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2018-10-31Mondelez International sets up India technical centre worth $15 ... - Moneycontrol.com
Mondelez International sets up India technical centre worth $15 million in Thane The centre has been set up with an investment of $15 million and it is the tenth technical centre around the world. Himadri Buch @himadribuch Mondelez International on October 31 inaugurated its global research, development and quality (RDQ) technical center in India located in Thane, Maharashtra.The centre has been set up with an investment of $15 million and it is the tenth technical centre around the world.It will support new products and technologies for the company’s global brands in chocolate and beverages. India facility is a part of the company's $65 million investment in its worldwide Technical Centre network to accelerate growth and innovation. related news Companies law amended; case load of special courts expected to reduce 60%: Govt Satyam scam: SEBI passes fresh order; directs Raju, 3 others to disgorge over Rs 813 cr Waiting for a calmer market to launch QIP: DLF Speaking to media at the press conference after the inauguration of the GDQ technical centre in Thane, Maurizo Brusadelli, Executive Vice President and President AMEA (Asia, Middle East and Africa) said: "Mondelez International will continue to make investments in India ahead of the curve to drive sustainable growth. Investment in Thane technical centre further emphasises on the importance of India to our global business."Deepak Iyer, Managing Director, Mondelez India Foods, said that innovation plays a crucial role as the company accelerates consumer-centric growth across both global and local heritage brands.“The Thane Centre will collaborate on innovations with multiple countries within the company network,” Iyer added.The Thane technical centre is spread across an area of 12000 sq meters which will be equipped with multiple technical capabilities, such as pilot plant, a packaging creative studio, and a range of laboratories for technical research and development.Mondelez India Foods Pvt Ltd, formerly Cadbury India has been present in India for over 70 years.The company introduced the iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk and Bournvita in India in 1948 and since then has been a leader in the chocolate category with a market share of 65 percent.Part of Mondelez International, the company operates in the chocolate, beverages, biscuits, and candy categories in India with popular brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk, Cadbury Gems, Cadbury 5 Star, Tang, Cadbury Oreo, Halls, among others.India hub joins nine other Mondelez International technical centres that are already in operation, including—East Hanovar, New Jersey, in the United States; Curtiba in Brazil; Bournville and Reading, both in the UK; Wroclaw in Poland; Singapore; Suzhou in China; Saclay in France and Munich in Germany. 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2018-10-31'If we ask anything, contractors threaten to fire us' - Times of India
'If we ask anything, contractors threaten to fire us' Oct 31, 2018, 07:35 IST THANE: Forget safety gear, we are made to work in inhuman conditions. The water tanks I clean are infested with snakes and the contractors don't care when we complain," a labourer working with the Thane civic administration said on Tuesday when TOI spoke to some construction workers following the accident in Thane where the scaffolding of a building collapsed. The grievous fall suffered by seven workers when the scaffolding crashed at a housing complex in Balkum has once again put the spotlight on their working conditions. Inadequate safety measures, deplorable work conditions and life-threatening injuries seem to continue to be the daily reality for thousands in the unorganised labour sector. The incident has also revealed that government agencies, including the labour department, have failed to discipline the private contractors who provide daily wage labourers with no safety. "At times we have to work in darkness and during rains we have no uniforms to protect us from the weather. Payments are delayed for months together without any explanation. If we even ask for a safety mechanism, the contractors are arrogant and threaten to dismiss us," said the labourer working with the Thane civic administration. Milind Ranade, who works for the welfare of unorganized labourers in Mumbai, said, "There is no value for human life. When a labourer dies due to negligence of the contractor or the agency involved, no one cares for him/her or their family members. Take for instance the Dombivli manhole cleaning case, where three labourers lost their lives. No precautions had been given to the workers, and no safety harnesses to wear. The contractor should have ensured there was enough oxygen in the drain before sending the workers in." While blacklisting repeated offenders may seem ideal, some activists believe that stern action needs to be taken also against the principal employers and not just the contractors. "Although blacklisting these contractors may be one way to go, no one talks about the principal employers. In the Balkum incident, the responsibility equally lies with whoever hired the contractor. Most times, higher authorities walk away free and no one questions them. Last week after the Dombivli incident, I wrote to the chief minister expressing the same and have also mentioned that the deceased labourers' family should receive Rs 10 lakh which is also not given at times," said Jagdish Khairalia, a Thane activist working for unorganized labourers.
2018-10-31RSS meeting at Thane to discuss not only Ramjanmabhoomi but organic farming - Oneindia
RSS meeting at Thane to discuss not only Ramjanmabhoomi but organic farming Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 15:03 [IST] New Delhi, Oct 31: The three-day long meet of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has started in Thane district near Mumbai to deliberate upon qualitative aspects of the core organizational issues like its horizontal and vertical expansion. But the meeting is also important on several counts as it is not only deliberate upon expansion but also issues like Ram Temple, Sabarimala Temple, Bangladeshi infiltrators, urban naxals, NRC, national security, development of border areas, New Education Policy, Swadeshi and some such other issues. How to take these issues to maximum number of people in the country. Office bearer and workers of around 54 affiliate organisations of the RSS are participating in this Diwali meeting of the RSS. Around 300 RSS workers are participating to get ready to take message of the organisation to people. RSS sources said that the matter of Ram Janmabhoomi is getting neglected not only by the court but also by the government so the matter will be discussed in detail. It will also be discussed that which way it should be taken to the people. But the RSS is going to take up the matter aggressively. Issues of farmers were taken up in the last meeting of ABKM which they feel is very important. The issue of threats to internal security from Rohingyas will also figure in the meeting besides promoting Indian breed of cows and organic forming will be important issue to be discussed in meeting. Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar said that ABPS is attended by around 1400 representatives from almost all organizations and units of the RSS and resolutions are passed in that meeting. While ABKM is comparatively smaller meeting with around 350 representatives from 11 regions (Kshetra) and 43 states (Prant) units of the RSS and organizing secretaries of seven of the prominent allied organizations. He said that contemporary issues would be discussed at the meeting but thrust remains on the core organizational issues.
RSS meeting at Thane to discuss not only Ramjanmabhoomi but organic farming - Oneindia
2018-10-31Two contractors held for Thane scaffolding collapse - The Hindu (press release)
Two contractors held for Thane scaffolding collapse UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2018 04:09 IST The Thane Police on Tuesday arrested two people in connection with the scaffolding collapse in Thane, in which eight labourers sustained injuries on Monday morning. The scaffolding, which was erected around the Runwal Garden City residential society in Balkum area, came crashing down while it was being removed, causing the labourers to fall from a height of several floors. Some others were also injured as the scaffolding fell on them. Senior police inspector Kalyan Karpe, Kapurbawdi police station, confirmed that two contractors, who had the job of putting up the scaffolding, conducting maintenance work on the building, and then removing it, were arrested on Tuesday morning. The contractors, identified as Sangram Kumbhar (40) and Ajmal Hussain (33), were called to the police station for questioning. After inquiries allegedly established their negligence, both were placed under arrest, sources said. “According to inquiries so far, the scaffolding was left to rot in the rain and sun for nearly a year and a half, due to which it weakened and gave way under the weight of the labourers. Further, the labourers were not provided safety equipment, which might have decreased the number and intensity of casualties,” an officer with the Kapurbawdi police said. The accused have been booked for causing injury and endangering life or personal safety of others due to rash and negligent conduct under the Indian Penal Code. Further inquiries against them and other officials of the contracting firm are underway.
Two contractors held for Thane scaffolding collapse - The Hindu (press release)
2018-10-31'There is a need to bring transgenders into mainstream' - Times of India
There is a need to bring transgenders into mainstream' The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning a special package to bring the around 200-strong transgender community from the lake city within the mainstream. Nov 1, 2018, 02:23 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning a special package to bring the around 200-strong transgender community from the lake city within the mainstream. The plan is an initiative of Mayor Meenakshi Shinde, who wants to bring the otherwise neglected community in the mainstream. The social welfare department of the Thane civic body has started the registration drive of all transgenders staying within the city limits. Following this, initiatives like ensuring an annual stipend for them in addition to having career guidance workshops to help them earn their livelihood instead of resorting to begging or illegal activities will be started, explained Shinde. The Mayor had recently also written to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking formulation of a comprehensive policy for this community across the state suggesting that they be involved as part of the security team in a few state bodies. “The transgenders have always been left out of the society and there is a need to involve them in our lives. Given an opportunity, they will also want to earn a decent livelihood and we are working towards making them self-reliant under various programmes. We are currently enrolling them and will slowly start work to bring them into the mainstream,” said Shinde. The TMC has also planned to conduct health check-ups and health awareness programmes. The civic administration is also looking at medical benefits and reservation in housing for the community. The transgenders have always been left out of the society and there is a need to involve them in our lives. Given an opportunity, they will also want to earn a decent livelihood and we are working towards making them self-reliant under various programmes.
2018-10-31Teen Haath naka signal school to get a laboratory - Times of India
Teen Haath naka signal school to get a laboratory A science laboratory to enhance the logical thinking ability and pique the curiosity of the street children enrolled in the signal school built under the Teen Hath naka flyover will soon become reality. Nov 1, 2018, 02:24 IST THANE: A science laboratory to enhance the logical thinking ability and pique the curiosity of the street children enrolled in the signal school built under the Teen Hath naka flyover will soon become reality. The facility will involve an expenditure of Rs 22 lakh, part of which will be borne by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) as well as other donors. It will be thrown open for students on Saturday. Samarth Bharat Vyas Peeth, who conceptualized the facility for the children of hawkers and street vendors, is also planning to include lessons on hygiene and sanitation, which poses as a big problem in the slum settlements where the children come from. Bhatu Sawant, CEO of the NGO, said, “Since the school was developed two years ago, we have been focusing on language skills and basic knowledge of all subjects. These kids mostly come from simple backgrounds that is often steeped in superstitions and lacking in rational thinking. We wanted to change their approach. So building this lab will not only help us to change their mindset, but will also give us a platform to give them lessons on hygiene and sanitation.” Apart from this new initiative, the school will be starting training in bank transactions for the students where the kids will be taught how to open a bank account, update their passbooks, fill in pay slips, forms and other bank documents. After 7pm, the children go back to the streets and try to help their parents by selling products. They manage to earn Rs 20-50 every day, explained Sawant. “Previously we would ask them to deposit the money with the teachers who would make a note of it in our diary. This time we decided to make it more professional and approached a private bank to help us open accounts in the name of all the students we currently have,” added Sawant.
2018-10-31Tribal protest for land rights called off on CM's assurance - Times of India
Tribal protest for land rights called off on CM's assurance A day-long protest march by members of the tribal community was concluded following an assurance by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis that the right of the adivasis to land in the forest area would be protected. Nov 1, 2018, 02:25 IST THANE: A day-long protest march by members of the tribal community was concluded following an assurance by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis that the right of the adivasis to land in the forest area would be protected. The chief minister called representatives of the protesting tribal members to his official residence, Varsha, late on Tuesday and addressed their issues, following which the protesters decided to call of the stir. Over 40,000 tribal families squatted on the streets of Thane from Tuesday afternoon, demanding basic facilities like water, uninterrupted power supply, right to cultivation on forest land, better health infrastructure and education for their children. They also voiced their reservations about the upcoming Metro car shed project. “Around 10pm, we received a call from the chief minister asking us to meet him. We put forth our demands and discussed the issues. In case of the Aarey Colony land issue, the state government has promised to conduct a survey and has even appointed special officials to see to it that the locals were not uprooted and were given remuneration. They have also agreed to not re-rehabilitate the tribal people to a building as that would destroy their source of livelihood. He has given us a deadline of December 2018,” said Vivek Pandit, who led the protest. The government has also decided to appoint officials to take an overview of the water crisis-like situation in Vasai. The community has also demanded a pension scheme for tribal senior citizens as in the case of Madhya Pradesh. Villagers hailing from Nashik, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Vasai, Bhiwandi, Shahapur, Palghar and Mokhada had staged a night-long protest. They came equipped with stoves and change of clothes too.
Tribal protest for land rights called off on CM
2018-10-31Scaffolding fall: Absconding contractor, supervisor nabbed - Times of India
Scaffolding fall: Absconding contractor, supervisor nabbed The Kapurbawdi police, on Wednesday, arrested the absconding private contractor and on-site supervisor of the building, which was undergoing renovation at Runwal Garden City complex, Balkum, after seven construction workers were critically injured following a fall from the weak scaffolding of the ground plus 18-storey structure on Monday. Updated: Nov 1, 2018, 02:22 IST THANE: The Kapurbawdi police, on Wednesday, arrested the absconding private contractor and on-site supervisor of the building, which was undergoing renovation at Runwal Garden City complex, Balkum, after seven construction workers were critically injured following a fall from the weak scaffolding of the ground plus 18-storey structure on Monday. Sangram Kumbhar (45) and Ajmal Dusan (38) were responsible for the safety and work condition of the workers at the construction site. However, the accident revealed that the safety norms were not adhered to and this critically injured the seven workers, who were on the scaffolding doing their job when it gave away. Senior inspector K E Karpe, said, “Kumbhar is the owner of Dada Nana Kumbhar company while Dusan is the supervisor. Our investigations have revealed that the bamboos were fixed almost two years ago and had worn out. The ropes tied around it had become loose. The company had failed to take precautions and in turn, put the workers’ life in danger. Moreover, the workers were not even supplied with helmets and harness while climbing such heights on the bamboo rods. We are yet to figure out who hired the contractor.” Kumbhar and Dusan are charged under Sections 336, 337, 338 of the Indian Penal Code holding them accountable for endangering the lives or personal safety of others and causing hurt and grievous injuries. They were produced before a magistrate court which, in turn, remanded the duo to judicial custody. Police said the labourers were doing the work of dismantling the bamboos at Daisy building when they came crashing down injuring them severely. “Around 18 workers were hired for this particular work of dismantling the bamboos for which I was offered Rs 600 daily wages. Every day since the past one month my fellow labourers and I would come to work. We were made to climb the bamboos without any safety gears. On Monday, at around 10.20am when we were standing on the bamboos high up in an attempt to dismantle it, one of the ropes gave away and the entire structure fell,” said Dulal Shaikh (35), one of the labourers, who was rushed to the civil hospital. The five workers — Mohammed Royal Shaikh (30), Mohammed Rakhibulla Sheikh (21), Hasan Shaikh (24), Manirudhin Shaikh (27) and Jamal Sheikh (50) — were taken to a private hospital whereas Ektiyar Mohammed (20) and Dulal Shaikh (35) were admitted to the civil hospital. Around 18 workers were hired to dismantle the bamboos for which I was offered a daily wage of Rs 600. We were made to climb the bamboos without safety gears. On Monday, when we were standing on them to dismantle them, one of the ropes gave away and we went crashing down.
Scaffolding fall: Absconding contractor, supervisor nabbed - Times of India
2018-10-31Auto driver held for sexually assaulting minor - Times of India
Auto driver held for sexually assaulting minor A 17-year-old girl, who escaped sexual assault and exploitation by her employer in Gujarat, only to be tricked into becoming a sex slave by a 25-year autorickshsaw driver from Santacruz, was rescued by the Mumbra police last week. Nov 1, 2018, 02:19 IST THANE: A 17-year-old girl, who escaped sexual assault and exploitation by her employer in Gujarat, only to be tricked into becoming a sex slave by a 25-year autorickshsaw driver from Santacruz, was rescued by the Mumbra police last week. The minor had managed to flee from Jamnagar sometime early this month after two long years of suffering rape and blackmail and boarded a Mumbai-bound train in the hope of starting a new life in a new city. “Mohammed Shaikh assured her help. He sexually assaulted her by promising to marry her,” said a police officer. She narrated the incident to the neighbours, who informed the police. Shaikh was arrested.
Auto driver held for sexually assaulting minor - Times of India
2018-10-311.4km-long road planned along railway tracks at Diva-Dativli - Times of India
1.4km-long road planned along railway tracks at Diva-Dativli The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is working on constructing a 1.4km-long road along the railway tracks at Diva east to reduce instances of passenger deaths on the stretch. Nov 1, 2018, 02:25 IST THANE: The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is working on constructing a 1.4km-long road along the railway tracks at Diva east to reduce instances of passenger deaths on the stretch. According to the plan, the 2.5m-wide road stretch will be built between the North end of Diva railway station and connect with Dativli level crossing parallel to the railway tracks providing an easy and safe access for residents, who otherwise have to travel dangerously on the section. The concrete road will have a fencing along the railway stretch and adequate lighting along the stretch. Presently, there is no easy and direct access between the dense settlements in Diva and residents undertake the dangerous commute along the tracks on which several mail express and freight traffic run frequently. The road will cost around Rs 50 lakh and will be borne by the MRVC under its plans of the mid-section trespass control measure undertaken under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III. As per the plans, the railways will undertake remedial measures to reduce crossover mishaps witnessed on the tracks between two stations along the Mumbai suburban network. In addition to the elevated road, the MRVC is also working on construction of a boundary wall and fencing along with a pathway between Mumbra and Diva. “We have surveyed the stretch and noticed the rising number of mishaps in this section following which we are working on constructing a road connect between Diva and Dativli as per our initiative to reduce trespassing in the stretch between two stations. We are constructing pathways and bridges at nearly 30 stretches along the Mumbai suburban stretch in addition to the suburbs that are also seeing a lot of mishaps involving passengers and the trains,” said a MRVC official. It may be noted that the Diva stretch has of late become a hotspot for mishaps and many of them reportedly caused due to lack of adequate crossover facilities and porous boundaries. “The stretch witnesses nearly 20 mishaps every month and there is a rising need to take safety measures, which include constructing foot overbridges and pathways for residents to travel to and from the railway station. The road will cost around Rs 50 lakh and will be borne by the MRVC under its plans of the mid-section trespass control measure undertaken under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III. As per the plans, the railways will undertake remedial measures to reduce crossover mishaps witnessed on the tracks between two stations along the Mumbai suburban network.
2018-10-30Thane auto-rickshaw driver held for vandalising petrol pump - The Tribune
Thane auto-rickshaw driver held for vandalising petrol pump Posted at: Oct 30, 2018, 10:18 AM; A 26-year-old auto-rickshaw driver was arrested for allegedly vandalising a petrol pump and trying to extort money from its staff at Kalyan in Thane district, police said on Tuesday. Rakesh Kolgaonkar was arrested in the wee hours of Monday when the incident took place, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. “The accused took his auto-rickshaw to the pump at around 11.30 pm on Sunday and requested the employees to fill CNG in his vehicle. However, the staff members told him that there was no CNG available,” she said. “Thereafter, he asked them to fill petrol. But they told him that since the facility was shut, they could not do so. Angered by their reply, he demanded money from them by issuing threats. However, he was turned away by them,” Narkar said. Kolgaonkar left in a huff, but returned an hour later with a sickle in hand. Thereafter, he went on a rampage and damaged the property of the petrol pump, she said. A police patrol van, which was passing by, arrived at the spot. The policemen immediately caught the accused and later placed him under arrest. Kolgaonkar has been booked under IPC sections 384 (extortion), 427 (mischief causing damage), and relevant sections of the Arms Act. An offence was registered against him at Bazarpeth police station in Kalyan.
Thane auto-rickshaw driver held for vandalising petrol pump - The Tribune
2018-10-307 hurt as Thane building scaffolding crashes - Times of India
7 hurt as Thane building scaffolding crashes Seven construction workers suffered severe injuries after a bamboo scaffolding put up for repairs and painting of a 19-storey residential building in Balkum area collapsed around 10.30 am on Monday. Oct 30, 2018, 06:07 IST THANE: Seven construction workers suffered severe injuries after a bamboo scaffolding put up for repairs and painting of a 19-storey residential building in Balkum area collapsed around 10.30 am on Monday. All the seven were standing high up on the scaffolding, without any safety gear, and came down crashing with the pile of bamboo. Rescue officials said five workers are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) whereas the rest are out of danger, having sustained relatively minor injuries. The Balkum fire brigade, the Kapurbawdi police and the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) reached the spot and rushed the victims to two hospitals. Five of them were admitted to a private hospital in Kolshet, while the other two were taken to the state-run Civil hospital in Thane. Residents said the housing society of the six-year-old Daisy building in Runwal Garden City complex was carrying out repairs.
7 hurt as Thane building scaffolding crashes - Times of India
2018-10-30Thane Municipal Corporation to have dialogue with locals on Solid Waste Management at last - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Municipal Corporation to have dialogue with locals on Solid Waste Management at last Updated: Oct 30, 2018, 06:45 AM IST The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has finally budged and have agreed to meet Thane housing societies to discuss the solid waste management issue. The harried residents have been trying to get a date with the TMC officials who woke up a week before the deadline given to residents to compost waste was about to expire. The civic body, through a letter, had invited Thane Citizens Foundation (an apex body of over 700 housing societies in Thane) for a meeting. However, it forgot to mention the date and time for the meeting. On October 31, TMC's deadline given to bigger housing societies in Thane to manage their own garbage was about to end. From November 1, Thane societies that are 5,000 square metre in area and larger had to manage their own garbage. This has been a bone of contention between the Thane housing societies and the TMC. The societies claimed that they are neither equipped with knowledge and expertise nor space to manage their solid waste. The residents showed their readiness to share TMC's responsibility and tried getting a date with the commissioner as well as the concerned officials since July to discuss the issue. Though the TMC extended the deadline thrice, and the fourth extension is likely to follow in November, it refrained from holding a dialogue with the citizens. Finally when the residents threatened to move the high court against the civic body for dumping its responsibility on the citizens, that the TMC blinked. "TMC sent us a letter last week inviting us to discuss solid waste management," said a member of Thane Citizens Foundation. "But it didn't mention the date and time in the letter," he added. When contacted Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner - solid waste management, TMC, he said that the residents can meet him during office hours. "They can come and meet us any time during office hours," says he. COMIC BLUNDER The civic body, through a letter, had invited Thane Citizens Foundation for a meeting. However, it forgot to mention the date and time for the meeting
Thane Municipal Corporation to have dialogue with locals on Solid Waste Management at last - Daily News & Analysis
2018-10-30'Supply agencies lift 300MLD excess water from 2 dams' - Times of India
'Supply agencies lift 300MLD excess water from 2 dams' Oct 30, 2018, 23:17 IST Thane: As many as 300 million litres of excess water, equal to the daily requirement of Kalyan city, is being lifted daily from two major dams in Thane district by supply agencies leading to an apparent fast depletion of stock from the reservoirs. The observations have been made by the irrigation department after analysing the water levels in the Barvi and Andra dams over the past one month and has claimed that water supply agencies, including the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), STEM, KDMC and the MIDC, to be collectively lifting excess water over and above its prescribed limit of 1,240MLD water daily. Officials claimed that nearly 1,545MLD was often drawn from the dams that has around 90 per cent stock until now. “These agencies that supply water to domestic and industrial purposes have been lifting nearly 20 per cent more water than what they are entitled to. The collective excess volume is nearly almost equal to the daily requirement of Kalyan and Dombivli city,” observed an official. Irrigation officials said that since the last one month of dry spell, the water in the Ulhas basin has dried up forcing water from the reservoirs to be released to meet the requirements. Usually, the basin is filled with water flowing from rivulets due to rains in this area till the last week of September but this year there is barely any rain in the last few weeks forcing the dam waters to be released to meet the rising demands. Agencies have a pre-fixed quota of water volume scheduled that will be supplied from the dams daily and irrigation officials said an excess of 15 per cent volume was often allowed. The department had scheduled a shutdown last fortnight to save water, but it is not helping as these agencies have started lifting more stock over the last few days probably due to increased demand due to the dry spell in the district. This has now worried the planners, who plan to meet late this week with the agencies and send across a stern message to abide by the quota. “We have noticed that a few agencies like MIDC and KDMC have been lifting excess water from the reservoirs over the last few weeks, which could lead to a shortfall till the next monsoon. A meeting will be called with representatives of these agencies late this week wherein we will ask them to immediately stop lifting excess water. A penalty amount is also likely to be slapped on the agencies in future depending on the outcome of the meeting,” said an official from the irrigation department. Meanwhile, activists have urged residents and respective civic bodies drawing water to ensure that there is no wastage of the commodity ahead of the impending dry spell next year. “We have to understand the impending water scarcity due to the lack of adequate storage in the dams and must start taking steps to conserve water and plug leakages,” said Rahul Desai, an activist from Thane.
2018-10-30Despite SC ruling, sale of crackers on the rise in city - Times of India
Despite SC ruling, sale of crackers on the rise in city Oct 30, 2018, 23:18 IST Thane: Even though the Supreme Court passed an order on October 23 stating that there will be a ban on firecrackers that produce loud noise and pollute the environment, traders and retailers selling firecrackers across the city were seen doing brisk business. Shopkeepers claim that the sale is more than what they had witnessed last year. With just a week left for the Diwali festival, city stores and markets have already been stocked with a variety of crackers. Citizens have already started buying crackers from Kopri market and other areas of the city. But shopkeepers claim that the crackers are as per the court standards and will produce low emission. “We are selling crackers that are ISO marked. So, they are termed as green crackers. This ruling, therefore, will not affect us. In fact, the sale of crackers is higher than last year,” Vicky Tikmari, a Kopri-based vendor said. “The SC has asked all stores to start selling low emission fireworks. Many manufacturing companies have already started producing crackers that will generate less pollution,” Tikmari added. Even though there is still a huge demand for firecrackers, many have started refraining from purchasing them as they have become environment conscious. “Last year, I refrained from bursting crackers as it is bad for the environment. But this year after the SC ruling, we approached a few shops that showed us the low emission ISO mark on the packets. I then bought a few of these low emission crackers,” said Avinash Kadam (42), a Khopat resident. Meanwhile, activists are skeptical about the authenticity of these ‘green’ crackers. “The MPCB needs to re-evaluate the chemical composition of these fireworks and test the noise and decibel levels of each one and begin implementing the SC ruling at the earliest. While the awareness levels among citizens is on the rise, they may be conned by vendors into buying these fireworks under the ‘green’ tag. This ruling may take another year before it is implemented properly,” said citizen activist Mahesh Bedekar. We are selling crackers that are ISO marked. So they are termed as green crackers. This ruling, therefore, will not affect us. In fact, the sale of crackers is higher than last year.
2018-10-30Thane: Gutka worth Rs 44 lakh seized, two arrested - Free Press Journal
Thane: Gutka worth Rs 44 lakh seized, two arrested October 30, 2018 11:23 AM Thane: Gutka worth around Rs 44 lakh was seized and two persons were arrested near Khanivade village in neighbouring Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said on Tuesday. The seizure was made in the early hours of Sunday, they said. “A patrol team of Palghar rural police spotted a tempo at Khanivade check post early Sunday. When they checked the vehicle, they found gutka worth around Rs 44.10 lakh inside,” police spokesperson Hemant Kumar Katkar said. The driver of the vehicle Pankaj Pandey (30) and his assistant Prakash Yadav (50) were arrested and their vehicle was also seized. An offence was registered at Virar police station, he said. Police are trying to find out the source and the destination of the contraband.
Thane: Gutka worth Rs 44 lakh seized, two arrested - Free Press Journal
2018-10-30Thane college ropes in 125 villagers to make one lakh solar diyas - Mid-Day
Thane College Ropes In 125 Villagers To Make One Lakh Solar Diyas Oct 30, 2018, 07:54 IST Armiet College, Thane, had taken up the initiative to provide employment to the poor and the handicapped Around 125 underprivileged and handicapped people came together to make around 1 lakh solar diyas. The aim was to spread the message of an eco-friendly Diwali and the people who worked on them are from areas like Mokhada, Jawhar and Shahapur. Armiet College, Thane, had taken up the initiative to provide employment to the poor and the handicapped. Lavendra Bothra, trustee of the college, said, "For the past few years, we have been thinking about starting this, and this year, we were finally able to do it. Through solar diyas, we can save a lot of oil that is wasted in regular diyas." He added, "We approached many villages and most showed an interest in joining us. We provided training and material. With the help of these 125 people, we have been able to make more than 1 lakh diyas that we will sell at nominal rates. The profits will be shared by everyone." Two diyas will cost Rs 40. The college has approached several shop owners to stock their diyas and people have been showing an interest in them. "The villagers are happy with the response to their diyas. We are going to continue to make eco-friendly Diwali decorations and provide jobs to villagers," Bothra said.
Thane college ropes in 125 villagers to make one lakh solar diyas - Mid-Day
2018-10-30Scaffolding collapse in Thane: Safety gear unheard of at work ... - The Indian Express
Scaffolding collapse in Thane: Safety gear unheard of at work, victims now lie in hospital with future at risk Around 12 men were called to bring down a scaffolding at Runwal Garden city on Monday. The scaffolding had been put up a year ago for painting and had remained there as it is. The workers were on the scaffolding when it collapsed. Published: October 31, 2018 2:08:33 am Just a month ago, Ikhtar Shaikh (21) had come to Mumbai from a small village in Jharkhand. “The contractor had promised to pay me Rs 600 a week. I have worked for over 15 days, but am still waiting for the money,” he said. Shaikh was one of the eight men, who had been injured after falling from the 16th floor, as a scaffolding collapsed at Balkum pada in Thane on Monday. “I was near the eighth floor, when the pole I was standing on tumbled and fell. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground,” he recounted while resting in the male ward of the Thane Civil Hospital. Some workers like Ikhtar did not have any prior experience in painting and had been sent at a height without any safety gear. According to Ikhtar, he knew how to climb trees and thus, opted for the job. He had never even heard of harnesses. “The experienced men were sent up and the novices were kept near the ground. But no one had any helmet,” he said. Around 12 men, hired by the contractor, Dada Kumbhar, were called to bring down a scaffolding at Runwal Garden city on Monday. “The scaffolding had been put up a year ago for painting and had remained there as it is. The workers were on the scaffolding when it collapsed,” said an officer from Kapurbawdi, where an FIR had been filed against the contractor for causing hurt. Sitting with his brother-in-law, Ikhtar said: “I had come to Mumbai looking for a job. Now my heel is severely injured and I have internal injuries on my back and waist. I don’t know what work I will get, once I get out.” His concerns were shared by Dulal Shaikh, another worker who fell from the ninth floor. “We were all on different levels of the scaffolding. I fell on several bamboo poles one after the other. If I had fallen on the ground at one go, I would have broken my neck,” Dulal said. He is suffering from broken arms and several abrasions and has been shifted out of the intensive care unit on Tuesday morning. Two men, who were visiting Dulal, were on the ground when the incident took place. They recounted what happened. “Several people were undoing the cords that put up the scaffolding. Someone near the fifth or sixth floor unfastened the chord sooner than required, making the structure wobbly. Then, near the seventh floor, a pole that couldn’t bear the weight splintered and the entire structure caved in,” one of the two men said on condition of anonymity. The other man added, “We moved away, clearing the ground below and the bamboo poles kept falling like cards. Some of the men fell on the bamboo poles, whereas others fell on those men.” Out of the eight injured, at least five had critical injuries and had been admitted to various private hospitals. “I don’t know the men enough to recount their names, but I saw two men bleeding profusely before I passed out. The contractor came yesterday and told us that some of them had lost limbs,” Ikhtar said. However, the Kapurbawdi police did not make any arrest on Tuesday. “We are waiting to take statements from most of the injured victims. While four of them are still critical, we are waiting for them to be stable,” said an officer. Meanwhile, the residents of the Runwal Garden City claimed that the bamboos were supposed to be removed almost six months ago. “We had demanded that the scaffolding be removed last year. The contractor had assured us that it will be done after the summer vacations. But it didn’t happen,” said Samyukta Karnik, a resident of the building. She added, “The bamboo poles and the strings tying them together had probably rotten. If it was left like that any longer, it could have fallen on the head of unsuspecting people walking around.” Both Ikhtar and Dulal are now worried about getting jobs in the future. “The doctors don’t say how long it will take for us to get out of the hospital. Once we do get out, finding jobs with any injury is difficult. I need to send money to my family in my village in West Bengal every month. Now, I don’t know if I will have any money to send henceforth,” Dulal said.
Scaffolding collapse in Thane: Safety gear unheard of at work ... - The Indian Express
2018-10-29Eight labourers injured after falling from 18-storey high scaffolding in Thane - Hindustan Times
Eight labourers injured after falling from 18-storey high scaffolding in Thane The workers were in the process of removing the scaffolding which was installed two years ago to carry out maintenance work of the Runwal Garden City in Balkum. It had worn off and rusted. Updated: Oct 29, 2018 20:59 IST Eight labourers were injured after a scaffolding of an 18-storey building in Thane, on which they were standing on different floors, fell on Monday. The labourers were in the process of removing the scaffolding which was installed two years ago to carry out maintenance work of the Runwal Garden City in Balkum. “The bamboo of the scaffolding had rot and the ropes used to tie it were worn out. The scaffolding came off when the workers climbed over it,” said Santosh Kadam, chief of regional disaster management cell, Thane Municipal Corporation. All the labourers were getting down from the terrace of the top floor to the ground from the scaffolding trying to loosen it. They were wearing helmets and safety rope due to which fatalities were avoided. Around 15 workers were at the site, out of which eight workers were on different floors of the scaffolding. Those injured include Mohhamad Rakhibulah Shaikh (30), Mohhamad Royal Shaikh (21), Jamal Shaikh (50), Hasan Ali (24), Ektiyaar Yusuf Mohammad (20), Dulal Singh (35), Anil Ansari Shaikh and Manirudhin Shaikh (27). Six are admitted to private hospital while two are admitted to Civil Hospital. Mohhamad Royal Shaikh and Hasan Ali are serious and are undergoing treatment in ICU. Maniruddhin Shaikh said, “I was at the ground floor holding the bamboos while eight people were on different floors, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, eight, twelfth and eighteenth. They were trying to get down from the terrace while loosening the knots of the ropes holding the bamboo together. Suddenly the bamboos started falling apart and all of them lost their grip and fell.” Police registered a case under sections 336, 337, 338 of IPC relating to causing hurt, endangering life and negligence against the contractor, Dada Nana Kumbhar. “The bamboo scaffolding had worn off and rusted. However, the contractor still did not bother to ensure safety gear was in place and made them climb up. We are taking the statements of the victims to ascertain about safety gears and from where they fell,” K Kharpe, senior police inspector, Kapurbawdi police station said. The Runwal developers issued a statement saying, “Today while dismantling of scaffolding at Balkum, Thane site by contractors, an incident was reported. Immediate precautions for safety were taken. Seven persons sustained injuries in the incident. The injured were being provided medication at a nearby facility and were reported stable.” Manisha Deshpande, VP marketing, said, “We had provided the standard safety procedures that were followed. Few workers were on the top floor who were wearing helmets and ropes. However some of them were standing below and got hurt after the scaffolding fell on them. Those standing below were not wearing helmets.” Residents claimed that the scaffolding was left unattended for almost two years. The building is six years old. Rakesh Jadhav, a resident, said the scaffolding was installed two years ago to repair the leakages in the building. “We have been demanding that the developer remove the scaffolding for the last two years. However they (contractor) did not bother to remove it and the bamboos rusted due to the rain and heat.” Ajmal Hussain (35), supervisor of the contractor, said, “We had used the same bamboo material used by several other places and had no accident there. We are not sure what led to the accident, although it is true the bamboos used were old.” Three days ago three labourers died after suffocating in a sewer chamber in Dombivali owing to negligence.
Eight labourers injured after falling from 18-storey high scaffolding in Thane - Hindustan Times
2018-10-29Illegal call centre busted in Thane, one held - Times of India
Illegal call centre busted in Thane, one held Oct 29, 2018, 18:34 IST THANE: Police on Monday busted a call centre operating illegally in Thane and arrested one person, an official said Assistant superintendent of police Atul Kulkarni said one person was arrested in connection with the fake call centre. Offences were registered against him under relevant sections of the Indian Telegraph Act with the Kashimira police station, he said. The call centre was operating from a commercial facility in the MIDC area, the officer said. Acting on a tip-off, a team of officials of the district rural police along with IT experts raided the commercial facility and unearthed the call centre operating in violation of regulations, he said. Kulkarni said the call centre was using banned or restrained softwares.
Illegal call centre busted in Thane, one held - Times of India
2018-10-28Thane Jeweller Starts Deposit Scheme, Allegedly Takes Off With R - NDTV
Thane Jeweller Starts Deposit Scheme, Allegedly Takes Off With Rs. 85 Lakh The jeweller had reportedly started a fixed deposit scheme and had collected Rs. 67.95 lakh in cash and Rs. 18 lakh in gold from people. Updated: October 28, 2018 15:40 IST Thane: A case against a jeweller has been registered for allegedly shutting shop after collecting over Rs. 85 lakh from depositors in the form of cash and gold, a senior police official said on Sunday. The jeweller had reportedly started a fixed deposit scheme and had collected Rs. 67.95 lakh in cash and Rs. 18 lakh in gold from people, the official said. When a large number of these depositors reached the shop on Saturday morning, they found it closed and were told that it had been sold, following which some of them approached the police, the official said. COMMENT "An FIR has been registered against Ajit Kothari of Prathamesh Jewellers under relevant sections of the IPC. No arrests have been made and probe is underway," said Thane police public relations officer Sukhada Narkar.
Thane Jeweller Starts Deposit Scheme, Allegedly Takes Off With R - NDTV
2018-10-28When 'Bhai-Chara' Pays Dearly: Five Thane Cops Suspended For Taking 'Extra Care' Of Dawood's Brother - Swarajya
When ‘Bhai-Chara’ Pays Dearly: Five Thane Cops Suspended For Taking ‘Extra Care’ Of Dawood’s Brother Oct 28 2018, 1:05 pm Thane Police Commissioner has ordered the suspension of five policemen, including a sub-inspector, for giving “special treatment” to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar. The video, which went viral, showed Kaskar enjoying ‘biryani’ while sitting inside a police van. Kaskar was also seen smoking in the presence of policemen. The video was part of a sting operation carried out by a news channel. Madhukar Pandey, Joint Commissioner of Thane Police, said the sub-inspector and four constables provided special treatment to Kaskar while on duty to accompany him to the court from the jail and vice-versa. Kaskar is under arrest after the anti-extortion cell of the Thane police acted against him in an extortion case last year, reports The New Indian Express. Kaskar was admitted to a government hospital on Thursday after a court ordered the police to provide him treatment. The jail manual prescribes strict dos and don’ts when it comes to police teams escorting prisoners for court hearings.
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2018-10-28Two train bullies held for assault - Times of India
Two train bullies held for assault Taking strong cognizance of rising instances of train bullying, railway police on Saturday arrested two commuters for allegedly assaulting a co-passenger on a Kalyan-bound suburban local. Oct 29, 2018, 03:15 IST THANE: Taking strong cognizance of rising instances of train bullying, railway police on Saturday arrested two commuters for allegedly assaulting a co-passenger on a Kalyan-bound suburban local. The incident occurred around 10:30pm in the second class coach of a Kalyan-bound train as it was pulling into Kalwa station. A passenger was trying to alight when two other commuters on the footboard allegedly asked the passenger to use the other side of the door . A police official said a verbal tussle on the issue soon turned violent and the two men who had blocked the door also alighted at Kalwa and started assaulting the passenger. A few commuters over the duo and handed them over to the police. The injured victim was rushed to hospital. The duo was presented before the railway court which sent them to police custody, a Thane railway police official said.
Two train bullies held for assault - Times of India
2018-10-27'Hop and shop' buses to hit Thane streets during Diwali - Times of India
Hop and shop buses to hit Thane streets during Diwali Oct 27, 2018, 22:36 IST THANE: The Thane municipal transport (TMT) will be operating special buses from residential complexes along Ghodbunder Road to popular malls within the old city during Diwali in a bid to ease traffic snarls during peak hours. As many as five midi-buses called ‘Hop and Shop’ will be operational from October 28 to Novemeber 12 along six routes from Ghodbunder Road to the old city and back. The buses will be able to seat 27 passengers each. According to TMT officials, shoppers can purchase a daily pass for Rs 40, which will be valid only for these services. The serivce will be available from 10am to 7pm in the evening at an interval of 2 to 3 hours. The ring route bus services will begin from Kasarwadavli naka, Waghbil, Upvan, Hiranandani Estate and Tikujiniwadi. Commuters will be able to differentiate these buses from the normal TMT buses as they will be using a colour code. The tickets will be valid throughout the day, said a TMT official. The move, informed officials, is aimed to ease traffic snarls at market places and discourage the use of private vehicles in the narrow streets which leads to traffic jams during the festive season. “Residents have often complained of massive traffic jams during the festive season. This, they claim, used to discourage them travelling to malls or other shopping areas. So, most used to prefer shopping online. We are begining these services so that traffic snarls are less and more people use public transport,” said deputy civic commissioner Sandip Malvi, in-charge of TMT. Meanwhile, regular commuters fear that regular TMT bus schedules may get affected due to this. The TMT is already known for its poor services as commuters often keep waiting for a bus. This new plan may lead to further delays in services. “This looks like a good decision. But we hope that the regular services won’t be affected,” said Sameer Patil, a regular commuter. Residents have often complained of massive traffic jams during the festive season. This, they claim, used to discourage them travelling to malls or other shopping areas. So, we decided to start these services.
2018-10-27Maharashtra: 3 Labourers Choke to Death in Manhole in Thane - The Wire
Maharashtra: 3 Labourers Choke to Death in Manhole in Thane The three entered the manhole one after the other in a space of few minutes and choked to death. Police are investigating the incident for possible safety violations. Thane: Three labourers engaged in cleaning a manhole in an industrial area in Maharashtra’s Thane district Friday died possibly after inhaling poisonous fumes. The incident happened in the MIDC area of Dombivli in the evening and the Kalyan-Dombivli fire brigade was summoned at around 4:15 pm, an official said. Fire officer Suresh Shinde of the Dombivli MIDC fire station told PTI that the deceased were part of a team of contract workers who were engaged in cleaning drains in the industrial area. The three entered the manhole one after the other in a space of few minutes and choked to death, he said. He identified the three dead persons as Devidas Pachge (30), Ghanshyam (40) and Mahadeo Zope (38). Tilak Nagar police in Dombivli is investigating the incident and an official said it would also probe possible safety regulation violations.
Maharashtra: 3 Labourers Choke to Death in Manhole in Thane - The Wire
2018-10-2718 stolen bikes seized, two residents of Bhiwandi held - Times of India
18 stolen bikes seized, two residents of Bhiwandi held Oct 27, 2018, 22:35 IST THANE: An intercity racket of motorbike theft was busted by the Thane crime branch, which has arrested two persons in connection with the case and recovered 18 stolen bikes worth over Rs 4 lakh as well as a countrymade revolver. The arrested accused, Salman Ansari and Mushraf Ali, both residents of Bhiwandi, were arrested by crime branch unit-1. A police officer said they received a tip-off that the duo was coming to a specific location and would be carrying a firearm with them, possibly looking for a customer. A team then laid a trap and nabbed the duo near Saket ground under the jurisdiction of the Rabodi police station earlier this month. Upon carrying out a body search the police found countrymade revolver and three cartridges. “We questioned the two about the bike they were using, but they could not give satisfactory answers,” said a police officer. The duo was grilled and confessed that they had robbed the bike from Malegaon and brought it to Bhiwandi. Subsequently, during the probe they gave out details about other bikes stolen and later led the team to find them from their hideout. “These 13 bikes were kept in a hideout, which was away from the sight of the common citizens,” added the officer. A police officer said that the accused would jerk the handle to break the lock and used duplicate keys to take them away. The police added that the duo was transferred to the Malegaon police for further probe and investigation was underway to find if they were involved in similar cases. The two were questioned about the bike they were using and they did not give satisfactory answers. Upon grilling, the duo confessed to have stolen the bike from Malegaon. Subsequently, they gave out details about the other four bikes and led the police team to where the bikes were hidden. The cops said that the men were sent to the Malegaon police and investigation was on.
18 stolen bikes seized, two residents of Bhiwandi held - Times of India
2018-10-27Man claiming to have 'contacts in police department' held for extortion - Times of India
Man claiming to have 'contacts in police department' held for extortion Oct 27, 2018, 22:38 IST THANE: A man, who reportedly extorted money from a Kurla resident and his friend, by threatening to use his contacts in the police department to cancel the latter’s sanction to procure a licensed firearm, was arrested. The anti-extortion cell of the Thane police arrested Santosh Jagtap, a resident of Vasant Vihar, while he was accepting the second installment of Rs 3 lakh out of the total Rs 5 lakh, which was decided between him and the complainant for not interfering in the process of procuring the firearm. The police said that the complainant, a resident of Kurla had accompanied his friend, a developer, who needed a licensed firearm following a threat. The duo, around three months ago, had approached the Thane police and moved an application, which was subsequently rejected. The developer, who was desperately in need of an arms licence then approached the higher authorities and got it sanctioned, said a police officer. The police said that Jagtap meanwhile approached the victim outside the vicinity of the police commissionerate’s office in Thane and flaunted his contacts with the commissioner as well as other senior police officials. “Jagtap threatened to get his issued license cancelled if he failed to pay him Rs 5 lakh. He also claimed that he was well connected with top cops,” said a police official. The accused has been remanded to police custody and further probe is on. Kurla resident, Santosh Jagtap, threatened to get the complainant’s friend’s issued firearms license cancelled if he failed to pay him Rs 5 lakh. He also claimed that he was well connected with top police officials.
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2018-10-27Rescued Red Sand Boas, pregnant Flapshell turtle released in wild - Times of India
Rescued Red Sand Boas, pregnant Flapshell turtle released in wild Oct 27, 2018, 22:37 IST THANE: Close to two weeks after rescuing four Red Sand Boas and a pregnant Flapshell turtle from being traded off by three Kalyan based poachers, the Thane forest department and a team of wildlife rescuers released the five reptiles in their respective natural habitats on Sunday. During a raid conducted by Kalyan range forest officer Kalpana Waghere and her team of 13 forest officials in the Saparde village on October 8, the officials found four adult Red Sand Boa snakes, a pregnant Flapshell turtle and as many as nine eggs in the house of the traders. While the three wildlife traders were taken to the Kalyan court the very next day, these reptiles were immediately handed over to city-based wildlife NGO RAWW for medical attention. As all the reptiles seemed to suffer from dehydration and stress, seen commonly amongst wildlife kept in captivity, the members of RAWW conducted an X-ray of the Flapshell turtle at the Thane SPCA and found that she was pregnant and currently carrying three eggs. The four 2.5ft to 3.5ft long adult Red Sand Boas too seemed dehydrated and weak, and had to be taken to Mumbai based veterinarian Dr Rina Dev for a complete medical check-up. “As these reptiles were kept in captivity, they were suffering from severe stress, which affects their eating habits. Luckily, there were no physical injuries,” said Dr Dev. “Over the past two weeks, we have been working on getting their strength up through a proper diet and necessary prescribed medication, and have nursed them back to health. Once they were completely fit to be released, we researched and narrowed down their habitats to prepare for the release,” said Pawan Sharma, honorary wildlife warden and founder of RAWW. “Each of the four Red Sand Boas was released separately in order to ensure that we don’t overpopulate one area with the same species. While we also released the turtle in her natural habitat, the eggs are still in our care,” he added.
2018-10-27Three held for running RTI extortion racket in Thane - The Hindu (press release)
Three held for running RTI extortion racket in Thane Updated: October 27, 2018 23:31 IST The Anti Extortion Cell of the Thane Police Crime Branch has arrested three self-styled Right To Information activists, including a former corporator, for allegedly extorting builders in the Thane and nearby areas. The accused have been identified as Sudhir Barge, a former Nationalist Congress Party corporator, Arif Iraqi and Shaukat Mulani, and are all residents of Thane, according to Crime Branch officers. Inquiries were initiated against them after two builders who had ongoing projects in Thane registered complaints against the trio earlier this month, the police said. Over 1,700 applications “The three accused made a living out of filing RTI applications and each one of them has filed nearly 1,700 to 1,800 applications till date. The accused would obtain details about projects launched by builders and then file Public Interest Litigations in order to delay them. Once the PIL was filed, the accused would approach the builders and extort money from them in exchange for withdrawing it. As soon as one of the accused got the money, he would pass on the same information to the other accused, who would similarly exploit the builders,” senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma, Thane AEC said. ‘Welcome visit’ The trio would mostly target Mumbai-based builders who had started construction projects in Thane, and would pay them a visit to ‘welcome’ them, which was code for extorting them, Mr. Sharma said. “The accused would start with demanding money in crores of rupees, and would ultimately bring their demands down to lakhs. We are still working on finding out how many builders have been extorted by them till date. Inquiries have indicated that they have targeted not just builders, but also some government servants after obtaining information about lapses in procedure by them. Apart from the two builders who have registered complaints with us, we are also being contacted by numerous other victims,” Mr. Sharma said. Mr. Barge was the mastermind and the leader of the operation, and there are several other self-styled RTI activists who are involved in the racket, the police said. The accused have been remanded in police custody till October 31, and more arrests are likely to be made in the days to come, officials said.
Three held for running RTI extortion racket in Thane - The Hindu (press release)
2018-10-27Differently-abled kids add a special touch to Diwali decor - Times of India
Differently-abled kids add a special touch to Diwali decor Oct 27, 2018, 22:36 IST THANE: Although the lake city markets are flooded with an array of festive decor ahead of Diwali, a plethora of decorations and diyas hand-crafted by special children have caught the eye of residents. With barely any time left for the festival of lights, these differently-abled kids have already selling their craft like hot cakes. From painting and decorating diyas with beads and mirrors, to crafting paper lanterns using vibrant colours, a few NGOs working with these groups since the past two weeks have managed to sell over 300 items till now. Hemant Bhate, founder of Jagruti Palak Sanstha in Thane, said, “We have made around 500 paper and cardboard lanterns, out of which over 300 have been sold already. The teachers at the NGO help the students to assemble the products. Diya painting and decoration is one activity that kids enjoy the most. It not only helps them explore their creative side and encourage skill development, but also they get to bond with other kids. The diyas that we are selling are in a pack of two or four which is priced in the range of Rs 25 to Rs 60 whereas the lanterns cost Rs 150. We then display the articles at handicraft exhibitions.” Besides crafting lanterns and painting diyas, some kids are also making paper bags, garlands and herbal powder, which is used to take bath on Diwali. “We have around 28 differently-abled children at our center who have participated in preparing many festive decorative articles. Since the plastic ban has been implemented, we are also making paper bags for customers to carry. In addition to this, they are crafting garlands made from beads and flowers. To pack the relatively smaller lanterns, a unique gift box has been made. All materials used to prepare these items are eco-friendly,” said, Meena Kshirsagar, principal of Vishwas Centre who works with the special children. We have made around 500 paper and cardboard lanterns, out of which over 300 have been sold already. The teachers at the NGO help the students to assemble the products in the end and give the children the final push. Diya painting and decoration is one activity that kids enjoy the most.
2018-10-27Manual scavenging claims 3 lives after inhaling poisonous gases in Thane - Zoom
Manual scavenging claims 3 lives after inhaling poisonous gases in Thane 27 OCTOBER 2018 | ENGLISH | URBAN | GENERAL AUDIENCE Manual scavenging has claimed 3 more lives, Three men contracted to clean a manhole died after inhaling toxic fumes at the MIDC industrial area in Thane, on the outskirts of Mumbai in Maharashtra.
Manual scavenging claims 3 lives after inhaling poisonous gases in Thane - Zoom
2018-10-27Petrol pump attendant caught cheating by businessman, arrested - Times of India
Petrol pump attendant caught cheating by businessman, arrested Oct 27, 2018, 22:34 IST THANE: An alert citizen, who was cheated by a petrol pump attendant, not only caught him red-handed, but also got him arrested by the police. Having been cheated four times in the past, Shashank Shetty, a businessman and resident of Vasant Vihar, said that he was pacified by the manager of the Indian Oil petrol pump near Tatvagyan Vidyapeeth and promised each time that the amount would be refunded despite confronting him about the fraud, which involves the attendant manually setting the digital meter to the desired amount. The Chitalsar police arrested petrol pump attendant, Krishna Mishra, for tricking Shetty with the help of another attendant, who tried to distract Shetty while petrol was being filled in his car. When he approached the Chitalsar police with the complaint initially, he was told that it was a consumer case and not a criminal one. Shetty said that on Monday, around 11pm, he visited the pump and was approached by Mishra, who was asked to fill petrol worth Rs 2,500. On setting the machine at the mentioned amount, another attendant came from the other side to collect Shetty’s debit card to swipe. “When the meter crossed the Rs 1,500 mark, I was approached by this other attendant, who took my debit card for payment. He distracted me by saying that there was an error in the chip of my debit card, but meanwhile I was keeping an eye on the digital machine through my rear view mirror and within a fraction of a second I saw Mishra stopping the meter and manually entering the amount of Rs 2,500,” said Shetty. In reality, Mishra had filled petrol worth Rs 2,116 petrol and was to pocket the remaining amount by cheating Shetty. “I was aware of their tactics. I got out of my vehicle and asked him for the slip from the machine after which he confessed to have duped me and other customers by manually entering the desired value,” added Shetty. He then made Mishra confess to his crime by recording a video on his phone, which went viral on social media. While all this was happening, two goons arrived from nowhere and asked him to leave the spot. “I was undeterred. I called the pump manager, who tried to pacify me like he has before. I have concrete proof,” he said. Shetty, however, questioned the active presence of all the staff caught red-handed while cheating customers at the petrol pump. “There may be a bigger nexus involved in this scam,” he said. Senior Indian Oil official, Partha Bora, said that serious note has been taken of the issue and the company has urged citizens to file their complaints on their website, EPIC (E-Platform for IndianOil Customers). Ganpat Pingle, senior inspector of Chitalsar police station, said that those involved will not be spared. Shetty added that daughter of Indian Oil petrol pump owner has agreed that automatic receipts from the machine, which attendants do not give to customers need to be provided.
Petrol pump attendant caught cheating by businessman, arrested - Times of India
2018-10-273 "RTI Activists", Part Of Racket, Extorted Money Using "Codes" In Thane - NDTV
3 "RTI Activists", Part Of Racket, Extorted Money Using "Codes" In Thane The three accused, including a former NCP corporator of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) who is presently a BJP worker, were arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane police. Updated: October 28, 2018 04:22 IST Thane: In two separate cases in the city, three men claiming to be RTI activists were arrested on Saturday for allegedly extorting money from builders, police said. A senior police officer said a "well-organised racket" has been in operation in Thane for the last few years, and filing of RTI queries in order to extort money from builders has become their business. The three accused, including a former NCP corporator of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) who is presently a BJP worker, were arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane police. Talking to reporters, Thane AEC chief senior inspector Pradeep Sharma said, "Two affected builders came forward and lodged complaints separately at Kasarwadavali and Mumbra police stations against six persons, including the three arrested." In the first case, former NCP corporator Sudhir Barge was arrested for allegedly extorting Rs. 5 lakh from a prominent builder and demanding another Rs. 45 lakh from him, police said. As per the complaint, Sudhir Barge came to the company's site office in Thane saying he was an RTI activist and alleged that the builder had carried out unauthorised construction. He demanded Rs. 50 lakh from to hush up the matter and threatened that if money was not paid, he would complain. "The company said it paid Rs. 5 lakh to Barge and did not report the matter to police earlier fearing that he would file a false complaint against it," police said. Two of Sudhir Barge's associates were also charged in the case registered at Kasarwadavali police station. In the second case, two men were arrested for allegedly extorting money from a builder, who also carries out civil works for the civic body. The accused, Arif Iraqi Nawaz Mohammad Mustafa and Shoukat Mulani, allegedly threatened to file Right to Information pleas with the TMC to harass and extort money from this builder in Mumbra township in Thane, police said. According to officials, the builder, in his complaint claimed that the accused demanded Rs. 5 lakh extortion on various occasions since August 2016 and he had also paid the accused Rs. 3 lakh once. Talking about the modus operandi of the accused in such cases, Mr Sharma said, "It is a well organised racket. Their business is to extort money from the builders who come from Mumbai and carry out their work in Thane. Their code word is 'Welcome to Thane'." "The racket has been in operation since the last few years now. These people first file an RTI query with the civic authorities and then threaten the victims of dire consequences," he added. "Filing of RTI queries has become their business and each one of them has filed at least 1,700-1,800 RTIs. They demand money and if it is not paid they file a PIL in the court. Once there is a settlement, the PIL is withdrawn. Their demands vary...they demand in crores and they settle for a lesser amount after negotiations," Sharma said. "Later, they pass on the same information to other activists who also follow the same procedure to extort money from builders. A well-organised syndicate operates in this manner," he added. The officer said police were questioning many people in this connection. "Police will check all the RTIs filed by the members of the syndicate and also seek report from the TMC as to which departments they filed the RTI queries. We will carry out a thorough investigation into this racket," Mr Sharma said.
3 "RTI Activists", Part Of Racket, Extorted Money Using "Codes" In Thane - NDTV
2018-10-27Former corporator, 2 others held for extortion in Thane - Times of India
Former corporator, 2 others held for extortion in Thane Oct 28, 2018, 05:10 IST THANE: A former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator, who is now a BJP activist, and two others were arrested for allegedly demanding money from a prominent builder and contractor to under-report illegalities in projects, police said. Sudhir Barge, Arif Iraqi and Shabbir Mulani have been arrested by Thane anti-extortion cell, said DCP (crime) Deepak Deoraj. Senior inspector Pradeep Sharma said they misused RTI and ran a syndicate. Once any builder or contractor launched any project here, they have a code: Welcome to Thane. "Most of them are not even literate and understand nothing. Police suspect that they are fronts," Sharma told TOI. "It is a well organized racket going on for quite some time. The gang files an RTI with the civic authorities and then threatens victims," he said. Sharma said filing of RTI had become their business and each had filed at least 1,800. Two builders have complained and six persons have been booked, including the arrested trio. "They demand money, and if it is not paid, they file a PIL in court. Once there is a settlement, they take back the PIL. Later, they pass on that information to other activists, who follow the same procedure for extraction of money from builders. It's a well-organized syndicate," inspector R V Kothmire said. In the first case, the developer and his partner bagged construction contracts in Mumbra. The accused allegedly demanded Rs 5 lakh, and warned that if it was not paid, they would file RTIs against them with Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and other authorities, said a police officer. Bills of Rs 90 lakh were allegedly not paid to the contractor by the civic body. The accused allegedly approached the complainant again and repeated the demand. Finally, the complainant paid Rs 3 lakh as they allegedly threatened to kill them and warned him not to complain. Later, they demanded the balance of Rs 5 lakh, and as it was not given, filed fresh complaints with TMC, said a police officer. In the second case, Barge was accused of blackmailing builder Niranjan Hiranandani. Barge allegedly went to the site office of the builder and said he had carried out an unauthorized construction and demanded Rs 50 lakh to buy silence.
Former corporator, 2 others held for extortion in Thane - Times of India
2018-10-26Thane police arrest cabbie-turned-thief, recover four stolen cars from Gujarat - Daily News & Analysis
Thane police arrest cabbie-turned-thief, recover four stolen cars from Gujarat Updated: Oct 26, 2018, 06:55 AM IST An ex-employee of a private taxi service turned out to be a car thief who lured people with car loans into renting their vehicles to him. He then sold those cars in Gujarat. The thief was recently arrested by Thane police who also recovered four stolen cars from Gujarat. The cops hope that more such cars will be recovered in the future. In the first week of October, Dahisar police arrested Ashfaq Noor Mohammed, 40 from Dahisar in connection with a car theft case. "Mohammed was wanted for a car theft case in Thane registered with us in February 2017. When we learned that he is with Dahisar police we sought his custody," said investigating officer Vinod Labhde, Wagle estate police station. During the probe, Mohammed told the cops that he had stolen five cars from Thane and Mulund area. "He has worked as a driver with a private cab firm three years back. During that time, he learned that there were many of his colleagues who bought cars on loan and were finding it difficult to pay the loan," Labhde said. Based on his statement the cops also recovered a Toyota Innova, Ford Fiesta, Maruti Suzuki D'zire and Hyundai Accent cars worth Rs 22.72 lacs from Gujarat. He was produced in Thane court and have been remanded to police custody.
Thane police arrest cabbie-turned-thief, recover four stolen cars from Gujarat - Daily News & Analysis
2018-10-26Three Labourers Choke to Death in Manhole in Maharashtra's Thane - News18
Three Labourers Choke to Death in Manhole in Maharashtra's Thane Fire Officer Suresh Shinde of the Dombivli MIDC fire station told PTI that the deceased were part of a team of contract workers who were engaged in cleaning drains in the industrial area. Updated:October 26, 2018, 8:03 PM IST Thane: Three labourers engaged in cleaning a manhole in an industrial area in Maharashtra's Thane district on Friday died possibly after inhaling poisonous fumes. The incident happened in the MIDC area of Dombivli in the evening and the Kalyan-Dombivli fire brigade was summoned at around 4:15 pm, an official said. Fire Officer Suresh Shinde of the Dombivli MIDC fire station told PTI that the deceased were part of a team of contract workers who were engaged in cleaning drains in the industrial area. The three entered the manhole one after the other in a space of few minutes and choked to death, he said. He identified the three dead persons as Devidas Pachge (30), Ghanshyam (40) and Mahadeo Zope (38). Tilak Nagar police in Dombivli is investigating the incident and an official said it would also probe possible safety regulation violations.
Three Labourers Choke to Death in Manhole in Maharashtra
2018-10-26Thane: Father allegedly rapes 16-year-old over a period of 2 years, doctors confirm 5 months pregnancy - Times Now
Thane: Father allegedly rapes 16-year-old over a period of 2 years, doctors confirm 5 months pregnancy Updated Oct 26, 2018 | 16:23 A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her father for over two years in Thane district of Maharashtra. The girl was found to be five months pregnant by her elder brother. However, the police have booked the accused father under the Sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences(POCSO) Act. Mumbai: In a shocking case reported from Maharashtra, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her father for over two years in Thane district. The girl was found to be five months pregnant by her elder brother on Monday and the next day he filed an FIR with the police. The accused was none other than the victim's 52-year-old father. The police arrested the accused on Wednesday. According to a report by the Indian Express, a police officer said that the girl was over five months pregnant. She lived with her father and elder brother. While the father worked at a shop, the brother was an employee at a private firm. The officer further added that it was the girl’s brother who noticed that his sister had frequent stomach aches. And on Monday, he took her to a hospital where the doctors confirmed her pregnancy. Meanwhile, the next day he lodged a complaint with police against his father.
Thane: Father allegedly rapes 16-year-old over a period of 2 years, doctors confirm 5 months pregnancy - Times Now
2018-10-26Action against 5 cops for special treatment to Dawood Ibrahim's kin - Times of India
Action against 5 cops for special treatment to Dawood Ibrahim's kin Five police personnel have been suspended for allegedly giving special 'treatment' at the civil hospital to Dawood Ibrahim's brother, Iqbal Kaskar, who was arrested in extortion cases. Oct 27, 2018, 03:41 IST THANE: Five police personnel have been suspended for allegedly giving special 'treatment' at the civil hospital to Dawood Ibrahim's brother, Iqbal Kaskar, who was arrested in extortion cases. Kaskar was caught on camera, in a sting operation by a private news channel, following which the five constables were suspended by joint police commissioner Madhukar Pandey. Sources said Kaskar was admitted to the government hospital for nearly 10 hours on Thursday after a court order for treatment of teeth and blood sugar levels. But he was seen walking at the government hospital and meeting with relatives. He was also seen eating biryani and smoking a cigarette in front of police. After this, he was seen distributing money to people who helped with the special treatment, and then he returned to jail. Taking serious note of the incident, the senior police officials suspended the five. Sources said many take advantage of the treatment at government hospitals for their comfort and many such incidents have been reported before. Kaskar had been arrested in three extortion cases filed on complaints against builders in Thane. Presently, he is lodged in Thane central jail under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) along with other accused.
Action against 5 cops for special treatment to Dawood Ibrahim
2018-10-263 labourers choke to death in Dombivli manhole - Times of India
3 labourers choke to death in Dombivli manhole Oct 26, 2018, 22:14 IST THANE: Three labourers engaged in cleaning a manhole in an industrial area in Maharashtra's Thane district on Friday died possibly after inhaling poisonous fumes. The incident happened in the MIDC area of Dombivli in the evening and the Kalyan-Dombivli fire brigade was summoned at around 4.15pm, an official said. Fire officer Suresh Shinde of the Dombivli MIDC fire station told PTI that the deceased were part of a team of contract workers who were engaged in cleaning drains in the industrial area. The three entered the manhole one after the other in a space of few minutes and choked to death, he said. He identified the three dead persons as Devidas Pachge (30), Ghanshyam (40) and Mahadeo Zope (38). Tilak Nagar police in Dombivli is investigating the incident and an official said it would also probe possible safety regulation violations.
3 labourers choke to death in Dombivli manhole - Times of India
2018-10-26Boat ride at Thane creek to start from November - The Asian Age
Boat ride at Thane creek to start from November Updated: Oct 27, 2018, 1:48 am IST Given the good response that was received during the last period, the officials are expecting revenue of at least 30 lakh this time. Flamingos arrive at the city’s coasts. Mumbai: As the flamingos have arrived at the city’s coasts, the boat ride at Thane Creek between 10 kilometres stretch of Airoli and Vashi mangroves will start from November, said mangrove cell officials. This is the second time this year, when citizens can have a close look at the flamingos amid dense mangroves in an hour-long boat ride. Given the good response that was received during the last period, the officials are expecting revenue of at least 30 lakh this time. The initiative of boat rides started earlier in February this year, after which it was closed during monsoon season. “This time we will be having three boats, one premium and two passenger boats. The number of patrolling boats has also increased to two. We got very good response last time with revenue generated up to 12 lakh from the rides between February to June,” said Makarand Ghodke, assistant conservator of forest.   The passenger boats can carry 24 persons charging `300 per person and the premium boat can be boo-ked for maximum seven people, which amounts to `6,000 on weekdays and `7,000 on weekends and holidays. The timings of the ride will depend on the timings of low tides.
Boat ride at Thane creek to start from November - The Asian Age
2018-10-25Thane: Cops find 6 women hidden in cavity of orchestra bar - Times of India
Thane: Cops find 6 women hidden in cavity of orchestra bar Oct 25, 2018, 06:30 IST Thane rural police in a raid at an orchestra bar found an underground cavity. Six women were hidden in the cavity. The women who had virtually squeezed themselves in the cavity were gasping for breath. Relevantly several notorious bar owners indulging in late night activities and prostitution rackets are said to have created cavities to hide bar girls during raids. The Navghar police have arrested four people in connection to the incident.
Thane: Cops find 6 women hidden in cavity of orchestra bar - Times of India
2018-10-25Man Strips, Thrashes Two Teenagers in Thane for Refusing to Lend Two-wheeler - News18
Man Strips, Thrashes Two Teenagers in Thane for Refusing to Lend Two-wheeler The inspector said accused Faizal Khan and one of the youths became friends some months back and the 16-year-old would bring his father's two-wheeler to the former on his demand. However, when he refused, Khan beat him and his friend up. Updated:October 25, 2018, 8:16 PM IST Thane (Maha): Two teenage boys in Thane district of Maharashtra were allegedly made to remove their clothes and beaten up with a plastic pipe by a 25-year-old man who filmed the incident on his mobile phone, police said on Thursday. The accused Faizal Khan got angry because one of the youths, who is known to him, refused to bring his father's two-wheeler, as demanded by Khan, a police official said. accused and the victims are the residents of Mira Road locality, said Naya Nagar police station inspector Balaji Pandhare. Police are yet to arrest Khan even 24 hours after the complaint was lodged by the family members of one of the youths. The inspector said Khan and the youth became friends some months back. The 16-year-old used to bring his father's two-wheeler to Khan on his demand, he said. On October 21, the youth refused to bring the two-wheeler, which made Khan angry who then beat him up with a plastic pipe. Khan then took the youth and his friend along with him to his house and made them strip, and beat them again, he said. On October 24, Khan threatened the victims again, following which one of them narrated the incident to his family members who in turn approached police.
Man Strips, Thrashes Two Teenagers in Thane for Refusing to Lend Two-wheeler - News18
2018-10-25Cop In Thane Escapes Anti-Corruption Bureau Trap With Bribe Money - NDTV
Cop In Thane Escapes Anti-Corruption Bureau Trap With Bribe Money An ACB official said a scrap dealer had complained that the constable had demanded Rs. 80,000 per month for sparing him any action. Updated: October 25, 2018 23:46 IST Thane: A police constable escaped on a two-wheeler taking Rs. 50,000 in bribes, from a trap laid by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau in Thane, an official said. An ACB official said a scrap dealer had complained that constable Padmakar Asawale, posted at Ambernath police station, had demanded Rs. 80,000 per month for sparing him any action. "We laid a trap today at Sahyadri Nagar Road in which the accused accepted a bribe of Rs. 50,000 from the complainant. However, when we tried to pin him down, he pushed an official and fled on a two-wheeler with the bribe amount," the official said.
Cop In Thane Escapes Anti-Corruption Bureau Trap With Bribe Money - NDTV
2018-10-25Thane: Fraudulent spiritual healer gets 10 years of RI for forcing couple to perform obscene acts in his presence - Free Press Journal
Thane: Fraudulent spiritual healer gets 10 years of RI for forcing couple to perform obscene acts in his presence October 25, 2018 12:20 PM A court in Thane has awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to the fraudulent spiritual healer for forcing a couple to perform obscene acts in his presence on the pretext of helping the woman conceive. According to timesnownews.com, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 on him. The bogus faith healer was identified as Yogesh Kupekar. The accused was convicted under the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act 2013 and IPC sections 376 (sexual assault) and 354 (molestation). The accused in 2016 had forced the couple to have intercourse in front of him “to remove defects from the woman’s body” on the pretext of his “treatment” to help her bear a child. The couple later lodged a complaint with Thane Police, accusing him of raping and molesting the woman and extorting Rs 10,000 from them. The woman told the police that she suffered so much mental trauma because of such activities that she contemplated suicide and had to undergo treatment at a hospital in Thane. Thane police acting on the complaint arrested Kupekar.
Thane: Fraudulent spiritual healer gets 10 years of RI for forcing couple to perform obscene acts in his presence - Free Press Journal
2018-10-25No bodies to be accepted at Thane civil hospital for a week for AC repair work - Times of India
No bodies to be accepted at Thane civil hospital for a week for AC repair work Oct 26, 2018, 02:22 IST THANE: The state-run Civil hospital in Thane will not be accepting any unclaimed bodies for the next one week at least as they have started with the re pair work of the non-functioning ACs in the mortuary. Since almost a week, 27 unclaimed bodies which were lying in the mortuary of the Civil hospital were not in an appropriate atmosphere as the ACs were not working, and the staff had begun fearing that they might start to decay. The AC repair work started on Thursday after the 27 bodies were taken for last rites by the cops.
No bodies to be accepted at Thane civil hospital for a week for AC repair work - Times of India
2018-10-25Central Railway, IRCTC fight it out over quality of water in Thane vending machines - Mumbai Mirror
Central Railway, IRCTC fight it out over quality of water in Thane vending machines Updated: Oct 26, 2018, 01:28 Central Railway (CR) shut down two water vending machines on Wednesday at Thane after it found that the water from these machines was not fit for consumption. The machines which have been shut are placed on platforms No. 1 and 2 of the station. According to a senior CR officer, inspection samples were collected and sent to the medical department of CR. Tests found that the water being dispensed by these two machines was contaminated. However, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which installed the water vending machines at the railway stations and are responsible for their maintenance, claimed that the water is fit for consumption. “Water samples were inspected and they were found to be unfit for consumption. After that, we decided to shut both machines. However IRCTC claim that they also got water samples from these two machines tested and they found it to be good. That's why we will go again and check again. Once the water is found to be fit for consumption, we will again start the water vending machines,” said an officer of Central Railway. There are 82 water vending machines at stations of Central Railway Mumbai division. Inspection of drinking water being served at all vending machines at railway stations was done by Central Railway as part of the special check during Swachhata Pakhwada. When contacted, a senior official of IRCTC said, “The water was also tested by us by a government-approved lab. It has been found fit for consumption and we have already written to the Central Railway asking to re-open the water vending machines." The official added that water of ever machine is tested by IRCTC every 45 days.
Central Railway, IRCTC fight it out over quality of water in Thane vending machines - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-24Amritsar-like incident may happen any day in Thane - Times of India
Amritsar-like incident may happen any day in Thane Updated: Oct 24, 2018, 22:47 IST Thane: Thousands of commuters risk their lives daily as they wait on the railway tracks between Thane and Dombivli stations to board a train. They take this risk as they claim that it is difficult to board a train from the platform during peak hours. Videos of how passengers from Diva and Kalwa board trains from the tracks itself has gone viral since the last two days, following which activists have cautioned the railways to take corrective measures at the earliest so there is no repeat of an Amritsar-like incident. Sadly, the railway administration that has been tagged by activists on social networking sites has no solution other than asking its officials to take corrective action. In one of the videos, shared online on Monday, a group of passengers are seen standing on the tracks waiting to board an oncoming CSMT-bound train on platform 2 at Diva station. Minutes later, a speeding mail express train is seen arriving on the adjoining fast track. These passengers are then seen ducking for cover as the train zips past them, barely a few feet away from the spot. These men are then seen boarding the slow train. One of the passengers said that they have no other option than to board the trains in such a manner as waiting on the platforms is useless. “The platforms are already overcrowded and trying to enter the train from there is impossible. We have no other option but to risk our lives,” said one of the passengers. It may be noted that the stations between Kalyan and Thane have registered a notable increase in passenger volume over the last few years. While the number of services have remained the same, the passenger traffic has increased by nearly 10% to 15% at these stations over the last two years, reveals statistics. Meanwhile, the Central Railway has said that it is conducting regular drives at the station and is apprehending passengers who are boarding trains from the opposite side. “We have intensified the awareness drive against commuters who are boarding locals from the opposite direction. As many as 10 people have been apprehended under Section 147 of the Railway Act.
2018-10-246 shanties of Kalwa gutted in fire triggered by cylinder leak - Times of India
6 shanties of Kalwa gutted in fire triggered by cylinder leak Oct 24, 2018, 22:50 IST Thane: Six shanties in Saiba Nagar of Kalwa were gutted after a domestic gas cylinder leakage triggered a blaze in one of the hutments leaving around 30 slum dwellers homeless on Wednesday afternoon. Officials said the fire that began at around 12.30pm took around two hours to douse as firstly they had to evacuate more than 20 families in the vicinity. Two fire engines, three rescue vehicles and a water tanker were pressed into service by the local fire brigade and the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) later took the women, children and senior citizens to a safe area nearby. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer, said, “We rushed to the slum settlement located nearby within minutes and evacuated the area because there was a lot of smoke. We do not know where exactly the fire originated. A gas cylinder leakage is suspected to have triggered the blaze.” Fire officials also said that a major tragedy was averted as the slum dwellers, most of them daily wage labourers, had gone to work and the children were at school.
2018-10-24#MeToo: Schools, colleges hold workshops, impart lessons - Times of India
#MeToo: Schools, colleges hold workshops, impart lessons Oct 24, 2018, 22:49 IST Thane: City schools and colleges are holding awareness workshops for their students following the #MeToo movement. School authorities are educating their students about what can be construed as sexual misconduct and the measures to be taken during such instances apart from tightening their anti-bullying and harassment norms. Snehalata Dey, principal of Mumbra’s Symbiosis School and Junior College, said, “ The #MeToo movement raised a lot of questions amongst our older students, ranging from whether verbal slurs and teasing were also considered as sexual misconduct to what should be done if eve teasing takes place outside the campus premises. Over the past few weeks we have been organizing age-appropriate discussions with our students on this topic.” “While our teachers reinforced the concept of good touch and bad touch amongst the younger one, they sat down and spoke about the visual, verbal and physical types of misconduct with the older students. We also urged our students to reach out to any teacher or section head about any incident they or their friends may have faced, but fortunately no one has voiced any such incident,” she added. Many institutes have put their teachers on a lookout for small signs of change in the behavior of the student, which could be a cry for help. “Our school and junior college is co-ed, so it becomes all the more important for us to keep each student in the know of nitty-gritties of this ongoing #MeToo movement. We have had class discussions with our students and were pleasantly surprised to see that the boys also felt strongly about this cause. We asked our students, both boys and girls, to immediately report any such incidents that make them feel uncomfortable,” said Kalyani Chaudhuri, principal of Billabong International High School. She added that the students have, however, been given holistic information also of the consequences of false reports of such a movement, which can affect the lives of the people accused. Some of the institutes have also set up women’s development cells to guide students with such issues. “We have had a women’s development cell since a decade, and this cell has various committees, including an anti-ragging committee and a committee against sexual harassment. Although we have not had any such cases in our campus so far, we have asked students to report such instances happening inside or outside the college or even in their homes,” said Chandrashekhar Marathe, principal of Satish Pradhan Dynansadhana College. Marathe added that in such cases, the students are taken to a non government organisation or police for help. “We also provide them with counseling. These activities have increased the level of trust our students have for us,” he said.
2018-10-24Dam in Thane can end water woes: Gadkari - Times of India
Dam in Thane can end water woes: Gadkari Oct 24, 2018, 22:14 IST Gadkari takes a closer look at the model flyover that will come up near KK Wagh college Nashik: Union minister for water resources and river development Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that his ministry can play a decisive role in tackling the water scarcity issue in Maharashtra if there is a consensus between the state and Gujarat.“My ministry has drawn up a proposal of Rs 30,000 crore to create a huge dam in Thane region that would help in accumulation of the river water that otherwise flows into the Arabian Sea through Maharashtra and Gujarat,” he said.The Union water resources ministry’s plan is to inter-link the rivers so that the water that flows into the sea could be used fruitfully.“For this project to see light of the day, the chief ministers of both these states have to arrive at a consensus. There were three meetings between the two states but consensus could not be reached. If the two states agree, my ministry will float tenders within 15 days to kick off the initial work for the project,” said Gadkari. The minister was in the city on Wednesday to attend different programmes. According to him, if this project sees the light of the day ample water could be available for the parched Marathwada.“Currently, the regions are fighting for water and that will not resolve the issue. Instead, we have to plan big projects and construct them. The Damanganga project has good potential of harvesting water. There would not be any kind of conflict between Nashik, Ahmednagar and Marathwada in case of erratic rain. There would also be no reason for releasing of water from Nashik dams for Marathwada,” he added. The Damnganga-Pinjal link will help in harnessing water from the rivers flowing into the sea on the western side of Sahyadris. A part of it will be pulled into the Vaitarna dam through tunnels and channels and lift irrigation system. The water will thus cross the Sahyadri ridge and flow into the Godavari valley, which situated on the eastern side.
Dam in Thane can end water woes: Gadkari - Times of India
2018-10-24Uddhav promises int'l badminton training facility in Thane - The Quint
Uddhav promises int'l badminton training facility in Thane Thane (Maha), Oct 24 (PTI) Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday promised a badminton training facility of international standard in Thane neighbouring Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Sayyed Modi Badminton Training Academy, Thackeray said the Sena-led Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will make all possible efforts to make available such facility. "I expect only one thing in return and that local players should win gold at Olympics in badminton," he said. Academy coaches, including Srikant Vad, were felicitated on the occasion. In absence of a better training facility, local players have to travel to either Hyderabad or Bengaluru, said Vad.
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2018-10-24Reliance Digital TV told to pay compensation to Thane resident for service deficiency - TelevisionPost
Reliance Digital TV told to pay compensation to Thane resident for service deficiency October 24, 2018 MUMBAI: The Thane District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed direct to home (DTH) operator Reliance Digital TV (now re-named Independent TV), to pay compensation to a Thane resident for deficiency in service. In its order dated October 12, the forum president SD Madake has directed the company to pay a compensation of Rs 20,000 along with 10% interest from March 2012 till realisation to Deepak Prabhu of Vishnu Nagar in Thane city. It has also directed the company to pay legal expenses of Rs 5,000 to the complainant. Prabhu had filed a complaint in the forum contending that he was deprived of services by the DTH operator despite paying the requisite fee. The DTH operator, Prabhu said, has deprived him of the service from 21/02/2012 due to poor signal. He alleged that he had paid an amount of Rs 1700 on 16/01/2012 and after four days the signal got lost while watching TV. The DTH operator demanded Rs 175 for sending a mechanic to ascertain the defect. This, the complainant said, is an unfair trade practice. On its part, Reliance Digital TV argued that the present dispute arises out of alleged deficiency with DTH services which comes under the purview of disputes envisaged under Section 7B of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. It also stated that the complain is not maintainable since the complainant refused to pay the mandatory service charges. It also stated that that if the complainant does not wish to continue services, he will have to return all equipments provided at the time of installation of digital TV.
Reliance Digital TV told to pay compensation to Thane resident for service deficiency - TelevisionPost
2018-10-24Uddhav pins hopes on Thane Badminton players for Olympics - United News of India
Uddhav pins hopes on Thane Badminton players for Olympics Thane, Oct 24 (UNI) Shiv Sena Party President Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said he hoped that Badminton sportsmen from Thane city would strike Gold in Olympics. Speaking at the 30th anniversary of the Sayyed Modi Badminton Training Academy, Mr Thackeray declared that the sportsmen from Thane will get a badminton facility of international standard, to train the players.'If we cannot provide these facilities for producing the best of sportsmen, then why we are there,' he questioned and said that TMC will go all out to fulfill the needs of the players.
Uddhav pins hopes on Thane Badminton players for Olympics - United News of India
2018-10-24Rs 1 crore ephedrine meant for rave party seized - Times of India
Rs 1 crore ephedrine meant for rave party seized The anti-extortion cell recently busted a racket supplying ephedrine with the seizure of a 4 kg consignment of the banned drug worth Rs 1 crore.The ephedrine had been brought into the city for a rave party. Oct 25, 2018, 04:15 IST THANE: The anti-extortion cell recently busted a racket supplying ephedrine with the seizure of a 4 kg consignment of the banned drug worth Rs 1 crore. The ephedrine had been brought into the city for a rave party. The police said they arrested a man, Avil Monteiro (39), for having sourced the drug from Chennai. "Monteiro was to give the drug to an agent here," DCP (crime) Deepak Deoraj said. The officer said a trap was laid following a tip-off to senior inspector Pradeep Sharma about the delivery of the drug in Mumbra. Monteiro was caught by a team led by police inspector RV Kothmire. The police said Monteiro had a previous DRI arrest in a 300 kg mandrax racket and spent four years in jail.
Rs 1 crore ephedrine meant for rave party seized - Times of India
2018-10-23Thane Realty – Booming and How! - Accommodation TAccimes
Thane Realty – Booming and How! October 23, 2018 By Kaizad Hateria, Brand Custodian and Chief Customer Delight Officer, Rustomjee Group The quiet ‘lake city’ of Thane, once considered the ‘satellite’ of Mumbai has metamorphosed into one of the most coveted real estate destinations not just in India but in the world. A recent global survey has placed Thane in the top 20 cities in the world where the elite would want to invest in real estate – putting Thane in the league of such international cities like Shanghai and Los Angeles. It is easy to see what has made Thane such an attractive proposition. Impeccable Connectivity: One of the greatest criterions when it comes to real estate is location, especially with regard to connectivity and ease of commute. Thane is at the epicentre with various locations radiating around it. So whether one needs to travel to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai or any other destination, the network of rail and roads makes it possible. Thane is connected by a network of roads such as Ghodbunder Road, JVLR, SCLR, Eastern Freeway, NH 8, Mumbai-Nashik Highway and the Thane-Belapur Road. With constant infrastructural improvements, connectivity is set to improve with the planned metro rail between Thane and Wadala. Also in the pipeline are the proposed 11-km long tunnel between Thane-Borivali, construction of the Thane-Diva Road, the flyover at Bhiwandi bypass, metro-3 project to Kalyan and Mira – Bhayander areas and parallel roads from Thane to Kalyan along the metro line. Self-sufficient and Self-contained: Those who live in Thane find it one of the most convenient places. Though the connectivity is excellent, there is actually no need to residents to take travel – employment, education, healthcare and entertainment – there are ample opportunities for all in Thane. From being the third most industrialized district in the State, Thane is now also now slowly becoming an IT hub. Major IT parks, BPOs and KPOs in and around the city, like the Ashar IT Park and the Biz park offer employment opportunities. Further, the Maharashtra Chief Minister has also granted approval for a business hub to be developed in Thane, along with the lines of Bandra-Kurla Complex. Today, per capita income in Thane is Rs 1.26 lakhs which is a tad 10% below Mumbai’s level of Rs 1.41 lakhs. Quality education is a priority for families and there are several schools offering SSC, IGCSE, IB courses in the city. In fact, residential township projects have schools within the complex like the Rustomjee Cambridge International School so that children do not have cope with travel issues. In addition, Mumbai University’s new campus is setting up base in the city and the Municipal body is allotting more plots of educational institutes in which students can pursue higher education. When it comes to medical facilities also, there are hospitals in Thane with state of the art technology to cope with any medical issues such as Jupiter Hospital and Horizon Hospital. For the shopaholics’ malls in Thane are spread over large areas and host the best brands, these include Eternity, Korum, R-Mall and the Viviana Mall. Moreover, with availability of space, most of the new developments in Thane have provisions for the entertainment and recreation of their residents within the gated communities itself – grocery shops, mini-marts, extracurricular activities for kids, coffee shops, cafeterias, conference rooms, gymnasium and swimming pools – amenities are ready for the use of residents. Residential Paradise: An increasing number of people are choosing Thane as their residence of choice. The pollution free environs, good infrastructure and a variety of residential projects make Thane a home buyers paradise. The fastest moving category of homes in this area are the compact 2BHK apartments which are typically priced in the very reasonable price range of Rs 1- 1.2crore. For those seeking larger homes, especially joint families, options of premium 2BHK apartments in the size of 850-900 sq ft are also available. The availability of space in Thane has translated into large township projects coming up in the city. While places like Godhbunder Road are quite saturated, areas like Majiwada have good projects offering state of the art amenities to residents. Within Thane, Majiwada has been ranked amongst the top 10 locations in India to buy homes. With the government now allowing high rises in Thane as well, it is also becoming a vertical city, offering choices of budget and luxury homes. Investor’s Delight: Real estate in Thane has only been on an upward trajectory. In fact, Jones Lang Lasalle and the Confederation of Indian Industry have rated Thane as the number one investment hotspot. This is seen from the near 100% appreciation on property seen in Thane over the past few years. In fact, according to statistical data, certain areas in Thane have recorded more than 400% hike in the last 8 years. Experts reckon that Thane real estate will be quite immune to any price corrections, making it perfect for investors looking at close to guaranteed appreciation on their investments. Given the attributes of Thane – constantly evolving infrastructure, excellent resources for families, great employment opportunities, choice of homes and projects, benefits of space and clean environment and above all appreciation value – it is little wonder that the real estate market here is booming. The demand is highest in the residential sector, where, for every square foot of commercial there is an equivalent demand of 10 lakh sq ft of residential property. There is only one direction in which prices in Thane will go – UP!
Thane Realty – Booming and How! - Accommodation TAccimes
2018-10-23Irrigation: Thane braces for once-a-week water supply cut | Thane ... - Times of India
Irrigation: Thane braces for once-a-week water supply cut Oct 24, 2018, 01:50 IST THANE: The irrigation department has decided to enforce a 14% water supply cut in Thane once a week. Parts of the old city and Ghodbunder Road will face water cuts for 12 hours every Wednesday and the area beyond Patlipada will not get water every Friday. Kalwa and Mumbra too will remain without water every Friday, informed a senior official from the water supply department. A senior official from the irrigation department said consumption in the district has increased by 18% this year. Supply agencies have in fact been drawing excess water. While the sanctioned volume for these agencies is 1,240 million litres a day (mld), they have been drawing 1,520 mld. "We took a review of water stock in the reservoirs last week, after which we decided to enforce a cut to ensure that supply lasts the summer season. There has been a near 18% increase in demand from residential and industrial consumers in the district, necessitating a cut to normalize water availability. We will ensure there are no cuts enforced during the forthcoming Diwali festive season," said a senior official from the irrigation department. An official from the district agriculture department informed that though rainfall in the district has been above average, poor monsoon distribution has led to lower water accumulation in the dams.
Irrigation: Thane braces for once-a-week water supply cut | Thane ... - Times of India
2018-10-23After Hyderabad & Thane, floodgate of Ponzi scheme complaints opens in Mumbai - Times of India
After Hyderabad $ Thane, floodgate of Ponzi scheme complaints opens in Mumbai Oct 24, 2018, 01:28 IST MUMBAI: For three years, there were murmurs about an investment scheme, run from Hyderabad, being on the verge of running aground. The police were well aware about several people having invested in the Ponzi scheme but with no complaint, they could do nothing. Finally on Tuesday, the city police registered an FIR against Nowhera Shaikh, director of Heera Group of Companies, for cheating 10,000 investors of Rs 500 crore after a businessman, Shane Ilahi Shaikh, lodged a complaint at the JJ Marg police station. Another FIR was registered against Shaikh in Aurangabad on Tuesday. The police said at least 2 lakh investors from across the country have put money in the company’s schemes and the scam amount may actually be Rs 1,000 crore. “In Mumbai, investors have been discussing in private about the possible collapse of the schemes but none of them came forward,” said a police officer. Vinay Kumar Choubay, joint commissioner (EOW), said “We have registered a case.” The Mumbai police will seek Shaikh’s custody from Hyderabad police who arrested her last week in another cheating case for similar Ponzi schemes. Shane Ilahi Shaikh told TOI, “I invested Rs 3 lakh in July 2017 and was promised a monthly return of 2.8-3.2%. As I got returns for a couple of months, I decided to invest more so that I could buy a house. I stay in a rented room right now. I sold my property and invested another Rs 3 lakh. But the firm stopped paying profit since June. I made rounds of their office but could not get the profit or principal amount.” “The agents would mostly target Muslim investors by saying the scheme offered monthly profit and not interest, which is not allowed in Islam,” said a source. TOI had reported about a group of investors approaching the EOW to register a case against this group on October 20. Advocate Shan Ilahi Turky, who helped the victims lodge complaints, said, “We have been coordinating with the police for last two months and have provided all documents. We are hopeful of justice.”
After Hyderabad & Thane, floodgate of Ponzi scheme complaints opens in Mumbai - Times of India
2018-10-23Thane Municipal Corporation's Waterfront project gets halted - Mumbai Live
Thane Municipal Corporation’s Waterfront project gets halted As a part of the project, the wetland area was filled up to 15 meters which led to a dispute between TMC and the environmentalists. The environmentalists argued that the project was not environment-friendly and therefore, approached Bombay High Court. After the first phase of Thane Municipal Corporation’s prestigious waterfront project (TMC) was going on smoothly, the project has been ordered to be shut down by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). MCZMA has directed the civic body to stop the construction work of the project, as it does not have adequate permissions. In an attempt to beautify the Thane creek, TMC had proposed the Waterfront project in Thane. A garden, along with a jogging track, bicycle track was proposed as a part of the beautification plan which would appeal the citizens to visit the coast. The Thane Smart City Limited was being planned to be prepared as a part of the waterfront by the coasts of Mumbra, Kopri, Khareaon etc. and accordingly, a contract of ?260 crore was given for the construction of seven places as a part of the first phase which began in January 2018. As a part of the project, the wetland area was filled up to 15 meters which led to a dispute between TMC and the environmentalists. Rohit Joshi, an environmentalist from Thane stated that as the project was violating the regulations of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), he had approached Bombay High Court in July 2018. While Joshi was fighting to shut the project down, a report revealed that TMC hadn’t taken permissions for some crucial work which revealed the project was not environment-friendly. After which the MCZMA intervened and asked TMC to shut down the project and halt the work as the civic body had violated the CRZ regulations and hadn’t asked for permissions.
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2018-10-228victims duped by Hyderabad Ponzi scheme file FIR in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
8 victims duped by Hyderabad Ponzi scheme file FIR in Thane Updated: Oct 22, 2018, The Nizampura police in Thane registered an FIR against Nowhera Shaikh, the Hyderabad-based promoter of the Heera Gold investment scheme, who is accused of duping thousands of investors in India and abroad of thousands of crores, on Saturday. The FIR was registered after eight victims approached the Nizampura police in Bhiwandi, making this the first FIR in the case in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Given the scale of the fraud, the Mumbai complaints have been forwarded to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), police said. Over a 100 victims of the scam are from Mumbai and its neighbouring cities, and many have lodged police complaints at nearby police stations, viz. Vakola, JJ Marg and Agripada. Many investors have also lodged complaints at Nerul and Panvel in Navi Mumbai, and at Mira-Bhayandar and Nalasopara police stations in Palghar and Thane rural respectively.
8victims duped by Hyderabad Ponzi scheme file FIR in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-22Thane waterfront project halted for lack of permissions - Mumbai Mirror
Thane waterfront project halted for lack of permissions Oct 22, 2018, 10:22 IST The project that took shape in 2017 envisages construction of eight waterfronts MCZMA move comes after an activist brought to light ‘illegalities’ in the Rs 260-cr project The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has asked the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to halts its favourite project of developing waterfronts as it does not have the necessary permissions. Anil Diggikar, the chairperson of MCZMA, said, “The MCZMA authorities realised that the TMC did not have relevant permission. So they have been directed to stop the project.’’ The TMC proposed a waterfront development project in 2010, which finally took shape in 2017. A waterfront of 10.58 km and an area of 7,22,000 sqm was proposed to be developed under the project. Parsik-Retibunder, Gaimukh, Kolshet, Kavesar-Waghbil, Kalwa-Sashtrinagar, Saket-Balkum, Nagla bunder and Kopri waterfronts are to be constructed under the project. Seven waterfronts will be developed through Smart City Limited while the Gaimukh waterfront will be executed by the Maharashtra Maritime Board but funded by the corporation. The budget for the entire waterfront project is pegged at Rs 260 crore. HC puts question mark over fate of SoBo building Officials concerned didn't apply their mind while granting permissions for Villa Nirmala, says court Minutes of the MCZMA meeting held on August 21 show that activist Rohit Joshi had filed a public interest litigation about the alleged illegalities in the development of the waterfronts and how these had no permissions. He had challenged the development of eight waterfronts to construct promenades, jogging tracks, walkways, playgrounds, cycle tracks, open gymnasium, food courts and benches. The projects are from Kalwa, Diwa, Mumbra and up to Gaimukh on Ghodbunder road and all these areas fall in the High tide line where constructions can be done only after permissions from environment department. The minutes also mention of allegations on how the work was started in January 2018 by dumping debris on waterfronts. The minutes mention that permissions were granted to develop waterfronts from CIDCO bus stop to Saket in 2015. The minutes also mention about CRZ violations here. The minutes said that the draft coastal zone management plan of the Thane district under provisions of the CRZ notification, 2011 is in the final stages. Till the said approval by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), the proposal of waterfront cannot be considered for CRZ recommendation.
Thane waterfront project halted for lack of permissions - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-22Thane Municipal Corporation, KDMC to cut water supply once every week - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Municipal Corporation, KDMC to cut water supply once every week Updated: Oct 22, 2018, 06:50 AM IST In a major set back for Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli residents, the local civic bodies have decided to cut the water supply once every week. Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) have decided to go on a 24-hour water-cut every week until monsoon next year. "We received an intimation from STEM (Shahad Temghar) on Friday. It said the agency will not supply water one day every week. We will take 15 % water cut and there will be no water supply on Mondays," said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer, TMC. Over 20 lakh people live in Thane which receives over 480 MLD (Millions of Liters Per Day) water from STEM, MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) and other resources. Similarly, starting from October 22 there will be no water in Kalyan and Dombivli for a day. "Water supply from KDMC's water purification plants at Barave, Netivali and Titwala will remain closed once a week," said Prasad Thakur, public relations officer, KDMC. "There will be water-cut every Tuesday in Kalyan, Dombivli," he adds. Twin cities Kalyan-Dombivli have a population of over 13 lakh and need over 400 MLD water. Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) is yet to decide on water-cuts under its jurisdiction. "We have not decided on water cuts, nor have been communicated by any department," said Achyut Hange, the newly-appointed UMC commissioner. Thane district receives water from four lakes - Bhatsa, Tansa, Barave and Modak Sagar.
Thane Municipal Corporation, KDMC to cut water supply once every week - Daily News & Analysis
2018-10-22MCPS superintendent Mark Thane awarded for leadership in music education - The Missoulian
MCPS superintendent Mark Thane awarded for leadership in music education Oct 22, 2018 Mark Thane, the superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools, was honored last week as the first-ever recipient of the Montana Music Educators Association’s Outstanding School Administrator award. Thane was presented with the award at an MMEA conference event on Thursday, which included a concert from the Youngblood Brass Band. “We’re recognizing him for his support of music over the years in supporting teachers, supporting kids, supporting programs that lead to the great fine arts program here in Missoula,” said Kristin Harney, the president of the MMEA. Last spring, Thane was named Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Western Montana Association of School Superintendents. Thane was nominated for the new MMEA award by John Combs, MCPS’s fine arts supervisor. “Mark has had a strong history of showing support for not just music, but all of the fine arts in Missoula,” Combs said. Thane said while he is honored to receive the award, he can’t take all of the credit. “The reality is that this is a district award,” he said. “I’m fortunate to be in a district that places tremendous value on the arts and a town that places such value on the arts.” Combs said the culture of Missoula and programs like the SPARK! initiative from the Kennedy Center put the city in the forefront of what’s happening in fine arts and music education. SPARK! is a community-wide partnership between MCPS teachers and administrators and local arts organizations with the goal of expanding arts programming in schools. The program introduces students to music and the arts through trips to places like the Missoula Children’s Theatre and classroom activities. Thane played a significant role in implementing the program and working with community partners shortly after he became superintendent in 2015. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the arts,” Thane said. “Not only do the arts enhance our culture in Missoula but I think really serve to augment instruction, to help us reach students that we might not reach through other teaching methods or modalities.” MCPS has an extensive K-12 music curriculum, which requires all students to receive music education. By middle school, all MCPS students are enrolled in band, choir, orchestra or a music class. The district has also worked to make instrument rentals affordable for students and organizes scholarships and resources to provide students with instruments who can’t afford rental fees. “If they want to play, we make sure we get it taken care of for them one way or another,” Combs said. Combs said Thane has also had a history of supporting students who go beyond the curriculum by working with other school administrators so students are able to travel to perform at special events. Thane said that going forward, he wants to continue to focus on music education through support for the district’s bands, choirs and orchestras, and by providing professional development to music educators.
MCPS superintendent Mark Thane awarded for leadership in music education - The Missoulian
2018-10-22Elderly sisters hit by train in Diva, 1 dead - Times of India
Elderly sisters hit by train in Diva, 1 dead An elderly Punekar, who had come down to visit her ailing grand-daughter, died, while her 60-year-old sister suffered serious injuries after a CSMT-bound fast local knocked them down near Diva station early on Monday. Oct 23, 2018, 02:01 IST THANE: An elderly Punekar, who had come down to visit her ailing grand-daughter, died, while her 60-year-old sister suffered serious injuries after a CSMT-bound fast local knocked them down near Diva station early on Monday. Police said Sangita Pawar (50) and Kantabai Salunkhe (60) were on their way to the former's grand-daughter's house when the incident occurred. "They went to answer nature's call near the tracks but failed to notice a train and got hit around 7.15am," police said. A commuter rights activist said after the accident the railways put Kantabai in a wheelchair, which was put in a ladies compartment and taken to Thane. The duo was shifted to a hospital where Sangita was declared dead. Kantabai was shifted to Thane and later to JJ hospital in Mumbai due to the serious nature of her injuries. A relative who had hosted them in Diva said Sangita's grand-daughter is to undergo an operation in a Mumbai hospital. Sangita was accompanied by her son, while Kantabai was escorted by her husband on their Mumbai trip. The family had met some relatives over the last two days and were on their way to Kalyan to board a train for Pune, an official at Thane railway police station said. "They were not conversant with railway traffic here and did not notice the train," the relative told police. Adesh Bhagat, an activist and member of the zonal railway users' consultative committee, claimed the unpreparedness of the railways was again exposed. He said the authorities failed to find an ambulance and had to take the victim till Thane in a local train. "The Diva authorities could not find an ambulance so they gave her first-aid and took her to Thane nearly an hour later," he said.
Elderly sisters hit by train in Diva, 1 dead - Times of India
2018-10-21Maha: Interstate 'tourist vehicle' racket busted in Thane - Business Standard
Maha: Interstate 'tourist vehicle' racket busted in Thane Last Updated at October 21, 2018 14:25 IST A man has been arrested for allegedly taking cars from people to deploy them in the tourist circuit and then selling them in other states with forged documents, Thane police said Sunday. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Wagle Estate division, P R Nilewad said Sunday that accused Ashfaque Noor Ahmed Siddiqui has several such cases against his name. He was in the custody of Dahisar police in Mumbai when Thane police, while investigating one such complaint by a local resident, zeroed in on Siddiqui, he said. His interrogation revealed that the modus operandi is to take cars from people for deployment as tourist vehicles after promising them good returns. He said that Siddiqui and his associates would stop contact with the victim once the car and its papers were handed over. They would then forge documents, change registration numbers as well as the colour of the vehicles and sell them in states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Siddiqui has allegedly stolen vehicles in this manner from Mumbra in Thane and Mulund in neighbouring Mumbai, the official said. Four vehicles worth Rs 22.72 lakh have been recovered and further probe into the interstate gang was underway, he added.
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2018-10-21Transgenders, acid attack survivors join sindoor khela event - Times of India
Transgenders, acid attack survivors join sindoor khela event Oct 21, 2018, 22:39 IST Thane: Armed with the traditional thali including a betel leaf, a betel nut, sindoor and a diya, dozens of transgenders, lesbians, acid survivors, widows, divorcees, single or unwed mothers and single women joined in the No Conditions Apply Sindoor Khela ceremony and bid Goddess Durga farewell at the Bijoyadashami celebration at two city pandals on Friday. While this ritual is usually observed by married women wherein they seek the blessings of strength and guidance from their Durga Ma, the members of city-based Fulcrum Cultural Foundation and Navodaya Sangh pandals roped in women who were otherwise kept away from these ceremonies as a symbolic breaking of societal barriers. Uma Ghatgar, trustee of Navodaya Sangh said, “As sindoor is traditionally used by married women and during sindoor khela we not only smear sindoor on Durga Ma’s idol, but also on each other as we seek her blessings. Till last year, widows, trangenders, single women and non-married women touching sindoor was considered unholy.” “This year, we set an example by including the trangender community from Sakhi Char Chowk Trust in our celebrations,” she added. “We are vocalizing the breaking of these barriers and promoting the feeling of sisterhood by including everyone. There were close to ten members from the transgender community and three acid survivors amongst many. We gave them puja thalis and also invited them for sindoor khela,” added Monica Banerjee, treasurer of Fulcrum Cultural Foundation. “I am used to having people stare at me uncomfortably and hesitate while talking because of my acid wound scars. However, from the moment we entered the pandal, we were welcomed with open arms, the women smeared sindoor on my whole face. Within minutes we were all dancing like we have known each other for years. It was the most inclusive experience I have had,” said Kavita Shetty, an acid attack survivor. Agreeing with her, Devanandana who is a member of the transgender community at Kalyan’s Navjeevan Centre said, “While we usually wear cholis and churidaars our NGO bought special red and white traditional sarees for us. Instead of avoiding me, people were calling me to take pictures and dance with them.”
2018-10-21Interstate 'tourist vehicle' racket busted in Thane - Millennium Post - Millennium Post
Interstate 'tourist vehicle' racket busted in Thane 21 Oct 2018 10:10 PM Thane: A man has been arrested for allegedly taking cars from people to deploy them in the tourist circuit and then selling them in other states with forged documents, Thane police said Sunday. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Wagle Estate division, P R Nilewad said Sunday that accused Ashfaque Noor Ahmed Siddiqui has several such cases against his name. He was in the custody of Dahisar police in Mumbai when Thane police, while investigating one such complaint by a local resident, zeroed in on Siddiqui, he said. His interrogation revealed that the modus operandi is to take cars from people for deployment as tourist vehicles after promising them good returns. He said that Siddiqui and his associates would stop contact with the victim once the car and its papers were handed over. They would then forge documents, change registration numbers as well as the colour of the vehicles and sell them in states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Siddiqui has allegedly stolen vehicles in this manner from Mumbra in Thane and Mulund in neighbouring Mumbai, the official said. Four vehicles worth Rs 22.72 lakh have been recovered and further probe into the interstate gang was underway, he added.
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2018-10-21Thane: Builder escapes unhurt in bid on life - Times of India
Thane: Builder escapes unhurt in bid on life Oct 21, 2018, 17:03 IST THANE: A 37-year-old builder from Thane district of Maharashtra had a close shave when he was allegedly fired upon by a gang on Saturday night, the police said on Sunday. Police suspect professional rivalry to be the cause behind the firing. The incident occurred near a dhaba at Ane village in Shahapur taluka of the district. "Six persons came on motorcycles and some of them fired a few shots aiming the builder Rajesh Gaikar. However, Gaikar had a miraculous escape, as he ducked," a police official said. Gaikar and the accused are residents of Ane village, he said. Police have registered an FIR under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act, the official said, adding that they are yet to make any arrests. Gaikar is reportedly associated with a political party, but police have not confirmed this.
Thane: Builder escapes unhurt in bid on life - Times of India
2018-10-21Maharashtra: Interstate 'tourist vehicle' racket busted in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
Maharashtra: Interstate 'tourist vehicle' racket busted in Thane Updated: Oct 21, 2018, 15:29 IST A man has been arrested for allegedly taking cars from people to deploy them in the tourist circuit and then selling them in other states with forged documents, Thane police said Sunday. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Wagle Estate division, P R Nilewad said Sunday that accused Ashfaque Noor Ahmed Siddiqui has several such cases against his name. He was in the custody of Dahisar police in Mumbai when Thane police, while investigating one such complaint by a local resident, zeroed in on Siddiqui, he said. His interrogation revealed that the modus operandi is to take cars from people for deployment as tourist vehicles after promising them good returns. He said that Siddiqui and his associates would stop contact with the victim once the car and its papers were handed over. They would then forge documents, change registration numbers as well as the colour of the vehicles and sell them in states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Siddiqui has allegedly stolen vehicles in this manner from Mumbra in Thane and Mulund in neighbouring Mumbai, the official said. Four vehicles worth Rs 22.72 lakh have been recovered and further probe into the interstate gang was underway, he added.
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2018-10-21TMC mulls fresh audit of creekside buildings in city - Times of India
TMC mulls fresh audit of creekside buildings in city Oct 21, 2018, 22:37 IST Thane: Hundreds of buildings constructed along the creek may now have to conduct fresh structural audits as a wary municipal administration wants to be reassured of their stability. The move comes after a visibly structurally sound Om Surya building from Rabodi developed sudden defects allegedly due to weakening of the foundation and soil. The three-decade old building located close to a water body had developed several defect to its RCC structure recently following which it started tilting and is now scheduled to be demolished soon as the damage is beyond repairs. Interestingly, the ground-plus-three storey structure was not even in the list of weak structures compiled by the TMC which has now blamed possible seepage from the drain or creek as the primary reason for damage to the building. Further, there are hundreds of structures in areas including Mumbra, Kalwa, Chendani, Kopri, Balkum to name a few where structures are abutting the creek. Wary that such structures located along the creek banks or those in the near vicinity shouldn’t face a similar fate, the corporation is now mulling to seek fresh and timely audits. “The soil and the structure foundation developed massive damage possibly due to constant seepage from the adjoining creek waters. The building was probably constructed on reclaimed land at that time. The structure was not dilapidated but after the incident, the cracks have started widening and a panel of auditors recommended demolishing it as there is no possibility of repairs. As a precaution, we are now issuing notices to neighbouring buildings and asking them to conduct audits to prevent any possible mishap in the area,” said Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner and in-charge of the anti-encroachment department. NCP corporator Najeeb Mulla added that the issue was indeed serious and the administration must fast track the process of redevelopment in these areas. “There is no mechanism of analysing the soil strength which could easily give away even though the structure looks healthy from above. The fate of thousands of residents from the city could be at risk as there is no proper plan to get them adequate rehabilitation or accommodation. The cluster should be immediately expedited in such areas,” said Mulla, the sitting corporator from Rabodi where Om Surya is located. Fellow corporator Milind Patankar from the BJP also agreed to the point but added that along with superficial observations of weak structures, there needs to be an urgent need to study the earth and soil underneath any structure also. Experts have also seconded the need for more tech-savvy tests to be undertaken in the city. Meanwhile, a section of residents said such audits will pose a burden on the common man. Already several structures especially those located in middle-class enclaves are not ready to bear the crucial audit expenses that often run into thousands of rupees and having a fresh test is likely to face opposition from many.
2018-10-21Thaneities spot over 14 shooting stars during Orionids meteor shower - Times of India
Thaneities spot over 14 shooting stars during Orionids meteor shower Updated: Oct 21, 2018, 22:45 IST Thane: Armed with their telescopes and camping equipment, dozens of astronomy enthusiasts took off to various hill stations and camping areas on the outskirts of the city and made wishes on at least 14 shooting stars seen during the Orionids meteor shower on Saturday night. As this annual phenomenon, which takes place when the debris left behind by the Haley’s Comet in 1986 completes, basically shines brightly as it goes past the earth, as many as 70 to 80 shooting stars can be seen per hour by the naked eye on a clear sky. Despite the skies being cloudier than usual on Saturday, campers were able to see over a dozen falling stars. “We started star gazing and astronomy camping activities this year and have been waiting to see meteor showers like this. My wife and I drive to Alibaug and stayed up all night looking at the stars. While this was a good experience, we are now waiting for the Gemenids meteor shower which is supposed to be much better,” said Anand Dedhia (35), a Manpada resident. Some others, however, joined specialized adventure groups for the complete celestial experience. “There were numerous adventure groups that were conducting camps at various places outside the city. In addition to seeing these meteors zip past the sky, we were also shown the various star constellations and learned about so many phenomenas. It was a breathtaking experience,” said a Kopri resident Jeev Gadge. “We move away from the lights and pollution in the city to have a chance at watching these phenomena. Instead of seeing 70 to 80 meteors an hour during the Orionids meteor shower, we got to see only 14 to 18 because of the cloudy skies. We, however, made the people realize that this was a part of nature and continued with a star gazing workshop and everybody got a chance to use the telescope and see some shooting stars as well,” said Mihir Gilbile, Mumbai-based star gazing expert.
2018-10-20Civic body clears projects worth over Rs 700cr in a jiffy - Times of India
Civic body clears projects worth over Rs 700cr in a jiffy Oct 20, 2018, 23:17 IST Thane: A string of contractor-driven city infrastructure projects valued at over Rs 700 crore were on Saturday cleared by the ruling Shiv Sena in the general body of the municipal corporation amidst complete chaos without any discussion on their worthiness, benefits to be accrued and their financial viability. “The Thane corporation has a long history of such organised din during the crucial meetings and the ruling party ensures that the multi-crore proposals are cleared in a voice vote without any debate. The uproar by the opposition and the ruling party corporators at the meeting on Saturday is just another episode of an organised chaos,’’ sighed a senior civic bureaucrat. The meeting began with the reading up the proposals on the agenda by municipal secretary Ashok Burpule, following which the opposition NCP and BJP corporators rushed to the well of the house giving throaty slogans against the Sena and the municipal administration led by commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. The opposition claimed they were not given adequate opportunity to raise objections or present their opinions over the proposals listed in the agenda and have decided to approach the state government to challenge the approvals given to them. The chaos was first sparked off in the House when corporators questioned the incomplete agenda provided to them barely a day before the general body. Narayan Pawar from the BJP informed the House that only 50 summaries of the 117 proposals were given to corporators while NCP’s Aparna Salvi claimed she received the proposal summary in the morning. Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan also alleged loopholes in the functioning of the municipal secretary in maintaining minutes of the crucial meetings and questioned the causal approach of the administration. The tension in the House escalated after NCP corporator Najib Mulla raked up the issue of a proposal related to outsourcing operations of 150 Thane municipal transport buses claiming that it was not in the financial interest of the city. He was halfway through explaining the disadvantages of the proposal when he was interrupted by Shiv Sena corporator and leader of the House, Naresh Mhaske. Even before the opposing netas could react, the secretary took to singing the national anthem declaring the meeting concluded. The NCP and BJP then convened a joint a press conference to condemn the ‘autocratic’ manner in which the Shiv Sena was behaving. “The House is being conducted in a completely undemocratic manner. The administration and the ruling party seem to be trampling on all rules governing the municipality and setting a wrong precedent,” lamented NCP corporator Milind Patil.
2018-10-20Tennis Star Somdev Devvarman Launches Sports Ignite and Singhania School (Thane) JV 'Singhania Sports Academy' - MENAFN.COM
Tennis Star Somdev Devvarman Launches Sports Ignite and Singhania School (Thane) JV 'Singhania Sports Academy' Date: 10/20/2018 5:10:55 AM State-of-the-art sports infrastructure for school children in Mumbai atSmt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, to boost sports education in the country Academy to be thrown open for others school students to enable holistic sports culture Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane today inaugurated 'Singhania Sports Academy' in the presence of Former Indian Tennis Player SomdevDevvarman. This academy is a joint venture between Sports Ignite and Smt. Sulochana Singhania School (Thane). Afteropening the state of art infrastructure for Lawn Tennis and Basketball, the sports academy becomes one of the most promising hubs for sports education in the city. The academy is designed and maintained by Sports Ignite. The event also marked the 50 years celebrations of the school. On this momentous occasion, Sport Ignite also contributed Rs.1,00,000/- for Somdev Devvarman's NGO 'Life is a Ball. Sports Ignite Hiroo Swarup and Singhania School Principal Ms. Revathi Srinivasan Present Rs. 1,00,000 to Somdev Devraman's charity Life is a Ball Speaking at the inauguration Somdev Devvarman shared, 'I am happy that Singhania School has taken the initiative of nurturing sports at grassroot level with this modern facility and everyone will be able to able to use these facilities. As a nation we need to start playing sports which will help in making India a Sporting Powerhouse in years to come. He further added, 'With my NGO 'Life is a Ball along with Sports ignite, we hope to reach out to many underprivileged kids who otherwise would not have access to sports. This will help the country churn out sportsmen in various disciplines in the near future. Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan, Director Education & Principal while speaking at the inauguration of Lawn Tennis and Basket Ball courts in our school shared, "Apart from academics, Singhania School also believes in imparting a holistic blend of education in theco-curricular field preparing students to facelife. Singhania School has always been a pioneer in promoting an overall personality of students be it academics, cultural or sports. Sports education is very important for students because it not only helps physical development but also boost life skills - skills of leadership, communication, inter-personal skills, problem solving and strategizing." Hiroo Swaroop, Founder, Sports Ignite said, "World needs it and we deliver it. Sports Education is here to stay. Sports Ignite provides Training and Management, builds Sports Infrastructure and provides Consultancy on the development and maintenance of sports facilities and organizes professional sports events for youth and corporates since 2014 and since then grown multidimensional in sports with an aim to provide holistic and complete end to end solutions to various educational institutions and more. With the new Singhania JV, we plan to coach the young talent to sharpen their skills & cultivate their sports abilities and take it to the next level. We are also proud to contribute Rs. 100,000/- for Somdev Devvarman's NGO 'Life is a Ball. It is our way of helping children have more access to sports thus making them healthy and creating healthy surroundings. Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, today introducedcompleteprofessional coaching in Basketball and Lawn Tennis to be played onsynthetic acrylic courts. Shefurther added,"I am sure our students would love to be a part of it. We are glad to open this opportunity to students of other schools in Thane and nearby areas as well. For in-house students the training will be conducted during school hours and for other students the facilities will be made available after school hours. It is my dream to help create future generations of sportspersons who will represent the country." While announcing, the upcoming inter-school tournamentsMrs. Revathi Srinivasan, Director Education & Principal shared, "We are also coming up with having tournaments in our school with high efficiencysports lighting system. I am sure all these facilities and coaching will inspire more and more students to take up Sports in a big way. Today Sports can also be a Profession and therefore I would encourage students to make best use of all these facilities offered by Singhania School in order to be a good sports person."
Tennis Star Somdev Devvarman Launches Sports Ignite and Singhania School (Thane) JV
2018-10-20Thane court acquits alleged rapist of charges, saying mere oral testimony cannot be evidence for sentencing - The New Indian Express
Thane court acquits alleged rapist of charges, saying mere oral testimony cannot be evidence for sentencing Medical reports of the complainant are also not proved to show that there was a penetrative sexual offence took place with her. Published: 20th October 2018 05:16 PM THANE: Acquitting a 31-year-old man from Kombadpada of the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district of rape charges on girl and giving her threats the district court here vide its recent judgement observed, Only oral testimony of Investigation Officer is not sufficient to hold that accused went to the house of complainant and raped her, as alleged, the district Judge Mrs. SA Sinha stated in her order on October 10. The prosecutor told the court that both the victim and the accused Prakash Uchit served with a SIM network service provider shop in the town. The court was told that it was on a fateful day, March 11, 2016 in the noon the accused went to the house of the victim when she was alone on the pretext of having lunch at her house. When the victim was still cooking food the accused crashed into the kitchen and dragged her to the bedroom and forcibly raped her and gave her threats not to inform anyone about the incident. The victim upon her mother returning home narrated the horrifying incident and her ordeal after which a complaint was filed with the local police who later arrested the accused who is tried under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC and set free now. In her order the judge observed," As complainant herself turned hostile, therefore, the prosecution has not examined any other witness to prove the panchanama on record. Therefore, spot panchanama and seizure panchanama are not proved before the court." Moreover, no medical officer has been called. Therefore, medical reports of the complainant are also not proved to show that there was a penetrative sexual offence took place with her. Medical evidence is not supported with the complaint. Only oral testimony of Investigation Officer is not sufficient to hold that accused went at the house of complainant and committed forceful penetrative sexual intercourse with the complainant as alleged. In support of their contention prosecution has not examined any other witnesses such as her mother, sister, brother or anybody on record. Complainant has not stated a single word against the accused. Therefore, contents of complaint are not proved. Moreover, it is also not proved that, while committing the said act accused threatened to her. She has not uttered any single word before the court for proving the threatening at the hands of accused. Prosecution miserably failed to prove that, on 11.03.2016 accused went at the house of complainant, threatened her and committed forceful sexual intercourse with her without her consent. Therefore, I come to the conclusion that, the prosecution has miserably failed to prove the offence under sections 376 and 506 of IPC against the accused. Considering the above said reasons and findings on the points, accused is entitled for clearcut acquittal, the judge noted.
Thane court acquits alleged rapist of charges, saying mere oral testimony cannot be evidence for sentencing - The New Indian Express
2018-10-2027 unclaimed bodies rot as ACs break down in Thane hospital's mortuary - Times of India
27 unclaimed bodies rot as ACs break down in Thane hospital's mortuary Oct 21, 2018, 04:36 IST THANE: There are 27 unclaimed bodies lying in the mortuary of the state-run Civil Hospital here and more unclaimed bodies are brought in every day. With air conditioners in the room not functioning for the past five days, the air is already heavy with a foul smell. Staff and doctors dread to think of how they will grapple with the situation as further decay sets in. Some of the bodies have been there for nearly six months old. Hospital authorities said about four unidentified bodies of railway accident victims are brought to the hospital daily . To tide over the present crisis, hospital staff have put several ice slabs in the mortuary. However, that's hardly helped. With the heat and humidity, the ice has been rapidly melting, resulting in small streams across the room, making things messier. This makes it tougher for staff who are already reeling from the overpowering stench every time they bring in a body. Staff say they had informed the hospital about the issue on Tuesday after which technicians were called, but they stated work could not be done if the bodies were in the room. Hospital authorities stated they have written to the Thane police commissioner and the superintendent of police asking them to take the unclaimed bodies soon so that repair work can be expedited. The police will perform the last rites. "We have written to the police authorities and have asked them to take the bodies soon. Till the time the bodies remain in the room, work cannot be undertaken. Every day we get around eight slabs of ice and keep them around the bodies, but this cannot be continued for much longer as it's a task to clean the room. Also, the bodies cannot be shifted as they will then start decomposing," said Dr Prasannakumar Deshmukh, additional civil surgeon.
27 unclaimed bodies rot as ACs break down in Thane hospital
2018-10-19Lady constable submits complaint letter for harassment against Thane jail SP - Free Press Journal
Lady constable submits complaint letter for harassment against Thane jail SP Oct 19, 2018 07:58 am Mumbai: A lady police constable from Thane Central jail has submitted a written complaint to Rajvardhan Sinha, the Inspector General of Prisons. She has alleged that Nitin Wayachal, the Superintendent of Thane Central jail has been physically and mentally harassing her. However, the jail officials alleged that a departmental inquiry was initiated against the constable on misconduct charges when she was away on a holiday in August with a woman accused after the latter’s release on bail. Shabnam Pinjari (30), had initially informed her bosses that she was going on a family holiday. Pinjari, attached to the Thane women’s jail, approached Raju Waghmare, the spokesperson of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) to seek his help. On Wednesday, Waghmare wrote a letter to Rajvardhan Sinha for a thorough inquiry. Speaking to the Free Press Journal, Nitin Wayachal, the Superintendent of Thane central jail said Pinjari filed a complaint because she is fearing suspension. “Pinjari had taken a month-long leave in August stating she was visiting Ajmer, along with her family. In fact, we learnt she visited Goa, along with a woman accused, a few other jail officials from Byculla and the accomplices of the accused.” She was issued a memo and informed of the disciplinary action. Wayachal added, “She was informed that the action would be taken against her, which may lead to suspension. We have photographs, CCTV footages and flight tickets of her and others clicked at Goa.” Wayachal alleged that Shabnam feared that a disciplinary action would soon be taken against her. “The jail inquiry is soon to be completed against Pinjari. She used to report late to work almost everyday. Fearing this, Shabnam filed a complaint against me to the Inspector General of Prisons,” alleged Wayachal. Rajvardhan Sinha, the Inspector General of Prisons, told FPJ, “It is a case of misconduct by the lady constable. It is misuse of the law. Earlier, we had received a complaint against Shabnam of her having an affair with another police constable and threatening his wife. As per the procedure, I have referred the matter to the inquiry committee set up under the Vishakha guidelines.” Shabnam’s brother Shadab is an MPCC party worker and Shabnam has been working at the jail since 2013.
Lady constable submits complaint letter for harassment against Thane jail SP - Free Press Journal
2018-10-19Probe extortion cases against neta: Bombay high court to Thane CID - Times of India
Probe extortion cases against neta: Bombay high court to Thane CID Oct 19, 2018, 07:11 IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has directed the Crime Investigation Department (CID) at Thane to take over the cases filed against absconding Nalasopara corporator Dhananjay Gawde, accused of misusing the RTI Act to extort money from builders. Ten extortion cases have been filed against Gawde at Virar, Tuling and Kasarvadavali police stations in March-April. Gawde who was expelled from the Shiv Sena after the extortion cases surfaced, had filed petitions before the HC for quashing and setting aside the FIRs. In his petition, Gawde alleged that he is a victim of conspiracy as his action had caused prosecution of errant builders and had stalled their rampant bribing cartel. The HC held that the allegations are serious and should be investigated by the CID. The police stations investigating the cases will have to hand over the papers to the CID within a week.
Probe extortion cases against neta: Bombay high court to Thane CID - Times of India
2018-10-19Thane: Policeman's son held for assaulting cop | Free Press Journal - Free Press Journal
Thane: Policeman’s son held for assaulting cop Oct 19, 2018 08:12 am Thane: A 27-year-old man, son of a police officer, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a policeman at Kalyan in Thane district of Maharashtra, an official said on Thursday. The incident took place on Wednesday night and the accused was identified as Abhijit Shinde, police said. “Assistant police inspector (API) A M Khatib attached to MFC police station was on Dassehra bandobust duty at Shivaji chowk last night along with other policemen when a shopkeeper drew their attention to a man, who was beating up a girl,” a police official said. “The police team rushed towards them and tried to rescue the girl. When they asked the man why he was beating her, he started abusing them and asked them to mind their own business. He told them she was his girlfriend,” the official added.
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2018-10-18Thane: Policeman's son held for assaulting cop - Times of India
Thane: Policeman's son held for assaulting cop Oct 18, 2018, 16:33 IST THANE: A 27-year-old man, son of a police officer, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a policeman at Kalyan in Thane district of Maharashtra, an official said Thursday. The incident took place late on Wednesday and the accused was identified as Abhijit Shinde, police said. "Assistant police inspector (API) AM Khatib attached to MFC police station was on Dassehra bandobust duty at Shivaji chowk last night along with other policemen when a shopkeeper drew their attention to a man, who was beating up a girl," a police official said. "The police team rushed towards them and tried to rescue the girl. When they asked the man why he was beating her, he started abusing them and asked them to mind their own business. He told them she was his girlfriend," the official added. When the policemen tried to pacify him, he threatened them saying his father was also a cop, and pulled the API by his collar. The accused also tore Khatib's uniform, police said adding that he was thereafter taken to MFC police station. "During his interrogation, he said his father is an inspector posted in Mumbai police headquarters," the officer said. Shinde was booked under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), police said adding that further investigation into the case is on.
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2018-10-18Man on run from Punjab police held in Thane - Times of India
Man on run from Punjab police held in Thane Oct 18, 2018, 22:52 IST THANE: A man wanted by Punjab Police in a case of theft has been arrested in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. Local police and a team of Ludhiana police raided a house in Irani Nagar in Kalyan area of the district Wednesday and nabbed Lalu Khani Irani (55). A case of theft has been registered against Irani in Ludhiana, said inspector Ranveer Bias of Thane crime branch. Irani, who hails from Thane, allegedly committed a theft in Ludhiana and fled back to Maharashtra, police said.
Man on run from Punjab police held in Thane - Times of India
2018-10-18Thane: Policeman's son arrested for assaulting cop in Kalyan - Free Press Journal
Thane: Policeman’s son arrested for assaulting cop in Kalyan Oct 18, 2018 01:52 pm Thane: A 27-year-old man, son of a police officer, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a policeman at Kalyan in Thane district of Maharashtra, an official said Thursday. The incident took place Wednesday night and the accused was identified as Abhijit Shinde, police said. “Assistant police inspector (API) A M Khatib attached to MFC police station was on Dassehra bandobust duty at Shivaji chowk last night along with other policemen when a shopkeeper drew their attention to a man, who was beating up a girl,” a police official said. “The police team rushed towards them and tried to rescue the girl. When they asked the man why he was beating her, he started abusing them and asked them to mind their own business. He told them she was his girlfriend,” the official added. Thane: A 27-year-old man, son of a police officer, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a policeman at Kalyan in Thane district of Maharashtra, an official said Thursday. The incident took place Wednesday night and the accused was identified as Abhijit Shinde, police said. “Assistant police inspector (API) A M Khatib attached to MFC police station was on Dassehra bandobust duty at Shivaji chowk last night along with other policemen when a shopkeeper drew their attention to a man, who was beating up a girl,” a police official said. “The police team rushed towards them and tried to rescue the girl. When they asked the man why he was beating her, he started abusing them and asked them to mind their own business. He told them she was his girlfriend,” the official added.
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2018-10-18ATM skimming gang busted in Thane - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
ATM skimming gang busted in Thane Updated: Oct 18, 2018, 10:26 IST Thane rural police has busted a gang which allegedly used miniature cameras and skimming devices to loot people using ATM centres in Thane. The police have recovered eight ATM cards, a skimming device and three cell phones from two persons– identified as Kishore Nayya, 33, a resident of south Mumbai, and Hemant Jain, 32, a resident of Andheri – arrested on Tuesday. Police are on the lookout for two more persons. “There were multiple complaints regarding ATM frauds from the area following which we deployed our men on the case on Sunday. The duo has been arrested and further investigations are on,” said Atul Kulkarni, Assistant Superintendent of Police. Police suspect that in addition to getting the card details using the skimmer, the accused also used small cameras to capture the PIN numbers. “The electronic devices would be installed only for a couple of hours. They would use a software to make clones of the ATM card. We feel they got their hands on the PIN numbers through strategically placed miniature cameras in the ATMs,” explained an officer. The police kept watch on an ATM on Ghod Deo Phatak road after receiving information regarding the accused on Tuesday. “They were nabbed and booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and the IT Act of 2008,” said an officer.
ATM skimming gang busted in Thane - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-18Train accident: Railway blames Maharashtra's 108 staff | Thane ... - Times of India
Train accident: Railway blames Maharashtra's 108 staff The report, a synopsis of which was accessed by this newspaper, says railway staff at Panvel and Kalamboli had promptly acted after friends of the victim, Naushad Khan, informed them. Oct 18, 2018, 05:35 IST THANE: An internal probe by the Central Railway into the mishap at Kalamboli on Monday has ruled out negligence on the part of its staff and has, instead, blamed the Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) staff for refusing to take the victim's body. The report, a synopsis of which was accessed by TOI, says railway staff at Panvel and Kalamboli had promptly acted after friends of the victim, Naushad Khan, informed them. According to investigation by senior Central Railway officials, the Panvel and Kalamboli staff had alerted the MEMS ambulance facility. The MEMS team reached the spot, and after attending to the victim, declared him dead. The Railways claim the ambulance staff refused to ferry the body. "The 108 ambulance responded promptly. However, as there was no road access, the vehicle was parked some distance away and the doctor and his aide reached the spot at 5.35am. After examining the victim, the doctor declared him dead, but didn't take the body by ambulance," said a senior railway official. When contacted, an MEMS official admitted their doctor refused to ferry the victim which was as per their guidelines. "As per guidelines, our services are restricted only to attending to people who are injured or could be resuscitated. We will review our guidelines in the coming days," said the official. Activists have lashed out at the railway administration for failing to arrange an ambulance due to which the man's corpse lying on a stretcher was ferried in a crowded local from Diva to Thane.
Train accident: Railway blames Maharashtra
2018-10-17After serial suspensions, SP of Thane jail may be reinstated - Mumbai Mirror
After serial suspensions, SP of Thane jail may be reinstated Updated: Oct 17, 2018, 09:40 IST MAT comes down heavily on state for not revoking Hiralal Jadhav’s suspension. A Thane jail official, who was suspended in 2016 for allegedly sexually harassing a 33-yearold woman constable, has found support in the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT). The MAT has come down heavily on the state government and the chief minister for failing to reconsider suspension of Superintendent of Police Hiralal Jadhavand has asked the government and the prisons department to review the revocation of suspension within two weeks, failing which Jadhav would be considered reinstated. MAT has alleged that Jadhav was suspended hurriedly within a day of the incident but the review of revocation of suspension didn’t happen when it should have come within 90 days. In 2016, Jadhav had allegedly pestered the constable with phone calls and then purportedly tried to drag her into his car. She had submitted chats, audio clips and messages sent to her and registered a molestation case against him with Thane police. Interestingly, this was the fourth time that Jadhav was placed under suspension in a career spanning two decades. On Tuesday, Judge A H Joshi, who is also the chairman of MAT, said that the state should act punctually. As per his order, the review committee has at least twice recommended revocation of suspension. According to the order, the chief minister should show similar velocity as was shown during suspension. “Justice delayed is justice denied. In the event of decision not being taken within two weeks from the date of the order, it shall be deemed that the suspension stands revoked and Jadhav shall be deemed to have been reinstated, pending inquiry. He should report to the office of Inspector General of Police for detailed order of posting to any post, which government should give in ten days’ time from the date of deemed reinstatement. If posting is not given he should be posted at the office of DGP or IGP and given full salary and perks,” the order said. A home department officer said that they will soon move a proposal with the CM to seek orders on this matter. Though a sexual harassment committee was constituted to look into the constable’s allegations at the time of the incident two years ago, Jadhav was suspended in November 2016 under the Maharashtra Civil Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules. According to the suspension directive, no disciplinary action was to be taken against Jadhav until the sexual harassment committee submitted its report. The committee failed to submit its report within three months and Jadhav therefore challenged his suspension before the MAT, which called it “premature” and asked for him to be reinstated within four weeks. He was also given an appropriate posting. The MAT had observed that the probe could continue with Jadhav officiating in some other role. The government, however, didn’t want Jadhav to continue in service while the inquiry was underway. In 2017, it approached the High Court against the MAT’s ruling. In September 2017, the High Court set aside the MAT order and said that both the inquiries — the disciplinary probe under service rules and the one involving the sexual harassment committee — could go hand in hand. The high court’s doubleedged order said that Jadhav’s suspension couldn’t be termed ‘illegal’ because the state government was waiting for the sexual harassment committee’s report before taking disciplinary action; and that MAT’s conclusion about the suspension being ‘premature’ was also imprecise. The HC bench had clarified that it was ruling only on the legality of Jadhav’s suspension order and that if he wanted to challenge it on any other ground, it could be dealt with afresh. “The state has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the respondent (Jadhav) and even the chargesheet has been issued for the misconduct of sexual harassment,” the HC order had said. So Jadhav had approached the Supreme Court and then on another ground re-approached MAT. Even in 2012, Jadhav’s suspension was demanded for sexual harassment of 17 employees in Pune.
After serial suspensions, SP of Thane jail may be reinstated - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-17ATM Skimming Scam Busted, 2 Arrested In Maharashtra's Thane - NDTV
ATM Skimming Scam Busted, 2 Arrested In Maharashtra's Thane According to police, the accused would steal the ATM passwords of bank account holders residing in Mira Bhayandar township and siphon off money from their accounts. Updated: October 17, 2018 18:42 IST The police are collecting information like the total amount siphoned off. Thane: With the arrest of two Mumbai-based persons, police in Thane district of Maharashtra today claimed to have busted an ATM card skimming racket. According to police, the accused would steal the ATM passwords of bank account holders residing in Mira Bhayandar township and siphon off money from their accounts. "The duo was arrested based on a tip-off," Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Following several complaints of cash getting deducted from the bank accounts of people through suspected cloned ATM cards, Thane District Rural SP Dr Shivaji Rathod had directed the police personnel to nab the accused, he said. "As part of the plan, a police team kept a watch near a bar on Ghod Deo Phatak road a couple of days back and arrested Kishore Nayya, 33, and Hemant Jain, 32," Mr Kulkarni said. "During their interrogation, the accused told the police that they would collect the ATM card data through the skimmers placed on the ATMs. After knowing the password, they would siphon off funds from the bank accounts," the police said. Besides eight fake ATM cards, one skimmer and three mobile phones, the police also recovered other accessories that is used in making fake ATM cards, the police said. The duo was booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and the IT Act of 2008. Among other things, the police are in the process of collecting information like the total amount siphoned off by the accused so far, the official said.
ATM Skimming Scam Busted, 2 Arrested In Maharashtra
2018-10-17Thane Teen, Returning Home From 'Garba' Event, Missing After ... - NDTV
Thane Teen, Pulled Into Car, Goes Missing After 'Garba' Event After the event, when she was walking back home along with her maternal aunt and cousin sister, two men came in a car and caught hold of her. They pulled her into the vehicle and sped away, the police spokesperson said. Updated: October 17, 2018 12:15 IST Thane: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by her two neighbours in Maharashtra's Thane district while she was returning home from a 'garba' dance event during the ongoing Navratri festival, police said today. The girl, a resident of Rameshwadi locality in Badlapur township in Thane, went along with some relatives to enjoy the dance at a 'pandal' set up in their locality last night, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. After the event, when she was walking back home along with her maternal aunt and cousin sister, two men came in a car and caught hold of her. They pulled her into the vehicle and sped away, the police spokesperson said. The aunt then informed the girl's parents about the incident. She also identified the two men as the girl's neighbours, Ms Narkar said. The parents searched the neighbourhood for the girl, but when they were unable to trace her, they registered a police complaint against their two neighbours at the Badlapur police station in the early hours of Wednesday morning, she said. Police teams are trying to trace the girl, Ms Narkar said. A search is also under way to find and arrest the two accused, who have been charged under section 363 (kidnapping) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, she added.
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2018-10-17Thane Police bust ATM skimming gang, two held - Mumbai Mirror
Thane Police bust ATM skimming gang, two held Updated: Oct 17, 2018, 17:41 IST The accused would steal ATM passwords of bank account holders residing in Mira Bhayandar township and siphon off money from their accounts With the arrest of two Mumbai-based persons, police in Thane district of Maharashtra Wednesday claimed to have busted an ATM card skimming racket. According to police, the accused would steal the ATM passwords of bank account holders residing in Mira Bhayandar township and siphon off money from their accounts. "The duo was arrested based on a tip-off," Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said.
Thane Police bust ATM skimming gang, two held - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-1748 students from 9 schools in dist shortlisted for Science Cong - Times of India
48 students from 9 schools in dist shortlisted for Science Cong Oct 17, 2018, 22:16 IST Thane: As many as 48 young science enthusiasts from across nine schools in Thane district have been shortlisted at the recently concluded District Children’s Science Congress for the state-level competition in November. Out of 67 entries, 28 research projects were selected last week during the first phase of the screening round, the focal theme of which this year is ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for a Clean, Green and Healthy Nation.’ Seven projects from city’s Shreerang Vidyalaya and four from Bedekar Vidya Mandir school were chosen,” said officials.
2018-10-17Thane: Viral video shows railway police carry body in a local - Times of India
Thane: Viral video shows railway police carry body in a local The clip filmed by Adesh Bhagat, a Diva activist, shows the police rescue team ferrying the body of Turbhe's Naushad Khan in the crowded coach. Updated: Oct 17, 2018, 19:41 IST THANE: A day after a 24-year-old painter allegedly died due to a six-hour delay in getting medical assistance, a shocking video has gone viral showing railway and police authorities ferrying the man's body corpse on a stretcher in a crowded vendors' coach of a local train from Diva to Thane. The railways failed to arrange for an ambulance to carry the victim. The clip filmed by Adesh Bhagat, a Diva activist, shows the police rescue team ferrying the body of Turbhe's Naushad Khan in the crowded coach. The video shared by Bhagat shows police officials evicting passengers from the middle vendors coach of a CSMT-bound slow local at Diva during morning peak hours.
Thane: Viral video shows railway police carry body in a local - Times of India
2018-10-17Watch: Police carry body in crowded local in Thane - Times of India
Watch: Police carry body in crowded local in Thane Oct 17, 2018, 19:39 IST Oct 17, 2018, 19:39 IST Source: TNNA shocking video has gone viral showing railway and police authorities ferrying body in a train. The body is kept on a stretcher in a crowded vendor's coach of a local train from Diva to Thane. The clip filmed by Adesh Bhagat, a Diva activist, shows the police rescue team ferrying the body of Turbhe Naushad Khan in the coach. In the video, it can be seen that the police officials evicting passengers from the middle vendors' coach of CSMT bound local during peak hour.
Watch: Police carry body in crowded local in Thane - Times of India
2018-10-17Step up tax collection, Jaiswal tells dept heads - Times of India
Step up tax collection, Jaiswal tells dept heads Oct 17, 2018, 22:12 IST Thane: Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has sent a stern message to all department heads asking them to step up revenue collections for the current fiscal and ensure annual targets are met much ahead before the financial year ends. A review meeting was held late on Monday wherein Jaiswal is said to have instructed department heads to bring in the desired volume of revenue by the end of this quarter. The expect target income for the current fiscal year is Rs 2,031 crore while the civic body managed to earn barely Rs 496 crore by the end of September. This amount was less than last year’s income during the same period. The directive came a day after TOI highlighted how the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) that had showed good earnings over the last three years started registering a drop in earning this financial year. Barely 25 per cent of the annual revenue target was achieved at the end of the first half of the fiscal, revealed statistics of each of the income generating departments, including the town development office, public works and revenue earners like the water and property tax. “The poor recovery percentage at the end of the H1 this year had raised concerns as the TMC is working on several big ticket projects and a drop in earnings could mean restraint on spending or delay in payments to agencies. The TMC is working on several big projects and any delay in recovery would impact implementation of projects in the city,” said an official. The property and water tax departments that require recovery were instructed to schedule their tasks so as to ensure their major bulk of collection is done ahead of the fiscal end, which is likely to coincide with the Lok Sabha polls. A notable volume of officials could possibly be assigned work related to elections in March, which could reduce the labour force and impact collections, said an official, who was present for the meeting. “The commissioner took a review of the revenue recovery performance of all departments and instructed those involved in tax recovery specially to ensure the administration meets its targets by the end of this quarter in December. Focus will be on recovering arrears. We are confident of reaching the targets,” said a senior official from TMC. The commissioner took a review to ensure the Thane Municipal Corporation meets its targets by the end of this quarter in December. Focus will be on recovering arrears. We are confident of reaching the targets.
2018-10-17Thane: Speeding driver hits on-duty traffic policeman - Times Now
Thane: Speeding driver hits on-duty traffic policeman Updated Oct 17, 2018 | 22:14 IST A traffic accident that took place in the Gaimukh area in Thane resulted in the traffic policeman present at the site being hit by a speeding vehicle. Thane: A traffic accident that took place in the Gaimukh area in Thane resulted in the traffic policeman present at the site being hit by a speeding vehicle. Constable Mahadev Hazare, posted at the Thane Traffic Police Station, was on duty on Sunday evening in the Gaimukh area when the incident took place. The constable who suffered a fracture in the leg was hit by a Maruti Suzuki car. While an FIR has been registered in the case, the driver is still absconding. A video footage of the incident shows the car hitting Hazare and throwing him off the road. After the incident, locals and police admitted Hazare to the hospital. The incident was captured in a CCTV camera. No arrests have been made in this case as of yet. Meanwhile, Hazare is recuperating at home after receiving initial treatment in the hospital. While the demand for a strict action has been raised against such callous and reckless drivers on road, the incident has once again triggered concerns regarding the basic protection of pedestrians on the streets of Maharashtra.
Thane: Speeding driver hits on-duty traffic policeman - Times Now
2018-10-17No Bail For Man Who Stripped, Thrashed 2 Kids For "Stealing" Food - NDTV
No Bail For Man Who Stripped, Thrashed 2 Kids For "Stealing" Food Justice AM Badar rejected the appeal filed by Irfan Pathan, one of the three accused. Pathan had moved the high court after the trial court rejected his bail plea. Updated: October 17, 2018 23:58 IST The accused has been charged with a "worst form of child abuse", the court said. Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Wednesday refused bail to a man, arrested last year after a video showing two boys being beaten up and paraded naked for allegedly trying to pilfer a snack item went viral. Justice AM Badar rejected the appeal filed by Irfan Pathan, one of the three accused. Pathan had moved the high court after the trial court rejected his bail plea. The offence was a very serious and there was ample evidence against the accused, the judge noted. The accused has been charged with a "worst form of child abuse", the court said. Further, the accused has been charged under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), and considering the rise in offences under these laws, it was imperative that the courts take serious view in such cases, the judge said. "It is the duty of every citizen to protect and preserve self-respect and honour of members belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. However, of late there has been constant increase in commission of atrocities against members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes," Justice Badar said. "By such hateful acts, self-image, prestige and dignity of members of the Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes is lost. In the instant case, the chargesheet projects the worst form of child abuse," he said. In May last year, police in neighbouring Thane district arrested Pathan, 25, his brother Tavakal, 20, and their father Mehmood, 69, after the video of the torture of two children went viral. The video was allegedly shot by the accused themselves. The three men allegedly thrashed two nine-year-old boys from a scheduled caste community for trying to pilfer a piece of 'chakli' (a savoury) from their shop in Ulhasnagar town. The accused tonsured the boys' heads and paraded them naked in the locality with a garland of chappals around their necks, as per the police case. In his appeal, Pathan had argued that he had already served 17 months as an undertrial, so he should be released on bail. The high court, however, rejected the plea.
2018-10-17Thane police, RTO crack down on autos - Times of India
Thane police, RTO crack down on autos Thane police and RTO authorities have taken action against 1,668 errant auto-rickshaw drivers for violating traffic rules in Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar. Oct 18, 2018, 04:40 IST KALYAN: Thane police and RTO authorities have taken action against 1,668 errant auto-rickshaw drivers for violating traffic rules in Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar. The action came after woman constable, Asha Gawand, was dragged 100 metres recently by an errant auto driver, Aakash, on asking for a driving licence at Kalyan railway station. Thane police swung into action on October 12 and till October 16 took action against 1,667 errant auto drivers, including 474 for taking a fourth passenger, 544 for not wearing proper uniform and 79 for having extra seats. The drive will continue for some days. Police also took action against 571 for violating traffic rules. Additional commissioner of police (East region, Thane police) Prataprao Dighavkar said, "We have also served notices to 23 auto union leaders under CrPC 149, asking them to accept responsibility to control drivers to follow rules." He added, "If auto drivers continue violating rules, we can cancel permits and seized autos."
Thane police, RTO crack down on autos - Times of India
2018-10-1720 chain-snatchers from four gangs slapped with MCOCA - Times of India
20 chain-snatchers from four gangs slapped with MCOCA Thane cops have booked 20 members of 4 gangs under MCOCA within a month of their arrest.While two gangs were into chain snatching, the third targeted jewellers and the fourth was into robbery. Oct 18, 2018, 04:15 IST THANE: Twenty members of four chain-snatching gangs have been arrested in Thane within a month. In what is unusual for the crime, all have been booked under the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act). “This is one of the quickest actions we have taken against criminals. In just 27 days since the first chain-snatcher was arrested, we have been able to invoke MCOCA against all of them. This will make it difficult for them to secure bail,” said additional commissioner of police (east region, Thane) Prataprao Dighaokar on Wednesday. Chain-snatching is usually considered to be low on the pecking order of crime, but has assumed menacing proportions in recent years. In 2016, the state cabinet cleared additional provisions in the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to make punishment for the offence more stringent. Now, offenders can be given rigorous imprisonment for two to five years. Also, fine has been increased to Rs 25,000. Similar amendments were made by Punjab in 2010 and Haryana in 2015. One of those arrested in the present case is a woman, Fija Sayyed, whose gang made a huge amount by selling ornaments snatched from women. The police have also booked a 17-year-old, who has around nine cases of chain-snatching against him in Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Ambernath. An officer said that the minor is a history-sheeter, but keeps getting released because of his age. Even he has been booked under MCOCA. An officer said that this will be a deterrant, and now he cannot be easily released from his remand home.
20 chain-snatchers from four gangs slapped with MCOCA - Times of India
2018-10-17Thane cops bust ATM card racket - The Asian Age - The Asian Age
Thane cops bust ATM card racket Published : Oct 18, 2018, 2:28 am IST The accused would steal the ATM passwords of bank account holders residing in Mira-Bhayandar township and siphon off money from their accounts. Mumbai: Police in Thane district busted an ATM card skimming racket as they arrested two Mumbai-based persons. According to police, the accused would steal the ATM passwords of bank account holders residing in Mira-Bhayandar township and siphon off money from their accounts. “The duo was arrested based on a tip-off," Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Following several complaints of cash getting deducted from the bank accounts of people through suspected cloned ATM cards, Thane District Rural SP Dr Shivaji Rathod directed the police personnel to nab the accused, he said. The police arrested Kishore Nayya (33) and Hemant Jain (32),” he said.
Thane cops bust ATM card racket - The Asian Age - The Asian Age
2018-10-17Grand pandals set up in lake city for Durga Puja celebrations - Times of India
Grand pandals set up in lake city for Durga Puja celebrations Oct 17, 2018, 22:16 IST Thane: With just a few days left for Navratri, the Bengali community in city is all set to ring in the Durga Puja celebrations. The completely lit up streets, delicious food and lots of fanfare, Thaneites are seen flocking to temples and pandals to celebrate the auspicious Ashtami and Navami today. With the eighth and ninth day of Navratri coinciding this year as well, devotees will not only join in the extravagant celebration complete with feasting on authentic delicacies, cultural events and pandal hopping, but also spend their day visiting Devi temples and pandals for prayer and puja, especially the Sandhi Puja which is the most auspicious time of the day. “While we celebrate each of the nine days of Navratri by praying to the various avatars of Ambe Ma, Ashtami is extremely auspicious as we worship all kumarikas who represent the Goddess. On this day, we fast through the day and break this fast after the puja in the evening. We prepare vegetarian Prasad for the Devi and non-vegetarian Prasad including mutton, coupled with alcohol, for the Devi’s sevak,” said Vartak Nagar resident Kameshwari Kulkarni. Agreeing with Kulkarni, Hiranandani Estate resident Ananya Hegade, said, “The most auspicious time of the nine day period is the Sandhi Puja which comprises the last 24 minutes of Ashtami and the first 24 minutes of Navami. While my family and I go to the Gaodevi mandir in the morning for prayers every year, we have taken leave from work to go a little after noon during this auspicious time this year. We will then join a nearby mandal for some bhondla celebration.” Many have planned a string of activities including Pandal hopping, participating in cultural programs organised by the Durga Ma and Ambe Ma mandals here, feasting on the array of traditional delicacies that vary from culture to culture and spending time with family through the rest of the day. “This is the biggest festival for our community in the entire year. After visiting the temple and seeking Durga Maa’s blessing in the morning, we will be visiting the popular Durga pandals in the city as well as a few in Mumbai. This is the only time in the year where we can feast on some delicious bhog, mutton and chicken rolls, cutlets and various authentic Bengali fish delicacies, a major chunk of our celebration will include meeting relative and friends at the pandals and feasting together,” said Kavita Majumdar, a Ghodbunder Road area resident.
2018-10-16Thane-based hyperlocal startup DailyNinja acquires WakeupBasket - YourStory.com
Thane-based hyperlocal startup DailyNinja acquires WakeupBasket - YourStory.com
2018-10-152010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 200 CGI Elegance - NDTVAuto.com
2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 200 CGI Elegance
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2018-10-15Tembi Naka fair further jams busy roads around it, commuters fume - Times of India
Tembi Naka fair further jams busy roads around it, commuters fume Oct 15, 2018, 23:58 IST THANE:The traffic jams caused due to the ongoing fun fair and pandal placed at Tembi Naka is leading to massive traffic snarls, especially during evening peak hours. Commuters complain that they are stuck in traffic snarls for long hours and it takes them double time duration to reach their destinations. They stated that it takes almost half an hour to get out from the station road towards Gokhale road, Ram Maruti road, Almeda road etc. “My usual route was from Tembi Naka towards Majiwada but now since the road is shut I either take the Charai route or the Gokhale road but there is huge congestion on both of these routes. Many times even the auto rickshaws deny taking any passengers towards Ghodbunder because of the congestion. It is more feasible to walk till Teen hath Naka or near Almeda road as one can reach faster rather than getting stuck for almost half an hour,” said Xeus Gracias, resident of Majiwada. The commuters who take the share auto rickshaws are being charged Rs 10 extra because of the change in the route and the congestion that is caused. “Earlier these autos charged Rs 40 to go towards Waghbil but now they have started charging Rs 50 as it takes more time to return to the station. Also, they have to take different route that is from Dhobi Ali towards Vikas complex,” said Parcheta Mada, resident of Waghbil. The traffic authorities stated that they have deployed extra manpower on these various routes which are near station to try and reduce the congestion. The also added that they are operating the traffic manually and have switched off the signals as it becomes easier to adjust the jam. “Four officers have been deployed in each of these areas to make sure that there is regulation of traffic and also to do diversions. If the officer comes across any lanes wherein the snarls are longer then alternative routes areas suggested to the motorists. Also, it is made sure that hawkers do not sit in any of the lanes so that it does not obstruct the traffic movement,” said Amit Kale, DCP at Thane traffic. The traffic at Tembi Naka is crazy even during the afternoon hours. I leave for my office at 2.00 in the afternoon, which is supposed to be odd hours, but these days the roads are jammed even during the afternoons. The autos have to take a long detour to avoid jams extending the travel time. I hope the traffic issue is resolved soon. I avoid Tembi Naka route and either take the Charai route or the Gokhale Road but these are also jammed. Even auto rickshaws deny taking any passengers towards Ghodbunder because of the congestion. It is more feasible to walk till Teen hath Naka or near Almeda road as one can reach faster rather than getting stuck for almost half an hour.
2018-10-15Thane cops raid Mira Road bakery, minors rescued - Free Press Journal
Thane cops raid Mira Road bakery, minors rescued Oct 15, 2018 07:41 am Bhayandar: Further tightening the screws on those encouraging child labour in their establishments, the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Thane (rural) police apprehended a 34-year-old bakery owner in Mira Road for employing minors, on Saturday evening. The team led by Assistant Police Inspector Sunil Shinde rescued four minor boys (aged 16 and 17 years) who were made to work in unsafe conditions. Acting on a tip-off, the AHTU team swooped down on Al-Sufiya Bakery located in the Naya Nagar area of Mira Road on Saturday. Apart from slapping the recently amended sections of the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, a case under Sections 75 and 79 of the Juvenile Justice Act-2015 (Care And Protection of Children) and Section 375 of the IPC has been registered against the owner who has been identified as Abdul Wahid Qureshi (34).Last week the police had rescued minors who found to be working in various motor garages of the twin-city. The rescued boys who are natives of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would be kept in a children’s welfare home until they are reunited with their families, police said.
Thane cops raid Mira Road bakery, minors rescued - Free Press Journal
2018-10-14From Streets To A Canadian Farmhouse, 2 Dogs From Thane Are ... - India Times
From Streets To A Canadian Farmhouse, 2 Dogs From Thane Are Flying Abroad To Start Life Afresh Updated: October 14, 2018 Two female dogs are getting to do something not a lot of their buddies can – start afresh. 8-month-old and partially blind Firangi got her name when a couple abroad decided to adopt her. She came to Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA) when she was one month old. She had a head injury that was later found to be a brain infection. She’s all good now, except that she lost vision in her left eye as a result of the infection. 4-year-old Angel was in a train accident that severly injured her. The doctors were able to save her but she was left permanently handicapped and now crawls on her front limbs. Both the dogs have seen more than their share of pain and now are ready to frolick around with their new family. A father-daughter duo who run an NGO in Cananda were instrumental in mediating between the SPCA and the adoptive family. The adopting family chose not to be identified, but according to TOI’s quote from President of Thane SPCA, Shakuntala Majumdar, the family consists of two sisters, a brother and their children. They own two farms and are all animal-lovers. A lot of animals – not just dogs – often do not get the freedom and love they deserve. Somehow, they are more kind to us than we are to them. Hopefully, Angel and Firangi will love their new home and live the life they deserve.
From Streets To A Canadian Farmhouse, 2 Dogs From Thane Are ... - India Times
2018-10-145 Rescued After Police Raid Dance Bar, Lodge In Thane - NDTV
5 Rescued After Police Raid Dance Bar, Lodge In Thane Updated: October 14, 2018 23:32 IST Thane: Thane Police claimed to have rescued five young women after raiding a dance bar and a lodge on Sunday The raids were carried out on the intervening night of October 11 and 12 at Sea Magic Orchestra Bar and a lodge in the area, Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. Four men were arrested during the raids, he said. Police also raided Surya Prakash lodging-cum-boarding and arrested its manager and cashier, for allegedly forcing women into prostitution.
5 Rescued After Police Raid Dance Bar, Lodge In Thane - NDTV
2018-10-14Housewife takes to chain snatching to lead fancy lifestyle, arrested - Times of India
Housewife takes to chain snatching to lead fancy lifestyle, arrested Oct 14, 2018, 23:51 IST THANE: A housewife from Mumbra who had reportedly taken to chain snatching in Mumbai locals to lead a fancy lifestyle since the last two years ran out of luck and was arrested by the Thane railway police before she could target her next victim recently. The 28-year-old woman who lives in a middle-class society in Mumbra had taken to chain snatching to earn a quick buck as her husband, who works in Dubai, refused to entertain her demands. The woman loved to flaunt good clothes and ornaments. In her statement, she told the police that her husband used to send money which was only enough to meet their daily needs and children’s education. This was not enough for her and so she took to the crime. “The woman told us that she has been carrying out chain snatchings since the last two years. The accused told us she picked up the nuances from another woman who used to carry out such activities on the Western line and get away with it easily. The accused was so impressed by the way the other woman used to commit the crime that she took it up as a profession,” said Rajendra Shirtode, senior inspector with the Thane railway police. The woman was arrested last week after the police laid a trap for her, following rising complaints of chain snatching from commuters in Thane suburban section. The Thane police, along with the crime branch, intensified their network which led them to the accused. The woman used to pose as an office-goer and board crowded trains. After identifying her victims she would stealthily whisk away their ornaments, the official said. “We scanned CCTV footage that we received from a few stations where such crimes were committed. Through them, we came across the accused. We laid a trap and arrested her. She used to steal ornaments and sell it to her aide in Mumbra who runs a small-time jewellery shop. We have recovered nearly Rs 1.35 lakh worth ornaments,” said police sub-inspector Hatekar from the Thane railway police. The accused was arrested under Section 379 of the IPC.
Housewife takes to chain snatching to lead fancy lifestyle, arrested - Times of India
2018-10-14Slump in market, new policies punch holes in civic body's kitty - Times of India
Slump in market, new policies punch holes in civic body's kitty Oct 14, 2018, 23:49 IST THANE: The overall slump in market and few policy decisions taken this year has apparently dented the fortunes of the municipal corporation that managed to earn just Rs 496.79 crore or a meager 25% of the total annual target income of Rs 2,031 crore in the first half of the current fiscal. The usual high revenue earners like the town development office and public works department have shown a notable drop in earnings so far as the corporation had decided not to allow civic works to be undertaken on roads during the rains and few approvals for realty projects had to be revised after implementation of the recently-formed high-rise committee in Thane, said an official. According to statistics, the town development department earned Rs 160 crore in the first two quarters, which is nearly Rs 27 crore less than what the department earned last year. Officials attribute this drop to the revision in some plans, following the implementation of the high-rise committee as well as a slowdown in the real estate industry. They also said that the same would be recovered easily by the end of the third quarter. “The revenue from the town development department—comprising of 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 an expert from the industry. Meanwhile, the public works department that earns revenue from road digging contracts also saw a dip in earning. The department earned just Rs 7 crore out of the target of Rs 125 crore set by the general body for the fiscal. “We have not allowed any road digging work to be carried out in the city during the monsoon and this probably is one of the main reasons why the earning is less. We are confident of breaching the deficit by the year end,” said a senior official from the department. Experts and senior officials have accepted that there has been a drop in revenue. This could pose hurdles for spending on infra projects in the later half. While officials justified the earning have been less in the first two quarters every year, the Rs 67 crore drop in revenue this time compared to last fiscal does raise concern. Officials said the earnings at this point also helps the administration plan its spending pattern for the year ahead. An official from the municipal corporation said that they are positive of improving the earnings by the end of the next quarter. “The main festive season—Diwali and Dussehra— is in this quarter. We are hopeful the earnings will be good in the coming days. With this not only the recovery will improve, but also we are confident that new businesses will start thanks to the revamped city infrastructure,” said a senior civic official.
Slump in market, new policies punch holes in civic body
2018-10-14Police informer's car attacked by four men in Thane - Business Standard
Police informer's car attacked by four men in Thane Last Updated at October 14, 2018 13:05 IST A 54-year-old police informer's car was allegedly attacked by four persons here in Maharashtra, a police official said Sunday. Damji Bhanushali was returning home along with his son and a friend when four motorcycle-borne men tried to intercept his car near the Viviana Mall in the wee hours of Saturday. They allegedly attacked his vehicle with hockey sticks and damaged it, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. However, his son kept driving the vehicle and sped away, she said. Bhanushali later filed a complaint at the Chitalsar police station in connection with the incident. He mentioned in his complaint that earlier this month and last month also some people had threatened him and tried to attack him as he had tipped the police about some bookies operating in Thane, Narkar said. The man said he had complained to police earlier also about such threats. Based on his complaint, the police registered offences against the four accused under IPC sections pertaining to wrongful confinement, unlawful assembly, rioting, criminal intimidation and mischief, Narkar said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection, she added.
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2018-10-14South Indian community in Thane step up Navratri festivities with colourful golus - Times of India
South Indian community in Thane step up Navratri festivities with colourful golus Oct 14, 2018, 23:54 IST THANE: From narrating mythological stories, showcasing the power of women to depicting the rural life of south India, the south Indian community in the lake city is celebrating the nine-day Navratri festival with great gusto. Practiced by the natives of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the festival of Bommai golu or Bommala Kolu is a figurine display of dolls on a makeshift platform. Each step represents a phase of life. Each step, known as padai, is lit up with a string of lamps and flowers. During this time, an array of sumptuous food is prepared for guests and haldi-kumkum ceremony is organised for women. Devotees are leaving no stone unturned to showcase their cultural values. Swati Kannan, a resident of Ghodbundar Road, said, “This year, we made a five-step display of dolls. Each step has a unique significance. The top most step represents the gods and goddesses. Besides them a kalash adorned with leaves and coconut is kept. The second padai portrays idols of great men and saints, which could differ from household to household. The third consists of the statues of a king and a queen, which is symbolic to marriage or a social ceremony. These statues are made from red sandalwood. In front of the padi, various themes are made.” Those who do not keep the golu dolls visit temples and conduct a small puja at home on the 10th day of the festival. A resident of Manpada, Anita Narayan, said, “We visit temples across the city and offer the diety prasad. On the ninth day, it is said that the golu dolls go to sleep. So on the last day we perform a puja at home.”
South Indian community in Thane step up Navratri festivities with colourful golus - Times of India
2018-10-14Five girls rescued, 4 arrested in raids in Thane - United News of India
Five girls rescued, 4 arrested in raids in Thane Thane, Oct 14 (UNI) The Rural Police have rescued five girls and arrested four people in raids on a dance bar and a lodge in Kashimira area of Mira-Bhayander town of the distict. Acting on a complaint, a police team raided Sea Magic Orchestra Bar late in intervening night of October 11 and 12 and found a girl dancing obscenely without the requisite permission, police said. On further inspection of the bar, police found three girls were concealed in a small cavity which had electronic doors. The entry to the cavity was from a sink area in the kitchen of the bar. Police rescued four girls and arrested two people from the bar,namely Ram Bharose Sav and Ranjit Yadav.
2018-10-13Thane student duped of Rs 4 lakh through fake Patanjali website - Times of India
Thane student duped of Rs 4 lakh through fake Patanjali website Oct 13, 2018, 16:46 IST THANE: A local trader was allegedly duped to the tune of Rs 4 lakh by a man, who offered to give him distributorship of a leading Ayurved products company through a fake website, police said Saturday. The victim, a 22-year-old engineering student, has lodged a complaint with Bazarpeth police station in Kalyan. As per the complaint, the victim owned an Ayurvedic products shop at Kalyan. Since he wanted to expand his business, he explored the possibility of adding agencies to his list. "Earlier this month, the victim opened a website thinking that it was original website of Patanjali Ayurved. After filling the distributorship form online, he got a mail saying he has been selected for it by the company. He was then asked to pay money into the given ban account, which he did," police said. A few days later, he got a call and the caller asked him to pay additional amount as the vehicle of consignment had some more space and could accommodate more goods. Believing him, the victim paid the money, police said. The complainant said despite paying total Rs 4 lakh, he did not get the goods. He finally realised that he has been cheated, police said. The victim filed a complaint against a caller, who identified himself as Pintu Paswan, police said. Police have registered a case under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and the IT Act. Investigation into the case is on, police said.
Thane student duped of Rs 4 lakh through fake Patanjali website - Times of India
2018-10-13Residents question netas over alleged scams, taxpayers' money - Times of India
Residents question netas over alleged scams, 'taxpayers' money Oct 13, 2018, 23:52 IST THANE: The recent allegations of misappropriation of public money by the municipal administration has stirred the civil society that is now gearing up to question the netas about their silence over these alleged irregularities. Start from holding peace rallies, staging awareness skits to filing RTI queries and even presenting a appeal to deities installed at various Navratri pandals in the city, several alert residents are doing their bit to show the administration and the politicians that they are now alert to all the happenings in the municipal corporation corridors. With the crucial 2019 election year round the corner, the opposition parties has also started doing its bit to catch the ruling party in a spot. The corporation house was witness to a few alleged instances of misappropriation of the taxpayer's money recently in various projects inlcuding the theme parks, tree plantations and road repairs among others. Whiles netas managed to expose some violations, alert residents also did their part in uncovering some inadequacies of the administration recently. The residents have now put out a message, though in individual capacities, that they will not entertain further scams and intebd to sent across a strong message to the netas to buckle up. A motley group of activists assembled under the banner of the Thane Matadata Jagran Manch have planned a peaceful protest next week where they will symbolically pray to the goddess for the welfare of the society. “Considering that most of the ruling party members are devotees of the goddess, we will be appealing to the deity installed at few mandals in the city to instill a sense of well-being in the rulers and help stop this wastage of public money.” A group of residents from the Tikujiniwadi area has already written to the municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal seeking an inquiry in the alleged road repair scam unearthed by them few weeks back. Another activist from the city has also sought information under the RTI about road repair expenses by the administration after written queries proved futile. Meanwhile, the opposition NCP and the BJP not to be seen siding with the alleged instances of misappropriation have also stepped up the heat on the ruling Shiv Sena for keeping mum over the alleged irregularities which were brought to to the notice of the House as well recently. The parties have openly questioned the Shiv Sena for allegedly aiding with the contractor who has been accused of fudging bills in a garden makeover project. “The Thane elected representatives from the Shiv Sena seem to be openly holding meeting and assigning other projects to an agency that is accused by its own Mayor. This shows that the party has scant regard for the residents and their hard earned money,” said BJP corporator Milind Patankar. Not to be left behind, corporator Najib Mulla from the NCP has also put the BJP and the Sena that are in power at the state in a spot raising questions over how the local civic administration was seemingly trampling on the rule book to execute a state announced tree plantation initiative in Thane.
2018-10-13Man held for stealing gold chains from rly commuters - Times of India
Man held for stealing gold chains from rly commuters Oct 14, 2018, 00:00 IST THANE: A 38-year-old man has been arrested by the Thane railway police for snatching gold chains worth Rs 3 lakh of commuters travelling by locals during peak hours. According to the railway police, M Shaikh used to target commuters either in the morning or evening at any of the suburban stations between Thane and Diwa. “The accused used to wait at the platform and scan commuters. Once he would identify his target, he would snatch the victim’s chains while he or she would be trying to board a crowded train,” said senior inspector Rajendra Shirtode at the Thane railway police. Shaikh was nabbed after the railway police activated their network, following a rise in complaints related to chain snatching. The police were on the lookout for the accused. After scanning previous records, they finally arrested Shaikh. Shaikh admitted that he had stolen nearly eight chains in the last one month from unsuspecting passengers. The cops have recovered and seized all the stolen booty. The accused used to steal chains and pass it on to his partner, who is a small-time jeweller in Titwala. Once the loot was sold, they would distribute the money between them. The police have also arrested the the jeweller. The duo has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and have been sent to police custody for the next three days.
Man held for stealing gold chains from rly commuters - Times of India
2018-10-13Traffic sub-inspector held for demanding, accepting bribe for issuing NOC - Times of India
Traffic sub-inspector held for demanding, accepting bribe for issuing NOC Oct 13, 2018, 23:51 IST THANE: A sub-inspector from the traffic department was nabbed by the anti-corruption bureau on Friday accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a businessman. The cop demanded the money for providing a clearance certificate. The incident took place at Teen Hath Naka. The complainant, a transporter by profession needed a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in order to transport goods from one city to another. So, he had approached Atmaram Patil (54) for the same at the traffic headquarters but was asked to pay Rs 8,000 against the NOC. “The complainant needed a clearance certificate from the traffic department against getting access of Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC) into the city. But when sub-inspector Patil asked for money against the certificate, the complainant approached us few days back and we laid a trap to arrest him. The deal got fixed at Rs 5,000 and the victim approached Patil near Teen Hath Naka outside the traffic headquarters to hand over the money. As soon as the traffic official accepted the money, we arrested him,” said Salil Bhosle, inspector from anti-corruption bureau, Thane. The police stated the accused resides in Thane and they have even done a house search to check for any more leads on the corruption but they did not come across anything suspicious. Patil was working as a sub-inspector in the traffic department since over a year and he had access to give the NOC to transporters. The police are verifying if the accused has taken bribes from any of the other transporters while handing over the certificates. The accused who was booked under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, has got police custody till Monday.
Traffic sub-inspector held for demanding, accepting bribe for issuing NOC - Times of India
2018-10-13Day after rescue, injured Pangolin treated at SGNP, released in wild - Times of India
Day after rescue, injured Pangolin treated at SGNP, released in wild Oct 13, 2018, 23:59 IST THANE: The rare Pangolin, which was rescued while it was being sold by three people at Balkum on Thursday, was released in the wild late on Friday night. The Pangolin was kept in a small backpack by the trio. As the mammal was kept in the bag, it suffered minor injuries and was sent for treatment to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). “When the Pangolin was brought in, we saw that she had suffered wounds on the skin between her scales and so we applied some antiseptic. She was approximately three years old and was healthy as she weighed around 8kg. She was fit to be released into the wild by Friday night,” said Dr Shailesh Pethe, veterinarian at SGNP. The police said that the men — Devji Sawant, Sanjay Bhosale and Ramdas Patil — who were caught while selling the mammal, had brought the mammal from a tribal group near Mahad. “They were aware that the mammal’s market price was around Rs 40 lakh. We are trying to ascertain who gave the men the mammal and whether they have indulged in any such similar trade before,” said Nitin Thakre, senior inspector from crime branch unit-1. When the Pangolin was brought in, she had suffered wounds on the skin between her scales and so we applied antiseptic. She was approximately three years old and was healthy as she weighed around 8kg. She was fit to be released into the wild by Friday night.
Day after rescue, injured Pangolin treated at SGNP, released in wild - Times of India
2018-10-13Ramlila: Now showing on a road in Thane - Hindustan Times
Ramlila: Now showing on a road in Thane Like the Vishwakarmas, over 20 artistes are part of Thane’s sole Ram Leela organised by Indira Nagar Vikas Mandal since 1994. Updated: Oct 14, 2018 00:42 IST Since she was 12 years old, Priyanka Vishwakarma, has been travelling all the way from Bhiwandi to Indira Nagar in Thane to play the role of Sita in the Ramlila during the 10-day Navratri festival. On Friday, Priyanka, now 20, like every year, gets ready to essay her role. “I don’t mind travelling long hours in the traffic to come here for the performance. The reward I get is the applause and appreciation from the audience,” says Priyanka, whose mother Ranjana, 40, also performs in the same Ramlila as Kaikayi. Like the Vishwakarmas, over 20 artistes are part of Thane’s sole Ram Leela organised by Indira Nagar Vikas Mandal since 1994. In the sweltering October heat, they are decked up with heavy ornaments, costumes and caked with make-up. The wait for the clock to strike 8 so that they can take the stage to do their bit in showcasing the ancient tradition amid the increasing popularity of garba and dandiya. On Friday night, the part of Lord Rama breaking the bow to win over Sita’s hand was being performed amid a crowd of thousands of people from the nearby locality on the busy Indira Nagar Road. The continuous honking of vehicles did not deter the artistes or the audience. The crowd had religiously occupied their favourite spot on the road. All eyes were on the stage, where a fat pot-bellied sanyasi was trying to outdo Lord Rama in breaking the bow. He sure invited giggles from the crowd. Priyanka, who is a second-year science student, said, “I love all the attention from the audience. My mother too loves acting and had performed in most Bhojpuri serials in her yesteryears. Her enthusiasm is a big encouragement for me to continue taking part in the Ramlila.” About a decade ago, Thane used to host Ramlila at nine venues — one of which was performed at Indira Nagar, Wagale Estate. The other venues were Manorama Nagar in Dokali, Raghunath Nagar, Yadav Nagar and Shrinagar. Anjani Kumar Singh, president of the mandal, said, “The dearth of good and dedicated artistes and lack of sponsors for the good old art form are responsible for the decreasing number of Ramlilas in the city.” “Some of the artistes, who gain fame in our Ramlila, move on to perform for bigger organisers in Mumbai, Gujarat or even Lucknow. We have to spend around 5 lakh for the 10-day performance,” Singh added. The artistes, who work in different professions, begin rehearsals a month in before Navratri begins. Singh said, “We have around 30 dedicated artistes who do not charge a dime for the performance. We provide them food and travel expenses as they have to make lots of adjustment in their schedule for a month.” “We have collected props, jewellery and costumes from Varanasi, Jodhpur and Lucknow. However, all these are prone to wear and tear and even if a small crown is damaged we spend a lot replacing it,” said Singh. The king’s crown need to look like a king’s crown and not a cheap replica, said Singh. The crumbling budget of the mandal is evident in the stage set-up, which is made of loosely assembled table, wobbling all the way from the front to the back. The artistes are seen jostling for space in a minuscule enclosure at the back of the stage which serves as a feeble excuse for a make-up room. All of them are adept in doing their own make-up and do not need any professional help. The tiny stage and the tinier make-up room do not dim their enthusiasm a bit. Samajit Yadav, 55, has been playing the role of Sugriv in the Ramlila, for more than 15 years. This reel life King of Vanara (monkeys) in the play has the same determination in his real life. Unwell and weak since the first day of Ramlila, Yadav does not want to skip the show. His shaky hands give away his physical weakness. “The show must go on, I do not want the cast to suffer due to my illness.” Salon owner Ramchandra Sharma, 40, has been playing the role of Rama for over 15 years. Sweating profusely in his heavy costume, he said, “This is our mandal and each artiste is important. Every day, hundreds of people come here to watch us perform. We are dedicated to entertain them. A little rise in temperature will not affect us.” Like the team, the Ramlila also has a dedicated audience. Shyam Yadav, 45, a resident of Wagale Estate, makes it a point to watch the Ramlila with his three children every year. “We as children had read and seen the Ramlila. However, it is important that our children too watch it. In the good old days, Ramayana used to be played on the television every Sunday and every family in the country watched and devoured it. Now, this annual Ramlila is the only way for our children to know about the epic,” he said.
Ramlila: Now showing on a road in Thane - Hindustan Times
2018-10-13Work on new Thane-Diva lines moves forward today - The Hindu
Work on new Thane-Diva lines moves forward today Updated: October 13, 2018 23:48 IST Old slow line to be joined to new one in 9-hour megablock From Monday, commuters on slow local trains to and from Kalyan will travel on new railway lines, created as part of the fifth and sixth lines between Diva and Thane. A milestone in the long-gestating project will be completed on Sunday after the old Up slow line, towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), will be connected to the new Up slow line. Central Railway (CR) will undertake a nine-hour megablock between Thane and Diva to complete the work on Sunday. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., all slow locals to CSMT from Kalyan, Karjat and Kasara will not halt at Mumbra and Kalwa and will be rerouted via the fast line between Diva and Thane. Both fast and slow services will be 10 to 20 minutes late. “The work on Sunday will give us the required space to execute key works on a major section of the corridor between Mumbra and Kalwa, which includes the new tunnel built for the project,” Sanjay Singh, spokesperson Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), said. The project is crucial as it will provide two separate corridors for fast services and mail express trains. At present, there are six lines between Kalyan-Diva and Thane-Kurla, but only four between Thane and Diva, leading a bottleneck. MRVC will also need to build two rail bridges between Kalwa and Mumbra for the project, but officials said work on that section is stalled as there are mangroves in the path. “We have received the requisite permissions from government agencies and will approach the Bombay High Court for sanction to cut the mangroves,” a senior official said. The project was sanctioned in 2008 under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 2, and has seen several delays. It is expected to be completed by mid-2019.
2018-10-13Thane strays get one-way ticket to Canada, set out on a 16-hour flight - Times of India
Thane strays get one-way ticket to Canada, set out on a 16-hour flight Thane strays get one-way ticket to Canada, set out on a 16-hour flight Sandhya Nair Two female stray dogs from Thane, after experiencing the rough end of life, are off to Canada for a better deal at a farmhouse. Firangi, an eight-month-old partially blind puppy, and Angel, a 4-year-old with injured front limbs, will live in a farmhouse owned by a joint family of foreigners settled in Canada. Updated: Oct 14, 2018, 10:30 IST Firangi is a partially blind puppy and Angel’s front limbs are injured. MUMBAI: It isn't always a dog's life, even for mutts. Two female stray dogs from Thane, after experiencing the rough end of life, are off to Canada for a better deal at a farmhouse. Firangi, an eight-month-old partially blind puppy, and Angel, a 4-year-old with injured front limbs, are boarding an Air Canada flight from the city airport on Saturday night in specially kitted-out pet crates. After 16 hours, as India wakes on Monday, the two would have landed in Toronto. From the sweltering 37 degrees Celsius to 11 degrees, from Marathi-speaking staff at the Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA) to English-speaking children and adults, the two have a lot to adjust to. Firangi and Angel will live in a farmhouse owned by a joint family of foreigners settled in Canada. President of Thane SPCA Shakuntala Majumdar said that the two Indian pariahs will take about a week to be part of the new family. They will be flown to Canada by a father-daughter duo from Canada who runs an NGO there. They mediated between the NGO in Thane and the adoptive family in Canada whose members have so far only watched videos of the two dogs. The two canines are fighters who have come back from the brink of death. Firangi had come to SPCA as a month-old baby with a head injury that turned out to be a brain infection. While she is now as fit as a fiddle, she lost vision in the left eye. She got the name 'Firangi' (meaning foreigner) as the new parent decided to adopt her). Angel was a victim of a train accident at Thane station two years ago. She injured her front limbs and had severe wounds on the body. While her legs were saved, she became permanently handicapped and crawls on her front limbs. Angel got the name for her demure nature. Transferring a dog from one country to another can be a costly affair and time-consuming too. As the adoption procedure began around eight months ago, Thane SPCA undertook documentation work including a no-objection certificate from the quarantine office in Navi Mumbai, a health certificate, travel fitness certificate, microchip certificate and vaccination certificate. The major cost of the airfare was borne by the adopting family, said Majumdar. Care has been taken to ensure that the canines are comfortable before and during the flight. The dogs, who have been counted as a piece of carry-on luggage to be stored under the seat in front, have been trained to use the crater in which they will be placed on board the aircraft. They have been trained to stand, lie down and turn around in the craters. The dogs, who were put off food from Saturday evening, are have a micro-chip which serves as an identification device, in case they get lost. \While the adopting family did not wish to be identified, Majumdar said that the joint family comprising two sisters, a brother and their children own two farms and are all animal lovers. Two years ago, they had adopted another dog, Rani, from Thane SPCA. Rani had been brutally attacked by some robbers who had broken into a house. They had chopped off her front leg and gouged an eye out, leaving three deep gashes on the back. It took three surgeries and close to eight months for Rani to get back on her three feet. Today Rani is a happy canine on the farm, said Majumdar who keeps getting updates about her.
Thane strays get one-way ticket to Canada, set out on a 16-hour flight - Times of India
2018-10-13MSRDC to rope in NIRM for Borivali-Thane tunnel - The Hindu
MSRDC to rope in NIRM for Borivali-Thane tunnel Updated: October 13, 2018 23:47 IST Bengaluru institute to suggest digging methods, study environmental impact The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is planning to approach the Bengaluru-based National Institute of Rock Mechanics (NIRM) to conduct a study for the Borivali-Thane underground road tunnel and suggest ways to execute the project. The 11-km tunnel is planned under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and the MSRDC had received permission from the State Wildlife Board to conduct a geotechnical survey in January. Senior officials said they have completed the survey and will now conduct an environment impact assessment of the project. Officials said they will approach the institute to suggest tunnelling methods and study their environmental impact. The MSRDC had earlier appointed NIRM for the Missing Links project on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, which consists building two cable-stayed bridges and two tunnels through the Sahyadri Hills. Work still a year away “We are aiming to complete a detailed project report in three to four months, after which we will approach all the required agencies for permissions,” a senior MSRDC official said. Work on the project is not expected to start for at least a year. Senior officials said they are hopeful to get all the required permissions, since the project is similar to the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road project being executed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). GMLR also has a tunnel passing through the national park, and the BMC has been given most of the environmental clearances for it. The Borivali-Thane project was proposed in 2015 and involves constructing a six-lane tunnel from Magathane in Borivali to Tikuji-ni-wadi in Thane. It is expected to cut travel time from Borivali to Thane to 10 minutes, and is estimated to cost around Rs 1,500 crore.
2018-10-125 Arrested With Fake Currency Notes With Rs 4 Lakh Face Value In Thane - NDTV News
5 Arrested With Fake Currency Notes With Rs. 4 Lakh Face Value In Thane The police are trying to find out the source of the fake notes and where they were being transported Updated: October 12, 2018 20:07 IST THANE: Fake currency notes with a face value of over Rs. 4 lakh were recovered from a vehicle near Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra and five persons were arrested in this connection, police said today. The action was taken on Thursday based on a tip-off, police said. "Acting on a tip-off that some people carrying fake notes were coming to a pan shop at Wadpe, the police patrol team laid a trap and arrested the accused when they were buying cigarettes using fake notes," a police officer said. Total 203 fake notes of Rs. 2,000 denomination were recovered from the car. The five accused were identified as Rehan Abbas Shaikh (22), Safad Mukhtar Ansari (19), Anees Iqbal Shaikh (31), Kishore Phular (25) and Rohit Singh (23), police said. The police are trying to find out the source of the fake notes and where they were being transported. The five accused were booked under IPC sections 489 (B) (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), 489 (C) (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 34 (common intention).
2018-10-12Mumbai: SRA begins biometric survey of 1.8 lakh Thane slums - Free Press Journal
Mumbai: SRA begins biometric survey of 1.8 lakh Thane slums Oct 12, 2018 07:36 am Mumbai: The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) has started the biometric survey in Thane region following Mumbai. As per the SRA data, Thane has 1.80 lakh hutments, of which, biometrics of only 5,000 families is completed till now. Mahaonline, a state government agency, is conducting the survey for SRA. An SRA official stated even though biometric survey contract for Thane region was awarded to the agency in January this year, the ground survey began only in August. “We managed to cover only a few thousand families’ biometric survey till now, as the survey began in August,” said the official. As per the SRA data, Mumbra, Chendani, Pachpakadi, Naupada, Majiwade, Parsik are areas in Thane with densely scattered slums. Of these, Mumbra has 45% of the slums. The Thane region has been divided into three slum clusters—Thane 1 has 140 slum clusters with around one lakh hutments; Thane 2 and 3 have 64 and 59 slum clusters with 40,000 hutments each. SRA is conducting the biometric surveys across the city and suburbs, both on central and western side. Biometrics in many areas have already started and it’s now the turn of in Thane and Mumbra. Mumbai has huge slum clusters, with prime area, Colaba, which ranks first with 477 number of slum clusters, subsequently Borivali-II has 288, Bhandup has 200, Bandra-II 199, Andheri-II 192 number of slum clusters. As per the information available with SRA, Mumbai has around nine lakh hutments of which only 2.5 lakh families have been surveyed using the biometric method until October 3, 2018. The biometric survey was first started in Mumbai in 2016. The official added biometric survey is done to ascertain the occupants on a particular piece of land. As per the Maharashtra State Government Slum Rehabilitation Act, slum dwellers who have residential proof of 2000 and prior, are considered eligible for the slum rehabilitation project.
Mumbai: SRA begins biometric survey of 1.8 lakh Thane slums - Free Press Journal
2018-10-12Three arrested for trying to sell pangolin in Thane - Times of India
Three arrested for trying to sell pangolin in Thane Oct 12, 2018, 20:07 IST THANE: The Thane Crime Branch on Friday arrested three persons and seized an adult Indian pangolin, an endangered mammal, valued at Rs 40 lakh here in Maharashtra, a police official said. Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of the Crime Branch Unit 1 kept a vigil at Saket Bridge in the Rabodi area since Thursday night and nabbed the trio when they arrived to sell the pangolin, senior inspector Nitin Thakre said. The rescued creature, weighing around 10kg and 92cm in length, is worth Rs 40 lakh, he said. The trio was identified as Devji Namdeo Sawant (42), Sanjay Namdeo Bhosle (46) and Ramdas Padma Patil (56), all residents of the adjoining Raigad district, he said. According to the police, the trio had come down to Thane for selling the animal to a customer. Assistant police inspector Sandeep Bagul said the animal was captured from the coastal Konkan region and brought to the city for sale. The police are trying to find out if there was a big gang behind the smuggling and sale of rare wildlife species, he said. All three were booked under the relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, Bagul said, adding further probe was underway. On October 3, Crime Branch officials hadseized scales of pangolins, weighing around 6kg and valued at Rs 20 lakh, from three persons in the city, police had said. Pangolin scales are said to have medicinal usages.
Three arrested for trying to sell pangolin in Thane - Times of India
2018-10-12Watch: Thane Police conducts terrorist attack mock drill in school - Mumbai Mirror
Watch: Thane Police conducts terrorist attack mock drill in school 12 Oct 2018, 6:03PM IST Thane Police on Friday, October 12, conducted a terrorist attack mock drill at Thane Police School in Kharkaraali in the Thane West area. The joint exercise was conducted by the police department, bomb squad official, Regional Disaster Management Cell, and Fire Brigade today afternoon.
Watch: Thane Police conducts terrorist attack mock drill in school - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-12Land ownership issue may delay Metro work - Times of India
Land ownership issue may delay Metro work Oct 13, 2018, 00:05 IST THANE: The ambitious Wadala-Kasarwadavli metro IV project may face delay in execution thanks to the uncertainty over ownership of the land assigned to it for developing a casting yard, which is a crucial part for executing the project. Sources from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) that is executing the Rs 19,000 crore metro project said, they have been assigned around 24 acres land in Waghbil village from the Thane revenue department for developing a casting yard. The facility will be used to manufacture roughly 500 odd girders required for installing piers for metro trains to run. The MMRDA claims the land that has been assigned to it by the revenue department is classified as government land or class II wherein the state is the title holder, but has given the same stretch to locals for tilling and source their livelihood. However, a few local residents have now come forward claiming to have been tilling the land for years and are demanding adequate compensation for the same forcing the MMRDA to hold a joint meeting with the revenue department to ensure the work is not affected. While the levelling work on around 15acres of land in the stretch has already started, development on the rest is likely to be stalled as the villagers are adamant on not allowing the work to proceed without a proper hearing. A meeting was held with a few villagers and MMRDA officials along with the Thane police early this week wherein the issue of rehabilitation was chiefly discussed. “We have been tilling the land for years and are now asking for compensation from authorities,” said a resident, who is opposed to the project. Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has written a letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis where it is mentioned, “A part of the land in this area seems to be a private farm land and a few villagers are dependent on it for their livelihood. They are ready to cooperate with the project, but are awaiting a proper rehabilitation package by the state. The state should sort out the situation and work out a proper rehabilitation policy for these residents.” A MMRDA official confirmed the developments and said they are working to thrash the issue. “Our focus is to construct the project and we will be setting up the facility only on the stretch assigned to us. The discussion required is likely to delay setting up the yard, which could affect execution of the metro rail project that is slated to be completed by 2021,” said the official. We have been relying on this land for tilling. We are not opposed to the project, but want adequate compensation for our future generations.
Land ownership issue may delay Metro work - Times of India
2018-10-12One held for running illegal call center in Thane district - United News of India
One held for running illegal call center in Thane district Thane, Oct 12 (UNI) A youth aged 23 has been arrested on Thursday from Mumbra in Thane district on the charges of illegally running a call center which provided services to two US based pharma companies, the police said. The accused Abdul Vashid Kadir Chowdhary has been charged under section 420 of the IPC and also sections 25(F),72(1) and 75 of Indian Telegraphic Act he said. The police got the news about the illegal call center which called up the US citizens, on behalf of two US based medical companies, inquiring if they had any back pain, knee pain or any other pain in the body. They made these calls through VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) which was detected when the police raided the said premises around 0600 hrs on Thursday and arrested the accused while he was directing the three callers for making calls. The accused informed the police that he was an agent employed on commission basis for the company and did the work of calling up the prospective patients.
One held for running illegal call center in Thane district - United News of India
2018-10-12With fast, feast, dance and music Thaneites enjoy Navratri with zeal - Times of India
With fast, feast, dance and music Thaneites enjoy Navratri with zeal Oct 13, 2018, 00:00 IST THANE: Dressed in their best garba outfits and adorned with the latest oxidized jewelry, the lake city denizens have already started grooving to the traditional Navratri music. Be it observing a day-long fast, thronging to the city-based temples or performing a puja at home, devotees are seen celebrating the nine-day festival with pomp and gaiety. Rasika Kusurkar, a resident of Dombivli said, “On the first day of Navratri we performed the Ghatasthapana puja. We got up early in the morning and decorated the house with flowers and rangoli. We will be preparing an array of dishes till the end of the festival as guests would keep coming over. It is believed that the eighth day particularly is significant. This time since the last day of Navratri and Dussehra is falling on the same day, the celebrations would be grand.” Even housing complexes here are having haldi-kumkum ceremonies along with dandiya and garba competitions to engage the youth in the festivities. A resident of Pokhran Road No.1 Harsha Pongurlekar said, “Since the past several years we have been organizing dandiya and garba night. Usually we pick a Saturday for the event so everyone can participate. We arrange for a sound system and food too. Everyone dresses up in the traditional costumes and there are prizes for the winners including the senior citizens and the kids. There is a haldi-kumkum ceremony as well for the ladies wherein we get together and chant hymns. A small puja also takes place in the parking lot area of the building.” The senior citizens too join in the celebrations dressed up in the everyday different colours, clicking pictures with their friends and uploading it on their Whatsapp group. “I like to follow the different colours that people wear during the Navratri. Since I am at home the whole day when I go for my evening walk, I prefer to drape a saree of the particular colourful of the day. We then click pictures sitting in the building’s garden and share it on our Whatsapp group,” said Aasha Patil (65), a resident of Ghodbundar Road. I like to follow the different colours that people wear during the Navratri festival. While going for my evening walks, I drape saree of the same color. My friends and I then click pictures sitting in the building’s garden and share it on our Whatsapp group.
With fast, feast, dance and music Thaneites enjoy Navratri with zeal - Times of India
2018-10-12Traffic PSI trapped by ACB in Thane - United News of India
Traffic PSI trapped by ACB in Thane Thane, Oct 12 (UNI) A police sub-inspector attached to the DCP Traffic office in the city was on Friday arrested by the Thane unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a complainant here. PSI Atmaram Patil (54) had demanded Rs 8,000 as bribe to issue a no objection certificate (NOC) from the DCP Traffic office for the ODC (over dimensional cargo) vehicle of the complainant's transport company. After due negotiation, it was decided that an amount of Rs 5,000 would be paid for the purpose, a release issued by ACB stated here. Aggrieved complainant today lodged a complaint with the Thane unit office of ACB, whose officials laid a trap and arrested the police officer while accepting the bribe money from the complainant. An offence under sections 7, 13(1),(d) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered at the local police station against the arrested officer, the note added.
Traffic PSI trapped by ACB in Thane - United News of India
2018-10-12Another illegal call centre in Thane busted - Hindustan Times
Another illegal call centre in Thane busted This is one of the several cases that have been unearthed in Thane. Updated: Oct 13, 2018 00:58 IST The police on Thursday busted yet another call centre operating illegally Thane, this time in Amrut Nagar in Mumbra. While Abdul Wahid Kadir Cho-udhary, 23, the arrested owner, did not cheat the US citizens, his centre did not have the mandatory licence to make Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls. According to the police, Choudhary got the database of citizens in the US while working with a firm. His team of three who operated out of a single room used to call people in the US, checking if they have got the medical benefits promised by the government and offering ways to do it if they haven’t. If the person agreed to avail of the service, Choudhary’s team would get it done through the insurance companies they had a tie-up with for a commission. The staff members were paid ?12,000 a month. Police said the staff members were unaware of the illegality. Kishore Pasalkar, senior inspector from Mumbra police station, said, “Based on the information, we raided the house under the guidance of commissioner Vivek Phansalkar. At the spot, we saw three people working on computers, while Choudhary was directing them.” The police have seized cash, computers, phones, laptops and other items from the spot. “The three were let off after questioning. Choudhary had obtained the numbers illegal way,” said Pasalkar. Choudhary has been booked under sections of the IPC and Indian Telegraph Act. This is one of the several cases that have been unearthed in Thane. On October 4, 2016, the Thane crime branch along with the Thane rural police raided seven call centres in Mira Road. It was found that fake call centre employees targeted loan defaulters in the US, by posing as officials from the Internal Revenue Service ?and department of treasury. Soon after, a fake call centre in Ambernath that was used to cheat US citizens was busted.
Another illegal call centre in Thane busted - Hindustan Times
2018-10-12Thane duo held for steaking bikes - The Indian Express
Thane duo held for steaking bikes These vehicles were probably stolen in September... and could carry sizable quantities of petrol,” the officer said. “We are investigating all bike stealing cases and checking if these two were involved. Updated: October 13, 2018 2:53:01 am Two youngsters who stole expensive motorcycles for the thrill of riding and then abandoned the same once they ran out of fuel, were arrested on Thursday. Officers from the Ulhasnagar police said the accused were arrested after their latest steal, a Suzuki bike, was spotted by an informant in a parking lot. “The bike was stolen on October 6. On Thursday, our informant told us that a similar looking bike is being parked at a parking lot. We immediately sent our men, who arrested the accused,” said an officer. The accused have been identified as Benson Jon Motis (24) and Akash Gaikwad (21). “They probably had other accomplices too… They have confessed that they used to steal expensive motorbikes. However, they were not stealing to sell the bikes, instead, they used the vehicles for a few days until the fuel ran out. After that, they would leave the vehicle at a parking area or a deserted spot,” the officer said. Police have seized 10 motorcycles from the accused. “Both are college dropouts and unemployed. It is possible that they didn’t have the necessary contacts to sell the bikes. They said they stole the bikes they liked. All the seized bikes are either new or belong to high-end brands like Royal Enfield,” the officer said. These vehicles were probably stolen in September… and could carry sizable quantities of petrol,” the officer said. “We are investigating all bike stealing cases and checking if these two were involved. They must have had other accomplices. The court has remanded them to police custody,” he added.
Thane duo held for steaking bikes - The Indian Express
2018-10-12Traffic PSI trapped by ACB in Thane - United News of India
Traffic PSI trapped by ACB in Thane Thane, Oct 12 (UNI) A police sub-inspector attached to the DCP Traffic office in the city was on Friday arrested by the Thane unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a complainant here. PSI Atmaram Patil (54) had demanded Rs 8,000 as bribe to issue a no objection certificate (NOC) from the DCP Traffic office for the ODC (over dimensional cargo) vehicle of the complainant's transport company. After due negotiation, it was decided that an amount of Rs 5,000 would be paid for the purpose, a release issued by ACB stated here. Aggrieved complainant today lodged a complaint with the Thane unit office of ACB, whose officials laid a trap and arrested the police officer while accepting the bribe money from the complainant. An offence under sections 7, 13(1),(d) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered at the local police station against the arrested officer, the note added.
Traffic PSI trapped by ACB in Thane - United News of India
2018-10-12Sanjay Londe appointed as new government pleader for Thane district - United News of India
Sanjay Londe appointed as new government pleader for Thane district Thane, Oct 12 (UNI) A senior advocate and practicing lawyer from the city, Sanjay Londe, was on Friday appointed as the new government pleader at the district court, in place of outgoing Sangita Phad. Ms Phad, who was in office of the government pleader for just acouple of years, was unceremoniously removed from her post by the state government, understandably following numerous complaints against her by the juniors and others. Mr Londhe had been serving as additional public prosecutor for last 22 years. Following his appointment, Mr Londhe was felicitated by the Thane District Court's Bar Association.
2018-10-11Child abducted, dumped in Thane to spite mom - Times of India
Child abducted, dumped in Thane to spite mom Nearly a fortnight after a four-year-old girl was found abandoned in Thane, police have cracked the case. Oct 11, 2018, 08:22 IST THANE: Nearly a fortnight after a four-year-old girl was found abandoned in Thane, police have cracked the case. Investigation has revealed the woman, who was captured abandoning the girl on CCTV camera, had kidnapped her from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in an act of vengeance. The accused, Kajal Khan (29), took the child away while her parents were asleep on the CSMT railway station. She then boarded a Badlapur bound train. "Khan was having an affair with the girl's father. When his wife came to know about it, she beat up Khan. This had angered Khan and she decided to abduct the child. Since the child knew her, she willingly accompanied her," said Navnath Rupote, assistant inspector at CSMT railway police station. "Once they boarded the train, the child started crying so Khan alighted at Thane and left her at Gaodevi," said Hanmant Oulkar, assistant inspector at Naupada police station. After locals found her and alerted Naupada police, she was taken to Thane Civil hospital as she had some injuries on her forehead. The mystery was solved when CSMT railway police informed them that they were looking for a missing girl. "The child is at the correction centre in Bhiwandi and will be reunited with her family in a day or two," Oulkar said. Last week, CSMT police traced Khan with the help of informers, but she refused to cooperate. "Only when Naupada police contacted us, we came to know where the girl was. The girl was not able to give information about her parents as they are speech and hearing impaired. Hence, she doesn't know their names. Also, she doesn't have a name.The accused has been sent to judicial custody," added Rupote.
Child abducted, dumped in Thane to spite mom - Times of India
2018-10-11Minor girl from Gujarat rescued by Thane crime branch - The Asian Age
Minor girl from Gujarat rescued by Thane crime branch Updated : Oct 11, 2018, 5:51 am IST After the girl was traced at Goa, a team of Thane and Gujarat police raided the place and nabbed the accused person and rescued the girl. Mumbai: The Thane crime branch arrested a 19-year-old youth, who had kidnapped a juvenile girl from Gujarat and fled with her on July 10 under the pretext of marriage. The girl was rescued from Goa after the Thane crime branch traced them there based on information received from informers. The Gujarat police sought the Thane police's help after they found that the accused had left for Thane from Gujarat. The accused was identified as Hufeza Farooq Gadiwala, who was arrested by a team of unit I of the Thane crime branch from Goa. The duo was tracked to Panjim by the police and brought to Thane. The Maliwad police had informed their counterparts in Thane that Gadiwala had fled with the girl after promising her marriage, which amounted to kidnapping as she was underage. They were last tracked to Thane, Gujarat police confirmed. “There was lot of tension in the village at Marathwad Vyara in Tapi after another minor girl was sexually assaulted and this girl was reported to have been kidnapped. Hence, she needed to be tracked soon. We informed our network of informers, who confirmed that the accused and the girl had left for Goa,” said a Thane crime branch officer. After the girl was traced at Goa, a team of Thane and Gujarat police raided the place and nabbed the accused person and rescued the girl. The police are yet to ascertain if the girl was forced into a relationship or if they had married after leaving the village. The police took them to Gujarat from Goa forfurther investigation in the case. Gadiwala has been booked under sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (kidnaping or abduction to induce woman to compel her into marrying) of the Indian Penal Code and Gujarat police is probing the matter further.
Minor girl from Gujarat rescued by Thane crime branch - The Asian Age
2018-10-11Thane: Rickshaw driver held for abusing, assaulting woman traffic constable - Free Press Journal
Thane: Rickshaw driver held for abusing, assaulting woman traffic constable Oct 11, 2018 06:24 am Thane (Maha): An auto-rickshaw driver has been arrested in Kalyan town in the district for allegedly abusing and assaulting a traffic woman constable. Nagesh Babu Awalgiri, who is in his twenties, was arrested under IPC sections 353 (assault on public servant), 334 (assault) and 279 (rash driving) late Tuesday night. The incident took place Tuesday evening near Deepak Hotel in Kalyan, said Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar. As Awalgiri had stopped his rickshaw in the middle of the road to take passengers, leading to a traffic jam, constable Asha Gavande asked to see his license. Awalgiri allegedly refused and got into an argument. He allegedly hit her on her hand and drove off. The constable who was holding on to a side bar of the rickshaw was dragged with the vehicle for about 100 metres, the police spokesperson said. Her leg was injured, her complaint said. Following the complaint, the driver was arrested, said DCP traffic Amit Kale. Further probe is on.
Thane: Rickshaw driver held for abusing, assaulting woman traffic constable - Free Press Journal
2018-10-1170-Year-Old Woman Killed With An Axe By Grandson In Thane - NDTV
70-Year-Old Woman Killed With An Axe By Grandson In Thane The woman's grandson was arrested after a complaint was filed by a family member. Updated: October 11, 2018 16:56 IST The 70-year-old woman and her grandson would frequently get into an argument. Thane: A 24-year-old man in Thane allegedly killed his grandmother after a quarrel, police said Thursday.The man, Umesh Kondilkar would have frequent fights with his grandmother. The two of them got into an argument again on Tuesday following which the he attacked her with an axe, killing her on the spot. Based on a complaint filed by a family member, the accused was arrested Wednesday. For more cities news, click here.
70-Year-Old Woman Killed With An Axe By Grandson In Thane - NDTV
2018-10-11Traffic woes continue as parking plans delayed - Times of India
Traffic woes continue as parking plans delayed Oct 11, 2018, 23:59 IST THANE: Motorists will have to continue enduring vehicular traffic menace in city as the corporation has apparently frozen its two vital projects – the Modella parking lot and roadside parking policy- in Thane that could ease vehicular movement. The administration had approved the projects keeping in mind the massive parking of vehicles on roads which was causing traffic congestion on the streets. As per information sourced from officials, both the projects could have easily taken off the load off the menace of parked vehicles off arterial roads in Thane especially the old city area. The roadside parking policy involved developing nearly 9,000 parking spaces for all types of vehicles on several streets in the city based on their density and proximity to popular places. The systematized facility entailed the roads would be cleared off the illegal parking menace at the same time ensure decent revenue for the corporation. The project that was unanimously okayed in 2015 was revised thrice and is presently frozen as there were no takers for it since tenders were floated in the recent past. The public works department said the parking project has been frozen temporarily till a fresh tender would be released following some changes in the project. “The earlier attempts to develop a digital parking facility got no response. We may analyze the proposal and re frame it but the schedule is not fixed yet,” said an official from the PWD. Meanwhile, another project approved in 2016 entailed construction of a parking facility spread over 17,210sqm at the Modella company premises is also awaiting progress since its inception. The plan was to develop a parking facility that could take the bulk of trucks and small vehicles including buses off the roads that are otherwise parked on roads in the Waghle estate area and LBS road. The said land was yet to be acquired and handed over to the corporation due to which uncertainty looms large over its fate. An official from the town planning department said the project was stalled because the developer apparently wants to develop the facility under accommodation reservation but the same is likely to take some more time. Meanwhile, residents and activists have blamed the administration for failing to come up with a solution to the growing menace of parking on streets. BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar who wrote to the chief minister last year has blamed the administration for failing to work out a solution in time. “It has been a long time that the city is facing traffic problems without any solutions. The administration must look into providing solid solutions at the fastest possible time before the situation worsens over the time. It is a pity the corporation cannot formulate tge parking plans hanging in limbo since the last several years,” said MLA Kelkar.
Traffic woes continue as parking plans delayed - Times of India
2018-10-11Lucky Compound building collapse: Bombay High court expedites trial, asks Thane judge to take it up on day-to-day ... - Mumbai Mirror
Lucky Compound building collapse: Bombay High court expedites trial, asks Thane judge to take it up on day-to-day basis Oct 11, 2018, 21:18 IST The Bombay High Court has denied relief to then Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Thane and a Corporator in the 2013 Lucky Compound building collapse case of Mumbra which killed 76 people and injured 64 others. The court has also expedited the trial in the case and has asked the concerned judge at Thane to endeavour to conclude the case within a year, by taking it up on a day-to-day basis. Justice Ajey Gadkari, while rejecting applications filed by Shrikant Sarmokdam and Hira Patil, observed that there was “more than sufficient material” to proceed with the case against the duo, and rejected their applications. While Sarmokadam was the Deputy Municipal Commissioner before the incident, Patil was the local Corporator in April 2013. The court also observed that the trial in the case had already started and by August this year, 19 witnesses had deposed in the case. On April 4, 2013, around 5 pm, the seven-storey structure which was just four months old then and known as Adarsh ‘B,’ came crashing down. A case for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide not amounting to murder was registered as the reason for collapse was use of sub-standard material. More than 25 accused are facing trial in the case. Allegation against Sarmokdam was that despite being a DMC of the concerned zone, he did not take any action against the illegal construction, and accepted illegal gratification from a co-accused in furtherance of the said conspiracy. On Patil, the allegation was that while the building was being constructed illegally, he extracted over Rs 4 lakh from the co-accused developer to favour them and for not lodging any complaint against unauthorised construction with the Municipal Corporation. Senior Advocate Ashok Mundargi, appearing for Sarmokadam, argued that he was transferred from the zone a few months before the incident; therefore he can't be held responsible for the same. He also submitted that though an entry in a book found from the developer in a raid by the police said that Rs 50,000 was paid to Sarmokadam, there was nothing to prove the same, and that the entry was not admissible as evidence. Advocate Girish Kulkarni, appearing for Patil, argued on similar lines. The court, however, accepted Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hiray’s arguments. The court observed that though Sarmokadam was tansferred from the concerned Zone in June 2012, he held additional charge of that Zone intermittently, and therefore was liable for taking action. It also observed that the four books found from the developer, which recorded the money paid to various people including the duo, were “duly bound and were books of Accounts of the developer which were maintained in normal course of business, containing various names mentioned serially, with and were not loose papers/sheets.” The court added that these books were admissible evidence for the case, while rejecting the applications.
Lucky Compound building collapse: Bombay High court expedites trial, asks Thane judge to take it up on day-to-day ... - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-11Thane barber electrocuted, firm booked for negligence - Times of India
Thane barber electrocuted, firm booked for negligence Oct 12, 2018, 01:04 IST THANE: A culpable homicide offence has been registered against a Thane company for the death of a man due to electrocution. Dost Salmani (40), a barber who lived in a Bhandup chawl, came in contact with live electrical wires that were dangling from a neon hoarding of Solutions Advertising Company while he was waiting at a bus stop near Khopat junction on Monday afternoon. He was seated on the bus stop’s steel bench barefoot. The firm was given an 11-year contract in 2013 by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to display advertisements on bus stops across the city. The police said the company had flouted several norms set by the civic administration in the contract. During investigation, the police found that the agency was using low-grade wire for the job and hadn’t even ensured the mandatory earthing procedure. Sub-inspector Prashant Londhe from Naupada police station said, “Salmani’s postmortem report from the Civil Hospital confirmed that he died of electrocution. Though the agency took an authorized power connection, it did not carry out the job of putting up hoardings efficiently.” At the bus stop where Salmani died, a wire was found broken in the meter box, sub-inspector Londhe said. “We have booked the agency as per section 304 of the Indian Penal Code for causing death by negligence.” Another police officer said an arrest (or arrests) would be made after further inquiries. Salmani is survived by wife and four children.
Thane barber electrocuted, firm booked for negligence - Times of India
2018-10-10Thane building tilts, 57 families shifted out - Times of India
Thane building tilts, 57 families shifted out Oct 10, 2018, 06:33 IST Firemen point out cracks on the floor an Om Surya flat. Cause of damage is not yet known.THANE: As many as 57 flats of a Uthalsar housing society had to be evacuated late on Monday after the building began to tilt due to damage to its RCC structure. Even as the cause of the damage is yet to be ascertained, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has commissioned a structural audit to determine the fate of the building. Corporation officials said Om Surya building was not dilapidated but hinted at the possibility of damage to its foundation due to seepage as it is located close to a nullah. The structure was well-maintained with regular repairs, said locals. The incident occurred around 8.30pm when a few ground-floor residents of the three-storey building heard creaking sounds emanating from its walls and columns. Residents panicked after floor tiles, columns and beams of a few of the lower-floor flats began to develop cracks and some doors refused to shut due to misalignment. The shocked residents immediately alerted their neighbours and informed municipal officials and Thane police who rushed to the spot and got down to evacuating the structure as a precautionary measure. TMC ensured that the residents were given alternative accommodation at a corporation facility along Ghodbunder Road for the time being. “We heard cries from our neighbours, asking us to evacuate the building saying it was falling apart. Fearing the worst, we managed to gather whatever belongings we could collect and ran out of our homes after locking them. We were horrified to see that the structure had begun to lean on one side,” said a resident. BJP corporator Milind Patankar, who represented the area till the previous elections, pointed out that seepage from a nullah as well as the creek in the vicinity might have weakened the foundation. “Some construction work was also taken up in the area adjoining the nullah, which must have blocked the flow of drain water to the creek due to which it could have accumulated in the soil over the past few years, leading to weakening of the foundation. The building was otherwise well-mantained,” said Patankar. NCP corporator Najib Mulla who represents the ward said the building had not shown any signs of damage till Monday. “It seems the structure may require extensive repairs or may have to be pulled down. The audit report will help us finalize the course of action,” he said. Following its survey, TMC officials said late on Monday that prima facie there appeared to be no damage to the structure due to any internal changes made by residents but said the audit would reveal the cause of the damage and the future course—whether to pull it down or repair it. “A part of the building has sunk by a few inches, possibly because the foundation could have been damaged due to its proximity to the nullah and the creek. We are awaiting the structural audit report, after which we will decide fate of the structure. We have given temporary accommodation to the residents,” said Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner and in-charge of TMC’s anti-encroachment department. Meanwhile, residents and elected representatives claimed uncertainty over the studies conducted, pointing out how Krishna Niwas in Naupada had collapsed in 2015 despite not being on TMC’s list of dilapidated structures.
Thane building tilts, 57 families shifted out - Times of India
2018-10-10Bus stop electrocution robs family of sole bread-earner - Times of India
Bus stop electrocution robs family of sole bread-earner Oct 10, 2018, 06:04 IST THANE: It was Monday, and Dost Salmani, 40, was eager to get home in Bhandup - as the barber had been doing for years - and meet relatives to fix his elder daughter's wedding. But it was not to be: Salmani died in a freak accident after being electrocuted at a bus stop here. On Monday afternoon, Salmani, the sole bread-earner for his family, was waiting at ST workshop bus stop near Khopat junction when he accidentally came in contact with dangling live electrical wires used to illuminate advertisements. At home in Ibrahim chawl in Bhandup's densely populated Sonapur locality, his 35-year-old wife Aasma was looking forward to his visit and cooking for the joint family of 12. She became frantic when her calls wouldn't go through. "We rushed to Thane civil hospital once the police informed us. I didn't say anything to the women and kids at home as I wasn't ready to face them," said Zuber Ahmed, Salmani's brother-in-law. Salmani couldn't afford commuting daily and so stayed with the owners of the salon in Thane where he had been working for 25 years. Every Monday, he would come home. He was paid Rs 2,000, most of which went into treat his mother-in-law's tuberculosis. Salmani's dream to see his daughter happily married is likely to now remain only a dream, rued his relatives. The Thane Municipal Corporation has not yet declared any compensation, but the family is keen on a job for the wife as well as some money, desperately hoping it would help them cover expenses for sometime. Razaad, Salmani's 14-year-old physically-challenged son, said: "Even though we are poor, my father always catered to our needs. Despite my birth deformity, he encouraged me to study and chase my dreams. Every cent that he earned was used for us; he never bought anything for himself. We are worried about my sister's wedding as it will require a lot of money." Salmani, originally from Uttar Pradesh, also had two daughters, aged 20 and five, and another son who is three. The Naupada police said they have begun investigations and will lodge an FIR once they figure out who was negligent: the contractor or Thane Municipal Transport.
Bus stop electrocution robs family of sole bread-earner - Times of India
2018-10-10Thane, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan suffer power cuts - Mumbai Mirror
Thane, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan suffer power cuts Updated: Oct 10, 2018, The situation of increased demand and decreased generation has led to a demand-supply gap of nearly 2,000 MW resulting in power cuts in many parts of the state, including satellite towns of Mumbai such as Thane, Navi Mumbai, and Kalyan-Dombivali. Most parts of the state have been witnessing rise in temperatures coupled with humidity over the last few days. This has led to the demand touching around 20,000 MW, almost 2,000 MW more than what the state power distribution utility, Mahavitaran, could procure. What is adding to the woes of Mahavitaran is that its sister concern Maharashtra State Power Generation Company’s (Mahagenco) generation units of 2100 MW capacity are currently down because of unavailability of coal. Besides, the rate of spot power in power exchanges has also gone up to Rs 20 per unit or so due to the upcoming elections in the five states. These states are buying power at whatever rate it is available to avoid blackouts ahead of the elections. However, Mahavitaran claims that power cuts are ordered only in areas where higher distribution losses are reported and billing collection is also poor. A senior Mahavitaran official said power cuts are ordered only in areas where distribution losses are more than 58 per cent. “In other areas, there may be sporadic power cuts to manage the load or due to some local fault,” he claimed. Pratap Hogade, president of Maharashtra State Power Consumer Association said, “Why can’t the Mahagenco put its house in order? The consumers are paying them 31 paise extra for additional capacity and if this capacity can’t be used in hours like these, what is the use of having such capacity.”
Thane, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan suffer power cuts - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-10Thane: Duo hire cab, rob driver at gunpoint, flee with car - Free Press Journal
Thane: Duo hire cab, rob driver at gunpoint, flee with car Oct 10, 2018 07:43 am Bhayandar: The Thane (rural) police are on the lookout of two unidentified men, who hired a cab posing as passengers from Kashimira to Taloja near Navi Mumbai. The duo threatened the driver at gun point and robbed him of his cash and mobile phone before fleeing with the car. Following a complaint registered by the cab driver, identified as Nasir Ahmed (31), a case under Section 392 of the IPC was registered at the Kashimira police station against the unidentified miscreants on Monday evening. Two men in an inebriated state hired the cab from Kashimira to go to Taloja. While one of them boarded the cab, the other followed on a bike. In his statement to the police, Nasir Ahmed said that after crossing the toll plaza, the biker drove ahead and parked his bike on the roadside before getting into the car. As the car neared Taloja village, the duo threatened Nasir with a revolver and snatched his mobile phone and wallet containing Rs 2,800 before pushing him out and driving away the vehicle towards Panvel.
Thane: Duo hire cab, rob driver at gunpoint, flee with car - Free Press Journal
2018-10-10TMC to deploy drones to digitally map mangrove belt in Thane - Times of India
TMC to deploy drones to digitally map mangrove belt in Thane Oct 10, 2018, 22:54 IST Thane: The municipal corporation will now keep an aerial vigil over the mangrove belt along the Thane coastal belt to keep check on the mafia involved in its alleged destruction. The decision to deploy drones for mangrove surveillance and also digitally mapping the mangrove belt in Thane was taken by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal at a review meeting on Monday. The meeting was held following the Bombay High Court recently ordering stern steps to be taken against those found tampering with the mangroves. Jaiswal said that a special committee will be formed to analyse the damage done to the green cover since 2005 and appropriate investigations and police case will be filed against the perpetrators. “The committee headed by additional municipal commissioner 2 Sameer Unhale will function parallel to the one operational under the leadership of Konkan divisional commissioner and will take action on all structures that have come up within 50m of mangroves that are spread over minimum 1,000sqm area,” he said. It may be noted that the corporation had recently come under the fire from green activists after it was found that the contractor deployed for constructing its ambitious Gaimukh waterfront project had allegedly destroyed mangroves. A police case was also filed by the Thane revenue department after a complaint by activist Rohit Joshi. A special committee will be formed to analyse the damage done to the green cover since 2005 and appropriate investigations and police case will be filed against the perpetrators. The committee will take action on all structures that have come up within 50m of mangroves that are spread over minimum 1,000sqm area.
2018-10-10Thane woman duped of Rs 7 lakh by UK-based man - The Tribune
Thane woman duped of Rs 7 lakh by UK-based man updated: Oct 10, 2018, 12:23 PM A 38-year-old woman working with a consultancy firm here in Maharashtra was allegedly duped of Rs 7.3 lakh by a UK-based man whom she befriended on a matrimonial portal, police said. The complainant, who is separated from her husband and lives with her parents here, told the police that while going through the matrimonial site some months back, she befriended the accused, identified as Donald William (23), who claimed to be from Belgravia in London. The man later told the woman that he had sent her a gift parcel and she could take it by making certain payment to a courier company, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. The woman alleged that between June 17 and August 9 this year, the accused asked her to make payments several times worth Rs 7.3 lakh to the courier firm on various pretexts, like customs clearance of gifts sent by him and wrong labelling of the parcels, Narkar said. The accused also told her once that he had arrived in New Delhi but was indisposed and so, could not meet her. However, when the woman did not receive any gift parcel and the accused stopped communicating with her, she got suspicious and filed a complaint with the Rabodi police Monday night, Narkar said. Based on her complaint, the police registered offences against the man and two persons working with a Delhi-based courier firm under IPC section 420 (cheating) and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, she said. No arrest has been made so far, Narkar said, adding that a probe is on into the complaint.
Thane woman duped of Rs 7 lakh by UK-based man - The Tribune
2018-10-10Tempo driver arrested for molesting 3-yr-old - Times of India
Tempo driver arrested for molesting 3-yr-old Oct 10, 2018, 22:52 IST Thane: The city police have arrested a 53-year-old tempo driver who had allegedly molested a three-year-old girl in a public park last week. The accused was traced by activists of the MNS on Monday. According to the police, the accused had touched the three-year-old girl in an inappropriate way and passerbys in the park filmed the incident and confronted him. Fearing that he would be beaten up, the accused fled the spot. Days after the video went viral, the MNS began a manhunt for him. They then managed to locate him on Monday. “The video has gone viral since the last few days; after which our workers from Thane tracked down the accused and handed him over to the police,” said Avinash Jadhav, MNS Thane district president. The accused is said to be a native of Jharkhand and works as a tempo driver in Thane. He was manhandled by the MNS before being handed over to the police.
2018-10-10Auto Driver Assaults Woman Traffic Cop Who Asked For License, Arrested - NDTV
Auto Driver Assaults Woman Traffic Cop Who Asked For License, Arrested The auto driver had stopped in the middle of the road to take passengers. That led to a traffic jam and the traffic police constable asked for his license. He refused, hit her on the head and drove away. Updated: October 10, 2018 18:18 IST The driver who has been arrested hit the woman traffic cop on head when asked to show license. Thane: An auto-rickshaw driver in Thane has been arrested in for allegedly abusing and assaulting a woman traffic constable Tuesday evening, police said. The auto driver had stopped in the middle of the road to take passengers. That led to a traffic jam and the traffic police constable asked for his license. He refused, hit her on the head and drove away. The police constable who was holding on to a side bar of the rickshaw was dragged along with the vehicle for about 100 metres, a police spokesperson said. Her leg got injured. DCP traffic Amit Kale said the driver was arrested. For more cities news, click here.
Auto Driver Assaults Woman Traffic Cop Who Asked For License, Arrested - NDTV
2018-10-10Thane: Man sentenced to 3 year rigorous imprisonment for abetting wife's suicide - Free Press Journal
Thane: Man sentenced to 3 year rigorous imprisonment for abetting wife’s suicide Oct 10, 2018 12:28 pm Thane: A 36-year-old man has been awarded three years’ rigorous imprisonment by a court here in Maharashtra for harassing his wife and driving her to commit suicide. District Judge R V Tamhanekar held the accused, Deepak Bhambhare, guilty last Saturday and also imposed a fine of Rs 7,000 on him. The prosecution told the court that the accused, who worked in a tile-making factory and resided at Rajnoli village in Bhiwandi town, got married to the victim, Manisha, in 2005 and the couple had two sons. The accused used to frequently beat his wife and demand money from her to raise a poultry farm and buy a television set. Unable to bear the harassment, the woman consumed a poisonous substance on December 21, 2013 and died later during treatment, the prosecution said. Based on a complaint by the victim’s mother, police filed a case against the accused under the Indian Penal Code Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498A (husband or his relative subjecting woman to cruelty), and arrested him. The judge observed that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the man subjected his wife to cruelty because of which she took the step to end her life. “So, the offence is of serious nature,” the judge said while pronouncing the sentence.
Thane: Man sentenced to 3 year rigorous imprisonment for abetting wife
2018-10-10In Thane, hawkers no longer need domicile certificates to get licence, MNS protests - The Indian Express
In Thane, hawkers no longer need domicile certificates to get licence, MNS protests The party has also threatened to challenge the civic body’s decision in the court if it fails to reverse the relaxation. Published: October 11, 2018 4:01:34 am THE MNS has objected to the Thane Municipal Corporation’s decision to relax the condition of a mandatory domicile certificate for issuance of a hawker’s licence. The party has also threatened to challenge the civic body’s decision in the court if it fails to reverse the relaxation. Last month, Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjiv Jaiswal, who heads the town vending committee that deals with the hawkers’ licences, relaxed the condition requiring a domicile certificate, maintaining instead that proof of residence would be made a mandatory condition. On October 3, the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena, the MNS’s student wing, had written to the civic body alleging that the relaxation might be misused by migrants in order to get hawker’s licenses. “Those who been residing in Thane for several years have the first right to do the business as hawkers. The relaxation granted by the civic body is likely to be misused by migrants who may become licenced hawkers. This decision might cause permanent damage to the city,” said Sandeep Pachange, president of MNS’s student wing in Thane. Pachange added that the civic body should reverse the relaxation. “The civic body should organise a one-day workshop for those who want to get hawkers’ licenses. If it does not remove the relaxation of the domicile certificate, then we will move court against the civic body.” However, the hawkers’ union said the relaxation is required as many don’t have the documents required in order to get a domicile certificate. “Some of the hawkers have been doing business for decades but they don’t have the documents to get domicile certificate. That is why the relaxation is required. The MNS should not look at the issues as Marathi versus non-Marathi. There are Marathi hawkers who also don’t have documents for a domicile certificate,” said Kapurchand Gupta, president of Shrinagar Hawkers Welfare Association. Officials from the civic body said they have surveyed 5,141 hawkers in the city. Of these, 1,269 hawkers have submitted the required documents for getting the licenses and certificates were issued to them last month. The remaining hawkers have been asked to submit the documents, said an official. The official added that the civic body would look into objections to the relaxation. “It’s a politically sensitive issue.
In Thane, hawkers no longer need domicile certificates to get licence, MNS protests - The Indian Express
2018-10-10Thane: Woman duped of Rs 7 lakh by UK-based man she met on matrimonial site - The Asian Age
Thane: Woman duped of Rs 7 lakh by UK-based man she met on matrimonial site Updated : Oct 10, 2018, 4:19 pm IST The woman alleged that between June 17 and August 9 this year, the accused asked her to make payments several times worth Rs 7.3 lakh. Thane: A 38-year-old woman working with a consultancy firm here in Maharashtra was allegedly duped of Rs 7.3 lakh by a UK-based man whom she befriended on a matrimonial portal, police said. The complainant, who is separated from her husband and lives with her parents here, told the police that while going through the matrimonial site some months back, she befriended the accused, identified as Donald William (23), who claimed to be from Belgravia in London. The man later told the woman that he had sent her a gift parcel and she could take it by making certain payment to a courier company, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. The woman alleged that between June 17 and August 9 this year, the accused asked her to make payments several times worth Rs 7.3 lakh to the courier firm on various pretexts, like customs clearance of gifts sent by him and wrong labelling of the parcels, Narkar said. The accused also told her once that he had arrived in New Delhi but was indisposed and so, could not meet her. However, when the woman did not receive any gift parcel and the accused stopped communicating with her, she got suspicious and filed a complaint with the Rabodi police Monday night, Narkar said. Based on her complaint, the police registered offences against the man and two persons working with a Delhi-based courier firm under IPC section 420 (cheating) and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, she said. No arrest has been made so far, Narkar said, adding that a probe is on into the complaint
Thane: Woman duped of Rs 7 lakh by UK-based man she met on matrimonial site - The Asian Age
2018-10-10Thane teen campaigning against objectification of women to become Consul General of Canadian consulate for a day - The Indian Express
Thane teen campaigning against objectification of women to become Consul General of Canadian consulate for a day Canada led the call for an International Day of the Girl Child at the United Nations in 2011 to raise awareness about challenges that girls face. The first such International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated on October 11, 2012. Published: October 11, 2018 5:06:57 am Seventeen-year-old Shimpi Paswan could not believe that she had been chosen by the Canadian consulate in Mumbai to be the Consul General for a day on October 11, which marks the International Day of the Girl Child. “I am so excited and am looking forward to this,” said Shimpi, a native of Gagha village in UP’s Gorakhpur district and who started living in Thane from the age of eight. Canadian missions in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru will mark the International Day of the Girl Child with a range of activities to empower girls and highlight the fact that they can achieve their dreams. In an official statement released on Wednesday, Canada’s High Commissioner to India, Nadir Patel, said at the High Commission they had been focussed on girls’ education as it had a direct and positive impact on development. The Government of Canada along with United National Population Fund (UNFPA) had partnered with the Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) for a programme to empower adolescent girls with social, health and economic assets. The programme was implemented in the slum communities of Kalwa under the Thane Municipal Corporation. As part of the programme, girls underwent a series of training on issues concerning adolescents, including growing up, sex and sexuality, menstrual hygiene, sexual harassment, anaemia and nutrition. While Shimpi regularly volunteered to disseminate information and create awareness on issues related to health, gender equality, harassment in public places amongst her peers in the community and at college, she also took a lead role in organising different community campaigns along with the SNEHA team, said Anuja Gulati, State coordinator of UNFPA. Shimpi, demonstrated leadership qualities, and hence was selected as an agent of change. She was exposed to a multitude of activities, including workshops on developing a scientific temper; rewriting sexist Bollywood songs through a workshop on gaana rewrite and discussions on rights and legal literacy. Because of her leadership qualities, Shimpi was selected by the Government of Canada to act as the Consul General of the Canadian Consulate in Mumbai for a day. She also worked with peers to change sexist lyrics and challenge objectification of women in such songs, officials said. Canada led the call for an International Day of the Girl Child at the United Nations in 2011 to raise awareness about challenges that girls face. The first such International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated on October 11, 2012. In New Delhi, the High Commission of Canada in collaboration with Plan India will welcome a young university student from Bihar, an advocate for girls’ rights, to take on the role of the High Commissioner for the day. In Bengaluru, the Consulate General of Canada in collaboration with the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber and Engineering Manufacturer Entrepreneurs Resource Group will host eight girls from the disadvantaged sections of society to “take over” as the Consul General of Canada and CEOs of seven Canadian and Indian companies for a day.
Thane teen campaigning against objectification of women to become Consul General of Canadian consulate for a day - The Indian Express
2018-10-09Rubber factory gutted in Thane - The Tribune
Rubber factory gutted in Thane updated: Oct 9, 2018, 12:34 PM A fire destroyed a rubber factory in Dombivli town here in Maharashtra in the wee hours of Tuesday, an official said. No casualty was reported, he said. The fire broke out around 1 am and spread rapidly in the factory, located in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation’s (KDMC) chief fire officer Dileep Gund said. Rubber items kept in the unit aggravated the blaze, he said. Six fire engines were rushed to the spot and efforts were still on to douse the flames, Gund said. Thick smoke and the smell of burning rubber engulfed the entire area, he said, adding that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. KDMC mayor Vinita Rane visited the spot and directed the civic staff to make all efforts to douse the fire as soon as possible.
Rubber factory gutted in Thane - The Tribune
2018-10-09Thane: 41-yr-old man electrocuted at bus stop - The Indian Express
Thane: 41-yr-old man electrocuted at bus stop The deceased has been identified as Daus Mohammad, a resident of Thane. The incident took place at Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus stop across the Thane S T Workshop on Lal Bahadur Shastri Road. Published: October 9, 2018 5:34:31 am A 41-YEAR-OLD man was electrocuted at a bus stop in Thane on Monday. Electricity reportedly passing through a hoarding above the bus stop led to the electrocution, Thane city police said. The deceased has been identified as Daus Mohammad, a resident of Thane. The incident took place at Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus stop across the Thane S T Workshop on Lal Bahadur Shastri Road. “He used to work at a salon and lived on Ambedkar Road in Thane. On Monday, his day off, he was waiting at the bus stop to go to his parents’ house in Bhandup,” said a police officer. Bystanders said Mohammad was sitting on the metal bar at the spot, when his body went rigid and he collapsed. “He was not moving… someone tried to touch him and felt the current. When he fell to the floor, we thought he was having an epileptic fit. We called for a traffic constable nearby… They called an ambulance,” said Ashok Giri, who was present at the spot. Mohammad was taken to the civic hospital where he was declared brought dead. “The cause of the death is yet to be ascertained but he suffered electrocution… It is possible that the electric supply to the LED lights over the hoarding somehow induced current in the metal frame of the bus stop. We have lodged an accidental death report,” said a senior police officer.
Thane: 41-yr-old man electrocuted at bus stop - The Indian Express
2018-10-09Thane: 3-year-old girl molested, man arrested - The Indian Express
Thane: 3-year-old girl molested, man arrested The police have identified the accused as Jagdish Ramlakhan Roy, a truck driver. Published: October 9, 2018 5:39:13 am A 50-YEAR-OLD man was arrested on Monday for allegedly molesting a three-year-old girl in Thane. An FIR was lodged in the case after Maharashta Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Aravind Chowgule filed a complaint with the police on Monday. The police have identified the accused as Jagdish Ramlakhan Roy, a truck driver. “His actions were caught in the CCTV camera of the building where the girl was playing. He allegedly made lewd gestures and molested her on Sunday,” said an officer from Srinagar police station that made the arrest. “Chowgule approached the police, along with the parents of the minor. After showing us the video, he helped us arrest the man, as he knew where the accused stayed,” the officer added. The man has been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, said the police. “His native village is in Bihar and he has been living in Thane. We have him in custody and will present him in the court on Tuesday morning,” a senior police officer said.
Thane: 3-year-old girl molested, man arrested - The Indian Express
2018-10-09Rubber factory gutted in fire in Thane - The Tribune
Rubber factory gutted in fire in Thane updated: Oct 9, 2018, 9:59 AM (IST) A fire destroyed a rubber factory in Dombivli town here in Maharashtra in the wee hours of Tuesday, an official said. No casualty was reported, he said. The fire broke out around 1 am and spread rapidly in the factory, located in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation’s (KDMC) chief fire officer Dileep Gund said. Rubber items kept in the unit aggravated the blaze, he said. Six fire engines were rushed to the spot and efforts were still on to douse the flames, Gund said. Thick smoke and the smell of burning rubber engulfed the entire area, he said, adding that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. KDMC mayor Vinita Rane visited the spot and directed the civic staff to make all efforts to douse the fire as soon as possible.
2018-10-09Fire breaks out in rubber factory in Maharashtra's Thane - The Asian Age
Fire breaks out in rubber factory in Maharashtra's Thane Updated : Oct 9, 2018, 9:37 am IST The fire broke out around 1 am and spread rapidly in the factory, located in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation area. Thane: A fire destroyed a rubber factory in the Dombivli township here in Maharashtra in the wee hours of Tuesday, an official said. No casualty was reported in the mishap, he added. The fire broke out around 1 am and spread rapidly in the factory, located in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation's (KDMC) chief fire officer Dileep Gund said. Rubber items kept in the unit aggravated the blaze, he said. More than six fire engines were rushed to the spot and efforts were still on to douse the flames, Gund said. Thick smoke and the smell of burning rubber engulfed the entire area, he said, adding that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. KDMC Mayor Vinita Rane visited the spot and directed the civic staff to make all efforts to douse the fire as soon as possible.
Fire breaks out in rubber factory in Maharashtra
2018-10-09300 People Evacuated After Cracks Appear On Thane Building - NDTV
300 People Evacuated After Cracks Appear On Thane Building Personnel of the civic body and fire brigade rushed to the site and evacuated around 300 people of 57 families living in the nearly 35-year-old residential structure. Updated: October 09, 2018 11:48 IST Thane: A four-storey building in Maharashtra's Thane developed cracks following which nearly 300 people residing in it were evacuated, an civic official said Tuesday. The Thane Municipal Corporation's emergency control room got a call Monday night that a pillar on the second floor of the building located in Uthalsar area developed cracks, the civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. Personnel of the civic body and fire brigade rushed to the site and evacuated around 300 people of 57 families living in the nearly 35-year-old residential structure, he said. The building has been sealed and the families have been temporarily relocated to vacant flats at a housing complex in the city's Bhayander Pada area, Mr Kadam said. Assistant Municipal Commissioner Shankar Patole said the building was constructed in 1983.
300 People Evacuated After Cracks Appear On Thane Building - NDTV
2018-10-09Man Held For Molesting 5-Year-Old Girl In Thane Park - NDTV
Man Held For Molesting 5-Year-Old Girl In Thane Park The accused took the child to a corner in the park in the Wagle Estate area of Thane where he allegedly molested her. Updated: October 09, 2018 12:25 IST Thane: A 52-year-old man was arrested for allegedly molesting a five-year-old girl at a public park in Thane in Maharashtra, police said today. Jagdish Ramlakhan Rai, a truck driver, went to the park in the Wagle Estate area last Thursday and lured the girl who was playing there on some pretext. He took the child to a corner in the park where he allegedly molested her, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. A man who was near the spot recorded the alleged incident on his mobile phone and submitted the footage to the Shree Nagar police, she said. After analysing the video recording, the police traced the victim, called her parents to the police station and registered a case against the accused on Monday, she said. In the meantime, some local activists of a political party traced the accused and beat him up. Thane: A 52-year-old man was arrested for allegedly molesting a five-year-old girl at a public park in Thane in Maharashtra, police said today. Jagdish Ramlakhan Rai, a truck driver, went to the park in the Wagle Estate area last Thursday and lured the girl who was playing there on some pretext. He took the child to a corner in the park where he allegedly molested her, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. A man who was near the spot recorded the alleged incident on his mobile phone and submitted the footage to the Shree Nagar police, she said. After analysing the video recording, the police traced the victim, called her parents to the police station and registered a case against the accused on Monday, she said. In the meantime, some local activists of a political party traced the accused and beat him up. However, the police intervened and took the accused into custody and booked him under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Ms Narkar said.
Man Held For Molesting 5-Year-Old Girl In Thane Park - NDTV
2018-10-09Thaneites take to internet to learn garba, dandiya moves - Times of India
Thaneites take to internet to learn garba, dandiya moves Oct 9, 2018, 22:50 IST Thane: With just a day left for the nine-day festival, many youngsters are trying to learn some dance moves to be in sync. However since its exam season, many are not getting the time to attend garba classes. So, many are taking to the internet and other social media sites to learn the dance moves. Mehek Savla, a Class X student, loves to dance but due to her hectic schedule she was not able to join any class to learn some new moves that she can flaunt during the festive season. Some she opted to use her free time to watch dance videos. “I spend most of my time in school, follwed by classes. So I didn’t not get the time to attend dance classes. Then I decided to watch dance videos at home,” said Savla. Like Savla many office-goers are also unable to find time to go for any classes. So, they too are opting to learn dance moves from various social media applications and websites. No only youngsters, but also people above the age of 50 are making utmost use of the internet. “I can play dandiya, but when it comes to garba I have two left feet. So I’m trying to learn the dance form on my own by watching videos of various choreographers,” said Aditi Ghangurde. As there is a huge demand for these online courses, many choreographers have been uploading the dance tutorials. Not only are the videos based on the authentic garba moves, but they have synced it with some latest Bollywood steps as well.
2018-10-09Infinity Wars: Requiem's Greatest Threat May Turn Out To Be [SPOILER] - CBR
Infinity Wars: Requiem’s Greatest Threat May Turn Out To Be [SPOILER] Share Tweet TOP CBR Search CBR Exclusives Comics News Previews Reviews Movies News Reviews TV News Reviews Lists Videos Community Follow us Newsletter Write For Us Terms Privacy Contact Us Copyright © 2018 CBR.com Leave A Comment 11 Shares ShareOn Facebook Tweet Pin It Email Comment Infinity Wars: Requiem’s Greatest Threat May Turn Out To Be [SPOILER] 10.09.2018 by Renaldo Matadeen in CBR Exclusives Comment 11 Shares ShareOn Facebook Tweet Pin It Email Comment SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Marvel’s Infinity Wars and Infinity Warps. Infinity Wars is certainly living up to its billing as an event that will redefine the cosmic landscape of the Marvel Universe. As it’s unfolds, we’re more about how the Infinity Stones work (they operate in tandem with each other, linked as a circuit), while also witnessing the galaxy being graced with a new tyrant in the form of Requiem, aka Gamora after she broke bad. However, Gamora’s role in reshaping the cosmos goes way past a new identity, because not only has she killed Thanos, her adopted father, she’s harnessing the power of all the Infinity Stones via a special armor designed to basically make her a walking, talking Infinity Gauntlet. RELATED: Marvel’s December Solicits May Spoil a Major Infinity Wars Plotpoint Obviously, due to her actions, a long list of enemies have begun coming after her, but while Requiem focuses on the usual suspects trying to stop her quest to change the universe, her greatest threat may not actually be who she thinks it is. There are a few folks hidden in plain sight that she’s simply not paying attention to, and who she needs to keep her eyes peeled for. The Forgotten ‘Sibling’ Infinity Wars #3 has taken Requiem to the God Quarry; she believes there’s something intriguing there, as she can’t see beyond it even with her new omnipotence. Loki warns her about the place being a boundary for creation, that gods go there to die. Rather than heed his words, she impulsively sends him back to Earth. She’s had enough of his sneaky ways, after all, and so heads to the cosmic grounds with Flowa, an Asgardian librarian she’s allowing to document her proceedings. It turns out, this is the place is where Thane, Thanos’ son and Gamora’s foster brother, is buried. In Jeff Lemire and German Peralta’s Thanos #12, the Mad Titan attained a power-up there and decimated Thane in combat after the Phoenix Force deserted his petulant offspring. He then threw his son to the bottom of the quarry where he turned to stone, facing his own inner-demons. Requiem is now digging into this quarry, sensing a mysterious power beneath, indicating the possibility it could be linked to a dormant Thane who may have finally awakened to his true potential. RELATED: Infinity Wars: Some Characters May Remember Life Before the Warp In her ignorance, Requiem might be bringing up someone who would love a chance to follow in his father’s footsteps and attain all the Stones for himself. Thane has a lust to be a god, after all, and this could be the opening he always wanted. Also, he may want revenge on Requiem for robbing him of the chance to kill Thanos himself. An Even Darker Reflection Requiem believes she’s taken her main threats out of the equation by beheading Thanos and folding the universe onto itself, mashing together everyone in the universe and thus halving all life. But in Issue #3, Loki makes a valid point as they peer into a rift in the multiverse, watching other realities where different versions of Requiem go about conquering their respective universes. RELATED: All the Bonkers Character Combinations From Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #1 One specific fight stands out, where Phyla-Vell and Moondragon (who are both dead in the mainstream Marvel Universe), as well as Gamora, battle a Requiem. Loki points out not every Requiem necessarily has to be a Gamora, which hints that one or several of them could actually invade this reality if they chose. Sure, the Infinity Stones can only work in the respective universe it came from, but that doesn’t mean a Requiem from somewhere else can’t come over, claim that universe’s stones and reshape yet another reality. In short, if a Requiem from another universe took Gamora’s armor, he/she could rule this universe. The mainstream Requiem seems to overlook this, as her thoughts are preoccupied with the God Quarry’s mystique. But from Loki’s words, the underlying threat here is that Requiem’s greatest enemy could well be another Requiem, something the ghost of Thanos keeps teasing her about as he continues to haunt his murderer.
Infinity Wars: Requiem
2018-10-08'Anaconda' sparks panic in Thane - Times of India
'Anaconda' sparks panic in Thane Updated: Oct 8, 2018, 09:12 IST The 11-foot rock python was about crawl into a housing complex. THANE: A full-grown Indian rock python-about 11 feet long and weighing nearly 40 kg-was rescued from Thane around 3.30 am on Saturday. A traffic cop, Dnyaneshwar Shirsath, was part of the team that rescued the snake outside the entrance of Wood Park Complex, a housing colony, on Ghodbunder Road. The cop's mentor, Chandrakant Kangralkar, who is an animal lover and his team reeceived a distress call soon after the snake was spotted slithering in a leisurely manner. "Soon after the snake was spotted, a rumour did the rounds that the reptile was an anaconda. It caused much panic," said Shirsath. A guesstimate by snake lovers put the reptile's age around 30 years, but this could not be verified. The snake was picked up and stuffed into a jute bag within minutes. "It took the entire team to lug it as it was a bit too bulky," said Shirsath. It is assumed that the python had crawled out of the national park which abuts Thane. "Often, after rains, they struggle to find a safe habitat," Kangralkar said. The snake was released in a forest patch on Sunday.
2018-10-08Bridges and flyovers may have to make way for Thane metro - Times of India
Bridges and flyovers may have to make way for Thane metro Oct 8, 2018, 07:31 IST FOB at R Mall junction. THANE: The Wadala-Kasarwadavli Metro IV could bulldoze several existing and proposed infrastructure projects along its route within Thane city limits due to the reported lack of coordination between Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and local government bodies. The initial route map for the metro shows that the railway alignment overlaps Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)’s five existing and two proposed foot over-bridges at various spots along the Eastern Express Highway (see box). The prime cause of concern is that the map, accessed by TOI, does not highlight the presence of four of these bridges, leaving the corporation to interpret that these may have to be brought down or constructed elsewhere to accommodate the metro line. While officials refused to comment on the fate of the bridges, they admitted to awaiting communication on the issue. They said work on two approved bridge projects on Ghodbunder Road has been frozen as “a precautionary measure”. Meanwhile, the issue of metro overlapping with city infrastructure was also raised at the Thane standing committee meeting on Wednesday where Shiv Sena corporator Naresh Manera questioned why no information was being disseminated to the stakeholders. “I have written to the municipal commissioner for holding a coordination meet with MMRDA over the project. The metro project is important but we need to know how it will impact the existing and proposed developmental projects,” Manera said. Activists have trained their sights on the issue and questioned the lack of coordination between the city and regional planning authorities. “It will be interesting to find out if the bridges will be demolished or will the metro line be elevated to salvage these FOBs. It looks as if the lack of coordination between the MMRDA and TMC has failed, which has resulted in a waste of money. There has to be one master plan for the city, irrespective of the number of agencies executing it,” said activist Sanjeev Datta from Thane. When contacted, Anil Patil, city engineer at the TMC, confirmed that there has been no communication with the MMRDA team over the exact alignment of the metro line that will pass through Thane and their impact on the existing infrastructure. Despite repeated attempts, MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar remained unavailable for comment.
Bridges and flyovers may have to make way for Thane metro - Times of India
2018-10-08Thane Woman Stabs Blind Aunt 15 Times for Refusing to Make Breakfast - News18
Thane Woman Stabs Blind Aunt 15 Times for Refusing to Make Breakfast Accused Sapna Kulkarni allegedly attacked her aunt Shobha in a fit of rage when the latter didn't respond to her demand to make breakfast. Updated:October 8, 2018, 10:17 PM IST Thane: A 39-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her 75-year-old blind aunt in their flat in Thane's Khopat area, the police said. According to police, the accused Sapna Kulkarni allegedly attacked Shobha Kulkarni in a fit of rage when the latter didn't respond to her demand to make breakfast. Police said Shobha was stabbed at least 15 times. A case of murder has been registered and further investigation is underway.
Thane Woman Stabs Blind Aunt 15 Times for Refusing to Make Breakfast - News18
2018-10-08Caught on camera: MNS workers thrash 50 year old man in Thane - Times Now
Caught on camera: MNS workers thrash 50 year old man in Thane 08 OCTOBER 2018 MNS workers thrash a 50 year old man in Thane for allegedly sexually abusing a 3 year old. MNS 'GOONDARAJ' in Maharashtra?
Caught on camera: MNS workers thrash 50 year old man in Thane - Times Now
2018-10-08MNS workers thrash man accused of sexual misconduct at Thane press conference, threaten migrant workers - Firstpost
MNS workers thrash man accused of sexual misconduct at Thane press conference, threaten migrant workers Oct 08, 2018 18:11:50 IST Workers affiliated with the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) thrashed a man accused of sexual assault at a press conference in Thane on Monday, reported News18. The party workers also made a threatening statement against migrant workers in the state and said people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would be thrown out if such cases did not stop. Benchmark Cheating The brands that were caught lying to your face Tuesday, October 09, 2018 Switch to ?????? 101 Mumbai air quality Air Purifiers Politics Sports India World Business Entertainment F.Cricket TECH Photos Videos Shows #SelfMade Bigg Boss 12 You are here: Latest News India News MNS workers thrash man accused of sexual misconduct at Thane press conference, threaten migrant workers India FP Staff Oct 08, 2018 18:11:50 IST Tweet Workers affiliated with the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) thrashed a man accused of sexual assault at a press conference in Thane on Monday, reported News18. The party workers also made a threatening statement against migrant workers in the state and said people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would be thrown out if such cases did not stop. #??????????: ???? ??? ?? ??? ?? ????? ?? 53 ??? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ???? ?? ????? ?? MNS ???????????? ?? ????? ?????????? ??? ?? ????? ?? ??.@k_navjyot pic.twitter.com/JHnieuzmsn — News18 India (@News18India) October 8, 2018 The 53-year-old man getting beaten up in the video was accused of sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl. The incident of beating up the accused by the MNS workers occurred in the presence of police. When questioned about this the party workers claimed that if incidents of sexual assault did not stop then they would take law into their own hands. Party workers have in the past also been intolerant towards migrant workers in Maharashtra. The cadres of the party on 19 May smashed and pulled down over 20 signboards on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in the district's Vasai area. "Vasai and Thane district are in Maharashtra and not Gujarat, and we will not tolerate name boards in Gujarati anymore," MNS Thane region president Avinash Jadhav had told PTI over the phone. In July last year, some workers of the MNS had protested against a jewellery shop in Dadar and a hotel in the Mahim area of Mumbai, asking them to remove the signboards in Gujarati, the police had then said.
MNS workers thrash man accused of sexual misconduct at Thane press conference, threaten migrant workers - Firstpost
2018-10-07Thane: Four of a family among eight injured in LPG cylinder blast ... - The Indian Express
Thane: Four of a family among eight injured in LPG cylinder blast The owner had kept the gas cylinder outside the house when it began to leak and suddenly exploded, said Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell Published: October 7, 2018 12:14:03 pm At least eight people were injured, four of them members of a family, when a cooking gas cylinder exploded following a leakage, police said Sunday. The incident took place in Thane’s Indira Nagar locality late Saturday evening, said the police. The injured are being treated at the Government Civil Hospital and at least four of them, all from one family, are in a critical condition, the police added. The owner had kept the gas cylinder outside the house when it began to leak and suddenly exploded, said Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of the Thane Municipal Corporation. The blast left four members of a family – a couple and their two children – in whose house the tiling work was going on, seriously injured, the police said. The other injured included their neighbours, they said. The house owner, Gomti Prasad Sharma, who received 90 per cent burns, has been booked under IPC sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), the police added.
Thane: Four of a family among eight injured in LPG cylinder blast ... - The Indian Express
2018-10-07Thane foot over bridge collapses, no casualties reported - Times Now
Thane foot over bridge collapses, no casualties reported Updated Oct 07, 2018 | 18:19 IST | Part of a foot overbridge collapsed near Vashi Police stop on Sunday. No casualties have been reported as of now. Thane, Maharashtra: Part of a foot overbridge collapsed near Vashi Police stop on Sunday. No casualties have been reported as of now, reported the news agency ANI.
Thane foot over bridge collapses, no casualties reported - Times Now
2018-10-07Thane: Part of Foot Over Bridge Collapses Near Vashi Police Naka - India.com News
Thane: Part of Foot Over Bridge Collapses Near Vashi Police Naka Updated: October 7, 2018 9:06 PM IST Mumbai: Part of a foot overbridge collapsed near Vashi Police Naka in Thane city of Maharashtra this evening. No casualty has so far been reported. The cause of the collapse of the foot overbridge has not been ascertained yet. The Thane foot over bridge has been reported nearly two months after Mumbai was left paralyzed after a section of a foot over bridge (FOB) crashed over the Western Railway tracks at Andheri leaving 5-7 people injured on the tracks near the railway station.
Thane: Part of Foot Over Bridge Collapses Near Vashi Police Naka - India.com News
2018-10-07Woman Stabbed To Death For Allegedly Refusing To Make Breakfast In Thane - NDTV
Woman Allegedly Stabs Aunt To Death For Refusing To Make Breakfast According to police, the accused Sapna Kulkarni allegedly attacked Shobha Kulkarni in a fit of rage on Saturday when the latter didn't respond to her demand to make breakfast. Updated: October 08, 2018 10:27 IST Thane: A 39-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly killing her 75-year-old blind aunt in their flat in Thane's Khopat area, the police said.According to police, the accused Sapna Kulkarni allegedly attacked Shobha Kulkarni in a fit of rage on Saturday when the latter didn't respond to her demand to make breakfast.Police said Shobha was stabbed at least 15 times.A case of murder has been registered.Further investigation is underway in the case.
Woman Stabbed To Death For Allegedly Refusing To Make Breakfast In Thane - NDTV
2018-10-07Thane: Three minors booked for attacking 15-year-old - The Indian Express
Thane: Three minors booked for attacking 15-year-old The accused in the recent past had had some altercation with the victim’s younger brother, police said. Published: October 8, 2018 1:00:24 am Three minors have been booked by the Thane police for assaulting a 15-year-old with a bicycle chain inside a school premises on Saturday. The police said they suspect it to be a case of personal enmity and the boys carried out the attack to settle a score. The entire incident was caught on the CCTV camera of the school, police said. According to Shanitnagar police, the private school authorities called the police on Saturday. “The victim had been beaten up by boys hailing from the neighbourhood. They entered the school premises during recess and cornered him. They then strangled him with the chain of bicycle wheels and assaulted him,” said a police officer privy to the case. The accused in the recent past had had some altercation with the victim’s younger brother, police said. “He has identified the assailants. The victim’s younger brother had a fight with one of them and as an act of revenge, the minor accused landed up at the victim’s school and thrashed him,” said a senior officer. The three accused managed to flee and a hunt is underway to locate the trio, said police. The victim is currently recuperating in a hospital. “We are looking for the boys… their families have been contacted. We are investigating the matter and will nab the accused soon,” a senior official said. The school declined to comment, stating they have given all the information to police.
Thane: Three minors booked for attacking 15-year-old - The Indian Express
2018-10-07Thane: Bail plea of man accused of killing neighbour rejected - The Indian Express
Thane: Bail plea of man accused of killing neighbour rejected Judge Y V Jadhav rejected the bail application filed by Kurar resident Kanhiaya Gupta, fearing that he would flee the state before the trial commences. Published: October 8, 2018 1:49:26 am The Thane sessions court last week refused to grant bail to a man accused of killing his neighbour for allegedly performing black magic on his wife and molesting her in March. Judge Y V Jadhav rejected the bail application filed by Kurar resident Kanhiaya Gupta, fearing that he would flee the state before the trial commences. The police had traced Gupta (26) to Hyderabad in March, days after he allegedly murdered his neighbour Ramesh Chanra (35) and dumped his body in a clump of bushes in Mira Road. Gupta lived in Kurar village with his wife and infant son Ayush. According to the prosecution, one-year-old Ayush had fallen seriously ill in February, 2016 and was not responding to any medical treatment. It was then that Chanra, a tailor working at a cloth manufacturing unit in Kandivali east, offered to cure him by performing an exorcism, the prosecution claimed. The police said that on February 26, 2016, Chanra asked Gupta to leave his wife and Ayush with him for a few hours. When Gupta returned an hour and a half later, he allegedly spotted Chanra touching his wife, who was undressed, inappropriately. While Gupta’s wife had claimed that Chanra had incapacitated her by casting a spell and molested her, no complaint was made of the incident, the police said. However, in a confession recorded by the police after his arrest, Gupta allegedly claimed to have nursed a grudge against Chanra ever since. According to the police chargesheet, Gupta had chased Chanra that day after sending his wife to her parents’ house. Gupta later folded his grocery business and moved to Oman for a short working stint, and returned to Mumbai on March 8. According to the chargesheet, Gupta decided to settle scores with Chanra and asked his younger brother Prabhu to help him. “Prabhu Gupta approached Chanra on the night of March 9 and asked him to accompany him to Akurli Road, Kandivali east, under the pretext of purchasing medicines. However, he instead led him to his brother, who was waiting there,” stated the chargesheet. The prosecution said that Gupta asked his brother to leave, saying that he wanted to speak to Chanra in private. “The accused asked the deceased to remove the spell he had cast on his wife. But Chanra claimed that it was too late now and that he could do nothing about it,” the charegsheet added. The police claimed that Gupta convinced Chanra to accompany him to Srushti Complex in Mira Road to further discuss the situation. However, Gupta allegedly led Chanra to an isolated wooded area where he repeatedly hit him on the head with a broken helmet and strangled him to death. Gupta, the police added, fled to a cousin’s home in Kurar, where he stayed the night before boarding a train the next morning to Hyderabad. After the Thane Rural Police Crime Branch identified Chanra’s body, they swiftly zeroed in on Gupta, following a confession from his brother. After the police filed its chargesheet in June, Gupta’s lawyers — R C Mishra and Prabhakar Tripathi — filed a bail application, arguing that the police’s case was based only upon circumstantial evidence and an extra-judicial confession from Gupta. Mishra added that there were no eye-witnesses to the crime. However, in his order, Sessions Judge Jadhav took a grim view of the fact that Gupta had fled to Hyderabad soon after the commission of the crime and declined to free him.
Thane: Bail plea of man accused of killing neighbour rejected - The Indian Express
2018-10-07In Thane, woman fatally stabs aunt 14 times in head - Times of India
In Thane, woman fatally stabs aunt 14 times in head A 39-year-old unemployed woman from Thane has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her 75-year-old aunt to death at the latter's Kolbad home on Saturday. Updated: Oct 8, 2018, 08:57 IST THANE: A 39-year-old unemployed woman from Thane has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her 75-year-old aunt to death at the latter's Kolbad home on Saturday. The police said the accused, Swapna Kulkarni, was living with her aunt since the past few years. A police officer said on Saturday morning Swapna had a tiff with her aunt for not preparing breakfast. Soon, a heated argument ensued. "In a fit of rage, Swapna picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed her aunt 14 times in the head," said the officer. Neighbours alerted the police who found the body and arrested Swapna. A case has been registered at Rabodi police station under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Swapna is in judicial custody. The police will probe if there was any other motive for the murder.
In Thane, woman fatally stabs aunt 14 times in head - Times of India
2018-10-06Thane police helpline needs help - The Asian Age
Thane police helpline needs help Updated: Oct 6, 2018, 6:40 am IST When a social activist tried to dial 100, he received an automated reply that the number was temporarily diconnected. The Thane (rural) police had launched the “Dial 100” project in 2012. Mumbai: In case of any emergency, the customary helpline number which usually comes to our mind for seeking police assistance is undoubtedly “100”. However, in several parts of Mira-Bhayandar this emergency number of the Thane (rural) police is itself in need of help owing to technical issues. When social activist Krishna Gupta tried calling the number and he was shocked to hear an automated reply ‘the dialled number has been temporarily disconnected’. The matter was then brought to the notice of superintendent of police (SP) Dr. Shivaji Rathod and additional SP Sanjay Patil, who said that they would check and do the needful. Two years ago the Thane (rural) police had faced a similar issue, when cross signals led to confusion and non-connectivity, at that time the problem was limited to a couple of mobile service providers. Any distress call on the police helpline number 100 are supposed to be directed to the respective police stations or to the control room which would find the nearest police van and attend the caller. The Thane (rural) police had launched the “Dial 100” project in 2012. A high-tech control room with geographic information and global positioning system-enabled services was set-up to integrate all existing police stations under the jurisdiction of the Mira Road division.
Thane police helpline needs help - The Asian Age
2018-10-06Fire breaks out at community hall in Thane, five injured - Times of India
Fire breaks out at community hall in Thane, five injured Oct 6, 2018, 22:55 IST The gas from the partly filled cylinder suddenly started leaking and caught fire THANE: Five people suffered major burn injuries, while four others escaped with minor scalds in a fire that broke out after sudden leakage in a CNG cylinder late on Saturday evening in Thane. The incident occurred in an under-construction 2,000sqft community hall located amid a dense residential locality in Indira Nagar here. Eyewitnesses told rescue officials that the gas from the partly filled cylinder used in vehicles, which had been dismantled and kept in the premises, suddenly started leaking and caught fire. Police and fire officials along with the RDMC rushed to the spot to rescue the injured, who were nearby residents, vendors and masons working at the site. The reason why the cylinder was in the premises and the cause of leakage will be investigated later, said a civic officer.
Fire breaks out at community hall in Thane, five injured - Times of India
2018-10-06Woman Arrested For Kidnapping 2-Year-Old In Maharashtra - NDTV
Woman Arrested For Kidnapping 2-Year-Old In Maharashtra According to the police, Anjali, the accused, was about to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train at Kalyan railway station around 5 AM on September 29 when the child's father, who had arrived at the station from Jalgaon, stopped her. Updated: October 07, 2018 00:24 IST A woman was arrested by the Thane police for allegedly kidnapping a 2-year-old girl. Thane: A 25-year-old woman from Maharashtra's Yawatmal was arrested by the Thane police on Saturday for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old girl from Mumbra near Thane. The girl was returned safely to her parents.According to the police, Anjali, the accused, was about to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train at Kalyan railway station around 5 AM on September 29 when the child's father, who had arrived at the station from Jalgaon, stopped her.She allegedly told him that she had been driven out of her house and had nobody to support her.The man took her to his house in Mumbra where Anjali began to live with the family.On October 4, the man's mother asked Anjali to take the girl out and buy her a packet of wafers.Anjali left the house with the girl and allegedly did not return, police said.The Crime Branch of Thane police, led by senior inspector Nitin Thakre, formed six teams and traced the accused woman and the child on a train between Panvel and Kalyan on Saturday.A case under IPC section 363 (kidnapping) has been registered and further probe is underway, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Deoraj.
Woman Arrested For Kidnapping 2-Year-Old In Maharashtra - NDTV
2018-10-06Thane: Not on voters' list? Election officers will take feedback, help you register - Hindustan Times
Thane: Not on voters’ list? Election officers will take feedback, help you register District election department appeals to youth to apply; expects 2 lakh first-time voters on list Updated: Oct 07, 2018 00:40 IST If you want changes in your voters’ card, you can apply for it. The Thane district election commission (EC) has started revising the electoral roll for the assembly and Lok Sabha elections slated to be held next year. The registration of new voters will continue till October 31. Thane district has 18 assembly constituencies. An officer from the district election department said, “We published the first draft of the voters’ list on September 1. We will accept suggestions and objections for this list till October 31.” The officer said residents can also fill forms for deletion of names. “We are also deleting the names of the voters who have died, have shifted to other constituency or have registered in two constituencies,” he said. The voters’ registration form will be available at all municipal ward offices, zilla parishad offices, panchayat samitis and gram panchayat offices. As per the 2011 Census, the projected population of youngsters who will turn 18 years by January 2019 is 3.5 lakh. District collector Rajesh Narvekar, said, “We have appealed to youngsters who will turn 18 years by January, to get themselves registered before October 31. The district is targeting a registration of over 2 lakh first-time voters. The cooperative housing societies in the district should also organise camps to enrol new voters.” Thane district has 59.27 lakh voters. The Thane Citizens Foundation has organised a registration camp for the residential societies at Little Flower High School along Pokharan Road no. 2 to help new voters. Kasber Augustine, founder of the foundation, said, “Citizens are usually confused about what documents to submit or whom to approach to register themselves on the electoral list. So we are organising a voters’ registration and guidance camp which started today.” Augustine said the last day for the camp in the school is October 9. It will be conducted from 9am to 5pm. “We have kept the forms in the school along with the list of documents to be submitted,” he said.
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2018-10-06Senior citizens in Thane bear witness to winds of change - Hindustan Times
Senior citizens in Thane bear witness to winds of change Elderly residents say the vast open spaces have disappeared and concrete jungles have mushroomed Updated: Oct 07, 2018 00:28 IST Gilbert Rebello, 90, resident of Charai, remembers the days when he used to travel to Thane station in a tonga (horse cart). “This was the only public transport then in the fifties. We used to pay 2 anna for the ride to station,” said Rebello. Talaopali was double of what it is now with a huge canopy of trees. “I used to walk from my home till Kalwa bridge every day. But over the years, it was becoming difficult to dodge the increasing vehicles on the road,” said Rebello, who is bedridden now. Many like Rebello have seen the city change. The vast open spaces have disappeared. Concrete jungles have mushroomed. The rich flora and fauna have depleted. Trees have been cut to make way for vehicles. Phoebe D’Costa, 87, used to work in the Mills at Ghodbunder Road. Once known for trading horses — that is how the place got its name, Ghodbunder Road is a prime area preferred by the builders for their high-end projects. The area also had factories and mills. “I used to work in the mills at Ghodbunder Road, which was filled with greenery and forests. Mill workers mostly stayed in buildings at Castle Mills. We used to travel by bullock carts and would return home before dusk as the area was surrounded by forest,” sid D’Costa, who lives at Kolbad. Kolbad, K’villa, Uthalsar and Charai were villages. Till 1950, there was only a kuchcha road and residents used bullock carts for transport. A proper road was constructed only in 1950. “The area was rich in flora and fauna with cashew and mangoes trees all around,” said Sadashiv Tetwilkar, veteran historian. When the municipal corporation was formed in 1983, Thane only had the railway station. The corporation area included the Castle Mill junction on the west and Kalwa in the north. Later, Ghodbunder Road too was included in Thane and there were parcels of land ready for sale,” added Tetwilkar.
Senior citizens in Thane bear witness to winds of change - Hindustan Times
2018-10-06Six injured as fire breaks out at coaching institute in Thane - Times Now
Six injured as fire breaks out at coaching institute in Thane Updated Oct 06, 2018 | 23:00 IST A fire broke out near a coaching institute in Thane(West's) Indira Nagar on Saturday. Six injured persons have been hospitalised, as per reports. Mumbai: A fire broke out near a coaching institute in Thane(West's) Indira Nagar after a CNG gas cylinder exploded. Six persons were reportedly injured and have been taken to a nearby hospital, as per news the agency ANI.
Six injured as fire breaks out at coaching institute in Thane - Times Now
2018-10-06Thane: Man arrested for sexually abusing minor boy, girl - The Indian Express
Thane: Man arrested for sexually abusing minor boy, girl The accused also allegedly threw the boy off the terrace, but he fell on a parapet and sustained minor injuries. Published: October 7, 2018 1:25:26 am A 24-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly sexually abusing an eight-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl on the terrace of a three-storey residential building in Thane city. The accused also allegedly threw the boy off the terrace, but he fell on a parapet and sustained minor injuries. Police said both the accused and the children lived in the same area. “The children knew him as he lived nearby… On Friday afternoon, the two children, who are also neighbours, had gone to the terrace to fly a kite. The man sneaked up on them after blocking the terrace door with a grille. He then threatened to throw them off the terrace if they made noise or told anyone about the incident,” said a police officer. Following this, the accused allegedly sexually abused both the children, police said. “He took turns in abusing the children, who were too scared to protest. When the older one seemed to be on the verge of screaming, the man picked him up and flung him off the terrace before fleeing. However, the boy fell on top of a parapet from where he climbed back up,” the officer said. As the children informed their parents, the police were intimated. “The children knew the accused, which helped the parents lodge a complaint against him. There are allegations of him having previously tried to harass women in the area,” said an officer. “We have booked the man under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Section 377 (unnatural offences) of the IPC. He is absconding but will be arrested soon,” a senior officer said. The children, who have suffered minor injuries, were discharged after medical examination at the hospital, police said.
Thane: Man arrested for sexually abusing minor boy, girl - The Indian Express
2018-10-05BMC scam accused bought jewellery with money: Cops - Times of India
BMC scam accused bought jewellery with money: Cops The prime accused in the Rs 54 lakh Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) job scam had purchased jewellery worth over a lakh for his girlfriend from money siphoned from 36 victims. Oct 5, 2018, 05:53 IST THANE: The prime accused in the Rs 54 lakh Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) job scam had purchased jewellery worth over a lakh for his girlfriend from money siphoned from 36 victims. "The parents of one victim passed away on hearing of the fraud," a police officer said. Alleged kingpin Datta Prasad aka Tushar Dhuri (22), Rahul Kelkar, Prakash Gaikwad and Aniket Rane were arrested by Thane crime branch last week. "Kelkar returned Rs 2.5 lakh, which he got as commission, Rane Rs 45000, while the girlfriend of the main accused returned four tolas gold," said the officer. Dhuri posed as a BMC human resource department staffer, claimed he was best employee and flaunted trophies and awards to convince the aspirants. He travelled in a car with BMC logo, said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Deepak Devraj. An offence was registered at Thane Nagar police station under IPC sections for cheating.
BMC scam accused bought jewellery with money: Cops - Times of India
2018-10-05Thane: 20 cases of chain snatching solved, 5 held - Times of India
Thane: 20 cases of chain snatching solved, 5 held Updated: Oct 5, 2018, 23:51 IST THANE: The Thane rural police claimed to have solved 20 chain snatching cases with the arrest of five persons recently. The cops also recovered stolen booty worth Rs 20.57 lakh. Following the rampant chain snatching cases in various rural areas, superintendent of police Shivaji Rathod ordered the crime branch to crackdown on the accused and solve the cases. The cops got clues from hundreds of CCTV footages which they examined and finally zeroed in on the criminals. Assistant inspector Pramod Badak from Mira-Bhayander divisional team arrested two chain snatchers for a series of chain snatchings across Mira-Bhayander area. The cops have registered a case against the accused and they have been booked under various sections of the IPC.
Thane: 20 cases of chain snatching solved, 5 held - Times of India
2018-10-05Five serial chain snatchers arrested in Thane - Hindustan Times
Five serial chain snatchers arrested in Thane Police recovered gold chains and mangalsutras worth ?20 lakh and solved 27 cases of chain snatching Updated: Oct 06, 2018 00:21 IST Thane (Rural) police arrested five chain snatchers in two separate incidents in September and October. All five accused had been wanted for the past two years. In addition, the police have invoked Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against two of the accused for their alleged roles in crimes other than chain snatching. The police arrested Annu Deju Salian, 32, alias Parshuram and Monu Samarbahadur Singh, 28, alias Anandakumar on September 28. Similarly, they arrested Kunjal Gokul Sande, 21, Vijay Martand Satpute, 25, and Pappya Datta Dhamke, 27, alias Govind on October 1. All the accused have passed HSC. After their arrest, police recovered gold chains and mangalsutras worth ?20 lakh and solved 27 cases of chain snatching. The accused would target people taking a walk after dinner. Most crimes were reported form Vashind, Palghar, Shahpur, Padgha, Bhiwandi, Mira Road and Bhayander. All five have been active since 2016 and were traced using CCTV cameras. Superintendent of police Shivaji Rathod for Thane (Rural) said, “There were repeated complaints of chain snatching following which two teams of local crime branch were formed to arrest the accused. Based on the leads we got by scanning CCTV footage, all five were arrested in Thane on two separate dates.” The police said they have invoked MCOCA against Salian and Singh for their alleged roles in cases such as attempt to murder, rioting and assault. The two accused first met in 2013 at Arthur Road Jail and became close friends. It was in jail that they decided to snatch chains. An officer from Thane (Rural) commissionerate said, “Salian and Singh would drive private cabs during the day and snatch chains at night. While the other three are gym friends, who decided to snatch chains to make easy money.”
Five serial chain snatchers arrested in Thane - Hindustan Times
2018-10-05Jan 2019, new deadline for Saket park - Times of India
Jan 2019, new deadline for Saket park Updated: Oct 5, 2018, 23:53 IST THANE: District collector Rajesh Narvekar has assured citizens that the first-of-its-kind biodiversity park at Saket will be thrown open by January 2019. In February 2016, the social forestry department, in alliance with the then collector Ashwini Joshi, initiated the five-phased biodiversity project in order to beautify the 5.26 hectare dumping area along the Thane creek and replace it with a recreation and environmental education space for Thane citizens. While the five phases of the project included five different sections of attractions, including cactus and butterfly gardens, bamboo plantations, mangrove walkways, botanical and medicinal plant center and nursery, nakshatravan and so on, the first phase was to be completed and inaugurated in August 2016, the rest would be taken up thereafter. While a major chunk of this work was completed in the first few months itself, the inauguration of the project faced multiple delays due to various reasons. “The plantation of the various sapling species was carried out in the monsoon of 2016. However, basic facilities, including the toilet block, administration office, seating arrangements, NIC office work, which had been entrusted to the public works department in March 2016 required more time,” said a forest official. “The monsoon delayed a lot of the work, this delay added new costs and complications, and then finding a suitable date for the inauguration added to this issue. To add to it all, we had to change the boundary of the park to make way for the upcoming flyover in the area,” he added. As the grand opening of this unique ecological hub has already been postponed for a long time, district collector Narvekar announced that once the park is inaugurated in January 2019, citizens will be able to access all the five phases. “Most of the facilities and crucial elements of this Late Uttam Rao Patil Biodiversity Park have been put in place. We still have some final finishing touches to add to it to ensure visitors get a holistic picture and complete knowledge about the plant species as well as National Environmental Engineering Research Institute’s (NEERI) water purification process. We are working on finishing these nitty-gritties by January, after which all the five phases will be thrown open to the public,” he said.
2018-10-05Cops on lookout for man for pelting stones in Mumbra - Times of India
Cops on lookout for man for pelting stones in Mumbra Updated: Oct 5, 2018, 23:50 IST THANE/ DOMBIVLI: The Mumbai railway police has launched a manhunt for the perpetrator who reportedly flung a stone at Kanchan Hatale (28) who was travelling in a ladies coach of a train near Mumbra late on Thursday. Two other female passengers - Latika Lakhan (20) and Leena Karani (35), who were also hit by stones at the same time on the stretch informed the Central Railway authorities at Diva and Dombivli but refused to approach the railway police and register a complaint. The police said they will investigate the matter and book the culprits soon. “We have received only one case of injury at Diva on Thursday night. The unidentified person has been booked under section 152 of the Indian Railway Act and the case will be transferred to the Thane railway police for further investigations,” informed ACP S Deshmukh of the Mumbai GRP.
2018-10-05Thane: Man held from Bhiwandi for printing and selling smart voter ID cards - Mumbai Mirror
Thane: Man held from Bhiwandi for printing and selling smart voter ID cardsYou are in an offline modeThane: Man held from Bhiwandi for printing and selling smart voter ID cardsPTI | Updated: Oct 5, 2018, 11:59 ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeShareRepresentational imageAn owner of a photocopy centre was arrested from Bhiwandi in Thane district Thursday for allegedly printing smart voter identity cards through fraudulent means and selling them to people, the police said. Police recovered 45 blank smart cards with the "Election Commission of India" printed on them and four smart cards with printed names from the centre run by the accused Asif Ziya Nihad Ahmed Ansari (25), an official said. The smart cards bore forged signatures of "election officers" on the reverse side, he said. Maharashtra Police complaint authority recommends departmental inquiry against Thane ACP among other threeThe police officers have been identified as ACP of Kalyan Division Dattatray Kamble, Ram Divekar Assistant Police Inspector(API), PSI Avinash Palade and API CD Koli attached with Mahatma Phule Chowk Police station in Thane's Kalyan division. Ansari used to obtain blank smart cards from his friend and print names and other details of voters on them with the use of a photoshopping software, the officer said. The accused used to scan the signature of the election officer from original voter identification cards and got it printed on the smart cards. Thane: Muslims and Hindus perform azaan and aarti in Mumbra's Ganesh pandal. A remarkable instance that happened this morning in Thane turned out to be a heart-warming display of Hindu-Muslim unity. The accused had no permission from the EC to print any such smart ID cards, he said, adding that Ansari used to charge Rs 100 per card. He used to pay Rs 50 to his friend from whom he got the card printed on the smart card, according to police. Further investigation is underway. Failure to submit certificate attesting usage of toilet costs Thane gram panchayat member her seatThane gram panchayat member loses her seat after failure to submit a certificate attesting usage of toilet.
Thane: Man held from Bhiwandi for printing and selling smart voter ID cards - Mumbai Mirror
2018-10-05Thane: 10-year-old's testimony nails mother's killer - Times of India
Thane: 10-year-old's testimony nails mother's killer Oct 6, 2018, 03:20 IST THANE: A 10-year-old girl's fearless testimony in a court resulted in the conviction of a man who had brutally murdered her mother four years ago. The Thane district court totally relied on the eyewitness account given by the child besides the testimony of other witnesses. The murderer has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The woman, Mahananda, who was 32 years old when she was killed in 2014, lived with her two children-the little girl who was then six and a son who is a year younger. Mahananda's husband had ended his life a year earlier. The convict, Manjunath Gumaste (26), who lived in the neighbourhood was besotted with Mahananda who had spurned his advances. It was on the night of January 7, 2014, that the children's paternal grandmother heard Mahananda's frantic screams in the outer room of their home. Prosecutor Ujjwala Moholkar told the court that Gumaste, who was drunk, had barged into their house and was assaulting Mahananda. Upset over this, Mahananda slapped Gumaste. A scuffle broke out and, in a fit of rage, he stabbed her in the stomach and neck. When the mother-in-law intervened, he assaulted her too. The children who were watching the goings-on were bawling out of fright. As the grandmother rushed towards the children, the sloshed Gumaste lunged at the elderly woman and also attacked the children before staggering out of the house. The elderly woman and the little boy sustained injuries in the attack. By now, the commotion had drawn neighbours near Mahananda's house. The neighbours too witnessed this assault. The court examined around a dozen prosecution witnesses including the children's grandmother and the little girl. Moholkar cited the "horrifying" eyewitness account, the injuries on the little boy who had rushed towards his mother besides testimonies of the girl and her grandmother. The chemical analysis report of blood samples and a thread from Mahanda'ssaree that was found entangled to the knife used in the murder further bolstered her case and ultimately resulted in Gumaste's conviction. The two orphaned children currently live with and are cared for by a relative. Judge G P Shirsat held that the prosecution had "proved beyond reasonable doubt" all charges slapped against Gumaste. The judge ruled that Gumaste needs to be convicted and sentenced him to life and also imposed a penalty of Rs 2,000.
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2018-10-05Thane: GRP constable & home guard waylay man and rob him, held - Times of India
Thane: GRP constable $ home guard waylay man and rob him, held A Government Railway Police (GRP) constable and a home guard were arrested for kidnapping and robbing a villager of his gold jewellery near the railway station. Oct 6, 2018, 04:28 IST THANE: A Government Railway Police (GRP) constable and a home guard were arrested for kidnapping and robbing a villager of his gold jewellery near the railway station. Subash Nagre (25) of GRP (Thane) and home guard Bushan More (28) were later arrested by Thane Nagar police. The victim, Sanjay Nalavade (42), of Bavdegaon in Khed, Ratnagiri, had landed at Thane station to meet a relative on Thursday. "As soon as he alighted from the train, he went to a public toilet. The duo, who identified themselves as policemen, waylaid him. They showed him a pair of handcuffs and accused him of obscene behaviour. They abused him and told him that they would inform his family about it," said a police officer. They dragged Nalavade to Kalwa police outpost and threatened to file a criminal case against him, but they said he could get off by paying Rs 60,000, police said. The duo also said that if he did not pay up, he would be put in the lock-up at Kalyan or would be killed, police added. They snatched his jewellery and Rs 35,000, and let him off. Later, they wanted to know what he would tell his family. When he replied that he would say it was stolen, they warned that he should not say that, else he would have to register a case, the officer said. When the duo released him, he went to Thane Nagar police station and filed a case under sections 394, 363, 342, 504, 506 (read with 34) of Indian Penal Code. In June, constable Dipak Vairagad attached to Vartak Nagar police station, and his aides were similarly arrested for kidnapping and extortion after laying a honey trap for a youngster from Nandurbar. Police were tight-lipped about the incident.
Thane: GRP constable & home guard waylay man and rob him, held - Times of India
2018-10-042 officials held for demanding bribe in Thane - United News of India - United News of India
2 officials held for demanding bribe in Thane Thane, Oct 4 (UNI) Three persons including an Assistant Commissioner with a civic corporation in the district have been arrested by ACB on Wednesday. ACB said in a note that the Assistant Commissioner in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Nandlal Samtani (56) made a demand Rs. 20,000 from the complainant. The complainant had approached the officer for clearing the file relating to the hotel of his friend which was renovated and was to be inspected and cleared by the civic corporation officials. The officer made a demand of Rs.Please log in to get detailed story.
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2018-10-04Thane: Two women commuters hit by stone in local train - Times of India
Thane: Two women commuters hit by stone in local train Two women suffered injuries after a miscreant hurled a stone at a packed ladies coach of a running local near Mumbra on Thursday night. Oct 5, 2018, 04:11 IST THANE: Two women suffered injuries after a miscreant hurled a stone at a packed ladies coach of a running local near Mumbra on Thursday night. Staff at Diva station said the Dombivli slow local left Mumbra and was crossing the creek bridge. Passengers in the adjoining general compartment claimed they heard the women scream and later realised what had happened. The two were standing near the door, a railway official said. One suffered minor injuries and left, while Kanchan Hatale (28) was taken to a Dombivli government hospital, police said. The victim is undergoing treatment.
Thane: Two women commuters hit by stone in local train - Times of India
2018-10-04GRP call family of girl who nearly fell off train - Times of India
GRP call family of girl who nearly fell off train Updated: Oct 5, 2018, 05:53 IST A grab from the video showing the girl (in black) being saved. THANE: The minor girl seen being saved by co-passengers as she slips off the footboard of a local train in a video that’s gone viral was picked up for questioning by the Thane railway police on Thursday as she had given fake contacts and switched off her phone. She was spotted at the civil hospital here where she had come for treatment and brought to the Thane railway police station. She admitted that she had run away from home in Mumbra last year. Her parents were summoned and the Mumbra police, who had registered a missing person case in June last year, were alerted. “The girl told us that she had escaped from home in June last year after differences with her parents, who do petty jobs. We have sent them to the Kurla railway police, where she will be handed over to her parents after due procedure,” said an official from the Thane GRP. A case of footboard travelling had been filed against her for Monday’s incident under the Kurla cops’ jurisdiction. The Thane rail way police are unlikely to file any case. The teen also told cops she stayed with some friends for the past year and has recently started living with a 29year-old man, who, she claimed, had “adopted” her as his sister after she told him that she was an orphan. “On Monday, the girl had gone to Sewri, where the man works and was returning to his home in Diva. She had boarded a second class general coach from Kurla when she felt some pain in the elbow and lost her grip,” said a police official.
2018-10-04Woman sends WhatsApp message to Thane top cop, 'hubby' held for rape - Times of India
Woman sends WhatsApp message to Thane top cop, 'hubby' held for rape The local police station's refusal to a complaint of rape spurred a woman to dash off a WhatsApp message to the chief of Thane police. Updated: Oct 5, 2018, 09:21 IST KALYAN: The local police station's refusal to a complaint of rape spurred a woman to dash off a WhatsApp message to the chief of Thane police. After being turned away by staff of Vishnu Nagar police station, it was police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar who, on the basis of the WhatsApp message, directed his team to take "immediate" cognisance of the woman's complaint. A rape case was ultimately registered and a 29-year-old accused arrested on Thursday. The police said that the accused, Sachin Patil, a Bhiwandi resident who works as a chauffeur, had befriended the woman on a social networking site. A police officer said that he got into a physical relationship with her after promising to marry her. "In fact, he even took her to a temple in Bhiwandi where the two supposedly got married. A few days later, he told her that it was an invalid marriage," said the officer. "He started to harass her and even hacked into her social media accounts and sent offensive messages to her friends, relatives and acquaintances." That's when the woman approached Vishnu Nagar police station in Dombivli, but claimed that they refused to take down her complaint. She later sent a WhatsApp message to the Thane police chief.
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2018-10-04Thane Police arrests 'RTI activist' for attempting to extort 20 lakh from local doctor and threatening to shut hospital - Firstpost
Thane Police arrests 'RTI activist' for attempting to extort 20 lakh from local doctor and threatening to shut hospital Oct 04, 2018 10:03:41 IST Thane: A so-called RTI activist who allegedly tried to extort money from a doctor has been arrested by the Thane city police. Tribhuvan Singh, the accused, was arrested Tuesday, said inspector Rajkumar Kothmire of the Anti-Extortion Cell of police. A case of extortion under IPC section 384 was registered against him at Kalwa police station. Singh had allegedly filed complaints with several civic agencies against a city-based doctor, alleging that the staff at latter's hospital was not qualified. Singh had also filed several Right to Information applications regarding the hospital, and allegedly threatened the doctor that he will have his hospital closed. After Singh allegedly demanded Rs 20 lakh from him, the doctor approached the AEC which laid a trap and arrested Singh Tuesday. The accused had claimed to be a BJP worker, but the police said they were verifying this.
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2018-10-03Raid throws up Rs 20 crore whale vomit in Thane, 3 held | Thane ... - Times of India
Raid throws up Rs 20 crore whale vomit in Thane, 3 held Three men allegedly involved in a poaching racket were arrested in Kalwa on Tuesday. Updated: Oct 4, 2018, 09:14 IST THANE: Three men allegedly involved in a poaching racket were arrested in Kalwa on Tuesday. The three who hail from Ratnagiri district in the Konkan region were found with pangolin scales and vomit of sperm whales collectively worth more than Rs 20 crore in the international market, said officials of the crime branch of Thane police. The accused, Kashinath Pawar (50) and Dyaneshwar More (40), are from Poladpurwhile their aide, Dileep Birje (49), is from Guhagar. Besides the scales of a pangolin, the police also seized ambergris of the sperm whale. The police said that ambergris, which is a sperm whale's vomit, is in great demand in the perfume industry. The police claimed that this the first such seizure in the state. A senior official said that they had got a tip-off about the three men who were to come with the scales and ambergris at Kharegaon locality in Kalwa by car. On spotting the vehicle, the police swooped down on the vehicle, details of which they already had. The search yielded the pangolin scales weighing about 6 kg and valued around Rs 20 lakh.
Raid throws up Rs 20 crore whale vomit in Thane, 3 held | Thane ... - Times of India
2018-10-03Raymond puts 20-acre plot of land in Thane up for sale - Economic Times
Raymond puts 20-acre plot of land in Thane up for sal Updated: Oct 03, 2018, 01.12 PM IST The land parcel is estimated to have development potential of nearly 3.2 million sq ft. Textile major Raymond has put on the block a nearly 20-acre land parcel, which is part of its total 125 acres at Thane's Cadbury Junction, said two persons with direct knowledge of the development. Raymond has been looking to either jointly develop a realty project on this 125-acre land or sell it in parts since early 2011. This 20-acre plot will be the first that will be sold on an outright basis. The free-hold land parcel can potentially be utilised for residential, retail or commercial development, showed the offer documents accessed by ET. While the company has not put any reserve price for the land parcel, one can expect the deal to fetch around ?650-700 crore based on the last few concluded transactions for land parcels in Thane, said one of the persons mentioned above. In April, the company had announced the board approval for the development of 20 acres of land for residential purposes. The project was expected to be developed over a period of 5-6 years with estimated project expenditure in FY19 to be in the range of ?300 crore. The company had announced that it had secured major regulatory approvals and other construction related approvals were in process. The land owned by JK Investo Trade India, an arm of Raymond, will be sold on an as-is-where-is basis and as-is-what-is-basis which means the new owner will be responsible for any permissions. The land parcel is estimated to have development potential of nearly 3.2 million sq ft. According to property consultants, current property prices in the vicinity range between ?10,000 and ?12,500 per sq ft. In October 2010, Raymond reached an out-of-court settlement with its labour union representing nearly 2,000 employees at the Thane unit. The labour union received total compensation worth ?313 crore in lieu of giving its consent for real estate development on the land that used to house Raymond's textile unit until then. The settlement provided clearances from the government bodies to Raymond for a real estate project on the land that housed its flagship textile factory since 1925. As stated before, it is our intent to monetise our land asset and we are exploring various options available to us, said a Raymond spokesperson in response to ET's email seeking comments for this story. In 2012, Raymond had initiated talks with a local real estate developer in Thane to sell a 9.4-acre plot. This was the first plot out of the large land parcel to go on the block. However, the deal fell through as the buyer was not able to raise funds for the transaction.
Raymond puts 20-acre plot of land in Thane up for sale - Economic Times
2018-10-03Cleanliness drive by Thane Estate residents | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
Cleanliness drive by Thane Estate residents Oct 3, 2018, 11:27 IST THANE: As many as 300 residents, including students and elders, participated in a cleanliness campaign across five zones of Hiranandani Estate in the lake city on Tuesday. The citizens marched around the complex led by a school band through the 2.5km route within the premises. Students also staged a street play to send out messages on cleanliness. The Green Estates Foundation, a Citizens' body, started by residents of Hiranandani Estate with interests in environment and civic issues managed to drive in the message of cleanliness and hygiene among the residents through this initiative. "We staged this event to coincide with the Government of India's Swachhata seva campaign. Events were scheduled over two days on 29th September and October 2nd having a range of activities including clean up drives, awareness walk and keynote addresses," informed Rohan Nair, one of the organisers.
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2018-10-03130 students from 20 Thane schools take part in National Science Congress - Times of India
130 students from 20 Thane schools take part in National Science Congress Oct 3, 2018, 23:59 IST THANE: As many as 130 young science enthusiasts from across 20 schools in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli are all set to present their research projects at the District Children’s Science Congress which is to be held in mid-October. Out of 123 submissions, the best 67 have been selected for the first phase of the National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC), the focal theme of which this year is ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for a Clean, Green and Healthy Nation.’ A maximum of 12 research projects have been chosen from the city’s Shrirang Vidyalaya followed by seven curated by students of Bedekar Vidya Mandir School at Naupada. Surendra Dighe, coordinator of NCSC in Maharashtra said, “This time we got 123 projects from schools in Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli, 23 of which are curated by Marathi medium students. After thoroughly checking the projects we graded them and selected 67 thesis. Harmful effects of cosmetics on environment and its remedies, studies about different diseases by using mobile, sanitation in rural area etc. are some of the sub-topics selected for the upcoming competition. We will be guiding the students further about the changes to be made before presenting it to the judges.” A total of five sub-themes revolving around ecosystems, sanitation, society and culture, waste management and traditional knowledge systems were given out of which the students had to select one. Right from brainstorming for ideas to actually conducting surveys, experiments, formulating questionnaires, the students have been up on their toes since the past two months. “Every year students from most of the city schools take part in National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC). It is not only a learning opportunity for the kids but also helps in sharpening their skills. It teaches the students to help with co-ordination, observation, team building etc.,” added Dighe. It is good to see how students come up with brilliant ideas and sit together to discuss it with their guides. The project ideas are very well researched. We merely give them the required push and then they just explore their skills, explained Dighe.
130 students from 20 Thane schools take part in National Science Congress - Times of India
2018-10-035 lakh residents of Ghodbunder face drinking water shortage - Times of India
5 lakh residents of Ghodbunder face drinking water shortage Oct 3, 2018, 22:43 IST Thane: Nearly five lakh residents from the newly-developed stretches of Ghodbunder Road are reportedly facing acute shortage of drinking water since the past two months. The Ghodbunder Road area, considered as the developing zone of the lake city, is facing regular water cuts despite a good rainfall and adequate supply in the reservoirs this time of the year. As per the revenue records, the Thane taluka that comprises Thane city and Navi Mumbai received more than average rainfall while the dams are also near to full their capacity. “The supply to our areas has been intermittent on certain days. It is surprising that the city and dams supplying water to the reservoirs are full and we still are facing water cuts,” complained a resident from Ghodbunder area. The issue also came up for discussion during the standing committee meet on Wednesday where corporators questioned the reason for these unexpected cuts. Shiv Sena corporators Naresh Manera and Sanjay Bhoir questioned this unexpected shortage of water supply. “All this while when a majority part of Ghodbunder Road was facing water supply problems for the last few months, a developer has secretly diverted supply meant for industrial purpose to his new residential complex without any approvals,” alleged Bhoir. The administration later clarified that there was a technical snag in their system due to which there was a curtailment of supply in the Ghodbunder area, but assured to sort out the issue in the coming days. “There was problem in the water meters and also the STEM plant at Pise was facing some technical problem due to which the water supply to a few parts of the city was affected. We will normalize the supply soon,” said an official from the Thane Municipal Corporation’s water supply department.
2018-10-03GB minutes were fudged: Opposition - Times of India
General Body meeting minutes were fudged: Opposition Oct 4, 2018, 00:13 IST THANE: The opposition members in the standing committee on Wednesday confronted the municipal administration for ‘misrepresenting and manufacturing facts’ reportedly to clear payment of Rs 9 crore to a government agency for a recent tree plantation drive. The issue cropped up after corporators Najeeb Mulla from the NCP and Narayan Pawar from the BJP questioned the proposal for clearance of the bill for a tree plantation drive. The duo alleged the administration to have secretly fudged minutes of the general body meet held last week showing the proposal was okayed under section 5(2)(2) Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations Act, 1949 as an emergency work while the corporators denied approving the same. “How can the TMC bring about this proposal before the standing committee when the rule book says all proposals should be approved by the GB first? The standing committee has the right to re-allocate funds to an extent but the TMC cannot bypass the GB. What was the emergency for diverting such a huge amount for tree plantation,” questioned Mulla.
2018-10-03City school garden made by students hotspot for butterflies - Times of India
Thane school garden made by students hotspot for butterflies Oct 4, 2018, 00:07 IST THANE: Winged beauties from the fringes of the Yeoor hills seem to found a green paradise to perch on with the garden of city-based Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School becoming the new hotspot for over a 100 varieties of butterflies. Over the past five months, the garden of the school spread across 700 square feet seems to have undergone a massive transformation, blossoming into a haven for butterflies, nectar and host plants like that of lemon, rose, etc. The ‘plant a sapling on every student’s birthday’ initiative, which was started by the school in June this year has resulted in the plantation of 500 floral plants in the campus, attracting not only winged beauties, but also a few unique birds. Revathi Srinivasan, principal of the school, said, “We started an initiative in June wherein on the birthday of every student rather than distributing chocolates or biscuits among classmates, we thought of planting a sapling. Accordingly, the student brings a sapling from home on his/her birthday. The entire class stands in a circle and sings the birthday song while the plantation is being done. This gesture is symbolic to the birthday of the plant as well. Now we have more than 500 such saplings, which are attracting butterflies, sparrows, etc. It is like our own mini butterfly garden.” With the help of this activity, the school also plans on conducting guided tours for their kids wherein experts will explain more about the species identified and also give an insight about their lifecycle. “We have horticulture experts, who will guide the students and transform the activity into a learning laboratory. This will encourage kids to care for mother nature and show appreciation for the environment whilst learning about the creatures. The activity will also contribute in providing some sort of peace to the students from their routine,” added Srinivasan. Even certain environment-conscious citizens, who have been instrumental in curating butterfly gardens in housing complexes are happy with the initiative and are proud of the young ones for being responsible towards nature from an early age.
2018-10-03Stray injured in hit-and-run case admitted to vet hosp - Times of India
Stray dog injured in hit-and-run case admitted to vet hosp Oct 4, 2018, 00:09 IST THANE: An adult stray dog which was found with severe injuries to its hind legs in the Shastri Nagar area was admitted in the TMC veterinary hospital in Wagle Estate on Tuesday night by the civic disaster management team. Officials from the civic Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) said they received a distress call about a stray dog bleeding from rear side and whimpering in pain along the main road near Bethany hospital. “When we reached the spot we saw that the dog could not even move its back legs and was dragging itself. Prima facie it looked like he was hit by some vehicle. We immediately rushed it to the TMC animal hospital for medical aid,” said RDMC’s disaster management officer Santosh Kadam. After cleaning the wounds, the veterinary team instantly began the stray’s treatment process. “The dog was in tremendous pain and stress and thus refused to eat or drink anything. The team cleaned its wounds, gave it a pain killer and started medication. The dog’s hind legs seem to be paralysed, but that will be confirmed after some more observation. The treatment is underway,” said an official from the civic veterinary team. Animal activists working with stray dogs in the city assert that such hit and run cases take place daily across various parts of the city and most of them go unreported. “Whether it is on the highway or the internal lanes of the city, such hit and run stray cases take place at least once a day because of the careless driving. The victims of these accidents often end up with fractures or are left paralysed and in some cases don’t survive. Only those cases where the culprit is caught by passing citizens or through CCTV etc are registered with the police. The rest are left ignored,” said Aditi Nair, founder of city-based animal NGO PAL.
2018-10-03Woman abandons 4-year-old girl in Thane - Times of India
Woman abandons 4-year-old girl in Thane Updated: Oct 4, 2018, 06:38 IST The girl in a playful mood with a constable at the hospital THANE: Naupada police are on the lookout for a middle-aged woman who abandoned a four-year-old girl near Gaodevi on Friday and slipped away. Police have acquired CCTV footage of the area which shows her heading toward Thane railway station. "Footage shows the woman, clad in salwar kameez and with a dupatta around her head, holding the child's hands. She then leaves the girl near a society and starts moving away even as the child starts weeping and running toward her. She makes sure the child does not follow her and then leaves. She is later seen heading toward Thane railway station," said inspector S Dhumal. On hearing the girl's cries, locals informed the police who took her to the state-run Thane Civil Hospital. Hospital authorities confirmed the girl did not have any assault wounds, but only minor bruises and an injury on the head. "The girl had injuries on her forehead, but they were not deep and she was conscious when she was brought in. We wanted to suture the wounds, but she did not allow us to. The wound started healing later, though. She has not suffered any other injury and has not been sexually abused either," said Dr. Rekha Gajaralwar, general surgeon, Civil Hospital. The girl, who spent nearly a week in hospital, did not mention her name, but kept saying she wanted to go to her mother. She was cheerful and would keep asking for everyone's phone, calling it 'TV' and used to play games and watch cartoons on it, said hospital sources, said Dr Prasad Bhandari, assistant civil surgeon. "The girl was fit and given a discharge on Wednesday, after which she was taken to the child welfare committee. She was later sent to the correction centre at Bhiwandi where she will be kept till we track her family," said Hanmant Oulkar, assistant inspector at Naupada police station.
2018-10-03Thane: Man beaten up, flung off bridge, but swims to safety - Times of India
Thane: Man beaten up, flung off bridge, but swims to safety Updated: Oct 4, 2018, 06:25 IST THANE: A 26-year-old man had a miraculous escape after he was severely beaten up by gang of five and flung nearly 40 metres into Thane creek from Kasheli bridge late on Tuesday. Three persons, including an auto-rickshaw driver, have been arrested. Govind Chitalgiri swam nearly a kilometre to the shore despite injuries, police said. He was abducted in the evening from Yeoor, beaten up, taken to the bridge and pushed over to die, said a police officer. Luckily, he swam, came ashore and got himself admitted to a local hospital, while the regional disaster management of Thane Municipal Corporation launched a search for him. Chitalgiri told police the incident was due to previous enmity and followed an attack on him on September 29, when he had lodged a complaint with Rabodi police against the accused. "This triggered rage among the five and to avenge it, they kidnapped him, pushed him into an auto, took him to the bridge and pushed him over," police said. On September 29, when Chitalgiri was seated with friends near Royal Inn Hotel, the accused, Shabbir Gaus (26), abused him. When asked why he was abusing him, the accused pulled out a knife and attacked him. An offence was registered under sections 324 and 504 of IPC and sections 37(1)(135) of the MP Act, but the accused secured bail, police said. The officer added that the accused kept a watch on his movements and on Tuesday abducted him from Yeoor Hills, where he had gone with friends to drink toddy. The accused yelled at the victim for complaining against them, warned revenge and took him away in a fit of rage. The auto driver was noticed by passers-by as he had parked his vehicle over the bridge. When a crowd gathered and questioned him about the incident, he was evasive, and police as well as disaster management authorities were alerted. By the time they began searching for his "body", he reached the shore and was rushed to hospital, where he is recuperating and out of danger, said Subhad Jadhav senior inspector of Narpoli police station. Police have launched a manhunt for two others. A case had been registered at Narpoli police station under sections 307, 364, 323, 504, 506rw 34 and 143, 145, 147, 149 of IPC and sections 37(1)(135) of IPC.
Thane: Man beaten up, flung off bridge, but swims to safety - Times of India
2018-10-03Rare contraband worth ?20 crore seized in Thane - The Hindu
Rare contraband worth ?20 crore seized in Thane Updated: October 04, 2018 00:56 IST The Thane Police Crime Branch has arrested three people with two rare substances which are in high demand in the black market. Officials said that the collective value of the seized goods is over ?20 crore and the accused are suspected to be linked to an international racket. The Thane Crime Branch’s Unit I made the seizure based on a tip-off. Deepak Deoraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane Crime Branch, said, “Acting on the information, our personnel laid a trap in Kalwa and picked up the three suspects. A search of the bags revealed scales of Pangolin, an endangered animal, weighing six kilograms, and ambergris, a secretion derived from the intestines of the Sperm Whale, weighing over 10 kilograms.” The accused have been identified as Kashinath Pawar (50), Dilip Birje (49) and Dnyaneshwar More (40) and charged under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Pangolin scales have several medicinal qualities and are used for treating a variety of ailments, including skin diseases and spinal problems, which has led the animal to become endangered. The purchase and sale of its scales are banned in several countries, officials said. An officer who is part of the investigation said, “We are investigating if Pangolin scales are banned in India as well. Initial inquiries indicate the accused were part of a larger racket that procures the scales and routes them through India before smuggling them to China, where it is widely used in traditional medicine.” International racket The officer added, “We are interrogating the accused and mapping their movements through their cell phones. We are going through their Call Detail Records to find out about the source and intended recipients of the contraband.” Last month, the Guangdong police in China seized 7.26 tonnes of Pangolin scales, which were allegedly smuggled into a south China port. The scales were seized after customs officials noticed that the declared weight of the frieght container, which proclaimed its contents to be granite, did not match its actual weight and opened it up for inspection. Ambergris is much sought after as it helps produce a rare fragrance, making it a hit in the perfume industry. Several countries, including India, have banned its trafficking, and declared the Sperm Whale a protected species, officers said.
Rare contraband worth ?20 crore seized in Thane - The Hindu
2018-10-03Rock institute to conduct study on Borivali-Thane underground tunnel - The Asian Age
Rock institute to conduct study on Borivali-Thane underground tunnel Updated : Oct 4, 2018, 1:45 am IST According to reports, the blasting may continue for 10 hours daily. Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has approached a Bangalore-based rock institute to conduct a study on the Borivali-Thane underground tunnel project. The project received a nod from the Wildlife Board earlier this year and the authorities are confident that it may not require any further environmental clearance. The tunnel will pass thr-ough the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) to reach Thane. “The geotechnical survey has been completed and now, we have app-roached the National Institute of Rock Mech-anics in Bangalore to co-nduct a study on the density of rocks underground. They should submit the report within a month. Till then, the detailed project report (DPR) of the route will also be finalised,” said a senior MSRDC official. “The tunneling will be done through controlled blasting, taking care of the vibrations generated,” he added. The six-lane tunnel that was proposed in 2015 will connect Tikuji-ni-Wadi in Thane to the Western Express Highway (WEH) at Borivali. The project costs Rs 1,500 crore and entails an 11-km-long tunnel that will pass under SGNP and is expected to cut travel time between Mumbai and Thane by 20 minutes. “We have managed to get the nod from the Wildlife Board, but we don’t think that environment permissions will be required since it will be underground,” said the official. Meanwhile, the authority will use the same method to construct the twin tunnels for the “Missing Link” project which is an expansion of the present Mumbai-Pune Expressway. According to reports, the blasting may continue for 10 hours daily.
Rock institute to conduct study on Borivali-Thane underground tunnel - The Asian Age
2018-10-02'Mastermind' of BMC fake job scam held in Thane | Thane News ... - Times of India
'Mastermind' of BMC fake job scam held in Thane Oct 2, 2018, 16:51 IST THANE: Thane crime branch has arrested the alleged mastermind of the BMC fake job recruitment scam in which 36 persons were duped of Rs 54 lakh by a gang, taking the total number of persons in custody to five, police said Tuesday. The alleged mastermind of the fraud is 22-year-old Datta Prasad alias Tushar Dhuri, said a senior officer of the crime branch. Police had earlier arrested Rahul Kelkar, Prakash Gaikwad, Aniket Rane and a woman. The crime branch officer said Dhuri posed as a senior officer of the Mumbai civic body BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) to lure gullible youths. He used to roam in cars with BMC stickers, he said. The alleged crime took place between October 2017 and May 2018. The officer said the youths were given fake joining letters by the accused persons in lieu of cash. He said the victims were allegedly paid "salaries" of Rs 10,000 by the accused to make them believe that they had landed the job. Police have registered a case under various sections of the IPC, including fraud and cheating.
2018-10-02Corridor expansion: Additional track work may end by 2019 - Times of India
Corridor expansion: Additional track work may end by 2019 Oct 3, 2018, 00:02 IST THANE: The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) that has started work of laying additional tracks between Thane and Diva as part of its ambitious corridor expansion plans aims to finish the work by December 2019. The MRVC is executing the second phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), which entails adding an extra pair of lines between Thane and Diva and has completed a vital work of remodelling of the existing track layout at the Northern-end of Kalwa station last Sunday. The new tracks will later be connected to the present fast corridor at Thane and Diva while the additional pair will cater exclusively for mail express trains thus creating a separate corridor between Kurla and Kalyan. A special traffic block was taken up wherein the crucial work of shifting alignment of the existing down-direction tracks at Kharegaon towards the west side was done following which the adjoining Up slow tracks will now be shifted next fortnight. The space towards the east side will be enough to lay two more tracks for accommodating the fast lines. The remodelling of the around 800m-stretch of tracks at the spot is one of the crucial aspects of the project, explained an official from the MRVC. The project worth Rs 440 crore will also include construction of two platforms at Mumbra and Kalwa for fast trains along with a flyover for road traffic at Parsik-Retibunder, including rehabilitation of affected residents along the stretch. The work that was proposed around 2000 started off from 2009 and is tentatively scheduled to be over by 2019, said MRVC officials. Once completed, the suburban and mail express corridors will be separated between Kalyan and LTT. “We are starting works of shifting the railway lines towards the west side to accommodate two new lines between Kalwa and Mumbra stations. The work will be undertaken at an 800m stretch starting from the Kharegaon level crossing towards Mumbra,” said Sanjay Singh, chief public relations officer, MRVC. Officials added that once the work for increasing capacity on the corridor is completed the commute for lakhs of commuters travelling between Thane and the suburbs beyond could be eased thanks to the availability of an entire corridor between Thane and Kalyan for operating trains. “The number of services in the farther suburbs from Thane could be increased provided the availability of rakes at a later stage,” said Singh. The MRVC is executing the second phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, which entails adding an extra pair of lines between Thane and Diva and has completed a vital work of remodelling of the existing track layout at the Northern-end of Kalwa station last Sunday.
Corridor expansion: Additional track work may end by 2019 - Times of India
2018-10-02Thane: Narrow escape for truck driver after vehicle topples - Times of India
Thane: Narrow escape for truck driver after vehicle topples Oct 2, 2018, 23:55 IST THANE: A 30-year-old driver had a narrow escape after his truck veered off and toppled on the Thane-bound carriageway of Ghodbunder Road on Tuesday at around 11.30am. Police said, Ashwin Roy, who was driving from Gujarat was unable to control his vehicle while maneuvering a turn at Gaimukh. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer at the Regional Disaster Management Cell, said, “We informed the local fire brigade, police and traffic officials. A fire engine was also called. Fortunately no injuries were reported.” Another such incident took place at the same spot in July. “The spot has a sharp turn which requires great attention of the driver,” said a traffic cop.
Thane: Narrow escape for truck driver after vehicle topples - Times of India
2018-10-02Thane: Youth held for spraying paint to block CCTV in ATM - Times of India
Thane: Youth held for spraying paint to block CCTV in ATM Updated: Oct 2, 2018, 23:52 IST THANE: A 28-year-old youth from Mumbra was arrested for allegedly attempting to block the CCTV camera in an ATM outlet by spraying paint on its lens. Police said Naved Shaikh, the arrested youth, entered an ATM kiosk near Nitin Company junction and sprayed a paint to block the CCTV. “Shaikh was wearing a cap to avoid identification and once he was inside the kiosk he sprayed a paint to block the CCTV cameras installed in the kiosk,” said a police officer. The police was alerted and Shaikh was tracked within a few hours. “We are probing the motive behind this behaviour of Shaikh, but we suspect that he intended to rob the ATM or install a skimming machine to facilitate his criminal act. We are questioning him, but he is not cooperative,” said a police officer. A case had been registered under Sections 380 and 511 and Shaikh has been remanded to police custody for further probe.
Thane: Youth held for spraying paint to block CCTV in ATM - Times of India
2018-10-02Thane: Foetus found at Vitawa bridge, probe on - Times of India
Thane: Foetus found at Vitawa bridge, probe on Oct 2, 2018, 23:53 IST Police personnel inspect the site where a five-month-old foetus was found. THANE: A five-month-old foetus was found at Vitawa bridge by the Kalwa police on Tuesday. The police said that they had received a call from an unidentified person saying that a foetus was lying near Vitawa bridge. The cops is suspect that it could be a case of forceful abortion as neither the sex could be determined nor was the foetus grown properly. The police also suspect that this could be a case of an illegitimate relationship. A senior official said that they probing the case from all angels. Further investigations will be conducted and locals will also be interrogated. The cops have also carried out a panchnama of the place. A case has been registered against the accused under Section 318 of the Indian Penal Code.
Thane: Foetus found at Vitawa bridge, probe on - Times of India
2018-10-02In Thane, dengue stings harder in Aug as 81 detected with virus - Times of India
In Thane, dengue stings harder in Aug as 81 detected with virus Updated: Oct 3, 2018, 00:09 IST As per the record, 81 patients were detected with dengue in August, while in July out of 47 samples collected, THANE: The district has witnessed a 153% rise in the number of people suffering from dengue in August as compared to July. According to the records of the district malaria office, out of 357 blood samples collected, 81 patients were detected with dengue in August, while in July out of 47 samples collected, 32 were tested positive. “We have started taking blood samples of those showing symptoms of the dengue early so that the virus can be detected at an early stage itself. This has resulted in the rise of patients suffering from the virus. Moreover, the number of dengue-affected patients are usually less in July as it is continuously raining and there is no stagnant water. But in August, the rain is unpredictable. So, the eggs mature faster,” said Dr. Pradeep Kakade, district malaria officer. It was even observed that there were more cases in metro towns as compared to rural areas as many households in the city refuse civic officials to carry out door-to-door checks for breeding spots. In villages, people are co-operative and allow the officials to carry out their checks, Dr. Kakade added. “Also, when we come across any dengue-infected patients, we make sure to carry out a thorough survey of the locality to check for any breeding spots. This is done so that in case there are any breeding spots it can be destroyed and the disease can be stopped from spreading. Even on regular basis we carry out checks and freeze all the spruces that we come across of the mosquito,” added Dr. Kakade. Meanwhile, the Thane municipal corporation carried out the highest number of checks in August. Out of 310 samples collected, 65 were tested positive, which means 20% suffered from dengue. While in July, 28 samples were collected and all were tested positive, which means 100% suffered from the virus. When it comes dengue deaths, the officials said that in the last eight months they have come across around five deaths which are suspected to be due to dengue. They added that the death review committee will check the serum sample of the patients by carrying out a ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test, which will conclude whether the person died due to dengue or not. The officials stated that last year three confirmed deaths were reported. While one had taken place in Kalyan in January, the other two were reported in Ambernath in September.
In Thane, dengue stings harder in Aug as 81 detected with virus - Times of India
2018-10-02Central Railway Alert! Mega block coming on October 14 due to ... - Zee Business
Central Railway Alert! Mega block coming on October 14 due to Thane and Diva line work Central Railway users will be put to some more trouble this month due to the ongoing work. The existing rail lines between Thane and Diva were shifted to make room for two new lines and the work was partially completed on Sunday. Updated: Tue, Oct 02, 2018, 12:45 pm Central Railway users will be put to some more trouble this month due to the ongoing work. The existing rail lines between Thane and Diva were shifted to make room for two new lines and the work was partially completed on Sunday. However, as the second leg of this project will be carried out soon, Central Railway services will likely have to deal with a mega block on October 14. Local trains will be running late by 20 to 30 minutes on October 14 due to the mega block. Currently, there are logjams between Thane and Diva station caused by the two new railway lines which segregate the local trains from the long-distance ones, according to a DNA report. ‘’After a fortnight, we will lay down tracks for the new line which will serve as slow line for local trains once ready. On September 30, the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) and CR authorities shifted the existing rail lines after cutting it between the south end of Kalwa till Mumbra through the old tunnel.’’ The railway officials said. R Khurana, Chairman and Managing Director, MRVC said that they are creating space to accommodate two new rail lines by shifting the existing ones. Another rail block is likely on October 14 for similar work. Now, Thane-Diva fifth and sixth line work has been going on for nearly a decade. This railway project is slated for completion by 2019. The rail officials found it difficult to dig a tunnel as there was a change in the alignment. A new rail bridge of 1 km was constructed near Mumbra. According to the sources, a lot more work is still pending. Before they begin laying the fifth and sixth lines for the long-distance trains, they will also shift and connect the fast tracks on both Up and Down lines.
Central Railway Alert! Mega block coming on October 14 due to ... - Zee Business
2018-10-02Commuters resort to Gandhian way of protest, sweep Kalwa station premises - Times of India
Commuters resort to Gandhian way of protest, sweep Kalwa station premises Oct 2, 2018, 23:57 IST THANE: Distraught commuters from Kalwa staged a unique Gandhian protest on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti by sweeping the railway station premises as a mark of protest to draw attention of the Central Railway towards their long-pending demands. The commuters, united under the banner of the Kalwa Parsik Pravashi Sanghatana, decided to stage the protest instead of resorting to a rail roko or other violent means of agitation. They claimed to have been demanding facilities at the station, including allowing commuters access to rakes departing from the carshed, prompt operation of emergency medical room and removal of hawkers from the station premises. The commuters assembled at the railway station premises late on Monday after their working hours and voluntarily swept the station premises after informing the railway authorities about the same. Commuter activists, mostly professionals, were informed via social media on Monday eveneing after which they voluntarily took up brooms in their hands and started cleaning the yet-to-be-inaugurated emergency medical room and the 200m-long stretch connecting the railway platform at the station premises. “We have been highlighting our problems for a long time, but the railway administration is conveniently ignoring them after which we decided to stage this peaceful protest by adopting Mahatma Gandhi’s style to drive the attention of authorities. We appealed to our members and fellow commuters online and within short notice several commuters and activists arrived at the platform late on Monday and helped sweep the station premises,” said Siddhesh Desai, an activist spearheading the protest. The activists said their primary demand is to either construct a platform outside the adjoining carshed or ensure trains leaving for Thane during morning peak hours be started from Kalwa. “Lakhs of commuters from Kalwa find it difficult to board trains during morning peak hours and many of them are seen dangerously climbing trains leaving the carshed. We have been requesting the administration to make termination facility outside the carshed that will help reduce the load on Thane station as well as road traffic,” said another regular commuter from Kalwa. A senior railway official from Mumbai said it was not feasible to make termination facility for suburban trains at Kalwa adding that other issues, inlcuding hawkers menace and operations of EMR would be looked into.
2018-10-02State gives up Glaxo ULC plot in Thane at premium - Times of India
State gives up Glaxo ULC plot in Thane at premium The state government has decided to surrender its claim over a portion of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals' prime 60-acre industrial plot in Thane, which was to be used for public housing. Updated: Oct 3, 2018, 06:05 IST MUMBAI: The state government has decided to surrender its claim over a portion of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals' prime 60-acre industrial plot in Thane, which was to be used for public housing. Around eight acres of the plot were to be handed over to the state under the now defunct ULCRA, the Urban Land (Ceiling & Regulations) Act, for public housing. The government, though, plans to collect a premium from the land owner based on a percentage of the ready reckoner rate. The beneficiary of this move will be Oberoi Realty, which purchased this land parcel from Glaxo for Rs 555 crore last year, and will now use it for residential development. Market sources said Oberoi will have to cough up anywhere between Rs 70 crore and Rs 100 crore to the government to get the surplus land of 32,000 square metres released from ULCRA's purview. A government-appointed committee, comprising retired Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna and former IAS officer B N Makhija, said that the state could earn Rs 12,000 crore revenue by allowing builders to retain their surplus vacant lands, which was reserved for public housing. A copy of the report the committee had submitted, made available to TOI, stated that the government could build more than one lakh affordable tenements with the money it collects from land owners. "If we provide the one-time premium solution, the government would get substantial revenue and, in addition, these one lakh small homes will also come into the market but without the Urban Land Ceiling price restrictions. These houses will come in the affordable housing segment because of the small size," said the report. The panel recommended these tenements be 400 square feet to 800 sq ft in size. In Mumbai itself, the Srikrishna Committee said the government can expect Rs 1,229 crore revenue by surrendering its claim over surplus land declared under Section 20 of the ULCRA Act. There are 131 incomplete schemes in Mumbai, where 5% of the private lands were reserved for public housing and were to be handed over to the government by land owners under ULCRA. Till 2012, the state had acquired only 262 acres of excess vacant land in the city over 30 years, but had granted exemptions for an astounding 1,851 acres of such "excess land". On industrial lands such as Glaxo in Thane, the committee said most of these properties are now under the residential zone. "Lands exempted for industrial purpose under Section 20 may be released from the terms and conditions of exemption order by charging a premium at the rate of 15% of current ASR (annual statement rate or value of the land) of the total exempted land as one-time settlement," it said. In 2014, the Bombay high court held that developers and land owners cannot escape the liability of surrendering their excess land despite the repeal of ULCRA in 2007. The high court empowered the state to recover the excess land for public housing from private landowners for violations under the now defunct Act. Several builders and the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) had moved the high court with the plea that the state cannot take the excess as the law no longer exists. The builders then moved the Supreme Court, which stayed the Bombay high court order. The case is still pending in the apex court. A builder told TOI: "Although the case is pending in the Supreme Court, the government continues to illegally charge money on land owners. Everyone is paying under protest. They will eventually seek a refund if the government loses."
State gives up Glaxo ULC plot in Thane at premium - Times of India
2018-10-02Thane jail may open a door to its history - Times of India
Thane jail may open a door to its history Updated: Oct 3, 2018, 06:02 IST MUMBAI: The Thane Central Prison's execution yard-where among the last to be hanged were freedom fighters Krishnaji Karve, Anant Kanhere and Vinayak Deshpande, who conspired and killed British officer Arthur Jackson in 1910-may be opened for public viewing on certain days. Jail authorities have made a proposal to the state for the same and an approval is awaited. Jackson, then collector of Nasik, was shot as he had ordered that Veer Savarkar's brother, Ganesh, also a freedom fighter, would have to face trial. The authorities have also suggested that artists be allowed to use the external walls of the prison, which was once a fort, as canvas to make murals that will narrate the history of the castle-from its occupation by the Portuguese to its subsequent liberation by the Marathas. Centuries-old cannons and cannon balls can still be seen in the front yard of the prison, which is spread over 44 acres. A total of 13.5 acres is occupied by inmates. The proposal by the prison officials states that the execution yard could be spruced up and kept open for visitors on days of national importance like Independence Day, Republic Day and Hutatma Din. "There is a separate entrance to the yard and letting visitors in through it will not compromise the security of the prison nor interfere with the daily routine of the inmates. Every visitor would be thoroughly screened before being given entry," states the proposal. Thane MLA Sanjay Kelkar has offered support of his organisation, Sahyadri Pratishthan, for the murals. "The fort was occupied by the Portuguese. On March 23, 1737, it was freed by the Marathas. The prison has been observing this 'Day of Liberation' for the past two years," he said. "The prison is steeped in history. Veer Savarkar was lodged here and was taken to Andaman from a rear exit," Kelkar said, adding that he has been communicating with the state regarding the proposal. "I have been reviewing designs for murals that can show the history of the fort and the sacrifices made by Marathas for its liberation." Kelkar also said that the prison department could explore construction of a museum on the unutilized space in the premises. Thane prison superintendent Nitin Vayachal confirmed that the proposal had been submitted and the state's approval was awaited.
Thane jail may open a door to its history - Times of India
2018-10-02'Jilted lover' held for bid to burn down house - Times of India
'Jilted lover' held for bid to burn down house Oct 3, 2018, 04:19 IST Seeing the house on fire, the chawl inmates ran out in time.THANE: A 28-year-old 'jilted lover' has been arrested for allegedly setting a chawl tenement on fire at Kharton Road. Police said nine family members at the labour camp had a miraculous escape early on Tuesday morning. Police said Dharun-Ritesh Mehrol came with a cloth ball soaked in kerosene and flung it through the exhaust fan hole but the fire was doused in the nick of time as neighbours alerted the fire brigade. Seeing the house on fire, the inmates ran out in time. Mehrol has been arrested and booked under sections 436 of Indian Penal Code following a complaint by Narendra Barnwal (35). Police said Mehrol was infatuated with a 22-year-old girl from Wadala. A relative of the girl said she often visited her aunt at Kharton Road and the boy was stalking her for few years. He had even allegedly visited her at Wadala and waylaid her few times but she ignored it. He had kept her photo on WhatsApp and her family often had altercations with him, police said. An NC too was registered at Wadala. A further probe is on by Thane Nagar police and statements are being recorded as various angles are coming up. Police said the accused was earlier arrested for the rape of a minor girl.
2018-10-01Abandoned 4-year-old Thane girl doesn't know own name, keeps asking for mother - Hindustan Times
Abandoned 4-year-old Thane girl doesn’t know own name, keeps asking for mother A police officer said the girl who is now under the care of doctors at the Civil Hospital, has been constantly asking for her mother and recalls that she lived in a hut. Updated: Oct 01, 2018 11:24 IST Three days after the Thane Police found an abandoned four-year-old girl with her hands tied near the city’s railway station, they are yet to locate her parents. A police officer said the girl who is now under the care of doctors at the Civil Hospital, has been constantly asking for her mother and recalls that she lived in a hut. CCTV footage of the area where she was abandoned shows a woman, suspected to be her step-mother, dropping her off. With no relative or family member coming forward to claim her, police have begun circulating her photograph on several WhatsApp groups in the hope that someone will recognise her. “The girl’s hands were tied with a dupatta. We are trying to check CCTV footage but are not able to trace her relatives or family. We saw a woman dropping her off to the place where she was found. We suspect that the woman must be a step mother. The girl is not able to talk much apart from saying she wants to go to her mother. She said her mother had tied her. She spoke in Marathi, and only mentioned a hut when we asked about her home,” said a police officer. Dr Vijay Bhandari of Thane Civil Hospital said the girl, who does not know her name, has not been assaulted. “We don’t know her name and call her by any name like Dolly, as she does not know her name. The girl only has a small injury on her leg due to a fall and some minor bruises on her hand. There are no signs of assault. She speaks and understands Hindi and Marathi and keeps saying ‘Mummy kade jaychay’ [I want to go to my mother]. We have told her that her mother has gone to meet her grandmother and she will come to pick her up when she returns,” said Dr Vijay Bhandari of Thane Civil Hospital. “She is happy and settled in the hospital and apart from occasionally remembering her mother, does not cry much. She does not eat by her hand and we have to feed her,” Bhandari added. Megha Pol Hindustan Times, Thane With no relative or family member coming forward to claim the four-year-old (in picture) found abandoned near the city’s railway station, police have begun circulating her photograph on several WhatsApp groups in the hope that someone will recognise her.(HT?Photo ) Three days after the Thane Police found an abandoned four-year-old girl with her hands tied near the city’s railway station, they are yet to locate her parents.A police officer said the girl who is now under the care of doctors at the Civil Hospital, has been constantly asking for her mother and recalls that she lived in a hut. CCTV footage of the area where she was abandoned shows a woman, suspected to be her step-mother, dropping her off.With no relative or family member coming forward to claim her, police have begun circulating her photograph on several WhatsApp groups in the hope that someone will recognise her.“The girl’s hands were tied with a dupatta. We are trying to check CCTV footage but are not able to trace her relatives or family. We saw a woman dropping her off to the place where she was found. We suspect that the woman must be a step mother. The girl is not able to talk much apart from saying she wants to go to her mother. She said her mother had tied her. She spoke in Marathi, and only mentioned a hut when we asked about her home,” said a police officer.Dr Vijay Bhandari of Thane Civil Hospital said the girl, who does not know her name, has not been assaulted.“We don’t know her name and call her by any name like Dolly, as she does not know her name. The girl only has a small injury on her leg due to a fall and some minor bruises on her hand. There are no signs of assault. She speaks and understands Hindi and Marathi and keeps saying ‘Mummy kade jaychay’ [I want to go to my mother]. We have told her that her mother has gone to meet her grandmother and she will come to pick her up when she returns,” said Dr Vijay Bhandari of Thane Civil Hospital.“She is happy and settled in the hospital and apart from occasionally remembering her mother, does not cry much. She does not eat by her hand and we have to feed her,” Bhandari added. 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2018-10-01Blackout after fire breaks out in transformer in Thane - Times of India
Blackout after fire breaks out in transformer in Thane Updated: Oct 1, 2018, 23:41 IST THANE: As many as 8,000 MSEDCL consumers had to sweat it out after there was complete blackout late on Sunday after a fire broke out in the transformer system at Savarkar Nagar. However, due to the quick thinking of the power officials, the incovenience caused to consumers was minimal. The MSEDCL authorities promptly shifted the load to an alternative power source which ensured that the power supply was restored within two hours. Power was completely restorated by four hours. No one was injured in the incident. But nearly 8,000 consumers had to face power cuts till late at night due to the incident.
Blackout after fire breaks out in transformer in Thane - Times of India
2018-10-01Will Gadkari be demolished and rebuilt to meet modern-day need? - Times of India
Will Gadkari be demolished and rebuilt to meet modern-day need? Oct 1, 2018, 23:46 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is exploring possibilities of tearing down the prominent Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan auditorium in old Thane and reconstruct a refurbished modern facility in its place. The recurring annual expense, on maintaining the three-decade-old structure that has now become synonymous with the city, is the main reason for the proposal, said officials from the public works department. As per initial plans, the civic body wants a new structure that would match the modern-day requirements from an auditorium, which could double up as a multi-entertainment zone. The structure could include the main auditorium, mini theatres and rehearsal halls, including exhibition areas along with stay facilities for actors and technicians. Adequate parking system for small vehicles could also be made available in the premises. The administration is also mulling acquiring the adjoining pump house and the swimming pool and unify it within the same complex although the plan is at the conceptual stage. The issue of its redevelopment cropped up during the general body meeting recently wherein the civic body had proposed a Rs 16 crore makeover for the structure. The cost was mainly for revamping the AC system and the electrical wiring, said officials. Corporators questioned the need for the annual spending on the structure and suggested the TMC think of pulling down the structure and constructing a new one in its place. The civic body accepted the suggestions and informed the House last week that they are pulling back the idea and said they would consider constructing a new facility and prepare a proposal. “We are considering to reconstruct a new structure with all required facilities suitable for a modern-day auditorium in the city with all amenities,” said Anil Patil, city engineer at the TMC.
Will Gadkari be demolished and rebuilt to meet modern-day need? - Times of India
2018-10-01Thane: Fire breaks out at MSEDCL power house in Savarkar Nagar - Free Press Journal
Thane: Fire breaks out at MSEDCL power house in Savarkar Nagar Oct 01, 2018 09:24 am Mumbai: A fire broke out at the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) power house in the Savarkar Nagar area in Thane on late Sunday. Four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to douse the flame. The fire extinguishing operation is currently underway. No casualties or injury has been reported as yet. Further details are awaited.
Thane: Fire breaks out at MSEDCL power house in Savarkar Nagar - Free Press Journal
2018-10-01Thane: 38-year-old held for duping man of Rs 3 lakh with job promise - Times of India
Thane: 38-year-old held for duping man of Rs 3 lakh with job promise Updated: Oct 1, 2018, 23:43 IST THANE: A 38-year-old man who allegedly claimed to be a merchant navy captain has been arrested for cheating a man to the tune of Rs 3 lakh by promising him a job on the ship. Inspector Nashi Kulkarni from Kasarwadavli police said that the accused, Suprio Mukherjee, is an habitual offender and two more criminal cases have been registered against him. The police said that the accused fabricated the licence of a recruiting agency which had expired. He then set up an office in Ghodbunder Road with the help of another accused, who is absconding, and used the same old login and password. “Mukherjee duped the victim by promising him a job on the ship. The victim went abroad only to find that he had to work on fishing boats or do other odd jobs,” said Kulkarni. The police said that they had received a complaint from Rajesh Singh who was duped of Rs 3.20 lakh. The police have booked the accused under Sections 465, 468, 471 and 420 of the IPC.
Thane: 38-year-old held for duping man of Rs 3 lakh with job promise - Times of India

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