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2015-10-31Thane: People take to apps for pre-Diwali cleaning - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: People take to apps for pre-Diwali cleaning Saturday, 31 October 2015 - 6:35am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha Pragyan Roy, a Thane resident who works as a travel executive, has taken the help of an app to outsource all Diwali-related cleaning work. This is the new trend as people are gearing up to celebrate Diwali, which starts from November 11, many Thanekars are opting for apps and websites to get their houses cleaned before Diwali. After a long and hectic week at work, who has the energy to clean the house? When I came to know about different apps available for outsourcing my Diwali worries, I quickly booked one appointment, said Anurag Aditya, a media professional. Other than apps, people have also hired professionals from different websites and there are many who are even giving interesting deals and combo offers. Many women have started booking the cleaning, laundry, car washing and other such works, along with beauty services. Resident Mugdha Roy said, I have booked a slot with timesaverz app and have booked for combo services. Here, they give an option of pre and post-payment and the service ranges from cleaning tasks to appliance repair. I found it to be the best as it is a hectic job to call an electrician separately hence, if all worries are taken care by these people, then its better. Abhiyukta Raj also shared a similar sentiment. The cleaning apps are a big relief and have eased our tension. With office work and kids around, I don't get time to do the cleaning for Diwali. So, I have booked a slot using an app for cleaning as well as for repairs. A spokesperson from Aura facilities management said they have festive offers for Diwali for those who opt for outsourcing cleaning. We send our person to survey the flat and then we give a suitable time to the customer, he said. The agency also shared its environmental concern hence, they use eco-friendly detergents to clean the house and also take extra care to protect vulnerable household decor. The agency does mechanised cleaning and uses the best of machines and equipment to clean the house. Many options available online and apps also allows people an opportunity to compare the service retes that are being offered and settle for the best deal. Seeking professional help for cleaning house this Diwali is catching up in thane and there are many families who have taken help of these professionals to deck up their houses for the festival of light and color.

2015-10-31Thane builder suicide: Police raid homes of absconding corporators - ETRealty.com
Thane builder suicide: Police raid homes of absconding corporators Nishikant Karlikar TNN 31 October 2015, 8:07 AM IST THANE: The police raided the homes of the four absconding corporators Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale (NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (ex-MNS-turned Independent)and questioned their families about their whereabouts on Thursday. The police have also issued summons to Shiv Sena's Naresh Mhaske, who is the chairperson of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) standing committee, and another Sena functionary, said joint commissioner of police Laxmi Narayana. Documents pertaining to the TMC and bank and property papers have been seized from the accused's homes to check the money trail and their roles in harassment of slain builder Suraj Parmar, who had named them in his suicide note. Parmar had indicated that the corporators sought bribe and created obstacles in his projects when he resisted their demand. Four police teams have fanned out to track down the corporators who are on the run since last week and four assistant commissioners have been deputed to supervise the search operations. Meanwhile, in a first, the Thane police commissioner has appointed the special public prosecutor (SPP) in the case following an amendment by the state giving powers to top cops to appoint SPPs. Earlier, police commissioners had to wait for a nod from Mantralaya to appoint an SPP. In another development, Parmar's family has appointed a Mumbai lawyer to monitor the case.
Thane builder suicide: Police raid homes of absconding corporators - ETRealty.com
2015-10-30CR services hit as glitch stalls Thane train - Times of India
CR services hit as glitch stalls Thane train Somit Sen,TNN Oct 30, 2015, 10.57 PM IST MUMBAI: CR services were hit on Friday night due to a technical fault in a Thane-bound train at Chinchpokli. Commuters were inconvenienced as stations between Dadar and Byculla were crowded. Trains were diverted on the fast tracks and were not halting at Chinchpokli and Currey Road stations. A source said that the battery box underneath one of the coaches of the train fell on the tracks around 9.15pm. "As a result, the train had to be terminated at Chinchpokli and a relief train was deployed to rectify the fault. The slow line was completely blocked between Byculla and Dadar stations while repair work was on," the source stated. Passengers complained of inconvenience while many preferred to opt for the road route. In another incident, a train which was being shunted at Byculla yard derailed. However, this had no impact on the schedule of any train, said an official. One of the wheels derailed around 8.30pm and an inquiry has been set up.
2015-10-30Central Railway services hit due to technical fault in Thane bound train - Times of India
Central Railway services hit due to technical fault in Thane bound train Somit Sen,TNN Oct 30, 2015, 10.13 PM IST MUMBAI: Services on the Central Railway was badly hit due to a technical fault in a Thane-bound train at Chinchpokli station around 9.30pm. Office goers returning home were badly affected. The stations between Dadar and Chinchpokli area was crowded, with platforms packed with commuters. Sources said that the battery box installed underneatbh one of the coaches of the affected train fell on the tracks around 9.15 pm and it would take time to restore services. "As a result, the train has been terminated at Chinchpokli station and we are sending a relief train to rectify the fault. The slow line (first track) will be completely blocked till the situation is brought back to normal,'' the source stated. Meanwhile, in another incident, a train which was being shunted in Byculla yard derailed. However, this incident had no impact on the running of suburban or long-distance trains, officials said. One of the wheels of the train had derailed around 8.30pm and an inquiry has been instituted.
2015-10-29Thane builder suicide: Court rejects anticipatory bail plea of four corporators - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: Court rejects anticipatory bail plea of four corporators By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 30, 2015 12:42 am Suraj Parmar, the builder who committed suicide. The Thane Sessions Court Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail applications filed by four corporators, who are currently under the police scanner, for allegedly abetting the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar. Parmar had shot himself in a flat in his under-construction project and had left behind a 13-page suicide note, in which he had mentioned some names but had later scratched them out saying that those people might harass his family. The letter was sent for forensic analysis, after which NCP corporators Vikrant Chavan and Najeeb Mulla, Congress corporator Hanumant Jagdale and independent corporator Sudhakar Chavan came under the police scanner. Arguments on their applications lasted for nearly four hours, with lawyers for each corporator explaining at length why their arrest and custodial interrogation were unnecessary. Their arguments were followed by special public prosecutor Raja Thakare presenting his arguments. In line with the police's stand of staying tight-lipped about the progress of the investigation so far, Thakare played his cards close to his chest, giving several documents directly to Special Sessions Judge V V Bhambarde for perusal. The common line taken by all four defence advocates was that the four corporators were only doing their job within the framework of the law by raising questions about Parmar's work, and that just one paragraph from the 13-page suicide note, which allegedly mentions their names, was being taken out of context to make it seem as if they had driven Parmar to suicide. Our clients are prepared to cooperate fully with the investigation whenever needed. They will present themselves before the police and help with the inquiry. Raising questions on the floor of the house does not amount to a criminal act on their part, said advocate Hemant Sawant, appearing for Sudhakar Chavan. He added: There are reports about the applicants being part of a Golden Gang that apparently has created terror in the minds of the builders. If this is true, then what is the police doing? How is this gang flourishing? The paragraph in question, which was read out by all four defence lawyers during their respective arguments, reads, Now I understand. I should have bribed politicians for completion of work on time. I stand firm when politician like {six scratched out names} were harassing me for bribe but now I feel I did a mistake (sic). Advocate Suresh Pasbola, who was arguing on behalf of Najeeb Mulla, added, The deceased himself has given a clean chit to the four applicants by mentioning that he stood firm in the face of their demands. The one paragraph is being taken totally out of context. The defence further argued that to charge someone for abetment to suicide, it was necessary to prove the person's intention of instigating the deceased to kill themselves, and that raising the issue about Parmar's work and recommending action against him was hardly such an action. Parmar was unable to give possession of flats to the buyers in his recent project, as it was stalled because he was yet to pay some penalties. If one of the buyers had filed a complaint against him, would that amount to such an action? Would the buyer then be charged? said advocate Mahesh Mohite, appearing for Vikrant Chavan. The charge of the move being politically motivated was also levelled by the defence. The head of the state had announced that no one would be spared, and this is a politically motivated move to target members of rival parties. That much is very clear, and that is why only four names are being talked about instead of six. It was already decided to target them and the whole process of sending the suicide note for forensic analysis was a sham, added advocate Gajanan Chavan, who appeared for Hanumant Jagdale. Thakare began his arguments by rubbishing the defence's claims of the corporators being ready to cooperate. If they are ready to cooperate, then where are they? Why are they not here today? It is our information that one of them has even crossed the border, he said, eliciting severe objections from all four lawyers, who said that their clients would present themselves the next morning if the court granted them protection. Thakare went on to present several documents to the judge, saying that they would explain everything including why only four names were being mentioned and why the police needed to make inquiries with the four corporators. After a half an hour recess, the court rejected the anticipatory bail applications of all the four corporators.
Thane builder suicide: Court rejects anticipatory bail plea of four corporators - The Indian Express
2015-10-29Crisil team to collate suggestions for Thane Smart City project - Times of India
Crisil team to collate suggestions for Thane Smart City project Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 29, 2015, 02.18 PM IST The analytical firm' services will be hired for Rs 1.25 crore for five years. (Representative image)RELATEDTHANE: The TMC plans to rope in the Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (Crisil) for liaising with residents and government for the Smart City initiative. The analytical firm' services will be hired for Rs 1.25 crore for five years.The role of the analytical agency will be to help give a shape to suggestions received from residents and experts towards improvement of the city . The civic body now wants a formal approval from the general body for hiring the consultants, following which the Smart City programme is likely to get a definitive shape. Thane secured its place in the coveted list for urban infra transformation in August. "A team from the agency has surveyed the city for a few past projects and are acquainted with the local geography and its requirements. They will also guide us with prioritizing projects to be taken up in the city through the funding," a senior official said. The Smart City initiative is to provide infrastructure meant to improve living conditions in the respective urban areas. Thane is likely to get Rs 200 crore every year for transforming the cityscape.While the Centre will bear 50% of the costs, the rest will be equally divided between the state government and the corporation. While the team of engineers and planners from TMC are busy chalking out a strategy for implementing the concept, they have also sought feedback from residents to help them shape the future of their city.An open discussion with the civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal will be conducted on Thursday at Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium at 11.30am.Crisil team to collate suggestions for Smart City project Manoj Badgeri THANE: The TMC plans to rope in the Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (Crisil) for liaising with residents and government for the Smart City initiative. The analytical firm' services will be hired for Rs 1.25 crore for five years.The role of the analytical agency will be to help give a shape to suggestions received from residents and experts towards improvement of the city . The civic body now wants a formal approval from the general body for hiring the consultants, following which the Smart City programme is likely to get a definitive shape. Thane secured its place in the coveted list for urban infra transformation in August. "A team from the agency has surveyed the city for a few past projects and are acquainted with the local geography and its requirements. They will also guide us with prioritizing projects to be taken up in the city through the funding," a senior official said. The Smart City initiative is to provide infrastructure meant to improve living conditions in the respective urban areas. Thane is likely to get Rs 200 crore every year for transforming the cityscape.While the Centre will bear 50% of the costs, the rest will be equally divided between the state government and the corporation. While the team of engineers and planners from TMC are busy chalking out a strategy for implementing the concept, they have also sought feedback from residents to help them sha pe the future of their city.An open discussion with the civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal will be conducted on Thursday at Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium at 11.30am.
Crisil team to collate suggestions for Thane Smart City project - Times of India
2015-10-29Court rejects Thane corporators' anticipatory bail pleas - Times of India
Court rejects Thane corporators anticipatory bail pleas Nishikant Karlikar & Swati Deshpande,TNN Oct 29, 2015, 11.24 PM IST THANE: The four corporators accused of abetting suicide of slain builder Suraj Parmar were denied anticipatory bail by the district sessions court after a four-and-a-half hour hearing on Thursday. Additional sessions judge V V Bambarde heard the lawyers arguing on behalf of corporators Vikrant Chavan of the Congress, Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale of NCP and Sudhakar Chavan (Independent) and rejected their plea at 7.30pm. Police also raided houses of the four absconding corporators and questioned their relatives about their whereabouts. Earlier in the morning, the Bombay High Court declined interim protection to Vikrant, Najib and Hanumant and asked them to return to the Thane sessions court. Justice Revati Mohite-Dere of the HC directed the sessions court to hear the matter at 3pm and decide the plea either for interim protection or anticipatory bail. The trio had moved the HC to prevent arrest in connection with Parmar's recent suicide as police filed an abetment to suicide case on October 12 and their names had featured, albeit scratched out by him, in an alleged suicide note he left behind. They wanted the HC to grant protection as the sessions court had listed the matter on October 31, without granting any interim relief. Advocate Hemant Sawant, who represented Sudhakar, questioned the motive of the police and the delay in registering an FIR in the abetment to suicide case. "There was not even a single non-conginzable offence registered by Parmar who lived at a stone's throw from Naupada police station, neither did he complain of harassment to anyone, then how can they (police) blame my client for his suicide?" he argued. He even questioned the authenticity of the suicide note saying it could be fabricated. "Parmar was deeply involved in irregularities in a number of the projects in the city, why can't an elected representative question him on this?" he asked. Sudip Pasbola, counsel for Najib claimed the police were working under government pressure and they wanted to wipe out the opposition. Mohite, lawyer for Vikrant, told the court that his client along with three others was being made a scapegoat and it is only after a public and media uproar that police added the names of the accused to the case. Raja Thakare, the special public prosecutor, asked the court if the corporators were all eager to help the investigation where were they hiding. Meanwhile, two senior Shiv Sena functionaries have been summoned by police to help the investigation team understand procedures followed in the standing committee and general body meetings. "The case already has the relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act which enables the law enforcing agencies to ascertain the valuation of wealth earned through unlawful means and beyond their earning capacity," added the officer. The move has rattled political circles in Thane as there are numerous 'rags-to-riches' instances after being elected as corporator. A Congress corporator, Sanjay Ghadigaonkar, has demanded a CBI inquiry in the case and alleged the present inquiry was spoiling the reputations of corporators as well as civic officials.
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2015-10-29Crisil team to collate suggestions for Thane Smart City project - Times of India
Crisil team to collate suggestions for Thane Smart City project Manoj Badgeri, TNN | Oct 29, 2015, 02.18PM IST THANE: The TMC plans to rope in the Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (Crisil) for liaising with residents and government for the Smart City initiative. The analytical firm' services will be hired for Rs 1.25 crore for five years.The role of the analytical agency will be to help give a shape to suggestions received from residents and experts towards improvement of the city . The civic body now wants a formal approval from the general body for hiring the consultants, following which the Smart City programme is likely to get a definitive shape. Thane secured its place in the coveted list for urban infra transformation in August. "A team from the agency has surveyed the city for a few past projects and are acquainted with the local geography and its requirements. They will also guide us with prioritizing projects to be taken up in the city through the funding," a senior official said. The Smart City initiative is to provide infrastructure meant to improve li ving conditions in the respective urban areas. Thane is likely to get Rs 200 crore every year for transforming the cityscape. While the Centre will bear 50% of the costs, the rest will be equally divided between the state government and the corporation. While the team of engineers and planners from TMC are busy chalking out a strategy for implementing the concept, they have also sought feedback from residents to help them shape the future of their city.An open discussion with the civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal will be conducted on Thursday at Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium at 11.30am.Crisil team to collate suggestions for Smart City project.
2015-10-29Rs 440 crore worth of hoarded pulses confiscated in Thane and Mumbai - Times of India
Rs 440 crore worth of hoarded pulses confiscated in Thane and Mumbai Chittaranjan Tembhekar,TNN Oct 29, 2015, 05.08 PM IST Food and civil supplies department of Maharashtra had raided 36 godowns which were hoarding pulses. The value of pulses confiscated by the food and civil supplies department from the hoarders in Thane and Mumbai alone, has gone up to Rs 440 crore. As per earlier reports, value of such a state-wide seizure was pegged at about Rs 260 crore four days ago. According to the supplies department, its officers had seized about 61,250 metric tonnes of pulses including tur, urad and masoor over the last nine days. State has imposed restrictions on hoarding pulses on the wholesalers, retailers, traders and even the private retail chains. The same restrictions are also applicable for those selling edible oils and oil seeds. From October 19 to October 27, the department has raided 36 godowns to confiscate material worth Rs 440 crore. Around 18 of these godowns will face criminal procedure for illegally hoarding essential commodities. The raids and actions are being planned to arrest the price-rise ahead of Diwali.
Rs 440 crore worth of hoarded pulses confiscated in Thane and Mumbai - Times of India
2015-10-29Power cuts in Thane, Kalwa on Friday - Times of India
Power cuts in Thane, Kalwa on Friday Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Oct 29, 2015, 11.51 PM IST Thane: Residents of the lake city and Kalwa will face power cuts from 9am to 2pm on Friday because of maintenance and repair by the MSEDCL. The power supplier will be working on the 22 KV line, which covers areas like Lodha complex, Saket complex and Balkum. The power cut is likely to affect other areas such as Shankar mandir, Chinchpada, Budhaji Nagar, Kalwa station road, Navi Mumbai mahanagar society, Sudama society, Gaondevi mandir, Mahatama phule nagar, fish market area and Aai nagar will not have electricity from 10am to 5pm.
2015-10-28`Debris dumping killing mangrove cover in Thane' - Times of India
`Debris dumping killing mangrove cover in Thane'Manoj BadgeriManoj Badgeri,TNN | Oct 28, 2015, 09.18 AM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesRELATED THANE: Unchecked dumping of debris and waste at the isolated stretch beyond Mithbunder Road is destroying the mangroves and greenery skirting the creek here. The Thane Municipal Corporation has failed to check this unrestrained activity here as tempos unabashedly offload the debris at various spots along the stretch under the cover of darkness. Some residents confirmed movement of tempos loaded with debris late at night in the area. Residents who visit a shrine at the fag end of the area behind KC Engineering College have said the nearly kilometre-long stretch has become an easy location for dumping debris as it is isolated after dark and most times the streetlights are also switched off. Morning walkers complain of finding debris at new spots along the stretch almost daily. The mafia that operates in the area often dumps construction debris. In addition, a few miscreants also dump plastic waste at the spot. "Almost every second day , we find debris dumped at various new spots in the area.We have heard movement of tempos and trucks in the area late in the night. The waste comprises of plastic and construction waste," complained a local resident requesting anonymity . When contacted, deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpulle said, "Residents can alert the civic staff about the movement of vehicles and spots where debris is often found dumped and we will take appropriate action." Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device.
2015-10-28Debt-ridden businessman commits suicide in Thane - Business Standard
2015-10-28State body seeks consultants for Thane-Borivli tunnel plan - Times of India
State body seeks consultants for Thane-Borivli tunnel planManthank MehtaManthank Mehta,TNN | Oct 28, 2015, 11.49 PM ISTShare on Linkedin CommentsMoreGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleEmail this articleSave this articleMy Saved articlesPrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizecommentsShare MoreEmail this articleSave this articlePrint this articleAReduce font sizeAIncrease font sizeGoogle BookmarksNewsvineLive BookmarksTechnoratiYahoo BookmarksBlogmarksDel.icio.usApnaCircleMy Saved articlesREAD MORE tunnel|Plan|MSRDC|consultants|BorivliRELATED Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will appoint consultants to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) and feasibility study for the proposed 10-km-long Thane-Borivli underground road tunnel. The MSRDC has invited bids from consultants. A report on the proposed tunnel, which will pass through Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is expected to be submitted in 8 to 12 months. Estimated to cost Rs 15,000 crore, the project is expected to be completed in three years after the DPR is prepared. The corridor is proposed to start at Tiku ji ni wadi in Thane) and end at Ekta Nagar on Western Express Highway in Borivli. It is expected to have a twin tube tunnel with 3 + 3 lanes. The MSRDC has assured that work will done without affecting the ecology and wildlife. As per a study conducted by the MSRDC, as many as 65,000 passenger cars travel between Thane and Western Express Highway via Ghodbunder Road. The tunnel will cut the travel time between Thane and WEH to just 10 minutes, besides reducing congestion on Ghodbunder Road. The existing alignment connects Thane and Borivli via Ghodbunder Road with length of 23km. It takes one to two hours to travel between these two points, depending on traffic density. Distance between the two points too will be reduced by 13 km. Those travelling via JVLR too can take the tunnel. All options, including built operator transfer and cash con-tract through loans from World Bank or Japan International Cooperation Agency, are being considered to fund the project. The tunnel will have fire extinguishers or water hoses and smoke detectors. Adequate light and ventilation through natural and mechanical mechanism will be provided. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device.
2015-10-28Probe 'recovery agent cops', HC tells Thane police - Times of India
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2015-10-28Four Thane corporators absconding, three move HC for interim relief - Times of India
Four Thane corporators absconding, three move HC for interim relief Swati Deshpande,TNN Oct 29, 2015, 12.15 AM IST MUMBAI: Three corporators from Thane Vikrant Chavan of the Congress and Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale of the NCP moved the Bombay High Court on Wednesday to seek interim protection from arrest in connection with builder Suraj Parmar's recent suicide. Chavan's lawyer Harshad Bhadbhade mentioned the urgency of the matter since the sessions court in Thane declined to give interim protection on Tuesday, and the HC posted it for hearing on Thursday. The three filed separate pleas for interim protection till the Thane court hears their anticipatory bail plea on merit. Only Sudhakar Chavan, an independent corporator, has not moved the HC but had moved the sessions court which will hear the matter on October 31. Thane police on Wednesday said all four were absconding. The three who moved the HC wanted to prevent an arrest in the criminal case registered on October 12, by Kasarwadavali police, for abetment to suicide under the Indian Penal Code and also for an offence of criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act. They all said they were "involved in social welfare activities as well as mainstream politics" as corporators of Thane Municipal Corporation. Chavan's plea also said he "has always raised his voice against illegal constructions in Thane including those of deceased Suraj Parmar." Chavan said the FIR revealed that Parmar was brought dead to a hospital with a gunshot wound and police had treated 11 handwritten pages in a spiral-bound book found in his car as the suicide note. Parmar had written, "I failed sir, now I understand, I should have bribed politician for completion of projects on time. I stood firm and politicians like (names six) were harassing me for bribe but now, I feel I did (deleted names or they will become enemy of my family) mistake by not filling the pockets. I feel I've done mistake by not paying officer for harassing me. I used to pay them but the demand became so exorbitant which cannot be fulfilled." The six names in the suicide note were scratched out by ink and the page was sent to the forensic department to identify the names. Chavan said since his name is being reported as being one of the six, he apprehends arrest especially since cops came to his house too. All three pleaded innocence and claimed they were being "falsely implicated" in a case for which their custodial interrogation is not essential. Lawyers for the other two are senior counsel Ashok Mundergi and Shirish Gupte. Chavan said he can't be held responsible for Parmar's suicide which he said has left him "hurt" and denied receiving any money from Parmar and claimed he never even spoke to him. He said he had only brought up Parmar's allegedly illegal work in the House. He said he held no grudge against Parmar. Sources close to family said these allegations against Parmar are purely an afterthought. "Consistently since February, only Parmar was being targeted in the TMC standing committee, by the corporators," said an advisor to the family. Cops are also scrutinising Parmar's financial transactions, e-mails and phone calls to gather evidence. "We have sought mirror images of technical evidence from cell phones and laptops. Such retrieved material could lead to something more," said V V Laxmi Naryana, joint commissioner of police. Police may take help of a retired official from the state or Thane Municipal Corporation town planning department to assist with the probe to decode movement of files in the civic body to uncover any extortion or harassment, said the officer. A chartered account may also be roped in. Five TMC corporators were questioned on Wednesday by D R Gore, assistant commissioner of police. The police will also issue summons to serving TMC officers to dig up Parmar's files and the stop-work notices served on his projects.
Four Thane corporators absconding, three move HC for interim relief - Times of India
2015-10-28Maoists in Western Ghats: part-II: 'Wanted' Thane man key Maoist operative in ... - The Indian Express
Maoists in Western Ghats: part-II: Wanted Thane man key Maoist operative in state Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune | Published:October 29, 2015 5:14 am Investigations have revealed that Sanjay Deepak Rao (52) of Ambernath in Thane is leading the operations of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee (WGSPZ) of CPI-Maoists in Maharashtra. Rao's name cropped up during the interrogation of top Maoist leader Konath Murlidharan alias Ajith alias Thomas Joseph (61) and his courier Ismail Hamza alias Jamesh Mathew (25), who were arrested by the Maharashtra ATS from Talegaon Dabhade in Pune on May 8, 2015. Rao has been named as a wanted accused in the chargesheet filed recently by the ATS. Sanjay Rao's history sheet Having developed a ground network in Maharashtra, Rao has been into left-wing extremist (LWE) movement since mid-1990s. When some Communist groups of Kerala and Maharashtra came together to form the Maoist Unity Centre in 1997, Rao was made the secretary of its state unit. After the formation of CPI (ML) Naxalbari in 1999, Ajith and Rao became secretaries for Kerala and Maharashtra respectively. Rao headed the leading committee of CPI (ML) Naxalbari in Dhule and Nandurbar districts. Ajith got promoted as national secretary of the outfit later. Rao used different aliases like Vijay and Anand Sahasrabuddhe and claimed to be a social activist working for tribals and Dalits. He was arrested on charges of sedition in three cases in Dhule and Nandurbar in July-August 2000 and was later convicted. After being released from jail in 2003, he was again arrested at Bellary in Karnataka and jailed in Bangalore for three years. After being acquitted and released in 2009, he again went underground. He got married to Sangeeta, a Maoist from Andhra Pradesh. Rao was a part of important meetings of CPI (ML) Naxalbari, including the one at Thrissur in Kerala in August 2013 where the outfit decided to merge unconditionally with CPI-Maoists and raise an armed struggle. After the merger in May 2014, Ajith became a Central Committee (CC) member of CPI-Maoists and got the task for publication of propaganda material, integration of cadres of CPI-ML Naxalbari with the WGSZC and carrying out party work in urban areas including Pune and Mumbai. CPI (ML) Naxalbari leaders from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, including Jhony alias Benny, Ravi slias Srinivasan, C P Moidheen, Shivkutty alias Rajan Mujib alias Narayan and Sanjay Rao became a part of the WGSZC, having armed dalams in the Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala trijunction area. Focus on Western Ghats Probe revealed that Ajith and Rao discussed the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports on Western Ghats during a meeting at Thane Railway station in March 2015. Police said in an article Message to the Milan International Conference in Solidarity with the People's War in India, dated September 10, 2014, the CPI-Maoists announced their plan to form a new war front in Western Ghats. Apparently, in December 2014, the Maoists carried out attacks on KFC and McDonalds outlets in Kerala. Ismail is also named as a suspect in this case. Meanwhile, with Rao's help, Ajith increased his activities in and around Pune, Mumbai and Thane, major cities in Western Ghats region. Rao introduced Ajith as Thomas Joseph and Ismail as James Mathewsto his contacts Ketan Kamat, a builder from Pune, and Sameer Sane, a government employee and an anti-superstition activist from Thane. Sane already remembered Ajith as Sunny as the duo had earlier met around 1990. ATS probe revealed that Rao's contacts helped Ajith and Ismail in getting a flat on rent in Lotus Villa, Talegaon Dabhade. They also provided SIM cards and Internet dongles in their names to Ajith. Investigators suspect that after Ajith's arrest, Rao remains active with different aliases. The crackdown Investigators say that Ajit's arrest is a setback for LWE activities in Western Ghats. The ATS had earlier arrested Angela Sontakke, secretary for Golder Corridor Committee, which aims to spread Maoist ideology in urban areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat, in 2011. Some activists of the Pune-based cultural group Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) and Deshbhakti Yuva Manch (DYM) of Chandrapur were arrested along with Angela. The ATS had also arrested Arun Bhelke, a senior Maoist cadre and founder of DYM along with Kanchan Nanaware in Pune in September 2014. They had managed to get help from a local corporator from Govandi in Mumbai in procuring fake PAN and Aadhaar cards in the name of Aditya Patil and Sonali Patil. Probe revealed they were trying to indoctrinate Dalit youths from Pune slums towards Maoist ideology of armed struggle against the government. Also, just before Ajith's arrest, a Maoist leader Roopesh, his wife Shyna and their aides were arrested in Andhra Pradesh in Kerala in May this year for attacks on KFC and McDonalds outlets.
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2015-10-28Four netas named by Thane cops seek anticipatory bail - Times of India
Four netas named by Thane cops seek anticipatory bail Nishikant Karlikar, TNN | Oct 28, 2015, 10.52PM IST THANE : Four corporators, named by builder Suraj Parmar in his suicide note, moved the district sessions court for anticipatory bail on Tuesday. This came as special public prosecutor Raja Thakare, who tried the recently concluded 117 Mumbai serial train blasts case, was told to handle this case too. Hours after their lawyers filed the application at 3pm, the Thane police said Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (exMNS, now an Independent) were named in the note allegedly written by Parmar before he shot himself dead on October 7.Parmar had scratched out the names from the note after writing them, explaining that he feared for his family's safety. TOI had reported on Monday that the forensic science laboratory (Ahmedabad) had disclosed the names to the police. They are said to be acquainted with town planning rules. Immediately after the police registered an abetment to suicide case and hinted that corporators have been named by Parmar in his note, Najib and Vikrant approached the police and media to clarify their position. Najib is believed to have been shown the door by police commissioner Param Bir Singh last week after he pleaded innocence. "We had planned a clear strategy to build pressure on the corporators. Our teams were on heir trail from day one and we had visited the homes of two of hem. Documents pertaining to heir roles in raising the issue of he projects by Parmar's Cosmos Group at Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) meetings or n getting the town planning department to slap stop-work notices on Parmar's projects, have been taken into possession,'' police official told TOI. With the media naming the corporators, they sent their legal teams to seek anticipatory bail before district sessions jud ge V V Bambarde. The lawyers said the four had raised the issue of illegal constructions and aberrations to the rule book by the builder, which should not be construed as abetment to suicide and did not attract section 306 of the Indian Penal Code. They pointed out that the FIR states that Parmar was under stress, and the action of the civic officials to issue notices, adding to it harassment by flat buyers, led to depression. The lawyers argued that what the corporators did on the floor of the house and by way of a PILs and Right to Information queries were to protect the city and citizens. They did it to check illegality in constructions, they said. The judge, after hearing the counsels, fixed the next date for hearing as October 29, and ordered issuance of a notice to the investigating officer.
Four netas named by Thane cops seek anticipatory bail - Times of India
2015-10-27Nigerian national stabbed to death in Thane, three arrested - Daily News & Analysis
Nigerian national stabbed to death in Thane, three arrested Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 8:00am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki A Nigerian national has been killed by three youths following a tiff between them. The incident took place around 10pm on October 25 at Mumbra Devi Colony in Diva, Thane. The Mumbra police have identified the accused and the victim and registered a case in this regard under section 302 (punishment for murder), 396 (dacoity with murder) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Primary investigations revealed that the victim was walking towards his home when one of the three accused allegedly pushed them. This led to an argument between them but the duo left the spot. However, the three accused came back with sticks and some sharp weapons. They hit the victim with the sticks on his head and also stabbed him. This apparently led to his death. The body of the deceased was sent to Kalwa hospital for post mortem. A police official from Mumbra police station said, We have arrested the three accused. All three are residents of Diva. they have been identified as Nikhil Devle (19), Nilesh Despande (18) and Sahil Devalikar (18). We are investigating further to ascertain the facts of the case.
2015-10-27Thane cops register two rape cases in one day - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops register two rape cases in one day Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 7:20am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki In the last two days, two rape cases have been reported in central suburbs and in both the cases, the victims, aged six and 15. The incidents took place at Kalwa and Central area of Ulhasnagar. The minors have been sent for the medical tests and which reports are awaited. In the first case, the 15-year-old victim was allegedly raped by her 45-year-old stepfather on several occasion. According to the cops, it was between September and October when the victim's mother was admitted to a private hospital for stomach infection and she was alone at home, when the accused forcibly raped her on several occasions. However, on October 25, when the accused beat up the victim for playing outside, she threatened him that she will reveal his acts. The victim's aunt overheard this conversation and confronted the victim, who then narrated her ordeal. Investigation officer Aniket Pote said, The accused will be arrested soon. During investigation, we also came to know he also robbed victim's gold earrings, worth Rs10,000. He works as a labourer and in her statement, the mother has demanded for strict punishment. The case has been registered under sections 376 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code and uner relevant sections of The Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POCSO). The second incident took place on October 25 at Sanjay Gandhi Nagar in Ulhasnagar around 9pm, when the six-year-old victim was playing outside her house and the accused allegedly kidnapped her and raped her in an isolated area. The victim told her ordeal to her family, who then filed a case under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of The Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POCSO). An official said, The accused has been arrested, he is 27-year-old and he works as a labourer. He will be produced in the court soon and we will send both the victim and the accused for medical tests.
Thane cops register two rape cases in one day - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-27Thane builder suicide case: Four corporators seek pre-arrest bail - Daily News & Analysis
Thane builder suicide case: Four corporators seek pre-arrest bail Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 10:25pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI Thane NCP president Najeeb Mulla, leader of the opposition in the Thane Municipal Corporation Hanumant Jagdale (also NCP) and two other corporators today sought anticipatory bail in connection with the builder Suraj Parmar sucide case. Apart from Mulla and Jagdale, Vikrant Chavan of Congress and independent corporator Sudhakar Chavan moved the district court for pre-arrest bail. Parmar, head of Comsos group who shot himself dead at a construction site on October 7, had said in his 18-page suicide note that he was facing harassment from a nexus of officials and corporators of TMC who were blocking clearances for his projects. He had named many people in the note and later struck the names off, fearing for the safety of his family. The police, who had sent the note for forensic examination, today revealed that it contained the names of Mulla and three other corporators. The next hearing of bail applications would take place on October 31, with the court issuing notice to the investigating officer.
2015-10-27Thane builder's suicide: Cops name 4 corporators after they move court for ... - The Indian Express
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2015-10-27Four Thane corporators named by cops seek anticipatory bail - Times of India
Four Thane corporators named by cops seek anticipatory bail Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 27, 2015, 11.06 PM IST THANE: Four corporators, named by builder Suraj Parmar in his suicide note, moved the district sessions court for anticipatory bail on Tuesday. This came as special public prosecutor Raja Thakare, who tried the recently concluded 11/7 Mumbai serial train blasts case, was told to handle this case too. Hours after their lawyers filed the application at 3pm, the Thane police said Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (ex-MNS, now an Independent) were named in the note allegedly written by Parmar before he shot himself dead on October 7. Parmar had scratched out the names from the note after writing them, explaining that he feared for his family's safety. TOI had reported on Monday that the Forensic Science Laboratory (Ahmedabad) had disclosed the names to the police. They are said to be acquainted with town planning rules. Immediately after the police registered an abetment to suicide case and hinted that corporators have been named by Parmar in his note, Najib and Vikrant approached the police and media to clarify their position. Najib is believed to have been shown the door by police commissioner Param Bir Singh last week after he pleaded innocence. "We had planned a clear strategy to build pressure on the corporators. Our teams were on their trail from day one and we had visited the homes of two of them. Documents pertaining to their roles in raising the issue of the projects by Parmar's Cosmos Group at Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) meetings or in getting the town planning department to slap stop-work notices on Parmar's projects, have been taken into possession,'' a top police official told TOI. With the media naming the corporators, they sent their legal teams to seek anticipatory bail before district sessions judge V V Bambarde. The lawyers said the four had raised the issue of illegal constructions and aberrations to the rule book by the builder, which should not be construed as abetment to suicide and did not attract section 306 of the Indian Penal Code. They pointed out that the FIR states that Parmar was under stress, and the action of the civic officials to issue notices, adding to it harassment by flat buyers, led to depression. The lawyers argued that what the corporators did on the floor of the house and by way of a PILs and Right to Information queries were to protect the city and citizens. They did it to check illegality in constructions, they said. The judge, after hearing the counsels, fixed the next date for hearing as October 29, and ordered issuance of a notice to the investigating officer. Sudhakar's counsel will put up his arguments on October 29. 'Parmar confessed to mismanagement' Preliminary inquiries by the city police into the cause of suicide by builder Suraj Parmar reveal that mismanagement was bleeding his construction empire and his financial woes were intensified by bribe demands by politicians and harassment from the authorities. Parmar is said to have confessed to the mismanagement and blamed himself in his 18-page suicide note. "In one page, he confessed misusing the power of attorney given by his business partners and family members. Inquiries reveal that Parmar was single-handedly involved in day-to-day administration of the business and his partners only raised finance for his projects,'' a senior police officer told TOI. He said some of his projects in Thane were caught up in bureaucratic red-tape. "We believe he was stressed due to the delay, which was a credibility issue with customers,'' the officer said.
Four Thane corporators named by cops seek anticipatory bail - Times of India
2015-10-27'Debris dumping killing mangrove cover in Thane' - Times of India
Debris dumping killing mangrove cover in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 28, 2015, 01.00 AM IST THANE: Unchecked dumping of debris and waste at the isolated stretch beyond Mithbunder Road is destroying the mangroves and greenery skirting the creek here. The Thane Municipal Corporation has failed to check this unrestrained activity here as tempos unabashedly offload the debris at various spots along the stretch under the cover of darkness. Some residents confirmed movement of tempos loaded with debris late at night in the area. Residents who visit a shrine at the fag end of the area behind KC Engineering College have said the nearly kilometre-long stretch has become an easy location for dumping debris as it is isolated after dark and most times the streetlights are also switched off. Morning walkers complain of finding debris at new spots along the stretch almost daily. The mafia that operates in the area often dumps construction debris. In addition, a few miscreants also dump plastic waste at the spot. "Almost every second day, we find debris dumped at various new spots in the area. We have heard movement of tempos and trucks in the area late in the night. The waste comprises of plastic and construction waste," complained a local resident requesting anonymity. When contacted, deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpulle said, "Residents can alert the civic staff about the movement of vehicles and spots where debris is often found dumped and we will take appropriate action."
2015-10-26INTERVIEW: Dr. Abhitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd., Thane - ETHealthWorld.com
INTERVIEW: Dr. Abhitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd. Shahid Akhter ET Health World 24 October 2015, 9:00 AM IST Dr. Abhitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd talks to ET Health world about the importance of health insurance in order to achieve universal health care. 1. What are the changes that have occurred over the years?Earlier, people use to buy health insurance policy only when they used to fall sick and it was not a protection policy at all. It was only until the insurance sector as a whole opened up in 2001-2002 when the private sector insurance companies realized that this was a good marketing tool in order to enter into the corporate insurance sector.Health insurance at that point of time was not tariffed and therefore the premiums were lowered in order to accommodate other policies. That is how the private sector started making the road map into the world of insurance and they started eating into the pie of public sector insurance company's business share. 2. What is the current scenario of health insurance in India?Currently there are about 24 insurance companies in India. It is only very recently that the government has allowed the FDI to go from 26% to 49%. We would see more and more players coming up and starting their own health insurance companies in India. All these general insurance companies don't focus on healthcare as a subject. Health for them is just management of the money that they get from corporate or individuals. So it's just a fund management for them as of now. The health insurance business is actually the future of health insurance in India. 3. How can we better the existing scenario?Health insurance is not as popular as it should be. Globally, in all developed countries health insurance is mandatory and somewhere it is contributory. In India about 70-80% of the healthcare expenditure is out of pocket and only 30% is through organized sector.Health insurance should be seen as a tool of funding for healthcare in India. The doctors who are the basic care givers don't want to stay in villages or smaller towns. They want to go back to cities for better jobs.There is a dearth of medical faculty, healthcare professionals in India because everybody is trying to go to abroad or come to metros and cities. One of the basic reasons for all the health care professions to move out was the inability to earn adequately. If the health insurance starts funding, more doctors would be enticed to stay because they know that their payments would be done by the insurance companies and not poor individual. 4. What are the challenges?There is no health regulator in India. The health care delivery in India is fragmented as there is no body to organize all these schemes under one umbrella and health happens to be a state subject. Every state has come out with their schemes and there is no uniformity in the designing of these schemes across India.If we have to achieve universal health care then there has to be an integrated model in which the supply of the healthcare professionals have to be looked into. Health insurance would be an appropriate tool for setting up the health care infrastructure across the country.
INTERVIEW: Dr. Abhitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd., Thane - ETHealthWorld.com
2015-10-26Thane cops checking money trail of 4 corporators - Times of India
Thane cops checking money trail of 4 corporators Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 26, 2015, 10.39 PM IST Thane: The Thane police are digging out details of financial transactions of four corporators who were allegedly paid by builder Suraj Parmar to buy their silence and stop meddling in his construction projects. "We are investigating the money trail, property details and investments by those who have been named in Parmar's suicide note. We have formed four special teams to track down details and collecting evidence,'' said V V Laxmi Narayana, joint commissioner of police. The IPS officer, however, refused to identity the corporators who are said to have been named in a Forensic Science Laboratory report. It is learnt that the investigators have also sought property details of the accused and are securing vital documents in connection with the suicide. "We have seized mobile phones, laptops and other technical gadgets used by Parmar and have sent them to the forensic lab to seek technical evidence. The reports are awaited," Narayana said. Around 40% of the investigations have been done, he added, stating that they are in pursuit of other vital documentary evidence, which includes emails exchanged as well as call details and text messages which will serve as evidence. "The investigations are on the right track and we have recorded statements of 10-12 persons. The teams are working on links provided by them," Narayana said. The former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) joint director denied political pressure. "Investigators are monitoring the behaviour of politicians named in the forensic lab reports of Parmar's suicide note which was scribbled by him and the teams are working 24x7," he said. A police team is also getting details of minutes of general body and standing committee meetings of the Thane Municipal Corporation to understand who were involved in objecting to projects related to Parmar, he said. "We have sought information about 'stop work notices' that were issued by the civic body to understand if they were procedural or sent under political pressure," he said.
Thane cops checking money trail of 4 corporators - Times of India
2015-10-26Thane kids get green lessons in the midst of nature - Times of India
Thane kids get green lessons in the midst of nature Freny Fernandes,TNN Oct 26, 2015, 01.20 PM IST THANE: From germinating seeds and creating vertical gardens, to hiking through the lush Yeoor forests and exploring the mangroves and saltpans, city school students are all up for getting their hands soiled. While environmental studies have been a part of school curriculums for almost a decade now, schools have now formed green clubs wherein they take students for nature trails to Thane creek, mangrove belts and wetlands here. This proves to be a switch from the textbook approach to a hands-on one. Clara Correia, a zoologist and teacher at St John the Baptist Junior College here, said, "The environment is a living subject and cannot be taught by reading textbooks, holding tests or creating presentations from 'googled' information." Just two weeks ago, during a visit to the saltpans and mangroves in Bhandup with students from Lokpuram school, the rare Oriental Darter bird was spotted, she added. Rama Chandrashekar, a retired teacher who heads an environmental conservation club, said, "We also involve students in growing vertical gardens and discuss their need in the cramped urban setting today ." Principal of Dyansadha na School, Manjusha Ballal, said, "We take the students to the creek and show them how garbage kills the flora and fauna there. They will be able to find solutions when they grow up only if they witness the problems first hand."
2015-10-26Baby's body found near Thane jail lake - Times of India
Baby's body found near Thane jail lake TNN Oct 26, 2015, 01.20 PM IST THANE: The body of a dayold boy was found near Thane jail lake on Saturday. Locals, who spotted the body, informed police beat marshal, Arun Bhusane, who then lodged an FIR at the Thane Nagar police station. "The boy was at the most a day old. There were no injuries or scratches on the body, which has been sent to the Thane Civil Hospital for post-mortem. We have lodged a case against the unidentified culprits," said a police officer. Last week, a day-old girl's body being gnawed at by two stray dogs was found in an isolated area in Amrut Nagar in Mumbra.
2015-10-26Thane civic body mulls converting abattoir waste into energy - Times of India
Thane civic body mulls converting abattoir waste into energy Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 26, 2015, 01.21 PM IST THANE: The civic body is working towards ensuring zero waste dumping by abattoirs, fish markets and poultry farms in the city by scientifically processing leftovers from these areas into producing energy or bio-products, officials said. As per the plan, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) wants to ensure that the nearly 20 tonnes of waste, including meat and bones, generated daily will be used to generate power and bio-products. The leftovers from these spots will be collected by the TMC and scientifically processed later. Procedures, including bio-methanisation, incineration, anaerobic composting, among others, have been suggested by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). The TMC will provide adequate infrastructure, including land, water and power free for 10 years to the contractor. The civic body will also provide a minimum of 20 tonnes of waste daily to the contractor who will have to bear the expense of setting up the system. The revenue earned from sale of these end products will have to be shared with the TMC and the contractor who gives the maximum share to the TMC will bag the project, said officials. The project, if implemented, will ensure that the waste is scientifically disposed and will also generate revenue without even a single rupee being spent, informed a civic official. Currently, the leftovers are being disposed off at dumping grounds. "The contractor who will share the maximum revenue generated from the sale of the byproducts with the TMC will be preferred. We have sought approval from the municipal general body following which we will execute the project," informed a senior TMC official.
2015-10-26'Thane station medical room has been a boon' - Times of India
Thane station medical room has been a boon Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Oct 27, 2015, 01.18 AM IST THANE: The medical team at the Emergency Medical Room (EMR) in Thane station has attended to a total of 18 commuters since its inauguration on Thursday. Majority of them had complains of giddiness and dehydration due to the October heat. Station manager S B Mahidar told TOI that the EMR, which is being managed by Arogyam hospital, Kopri, has been a boon for the commuters. "There have been no incidents of rail accidents recently, but on an average four commuters come to the Emergency Medical Room every day." The emergency room saw the highest number of patients on Saturday when six patients sought urgent medical help. Dr Kailas Ghoke, a medical officer at the EMR said, "Most of the people who came to the centre were feeling suffocated or giddy, due to dehydration. Due to severe heat many people have been feeling weak. Most of them were commuters from Dombivli and Kalyan who had come to Thane for work or for attending colleges. More than 80% of them were women," Ghoke said. On Saturday morning, a 25-year-old girl injured herself after slipping while alighting from Tapovan Express. She was taken to the EMR for preliminary treatment and then to the civil hospital. The woman suffered minor injuries and was discharged from the hospital the same day. On Monday, Pune-resident Otashi Bhattacharya (49) visited the EMR as she was feeling uncomfortable due to her blood pressure shooting up. Acknowledging the CR's efforts, Bhattacharya said, "Such centres should be opened at all stations as they are very beneficial for commuters who could need emergency medical help. By the time they are rushed to the hospital they would be losing crucial time." Earlier on Friday, a 24-year-old woman visited the centre for dressing up a cut she had got on her foot. The medical room is open from 6am to 10pm everyday. Officials said if the response is good and more doctors are appointed then the Emergency Medical Room shall stay open for 24 hours.
2015-10-26Thane: 16000 dance, cycle and paint to take over Happy Streets - Times of India
16,000 dance, cycle and paint to take over Happy Streets Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Oct 26, 2015, 01.22 PM IST THANE: Children and senior citizens were the first ones to hit the Happy Streets stretch on Sunday morning. Over 16,000 people took part in the event. While the children were seen riding scooters, skating and playing football, the elderly were seen doing yoga and cycling. Six-year-old Arnav Dokania was seen riding a scooter despite having a fractured left hand. Arnav, who has come to the city for a vacation, chooses to wake up early on Sundays to be part of Happy Streets. This Sunday was the fourth week of the initiative. Captain S Raja, 67, who travelled to Thane all the way from Juhu, considers him as young as a 33-year old and is so fond of Happy Streets that he gets his bicycle in his car and rides it for four hours. "We don't have places in the city to ride cycles as there is always a lot of traffic." TMC's garbage recycle stall drew a number of people. They were told how they could recycle organic and wet waste at their homes. "If people start recycling waste in their homes, there would be less garbage. They will be able to use it as fertilizer for their garden," said Raju Jadhav, a scientist from pollution control department. The Big Art stall was also a hit wherein live portraits were made. A 3ft by 2ft portrait of Amitabh Bachchan by artist Dutta Parab caught everyone's eyes. Primary school kids of Laurel Public School performed a street play on educating the girl child. Around 20 children enacted the play, while four others did the narration. Like every Sunday, the Zumba arena was the crowd-puller. People were seen grooving to international and Bollywood songs. But this time, along with Zumba they were taught Bokwa fitness, a new dance form wherein alphabet are traced with body and leg movements on the ground. Many children between five to twelve years of age were seen making fruits and vegetables out of clay in the Bachpan arena. Five-year-old Priyanka Chabria, a resident of Kopri, woke up as early as 6am just to be a part of Happy Streets. "I enjoy a lot at this place. I get to do many activities. But playing with clay is my favourite hobby and I'm going to make as many vegetables and fruits as possible," she said. The traffic police showcased various devices that they use like a noise-level meter and an e-challan machine. Not just elders but even children were seen gathering around this place and many also asked questions to the traffic officials about the use of various devices. Happy streets is an initiati ve of the traffic police, TMC, TOI and Vijay Group.
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2015-10-25Thane corporation plans water kiosks in Thane - Times of India
Thane corporation plans water kiosks in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 25, 2015, 08.52 AM IST THANE: The Municipal Corporation here has plans to install water dispensing kiosks in various parts of the city where there the civic supply system is unable to reach to ensure no resident if deprived of clean drinking water. As per the plans, the kiosks will operate like an ATM machine where residents will be provided with cards or coins which they can either swipe or inset in the kiosk and get the desired quantity of water. The supply will be provided through the water tank that will be attached to the kiosks. Residents will pay only for the volume water they use. The kiosks will have different taps for individual usage or for tankers. Dispensing fears of high rates, officials say that the rates will be the same as those supplied to residential areas in Thane. The project will be implemented on a public private participation basis and will be maintained by the nominated agency for a duration of five years. The corporation is unable to provide water supply to many areas as the pipeline does not reach these areas or even certain spots where there is still no distribution network or proposal for a new pipeline. Residents of such areas usually have to depend on tankers which are expensive. To address these issues, the TMC has devised the water kiosk system. Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal who has initiated the concept says with this plan implemented, water crisis in inaccessible areas of Thane would soon be a thing of the past. "The system will save residents from being dependent on expensive private tankers. They will also save on money as they will spend only for the water they actually use," he said. The TMC officials say they will install CCTV cameras at these kiosks to keep miscreants at bay and also to ensure the operators don't play foul.
2015-10-25Robbery bid foiled by Thane crime branch in Ulhasnagar - Daily News & Analysis
Robbery bid foiled by Thane crime branch in Ulhasnagar Sunday, 25 October 2015 - 7:00am IST | Place: Ulhasnagar | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki The Central police officials from Ulhasnagar and the Thane crime branch unit 04 have caught a gang of five persons, who were planning to commit an armed dacoity. They were arrested around 7.15pm near Chopda Court, Ulhasnagar, on October 23. The accused will be soon produced in the court. A case has been registered under section 399 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused have been identified as Durgesh Suresh Gaikwad, 25, Rohan Ramesh Kinjwadkar, 29, Dinesh Rajkumar Panjwani, 28, Pankaj Harnam Das Chimnani, 26, and Manish Kumar. All the five are Thane residents. On a tip-off, the Central police laid a trap to nab the five accused. During the search operation, the police officials found two big chhopper worth Rs100 each, a knife worth Rs50, four mobile phones worth Rs4500 and red chilly powder worth Rs100. A police official from the Central police station said, The accused will be soon produced in the court. The place where they were planning dacoity is yet unknown. All the five accused are known to each other. We are trying to find if they have any link-up with other gangs. Further investigation is on.
2015-10-25Conservancy jobs to be privatized in Thane - Times of India
Conservancy jobs to be privatized in Thane Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 25, 2015, 08.53 AM IST THANE: The municipal corporation here plans to outsource the sanitation work in Mumbra area for a year on a pilot basis. The existing staff operating in Mumbra meanwhile will be shifted to various wards in Thane city. The private agency that will be employed will be responsible for majority jobs including sweeping and washing roads, lifting and transporting garbage among others while that from residential societies will be done by civic staff only. The stretch between Bharat Gear and Mumbra station will be handed over to the contractors who will hire nearly 300 employees. The project will cost the civic administration, nearly Rs four crores. Thane city generates 650 metric tons of solid waste daily, of which around 90 metric tons is collected from Mumbra. The corporation, which currently employs 200 sanitation workers, needs another 200 workers for the city and the plan will prove helpful. Most of the TMC employees who are on duty in Mumbra will then be transferred to Kalwa, Dongari Pada, Vartak Nagar, Diva and Manpada. The proposal has been included for approval of the general body meeting.
2015-10-25FSL 'finds' 4 corporators' names in Thane builder' suicide note - Times of India
FSL finds 4 corporators names in Thane builder' suicide note Nitin Yeshwantrao,TNN Oct 25, 2015, 10.36 PM IST Thane: The evidence in the case of the mystery suicide of builder Suraj Parmar could be thin but the names of the corporators, reportedly written by the slain builder in his alleged suicide note threaten to entangle four corporators in a corruption and extortion scandal in the Lake City. Two of the corporators are from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), one from the Congress and the fourth is a former Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator, now an Independent. The names, said to have been scribbled in the suicide note, are believed to have been passed on to the Thane police by the Forensic Science Laboratory (Ahmedabad) on Saturday. Joint commissioner of police V V Laxmi Narayan, who is said to be in possession of the FSL report, refused to confirm the names. "We have received the report from the forensic lab. The identity of the persons is part of investigations and we will disclose the names at an appropriate time.'' An IPS officer said the alleged suicide note was sent to the FSL as they needed expert opinion on the names scribbled out. It is learnt that the builder had declared that he was tired and frustrated by their harassment and extortion and misuse of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to dig out information on his building projects and then raise the issue at civic body meetings. It is learnt that he had claimed that the projects suffered delays and home-owners were denied timely possession due to the harassment by the politicians. Parmar, reportedly on second thought, scratched out the names in the note and in the next line clarified that he feared that should the names come out in the open, the safety and security of his family could be at risk. The city police had registered an abetment to suicide case against anonymous persons and were awaiting the FSL report to register a first information report (FIR) against those named. The police refused to confirm reports that six names were scribbled in the note. Senior inspector of Kasarvadavli police station D D Tele refused to comment on whether an FIR had been registered against any of the accused. Builders are up in arms against politicians exploiting technicalities in development control rules and misusing their status to extort money.
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2015-10-25Thane builder suicide: Suicide-note analysed, 4 corporators under scanner - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: Suicide-note analysed, 4 corporators under scanner Written by Gautam Sandip Mengle | Mumbai | Updated: October 26, 2015 1:04 am Suraj Parmar, the builder who committed suicide. Two NCP corporators, one Congress corporator and one Independent corporator are now under the police scanner in the ongoing investigation into Thane-based builder Suraj Parmar's suicide, highly-placed sources told The Indian Express. While the police refused to reveal the names in the suicide note, they confirmed that they had received the forensic analysis report of the deceased builder's suicide note. Parmar had shot himself at his under-construction building on October 7, leaving behind a 13-page suicide note blaming red tape and harassment by corporators, politicians and civic officials.  Thane cracks down on politician-official nexus extorting from builders Thane builder suicide: Red tape, corruption got the better of Parmar Before suicide note, Mumbai builder Suraj Parmar sent CM Devendra Fadnavis a letter Thane builder suicide: Complaints were resolved days before he died Thane builder suicide: CM assures thorough probe, action against guilty Thane builder&'s suicide note blames harassment by officials, bribe demands He also allegedly named some of the people who were harassing him, but had later crossed out the names, while scribbling that he feared that his family would be harassed. The letter was subsequently sent to a forensic science laboratory to find out the crossed out names. Joint Commissioner of Police V V Laxminarayan confirmed that the FSL had sent the forensic analysis report to the police. He, however, refused to comment on the names. Sources said that four corporators were named by Parmar in his suicide note, and their role was being investigated.  The Indian Express had earlier reported how the Golden Gang a coterie of politicians and officials was allegedly involved in stalling projects to extort money from builders in Thane. The police has registered a complaint of abetment to suicide against politicians, corporators and officials with the Thane Municipal Corporation. Incidentally, two senior corporators, Najib Mulla (NCP) and Vikrant Chavan (Congress), have written to CM Devendra Fadnavis claiming that they suspect their names will be linked to the suicide, as they were the most vocal in their demands for action against irregularities in Parmar's construction projects.
Thane builder suicide: Suicide-note analysed, 4 corporators under scanner - The Indian Express
2015-10-25Thane woman booked for tryingto sell minor stepdaughter - Times of India
Thane woman booked for tryingto sell minor stepdaughter Mohamed Akhef Oct 26, 2015, 01.00 AM IST Five people from Kalyan, including the stepmother of a 17-year-old girl, have been booked for allegedly trying to sell the girl for Rs 2 lakh. The girl and her father escaped to Aurangabad and approached the Satara police on Saturday. The Satara police registered an offence and transferred the case to the Kalyan police, as the alleged offence took place in the latter's jurisdiction. The five have been charged under sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (A) sexual harassment, 442 (house trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intent) of the IPC. The girl has complained that two of the suspects entered her home on October 20, when she was alone. They asked her to come along with them, but she refused. Telling her that her stepmother had sold her to them for Rs 2 lakh, they tied her up, forced her to view a porn video on a mobile and sexually harassed her, she said. As soon as her father learned what had happened that day, they left for Aurangabad.
2015-10-24Over 1600 MT pulses worth Rs 15 crore seized in Thane - Economic Times
Over 1,600 MT pulses worth Rs 15 crore seized in Thane By PTI | 24 Oct, 2015, 09.57PM IST THANE: Huge stocks of pulses worth Rs 15 crore, which were hoarded in three gowdowns here, were today seized by Police and Supplies department. Local police and Supplies department has been conducting raids to tighten the noose around hoarders in the district. In the raid carried out at the three godowns in Shil- Daighar area, around 1,650 MT stock of pulses worth Rs 15 crore was impounded, Thane Commissioner at PRO Gajanan Kabdule said in an official release. Offences have been registered under relevant sections of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and for violation of government order issued on October 18, he said. Those booked, include Pawan Agarwal of Saraswati Pulses, Amit Jadhav of Shlok traders and Dhaval food products Ltd, and Rahit Khilwani of Ashirwad Agr. The seized stocks include Russia chickpeas, whole tur, Australia chickpeas. Prices of the agri commodities have shot up due to fall in output by two million tonnes in 2014-15 on deficient and untimely rain.
Over 1600 MT pulses worth Rs 15 crore seized in Thane - Economic Times
2015-10-24Over 1600 MT pulses worth Rs 15 crore seized in Thane - Economic Times
Over 1,600 MT pulses worth Rs 15 crore seized in Thane By PTI | 24 Oct, 2015, 09.57PM IST THANE: Huge stocks of pulses worth Rs 15 crore, which were hoarded in three gowdowns here, were today seized by Police and Supplies department. Local police and Supplies department has been conducting raids to tighten the noose around hoarders in the district. In the raid carried out at the three godowns in Shil- Daighar area, around 1,650 MT stock of pulses worth Rs 15 crore was impounded, Thane Commissionerate PRO Gajanan Kabdule said in an official release. Offences have been registered under relevant sections of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and for violation of government order issued on October 18, he said. Those booked, include Pawan Agarwal of Saraswati Pulses, Amit Jadhav of Shlok traders and Dhaval food products Ltd, and Rahit Khilwani of Ashirwad Agr. The seized stocks include Russia chickpeas, whole tur, Australia chickpeas. Prices of the agri commodities have shot up due to fall in output by two million tonnes in 2014-15 on deficient and untimely rain.
Over 1600 MT pulses worth Rs 15 crore seized in Thane - Economic Times
2015-10-24Officials seize edible oil worth Rs 147 cr in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
Officials seize edible oil worth Rs 147 cr in Thane By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Oct 25, 2015, 12.00 AM IST The stock was found at Liberty Oil Mills in Shahpur Action is part of state-wide surprise checks that are being carried out against hoarding of edible oil, pulses and oil seeds. Thane district officials conducted a raid on an oil mill and seized 21,341 metric tonnes of edible oil worth Rs 147 crore on Friday. The search at Shahapur by the collector's office was part of the state-wide surprise checks that are being carried out against hoarding of edible oil, pulses and oil seeds. Acting on a tip-off and on the orders of Thane Collector, Ashwini Joshi, a team led by District Supply Officer Dr Dilip Naladkar raided Liberty Oil Mills at Bamne village. The search started at 5 pm and went on till midnight. Amid surging prices of pulses across the country and taking its cue from guidelines issued by the Centre, the Maharashtra government on October 19 imposed restrictions on stocking of pulses and some other essential times. Friday's seizure is so far the biggest since the past one week. "We found that a large amount of oil of palmolein, soybean, red seed, sunflower and few others had been stored at the mill. The mill staff said that the stock had been imported and so they were allowed to store any amount of oil. But they could not produce any documents to establish their claim," said Naladkar. The company officials apparently said that the stock was to be used for the manufacturing of edible oil and Vanaspati ghee after processing. "They also claimed that they had all the relevant papers in their office at Colaba. Since they didn't provide any documents to us on the spot, we seized the stock and issued them a show-cause notice," said the official. As per the recent regulation, an establishment can store up to 30 metric tonnes of edible oil in rural areas and 100 metric tonnes in urban, if purchased locally. For pulses, the limit is 150 metric tonnes in rural areas and 35 metric tonnes in urban areas. In case the mill officials fail to provide details of the import, the material will be taken into the custody of the supply department and action would be initiated against the importer.
Officials seize edible oil worth Rs 147 cr in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
2015-10-24Thane builders demand single window system - The Asian Age
Thane builders demand single window system Oct 25, 2015 - Mehul R. Thakkar mumbai Following the decision of the Brihan mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday to implement a single window system for granting of permissions to developers in the city, the Thane real estate industry too has demanded the same. We have been demanding a single window system and also wrote a letter to the state's urban development department (UDD), but have not received any reply from the department, said Mukesh Savla, founder president, Maharashta Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) Thane. If the government wants to create affordable housing for all by 2022, it will have to design and amend policies accordingly. It is not only about having a single window system, but the work should also be done speedily. In the US, though there are 40 to 50 types of permissions required to be taken from the authorities for constructing a building, the authorities there provide developers all the permissions within a week. We also want policies with a vision to eradicate corruption from the system which will be favourable for developers, he further said. Mr Savla said that following the BMC directive for Mumbai city, the number of permissions required by developers had come down to 70 from 200. Even the number 70 sounds scary when we actually think about it, he said. Earlier this month, Suraj Parmar, director of Cosmos Group and president of MCHI, Thane, committed suicide by shooting himself. Jitendra Mehta, secretary, MCHI Thane, said, The Thane municipal commissioner asked us to submit a detailed report on what were the demands of developers. We are currently studying various aspects before we send an official letter stating our demands to the TMC commissioner. A single window system is the need of the hour for developers in Thane, because even after Suraj committed suicide, we do not see things changing in TMC for us. On Friday, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta had announced that of the 200 permissions required to construct a building, several had become obsolete and so the BMC would revoke 130 of these permissions.Even permissions from the fire brigade, sewerage department and tree authority will be given through the single window system. All these forms will be made available on the civic website, he had said.
2015-10-24Two alleged aides of gangster D K Rao arrested in Thane - Mid-Day
Two alleged aides of gangster D K Rao arrested in Thane By Agencies |Posted 2 hours The city police have arrested two alleged associates of the gangster D K Rao in an extortion case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Parag Manere told reporters this evening that on July 17 this year a builder from Badlapur in the district received a call, allegedly on behalf of Rao, asking for a ransom of Rs 3 crore. Police started a probe and arrested Vicky Raju alias Vikrant Jadhav (51) at Shirgaon in Badlapur on October 19, and recovered a pistol and two live cartridges from him, the DCP said. He confessed to have made the extortion call. Based on the information given by him, police arrested Habiba Hussain Khan (51), a resident of Tilak Nagar, Chembur, in Mumbai, Manere said. Rao, a close aide of fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan, has some 22 cases registered against him in Mumbai region and is presently lodged at Taloja jail in connection with another extortion case, he added. Both the arrested accused were remanded in police custody by a local magistrate up to October 26. Further probe is on.
2015-10-24INTERVIEW: Dr. Amitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd., Thane - ETHealthWorld.com
INTERVIEW: Dr. Amitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd. Thane The general insurance companies don't focus on healthcare as a subject. Health for them is just management of the money that they get from corporate or individuals. ET Health World 24 October 2015, 9:00 AM IST Dr. Amitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd talks to ET Health world about the importance of health insurance in order to achieve universal health care.1. What are the changes that have occurred over the years?Earlier, people use to buy health insurance policy only when they used to fall sick and it was not a protection policy at all. It was only until the insurance sector as a whole opened up in 2001-2002 when the private sector insurance companies realized that this was a good marketing tool in order to enter into the corporate insurance sector.Health insurance at that point of time was not tariffed and therefore the premiums were lowered in order to accommodate other policies. That is how the private sector started making the road map into the world of insurance and they started eating into the pie of public sector insurance company's business share. 2. What is the current scenario of health insurance in India?Currently there are about 24 insurance companies in India. It is only very recently that the government has allowed the FDI to go from 26% to 49%. We would see more and more players coming up and starting their own health insurance companies in India. All these general insurance companies don't focus on healthcare as a subject. Health for them is just management of the money that they get from corporate or individuals. So it's just a fund management for them as of now. The health insurance business is actually the future of health insurance in India. 3. How can we better the existing scenario?Health insurance is not as popular as it should be. Globally, in all developed countries health insurance is mandatory and somewhere it is contributory. In India about 70-80% of the healthcare expenditure is out of pocket and only 30% is through organized sector.Health insurance should be seen as a tool of funding for healthcare in India. The doctors who are the basic care givers don't want to stay in villages or smaller towns. They want to go back to cities for better jobs.There is a dearth of medical faculty, healthcare professionals in India because everybody is trying to go to abroad or come to metros and cities. One of the basic reasons for all the health care professions to move out was the inability to earn adequately. If the health insurance starts funding, more doctors would be enticed to stay because they know that their payments would be done by the insurance companies and not poor individual. 4. What are the challenges?There is no health regulator in India. The health care delivery in India is fragmented as there is no body to organize all these schemes under one umbrella and health happens to be a state subject. Every state has come out with their schemes and there is no uniformity in the designing of these schemes across India.If we have to achieve universal health care then there has to be an integrated model in which the supply of the healthcare professionals have to be looked into. Health insurance would be an appropriate tool for setting up the health care infrastructure across the country.
INTERVIEW: Dr. Amitabh Gupta, CEO, Paramount Health Services (TPA) Ltd., Thane - ETHealthWorld.com
2015-10-24Dowry harassment: Thane woman torched by husband, mum-in-law - Mid-Day
Dowry harassment: Thane woman torched by husband, mum-in-law By Sadaguru Pandit |Posted 2 hours A 20-year-old resident of Bhiwandi was rushed to Sion Hospital on Thursday night after sustaining 85 per cent burn injuries. The victim, in her statement to the police, confirmed that she was set on fire by her mother-in-law and husband following a seven-month-long ordeal over dowry demands. She was admitted to the hospital by the sarpanch of Padgha village in Bhiwandi. Padgha police, on the basis of her statement, have arrested her husband Yogesh Bhandari, and mother-in-law Radhika Bhandari, under Sections 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Dowry demands An officer from Sion police station said the woman was married into the family in the month of February. Appar-ently, even after paying a substantial amount to her in-laws at the time of marriage, the accused kept harassing the woman for seven months for more money. She said that on multiple occasions, she was sent home to get money or other things. And was allowed to enter her in-laws house only after fulfilling their demands, said one of the officers, who recorded the victim's statement. On Thursday evening, when the domestic feud flared, the accused allegedly poured petrol on the victim and set her ablaze. After hearing the commotion, the villagers intervened. But the family told them that it was an accident. The girl was rushed to a local hospital. The doctors pronounced the victim critical, due to the extent of burn injuries, and asked the villagers and her in-laws to immediately shift her to Sion Hospital. Village sarpanch, Jaivant Gorle and Radhika accompanied the victim to Sion Hospital around 10.30 pm on Thursday. Despite repeated attempts, Gorle remained unavailable for comments. Critical condition Doctors from the Sion Hospital confirmed that while the woman is being kept on IV fluid and oral medication, her condition is critical. She is critical due to the extent of her burn injuries and we are following the procedures for burn injury treatment. Apart from the face, she has sustained injuries all over the body. We are trying our best to stabilise the patient, said a treating doctor. Police speak Meanwhile, officials from Padgha police station, under whose jurisdiction the crime took place, filed an FIR after receiving details from the Sion police. PSI Shamrao Kale, from Padgha police station said both the accused were arrested from their residence and were produced in a local court. They were booked on the basis of the statement given by the victim at the Sion Hospital and are currently in our custody. The woman was being harassed for a long time and was set on fire by them on Thursday evening. We are now probing the case further to find out the dowry amount and other details, said Kale.
Dowry harassment: Thane woman torched by husband, mum-in-law - Mid-Day
2015-10-23Action to be taken against 61 Durga mandals in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
Action to be taken against 61 Durga mandals in Thane Friday, 23 October 2015 - 8:14am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna Padmja Sinha The TMC had served a notice and slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh to 137 odd Ganpati mandals across the city and now will initiate action against Durga mandals violating norms during the festival. After Ganpati mandals, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) takes action against 61 Durga mandals, as they have violated the norms and erected pandals without the permission of the civic body. Recently, the TMC had served a notice and slapped a fine of Rs1 lakh to 137 odd Ganpati mandals across the city and now will initiate action against Durga mandals violating norms during the festival. Ganpati mandal violators have yet not paid the fine amount to the TMC. Durga pandals erected in the middle of the road at Panchpakhadi, Tembhi Naka, Manpada and few other places, were a reason of inconvenience for many commuters for 10 days and they had also complained the TMC authorities, who assured them of an appropriate action. Every year, during Ganpati and Navratri, the TMC identifies pandals erected without permission, but despite imposing a fine and taking other measures, the organisers defy TMC's order and come up with the pandal at the same venue every year, added Shyam Alok, a resident. The officials need to conduct an awareness programme, where the organisers could be briefed about the issues that people face, this may solve the problem to an extent, adds another resident. TMC civic commissioner, Sanjeev Jaiswal had earlier asked the concerned department to take action against encroachments and ward officers were also given instruction to watch out for any illegal construction that have come up in the area. TMC PRO Sandeep Malvi said, Instructions were issued in advance to take action against pandals who have violated the norms. We will yet again ensure that action has been taken against these mandals and if necessary other strict measure would also be taken.
Action to be taken against 61 Durga mandals in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-23Centre's pre-matric scholarships yet to reach students in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-23DFS gets Thane builder's suicide note for analysis - ETRealty.com
DFS gets Thane builder's suicide note for analysis Parth Shastri TNN 23 October 2015, 2:30 PM IST AHMEDABAD: The 18-page suicide note of Thanebased realtor, 46-year-old Suraj Parmar, has arrived at the Directorate of Forensic Sciences (DFS) in Gandhinagar for handwriting analysis. Police want to know the names mentioned in the text on the suicide note that was blurred by scribbling over it and also find out whether the handwriting matched handwriting samples of the deceased.Parmar, chairman of the realty firm Cosmos Group, was found dead at his construction site in Ovala, Thane, on October 7 with a single bullet injury on his neck. The bullet was fired from his licensed .32 bore revolver. The case became sensational and assumed political overtones because his suicide note, found in his car parked outside the site, named a number of government officials whom Parmar accused of demanding bribe to get work done.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a thorough in vestigation after thousands of builders held protests and demanded a fair probe to find out what had driven Parmar to suicide.Thane police have said that Parmar had named some of the local corporators and politically-influential persons for repeated harassment. Even after money was paid to them, these persons had continued to make new demands that were not only exorbitant but were preventing various permissions for Parmar's projects, the police said. The names of these persons, however, could not be deciphered as they were blurred completely by scribbling over it. Parmar had mentioned in the note that he was cancelling the names as he feared his family would be harassed after his death.Sources said the DFS had received the note from Thane police. "The main task is to reveal what the blurred text is by double layer technology," said sources. When contacted, DFS officials said that they are yet to submit a report on their analysis.
DFS gets Thane builder
2015-10-23Creating a sustainable democracy in Myanmar - Nikkei Asian Review
Creating a sustainable democracy in Myanmar The gate to the massive compound of Myanmar's parliament building in Naypyitaw As Myanmar heads toward a historic general election in November, many will be judging the pace and scope of the country's democratic reforms.We need first to compare the Myanmar of today with the Myanmar of just four or five years ago, when the country was under military dictatorship, with severe restrictions on the media and on Internet access; when gatherings of more than five people were prohibited; when international trade was tightly controlled; and only a tiny fraction of people had access to mobile telephones. Now there is a substantial political freedom, to a degree unparalleled over the preceding half century. People's living standards are rising; a peace process with the country's many ethnic armed groups is underway; and mobile telecommunications are spreading faster than anywhere else in the world.The difference between now and then is stark, and the big changes that have taken place are all pointing in the right direction. A fundamental shift away from authoritarian rule has taken place in Myanmar's politics and economy, without bloodshed and without the descent into chaos we have seen in other countries such as Syria and Libya. Don't judge too soon We must judge where we are now against global experience, and not hold an idealized or romanticized view that expects democracy to appear overnight in Myanmar.Some are not satisfied with the progress so far. Many set their hopes very high. I am also not satisfied. And I know that President Thein Sein also wishes that change could come faster. We all want a genuinely peaceful country; we want more rapid improvement in basic living conditions; the creation of more jobs and an increase in incomes. We want everyone, particularly women, children, the disabled, the elderly and war veterans, to enjoy greater and equal opportunities. We want an end to racial and religious discrimination, economic inequality and corruption, and we want shared prosperity But these things are not all going to happen overnight. A tree that has just been planted will not produce fruit immediately. We need patience and practical ideas on how to move forward, not negative thinking because miracles did not happen.I believe we are on a sustainable path to peace, prosperity and democracy, and that some of the hardest shifts away from authoritarianism and a closed economy have already taken place. That those shifts occurred owes much to brave decisions and leadership by the president.Just the beginning After four years of pushing reform in all directions, we understand well the challenges ahead. Foremost are issues of institutional capacity and mindset -- people not knowing how to break free of the habits of a lifetime under authoritarian rule. The government, along with nongovernmental organizations and international parties trying to help Myanmar, have all had to grapple with this constantly since reforms began in 2011. Many more years of work lie ahead. For now, this dual dynamic still exists: Many in public office still have a mindset formed under authoritarianism and believe they have all the answers, while those accustomed to being in political opposition, without any experience of government, are happy to simply criticize and offer no real analysis or practical recommendations. We should remember what Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a eulogy to his late father, Lee Kuan Yew, in reference to his efforts at nation-building:"In many countries, anti-colonial fighters and heroes would win independence and assume power, but then fail at nation-building because the challenges of building a nation and growing the economy and improving peoples' lives are very different. In Myanmar, the culture of opposition is strong, while efforts at practical policy making and implementation are weak. Building a 21st-century Myanmar will take time, especially because it must be done not only peacefully but in a way that leaves no one behind. In every sector, we simply do not have adequate numbers of people to build such a society. Working with what manpower we have, grappling with limited capacity and mindsets, has been challenging to say the least. People need to connect their desire for a democratic system with their own daily actions. We should note what former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said: that people tend to blame those in office but "rarely connect the state of the country to their own actions." Indeed, the same people who are generous with their blame may be the same ones who throw rubbish on the streets, avoid taxes and ignore traffic rules, for example. We need broad societal reform, a cultural change, and that will take a generation. Much has already been achieved. We are in the midst of a peace process not just with one but with at least 16 ethnic armed groups. This is a process that is attempting to build trust not after a few years of war but after 60 years of armed conflict. The Oct. 15 signing of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement with eight of the groups has paved the way for political talks that will build on this precious momentum.Economic challengesAll the while, we are working to reform the economy and improve living standards for Myanmar's entire population of at least 51 million people. During the past four years, according to the International Monetary Fund, gross domestic product per capita has increased by more than 20% from $1,000 to $1,270. We have taken numerous steps, from currency reform to public-sector financial reform, to bring about greater macroeconomic stability. Before, few in Myanmar had ever heard of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a global standard for accountable management of natural resources. Now, after meeting stringent criteria, Myanmar has become a candidate for full membership. Before, even fewer knew of the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative to promote transparency and greater civic participation in government. Now we are working to join. Similarly, ideas about responsible investment and corporate social responsibility were entirely alien in the "old" Myanmar, now they are integrated into our day-to-day policy work.Corruption is still a major problem but we are making inroads. We are attracting billions of dollars in new investment, not least because of the successful and transparent awarding process for licenses for telecoms and oil and gas exploration. All this is helping us set the foundations for future growth. We owe much to the lifting of Western sanctions, as well as to the hard work of many in government and across society to improve economic relations with the outside world.A major challenge ahead, in creating a truly democratic Myanmar, is the weakness of institutions including but not limited to those of government. These are institutions that developed under 26 years of the "Burmese Way to Socialism" and 24 years of military-controlled administration. There is a need to fix virtually everything in every sector. On Nov. 8, we plan to hold free and fair elections. For the first time ever, international observers have been invited. It is consistently said that these elections will be critical for the success of Myanmar's democratic transition. We have seen many challenges, not least problems with voter rolls, arising from a lack of experience and technical capacity.For the elections to succeed, it will be crucial for all parties and individuals to follow relevant laws and regulations. The elections will not be perfect but they must be credible and reflect popular will. Everyone must then accept the results.Holding free and fair elections and ensuring that the results are respected is an unqualified responsibility of this government. I know our place in history will be decided in the coming weeks.We have come this far because of the work, often jointly, between the government, our civil society and our international friends. Democratic Myanmar is like a child who has just started to walk. We need to remember where we have come from and how far we have come, and we welcome constructive criticism. But we also need the world to be patient with us if this transition is to be sustainable, and we need the stamina to see through what will still be many years of hard work ahead. Close Soe Thane is a Union minister in the Office of the President of Myanmar and a key economic adviser.
Creating a sustainable democracy in Myanmar - Nikkei Asian Review
2015-10-23Drive against Thane bikers sans helmets - Times of India
Drive against Thane bikers sans helmets Santosh Sonawane,TNN Oct 23, 2015, 11.38 AM IST NASHIK: The Nashik Regional Transport Office (RTO) has decided to intensify the drive against errant bikers riding two wheelers without helmets. Starting Monday, RTO teams will catch bikers and make them aware of the perils of riding without helmets. The RTO officials have announced the days and routes on which the drive of helmet compulsion for two wheeler riders will be conducted. The officials said the focus of the drive would be on increasing awareness about the use of helmets instead of slapping fines for violating norms. The week-long campaign will begin on Monday and with the exception of three roads in the city, the action will mainly be on the outskirts. The driving licence of the errant drivers will be suspened for at least three months. Deputy RTO Bharat Kalaskar said, "We will be focussing on the national and state highways as 45% of the accidents occur on these roads. We will be identifying accident-prone spots and the roads with maximum two wheeler riders. Action will be taken on people not using helmets on these roads." On Monday, the RTO teams will be deployed at Nashik Peth Road and Nashik Mumbai Road. The focus will be on Nashik-Dindori road and Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Road on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the teams will shift to Nashik Dhule Road and Nashik Gangapur Road. A day later, motorists at Nashik Aurangabad Road and College Road will be watched. On Friday, it will be on Nashik Pune road and Untawadi Road, Cidco. The officials said that a road safety committee has been formed to take strict action against erring motorists as per the directions of the Supreme Court. The motorist are booked for speeding, jumping signals, overloading vehicles with more than permissible quantity of goods, transporting passengers by goods carriers, driving in an inebriated state, talking on mobile phone while driving. Further, the city police and the rural police have been instructed to file cases under section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. The Nashik police commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Nashik rural have been requested by the Nashik RTO to take action against the errant drivers. Kalaskar said that it is mandatory for two wheeler drivers and pillion riders to wear helmets, while seat belts were compulsory for those driving cars. The Nashik RTO has recently taken up drive to promote use of helmets and seat belts. Visitors to the RTO office on bikes are not allowed entry inside the premises if they are not wearing the helmet and seat belts in case they arrive by car. The RTO has approached heads of different government departments, semi-government offices, local self-governing bodies, officials of different private companies, principals of colleges to make them aware of the steps being taken to promote the use of helmets and seek their suggestions for better implementation of the transport rules.
2015-10-23Thane cracks down on politician-official nexus extorting from builders - The Indian Express
Thane cracks down on politician-official nexus extorting from builders Written by Sandeep Ashar | Mumbai | Published:October 24, 2015 1:53 am Hours after The Indian Express reported on an alleged nexus of politicians and officials stalling real estate projects to extort money in Thane, the fast-growing satellite town's municipal commissioner directed officials under his charge to ignore pressure tactics from corporators while dealing with the construction sector. Sanjay Jaiswal's directions followed instructions from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who said he had issued orders for a crackdown on the cartel. Additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan said Jaiswal issued strict instructions to officials. If someone puts undue pressure, officials have been told to directly report the matter to the commissioner, he said. Builders and politicians cutting across party lines had complained about a coterie called the Golden Gang, which raised issues about projects on the floor of the Thane Municipal Corporation (Thane) to put pressure on builders for pay-offs. On Friday, when a corporator stood up to discuss a complaint related to an ongoing residential project, he was told that this was not the right forum to raise the issue. Chavan said the civic administration had also decided to prevent harassment and remove red-tape in the building approval process. We have now adopted a zero-pendency policy. Town planning officials have been asked to clear files without any delay. Sitting on files won't be tolerated at all, Chavan said. The Golden Gang came under scrutiny after 46-year-old Suraj Parmar, a builder, reportedly shot himself dead on October 7, leaving behind a note complaining of harassment related to his projects in Thane. Parmar had earlier written a letter to Fadnavis on the same issue. The builder's complaints were echoed by a BJP MLA, a Congress corporator and a numb er of other real estate developers.
Thane cracks down on politician-official nexus extorting from builders - The Indian Express
2015-10-23Four get treated at Thane med room a day after it opens - Times of India
Four get treated at Thane med room a day after it opens Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Oct 24, 2015, 01.56 AM IST THANE: Four commuters were treated at the Emergency Medical Room (EMR)at Thane station on Friday, a day after it was inaugurated. While three commuters complained of giddiness due to sun-stroke, one had injured his leg. The medical aid to the commuters was provided on cost as free of charge aid will be given to only those who are victims of rail-related accidents. The fully-equipped EMR is operational on platform two at Thane station. "Three girls and a boy visited the out-patient department (OPD) for check-up. While the girls came complaining of nausea and giddiness, the boy had come to treat his leg injury. They were charged Rs 150 each," said a doctor. Station manager S B Mahidar said, "A team of two doctors, few nurses and the basic medicines required for immediate treatment and first-aid will be provided to patients of rail accidents free of charge. Commuters can also make use of the medical facility for a small fee." He added that on an average, one railway accident takes place everyday and this facility will be of great help for Thane railway station as victims of rail accidents will get immediate basic medical attention in the Golden Hour. The EMR works on a public-private partnership model, with the medical services and doctors' team from Kopri-based Aarogya dham hospital, attending to the patients and monitoring its functioning. The EMR is set to be operational round-the-clock and consists of three doctors and nurses each, who will work in shifts. Citizen activist Samir Zaveri, who had taken up the issue of having EMRs at railway stations, said the Bombay high court had on March 19, 2013 ordered setting up of a medical room at every station. "Dadar was the first railway station to get an EMR in 2011. But 23 railway stations are yet to be equipped with these centers. Even if there are no accidents on the platform the EMRs will at least help people who are feeling unwell," said Zaveri.
2015-10-22Thane to face two days water cut, demand for tankers rise - Daily News & Analysis
Thane to face two days water cut, demand for tankers rise Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 6:40am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha Amid the ongoing 33 per cent water cuts, the Thane Municipal Corporation has announced complete water cut on Thursday and Friday owing to maintenance work and the supply will be restored on Saturday. Water scarcity is looming over the city and amidst this, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has imposed 33 per cent water cut, which has inevitably led to the increase in demand of water tankers. Due to the festive occasion, water consumption has increased and we have been facing water shortage from the past few weeks as the civic body's water supply was very less. In September, we had ordered 12 tankers and had to shell out high amount. The additional water cut will only worsen the situation and we will have to order for more tankers, said Sunil Chavan from Abhutya society. The housing societies at Gawand Baug have been worst affected as the pressure of water supplies by the TMC is low in this area and the societies have to depend on tankers. Thane district has received low rainfall this year in the last five years and this has doubled the business of water tankers. With increase in demand of tankers, private tanker suppliers have also increased the rates and are charging exorbitantly, said a resident. Though the societies have instructed the residents to not waste water and have imposed water timings to restrict wastage, yet the TMC supply is not sufficient. So, we have to order tankers for our needs, said Sandesh Wahab, another resident. Thane receives 470 million liters (MLD) water daily to serve 18 lakh population, but activists claim that more than 20% of water is wasted in leakages and theft. The tanker suppliers charge around Rs1,000 and even more per tanker and societies. The civic body and district officials have geared up to deal with the situation and have appealed residents to help TMC in dealing with tough situation.
2015-10-22Thane builder suicide: Complaints were resolved days before he died - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: Complaints were resolved days before died Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Published:October 23, 2015 12:21 am Investigations into the death of real estate tycoon Suraj Parmar in Thane have taken a new twist with it now emerging that just days before the tragedy, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had actually resolved most of the issues that were stalling his real estate projects. Parmar allegedly shot himself with his licensed revolver on October 7, leaving behind a suicide note that alleged harassment by politicians and civic officials in Thane. Incidentally, on October 6, the TMC had issued orders sanctioning drinking water connection and waiver of digging charges for the water line for Parmar's 400-flat residential complex, Cosmos Horizon, on Thane's Pokhran Road. Delay in granting water connection to the complex the builder had handed over occupation to flat buyers over a year ago was the foremost concern that Parmar had cited in an SOS to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis this February.
Thane builder suicide: Complaints were resolved days before he died - The Indian Express
2015-10-22Brother-in-law held for abducting, assaulting man in Thane - Times of India
Brother-in-law held for abducting, assaulting man in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 22, 2015, 03.18 PM IST THANE: A 32-year-old man from Dombivli was arrested by the Thane Nagar police for plotting an assault on his brother-in-law. Sanjay Shelar (30), the victim, who works as an office boy with a law firm, was abducted by five persons last week from Thane station and taken to an isolated spot where he was beaten up. "Last week, Shelar was abducted from Thane station and taken to Nashik highway where he was assaulted and robbed," said police sub-inspector D B Sarak. An offence was registered and after narrowing down on the suspects, one of which was Shelar's brother-in-law with whom he shared a sour relationship, the police arrested Mahesh Parab, the accused, added Sarak. The police learnt that Parab told Parocha that Shelar taunts him and in the past he has done it in front of his sister and he can't digest the insult, Sarak told TOI. Parocha was stuck with an idea and told Parab they would teach him a lesson of life and hence purchased a sim-card on bogus address and called-up Shelar and told him to meet for official work near Thane station last Wednesday. As Shelar got down at Thane station, Parocha along with Balkrishna Shinde, (25), Mayuresh Desai (21), Ravindra Panwar (28) all Mira-road residents casually dragged Shelar into a four-wheeler took him to a secluded place and bashed him up on Nashik highway. Shelar somehow managed to reach police station and the police swung into action and based on technical evidence initially Parocha was trapped who then spilled the beans and based on the information all his other friends were arrested turn by turn. "Parab was irked by the daily taunting by Shelar over his tiffs with her sister, hence he could not take it more and decided to teach him lesson," Sarak informed. The five have been remanded to police custody for further investigations.
2015-10-22Pulses worth Rs 125 crore seized in Thane - Economic Times
Pulses worth Rs 125 crore seized in Thane By PTI | 22 Oct, 2015, 03.48PM IST THANE: Pulses worth around Rs 125 crore, which were hoarded in various godowns here, have been seized by the Thane Police and Supplies department. In a joint raid conducted at five godowns in Sri-Raigad locality yesterday, huge stocks of pulses including tur, white vatana, urad, and masoor were seized and as per preliminary investigation, the stocks are worth nearly Rs 125 crore, Thane Commissionerate PRO Gajanan Kabdule said. He said the process of sealing the godowns and arrest of the owners was in progress. The exact quantity of the seized stock is still being ascertained, he added. Giving details, Kabdule said the teams seized goods worth Rs 7.75 crore from Chamunda Warehouse, Rs 45.20 crore from Laxmi Warehouse and stocks worth Rs 40.94 crore from Trimurti Godown. Goods worth Rs 25.04 crore were confiscated from RP Warehouse and of Rs 3.55 crore from SD Warehouse. Offences under relevant sections of Essential Commodities Act have been registered against the godown owners, he said. Prices have shot up due to fall in output by two million tonnes in 2014-15 on deficient and untimely rain.
2015-10-22Kotwal appointed as Principal Dist & Sessions Judge of Thane - Business Standard
2015-10-22CR starts emergency med rooms at Thane, Panvel stns on PPP model - Times of India
CR starts emergency med rooms at Thane, Panvel stns on PPP model Manthan K Mehta,TNN Oct 23, 2015, 12.59 AM IST Mumbai: The first Emergency Medical Rooms (EMR) through public private partnership to provide treatment within the Golden Hour the time immediately after an injury is sustained to railway accident victims were inaugurated at Thane and Panvel stations on Thursday. The first EMR, funded entirely from railway resources, is operational at Dadar station after an HC order, on a PIL, on such medical facilities at stations. The EMRs are to be set up at all station on the Western, Central and Harbour lines where more than 100 deaths have occurred in a year. At Thane, the EMR, to be handled by Aarogyam, was inaugurated on platform no. 1 near the station manager's cabin by MP Rajan Vichare. At Panvel, the facility will be handled by Lifeline hospital. However, Central Railway authorities were unaware of the inauguration. "It reflects badly on the CR administration as such a life-saving initiative has not been publicized. People should have been told in advance about such an important facility. CR should inform commuters about the location of EMRs and their contact numbers," said divisional rail users' consultative committee member Jitesh Matalia. Western Railway has decided to appoint doctors and paramedics at its EMRs from its own funds and will not allow them to attend to patients other than railway accident victims. CR, on the other hand, has decided that its emergency rooms can be run by private doctors as clinics. Whether qualified doctors use them as clinics or they function as chemist shops with trained paramedics, they will have to give priority to rail mishap victims and ensure treatment within the Golden Hour. The EMR service provider will have to ensure that emergency patients are rushed to hospital by ambulance or by other safe means as soon as they are brought by co-passengers or GRP/RPF. The EMRs will handle medical emergencies arising due to commuters falling from train, run over cases, etc, free of cost. In between, they can be used to offer consultancy to other patients. The space for the EMR and water and electricity will be provided by the railways. At Thane, CR will earn a licence fee of Rs 2.4 lakh per annum. At Panvel, the space will be leased out at Rs 25,000 per year. The operators have permission to run the EMRs for three years.
2015-10-21Rs. 58 Lakh Looted From Cash Van in Thane - NDTV
Rs 58 Lakh Looted From Cash Van in Thane Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 21, 2015 10:42 A group of unidentified armed men today allegedly looted Rs 58 lakh in broad daylight from a van ferrying the cash collected from ticket sales at railway stations, police said today. The incident took place near Nilje railway station on Kalyan-Shil road in the district late this afternoon, hours before Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was scheduled to visit Dombivali in the district to address a rally using the same route. The van had come to collect the cash from ticket sales at railway stations when the incident took place around 4 pm near Nilje railway station, a senior police officer said."An armed security personnel, a driver and one other person were keeping the cash inside the van when a group of around seven unidentified persons threatened them with arms and choppers and took away cash worth Rs 58 lakh," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Parag Manere said. A white jeep was spotted at a distance near van by the victims. The jeep went away from the place and was later found abandoned near Diva railway station by crime branch sleuths with cash and accused missing from the spot. "We have seized the jeep and have pressed in several teams to track the accused, who shall be arrested soon," he said. Further investigation is on.
Rs. 58 Lakh Looted From Cash Van in Thane - NDTV
2015-10-21127 places of worship identified for demolition in Thane - Mid-Day
127 places of worship identified for demolition in Thane By PTI |Posted 21-Oct-2015 Thane: In a crackdown on unauthorised construction and encroachments, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has identified at least 127 places of worship which need to be razed. The Corporation, in a recent a meeting of the committee, classified all the places of worship in the district into two categories. One is 'A' which means that the place is unauthorised but needs to be regularised and the other one 'B' where the structure is unauthorised and needs to be demolished. As per the civic body, there are as many as 587 places of worship which shall be regularised. The list of 127 places of worship which are'unauthorised' was released on Wednesday. The Municipal Corporation has invited suggestions and objections from citizens on places of worship falling in both the categories. The list also includes six Buddha Vihars, three churches and seven mosques. Depending on the need and popularity of the place of worship in the locality, the Corporation will decide each case individually after the receipt of the suggestions and objections.
2015-10-21Thane cops trace seized hashish to Kashmir - Times of India
Thane cops trace seized hashish to Kashmir Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 21, 2015, 12.55 PM IST THANE: Investigations into the seizure of 12 kilograms of hashish from two peddlers earlier this month has led the Thane police to Kashmir's Udhampur district which is said to be the place for procuring high quality contraband . It was on October 1 that officials of the Anti-Narcotics Cell, Thane arrested a school teacher, Ashok Dongre (46) and his friend Sanjay Patil (38), allegedly for possession of 12kg of hashish said to be worth Rs 12 lakh after a trap near Thakurli railway station . The accused told the police about the supply chain which originates from Sambal village in Udhampur district, said Mandar Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector of the cell. "The main accused used to regularly dispatch the consignment to the duo as the contraband has a huge demand here with lucrative returns. They also told us that they have visited Sambal several times in the past to procure the drug and the kingpin has also visited the city with the consignment for delivery. Kashmiri hashish is in huge demand because of its purity as its cultivation in Kashmir is in abundance and due to the conducive atmosphere," added Dharmadhikari. A team of the cell is on the trail of the main accused and are planning to visit the valley once again.
2015-10-21Rs 11 lakh payout to 2 kids for mom's death in Thane - Times of India
Rs 11 lakh payout to 2 kids for mom's death in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 21, 2015, 12.54 PM IST THANE: Two school-going girls, who lost their 27-year-old mother in February when she fell off a bike being ridden by their father, have been awarded a compensation of Rs 11.02 lakh by the motor accident claims tribunal here. The award, by MACT member K D Vadane, has evoked intense interest in legal circles for various reasons: The compensation amount is more than 10 times what was sought, it has to be paid by the victim's brother-in-law and the insurance company even as the husband of the deceased was booked for rash and negligent driving by cops soon after the accident. Suvarna Shinde, who was employed as a nurse with the Jeevan Jyoti Hospital in Kalyan, was riding pillion with her husband Rupesh when she fell off the bike on February 1 morning at Suchak Naka on the Manpada-Kalyan Highway. The couple's two girls, Pratisha (7) and Manali (4), moved the tribunal through their grandfather Ashok Shinde and demanded a compensation of Rs 1 lakh from their paternal uncle Ashish Shinde who owned the bike as well as the insurance firm for their mother's death. The police panchnama had suggested that the accident occurred due to rash and negligent driving by Rupesh, who survived the accident and was booked for the offence. Rupesh was said to be speeding and lost control of the bike when a pedestrian suddenly stepped on to the road. Both Ashok and Reliance General Insurance Company contested the claim, and pointed out that the accident and the subsequent death of Suvarna were caused by the negligent and rash driving by her husband. The MACT, though, directed Ashish Shinde and the insurance firm to jointly pay Rs 11.02 lakh to the two girls to compensate for the loss of their mother who earned an annual income of Rs 84,000. The tribunal said Rs 9.52 lakh be paid to the girls for dependency, Rs 1 lakh for loss of love and affection, Rs 25, 000 for loss of estate and Rs 25, 000 toward the costs of the funeral and other expenses for the last rites. It ruled that girls are eligible for the compensation amount for their "future prospects". The tribunal ruled that the amount must be equally invested in separate fixed deposit accounts in the name of both minors in any nationalized bank till they turned 18, under the guardianship of their grandfather Ashok Shinde.
Rs 11 lakh payout to 2 kids for mom
2015-10-21HC raps Thane policemen for playing judge in civil dispute - Times of India
HC raps Thane policemen for playing judge in civil dispute TNN Oct 22, 2015, 01.38 AM IST MUMBAI: Over a fortnight after it rapped the Thane police for acting as "recovery agents", the Bombay high court on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction at the explanation given by the police officers. "Bonafide (on the part of the police) is completely lacking in this case," said a division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Rajesh Ketkar. "It is a serious case and reveals a sorry state of affairs. You (are playing judge and) delivering judgment," the judges added. The high court has asked the two police officers, Vishwas Valvi and Ravikant Malekar, to file additional affidavits to explain their conduct. The court was hearing a petition filed by Thane builder, Nizar Kasam (72) of Venus Developers, who claimed that he had been illegally arrested last year and Rs 45 lakh forcibly recovered, based on a complaint by his business partner. Advocate Samir Vaidya, counsel for Kasam, said that it was a civil dispute, but the Kalwa police had arrested the builder in violation of norms. No notice had been given to the builder, and his friends and relatives were forced to pay Rs 45 lakh, which was shown as money recovered from him, alleged the petition. The police then gave a 'no-objection certificate' before the magistrate so that money could be paid to the business partner who had lodged the complaint.
2015-10-21127 Places of Worship Identified for Demolition in Thane - NDTV
127 Places of Worship Identified for Demolition in Thane Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 21, 2015 16:52 IST In a crackdown on unauthorised construction and encroachments, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has identified at least 127 places of worship which need to be razed. The Corporation, in a recent a meeting of the committee, classified all the places of worship in the district into two categories. One is "A" which means that the place is unauthorised but needs to be regularised and the other one "B" where the structure is unauthorised and needs to be demolished. As per the civic body, there are as many as 587 places of worship which shall be regularised. The list of 127 places of worship which are "unauthorised" was today released. The Municipal Corporation has invited suggestions and objections from citizens on places of worship falling in both the categories. Depending on the need and popularity of the place of worship in the locality, the Corporation will decide each case individually after the receipt of the suggestions and objections.
127 Places of Worship Identified for Demolition in Thane - NDTV
2015-10-20Thane girl wins gold medal at West Zone athlete meet - Daily News & Analysis
Thane girl wins gold medal at West Zone athlete meet Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 7:00am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh Thane girl Akshaya Iyer, has bagged a gold medal at the West Zone athletics meet held in Ajmer recently. Iyer, 19, is a resident of Saket complex, Thane, and a BMS (bachelor of management studies) student of Poddar college, Mumbai. She has been an athlete since she was eight years old and today her dedication has paid off. In the athlete meet held at Ajmer, Rajasthan, on October 11 and 12, she struck gold. I got a gold medal in the 200 meter relay race that was held in Ajmer, says she. In this meet of states from western zone of India, athletes from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had participated. She was selected for this meet after she won a gold medal at the qualifying meet held in Pune, in June this year. A management student, though she loves her studies, she is passionate about sports. My next target is to be best at a national level, says she. She wants to pursue her masters in management studies and would like to take up sports, only if she excels in it.
2015-10-20Thane's Navodaya Sangh opts for secular celebrations - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-20Thane: 2 boys killed in separate accidents - Mid-Day
Thane: 2 boys killed in separate accidents By PTI |Posted 20-Oct-2015 Thane: A three-year-old boy and another aged nine years were killed in separate accidents in the district, police said on Tuesday. Rabodi police said that a nine-year-old boy died after he was hit this morning by a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation Bus. The incident took place at the Meenatai Thackeray square when the deceased, Durvesh Giri, a class 3 student, was headed to school accompanied by his grandmother, police said. His grandmother, too, sustained injuries in the accident and has been admitted to a local hospital, police said, adding that Giri's body has been sent for a post-mortem. The driver of the bus, one Dnyaneshwar Shetty, has been arrested and a case under relevant sections of IPC and Motor Vehicles Act registered in this connection, police said. Meanwhile, Kolsewadi police said that a three-year-old boy, Atharva Chavan, was last night run over by a speeding car when he had gone to buy chocolates from a shop near his house in Kolsewadi locality of Kalyan-east. A case under relevant sections of IPC and Motor Vehicles Act has been registered and efforts are on to nab the driver of the vehicle, they said.
2015-10-2065 yrs on, Sindhis can buy Thane tenements - Times of India
65 yrs on, Sindhis can buy Thane tenements Shrutika Sukhi,TNN Oct 20, 2015, 09.19 PM IST Thane: It has been a long journey from their family mansions, huge land holdings and thriving business enterprises in Multan or Balochistan, to the cramped refugee shelters in Thane and Ulhasnagar, surviving on free food packets in camps built for those fleeing their homeland in Pakistan. For the Sindhi community, memories of the partition that ravaged their homes and lives will never be erased. Nonetheless, the Sindhi diaspora bonded well in a completely new cultural milieu in Thane their new home since 1947-50. More than 65 years later, occupants of these once-refugee camps here have been given the rights to purchase these tenements, which are more than brick and mortar for them. Inside these small tenements is a treasure trove of memories of their loved ones and struggle to eke out a living in a new neighbourhood. The recent announcement by revenue minister Eknath Khadse to allow them the right to purchase their old homes has invited cheer among the community elders here who have seen the metamorphosis of these camps into a bustling colony. There were a total of 25 ground-plus-one storied buildings at Kopri, 17 of which were given to the refugees. A special rate of Rs 2,800 was declared for outright purchase of these tenements, and those who could ill-afford this amount had the option of paying a monthly rent of Rs 21 then. "While some could pay the whole money within a few years, the others failed to do so, they were then told by officers to vacate the house as it would be auctioned, but the people were reluctant to give up their houses and didn't move out. The officers later didn't interfere in the matter nor ever came back,'' said Parasram Tikmani (72), who was all of four when he landed in Thane from his home in Balochistan. "I was four years old when we came to Mumbai. We boarded a ship from Karachi port and landed in Mumbai after three days. The docks was our home for the first two days, after which we were taken in a truck to Kolshet-Akbar camp. We lived there in a barrack, which was dimply lit by a bulb, and wall partitions were done by cloths." Tikmani's elder brother, Chandumal, was the only person in the family who was working. He used to roll 1,000 bidis in a day and earn Rs 1. The family lived in the Kolshet camp for six years and was later asked to shift to Kopri. "We were reluctant to move out as we were scared that it would be worse than what it was in Kolshet. We held on for days but eventually they cut off our electricity connections and we had to move out." The Kopri house has been the Tikmani residence for years and the family has fond memories of their home. For Khushal Patoli (77), the Kopri camp is a place which symbolizes a sense of survival and triumph over an avalanche of difficulties. "I was nine when we fled from our Pir Goth village in Sukkur district in Sindh province as the mindless masscare had began. My parents took me and my younger sister to Karachi from there we chose to come to Mumbai where we were initially sent to the Kolshet-Akbar camp. My mother, who was 40-year-old then, died while giving birth to a baby in the camp due to the inadequate medical facilities in the camp hospital. We moved to Kopri later and purchase this house for Rs 3,100. It is here that I got married when and started my career and my family. This place have given me so much in life and the memories are to be cherished forever.'' Ditto in the case of Hemraj Jethani (75) who was all of seven years when the family left their home in Sindh provice for survival and were brought to Thane. "After spending some years at the Kolshet refugee camp, we moved to Kopri. My brothers were married till then. It is here that I completed my studies and paid for my education by taking tuitions, working in Reserve Bank as a coin examiner etcetera," a retired civil engineer told TOI. The state government decision to give them rights to purchase this property has brought a sense of relief to their long-pending demand and they all hope the decision will not only restore the crumbling structures but protect their long history and association with these homes.
2015-10-20Armed attackers loot Rs 58 lakh from cash van in Thane - Zee News
Armed attackers loot Rs 58 lakh from cash van in Thane Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 02:09 Thane: A group of unidentified armed men today allegedly looted Rs 58 lakh in broad daylight from a van ferrying the cash collected from ticket sales at railway stations, police said today. The incident took place near Nilje railway station on Kalyan-Shil road in the district late this afternoon, hours before Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was scheduled to visit Dombivali in the district to address a rally using the same route. The van had come to collect the cash from ticket sales at railway stations when the incident took place around 4 pm near Nilje railway station, a senior police officer said. "An armed security personnel, a driver and one other person were keeping the cash inside the van when a group of around seven unidentified persons threatened them with arms and choppers and took away cash worth Rs 58 lakh," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Parag Manere said. A white jeep was spotted at a distance near van by the victims. The jeep went away from the place and was later found abandoned near Diva railway station by crime branch sleuths with cash and accused missing from the spot. "We have seized the jeep and have pressed in several teams to track the accused, who shall be arrested soon," he said. Further investigation is on. PTI
Armed attackers loot Rs 58 lakh from cash van in Thane - Zee News
2015-10-20Thane stares at 33% water cut as rains exit without filling dams - Times of India
Thane stares at 33% water cut as rains exit without filling dams Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 21, 2015, 12.36 AM IST THANE: The 18 lakh residents of the lake city might just be staring at a serious cut in their supply of water as the municipal corporation is actively considering a 33% curtailment plan. With the monsoon over, the state irrigation department surveyed dams in the Konkan last week, following which a capacity review of these reservoirs was undertaken. The report (copy with TOI) shows that Barvi and Bhatsa dams, which are the major sources of water for Thane, have inadequate stock. Now a review meeting to be chaired by the commissioner anytime this week or next will decide on the water cut. The irrigation department had already conveyed its plan to constrict supply to commercial units and swimming pools in the wake of the scant rainfall. The Thane Municipal Corporation had then made plans to distribute the cuts evenly across the 65 wards in the city to ensure the consistent flow in all areas. "We are presently working out possibilities to implement 33% water cut so that there is minimal inconvenience to consumers," a senior official said on condition of anonymity. "A meeting will be held next week following which the commissioner will take a decision on the magnitude of cut to be imposed in the city." Barvi is just 89.19% full. The dam with a capacity of 180.03 mcm has just 160.56 mcm while Bhatsa is at 81.37% of its capacity of 942.10 mcm. The city and catchment areas of the dams witnessed nearly 10% to 15% less rainfall this year compared to 2014. While last year, the catchment areas of Bhatsa saw 2,783 mm rainfall till October 14, this year the volume shrank to 2,084 mm. At Barvi, just 1,835 mm of raining was recorded compared to 2,840 mm last year. Water theft is rampant in the city with nearly 35% of the supply not reaching its destination, said officials. The TMC spends Rs 249 crore on water bills, including distribution. It now plans a water audit and installation of meters to the connections of 1.30 lakh societies and 4,700 commercial units in Thane.
2015-10-19Thane consumer forum penalises developer over flat possession - Daily News & Analysis
Thane consumer forum penalises developer over flat possession - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-18Pillion rider falls to death from Thane flyover - Times of India
Pillion rider falls to death from Thane flyover TNN Oct 18, 2015, 10.25 PM IST Thane: A 24-year-old Mulund resident, who was riding pillion, died after falling off the Kapurbawdi flyover early on Sunday. It is the second such incident in four months and traffic officials blamed it all on a sharp curve that catches bikers by surprise. Police said Suresh Prasad, riding pillion, and his friend Naresh Shetty (26), were heading to Mumbai from Ghodbunder road. Shetty, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital, could have lost control while negotiating the curve on the flyover and dashed into the wall.
2015-10-18Two of 10 distress calls made in Thane for home blazes - Times of India
Two of 10 distress calls made in Thane for home blazes Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 18, 2015, 11.38 AM IST THANE: Statistics of disasters reported in the city reveal that two of every 10 distress calls made to the Thane disaster management call are for blaze triggered in houses. While the cylinder-related mishap on Friday in Mumbai saw eight dead, the scenario in Thane shows that residents often take fire safety for granted, if rescue officials are to be believed. Based on the statistics of disasters reported in the city annually , the highest number of distress calls made to civic rescue teams in the past two years have been for blazes, most of which were triggered due to cylinder leaks, unattended lamps and fire in vehicles, excluding short circuits. The city saw 233 fire calls this year, including 22 for gas leakages and others related to blazes in houses and vehicles. As many as 526 fire calls were reported between April 2014 and March 2015. Short circuits also form another major cause of blazes but are reported separately . While short circuits often lead to fires, the number of those triggered by LPG leakage is high in addition to those triggered due to heating of engines in vehicles and stray incidents of unattended lamps in prayer rooms triggering mishaps, said rescue workers. Officials said that the awareness among residents isn't much and people take fire safety for granted. Santosh Kadam, chief of disaster management cell, said the solution was to introduce more awareness campaigns in residential societies on how to tackle fire before help arrives. "Majority incidents of fire can be dealt with if residents are equipped to deal with them like not using water to douse blaze triggered by short circuits or not operating electronic gadgets during gas leakage.There has to be adequate firefighting equipment in the houses and people should also give a thought of how much inflammable materials is being used while decorating their houses," he said.
2015-10-18Thane civic body plans to install water meters to curb wastage - Times of India
Thane civic body plans to install water meters to curb wastage Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 18, 2015, 11.40 AM IST THANE: The Thane Munici pal Corporation (TMC) is planning to install smart meters' in residential areas and commercial establishments across the city to curb wastage of water and also check on the usage. The plan will be presented before the general body for an approval next week. Currently, nearly 35% of the water supply is lost due to pilferage or leakage in the distribution network that eventually burns a hole in the civic kitty. According to plans, the civic body is planning to install these meters near underground storage tanks. The gad gets will be equipped with automatic meter reading system that will help the TMC to generate bills. Automatic meter reading is the technology of automatically collecting water data and transferring the same to a central database for billing, troubleshooting and analysing. The second phase will see the gadgets being installed in slum areas. The project will be executed on a public-private partnership (PPP). The cost of installing the meters will be borne by the contractor, but later this will be recovered from residents. This plan is in addition to the water audit that is being planned by the TMC. "The distribution loss for Thane is nearly 35% and it is high time these leaks are plugged in," said a civic official. The city has received hardly any rainfall this year.The city is supplied 470 mld water from STEM, BMC, MIDC and its own network, of which a major volume is either pilfered or wasted. The need for optimal utilization of water is the need of the hour, said civic officials. "These initiatives will help the TMC plug the leaks in the distribution network. The TMC will get an idea of how much water has been used," said a senior official from the water supply department of TMC.
2015-10-18Thane players advance in all India TT event - Times of India
Thane players advance in all India TT event B B Nayak,TNN Oct 18, 2015, 11.44 AM IST THANE: Local paddlers made a mark in the qualifying rounds to reach the main draw at the ongoing Thane Mayor Cup All India ranking table tennis championship at Dadoji Konddev stadium. The junior players are per forming their heart out and cleared some hurdles till Saturday to advance to the main rounds. Leading from the front, international medalist Shruti Amrute outperformed Kanmani Rao in three straight sets of 11-6, 16-14 and 11-6 to enter the next round. Two more local players Ajaysingh Patil and Tejas Kamble cleared the third round in junior boys' category.Patil thrashed Mandar Joshi of Goa 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 to qualify for the main draw. His practice partner Kamble was not lagging and put up a good show in round three and made the most of it by winning against Subhajit Malakar 11-2, 11-9, 11-6 for a clear triumph. "My opponent was the match favourite but I delivered my best to take control of the game from word go. I am looking forward to clinching the title," said Kamble, a national medalist.
2015-10-18Two women duped in Thane of Rs 1 lakh by online fraudsters in separate ... - Times of India
Two women duped in Thane of Rs 1 lakh by online fraudsters in separate incidents, cases registered Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 18, 2015, 11.37 AM IST THANE: Two women were duped of Rs 94,000 collectively by online fraudsters in separate incidents. In the first incident, a housewife from Kavesar received a message on her mobile which read that she had made a debit card purchase of Rs 30,000. On inquiring with the bank, she was informed that their system showed that her debit card was lost, said a cop. A complaint was registered with the cyber cell and an offence was registered at Kasarwadavli police station. In the second incident, a senior citizen was sweet-talked into sharing her debit card details by a telecaller and duped of Rs 64,000. The telecaller asked her if she was was getting messages about pension funds being deposited in her account. The victim said she was not receiving any message after which she gave away her card details, said a police official.
2015-10-18Thane to celebrate Durga puja in Kolkata style - Times of India
Thane to celebrate Durga puja in Kolkata style Freny Fernandes,TNN Oct 18, 2015, 11.41 AM IST THANE: While Navratri festival is being celebrated with great gusto in the city , the Bengali community , too, are not going to leave any stone unturned when it comes to the Durga Pooja festival. Pandals here have flown in craftsmen from Kolkata to make the idols of Goddess Durga. They have also managed to import the world famous traditional Chandan Nagar lighting, idols made of Ganga mati and Baul singers. Ashish Ghosh, head of the Fulcrum Cultural Foundation that has set up its pandal at Khevra Circle, said, "We wanted to give the Bengali community a touch of Kolkata pujo celebrations. So we lew down 12 skilled artisans from Midnapore in West Bengal. They recreated the sight of the traditional Durga Puja celebration of Royal families back home." Swarnendu Bhattacharya, the cultural secretary of the Banigya Parishad who's pandal is in Balkum, said, "While we have a team of artisans from Kolkata working on the pandal, one of the highlights of our celebration is the authentic Chandan Nagar lighting that is famous across the world as the workers from this remote village in Bengal are known for the intricate designs made on a board with LED lights." "We have also invited traditional Baul singers to bring in the pujo mood," said P K Guha, president of Bangiya Parishad. The New Bengal Club at Manpada will be getting their idol all the way from Kolkata.The idol will be made out of clay found on the basin of the river Ganges. "We have shipped in our idol from the famous Kumartuli village of Bengal that is known for their idol and sculpture making. They make their idols using Ganga Maati," said Mousami Mukherjee, president of the women's wing of the New Bengal Cub.
2015-10-18Thane: Jheel Nagari music festival today - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Jheel Nagari music festival today Sunday, 18 October 2015 - 6:45am IST Updated: Sunday, 18 October 2015 - 6:40am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh Amid Navratri celebration, the cultural city of Thane is set to witness Jheel Nagari music festival, which will be held today at Dr Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium from 9.30am. The apt name is chosen by Swanand Kala Prasarak Sanstha for their celebration of classical music and dance. This festival brings performances by stalwarts in the field of kathak and music. There will be kathak performance by Pt Birju Maharaj, a living legend and first known kathak teacher and his disciple Saswati Sen, who is regarded as one of the best exponents of Lucknow Gharana. Vocalists Pt Shaunak Abhisheki and tabla exponent Pt Mukundraj Deo will also be performing at this festival. Held since past five years by Kathak danseuse Swati Kolle of 10-year-old Swanand Kala Prasarak Sanstha, Thane, the festival is one of a kind and often looked forward to by Thanekars. My main aim to promote classical dance and music through this festival, says Kolle, director of the Sanstha.
2015-10-16Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar had achieved 70% of his goals, reveals diary - Mid-Day
Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar had achieved 70% of his goals, reveals diary By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 3 hours mid-day managed to access a few pages from Suraj Parmar's personal diary, which disclose the success achieved by the highly ambitious builder in less than seven years By blessing of God and my father, I have reached 70% of the Goal written on 21/12/06, states Suraj Parmar's personal diary, which officials from Kasarvadavli police station recovered from his residence earlier this week. Parmar had committed suicide on October 7. President of Thane builders' body shoots himself at sample flat One of the entries in Parmar's diary dated March 28, 2013 A police officer said Parmar had wanted to secure his family's future and had several goals that were yet to be accomplished. One of his dreams was to execute a 20-lakh-sq-ft project and retire. Another one was to build a posh 20,000-sq-ft bungalow with a one-acre lawn for him and his family, the officer said. Names scratched out in Thane builder's 15-page suicide note Parmar wanted to own 10 high-end cars of which eight would be of famous international brands. He also wrote about wanting to operate from a plush 25,000-sq-ft office in Thane. On March 25, 2013, Parmar mentioned in the diary that he had achieved 70 per cent of the goals. A few pages of the diary, which mid-day accessed, reveal Parmar's desire for his sons to settle down. While he wanted Abhishek, his elder son, to become Thane's biggest jeweller, he hoped his younger son Akshit would become the region's most renowned developer or a Class-I officer. Parmar wanted his parents to socialise and donate generously to the needy. Thane builder suicide: Fadnavis orders police to conduct thorough probe He himself wanted to be an institution, rather than a person and had plans to build an orphanage, old age home, schools and hospitals for the underprivileged. Parmar was a helpful person and was always there for the needy, said Sonesh Dedhia, treasurer, MCHI-CREDAI (Thane). Cosmos Jewels:Stop work notice was issued by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on February 15, 2015, claiming that Parmar had not submitted reservation on the land chart, deed of exchange with MHADA and had failed to clear illegal construction to widen the road. The project was located next to Suraj Water Park on Ghodbunder Road and had nine high-rises with approximately 1,000 flats. Cosmos Horizon:The project comprises five towers of 27 storeys each and is opposite Blue Star Limited, Pokhran Road, Thane (West). It came to a stand still despite receiving Occupation Certificate (OC), as it lacked water connection. The builder and civic officials were at logger heads after Parmar sought a waiver on digging charges for laying a water pipeline. He cited a similar exemption given to Haware City to support his demand. The TMC, however, denied permission to start digging work altogether. Cosmos Lounge:Located in Manpada, the project ran into trouble after a civil suit was filed against it. Besides, it lacked OC from the civic body. Cosmos Park:This project too lacked OC. To make matters worse, the residents filed a case in consumer court against Parmar. The project is located near Waghbill on Ghodbunder Road. Bone of contention Besides recovering the diary, cops also found a letter written by the Minister of State for Urban Development Dr Ranjit Patil. In the letter, written in March this year, Patil directed officials from TMC to take a call on pending projects of Cosmos Group (headed by Parmar) in the next eight days and submit a detailed report to him.
Thane builder suicide: Suraj Parmar had achieved 70% of his goals, reveals diary - Mid-Day
2015-10-16Police constable commits suicide in Thane - Mid-Day
Police constable commits suicide in Thane By PTI |Posted 1 hour Thane: A police constable attached to the Mumbai police's traffic department committed suicide by setting himself afire today at Kopri, police said. The incident occurred at around 7 AM, when Anant Sawant, around 58, came out of the house, drew petrol from his bike and doused himself in it before setting himself on fire, they said, adding he sustained 98 per cent burn injuries. According to police, Sawant was not keeping well since last six months and was getting treated at a private hospital. Sources said the traffic department refused to accept the certificate issued by the private hospital and instead asked for the examination and report by the government hospital following which he was depressed and ended his life. He is survived by wife and two daughters.
Police constable commits suicide in Thane - Mid-Day
2015-10-16Builder in Thane asked to cough up Rs 3 lakh for duping customer - Mid-Day
Builder in Thane asked to cough up Rs 3 lakh for duping customer By PTI |Posted 16-Oct-2015 A consumer forum in Thane has directed a builder to pay Rs 3 lakh compensation to a customer for failing to hand over a flat to her as per the agreement. Complainant Gulnaz S Shaikh, of Raigad district, informed the Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum (TDCRF) that she had booked a 364 sq ft flat with M/s Ali Builders of Mumbra in their project New Manoj Nivas. She said that she had paid an advance of Rs 1.5 lakh on April 15, 2008, for which an agreement was also made and the total cost fixed at Rs 3,50,000. The builder had agreed that he would hand over the flat within a period of 12 months, which he did not do and also did not refund the advance taken from the complainant. Despite several reminders and requests, the builder never paid any heed to the complainant, who then approached the consumer forum. TDCRF president Manohar Mankar and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and N D Kadam noted that the builder failed to present himself and defend the case and hence, the case was decided ex-parte. The evidence before the forum proves that the builder had faulted by neither handing over possession nor refunding the advance taken from the complainant, they noted. The respondent had violated the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act provisions by not giving possession of the flat as per the agreement and hence, there was deficiency in his services, the forum observed. The forum recently ordered the builder to pay the complainant a compensation of Rs 3 lakh and Rs 10,000 towards legal expenses by November 17, else pay an interest of 9 per cent per annum thereafter. It also asked the builder to hand over the possession with the agreed facilities by November 17 to the complainant and if he is unable to comply, he should pay an additional compensation of Rs 5,000 per month from November 18, till he hands over the possession. The forum further stated that the complainant should within 15 days of getting the letter from builder of his intention to hand over the flat to him, pay him the balance amount of Rs 2 lakh. If the builder is unable to hand over the possession of the flat to the complainant he should return the advance of Rs 1.5 lakh taken from her along with an interest at 18 per cent per annum from April 15, 2008 till November 17, 2015, else he should pay an interest at 21 per cent till the realisation of the amount paid in advance to him.
2015-10-16Thane third in eye donations in state - Times of India
Thane third in eye donations in state Shrutika Sukhi,TNN| Oct 16, 2015, 02.42 PM IST THANE: More than 270 eye donations have taken place in Thane in the April-August period under the centrally aided National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) programme, positioning the district in the third place among the 35 districts in the state. Statistics recorded by the health department reveals that Thane contributed to over 9% of the total 3,015 eye balls collected from all over the state and officials here claimed that by the end of the calendar year the donations would be more than double. Mumbai tops the list with a total of 932 eyeball collected, followed by Pune with 684 and Thane with 279. total of 932 eyeball collections followed by Pune with 684 and Thane with 279. "The demand for eyeballs is much higher and there is a huge gap between the demand and supply . In fact, for every 100 patients there are only 10 eye donors. Although there is a recent rise in awareness about eye donations and many people volunteer, the demand is rising at a fast pace," said Dr Prasannakumar Deshmukh, the district programme manager. He said the heightened awareness has seen quite a few families coming together to register for eye donations. People are more aware of the procedure and want to do a good deed, he added. From April 2014-March 2015, state with a total of 8,286 eye ball collections was the second-highest in the country, while Gujarat was the first with 9,830 collections. The officials conduct programmes in various colleges, schools and even keep street plays during the year for more collection and creating awareness amongst the people. As per the statistics, last year 690 eye balls were collected every month whereas this year the collection has been 670 per month.Which means the collection has gone down by almost 3%. Eyes can be donated by anyone in the age group of 2 to 70. They can be stored for almost four days and are to be donated within four to six hours of a person's death.
2015-10-16Thane builder suicide: Parmar was slapped with Rs 50-cr IT notice - The Indian Express
Thane builder suicide: Parmar was slapped with Rs 50-cr I-T notice Penalty was levied after an I-T raid in 2013 but Parmar was yet to pay up, was talking of quitting business, says family. Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Published:October 17, 2015 1:35 am SURAJ PARMAR, the Thane-based builder who committed suicide last week, was slapped with a penalty notice of at least Rs 50 crore by the Income Tax department in 2013 for alleged non-disclosure of taxable income. At least two years ago, the I-T department had conducted raids and levied a penalty, which has not yet been paid, said Hemant Parmar, Suraj's cousin. The family claimed that Parmar had been under stress for the last six months. Speaking to The Indian Express at their residence in Thane, Hemant said Parmar had started contemplating quitting the construction business. CM Devendra Fadnavis asks builders Realtors suicide: Builders protest harassment by officials, demand transparency Thane builder suicide: CM assures thorough probe, action against guilty Thane builder's suicide note blames harassment by officials, bribe demands Dalit postman seeks transfer after hate mails, probe ordered Trouble in store for engineer held for contact Parmar was passionate about his profession. Cosmos Group was his baby. But for the last six months, he would constantly talk about quitting. Bas ho gaya, bandh karte hain dhanda (We've had enough, we should quit this profession), he used to say, but when I tried to ask why, he never shared anything. The suicide came as a shock as he was a fighter and never panicked even in the toughest of situations, he added. Hemant, also in the construction business, is currently on a sabbatical. The family, which is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy, has said money could not be the reason behind Parmar taking the extreme step. He held a 30 per cent stake in Cosmos Group. He was worth at least a few hundred crores, and therefore, even if there was any penalty or other money-related issues, he could have handled it, said Hemant. He held only a minority share in the company and was the working partner. His job started right from spotting the plot to handing over flats to the buyers. He was into liaisoning and knew his business, he added. In the 13-page suicide note, which has now been sent to the Gujarat Forensic Sciences Laboratory for analysis, Parmar had reportedly written names of at least four officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and a couple of politicians for pushing him to the edge, but later scribbled over them. We are hopeful that the police can establish who the officials are and take action against them so that there is proper closure for us, Hemant added. Parmar has also shared a rate card for bribes in the suicide note, according to the family. People presume just because we are builders we are rolling in money, but mid-cap builders like us hardly make a few crores on each project. Bribe is a culture among builders and it has to be paid at every stage to ensure that the project sees the light of the day, Hemant said. He explained: Suppose, you meet a mid-senior-level officer for a particular clearance and you gift him a watch. He will tell his juniors about it and they might find some flaws in the application. The application will come through only when everyone is bribed, he said. In the suicide note, Parmar is learnt to have advised all his family members to stay away from the construction business. The family members recall he had a dream that his younger son, Akshit, would take up architecture and construct an iconic structure in India on the lines of the Sydney Harbour or the twin towers in Malaysia. Considered a tough-task master, Parmar did not allow his elder son, Abhishek, to join the family business, but instead asked him to work with a construction firm in Dubai to gain experience. Only recently had he helped Abhishek set up an independent office on Ghodbunder Road, and asked him to handle a project all by himself. The office was not under the Cosmos Group banner. The family has expressed reservations over suspicions that Parmar had received threats from the underworld, saying Parmar had never sought any police protection and had never hired bodyguards. However, he used to carry a licenced revolver. Parmar's partners are now consulting the company architects on pending projects over which objections were raised by municipal corporation officials. Their upcoming project, Cosmic Jewel, was issued a stop-work order by the TMC for violating norms. As Parmar used to take care of all the projects in Thane, we have little knowledge on the notices being sent by the TMC. We will now meet the architects and find out what objections were raised, said his business partner Manish Mehta. The Thane police, probing the case, has written to the TMC asking them to submit all files pertaining to Cosmos Group. We have sought all correspondence that the TMC had with Cosmos Group, including decisions taken during the general body meetings and council committees, said V V Laxminarayan, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Thane. The police will now record the statement of every stakeholder afresh. Initially, we had recorded an accidental death case, but now we have brought abetment to suicide charges. We will record the statements of all stakeholders, including the family members, his business partners and officials, Laxmi narayan added. The police will also write to other agencies which had prosecuted Parmar in the past. The police have seized a hard-disk from Parmar office and are awaiting the forensic reports.
Thane builder suicide: Parmar was slapped with Rs 50-cr IT notice - The Indian Express
2015-10-15Thane: Mental hospital patient kills another with spoon - Mid-Day
Thane: Mental hospital patient kills another with spoon By Vinay Dalvi |Posted 12 minutes ago Horror ensued at the Thane Municipal Hospital (TMH) on Tuesday morning after a psychologically ill patient murdered another by repeatedly striking him with an aluminum spoon. The Wagale Estate police have registered a murder case against the accused. However, they will finish the case after taking a copy of the medical certificate of the accused, since the police have decided to not subject the accused to a criminal trial or imprisonment. The incident occurred at 5 am in Ward no 18, when attendant Prasad Nikumb was serving tea to the patients. The ward houses 55 chronically ill patients suffering from various psychological illnesses. The accused a 38-year-old patient killed a 40-year-old patient who had come to wake him up, by smashing his head using an aluminum spoon, which is used for serving tea. Ashok Kshirsagar, senior police inspector at Wagale Estate police station said, The blow was so powerful that the 40-year-old patient ended up losing a lot of blood. He was declared dead by doctors before he could be admitted to the Thane Civil Hospital. He added, We have registered a case against the accused under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. But, we will collect the medical certificate of the accused and record statements of the witnesses, including the attendant and finish the investigation. Meanwhile, Rajendra Shirsat, superintendent of TMH said, We have set up a committee to look into the matter to check if any negligence was caused by anybody. Following the incident, the accused will be shifted to another ward. The second incident Fights between patients in TMH seem to have become a common scenario. On August 28, this paper had reported on a stabbing incident, where a patient stabbed another man after he denied tobacco to him (Patient stabbed at Thane Mental Hospital over tobacco). TMH is a 1,850-bed hospital that houses around 1,550 psychological patients. The hospital, located at Dharamveer Nagar in Thane is one of the biggest in the state. The High Court has also suggested several steps to the TMH to be taken for sanitary practice, good hygiene, nutritious diet and proper care of patients.
Thane: Mental hospital patient kills another with spoon - Mid-Day
2015-10-15Thane Campground closes for winter, displacing homeless - KTOO
Thane Campground closes for winter, displacing homeless By Lisa Phu October 15, 2015 Featured News, Housing, Juneau, Outdoors No Comments 0 0 The Thane Campground is primarily used for housing, not recreation. It closes for the season Oct. 15. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO) Several of Juneau’s homeless live at the city-run Thane Campground. For $25 a week, it may be the cheapest rent in town. Today, the campground closes for the winter, leaving some occupants wondering where to go. http://www.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/14CAMPGROUND.mp3 Elliot Scott spent this past month living at the Thane Campground. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO) Elliot Scott, 33, moved from his hometown of Bakersfield, California, to Juneau in April. “It’s a good place to get a new start, to be able to better your life,” Scott said. In 2004, Scott was arrested for a felony in California. After serving three years, he found himself in and out of jail more than 20 times for parole violations, “It just happens over and over and over and over and over, until you finally get out of the system,” Scott got off parole in April. He took a job with Alaska Canopy Adventures and lived at the Prospector Hotel for an employer-subsidized rate of $450 a month. When the tourist season ended, so did the housing. With a tent, a tarp and a sleeping bag, Scott moved to the Thane Campground about one and a half miles from downtown Juneau. Scott works at Western Auto Marine, takes a marine transportation class at University of Alaska Southeast and wants to get his captain’s license. He’s paying out of pocket because the course doesn’t qualify for financial aid. “Going back to school cost me $1,100 and being homeless,” Scott said. On top of tuition, Scott is paying off criminal fines in California. “If you add that into the equation of housing and gas and food, it’s like a house payment,” Scott said. He does laundry and takes showers at the downtown laundromat. “When I go to work, I’ll go take a shower and I get nice and cleaned up. Nobody ever knows,” Scott said. At about $8 for a load of laundry and $2 a shower, “It adds up quick, but you got to do what you have to do.” When the Thane Campground closes, Scott isn’t sure where he’ll live. The City and Borough of Juneau leases the Thane Campground land from AJT Mining Properties, owned by Avista. According to the lease, the purpose of the campground is to provide campsites with proper facilities for seasonal housing during the temperate months of the year. Its primary goal is to provide housing, not recreation. Thane Campground facilities include porta-potties, a covered dining area, trash cans and a food shack. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO) “It’s kind of a placement for those that don’t really have anywhere else to go. Just somewhere that they can stay temporary where they know that if they’re able to follow the rules that they can stay at a relatively good price,” said Chris Day, administrative assistant for Juneau Parks & Recreation, which runs the campground. On its last night before closing, seven of the 18 available camp spots were occupied. Day says three people have stayed at the campground the entire season. Others stay for one or two months. From mid-April to mid-October, he says the campground is usually more than 80 percent full. Besides the Thane Campground, there aren’t other options in Juneau for long-term camping with facilities on public run land. State and federal campgrounds limit stays. U.S. Forest Service Recreation Program Manager Ed Grossman said the campgrounds are not for permanent occupancy, “We’re in the recreation business. We’re not in the seasonal housing business, no matter what your situation, whether you’re homeless or low-income job or whatever.” Mariya Lovishchuk, executive director of Juneau’s shelter and soup kitchen, gets worried when the Thane Campground closes. She says some who live there are considered at risk of dying prematurely, including a 65-year-old man she recently interviewed as part of a homeless survey. “What closing the campground will mean is that he won’t be in one place. He’ll have to move several times because he’ll camp somewhere and then somebody will inevitably find the camp,” Lovishchuk said. “It’s so hard to set up a camp in the winter and to find stuff. In the summer, it’s less critical because you have more time and resources and body energy to survive the elements and in the winter, you really don’t.” For Elliot Scott, he has a month left in his marine transportation course. If he doesn’t find proper housing by the time that ends, he may leave Juneau. In the meantime, he’s looking for another place to camp. 0 0 Recent headlines Utah housing expert who cut chronic homelessness 90% pitches Alaska solutions October 15, 2015 - Gov. Bill Walker says he’d “love for Alaska to be the first state without homelessness.” With a little inspiration from the state of Utah, some are hopeful that could become reality. Reporter’s notebook: Opening day of AFN brings protestors October 15, 2015 - Follow throughout the day for updates from the first day of the 2015 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. With $3B budget deficit, lawmakers eye oil tax credits October 15, 2015 - This week, state lawmakers gave a preview of the debate coming in January. The always contentious issue before the group is how Alaska should tax its oil and gas companies. 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2015-10-15Many schools in Thane not following transport rules: RTO - Mid-Day
Many schools in Thane not following transport rules: RTO By PTI |Posted 15-Oct-2015 Thane: Pressing for greater safety of children traveling in buses and other vehicles, Thane Regional Transport Officer Vikas Palkar said many schools and transport operators in the district have failed to comply with safety rules laid by the Maharashtra government. Representational picture Palkar was addressing a one-day workshop organised for school management and bus operators by the Thane unit of Regional Transport Office here yesterday. Despite safety rules and regulations issued to school management and transport operators ferrying school children, many are not complying with the rules, which mainly include constituting a transport committee, submitting six-monthly report to RTO, adhering to safety measures in buses, appointing female attendants in buses among others. Deputy regional transport officer Sanjay Dole said their department is also working towards making it mandatory for schools to install GPS system in vehicles for tracking the movement of school buses, vans. It was directed to schools that the managements should prepare database of students travelling by school buses, vans and other vehicles as a safety check.
Many schools in Thane not following transport rules: RTO - Mid-Day
2015-10-15Villager kills man over money-related tiff in Thane - Mid-Day
Villager kills man over money-related tiff in Thane By PTI |Posted 15-Oct-2015 Thane: A middle-aged man was crushed to death under a jeep allegedly by a villager in Sahapur taluka of the district over a scuffle on a money related matter, police said on Thursday. Deepak Andale, 42, a native of Sapgaon village, had lent some money as loan to Kiran Bangar, 27, of Beradwadi village in the district. A scuffle broke out between the two when Andale asked Kiran to return his money, Shahpur police station inspector Sanjay Dhumal said. The two had met near Lehe Phata village on Wednesday morning and got embroiled into a heated argument after which Andale, who had arrived at the spot on a motorcycle, started to return but was soon dashed by Deepak's jeep, the officer said. Deepak ran down the vehicle over Andale killing him on the spot, he said. The accused has been arrested and further investigation was on, police said.
2015-10-15Thane third in eye donations in state - Times of India
Thane third in eye donations in state TNN Oct 15, 2015, 11.26 PM IST Thane: More than 270 eye donations have taken place in Thane in the April-August period under the centrally-aided National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) programme, positioning the district in the third place among the 35 districts in the state. Statistics recorded by the health department reveals that Thane contributed to over 9% of the total 3,015 eye balls collected from all over the state and officials here claimed that by the end of the calendar year the donations would be more than double. Mumbai tops the list with a total of 932 eyeball collected, followed by Pune with 684 and Thane with 279. total of 932 eyeball collections followed by Pune with 684 and Thane with 279. "The demand for eyeballs is much higher and there is a huge gap between the demand and supply. In fact, for every 100 patients there are only 10 eye donors. Although there is a recent rise in awareness about eye donations and many people volunteer, the demand is rising at a fast pace," said Dr Prasannakumar Deshmukh, the district programme manager. He said the heightened awareness has seen quite a few families coming together to register for eye donations. People are more aware of the procedure and want to do a good deed, he added. From April 2014-March 2015, state with a total of 8,286 eye ball collections was the second-highest in the country, while Gujarat was the first with 9,830 collections. The officials conduct programmes in various colleges, schools and even keep street plays during the year for more collection and creating awareness amongst the people. As per the statistics, last year 690 eye balls were collected every month whereas this year the collection has been 670 per month. Which means the collection has gone down by almost 3%. Eyes can be donated by anyone in the age group of 2 to 70. They can be stored for almost four days and are to be donated within four to six hours of a person's death.
2015-10-15Many Schools in Thane Not Following Transport Rules: RTO - NDTV
Many Schools in Thane Not Following Transport Rules: RTOOthers | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 16, 2015 05:19 ISTEMAILPRINTCOMMENTSThane, Maharashtra:  Pressing for greater safety of children traveling in buses and other vehciles, Thane Regional Transport Officer Vikas Palkar said many schools and tranpsort operators in the district have failed to comply with safety rules laid by the Maharashtra government. Mr Palkar was addressing a one-day workshop organsied for school management and bus operators by the Thane unit of Regional Transport Office here on Wednesday. Despite safety rules and regulations issued to school management and transport operators ferrying school children, many are not complying with the rules, which mainly include constituting a transport committee, submitting six-monthly report to RTO, adhering to safety measures in buses, appointing female attendants in buses among others. Deputy regional transport officer Sanjay Dole said their department is also working towards making it mandatory for schools to install GPS system in vehicles for tracking the movement of school buses, vans. It was directed to schools that the managements should prepare database of students travelling by school buses, vans and other vehciles as a safety check.   Story First Published: October 16, 2015 05:19 IST TrendingMovies: SRK Thrills Edinburgh With Lungi Dance. Best Quotes From SpeechGadgets: Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale Day Three: What's on OfferSports: Zaheer Khan Open to Bowling Coach Role in Indian TeamRelatedGerman Authorities to Order Recall of 2.4 Million Volkswagen Vehicles in Emission ScandalNew Quest for Quiet on New York Taxis, Buses and TrainsA 'Modi Express' to Run in London This NovemberCoimbatore College Pays 30,000 Candle Tribute to President Kalam on His Birth AnniversaryShare this story onALSO READBihar Elections Phase 2: Spotlight on BJP ally Jitan Ram Manjhitransport rulesThane transport rulesVehiclesBuses................................ Advertisement ................................Quick LinksIndia vs South Africa 2015EPL 2015ISL 2015Live Cricket ScoreJazbaaThe WalkPanRudhramadeviNIFTY IndexBSE SENSEXMobile Finder................................ Advertisement ................................RSSNews AlertsMobileAppsAppleAndroidWindowsFacebookTwitterGoogle +LinkedInAbout UsArchivesAdvertiseFeedbackDisclaimerInvestorComplaint RedressalOmbudsmanCareersService TermsChannel Distribution© Copyright NDTV Convergence Limited 2015. All rights reserved.TweetAdd to Flipboard Magazine.
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2015-10-15Youth arrested for extortion calls to Thane based businessman - Times of India
Youth arrested for extortion calls to Thane based business man Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 15, 2015, 11.36 PM IST THANE: A 21-year-old Ahmednagar youth who allegedly made extortion calls to a Thane-based businessman has been arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane police. The accused identified as Samadhan Bansode allegedly called-up the businessman who has recently also produced a marathi movie and resides at Flower valley. last week on Wednesday on his cell phone from a local number and demanded Rs 1 crore. "Bansode threatened that paying to fail the amount would result into the death of his daughter and son. Hence, the man stopped his sending his children out of home," said a NT Kadam, the senior police inspector of AEC. The accused told to bring Rs 1 crore in a bag at Ghatkopar railway station to which the businessman readily agreed without informing police. But upon insisting by the relatives, he later changed his mind and registered a complaint with the police, said Nasir Kulkarni, the police inspector. The police traced the call and found the owner of the number belonged to a Badlapur-based housewife. Upon questioning she told the police that her cousin (Bansode) had come to their house a couple of days back and he might have stolen the sim-card, Kulkarni added. The police got the technical details from the mobile operator and Bansode's location was traced to Airoli and was arrested. Upon grilling he told the police that the victim owns a hotel in Nashik and Bansode was working as a waiter around two years back and this where he got acquainted with the family. "Greed of money and lavish life-style forced Bansode to extort and landed in our net," said Kadam.
2015-10-15Finally, three civic schools in Thane take e-way to learning - Times of India
Finally, three civic schools in Thane take e-way to learning Freny Fernandes,TNN Oct 16, 2015, 01.29 AM IST THANE: The students of three civic schools in the lake city were introduced to the concept of e-learning on Thursday, coinciding with ex-president Dr. Abdul Kalam's birthday. In an attempt to relieve children of heavy bags, the civic authorities came up with the concept of e-learning six months ago. The implementation has finally started in TMC schools in Kisan Nagar, Savarkar Nagar and Mumbra with the help of two corporates. "E-learning is a concept that will help not only reduce the weight of school bags, as it replaces text books, but also make classroom learning more lively. Civic teachers will now teach students using PowerPoint presentations and other audio-visual methods. While many private schools have already started this method of teaching long ago, we felt it was better to start it late than never in TMC schools," said Manish Joshi, additional municipal commissioner. The two corporates involved in the programme are Wockhardt Foundation and D-Mart. The TMC has also launched a school adoption campaign. "These corporates will help the TMC and civic schools with infrastructure facilities. We also urge NGOs to join in our aim to change the image of civic schools," Joshi added.
2015-10-14Tribal Village in Thane Gets Electricity Supply on 'Navratri' - NDTV
Tribal Village in Thane Gets Electricity Supply on 'Navratri' Mumbai | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 14, 2015 15:49 Joy knew no bounds for residents of a small tribal village in Thane's Wada taluka when their homes were lit with electricity for the first time on the commencement of 'Navaratri' festival. The residents of Tilmall village in Wada taluka, located about 50 kms from Thane, had never seen electric lights in their houses. However, following efforts by the villagers and local leaders, the village received power connection. A function in this regard was held at the village yesterday where former MLA Vivek Pandit, chief of the Shramajivi Sanghatana which made efforts for electricity supply to the village, switched on the power connection. The villagers were elated when their thatched huts were lit with electricity. Mr Pandit said he had taken up the issue with the district planning officials many times. The hamlet has a total of 32 families with a population of just 207. Despite the fact that Wada is near Mumbai, the village had been lacking power supply, he said adding that several other villages and hamlets in Palghar district still did not have power connections. Senior police officials in the area and other office-bearers and activists of the Sanghatana were also present on the occasion.
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2015-10-14Rare Oriental Darter bird spotten by Thane environmentalist - Times of India
Rare Oriental Darter bird spotten by Thane environmentalist Freny Fernandes,TNN Oct 14, 2015, 07.13 PM IST THANE: The rare sighting of the Oriental Darter bird at Bhandup pumping station on Wednesday morning has swept a wave of relief over environmentalists in and around the city. As the number of Oriental Darters or snakebirds, a near-threatened species of migratory birds, has been declining over the years because of the increasing pollution levels, this sighting comes as a ray of hope for the eco-system here say green activists. "The Oriental Darter bird species are water birds distributed along the coastal wetlands. They thrive in clean and unpolluted water where there is plenty of fish, as they are a majorly fish eating species," said Kishor Dudhe, a research analyst at the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). "Over the years, the high level of pollution in water bodies has made the visibility under water low as well as affected the quantity of fish, thus affecting the birds that feed on them. That is why the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has put the Oriental Darter species in the near threatened category," he added. This rare bird was spotted by Avinash Bhagat, a member of Thane based Paryavaran Dakshata Manch who recently co-authored a book on the birds of Thane creek, along with a group of 35 students of Thane's Lokpuram School during a nature trail at Bhandup pumping station on Wednesday morning. "Over the years, the number of bird species including the Oriental Darter has been on the decline because of the increasing pollution levels in the water bodies and environment as a whole here. The sighting of the near threatened species today could be an indication of declining water pollution levels here, thus giving hope of a not to ruined ecosystem in the future," said Avinash Bhagat. The last sighting of this bird in Thane was in Dombivali in 2011 by Raju Kasambe, an environmentalist who is a member of the BNHS. It was also spotted in Murbad by Avinash Bhagat and in Vasai by nature lover Amol Lopes in 2014.
Rare Oriental Darter bird spotten by Thane environmentalist - Times of India
2015-10-14Teenage boy killed by minors for refusing to share smoke in Thane - Mid-Day
Teenage boy killed by minors for refusing to share smoke in Thane By PTI |Posted 14-Oct-2015 Thane: A teenage boy was allegedly murdered by two minor boys in Bhiwandi area here over a scuffle on sharing smoke, police said on Wednesday. Inspector V K Deshmukh of Shanti Nagar police station said the incident took place last Monday and the two boys, both aged 16, have been detained. Victim Bilal Ahmed Ansari (17) was on his way to a public toilet and was intercepted by the two minors who asked him to share the 'beedi' he was smoking, the officer said. When Bilal refused to share the smoke, the two boys thrashed him up severely, leaving him dead, he said. The duo have been charged under IPC section 302 (murder) rw 34 and have been detained since both are minors. Further investigation into the matter is on, police added.
Teenage boy killed by minors for refusing to share smoke in Thane - Mid-Day
2015-10-14Man gets one year jail for raping minor in Thane - Zee News
Man gets one year jail for raping minor in Thane Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 12:42 Thane: A man has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by a district court here for raping a minor girl on several occasions between 2008 and 2009. Judge V V Bambarde held Shahzad Ali, 27, guilty of raping a minor girl under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping), 366-A (procuration of minor girl), 376 (rape) and sentenced him to one year imprisonment here yesterday. He was also convicted under relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and was sentenced to an additional six months imprisonment. Both the sentences will run concurrently, the judge ordered. Additional public prosecutor Hemlata Deshmukh told the court that the accused worked as a labourer at a plaster of paris firm and had befriended the victim (then aged 13), a resident of Karave in Navi Mumbai. He then took the girl to different cities, Nagpur, Ludhiana, and in Uttar Pradesh between July 2008 and February 2009, and raped her on several occasions. The court was also told that the accused is a native of Badarpur in Uttar Pradesh and had come to Navi Mumbai for work.   PTI
2015-10-13Thane builder's death: Suicide abatement, graft charges invoked - Mid-Day
Thane builder's death: Suicide abatement, graft charges invoked By PTI |Posted 2 hours Thane: Nearly a week after prominent city builder Suraj Parmar killed himself, police today registered a case against unidentified persons in connection with the suicide that shocked the real estate developers here. Criminal offences related to abetment of suicide and Prevention of Corruption Act were filed against unnamed persons, police said tonight. Police PRO Gajanan Kabdule said the case has been registered at Kasarwadavali Police Station under whose jurisdiction Parmar shot himself on October 7. In a 12-page suicide note found in his car, the 46-year- old realtor had cited reasons like harassment by politicians, constant demand for bribes from goverment officials and slow pace of approvals for projects, for taking the extreme step, police have said. Parmar, Director of Cosmos Group, was also President of Thane chapter of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI). After the incident, a delegation of builders led by Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, MLAs Pratap Sarnaik and Mangalprabhat Lodha met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demanded action against those named in the suicide note. According to reliable sources, the victim has named as many as six Thane Corporators in the suicide note, who he claimed harassed him for money from time to time. The police have sent the note for forensic examination. Meanwhile, the local MCHI unit has called for observance of 'black day' tomorrow. Its members will take out a protest march to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) headquarters. At a condolence meeting, the relatives and friends of Parmar demanded a probe by CBI or State CID into his death.
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2015-10-13DWIJ awards held at Thane on October 12 - Daily News & Analysis
DWIJ awards held at Thane on October 12 Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 7:35am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh On October 12, World Mental Health Day, DWIJ puraskar (award) was held in Thane. At this function, three patients who overcame their mental ailments and two of the families who supported them in this endeavour, have been awarded at the hands of renowned Marathi actors. The eighth edition of DWIJ puraskar was held at Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane, on Sunday. Out of the hundreds of applicants who had submitted their names for this award, the chosen three -- Archana Panaskar, Vinod Karule and Madhuri Madhav -- made to the merit list. They were awarded for overcoming schizophrenia and starting their life afresh, says a member of the Institute for Psychological Health (IPH). The awards not only felicitate the patients but even the family members who stood like a rock behind them and helped them to recover. Hence, three of the patients relatives - Shubhankar Paresh Keni, Madhavi Kalokhe and Asha Ingle have also been felicitated for their efforts to help the patient. The awards which have been renamed as Padma Phatak Smruti DWIJ puraskar, in the memory of Late patient Padma, have constituted a special category this year, to felicitate self-help groups involved in the work of helping patients of schizophrenia. This year, the award went to Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Maansik Aadhar Kendra, Chaalisgaon. Various dignatries like actress Vishakha Subhedar, Sunil Tawde, Dr Vidyadhar Vatwe, among others., were present at the function. Actor Nilesh Sable, who was present at the award ceremony, addressed the audience and said that everyone has some mental problem or the other. It is only after one of the mental problem reaches its peak that it becomes an ailment. Our thoughts are our friends and our teacher. They are with us when we are alone. Hence, we need to have positive thoughts, says Sable. He also stressed that if we nourish our brain with good food, then we can live longer. Actor Devdutt Nage of Jay Malhar fame asked the patients to be strong at heart and determined. He said that when we try to do something different, people often call us mad. Hence, we should ignore such people and be strong and determined.
2015-10-13Thane to host All India Table Tennis tournament from October 14 - Daily News & Analysis
Thane to host All India Table Tennis tournament from October 14 Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 7:45am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh Starting October 14 till October 19, Thane will host Mayor's cup for the All India Table Tennis tournament, wherein national as well as international players will contest in Thane's Dadoji Kondeo stadium to win the championship. Players from Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Goa, Assam, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh and other states will compete in 10 categories. Over 800 to 900 players will participate and Rs5,76,700 has been announced as the cash prize for this tournament, said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). This tournament is recognised by the Table Tennis Federation of India and Maharashtra State Table Tennis Association. National players like Sanil Shetty, Somajeet Ghosh, Abhishek Yadav, Archana Kamat, Manusha Shah, Ankita Das, Manika Batra, among others will be present. This tournament will also be semi-finals for selecting a team to represent India in international championship in future. Moreover, the team will also represent India in the Olympics, he said.
2015-10-13Thane builder suicide: Fadnavis orders police to conduct thorough probe - Mid-Day
Thane builder suicide: Fadnavis orders police to conduct thorough probe By A Correspondent |Posted 13-Oct-2015 The Maharashtra government on Tuesday directed the Thane Police to take strict action in the suicide case of builder Suraj Parmar, whose death sparked nationwide protests by realty developers. Devendra Fadnavis asked the Thane CP to take stern action and carry out a thorough investigation and register a case against the culprits in connection with this case (alleged suicide of Parmar), a release from Chief Minister's Officer said. "The CM also directed that his kin should not be troubled during the course of investigation," it said. A delegation of real estate developers body CREDAI met Fadnavis demanding strict action against the guilty. Nearly 11,500 builders affiliated to CREDAI and thousands of individuals from the construction industry today participated in the protest call of the real estate apex body against the "corrupt" and "inefficient" government system. Peace marches were taken out by various city chapters of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI) across the country, while all builders shut activities at their construction sites as a mark of respect and solidarity to Parmar, the MCHI Thane president. Over 7,000 individuals including developers and others related to the construction industry participated in a peace march in neighbouring Thane city. "The developers walked against the corrupt and inefficient government system to bring justice to Parmar and ensure that necessary steps are taken by the government to stop corruption and bring ease of doing business. Besides this, operations at sites came to a standstill," CREDAI said in a statement. MCHI-CREDAI, the Maharashtra chapter of CREDAI, said that they were conducting the march to protest against the corrupt system and ensure that necessary steps are taken by the government to stop corruption and bring about ease of doing business.The builders carried banners that read Justice for Suraj Parmar. The developers marched up to Thane Municipal Corporation where a letter was handed over to the (municipal) commissioner requesting authorities to look into Parmar's suicide, it said. CREDAI further said an appeal was also made to resolve indictment of the system and highlight issues such as endemic delays in getting approvals, deliberate delays in implementing government policy, among others. On October 7, Parmar, CMD of the Cosmos Group allegedly committed suicide as he was fed up of alleged harassment from various government departments and their repeated demands for bribes. CREDAI Western UP unit also organised a peace march in Noida Sec-63 where over 100 developers participated and handed over a memorandum to the Uttar Pradesh government. In Nashik also, CREDAI members shut the work and closed their offices.
Thane builder suicide: Fadnavis orders police to conduct thorough probe - Mid-Day
2015-10-13CEDAI's token strike today over death of Thane chapter head - Times of India
CREDAI's token strike today over death of Thane chapter head Vandana Keelor,TNN Oct 13, 2015, 09.30 AM IST Realty developers' body Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI), consisting of nearly 11,500 members, will be observing a token strike on Tuesday to mark solidarity to late Suraj Parmar, president of Thane chapter of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (CREDAI-MCHI). Last week, Parmar ended his life due to alleged harassment from various government departments and their repeated demands for bribes. All CREDAI member developers will protest by closing their offices, site offices, registration and all construction work on October 13, the first day of the Navratra festival. Members of CREDAI from Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway will hand over a memorandum to Rama Raman, Chairperson of the three development authorities governing the areas. The memorandum will enclose an appeal from CREDAI and its members to the government to create the right atmosphere of trust and co-operation. The memo will further appeal the government to take action to prevent delay in projects due to political interference and corruption so that the members could invest all their strength in building a strong nation. "The aim is to ensure that that such episodes never recur and the 'ease of doing business' can become a reality," said a member. "We have consistently sought rationalization of approval processes and single-window system but action is yet to be taken," he added. Suraj Parmar of Cosmos Group was one of the prominent names in the real estate in Thane region of Maharashtra and had delivered numerous landmark buildings across Mumbai and Thane region. In the 15-page suicide note that Parmar left behind he allegedly wrote that he had been facing "harassment" from various government departments and was tired of repeated demands for bribes.
2015-10-13Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case - Times of India
Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case Nishikant Karlikar Oct 13, 2015, 01.58 PM IST THANE: A magistrate court on Monday acquitted state minister Eknath Shinde, Thane mayor Sanjay More and 22 other Shiv Sena workers of all charges of arson and rioting registered against them in 2006. Chief judicial magistrate R M Kulkarni gave a clean chit to the accused after the prosecution and cops failed to prove their very presence at the troubled spot in Thane. Advocate Rajan Salunke, assisted by advocates KD Jadhav and Archana Pawar, informed the court that none of the accused were involved in the rioting. The team argued that the police has no evidence to prove that any of the 24 persons were present at the crime scene. The prosecution informed the court that the incident took place at a meeting held by the Thane Municipal Transport employees' union at Koli Samaj hall. A huge mob of Shiv Sena activists, led by Shinde, claimed the prosecution, barged into the hall, ran riot and damaged property and attacked some persons.
2015-10-13Thane district body need not act against erring mandals' - Times of India
Thane district body need not act against erring mandals Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 13, 2015, 02.03 PM IST THANE: After civic commission Sanjeev Jaiswal directed the erring Ganpati mandals to deposit fine of Rs 1 lakh each to the Chief Minister's (CM) relief fund, district collecter Ashwini Joshi has clarified that any action on these mandals has to be executed by the civic body . Joshi said while addressing the media on Monday , "The CM relief fund is a private trust and accepts only voluntary donations. We have no idea if any mandal has deposited funds in this account. Any action on these mandals has to be taken by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) as per the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act. Taking action on those who failed to pay the amount is beyond our ambit." As many as 137 Ganpati mandals across the city were given notices by the TMC for failing to take the requisite sanctions before organizing the celebrations on streets. The civic body had also warned of stern action if Rs 1 lakh was not paid within 48 hours. The mandals, however, cho se to ignore the notices and ha ve not paid the fine amount as directed by the civic body . The collector added that the role of the district administration was only to highlight the violations, if any , to the TMC and it was their prerogative to take appropriate action. "We prepared a list of mandals violating the norms and gave it to the civic administration," she said. The action followed a high court order asking organizers of a Ganpati pandal on the Thane-Belapur Road to pay Rs 1 lakh to the CM relief fund. The court observed that the pandal was erected without requisite permissions. The clarification issued by the Thane collector is seen as a clear indication that the district administration hasn't appreciated the seemingly hasty decision taken by the municipal authorities over the issue without consulting it.
2015-10-13Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case - Times of India
Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case Eknath-ShindeSena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case Nishikant Karlikar | Oct 13, 2015, 01.58PM ISTS THANE: A magistrate court on Monday acquitted state minister Eknath Shinde, Thane mayor Sanjay More and 22 other Shiv Sena workers of all charges of arson and rioting registered against them in 2006. Chief judicial magistrate R M Kulkarni gave a clean chit to the accused after the prosecution and cops failed to prove their very presence at the troubled spot in Thane. Advocate Rajan Salunke, assisted by advocates KD Jadhav and Archana Pawar, informed the court that none of the accused were involved in the rioting. The team argued that the police has no evidence to prove that any of the 24 persons were present at the crime scene. The prosecution informed the court that the incident took place at a meeting held by the Thane Municipal Transport employees' union at Koli Samaj hall. A huge mob of Shiv Sena activists, led by Shinde, claimed the prosecution, barged into the hall, ran riot and damaged property and attacked some persons.
Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case - Times of India
2015-10-12Thane builder's death: Suicide abetment, graft charges invoked - Daily News & Analysis
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2015-10-12Eknath Shinde, 22 others acquitted of rioting charges in Thane - Zee News
Eknath Shinde, 22 others acquitted of rioting charges in Thane Last Updated: Monday, October 12, 2015 - 20:36 Thane Chief Judicial Magistrate RM Kulkarni acquitted all of them for lack of sufficient evidence. A total of 24 Shiv Sainiks, including half a dozen women, were tried in the case of whom one Fatteh Bahadursingh died during pendency of trial. The prosecution told the court that it was during the meeting of the TMT employees Union held at the Koli Samaj hall on September 3, 2006 that the alleged accused gate crashed into the hall, ran riot and damaged property besides attacking the inmates. They were tried under relevant sections of IPC. Appearing on behalf of the accused, advocate Rajan Salunke, assisted by K D Jadhav and Archana Pawar, told the court that the accused were not at all involved in any offence as stated by the prosecution. There was no evidence to prove that they were present at the venue or involved in rioting and damge to property. The court room was packed and Shiv Sainiks who gathered in huge numbers and greeted each other after the verdict. PTI
Eknath Shinde, 22 others acquitted of rioting charges in Thane - Zee News
2015-10-12Thane Municipal Corporation files to be digitized - Times of India
Thane Municipal Corporation files to be digitized Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 12, 2015, 09.32 PM IST THANE: Tracking the path of files and documents related to civic work would soon be available at the click of a button for residents as the Thane Municipal Corporation is in process of digitizing all its records. As per plans, all filed works of nearly 27 departments from the civic body will be digitized in phases. All communications, along with notifications would be scanned and stored in the digital servers of the civic body within the next one year. There would be provision for storing all the notings made by respective departments or officials also. Users will be given a unique code and a password so that they can access the files from any terminal with an internet connection. At the same time, the civic body will also get a tab of footprints of the users. A major advantage is that approvals or observations from senior officials for any project can be done at any time and files won't remain pending even if the concerned official is on leave. The civic commissioner will also be able to access information about the files at any given time. In addition, residents who want to know the status of a file or his complaint would be able to track it digitally. The proposal was presented by the TMC administration following the mantralaya fire in 2013 following which, the general body also approved the same in 2014. The total cost of implementing the project is around Rs 12.5 crores. To begin with, the digitized documents would be available only for senior officials following which, the system would be accessible for the entire staff, inform officials.
2015-10-12Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case - Times of India
Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 12, 2015, 11.35 PM IST THANE: A magistrate court on Monday acquitted state minist-er Eknath Shinde, Thane mayor Sanjay More and 22 other Shiv Sena workers of all charges of arson and rioting registered against them in 2006. Chief judicial magistrate R M Kulkarni gave a clean chit to the accused after the prosecution and cops failed to prove their very presence at the troubled spot in Thane. Advocate Rajan Salunke, assisted by advocates KD Jadhav and Archana Pawar, informed the court that none of the accused were involved in the rioting. The team argued that the police has no evidence to prove that any of the 24 persons were present at the crime scene. The prosecution informed the court that the incident took place at a meeting held by the Thane Municipal Transport employees' union at Koli Samaj hall. A huge mob of Shiv Sena activists, led by Shinde, claimed the prosecution, barged into the hall, ran riot and damaged property and attacked some persons.
Sena minister, Thane mayor let off in riots case - Times of India
2015-10-12Thane FDA announces 24-hr control room to help patients during chemist strike - Times of India
Thane FDA announces 24-hr control room to help patients during chemist strike TNN Oct 12, 2015, 10.16 PM IST The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a 24-hour control room to assist people in securing medicines, following a strike called by chemist association on Wednesday. The chemist association called the strike to protest the sale of medicines by e-commerce firms. In order to ensure that the strike does not inconvenience the common man and patients, the FDA has set-up a control room that will provide the name of the pharmacy closest to them. The FDA has requested a few chemists to keep their pharmacy open and give the medicines to patients or hospitals who approach them.
2015-10-12Thane builder suicide case: BJP, Shiv Sena leaders meet CM, demand action - Mid-Day
Thane builder suicide case: BJP, Shiv Sena leaders meet CM, demand action By Agencies |Posted 3 hours Thane: A delegation of leaders from the BJP and Shiv Sena, along with builders from Thane and Mumbai, met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demanded strict action in connection with the alleged suicide of a Thane-based builder. President of Thane builders' body shoots himself at sample flat The delegation comprising Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, MLAs Pratap Sarnaik and Mangal prabhat Lodha, as well as 30-odd builders from Thane and Mumbai met the CM on Saturday. We demanded strict action in the suicide case of Suraj Parmar and apprised the CM of the suicide and also explained the circumstances behind Parmar's extreme step, said Sarnaik. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry's Thane unit will hold a protest march on October 13, demanding strict inquiry into the case. Names scratched out in Thane builder's 15-page suicide note On October 7, Parmar had allegedly shot himself, leaving a suicide note that said he was fed up of red-tapism that had caused extensive losses in his construction projects.
Thane builder suicide case: BJP, Shiv Sena leaders meet CM, demand action - Mid-Day
2015-10-11Mentally Challenged Girl Allegedly Raped by 50-Year-Old in Thane: Police - NDTV
Mentally Challenged Girl Allegedly Raped by 50-Year-Old in Thane Press Trust of India | Updated: October 11, 2015 12:54 A mentally challenged girl was allegedly raped repeatedly by a 50-year-old man at a village in the Thane district, police said today. The accused Yeshwant Rayat used to stalk the girl, who lived in his neighbourhood in Kamdipada village of Sahapur taluka, when she would go out for grazing the cattle, Assistant Police Inspector ND Gaikwad said.He had been following the girl for the last three months and allegedly raped her several times her by dragging her to a secluded place in a forest where she used to take cattle for grazing, he said. Fed up with the frequent sexual harassment, the girl informed her mother about it yesterday following which the duo registered a complaint with Sahapur police station. Offences have been registered under section 376 (rape) of IPC and sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Mr Gaikwad said, adding that efforts were on to arrest the accused.
Mentally Challenged Girl Allegedly Raped by 50-Year-Old in Thane: Police - NDTV
2015-10-11Three-year-old girl mauled to death by leopard in Thane village - Hindustan Times
Three-year-old girl mauled to death by leopard in Thane village PTI, Thane |  Updated: Oct 11, 2015 17:54 IST The leopard killed a three-year-old girl, after dragging her away from her hut while she was asleep. (HT File Photo) Share Share Share Share A three-year-old girl was mauled to death by a leopard at a village near Kasara in Thane district in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said. The victim, Deepali Bhagat, was sleeping beside her mother in their thatched hut at Doipada village under Sahapur taluka near Kasara when the leopard dragged away the child at around 5AM, according to the police statement. Later, the villagers found her mauled body in a nearby forest. The Kasara police went to the spot and sent the body for postmortem. Sahapur MLA Pandurang Barora said forest officials were summoned to the spot along with the medical officers and policemen. Barora said an immediate relief of Rs 20,000 has been given to the family. An additional assistance of Rs 5 lakh would be given to them within a couple of days by the forest department, he added. Tags Leopard mauls girl Leopar attacks in Thane Leopard attacks in India 3-year-old killed Leopards Share Share Share Share Read more from Livemint also read Lawyer who led attack on journalists in court arrested, granted bail 72 men, 11 machines, a city on fire: Rohtak during Jat stir Country cannot be held to ransom by agitators: SC after Jat protest Avenged Pulwama deaths by killing army captain in Pampore: LeT Show comments top news Smriti Irani takes on Opposition in debate over Vemula suicide, JNU row Actor Sanjay Dutt to walk free today, activist files plea to stay relea... Rail Budget: Suresh Prabhu to balance modernisation with financial cost most popular Communist pagal: Umar Khalid a voice of social justice, say friends Clip of Allahabad ADM urinating into river goes viral God, let this be real: Deepika Padukone signs film opposite Brad Pitt? video Feb 24 | Day’s top 3 stories Watch | Spend a starry night in Van Gogh’s bedroom replica Watch | Meet Israel’s kind-hearted bat woman don't miss Sanjay Dutt to walk out of jail with most valued possessions Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 mn for cancer death linked to talcum powder WATCH: Sunny Leone, Alok Nath will make you quit smoking in 11 Minutes photo Snapshots of the great Indian Railways circus From the archives: Sanjay Dutt’s jail travails since 1993 Saawariya to Bajirao Mastani: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his grandeur indiaworldopinionanalysiscolumnseditorialsblogsauthorscitiesdelhigurgaonnoidamumbaibhopalchandigarhdehradunindorejaipurkolkatalucknowpatnaranchisportscricketfootballtennisother sportsentertainmentmovie reviewsbollywoodhollywoodregional moviesworld cinematvmusictabloidlifestyle sex &relationshipshealth & fitnessfashion & trendsart & culturetravelbooksbrunchtechtech reviewsgadgetsappssocial media photosindiaworldcartoonssportsentertainmentlifestyletechautosvideos indiaworldsportsentertainmentlifestyletechautoseducationbusinessht-indepthreal estateautospunjabepaperweather livemintlivehindustanshineHTcampusdesimartiniht-syndication Copyright © 2015 HT Media Limited.ht delhi/ncr subscription | about us|contact us|work with us|privacy policy|disclaimer|print ad rates
Three-year-old girl mauled to death by leopard in Thane village - Hindustan Times
2015-10-1115-year-old Thane girl swims her way into international championship - Times of India
15-year-old Thane girl swims her way into international championship B B Nayak,TNN Oct 11, 2015, 03.36 PM IST City girl Trisha Karkhanis has been selected for the Pacific International School Games Swimming Championship that will be held at Adelaide in Australia next month. The 15-year-old is the only athlete from the city to be selected for the event.The district sports office recommended her name based on her performances in the recent past. Trisha's mother Purnima said, "The list of the selected athletes was released by the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) recently .Trisha was the only one from the city to find a mention of her name on the list." She has been nominated on the basis of her achievements over the years at various school, district, state and national level competitions. "The season has been quite eventful and I finally made a mark to represent the country for this international event. I will put in my best effort to bring laurels for the nation," said Trisha, who made her international debut this summer when she embarked on a mission to participate in World School Games Aquatic Championship held in Poland from April 16-21. Trisha, a student of Sulochanadevi Singhania School, has been taking part in the water sports event since several years and has won numerous medals. Trisha had won three golds and a silver medal at the national school games competition that was held at Rajkot early this year.
2015-10-11Heavy rain lashes Mumbai, 3 electrocuted in Thane district - Times of India
Heavy rain lashes Mumbai, 3 electrocuted in Thane district TNN| Oct 12, 2015, 01.00 AM IST MUMBAI: Heavy rain lashed several parts of the city on Sunday evening. There were continuous showers in areas like Ghatkopar and Kurla in the suburbs and Dadar and Matunga in the island city. In the western suburbs, areas like Andheri received rainfall. Kalyan and Thane also witnessed heavy rain. The rainfall recorded on Sunday between 8.30am-8.30pm by IMD Colaba observatory was 0.2mm and Santacruz was 2.6mm. Three people were electrocuted after a live overhead wire fell on them at Chande village in Shahapur taluka of Thane district. The victims were identified as Kanhibai Dhupari (45), her son Manoj (5) and Namdev Gangad (35). Police have registered an accidental death report. At the MMRDA grounds in BKC where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's event was held, some journalists who had come to cover the event were stranded for a few minutes. Several took shelter under a tarpaulin sheet, which also flew off due to gusty winds, which accompanied the rains. Ghatkopar resident Pravin Shah said, "While we expect the October heat to cause discomfort, these showers are welcome." The IMD Mumbai on Friday night had forecast that light rain or thundershowers may occur over the weekend. This was on account of a depression over east central Arabian sea moving northwards. "On Sunday morning, the deep depression over east-central Arabian Sea weakened into a depression at 8.30am. This caused rains in Mumbai," said a weather official.
Heavy rain lashes Mumbai, 3 electrocuted in Thane district - Times of India
2015-10-10Thane builder suicide case: He wanted a Digital Thane, says Suraj Parmar's brother - Daily News & Analysis
Thane builder suicide case: He wanted a Digital Thane, says Suraj Parmar's brother Saturday, 10 October 2015 - 7:50am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki The letter was sent to a forensic lab for investigation on Friday and results are awaited. Meanwhile Uday, Parmar's brother, told dna, Suraj Parmar In the 15-page suicide note that Suraj Parmar left behind, the Thane builder had appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a Digital India, and wanted Thane to go the same way, said sources. The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) president also mentioned being fed up with corruption. The letter was sent to a forensic lab for investigation on Friday and results are awaited. Meanwhile Uday, Parmar's brother, told dna, He was not under any debt. In fact, there were many people who had taken money from him. He was always ready to help anyone. He was happy with his family and there was no tension of any sort. He added, He (Suraj) was very creative and visionary. At the same time, he was a law-abiding citizen. I feel he was provoked to take such a step. He should have talked to us about his problems. The entire family is in a shock...relatives and friends all are depressed. We want justice to be done. He was very happy when PM Modi came up with the vision of Digital India. He was thinking of a Digital Thane. He wanted to help people who had to run from pillar to post to get any work done. He was an extraordinary person, said Uday. A person known to the family said, I felt really bad after hearing about Suraj. We want the case to be investigated by CID or CBI on a fast track basis. I think it is high time that the government did something about the problem of bribing. Corruption has touched the sky. The poor are becoming poorer, the rich, richer. There is no balance. Another family friend, Akhil Softa, said, Suraj was a fighter. Any time, any place, he was the first person to step ahead to help someone. His decision has shocked us but has also made us stand up and raise our voice against injustice. We hope that justice is not delayed in this case.
Thane builder suicide case: He wanted a Digital Thane, says Suraj Parmar
2015-10-10Builders from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane plan strike to protest against ... - Mid-Day
Builders from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane plan strike to protest against government apathy By Varun Singh |Posted 2 hours The lobby wants faster approvals, one-window clearance, time frame for passing files and relaxations from service tax, among other demands In what will be a first for the construction industry, builders are going on strike. On Tuesday (Oct 13), in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, there will be no work, no sites will be functional, no sales will take place, no office will be open and for a month, builders will wear a black ribbon as a mark of protest. All this is because builders claim that the government is not listening to their problems, and isn't coming up with any solution. In fact, builders also claim that the government has increased the problems. They say that the recent suicide by Thane builder Suraj Parmar was allegedly caused because of policy paralysis on the part of the government. Also read: Like farmers, suicide is the only option left before us, says Thane builder Builders claim projects are stuck in limbo due to the existing policy paralysis and red tape. Arvind Goel, president, MCHI-CREDAI, Navi Mumbai said, On Tuesday, all of us in Mumbai and other areas are going to go on strike. All our offices and construction sites will remain shut. This is being done, because of the policy paralysis that exists. We were expecting a lot of change in the policies after the government change and that never happened. The one-window clearance is still a distant dream and other policies haven't materialised. All this has left builders with no hope. Therefore, we have decided that we will go on strike. Policy paralysisThe builder lobby claims that files have been stuck with various authorities for months together. It also takes a lot of time to pass any file. With the development plan again going for correction, and with no guarantee that it will be passed by February, no major development has been taking place for almost a year. Sunil Mantri, President of the National Real Estate Development Council said, We are supporting the strike. The government's process is very slow and it's affecting the industry. Suraj Parmar ended his life by shooting himself in the head Another builder claimed that the suicide of Suraj Parmar is also a trigger now. We have lost a builder due to the government's policy paralysis. It took us a death to wake up to that, we need to be united to take our issues to a conclusive end, he said. Meanwhile, even consumer rights activists believe that the builders are right. Ramesh Prabhu, president of the Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association said, Consumers will have to come on the road and now fight. It's a battle for the consumer if the stamp duty is increased, and policies aren't passed, then the consumer is finally affected. Policies aren't being formulated, it's more than one-and-a-half years since the new government has come, but nothing concrete has happened. The government had said that there will be lot of relaxation in real estate (laws), but they are only levying more charges. The development plan, came with lot of errors, they are seeking more and more time and this has led to the lapse of a year. Whether it is coming in February, even that's not sure. Consumers are suffering too, because the builders are providing a product, and when the builder is facing so many hurdles, how will he give the final product to the consumer?
Builders from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane plan strike to protest against ... - Mid-Day
2015-10-09Like farmers, suicide is the only option left before us: Thane builder - Mid-Day
Like farmers, suicide is the only option left before us: Thane builder By Varun Singh |Posted 2 hours A day after MCHI-CREDAI (Thane) president ended his life, builder lobby claims more will follow suit if the existing policy paralysis continues Local authorities pay no heed to us or our files. With the formation of a new government, corruption was supposed to end. Instead, it has worsened. So where is the change? Like farmers, suicide is the only option left before us, said a local builder from Thane. Builders claim projects are stuck in limbo due to the existing policy paralysis and red tape. File pic for representation A day after Cosmos Group head and MCHI-CREDAI (Thane) president Suraj Parmar committed suicide, builders across Mumbai and its outskirts blamed policy paralysis as the primary reason for Parmar taking the drastic step. Several builders claimed major policy changes were expected with the formation of a new government. But nothing has changed. They alleged that even the draft housing policy, proposing major reforms, has gone into cold storage. Arvind Goel, MCHI-CREDAI president for the Navi Mumbai wing, said, The situation is bad. Projects are stuck in limbo. While we were expecting better policies and governance from the new government, the ground reality hasn't changed a bit. While finance from banks has dried up, private borrowing is exorbitant. Our stakes in land have gone high due to escalating prices. To make matters worse, submitted files aren't being cleared on time. This has made situation precarious for the builders, and could soon force others to take the drastic step.
2015-10-09'Where's the Promised Change?' Industry Asks After Thane Builder's Suicide - NDTV
'Where's the Promised Change?' Industry Asks After Thane Builder's Suicide All India | Written by Saurabh Gupta | Updated: October 10, 2015 00:30 IST 45-year-old Suraj Parmar shot himself dead on Wednesday at a sample flat on his project site in Thane After a prominent builder in Thane killed himself, allegedly as clearances for his projects were held up for years, the real estate industry is asking, "Where's the promised change?" "In the last couple of years, I think corruption is over but extortion has started. So, I think what was unbearable to the builder was the fact that there was no corruption in that sense of the term, but it had gone far beyond corruption levels that have ever happened," Managing Director of the Hiranandani Group, Niranjan Hiranandani said. 45-year-old Suraj Parmar, who headed the Thane wing of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) and was the chairman of the Cosmos Group, shot himself dead on Wednesday at a sample flat on his project site in Thane, leaving behind a tell-all suicide note.Sources say Mr Parmar named six local politicians and bureaucrats who were demanding bribes and holding up clearances for his projects but later scratched them out to avoid trouble for his family. "We have learned that our brother was harassed by some government officers and politicians. He always believed in rules and used to work in accordance with the rules only," Suraj Parmar's cousin, Uday, told NDTV. Thane Police officer Gajanand Kabdule told NDTV, "A suicide note has been recovered. The note is handwritten and is 12-15 pages long." The real estate industry has faced allegations of rampant bribes and illegal clearances. Industry voices say they have no choice other than paying up as the bureaucracy and red tape hold up clearances for years which leads to huge losses and sometimes extreme situations like this one. Pratap Sarnaik, the local Shiv Sena MLA claims a gang of corporators cutting across party lines regularly extort money from builders. He is now demanding the suicide note be made public. The industry says this is nothing new and till the time this continues, more such incidents could happen. Their hope, the promise of transparency, single window system and speedy online clearances, something they expect the new regime to implement.
2015-10-09School peon arrested for repeatedly raping minor girl in Thane - Mid-Day
School peon arrested for repeatedly raping minor girl in Thane By PTI |Posted 09-Oct-2015 Thane: A 30-year-old peon from a school in suburban Mulund was on Friday arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a teenage daughter of his colleague in Thane, police said. According to PSI D R Kumbhar of Vartak Nagar Police Station, the accused, Nitesh Kadam, and the girl's father worked in the same school as peons. Also, they resided in the same locality in Lokmanya Nagar here. As the father of the 17-year-old victim and Kadam were working in the same school the families knew each other well, the police official said. According to the complaint lodged by the victim last night, Kadam forcibly took her to his house in June 2013 and sexually abused her. He threatened the girl that he would kill her parents and brothers if she revealed anything about the incident. Once again this month, Kadam started threatening the girl that he would make public her pictures and forced her to accompany him, police said. He took her to an isolated place near the Ayyappa Temple in Wagle Estate and raped her again, the complaint said. Based on the complaint, the peon was booked under section 376 of the IPC and also under Sections 4 and 12 of the POCSO Act of 2012, police said.
2015-10-09Over 17L names erased from Mumbai, Thane electoral roll - Times of India
Over 17L names erased from Mumbai, Thane electoral roll Chittaranjan Tembhekar,TNN Oct 10, 2015, 01.27 AM IST MUMBAI: Ahead of the 2017 civic elections in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra, the Election Commission (EC) has deleted more than 17 lakh names from the electoral roll in the city and Thane. "A scrutiny of the voter list had revealed that several names were repeated or that many had shifted their residence. This neccessitated their deletion from the roll," said a senior EC official. "The deletions were carried out as a part of our continuous effort to avoid bogus voters. It has been done after giving proper notices and enough period for suggestions and objections. Earlier, door-to-door surveys and punchnamas in case of absence of voters were held prior to issuing the notices," state chief electoral officer Nitin Gadre told TOI. "It is the responsibility of people to ensure that their names are on the list. If they find they are not on the electoral roll, then they can register within a year and cast their vote in the municipal elections slated for January 2017," said suburban collector Shekhar Channe.
2015-10-09Police had sealed Maria's Thane house - Times of India
Police had sealed Maria's Thane house TNN Oct 9, 2015, 02.59 PM IST Continuous efforts of the detection of crime branch (DCB) to track down Kannada actress and model Maria Susairaj paid off on Wednesday when she was nabbed in Ahmedabad. The Vadodara crime branch had been on trail of Maria, who is accused in a Rs 2.68 crore cheating case, since the complaint was filed in the city in June this year. On Tuesday, crime branch sub-inspector J B Karmur got information that Maria will visit Ahmedabad in connection with her application before Gujarat high court for quashing the FIR of cheating against her. Karmur and his team reached Ahmedabad on Tuesday night and began efforts to trace her under supervision of crime branch police inspector Rahul Patel. "We had been trying to track her down with the help of her mobile phone. We informed the Ahmedabad police that Maria is in Ahmedabad and sought their help for arresting her," Patel told TOI. "We gave Ahmedabad police her last location following which she was arrested from Naroda. She will now be questioned about her accomplices and whether she cheated more persons," Karmur said. Maria had given police the slip several times in last five months. Crime branch sleuths had visited her house in Mumbai twice in last four months but she wasn't found there. She also kept changing her mobile phone almost every other week. "She used to stay in rented houses. We had even sealed the house in Thane where she last stayed. Her accomplice Paromita Chakraborty's mobile phone too always remains switched off. They knew that the police will be looking for them in connection with the cheating case," Karmur added. The police will seek Maria's remand for 10 days from a local court on Friday. Police also want to recover the money that was siphoned off after cheating three city-based travel agents.
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2015-10-08Thane: Ceiling slab collapses in tribal girls' hostel - Mid-Day
Thane: Ceiling slab collapses in tribal girls' hostel By Sameer Markande and Ankoor Anvekar |Posted 3 hours Students who are occupants of the dilapidated hostel fear for their lives; even as tribal ministry assures they will be moved out of the building The state's Tribal Ministry had brought 75 girls from adivasi areas of Thane district to Thane city with the hope of providing them with a better education and a better life. However, they seem to have fallen short in ensuring the same, since these girls have been put up in a building that could come crumbling down any minute. Bhavna Bhusare, a tribal student who resides in the building, sustained a minor hip injury after a ceiling slab collapsed in her room. Jija Padvi, warden of the hostel The incident occurred at the seven-storey Sainath Kripa building that houses the state-run hostel for tribal girls from the district. The Thane Municipal Corporation has issued an order to the building declaring it a dilapidated structure and has asked its occupants to move out immediately. The girls staying in this hostel have not been evacuated yet. All these girls are students who have migrated to the city for obtaining higher education and have been given this shelter under the state's Tribal Development Department's educational scheme. The state-run hostel in Thane was established for the development of tribal students in 2005 and can accommodate 75 girl students. While entering the premises of the building, one can clearly get an idea about the sordid state the structure is in. A non-functional lift, paint peeling from the walls and cracks in pillars dot the seven-storey building. The structure is over 35 years old and was constructed in 1980. Speaking to mid-day, Jija Padvi, the warden of the girls hostel highlighted the poor condition of the building and said that his seniors have been informed about the same. I have recently taken charge of this hostel. We are aware of its dilapidated condition and have been constantly writing to higher authorities and are awaiting their response. We cannot shift to a new place until and unless we receive orders to do so, he said. A few of the girls who were still at the hostel on Wednesday morning spoke about the condition of their rooms. I have been staying here for the past three years. Incidents of slab collapse are frequent here. Facilities are good, however, the rooms are not in good shape. The slab collapse incident on Tuesday has worried us a lot more, said 20-year-old Bhagyashree Patil, who hails from Jawhar. Officials at the hostel revealed that the girls get R900 every month for their personal expenses and are provided food and shelter for free. They are also provided with money for stationery items. We get the allowance every month and the quality of food is also good enough. What scares us is the condition of the building since our rooms are situated at a height, on the sixth floor, said Nikita Warghade, another student. Official speakSpeaking to mid-day, Kiran Mali, Deputy Commissioner of Tribal development department, Thane region, said, I have visited and seen the condition of the hostel. We have written letters to the Public Works Department and are currently looking for alternative accommodation for the girls. We have short-listed a rented place at Vashi and Borivli, however are awaiting response from higher authorities as the decision on the rent finalization is taken by them. He added that getting a new rental place to accommodate so many students is a difficult task, since the price quoted by the government authorities is less than the on going market price.A lot of people do not agree on giving their place on rent at a concessional rate. Bearing this in mind, we have also asked the TMC officials to help us get shelter for these girls in any of their vacant school buildings, Mali added.
Thane: Ceiling slab collapses in tribal girls
2015-10-08Thane: Anti human trafficking cell rescues two - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Anti human trafficking cell rescues two Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 7:30am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki The Thane anti human trafficking cell has conducted a raid on October 6, around 7pm at Murbad road, in Kalyan. They have rescued two women (major), who will be sent to the Woman Welfare home. Kalyan police said two history-sheeter women have been arrested from the spot. The two accused have been identified as Hema Dhanvani and Roshni Rodra, who are residents of Kalyan, and are in this business from past many months. The Kalyan police got the information through their sources. During investigation, the police seized Rs33,000 cash and a mobile phone. A case has been registered with the Mahatma Phule police station under section PITA (Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act). A police official from AHTC, Thane, said, We came to know about the wrongdoing through our sources. So we conducted a raid at Kalyan. Further probe is on. Behind bars Kalyan police said two history-sheeter women have been arrested from the spot. During investigation, the police seized Rs33,000 cash and a mobile phone. A case has been registered with the Mahatma Phule police station under section PITA (Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act)
2015-10-08Thane: Incomplete facilities at Sports Complex irks locals - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Incomplete facilities at Sports Complex irks locals Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 7:35am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Padmja Sinha Miffed with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) over incomplete big budget projects, Thanekars have now claimed that the Dhokali mini sports complex too falls under this category. Residents claimed that as the sports complex, which is located on Kolshet Road, was inaugurated in haste, the facilities are too are incomplete and work has completely stalled after Loksabha Elections. Pradeep Gupta a resident from the area shares though the complex was ready for inauguration but the all sports facilities have yet not been installed in the stadium which is a complete waste of tax payer's money. The project for the sports complex was proposed in 2011 and it was finally open in 2014 but Rs. 24 crore complex is yet waiting for other facilities at the stadium. Activities in and around Ghodbunder road has increased a lot as several complexes have mushroomed and there was a need to have centralized location for promoting sports facilities hence, mini stadium was proposed at Dhokali but the facilities at sports complex has not been finished yet. For the stadium the ground floor will have a double height badminton court, an administrative office and a canteen. The first floor will have a viewing gallery, carom room, chess room, a reading room, table tennis facility, play station III along with a video game room and few more but these facilities have yet not been added to the complex and residents feel that they have been cheated. For the outdoor sports activities, construction of sports playing fields such as two-lawn tennis court, basketball court along with a jogging track but apart from tennis court no other facility have been built up and residents are crying foul over this as the wait is becoming much longer. Residents want Thane Municipal Corporation officials to look into the matter as there is no other recreation space in and around GB road hence, a quick action should be taken. The delay in construction might also shoot up the construction cost which would further add to the burden of the tax payers money. Sandeep Malvi TMC PRO shares Few facilities at stadium is yet to be developed but they would come up very soon for the convenience of the residents.
2015-10-08Not offered chicken, Thane man sets wife on fire - Daily News & Analysis
Not offered chicken, Thane man sets wife on fire Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 7:55am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki The Bhiwandi police are in search of a 30-year-old labourer for allegedly setting his wife on fire under the influence of alcohol after she did not offer him chicken on Tuesday. The woman has suffered 90% burn and is currently recuperating at the Thane civil hospital. According to the police, the incident took place at Fena village when victim Tarannum Ansari's (25) six-year-old daughter wanted to eat chicken for dinner. The mother obliged, however they waited for accused Raju Ansari (30) to come home, but the father came late. Around 11.30pm, the accused came home and saw that her daughter was eating chicken, but he was not offered. Without enquiring, the accused started abusing and beating up the victim. The woman cried for help, but no one came from the neighborhood. After arguments, the accused finally pushed her outside their home and than set her ablaze. The neighbours rushed to the post, while the accused fled. She was initially rushed to the Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital, but was later shifted to the civil hospital. A case has been registered under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Investigation officer SR Patil said, The accused was not aware that his wife is offering him too, but in anger and under the influence of alcohol, he committed the crime.
2015-10-08Thane: 'Corrupt' home guard thrashed by stall owners - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: 'Corrupt' home guard thrashed by stall owners Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 8:30am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition Arvind Walmiki A home guard was thrashed by three stall owners for asking bribe to keep their business going at Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Kalyan. The home guard, Vijay Shinde, ran from the spot and took cover at Mahatma Phule police station. He also filed a case against the accused trio identified as Sudhakar Chendne, Sheru Chendne and one person who is still on the run under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). According to the information, the accused a pan shop owner, an ice-cream vendor and panipuri vendor were fed up with the daily harassment at the hands of 30-year-old home guard. Hence, when he came asking for bribe (hafta) with his friend on Monday, all hell broke loose and they started beating him. The police are investigating the matter and have seized the wooden sticks and glass pieces used to attack the victim. Shinde's friend Vijay Thorat tried to help him but he too got caught in the action. The victims, Shinde and Thorat were taken to a hospital where they were allowed to go home after being administered first aid. We are yet to arrest the accused as the investigation is on. We are talking to other stall owners as well to know the truth about the allegations levelled against the home guard, said a police official.
2015-10-08Thane: 27 villages to not participate in KDMC election - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: 27 villages to not participate in KDMC election Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 8:10am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation elections are round the corner and their share of controversies continue. The 27 villages which were included in the KDMC limits have now announced non-participation in the elections. Announcing about their decision, Gulab Vaze, president of Sangharsh Samiti, which represents these 27 villages, said, No candidate from these villages will be filling up nominations for KDMC elections. These 27 villages will have their own municipal council as per the government's decision. And the elections for the council will be held after 2-3 months. So, participation in KDMC election would be a waste of time and money, he adds. He further elaborates that even if their candidate pariticpate and wins the KDMC election and is chosen as a corporator, he will lose its validity. The corporator will again have to resign and contest for council elections. So, what is the point in contesting for KDMC, he says. He said that they are now waiting to hear about the date for municipal council elections. In June, these 27 villages were brought back within KDMC jurisdiction, after they had been seperated in 2002. The villagers allege that their basic demands like good roads, water, drainage system, were not met by the civic body and as such, they have stayed away from KDMC in the past few years.
2015-10-08President of Thane Builders' Body Shoots Himself at Sample Flat - NDTV
President of Thane Builders' Body Shoots Himself at Sample Flat Mumbai | mid-day.com | Updated: October 08, 2015 11:46 IST Suraj Parmar ended his life by shooting himself in the head. Mumbai: Fed up of the uncertainty looming over the completion of his projects, which had resulted in mounting financial losses, a reputed builder from Thane committed suicide last afternoon. According to Kasarvadavli Police, 45-year-old Suraj Ramesh Parmar, chairperson and managing director of the Cosmos Group, shot himself with his personal .32 calibre pistol in a sample bungalow at one of his upcoming projects in Kasarvadavli. Parmar - who was also president of Maharashta Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), Thane - left a 15-page suicide note, wherein he blamed red tape and non-payment of loans as primary reasons the drastic step. Cops are currently scrutinising the suicide note. He is survived by his wife and two sons, who are pursuing architecture. Parmar had been in the construction business for the last two decades and had garnered fame after executing some top-notch projects in Thane, Mumbai and Lonavla. Parmar had built several projects in Thane like Cosmos Lounge, Cosmos Jewels, Cosmos Springs and Cosmos Orchid. All his projects were constructed at prime locations. A tragic end An officer from Kasarvadavli Police said Parmar had reached his Cosmos Hawaiian project in Kasarvadavali around 1 pm. He drove alone to the site after dropping his driver at another project site, claiming that he had some personal work. He entered a sample bungalow and asked the office boy to bring him tea. It was the office boy who found Parmar lying in a pool of blood, with a gunshot wound to the right-hand side of the head. Senior police officers like Thane Commissioner of Police (Thane) Param Bir Singh and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) V V Lakshmi Narayana immediately reached the spot. Parmar was taken to Jupiter Hospital, Thane, where he was declared dead. Later, his body was sent to JJ Hospital for post-mortem. Final explanation In his 15-page suicide note, Parmar mentioned minute details about how he had fallen into a bottomless pit of loans and how his projects were getting delayed for want of permissions from civic authorities. In one of the pages, Parmar wrote that he believed the downfall started after the Income Tax Department raided one of his offices. "We are reading the suicide note, which is very detailed and claims that many of his projects were stuck. This resulted in mounting financial liabilities," said the joint commissioner of police. Builders speak "He was a dynamic person and a popular builder, who constructed flats for middle-income groups. At this moment, work is underway at 10 of his projects. Who could have imagined that such a person could commit suicide," said Sandeep Karnavat, director, Sunjana Realtors Pvt Ltd. Commenting on Parmar's death, MCHI (Thane) Treasurer Sonesh Dedhia said, "Parmar was a gentleman and would help anybody in Thane - be it small-time actors or theatre personalities. Builders are facing problems with file clearance, due to which projects are stuck in limbo. A single window system for issuing clearances is the need of the hour." Sources in the MCHI (Thane) said Parmar had tendered his resignation 10 days ago, stating that he was tied up in his work. The resignation had not been accepted. Mukesh Savla, MCHI (Thane) founder and director of Manas Group, said, "Builders are facing problems, but that doesn't mean one commits suicide. We must fight and move ahead in life."
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2015-10-08Sub-inspector held for taking bribe in Thane - Mid-Day
Sub-inspector held for taking bribe in Thane By PTI |Posted 08-Oct-2015 Thane: A police officer was arrested while he was allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 20,000, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials said on Thursday. Sub-inspector Dyaneshwar L Awte, 28, attachted to Palghar Police Station in Thane had demanded a bribe of Rs 1.50 lakh from the complainant for helping him in getting anticipatory bail in a case, an official release issued by Thane ACB unit here today said. Following the officer's demand, the aggrieved complainant filed a complaint with Thane ACB last evening. A trap was laid at the Kalwa Naka last evening and caught Awte was caugth red-handed taking Rs 20,000 as first instalment of the bribe amount from the complainant. The officer has been charged under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
2015-10-08Thane builder's suicide note blames harassment by officials, bribe demands - The Indian Express
Thane builder's suicide note blames harassment by officials, bribe demands Written by Gautam S Mengle , Khushboo Narayan | Mumbai | Published:October 9, 2015 2:18 am Suraj Parmar (46), a prominent builder in Thane who ended his life on Wednesday, is said to have alleged in his suicide note that he had been facing harassment by various government departments and was tired of repeated demands for bribes. A director with the Cosmos Group, Parmar shot himself with his licenced firearm on Wednesday afternoon inside a sample flat of an under-construction building. The police said Parmar left behind a 13-page suicide note in which he outlined the problems he was facing due to government departments as well as the bribes that he had to pay repeatedly. The suicide note speaks of several problems that Parmar was facing, including difficulties in obtaining approvals and the stop-work notices issued to him. The note goes on to say that several people were repeatedly demanding bribes, that he had already paid them a lot in the past but that their demands were still continuing and it had become too much for him to deal with. Parmar has written some names in the note but later struck them off himself. He also wrote that he was striking out the names as he was afraid his family would be harassed if he named them, said Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, V V Laxminarayan. Builders across Mumbai and Thane said the case was just the tip of the iceberg as they had consistently faced harassment by government bodies such as municipal corporations and tax departments. They said more than the downturn or slowdown, it was this harassment that was pushing them to the wall. Parmar's death has prompted builders and developers from across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region to stage a demonstration in a show of support. The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) will hold a protest in Thane Tuesday, which will be attended by builders and developers from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Parmar was heading the Thane chapter of the MCHI. Very clearly, there was no financial issue in this case. There is an issue in the way the system works. If you see all the listed companies, you will find that none of them have a margin of more than 10 per cent and I feel there is a systemic issue in the way real estate sector is taxed, said Dharmesh Jain , managing director of Nirmal Lifestyle Ltd who is currently the president of the MCHI. Vimal Shah, managing director of Hubtown Ltd, added, The approval process has become unimaginably lengthy, tedious, unpredictable and depends on the whims of individual officers. Getting approvals has become a major problem for builders and has increased the interest cost not just of the builders but also of consumers. The sentiment was echoed by several other builders and developers, who did not want to be named, saying they were afraid of being targeted by state agencies. Laxminarayan said that in the absence of clear names in the suicide note, further inquiries would be required to check for grounds for an abetment to suicide case.
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2015-10-07Thane: TMC takes stern action against illegal encroachments - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: TMC takes stern action against illegal encroachments Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 7:50am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition dna Correspondent Following the state's orders, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has taken action against illegal encroachments near the nullah to free up space. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said despite the odds and a few threat calls, the corporation has taken measures to ensure that the area is free of encroachment. Hence, 326 constructions have been demolished and action against illegal construction will continue with proper check, he said. Under the demolition drive, illegal shanties were demolished at Vartak Nagar, Naupada, Kopri, Manpada and Railadevi ward committee. The illegals shades include small shops, Chinese fast food vans and others. The corporation said it plans to extend the drive to get the desired result. Jaiswal said, We will keep hammering this and remove the encroachment twice and thrice or more, but will not promote proliferation of the same again.
2015-10-07Thane: TMC receives Rs 2.75 crore to build toilets in city - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-07Suraj Parmar, president, Thane builders body, committed suicide on Wednesday. - Economic Times
Suraj Parmar, president, Thane builders body, committed suicide on Wednesday. By Kailash Babar, ET Bureau | 7 Oct, 2015, 09.50PM IST MUMBAI: Suraj Parmar, president of the Thane unit of builders body Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), committed suicide on Wednesday. The builder shot himself at a construction site office in Thane, police confirmed, but did not comment on the possible reasons for the act. "He shot himself and has left a 15-16 page note, which our officers are going through. We can't comment on specifics as yet," Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh told ET. Earlier this year, Parmar was in the news for criticising Thane's civic body for unnecessarily delaying certain approvals for finished projects. Parmar was chairman of the Cosmos Group, a property development firm involved in construction of residential and commercial property.
2015-10-066th annual conference of Konkan parishad to be held in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
6th annual conference of Konkan parishad to be held in Thane Tuesday, 6 October 2015 - 7:30am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh Thane has a rich history of culture and tradition. No wonder, Thane is the choice of the organisers for the sixth Konkan Itihaas Parishad that will be held in January. In this parishad, besides discussing the history and cultural contribution of Konkan, renowned archaeologist and historian Dr Prakashchandra Shirodkar from Goa will also be felicitated. On January 17, the sixth convention of the parishad will be held in Thane at Anand Vishwa Gurukul. In this parishad 60 research essays on the historical and cultural importance of Konkan will be presented, says Dr Dawood Dalvi, president of the parishad. Principals and teachers from Maharashtra will participate in this parishad. Moreover, archaeologist and goan freedom fighter Dr Shirodkar will also be felicitated with Jeevan Gaurav puraskar or the lifetime achievement award in this parishad. Dr Shirodkar is the ex director of the directorate of the Archaeological Museum, Goa, and first speaker of Goa, Daman and Diu's legislative assembly. He is one of the well-known freedom fighters of Goa and has also authored several books on Goa's history and culture. Besides this, two books in the stream of history will also be awarded with Granth puraskar (award) in this parishad. Moreover, the members of this parishad will also demand a museum for the city of Thane. In the past few years, Thane city has grown exponentially and is on the way to becoming a metro, says Dalvi. Sadly we do not have a museum of our own and we have been following up this issue with various authorities. In this parishad, we will raise this issue, so that it is taken up in the legislative assembly, he says. Konkan Itihas Parishad was established on October 2, 2010, in order to promote and provide a platform to scholars, students and historians, who understand the problems of Konkan and want to do dedicated scientific study of Konkan.
6th annual conference of Konkan parishad to be held in Thane - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-0631 quacks found in Thane rural in one year - Daily News & Analysis
31 quacks found in Thane rural in one year Tuesday, 6 October 2015 - 7:35am IST | Place: Thane | Agency: dna | From the print edition Naveeta Singh In the past one year, Thane collectorate has taken action against 31 bogus doctors in the rural areas of Thane district. This information was provided by the Thane district review committee formed to keep a tab on fake practitioners. In a meeting held on October 3, the committee formed by Thane Zilla Parishad said in the last one year, they have identified 31 fake medical practitioners and have taken action against them. Of these, 13 doctors were found in Bhiwandi and 18 in Murbad. We have filed police complaint against 17 of them while others fled fearing legal action, said an official from the committee. The committee was formed in 2012 following the government resolution (GR) issued by the Medical Education and Food and Drugs Department of the state government in 2000. As per the GR, every district administration has been asked to form a district-level review committee which will ensure that strict action is taken against such quacks. This committee has to meet at regular intervals and plan action to arrest these fraudsters. This committee is headed by the district collector with officials from the health, police and other departments as members.
2015-10-06Old Woman Dies, Teenage Student Hurt in Ceiling Collapse in Thane - NDTV
Old Woman Dies, Teenage Student Hurt in Ceiling Collapse in Thane All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: October 06, 2015 23:59 IST An old woman died and a teenage student received injuries in two different incidences of ceiling collapse in Thane late evening today, the disaster control sources said. An official said that at 6 pm, the slab in the room of a 20-year-old building at Kalwa fell on an old woman who was sleeping in the house. The badly injured woman was rushed to the nearby civic hospital but doctors there declared her brought dead. The officer identified the dead lady as Sunita Jairam Revale (66). In another incident in the Kopri locality, the ceiling of a room at the government women's' hostel crashed in the evening. In the mishap, one student identified as Bhavna Bhusara, a tribal student was injured, the official said. The condition of the hostel is far from satisfactory and nearly 75 students are lodged there, he said.
Old Woman Dies, Teenage Student Hurt in Ceiling Collapse in Thane - NDTV
2015-10-06Are you recovery agents, HC asks Thane police - Times of India
Are you recovery agents, HC asks Thane police Shibu Thomas,TNN Oct 6, 2015, 10.54 PM IST Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Tuesday rapped the Thane police for allegedly acting as "recovery agents". The court was hearing a petition filed by Thane builder, Nizar Kasam (72) of Venus Developers, who claimed he was illegally arrested last year and Rs 45 lakh forcibly recovered, based on a complaint by his business partner. A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Rajesh Ketkar directed senior inspector Vishnu Valvi to explain how the Kalwa police allowed the money to be given to the complainant. "Are you a recovery agent?" the judges asked, adding that it was a matter of "serious concern". Valvi, presently attached to Shivaji Nagar police station, submitted an unconditional apology and tried to claim another officer was responsible for returning the money to the complainant. The HC gave the officer a week to engage a private lawyer, as the case concerned personal allegations against his conduct. The court also told him to file an affidavit by October 13. It also issued a notice to senior inspector A Malpekar. "It was purely a civil dispute between two business partners," said advocate Samir Vaidya, counsel for Kasam. "The police, however, acted high-handedly, illegally arrested Kasam in violation of rules and recovered the money from his friends and relatives to hand it over to the complainant." According to the petition, Kasam, his business partner, had sought return of the money he had invested in the firm in 2013. He approached three other police stations, including the crime branch, before lodging an FIR at the Kalwa police station. Kasam and other partners were arrested on July 4, 2014, and remanded to custody. This was in violation of the law, which required that for such offences a notice has to be issued and reasons recovered before arresting an accused, said advocate Vaidya. Kasam alleged that his friends and relatives were forced to pay Rs 45 lakh, which was shown as money recovered from him. The complainant filed an application for return of money and the police gave their no-objection, after which the court allowed him to claim the amount. Kasam sought an inquiry against the police officers in the case.
2015-10-06Teenage girl gangraped in Thane; three arrested - Mid-Day
Teenage girl gangraped in Thane; three arrested By PTI |Posted 06-Oct-2015 A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by two persons at a birthday bash in Thane, police said on Tuesday. According to the victim, who lodged a police complaint last night almost a week after the incident took place on September 30, said she was sexually abused between 2 pm and 6 pm that day. As per the complaint, the girl--a resident of Thane's Ghodubunder Road locality-was called for a birthday celebration that day and was picked up by one her friends Kaustub Chavan (21) on a bike after which she was taken to a chawl near Bharat English College in Kopri area. When the girl reached there, Chavan's cousin sister Deepali Ahire (25) offered her some drinks following which she allegedly fell unconscious, city police PRO Gajanan Kabdule said. Taking advantage of her state, Chavan and another friend of his-identified as Mandaar (30) took turns to rape her while Ahire stood guard watching over the criminal assault, the complaint stated. All the three accused were arrested on Tuesday after being booked under sections 376(d), 323, 366(A) rw 34 of the IPC and also 3,4,5,G of the POCSO Act of 2012. Further investigations on whether the girl was drugged or her drinks were spiked are on, police said.
Teenage girl gangraped in Thane; three arrested - Mid-Day
2015-10-06Girl gangraped at birthday party in Thane; three arrested - The Indian Express
Girl gangraped at birthday party in Thane; three arrested By: PTI | Thane | Published:October 6, 2015 3:50 pm A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by two persons at a birthday bash in Thane, police said on Tuesday. According to the victim, who lodged a police complaint on Monday night almost a week after the incident took place on September 30, said she was sexually abused between 2 PM and 6 PM that day. As per the complaint, the girl, resident of Thane's Ghodubunder Road locality was called for a birthday celebration that day and was picked up by one her friends Kaustub Chavan (21) on a bike after which she was taken to a chawl near Bharat English College in Kopri area. When the girl reached there, Chavan's cousin sister Deepali Ahire (25) offered her some drinks following which she allegedly fell unconscious, city police PRO Gajanan Kabdule said. Taking advantage of her state, Chavan and another friend of his-identified as Mandaar (30) took turns to rape her while Ahire stood guard watching over the criminal assault, the complaint stated. All the three accused were arrested on Tuesday after being booked under sections 376(d), 323, 366(A) rw 34 of the IPC and also 3, 4, 5, G of the POCSO Act of 2012. Further investigations on whether the girl was drugged or her drinks were spiked are on, police said.
2015-10-06Pfizer to sell its Thane plant to Vidhi Research and Development - Financial Express
Pfizer to sell its Thane plant to Vidhi Research and Development By PTI on October 6, 2015 All current workmen at the Thane plant shall be transferred to the buyer so as to facilitate manufacturing operations Pfizer has entered into a business transfer agreement to sell its Thane plant as a going concern to Vidhi Research and Development for Rs 178 crores. In a BSE filing, Pfizer said that it has entered into a Business Transfer Agreement (BTA) for the transfer of the company's business at the Thane plant as a going concern to Vidhi Research and Development in accordance with the terms of the agreement for a lump sum consideration of Rs 178 crores. Upon the conclusion of the BTA, all current workmen at the Thane Plant shall be transferred to the buyer so as to facilitate manufacturing operations, the filing said. In July, Pfizer announced that it will close its over 50-year old Thane plant from September 16, 2015, which was lying idle since 2013. The decision to close the site is based on an assessment of its long-term viability and its ability to achieve the needed production. There has practically been no production activity at this plant since 2013, a Pfizer spokesperson had said. The plant, which employed 212 workers, had offered a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) last year. This was taken up by as many as 132 workmen. The Thane plant was commissioned in the 1960s. It supplied drugs to both domestic and international markets.
2015-10-06Dog survives leopard attack in Thane society - Mumbai Mirror
Dog survives leopard attack in Thane society Mumbai Mirror | Oct 7, 2015, 12.00 AM IST The stray dog that survived a leopard attack on Monday night By Gitanjali Das There have been 11 leopard attacks on dogs in Thane's Owale locality since June, the residents allege. A stray dog in Thane's Cosmos Society, in Owale locality, survived a leopard attack on Monday night. The residents said that the area has seen as many as 11 leopard attacks on dogs, of which three were pets, since June. In the latest attack, the dog suffered injuries to chest, and one of its limbs had almost been ripped out. The dog rushed to the watchman's cabin where she was spotted by a few residents. The dog is now under the care of the Thane Society For Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA). Rahul Khandelwal, a resident of Cosmos society, said, that the Forest Department was alerted about the attack. Pawan Sharma, founder of Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW), an NGO that specialises in wildlife rescues, said that the area attracted plenty of stray animals because of junk scattered in open spaces, making it vulnerable to leopard attacks. "There are several construction sites, making it easy for leopards to hide," he said. In August, a Rottweiler weighing 42 kg was mauled to death by a leopard and its cub on the compound of a bungalow in Owale. The family found the carcass two days later, and blamed the Forest Department for not constructing a fence to cordon off the complex from the forest area. A few weeks earlier, a German Shepherd was attacked in another bungalow, but escaped with injuries on its neck as its cage was locked. In Pankhanda Village in Owale a few km from the societies, the residents said that leopards have killed at least seven dogs in the last few months. "We are scared for our children. The leopards venture into our locality far too often and the Forest Department is not doing anything about it," a resident said.
Dog survives leopard attack in Thane society - Mumbai Mirror
2015-10-05Senior citizen lured with ancient coins, conned of 2 lakh | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Senior citizen lured with ancient coins, conned of 2 lakh NYOOOZ Thane Mon,05 Oct 2015 Thane: A senior citizen was conned of Rs 1.69 lakh by two conmen at Jambli Naka market on Sunday. The accused claimed to have found some gold coins from an ancient era and were selling them at a low price. Nisar Kapde (64) was shopping at Bazarpeth when the duo struck a conversation with him. "One of them identified himself as Mali and said that he worked as a labourer in the area. He then claimed that he and his nephew found a pot of gold while digging a road in Mumbra. To win Kapde's confidence, the accused handed him a vintage gold coin and asked him to check the gold quality,'' said D P Boraste, senior police inspector of Thane Nagar police station. Kapde immediately went to a jeweler to verify their claims. Once the jeweler ascertained that the coin was 24 carat gold, Kapde met the accused to strike a deal, said the official. During negotiation, the accused set a price of Rs 1.69 lakh for 129 ancient coins. ''Kapde asked the accused to wait in the market while he arranged for the cash. Once the payment was made, the accused asked Kapde not to sell all the coins at one go as it would get him into trouble. Not smelling a rat, Kapde fell for it and took the coins straight home. Upon reaching, when Kapde opened the bag he was shocked to see that the coins were fake. The Thane Nagar police has registered a case under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code. The duo are on the run.
Senior citizen lured with ancient coins, conned of 2 lakh | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
2015-10-05Community cool in Thane - Mid-Day
Community cool in Thane By Fiona Fernandez |Posted 2 hours The sense of occasion was overwhelming. A scan of the crowds inside and around the church would make one imagine it was the build-up before Christmas or Easter mass. It wasn't. A few weeks back, we were privileged to witness the re-consecration of St John the Baptist Church in Thane. The 433-year-old church had been restored to its former glory, and the entire suburb, parishioners and others, had turned up to be a part of the celebration. The wooden altar, intricate sculpting, and tasteful refurbishing invited wows from all quarters. As the celebrants, comprising of the Cardinal, priests and nuns, entered the church, amidst the lilting notes of the entrance hymn, we noticed that a few women draped in traditional East Indian saris (representing one of Thane's oldest indigenous communities) and school girls from St John's dressed in Bharatanatyam costumes, were also a part of the procession. After a short performance of the dance form these little dancers did an aarti-tilak for the celebrants. What ensued for the next 90 minutes was a vibrant and inclusive celebration. The evening mass culminated in a felicitation ceremony that was held inside a shamiana erected on the church grounds. Dripping with nostalgia, it was evident that it meant the world for the many thousands who squeezed in, as speeches and a documentary detailed the arduous journey. Seated in the gathering were religious heads across faiths who came to share their wishes and support on this red-letter day in Thane's history. It was time for the vote of thanks, and a long one it turned out to be. But nobody was in a mood to leave. The conservation architect and his team who supervised the entire restoration from start to end received the maximum applause, closely followed by those who played key roles from the sculptors to the ushers, the sound technicians to the carpenters, and finally to every single contribution to rebuild the iconic church. The humongous display of gratitude by the community, for the community had to be seen to be believed. For this journalist, it was a warm, feel-good moment, as one of the city's oldest, historically-rich churches got its due. Smiles were in full display. Laughter filled the air. The plum cake served at the felicitation was relished, just as much as every moment. It was a day when Thane taught a few lessons in community living, old-school style.
2015-10-053 arrested with Rs 4 lakh in fake notes in Thane - Times of India
3 arrested with Rs 4 lakh in fake notes in Thane Nishikant Karlikar,TNN Oct 5, 2015, 12.42 PM IST THANE: Three persons, including a Bangladeshi, were arrested near the railway station on Saturday night for allegedly possessing fake currency worth Rs 4.06 lakh. The Anti Narcotics Cell jointly with Anti Human Trafficking Cell of Thane crime branch received a tip-off that the three would pass on the counterfeit currency near the railway station. Police personnel then laid a trap at an eatery near the station and arrested the trio, said a police officer. The three men arrested are Shaikdar Abdulla alias Motu Shopan Mandal (36), Mohammad Shobug Motur Khan (25) and Najmul Hasan Ahad Ali Shaikh (20). The police said upon carrying out the body search, they found that a total counterfeit currency worth Rs 42,000 in Rs 1000 notes and Rs 2,000 worth genuine currency. This was followed by a raid on a house, which yielded Rs 3.64 lakh more in fake currency. "Shaikdhar had a Bangladeshi passport. A couple of days ago, he had moved into the city with the name of Motu Shopan Mandal along with the other two accused in a room at Mumbra near," said a senior police officer. Interrogation revealed that Shaikhdhar had also procured Pan card and Aadhaar card under the name of Mandal. "We are trying to find out the other links of the accused if any as there could be many more persons living like them," said the officer. A case has been registered at Thane Nagar police station under 489 (b) (c) of IPC and relevant sections of Indian Passport Act.
3 arrested with Rs 4 lakh in fake notes in Thane - Times of India
2015-10-05Youth held for raping teenage girl in Thane - Free Press Journal
Youth held for raping teenage girl in Thane Youth held for raping teenage girl in Thane By PTI Oct 05, 2015 02:51 pm Thane: A 20-year-old youth from the district here was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl repeatedly, police said today. The accused, identified as Tushar Patil, and the 16-year-old girl were residents of same locality in Kashimira area of Thane and became friends sometime back, assistant police inspector Govind Patil said. Later, the youth wooed her to accompany him for a movie at a theatre in Dahisar. He then raped her at an isolated location in the theatre premises in July, the police officer said quoting the girl's complaint. The youth again lured the girl recently and took her to the National Park at Borivili where he again raped her, he said quoting the complaint. The girl then informed her parents about the offence following which they filed a complaint with police on Saturday, based on which the accused was arrested last night and booked under section 376 (rape) of IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the police official said. Further investigation was on into the case, he added.
Youth held for raping teenage girl in Thane - Free Press Journal
2015-10-05NLU Mumbai to begin 'controversial' campus construction by the sea near Thane - Legally India
NLU Mumbai to begin 'controversial' campus construction by the sea near Thane Maharashtra's second National Law University (NLU) would get its permanent campus in the coastal town of Uttan in Mumbai's Thane district [reportedDNA]The plot finalized for the new building is adjacent to the Maharashtra Judicial Academy in Uttan. The NLU has been forced to operate from other institutes because of lack of space for almost half a year. It is currently operating at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, ever since it was forced to vacate the Ismail Yusuf (IY) College in Jogeshwari .The report claims that even two years ago, the government had proposed to house NLU at Uttan but the plan couldn't materialize as the authorities at NLU wanted a campus closer to the city.Dr Sanjay Chahande, principal secretary of the Higher and Technical Education Department, confirmed and was quoted, We are currently in the process of finalising the land deal at Uttan, and refused to elaborate any further, saying that the issue has already been dragged in too much controversy. NLU Mumbai had begun taking admissions this year.The green light had also been given by the Maharashtra government for a national law school in Nagpur and Aurangabad, but thereappears to have been little progress other than identifying land in March.
2015-10-04Thane Forest Department plans 5-ft high walls to stop animals from falling ... - Mid-Day
Thane Forest Department plans 5-ft high walls to stop animals from falling into wells By Ranjeet Jadhav |Posted 3 hours On September 16, a leopard fell into a septic tank near Kasara. While the Thane Forest Department managed to rescue the wild cat, this was not a one-off accident. Also read: Leopard rescued from 15-ft deep septic tank in Kasara In the last two years, there have been several cases where wild animals, including leopards, jungle cats and civets, have died after falling into wells that either lack safety walls or have walls lower than three feet. To curb such incidents, the Thane Forest Department plans to conduct a survey of wells across Thane district by October end. The GPS locations of the wells without boundary walls will be plotted and walls of four to five feet in height will be constructed around them by end of next year, KP Singh Chief, conservator of Thane Forest Department, confirmed. The forest department will appoint volunteers who will visit areas along the forest patch and prepare a databank within a month and a half. The area outside the boundary of Sanjay Gandhi National Park comes under the jurisdiction of Thane Forest Department. According to forest department sources, the Mumbai range jurisdiction has between 15 and 20 such walls. In March 2013 , a six-month-old leopard cub fell into an abandoned well without a safety wall, and drowned in Yeoor. In December 2013, a black leopard fell into a well at Oni village near Rajapur, Ratnagiri. Luckily, it was rescued. In May 2015, a leopard fell into a well in Kothapur village, Pune district. It was rescued after a four-hour operation.
Thane Forest Department plans 5-ft high walls to stop animals from falling ... - Mid-Day
2015-10-04Thane Bhushan award - Times of India
Thane Bhushan award Manoj Badgeri,TNN Oct 4, 2015, 04.09 PM IST THANE: Senior politicians, actors and legal experts were some of the longtime residents of the city who were conferred with the title of 'Thane Bhushan' recently. The TMC conferred these title on the stalwarts from various filed and who have done the city proud with their work in their respective fields. The first president of the erstwhile municipal council, Vasant Marathe, was conferred the title of 'Thane Bhushan' here recently. Marathe was initially associated with the Shiv Sena and was known for his initiatives done for the city during his tenure as the Thane council president. Marathe was elected as the first president of erstwhile Thane Municipal Council in mid-sixties. Advocate Baba S R Chitnis, Krishnakumar Koli former leader of the TMC and advocate Sadanand Bhise, education activist Surendra Dighe and actor Ravi Patwardhan were also feted with the title. The award, instituted by the Thane Municipal Corporation, was given by Shiv Sena leader and guardian minister Eknath Shinde during the 33rd foundation day of the TMC.
Thane Bhushan award - Times of India
2015-10-04Rally supporting Sanatan Sanstha taken out in Thane - Business Standard
Rally supporting Sanatan Sanstha taken out in Thane Press Trust of India Thane (Maha) October 4, 2015 Last Updated at 20:42 IST A rally was today taken out in the city in support of Sanatan Sanstha, a right-wing outfit. Sanatan Sanstha has been in the lime-light after its member Sameer Gaikwad was arrested in connection with murder of CPI leader and rationalist Govind Pansare. Congress and NCP leaders have demanded an immediate ban on the outfit. Several women participated in the rally. Holding placards, they protested against demand to ban the organisation.
2015-10-02Areeb Majeed who had joined ISIS, returned to plan a suicide attack on Mumbai ... - Daily News & Analysis
Areeb Majeed who had joined ISIS, returned to plan a suicide attack on Mumbai ... - Daily News & Analysis
2015-10-02MSRDC proposes water transport across Thane creek - Free Press Journal
MSRDC proposes water transport across Thane creek By SWAPNIL RAWAL Oct 02, 2015 12:07 am The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has planned to introduce water transport service for passengers between Thane and Belapur via the Thane Creek. MSRDC, which was earlier booted out of the passenger water transport project by the state government, is now on board for the project again. We have conceptualised the project and we will approach the government with the plan for its approval, confirmed Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, MSRDC. The MSRDC, in its board meeting held on September 23, passed a decision to sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with Maharashtra Maritime Board and JNPT for the water transport project. Officials of MSRDC said the corporation has done a lot of study and has the expertise to implement the project. The eastern waterfront of the Thane Creek will be suitable for water transport with catamarans and hovercrafts as the waters are calm. Transportation service can be made available across the creek throughout the year as tidal currents have no effect on its waters. We plan to initially start the service between Thane and Belapur, said Mopalwar, adding that the service will take considerable load off the suburban rail network, which is currently the fastest mode of travel. Earlier, the plan proposed by MSRDC was a Rs 900-crore Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro-Ro) system for the Eastern Harbour from Ferry Wharf to Nerul and Ferry Wharf to Mandwa. For the West coast it had proposed a Rs 2,000-crore water transport system from Borivli to Nariman Point with stops at Marve, Versova, Juhu and Bandra. But the project was transferred to Maharashtra Maritime Board as it has the necessary expertise. Meanwhile, MMB, Mumbai Port Trust and CIDCO are working on setting up passenger water transport on the eastern waterfront with passenger terminals at Nerul, Ferry Wharf and Mandwa. The civil construction of project is estimated to cost around Rs 600 crore which all three agencies will shell out for their respective terminals.
MSRDC proposes water transport across Thane creek - Free Press Journal
2015-10-01Thane Municipal Corporation slaps fine of Rs1 lakh on 137 Ganesh mandals for ... - Daily News & Analysis
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2015-10-01Judicial review launched on Thane smelter property - YorkRegion.com
Judicial review launched on Thane smelter property Heidi Riedner A judicial review of the Environment Ministry will be a game-changer; regarding an abandoned polluted industrial site in Georgina, according to the woman who filed the suit. And she is hoping the community will help with the financial cost of getting it done. Debbie Gordon filed for a judicial review in January after discovering the ministry removed a long-standing cleanup order against the former Thane aluminum smelter property on Warden Avenue in Keswick. I believe that as Canadians we, the citizens in Georgina, have the right to have a healthy environment to live in, Gordon said. The environmental activist and former Thane public liaison committee member feels the provincial government should be held accountable for the pollution it allowed to go unabated for decades after the smelter on Warden Avenue went out of business and left a polluted wasteland in its wake. For years, Gordon has researched and met with political leaders, eventually asking the MOE to conduct an investigation. That was after meeting fellow resident Roland Peacock in 2003, who told Gordon about the pollution caused by the Thane smelter. I could not believe this contaminated site had been sitting there for decades so near a provincially significant wetland, she said. Gordon made a Freedom of Information request to the MOE and discovered that in 2000, Thane had been ordered to clean up the aluminum waste that was stored on the site. In fact, as far back as 1985, the MOE had issued a control order to forbid the stockpiling of this waste material, but, under their watch, Thane managed to amass enough that it will now cost over $3 million to remove. Thane claimed they had no money and there was no pollution despite MOEs own studies saying pollution was moving toward the wetland, Gordon said. Spending three years on the Thane public liaison committee, which was formed to solve the pollution problems of the smelter, and another year on the public input and notification committee, which replaced the public liaison committee, was an exercise in futility, Gordon said. It was clear that the MOE was standing in the way of a cleanup by refusing to cause one to be done. As it became clearer that the public expected the ministry to clean up the smelter, the ministry gave us less and less information and the committees met less and less frequently. The final straw, however, was when Gordon learned in January that the ministry had removed the cleanup order from the property in July 2014. That was on the heels of dissolving the public liaison committee in December 2013, without telling the citizens, agencies or town until months after the fact. When the town questioned the lifting of the cleanup order, the MOE stated in an email it was under no obligation to post its decision for comment or review and that this order is administrative in nature as it revokes the requirements of a Nov. 23, 2000 Provincial Officer Order. There had been no new studies or justification why after all these years the site did not have to be cleaned up, Gordon said, adding in the many studies she saw during the past 15 years, not one recommended doing nothing or said the smelter was safe for the environment. The ministry's own studies show there is harm to the organisms in the Maskinonge River wetland complex, she said. Gordon is being backed by Ecojustice, Canada's only national environmental law charity, which is paying for Gordon's lawyers and relying on donors to cover the cost. We believe we have a strong case to hold the ministry to its own scientific studies and to procedural fairness for the public, she said. While roughly $60,000 in legal fees are being covered, Gordon is still required to pay what most likely will amount to a few thousand dollars in disbursement costs. I have taken this bill on myself because I believe that this case will make a difference. I cannot, however, fund the printing and filing costs of the court case without the financial support of the community. It is Gordon's hope that anyone who is interested in getting the site cleaned up would consider contributing toward the disbursement costs. The ministry faces either taking acceptable action on the Thane Smelter to protect the environment or a potential environmental law precedent requiring them to consult the community and have scientific evidence to support their decision-making, Gordon said. Such a precedent would prevent them from revoking environmental cleanup orders in secret and without sufficient evidence that it is safe for the public or the environment, something that has become far too common. To help with disbursement costs, Gordon is selling Thanksgiving pumpkin arrangements $25 each or three for $60. As of this week, Gordon had sold 40 of the arrangements. You can pre-order and pick them up in Keswick, Oct. 8 to 10.
Judicial review launched on Thane smelter property - YorkRegion.com
2015-10-01Vasant Marathe bestowed with 'Thane Bhushan' award - Business Standard
Vasant Marathe bestowed with 'Thane Bhushan' award Press Trust of India Thane (Maha) October 1, 2015 Last Updated at 23:42 IST Vasant Marathe, who was formally associated with Shiv Sena, was today bestowed with the 'Thane Bhushan' award at a ceremony here. The award, instituted by the Thane Municipal Corporation, was given by Sena leader and Maharashtra PWD minister Eknath Shinde. Marathe was elected as the first president of erstwhile Thane Municipal Council in mid 1960's. The award was also presented to advocate Baba S R Chitnis, former leader of Thane Municipal Corporation Krishnakumar Koli, Advocate Sadanand Bhise, Surendra Dighe and actor Ravi Patwardhan. Thane MP Rajan Vichare and mayor Sanjay More were present on the occasion. Vasant Marathe, who was formally associated with Shiv Sena, was today bestowed with the 'Thane Bhushan' award at a ceremony here. The award, instituted by the Thane Municipal Corporation, was given by Sena leader and Maharashtra PWD minister Eknath Shinde. Marathe was elected as the first president of erstwhile Thane Municipal Council in mid 1960's. The award was also presented to advocate Baba S R Chitnis, former leader of Thane Municipal Corporation Krishnakumar Koli, Advocate Sadanand Bhise, Surendra Dighe and actor Ravi Patwardhan. Thane MP Rajan Vichare and mayor Sanjay More were present on the occasion.
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2015-10-01Man kills father-in-law over family dispute in Thane - Zee News
Man kills father-in-law over family dispute in Thane Last Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 15:31 Thane: A 60-year-old villager from Sahapur taluka here was brutally killed allegedly by his son-in-law over a petty family dispute, police said today. PI Sanjay Dhumal of Sahapur police station said the incident took place yesterday at Kalamb village when accused Bhagwan attacked the victim-- Dagdu Rama Waghe--with a sharp and blunt object following which he died on the spot. Bhagwan was the second husband of Waghe's daughter. She had divorced her first husband. The problem began after Bhagwan came to take his wife, who was staying at her parents' house for long. She had allegedly refused to go to the place of her in-laws. When Bhagwan arrived yesterday to fetch her, she was not present at home which infuriated him following which a quarrel ensued with the father-in-law over the matter. In a fit of rage, the accused attacked Waghe. His son filed a complaint after which the local police registered an offence under section 302 of the IPC.The body of the victim has been sent for postmortem and a hunt is on for the accused.
2015-10-01Cleanliness is next to godliness for Thane's students, faculty - Times of India
Cleanliness is next to godliness for Thane students, faculty Freny Fernandes Oct 2, 2015, 01.54 AM ISTS THANE: With the completion of a year since the launch of the Swachh Bharat campaign on October 2, students from schools and colleges in Thane have taken up the mission for cleanliness and actively immersed themselves in a string of initiatives. Students and faculty from St. Xaviers High School and Junior College, Manpada, have transformed their institute into zero waste campus. "We have kept three bins to segregate waste, one for recyclable waste, one for wet waste and for sanitary napkins. All the dry waste, except paper, is recycled, and paper is given to raddiwallas who give us story books for our library in exchange. The wet waste is converted into manure using the 10ft by 6ft vermi-culture pit we set up in the premises. The sanitary napkins collected are sent for disposal,"said Janhavi Rai, principal of the school. At the B N Bandodkar College, students from the department of environmental science have been composting the waste generated in their garden for years creating rich manure of over 600kg. Sheetal Pachpande, a professor in the department said, "Our students have been collecting fallen leaves, branches and vegetable waste and made manure of it in the bio-compost bin for years. To involve more students, we have kept smaller bio-composting bins in each department." "One of the largest issues our city faces is the absence of a dumping ground. If we reduce this waste generation by converting wet waste into manure, and recycling the dry waste, there would be no need for a dumping ground. All the other issues associated with unhygienic surroundings such as diseases, stray and rodent population rise, etc would be solved as well," added Pachpande. Revathi Srinivasan, principal of Sulochnadevi Singhania High School, said, "We have a system of wet and dry waste segregation in our school. I believe that students will understand the concept and its functioning only if they are completely involved in it."
2015-10-01Thane FDA seizes barfi worth 2L - Times of India
Thane FDA seizes barfi worth 2L B B Nayak,TNN Oct 2, 2015, 01.45 AM IST THANE: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials raided five sweet marts in Mira-Bhayandar area recently and seized 1,568kg of barfi worth Rs 2 lakh. The sweets were found stored in unhygienic conditions. The owners of the shops have been booked for storing expensive barfi in unhealthy conditions violating food safety standards. "This kind of barfi is being sold at a high price in the local markets and as the festive season is round the corner the demand for sweets will also increase. We need to crack the whip on traders who are not bothered about the health of the customers," said FDA joint commissioner Suresh Deshmukh.
Thane FDA seizes barfi worth 2L - Times of India

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