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2017-01-31Thane: 4 civic body employees among 10 booked for forgery - The Indian Express
Thane: 4 civic body employees among 10 booked for forgery By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 31, 2017 10:37 am Ten persons, including four employees of Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation in neighbouring Palghar district, have been booked for alleged irregularities resulting in losses to the civic body, the ACB has said. An open inquiry was conducted in connection with a corporator's complaint of irregularities registered with Kapurbawdi police in Thane district, following which an FIR was registered on Monday in the case by Nalla Sopara police under Vasai divison of Palghar, the ACB said. Watch what else is making news: The accused allegedly connived and got fake commencement certificates made for construction of apartments which they submitted to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL), taxation department of the civic body and registrar of cooperative societies, thereby cheating the various agencies, it said. The ten persons, also including four partners of a developers firm and two architects, have been booked under relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, IPC sections 465 (forgery), 467, 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 479, 109, 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and also sections 7 and 13 of Maharashtra Ownership Flat Act-1963, the ACB said in the release.
Thane: 4 civic body employees among 10 booked for forgery - The Indian Express

2017-01-31Thane: Shiv Sena corporator accused of rape by housewife - Mid-Day
Thane: Shiv Sena corporator accused of rape by housewife By Faisal Tandel Posted 4 hours A 38-year-old woman has registered a case against a Shiv Sena corporator from Ulhasnagar for raping her. The Vitthalwadi police are investigating the matter, and the accused is yet to be arrested. According to the police, the survivor, a housewife, is a resident of Ulhasnagar. In her statement she said that a year ago she approached the corporator for some work regarding a flat of her mother that was occupied by her sister-in-law. Police said the corporator, after assuring her of resolving the issue, allegedly raped her at her residence. The accused, identified as Subhash Masulkar, is a Shiv Sena corporator and also the group leader of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation. An official from Vitthalwadi police station said, "The incidents took place from January 2015. The survivor claims that she gave photocopies of the papers of her mother's house to him, and whenever she used to go to get them back she was assaulted. Even on January 24, 2017, when she went to his office to get the papers she was abused and sexually assaulted." S Shirsat, Senior Police Inspector, Vitthalwadi police station said, "We have registered a case on the statement given by the survivor on Monday night and are further investigating the matter." The case has been registered under Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
2017-01-31Thane vision statement: Sena promises an education hub and much more - Times of India
Thane vision statement: Sena promises an education hub and much more TNN | Updated: Jan 31, 2017, 03.08 PM IST THANE: The Shiv Sena on Monday announced its vision statement for Thane, which is largely a repeat of the promises made before all polls. The vision statement has promised some steps to better the plight of city's education sector. The statement had four major announcements to this regard: 1) An education hub spread over 250 acres in Daighar for higher studies2) E-learning facility, digital library 3) Free travel for school students in TMT buses; Scholarships 4) Developing a science centre and an aquarium While the thrust of the manifesto was on tender-driven mega projects and sops like waiver of property tax, construction of toilets for women, an aquarium, etc, citizens said the document was silent on measures on how to improve the quality of life and demanded to know who will take the onus for the proliferation of slums, failed public transport services, poor public health, infrastructure and congested roads and traffic junctions.
2017-01-31Thane civic polls: Five days on, 216 online profiles created, only 1 nomination filed - Times of India
Thane civic polls: Five days on, 216 online profiles created, only 1 nomination filed Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Jan 31, 2017, 01.49 PM IST Nearly four days since the nomination process began in Thane, the response to online filing of nominations has not yet picked up. Just one nomination was filed before the election department from ward 31B while around 216 online profiles were created till Monday evening, said officials. Civic officials said unless copies of the application are filed in person before the returning officer, the nomination process isn't considered complete. Candidates are expected to upload their information online and take a print of the same and submit it to the respective returning officer. Political parties are also doing last minute revisions of their lists and deferring to announce their candidates fearing defections. Many parties are likely to issue nomination forms to aspirants at the last minute as many corporators could possibly switch over after getting better opportunities elsewhere following last minute bargains, explained an observer. A few candidates had refrained from applying as majorly they are waiting for an auspicious date while parties are hesitating to issue forms fearing defevtions at the last minute. "Around 216 candidates created their profiles on the portal but we are yet to get hard copies. Unless, we get the documents in person, the nomination process isn't considered complete," said a senior civic official from the headquarters.
2017-01-31Thane Chain-Snatcher Gets Married, Top Thieves & Muggers Attend His Marriage Party - Outlook India
Thane Chain-Snatcher Gets Married, Top Thieves & Muggers Attend His Marriage Party The event was attended by India's top chain-snatchers, theives and master-muggers from Delhi, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Karnataka and Mumbai. Outlook Web Bureau On Sunday, about 1000 guests were part of a wedding party in Thane that looked like an ordinary one. But it was "special" because most of them were India's top chain snatchers who had come to bless a fellow chain snatcher. The 20-year-old groom, Toufiq Teji Shah alias Irani, with over 25 cases of chain-snatching against him, was getting married to his aunt's daughter Sohra Irani. The event was attended by India's top chain-snatchers, thieves and master-muggers from Delhi, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Karnataka and Mumbai, reports Mumbai Mirror. Despite the presence of 21 policemen near the venue, keeping a close eye on the event, there was no intervention as they thought it could have led to an uproar. In 2012, Toufiq was first arrested and booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime (MCOCA). Subsequently, the police had recovered huge number of stolen chains and other valuables. He was released on bail, but couldn't stop himself from continuing to do what he is best at. He was booked under MCOCA again in 2016. However, he is yet to be arrested. An inquiry has been ordered by Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, who has said that the accused will be arrested soon.
Thane Chain-Snatcher Gets Married, Top Thieves & Muggers Attend His Marriage Party - Outlook India
2017-01-31Miscreants booked for attempting to break open Thane bank's lockers - Mumbai Mirror
Miscreants booked for attempting to break open Thane bank's lockers PTI | Jan 31, 2017, 07.46 PM IST Working in stealth for months, the group would learn how each bank operated and used that knowledge to steal up to about $10 million in each raid.Thane: Some unidentified persons have been booked for attempting to break open lockers at branch of a nationalised bank here, police said today. The incident took place last week when the accused barged into the bank at Saket area here and tried to break open lockers and cut the bank vault with help of an electric cutter. They, however, could not succeed, a police personnel said. When bank staffers noticed last morning that the lock on the back entrance of the bank was broken after it opened post weekend. The miscreants had also smashed the CCTV camera, DVR unit and the alarm system, the complaint filed by the bank manager with Kapurbawdi police stated. An offence has been lodged under IPC sections 454 (house-trespass), 457 (house-breaking by night in order to commit offence), 380 (theft) and 511 (attempting to commit offences) and no arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident, police said.
Miscreants booked for attempting to break open Thane bank
2017-01-31Thane civic poll: Special squad keeps tab on social media ... - Times of India
Special squad keeps tab on social media, WhatsApp for poll code violation Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 1, 2017, 02.28 AM IST THANE: The city police are keeping a close eye on WhatsApp groups and social networking sites for any violation of the model code of conduct owing to the upcoming Thane civic polls, it is learnt. With free messaging and social media becoming the new mode of electioneering and are being used by party candidates extensively, we are watching out for any electoral violation, said a prominently placed police officer. A special squad consisting of a deputy commissioner of police, along with an assistant commissioner of police, two police inspectors, four sub-inspectors and others, has been set up to keep a vigil on social media posts and the messaging application, said a cop.A senior police officer said that objectionable posts or messages may create a rift between parties and can disturb the proceedings of the civic polls. "Police officers as well friends of the police and a number of under-cover cops have already entered WhatsApp groups to keep an eye on anti social elements who could trigger enmity among opposite party candidates," said Ashutosh Dumbre, joint commissioner of police. Dumbre added that all audio and video recordings or promotional messages will have to be certified by the media monitoring committee after which they can be shared on the social media and messaging applications. "In case anyone is found flouting rules of the election code of conduct, strict action will be taken," he said. Political parties are not allowed to lure voters with gifts, freebies or cash with the help of WhatsApp groups and social networking websites, said a cop.
2017-01-31chain-snatcher's wedding: Cops watch as thugs attend chain ... - Times of India
chain-snatcher's wedding in Thane Nazia Sayed | Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Feb 2, 2017, 08.54 AM IST A top chain-snatcher's wedding in Ambivali in Thane district on Sunday was a 1000-guest affair. And the guest list was not an ordinary one, it was a veritable roll-call of India's top chain-snatchers, seasoned thieves and master muggers. Twenty policemen kept a close watch on the festivities, but did not intervene as they felt it could have led to a law and-order problem. Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh has ordered an inquiry. According to the police, the groom Toufiq Teji Shah alias Irani, who has over 25 cases of chain-snatching against him, married his aunt's daughter Sohra Irani. Sohra is only 15, but that was a detail easily ignored at the celebration dominated by outlaws. Toufiq, 20, was booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime (MCOCA) in 2012 when he was first arrested. His arrest had lead to a large recovery of stolen chains and other valuables. After he was released on bail, he went back to chain-snatching and was booked under MCOCA again in 2016. This time, however, he could not be arrested and has been on the run since. The inquiry will now look into as to why the Thane police let go of a golden opportunity (no pun intended) to arrest Toufiq on Sunday. Senior Inspector Ravindra Doifode, who heads the anti-chain snatching squad in Thane, said his team had orders only to keep a watch on the gathering. "It was not wise to disrupt the wedding as it could have caused serious law and order situation. We knew the family would use women and children as human shield if we tried to arrest Toufiq," he said.he wedding, according to the police, had India's top chain-snatchers from Delhi, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Karnataka and Mumbai in attendance. Toufiq's father Tejib Ali Shah is the local headman of the Irani community. Police Commissioner Parambir Singh confirmed that his men knew about the wedding. "Our teams were deployed there. The inquiry is on and the accused will be nabbed soon," he said.
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2017-01-30Rs 20 lakh retrieved by Thane cyber cell transferred to victims' accounts - Daily News & Analysis
Rs 20 lakh retrieved by Thane cyber cell transferred to victims’ accounts IMRAN FAZAL | Mon, 30 Jan 2017-07:15am , DNA The Thane Cyber Police recovered Rs 20 lakh from cyber criminals in the last eight months, by retrieving the money of phishing call victims. In 2016, 2,529 complaint applications were received by the Thane cyber police, out of which 78 cases were registered in various police stations across Thane. Multiple complaints on phishing and harassment through social media accounts and blackmailing on cyber platforms were investigated. The team consisting of 13 police officers including a senior inspector run the cyber police department of Thane. “We support the investigation teams by tracking the email trails of the criminals, Internet Protocol addresses, and contacting search engines like Google and Yahoo for data collected in their servers to nail the culprits,” said an officer of the cyber crime department. “When social media platforms are used to harass women, we ensure that the person is traced and handed over to the investigating teams. These evidences are also produced in the court of law,” officers said. In 2015, Thane cyber police received 2,747 complaints, out of which 157 turned into FIRs (First Information Report). SB Sawant, Incharge, Cyber crime cell, Thane police said, “The cases of phishing has increased and in the last eight months we have recovered Rs 20 lakh from the fraudsters by co-ordinating with banks. The money retrieved was transferred to the accounts of the victims.” Parag Manere, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Thane, said, “It is important that the banks and mobile companies verify the identity of their clients when they submit the documents. This will help in reducing the instances of cyber crime and help track criminals easily.” “We can only suggest these measures, which if not followed, become major roadblocks in investigation,” said Manere. HOW TO PROTECT YOUR DATA Do not share details of bank accounts, password, credit/debit card numbers on phone calls Beware of job and lottery fraud emails Do not share 16 digit ATM card number and One Time Password Secure email and social media accounts with strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone Do not believe in tall claims on social media and matrimonial sites Do not click on suspicious links which can affect your monitor and steal personal data from your system through viruses.
Rs 20 lakh retrieved by Thane cyber cell transferred to victims
2017-01-30Is Chengalpet the next Thane or Gurugram? - Times of India
Is Chengalpet the next Thane or Gurugram? TNN | Updated: Jan 30, 2017, 10.25 AM IST Chengalpet, a town situated 50 kilometres south of the city, became the USP to trigger urban development in nearby areas. Thanks to suburban train services and bus connectivity to Chennai, rural pockets around Chengalpet witnessed a natural growth without intervention from the state government, which was busy planning non-starter satellite towns elsewhere. With the move to introduce planned development, the verdant suburb is set to become one of the popular satellite hub of Chennai on the lines of Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi or Thane near Mumbai. However, the growth of the suburb was accidental and was not planned. The development scenario is unlike in a few modern north Indian cities like Gurugram, which had better transport facilities such as metro rail several years after their growth. In fact, several interior villages branching out of arterial roads in Chengalpet taluk like the GST Road and the Vandalur - Kelambakkam Road became hub of real estate activities due to the train services. "Chengalpet is better off than Gurugram because the latter took lot of time for development as the governments of Haryana and National Capital Territory of Delhi had to frame policies to usher in development. But Chengalpet had natural growth due the GST Road and rail corridor," said A Shankar, national director of Jones LangLa Salle Property Consultants (India) Pvt Ltd. Noting that the growth pattern in the Chennai realty market is along OMR and GST Road, he said the train connectivity to Chengalpet is an advantage, which is absent on the IT corridor. "Moreover, the proposed bus terminus on the GST Road would add the momentum to its further growth," he added. While the Metropolitan Transport Corporation is operating buses between Chengalpet and Broadway, TN State Transport Corporation has frequent services from Tambaram and Chengalpet to interior villages. Absence of industrial units seems to have helped as it has enhanced the quality of life, making the area almost part of the city's southward spread. The suburbs here are green and has abundant water.
Is Chengalpet the next Thane or Gurugram? - Times of India
2017-01-30Thane: Gangster's son brings sword to election rally - Mid-Day
Thane: Gangster's son brings sword to election rally By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour Omi Kalani brandishes a sword as he is carried into the venue on the shoulders of supporters. Omi Kalani, son of former MLA and gangster Pappu Kalani, seems to be following in his father's footsteps the Ulhasnagar strongman arrived at an election rally on Saturday brandishing a sword, evoking memories of his father Pappu, who is currently in jail for murder. Sources who were present there claimed that this was all for publicity. However, the stunt could soon turn out to be a double-edged sword for Kalani, as the election commission is investigating a viral video that shows him wielding the sword as he was carried in on the shoulders of supporters. Alliance with BJP: Kalani had recently declared that his candidates under the banner of Team Omi Kalani' alone would hold 30 seats. While his mother Jyoti is a sitting MLA on NCP's ticket from Ulhasnagar, there was talk that Kalani was going to enter an alliance with the BJP. BJP Minister of State Ravindra Chavan confirmed this Saturday's rally at Gol Maidan in Ulhasnagar 1, jointly held by the BJP, RPI (A) and Team Omi Kalani. At the rally as well, the focus seemed to be on Kalani. There was also an LCD screen at the venue with information on the work he had done in the past, but no mention of the work done by BJP or RPI (A). EC probe: Vijaya Jadhav, the Election Commission official responsible for enforcing the Model Code of Conduct in Ulhasnagar, said, "We have not received any report from officials about this. I have to ask the concerned officials regarding the same. However, we will see the video and check how the sword was used and whether it has violated the code of conduct." Copspeak: A senior officer from Ulhasnagar police station said, "The Election Commission officers were present in the public rally too, and would have notice the incident, of which a video went viral." Deputy Commissioner of Police Sunil Bharadwaj (Ulhasnagar) said, "The Election Commission didn't report the video or the use of the sword to us. First we have to check whether it was a real sword or just a prop for shock value." Like father, like son? Pappu Kalani is a gangster-turned-politician from Ulhasnagar who was booked under TADA charges in early 1990 and is currently serving a life sentence in Yerawada jail for the murder of political activist Ghanashyam Bhatija. Pappu Kalani had 34 criminal cases against him and also had links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in the past.
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2017-01-30Three booked for firing at hotel in Thane - The Indian Express
Three booked for firing at hotel in Thane By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 30, 2017 1:11 pm Three persons have been booked for allegedly firing at a man in a hotel here, police said today. The victim, a social worker, had recently intervened in a money dispute between one of the three accused and a woman. Yesterday, the main accused was at a hotel along with a friend and another person when the victim again asked him to settle the monetary dispute with the woman. However, an argument occurred between the two sides during which the accused allegedly fired at the victim, but the latter did not sustain any injury in the incident, Assistant Police Inspector S S Borade said. Watch What Else Is In News? The firing led to panic in the hotel and those present there ran for safety, he said. Later, an offence was registered against the three accused under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 506(2) (criminal intimidation) and 323 and also under relevant provisions of the Arms Act and Bombay Police Act, police said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection, they said, adding that further probe is on.
Three booked for firing at hotel in Thane - The Indian Express
2017-01-30Thane Crime: For them, chain-snatching is a family business - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: For them, chain-snatching is a family business By Faisal Tandel | Posted 30-Jan-2017 The Thane police have taken up cracking down on the increasing incidences of chain-snatching in the city on a war footing. After preparing a list of 20 of the most active ones, all of whom are part of an organised crime syndicate, officers claimed that they have so far arrested nine of them and hunt is on for the rest. From 2014, the Thane police started making extra effort to curb the menace. In 2014, 976 cases were reported in the commissionerate, which came down to 843 in 2015 and 362 in 2016. The one running the show Sources said the credit goes to Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh, who took charge in March 2015. "After I joined, I had decided that my first priority would be safety of women, and the rising number of chain-snatching incidents was making them insecure. So, I held regular meetings and formed special units and deployed officers to specifically target chainsnatchers across the city," he said. "From seeing nearly 100 cases a month, it's now come down to 20-25 cases. We want to bring the number of cases to zero and we will get there." Singh added that teamwork and hardworking officers, who followed up on every case, helped them nail the culprits. Family business The police said Iranis settled across Thane city — Rashid compound and Srilanka Nagar in Mumbra, Piranipada and Iranipada in Bhiwandi, and Patil Nagar and Irani Vasti in Ambivali — are the ones behind a majority of the cases. × "Elders of all these families are into this, with their children either being neglected or being trained in this very art from an early age. The women of the families are given the job of selecting the targets and later selling the booty. The women are also sent to courts to handle the cases, while even the senior citizens in the families dupe people outside banks," said a Thane crime branch officer. Behind the scenes Singh took meetings with crime branch sleuths and local deputy commissioners of police, and accordingly formed squads for the five zones in Thane commissionerate and two special squads comprising crime branch sleuths for Thane and Kalyan. The teams started collecting records of chainsnatchers and scanning footage from CCTVs to zero in on the habitual offenders. "We found out that a woman from the family would be given the task of searching for a target, after which the men would come on bikes and snatch the chain and hand it over to the woman to sell. After arresting some of the accused, we found out that it's an organised crime syndicate that has disturbed the city," said deputy commissioner of police (Thane crime branch) Parag Manare. "As per the information gathered against the accused, we have even booked some of them under the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999)." 976 Number of cases in 2014 362 Number of cases in 2016
Thane Crime: For them, chain-snatching is a family business - Mid-Day
2017-01-30Thaneites to ring in Maghi Ganpati celebrations today - Times of India
Thaneites to ring in Maghi Ganpati celebrations today Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Jan 31, 2017, 01.51 PM IST THANE: Residents will wake up to the aroma of delicious sweets and melodious bhajans as the city will be celebrating Maghi Ganpati on Tuesday. Residents celebrate Maghi Ganpati, the birthday of Lord Ganesha, with the same pomp and excitement as Ganesh Chaturthi. "This is the day when Lord Ganesh was actually born. We have been celebrating it for the last 10 years. As kids, we used to make our own idols. However, this year we bought a 32-inch Ganesh idol. The idol will be adorned with eco-friendly decorations that have been made using flowers, leaves and newspapers,'' said Shraddha Sawarkar. ''The one-and-a-half-day celebration will begin from morning with prayers, followed by merriment. We will also gorge on some mouth-watering delicacies like ukdiche modak, puran poli and the likes," the Kolshet resident added. Kameshwari Kulkarni, a Vartak Nagar resident, said, "While we bring home an idol of Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi, we also celebrate Maghi Ganpati in a small way at home. We pray to the Lord at home and offer him sweets and flowers. We also abstain from meat during the entire week." Meanwhile, many pandals have been set up across the city. Some organisers will be celebrating the festival on the lines of Ganesh Chaturthi with 10 days of pooja, cultural programmes and other activities.
2017-01-30Sena promises Shivaji memorial, film institute in Thane | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis
Sena promises Shivaji memorial, film institute in Thane Mon, 30 Jan 2017-11:09pm , PTI A memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji, a Central Park, an aquarium of international standard are some of the mega projects promised by Shiv Sena in its manifesto for the next month's election to Thane Municipal Corporation. Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde released the manifesto: "Panchvis Varsha Vishwasachi, Panchvis Varshe Vikasachi" (25 years of trust and development) which also mentions the track record of Sena, the ruling party in civic body. It promises to give a facelift to Ghodbunder fort which currently is in dilapidated condtion. Prominent among the promises is the construction of a science centre on the lines of Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai; setting up of a film institute and studio for amateurs; a box museum; a miniature garden; a 3-D photo garden on the lines of one in Bangkok, a theme park etc. "When it comes to development of the city, we always take everyone into confidence. We don't work for deriving political credit," Shinde said. The civic body is going to polls on February 21 along with nine other corporations including Mumbai in state. (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
Sena promises Shivaji memorial, film institute in Thane | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-29Thane civic polls: Police direct arms holders to deposit weapons ... - Times of India
Thane civic polls: Police direct arms holders to deposit weapons before Thane civic polls Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 30, 2017, 01.48 AM IST THANE: City police have directed licenced firearms holders to deposit their weapons, following instructions from the Election Commission (EC) in the run-up to the civic polls slated for February. A senior police officer said a couple of days ago, they had issued notices to licenced arms holders 562 in Thane city and 104 in Ulhasnagar to deposit their weapons. Few have been excluded from this due to security compulsions while the others have already started depositing their firearms, said a senior police officer. Sources said that about 50% licenced arms holders are political leaders of various parties while some of them are political office bearers of different rankings. "The weapons have to be deposited so that the holders cannot use it during the elections for influencing voters or bullying or threatening them. It is also as a preventive measure to maintain law and order and ensure free and fair elections," said a police officer. The officer added that if anyone failed to deposit the firearms within the specified period, they shall be liable for prosecution under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Until the election results are out, carrying weapons in public places or keeping weapons in their possession is banned. The firearms will be returned to the holders after the elections are over. A high-level arms scrutiny committee has been formed at the commissionerate level, which issued notices to licenced arms holders to deposit their weapons. A receipt of deposit is given to the holder and after the elections the arms are returned to the person, said a police officer. Explaining about the exemption in a few cases, a police officer said those exempted are allowed to keep the arms due to compulsion of carrying arms for security reasons, bank security guards and armed personnel of security agencies, government employees on duty and bodyguards. But for taking benefit of these relaxations, the licence holders have to appeal before the arms scrutiny committee and later the decision is taken by the committee after scrutinizing the appeal thoroughly. The police have warned that keeping arms in possession illegally or without permission may invite stringent action. Those caught could face action under various acts of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), Indian Penal Code and Bombay Police Act, Arms Act etc.
Thane civic polls: Police direct arms holders to deposit weapons ... - Times of India
2017-01-29BJP blames Sena for cartelisation, corruption in TMC for last 20 years - Times of India
BJP blames Sena for cartelisation, corruption in TMC for last 20 years Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 30, 2017, 01.37 AM IST THANE: With corruption and lack of transparency being its key words for the civic polls in Thane, the local BJP functionaries have now launched a frontal attack on the Shiv Sena blaming it for the widespread corruption and cartelization plaguing the civic corridors for the last 20 years. The BJP has decided to be unsparing in exposing the failure of the Sena for the inadequate basic infrastructure and the lack of amenities in the lake city. Party insiders say that though the BJP was a partner with the Sena, their numbers were near-negligible and all crucial decision-making posts such as the Mayor or the Chairperson of the standing committee were mostly cornered by the Sena or others who supported them in the house. It was just the last one year when the standing committee was chaired by a BJP corporator. Just as the CM Devendra Fadnavis trained guns on Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai blaming his party for the mess created in the BMC, BJP strategists in Thane are aggressively working on exposing the lapses in road construction, PWD scams, tanker mafia etc on the Sena and demand transparency in the house operations. Issues like corruption in some road development works like those in Diva and the suburbs, the failure of the party to ease the rising traffic menace, proliferation of slums and how TMC-owned recreation centres have been allowed to be usurped by private players who are in cahoots with the Sena leaders here, say insiders. "Year after year the Sena manifesto sold dreams about a new intra-city transport system, water ways, improved TMT, a state-of-the-art aquarium on the lines of one at Singapore etc etc. But all that promises were merely on paper. There has been no developmental works undertaken by the Shiv Sena ever since it was in power. Whatever little progress has happened is due to the firm steps taken by the municipal commissioner who has been given a mandate by the chief minister to ensure that basic infrastructure in the city should be improved. The city is known for its culture, but the Sena could not even repair the Ghanekar auditorium for the last six months," said a senior political functionary. The BJP that has shared power with the Sena in the TMC corridors has now conveniently distanced itself from the ally saying they were never an active player in the politics. "The BJP was a passive partner in the house as the Sena always took the lead in all matters. We have been the underdog for years and now is the time to stand up without fear for the development of the city," said an activist during a party conclave in the city over the weekend.
BJP blames Sena for cartelisation, corruption in TMC for last 20 years - Times of India
2017-01-29Defamation case: Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court - The Hindu
Defamation case: Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court JANUARY 30, 2017 00:44 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 19, 2017 08:30 IST Mumbai: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be appearing in a court at Bhiwandi in Thane on Monday in connection with a defamation case over his alleged comment against the RSS regarding Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. At the last hearing, the Bhiwandi magistrate’s court had granted him bail after he appeared before it. The court had adjourned the hearing to January 30. Mr. Gandhi would be appearing at the court again on Monday, confirmed his lawyer Narayan Iyer as well as Mumbai Congress chief and former MP Sanjay Nirupam. The case against Mr. Gandhi was filed by a local RSS functionary, Rajesh Kunte, over the former’s speech in Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014, in the run-up to Lok Sabha polls. During the rally, he had allegedly claimed, “The RSS people had killed Gandhi.” Earlier, the Congress vice president had said he was ready to face trial after the Supreme Court refused to interfere in the criminal proceedings at the court in Bhiwandi. He also withdrew the appeal filed against the Bombay High Court judgement refusing to quash the defamation case.
Defamation case: Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court - The Hindu
2017-01-29Thane Robbery: Valuables worth Rs 3.9 lakh stolen in 3 separate ... - Times of India
Valuables worth Rs 3.9 lakh stolen in 3 separate house break-in cases Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 30, 2017, 01.39 AM IST THANE: Valuables worth Rs 3.9 lakh were stolen in three separate incidents of house-breakings in the last 24 hours across the lake city. In the first incident a laptop worth Rs 10,000 was stole from a house in Vitava on Saturday around 12.45pm when the housewife had gone to the market. In the second case, jewellery worth Rs 19,000 was stolen from a 25-year-old driver's house in Mumbra on Saturday, while his mother had gone out for shopping. In both the cases, the police claimed that they suspect that the robbers knew about the whereabouts of the families and they targeted the house, when they knew no one was there. In the third incident, valuables worth Rs 3.61 lakh were stolen from Mithil Shinde's home in Shivaji Nagar near B-cabin. The family suspects that the housemaid or the workers working nearby stole the valuables.
2017-01-29Thane man gets no relief in passport goof-up case | The Indian ... - The Indian Express
Thane man gets no relief in passport goof-up case Vaidya contended that he was issued a passport for a period starting from January 13, 1998 till January 12, 2018. By: PTI | Thane | Updated: January 29, 2017 7:56 pm A local resident, who was deported from Bangkok while on a family vacation in 2007 due to an alleged goof-up by passport authorities, failed to get relief from Thane Consumer Forum which disposed of his complaint on the ground that the matter involves recording of evidences and submission of proofs. In its recent order the forum chaired by President Sneha Mhatre and members N D Kadam and Madhuri Vishwarupe observed that the matter cannot be decided summarily as it involved recording of evidences and directed complainant Ashish Vaidya to approach appropriate court with his case. Watch what else is making news: In his complaint Vaidya, a resident of Thane had filed the case against the Ministry of External Affairs through the Thane Passport Superintendent for sufferings caused during the Bangkok tour, which he could not complete due to the alleged goof up of the passport office. Vaidya contended that he was issued a passport for a period starting from January 13, 1998 till January 12, 2018. When he along with his family undertook a trip to Bangkok on October 22, 2007 during the immigration check it was noticed that there was an overwriting on the passport in the expiry date section. The date printed was 2008 and over it was written as 2018. The figure was manually written in place of in the passport. The immigration officials sought an explanation from Vaidya and only after they got it in writing from him that he had not written the same, allowed him to undertake the trip, says the complaint filed by Vaidya. However, at the Bangkok airport immigration officials verified online details of the passport and it was revealed that the expiry date was 2008 and not 2018. The passport office rectified the expiry date by manually changing it from 2008 to 2018, but failed to make the necessary changes in their system, pointed out Vaidya's complaint. Upon this they did not allow him to enter the country and deported him to India.
Thane man gets no relief in passport goof-up case | The Indian ... - The Indian Express
2017-01-29Star-struck: Lake city residents go stargazing in winter season - Times of India
Star-struck: Lake city residents go stargazing in winter season Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Jan 29, 2017, 09.03 PM IST Thane: Far away from the hustle bustle of the city, the street lights that gives the illusion of day and the smog filled urban air, six-year-old Hrishikesh Kulkarni lay down on the floor of the open-top tent in a village on the outskirts of Kasara and gazed at the multitude of stars he never knew were out there. While he was busy drawing imaginary patterns with the stars in his mind, his elder sister and parents were gazing through the telescope and observing the different constellations and planets visible at the time. Be it to take a break from their hectic schedules or to learn about the multitudes of stars and constellations that flood the night skies, hordes of lake-city denizens like the Kulkarnis have been flocking for star gazing camps over the past few weeks. With the clear skies this season enhancing the visibility of the celestial bodies, star gazing destination on the far corners of the city are gaining popularity amongst kids and adults alike. Parnika Sokhi, one such Thaneites who along with her friends went star gazing at a village called Dehene on the outskirts of Thane on Saturday night, said, "This camp was one of the most amazing camps I have been to. We not only got a break from the hectic work and busy city, but also got to learn a lot about the billions of stars that exist many light years away from us." "We got to see constellations including the Orion, Scorpion, Leo, Taurus, Gemini, the Gateway to Heaven as well as planets including the Venus and Saturn. Luckily, we also got to see a couple of shooting stars. ," Sokhi added. Daniel DeSouza, a Louiswadi resident who went for a star gazing camp with his family last week, said, "Being born and brought up in the city, we tend to forget the beauty and mysticism of nature. As this is this perfect weather for such trips, I took my wife and teenage sons for the camp to remind them of the world outside our busy schedules." "During winter and the first few weeks of summer the skies are clear of any clouds giving full visibility of the stars. The climate is really pleasant, which makes the camping a delight. We have at least one expert accompanying us, who gives the group the holistic information of the stars and planets and can answer any doubts they have", said Manoj Kalwar, founder of one such city-based group Travel Trikon which organises such camps in areas including Asangaon, Kasara and so on.
2017-01-28Thane becomes first district to register 2.25L first-time voters - Daily News & Analysis
Thane becomes first district to register 2.25L first-time voters NAVEETA SINGH | Sat, 28 Jan 2017-07:15am , DNA Awareness drives on a large scale undertaken by the district administration in the last four months to register voters seems to have borne results in Thane district. The district recently registered a record 2.25 lakh first-time voters making it the first district in the entire state to register such a high number followed by Mumbai with 2 lakh new voters. Since the month of September, the Thane district administration in tandem with the civic corporation undertook an incessant voter registration drive. "The respective municipal corporations and the collectorate ensured that maximum people were enrolled for their voters identity card," said Farog Mukadam, election officer, Thane district. "There is an overall 4 per cent increase in the number of voters in the district with the total being 58,16,314 voters," added Mukadam. Normally, during election time there is always an increase of 2 per cent in voter registration. "But this time we started enrollment even before civic elections and thus, the number have increased by 4 per cent," said Mukadam. The efforts included special drives in junior colleges, awareness camps and opening registration kiosks at schools. "We kept registration booths at schools where people could visit and get their names registered instead of going to the election commission office," she said. Registration booths were also kept at the regional transport office (RTO) for the convenience of people visiting the RTO for license related work. While the administration has done its job by enrolling maximum number people in the voters' list, it is upto the people to cast their vote. "We have already encouraged youngsters to exercise their right to vote," she adds. On national voters day i.e. January 25, an awareness drive was organised in Thane. At the event, celebrities like Ameesha Patel and Marathi actress Sampada Joglekar urged students to vote and post their selfies.
Thane becomes first district to register 2.25L first-time voters - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-28Amritsar clerk of collector office held by Thane crime branch - Times of India
Amritsar clerk of collector office held by Thane crime branch Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 28, 2017, 02.50 PM IST THANE: The city crime branch has arrested a clerk from district collector office of Amritsar for issuing bogus license to some of the people in a arms seizure case cracked in july 2015. The accused Baljit Singh 35, was absconding since then and was wanted in the case. Singh is part of racket and allegdly made fake licenses of the 31 illegal sophisticated weapons which were recovered by Thane police in july 2015. "Then Singh's collegues Lakvinder Singh Kalsi 43 and Tejinder Singh (26) both attached to the Amritsar collector office's arms division were also held allegedly forging the signatures of the district collector as well as using the rubber stamps to clear the requisite to purchase the arms with the help of three gun shop sellers and Baljit was also very much party in the scam," said a senior police officer. The sleuths then had seized 27 fire arms license, 31 fire arms -11 rifles, eight pistols, 12 revolvers and six are imported collectively worth Rs 40 lakh.
2017-01-28Traders, Locals Will Soon Announce Their Candidates - Times of India
Traders, Locals Will Soon Announce Their Candidates Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Jan 28, 2017, 10.15 PM IST Thane: With the civic polls nearing, citizen activists seem to be actively participating in creating awareness among the upper class enclaves about the importance of votes and electing the right candidate to power. Few groups have formed a network wherein they will not only encourage residents to vote after scrutinizing their profiles, but will also work as watchdogs akin to those like Praja foundation that is working in Mumbai. The common thread among these groups comprising of majorly the educated class is the seething anger towards the political fraternity that has over the years conveniently ignored solving their issues. A group of alert residents from the Gladys Alwares belt in Thane have also decided to mobilize residents of the nearly 200 upscale residential enclaves to ensure the residents vote the right candidate. "We are actively working with the office bearers of several societies who will encourage their members to vote. We want a corporator who will voice our grievances in the house and work towards development of our area," said T N Raghunatha, a member of a plush residential society in the Thane. Another activist Shashi Kumar Nair who stays at a plush complex in Manpada says they have decided to form a panel of alert residents who will analyze profiles of the candidates contesting the polls and actively encourage their members to vote for the right candidate. Meanwhile, few traders from the city have also decided to participate in the elections after the corporation had reportedly taken few decisions that have directly impacted their survival. Though, there is a split within the community whether to contest or not, a rebel group is likely to announce its list of candidates and file their nominations before February 3. Harish Sharma, a chemical engineer from the UDCT, Matunga has also decided to contest the polls this time following his personal experience of facing poor infrastructure in the city despite residents paying taxes. While though, hopeful for a victory, few of these citizen groups have said they plan to double up as watchdogs before and after the elections to keep the pressure on the newly elected netas. "We know our limitations and even if our candidates aren't elected, we will continue working as a watchdog for the next five years here observing and suggesting corrections to the functioning of the administration like that operates in Mumbai," said Unmesh Bagwe, who is coordinating for Thane Matadar Sangha. The group includes activists from TISS, professionals including lawyers, businessmen and experts who have pledged support to keep a hawk eye on functioning of the administration like the ones operating in Mumbai. A corporator should be available for the residents of his area. There are problems galore houding the common man, but there's no one to solve it. I have decided to contest the polls with the sole intention to win and ensure the voice of the common man is heard.
2017-01-28Burglar arrested by Naupada police in Thane - Times of India
Burglar arrested by Naupada police in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Jan 28, 2017, 10.27 PM IST(Representative Image) THANE: A 30-year-old history sheeter has been arrested for carrying out house breaking theft in an apartment located in Naupada area. The accused Nilesh Gujar aka don is notorious for carrying out serried out burglaries not just in Thane but in various parts of district, said Anil Pophale, the senior inspector of Naupada police station.Gujar has over 40 cases and is known for injuring himself either by blade or by breaking tubelights etc. It was on August 13, last year that through the window and also took out the grill of a bathroom Gujar entered the first floor apartment of Vishwas Kawdi at Hindu colony and made his way with gold jewellery and cash collectively of Rs 7.27 lakh. Subsequently, a case was registered at Naupada police station and a team started investigating the same and based on information Gujar was nabbed, Pophale informed. Upon sustained interrogation he confessed to the crime and the police recovered nearly jewellery worth Rs 5.40 lakh which he had sold it to jewellers in Mira road and Nallasopara area.
2017-01-28Pellet wounds: Last surviving flamingo of injured two succumbs to ... - Times of India
Pellet wounds: Last surviving flamingo of injured two succumbs to injuries Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 29, 2017, 02.09 AM IST THANE: The last surviving flamingo of the two found injured with pellet wounds at Mahul Creek, Chembur last Sunday, succumbed to its injuries at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Thane (SPCA) on Thursday. The other injured flamingo died on its way to the Thane SPCA on Sunday itself. Two other flamingoes were found injured with pellet wounds on January 13 and 14 at Thane and Vikhroli respectively. While one succumbed to its injuries on January 24, the other bird lost its life the next day. Dr Deepa Katyal, board of directors in International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, who treated the flamingos rescued from Mahul before they were transferred to the Thane SPCA, said, "The moment I saw the first bird, I knew it wouldn't survive longer. It had multiple fractures, a gangrene wound, a broken wing and other complications and passed away on the way to the Thane SPCA that day itself. The other one, too, suffered a fracture to its left leg. But it needed to be fed as it was starving. This probably complicated its health, and resulted in its death on Thursday." Dr Rina Dev, veterinarian who treated the birds, said, "After a couple of surgeries, both the flamingos that were found earlier this month at Thane and Vikhroli were healing quickly. However, as these wild flamingos are used to open spaces, confining them to the hospital resulted in captive stress, under which they refused to eat any food and became weak. After a week of struggle, they died on January 24 and 25." Environmental activists in Thane believe that it is high time special conservation activities were undertaken to prevent any similar mishaps in the future. Pawan Sharma, founder of Resqink Association of Wildlife Welfare, said, "While there is a rise in the number of such cases reported, thanks to the increasing strength of bird watchers who come across these injured birds, there is an urgent need for a rehabilitation centre to treat these birds. The NGOs don't have enough resources to manage the volume of cases seen these days. It is high time the mangrove and territorial cell looked into these issues." Clara Correia, a city-based avifauna enthusiast, said, "The Thane creek belt was recently made a flamingo sanctuary. It is a shame that despite this, these cases still exist. There needs to be a proper study of the biodiversity by the government, and it should be treated with the care given to any Ramsar site."
2017-01-28Thane civic polls: In run up to civic polls, Thane cops list 50 trouble ... - Times of India
Thane civic polls: In run up to civic polls, Thane cops list 50 trouble makers to be externed Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Jan 29, 2017, 02.07 AM IST THANE: In the wake of the upcoming civic polls, the Thane police has listed the names of 50 trouble makers who are likely to be externed. This is part of the drill to keep such anti-social elements at bay in a run-up to the Thane civic elections. A top police officials said that the process of identifying the mischief-mongers began a year ago and the drive intensified after Ganesh festival in September. While elaborating the process, the official said that the police stations across the city were instructed to compile a database and update their records on habitual offenders and also those who are on the run. Once the database is formed, the accused are produced before the zonal deputy commissioner of police (DCP), who gives them a warning. If they continue to create mischief, then they are externed from the city for a period ranging between six months to 2 years, depending on the criminal background and behaviours. This decision is taken by the DCP. Those who are externed include criminals who are charged in political cases, bootlegging and other serious offences, said joint commissioner of police Ashutosh Dumbre. "There is a possibility that the hardened criminals may play foul during the election period. Also, they could bully the voters as most of these goons have a political backing. Some even threaten voters to cast their votes in favour of a particular party. So, the drive is undertaken to remove such trouble makers from not only the city, but the district. This will somewhat ensure free and fair election process," said a senior police official. There is a possibility that the hardened criminals may play foul during the election period. Also, they could bully the voters as most of these goons have a political backing. As it is a known fact that political leaders are hand in glove with the persons from criminal background. So, the drive is undertaken to remove such trouble makers from not only the city, but the district
2017-01-28Long-billed Dowitcher sighted in Thane creek - The Indian Express
Long-billed Dowitcher sighted in Thane creek Written by Radhika Singh | Mumbai | Published:January 29, 2017 3:59 am It was January 21, 2017, 6:30 in the morning, and birdwatcher Ronit Datta was expecting an ordinary boat ride. He was at Thane Creek, trying to spot some common shel ducks, a pretty white bird with a black head. After the group he was travelling with had seen their fill of the ducks, they started to turn the boat around. On his way back, however, Datta spotted something a little out of the ordinary. Standing erect on a mudslab was smallish bird with a long bill, greenish at the base, with a white lower back and yellow-green legs. Watch What Else Is Making News: Datta immediately realised it was a type of dowitcher, and started telling people excitedly what he'd seen. No one quite knew what he was talking about, never having heard of this rather rare bird, except for the photographers Satyajeet Shinde and Sivaramakrishnan Sivasubramanian. They quickly snapped shots of the solitary bird. Once the boat reached the shore, the trio looked through a field guide, and later sent their photos to a few bird experts. The verdict: the bird was a Long-billed Dowitcher. This would be the first record of its sighting in Maharashtra. The Long-billed Dowitcher is a vagrant bird that belongs to the Scolopaidae family. Its genus name, Limnodromus, comes from the ancient Greek word limne, meaning marsh, and dromos, which means racer. They nest on the ground, usually near water bodies. Thane Creek was probably an ideal habitat for it, according to Omkar Bilipadhikari, an avid birdwatcher who leads Thane Creek birdtrails. It forages in shallow water or wet mud for insects, mollusks, crustaceans, and marine worms, jabbing its head up and down like a sewing machine. From time to time, it enjoys some plant material too. This Dowitcher species is a migrant from US, though its breeding area is in the far north of North America and in eastern Siberia,” says Datta. It winters in areas as south as Central America. That means that this particular Long-billed Dowitcher of Thane Creek was a vagrant, or a bird that has strayed far outside its expected breeding, migrating, or wintering range.ť Bird vagrancy is a relatively new area of research. Some birds become vagrants because they have been blown off-course. Others simply have a faulty navigation system and become confused about the direction they are supposed to travel in. It seems that this Long-billed Dowitcher belongs to the latter category; it is not unusual to find this sort of behavior in passerines, such as the sparrow, or shore birds, like the dowitcher. But whenever a bird wings its way into new territory, its sure to excite hordes of birdwatchers. This weekend, the boats on Bilipadhikari's birding trails at Thane Creek are bound to be packed with enthusiasts; they will be hoping to spot some more disoriented dowichers sitting calmly on mudflats, ignorant of the spectacle they're creating.
Long-billed Dowitcher sighted in Thane creek - The Indian Express
2017-01-27Grocery shop owner murdered in Thane - The Indian Express
Grocery shop owner murdered in Thane The attackers allegedly demanded money and when the couple expressed their inability to give it, the two men attacked Gupta. By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 27, 2017 9:31 am A 48-year-old grocery shop owner in Bhiwandi town of Thane district was murdered by two unidentified persons, police said today. Suresh Mishrilal Gupta, who owned a grocery shop at Sonale village in Bhiwandi, was sleeping at the outlet along with his wife when two persons broke open its shutter and entered the premises at around 2.15 AM yesterday. They allegedly demanded money and when the couple expressed their inability to give it, the two men attacked Gupta. When the couple raised an alarm, the assailants attacked Gupta with a sharp weapon killing him on the spot, and fled from there. Based on a complaint by the deceased's wife, the Bhiwandi taluka police yesterday registered an offence under IPC sections 302 (murder), 460 (house trespass) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). A manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits, police added.
2017-01-27Shiv Sena activists beaten up in Thane - The Indian Express
Shiv Sena activists beaten up in Thane Around 10-15 Sena activists were having a get-together at a bungalow in Yeoor Hills yesterday when the accused barged in at around 3 AM and had a quarrel with them. By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 27, 2017 11:06 am A local party corporator present at the spot was also allegedly threatened by the accused. A local Shiv Sena member was injured when he along with some other party activists were allegedly beaten up by three men at a bungalow in the city, police said today. Around 10-15 Sena activists, including Satish Gawde (42), the city co-ordinator of the party's transport wing, were having a get-together at a bungalow in Yeoor Hills in Thane in the wee hours yesterday when the accused barged in at around 3 AM and had a quarrel with them, they said.
Shiv Sena activists beaten up in Thane - The Indian Express
2017-01-27Grocery shop owner murdered in Thane - Times of India
Grocery shop owner murdered in ThaneGrocery shop owner murdered in Thane PTI | Jan 27, 2017, 09.50 AM IST THANE: A 48-year-old grocery shop owner in Bhiwandi town of Thane district was murdered by two unidentified persons on early Friday morning. Suresh Mishrilal Gupta, who owned a grocery shop at Sonale village in Bhiwandi, was sleeping at the outlet along with his wife when two persons broke open its shutter and entered the premises at around 2.15 AM yesterday. They allegedly demanded money and when the couple expressed their inability to give it, the two men attacked Gupta. When the couple raised an alarm, the assailants attacked Gupta with a sharp weapon killing him on the spot, and fled from there. Based on a complaint by the deceased's wife, the Bhiwandi taluka police yesterday registered an offence under IPC sections 302 (murder), 460 (house trespass) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). A manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits, police added.
Grocery shop owner murdered in Thane - Times of India
2017-01-27Bikes stolen from parking areas in two separate cases - Times of India
Bikes stolen from parking areas in two separate cases Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Jan 27, 2017, 10.18 PM IST Thane: Two vehicles worth Rs 50,000 were robbed from the building premises in two seperae cases in the city. In the first case, a bike worth Rs 30,000 owned by a 24-year-old, Manoj Yadav, a salesman was robbed from phase 2 of his complex, Lok Upvan at Pokhran Road No 2. In the second incident, a 37-year-old man, Abhay Mistri, lost his bike worth Rs 20,000 which he had parked in the parking area o f the complex Dosti Vihar at Vartak Nagar. Mistri had come to repair an AC in Dosti Vihar on Saturday and had parked his vehicle. However, when he returned the vehicle was missing. Shrutika Sukhi
2017-01-2710 years on, man gets accident payout of Rs 1.5 lakh for losing unborn child - Times of India
10 years on, man gets accident payout of Rs 1.5 lakh for losing unborn child Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 28, 2017, 01.37 AM IST THANE: In a significant judgement, the Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) awarded compensation to a man for losing his unborn child in a road accident exactly ten years ago on Jan 27, 2007 in Asangaon. SM Gavhane, the MACT president and the district judge, ordered the four respondents in the case to make the payment of Rs. 1.52 lakh to the claimant, Prakash Dandekar (then 25). Appearing for the claimant, Baldev Rajput, told the tribunal that the applicant's wife, Tai, who died in the mishap, was 16 to 18 weeks' pregnant at that time. Tai was riding pillion on the two-wheeler of her cousin Sandip Bhoye. Around 12.30 pm, Sandip Bhoye was riding from Manas Mandir Road to Asangaon station when they met with an accident involving a tempo and a car. Tai Dandekar sustained grievous injuries and died on the spot. "A car from the opposite direction hit the two-wheeler, which in turn hit a tempo. The pregnant woman fell down and died on the spot. The cousin who was riding the two-wheeler also died in the accident," Rajput told the court. While the insurer, the owners of the car and the tempo were represented, the tempo driver remained absent and case was decided ex-parte against him. In his order, the judge noted: "It is not disputed that she (Tai) was pregnant at the time of her death and the post-mortem report mentioned that her uterus was enlarged and a foetus of 16 to 18 weeks weighing 400 gms was in her womb at the time of her death. The question arises whether the foetus in Tai's womb can be called as a child." Rajput relied upon the following decisions, Shraddha v/s Bdresh and others (2006 ACJ 2067) of the Madhya Pradesh high court and another case of Rakhi Kothari v/s R Soundaapandian and others (2014 ACJ 353) of the Madras high court. The judge also mentioned in the order: "In the present case, Tai succumbed to the injuries sustained the accident. The child died in the womb. There is nexus between the accident and the death of the child in Tai's womb. Therefore the applicant being the father is entitled to compensation," Gavhane stated. The tribunal also disposed of two more claims arising out of the same accident in which it also awarded compensation to the claimants. In the same case, the tribunal awarded Rs 4.55 lakh compensation to Prakash for Tai's death in the accident. Sandeep's parents, Kisan (54) and Anandi (50) got a payout of Rs 4.5 lakh.
2017-01-27Thane drug bust: FDA had pulled up pharma firm earlier for violations - The Indian Express
Thane drug bust: FDA had pulled up pharma firm earlier for violations Police had found 754 kg of drugs hidden in drums at a unit of the firm. Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published:January 28, 2017 2:15 am In a new revelation in the multi-crore Thane drug bust case, it has come to light that the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had prior knowledge of the violations committed by the pharma firm that is under the scanner. While the Thane police busted the racket on January 9, senior sources said the FDA had pulled up the firm for flouting norms last September itself. But while the state agency had served the firm a notice for these violations a month later, it did not take further action in the case. Watch What Else Is Making News: On January 9, the Thane anti-narcotic cell busted an alleged drug racket at Centaur's manufacturing unit after it arrested a duo with 6 kg of alprazolam. On questioning and subsequent raid, 754 kg drugs were found hidden in drums in a loft above a room at the unit by the police. The police estimated the cost of the seized drugs to be Rs 19 crore. Alprazolam, a psychotropic substance, is medically used for anxiety and panic disorders. In excess, it can cause hallucination and depression and can be abused as an addictive drug. According to the FDA, an inspection conducted last September showed violations in company's Ambernath unit. The FDA found that the quantity of psychotropic substances manufactured and in stock differed from the quantity mentioned in the records. Each licensed pharmaceutical company is supposed to submit its manufacturing unit's map to FDA. These maps are then used by drug officers during their yearly inspection. In the map submitted to FDA, the loft where drugs were seized was not shown by the Centaur Pharmaceuticals. FDA Officials, however, said that it was only after the seizure that FDA became aware of the illegal structure made for storing these drugs. The firm is licensed to manufacture or deal in 27 drugs. Of these, 14 are believed to be psychotropic substances. According to investigators, about 200 kg of the drug seizure comprised psychotropic substances including alprazolam. The FDA is inspecting the company's records to check whether the quantity in records match the production, by-products, and purchased quantity. Centaur Pharmaceuticals was purchasing alprazolam and even manufacturing it as an end-product. The company was reportedly also inspected by US FDA, but had received approvals. Thane police have so far arrested four persons including two employees of the Ambernath manufacturing unit named Baswaraj Bhandari (27) and Anil Rajbhar (25). Two others arrested are Luvkush Gupta and Amit Godbole who were found carrying the drug.
Thane drug bust: FDA had pulled up pharma firm earlier for violations - The Indian Express
2017-01-27Thane civic polls: Day one of nomination slow, only 28 candidates create profile - Times of India
Thane civic polls: Day one of nomination slow, only 28 candidates create profile Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Jan 28, 2017, 05.04 AM IST THANE: Day one of filing nominations for the corporation elections in Thane failed to see much enthusiasm from candidates as many refrained from filing their respective nominations probably due to uncertainty about the new filing mode, personal beliefs and defections apparently. According to officials, around 28 candidates across the city created their profiles on the election commission website- a precursor to filing nominations starting this time- but the filing was not yet done before the returning officers till Friday evening. Candidates are expected to upload their information online and take a print of the same and submit it to the respective returning officer. The nomination filing process for candidates wanting to contest the civic polls was launched on January 27 and applications will be accepted till February 3. "Around 28 candidates created their profiles on the portal, but are yet to get hard copies to us till evening. Unless, we get the documents in person, the nomination process isn't considered complete," informed a senior civic official. While few candidates restrained from going ahead claiming the day was inauspicious, few others have been reportedly asked by their respective parties to wait as the recent development of Sena BJP going solo could probably change the dynamics in several wards. "Few of my clients who are contesting the polls have deliberately deferred from filing nomination on Friday as it was considered inauspicious. They will upload their profiles soon and also complete the procedure maybe by next week," said a strategist from Thane. Political parties are also doing a last minute revision of their list of candidates and deferring to announce their candidates fearing defections. Many parties are likely to issue nomination forms to aspirants at the last minute as many corporators could possibly switch over after getting better opportunities elsewhere following last minute bargains, explained an observer. "We are planning issuing of nominations afresh after possibility of an alliance failed with the Sena. The process is likely to be over by Monday following which our candidates will start filing their nominations," said a senior BJP functionary. A Congress leader said the party was yet to announce nominations fearing defections due to possibility of better options elsewhere. "We will announce our nominations by Monday. Candidates are bound to switch parties ahead of the final date of nominations wanting to explore better opportunities elsewhere," said a leader.
2017-01-27Lake city sweats it out as warm eastern winds up mercury levels - Times of India
Thane: Lake city sweats it out as warm eastern winds up mercury levels Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Jan 28, 2017, 04.56 AM IST THANE: Though a slight nip in the air was felt just two months ago, the cold winds have already started retreating from the lake city and surrounding areas. Meteorologists attribute this rising mercury levels to the recent cyclonic circulation in the north western region of India coupled with the increase of the warm south easterly winds coming in this direction. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at a private Indian company that provides weather forecast, said, "There has been a cyclonic circulation of the cool northerly winds in the Rajasthan area over the past few days. These winds usually blow towards the south, cooling this area in the process. Instead, the western pockets in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region are now receiving the warm easterly winds coming from the Bay of Bengal." Palawat added, "While these winds have made the climate here warmer, the mercury levels will have a slight drop of around two to three degrees Celsius for the next 24 hours before ascending once again. This is an indicator of the slow fading of the winter season. As the onset of the winter season was delayed up to late December and it is already showing signs of retreating, this is one of the shorter winters this region has seen." From a minimum temperature of 16.2 degrees Celsius earlier this month to a consistent minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius this week, the mercury level has already begun its ascent. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature touched 37.2 degrees Celsius on early this week. Hrishikesh Sathe, a 26-year-old bird watcher and resident of Kopri, said, "This has been a very short winter. It not only started late, but also had a couple of fluctuating hot and humid days because of the cyclones, depressions in the Bay of Bengal and other such reasons. The winter migratory birds usually stay here during the cool weather right up till March. However, with the temperature rising, they may leave soon this year."
2017-01-27Dacoity bid foiled, gang arrested at Bhiwandi - Times of India
Thane: Dacoity bid foiled, gang arrested at Bhiwandi Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Jan 28, 2017, 05.15 AM IST THANE: The crime branch foiled a dacoity bid at Kongaon, Bhiwandi and rescued a kidnapped driver from a gang. The sleuths also recovered booty that the gang had stolen a few months ago and seized firearms and sharp weapons, said the police. The gang is said to be involved in a series of robberies across Maharashtra and Gujarat. They had recently had kidnapped a truck driver and made their way with Masala products worth Rs 23 lakh. The gang was on the move in an SUV and intercepted by the crime branch unit-1 team. On searching, the police found hockey sticks, toy gun, country-made pistols and 20 sleeping pills. Upon sustained interrogation, the gang admitted that they had kidnapped the driver of a truck who was carrying masala products worth lakhs of rupees. They took him to a secluded spot and gave him sleeping pills for 50 days, said the police. One of the gang members is believed to be a scrap dealer and the kingpin of the gang. With information from various sources, he would rob transport trucks in secluded areas. Many members of the gang have similar cases registered against them in Valsad, Daman, Vadodara, Mumbai, etc. Makarand Ranade, joint commissioner of police (crime), said that considering the number of cases against the accused they will impose the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) against them. The gang admitted to have kidnapped a truck driver and robbed masala products worth Rs 23 lakh that the truck was carrying. The driver was taken to a secluded spot and given sleeping pills for 50 days, said the cops.
2017-01-27Thane: Bikes stolen from parking areas in two separate cases - Times of India
Thane: Bikes stolen from parking areas in two separate cases Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Jan 28, 2017, 05.11 AM IST THANE: Two vehicles worth Rs 50,000 were robbed from the building premises in two separate cases in the city. In the first case, a bike worth Rs 30,000 owned by a 24-year-old, Manoj Yadav, a salesman was robbed from phase 2 of his complex, Lok Upvan at Pokhran Road No 2. In the second incident, a 37-year-old man, Abhay Mistri, lost his bike worth Rs 20,000 which he had parked in the parking area o f the complex Dosti Vihar at Vartak Nagar. Mistri had come to repair an AC in Dosti Vihar on Saturday and had parked his vehicle. However, when he returned the vehicle was missing. — Shrutika Sukhi
2017-01-26Loco pilots avert train accident near Thane, sabotage or mischief suspected - Hindustan Times
Loco pilots avert train accident near Thane, sabotage or mischief suspected india Updated: Jan 26, 2017 13:32 IST PTI, Mumbai Paramilitary force personnel search part of a railway track on the eve of the country's Republic Day celebrations in the Baramura hill range near Agartala on Wednesday. A major train accident was averted on Tuesday night, which is suspected to be an act of sabotage. Alert locomotive pilots of Madgaon- Dadar Jan Shatabdi Express averted a major tragedy by stopping the train in time after they spotted a huge piece of rail placed meticulously on tracks near Diwa station adjoining Mumbai, officials said on Wednesday.The incident occurred on Tuesday night when the Mumbai-bound Jan Shatabdi Express (12052) with 700 passengers on-board had crossed Mumbra station and was nearing Diwa station. Both Mumbra and Diwa are located in Thane district, neighbouring the financial capital. Jan Shatabdi (12052) train started from Madgaon on Tuesday at 2.30 pm and was scheduled to reach Mumbai around 11 pm. However, at 10.37 pm, when the train reached between Mumbra and Diva stations, the drivers spotted the seven-metre-long and around 400 kg piece of the rail, meticulously placed on one track, said Central Railway general manager DK Sharma.Loco pilot Harendra Kumar and assistant loco pilot Harish Chinchole spotted the seven-metre long piece of rail on one of the tracks and stopped the train in nick of time, Sharma said. They stopped the train, got down, and removed the rail with the help of the chief loco inspector N K Yadav and the passengers and then proceeded, Sharma told reporters. A CST-bound fast local had passed on the same track just 17 minutes earlier. This means this piece was placed on the track deliberately for nefarious reasons after the local train had passed, Sharma said.Top railway officials too suspect it to be either an act of sabotage or mischief and have lodged an FIR with railway police. Given the sensitivity of the incident which occurred ahead of the Republic Day, the officer said they have increased vigil, patrolling and monitoring of tracks. A rail piece is generally placed along tracks so that in case of emergency, like a rail fracture, these pieces can be used immediately. The area where the rail was placed is inhabited. Railway police has registered an FIR and launched a multi-pronged investigation to nab the culprits, Sharma said, adding the police commissioner of Mumbai and the Maharashtra DGP were informed about the incident. He said this could be the act of a handful of people and the administration has taken the incident very seriously. This could be an act of terrorism, an act of sabotage or an act of mischief. Our agencies are investigating the matter from all possible angles, the GM said. Meanwhile, responding to a query whether it was an act of terrorism, Atul Srivastav, the chief security commissioner of Central Railway, said it would be premature to draw such conclusion. This may or may not purely be an act of terrorism but we are leaving no stone unturned to crack the case with the help of city police and Railway police, he said. Meanwhile, the loco pilots were felicitated by authorities on Wednesday for their act.Railways suspects sabotage in the wake of recent incidents of derailments in various parts of country.On Saturday night, engine and nine coaches of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express jumped the tracks in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district, killing 39 people.Trains had derailed near Kanpur in November and December last year claiming over 150 lives.Hinting at the possibility of sabotage in the derailments, railway minister Suresh Prabhu recently wrote to home minister Rajnath Singh seeking a detail probe by the National Investigating Agency into the incidents.Recently, Bihar police had unearthed a conspiracy to train some persons in the country to tamper with railway tracks to cause derailments and their possible involvement in the accident near Kanpur.On January 1, railway protection force director heneral SK Bhagat had written to the CBI requesting for a probe into the suspected involvement of outsiders in making deep cuts on tracks near Kalyanpur, Mandhana stations near Kanpur.
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2017-01-26Awards won by Thane reflect our work: Shiv Sena - Mumbai Mirror
Awards won by Thane reflect our work: Shiv Sena PTI | Jan 26, 2017, 05.35 PM IST Thane: Shiv Sena Thane city chief Naresh Mhaske has dismissed the claim by NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad that the Sena has not done any remarkable development work in the district under its rule, saying that the number of awards won by the city reflects the work done by the civic body. Addressing a press conference along with city Mayor Sanjay More last evening, Mhaske said had Sena not performed in the last 25 years, how could the city win over 25 awards in all these years from the Central and the state government, which have been led by the Congress and NCP in the past. "Yes, we take credit for the work we have done and our party chief has been guiding us all through and has been monitoring the progress," he said. He also warned that Awhad should be more careful while making remarks against Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Awhad had on Monday attacked the Sena chief, saying that he was afraid to come to Thane to make poll promises for the city and instead made announcements from neighbouring Mumbai. Mhaske claimed that a large number of leaders from the NCP are willing to join the saffron party and are waiting for the right opportunity.
2017-01-26Thane Municipal Corporation has an innovative strategy to increase voter turnout - NYOOOZ
Thane Municipal Corporation has an innovative strategy to increase voter turnout DNAIndia Mumbai Thu,26 Jan 2017 Summary: During elections the voter turn out is very poor in Thane and we have to increase it. Hence, TMC will make all school students across Thane to take a pledge this Republic day. In spite of all the men and machinery deployed by the civic bodies and state election commission, the voter turn out is ?not satisfactory during elections. Normally it is parents who inculcate good habits in their children and thus, create good citizens. Election becomes another holiday ?and?? people go out with their families rather than cast their vote,ť says Manish Joshi, deputy commissioner, education department, TMC (Thane municipal corporation). In spite of all the men and machinery deployed by the civic bodies and state election commission, the voter turn out is ?not satisfactory during elections. Normally it is parents who inculcate good habits in their children and thus, create good citizens. But the Thane Municipal Corporation is pushing for a role reversal this Republic Day to make sure that school children make their parents meet their civic duty of voting during the upcoming civic elections. In spite of all the men and machinery deployed by the civic bodies and state election commission, the voter turn out is ?not satisfactory during elections. Though people are quick to blame the administration and ?government when anything goes wrong, they are very slow when it comes to stepping into the poll booth to cast their vote. During elections the voter turn out is very poor in Thane and we have to increase it. Election becomes another holiday ?and?? people go out with their families rather than cast their vote,ť says Manish Joshi, deputy commissioner, education department, TMC (Thane municipal corporation). Hence, TMC ??will make all school students across Thane to take a pledge this Republic day. On January 26, over 3.5 lac school children from 710 schools across Thane city will take an oath that they will convince their parents to go and vote on the civic polls of February 21, he ?says. The students will tell their parents that they? do? not want any outing on this day and would rather see them go and cast their vote. We are in the process of making the pledge and once it is done it will be circulated in all schools and principals will be asked to ensure that students take this pledge,ť he adds. Besides this?,? the civic body will make good use of its paint the wall campaign to generate awareness on voting.
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2017-01-26Thane police lodge case over provocative banner - Business Standard
Thane police lodge case over provocative banner Business Standard The police here today registered a case against two persons for putting up a provocative banner targeting the Shiv Sena. Police said no due permissions had been taken for the banners. A case was registered under IPC section 153 (promoting disharmony between two groups) and also under Maharashtra Defacing of Property Rules, 1995, against two persons, though nobody was arrested. The banner depicted a broken arrow and a saffron lotus on a chair described as 'mayor's chair'. Civic elections would be held in Mumbai, Thane and other places on February 21. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today made it clear that his party would not form alliance with BJP or any other party for these elections. The police here today registered a case against two persons for putting up a provocative banner targeting the Shiv Sena. Police said no due permissions had been taken for the banners. A case was registered under IPC section 153 (promoting disharmony between two groups) and also under Maharashtra Defacing of Property Rules, 1995, against two persons, though nobody was arrested. The banner depicted a broken arrow and a saffron lotus on a chair described as 'mayor's chair'. Civic elections would be held in Mumbai, Thane and other places on February 21. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today made it clear that his party would not form alliance with BJP or any other party for these elections. Press Trust of India
2017-01-25Thane: Village Development Officer booked for seeking bribe - The Indian Express
Thane: Village Development Officer booked for seeking bribe Thane: Village Development Officer booked for seeking bribe The village development officer of Kawad in Bhiwandi, allegedly sought bribe for releasing some bills of a contractor and clearing his payment. By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 25, 2017 10:38 am A village development officer in the district has been booked by for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 75,000 from a complainant, the ACB said today. The village development officer of Kawad (Khurd) group grampanchayat in Bhiwandi here, allegedly sought bribe for releasing some bills of a contractor and clearing his payment. The contractor then lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau which carried out a probe and found recently that the officer had demanded the bribe. Subsequently, the accused was yesterday booked under section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988, Thane ACB's police inspector Dileep Vichare said. No arrest has been made so far, he said, adding that further probe was on.
Thane: Village Development Officer booked for seeking bribe - The Indian Express
2017-01-25Thane: Two booked for firing in air at sarpanch's victory procession - The Indian Express
Thane: Two booked for firing in air at sarpanch's victory procession Subsequently, a man and his brother were booked under IPC section 336 and also under relevant provisions of the Arms Act. By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 25, 2017 10:33 am Two villagers from Bhiwandi taluka in the district have booked for firing in air during the victory procession of a woman sarpanch, police said. A person, who was present in the procession being taken out to hail Deepa Thackeray's victory to the post of sarpanch of Rajnoli village, fired two rounds in the air from his revolver yesterday, they said. Watch What Else Is Making News Subsequently, the man and his brother, who was also present in the procession, were booked under IPC section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and also under relevant provisions of the Arms Act. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the incident, police added.
2017-01-25Thane: Gang of fake election, Aadhaar card makers busted in Bhiwandi - Mid-Day
Thane: Gang of fake election, Aadhaar card makers busted in Bhiwandi By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours The Bhiwandi crime branch of Thane police on Saturday arrested three people from a gang of seven people, including employees of a telecom firm for preparing fake Aadhaar and election cards to get SIM cards. Four others from the gang had been held in November last year. The accused would download pictures from Facebook profiles and photoshop them on fake Aadhaar and election cards and sell them to undocumented people wanting to get SIM cards. Sheetal Raut, senior police inspector, Bhiwandi crime branch said in most of the detected case, the accused were using SIM cards made on fake identities. We conducted a raid and arrested four people on November 9, 2016 and registered a case at Bhiwandi police station, said Raut. Two of the four arrested are activation officers at telecom company Telenor. We seized 460 bogus customer verification forms, 60 fake stamps of different shops and Aadhaar and election cards. Then, on January 21, we further arrested three more people: Siraj Ahmed, Riyaz Ahmed Ansari, owner of a mobile shop and Dyanprakash Gupta who was found purchasing SIM cards from Riyaz and one Altamash Ansari. The trio are in custody till January 27. The police have seized around 49,967 photos of unidentified people, 9,400 duplicate Aadhaar cards, 3,072 election cards and different forms of telecom firms. 11,345 SIM cards of different telecom companies were activated with the help of fake documents prepared by the accused and 3,660 cards were approved with fake documents and were awaiting activation. To prepare the documents and SIM cards around 110 mobile phones were used. Ashutosh Dumbre, joint commissioner of police, Thane said, Bhiwandi is a hub for power loom firms and most of the labourers there don't have any documents. The accused used to sell the labourers the cards. Almost all SIM cards were activated using fake documents. We have also informed the respective firms about the same.
Thane: Gang of fake election, Aadhaar card makers busted in Bhiwandi - Mid-Day
2017-01-25Thane Man Vows to Fight Global Warming, Will Pedal 1300 km to Raise Awareness - NYOOOZ
Thane Man Vows to Fight Global Warming, Will Pedal 1,300 km to Raise Awareness Story Thane Mon,23 Jan 2017 Summary: He even met social activist Anna Hazare and briefed him about the menace of global warming. Karnik engages in awareness initiatives on global warming regularly while dwelling upon UN reports. Contrary to my expectation, illiterate farmers pick up details on global warming much faster than literate people from cities who tend to overlook threats global warming poses and care more for their fancy bikes and cars, Karnik said. The global warming concerns many but the 53-year-old Vikrant Karnik a former trade union leader from Thane, Maharashtra, has been fighting the rise in mercury levels world over and plans to cycle around 1300 km under his mission. His pamphlets having climate change details starting from 1750 to till date blame global superpowers US and China for increasing global warming who, according to him, kept ignoring their responsibility, but have now quietly inked Paris agreement after realising their mistake. The global warming concerns many but the 53-year-old Vikrant Karnik a former trade union leader from Thane, Maharashtra, has been fighting the rise in mercury levels world over and plans to cycle around 1300 km under his mission. Currently, in Madhya Pradesh's commercial capital Indore, an environmental enthusiast, Karnik is meeting school/college students and people from different walks of life; handing out the four-page pamphlet he has prepared containing extensive details of climate change and its ramifications. Karnik, who for years worked as a trade union leader, developed an understanding of issues concerning the environment as he got in touch with one Girish Raut. His association with industries, whose activities primarily pollute the environment, raised a lot of questions. As a result of these questions, Karnik disassociated himself from the trade unions. Karnik engages in awareness initiatives on global warming regularly while dwelling upon UN reports. He even met social activist Anna Hazare and briefed him about the menace of global warming. Contrary to my expectation, illiterate farmers pick up details on global warming much faster than literate people from cities who tend to overlook threats global warming poses and care more for their fancy bikes and cars, Karnik said. His pamphlets having climate change details starting from 1750 to till date blame global superpowers US and China for increasing global warming who, according to him, kept ignoring their responsibility, but have now quietly inked Paris agreement after realising their mistake. Still there is not much awareness on global warming and I tell school kids on their face that they are being trained to be robots used in this economy and school learning does not offer them any art or understanding of life, he said. When asked about expenses he incurs on his travels, Karnik said that he has spent only Rs 600-700 since he started his journey from Thane. The roadside eateries, where he has food, do not charge anything, appreciate his endeavour and people even arrange for his stay and food. Talking about climate change in a city like Indore, he said: Indore could well witness a snowfall by the year 2020 in winter and mercury could rise up to 50 degrees in summer if things remain as they are.
2017-01-25Thane cops to form 'gaav suraksha bal' to reduce crime - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops to form 'gaav suraksha bal' to reduce crime NAVEETA SINGH | Wed, 25 Jan 2017-07:15am , DNA Dombivli and Kalyan are satellite cities with more than 27 villages falling within its jurisdiction. In the past few months there have been a spurt of crime incidents in these cities making people feel the need to have a strong security network. To empower the residents in this situation as well as to make them self-sufficient, the Thane police will now form gaav suraksha bal (village defence parties) of the residents. In the past few years the population of Dombivli and Kalyan has increased from 13 lakh to 20 lakh due to affordable housing options available here. However, the infrastructure and other civic facilities have failed to keep pace with this burgeoning population. With the police force facing a staff crunch, keeping a tab on crime cases has become difficult. On January 23 Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde met Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh to apprise him of the situation. “We told him about the fear people are experiencing in Dombivli and Kalyan due to increase in crime rate. The criminals do not have any fear of law and there are cases of daylight murder, firing, etc,” says Shinde. For instance, on the afternoon of December 21 two unknown assailants opened fire at builder Amit Patil from Dombivli who was standing at Manpada along with his body guard Vicky Sharma. The assailants came on a bike and the pillion rider fired at Sharma mistaking him for Patil. In another incident a 28-year-old woman was burnt alive on the morning of December 20 by her husband and father-in-law. “Thane police commissioner assured us that a gaav suraksha bal will be formed in the villages of Dombivli and Kalyan and neighbouring areas. During the meeting he asked the officials to visit 27 villages in Dombivli-Kalyan, Daighar, Manpada and 14 villages of Thane and form the suraksha bal immediately,” says Shinde. The villagers will be trained on the lines of police mitra (friends of cops). They will be provided with hockey sticks, whistle and caps and will be the eyes and ears of the police. A cop will also patrol with each team at night. “This will be done on war footing here and then in other parts of Thane,” says Shinde. Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh confirmed that gaav suraksha bal will be formed to increase sense of security, surveillance and better policing. “It will double our strength as more young people will join us,” says Singh. Thane police commissionerate which covers Thane city, Dombivli, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar has a strength of 10,500 officials.
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2017-01-25Thane election department to woo voters by holding activities - Times of India
Thane election department to woo voters by holding activities Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 25, 2017, 10.01 PM IST THANE: In a move to increase the voter turnout for the upcoming civic polls, the district election office has planned a string a activities— including issuing new digitized and coloured digital voter identity cards, streets plays and college seminars on Wednesday. Deputy collector Farogh Mukadam said that the initiative is part of the voter reach-out programme on the occasion of National Voters Day, which is observed on January 25 every year. Mukadam said that 30 first time voters and 10 senior citizens will be felicitated by the election office by issuing new voter identity cards at a function that will be held at Gadkari auditorium. Meanwhile, the new cards will be available for citizens at various TMC centers by just paying a fee of Rs 50, Mukadam said.
Thane election department to woo voters by holding activities - Times of India
2017-01-25Thane sisters get Rs 26 lakh payout for farmhouse crash - Times of India
Thane sisters get Rs 26 lakh payout for farmhouse crash Rebecca Samervel | TNN | Updated: Jan 26, 2017, 10.24 AM IS Maharashtra consumer commission ruled in favour of two sisters who challenged an insurance company for repudiating their claims. A compensation of Rs 26 lakh has to be paid which includes money towards reimbursement for damages incurred, interest on the amount and cost of litigation. MUMBAI: The state consumer commission on Tuesday ordered an insurance company to pay a compensation of Rs 26 lakh for wrongly repudiating claims of two sisters whose Thane farmhouse was damaged in torrential rain in 2008. The commission refuted New India Assurance Co Ltd's defence that the house was damaged due to faulty workmanship that had weakened its foundation and loosened the soil. Besides Rs 12 lakh towards reimbursement for damages incurred in the house's collapse, the compensation included Rs 9 lakh interest on the amount, and Rs 5.10 lakh towards mental agony suffered and cost of litigation. The complaint was filed by Sheetal and Monica James before the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in 2009 but was rejected in March 2011. They filed an appeal in the National State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, which ruled in their favour and set aside the state commission's order on August 19, 2016. Referring to the insurance company-appointed surveyor's report, the national commission said nowhere was it claimed that there was no storm in the area on the night of June 15-16. "In view of the said unrebutted position, the insurer cannot say that the damage had not occasioned due to storm. I, therefore, have no hesitation in holding that the farmhouse of the complainants had got damaged on account of the storm," the national commission said. It held that the damage was covered under their insurance policy and hence they were entitled to reimbursement of the loss suffered. The national commission remitted the complaint back to the state commission for deciding the compensation. While deciding reimbursement for the damage, the state commission relied on the document submitted by the surveyor which said that in 2008, constructing a square foot of the house would not have cost more than Rs 750. " In his affidavit, he submitted that only 1,600 sq ft of the house was damaged and had fallen. Hence, damages can be considered to the extent of Rs 12 lakh," the state commission said.
Thane sisters get Rs 26 lakh payout for farmhouse crash - Times of India
2017-01-25Thane: Four hurt in road accidents in separate incidents - Times of India
Thane: Four hurt in road accidents in separate incidents Shrutika Sukhin | TNN | Jan 25, 2017, 10.00 PM IST THANE: In two separate incidents of road accidents, three pedestrians and a car driver suffered severe injuries after a car and container rammed into them at Srinagar and Kasarwadavli respectively in the last few days. The injured pedestrians- two school girls aged 15 and 11 and a 52-year-old man who were walking on the side of the road at Shantinagar got rammed into by a car driven by a 20-year-old youth who was learning to drive. Pooja Nuna and Kajal Rupnar were heading to school when the driver of the car, Mangesh Mani lost control and rammed into them. Shivling Appa, the 52-year-old injured pedestrian, was also walking ahead of them and got injured in the incident. Bystanders rushed the trio to a nearby private hospital, while Mani was arrested for rash driving," said a cop from Srinagar police station. The police claimed that the accused was not drunk when the incident occurred. Mani was taken to the magistrate court on Tuesday. In yet another incident, a 40-year-old woman driver suffered injuries after a container rammed into her car at Kasarvadavli on Saturday. "Haripriya Singh was heading towards Thane court on Saturday afternoon when a speeding truck rammed into her car from behind. Singh suffered injuries to her head and neck. She then noted down the truck's registration number and asked for the driver's details. The truck driver, Fakrudin Khan, was booked for rash driving," said an officer from Kasarvadavli police station.
Thane: Four hurt in road accidents in separate incidents - Times of India
2017-01-25Thane schools organise Republic Day events, base them on themes revolving around govt initiatives - Times of India
Thane schools organise Republic Day events, base them on themes revolving around govt initiatives Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 26, 2017, 03.04 AM IST THANE: City schools are celebrating Republic Day by organizing events based on themes revolving around initiatives set off by the government. Father Michael Pinto, principal, St. John the Baptist School, said, "We have planned activities ranging from a tribute to our army and defence to skits, dances, street plays and other activities on topics of digital India, inclusive India and Swachh Bharat. There is a lot of negativity in the society, but there are also a number of positive and growing trends. Through these events, our teachers, students and their parents will remember these events. Many schools have extended the activities for Republic Day celebrations and marked it as a patriotic week. Simmi Juneja, principal of DAV public school, said, "Topics like Republic Day, Indian history and importance of the preamble are only limited to history textbooks. On this day, we decided to change that trend and organise a week-long celebration filled with debates on these topics, discussions on Swachh Bharat, technology and so on."
Thane schools organise Republic Day events, base them on themes revolving around govt initiatives - Times of India
2017-01-24Thane: Two abandoned newborns recovered within two weeks - Mid-Day
Thane: Two abandoned newborns recovered within two weeks By Faisal Tandel Posted 3 hours A one-day-old boy was found at Dahisar Mori in Daighar 15 days back In a shocking state of affairs, within a span of 15 days two newborns were recovered from Mumbra and Shil-Daighar respectively. The police stations of both the areas have registered cases against unknown persons. While one of the babies has already been handed over to the Child Welfare Committee, the other one is undergoing treatment at Kalwa civic hospital. Another newborn was recovered from Mumbra on Saturday Abandoned in building: According to police, around 5 pm on Saturday, two women found a two-day-old boy kept at a corner on the second floor of Gareeb Nawaz building in Mumbra, where they stay. Speaking to mid-day, assistant police inspector of Mumbra police station Pramod Pore said, The women immediately called some of the other residents of the society, who then informed us. The baby was surrounded by ants. We are interrogating many people but have not got any clue yet. We are trying to gather information regarding recent pregnancies from hospitals within Mumbra. Once the baby's treatment is over, we will hand him over to the Child Welfare Committee. Then he will be shifted to the Janani Ashish Centre in Dombivli, added Pore. Found by the roadside: Around 15 days ago, locals of Dahisar Mori in Daighar found a baby boy by the roadside. They immediately informed the police, after which the newborn was admitted to Kalwa civic hospital. Speaking to mid-day, senior inspector of Shil-Daighar police station KD Katkar said, The baby underwent treatment for more than 12 days. Just two days back we handed him over to the Child Welfare Committee as we are still clueless about his parents. We have registered a case under section 317 (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person having care of it) of IPC and are investigating the matter further.
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2017-01-24Thane: Police bust cement sale racket; five arrested | The Indian ... - The Indian Express
Thane: Police bust cement sale racket; five arrested Thane: Police bust cement sale racket; five arrested The activity of filling the bags was done in the godown cum room of its owner identified as Rajesh Bhoir. By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 24, 2017 4:22 pm With the arrest of five persons, Thane police today claimed to have busted a major racket, wherein waste cement from railway yard godowns is collected and sold under the name of renowned brands. The arrests were made on Sunday after a raid was conducted in a godown at Balkum here, Sr Police Inspector Niteen Thackeray of Thane Crime Branch said. The accused were found collecting waste cement unloaded at the railway yards at Kalwa, Thane, Kalyan and Mulund railway stations. Watch what else is making news They used to package the collected cement in gunny bags with brand names and sell them at regular prices, police said. The activity of filling the bags was done in the godown cum room of its owner identified as Rajesh Bhoir. Following the raid, police seized many cement and empty bags valued at Rs 76,450 and registered offences under sections 420 rw 34 against the culprits. Those arrested are Gautam alias Rushi Uday Singh, 22, Ramu Nandram Rao, 50, Vinodkumar Jairaj Gautam, 42, Rajeshkumar Gautam, 35 and Janardhan Srivandam Gautam, 28, police said.
2017-01-24Fake sim card racket busted by Thane police, seven held | Thane ... - Times of India
Fake sim card racket busted by Thane police, seven held Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 24, 2017, 02.28 PM IST THANE: A seven member gang has been busted by Thane crime branch unit for selling mobile sim cards by submitting fake documents, the police said on Tuesday.Joint commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre informed that the distributor of a mobile service provider as well two activation officer are among those arrested in the case.Senior inspector Sheetal Raut and his team members have recovered a total of 11,345 sim cards were activated using fake documents. Apart from this, a total of 9,400 fake aadhaar card copies and 3,072 fake election cards were seized, photos were downloaded from social media, added the officer.
Fake sim card racket busted by Thane police, seven held | Thane ... - Times of India
2017-01-24Thane police soon to get the custody of prime accused in Rs 2000 crore drug bust case - Times of India
Thane police soon to get the custody of prime accused in Rs 2000 crore drug bust case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 24, 2017, 04.11 PM IST THANE: Investigators in the Rs 2000 crore drug bust case are all set to get the custody of the prime accused Kishorsinh Rathod, the son of former MLA from Gujarat who was nabbed earlier this month from Chambal valley. Rathod is the key accused in the case and allegedly played intrumental role in assisting the smuggling of ephedrine. Rathod is presently in the custody of Gujarat ATS and shall be brought to Thane in next couple of days, it is learnt. On the other hand, the investigators are likely to move the fourth supplementary chargesheet at the Thane sessions court, it is learnt. The chargesheet could tighten the noose on the accused, said a police officer. The chargesheet is believed to have number of clinching evidences that are included in near about 1000 pages, said a senior police officer.
Thane police soon to get the custody of prime accused in Rs 2000 crore drug bust case - Times of India
2017-01-24Thane school celebrates 'green' sports day - Times of India
Thane school celebrates 'green' sports day Vinamrata Borwankar | TNN | Jan 24, 2017, 12.07 PM IST MUMBAI: Children trying to balance a book on their heads or jumping a hurdle in their race to the finish line is a common sight during the sports day celebration at schools across the country. But, a school in Thane, decided to break the norm and carry a message instead. On January 19 and 20, students of Vasant Vihar Playmate Pre-school, Thane celebrated Green Glory- their sports day themed around protecting the environment. Hundreds of students of the pre-school used props made by their teachers to drive home a strong message to the audience full of their parents. To spread the message of reduce, reuse and recycle, the students used solar cookers, windmills, trees etc. "The displays which had 750 children performing clearly depicted how man needs to be in harmony with nature for it is we who are disturbing the balance, so beautifully created for us to live happily," said a member of Goenka and Associates Eucational Trust, the management of the school. Teachers said that the idea was to give every student a chance to participate. "The pre-school students are very young to understand competition so every year we use a theme for our sports day. The school believes in participation and not competition. It was an enriching experience for the children as they were learning on the run," said a teacher.
2017-01-24Spurned lover and his friend stab Thane student to death over affair - Hindustan Times
Spurned lover and his friend arrested for stabbing Thane student to death over affair mumbai Updated: Jan 25, 2017 00:11 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The main accused, Vighnesh Sarakate, 21, and his accomplice, Yogesh Santosh Jaiswal, 19, used a dagger and a knife to kill Pranay More of South Indian Association College. A 21-year-old spurned lover and his friend were arrested for allegedly stabbing a 20-year-old SYBCom student to death at Manapada in Dombivli on Tuesday. The main accused, Vighnesh Sarakate, and his accomplice, Yogesh Santosh Jaiswal, 19, used a dagger and a knife to kill Pranay More of South Indian Association College. Sarakate suspected that the victim was in a relationship with his former girlfriend, said the police. The student was attacked on his neck, stomach and chest. When he started bleeding, the attackers fled from the spot. With the help of a few students, he was taken to a private hospital in Dombivli. He succumbed to injuries during the treatment, said S Raut, police inspector of Manpada police station.Jaiswal is a vegetable vendor and Sarakate works in a private company, said the police. After the college was over around noon, More was walking down his home. He was waylaid and cornered by the accused. An altercation ensued which culminated into the stabbing, said an officer.Two months ago, the girl broke up with Sarakate owing to a family issue, the officer said, adding, He, however, would stalk her. A couple of months ago, Sarakate threatened More with dire consequences if he didn't stay away from her. The girl and More were good friends. We have taken the statement of a teenage witness, said Raut. The accused have been booked under murder charges. The police have recovered the weapons.
Spurned lover and his friend stab Thane student to death over affair - Hindustan Times
2017-01-23Ephedrine haul: Thane cops to file fourth supplement to charge sheet - Hindustan Times
Ephedrine haul: Thane cops to file fourth supplement to charge sheet mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2017 23:04 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The officer said the people they arrested provided details about the profit-sharing ratio and Mamta Kulkarni's share. Almost six months after attaching a third supplement to the charge sheet in the ephedrine drug haul case, the Thane police are set to submit a fourth one. The police said the it will be about 900 pages and will include the name of Vicky Goswami, international drug baron. Twelve people have been arrested in the case, while Goswami is absconding.In April last year, ephedrine worth Rs 2,000 crore was seized from a Solapur pharma company. Assistant police commissioner from Thane commissionerate Bharat Shelkhe said, We will submit the charge sheet in a day. We have details on how the hawala money was transferred from other countries to India in parts. The police have gathered details of meetings held in Kenya, Dubai and other countries.Shelkhe said, We have records of the conversations between Vicky and the accused. We also have pictures of the two. The police filed the charge sheet in June last year. A police officer from Thane commissionerate said, We have mentioned Goswami's links to former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni in the charge sheet. The officer said the people they arrested provided details about the profit-sharing ratio and Kulkarni's share. All the accused have confessed. We are looking for the main accused who had been running the drug racket for years. We have found how ephedrine was transferred from Solapur to Gujarat and then to Kenya and other places, he said.The police found out about the factory that was to be set up in Kenya. The police also came to know about the factory that was to be set up in Kenya. We are keeping a eye on Nigerian drug peddlers as we suspect them in connection with the case. Many Nigerians who used to stay on Thane's outskirts of Thane have fled, he added. Cops to bring Rathod to thaneOn January 9, Kishoresingh Rathod son of a former Gujarat MLA was arrested in connection with the case. A team from Thane's anti-narcotics cell has gone to Gujarat to take custody of him. He was in touch with Vicky Goswami. Their phone calls, messages, mails and online messages have been included in the charge sheet, said a cop.
Ephedrine haul: Thane cops to file fourth supplement to charge sheet - Hindustan Times
2017-01-23Thane doc helps save air passenger's life - The Hindu
Thane doc helps save air passenger
2017-01-23Minor fire breaks out on BEST bus, no one injured | Thane News ... - Times of India
Minor fire breaks out on BEST bus, no one injured Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Jan 23, 2017, 10.16 PM IST Thane: A minor fire was reported on a Borivli-Thane-bound BEST bus near Kasarwadavli on Monday morning. The 55 passengers who were on board escaped unhurt. "When the bus reached D-Mart, near Kasarwadavli, the driver, Aachyut Aavad, noticed smoke emitting from the engine. He immediately halted the bus at the corner of the road and evacuated all the passengers. The drvier and conductor tried to douse the flames using the fire extinguisher that was present in the bus. However, this was not enough. Luckily, another bus was right behind the vehicle and Aavad used the extingusher from that bus as well. Since the fire was minor, the flames were doused soon. No one suffered any injuries," said Santosh Kadam, chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC). Meanwhile, BEST officials have claimed the reason behind the fire could be over a spark in the engine. The police reached the spot and had also contacted the RDMC and fire brigade officials. However, the fire was already doused and the situation was brought under control by then.
Minor fire breaks out on BEST bus, no one injured | Thane News ... - Times of India
2017-01-23Man gets life term for killing forest guard - NYOOOZ
Man gets life term for killing forest guard TOI Thane Sun,22 Jan 2017 THANE: A 35-year-old hawker from Navi Mumbai has been found guilty of brutally killing forest guard in 2014 and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Thane sessions court. It was on July 14, 2014 that forest guard Budhaji Jadhav who was on his duty found that the accused was constructing a hut on the forest land and had also installed an idol and planting trees. Jadhav objected to that and asked the accused to remove it, when the accused threatened him of dire consequences. Later, Jadhav's body was found with severe injuries and Gangaprasad Gupta, a Rabale resident, had been arrested. Subsequently, he was awarded life imprisonment.
2017-01-23Thane Man Vows to Fight Global Warming, Will Pedal 1300 km to Raise Awareness - News18
Thane Man Vows to Fight Global Warming, Will Pedal 1,300 km to Raise Awareness Vivek Trivedi | Pradesh new18 First published: January 23, 2017, 5:06 PM IST Updated: 8 hours ago 53-year-old Vikrant Karnik, a former trade union leader from Thane, Maharashtra, has been fighting the rise in mercury levels world-over and plans to cycle around 1300 km under his mission. The global warming concerns many but the 53-year-old Vikrant Karnik, a former trade union leader from Thane, Maharashtra, has been fighting the rise in mercury levels world over and plans to cycle around 1300 km under his mission. Currently, in Madhya Pradesh's commercial capital Indore, an environmental enthusiast, Karnik is meeting school/college students and people from different walks of life; handing out the four-page pamphlet he has prepared containing extensive details of climate change and its ramifications. Karnik, who for years worked as a trade union leader, developed an understanding of issues concerning the environment as he got in touch with one Girish Raut. His association with industries, whose activities primarily pollute the environment, raised a lot of questions. As a result of these questions, Karnik disassociated himself from the trade unions. Karnik engages in awareness initiatives on global warming regularly while dwelling upon UN reports. He even met social activist Anna Hazare and briefed him about the menace of global warming. Contrary to my expectation, illiterate farmers pick up details on global warming much faster than literate people from cities who tend to overlook threats global warming poses and care more for their fancy bikes and cars, Karnik said. His pamphlets having climate change details starting from 1750 to till date blame global superpowers US and China for increasing global warming who, according to him, kept ignoring their responsibility, but have now quietly inked Paris agreement after realising their mistake. Still there is not much awareness on global warming and I tell school kids on their face that they are being trained to be robots used in this economy and school learning does not offer them any art or understanding of life, he said. When asked about expenses he incurs on his travels, Karnik said that he has spent only Rs 600-700 since he started his journey from Thane. The roadside eateries, where he has food, do not charge anything, appreciate his endeavour and people even arrange for his stay and food. Talking about climate change in a city like Indore, he said: Indore could well witness a snowfall by the year 2020 in winter and mercury could rise up to 50 degrees in summer if things remain as they are.
Thane Man Vows to Fight Global Warming, Will Pedal 1300 km to Raise Awareness - News18
2017-01-23Newborn girl decapitated and dumped in Thane - Deccan Chronicle - Deccan Chronicle
Newborn girl decapitated and dumped in Thane PTI Published Jan 23, 2017, 3:35 pm IST Updated Jan 23, 2017, 3:46 pm IST The remains of the unidentified infant were recovered from an open space near Jingad housing complex in the locality. Thane: The decapitated body of a newborn baby girl was found abandoned in Mira Road in Thane, police said on Monday. The remains of the unidentified infant were recovered from an open space near Jingad housing complex in the locality, they said. The Mira Road police have registered an offense under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC against unknown persons and a hunt has been initiated for those involved in the crime. Police is checking the CCTV footage in the area to catch the culprits and further investigation is underway.
Newborn girl decapitated and dumped in Thane - Deccan Chronicle - Deccan Chronicle
2017-01-23Youth Choose Education; Veterans Want Experience - Times of India
Youth Choose Education; Veterans Want Experience Freny Fernandes, Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Jan 23, 2017, 10.27 PM IST Thane: A sound academic background, an unstained record in the police files and an easy-to-approach attitude are the desired qualities in a candidate which would influence the voters during the February 21 polls to the municipal corporation here, a sample survey conducted by this newspaper revealed. The TOI dipstick which covered 60 Thaneites from varied socio-economic background, age group and gender clearly revealed that the Gen Xs definition of an ideal corporator is one who is academically qualified and has a vision for improving basic services and effective functioning of the ward. As many as 75 per cent of the young voters (26 years - 35 year age group) and the first-time voters, believe that education will be the key differentiater for them. "We need an educated and a solution-centric corporator who will not only resolve our everyday woes, but has a strategic vision plan for improving the area," said Sneha Gaikwad (22), a Naupada resident who will cast her ballot for the first time. Around 40 per cent of the veteran voters said their preference would be for the time-and-tested corportors who has actively worked for his locality without any formal education degree but is prompt in resolving issues of water cuts, bad roads, and so on. Shiv Muttoo (47), a resident of Hiranandani Estate, said, "More than academic qualifications, I believe the ideal corporator needs to have street smartness which will help him or her resolve all issues quickly. We can only gauge this on the basis of what work they have done in the past and how accessible they have been to public opinions. I personally believe that any candidate with a criminal record is a strict no, as he doesn't abide by the law himself, let alone leading the entire ward in the right direction." It was also seen that around 13 per cent denizens did not bother if their future corporator is accessible enough for them as they claimed that they are only approachable till the time they are elected. "The politicians are only visible till the time the elections are at the doors, once they are elected it becomes difficult to reach them and convey our problems to them. Most of the times they are not even available in their offices," said Rakesh Kumar, Brahmand resident.
2017-01-23Thane Municipal Corporation springs into action to clean well with dead fish - Times of India
Thane Municipal Corporation springs into action to clean well with dead fish Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2017, 03.51 AM THANE: A day after TOI reported about the death of over a dozen fish in the 17ft drinking water well at Shastri Nagar area, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) immediately sprang into action and took up well's cleaning. Despite informing the civic body about the situation on Wednesday, no action was taken until TOI reported about the issue on Monday. "On January 18, we found one fish dead in the well and immediately wrote a letter to the commissioner. We even sought help of officials from the civic water department, but in vain," said Anil Morye, a resident. However, only after TOI reported about the issue on Monday, the officials of Solid Waste Management department cleared away the floating bodies of the dead fish while the pollution control department took up the task of disinfecting the well by sprinkling potassium permanganate to dissolve the toxicity of the water. "We got the complaint about the well and immediately took steps to resolve it. We have controlled whatever toxins present in the well. I have also written to the water supply department to clean the rest of the well and ensure that the residents get their share of drinking water," said Manisha Pradhan, head of the pollution control department, TMC. While the cleaning activities are still underway, residents point out that the corporation should also focus on the main cause of the issue and direct the drainage line elsewhere. "In the road widening process, the drainage line was directed near the well which has resulted in it leaking into the drinking water. While we are relieved that the corporation is cleaning the well, it will be pointless if they don't shift the drainage line," Morye said.
Thane Municipal Corporation springs into action to clean well with dead fish - Times of India
2017-01-23municipal polls: 'Politicans Eye The Big Seat But Igonre Education ... - Times of India
muncipal polls: 'Politicans Eye The Big Seat But Igonre Education' Shrutika Sukhi, Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Jan 24, 2017, 04.00 AM IST THANE: The civic polls are just around the corner and the election fever is rising across the city. While candidates are going beyond their reach to woo voters, most residents prefer their corporator to have good educational qualifications. Academics was the last priority of political parties issuing party nomination during the 2012 municipal polls in the city. Out of a total of 130 corporators, a shocking 44% had not even cleared SSC and a miniscule 17% were graduates. A close scrutiny of the affidavits of 118 of the 130 corportors showed near-absence of professionals or those with strong academic background. Of the 53 corporators elected on a Shiv Sena ticket, 19 were school dropouts, while the tally of those who failed their Class X exams rounded up to 12. A good 13 Sena corporators attended college and studied up to Class XII, while just 11 corporators hold a university degree. One of the Sena corporators had no formal education and was an illiterate. In contrast, the BJP corporators had a clear edge over its ally here as six of their eight corporators had cleared their SSC exam and also had a college degree. The NCP, led by Jitendra Awhad, a management graduate who now holds a doctorate from Mumbai Universty, seemed to have given education a complete neglect while issuing the election form for his supporters. Of its total tally of 34 corporators, only nine hold a university degree, 10 were school dropouts and two have studied till Class XII. Two of the NCP corporators had not cleared their SSC exam. The education profile of the 18 corporators from the Congress reveals that only three have cleared class X, one of them was unable to clear his class X and nine others are school dropouts. A close look at the professions reveal majority of the corporators were builders, labour contractors, estate agents, painting contractors or suppliers of building material. Of the 65 women corporators in the civic body, 43 are housewives, 11 have declared their occupation as builders, while eight others said they are engaged in the business of supplying building material.
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2017-01-23Thane bishop's faith in eco-friendly ways helps cut power use at church - Hindustan Times
Thane bishop's faith in eco-friendly ways helps cut power use at church Updated: Jan 23, 2017 09:07 IST Alwyn D'Silva has also been trying to reduce the impact of global warming through several awareness initiatives. St John the Baptist Church at Thane has shown the most energy efficient way to pray by using a large fan equivalent to 10 household fans that ensures 30% reduction in electricity consumption and cools a church that has an attendence of 1,000 people on Sundays. Auxiliary bishop Father Allwyn D'Silva, as the parish priest of the 500-year-old church and manager of St John the Baptist School, set up the fan along with a number of environment friendly initiatives ranging from solar power, rain water harvesting, recycling organic waste to installing LED lights at the church grounds. Over the past two decades, he has been trying to reduce the impact of global warming through several awareness initiatives, environmental education at schools and published academic papers to make the parish eco-friendly. D'Silva is also the head of the Archdiocesan Office for Environment, and secretary for the Federation of Asian Bishops (FABC) Climate Change Desk. Climate change is rooted in faith, because to care for creation is to manifest one's love for the creator. The more we care for creation, the more spiritual we become, he said. Uncertainty looms over weather, floods and rising temperatures and that has already damaged a lot. So a lot of steps need to be taken to do something about it not only in India but globally. On Thursday, the World Meteorological Organisation declared 2016 as the hottest year with the global averaged temperature about 1.1 degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial period. D'Silva urges the Catholic Church, which has nearly 500,000 members in Mumbai, almost 4% of the city's population, to take climate change seriously. This is a crisis that affects the future generations. If we have been handed over a beautiful world by our forefathers, it is our moral obligation to hand the same over to our next generation, he said. In 2012, he formed the parish environment club that introduced a biogas plant at the church ground. Daily kitchen waste amounting to 20kg, leftovers from weddings, and waste from a local vegetable market is all converted into cooking gas through a biogas plant. During the same year, a rooftop solar system with nine panels was set up at the school that powers lights and fans in every classroom, staff rooms and principal's office.After the restoration of the church in 2015 and the setting up of the Johannine Centre (church office), rainwater harvesting program was setup that saved 2 lakh litres of water over the past two monsoons. It is an integrated system that can automatically switch to the grid. The move reduced our electricity bill by 40%, said Father Michael Pinto, principal, St John the Baptist School. People learnt from Fr Allwyn about eco-spirituality faith combined with the concept to protect the environment. His efforts have created a lot of awareness among students through faith and practical examples. A visiting professor at St Pius College, a seminary in Goregaon, D'Silva started an eco-club in 2012 that manages a garden with 26 species of 3,000 trees, 15 species of butterflies, 22 species of birds and seven species of insects and reptiles on campus. Additionally, his efforts gave way to a kitchen garden and a rainwater harvesting project at Our Lady of Nazareth High School, Bhayander (West). Fr Allwyn is one of the first green voices in the city and recognised India's environmental crisis long before anybody else. While such issues are being raised over the past few years, he's brought environmental problems to the fore for over two decades ago, said Father Savio Silviera, environmentalist and director, NGO GreenLine. Expert speak: The efforts by Fr Allwyn D'Silva are highly commendable. Such initiatives have far more impact within communities since the information is being disseminated through religion. He is setting an example not only for the church but for followers of other religions as well, said Satish Gavai, principal secretary, state environment department.
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2017-01-22Ahead of elections, Shiv Sena announces poll sops for Thane, Ulhasnagar - Daily News & Analysis
Ahead of elections, Shiv Sena announces poll sops for Thane, Ulhasnagar
Ahead of elections, Shiv Sena announces poll sops for Thane, Ulhasnagar - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-22Man gets life term for killing forest guard - Times of India
Man gets life term for killing forest guard Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 22, 2017, 05.06 PM IST THANE: A 35-year-old hawker from Navi Mumbai has been found guilty of brutally killing a forest guard in 2014 and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Thane sessions court. It was on July 14, 2014 that forest guard Budhaji Jadhav who was on his duty found that the accused was constructing a hut on the forest land and had also installed an idol and planting trees. Jadhav objected to that and asked the accused to remove it, when the accused threatened him of dire consequences. Later, Jadhav's body was found with severe injuries and Gangaprasad Gupta, a Rabale resident, had been arrested. Subsequently, he was awarded life imprisonment.
2017-01-22Baby boy found abandoned in Mumbra building - Times of India
Baby boy found abandoned in Mumbra building Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 23, 2017, 12.02 AM IST THANE: A two-day-old boy was found abandoned in a building on Saturday afternoon at Mumbra. The police claimed that they received a call from a resident of Garib Navaz building in the area about the abandoned baby. "When our team reached the spot we saw the baby boy alive and lying without any clothes on him on the second floor passage of the building. Residents claimed that they did not see anyone entering the premises. The society has no CCTV cameras," said an officer from Mumbra police station. The baby has been sent to Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital, Kalwa for treatment and is said to be stable.
Baby boy found abandoned in Mumbra building - Times of India
2017-01-22It's raining sops: Shiv Sena wants to create Marina Bay in Thane - Hindustan Times
It's raining sops: Shiv Sena wants to create Marina Bay in Thane mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2017 00:30 IST Manasi Phadke Hindustan Times hackeray said he would build an independent dam for Thane. Amid a tussle with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over seat-sharing, the Shiv Sena continued its spree of promising freebies to voters ahead of the elections, targeting Thane residents this time around.The glossy list of poll promises includes exemptions and rebates on property tax, a health scheme, a new dam, a 30-acre central park and a stadium.In a repeat of his performance in Mumbai last week, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray promised to waive property tax for houses of up to 500 sq ft carpet area, and heavily discount tax for houses of up to 700 sq ft in the municipal council limits of Thane and Ulhasnagar. On Sunday, Thackeray said that if he was voted to power, houses larger than 700 sq ft located in societies that undertake activities such as rainwater harvesting would get incentives. He also promised a free health-care services scheme to those who do not qualify for the state government’s health-care schemes. The subtext of Thackeray's promises was that the Sena was ready to contest polls solo, without its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Along with Mumbaiites, Thane residents too have stood firmly behind the Shiv Sena. In these days of uncertainty, when distress can suddenly befall people, the Shiv Sena wants to provide them with some respite and affirm that we will always work in their interest. I fulfilled all the promises I had made till now, Thackeray said. The Sena chief had earlier assured Mumbaiites of property tax rebates and a health services scheme. It sparked off a freebie war, as the BJP took credit for coming up with the idea of exempting small home owners from property tax. The BJP then upped the ante by promising to waive street tax. Promising to release a full manifesto for Mumbai soon, Thackeray promised school children in uniform free travel in BEST buses. He also promised insurance cover to BEST employees, similar to the one Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) employees have.Thackeray said he would build an independent dam for Thane, similar to how the BMC built the Middle Vaitarna dam for Mumbai. Thane's water supply situation is bleak. If water continues to be mismanaged, in a few years, the area will suffer in the same way Marathwada is suffering today. The BMC could complete the Middle Vaitarna dam in 3.5 years, but the Union government took 10 years for clearances. We appeal to the state and Union governments to fast-track approvals for the dam in Thane, said Thackeray. The Shiv Sena chief said a central park at Kolshet would be built and equipped with an amphitheatre, walking and jogging tracks and a tree park. The party promised to recreate Singapore's Marina Bay at Kharegaon chowpatty. It has also promised Thane traders exemption from cleanliness tax, and assured residents of a large sports complex and stadium at Ghodbunder Road. The Shiv Sena has dominated the Thane Municipal Corporation since it was founded in 1982. It has been in power for three consecutive terms. Mumbai and Thane are considered to be the party's bastions, which it will guard fiercely, leaving no stone unturned. With pre-poll talks with the BJP stuck over disagreements, especially in Mumbai, both parties are preparing to contest independently if the alliance falls through. Thackeray refrained from commenting on the alliance talks. I have neither received a proposal, nor has the BJP contacted me, he said. Shiv Sena leaders Anil Desai, Anil Parab and Ravindra Mirlekar have been negotiating a seat-sharing deal with the BJP. The talks reached a stalemate on Saturday, with the BJP demanding 114 of the BMC's 227 seats and the Shiv Sena unwilling to part with more than 60, lower than the 63 that it had given the BJP in the 2012 polls. With the BMC polls scheduled for February 21, Thackeray declined to comment on the date by which the seat-sharing issue would be resolved. We were given several deadlines after demonetisation, but not all were met, Thackeray said.
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2017-01-213 kids, locked up at home for 6 years, freed - Times of India
3 kids, locked up at home for 6 years, freed Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Jan 21, 2017, 08.21 AM IST Rehan, 15, Rehman, 13, and Ajaz, 11, were confined for six years into their 150 sq ft home by therir father, paranoid since his wife left him. They would be let out only twice a year during Ramzan and Bakri Eid. BHIWANDI: Three boys have been rescued from their 150 sq ft home where they had been kept confined for six years by their father, paranoid since his wife left him. They had been taken off school and would be let out only twice a year - during Ramzan and Bakri Eid. They are being treated for calcium deficiency and vision problems and doctors suspect they are suffering from mental trauma because of the long incarceration. Rehan, 15, Rehman, 13, and Ajaz, 11, were rescued on Thursday in Bhiwandi after neighbours took pity on their condition and filed a police complaint against their father, 55-year-old Sayyed Khan. Nizampura police have begun recording the neighbours' statements. Asked why he had kept the kids under house arrest, Khan first said: "My wife left home six years ago and I've always feared that she would kidnap the children in my absence." Later, he said whenever he would take his sons out, they would feel disheartened on seeing other children's mothers and ask him for theirs. This made him lock them up. Khan worked as an autorickshaw driver. For the past year, he has been employed at a shop. Once the couple separated, he forced Rehan, then a student of Class V, and Rehman, a student of Class IV, to leave school. He fed the three "inferior food" bought from a local supplier, who charged Rs 30 for a meal of 10 chappatis, dal and curry. The neighbours first took up the issue with Rakshana Qureshi, a former corporator. On Thursday, Qureshi and the locals landed up at Khan's residence. On entering the smelly house, they spotted the three children sitting listlessly in three corners. They appeared malnourished and could not stand or see properly. Qureshi said she suspected Khan had threatened the children against reporting the harassment to the neighbours. She added that they admitted to not having stepped out of their home for six years. "I barely saw the children, except during festivals," said a neighbor. Others said they sometimes saw the children standing behind the door of their home and look wistfully at the road outside. They would vanish inside on spotting their father. The children have been admitted to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi. "The children are facing severe health problems, including calcium deficiency and mental issues," said Dr Jayshree Mahiskar, chief medical officer. She added the children will need psychiatric counselling. "My brother is very rude and never listens to us. Ever since his wife left, he has never allowed us to visit his home," Khan's elder brother told TOI. Whenever he tried to visit, Khan would lose his temper and once even assaulted him. Khan's close friend, too, said whenever he would request him to take his sons out, he would warn him against interfering in his personal life. Raza Academy, a local NGO, has come forward to take care of the children's education. "When we asked them, the children said they want to study further. We will bear their educational expenses," said Shakeel Raza, secretary. Their neighbours have demanded that the government look after the children to protect them from Khan. "Handing over the children to their father would be dangerous," said one. "Our team is probing the case. The children's father will be booked if found guilty," said Manoj Patil, deputy police commissioner, Bhiwandi zone of Thane police.
3 kids, locked up at home for 6 years, freed - Times of India
2017-01-21Congress-NCP form alliance in Thane; NCP releases second list for BMC polls - Daily News & Analysis
Congress-NCP form alliance in Thane; NCP releases second list for BMC polls
Congress-NCP form alliance in Thane; NCP releases second list for BMC polls - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-21Local BJP netas back Omie's entry to party in Ulhasnagar | Thane ... - Times of India
Local BJP netas back Omie's entry to party in Ulhasnagar Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jan 21, 2017, 02.19 PM IST Pappu Kalani's son Omie. ULHASNAGAR: With the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation elections nearing, four local BJP leaders have come out in support of strongman Pappu Kalani's son, Omie's entry to the saffron party. Rajkumar Singh, Vinod Govani, Bacchan Tomar and Kamal Panjabi, who head different mandals in the city, have released a video, to say they would welcome Omie, who has 22 corporators in his team, if he joins the BJP. They said his entry would ensure a BJP victory in the civic body elections without alliance with any party. Earlier some BJP leader had opposed entry of Omie over his father Pappu Kalani's criminal background and families style of running party at local level in their own style. If political sources to believes than many other local BJP leaders from party are willing Omie should join party for win but due to oppose of former MLA Kumar Ailani who is fearing that Omie's whose mother Jyoti Kalani is also an sitting MLA from city, if joins party than they may spoil his political career because of which no one was coming openly in support of Omie. The Shiv Sena, the BJP's ally in UMC, has also warned that it would not have alliance with the saffron party if Omie is given entry. Omie said, "If I get any good proposal from BJP, then it is good. Else, I have been campaigning for my candidates for six month and am confident of winning maximum seats."
Local BJP netas back Omie
2017-01-21'Well employed' youth dupes college girl, marries her - Times of India
Well employed' youth dupes college girl, marries her Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Jan 21, 2017, 09.47 PM IST Thane: A 21-year-old student was duped by a 23-year-old youth who convinced her to marry him by claiming that he is a manager and owns a house. The police claimed that in October 2015, the victim got acquainted with accused Swapnil Waghmare as he would frequent the premises of the college she studied in. The girl, who was doing her second year of graduation from a Thane-based college, was approached by Waghmare. "In August 2016, Waghmare asked the girl to marry him, after which the student asked him whether he was employed and had a house of his own. The boy claimed that he worked in a clothes storeroom as a manager and showed her a building claiming he lived there. The two got married at a wedding hall and went to their respective homes," said an officer from Thane Nagar police station. Waghmare then started giving vague excuses when the victim kept asking him to take her to his place.
2017-01-21Student sexually assaulted by school teacher | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
Student sexually assaulted by school teacherStudent sexually assaulted by school teacher Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 22, 2017, 01.32 AM IST THANE: A 14-year-old girl was reportedly sexually assaulted by her 52-year-old school teacher. The accused, Anwar Fakir Khalpe, a teacher with a private school near Rabodi found that one of the students, a 14-year-old, was not paying attention to his teachings and instead was talking. He got angry and punished the girl. The incident happened on November 17, 2016. "The girl was asked to stand near the blackboard, facing her back to the class and hands up. After few minutes the accused went to the girl and touched her inappropriately in front of the class," said an officer from Rabodi police station. Khalpe was suspended after the victim's parents complaint. The accused was booked under POCSO acts.
Student sexually assaulted by school teacher | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
2017-01-21Financial firm at Kapurbawadi broken into, valuables worth Rs 30K burgled - Times of India
Financial firm at Kapurbawadi broken into, valuables worth Rs 30K burgled Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 22, 2017, 01.42 AM IST THANE: A financial firm was burgled of valuables worth Rs 30,000 on Wednesday night at Kapurbawadi. The unidentified burglars have been booked. "The employees from the company left the premises around 6pm after work. Also, the front office workers left officer around 10pm and closed the shutters. On Thursday morning around 7am when a few employees reached office, they noticed that someone had broken the locks of the safety door which was at the back entrance. It was also seen that 391 drawers of wooden tables were broken as an attempt to find some valuable. The accused managed to get tablets and other valuables worth Rs 30,000," said an officer from Kapurbawadi police station. The police claimed that they would be checking the CCTV footages from a few shops around the office to find for clues.
Financial firm at Kapurbawadi broken into, valuables worth Rs 30K burgled - Times of India
2017-01-21'Self-inflicted injury growing trend among students as solace from frustration' - Times of India
Self-inflicted injury growing trend among students as solace from frustration Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 22, 2017, 01.37 AM IST THANE: Fed up with the continuous bickering of his separating parents, his dropping grades and a cheating girlfriend, 15-year-old Shubham Joshi (named changed) took the sharp blade from his razor and carved multiple slits on his arm in an attempt to let go do his pent up frustration, anger and pain. He immediately washed away the flowing blood, applied an antiseptic ointment, covered the scarring wounds with bandages, wore a long sleeved t-shirt and painted a smile on his face, ensuring that his parents wouldn't find out of his painful coping method. Just like Shubham, a large section of youngsters seem to have found solace from their misery, rage and isolation by inflicting non-suicidal injuries on themselves. In a recent incident, seven class VII students slashed their wrists using pencil sharpening blades as a dare to each other. City counsellors and psychiatrists who have witnessed a growing trend of such incidents over the past few years peg these acts of inward rage to a string of issues ranging from dysfunctional or distant family relationships and romantic relationships to bullying, peer pressure and problems about body image. Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Avinash DeSousa believes that these children participate in a condition called non-suicidal self-injury, wherein they are not actually trying to commit suicide, but venting their emotions through pain. "Most of these cases crop up in families where the parents are either working and aloof or quarrelling, romantic relationships where the child doesn't understand how to deal with a broken relationship, incidents of bullying, peer pressure and so on. Some get addicted to the high they get when the brain releases a chemical called opioid to reduce their pain in cases of injuries," added Dr DeSousa. City school counsellors have also been witnessing a number of such incidents occurring within the school premises. Minal Pinto, one such student counsellor at St. John the Baptist School in Thane, said, "Most of these issues boil over to such an extreme extent because these students bottle up their frustrations, rage and all other negativity as they have no avenue to vent it out. They think of these non-serious injuries as a way of ridding themselves of these difficulties. Many do it as a cry for attention and help from their troubles. During these times, teachers and parents should ensure that they give the child a listening ear and come up with positive solutions to their problems." I receive three such cases of non-suicidal self-injury weekly and come across children from the ages of 10 to adolescents aged 25 suffering through this. Majority of these cases come from the 12 to 25 age group as they are exposed to peer-pressure and hormonal changes.
2017-01-20Thane: Teacher who uprooted 7-year-old's hair over late fees suspended - Mid-Day
Thane: Teacher who uprooted 7-year-old's hair over late fees suspended By Pallavi Smart Posted 2 hours Prachi Gupta The immediate aftermath of seven-year-old Prachi Gupta's merciless beating and hair pulling by her teacher at Thane's Gyanoday Vidya Mandir School has been swift and harsh. While the teacher in question has already by suspended by the management, it has also set off outrage and yet another debate on corporal punishment as a means to discipline children. On the upside: Prachi has been deemed medically fit after a precautionary CT scan yesterday. Father seeks action: Following the incident on Tuesday (wherein Prachi's teacher punished her for forgetting to bring her diary for the teacher to make a note in it about late payment of fees by pulling out her hair and leaving a bald spot there), Prachi's father Akhilesh decided to approach the police. However, after the school management assured him of appropriate action against the teacher, he decided to wait. Thane: Teacher uproots 7-year-old's hair over late fees I am waiting for the school to take action. If it fails to take satisfactory action against such inhuman behaviour by a teacher, then I will start knocking on all possible doors to ensure that the teacher is not appointed in any other school, said Akhilesh, who runs a photo studio in the same locality. And though he is relived that Prachi is fit, he is worried about new hair growth at the bald spot that the teacher left her with. School shrugs: When contacted, RN Tiwari, secretary of the Gyanoday Shikshan Prasarak Samiti, the school trust, said, The teacher has been suspended for a week and also served a show cause notice. Further actions will be decided after she submits her response. We are following the procedure here and are very particular about following rules. Opposing views: Meanwhile, though Chintaman Vekhande, state treasurer of Maharashtra State Shikshak Sena, has stated that corporal punishment is a complete no-no in schools, Prashant Redij, spokesperson for Maharashtra School Principals Association, said, In schools, disciplining involves punishment, but where to draw the line has to be understood by teachers. mid-day readers outrage on social media Joginder: What rubbish! While I support a certain amount of corporal punishment, this sort of behaviour is unacceptable. Worry what kind of trauma the child will be undergoing. Tulika: OMG!! This is horrible. Hope the culprit is punished Pooja Pande: This is traumatic. How can a teacher be this inhuman toward a child? Shouldn't teachers be educated on child psychology?
Thane: Teacher who uprooted 7-year-old
2017-01-20Thane girl to be a part of Donald Trump's inauguration - Times of India
Thane girl to be a part of Donald Trump's inauguration Ch Sushil Rao, | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2017, 09.13 AM IST Oishika Neogi, a Thane-resident, will attend the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump in the US White House on Friday. She bagged the opportunity after winning a debate contest held during a Global Young Leaders Conference which was held in the US in June last year. A student, Neogi is also a thinker and a short-film maker, who aims to send out a message through her films. She had won a debate contest held during the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) India conference at Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad in 2014. This gave Neogi the ticket to participate in the Global Young Leaders Conference in the US, where she again emerged victorious in the debate contest. "We are glad she has got the opportunity to attend the big event," said Aditya Soma, CEO MunCafe, which organizes the HMUN India conference. Neogi is also coordinating with MunCafe in organizing a leadership event at Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, Pune, where she is pursuing her bachelor degree in arts. Oishika was born in Kolkata and her family lives in Thane. She has studied in BK Gadia college in Malad. Interestingly, Neogi had directed a short film, titled "Headlines 2016", in August last year and the film was about who will be the next US President.
Thane girl to be a part of Donald Trump
2017-01-20Thane may face Marathwada water woes in 10 years: HC - Times of India
Thane may face Marathwada water woes in 10 years: HC TNN | Updated: Jan 21, 2017, 12.56 AM IST MUMBAI: Over a week after residents of a Thane housing complex locked up a builder over water scarcity, it was the Bombay high court's turn on Friday to express concern over that city's water woes. A divison bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Girish Kulkarni directed Maharashtra government and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to spell out long-term steps they plan to take to address water scarcity and ensure adequate supply to citizens. Given the pace of construction in the city, Justice Kulkarni expressed fears that in 10 years, Thane may become like Marathwada, which faces acute water shortage. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Mangesh Shelar, following water cuts imposed by TMC in May 2016. He claimed that highrises were being provided water by tankers. The petition urged the court restrain TMC from giving permission for new constructions unless water can be provided for them. The bench inquired if the water rates were being fixed before granting permission for new constructions. The court said the corporation would have to stop relying only on builders to take steps as they would sell the flats and go away. If there is no adequate water supply, the situation would be acute during times of scarcity, the high court bench remarked. The bench pointed to planned citied such as Navi Mumbai, which too is facing water problems. TMC will have to start planning now to meet the demands that will rise in future, said the high court. It emphasized the need for long-term planning before the condition worsened.
2017-01-20Critical palm civet cat succumbs to her injuries on Fri - Times of India
Critical palm civet cat succumbs to her injuries on Fri Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2017, 10.55 PM IST Thane: A nine-month old Palm Civet cat which was found severely injured in Thane's Kausa area on Wednesday night succumbed to her injuries at the Thane SPCA animal hospital on Friday."We didn't want to waste time figuring out what happened to the cat and rushed her to the hospital immediately. By the severity of the injuries it seems like she could have been run over by a car, or been attacked by a larger animal, or even possibly beaten by locals. We are now investigating the cause," said an official at the Thane Range Forest. Even though the wild cat was brought to the SPCA immediately, the veterinarian medicos feared that the injuries are too severe and could be fatal. "She had a fracture to her T12 vertebrae, paralysis, blood loss and severe wounds on her hind legs. Her condition was very critical. ," said a member of Thane SPCA.
2017-01-203 businessmen booked on house-trespass charge in Thane - Business Standard
3 businessmen booked on house-trespass charge in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane January 20, 2017 Last Updated at 12:57 IST Three businessmen have been booked here for allegedly breaking open the lock of three shops in a building that was sealed by Thane civic officials after identifying it as 'dangerous' structure, police said today. The residential-cum-commercial building located at Subash Path station was identified under 'dangerous' category and all occupants were evacuated and shops on the ground floor were sealed by a team of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials on November 22, 2016, a Thane Nagar police station officer said. However, seal on three shops were found broken during an inspection on December 20, the officer said. Based on the complaint lodged by TMC officials yesterday, three persons, who owned business establishments in the building, were booked under house-trespass charge. The businessmen were identified as Bharat Gala of Navjeevan Cloth Stores, Anwaar Ali of A Ommar Stores, Mukundlal Totaram Mangla of Poonam Bar, the officer said. The case has been booked under IPC section 448 (house trespass) and relevant sections of Maharashtra Police Rules- 1951 and no arrest has been made so far, police added. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
2017-01-20Civic polls: Thane voters will get to vote for 4 candidates - Hindustan Times
Civic polls: Thane voters will get to vote for 4 candidates mumbai Updated: Jan 20, 2017 23:23 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times State election commissioner JS Saharia addresses media persons in Thane on Friday. A voter will have to vote for all four seats in his ward or else the vote will be considered invalid said state election commissioner (SEC) JS Saharia while addressing a press conference in the city on Friday. He added that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) would be installed with buzzers that will hoot upon successful completion of voting . In May 2016, the state election commission introduced a new panel system for the upcoming civic polls. As per this system, each ward will have a panel of four corporators, who will work together for the development of that ward. During the 2012 polls, the commission had introduced two corporators per panel system. The four seats in every panel will be named A, B, C and D and every voter will have to elect four candidates, one from each seat. Explaining the panel system, Saharia said, Every ward will have a panel of four corporators. Voters will have to vote for all four seats or else their vote will not be counted. The EVM will buzz only after a voter casts his vote for all the four seats. Only then the next voter can cast his/her vote. People who do not want to elect a candidate for all four panels can press none of the above (NOTA) button. But voting for all four seats is a must. He added that the presiding officer at the polling booth will inform a voter in case the buzzer doesn't go off. The officer will then ask the voter to cast vote for the pending seats or else the vote would be termed invalid. Moreover, voters can vote only once for each of the four seats. The EVM won't record additional votes for any of the seats if its from the same voter. Every seat will be colour-coded to help people differentiate. Moreover, there will be sufficient gap between two seats. NOTA will be the last button on every seat, and will act as divider between two seats, said Shekhar Channe, secretary, state election commission.
Civic polls: Thane voters will get to vote for 4 candidates - Hindustan Times
2017-01-20Traders upset with poor handling of civic issues, field own candidate - Times of India
Traders upset with poor handling of civic issues, field own candidate Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 20, 2017, 11.33 PM IST THANE: A group of traders upset with poor handling of several civic issues including the recent encroachments on widened roads, have now decided to field their own candidates in the ring for the Thane municipal elections in February. The business community is mulling to contest from at least ten seats in the city probably pitting against established names from the saffron combine here. Talks are on among the group of traders who are spread across the city. The trigger for the traders to actively get into politics is believed to be the recent demolition drives undertaken for road widenings that saw initial support from traders. However, after the traders realised that the administration was unable to stop encroachments by hawkers at the spots relinquished by them to the corporation they made several attempts to get political support but that also reportedly failed to get them justice. Subsequently, the group that is also facing lot of taxation issues also wanted a representation in the TMC house to raise their opinions while formulating laws. Representatives requesting anonymity said they were upset with the way the taxation and encroachment issues were handled by the political class here. The traders had expressed their concerns to the politicians who though managed to stall proposals of further widening of roads ahead of the polls but couldn't do much about the encroachments, thus drawing ire of the community. "There are several niggling issues pertaining to operating of our businesses. The corporation arbitrarily raised fees and also failed to stop hawkers from encroaching into our areas. We are thinking of fielding candidates who will communicate our angst and suggestions in the House," said a trader. The move is likely to impact the Sena-BJP combine that were till now portraying themselves as crusaders of the trading community. The parties are likely lose support of this class this season, hinted an observer.
2017-01-20Snag in water supply line leaves city taps dry - Times of India
Snag in water supply line leaves city taps dry Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2017, 10.54 PM IST Thane: A technical snag in the water supply system coupled with the weekly shutdown has left lakhs of taps dry in various parts of the city for the last three days. Residents and activists have now drawn up plans to corner netas coming to seek votes ahead of the civic polls. Several parts of the city including Kharkar Aali, Vartak Nagar, parts of GB road and others have been facing inadequate supply over the last few days while some have been left without water since Tuesday. "We have been left without water since Tuesday. How do we manage our daily chores? The administration is happily collecting taxes from us, but not supplying adequate water which is not fair," said activist Sanjeev Datta. When contacted, civic officials admitted there was a minor snag . "We are looking into the problem," said a senior official from water supply department. — Manoj Badgeri
2017-01-20'Kartavya' for senior citizens gets a positive push from Thane top cop - Times of India
Kartavya for senior citizens gets a positive push from Thane top cop Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 21, 2017, 12.28 AM IST THANE: Thane police commissioner announced elaborate plans to raise awareness and mobilize community volunteers to care for the elderly as part of Kartavya - Culture of Care, an initiative that started on August 15, 2016. Top cop Param Bir Singh said, civil society Aalekh and the police team are working towards sensitizing the community against any form of abuse and exploitation of senior citizens. Plans have been chalked out to build a team of volunteers of Kartavya, a civil society and city police initiative to take responsibility of the elderly living in their vicinity. "The safety, security and protection of dignity of the golden generation is our unspoken duty or kartavya. It is a movement that we have started with Aalekh where we will hold regular camps in small clusters or housing complexes for the elderly to aid them in matters of health, nutrition, legal issues, financial planning, et al and also introduce them on use of technology for their safety,'' said Singh. The first of many such events will be kicked off at the Vasant Vihar club house today with eminent nutrition expert professor Rekha Diwekar who will speak on chemistry in kitchen. This initiative will also provide the younger citizens an opportunity to join as volunteers under which they will be required to pledge to actively check on senior citizens in their vicinity. Their duty will involve offering them help to buy groceries, spending time with them and basically giving them the joy of companionship. The safety, security and protection of dignity of the golden generation is our unspoken duty or kartavya. We will hold regular camps in small clusters or housing complexes for the elderly to aid them in matters of health, nutrition, legal issues and financial planning.
2017-01-20SEC ropes in 6 I-T officers to track poll expenses | Thane News ... - Times of India
SEC ropes in 6 I-T officers to track poll expenses Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 21, 2017, 12.36 AM IST THANE: The state election commission on Friday has roped in six officers from the Income Tax to keep a hawk-eye vigil on the poll expenses of the candidates who are likely to splurge heavily on conventional as well as modern communication tools to connect to their voters prior to the February 21 elections to the Thane Municipal Corporation. State election commissioner JS Saharia told media persons on Friday that the candidates poll-related expenses has been capped to Rs 4 lakh for the TMC and any excess expenditure would be treated as violation of the election code of conduct. He said IT officials will monitor the expenses of select individuals and wards where there is prima facie information about excessive spending by the candidates to lure voters. "It is for the first time that such a provision of IT officials is being made to oversee the spending part of candidates. ," informed a senior official from the state election department. Saharia also informed that a new move to introduce digitized information about the criminal background and education of candidates at polling booths will also be introduced this time. The affidavits filed by the aspiring candidates about their education, family background, criminal records (if any) would now be displayed outside the polling booths to acquaint voters. The data will also be published in the newspapers ahead of the polls, he said. "Till now, such details that prove crucial for voters to know about the candidate standing for the polls in their respective area was not available for all. The data was published online at either the SEC or the civic administration's website or displayed at the department's office," said an election official. A few political parties reportedly complained to civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Thursday about the amount being too less compared to the vast volume of voters to be reached. The amount of Rs 4 Lakh is too less compared to the expanse of voters that we need to cover. Political parties have sought an increase in the same.
SEC ropes in 6 I-T officers to track poll expenses | Thane News ... - Times of India
2017-01-2033-year-old arrested for possessing drugs worth Rs 13050 - Times of India
33-year-old arrested for possessing drugs worth Rs 13,050 Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 21, 2017, 12.29 AM IST A 33-year-old man has been arrested for possessing 560 gm marijuana and 10 gm Mephedrone worth Rs 13,050 by the Mumbra police station on Thursday. "We received a tip off from one a person who had seen the accused, Altaf Galiyara, selling the drugs. We then kept an eye on Galiyara for a few days to check his moves. On Thursday night, when our patrolling van was passing from Alishan talkies in Mumbra, the officials noticed Galiyara selling the drugs. He was caught red handed and the cops seized the drugs,'' said a official from Mumbra police station. The accused has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.
33-year-old arrested for possessing drugs worth Rs 13050 - Times of India
2017-01-19Thane: Teacher uproots 7-year-old's hair over late fees - Mid-Day
Thane: Teacher uproots 7-year-old's hair over late fees By Pallavi Smart Posted 4 hours Prachi's hair was so mercilessly pulled that she ended up with a bald patch. Corporal punishment may be outlawed, but young students are subjected to instances of abject cruelty at regular intervals. In another horrific episode, a teacher in Thane's Gyanodaya Vidya Mandir beat a seven-year-old so mercilessly while pulling her hair that she has developed a gaping bald spot. Also read: Teacher punishes 9-year-old girl by smearing glue all over her face. Even as the parents have learnt to their horror that the reason their daughter, Prachi Gupta, was subjected to this dastardly treatment was merely a delay in fee payment, the school has now issued a show cause notice to the teacher. Family aghast: The incident occurred on Tuesday when the teacher wanted to make a note in Prachi's school diary about the late fees and learnt that she had forgotten to carry it along. Prachi, a resident of Wagale Estate, has been studying in the school since kindergarten. Recalling the dreaded day, her father, Akhilesh Gupta says, When she came home after school that day, she was not eating anything and was completely quiet. It was only after I returned that she started opening up and showed me her head where we saw a bald patch of around 2-3 inches. She then told us that her class teacher had beat her up holding her hair so mercilessly that it came out altogether. And all this, because I was late in payment of fees. The first thing I did on Wednesday, says the 30-year-old Akhilesh, who runs a small photo studio nearby, was to go to the school and demand an explanation. The principal told me that they would take action against the teacher. I also paid the fees right at the spot. Since then, I have been busy in ensuring that my daughter is medically fit. So we went to a doctor and also did a precautionary CT scan. Inhuman behaviour: Gupta, who was almost in tears that his daughter was subjected to this monstrosity because of Rs 3,000, since he was behind payments for six months said, I would never be able to forgive myself if anything happens to Prachi. This is completely inhuman behaviour against any child. The school may take action against the teacher, Shobha Nair, but I will take this up further to ensure that such a teacher does not get a job elsewhere too. School says: When contacted, Arya Tiwari, secretary of the Gyanoday Shikshan Prasarak Samiti, said, “It has been told to teachers many a times that no child should be touched. Yet, such an incident seems to have occurred.
Thane: Teacher uproots 7-year-old
2017-01-19Thane sets up first housing management & training centre - Daily News & Analysis
Thane sets up first housing management & training centre
Thane sets up first housing management & training centre - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-1919-year-old ends life by hanging self | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India
19-year-old ends life by hanging self A 19-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence in Mulund (east) on Wednesday morning. TNN | Jan 19, 2017, 12.19 PM IST THANE: A 19-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence in Mulund (east) on Wednesday morning. According to the Navghar police, the deceased was a student and was suffering from tuberculosis. The victim was alone at home when she took the drastic step.
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2017-01-19Ulhasnagar municipal polls: Filing of nominations to start from January 27 - Times of India
Ulhasnagar municipal polls: Filing of nominations to start from January 27 TNN | Updated: Jan 19, 2017, 04.01 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar addressed a press conference and elaborated on the municipal corporation elections on Thursday. Nimbalkar briefed about election schedule, voters' list, numbers of seats and number of voters in the city. Nimbalkar said the dates for filing nominations on the State Election Commission website is from 11 am of January 27 to 2 pm of February 3. Nominations will be accepted from January 27 to February 3 (from 11 am to 3 pm). Nominations will not be accepted on Sunday, January 29. Nimbalkar said to fill online form for nomination, cyber cafe owners and a team will be trained who will help or educate candidate how to fill form so that those who are intrested in contesting polls don't face any problem for filing their nomination. He also said that to make election peaceful and fair they will tak help of police personnel, SRPF and if needed paramilitary forces will also be deployed in city during election time. Nimbalkar said diffrent teams has been formed to keep vigil on violation of code of conduct by candidates and to check expenses made by them during election. He further said bank has also been alerted that if they found any suspicious transactions of candidates so that they should inform to the team handling code of conduct cases. Many candidates give party and serve liqour during elections. To prevent this, the election team will also take help of excise department to keep a check on sale of liqours in the city.
2017-01-19Aspiring candidates make a beeline at party offices - Times of India
Aspiring candidates make a beeline at party offices Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 20, 2017, 12.40 AM IST THANE: A huge number of aspirants have made a beeline before political parties and netas seeking nominations as there are posibilities of alliances failing ahead of the civic polls in Thane. As the date of filing nominations is arriving near, parties have started distributing application forms to those interested and many of them have been getting more than the expected volume of applications as compared to last. Along with the existing corporators, there are several other aspirants in parties who have shown interest in contesting polls as there is likely to be more opportunities if the parties fight solo. The Shiv Sena that started distributing the applications to candidates on Wednesday saw around 450 forms exhausted within two days. The NCP that has been exploring the possibility of a tie-up with the Congress has surprisingly given forms to many for all the 131 seats in the city. The BJP already has had a round of discussions with aspirants and is believed to be in talks with few other established names across parties till the final date of nominations. The possibility of getting a nomination is higher if the parties fight separately while if there is an alliance, few could even lose an opportunity to even contest for the same. "Every party will have their candidate finalized to contest the elections from each of the four seats in all wards. If the parties fight separately, more people are likely to get an opportunity to test their luck while if the alliance works out, the seats automatically get divided," said a political observer. The MNS that seems to have lost all its seven corporators in the existing panel is also working on claiming its stake at nearly 36 seats in the city. Meanwhile, as majority of the sitting corporators are contesting the polls again, a few like Mayor Sanjay More are believed not be seen trying their luck this time again. "I am not contesting the polls this time for personal reasons and have conveyed their reluctance to contest in the civic polls to their party leaders. Maybe someone from my family could represent the seat," said More whose has had a comparatively volatile tenure with party colleagues. Few candidates who are ready with their publicity material are however waiting for the alliance talks to conclude before they make any further moves. "There are aspirants with notable clout in certain pockets but are awaiting the coalition talks to culminate following which they would put in their respective nominations. We have had candidates ready with their publicity material but are awaiting approval to put a party symbol on it as it will depend on if they want to defect to any other party or not," said a poll publicist.
2017-01-19Titwala railway station: Angry slum dwellers disrupt rail services - Times of India
Titwala railway station: Angry slum dwellers disrupt rail services Kamal MishraT | Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jan 19, 2017, 09.09 PM IST THANE: Angry slum dweller on Thursday afternoon staged a protest at Titwala railway station. The protesters were upset about demolition of Indira Nagar slums by Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), so chose to disrupt suburban services. Hundreds of people — slum dwellers and local residents swarmed at the railway tracks near Indira Nagar slums between Ambivali and Titwala at 3.15 pm. The railway administration has requested KDMC to arrange around 100 extra buses to help commuters. The police managed to clear the tracks at 4.31 pm after more than hour of the protest. After the services were restored, the first train to pass site was Patna-CST Suvidha express. As the railway schedules were disrupted due to the jam, authorities noticed delay of 15 to 20 minutes in train running time. Central Railway's chief public relations officer, Narendra Patil, confirmed the developments. He said, "Both up and down lines between Kalyan and Kasara were disrupted. Local police, Railway Protection Force, and Government Railway Police personnel had reached the spot to clear the protesters." However, the protesters, who are local residents, said they will disperse only after intervention by a minister, he added. Mumbai commuters have disturbed railway services for their interest on several earlier occasions as well.
Titwala railway station: Angry slum dwellers disrupt rail services - Times of India
2017-01-19PF office told to pay Rs 8000 relief to retiree - NYOOOZ
PF office told to pay Rs 8,000 relief to retiree Nishikant Karlikar, TOI Thane Thu,19 Jan 2017 THANE: The Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum has rapped the central provident fund commissioner and ordered his office to pay a compensation of Rs 8,000, which includes legal expenses, mental and physical sufferings, to a retired employee.The forum directed the commissioner and PF regional offices in Bandra and Thane to pay Rs 1.42 lakh to Vijay Tambe , a Thane resident.On March 28, 2011, Tambe, who served with Sigma Lab for 27 years, had applied for outstanding amount in his PF account. As the office did not pay in 30 days, he claimed Rs 3.26 lakh as 12% interest on delayed payment. The office said the amount could not be paid due to a system upgrade. It paid Rs 38.51 lakh on October 18, 2011, and Rs 1.82 lakh on March 11, 2014, as interest for delayed payment. The forum directed PF office to pay Rs 1.42 lakh balance.
PF office told to pay Rs 8000 relief to retiree - NYOOOZ
2017-01-19Thane Municipal Corporation demolishes dilapidated building in Charai - Times of India
Thane Municipal Corporation demolishes dilapidated building in Charai Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 20, 2017, 12.43 AM IST THANE: A ground-plus four storey building in Charai was demolished by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Thursday. The TMC conducted an audit of the Ganesh Darshan building and declared it dilapidated. A few days back a ceiling of the building had collaped after which the TMC decided to conduct an audit. The building had eight flats and the residents were moved to the rehabilitated homes at Ghodbunder Road. On January 11, two residents of the building had suffered injuries after part of a ceiling collapsed and fell on a second floor apartment. Two victims, Urvi Gada (21) and Gauri (70) were injured in the incident. "After the slab collapse we did an audit of the building, the reports of which came on Tuesday. We realized that the structure is dilapidated and the building needs to be demolished immediately. The eight families who stayed there were shifted to rental houses in Ghodbunder road," said Ashok Burpulle, in-charge of anti encroachment department of TMC.
Thane Municipal Corporation demolishes dilapidated building in Charai - Times of India
2017-01-19Cab driver held for aiding Rs 9 crore gold heist - Times of India
Cab driver held for aiding Rs 9 crore gold heist Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 20, 2017, 04.00 AM IST THANE: A 35-year-old Nepali was arrested in the 32 kg Mannapuram gold heist case of Ulhasnagar recently. This is the fourth arrest in the case. He was given 125 gm of the stolen gold for transportation services he provided for the heist, police said on Thursday. Seventeen persons from the Sahebgunj and Nepali watchman gangs had broke into a centre of the gold finance company and decamped with ornaments valued at around Rs 9 crore on December 26, police said, adding that only 3 kg has been found till date. Khadak Singh Ahuji, 35, a driver partner for Ola, was acquainted with the gang, due to his past criminal record, police said. Undercover sleuths trapped him following a tip-off that he would be going to Wagle Estate. Ola sources said they would remove him from the platform. "Ahuji is a history-sheeter, arrested in a few house-breaking cases in Mumbai and Thane. In fact, a few months back, he had got bail in a case and was driving a cab in the city," said a senior police officer. After coming out of the jail, he contacted an absconding accused of the Nepali gang and he was roped in for pick-ups and drops for some gang members, and for giving them safe passage out of city with the booty, added the officer. "He also guided the gang on alternative routes for carrying out the heist. The three arrested accused exposed his role," said an officer. After dropping off the last set of accused after the heist, he was given some gold as a reward for his services, police said.
Cab driver held for aiding Rs 9 crore gold heist - Times of India
2017-01-19Thane girl to be a part of Donald Trump's inauguration - Times of India
Thane girl to be a part of Donald Trump's inauguration Ch Sushil Rao | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2017, 09.53 PM IST Oishika Neogi, a Thane-resident, will attend the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump in the US White House.She bagged the opportunity after winning a debate contest held during a Global Young Leaders Conference which was held in the US in June last year. Oishika Neogi Oishika Neogi, a Thane-resident, will attend the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump in the US White House on Friday. She bagged the opportunity after winning a debate contest held during a Global Young Leaders Conference which was held in the US in June last year. A student, Neogi is also a thinker and a short-film maker, who aims to send out a message through her films. She had won a debate contest held during the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) India conference at Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad in 2014. This gave Neogi the ticket to participate in the Global Young Leaders Conference in the US, where she again emerged victorious in the debate contest. "We are glad she has got the opportunity to attend the big event," said Aditya Soma, CEO MunCafe, which organizes the HMUN India conference. Neogi is also coordinating with MunCafe in organizing a leadership event at Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, Pune, where she is pursuing her bachelor degree in arts. Oishika was born in Kolkata and her family lives in Thane. She has studied in BK Gadia college in Malad. Interestingly, Neogi had directed a short film, titled "Headlines 2016", in August last year and the film was about who will be the next US President.
Thane girl to be a part of Donald Trump
2017-01-18PF office told to pay Rs 8000 relief to retiree - Times of India
PF office told to pay Rs 8,000 relief to retiree Nishikant Karlikar, TNN | Updated: Jan 19, 2017, 04.16 AM IST THANE: The Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum has rapped the central provident fund commissioner and ordered his office to pay a compensation of Rs 8,000, which includes legal expenses, mental and physical sufferings, to a retired employee. The forum directed the commissioner and PF regional offices in Bandra and Thane to pay Rs 1.42 lakh to Vijay Tambe, a Thane resident. On March 28, 2011, Tambe, who served with Sigma Lab for 27 years, had applied for outstanding amount in his PF account. As the office did not pay in 30 days, he claimed Rs 3.26 lakh as 12% interest on delayed payment. The office said the amount could not be paid due to a system upgrade. It paid Rs 38.51 lakh on October 18, 2011, and Rs 1.82 lakh on March 11, 2014, as interest for delayed payment. The forum directed PF office to pay Rs 1.42 lakh balance.
PF office told to pay Rs 8000 relief to retiree - Times of India
2017-01-17Thane girl to attend Donald Trump's inaugural in Washington - Hindustan Times
Thane girl to attend Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington india Updated: Jan 17, 2017 21:20 IST IANS Thane A teenaged girl from this Maharashtra city is off to Washington to attend the new US President Donald Trump's inaugural on Friday and attend a five-day US Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit. Oishika Neogi, 17, who is a first-year B.A. student of Symbiosis National University, Pune, will represent India at the global summit of youngsters and attend the inaugural. I am so excited by this rare opportunity that I couldn't sleep for the past few nights, an excited Oishika told IANS while on way to catch her flight at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Tuesday evening. Among the other invitees expected for the Trump inaugural are the world's youngest Nobel Peace laureate, Pakistani girl education activist Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin, besides prominent students and youths from all over the world.
Thane girl to attend Donald Trump
2017-01-17Several long distance trains to be short terminated at Thane instead ... - Times of India
Several long distance trains to be short terminated at Thane instead of LTT for next 40 days Manthan Mehta | TNN | Jan 17, 2017, 04.54 PM IST MUMBAI: Central Railway will operate a Traffic Block for 40 days to carry our repair and maintenance of damaged pit line no. 2 of Lokmanya Tilak Terminus from January 17. During this period following trains will be short-terminated at Thane station. * 12545 Raxaul - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Karmabhoomi Express. * 22512 Kamakhya - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Karmabhoomi Express. * 11084 Kazipet - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Tadoba Express. * 22110 Hazrat Nizamuddin - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus AC Express. * 12154 Habibganj - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express. * 15547 Jaynagar - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Jansadharan Express. * 15267 Raxaul - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express. * 17317 Hubli - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express. * 16346 Thiruvananathapuram - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravathi Express. * 12620 Mangalore - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express.
Several long distance trains to be short terminated at Thane instead ... - Times of India
2017-01-17Thane couple gets Rs 13.2 lakh for their children's death in accident - Mumbai Mirror
Thane couple gets Rs 13.2 lakh for their children's death in accident PTI | Jan 17, 2017, 04.33 PM IST Thane: A couple from the district who lost their two children in an accident in 2014 have been awarded a compensation of Rs 13.2 lakh by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here. MACT member and District Judge N N Shrimangale, absolving the insurance company of the liability, held that the owner of the offending vehicle was liable to make the payment to the claimants with 12 per cent interest from the date of the claim, filed on April 26, 2014. The tribunal ordered that the couple be paid Rs 6.60 lakh each for the death of their two children. The claimants, Sudam Kashinath Pardhi (35) and Sonali Sudam Pardhi (30), informed the tribunal that their two children daughter Jyoti and son Sameer (then aged 7 and 5 respectively) were playing at an open space next to their house at Katkaripada under Umbarkhand village in Bhiwandi township of Thane on April 19, 2014. At that time, a tempo came near their house. When the vehicle was being reversed to unload rice bags, it dashed against a wall. As a result, the tempo and the wall fell on the two kids and they were buried alive in the debris. The claimants' advocate, S Y Tawde, informed MACT that both the deceased were students, and lodged a claim of Rs 10 lakh for each of them against tempo owner Gopal Sitaram Gharat and Reliance General Insurance Company Limited. The insurance firm's advocate, Alka Phadtare, told the MACT that the vehicle owner fabricated the policy period in the cover note showing it to be from March 22, 2014, to March 21, 2015, while it was actually signed on April 21, 2014. She said the vehicle owner did this to establish that the policy period was covering the date of the accident. She also contended that the tempo owner did not produce all documents pertaining to the policy. Also, the vehicle owner did not come in the witness box to face cross-examination by the advocates of the insurance company and the applicants, Phadtare argued. The applicants' counsel submitted that the future of his clients is ruined with the death of their children. Therefore, he sought compensation which may be sufficient for the applicants to pass their remaining lives. The judge, in a recent order, observed that the policy filed is fake. Thus, the insurance company is not liable to pay the compensation as the claim of the applicants legally does not stand against it. While disposing of two separate claims (one for each kid, the judge said the tempo owner is liable to pay Rs 6.6 lakh for each of the child to the applicants.
2017-01-17Plans to turn Thane into environmentally-rich city on the lines of 'Mumbaikars for SGNP movement' chalked out - Times of India
Plans to turn Thane into environmentally-rich city on the lines of Mumbaikars for SGNP movement chalked out Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 18, 2017, 03.06 AM IST Thane: In an effort to make Thane environmentally-rich, an ambitious plan was chalked out on Monday by the chief conservator of forest, Thane. Sunil Limaye, chief coservator of forests, Thane, who drew the plan for the city has been instrumental in eliminating illegal encroachments in eco-sensitive zones and roping in citizens to take up environmental initiatives to expand the green cover here. "The first step towards holistic environmental conservation is informing citizens about the flora and fauna around them, removing myths and getting them to actively participate in preserving the environment. With help from citizens, we managed to resolve a large chunk of man-animal conflict in the Mumbaikars for Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) movement. We also demolished over 8,000 illegal encroachments in green zones there," said Limaye. He added that he was hoping to replicate the movement here as well and get rid of illegal encroachments defacing the forest area. "I will also be paying close attention to tree plantation initiatives in the Thane circle, ensuring a growing green cover here," he added. Limaye comes from the 1988 cadre of the Indian Forest Service and has been instrumental in the conceptualisation of the Mumaikars for SGNP movement five years ago during his tenure as the director of SGNP. He was then transferred to Pune as the chief conservator of forest, Pune region. "With his return to Thane, he has already taken his first step towards transforming Thane into an environmentally-rich city it was once known to be," said environmentalists.
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2017-01-17'Most women corporators just a front; kin run show' - Times of India
Most women corporators just a front; kin run show Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 18, 2017, 03.09 AM IST Thane: The decision of reserving a certain number of seats for women was said to be a big step towards curbing gender disparity in politics. However, of the 67 women coporators elected to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in 2012, a good 58% which is 39 women are reportedly a mere shadow of their husbands, brothers or father-in-law who control the reins of power; thus raising questions on the effectiveness of giving proportionate representation to women in politics. The gender-based reservation of 50% seats for women in the local self-government bodies across Maharashtra may have helped women to participate in the socio-political mileu. However, a TOI assessment of women corporators based on their performance in the general body meetings and at the wards leaves much to be desired from the women representatives. ''In most cases, these women were mere rubber stamp authorities and their husbands, brothers or even sons would take decisions on budgetary spending, meetings with contractors, civic staff, etc,'' a civic official said. He added that the women corporators would huddle together in one section of the meeting hall of the general body of the TMC and their participation in the discussion was near negligible. In fact, women quota in municipal corporations resulted in the political heavy weights cornering the seats for their family memebrs. Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik secured a ticket for his wife Parisha, sitting Thane MP Rajan Vichare's wife Nandini was elected as corporator from Charai, NCP corporator from Kalwa Manali is the wife of senior party functionary Milind Patil and then Congress corporator Ravi Phatak ensured a part ticket and victory for his wife Jayashree. Then MNS leader in the TMC Sudha Chavan also secured a ticket to his close relative Tejaswini. The Sena had a highest women representation with 30 corporators, 20 of whom had a male member in the family who was an active party functionary. Of the 16 women corporators of the NCP, eight belonged to a political family. It was seen that out of the total 67 women corporators, only 28 have no one to guide them and have been working on their own strategies and have no shadow to fall back on, since the last five years. In the past 30 years of the TMC, only three women have become first citizens (mayor) of the city. The last female mayor was Smita Indulkar who was elected in 2007.
2017-01-17Valuables worth Rs 2.33 lakh stolen in two house breaking cases - NYOOOZ
Valuables worth Rs 2.33 lakh stolen in two house breaking cases TOI Thane Tue,17 Jan 2017 Thane: Two families lost valuables collectively worth Rs 2.33 lakh in separate incidents of house breaking after they had left their doors unlatched The first incident occured at Lokmanya Nagar in the wee hours of Sunday when the family of Navalsingh Rajput was asleep at their residence in Rajput chawl. "The complainant's wife had not latched the door. When the family woke up the following morning they realised that gold worth Rs 2.05 lakh had been stolen from their iron cupboard," said a police officer from Vartak Nagar police station.The second incident took place at Thane Nagar when the family of Arun Patil had left the main door of their house unlocked on Sunday morning. "While Patil had gone for a bath, his wife and daughter were asleep when his bag containing cash and medicines and his daughter's mobile were stolen," said a police officer from Thane Nagar police station.
2017-01-16Thane oppn leader leaves NCP for Shiv Sena - Hindustan Times
Thane oppn leader leaves NCP for Shiv Sena mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2017 01:20 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times In a major blow to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Thane, Sanjay Bhoir, opposition leader in the Thane Municipal Corporation his wife Usha, and his father Devram, who held the post twice in the past joined the Shiv Sena on Monday.Nine sitting corporators, including the Bhoirs, have left the NCP in the past few weeks and joined either the Shiv Sena or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The Bhoirs had a stronghold in Dhokali, Balkum, Majiwada and Kolshet. Devram had won six consecutive elections, while Sanjay had won four. Their defection has left the NCP scrambling to find new faces to represent the party in these areas. Our family has been loyal to the NCP since the inception of the TMC. However, the party has demeaned us several times. I held the post of opposition leader only on paper, I did not have the right to make any decisions. Despite single-handedly winning seats for the party along the Ghodbunder belt, our superiors did not support us. The party's focus is only on developing Kalwa and Mumbra, while they ignore Thane, Sanjay Bhoir told HT. He added that the family's aim of developing the city only seemed possible if they left the opposition and joined the party in power. However, many claimed that Devram was promised the post of mayor, as well as an assembly seat if he joined the Shiv Sena. Devram has denied these claims. The Shiv Sena welcomed us, but did not promise us any seats. We joined the party seeking development, Sanjay added. NCP city president Anand Paranjpe said the Bhoirs exit will not create a vacuum in the party. New leadership will emerge in these areas, he told reporters. Defectors from the NCP include Yogesh Jankar and Laxman Tikmani, who joined the Shiv Sena and corporators Pragati Araj, Manohar Dumbre and Bharat Chavan, who joined the BJP. Former Congress corporator Ravindra Patil joined the Shiv Sena on Monday.
Thane oppn leader leaves NCP for Shiv Sena - Hindustan Times
2017-01-16Thane: Man booked for stalking school teacher on social media - Catch News
Thane: Man booked for stalking school teacher on social media News Agencies First published: 16 January 2017, 12:15 IST A 30-year-old man has been booked for allegedly harassing a woman school teacher and stalking her on social media, police said today. The accused followed the 24-year-old woman on a social networking site. He later called up the victim's mother demanding that the woman be married to him or else he would kidnap her and throw acid on her. The man also threatened the victim's mother, they said. Fed up with the harassment, that began around June last year, the woman filed a complaint with Kasarwadavli police last evening.Subsequently, the man was booked under IPC sections 354(D)(1)(2) (stalking) and 506 (criminal intimidation), Senior Police Inspector P D Tele said. No arrest has been made so far, police said adding that further probe in the matter was on. PTI First published: 16 January 2017, 12:15 IST
Thane: Man booked for stalking school teacher on social media - Catch News
2017-01-16Elderly food stall owner robbed by woman in Thane - Times of India
Elderly food stall owner robbed by woman in Thane Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 16, 2017, 09.23 PM IST THANE: A 66-year-old woman was robbed by an unidentified woman who posed as a customer and diverted the senior citizen's attention while she stole valuables worth Rs. 51,000, near Gaodevi. "The woman had opened her food stall in Naupada in the morning around 11am and was selling papad and other food items. As she was busy working she had kept her purse on a chair beside her. In the evening around 8:30, a woman in a red sari approached the senior citizen and asked for a product. When she was asked to pay Rs. 150 against it, she informed that she was not carrying the money and asked to keep the food item aside saying she would go get the money. After she left, the seller realised that the purse, which contained two phones and cash amounting to Rs. 40,000, has been flicked by the unidentified woman," said an officer from Naupada police station. The police claimed that they have taken the description of the woman. The accused has been booked for theft.
Elderly food stall owner robbed by woman in Thane - Times of India
2017-01-16Autorickshaw driver plants 350 saplings at Thane, convinces 40 other drivers to join him - Hindustan Times
Autorickshaw driver plants 350 saplings at Thane, convinces 40 other drivers to join him mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2017 09:20 IST Badri Chatterjee Hindustan Times Affected by rising air pollution levels around the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, a Thane-based autorickshaw driver decided to plant saplings in the area from January 2016 onwards, in a bid to increase tree cover. Within a year, Purushottamlal Gupta, 40, planted more than 350 saplings across 25 locations, with a survival rate of 80%. Gupta's efforts were recognised by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in September last year. He has now decided to plant more than 1,500 sapling plantations by mid-2017. Inspired by his success, 40 more autorickshaw drivers joined him, called their movement Sadbhavana Hara Bhara Bharat and now organise plantation drives every weekend. His efforts come at a time when MMR's green cover has been declining owing to a number of infrastructure projects, and transplantation or replantation drives have yielded poor results. Since I drive an auto around Thane daily, I know the amount of pollution I breathe daily. Increasing the area's green cover will disperse pollutants, said Gupta, who hails from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Autorickshaw drivers do not earn a lot. However, instead of just spending time earning a daily wage, I wanted to do something for my planet and safeguard my children's future. In January last year, Gupta identified a green patch near Upvan lake, where the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had planted 165 saplings. Along with planting saplings, we also need to check their survival rate. My neighbours, the families of other autorickshaw drivers and I started an awareness rally at the lake spread over a month. We requested senior citizens and children to take care of these plants whenever they visit the area, he said. He added that all 165 plants grew more than five feet tall. Within a few months, from May to June last year, Purushottamlal and his team planted more than 100 medina, badam and palm saplings at areas around Upvan Lake, Dharamveer Nagar and Hyde Park. Gupta earns Rs 15,000 a month, which he spends on his children's education and on buying saplings, said Shivkumar Gupta, an autorickshaw driver. TMC officials said they initially thought Gupta's initiative was a publicity stunt. We had never heard of an autorickshaw driver giving up his work to safeguard the environment. However, when we attended one of his rallies at Upvan Lake, we were surprised, said a senior TMC official. Children and senior citizens praised his work, and so we started supporting him. According to the TMC's 2011 tree census, there are 4.45 lakh trees in Thane. Over the past 23 weeks, the TMC has planted 2.10 lakh saplings, of which more than 80% have survived. Additionally, 1.7 lakh trees in Thane have been geo-tagged. After the monsoon last year, the civic body gave Gupta 20 bamboo logs, which serve as tree guards for his saplings. Last week, his team dug trenches in front of the municipal corporation and a school. In a bid to make the younger generation aware, we have asked the school principal and teachers to help students plant saplings on their birthday, said Purushottamlal. Small contributions from such warriors make all the difference, said Stalin Dayanand, director, NGO Vanashakti.
Autorickshaw driver plants 350 saplings at Thane, convinces 40 other drivers to join him - Hindustan Times
2017-01-15Thane to get its first museum - Mid-Day
Thane to get its first museum By Anju Maskeri Posted 3 hours Historian Sadashiv Tetvilkar at his residence in Thane with the stone Ganpati idol from his collection which he will donate to the upcoming museum. For over 10 years, historian Sadashiv Tetvilkar has been relentlessly working towards collecting artefacts connected to Thane. As a member of the KIP (Konkan Itihas Parishad), which is involved in mapping the past of the entire Konkan region (from Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg up to Goa), Tetvilkar has often chanced upon objects of historical interest. The herostone which narrates a battle scene The district has a rich history of culture and tradition that dates back to the vedic period. However, whatever we would find had to be sent to museums in Mumbai as Thane doesn't have one, he says. The plot in Kharegaon, Kalwa, where the museum will come up. In a first: All this is now set to change as Thane will finally get a museum that it can call its own. We had been rallying for it for the past four years. But lack of political will hampered our efforts. Now, with the help of Thane's tax collector Mahendra Kalyankar, a plot in Kalwa has been allocated for the museum, reveals Tetvilkar, who has several books to his credit, including the Maharashtratil Veergal (Hero Stones of Maharashtra) which was published two years ago. According to sources, the plot, spread over a 1.25 acres, will either be given to the PWD for the construction of the museum or to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Historically speaking: The artefacts, he reveals, will be divided in three categories Ancient (vedic period to 1300 AD, comprising the Shilahar and Bimba Dynasty), Middle Ages (1300-1800 AD that coincided with the Mohamedan and Portuguese rule), and Modern History (1800-1947 AD British rule till date). While the project might take over two years for completion, Tetvilkar has already started requesting people to hand over objects of historical importance that they might have housed in their homes for generations, so that they could be preserved. Interestingly, Tetvilkar has, at his Thane residence, two stone artefacts, one a Ganpati idol made of stone and the other a herostone. Both will be lodged at the museum once its set up. The idol doesn't have a full tusk. Of his four hands, one is missing and he is holding a rudraksh in the other. He's termed the Yogi Ganesh and dates back to the Chalukya Dynasty that ruled large parts of southern and central India between the 6th and the 12th century, he says. The herostone, on the other hand, is a rectangular slab of stone, which is a narrative of valour and sacrifice, through a battle scene. The museum items will include weapons, parchments, textiles, and remnants of machinery used at mills. Expert speakDr Sonali Pednekar, head of the history department at KET's VG Vaze College of Arts, Science and Commerce, believes that the museum is important because it will help preserve Thane's relics that have been lying scattered. Thane has a long history. It was a port since ancient times, and later became a bastion for the Portuguese in medieval times. So, there are plenty of remnants that we have found which need to be showcased and preserved for posterity, she says. The move, she feels, will also promote museology as a discipline and a career option. Dr Fleur D'Souza, historian and professor at St Xavier's College, feels that the move is a much-deserved one for Thane. Thane has come of age as a city and a part of the metropolis. It's such an ancient city with an urban, multicultural character. Interestingly, there's a 1-km stretch there, in the shape of a crescent, where you will find an ancient church, a temple, a Jewish synagogue, a Jain temple, a mosque and a Parsi fire temple all in a row. The city truly deserves a place in history, she says.
Thane to get its first museum - Mid-Day
2017-01-15Thane: Rival groups enter into a tussle in Ulhasnagar - Mid-Day
Thane: Rival groups enter into a tussle in Ulhasnagar By Santosh Wagh Posted 15-Jan-2017 Gurumeet Labana With the dates for the municipal elections out, it seems that attacks and counter-attacks have started in Ulhasnagar with accusations being hurled all over. On Friday night, the Ulhasnagar police registered a case against the son of BJP corporator for attacking three people. Meanwhile, the corporator's son has also lodged a complaint against 15 to 20 people for attacking him. It is still not clear whether the fight was politically motivated or to do with a bike racing incident. The Ulhasnagar police have registered a case against Gurumeet Labana alias Boxer, son of BJP corporator, Meena Kaur Labana. According to the police, Saif Sayyed, a resident of Shahad Railway Gate, approached them on late Friday night, claiming that he was attacked with choppers and rods by Gurumeet and his friends, in which two of his friends suffered severe injuries. However, in his own version presented to the police, Gurumeet claimed that he too was attacked the same night near Goal Maidan by about 20 people with rods and choppers, owing to which he suffered injuries on his head and chest. The police are investigating to see if there is a political angle behind the alleged assaults. Arrests haven't been made yet. However, both parties state that the attack took place over bike racing as Gurumeet was overtaken by the other group. A case has been registered against both parties under the Arms Act as well as section 395 for dacoity. Both parties have claimed that valuables were stolen in the attack. We have not made any arrest as Gurumeet is admitted at the Central Hospital and two members of the rival group are in a private hospital, said Shakel Shaikh, senior inspector of Ulhasnagar police station.
Thane: Rival groups enter into a tussle in Ulhasnagar - Mid-Day
2017-01-15Thane cops solve 4-yr-old's murder case; arrest 3 - Asian Age - The Asian Age
Thane cops solve 4-yr-old's murder case; arrest 3 PTI Published: Jan 15, 2017, 8:27 am IST Updated: Jan 15, 2017, 8:28 am IST Thane: Rural police on Saturday claimed to have solved the murder case of a four-year-old girl from Bhayander, who was kidnapped and found buried in a nearby nullah, by arresting three persons. The accused were arrested on Friday, said the police. "It was on January 9, that the victim's parents registered a complaint with Navghar police station that their 4-year-old child was kidnapped by some unknown person from near their house when she was playing," SP (rural) Mahesh Patil told reporters here. "In the evening of January 12, the body of the missing girl was found buried in the nullah near Azad Nagar slums. The police got to know that one of the person acquainted with the family had committed the crime," he said. A 24-year-old accused who was known to the family of the victim during interrogation admitted that he had raped the girl and killed her, police said. They said the accused allegedly took the victim to Azad Nagar, raped her and then gagged her to death. In the post-mortem report there were marks of wounds on the head of the girl, police said. While the accused was killing the girl his friends dug a pit in the nullah and buried the girl, the officer said, adding, it was when a cat nibbled the arm those nearby came to know about the body was lying in the pit and informed police who exhumed the body.
Thane cops solve 4-yr-old
2017-01-15Disaster management workshop for housewives in Thane - Times of India
Disaster management workshop for housewives in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 15, 2017, 09.42 PM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) here organised a two-day disaster management workshop for housewives to handle situations before help arrives. The intentoon of the drive arranged along with an NGO on Tuesday was aimed at faster rescue and control at disaster spots. Women residing in hillocks and slums, which are mostly inaccessible or difficult to reach in case of calamities, were invited for the sesson. Few areas in the city have narrow lanes and during disaster, the rescue teams and the fire brigade vehicles face immense mobility issues. During such eventualities, if simple and primary disaster management methods are deployed, it can go a long way in saving loss of life and property. The workshop trained women on how to deal with floods, landslide, fire, gas leak or short circuits. Over 100 women participated in the workshop and the team plans to conduct similar workshops in other areas also. "Women mostly don't know the helpline number and often end up calling their family members thereby losing crucial response time. We gave them lessons in disaster management as they are mostly at home during the day and could be the first to attend to any disaster locally," said Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of TMC.
Disaster management workshop for housewives in Thane - Times of India
2017-01-15Four-year-old girl raped, killed in Thane; 3 held - The Indian Express
Four-year-old girl raped, killed in Thane; 3 held By: PTI | Thane | Updated: January 15, 2017 11:03 pm In a shocking incident, a four-year-old girl was allegedly raped, brutally killed and buried in a nullah by the accused in Bhayander area, police said. Three persons have been arrested in this regard. They were on Sunday remanded in police custody by a local court. WATCH WHAT ELSE IS IN THE NEWS On January 9, her parents had filed a complaint with Navghar police that the child was kidnapped by some unknown person from near their house while she was playing, SP (rural) Mahesh Patil told reporters yesterday. On January 12 evening, the body of the missing girl was found buried in a nullah near Azad Nagar slum area in Bhayander township of Thane district. The police got to know that one of the persons acquainted with the family had committed the crime, he said. The 24-year-old prime accused, who was known to the victim's family, during interrogation admitted that he had raped and killed the girl, police said. The accused allegedly took the victim to Azad Nagar, raped her and then gagged her to death. As per the postmortem report, wound marks were found on the child's head, police had earlier said. A cat had nibbled the body and the child's arm was spotted at the pit in the nullah by some locals who informed police. The body was exhumed on January 12. Police on Sunday said that after committing the offence and burying the child's body in the pit dug by them in the nullah, the accused had dinner at a hotel in the locality. Three of the accused were arrested on Friday and produced on Sunday before a local court which remanded them in police custody till January 24, Navghar's Senior Police Inspector Srikant Padule said. According to police, the victim's family and the accused had no dispute. Padule also said the main accused developed closeness with the child's family in the last few months to gain their confidence. Police are in the process of recording the statements of the accused and witnesses, he said. A manhunt has been launched to nab the fourth accused, who is suspected to have fled Maharashtra, police said. Initially, the case was registered under IPC section 363 (kidnapping), but now the accused have been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 376(D) (gangrape) and also under sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, they said.
Four-year-old girl raped, killed in Thane; 3 held - The Indian Express
2017-01-15Thane: Rival groups enter into a tussle in Ulhasnagar - News - Mid-Day
Thane: Rival groups enter into a tussle in Ulhasnagar By Santosh Wagh Posted 15-Jan-2017 Gurumeet Labana With the dates for the municipal elections out, it seems that attacks and counter-attacks have started in Ulhasnagar with accusations being hurled all over. On Friday night, the Ulhasnagar police registered a case against the son of BJP corporator for attacking three people. Meanwhile, the corporator's son has also lodged a complaint against 15 to 20 people for attacking him. It is still not clear whether the fight was politically motivated or to do with a bike racing incident. The Ulhasnagar police have registered a case against Gurumeet Labana alias Boxer, son of BJP corporator, Meena Kaur Labana. According to the police, Saif Sayyed, a resident of Shahad Railway Gate, approached them on late Friday night, claiming that he was attacked with choppers and rods by Gurumeet and his friends, in which two of his friends suffered severe injuries. However, in his own version presented to the police, Gurumeet claimed that he too was attacked the same night near Goal Maidan by about 20 people with rods and choppers, owing to which he suffered injuries on his head and chest. The police are investigating to see if there is a political angle behind the alleged assaults. Arrests haven't been made yet. However, both parties state that the attack took place over bike racing as Gurumeet was overtaken by the other group. A case has been registered against both parties under the Arms Act as well as section 395 for dacoity. Both parties have claimed that valuables were stolen in the attack. We have not made any arrest as Gurumeet is admitted at the Central Hospital and two members of the rival group are in a private hospital, said Shakel Shaikh, senior inspector of Ulhasnagar police station.
Thane: Rival groups enter into a tussle in Ulhasnagar - News - Mid-Day
2017-01-15Congress: Congress to rake up failed facilities issue ahead of thane ... - Times of India
Congress to rake up failed facilities issue ahead of thane civic polls TNN | Jan 15, 2017, 09.02 PM IST THANE: The Congress is all geared to aggressively target its opponents- the Shiv Sena and its ally BJP and plans to expose the failure of in the Thane civic body in providing facilities to people over the last few years. The announcement was made by senior Congress leader Narayan Rane on Saturday ahead of the party meet to decide the strategy for the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections here. The Congress leader and former chief minister were in the city to attend party meeting and also to discuss an alliance with the NCP for Thane civic polls on February 21. While the talks for an alliance in Mumbai had faced hurdles, Rane said talks between Congress and NCP were underway in Thane. "The same would be discussed by leaders of both the parties in the coming days," he said. "The party will take up the issue of development work in the election strategy and highlight how the ruling party has completely failed to provide basic minimum facilities to its citizens," said Rane while talking to reporters.
Congress: Congress to rake up failed facilities issue ahead of thane ... - Times of India
2017-01-14Thane: Three held for gang rape, murder of four-year-old girl - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Three held for gang rape, murder of four-year-old girl DNA CORRESPONDENT | Sat, 14 Jan 2017-11:58pm , Thane , DNA webdesk The Thane Rural police found a nude body of a minor girl three days after she went missing from her residence. The Thane rural police have arrested three people for allegedly murdering a four-year-old girl, who was kidnapped, gang raped and later buried by them in marshy land. Mohammed Yunus Shaha, 24, a resident of Bhayandar lured the four-year-old with a chocolate on January 9. He kidnapped her from her place and took her to Azad Nagar, where his accomplices? Rona Raaini and and Jitendra Rao were waiting.? The main accused, worked as a loader with the father of the girl, which facilitated the crime. Shaha raped the minor girl and when she started screaming, the trio picked up a boulder and hit her on her head. "Later they picked up the body of the girl and buried her in marshy land", said a Thane rural police officer. "The post mortem reports have revealed fracture on the head, we are awaiting postmortem reports for further examinations", he added. Mahesh Patil, Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, said, "We have arrested the three persons under sections 363(kidnapping), 364 (kidnapping for murder) 302 (murder), 201 (destroying evidence), 376(D) (gangrape) (2) (i) of the Indian Penal code." "The accused are drug addicts and the main accused was friendly with the victim", said Patil.
Thane: Three held for gang rape, murder of four-year-old girl - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-14Thane Municipal Corporation plans drone vigil on hawkers - Times of India
Thane Municipal Corporation plans drone vigil on hawkers Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 15, 2017, 12.04 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning an aerial surveillance of stretches occupied by hawkers by using drone- installed cameras to keep a track of their movements and hideouts during raids. Several arterial stretches, including the railway station premises at Thane and Mumbra, Majiwada, Wagle Estate and Kalwa Naka witness massive traffic congestion and inconvenience to pedestrians, especially during peak hours due to hawkers who encroach upon the areas. Repeated attempts by civic officials to raid these places have proved futile as the hawkers are reportedly alerted by conniving civic staff following which they manage to vanish and hide before the team arrives. According to the plan, each of the 10 civic wards will be equipped with a drone camera that will not only survey the dense stretches but also record presence of hawkers in the area to monitor where they stock their wares during raids. The footage would be saved for a certain period of time. Accordingly, the civic teams equipped with the data will be able to conduct timely raids and also depute flying squad staff at designated spots to ensure these hawkers do not escape. The TMC plans to start a pilot project on the premises of Thane railway station. "The plan has been formulated to keep busy junctions and city stretches free of encroachments. Drone cameras will be used to keep track record movement of hawkers, their hideouts to ensure they don't escape action," said municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal.
2017-01-14Congress to fight Thane civic polls on development plank: Rane - The Indian Express
Congress to fight Thane civic polls on development plank: Rane By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 14, 2017 10:11 pm Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane today said his party would fight the upcoming Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) polls on development plank and expose failure of the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP in the civic body in providing facilities to people. The party will take up the issue of development work in the election agenda and point out how the ruling party has failed to provide basic minimum facilities to the citizens, Rane said here while talking to reporters. Watch What Else Is Making News? He said alleged corruption in the Shiv Sena-BJP ruled civic body too would be raised during electioneering. The Congress leader was in the city to attend party meeting and also to discuss about electoral alliance with NCP for Thane civic body which goes to polls on February 21. The ruling Shiv Sena and BJP had rendered thousands homeless in the recent road widening work in the city and this will prominently figure during electioneering by the party, said Rane. He said talks between Congress and NCP were still underway and there has been no proposal put forth by NCP for seat sharing in the civic elections. This and other matters would be discussed by leaders of both the parties in the coming days. He said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that he will order SIT inquiry into the affairs of the civic body. He should have ordered the same instead of keeping the matter pending for reasons best known to him.
Congress to fight Thane civic polls on development plank: Rane - The Indian Express
2017-01-14Thane cops trace, recover 58 missing mobile phones, hand them over to owners - Times of India
Thane cops trace, recover 58 missing mobile phones, hand them over to owners Nishikant Karlikar TNN | Jan 15, 2017, 12.02 AM IST THANE: In a major breakthrough, the city cops have managed to trace and return as many as 58 mobile phones to their respective owners. The phones, collectively worth Rs 5.71 lakh were either lost or stolen. The zone-1 team of the Thane police launched a special drive to track down the missing phones. The drive was the branchild of DCP Abhishek Trimukhi. The police had contacted the mobile companies using the IMEI numbers of the phones that were lost. The cops then tracked down the person who was using the phone and first asked them to furnish the telephone bills. When they were unable to do so, the police took custody of the phones. On Friday, the phones were returned to their respective owners. One of the owner's said, "The drive is good but my phone was not lost. In fact, it was stolen but the cops had filed a missing complaint. But at least the DCP has taken an initiative and managed to trace so many lost phone."
Thane cops trace, recover 58 missing mobile phones, hand them over to owners - Times of India
2017-01-13Thane: Slum dwellers hit the tracks to protest demolition drive - Mid-Day
Thane: Slum dwellers hit the tracks to protest demolition drive By Shashank Rao Posted 4 hours Just hours after hundreds of passengers blocked the railway tracks at Diva station to protest train delays, over 500 people residing in slums near Dombivali station, hit the tracks and blocked services on six rail lines between Thane and Kalyan. Demolition stalled: The protest that was held by slum dwellers to vent out their anger against the demolition drive planned by the Central Railway (CR) and Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation with the help of over 350 cops, affected services both towards the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kalyan. Sources in the CR said that the protestors even kept their footwear and utensils on the tracks to protest the demolition. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a CR official mentioned, The protest started around 12.15pm and continued till 12.45pm, during which train services had to be cancelled. Next time, think twice before you leap onto railway tracks in Mumbai No development: According to CR officials, over 90 illegal slums in the area were the biggest hindrance in maintaining the tracks and rail infrastructure at Dombivali. If people don't want then we'll not remove illegal settlements. But train services on the Thane-Kalyan stretch will further deteriorate if these slums are not removed, said the official. Speed restrictions: Meanwhile, the authorities managed to run one special train each between Thane-CST and Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat during the protest. Expressing their anguish, some railway officials said that if such incidents continue then it would be difficult to develop the suburban rail section. They also mentioned about plans to implement certain speed restrictions on the stretch, which would eventually delay services. They further said that there were already 12-15 spots between Thane and Kalyan, where trains have to slow down. According to sources, trains run late on the main line as the three level crossings at Thakurli, Diva and Kalwa are opened nearly 40 times everyday. Whenever a level crossing is opened, it eats into 10 minutes of the train's running time, they said. Pay the price for blocking rail services: The protest comes hours after senior railway officials confirmed that the CR authorities have approached the state government for permission to slap Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on those who block rail services. Punishment under the Act includes a year's imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine. 12-15, The number of spots between Thane and Kalyan where trains have to slow down. 90, Total number of illegal slums in Dombivali
Thane: Slum dwellers hit the tracks to protest demolition drive - Mid-Day
2017-01-13Thane hospitals bizarre claim: Doctor pulled insect out of pocket for stunt | Mumbai NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Thane hospital's bizarre claim: Doctor pulled insect out of pocket for stunt TOI Mumbai Fri,13 Jan 2017 Summary: "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital is attached to Rajiv Gandhi Medical College , where Dr Baranwal is an associate professor. But if she thinks I carried a cockroach to the operation room, I don't know what to tell her now," Dr Baranwal. He has been serving as a full-time doctor with the Thane Municipal Corporation since 1996. "As a doctor, it is my duty to bring such things [poor cleanliness] to the dean's notice. Does the dean really believe I completed the mandatory routine with a cockroach in my pocket? A doctor with two medical degrees, 21 years of experience and a solid reputation among peers and patients carried a live cockroach in his pocket and planted it in an operating theatre during surgery to discredit the management.That's the baffling suspicion of the dean of the Thane civic hospital where a cockroach interrupted a procedure recently and where cleanliness and hygiene standards are under scrutiny. C Maitra, who heads 500-bed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital , shared the theory in a formal response to additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan, who had demanded an explanation after Mirror's January 10 report on the infection-carrying pest's presence in the OT. Instead of offering a commitment to improve cleanliness in the hospital, Maitra accused senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sanjay Baranwal of planting the crawler for a media stunt to portray her and the Kalwa hospital in a bad light. On January 6, Dr Baranwal momentarily halted a patient's leg surgery to film the cockroach that had been moving around in the OT. He said the video was a desperate attempt to draw the management's attention to what other doctors have also described as a breakdown of protocols for ensuring sterile conditions in the hospital, one of Thane's largest super-speciality facilities. Hours after Mirror published the report, Maitra told Chavan that the hospital had good general cleanliness. But on Thursday, this Mirror correspondent found that a passage between the operating theatre and an intensive care unit had literally become a garbage dumping zone. There were piles of cardboard boxes, broken furniture, files, empty medicine bottles and other refuse in the passage, which most staff members and patients avoid using. One doctor claimed it was much worse before the management ordered an urgent cleanup on Tuesday fearing a surprise inspection by Chavan. "I am yet to visit the hospital, but I have a report from the dean. She says a cockroach ended up in the OT because of a mischief. She believes the surgeon carried the insect in his pocket and left it inside the room before contacting the media," Chavan said. Mirror called Maitra several times and also sent messages requesting a comment, but she didn't respond.
2017-01-13Farmers from Thane villages ready to give land for Super E-way - Afternoon Voice
Farmers from Thane villages ready to give land for Super E-way By Afternoon Voice - January 13, 20170 Farmers from three villages in Thane district said they are ready to give land for the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway, a pet project of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. At an event held in Fugale village in the district today, as many as 76 farmers from that village gave their consent for their 311 hectares land for the project. Besides, 25 farmers from Washala Budruk (140 hectares) and 17 from Tokarkhand (30 hectares) said they are willing to give the land for the Super Expressway, which has been renamed as Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor, a release by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), said. “Farmers from Fugale, Washala Budruk, Tokarkhand villages demand construction of the Super Expressway through their villages. They gathered in large numbers at Fugale and handed over the memorandum to Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of MSRDC, requesting him to consider their consent and initiate the process of construction from their localities,” the release said. Farmers from these villages say they are deprived of even basic infrastructure facilities and expressed hope that once this Expressway is completed, it would bring development in their region. Addressing the farmers, Mopalwar said, “We are very happy to see the spontaneous participation of farmers from Fugale, Washala Budruk and Tokarkhand villages. Farmers from these villages have set an example of volunteer participation in the all-round development of the entire state.” Total 67 kms of the Expressway will pass through Thane district. About 832 hectares land is required for it from Thane. Out of this, 250 hectares is a forest land, followed by 100 hectare Government and remaining 482 hectare land accounting to the individuals and private.
Farmers from Thane villages ready to give land for Super E-way - Afternoon Voice
2017-01-13Thane Doc Who Filmed A Cockroach In OT Accused By Hospital Dean Of Planting The Insect - Huffington Post India
Thane Doc Who Filmed A Cockroach In OT Accused By Hospital Dean Of Planting The Insect "Does the dean really believe that I completed all the mandatory routine check-ups with a cockroach in my pocket?" 13/01/2017 8:39 AM IST |Updated 13 hours ago On 6 January, when Dr Sanjay Baranwal interrupted a surgery to take a photo of a cockroach in the operating theatre at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Thane, questions were raised about the hospital's hygiene levels. The Additional Municipal Commissioner for Thane, Sunil Chavan, ordered an inquiry into the incident. But according to a new report in the Mumbai Mirror, C. Maitra, the dean of the hospital, has accused Dr Baranwal of deliberately "planting" a live cockroach in the hospital to defame it. She called it a "media stunt". Additional municipal commissioner Chavan told Mirror: "I have a report from the dean. She says a cockroach ended up in the OT because of a mischief. She believes the surgeon carried the insect in his pocket and left it inside the room before contacting the media." Reacting to the charge of having staged the incident, Dr Baranwal explained that there are three levels of safety checks every doctor has to go through before entering any operating theatre. He said: "...The safety steps include putting away personal effects and wearing sterilised gowns. Does the dean really believe I completed the mandatory routine with a cockroach in my pocket?" In addition to these safety measures, the World Health Organisation has mandated that the operating theatres must be disinfected and fumigated at least once a week.
Thane Doc Who Filmed A Cockroach In OT Accused By Hospital Dean Of Planting The Insect - Huffington Post India
2017-01-13Thane farmers hand over land for Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor ... - The Indian Express
Thane farmers hand over land for Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 14, 2017 3:03 am The compensation for farmers who are likely to be impacted by the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Express Highway project was increased by at least 50 per cent. AFTER THE compensation for farmers who are likely to be impacted by the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Express Highway project was increased by at least 50 per cent, a majority of farmers from Fugale, Washala Budruk and Tokarkhand villages near Thane gave their consent for the project on Friday. At an event held at Fugale, 76 farmers from Fugale village, 25 farmers from Washala Budruk and 17 farmers from Tokarkhand offered their consent to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Fugale farmers gave up 311 hectares of land, those in Washala Budruk 140 hectares and Tokarkhand 30 hectares making it a total of 481 hectare from Thane alone. The farmers handed over their memorandums to Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice-Chairman Managing Director, MSRDC and paved the way for construction of the highway through their villages. Popularly known as the Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor (MSC), it is expected to enhance connectivity and bring prosperity to their villages and other nearby areas. Speaking to farmers, Mopalwar said, We are very happy to see the spontaneous participation of farmers from Fugale, Washala Budruk and Tokarkhand villages. Farmers from these tiny villages have not only created history in terms of the MSC as a project, but have also emerged as a great example of volunteer participation in the all-round development of the entire state.ť 67 km of the MSC will pass through Thane district and at least 832 hectares of land is required for it. Of this, 250 hectares is forest land, 100 hectares belongs to the government and the remaining 482 hectares is private land.
Thane farmers hand over land for Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor ... - The Indian Express
2017-01-13Thane's multi-cultural populace welcomes the harvest festival - Times of India
Thane's multi-cultural populace welcomes the harvest festival Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 14, 2017, 12.37 AM IST THANE: Even though Makar Sankranti is synonymous with the sesame seed delicacy called tilgul, the multi cultural populace of the lake city has added to the sweetness of the festivities by blending in their own Sankranti preparations and culture. With the onset of the harvest festival, jaggery and sesame seed sweets are no doubt taking maximum space in the kitchens of residents, but Bengali, Gujarati and South Indian delicacies are no less sought after. From Bengali delicacies like puli pitha and paatishapta to Gujarati til chikkis and laddoos, the aromas of the delicacies have spread sweetness all around the city. Fifty-five-year-old Sampada Dighe, a Naupada resident celebrating her 30th Makar Sankranti in the city, said, "Ever since I came to the city I have prepared traditional sweets for every Sankranti. This year, too, I have made tilgul laddoos, til vadi and gulachi poli, which is made by stuffing rotis with jaggery and til and gram flour that has been roasted in pure ghee. We also made bhogi bhaji yesterday. This mixed vegetable dish comprises til, the core Sankranti ingredient." A Kharkar Ali resident, Ila Tanna, said that Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan are occasions when til chikki or laddoos are made. "Other than these, the traditional khichdi will be made along with undhyo, a mixed vegetable preparation. While Maharashtrians will be celebrating Makar Sankranti, Tamilians will welcome the harvest festival of Pongal. Aarti Iyengar, a 22-year-old denizen said, "We make our traditional pongal dish which is a preparation of rice, jaggery and other ingredients for in order to ensure that our year begins on a sweet note. While we make sweet pongal on the occasion, a day before the festival we prepare ven pongal, which tastes like khichdi."
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2017-01-12CR services hit by rail roko at Thane - Hindustan Times
CR services hit by rail roko at Thane mumbai Updated: Jan 12, 2017 13:28 IST Kailash Korde Hindustan Times Train services on the central railway (CR) were hit on Thursday because of a rail roko between Dombivli and Kopar railway station in Thane. Train services on the central railway (CR) were hit on Thursday because of a rail roko between Dombivli and Kopar railway station in Thane. Local civic authorities had demolished slums along the railway tracks, which, according to sources, led to the protests. Officials said there were protests for around 20-25 minutes from 12.30 pm. After authorities intervened, train services resumed but are now running late. Rail fracture on CR affects services for 30 mins
CR services hit by rail roko at Thane - Hindustan Times
2017-01-12Thane Woman Traffic Cop Who Taught a Lesson to an Abusive ... - Yahoo India News
Thane Woman Traffic Cop Who Taught a Lesson to an Abusive Politician Rewarded by Her Dept Aditi Patwardhan The Better India12 January 2017 In a welcome move, the Thane Traffic Police rewarded a woman traffic constable for her exemplary courage in taking action against an abusive traffic violator. Seema Kale, a traffic constable in Thane, stood up to the abusive violator who is also a political party worker and took action against him. The incident took place in February 2016 when Kale was on duty at the Nitin Company Chowk signal. She encountered a driver who was speaking over a phone while driving and asked him to pull over and present his license. He had also been jumping signals. The man, identified as Shashikant Kalgude, refused to cooperate and started abusing and hitting Kale instead. She didn't budge and went on to take action against him as per the Motor Vehicles Act. He was further arrested under several criminal charges. According to a report in Mid Day, the authorities decided to reward her with a cash prize of Rs 10,000. An initiative has been started by the Thane traffic DCP Sandip Palve to award traffic cops who show extraordinary courage in dealing with traffic violators. "We have awarded constable Seema for her bravery so everyone gets motivated to take up cases and not step back to avoid such situations," he told Mid Day. Reports say that the violator, Shashikant Kalgude is an office-bearer with the political party Shiv Sena. "The incident was quite sudden. I hadn't anticipated the extent to which it would get dragged. But I am happy that I responded to it in the right way; something like this should not happen with any policewoman, and if it does, they should be able to give it back without any fear," said Kale.
Thane Woman Traffic Cop Who Taught a Lesson to an Abusive ... - Yahoo India News
2017-01-11Thane woman traffic cop rewarded for taking on abusive Shiv Sena worker - Mid-Day
Thane woman traffic cop rewarded for taking on abusive Shiv Sena worker By Suraj Ojha Posted 4 hours Thane traffic department gives constable Seema Kale Rs. 10,000 for dealing with rule-breaking, abusive Shiv Sena worker in the right way It's great when good work doesn't go unrecognised, and this Thane traffic constable will agree. Seema Kale was recently rewarded with Rs. 10,000 by the Thane traffic department for reprimanding a Shiv Sena worker, who had not only violated traffic rules, but also assaulted her when she was doing her duty. Kale is posted at special branch under the Thane commissionerate. Woman traffic cop implores government to penalise Shiv Sena office bearer: On February 25, 2016, around 11.30 am, she was on duty at Nitin Company Signal chowk. A Scorpio (MH-06-BE-7340) was on its way from Teen Haath Naka headed towards Cadbury. Kale saw that the car driver was busy talking on his cell phone. She stopped him and asked him to show his licence. The driver got angry and immediately started abusing and hitting her. Kale, however, was undeterred and hit him back; she also took action against him as per the Motor Vehicles Act. The whole incident was captured on the CCTV camera installed at Teen Haath Naka junction. After seeing Kale's bravery, the traffic department decided to reward her, as per the police manual part 1 rule no. 300(1)(A). Setting an example: Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Sandeep Palve told mid-day, Seema has really done a great job. We thought we should motivate her by rewarding her so that she remembers it for a lifetime, and other policewomen take her example and continue to do good work. We really appreciate her presence of mind and the way she handled the situation. The incident was quite sudden. I hadn't anticipated the extent to which it would get dragged. But I am happy that I responded to it in the right way; something like this should not happen with any policewoman, and if it does, they should be able to give it back without any fear, said Kale. The accusedThe driver was identified as Shashikant Kalgude (44), a resident of Tulsidham in Thane's Dharmaveer Nagar. He owns a vada pav stall and is said to be a Shiv Sena worker. He was arrested under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Thane woman traffic cop rewarded for taking on abusive Shiv Sena worker - Mid-Day
2017-01-11This Thane Woman Traffic Cop Got Rewarded For Teaching An Abusive Shiv Sena Worker A Lesson - Huffington Post India
This Thane Woman Traffic Cop Got Rewarded For Teaching An Abusive Shiv Sena Worker A Lesson Hats off! 11/01/2017 12:16 PM IS| Updated 12 hours ago A traffic constable in Thane showed exemplary courage in the line of duty when she stood up against a traffic violator, who turned abusive. Seema Kale, posted at a special branch under the Thane commissionerate, has been awarded a cash prize of 10,000 by the Thane traffic department for her holding her ground under adversity. According to a report in the Mid-Day, Kale was on duty at the Nitin Company chowk signal on 25 February 2016, when a Scorpio passed her by on its way towards Cadbury. She found the driver speaking on his mobile phone, so she stopped the car and asked to see his licence. According to a circular from the traffic department, he was also jumping signals. The driver of the car lost his temper and starting abusing and hitting her. She stood her ground, hit back and took action against him as per the Motor Vehicles Act. The entire incident was captured on CCTV. A report in the Asian Age pointed out that the driver, Shashikant Kalgude, is a Shiv Sena party worker. Impressed by her fearless retaliation, the traffic department decided to reward her. The Thane traffic DCP, Sandip Palve, has started an initiative to award traffic cops who show extraordinary courage in dealing with traffic violators. "We have awarded constable Seema for her bravery so everyone gets motivated to take up cases and not step back to avoid such situations," he said. "The incident was quite sudden. I hadn't anticipated the extent to which it would get dragged. But I am happy that I responded to it in the right way; something like this should not happen with any policewoman, and if it does, they should be able to give it back without any fear," said Kale. With more cops like her around, the goons on the roads can learn some traffic lessons and the number of road accidents in India may also come down.
This Thane Woman Traffic Cop Got Rewarded For Teaching An Abusive Shiv Sena Worker A Lesson - Huffington Post India
2017-01-11Mumbai fares better than Thane, Panvel and Navi Mumbai in air pollution survey - Hindustan Times
Mumbai fares better than Thane, Panvel and Navi Mumbai in air pollution survey mumbai Updated: Jan 12, 2017 00:29 IST Snehal Fernandes Hindustan Times Within Maharashtra, Nanded topped the list for poor air quality with annual concentration of PM10 (particulate matter of size less than 10 microns) at 162 micrograms per cubic metre. (HT) Suspended particulate matter in air in most parts of the state were almost two times the safe limits in 2015, revealed an assessment of air pollution in Indian cities by not-for-profit Greenpeace India on Wednesday. Within Maharashtra, Nanded topped the list for poor air quality with annual concentration of PM10 (particulate matter of size less than 10 microns) at 162 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) as against the permissible limit of 60ug/m3 under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Safe limit for PM10 emissions annually by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is 20ug/m3. Exposure to high levels of PM10, they are solid and liquid particles, including dust and chemicals, floating in the air leads to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and premature death. Locations such as Panvel, Taloja, Navi Mumbai and Thane recorded higher annual PM10 levels than Mumbai that ranked number 10 at 107ug/m3. A study by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay last year attributed high particulate matter in Mumbai to power plant (37%), open burning (24%), commercial food sector (18%) and road transport (10%). In addition, all locations in 25 cities of Maharashtra were highly polluted between the months of October and January with PM10 levels exceeding 150ug/m3 that's nearly three times the safe limits. Pollution levels in Maharahtra are relatively less than other parts of the country, but still at very dangerous levels going by NAAQS and WHO standards. Hence it's not safe to breathe in many parts of Maharashtra, said Sunil Dahiya, campaigner, Greenpeace India, adding that fossil fuel burning is one of the main culprits for the deteriorating air quality in India. Dahiya added that difference in pollution levels is also because some parts of Maharashtra such as Mumbai is near to coast. With winds in different directions, mixing of pollutants in coastal areas is very high, thereby diluting the concentration of pollutants. The report titled Airpocalypse by Greenpeace India, assessed air quality in 168 cities across 24 states and union territories found that none of the cities complied with standards set by WHO and NAAQS. The assessment was based on online reports and Right to Information applications by the state pollution control boards. Nationwide, Delhi emerged as the most polluted city with PM10 levels at 268ug/m3 followed by Ghaziabad (258ug/m3), Allahabad (250ug/m3), Bareli (240ug/m3) in Uttar Pradesh, and Faridabad (240ug/m3) in Haryana. The Global Burden of Disease study by (WHO) has estimated that every day 3,283 Indians died due to outdoor air pollution in 2015 that makes it approximately 11.98 lakh deaths in India in 2015. Additionally, India loses around 3% of its Gross Domestic Product due to air pollution, as per estimates by the World Bank. Air pollution is taking a toll on public health going by rising number of respiratory problems. No government, industry or corporate is paying the health cost due to poor air, said Dahiya. Therefore, there is a serious need for people to start looking at air quality data, and ask the government to share the data in a more simplistic and comprehensive manner.
Mumbai fares better than Thane, Panvel and Navi Mumbai in air pollution survey - Hindustan Times
2017-01-10Thane: Police crack gold loan company heist case, 3 held - The Indian Express
Thane: Police crack gold loan company heist case, 3 held Thane: Police crack gold loan company heist case, 3 held Based on a tip-off, police laid a trap and Monday managed to nab the mastermind Mustafa alias Akhtar Samsher Shaikh (44) at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai. By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 10, 2017 4:57 pm With the arrest of three persons, Thane police Tuesday claimed to have cracked the case of a heist at the office of a private gold loan company in Ulhasnagar town here in which about 30 kg of gold was stolen. A part of the booty was also recovered from the accused, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh told reporters in Thane. He said 15 more persons were involved in the dacoity and police teams have fanned out across the country in search of them. Gold jewellery weighing around 28.686 kg, valued at nearly Rs 7.22 crore, was stolen from Manappuram Finance's gold loan branch in Ulhasnagar township on December 26 2016. The thieves had entered the office through a hole and used gas cutters to open the lockers where gold ornaments were kept. They had also tampered with the CCTV surveillance system of the office. The incident was reported by the company's staff to Vitthalwadi Police Station. The crime branch of Thane Police had also started a parallel investigation in the case. Subsequently on January 4, police arrested two of the accused Kamruddin Asuddin Shaikh (28) and Manoj Nurbahadur Saud (35), police said today. Based on a tip-off, police laid a trap and Monday managed to nab the mastermind Mustafa alias Akhtar Samsher Shaikh (44) at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai, Singh said. Shaikh, hailing from Sahibganj district in Jharkhand, is an expert in carrying out such crimes. The gang had earlier indulged in such heists in Thane, Mumbai and other states as well, police said. Around 3 kg of gold jewellery was recovered from the three men, they said. Singh said the gang's modus operandi was to plant a security guard at the target place and with his help, gather information and commit the offence. In this case also, they had planted a security guard some days prior to the heist. The gas cutters used for the robbery were brought from Kolkata and some other equipment was procured from Kurla, he said. The gang members drilled the walls of the company office for 5-6 days without anyone noticing and they finally committed the robbery when the office was closed over the weekend, he said. Police are trying to find out if the stolen jewellery has been sold and they would also trace the buyers. To a question, Singh said jewellery shop owners need to get their security staff verified with local police.
Thane: Police crack gold loan company heist case, 3 held - The Indian Express
2017-01-10No water, Thane society residents lock up builder - Times of India
No water, Thane society residents lock up builder Gargi Verma | Mumbai Mirror | Jan 10, 2017, 08.35 AM IST Fed up of water scarcity, more than a hundred residents of Dosti Vrishti building in Vartak Nagar, Thane (W), confined their builder to a room in the clubhouse for nearly five hours on Sunday. The building is a part of the sprawling Dosti Vihar housing society, constructed by Dosti Realty. Rajesh Shah, one of the directors of Dosti Realty, was allowed to go only after he gave a written assurance that the problem will be sorted out within 15 days. The builder on Monday filed a police complaint after residents also forced the realty firm's sales and customer care offices on the premises to shut down, and prevented water tankers from entering the compound. Such is the water crisis in Thane that each Thaneite gets only 145 litres of water a day, which is around 45% less than what a citizen in other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region gets. A few months ago, the Thane Police, fearing riots over water, sent teams to housing societies to ensure there were no fights over water ('Thane police fear massive unrest due to water scarcity', MM, April 4). The ruckus at Dosti Vihar started as early as 9.30 am on Sunday when residents thronged the firm's offices shouting slogans. They said the builders hadn't bothered responding to any of their messages and failed to address the water problem despite several pleas. Some of the residents are senior citizens who find it extremely difficult to depend on water provided by tankers. Girish Mhatre, secretary of Dosti Vrishti, said the society is worst hit by the water crisis because it is located farthest from the water supply outlet. "We were assured running water round the clock, besides other amenities by the builder. We have been facing water shortage for many years. The builder said the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) wasn't releasing enough water but through the Right to Information Act we found that the TMC is in fact releasing surplus water. It's because of the builder's mismanagement that we have to spend nearly Rs 2 lakh a month for water," Mhatre said.Ninety year old Rajendra Palkar, who is partially blind, and his wife Jhelum told this correspondent that life has been "painful" from the time they moved to Dosti Vrishti. The couple's children are settled abroad, and the senior citizens find it extremely difficult to run around for water. "We moved here thinking we will find a peaceful environment. Running around for water is excruciating. We can't be going through such pain at our age," Jhelum said. Nearly six hours after residents launched their protest on Sunday, Rajesh Shah and Pankaj Shah, both directors of Dosti Realty, arrived at the society. The residents took Rajesh to the clubhouse from where he wasn't allowed to leave till he signed on a paper that said the builder will ensure the problem will be solved within 15 days. "These are strong-arm tactics," Rajesh said. "I tried explaining to the residents that we are in the process of finding a solution. It is the TMC that provides water, not me. The problem is, the land on which the society stands is uneven and the force at which the water is released is not enough to cover the entire society. We are trying to install a separate pipeline but I can't tell how long it will take to finish that work," he said. Officers from Vartak Nagar Police Station confirmed a complaint was filed by the builder, and said there hasn't been any arrest. The residents said they weren't worried about police complaints. "They have water to fill up swimming pools in the society, but not for us," said one of them, Suhas Dhanawade.
No water, Thane society residents lock up builder - Times of India
2017-01-10Thane: Raw materials for drugs worth 18 crores found - Economic Times
Thane: Raw materials for drugs worth 18 crores found Jan 10, 2017, 11.20 AM IST In one of the biggest drug hauls in Thane, raw materials for drug worth 18 crores is found.
2017-01-1025gm pacemaker implanted in 1.6kg 'miracle' baby from Thane district - Hindustan Times
25gm pacemaker implanted in 1.6kg miracle baby from Thane district mumbai Updated: Jan 11, 2017 00:59 IST Sadaguru Pandit Hindustan Times The condition, which occurs in almost 3-5% of pregnancies, compromises and restricts the child's growth due to a reduced heart capacity. A baby girl, weighing 1.6 kgs, recently underwent a critical heart surgery where a 25-gm pacemaker was implanted to keep her heart, the size of a walnut, beating. Paediatric cardiac surgeons called it a miracle baby. They said that the 2.5-cm pacemaker battery occupies almost one third of the baby's abdominal region. The baby's 40-year-old mother is a homemaker and lives in Ambernath. The woman, who requested anonymity due to personal reasons, said the baby's heart condition was diagnosed in the second trimester. Doctors said that an echocardiogram of the mother when she was six months pregnant showed that the baby was suffering from a heart condition called as Intrauterine Growth Retardation (IGUR). The condition, which occurs in almost 3-5% of pregnancies, compromises and restricts the child's growth due to a reduced heart capacity. Since the heart beats slower than usual, it fails to pump sufficient blood in the body of the foetus, restricting its growth. The most important factor which contributed to the baby's survival was the diagnosis before birth. Within four days after the baby's was born, we operated upon it to implant the pacemaker, said Dr Suresh Joshi, senior consultant and peadiatric cardiac surgeon from Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai Central. Doctors said that while the usual heart capacity of a new born is about 110-140 beats a minute (bpm) the baby girl's heart beat was only 35-40 bpm at birth. The baby wasn't premature but due to IGUR, it weighed only 160 gm. The heart is of the size of a fist, Dr Joshi added. During the one-and-a-half-hour surgery, the surgeons implanted the electrodes of the pacemaker to the baby's heart and the batteries of the pacemaker were secured in the child's abdominal wall. The baby's torso was about six to seven centimetre wide. The pacemaker almost occupies one third of the space from top of the abdominal area to umbilical cord, said Dr Joshi. Doctors confirmed that the surgery was successful and now after a week, the baby is recuperating well. Since the pacemaker's batteries last about six years, the baby will undergo another surgery to change the batteries.
25gm pacemaker implanted in 1.6kg
2017-01-10Thane Collectorate clerk booked under Corruption Act - Afternoon Voice
2017-01-10BJP looking for a strong face in Thane to steer party in 2017 polls - Times of India
BJP looking for a strong face in Thane to steer party in 2017 polls Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 11, 2017, 01.45 AM IST THANE: At a time when the elections to the municipal corporation in Thane is closing in, the BJP is struggling to find a voter-friendly face in Thane who has a mass appeal and can shoulder the poll campaign single-handedly. The absence of strong leader who can take on the Shiv Sena and silence the growing dissent and one-upmanship in the city BJP unit here, appears to be the big worry for the party leadership who has understood to have started poaching on its political rivals. The BJP commands a strong traditional voter base in old Thane and in recent years has gained immense popularity in the upscale working class enclaves here, but turns feeble before the strong-arm tactics of its ally. "Politics in Thane has been driven more by personalities and leaders such as Anand Dighe, Eknath Shinde of the Shiv Sena, Jitendra Awhad from NCP. The then BJP MLA from Thane, MD Joshi had an appeal among the traditional Hindutva voters in the lake city and there was stalwarts like Rambhau Mhalgi and Ram Kapse from Dombivli and Kalyan who commanded respect pan Thane. However, in recent years the party has been overshadowed by the Sena and lacks a strong leader,'' a party insider said. The absence of a strong leader has resulted in drubbings for the BJP in the 2012 civic polls where the party could barely secure eight seats while the Sena bagged a lions share of 53 seats. "The BJP strategy will be directed to cut to size the Sena and it could not hesitate to rope in members from its rival camp who can assure a victory in the ward. Presently, the elections in Thane would be supervised by minister of state for food and civil supplies Ravindra Chavan and MP Kapil Patil from Bhiwandi but it is all likelihood CM Devendra Fadnavis would be the decision-maker. As of now there is not much clarity on who is leading the pre-poll activities and the party seniors are looking at a face that could help lead the elections," said a party activist. In the last few months several rival corporators including former Congress leader of house, Sanjay Ghadigaonkar, Bharat Chavan and Manohar Dumbre from the NCP among others have been inducted in the party. Sources said the BJP senior leaders are apparently in talks with two senior functionaries of their rival party pursuing them with lure of better position and stature. Politics in Thane has been driven more by leaders such as Anand Dighe, Eknath Shinde of the Shiv Sena, Jitendra Awhad from NCP. The then BJP MLA from Thane, MD Joshi, had an appeal among the traditional Hindutva voters in the city. However, off late the party has been overshadowed by Sena and lacks a strong leader
BJP looking for a strong face in Thane to steer party in 2017 polls - Times of India
2017-01-10Kites inspired by Bollywood, PM to rule Thane skies this Sankranti - Times of India
Kites inspired by Bollywood, PM to rule Thane skies this Sankranti Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 11, 2017, 01.47 AM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi THANE: Kai Po Che, these words will be heard from the terrace and balconies of most of housing complexes in the city as the fun-filled festival of Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on Saturday. Residents have been flocking to stores and stalls selling kites in various hues and patterns. While the usual kites adorning cartoon characters, sport stars and Bollywood actors are in, kites with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are selling like hot cakes this season. The streets of Gokhale Road and Jambli Naka have been lined with stalls selling a variety of kites to meet the huge demand. While some children came along with friends to check out kites that had pictures of their favourite cartoons and film actors, others got their parents along to get the best deal this Sankranti. "Kite flying has always been a family affair for me. As a child, our entire family would get together on our terrace in Ahmedabad and fly kites. Now also I keep the same tradition and I do the same with my daughter. However, instead of the traditional kite, we purchase kites with her favourite actress on it. We also purchased one with the prime minister's picture," said Bhaskar Mewada (42), a Thane resident. Meanwhile, 10-year-old Siddhesh Pawar rummaged through the entire stretch of kite stall at Jambli Market and finally settled on two kites which had pictures of Batman and Superman on them. "My brother and I watch cartoons together and even wear capes and pretend to be superheroes. We fly our kites and compete with our society friends every year. This year, we will be Batman and Superman," Pawar said. From tini-tiny ones to the giant size kites, shops across the city have stocked up with a variety of kites to meet the soaring demand. "Most of the stock has been brought from Gujarat, while some are from China as the former has a much more traditional feel. The Chinese variety is made out of thin fabric and they fly just as high as those made of paper,'' said Kamlesh Jain, a store owner at Jambli Market. While kites with pictures of Bollywood actors and cartoons continue to dominate, miniature plain kites have also entered the list of favourites as many are decorating their windows as well as flying these kites. The prices of kites start from Rs15 and go up to Rs 30, depending on the size and shape. They are available in packets of 60 and 100 as well. Priced at over Rs 500 are the big kites that resemble gigantic eagles and falcons. Depending on their size and look, at times they can run up to a few thousands as well, said a shopkeeper.
Kites inspired by Bollywood, PM to rule Thane skies this Sankranti - Times of India
2017-01-10250 cement water bowls placed in Thane for strays to quench thirst - Times of India
250 cement water bowls placed in Thane for strays to quench thirst Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Jan 11, 2017, 01.54 AM IST THANE: A city-based non government organisation (NGO) has placed around 250 cement water bowls weighing 10 kg each in the lake city and nearby areas for stray animals and birds to quench their thirst. The Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) has taken this initiative to provide water to the strays so that they don't suffer from dehydration. "There are no water bodies in the cities. Strays not only find it difficult to quench their thirst in summer, but also in winter as we have a hot and humid climate. The project started in January last year and we had stopped in May when only a few strays were acquainted with the locations where bowls were kept. Post monsoon, we placed more pots in various parts of Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur etc," said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of PAWS. The water in the bowls are refilled on alternate days. The bowls are monitored by the volunteers and animal lovers. The cement water pots are also placed prior to the summer season so that the strays are aware of the locations where they are placed. It is also seen that these bowls are kept in areas where there are more strays. "A reason we have made sure to keep cement water bowls is because dogs have a habit of playing with plastic bowls and they even kick and and throw it. Also, there are chances of rag pickers taking it away. So we have made sure to keep these heavy five litre bowls. It is seen that not only stray dogs but even cats and cattle come to drink water. Birds not only come to drink water but even have bath in it," added Bhanage. The city veterinarians have also appreciated this move and claimed that it would help the animals. "As we are living in a concrete jungle there are no water bodies here. I feel this initiative is a healthy practice for providing water to the strays who find it difficult to get water especially during the summer season," said Dr Karishma Gupte, a city-based vet.
250 cement water bowls placed in Thane for strays to quench thirst - Times of India
2017-01-10Thane police seize 760 kg psychotropic substance found in ... - The Indian Express
Thane police seize 760 kg psychotropic substance found in Ambernath, record statements of 8 directors of pharma firm Thane police seize 760 kg psychotropic substance found in Ambernath, record statements of 8 directors of pharma firm The police had initially found two persons with nearly 6 kg of Alplrazolam, an anti-anxiety pill, for which they did not have the necessary permissions. Alplrazolam is a scheduled drug under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:January 11, 2017 3:52 am THE THANE police is likely to record the statements of eight directors of a pharmaceutical company, where nearly 760 kg of psychotropic substance worth Rs 19 crore was found. The raw material was hidden in a loft at the Ambernath unit of Centaur Pharmaceuticals and was off the company's records. DCP Parag Manere said, We will call the directors of the company to understand the functioning of the Ambernath unit. The police had initially found two persons with nearly 6 kg of Alplrazolam, an anti-anxiety pill, for which they did not have the necessary permissions. Alplrazolam is a scheduled drug under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The two accused led the police to two others who turned out to be employees of the Ambernath unit. Initially, we thought it could be a case of two employees pilfering small quantities on the side. But with a hidden loft and recovery of such a huge amount of substances, we suspect more people to be involved,ť the officer said. Meanwhile, Dr Yusuf Merchant, founder of a drug rehabilitation centre, said there was a demand for the anti-anxiety pills across the city. At one point, there was a huge demand for these pills. Even now, there is a considerable demand,ť Merchant said. It is not a drug to be snorted or used for a high. This could be a case of people wanting the pills without going through the legal route of getting a prescription. Police should check if they were being supplies to chemists who would sell them without prescription.
Thane police seize 760 kg psychotropic substance found in ... - The Indian Express
2017-01-09Doctor halts surgery to film cockroach in Thane civic hospital's ... - Times of India
Doctor halts surgery to film cockroach in Thane civic hospital's operation theatre By Lata MishraLata Mishra, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 10, 2017, 02.25 AM IST 25% of hospital’s recent surgery patients have suffered from postoperative infections. A 45-year-old man’s leg surgery at one of Thane’s biggest super-specialty hospitals was briefly halted after doctors sighted a cockroach moving around in the operating theatre, a place where you expect the highest standards of cleanliness. Senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sanjay Baranwal, who was performing the procedure at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital last Friday, recorded the crawler’s infiltration so he could finally draw the administration’s attention to the poor, and potentially dangerous, conditions in which patients are being treated. Dr Baranwal had made several complaints about the pest problem last month, but little was done to properly clean and disinfect key facilities such as operation rooms at the Kalwa hospital, which is run by the Thane Municipal Corporation. Senior doctors and staff believe this has already caused serious problems: in the past month, 25 per cent of the patients who underwent a procedure at the hospital have suffered from postoperative infections. Well-managed medical establishments take great care to ensure a surgery patient doesn’t pick up an infection in the OT. The World Health Organization has laid down protocols for surgical care, which cover disinfection and sterilisation of the equipment and the operating room. The 500-bed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital, which is attached to Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, has four new modular OTs, which were inaugurated by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in 2013. Currently, only one is functional because of a staff shortage. According to the cleanliness and hygiene guidelines for hospitals, every OT should be washed and fumigated every week. Doctors and other staff Mirror spoke to at the Kalwa hospital said this was not being done. Even after Dr Baranwal sent the video, the OT was not closed for fumigation. The hospital dean, C Maitra, said scrap material lying in a passage between the OT and an intensive care unit may have attracted pests and it would be cleared soon. But she refused to comment on the presence of a cockroach in the surgery room and disconnected the call. Despite several messages, she did not respond. A resident doctor in the orthopaedic department had first spotted a cockroach in the room 15 days ago. He removed and killed it before complaining to hospital authorities. On January 6, Dr Baranwal was operating on a 45-year-old man with a fractured right leg when he noticed another cockroach on the floor. He briefly stopped the procedure and made a video out of frustration while the medical staff assisting him attended to the patient. The surgery was soon restarted and at no point was the patient’s care compromised. He later shared the video with the dean. “I have already submitted the video to the hospital authorities; I can’t comment further,” Dr Baranwal said on Monday. Another senior doctor said many patients had developed postoperative infections at the hospital in the past month. “Ideally, in a super-speciality hospital, there is an infection control committee that ensures high cleanliness standards. It regularly takes swabs from ICUs and wards. But here, nothing of this sort has been done for a long time,” the doctor said.
Doctor halts surgery to film cockroach in Thane civic hospital
2017-01-09Doctor halts surgery to film cockroach in Thane civic hospital's operation theatre - Times of India
Doctor halts surgery to film cockroach in Thane civic hospital's operation theatre Lata Mishra | Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jan 10, 2017, 12.22 PM IST A 45-year-old man's leg surgery at one of Thane's biggest super-specialty hospitals was briefly halted after doctors sighted a cockroach moving around in the operating theatre, a place where you expect the highest standards of cleanliness. Senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sanjay Baranwal, who was performing the procedure at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital last Friday, recorded the crawler's infiltration so he could finally draw the administration's attention to the poor, and potentially dangerous, conditions in which patients are being treated. Dr Baranwal had made several complaints about the pest problem last month, but little was done to properly clean and disinfect key facilities such as operation rooms at the Kalwa hospital, which is run by the Thane Municipal Corporation. Senior doctors and staff believe this has already caused serious problems: in the past month, 25 per cent of the patients who underwent a procedure at the hospital have suffered from postoperative infections. Well-managed medical establishments take great care to ensure a surgery patient doesn't pick up an infection in the OT. The World Health Organization has laid down protocols for surgical care, which cover disinfection and sterilisation of the equipment and the operating room. The 500-bed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital, which is attached to Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, has four new modular OTs, which were inaugurated by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in 2013. Currently, only one is functional because of a staff shortage. According to the cleanliness and hygiene guidelines for hospitals, every OT should be washed and fumigated every week. Doctors and other staff Mirror spoke to at the Kalwa hospital said this was not being done. Even after Dr Baranwal sent the video, the OT was not closed for fumigation. The hospital dean, C Maitra, said scrap material lying in a passage between the OT and an intensive care unit may have attracted pests and it would be cleared soon. But she refused to comment on the presence of a cockroach in the surgery room and disconnected the call. Despite several messages, she did not respond. A resident doctor in the orthopaedic department had first spotted a cockroach in the room 15 days ago. He removed and killed it before complaining to hospital authorities. On January 6, Dr Baranwal was operating on a 45-year-old man with a fractured right leg when he noticed another cockroach on the floor. He briefly stopped the procedure and made a video out of frustration while the medical staff assisting him attended to the patient. The surgery was soon restarted and at no point was the patient's care compromised. He later shared the video with the dean. "I have already submitted the video to the hospital authorities; I can't comment further," Dr Baranwal said on Monday. Another senior doctor said many patients had developed postoperative infections at the hospital in the past month. "Ideally, in a super-speciality hospital, there is an infection control committee that ensures high cleanliness standards. It regularly takes swabs from ICUs and wards. But here, nothing of this sort has been done for a long time," the doctor said.
Doctor halts surgery to film cockroach in Thane civic hospital
2017-01-09Thane police bust factory making drug illegally - Mumbai Mirror
Thane police bust factory making drug illegally By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Jan 9, 2017, 08.08 AM IST The crime branch cops raided the factory in Ambernath on Saturday. Thane cops seize 10 kg of Xanax after arresting two suspected drug dealers. The anti-narcotics cell of the Thane crime branch on Friday busted a factory in Ambernath where alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug available under the trade name Xanax, was being manufactured illegally. The bust, which came after the arrest of two suspected drug pushers, led to the seizure of 10 kg of the prescription drug, which was being peddled as a hallucinatory narcotic for "recreational" purposes apart from as a "fix" for addicts, said the police.On Friday, the anti-narcotics police were tipped off that the two men, who have been identified as Amit Godbole (32) and Lavkush Gupta (26), would be making a deal near Thane station later that night to sell a 'white powder' valued at Rs 2,50,000 for a kg. Acting on the information, cops arrested the two men, and found that they had 6kg of alprazolam in their possession. Their interrogation revealed that the drug was being produced locally. It didn't take the sleuths more than a few hours to uncover the production plant in the Ambernath factory, which was raided on Saturday, leading to the recovery of another 4kg of the drug. Also seized in the raid were several ingredients for the chemical cocktail and other paraphernalia for manufacturing it, sources claimed. Godbole and Gupta were working as distributors of the drug, sources privy to the investigation said. Alprazolam, proven to be a potent psychoactive stimulant, is dangerous if consumed in large quantities without medical supervision as it tampers with nerve signals.Senior police officer Hemant Shinde confirmed to Mirror the details of the drug bust. "We are still investigating the case. Some arrests are yet to be made. More details will be shared when possible," Shinde said.On Saturday, a first information report was registered at the Thane Nagar police station under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against Godbole and Gupta for possessing and selling a narcotic drug without licence.
2017-01-09Thane cops rope in Food and Drug Administration to probe Alprazolam drug seizure case - Times of India
Thane cops rope in Food and Drug Administration to probe Alprazolam drug seizure case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Jan 9, 2017, 10.23 PM IST THANE: A team of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officers have been roped in by the Thane police for carrying out a search at a pharmaceutical company in Ambernath following a seizure of 6 kg banned Alprazolam drug from two persons who are believed to be part of drug pushing cartel. The accused Amit Godbole (32) and Lavkush Gupta (26) were arrested on Saturday following a tip-off that they were carrying multiple packets of Alprazolam, a banned drug, stashed inside their backpack. The packets were worth Rs 15 lakh, said a police officer. On Sunday, the duo was taken by investigators to the company to understand their modus operandi. Godbole is a private pharmacist while Yadav is suspected to be helping him identify customers for selling the banned drug, a source said. A team of two dozen of police officials was already present at the pharma company in Ambernath to ascertain how the stock was smuggled out and if anyone else was involved in the racket. Sources said that there could be violations, which is why the FDA officials have been roped in. A senior officer, however, refused to divulge any other information about the case, as that could "hamper" the probe. "Presently, verification of the stock is going on along with relevant official documents to ascertain if there are any kinds of violations. Things will be clear in next few hours," said a senior police officer. Alprazolam or Alprax is a generic anti-anxiety medicine. In last few years, it has become the drug-in-demand among urban Indians, said a police officer. He said that it affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. Close on the heels of a mega seizure of Rs 2000 crore of drug in April, the anti-narcotics cell is hopeful of making a similar breakthrough in the Alprazolam drug seizure, sources added. A case has been registered at Thane Nagar police under section 8-C, 20 (illegally possessing psychotropic drug) and 22 (seizure of narcotic drug) and section 29 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
Thane cops rope in Food and Drug Administration to probe Alprazolam drug seizure case - Times of India
2017-01-09Thane Jail inmate alleges prison official demanding protection money - India Today
Thane Jail inmate alleges prison official demanding protection money Inmate Rajesh Singh said a sub inspector of Thane Jail demanded Rs 1 lakh from him on January 7, and when he refused to comply he was threatened. Vidya | Posted by Dianne Nongrum Mumbai, January 10, 2017 | UPDATED 00:13 IST An accused in Thane Jail has levelled allegations against sub inspector Arun Madne of the jail saying that the police officer has demanded Rs 1 lakh from him. Accused Rajesh Singh, who is currently under trial for a murder of a Bhayander Congress corporator Praful Patil in May 2010 is currently residing in circle number 3 of the prison. According to Singh, who made the accusation against Madne thru a written application in Mumbai sessions court number 29, the policeman demanded Rs 1 lakh from him on January 7. When Singh refused to comply, he was ordered to come to circle office on Sunday where he was threatened saying that if he did not comply, then his location inside jail would be changed and he would be killed by inmates there. With this Singh has requested he be given permission to lodge an FIR against Madne and that he should be allowed to stay in circle no 3 and that "if anything happens to him inside jail then Madne should be held responsible for it". Singh's advocate Tarun Sharma argued in court that Madne is in-charge of circle number 3 and this is as if he is asking for protection money to be allowed to stay safe in the present barrack. Singh, an accused in the May 2010 murder of corporator Patil, was arrested by the Lucknow Police in 2010 and had been handed over to the Navghar Police. He has been in jail since then. According to jail official sources most accused level such allegation against authorities when they get too comfortable living in one area of jail and inmates and jail authorities notice some illegalities and decide on shifting the location of the accused. However in the present case the judge of Mumbai sessions court has issued notice to the Thane superintendent to file a reply by January 19 on the allegations levelled by Singh. Singh, who had allegedly been given the contract to eliminate Praful, was not traceable for long but was in Lucknow to allegedly meet underworld gangster Omprakash alias Babloo Srivastava, who is in jail. Singh was picked up from a hotel on a tip off and handed over to Navghar Police. He is the brother of Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation BJP corporator Prakash Singh and had been on the run for two years. The police had announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for info on Singh.
Thane Jail inmate alleges prison official demanding protection money - India Today
2017-01-09Thane society protests against water crisis, builder assures separate ... - Times of India
Thane society protests against water crisis, builder assures separate line Freny Fernandes | TNN | Jan 10, 2017, 12.19 AM IST THANE: Residents of Thane's Dosti Vihar Complex will finally get enough water supply, as after almost three years, the builder has finally agreed to provide them with a separate water connection. The residents of the complex staged a day-long protest on Sunday, January 8 against the massive water supply shortage they have been facing for the last three years. Over 231 families residing in the D, E and F wings of Dosti Vihar's Vrishti society had been receiving the civic water supply for a maximum of two hours a day. On the days when the city reeled under water crisis, these residents were forced to survive on purchased bottled water and at times even tanker water. Fed up with this constant struggle to get this basic utility, these residents of the 231 flats stepped out of their homes and agitated outside the customer care and sales office of the Dosti Corporation. They even shut down the clubhouse, till their demand for a separate water pipeline connection was met. Girish Mhatre, the chairman of the society, said, "Ever since I moved into this society three years ago, we have had a water crisis. I approached the TMC, who informed us that they were providing sufficient water that would suffice for the entire complex. However our buildings faced water crisis as there was an issue with the internal water distribution in the society. We then realized that we were not getting our water supply because the society functioned on a looped-pipeline system and the D, E and F wings of Vrishti Society were last to get water." "After that we kept asking the builder to provide us with a separate pipeline, but in vain and finally we decided to protest," he added. In a meeting at the end of the day, the Dosti Corporation agreed to provide a separate water pipeline, the work for which will start on Monday. "We have always tried to ensure that our customers receive all the facilities they require. We also ensured that the entire complex receives sufficient water supply. However, there has been an issue with the distribution of this water among the societies, resulting in the last few buildings getting not as much as the others. Which is why we are starting a direct pipeline from the TMC connection to those affected in the Vrishti society. Work for this will commence soon," said Rajesh Shah, the executive director at Dosti Corporation.
Thane society protests against water crisis, builder assures separate ... - Times of India
2017-01-08With oil from plastic bags, paver blocks from debris, Thane is set to go greener - Daily News & Analysis
With oil from plastic bags, paver blocks from debris, Thane is set to go greener NAVEETA SINGH | Sun, 8 Jan 2017-07:45am , Mumbai , DNA In May last year, TMC had announced it plans to recycle thermocol into gift items like photo frames, CD covers, TV covers and other items. On Friday, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) signed a letter of intent with four firms for projects that will help recycle waste generated in the city. In May last year, TMC had announced it plans to recycle thermocol into gift items like photo frames, CD covers, TV covers and other items. Now, along with it, it will also recycle plastic bags into oil, debris into construction material and also have a bigger plant for recycling biomedical waste. "We have signed on board Abhay Energy Solution to recycle low commercial value plastic waste to grease or oil that can be used in industrial boilers and furnaces," said Manisha Pradhan, Head, Pollution Control Department, TMC. This and all other projects are being undertaken under Public Private Partnership (PPP) schemes without any extra cost to the TMC. According to officials, the plants will be functional within the next six months. "Each day, the recycling plant will convert 5000 tons of plastic, that will mostly include thin plastic bags we get from vegetable vendors or grocery store into oil." While the Thermocol to gift items plant cost is estimated at Rs 50 lakh, the plastic to oil project will cost Rs 3 crore. Both plants will be set up at CP Talav, Wagle Industrial Estate in Thane West. Besides plastic bags, the city also grapples with thermocol waste. "The city produces about a ton of thermocol waste each day, mostly from packaging material for consumer goods. This waste will be shredded, melted and then reproduced into products like photo frames, CD covers, TV covers, etc," said Pradhan. This project will be implemented by Shree Insupac Manufacturing company. The third project to be set up will involve refurbishing debris as construction material. "Debris from constructions site will be recycled into tiles, paver blocks, concrete, etc, by Delhi-based Metro Waste Handling company, and will be used to build colony roads, roads with less vehicle movement, and gutters," she said. Similar projects have already been implemented by the Delhi and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporations. Thane NGO Enviro-Vigil has come on board for bio-medical waste treatment plant at Daighar. This one will be set up on a larger scale than the one operational at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital at Kalwa. "These firms will get the right to sell the by-products and in case of debris conversion and bio-medical waste they can charge the hospitals and the construction companies for the waste generated," Pradhan said.
2017-01-084-panel system makes independent candidates feel the heat in Thane - Times of India
4-panel system makes independent candidates feel the heat in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Jan 8, 2017, 09.29 PM IST Thane: Independent candidates contesting the civic elections here could face a daunting task in the four-panel system of elections where voters are said to have shown limited support to the nominees from non-established or popular political parties. A majority of independent candidates, who were considering to throw their hat in the ring, are now rethinking their decisions after analyzing the Herculean task that lies ahead of them. Dr. Mridul Nile, associate professor at the department of civic and politics, Mumbai University, said that the new panel system doesn't provide a level-playing opportunity to all candidates. While a candidate from an established group can ride piggyback on its manpower, those contesting independently will have a tough job managing the entire show themselves. Under the present four-panel system where voters from four wards will cast their ballot, the independent candidate will have to secure a sizeable number of votes from a constituency of more than 45,000 voters who are part of the freshly redrawn wards. The existing system is likely to increase the volume of his target audience by nearly four times, which could pose a challenge considering his limited resources. Not only does the independent candidate need to reach out to nearly 45,000 people in the ward, but also has to ensure a huge number for ensuring victory in the ward, which seems unfair. Further, supposing he would have needed around 4-5,000 votes for a comfortable margin as per the old system, he will now have to garner nearly four times more votes to retain his seat, which is a daunting task. I have been actively working in a small pocket of Naupada , but now with the new system in place, I may have to rethink before taking the plunge, said Unmesh Bagwe, an aspiring candidate. Activist-turned politician Nitin Deshpande said the four-panel system will easily push independents out of the race and give a leverage to established parties in the fray who have the money and manpower to reach out on a large scale. The situation, in comparison, is easier for heavyweights like the BJP and Sena or maybe the NCP who can use their volunteers to help reach out.
2017-01-08Thane: Three booked for gangape of woman - The Indian Express
Thane: Three booked for gangape of woman By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 8, 2017 3:28 pm A 29-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped for which three persons have been booked, police said today. The accused befriended the victim, a resident of Bhayander township in the district, at a restaurant here in April 2013. On one occasion, the three men laced her drinks with a sedative and one of them allegedly raped her. Later, the woman was taken to another place and dumped in a room where the three allegedly took turns to rape her on a couple of occasions. The offences occurred between April 2013 and December last year, they said. Based on the woman's complaint, an offence was initially registered by Powai police station in Mumbai under zero category a few days back. However, the complaint was later transferred and the Vartak Nagar police in Thane registered the offence last evening against the three persons under IPC sections 376 (rape), 376(D) (gangrape), 377, 342 (wrongful confinement) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). No arrest has made so far, police said adding that a probe is on in the case.
Thane: Three booked for gangape of woman - The Indian Express
2017-01-08Tata Housing launches easy payment plan for Serein in Thane ... - Business Standard
Tata Housing launches easy payment plan for Serein in Thane Press Trust of India Mumbai January 8, 2017 Last Updated at 17:22 IST Leading real estate development company Tata Housing today announced an easy payment plan for Serein project in Thane. Under this, consumers can book their home by paying just 1 per cent of the total amount and will also have the flexibility to complete 15 per cent payment in five easy steps and pay the balance amount on completion of the structure, Tata Housing said in a release issued here. "The stagnation of prices in the past few quarters has led to innovative and flexible payment plans for the consumers to enable them buy their dream homes with minimum down payment. Serein assures the highest standards of living with unique wellness features integrated into the project. This kind of payment plan will enable the customers to take the first step towards booking homes," Tata Housing Head - Corporate Marketing, Rajeeb Dash said. Tata Housing recently announced the launch of its wellness homes project in Thane, in partnership with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). Tata Housing, a subsidiary of TATA Sons, has presence in Mumbai, Lonavala, Talegaon, Pune, Ahmedabad Goa, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar. It is now in the process of expanding its footprint to other parts of India across tier I and II cities. It has also ventured into foreign markets like Maldives and Sri Lanka, and is actively exploring other markets, including African nations.
2017-01-08Central Railway to operate special block between Thane, Kalyan - Times of India
Central Railway to operate special block between Thane, Kalyan Somit Sen | TNN | Jan 8, 2017, 04.57 PM IST MUMBAI: Central Railway will operate a special rail block on Sunday for launching of six steel girders (37.84 meter long) of Kharegaon road over bridge with a road crane. The block will be between Thane and Kalyan on the Down and Up slow lines from 11.20 am to 4.20 pm. The Down services will not be available at Kalva, Mumbra, Kopar and Thakurli and Up slow services will not be available at Mumbra and Kalva stations during the block period. Passengers of these stations are allowed to travel via Kalyan, Dombivali and Diva stations, officials said. The Dn fast locals leaving Mumbai CST from 10.20 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Diva stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and Up fast locals leaving Kalyan from 11 am to 3.08 pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. All slow locals leaving and arriving Mumbai CST between 11 am and 5 pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule, officials added.
Central Railway to operate special block between Thane, Kalyan - Times of India
2017-01-084-panel system makes independent candidates feel the heat in ... - Times of India
4-panel system makes independent candidates feel the heat in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Jan 9, 2017, 01.40 AM THANE: Independent candidates contesting the civic elections here could face a daunting task in the four-panel system of elections where voters are said to have shown limited support to the nominees from non-established or popular political parties. A majority of independent candidates, who were considering to throw their hat in the ring, are now rethinking their decisions after analyzing the Herculean task that lies ahead of them. Dr. Mridul Nile, associate professor at the department of civic and politics, Mumbai University, said that the new panel system doesn't provide a level- playing opportunity to all candidates. While a candidate from an established group can ride piggyback on its manpower, those contesting independently will have a tough job managing the entire show themselves. Under the present four-panel system where voters from four wards will cast their ballot, the independent candidate will have to secure a sizeable number of votes from a constituency of more than 45,000 voters who are part of the freshly redrawn wards. The existing system is likely to increase the volume of his target audience by nearly four times, which could pose a challenge considering his limited resources. ''Not only does the independent candidate need to reach out to nearly 45,000 people in the ward, but also has to ensure a huge number for ensuring victory in the ward,'' which seems unfair. Further, supposing he would have needed around 4-5,000 votes for a comfortable margin as per the old system, he will now have to garner nearly four times more votes to retain his seat, which is a daunting task. ''I have been actively working in a small pocket of Naupada , but now with the new system in place, I may have to rethink before taking the plunge,'' said Unmesh Bagwe, an aspiring candidate. Activist-turned politician Nitin Deshpande said the four-panel system will easily push independents out of the race and give a leverage to established parties in the fray who have the money and manpower to reach out on a large scale. The situation, in comparison, is easier for heavyweights like the BJP and Sena or maybe the NCP who can use their volunteers to help reach out.
2017-01-08Central Railway to operate special block between Thane, Kalyan - Times of India
Central Railway to operate special block between Thane, Kalyan Somit Sen| TNN | Jan 8, 2017, 04.57 PM IST MUMBAI: Central Railway will operate a special rail block on Sunday for launching of six steel girders (37.84 meter long) of Kharegaon road over bridge with a road crane. The block will be between Thane and Kalyan on the Down and Up slow lines from 11.20 am to 4.20 pm. The Down services will not be available at Kalva, Mumbra, Kopar and Thakurli and Up slow services will not be available at Mumbra and Kalva stations during the block period. Passengers of these stations are allowed to travel via Kalyan, Dombivali and Diva stations, officials said. The Dn fast locals leaving Mumbai CST from 10.20 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Diva stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and Up fast locals leaving Kalyan from 11 am to 3.08 pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. All slow locals leaving and arriving Mumbai CST between 11 am and 5 pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule, officials added.
Central Railway to operate special block between Thane, Kalyan - Times of India
2017-01-07Congress-NCP forge alliance for Thane civic polls - Times of India
Congress-NCP forge alliance for Thane civic polls Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 7, 2017, 10.26 PM IST THANE: Top city functionaries from the NCP and Congress held a preliminary meeting on Friday to stitch up a pre-poll alliance ahead of the elections to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) that has been scheduled for February. The focus of the meet was to discuss the seat-sharing possibilities between the two parties and the strategies that have to be adopted against the BJP-Sena regime that has been ruling the TMC since the last 15 years. Observers said that the pre-poll arrangement between the Congress and NCP could be inevitable considering that both the parties are on a wobbly political wicket and the morale of its foot soldiers is at its lowest ebb. The Congress which had won 18 seats with a vote share of 813% or a tally of 86,440 votes in the 2012 civic polls here crumbled in the last five years with mass defection and resignations reducing its strength to just 9 corporators. The Sharad Pawar-led NCP which bagged 34 seats in the 130-member civic house in 2012, too, has been wrecked by internecine feuds and has failed to emerge as a strong opposition party here. Key Congress functionaries, including Ravi Phatak, Jayshree Phatak, Gurpreet Kaur, Kanchan Chindarkar, Rajan Kene, Malathy Patil, Meghna Handore, Reshma Patil and Sanjay Ghadigaonkar stepped down from their posts and joined hands with the saffron parties. The NCP, too, suffered a blow with the exit of corporators Bharat Chavan, Yogesh Jankar and Manohar Dumbre. The subsequent exits by senior leaders, including Ramakant Patil from Congress and Laxman Tikwani from NCP has further drained the parties that are now reportedly working towards filling up the voids left behind by the exits. "The biggest concern for the Congress and NCP is the low morale of its party workers and functionaires. The top leaders are mired in cases of corruption with Chaggan Bhujbal spending time at Arthrur Road jail, the sword of Damocles hanging low on Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare and Sharad Pawar as also on former chief minister Ashok Chavan. The NCP-Congress corportors in Thane, too, have been arrested on charges of abettment to suicide of builder Suraj Parmar and it will be a Himalayan task for them to face the voters with such allegations,'' political observers said. Moreover, the two allies shared an uneasy relationship and had severed ties immediately after 2012 civic elections when the Congress gave a tacit support to the SS-BJP for the Mayor polls. A meeting of senior leaders from both the parties was held on Friday to discuss possibilities of combining the two forces ahead of the polls in the city. The alliance was proposed before the Congress during the recent visit of NCP chief Sharad Pawar to the city. The parties now want to forge an alliance and allocate seats to candidates that could ensure them a victory in the polls. "The combined strength of the two parties that more or less share the same ideologies can together pose a tough challenge for the Sena and BJP if at all they contest independently," said a Congress activist. However, city president of NCP Anand Paranjape said that the parties would meet again on January 12 to finalize the seat distribution. The combined strength of the two parties that more or less share the same ideologies can together pose a tough challenge for the Sena and BJP if at all they contest independently. A meeting of senior leaders from both the parties was held on Friday.
2017-01-078 injured as relatives of accused assault Thane cops, free the thieves - Hindustan Times
8 injured as relatives of accused assault Thane cops, free the thieves mumbai Updated: Jan 07, 2017 17:21 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Three inspectors and five police officers sustained injuries after being assaulted by the relatives of two men they had arrested in Ulhasnagar on Friday. The accused, Kalya and Bablya were held in connection with a case of housebreaking theft committed earlier this month. They were accused of stealing Rs 1.50 lakh. The men were arrested when the central police, along with 15 Ulhasnagar police officers, received a tipoff and nabbed them around 2.30 pm. We ascertained Kalya and Bablya's location from CCTV camera footage. After verifying this, we went to the spot, said Shakil Shaikh, a senior inspector from the Ulhasnagar police station. We caught Bablya and Kalya, but could not trace the third suspect. While we were accompanying the two accused to the police van, Bablya's mother, sister and other relatives approached. We thought they might plead with us and ask us to let the men go. However, they started pelting us with stones. We tried to shield ourselves, but got injured. Dozens of other women arrived and started assaulting us. We warned them against doing so, but they bit two officers and freed the accused, said Shaikh. The accused then fled. Police said Bablya's mother is also wanted in nine cases of housebreaking theft. However, she too managed to flee. Bablya and his mother consider housebreaking theft to be a family business. We are trying to trace the accused and their family members, added Shaikh. We were helpless as we were surrounded by the women. They not only beat us, but also verbally abused us. We alerted the control room. Extra police were deployed and the situation was brought under control, said an officer from the central police station. The injured police inspectors have been identified as Anil Bhise, Shrikant Meher and Vijay Dolas. A case has been lodged against Laxmi Bai, Jaya Metkar and Jyoti Kale and 12 others under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
8 injured as relatives of accused assault Thane cops, free the thieves - Hindustan Times
2017-01-07Thane: Woman booked for assaulting minor son - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
Thane: Woman booked for assaulting minor son PTI | Jan 7, 2017, 12.49 PM IST A woman here was booked for allegedly attacking her seven-year-old son with a knife, leaving him seriously injured police said today.The woman, Reshma was booked by Bhiwandi police under sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC following a complaint by the victim but no arrest has been made so far in this connection, they said. According to police, the boy's father Akash Kumbhar is a painter and married Reshma from Calcutta. The boy said in his complaint that his mother always used to fight with his father as he was unemployed and was at home for last two months. The incident occured on December 29 after the father and son duo returned home after a vacation to Calcutta. The mother again picked up a quarrel over his job and later attacked the boy using a knife and told both of them to leave the house. The victim was rushed to local hospital where he was treated. After his recovery he approached the police and registered the complaint last night.
2017-01-06BJP senior leaders to meet in Thane - Times of India
BJP senior leaders to meet in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 6, 2017, 02.51 PM IST THANE: A high-level committee of the state-unit of BJP will meet at Thane next week. The conclave, a part of its routine three month review meets in the state, will be attended by party MLAs, MLCs, MPs and ministers. The issue of forging an alliance with its traditional ally, the Shiv Sena, is also likely to be discussed, say activists. The BJP state executive committee is likely to gauge the mood of its activists and foot soldiers ahead of the civic polls in Thane and Mumbai before taking a decision on continuing its alliance with the Shiv Sena or not at the meeting. "The mood at the ground level in the party is upbeat especially after the several tough but development oriented initiatives launched at the centre and the state. The party activists here feel the response to demonetization has also been good and could help brighten the prospects of the party at the civic elections," says a party activist.The conclave will be attended by party MLAs, MLCs, MPs and ministers at state. Office-bearers, only those above the rank of district president will attend."Our party leaders have taken some innovate and tough decisions ever since we came in power in the country and state. The Sena that has been ruling the city since last several decades has done nothing for the development of the party. We would want our party to fight the polls solo on our development issues instead of allying with the Sena," said a party worker from the city.
BJP senior leaders to meet in Thane - Times of India
2017-01-06Thane politicians rush to disseminate information on new panel system - Times of India
Thane politicians rush to disseminate information on new panel system Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Jan 6, 2017, 04.08 PM IST THANE: Wary of losing out on voters who could possibly stay away from the poll process due to the confusion in the new four panel system, city netas are now occupied with disseminating information in their respective wards on their own. Few corporators were seen printing pamphlets at their own expense and distributing them among the ward to ensure the voter was acclimatised with the new scheme. "Instead of staging any events or luring voters with gifts, I prefer to empower them with the new scheme of elections. I don't want any voter to miss out participating in the process due to lack of knowledge about the new process or any rumours about the same," says Milind Patankar, a sitting BJP corporator who was among the first to come out with this initiative. Another corporator from the city said she was in the process of holding an awareness camps in her present ward and the adjoining areas that have been combined in her jurisdiction now. "I want to reach out to maximum voters and also make them aware of the new poll process," said the GB road corporator. Residents said they will be casting their ballot in the forthcoming civic polls electing four different candidates in their ward after the state enforced the four-panel system starting last year. Many voters from the city, however, are still unaware of the new system that will be in force in the city during the February civic polls. Queries like whether each voter will be required to cast four separate votes and which elected representative of the four would be responsible for the developmental works in their respective wards remained the popular doubts among residents. Officials say the new system was introduced in May 2016 after the state amended section 5 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act allowing election of multiple corporators (not less than three and not more than five) in a single ward. Accordingly, limits of the existing 65 wards in the city were redrawn to form 33 wards with population of 60,000. The existing wards have a maximum populations of 15,000 which means that the size of each ward has been increased by four times. Voters, during the election process, will have to exercise their votes four times wherein all the names in each of the four panels will be highlighted in separate colours on the ballot units that have space for 14 names each. For example, if there are four candidates in panel A, their names will be listed alongside their party symbol in one colour followed by the fifth space for NOTA. A space would be left after this and names in the next panel would be listed thereon in a separate colour and the same procedure would be in place for the next two panels too, explain officials. Voters will punch in their choice, one for each panel, and it will not take more than 90 seconds for the entire process, says a senior election officer. The number of polling booths has also been increased to 1650 from around 1470 last time based on around 750-800 voter capacity for each. The number of booths would be finalized later once the voter's list is frozen by next week, informed Omprakash Divte, deputy municipal commissioner and in charge of the election department at TMC.
Thane politicians rush to disseminate information on new panel system - Times of India
2017-01-05Salmon colour rickshaws to rule Thane streets soon - Daily News & Analysis
Salmon colour rickshaws to rule Thane streets soon The new auto rickshaws for women will be inaugarated by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on January 6 (DNA - Vibhav Birwatkar)
Salmon colour rickshaws to rule Thane streets soon - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-05Demonetisation hits real estate market in Mumbai and Thane - Times of India
Demonetisation hits real estate market in Mumbai and Thane Jan 5, 2017, 07.28 PM IST MUMBAI/THANE: Real estate market in Mumbai and Thane has taken a severe hit since demonetization was announced on November 8. Industry observers said the sector has reached stagnation point with many players claiming to be unable to crack even a single deal in the last seven weeks. Property expert and owner of Praron Consultancy, Pranay Vakil, said transactions have come to a "standstill" in the last 50 days. "People did not have cash to give in deals where cash is component is prevalent. Others postponed buying hoping that interest rates would go down," he said. Vakil said another reason was the expectation that property prices will reduce. "There were several media reports that rates will go down. Potential buyers thought it would be prudent to delay buying property," he added. Market sources said the high value residential market has been the worst affected with poor to nil sales since last month. Pankaj Kapoor of Liases Foras, a real estate research firm, said the industry is now in a "reset mode". "I expect a price correction once interest rates are lowered," he said. "People are waiting and watching right now. Builders who were building luxury properties are shifting their focus to affordable housing in the distant suburbs," he said. Property consultant Ashok Narang of L. Lachhmandas & Co said inquiries in the residential segment have slowed down, but genuine buyers are bargaining hard with developers in the luxury segment. "It is now a buyers' market," he said. However, residential leasing has not been affected. "Developers with big brand names will sustain in this market, but at the same time they should provide incentives to buyers to improve sales," said Narang. In Thane, the local real estate association claimed many of their members haven't finalized any sales deal since November 8. "Many of my clients have preferred to wait and watch for the impact of demonetization before taking any decision. There are many brokers in our association who have not done any business. Rental market that is usually buzzing has seen some activities but largely clients are now bargaining for reducing the rental amount," says association president Rajesh Gadgil. Ramesh Nair, COO - Business & International Director, Jones Lang Lasalle, India, said the secondary market and even those in the primary segment where cash component plays a significant role has seen a dive. "We were looking for purchasing a flat in Thane but have now deferred our decision as we feel the rates could crash anytime in the near future. Any drop in prices could benefit us as we could end up saving lakhs," said Swati Sharma, a home seeker from the suburbs who has been aspiring to relocate to Thane soon. Developers said except for few urgent deals, nothing much has transpired and the situation is unlikely to ease till the next fiscal. The secondary market transactions that comprise roughly 25% of all the real estate deals inked in Thane is also badly impacted as the possibility of cash component here is high, said a local realtor. Areas like Naupada, Panchpakhadi, Khopat, Kopri that are in high demand along with few in Vasant Vihar and even the GB road has seen inquiries plummeting. Officials at the eleven registrar offices across Thane claim the footfalls seem less but the impact can be ascertained only by end of the fiscal when a comparison can be drawn. "People come for registrations as most of them might have already finalised their deals before November or during Diwali," said a state revenue officer. Experts say that while majority transactions might have frozen, distress sales or purchases is happening with either party reaching a consensus and ready to forsake the cash element or defer payments based on mutual understanding. "Those who want to urgently dispose their properties either to migrate or to meet any other personal financial requirements might be ready to sell at lesser than the market rates. We are getting few requests for such properties of late. A large segment will however wait and watch," says a realty agent from the city. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device.
Demonetisation hits real estate market in Mumbai and Thane - Times of India
2017-01-05Thane: Man kills wife and stores body in fridge, gets life imprisonment - Daily News & Analysis
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Thane: Man kills wife and stores body in fridge, gets life imprisonment - Daily News & Analysis
2017-01-05BJP state executive committee to meet in Thane on January 12 | The ... - The Indian Express
BJP state executive committee to meet in Thane on January 12 BJP state executive committee to meet in Thane on January 12 The conclave will be attended by the party MLAs, MLCs, MPs and ministers at state and Centre, Thane city unit president Sandeep Lele told a press conference on Thursday. By: PTI | Thane | Published:January 5, 2017 6:51 pm The BJP state executive committee meeting will be held here next Thursday, wherein various issues including continuation of alliance with Shiv Sena are likely to come up for discussion. The conclave will be attended by the party MLAs, MLCs, MPs and ministers at state and Centre, Thane city unit president Sandeep Lele told a press conference on Thursday. Watch What Else Is Making News: He said among the office-bearers, only those above the rank of district president will attend. The conclave assumes significance in view of upcoming civic elections, including Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, in state. “Usually, around 1200 members of executive committee attend the meeting, but this time the number is restricted to around 350 due to lack of time,” Lele added. He said opposition expressed by local BJP cadres to continue alliance with Sena was already conveyed to state BJP committee. Thane MLA Sanjay Kelkar and BJP women wing chief Madhvi Naik told reporters that various issues will be debated and some resolutions would be adopted. Best of ExpressBusinessPresident Pranab Mukherjee says demonetisation drive may temporarily slow down economyEntertainmentDangal box office collection day 14: Aamir Khan to demolish PK’s record?EntertainmentRangoon poster: Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut caught between love, war, deceitEntertainmentHappy birthday Deepika Padukone: Five videos we bet you don't remember Deepika was a part ofEntertainmentRaees song Zaalima: Shah Rukh Khan is the king of romance Must ReadSports'Perfect timing by Dhoni, Kohli is ready'Sports'Won't be easy to emulate Dhoni's success' SportsSakshi set to represent Delhi against Jaipur TechnologyGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai's IIT-Kharagpur visit: Here's what he said TechnologyAsus Zenfone AR at CES 2017: How this Project Tango smartphone worksTechnologyApple App Store records busiest day on January 1, makes $240 million in customer purchasesLifestyleGurpurab 2017 messages, Gurpurab SMS, wishes and images Jan 05: Latest News Ulhasnagar rape: Five accused apply for anticipatory bailDrive against overcharging at multiplexes, malls by Maharashtra govt, 18 cases registered in a dayTwo South Mumbai heritage structures in shambles brought back to lifeHigh Court directs medical student to seek varsity’s permission to write examArmy Chief visits J&K, reviews border situation                           The Express Group The Indian Express The Financial Express Loksatta Jansatta inUth Ramnath Goenka Awards Privacy Policy Advertise with Us Contact Us Subscribe Please reload and try again !!! X   Copyright © 2017 The Indian Express [P] Ltd. All Rights Reserved
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2017-01-05Tech centre named after Dr Kalam opens in Thane for kids aged 8-16 - Times of India
Tech centre named after Dr Kalam opens in Thane for kids aged 8-16 Jan 6, 2017, 04.03 AM IST THANE: A creativity centre aimed at encouraging budding scientists and innovators in the city was inaugurated alongside the Kachrali Lake on Thursday. The one-storey centre named Dr Abdul Kalam Creativity Centre, brainchild of the city-based tech centre founder Purushottam Pachpande and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) was inaugurated at the hands of Sanjay More, city Mayor. The centre is stocked up with electronic spare parts, circuit boards, soldering irons, magnifying glasses, cutters, broad boards, et al to innovate projects that can be easily detached to be modified or reused. Pachpande, who has been encouraging children to come up with innovative projects at the Children's Tech Centre, said, "Dr Kalam was a scientist closely associated with education. He advised students to dream, think, acquire knowledge and put that knowledge to use in order to attain true success. I have tried to inculcate this in my classes. While I started imparting knowledge about the importance of hands-on experience in my centre, I really wished that every child availed these facilities. Now, with the help of the civic body, we can actually make this wish a reality." The audio-visual technology-equipped ground floor of the centre is reserved for the tech-batches, while the terrace has been kept aside as a study and reading hall for class X and XII students. The centre is open to all children aged eight to 16 throughout the week from 10am to 10pm with two teachers designated to teach in batches of five. Anushka Wagh, a class VI student, said, "I like science, and want to learn robotics. But, as I already have dance and singing classes, I didn't ask my parents before. Now I can come down with my parents and join the tech centre while they take their daily walk." The children will be taught the basics of electricity, circuits and resources in the first phase of three months after which they will be taught the mechanical and core knowledge of the course. City Mayor More said, "We have a lot of talent hiding in every child in the city, and it is high time that we set up such platforms to not only bring out those skills, but also sharpen them. If successful, we can set up such centres across the city over time."
Tech centre named after Dr Kalam opens in Thane for kids aged 8-16 - Times of India
2017-01-05Thane gets 67817sq m new sports complex at Mumbra - Times of India
Thane gets 67,817sq m new sports complex at Mumbra Jan 5, 2017, 10.06 PM IST THANE: Sports enthusiasts have a reason to smile as the city got another sports complex. The new Kausa Sports Complex was thrown open to the kids in Mumbra on Wendesday. A friendly football match was held here for the girl students of 13 civic schools. The 67,817 sq m Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) stadium was inaugurated by the NCP. The complex houses a number of facilities like an eight-lane 400-m long synthetic athletic track, an athletic gallery, an indoor badminton hall which consists of four courts, an Olympic size swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, volleyball court, yoga, carrom and chess hall. There is also a sports library which kids can avail of. Manish Joshi, additional municipal commissioner, said, "There is a lot of talent brewing in the bylanes of the city. By constructing these stadiums, we hope to hone such talent and help sharpen it. While our primary intention is to provide them with basic facilities, the corporation is also focussed on inspiring young girls in this pocket to step out and embrace their passion for sports. This is why we inaugurated the stadium with a match for female footballers from civic schools. We are also going to start work on an only girls' ground near the stadium soon." These girls are now optimistic of the support they have and will be receiving from the civic body. Firdous Shaikh (14), one of the footballers, said, "When I started playing football four months ago, my family was a little hesitant as I had to remove my burqa and wear t-shirt and pants. But, when they saw how much I loved the sport, they became very supportive. They are so proud of me that they come for all my matches." "Not too many girls took to sports here. However, things are slowly changing. If the corporation continues to support us in terms of getting our own ground. We could even get better than the boys," she said.
Thane gets 67817sq m new sports complex at Mumbra - Times of India
2017-01-05Ahead of polls: BJP to hold state executive conclave in Thane - The Indian Express
Ahead of polls: BJP to hold state executive conclave in Thane The decision to choose Thane has its roots in political history. In 1967, Shiv Sena got its first major electoral break in the Thane civic polls. Mumbai | Published: January 6, 2017 1:47 am BJP will convene a two-day state executive meeting in Thane in January, a week after the BJP national executive meeting on January 6 and 7 in Delhi. The decision to choose Thane has its roots in political history. In 1967, Shiv Sena got its first major electoral break in the Thane civic polls. At the time, the Thane civic body was restricted to just 40 seats of which Sena bagged 17. It was through Thane that the Sena made inroads into Mumbai a year later in 1968. The Sena was formed on June 19, Through the Thane conclave, BJP wants to set the stage for a battle against its saffron ally which has always held an upper hand in the third most industrialised belt of Maharashtra. Another reason for selecting Thane is to prepare the pitch where the party finds the going tough. The elections for ten municipal corporations including Thane will be held in February. At the conclave, the BJP will project politics of good governance under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to enhance the party’s electoral prospects. The sources said, “Our campaign will be positive emphasising on development and public welfare in urban sectors.” The party believes Fadnavis’ efforts to promote the industrial belt with Navi Mumbai international airport and water transport projects would be beneficial to the party. It would also highlight the rampant illegal constructions and corruption in the Thane municipal corporation ruled by the Sena. In the 2012 Thane Municipal Corporation elections, the Shiv Sena was way ahead with 53 seats out of 130 seats. While the BJP won only seven seats, NCP bagged 34 seats, Congress 18 seats, MNS 2 seats and others 8 seats. According to BJP poll managers, “The 2014 assembly elections which gave BJP a lead in three segments out of six will work to its advantage. It also believes that anti-incumbency factor against Sena, coupled with weak NCP and Congress would help BJP to occupy the space.” Of the six assembly segments, BJP had won three, Shiv Sena 2 and NCP one. The BJP MLAs are Narendra Mehta (Meera Bhayandar); Sanjay Kelkar (Thane); Manda Mhatre (Belapur). The Sena’s candidates include senior minister Eknath Shinde (Kori-Pachpakhadi); Pratap Sarnaik (Ovala Majiswada). The NCP’s lone MLA Sandeep Naik represents Airoli seat. The reports from Sena and BJP headquarters point to the partners planning to contest the Thane civic polls separately. Insiders in the Sena and BJP confirmed to The Indian Express, “The top leadership of both parties believe the Kalyan-Dombivli civic poll model where they fought against each other in elections and formed alliance post polls will be replicated in Thane and Mumbai.” Senior ministers of both BJP and Sena admit, “The separate contest helps them maximise their organisational strength. Whereas an alliance would restrict their organisational growth.” A senior BJP functionary said, “Taking a clear lead in Thane would require a quantum jump from seven seats to 65 seats. It is a mammoth task.” The BJP official said, “We believe anti-incumbency factor against the Sena ruled Thane Municipal Corporation specially the rampant corruption and illegal construction would help us to make inroads.”
Ahead of polls: BJP to hold state executive conclave in Thane - The Indian Express
2017-01-05Girish Pote: Thane man awarded life imprisonment for killing French ... - Times of India
Girish Pote: Thane man awarded life imprisonment for killing French wife Nishikant Karlikar | Jan 5, 2017, 01.39 PM IST THANE: The Thane district court has set a precedent when it convicted a man and awarded him life imprisonment for brutally murdering his wife, a French national in Mira road area. The accused, Girish Pote, 35, on Thursday was convicted by sessions court for brutally murdering his wife Madhu in 2013 and keeping severed body parts in a refrigerator. In her order on Thursday in the packed court room, District and Sessions Judge Mridula VK Bhatia convicted Girish Pote and instead of sentencing him to life imprisonment or death she ordered that he will serve the prison term till he is alive.
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2017-01-04Post Thane call centre bust, India may be emerging as a major centre for fraud: Report - The Indian Express
Post Thane call centre bust, India may be emerging as a major centre for fraud: Report Police in Thane last year unearthed a scam in which callers from bogus call centres in Mira Road area and Bhayandar duped US citizens by pretending to be calling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). New Delhi | Updated: January 4, 2017 3:57 pm India is emerging as a major centre for fraud although it has no such past reputation, an FBI agent serving as a legal attache at the US embassy in New Delhi told The New York Times after police in Thane last year unearthed a scam in which callers from bogus call centres in Mira Road area and Bhayandar duped US citizens by pretending to be calling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While 80 people who were present at the call centres were arrested when they were raided, the police said the scam was just the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ Suhel Daud, the FBI agent, told the newspaper that the presence of a large call-centre culture and increasing number of English-speaking youngsters looking for jobs are some of the trends that lead to such a scam.The Thane scam was busted on October 4 last year when the police raided nine call centres in the area. The callers would threaten US citizens to instantly settle the tax default by making a payment to them. Over 20 persons including Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the mastermind, and his sister Reema have been named as wanted accused. The NYT report details how Betsy Broder, who covers international fraud at the Federal Trade Commission, got a call from two teenagers from India who shared details of the scam. “If they reached a person who was sufficiently terrified or gullible — this was known in the business as a “sale” — they would instruct that person to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of iTunes cards to avoid prosecution, they said; the most rattled among them complied. The victim would then send the codes from the iTunes cards to the swindlers, giving them access to the money on the card,” the report said detailing how Americans got conned by people pretending to be IRS officials. The report also detailed how the scammers preyed on fear of Americans and threatened to put their families in trouble if they did not make the payments. Inaben Desai, a woman in Texas, was one of the victims in 2014 who was robbed of $17,786, nearly all her savings. A top police official told The Indian Express in October that revelations made by the mastermind in the case pointed to the accused being involved in more scams. There were also fears that the accused may have been involved in a medical pharma case as well.
Post Thane call centre bust, India may be emerging as a major centre for fraud: Report - The Indian Express
2017-01-04Thane man convicted by court for killing wife - Times of India
Thane man convicted by court for killing wife Updated: Jan 4, 2017, 05.18 PM IST THANE: A 35-year-old man from Bhayander township of the district who was found guilty on the charges of brutally killing his wife was today convicted by a district court. Thane district judge Ms Mrudula VK Bhatia, found the accused Girish Pote, who was then jobless, guilty of the offences punishable under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC and declared post lunch that he was convicted for the crime. Pote had severed the body parts and kept it in the fridge.
Thane man convicted by court for killing wife - Times of India
2017-01-04Migratory birds make Thane green spaces home to escape extremely cold weathers - NYOOOZ
Migratory birds make Thane green spaces home to escape extremely cold weathers Tue,03 Jan 2017 Summary: In order to escape this, these bird species fly down to Mumbai and Thane where the weather is pleasant. The birds from the Wader species, including Broad Billed Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover have come to the creek area from Europe and Siberia. This awareness can be achieved only if they witness the life in forests, wetlands and green spaces. The Greater Spotted, Tawny and Steppe Eagle Shave that come from China and nearby areas are spotted in various city locations. "Interestingly, two bird watchers from the city spotted two rare vagrant birds-- Red Breasted Merganser and Common Shelduck, which are seen here once in 10 to 15 years, this week.THANE: The cool and pleasant weather has attracted flocks of migratory winged beauties to green pockets in the city A vast number of these species from the northern region of India, Europe and Siberia have turned the city's forest cover and creek areas into their home during winter , said environmentalists.Migratory bird families such as Waders, Flycatchers, Eagles and many others are examples of these migratory birds that fly down to the western zone for two to three months.Avinash Bhagat, an avid bird-watcher and member of a city-based non government organisation (NGO), said, "During this season, the northern regions in the Himalayas or even Europe, Siberia and other surrounding areas face extremely cold climates. The water turns to ice and the air is filled with snowfall and fog. In order to escape this, these bird species fly down to Mumbai and Thane where the weather is pleasant , As Reported By TOI. According to the Newspaper,The birds from the Wader species, including Broad Billed Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover have come to the creek area from Europe and Siberia."He added, "Meanwhile, the Flycatcher family, including the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Brown Crested Flycatcher and Grey Flycatcher have come down from the Himalayan belt to the Yeoor, Nagla and other ranges of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP). The Greater Spotted, Tawny and Steppe Eagle Shave that come from China and nearby areas are spotted in various city locations."Interestingly, two bird watchers from the city spotted two rare vagrant birds-- Red Breasted Merganser and Common Shelduck, which are seen here once in 10 to 15 years, this week. City-based environmental NGOs are arranging for a number of bird watching and photography trails to expose citizens to the bio-diversity rich section of the city.Biwalda Kale, an environmentalist associated with the Bombay Natural History Society, said, "Over the years, there has been a lot of encroachment on green spaces, affecting the bio-diversity.
2017-01-04Man, 3 pals held for killing co-passenger on share ride - NYOOOZ
Man, 3 pals held for killing co-passenger on share ride Tue,03 Jan 2017 Summary: He hailed a private cab which was picking up passengers. The four, who forced the driver to halt the car, ganged up and attacked Upadhyay ," said the police officer.He said that the four men stabbed Upadhyay on the stomach and face with a sharp object and throttled him. On seeing a crowd gathered at the spot, the four men hailed an autorickshaw, hoping to flee from the spot. THANE: A 29-year-old Kalyan resident, who was sharing a ride on a private vehicle after a drunken revelry on New Year's Eve, was stabbed in Thane allegedly by his co-passenger and three of his friends. Gupta called up a friend and three of them -Avinash Jaiswal, Suresh Jaiswal and Kishor Khandekar -joined them.THANE: A 29-year-old Kalyan resident, who was sharing a ride on a private vehicle after a drunken revelry on New Year's Eve, was stabbed in Thane allegedly by his co-passenger and three of his friends. A police team, which was on night patrol, waylaid the four armed men who were trying to flee.The police said that the fight took place over which passenger should be dropped off first.The deceased, Vikas Upadhyay who worked as a salesman, had attended a New Year's Eve party with his friends at a restaurant in Kapurbawadi locality where they had dinner and downed a few drinks. After the celebration, Upadhyay was waiting for some transport to get home in Kalyan , As Reported By TOI. According to the Newspaper,He hailed a private cab which was picking up passengers. Already , there was one passenger in this cab, Amit Gupta , who was on his way to Mumbra.From Thane, the two desti nations--Mumbra and Kalyan--fork out in different directions. While Mumbra is located to the southeast of Thane, Kalyan lies to the far east of Thane.An officer from Kapurbawadi police station said that when Upadhyay told the driver to drop him to Kalyan, Gupta demanded that he be dropped first in Mumbra."This sparked a heated argument between the two passengers in the cab.
2017-01-04Thane gets its RO-RO trial wish granted - Asian Age - The Asian Age
Thane gets its RO-RO trial wish granted THE ASIAN AGE. | ARPIKA BHOSALE Published : Jan 5, 2017, 1:47 am IST Updated : Jan 5, 2017, 7:07 am IST This is exactly what Thane residents had asked of the railway so as to curb traffic snarls and pollution.  At present 500 trucks ferry freight from JNPT to Vasai daily via Thane. Mumbai: Thane residents’ wishes may soon be granted, what with the first trial of railway’s unique RO-RO service to be carried out between JNPT and Vasai Road on January 5. The trial will see goods’ trucks piggyback flat rail wagons between JNPT and Vasai Road after which they can once again take the road. This is exactly what Thane residents had asked of the railway so as to curb traffic snarls and pollution. The RO-RO service, currently in use on Konkan Railway (KR), has saved diesel and proved more eco-friendly than trucks that ferry goods (consumer and non-consumer) to and from north India. At present, at least 500 such trucks ferry goods from JNPT port to Vasai and further north of the country.   Officials said that the request was made by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe along with residents of the area. Western Railway (WR) divisional railway manager Mukul Jain said, “We will be conducting trial up to Boisar on Thursday morning and if all goes well, we will begin building infrastructure like ramps for the trucks to get onto the wagons.” A railway official on condition of anonymity said, “We were told that the issue was raised by Mr Sahastrabuddhe and accordingly, railway minister Suresh Prabhu has asked us to see if this is feasible as residents of that area have been complaining about the intense smog as a result of fuel emissions on Thane road”. Mr Prabhu is learnt to have told the Railway Board that he would like it if the railway did its bit for the environment including decongesting the Thane-Mulund-Porbunder road that sees the densest road traffic. Mr Sahasrabuddhe was not available on phone and did not respond to text messages sent by this newspaper.
Thane gets its RO-RO trial wish granted - Asian Age - The Asian Age
2017-01-03Man, 3 pals held for killing co-passenger on share ride - NYOOOZ
Man, 3 pals held for killing co-passenger on share ride Tue,03 Jan 2017 Summary: He hailed a private cab which was picking up passengers. The four, who forced the driver to halt the car, ganged up and attacked Upadhyay ," said the police officer.He said that the four men stabbed Upadhyay on the stomach and face with a sharp object and throttled him. On seeing a crowd gathered at the spot, the four men hailed an autorickshaw, hoping to flee from the spot. THANE: A 29-year-old Kalyan resident, who was sharing a ride on a private vehicle after a drunken revelry on New Year's Eve, was stabbed in Thane allegedly by his co-passenger and three of his friends. Gupta called up a friend and three of them -Avinash Jaiswal, Suresh Jaiswal and Kishor Khandekar -joined them.THANE: A 29-year-old Kalyan resident, who was sharing a ride on a private vehicle after a drunken revelry on New Year's Eve, was stabbed in Thane allegedly by his co-passenger and three of his friends. A police team, which was on night patrol, waylaid the four armed men who were trying to flee.The police said that the fight took place over which passenger should be dropped off first.The deceased, Vikas Upadhyay who worked as a salesman, had attended a New Year's Eve party with his friends at a restaurant in Kapurbawadi locality where they had dinner and downed a few drinks. After the celebration, Upadhyay was waiting for some transport to get home in Kalyan , As Reported By TOI. According to the Newspaper,He hailed a private cab which was picking up passengers. Already , there was one passenger in this cab, Amit Gupta , who was on his way to Mumbra.From Thane, the two desti nations--Mumbra and Kalyan--fork out in different directions. While Mumbra is located to the southeast of Thane, Kalyan lies to the far east of Thane.An officer from Kapurbawadi police station said that when Upadhyay told the driver to drop him to Kalyan, Gupta demanded that he be dropped first in Mumbra."This sparked a heated argument between the two passengers in the cab.
2017-01-03'Deforestation, toxic waste down inflow of migratory birds to Thane' - Times of India
‘Deforestation, toxic waste down inflow of migratory birds to Thane’ Updated: Jan 4, 2017, 04.43 AM IST THANE: The slow deterioration of the natural green habitats and toxic waste and rubble dumped in the wetlands in Thane are a threat to the inflow of migratory birds, said environmental experts. While migratory birds have made Thane green cover their home for this winter, environmentalists said that there is a noticeable decrease in the overall bird count as a result of rampant deforestation and encroachments on wetlands over the years. Though the Yeoor forest and mangroves at Kopri and Kalwa pockets continue to be bright spots, green activists said there is a desperate need to chalk out a conservation plan for these pockets which attract migratory birds and other animal and bird species. They claim that the continuous hacking of mangroves, trees and destruction of wetlands in the name of development has not only killed the habitats of these birds, but also impacted the climate that attracts migratory birds to Thane. Nilesh Bhanage, founder of the Plant and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), said, "I have been visiting forest, wetland and any natural belt for bird watching for over a decade and personally seen wetland patches in Thakurli, bordering the Thane creek and near Bhiwandi bypass road vanish under debris and construction work that are still underway. The bio-diversity-rich Parsik Hill is now covered with slums and used for open defecation. With these bird habitats being wiped out, the birds, too, will start moving soon." He added that there was an ongoing tussle between development and environment which is seen through projects like Metro parking lot in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) forest or tunnels under the SGNP. "In each of these initiatives it is nature which takes a hit. Deforestation will eventually also increase the mercury levels, resulting in more birds moving away from this belt," he said. A recent survey of the avifauna, conducted by zoologist Clara Correia and evironmental activist Avinash Bhagat in Thane East's eco-system revealed that though the number of bird species flocking to the natural habitats has shown a slight rise because of new sightings, the overall number of birds visiting their Thane habitat has come down drastically. Purushottam Kale, president of city-based Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "There are numerous laws in place for the protection of the environment. However, it is very easy for many to find loopholes through these laws. Trees uprooted in road widening activities and building constructions need to be replaced with five more trees, which does not happen in reality. We need to see stricter implementation of the laws to conserve our city's environment. Permissions to cut trees should not be so easily sanctioned." Parsik Hill is covered with slums and used for open defecation affecting habitat
2017-01-03Michael Ferreira now held in Thane cheating case - Times of India - Times of India
Michael Ferreira now held in Thane cheating case Jan 4, 2017, 03:59 IST MUMBAI: The Thane economic offences wing (EOW) on Tuesday arrested former billiards world champion Michael Ferreira and three others for allegedly cheating a chartered accountant of Rs 25 lakh. The accused lured the complainant with high returns on his investment and did not pay him anything, police said.An EOW police officer confirmed the arrest of Ferreira, Magaral Balaji and Srinivas Vanka, both directors of Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Pvt Ltd and Malcolm Desai. Vihaan is the master franchise of QNet, a firm that has allegedly cheated lakhs of people in the country. The complainant told Thane police that the accused used to conduct meetings about investment in various schemes at a Thane mall. The four were first arrested by the Mumbai EOW on September 30 last year and charge-sheeted last week in the Rs 425 crore QNet case. QNet allegedly lured investors with schemes involving investment of Rs 30,000 to Rs 7 lakh in the Mumbai case. Police said QNet posed as a marketing firm, selling bio-discs, watches, herbal products and holiday packages It claimed the bio-discs could cure cancer and brain diseases, police said.
Michael Ferreira now held in Thane cheating case - Times of India - Times of India
2017-01-03Migratory birds make Thane green spaces home to escape extremely cold weathers - Times of India
Migratory birds make Thane green spaces home to escape extremely cold weathers Jan 3, 2017, 10.32 PM IST THANE: The cool and pleasant weather has attracted flocks of migratory winged beauties to green pockets in the city. A vast number of these species from the northern region of India, Europe and Siberia have turned the city's forest cover and creek areas into their home during winter, said environmentalists. Migratory bird families such as Waders, Flycatchers, Eagles and many others are examples of these migratory birds that fly down to the western zone for two to three months. Avinash Bhagat, an avid bird-watcher and member of a city-based non government organisation (NGO), said, "During this season, the northern regions in the Himalayas or even Europe, Siberia and other surrounding areas face extremely cold climates. The water turns to ice and the air is filled with snowfall and fog. In order to escape this, these bird species fly down to Mumbai and Thane where the weather is pleasant. The birds from the Wader species, including Broad Billed Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover have come to the creek area from Europe and Siberia." He added, "Meanwhile, the Flycatcher family, including the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Brown Crested Flycatcher and Grey Flycatcher have come down from the Himalayan belt to the Yeoor, Nagla and other ranges of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP). The Greater Spotted, Tawny and Steppe Eagle Shave that come from China and nearby areas are spotted in various city locations." Interestingly, two bird watchers from the city spotted two rare vagrant birds-- Red Breasted Merganser and Common Shelduck, which are seen here once in 10 to 15 years, this week. City-based environmental NGOs are arranging for a number of bird watching and photography trails to expose citizens to the bio-diversity rich section of the city. Biwalda Kale, an environmentalist associated with the Bombay Natural History Society, said, "Over the years, there has been a lot of encroachment on green spaces, affecting the bio-diversity. It is only when people are aware of the beauty and importance of environment will they be motivated to conserve it. This awareness can be achieved only if they witness the life in forests, wetlands and green spaces. We have started arranging for nature trails and bird watching events at Sewri mudflats, SGNP and Karnala Bird Sanctuary."
Migratory birds make Thane green spaces home to escape extremely cold weathers - Times of India
2017-01-03Inquiry against suspended Thane Jail SP for sexual harassment ... - The Hindu
Inquiry against suspended Thane Jail SP for sexual harassment ANUARY 04, 2017 00:43 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 04, 2017 00:43 IST Mumbai: The State Home Department on Tuesday instructed the Maharashtra Police to initiate a departmental inquiry against suspended Superintendent of Police (Prisons) Hiralal Jadhav, who was booked on sexual harassment charges last year. Jadhav, who was the superintendent of Thane Central Jail, was accused of sexual harassment by a 31-year-old woman constable posted at the Jail. Jadhav subsequently applied for anticipatory bail in the case and was granted interim relief. On Tuesday, the Home Department issued an order, a copy of which is with The Hindu, for a five-member committee to be set up to probe the allegations against Jadhav. The order appoints IPS officer Aswathi Tsering Dorje, currently Additional Commissioner of Police (Local Arms) in Mumbai, as the head of the committee, which also includes ACP (Juvenile Aid Protection Unit) Arvind Sawant, advocate Anupama Pawar, Farida Lambay, the co-founder of NGO Pratham and Aruna Mugutkar, Deputy SP, Yerwada Central Jail, Pune. The order further instructs the committee to submit a report of its probe to the Home Department within two months. The Prisons department had earlier conducted an inquiry into the allegations made against Jadhav, which was headed by IGP (Prisons) Rajvardhan Sinha, and a report was duly submitted to the State government by the department. The complainant had submitted WhatsApp messages and audio clips that Jadhav had allegedy sent to her at the time. Jadhav also faced similar charges in 2013 when he was the principal of the Jail Officers Training Center in Yerwada. He was suspended for 18 months after an inquiry found him guilty of using abusive language and crude gestures towards newly-recruited women officers.
2017-01-03Thane: Three persons killed as four-wheeler hits motorcycle - Firstpost
Thane: Three persons killed as four-wheeler hits motorcycle Jan 03, 2017 12:52:35 IST Thane: Three persons travelling in a motorcycle were killed after being hit by a speeding four-wheeler on the Mumbai-Nashik highway in Sahapur in Thane on Tuesday, police said.The mishap occurred in the wee hours at Cherpoli village in Sahapur taluka when the trio were knocked down by an unidentified vehicle on the highway, a personnel at Thane district rural control said. The deceased identified as Vishnu Pardhi (25), Shravan Manje (40) and Gurunath Cheema Manje (47), had died on the spot and their bodies have been sent for post-mortem to Sahapur government hospital. An offence has been registered against unidentified person under IPC section 304-A (causing death by negligence) and relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act, police said. Published Date: Jan 03, 2017 12:52 PM | Updated Date: Jan 03, 2017 12:52 PM
Thane: Three persons killed as four-wheeler hits motorcycle - Firstpost
2017-01-03Now, a smart police station opens in Thane and it has a gym, kids block - Business Standard
Now, a smart police station opens in Thane and it has a gym, kids block The model police station has a special ward for juveniles Last Updated at January 3, 2017 15:41 IST Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh inaugurated the newly developed Wagle Estate police station, comprising modern technological facilities and a special ward for juveniles in Thane. The existing police station was selected to be developed into a model police station three months back. On the occasion last evening, Singh said the police station consists of facilities like fully computerised system facilitating paperless working, wifi, CCTV cameras, separate space for visitors and a gym in the premises. He said the highlight of the police station is the block 'muskan', which is made for children to make them feel safe and comfortable among policemen and at the station. The walls of the block comprise colourful pictures of cartoon characters, while the entire police station also has pictures and paintings, the senior official said. On the lines of Wagle Estate police station, as many as 33 police stations under the Thane Commissionerate would also be developed into Smart police stations. On having a gym in the police station premises, Singh said policemen and women should keep themselves fit by making the optimum use of the fitness centre. Joint Commissioner of Police Asutosh Dhumbre, Additional CP Makarand Ranade (Crime), Yashasvi Yadav (Welfare), and other senior officials were also present.
2017-01-02Thane: Doctor jailed for molesting patient - The Indian Express
Thane: Doctor jailed for molesting patient A 42-year-old doctor attached to a hospital, who was found guilty of molesting an ICU patient has been convicted and jailed by a court in Thane. Thane | Published: January 2, 2017 1:47 pm A 42-year-old doctor attached to a hospital, who was found guilty of molesting an ICU patient has been convicted and jailed by a court in Thane. In a recent order, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate R J Pawar convicted doctor Jayant S Jadhav, a resident of Mulund under section 354 of the IPC and sentenced him to one year rigorous imprisonment. The convict was also slapped with a fine of Rs 3,000.The accused will also undergo additional three months rigorous imprisonment, which will run concurrently, the court ordered. Prosecutor Jaishree Korde appearing for the prosecution told the court that the victim is a housewife suffering from acute asthama and as her condition deteriorated on May 18, 2013 she was admitted for treatment to the ICU of the hospital where the accused was on duty. In the ICU there were other patients too whose beds were separated by curtains. It was around 3 AM that under the pretext of checking the pulse rate and blood pressure the accused came to the bed of the victim and molested her. When the victim resisted he kissed her hand and left, the court was told. However, the accused came to the bed once again after one hour and repeated the act, the prosecutor said. The victim complained to her husband and children and also urged the hospital management to take action. However, when nothing was done, the woman on getting discharged from the hospital on May 21 lodged a FIR with Naupada police who arrested the accused, the court was told. “In the present case the accused is facing trial for the offence Punishable under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. Therefore, considering the nature of the offence, I find that the benefits of the Section 3 and 4 of the Probation of Offenders Act 1958 cannot be given to the accused and he deserves punishment for the act he did. The act which the accused had done has to be dealt with stringently, the court held and awarded him jail.
Thane: Doctor jailed for molesting patient - The Indian Express
2017-01-02Thane collector shuts down quarry near Turbhe dump - Times of India
Thane collector shuts down quarry near Turbhe dump Jan 3, 2017, 00:51 IST NAVI MUMBAI: A quarry, stone crusher and tar plant near the landfill site in Turbhe was sealed by Thane collector, Mahendra Kalyankar, on Saturday due to violation of rules. The stone crusher was sub-let to another party which had violated the operational rules and the collector promptly sealed the entry to the quarry and the machinery, said NMMC additional commissioner Ankush Chavan. The quarry comes in civic area, but sources said, that it is under collector land and property jurisdiction. The quarry is close to the dog sterilisation centre and the dust particles were causing respiratory problems. The health of 38 NMMC employees, including two veterinary doctors, a surgeon, 33 dog catchers and two para-veterinary staff was getting affected.The quarry operations had been stopped around six months ago. Civic commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, taking note of the workers' health, had held an internal meeting on June 10, 2016 and apprised the collector about the issue. The collector had responded promptly and operations were stopped from the next day. The civic officials said that the dust was affecting the workers' physical activity and several had become weak and reported symptoms of asthma.But it was a temporary halt and, when it was found that the unit had violated norms again, the collector closed it . Four years ago, the then-NMMC commissioner had taken objection to the quarry and the collector had closed the operation, but a petition by the quarry owner to the minister led to the quarry being operational once again.
Thane collector shuts down quarry near Turbhe dump - Times of India
2017-01-02Elvis Lives! for many, thanks to Thane Dunn - Truro Daily News
Elvis Lives! for many, thanks to Thane Dunn Published: Jan 02, 2017 at midnight Updated: Sep 30, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. TRURO, N.S. - For the record, Thane Dunn is not Elvis. “People have stalked our home, or parked outside my house,” the Moncton resident and renowned Elvis Presley impersonator said. “I’m not Elvis and I don’t claim to be and when I’m doing my show it’s a different thing. I’m trying to take on the persona of Elvis. But the rest of the time, I’m Thane Dunn. I’m not crazy – I don’t think I’m Elvis or anything.” “I’m not Elvis and I don’t claim to be and when I’m doing my show it’s a different thing. I’m trying to take on the persona of Elvis. But the rest of the time, I’m Thane Dunn. I’m not crazy – I don’t think I’m Elvis or anything.” In 2009, however, Dunn did earn the distinction of winning the world’s largest international Elvis tribute artist contest, a feat that prompted him to turn a hobby into a fulltime career in entertainment. “And it’s been a kind of whirlwind thing ever since,” he says. On Jan. 14, Dunn once again returns to Truro with his show, this time at the Best Western Glengarry, billed as the Fan Appreciation Extravaganza. And regardless of whether you’ve seen him perform before, Dunn said, “We never go back with the same show. We always makes things new, we always learn new material.” Dunn’s fondness for Elvis grew from when he was a child, spending time with his mother watching movies while his travelling salesman father was away.“And Elvis was just so cool. His charisma would come through the TV set and he got all the women and he knew karate and he drove sports cars and helicopters; there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t do,” he said. “I just sort of fell in love with that. And I had a little girlfriend and she had a little record player and we would dance on the bed to ‘Return to Sender.’” Despite his blond hair and lack of sideburns, Dunn was often compared to Elvis during high school. Later, playing in bands covering such groups as Jim Morrison and the Doors or the Rolling Stones, he was often told how much he sounded like Elvis. One year, while vacationing in Las Vegas, he was repeatedly approached and asked where his show was, despite the fact, he didn’t have one. Eventually, Dunn surrendered to the inevitable and became a professional Elvis impersonator. “I like to have fun and I think one of the things that genuinely made Elvis a superstar was that he loved to have fun. Elvis had the ability to laugh at himself,” he said. “I think we had a lot of similarities.” Dunn continues to do his show out of respect for the late superstar, who died in 1977. He wants his audience members to come away saying, “Wow, that guy’s a freak, I felt like I was watching Elvis not Thane Dunn.” And if he ever reaches a point where that’s not the case, it will be time for him to leave the building. “It’s always about keeping that excitement alive,” Dunn said. “If I ever set foot on a stage and felt, here we go again, then I would give it up.”
Elvis Lives! for many, thanks to Thane Dunn - Truro Daily News
2017-01-01Railway mishap rate in Thane zone down by 10% in 2016 compared to previous year - Times of India
Railway mishap rate in Thane zone down by 10% in 2016 compared to previous year Updated: Jan 2, 2017, 03.35 AM IST THANE: Intensive awareness campaigns about safe travel on trains and vigil along several track-crossing spots has helped the Central Railways reduce the mishap rate by nearly 10% in the Thane zone in 2016 compared to the previous year. The Mumbai railway police statistics reveal that the number of fatal accidents in 2016 was 351 while in the year before, 391 people had died in various rail-related mishaps. The volume of injured passengers has also reduced to 354 this year. Thane section, however, retains the dubious distinction of being the third most dangerous zone on the entire Mumbai railway network after Kalyan and Kurla that have been seeing the highest volume of railway accidents year after year. Railway officials say that most mishaps occur 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 at the stations, especially those between Dombivli and Thane, but the same hasn't been matched with an increase in services. Many passengers are forced to board crowded trains from Diva, Mumbra and Kalwa and travel on footboards, leading to instances of few falling off when the train is moving. Further, several porous points along the tracks on either sides or level crossings has also led to a sporadic rise in number of people infringing on the tracks and getting run over. The two level crossings in Kalwa and Diva witness a high number of mishaps as people are tempted to cross over without using the bridges, informs a railway official. Few commuters from Vitawa and Kalwa often walk down the tracks to and from Thane station dangerously exposing themselves to being knocked down by speeding trains on the route. Officials claimed the drop in mishap figures was majorly due to concerted efforts of the railways and the police to make aware of the perils of dangerous travel and said they were working to further reduce the fatalities this year. Several initiatives including increasing height of platforms, meeting religious leaders in Mumbra to publicly caution youngsters from not travelling on footboards, making continuous announcements or displaying graphics which seems to have had an impact, said railway officials from the Thane section. An official illustrates saying that while there were several cases of passengers losing lives and limbs in 2015 by falling in gap traps, not many similar cases were reported last year. "Height of platforms was increased wherever necessary and passengers continuously alerted of not boarding or alighting moving trains," said an official. "We have also been cautioning commuters against the perils of travelling rooftop or footboard or even crossing tracks. We started few shuttle services between Kurla and Kalyan and also gave a halt to fast trains and Diva that may have helped reduce some load off the section," says a Central Railway official. Meanwhile, activists have said the efforts need to be made to further reduce the numbers. "Maximum number of mishaps occurs because of line crossing. We have asked the railways to remove ramps from the platform ends and also start Diva locals that could help reduce the mishap numbers in this section," said Adesh Bhagat of Diva passenger association after he sent his observations to reduce fatal mishaps to the railways last year. "Areas beyond Thane have expanded rapidly in the last five years but the ratio of services hasn't matched it leading to massive crowding during peak hours. The authorities have failed to ensure any safety aspects as commuters are falling victim to mishaps. The platform height at Kalyan needs to be increased urgently," complained Shyam Ubale, a representative of the suburban railway passenger association beyond Kalyan. However, in terms of volume of railway accidents year after year, Thane section ranks as the third most dangerous zone on the entire Mumbai railway network after Kalyan and Kurla. Many passengers board crowded trains from Diva, Mumbra and Kalwa and travel on footboards, leading to instances of few falling off when the train starts moving
Railway mishap rate in Thane zone down by 10% in 2016 compared to previous year - Times of India

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