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|2018-01-31||16 scrap godowns gutted in fire in Bhiwandi - Times of India|
16 scrap godowns gutted in fire in Bhiwandi Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 11:15 IST THANE: As many as 16 scrap godowns were gutted in a fire in the industrial Bhiwandi township of the district this morning, an official said. No injury or casualty was reported in the blaze. The fire broke out in the Gayatri Nagar locality where a few huts also suffered damages in the mishap, he said. The fire fighters from Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar townships rushed to the spot and managed to control the blaze, Thane Municipal Corporation's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.
|2018-01-31||Boat rides in Thane creek from tomorrow - Daily News & Analysis|
Boat rides in Thane creek from tomorrow After a delay of almost 10 months in kicking off boat rides in the Thane creek for tourists visiting the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre (CMCB) at Airoli, the Mangrove Cell will finally be flagging off its pet project from February 1. The Mangrove Cell first had planned to start the boat rides in the Thane creek in May 2017, which was further delayed to October and then the project was yet again delayed due to mechanical snags in the boat. “There were minor issues, plus arrival of flamingos had been delayed but now with flamingos arriving in good numbers, we have decided to start the boat rides for tourists from February 1,” Makarand Ghodke, Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF), Mangroves Cell.
|2018-01-31||Man wanted by Cgarh police in cheating case nabbed in Thane - India Today|
Man wanted by Cgarh police in cheating case nabbed in Thane January 31, 2018 UPDATED 22:50 IST Thane, Jan 31 (PTI) A man wanted by the Chhattisgarh police for allegedly duping investors to the tune of crores of rupees has been arrested in Thane city, Maharashtra. The Chhattisgarh police had registered a case under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act against Priti Paul Ramsingh Sethi (63) at Tumgaon in Mahasamund district in December 2015. Sethi had set up an investment company in Tumgaon and duped several investors by promising them high returns on deposits, said senior police inspector, Thane crime branch, Nitin Thakre. He had set up such companies in Assam, Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand too, the police officer said. Sethi, who was on the run for the last two years, was finally tracked down by Chhattisgarh police to Bhiwandi in Thane district, and he was arrested at the Thane railway station today. PTI COR KRK
|2018-01-31||Thane ZP PWD engineer arrested while `taking bribe - India Today|
Thane ZP PWD engineer arrested while `taking bribe January 31, 2018 UPDATED 21:00 IST Thane, Jan 31 (PTI) An executive engineer of the Public Works Department of Thane Zilla Parishad has been arrested while allegedly taking a bribe from a contractor. The Anti-Corruption Bureau laid a trap and arrested Padmakar Sukhdeve (57) while accepting Rs 1,00,000 at his office yesterday, said inspector Atul Aher, ACB-Thane. Sukhdeve had allegedly demanded Rs 5,00,000 as commission from the contractor who had carried out some road work in the ZP limits. Probe is on. PTI CORR KRK
|2018-01-31||Boat ride goes awry as teen drowns at Railadevi lake - Times of India|
Boat ride goes awry as teen drowns at Railadevi lake Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 22:38 IST Thane: A 17-year-old boy drowned at Railadevi Lake in Thane's Wagle Estate area on Wednesday afternoon. The police said that teenager, identified as Hrithik Kadam, a resident of Wagle Estate's Padaval Nagar area, didn't know to swim and ventured into the lake to pick up a glass which had fallen. Despite warnings from his friends who were with him, he still went in. According to the police, the boy, along with six of his friends, had gone for a boat ride to Railadevi lake on Wednesday. The had borrowed the boat from someone in their neighbourhood. While one of the boys jumped into the lake for a swim, the others stayed put on the boat as they did not know how to swim. "At 3pm when the boys were returning to the shore, a glass accidently fell into the lake. Kadam, who didn't know to swim, immediately held on to one side of the boat and tried to grab the glass," said an official. The police said that in a bid to grab the glass, Kadam lost balance and fell. His friends tried to look out for him, but in vain. Hearing their cries, locals also came to their aide. Fire brigade and regional disaster management cell officials reached the spot and after an hour long rescue operation, the officials found the boy's body.
|2018-01-31||15 with name on fake licences summoned by cops, let off - Times of India|
15 with name on fake licences summoned by cops, let off Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 22:35 IST Thane: The crime branch investigating the fake license racket has summoned around 15 people whose names on the seized licenses were found. It was fortnight back, a motor driving school based accused Sunil Chaudhari (45) from Mulund east was arrested by crime branch unit-1. The sleuths upon carrying out house search found nearly 251 licenses. The accused also confessed of making other 700 fake licenses. The officers sealed the scanning machines as well as other material used for making forged documents. Ashok Mane, the investigation officer said that they are delving deeper into the racket and hence they have summoned nearly 15 people and that they are verifying their credentials as well as relevant documents that were given or not to the accused for making the license. "So far we have not found anything incrementing from the people who were summoned. Through various sources they came to know about the accused promised of providing them with the licenses but after thorough probe it is so far found that none of them were aware it was fake license," said Nitin Thakre, the senior police inspector. The officer added that if at all they find something fishy they shall be taken to task. "The accused was solely responsible for the making the cards and had not taken help of anyone to prepare the bogus licenses," Mane informed TOI. The police have sought the details of the license holders from the RTO and are verifying the numbers printed on the fake licenses. Chaudhari was remanded to judicial custody by the Thane court and the further probe is underway.
|2018-01-31||Piegon trapped in spikes at SATIS dome rescued - Times of India|
Piegon trapped in spikes at SATIS dome rescued Jan 31, 2018, 22:37 IST The fire brigade personnel from Jawahar Baug fire station rushed to the spot and rescued the bird and handed it over to a bird lover for treatment and care. "After getting a rescue call, we reached the SATIS deck and spotted the trapped bird amidst the sharp anti-bird spikes. Using an extension pole we reached out to the bird and managed to bring it down. It was injured due to the spikes and there was a kite string wrapped around its toes," said Pradeep Patil from the Jawahar Baug fire station. The rescue operation lasted for about 40 minutes and the fire brigade personnel removed the kite string and even pricked out the small iron pieces that were stuck inside its toes. Animal lover Swapnil Parab approached the fire authorities and volunteered to get the necessary medical attention and assured that it would be released soon. "After getting a rescue call, we reached the SATIS deck and spotted the trapped bird amidst the sharp anti-bird spikes. Using an extension pole we reached out to the bird and managed to bring it down. It was injured due to the spikes and there was a kite string wrapped around its toes
|2018-01-31||Pedestrians must watch their step: TMC engg's shocking statement about mishap - Times of India|
Pedestrians must watch their step: TMC engg’s shocking statement about mishap Jan 31, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: After the freak accident on Monday when the left leg of a 54-year-old woman was stuck in the gap between the iron bars covering a manhole at Ram Maruti Road, civic officials denied responsibility and instead blamed citizens for being ignorant.Further they justified their attitude by stating that pedestrians should look around while walking and alert the authority if they come across such issues either of a manhole cover missing or some repair work that ought to be done. While it is fortunate that the manhole was fixed within an hour after the incident took place, the authority it seems has taken things lightly and rather has cautioned citizens to be more attentive. Anil Patil, TMC city engineer said, "We carry out repair work on a regular basis. If there is a civic issue troubling the residents we have a number of consumer addressal forums that they can complain upon. Immediately, then we send a team at the spot to fix it. At the same time, it is the responsibility of the pedestrians to be more conscious while walking. They should not look here and there but see what is it that they are stepping on. This way we can avoid such accidents." Furious with this attitude, activists lashed out at the civic bureaucracy over its sheer apathy towards the life of citizens. A city-based activist, Sanjeev Dutta said, "We, the citizens are the tax bearers because of which the footpaths and roads are built in the first place. When crores are spent to rebuild footpaths that are actually in a good condition, the opinion of the public is ignored and when something happens to them they say it's your responsibility which is absolutely unfair on TMC's part."
|2018-01-31||Thane: 26-year-old man gets seven years rigorous imprisonment for raping woman - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 26-year-old man gets seven years rigorous imprisonment for raping woman Jan 31, 2018 01:05 pm Thane: A Thane court has sentenced a 26-year-old man from the neighbouring Palghar district to seven years rigorous imprisonment for raping a woman. Additional Sessions Judge S C Khalipe pronounced the accused – Ashok Krushna Mukne – guilty under IPC sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) and also imposed a fine of Rs 7,000 on him. Upon realisation of the fine the same will be paid as compensation to the victim, the judge said. According to the prosecution, the 25-year-old housewife was returning home to Mangarul village when the accused, a labourer, stopped her near the Vanganpada-Mangarul road in Wada taluka of Palghar on October 10, 2013. The man then gagged her while threatening her with life, and took her to the nearby bushes where he raped her, the prosecution told the court.The woman, however, managed to free herself from his clutches and raised an alarm while running towards the road where some passers-by came to her rescue. She later informed the villagers, her husband and in-laws about the sexual assault and lodged a complaint with the Wada police the same day, the prosecution said. The judge observed that the victim’s evidence appears to be trustworthy and is corroborated by other evidence on record. No married woman will falsely say that she has been raped and therefore, not much importance can be given to minor discrepancies in the case, the judge said while pronouncing the punishment yesterday.
|2018-01-31||23 godowns, 6 rooms gutted in fire in Bhiwandi - Times of India|
23 godowns, 6 rooms gutted in fire in Bhiwandi Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 18:43 IST BHIWANDI: A fire destroyed at least 23 godowns and 6 rooms in Bhiwandi on Wednesday morning, an official said. There were no reports of any casualty. The blaze started at around 4.30am in one of the scrap godowns situated in Fatima Nagar area in Bhiwandi and quickly spread to 22 other godowns and six rooms located in the area, said Fire official. A dozen fire engines from Kalyan, Thane, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi were pressed into service to douse the flames. The cause of the fire was not yet known, the officer said. According to reports, plastics, papers and timber were stored in the affected godowns. The firemen had to face tough time in controlling fire and it took about 24 tankers of water to douse the flame. Sandeep Sonawane, assistant police inspector from Shanti Nagar police said, "The probe is on to find out exact reason behind fire. No one is injured in the fire". In Video: 23 godowns, 6 rooms gutted in fire in Bhiwandi
|2018-01-31||'Out of 56L hectares of forest cover in state 63k hectares encroached' - Times of India|
‘Out of 56L hectares of forest cover in state 63k hectares encroached’ Jan 31, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge at the Paris agreement meet in June 2017 to increase the national forest cover by five million hectares by 2030 could be way off the mark, considering that Maharashtra has in recent years lost sizeable forest lands that collectively covers more than the area of Mumbai. The state's forest land and mangroves—measuring 63,718.9 hectares or covering 637 sq km has been mercilessly hacked over the years, reveals the state forest annual administration report, 2016-17. The data reveals that out of the total forest cover of over 56 lakh hectares in Maharashtra, 63,718 hectares has been encroached upon in urban towns. And deforestation has been rampant in rural areas. The assault on the state's green paradise has been relentless year after year. In fact, more than 16,000 hectares of forest land, which is more than the area of Thane city, has been lost to encroachment in the last 12 months (between Arpil 2016 to March 2017), the report stated. Environment experts said that the state government may have set high standards when it launched its tree plantation drive. However, the reality is different. "It will have a major effect not just on us but also for our future generations. The signs of the crisis are so evident as we have had the shortest winter this year. Summers are going to get hotter and emissions and arsenic material in the atmosphere will cause more ailments,'' environmentalists said. Among the once dense forest blocks, Mumbai wildlife circle, which includes all the wildlife sanctuaries— including Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Karnala, Tungareshwar and Thane Circle—has lost over 7,144 hectares of forest land. Simply put, the Mumbai Wildlife circle and Thane collectively contributed to the loss of 12% forest land across the state. Of the total 13 forest circles in Maharashtra, Dahanu circle in North Maharashtra, bordering Gujarat, has recorded the highest loss of forest cover with more than 20,000 hectares or over 32% of forest land being encroached, the report stated "The growing migration and population density in metro cities has shot up the demand for housing and the first victims of this trend is the green cover and these cases go unchecked until it is too late and the greenery has been destroyed by debris dumping," said Rohit Joshi, a Thane-based environmentalist who has been actively working on eliminating the issue of encroachments.State forest officials have blamed the lengthy legal procedures for the rising numbers of encroachment cases. "In the interior and rural belts, a lot of encroachments have come up because the tribal community has been cutting down forest cover to free up land for farming. In urban areas, these green zones are used to dump debris and pave the way for building huts and houses," said S. G. Tembhurnikar, additional principal chief conservator of forests (conservation) Nagpur. "The third reason for the rise in cases is the fact that encroachers dump debris in the forest cover or construct a religious structure. While these are the main obstacles we face, the number of such these cases has been piling up because demolishing each illegal hutment takes years of legal proceedings as the encroachers have a right to defend themselves in court," APCCF Tembhurnikar.Environmentalists have asserted that whatever the reasons be for the negligence, this is a wakeup call from the government to pull up their socks and put an end to deforestation. They believe that loss of the green cover, especially in wildlife circles, could reflect an increase in cases of man-animal conflict as well.
|2018-01-31||16-year-old girl kidnapped from Bihar rescued by Thane crime branch - The Indian Express|
16-year-old girl kidnapped from Bihar rescued by Thane crime branch According to the technical evidence available with Bihar police, the girl and the accused were hiding in a house in Diva. Mumbai | Published: February 1, 2018 3:24 am A 16-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped from Bihar was Wednesday rescued by the Thane crime branch. The girl was kidnapped on December 3 and was kept in a house in Diva, sources said. The accused, identified as Sikandar Das had allegedly kidnapped the girl from her home in a village near Madhubani in Bihar. “The Bihar police had followed the investigation to Thane. As soon as they contacted us, we deployed a team,” said senior inspector Nitin Thakre from crime branch unit I. According to the technical evidence available with Bihar police, the girl and the accused were hiding in a house in Diva. “We raided the house in the early morning hours and rescued the girl. The accused Das was arrested. Both of them were handed over to the Bihar police,” he added. In a separate case, the anti-human trafficking cell has solved a two-year-old kidnapping case. “The complaint was filed by the minor girl’s father in Narpoli police station in 2016. We managed to track down the girl along with a man, to whom she is allegedly married now. We have to verify their version and will take action if she is still found to be a minor,” said inspector Ravindra Daundkar. According to sources, the accused man has been detained.
|2018-01-31||Boy tries to get tumbler fallen in lake, drowns - Times of India|
Boy tries to get tumbler fallen in lake, drowns Feb 1, 2018, 04:34 IST THANE: A 17-year-old rowned in a freak accident at Railadevi Lake in Thane's Wagle Estate area on Wednesday afternoon. The police said that Hrithik Kadam, a resident of Padaval Nagar, didn't know to swim and went into the lake to pick up a tumbler which had fallen in, despite being warned by friends. According to statements given to the police, the group of six friends group of six friends all aged between 16 and 17 borroweea small boat from some locals for a ride in the lake. While one of them swam in the lake, the other five stayed on in the boat. "As they were returning to the shore, a tumbler used to empty water collected in the boat fell into the lake. Kadamheld on to a side of the small boat and bent over to grab the floating tumbler," said a police official.Officials said that while trying to grab the drifting tumbler, Kadam lost his grip on the boat and slipped into the water. His friends screamed out to locals for help, who in turn called the fire brigade and the regional disaster management cell. After an hour long rescue operation, the officials found Kadam. He was taken to the civil hospital where he was declared dead.
|2018-01-31||Week after launch, DigiThane app draws only 3000 users - Times of India|
Week after launch, DigiThane app draws only 3,000 users Jan 31, 2018, 22:50 IST Thane: The Thane municipal corporation (TMC)'s ambitious mobile networking application, DigiThane, has managed to get barely 3,000 downloads over the last one week, prompting the administration to rework their strategies and make the app more popular. The commissioner had set a target of two lakh downloads for the app in two months but after receiving a poor response, officials feel there was an urgent need to analyze the facility and add more features to it to make it more lucrative. The application has just received a little over 3,000 downloads in the last one week after its launch. We are working towards making it more popular by adding more services to it. A team will be meeting soon to sort out the issue and ensure that the app is made user friendly, said a senior civic official. The mobile application that was launched last week promises to work as a social networking site with lots of benefits for residents. Being a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, the app promises to update vital civic-related information, along with providing discounts at nearly 200 retail outlets in the city. Users can also use the app to make tax payments. The facility will also link users and update them about events scheduled in their vicinity.However, not all facilities have been started with the Digicard. Some facilities like movie ticket bookings and restaurant discounts are likely to be introduced at a later stage, said an official. Meanwhile, the administration claimed that it will review the situation and take corrective steps to make the app user friendly. Deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi agreed that the number of downloads was less but also said that the numbers would rise once all the services are operational. ''We are working towards introducing more services. This will make interactions with the corporations easier for residents. We have started alerting residents about emergency situations and corporation-related news. The numbers will surely increase in the next few months as we are working on a strategy to popularize the facility," said Malvi. We are working towards introducing more services. This will make interactions with the corporations easier for residents. We have started alerting residents about emergency situations and corporation-related news. The numbers will surely increase in the next few months
|2018-01-31||Blue Blood Moon to cause no harm to preg women: Gynaecs - Times of India|
Blue Blood Moon to cause no harm to preg women: Gynaecs Jan 31, 2018, 22:51 IST Thane: The phones of city-based gynaecologists have been buzzing continuosly with calls from concerned pregnant women about the total lunar eclipse that will take place on Wednesday. Women have been coming up with queries about the precautions to be taken during this time as a lot of misconceptions and beliefs are associated with this day. Expecting mothers claim that their relatives and friends have been asking them not to venture out on this day as, they claim, it will affect the health of the child. "I have been receiving calls since morning. Pregnant women have been worried about this day and I have been ensuring them that there is no scientific data pertaining to these beliefs, nor are children born with some defects if they do not fast or venture out on this day. Scientifically, no harm is caused to the child if the woman gets out of the house, eats food, cuts vegetables and does other household chores. In fact, if a pregnant woman sits in a particular place for long, then it will affect her health and the same would happen if she does not eat. When woman are pregnant their appetite is more and in such situations if they fast then they will suffer from acidity, low sugar, fatigue and much more. These women must make sure to keep eating like any other day in intervals," said Dr. Mahesh Bedekar, gynaecologist. Meanwhile, experts have claimed that ages ago people were not aware about the science behind the movements of the moon or sun and they used to get scared due to which these myths came into effect. "Due to lack of knowledge about the solar system, people used to fear when they used to see half-moon or any other such phenomena. So they had created their own beliefs. Now also, even though people are educated and understand science, they still believe in all these myths. This phenomena of a total lunar eclipse, blood moon and blue moon next will happen on January 31, 2037," said D K Soman,a city-based astronomer.
|2018-01-30||Biggest bio-diverse garden ready in Thane, but no visitors - Free Press Journal|
Biggest bio-diverse garden ready in Thane, but no visitors Jan 30, 2018 08:20 am Thane: After Mumbai city’s first garden at Dharavi which used to be a dumping ground is one thriving forest, Thane has now got a big, beautiful garden prepared located at the entrance of the city. A grand bio diversity garden however has no visitor as yet due to the road widening work. Traffic snarls and commotion are the two main put-offs which deter Thane citizens from visiting the beautiful park. It has been designed in a way, there are five small gardens inside this huge one. This venture was publicised in a grand manner, however the residents claim they do not know about this garden which is located near Saket creek. he entrance of Thane from the Navi Mumbai side is divided by the Kalwa creek and the garden is developed near the Saket road in city. This entire belt was once covered with garbage and trash, converted into a dumping ground, with stench emitting is today converted into a beautiful place of art. The social forest department was successful to create a beautiful bio-diversity garden on this huge 5.26 hector piece of land. The garden was completed by June 2017, claimed the department.The place previously was developed by the Municipal Corporation as Dr Salim Ali garden, however, it was taken over by the Social forest department as they claimed it belonged to them and have now developed it. T The first garden is a nursery that includes various plants and has a natural information centre. Second and third gardens have been developed as Bamboo gardens. The soil here is fertile for the bamboo plants. The fourth garden is based on oneness theme, ‘All religions are same.’ There is one tree for every religion. This sure is an attraction waiting for people to appreciate it. Also the plants based on five elements will be displayed here. The fifth garden is for butterflies. The department has planned to get 35 more varieties of butterflies, informed the official from the department. Most of the civic gardens in Thane are ill-maintained and therefore this garden could be the best option for citizen here and the city as well.
|2018-01-30||Thane: MBMC engages minor boys to feed polio drops! - Free Press Journal|
Thane: MBMC engages minor boys to feed polio drops! Jan 30, 2018 08:01 am Bhayandar: The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has landed itself in yet another major controversy. This time its health department has landed in soup for endangering lives of kids between the age of zero and five years by engaging minor school boys to administer “Do Boond Zindagi Ki” (two drops of life) during its pulse polio vaccination drive on Sunday which was also observed as the National Immunisation Day. The matter was brought to light by social worker Snehal Pawar who spotted the kids aged not more than 13 years going door to door with polio vaccines at a building in Bhayandar (west) on Sunday. To her shock and surprise, Pawar noticed that the young and visibly ignorant vaccinators, did not have the polio ice boxes used to preserve the vaccines. “When questioned both revealed that they were Std. VII students of a private school and were engaged for the job by the local health post, they even flashed identity cards (sans date) issued to them by MBMC,” said Pawar who has sought a detailed probe into the matter and FIR’s against the guilty civic personnel. Vaccines provided by the government are temperature-sensitive and need to be maintained in cold storage facilities that maintain right temperature for safe administration. “Standing instructions had been issued to all our para medical staff and supervisors not to deploy minors or any untrained volunteers for the job. However, one of the sisters Yogita Waghmare was found guilty of engaging the minors. We have slapped a show cause notice on her and further action will follow,” confirmed health officer Dr. Anjali Patil. Apart from 72 transit booths and 15 mobile teams, the MBMC boasts of setting up 384 pulse polio booths across the twin-city, supported by a total manpower of 1232 personnel. However, Sunday’s incident has put a question mark on the tall claims raising possibility that the number of trained personnel could be less and untrained volunteers were shouldering the National Mission.
|2018-01-30||Thane Municipal Corporation may return fees worth Rs 2cr collected from students - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation may return fees worth Rs 2cr collected from students After the Samaan Shikshan Mulbhoot Adhikar Sangharsh Samiti raked up the issue of the fees collected from Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) English-medium schools being illegal and a violation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2002, the civic body is now mulling over the proposal to return the fees collected. However, the reimbursement is not voluntary but an instruction from the Deputy Director of Education given to TMC. There are over five English-medium municipal schools in Thane, and the civic body has been collecting an annual fee of Rs 1,850 from the students since 2014. As per RTI obtained by the Samiti, over 11,162 students enrolled themselves in English-medium civic schools between 2007 and 2017."TMC being a local government body has to adhere to RTE and cannot charge these students. As per our calculation, the amount is over Rs 2 crore," said Shyam Sonar, chief, Samaan Shikshan Mulbhoot Adhikaar Sangharsh Samiti. The Samiti approached the Urban Development Department in June 2017. In a letter dated November 30, 2017, signed by Dr DB Chavan, deputy director education, the TMC was asked to reimburse the amount collected. "The fees collected from TMC students from 2012-13 to 2017 should be returned after taking the necessary approvals," reads the letter obtained by the Samiti under RTI. Manish Joshi, deputy commissioner, education (TMC) said that the fees were collected as the civic-run English-medium schools do not receive grants from the government. When asked if that was the case, why the deputy director directed them to reimburse the amount, Joshi clarified, "We are collecting data about our English-medium students and getting their bank details. The proposal will be presented to TMC's general body and after approval, the amount will be transferred to students' accounts."
|2018-01-30||Thane DCP slaps activist for asking information under RTI - Moneylife|
Thane DCP slaps activist for asking information under RTI 30 January 2018 Thane’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sandip Valve, who is also First Appellate Authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has allegedly slapped and threatened an activist for seeking information about education qualifications of police officers. According to Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner, during the first hearing, the DCP allegedly slapped RTI activist Kailas Avhad. This was also noted in an order passed by Thanksy Francis Thekkekara, State Information Commissioner for Konkan Division. “There appears to be a systematic attempt to stifle transparency by some public servants. We first learnt about the Municipal Commissioner of BrihanMumbai Corporation declaring the NGO Praja and its employees ‘persona non grata’ and pompously declaring that he was withdrawing their fundamental right! And now, the DCP slapped an activist for seeking information on education qualifications of police officers,” Mr Gandhi said. On 31 January 2017, Avhad had asked information about educational qualification and certificates of Dr Rashmi Karandikar (DCP of Traffic). When he did not got any information within stipulated time, on 2 March 2017, he filed first appeal the First Appellate Authority. However, during the hearing, Mr Valve, the Appellate Authority, allegedly vent out his anger at RTI users stating that “You all RTI users harass us”. Mr Gandhi sent a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting to take stern action against such officials. In the letter, Mr Gandhi had said, “This morning I met 43-year old Kailas with his sorry experience in using RTI. While hearing a first appeal from Avhad in March 2017, the DCP was very angry that this common citizen had sought some information about education qualifications of a police officer! He boxed/slapped Kailas on his ear and threatened and abused him for using RTI. Kailas went to the Naupada police station to file a complaint but the police said they would not register a complaint against a police officer. He therefore went to the Thane Police Commissioner’s office and gave a written complaint. Despite giving this to the collector, home department, DGP, Information Commission, CM’s office, and Governor’s office, no first information report (FIR) was filed, nor was any action taken! The common RTI user was being humiliated.” When Avadh moved for Second Appeal, the State Information Commission, on 11 January 2018 held that since the information asked voluminous and cannot be provided within 30 days, and thus is not required to be supplied to the applicant. “The applicant should be provided the information for point no.1 only and for his other points he have to file another application with the PIO,” Ms Thekkekara said. She also directed Thane’s Commissioner of Police to transfer all appeals pending before DCP Valve and relieve him from acting as FAA by appointing another DCP as First Appellate Authority immediately. Avhad in his other RTI application found that the close circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in police stations are switched on and off as per direction from the officer. “The common RTI user was being humiliated. Is this the selective and arbitrary transparency being brought about with CCTVs? Nine months later the Information Commissioner has recorded this sordid and shameful tale. I am hoping citizens and media will take up these issues of attacks on RTI users seriously and stop this vicious attack on the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 (1) (a),” Mr Gandhi says. Mr Gandhi has requested the authority that FIR must be registered and appropriate action taken against the DCP. And he has also asked the Maharashtra CM and Home Secretary to ensure the safety of Kailas Avhad and warn all public officials to treat citizens with respect.
|2018-01-29||Thane: Woman caught peddling ganja - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Woman caught peddling ganja Jan 29, 2018 08:00 am Bhayandar: Sleuths of the Mira Road police have arrested a 20-year-old woman on charges of peddling ganja in the region. Acting on a tip-off, a police team under the supervision of Senior Police Inspector- Vasant Labdhe raided a hutment near Shivar Garden on Sunday and apprehended the accused identified as-Shaida alias Sapna (20). Although a small quantity of ganja weighing 200 grams was recovered from her possession, the investigating team has not ruled out her involvement in a much bigger racket. The accused has been booked under the relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, police said.
|2018-01-29||Thane: MBMC fails to renew medical policies of its 1500-odd staff - Free Press Journal|
Thane: MBMC fails to renew medical policies of its 1,500-odd staff Jan 29, 2018 08:16 am Bhayandar: In a shocking revelation, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) which boasts of a 1,562 crore annual budget has failed to renew the medical policy of its 1,500-odd employees. The policy’s stand in a lapse mode for more than 10 months. This startling reality came to light, when leakage from a chlorine gas cylinder at a waterworks in Bhayandar landed seven MBMC employees including five fire fighters in hospital on Republic Day eve. While four of them were discharged after treatment, Jagdish Patil, Santosh Mashaal and Sanjay Mhatre were shifted to the ICU of Thunga Hospital as they were found to be suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. All were discharged after their condition stabled on Saturday evening. However, the kin of the firemen were shocked to learn that medical insurance policies worth Rs 2 lakh was in lapse mode since April 20, 2017 as the MBMC had failed to renew the cashless mediclaim system. “Uninterrupted cashless mediclaim facilities and that too, not less than Rs 5 lakh is needed, we hope that the civic chief would look into our grievances and give the department its due credit,” said chief fire officer Prakash Borade.Although the civic administration claims to have shouldered the responsibility of clearing the hospital dues, the incident has exposed the apathy of officials and the ruling governance towards the well-being of its own staffers. “The undue delay is a result of high rates quoted by aspiring bidders. Tenders have been recalled and will be finalized soon. As a stop gap arrangement medical expenses are currently reimbursed to employees,” said deputy civic chief Vijay Kumar Mhasaal.
|2018-01-29||Thane building collapse: Illegal constructions were rampant, - India Today|
Thane building collapse: Illegal constructions were rampant, January 29, 2018 UPDATED 21:45 IST Says witness Thane, Jan 29 (PTI) A prosecution witness in the 2013 Shil-Daighar building collapse case today told a local court that illegal constructions were rampant in the premises and officials of the civic body were informed about it. The witness Sharad Patil deposed before District Judge V V Bambarde, who is hearing the case. In the Shil-Daighar building collapse in April 2013, 74 people were killed while over 60 injured. Patil informed the court that he had repeatedly brought to the notice of the senior officials of the Thane Municipal Corporation about the rampant illegal constructions in the Lucky Compound premise located in the Shil-Daighar area. The officials, however, did not respond, Patil told the judge. The main witness in the case told the court last week that he had warned the civic authorities about the impending danger due to the construction of substandard and unauthorised structure. PTI COR NRB KJ
|2018-01-29||Hosps, markets, edu institutes on TMC radar for Swachh survey - Times of India|
Hosps, markets, edu institutes on TMC radar for Swachh survey Updated: Jan 29, 2018, 22:44 IST Thane: The civic administration is conducting a time-bound fact-finding survey to evaluate the standards of hygiene and sanitation in hospitals, public markets, hotels and education institutes and rank them on the basis of the basic cleanliness levels. Special teams will conduct a physical verification of the premises and ratings will be awarded on the basis of their findings and the self-assessment forms handed over to those in-charge of the private hospitals or other commercial units. TMC sanitation officer, Shivraj Kamble told TOI, "To help us cover maximum ground in a limited span, we have equally divided the city area where our teams will be visiting and the plan is to award the cleanest establishment in each ward. The Naupada, Railadevi, Kalwa, Diva, Wagle Estate and Vartak Nagar are some of the wards where we will carry out and inspection.'' He added that the measure scale for raking of the hospitals will be based on the initiatives taken to deal with waste segregation, maintenance of toilets in the hospitals, cleanliness of the vicinity, hygiene maintained by the staff, sanitation, condition of beds and more.Kamble said the participating units were sent a questionnaire revolving around cleanliness in their premises after which a team of officials visited the spot. Charusheela Pandit, the acting head of solid waste management department said, "We had distributed the self-assessment forms to all the applicants in the first week of January which comprised of general yes/no questions. Then, we started randomly inspecting every establishment from schools and colleges to hospitals and have even begun reviewing vegetable markets." Of the 10 hospitals reviewed in Naupda area, Bedekar hospital bagged the first prize, followed by Dr Godbole's Heart Care and the Horizon hospital in Bhaskar colony. "This type of an initiative is not only a responsible citizen activity but it also motivates the employees of the organization to keep their environment clean. This attitude percolates in the minds of the staff and they are likely to apply this concept elsewhere. So, there is not only recognition for the work done but also motivation to do better, said Dr Mahesh Bedekar."
|2018-01-29||Four acquitted in power theft case after 15 years | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Four acquitted in power theft case after 15 years Jan 29, 2018, 11:46 IST THANE: Fifteen years after four shopkeepers from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi who were tried for in power theft case,were given the benefit of doubt and acquitted by the district court here recently. The District Judge PP Jadhav observed that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove the charges under sections 135 and 138 of the Electricity Act, 2003, and they needed to be set free. The four- Mujafar Husain Juman, 36, Sayeed Ahmed Indris, 40, Meraj Mohammad Badalu Bahilim, 35, and Keshavprasad Shrisomaee Sharma, 50- got the benefit of doubt and were set free. The prosecutor told the court that it was on July 07,2003 a team of officials of the MSEB lead by Deputy Engineer attached to the Pune Rural Flying Squad carried out inspection in the Riyasat Compound of Bhiwandi. While inspection, the team allegedly found that in the powerloom factory owned by one Ijaj Ahmad, at the compound there were two power meters one of single phase and another of three phases and the connections were in the name of one Shafik Ahmad Sirajul Haq Shaikh. On inspection of those meters, it was found that the meters were tampered. Also, there were cut-outs connected to incoming wires of the meters. The sanctioned load of the meter was 10 hp. At the time of visit connected load was 26 hp. The display digits in the meter were found tampered along with some other irregularities. The wheel in the meter recording consumption was tampered with whereby consumption was not being recorded in the meter. The team members carried out a detail spot and assessed the theft as electricity as 34361 valued at Rs 1.39 lakh and an offence was registered with the Shantinagar police station at Bhiwandi. Appearing for the accused Advocate Amaresh Jadhav contested the case and stated that the four were not at all involved in the crime and not stolen power at all. They were falsely roped in the case they alleged and hence sought acquittal. The prosecution has not proved any charge the defence counsel stated. The judge in his order noted, "The prosecution has not examined any other witness to establish the connection of accused to those shops. Admittedly the consumer Shafik Ahmad Sirajul Haq Shaikh in whose name the meter was standing is not made accused in this case. The person who was running the powerloom factory namely Ijaj Ahmad is also not made accused in this case. Present accused came to be arrested and charge sheeted on the allegations that the shops in which direct supply was provided from the powerloom factory were belonging to them. However, the prosecution has neither produced nor proved any document to show that those shops were belonging to the present accused. Even if evidence of the two prosecution witnesses is accepted as it is, there is nothing on record to establish the connection between the present accused, shops in which supply was given and the theft of electricity and acquitted the accused of all the charges.
|2018-01-28||Over 300 new leprosy cases in Thane district - Times of India|
Over 300 new leprosy cases in Thane district Jan 28, 2018, 05:32 IST THANE: Leprosy appears to be rearing its head again with the detection of more than 300 new cases in various parts of Thane district during a state-sponsored campaign in 2017 to check the spread of the contagious disease. The teams, which surveyed slums pockets and hamlets across the district, identified 314 leprosy cases, with the highest being the tribal taluka of Shahapur and Bhiwandi rural area. The findings have set-off alarm bells in the public health department as it rubbishes the claims of complete eradication of leprosy and has revealed the prevalence of the deadly bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. "Many areas of Thane rural have been affected by leprosy cases, mainly due to lack of awareness, '' said Dr. Shrikant Babhulgaonkar, assistant director of leprosy in Thane and Palghar district. On the occasion of the World Leprosy Day on January 28, the district health machinery is working on mitigation plans under the Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC) to create widespread awareness about the disease. Meanwhile, health activists working for the rehabilitation of leprosy-affected patients have blamed the state public health machinery for doing away with the specialized team trained to treat patients and prevent its spread.
|2018-01-28||Petrol bombs hurled at theatres screening Padmaavat in Thane, Muzaffarnagar and Muzaffarpur - India Today|
Petrol bombs hurled at theatres screening Padmaavat in Thane, Muzaffarnagar and Muzaffarpur January 28, 2018 UPDATED 23:33 IST Some unidentified men yesterday hurled what is suspected to be a petrol bomb outside the Bhanu Sagar Talkies cinema complex in Thane, Mumbai. The cinema complex, housing a banquet hall as well, was screening Padmaavat at 9:10 pm when the suspected petrol bomb was hurled. The show was due to end at 9:20 pm. Police suspects the motive behind the incident was to scare cinema goers and restrain them from watching Padmaavat. The movie has had approximately 60 per cent occupancy in the cinema screens and multiplexes where it’s been running despite the ban in some states and not being run in some places due to security concerns. The Kalyan police, after being informed by the cinema hall management, managed to pull out CCTV footage of the miscreants from the housing complex nearby. The footage shows the two accused arriving on a scooter and then throwing something that caused an explosion. The police then collected some glass pieces from the spot, leading them to believe that it could be a petrol bomb that was thrown. The police have no lead as yet about the accused but CCTV footages from some nearby locations are being scanned to get a clear picture of the two accused and the registration plate of the vehicle used. Another similar incident took place at Chandra Talkies Theater in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh yesterday. In an attempt to set the theatre screening Padmaavat on fire, two unidentified men who arrived on a bike, threw a petrol bomb inside it. The theatre is one of the three cinema halls showing the movie, Circle Officer Harish Bhadhoria said. A third incident was reported today from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, where three petrol bombs were thrown at Shyam Cinema Hall that was screening Padmaavat. The incident was reported by the theater manager Mukesh Sinha to the police, who arrived at location soon.
|2018-01-28||three ambulances burnt: Three ambulances destroyed in fire at ... - Times of India|
Three ambulances destroyed in fire at Thane hospital Updated: Jan 28, 2018, 18:32 IST THANE: A fire that broke out in the premises of the Thane Civil Hospital destroyed four vehicles, including three ambulances, parked here on Sunday evening, civic officials said. Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation, said that a fire broke out around 4pm in one of the vehicles and it soon engulfed three ambulances and a jeep, PTI adds.He informed that the vehicles were parked near the ICU, adding that fire engines soon arrived and doused the flames.He said the cause of the fire was being probed and added that ownership details of the vehicles could not be ascertained as they were completely burnt down.
|2018-01-28||Woman molested on Konark Express - India Today|
Woman molested on Konark Express January 29, 2018 UPDATED 00:05 IST Thane, Jan 28 (PTI) An 18-year-old woman was allegedly molested in the wee hours today on an Mumbai-bound express train, Railway Police said. The victim tweeted to police about her "harassment by an unidentified molester" while she was travelling in the Konark Express, Senior Police Inspector Uttam Sonawane of Thane Railway police station told PTI. "Following the tweet, a case under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC was registered. Police visited her residence in Nallasopara (in neighbouring Palghar district) and recorded her statement," the officer said quoting the tweet. The accused boarded the train at Thane station, allegedly touched the woman inappropriately and tried to push her out, another police official said, adding that the alleged incident occurred near the basin in the compartment. The man fled after the woman raised the alarm, following which other passengers rushed to her aid. PTI CORR NRB NSK
|2018-01-28||Thane Man Tells Court He Had Warned Authorities Before 2013 ... - Outlook India|
Thane Man Tells Court He Had Warned Authorities Before 2013 Building Collapse That Killed 74 28 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 6:53 PM The main witness of the 2013 Shil- Daighar building collapse, which killed 74 persons and left over 60 injured, has told a local court in Thane that he had warned civic authorities about the impending danger due to construction of substandard and unauthorised structures. The main witness, Mangal Patil, was examined by Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hire and cross-examined last week by defence counsel MZG alias Baba Shaikh. He told District Judge V V Bambarde that he had warned the civic officials about the impending danger posed due to the construction of the substandard and unauthorised structures. In the Shil-Daighar building collapse in April 2013, 74 persons were killed while over 60 injured. On certain occasions, Patil said that he went to the meet top civic officials but was unable meet them. The court is trying 27 accused and the hearing will continue tomorrow.
|2018-01-28||Railway megablock on Thane-Kalyan corridor - Times of India|
Railway megablock on Thane-Kalyan corridor Jan 28, 2018, 13:49 IST MUMBAI: There will be a megablock on Central Railway main line from Thane to Kalyan on down fast line from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Sunday. The down fast and semi-fast services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai from 09.25am to 2.54pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts. Down fast trains beyond Thane will be diverted on down slow line between Thane and Kalyan halting at all stations and will arrive to their destination 20 minutes behind schedule. The up fast/semi fast line services leaving Kalyan station from 10.37am to 3.06pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive to their destination 15 minutes behind schedule. All down and up slow locals leaving/arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 11am to 5pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule. Harbour Line rail block may inconvenience commuters Brace for a rail block on the Harbour Line between Kurla and Vashi from 11.10am to 4.10pm. This could cause inconvenience to the commuters travelling from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai. Special local trains will run on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Kurla and Vashi - Panvel sections during the block period. Harbour Line passengers are also permitted to travel via Trans-Harbour/Main Line from 10am to 4.30pm. Due to these blocks, suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. "Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling on footboard, rooftop of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains," said an official. "These maintainence blocks are essential for infrastructure upkeep and safety," he added. No day block on WR suburban section today There will be no day block on the Western Railway suburban section on Sunday. To carry out maintenance work of tracks, signal and overhead equipment, a block of 3 hours each was undertaken from 11.45pm to 2.45am on up fast line and from 1.30am till 4.30am on Sunday on the down fast line between Vasai Road and Vaitarna, an official said. During the block, all up and down mail and express trains were delayed by 15 to 30 minutes. "Since we carried out an overnight rail block, we are not having a jumbo block during daytime," an official stated.
|2018-01-28||Man molests teen on train, jumps off at Thane station - Times of India|
Man molests teen on train, jumps off at Thane station Jan 29, 2018, 03:28 IST THANE: A 19-year-old student from a Malad college was allegedly molested by an unidentified man outside the lavatory of an AC coach of the Mumbai-bound Konark Express in the early hours of Sunday. The police said that the man also tried to drag her out of the compartment. But when she raised an alarm, some passengers came to her aid and the assailant jumped off the train that was pulling out of Thane station. The victim, who belongs to a middle-class family and stays with her parents in the western suburbs, shared her ordeal on a social networking website after which the Railway Police registered an FIR. Officials are perusing CCTV footage and said they have some leads. The first-year Arts student was returning home from Odisha and was travelling with her elder sister.After the girl tweeted about her ordeal, the Railway Police met her at her home and recorded her statement. "We are in the process of registering a molestation case under Section 354 of the IPC. We got the description of the accused and are drawing his sketch. We are confident of nabbing him soon. CCTV footage of Thane and other stations where the train had halted is also being verified to track the accused," said Uttam Sonawane, senior inspector of Thane railway police. Activists have demanded that the railway administration scale up security measures at the station and deployment of personnel on trains during odd hours to discourage robbers and sex pests from targeting passengers. In 2014, an elderly woman was killed after a man tried to snatch her purse while she was trying to alight at Thane station.
|2018-01-28||Three ambulances destroyed in fire at Thane hospital - Business Standard|
Three ambulances destroyed in fire at Thane hospital Thane Last Updated at January 28, 2018 17:55 IST Four vehicles, including three ambulances, parked in the premises of the Thane civil hospital here were destroyed in a fire today evening, civic officials said. Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation, said that a fire broke out around 4pm in one of the vehicles and it soon engulfed three ambulances and a jeep. He informed that the vehicles were parked near the ICU, adding that fire engines soon arrived and doused the flames. He said the cause of the fire was being probed and added that ownership details of the vehicles could not be ascertained as they were completely burnt down. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
|2018-01-27||Thane: Petrol bomb hurled outside theatre showing 'Padmaavat' - The Indian Express|
Thane: Petrol bomb hurled outside theatre showing ‘Padmaavat’ There were no reports of anyone getting injured in the incident which took place outside Bhanu Sagar theatre at 9.10 pm, Kalyan police said, adding that a police team had rushed to the spot for further probe. Thane | Published: January 28, 2018 12:27 am Unidentified miscreants hurled a petrol bomb outside a theatre showing the film “Padmaavat” at Kalyan in Thane district of Maharashtra tonight, police said. There were no reports of anyone getting injured in the incident which took place outside Bhanu Sagar theatre at 9.10 pm, Kalyan police said, adding that a police team had rushed to the spot for further probe. Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed “Padmaavat”, which released on January 25, has faced stiff opposition from Rajput groups for alleged distortion of history.
|2018-01-27||Tenements in pvt Thane complexes to be used as govt quarters ... - Business Standard|
Tenements in pvt Thane complexes to be used as govt quarters Thane Last Updated at January 27, 2018 11:50 IST Hundred tenements in the housing complexes built by private builders in the district have been handed over to the Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD), to be used a government quarters. The government has bought these tenements from the builders under a scheme. Yesterday, on the occasion of the Republic Day, Thane Guardian Minister Ekanth Shinde handed over the keys of these 100 tenements located in different housing complexes in Thane and Ulhasnagar region to Thane District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar to be given to the PWD. "This is happening in the state for the first time. Under a scheme, the government purchased these tenements-- 80 in Thane and 20 in Ulhasnagar region-- from private builders, to be used as quarters for officers," he said. In future, more such tenements will be made available in other projects too. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
|2018-01-27||Woman given triple talaq by post in Maharashtra's Thane - Times Now|
Woman given triple talaq by post in Maharashtra's Thane Updated: Jan 27, 2018 | 21:10 IST | Thane: A man has allegedly divorced his wife by giving her instant triple talaq by post in Bhiwandi town of Thane district in Maharashtra. The police have registered a case against five members of the husband's family for allegedly harassing the woman for dowry. The alleged triple talaq victim has claimed that soon after her marriage in 2016, her husband, his parents, and his brother and sister began to torture her mentally and physically, demanding that she bring Rs 50,000 from her parents. To escape the torture she left her husband's house and returned to her parents. However, On September 15, 2016, her husband sent her a declaration of instant triple talaq on a stamp paper by post. The Lok Sabha on December 28, 2017 passed a Bill that criminalises instant divorce with three years of imprisonment for Muslim husbands after the government rejected an overwhelming demand from the Opposition to refer the legislation to a Parliamentary standing committee for detailed consideration. The bill seeks to declare pronouncement of talaq-e-biddat (three pronouncements of talaq at one go) by Muslim husbands void and illegal in view of the Supreme Court verdict. The Bill makes the act of pronouncing talaq-e-biddat punishable offence. There is provision for subsistence allowance from the husband for the livelihood and daily supporting needs of the wife as also of the dependent children. The wife would also be entitled to the custody of minor children. Under the proposed law, instant triple talaq in any form --spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp -- would be illegal and void. The proposed law would be applicable to the entire country except in Jammu and Kashmir. It would make instant talaq punishable by a jail term of upto three years and a fine, and would be a cognisable, non-bailable offence. In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on August 22, 2017 had declared the divorce pratice of triple talaq 'illegal' saying it was 'void' and 'unconstitutional'.
|2018-01-27||Six women booked for assaulting policemen - Times of India|
Six women booked for assaulting policemen Jan 27, 2018, 12:34 IST THANE: At least six women have been booked for allegedly assaulting a group of policemen at Pirani Pada in Bhiwandi when the latter had gone to arrest a man in a cheating case, an officer said today. The incident took place yesterday afternoon."A team of police personnel from Bhiwandi Crime Unit and Oshiwara police station in Mumbai had gone to Pirani Pada in Bhiwandi to arrest a criminal when they were attacked by around six women," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. Police had got a tip-off that the accused Kamar Ali Jaffri, wanted in connection with a cheating and impersonation case registered with Oshiwara police station, was staying in Pirani Pada.Based on the information, a police team and Bhiwandi Crime Unit sleuths raided the locality around 2 pm and spotted him in a house, Narkar added. "When the police team was taking him into custody, a group of women attacked them. They manhandled the policemen and also tore the uniforms of some of them. The women also hurled stones at the police team in an attempt to rescue Jaffri," she added. An FIR was lodged against the women at Shanti Nagar police station and they have been booked under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty). Further investigation is on. COR NP
|2018-01-27||Lycan Thane Blakesley - Wise County Messenger|
Lycan Thane Blakesley Published Saturday, January 27, 2018 Hillary Ledford and Aaron Blakesley of Rhome announce the birth of a son, Lycan Thane Blakesley, on Jan. 23, 2018, at Wise Health System in Decatur. He weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Grandparents include John and Tracy McPherson of Rhome, William Ledford of Relham, Ala., and Kirk and Tonya Blakesley of Fort Worth. Great-grandparents are Paul and Nancy McPherson of Rhome, Ellen Seals of Rhome, Joan Conley of Fort Worth and Barbara Blakesly of San Angelo. Great-great-grandparent is Dorthy Coker of Rhome.
|2018-01-27||Thane woman files case against husband for divorcing her through letter - Hindustan Times|
Thane woman files case against husband for divorcing her through letter On November 15, 2016, the woman got a letter from her husband, in which he had written ‘talak’ thrice Updated: Jan 29, 2018 09:11 IST A 20-year-old woman has lodged a case against her husband for giving her instant ‘talak’ through post. She has also filed a case against her in-laws, alleging that they harassed and tortured her demanding Rs50,000 or a two-wheeler as dowry. The woman, a resident of Bhiwandi, got married on in 2016. She has complained that she was also was beaten up. “After continuous harassment, she went to live with her parents after six months of her marriage.” On November 15, 2016, the woman got a letter from her husband, in which he had written ‘talak’ thrice. Her husband Sardar Ahmed, in his 20s, works in a private firm. The woman approached a redressal forum. “She was counselled but the woman lodged a case,” said K Jadhav, senior police inspector from Shantinagar police station. Jadhav added, “We have not arrested anyone as both the parties will be called to record their statement.” Instant triple talak has been declared illegal by the Supreme Court.
|2018-01-26||Gas tanker overturns, halts traffic in Thane - The Hindu|
Gas tanker overturns, halts traffic in Thane JANUARY 26, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 26, 2018 04:27 IST A gas tanker overturned on the busy Ghodbunder Road in Thane on Thursday, disrupting vehicular movement on the route, an official said. No injury or casualty was reported in the mishap. “The speeding tanker overturned near the Chena creek around noon causing leakage of the gas,” said Thane’s regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam. Fire men and rescue teams rushed to the spot. The mishap affected traffic on arterial roads.
|2018-01-26||Bombay High Court relief to Thane corporation over solid waste ... - Free Press Journal|
Bombay High Court relief to Thane corporation over solid waste management Jan 26, 2018 08:36 am Mumbai: The Bombay High Court bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice P N Deshmukh has given relief to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) over solid waste management and complete ban on new construction. The High Court accepted affidavit submitted by the TMC through which the TMC administration agreed not to dump the waste on mangroves and even not on buffer zone 500 meter away from the mangroves. The court had warned TMC administration if it will not follow its instruction, TMC will face severe consequences. The TMC in its affidavit has informed the court that it has opted segregation of solid and wet waste management system formulated in 2016. The HC has slammed BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation on the same solid waste management issue and has restricted any new construction in BMC periphery. However, the HC has exempted redevelopment of dilapidated buildings, reparing, construction of new hospital, school and colleges.According to HC order, the restrictions in Mumbai will be applicable till new dumping ground will be functional which is expected to be functional in 2019.
|2018-01-25||Thane: Gas tanker overturns at Fountain hotel junction, disrupts traffic - Times of India|
Thane: Gas tanker overturns at Fountain hotel junction, disrupts traffic Jan 25, 2018, 23:52 IST THANE: All the vehicular movement heading to and fro to Borivli and Mira-Road came to a grinding halt for close to four hours as a tanker loaded with inflammable gas overturned near the Fountain hotel junction close to Chenna bridge on Thursday. No one was injured. A senior police officer said the BPCL tanker overturned causing the spillage and leakage of gas. Fire teams and rescue personnel rushed to the spot to avoid any untoward incident. All traffic movement was blocked and police team advised motorists on the Ghodbunder road to drive back towards Thane. "The BPCL truck lost the control while maneuvering a turn, resulting in the gas leakage. Fire brigade teams provided relief and took preventive measures," said Prashant Kadam, the additional superintendent of police Thane rural.The disaster management teams too were pressed into action. The technical team from the BPCL too came to the spot and all the efforts were taken to keep the site cool as even a small ignition could have triggered a blast, the police said. The BPCL team then transferred the gas to another tanker and the situation went normal, but the traffic movement was hampered badly. Motorists remained unaware of the accident, which triggered panic amongst travelers. Shourya Desai, a motorist who was stuck in traffic was clueless, she said, "The police should have immediately tweeted about the incident and alerted the motorists. I checked the twitter handle of Thane rural police but it had no tweets," Desai informed. Meanwhile, the Kashmira police inspector Vaibhav Shingare hurled abuses at photo journalists and threatened to slap false cases should they try and come near the spot. A lady officer, too, joined in and pushed the female photographer and warned them of consequences. — Nishikant Karlikar
|2018-01-25||Bombay High Court restrains Thane Tree Authority to issue orders for cutting trees - Free Press Journal|
Bombay High Court restrains Thane Tree Authority to issue orders for cutting trees Jan 25, 2018 08:46 am Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Tree Authority of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and also restrained it from issuing any order to cut down trees. The HC clearly said it would not allow the Authority to uproot a single tree, unless it is satisfied with the constitution of the panel in accordance with the law. A division bench of Justice Abay Oka and Justice Pradeep Deshmukh observed, “It appears there has been a complete non-application of mind in constituting the Tree Authority. Let us make it clear that we are not going to allow the Authority to uproot a single tree unless we are satisfied that it has been constituted in accordance with law.”
|2018-01-25||Wife-killer gets life as minor sons depose - Times of India|
Wife-killer gets life as minor sons depose Jan 25, 2018, 06:19 IST THANE: Deposition by two brothers in court nailed their father and got him a life sentence for setting ablaze their mother in Mumbra in 2013. District judge HM Patwardhan, while convicting Balasaheb Baswant (37), also awarded him life term and Rs 10,000 fine. The judge took serious note of what the two children, then studying in class 9 and 10 - narrated during their deposition in court. Prosecutor Varsha Chandane told the court that the couple quarrelled often as the man was a habitual drunkard. The prosecutor told the court was around 12.30 am on December 21, 2013 that Baswant got home drunk and got into a tiff with his wife Shobha. In a rage, he doused her with kerosene, set her afire and fled. She died of burn injuries two days later.In his deposition, one of the sons told the court that that their drunk father started beating them. The father then poured kerosene on their mother and set her ablaze, he told the court. The boys alerted their grandparents who lived nearby. As the grandparents reached the house, their father slipped out of the house, the court was told.The defence counsel said that the father was being falsely implicated. The judge, however, said there was nothing to suggest that the children were interested in falsely implicating their father.
|2018-01-25||HC stays tree-cutting in Thane as authority was set up illegally - The Hindu|
HC stays tree-cutting in Thane as authority was set up illegally MUMBAI, JANUARY 25, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 25, 2018 04:12 IST Calls for reconstitution of committee The Bombay High Court on Wednesday stayed the cutting of hundreds of trees in Thane, because the Thane Tree Authority has been illegally constituted. Individual reply sought A Division Bench of Justices Abhay Oka and P.N. Deshmukh directed each member of the Thane Municipal Corporation to file a reply along with a list of new and potential members for the reconstitution of the committee. The court also wants an explanation from the members as to how they think they are qualified to be part of the Tree Authority. Earlier hearing On December 12, 2017, the same bench had held that the Tree Authority was wrongly constituted, all the decisions it had taken stood cancelled, and that it was not permitted to cut any trees till January 24. The court had also noted that two members of NGOs and all invitees to the Tree Authority had been selected without following the required procedure. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Rohit Joshi, who actively works for protection of hills, trees and wetlands across Thane. Mr. Joshi wants the court to rectify the errors and violations of the Thane Municipal Corporation in constituting the statutory Tree Authority. Danger to conservation He said the authority has illegally appointed several non-qualified members without following due process, thereby causing serious danger to the preservation, protection and conservation of trees, which is the primary object of the Urban Tree Act.
|2018-01-25||Tanker topples on Ghodbunder Road; massive traffic jam between Mumbai and Thane - Hindustan Times|
Tanker topples on Ghodbunder Road; massive traffic jam between Mumbai and Thane Vehicular movement on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway also hit; traffic unlikely to clear before Thursday evening Updated: Jan 25, 2018 16:22 IST A loaded LPG tanker overturned on Thane’s arterial Ghodbunder Road on Thursday afternoon, leading to severe traffic jam. The accident has taken place near Fountain hotel and has blocked traffic on Ghodbunder Road as well as Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. Currently, there’s bumper-to-bumper traffic stretching four to five kilometres on Ghodbunder Road. It is unlikely to clear before evening. LPG is highly inflammable, so as a precautionary measure, fire officials at the spot have asked all motorists and commuters to switch off their mobile phones.The tanker, which was heading from Thane to Vasai, tilted and overturned while taking a sharp turn. Police are trying to clear traffic by allowing Mumbai-Thane and Mumbai-Ahmedabad traffic to alternately use the stretch of the road that is available. Two fire tenders from the Mira-Bhayander civic body are at the spot. A crane has also reached the site to move the tanker off the road, but it will take a couple of hours, so traffic will remain badly affected for a while. “The accident has hit traffic, and it will take time to clear it as the overturned tanker is full of LPG. We don’t want to do anything in a rush as it can lead to a worse accident,” said Anil Mangle, traffic police Inspector, Thane. “Traffic may not clear till evening.” Nobody was injured in the accident.
|2018-01-25||Normalcy returning on Thane road where gas tanker overturned ... - Business Standard|
Normalcy returning on Thane road where gas tanker overturned Thane Last Updated at January 25, 2018 20:10 IST The situation on Ghodbunder Road, on which traffic has been affected since today afternoon due to a gas-laden tanker turning turtle, is slowly getting back to normal, said a senior disaster management control officer. Asmita Nikam of the District Disaster Management Control Room told PTI that the situation was returning to normal and traffic was being allowed to pass through the stretch amidst heavy precaution. She said that technical experts from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, whose load the tanker was carrying, were on the spot to plug the leakage from the tanker and work might get over "anytime now". Fire brigade teams from the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation as well as from Thane are at the site along with a large deployement of police, officials said. Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell of the Thane Municipal Corporation said that there was no casualty due to the tanker mishap and, as a precaution, people in the vicinity of the accident had been asked not to use their mobile phones for fear of it leading to any further complications. He said that the tanker was carrying Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
|2018-01-25||Thane has highest number of transgender voters in Maharashtra - India Today|
Thane has highest number of transgender voters in Maharashtra January 25, 2018 UPDATED 18:25 IST Thane, Jan 25 (PTI) Thane district has the maximum number of transgender voters enrolled among all the districts of the state, Thane Collector Mahendra Kalyankar said today. He was speaking at a function held here on the occasion of National Voters Day. He informed that out of 1,847 transgender voters in the state, Thane had 330 such voters. Farogue Mukadam, Deputy Election Officer of the district, said that Thane now had a total of 50,27,007 eligible voters. The official informed that a total of 2,11,000 new voters had enrolled themselves in the past one year. She said that 2,186 voters had also enrolled online from the armed forces. The function, which was held at the RG Gadkari Rangayatan here, was attended by top bureaucrats of the district as well as cine artistes like Karisma Kapoor and Bipasha Basu, all exhorting people, especially the youth, to enrol themselves as voters. PTI COR BNM
|2018-01-25||State plans forensic lab in dist to speed up crime probe - Times of India|
State plans forensic lab in dist to speed up crime probe Jan 25, 2018, 21:55 IST Thane: The state government plans to set up a forensic science laboratory in Thane to speed up the probe useful in securing scientific evidence in criminal cases in a short period of time.According to the government resolution issued by the state home department on Wednesday there is need of one such forensic laboratary for Thane district as well as Palghar due to increased work on the other laboratories and to ensure that their reports are made available at the earliest which results in speedy disposal of cases. It is learnt that there are already eight such laboratories operational in the state which include, the ones in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, and Kolhapur. The state government has also allotted a sum of Rs 1.62 crore, which includes rent for temporary accommodation and the accessories required for the operations of the laboratory. A senior police officer added that most of the investigations are scientific-based and solely rely on the reply of forensic reports and at times, the period consumed for sending and receiving the reports delays the whole probe of a particular case. Sandeep Bhajibhakre, deputy commissioner of police, said that there are forensic testings of physical, biological, chemical and electronic samples, which put in extra load on the existing infrastructure and at times delays probe and filing of chargesheets in the court.
|2018-01-25||Thane: FIR lodged against officer for 'sexually harassing' two woman ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: FIR lodged against officer for ‘sexually harassing’ two woman constables On Wednesday, two women constables had been turned away from the Thane Nagar police station where they had gone to lodge an FIR alleging sexual harassment by police inspector Namdeo Shinde. Mumbai | Published: January 26, 2018 4:22 am THE Thane police have filed an FIR against an inspector of the reserved police force after his subordinates accused him of sexual harassment. While the officer was called in for procedural inquiries Thursday, according to sources, no arrest has been made yet. On Wednesday, two women constables had been turned away from the Thane Nagar police station where they had gone to lodge an FIR alleging sexual harassment by police inspector Namdeo Shinde. “We had filed a complaint with the commissioner’s office in November, after which an internal inquiry had been set up. Even though the final report was in our favour, the police refused to file an FIR,” said one of the victims. On Thursday, an FIR was registered against Shinde. “We have lodged a case of harassment and intimidation against him. He has been called for interrogation and we will call him again,” said a police officer. The complaint handed over by the women to the joint commissioner of police in November included a detailed description of the harassment. However, people close to Shinde believe he has been targeted. “He has spent 30 years in police force. He is very simple, albeit strict. He has daughters as old as some of these constables. Why will he suddenly start preying on them,” said one his colleagues, who did not wish to be named. The 52-year-old has been accused of both physical and verbal abuse. According to the complaint by the woman constables, he used to allegedly ask for sexual favours from them. If denied, he would allegedly give them difficult shift-hours and also ask them to meet him in his antechamber. “He had even locked the antechamber from outside after asking a woman colleague to walk in. He used to brush past us while we would be relaxing or drinking tea and would touch us inappropriately,” stated the victims’ complaint. According to the investigating officer of the internal inquiry, DCP Dr Priyanka Narnaware, more than 10 women had come up to her during investigation. “It is possible that so many others didn’t come forward as he used to intimidate them, based on his position and his power as the one deciding their duties,” said Narnaware. “While the investigation started in November, it took us so long to finish because we went through each and every piece of evidence. The accused should be booked and even suspended or sent on mandatory leave until the investigation gets over,” she said. The Thane Nagar police, however, are yet to record statements. “We will call all the parties involved. We are following the procedure and no stone shall remain unturned in the investigation of this case,” said senior inspector Mandar Dharmadhikari.
|2018-01-25||Commuter-safety steps at Thane station post survey yet to be taken - Times of India|
Commuter-safety steps at Thane station post survey yet to be taken Jan 25, 2018, 21:54 IST Thane: Thane and Navi Mumbai stations are yet to implement recommendations of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that had jointly surveyed all railway stations following the September 28 tragedy at Elphinstone Road railway station raising questions if the authorities are serious about passenger safety. A review by the Central Railway (CR) revealed that none of the 15 measures, nine at Thane and six at Navi Mumbai, have been implemented for passenger safety at these stations. The MDT comprising of municipal, police and railway officials among others had surveyed the stations, especially those which had a high passenger density and identified potential problem areas and also suggested remedial measures. Nearly 72 such suggestions were mentioned for various stations across Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai.Some of the prominent measures for Thane suburban stations included a skywalk at Kalwa station and Vitawa to the Thane station, fencing at the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (Satis), foot overbridge (FOB) at Diva and removal of encroachments from 150m of platforms. While that at Navi Mumbai includes developing adequate landings for bridges at Mansariovar and Kharghar, relocation of shops from stations including removals of hawkers and garbage from premises of select stations where the problems still persist. The remedial measures for far flung suburbs like Ambernath, Badlapur and Ulhasnagar have also not been worked upon while just one of the seven measures for Kalyan has been taken up. "There has been no action on the remedial measures suggested by the expert panel. It seems the administration is callous about the safety of passengers and is yet to learn from the tragedy of the Elphinstone Road station that claimed several lives. It is high time, the authorities learnt a lesson and took up corrective measures," complained a local railway activist. Meanwhile, municipal and railway officials said they were working on the projects and it could take some time for these measures to be implemented. "The suggestions are not time bound but we have started work on the most urgent ones. The decisions for taking up the remedial works is a joint responsibility and not just with the corporation or the railways. Both the agencies are working towards ensuring passenger safety. There is a meeting between railway and civic authorities next week," said a municipal official. The suggestions by the multi-disciplinary team are not time bound but we have started work on the most urgent ones. The decisions for taking up the remedial works is a joint responsibility and not just with the civic body or railways. Both the agencies are working towards ensuring passenger safety. There is a meeting between railway and civic authorities next week
|2018-01-25||Thane has highest number of transgender voters in Maharashtra - Business Standard|
Thane has highest number of transgender voters in Maharashtra Thane Last Updated at January 25, 2018 18:25 IST Thane district has the maximum number of transgender voters enrolled among all the districts of the state, Thane Collector Mahendra Kalyankar said today. He was speaking at a function held here on the occasion of National Voters Day. He informed that out of 1,847 transgender voters in the state, Thane had 330 such voters. Farogue Mukadam, Deputy Election Officer of the district, said that Thane now had a total of 50,27,007 eligible voters. The official informed that a total of 2,11,000 new voters had enrolled themselves in the past one year. She said that 2,186 voters had also enrolled online from the armed forces. The function, which was held at the RG Gadkari Rangayatan here, was attended by top bureaucrats of the district as well as cine artistes like Karisma Kapoor and Bipasha Basu, all exhorting people, especially the youth, to enrol themselves as voters.
|2018-01-24||Aaditya Thackeray launches first ever Digi-city platform in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Aaditya Thackeray launches first ever Digi-city platform in Thane Jan 24, 2018 08:22 am Thane: The newly-appointed Shiv Sena party leader Aaditya Thackeray inaugurated the first ever Digi-city platform of Thane after getting promoted in his party. As a leader, Aaditya launched this project and claimed that he aims to achieve maximum development in this new role and it is a huge responsibility bestowed upon him by the party. He was speaking in Thane at the launch of Digi-Thane on Tuesday. Thane city becomes the first digital city in the country with the launch of its digital platform Digi Thane. The Digi Thane application and Digi card will bring corporation, government and commercial services on one platform. It will also bring about interaction and integration of the residents in the government functioning. Residents can pay their taxes, book movie tickets, theatres or even shop through this app launched by the corporation.
|2018-01-24||HC stays tree-cutting in Thane as authority was set up illegally - The Hindu|
HC stays tree-cutting in Thane as authority was set up illegally MUMBAI, JANUARY 25, 2018 00:31 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 25, 2018 00:31 IST Calls for reconstitution of committee The Bombay High Court on Wednesday stayed the cutting of hundreds of trees in Thane, because the Thane Tree Authority has been illegally constituted. Individual reply sought A Division Bench of Justices Abhay Oka and P.N. Deshmukh directed each member of the Thane Municipal Corporation to file a reply along with a list of new and potential members for the reconstitution of the committee. The court also wants an explanation from the members as to how they think they are qualified to be part of the Tree Authority. Earlier hearing On December 12, 2017, the same bench had held that the Tree Authority was wrongly constituted, all the decisions it had taken stood cancelled, and that it was not permitted to cut any trees till January 24. The court had also noted that two members of NGOs and all invitees to the Tree Authority had been selected without following the required procedure. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Rohit Joshi, who actively works for protection of hills, trees and wetlands across Thane. Mr. Joshi wants the court to rectify the errors and violations of the Thane Municipal Corporation in constituting the statutory Tree Authority. Danger to conservation He said the authority has illegally appointed several non-qualified members without following due process, thereby causing serious danger to the preservation, protection and conservation of trees, which is the primary object of the Urban Tree Act.
|2018-01-24||New electric buses finish mandatory tests - Times of India|
New electric buses finish mandatory tests Jan 24, 2018, 22:28 IST Thane: The first electric-powered bus to be operated by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has successfully completed the first of its mandatory tests and is likely to be inducted in the fleet latest by March.A prototype of the bus that was sent to China for testing has now arrived at JNPT. Officials said the bus will now be sent to a Chennai-based agency to ascertain its fitness and adaptability on Indian roads following which it will be inducted on the city streets. "The prototype of the bus had to undergo a few fitness tests, including checks on brakes and power charging sustenance. The vehicles were shipped from the manufacturing unit in China. Other tests will be done at the local level before pressing them into service," said a senior official from TMC. The 32-seater buses will be air-conditioned with free WiFi services and GPS-enabled technology. Officials said introduction of these buses is the first step towards operating ecofriendly transportation in the city. The emission level of the buses is zero as they do not emit smoke or make any noise either. The city already shows high levels of air and noise pollution levels and starting these buses seems to be the first step in the right direction.
|2018-01-24||2nd assailant, Thane man held in Shah murder case - Times of India|
2nd assailant, Thane man held in Shah murder case Updated: Jan 24, 2018, 08:39 IST PUNE: The city police arrested the second assailant in the murder of property developer Deven Shah at Rajaram bridge, off Sinhagad Road, on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, the police arrested a man from Thane for having harboured the two assailants and seized two firearms from his house. The Sinhagad Road police nabbed the second assailant, Rahul Shivtare (40), around 11pm after getting a tipoff that he was coming to Rajaram bridge. Shivtare, a resident of Navi Peth, was on the run for around 10 days. On Sunday, the police had arrested the other assailant, Ravi Chorge (41), from Jalgaon. Chorge is a resident of Manikbaug, Sinhagad Road. Deputy commissioner of police (zone I) Basavraj Teli told TOI that the Sinhagad road police will hand over Shivtare to their Deccan Gymkhana counterparts.Chorge and Shivtare had fired five bullets at the 52-year-old Shah late on the night of January 13 in the parking area of his residence at Sayali Apartments in lane no. 7, off Prabhat Road. Two bullets hit Shah and he later died at a private hospital.Around 3am on Tuesday, the Deccan Gymkhana police arrested Surendra Shyamkar Pal (36) from his apartment in Azadnagar, Thane. The police said Pal had harboured Chorge and Shivtare after the murder. The police seized the two pistols used in the crime from the apartment. Senior inspector Ajay Kadam said that during his custodial interrogation, Chorge had revealed the places visited by him and Shivtare after the murder and also that they had kept the pistols with Pal. Kadam said Pal was arrested for not informing the police about Chorge and Shivtare visiting and leaving their weapons there. "The two stayed with Pal before moving to another hideout. Pal is a criminal on the records of the Thane police. He has two cases against him — body offence and gambling. However, despite the arrests, the police are yet to reach a conclusion over the motive behind Shah's murder apart from the prima facie observation that it was a fallout of a dispute over money. Both Chorge and Shivtare are real estate agents and were involved in a land deal with Shah, for which they wanted an enhanced commission. They were pursuing this demand with Shah for the last 12 months.
|2018-01-24||Thane: Two woman constables say sexually harassed by senior, no FIR yet - The Indian Express|
Thane: Two woman constables say sexually harassed by senior, no FIR yet According to the victims, both constables with the Thane police, an inspector was allegedly subjecting them to sexual harassment. Mumbai | Published: January 25, 2018 2:23 am Two woman constables from Thane have been trying to lodge a First Information Report against their senior for alleged sexual harassment. Despite an internal inquiry confirming the crime, the FIR has not been registered. According to the victims, both constables with the Thane police, an inspector was allegedly subjecting them to sexual harassment. The victims, along with some other constables, had approached the police commissioner in November 2017, after which an internal inquiry was set up as per the Vishakha guidelines, sources said. The investigating officer for the inquiry, DCP (HQ1) Dr Priyanka Narnavare, said, “According to my investigation, the inspector from the Reserved Police Force had verbally and physically abused multiple women working under him. In fact, I believe that what came to us was just the tip of the iceberg.” Narnavare added, “I submitted my final report on January 22. I had recommended that the accused be at least transferred, as he can’t be allowed to work in an area where he had violated so many women.” However, despite the report, when the two victims tried to lodge an FIR, the Thane Nagar police station turned them away, citing busy schedule over Republic Day preparations. “We were even told that as we have complained against him to the seniors, there should be no need for an FIR. However, we were adamant,” said one of the victims. Commissioner of Thane Police Parambir Singh said, “Everything is going by the procedure. We had set up an inquiry and now that the report has confirmed that the crime has been registered, the FIR will be lodged by today or tomorrow. There’s no delay, everything is happening according to the procedure.”
|2018-01-24||FIR against senior Thane cop for sexually harassing 2 colleagues - Mumbai Mirror|
FIR AGAINST SENIOR THANE COP FOR SEXUALLY HARASSING 2 COLLEAGUES Updated: Jan 25, 2018, 04.55 AM IST About 10 women personnel testified against Namdeo Shinde in an internal enquiry. Two women constables of Thane Police lodged an FIR against a Reserve Police Inspector, after an internal complaints committee found him guilty of sexual harassment. The Thane Police instituted a full-fledged enquiry into the allegations against Namdeo Shinde, after one of the women constables lodged a written complaint with additional commissioner Makarand Ranade in November 2017. The complaint against Shinde, an administrative in-charge of the reserve police staff deployed at the Thane Police commissionerate, was forwarded to a nine-member internal complaint committee headed by deputy commissioner Dr Priyanka Narnaware.During the enquiry, about 10 women personnel came forward and testified against Shinde. They claimed that he had sexually harassed them for the past several years. According to the committee’s report, which was submitted earlier this month, Shinde would ask for sexual favours from women employees reporting to him. If they resisted, he would retaliate by harassing them in various ways during duty hours. The constables complained that apart from touching them inappropriately, he would force women staffers to prepare tea in the ante-chamber of his room and then brush against them. A few women constables also spoke about instances when he would summon them inside his room and order his other staffers to lock his room from the outside. Dr Narnaware told this newspaper that she has recommended that complaints under IPC 354 (Assault or criminal force against a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) be registered against Shinde. “I have also recommended that he should be suspended immediately and dismissed from service, as he could repeat the offences.” Sources indicated that more women could come forward to lodge FIRs against Shinde who was not sent on forced leave or suspended pending enquiry while the sexual harassment allegations were being probed. When Mirror reached out to Shinde, he denied the allegations and said they were motivated. “The only reason why such obnoxious allegations have been made against me is that I did not heed to the demands of some women staffers who wanted their duty hours and locations as per their convenience. A reserve force of 2,256 people, including 650 women staffers, reports to me, and it is impossible for one person to accede to such demands.” Shinde, 54, said he had been a policeman for 30 years and had a daughter who was of the same age as the complainants. “I was called for the enquiry when my daughter was getting married, and despite repeatedly explaining my position to the higherups, I was treated like an offender. In a force this large, there are often women who are pregnant, or have little children. Hence, I would not allocate them duties that would be difficult for them. Instead night duties were allocated to younger constables, but some of these women did not want to do the work. But I still tried to accommodate their requests. Please check the duty registers of those who have complained, and you will find that they were given easier tasks.”
|2018-01-24||Bombay High Court restrains Thane Tree Authority from ordering tree cutting - Free Press Journal|
Bombay High Court restrains Thane Tree Authority from ordering tree cutting Jan 24, 2018 05:52 pm Mumbai:The Bombay High Court today restrained the Thane Municipal Corporation’s Tree Authority from passing any order permitting cutting of trees, observing that there appears to be a non-application of mind before constituting the panel. The authority can process applications but cannot pass any order or take decisions of uprooting, transplanting or felling trees, a division bench of Justices A S Oka and P N Deshmukh said. “We cannot allow this to be done till we are satisfied that the authority has been constituted in accordance with law,” the bench said.The court said, however, in case of emergencies which involve the safety of people or property, the Thane municipal commissioner can take a decision to cut a tree. “We want to save the trees. There appears to be gross non-application of mind before constituting this authority. We hope the Thane civic body takes this matter seriously,” Justice Oka said. The court passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Rohan Joshi. The petition has highlighted how the councillors and others appointed to the tree authority are not educated adequately in subjects related to trees. The petition claimed that only three members of the committee are graduates in science/botany/agriculture fields, while others have lower educational qualification and mostly have political patronage. The PIL also argued that in order to achieve the objectives of the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975, it is incumbent that the tree authority be reconstituted. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on February 21.
|2018-01-23||Demolition Drive: Thane Municipal Corporation seals illegal hotels, bars and hookah parlours - Free Press Journal|
Demolition Drive: Thane Municipal Corporation seals illegal hotels, bars and hookah parlours Jan 23, 2018 08:41 am Thane: Thane Municipal Corporation sealed almost 6 hukka parlours,lounge bars and hotels in the city and also demolished 10 illegal hotels in the city that failed to apply for the fire NOC. The first action has started in Naupada ward of Thane Corporation and in this action, the MH4 pub and bar ,dancing bottle pub, lounge 18 bar, where we met, bar index hookah parlours were sealed and additional illegal construction was demolished in the Kothari compound. The hotels that were demolished are the famous joints in the city and they are Sai Krupa at Talaopali and Purpur Kolhapur at Ghantali. The additional illegal constructions done by these hotels were demolished. The Experience terrace was demolished which is near Thane station. Durga bar near Malhar cinema and Arun palace at Jambhali naka were sealed The Jayesh bar at Ramchandrnagar was demolished and Fukrey bar at Uthalsar along with three other hotels were also demolished.
|2018-01-23||People from Kalyan, Thane, Vasai to experience new lifeline in the form of new waterway - Free Press Journal|
People from Kalyan, Thane, Vasai to experience new lifeline in the form of new waterway Jan 23, 2018 09:09 am Thane: The ever ending croud and every day traffic is a part of Mumbai and suburbs of it. To give the some relief from this everyday fight of commuters, the new creek way will have a new lifeline for them. Two MPs of the district along with municipal consultants on Monday had a boat ride on this root. The special technology will be used to remove the stones through the water way , informed the consultants. This first phase will be ready for commuters in 18 months , promised the Mp of Shivsena. On Monday, this study tour rided through the ceeek waters of Kalyan, Thane and Mumbra. “There will be 10 stops in Kalyan itself to accommodate the crowd of train and by road travelers. This new water way will go through kalyan, thane and vasai. There are yet few permissions to be taken but almost the complete formality is finished,”said shreekant shinde, MP, Shivsena. Thane district has many small creeks that joins two suburbs of the district and thus it can be used for the water way. The study tour along with consultants was to search the halts and the ways to clear the water way for the smooth ride without disturbing the environmental balance.
|2018-01-23||Book your boat ride in Thane creek from next month - The Hindu|
Book your boat ride in Thane creek from next month MUMBAI, JANUARY 22, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 22, 2018 04:33 IST During three-hour journey, experts on nature and wildlife to brief tourists on marine life, mangroves, birds Come February and bird enthusiasts in Mumbai will be able to watch winged visitors, including flamingos, in Thane creek. The mangrove cell of the forest department has decided to start a 10-km boat ride in the creek. “All permissions have been obtained and we are ready to take tourists to the dense mangrove cover from next month,” additional principal chief conservator of forests N. Vasudevan said. “We want people from the highly-commercialised Mumbai region to get a feel of the nature and environment. There is an unexplored biodiversity which we want people to see,” he said. Thane creek stretches over around 1,700 hectares from Airoli to Vashi. The mangrove covers around 900 hectares. “It would nearly be a three-hour journey facilitating the ride for 25 people in a boat. The charges are fixed at Rs. 300 per person,” Mr. Vasudevan said. “There will be another smaller boat which could travel an additional distance in the mangrove areas. The feedback is going to play a crucial role to make changes and improvements,” he said. The bookings can be made online. “The boat ride will be a treat for nature lovers. We have roped in experts on nature and wildlife who will play the role of guides,” he said. “They can explain to visitors about the existing marine life, mangroves, birds, and the abundance of flora and fauna along the creek.” In 2016, the State government had declared a large part of Thane creek as a flamingo sanctuary. It is state’s second marine sanctuary, the other one being at Sindhudurg in Konkan region. The State mangrove cell had last year set up the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre at Airoli along the creek.
|2018-01-23||Making music, all the way from Thane to Berlin - The Hindu|
Making music, all the way from Thane to Berlin MUMBAI, JANUARY 23, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 23, 2018 04:12 IST Students from EuroSchool get a chance to represent Asia and record their original song in a professional studio in Germany Only when Urvi Thakurdesai landed in Berlin did it sink in that she was on the last leg of her musical odyssey, which would bring her school and the country international laurels. The Class IX student is the lead singer of the band from EuroSchool Thane, the sole representative from Asia, to record a song for a German album Eine Welt (one world). “I still keep pinching myself to check if it was real. All the hard work of the 10-member school band, Innocence, has paid off,” Ms. Thakurdesai said. Selected from among 400 global entries, the German song, ‘ Ich bin ich (I am me)’, will feature among the 23 songs in the album. “I am eagerly waiting for the album to come out. It will be released by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in June,” she said. How it started It all began in June last year, when the school received a brochure for the German song contest, Dein Song Fuer Eine Welt ! (your song for one world). Organised by the German Federal President for Schools, the competition aims to create an album dedicated to world peace and harmony. The opportunity, the school’s German teacher, Priyangu Savla, said, was enticing. But the challenge was to create a song which was themed around global development, covering issues like racial discrimination, gender inequality, and religious discrimination. “My responsibility was to create an original composition. The song needed to have original lyrics and original voice composition, without voice enhancements. Hence, the band was set up,” Ms. Savla said. Within a couple of months, the band had composed the song, ‘ Ich Bin Ich ’, and shared it through the official platform. It bagged two honours: the jury prize and the user voting prize. In the third week of December, the band and the teacher left for Germany to record the song in a professional studio and to attend a workshop. Broadening minds For 12-year-old Tanisha Prameet Savla, the pianist on the song, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “The love and attention that we got in Berlin made us feel like stars. Wherever we went, we were addressed as the Indian band.” Representing the continent, she said, was a thrill. Doorva Pant and Vedanti Raut, the youngest members of the band, said, “The workshop on sustainable development was so informative. Meeting such lovely people from other countries, exploring their food, knowing about their culture, and exchanging thoughts was a memorable experience. We are lucky to have been part of this.” School principal Rajani Pattabhiraman said it was a proud moment that the students got a chance to showcase their talent on a global platform. “We emphasise balanced schooling, which gives our students the right mix of academic training and co-curricular development that is necessary in shaping their personalities.”
|2018-01-23||'Digi Thane' mobile application launched - Outlook India|
'Digi Thane' mobile application launched Outlook January 23, 2018 21:15 IST 'Digi Thane' mobile application launched outlookindia.com 1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530 Thane, Jan 23 Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray today launched a mobile application "Digi Thane" of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).Through the app, citizens can access the services provided by the TMC, Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said.Mayor of Israel city Tel Aviv Jaffa Ron Huldai and district guardian minister Eknath Shinde were present for the function.Huldai said he was happy that Thane was taking assistance in all forms from his country for the developments and termed it as a good sign.Aaditya Thackeray said he was happy that Tel Aviv came forward to impart its technology to Thane to help it transform into a smart-city. More from Website CBI Arrests GST Commissioner, 8 Others From Kanpur In Bribery Case Value Ties With India But Firm On ‘Sovereign Rights’, Says China J&K Govt Says Issue Of Girls Not Being Allowed To Wear Headscarf During Police Training Will Be Taken Up With DGP More from Outlook The Direct Line Doldrums And Derailed Schemes Late Seeds Of Illusion Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Next Story : HC reserves order on pleas against disqualification of 18 pro-TTV MLAs Download the Outlook Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store
|2018-01-23||Three killed in motorcycle-truck collision in Thane - The Tribune|
Three killed in motorcycle-truck collision in Thane Posted at: Jan 23, 2018, 12:17 PM; last updated: Jan 23, 2018, 12:17 PM (IST) Thane, January 23 Three people were killed when their motorcycle collided with a trailer truck in the Bhiwandi township here in the wee hours on Tuesday, police said. The victims were on way to Bhiwandi when the truck coming from the opposite direction collided with their two-wheeler at Kawad Phata around 1 am, a police official said. The three people died on the spot, he said, adding that the bodies were sent to the IGM Hospital for postmortem. The deceased were identified as Alag Nazir Hussain (23), Mohammad Anwar Ansari (20) and Samir Farooq Ansari (20), he said. The Bhiwandi taluka police have registered offences against the unidentified truck driver under relevant IPC sections for causing death by negligence and rash driving, and also under the Motor Vehicles Act, he added. — PTI.
|2018-01-23||Second assailant, Thane man held in Deven Shah murder case - Times of India|
Second assailant, Thane man held in Deven Shah murder case Jan 24, 2018, 00:12 IST Pune: The city police arrested the second assailant in the murder of property developer Deven Shah at Rajaram bridge, off Sinhagad Road, on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, the police arrested a man from Thane for having harboured the two assailants and seized two firearms from his house. The Sinhagad Road police nabbed the second assailant, Rahul Shivtare (40), around 11pm after getting a tip-off that he was coming to Rajaram bridge. Shivtare, a resident of Navi Peth, was on the run for around 10 days. On Sunday, the police had arrested the other assailant, Ravi Chorge (41), from Jalgaon. Chorge is a resident of Manikbaug, Sinhagad Road. Deputy commissioner of police (zone I) Basavraj Teli told TOI that the Sinhagad road police will hand over Shivtare to their Deccan Gymkhana counterparts. Chorge and Shivtare had fired five bullets at the 52-year-old Shah late on the night of January 13 in the parking area of his residence at Sayali Apartments in lane no. 7, off Prabhat Road. Two bullets hit Shah and he later died at a private hospital. Around 3am on Tuesday, the Deccan Gymkhana police arrested Surendra Shyamkar Pal (36) from his apartment in Azadnagar, Thane. The police said Pal had harboured Chorge and Shivtare after the murder. The police seized the two pistols used in the crime from the apartment. Senior inspector Ajay Kadam said that during his custodial interrogation, Chorge had revealed the places visited by him and Shivtare after the murder and also that they had kept the pistols with Pal. Kadam said Pal was arrested for not informing the police about Chorge and Shivtare visiting and leaving their weapons there. "The two stayed with Pal before moving to another hideout. Pal is a criminal on the records of the Thane police. He has two cases against him — body offence and gambling. However, despite the arrests, the police are yet to reach a conclusion over the motive behind Shah's murder apart from the prima facie observation that it was a fallout of a dispute over money. Both Chorge and Shivtare are real estate agents and were involved in a land deal with Shah, for which they wanted an enhanced commission. They were pursuing this demand with Shah for the last 12 months.
|2018-01-23||Thane: Mechanic dies after blast in AC compressor - Times of India|
Thane: Mechanic dies after blast in AC compressor Updated: Jan 24, 2018, 03:03 IST THANE: A 24-year-old technician, who used to repair air-conditioners, died in a compressor blast at a gymnasium in Thane's Vasant Vihar on Tuesday evening. He sustained severe burns after the compressor of a split AC unit exploded. His three colleagues suffered minor burns. The incident took place around 6pm on the the first-floor parapet of the private fitness centre located in a commercial complex near Siddhanchal Club House."Sageer Ansari was filling compressed gas in the AC unit while his three colleagues-Golu Choudhary (19), Aavnish Mourya (24) and Ankit Singh (20)-were on the ground floor. Prima facie, it appears that the blast took place due to high pressure of the gas that was being filled. Ansari was critically injured. The other three too sustained injuries as some parts of the compressor fell on them," said Santosh Kadam, chief of Thane Regional Disaster Management Cell. Fire brigade officials said they got a call from locals.
|2018-01-23||20-year-old dead, three injured in Thane car accident | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
20-year-old dead, three injured in Thane car accident Driver lost control of car after it went over puddle of oil on the road, police say. Mumbai | Published: January 24, 2018 4:19 am A 20-year-old man died and two others suffered serious injuries in a car accident on Ghodbundar road in Thane. According to the police, the accident occurred after the car, which was carrying four people, suddenly lost control when it went over an oil spill on the road. The car, a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, was on Ghodbundar road near Wonder Mall when it went over a mixture of oil and coolant spill, possibly from a tanker, the police said. “The driver tried to control the car, and in that process, rammed into the divider. All four people in the car, including the driver, were rushed to the local hospital, from where they were taken to the civil hospital,” a traffic police official said. In the civil hospital, Mehtab Qureshi was declared dead. The other three were undergoing treatment, the police said. “The incident affected traffic, but we have managed to siphon off the oil mixture from the road. An accidental death report was filed,” said an official from the Thane Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell.
|2018-01-23||Ahead of weddings, 3 Thane youths die after truck hits bike - Times of India|
Ahead of weddings, 3 Thane youths die after truck hits bike Jan 24, 2018, 02:58 IST THANE: Three youths aged 20-23 were killed when a container truck hit their motorcycle head-on in Bhiwandi in the early hours of Tuesday. Two of those killed were to get married this month, one on Thursday, January 25, and the other on January 30. Both—Asad Nasir Mirja, 23, and Sohid Ansari, 20— were residents of Bhiwandi, while the third youth, Samir Ansari, 20, was from Aurangabad. All three were related, and Samir had come to attend the two weddings. On Monday, around 10pm, the three went to a hotel on Bhiwandi-Wada Road for dinner and were returning when the accident took place at 1am.
|2018-01-23||DNA tests confirm 6 kids found with abductor are hers - Times of India|
DNA tests confirm 6 kids found with abductor are hers Updated: Jan 24, 2018, 04:10 IST THANE: DNA tests conducted on six children who were found in the possession of a woman who abducted a newborn from Thane civil hospital have confirmed that they are her kids. The accused, Gudiya Rajbhar (35), was arrested along with her husband Sonu (40) and another man, Vijay Shrivastav (55), for the abduction on January 16. A police officer said that soon after abducting the newborn, the woman, her husband, her daughter and Shrivastav boarded a 4.39am Ambernath-CSMT local from Thane. Based on this, teams fanned out at all stations between Thane and CSMT to see if they alight anywhere. "A team at CSMT saw that they again took a train to Titwala," said an officer. The teams swung into action and found that the four alighted at Dombivli and took an auto to Pisavli village. Cops suspected the six children to have been abducted. tnn
|2018-01-23||Four people killed in two separate road accidents in Thane ... - Hindustan Times|
Four people killed in two separate road accidents in Thane In both cases, the drivers lost control of their speeding vehicles and crashed, the police said MUMBAI Updated: Jan 23, 2018 15:54 IST Four people were killed in two separate road accidents early on Tuesday in Thane district. The first accident took place in the wee hours of the morning at Bhiwandi. Three youngsters, between 20 and 23 years of age, were riding on one bike on Wada highway when their speeding two-wheeler skid and smashed into a container truck. They were rushed to a nearby hospital, but all three were pronounced dead on arrival. A case has been registered with Bhiwandi rural police station. A few hours later, six people, including two women, travelling in a car on Ghodbunder Road, Thane, were injured after their driver lost control, and their vehicle skid and rammed into the road divider. One of the six victims was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Three of the remaining five victims are in critical condition. “We have alerted the victims’ relatives in both cases. After verification and post-mortem, the bodies will be handed over to the family,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate, who did not wish to be named. “We have registered cases under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.”
|2018-01-22||Book your boat ride in Thane creek from next month - The Hindu|
Book your boat ride in Thane creek from next month MUMBAI, JANUARY 22, 2018 08:27 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 23, 2018 15:59 IST During three-hour journey, experts on nature and wildlife to brief tourists on marine life, mangroves, birds Come February and bird enthusiasts in Mumbai will be able to watch winged visitors, including flamingos, in Thane creek. The mangrove cell of the forest department has decided to start a 10-km boat ride in the creek. “All permissions have been obtained and we are ready to take tourists to the dense mangrove cover from next month,” additional principal chief conservator of forests N. Vasudevan said. “We want people from the highly-commercialised Mumbai region to get a feel of the nature and environment. There is an unexplored biodiversity which we want people to see,” he said. Thane creek stretches over around 1,700 hectares from Airoli to Vashi. The mangrove covers around 900 hectares. “It would nearly be a three-hour journey facilitating the ride for 25 people in a boat. The charges are fixed at ?300 per person,” Mr. Vasudevan said. “There will be another smaller boat which could travel an additional distance in the mangrove areas. The feedback is going to play a crucial role to make changes and improvements,” he said. The bookings can be made online. “The boat ride will be a treat for nature lovers. We have roped in experts on nature and wildlife who will play the role of guides,” he said. “They can explain to visitors about the existing marine life, mangroves, birds, and the abundance of flora and fauna along the creek.” In 2016, the State government had declared a large part of Thane creek as a flamingo sanctuary. It is state’s second marine sanctuary, the other one being at Sindhudurg in Konkan region. The State mangrove cell had last year set up the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre at Airoli along the creek.
|2018-01-22||Contractor booked for misuse of toilet at Thane rly station - Outlook India|
Contractor booked for misuse of toilet at Thane rly station 22 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 11:12 AM Thane, Jan 22 Police have registered an offence against a contractor and three others for alleged misuse of a public toilet meant for physically challenged persons at the Thane railway station. According to a complaint filed by an official of the NGO, Prahar Apang Railway Pravasi Sanghatana, the contractor was allowing everyone to use the toilet, a police official said. The facility was being misused, thus causing problems for the physically challenged people who were finding it difficult to use the toilet meant for them, said the complaint. Based on the complaint, the Kopri police registered an offence on Saturday under relevant sections of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act against the contractor and the three other persons employed at the station for operating the toilet, the official added.
|2018-01-22||Thane police lauded for saving lives in fire at skyscraper - Outlook India|
Thane police lauded for saving lives in fire at skyscraper 22 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 10:58 AM Thane, Jan 22 The city's Naupada police claimed to have reached a fire mishap spot in just about three minutes, and rescued people, including children and elderly persons, trapped in the premises. Their efforts were appreciated at a private function organised by some city residents here yesterday. A 26-storey building in the Naupada area had caught fire on Friday afternoon. While a number of fire engines were pressed into service to douse the flames, the Naupada police personnel also rushed to the spot and managed to reach the premises in 3.31 minutes, inspector Sanjay Dhumal claimed. Senior police inspector Chandrakant Jadhav said taking into account the extent of fire, the first task before them was to keep at bay the large crowd which had gathered outside the building, housing around 100 families. Dhumal narrated how he kept encouraging the panic- striken families trapped in the building not to lose hope, and brought them out. He climbed up a scaffolding and rescued several people who were trapped in the smoke emanating from the fire. He said a couple stranded on one of the floors was in a fix whether to drop down their two-year-old child to save him. On seeing their condition, Dhumal said he immediately climbed up the floor and saved the couple and their child. Inspector (administration) Prakash Patil said as soon as he got information about the fire, he rushed to the spot on his son's scooter. Enroute he also alerted a police van, in which two woman constables also reached the building. Patil said he rescued several people from the building by rushing up and down the floors. In one apartment there was lot of smoke and nothing was visible. However, the policemen went inside and rescued an old woman trapped there, he said. At the function, the brave policemen were felicitated for their efforts in saving so many lives.
|2018-01-22||Most Thane restaurants do not comply with fire safety - Daily News & Analysis|
Most Thane restaurants do not comply with fire safety Restaurants in Thane seem least bothered to have fire safety measures in place. Though over 542 Thane hotels took forms to obtain fire NOC from the fire department of the civic body, only 180 applied for the same. However, inspection from the fire department revealed that even they are not safety compliant.Since most hotels, restaurants and hookah parlours in Thane do not have these measures in place, Thane municipal corporation (TMC) has given them 15 days period to apply for the requisite fire NOC. However, on Saturday, hardly any bothered to apply. “Of the 542 forms for NOC distributed, only 180 applied for a joint inspection,” says Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer, TMC. Even those who have applied for the NOC failed to meet the fire safety norms prescribed by the TMC. Sandeep Pachange, president, MNS student wing, said, “Despite extended deadlines, these hotels and hookah parlours have failed to obtain NOC. They should be shut till they meet the required safety norms. They should be allowed to operate parcel counters and not function fully,” he says. “We will wait for TMC to take action. But we will definitely shut them in MNS style,” he said.
|2018-01-22||Making music, all the way from Thane to Berlin - The Hindu|
Making music, all the way from Thane to Berlin MUMBAI, JANUARY 23, 2018 01:01 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 23, 2018 01:01 IST Students from EuroSchool get a chance to represent Asia and record their original song in a professional studio in Germany Only when Urvi Thakurdesai landed in Berlin did it sink in that she was on the last leg of her musical odyssey, which would bring her school and the country international laurels. The Class IX student is the lead singer of the band from EuroSchool Thane, the sole representative from Asia, to record a song for a German album Eine Welt (one world). “I still keep pinching myself to check if it was real. All the hard work of the 10-member school band, Innocence, has paid off,” Ms. Thakurdesai said. Selected from among 400 global entries, the German song, ‘Ich bin ich (I am me)’, will feature among the 23 songs in the album. “I am eagerly waiting for the album to come out. It will be released by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in June,” she said. How it started It all began in June last year, when the school received a brochure for the German song contest, Dein Song Fuer Eine Welt! (your song for one world). Organised by the German Federal President for Schools, the competition aims to create an album dedicated to world peace and harmony. The opportunity, the school’s German teacher, Priyangu Savla, said, was enticing. But the challenge was to create a song which was themed around global development, covering issues like racial discrimination, gender inequality, and religious discrimination. “My responsibility was to create an original composition. The song needed to have original lyrics and original voice composition, without voice enhancements. Hence, the band was set up,” Ms. Savla said. Within a couple of months, the band had composed the song, ‘Ich Bin Ich’, and shared it through the official platform. It bagged two honours: the jury prize and the user voting prize. In the third week of December, the band and the teacher left for Germany to record the song in a professional studio and to attend a workshop. Broadening minds For 12-year-old Tanisha Prameet Savla, the pianist on the song, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “The love and attention that we got in Berlin made us feel like stars. Wherever we went, we were addressed as the Indian band.” Representing the continent, she said, was a thrill. Doorva Pant and Vedanti Raut, the youngest members of the band, said, “The workshop on sustainable development was so informative. Meeting such lovely people from other countries, exploring their food, knowing about their culture, and exchanging thoughts was a memorable experience. We are lucky to have been part of this.” School principal Rajani Pattabhiraman said it was a proud moment that the students got a chance to showcase their talent on a global platform. “We emphasise balanced schooling, which gives our students the right mix of academic training and co-curricular development that is necessary in shaping their personalities.”
|2018-01-22||Thane Police lauded for saving lives in fire at skyscraper - The Tribune|
Thane Police lauded for saving lives in fire at skyscraper Posted at: Jan 22, 2018, 11:04 AM; last updated: Jan 22, 2018, 11:04 AM (IST) Thane, January 22 The city's Naupada Police claimed to have reached a fire mishap spot in just about three minutes, and rescued people, including children and elderly persons, trapped in the premises. Their efforts were appreciated at a private function organised by some city residents here yesterday. A 26-storey building in the Naupada area had caught fire on Friday afternoon. While a number of fire engines were pressed into service to douse the flames, the Naupada police personnel also rushed to the spot and managed to reach the premises in 3.31 minutes, inspector Sanjay Dhumal claimed. Senior police inspector Chandrakant Jadhav said taking into account the extent of fire, the first task before them was to keep at bay the large crowd which had gathered outside the building, housing around 100 families. Dhumal narrated how he kept encouraging the panic- striken families trapped in the building not to lose hope, and brought them out. He climbed up a scaffolding and rescued several people who were trapped in the smoke emanating from the fire. He said a couple stranded on one of the floors was in a fix whether to drop down their two-year-old child to save him. On seeing their condition, Dhumal said he immediately climbed up the floor and saved the couple and their child. Inspector (administration) Prakash Patil said as soon as he got information about the fire, he rushed to the spot on his son's scooter. Enroute he also alerted a police van, in which two woman constables also reached the building. Patil said he rescued several people from the building by rushing up and down the floors. In one apartment there was lot of smoke and nothing was visible. However, the policemen went inside and rescued an old woman trapped there, he said. At the function, the brave policemen were felicitated for their efforts in saving so many lives. PTI
|2018-01-22||Thane: Plans afoot to make Malshej Ghat a world class tourist spot - The Indian Express|
Thane: Plans afoot to make Malshej Ghat a world class tourist spot The Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Thane and Pune districts of Maharashtra. The site, which is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna, is nestled in the rugged hills of the Western Ghats. Thane | Published: January 22, 2018 12:05 pm The Thane district administration is planning to develop the picturesque Malshej Ghat into a tourist spot of international standard. The Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Thane and Pune districts of Maharashtra. The site, which is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna, is nestled in the rugged hills of the Western Ghats. Thane collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar said on Monday that the district administration has proposed to allocate Rs five crore as a part of the first phase of development of the ghat. In view of the increasing number of visitors, it has been decided to develop it as a world class tourist spot, he said. Under the development project, a skywalk and a gallery are proposed to be set up for allowing the visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of the green surroundings, he said. The development proposal has been sent to the state government for approval, Kalyankar added.
|2018-01-22||Contractor booked for misuse of toilet at Thane rly station - Business Standard|
Contractor booked for misuse of toilet at Thane rly station Thane Last Updated at January 22, 2018 11:15 IST Police have registered an offence against a contractor and three others for alleged misuse of a public toilet meant for physically challenged persons at the Thane railway station. According to a complaint filed by an official of the NGO, Prahar Apang Railway Pravasi Sanghatana, the contractor was allowing everyone to use the toilet, a police official said. The facility was being misused, thus causing problems for the physically challenged people who were finding it difficult to use the toilet meant for them, said the complaint. Based on the complaint, the Kopri police registered an offence on Saturday under relevant sections of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act against the contractor and the three other persons employed at the station for operating the toilet, the official added. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
|2018-01-22||TMC cracks whip on illegal extentions at pubs, bars - Times of India|
TMC cracks whip on illegal extentions at pubs, bars Jan 23, 2018, 00:31 IST THANE: The municipal administrations targeted action against hoteliers and pub proprietors for lax fire safety rules on Monday, has triggered accusations of being 'unfair.' The anti-encroachment unit of the TMC on Monday brought the hammer on a string of eatries and pubs in Naupada, Kothari Compound, Hiranandani Meadows etc. for flouting norms and operating without the mandatory sanctions and putting to risk the lives of hundreds of patrons who frequent them.TMC officials said, the action against the illegalities was long due and though they had issued a deadline of 15-days to get the necessary approvals, these establishment had failed to do so. However, the pub proprietors whose establishments were sealed by the administration alleged foul play after they claimed to have possessed all the required documents to attain a fire compliance. Vihar Paymode, co-founder of MH 04 at Kothari compound said, "We received a notice by the TMC which stated that we were to apply for a fire compliance within a given time frame. January 20 being the last day, on 17th we went to the fire station at Balkum with the essential documents and papers. They told us that we will visit the place, conduct an inspection after which you can submit the files then and there. But no one came for a visit. When I asked if the officials could give me in writing that they will come for an inspection, they refused and assured me that they would be sending someone. Suddenly on Monday morning, a team of civic officials came and sealed the place. We hope to meet the commisioner soon and talk it out with him." Agreeing with Paymode is Aman Suresh working with Talli, a lounge in the same vicinity. He said, "It's been months since we have been paying a visit to the fire department, but they are refusing to see our papers. They have been giving us petty excuses without any proper answers." Refuting the allegations, the station officer at Balkum, MU Mullah whom the pub owners claimed to have met said, "We had to seal these places because even though they would be having all the required papers in place, there is a violation of certain structural changes for which they had not taken permission. It will be investigated at length and a decision would be taken by the higher authority." Besides sealing two other joints in Hiranandani meadows and one at Jambli naka, TMC cracked a whip on illegal extensions at a few restaurants and bars in Naupada and completely razed a Ladies bar at Ramchandra nagar.
|2018-01-22||Thane railway station: 'Mismanagement' of toilet meant for disabled ... - The Indian Express|
Thane railway station: ‘Mismanagement’ of toilet meant for disabled: FIR filed against contractors According to the complainant, toilets meant for people with disabilities were being mismanaged by contractors. Mumbai | Published: January 23, 2018 4:49 am An FIR was filed against contractors managing pay-and-use toilets at the Thane railway station following a complaint by a disabled commuter. According to the complainant, toilets meant for people with disabilities were being mismanaged by contractors. Ajit Singh is a 39-year-old teacher based in Ambernath. “My classes are in Vashi, so I travel everyday from Ambernath to Thane and from there to Vashi and back. I travel in the handicapped compartment,” he said. Irked by the unavailability of washrooms at stations along his route, Singh said he had been making complaints in this regard for months. “In Panvel, Vashi, Thane and all the other stations, the handicapped toilets are either shut or are being used by those who are not disabled,” he said. While returning from classes on January 16, he approached the toilet for disabled people on Platform 10 at Thane station and found it locked. “When I asked the caretaker, he said that a woman was using it. However, when the door opened, I realised that it was a family of three, all able-bodied persons, who had been taking a bath inside the toilet,” he said in his statement to the Kopri police station. “I spoke to the caretaker and even the station master. However, they all asked me not to escalate the matter. Had I used the bathroom, which was completely wet and slippery, and fallen over, would they have paid my medical bill?” he asked. On January 20, Singh lodged an FIR against the contractors and four workers. “The case has been lodged against the contractor and staffers who were running the said toilet. We have booked them under Sections 91 and 92 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016,” said an officer from Kopri police station. “This is the first case being filed against a contractor for misuse of property meant for disabled persons,” the officer added. Singh, a former engineer, had to take up the job of giving private classes because of the difficulties involved in travelling to his previous place of work. He has been fighting for more disabled-friendly facilities at railway stations for some time. “I have been traveling in trains for years now. While some toilets are being used for bathing and washing clothes, some others have become a den for addicts and drunkards. We already have so many hurdles at every step, should relieving ourselves be added to that list?” he asked.
|2018-01-21||BJP corporators surrenders to Thane police - The Hindu|
BJP corporators surrenders to Thane police MUMBAI, JANUARY 20, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 20, 2018 04:12 IST BJP corporator surrenders Two days after the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane Crime Branch arrested seven people in connection with an alleged plot to kill an independent corporator, the BJP corporator, who allegedly sanctioned the hit, surrendered to the police on Friday. The AEC had on Tuesday arrested the seven history-sheeters, who were in Thane Central Jail after being arrested in connection with a robbery case, for allegedly accepting a contract of Rs. 50 lakh to kill Kunal Patil from Dombivli. The money was allegedly paid to them by Mahesh Patil due to a personal enmity.Raju Parulekar
|2018-01-21||Boat ride in Thane creek from next month for nature lovers - Moneycontrol.com|
Boat ride in Thane creek from next month for nature lovers Jan 21, 2018 05:37 PM IST The mangrove cell of the Maharashtra forest department has decided to start a 10 km boat ride in the Thane Creek where nature lovers will be able to watch several birds and the dense cover of mangroves.Come February and bird enthusiasts in Mumbai will be able to watch the winged creatures, including flamingos, in the creek in neighbouring Thane district. The mangrove cell of the Maharashtra forest department has decided to start a 10 km boat ride in the Thane Creek where nature lovers will be able to watch several birds and the dense cover of mangroves. "All the necessary permissions have been obtained and we are ready to sail in the Thane Creek to take the tourists to the dense mangrove cover from next month," Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests N Vasudevan told PTI. "We want people from the highly commercialised Mumbai region to get a feel of the nature and environment. There is an unexplored biodiversity around Mumbai which we want the people to see," he said.The Thank Creek stretches over an area of around 1,700 hectares from Airoli to Vashi in Navi Mumbai. The mangrove covers around 900 hectares while the rest is land. "It would be a nearly three-hour journey facilitating the ride for 25 people in a boat. The current charges are fixed at Rs 300 per person," Vasudevan said. "There will be another smaller boat which could travel an additional distance in the mangrove areas. The feedback of people is going to play a crucial role for us to make some changes and improvements in the services," he said. The bookings for the tour can be done online. "The boat ride will be a treat for nature lovers. We have roped in some experts on nature and wildlife who have consented to play the role of guides for tourists," he said. "They can explain to visitors about the existing marine life, mangroves, birds and the abundance of flora and fauna along the creek during the ride," Vasudevan said. The visitors can watch flamingos and other birds from a closer distance from the boat, he said. In 2016, the state government had declared a large part of the Thane Creek as a 'Flamingo Sanctuary' to safeguard the bird's population. It is the state's second marine sanctuary, the other one being at Sindhudurg in coastal Konkan region. Notably, the state mangrove cell had last year set up the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre at Airoli along the Thane Creek. The centre aims to provide a glimpse into the marine and coastal biodiversity around Mumbai.
|2018-01-21||Fire at skyscraper in Thane - The Hindu|
Fire at skyscraper in Thane THANE, JANUARY 20, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 20, 2018 04:12 IST Rescue workers evacuate 150 people trapped inside building Fire broke out in a 26-storey building in Naupada on Friday afternoon. Ten fire engines were pressed into service to douse the flames, fire brigade sources said. There were no casualties. and damage to the building was yet to be assessed. The fire started between the third and fourth floors around 1.30 p.m., and spread rapidly. Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said some 150 people inside the building were shifted out. Inspector Sanjay Dhumal of Naupada police station rescued some of the stranded people by climbing up a scaffolding put up for painting work. Chief Fire Officer Shashikant Kale said that initial investigations revealed that a short circuit between the third and fourth floors caused the fire.
|2018-01-21||Fire breaks out at dump yard in Vitawa, none hurt - Times of India|
Fire breaks out at dump yard in Vitawa, none hurt Jan 21, 2018, 22:17 IST THANE: A fire broke out at an unattended scrap and garbage dump in Surya Nagar at Vitawa on Friday night. Locals in the vicinity saw the heap of garbage burning and alerted the authority. The blaze was reported at 9.30pm. Officials from the disaster management cell and fire brigade reached the spot within minutes and doused the flames. This is the second blaze that has been reported in a dump yard at Surya Nagar. According to officials, someone from the neighbourhood must have thrown a matchstick or a cigarette in the trash, which sparked off the fire. No injuries were reported. Further investigations are on in the case.
|2018-01-21||Kids yoga, zumba, paper crafts a hit at Happy Streets - Times of India|
Kids yoga, zumba, paper crafts a hit at Happy Streets Jan 22, 2018, 01:49 IST THANE: Sachin Jabar, a sixth grader from Vasant Vihar area could not hide his curiosity while hitting the Happy Streets this Sunday. He tried various poses under the watchful eyes of yoga experts like Vrushali Joshi, Keshubhai Patel, Jagdish Joshi and Major Gupta at the Patanjali Yoga stage. "I enjoyed yoga workout for the first time here," said Jabar. Young kids formed a major chunk in the yoga arena who spontaneously demonstrated their flexibility through various yoga postures whereas their counterparts in the senior group gave the session a slip.The 1.7km non-motorable stretch between Vasant Vihar Junction and Happy Valley circle was crowded during the penultimate slot with people of varying age groups groups flocking to join activities of their choice. Many visitors, mostly youngsters made it a point to shake a leg or two at the Snehashish Dance Academy hosted dance workshop. Folk fitness, melange of Bollywood, group dance were other attractions at the main stage apart from zumba, bokwa and fitness dance sessions conducted by Ruth Gabriel and her troupe. Another show which could attract more participants was Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty organised floral bouquet-making workshop. Happy Streets, is an initiative of Thane traffic police, Thane Municipal Corporation, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI.
|2018-01-20||Fire at skyscraper in Thane - The Hindu|
Fire at skyscraper in Thane THANE, JANUARY 20, 2018 08:10 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 20, 2018 08:11 IST Rescue workers evacuate 150 people trapped inside building Fire broke out in a 26-storey building in Naupada on Friday afternoon. Ten fire engines were pressed into service to douse the flames, fire brigade sources said. There were no casualties. and damage to the building was yet to be assessed. The fire started between the third and fourth floors around 1.30 p.m., and spread rapidly. Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said some 150 people inside the building were shifted out. Inspector Sanjay Dhumal of Naupada police station rescued some of the stranded people by climbing up a scaffolding put up for painting work. Chief Fire Officer Shashikant Kale said that initial investigations revealed that a short circuit between the third and fourth floors caused the fire.
|2018-01-20||QMumbai: Fire in Thane; PIL Against CBI in Sohrabuddin Case & More - The Quint|
1. Fire breaks out in Thane high-rise; firemen evacuate 150 residents 20.01.18 Around 150 people were evacuated after fire broke out in a 26-storey residential building in Thane city on Friday afternoon. No one was injured. The building, Giriraj Heights at Hari Niwas, is home to late Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)?leader Vasant Davkhare’s family, who were among the residents rescued. Just a few hours before the fire broke out, former chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had visited the Davkhares. “The fire started in the electric duct between the third and fourth floors and went up to the 26th floor,” said Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer of Thane fire department.
|2018-01-20||Thane: Headless man with a message on the streets - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Headless man with a message on the streets Jan 20, 2018 09:33 am Mumbai Jan. 19 :- *Head less man* A novel initiative under *TAP* Traffic awareness program Thane Traffic Branch under the Guidance of DCP Amit Kale had organised a drive on 'Always wear Helmet' @ Teen haath Naka Thane. Today morning the drive was met with lot of excitement as a head less man was instructing the rider to always wear helmet. Few pics below of the activity. ( pic by Ravindra Zende ) Thane: Traffic on Teen Hath Naka momentarily came to a standstill on Friday morning as people were unnerved by the sight of a ‘headless man’ dressed in a blazer and holding a ‘severed’ head in his hand, meandering among vehicles. The pranksters were none other than the Thane traffic police: As part of their helmet awareness drive, the men in khaki had organised the stunt. A midget was made to walk around all dressed up with his head concealed behind a tie buff. What added to the grotesque effect was the severed head of a mannequin that the headless stranger had in his clasp. As motorists stopped to look at the ‘human mannequin,’ some were left wondering whether it was indeed the right thing to do. Some of them could easily have lost their nerve and rammed their vehicle into pedestrians or an oncoming vehicle. The ‘hero’ of the day was Atul – the man disguised as the headless man. In the scorching heat, and under a shirt and blazer, Atul negotiated the road with the help of a stick and traffic constables in tow. He said, “Earlier, I would never wear a helmet since I loved to flaunt my hair. But after I met with an accident, I realised that fashion does not make you a man, only safety does.” Vilas Patil, a motorcyclist riding without a helmet, said, “I forgot to wear my helmet; I agree it is a good way to remind us to value our own life.”One rider on a shiny new Royal Enfield, with a marigold garland around the steering, went to the nearest shop to purchase a helmet. Another rider with a small flag displaying Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on being caught, was unfazed. Dripping with attitude, he said: “The great king is with us.
|2018-01-20||For The First Time, Mumbaikars Can Soon Watch Flamingos Up Close In Thane - The Better India|
For The First Time, Mumbaikars Can Soon Watch Flamingos Up Close In Thane So far, the only good spots to watch flamingos in Mumbai have been Sewri and Uran, but neither of them offer a good view. January 20, 2018, 2:37 pm Mumbai attracts thousands of flamingos every year who fly from Kutch in Gujarat and stay in the city for about six months. However, to watch these birds in Mumbai, the only good spot so far has been Sewri and Uran, where you can only see them from a distance. But soon, you will be able to watch flamingos up close on a boat ride. The Maharashtra Mangrove cell has decided to start this service through the Thane creek mangroves covering a 1,690-hectare area which attracts about 40,000 flamingos and other migratory birds every year.It will start from Airoli in Navi Mumbai and take you to Vashi, and then all the way back reports Mumbai Live. The birds won’t be disturbed by the boat as it will run at a regulated speed. The service will open to the public from February 1, 2018.To book one seat on the large boat, you will have to pay Rs 300 on weekdays and Rs 400 on weekends, the publication reported. There is also a seven-seater boat called ‘Kaustabh’ which can be hired by a group of seven for Rs 5,000. A trained guide will accompany you on the boat and you will also be given a manual with details of the bird in the creek.
|2018-01-20||Cluster scheme takes shape in Thane, draft to be ready soon - Hindustan Times|
Cluster scheme takes shape in Thane, draft to be ready soon Civic officials to conduct ground-level survey of the available amenities in each area MUMBAI Updated: Jan 21, 2018 00:38 IST The first phase of the cluster development project, which focuses on drafting the Urban Renewal Plan (URP) for the clusters in the city, is slated to be completed by the end of January or first week of February. The first phase will define the boundaries of URPs following which in the second phase, the residents will be given the first preference to come forward for development of the cluster. The cluster scheme is expected to change the face of Thane and transform it into a planned city. The URP will be drafted after a ground-level survey of the available amenities in each area and the amenities required after developing the area under cluster scheme. As per the scheme, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will form a URP for small clusters, which will be akin to a Development Plan (DP) of the area. Each cluster will have a minimum area of 10,000 square metres for development. Pramod Nimbalkar, acting assistant director, town planning, said, “Till date we were in the general planning stage of the cluster scheme. We have now decided to undertake a ground-level assessment of the clusters under the scheme. This means assessing the socio-economic requirement of each area. We will note the existing amenities of each of the areas including schools, playgrounds, markets, sewage, solid waste management and primary healthcare among others.” Based on this data, authorities will take note of amenities that each area needs when the region is developed in the future. Accordingly, the URP will be defined for each of the clusters. An officer requesting anonymity said, “In the meeting held on Friday, the engineers and ward officers of each of the wards were given a form to fill, which has a list of these amenities. This URP will be ready by the end of January or latest by first week of February. This is the first phase of the cluster development project, in the second phase this URP will be published.” The corporation will invite the residents of these areas to come forward for developing their own area. “We will give the first preference to the residents to develop the area and in case they do not come forward, different government agencies like Mhada or MMRDA among others can work out the scheme,” the officer said. The high court lifted the stay on the cluster development scheme for Thane in June last year. The state issued a notification on cluster development, immediately following which the corporation appointed a consultant to draft the URPs. “This type of cluster development scheme is being implemented for the first time in India. The scheme for Mumbai is for old cess buildings, while in Thane the cluster scheme is to develop the unplanned settlements into planned settlements,” the officer added.
|2018-01-20||No fire NOC? Thane civic body to start sealing hotels from Monday - Hindustan Times|
No fire NOC? Thane civic body to start sealing hotels from Monday There will be no action on Kothari compound as most establishments constructed before December 2015 can be legalised MUMBAI Updated: Jan 21, 2018 00:48 IST Hotels that have not complied with the fire-safety norms and not applied for a no-objection certificate will face the municipal corporation’s action from Monday. The Thane municipal commissioner has informed that the hotels that have not complied with the fire-safety norms will be sealed from Monday. The extended deadline for obtaining the fire NOC ended on Saturday. There will be no action on the Kothari compound as most establishments constructed before December 2015 can be legalised. The general body had taken up the issue of fire safety in hotels for discussion in the meeting held on Saturday. Around 490 hoteliers had taken application from the fire department for NOC, however not many have re-submitted it even after the deadline. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said, “In the last three years we have taken action against many hotels, pubs, hookah parlours and lodges in the city. From Monday, we will start sealing the hotels which did not apply for the fire NOC or comply with the fire-safety norms. In the first phase, we will target hotels with an area of 500 sqft or more. Smaller hotels will be sealed in the second phase.” The issue of Kothari compound came up for discussion in the general body meeting on Saturday. BJP corporator Mrunal Pendse said, “While most illegal bars, lounges and hotels in the city are targeted, the Kothari compound is being backed by the corporation. There has been no action against the compound despite 13 fire incidents. The fire department has claimed that the establishment may pose a threat to life but still they are thriving. The corporation has the right to seal them under section 376 (A) of the Municipal Corporation Act, though only notices have been issued so far.” The TMC had served notices to the establishments at Kothari compound thrice. A 90-day notice was served in September which ended on December 25. The second was served after the Kamala Mills fire and the third notice was served 15 days ago. Jaiswal added, “We will have to follow the legal procedure. As per the GR on illegal constructions issued in October 2017, the establishments constructed before December 2015 can be legalised if they fit into certain parameters. The establishments in Kothari compound which are illegal or have changed the user status from godown to hotel, can file an application and get them legalised by paying a compounding fee. Once legalised, they can also comply with the fire- safety norm and get a fire NOC.” The corporators demanded that a one-member committee be formed to inquire into the illegalities in the Kothari compound. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde said that as the TMC has said it would take action, so the committee is not needed.
|2018-01-20||Hotels sans licenses, safety nods to face action from Monday - Times of India|
Hotels sans licenses, safety nods to face action from Monday Jan 21, 2018, 01:10 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will start taking action on restaurants and hotels operating without valid licenses and safety approvals from Monday after the 15-day deadline given to these establishment owners for compliance ended on Saturday evening. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal made the announcement during the general body meeting on Saturday after the issue was raised by corporators who questioned about the action over such establishments that are operating by flouting all safety norms. "We had given the hotel and restaurant owners a fortnight's time to comply by the norms which ended on Saturday night. We will take necessary action on these establishments that have failed to comply by the mandated norms from Monday," he said.It may be noted the corporation had given a fortnight deadline to hotels and establishments with 500sqfeet area to secure approvals from the fire department as per norms laid down in the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act 2006. The action was after these structures were given 72 hours for compliance to the safety rules on December 30 following the Lower Parel incident. However, not many units responded to the notices who have been alleging the corporation of deliberately going slow on such errant joints and risking lives of patrons. While elected representatives alleged the TMC was deliberately going slow on taking action against the illegal structures, Jaiswal spelt out that as per provisions in the law, the administration was bound to allow owners time to take steps for compliance. Those establishments than can be regularised by paying the compounding fees will have to be given an opportunity as per government directives, said Jaiswal in defense of the allegations made by the netas of a deliberate delay by the administration in taking action against structures in the Kothari compound."A few structures have been operating from premises that haven't been given the mandatory nod while others operate from spaces that are legal but have changed the use without alerting the administration. There is also a notable number of utilities that are allegedly operating by illegally making extensions or consuming excess floor space index to their premises. Such structures can always be regularised by paying the adequate compounding fees," he said. Meanwhile, a few corporators sought a probe into the role of officials or elected representatives who could possibly be conniving to ensure these outlets including the ones at the Kothari compound are kept operative despite flouting rules.
|2018-01-20||City's 1st down escalators to start at Dadar, Thane stations - Mumbai Mirror|
CITY’S 1ST DOWN ESCALATORS TO START AT DADAR, THANE STATIONS Updated: Jan 21, 2018, 03.45 AM IST Central Railway will start the city’s first pairs of up and down escalators at Dadar and Thane railway stations on January 26. “We already have escalators that take passengers up from the platform to the foot over bridge above. But from January 26, commuters at Dadar and Thane stations will be able to smoothly descend from the foot overbridge to the platforms as well,” said S K Jain, divisional railway manager of Central Railway’s Mumbai division. “By the end of the year, we will install similar escalators at all suburban railway stations,” he added. Work on a similar down escalator at platform number 18 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station is currently underway and is expected to be finished by the end of the month.According to sources, the decision to install down escalators at railway stations was taken after the stampede on top of a foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road railway station. “We are committed to provide all possible facilities to our valuable commuters. That’s why we have set ourselves monthly targets for the same,” said a senior Central Railway officer. According to CR’s plan, around 24 escalators will be thrown open to the public in February, including four at the busy Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT). More than 12 new escalators will be opened in March, including two more at Dadar and two each ta Kalyan and CSMT stations. While installations like escalators and other passenger amenities were allotted at stations depending on the annual revenue generated by the stations – between Rs 8 and Rs 60 crore in the case of escalators – Railways has now amended the criteria to the number of footfalls recorded at stations. For allotment of escalators, this figure has been placed at 25,000 footfalls ayear.
|2018-01-19||150 evacuated as fire erupts in 26-storey Thane building - Times of India|
150 evacuated as fire erupts in 26-storey Thane building Jan 20, 2018, 03:59 IST THANE: Around 150 residents of a 26-storey residential building, Giriraj Heights, in Naupada area were evacuated as a fire broke out in the electrical duct of highrise on Friday afternoon. Officials said the building, located near Hariniwas circle, was engulfed in smoke minutes after a short circuit in the cables between the third and fourth floors triggered the blaze around 2pm.A couple of hours before the incident, former CM Sushilkumar Shinde was in the building to offer condolences to the family of NCP leader Vasant Davkhare, who passed away earlier this month. The NCP leader's family lives in the building. Santosh Kadam, an officer from the regional disaster management cell, said, "We rushed to the spot with four fire engines, one water tanker, two ambulances, one rescue vehicle along with police officials. Since there was a lot of smoke it was unsafe for people to stay indoors. We evacuated 150 residents from the building. There was panic everywhere. But we explained them that it was essential to vacate the building immediately and that too by stairs." While there were no casualties or incidents of people being trapped, three residents were taken to the refugee area where an official was deployed to look after them.The cooling operations lasted for about an hour as fire engine faced difficulty in manoeuvring in the limited space. An angry resident of the building said, "For quite some time, the fire brigade team was not able to reach the premises from where the smoke was seen emanating. There was hardly any space to turn the vehicle around. What if anyone would have been trapped inside?"
|2018-01-19||Fire breaks out in Thane's 'Girija Heights' highrise; 150 evacuated - Business Standard|
Fire breaks out in Thane's 'Girija Heights' highrise; 150 evacuated Earlier in the day, a fire officer was injured while dousing the flames on the fourth floor of the Navrang Studio in Mumbai's Lower Parel Thane (Maharashtra) [India] Last Updated at January 19, 2018 16:54 IST A fire broke out in the Girija Heights building in Maharashtra's Thane on Friday. Fire brigade and other emergency services have rushed to the spot. Earlier in the day, a fire officer was injured while dousing the flames on the fourth floor of the Navrang Studio in Mumbai's Lower Parel. About 12 firefighting vehicles were engaged in bringing the fire under control, said official sources. This incident comes less than a month after the massive Kamala Mills compound fire on December 29, 2017, in which 14 people were killed and 12 suffered critical injuries. Further details are awaited.
|2018-01-19||Chain snatching, house break-in cases solved with four arrests in Thane - Times of India|
Chain snatching, house break-in cases solved with four arrests in Thane Jan 20, 2018, 01:26 IST THANE: A chain snatching and house break-in rackets were busted with the arrest of four persons by the property cell department recently. The cops have also recovered stolen booty collectively worth Rs 10 lakh from them. The chain snatchers have been identified as Yadulla Jafri (23) and Mohammadali Jafri (23)— both residents of Piranipada in Bhiwandi. They are said to be key members of the infamous Irani gang, which carried out a number of chain snatchings in and around Thane. "We have recovered 198 gm of gold worth Rs 5.94 lakh from them. Three bikes worth Rs 2.44 lakh used for the robberies have also been seized," said Chavan. On the other hand, the team also nabbed two thieves identified as Kalim Khan and Anurag Sisodiya from Diaghar area. The sleuths have recovered 51 gm of gold worth Rs 1.53 lakh from them.
|2018-01-19||Learn to make flowers out of papers at Happy Streets - Times of India|
Learn to make flowers out of papers at Happy Streets Jan 20, 2018, 01:27 IST THANE: A good number of activities have been incorporated for this Sunday's Happy Streets along the 1.7km non-motorable stretch between Vasant Vihar Junction and Happy Valley circle, charted out for across age groups. Folk fitness, melange of Bollywood, group dance and emotions lab are some of the fresh activities on which the participants can try their hand to get a first-hand experience. Leading the pack from the front, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty is bringing in yet another creative activity, as has been the case every passing week, while offering an opportunity to participants to take lessons on how to fold and decorate papers in an attempt to shape them into beautiful floral bouquets under the watchful eyes of expert artists. Participants will be provided with all requisite material. "We will be hosting an activity-based workshop at Vijay Suraksha Art Zone this Sunday where the vivid colours of paper flowers will give participants an unforgettable time. Visitors will be taught different intricate techniques of folding and decorating paper and turn them into colourful floral bouquets," said a spokesperson from Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty. Happy Streets, is an initiative of Thane traffic police, Thane Municipal Corporation, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI. The TOI's main stage at Khewra Circle will have activities like dance fitness, Bollywood and Zumba, Bokwa, folk fitness, latin and jazz dance styles besides melange of Bollywood by various groups. A dance workshop is also on cards at the stretch where the interested participants can get a lesson or two on modern steps and moves.
|2018-01-19||Fire damages empty train near Thane - The Hindu|
Fire damages empty train near Thane MUMBAI, JANUARY 18, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 18, 2018 04:10 IST Train was parked on a siding track A fire broke out in an empty suburban local train near Thane station around 1.45 a.m. on Wednesday, after the train had finished its services for the day. Operated by the Central Railway (CR), the train was parked on a siding track near Platform 1 when the fire broke out. Thane Fire Brigade officials responded to the alert and rushed four fire engines and two water tankers to the station. The train was empty, and there were no casualties reported. Firefighters took around 30 minutes to douse the blaze, which was extinguished by 2.15 a.m. The fire damaged one coach of a Siemens rake, but did not affect the motor coach. Railway officials said the fire has not affected the electrical components of the coach, and the damage is limited to seats and flooring. While officials are still assessing the impact of the fire, the loss is estimated to be around Rs. 20,000. The train was parked on the siding track at 1.25 a.m, and electrical supply to it was cut off, since its pantograph was down. Railways officials said it seems unlikely that a short circuit may have been the cause. “We have ordered an inquiry into the fire. A forensics team is examining the coach to determine the source of the fire,” S.K. Jain, CR Divisional Regional Manager, said. Railway staff and officials will conduct night checks on all trains parked on the siding track. Similar incidents occurred in January 2016 and November 2015, when fires damaged trains parked at siding in Titwala and Badlapur respectively. “The railways should disclose the findings of the inquiries that into the earlier fires, and whether the recommendations at the time have been implemented,” Subhash Gupta, president of Rail Yatri Parishad, said. “The only way to prevent such incidents is to build boundary walls and make sure that there is no public access to tracks,” he said.
|2018-01-19||Mumbai: Fire breaks out in Thane's Giriraj Heights, over 150 rescued - Scroll.in|
Mumbai: Fire breaks out in Thane’s Giriraj Heights, over 150 rescued A short circuit is believed to have caused the blaze in the building in Naupada. A fire broke out in a building in Thane in the suburbs of Mumbai on Friday afternoon. A short circuit is believed to have caused the blaze in Giriraj Heights in Naupada, DNA reported. More than 150 people were rescued from the 26-storey building. There are no reports of casualties so far. The Thane fire brigade sent five fire tenders, three water tankers and two skylifts to the location to douse the flames.This is the second blaze to break out in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region on Friday. Earlier in the day, Navrang Studio in the Tody Mills compound in Lower Parel caught fire. A firefighter was injured.
|2018-01-19||Thane: 77 seized fake smart card licences had same address - Times of India|
Thane: 77 seized fake smart card licences had same address Jan 19, 2018, 21:21 IST THANE: Investigations into the fake license case revealed that of the 253 licenses seized from the accused, nearly 77 had the same address of Angaon Bhiwandi and Kalwa area. The police had on Tuesday recovered as many as 253 fake licenses made by accused Sunil Chaudhari who is the proprietor of the Chaudhari Driving School based in Mulund. The police had seized huge set-up with nearly 50 plain smart cards, 20 plain rubber stamps, a lazer printer, two color printers, a lamination machine, two computers, an internet router, a machine to make rubber stamp, and 253 RTO fake smart Ids as well as 131 police tax invoice stamps, and one letter head paper. A police team led by Ashok Mane, constable Chandrkant Walunj, Sanjay Babar, Ravindra Katkar and Sandesh Choudhary are burning midnight oil to compile the addresses and the names found on the smart cards licenses, said Nitin Thakre the senior inspector of crime branch unit-1. Mane told TOI that compilation of the licenses revealed that 49 licenses with different names had only one address of Angaon Bhiwandi and 28 licenses had the address of Shivaji nagar, Kalwa."This disparity of the address gave up accused Chaudhari to the crime branch as the complainant Rashid Khan, a rickshaw driver from Ghatkopar and two other friends wanted to get the driving licenses," said Katkar who was approached by Khan. Later, through the mutual contacts, he came to know about Chaudhari and was told that he issued license for Rs 11,000. Hence, Khan and his two other friends gave the money and asked for the licenses in the next few days. But the accused gave them photo copies which bore different addresses. Khan then got it verified in the RTO only to find that it was fake and the number on the license belongs to someone else, informed Babar. On the other hand, the police have started the hunt for the other 700 people who have been issued with the fake licenses. "These people who have fake licenses may lead to unwanted situation as they are not officially authorised to drive or ride on the road. Also, if they are caught or involved in the mishap they shall be in big trouble," said a police officer.
|2018-01-19||You can take ropeway to Haji Malang shrine in Kalyan, Thane from April - Hindustan Times|
You can take ropeway to Haji Malang shrine in Kalyan, Thane from April After missing several deadlines, cost of the project has escalated to Rs93 crore from Rs10.42 crore in 4 years MUMBAI Updated: Jan 20, 2018 00:27 IST In a relief to devotees especially senior citizens who have to walk up to four kilometres to reach Haji Malang shrine near Kalyan, the public works department (PWD) plans to open the much-awaited funicular ropeway to pilgrims by March. The PWD has missed four deadlines since 2015, the latest being October 2017. The Malanggad hill is being cut to make way for the 1.2-km two-way ropeway. The foundation stone was laid in February 2013 and the PWD started the work in October 2013. The aim of the project was to develop the hills into a tourist spot. Last year in April when Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde and Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde visited the spot, officials promised that the project will be completed in six months — a deadline that was missed. In the last four years, the cost has escalated to Rs93 crore from Rs10.42 crore. “My family and I visit the shrine from Nashik every year. It becomes very difficult to climb the hill and reach the shrine. Once we come here, we don’t feel like travelling back the same day. With the ropeway and accommodation on the hill, it will be very useful for us to stay overnight,” said Baba Siddique, 45, a devotee. According to the plan, the bottom and top parts of the hill will have several facilities such as a refreshment area, accommodation and a parking lot. “The project will make the entire Thane district proud. The delay has raised concerns over the importance given to historical places. The government should focus on promoting tourism across the state and Haji Malang is one of the best places to start with,” said Sameer Ahmed Khan, 30, a resident of Haji Malang. Currently, around 90% of the work has been completed, claimed the authorities. “The remaining work will be completed in the next two months. By March, the ropeway trolley will be operational,” said Rizwan Khan, consultant of the project appointed by the PWD. “The trolley will pass through 99 pillars, of them 90 have been completed,” Khan said. Of the 1.2 km stretch, the work for 100 meter stretch is pending. According to the authorities, one of the major reasons for the delay is the cutting of the hill. “The hill cutting needs to be done very carefully. It took time during the monsoon,” added Khan. The PWD has appointed Supreme Infrastructure to carry out the project on a BOT (build-operate-transfer) basis for 24 years. “It is a dream project as pilgrims have keenly been asking about it. Inspired by Norway, the project was studied by few of our ministers. Once completed, it will attract many visitors,” said Zahir Ahmad Shaikh, general manager execution, Supreme Infrastructure.
|2018-01-19||Song By Thane School Children Soon To Feature In A German Album - NDTV|
Song By Thane School Children Soon To Feature In A German Album A song composed by ten students of the city-based EuroSchool has been selected to feature among 23 songs for a German music album called Eine Welt (One World). This is the only school from Asia, whose song will feature in the album. Updated: January 19, 2018 14:00 IST THANE: A song composed by ten students of the city-based EuroSchool has been selected to feature among 23 songs for a German music album called Eine Welt (One World). This is the only school from Asia, whose song will feature in the album. The contest, which received 400 entries from across the globe, was organised by Engagement Global in association with the German Federal President's school development policy. An official release by the school said, "EuroSchool Thane's song "Ich Bin Ich" (I am me) has been selected in German contest "Dein Song Fuer Eine Welt" (Your Song for One World), an initiative towards creating an album aimed at world peace and harmony." "The participants were required to create a song themed around global development - covering issues like racial discrimination, gender inequality and religious discrimination. The song was required to have original lyrics and voice composition. The participants were to abstain from voice enhancements," the statement added. The selected student bands from across the globe were invited to Berlin, where they professionally recorded the song. The album, which will have total 23 songs, is to be released by Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development later this year. EuroSchool Thane Principal Rajani Pattabhiraman said, "Participating and winning the contest as the only Asian team, and the youngest as well, has indeed been a reflection of EuroSchool's philosophy of balanced schooling that encourages the right mix of academic learning and co-curricular development." The students who are part of the team are: Doorva Pant (11) and Vedanti Pravin Raut (11) from Grade 6, Khushi Paresh Vora (12) and Tanisha Prameet Savla (12) from Grade 7, Pravalika Gumma (12), Taniya Bamnodkar (13), Arya Mahesh Dhakate (13) and Aditya Divekar (13) from Grade 8, Urvi Thakurdesai (14) and Divya Jairam (14) from Grade 9. The students and their German teacher Priyangu Savla learnt about the opportunity through a German newsletter.
|2018-01-18||Bus catches fire in Thane; none hurt - Business Standard|
Bus catches fire in Thane; none hurt Thane Last Updated at January 18, 2018 10:10 IST A Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus caught fire near the Mumbra township here, an official said today. There was no passenger in the vehicle at the time of the mishap, he said. As the bus was moving from Mumbra to Anand Nagar in the city, its lights suddenly went off near Retibunder around 8.30 pm yesterday, Thane's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The driver stopped the vehicle and he along with the conductor got down to check what was the problem. However, suddenly the bus caught fire with a loud sound and got charred within minutes, he said. The personnel from the Mumbra fire station rushed to the spot and managed to douse the flames, Kadam said. An investigation was on into the mishap, he added.
|2018-01-18||Flesh trade racket busted in Thane; two men arrested - Business Standard|
Flesh trade racket busted in Thane; two men arrested Thane Last Updated at January 18, 2018 10:25 IST The district rural police arrested two men after busting a flesh trade racket in the Bhayander township here, an official said today. Acting on a tip-off, the police's anti-human trafficking cell sent two decoy customers near a hotel in Bhayander and nabbed the two accused who arrived there to fix a deal for sex trade late last night, he said. The police also rescued a woman and a 16-year-old girl who were allegedly forced into prostitution by the two men, the official said. The accused were booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act. The two victims were sent to a rescue home in Thane, he added.
|2018-01-18||Thane to hold Cartoon Enclave for the first time - Free Press Journal|
Thane to hold Cartoon Enclave for the first time Jan 18, 2018 07:53 am Thane: ‘Making cartoons means very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a cartoon character is the hardest work of all,’ Joseph Barbara, the famous American cartoonist had said. Unfortunately today, there are very few surviving cartoonists but political cartoonists have just vanished. To create an awareness and to involve more people into this vanishing art, an organisation is aiming towards creating new talents in the forever funny art. An organisation formed by the Marathi cartoonists has been organising workshops in schools and colleges to let them introduce to the art of cartooning. The next step is a Conference that will be held on 20th and 21st January in Thane. The first ever conference in city will see the famous cartoons on display and also will get a chance to meet the cartoonists who will make their cartoons within few minutes. Everybody is aware of the power of famous political cartoonists such as R K Lakshman, Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and MNS leader Raj Thackeray.The cartoons which were made by Balasaheb Thackeray and R KLaxman were always apt with the time and fresh forever sending one with powerful messages through it. Therefore, people will get a chance to see the rarest cartoons by these famous artists. To celebrate the centenary of late leader and cartoonist Balasaheb Thackeray, this meet ‘Hasydarshan 2018’ will be inaugpresident Uddhav Thackeray on Jan 2018. The most interesting events in these two-day conclave will definitely be to get your own caricature done and to witness the rarest cartoons of the late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. “We will be displaying here the unseen cartoons of Balasaheb Thackeray. As all are aware he was the world famous cartoonist. His work during 1952 to 1958 will be displayed here.,” said cartoonist Vivek Mehetre.
|2018-01-18||26 Crore Payout In Cheque Bounce Case - NDTV|
Thane Developer Gets Rs. 26 Crore Payout In Cheque Bounce Case A real estate businessman said six people made an agreement with him in May 2006 to give development rights on 60 acres for Rs. 85 crore, adding he paid Rs. 8.5 crore initially Updated: January 18, 2018 16:17 IST THANE: Six partners of a real estate company have been sentenced to one year in jail in a cheque bounce case and a man who had filed the case has been awarded a compensation of Rs. 26 crore. Thane-based Vinayak Enterprises and its six partners have been told to pay over Rs. 3.7 lakh each to the complainant, who's also a real estate developer, and if they don't, they will have to serve three more months in jail. The complainant, Gope Madhavdas Rochlani, of Madhav Construction told the court of First Class Judicial Magistrate RD Chougale that the six people made an agreement with him in May 2006 to give development rights on 60 acres for Rs. 85 crore, adding he paid Rs. 8.5 crore initially. The real estate partners later cancelled the deal and agreed to return the money along with profit, compensation and escalation cost of the land, Mr Rochlani said. He got cheques totalling Rs. 16.50 crore in August and October 2008, which bounced. The counsels for the accused contested the case. magistrate said that considering the rate of interest given by a nationalised bank on fixed deposits, it would be reasonable to grant compensation of Rs. 26 crore Mr Rochlani. The court said the six partners are already convicted in another offence under the Negotiable Instruments Act, which governs cheque-bounce case, by a metropolitan magistrate court in Bandra, Mumbai, and so they cannot be shown leniency.
|2018-01-18||Flesh trade racket busted in Thane, 2 arrested - Tribune India - The Tribune|
Flesh trade racket busted in Thane, 2 arrested Posted at: Jan 18, 2018, 10:31 AM; last updated: Jan 18, 2018, 10:31 AM (IST) Thane, January 18 The district rural police arrested two men after busting a flesh trade racket in the Bhayander township here, an official said on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off, the police’s anti-human trafficking cell sent two decoy customers near a hotel in Bhayander and nabbed the two accused who arrived there to fix a deal for sex trade late last night, he said. The police also rescued a woman and a 16-year-old girl who were allegedly forced into prostitution by the two men, the official said. The accused were booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act. The two victims were sent to a rescue home in Thane, he added. PTI
|2018-01-18||Thane mother-daughter duo booked for duping job-seekers - The Tribune|
Thane mother-daughter duo booked for duping job-seekers Posted at: Jan 18, 2018, 3:20 PM; last updated: Jan 18, 2018, 3:20 PM (IST) Thane, January 18 A 60-year-old woman and her daughter were booked on Thursday by the Naupada police here for allegedly cheating at least half a dozen unemployed youths to the tune of Rs 37.85 lakh, an officer said. A case against the two women--Jayashree Mohite and her 34-year-old daughter Megha Kadam--was registered under Sections 420 (cheating), 506 (criminal intimidation) and others of the IPC, police sub-inspector KS Bagdane of Naupada police station said. “As part of their strategy, the accused approached around half a dozen people promising to give placement to them in Canara Bank and took money from them from time to time between 2011 and 2013. However, the victims neither got jobs nor received their money back,” he said. When the victims approached them for jobs and sought their money back, the women threatened them. According to the police, both the women were booked in a similar case in 2008. Further investigation is on. PTI
|2018-01-18||TMC requests Mumbai rly division to upgrade Thane stn to be fire compliant - Times of India|
TMC requests Mumbai rly division to upgrade Thane stn to be fire compliant Jan 18, 2018, 22:42 IST Thane: The infrastructure at the bustling Thane station seems to be grossly inadequate to tackle major fire emergencies forcing the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to send a request to the railway divisional administration at Mumbai to immediately upgrade the systems here. The blaze in an empty rake at Thane in the wee hours of Wednesday has yet again highlighted the poor infrastructure at the station to tackle such emergencies. Past incidents have revealed that it takes lot of time for the agencies to douse the blaze at the station due to inadequate access and firefighting equipment available at the station with a footfall of nearly six lakh commuters daily. "The railway station is not equipped to handle bigger fire emergencies. We have repeatedly asked the TMC to upgrade their systems like installing hydrants at strategic locations, circuit breakers and sand buckets but to no effect. Following the Wednesday incident, we are now alerting the railway administration to upgrade the infrastructure at the stations in Thane and around to make them fire compliant," said a senior official from the Thane fire brigade. Thane station has around 14 fire extinguishers in addition to those installed by canteens. A few sand and water buckets are also mandatory at the station along with an alarm bell that is however missing from the premises. The Wednesday incident took the fire fighters some time to reach the spot as it was away from the nearest road exit. Also, crucial time was lost in connecting the hoses to the water tankers as there is no facility for drawing water along the railway tracks resulting in a delay in controlling the blaze. A similar incident in June 2017 also took the fire officials nearly an hour to douse the fire on a parked local in the stabling yard. Officials at the Thane station had then admitted that the fire extinguishers available at the station proved insufficient and they had to halt passing local trains and extract cans from them to douse the blaze. As many as 31 extinguishers had to be pressed into service to contain the blaze then.The fire brigade had then requested the administration to install hydrants at the Mumbai and Kalyan end of the platforms at Thane that could help fire fighters douse blazes reported on the station premises immediately. Even though, most fires reported at the station areas are triggered by short circuits and require foam to contain it, fire fighters are known to switch off the power and use water to cool the blaze as is the standard operating procedure, added the official. Thane civic chief, Sanjeev Jaiswal, had surveyed the safety situation around the railway station area in 2016 and discussed the need for a mini fire station here. However, nearly two years and two incidents later, there seems to be no development on that front. With such incidents proving to be a frequent occurrence, railway activists have time and again suggested corrective action to the authorities rather than waiting for a catastrophe to act. Railway station director Suresh Nair remained unavailable for comment.
|2018-01-18||Bus catches fire in Thane; none hurt - Outlook India|
Bus catches fire in Thane; none hurt 18 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 10:10 AM Thane, Jan 18 A Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus caught fire near the Mumbra township here, an official said today. There was no passenger in the vehicle at the time of the mishap, he said. As the bus was moving from Mumbra to Anand Nagar in the city, its lights suddenly went off near Retibunder around 8.30 pm yesterday, Thane's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The driver stopped the vehicle and he along with the conductor got down to check what was the problem. However, suddenly the bus caught fire with a loud sound and got charred within minutes, he said. The personnel from the Mumbra fire station rushed to the spot and managed to douse the flames, Kadam said. An investigation was on into the mishap, he added. Thane, Jan 18 A Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus caught fire near the Mumbra township here, an official said today. There was no passenger in the vehicle at the time of the mishap, he said. As the bus was moving from Mumbra to Anand Nagar in the city, its lights suddenly went off near Retibunder around 8.30 pm yesterday, Thane's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The driver stopped the vehicle and he along with the conductor got down to check what was the problem. However, suddenly the bus caught fire with a loud sound and got charred within minutes, he said. The personnel from the Mumbra fire station rushed to the spot and managed to douse the flames, Kadam said. An investigation was on into the mishap, he added.
|2018-01-18||In 5 years, Kalwa hospital in Thane gets Rs72 crore but spends only Rs78 lakh - Hindustan Times|
In 5 years, Kalwa hospital in Thane gets Rs72 crore but spends only Rs78 lakh TMC had proposed to start a cardiology and neurology centre but these remain only on paper MUMBAI Updated: Jan 19, 2018 00:46 IST The civic-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital, popularly known as the Kalwa hospital, has not spent even Rs1 crore on its upgradation after being allotted funds of around Rs70 crore, in the last five years. The hospital received funds for setting up of a neurology and cardiology centre to provide services to patients; however, the funds remained unused and the services merely on paper. In the budget estimate of 2017-18, the hospital received funds of Rs30 crore, out of which, Rs45 lakh was spent on civil renovation. The remaining funds, like every year are bound to lapse. “In the last five years, the hospital was given crores in funds. In the year 2013-14 it received funds off Rs8 crore out of which only Rs3.10 lakh was used. In 2014-15 Rs9 crore was provided, but only Rs4.92 lakh was spent. Similarly, in 2015-16, it received funds of Rs10 crore out of which Rs5 lakh was utilised. Out of Rs15 crore provided in 2016-17, only Rs20 lakh was used. In the last budget of 2017-18, out of Rs30 crore provided, only Rs45 lakh has been used so far,” a civic official said, requesting anonymity. Thane has two government-run hospitals, the Thane Civil Hospital of the state government and the Kalwa hospital, which is run by the corporation. The Kalwa hospital has often been in the news for lack of proper infrastructure. However, records show that there is no dearth of funds. The municipal corporation said it would not led the funds lapse. “We will not let any of the funds lapse. We have many proposals for the hospital in the pipeline some of which I have signed in the last 10-15 days. We have increased the size of the mortuary from 14 to 50 beds while the paediatric ward too will get renovated,” said Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner. “The corporation had proposed to start a cardiology and neurology centre for which, funds of Rs10 to Rs15 crore were allocated in 2017-18. This centre was supposed to treat the poor with major heart ailments, brain and spine injuries. However, the patients have to either go to private hospitals or Mumbai hospitals. The facility is still only on paper,” a hospital employee said. The funds allocated were also for the hospital to upgrade its department and computerise the functioning. However, this too remains on paper. Rajeev Korde, medical superintendent of Kalwa Hospital, said the Goods and Services Tax had led to some complications. “This year owing to GST few proposals had to be sent for re-tendering. There were a few technical difficulties due to this new tax. We have filled few posts for doctors and the process is ongoing to fill more vacancies. The neurology and cardiac ward will need space, which we are trying to create, but these major projects will still take time,” he said. The trauma care centre, the cardiac ward and the ICU which were set up four years ago are either closed or only partly functional due to lack of qualified doctors. While the hospital lacks qualified MD doctors for full-time, the Out Patient Department too has insufficient doctors. The medical college, which started in 1992, still has no post-graduation or super-speciality courses, the employee said. However, the corporation has set up a mammography machine to help in early detection of cancer in women.
|2018-01-18||Thane police seal petrol pump in Hadapsar for using illegal IC chips - Hindustan Times|
Thane police seal petrol pump in Hadapsar for using illegal IC chips According to the police, the IC chips enable pulsars in the machine to dispense lesser petrol. PUNE Updated: Jan 18, 2018 16:31 IST Petrol dispensing machines of Vidya petrol pump at Vaiduwadi in Hadapsar were sealed by the Thane crime branch on Tuesday midnight for the use of illegal integrated circuit (IC) chips for delivering a lesser quantity of petrol that the input amount. Senior police inspector Vishnu Pawar of Hadapsar police station said, “We were totally unaware about the raid. When contacted, the petrol pump owners informed us that the pump has sealed by the Thane crime branch. Thane crime branch police had already visited the pump earlier for investigation, but this time, they took strong action.” According to the police, the IC chips enable pulsars in the machine to dispense lesser petrol. Cops seized the pulsar, an electronic card, from one of the petrol-dispensing units and has sent it for lab testing. Police discovered that the quantity of petrol dispensed was 100ml lesser that the input amount for every five litre of petrol. The petrol pump owner, Deepak Gupta, is absconding since Tuesday. Maharashtra DGP Satish Mathur had given special permission to the crime branch of Thane police to raid petrol pumps across the state. Following the move, they had conducted over 100 raids across Maharashtra.
|2018-01-18||Thane: 30 children fall sick after consuming food at madrassa - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE: 30 CHILDREN FALL SICK AFTER CONSUMING FOOD AT MADRASSA Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 10.27 AM IST Around 30 students of a madrassa in the Bhiwandi township here suffered from suspected food poisoning after having a meal at a function, an official said today. The children were served food at a feast organised by a person at the madrassa on Tuesday afternoon, Bhiwandi's tehsildar Shashikant Gaikwad said. The students, all boys aged around 12 to 15, complained of vomiting, nausea, stomachache and giddiness yesterday following which they were rushed to the government- run IGM hospital in Bhiwandi, he said.Later, as the health of some of the children started deteriorating, all of them were shifted to the Nair Hospital in neighbouring Mumbai, he said. Gaikwad visited the children at the hospital last night and said they all were out of danger. An investigation was on into the incident, he added.
|2018-01-18||Bio-medical waste mgmt training kickstarted in city - Times of India|
Bio-medical waste mgmt training kickstarted in city Jan 18, 2018, 22:43 IST Thane: In an attempt to ensure that 100 per cent of the bio-medical waste generated in Thane city is segregated and disposed safely, city based non government organisations and the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Thane last Friday. NGOs R-Nisarg Foundation and Enviro Vigil along with the association kickstarted a first-of-its-kind bio-medical waste management training programme for healthcare professionals. While the 1,800 plus medical organisations in the city generate over two tonnes of hazardous biomedical waste on a daily basis, as much as 600kg or 30 per cent of this toxic waste is not segregated properly according to the data accumulated by Enviro Vigil. Environmental experts working in this industry asserted that while 30 per cent may seem like a small number, this mismanagement of bio-medical waste, however small, could not only result in the spreading of infections and diseases for those handling the misplaced toxic waste, but also affect the environment through incorrect disposal."The segregation of bio-medical waste is a four-pronged system. While the yellow coloured bag is used for disposing biomedical waste that needs to be burnt like body organs, blood, soiled waste and so on, the red bag is for plastic, rubber and other recyclable waste. The blue bag is for glass and metal and the white canister is for sharp items like razors and needles," said Dr Lata Ghanshamnani, founder of R-Nisarg Foundation, while addressing a crowd of 100 plus healthcare professionals at the first training session in Naupada. "Putting the waste from the yellow bag in the others could affect the health of those further segregating the waste as they could come in touch with the infected blood and fluids. Meanwhile, putting the recyclable waste like rubber and plastic in the yellow bag could result in high air pollution levels. This is why it is crucial that this hazardous waste is managed safely," she added. The training programme will continue for the coming three months after which this entire system will be digitalised. "After the training, each medical organisation will be given an identity and password to a special website, where they can update the waste segregated, generated and handed over to us," said Prasad Date, CEO of Enviro Vigil.
|2018-01-18||TMT starts bus to connect Kalwa with Retibunder - Times of India|
TMT starts bus to connect Kalwa with Retibunder Jan 18, 2018, 22:46 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) on Wednesday introduced a new route to connect Kalwa to Retibunder. Route number 81 will ply from Kalwa railway station (West), Kalwa car shed gate, Kaveri Setu, Dattawadi, Kharegaon Naka, Parsik Nagar to Retibunder circle or the Aatmaram Patil chowk. The frequency of the buses will be 40 minutes with 30 trips on a daily basis. While the first bus will start from Retibunder circle at 7am, the last trip will be at 9pm. Whereas, from Kalwa the first one will leave at 7.20am and the last at 8.40pm. There would be no services between 12pm and 3.30 pm. tnn
|2018-01-17||Fire reported in empty local train near Thane railway station - Hindustan Times|
Fire reported in empty local train near Thane railway station The blaze started in a 12-coach train, which was parked in the yard after its last run, around 1.45am; investigations underway MUMBAI Updated: Jan 17, 2018 23:38 IST One compartment of an empty 12-coach train, parked at the yard near Thane railway station, caught fire around 1.45am on Wednesday. Nobody was injured. “Fire engines from Jawahar Baugh, Kopri, Panchpakhadi and Wagle Estate were sent to the site, along with a quick response vehicle,” said Arun Raut, fire officer. Santosh Kadam, disaster management control officer, Thane Municipal Corporation, said it took 30 minutes to douse the fire. “Getting the fire engines close to the station was challenging, as the flyover is low. We used an alternative route, B-Cabin Road, which is jam-packed during the day, but was thankfully empty that night,” Kadam said. Officials are now trying to establish the cause of the blaze. Kadam said it is likely that a short circuit sparked the fire. “The train was parked after completing its last journey of the day. It’s likely that overheating caused a short circuit,” he said. Railway officials have not ruled out the role of miscreants. “A committee of senior officers headed by a safety officer will conduct an inquiry into the incident,” said SK Jain, divisional railway manager, CR. Thane station sees 6.81 lakh commuters daily. It was, however, was empty when fire broke out, making it easier for officials to limit the damage.
|2018-01-17||Fire damages empty train near Thane - The Hindu|
Fire damages empty train near Thane MUMBAI, JANUARY 18, 2018 00:23 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 18, 2018 00:23 IST Train was parked on a siding track A fire broke out in an empty suburban local train near Thane station around 1.45 a.m. on Wednesday, after the train had finished its services for the day. Operated by the Central Railway (CR), the train was parked on a siding track near Platform 1 when the fire broke out. Thane Fire Brigade officials responded to the alert and rushed four fire engines and two water tankers to the station. The train was empty, and there were no casualties reported. Firefighters took around 30 minutes to douse the blaze, which was extinguished by 2.15 a.m. The fire damaged one coach of a Siemens rake, but did not affect the motor coach. Railway officials said the fire has not affected the electrical components of the coach, and the damage is limited to seats and flooring. While officials are still assessing the impact of the fire, the loss is estimated to be around ?20,000. The train was parked on the siding track at 1.25 a.m, and electrical supply to it was cut off, since its pantograph was down. Railways officials said it seems unlikely that a short circuit may have been the cause. “We have ordered an inquiry into the fire. A forensics team is examining the coach to determine the source of the fire,” S.K. Jain, CR Divisional Regional Manager, said. Railway staff and officials will conduct night checks on all trains parked on the siding track. Similar incidents occurred in January 2016 and November 2015, when fires damaged trains parked at siding in Titwala and Badlapur respectively. “The railways should disclose the findings of the inquiries that into the earlier fires, and whether the recommendations at the time have been implemented,” Subhash Gupta, president of Rail Yatri Parishad, said. “The only way to prevent such incidents is to build boundary walls and make sure that there is no public access to tracks,” he said.
|2018-01-17||Thane court defers hearing in defamation case against Rahul Gandhi - Moneycontrol.com|
Thane court defers hearing in defamation case against Rahul Gandhi The hearing was deferred after Gandhi's counsel sought time for his client to appear before the court, citing his political commitments. Jan 17, 2018 03:53 PM IST A magistrate court here today deferred the hearing in the defamation case filed against Congress president Rahul Gandhi by an RSS worker on his alleged statement over Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. The hearing was deferred after Gandhi's counsel sought time for his client to appear before the court, citing his political commitments. First Class Judicial Magistrate L M Pathan fixed April 23 for hearing the case. The complainant's lawyer, however, alleged that these were just delaying tactics and said if Gandhi wanted an adjournment, he should have sought it earlier and not at the last moment.He also filed a pursis in the court alleging that the accused was being given preferential treatment. Pursis refers to any written information or a statement in writing that is provided to a court and wish for the information to be included as evidence. The case against Gandhi was filed by a local RSS functionary, Rajesh Kunte, over the Congress leader's speech at Bhiwandi in Thane district on March 6, 2014 in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. During the rally, Gandhi allegedly said, "The RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi." The Congress 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.
|2018-01-17||Fake driving licence racket busted in Thane, one held - The Hindu|
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|2018-01-17||No bird injuries due to kite strings this year too in Thane city - Times of India|
No bird injuries due to kite strings this year too in Thane city Jan 17, 2018, 22:29 IST THANE: While cases of bird injuries due to kite cuts were once common during Makar Sankranti, the number of bird injuries recorded this year in Thane city was negligible. Meanwhile, the neighbouring cities and townships of Mumbai, Thakurli and Dombivali saw dozens of such instances where the flying kites brought down a number of birds.Shakuntala Majumdar, president of Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hospital and Emergency Centre, said, "While we encountered zero bird injuries since the last few years, we still had an ambulance going around the city looking for distress calls this year to ensure that every injured bird receives the necessary treatment. Luckily, not one was injured this time as well. However, we did admit five kite birds, one owl and one cattle egret who were found with kite injuries in Mumbai on Tuesday." "While Thane city didn't see any bird injuries, we came across many in Thakurli and Dombivali areas. We rescued one flying fox, six rock pigeons, two barn owls and one Asian Koel will sever cuts in these areas, especially where there were kite-flying competitions organised. Unfortunately, four of the rock pigeons and the flying fox succumbed to their injuries," said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of a Dombivali-based wildlife organisation. While some wildlife activists pointed out that the zero injury count in Thane city was a result of high awareness levels among citizens, others believe that the recent National Green Tribunal ban on the use of synthetic kite strings could have helped. "While incidents of birds getting injured or cut by glass coated or synthetic strings during kite-flying festivals was once common, people are more aware about the harms. While many completely cancelled their kite flying plans, others switched to the use simple thread manja," said Aditi Nair, chairperson of Thane-based animal group PAL.
|2018-01-17||Two detained for filming video falsely accusing Thane Municipal Commissioner of molestation - Hindustan Times|
Two detained for filming video falsely accusing Thane Municipal Commissioner of molestation The truth came to light after Jaiswal’s 15-year-old domestic helper, who featured in the video, confessed that she was paid to make the allegations against Jaiswal. MUMBAI Updated: Jan 18, 2018 00:14 IST Two people were detained by the Thane anti extortion cell (AEC) on Wednesday for filming and circulating a video which spread false allegations of sexual molestation against the Thane Municipal commissioner, Sanjeev Jaiswal in December. The truth came to light after Jaiswal’s 15-year-old domestic helper, who featured in the video, confessed that she was paid to make the allegations against Jaiswal. A non-cognizable offence has been filed with the Chithalsar police against Sandip Gundhukhupe,32, an MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) party worker, and Ashwin Shetty,35, hotelier. The two will be produced in court on Thursday.
|2018-01-17||490 hotel owners in Thane yet to submit forms for NOC - Hindustan Times|
490 hotel owners in Thane yet to submit forms for NOC Around 490 hoteliers have merely collected the forms from the fire department, but not a single form has been submitted. MUMBAI Updated: Jan 18, 2018 00:54 IST The deadline given to the hotel owners to comply with fire-safety norms will end on Saturday but the fire department of Thane Municipal Corporation has not received a single application. Hotel owners had demanded more time to get the documents in place and the TMC extended the deadline. Around 490 hoteliers have merely collected the forms from the fire department, but not a single form has been submitted. Chief fire officer of TMC Shashikant Kale said, “Around 490 hoteliers have taken the fire no-objection certificate (NOC) forms, but we have not received even one. We will not extend the deadline.” The hotel association has cited the stringent checklist set by the department to get a NOC. The NOC form has a checklist of 19 points which the hotels will have to fulfill. Navin Shetty, a member of hotel owners’ association, said, “We conduct fire audits every two years. Obtaining an NOC is simply a technical formality. There are clauses like keeping a sand bucket every 100 sqf area in the hotel. A 1,000 sqft hotel will need 24 sand buckets. Imagine people dining near sand buckets. The FDA rules do not allow sand buckets in dining area.” After the fire in a Mumbai restaurant which claimed 14 lives, the TMC is tightening screws on hotels flouting fire-safety norms. It gave several deadlines to the hotels, pubs, bars and lounges to comply with the norms and get an NOC from the fire department. All warnings were ignored and the civic chief decided to start sealing errant hotels. Kale said the rules are simple to follow. “All the points are simple fire-safety measures such as keeping passages free of obstruction, having an access road for fire tenders to the hotel, installing fire extinguishers and sand buckets at every 100 sqft in the hotel, have two entry and exit point for the kitchen and dining area and kitchen should have adequate exhaust. None of these are non-achievable,” he said. According to Shetty, sand buckets are required only near electric meter boxes and fire extinguishers. “There are also clauses related to furnishings inside the hotels and the use of gas cylinders or piped gas. Not all hotels can comply to all these norms though we are doing our best to follow it,” he added.
|2018-01-17||Thane fire: Civic body asks Central Railway to install ring hydrants at ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane fire:?Civic body asks Central Railway to install ring hydrants at every platform MUMBAI Updated: Jan 17, 2018 23:44 IST Following the fire that gutted an empty coach of a local train early on Wednesday, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has asked the central railway to fix ring hydrants at all of its platforms to cut response time during a fire. This is a second fire in a local train and the TMC said these hydrants could be used to extinguish blazes before the fire brigade arrives. The fire broke out inside a coach of an empty train along platform number 1 of Thane station. “The platform is closer to the road and can also be accessed from the B-cabin side. However. had the fire started at a different platform and during peak hours, access would have being difficult. We had asked the railway authorities to fix ring hydrants at each of the station’s 10 platforms following the previous fire in June last year. However, they have not paid heed to the suggestion,” said a fire officer. The department said it will draft a letter to the railway authorities demanding the fitment of the hydrants. “These hydrants are, as per the government norms, fitted in most railway stations across India. They are also used for filling water in railway tanks or cleaning toilets in case of long distance trains,” he added. The officer said every platform should have these hydrants at a distance of 30 meters. “The hydrants should have a 100-metre-long hose pipe. If these hydrants are fitted, the railways can themselves douse the fire immediately, preventing any major loss of life or property,” he said. In the past: June 7, 2017: A fire broke out in an empty rake stationed at the yard near B-cabin in Thane on June 7, 2017. Though the fire was minor, the railway authorities were unable to control the smoke and had to call the fire brigade officials. The fire was inside an empty rake which was stationed in the car shed and thus, no passengers were hurt. November 2016: 50 commuters were safely evacuated from a Kalyan-bound local when the pantograph of one of the coaches of the train caught fire. People saw smoke coming out of the train as it headed towards Thane platform and started running in panic. The authorities cleared the commuters inside the train, doused the fire, and sent it to Kalwa car shed for repair.
|2018-01-16||Thane to soon get first of its kind Football Turf - Free Press Journal|
Thane to soon get first of its kind Football Turf Jan 15, 2018 09:14 am Thane: There is a good news for football players of Thane as the Thane municipal Corporation has planned to develop a football turf soon. The turf will be of the professional standard to give the experience of professional matches. This is a first of its kind ground by the corporation. This will be developed at Gavand baug ,Upvan area of Thane. Thane has cricekt,table tennis, badminton court ,rifle shooting,skating and other athletic facilities but,yet there was no single ground for football in the city. “The ground will not only be used for football practices but can also host national level football games in Thane. The Gawand Baugh ground is around 11,247 sq. m. and fitting a football turf here will merely take three days. Such turfs are used at international level for public playgrounds. Maintaining these turfs is cost effective compared to growing natural grass and maintaining it. The turf can be used in all the seasons. There was a constant demand from the residents and the politicians to construct a ground dedicated to football.” An officer from corporation gave the information. An agency will be devloping the football ground. “The agency along with an artificial football turf, will also create artificial tracks for cricket and volleyball when required. A children play park and walking track will also be developed along the ground. The turf will have food court, parking facilities and seating arrangements for people to watch the game,” he added. The turf will be developed by a private agency though the water, electricity, land and minor civic works will be provided by the corporation. The agency will give twenty percent of the profit earned to the corporation.The entry to this turf will be charged. The turf will be open for general public from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm everyday. The agency can give the ground for private football clubs in the remaining time. The ground will also be maintained by the agency for 20 years.
|2018-01-16||Fake driving licence racket busted in Thane, one held - The Hindu|
Fake driving licence racket busted in Thane, one held MUMBAI , JANUARY 17, 2018 00:43 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 17, 2018 00:43 IST Accused charged ?11,000 for each licence printed at home The Thane Police Crime Branch arrested a 54-year-old man on Tuesday for allegedly cheating hundreds of people by offering smart card driving licences, but issuing fake ones instead. According to Thane Crime Branch officers, the accused has been identified as Sunil Chaudhari, a resident of Mulund who has been running a driving institute in Thane for the last 10 years. Officers said that police constable Ravindra Katkar of Thane Crime Branch (Unit I) received a tip-off about the fake license racket being run by Mr. Chaudhari. He alerted other Unit I officers and Mr. Chaudhari was picked up near Ceaser Park Hotel in Thane. An officer with Thane Crime Branch said, “Inquiries have established that Mr. Chaudhari would pose as an agent. He would claim that he could obtain driving licences from the Thane Regional Transport Office for a fee. He would then issue forged licences at ?11,000 each. He made the fake licences at home using a photo editing software and laser printers.” The officer said that they recovered 253 forged smart card licences, 50 blank smart cards, and printing equipment during a raid on his house in Mulund. The officer said, “Mr. Chaudhari has been running the racket for around a year now. He has so far cheated close to 700 people in Thane and nearby areas. We have also recovered rubber stamps from his house. We are investigating how he obtained the blank smart cards and the rubber stamps.” Rubber stamps seized Mr. Chaudhari was arrested and charged with cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code. The officer said, “We also recovered rubber stamps belonging to government departments such as the police and revenue. We are interrogating Mr. Chaudhari to find out if he also ran other rackets using the government stamps.”
|2018-01-16||Thane: Rescued children to undergo DNA tests - The Indian Express|
Thane: Rescued children to undergo DNA tests Thane: Rescued children to undergo DNA tests “She claimed the babies were her own, but we believe she abducted them. So, we will get DNA tests done,” said a senior officer. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: January 17, 2018 3:16 am Related News Assam: DNA test to settle matter as couple, woman fight over 15-yr-old boyMaharashtra: With beef ban, more awareness, DNA dept’s workload rose by 80% in 3 yearsAccused to undergo brain-mapping, DNA tests: PoliceTHE Thane police will soon conduct DNA tests on two other children found along with the newborn baby stolen from Thane Civil Hospital by a group of alleged child traffickers. The police found two children with the accused, including an infant who is a few months old. The accused, Gudiya Rajbhar, was arrested along with her husband and another man on Monday. The newborn was returned to his mother. The other two children were sent to juvenile centres. “She claimed the babies were her own, but we believe she abducted them. So, we will get DNA tests done,” said a senior officer. The police also requested a court to extend custody of the three till January 24, which was granted. “It is possible that they colluded with other people and it is imperative to arrest them. We also need to identify if they have already sold some children. That’s all part of the investigation,” an officer from the crime branch added. For all the latest Mumbai News, download Indian Express App More Related News UN silently offers DNA testing to prove paternity claims for ‘peacekeeper babies’ Court allows DNA test in parentage dispute
|2018-01-16||In a first, Shiv Sena bags Thane ZP chairman seat - Times of India|
In a first, Shiv Sena bags Thane ZP chairman seat Jan 16, 2018, 22:33 IST Thane: The Shiv Sena has bagged Thane Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman seat, a first ever for the party since its inception, following a winning deal with the NCP whose member will be nominated as deputy-chairman of the ZP. Sena's Manjula Jadhav from Shahpur taluka was chosen unopposed as president of the ZP, as the seat was reserved for a woman this time. Jadhav's name was sealed after colleague Nanda Ughada (BJP) who had also filed her nominations withdrew at the last minute. NCP candidate from Murbad, Subhash Pawar, also bagged the seat of the deputy after Ashok Gharat (BJP) decided to opt out of the race at the last minute. The coalition formula used by the Sena and NCP for bagging the Thane ZP has now set a precedent for the forthcoming elections in the state, point out analysts as leaders from both parties maintained it was nothing but a natural alliance formed to keep the BJP away from power. The alliance was done on few seats in four talukas. While the alliance was opposed by some sections from both parties, the hierarchy apparently decided to take the gamble which luckily paid off setting off a new trend for all the forthcoming elections. "The last minute decision of forging an alliance at the local levels helped both the parties secure a considerable margin and could possibly be an alternative to fight the BJP in the forthcoming assembly polls as well," said Pramod Hindurao, senior leader of NCP.
|2018-01-16||Thane couple arrested for allegedly kidnapping newborn, 5 other children found at accused's house - Scroll.in|
Thane couple arrested for allegedly kidnapping newborn, 5 other children found at accused’s house The children have been sent to a remand home and are likely to undergo a DNA test, the police said. by Scroll Staff Published Yesterday · 02:56 pm The police reunite the newborn, who was kidnapped from the Thane civil hospital, with his mother on Monday. | Praful Gangurde/HT Photo The Maharashtra Police have arrested a Thane-based couple and one of their relatives for allegedly kidnapping a newborn from the civil hospital, the Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday. The police also found five other children at the home of the accused and suspect that they too may have been abducted.“The three Kalyan residents – Gudiya Sonu Rajbhar, Sonu Parshuram Rajbhar and their relative Vijay Kailash Shrivastav – do odd jobs,” said Joint Commissioner of Thane Police Madhukar Pandey. “We found five other children in their home, who Gudiya claimed were hers. Of the five, only one child said that Gudiya was her mother.”Pandey said that after being alerted the police went through footage from the closed circuit television cameras at the hospital. They saw a woman in a pink saree taking away the newborn in the early hours of Sunday, The Times of India reported. “She could be seen fleeing with a 12-year-old girl and Srivastav,” the police officer added. “The trio boarded an autorickshaw and went to Thane station.”The police immediately deployed eight officers and 25 personnel to various stations and tracked them down after the cameras showed the three alighting at Kalyan. “They boarded the 4.30 am Ambernath-CSMT train and took the same train back to Kalyan,” Pandey said.The police reunited the newborn boy with his mother on Monday. The five others have been sent to a remand home. The police said that they plan to conduct a DNA test on them, the Hindustan Times reported. We welcome your comments at email@example.com. Maharashtra Thane Police crimes against children Print Related Consider cutting down the cost of sanitary napkins, Bombay High Court tells Maharashtra government Trending Indian Medical Association asks that doctors be excused from participating in execution of convicts No filters: An Indian female artist is talking about sexuality, health and flatulence on Instagram Should Republic TV be supported by fellow journalists? Chennai incident sparks debate Apart from the Haj, India subsidises a range of pilgrimages – most of them Hindu Caught on camera: An extremely rare jellyfish that looks exactly like a firework
|2018-01-16||Times Sanskruti Arts festival draws to a mersmerising close - Times of India|
Times Sanskruti Arts festival draws to a mersmerising close Jan 16, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: Following the record turnout on Sunday which had a footfall of over 50,000 in the evening slot alone, a large number of music aficionados, defying the visibly jammed approach roads, made their presence felt at the Times Sanskruti Arts festival venue as early as 6pm, not to miss out the star performers. The festival came to an end on Monday night at the panoramic view of Upvan lake. The scenic beauty of Upvan lake echoed with the semi-classical music concert of Pride of Gujarat named Osman Mir with the accompaniment of other instrumentalists at the picturesque floating Tarang stage. It was one show that Thaneites would remember for a long time. Mir left the audience spellbound with his two-hour rendition. "He has made our day with his powerful vocal chord. It was special treat for Thaneites that is culturally rich," said a resident Shrimathi R.The final day of four-day event witnessed over a lakh audience in the periphery of the lake besides the property exhibition venue below the embankment area. "I am overwhelmed to see the happiness on the faces of Thaneities through this annual event. In the fourth edition we have incorporated a mega property show and will plan a much bigger carnival next year," said organising committee head Pratap Sarnaik. Dr Kanak Rele, a Padma awardee and exponent of Mohiniattam was yet another showstopper at the festival who delivered a spectacular performance at the Mudra stage much to the delight of classical dance connoisseurs. "She is the best among the Mohiniattam performers I have ever witnessed," said Pallavi Patil, a visitor. Odissi dancer Sanchita Bhattacharya mesmerised the audience at dusk with her brilliant moves and expressions followed by Kathak performer Shama Bhate. The much-awaited award ceremony had Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal receiving the Shiv Gaurav Puraskar for his contribution to the development of Thane city. Among other performers were Akshata Mane and Gayatri Bhat on kathak, disciples of Guru Nandini Ashok's and Guru Kala Srinivasan besides Swati Daithankar on Bharatnatyam and Varsha Raut on Mohiniattam.
|2018-01-16||Thaneites sweat it out even in winter - Times of India|
Thaneites sweat it out even in winter Jan 16, 2018, 22:34 IST Thane: Even as most denizens were enjoying to slight nip in the air for almost a month, the sudden rise in temperature since the last couple of days could be an indicator of the end of winter, weathermen claim. While lake-city witnessed quite a drop in temperature in first week of January when the mercury levels dropped to 18 degrees Celsius, the overall temperature have been on a slow rise.The last recorded temperature by the TMC showed that while the minimum temperature was 22.1 degrees Celsius last Thursday, the maximum temperatures rose from 27.6 degrees Celsius on January 1 to 38.1 degrees Celsius on January 11. "In December and first week of January, the weather was cool and pleasant that we had to wear sweaters. However, over the last few days, especially on Sunday, it has suddenly turned so hot that we had to get up in the middle of the night and switch on the AC. In the afternoon, it almost seems like summer," said Shruti Desai, a Vijay Nagari resident. Anup Iyer, Vasant Vihar resident, said, "Winter season is ideal for stargazing and trekking because of the cool climate and clear skies. I just started going for these camps, but with the temperatures on the rise, the camp this weekend was not as pleasant as it is supposed to be." Meanwhile, officials from the weather department said citizens in Thane-Mumbai- Dahanu regions will not get any respite from the heat for at least four to five days, after which the temperatures will drop marginally. "Winter persists in these regions only when the cool winds from the north blow down towards the south and south west regions. However, the wind directions have changed and these areas are now receiving warn south easterly winds, which will persist for at least four to five days. While the mercury levels will drop thereafter, it will be a slight drop," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather.
|2018-01-15||Thane: Fire breaks out in a high rise building - Times of India|
Thane: Fire breaks out in a high rise building Jan 15, 2018, 10:25 IST THANE: A fire broke out at a multistorey building in the Gaondevi area of Thane in the wee hours of Monday following a short circuit in the electric meter box of the building.No loss of life or injury has been reported so far.The blaze was noticed around 3 AM following which fire brigade officials were alerted who rushed to the spot and evacuated the 26 families staying in the high-rise building. The situation was brought under control by fire brigade and disaster management team, said Santosh Kadam, a civic official.
|2018-01-15||Thane woman drowns in Kacharali lake - The Hindu|
Thane woman drowns in Kacharali lake THANE, JANUARY 16, 2018 00:34 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 16, 2018 15:42 IST Family says she was unwell and under heavy medication A 42-year old woman drowned after falling in Kacharali lake in Thane on Monday morning. According to the Naupada police, the deceased, Sandhya Jadhav, was a resident of Panchpakhadi in Thane, close to the lake. She used to go for a morning walk at the lake every day. Her brother, Vinayak Kharat, said he received a call from his wife on Monday, telling him that Sandhya, who usually returned from her walk in 30 to 45 minutes, had not come back even after two hours. “I reached the lake to try and find her, and saw a crowd had gathered at the lake as a body was floating in the water. I recognised the body as my sister,” Mr. Kharat said. Thane Municipal Corporation officials said they received a call around 8:45 a.m. and sent a fire brigade team, which removed the body from the water. The Naupada police, who were informed by Mr. Kharat, also sent a team to the spot. The police rushed Sandhya to the Thane Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead before admission. “Sandhya’s family members have told us that she had been sick for the last few days and was under heavy medication, which is likely to have taken a toll on her mental health. The lake is surrounded by high walls, and it is impossible for anyone to fall into the water by accident,” said Senior Police Inspector Sanjay Dhumal. Sandhya worked as a peon in a school in Thane and used to stay with her husband, who delivers newspapers for a living, and two teenaged children who study in the Thane Municipal School. She had been admitted to the Kaushalya medical centre in Panchpakhadi for five days last week due to high fever, Mr. Kharat said. Sandhya’s body was handed over to her family after a postmortem examination, and she was cremated on Monday evening. The police have filed an accidental death report in the case. Kacharali lake and nearby recreational areas were closed for the rest of the day.
|2018-01-15||Thane: Stolen Infant Reunited With Mother, Search For Him Ends Up In Rescuing Five More Children - Outlook India|
Thane: Stolen Infant Reunited With Mother, Search For Him Ends Up In Rescuing Five More Children 15 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 7:10 PM A day after an infant boy was stolen from the Thane Civil Hospital, the police today recovered him with the search resulting in the rescue of five more children and the arrest of three persons. The new-born baby was stolen from the maternity ward of the Thane Civil Hospital early morning yesterday, a few hours after a tribal woman gave birth to him. A crime branch team led by inspector Nitin Thackre raided a house at Pisavali in Kalyan tehsil of the district this morning, and arrested Gudiya Sonu Rajbhar (35), her husband Sonu Rajbhar (40) and Vijay Kailas Srivastava (55). Apart from the stolen infant, they found five other children there. One of them was a two-month-old girl. Others were three girls who are eleven-year-old , nine-year-old, five-year-old respectively and a three-year-old boy. They were apparently not related to the accused, police said. A woman approached her and asked to hand over the boy saying `your mother wants to see him'. Taking the baby, the woman fled. Thane police commissioner Madhukar Pandey said that police started a massive search operation from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in south Mumbai to Kalyan. CCTV footage at the hospital and railway stations led the police team to Pisavali village. The three accused were arrested under section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC. The commissioner said police were probing if the other five rescued children too had been stolen, and whether any organised child-trafficking gang was involved.
|2018-01-15||Shiv Sena, NCP join hands to capture power in Thane Zilla Parishad - Times of India|
Shiv Sena, NCP join hands to capture power in Thane Zilla Parishad Jan 15, 2018, 23:40 IST THANE: The Shiv Sena and the NCP have joined hands and captured power at the Thane Zilla Parishad (ZP) keeping the BJP out. While Sena nominee Majusha Jadhav was on Monday elected unopposed as ZP president, NCP candidate Subash Pawar was elected unopposed as the vice-president. BJP candidates withdrew their nomination forms at the eleventh hour paving way for smooth sailing of the Shiv Sena and NCP combine. The elections to the 53-member Thane ZP were held last month in which Shiv Sena bagged 26 seats, NCP 10, BJP 16 and 1 seat was won by an independent candidate. Senior Shiv Sena leader and Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde told reporters "the arrangement of going with the NCP was a local one."Shinde said "the tie up in Thane ZP was based on the discussions between Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar "On the development issues, we are together," he said. Shinde, however, did not comment on the future of the possible tie up with the NCP in the other elections.
|2018-01-15||Thane: Fire breaks out in residential building; 29 families shifted - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE: FIRE BREAKS OUT IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 29 FAMILIES SHIFTED Updated: Jan 15, 2018, 02.13 PM IST Thane: A fire broke out in the electrical meter box of a residential building here in the early hours today, an official said. Following the blaze, all 29 families residing in the seven-storey building, located near the Thane railway station, were shifted out, the city civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. A 32-year-old woman suffered from suffocation due to the dense smoke following the fire which erupted around 3 am, he said. Two cars parked near the electrical meter box were also damaged, he said. The firemen and personnel of the disaster management cell along with local police rushed to the spot upon getting information and managed to douse the flames, he said.
|2018-01-15||Thane: RTI activist arrested in extortion case - The Indian Express|
Thane: RTI activist arrested in extortion case Thane: RTI activist arrested in extortion case Charushila Patil (37), who works with a local news channel, was arrested on Sunday while accepting money from the Kalyan-based builder. By: PTI | Thane | Published: January 15, 2018 4:21 pm An offence of extortion under IPC section 384 has been registered against the accused at the Kolsewadi police station. (Representational image) Related News RTI Act can’t prevail over Supreme Court rules, says Delhi High CourtGovernment should set up authority to ‘compel’ ministries to put info on websites, says Wajahat HabibullahIt’s lonely on the groundA Right-To-Information activist and journalist has been arrested by the anti-corruption bureau of the Thane police for extorting money from a builder. Charushila Patil (37), who works with a local news channel, was arrested on Sunday while accepting money from the Kalyan-based builder, said police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar. Patil had filed complaints against the builder with the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, and had threatened to have his constructions demolished by the municipal body if he didn’t pay herRs 50 lakh, police said. On January 3, the builder paid her Rs 2 lakh, and then approached the Thane police, who laid a trap and arrested Patil on Sunday when she was accepting another Rs five lakh from him, the police spokesperson said. An offence of extortion under IPC section 384 has been registered against her at the Kolsewadi police station. For all the latest Mumbai News, download Indian Express App More Related News No centralised data on pending RTI application: Government 50 per cent of human rights complaints from J&K: RTI
|2018-01-15||Thane cops told to file reply to woman's plea blaming them for - The New Indian Express|
Thane cops told to file reply to woman's plea blaming them for Published: 15th January 2018 10:26 PM Last Updated: 15th January 2018 10:33 PM son's suicide Mumbai, Jan 15 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today directed the Thane police to submit its reply to a petition filed by a woman alleging that her 22-year-old son committed suicide due to harassment by the police last year. A bench headed by Justice B R Gavai directed that a senior officer from the Thane police department file the reply by January 17, responding to the allegations made in the petition. The plea was filed by Pushpa Jagtap, a resident of Thane district near here. In her petition, Jagtap claimed that her son Mitesh was arrested by officials of Titwala police station in Thane district on August 21, 2017, on the charge of stealing a motorcycle. The petitioner claimed that the police beat her son in the custody and abused him even though he was innocent. She said some police officials refused to return her son's mobile phone when he was released from their custody on August 22. "They (police officials) threatened to incriminate him in other cases and asked us for money in return for the phone. When my son told them he didn't want his phone back since we had no money to give, they threatened they would ensure that I was publicly shamed," Jagtap said in her plea. "My son couldn't bear this humiliation and constant harassment at the hands of the police and hanged himself in the house on August 23," she said. Jagtap demanded that the police officials concerned be booked on the charge of abetment of suicide. PTI AYA NSK SMN .
|2018-01-15||Baby abducted from Thane hospital traced in 24 hours - Times of India|
Baby abducted from Thane hospital traced in 24 hours Updated: Jan 16, 2018, 01:33 IST THANE: Swift and meticulous police action, backed by extensive CCTV coverage across Thane and Mumbai, helped rescue in 24 hours a newborn kidnapped from Thane civil hospital early on Sunday. Three persons were arrested from Kalyan. The baby, which went missing around 3am on Sunday, was reunited with his mother Mohini Bhovar, 19, on Monday morning. Gudiya Rajbhar, 35, her husband Sonu, 40, and their relative Vijay Srivastava, 55, were held in the slums of Pisavli village around 11am. Besides the baby, six children-between two months and 12 years-were found in the house. The Rajbhar couple claimed them as their own. Police plan to conduct DNA tests. The newborn, swathed in a blanket, was returned in the hospital to his mother, who had spent a day crying, refusing her prescribed diet, and cursing herself and the people around for the loss of her baby five hours after a normal delivery late on Saturday. Madhukar Pandey, joint commissioner of police, Thane, said CCTV footage from the hospital had shown a woman in a pink saree taking away Bhovar's child from the labour ward in the early hours of Sunday. "She could be seen fleeing with a 12-year-old girl and Srivastav. The trio boarded an autorickshaw and went to Thane station," added Pandey. They boarded the 4:30am Ambernath-CSMT train and took the same train back to Kalyan.It was the first train they saw in the station and boarded so as not to evoke suspicion. When they reached CSMT, they did not get off. The rake had become a Titwala-bound local, and they continued on it. We sent eight officers and 25 police officials to various stations, from CSMT to Titwala. After going through the CCTV footage, we saw the three alighting at Kalyan. After inquiries, we found that Gudiya stayed with her husband Sonu and Srivastav in Pisavli," said Nitin Thakre, a senior inspector from crime branch unit-1, who raided their house. On Monday morning, the cops arrived at the small two-room house. In one room, were the six children. "When we asked for the abducted infant, Gudiya claimed there wasn't any. We started searching and found a bunker, made of sacks and covered with newspapers. The baby was kept inside," said an officer.The police said they do not suspect the involvement of any hospital staff. Also, going by the condition of the six children, they assume they had been abducted for begging. When TOI spoke to the children, they seemed to have been tutored. They claimed they were siblings, but could not recall each other's birthdays. The eldest 12-year-old girl claimed she helped her "mother" with household chores. The children also claimed they attended a nearby Hindi medium school, which the cops said they will verify. They have been sent to a children's home.
|2018-01-14||Seven Telangana Maoists nabbed by Maharashtra ATS in Thane - The News Minute|
|2018-01-14||6-hour-old infant stolen by unidentified woman from Thane civil hospital - Hindustan Times|
6-hour-old infant stolen by unidentified woman from Thane civil hospital Police say mother’s bed was close to the exit in labour ward and it looks like a planned crime MUMBAI Updated: Jan 15, 2018 10:50 IST Within six hours of his birth, an infant was stolen by an unidentified woman at Thane civil hospital’s labour ward early on Sunday. The police have obtained CCTV footage of the spot from the hospital and the footage shows a woman in a pink sari entering the labour ward around 3am on Sunday and fleeing the spot within seconds with the baby boy, who was not even one day old. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered with the Thane Nagar police station. D Swami, deputy commissioner of police, zone-1, said, “The footage shows that the woman took the child from the first bed of the ward and immediately left the hospital. The victim’s bed was close to the exit door and we suspect it is a planned crime. We are investigating the matter to nab the accused.” The mother Mohini Bhovar, 19, had come to the hospital on Saturday evening and was immediately taken into the operation theatre for delivery. The stolen baby’s family resides in Bhiwandi and the father of the child works in a power loom factory there. “My wife was alone when a woman came and took the child away. It was later when we could not find the child that we contacted the hospital and realised that the child was missing,” said Mohan Bhovar, 24, father of the child. Dr Sangita Makode, additional civil surgeon at Thane civil hospital, said Mohini Bhovar had given birth to her son around 10.30 pm on Saturday in a normal delivery. “The CCTV footage of the labour room shows that the infant was abducted around 3am by an unidentified woman,” said Dr Makode. She said there were two nurses and a doctor in the labour ward when the incident occurred but they were attending a patient who had gone into labour. “It’s been around four months that we have given an application to the deputy director of health services to sanction around 50 people for security. We are hoping that it would be sanctioned soon,” she said.
|2018-01-14||Kite making, sketching a hit at Happy Streets - Times of India|
Kite making, sketching a hit at Happy Streets Updated: Jan 15, 2018, 03:20 IST THANE: Twelve-year-old Gandhi Nagar resident Ajay Shah, who was accompanied by his friends, rejoiced Happy Streets Sunday for the first time after jostling to find a space to try hand on making a kite of his own creation from varied materials. Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty made the desire of Shah and several others being fulfilled while providing a platform through kite making session at Happy Streets. "We came to participate in zumba dance but as the show was yet to start we made it a point to make kites. It was quite amazing experience. Literally, we got to learn the art of making kite with ease," said Shah. Makar Sankranti was celebrated at the Vijay-Suraksha Art Zone. "It's a beautiful and well thought concept to convert the motorable road into non-vehicular for 3 hours. Traffic department should use this event to create awareness of road safety," said Anil Rao, a Vasant Vihar resident. Street paining was yet another hit event in the show where hundreds of kids settled down quite comfortably on the road and turn it into a large canvas while putting their views on various topics. Happy Streets, is an initiative of Thane traffic police, TMC, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI where people come up with new ideas and concepts to create wider awareness in the society. Dance fitness, Bollywood and Zumba, Bokwa were some of the major attractions at the main stage. Young kids could not hold their rhythm and tried to learn a lesson of musical instrument at Drum Circle which was open to all age groups. People across all age groups took part in special yoga with fun session at Patanjali stage. Snehashish Dance Academy students performed much to the delight of audience. They too attracted many elderly participants at its dance workshop which so far trained 500 Happy Streets regulars in basics.
|2018-01-14||Newborn stolen from Thane civil hospital | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Newborn stolen from Thane civil hospital An officer said they believed the kidnapper told the woman that she was taking the infant for some vaccination and fled from the spot. Mumbai | Published: January 15, 2018 3:30 am The Thane police are on the lookout for a woman and a young girl who allegedly kidnapped a four-hour-old baby boy from Thane civil hospital in the early hours of Sunday. The CCTV footage from the hospital showed a woman and a young girl pick up the infant and flee as the mother, Mohini Bhowar, a 19-year-old Bhiwandi resident, slept, the police said. Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said, “The incident took place around 3 am when a woman and her daughter fled with a newborn boy from the hospital. The mother was sleeping at the time of the incident. We have registered an FIR and are on the lookout for the accused.” An officer said they believed the kidnapper told the woman that she was taking the infant for some vaccination and fled from the spot. “The accused woman is captured in the footage and we should be able to track her down soon,” said an officer.
|2018-01-14||Veggie vendor in soup for flashing 'toy gun' after tiff - Times of India|
Veggie vendor in soup for flashing ‘toy gun’ after tiff Jan 15, 2018, 05:00 IST THANE: A 48-year-old vegetable vendor, Gangaram Aher was detained by the cops from Upvan area on Saturday for allegedly threatening two people with a toy gun. Aher sells vegetable near Upvan and was doing his business as usual. However on Saturday a few people asked Aher not to set up his stall at Upvan as the area was getting crowded due to the on-going art festival. Aher got angry and flashed a lighter-cum-toy gun to threaten the people who stopped him from setting up his stall, said a police officer. "Aher got angry and flashed his toy gun to threaten the people who had come to stop him. He apparently pointed the toy gun and asked them to move away or else he would shoot," said a police officer from Vartak Nagar police station. Aher was taken into custody after the police was alerted. But it was found that the gun used by his was a toy which he used for lighting cigarettes, but it did look like a real gun. "An non-cognisable complaint was filed with the police and Aher has been warned not to repeat it again as it creates panic among people," added officer.
|2018-01-13||Petition demanding POCSO for Thane civic chief filed after video goes viral of minor girl used as masseuse - Free Press Journal|
Petition demanding POCSO for Thane civic chief filed after video goes viral of minor girl used as masseuse Jan 13, 2018 08:11 am Thane: A criminal Writ Petition (WP) has been filed against the Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal by petitioner Vikrant Karnik on Thursday. The petition was filed after a video of the civic chief went viral, which showed Jaiswal employed a minor girl who was misused as a masseuse. After the incident, the girl and her family suddenly disappeared and one fine day returned to record their statements at the anti-extortion cell while the petitioner went on a hunger strike demanding justice for the minor girl. Karnik has now demanded that Jaiswal be charged under sections of POCSO (protection of children from sexual offences) Act. Advocate S S Bhise and Advocate Sagar Joshi have filed this petition on behalf of Vikrant Karnik in the court of Justice Bhushan Gavai in High Court on Thursday. The matter will come before the hearing on January 18. Petition claims, the girl was working in the bungalow of the civic chief and besides her regular job, she was forced to be a masseuse to him as well as his colleagues. This sensational revelation came into light when the girl had told about this in a video where she had stated that she used to give the massage to the commissioner. When petitioner tried to look into the matter, the girl was suspended from her job and her rented house was demolished claiming that it was the only house found to to be illegal. Also, the demolition squad threatened to demolish each house in the slum area of Tiikujini wadi, if the girl and her family did not leave the city,claims the petition.“we have the faith in judiciary. The police and civic authority has together been fighting to get a clean chit to the Commissioner. While I was on the hunger strike, this girl had come to visit us in the pandal where she denied saying these statements. First of all we have demanded to lodge a complaint under POCsO act and the enquiry should have been done by senior level of police whereas the girl and family was questioned by the police officer. We have filed the petition and waiting for the justice.” Said, Vikrant Karnik, Petitioner from Thane. The story so far A video had gone viral where a minor girl accused Thane civic Commissioner for using her as a masseuse. Later the girl’s house was demolished and the family fled away to Surat. The Thane Matdata Jagaran Abhiyan is a NGO that tried to get the facts clear as the minor girl was working in an IAS officer’s house and also was used for vulgar work by the Thane civic Commissioner as per her statement. The Manpada police had recorded the girl’s family’s statement that the video was fake and she was prompted to say these sentences. Later when the NGO and petitioner went on the hunger strike, the girl and her family returned from Surat and anti-extortion cell recorded their statement in front of the police. The family was forcefully taken to the police station,claimed the petitioner and were recorded the statement where the girl and her family admitted of not being harassed and denied of her statement of the old video in front of the media.
|2018-01-13||Thane: Mob barges into man's house, fires at him over loan dispute ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: Mob barges into man’s house, fires at him over loan dispute Thane police spokesperson informed that a case under the Arms Act has also been registered because of the firing and investigations were on. Thane | Published: January 13, 2018 7:45 pm Police on Friday registered a case of unlawful assembly and rioting against a mob of around 25 people after they barged into the home of a person and fired at him. Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said the incident happened at around 1am in Nandivili village of suburban Dombivili. She added that the victim, who was unhurt in the firing, had lent a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh to one person and the latter led the attack after the victim asked him to return the loan. Police said that the victim’s mother was also assaulted by the mob when she went to pacify them. Narkar informed that a case under the Arms Act has also been registered because of the firing and investigations were on.
|2018-01-13||Four robbers held in Thane for stealing gold in Akola - Times of India - Times of India|
Four robbers held in Thane for stealing gold in Akola Jan 13, 2018, 13:00 IST THANE: The city crime branch arrested as many as four robbers involved in two cases of thefts wherein they had fled with 4.75 kg gold worth Rs 1.50 crore from Akola and were absconding since then. The police said that the four accused are involved in the theft of gold which is transported by the private secret carriers to and from Mumbai to Akola. The kingpin of the gang is Bhagirath Kharagyal 30, Birju Chahade 27, Vinay Bhoyar, 32 and Laxman Patil 38 all resident of Nagpur. IT was in a robbery case, Kharagyal and three other absconding accused had snatched a bag of gold jewellery as well as gold biscutis from Akola railway station. Nearly 2500 grams of gold worth Rs 75 lakh was stolen and a case was registered at Ramdas peth police station in Akola.Later again in 2017, the gang with Kharagyal and his accomplice again snatched the bag similarly which had a total of 2225 grams of gold worth Rs 67.50 lakh. The Akola police had failed to detect both the cases and clueless on the whereabouts. The crime branch unit-1 senior inspector Nitin Thakre, through the network of informers learnt that the accused would be coming to Thane. Hence they laid a trap and arrested the accused. Thakre informed that they shall be handed over to the Akola police for further probe and no recovery is made from them. The police said that Kharagyal is also accused in a murder case of his father-in-law and had killed him a day after their wedding. "It is likely that they may be involved in other robberies as well, further probe may reveal it," said Aviraj Kurhade, assistant inspector.
|2018-01-13||Thane railway overbridge to be ready by July - Hindustan Times|
Thane rail overbridge to be ready by July The bridge will close down the railway fhatak used by people to cross tracks between east and west side of Kalwa, which has led to a number of deaths in the past. MUMBAI Updated: Jan 14, 2018 01:14 IST After a delay of almost 10 years, work on the Kharegaon rail overbridge (ROB) finally started last month. The rail overbridge is slated to be completed by July this year. The bridge will close down the railway fhatak used by people to cross tracks between east and west side of Kalwa, which has led to a number of deaths in the past. On the other hand, though the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has started preliminary ROB work, it has now proposed to appoint a consultant to design the ROB, a month after starting the work. The TMC’s proposal states that over Rs50 lakh will be spent on the consultant. The budget of the project is Rs27 crore. The residents of Kalwa have to cross the track from this railway crossing owing to the lack of a bridge in this area. On an average, 30 people die every year while crossing the tracks at the Kharegaon crossing. Vehicles, too, have to wait a long time to cross the railway line. The ROB was proposed over a decade ago, but was delayed owing to various reasons. The ROB is to be constructed by the railways and the TMC together. While the railways had completed work on the ROB in the section that falls in its jurisdiction, the TMC has only just begun the work. A civic engineer requesting anonymity said, “The work on the ROB was supposed to start last year. However, we were awaiting the appointment of a consultant. Despite repeated tenders, we did not get any response. This delayed the work further. Finally, in October, we got response from three agencies and have now proposed to appoint one of them as a consultant.” The corporation, however, did not wait for the consultation and has begun the work. “We started the work almost a month ago, as we did not want to delay it further. We began the regular piling and foundation work at present and will take up the core work after the report of the consultant,” the engineer said. “We do not have sufficient engineers to manage and design the entire project, so we have to appoint a consultant for the same. Once the consultant is finalised, we will be able to finish the bridge by July,” he added.
|2018-01-13||4 months after deluge, body of sole missing man verified - Times of India|
4 months after deluge, body of sole missing man verified Jan 14, 2018, 03:00 IST THANE: Four months after he was swept away into the nullah near his house at Wagle Estate, the mortal remains of 27-year-old Ajay Athaval, the sole missing person in the torrential rains of August 29, 2017, was handed over to his family on Friday. It is learnt that Athaval's body was fished out from the Nhava Sheva area early September. As the body was decomposed and beyond recognition, the Uran police decided to conduct a DNA test. Balwant Singh, relative of the deceased said, "On September 11, we got a call from Shreenagar police station asking us to visit a hospital in Vashi to identify a body. The next day we went to the hospital. Ajay's mother and elder brother were called to give their blood samples. We kept inquiring with the officials but in vain." On Thursday, the results of the DNA test were revealed which showed that it matched with that of Athaval's 70-yearold mother. A civic official said, "There was another family from Panvel who claimed that the body belonged to them. So the DNA reports took time. The body was handed over to the family on Friday for the last rites." It is believed that Athaval, known as Meenu by his loved ones, slipped and fell into an adjoining nullah near his slum tenement at Ramnagar when he went to help his neighbours during the deluge. Athaval is survived by his mother, Khushboo, his wife and three daughters of aged eight, three and one.
|2018-01-13||Dombivli BJP corporator's anticipatory bail plea rejected - Times of India|
Dombivli BJP corporator’s anticipatory bail plea rejected Jan 14, 2018, 02:53 IST THANE: The Kalyan sessions court has rejected the anticipatory bail application of BJP corporator Mahesh Patil, who has been accused of announcing a contract to eliminate another BJP corporator, Kunal Patil. Investigation officer, R V Kothmire pointed out the criminal antecedents of Mahesh and said that there were over 15 cases of serious offences registered against him. The officer also added that if Mahesh was granted bail, it could be easier for him to tamper with the witnesses not just in this case but also the previous ones he is accused of being involved in.Kothmire said that the case was serious in nature and that the other accused arrested had deadly firearms, which did not belong to Mahesh. "In fact, after their henchmen were arrested, Mahesh and his aides had posted several objectionable posts on social media openly threatening to eliminate the opponents. Under such circumstances they should not be given an anticipatory bail," he pointed out. After hearing both the sides, the judge rejected the anticipatory bail plea paving way for the arrest of Mahesh, said Kothmire. Mahesh and Kunal, both from Dombivli, have been locked in a bitter battle since the past couple of years for an alleged one-upmanship triggering a war-like situation which even lead to murders on either sides. It is also learnt that both the parties were involved in scuffles at the Kalyan- Dombivli Municipal Corporation general body meetings. Interestingly, Kunal was arrested for allegedly awarding a Rs 1 crore contract to kill Mahesh a few years ago.
|2018-01-13||'Act quickly to save birds hit by kite strings' - Times of India|
‘Act quickly to save birds hit by kite strings' Jan 14, 2018, 02:58 IST THANE: Wildlife rescuers and non government organisations in and around Thane city have come across a number of birds that have fallen victim to kite string cuts. While there has been a growing level of awareness among citizens about the need for keeping the environment in mind while celebrating any festival over the past few years resulting in minimal bird injuries during festivals like Makar Sankranti, wildlife rescuers are afraid that this awareness level is dying in various pockets of the city. "Last year, we came across only one incident, wherein a pigeon fell prey to a kite string cut. However, this year, we have already seen a number of these bird injury cases, days before the festival. The worst case was that of a bat found entangled in a mesh of kite thread last week. It is now in a critical condition and is to be operated," said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of animal NGO PAWS.The groups have been spreading awareness through discussions, educational institutions and social media to sensitise the youths about the brutality animals and birds have been facing due to the glass-coated kite strings. "It is impossible to ask people not to fly kites during the festive season. We are reaching out to citizens through social media and mobile applications asking them not to use glass coated strings which injure birds greatly. Our volunteers and three ambulances will be taking rounds of the city today to cater to any injured wildlife. We will also be closely monitoring the kite festival in Kalyan to prevent any wildlife casualties," said Bhanage. Aditi Nair, chairperson of Pal NGO in Thane, said, "As wildlife rescuers cannot be everywhere, citizens can play a huge role in rescuing injured birds. They should first pick the bird with a cloth and cover it to prevent it from going into a shock and suffering a cardiac arrest. They should then put it in a ventilated cardboard box and take it to the nearest veterinary clinic. These injured birds should not be fed any food or water."
|2018-01-12||Mumbai Metro 4 will now reach Thane's Ghodbunder Road - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai Metro 4 will now reach Thane’s Ghodbunder Road The 2.7-km extension from Kasarvadavli to Gaimukh, which was approved in the 144th meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), will provide connectivity to additional 1.5 lakh passengers on the route. MUMBAI Updated: Jan 12, 2018 22:12 IST Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday approved the extension of the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridor to Ghodbunder Road. The 2.7-km extension from Kasarvadavli to Gaimukh, which was approved in the 144th meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), will provide connectivity to additional 1.5 lakh passengers on the route. The Ghodbunder Road stretch till Gaimukh, which is the border of the Thane Municipal Corporation, has seen substantial growth in population in the past three to four years, with several new residential and commercial projects. The extension is aimed to provide better connectivity with Mumbai and development of the region. “We have approved the extension to the Wadala-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridor up to Gaimukh. We are also bringing another Metro corridor – Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 – to the metropolitan region. We will make every effort to make everyone’s commute easy and comfortable,” Fadnavis said. The MMRDA, which is executing the 32-km Metro-4 corridor, is currently in the process of bidding for the Metro line that would connect central Mumbai to the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. The Kasarvadavli-Gaimukh extension of the Metro line is expected to be completed by March 2022, MMRDA officials said. “The two-station extension will add about 1.5 lakh riders to the 8.7 lakh commuters that will be carried by the Wadala-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridor,” UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said. The authority also sanctioned Rs949 crore for the project and will be taken up for execution once the state cabinet gives its nod. Senior MMRDA officials said the project will be partly funded by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), while the MMRDA will spend Rs449 crore on civil works of the project. The chief minister also approved the revised cost of the proposed Bhayander-Vasai sea link on Friday and directed the MMRDA to commence work by July. The 5.5-km bridge that was proposed in 2013 will now cost Rs1,500crore. Pegged at Rs875 crore, the cost escalated due to delay, officials working on the project said. CM Devendra Fadnavis approved the revised fares for the monorail corridor, which will come into effect once the phase 2 of the project is commissioned. The Wadala-Jacob Circle of the Monorail is expected to start by mid-year. “The fare structure approved is on the lines of the Metro fares—Rs10-20-30-40, but with a bigger km margin. We want to keep parity [in fare] in modes of transports,” said Madan. The current fare on the Chembur-Wadala arm of the Monorail is between Rs 5 and Rs 11.
|2018-01-12||Ladies special: 50 Tejaswini buses to hit Thane roads by March - Hindustan Times|
Ladies special: 50 Tejaswini buses to hit Thane roads by March The state, in its budget for 2016-17, had dedicated 300 Tejaswini buses for women commuters and had made a provision for Rs50 crore for it. MUMBAI Updated: Jan 13, 2018 00:36 IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has said it will begin plying special buses for women by March. The city will get 50 ‘Tejaswini’ buses from the state government. The TMC will not float fresh tenders for the buses and they will be bought from the same company providing buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) nscheme. The state, in its budget for 2016-17, had dedicated 300 Tejaswini buses for women commuters and had made a provision for Rs50 crore for it. The 300 buses were for six municipal corporations including Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai and Thane. Sandeep Malvi, Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) manager, said, “We are planning to buy the buses by March and start the operations before March-end. We have received around Rs6 crore in the first slab from the state government, of the total budget of Rs14.62 crore required to operate the buses.” The women-special buses will be midi-buses with 27 to 30 seats and with a floor height of 900mm. The state will decide the colour and other features of the buses. The TMC has formed a committee to implement the project as per the state guidelines. The committee includes the civic commissioner, additional commissioner, chief accounts and finance officer and TMT manager. The committee was supposed to decide the model of the buses, the number of buses and also if the buses will be air-conditioned or not. “The state has asked to float tenders . If we carry out the tender process, more than eight to ten months will be lost and we have been asked to start the operation of these buses by March or the funds provided will lapse. Instead, during tendering of midi-buses under the JNNURM scheme, we had stated that the authority has the right to increase 25% buses. The agency is already providing 190 midi-buses under the JNNURM scheme and is ready to provide 25% more, which is, around 50 midi-buses as per the contract. These buses will be used as the Tejaswini buses,” said Malvi. The municipal corporation will also have to construct separate depots to park the buses as the existing depots do not have enough space.
|2018-01-12||Thane: Wife of rape accused says 'molested' by girl's father - The Indian Express|
Thane: Wife of rape accused says ‘molested’ by girl’s father The alleged incident happened in the court and the court had directed her to lodge the case on Wednesday. Mumbai | Published: January 13, 2018 1:22 am The wife of a teacher accused of raping a minor has lodged a case of molestation against the father of the minor at the Thane city police station. The alleged incident happened in the court and the court had directed her to lodge the case on Wednesday. According to the victim, she had come to Thane sessions court to attend her husband’s hearing. “When we got another date, I decided to step out, along with my husband. He has been on a hunger strike inside the jail. So, I wanted to see if he is doing fine,” said the victim, a mother of two. While they were exiting the court, the minor’s father allegedly groped her and abused her, the woman alleged. “He even threatened my husband and our lawyer in front of everyone inside the court,” she said. The victim complained to the judge, who asked her to lodge a case against the accused. “We have lodged a case against the girl’s father under sections 354, 354 (a) and 504 for molesting the victim. We are investigating and will soon take action,” said an officer from Thane city police station. The victim, a resident of Koparkhairane, said: “I just don’t understand how he can get away with such an act in the middle of the courtroom. I live alone with my children and now, I am scared about our safety.”
|2018-01-12||Say Kai Po Che at Happy Streets this Sunday - Times of India|
Say Kai Po Che at Happy Streets this Sunday Jan 12, 2018, 23:54 IST THANE: Kite flying will take center stage at the Happy Streets this Sunday with Makar Sankranti falling on January 14. The workshop called kite making introduced by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty will provide every participant to make kites using various material. "We will have a kite making workshop to celebrate Makar Sankranti at the Vijay Suraksha Art Zone this Sunday. Kites will be given to participants who, in turn, will decorate and add flair as per their creativity, while showcasing their talent. We have arranged kite festival at the show," said a spokesperson from Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty. Happy Streets, is an initiative of the Thane traffic police, Thane Municipal Corporation, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI where people come up with new ideas and concepts to create wider awareness in the society, on various fronts while being engrossed with activities related to sports, fitness and good health, environment, culture, art and entertainment . More emphasis will be given to road safety this Sunday. On the lines of Road Safety Week being observed all over, Happy Streets will have a pledge wall to invite participants to share their views on safer rides and avert mishaps due to negligent driving.
|2018-01-12||Two doctors booked for cheating Thane businessman - Hindustan Times|
Two doctors booked for cheating Thane businessman The duo allegedly duped the victim by promising to secure his son a medical college seat MUMBAI Updated: Jan 13, 2018 00:16 IST Two doctors have been booked for allegedly cheating a businessman from Bhiwandi of Rs12 lakh after promising to give his son admission in a medical college. The accused, Dr Niraj Sahay and Dr Asma Khatun, are both from Bihar. They contacted Masood Asar, 51, on August 17. Asar, who has a medical shop in Bhiwandi, received a message on his phone regarding admission to a medical college in Vardha without donation. After responding to the text, Asar was asked to pay Rs50,000 for the admission form, Rs5.5 lakh for the approval of admission, and Rs6 lakh after completion of the admission process. According to a police officer from Nizampura, Asar made the payment in six instalments to a private bank account at its Begusarai branch in Bihar. “We have the bank account number to which the transactions were made. Investigations are underway,” he said. A case has been filed under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
|2018-01-12||Thane: 'Tree chopped in front of tree exhibition venue' | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
Thane: ‘Tree chopped in front of tree exhibition venue’ Activist claims there has been mindless cutting of trees, files police complaint Published: January 13, 2018 3:53 am On the day of the inauguration of the tree festival in Thane, an activist lodged a complaint with the Vartak Nagar police station claiming that a tree was chopped down in front of the venue. According to the activist, despite a stay order from the Bombay High Court and the green tribunal’s order against the Thane Municipal Corporation, there has been mindless cutting of trees. The Thane civic body has been organising the tree exhibition, Vrukshavalli, at Raymond’s gate in Vartak Nagar, to improve the city’s green cover. However, on the first day of the exhibition, activists from the Thane Matdata Jagran Manch (TMJM) spotted some men cutting off branches of a Banyan tree, said the complaint to the Thane police. “Our volunteer Dilip Aloni saw the men chopping off the branches and clicked pictures before approaching them to get their identities. He was told they were TMC workers and even the vehicle had the TMC sticker,” alleged Rohit Joshi, an activist of TMJM. However, when Aloni asked them for a written permission, they were unable to show it and left after finishing only half the work. “The tree anyway belongs to the Ficus family, which are not to be destructed under a 2006 order of the High Court. Then there is a stay by the High Court to cut trees in Thane without permission from the tree authority. The TMC has already been rebuked by the green tribunal, on my plea, but they don’t seem to learn their lessons,” said Pradeep Indulkar, another activist who had filed a case against the civic body before the green tribunal over hapless cutting of trees. He said: “It is ironical that on one hand the corporation is encouraging and exhibiting young plants, and on other hand destructing the old, tall and strong trees. The intention of the body and the authorities are questionable.” TMC spokesperson Sandeep Malwi said: “I will have to check with Kedar Patil from the tree authority to understand the situation.”
|2018-01-12||wadala-kasarwadavli: Wadala-Kasarwadavli metro to be extended ... - Times of India|
Wadala-Kasarwadavli metro to be extended till Gaimukh Updated: Jan 12, 2018, 23:54 IST THANE: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis-led executive committee of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), on Friday, approved the detailed project report (DPR) for extension of the Wadala-Kasarwadavli metro line till Gaimukh. The 2.7km-long extension called as the Metro-4A corridor, will add two more stations - Gowniwada and Gaimukh - to the 32km-long Wadala-Ghatkopar-Mulund-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor. The authority also sanctioned Rs 949 crore for the project and recommended the same to the state government for its approval. "The dividing line between Mumbai and its metropolitan region is getting thinner. We have approved the DPR for the Gaimukh extension of the Wadala- Kasarwadavli route and are also bringing another metro corridor - Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 - to the metropolitan region," said Fadnavis. Metropolitan commissioner UPS Madan said the two-station extension will add about 1.5 lakh riders to the 8.7 lakh commuters that will be carried by the Wadala-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 corridor.It may be recalled that TOI was the first to report about the MMRDA plans to develop Gaimukh into a transport hub as the MMRDA has plans to connect the area with Bhayander and Kalyan from the stretch in the near future. Officials said the demand for a direct link between Dahisar, Bhayander and Kalyan or Thane was always being discussed considering the heavy passenger density here that presently relies only on road connectivity. The proposed extension of the metro lines till Gaimukh has revived the discussions with officials who are now busy sketching the feasibility for converting a metro hub at Gaimukh.Residents from the Western suburbs or Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and suburbs can alight at Gaimukh station and access the corresponding line to reach their respective destinations without even having to switch over to another mode. The hub could be similar to the existing Thane, Kurla or Dadar railway stations wherein commuters get the option to switch over from the Central line to the transharbour, harbour routes or western line and viceversa. The chief minister had announced plans to extend the Dahisar metro till Gaimukh passing through Mira-Bhayender coinciding with the simultaneous plans to extend the Wadala Kasarwadavli metro 4 line in July last year.
|2018-01-12||Spectacular start to art festival - Times of India|
Spectacular start to art festival Updated: Jan 12, 2018, 23:50 IST THANE: The iconic Upvan Lake came alive with the colourful illumination of its periphery to the much-awaited Thane's own 4th edition of Times Sanskruti Arts Festival which was unfolded on Friday. The four-day-long art and cultural extravaganza got off to a rocking start with the celebrity performances and amateurs rendering their best much delight to the huge assembly across five beautifully designed stages along the Lake. A host of dignitaries made their presence felt. They included Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, Thane district collector Mahendra Kalyankar, additional managing director of MTDC Ashutosh Rathod among others. "We have left no stone unturned to make the event even bigger and better than last three editions which has etched memorable imprint in city's annual calendar," said organizing committee head MLA Pratap Sarnaik. According to Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, "A mini India was created here. Thane residents are privileged to have such an event." Minister Eknath Shinde said, "The show has everything to offer."Students advocated for environment protection and cleanliness. Civic school students and TMC staff were seen emphasizing on Swachh Abhiyan. For foodies, there is a lot option to taste the best menu with several stalls. Artists were seen creating exotic paintings live. So as the attractive sand art conceptualized by renowned sand artist Narayan Sahu. Opening show of local kathak artist Dr Aditi Deshkar was well appreciated followed by Bharatnatyam recital of Rakhee Patil and her troupe.Surging crowd was seen at the dusk when a series of performances kicked off simultaneously at various stages. Mame Khan was the show-stealer. "We got our money's worth to be part of the extravaganza," said a visitor Suresh Koli. Spectators were chanced upon to live with the superb performances of Sachin Patvardhan and Rupak Dhamankar on Spanish Veena and Tabla respectively, Rekha Satish and Rekha Raju on Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam dances besides the performance of Odissi artist Debi Basu and classical vocal rendered by Jashan Bhumkar.
|2018-01-11||Kopri bridge widening - Times of India|
Widening work of Kopri bridge may start by January end Updated: Jan 12, 2018, 00:00 IST THANE: Thousands of motorists and bus commuters driving daily could possibly be relieved of the frustrating que-up at the entry points as work on widening of the Kopri rail-over-bridge could start by this month end. Guardian minister Eknath Shinde chaired a meeting of officals from the state PWD, MMRDA and the TMC in Mantralaya on Thursday to clear administrative obstacles which lead to adding two lanes on each side, making it a seamless eight-lane bridge at Kopri.Thorny issues on the costs, the tendering process etc were ironed out before the commencement of this multi-crore project starts next month, the minister said. "We have received four tenders for this project and we will finalise it in a week or two. While the first phase of the project will be the actual construction of the four lanes, parallel to the existing rail-over- bridge, it will be followed by the repair work of the existing bridge. We are also going to build a subway near Dnyansadhana college to ease the traffic congestion. While the project will start before the first week of February, it should be completed in two-and-a-half to three years," Shinde told TOI. Over the past few years, the Kopri area has witnessed mega traffic jams as vehicles speeding on the eight lane Eastern Express Highway have to converge at the narrow four-lane Kopri ROB causing tremendous traffic congestion and wastage of commuter's time at morning and evening peak hours.Often this traffic jam spills over to the nearby bottlenecks including the Teen Hath Naka junction and the Anand Nagar Toll naka, thus adding to the congestion and delay there. Shinde also announced the detailed plan for Wadala-Ghatkopar-Kasarvadawli Metro should be finalised soon.
|2018-01-11||Thane duo invent machine which converts plastic into energy - Free Press Journal|
Thane duo invent machine which converts plastic into energy Jan 11, 2018 08:30 am Mumbai: Thane residents have come up with a unique machine that produces fuel from plastic and biogas from wet waste which can further generate electricity. These can be used to meet your small-time fuel needs like oiling machine, power generator, etc. A strong urge in zero garbage led the Thane residents Vikal Chaurasiya and Melwyn Fernandes to invent a machine which can be beneficial for the environment as well as reduce the burden on the municipal body. The idea of making such a machine struck them two years ago, and the duo has been working on it since then. “You will hardly find a house without plastic wastes, be it water bottles or plastic bags or empty cans. It is extremely difficult to decompose plastic. So we together thought of chipping in for the environment and people,” said Melwyn Fernandes, 47, who is a mechanical engineer and also a parishioner.The Thane inhabitants claim the machine uses plastic wastes to make fuel which has a component similar to diesel. The machine available in the market weighs around two tons, but they made it in such a way that every society would be able to utilise it. “The machine is capable of converting five kilos of plastic into fuel daily. It can be used by housing societies to process their plastic waste. This diesel-like fuel can be used to oil other machines – as fuel in generators or even burn funeral pyres,” Vikal Chaurasiya, founder of Urja Setu, said. Chaurasiya also added that it is the first machine which focuses on converting dry wastes into something useful. “While handling wet wastes, people forget that they have to take care of dry wastes as well. Many equipments are available for wet waste treatment, so we decided to make the machine which would convert dry wastes, plastic in particular, as well,” he said. Thane city generates over 700 metric tonnes of garbage daily. There are over 700 big housing complexes in Thane and dumping garbage becomes a big issue. “Time and again, (Bombay) High court has asked officials to look into ways of solid waste management. But at the same time, people should also step up and do their bit for the environment,” added Chaurasiya.
|2018-01-11||Thane: Man acquitted of charges of raping four-year-old girl - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Man acquitted of charges of raping four-year-old girl Jan 11, 2018 11:31 am Thane: A special court acquitted a 40-year-old powerloom worker in Bhiwandi township here of charges of raping a four-year-old girl. R N Bawankar, the judge of the special court for hearing cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, observed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused. The man, a resident of Khadipur locality in Bhiwandi, was booked under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (rape) and provisions of the POCSO Act for allegedly sexually assaulting the girl when she was playing outside her home in his neighbourhood on November 22, 2016. The victim’s mother later filed a complaint at the Nizampura Police Station following which he was arrested. Three eyewitnesses deposed in the court but did not support the prosecution’s theory. After hearing both the sides, Judge Bawankar, in a recent order, acquitted the man while observing that since the eyewitnesses did not support the case, the evidence submitted on record by the investigating officer was not sufficient to prove the charges levelled beyond reasonable doubt.
|2018-01-11||Widening work of Kopri bridge may start by January end - Times of India|
Widening work of Kopri bridge may start by January end Updated: Jan 12, 2018, 00:00 IST THANE: Thousands of motorists and bus commuters driving daily could possibly be relieved of the frustrating que-up at the entry points as work on widening of the Kopri rail-over-bridge could start by this month end. Guardian minister Eknath Shinde chaired a meeting of officals from the state PWD, MMRDA and the TMC in Mantralaya on Thursday to clear administrative obstacles which lead to adding two lanes on each side, making it a seamless eight-lane bridge at Kopri.Thorny issues on the costs, the tendering process etc were ironed out before the commencement of this multi-crore project starts next month, the minister said. "We have received four tenders for this project and we will finalise it in a week or two. While the first phase of the project will be the actual construction of the four lanes, parallel to the existing rail-over- bridge, it will be followed by the repair work of the existing bridge. We are also going to build a subway near Dnyansadhana college to ease the traffic congestion. While the project will start before the first week of February, it should be completed in two-and-a-half to three years," Shinde told TOI. Over the past few years, the Kopri area has witnessed mega traffic jams as vehicles speeding on the eight lane Eastern Express Highway have to converge at the narrow four-lane Kopri ROB causing tremendous traffic congestion and wastage of commuter's time at morning and evening peak hours.Often this traffic jam spills over to the nearby bottlenecks including the Teen Hath Naka junction and the Anand Nagar Toll naka, thus adding to the congestion and delay there. Shinde also announced the detailed plan for Wadala-Ghatkopar-Kasarvadawli Metro should be finalised soon.
|2018-01-10||Thane all set for four-day Times Sanskruti Art fest - Times of India|
Thane all set for four-day Times Sanskruti Art fest Jan 10, 2018, 22:39 IST THANE: Thaneites are eagerly waiting for the four-day Times Sanskruti Arts Festival starting from January 12. The peripheral zone of the picturesque Upvan lake is being spruced up to endorse a rousing reception to the festival that is Thane's own 4th edition of the spectacle, which will have everything in store to quench the thirst of culturally inclines Thaneites across all age groups. This will be a celebration of art and culture for four days, right from dawn to midnight in the midst of legendary performers. The stature of Upvan lake will come alive with illumination of lights accommodating floating stages in the centre of the lake besides the green zones where performers are placed to enthrall the crowd. Looking back to the previous editions this time the festival is going to be much bigger and better with the association of a long list of artistes from across the country. "At the Times Sanskruti Arts Festival, we cherish the aspect of culture that inspires us to love the incredible art forms representing the spirit of India which is expressed through this festival aiming to be as diverse and colourful as the country's landscapes and as lively as its people," said internationally renowned landscape architect Arun Kumar.The festival will have a band of art enthusiasts with diverse attitudes toward artistes, musicians and dancers. Going by the list the show has roped in eminent performers like Kavita Krishnamurthy, Javed Ali, Mame Khan, Rahul Sharma, Warsi Brothers, Kanak Rele among others. "This is the most sought-after festival in Thane's annual calendar which I can't afford to miss," said local resident Nisha Naik. Manoj Pillai, an art lover and organizing secretary, said "In the past three years, we have taken our art lovers through a celestial journey with legendary and upcoming artistes of India." This year's line-up is equally as diverse as it has been over the years with a full panorama of the art scene embellished with the presence of dignitaries-celebrities, performances and folk ensembles that establish a link between the past and the present. Over 600 nationally and internationally renowned artists will be showcasing their virtuosity on five splendidly designed stages besides art galleries and art panels along purview of the lake boulevard offering the experience of sitting under the sky and enjoying art moments. "We envisaged varied interesting new concepts by amalgamating various art forms of India's enriching cultural heritage, its timeless classical music and dances and its vibrant folk art forms to create a line-up that will reflect the theme's essence," said Suman Vijayakar, joint secretary.
|2018-01-10||Officer sells seeds meant for farmers, booked - Times of India|
Officer sells seeds meant for farmers, booked Jan 10, 2018, 22:41 IST THANE: A senior officer of the Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation, has been booked by the Wagle Estate police on charges of misappropriating over 426 quintals of seeds and causing loss of Rs 15 lakh to the state government. Arvind Tapase, was the sub-divisional manager (SDM) for Thane between 2014 to 2016 during which time he is said to have swindled the stocks.As the sub divisional manager for Thane division, comprising the districts of Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurgh, he was entrusted with the task of procuring seeds to be distributed to the farmers in the state and ensuring quality supply, etc. According to the complaint, Tapase had not taken any entry of the quantity of seeds in the stock register and sold it directly in the market and swindled the money, thus obtained.The police said that it was during the periodical presentations made by the office to the higher ups there were lot of discrepancies and also shortages noticed in the audits. A senior officer said that they shall soon arrest the accused.
|2018-01-10||Civic deparment under scanner for spending on demolitions - Times of India|
Civic deparment under scanner for spending on demolitions Jan 10, 2018, 22:38 IST THANE: The anti-encroachment department of the Thane municipal corporation has come under the scanner from a panel of government-appointed auditors who have pointed serious lapses in spendings made by the department in 2014-15 without maintaining any records. The auditors, in their report, questioned the spending of a massive Rs 1.65 crore by the department in 2014-2015 reportedly utilised for demolishing old and illegal structures in the city. The report (a copy is with this newspaper) shows that the department apparently made the expenditure on conducting the drives, it apparently failed to recover the same from the owner in some cases as is mandated. The department undertook various drives in the Vartak nagar, Uthalsar, Majiwada, Wagle estate, Rayladevi, Kalwa and Mumbra wards in that period. However, the local ward offices that conduct the drives reportedly failed to maintain the records leading the auditors to point fingers at this apparent discrepancy.An official from the corporation informed that the administration is empowered to demolish structures that are either illegal or are in dilapidated condition after an approval from the civic commissioner. However, the cost of the demolition and removal of the debris is to be recovered from the tenants or the owner of the structure, as is mandated in the sections 260 (2) and 264 (4) of the Maharashtra municipal Corporation Act. Further as per a July 2007 approval of the TMC general body, a cost of not more than Rs 50 per sqfeet is to be recovered from the owners of these structures, he said. "The auditors have pointed out that while the amount was spent there is no such record of the particulars of the expenditure in that specific ward. They had asked the department to furnish details of the expenditure and also recover the amount from the structure owners. In other words, the administration has apparently failed to recover the amount spent for the demolition drives from the owners of such structures or even of it has done so, it has failed to present details of the same before the panel of auditors," informed a civic official. Meanwhile, activists have questioned lenient approach of the administration towards the poor recovery of the department from the owners whose structures were demolished or pulled down. A RTI query filed by a city-based activist had revealed that nearly Rs 14crore had been spent by the administration over the last nine years in demolishing structures within the limits. "The corporation has spent a considerable amount of the taxpayers money on the demolition drives but seems to have failed to recover them. The administration must pull up its socks and show the same alertness in recovery as it does when dealing with the common man," lamented activist Sanjeev Datta.
|2018-01-10||Senior govt officer booked for fraud - Times of India|
Senior govt officer booked for fraud Jan 10, 2018, 11:30 IST THANE: A senior officer of the Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation, has been booked by the Wagle estate police on the alleged charges of misappropriating the stock of around 426.90 quintals of seeds and putting the government to the losses of around Rs. 15 lakhs. The alleged accused--Arvind Tapase—has been suspended. Tapase allegedly misappropriated the stock of seeds during his tenure between 2014 to 2016 . During this period, the accused was attached and held the post of Sub Divisional Manager for Thane Division which comprised of the districts of Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurgh. He was also designated as the District Manager for Thane district, said a police officer.The Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation is entrusted with the task of procuring seeds to be distributed to the farmers in the state and ensuring quality supply etc. According to the complaint, the accused did not made any entry of the said quantity of seeds in the stock register and sold it directly in the market and swindled the money thus obtained The police said that an offence under section 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the IPC has been registered with the Wagle Estate police station. A senior officer said that they shall soon arrest the accused.
|2018-01-10||Thane civic body relaxes amnesty scheme rules to legalise buildings which lack OC - Hindustan Times|
Thane civic body?relaxes amnesty scheme rules to legalise buildings which lack OC TMC has given six months to the buildings to apply for occupation certificate under the scheme. MUMBAI Updated: Jan 11, 2018 01:01 IST Those buildings, which have been declared illegal because of lack of occupation certificate, can legalise them within six months. Under the revised amnesty scheme, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has squashed the penalty charges by several folds. The clauses for getting OC have been eased so that large number of buildings in the city can benefit. The TMC has given six months to the buildings to apply for OC under the scheme. More than 80 per cent buildings in the city do not have occupation certificate. Out of these, most of them are illegal and not eligible for one. There are more than a thousand legal buildings across the city which do not have OC owing to rules flouted by the builder or architect. Such residents are forced to pay 1.5% additional property tax as they are tagged illegal. Thus, the amnesty scheme was introduced in March 2015. Under the scheme, even individual flat owners can get an OC by paying a fine as it was given to an entire building and not individuals. A TMC official requesting anonymity said, “We have amended the scheme and reduced the rates. As per the old amnesty scheme, the OC was given to those buildings wherein the plans were sanctioned and the certificate was not given because of some minor violations by the builder or architect. However, in most cases there were additional constructions or alterations in the building or individual flats which we did not consider in old scheme. In the new scheme, we will give OC to buildings if the alterations adhere to the legal framework and do not affect the structural stability.” He added that the societies can purchase additional FSI or TDR from them to regularise the structures and get OC. The municipal corporation claimed that there are more than 150 applicants which did not get OC in the previous scheme due to its tedious clauses. The official said, “The problem with the earlier scheme was the high penalty — Rs25,000 for flats up to 40 sqm area and Rs50,000 for 60 sqm.” The penalty was calculated for each day from the day of possession. In the new rate, the fine will be Rs5,000 for 30 sqm, Rs10,000 for 40sqm and Rs25,000 up to 60sqm. “Even middle and lower income group families can take advantage of the scheme,” he said. The application for the amnesty scheme will be accepted till June 30. Residents can submit the application in the town planning department between 3pm and 5pm on any working day.
|2018-01-10||Xiaomi opens its first Mi Home store in Thane - MobiGyaan|
|2018-01-10||Ever busy Ghodbunder Road in Thane was once a route for Arabian ... - The Indian Express|
Ever busy Ghodbunder Road in Thane was once a route for Arabian horses Mangala Kamble (48) residing near the Hiranandani Estate for 15 years, said, “Over the past decade there has been increased connectivity. While it is true the area has become crowded, we now have buses every minute and travel has become much better.” Mumbai | Published: January 11, 2018 4:34 am IT IS a road that once played a crucial role in Indo-Arab trade and later the Portuguese used it to monopolise sea routes in the Arabian Sea. The humble Ghodbunder Road, the state highway 42 or as shops on the road refer to it, GB Road, that now connects Thane to the northern suburbs of Mumbai like Borivali, at one point acted as a bridge between distant cultures. At present, the pothole-ridden road, dreaded by motorists and surrounded by housing societies, is a far cry from what was once a road flanked by lush green fields and a rich flora and fauna. Thane-based historian Sadashiv Tetvilkar, who has authored 10 books including those on forts of Thane, talks about how Ghodbunder was called ‘Ghodegaon’. “There were several empires that fought wars. Horses, especially strong ones, were a precious commodity in the backdrop of these wars. The Persian horses came from Arab countries and landed at the port (bunder) at the west end of this road. Hence, it initially came to be known as ‘Ghodegaon’ (horse village). It was around the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the later centuries that the road got named after the port, and was called Ghodbunder Road,” Tetvilkar told The Indian Express. In fact, such was the premium on horses then that when traveller Marco Polo visited India, he wrote about how the kings ruling Thane had a pact with pirates that they should not attack any ships carrying horses. Tetvilkar adds, “After a point, only ships carrying horses were harboured at the port. Given the importance of the Ghodbunder port, several merchants had divided their ships into three parts, with the lowest sections being used to keep horses. Horses that would land at Ghodbunder would then be sent to Kalyan, Vasai, Naneghat among other places. It was the central point for trading horses.” The Ghodbunder fort located at Ghodbunder village at the west end of the approximately 20 km road that links both the Eastern Express and the Western Express Highways came much later during the Portuguese period. After the Portuguese came to Thane in 1530, they constructed the Ghodbunder fort. The fort was ready in 1730 and the Portuguese, historians say, greatly benefited by it. “They would demand ships passing from the spot to pay Octroi. As a result of the Portuguese conquest of the coast, the Arab trade with India through this port almost stopped,” Tetvilkar said. The Marathas under Chimaji Appa later besieged the fort and took it from the Portuguese in 1737, he added. Horse trade at the port stopped soon after. Locals say that till 1950, it was only a kuchcha road with residents of centuries old villages like Waghbil, Majhiwada, Patlipada, Ghodbunder, Kolshet and Kasarwadavli using bullock carts for transport. “The area also had considerable plants like cashew, mangoes that were brought in by the Portuguese. There were also snakes and scorpions. The area was rich in flora and fauna,” the historian adds. Tetvilkar says that a pucca road was laid in 1950. “The Corporation was established in 1983 until when Thane only comprised of the railway station to the Castle Mill junction on the west end and Kalwa to the north end. However, later Ghodbunder road too was included in Thane and there were parcels of land ready for sale,” he says. Mangala Kamble (48) residing near the Hiranandani Estate for 15 years, said, “Over the past decade there has been increased connectivity. While it is true the area has become crowded, we now have buses every minute and travel has become much better.” Subrot Sikdar (30), a Mira Road resident who drives down the Ghodbunder road often, said, “Heavy vehicles use the Ghodbunder road. There are some sharp turns where the heavy vehicles cause a lot of traffic. Also, at the Mira Road end of the Ghodbunder road, a bridge is being constructed since a long time. As a result of that, they shut traffic on one side, at times for over 15 minutes, that leads to traffic jams.”
|2018-01-10||Constable tells colleague he will 'help her conceive', held, gets bail ... - Times of India|
Constable tells colleague he will ‘help her conceive’, held, gets bail Jan 11, 2018, 02:11 IST THANE: A 48-year-old police constable was arrested for allegedly molesting a female constable near Urjita hotel, close to the Thane police headquarters on Tuesday.He was later released on bail after being produced in court. It is learnt that the accused constable was working as a driver of the Police Control Room (PCR) mobile van while the victim, attached to the headquarters, was also on duty on the same van. A police officer said that the victim was married and did not have children. The accused enquired about this and told the woman that he could help her conceive, said a cop. The accused also asked the woman if she wanted to come with him, said a cop. Enraged, the victim went to the Thane nagar police station and registered a molestation case under Section 354 against the constable. Considering the seriousness of the offence, the cops immediately swung into action and arrested the accused constable.
|2018-01-10||Duo held with Rs 2 lakh worth cough syrup bottles - Times of India|
Duo held with Rs 2 lakh worth cough syrup bottles Jan 11, 2018, 02:09 IST THANE: The anti-narcotics cell has arrested two persons possessing 1,722 cough syrups bottles from Bhiwandi. The bottles were to be illegally sold at a premium rate to those indulging in substance abuse. The police arrested Asgar Ansari and Sayeed Momin, both residents of Bhiwandi, who are suspected to be selling the cough syrup bottles since the past couple of years and boast of a regular client base. Based on a tip-off that the accused have stocked the cough syrups at old Gauripada area of Bhiwandi, the sleuths, along with the Food and Drugs Administration officials raided their flats and found several bags cough syrup bottles worth Rs 2.04 lakh going by the market price, but were to be sold well above that rate, said Sanjay Godse, senior police inspector of the cell. It is suspected that the men have procured the syrups from a Gujarat-based distributor. Godse added that other links are being verified. "It is suspected that they have a huge client base and the knowledge of pharmacy and selling medicines has helped them in procuring the drugs," said Amol Walzade, assistant inspector of the cell. The men were produced in Thane court and remanded to police custody till janaury 18, said the police.
|2018-01-09||458 hotels in Thane get 15-day ultimatum - The Hindu|
458 hotels in Thane get 15-day ultimatum JANUARY 10, 2018 00:22 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 10, 2018 00:22 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has issued a 15-day ultimatum to 458 hotels to obtain a no objection certificate from the fire department, failing which their licence will be cancelled. Sunil Chavan, TMC Commissioner, said following the Kamla Mills fire, the civic body started checking the fire compliance at hotels. “The 458 hotels have been issued a notice along with a checklist.” Chief Fire Officer Shashikant Kale said, “The checklist has standard instructions like no heavy construction above the kitchen, stocking of cylinders depending on the space and structures, and proper emergency exits along with radium strips leading to them.” Mr. Chavan said the TMC was approached by hotel associations requesting for time to adhere to the fire safety norms. “We decided to give them time, as shutting them down immediately would lead to losses,” he said. Meanwhile, Sandeep Pachange, MNS chief for Thane region, in a letter to the TMC Commissioner, has demanded that the 15-day compliance period be done away with and action be initiated immediately. “I agree that hoteliers have to earn their livelihood and run their households, but they can’t be playing with the lives of customers, and of course their own lives are at stake. I have mentioned in the letter that instead of shutting them down, they can just close the serving side, and allow only the takeaway facilities until the end of 15 days,” he said.
|2018-01-09||Thane court rejects plea of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Kaskar for ... - The Hindu|
Thane court rejects Kaskar’s plea for homemade food THANE, JANUARY 09, 2018 12:34 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 09, 2018 12:50 IST The jailed brother of Dawood Ibrahim made the request owing to his ailments A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court here has rejected the plea of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, arrested in an extortion case, to allow him to have homemade food in jail due to his various ailments. Special Judge (MCOCA) A.S. Bhaisare observed that Kaskar’s doctor had not prescribed any special diet for him, therefore, his application was liable to be rejected. He said Kaskar, lodged at present in the Thane District Central Jail, had not made any special ground to grant his application. “One cannot act as per his own wish and choice or desire,” the judge said in a recent order. Kaskar, in his application, had requested the court to allow him to have the facility of homemade food in judicial custody on the ground that he was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and giddiness, and undergoing treatment. He said he was required to have home cooked food to maintain better health. The convict also argued that previously, when he was in custody in a case at the Central Prison in Mumbai from 2003 to 2007, he was provided with the facility (of home food) and that he never misused the liberty granted to him. The prosecution opposed his application saying there were all facilities of food and medicines on the jail premises. The Crime Branch of the Thane Police had arrested Kaskar along with others on September 18 last year for allegedly threatening a city-based builder in the name of Dawood Ibrahim and extorting money as well as taking over four flats. A case was filed under IPC Sections 384 (punishment for extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) at the Kasarvadavali police station. He was also booked under the stringent anti-organised crime law MCOCA. Kaskar, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, is said to be operating his brother’s real estate business in Mumbai.
|2018-01-09||End of secrecy: 1 of Thane constable's 7 wives turns him in; accused ... - The Asian Age|
End of secrecy: 1 of Thane constable's 7 wives turns him in; accused suspended Published : Jan 9, 2018, 8:25 pm IST Updated : Jan 9, 2018, 8:25 pm IST The matter came to light after one of the constable's wives, a nurse in Ambernath, approached higher officials for help, a top cop said.Thane: A middle-aged constable was suspended on Tuesday pending a departmental inquiry after it was revealed that he had married seven women over the last 28 years till 2014. The action was taken against the constable, currently attached to Manpada police station in Kalyan division, on a complaint lodged by a woman claiming to be one of his wives, a senior officer said on Tuesday. The name of the constable is withheld since the inquiry is being conducted against him, he said. The officer said the matter came to light after the woman, who claimed to be the wife of the constable and currently working as a nurse in Ambernath, approached higher officials against her husband. During the inquiry, police found that the constable first married in 1986 and subsequently in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2007 and in 2014, the officer said. He said the woman who approached the police claimed that the policeman married her in 1992 and has cheated her by marrying other women. Police found that two out of seven 'wives' of the constable had died over a period of time. According to the officer, the women the constable married were all residents of Thane or adjoining areas. Police are now trying to find out the reason behind the constable 'marrying' multiple times and how he managed to keep the marriages a secret.
|2018-01-09||Thane Cop suspended for polygamy | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Thane Cop suspended for polygamy Kadam (35), got into trouble when one of his ‘wives’ found out about the other women, police sources said. “He had married women from different places and kept them all in different districts,” a source said. Mumbai | Published: January 10, 2018 3:36 am A Thane police constable was suspended after his polygamous relationships came to light, a police spokesperson said. He was suspended on Monday for allegedly having married seven women. While a case has not yet been registered, a departmental inquiry was set up. Suryakant Kadam, a police naik attached to the Manpada police station in Dombivali, was handed over his suspension letter Monday, confirmed Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar. Kadam (35), got into trouble when one of his ‘wives’ found out about the other women, police sources said. “He had married women from different places and kept them all in different districts,” a source said. Narkar said a case of cheating would be lodged against Kadam if he is found guilty in the departmental inquiry.
|2018-01-08||Centre announces Rs 1000 cr for inland water transport in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Centre announces Rs 1,000 cr for inland water transport in Thane An inland water transport system may soon be a reality in Thane region as the Centre has announced funds of Rs 1,000 crore for the same. The amount will be disbursed in phases and the first installment of Rs 500 crore is likely to be approved in February. This may resolve the commute woes of Thanekars who often travel in over-crowded public transport. In an important development, the union transport minister announced funds for inland water transport (IWT) in Thane. "Nitin Gadkari informed us that Rs 500 crore of the total Rs 1,000 crore has been allotted for IWT in Thane," said Rajan Vichare, member of parliament from Thane. The first installment of the funds will be used to develop the first phase of the 52.5-km of IWT. This will cover the route of Vasai-Mira Bhayandar-Thane-Nagla Bunder-Kolshet-Kasheli-Anjurdiva-Parsik-Dombivli (Thakurli). The proposal for this IWT was presented to the minister by Vichare and TMC Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal almost a year ago. It has finally taken shape due to the efforts of Jaiswal and Vichare. "This makes Thane the first municipal corporation to propose IWT and make use of the creek to connect all the other corporations like Dombivli, Kalyan, Mira Bhayandar," says Vichare. "Yes, there has been this announcement for IWT from the Center and the amount will be approved next month," confirmed Jaiswal. The ambitious IWT project will lessen the hardships of citizens residing in Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan and Mira Bhayandar who currently depend on the congested railway network. They often risk their lives and commute using the railways to reach their destination. This is also expected to reduce their travel time by 40 per cent while commuting to and from these places. "If I have to commute from Thane to Mira Road by bus or auto rickshaw, it takes me almost one to one-and-a-half hours. But I have read that IWT will easily lessen my commute time," says Vinayak Jadhav from Naupada, Thane.
|2018-01-08||Monkey chokes to death on wires atop building terrace - Times of India|
Monkey chokes to death on wires atop building terrace Jan 8, 2018, 23:50 IST THANE: An adult monkey which strayed from the Yeoor Forest onto the terrace of a housing society in Thane's Lokmanya Nagar area on Friday afternoon allegedly got its neck entangled in the wires at the top of the terrace and choked to death. The tragic incident came to light late Friday afternoon, when the Thane forest helpline received a call from the residents of the Shree Siddhivinayak Park Society, informing about a monkey seen dangling from some wires and ropes at the top of their building. "When we rushed to the spot, we saw an adult monkey hanging a little below the terrace of the four-storey building with wires and roped entangled around its neck. Our team went to the terrace and carefully detangled the mesh and freed the monkey. However, the monkey was already dead by then. We then took it to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park for an autopsy," said range forest officer, Dilip Deshmukh to TOI. While the forest officials, on the basis of the autopsy report and preliminary investigation, have pointed out that this death was an accidental case, wildlife rescuers here believe that timely vigilance could have got the monkey the required help. Meanwhile, Aditya Patil, from wildlife NGO, said, "In the time when the monkey was fighting for its life, it must have screamed out. If the residents in the vicinity were vigilant and informed a nearby NGO or the TMC or the forest department and sought help for its rescue then, it could have survived."
|2018-01-08||Court rejects Iqbal Kaskar's plea for home food - Times of India|
Court rejects Iqbal Kaskar’s plea for home food Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 00:15 IST THANE: The special MCOCA court on Monday rejected Iqbal Kaskar's plea to allow him to savour home food on the grounds that he is a patient of blood pressure and also a diabetic. Kaskar, arrested in an extortion racket, is the younger brother of gangster Dawood Ibrahim and is lodged in the Thane central jail. Special MCOCA judge AS Bhaisare observed the doctor treating Kaskar had not prescribed any special diet to the accused so there was no question of granting his request of home food.Kaskar in his application claimed that due to his ailments, home cooked food is advisable to keep him healthy. He also submitted that previously, when he was in custody in earlier case at Mumbai, Central Prison in 2003 to 2007, he was provided with the facility of home food and has never misused the liberty granted to him. The prosecution, however, vehemently objected the plea and pointed out that the edible food is provided in the jail, besides there are other facilities like canteen and bakery foods which are available inside. The prosecutor said they have visited the jail premises and tasted the food during inspection. After hearing both the prosecution and defence, the judge in his order pointed, " At the most, attempt to reduce the gravity of choice of food of individual can be made," the judge pointed out in the order. Also, accused nowhere stated about the quality of the food. On the contrary, as per advise of medical officer prisoners are provided with milk, eggs considering his health health problems, the judge said. Moreover, Kaskar said he is suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and giddiness and is undergoing treatment and doctors have prescribed medicine but had not prescribed any special diet and has not made out any special ground to grant his application.
|2018-01-08||Teenage girl booked in Thane for allegedly driving her 16-year-old rival in love affair to commit suicide - The New Indian Express|
Teenage girl booked in Thane for allegedly driving her 16-year-old rival in love affair to commit suicide Published: 08th January 2018 10:32 PM Last Updated: 09th January 2018 12:22 AM THANE: Police today booked a 17-year-old girl from Diva in district for allegedly driving her 16-year-old rival in a love affair to commit suicide. The incident occurred on December 9, when the 16-year-old girl allegedly hanged herself at her house in Mumbra and left behind a suicide note, a police official said today. The Kalwa Police had initially registered the case as accidental death before it was transferred to the Mumbra Police. During investigation, the Mumbra Police booked the 17-year-old for abetment to suicide under section 306 of the IPC, said police sub-inspector P A Pore. As per preliminary probe, both the teenaged girls were in love with a same youth from their locality. Pore said the girls used to quarrel between themselves over this and used to exchange objectionable messages. "On the day of the incident, the 16-year-old called up her two friends and informed them that she was going to kill herself. She left a suicide note blaming the 17-year-old for interfering in her affair with the boy," Pore said.
|2018-01-08||Thane cop, who married 7 women, suspended - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE COP, WHO MARRIED 7 WOMEN, SUSPENDED Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 05.15 AM IST The matter came to light when his second wife registered a complaint against him at the Manpada police station. A constable attached with Manpada police station has been suspended by the Thane Police. The reason? Polygamy. Constable Suryakant Kadam married seven women over three decades. The matter recently came to light when his second wife, Prachita, who is still married to him, filed a complaint against Kadam. Four of his other wives gave statements supporting Prachita’s claim, said the Thane Police According to the police, Kadam’s first marriage – a short-lived affair -- was to a lady named Swati, in 1986, in Kalyan. The Ratnagiri native met Prachita in 1991 while investigating a break-in at her home in Kalyan.“Suryakant had visited our home to carry out a panchnama,” said Prachita. “We fell in love and as he had already divorced his first wife, we decided to get married.” At the time Prachita, a mother of two children, was also a divorcee, like Kadam. The couple got married in December 1992, but a year later, Prachita said she learnt of her husband’s third marriage. “He got married to a person named Kantabai in December 1993,” said Prachita. Over the next 25-odd years, Kadam, said senior Thane police officials, tied the knot with Sushma (1995, after Kantabai passed away), Swapnali (1998, after Sushma’s death), Hemlata (2007) and Vanita (2014). Most of the women he got married belonged to Kalyan, Ambernath and Dombivali, places where he was posted. The police said that they did not find anything suspicious about the deaths of his two wives. Prachita, who filed the complaint in late 2016, told Mirror that she decided to act after coming to know about his seventh marriage. “I have gone through a lot. I warned him several times but he never listened to me. He still comes to my house and assaults me, and has been especially angry over the last year because I complained to his superiors. I don’t want him to lose his job, but the way he is behaving with women, I thought enough is enough.” A senior police official from Manpada police station told Mirror that most of Kadam’s relationships were with women who were estranged from their husbands or divorced. “He has brought them property in the area. In a way, he has kept his promise since he would tell them that he would ensure they were well looked after if they married him.” “We will soon be carrying out a detailed investigation into the whole matter. His wife’s (Prachita’s) preliminary complaint is substantiated by documents and we have suspended him,” said Dr Sanjay Shinde, deputy commissioner of police, Kalyan Division. When Mirror got in touch with Kadam, he said that people were spreading lies about him. “All the allegations against me are untrue,” he said.
|2018-01-08||Serial conman held for marital fraud - Times of India|
Serial conman held for marital fraud Jan 9, 2018, 00:41 IST THANE: A much-married conman, Abhay Gawat (42), from Sindhudurg was arrested by the Kalwa police for tying a knot with a woman and cheating her and her family of Rs 20 lakh. Gawat had told the woman's family that he was employed with the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada). Gawat met the woman on a matrimonial website. "He left his first wife and married a divorcee having two children. He married the woman in Kalwa and but didn't disclose his history. They married in a simple ceremony, but Gawat knocked off Rs 20 lakh from the woman and her relatives," said a police officer. The Kalwa police nabbed him recently from Vasari in Thane district and found that he has cheated several people. "He would identify himself as former chief minister Narayan Rane's son-in-law or Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde's cousin to his target victims. He told his unsuspecting victims that he owned a oil factory," the officer added. During the probe, it transpired that he had cheated a senior railway officer of Rs 72 lakh on the pretext of starting an shelter for senior citizens. "We are probing the case from all the angles. But a primary probe reveals that the accused met the railway officer and even showed him a plot of land where he was planning to build an old age home. Through his contacts, the officer paid Rs 72 lakh," said the officer. Gawat fled after getting the cash. "We suspect that Gawat has cheated many people and we expect his victims to approach us in the days to come," said a police official.
|2018-01-07||Use shrouds or bury in Mumbai: Thane church | Latest News ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Use shrouds or bury in Mumbai: Thane church The lack of burial space has once again come to cause inconvenience to the Christian community of Thane. Six parishes in Thane were asked to opt for either shroud burial or shift bodies to Mumbai. St. John the Baptist church on December 27, 2017, issued a notice to six parishes in Thane asking them to stop burying their departed loved ones in coffins. "In view of the non-decomposition of bodies, we strictly recommend you to instruct your parishioners to have shroud burials, otherwise we will have to move the bodies for burials to Mumbai and that will only increase cost and other difficulties," reads the notice by Father Gerry Fernandes, parish priest from St John, Thane. Thane has a Christian population of over 50,000 with only one cemetery at Teen petrol pump. There are only 60 to 70 graves in the cemetery and it takes over 18 months for a body to decompose when buried in a coffin. The order has caused confusion among parishioners. "Last Sunday Father Jerry from St John church told us that there is no place for burials here and we will have to take bodies to Mumbai. This will cause a lot of hardship to our community members. Hope there is some way out," said Fredrick Sequeira, Kalwa. This means that if one has to take a body for burial to Mumbai they need to take police permission from Thane, a no-objection certificate (NOC)) from Mumbai police, permission at the toll naka along with the added cost of travel. Even Melwyn Fernandes, joint secretary, Our Lady of Mercy church, Pokharan road said "Excluding our church, all have been asked to shift burials to Mumbai. How can that be possible? The situation could have been totally different had they made the new cemetery that was promised to us by the TMC." "Coffins made of teakwood and other material take three years to decompose and there is limited space in our cemetery. Moreover we have observed that modern medicine has also delayed the process of decomposition," added Father Jerry. He said that the church is looking at various options so that the deceased get a dignified burial. "We tried injecting the earth with medicines to fasten the process of decomposition but it failed. So now we will try to renew earth in the cemetery to see if it helps. Till then shroud burial is the only available option or people have to take their departed loved ones to Mumbai. In my personal opinion cremation is also another option which is permitted by the church," he adds. This announcement will affect six churches in Thane - Lady of Mercy church, St Thomas church in Vartak Nagar, San Jose church Srinagar, St Lawrence church at D'souzawadi, St Anthony church at Kalwa and Holy Trinity church.
|2018-01-07||2 Thane senior citizens on morning walk run over by car - Hindustan Times|
2 Thane senior citizens on morning walk run over by car Police say 22-year-old driver was dozing off when he lost control of the car Updated: Jan 08, 2018 00:03 IST A 22-year-old driver has been arrested after the car he was driving ran over and killed two senior citizens who were taking a morning walk in Murbad on Sunday morning. According to the police, the accused, Shashikant Vishnu Kale, 22, was headed towards Kalyan and was allegedly dozing off when he lost control and the car crashed into the victims. However, Kale in his statement said he could not see the victims because of the fog. The deceased – Chandrakant Haribhau Patil, 61, and Pandurang Sudham Shitaprao, 60 – were residents of Murbad and used to go for a morning walk daily. Ajay Vasave, police officer, Murbad police station, said, “Patil and Shitaprao were on their daily morning walk when the incident took place. Both victims, who suffered major head injuries and bruises, were rushed to the hospital but were declared dead on arrival.” Kale has been charged with rash and negligent driving under the Motor Vehicles Act. A police officer requesting anonymity said,”We questioned the driver and found that it was because of the fog on the highway that the driver was unable to see the victims. Also, the driver was driving his friend’s four-wheeler and had gone to Murbad for some work. It was in the morning hours when he was coming back that he met with the accident.After the accident, he saw that both victims were lying unconscious on the road. He rushed to the police chowky and alerted us about the accident. Soon after that, a beat marshal was sent to the spot and the victims were sent to hospital where they were declared dead. We then alerted their family and handed over their bodies after conducting post-mortem.”
|2018-01-07||Patient dies, kin vandalise hospital - Times of India|
Patient dies, kin vandalise hospital Jan 8, 2018, 03:57 IST KALYAN: Relatives of a patient, who died during treatment, vandalized a hospital in Dombivli and assaulted the hospital staffers on Sunday afternoon. The mob, most of them relatives of the deceased, Neelam Patil (25), broke AIMS Hospital's main glass door and forced their way inside the 100-bed hospital.Police said Patil was admitted to the hospital at 2.30am on Sunday with acute breathing difficulty. She was first taken to Icon Hospital, where doctors said her condition was serious and referred her to AIMS. Her family alleged the doctors were negligent while treating her, but refused to comment further. "The victim had to be put on ventilator as she was suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome triggered by pneumonia. Her condition was critical. Despite best of efforts, she passed away on Sunday at 3.30pm. The news of her death agitated her relatives, who went on to vandalize the hospital," said Dr S Chougule, CEO of AIMS. Ambulance driver Ajay Jadhav, who was injured in the attack, needed six stitches in the leg. The hospital lodged a complaint with Manpada police who booked 10-12 people under various sections of the IPC and sections 3 and 4 of Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property Act. Manpada police said they are going through the CCTV grabs for more leads. Senior police inspector G Kabdule said, "We have booked 12 people, including the deceased's brother. We will arrest them once they complete the last rites." Patil's body has been sent for post-mortem.
|2018-01-06||Wanted burglar held with Rs 16 lakh drugs | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
Wanted burglar held with Rs 16 lakh drugs Jan 7, 2018, 04:26 IST THANE: A history-sheeter from Nashik, who has allegedly participated in robberies before peddling drugs, has been trapped with two others from Indore on charges of possessing and selling mephedrone (MD) powder worth Rs 16.50 lakh. The accused, Akram Khan (30), who is from Ganjmal locality in Nashik,has 18 offences of break-in, theft and chain-snatching registered against him at police stations in Nashik city. He has also booked under MCOCA in once case and was absconding since then. The police said they had got atip-off that Khan was to visit Teen Hath Naka area in Thane. Acrime branch team led by inspector Jayraj Ranaware and sub-inspector ST Bendrenabbed him when he arrived there. The police said he had 822 gm of MD powder valued around Rs. 16.44 lakh.He led the cops to his two aides — Raisuddin Sallauddin Shaikh (45) and Ajay Jadhavan (40) — who allegedly supplied the drugs to him. These two were arrested from Indore. They have been remanded in police custody till January 8. An offence under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered at Wagle Estate police station against the three. The police said that Jadhavan in turn had taken the stock from one Bhola, also from Indore. The police are verifying his claim. The police said they are now finding out the source of the MD drug and how it made its way from Indore to Mumbai. The police said Khan shifted from robberies to peddling drugs to "evade arrest". He will be transferred to Nashik. "It is likely that Khan has more accomplices. A thorough probe will be carried out to unveil the other links as well," said a senior officer.
|2018-01-05||Vasant Davkhare laid to rest in Thane, political leaders pay their ... - Hindustan Times|
Vasant Davkhare laid to rest in Thane, political leaders pay their respects Updated: Jan 06, 2018 01:20 IST Once a key Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader in Thane, Vasant Davkhare’s political future was cut short because of health complications that led to his demise on Thursday night. A close associate of party president Sharad Pawar, Davkhare had close friends across the political spectrum. He also shared cordial relations with former Sena chief, late Bal Thackeray. This was why he was elected the Member of Legislative Council (MLC) from the Thane local constituency for 24 consecutive years, despite the fact that Shiv Sena ruled the municipal corporation. Davkhare passed away on Thursday at Bombay Hospital, after a long battle of around 45 days. He was suffering from renal failure and heart ailments, and had been on ventilator support. He was laid to rest with full state honour at the Jawahar Baugh crematorium in Thane on Friday evening. Senior leaders from various political parties reached Thane to pay their last respects, including chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray among others. Davkhare was among the first few leaders who resigned from Congress to join NCP after it was formed in 1999. “Feeling sad as I have lost a loyal and close associate, who has left an imprint in public life with his work. His ideology was beyond controversy and thus, was popular among all the political parties,” Pawar said. Fadnavis said, “Davkhare was a friend to everyone and had no enemies, his loss will be greatly felt. He efficiently handled the proceedings of the legislative council. He never expressed his sorrow and had a permanent smile on his face. I have worked closely with him for many years, and have many fond memories of him.” Coming from a family of vegetable vendors from Shirur in Pune district, Davkhare joined politics in 1986 and was elected as a Congress corporator from Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). He got elected as the mayor of Thane the very next year, despite the fact that Shiv Sena was in majority. He was then elected as member of the legislative council for the first time from Thane local body constituency in 1992. In 1998, he was elected the deputy chairman of the legislative council, and held the position for 18 years. “It’s a record in the history of the legislative council, that a person held the post of deputy chairman for three consecutive terms,” said Anant Kalse, principal secretary, state legislature. In 2010, he got re-elected unopposed as the deputy chairman of the legislative council, after Shiv Sena withdrew nomination of its candidate Ramesh Jadhav. “His health was not supporting him and although he liked to be proactive, Davkhare was forced to lay low. He has also got a kidney transplant, but because of his frequent travelling, he suffered several infections,” said Munaf Hakim, senior party leader and former chairman of state minorities commission.
|2018-01-04||No radioactive waste leakage into Thane creek from BARC: Government - Economic Times|
No radioactive waste leakage into Thane creek from BARC: Government Jan 04, 2018, 06.26 PM IST NEW DELHI: There is no leakage of radioactive waste into the Thane creek from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Trombay, Union minister Jitendra Singh told the Rajya Sabha today. An environmental surveillance programme is carried out regularly at Thane creek for the measurement of various man- made radionuclides in different matrices like water, biota and sediment, the minister of state, who holds multiple portfolios, said in a written reply to a question. "There is no leakage of radioactive waste in Thane Creek from BARC facilities at Trombay. All effluents are treated to bring the discharge levels well below the stringent regulatory limits set by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) before they are discharged from the BARC facilities to the Thane Creek," he said. From the analysis, it is observed that the levels of radioactivity in the creek are "particularly the same as that of natural background", he added. "Hence, there is no hazard to the health of general public and to the environment due to discharges from BARC facilities," he said.
|2018-01-04||Godrej PE arm may buy new Vernon's IT Park at Thane for Rs 400 crore - Economic Times|
Godrej PE arm may buy new Vernon’s IT Park at Thane for Rs 400 crore Jan 04, 2018, 11.14 PM IST Godrej Fund Management, the private equity real estate arm of Godrej Group, is in advanced talks with US-based private equity firm New Vernon Capital to buy its IT park at Thane for Rs 400 crore, said two persons familiar with the development. The project G: Corp Tech Park on Ghodbunder Road in Thane was built in 2010 by realty developer G Corp and was later acquired by New Vernon Capital. The project has a total built-up area of around 7.50 lakh sq ft with a floor plate of 70,000 sq ft .Of the total 6 lakh sq ft of leasable space, around 98 per cent is leased and occupied at present. "Both the parties have entered the last lap of the deal conclusion. Currently, the final leg of due diligence is going on and the deal is expected to be closed anytime soon," said one of the persons mentioned above. Currently, monthly lease rentals at this IT park are about Rs 55-55 per sq ft, which takes the annual rentals income to Rs 36 crore to Rs 40 crore. Based on the current rent generation potential of the property and the final consideration amount, the transaction is valued at around 8 per cent capitalization rate. Capitalization rate, or cap rate, is the ratio of net operating income of the property to its asset value. Godrej Fund Management used to be part of Godrej Properties earlier and has recently been shifted under the Godrej Group. Both Godrej Fund Management and New Vernon Capital declined to comment on the story. It may be recalled that more than two years ago, New Vernon Capital had exited Chennai-based IT Park SP Infocity by selling its entire stake to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for over $220 million. SP Infocity was a joint venture between New Vernon and an affiliate of Shapoorji Pallonji in which the New Jerseybased private equity firm held 49 per cent . Indian real estate is witnessing a robust rise in transactions as both foreign and domestic institutional investors are infusing more funds into the sector.
|2018-01-04||Thane Police investigates 'objectionable' social media post about NCP leader Sharad Pawar - Firstpost|
Thane Police investigates 'objectionable' social media post about NCP leader Sharad Pawar Jan 04, 2018 22:09:32 IST Thane: Thane police on Thursday initiated a probe into an alleged objectionable post about Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on a Facebook page.The matter was brought to the police's notice by NCP MLA from Kalwa-Mumbra Jitendra Awhad who made a representation on it to Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. Awhad said the commissioner has asked the Additional Commissioner and Inspector (Cybel Cell) to initiate "action as per law and to register and investigate the offence." In the memorandum to the police, Ahwad pointed out that on a Facebook page titled "Fadnavis for Maharashtra", an individual by the name Avadhut Prakashrao Shinde had made "objectionable" remarks about Pawar. "Such comments about a national leader is nothing but an insult to the state. Such posts which are almost a threat to him should be taken seriously and an offence registered against the concerned under relevant charges," Ahwad demanded. Maharashtra NCP president Sunil Tatkare also demanded that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis take immediate steps against these objectionable posts. "The posts are being made from an account in the name of Fadnavis. The party has lodged a complaint with the cyber cell in Thane. But the chief minister should also take action against his well-wisher," Tatkare told reporters. Tatkare added that Pawar had given 50 years of his life to the development of Maharashtra and objectionable posts about him on social media would not be tolerated. Published Date: Jan 04, 2018 22:09 PM | Updated Date: Jan 04, 2018 22:09 PM
|2018-01-04||Two baby girls found abandoned in Thane - Outlook India|
Two baby girls found abandoned in Thane 04 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 3:16 PM Thane, Jan 4 Two baby girls were found abandoned at separate places in the district, police said today. A couple in Badlapur township of the district heard the wails of a child while they were on way to a market on January 2. Upon searching, they found a four to five months old child wrapped in a cloth lying abandoned in the bushes near a building in the area, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. The couple reported the matter to the Badlapur police who lodged a case and sent the baby to a child care home, Narkar said. In another incident, a couple from Balkum area in Thane city found a baby, aged 14 to 15 months, crying on the steps of a temple on January 2 late night, she said. When they were not able to locate the girl's parents or guardians, they took her to a nearby government hospital and later informed the police about it, she said. The child was being examined by doctors in the hospital, the official said. Narkar said that in the CCTV footage of the area, a physically challenged woman was purportedly seen abandoning the girl at the temple and then walking away, shortly before the couple spotted the baby. Offences under IPC section 317 (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person having care of it) were registered against unidentified persons by the Badlapur (East) and the Kapurbawdi police, she said. A search was on for the parents of the two children, the official added.
|2018-01-04||Auto rickshaw hit by private bus, four injured - Times of India|
Auto rickshaw hit by private bus, four injured Updated: Jan 4, 2018, 23:35 IST THANE: A rickshaw driver and three passengers suffered grievous injuries after a speeding private bus rammed into the three-wheeler from behind at Wagle Estate on Sunday night. Polic said the auto driver, Kamil Ansari (38) was heading towards Teen Hath Naka with three passengers when the incident occurred. "The three passengers had boarded at Laxmi Park, Vartak Nagar and when the auto reached near Ambika Nagar bus stop a speeding private bus came from behind and rammed into the rickshaw. Due to the impact the vehicle toppled and Ansari was thrown out of the auto. Even the passengers got bruises," said an officer from Wagle Estate police station. The passengers rushed to Ansari's help and also stopped the bus driver from fleeing and informed the police. The rickshaw driver was then taken to Thane Civil hospital for treatment. The arrested bus driver was booked for rash driving and causing hurt by negligence but was later released on bail.
|2018-01-04||HC warns Thane civic body against violating waste mgmt rules - The New Indian Express|
HC warns Thane civic body against violating waste mgmt rules Published: 04th January 2018 09:16 PM Last Updated: 04th January 2018 09:17 PM Mumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today cautioned the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) against violating the Centre's solid waste management rules. It said if the TMC failed to comply with the rules and its previous orders on the issue, it would not hesitate in passing an order prohibiting any new construction in Thane. A bench, headed by Justice A S Oka, reminded the civic body that in March 2016, the court had passed such an order for the city of Mumbai. At that time, the court had banned all new constructions in the city until the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) resolved the problem of rampant dumping of solid waste and construction debris at landfill sites. The bench was hearing a petition filed by some residents of Thane raising objection to dumping of waste by the municipal corporation in non-designated areas, especially in the coastal zones, and mangrove-rich sites near Davale village in Thane, adjoining Mumbai. The petition was filed through their advocate Sandesh Patil. Patil informed the court that there had been no compliance with the new solid waste management rules which were brought into effect in 2016 by the Union government. "Due to non-compliance, we had banned construction in Mumbai. It seems we might have to adopt the same stand (for Thane)," said Justice Oka. The TMC, meanwhile, said it was yet to find suitable and adequate land to set up a waste processing plant. The court, however, said if the civic body required more time to find land to set up the plant, it should file an application. "But it has to be done soon. You can't keep dumping in the mangrove area," the court said. PTI AYA RSY SC .
|2018-01-04||Two newborn girls found abandoned in Thane - The Indian Express|
Two newborn girls found abandoned in Thane While the babies have been sent to children’s home, the Thane police have started investigations. Mumbai | Published: January 5, 2018 3:38 am Two newborn girls were found abandoned in the last two days in Thane. While the babies have been sent to children’s home, the Thane police have started investigations. According to the police, a couple found a 3-4-month-old baby girl lying on the steps of a temple in Balkum around 9 pm Wednesday. “They took the baby home and reported the matter to the police station,” said an officer from the Kapurbawdi police station. Complainant Jayesh Bhanushali (40), a businessman who lived nearby, found the baby, said the police. “The baby is healthy and has been sent to a children’s home while we are investigating,” said the officer. In a similar case, a vegetable vendor in Badlapur found a baby girl of same age Tuesday night. “The baby was wrapped in a cloth and left in the middle of foliage near a water tank. Complainant Yogita Satpute (20) brought her to us and we sent the child to the civil hospital from where she was sent to the children’s home,” said senior inspector D Rajbhoj from Badlapur. “We are investigating about the parents of both the babies. Once they are found, we will know why the girls were abandoned,” said Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar.
|2018-01-04||NCP leader Davkhare passes away - Times of India|
NCP leader Davkhare passes away Jan 5, 2018, 04:20 IST THANE: Vasant Davkhare, who was the deputy chairman of the state legislative council for 24 years, died late on Thursday at Bombay Hospital. The last rites will be performed in Thane at 11 am on Friday. The 68-year-old leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was under the care of the hospital since November last for renal failure and heart ailment. He is survived by sons Prabodh, a businessman, and Niranjan, a member of the legislative council from the NCP camp representing the Konkan graduates constituency.Originally from Shirurof Pune district, Davkhare cut his teeth in politics in 1986 when he was elected as Congress corporator from the then newly formed Thane civic body. He was elevated to the post of mayor of Thane in 1987, notwithstanding the fact that the then ruling party in Thane Municipal Corporation was Shiv Sena. Davkhare'sclose friends would cut across politics, Bollywood and business barons. A close associate of Sharad Pawar, he was among the first few to resign from Congress and join NCP. Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde said, "Davkhare saheb was a tall personality whose work and development mindset endeared him to all political sparties. His death is a loss of a remarkable servant of the people."
|2018-01-04||Thane birders flock to wetlands to take part in water-bird census ... - Times of India|
Thane birders flock to wetlands to take part in water-bird census Updated: Jan 4, 2018, 23:29 IST THANE: Armed with their binoculars, digital SLR cameras and environmental journals, hundreds of avifauna experts, birding enthusiasts and nature photographers across the lake-city are already gearing up to participate in the pan-Asia water-bird census between Jaunary 6 and 21. In an attempt to gauge the population of the local as well as migrant water birds in addition to the most threatened wetland ecosystems which they thrive, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has organised the Asian Water-birds Census, in coordination with Wetlands International, between January 6 and 21, 2018 this year. As part of this census, participating birding enthusiasts are expected to venture in the wetlands in their areas and monitor the count of the different species of water birds they find, and submit this list as well as details of the condition of the wetland, the source, salinity and pollution levels of the water that passes through it, etc, to the BNHS by the end of the next month.While there has been a growing awareness of the destruction and threat to a few wetlands including the one in the Thane Creek area, the Sewri mudflats, the Bhandup Pumping station area and so on, these pockets are get to find their spot in Ramsar list of wetlands of International importance, and through this initiative, these scientists aim to analyse the data gathered and propose solutions to add these sites to the list, and suggest ways to conserve this highly threatened ecosystem to the government. Dr P Sathiyaselvam, a Scientist at BNHS said, "The Asian Waterbird Count, primarily carried out by amateur and professional ornithologists, government and non-governmental agencies, has been successful in providing substantial information on status of wetlands and distribution of waterbirds over the past years. This data obtained will be valuable not only in conserving waterbirds habitats at the national level but also the wetlands under the Central Asian Flyway at international level." "Monitoring these water-bird numbers and wetlands plays an importance role in understanding the threats they face and the reason for the decline of water-birds around the world. The rapid urbanisation has resulted in the growing pollution of the wetlands here. This is bound to have an impact on the bird species that cannot tolerate such pollutants. Pockets like Uran, Sewri, Thane Creek and Bhandup Pumping station still have a few wetlands that house the greater and lesser flamingos, the Gadwalls, Shelducks and other such water-birds. We need to ensure that they are protected," added another BNHS official. Citizen birders here believe that initiatives like the bird census and eco-drives will help conserve the wetlands an the eco-systems they comprise.
|2018-01-04||'Dalit' youths try to halt train at Thane - Times of India|
'Dalit' youths try to halt train at Thane Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 05:13 IST THANE: A group of youngsters claiming to represent the youth wing of a Dalit outfit staged a rail roko at Thane around 11.30am, demanding action against Sambhaji Bhide, president of Shivjagar Pratisthan and Milind Ekbote, executive president of Samasta Hindu Aaghadi. A few protesters, said to belong to Bhartiya Dalit Youth Panther, jumped on the tracks in front of a stationary Dombivli-CST slow train waiting to pull out of platform four. The protesters were on their way to the Thane collector's office, but decided to stage an impromptu protest at the station. "They shouted slogans, seeking stern action against Bhide and Ekbote," said a police official.The railway police moved the protesters from the tracks within minutes. The protesters - Bhaisaheb Jadhav (37), Rahul Solanki (25), Jeetendra Pawar (30) and Dipesh Gorivle (32) - were taken to the RPF Thana where a case was registered against them. A senior railway official from Mumbai said that the protest didn't have a major impact on local train operations.
|2018-01-03||Maharashtra shutdown: Rail blockade in Palghar, Thane - Economic Times|
Maharashtra shutdown: Rail blockade in Palghar, Thane Jan 03, 2018, 10.32 AM IST The Maharashtra shutdown called by some Dalit parties started with attempts to block suburban train services in Thane and Palghar and processions in Mumbai and elsewhere on Wednesday amidst tight security across the state. Groups of Dalit activists jumped on the railway tracks, shouting slogans and waving flags to attempt a rail-blockade at Thane and Virar stations in Palghar, but were prevented by the security forces. In Mumbai, colleges and schools opened as usual but schoolbuses stayed off roads as a precaution. One private school bus was stoned in Chembur but there were no injuries. Though many taxi-auto rickshaw unions have supported the shutdown, the city's lifeline, the suburban trains and the BEST (Bombay Electric Supply And Transport) buses services were plying near-normally. Some autos and taxis were seen plying in various areas, but the famed Dabbawalas cancelled their services for the day. Many shops and establishments also opened for work as usual in the city and suburbs and there were the familiar crowds on roads and highways. The shutdown evoked greater response in mofussil areas compared to urban pockets of Thane, Nagpur, Pune and other cities. The coastal Konkan region reported a near-total shutdown, as also Dalit strongholds of MarathwadaBSE 3.84 % like Beed, Latur, Solapur, Jalgaon, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Nashik and Palghar. Internet services were suspended in Aurangabad for the day. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses in some sensitive districts have been suspended as a precaution after it suffered damages to 187 buses in Tuesday's violence. The Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, a Dalit party headed by Prakash Ambedkar - the grandson of Bharat Ratna B.R. Ambedkar, called for a 'peaceful Maharashtra shutdown' on Wednesday to express anger over the Pune incidents of January 1. The shutdown call has elicited support from various Dalit parties, Leftist parties, some Maratha groups with the likelihood of other parties supporting it.
|2018-01-03||Maharashtra Caste Violence: 5 TMTs vandalised in Thane, protesters held - Free Press Journal|
Maharashtra Caste Violence: 5 TMTs vandalised in Thane, protesters held Jan 03, 2018 08:57 am Thane: Thane city was on edge on Tuesday as Dalit protests over Monday’s violence in Pune spilled over with agitators damaging scores of buses, disrupting traffic and shutting down the shops. A day after a 28-year-old died in Pune following an altercation between two groups during celebrations to mark the bicentenary of a British-Peshwa war, violent protests erupted in Thane district. RPI activists halted traffic at Aanandnagar check naka where they slept on the road. The protesters also shouted slogans. Shops were forced to shut in Kopri area and Lokmanynagar, Vartaknagar, Manpada, Cadbury junction area as well. To avoid the further tension, some shopkeepers shut down their establishments. Buses were stopped at Wagle Estate and 1 Thane Municipal Bus was vandalised. The other buses were vandalised near Mulund dumping ground.The Kopri police arrested 15 to 20 activists and Wagale estate police arrested 3 protesters for disrupting traffic. Some of the protesters even tried to burn a TMT bus and fled, informed a TMT driver. The protesters have demanded the suspension and arrest of the concerned police officials who had tried to quell the rioting that erupted at Bheema-Koregaon.
|2018-01-03||Maharashtra Bandh Live News Updates: Protesters Block Rail ... - India.com|
Maharashtra Bandh Called Off by Prakash Ambedkar Updated: January 3, 2018 4:48 PM IST Mumbai, Jan 3: Dalit organisations have called for ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ to protest against the caste-based violence during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district. Angry Dalits staged rail and road blockades in Mumbai and carried out similar protests in different parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday. Following the call for a statewide strike, additional forces have been deployed in sensitive areas of the state. We will be giving live updates on ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ and protest across the state. The violence erupted on Monday at an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon in which the British Army comprising Dalits had defeated the Peshwas. A large section of Dalits views the historical battle as the defeat of the ‘casteism’ of upper-caste Peshwas. Alleging inaction by police, Dalit youths swooped onto the roads and blocked traffic movement in Chembur, Mankhurd, Ghatkopar and Bhandup. Scores of Dalit youth blocked the Harbor Line near Govandi and Chembur leading to disruption of local train services. Other parts of Maharashtra, including Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule, Beed, Nashik, Pune, Solapur, Thane and Palghar also witnessed similar protest and incidents of stone pelting. At least 25 buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, besides private luxury buses and other vehicles, were damaged in stone pelting by riotous mobs. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge and a CID investigation into the Koregaon-Bhima incident. Stay with us to catch live news updates on Maharashtra Bandh.
|2018-01-03||Thane cops brief children and citizens on tackling cyber crimes - Free Press Journal|
Thane cops brief children and citizens on tackling cyber crimes Jan 03, 2018 10:20 am Thane: Today is the age of digital transactions and almost everyone is the part of social media. The trouble lies here as the number of cyber related crimes are increasing despite of awareness. Therefore, the police department has been conducting awareness and seminars along with some prominent banking experts. The department of police has important assignments as to interact with citizens of the city. Under the Maharashtra Government’s ‘Transforming Maharashtra’ programme, there are various programmes for cyber awareness are organised. The seminar on Cyber and economic offences was arranged at Thane’s K C College. The banking expert and the police authorities expressed their views in the seminar. The digital transactions or use of social media with lack of knowledge can land one in trouble, warned the police. “There is an increase in the cyber or economic crimes as the use of digital transactions and use of social media has increased. Most of the times people tend to share their personal information such as OTP number or pin number or disclose banking transactions and are looted easily. Sometimes the ATM centres are the target of robbers.They can use your ATM card without possessing your card. Sometimes the frauds can lure you to invest money in some fraud schemes and you are looted,” warned Sandeep Bhajibhakre, DCP, Economic Offence Wing, Thane. The seminar was a part of awareness programme for youths and common people as well. Most of the people are not yet aware of their digital banking transactions, online frauds or many digital frauds as the cheaters can develop new techniques every now and then.
|2018-01-03||Thane rural cops turn good samaritan, return stolen booty to victims! - Free Press Journal|
Thane rural cops turn good samaritan, return stolen booty to victims! Jan 03, 2018 10:28 am Bhayandar: Routinely criticised for failing to make streets safer for women, cops from the Thane (rural) police led by SP Dr Mahesh Patil has set an example for the civilians in their jurisdiction and their counterparts in the state by bagging the top slot for a rare achievement. They recovered and returned the highest number of stolen items to its rightful owners. Ushering into the new year with a positive note, cops returned ornaments, cash and mobile phones to 34 victims of chain snatching and thefts that had been reported from the twin-city in the past couple of months. The police managed to crack 34 out of the 56 cases. The valuables were given back to their legitimate owners at the hands of dignitaries including District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, Addl SP Prashant Kadam, MLA Narendra Mehta, MBMC Mayor Dimple Mehta and Dy Mayor Chandrakant Vaity, at a function held at Maxus Banquet Hall on January 1. Senior Police Inspectors of all six police stations were present on the occasion.Interestingly, the Thane (rural) has ranked first in the state in respect to restitution of stolen property to its rightful owners. Although the judicial process is lengthy and cumbersome, the police banked upon the provisions in Code of Criminal Procedure to return more than 6,000 recovered movable property including gold ornaments, two wheelers and mobile phones to the concerned complainants after due verification and completion of all formalities. Most of the victims could not believe their luck at getting back the lost valuables. “I never thought I would get back my gold chain, my trust in the police has doubled after this,” said a woman while thanking cops for recovering her stolen chain.
|2018-01-03||In Thane, schools shut, vehicles off roads, offices empty | Thane ... - Times of India|
In Thane, schools shut, vehicles off roads, offices empty Updated: Jan 3, 2018, 13:25 IST THANE: The normally buzzing schools and colleges, the chacophony of vehicles and the rush of office-goers went silent on Wednesday as protesting mobs of Dalit activists took to the streets to enforce a complete shutdown in Thane, the working class neighborhood 35km from Mumbai. The protesters, however, have refrained from any acts of violence and no incident of stone throwing or attack on motorists or lathi-charge by the police has been reported so far. The public transport buses, which are the soft target of the mob, have not reported any damage and services are running normal. Angry protesters waving the blue flags, laid seige at the main entry and exit points of Thane, as they blocked traffic on the Eastern Express highway early morning. A huge posse of police personnel led by DCP Sunil Lokhande was seen persuading and convincing the mob to clear the road.A mob of Dalit youths trooped onto the railway track at Thane station and attempted to block the path of a slow train heading towards CSMT at Thane railway station around 7:50am for around three minutes. The busy and noisy junction at LBS road, the Teen Hath Naka and Cadbury junctions witnessed groups of protesters trying to dissuade traffic by deflating tires of buses, shutting shops and forcing auto drivers to refrain from playing commuter's. However, no untoward incident has been reported so far. Many Thaneites who were heading to work in their private vehicles also returned home as they couldn't cross the toll plaza which was blocked by the protestors. With most rickshaws and private vehicles off the narrow lanes as well as main highways in the city are now deserted. The shopkeepers across the main markets of Jambli Naka, Kopri, station are have been made to pull down their shutters.As a precautionary measure, many city schools including Sulochanadevi Singhania, Lodha World School, Euro Kids School and DAV Thane school have declared today a holiday and will make up for the missed academics on any of the upcoming weekly holidays. While protestors had also forced shut operations at the MSRTC depot outside Thane station west, most of the services to and fro the city have resumed.The central railway services, meanwhile, are running smoothly. (Inputs from Manoj Badgeri, Nishikant Karlikar, Shrutika Sukhi and Avani Ghangurde)
|2018-01-03||Bandh: Stone pelting in Thane, railway services affected - Outlook India|
Bandh: Stone pelting in Thane, railway services affected 03 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 9:13 PM Thane, Jan 3 The bandh called by Dalit organisations largely remained peaceful in Thane barring sporadic incidents of stone pelting and damaging public transport buses. Traffic was affected on Ghodbunder Road--a crucial link used by vehicles coming from Bhiwandi and Nashik to connect with western express highway--as demonstrators blocked many arterial roads to Thane railway station. The bandh was called by Dalit and Left organisations under Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar to protest the dalit-Maratha clashes in Bhima Koregaon village in Pune district on Monday. In Thane city, protesters moved in large groups at various places carrying flags and raising slogans. The movement of trains was stopped by demonstrators who blocked railway tracks at Thane station in afternoon for some time. According to police, the bandh was by and large remained peaceful. Thane Municipal Transport Services Manager Sandeep Malvi said at least six buses were damaged by miscreants since last night in Check Naka, Wagle Estate, Cidco bus stop, Ambedkar Road areas. A large group of protesters blocked vehicular movement by placing a blockade at Mulund checkpost. The bandh was peaceful in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in neighbouring Palghar district. Educational institutes remained closed today in view of the bandh. A large deployment of police personnel ensured that the bandh passed off peacefully.
|2018-01-03||Blocked roads, brakes on trains paralyze Thane | Mumbai News ... - Times of India|
Blocked roads, brakes on trains paralyze Thane Updated: Jan 4, 2018, 00:13 IST THANE: The morning drill of lakhs of office-goers, students and the business community of Thane was disrupted by marching mobs that jammed the streets and railway tracks on Wednesday. The day began with skeletal groups of youths holding the blue Republican Party of India (RPI) flag attempting to block the city's exit point at Eastern Express Highway, while another group trooped on to railway tracks to stop the 7.50am Thane local. The protesters' attempts were handled efficiently by lathi-wielding policemen though. The scattered groups then converged and post-noon, mobs attacked TMT buses, disrupted train services three times and laying siege on the busy Ghodbunder Road. Bikers were seen riding around the city pelting stones at vehicles, damaging buses and assaulting autorickshaw drivers ferrying Thaneites to nearby destinations. Some even burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Highways and streets of the working class neighbourhood some 35km from Mumbai lay desolate throughout the day as protesters blocked the main roads, including the Kharegaon toll naka, Mulund check naka and Anand Nagar toll naka that connect the lake city to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Vasai and Mira Road.Several interior pockets such as Brahmand where traffic was diverted saw long jams. The busy LBS Road, Teen Hath Naka and Cadbury Junction as well as other pockets such as Dhokali witnessed groups of protesters halting traffic by stopping buses and asking commuters aboard to get off, deflating tyres, shutting shops and forcing auto drivers to stop plying. After the first three-minute-long rail roko, the protesters made similar attempts at Kalwa and Diva. Around 10am, the mob of protesters staged another rail roko at Thane railway station, which took cops half an hour to clear. They then went on to force shut MSRTC depot and damage TMT buses. While the MSRTC services were resumed later, TMT called in all its buses. Many of those stranded were left with no choice but to walk to their destinations. A Naupada-based senior citizen Rohini Dutta, on her way to catch a flight to Bengaluru, was stuck in the chaos for five hours and had to eventually cancel her ticket.
|2018-01-03||Thane residents can now complain about hotels flouting rules - Hindustan Times|
Thane residents can now complain about hotels flouting rules The Kamala Mills fire, where 14 people died, has served as a wake-up call for the civic body and residents, who have become more vigilant regarding fire compliance of hotels and restaurants. Updated: Jan 04, 2018 00:31 IST If you think a hotel or a restaurant near your home is flouting safety norms and is a cause of concern, you can now visit ward offices to find out if they have the required permissions. And if they don’t, you can file a complaint with the Thane Municipal Corporation and the fire department against them. There are 10 ward offices in the city and people can visit them to complain about irregularities. The December 29 Kamala Mills fire, where 14 people died, has not only served as a wake-up call for the corporation but also residents, who have become more vigilant and are enquiring about the legality and fire compliance of hotels and restaurants. The TMC’s chief fire officer Shashi Kant Kale said, “There are hotels and restaurants functioning on the ground floor of residential buildings and they are given permission if they request change of use but they have to adhere to all rules and regulations including fire compliance.” If any resident wants to know if they have all permissions, documents and follow fire norms, they can go to the nearby ward office and find out. Based on the information, action would be taken by the TMC and the fire department. “To ensure safety of residents, we have made sure fire norms are followed both inside the society and in commercial areas. However, there is a need for the fire department to audit the nearby shopping complexes, which have many eateries and food joints,” K Kumar, president, Progressive Thane Residents Welfare Association (PTRA). There are plenty of hotels and restaurants inside housing societies of Hiranandani estates, Manpada, Shrirang Vrindavan and Vartak Nagar, as well as on LBS Marg. Sunil Chavan, additional commissioner, TMC, said, “We will swiftly act if any complaints are filed by residents and we plan to take action on defaulters within two to three days.”
|2018-01-03||Thane residents using single-access card to get rebates - Hindustan Times|
Thane residents using single-access card to get rebates One of the projects under the TMC’s smart city initiative, Digi Card or single-access card will enable residents to pay civic as well as their personal bills online. Updated: Jan 04, 2018 00:43 IST Residents will get rebates from Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for using the single-access card, which is likely to be launched in mid-January. The corporation has said it is not mandatory for residents to purchase the card, which costs Rs100. Residents can use the Digi Thane mobile application to avail the rebate. The municipal corporation has informed that the in-app payment will be started in the second phase, which will also give access to TMC buildings. One of the projects under the TMC’s smart city initiative, Digi Card or single-access card will enable residents to pay civic as well as their personal bills online. Additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan said, “We decided to give rebates to residents who opt for digital payments through the access card. This is to pave way for cashless economy.” Rebates will be given in property tax, water tax, town planning and solid waste departments, advertisements, theatre, licensing and tree authority among others. “I have asked the departments to work out where rebates can be given and submit the loss owing to the rebates,” he said. He added that the rebates will be up to five per cent. “The card will be launched on January 15 and we have started promoting it by putting up hoardings across the city. Around 170 outlets have given exclusive offers for those who use the card,” said Chavan. The in-app payments will take more than three to four months to start. People can pay through their credit or debit cards and avail rebates. “In the second phase, we plan to start the in-app payments. Also, people can punch the access cards to enter any TMC building,” he added. The card will also provide 27 types of government, civic and private services. This will save residents the effort to visit the TMC offices, paving way for a faceless transaction.
|2018-01-03||Thane: 28-yr-old held for cheating turns out murderer from Guj - The Asian Age|
Thane: 28-yr-old held for cheating turns out murderer from Guj Published : Jan 3, 2018, 12:09 pm IST Updated : Jan 3, 2018, 12:41 pm IST The accused stole money while pretending to help customers write the serial numbers of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes.Thane: A 28-year-old man, arrested with two others for stealing money from bank customers while pretending to help them, turned out to be an absconding murder convict from Gujarat, Palghar police in Maharashtra said. Mitesh, Rahul and Khatiyawadi Waman Rathod, originally from Bhavnagar, were sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder committed in 2009, said Palghar Additional Superintendent of Police Raj Tilak Roshan. Palghar police were probing several cases of cheating where some unidentified people offered to help bank customers in writing down serial numbers of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes before depositing them, and stole some of the notes in the process. Rathod, Chandrakant Dasawate (28) and Vishnudutt Sanjay Shukla (27) were arrested in these cases a couple of days ago. During interrogation, police found that Rathod had been convicted in a case of murder registered in Vadodara in 2009, and sentenced to life imprisonment. He came out of the Surat Central Prison on parole in 2014, and fled to Maharashtra instead of returning to the prison after the parole period ended, police said. Further probe is on.
|2018-01-03||Bhima Koregaon violence: Section 144 imposed in Thane; rail, road services hit - Times of India|
Bhima Koregaon violence: Section 144 imposed in Thane; rail, road services hit. Jan 03, 2018, 10:55 IST Section 144 has been imposed in Thane till January 4 midnight following the violent clashes that broke out in Pune's Bhima Koregaon. Protesters tried to halt the local train operation in Thane, but were immediately cleared by RPF and GRP officials, said a statement issued by CPRO Central Railway. The protests against Bhima Koregaon violence in Pune spilled over to the other cities in Maharashtra, with agitators disrupting road and rail traffic.
|2018-01-03||Maharashtra Bandh: Section 144 Imposed In Thane Till Tomorrow - Outlook India|
Maharashtra Bandh: Section 144 Imposed In Thane Till Tomorrow 03 JANUARY 2018 Last Updated at 12:40 Section 144 has been imposed in Maharashtra's Thane area till midnight of January 4, in the wake of the statewide band called by the dalit outfits, protesting against the Bhima-Koregaon violence. The protestors even halted the trains at Thane railway station pertaining to the same. "Few protestors tried to disrupt railway services at Thane, but were immediately cleared by RPF and GRP officials. Services are running uninterrupted on Central Railway as of now" says Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Central Railway.Huge security forces have been deployed in Ghatkopar's Ramabai Colony and Eastern Express Highway to keep a check on any case of violence. Violence spilled over to adjoining parts of Maharashtra after clashes broke out between the Dalits and alleged right-wing groups on January 1, during the bicentenary celebration of the Bhima-Koregaon battle near Pune.The right-wing groups were objecting to the observance of 'Victory Day' since they considered it to be an anti-national celebration. Both RSS and BJP are being accused of instigating the violence by opposition leaders. In the battle, which was fought between the British East India Company, containing Dalits in its infantry, and the Peshwas, who were upper-caste Brahmins, at Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 1818, the Marathas ultimately withdrew. Since then, the lower-caste communities have been viewing it as a symbolic victory for themselves. The clashes broke out at Bhima-Koregaon when people were headed towards the war memorial in the village, about 30 km from Pune city, the police had said.Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, which the forces of the British East India Company had won over those of the Peshwa. Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community -- then considered untouchables -- were part of the East India Company's forces. The Peshwas were Brahmins and the victory was seen as a symbol of assertiveness by Dalits.
|2018-01-02||3.2-magnitude earthquake jolts Thane in Maharashtra - The Tribune|
|2018-01-02||78 motorists held by Thane police in Mira Bhayandar for drink and drive cases during New Year's Eve - Free Press Journal|
78 motorists held by Thane police in Mira Bhayandar for drink and drive cases during New Year’s Eve Jan 02, 2018 09:05 am Bhayandar: Over 700 motorists from Mira Bhayandar brought in the New Year in an inebriated state while driving on the streets of the twin city. After witnessing a significant dip last year, drunk driving cases registered by the Mira Road division of the Thane (rural) police soared by more than 65 % this New Year eve as compared to 2016. According to figures sourced out from the traffic department, as many as 78 motorists, mostly bikers, were booked in the twin-city and their vehicles impounded on charges of drunken driving on New Year’s eve and early Monday. Last year, the figure stood at 45. While a massive crackdown was launched against traffic violators well ahead of the festive days, police personnel equipped with high tech breath analyzers, remained present at strategic locations till 5 am in the morning to detect and prosecute drunk drivers.
|2018-01-02||Earthquake in Thane: 3.2-magnitude earthquake hits Thane - Times of India|
3.2-magnitude earthquake hits Thane Jan 2, 2018, 13:01 IST THANE: An earthquake measuring 3.2 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted Thane and surrounding areas on Tuesday morning, the IMD said. According to the preliminary report of the Indian Meteorological Department, the quake at a depth of 10 kms below the surface, was recorded at 2.21 a.m. The epicentre of the quake was calculated at latitude 19.8 degrees north and 73.1 degrees east, falling in Thane region. There are no reports of any casualties or damage to properties, officials said.
|2018-01-02||Karate Instructor Arrested For Raping Minor Student In Thane - NDTV|
Karate Instructor Arrested For Raping Minor Student In Thane The instructor used to take karate training classes at his residence in Kalyan township of the district, the official at the Thane district rural police control room said. Updated: January 02, 2018 16:09 IST THANE: Police have arrested a 34-year-old karate instructor for allegedly raping a minor student, an official said today. The instructor used to take karate training classes at his residence in Kalyan township of the district, the official at the Thane district rural police control room said. On December 24 last year, the teacher asked the 11-year-old girl to lie down on a mat on the pretext of imparting training to her. He then allegedly touched her inappropriately and sexually assaulted her, he said. Initially, the girl did not reveal about the incident to anyone out of fear but later informed her mother, who lodged a complaint with the police late last night, the official said. COMMENTS The Kalyan taluka police arrested the accused in the early hours today and booked him under IPC section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he added.
|2018-01-01||Netas seek CM help claiming admin overriding GB decisions - Times of India|
Corporators seek CM help claiming administration overriding general body's decisions Updated: Jan 2, 2018, 00:10 IST THANE: Corporators from the Thane municipal corporation are planning to seek intervention of the chief minister to stop the repeated attempts by the administration to override the decisions of the general body. Elected representatives from the BJP and the NCP have cited various instances wherein the administration has reportedly gone ahead with the projects that were initially rejected by the general body. The netas, apparently unable to gain an upper hand in the tussle, now have made an emotional appeal to the chief minister asking him to ensure the democracy in the Thane city governance is retained. The rift between the administration and elected representatives in Thane has been widening since late and out in the open with each of the two sides trying to outwit each other in an apparent bid to gain supremacy. There have been several incidents in the recent past where the rift between the two sides of governance has been locked in a bitter duel of words and action. The hostility between the two parties apparently was fuelled after the administration reportedly decided to purchase bullet bikes for the Thane police even after the House had unanimously rejected the plan. The administration had hinted of going ahead with its plan using the commissioner's discretionary powers to sanction developmental works that further irked the corporators. Observers hint the netas objected to the plan after being wary of the closeness between the police and municipal chief and raised a valid point in the expenditure on the police which comes under the state home department. "What is the need for the civic administration to build police stations and present bikes to the police? Isn't the home department equipped enough to do the same," questioned a BJP corporator.
|2018-01-01||Maharashtra: Highest number of drunk driving cases in Thane ... - Business Standard|
Maharashtra: Highest number of drunk driving cases in Thane Last Updated at January 1, 2018 19:35 IST The number of cases of drunk driving on New Year's eve in neighbouring Thane surpassed the number of such cases even in Mumbai this time, officials said. Thane police caught 1,366 persons for drunk driving on December 31, highest across the state, said a senior police officer. Pune stood second. As many as 1,l44 persons were caught while driving in inebriated condition, said Ashok Morale, DCP (Traffic). Thane police started a rigorous checking of drivers from December 29, and in the last three days they caught 1,900 drunk drivers and collected a fine of Rs 28 lakh, said Amit Kale, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Thane police. In Mumbai, 615 persons were caught for drunk driving on December 31, said Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic). Besides, cases for violation of other traffic rules were lodged against 11,600 persons. In neighbouring Navi Mumbai, police caught 424 persons for drunk driving yesterday, an official statement said. In Nagpur, 781 persons were booked for drunk driving, the city police said. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
|2018-01-01||Man held for raping minor girl - Times of India|
Man held for raping minor girl Jan 1, 2018, 05:59 IST KALYAN: A 32-year-old man from Thane has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl and later threatened to put up her nude photos online if she did not arrange for Rs 1 lakh. The 17-year-old girl who lives in Dombivli is a college student who studies in class 12. The accused, Sanjay Bhogale, a watchman in Sanpada, said that he befriended the girl on Facebook. He later shot nude photographs of her and later raped her, the police said. He even threatening her to make her nude photographs viral if she did not pay up the money.When the girl refused to pay up the money, Bhogale made a fake Facebook profile and posted her nude photos. Bhogale was arrested after the girl lodged a police complaint. In her complaint, the girl has alleged that Bhogale had sent sent her a friend request July, after which the two started meeting each other. It was during one of these meetings that Bhogale managed to take her nude photo.The police said that Bhogale had asked the girl to deposit cash into his bank account. A complaint of rape and blackmail has been lodged against Bhogale. He has also been charged under sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
|2018-01-01||Thane to get 21 new theme parks as New Year gift - Free Press Journal|
Thane to get 21 new theme parks as New Year gift Jan 01, 2018 10:48 am Thane: There is a reason for Thanekars to rejoice as the municipal corporation is all set to gift them with new theme parks. The civic body is planning to build almost 21 theme parks across the city. Out of these, seven are nearly completed, six of them will be open for people by March 2018. “We have decided to complete the work on the Bollywood Park, Old Thane New Thane Park, Angel’s Paradise, Dragon Park, Kalwa Parsik Jogger’s Park, Children’s Traffic Park and Siddhivinayak Park in 2018. Apart from the Children’s Traffic Park all other theme parks are funded by the corporation itself,” a civic officer informed. The corporation had earlier planned to make the Bollywood Theme Park and the Old Thane New Thane Park on Built-Operate-and-Transfer basis, however, due to lack of response from any agency, these two parks will also be funded by the corporation. The officer added, “The budget of all the remaining parks together is Rs. 42.53 crores. The Traffic Park will be constructed through transferable development right (TDR). The theme parks will come up in areas like 12 Bunglows Kopri, Lakmi Park in Vartak Nagar, Kavesar, Parsik Nagar, Patlipada and Runwal Plaza near Vartak Nagar.”Thane has a rich geography with creek, lakes and gardens. It is also popularly known as a Green City. However, the city lacks open spaces or hangouts where people can spend their weekends with family. “Apart from the Siddhivinayak Park, the work on all the other parks is more than 50 percent completed. The Old Thane New Thane Park is ready we are waiting to set an opening date. The decision whether to keep an entry fee at any of these parks is still not taken.” There will be Bollywood Park at Vartaknagar that will have popular sets of Bollywood movies. Also it will also have statues of actors. The corporation is planning to set up a 4D theatre with a 40 seating capacity. Children’s Traffic Park at Kavesar will have the awareness projects of traffic department displayed here. There will be tutorials on driving for children and also for adults. A virtual training room will also coach people how to drive two and three wheelers. An adult driving training track will be created which will enable people to learn driving. Moreover, RTO can also conduct special learning license drive in this park. The Old Thane New Thane Park at Patlipada will have the glimpse of all popular landmarks of Thane in one place. Also, it will have a toy train as a remembrance of the first train that ran between CST and Thane stations. Angle’s Paradise Park in Kopri will be developed on existing jogging park. The Paradise Theme Park will have angel statues. There are few more theme parks that are gearing up to attract the visitors and the citizens will have more green places to spend the weekends and evenings. The city at present have couple of theme park which are poorly maintained. There are 46 gardens and 11 children’s park. 3 picnic spots, 9 grounds, 16 road islands and 3 boat clubs. In 2006, one of the biggest garden Mulla Baug was inaugurated. But later it lost the charm due to poor maintenance. The garden at Kalwa Saket also in poor condition.
|2018-01-01||Maharashtra: Highest number of drunk driving cases in Thane - Moneycontrol.com|
Maharashtra: Highest number of drunk driving cases in Thane Thane police caught 1,366 persons for drunk driving on December 31, highest across the state, said a senior police officer. Jan 01, 2018 08:28 PM IST The number of cases of drunk driving on New Year's Eve in neighbouring Thane surpassed the number of such cases even in Mumbai this time, officials said. Thane police caught 1,366 persons for drunk driving on December 31, highest across the state, said a senior police officer. Pune stood second. As many as 1,l44 persons were caught while driving in an inebriated condition, said Ashok Morale, DCP (Traffic). Thane police started a rigorous checking of drivers from December 29, and in the last three days they caught 1,900 drunk drivers and collected a fine of Rs 28 lakh, said Amit Kale, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Thane police. In Mumbai, 615 persons were caught for drunk driving on December 31, said Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic). Besides, cases for violation of other traffic rules were lodged against 11,600 persons. In neighbouring Navi Mumbai, police caught 424 persons for drunk driving yesterday, an official statement said. In Nagpur, 781 persons were booked for drunk driving, the city police said.
|2018-01-01||Corporators seek CM help claiming administration overriding general body's decisions - Times of India|
Corporators seek CM help claiming administration overriding general body's decisions Updated: Jan 2, 2018, 00:10 IST THANE: Corporators from the Thane municipal corporation are planning to seek intervention of the chief minister to stop the repeated attempts by the administration to override the decisions of the general body.Elected representatives from the BJP and the NCP have cited various instances wherein the administration has reportedly gone ahead with the projects that were initially rejected by the general body. The netas, apparently unable to gain an upper hand in the tussle, now have made an emotional appeal to the chief minister asking him to ensure the democracy in the Thane city governance is retained. The rift between the administration and elected representatives in Thane has been widening since late and out in the open with each of the two sides trying to outwit each other in an apparent bid to gain supremacy. There have been several incidents in the recent past where the rift between the two sides of governance has been locked in a bitter duel of words and action. The hostility between the two parties apparently was fuelled after the administration reportedly decided to purchase bullet bikes for the Thane police even after the House had unanimously rejected the plan. The administration had hinted of going ahead with its plan using the commissioner's discretionary powers to sanction developmental works that further irked the corporators. Observers hint the netas objected to the plan after being wary of the closeness between the police and municipal chief and raised a valid point in the expenditure on the police which comes under the state home department. "What is the need for the civic administration to build police stations and present bikes to the police? Isn't the home department equipped enough to do the same," questioned a BJP corporator.
|2018-01-01||'Awareness, corrective measures by railways help reduce mishaps' - Times of India|
‘Awareness, corrective measures by railways help reduce mishaps’ Updated: Jan 2, 2018, 00:06 IST THANE: Continuous awareness about safe travel and adequate corrective measures taken by the railway and police administration has apparently helped reduce the number of mishaps on the Thane railway network with the figures registering a three year low in 2017. The railway administration has attributed the same to corrective action like sealing access points to the tracks, adding shuttle services and introducing more bridges at stations. While Thane saw nearly 391 mishaps in 2015, the numbers dropped to 323 last year, reveals mishaps statistics uploaded by the Mumbai railway police on the website Shodh. Likewise, the railway police stations in neighboring Kalyan also saw a considerable drop in the numbers from 409 to 367 in two years while that in Kurla which is dubbed as one of the dangerous zones on the Mumbai railway network also saw a reduction in numbers. Railway officials said they have been working on sealing porous points along the tracks, providing fences between tracks, increasing the number of bridges and escalators to discourage those crossing tracks. Also, the number of services have been increased over the years in addition to raising height of platforms as well in addition to making continuous awareness campaigns about safe travel, said officials. "We have been working on introducing more bridges at Thane and Mumbra stations in addition to improving facilities at other suburban stretches as well. We have introduced more shuttle services on the suburban sector between Thane, Kalyan and beyond in the last few months to match the rise in number of commuters," said a senior railway official from Mumbai. Meanwhile, activists say these numbers aren't anything to feel proud of adding that the railways should instead work towards ensuring a zero mishap target. There are several segments like the Thane-Kalwa-Digha stretch where commuters are forced to walk down the tracks while even the Kharegaon and Diva level crossing gates sees several mishaps, lament activists. Deputy commissioner of police, railways, Samadhan Pawar said his department has been actively working to point out and plug access points to curb mishaps. "We have been studying the pattern of mishaps and the spots where maximum track crossing is happening and have recommended corrective action," said Pawar.
|2018-01-01||'Blackmailer' pushes girlfriend to end life - Times of India|
‘Blackmailer’ pushes girlfriend to end life Updated: Jan 2, 2018, 03:21 IST THANE: A 22-year-old Mumbra resident was booked for allegedly blackmailing and extorting Rs 20 lakh from his girlfriend and driving her to commit suicide. In his complaint registered at Rabodi police station, the 20-year-old victim's father said on December 25, when he returned from Saudi Arabia, his daughter and other children came to the airport to receive him. The next day, his daughter hanged herself from a hook on the bathroom ceiling. It was only during the funeral that the complainant learnt from relatives and friends that the youth used to blackmail his daughter by threatening to defame her by posting her obscene pictures on social media. The father was shocked to learn that the youth had extorted at least Rs 20 lakh from his daughter and had demanded more money. The complainant told Rabodi police that his daughter might have got fed up of the constant harasssmant and ended her life.The victim lived with her paternal grandmother in Palghar and studied in a college there, while her father, who runs a transport business at Padgha of Bhiwandi taluka, lived with his second wife and their children. Sources said the victim was in a relationship with the youth and his mother had even sent a marriage proposal, but her grandmother rejected it. Her father managed to convince the grandmother, to agree to the alliance, but by then the 20-year-old said she was no longer interested in the youth, claimed sources.In his complaint, the father claimed his daughter took the money that he sent to his mother every month for daily expenses and gave the accused. Rabodi police on Sunday registered a case under the Indian Penal Code sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 384 (extortion) and 385 (issuing threat to commit extortion) against the youth. Rabodi police are probing the matter and are yet to make an arrest.