidden in a garage. The gang would change the entire look of the autos by changing the roof and the seat covers. The police have seized 21 autos worth Rs 21 lakh," Deputy Commissioner of Police Dilip Sawant said. The police said that the autos were given out on rent or sold to other drivers. "Those who purchased these autos may have been in collusion with the accused. The accused would inform the buyers that the autos should only be plied only in the night as there was a risk of being caught by the traffic cops in the daytime," an officer from Navi Mumbai police said. So far, eight auto drivers have come forward and have been confirmed to be owners of the recovered vehicles. Investigators have approached the RTO seeking information on the owners of the other vehicles.
|2016-01-04||Thane creek pollution levels alarming: Report - Times of India|
Thane creek pollution levels alarming Manoj Badgeri| TNN | Jan 5, 2016, 01.31 AM IST THANE: Rampant dumping of debris and effluents in the creeks abutting the city has been polluting the water of these natural bodies and posing a grave threat to marine life. This water has also been causing rashes in humans. A TMC survey reveals high alkalinity and less oxygen in the Thane creek water. The reports show high alkaline values to the extent of 7.85 mg/l at Kasheli while the volume of dissolved oxygen is also less at Gaimukh (7.4 mg/l). Dissolved oxygen is required to keep micro-organisms alive in water. The values were found higher at certain spots like Kolshet, Kalwa and Kopri and calls for immediate attention by the pollution control department. "The pH value of water has to be between 5-5.9mg/ litre else it can turn the water acidic or alkaline, both which are not recommended. Also, the dissolved oxygen levels reveal that the content of the essential gas in the water is grossly inadequate at certain places. This could harm the bio-diversity of water bodies here," said a civic official requesting anonymity. Activists have warned of immediate action and said the administration must take corrective steps soon to revive the water quality of the creeks here. "It is pathetic that the administration has neglected maintaining purity of the creek water. Even though, the water isn't used for potable purposes, one shouldn't neglect it as this could affect the bio-diversity," said activist Nitin Deshpande who has been asking the TMC to revive the water bodies. The huge discharge of sewage water in the creeks and rampant dumping is largely responsible for the poor water quality. Around 250 mld of sewage water is discharged into the creeks through nullahs after primary treatment. With a population of over 18 lakhs, the city is yet to get its sewage and waste management system in place. Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal recently shared his plans of setting up micro-sewage waste management plants in the city that would purify all the waste discharged in the creeks. The civic administration conducts bi-annual tests of the water bodies to gauge the quality of water here. While first test is done usually in May before the monsoons, the second is done after the rains between October and December. "We are working on setting up water treatment plants in various parts of the lake city which will ensure that even a drop of water will be discharged in the creeks without being treated," the commissioner recently said.
|2016-01-03||Bringing out the dead; Thane Christians demand land for new cemetery - Mumbai Mirror|
Bringing out the dead; Thane Christians demand land for new cemetery By Jyoti Shelar, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 3, 2016, 05.38 AM IST Thane is home to 10 parishes and 40,000 Christians, but only one 5000 sq foot cemetery. This has led to bodies having to be excavated much before time to accommodate new ones. Parishioners have now approached guardian minister Eknath Shinde for land for a new burial ground. "The cemetery near Teen Petrol Pump in Thane is very small. It is in a congested area with no proper entrance and facilities for mass, waiting areas or parking," said Jerry David, president of Our Lady of Mercy Welfare Association, in a letter to Shinde. The letter stated that it took around 18 months for a body to decompose and that, because of the space shortage, the cemetery was unable to handle the load. "Bodies are often piled up on one another. This is a major health hazard and can have serious repercussions," the letter continued, adding that Thane families had to travel to cemeteries as far as Sewri and Mahalaxmi. A few parishioners also met the caretaker of the Thane cemetery to try to understand the problem. "He said that in the past two months, at least 12 bodies had to be removed much before decomposition," said Melwyn Fernandes, one parishioner. Fernandes added that the government needed to take up the issue urgently. Shinde has now written to the Thane Municipal Corporation, asking them to allot land for a new cemetery.
|2016-01-03||Go home to your parents: Thane top cop tells youth at local bars on New Year's Eve - Mid-Day|
Go home to your parents: Thane top cop tells youth at local bars on New Year's Eve By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 3 hours Thane Joint Commissioner of Police, V V Lakshminarayana spent Thursday night speaking to youths at local bars. Several bar owners and patrons in Thane were almost yanked out of their inebriated state when a tall policeman in a crisp khakhi uniform entered the bar along with three constables. Assuming it to be a raid, many started fleeing the spot, until they were stopped by the cop, who turned out to be the Joint Commissioner of police, VV Lakshminarayana. Only, he was not there to rough up miscreants, but to motivate them to follow a better lifestyle. Lakshminarayana is famous in Thane as an honest cop and thorough gentleman. V V Lakshminarayana A follower of Swami Vivekananda, he has been telling the youth to follow the lifestyle of great leaders like Vivekananda in his lectures at seminars to cops in his department. On the night of December 31, Lakshminarayana visited most of the areas bars, Sea Queen in Louis Wadi, Red Bull at Pokhran Road and Sur Sangeet bar in Upavan. When the youngsters, who were partying and had a glass in there hand saw Lakshminarayana, they started running. But he stopped them and started talking to them. He urged them to stay away from bad habits, and instead spend quality time with their parents on New Year's Eve, said an onlooker. Lakshminarayana, who was recently promoted to the post of Additional Director General of Police, has investigated several high-profile cases like illegal mining OMC Scandal, Emaar Properties scam, Satyam scandal and disproportionate assets case against Karnataka's YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Lakshminarayana did not spare the bar owners either. He requested them to start some good business, like a bookshop instead of selling alcohol, added the onlooker. He visited most bars for a thorough check. I was on the night round and checking the bars. I thought I'd have a word with the youth, said Lakshminarayana.
|2016-01-03||Thane youth arrested for assault, molestation - Mid-Day|
Thane youth arrested for assault, molestation By PTI |Posted 03-Jan-2016 Thane: The Thane police have arrested a 21 years old youth from Purna village in Bhiwandi tehsil on the charge of molesting and assaulting a 17 years old girl.Ghanshyam alias Shivu Singh, the accused, a painter by profession, was arrested on Saturday night, said the police sub-inspector B G Bhusara of Kapurbawdi police station. Singh, who knew the girl, had made advances towards the girl in the past too, according to the police.On the new year day he asked her to go with him to a mall in the city for celebrating her birthday, and when she refused, he slapped her and molested her, according to her complaint. The incident took place in Kapurbawdi locality of Thane. He also allegedly threatened to harm her parents and her brother. Singh has been booked for molestation and assault as well as under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. He was remanded by a local court in two-day police custody on Sunday.
|2016-01-03||Two steal gold, debit cards from Thane office, withdraw Rs 1.7 lakh - Times of India|
Two steal gold, debit cards from Thane office, withdraw Rs 1.7 lakh Shrutika Sukhi Jan 4, 2016, 01.00 AM IST THANE: Three businessmen were robbed twice in a span of two hours. Two robbers literally struck gold when they broke into Acid Enterprises in Thane's Sainath Industrial Estate. Besides stealing gold valuables worth Rs 13,000, they also found five debit cards with the PIN written on paper tagged to each of them that belonged to the three proprietors and two of their senior employees, said the police. The robbers then used the cards to withdraw nearly Rs 1.7 lakh from an ATM kiosk at Khopat in Jamblinaka, the police added. "Though the banks sent text alerts of the cash withdrawals, the debit card owners lost Rs 1.69 lakh before they could block the cards," said Sachin Ambre, sub-inspector of the Vartak Nagar police station. He added that they have CCTV footage of the two robbers withdrawing cash from the ATM.
|2016-01-03||Cases against doc: Thane cops turn to Whatsapp - Free Press Journal|
Cases against doc: Thane cops turn to Whatsapp By FPJ Bureau Jan 04, 2016 01:19 am Mumbai : In wake of the rising attacks on doctors, VV Laxmi Narayan, Joint Commissioner of Police Thane has stated that doctors need to brief and communicate with patients relatives on audio visual. He explained that through this way, they will be in a better position to investigate the case wherein they have proof that the relatives are being informed about the critical condition of their patient. Further, he added that many-a-times doctors are under huge pressure and fear, following which they end up making mistakes. Thane police have been receiving many complaints of patients kin wherein they accuse the doctor of medical negligence and after investigation we found out that there was no such case. Therefore, in order to bring uniformity, we have initiated a group on Whatsapp wherein we have added doctors and additional municipal commissioners who will inform us about any problems between the patient and the doctor. Following this, our police officer will reach out to them to investigate and explain them the laws, added Narayan. He further added that we won,t be arresting the doctor directly after registering the complaint from a patient's kin but will consult a medical body to understand the ethics which will be followed by the investigation. Meanwhile, this will help in better understanding and communication between doctors, patients and police officers.
|2016-01-03||Tribal boy reunited with family after nearly two decades, thanks to Thane ... - I am in dna of India|
Tribal boy reunited with family after nearly two decades, thanks to Thane traffic cop Sunday, 03 January 2016,1:48pm IST| Rupali Shinde | Edited by: Vinaya Patil Thane traffic constable Namdev Parasram Himgire recently reunited 27-year-old tribal boy Lahu with his family after a separation of around 18 years. Lahu had gone missing in 1997.Constable Himgire, 30, is attached to the crime department at Narpoli in Thane. When one day he took his colleagues out for lunch, he saw Lahu and stuck a conversation casually. "I saw this boy working at a vadapav stall and asked him about his family. He told me that he was lost at a very young age and didn't remember his village anymore. I was in touch with this boy for two months and kept looking for details. He told me that he had walked 50-100 km barefoot in search of his parents," he said. Lahu had told Himgire that the place he lived in had a Vitthal temple and a small lake. The constable thus visited many places along with Lahu. "Once while searching, he told me that many vehicles would go to Goa from his village. I sensed that this might work and took him on that route. We then got to know that his village was 60-70 km away from that temple which was Dahegaon in Raigad district. We went to the village and with the help of local police, got details of his family and after verification, reunited him with his family. I am happy that I was able to reunite the lost boy with his family," said Himgire. Himgire was later felicitated by Thane Traffic DCP Rashmi Karandikar and Jt CP V V Laxminarayan. He is also going to be rewarded by the Thane traffic department next month for his selfless act.
|2016-01-02||Man survives suicide attempt at Thane station - Times of India|
Man survives suicide attempt at Thane station Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 2, 2016, 04.13 PM IST THANE: An unidentified man reportedly tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of a running train at Thane station Saturday afternoon. Luckily, he escaped with injuries as the train was moving slow. The incident occured around 2:35pm, when the Ratnagiri Dadar train was pulling into platform 6 at Thane when the man suddenly jumped from the platform on the tracks. Luckily, the loco pilot had slowed down the train and managed to halt tge train in time. The man escaped with injuries, else would have definitely got killed, said a bystander. Fellow passengers and railway officials immediately rushed him to the hospital. Police is yet to register a case and will speak to his relatives to know the trigger.
|2016-01-02||Thane police commissioner promise citizens-friendly policing - Times of India|
Thane police commissioner promise citizens-friendly policing Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 2, 2016, 02.44 PM IST THANE: Police commissioner Param Bir Singh declared that rebuilding the citizen's trust in the police institution and initiating action against his officers for crime burking would top his agenda for 2016. "No law-abiding citizen will face any harassment from the police. We will evolve a mechanism whereby the citizens can fearlessly walk to any police station to register his complaint. The police is your protector and we will work towards creating an atmosphere of trust between the police and the civil society,'' Singh told TOI. His last nine-months as police chief in the lake city are being lauded as fairly successfull and effective by observers here, given the slide in street crime, rise in detection of cases of chain-snatching and the zero-tolerance against the corrupt political mafia here. The 1988-batch IPS officer said traditionally the responsibility of the police is centred around crime prevention, crime detection and traffic management. However, these goals, he added, needs to be simplified to the 10,000-strong police personnel here so as to ensure that the streets are safe for the common man. "Our achievements will remains incomplete unless the citizen has the confidence in us. We have to work towards building a bond between the citizens and the police and together we can achieve triumph over the crime scene in the city,'' asserted the lanky police chief here. Singh said a citizen who feels that the officers at the local police station has wronged him or her and rejected his genuine complaint, they can walk to the police commissionerate and approach the senior police officials to resolve their grievances. "We will be available for them all through and ensure that justice is done,'' he added. The police chief displayed no ambiguity when talking about taking disciplinary action against those officials involved in crime burking. "There is already a mechanism in place against crime burking and in case any police officer is found to be dilly-dallying in registering an offence, he will face strict actionn," Singh declared. Any complaint has to be sorted out at the police station levels and the staff there is been encouraged to register cases and accordingly carryout the detections. Till recent times the commissionerate was flocked by visitors whose common grievance was against the local police officials refusing to take complaints, he said. "Such approach towards law-abiding citizens will not be tolerated. In the past too we have taken suitable actions against the complaints of a particular police station where crime burking was a norm. However, if people still have complaints then the officer of police stations would be taken to task,'' Singh said. He added that women's safety will remains the priority area and assured that incidents of chain snatchings will be brought down further. "We want to change the perception of citizens about policemen. Next time if a citizen approaches a police station to file a complaint or with any issue, the police should entertain them without showing any high-handedness," said Singh. After the recent incidents of chain snatchings, some of the squads have already been dispatched to nab the culprits. Apart from this, traffic management priority that CP said along with the use of technology. "We have sought additional manpower from the home guards as well as the TMC and KDMC shall also provide traffic warden for better traffic management. Both the corporations have agreed to the give 200 wardens for traffic on roads," Singh informed TOI. Use of state-of-art technology in the department is already underway with the aid from collector's office. Nearly 200 CCTV's shall be installed in the first phase of the city with the help of corporations which shall help the police in maintaining the law and order, traffic management and crime detections.
|2016-01-02||'Thane-Diva stretch claims 1 life daily' - Times of India|
Thane-Diva stretch claims 1 life daily Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 3, 2016, 12.21 AM IST THANE: An average of one life was lost while other left maimed daily due to mishaps on the railway tracks between Thane-Diva in 2015. The alarming figures expose failure of the railway administration to adopt safety measures and avoid accidents despite registering high mishap rates. Railway officials inform that most of the mishaps are due to commuters falling off trains or people getting knocked down while crossing tracks. The suburbs have witnessed a spurt in residential colonies that has seen a direct jump in passenger footfalls, especially between Dombivli and Thane. The recent incident of Bhavesh Nakhate who fell off a crowded train has exposed how travelling in peak hours has become a risky affair for those boarding at suburban stations beyond Thane. With several porous points along the tracks on either sides or level crossings has also led to an increase in number of people infringing on the tracks and getting run over. The two level crossings at Kalwa and Diva witness a high number of mishaps as people are tempted to cross over, informs a railway staff. Continuous efforts by activists to alert the railway administration about adopting safety measures have fallen on deaf ears. "Maximum number of mishaps occur because of line crossing followed by commuters falling off trains. We have asked the railways to remove the ramps from the platform ends and also start Diva locals," says Adesh Bhagat of Diva passenger association. "The areas beyond Thane has expanded rapidly in the last five years but services hasn't matched it," complains Vishwanath Dhatrak, a commuter activist. The railways on the other hand claims they keep alerting commuters to travel safely. "We have been asking commuters against the perils of travelling rooftop or footboard or even crossing tracks but to no effect. We are starting few shuttle services between Kurla and Kalyan soon that will hopefully reduce some load," says a Central Railway official.
|2016-01-02||Thane: 1 held of duping almost 37 people of around Rs 1.72 lakh - Mid-Day|
Thane: 1 held of duping almost 37 people of around Rs 1.72 lakh By Agencies |Posted 02-Jan-2016 One persons has been arrested for allegedly duping at least 37 people of around Rs 1.72 lakh by promising lucrative returns while claiming to invest the amount in a 'government scheme', police said on Saturday. Two persons wooed people here by promising huge returns on their investment in a 'government scheme', Inspector M D Suryavanshi of Bazarpeth police station said. Following this, the people mostly, senior citizens, deposited Rs 1.72 lakh into the scheme promoted by the duo. When they did not get their returns, the people realised that they were cheated and approached police recently, he said. Based on the complaints by the victims, one of the accused, identified as Nanoo alias Dyaneshwar Moreshwar Ambre (48), a street-food seller, was arrested last night, Suryavanshi said. A case under section 420 (cheating) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC, has been registered against the duo, he said, adding hunt is on to nab the other accused. Police have undertaken a drive to create awareness among the citizens to desist from investing in such schemes, Suryavanshi added.