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2017-10-31Rash driving turns Thane's Ghodbunder Road into a killer spot - Mumbai Mirror
RASH DRIVING TURNS THANE’S GHODBUNDER ROAD INTO A KILLER SPOT Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 10.12 AM IST Ghodbunder Road in Thane witnessed an accident on Tuesday morning when a 20-year-old man was run over by a dumper. The accident, third in a row within a month, led to the man's death on the spot. While the dumper driver was arrested, the residents on both sides of the road are raising concerns about the increasing cases of rash driving. Tuesday's accident happened when Harpreet Singh Chaddha, a resident of Mira Road, was crossing the Ghodbunder Road on a bike. "He had come to Thane for some personal work and was on his way home, according to our information," a senior officer from Kasarvadavli police station said. However, around 10.30am, he was crushed to death by a 16-wheel dumper on the left side of the road near Gaimukh, police said. "According to eyewitnesses, he was driving behind the truck when his bike came under the dumper's back wheel," the officer said. The dumper driver immediately stopped the truck. Chaddha suffered serious injuries. "The dumper driver, identified as Shivaji Suryawanshi, called the police and waited until we took Chaddha to the hospital. Suryawanshi has been arrested for negligent driving," said inspector Nasir Kulkarni.
Rash driving turns Thane

2017-10-31The Rock slammed by BSA for Thane Kirby's 'exploitative' interview - Stuff.co.nz
The Rock slammed by BSA for Thane Kirby's 'exploitative' interview Last updated 15:36, October 31 2017 Controversial radio host Thane Kirby is in hot water again after the Broadcasting Standards Agency slapped his station The Rock with a hefty fine after ruling Kirby and co-host Duncan Heyde breached a listener's privacy in an "exploitative" and "voyeuristic" interview with a former partner. In a damning judgment, the BSA has slammed the Rock's parent company MediaWorks, and also reserved particular criticism for Kirby, who has been in trouble with the standards body before. MediaWorks moved Kirby from niche station George to primetime on The Rock last December and promised his behaviour would improve.The ruling stemmed from interviews on May 31 and June 1 this year, when Kirby and Heyde spoke to a man, called X in the judgment, about his relationship with a couple. The relationship was revealed to be an abusive one, and in a second interview with him the next day, they challenged him and demanded he apologise and not contact the couple again. One of the couple, called JN, complained the interviews breached their privacy, which MediaWorks admitted. JN had contacted the Rock before the broadcast and said she had been assured it would not go ahead; it did, then the Rock arranged for a third party, Y, to speak on behalf of the couple. When Y withdrew, they instead interviewed X for a second time.
The Rock slammed by BSA for Thane Kirby
2017-10-31Thane Smart City Project: Works worth Rs 700 crore approved - Moneycontrol.com
Oct 31, 2017 04:54 PM IST Thane Smart City Project: Works worth Rs 700 crore approved The works were approved in a meeting chaired by Board's chairman Manu Srivastava. The Board has been constituted jointly by Thane Municipal Corporation and the Maharashtra government. Various works to the tune of Rs 700 crore were today approved by the Board of Directors constituted for the Thane Smart City Project. The works were approved in a meeting chaired by Board's chairman Manu Srivastava. The Board has been constituted jointly by Thane Municipal Corporation and the Maharashtra government. Thane Additional Municipal Commissioner Sunil Chavan, who is the CEO of the Board, said Rs 119.32 crore have been approved for a new railway station which is proposed to come up between Thane and Mulund. The board also approved appointment of a consultant for the Teen Hath Naka traffic improvement programme worth Rs 299 crore, the official said. A sum of Rs 206.50 crore has been sanctioned for creek area development and beautification programmes. And Rs 7.10 crore were approved for beautification of lakes, he said.
Thane Smart City Project: Works worth Rs 700 crore approved - Moneycontrol.com
2017-10-31Seeking justice, rape accused to go on hunger strike at Thane jail - Free Press Journal
Seeking justice, rape accused to go on hunger strike at Thane jail Oct 31, 2017 08:05 am Mumbai: Raj alias Hari Shankar Awadh Shukla (35), a rape accused who is presently lodged at the Thane central jail, will be going on an indefinite hunger strike again. Shukla was arrested on December 13, 2016, on charges of raping a 13-year-old minor girl at Mahatma Gandhi Mission school at Navi Mumbai. On Wednesday, Hari had written to Thane Magistrate court judge T T Jadhav that he would be going on hunger strike from November 14, if his demands were not met. The letter also states he wants a narco-analysis test to be conducted on him and the rape survivor. He has also demanded a DNA test be conducted on the girl’s boyfriend and one of her cousins.
Seeking justice, rape accused to go on hunger strike at Thane jail - Free Press Journal
2017-10-30Builder seeks gangster's help for getting share | Thane News ... - Times of India
Builder seeks gangster’s help for getting share Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 23:54 IST THANE: The anti-extortion cell is hunting for Bhandup-based gangster Amit Bhogle and his aide Abhijeet Jadhav following a complaint of extortion demand of Rs 30 lakh against them by a labour contractor-cum-builder. Bhogle, a former member of Kumar Pillai gang, who is said to be a habitual offender and has been involved in serious offences, including murder and his aide Jadhav, have been named as accused in the complaint. The duo are presently absconding, the police informed TOI. It is learnt that the contractor was acquainted with Bhogle and had in fact sought his help to secure his part of the payment from his business partner. "The complainant was one of the three partners in a construction project at Ajdepada in Dombivli. However, after some dispute between the partners and the complaint was denied his share of funds and he decided to approached Bhogle, on whose intervention, he was issued two cheques of Rs two lakhs and Rs six lakhs," a police officer said. While the contractor enchased the Rs two lakh cheque, Bhogle demanded he be paid Rs six lakh for his services, police said."The gangster collected Rs 2 lakh in cash and the balance funds were transferred into the account of his friend via RTGS. He then raised a demand of Rs 30 lakhs from the complainant," informed the officer. The complaint also stated that the gangster and his men threatened to eliminate him if he fails to fulfil his demands. The Rabodi police has registered offence under sections 384,385,387 and 34 of the IPC police station and are on the lookout for the duo. The complainant was one of the three partners in a construction project at Ajdepada in Dombivli. However, after some dispute between the partners and the complainant was denied his share of funds. That's when he decided to approached Bhogle, on whose intervention, he was issued two cheques of Rs two lakhs and Rs six lakhs.
2017-10-30Thane: From capes to witch hats, city spooks up for Halloween - Times of India
Thane: From capes to witch hats, city spooks up for Halloween Oct 30, 2017, 23:55 IST THANE: The city markets have been flooded with Halloween decorations. From spooky masks to decorations and accessories, the stalls have them all. From capes, fangs, horns, witches' hats and other accessories, Thaneites have a lot to choose from. Halloween, which was celebrated only in the west, has picked up steam in the country. Over the years its popularity has been increasing. Youngsters dress up in gothic or fictional characters. "I have lived in the UK for most of my childhood and Halloween celebrations there were always extravagant. However, once I shifted here in class IX, which was three years ago, I was disappointed to find that people used to never celebrate it here. But now the trend has been picking up steam. I was surprised when I was invited to a Halloween party at a friend's place last year. This year, I not only have three spooky themed parties to go for, but also have shops in my area selling interesting costumes," said Anya Shetty, a Gaondevi resident. Sharmishta Dey (23), a Hiranandani Meadows resident, said, "I have always missed out on Halloween parties because they mostly used to take place in Mumbai. I wasn't allowed to travel so far so late. However, this year I have five Halloween parties to attend in Thane itself. So, I have selected five different costumes to wear at each one." Costume stores who usually await fancy dress competitions for their sales to hit the roof have found a new season of financial profitability with the growing popularity of Halloween. Dressing in a spooky costume has become like a trend during this time. Unlike before, people had to travel all the way to Mumbai to get their costume. But now city stores have them all. Mohan Bamne, owner of a costume store in Namdevwadi area, said, "Since last year, there has been a lot of demand for masks and costumes in our store. As these youngsters mostly use it only for a day, many take it on rent instead of buying it. While the witch outfits and angel outfits are popular choices among women, the scary demon masks and costumes of scary characters are popular amongst the young boys." The upcoming pubs in the city have also been organising a string of events with spooky themes to meet this demand for the crazy. "Earlier those who wanted to celebrate Halloween in the city were forced to celebrate it at home or go to places in Mumbai because of the lack of options here. So, we decided to organise an event with a Halloween theme which applies to the decor, food, drinks and the dress code, and put it up on social media," said Vihar Paymode, co-founder of a cafe and bar in Kothari compound.
2017-10-30Nagubai Niwas: Unsafe building razed amid opposition | Thane ... - Times of India
Unsafe building razed amid opposition Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 00:07 IST THANE: The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation(KDMC) started the demolition of the dilapidated Nagubai Niwas structure in Dombivli on Monday amid initial opposition from the residents. An excavator was used to demolish parts of the first two storeys of the structure after installing necessary safety measures to prevent the structure from toppling over neighbouring buildings. "We are carefully demolishing the structure as it is leaning dangerously towards one side and could possibly damage an adjoining structure. The entire process will take few days," informed P Velarasu, municipal commissioner of KDMC. "We have so many memories attached with our home and all of a sudden it is being demolished and we have been rendered homeless," said a resident. Meanwhile, residents claimed to have nowhere to go as the administration hasn't offered them any alternate accommodation as promised. However, officials said they have offered temporary stay at 15 flats at a transit camp in Dombivli (east) but no residents have applied for it till Monday evening.
2017-10-29Greater Mumbai slowing down, Thane district's economy may double in future - Times of India
Thane district's share in Maha GDP on rise, may overtake Mumbai's in future Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 09:04 IST MUMBAI: Thane district is expected to replace Greater Mumbai as the prime economic hub of the state. The projection has been made by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Delhi, in its report 'Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies for Maharashtra'. Recommendations from the report were recently approved by the state cabinet for implementation as part of the government's action plan for climate change. TERI started work on the report in 2010 and submitted it to the government in 2013 but it was formally accepted only early this month. The report states Mumbai's percentage contribution to the state GDP is expected to decline as it reaches saturation. TERI has projected Thane to grow at 8.1% annually till 2051, while Greater Mumbai is expected to grow at a slow pace of 4.1%. "Although this is a stark change it is not a surprise since Thane is geographically adjacent to Mumbai, and with severe space constraints in Mumbai, Thane has started to develop rapidly and in the future could be expected to take over Mumbai as the prime economic hub of the state," the report states. It paints a grim picture for Mumbai vis-a-vis other districts in the state. "While in 2001 the top three districts Thane, Mumbai (suburban) and Pune contributed to around 35% of the state's GDP, in 2051 Mumbai (suburban) was replaced by Nashik as one of the three largest districts, and along with Pune and Thane contribute 36% of the state's GDP," reads the report. The Economic Survey of Maharashtra (2016-17) figures for gross district value added shows Mumbai is the largest contributor to the state GDP and has maintained a steady 35% lead over Thane since 2011-12. The projected decline in Mumbai's relative growth rate vis-a-vis Thane is still to materialise. Economics professor Sangita Kamdar at the School of Business, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Vile Parle), said Mumbai's prohibitive land prices were pushing industries to Thane and Pune. "Mumbai will eventually become a financial district. It is not that Mumbai will decline, but the other districts will catch up with Mumbai as manufacturing moves to these districts and generates employment," she said.Climate Change Impact The projected decline in Mumbai's GDP growth rate has not factored in any impact of sea level rise or climate change. The report states Mumbai is vulnerable to sea level rise. The net level sea rise trend for Mumbai is 1.2mm/year.Quality of life, especially in the island city, may also be adversely impacted with warm nights and maximum discomfort from felt temperatures. According to TERI, Mumbai region will experience temperatures in 2030 higher by 1.3-1.4 degrees Celsius over normal temperatures during 1970-2000. The city's minimum temperature is also expected to increase by 2030, translating to warmer nights and associated discomfort. Explaining the phenomenon of warmer nights, Dr P K Nandankar, Indian Meteorological Department (Pune) said in coastal areas there is an abundance of moisture in the atmosphere which causes discomfort. On account of clouding, excess heat radiated from the earth does not escape into the atmosphere but is trapped in clouds, further increasing the temperature.
2017-10-29No space on stn, Thane GRP crime branch working out of Byculla - Times of India
No space on station, Thane GRP crime branch working out of Byculla Oct 30, 2017, 00:41 IST MUMBAI: For the past three months, Thane crime branch unit of Government Railway Police (GRP) has been functioning out of Byculla as they haven't been allotted space at Thane station. On an average, nearly 15% of the crimes on the suburban Central Railway network are reported at Thane station and in its vicinity."We have written several letters to CR requesting space allocation at Thane for a crime branch unit, but in vain," said an official. "Everytime a suspect is detained at Thane, he has to be brought to Byculla for questioning. It is time consuming and puts a strain on our limited manpower." The deputy commissioner's office at Byculla is presently housing the Thane unit on its ground floor. There are a total seven GRP crime branch units on both CR and Western Railway.According to GRP, the highest number of mobile thefts on CR this year took place in Kurla, followed by Thane—between January and May, 183 cases were registered in Kurla, 177 in Thane, and 148 in Dadar. On Friday, a robber, perched on a pole adjacent to the railway tracks at Kopri in Thane, jumped into the ladies compartment, assaulted and robbed a passenger, Samiksha Markande, of her cellphone, and escaped. Markande is an MNS party worker. A CR spokesperson said they regularly interact with IPS officers in GRP and it's an 'internal matter which can be easily resolved', but GRP sources complained of 'stepbrotherly' treatment by CR. "GRP outposts are in pathetic condition. There is no separate room for women staffers and night escort personnel have to sleep on the platform after duty ends," said an official.
2017-10-29Man loses Rs 4L to conman for son's job - Times of India
Man loses Rs 4 lakh to conman for son’s job Oct 30, 2017, 00:40 IST THANE: A 59-year-old man has been duped of Rs 4 lakh by a Mumbai-based conman who lured the former by offering a government job for his son at Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The victim told the police that he came in contact with the accused in October 2016 who told him that his son, who is an engineer, could 'easily' get a job in BSNL. "He flaunted his contacts and convinced them that the youth would get a permanent post as junior engineer," an officer said. The victim also paid the conman Rs 4 lakh in parts. He realised his mistake when his son didn't get a call from BSNL and the accused also snapped contacts with him. The fraudster is on the run. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App. Download The Times of India news app for your device.
2017-10-29Thane: Unsafe building residents retrieve valuables - Times of India
Thane: Unsafe building residents retrieve valuables Updated: Oct 29, 2017, 23:53 IST THANE: Harried residents of the dilapidated Nagubai Niwas building in Dombivli (west) heaved a sigh of relief on Sunday after municipal authorities allowed them to retrieve their valuables and essentials from the structure which was evacuated following fears of its collapse. Nearly 65 of the 72 families managed to retrieve their essential items till late on Sunday evening while the remaining would be allowed on Monday before the structure is pulled down. The residents evacuated the structure late on Friday after it started developing cracks and a part of the building started sinking. The KDMC, after consulting the experts, decided to allow one member from each family to go inside the structure along with firemen for 10 minutes .
2017-10-29Nominees of Governor on Mumbai Ubiversity panel face flak - Times of India
Nominees of Governor on Mumbai University panel face flak Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 00:33 IST MUMBAI: It was believed that after then Mumbai University vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh was directed by governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to go on leave, he would quit. When he did not oblige, Rao had to relieve Deshmukh, who achieved the dubious distinction of being the first Mumbai University VC to be dismissed. In July, Raj Bhavan officials had realized that there were problems in the varsity's examination section. Rao had called chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, education minister Vinod Tawde and additional chief secretary Sitaram Kunte to probe the matter. Later, Shivaji University VC Devanand Shinde was given additional charge of the varsity. Rao initiated several measures to redress grievances of students affected by non-declaration of results and other issues, but experts said it was high time to examine the roles of the governor's nominees on the varsity's statutory bodies, the Raj Bhavan secretariat, and higher and technical education department. Raj Bhavan has an education cell to monitor the performance of universities across the state. There is an independent section in Mantralaya to review the performance of universities. Rao will have to examine if there was dereliction of duty and why his nominees on the varsity's statutory bodies did not alert him on the state of affairs. Moreover, despite Raj Bhavan directing Deshmukh to quit on September 24, he did not oblige and waited patiently for his dismissal.
Nominees of Governor on Mumbai Ubiversity panel face flak - Times of India
2017-10-29'Need reform plans for brainwashed youngsters' - Times of India
‘Need reform plans for brainwashed youngsters’ Updated: Oct 29, 2017, 22:46 IST When the Kalyan-based family of a reportedly slain ISIS recruit, Fahad Shaikh, were informed about the death of their 26-year-old son in Syria, the pain and grief soon turned into anger against the government. The key complaint, as one of the relatives confided, was "lack of a humane strategy" to persuade misguided youngsters like Shaikh to return home. The government needs to have a soft approach and win the confidence of such radicalized youths. It is to be kept in mind that one of the Kalyan youths, Areeb Majeed, who too had joined the ISIS, returned home only to be locked in a high security prison and has been facing a long trial. "Majeed should have been the showcase candidate where he could have been given an opportunity to transform and to change his mind-set. Today, that opportunity has been lost. Those who could be thinking of returning home feel it is better to stay there than end up the rest of their lives in dark dungeons and in court trials,'' a relative of the youngster had recently said. The comment has triggered a debate with a section believing that the Shaikh's family was not "qualified to lecture the government on the reforms and rehabilitation of radicalized youths". "By blaming the government, they are merely debating the consequences. They are shifting their guilt and own failure in comprehending the changes in their sons. Family plays the most important role in increasing resilience and defeating extremist tendencies. Convincing and converting these youths into jihad did not happen overnight. What were the parents and relatives doing when all this was happening right under their nose?'' questioned a Mumbra-based youth who is associated with Students Islamic Organisation (SIO). Criminal physcologists and police officials dealing with such terror-related cases, however, believe that there is a need for a counter strategy to deal with terrorism and violence. "We could take a leaf from the reform and rehabilitation policy for naxalites which was initiated by then home minister R R Patil. Those who are willing to give up their guns are provided with cash and there is a rehabilitation plan which will ensure that they can support their families.The same could be introduced for such misguided youths who are being brainwashed into believing either a political or a fanatic religious concept,'' a senior police officer said. Snehill Dhall, a criminologist, said there was an urgent need to put in place a counter-radicalization policy.Former ATS chief Rakesh Maria too had taken up this initiative and transformed a group of about 25 youths and brought them to the main stream with a concrete rehabilitation plan. Experts believe that if a de-radicalization policy is implemented at the earliest, it would directly combat the ISIS ideology from spreading its roots to India.
2017-10-29Lift mishap kills labourer in Naupada - Times of India
Lift mishap kills labourer in Naupada Updated: Oct 29, 2017, 22:45 IST Thane: A 38-year-old construction worker was crushed to death in a material lift when the cable wires snapped and brought the luggage loader down from the sixth floor at the site managed by Tropical Elite group near Naupada police station recently.Ashok Kumar was in the lift with a sack of cement around 2.30pm when the elevator wire snapped and the lift dropped to the ground, grievously injuring the labourer. Kumar was brought to the civil hospital by fellow workers but was declared dead on arrival. The victim, who hails from Bihar, along with his younger brother and a cousin were working as daily wage labourers with Uday Structure Private Limited. In his complaint, Kumar's 62-year-old father, a farmer, said he received a call from his nephew around 3pm on the day of the accident. His son's body was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem. The body was taken to Bihar for the final rites after a complaint was lodged. Construction site supervisor, Jay Kishore Mehta, a resident of Ghodbundar road has been booked under section 304A for causing death by negligence and section 287 for negligent conduct with respect to machinery.
2017-10-29Thane Government Railway Police: No space on station, Thane ... - Times of India
No space on station, Thane GRP crime branch working out of Byculla Oct 30, 2017, 00:41 IST MUMBAI: For the past three months, Thane crime branch unit of Government Railway Police (GRP) has been functioning out of Byculla as they haven't been allotted space at Thane station. On an average, nearly 15% of the crimes on the suburban Central Railway network are reported at Thane station and in its vicinity."We have written several letters to CR requesting space allocation at Thane for a crime branch unit, but in vain," said an official. "Everytime a suspect is detained at Thane, he has to be brought to Byculla for questioning. It is time consuming and puts a strain on our limited manpower." The deputy commissioner's office at Byculla is presently housing the Thane unit on its ground floor. There are a total seven GRP crime branch units on both CR and Western Railway. According to GRP, the highest number of mobile thefts on CR this year took place in Kurla, followed by Thane—between January and May, 183 cases were registered in Kurla, 177 in Thane, and 148 in Dadar. On Friday, a robber, perched on a pole adjacent to the railway tracks at Kopri in Thane, jumped into the ladies compartment, assaulted and robbed a passenger, Samiksha Markande, of her cellphone, and escaped. Markande is an MNS party worker. A CR spokesperson said they regularly interact with IPS officers in GRP and it's an 'internal matter which can be easily resolved', but GRP sources complained of 'stepbrotherly' treatment by CR. "GRP outposts are in pathetic condition. There is no separate room for women staffers and night escort personnel have to sleep on the platform after duty ends," said an official.
Thane Government Railway Police: No space on station, Thane ... - Times of India
2017-10-29Nagubai Niwas building: Thane: Unsafe building residents retrieve ... - Times of India
Thane: Unsafe building residents retrieve valuables Updated: Oct 29, 2017, 23:53 IST THANE: Harried residents of the dilapidated Nagubai Niwas building in Dombivli (west) heaved a sigh of relief on Sunday after municipal authorities allowed them to retrieve their valuables and essentials from the structure which was evacuated following fears of its collapse. Nearly 65 of the 72 families managed to retrieve their essential items till late on Sunday evening while the remaining would be allowed on Monday before the structure is pulled down. The residents evacuated the structure late on Friday after it started developing cracks and a part of the building started sinking. The KDMC, after consulting the experts, decided to allow one member from each family to go inside the structure along with firemen for 10 minutes .
2017-10-2924 hawkers, MNS men held; Sanjay Nirupam in FIR - Times of India
24 hawkers, MNS men held; Sanjay Nirupam in FIR Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 02:55 IST MUMBAI: The police have arrested 24 persons, including hawkers and MNS workers, for Saturday's violence in Malad, and registered three offences. On Saturday afternoon, following a rally called by city Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, hawkers attacked MNS workers at Malad station, inviting heavy retaliation in the evening. An officer said that in the first case of assault, in which MNS worker Sushant Malavade was seriously injured, seven hawkers have been arrested under the charges of attempt to murder and causing grievous hurt. In the second case (evening's incident) 17 MNS workers have been arrested under the charges of wrongful assembly and rioting. The police have also registered an FIR against Nirupam for holding a public meeting (of hawkers) without seeking any permissions and for delivering a "provocative speech", which the police say prompted the hawkers' attack on the MNS. A senior police officer said that for such charges as against Nirupam, arrests usually are not made.In the attack on him, Malavade sustained a fracture on the right hand and head injuries, but is now reported to be out of danger. Three other MNS workers sustained minor injuries. Reportedly, the Shiv Sena is unhappy that sons of the soil have been attacked by hawkers. The party is planning a response. Nirupam said the hawkers acted in self-defence as MNS workers had been on a spree targeting them and the government hadn't stepped in to control the situation. He charged the government with promoting the Raj Thackeray-led MNS against hawkers.
24 hawkers, MNS men held; Sanjay Nirupam in FIR - Times of India
2017-10-29Greater Mumbai slowing down, Thane district's economy may double in future - Times of India
Thane district's share in Maha GDP on rise, may overtake Mumbai's in future Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 09:04 IST MUMBAI: Thane district is expected to replace Greater Mumbai as the prime economic hub of the state. The projection has been made by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Delhi, in its report 'Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies for Maharashtra'. Recommendations from the report were recently approved by the state cabinet for implementation as part of the government's action plan for climate change. TERI started work on the report in 2010 and submitted it to the government in 2013 but it was formally accepted only early this month. The report states Mumbai's percentage contribution to the state GDP is expected to decline as it reaches saturation. TERI has projected Thane to grow at 8.1% annually till 2051, while Greater Mumbai is expected to grow at a slow pace of 4.1%. "Although this is a stark change it is not a surprise since Thane is geographically adjacent to Mumbai, and with severe space constraints in Mumbai, Thane has started to develop rapidly and in the future could be expected to take over Mumbai as the prime economic hub of the state," the report states. It paints a grim picture for Mumbai vis-a-vis other districts in the state. "While in 2001 the top three districts Thane, Mumbai (suburban) and Pune contributed to around 35% of the state's GDP, in 2051 Mumbai (suburban) was replaced by Nashik as one of the three largest districts, and along with Pune and Thane contribute 36% of the state's GDP," reads the report. The Economic Survey of Maharashtra (2016-17) figures for gross district value added shows Mumbai is the largest contributor to the state GDP and has maintained a steady 35% lead over Thane since 2011-12. The projected decline in Mumbai's relative growth rate vis-a-vis Thane is still to materialise. Economics professor Sangita Kamdar at the School of Business, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Vile Parle), said Mumbai's prohibitive land prices were pushing industries to Thane and Pune. "Mumbai will eventually become a financial district. It is not that Mumbai will decline, but the other districts will catch up with Mumbai as manufacturing moves to these districts and generates employment," she said. Climate Change Impact The projected decline in Mumbai's GDP growth rate has not factored in any impact of sea level rise or climate change. The report states Mumbai is vulnerable to sea level rise. The net level sea rise trend for Mumbai is 1.2mm/year. Quality of life, especially in the island city, may also be adversely impacted with warm nights and maximum discomfort from felt temperatures. According to TERI, Mumbai region will experience temperatures in 2030 higher by 1.3-1.4 degrees Celsius over normal temperatures during 1970-2000. The city's minimum temperature is also expected to increase by 2030, translating to warmer nights and associated discomfort. Explaining the phenomenon of warmer nights, Dr P K Nandankar, Indian Meteorological Department (Pune) said in coastal areas there is an abundance of moisture in the atmosphere which causes discomfort. On account of clouding, excess heat radiated from the earth does not escape into the atmosphere but is trapped in clouds, further increasing the temperature.
Greater Mumbai slowing down, Thane district
2017-10-28Thane: Man booked for running over stray dog - Mumbai Mirror
THANE: MAN BOOKED FOR RUNNING OVER STRAY DOG Updated: Oct 28, 2017, 08.04 AM IST The man after injuring the dog first time, rammed his car into it again and then for the third time run over it despite being warned by the guard to keep off, police said after viewing video footage of the incident. While Naupada police have lodged an FIR and seized the vehicle, the man is absconding. The incident happened on October 24. The accused, identified as Girish Sant, was in his Ford EcoSport when the incident happened in his housing complex - Nivara Palmsprings Society in Thane. "Animal welfare officer Sanjeev Dighe lodged the case with us, after he received a video clip of the incident," said inspector Prakash Patil. "The CCTV footage clearly shows that the man killed the dog intentionally and that it wasn't an accident," Patil added. In the CCTV footage, available exclusively to Mirror, Sant first rams into the stray dog, injuring his hind legs. He then backs up and rams into it again, injuring him further. He then backs again and this time, the guard of the society steps out and asks him to turn his vehicle the other side, but Sant turns the vehicle, allegedly aiming for the dog, and runs over him, killing it on the spot. The man doesn't stop to even take a look at the dog and speeds away. Animal welfare officer Dighe said, "I was sent the clipping of the CCTV footage by an animal lover on October 26. When I went to the society to enquire about the incident, I was told that Sant had been negligent in driving in the past as well. I was told how he had almost run over a dog before and how he had broken the cap of a water tank in the society premises while driving rashly." Dighe further adds, "The way he rams into the dog the second time and how he precisely ran over the dog's head, killing it, shows how merciless and murderous he is." After Dighe complained, an FIR was lodged against Sant under sections 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc., of any value or any animal of the value of fifty rupees) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 11(1) (L) (punishment for killing animals cruelly) of prevention of cruelty to animals act. According to Inspector Patil, "We saw the video footage and then decided to lodge the sections, because this is not at all accidental case. This is cold blooded murder of a living being." According to Patil, when cops went to arrest Sant, his house was locked. "We have, however, seized the car Eco Sport bearing number MH 04 HX 4717 and are looking for him. He will soon be arrested and presented before the court," Patil said.
Thane: Man booked for running over stray dog - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-28Mumbai CP cries foul after Thane cops overstep jurisdiction to arrest Iqbal Kaskar - Mid-Day
Mumbai CP Cries Foul After Thane Cops Overstep Jurisdiction To Arrest Iqbal Kaskar Oct 28, 2017, 10:15 IST | Suraj Far from taking them one step closer to catching underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, the arrest of his brother Iqbal Kaskar seems to have launched a sort of gang war between the Thane and Mumbai Police. The clash of cops was sparked after Thane officers barged on to Mumbai Police's turf without warning to pick up Kaskar last month. As many as 25 Thane cops had raided Kaskar's hideout at Gordon Hall Apartments in Nagpada on September 18. Led by ACP NT Kadam and encounter specialist Senior Inspector Pradeep Sharma, the cops stormed into the house and arrested Kaskar on extortion charges. The arrest had been planned well in advance, but the Thane Police kept their strategy under wraps until they got their hands on Kaskar.
Mumbai CP cries foul after Thane cops overstep jurisdiction to arrest Iqbal Kaskar - Mid-Day
2017-10-28Dombivli building sinks 15 inches, residents flee - Times of India
Dombivli building sinks 15 inches, residents flee Updated: Oct 29, 2017, 10:56 IST THANE: Panic gripped Devi Chowk area, a middle-class settlement of Dombivli West, when a 35-year-old dilapidated building suddenly began to sink late on Friday due to a major structural damage. Around 250 residents of Nagubai Niwas immediately evacuated their homes and spent the night outside. Civic corporation officials said they will have to demolish the structure as it could pose a risk to the neighbouring buildings too, as by Saturday evening, one of its sides sank nearly 15 inches and the cracks on the main structures began to widen. The first signs of distress were noticed around 9pm on Friday when one of the columns and ceiling slabs in the ground-floor tenement of Shashi Pawar, a resident, developed cracks and rubble began to fall. Pawar alerted his neighbours, a few of whom complained of similar cracks. A quick assessment of the building by some of the residents revealed that something was amiss and they decided to evacuate it and simultaneously alert civic officials. Within minutes, most residents of the ground-plus-four-storey structure rushed out with whatever they could lay their hands on.Civic officials blamed poor maintenance of the structure as one of the possible reasons for the damage. The structure has 72 flats, mostly procured under the pagdi system. Maintenance was always an issue with the residents. The RCC structure is owned by three local developers and a part of the building had recently undergone repairs. A resident said they paid Rs 25,000 each for the repairs. Municipal officials said they had classified the structure as dangerous and now will have to reclassify it for immediate demolition. Area corporator Shailaja Dhatrak said they have been requesting KDMC to assess damaged structures and ensure rehabilitation of residents. A few families were rehabilitated in schools and community halls while others managed to relocate to relatives' places. A decision to raze the structure was yet to be taken at the time of going to press.
2017-10-28Thane police did not follow the procedure, have apologised: CM - Mumbai Mirror
THANE POLICE DID NOT FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE, HAVE APOLOGISED: CM Updated: Oct 29, 2017, 02.44 AM IST FINAL WORD on Thane police-Mumbai police standoff over gangster Iqbal Kaskar’s arrest Thane CP Parambir Singh stresses that the matter got resolved after he personally met his Mumbai counterpart DD Padsalgikar. In what is likely to cause fresh embarrassment to Thane cops, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the police force of the neighbouring city has expressed regrets for keeping its Mumbai counterpart out of the loop while arresting Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar from a house in Nagpada last month. While he didn’t say it in as many words, Fadnavis, while replying to a question from Mumbai Mirror, lent credence to reports that the Mumbai Police were upset with the Thane cops for stepping in their territory and arresting Kaskar from right under their nose without informing them. However, the chief minister stressed that there is no jurisdictional dispute between the police forces of the twin cities and that the “issue is sorted now”. “They (Mumbai Police) have not written to us formally, but they have objected to the manner in which Thane Police arrested Kaskar. Mumbai Police’s contention is that Thane Police should have informed them before carrying out the operation. Thane Police have also admitted that they should have kept the Mumbai Police force posted about the arrest. But this issue is sorted now,” Fadnavis said. Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Mumbai Commissioner of Police (CP) DD Padsalgikar has lodged a protest with SK Shrivastava, additional chief secretary (home), against the Thane police. But Fadnavis maintained that Thane Police did not goof up. “As per information available with me, Thane Police met Mumbai Police and expressed regrets. They promised to follow the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) during such operations henceforth,” CM added. Thane CP Parambir Singh also stressed that the matter got resolved after he personally met Padsalgikar. However, he didn’t say whether any apology was tendered or not. “After arresting Kaskar, we made an entry at Nagpada police station. There is no dispute between Thane and Mumbai police. I have personally met Mumbai CP,” Singh told Mirror. Padsalgikar, known as a man of few words, refused to say much on the spat over jurisdictions. Asked if he had written to the state government against the Thane Police, the Mumbai CP offered a clipped reply, “Nothing in this regard has been conveyed by us in writing.” Kaskar was arrested by the Thane Police’s anti-extortion cell on September 18 after a Thane-based businessman alleged that he had been getting extortion calls from fugitive don Dawood’s brother. The arrest was made by controversial senior PI Pradeep Sharma, who had been suspended in connection with the killing of Chhota Rajan’s aide Ram Narain Gupta, alias Lakhan Bhaiya, in an encounter in 2006. He had been reinstated in the force only this May. After the high-profile arrest, Mumbai Mirror carried two stories that raised serious questions about Kaskar’s arrest. In the first report on October 2 (Dance bar shimmy puts jeweller who complained about Kaskar in a spot), Mumbai Mirror exposed how a Thane jeweller, who had also complained against Kaskar, had been caught on camera partying with Kaskar’s aide Mumtaz Shaikh, who has been named in the complaint too, at a Mulund bar. The photographs left the cops baffled and a probe was launched. On October 25 (Intel report punches holes in Thane cops’ Kaskar arrest story), Mumbai Mirror again revealed that an assessment by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has said that Kaskar was not involved in extortion activities, thus punching holes in Thane Police’s story about the arrest. According to Thane cops, Kaskar has been running a thriving extortion racket primarily in Thane, with the help of Chhota Shakeel. However, after interrogating Kaskar, the IB seems to believe there is no tangible evidence to link Kaskar with extortion. “We can’t confirm his involvement in cradling pan-city extortionrelated activities,” the IB note reads. The IB’s assessment even goes on to say that Kaskar’s revelations “do not match up with the claims made by the police”.
Thane police did not follow the procedure, have apologised: CM - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-27Pole thieves strike at thane commuter - Times of India
Pole thieves strike at thane commuter Oct 27, 2017, 21:24 IST THANE: The notorious railway pole thieves struck at a female commuter between Mulund and Thane stations Friday evening. Two youngsters perched on a pole adjoining the railway tracks near Kopri bridge and hit the female passenger's hand with a rod forcing her to drop her mobile while she was standing on the footboard of a running local train. Luckily, the victim, a MNS functionary from Thane, managed to mantain her balance else would have fallen off the running train. The lady said she was travelling back home and was standing at the footboard of a local as Thane station was approaching. "Suddenly as the train was passing Kopri, I felt a sharp pain on my wrist leading me to drop my mobile. All I could see was two young boys perched atop a pole with a stick in their hands waiting to hit at hapless commuters. Somehow I managed to regain my balance and not fall off the crowded train," said the victim. The lady immediately registered a case with the Thane Railway police and gave a description of the boys.
2017-10-27Ticket demand high for this Fitton speaker (hint: it involves Fiona) - Hamilton Journal News
Ticket demand high for this Fitton speaker (hint: it involves Fiona) Ginny McCabe Contributing Writer 1:18 p.m Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 Local News HAMILTON – Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will make a special appearance in Hamilton as part of the Celebrating Self luncheon series at the Fitton Center on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director of the Fitton Center, said ticket pre-sales are at 135 guests with a week to go, and this is the highest presale of any Celebrating Self event. Maynard’s upcoming visit also will be the highest-selling Celebrating Self event to date — adding to a season already off to a great start. “The Fitton Center has now sold-out its first three shows of the year, so we’re thrilled. ‘Celebrating Self’ has had unprecedented attendance this year in pre-sales, so we’re incredibly excited about our sales for the season, and how well the season has been received by our patrons, both by our members and the general public,” MacKenzie-Thurley said.As director of the Cincinnati Zoo, Maynard is internationally known for his innovation and dedication to wildlife preservation, research and education. Maynard is also an author of more than a dozen books, including “Hope for Animals and Their World,” which he co-authored with Jane Goodall. As a radio show host of his nationally-syndicated program “The 90-Second Naturalist,” he provides science and environmental news on radio stations across the country, including stations like WVXU, locally. Maynard said he will talk about the Cincinnati Zoo – where the zoo’s at and where they’re headed. He will also share some hopeful stories about species that are making a comeback. “If you open any newspaper today, or magazine, you will see bad news about nature. Twenty-five years ago, you had to get a scientific journal article to find out about that, but today it’s everywhere. Whether that’s climate change, poaching or over population – nature is under siege. But, with that said, there’s also ample good news about species that are making a comeback,” Maynard said. He said, “Right where you are in Hamilton, 30 years ago it was difficult to see a Bald Eagle, and it was impossible to see a Peregrine Falcon, and both species have made a comeback. If you go outside today and really look, you can see a Bald Eagle and a Peregrine Falcon right inside the City limits.” When Maynard speaks, he usually gets asked a variety of questions – from “How’s Baby Fiona?” and “Why doesn’t the zoo have more parking?” to “What’s next at the Cincinnati Zoo?”
Ticket demand high for this Fitton speaker (hint: it involves Fiona) - Hamilton Journal News
2017-10-27Thane man puts his 1000 plus books on sale for Rs 50000, says it is as difficult as giving away babies - Mumbai Mirror
THANE MAN PUTS HIS 1000 PLUS BOOKS ON SALE FOR RS 50000, SAYS IT IS AS DIFFICULT AS GIVING AWAY BABIES Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 09.11 PM IST A Thane-based man has opened his impressive book collection that consists of over 1000 titles for sale for Rs 50,000. Deepak Singh Bisht, who hails from Uttrakhand, has decided to let go off his "treasured collection" as he is moving out of the city. "I have to shift to another city, so we have decided to sell our books. It isn't easy to move houses and logistically it seems, under the current situation, very difficult for me to take all these books to Uttarakhand, where I am moving," Bisht told Mirror on the phone. The 39-year-old man claims to have gathered the books over a time span of over 15 years. "It is a very difficult decision of my life. But I have to do it. It feels like giving away your babies to someone else," he said, He posted his detailed offer on social media groups, which also mention that Bisht is willing to sell his books in bits. He claims that his entire collection, which is a diverse mix of classics, non-fiction, fiction, autobiographies, self-help and nearly every genre, is worth more than a lakh. "Painstakingly, I made a rough calculation of just my new books and they are above 70k. So, I'm assuming my entire collection is above a lakh. Phew! I never thought of that while they were sitting in nooks and crannies of my house," he mentioned in his Facebook post. His collection boasts of the famous series by Steig Larsson, Lee Child, Dan Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, Brian Weiss, Dale Carnegie, James Patterson, Lance Armstrong, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, several biographies among others best-selling titles.Determined to start over with re-building his collection, he said, "I have been an eager person and a voracious reader all my life. After letting go, I have understood the art of acquiring quality reads over the years. So now, I can rebuild my collection with fine reads again once I settle down." When questioned if he has considered giving away some books for charity or social causes, he replied, "I need charity myself!" Coming from a humble background, charity has always been a part our lives. However, certain times in life, we do what we have to do." Bisht, who aspires to be a writer, has an assorted professional life. He has worked as a fitness trainer, call-centre executive and sales manager and has lived in different cities. He now wishes to use this perspective to build the foundation for putting together interesting reads.
Thane man puts his 1000 plus books on sale for Rs 50000, says it is as difficult as giving away babies - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-26Thane cops to rethink invoking MCOCA charges against Iqbal Kaskar - Mumbai Mirror
THANE COPS TO RETHINK INVOKING MCOCA CHARGES AGAINST IQBAL KASKAR Updated: Oct 26, 2017, 07.49 AM IST IB's assessment that Dawood's brother is not involved in extortion leads to development. After having been pushed on the backfoot after an Intelligence Bureau (IB) assessment poked holes at the Thane police stating that Dawood Ibrahim's brother, Iqbal Kaskar is not involved in extortion activities, the cops may be prompted to do a rethink on seeking Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) provisions against him. According to sources in Thane police, the application of MCOCA hinges on certain conditions. The IB assessment, which runs counter to the organised crime and extortion charges against Kaskar, is what may prompt the cops to do a rethink on seeking MCOCA provisions. According to Thane cops, Kaskar has been running a thriving extortion racket primarily in Thane, with the help of Dawood aide Chhota Shakeel. Mirror reported on October 25 that Kaskar's revelations, when the IB interrogated him, did not match with the claims made by the police. Kaskar spawns no criminality now, says the IB assessment. Kaskar is also high on drugs and not in the best of health, say IB officials. Kaskar was arrested on September 19 by the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell, led by encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma. Sharma told Mirror on Wednesday, "There is evidence against Kaskar and we are going to submit that in court."
Thane cops to rethink invoking MCOCA charges against Iqbal Kaskar - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-26State CAG audit points out to Rs 1.56 crore loss in TMC waste disposal over the yrs - Times of India
State CAG audit points out to Rs 1.56 crore loss in TMC waste disposal over the years Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 00:28 IST THANE: An audit by the state comptroller and auditor general (CAG) has punched holes in the waste disposal process of the Thane civic body pointing out to financial losses to the tune of Rs 1.56 crore over the last few years. The report for 2016 released recently points out how waste collection vehicles have been making additional trips of around 26 km daily and clocking extra mileage thus leading to financial expenditure losses for the civic body. In a particular instance, the audit has pointed out how trash collection vehicles from Mumbra collect waste from the distant suburb and come to the refuse transfer station at CP tank in Thane for compacting before being taken back to the dumpyard using the same route. The audit says the refuse vehicles deployed for the job in Mumbra have been travelling 13 km from Mumbra to Thane and again back to the dumpyard at Diva i.e around 20 km totalling to around 33 km from Thane for the last four years. Interestingly, the dumpyard is barely at a distance of 7 km from Mumbra. The auditors have pointed out each of the TMC vehicles that could have made a trip of just seven kms is making nearly 26 km of extra runs. It was also noted that the corporation hired a contractor for lifting the trash from the ward to the RTS while another was deployed to transfer the same from the RTS to the yard. The first contractor was hired in March 2012 for Rs 7,100 for trips to be made between Mumbra and Thane. Meanwhile, in October 2012, an additional contractor was hired and paid Rs 226-290 for transferring the same compacted trash from Thane to the Khardi yard. In all, the TMC could have saved Rs 1.56 crore, pointed the report. "The Mumbra ward is located between the RTS and the dumpyard. The vans have been coming down 7 km to CP tank area in Thane and then going back to the Khardi dumpyard that is located nearly 13 km away from the lake city," said the report. TMC officials said the access to the yards was not good and there was resistance from locals to dump garbage without compacting but the same was apparently trashed by the CAG. City activists have meanwhile lashed out at the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for the excessive wastage of public money and have also raised questions if there were any tabs kept on the movement of trash and the vehicles. "What is the proof that the vehicles of the contractors may have travelled the distance? The administration should come out clean on this issue," said an activist from Thane. The audit says the refuse vehicles deployed for the job in Mumbra have been travelling 13 km from Mumbra to Thane and again back to the dumpyard at Diva i.e around 20 km totalling to around 33 km from Thane for the last four years
2017-10-26State CAG audit points out to Rs 1.56 crore loss in TMC waste disposal over the years - Times of India
State CAG audit points out to Rs 1.56 crore loss in TMC waste disposal over the years Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 00:28 IST THANE: An audit by the state comptroller and auditor general (CAG) has punched holes in the waste disposal process of the Thane civic body pointing out to financial losses to the tune of Rs 1.56 crore over the last few years. The report for 2016 released recently points out how waste collection vehicles have been making additional trips of around 26 km daily and clocking extra mileage thus leading to financial expenditure losses for the civic body. In a particular instance, the audit has pointed out how trash collection vehicles from Mumbra collect waste from the distant suburb and come to the refuse transfer station at CP tank in Thane for compacting before being taken back to the dumpyard using the same route. The audit says the refuse vehicles deployed for the job in Mumbra have been travelling 13 km from Mumbra to Thane and again back to the dumpyard at Diva i.e around 20 km totalling to around 33 km from Thane for the last four years. Interestingly, the dumpyard is barely at a distance of 7 km from Mumbra. The auditors have pointed out each of the TMC vehicles that could have made a trip of just seven kms is making nearly 26 km of extra runs. It was also noted that the corporation hired a contractor for lifting the trash from the ward to the RTS while another was deployed to transfer the same from the RTS to the yard. The first contractor was hired in March 2012 for Rs 7,100 for trips to be made between Mumbra and Thane. Meanwhile, in October 2012, an additional contractor was hired and paid Rs 226-290 for transferring the same compacted trash from Thane to the Khardi yard. In all, the TMC could have saved Rs 1.56 crore, pointed the report. "The Mumbra ward is located between the RTS and the dumpyard. The vans have been coming down 7 km to CP tank area in Thane and then going back to the Khardi dumpyard that is located nearly 13 km away from the lake city," said the report. TMC officials said the access to the yards was not good and there was resistance from locals to dump garbage without compacting but the same was apparently trashed by the CAG. City activists have meanwhile lashed out at the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for the excessive wastage of public money and have also raised questions if there were any tabs kept on the movement of trash and the vehicles. "What is the proof that the vehicles of the contractors may have travelled the distance? The administration should come out clean on this issue," said an activist from Thane. The audit says the refuse vehicles deployed for the job in Mumbra have been travelling 13 km from Mumbra to Thane and again back to the dumpyard at Diva i.e around 20 km totalling to around 33 km from Thane for the last four years
State CAG audit points out to Rs 1.56 crore loss in TMC waste disposal over the years - Times of India
2017-10-25Flat extorted by Kaskar & aides may be attached - Times of India
Flat extorted by Kaskar & aides may be attached Oct 25, 2017, 06:55 IST THANE: The anti-extortion cell of Thane police is likely to attach a flat extorted from a builder in Kasarwadavli area by Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides, sources say . According to police, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) provides for the investigators to attach properties purchased with money earned through crime. Kaskar and his two aides - Israr Sayeed and Mumtaj Shaikh- have been allegedly threatening a prominent builder in Thane using Dawood's name since 2013 and extorted four flats from him. "Three flats were sold to others, while the fourth one was occupied by Mumtaj. This flat in which Mumtaj was living could be attached under MCOCA," a police officer explained. The police are probing if there are other such immovable properties procured by the accused. "Such properties would be identified and attached under MCOCA," said a police officer. The police are yet to get the custody of the four accused--Kaskar, Shaikh, Sayeed and Pankaj Gangar --in the MCOCA case for further probe.
Flat extorted by Kaskar & aides may be attached - Times of India
2017-10-25What To Expect From Tomorrow's Thane vs. Thanos Fight - Screen Rant
What To Expect From Tomorrow’s Thane vs. Thanos Fight Thane has the power of the Phoenix and is using it to inflict catastrophic damage across the universe in order to please Death, and to stop him, what was once Thane’s team of Nebula, Starfox, and Tryco Slatterus now has to rely on Thanos to be the hero. Jeff Lemire’s awesome cosmic adventure saw Thanos and and his son Thane battle it out in Thanos #11 – while Death watched with glee – as the planet they fought upon blew up. The issue ended with Thane, Thanos and the others, now back at the God Quarry, the source of Thanos’ rejuvenation, and it all ends this week with Thanos #12. Screen Rant has the exclusive preview for the final part of this story, with wonderful art by German Peralta and a gorgeous cover by Mike Deodato Jr.. Check out Deodato Jr.’s issue 11 cover and thank us later – it’s one for the ages!
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2017-10-25Metro between Kalyan-Bhiwandi & Thane to cut down travel time - Times of India
Metro between Kalyan-Bhiwandi & Thane to cut down travel time Oct 26, 2017, 00:50 IST THANE: The freshly approved metro connect between Thane and Bhiwandi-Kalyan could soon cut down the travel time between these cities to barely 40 minutes compared to the present arduous two hour journey made via the dense road or railways. The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the 24-km-long ambitious fifth metro line. TOI Thane was the first to report last year about the state plans to connect these three growing cities on the fringes of Mumbai through the metro connect. Presently, it takes nearly two hours to reach either of the cities and during peak hours it takes even longer. The route is not only densely populated but the narrow road and inadequate transport modes of transport between the cities adds to the inconvenience of commuters. In addition, the heavy influx of private transport and freight vehicles on the route often leads to massive pollution. Commuters will no longer be required to rely only on the dense road or circuitous railway routes to reach their respective destinations along the busy corridors once the six coach metro rakes are made operational on the route, say experts which will also considerably reduce the pollution impact in the area. The planning authority had earlier proposed a monorail but following initial feedback from experts, the metro connect was approved later. "The metro link will drastically cut down the travel time to around 40 minutes once made fully operational. There are 17 halts provided to the route and will prove to be an eco-friendly alternative on the otherwise dense corridor," informed a MMRDA official requesting anonymity. Speaking about the necessity of the metro link in this area, a MMRDA official informs that a transportation strategy was devised by the planning agency few years back that hinted a near double population growth and employment avenues for Kalyan and Bhiwandi. As per the study, Kalyan would see nearly 46 lakhs residents staying here by 2031 which is nearly 100% more than the 23 lakh population recorded in 2005 while in neighbouring Bhiwandi, the numbers would rise to 13lakhs from the 6.8lakhs recorded in the base year. Thane traffic officials estimate a nearly 5-6lakh volume of traffic that moves daily between Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan at present which is likely to increase in the next few years. Officials foresee a simultaneous increase in traffic due to employment generation in these areas with Kalyan and Bhiwandi collectively witnessing 18lakh people travelling to them in the next 15 years, which is nearly three times the existing count. A notable drift of these passengers could be from Mumbai and Thane thus necessitating the metro link, informed a highly placed officer. Shiv Sena MP from Kalyan, Shrikant Shinde, who had recommended a metro connect to these distant suburbs said the approvals comes as a big relief to commuters from these areas. "The areas beyond Thane have seen a huge growth in population in recent years. However, the modes of transportation have remained limited causing immense inconvenience to them. We have been regularly following up with the regional authority for connecting the three cities on the metro map," he said.
2017-10-25TMC plans sops for hsg socs conserving green cover in city - Times of India
TMC plans sops for hsg socs conserving green cover in city Oct 26, 2017, 00:57 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) now wants to encourage residents to participate in conservation of the green cover in their respective areas. A feasibility for introducing tax incentives to societies contributing to green cover conservation is being worked upon. This may be presented for approval at the general body soon. The issue was discussed at the first meeting of the newly elected tree authority meeting last week wherein it was stressed upon to bring in more transparency of the authority and involve the common man in conserving the green cover. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal suggested residents to work with the TMC by adopting gardens, trees planted on road and footpaths in their respective areas, the idea being welcomed by members. Members also suggested introducing some tax incentives for such societies as a token of appreciation. The TMC has assured to work on the issue of doling out sops to societies promoting green initiatives and present the same for approval by the next meet. "We have suggested residents be involved in tree plantation and conservation plans in the city. We are also exploring the possibility of giving tax incentives to such residential societies that are actively involved in tree plantation or conservation or any other sustained initiative to improve the green cover in the city. Residents will definitely join if the movement is incentivised," said a senior staff. Meanwhile, the members also announced that around 25,000 trees will be added to the cityscape in the coming months. The trees include some of those that would be transplanted for accommodating civic works in various parts of the city while new others would be planted in place of those that cannot be transplanted at private properties for development of real estate projects. In addition, zero agenda meets will be dedicated solely for discussions on improvement and conservation of green cover. Further, Jaiswal has expanded the ambit of the tree authority to include conservation of gardens and lakes in the city limits. "The tree authority isn't limited just to decide on chopping or trimming permissions but has to involve a holistic approach towards conservation of the green cover in the city. We will also take up issues related to safeguarding the green patch and water bodies of the city," said Jaiswal. Environment activists from the city have lauded the initiative and suggested the corporation be careful and deploy experts while planting or transplanting trees in the city. "There has to be a systematic manner in which trees and their variants are planted. Adequate space should also be identified considering the growth of these trees lest they end up getting tangled and uprooting due to lack of space in future," cautioned an expert. We have suggested residents be involved in tree plantation and conservation plans in the city. We are also exploring the possibility of giving tax incentives to such housing societies actively involved in tree plantation or conservation or any other sustained initiative to improve the green cover. Residents will join if the movement is incentivised
2017-10-25TMC, cops manage to keep pvt vehicles, hawkers away from stn - Times of India
TMC, cops manage to keep private vehicles, hawkers away from station Oct 26, 2017, 00:52 IST THANE: The ambitious station traffic management plans at Thane station was finally flagged off on Wednesday morning amid mixed response from commuters and motorists. The day one of the plan implementation remained largely hassle free with motorists and activists in for a surprise due to the diversions at the stretch early morning. As per the plans, vehicular traffic was completely barred from accessing the road touching the railway station premises adjoining the platform number 2 at Thane west. The heavy police presence ensured hawkers were kept away. Auto rickshaws that formed a major part of the traffic at the spot were strictly regulated in three lanes along the designated stand. The adjoining lane was used by intercity taxi services while the last one will be earmarked exclusively for passage of ambulances and other government vehicles. The plan saw initial resistance from few auto unions, but was eventually executed. "An auto union staged a protest against the sudden implementation of the plans without consulting them," said a civic official. However, few bikes were still seen parked at the stretch despite police presence while some fleet cab drivers managed to sneak into the lanes in the first half of the day prompting the traffic police to install bollards at the spot. Commuters welcomed the move as the exits remained decongested. "The station area seemed free for passengers. We never imagined walking down to the station could be so effortless," said Sanjay Kulkarni, a commuter from Thane. The Thane municipal administration that has drawn up plans for permanently clearing up the 300-m-long concourse connecting the station road said they will take a final decision on the traffic management only after taking feedback from passengers.
2017-10-25One dead, 2 bikers hurt in separate road accidents - Times of India
One dead, 2 bikers hurt in separate road accidents Oct 26, 2017, 00:53 IST THANE: One person died and two others suffered grievous injuries in two separate road accidents at Kopri and Ghodbunder road in 48 hours. In the first incident, a bike-borne 27-year-old man died after his vehicle skid near Mulund check naka on Tuesday morning. "According to an eye witness Himanshu Rajput, the deceased, Shankar Kir— a resident of Andheri— skid and fell on the road. Rajput, who was behind the deceased's bike immediately stopped his motorcycle and went to help Kir. The victim was rushed him to a nearby private hospital. However, the victim was declared dead on arrival," said an officer from Kopri police station. A case has been registered with the Kopri police. In another incident, two persons suffered grievous injures after an unidentified vehicle rammed into their bike at Patlipada flyover on Monday night. "The victims Kamlesh Kuril (41) and Nanki Kuril (35) were heading towards Ghodbunder Road when an unidentified vehicle rammed into them. They were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where they are being administered treatment. We are checking the CCTV footage to identify the vehicle that caused the accident. The accused has been booked for rash driving, causing grievous injuries and under various Sections of the Motor Vehicles Act," said an officer from Chitalsar police station.
2017-10-25Thane family receives call: Son in Islamic State killed in Raqqa battle - The Indian Express
Thane family receives call: Son in Islamic State killed in Raqqa battle Fahad Sheikh had left for Iraq in May 2014, as part of a pilgrimage group, travelling with Majeed, Tanki and Tandel. New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2017 9:12 am Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, one in a four-member cell of students from Maharashtra’s Thane who became the first Indians to join the Islamic State, has been killed fighting near Raqqa last week, his family has been told by an anonymous caller. Sheikh was the last surviving member of the cell, following the arrest of Areeb Majeed, and the killing of Sahim Tanki, and Aman Naim Tandel. “Late Tuesday, my wife received a call from a foreign number from someone who told us our son had been killed,” said Dr Tanvir Sheikh, Fahad Sheikh’s father. “She was distraught, and did not note down the details the caller offered about what had happened and where.” National Investigation Agency sources said Dr Sheikh had telephoned the organisation immediately after receiving the call, adding that they were now working to trace its origin. Sources, however, said there were no means available to independently verify the circumstances of Sheikh’s death, given violent and anarchic conditions in the area. Fahad Sheikh had left for Iraq in May 2014, as part of a pilgrimage group, travelling with Majeed, Tanki and Tandel. The four men then drove from Baghdad to Mosul, before disappearing into Islamic State-held territory. Family members said Sheikh, an engineering student, had misled his parents into believing he was leaving home to take up a job in Mumbai’s Bandra area.Little has become known of Fahad Sheikh’s motivations, and how he financed his trip to Iraq. Having graduated in mechanical engineering, Sheikh had completed a course in air-conditioner fitting and maintenance, and was seeking employment at the time he left for Iraq. “He had a job offer paying Rs 300,000 a month from Kuwait,” Dr Tanvir Sheikh said. “I cannot understand why he betrayed us.” Aman Tandel, who is thought to have been killed in a December 2016 airstrike, appeared in a propaganda video released by the Islamic State last summer, vowing to return to India “with a sword in hand, to avenge the Babri Masjid, and the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, in Gujarat, and in Muzaffarnagar”. In the video, he paid tribute to Shaheem Tanki, on the eve of graduating from high school at the time the group left India, who had been killed in combat earlier the same year. Areeb Majeed, who was also an engineer, returned to India after being injured in combat, and is now being prosecuted by the NIA. Intelligence sources said Sheikh may have been among the 300-odd jihadists who staged a last stand against Kurdish forces at a Raqqa sports stadium and a hospital, even as their commanders debated whether to surrender to forces that were closing in. Forces from the Kurdish Yekîneyên Parastina Gel, or Peoples’ Protection Militia, are believed to have killed dozens of the Islamic State’s foreign fighters in the last days of the battle for Raqqa, after receiving informal instructions not to take prisoners. Brett McGurk, top United States envoy to the anti-Islamic State alliance, recently told Dubai based al-Aan television that his “mission is to make sure that any foreign fighter who is here, who joined ISIS from a foreign country and came into Syria, they will die here in Syria”. “If they’re in Raqqa, they’re going to die in Raqqa,” he added. France’s Defence Minister, Florence Parly, also appeared to allude to a take-no-prisoners policy, telling Europe1 radio “if the jihadis perish in this fight, I would say that’s for the best”. Even though European governments have publicly said they are committed to protecting the legal rights of their nationals fighting with the Islamic State, none has issued a statement expressing concern about their fate. The fate of several other Indians known to have been in jihadist-held territories now recaptured by the Syrian government and Kurdish forces remains unknown. Former Mumbai eye-hospital worker Abu Rashid, wanted by the NIA for his alleged role in the Indian Mujahideen’s urban terror strikes, was among those who appeared in the Islamic State video, warning the Government of India that he would soon return to “avenge every crime that has been committed against Muslims”. Muhammad ‘Bada’ Sajid, similarly sought by the NIA for being a member of the Indian Mujahideen, is also missing. A Telegram blog run by Abu Thahir, a 28-year old Kerala resident who served as a stringer for the Islamist publication Thejas before becoming an al-Qaeda propagandist, has had no new posts in weeks. India’s intelligence services say they have no word on several Indian Mujahideen jihadists suspected of having been in Syria, including Shahnawaz Ahmad, a Unani doctor and the son of a Samajwadi Party politician in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh; and students Mohammad ‘Bada’ Sajid, Mirza Shadab Beig. Karnataka Muhammad Shafi Armar, a key figure in recruiting Indian jihadists for the Islamic State, is also missing. “There’s a strong possibility some of these individuals may already be in Afghanistan, or Pakistan’s north-west,” a senior Indian intelligence officer said. “However, no-one has eyes on them, and to the best of our knowledge, they have not made contact with their families.”
Thane family receives call: Son in Islamic State killed in Raqqa battle - The Indian Express
2017-10-24Thane to get first Metro, Mumbai to get Metro 6 line - Economic Times
Thane to get first Metro, Mumbai to get Metro 6 line Updated: Oct 24, 2017, 06.27 PM IST The Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday accorded approval to the much-debated new metro project for Thane district, besides another Metro corridor to provide an east-west connectivity within Mumbai. The first is the 24-km Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro 5 corridor which would be constructed at a cost of Rs 8,416 crore and would be the first in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, outside the country's commercial capital. It will have 17 stations and the trains shall have six coaches in each train with an estimated daily ridership of around 229,000 by 2021, increasing to 334,000 by 2031. The stations linking the Metro 5 line will be Kalyan APMC, Kalyan, Sahajanand Chowk, Durgadi Fort, Kongaon, Govegaon MIDC, Rajouli Village, Temghar, Gopal Nagar, Bhiwandi, Dhamankar Naka, Anjur Phata, Purna, Kalher, Kasheli, Balkumbh Naka and Kapurbawdi in Thane. The 14.50-km long Mumbai Metro 6 Corridor would run between Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg-Vikhroli and will be built at a cost of Rs 6,672 crore. It will have 13 stations and the trains shall have six coaches in each train with an estimated daily ridership of around 650,000 by 2021, increasing to 769,000 by 2031. The stations en route would be Swami Samarth Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Mahakali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT-B Powai, Kanjurmarg West and Vikhroli EEH. Besides, the government has also taken up a detailed project report for the proposed metro line covering Dahisar-Mira Road. Meanwhile, work on three new Metro corridors for Mumbai -- Metro 2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar), Metro 7 (Dahisar East-Andheri-East) and Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) -- is underway in full swing. Work at other corridors like Metro 2B (DN Nagar-BKC-Mankhurd) and Metro 4 (Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadali) is expected to start shortly.
Thane to get first Metro, Mumbai to get Metro 6 line - Economic Times
2017-10-24From today, vehicles & hawkers not allowed near west side of Thane stn - Times of India
From today, vehicles & hawkers not allowed near west side of Thane station Updated: Oct 25, 2017, 00:37 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will free up the 300-m area connection the station road with the platforms on the west side. The are will be a no entry zone and will only be used by pedestrians. Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner at the TMC, said the corporation will implement the plan from Wednesday morning. This, he said, will ease traffic congestion outside the station. Hawkers will also not be allowed to sit here. The area management plan comes nearly a month after the Elphinstone Road tragedy which claimed 23 lives, following which the need for clearing up roads and pavements outside railway stations was highlighted. The plans will be implemented from Wednesday morning on a trial basis and the TMC says it will be improvised based on the passenger feedback. The TMC will spend part of Rs 23 crore funds from its smartcity allocation received from the Centre. "We have been working on ways to decongest the station area at Thane by making it a no-vehicle zone. Passengers will be provided with adequate facilities like benches, signboards and easy access for utilities like auto and taxis outside the precincts. We will start implementation of the traffic diversion plans from Wednesday and will improvise it later," said Chavan. As per plans, entry of all vehicles will be barred from accessing the road near the railway station premises, adjoining platform number 2 at Thane west. Currently, the stretch adjoining the station is congested due to bike parking, private taxis, autos and even freight and towing trucks that park here. The area will now be kept exclusively for pedestrians. Adequate municipal and police staff will be deployed in the area to keep an eye on hawkers. Meanwhile, autos that form a major part of the traffic at the spot will be regulated in three lanes along the designated stand, while the adjoining two lanes that are currently used by Ghodbunder-bound autos will be moved. Private vehicles will no longer be able to use the road via Ambedkar statue and under Satis. The adjoining lane will be designated for intercity taxis, while the last one will be for ambulances and other government vehicles. Activists have welcomed the move and have said that this will help decongest the area. "It is a good decision to decongest the station premises of all vehicles that add to the chaos here," said an activist.
2017-10-24Thane: Man arrested for raping maid on pretext of marriage ... - Mumbai Mirror
THANE: MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPING MAID ON PRETEXT OF MARRIAGE Updated: Oct 24, 2017, 12.08 PM IST Thane: The police today arrested a 27-year-old man from the Bhiwandi township here for allegedly raping a woman following which she became pregnant. As per the complaint filed by the 21-year-old victim, she used to work as a maid servant in Samru Bagh area of Bhiwandi where the accused lived, a police official said. Over a period of time, the woman became friendly with the accused, who worked as a cook at a hotel in Bhiwandi. The accused used to call the woman to his home where he allegedly raped her repeatedly while promising to marry her, he said.
Thane: Man arrested for raping maid on pretext of marriage ... - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-24Man kills girl, SMSes her family before ending life - Times of India
Man kills girl, SMSes her family before ending life Oct 25, 2017, 00:40 IST THANE: In a freak incident, a 32-year-old married man murdered a young girl, with whom he was supposedly in a relationship, and sent a text message to her family members informing them about her murder. He sent the text message just before committing suicide. The message was sent to the deceased girl's family on Tuesday, October 24, but when the cops found the bodies the girl's body was already in a decomposed state. The 32-year-old man was from Kansai village of Ambernath and he committed suicide by hanging himself. The man has been identified as Nataram Verma and the girl has been identified as Anchal Mahale who was a Diva resident. Both belonged to Wardha District and knew each other. The incident took place at Verma's rental residence at Ganesh chowk, near Hanuman mandir in Kansai village, Ambarnath. The police, during investigation found that Verma was married and had marital discord with his wife. "Prima facia, it is found that he was in relationship with the girl and the duo would meet each other occasionally. Around a month back, Verma came to Ambernath and was working as a labourer and was living on a rent, while Mahale was from Diva. A few days back, Anchal apparently came to meet Verma but was strangled by Verma. Verma on Tuesday committed suicide by hanging himself," said a police officer. On Tuesday morning, the Mahale family received a text message from the accused informing that Anchal was killed and her body was lying at Verma's flat in Ambernath and he too was committing suicide. A police officer informed, "Verma sent his address to the Mahale family to come and collect Anchal's body. The family rushed to the spot and found the life-less bodies and immediately informed the police." Both the corpses have been sent to Central hospital in Ulhasnagar. The dead body of the girl was found in decomposed state, which doubt's that he may have killed the girl two to three days ago, said the officer.
2017-10-24Thane: 2 sanitary inspectors of KDMC arrested for taking bribe | Free ... - Free Press Journal
Thane: 2 sanitary inspectors of KDMC arrested for taking bribe Oct 24, 2017 12:20 pm Thane: The Thane police’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested two sanitary inspectors and another worker of the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) for allegedly taking a bribe Rs 40,000 from a complainant. The three accused had allegedly demanded Rs 40,000 from the complainant, a contractor, to approve his payment for the desilting work of a nullah that he had got done in a ward of KDMC. The aggrieved contractor lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of the ACB, which laid a trap and arrested the worker and one of the inspectors while they were taking the bribe last evening, the ACB said in a release issued today. The other sanitary inspector was arrested later as he was also party to the crime, it said. The three accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act-1988, the ACB said.
Thane: 2 sanitary inspectors of KDMC arrested for taking bribe | Free ... - Free Press Journal
2017-10-24Intel report punches holes in Thane cops' Iqbal Kaskar arrest story - Mumbai Mirror
INTEL REPORT PUNCHES HOLES IN THANE COPS’ IQBAL KASKAR ARREST STORY Updated: Oct 26, 2017, 08.18 AM IST IB assessment says Iqbal Kaskar, arrested by the Thane police in September, was not involved in extortion After interrogating Dawood's brother, IB officials are also of the belief that he is often high on drugs and rarely in touch with the Pakistan-based don. Poking holes at the claims of the Thane police, an assessment by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) says that Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar is not involved in extortion activities. "In fact, there is no residual criminality now in Kaskar," says the IB assessment. Kaskar was arrested on September 19 by the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell, led by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma. According to Thane cops, Kaskar has been running a thriving extortion racket primarily in Thane, with the help of Dawood aide Chhota Shakeel. However, after interrogating Kaskar, the IB seems to believe there is no tangible evidence to link Kaskar with extortion. We cannot confirm his involvement in cradling pan-city extortion-related activities, the IB note reads. The IB's assessment even goes on to say that Kaskar's revelations "do not match up with the claims made by the police". Kaskar is also high on drugs and not in the best of health, say IB officials. The IB, which interrogated Kaskar a fortnight ago after his arrest by the Thane cops, is also of the opinion that Kaskar is not in regular touch with his brother Dawood, designated as a 'global terrorist'. Only very rarely does he manage to reach out to Dawood, through members of his extended family.
Intel report punches holes in Thane cops
2017-10-24Stations remain hawker-free, but commuters fear they'll return soon - Times of India
Stations remain hawker-free, but commuters fear they'll return soon Updated: Oct 24, 2017, 09:08 IST MUMBAI: A day after MNS workers evicted vendors from outside Santacruz station, the area remained hawker-free on Monday . The scene was the same at Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli stations, where the party had started its drive on Saturday . On Monday afternoon, a police van and a BMC truck were parked outside Santacruz station, where the BMC demolished some two dozen illegal stalls. The fear of MNS violence and police presence may have kept the hawkers away , but activists and commuters seemed resigned to the fact that they would soon be back unless the authorities come up with a long-term solution to counter the menace. "It was a convenient walk down the station and platforms to the auto stand as there were no hawkers blocking the way .There have been several drives but nothing has kept these hawkers from returning wit hin a week," said Amruta Joshi, a Dombivli commuter. "Hawkers are a major problem. A few years ago, we forced the authorities to take action against them, but the hawkers returned shortly. They occupy the footpaths, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road and add to the traffic chaos," said Robin Viegas, a member of the Vidyanagari Parisar ALM. Activists blamed the lack of coordinated drives by civic and railway agencies and even an unholy hawker-neta-babu nexus to some extent for the chaos.At Thane for instance, the space outside the platforms has always been a cause of territorial dispute, giving enough time to hawkers to make a quick exit during any raid. Activists claim that most of these raids are planned and the hawkers are tipped off. The areas should be clearly demarcated so that commuters can also alert the authorities, they suggested.The only people with long faces at the stations were evicted hawkers, who had come to check out the situation. Manoj Singh, lounging on the Santacruz skywalk, said when the MNS started creating a ruckus, they ran away with their goods."We have stored our goods in a safe place. I have been selling slippers on the premises for around three decades now and feel like I am being unnecessarily targeted," he said. "Genuine hawkers operating for years are suffering for no reason. We have been asking for proper identification of hawkers and allocation of area for them to operate," said Shaukat Mulani, president of a hawkers union in Thane.
Stations remain hawker-free, but commuters fear they
2017-10-24Thane experience lower levels of pollution in this year's Diwali - Free Press Journal
Thane experience lower levels of pollution in this year’s Diwali Oct 24, 2017 09:04 am Thane: Diwali may be called the festival of light, but nowadays it has become a festival of pollution where noise and air pollution goes hand-in-hand with celebrations. Every year, during Diwali, thick smoke greets us in the morning and evenings are full of noise. But thanks to alert and sensitive citizens who decided to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali, this year Thane experienced lower levels of pollution. Last year, noise pollution was recorded as 125 decibels, whereas this year it has been recorded at less than 95 decibels, which is 30% less compared to last year. There have been many awareness programmes by various NGOs as well as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in trying to ensure citizens are more responsible and avoid crackers. “There has been less pollution this year compared to last year. This year there has been 30% reduction in bursting of crackers. Therefore, the level of air pollution was lesser. It is winter season and therefore the smoke mixes in the air and a belt of thick fog can be seen in the morning, but that has not affected the levels of pollution too much. The good news is that noise pollution has definitely reduced,” said Manisha Pradhan, head of TMC’s Pollution Control Department.Last year, most crackers were burst on Laxmipujan day, when the pollution was recorded at more than 125 decibels , this year it ws recorded at less than 95%. The central areas of Thane like Ram Maruti Road, Gokhale Road and Naupada recorded lesser pollution compared to areas like Pachpakhadi and Vartaknagar. There was also less noise pollution recorded on Dhanteras and Narak Chaturshi days, but that was increased on Lakshmipujan day. The pollution control board of Thane civic corporation recorded 15 per cent sulfur dioxide and 38 per cent levels of nitrogen dioxide on October 16. Later, after Diwali, it showed an increase in sulfur dioxide levels by 38% and nitrogen dioxide by 52%.
Thane experience lower levels of pollution in this year
2017-10-24Thane cops nab one more in MOFA case - Daily News & Analysis
The Local Crime Branch (LCB) of the Thane Rural police has arrested one more partner of the Tanvi Construction firm in Kashimira on alleged charges of taking money from hundreds of home buyers and failing to hand over flats in time. Another accused, Bhupat Lukhi, was arrested earlier, while Dahyabhai Sutaria who has also been named in the FIR is yet to be arrested. The police arrested Sangeeta Hegde, partner in the firm, late on Sunday night. According to the police, hundreds of investors and buyers had invested in the project and were promised possession of flats in 2013. The project, Tanvi Eminence, a two-phase project of 22 storeys was launched in 2010. The work was completed till 10 floors after which the construction came to a halt in 2013. Fed up with false promises from the builders, disgruntled buyers launched a protest against the builders in Kashimira last month. Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, Mahesh Patil said, "We have arrested Hegde under sections of Maharashtra Ownership Flats (Regulation of the promotion of construction, sale, management and transfer) Act (MOFA) and for cheating and forgery sections of the Indian Penal Code. Hegde has been remanded to police custody till October 24." Tarun Shah, one of the buyers alleged, "More than 400 people have been affected and people have invested more Rs 200 crore. Initially it was only Sangeeta and her husband Vijay Kumar who were associated with the company but later on they involved a few diamond merchants in the project."
Thane cops nab one more in MOFA case - Daily News & Analysis
2017-10-23Look into more important issues rather than hawker menace: Thane activists - Times of India
Look into more important issues rather than hawker menace: Thane activists Oct 23, 2017, 21:55 IST THANE: The street vandalism by activists of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS which targeted hawker encroaching the main streets and foothpaths clearly has achieved its intended twin objective— a live-wire agenda to its demoralised cadre and posturing through the media, political observers said. Over a decade after its existence, largely in the urban political landscape, the MNS has been identified more as a rabble-rousing force and its leaders dubbed as "guest appearance stars who have often missed the woods for the bushes''. "What else would you call such occasional political activists who do cherry-picking on issues and rarely are seen taking any stand on matters of development, finance, employment which are core to the common man than assaulting the poor hawkers. It is no coincidence that most of these hawkers are from the North Indian community,'' a Thane citizen said. He added that the internal bickering in the MNS and the long absence of any specific agenda for the young and restless cadre had resulted in defections and doubts in the party rank and file. "In fact, when the party launched itself in 2006 the agenda was to work for the Marathi manoos and target the migrant population. More than 10 years later, Marathi households are wondering about the development agenda of MNS. However, beyond the media headlines and assure viewership such violence would not necessarily translate into votes,'' another resident said. The drive to evacuate hawkers from railway stations, experts say, is at attempt to boost up the cadre and woo the voters, a majority of whom use the city transport system daily. A look at some of the recent initiatives by the party also reveals how it has focused on the transport system be it the potholes on roads, flyovers or even ensuring safety of pedestrians from weakened trees on roadsides. The party, however, has failed to live up to its promises and has been rejected by the voters. The MNS failed to get even a single seat in the polls causing considerable embarrassment considering it had a neat poll share of nearly 15.41% in the 2012 polls that shrunk to barely 6% this time around. Activists say the party that once showed immense potential in the city as an alternative to the Sena needs to fast pull up its socks. ''They need to take up cudgels against more pressing issues of the city like poor water and power supply affecting the city rather than just resorting to bhaiyya bashing or setting a 9-tier dahi handi if it really wants the voters here to take it seriously,'' said an activist. "We are taking up issues that are relevant to the residents of Thane and makes an impact on their daily lives. Some of our issues have got good response from residents here," said a senior party functionary. They need to take up cudgels against more pressing issues of the city like poor water and power supply affecting the city rather than just resorting to bhaiyya bashing or setting a 9-tier dahi handi if it really wants the voters here to take it seriously
Look into more important issues rather than hawker menace: Thane activists - Times of India
2017-10-23Mudskippers and prawns dwindle in Vasai, Thane creeks as effluents pollute waters - Times of India
Mudskippers and prawns dwindle in Vasai, Thane creeks as effluents pollute waters Updated: Oct 23, 2017, 06:31 IST Calf-deep in mud on the northern banks of Vasai Creek, Vimala Dashwant Bhoir bends over to pat down the soil before moving to another spot. This is the "malli" method of catching the mudskipper, or niwti, a small amphibious fish that lives in the region's mudflats and is something of a local treat. Bhoir plasters mud and straw over the fish's burrows in a sloping angle that ends in a buried metal pot or hundi. Deprived of air, the mudskipper rushes to the last opening-only to fall into the trap. A decade ago, Bhoir's pot would fill up with the flipping fish in less than two hours. Now, she says, it takes six hours. Mudskippers are one of the many fish species that have dwindled in the Ulhas estuary and connected creeks, as the region has urbanized. Some fish disappeared quite a while ago, like the hilsa, which was last officially recorded in the estuary in 1969. Others, like certain prawns, have diminished in recent decades. Most fishing in the creeks today occurs near the mouths opening into the sea. Scientists attribute much of the decline to the influx of untreated effluents, which affect plant and fish life. With parts of the estuary and Thane creek now hypoxic-having insufficient levels of dissolved oxygen-only hardier fish, like the invasive tilapia, are thriving, says Sudesh Rathod, zoology professor at Thane's B N Bandodkar College of Science. The tilapia can tolerate extremely low levels of oxygen.The degradation has larger ramifications since estuaries are also breeding grounds for marine fish. Thane Creek is especially bad. Fish species declined from 82 to 22 between 1981 and 1991, while catch fell by 67% in the same period, according to studies by R P Athalye, the recently-retired vice-principal of Bandodkar College, and others. A survey last year by Goldin Quadros of the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, for the forest department, found only 13 species. The early steep decline coincided with the rapid growth of the Thane-Belapur industrial belt through the 1970s and '80s-once Asia's largest industrial zone-and with it, the volume of effluents. More recently, factories have shut and housing has boomed. As a result, effluent discharge has declined, but domestic sewage has grown. So has garbage, including plastic, which clogs nets and chokes fish. Pollution is not the only challenge for fish life. Reclamation and bridges have narrowed channels and reduced tidal ingress and salinity. "We used to see certain marine species like pomfret, mackerel, and ribbonfish-even Bombay duck-as far upstream as Kalyan, and we don't anymore," says Rathod. Overfishing off the coast has also shrunk many of these fish populations, though it is not a major factor in mudskippers' decline. Their intertidal habitats have been largely affected by pollution and increased siltation caused by sand dredging in Vasai creek, and by sewage, debris and dust in Thane Creek. When the proportion of silt to clay increases, the mudflats become too soft for mudskippers to live and breed in, says Athalye, the recently retired vice-principal of Bandodkar College. As the tide moves in, the burrows may collapse on the fish and their eggs. The proportion of silt in Thane creek increased from 23% in the early 1980s to 70% by the 2000s, according to studies by Athalye and others-driving away not only mudskippers, but certain prawns, whose eggs get smothered in overly soft mud. In Vasai creek, Rathod's studies have found, the percentage of silt goes up to 60.
Mudskippers and prawns dwindle in Vasai, Thane creeks as effluents pollute waters - Times of India
2017-10-23Thane Police book 20 MNS workers for vandalising hawkers' stalls - Mumbai Mirror
THANE POLICE BOOK 20 MNS WORKERS FOR VANDALISING HAWKERS’ STALLS Updated: Oct 23, 2017, 09.03 AM IST Thane Police on Sunday booked 20 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers, including some office bearers, for vandalising hawkers' stalls at Thane and Dombivali railway station on Saturday. The GRP, Dombivali, also separately booked 50 MNS workers for allegedly ransacking station master's office. The MNS resorted to 'direct action' after the 15-day deadline given by it for clearing Mumbai suburban railway stations and foot overbridges of hawkers expired on Saturday. While cases have been registered against party workers, no arrests have been made so far. After the MNS workers attacked the hawkers outside Thane and Dombivali railway stations, cases were lodged against them by the state in Thane city and Naupada police stations. "We have lodged cases under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Police Act for breaking peace and harmony and criminal intimidation. We are yet to make arrests," said a senior police official. Two separate cases have been lodged as the areas where the hawkers were attacked fall in two jurisdictions, sources said. Meanwhile, activists have demanded action against MNS workers for attacking hawkers' stalls. "While the hawkers are a menace as they clog up roads, no one is allowed to attack people or take the law into their own hands. Action should be taken against such hooliganism," said Suchitra Koli, a resident of Thane.
Thane Police book 20 MNS workers for vandalising hawkers
2017-10-23Gold worth Rs 75K stolen by man posing as customer - Times of India
Gold worth Rs 75,000 stolen by man posing as customer Updated: Oct 24, 2017, 02:26 IST THANE: An unidentified youngster posing as a customer stole gold ornaments worth Rs 75,000 from a jewellery showroom located in the Shanti Nagar area at Wagle Estate on Thursday. The incident took place at around 7pm from the showroom on the third day of Diwali. The owner of the store, Hitesh Chowdhary, claimed that the shop was buzzing with customers in the evening when a youth entered the store and started browsing through an array of ornaments on display. Chowdhary mentioned that there was nothing suspicious about the man and that he looked like a genuine customer. Within a few minutes, the accused decided to wear a gold chain and pose in front of the mirror. While the employees were distracted with other customers, the youngster took advantage of the situation and escaped with it. The next day, it was noticed that the ornament was missing and a complaint was lodged at Shree Nagar police station. A police official said, "The search will be based on a complete description given by the owner. Chowdhary has given us a description of the man and even what he was wearing, which will speed up investigations." The accused has been booked under Section 380 of the Indian Penal Code for theft.
Gold worth Rs 75K stolen by man posing as customer - Times of India
2017-10-23Less fire crackers this year, but air pollution remains high - Times of India
Less fire crackers this year, but air pollution remains high Oct 24, 2017, 00:27 IST THANE: Lake city residents celebrated the festival of lights with great enthusiasm and zeal. The city was glowing like a newly-wed bride, but, these rituals and festivities left a lot of pollution behind. The air has become more polluted, thanks to the crackers that people burst. The pollution level recorded by the authorities show that the Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) levels in the air have increased by almost 50% then what it was before the festival. The civic officials claimed that this rise is due to the decrease in the temperature and even because the city witnessed fog during the first two days of the festival. "Prior to the festival we sent out advisories to citizens informing them about the pollution caused by firecrackers. The RSPM, which should ideally not cross the 100ug/m3 mark, went up to 311 ug/m3 post Diwali while it was around 88ug/m3 before the festival. We suspect that this could be because the temperature dropped from 29 degree Celsius to 27 degree Celsius. When the temperature goes down the dust particles remain near the ground. Also, during the first two days of the festival a lot of fog was noticed, which also had an impact on the atmosphere," said Manisha Pradhan, head of Pollution Control Department. It was even seen that the sound pollution was less as compared to previous year, but still there was a rise in the air pollutants. "Just because the sound was less one cannot say that less crackers were burst as when the rockets which lit up the sky, they emit the most amount of gases. Once these fire crackers are burst the pollutants stay in the atmosphere. When the sky is foggy these pollutants remain present in the air and increase the pollution levels. This pollution eventually affects the health of the citizens," said V Walawalkar, vice president of city-based NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. The RSPM recorded this year was more as compared to the previous year as it went up by around 61%. The officials claimed that last year as it had rained the heavy showers cleared a lot of the toxins in the atmosphere which had resulted into the dust particles to settle.
Less fire crackers this year, but air pollution remains high - Times of India
2017-10-23150m area from Thane railway station to get no-hawking zone tag soon - Times of India
150m area from Thane railway station to get no-hawking zone tag soon Oct 23, 2017, 21:56 IST THANE: After the Elphinstone Road stampede, which claimed 23 lives on September 29, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been directed to demarcate 150m from the railway station premises into a no-hawking zone. Action is expected to be taken from this week. During the five-day Diwali festival, the market had turned into a complete hawker zone and vendors had raked in the moolah. On the occasion of Bhai Dooj, a team of police officials were present at the station area from Alok Hotel till platform number two, near the auto stand, to keep a tab on hawkers and ensure that there is smooth flow of traffic. Despite the warning, vendors were seen hiding in different places and immediately after the officials would leave they were back in business. A hawker selling fruits diagonally opposite Alok Hotel said, "We were informed about the 150 m no entry zone only on Saturday morning. If the officials had to inform us before hand, we wouldn't have got our produce from the markets. So, we had to shift to other areas to sell off the remaining produce." A week before Diwali, handcart sellers selling lanterns, diyas had created chaos near the station premises. Pratik Satra, who owns a shop near station, said, "Outside my shop, there used to be some hawker selling clothes or jewellery. There is no point in arguing with them or even complaining to the civic authority. When the TMC vans arrive, they hide, but they are back in business within minutes after the officials leave."
150m area from Thane railway station to get no-hawking zone tag soon - Times of India
2017-10-23Two Bhiwandi labourers killed woman after quarrel over a petty ... - The Indian Express
Two Bhiwandi labourers killed woman after quarrel over a petty issue: Thane Police In a fit of rage, the accused allegedly attacked her with a knife, killing her. To dispose of her body, they cut it into pieces and stuffed them into two gunny bags, police said. Mumbai | Published:October 24, 2017 2:45 am THE THANE police on Sunday arrested two labourers from Bhiwandi for allegedly murdering a 40-year-old woman working with them, chopping her body into pieces, stuffing them into gunny bags and disposing them of at two different spots. An officer from Shanti Nagar police station said that the two arrested, Jiyalal Khan (38) and Suresh Rajgure (40), are residents of Temghar in Bhiwandi. On Friday night, the duo, along with the deceased Vanshi Waman Korad, were discussing something when a quarrel broke out between them over a petty issue. In a fit of rage, the accused allegedly attacked her with a knife, killing her. To dispose of her body, they cut it into pieces and stuffed them into two gunny bags, police said. The bags were then dumped at two different spots. On Saturday, the police got a call about a blood-stained gunny bag lying near a nullah. On searching it, they found body parts in it. The second gunny bag was found at some distance from the first. The body was identified with the help of local residents and a search was launched for the suspected killers. The two accused were eventually arrested on Sunday, an officer said.
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2017-10-22Thane: Two arrested for killing woman, cutting her body into pieces - Hindustan Times
Thane: Two arrested for killing woman, cutting her body into pieces On the October 20 night, the trio was sitting together and discussing something when a quarrel broke out between them over some petty issue. MUMBAI Updated: Oct 22, 2017 16:32 IST Two labourers were arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing a 40-year-old woman, cutting her body into several pieces and dumping them at different locations, police said. The two, residents of Temghar in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi, were identified as Jiyalal Abdul Razak Khan (38) and Suresh Rajgure (40). They have been charged with the murder of one Vanshi Waman Korad, originally from tribal-dominated taluka of Jawhar in the district, who also worked as a labourer and stayed in Temghar, inspector MJ Bagga of Shanti Nagar police station under Bhiwandi division said. The victim was acquainted with the arrested accused, police said. On the night of October 20, the trio was sitting together and discussing something when a quarrel broke out between them over some petty issue, they said. In a fit of rage, the duo allegedly attacked her with sharp-edged weapons, killing her on the spot. They then cut her body into several pieces and put them into two gunny bags, which they dumped at different locations, police said. On Saturday, the police got a call about a blood-stained gunny bag lying near a nullah. On searching it, they found some parts body parts in it. A further search in the area led them to the second gunny bag in Bhiwandi, they said. The body was identified with the help of local residents and a search was launched for the suspected killers, police said, adding the accused were arrested this morning.
Thane: Two arrested for killing woman, cutting her body into pieces - Hindustan Times
2017-10-22MNS justifies vandalism at stations, blames railways for inaction - Times of India
MNS justifies vandalism at stations, blames railways for inaction Oct 22, 2017, 09:35 IST THANE/KALYAN: Activists of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS demolished illegal hawkers' stalls and beat up some of the vendors outside Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli railway stations on Saturday morning. The party claimed to have evicted over 50 hawkers in all (25 in Thane and 15 each in Kalyan and Dombivli) and justified its vandalism saying the "action" came after the end of the 15-day deadline set for the railways by its leader to clear all stations of illegal hawkers. Raj had warned of action during his party's protest against railway authorities at Churchgate after the September 29 Elphinstone Road stampede that claimed 23 lives. Fifty MNS workers were booked by Government Railway Police in Dombivli for Saturday's violence, while 10 were booked in Thane by Thane Nagar police station for unlawful assembly and rioting. The MNS also blamed municipal authorities in Thane and Kalyan-Dombivli for "the hawker menace that endangers commuter safety."Around 35 slogan-shouting MNS activists arrived at the Kalyan end of Thane station adjoining platform 2 at 9:30am and started smashing wares and evicting hawkers from around the entry-exit points. They then headed to the Mulund end of the station and removed the hawkers there. They left after warning the hawkers not to return. One hawker told TOI more hawkers would have been hit and their stalls damaged if they had not left the spot soon after they heard of the MNS vandalism nearby. In Kalyan and Dombivli, MNS workers entered the station premises but, finding no hawkers there, vandalized stalls outside the stations. The Dombivli GRP booked MNS workers for carrying out a protest inside the station premises without permission, senior inspector G C Hiremath said.Avinash Jadhav, Thane city chief of MNS, said they were forced to come out on the streets as railway and municipal authorities had failed in their duties. "We are just doing what ideally the authorities should have done," Jadhav said. Hawkers outside Thane station have earlier been blamed for blocking pedestrian spaces and for violence. Also, past attempts to evict them have met with resistance, with a deputy municipal commissioner having been reportedly assaulted during a recent drive.Many hawkers operate in areas where there is a fight between railways and civic body over jurisdiction, and commuters have demanded co-ordinated action so hawkers do not temporarily shift to 'the other side' when one authority takes action.
MNS justifies vandalism at stations, blames railways for inaction - Times of India
2017-10-22Woman kills self after row over firecrackers in Thane - The Hindu
Woman kills self after row over firecrackers in Thane MUMBAI, OCTOBER 22, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: OCTOBER 22, 2017 04:05 IST Two-year-old son’s demand for crackers led to argument A 32-year-old woman killed herself at her house in Thane on Friday morning following a row over buying firecrackers to celebrate Deepavali. The Wagle Estate police said that the incident took place at 11 a.m. at Sai Anand building in Kajuwadi. The police said Vrushali Gunjkar took her life after an argument with her husband, Pandurang (36), who worked as a driver at Bhabha Atomic Research Center. Senior Police Inspector Ravikant Malekar said, “On Friday morning, Vrushali flew into a rage when she noticed that her two-year-old son had lost one of his shoes while playing with friends. Vrushali’s anger rose when the child asked her to buy him firecrackers. Pandurang tried to calm matters and told their son that he would buy him new shoes and firecrackers.” Mr. Malekar added, “When Pandurang left the house, Vrushali told their nine-year-old son to go outside and play. When Pandurang returned with his sons, he found the door locked from inside. When he and his neighbours broke down the door, Vrushali was found dead in the living room.” Vrushali was rushed to Jupiter Hospital, but wasdeclared dead before admission.
2017-10-22Day after MNS vandalism, Thane station sports a hawker-free look - Times of India
Day after MNS vandalism, Thane station sports a hawker-free look Oct 23, 2017, 00:02 IST THANE: A day after the activists of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) vandalized illegal vendors outside Thane railway station, the entire stretch remained hawker-free on Sunday. Commuters had a easy access to the station. Barring newspaper vendors, there was not a single hawker seen along the nearly 300m-long road under Satis deck. Many vendors must have refrained from set up shop fearing backlash from MNS activists who seemed to be determined to keep the station premises hawker-free. Around 300 hawkers, most of them hailing from the North, had no option but to watch quietly as the MNS activists broke their carts and threw their wares on the road, causing huge losses during the Saturday violence. The city police, which is investigating the rioting case, is yet to make arrests. However, cops have been deployed at the spot to prevent any untoward incident from taking place. Meanwhile, while activists have dismissed the one-day MNS action as a political stunt, commuters have extended their support and are happy with the action taken. "The hawkers used to block the lanes towards the station. They used to get aggressive if anyone tried to point out their mistake. The authorities must now buckle up and ensure that they do not set up stalls again," said Poonam Sharma, a Thane resident and daily commuter. Traders also heaved a sigh of relief as most of these hawkers used to blatantly set up stalls outside their shops, blocking footpaths. "The hawkers outside Thane station used to blatantly block space and also indulge in violence. Any attempts to evict them have met with stiff resistance. The authorities were unable to remove them too," said a trader.The hawkers operating in other parts of the city said they are also under threat of violence as any splinter group could suddenly assault them. Accordingly, they are now pushing for a speedy identification and allocation of hawker zones. "The hawkers operating in the station area are not affiliated with any association and have set shop at free will. The genuine hawkers operating for years in the city are suffering for no reason now. We will now follow up with the state and municipal administration to speed up the implementation of a hawkers' policy. The menace will not be sorted unless the administration takes some concrete steps," said Shaukat Mulani, president of a hawkers union in Thane.Meanwhile, the railway administration has claimed to have taken steps to take action against hawkers. "There are no hawkers present on the railway premises. The railway protection force has taken stern action against hawkers this year as compared to last," said Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, Central Railway. The MNS has reiterated that it will continue to take action against illegal hawkers till the authorities come up with a concrete solution. "We have warned the hawkers not to set up business here henceforth else they will face the music from our activists. Commuters have been facing the brunt of these vendors who squat outside the station blocking the road," said MNS Thane president Avinash Jadhav.
Day after MNS vandalism, Thane station sports a hawker-free look - Times of India
2017-10-22Traffic snarl at GB Road after tanker topples - Times of India
Traffic snarl at GB Road after tanker topples Oct 22, 2017, 22:00 IST THANE: Motorists travelling along Ghodbunder Road had a tough time on Saturday after a tanker carrying concentrated hydrochloric acid toppled at around 1am. The accident took place on the Thane-bound lane near Gaimuk. Due to this, traffic was diverted on the opposite lane, causing a lot of jam. The tanker driver was on his way to Navi Mumbai from Gujarat. He lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn at Gaimukh. The tanker then skid and fell as its co ntents spilled on the road. The acid content immediately converted into fumes that enveloped the area bringing the traffic to a complete halt. The driver fled the spot after the mishap. Rescue officials and the police rushed to the spot but they had no clue that the chemical was hydrochloric acid. They then informed the disaster management team who arrived at the spot. They then realised the gravity of the situation and started diverting traffic. Motorists started complaining irritation of the eyes and itching sensation due to the acid. However, no one was injured in the incident, said Santosh Kadam, chief of disaster management cell at Thane. The fumes were later neutralized by spraying caustic soda. As the Thane lane was shut, traffic was diverted on the opposite lane. Due to this a lot of traffic was reported. The overturned tanker was somehow pushed to one side of the road making space for one lane of traffic to move but a moving tempo accidentally crashed into the upturned the toppled tanker causing further damage to its nozzle that led to further leakage and disruption of traffic. The tanker was finally toed by 3pm on Saturday afternoon, nearly 14 hours after the mishap. Motorists complained of traffic jams on Saturday afternoon as well. The tanker driver was on his way to Navi Mumbai from Gujarat. He lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn at Gaimukh.
Traffic snarl at GB Road after tanker topples - Times of India
2017-10-22Thane witnesses less noisy Diwali; 50% drop in fireworks reported - Times of India
Thane witnesses less noisy Diwali; 50% drop in fireworks reported Oct 22, 2017, 22:02 IST THANE: After carrying out awareness drives about the ill-effects of firecrackers, it seems like the efforts of the government, activists and media have finally paid off as the city witnessed a less noisy Diwali this year. Activists from the city claimed that many residents refrained from bursting crackers. This season, the firecrackers was 50% less as compared to the previous years, claimed an activist. "There was a major drop in firecrackers bursting this year as compared to last year as very few people were seen bursting crackers. At areas like Hiranandani Estate and Hiranandani Meadows the sound levels were around 90 to 100dB. Areas like Naupada and Gokhale road were much quieter as compared to the previous year. The noise levels are usually 60 to 70 dB. By bursting even one cracker, it goes up to 100dB. Only on Laxmi Puja day there were many fireworks, but on others days it was less. The biggest reason for the drop is also because of the high court's ban on the sale of firecrackers in residential areas. If a product is not available people don't take much efforts to search for it," said Mahesh Bedekar, an activist. Due to various awareness drives carried out by schools, colleges and environmentalist about the harmful effects of crackers many children decided to not burst crackers. "When I asked my five-year-old as to which firecracker he wanted to burst, he told me not buy him any. He explained as to the crackers emmit harmful gases and cause noise pollution and its ill-effects on the environment. Many other children in the society, too, followed suit and decided to refrain from bursting crackers. Instead, they decided to play outdoor games together," said Vrushali Shinde, a resident of Pokhran Road 1. Due to the decrease in people bursting the crackers even the number of firecracker-related accidents dropped. "We received only once case wherein a 14-year-old boy from Rabodi suffered 1% burns on his hand while bursting a cracker," said Dr. Sangita Makode, additional civil surgeon at Thane civil hospital. No major fire incidents were also reported in the city and it was a safe Diwali for everyone. "We received only six fire-related calls during the five-day festival and these fires were minor. Last year, we had received 25 calls and in 2015 it was 33 calls. However, every passing year the number has been dropping which is a good sign," said Santosh Kadam, chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC)
Thane witnesses less noisy Diwali; 50% drop in fireworks reported - Times of India
2017-10-22Thane: Young dog lovers turn trainers to make a living and job satisfaction - Times of India
Thane: Young dog lovers turn trainers to make a living and job satisfaction Oct 22, 2017, 22:03 IST THANE: Steve Jobs had said that the only way to great work and good pay is to love what you do. Fighting disapproving nods from all quarters, youngsters are pursuing their passion and making it their profession, a well-earning one at that. Twenty-four-year-old Chinmay Telavane, a dog trainer, invited raised eyebrows when he discussed his interests in animal behaviour and career plans on these lines. The zoology student's decision to follow his heart, while deciding on career plans, is now the envy of his friends and family. Telavane has already made a small fortune and owns a car and a two-wheeler from the money he earned during the past four years training dogs. "I have earned good money as a dog trainer. It gives me job satisfaction as I have always been passionate about dogs. I treat dogs like children and for me happiness is teaching them tricks, petting them and caring for them," he said. While stability-centric careers were popular career choices once, many youngsters have been looking for ways to turn their passions into their profession to achieve maximum job satisfaction. Hrushikesh Jha, a 27-year-old Thaneite, who quit his job at an accounting firm and embraced dog training as a career recently, said, "I was always an average student through school and college. Post my graduation I got an accounting job in a Mumbai firm and those four years were the most boring and stressful ones. I was fed up of work targets, meetings and so on. The only thing that cheered me up then was getting back home and playing with my golden retrievers." It was in 2015 that Jha decided to opt out of his work routine and look at dog training as a career. "I attended a dog training workshop in Mumbai and started training my dogs at home. I realised that I was not only good at it, but also loved those one-hour sessions at the end of the day. A few friends then asked me to train their dogs too, so I had a few sessions with them over the next few months and soon took up career as a dog trainer,'' said Jha. With his client list expanding every passing day, Jha has also taken up courses to update himself on dog behaviour. In fact, such is the demand for professional dog trainers that training academies have witnessed a rise in the number of people wanting to learn the trade. "The number of dog owners is on a rise over the past few years, as these pets not only provide a way out of the feeling of loneliness for many in the city, but also provide security for one's homes, offices, etc. With the rise, there has been a need for training these dogs. While many youngsters are coming to us to learn to train their own dogs, many more are coming to start their own dog training ventures. Some come to learn it as a hobby and for many, this hobby has turned into a career," said Dilip Singh, dog trainer and caretaker at the Action Dog Services centre at Yeoor.
Thane: Young dog lovers turn trainers to make a living and job satisfaction - Times of India
2017-10-22Woman commits suicide over 'petty fight with husband' - Times of India
Woman commits suicide over ‘petty fight with husband’ Oct 22, 2017, 22:01 IST THANE: A 32-year-old housewife was found hanging in her apartment at Louiswadi on Friday. The police said that the deceased has been identified as Vaishali Gunjkar, who lived with her husband and children aged nine and two-and-half at Neresai Anand society in Wagle Estate. The police said that the deceased's husband works as a driver at BARC. A senior inspector said, the woman may have taken the extreme step following a tiff with her husband over a petty domestic issue. Also, her family members told the police that she was short tempered. He added that the woman was angry as her younger kid had misplaced his slippers while playing on Friday morning. "The woman was enraged, but the husband decided to buy a new pair of slippers for the kid to which she objected and started fighting with him for pampering the kids," said Ravikant Malekar, senior inspector of Wagle Estate police station. The husband still went ahead to buy a new pair of slippers as well as crackers for the kid, added Malekar. The woman asked her older son to go out and play and reportedly committed suicide, added the cop.When the husband returned and rang the door bell, there was no response. The police were called and they found the woman hanging to the ceiling fan. No note was recovered from the spot, said the officer. The woman's body was sent for autopsy at the Thane civil hospital. "The post mortem reports confirmed it as suicide and ruled out any foul play," said Malekar. A case of accidental death has been registered at Wagle Estate police station.
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2017-10-21Maharashtra Navnirman Sena: MNS activists stage protest against ... - Times of India
MNS activists stage protest against hawkers, vandalise stalls Updated: Oct 21, 2017, 13:36 IST THANE: Activists believed to be from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) staged a protest at Thane railway station premises against the hawkers operating in and around the premises.The protesters assembled at the premises on Saturday morning and soon started destroying the wares set up by the hawkers around the station and foot-over-bridges before driving them away from the premises. The protesters left nearly 30 minutes later but not before reportedly warning the hawkers to not return else face more action. The activists said the action was staged after the fortnight deadline set by MNS party chief Raj Thackeray for authorities to take action against encroachers blocking station passageways was over. Meanwhile, railway and station officials claimed to have no knowledge of the protest.
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2017-10-21Senior citizen from Madhya Pradesh held in drug smuggling case - Times of India
Senior citizen from Madhya Pradesh held in drug smuggling case Oct 21, 2017, 23:46 IST THANE: A 69-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh was arrested by the Thane anti-narcotics cell for his involvement in manufacturing heroine worth Rs 40 lakh that was seized last week. This is the second arrest after the police nabbed Mumbra resident Sonu Shaggir Ahmed Ansari from Thane station on October 12 with 490 grams of the consignment. "Based on information provided by Ansari, our team came to know about the source of the contraband. Three teams were dispatched to Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh," said a cop. Our team faced stiff resistance from locals while arresting Abdul Gani Khan, added the officer. It is learnt that two more persons were supposed to be arrested, but due to resistance from locals, the cops decided against it. A cop said that the place was infamous for opium farming. Even though it is legal for medicinal purpose, excess production is smuggled across the country. — Nishikant Karlikar
2017-10-21Woman kills self after row over firecrackers in Thane - The Hindu - The Hindu
Woman kills self after row over firecrackers in Thane MUMBAI, OCTOBER 22, 2017 00:23 IST UPDATED: OCTOBER 22, 2017 00:23 IST Two-year-old son’s demand for crackers led to argument A 32-year-old woman killed herself at her house in Thane on Friday morning following a row over buying firecrackers to celebrate Deepavali. The Wagle Estate police said that the incident took place at 11 a.m. at Sai Anand building in Kajuwadi. The police said Vrushali Gunjkar took her life after an argument with her husband, Pandurang (36), who worked as a driver at Bhabha Atomic Research Center. Senior Police Inspector Ravikant Malekar said, “On Friday morning, Vrushali flew into a rage when she noticed that her two-year-old son had lost one of his shoes while playing with friends. Vrushali’s anger rose when the child asked her to buy him firecrackers. Pandurang tried to calm matters and told their son that he would buy him new shoes and firecrackers.” Mr. Malekar added, “When Pandurang left the house, Vrushali told their nine-year-old son to go outside and play. When Pandurang returned with his sons, he found the door locked from inside. When he and his neighbours broke down the door, Vrushali was found dead in the living room.” Vrushali was rushed to Jupiter Hospital, but was declared dead before admission. The body has been moved to Thane Civil Hospital for post-mortem. An case of accidental death has been registered.
2017-10-20From Oct 23, 'smart' registration certificates for new cars, bikes in Thane - Times of India
From Oct 23, 'smart' registration certificates for new cars, bikes in Thane Oct 20, 2017, 21:36 IST THANE: Starting October 23, the regional transport department will have over registration certificates (RC) in the form of smartcards. This will be given to all those who will be purchasing two-wheelers and cars from Monday. The RCs, which was earlier in the form of a paper document, will now be replaced as a smartcards so that it will be easier to carry for motorists. "Till now, those who had registered their vehicles between 2015 and 2017 were getting the RCs in the form of a paper document. However, during 2007 and 2014 there were smartcards. At that time all data was stored in an optical film which was on the card. But the new ones will be similar to a license which will have a chip on it," said Sham Lohi, deputy RTO. The officials claimed that the smartcards will enable the authorities to update any data into the card faster and even the online process will become smooth. According to officials, the tender of printing the cards has been handed over to the same company who had previously carried out the work in 2007-2014.The card has a RFID chip which will store all data pertaining to the vehicle such as the owner's name and address, it's chassis number, model, make and registration details. Meanwhile, the charges of the smartcards have also been dropped. "Earlier the smartcards used to cost around Rs. 350 but now it will Rs. 200. Also, the RC will be directly sent at the residential address of the vehicle owner after they apply for it," said Lohi. It is said that not only the ones who have newly purchased vehicles can apply for the smartcards but also the ones who were issued RCs in the form of paper documents can apply for a duplicate card after paying the charges. "Just three month ago when I had purchased a motorcycle I was given the paper documents and it used to be a task to carry them around, especially during the rains as there was always a fear that it would get spoil. But the smartcards will be a better option and it will also be easier to carry," said Pracheta Mada, a resident of Waghbil.
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2017-10-20Thane: Spa session, gym memberships preferred Diwali gifts this ... - Times of India
Thane: Spa session, gym memberships preferred Diwali gifts this season Oct 20, 2017, 21:38 IST THANE: The lake city is bustling with festivities and residents are thronging malls and local markets in search of the perfect gift for their loved ones—not only for Diwali but also for Bhai Dooj. While the chocolate hampers, dry-fruit boxes, mitai boxes, aroma candles and diyas are still the preferred choice of many, there are some who have been racking their brains and trying to come up with out-of the-box gifts. From buying gym memberships to pampering their loved ones with spa sessions and gifting home furnishings items, fitness gadgets, Thaneites have been brainstorming for unique, innovative gift ideas this season. Swati Pongurlekar, a resident, said, "Rather than gifting food items, doing something that is more meaningful and a person will remember. So, I will be gifting my sister, niece and other family members spa sessions. This will give them a chance to unwind and relax after leading a hectic schedule." Besides this, many residents have extended a helping hand to city-based NGOs and have contributed in every possible way to reach out to those in need. Whether in terms donating cash, old clothes or non-perishable items, people have gone out of their way to make other's Diwali a memorable one.
Thane: Spa session, gym memberships preferred Diwali gifts this ... - Times of India
2017-10-20Tata Housing launches exclusive easy payment plan for Serein in Thane - The Siasat Daily
Tata Housing launches exclusive easy payment plan for Serein in Thane October 20, 2017, 10:17 AM IST Mumbai (Maharashtra): Tata Housing – one of the leading real estate developers in India, today announced an exclusive easy payment plan for India’s first wellness homes – Serein in Thane. This scheme will enable consumers to book their apartments by paying just 6 per cent and the balance payment after 36 months. The limited payment plan, valid till November 15, is set to bring consumers close to nature. “With a thriving wellness industry and growing awareness about health and wellbeing, wellness homes are currently gaining popularity in the premium space. The luxury home buyer segment is evolving as home buyers are demanding living spaces specially designed to connect with nature’s elements. Serein assures the highest standards of living with unique wellness features integrated into the project,” said Rajeeb Dash, Head – Corporate Marketing, Tata Housing. “The scheme will not only offer flexibility in payments, but also relieve consumers from worrying about EMI payments post booking, for the next three years. At Tata Housing, we strive to provide valuable propositions to our customers and we are delighted to launch this scheme, in true celebration of this festive season and its spirit,” he added. The 6 percent easy payment plan perfectly complements with the Code 6 of Serein which includes six distinguished features of the project. This unique project with wellness as a theme has outdoor living spaces designed exclusively for users to immerse themselves in nature’s elements. The apartments have been placed such that they have abundant sunlight and natural ventilation. Taking wellness to the next level, these homes are boasting wellness features like Vitamin C showers, Dehumidifiers, Homes with Low VOC Paints and many more. The project is spread across 1 million sq.ft, comprising two-, three- and four-BHK apartments and duplexes. (ANI)
2017-10-20FDA seize adulterated sweets worth Rs 8.29 lakh | Thane News ... - Times of India
FDA seize adulterated sweets worth Rs 8.29 lakh Oct 20, 2017, 21:35 IST NAVI MUMBAI: A team of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Thane, raided a sweetmeat shop in Digha, Navi Mumbai, as they were reportedly selling adulterated sweets. The officials seized 3,562 kg of sweets worth Rs 8.29 lakh. Samples of the sweets have been sent to a laboratory for further testing, after which the fate of the shop will be decided, an FDA official said. The FDA sealed the unit after it was found to be flouting the food safety norms. "We found that the sweets were kept in an unhygienic and unhealthy condition. The stock that was seized could be dangerous to consume," said an official. The FDA officials slapped a stop-activity notice on the unit till further order. "We had received complaints about the unit and the brands that were being stored in the firm. So, we conducted a raid at the shop. This has been a major crackdown in recent times," said joint commissioner of FDA Suresh Deshmukh. A team comprising of food safety officers P B Kute, A R Deshmukh and A V Kandelkar have been carrying out drives as such activites are rampant during the festive season.
2017-10-20Thane was most polluted in state; Mumbai, Nagpur next - Times of India
Thane was most polluted in state; Mumbai, Nagpur next Oct 21, 2017, 03:34 IST Nagpur: Thane was the most polluted while Navi Mumbai witnessed the cleanest Diwali among the cities in Maharashtra that were monitored by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) up to 4pm on Friday. The air quality of Nagpur remained 'moderate' during the festive fervour. While the overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded as 326 on Thursday, Thane's AQI went higher to 334 as per data uploaded at the online monitoring system of the CPCB by Friday afternoon. Mumbai had the second-worst air quality with an AQI of 248 followed by Nagpur with 192. An AQI between 200-300 is considered 'poor' and causes breathing discomfort to most people on prolonged exposure. The AQIs in most of the cities was recorded higher on Friday, the day after of Diwali. In most of the cities, the air quality began to worsen after 8pm on Wednesday with the volume of particulates PM2.5 and PM10 increasing. These particulates enter the respiratory system and reportedly cause severe respiratory and other health problems. The 24-hour safe limits of PM2.5 and PM10 is 60 and 100 micrograms per cubic metre (mpcm), respectively. According to a study done by the National Engineering Research Institute (Neeri), the "episodic rise" in the concentration of particulate matter in air during Diwali causes adverse impact on health and climate change.The PM 10 levels in Mumbai entered 'severe' zone at midnight with a reading of 486 mpcm and continued to be in the red zone till 4am. In Thane, the PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels touched 'very poor' level around 11pm and remained more than 300 mpcm till the wee hours. In both Pune and Nagpur, the PM 10 hit 'severe' levels at midnight, with a reading of 500 mpcm. The particulate matter in Aurangabad, Nashik and Solapur sharply rose post 8pm, indicating 'very poor' air quality. Navi Mumbai seemed like the only monitoring city which did not touch the red mark on Thursday and Friday. Though Nagpur's AQI was moderate, the city was still the third-most polluted in the state. Environment experts feel that with development activities at its peak, it was bound to happen. "When compared to last three years, the volume of fireworks was very less this year. Particulate matters are the main culprit of air pollution and they are already on a higher side in the city due to construction work of metro, cement roads and individual construction activities in residential areas," said Kaustav Chatterjee, founder of Green Vigil.
2017-10-191250 rain tapping systems in Thane, but load off civic supply yet to ease - Times of India
1,250 rain tapping systems in Thane, but load off civic supply yet to ease Oct 19, 2017, 13:33 IST THANE: The presence of nearly 1,250 rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems in various parts of the city has apparently failed to reduce the supply load off the Thane civic body despite a heavy rainfall this year. A rough estimation by experts revealed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) could have saved at least a million litres of water daily by banking on this alternate source of water, especially during monsoon. Activists have now raised doubts if any of these systems are operational at all and urged the TMC to encourage more such projects in the city. Interestingly, the civic water supply department that issues the non-objection certificate for RWH projects in the city since 2006 does not conduct an annual audit of their functioning despite the civic body insisting that all new residential complexes have the facility installed at the time of seeking an occupation certificate (OC). While just three complexes had the system installed in 2006, the numbers shot up to 179 last year with another 88 units being installed till this August. Experts said that the high volume of rainwater this year could have been tapped optimally if these systems were operative. Nearly 3,500mm rainwater that could have been enough to supply 900 days of city's daily supply showered this year with a bulk quantity slipping off into the drains without any such units operative. Even if 25 per cent of this water could have been tapped, it could have made notable reduction in costs and saved the valuable resource, remarked city activists. A rough estimation revealed that each of these systems could have ensured a daily supply of nearly 10,000 litres taking the average collective volume to about a million litres daily if tapped and used at least during the monsoon. The city requires 480 million litres of water daily and the demand has remained steady since the last four months, confirmed the water supply department. Municipal officers admitted of having no records of such facilities in the city, but assured of conducting a survey annually and also encourage residents to keep these facilities operative. "We don't have any records now as we haven't yet conducted any survey of the residential complexes after they received the OC. We will also try to educate residents about the benefits of RWH and promote its active use by the next season to ensure rainwater is tapped optimally," said a senior civic official.
1250 rain tapping systems in Thane, but load off civic supply yet to ease - Times of India
2017-10-19Show utmost care for animals during Diwali celebrations: Thane veterinarians - Times of India
Show utmost care for animals during Diwali celebrations: Thane veterinarians Oct 19, 2017, 13:33 IST THANE: City-based veterinarians have cautioned animal lovers and pet owners to take preventive measures to ensure that animals are not scared or injured due to the noise or the spark emitted by firecrackers. Experts have claimed that one should give animals complete attention as they are most vulnerable during this festival. "Animals like dogs and cats get scared, distressed and disoriented when they hear the sound of the crackers, as their hearing power is 10 times more than human beings. At times due to the fear they even get cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, many burst crackers and the pollution that is caused due to the fire crackers affects the respiratory system of the birds, due to which at times they even die. As a preventive measure with the advice of the vet one can give pets homeopathy medicines, which can calm them. When it comes to strays, the society members can make sure that they let a stray take shelter in the vicinity, so that they would feel secure. Also, if one comes across a frightened stray, then one should not immediately touch them. They may bite in defence, but if possible one can wrap them in a blanket to calm them," said Karishma Gupte, city-based veterinarian. It is also advised that tags are put on the animal's collar so that if they are lost they could be traced. A city-based NGO, Pet Owners and Animal Lovers, had put reflective collars on over 100 strays. "When it comes to pets their owners are always around to make sure that they are okay but the strays don't have anyone around them and they easily get lost. This happens as they get disoriented after hearing the sound of crackers. In order to get these strays back to their territory we have put collars around their necks wherein we have written the address of the vicinity they belong to and even mentioned the caretaker's contact number, who usually feed them and look after them," said Aditi Nair, founder of the NGO. If an animal suffers any burn marks, then they can be given first aid at home and then rushed to a vet. "One can apply ice pack and antibiotic cream on the burnt area. Also, if a dog is facing any respiratory problem, then one can make him/her sniff eucalyptus oil. Cats can be given steam as they may be allergic to oil. Also, owners should strictly avoid giving any sweets to the animals," added Gupte.
Show utmost care for animals during Diwali celebrations: Thane veterinarians - Times of India
2017-10-19City marks Chhoti Diwali with holy bath, exchange of sweets - Times of India
City marks Chhoti Diwali with holy bath, exchange of sweets Oct 19, 2017, 22:40 IST THANE: Lake city was twinkling like a star as people lit diyas and removed rangolis outside their homes, marking the onset of Diwali. Thaneites put up strings of led lights, fairy lights and lanterns to celebrate Diwali with full enthusiasm. City celebrated Chhoti Diwali or Narak Chaturdashi on Wednesday where people started their day with a holy bath, gorging on festive savories and sweets, exchanging gifts and celebrating the festival with their loved ones. A Thane resident Atul G said, "On the day of Narak Chaturdashi, we get up early in the morning by 5.30 am. Then we apply ubtan (sandalwood pack) on the body and take the ritualistic bath called 'Abhyanga Snaan.' There's a ritual to squish a fruit called 'Karit' which means killing the narkasur. Usually the men in the house crush the fruit with their feet and then lick the juice. This custom symbolizes the victory of good over the evil. It's a representation of how lord Krishna defeated the demon narkasura." The festive spirit of the auspicious day can also be seen in the city temples with denizens thronging to the places of worship to seek the blessings of the lords.Resident of Pokhran Road 1, Sushama Pongurlekar said, "In the morning, we visit the temple at Upvan Lake. After returning we offer the lip smacking dishes to the God and then have breakfast with the entire family. Some relatives also come over and we share our faral with one other." Meanwhile, the youngsters are seen decked up in their traditional best, spending quality time with each other by going out for lunch or shopping, in short making the most of this day. A Majiwada, 21-year-old Prajakta Chitnis said, "We have been following a set tradition for the last four years. We all get together at a friend's place, eat Diwali faral and then head towards Ram Maruti Road where we just roam endlessly. It's fun to bump into old school friends and relatives. It's a fun gathering where everyone is greeting each other, clicking selfies and having a blast." Diwali is incomplete without crackers. Though many have pledged to have a silent and green Diwali, there are many who burst crackers and celebrate the festival. Meenal Gupte, a Naupada resident shares, "Me and my brother burst a lot of crackers together. After finishing the Abhyanga Snaan in the morning, next thing we do is burst crackers."
City marks Chhoti Diwali with holy bath, exchange of sweets - Times of India
2017-10-19Debris mafia returns to kill mangroves at Thane creek - Times of India
Debris mafia returns to kill mangroves at Thane creek Updated: Oct 20, 2017, 00:13 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The civic body's effort to plant more trees and beautify the mangrove stretch along the Palm Beach extension road in Ghansoli has gone in vain. The creekside area has been usurped by the debris mafia. Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had spent lakhs in leveling dumped debris along this stretch and planted hundreds of saplings on World Environment Day as part of its beautification plan. The residents got an unpleasant surprise when they discovered that the plantation site has been brazenly destroyed with the dumping of debris over the past few days. They also alleged that authorities have failed miserably to maintain the green zone against the powerful debris mafia who are hand in gloves with the various agencies. "Construction trash is being dumped, right under the nose of forest and civic officials. The illegal dumping activity goes on unchecked and the agencies responsible for safeguarding the green cover remain mute spectators. I feel there's a nexus between various agencies and the debris mafia without which dumping along this green stretch is impossible," said Santosh Patil, an activist. Ghansoli ward officer and assistant municipal commissioner, NMMC, Dattatray Nagre, under whose jurisdiction falls the dumping site, told TOI, "I have visited the site on Thursday and saw the fresh dumping along this stretch for the first time. The civic plantation drive was taken up in June after levelling the debris heap. As we are short-staffed and festive vacation is on, debris mafia has taken advantage of the situation under the cover of darkness. We will clear the trash and reclaim the plantation corridor soon." Residents also complained that the rubble packed in the plastic bags being dumped are generated from the renovation of homes and the debris contractors seem to be collecting and disposing the construction waste during late night hours. Ironically, the local mangrove cell office is located just three km away from the dumping site. Even the footpath here has been encroached upon, forcing the morning and evening joggers to risk their life against speeding vehicles on the road. Mangrove wing of forest department is yet to act against the rampant mangrove destruction by the debris mafia. An official from mangrove cell said, "NMMC has to take care of the stretch. We have already written to the NMMC, citing dumping activity here."
Debris mafia returns to kill mangroves at Thane creek - Times of India
2017-10-18Thane tehsildar held for taking Rs 10-lakh bribe - Mumbai Mirror
THANE TEHSILDAR HELD FOR TAKING RS 10-LAKH BRIBE Updated: Oct 18, 2017, 06.38 AM IST The Thane tehsildar was trapped and arrested by the Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau on Tuesday evening for demanding and accepting a Rs 10 lakh bribe. He was caught red-handed at his office in Thane Nagar along with a private agent. On October 12, the ACB had laid a trap for Tehsildar Kisan Bhadane, 44, based on specific inputs of a complainant, who had been trying to obtain a conversion tax order for his land parcels in Kashi village, Thane. The complainant alleged that Bhadane had been delaying his file. “The complainant approached us on October 11 and we laid the trap with marked notes on October 12. There was also a private person involved, who might be an agent,” an officer investigating the case said. “They demanded Rs 10 lakh, and as soon as the money exchanged hands, we arrested them both,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Balkrishna Sawant.The other person has been identified as Ram Ugale, 34, sources said. Bhadane has been booked under Sections 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal renumeration) and 13 (criminal misconduct by a public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. He was arrested around 8 pm, ACB officials told Mirror.
Thane tehsildar held for taking Rs 10-lakh bribe - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-18Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Elections: Shiv Sena Wins Thane, Palghar, Raigad, & Ratnagiri - India.com
Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Elections: Shiv Sena Wins Thane, Palghar, Raigad, & Ratnagiri Updated: October 18, 2017 11:22 AM IST Thane, Oct 18: Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray, has registered a comprehensive victory in Thane, Palghar, Raigad, and Ratnagiri districts in the second phase of gram panchayat elections in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena has won a total of 98 seats out of 242 seats in Raigad district, 20 out of 56 in Palghar, 16 out of 41 gram panchayats in Thane district. The Shiv Sena has bagged a total of 295 seats in the second phase of Maharashtra gram panchayat elections 2017. In Raigad, Palghar and Thane, Shiv Sena has bagged the Sarpanch seat. In Ratnagiri, 140 out of 215 seats have been grabbed by Shiv Sena. In Sindhudurg, Shiv Sena took over the reins of Malvan. In Kudal and Sawantwadi gram panchayats, Shiv Sena has won 25 and 14 seats, respectively. As many as 3,692 gram panchayats, spread over 16 districts of Maharashtra went to polls on October 14. The gram panchayat elections in Thane, Palghar and Raigad were conducted on a total of 229 seats. Shiv Sena won a total of 134. As the results were announced, Shiv Sena workers started celebrating. Shiv Sena’s winning seats in Sindhudurg district Shiv Sena’s winning seats in Sindhudurg district in Vaibhavwadi in Sindhudurg, Shiva has bagged only one seat; in Devgad, the party has won 9 seats; 7 in Kankavli; 25 in Malvan and Kudal, respectively; 6 in Vengurla and 14 in Sawantwadi. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a landslide victory in Maharashtra gram panchayat elections 2017 winning a total of 1311 seats. At the second spot, the Indian National Congress (INC) managed to win 312 seats, while Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) came third with 297 seats. Others managed to grab win in 453 seats. After the declaration of the gram panchayat results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: ““Great result in Phase 2 of the Gram Panchayat polls! Thank you Maharashtra. The continued faith in BJP inspires us to work even harder.”
2017-10-18Tata Housing Launches Exclusive Easy Payment Plan for Serein in Thane - Business Wire India (press release)
Tata Housing Launches Exclusive Easy Payment Plan for Serein in Thane Company Name : Tata Housing Pvt. Ltd. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:30PM IST (12:00PM GMT) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Enables consumers to upgrade living by booking India’s first wellness homes at just 6 per cent This 6 per cent easy payment in line with the project’s Code 6 value proposition is valid till 15th November 2017 Tata Housing - one of the leading real estate developers in India, today announced an exclusive easy payment plan for India’s first wellness homes - Serein in Thane. This scheme will enable consumers to book their apartments by paying just 6 per cent and the balance payment after 36 months. The limited payment plan valid till 15th November 2017, is set to bring consumers close to nature. Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Mr. Rajeeb Dash, Head - Corporate Marketing, Tata Housing, said, “With a thriving wellness industry and growing awareness about health and wellbeing, wellness homes are currently gaining popularity in the premium space. The luxury home buyer segment is evolving as home buyers are demanding living spaces specially designed to connect with nature’s elements. Serein assures the highest standards of living with unique wellness features integrated into the project.” “The scheme will not only offer flexibility in payments, but also relieve consumers from worrying about EMI payments post booking, for the next 3 years. At Tata Housing, we strive to provide valuable propositions to our customers and we are delighted to launch this scheme, in true celebration of this festive season and its spirit.” The 6 percent easy payment plan perfectly complements with the Code 6 of Serein which includes six distinguished features of the project. This unique project with wellness as a theme has outdoor living spaces designed exclusively for users to immerse themselves in nature’s elements. The apartments have been placed such that they have abundant sunlight and natural ventilation. Taking wellness to the next level, these homes are boasting wellness features like Vitamin C showers, Dehumidifiers, Homes with Low VOC Paints and many more. The project is spread across 1 million sq.ft. comprising two-, three- and four-BHK apartments and duplexes. About Tata Housing Tata Housing is a closely held public limited company and a subsidiary of Tata Sons. It is the first corporate to pioneer the concept of real estate development in India. It is widely recognized for quality construction, ethical and transparent business practices and timely delivery of properties. It has a pan-India and international presence with demonstrated capabilities in Construction, Engineering, Commercial / IT parks, Housing and Township development. It is known for international standards of design and green sustainable developments.
2017-10-18Tata Housing launches exclusive easy payment plan for Serein in Thane - Hindu Business Line
Tata Housing launches exclusive easy payment plan for Serein in Thane October 18, 2017:Business Wire India Enables consumers to upgrade living by booking India’s first wellness homes at just 6 per cent This 6 per cent easy payment in line with the project’s Code 6 value proposition is valid till 15th November 2017 Tata Housing - one of the leading real estate developers in India, today announced an exclusive easy payment plan for India’s first wellness homes - Serein in Thane. This scheme will enable consumers to book their apartments by paying just 6 per cent and the balance payment after 36 months. The limited payment plan valid till 15th November 2017, is set to bring consumers close to nature. Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Mr. Rajeeb Dash, Head - Corporate Marketing, Tata Housing, said, “With a thriving wellness industry and growing awareness about health and wellbeing, wellness homes are currently gaining popularity in the premium space. The luxury home buyer segment is evolving as home buyers are demanding living spaces specially designed to connect with nature’s elements. Serein assures the highest standards of living with unique wellness features integrated into the project.” “The scheme will not only offer flexibility in payments, but also relieve consumers from worrying about EMI payments post booking, for the next 3 years. At Tata Housing, we strive to provide valuable propositions to our customers and we are delighted to launch this scheme, in true celebration of this festive season and its spirit.” The 6 percent easy payment plan perfectly complements with the Code 6 of Serein which includes six distinguished features of the project. This unique project with wellness as a theme has outdoor living spaces designed exclusively for users to immerse themselves in nature’s elements. The apartments have been placed such that they have abundant sunlight and natural ventilation. Taking wellness to the next level, these homes are boasting wellness features like Vitamin C showers, Dehumidifiers, Homes with Low VOC Paints and many more. The project is spread across 1 million sq.ft. comprising two-, three- and four-BHK apartments and duplexes. About Tata Housing Tata Housing is a closely held public limited company and a subsidiary of Tata Sons. It is the first corporate to pioneer the concept of real estate development in India. It is widely recognized for quality construction, ethical and transparent business practices and timely delivery of properties. It has a pan-India and international presence with demonstrated capabilities in Construction, Engineering, Commercial / IT parks, Housing and Township development. It is known for international standards of design and green sustainable developments.
2017-10-17Traffic to be diverted near Jambli Naka mkt - Times of India
Traffic to be diverted near Jambli Naka market Updated: Oct 18, 2017, 01:43 IST THANE: In a bid to ensure smooth flow of traffic during the Diwali festivities, the thane traffic department has prohibited vehicles from entering the interior road near Jambli Naka market area. The otherwise busy Shivaji Path stretch witnesses a huge crowd during this time of the year, leaving hardly any space for pedestrian. In order to solve this problem, the traffic department has announced a temporary diversion for all vehicles, including buses. An official from the traffic department said, "The area from court naka bus stop till Ashok cinema will remain shut for the next few days till Saturday. The Thane municipal transport buses that come from the main city going towards station will have to take a right after court naka, near Dr. Mooses chowk, opposite Masunda lake." This move comes as a relief for shoppers who would have had to face traffic snarls. To ensure that motorists are following the temporary diversion, traffic officials will be deployed at the spot. The department also announced that police vehicles and emergency services such as fire brigade and ambulances will not be part of the traffic diversion.
2017-10-17Thane tehsildar, aide caught accepting Rs 10 lakh bribe - Business Standard
Thane tehsildar, aide caught accepting Rs 10 lakh bribe Last Updated at October 17, 2017 23:42 IST The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) today caught Thane tehsildar and a private person for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh for granting NA permission for land, an official said today. The tehsildar, Kisan Bhadane (41), was trapped along with a private person, identified as Ram Ugale (31), this evening, ACB's Thane range DSP ACB Sangramsinh Nishandar said. The complainant had approached the ACB on October 12 stating that Bhadane has been demanding money to grant NA permission for a piece of land in Kashi village in Thane taluka. According to Nishandar, the official accepted the bribe money through Ugale. The offence is being registered and further investigation into the case is on. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
2017-10-17Two women politicians clash, clip goes viral | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India
Two women politicians clash, clip goes viral Updated: Oct 17, 2017, 09:50 IST KALYAN: Two women Shiv Sena corporators, Madhuri Kale and Sheetal Mandari, clashed with each other on Sunday night over who should get credit for a road work near a society in Kalyan. A video of the clash, recorded by locals, went viral on social media. Both corporators filed cross-complaints at the Kolsewadi police station. Mandari is a corporator from Ward No. 98 in Kalyan (east), from which Kale was earlier a corporator. When the ward became a reserved one during the last election, Kale contested from another ward and helped Mandari get a ticket from the Shiv Sena in her old seat. The work was sanctioned during Kale's tenure but completed now. The society put up a hoarding congratulating Kale, and this upset Mandari. In her complaint, Mandari alleged that Kale used casteist remarks.
Two women politicians clash, clip goes viral | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India
2017-10-17Thane tehsildar, aide caught accepting Rs 10 lakh bribe - India Today
Thane tehsildar, aide caught accepting Rs 10 lakh bribe October 17, 2017 | UPDATED 23:40 IST Thane, Oct 17 (PTI) The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) today caught Thane tehsildar and a private person for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh for granting NA permission for land, an official said today. The tehsildar, Kisan Bhadane (41), was trapped along with a private person, identified as Ram Ugale (31), this evening, ACBs Thane range DSP ACB Sangramsinh Nishandar said. The complainant had approached the ACB on October 12 stating that Bhadane has been demanding money to grant NA permission for a piece of land in Kashi village in Thane taluka. According to Nishandar, the official accepted the bribe money through Ugale. The offence is being registered and further investigation into the case is on. PTI CORR NP
2017-10-16Thane man kills wife, buries body to hide crime - The Tribune
Thane man kills wife, buries body to hide crime - The Tribune
2017-10-16Realty business hit, TMC earns less revenue in H1 of 2017-18 - Times of India
Realty business hit, TMC earns less revenue in H1 of 2017-18 Oct 16, 2017, 21:26 IST THANE: The property market seems to have taken a beating in Thane as builders and redevelopment contractors are apparently slow-peddling on new projects, considering that the Thane civic body's collections from development charges, payable by builders, has hit rock bottom to just Rs 184 crore in the last six months. Civic officials said the half-yearly collections from the development charges this fiscal, is way below the Rs 249 crore that the civic body had garnered from development charges in the previous fiscal. While one section claimed that actual activity would begin post rains, experts admitted that it was a slow-down phase in the realty market and pinned the blame to the industry not ready to take up new projects as it is still acclamitising itself to the recently-introduced Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA) and Goods and Services Tax (GST). Officials from the town planning department, the nodal department to clear building plans and collect the development charges, said the six-monthly income of Rs 184 crore is way below their target as the expected annual revenue has been fixed at Rs 690 crore. The revenue from the town planning department segment mainly comprises development charges, premium earned for loading additional floor space index (FSI), balconies, staircases, etc. The payment for all these elements are usually made by the developer to the civic body in the initial stages of every new project, said industry players validating the possibility of a drop in the number of projects seeking approvals. It may be noted that the civic town planning department has always registered an upward swing in the annual income since the last few years. From the revenue of Rs 73 crore in the first half of 2014-15, the same escalated to Rs 110 crore during the same period the next year and subsequently to Rs 249 for the first six months in 2016-17. "There is a slowdown in the business mainly because the industry is still adjusting to the back-to-back policy modifications like demonetisation, RERA or GST. We are hopeful of recovering the backlog in the second half of the fiscal during the festive period," said developer and Thane MCHI president Ajay Ashar. We have been banking on the income from the town planning department that is mostly from development charges and premium floor space index sale in new constructions. The earning is very less than expected
Realty business hit, TMC earns less revenue in H1 of 2017-18 - Times of India
2017-10-166 units partially demolished by TMC last week - Times of India
6 units partially demolished by TMC last week Oct 16, 2017, 21:27 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has assured of continued action against commercial and entertainment establishments in Kothari compound after initiating a drive on Friday against six units reportedly flouting municipal norms. The action that was taken minutes ahead of the general body meeting scheduled raised eyebrows among activists who suspect the same to be an eyewash. Nearly six units, including eating houses and furniture showrooms, were partially demolished with the anti encroachment team claiming of various illegalities committed by these units. "These units didn't alert the TMC while undertaking changes in the original structure and also failed to get mandatory safety nods," said an official. Ashok Burpulle, in charge of the anti encroachment department clarified they will sustain the drive throughout and will spare none.
6 units partially demolished by TMC last week - Times of India
2017-10-16Biker's death spurs call for action online - Times of India
Biker’s death spurs call for action online Oct 16, 2017, 21:24 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The CCTV footage of a 34-year-old woman biker coming under a crane after skidding on the road near Utsav Chowk in Kharghar on Saturday has gone viral on the social media. This has prompted residents to question if the contractor, who had undertaken the road work should be held responsible for the death of the mother of two. The video shows victim Shilpa Amit Puri skidding on the road before coming under the hydraulic crane.The video was posted on Facebook by a CBD resident, Vinay More. The post has received several comments from citizens holding the road maintenance contractor responsible. This is despite the crane driver being arrested for negligent driving. "The CCTV footage clearly shows that the woman was riding on the extreme left lane and skid because of uneven concrete work on the dug-up road. She was wearing a helmet but that didn't save her." said More.
2017-10-16Housing society booked after girl loses arm in lift accident - Times of India
Housing society booked after girl loses arm in lift accident Oct 16, 2017, 06:25 IST THANE: A housing society in Kasarvadavli in Thane has been booked for criminal negligence after an eight-year-old girl's forearm got stuck in a building's elevator and it had to be amputated. The incident took place on Tuesday when the girl, Archana Tale, a resident of Borivli Pada, was in Unnathi Greens society for her tuitions. Senior inspector D Dhole of Kasarvadavli police station said, "Tale goes to a flat on the third floor of one of the buildings in the society for tuitions.On Tuesday too, she was there.During the tuitions, she was seated near a window and her pen fell down. She informed her teacher that the pen had fallen down and headed to the ground floor to collect it. She took the lift and reached the ground floor, however, when she was about to get out, one of her slippers got stuck in the closed grilles of the elevator." The police said that Tale put her hand through the grilles to get her slipper and at that moment, someone from one of the above floors pressed the elevator button, causing it to move upwards. "The girl's arm got cut from the elbow," he added. On coming to know of the incident, the tuition teacher informed Tale's uncle who works in a nearby building. The uncle then took the girl to her home in Borivali Pada, which is a five-minute walk, with the cutoff arm, said the police. The girl's parents rushed her to a nearby private hospital and she was given basic treatment. Later, she was taken to Sion hospital and then shifted to KEM hospital in Parel."Doctors claimed that the veins of the arm were damaged and so it was not possible to reattach it. On Wednesday , when we asked the girl's mother if they feel there is any foul play in the incident, she said it was the housing society's fault and that they should have kept a watchman in the lift. We have registered a complaint under Section 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC," said Dhole. The police, however, said the society had put up a notice in the lift which stated that any child below 10 years should be accompanied by an adult.
Housing society booked after girl loses arm in lift accident - Times of India
2017-10-15Youth booked for molestation acquitted three years later - Times of India
Youth booked for molestation acquitted three years later Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 00:55 IST THANE: A 22-year-old youth, booked by Kalwa police for molesting a 16-year-old girl in 2014, was recently acquitted by the district sessions court as the prosecution failed to prove the offences. The youth and victim, both friends, frequently communicated on Facebook and often exchanged greetings. Parents of the victim, a college student, claimed the boy slapped their daughter as he disliked her going out with other friends. A police complaint was lodged under sections 354(A)(D) of the IPC and section 8 of POCSO Act. Prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale said the victim had gone for an outing with friends, which was disliked by the boy. Later, when she refused to talk to him, he would follow her to college, she said. He also allegedly shouted at her and touched her inappropriately on August 23. The counsel for the accused, Sunil Bhatia, admitted the two were friends and she would drink liquor, which the accused resented. When he threatened to report her to her parents, she filed a false complaint against him, Bhatia said. District judge (special POCSO Act) S C Khalipe ruled out sexual harassment, and said there was disparity in the versions of the parents and victim. The judge noted, "The victim's father admitted he did not know his daughter was chatting with the accused on the phone and Facebook, and he did not know the accused would meet his daughter at their house and other friends' houses. In June 2014, he came to know that he was friends with his daughter." The defence submitted there was no complaint when he allegedly slapped the victim in June 2014. The victim said it was a minor issue. The incident occurred on August 23, 2014, but the FIR was filed two days later, and the delay was not explained. The judge pointed out that the victim did not state that the accused caught her hand and passed comments, as her father claimed. The victim did not say that she had disclosed that the accused had caught her hands and passed comments. So on this point there was no corroboration between what the victim and her father said, the judge said.
2017-10-15Widow of tree crash victim to get job - Times of India
Widow of tree crash victim to get job Oct 15, 2017, 05:47 IST THANE: The widow of advocate Kishore Pawar, who died in a tree collapse during the July rains, will be recruited in the clerical department of the Thane Municipal Corporation following unanimous approval to the administration's proposal at the general body meeting on Friday. It was proposed to extend financial compensation to the family and also offer employment to his widow. Pawar was riding his twowheeler when a tree came crashing down on him in Thane on July 21. The Thane Matadata Jagran Avhiyaan had been crusading on behalf of the fami ly, seeking adequate compensation. They had even staged a protest outside the TMC headquarters on Friday ahead of the general body meeting. The administration had come under fire from activists and corporators who claimed the Rs 1 lakh monetary compensation proposed by the administration was unfair. "The proposal to monetarily compensate the family was approved by the house. Besides that, his wife will also be given a job in the corporation," infor med a civic official. The advocate, a resident of Ghawat Chawl at Namdeo Wadi area, is survived by his wife of six years and two children. The mishap had triggered widespread anger against the corporation. Activists alleged the advocate had needlessly lost his life because TMC didn't undertake pruning of trees this year after an activist had approached the National Green Tribunal alleging indiscriminate trimming. "We are happy Pawar's wife will be absorbed in the TMC on humanitarian grounds. We will continue our fight till the family gets complete justice," said Unmesh Bagwe of the Abhiyaan.
Widow of tree crash victim to get job - Times of India
2017-10-15Youth booked for molestation acquitted three years later | Thane ... - Times of India
Youth booked for molestation acquitted three years later Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 00:55 IST THANE: A 22-year-old youth, booked by Kalwa police for molesting a 16-year-old girl in 2014, was recently acquitted by the district sessions court as the prosecution failed to prove the offences. The youth and victim, both friends, frequently communicated on Facebook and often exchanged greetings. Parents of the victim, a college student, claimed the boy slapped their daughter as he disliked her going out with other friends. A police complaint was lodged under sections 354(A)(D) of the IPC and section 8 of POCSO Act. Prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale said the victim had gone for an outing with friends, which was disliked by the boy. Later, when she refused to talk to him, he would follow her to college, she said. He also allegedly shouted at her and touched her inappropriately on August 23. The counsel for the accused, Sunil Bhatia, admitted the two were friends and she would drink liquor, which the accused resented. When he threatened to report her to her parents, she filed a false complaint against him, Bhatia said. District judge (special POCSO Act) S C Khalipe ruled out sexual harassment, and said there was disparity in the versions of the parents and victim. The judge noted, "The victim's father admitted he did not know his daughter was chatting with the accused on the phone and Facebook, and he did not know the accused would meet his daughter at their house and other friends' houses. In June 2014, he came to know that he was friends with his daughter." The defence submitted there was no complaint when he allegedly slapped the victim in June 2014. The victim said it was a minor issue. The incident occurred on August 23, 2014, but the FIR was filed two days later, and the delay was not explained. The judge pointed out that the victim did not state that the accused caught her hand and passed comments, as her father claimed. The victim did not say that she had disclosed that the accused had caught her hands and passed comments. So on this point there was no corroboration between what the victim and her father said, the judge said.
2017-10-142 brothers die on tracks after visiting ailing uncle - Times of India
2 brothers die on tracks after visiting ailing uncle Oct 14, 2017, 05:58 IST KALYAN: Two brothers who were returning home after visiting an uncle who has been admitted to hospital in a critical condition died after being run over by a local at Kopar station on Thursday. The deceased--Panvel resident Pramod Lokhande (39) and his brother Pune resident Sachin(41)--were crossing tracks, the railway police said. As word of the accident spread, locals staged an impromptu protest against the railway authorities, demanding a foot over-bridge across the tracks at the station. The elder brother, Sanjay , said in his police statement that Pramod and Sachin had gone to visit the uncle who has been put on a ventilator at the hospital in Vasai. Railway police officials said the two brothers had taken a local from Vasai to Kopar. They were crossing the track when a train knocked them down around 8.30 pm. The railway police said on receiving information about the accident, the brothers were rushed to Shastri Nagar Hospital which is run by Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation where doctors declared them as being `brought dead'. Senior inspector of Government Railway Police, G C Hiremath, said an accidental death report has been filed and further investigation is going on. While the Lokhande family hails from Ratnagiri, Pramod lived family in Panvel where he worked for a private company .Sachin's family lives in Pune.
2017-10-14Thane: Cyber cell arrested gang of 4 for ATM card skimming - Free Press Journal
Thane: Cyber cell arrested gang of 4 for ATM card skimming Oct 14, 2017 09:12 am Thane: Thane cyber cell arrested gang of 4 for fraudulently withdrawing money from 49 bank accounts after stealing ATM card details through skimming. Mumbra police had received 49 complaints of cheating during a span of 48 hours on September 10-11. The cyber cell and economic offence wing DCP Dr. Sandeep Bhajibhakre and his team during their probe searched through 5lakh 61 thousand phone calls and found their accused. Three men and a woman were arrested after the interrogation. Three of them hail from Mumbai’s Dongari area and one of the accused had previously been arrested in a similar case in Hyderabad. One of the accused lives in Mumbra. The accused are not well educated but technically sound. The lady accused is a homemaker who just accompanying them to keepg a vigil outside the ATM centers while these men worked inside. “The gang has an interesting modus operandi. The woman would travel with them to avoid any suspicion. These men searched for ATM centers with no security guards. Later, they installed skimmers and CCTVs exactly above the place where cards can be copied,” said Madhukar Pande, Joint Commissioner, Thane police. The accused are identified as Hyder Ali Sher Ali Sarang, Tabassum Mistry alias Janhavi alias Jyotsna, Sohail Shaikh, and Mohammad Jaid Rangwala, working with a mobile gallery.
Thane: Cyber cell arrested gang of 4 for ATM card skimming - Free Press Journal
2017-10-14Top jewel thief held week after hitting Thane store - The Hindu
Top jewel thief held week after hitting Thane store OCTOBER 14, 2017 23:20 IST UPDATED: OCTOBER 14, 2017 23:20 IST Police recover jewellery worth ?1.7 crore from accused Mumbai: Police have recovered gold ornaments weighing six kg. and worth ?1.7 crore from two men suspected of a heist at a jewellery store in Ambernath last week. Of the two, Vinod Rambali Singh (49) has nearly 20 such cases registered against his name since 1982, police said. Cash worth ?4.5 lakh was also recovered from them. Joint.Commisioner of Police Madhukar Pandey, Thane Police, said, “There are nearly 20 such cases registered against Vinod since 1982. In 2006, he was arrested in a similar theft case in Hyderabad. There are similar cases against him in Mumbai and Thane.” Mr. Singh was arrested and taken into custody from his residence at Mira Road on October 13 with Chabildas Jhubeliya (45), a Borivali resident to whom he had given some jewellery. Both accused have been charged under IPC sections 454 (house breaking) and 380 (theft) in the FIR registered by Shivaji Nagar Police station, Ambernath After the theft at Sagar Jewellers on October 8, police formed a special team to nab the culprits. “CCTV footage provided an important clue, Vinod’s face was clearly visible. We ran a Google search, which confirmed his identity,” Mr. Pandey said. He said the accused broke the store’s lock and cut through the window grill to gain access, and made off with close to eight kg of gold jewellery. “He hid behind a banner taken from Ambernath railway station while entering the store.” Police said they are interrogating the accused for the whereabouts of the remaining jewellery.
2017-10-14Thane police recover more gold extorted by Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides - Hindustan Times
Thane police recover more gold extorted by Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides Iqbal Kaskar, Mumtaz Shaikh, Israr Sayyed were sent to judicial custody for 14 days in an extortion case. MUMBAI Updated: Oct 14, 2017 23:45 IST The Thane police on?Saturday recovered another seven tolas of gold which was allegedly extorted by gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother Iqbal Kaskar and his two associates. They have so far recovered 31 tolas of gold. According the police, Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Sayyed handed over seven tolas of gold to a jeweller in Thane. The three men were arrested for extorting Rs 30 lakh and four flats from a builder in Thane on September 18. Ten days later, a jeweller in Thane alleged that they had extorted 40 tolas of gold worth Rs 15 lakh. In the third case, apart from Iqbal, his brothers Dawood and Anees Ibrahim, and three other builders were booked in connection with a land deal in Gorai. Dawood masterminded the 1993 Mumbai blasts and fled the country. He is said to be hiding in Pakistan. Kaskar, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, is said to be operating Dawood’s real estate business in the city, the police said. Pradeep Sharma , senior inspector from Thane anti-extortion cell, said, “Iqbal and his aides extorted 40 tolas of gold from the jeweller and we have recovered 31 tolas. We are yet to recover a four-tola necklace which was gifted by Shaikh and Sayyed to a dance bar girl. We have identified the jeweller from whom the recovery was made and will question him if he is in possession of more gold. ” Kaskar sent to judicial custody Iqbal Kaskar, Mumtaz Shaikh, Israr Sayyed were sent to judicial custody for 14 days in an extortion case “The three accused were produced in court and were sent to judicial custody for 14 days. We will take their custody after Diwali under MCOCA sections,” said Abhishek Trimukhe deputy commissioner (crime), Thane
Thane police recover more gold extorted by Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides - Hindustan Times
2017-10-14Four held for killing newborn boy in Maharashtra's Thane - The Tribune
Posted at: Oct 14, 2017, 2:08 PM; last updated: Oct 14, 2017, 2:08 PM (IST) Four held for killing newborn boy in Maharashtra’s Thane Thane, October 14 A 20-year-old woman and three others were on Saturday arrested on the charge of killing her baby boy and dumping it near a building at Dombivli in the district, police said. The arrested include the woman’s mother, police said. The accused were identified as Kamlesh Bhanushali (29), Mahesh Bande (24) and the woman and her mother Shanta Banerjee (45), they added. On October 9, the Manpada police had received information that the body of a baby was lying near a building. When they went to the spot, they found that the body was packed in a blue-coloured bag and the throat of the newborn was slit, said police. According to police, the 20-year-old woman became pregnant as she was in a relationship with the two accused men. At the advanced stage of pregnancy, the duo allegedly gave her pills to terminate her pregnancy. “On the night of October 9, the woman gave birth to the baby boy at home, where her mother assisted her. The accused allegedly slit the throat of the child and then packed it in a blue bag and dumped out of the widow of their building,” a police officer said. During the probe, the police were informed that one of the women in the building was pregnant. When they inquired with the woman about her pregnancy and child, she could not give satisfactory answers. When police inquired further, she revealed to them what had happened. Senior police inspector Gajanan Kabdule of the Manpada police station said further investigation into the matter is on. PTI
Four held for killing newborn boy in Maharashtra
2017-10-14Children offer helping hand in Diwali decor, get ideas online - Times of India
Children offer helping hand in Diwali decor, get ideas online Oct 14, 2017, 16:45 IST THANE: With the festival of lights just around the corner, lake city denizens are busy gearing up for the celebrations, cooking lip-smacking delicacies or shopping for the latest festive wear. The children, it seems, are also not so far behind in preparing for Diwali. From making paper lanterns at home to painting diyas, the little ones are giving a helping hand to their folks for the festivities. While many purchase the lanterns flooded in the city markets, the gen X from Thane is making use of the internet to acquaint themselves with new designs and ideas to make their own lanterns. Hiya Master, a 13-year-old resident of Hiranandani Estate, said, "Last week I was going through some video tutorials on YouTube about lanterns that can be made at home. I found that the designs were a bit difficult to follow. So, I decided to take ideas from the videos and create my own design. I also saw images of lanterns on the internet. The design that I finalised in the end was a blend of the videos I saw, coupled with my imagination and creativity. It took me about an hour and a half to finish the lantern after buying all the craft supplies from the market. In between tuition classes I would dedicate 10 minutes of my time every day for the lantern. My lantern is crafted out of handmade paper and colourful gelatin paper." There are many others like Master who are making use of the holidays, engaging themselves in such crafty exercises, giving a new twist to the traditional patterns of lanterns commonly available everywhere. Samruddha Mandale, 1 12-year-old student of class VII, said, "Ever since I was a child I was interested in art. My father is very creative and has been making lanterns for our home since many years now. This year, I made one for a project in school. I thought why not make one for home too. So, I browsed the internet and found around seven videos. I got so caught up in the activity that I rushed to the shop downstairs to buy cardboard, golden paper, glue and whatever else I needed. Then my father guided me and gave me suggestions to improve my lantern after which it was done in two hours."
Children offer helping hand in Diwali decor, get ideas online - Times of India
2017-10-14Over 300 illegal structures razed in 2-day drive at Diva - Times of India
Over 300 illegal structures razed in 2-day drive at Diva Oct 14, 2017, 16:43 IST THANE: In a two-day demolition drive, over 300 structures and 400 hand carts operating illegally in Diva were razed by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The drive, which started on Wednesday, covered the stretch from Diva east station premises till Dativali Chowk. More than 150 shops were razed and 200 hand carts destroyed on the first The shops which had illegal extensions and were obstructing our path for road widening were demolished. Now, the work which had been delayed since six years can begin," said a civic official. On the second day of the demolition drive, the team moved towards Sabe Gao area where 156 illegal structures and 200 more hand carts operating illegally were demolished. The authority also cracked a whip on the shops alongside the diva lake.
Over 300 illegal structures razed in 2-day drive at Diva - Times of India
2017-10-14Despite heavy rains this year, many areas face water scarcity - Times of India
Despite heavy rains this year, many areas face water scarcity Oct 14, 2017, 16:43 IST THANE: The city may received abundant rainfall and the reservoirs may be full to the brim, but residents of several parts of Thane seem to be still facing water supply problems. The administration has however blamed the heavy thundershowers over the last few weeks for the poor supply. A representation of 700 residents from King Kong Nagar adjoining Hiranandani Estate led by the MNS approached the TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Friday to voice their grievances about poor water supply in their respective areas. "The residents have been left without water for over a decade now and are forced to purchase it at high rates. Civic officers claim their homes are illegal and are depriving them of water supply," complained Avinash Jadhav of MNS, Thane. The situation is faced in almost all areas of the city. A resident of the upscale Waghbil area claimed their society has been facing water crisis for over the last few weeks and are relying on tankers for their daily supply. Residents of Mumbra also lamented that they have not only been faced of water crisis but the tanker mafia here has been charging more from them. Meanwhile, the water supply department has blamed technical snags at the pumping stations leading to a fluctuation in the supply. "There has been heavy rains that has been bringing in lots of trash that has caused disruption to the supply. Also frequent power cuts due to the heavy thundershowers has also led to disruption in the water supply. We are hoping a normalcy in the next few weeks," said a senior official from the water supply department.
Despite heavy rains this year, many areas face water scarcity - Times of India
2017-10-14DRI: Rs 200 crore forex fraud plot hatched at a bar in Thane - Times of India
DRI: Rs 200 crore forex fraud plot hatched at a bar in Thane Updated: Oct 15, 2017, 03:18 IST MUMBAI: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials probing the Rs 200 crore currency declaration form (CDF) scam, said that the conspiracy was hatched at a Thane bar early this year. Ashok Purswani (55), branch manager of Union Bank of India, who arrested on Friday in this case had participated in several such meetings. The DRI is probing a case of exporters fraudulently availing the facility of drawback. When foreign currency is deposited in a bank by exporters, they fill up CDFs and get drawbacks (as reward) from the government for bringing forex in India. Purswani was arrested along with Aamil Fruitwala, director of AN Forex Pvt Ltd. DRI sources said they recorded Purswani's statement on five occasions under the Customs Act. Purswani has admitted to have met two agents at Twins Bar in Thane, where they offered him Rs 0.10 for per US dollar deposit in his bank's branch. During the subsequent meetings, the agents asked him that he should also take deposit of more firms to earn more commission. Purswani has also confessed that Hiten Haria, another exporter arrested in this case, had approached him directly for deposit of foreign currency under CDFs for Ashapura Clothing Pvt Ltd., M/s Ashapura Texfab Pvt Ltd and M/s Ashapura Exports. Purswani received Rs 3 lakh from Haria for the facilitation. Purswani admitted to have earned a Rs 18 lakh in commissions. "They would not actually deposit foreign currency. Everything was fake. Fruitwala had a different modus operandi. He would buy copies of passports of genuine travellers and fill the CDFs using these details. He would pretend he had received the foreign currency from the travellers. We recovered passport copies of several people. Not a single of them has said they sold or gave foreign currency to Fruitwala," said a senior official. The DRI is trying to find out who supplied the passport copies to Fruitwala. "He paid Rs 10 for each copy of a genuine passport," said the official, adding that this is a dangerous modus operandi where a traveller's passport details were sold for just Rs 10. DRI officials said that during February and July this year, false information on CDFs were submitted to Union bank of India branch where the exporters claimed to have deposited Rs 200 crore.
DRI: Rs 200 crore forex fraud plot hatched at a bar in Thane - Times of India
2017-10-13Thane: Class I student molested by house-keeping staff in school toilet; arrested - Outlook India
12 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 11:04 PM Thane: Class I student molested by house-keeping staff in school toilet; arrested Thane (Maharashtra) [India], October 13 : A house-keeping employee from DSD School in Thane's Kalyan town was arrested on Friday for allegedly molesting a class I student. The incident took place on Tuesday, when the girl, by mistake, entered the boys' toilet, where the 43-year-old accused was cleaning it. On seeing the girl, the accused molested her. The girl, in fear, rushed out of the toilet and raised an alarm. She later told her parents about the incident, after which a complaint was lodged. The accused has been booked under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
2017-10-136-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Molested In Thane School Toilet, Sanitation Worker Arrested - Outlook India
13 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 6:01 PMNATIONAL6-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Molested In Thane School Toilet, Sanitation Worker ArrestedOn seeing the girl in the toilet alone, he allegedly molested her and also made obscene gestures at her A six-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a sanitation worker in the toilet of a school in Kalyan town in Thane and the accused has been arrested, police said. Around 12.30 PM on Tuesday, the girl went to wash her hands after lunch and by mistake she entered the boys' toilet, where the 43-year-old accused was doing cleaning work, said inspector B A Kadam of Khadakpada police station under Kalyan division. On seeing the girl in the toilet alone, he allegedly molested her and also made obscene gestures at her, Kadam said. The girl rushed out of the toilet and raised an alarm. She later told her parents about the incident after which a complaint was lodged on Thursday night, the police said. Her parents also informed the school management about the episode, they said. The accused has been booked for assaulting with intent to outrage the modesty of the girl and also under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the police said.
6-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Molested In Thane School Toilet, Sanitation Worker Arrested - Outlook India
2017-10-132.5 lakh kids in Thane, Palghar served eggs on 'World Egg Day' - Outlook India
2.5 lakh kids in Thane, Palghar served eggs on 'World Egg Day' 13 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 11:36 AM Thane, Oct 13 The authorities today served eggs to nearly 2.5 lakh children here and in the neighbouring Palghar district, on the occasion of 'World Egg Day'. The Valpada hamlet in Bhiwandi taluka here was bustling with activity this morning when the district administration officials arrived for the distribution of boiled eggs to the children in the 'anganwadis', the government-run rural mother and child care centres. The children were seen relishing their breakfast as the officials informed them about the health benefits of consuming the egg, which is rich in protein. Thane district zilla parishad's chief executive officer (CEO) Vivek Bhimanwar was present during the distribution of eggs in Bhiwandi. Similar exercises were carried out in the district's nearly 1,230 aanganwadis and balwadis, the pre-schools run for economically weaker sections of the society. Nearly 1.3 lakh children are getting educated at the aanganwadis and balwadis in Thane. Of them, one lakh children were being served the eggs today as the others were vegetarians, he said. According to Thane district's animal husbandry officer Dr Prashant Kamble, there are a number of rural pockets here and incidences of malnourishment are reported from some of them. Thus, it is important for children to consume eggs, he said. In Palghar, the district zilla parishad's CEO, Milind Borikar, said they would be distributing around 1.5 lakh eggs to children not only in the aanganwadis and balwadis, but also in the aided and non-aided schools of the government. He said today the aided and non-aided schools were also included in the exercise as the children in aanganwadis and balwadis were already being served eggs twice every week.
2.5 lakh kids in Thane, Palghar served eggs on
2017-10-13Broken overhead wire affects Central Railway services - Times of India
Broken overhead wire affects Central Railway services Oct 13, 2017, 22:16 IST KALYAN: The train services on Kalyan-CST route of Central Railway remain affected after overhead wire broke between Thakurli and Kalyan railway stations on Friday evening. The railway sources said that incident occurred at around 6.50pm on up line after which services on both up and down lines were stopped for the repair work till 8pm. The incident has delayed local as well as long distance trains on the route.
2017-10-13'RPF personnel' held for robbing passengers - Times of India
‘RPF personnel’ held for robbing passengers Updated: Oct 14, 2017, 01:27 IST KALYAN: A 31-year-old man, Aakash Jadhav, was arrested on Friday for posing as a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel and robbing commuters travelling on long-distance trains. Jadhav, a Kolhapur resident, was caught during a patrolling drive undertaken by the RPF to curb robberies on long-distance trains. On Friday, constable Prakash Deore boarded Vidharbha Express train in plain clothes and spotted Jadhav checking tickets. Sandeep Ombase, senior inspector of Kalyan RPF crime said, "When Deore saw Jadhav snatching a commuter's cellphone and cash, he immediately alerted the Igatpuri GRP."
2017-10-132.5 lakh kids in Thane, Palghar served eggs on World Egg Day - India Today
2.5 lakh kids in Thane, Palghar served eggs on World Egg Day The authorities today served eggs to nearly 2.5 lakh children here and in the neighbouring Palghar district, on the occasion of World Egg Day. October 13, 2017 | UPDATED 12:54 IST The authorities today served eggs to nearly 2.5 lakh children in Thane and in the neighbouring Palghar district, on the occasion of World Egg Day. The Valpada hamlet in Bhiwandi taluka was bustling with activity when the district administration officials arrived for the distribution of boiled eggs to the children in the anganwadis, the government-run rural mother and child care centres. The children were seen relishing their breakfast as the officials informed them about the health benefits of consuming the egg, which is rich in protein.Thane district zilla parishads chief executive officer (CEO) Vivek Bhimanwar was present during the distribution of eggs in Bhiwandi. Similar exercises were carried out in the districts nearly 1,230 aanganwadis and balwadis, the pre-schools run for economically weaker sections of the society. Nearly 1.3 lakh children are getting educated at the aanganwadis and balwadis in Thane. Of them, one lakh children were being served the eggs today as the others were vegetarians, he said. According to Thane districts animal husbandry officer Dr Prashant Kamble, there are a number of rural pockets here and incidences of malnourishment are reported from some of them. Thus, it is important for children to consume eggs, he said. In Palghar, the district zilla parishads CEO, Milind Borikar, said they would be distributing around 1.5 lakh eggs to children not only in the aanganwadis and balwadis, but also in the aided and non-aided schools of the government. He said today the aided and non-aided schools were also included in the exercise as the children in aanganwadis and balwadis were already being served eggs twice every week.
2.5 lakh kids in Thane, Palghar served eggs on World Egg Day - India Today
2017-10-13Sweeper arrested for 'molesting' Class I student of Kalyan school - Times of India
Sweeper arrested for ‘molesting’ Class I student of Kalyan school Updated: Oct 14, 2017, 00:32 IST KALYAN: A 47-year-old sweeper has been arrested for allegedly molesting a six-year-old girl student inside a boys' toilet in an English medium school at Kalyan on Tuesday. Before the child's parents approached the police, the school conducted an internal inquiry and sacked the accused as well as the woman staffer posted at the girls' toilet for not being present at the spot when the crime was committed. The Class I student had entered the boy's toilet next to the one for girls by mistake to wash her hands when the accused, who was cleaning the cubicles, allegedly molested her. She had entered the toilet to wash her hands after the lunch break. The arrested accused has been identified as Pradeep Mahajan, who is a resident of Kalyan's Khadegolivali area. Khadakpada police said Mahajan warned the child against telling anyone of the incident. She did as told that day but the next day, on Wednesday, she gathered courage and informed her mother of what had happened. Her parents immediately approached the school principal and demanded action against Mahajan. As the parents had reached the school late in the evening, the principal requested them to return on Thursday morning so that the school could conduct an internal probe. The school fired Mahajan and the woman staffer on Thursday. Later that evening, the family approached Khadakpada police who arrested Mahajan late at night from his residence. He has been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 354 for molestation and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act's Section 12 for sexual harassment. Balasaheb Kadam, senior police inspector of Khadakpada police station, said, "Immediately after the complainant approached us, we sent across a team and arrested the accused. Further probe is on in the case." The school principal told TOI: "Services of the housekeeping staff are outsourced. Mahajan, who was employed by that company, was given the charge of keeping a watch on boys' toilet and cleaning work. After parents approached us, we conducted an inquiry and immediately sacked Mahajan and a woman staffer posted at the girls' toilet as she was not present at the time of the incident." The molestation incident created panic among other parents who have demanded strict action against the accused. He was produced before the Kalyan sessions court on Friday and on the grounds of being a tuberculosis patient, sent to judicial custody. Cops said Mahajan denied molesting the child. He said he had taken off his shirt while cleaning the toilet and that the child got frightened on seeing him and fled.
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2017-10-12Bombay HC allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OCs to new buildings - The Indian Express
Bombay HC allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OCs to new buildings The four-member committee, which will meet once in two months, will comprise of the municipal commissioner, divisional commissioner, chief city engineer and member secretary of the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority. Mumbai | Published:October 12, 2017 6:19 am The Bombay High Court on Wednesday lifted the restrictions it had earlier imposed on the Thane and Pune municipal corporations from issuing occupation and commencement certificates to any new construction in certain localities. The High Court had in May prohibited the two municipal corporations from issuing occupation certificates (OC) and commencement certificates (CC) in Thane’s Ghodbunder Road and Pune’s Balewadi and Baner areas owing to water woes faced by residents of these localities. The court had passed the order after two public interest litigations were filed claiming abrupt cuts in water supply to various areas along the Ghodbunder Road in Thane and in Baner and Balewadi areas in Pune. The problem had become routine and the residents were forced to buy water from private tanker suppliers, the PILs said. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N.M. Jamdar on Wednesday vacated the restriction so that buyers of flats did not face problems. “If this restriction continues, then people who have purchased flats in these areas would face difficulty. Therefore, we permit the two local authorities (Thane and Pune municipal corporations) to go ahead with the issuance of OC and CC,” the court said. The court, however, ordered for a committee to be set up in each district to redress the grievances pertaining to domestic water supply. The four-member committee, which will meet once in two months, will comprise of the municipal commissioner, divisional commissioner, chief city engineer and member secretary of the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority. The court noted that no resident had come forward to attend the meetings held by the Pune civic authority to address the water issue. “If there was really a severe shortage of water, the affected persons ought to have attended the meetings. We cannot totally shut our eyes or opine that there is no water supply problem at all. It may not be to the extent shown by the petitioners, but there is bound to be water supply problem when there are so many constructions coming up,” said the court.
Bombay HC allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OCs to new buildings - The Indian Express
2017-10-12Thane police bust fake telephone exchange racket - Free Press Journal
Thane police bust fake telephone exchange racket Oct 12, 2017 09:07 am Thane: The crime branch unit of Thane police busted a fake telephone exchange in Bhivandi. Bhivandi crime branch police inspector Sheetal Raut had received information about fake exchanges and the police raided almost 30 centres in Bhivandi and nearby areas. Fourteen exchanges were found to be fake in this raid. Gangster Suresh Pujari also had used one of the telephone exchange for extortion calls. Shivaji Nagar police station had received a complaint from a builder that he had received a threatening call from gangster Suresh Pujari. The police were investigating the case, and it was traced to Odisha, where Thane police along with Odisha police raided a centre in a village in Odisha where they seized a sim box. While studying the detailed analysis, police zeroed in on 30 targets in Bhivandi and nearby areas. On Monday early morning, the police team consisting 10 police officials and 100 staffers raided these fake telephone centres situated in Bhivandi. The police seized 25 sim boxes and 438 sims of various phone companies. (Sim box is device used as part of a VoIP gateway installation. It contains a number of SIM cards, which are linked to the gateway but housed and stored separately from it.) “The call center workers are not much educated but they have sufficient technical knowledge about call center. We are yet to investigate as who have given them training and technical guidance for this advanced technology. Also, the sims that have been recovered is a part of investigation. These call center used to earn around 40 to 50 thousand rupees with the calls,” said Madhukar Pande, joint commissioner of police. The fake centers use various sim cards and through the sim boxes using the ‘dialer app’ (Chinese app). The calls can be converted into local calls. Here the caller does not have to pay the international gateway channel. The number gets coverted into an Indian mobile number making it untraceable to any security agency. Thus, it is an international racket, having various service centers in different countries. The Thane police have now invited the department of telecommunication for the assessment of losses to the Government.
Thane police bust fake telephone exchange racket - Free Press Journal
2017-10-12Magisterial probe ordered in death of Chinese national in Thane jail - Firstpost
Magisterial probe ordered in death of Chinese national in Thane jail Oct, 12 2017 14:40:06 IST Thane: The district administration has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of a Chinese national in judicial custody in Thane last month. The Thane sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) will conduct the inquiry into the death of Jiang Changquing in the district jail on 2 September, an official release said on Thursday. The 48-year-old was lodged in the jail under judicial custody in a diamond theft case. Jiang and another Chinese national Deng Xiaobo (45) were arrested on 1 August for allegedly stealing two diamonds worth Rs 36.5 lakh from an exhibition centre in Mumbai suburb of Goregaon. Both of them were subsequently remanded in judicial custody and lodged in the Thane jail. On 29 August, while having lunch with Deng in the prison, Jiang collapsed all of a sudden, jail superintendent Nitin Waychal had then told reporters. He was rushed to the jail hospital and then taken to the Thane Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on 2 September, he had said. The duo had arrived in Mumbai on 30 July and later visited the jewellery exhibition. The CISF personnel had nabbed Jiang and Deng at the Mumbai international airport minutes before they were to board a flight to Osaka, Japan on 31 July, the police had said. Published Date: Oct 12, 2017 02:31 pm | Updated Date: Oct 12, 2017 02:40 pm
2017-10-12High Court allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OC for new - Yahoo India News
High Court allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OC for new The Bombay High Court today vacated its order prohibiting the Thane and Pune civic bodies from issuing occupation and commencement certificates to new constructions in some areas of the two cities over the issue of inadequate water supply in residential colonies there. In May this year, the high court had restricted the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) not to issue occupation certificate (OC) and commencement certificate (CC) to any new construction in Thane's Ghodbunder Road area, and the Pune corporation was prohibited from granting the same to constructions in Balewadi and Baner areas. The restriction order was imposed after two public interest litigations were filed claiming abrupt water cuts to various areas along the Ghodbunder Road, Baner and Balewadi had become a routine exercise and that the residents were forced to buy water from private water tanker suppliers. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar today vacated the restriction and said, "If this restriction continues then people who have purchased flats in these areas would face difficulty. Therefore, we permit the two local authorities (Thane Municipal Corporation and Pune Municipal Corporation) to go ahead with the issuance of OC and CC." The court, however, ordered for a committee to be set up in each district which would meet once in two months to redress grievances pertaining to domestic water supply. "Let us see how this committee works. The committee shall report to us from time-to-time. We cannot totally shut our eyes or opine that there is no water supply problem at all. There is bound to be water supply problem when there are so many constructions coming up," the court observed.
High Court allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OC for new - Yahoo India News
2017-10-12On-duty gangman dies after being hit by speeding express mail - Times of India
On-duty gangman dies after being hit by speeding express mail Oct 13, 2017, 01:34 IST THANE: A 35-year-old on-duty gangman died after reportedly being hit by a speeding Mumbai-bound express train between Thane and Diva in the Parsik tunnel on Thursday. The incident took place when the gangman, identified as Ram Gopal Meena, was on track maintenance duty with his colleagues on the fast corridor between Thane and Diva. The railway police said, the victim and his colleague were assigned the four-km-long track stretch and were inside the Parsik tunnel as per routine when a speeding LTT-bound Faizabad express train arrived. The duo heard the train honk and moved away from its path. While his colleague shifted over towards the down fast line, Meena decided to move towards the tunnel wall but due to a small nullah running alongside he couldn't get adequate space to stand and got hit. His accomplice immediately alerted his seniors who rushed to the spot and shifted the profusely bleeding Meena to the nearest Thane station. The railway staff at Thane immediately shifted the victim to the hospital where he was declared dead. Meena had suffered severe injuries to his limbs and face, said a railway official. The victim is survived by two children and a wife, who stay in Rajasthan. His colleagues will claim his body and send it to his native place, said an official. Railway officers said that motormen of trains passing the section are usually given warning about men working along the tracks and also special supervisors are assigned for alerting about any work being carried out on tracks.
On-duty gangman dies after being hit by speeding express mail - Times of India
2017-10-11HC allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OC for new - Outlook India
11 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 4:00 PM HC allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OC for new Mumbai, Oct 11 The Bombay High Court today vacated its order prohibiting the Thane and Pune civic bodies from issuing occupation and commencement certificates to new constructions in some areas of the two cities over the issue of inadequate water supply in residential colonies there. In May this year, the high court had restricted the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) not to issue occupation certificate (OC) and commencement certificate (CC) to any new construction in Thane's Ghodbunder Road area, and the Pune corporation was prohibited from granting the same to constructions in Balewadi and Baner areas. The restriction order was imposed after two public interest litigations were filed claiming abrupt water cuts to various areas along the Ghodbunder Road, Baner and Balewadi had become a routine exercise and that the residents were forced to buy water from private water tanker suppliers. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar today vacated the restriction and said, "If this restriction continues then people who have purchased flats in these areas would face difficulty. Therefore, we permit the two local authorities (Thane Municipal Corporation and Pune Municipal Corporation) to go ahead with the issuance of OC and CC." The court, however, ordered for a committee to be set up in each district which would meet once in two months to redress grievances pertaining to domestic water supply. "Let us see how this committee works. The committee shall report to us from time-to-time. We cannot totally shut our eyes or opine that there is no water supply problem at all. There is bound to be water supply problem when there are so many constructions coming up," the court observed.
2017-10-11Thane extortion: MCOCA slapped on Iqbal Kaskar, absconder Chhota Shakeel - Times Now
Thane extortion: MCOCA slapped on Iqbal Kaskar, absconder Chhota Shakeel Updated: Oct 11, 2017 | 21:24 IST | Thane: The Thane Police on Wednesday slapped MCOCA against five accused, including absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar's younger brother Iqbal Kaskar and aide Chhota Shakeel in an extortion case. "We have slapped the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against all five accused in the first extortion case registered against them. Besides, two other cases have also been lodged against Iqbal Kaskar. In another case, we have also booked his brothers Dawood and Anees," Joint Police Commissioner Madhukar Pandey told media persons here. The MCOCA provisions have been invoked against all four accused arrested so far in the first case registered by a builder, besides absconding gangster Chhota Shakeel, which will make it very difficult for them to get bail, Pandey added. Besides Iqbal Kaskar, his accomplices Israr Ali Jamal Sayyed and Mumtaz Sheikh were arrested on September 18 from Nagpada in south Mumbai. A bookie and illegal 'matka' operator Pankaj Gangar, who financed the extortion racket by transferring money through 'hawala' channels, was arrested later from Borivali in north Mumbai. The decision to invoke MCOCA was taken after the involvement of Chhota Shakeel was established during investigations, besides Iqbal Kaskar's brothers Dawood and Anees, who are in Pakistan, according to his (Iqbal's) statement recorded by Thane Police. In the first case, a Thane builder had complained to the Anti-Extortion Cell that he was threatened in the name of Dawood since 2013 and he had given Rs 30 lakhs plus four flats worth around Rs five crore in a prime locality as extortion. The Mumbai Police is also helping by providing details of all the cases registered against Chhota Shakeel to the Thane Police to help strengthen the cases and bring them to justice.
Thane extortion: MCOCA slapped on Iqbal Kaskar, absconder Chhota Shakeel - Times Now
2017-10-11Thane: 35 illegal VoIP telephone exchanges busted, 26 arrested - Zee News
Thane: 35 illegal VoIP telephone exchanges busted, 26 arrested As many as 35 illegal VoIP telephone exchanges were raided and at least 26 people arrested at several locations in the Bhiwandi township here, a police officer has said. Last Updated: Oct 11, 2017, 11:16 AM IST Thane: As many as 35 illegal VoIP telephone exchanges were raided and at least 26 people arrested at several locations in the Bhiwandi township here, a police officer has said. Several high-end gadgets were seized during the operation which began early yesterday and continued till late at night, he has said. The operation was conducted by the Crime Branch of the Thane Police. "During the operation, 35 illegal VoIP telephone exchanges were busted in Bhiwandi and at least 26 people were arrested," the officer, who was part of the operation, told PTI. "On a complaint alleging extortion threats, the police traced the call to Odisha and it subsequently came to light that the call was routed via Bhiwandi, which is a base of such illegal telephone exchanges," he has said. The calls were handled from various locations, including the UAE and other places in the Middle East. Latest gadgets, which did not reveal the caller's ID and eased the entire operations, were also used, the officer has said. The system at play involved interconnecting Internet or VoIP and mobile connections, which is not permitted as per India's telecom laws. The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology allows a person to make voice calls using an Internet connection, instead of a regular phone line. According to the police, these illegal telephone exchanges caused losses to the tune of several crores of rupees to the state exchequer. While the main handlers were based in different parts of the world, the local handlers were operating from various metro cities in the country, police said. More than 100 crime branch personnel were involved in the operation, the officer said, adding it will continue on Wednesday also.
2017-10-11Engineering Student Created Jitendra Awhad's Fake FB Account; Arrested - India.com
Engineering Student Created Jitendra Awhad's Fake FB Account; Arrested Published: October 11, 2017 3:43 PM IST Mumbai, Oct 11: A 23-year-old civil engineering student was arrested from Mumbra for portraying himself as NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad on Facebook. As reported by India Today, the accused Tanveer Abdul Majid Chougule used to send messages to various women. The police told Times of India that as he started adding unknown people, his account was blocked by Facebook. Hence, he created a fake profile by Awhad’s name to increase the friend list. The India Today report mentions that Tanveer used to ask these women to meet for dinner after chatting with them for several hours. When a few women showed up at Jitendra Awhad’s office after chatting with the accused, the MLA realised that someone was chatting with them using his name through a fake account. He filed a complaint at Thane police station and the cybercrime branch traced the boy’s IP address and arrested him. The accused told police that he created this fake account as he got a good response from women by impersonating as Awhad and was enjoying it.
Engineering Student Created Jitendra Awhad
2017-10-11AC buses from Thane, Andheri to BKC soon - Times of India
AC buses from Thane, Andheri to BKC soon Updated: Oct 12, 2017, 00:10 IST MUMBAI: BEST plans two AC bus routes from Thane to Bandra-Kurla Complex and from Andheri to BKC soon. While BEST-owned AC buses have been taken off roads since April, it is expecting 25 AC hybrid electric buses which are being procured by MMRDA to mainly cater to commuters travelling from Bandra station to BKC and from Kurla/Sion to BKC. "We also plan few buses on longer routes, which could include Thane-BKC and Andheri-BKC," said BEST general manager Surendrakumar Bagde. He said there is huge demand for buses on these routes during peak hours. "We can increase revenue and woo more commuters with comfortable AC rides," he said. The 31-seater, low-floor hybrid AC buses will boost fuel saving by up to 30% and reduce carbon emissions compared to conventional buses. They will have CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots and emergency stop request button for passengers, officials said. The buses will have bucket-type seats, softer suspension, tubeless tyres and lower noise, vibration and harshness, which will ensure a comfortable ride. There will be no operational losses for BEST as it can claim loss in revenue from the state government once every two months for running the AC buses, sources said. BEST has proposed a Rs5 hike in AC bus fares, but the the committee has to clear it; the minimum fare is presently Rs15. A regular commuter to BKC said BEST must consider AC buses from Navi Mumbai. "If we have a bus from Belapur or Nerul to BKC, it will help ease the rush in local trains. Commuters have to go to Kurla by train and wait for autos to travel to BKC," he said. Some autos take four passengers on share routes, which is against RTO rules.
2017-10-11Emergency Room: Thane Civil Hospital to be demolished for expansion - The Indian Express
Emergency Room: Thane Civil Hospital to be demolished for expansion The upgraded hospital will have a dedicated burns ward to treat burns patients. In Mumbai, currently Airoli-based National Burns Institute is the only hospital exclusively catering to burns patients. Mumbai | Published:October 12, 2017 4:39 am The Thane Civil Hospital, the largest tertiary care hospital where tribal and semi-rural population from Thane and Palghar are referred to, is set for a revamp. The hospital will be demolished to make way for a super-specialty hospital. For the new hospital building to be constructed, the patients will be moved to the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital in Thane. The transfer of patients is expected in a few months. According to state officials, the ESIC commissioner has already approved the transfer of civil hospital patients to ESIC hospital in Gangadhar Nagar, Thane west. The state government will, however, have to make infrastructural arrangements for an operation theatre, intensive care unit, and basic diagnostic tests such as X-ray, CT scan and MRI at the ESIC hospital. The 336-bed Thane Civil Hospital has been under fire for its rundown structure, facing frequent maintenance issues. While it has a neonatal intensive care unit, the 16 incubators have been insufficient to handle the huge number of admissions from rural regions lining the district. According to civil surgeon Kempi Patil, the hospital will expand to a 576-bed facility with 14 specialties and eight super-specialties to include oncology, urology, nephrology, cardiology and neurology. “We are already providing haematology services for sickle cell and thalassemia patients. There is also a centre for free treatment of HIV and tuberculosis patients,” Patil said. The hospital has a newborn care unit which will be further upgraded to tackle the high admissions of neonatals from Jawahar and Mokhada regions that record high neonatal and malnutrition deaths. The upgraded hospital will have a dedicated burns ward to treat burns patients. In Mumbai, currently Airoli-based National Burns Institute is the only hospital exclusively catering to burns patients. The dialysis centre for renal failure patients will also be expanded. Currently, the Thane Civil Hospital has only seven dialysis beds. While the procedure of transferring patients has not yet begun, concerns have been raised over how the 100-bed ESIC hospital will cater to the huge patient load of the civil hospital for the coming five years while the redevelopment is underway. The ESIC hospital functions only to 35-50 per cent of its capacity due to lack of doctors and health equipment. The Indian Express had reported on Parel’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial ESIC hospital which had only five patients admitted last month in its 330-bed hospital due to paucity of medical officers and diagnostic facilities. “Our Thane hospital does not have X-ray or MRI facilities. There is no operation theatre or ICU. It acts as a primary treatment point of contact,” said Thane’s ESIC hospital medical superintendent Dr Shashikant Katkar. Government officials said arrangements for the transitional period will be made to run the civil hospital in the ESIC hospital and necessary equipment will be transferred.
Emergency Room: Thane Civil Hospital to be demolished for expansion - The Indian Express
2017-10-11HC allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OC for new - Outlook India
11 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 4:10 PM HC allows Thane, Pune civic bodies to issue OC for new Mumbai, Oct 11 The Bombay High Court today vacated its order prohibiting the Thane and Pune civic bodies from issuing occupation and commencement certificates to new constructions in some areas of the two cities over the issue of inadequate water supply in residential colonies there. In May this year, the high court had restricted the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) not to issue occupation certificate (OC) and commencement certificate (CC) to any new construction in Thane's Ghodbunder Road area, and the Pune corporation was prohibited from granting the same to constructions in Balewadi and Baner areas. The restriction order was imposed after two public interest litigations were filed claiming abrupt water cuts to various areas along the Ghodbunder Road, Baner and Balewadi had become a routine exercise and that the residents were forced to buy water from private water tanker suppliers. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar today vacated the restriction and said, "If this restriction continues then people who have purchased flats in these areas would face difficulty. Therefore, we permit the two local authorities (Thane Municipal Corporation and Pune Municipal Corporation) to go ahead with the issuance of OC and CC." The court, however, ordered for a committee to be set up in each district which would meet once in two months to redress grievances pertaining to domestic water supply. "Let us see how this committee works. The committee shall report to us from time-to-time. We cannot totally shut our eyes or opine that there is no water supply problem at all. There is bound to be water supply problem when there are so many constructions coming up," the court observed.
2017-10-1116 new rail services to connect extended suburbs to Mumbai from November 1 - Times of India
16 new rail services to connect extended suburbs to Mumbai from November 1 Oct 12, 2017, 01:22 IST THANE: The railways are planning to operate 16 additional suburban services connecting the extended suburbs with Mumbai from November 1. The timings are yet to be notified, but the introduction of additional services could possibly bring cheer for commuters, who risk their lives travelling in peak hour trains. The railways are also working on revamping amenities at a few stations beyond Thane and Kalyan. The announcement was made at a follow up meeting of general manager of Central Railway D K Sharma with Kalyan MP Dr Shrikant Shinde in Mumbai on Tuesday over lack of adequate amenities at suburban stations beyond Thane. The new services will connect Badlapur, Kalyan, Dombivli and Titwala with Mumbai in both directions, said Dr Shinde. While two services between Dadar and Badlapur will be started, another two would connect Dadar with Titwala. Six new Dadar-Dombivli and Kurla-Kalyan trains will also be introduced from November 1, added Dr Shinde. "The railways are working towards providing more services connecting suburbs where passenger footfall has increased manifold as compared to CSMT. The schedule of the new trains is being worked upon," said a senior railway officer from Mumbai. In addition, work on foot overbridges at Diva and a revamp of Ambernath station will also be fast-tracked considering the jump in commuter population. A home platform will be created at Ambernath station along platform 1 that will help disintegrate the crowd during peak hours, he said. In addition, expediting the work of Thakurli oustation train terminus, the 5th and 6th line between Thane and Diva including the Kalwa Airoli elevated Rail link was also discussed. Meanwhile, suburban commuters and activists have expressed cheer over the announcements saying it is a step towards realising the growth of traffic in the suburbs. "We have been interacting with the railways for more services connecting Thane and suburbs. it is a welcome move that 16 new services will be introduced but we feel few shuttles connecting Thane and Karjat or Kasara are required to ease the commuter density," said a passenger activist.
16 new rail services to connect extended suburbs to Mumbai from November 1 - Times of India
2017-10-10Thane: Engineering student impersonates NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad on social media platforms, arrested - India Today
Thane: Engineering student impersonates NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad on social media platforms, arrested The Thane cyber police has arrested an engineering student for allegedly impersonating NCP MLA and senior leader Jitendra Awhad on social media. After the accused was taken into custody, he confessed to the crime and said that he got a huge response from women and was enjoying it. October 10, 2017 | UPDATED 17:33 IST The Thane cyber police has arrested an engineering student for allegedly impersonating NCP MLA and senior leader Jitendra Awhad on social media and sending messages to various women. The accused created a Facebook account using Awhad's name. He used to send messages to several women who thought it was the NCP MLA who was sending them messages. He went on to even extend invitations to these women for dinners and meetings after talking to them for several hours while posing as Awhad. Some of these women who the accused chatted with contacted Awhad as they turned up at his office when called for a meeting. It was then that the MLA realised someone had created a Facebook account using his name. Jitendera Awhad approached the Thane police and then the cyber crime team started tracing the student. Meanwhile, the accused got alert and discontinued the account. But not for long. After a few days he again created another account in Awhad's name and started chatting with several women. The cyber crime officials then traced the IP address of the system used with the help of Facebook. They also laid a trap and lured the accused but failed initially. Soon, an Instagram account too cropped up and the accused started sending messaged to women using Jitender Awhad's name. Finally the cyber crime officials traced the IP address to a mobile phone and got hold of the accused involved. He was taken into custody and questioned where he confessed to the crime and revealed that he was doing it in the name of Awhad. He said that he got a huge response from women and was enjoying it. The accused is presently in custody of Thane police and they found that he is a student of a reputed engineering college in Mumbai. His parents stay overseas while he stays here with his relatives.
Thane: Engineering student impersonates NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad on social media platforms, arrested - India Today
2017-10-10Threat call probe leads to illegal telephone exchange racket - Times of India
Threat call probe leads to illegal telephone exchange racket Oct 11, 2017, 00:16 IST THANE: The cops from the crime branch have detained more than 25 people from Bhiwandi following raids at nearly 30 places in the powerloom town in connection with the probe into illegal telephone exchange. The police claimed they chanced upon this flourishing racket while probing a threat call for protection money to an Ambernath-based businessman by a gangster who identified himself as Suresh Pujari. The raids led to the recovery of as many as 25 sim-boxes, several routers, thousands of sim cards, laptops and mobile phones. The raids are presently underway, sources informed. It all started with the extortion call made to a businessman in Ambernath who complained to the police that a fugitive gangster is demanding money. Following the technical interrogation, the police initially reached a place in Orissa and it was found that the call is routed from Bhiwandi near Thane. Hence, after gathering technical intelligence and information the raids were conducted. Sources informed that the one who are detained are local handlers and the callers make a call from the from countries viz. UAE, Dubai etc. They dial the number into the exchange through a Chinese applications switch. The calls are connected through VOIP and then routed in India through sim-cards fixed to the device and router in India. Thus caller from abroad is not identified and the number that is displayed looks from India.
Threat call probe leads to illegal telephone exchange racket - Times of India
2017-10-10Proposed 6-km freeway between Shilphata & Kalwa may ease traffic - Times of India
Proposed 6-km freeway between Shilphata & Kalwa may ease traffic Updated: Oct 11, 2017, 00:12 IST THANE: The state public works department is mulling constructing a freeway between Shilphata and Kalwa to ensure a smooth and faster dispersal of traffic between Thane, Mumbai and Panvel, Pune on the old highway. A pre-feasibility study for constructing the approximately Rs 1,000-cr worth elevated road running above the six-km long Mumbra bypass road has been done by the Raigad division of the PWD that also maintains the old Pune highway. The route is an important and fastest connect between Thane, westerns suburbs of Mumbai with Panvel, Pune and even Konkan. The JNPT-Gujrat traffic also uses this corridor among others. As per plans, the elevated road would connect Y-junction near Bharat Gears towards Shil and Retibunder towards Kalwa. The six-km long freeway would have two lanes in each direction and would run parallel above the existing bypass road at an elevated level of seven metres. The new road would have all safety features including a robust periphery walls to arrest any vehicle falling off the speed corridor and also to avoid any debris from the hills to tumble on the concourse during landslides. The idea, say PWD officials is to augment the capacity on the dense corridor that has been facing massive traffic snarls for a very long time now. The bypass stretch is one of a vital connect between the JNPT, Pune and Konkan with the rest of the country and witnesses a huge flow of traffic throughout. However, as there is no scope for widening on the route due to geographical constrains of having a valley on one side and hills on the other, the only option is to go vertical, informed PWD officials. One of the advantages of the elevated freeway would be segregation of heavy and light vehicles that will get a speedier option to cross the perennially clogged stretch. "The existing bypass road witnesses' massive traffic snarls at times that often lasts till hours at a stretch. Small vehicles like passenger cars and taxis often get stuck amid the heavy trucks and containers," informed a traffic official. The need for the road was discussed recently at a closed door meeting of senior officials with public works minister Eknath Shinde who has assured to look into the issue. "The stretch witnesses massive snarls throughout affecting movement of not just freight but also passenger traffic. An elevated road should possibly solve the traffic crisis at the highway and we are pushing the freeway to be constructed on a priority basis," said Shinde who also happens to be the guardian minister of Thane. Meanwhile, environmentalists have expressed worry at the ecological damage to the neighboring Parsik hills due to the construction works.
2017-10-10Cloth merchant abducted, starved for not paying dues; 7 held - Times of India
Cloth merchant abducted, starved for not paying dues; 7 held Oct 10, 2017, 12:31 IST THANE: The district's rural police has arrested seven persons for allegedly kidnapping a 32-year-old cloth trader here and starving him in captivity for around nine days. The businessman, identified as Jitendra Joshi, had purchased clothes worth about Rs 12 lakh from the main accused - Gajanan Harad (32), who is a textile trader in Bhiwandi township here - but did not pay the dues, Additional Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, Prashant Kadam told reporters here last evening. Harad then conspired to kidnap Joshi and extort the money from his family, he said. On September 29, Harad's five friends allegedly kidnapped Joshi in a car shortly before midnight from near the latter's house in Bhayander township here, he said. They dumped Joshi at a dingy godown in Harad's cloth factory at Sonale village in Bhiwandi where the victim was not provided water and food, Kadam said. After Joshi was abducted, his family complained to the police. The local crime branch then started an investigation into the complaint and finally managed to trace the victim in the godown on Sunday night and rescued him, Kadam said.The police found Joshi in a haggard condition. He could barely stand and appeared very weak, the official said. The victim was rushed to a hospital and admitted for treatment, he said. Subsequently, the police yesterday arrested Harad, his driver Avdoot Shelar (27), and his five friends who were allegedly involved in the kidnapping - Ramesh alias Anil Yadav (38), Mayuresh Mhatre (28), Yatish Desai (28), Pratamesh Walavalkar (27) and Varun Agrawal (32), he said. They were booked under IPC sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person), 344 (wrongful confinement for ten or more days) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), Kadam said.
Cloth merchant abducted, starved for not paying dues; 7 held - Times of India
2017-10-103 armymen sustain injuries after lightning strikes during firing practice session - Times of India
3 armymen sustain injuries after lightning strikes during firing practice session Updated: Oct 11, 2017, 00:13 IST THANE: Three army personnel were rushed to a private hospital with serious injuries after lightning struck them during a firing practice session at the Indian Air Force range at Lokmanya Nagar on Tuesday. It is learnt that Mohammed Iqbal, Kamal Jyotinath and Mukesh Kumar, trainees at the Kalina military camp, were practising at the firing range when a lightning bolt struck them. Santosh Kadam, chief, regional disaster management cell (RDMC), said, "It was a peculiar climate on Tuesday at around 2.30pm when it turned windy and suddenly started raining. The trio was on the ground with their riffles when a bolt of lightning hit the four kilometre premises. The armymen were wet due to the rains and so when the lightning struck, they suffered serious injuries. Out of the three, Iqbal is believed to be serious and was brought to the casualty ward of the hospital. The other two have sustained lesser injuries in comparison."
3 armymen sustain injuries after lightning strikes during firing practice session - Times of India
2017-10-10Sudden temperature change from hot to cold makes people feel 'sick' - Times of India
Sudden temperature change from hot to cold makes people feel ‘sick’ Oct 10, 2017, 22:20 IST THANE: The fluctuating temperature due to the sudden rains in the evenings and blistering heat during daytime has given a cold and cough to almost everyone in the city. There has been a steady rise in the cases of gastrointestinal and typhoid among the elders, while viral, cough and cold are increasingly common among children, doctors said. The unpleasant climate has resulted in infections born from various airborne and water borne diseases like respiratory tract infections, sinus problems, diarrhoea etc. "The extreme heat conditions results in food items getting spoilt easily leading to food poisoning. In the last 15 days itself, the number of patients suffering from gastro and typhoid have increased by 60%. The sudden change in the climate has also lead to dehydration leading to fatigue. The ones allergic to dust are falling sick. These people easily suffer from common cold, sinus infections etc," said Dr Suparna Nirgudkar, consultant physician. "The seasonal variation has led to an increase in the number of patients suffering from fever, cough, cold which usually lasts for three to five days. It is essential to observe kids for the next 72 hours if they have been suffering from high fever. Usually I get around 50 to 70 patients daily out of which around 60% suffer from common cold, cough and fever," said Dr Mangesh Pate, paediatrician. The doctors have advice to take adequate precautions so that one does not suffer from any ailment. "People should ensure to eat fresh and hot food and avoid roadside food. One should consume only filtered or boiled water. One should even keep the surroundings clean and see to it that there are no mosquito breeding spots in or around the house. If possible, people should avoid going out between 12noon and 4pm and even wear loose and light coloured clothes," added Nirgudkar.
2017-10-10New born found dead in Thane - The New Indian Express
New born found dead in Thane Published: 10th October 2017 11:25 PM Last Updated: 10th October 2017 11:30 PM Thane, Oct 10 (PTI) A new born baby boy was found dead with his throat slit behind a building in Pisawali village in Kalyan division of the district, police said today. On receiving information yesterday of the body of a baby lying near the building they went to the spot and found that the throat of the new born was slit with a sharp weapon and the body was packed in a blue coloured bag, said police. Thane police have today registered an offence of murder and destruction of evidence. Manpada police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits, police said. PTI COR RMT .
2017-10-10TMT invites state ire for not paying Rs 31Cr dues - Times of India
TMT invites state ire for not paying Rs 31Cr dues Oct 10, 2017, 22:18 IST Thane: The Thane municipal Transport's (TMT) unilateral move to use up Rs 31 crore collected from its commuters over the last 10 years has invited the ire of the state government, which is the legal custodian of these funds. The TMT levies 15 paise on every ticket issued to commuters as surcharge for child welfare and passenger tax. While Rs 21 crore was collected towards the passengers' tax, the child welfare fund kitty touched another Rs 10 crore, taking the collective amount to be transferred to the state government to Rs 31 crore in the last 10 years. While the tax was diligently collected from passengers, the funds have reportedly not been transferred to the state kitty, thereby not serving the stated purpose of taxing the common man. A query filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by activist Rajeev Datta reveals that the TMT has defaulted on paying up the huge amount levied as surcharge for passenger tax and cess for child welfare to the state. In fact, the state authorities have been persistent in demanding immediate release of the funds along with a penalty of Rs 7.89 crore to be paid by TMT. "Two letters were issued by the departments, in 2015 and another in 2016, under Sections 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the Bombay Motor Vehicles (taxation of passengers) Act (BMVA) 1958 for recovery of dues," said Datta. A group of activists from the Thane Matadata Jagran Abhiyan accompanied by Datta is planning to write to civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal seeking clarification and recommending the penalty amount be paid from the pockets of the errant officer or department that failed to act. "The funds are being collected for a purpose. If the purpose is not served, then it is a misuse of the funds. The question now is who authorized the diversion of funds and what have these funds been used for all these years," asked Dutta. The Thane civic body has claimed that it has already requested TMT for exemption from the taxes. "We have sought exemption from the taxes as we are running the services on no-profit basis. A letter signed by the commissioner has been sent to the transport department requesting the same," said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner of TMC and in-charge of the TMT. Another city activist had filed a PIL in 2013, which is being heard by the Bombay high court.
2017-10-10New born found dead in Thane - Outlook India - Outlook India
10 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 11:36 PM New born found dead in Thane Thane, Oct 10 A new born baby boy was found dead with his throat slit behind a building in Pisawali village in Kalyan division of the district, police said today. On receiving information yesterday of the body of a baby lying near the building they went to the spot and found that the throat of the new born was slit with a sharp weapon and the body was packed in a blue coloured bag, said police. Thane police have today registered an offence of murder and destruction of evidence. Manpada police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits, police said.
2017-10-10To beat overcrowded trains, commuters trek along tracks, board near car shed - The Indian Express
To beat overcrowded trains, commuters trek along tracks, board near car shed Risking their life and limb, these commuters walk along the tracks to board the trains near the car shed, where the trains halt at a signal. They say it is a far safer way to get into the trains than boarding overcrowded trains at railway stations. Mumbai | Published:October 11, 2017 4:17 am It isn’t easy to board Mumbai’s overcrowded suburban local trains. So to grab a seat on south-bound trains in the morning peak hours, many commuters say they have no option but to court a fair amount of risk. Though dangerous, several commuters from Thane and Kalwa prefer to board the trains near the Kalwa car shed, much before the trains reach the Thane railway station, the starting point. Risking their life and limb, these commuters walk along the tracks to board the trains near the car shed, where the trains halt at a signal. They say it is a far safer way to get into the trains than boarding overcrowded trains at railway stations. “Even the motormen and railway authorities are aware of this,” said Sanjay Babar (48), a commuter from Thane. “At the stations, people don’t let us enter the trains and push us out. That’s why we board the trains from the Kalwa car shed,” said Rohit Sharma (19). Several commuters from Kalwa complained that by the time the slow train reaches Kalwa, it is packed to capacity and during peak hours it is next to impossible to get into the train. Till the time the train reaches Thane, from where it is set to leave for the CSMT, there is no place even to stand. Commuters from Kalwa, who are in a hurry to reach their destinations, board the train from the car shed not only because of the crowd but also because of the low frequency of trains arriving at the station. “Everybody wants to be on time, everyone is in a hurry. No one realises the risks involved,” said Dileep Singh (30), who too boards the train from the Kalwa car shed. Boarding the train from the car shed seems safer to the commuters than the crowded trains at the platforms. “Danger is everywhere, even boarding from platforms is risky… We board from the car shed because it is easier and safer,” said Ramchandra Yadav, a 50-year-old milkman. The same routine plays out at night when the Thane local reaches Thane, the last stop. Kalwa-bound commuters don’t alight at Thane but prefer to do so near the car shed despite warnings prohibiting commuters from travelling further as the train is heading towards its shed. “The crowd empties at Thane station, so we get to sit and travel comfortably up to Kalwa,” said Ajay Khedrekar (31). “We have made arrangements at that stretch (Thane-Kalwa). We had planned to put dividers in the section, which can block people from boarding the locals before it reaches the station,” said Samdhan Pawar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, GRP, Central Region.
To beat overcrowded trains, commuters trek along tracks, board near car shed - The Indian Express
2017-10-09Iqbal Kaskar extortion case: Thane corporator acted as intermediary, delivered extortion amount, says Police - The Indian Express
Iqbal Kaskar extortion case: Thane corporator acted as intermediary, delivered extortion amount, says Police An officer linked to the probe said during the course of interrogation, it came to light that when the two arrested accused, Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Sayyed, first asked the builder to pay extortion money, the builder informed his business partner. Mumbai | Published:October 10, 2017 4:31 am The Thane police’s investigation into the role of two Thane-based corporators, whose names had cropped up in the extortion case involving Iqbal Kaskar, has revealed that one of them is alleged to have acted as an intermediary between the victim and Kaskar’s men. The corporator, who had been booked by Thane police in connection with another case in the past, had “confirmed to the builder that Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Sayyed were seeking money on behalf of Kaskar”. The police said the same corporator had delivered extortion amount worth Rs 30 lakh on behalf of the builder to Kaskar. An officer linked to the probe said during the course of interrogation, it came to light that when the two arrested accused, Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Sayyed, first asked the builder to pay extortion money, the builder informed his business partner. The partner, who is developing a plot in partnership with the corporator, informed the latter about it. “The corporator “through his contacts” got a confirmation that the duo were indeed seeking money on behalf of Kaskar,” the officer said. There have been instances in the past when the accused, not linked to any gang, would claim to belong to well-known gangs to scare people. Later, the builder decided to make a payment but both he and his partner were scared to deliver the Rs 30 lakh. “We have found that it was the corporator who collected the money from the complainant and paid it to the accused in six installments of Rs 5 lakh each. We have to find out how the money was paid and if any hawala channel was used,” an officer linked to the probe said. He added that the investigation is on and once they get evidence of direct involvement of anyone, they will be named as accused. The Thane police had in the past said that the two corporators, whose names had come up during investigation, had last year gone to Kaskar’s residence in south Mumbai for a feast. So far, four persons, including Kaskar, Shaikh, Sayyed and one Pankaj Bangar, have been arrested in connection with the first case in which the builder had alleged that the accused had taken four houses and Rs 30 lakh from the accused. As per the complaint of the Thane-based builder, Kaskar, through his aides, had asked him to give four flats and Rs 30 lakh as extortion money to the builder if he wanted to be safe. Scared, the builder agreed to the demands. After the Thane police convinced the builder to give a statement, an FIR was registered, following which, Thane police arrested Kaskar from his residence on September 18. Soon after the complaint, two more complainants came forward to give a complaint against Kaskar and two FIRs were registered.
Iqbal Kaskar extortion case: Thane corporator acted as intermediary, delivered extortion amount, says Police - The Indian Express
2017-10-09Trans-Harbour rly commuters fume over revised timetable - Times of India
Trans-Harbour rly commuters fume over revised timetable Oct 9, 2017, 22:04 IST THANE: Commuters travelling on the Trans-Harbour route are upset with the recent revision in the timetable which, they claim, focuses more on Panvel route, leaving commuters travelling on the Sanpada-Vashi sector with less services. Those travelling between Thane and Vashi said that the announcement of new services on this route has not made any difference to them as the railways have started back to back services towards Belapur, Panvel, leaving a huge time gap for Vashi trains. Passengers are now demanding that the railways schedule alternate services to Panvel and Vashi at least during the peak hours. This will cause less inconvenience to commuters. A glance at the revised timetable shows that during the peak hours the frequency of Thane-Nerul trains are more but there is a gap of 20 to 25 minutes for Vashi services. The Trans-Harbour services between Thane and Nerul, Panvel or Vashi operate at an interval of five to 10 minutes. "There was a 9:37am train earlier which has now been changed to 9:53am. Some commuters who travel from Kalyan and Dombivli already have less frequency of trains at that time. With the revised timing, it will make life difficult for them. As per the revised timetable, the wait time for a Thane-Vashi train has increased by over 15 minutes as more trains have been introduced on the Panvel sector," complained Meghana Nabar, a regular commuter from Thane. Meanwhile, the Railways have justified their move saying that they have been checking the trend of services at high density stations. "The revisions has been made based on the number of ticket and season pass sales at a particular station. There is high demand towards Nerul and Panvel during peak hours so we have to operate more trains," said a railway official from Thane.
2017-10-09Kaskar case: Police trace 20 tolas of gold | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India
Kaskar case: Police trace 20 tolas of gold Oct 10, 2017, 02:42 IST THANE: The crime branch, investigating an extortion ring that underworld don Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar is accused of running, has recovered nearly 20 tolas of gold said to have been extorted from a Thane jeweller by Kaskar and his aides. The recovery was made in the second case lodged against Kaskar, Israr Sayyed and Mumtaj Shaikh, in which they are accused of demanding and snatching jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh from a Thane jeweller who was about to enter into a land deal with them. The first case against Kaskar and others concerned the extortion of money and flats from a builder. The police said that a total of 40 tolas of gold had been extorted. They said the 20 tolas they recovered had been sold to a Malad jeweller by the accused. "During interrogation, they told us that they had even gifted gold ornaments to a bar girl," a police officer said. Matka king Pankaj Gangar, who was arrested later and accused of financing the extortionist gang as well as sending money to gangster Chhota Shakeel via hawala, has been remanded in judicial custody by the magistrate court here. Investigators said the police had found a diary maintained by Gangar with detailed entries of payments and names. In a third extortion case filed on a complaint by another builder, the police found that one of the accused had met Anees Ibrahim, another brother of Dawood, in Dubai recently. In the case, Anees is accused of threatening and extorting Rs 3 crore from the builder on behalf of Dawood and Iqbal Kaskar over a 38-acre land deal in Gorai. It was also learnt that two accused spoke to Dawood on the phone while in Dubai.
Kaskar case: Police trace 20 tolas of gold | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India
2017-10-09Rs 8 crore allotted for repair of battered Mumbra bypass road - Times of India
Rs 8 crore allotted for repair of battered Mumbra bypass road Oct 9, 2017, 22:07 IST THANE: The public works department plans a complete overhaul of the pothole-riddled five-km-long Mumbra bypass road with a budgetary provision of Rs 8 crore earmarked for the work that will start after the rains. Minister for public works (undertaking) Eknath Shinde recently held a meeting with the officials and ordered repairs of the road, including filling up potholes and levelling the stretch at sharp turns. The issue of heavy vehicles toppling over on the settlements on one side of the elevated road stretch was also discussed at the meeting, following which a decision to construct a retaining wall was taken. Meanwhile, measures will also be taken to see that boulders from the adjoining Parsik Hills do not fall on the road. Also the much needed reconstruction of the road overbridge over Kalwa and Mumbra railway tracks is also schedule to be undertaken under this programme, said Shnde. The Mumbra bypass stretch has proved to be one of the unsafe zones for commuters, especially heavy vehicles. Many accidents have taken place in the are due to the steep turns at certain points. Instances of boulders falling on the pathway during the rains have also led to traffic jams. This will now not take place, Shinde assured. The road was constructed in the previous decade to divert all outbound traffic from the old Mumbai-Pune highway off the Mumbra and Kausa stretches, but the spate of mishaps often ends up diverting traffic on the old route adding to jams on the city streets. Meanwhile, a proposal to construct an elevated road above the Mumbra bypass road between Retibunder to Y junction has also been proposed by the PWD. The proposal has been sent to the state for approval, said Shinde.
2017-10-08SC allows Thane woman to abort 31-week foetus - Mumbai Mirror
SC ALLOWS THANE WOMAN TO ABORT 31-WEEK FOETUS Updated: Oct 8, 2017, 07.17 AM IST Two more seek permission for termination of pregnancy citing serious foetal abnormalities. The Supreme Court on Friday allowed a pregnant Thane woman to abort her 31-week foetus after doctors discovered serious abnormalities, which the child would not have been able to overcome. The court also asked JJ Hospital, run by the state government, to determine the condition of two more women who are in an advanced stage of pregnancy and have sought permission for medical termination citing similar complications. One of them is from Mira Road, while the other is a resident of Kalyan. The two, aged 35 and 27, are 27 weeks pregnant. All three women had approached the apex court last week seeking an exception under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, which does not allow abortion beyond 20 weeks. Their appeal said they had been suffering from mental and physical anguish ever since the foetal abnormalities were detected. The women hail from low-income families and have been visiting government hospitals for prenatal care. They managed to get sonographies done for possible defects only after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The petition said it would be emotionally very painfully for them to continue with the pregnancy knowing that their children would not survive after birth.
SC allows Thane woman to abort 31-week foetus - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-084 killed after lightning strikes them in Thane, Palghar - Times of India
4 killed after lightning strikes them in Thane, Palghar Oct 8, 2017, 22:58 IST THANE: Four persons were killed and nine others injured in separate incidents after lightning struck them in adjoining Thane and Palghar districts, according to officials of the district disaster cell. A person identified as Shankar Kakad (49) of Amgaon in Wada died after being struck by lightning while he was walking around 4.30pm. He died on the spot, said District Disaster Cell Officer (DDCO) at Palghar Vivekananda Kadam. The official added that three others sustained injuries due to lightning strike at a village in Mokhada. In Thane district, one Ramesh Mukne (30) who was working in his farm died on the spot after lightning struck him in Mahapoli, DDCO Asmita Nikam said. At least six others were also injured in other parts of the district due to lightning, she said, adding, the injured were being treated at government hospitals. In yet another incident two persons, who had taken shelter below a tree near chicken factory in a village in Ganeshpuri, died after lightning struck them, said the Thane district officials on Sunday. The names of the two deceased were given as Deepak Patil (32) of Alonde and Swapnil Godvinde (22) of Marathepada of Koshimbe.
4 killed after lightning strikes them in Thane, Palghar - Times of India
2017-10-08Kendriya Vidyalaya assures anxious parents of timely portion completion - Times of India
Kendriya Vidyalaya assures anxious parents of timely portion completion Oct 8, 2017, 22:27 IST THANE: In an attempt to reassure anxious parents of students from the Kendriya Vidyalaya school about the timely completion of curriculum, the school's authorities have put up a notice on their website declaring that completion of curriculum is their top priority. More than 1,400 students from the Kolshet-based school are way behind their academic schedule after the school building was declared unsafe for occupation by the Military Engineering Services (MES) earlier this year forcing authorities to stop classes since late August. The sudden mid-term closure of the school move had triggered anxiety as there was no announcement on relocation or reopening of the classes.As the parents of school students came together and pressurised the school to start hunting for new premises within the city whilst making temporary arrangements for students, the school authorities resumed classes for the students of all the grades through the past month at the Air Force School and Naval building within the air force station as well as a few classrooms in the KV premises. However, while the classes of all the students have been taken up in batches, parents have been worried about completion of their curriculum. "While we are relieved that the school has found temporary classrooms, our children are in school for hardly three to four hours, when the school is supposed to be running for at least five-and-half hours by law. The numbers of classes are divided through the year in a way that give the children enough time to understand and absorb information taught to them in school. Hurrying up will affect their learning," said Tarun Kumar Sinha, a parent of a class IX student. The school authorities have also clarified that the school's periodical test exams are postponed and not cancelled and that the curriculum will be completed in time for it.
2017-10-08Two-wheelers out, space under Nitin flyover turned into recreation ... - Times of India
Two-wheelers out, space under Nitin flyover turned into recreation zone Oct 9, 2017, 03:28 IST THANE: From a neglected, poorly lit place that was occupied by garbage cans and two-wheelers, the space below Cadbury-Nitin Company flyover has undergone a complete transformation. The area has been used as a recreational spot for Thaneites. With a dedicated walkway, garden, children play area, open gym and public toilets, residents from the lake city now have another place to unwind and relax. At night, the place comes to life with dazzling lights. In a space-crunched city like Thane, the municipal corporation has made optimum use of the vacant space under the flyover. Speaking about the beautification project, city engineer from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Anil Patil said, "The land was previously owned by the MMRDA and it was being used as a parking lot. Then we noticed that a lot of illegal activities were taking place there. So, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal proposed that the area be made available for public use, where people could enjoy open, green space. The MMRDA subsequently handed over the land to the TMC. The project has been partly funded by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of private enterprises. They had sponsored Rs 25 lakh for the equipments and other accessories." Even though the place was thrown open to the public almost a year ago, no one used to use it as it was not lit up. However, now with the lights up the area has been gaining popularity. Young couples, children and senior citizens in the nearby area. Pravin Koli, a resident of Ramchandra Nagar 2, said, "My wife and I often come here to unwind. On weekends, we take a stroll down this properly paved pathway. As there are security guards deplyed, we feel safe to roam in the night." Ganpat Desai (65), too, takes his grandson to the kids play area that has been installed here. "It is a good place for my 3-year-old grandson to play. While he plays, I chit chat with a couple of senior citizens who visit the place at that time."
2017-10-08One killed, 5 injured after car rams into divider | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
One killed, 5 injured after car rams into divider Oct 9, 2017, 03:31 IST THANE: One man was killed and five others suffered severe injuries after the SUV in which they were travelling rammed into a divider near Kopri bridge on Sunday morning. The driver of the SUV reportedly lost control of the vehicle due to which it rammed into the divider, said a police official. "The six members were travelling towards Mumbai when the incident occurred," the official said. The deceased has been identified as P B Saini, a resident of Kalwa. Saini had sustained grievous injuries on his head and died on the spot. The other five who suffered injuries have been identified as Akshay Kasurade, Vishal Sukhrecha, Bharat Bhanushali, Ardekar and Prashant Thombre. The injured were rushed to a nearby private hospital where they are being undergoing treatment and are recuperating. The police will record the statements of the injured once they recover.
One killed, 5 injured after car rams into divider | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
2017-10-08Your daily veggies become cheaper, prices drop by 50% | Thane ... - Times of India
Your daily veggies become cheaper, prices drop by 50% Oct 9, 2017, 03:25 IST THANE: Residents from the lake city have some reason to smile as the drastic climate change has led to a drop in vegetable prices. The rate of vegetables like cabbage, lady finger, cauliflower, tomatoes and many more more have dropped by around 50% to 60% since the onset of monsoon in June. City vendors pegged the drop in prices to a good quality of produce that has been arriving in the markets after the rains. Yashwant Patil of Kalyan's Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), said, "This year, the interior regions of the state received good rainfall. Since two weeks, a steadily flow of supply of vegetables is being seen. The prices have dropped because the quantity of stock available is more. But the price of peas have increased from Rs 80 to Rs 120 as this is the season in which they are grown." The price of coriander also dropped by 60% from Rs 100 to Rs 40 per kg. Traders believe the fall in prices will be constant at least this month.
Your daily veggies become cheaper, prices drop by 50% | Thane ... - Times of India
2017-10-08City vendors see lack of spark in sale of firecrackers | Thane News ... - Times of India
City vendors see lack of spark in sale of firecrackers Oct 9, 2017, 03:22 IST THANE: The Diwali festival is just around the corner and shops across the city have already started selling diyas, lanterns and rangoli. However, the sale of firecrackers in the city has gone down this season. One of the reasons for this drop could be the awareness drives being carried out by NGOs and the media regarding the ill-effects of crackers. Adults as well as children have refrained from buying fireworks as it leads to noise and air pollution. "We were not in favour of bursting crackers during Diwali. But our 12-year-old son used to insist on buying at least a few so that he could play with his friends. However, he recently started helping out at an animal NGO and realised how the noise affects animals. So this year, he refused to buy any crackers and even convinced his friends to refrain from doing so. He has restricted the fireworks shopping to sparklers," said Ashwini Pathak, a Vrindavan resident. Vendors have complained that the sale of fireworks hasn't picked up yet. "The sale of crackers has dropped. We can't understand whether it is because less people are using them or because more stalls are yet to be set up. Whatever the reason, we hope the sales pick up or a lot of our stock will gather dust," said Sanjay Ahuja, a vendor from Kopri. Meanwhile, many housing societies here are spreading this awareness through notices as well as on WhatsApp groups to ensure that this Diwali is celebrated in a eco-friendly way.
City vendors see lack of spark in sale of firecrackers | Thane News ... - Times of India
2017-10-07Two Shooters Of Ravi Pujari Gang Arrested From Thane - NDTV.com - NDTV
Two Shooters Of Ravi Pujari Gang Arrested From Thane Nitin Gopal Rai (42) and Dinesh Narayan Rai (51) were apprehended last evening from Patlipada on Ghodbunder Road when they had come to threaten a real estate developer for an extortion amount of Rs. 10 crore, he added. Mumbai Updated: October 07, 2017 23:55 IST MUMBAI: Two shooters of the Ravi Pujari gang were arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) from Thane, an official said today. Nitin Gopal Rai (42) and Dinesh Narayan Rai (51) were apprehended last evening from Patlipada on Ghodbunder Road when they had come to threaten a real estate developer for an extortion amount of Rs. 10 crore, he added. The AEC officials received a tip-off yesterday that the shooters were to come to the office of the builder, said the official. Accordingly, a vigil was maintained. Around 6 pm, the officials spotted two persons moving in a suspicious manner near the builder's office and apprehended them, he added. Two pistols and four live cartridges were recovered from the possession of the duo, the official said. Mr Pujari had ordered the shooters to threaten the builder by opening fire at his office, he added. The gangster had been demanding an amount of Rs. 10 crore from the builder for the last few days. The builder had lodged a complaint at the Kasar Wadavali police station in this regard. Accordingly, a case was registered against Pujari and his gang members, the official said. Of the arrested accused, Mr Dinesh Narayan Rai, who was earlier working with the Fazalur Rahman gang, was arrested by the Surat police in an extortion case in 2004, he added. On Mr Rai's advice, Mr Rahman had called Mr Shivnarayan Agarwal, the Surat-based owner of Parag Sarees, and threatened him to pay the amount due to actress Shilpa Shetty for appearing in the advertisements of Parag Sarees, the official said.
Two Shooters Of Ravi Pujari Gang Arrested From Thane - NDTV.com - NDTV
2017-10-07Two shooters of Ravi Pujari gang arrested from Thane - Times of India
Two shooters of Ravi Pujari gang arrested from Thane Oct 7, 2017, 20:53 IST MUMBAI: Two shooters of the Ravi Pujari gang were arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) from Thane, an official said today. Nitin Gopal Rai (42) and Dinesh Narayan Rai (51) were apprehended Friday evening from Patlipada on Ghodbunder Road when they had come to threaten a real estate developer for an extortion amount of Rs 10 crore, he added. The AEC officials received a tip-off yesterday that the shooters were to come to the office of the builder, said the official. Accordingly, a vigil was maintained. Around 6 pm, the officials spotted two persons moving in a suspicious manner near the builder's office and apprehended them, he added. Two pistols and four live cartridges were recovered from the possession of the duo, the official said. Pujari had ordered the shooters to threaten the builder by opening fire at his office, he added. The gangster had been demanding an amount of Rs 10 crore from the builder for the last few days. The builder had lodged a complaint at the Kasar Wadavali police station in this regard. Accordingly, a case was registered against Pujari and his gang members, the official said. Of the arrested accused, Dinesh Narayan Rai, who was earlier working with the Fazalur Rahman gang, was arrested by the Surat police in an extortion case in 2004, he added. On Rai's advice, Rahman had called Shivnarayan Agarwal, the Surat-based owner of Parag Sarees, and threatened him to pay the amount due to actress Shilpa Shetty for appearing in the advertisements of Parag Sarees, the official said. The duo had been booked under the Arms Act, he added.
Two shooters of Ravi Pujari gang arrested from Thane - Times of India
2017-10-07On stretcher, man deposes in court at Thane to get attackers punished - The Indian Express
On stretcher, man deposes in court at Thane to get attackers punished His both legs plastered, Sahib Mukim Ansari deposed in the court against four people who allegedly assaulted and tried to kill him, lying on a stretcher. Published:October 7, 2017 4:12 pm Sahib Mukim Ansari’s deposition before a Thane court mirrored a scene right out of a Bollywood movie. What happened to him was even more dramatic. His both legs plastered, Ansari deposed in the court against four people who allegedly assaulted and tried to kill him, lying on a stretcher. It was an unusual scene in the courtroom of district judge R S Patil-Bhosle on Friday. Lawyers and passers-by crowded the courtroom to see the man on stretcher recording his evidence to get his assaulters punished. A scrap dealer by profession, Ansari, at times, doubles up as social worker in his area. He was abducted from his locality by the four and assaulted with rods and other objects. They later threw him out of an auto-rickshaw. Ansari’s injuries were so severe doctors at a hospital had to operate upon him seven times. He has been bedridden since. The accused have been arrested and booked on various charges, including attempt to murder. Ansari yesterday was propped up from his stretcher at the court, where his evidence was recorded by the assistant public prosecutor and he was also cross-examined by the accused’s lawyer.
On stretcher, man deposes in court at Thane to get attackers punished - The Indian Express
2017-10-07Man arrested for rape, harassment; wife held for extortion - Times of India
Man arrested for rape, harassment; wife held for extortion Oct 7, 2017, 19:45 IST THANE: The Thane police have arrested a couple in a case of sexual harassment, rape and extortion. While the husband, who the police said is a former `shakha pramukh' (head of local unit) of the Shiv Sena, is accused of raping and sexually harassing a woman, the wife is accused of trying to extort money from her. Vishwas Y Gore and his wife Shobha, residents of Goteghar in Shahapur tehsil, were arrested by the Kalwa police here yesterday. A 28-year-old woman, a government employee working in Kalwa area of Thane, had lodged a complaint that Gore had been harassing her since May 2015, demanding sexual favours. He threatened that if she didn't oblige, he would kill her husband and children and make sure that she lost her job, the complaint said. Gore allegedly sent messages seeking sexual favours on her mobile phone. At one point, he forced her to go to a lodge in Thane with him where he raped her and also took her pictures, she said. Shobha, his wife, allegedly sent these pictures to the woman from her mobile phone, and threatened to send them further to the woman's husband if she didn't shell out Rs five lakh. Further probe is on.
2017-10-07Powerloom Owner Hacked To Death Over Dispute In Thane, 5 Arrested - NDTV
Powerloom Owner Hacked To Death Over Dispute In Thane, 5 Arrested The accused stormed into the victim's powerloom unit around 7 pm yesterday, asked the employees to move out and forcibly shut the operations, police said. Updated: October 07, 2017 16:13 IST THANE: A 28-year-old owner of a powerloom at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra's Thane district was allegedly hacked to death by five of his relatives over a dispute, police said today. The incident took place last night and all the accused were arrested, a police officer said. "The accused were relatives of the victim - Shaddab Bhai - and there was a long-standing dispute over the running of the powerloom unit," inspector of Bhoiwada police station, VD Bhise, said. The accused stormed into the victim's powerloom unit around 7 pm yesterday, asked the employees to move out and forcibly shut the operations, he said. "Thereafter, they asked the victim to come to the unit and when he arrived, they attacked him with sharp weapons, in which he died on the spot. After the crime, the accused fled from the scene," Mr Bhise said. The accused, identified as Haidar Ali Sherali Ansari, Aftab Hyder Ali Ansari, Naushar Haidar Ali Ansari, Harshad Haidar Ali Ansari and Shahjadali Hyder Ali Ansari, were later arrested, he said. The body of the deceased was sent for a post-mortem, police said adding that the five accused have been booked under various IPC sections, including 302 (murder).
2017-10-07Dredged sand worth Rs 42 lakh seized in Thane - Outlook India
07 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 12:34 PM Dredged sand worth Rs 42 lakh seized in Thane Thane, Oct 07 Two locations were raided and dredged sand worth around Rs 42 lakhs was seized, a senior revenue official said today. The raids were conducted yesterday following directions by Thane district collector Mahendra Kalyankar, the official said. He said the district administration has initiated the auction for dredging of sand legally vide e-auction system and a total of 12 blocks have been identified in Thane and Kalyan for the purpose of extraction. In the raids, officials seized 469 brass of illegally dredged sand, he said, adding cases under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code were registered.
2017-10-07Two held for 'plotting to kill local builder' in Thane - The Indian Express
Two held for ‘plotting to kill local builder’ in Thane During questioning, it came to light that Rai had been arrested earlier by Surat police for making the threat calls. Published:October 8, 2017 2:25 am The Thane police Friday arrested two persons for allegedly plotting to gun down a Thane-based builder, who had refused to pay an extortion amount of Rs 10 crore to a gangster. One of the two accused persons had been booked by the Surat police earlier for making threat calls to the owner of Parag Saree, Shivnarayan Agarwal, in 2004. A press release from the Thane police in connection with the 2004 case read: “The caller had threatened Agarwal to pay up the remaining fee to actress Shilpa Shetty, who had appeared in advertisements for Parag saree back then.” An officer from the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell that arrested Nitin Gopal (42) and Dinesh Rai (51) said the Thane-based builder had informed them about threat calls from a gangster who demanded Rs 10 crore. As the police were investigating the case, they received a tip off that the two accused were on their way to fire at the builder. The police laid a trap and arrested the duo from Thane. Two pistols and four live cartridges were found on the accused. During questioning, it came to light that Rai had been arrested earlier by Surat police for making the threat calls.
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2017-10-07Sudden showers catch residents by surprise; 5 tree fall cases reported - Times of India
Sudden showers catch residents by surprise; 5 tree fall cases reported Oct 8, 2017, 04:38 IST THANE: The sudden showers, along with thunder and lightening on Friday caused a lot of inconvenience to residents as traffic jams were reported across key junctions in the city. Several tree fall cases, power snags and vehicles going up in flames were also reported as there was severe lightning. The rains began in the evening when office-goers were heading home. Most were caught unaware by the sudden showers as it was bright and sunny during the day. Residents were turned down by taxi and auto drivers and even buses were running behind schedule. Around five trees fall incidents were reported in several parts of the city, leading to traffic jams at several places. A high-end car went up in flames at Ghodbunder Road. Stretches like Naupada, Ghodbunder, Kopri and Pokhran faced traffic jams during the evening. ''The sudden rain took everyone by surprise. Initially, I was turned down by many auto driver. But finally when I managed to get one, I was caught up in traffic for almost 20 minutes at Kopri. The disaster management cell of the TMC received around 15 calls to carry out rescue operations. Meanwhile, in a freak mishap, the house of Thane deputy mayor Ramakant Madhavi at Diva village was struck by lightning, leading to damage of electronic goods. However, no one suffered any injuries. The city recorded around 3,462mm of rainfall till October 6 since the start of monsoon in June, which is more than what was recorded last year at 3,390mm. "The reservoirs are full to the brim and there may not be any pressing need to impose water cuts this season in the city," said an irrigation department official.
2017-10-07Kalwa youth gets 6-month RI for stalking, harassing minor - Times of India
Kalwa youth gets 6-month RI for stalking, harassing minor Oct 8, 2017, 04:35 IST THANE: A 20-year-old youth from Kalwa has been sentenced to six months' rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the Thane district court for stalking and harassing a school girl. District judge S C Khalipe found the accused Krushnanad Prajapati guilty and jailed him with a collective fine of Rs 15,000 out of which a sum of Rs 10,000 had to be paid as compensation to the victim, a 14-year-old school girl. Prosecutor advocate Shilpa Talhar told the court that Prajapati frequently followed the class VIII student and made advances at her. He also threatened to kidnap her if she did not marry him. He even asked his friends to address the girl as their sister-in-law and threatened to injure her and her parents and commit suicide if she rejected his proposal. The girl, fed up with the frequent harassment, lodged an offence with the Kalwa police after which Prajapati was booked for stalking, threatening and outraging the modesty of a woman and Section 11 of the POCSO Act of 2012. It is believed that the accused also told the victim that if he got arrested, he will be released in a day or two. The stalking and harassment went on for six months. "The victim identified the accused before the court and the evidence is corroborated with her first information report (FIR). The accused submitted in the court that he has not contacted the victim after the incident and the counsel on behalf of the accused submitted that he may be given a chance for improving his conduct, but the judge dismissed the contention and sentenced him to six months' RI. He even asked his friends to address the girl as their sister-in-law and threatened to injure her and her parents and commit suicide if she rejected his proposal. It is believed that he also told the victim that if he got arrested, then he will be released in a day or two
2017-10-07Fasting, henna, sargi mark Karva Chauth in city - Times of India
Fasting, henna, sargi mark Karva Chauth in city Oct 8, 2017, 04:40 IST THANE: A day before the onset of Karva Chauth, married women from the north-Indian families in the lake city started their preparations early on Saturday morning, adorning themselves with henna, buying red sarees, gold jewellery among others. Immersing themselves in the Karva Chauth katha, observing a day-long fast for the long lives of their husbands and distribution of matha, milk and sweets in a thaali marks a typical karva chauth celebration. Jillian Jaitley from Pokhran Road 1 has been observing fast since 11 years. She said, "For us the day begins at 4am. My mother-in-law gives me sargi, which is placed in a big thaali. It consists of red bangles, lipstick and sindoor. Before 5.15am, we can have milk but after sunrise, I do not eat anything. At around 4pm, we have a puja. We break our fast only after seeing the moon through a sieve, then looking at our husband's face."
2017-10-07Two hitmen from Pujari gang held in Thane - Times of India
Two hitmen from Pujari gang held in Thane Oct 8, 2017, 04:55 IST THANE: Two hitmen reportedly linked to the Ravi Pujari gang were arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane police from Ghodbunder Road on Friday. Niteen Gopal Rai, a resident of Malad and Dinesh Narayan Rai, a resident of Ghatkopar, were arrested with two pistols and four live cartridges in their possession. The duo was nabbed outside the office of a prominent builder, who had been issued threats by Pujari to cough up Rs 10 crore as protection money, claimed the police. "Our team had information that two gunmen would be approaching the builder's office on Friday evening. Around 6pm, we spotted two persons moving in a suspicious manner near a garden leading to a housing complex," said an officer. The cops said that the duo confessed to be working for Pujari during preliminary inquiries.The men said that they had come to open fire at the office of the builder in Patlipada.
Two hitmen from Pujari gang held in Thane - Times of India
2017-10-06Power cuts back in suburbs, Thane, Navi Mum - Mumbai Mirror
POWER CUTS BACK IN SUBURBS, THANE, NAVI MUM Updated: Oct 6, 2017, 08.05 AM IST Mumbai's eastern suburbs such as Mulund, Bhandup and Kanjur and large parts of Thane and Navi Mumbai, which had been spared load-shedding since 2012, experienced power cuts for three hours on Wednesday. The load-shedding is likely to continue as the demand-supply gap has widened. According to officials of the state-owned power distribution utility, Mahavitaran, while power demand in Maharashtra is around 16,500 MW, the supply is only 14,000 MW. The Mahavitaran has divided the state into seven zones (A to G), depending upon the percentage of bill recovery and transmission and distribution losses. The areas which fall in A to C category were exempted from load-shedding in 2012. However, a shortage of coal, closure of generation units and increase in demand due to October heat have forced Mahavitaran to go for power cuts. While the state is facing an acute shortage of coal, the Union coal ministry is claiming increased production in the three years of NDA government. According to the ministry, production has increased by 9.2 crore tonnes since 2014 and the government plans to take it to 100 crore tonnes by 2019-20. The officials of Mahagenco, state's power generation utility, they are unable to generate enough electricity because of inadequate coal supply. The state is receiving only 20 rakes (goods train) of coal from Coal India Ltd daily against the requirement of 32 rakes.
Power cuts back in suburbs, Thane, Navi Mum - Mumbai Mirror
2017-10-06Mumbai police share details of Chhota Shakeel cases with Thane cops - Economic Times
Mumbai police share details of Chhota Shakeel cases with Thane cops Updated: Oct 06, 2017, 05.37 PM IST MUMBAI: Mumbai police have shared with their Thane counterparts details of the cases registered against Chhota Shakeel, the close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, officials said. Thane police had sought this information to see whether they can invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the Thane case in which Dawood's younger brother, Iqbal Kaskar, has been arrested. "Thane police had requested us to provide details of the cases against Chhota Shakeel and we have provided them all the required information," an official said. "It was to study whether they can invoke the stringent MCOCA in the extortion cases, registered in Thane in which Dawood Ibrahim, his brothers Anees and Iqbal, close aide Chhota Shakeel and other gang members shown as accused," he added. According to the official, Thane police are taking legal help to invoke MCOCA in extortion racket in which Iqbal Kaskar was arrested by its Anti Extortion Cell (AEC). "To invoke MCOCA, there should be two chargesheets that proceeded to trial by a sessions court against one of the accused in the last 10 years. Shakeel's earlier cases can be a perfect base to invoke MCOCA in current extortion case, as there are more than two charge sheets proceeded to trial in the court," he said. The police official, "Chhota Shakeel has dozens of charge sheets proceeded to trial by sessions court in the last 10 years, so police are examining whether this can be help in invoking MCOCA in Thane extortion cases." Kaskar and two of his aides -- Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Jamil Sayyad -- were arrested on September 18 by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane Police, led by "encounter specialist" Pradeep Sharma and his team, in an extortion case of Rs 30 lakh and four flats from a builder. They had also been booked following another complaint of extortion lodged by a Thane-based jeweller. Recently, the AEC of the Thane crime branch had arrested Borivali-based businessman Pankaj Gangar in connection with the extortion racket. Gangar, a close aide of "matka king" Pappu Savla, had been sending Rs 10-15 lakh per month to Dawood's aide Chhota Shakeel, the police had said earlier. He used to transfer the money to Shakeel through illegal hawala transactions, they had said. Chhota Shakeel, whose role had also emerged in the extortion racket case, had been declared a wanted accused, the official said. A few days back, Kaskar and his gang members were also booked in one more case of extorting Rs 3 crore from a prominent builder in north Mumbai. According to the official, while going through his past cases, which were charge sheeted against these accused, police found that Iqbal Kaskar was acquitted in two cases. The last charge sheet filed against Dawood Ibrahim was in 1999 at Bandra Police Station. "Matka king Pankaj Gangar was recently arrested for funding Chhota Shakeel through hawala was also an accused in Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar murder case in which he was later acquitted," he said.
Mumbai police share details of Chhota Shakeel cases with Thane cops - Economic Times
2017-10-06Proposed elevated road may become multi-modal - Times of India
Proposed elevated road may become multi-modal Oct 7, 2017, 00:24 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is mulling introducing an elevated mode of rapid public transport (RPT) operating within the city after facing immense constraints on the surface including narrow roads, green cover and dense localities in the city. Travelling within the city presently takes a lot of time by road thanks to the massive jams at vital junctions and desperately needs a faster alternative. As per plans, the municipal administration is working on introducing the RPT system that could either be a metro or monorail to be integrated with its high capacity mass transit route(HCMTR) project comprising of an elevated ring road link to connect the entire of Thane city. The RPT route would likely run between the HCMRT lanes being proposed by the TMC to reach out to various corners of the city and connect it to the railway stations that is a major point of transportation in the suburb. The finalization of the mode would be done by a panel of experts who will study the feasibility and present their observations to the corporation soon. The proposed RPT route would possibly link the Satis 2 decks from east side of the Thane railway station, Kopri, Anand Nagar, Teen Hath Naka, Nitin Company, Laxmi Park, Pokhran Lake, Chitalsar-Manpada, then crossing over the GB road going through Swastik Complex, Balkum, crossing old Agra road to reach Thane jail along the creek side and culminate short of the railway tracks on the west side. The phase two of the project will entail crossing over the railway tracks from near Chendani Koliwada to connect the Satis 2 project in Thane east. The entire corridor of the ring rail mode as per initial plans may be around 20 kms and could have 16 stations alongside the road landings at vital areas of the city which could be developed as hubs. Commuters will be able to get feeder bus or auto services for accessing internal areas of the city from these hubs. A plan for developing a multi-level car parking at these spots for those taking public transport services is also planned, informed a civic official. One of the main reasons for introducing this elevated mode of rapid transport is the limitations faced by the administration in improving the transit facilities for residents. Dense localities in old Thane along with thick green cover and lack of expansion for the existing roads is posing hurdles in the development of avenues for smooth and fast traffic dispersal in the city. The only solution, said officials, is to work above the ground surface that will require surface space and also mean lesser rehabilitation or chopping of trees. The plans are currently in the conceptual stages and we are planning to appoint a consultant who will prepare a feasibility and detailed project report for us. The cost of the same is around Rs 3 crore and we are seeking approval from the general body to embark on the same, informed city engineer Anil Patil. Experts have also lauded this initiative but have warned of the cost aspects and overlapping with the MMRDA metro projects. Commuting within the metropolis won't be as difficult and time consuming as it is today. In addition, the civic body could also save on the massive cost of rehabilitation and relocation of green covers on the route. However, the system shouldn't overlap with that proposed by the MMRDA else it would end up as losses for the civic administration, said an urban planning expert.
2017-10-06Load-shedding Time Table For Mumbai Suburbs, Thane And Navi Mumbai - India.com
Load-shedding Time Table For Mumbai Suburbs, Thane And Navi Mumbai Updated: October 6, 2017 3:22 PM IST Mumbai, Oct 6: Areas of Mumbai Suburbs such as Mulund, Bhandup and Kanjur, Navi Mumbai and Thane are likely to witness power cuts in coming days. The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited or MSEDCL or Mahavitaran, responsible for supplying power, has started load-shedding in Mumbai Suburbs, Navi Mumbai and Thane following a shortage of coal in the country. The MSEDCL has released schedule for power cut in Mumbai Suburbs, Navi Mumbai and Thane. According to the load-shedding timetable in Navi Mumbai, there could be power cut between 10 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm in Koparkhairne, 7:30 am to 9:45 am and 2:45 to 4:45 pm in Seawoods and 6 am to 7:30 am and 1 pm to 2:30 pm in Panvel and Kharghar. Thane may experience load-shedding 6 am to 8:30 am and 1:45 pm to 4 pm. Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane had been spared load-shedding since 2012. The BEST, Tata and Reliance power distribution companies that supply electricity to the majority of Mumbai city, have made sufficient arrangements to meet their demand of 3,000 MW. Thus, their consumers are unlikely to face any outage, at least for now. Maharashtra state is struggling to cope with a shortage of 3,000 MW of electricity every day across major cities, said Mahavitran. While the power demand is around 16,500 MW, the supply is only 14,000 MW. “The State’s demand for electricity during the day peak hours was 16,300 MW, with load-shedding of 800 to 900 MW. In the evening peak hours, the demand was 14,500 MW with load-shedding of 1,100 MW,” the MSEDCL said in a statement on Thursday. Maharashtra has been divided into seven zones (A to G), depending upon the percentage of bill recovery and transmission and distribution losses. The areas which fall in A to C category were exempted from load-shedding in 2012.
Load-shedding Time Table For Mumbai Suburbs, Thane And Navi Mumbai - India.com
2017-10-06Moon, music and milk make for Kojagiri celebrations in city - Times of India
Moon, music and milk make for Kojagiri celebrations in city Oct 7, 2017, 00:26 IST THANE: Kojagiri poornima was celebrated with great fanfare in lake city. Denizens were dressed in their traditional best, adorned with gold jewellery and were seen admiring the moon. Also known as Sharad poornima, residents made the most of the enchanting night by either indulging in bhajan sessions on their terraces or by simply enjoying a long stroll under the silver light. Legend has it that lord Krishna had 16 incarnations which it is believed is reflected in the moon. On Kojagiri poonima, the moon is the closest to the earth, and hence the day is dedicated to lord Krishna as well as goddess lakshmi in the hope that they will shower our life with their blessings. Women offer dry fruit rich masala milk topped with saffron to the moon, which is the essence of the day and is marked to celebrate the end of the monsoon season and the onset of harvest. Padmaja Pangam, a resident of Siddhachal said, "The beauty of the moon on this day, gives us a sense of coolness, a relief from the cloudy skies hovering since the past four months. Ko-jagarati- i.e. who is awake? is the literal meaning of the term. But, in reality it means who is alert in all walks of life? If one is lethargic and lazy, opportunities would knock on his door and it may go unnoticed by the person. The moon has such tremendous powers and it bestows us with good virtues." From fasting the entire day to performing puja of goddess lakshmi, the night is seen as one which is full of positivity and good energy. A resident, Debjani Ghosh said, "In the evening at around 8 o'clock, we performed the lokkhi pujo. After offering flowers and fruits to the goddess we had a Bhog Prasad which consisted of Bengali delicacies. There was tomato chutney, khichdi, labda (a mix vegetable curry) and payesh (kheer). We also made a rangoli design out of rice powder, called Alpana. Steps of goddess lakshmi were drawn from the doorstep till the puja area." Pokhran Road 1 resident, Pratima Ambekar said, "I performed the aukshan of my children with a diya and prayed that they live a good, healthy and prosperous life. I have been doing this since the past 45 years, when my first child was born. In the evening, I also recited section 12 and 15 from the Bhagvad Geeta."
2017-10-06TMC warns locals to repair building before occupying - Times of India
TMC warns locals to repair building before occupying Oct 7, 2017, 00:25 IST THANE: The municipal administration is in the process of slapping a fresh notice to the residents of the Sulochanai Tari building in Lokmanya Nagar asking them to immediately repair the dilapidated structure before occupying it. A team of structural auditors who surveyed the four storey building where a part of the second floor slab had caved into an unoccupied flat beneath late on Wednesday have classified it under the C2A category which means the structure is dilapidated and has to be immediately evacuated and repaired. The classification, however, allows the tenants to use the structure only after the auditor has approved it as fit for occupation."We are sending a fresh notice to the building residents asking them to immediately undertake the required repairs in the structure before they reoccupy it. The building has been classified into the C2A category by a panel of structural auditors," informed MS Pagare, assistant municipal commissioner of Lokmanya Nagar ward. A part of the flooring of flat number 201 owned by Rakesh Labde suddenly caved into the empty flat owned by Deepak Tari on the first floor on Wednesday night. There were no injuries. The municipal administration said it will also check with residents to know if there was any illegal modifications being done in any of the flats. Meanwhile, local activists and elected representatives have asked for faster implementation of the cluster redevelopment to save the hassles for residents of such structures. The eight residents of the structure have been moved to a nearby hall. At the time of going to the press, the TMC was in the process of sending the notice to the residents.
2017-10-05Thane: Man, woman hang themelves as plan to marry fails | The ... - The Indian Express
Thane: Man, woman hang themelves as plan to marry fails The deceased woman had left her house two days back. Her husband had later lodged a missing complaint with the local police station, he said. The police have registered a case of accidental death and are further probing the case, the official said. Published:October 5, 2017 12:24 pm A man and a woman from Kasara town at Thane allegedly committed suicide after they failed to split from their spouses and enter into nuptial bond, police said on Thursday. The people in Radyachapada village on Wednesday found them hanging from a tree in a nearby forest area, assistant police inspector Pravin Kolhe said. The police them came to the spot and sent the bodies for post mortem, he said. Kolhe said the deceased, both 32 and residents of tribal hamlet Malgaota, were in a relationship despite being already married separately. This posed a hindrance to their desire to tie the nuptial knot after splitting from their legal spouses. The deceased woman had left her house two days back. Her husband had later lodged a missing complaint with the local police station, he said. The police have registered a case of accidental death and are further probing the case, the official said.
Thane: Man, woman hang themelves as plan to marry fails | The ... - The Indian Express
2017-10-05Dawood, Anees named key accused in extortion case - Times of India
Dawood, Anees named key accused in extortion case Oct 5, 2017, 06:22 IST THANE: Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees have also been named as prime accused in an extortion case registered by a Mumbai-based builder against Iqbal Kaskar in Thane.While Iqbal has been arrested in the case (which TOI reported on Wednesday), as in two other cases - he was held in September from his Pakmodia Street residence for threatening a Thane builder for extortion and then booked in another extortion case registered by a Thane-based jeweller -Dawood and Anees have been named along with him as key accused for extorting Rs3 crore from the Mumbai-based builder in a land deal in Gorai, a police officer said. The identity of the complainant has been kept a secret by police. Police said that the builder had approached a land owner in Gorai to purchase his 38-acre land in Gorai a couple of years ago. Accordingly, a Rs 35 crore deal was struck, and Rs 2 crore was paid as token amount. Later, the land owner started demanding double the amount saying the market rate had increased and so a third person was involved by the land-owner in the deal, who asked Iqbal to intervene, the officer said. Subsequently, Iqbal Kaskar issued threats to the builder in the name of Dawood and told him that he was now in the fray and that Dawood and he himself would buy the land. Also, Iqbal told the builder that the token money of Rs 2 crore he had paid to the land owner had been given to him. Iqbal asked him to cough up another Rs1 crore, said the officer. In July 2016, the builder was in a Thane court for the hearing of the civil suit pending due to this dispute. "The builder then got a call on his mobile from a private number. The caller identified himself as Anees Ibrahim and told him to forget the land he had purchased in Gorai as `Bhai' has purchased it. Issuing threats, he said if the builder did not abide by his or ders, he would be bumped off.The builder was also warned not to pursue the matter in court," a police officer said.A police officer added that it is suspected that Dawood through his several aides was eyeing this land for the commercial development. The officer added that some men close to the land owner had gone to meet a close aide of Dawood in Dubai, from where they spoke to Dawood. The police said they have sought passport details of the suspects and would probe their travel route. Apart from the Kaskar siblings, the land owner as well as two other persons have been named in the FIR. Meanwhile, police have taken Iqbal and his two aides into custody in the second extortion case registered by the jeweller. The three were produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate AV Chaudhary-Inamdar and remanded in police custody till October 10. Pradeep Sharma, the investigating officer, told court the police wanted custody of the trio in order to get back gold worth Rs15 lakh that they had extorted.
Dawood, Anees named key accused in extortion case - Times of India
2017-10-05Ex-mortuary employee gets 'Thane Bhushan' award - Outlook India - Outlook India
05 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 11:49 AM Ex-mortuary employee gets 'Thane Bhushan' award Thane, Oct 5 A 62-year-old man, who formerly worked with the mortuary section of the Thane District Civil Hospital and said to have conducted over 40,000 autopsies during his service, was honoured with 'Thane Bhushan' award here. The award, instituted by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), was presented to Banarasi Choutala at the hands of Thane district guardian minister Eknath Shinde at Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan last night. The awardee was personally chosen by Mayor Meenakshi Shinde. According to the civic body, Choutala had performed autopsies on over 40,000 bodies during his 40 years of service. 'Thane Gaurav' and 'Thane Gunijan' awards were also presented on the occasion.
2017-10-05Pothole lands 13-year-old girl riding pillion in ICU | Thane News ... - Times of India
Pothole lands 13-year-old girl riding pillion in ICU Oct 5, 2017, 08:03 IST ULHASNAGAR: A 13-year-old pillion rider sustained serious injuries when her uncle, riding the two-wheeler, swerved to the right to avoid potholes on National Highway 222 only to be knocked down by a speeding container in Ulhasnagar on Monday. "The girl has suffered multiple injuries on her thigh and hip. She has been kept on ventilator in the ICU," said a doctor from Jupiter Hospital in Thane. The family said they have spent over Rs 7 lakh on her treatment so far.Police said the incident happened around 2.30pm Monday , when Khusboo Dhand, a class VII student, and her uncle Rakesh Sharma were returning home on his scooter from Kalyan, where they had gone to exchange a dress bought for her birthday , which was on September 30 . In his complaint to police, Rakesh said that near Birla gate in Shahad, he moved to the right to avoid potholes when the speeding container coming from behind knocked them down. Rakesh suffered minor injuries.Ulhasnagar police have registered a case of rash driving and arrested the container truck driver. Ram Jaiswar, city engineer of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, said that the highway does not come under the civic body.
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2017-10-05Thane, Mumbai cops face off over Nagpada builder detention ... - Times of India
Thane, Mumbai cops face off over Nagpada builder detention Oct 6, 2017, 02:29 IST MUMBAI: Police from the city and Thane were recently involved in a face-off over the picking up of a builder from Nagpada in the Iqbal Kaskar extortion case, and the high drama ended only after the intervention of senior officials from both cadres. Kaskar, brother of India's most wanted Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested on September 18 by the Thane anti-extortion cell led by inspector Pradeep Sharma over suspected extortion from builders and jewellers in Thane. On Saturday evening, four teams of around 15 cops from Thane crime branch reached Gordon Hall at Nagpada to pick up builder Aslam Lakdawala, who has had transactions with Kaskar. It is the same building where Dawood's late sister Haseena Parkar used to stay in. "The Thane cops arrived at Nagpada police station and sought assistance to pick up Lakdawala. Nagpada senior inspector Sanjay Baswat asked the team to come along, but was shocked to hear that they had already picked up Lakdawala and he was sitting in the police jeep," said a source. Baswat got furious and told off the Thane cops for the farce. He asked them to show the summons for Lakdawala in writing. The cops said Sharma had ordered it, but Baswat said he didn't know who Sharma was and asked them to make a fresh application. They said they were from the Thane crime branch, but Baswat refused to budge. At this, the cops alerted their seniors in Thane, who, in turn, spoke to Baswat and asked him to assist the teams. Baswat contacted his senior officials, including the ACP and DCP, and informed them about the action.All this while, Lakdawala was seated inside the jeep, unsure about what would happen. His family members also gathered at the Nagpada police station, adding to the drama. The confusion continued till 11pm, when the Thane cops gave an application giving details on why they were taking Lakdawala. ACP (Tardeo division) Nagesh Jadhav was called in and finally, it was decided that the Thane cops should make a diary and take Lakdawala. They complied, and were about to leave when the Nagpada cops were asked to shoot photos as well as videos of the Thane cops taking Lakdawala in their jeep. When TOI contacted Baswat, he refused comment, but sources said the senior police officials of Mumbai had asked him to follow the legal procedure. Lakdawala was let off after a day's questioning. Sharma said his statement has been recorded and they are making him a prime witness in the extortion case.
2017-10-05Thane, Mumbai cops face off over Nagpada builder detention - Times of India
Thane, Mumbai cops face off over Nagpada builder detention Oct 6, 2017, 02:29 IST MUMBAI: Police from the city and Thane were recently involved in a face-off over the picking up of a builder from Nagpada in the Iqbal Kaskar extortion case, and the high drama ended only after the intervention of senior officials from both cadres. Kaskar, brother of India's most wanted Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested on September 18 by the Thane anti-extortion cell led by inspector Pradeep Sharma over suspected extortion from builders and jewellers in Thane. On Saturday evening, four teams of around 15 cops from Thane crime branch reached Gordon Hall at Nagpada to pick up builder Aslam Lakdawala, who has had transactions with Kaskar. It is the same building where Dawood's late sister Haseena Parkar used to stay in. "The Thane cops arrived at Nagpada police station and sought assistance to pick up Lakdawala. Nagpada senior inspector Sanjay Baswat asked the team to come along, but was shocked to hear that they had already picked up Lakdawala and he was sitting in the police jeep," said a source. Baswat got furious and told off the Thane cops for the farce. He asked them to show the summons for Lakdawala in writing. The cops said Sharma had ordered it, but Baswat said he didn't know who Sharma was and asked them to make a fresh application. They said they were from the Thane crime branch, but Baswat refused to budge. At this, the cops alerted their seniors in Thane, who, in turn, spoke to Baswat and asked him to assist the teams. Baswat contacted his senior officials, including the ACP and DCP, and informed them about the action.All this while, Lakdawala was seated inside the jeep, unsure about what would happen. His family members also gathered at the Nagpada police station, adding to the drama. The confusion continued till 11pm, when the Thane cops gave an application giving details on why they were taking Lakdawala. ACP (Tardeo division) Nagesh Jadhav was called in and finally, it was decided that the Thane cops should make a diary and take Lakdawala. They complied, and were about to leave when the Nagpada cops were asked to shoot photos as well as videos of the Thane cops taking Lakdawala in their jeep. When TOI contacted Baswat, he refused comment, but sources said the senior police officials of Mumbai had asked him to follow the legal procedure. Lakdawala was let off after a day's questioning. Sharma said his statement has been recorded and they are making him a prime witness in the extortion case.
2017-10-04Piramal Fin to invest Rs 280 cr in Puranik's project in Thane - Moneycontrol.com
Oct 04, 2017 08:22 PM IST | Source: PTI Piramal Fin to invest Rs 280 cr in Puranik's project in Thane PFL, through its entire suite of products, is following a financial partnership model, by extending holistic solutions to developers right from early stage equity to late-stage debt, construction finance, lease rental discounting as well as bulk buying apartments. The company, through its subsidiary Piramal Finance (PFL) will invest Rs 280 crore in Puranik's flagship project 'Puranik City Reserva' in Thane. "We hope this will be a long and rich relationship with the Puranik Group, which has a demonstrated track record of execution in the Thane micro market. We look forward to enabling the growth of the Group with our offerings across both the wholesale as well as retail business," Piramal Finance Managing Director Khushru Jijina said in a statement issued here. PFL, through its entire suite of products, is following a financial partnership model, by extending holistic solutions to developers right from early stage equity to late-stage debt, construction finance, lease rental discounting as well as bulk buying apartments. Commenting on the deal, Puranik Group Managing Director Shailesh Puranik said, "This transaction will help us to achieve a complete financial closure for the project. We firmly believe that the market today presents attractive opportunities and we look forward to relying on the Piramal platform's experience and expertise as a lender of choice as we chart out our own path towards further growth." Puranik City Reserva, a unique theme-based ongoing project at Ghodbunder Road, being developed on 13 acres of land with 2.2 million sqft development potential worth Rs 2,000 crore and is expected to be completed over the next 6 to 7 years. The realty player has so far developed over 5 million sqft of real estate and is currently developing around 15 million sqft in Thane, Pune, Lonavala, Karjat and Mumbai suburbs.
Piramal Fin to invest Rs 280 cr in Puranik
2017-10-04TMC to redraw DP for cluster redevelopment zones - Times of India
TMC to redraw DP for cluster redevelopment zones Oct 5, 2017, 00:18 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is likely to start designing micro development plans (DP) soon for each of the eight cluster stretches identified in the city for implementing the redevelopment project to ensure a planned zone with all amenities. According to the plan, the DP will have to be designed for each of the zones that will see a planned development post implementation of the cluster project that will factor in increased floor space index and allocation of amenities. The existing DP that was finalized in 2003 was not designed keeping in mind the cluster project and accordingly, before implementation of the redevelopment in any of the areas, the planners would require a fresh DP to be redrawn keeping in mind the planned infrastructure in specific areas and adjoining stretches. The TMC is presently in the final stages of appointing a panel of experts to help them formulate an urban renewal policy that is a mandatory aspect for implementation of the cluster implementation. The micro DP is part of the policy and the team will be entrusted with redrawing it, explained an official. Currently, the TMC has floated bids for hiring the panel of experts, who could be a mix of town planners and architects, who would take up planning each of the selected cluster zones. The TMC has proposed eight clusters within the city limits, including those at Rabodi, Mumbra, Kalwa, Kisan Nagar and Lokmany Nagar among others. The cluster plan has been formulated to ensure the menace of illegal structures that occupies a notable volume of land in the city paves way for planned development. It is believed that over 11 lakh sqm area in the city is occupied by illegal constructions, most of which includes government land. Officials explained the fresh DP would be redrawn as per the urban renewal policy that would mandate the allocation and use of all amenities required. The planning would be easier as the designers will have lots of horizontal space for allocation of amenities and no space would be lost to illegal structures or encroachments as is the present situation. "The urban renewal policy will be an integral part for implementation of the cluster redevelopment project. We are in the process of selecting and appointing a panel of experts who would help scrutinize the clusters and design a development plan for the same," said a senior civic official. The final decks for implementation of the cluster redevelopment plan in Thane was cleared in June 2017 after the Bombay High Court vacated its stay after the Mumbai Corporation submitted the impact assessment.
TMC to redraw DP for cluster redevelopment zones - Times of India
2017-10-04Rail roko bid foiled at Kalwa station in Thane - Times of India
Rail roko bid foiled at Kalwa station in Thane Oct 3, 2017, 16:24 IST THANE: The railway administration managed to foil attempts by the NCP Thane unit MLA to stage a rail roko at Kalwa station adjoining Thane during the peak Tuesday morning hours. The protestors led by MLA JItendra Awhad however managed to sneak onto the tracks and hold up a CST bound local albeit for just two minutes before being escorted away from the tracks by the police. The local NCP unit had given a call for the agitation at Kalwa station on Tuesday to condemn the casual approach shown by the railway authorities towards safety of suburban commuters in the wake of the on Elphinstone Road station stampede last Friday that left 23 passengers dead. A huge posse of security personnel from the railway protection force, state and railway police were deployed at the station to keep the protestors at bay. Nonetheless, few key party members led by Awhad held up a 9.22 am CST local at the station, informed a senior Central Railway official. The train was held up for a few minutes, before the police dispersed the protesters off the railway tracks. Senior railway officials confirmed there was no major impact on the train schedule due to the protest.
2017-10-04Thane: No work to progress without tendering process, civic chief declares - Times of India
Thane: No work to progress without tendering process, civic chief declares Sep 21, 2017, 01:57 IST THANE: Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday declared that no work will be carried out without following the lengthy tender-driven process after corporators blamed him of indiscriminately sanctioning select works. The municipal commissioner is authorized under Sections 5 (2) (2) of the BPMC Act to allocate resources for any projects or a civic work in case of an emergency or to allocate instant relief to tide over a certain situation. The law empowers him with executive authority to bypass the process of securing sanction for a project from the general body and nominate contractors for execution of work without following the tendering process. The corporators, from across party lines, however, claimed that the civic chief was blatantly misusing its executive powers. They alleged that certain works, which did not qualify as emergency, were conveniently taken up and contractors nominated without the general body nod.
2017-10-04Dawood, brother Anees 'wanted' in Thane extortion case - The Statesman
Dawood, brother Anees ‘wanted’ in Thane extortion case Thane | October 4, 2017 9:34 pm Absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his brother Anees have been named as ‘wanted accused’ in an extortion case filed against their younger sibling Iqbal Kaskar, who was arrested from his Mumbai home last month. During the investigations into the ongoing extortion cases against Iqbal, the role and involvement of his two other brothers Dawood and Anees came to the fore and they have been accordingly booked, investigating officials said. This is the first time ever that all the three Kaskar brothers – sons of a former Mumbai police official Shaikh Ibrahim Ali Kaskar – have been named as accused in any case simultaneously. On Tuesday, Iqbal was slapped with a third case of extortion of Rs 3 crores from a builder in a deal involving a 38 acres land transaction in Gorai, a coastal village in south-west Thane. Besides the Kaskar siblings, the role of Dawood’s close associate Chhota Shakeel has also come to light and he has been made a ‘wanted accused’ in the case. The Thane Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) nabbed Iqbal and his associates Israr Ali Sayyad and Mumtaz Ali Shaikh in an extortion case of Rs 30 lakhs and on charges of extorting four flats from a builder. Subsequently, they were booked in another extortion complaint lodged by a prominent Thane jeweller, followed by a third complaint from a builder in the Gorai land deal case. Last week, the AEC also nabbed Borivali-based bookie Pankaj Gangar in the same case after his role as a financer for the extortion rackets came to light. Incidentally, Dawood – who is reportedly based in Karachi as per Iqbal’s latest statement to the police – is wanted in a series of serious cases including the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts which claimed 257 lives. Anees, his brother and close lieutenants are also wanted in several cases ranging from extortion, kidnapping, attempt to kill and murders, while Iqbal is booked in three different extortion cases. Among the three other Kaskar brothers, the oldest, Shabbir, was shot dead in gangwar in 1981, Noora passed away in 2009 in Karachi while Humayun succumbed to cancer in Dubai last year. Their only prominent sister Haseena Parkar, who was known as ‘Godmother of Nagpada’ and involved in some minor cases of intimidation, passed away after a brief illness in Mumbai in 2014. An elder sister Saeeda passed away several years ago due to natural causes while another sister Farzana leads a low-profile life in Mumbai.
Dawood, brother Anees
2017-10-04City roads pockmarked with over 2000 potholes after last week's rain - Times of India
City roads pockmarked with over 2,000 potholes after last week’s rain Updated: Sep 26, 2017, 22:37 IST Thane: The heavy rains that had lashed the city last week has left the roads in a battered state. The roads at Railadevi ward suffered the maximum damage. As many as 2,028 potholes cropped up across the 10 administrative wards in the city within a span of just a week. Railadevi recorded the highest number of potholes at 430, followed by Majiwada-Manpada stretch, including the Mayors ward, at 348. Kopri saw as many as 319 potholes. These statistics were part of the road damage assessment that was presented before the coordination committee set up under the directive of the Bombay high court to monitor the situation of potholes in a municipal area. The study was undertaken by the public works department of the municipal corporation since the last one week. They had checked for any damage to footpaths and drainage lids, including street furniture. Several areas along the 345-km stretch witnessed massive damage in the last one week. Motorists have been complaining of potholes at every nook and corner. They are forced to slow down due to the battered roads. ''It is a nightmare to travel along the battered stretches. A lot of time is also wasted manning these potholes. It is also dangerous as a motorist can lose balance and fall, which can lead to a major accident as well. Besides this, the maintenance of vehicles also increases,'' said Miraj Shah, a daily commuter. Meanwhile, the civic body is yet to formulate a long term solution for the problem. Interestingly, the Lokmanya Nagar and Wagle Estate stretches that were once riddled with potholes now witnessed the lowest number of complaints. Even Kalwa and Mumbra areas which used to be badly affected during the rains has seen a comparative drop in the number of potholes. Till last month, Kalwa and Mumbra had witnessed the highest number of potholes. The other areas, including the middle class enclaves of Uthalsar and Vartak Nagar, witnessed moderate number of complaints. Travelling within the city has become an agonizing task for motorists and pedestrians who have to watch every move they take. The rains and low visibility at night compounded to the problems. Residents are upset with the TMC's tall claims every monsoon. ''The civic body is working towards the smart city project but it cannot come up with a solution to this problem,'' said Prabhakar Patil, a resident. Residents also complained of mindless digging being carried out by the administration in several areas, including Gladys Alawares road, that is supposed to have been the city's first model concept with ducts running alongside for utility cables.Meanwhile, activists have raised questions over this frequent damage and patch works done and have now sought a one-time solution for this problem. It may be noted that the administration spends a notable amount of the taxpayers money on road repairs which includes filling up potholes and repairing footpaths every year. There has to be a permanent solution to this problem wherein roads that have been recently constructed or repaired are developing potholes within a span of a few days. We are aspiring to be a smart city and it is least expected of the administration to come up with a feasible and long lasting solution to the menace, complained an activist. The administration, however, has blamed the heavy showers for the battered state of the roads and have claimed to have filled up most of potholes in the city. Senior civic officials have claimed that out of the 2,028 potholes, as many as 1,803 have been filled up by the civic teams deployed on the roads since last week. The remaining will be cleared soon, said senior officials.
2017-10-03Thane municipal officials step into sanitation workers' shoes, clean community toilets - Hindustan Times
Thane municipal officials step into sanitation workers’ shoes, clean community toilets As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the campaign was aimed at understanding the difficulties faced by sanitation workers. MUMBAI Updated: Oct 03, 2017 09:36 IST Sanitation workers woke up to a pleasant surprise to see Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)?officials cleaning community toilets in their areas on?Monday. As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the campaign was aimed at understanding the difficulties faced by sanitation workers. Additional commissioner Sunil Unhale, deputy municipal commissioner Manish Joshi and assistant municipal commissioner Maruti Gaikwad were among the team officials who cleaned the toilets. Joshi told Hindustan Times, “We cleaned 16 toilet seats at Khartan Road, while six seats were cleaned earlier at Babaji PatilWadi in Mumbra. TMC?sanitation workers live in these areas. While they keep the toilets across the city clean, theirs are ignored. The aim was also to understand the difficulties faced by these workers.” The corporation had earlier decided to clean iconic places across the city. Joshi said, “Most of us were thinking of cleaning Masunda Lake or similar places. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal suggested we clean community toilets instead. When these toilets are cleaned the open defecation across the city will be reduced.” The officials have realised that unavailability of water is the biggest hurdle in achieving the open defecation free target. “The commissioner has ordered us to install water tanks where there are pipelines. We have also realised that acid used by workers is harmful. We are thinking of substituting it with phenyl,” Joshi added.
Thane municipal officials step into sanitation workers
2017-10-03Rail roko bid foiled at Kalwa station in Thane - Times of India
Rail roko bid foiled at Kalwa station in Thane Oct 3, 2017, 16:24 IST THANE: The railway administration managed to foil attempts by the NCP Thane unit MLA to stage a rail roko at Kalwa station adjoining Thane during the peak Tuesday morning hours. The protestors led by MLA JItendra Awhad however managed to sneak onto the tracks and hold up a CST bound local albeit for just two minutes before being escorted away from the tracks by the police. The local NCP unit had given a call for the agitation at Kalwa station on Tuesday to condemn the casual approach shown by the railway authorities towards safety of suburban commuters in the wake of the on Elphinstone Road station stampede last Friday that left 23 passengers dead.A huge posse of security personnel from the railway protection force, state and railway police were deployed at the station to keep the protestors at bay. Nonetheless, few key party members led by Awhad held up a 9.22 am CST local at the station, informed a senior Central Railway official. The train was held up for a few minutes, before the police dispersed the protesters off the railway tracks. Senior railway officials confirmed there was no major impact on the train schedule due to the protest.
Rail roko bid foiled at Kalwa station in Thane - Times of India
2017-10-03In Mumbai: Thane cops arrest 2 Pune farmers with ivory worth Rs10 lakh - Hindustan Times
In Mumbai:?Thane cops arrest 2 Pune farmers with ivory worth Rs10 lakh Cops say the two have visited Thane on several occasions in the past, but failed to find a buyer MUMBAI Updated: Oct 04, 2017 00:05 IST Two farmers from Pune were arrested on Monday by the Thane police in Kasarvadavli for trying to sell ivory [two elephant tusks] worth Rs10 lakh. Nilesh Gorakh Nannaware, 25, and Ajinky Ankush Bagal, 25, had the ivory for the past five years. One of the tusks, 40-cm-long, has carving that resembles an African woman. It is worth Rs7 lakh in the market. The other, 38-cm-long, is plane and commands Rs3 lakh. Senior inspector D Dhole from Kasarvadavli police station said, “We received a tip-off on Monday from DCP (zone 5) Sunil Lokhande, about two people trying to sell ivory. We formed a team and rushed to the spot near Gyan Ganga College. Frisking of the duo resulted in seizure of two elephant tusks worth Rs10 lakh. Forest officials confirmed that it was ivory. Both the accused are farmers and said they have been trying to sell it for the past five years. But couldn’t find a buyer.”Cops said the two have visited Thane on several occasions in the past. “Despite repeated attempts, neither of them managed to find a buyer. The collective weight of the ivory is 2.8kg and its price in the international market is extremely high. The duo had planned to sell the ivory to those residing in upmarket areas of Thane. We are now looking for the person who sold them ivory five years ago in Pune. Both were produced in court and remanded in police custody till Thursday”, said inspector Nasir Kulkarni from Kasarwadavli police station.
In Mumbai: Thane cops arrest 2 Pune farmers with ivory worth Rs10 lakh - Hindustan Times
2017-10-03Iqbal Kaskar booked for new extortion case in Thane - Outlook India
02 OCTOBER 2017 Last Updated at 8:03 PM Iqbal Kaskar booked for new extortion case in Thane Thane (Maharashtra) [India], October 3 : Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother Iqbal Kaskar and his gang members on Tuesday were booked for a new extortion case in Thane. Earlier on Sunday Kaskar and two other accused were sent to judicial custody till October 13 by the Thane Court in connection with an extortion case. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) commenced investigating Kaskar, his aides Israr Z Saiyyad and Mumtaz A Shaikh and others on September 26. Kaskar was arrested on September 18 on the charges of extortion from his Mumbai residence after a complaint was filed by a builder who was facing extortion threats since 2013. The builder was taken into confidence and a complaint of extortion was registered at the Kasarvadavali Police Station. It is unclear as of now if Dawood was involved personally in his brother's extortion rackets or not.
Iqbal Kaskar booked for new extortion case in Thane - Outlook India
2017-10-03New station likely to tackle Mulund-Thane rush - The Hindu - The Hindu
New station likely to tackle Mulund-Thane rush MUMBAI, OCTOBER 04, 2017 01:07 IST UPDATED: OCTOBER 04, 2017 09:26 IST ?150-crore project on 18-acre land near Mulund to benefit nearly seven lakh passengers; CM holds third meeting with Shinde to chalk out modalities The Elphinstone Road station tragedy has prompted the Shiv Sena to propose a railway station between Mulund and Thane, one of the most congested stretches on the Mumbai suburban rail network. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday held a third meeting with Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) Minister Eknath Shinde to chalk out the modalities. The new station is likely to cost ?150 crore and once complete, officials said, it will make commute smoother for nearly seven lakh passengers daily. “We have received a positive response from the Chief Minister. We want people coming from far-flung areas such as Vartak Nagar, Wagle Estate, and Ghodbandar to get maximum benefits. Besides, they will be able to skip commuting via Thane city and directly proceed towards these areas if a station comes up just after Mulund,” said Mr. Shinde. A final decision is likely this month, said officials. The station near Mulund will come up on an 18-acre land, which is owned by the Revenue department. Mr. Shinde said parts of the land are reserved for a hospital, but suitable changes will be made to make way for the station. “The new station will ensure passengers do not have to hang outside the trains during peak hours.” Revenue department officials said they are coordinating with the Health department to mark the land for the station. “We have some encroachments, so the government will have to ensure rehabilitation of the displaced,” they said. Meanwhile, Mr. Shinde led a delegation of Sena ministers to put forward demands on commuter safety before the Chief Minister. The delegation demanded that hawkers be removed and foot overbridges and bridges be widened. Cabinet sub-committee The government on Tuesday formed a Cabinet sub-committee, which will coordinate with the agencies and the departments concerned to put in place necessary passenger facilities at suburban railway stations in and around Mumbai. “The decision to form a sub-committee was taken to ensure that incidents like the stampede at the foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel railway stations, in which 23 people lost their lives, do nor recur,” the Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement. The sub-committee will review the railway stations and foot overbridges, where there is a huge footfall. “It will also suggest remedies for the persisting problems at the suburban railway stations,” it said. Leader of Opposition in the Council Dhananjay Munde had demanded that a special session of the legislature be convened to discuss the problems faced by suburban railway commuters.
New station likely to tackle Mulund-Thane rush - The Hindu - The Hindu
2017-10-03Thane: NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad's rail roko attempt at Kalwa railway station foiled - Free Press Journal
Thane: NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad’s rail roko attempt at Kalwa railway station foiled Oct 03, 2017 11:41 am Mumbai: An attempt by NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad and his supporters to stage a rail roko (rail block) at the suburban Kalwa station in neighbouring Thane district during peak office hours this morning was foiled by the railway security personnel, a senior official said. Awhad had given a call for agitation, which he dubbed as the ‘mother of all protests’, at Kalwa station today to protest against the “casual approach” of railway authorities towards the safety of suburban commuters after the stampede on the foot overbridge of Elphinstone Road station on Friday which killed 23 passengers. “Elaborate security arrangements were put in place which prevented the protesters from stopping the trains, however, they held up a 9.22 am local at Kalwa station,” said a senior Central Railway official. He said the train was held up for a few minutes, before the jawans of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police and city police dispersed the protesters from the premises.The official added that there was no major impact on the train schedule. Justifying his rail roko call, Awhad, a NCP legislator from the Mumbra-Kalwa belt, said, “Despite several reminders, railway administration has turned a deaf ear to the commuters woes and rising fatalities and hardships were due to the failure of the Central Railway administration to cater to rush hour crowd.” The NCP MLA said, “Over 20,000 innocent passengers have lost their lives in last five years because of the poor infrastructure of the Central and Western Railways. “Over 3,000 innocent passengers have lost their lives only in Thane-Kalwa section which is also known as a killer stretch. I want to know what Railways is doing to save the precious lives of the passengers.” Awhad said, “We don’t believe in the tall promises made and fake assurances given by the Railway Ministers.” He also slammed the Bullet Train project saying such a train was introduced just to “show-off” to the world at the cost of the lives of thousands of passengers who die for want of basis amenities. Meanwhile, railway activists slammed the protesters for “aggravating” the woes of commuters by holding up the local trains during peak office hour rush. Subhash Gupta, president of the Rail Yatri Sangh Mumbai and member of National Railway Users Consultative Committee (NRUCC) said, “It is extremely unfortunate that these leaders are aggravating the woes of the passengers to push their political agenda. Railway administration should book these protesters to prevent such incidents in future.” When contacted a senior railway official said “We will be booking the protestors as per the provisions of law.”
Thane: NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad
2017-10-02Awareness on man-animal conflict this wildlife week - Times of India
Awareness on man-animal conflict this wildlife week Oct 3, 2017, 00:25 IST THANE: In light of the string of incidents of man-animal conflict that have taken place around the Mumbai and Thane peripheries of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park recently, the Thane Forest Department has decided to dedicate the Wildlife Week (October 2 to October 8) by spreading awareness about the same to those residing around the park. Over the past few years, there have been reports of leopard attacks, snake bites or their sightings and even leopard deaths in parts of the forest region including Aarey, Ghodbundar Road, Murbad etc. Through this Wildlife Week, which began on Sunday, the officials along with various wildlife rescuers will be visiting the residents of these areas and informing them about how to prevent such incidents or what to do after they come across any such incident. "To keep both leopards and snakes at bay, keeping the area waste free and well-lit is crucial. Children should not be left alone and any snake bite victim should be rushed to the hospital immediately. Posing with snakes in a big no no. Knowledge about these topics is crucial for those living in the periphery of the green zone. While we have already begun these awareness drives in the city areas, we have kept an awareness drive for villagers in areas like Murbad from on the October 5," said Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forests (Thane). The forest department has also arranged a wildlife photo exhibition from October 6 to 8 at the Kala Bhavan, which is set to reflect and inform citizens about the vibrant bio diversity of the green zones. To keep both leopards and snakes at bay, keeping the area waste free and well-lit is crucial. Children should not be left alone and any snake bite victim should be rushed to the hospital immediately
2017-10-0250 volunteers clear truck full of waste from Railadevi Lake - Times of India
50 volunteers clear truck full of waste from Railadevi Lake Oct 3, 2017, 00:29 IST THANE: Over 50 members of a social organisation cleared 10 truck full of waste from Railadevi lake in Wagle Estate on the anniversary of Swachh Bharat movement on Monday, October 2. The members of Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan were joined by guardian minister Eknath Shinde and Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde. The clean-up drive went on for three hours from 8:30am to 11:30am. Abhishek Kadam, a resident of Wagle Estate, said, "This lake has been dirty for years and people throw waste in it making it more dirty. It is great to see these groups coming to clean our lake even though they don't belong to this area." MP Shinde said, "Tonnes of waste have been dumped here over the years. While we found remnants of idols and decorations, we also came across a lot of household waste, plastic and rotting green waste around the sides of the lake as well as floating over the surface in the centre. We first pulled the waste to the sides and then raked it out and dumped it into the civic waste collection trucks." While the group managed to clear the accumulated waste, they believe that any such cleanliness drive is pointless unless the locals embrace the idea of keeping their own localities clean. "The Swachh Bharat movement was kick-started three years ago and despite the amount of cleanliness drives and awareness campaigns, it is observed that these areas lack the citizens' will to keep it clean. Citizens still pollute the water bodies and the drains and roads with waste. For any true change to come, Thaneites should take this motto personally and start the zero-waste movement from their own homes and housing societies," he added. The Swachh Bharat movement was kick-started three years ago and despite the amount of cleanliness drives, it is observed that these areas lack the citizens' will to keep it clean. Citizens still pollute the water bodies and the drains and roads with waste
2017-10-02Thane Police likely to seek custody of Iqbal Kaskar again | The ... - The Indian Express
Thane Police likely to seek custody of Iqbal Kaskar again The Thane police are also likely to soon move an application in the court seeking to invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the three. Mumbai | Published:October 3, 2017 4:47 am THE THANE police are likely to seek custody of Iqbal Kaskar, brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, along with two other accused for allegedly extorting jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh from a jeweller. The police had arrested Kaskar, along with accomplices Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Sayyed, for extorting four flats and Rs 30 lakh from a builder. After interrogating him for 12 days, a sessions court Sunday remanded the three accused in judicial custody in the first case. The Thane police are also likely to soon move an application in the court seeking to invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the three. “We are at a preliminary stage of investigation and have called in some builders who worked as partners with Kaskar in developing some disputed properties. We are checking if any of them were part of the racket,” said an officer linked to the probe. Stating that the number of accused was likely to go up, he said: “We want to interrogate Kaskar further and will be seeking his custody in the FIR lodged by a jeweller.” The officer added: “Through his interrogation, we are trying to find out if the money earned through the racket was sent to Chhota Shakeel with whom he was in contact.” The police had on September 28 arrested one Pankaj Gangar, who is alleged to have funded the accused and provided them with weapons. An officer said they would soon move court seeking to invoke MCOCA against the accused. “We can seek custody of the accused once more if MCOCA is applied. Once their custody is over in the second case, we will seek their custody once more under MCOCA,” he said.
2017-10-02Dance bar shimmy puts Thane jeweller who complained about Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar in a spot - Mumbai Mirror
DANCE BAR SHIMMY PUTS THANE JEWELLER WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT DAWOOD IBRAHIM'S BROTHER IQBAL KASKAR IN A SPOT Updated: Oct 3, 2017, 08.37 AM IST Ten days after a fresh case of extortion was registered against Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar on the basis of a complaint by a Thane jeweller, the police have found photographs of the complainant partying with a Kaskar aide who has also been named in the complaint. The Thane Crime Branch sources said the photographs, showing complainant Gautam Jain and his partner Nirmal Jain drinking and dancing with an alleged Kaskar aide Mumtaz Shaikh at a bar in Mulund, were clicked a few months ago. Kaskar was arrested by the Thane Crime Branch from his house in Nagpada on September 18 by a team led by encounter specialist senior inspector Pradeep Sharma, following a complaint by a builder alleging Kaskar was threatening him since 2013. The second complaint against Kaskar was filed by jeweller Gautam, who alleged that Mumtaz, at Kaskar's behest, forcibly took away gold jewellery from his shop on two occasions after a land deal fell through. Gautam said in his complaint that he and Nirmal were looking for buyers for a land parcel in Thane and were approached by Mumtaz and Israr Sayed, who identified themselves as estate agents. The complaint said Gautam and Nirmal backed out of the deal when they realised Mumtaz and Israr represented Iqbal Kaskar, after which the three started threatening them. "In April 2015, Kaskar sent Mumtaz and Israr to our shop to threaten me. When we refused to budge, the two took away gold ornaments worth Rs 8 lakh.A few months later, they again barged into our shop and took away jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh," Gautam's complaint said.
Dance bar shimmy puts Thane jeweller who complained about Dawood Ibrahim
2017-10-01New chargesheet details roles of Mamta, Goswami | Thane News ... - Times of India
New chargesheet details roles of Mamta, Goswami Updated: Oct 1, 2017, 06:10 IST Thane: The Thane police on Friday submitted the fourth chargesheet in the Rs 2,000-crore drug bust case in which they have detailed the roles of former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni and her husband and alleged international drug lord Vicky Goswami as well as listed crucial evidence against them. The chargesheet runs into nearly 2,500 pages and was submitted in the special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court of HM Patwardhan. The chargesheet has a detailed account and evidence of Kulkarni's presence at meetings held in Kenya, Dubai and a few other places. Assistant police commissioner Bharat Shelke, who is the investigation officer, was assisted by a team of the anti- narcotics cell in preparing the mammoth chargesheet. The chargesheet also contains records of the conversations between Goswami and the other accused based in India to set up a facility in Mozambique to convert the ephedrine into methamphetamine. Ephedrine is illegally used to manufacture party drug methamphetamine or crystal meth. "The US Drug Enforcement Administration, too, has given certain evidence about the racket as even they have been tracking it for long. We have details about how the hawala money was transferred from other countries to India in parts," said a police officer. Both prime accused, Kulkarni and Goswami, were declared 'proclaimed offenders' by the sessions court here on June 5. Investigators sent proclamation notices to Kulkarni's residene in Mumbai and to Goswami's house in Ahmedabad."Their properties could be sealed in the coming days in accordance with law," said the officer The crime branch had, on April 14, 2016, seized over 20 tonnes of ephedrine and 2.5 tonnes of acetic anhydride, from a pharmaceutical factory-Avon Life Sciences-in Solapur and other locations in Thane and Ahmedabad. Investigations led sleuths to the involvement of Vicky Goswami and Kenyan-based international drug mafia as well as Kulkarni. The crime branch has so far arrested 14 persons and named five persons as wanted accused, which includes Kulkarni and Goswami.
New chargesheet details roles of Mamta, Goswami | Thane News ... - Times of India
2017-10-01Thane police detain Juhu builder | Free Press Journal - Free Press Journal
Thane police detain Juhu builder Oct 01, 2017 12:09 am Mumbai : A builder from Juhu has been detained by the Thane Crime Branch for partnering Iqbal Kaskar, the fugitive gangster, in running the extortion ring. According to a Thane crime branch official, “We summoned a Juhu-based builder for questioning on Saturday. The builder had invested the money from construction business for running the extortion racket. During investigation, it was found that the builder is a partner of Iqbal Kaskar and used to operate the extortion racket along with him.”On Friday, Altaf Lakdawala, a builder from Bandra was detained. As per the police, Lakdawala is also one of the partners of Kaskar who was running the extortion racket in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. During interrogation, it was found that Lakdawala had close links with Kaskar and was in constant touch with him over phone calls. The police said that Lakdawala is a close aide of Chhota Shakeel and his funds were used to buy arms and ammunition to threaten the builders. More complaints of extortion will be registered against Kaskar in the coming days. On Thursday, Pankaj Gangar, a builder from Borivali was arrested for financing the extortion syndicate. The money would be handed over to R.C. Angadia who would send it to Shakeel’s men abroad as well as in Mumbai and Thane. Gangar is a director and partner at Oorja Properties Private Limited at Borivali. Oorja Properties has its registered office at Sun Plaza near Diamond Talkies at Borivali (W).
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