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2016-11-30Callers for dollars: Inside Thane's scam call centres - Times of India
Callers for dollars: Inside Thane

2016-11-30Rare vulture greets bird lover in Thane - Mid-Day
Rare vulture greets bird lovers in Thane By Ranjeet Jadhav Posted 4 hours The Eurasian Griffon Vulture, which usually inhabits the northern parts of India, was spotted in Thane. In a rare occurrence, a wildlife lover from Thane was greeted by the delightful sight of a Himalayan vulture sitting on a pole outside his balcony. Bird experts said the sighting of this particular species in Mumbai or its surroundings is unheard of. The ones residing at Malabar Hill are the Bengal Vulture or the Long Billed Vulture, which are native to the area. Around 9.30 am on Monday, I suddenly saw a hoard of kites and crows hovering over our building. I went to the balcony to check what had happened and was surprised to see a huge vulture sitting on a pole. There have been hardly any sightings of these vultures in Mumbai, so seeing this beautiful creature is something I will cherish for life, said Sandeep Dandekar a resident of Louiswadi in Thane. Dandekar immediately took pictures of the vulture, which posed quietly for around 30 minutes before flying off. The vulture, also known as Gyps himalayensis, comes under the near-threatened category, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. This means that these vultures may be threatened by extinction in the near future. According to noted bird expert Adesh Shivkar, The bird is commonly seen in the Himalayan foothills and usually the juvenile birds of the species are known to stray to areas that are far away from the region of their birth. In case of the recent sighting at Thane, something similar may have happened. According to the IUCN website this species is found in western China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, through the Himalayan mountain range in India, Nepal and Bhutan, to central China and Mongolia. Finding the vulture here in Thane is definitely good for the environment. Many years back, vulture sightings had been recorded in Thane, but as per experts, this one is the Eurasian Griffon Vulture, which inhabits the northern parts of India typically above Gujarat and below Kashmir, extending up to Arunachal Pradesh. Bird guides show that this particular species has never been spotted in the Mumbai-Thane region before. So, the question is how did this one land here? said nature lover Abhay Pawagi, who is also a well-known snake rescuer in Thane.
Rare vulture greets bird lover in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-11-30Historic! All 10000 residents of this Thane village to use only cards - Mid-Day
Historic! All 10,000 residents of this Thane village to use only cards By Aparna Shukla Posted 3 hours DHASAI: Starting December 1, residents of Dhasai, a village 140 kms from Mumbai in Murbad, Thane district, will ditch cash and conduct all financial transactions on 40 card-swiping machines that are set to arrive this week. Right from the chicken shop owner to the barber, farmers and the local physician, everyone will use only plastic money. A jibe by a Rajya Sabha member about farmers unable to wield plastic money, and losses from demonetisation proved inspiration. Stung by an offensive remark by a Rajya Sabha MP recently over demonetisation, an entire village in Maharashtra has decided to go cashless the first in the country. Dhasai, a village in Murbad, Thane district, is home to a population of 10,000. Starting December 1, all residents will ditch cash and carry out transactions on 40 card-swiping machines that will arrive. Right from the chicken shop owner to the barber to farmers and the local physician, everyone will operate using only plastic money. Thanks to the Jan Dhan Yojana, almost all villagers already have the Rupay ATM card. Set the ball rolling All 10,000 of Dhasai residents will now make financial transactions using cards. Ranjeet Savarkar, president of the Savarkar Smarak organisation, an NGO that spearheaded the historic move, said, I heard someone in the Rajya Sabha assembly say, would a farmer carry a card in his dhoti? I was upset by the derogatory mark and decided to make the village cashless. We made this possible with the help of Bank of Baroda. Savarkar argues that its a myth that traders don't want to go cashless. The economy is already being run through cheques. I just filled the gap. The bank was more than happy to provide the machines for free. The move will not just help them widen their customer base, but also relieve them of the pressure of handing out cash, he added. Social worker, Kailash Gholab, who managed and organised camps that spread awareness about plastic money and managed to get residents to the banks, said, I was inspired as it would put the village on the world map, and become an inspiration for others. Every day, R 20 lakh worth of cash transactions are conducted in the village. There are more than 70 villages around Dhasai with 400 traders. They are willing to adopt this system. . Bank says Bank of Baroda's General Manager and Zonal Head (Mumbai-Thane-Raigad Palghar), Navtej Singh, said, The idea was in our head, but we knew that unless the public was forced, they would not go cashless. We are more than happy to waive of machine charges since we are keen to reach out to more farmers, tribals and the poor. This is the right time for the step. If we can pull it off now with the support of villagers, we can replicate the model anywhere in the country. The banks will charge 0.75% transaction charge on less than Rs 2,000 rupees and 1% for anything higher. But, this charge will be levied only on traders. For instance, if you are paying Rs 100, the trader will receive Rs 99.25. Explaining how the model will reach the grassroot, DGM of Bank of Baroda, said. Every farmer, through the Jan Dhan Yojana, now has the Rupay ATM card. Even the poorest of the poor is using this facility. For those who are not, we are setting up camps to ensure there is no untapped person left in the village. Jan Dhan Yojana: The Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana was floated in August 2014 to allow everyone access to savings and deposit accounts, remittance, credit, insurance and pension. Everyone in the scheme was provided with an ATM card. As of November 23, the total deposits in 25.68 crore Jan Dhan accounts stood at Rs 72,834.72 crore. Where is that Rajya Sabha member now? Ramesh Vekhande, who supplies fertilisers and seeds to more than 200 farmers, said, Farmers are in dire need of a system that ups business. Around 80% farmers have cards so it won't be long when 100% of the farmers are included.
Historic! All 10000 residents of this Thane village to use only cards - Mid-Day
2016-11-30Illegal structures bulldozed to make way for wider roads in Thane - Hindustan Times
Illegal structures bulldozed to make way for wider roads in Thane mumbai Updated: Nov 30, 2016 14:21 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times After the Bombay high court (HC) directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to clear the roads near Thane railway station of hawkers and unauthorised constructions, TMC officials swung into action on Wednesday morning. The TMC has formed 10 teams, which began the task of razing illegal bars, garages, second-hand car showrooms and car service centres, along the service roads. The municipal corporation had issued a statement directing owners of all illegal structures along service roads, Ghodbunder Road, Ghodbunder service road and Pokharan Road No. 1 and 2 to vacate the space before end of this month or they would be demolished without any warning from November 30. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of the TMC, said, We undertook a major demolition drive against these establishments. We have first targetted the bars. At Manpada, we demolished Knights, Sunday and Metro bars on Wednesday morning. The demolition drive is undertaken along Anandnagar to Nitin Company, Nitin Company to Kapurbawdi, Kapurbawdi to Waghbil Naka and Waghbil Naka to Gaimukh. In instances where the bar is on the ground floor of a residential building, the entire structure has been pulled down. The residents will be rehabilitated in the rental homes, said officials. In this drive, we will also target tyre shops, spare parts shops, offices, medical stores, furniture shops, sweet shops, electrical shops, hardware stores and ATMs constructed along these roads, said Malvi.
Illegal structures bulldozed to make way for wider roads in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-30India Today impact: Thane municipality razes 27 illegal dance bars to the ground - India Today
India Today impact: Thane Municipal Corporation razes 27 illegal dance bars in the city Posted by Yashaswani Sehrawat November 30, 2016 UPDATED 23:44 IST Thane Municipal Corporation razes, destroys 27 illegal dance bars. Action taken after India Today conducted sting in dance bars across Maharashtra. No action in Mumbai yet. Based on a sting operation on dance bars in Mumbai and other cities, the Thane Municipal Corporation today razed 27 illegal dance bars across Thane city. In a special drive against the illegal dance bars, over ten different teams of Thane Municipal Corporation razed and destroyed 27 illegal dance bars.India Today had carried a sting operation two days back on how the dance bars were still operating in Mumbai and across Maharashtra even after the ban on dance bars. India Today had done a sting on three bars of which two falls under the Thane jurisdiction. In the sting operation, it was found that after demonetisation, the dance bars had created their own duplicate currency which only operated in the bars. They were running a parallel currency. Dance bars across Maharashtra still accepting demonetised notes, running a parallel economy Note ban: Dance bars in Maharashtra unaffected, run on parallel currency. DEVENDRA FADNAVIS PROMISED ACTION After the story was reported, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said on Tuesday that the dance bars were running illegally, and that he would take strict action against them. Speaking to India Today, Thane Municipal PRO Sandeep Malvi said, "Total of ten teams were made together to raze the illegal dance bars. In almost all parts of Thane, action was taken and illegal dance bars were razed off completely. In the coming five days, more action will be taken against dance bars which are illegal."Sources said that over 100 such dance bars were running illegally in Thane, and that action will be taken on all of them. Interestingly, sources said that the dance bar owners came to know about the action that would be taken by the corporation and thus, on Monday night itself many had changed the name of the dance bars and some had even evacuated. NO ACTION IN MUMBAI YET. After the sting operation, the Income tax department, RBI and Mumbai police had assured the people that action would be taken. However, as of now no action has been taken by the Mumbai police. It will be interesting to see how the cops take action as the New Year is approaching.
India Today impact: Thane municipality razes 27 illegal dance bars to the ground - India Today
2016-11-30George FM DJ Thane Kirby takes Jono & Ben's spot on The Rock - Stuff.co.nz
George FM DJ Thane Kirby takes Jono & Ben
2016-11-30Thane ephedrine case: Key accused wants drug seized to be tested again - Hindustan Times
Thane ephedrine case: Key accused wants drug seized to be tested again Dec 01, 2016 01:03 IST A prime accused in a large drug racket that came to light in April this year has moved the Bombay high court, seeking an order to retest the drug seized from his firm's godown. Manoj Jain, the 46-year-old director of the pharma company Avon Lifesciences Limited, was arrested on April 27, during a police crackdown in the ephedrine drug bust case. In a plea filed through advocate Ayaz Khan, Jain said a test called Specific Optical Rotation (SOR) has to be conducted to verify the presence of L-Ephedrine Hydrochloride the banned drug suspected to be found in his godown. Jain has alleged the substance that was seized from his company is D-Ephedrine a waste byproduct and an inactive isomer of L-Ephedrine. Jain said his company manufactured Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride, Ephedrine and Ephedrine Hydrochloride as per the US Pharmacopeia using Molasses and that the D Ephedrine is received as a waste and has been lying in the godown of the company since 2009. Jain's plea said the tests conducted on the drugs seized by Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory do not confirm the nature of the drug and are in contradiction to the recommended testing methods stipulated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The petition also states an identification test to differentiate between the different forms of Ephedrine is the conclusive test under the Indian Pharmacopoeia, US Pharmacopeia and European Pharmacopoeia.
Thane ephedrine case: Key accused wants drug seized to be tested again - Hindustan Times
2016-11-29Thane civic body to form policy to regulate crèches in city - Hindustan Times
Thane civic body to form policy to regulate crèches in city The Thane Municipal Corporation does not have data on the number of crèches or daycare centres operating in the city. It has asked the women and child welfare department officials to survey crèches operating in Thane MUMBAI Updated: Nov 29, 2016 15:05 IST After the brutal assault of a nine-month-old girl at a daycare centre in Navi Mumbai came to light, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) plans to form a policy to regulate crèches across the city. For this purpose, civic officials will soon survey crèches in Thane city. According to officials, the TMC does not have data on the number of crèches or daycare centres operating in the city. A women and child welfare department official said, “We need to know who has permitted the setting up of these crèches. As of now, we do not have any information on the number of crèches or daycare centres operating in the city. Besides, there is no policy in place to regulate them.” But this scenario is set to change soon. Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner, TMC, said, “The women and child welfare department officials will survey the number of crèches in the city. This will help us get an idea of the number of staff, children and facilities offered by crèches.” “The department will then issue notices to crèches in the city asking them to register with us. We will also prepare a draft which will mention the facilities that these crèches will have to offer, the staff-to-child ratio and the precautions that need to be taken by crèche owners,” added Chavan. Thane Municipal Corporation clueless about its own crèche The Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) women and child welfare department is clueless about the status of its own crèche. Around three years ago, TMC had set up a crèche near Mahatma Gandhi Garden, Thane (West) to take care of children whose parents go to work. However, a civic official from the department claims he has no clue if the crèche is still up and running. “The contract to run the crèche was given to a private contractor,” said the civic official.
Thane civic body to form policy to regulate crèches in city - Hindustan Times
2016-11-29AIMIM now eyes Mumbai, Thane - Hindustan Times
AIMIM now eyes Mumbai, Thane mumbai Updated: Nov 30, 2016 00:46 IST Naresh Kamath Hindustan Times Buoyed after winning 33 seats in the local body elections, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) now plans to score significantly in the BMC and Thane civic elections scheduled in February. AIMIM legislator Waris Pathan said, We will repeat this in other places also. The party contested 108 seats. The AIMIM, which debuted in the 2014 Assembly elections with two of its members getting elected, sees itself as a strong player in Maharashtra politics. Their leaders, Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi are popular among the community. According to political analysts, both the Congress and the NCP are responsible for the rise of AIMIM. The Congress is seen to be ineffective, while NCP chief Sharad Pawar is seen to be cosying up with the ruling BJP. This has pushed Muslims towards AIMIM, said political commentator Prakash Bal. The biggest beneficiary in this would be BJP. Despite being in politics for decades, the AIMIM never ventured out of Hyderabad. The BJP brought it to national level in recent years to cut secular votes, said SP spokesperson Abdul Qadir Choudhry. The rise of AIMIM has hurt the SP as both command the same vote bank. The only aim of the party is to indirectly help communal forces and hurt us, said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam. BJP gets 51 civic chiefs in Maha, 893 elected representatives
AIMIM now eyes Mumbai, Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-29Radio shock jock Thane Kirby is on the move - New Zealand Herald
Radio shock jock Thane Kirby is on the move - New Zealand Herald
2016-11-29Thane Man Arrested For Abetting Suicide Of Pregnant Wife - NDTV
Thane Man Arrested For Abetting Suicide Of Pregnant Wife All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 30, 2016 02:12 IST Thane: A 33-year-old man from Thane was on Tuesday arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of his wife, who was six months pregnant, police said.As per the complaint filed by victim Tahira Sheikh's mother, her daughter married Vikar Jainuddin Sheikh in 2011, a senior police official said. The 31-year-old victim did not conceive for a couple of years after marriage. After that, Mr Sheikh forced her to abort the child, once again she got pregnant, but her pregnancy was terminated, said the official. The accused was involved in an extra-martial affair, to which Tahira objected and returned to her mother's house. Mr Sheikh convinced her and brought her back to his house. Later, the accused was not co-operating with his wife and also allegedly harassed her, he said, adding Tahira committed suicide last night. A suicide note was found from the spot in which Tahira has blamed her husband for abetting her suicide, the official said. A case under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC was registered in this regard at the Kasarwadavali police station, he said, adding a probe was on.
2016-11-29Temperature see-saw in Thane to end, winter to set in by December 2 - Times of India
Temperature see-saw in Thane to end, winter to set in by December 2 Freny Fernandes | TNN | Nov 30, 2016, 02.52 AM IST THANE: Residents from the lake city may soon get some respite from the fluctuating weather conditions, say officials from the Met department. They claim that the weather will be back to normal by the weekend. Over the past two weeks the city has been experiencing really hot, dry and sunny days and extremely cold nights. The fluctuating temperature has also caused an increase in the number of respiratory illnesses. Residents have been complaining about cold, cough and asthma problems. Ashwin Gore (31), a Naupada resident, said, "This weather is constantly changing through the day. As it was hot and sunny in the morning, I didn't carry a jacket to work, but by late evening the temperature drops drastically. One my way home I was shivering. This has been happening since the last few days. The fluctuating temperatures has just made my asthma worse." Meteorological experts have pegged these fluctuations to be due to the clear skies and dry winds during the last two weeks. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather, said, "As there have been clear skies over the past few weeks in the western region, the place has been receiving direct heat from the sun. The dry winds have been adding to the heat, causing the mercury levels to rise by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius above normal levels. After sunset, as there are no clouds, the radiation has been lifting up into the atmosphere. This makes the surface cool rapidly, causing the mercury to drop 3 to 4 degrees Celsius below normal." "This fluctuating weather should be back to normal by December 2 as there is a depression forming over the Bay of Bengal, which will bring scattered rainfall in southern India and send cool winds through the western region, dropping the maximum temperature by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius. These clouds will also help trap the heat energy after sunset, thus raising the minimum temperature in the coastal areas," Palawat added.
Temperature see-saw in Thane to end, winter to set in by December 2 - Times of India
2016-11-28Thane: Mumbra firefighters working out of a stinking pandal - Mid-Day
Thane: Mumbra firefighters working out of a stinking pandal By Faisal Tandel Posted 3 hours The plastic pandal from where fire officials have been working Fire brigade officials in Mumbra, where nearly 80 per cent buildings have been declared dangerous, need to be extra vigilant and available 24x7. Unfortunately, their own office is a pandal. After the TMC demolished the fire station in the area, the officials are forced to sit inside a plastic shed and wait for emergency calls. Two years ago, even their residential quarters were razed, forcing them to travel from their homes whenever there is an emergency. Poor conditions. The station manager sits in a pandal covered with blue cloth, which was built at the time of Ganesh Chaturthi. On the other side, there is a plastic pandal, where the officials sit. An official said, The pandal was built after Bakri Eid. Hence, it stinks a lot. We need space to take rest and this place is not at all suitable. We hope to get a proper place before monsoon. Staff crunch: The Mumbra fire station has 50 officials working in two shifts. In the absence of the quarters they are forced to travel from Titwala, Kalyan and Thane. “During emergencies, we face staff crunch as some officials can't reach on time, added the official. No place to rest. The authorities were planning to build the shed behind the station house, but as the fire engines and water tankers are parked just in front of it, it would be of no use. If this situation prevails, then how will we work? We are going through a tough time, the official said. Officials are also frustrated about the fact that they can't attend emergency calls on time, as they have to travel from distant places. Another six months. Ratan Pardesi, divisional officer, Mumbra fire brigade, said it would take another six months for the new fire station to come up. The authorities have floated tenders but it will take six months. Till then, we don't have any option. Also, we have not demolished the complete structure. The ground floor is there so that the officials can keep their equipment.
Thane: Mumbra firefighters working out of a stinking pandal - Mid-Day
2016-11-28Thane: 24-acre Ambernath plot 'usurped' with fake documents - ETRealty.com
Thane: 24-acre Ambernath plot 'usurped' with fake documents According to the complaint, the permission for NA and construction activity on the 24 acre plot sold to Poddar Developers on January 19, 2011 were never issued. Nishikant Karlikar TNN November 28, 2016, 10:30 IST THANE: A 24-acre farm plot in Ambernath taluka, worth its value in gold, is suspected to have been usurped by a criminal cartel of builders and fraudsters who fabricated revenue documents to classify the land as Non-Agriculture (NA) and secured a host of permissions from the authorities for construction activity.The farm land located in Sape village, 50 km from Thane, was sold off to one Poddar Developers, who secured a go-ahead from the town planning department and the MMRDA, which is the planning authority in the region, for construction activity based on fraudulent NA sanctions, according to a criminal complaint registered by the MMRDA planning officer with the Thane Nagar police recently. According to the complaint, the permission for NA and construction activity on the 24 acre plot sold to Poddar Developers on January 19, 2011 were never issued. MMRDA's Amit Sawant in his complaint has said the fake NA permissions were presented to the office of the assistant director of town planning at Thane collectorate and obtained the construction permission. The fake letter had the seal and signature of the head of the planning department, Uma Adusumilli, which she claimed were manufactured. The fraud was exposed following a probe initiated by the MMRDA on a complainant by a citizen, R R Rahalkar, who obtained copies of the fake letters using the RTI Act. An offence under sections 420 cheating, 467 forgery, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered against unidentified persons with the Thane Nagar police station. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the mega fraud. The police said the needle of suspicion in this case points to Poddar Developers who would derive maximum benefit from the change of users and the construction activity. Industry observers said a criminal cartel of builders, political functionaries and local agents familiar with the functioning of the bureaucracy and the paper work were misusing the system by manufacturing fake consent documents and undertaking developments of farm plots for second homes project in the green surroundings.In fact, a similar fraud came to the fore when a Mira Road-based builder exploited the red-tape in the administration and in cahoots with a section of the babudom usurped prime plots in the suburbs, ideally meant to be surrendered to the government for affordable housing projects under ULCRA.
2016-11-28Thane's Dhasai to become India's first cashless village - The Hindu
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2016-11-28Kalyan youth from Thane who joined ISIS reportedly killed in Syria - The Indian Express
Kalyan youth from Thane who joined ISIS reportedly killed in Syria By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: November 28, 2016 7:19 pm Earlier this year, an ISIS video purportedly showing Aman among others and threatening to avenge the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar, had surfaced. (source: File/Reuters) A 22-year-old youth from Kalyan in adjoining Thane district, who allegedly fled from home to join the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014, had been killed, a senior police official said in Mumbai on Monday. Aman Naeem Tandel was among the four youths from Kalyan who had left for Syria in 2014, purportedly to fight for the terror group ISIS. Tandel's father got a call informing about his death in Syria, the official said. Aman's father Naeem Tandel, who lives in Govindwadi area of Kalyan, got a call late Saturday night from an unidentified number, the police official said. Earlier this year, an ISIS video purportedly showing Aman among others and threatening to avenge the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar, had surfaced. Aman was reportedly in touch with his family over the phone until the end of last year.
Kalyan youth from Thane who joined ISIS reportedly killed in Syria - The Indian Express
2016-11-28Thane: Robbers loot bungalow as Sena leader out on poll campaign - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: Robbers loot bungalow as Sena leader out on poll campaign PTI Published Nov 28, 2016, 6:50 pm ISTU pdated Nov 28, 2016, 6:51 pm IST Thane: Unidentified persons allegedly decamped with ornaments and cash worth over Rs 3 lakh from the bungalow of a Shiv Sena leader in Thane while she along with her family was off to Aurangabad for campaigning for the local body polls, police said. The bungalow of Shiv Sena leader Meena Maruti Rathod in Dombivali area was also ransacked and set on fire, an official attached to Manpada police station said. The leader was busy campaigning Aurangabad district's Kannad for a local body election, slated to be held on December 18. Her family was also in Kannad, said the official. As per the complaint filed by Rathod, she was informed about the incident by her neighbours, the official added. Ornaments and cash worth Rs 3.12 lakh were stolen, police said, adding a case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered in this regard.
Thane: Robbers loot bungalow as Sena leader out on poll campaign - Deccan Chronicle
2016-11-28Car rams into two minors on Thane street; driver held - Mid-Day
Car rams into two minors on Thane street; driver held By mid-day online correspondent Posted 28-Nov-2016Now Thane: Two minors were seriously injured when they were allegedly hit by a car in Damani Estate area in Thane, police said. The incident occurred last afternoon when the driver was allegedly speeding and lost control of the vehicle, which hit Jia Thakkar (6) and Parth Thakkar (6), both cousins. The children were admitted to a private hospital in a serious condition. Both children received fractures, head injuries and developed internal bleeding. Jia Thakkar's condition is said to be critical, while Parth is out of danger. The incident occurred at Thane's Navpada area. Police have arrested the car driver, after identified as Dilip Gunjal (37), in connection with the accident. Gunjal, who attempted to drive away after CCTV footage from a jewellery shop in the area captured him hitting the children, was handed over to police yesterday by locals who gathered at the spot of the accident. According to the police, Gunjal said that he accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the break and hence lost control of the vehicle, leading to the mishap. A teacher by profession, he was apparently going to the same society where the children live. He has been booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act.- With inputs from agencies.
Car rams into two minors on Thane street; driver held - Mid-Day
2016-11-28Merchant held for depositing 11 fake ₹500 notes in Thane - Hindustan Times
Merchant held for depositing 11 fake 500 notes in Thane Press Trust of India, Hindustan Times, Thane | Updated: Nov 28, 2016 13:49 IST A paper scrap merchant from Ulhasnagar was arrested for allegedly possessing counterfeit notes of the demonetised currency and depositing them in a bank on Sunday, said police. Pankaj P Kori, 30, went to a leading public sector bank on Thursday and deposited cash amounting to Rs 1.05 lakh in the now-defunct Rs 500 notes. After verification, 11 notes were found to be fake. Subsequently, an offence under IPC section 489 (B) (Using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against him. The case was transferred to the Thane Nagar police station on Saturday.
Merchant held for depositing 11 fake ₹500 notes in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-28Thane crime conviction rate sees huge spike in a year, up by 24% in '15 - Times of India
Thane crime conviction rate sees huge spike in a year, up by 24% in'15 Nov 28, 2016, 10.24 PM IST Thane: Police commissioner Param Bir Singh's sustained drive to control crime reaped fruits. It has resulted in a never-before-seen success in prosecution of the suspects in serious offences. In 2015, the Thane commissionerate recorded a high conviction rate of 32 per cent. The annual crime statistics, analysed and compiled by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), show that the conviction rate of the Thane commissionerate during 2012 was 7.08 per cent, followed by 7.06 per cent in 2013 and a marginal increase to 8.11 per cent in 2014. However, Singh's firm-fisted approach against crime and criminals has resulted in a 24 per cent growth in convictions in 2015. The increased conviction rate is a pointer to the flawless and timely filing of charge sheets by the respective investigating officers. Based on these, the prosecution builds its arguments and secures punishment for those booked for violation of the rule of law. A senior police official said that the rise in conviction rate is credited to the strict monitoring of the cases, with the officers provided with all legal assistance and questioned if they fail to successfully ensure his prosecutions during the monthly crime meetings. While taking charge as commissioner here, I had promised the citizens that those indulging in anti-social activities shall not be spared. I have kept my word and an offensive has been launched against them, Singh told TOI. Even other senior police officers attribute the spike in the conviction rate to the personal monitoring of trial related affairs by all the senior police officers and the regular review meetings and the appointment of pairavi officers who are tasked solely with taking care of court related matters. A senior police officer informed that the department's effort to appoint personnel at every court to look after the cases and trials has also paid dividends. Earlier, there would be no representatives from prosecution to co-ordinate the trials and keep the prosecutors updated and help witnesses. Deploying cops for each court has helped, said a senior crime branch official. Also, the deputy commissioners of police of every zone have been instructed to monitor the court-related matters falling under their respective jurisdictions. This, too, has helped take the rate of convictions up. Earlier, at times lack of evidences, benefit of doubt and some of the technical issues, too, favoured the accused in particular cases. However, now the officers have been told to plug the loopholes, which has directly led to a rise in the conviction, said another police officer.
2016-11-28Call Centre scam: Thane cops use fraudsters' method to reach out to the victims - The Indian Express
Call Centre scam: Thane cops use fraudsters' method to reach out to the victims Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:November 29, 2016 2:07 am THE THANE police, which is probing a call centre scam through which thousands of US nationals were duped into believing they were getting calls from the Internal Revenue Service, are now taking a leaf out of the book of the criminals they are investigating. To track down and record statements of victims targeted by the accused, the Thane Police is using a similar method to reach the victims, using technology to broadcast a single message to several thousand mobile phone numbers at a time. While the scamsters would use the system to leave a threatening voice message asking potential victims to call back the IRS, investigators are broadcasting voice messages informing US nationals that those who were duped may contact the Thane police by leaving a message on their website. An officer linked to the probe said that initially, they were skeptical about how they would contact all the US citizens who had been duped by the accused. They studied the modus operandi used by the accused and found that they used a software and device to broadcast voice messages to several thousand phone numbers simultaneously. The message would ask the US citizens to call back IRS to resolve some taxation issue that was pending or face legal consequences. Several US citizens would then call back on the number provided in the message, which would actually connect them to the bogus call centres in Mira Road where callers would negotiate payments in gift cards. The police that had seized the set-up used by the accused persons decided to use the same device and software to reach the victims. The numbers were already fed into the device, and the investigators had to only alter the message. We blasted messages to numbers where the accused had broadcast messages asking victims to call back. We changed the message to tell them that we are from the Thane police that is investigating the IRS racket. We added that if they had lost money to people pretending to be calling from the IRS, they would go to the Thane police website and drop a message there, said DCP (crime) Parag Manere. The police also plan to issue Letter Rogatory (LR) at a later stage to record their statements formally. An LR is a letter sent from a court in India to a court abroad seeking their help in a legal process. Once these people contact us through our website, we can issue LRs and get a US law enforcement agent to record their statement and send it to us. These statements will then be added to the chargesheet at a later stage, a senior officer said. So far, the defence lawyers in the case who have been seeking bail for the accused have pointed out before the court that there was no official victim in the case, and in the absence of a complainant, the basic requirement in a crime, their clients should not have been arrested by police. Once we have the statement of victims and make them complainants, it will ensure that the defence can no longer use the ploy against us, the officer said. The call centre scam was busted on October 5 when Thane police raided 12 call centres in the Mira Road-Bhayander area where employees would make calls to US citizens posing to be IRS. They would then threaten the US citizen to instantly settle the tax default by making a payment. The police suspect that Ahmedabad was the hub of these call centres and those who were operating these call centres there had then moved to the Mira Bhayander stretch. The US Justice Department on Thursday too charged 61 persons in connection with the IRS scam including several US citizens.
Call Centre scam: Thane cops use fraudsters
2016-11-28Cops hunt 'water boys' in Vashi-Thane stretch - Mumbai Mirror
Cops hunt 'water boys' in Vashi-Thane stretch Mumbai Mirror | Nov 29, 2016, 12.51 AM IST By Iram Siddiqui Commuter films 3 youths throwing water on people standing on platforms from a running train. A manhunt has been launched by the railway police to trace three youths who were filmed throwing water on people standing on station platforms from a running train. The incident took place around 4.30 pm on a Thane-Vashi train, and the Government Railway Police (GRP) have formed a team to trace the lads. The mischief was recorded by Aditya Mehra, a student of KJ Somaiya College, who had boarded the train at Airoli, and who forwarded the video to the Mumbai Police's Twitter handle. The video shows two youths standing on the footboard, while the third lad could be seen handing them a bottle, the contents of which were flung on unsuspecting commuters at railway stations. Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe said that the entire railway stretch between Vashi and Thane was being combed to trace the lads. We are taking help from the Navi Mumbai Police and the GRP, he said, even as the GRP deputy commissioner (Central Railway), Rupali Ambure, said efforts were on to locate the offenders.
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2016-11-27Demonetization: Man held for depositing fake notes in Thane bank - Daily News & Analysis
Demonetization: Man held for depositing fake notes in Thane bank Updated: Nov 27, 2016, 04:21 PM IST, PTI A paper scrap merchant from Ulhasnagar township in the district has been arrested for allegedly possessing counterfeit notes of the demonetized currency and depositing it in a bank, police said on Sunday. Pankaj P Kori (30) went to the Ulhasnagar branch of a leading public sector bank on November 24 and deposited cash in the now defunct Rs 500 notes worth Rs 1.05 lakh. After verification, 11 notes were found to be fake, they said. Subsequently, an offence under IPC section 489 (B) (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) was registered against him under zero category with the Ulhasnagar police station on October 25. The case was transferred to Thane Nagar police station on for further probe and Kori was arrested, police said.
Demonetization: Man held for depositing fake notes in Thane bank - Daily News & Analysis
2016-11-27Thane chawl owner shot at, hurt - Business Standard
Thane chawl owner shot at, hurt Thane Last Updated at November 27, 2016 22:07 IST A 59-year-old chawl owner was shot at and injured by a man in Rabodi area today, police said. The incident occurred when Mannan Abdul Rashid Kazi was walking down the steps outside his house to attend prayers near a nearby mosque. A masked man emerged and at fired a round, which hit him in his hand, police said. As per the complaint, the man fired another bullet which Kazi ducked. As Kazi's son rushed out of the house, the man fled the spot, according to police. According to the complainant, the attacker kept asking him why he was opposing repair of his chawl, Zam Zam Manzil. A case has been registered under various sections of IPC and Arms Act. Incidentally, Kazi had allegedly tried to commit suicide just two days back over a dispute on repairs. In a note prepared by Kazi, he had accused a corporator of harassing him to grab his property. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
2016-11-27Thane tops field in Cops & Joggers 5K - Gloversville Leader-Herald
Thane tops field in Cops & Joggers 5K AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam’s Ian Thane was the top overall finisher in the Cops and Joggers 5K at Shuttleworth Park on Sept. 24. Saratoga Springs’ David Isabel (20:17) was second overall, while Amsterdam’s Matthew Constantine (21:42) was third. Amsterdam’s Marisha Gennett was the top female finisher, placing seventh overall with a time of 23:13. Caitlin DiCaprio (24:05) was ninth overall and second among female finishers, while Perth’s Kate Bruno (24:13) was 10th overall and third among female finishers. In the boys age 19-and-younger division, Keelan Bennett (22:48) was first and Cooper Young (46:56) was second. Diana Constantine (33:16) was the top finisher in the girls age 19-and-younger division, while Kiley Sweet (46:58) was second. Samantha Allen (46:59) was third. Thane was the top finisher in the men’s age 20-to-29-year-old division, while Isabel was second and Constantine was third. Caitlin DiCaprio was the top finisher in the women’s age 20-to-29-year-old division, while Bruno was second and Allie DiCaprio (25:40) was third. In the men’s age 30-to-39-year-old division, R.J. Toole (27:11) was first, Luke Paine (27;23) was second and Aaron Robinson (30:31) was third. Gennett was the top finisher in the women’s age 30-to-39 division, while Christy Puglisi (24:57) was second and Danielle Krizan (26:22) was third. Steve Erby was first in the men’s age 40-to-49 division with a time of 35:14, while James Izzo (47:02) was second and Travis Young (47:16) was third. In the women’s age 40-to-49 division, Corinne Holloway (26:32) was first, Cynthia Lockrow (27:35) was second and Kimberly Roberts (36:17) was third. Shawn Krutz (22:52) won the men’s age 50-to-59 division, with Doug Landon (22:57) second and Stephen Montanaro (23:30) third. Kelli McCoski (30:00) was the top finisher in the women’s age 50-to-59 division, while Lynn Armstrong (31:26) was second and Debbie Greco (36:09) was third. In the men’s age 60-and-older division, Eric Parker (27:31) was first, Lew DiCaterino (37:07) was second and Dave Gomula (46:35) was third. Pat Valiante (34:58) was the top finisher in the women’s age 60-and-older division. A total of 62 participants completed the course. Proceeds from the race benefitted the Amsterdam Police Benevolent Association and a portion of the proceeds were donated to a local community organization. Cops and Joggers 5K at Shuttleworth Park, Amsterdam Overall Results 1. Ian Thane (Amsterdam) 18:18, 2. David Isabel (Saratoga Springs) 20:17, 3. Matthew Constantine (Amsterdam) 21:42, 4. Keelan Bennett (Tribes Hill) 22:48, 5. Shawn Krutz (Gloversville) 22:52, 6. Doug Landon (Amsterdam) 22:57, 7. Marisha Gennett (Amsterdam) 23:13, 8. Stephen Montanaro (Hagaman) 23:30, 9. Caitlin DiCaprio (Amsterdam) 24:05, 10. Katie Bruno (Perth) 24:13, 11. Christy Puglisi (Amsterdam) 24:57, 12. Sean Ryan (Amsterdam) 25:16, 13. Allie DiCaprio (Amsterdam) 25:40, 14. Joshua Weissman (Alexandria, Va.) 26:16, 15. Danielle Krizan (Fonda) 26:22, 16. Corinne Holloway (Amsterdam) 26:32, 17. RJ Toole (Amsterdam) 27:11, 18. Luke Paine (Canajoharie) 27:23, 19. Eric Parker (Johnstown) 27:31, 20. Cynthia Lockrow (Amsterdam) 27:35, 21. Sara Niccoli (Fort Plain) 27:44, 22. Thomas Roots (Johnstown) 28:35, 23. Kayla Ferguson (Fonda) 29:02, 24. Mikey Cabrera (Amsterdam) 29:23, 25. Kelli McCoski (Amsterdam) 30:00, 26. Aaron Robinson (Gloversville) 30:31, 27. Lynn Armstrong (Amsterdam) 31:26, 28. Kelsey Roher (Middleburgh) 31:33, 29. Christopher Bywater (Cobleskill) 31:34, 30. Janine Sajdak (Amsterdam) 31:56, 31. Dani Surento (Amsterdam) 31:57, 32. Joshua Zurita (Kenner, La.) 32:33, 33. Jared Snell (St. Johnsville) 32:44, 34. Nicole Snell (St. Johnsville) 32:45, 35. Diana Constantine (Amsterdam) 33:16, 36. Sarah Lewis (Manlius) 33:34, 37. James Villanueva (Albany) 33:37, 38. Crystal Ortiz (Johnstown) 34:07, 39. Amanda Greco (Amsterdam) 34:15, 40. Courtney Quackenbush (Amsterdam) 34:16, 41. April Marinov (Amsterdam) 34:17, 42. Pat Valiante (Amsterdam) 34:58, 43. Steve Erby (Rensselaer) 35:14, 44. Debbie Greco (Schenectady) 36:09, 45. Kimberly Roberts (Broadalbin) 36:17, 46. Lew DiCaterino (Amsterdam) 37:07, 47. Lisa Lorman (Amsterdam) 39:52, 48. Andrea Mercadant (Amsterdam) 40:01, 49. Brooke Frasier(Amsterdam) 42:21, 50. Dave Gomula (Amsterdam) 46:35, 51. Cooper Young (Hagaman) 46:56, 52. Kiley Sweet (Northville) 46:58, 53. Samantha Allen (Broadalbin) 46:59, 54. James Izzo (Florida) 47:02, 55. Travis Young (Hagaman) 47:16, 56. Tammy Allen (Broadalbin) 49:37, 57. Lily Janetsky( Northville) 50:44, 58. Gina Kline (Hagaman) 51:33, 59. Howard Aison (Amsterdam) 51:35, 60. Chris Carpenter (Amsterdam) 51:36, 61. Cheyenne Foster (Amsterdam) 52:35, 62. TJ Green (Amsterdam) 52:46
2016-11-27Thane: Three cops booked for robbing Rs 8.50 lakh from woman - Zee News
Thane: Three cops booked for robbing Rs 8.50 lakh from woman Last Updated: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 13:58 Thane: Three police constables have been booked for allegedly syphoning off Rs 8.50 lakh in the now defunct Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes from a woman here, police said on Sunday. The constables, attached to the Naya Nagar police station under Bhayander division intercepted some persons including the woman during night patrolling in Bhayander on November 20. On searching, the woman was found in possession of the demonetised currency worth Rs 20 lakh, they said. Instead of reporting the matter to their higher-ups or the Income Tax department, the three policemen allegedly took away Rs 8.50 lakh from the woman, police said. Following a complaint by the woman, the Naya Nagar police on Saturday registered an offence against the three personnel under IPC sections 392 (robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), police said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection, police said adding that further probe is on.
2016-11-27Speeding car crushes two children in Thane, Maharashtra - NewsX
Speeding car crushes two children in Thane, Maharashtra By NewsX Bureau | Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 18:22 In an unfortunate incident, two kids were critically injured in Thane after being crushed by a car. The incident took place when driver lost his balance after the kids came in front of the car. The injured kids were immediately rushed to the hospital where there condition is said to be critical. Meanwhile, police have arrested the driver and taken the car into possession.
Speeding car crushes two children in Thane, Maharashtra - NewsX
2016-11-27Car rams into two minors on Thane street; driver held - India Today
Car rams into two minors on Thane street; driver held PTI November 28, 2016 UPDATED 00:05 IST Thane, Nov 27 (PTI) Two minors were seriously injured when they were allegedly hit by a car in Damani Estate area here, police said today. The incident occurred last afternoon when Gunjal was allegedly speeding and lost control of the vehicle, which hit Jia Thakkar (6) and Parth Thakkar (6), both cousins. The children were admitted to a private hospital in a serious condition. Police have arrested the car driver, identified as Dilip Gunjal (37), in connection with the accident. Gunjal was handed over to police yesterday by locals who gathered at the spot of the accident. He has been booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act.
Car rams into two minors on Thane street; driver held - India Today
2016-11-27Mahrashtra human rights panel holds Thane prison responsible in custodial death - The Indian Express
Mahrashtra human rights panel holds Thane prison responsible in custodial death Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published:November 28, 2016 1:59 am There was complaint of severe breathlessness and sweating, shows the medical records available with the prison. Holding the Thane prison responsible for not conducting a proper health screening of a prisoner who later died due to a pre-existing heart condition, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) has issued orders to the Inspector General of Prisons to make it mandatory to conduct a thorough check-up of prisoners and take immediate action in cases of custodial deaths across all prisons in the state. Watch What Else Is Making News A bench of MSHRC Chairperson Justice S R Bannurmath and member M A Sayeed heard a complaint filed by the family of Navab Madansingh Rathod, a prisoner who succumbed to heart ailment on May 21, 2010, while in custody at Thane prison. Rathod was in custody from March 2010. On May 8, 2010, he complained of body ache and giddiness and was treated on out-patient department basis. On May 19, his condition worsened and he was referred to Thane Civil Hospital and later to JJ Hospital. There was complaint of severe breathlessness and sweating, shows the medical records available with the prison. On May 21, Rathod passed away with an enlarged heart; he already had an artificial valve. The MSHRC observed that the prison had not conducted a thorough health check-up of Rathod. In his medical form, the prison medical officer had filled in a No for details of any existing health problems. No cardiac tests were conducted on him. It shows total negligent or indifferent/casual attitude on the part of prison medical officer. It is to be noted that at the time of admission to the prison itself the deceased was suffering from serious heart ailments, the health screening report does not indicate the same, said the order. The MSHRC indicated that this is a serious lapse on part of the jail authorities to also not inform Rathod's family about his hospitalisation. His mother was informed after he died at JJ hospital. The commission has now written to the state principal health secretary to submit an action taken report within six weeks on the case. The IG (Prisons) has been directed to ensure families of ill prisoners are notified about their health periodically. Whenever a prisoner is brought in, it is part of protocol to conduct thorough health analysis. This must have been one case where the medical officer missed, Rajwardhan Sinha, IG (Prisons), told The Indian Express, adding that detailed tests such as electro-cardiogram or cardiac tests are not done routinely unless a prisoner complains of an existing ailment. When contacted, Nitin Yachal, Superintendent of Thane prison, said he has not yet received the order of human rights commissioner. An earlier report by the human rights commission had also observed overcrowding in prisons across the state and need for upgradation of facilities for prisoners.
Mahrashtra human rights panel holds Thane prison responsible in custodial death - The Indian Express
2016-11-266 Cooperative Bank Employees Booked For Rs. 7 Crore Fraud In Thane - NDTV
6 Cooperative Bank Employees Booked For Rs 7 Crore Fraud In Thane All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 26, 2016 17:04 IST Thane: Seven persons, six of them employees of a cooperative bank in Thane, have been booked for allegedly defrauding customers and the bank to the tune of around Rs 7 crore, police said today. An FIR in this regard was registered last evening and later the case transferred to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for further probe, Inspector G D Pingle of Chitalsar Police Station said. The accused, including a branch manager, were booked under IPC sections related to cheating, forgery, dishonest misappropriation of property, criminal breach of trust, falsification of accounts and also provisions of the IT Act, one of them related to hacking of computer system, he said. The alleged crime took place at Lok Puram branch of the CKP Cooperative Bank. The case was registered based on a complaint submitted by Raju Phanse, a Director of the bank. These seven persons indulged in malpractices to defraud the bank's customers and the lender to the tune of Rs 6,92,19,047, said Mr Phanse. According to the complaint, the accused tampered with the bank's computer systems and receipts of depositors and diverted funds from their accounts to a particular account to facilitate benefit of cash credit (short-term loan) to its holder. They also opened a number of new accounts without following regulations and diverted funds deposited in them to this particular account held by Satyen Salva. The man who got benefit from the cash credit, which was beyond his eligibility, failed to repay the loan, thus cheating the bank and its customers, police said. Those named in the FIR are Anjali Pisal (Branch Manager), Chandrashekar Karve (another senior officer), Unnati Thombre (clerk), Satish Jamble, Vikas Kubal and Narendra Jadhav (all peons) and Mr Salva. They tampered with the bank's computer system and software to facilitate these illegal transactions, police said, adding no arrest has been made. The bank was under an administrator between 2012 and 2015 after the RBI dissolved its board following complaints of mismanagement in its functioning.
2016-11-25Thane, Navi Mumbai cell towers may be sealed - Times of India - Times of India
Thane, Navi Mumbai cell towers may be sealed Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2016, 11.56 PM IST Thane: Mobile users in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira-Bhayandar may have connectivity problems soon as the district collector plans to seal operations of cellular towers on land, including residential societies, where taxes have not been paid. There are 1,526 towers in Thane taluka, including the Lake City, neighbouring Navi Mumbai and Mira-Bhayandar, where owners of the land where most of them are installed, have allegedly not paid non-agricultural tax. The towers have to pay the levy annually as per Section 174 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code (1966) as the land is used for commercial purposes. Most towers in urban areas are atop residential or commercial structures and owners of the land, including residential complexes, have to pay the commercial taxes as they collect rentals from mobile companies. The department has sent reminders to societies and land owners where the towers stand but has not received any reply, following which the collector issued notices. The annual tax is calculated for towers in proportion to the height and radius of area it covers on the ground. A blanket penalty of Rs 100 per day can be levied on residential societies defaulting on payment, a revenue official said. "We have sent notices to the land owners, including residential societies, where mobile towers have been set up in urban pockets of Thane taluka. We will wait till December 5, after which we will seal the towers," the official said. Officials said reduction in operational towers could disrupt services. "Calls may drop if the towers are not operating and users may face inconvenience," said an official. The administration has also warned those involved in mining that their property will be seized if they do not pay their arrears.
2016-11-25Thane painter's artwork a reflection on spirituality - Daily News & Analysis
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2016-11-25Mobile towers would be sealed if tax not paid: Thane collector - Mumbai Mirror
Mobile towers would be sealed if tax not paid: Thane collector PTI | Nov 25, 2016, 06.14 PM IST Thane: Thane district collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar today issued a warning to those property owners who have not paid commercial NA tax on the mobile towers standing on their premises (atop buildings). An official release here said such property owners should pay the tax immediately, otherwise the mobile towers would be sealed from December 7. Thane tehasildar K K Badane said there were a total of 1,523 towers of various mobile service providers within the limits of Thane, Mira Bhayander and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporations. The administration also issued warning to those who have failed to pay royalty on illegal excavation, asking them to pay up by November 30, saying that else their properties would be sealed.
2016-11-25Rs 40 lakh payout for family of man killed by Thane bus - Times of India
Rs 40 lakh payout for family of man killed by Thane bus Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Nov 26, 2016, 12.40 AM IST THANE: The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) recently upheld a claim for compensation and directed the Thane Municipal Transport undertaking to pay a jobless widow, her two children and elderly in-laws Rs 39.4 lakh for causing the death of their family bread winner in August 2014. Principal district judge S M Gavhane held TMT responsible for the untimely death of pedestrian, Jitendra Salunkhe. Advocate Pradeep Tillu, who represented the widow, said Salunkhe and his minor son, Swapnil, were waiting to hail an auto rickshaw on the service road near Nitin Company, when a TMT bus knocked him down, and he died on the spot. He blamed the driver for driving negligently and over speeding. Tillu provided police documents to prove that the bus knocked down Salunkhe, who was thrown to a side and the left wheel of the bus ran over his head, crushing him to death. Salunke's widow moved MACT in September and claimed Rs 50 lakh compensation from TMT. She said her husband was a machine operator with Balmer Lawrie Van Leer Ltd, earning a monthly salary of Rs 25,222. TMT blamed Salunkhe for the accident. Its legal team said Salunkhe committed suicide by jumping before a running bus. They argued that when the bus was passing by, a street fight was on, and one of them came running and jumped before the bus, and dashed the left rear tyre and sustained a head injury. They said the driver was not at fault and Salunkhe's carelessness led to his death, and the undertaking was not liable to pay compensation. "On the basis of the FIR and final report, the driver did not disputed the documented record of the incident. The victim's son too gave evidence of rash and negligent driving. On the basis of that, it can be inferred that there was negligence on part of the TMT driver," the judge noted. Moreover, the driver could not provide evidence to support the claim that Salunkhe jumped before the bus and committed suicide. Gavhane directed TMT to pay 9% interest on the compensation amount from the date of filing the claim in September 2014.
Rs 40 lakh payout for family of man killed by Thane bus - Times of India
2016-11-25Thane youths beat up cop after he objects to urinating in open - Mumbai Mirror
Thane youths beat up cop after he objects to urinating in open PTI | Nov 25, 2016, 07.02 PM IST Thane: A group of youths allegedly beat up an assistant sub-inspector attached to Badlapur police station in the district late last night after he took exception to one of them urinating by the roadside, police said. Maruti Kohinkar (57) spotted a boy answering the nature's call in the vicinity of his house at around 11.30 pm last night and reprimanded him, whereupon the boy and his five friends assaulted him, police said. Kohinkar received some serious injuries and was admitted to a private hospital. The boys, yet to be unidentified, fled on motorbikes after the incident. Badlapur police have registered case. Probe is on.
Thane youths beat up cop after he objects to urinating in open - Mumbai Mirror
2016-11-25Police constable, friend felicitated for averting major tragedy in Thane - Mid-Day
Police constable, friend felicitated for averting major tragedy in Thane By Vinay Dalvi Posted 25-Nov-2016 A police constable and his friend, were felicitated on Thursday by the Thane police for averting a possibly major tragedy near Mumbra Reti Bunder station earlier this week. Malhari Shinde, a resident of Mumbra, was alerted of a rail fracture by a group of boys around 7 pm on Monday. He called his friend and head constable, Deepak Vairagi, of Mumbra police station. Vairagi alerted senior inspector Ravindra Tayade and set out for the spot. At the spot, Shinde and Vairagi tried to stop an oncoming local train, but the motorman couldn't spot them in the dark. A quick-thinking Vairagi then fished out a red-coloured T-shirt and alerted the motorman with the help of his mobile phone torch. Deputy Commissioner of Thane police Abhishek Trimukhe lauded the duo for putting their lives at risk.
Police constable, friend felicitated for averting major tragedy in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-11-24Thane walls to come alive as part of cleanliness drive - Daily News & Analysis
Thane walls to come alive as part of cleanliness drive NAVEETA SINGH | Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 08:00 AM IST, DNA During `Paint the walls and beautify your city' campaign over 30 kms of walls in the city will be painted in phases. After a mass cleanliness campaign last month, Thane residents will once again come together for a massive beautification initiative. Under the latest drive to be launched by the TMC in December, over 30 kms of walls in the city will be painted by renowned painters, students and residents of Thane. On December 4, the plain old walls of Thane will come alive with beautiful paintings as part of a drive organised by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). During `Paint the walls and beautify your city' campaign over 30 kms of walls in the city will be painted in phases. "We want this campaign to become a mass movement and I would appeal all the citizens and students to participate in it wholeheartedly," said Sanjeev Jaiswal, commissioner, TMC. In the first phase which will be launched on December 4, over 55,000 square feet of walls which include Cadbury service road, wall of Singhania school, pillars of Nitin junction flyover, Dharmaveer Anand Dighe pravesh dwaar (gate), Cadbury company's wall, Kopri circle, walls of Kopri ST bus stand, Kopri bus workshop, Kalwa ST workshop and Kausa auditorium will be painted. The civic body has already selected 20 to 25 walls in each of its wards, and expects schools in these wards to encourage their students to come forward and participate in the public movement.
2016-11-24Thane: Man arrested for murdering illicit lover in Ulhasnagar - Mid-Day
Thane: Man arrested for murdering illicit lover in Ulhasnagar By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour The Ulhasnagar police have arrested the 26-year-old man on Tuesday for killing a 24-year-old bar girl with whom he was into illicit relationship. The accused was produced in court on Wednesday and remanded to police custody till November 28. Rajesh Khan 26, killed his lover a bar girl, Jamila Khan alias Khatoon 24. Khan hailed from West Bengal and used to live with Jamila at Rajaram Complex located in Asher Gaon in Ulahsnagar. According to the police the incident took place on Friday afternoon. After an argument between them Khan overpowered and chocked her to death. "On Friday afternoon Khan met Safiuallah Shaikh 35, his friend and neighbor and gave him the key of his third floor flat. He said Jamila had left home and was going to search for her. On Friday night Shaikh received a call from Khan asking him dispose the a bag in which he had stuffed her corpse after murdering her. Khan then informed us and accordingly we started the further investigation, said a police officer. The deceased's corpse was found stuffed in this bag, which Khan wanted his neighbour to dispose off. Surendra Shirsat, Senior Police Inspector, Vitthalwadi police station said, They claimed in the complex that they were married, but Khan claims he was in an illicit relationship with her and was not happy as she use to work in a bar. In order to confuse us, he told Safiuallah, who told us about it that he is heading to Bangalore. But, when we traced his location and found that he is heading to Calcutta, we sent a team of officers from our police station and Ulhasnagar Crime Branch who nabbed him on Sunday morning, when he got down at Howrah railway station. Shirsat further added, He was arrested on Tuesday, produced in court on Wednesday, and is in police custody till November 28. He claims to have a family in West Bengal and is married. The deceased was unhappy as he didn't spend much time with her and regular fights occurred between the two.
Thane: Man arrested for murdering illicit lover in Ulhasnagar - Mid-Day
2016-11-24Thane police to run marathon this Sunday - Hindustan Times
Thane police to run marathon this Sunday Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 24, 2016 13:48 IST The Thane police have for the first time organised a marathon for police officers, constables and their families in Thane on November 27. The marathon will start around 5am from Harmis garden and culminate at Hiranandani in Thane. Rashmi Karandikar, deputy commissioner of police, headquarters 1, Thane, said, The participants have been training for the marathon from the past four months. So far, we have 3,500 registrations and more are likely to take part. A woman constable from Kolhapur, Jayshree Borge, 26, will also take part in the marathon. She has won many marathons at the state and national-level, said Karandikar. The marathon will be held in association with Pinakthon. It will comprise three categories 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres and 21 kilometres.
Thane police to run marathon this Sunday - Hindustan Times
2016-11-24Jogging track near Thane lake set to get a makeover - Hindustan Times
Jogging track near Thane lake set to get a makeover Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 24, 2016 16:11 IST In 2011, the Thane Municipal Corporation spent Rs 1.5 crore on the beautification of this lake. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has begun work on renovating the Rs 49-lakh jogging track project from Wednesday. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC, said, The jogging track, which is 800 metres long, has been in a dilapidated condition for some time. A senior citizen said, Hundreds of senior citizens walk on this track every morning and evening. However, as it condition is dilapidated, walking on it poses a major risk to senior citizens. Malvi said, Apart from repairing this track, the repair and painting works on the safety wall will also be initiated. Attractive LED lights will also be installed along the periphery of this lake. New dustbins will also be put up on the premises. The civic chief has also planned to install a musical fountain, open gym and washrooms for men and women, added Malvi. In 2011, the TMC spent Rs 1.5 crore on the beautification of this lake. A jogging track and safety wall was built and a solar lighting system was installed as part of the beautification plan. The lake is surrounded by many residential societies.
Jogging track near Thane lake set to get a makeover - Hindustan Times
2016-11-24SE: Four-Time Olympic Medalist Thane Baker Thankful for K-State's Impact - K-StateSports.com
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2016-11-24Demonetisation dampens wedding shopping in Thane, traders unhappy - Hindustan Times
Demonetisation dampens wedding shopping in Thane, traders unhappy Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 24, 2016 16:47 IST As the wedding season approaches, Subhash Lane near Thane railway station is usually bustling with shoppers. Things however are unusually quiet in this lane at present, due to the demonetisation of currency. People are falling short of cash to splurge on wedding fineries. Traders along the lane have estimated business falling by over fifty percent this wedding season since the demonetisation announcement. The Subhash Road market is older than famous Gokhale Road or Ram Maruti Road markets. More than three generations own a shop along this road. Rahul Vadhan, owner of Bansari Sarees, said, Business is down by 50 percent as compared to the last few years. This year, there are many auspicious wedding dates and we were hoping for more business post Diwali, however the demonetisation has put us in losses. Our sales increase by 100 to 200 percent during this time of the year. Very few of our clients who pay through cards,and a major chunk prefer to pay in cash. We are not able to give change to everyone, nor do people have enough cash to pay in case of major wedding shopping. Another trader,Bharat Mota, who owns the Mister Men's ethnic store said, We sell wedding outfits for grooms. The business of every trader along this road is down by 40 to 50 percent. However, we support the demonetisation decision, and are also trying to ensure that customers do not have to suffer. Mota said that most traders have cut down the booking amount of wedding outfits to accommodate clients. We used to take fifty percent of the total cost of the outift as the booking amount, as it needs to be stitched as per the fit. We are now accepting amounts as meagre as Rs1000 to 2000, so that people do not have to suffer. Sales of electronics have also been affected. Owner of Mac electronics, Haresh Gala,also expressed of facing almost 40 percent in losses. Gifting of electronic goods like watches, mobiles or television is common in weddings. This year owing to cash crunch, we do not have much demand for them. Road widening adding to the woes The traders of Subhash Road had already faced loss of business during the widening of this road before monsoon undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation. Vadhan added, Most of us had to give a portion of our shops for the widening and had to renovate or repair it. The business was low due to these activities. We had hoped that we could make up for the losses during the wedding season and thus were awaiting it. However with demonetisation, these hopes too are crushed. We do support the move of the central government, but there should be some relief for that common man. Auspicious Wedding dates November: 11, 12, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 December: 3, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 January: 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23 February: 1, 2, 13, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 March: 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13
Demonetisation dampens wedding shopping in Thane, traders unhappy - Hindustan Times
2016-11-24Call centres in 'narcotics racket': Thane cops plan to contact DRI to check links of case with IRS scam - The Indian Express
Call centres in narcotics racket: Thane cops plan to contact DRI to check links of case with IRS scam In the international narcotics racket busted by the DRI, call centres were reportedly used to facilitate the trade, as in the case of the IRS scam busted by the Thane police. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 25, 2016 1:54 am Days after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested eight men in connection with an alleged international drug racket, the Thane police that busted an international call centre racket last month said it will contact the central agency in connection with the fresh case. In the international narcotics racket busted by the DRI, call centres were reportedly used to facilitate the trade, as in the case of the IRS scam busted by the Thane police. Also, one of the two call centres allegedly involved in the drug racket is based in Ambernath, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Thane police. We will be contacting the DRI to get more information on the case, said a senior Thane police officer, adding that since the Thane police were probing a similar case, they wanted to see if there was a link between the cases. On November 21, the DRI busted a racket of courier firms, call centres and chemical firms allegedly involved in illegal export of psychotropic substances to the US and UK. Allied Air Express, a firm based in the Mira Road area in Thane district, was illegally exporting psychotropic substances in the form of tablets such as Zoltrate 10, Altrax, Nitravet 10 and Onapil 2 to users in the US and UK, it has been alleged. On conducting searches at the Mira Road building of Allied Air Express and two other premises, DRI officials found 16 lakh tablets worth about Rs 57 lakh, which was seized by them. The DRI produced the eight arrested accused before court on Thursday. The accused were remanded in police custody.
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2016-11-23After Thane, 19 Held at Ahmedabad Call Centre for Conning Americans - News18
After Thane, 19 Held at Ahmedabad Call Centre for Conning Americans Press Trust Of India First published: November 23, 2016, 7:36 AM IST Updated: 3 hours ago Ahmedabad: Police on Tuesday raided a call centre here and arrested 19 people, including six women, for allegedly posing as officials of US' Internal Revenue Service and extorting money from American nationals by threatening them of legal action over 'tax evasion'. Similar raids were conducted last month in Thane, Maharashtra by local police on at least seven call centres in connection with the multi-crore scam wherein US citizens were duped adopting similar modus operandi. Based on a specific tip off that one Hitendra Davda (29) and Sandip Rajwani (21) are running an illegal call centre at a rented office in Bodakdev area, a crime branch team raided the premises and arrested both the masterminds and 17 employees, including 6 women, who have been hired as "call agents" by the duo.During the raid, police recovered 34 CPUs, 21 mobile phones, 3 laptops, 2 Internet routers and scripts for call agents, stated a release issued by the crime branch. Investigations have revealed that Davda and Rajwani started the call centre in Maurya Atria building in Bodakdev around one year back. The duo used to earn Rs 7 lakh (USD 11,000) per month by compelling US nationals to pay after threatening them of arrest and cancellation of driving license and social security number, stated the release. The action was taken in the wake of similar raids carried out by Thane police on call centres. Following those raids in Thane, city police commissioner has ordered the crime branch to identify and raid such call centre running in the city, stated the release. The officials have learnt that the callers used to make calls using sophisticated calling applications such as Magic Jack and X-lite to dupe US citizens. Explaining the modus operandi of Davda and Rajwani, the release stated the duo acquired a database of the US-based 'defaulters' who can be targeted.The callers used to threaten these citizens to pay them a specified amount online to save themselves from facing stern legal actions, including imprisonment for three months, stated the release. Blowing the lid off the Thane call centre scam, police had raided seven call centres in Mira Road area last month and arrested about 70 directors and key persons of these call centres. The mastermind behind running Thane call centres, identified as Sagar alias Shaggy Thakkar, is absconding.
After Thane, 19 Held at Ahmedabad Call Centre for Conning Americans - News18
2016-11-23Repairs on Thane's Ghodbunder road to continue for another month and a half - Hindustan Times
Repairs on Thane's Ghodbunder road to continue for another month and a half Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 23, 2016 15:56 IST The work on the city's Ghodbunder road seems to be a never ending tale. The Thane Municipal Corporation said that the road will get clearance from the forest department only after a month and a half. This delay in approval will further delay the completion of this road. The left side of the road, while going from Mumbai towards Ghodbunder, is stuck at four spots. A large chunk of a 900-meter patch is remaining: three at Patlipada and Dongripada, and one at Gaimukh. Three of these spots are under forest land, while there are huge electricity towers on the fourth plot near Patlipada. Sanjeev Jaiswal, civic commissioner, said, One of the main barriers was the huge electricity towers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. near Patlipada. We have now started the work of shifting these towers. Apart from these, the other obstructions were the forest patches, for which we had approached the higher forest authorities and the approval process is in its final stages. He informed that the approval from the forest department will come in the next one-and-a-half to two months, after which the work on the service road will be completed at the earliest. The completion of the left side of the road will the pave way for a smooth commute from Kapurbawdi to Gaimukh. The total width of the Ghodbunder road is 60 metres, out of which the highway is 42 metres. The two service roads have a width of 9 metres each on either side. The total cost of the two service roads is Rs 93.88 crore. The funding for the roads was given to the corporation by the MMRDA. The work on the service road was undertaken in two phases: the first phase included Kapurbawdi to Patlipada which was completed two years ago, while the second phase was undertaken in December last year.
Repairs on Thane
2016-11-23Thane drug haul case: Trio transferred crores using hawala - Hindustan Times
Thane drug haul case: Trio transferred crores using hawala Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, THANE Updated: Nov 24, 2016 01:05 IST The three accused in the Thane ephedrine haul case, Jay Mukhi, Kishore singh Rathod and Vicky Goswami carried out hawala transactions worth crores, the police said on Wednesday. Mukhi was arrested from Uttar Pradesh on May 30 and is in the custody of Thane police. Rathod, businessman and son of Gujarat MLA Bhavsingh Rathod, and druglord Goswami are absconding. Bharat Shelkhe, additional commissioner of police, Thane, said, We have got WhatsApp data which show Mukhi was in touch with Rathod and Goswami. On getting money through hawala, Mukhi used to get in touch with angadiyas. The angadiyas used to take down the serial number of Rs 5 and Rs 10 notes that were to be transported and carry out the operation. Shelkhe said, We also found they had transported 10 tonnes of rice and sugar to Kenya via airways and waterways over the past couple of years. The rice and sugar gunny bags were used to supply ephedrine drug packets in it. Another police officer said, The America police are also investigating the case. They too confirmed the Whatsapp exchanges between the trio. Amol Walzade, inspector, anti-narcotics cell, Thane, said, We have field a charge sheet. We are also looking for Rathod. He has not contacted his family yet. In January, Mukhi and Rathod had gone to meet Goswami. They took Manoj Jain along. On that day, they transferred Rs 3 crore within three hours.
Thane drug haul case: Trio transferred crores using hawala - Hindustan Times
2016-11-23To save water, taps to run dry every Wednesday in Thane - Times of India
To save water, taps to run dry every Wednesday in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Nov 23, 2016, 10.40 PM IST THANE: Even though this year the city received good rainfall, residents will have to face water cuts every Wednesday following a water rationalization plan by the irrigation department recently. With the daily water supply to the urban local bodies (ULB) exceeding the actual consumption, those monitoring the water situation have called for a rationalization plan to ensure a steady supply all through the year. A notification to this effect has been sent out to all civic bodies in the district. The decision was taken after a few municipal agencies were reportedly lifting more water than required from reservoirs, leading to an unequal distribution to others. Thane district had received 3,291 mm rainfall as against 2,468 mm rainfall that it is supposed to receive during monsoon. The water levels in two major dams Bhatsa and Barvi had also reached satisfactory levels and currently too are nearly 70% full. However, the irrigation department didn't want to take any chances and has recommended the cuts now as the demand is comparitively low in winter. ''The decision was taken during a recent review meeting by the irrigation department,'' said an official. The TMC received a notification to implement the same starting this Wednesday. Several areas along Ghodbunder Road, Khopat, Naupada, etc, will face water cuts throughout the day starting 9am on Wednesday till 9am Thursday. The pressure of water over the next two days will also be low, officials said. Meanwhile, irrigation officials have blamed few corporations for lifting more water than prescribed on certain days. ''Few agencies end up drawing more water that could impact the available supply. We have analysed the water table in reservoirs and have decided to curtail the supply so that the available stock lasts till the end of July,'' said an irrigation official. When contacted, TMC water department in-charge Ravindra Khadtale confirmed that they have received a directive to curtail 100mld water every week. ''We will try to supply water from other agencies to the affected areas to minimize the inconvenience caused to residents,'' he said. However, activists have suggested that the administration first plug leakages in the network that could largely help solve the crisis. We will try to supply water from other agencies to the affected areas to minimize the inconvenience caused to residents.
To save water, taps to run dry every Wednesday in Thane - Times of India
2016-11-23Thane consumer forum orders insurance company to honour octogenarian's claim in dollar - Times of India
Thane consumer forum orders insurance company to honour octogenarian's claim in dollar Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Nov 23, 2016, 07.05 PM IST THANE: In a one-of-a-kind order, Thane's district consumer redress forum has ordered an insurance company to honour a $13,253 claim of an octogenarian. According to the legal fraternity, this is possibly the first time the forum has ordered payment in foreign currency to a complainant. In the order, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company and its third party administrator (TPA), Europ Assistance India, were told to jointly pay the amount to Ramesh Mohare, a resident of Shrirang Society, Thane, by the end of the year, or else pay it with an interest of 12% till realisation. Mohore was also awarded compensation of Rs 3,000 for running from pillar to post for nine years to chase his claim and Rs 10,000 for incurring legal expenses. In his complaint, Mohore said he had taken the firm's overseas insurance policy for visiting his son in the US for a vacation. During his stay, on May 2, 2007, he complained of chest pain and was admitted to Saint Antonio's University Health Care System Hospital, Texas, for treatment and was discharged after two days. Mohore said his son had informed the insurer about the treatment on telephone. Pointing out his agony, Mohore said that even though the policy was cashless, the insurer had not made any provision to make the payment to the hospital. Hence, as a last resort, he had to furnish an undertaking that he would pay the bill after getting payment from the insurer. On May 26, 2007, his claim, along he requisite 14 with the requisite 14 documents, were lodged with the insurer, receipt of which was acknowledged the next day via email by the insurer. On August 10 that year, the insurer again sought certain documents from the complainant, which were already provided to them earlier. The TPA, in March 2011, asked for some more documents, which were already provided, along with the claim. A month later, the insurer said that the complainant would know about the status of the claim within seven days, which never happened. After returning to India, Mohore repeatedly followed up with the insurer about the claim, but as there was no response, he sent a legal notice, followed by the complaint with the forum. The insurance firm informed the forum that there was delay in lodging the claim, which the forum rejected, stating that it had condoned the delay in the lodging of the claim in an earlier order. The insurer also came up with the argument that the complainant's "sickness" had not occurred while on a trip; this argument too was rejected by the forum. In its order, given by the forum's president, Sneha Mhatre, and members Madhuri Vishwarupe and ND Kadam, the forum observed, "Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or a round trip."
Thane consumer forum orders insurance company to honour octogenarian
2016-11-23Start trains from Churchgate to suburbs like Thane, Bombay High Court suggests Railways - India Today
Start trains from Churchgate to suburbs like Thane, Bombay High Court suggests Railways Ankit Misra Mumbai, November 23, 2016 UPDATED 18:55 IST 1. Consider plying trains from Churchgate to Thane, Ambernath to reduce crowd at CST. 2. Activist Samir Zaveri raised issue of increasing number of deaths due to overcrowding in trains. 3. Railways made profit under Lalu. Now we do not know what the scene is. Bombay High Court today suggested that Railways consider starting trains from Churchgate to central suburbs like Thane and Ambernath to reduce crowd at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal (CST). At present, parallel railway tracks run from western suburbs to Churchgate and from central suburbs to CST. A third track connects CST to Navi Mumbai. There is connectivity between western and central railway tracks only from Andheri in western suburb. A Division bench headed by Justice VM Kanade said, "When trains to western suburbs like Andheri and Bandra ply from CST, the railways should consider trains to central suburbs too from Churchgate." He added, "Several commuters who have offices in Churchgate and Nariman Point area can go to Churchgate station and take trains to central suburbs, instead of going all the way to CST. This will also help reduce the crowd at CST. "FEWER DEATHS DUE TO OVERCROWDING IN TRAINS". The bench was hearing a PIL filed by activist Samir Zaveri, who raised the issue of increasing number of deaths due to overcrowding in trains. Advocate Suresh Kumar, appearing for Railways, informed the court today that casualties due to heavy crowds had reduced considerably in the harbour railway track after the introduction of 12 bogies (also called car rakes), but there was still passenger rush on the western and central railway routes. Mumbai rains hit train services, thousands stranded: The court also sought to know whether railways was running into losses or it was making profit. "I remember when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Railways Minister, the railways was making profit. Now we do not know what the situation is. "The court will hear the petition further on December 8 when the railway police and top railway officials have been called to discuss the issue at hand.
Start trains from Churchgate to suburbs like Thane, Bombay High Court suggests Railways - India Today
2016-11-23Thane: Woman arrested for beating three-year-old son to death - Deccan Chronicle
Thane: Woman arrested for beating three-year-old son to death PTI Published Nov 23, 2016, 3:06 pm IST Updated Nov 23, 2016, 3:07 pm IST The incident took place on November 21 at the residence of the accused, where the woman and her paramour brutually assaulted the toddler. Kumar, who used to live with the accused woman often used to quarrel with her over the child following which they decided to get rid of him. Thane: A 35-year-old woman was arrested in Thane for allegedly beating her 3-year-old son to death, police said on Wednesday. Bharthi Baburao Shinde was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting her son, whom she looked at as a hurdle in establishing a relationship with another man, Vishal Kumar, they said. The incident took place on November 21 at the residence of the accused, where the woman along with her paramour brutually assaulted the toddler, killing him on the spot. The child was declared brought dead when he was taken to a nearby hospital. According to police, Kumar, who used to live with the accused woman often used to quarrel with her over the child following which they decided to get rid of him. The woman, who hails from Nanded lost her husband a couple of years ago and had two sons with him. She met Kumar after she left home and shifted to Mumbai with her younger son, police said adding efforts are on to nab Kumar.
Thane: Woman arrested for beating three-year-old son to death - Deccan Chronicle
2016-11-23TMC to give Thane walls a touch of history and a dash of colour - Times of India
TMC to give Thane walls a touch of history and a dash of colour Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Nov 23, 2016, 10.48 PM IST THANE: The grey and dull walls across the city will soon be attractive and colourful, as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) along with a few activists from the city have designed an initiative Paint walls, beautify city- that will bring together artists and other talents from the city who will paint the walls on various themes. A panel of experts will approve the themes and those interested will have to contact their nearest ward offices. This is a first of its kind attempt in Mumbai and suburbs, where around 30 kms of the otherwise grey and dull walls skirting arterial roads would soon come out alive depicting history and cultural heritage of the lake city through wall artwork. The project will be launched on December 4, announced civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal while addressing to the media on Tuesday afternoon. Around 150 spots in the city have been identified where residents will display their artistic skills with themes synchronizing with the respective surroundings. The theme of the paintings will be based on nature, history, lakes and anything that can visually symbolize Thane. A blend of paintings and murals will also be permitted at certain stretches if the design doesn't interfere with the movement of pedestrians and traffic. The spots have been selected from each of the 65 wards across city. A paint company has decided to sponsor the cost towards raw materials. "The grey walls will soon be converted into a work of art. The initiative will ensure a clean and smart neighbourhood. Such initiatives will help improving citizen involvement to maintain surroundings," said a civic officer. To start with, around 55,000 sq feet of wall and pillars of flyovers will be painted in the first phase that includes the compound walls of Cadbury service road, Singhania school, Nitin junction flyover pillars, Anand Dighe entry point, Kopri circle and Kalwa bus workshop and part of the Kausa stadium walls to name a few
2016-11-22After high court rap, civic body begins exercise to clear Thane station of encroachments - Hindustan Times
After high court rap, civic body begins exercise to clear Thane station of encroachments Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 22, 2016 14:59 IST After the Bombay high court (HC) directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to clear the roads near Thane railway station of hawkers and unauthorised constructions and widen it in four weeks, the corporation has swung into action. The civic chief deployed six deputy municipal commissioners (DMCs) on Tuesday to ensure that there are no encroachments at the station and its nearby areas. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, TMC, said, The civic chief has appointed six deputy municipal commissioners to ensure the roads in Naupada remain free of encroachments. The officials have been assigned one day of the week from Monday to Saturday. They will be responsible for taking action against those hawking in the no-hawking zone in the ward on their assigned days. Railway infra projects delayed, no respite for commuters till 2020 Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said that hawkers won’t be spared even on Sundays. A squad under a deputy and executive city engineer has been appointed to keep watch on Sundays and holidays, he said. Vikrant Tawade, an activist from Thane, had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in HC in June last year demanding that the road from Court Naka to Thane station be widening. Although the TMC started the work on widening the stretch, it was left incomplete, leaving room for hawkers to encroach. Tawade said, The court has come down heavily on the corporation for not clearing the encroachments, including the hawkers and the illegal constructions, along the stretch. The court observed that the roads are encroached upon only because of inaction by the corporation. Pedestrians cannot walk on the encroached footpaths.
After high court rap, civic body begins exercise to clear Thane station of encroachments - Hindustan Times
2016-11-22Thane: Surgeon duped of Rs 13.50 lakh on pretext of son's ... - DNA - Daily News & Analysis
Thane: Surgeon duped of Rs 13.50 lakh on pretext of son's admission Updated: Nov 22, 2016, 01:27 PM IST, PTI Surgeon Rajendra S Kelkar wanted to get his son enrolled in MBBS in a college at Chiplun. A civil surgeon from Palghar district was allegedly duped by three persons including a doctor to the tune of Rs 13.50 lakh, after they promised to secure admission of his son in a medical college at Chiplun, police said on Tuesday. Rajendra S Kelkar has alleged in the complaint that he was cheated by one of his friends doctor Avinash Lokhande from Sangli, one Mahesh Adate from Navi Mumbai (admission agent) and driver Sachin Surve. Police said an offence under IPC sections 420, 406, 507 and 34 has been registered against the trio with the Kasarwadavali police station in Thane and further probe is on. However, no arrests have been made so far in this connection, they said. Kelkar said that he wanted to get his son enrolled in MBBS with the college at Chiplun for which Lokhande offered assistance. Lokhande directed the victim to Adate (agent), who allegedly made a demand of Rs 18 lakh for the admission. The deal was later finalised for Rs 17 lakh. Accordingly, Kelkar made the full payment on different occasions in various tranches and sometimes through Surve (Adate's driver). The payment was made between July 2 and 12, 2015. Later when he enquired about the admission in October 2015, he was informed that the admission was not possible as it was too late and the money paid by him would be refunded, police said. Adate, on being continuously pursued refunded a sum of Rs 3.50 lakh till October 2016. When the balance amount was sought, he asked the Kelkar to get the rest of his refund (Rs 13.50 lakh) from Lokhande following which he filed a complaint against the trio recently
Thane: Surgeon duped of Rs 13.50 lakh on pretext of son
2016-11-21Ex-staffer had hand in Thane ULC scam - The Asian Age
Ex-staffer had hand in Thane ULC scam THE ASIAN AGE. | ANAMIKA GHARAT Published Nov 21, 2016, 6:32 am IST Updated Nov 21, 2016, 6:36 am IST The Thane police has said that a former woman employee in the collector's office is allegedly involved in the scam. The police are yet to arrest three others in the case. Two have been transferred from the Thane office and one is a retired official. Mumbai: A former woman employee in the collector's office is allegedly involved in a scam in the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) department, the Thane city police, which is investigating the case, said. Earlier, the police arrested a builder following which it has received details about the involvement of three officials working in the collector offices in the fraud. The police said they would be arrested soon. On November 12, the Thane police arrested a builder Shyamsunder Agarwal after a real estate agent Manan Gandhi filed a complaint regarding the false paper he had submitted to get an ULC certificate. The Thane police has arrested one more accused Vishwarup Parkar alias Baban who is an agent in the collector's office and was in touch with the builder Agarwal for the past few years. An official from the Thane police, on the condition of anonymity said, Parkar was constantly in touch with Agarwal and a few other builders too. He used to make false documents with the help of a former employee. One of the former employees is a woman who knew the format of the ULC certificate and she used to help these agents make them. We have seized a typewriter and some fake documents from the home of the former woman employee house and will also arrest her soon. The police are yet to arrest three others in the case. Two have been transferred from the Thane office and one is a retired official. The Thane police unearthed the scam after a builder in the Mira-Bhayander area was found to have used bogus papers to get an exemption from parting with land as mandated by provisions of the ULC (regulation) Act (ULCRA). The Thane police has found files on five realty projects in Thane district where it is suspected that builder Agarwal had submitted fake ULC certificates to the collector's office and Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation for their approval. The police suspect that the officials who have signed and approved the files for the said projects are involved in the scam and will soon question them.
Ex-staffer had hand in Thane ULC scam - The Asian Age
2016-11-21Thane police may initiate process of Letter Rogatory in fake call centre case | Thane NYOOOZ - NYOOOZ
Thane police may initiate process of Letter Rogatory in fake call centre case TOI Thane Sun,20 Nov 2016 THANE: The Thane crime branch are likely to initiate the process of letter rogatory (LR) which is a formal request from a local court to a foreign court for assistance in the multi-crore IRS fake call centre case that duped thousands of gullible US citizens and siphoned millions of dollars. Elaborating the process of LR, a senior Thane police officer said that the LR is a formal communication in writing sent by the local court in which action is pending to a foreign court or judge requesting the testimony of a witness residing within the jurisdiction of that foreign court which may be formally taken thereon under its direction and transmitted to the issuing court making such request for use in a pending legal contest or action. "Considering the immensity of the case and number of evidences as well assistance is definitely required hence, we are contemplating on issuing LR very soon through the courts so it will aid and help us nail the accused in the fake call centre case and strengthen the testimony from the victims," said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity. The officer added that with the consultation of the legal experts they may initiate soon and issue the LR from the US court in the fake call centre case.
2016-11-21Snags on Thane-Kalyan slow line throws traffic off track - Times of India
Snags on Thane-Kalyan slow line throws traffic off track Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Nov 22, 2016, 12.47 AM IST THANE: Thousands of commuters were inconvenienced, following two rail fractures along the Thane-Kalyan slow line on Monday. The first incident was reported around 9 am between Kalwa and Mumbra after which traffic was disrupted for a few minutes. The welding between two rails had come off but the gap wasn't too much as there was a connector plate holding the rails in place. The snag was immediately attended by the railway staff and trains were back on track but with restricted speed. This had an impact on services going towards CST. Trains were running late by almost 20 minutes till afternoon. The second incident took place at around 6:45pm at the same spot. This lead to bunching of trains between Mumbra and Thane. Some trains were diverted on the fast corridor from Mulund. Officials said a train had already passed the stretch and its motorman realized something amiss. He then alerted the authorities who halted traffic on the stretch. A team of railway staff rushed to the spot and attended the breach and the section was cleared for traffic by 7:20 pm, said a railway official. Activists and commuters again raised the issue of poor maintenance of railway tracks despite conducting weekly mega blocks.However, railway authorities have blamed the fluctuating temperatures for the rail damage.
Snags on Thane-Kalyan slow line throws traffic off track - Times of India
2016-11-21Ulhasnagar killer flees to Kolkata, only to be nabbed by Thane cops ... - Mid-Day
Ulhasnagar killer flees to Kolkata, only to be nabbed by Thane cops By Faisal Tandel Posted 21-Nov-2016 A joint team of Vitthalwadi police and Ulhasnagar Crime Branch surprised a murderer, who had fled to Howrah, by reaching there before him and detaining him at the station. The man had fled after killing his wife, a former bar girl. He had even confessed to the crime to a friend, who had informed the police. The deceased, Jamila Khan alias Khatoon (24) was the second wife of the accused, Rajesh Khan (26); they had married a year ago. Rajesh was from West Bengal and used to stay with Jamila at Rajaram Complex in Asher Gaon, Ulhasnagar. Rage kills: According to the police, the incident took place on Friday afternoon. After an argument between them, Khan, in a fit of rage, choked her. On Friday afternoon, Khan met Safiullah Shaikh (35), his friend and neighbour, and gave him the key to his third-floor flat. He said Jamila had left home and he was going to look for her. On Friday night, Shaikh received a call from Khan, asking him to throw away a resin bag as he had killed his wife and kept her in it. Khan informed us and we started an investigation, said a senior officer from Vitthalwadi police station. Faster than the criminal: A case was register at Vitthalwadi police station under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The police, on the basis of Khan’s mobile number, tracked his location. We sent a team to Howrah by flight. And as soon as he got down at Howrah railway station, we detained him on Sunday. The team is bringing him back to Mumbai, said Surendra Shirsat, senior inspector, Vitthalwadi police station. The team of six members that left for Howrah included two officers and four constables. The officers along with the accused boarded a local on Sunday night. During interrogation, he said that whenever he used to come to Mumbai, he would stay with Jamila, said an officer. He added, There used to be regular fights between them, he told us. There were also fights over cash, as he used to take away her salary.
Ulhasnagar killer flees to Kolkata, only to be nabbed by Thane cops ... - Mid-Day
2016-11-20Thane Crime: Husband absconds after choking bar girl to death in ... - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: Husband absconds after choking bar girl to death in Ulhasnagar By A Correspondent Posted 3 hours A 26-year-old man from Ulhasnagar is on the run after murdering his wife, a bar girl, whom he had married a year ago. The incident came to light after the man, identified as Rajesh Khan, called up his friend, and told him about the murder. The friend then informed the police and a manhunt has been launched to catch the killer. The police said the murder took place in the wee hours of Saturday at Khan's residence in Asher Gaon, Ulhasnagar. The deceased, Jamila Khan alias Khatoon, and Khan were having an argument, when the latter, in a moment of rage, choked Khatoon to death. Thane: Bar girl murdered, body disposed of in Bhimashankar forest "After the crime, Khan locked the door of the house and left the building. He then called one of his friends, Shafiq, and told him that he had killed Khatoon and disconnected the phone," said an official investigating the case. Shafiq immediately informed the cops, who rushed to the scene of the crime. The woman’s body was found on the bed. "We questioned a few neighbours who told us that the two had been married for a year. They did not know what Khan did for a living, but told us that Khatoon was a bar girl," said the official. Body of 25-year-old bar girl found in Dahisar flat, cops suspect murder "We have registered a case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code for murder and efforts to arrest him are on," said Surendra Shirsat, senior inspector of Vitthalwadi police station.
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2016-11-20Thane police may initiate process of Letter Rogatory in fake call centre case - Times of India
Thane police may initiate process of Letter Rogatory in fake call centre case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Nov 20, 2016, 04.20 PM IST THANE: The Thane crime branch are likely to initiate the process of letter rogatory (LR) which is a formal request from a local court to a foreign court for assistance in the multi-crore IRS fake call centre case that duped thousands of gullible US citizens and siphoned millions of dollars. Elaborating the process of LR, a senior Thane police officer said that the LR is a formal communication in writing sent by the local court in which action is pending to a foreign court or judge requesting the testimony of a witness residing within the jurisdiction of that foreign court which may be formally taken thereon under its direction and transmitted to the issuing court making such request for use in a pending legal contest or action. "Considering the immensity of the case and number of evidences as well assistance is definitely required hence, we are contemplating on issuing LR very soon through the courts so it will aid and help us nail the accused in the fake call centre case and strengthen the testimony from the victims," said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity. The officer added that with the consultation of the legal experts they may initiate soon and issue the LR from the US court in the fake call centre case.
Thane police may initiate process of Letter Rogatory in fake call centre case - Times of India
2016-11-20State govt paves way for filing chargesheet on two former bureaucrats - NYOOOZ
State govt paves way for filing chargesheet on two former bureaucrats TOI Thane Sat,19 Nov 2016 THANE: The state government has paved way for filing charge sheet against two former bureaucrats of Thane Municipal Corporation in the infamous multi crore sodium vapour lamp scam that rocked Thane in late 90's and quashed a resolution to 'save' the duo from facing the trail. The committee in its report blamed several corporators of all the political parties and even civic officials responsible for the multiple scams that was busted unholy nexus of politicians as well as bureaucrats. In this case, an offence was registered against 14 corporators of the TMC at Naupada police station in the year 2000. Continuing their probe further the Thane police had registered offences against the former Deputy City Engineeer (Electrical) T C Rajendran and also the then City engineer S S Solanki, ( Deputation). The Crime Unit-II Bhiwandi had on Sept 26 2014 as well as the ACP crime had on january 222015 sought permission from the TMC commissioner to file the charge sheet against the duo with respect to the offence registered with the Naupada police station under sections 420 (cheating), 409( criminal breach of trust by public servant) read with 34 of the IPC. As the General body had not passed resolution by administration sanctioning filing of charge sheet against Rajendran, the commissioner had asked the state government to set aside the said resolution dated October 18, 2008. As the resolution by the General body was not in interest of the public and was against the financial benefits of the corporation it was stayed by the government.The corporation in September 2016 informed the state government that what ever it was doing was in order and finally based on the corporations view the state government finally set aside the resolution of the general body of the corporation and paved the way for the filing of charge sheet against the retired engineer of the corporation.
State govt paves way for filing chargesheet on two former bureaucrats - NYOOOZ
2016-11-20Kalwa: Gas supply disrupted in Thane city, Kalwa after lines ... - Times of India
Gas supply disrupted in Thane city, Kalwa after lines damaged Manoj Badgeri, TNN | Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 03.59 AM IST THANE: Thousands of families in the lake city and Kalwa suffered massive inconvenience on Sunday after gas supply to their homes was disrupted after a civic contractor laying water pipes accidentally ploughed into a Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) line, thereby damaging it. The supply was restored nearly three hours later, said a MGL spokesperson. The incident occured around 11:30 am near the Kharegaon toll naka along the Mumbai-Nashik highway in Thane where the water supply department was working on laying a new pipleline. A huge volume of gas leaked through the pipe which went unnoticed until a heap of burning garbage nearby led to a huge flare. Fire and rescue officials were alerted and the blaze was controlled within a few minutes. Fire officials said they are investigating if there was a fault on part of the contractor while excavating and whether appropriate permissions were taken before taking up the work.
Kalwa: Gas supply disrupted in Thane city, Kalwa after lines ... - Times of India
2016-11-2074% students of Thane's ITI fail 4th semester, allege correction error - Times of India
74% students of Thane's ITI fail 4th semester, allege correction error Freny Fernandes, TNN | Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 04.01 AM IST THANE: Over 74 per cent students of city's Industrial Training Institute (ITI) have approached its principal after they failed the fourth semester exams held in August requesting revaluation. Of the total 500 students studying a variety of skill training courses, 373 have failed the semester, as a result of which they will not be qualified to be hired as apprentices by any company. Twenty-one-year-old Sagar Nichite, student of the fitter training course at ITI, who has failed his theory subject paper, said, "We all came from our Diwali break and were shocked to see the result. I wasn't expecting very high scores, but I definitely was not expecting to fail. I realised that a majority of our batch mates were facing the same issue. This has to be a paper correction error. It is hard to believe that 74 per cent of the students fared poorly." Another student who also failed in the theory subject said that one fail remark will mean not getting a job. "The revaluation process will take time, which means I can only start work much later. This correction error has cost us a lot," said the student. On the other hand, the college management clarified that the entire correction process is computerized and there is no scope for correction error. Sanjay Upasani, principal of the college, said, "This is a government institution and the results come from Delhi. The papers were based on the optical mark recognition (OMR) format where students have to blacken the circle next to the correct answer. The correction process is computerised. It is possible that these students are not accustomed to this format and they may have made errors while answering questions. We are sending papers for revaluation."
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2016-11-19Businessman held for assaulting traffic constable in Thane - Hindustan Times
Businessman held for assaulting traffic constable in Thane Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 19, 2016 17:01 IST A businessman was arrested for assaulting a traffic constable who asked him to stop speeding, in Thane on Friday around 8.15pm. The accused, Ramesh Balaram Shitkar, 45, produces and sells rubber in Thane and other parts of the state. He stays in Vasant Vihar in Thane. The constable, Dilip Kisan Pawar,33, saw a speeding four-wheeler coming from Gaymukh towards the Cadbury junction, where he was stationed. The area falls under the jurisdiction of the Rabodi police. Pawar waved and asked the driver to stop his car. When Shitkar asked why he was stopped, Pawar asked him to stop speeding. A heated argument ensued between the two. A few seconds later, Shitkar hit Pawar and abused him. When Pawar tried to defend himself, Shitkar assaulted him further. We arrested the businessman immediately, under Sections 353,323 of the Indian Penal Code. He was not drunk at the time of the incident. The matter is being investigated, said a police inspector from the Rabodi police station.
Businessman held for assaulting traffic constable in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-19Why ambitious Borivli-Thane ropeway project might get thumbs down - Mid-Day
Why ambitious Borivli-Thane ropeway project might get thumbs down By Ranjeet Jadhav Posted 4 hours The ambitious Rs. 1,000-crore-ropeway project that was expected to connect Borivli and Thane via Sanjay Gandhi National Park, might not see the light of day, sources in the forest department have said. The project might not get cleared as it involves construction inside dense forestland, which could pose a threat to the thriving wildlife. There is also security risk involved because of an Air Force radar located inside the park. According to officials, the MMRDA had plans to create an eight-km-long ropeway connecting Borivli with Thane. The proposed project was to pass through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The subject was also discussed in the state wildlife board meeting. MMRDA officials claimed that the project would help solve the commuting woes between Borivli and Thane and cut down travel time from 90 minutes to less than half. Around 90 commuters can travel via the ropeway in one single journey. It would also help generate revenue that could be shared between MMRDA and SGNP. "MMRDA has plans to come up with a ropeway project, but getting clearance for the same is not easy as it passes through the core, sensitive zone," said a senior forest department official, on condition of anonymity. "There is already a lot of disturbance around the SGNP due to encroachment. The ropeway is an environment-friendly mode of transport, but during construction there will certainly be some disturbance," said Rajesh Sanap, wildlife photographer. Shree Bhagwan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, said that as of now only permission for a survey has been granted.
Why ambitious Borivli-Thane ropeway project might get thumbs down - Mid-Day
2016-11-19475 students from Thane ITI fail, ask for a re-evaluation - Daily News & Analysis
475 students from Thane ITI fail, ask for a re-evaluation NAVEETA SINGH | Sat, 19 Nov 2016-07:10am , DNA When students of Thane's ITI (Industrial Training Institute) at Ramnagar went to attend college after their Diwali vacation, they were surprised to learn that more than 475 students had failed in one subject in a semester exam held in August. The angry students approached the college principal for a re-evaluation, threatening to go on a hunger strike from next week. The principal of the institute has said that since the results were not fully declared yet, students should wait and not panic. Sameer Pandey (name changed), a student from ITI, Ramnagar, Wagle estate in Thane west was at loss for words on Thursday when he learnt that he had failed a subject in the fourth semester exam held in August 2016. "We were given these excel sheets on November 17 which had our roll calls, name, marks and whether we have passed or failed," he said. "Majority of students from my class have failed, which seems unbelievable," he added. More than 700 students study at Thane's ITI. The affected students tried reaching the college principal S M Upasani on Thursday, but claimed she was not reachable. "We approached the school management on Friday and the principal Mr Upasani said that there was some problem in the system at Delhi. He assured that the paper will be sent for re-evaluation and asked us to wait till Monday. If the problem is not rectified then we will go on a hunger strike on November 27," said another student. When contacted on the issue, S M Upasani said that the results were declared from Delhi and only a partial list had been declared. "The list consists names of repeaters who appeared for first, third and fourth semesters. The entire list has not been declared yet and I asked students not to panic," said Upasani. "In certain cases we can also give grace marks to those who have failed. So please do not panic," he added. He, however, advised that instead of going for re-evaluation, the students should reappear for the exams. He said that since the ITI exams have been centralised two years back, there have been delays in the results of the students. "If they go for re-evaluation the results would anyway come pretty late. It is better they reappear for the exams in February and before that if they get their re-evaluated marksheet and they have passed, they can withdraw from the February exams. Otherwise they will lose a year," he added.
475 students from Thane ITI fail, ask for a re-evaluation - Daily News & Analysis
2016-11-18One killed after three-storey building collapses in Thane - The Indian Express
One killed after three-storey building collapses in Thane By: PTI | Thane | Published:November 18, 2016 10:26 am A beggar was crushed to death when a three-storey building in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi collapsed in the early hours in Thane on Friday. The Samata building, situated in Nizampura locality, which had been declared dangerous and vacated earlier, collapsed at around 1.30 AM, police said. Mohammad Momin (53), who was sleeping on a road adjacent to the building, was buried in the debris as the structure collapsed, Thane city police control room said. Police and local civic body personnel rushed to the site after the incident.
One killed after three-storey building collapses in Thane - The Indian Express
2016-11-18Thane cops bust illicit liquor racket in Mumbra - The Hindu
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2016-11-18Man killed after dangerous building collapses in Thane - Hindustan Times
Man killed after dangerous building collapses in Thane Padmja Sinha, Hindustan Times, Bhiwandi Updated: Nov 18, 2016 10:48 IST A driver, 42, was killed after a three-storey building collapsed in Bhiwandi, Thane, early on Friday. He was sleeping in the 55-year-old building Kalim Momin located on Khadak Road. During the collapse, the building was empty as almost 47 families had vacated it a month ago after getting the eviction notice from the Bhiwnadi Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC), which had declared it dangerous. Sunil Zhalke, PRO of the BNMC, said, The building was declared dangerous and the 47 families were evacuated safely long back and the building was due for demolition. The front part of the building collapsed and killed the driver who used to sleep in the empty building every night. The deceased was a resident of Shantinagar and due to family problems he used to spend night in the building, added Zhalke We are acting on all the dangerous structures in the city by asking residents to vacate them, officials said.
Man killed after dangerous building collapses in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-18Thane man in catch-22 for daughter's cancer treatment - Daily News & Analysis
Thane man in catch-22 for daughter’s cancer treatment DISHA SHETTY | Fri, 18 Nov 2016-07:00am , Mumbai , DNA Nikhil, a civil engineer from Kalyan in Thane, Maharashtra, has spent many sleepless nights swince his young daughter was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. With an annual income of around Rs 4 lakh, the nine-year-old’s father was wondering how he would pay for his daughter’s treatment which may run up to Rs 20 lakh. But the government’s demonetization move has unexpectedly brought him some respite. Some people have lent a helping hand to Nikhil. “I have received a few calls offering me money. I don’t know these people but they said that they would give me money in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes,” he said. Nikhil understands very well what is happening. Hospitals have been told by the government to accept the demonetized notes so that patients are not inconvenienced. While there are reports of some private hospitals not toeing this line, the one where his daughter is being treated is an exception. But there is a problem — the people donating money have asked for receipts from the hospital. “I will have to deposit the money in my account and then pay the hospital. But I am worried that I would be in trouble,” says Nikhil, referring to the announcement that any deposit above Rs2.5 lakh would come under scanner. Given the situation, hospitals too would not accept cash in big amounts. While Nikhil’s daughter has undergone one major surgery for cancer in her bone, several smaller ones need to be done in the coming months. And the cost of these plus the post-operative care will run into several lakhs of rupees. Worried about the possible implication of accepting large sums, he also knows that he cannot afford the luxury of refusing the donations. “I begged everyone for months to help me raise cash for my daughter’s treatment but no one came forward so far,” he shared. Bitter with this catch-22 situation, Nikhil complained that for the middle class there was nowhere to turn to in times of crisis.
Thane man in catch-22 for daughter
2016-11-18Thane: Mumbra's illegal shops rise from the rubble - Mid-Day
Thane: Mumbra's illegal shops rise from the rubble By Faisal Tandel Posted 4 hours In May, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) carried out a massive demolition drive in Mumbra, tearing down thousands of illegal shops that blocked the road from the station, for a road-widening project. But razing them to the ground hasn't worked, for the illegal hawkers are back in business, leaving hapless residents with distant dreams of the unclogged roads they were promised. More than 40% of the shops demolished over six months ago have come up again. TMC demolished thousands of illegal structures in May Demolition man unaware: Residents claim that the authorities have let the demolished structures rise another time instead of taking action against them. This development seems to be off the radar of TMC Commissioner Demolition Man Sanjeev Jaiswal as well, as he has not visited the area after the demolition in May. The illegal hawkers and parked vehicles leave no space for residents to walk. Back in May, the authorities had claimed their massive drive was to decongest the space and free the road from traffic, but the opposite has happened in the months since. Chaos reigns: A resident of the Amrut Nagar area, whose building is located close to the road said, We were happy that most of the hawkers vanished after the massive drive, making the street quiet and free for people and vehicles to move. But the hawkers have come up again. We cannot sit at home anytime as it is chaotic the whole day. Nobody asks them to move as they come to homes with swords to threaten them. The hawkers have almost covered most of the space where the road was supposed to be widened. The entire 2-km stretch from Amrut Nagar to Kausa is full of them, leading to traffic jams, the resident added. TMC's neglect: Anis Fodkar, another resident of Mumbra said, I was happy after the drive [in May] as roads were free and there was no traffic or chaos. But TMC neglected the area after the drive, as most of the space freed after the demolition is now used for parking vehicles, leaving no space for motorists to drive. Politicos benefit: The hawkers and parked vehicles aren't the only ones benefiting from the space. mid-day observed that the office of Rajan Kine, former Congress corporator who is now in the Nationalist Congress Party has risen once again. Eight more shops have been built next to the office. Two are near Ganesh Bhavan, few near the Mumbra bazaar, Sanjay Nagar Naka and Shankar Mandir. Rafiq Kamdar, a local activist and Mumbra resident said, The corporation is hand in glove with the owners and is allowing them to build the shops. Once demolished, why are they allowing the shops to come up again? People who are paying a good amount are being allowed to build. Succumbing to pressure? Dayanand Gore, the executive engineer is doing the demolition on his own and the Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal is not aware of it. Are the authorities succumbing to political pressure or was the previous demolition just a trick to earn money and then allow reconstruction? said Kamdar. Kamdar added, The booths allotted by TMC to the disabled were also demolished. They were paying tax to the corporation and then too they were demolished. The commissioner should look into the matter and visit Mumbra once to clear the doubt of the residents. Official speak: Dhananjay Gosavi, executive engineer of the Mumbra ward committee said, We demolished around 262 shops. Around 95 of them were shifted, while 75 are still remaining. Those [shops] that are not included the development plan are building their structures. I informed my seniors about the construction of Rajan Kine's office, but [Deputy Municipal Commissioner] Sandeep Malvi allowed him to construct it. Sandeep Malvi who is also the Public Relations Officer said, We will take details regarding the same and will take proper action. mid-day contacted Sanjeev Jaiswal repeatedly but he remained unavailable for comment.
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2016-11-18mumbai university: Going hi-tech: Mumbai University launches ... - Times of India
Mumbai university: Going hi-tech: Mumbai University launches digital auditorium at Thane sub-centre Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Nov 19, 2016, 12.31 AM IST THANE: In an attempt to provide a platform for students to showcase their self-made educational documentaries and connect them to all its affiliated colleges, the Mumbai University announced the launch of its digital auditoriums at the Thane sub centre campus. This digitized auditorium, which is set enable movie and documentary screenings as well as provide students with capability or training sessions in subjects like Science, Maths, English, Humanities, Technology, Management, Law and Finance, among others. Prasad Karnik, Co-ordinator at the Thane sub centre campus of the University said, "Everything is becoming digital today and educational methodologies, too, should grow with an equal pace. These tech savvy auditoriums will not only act as a launch pad for students whose skills will be made visible not only at the auditorium but also in over 5,000 screens across the country, but will also boost interest levels when it comes to attending lectures, along with many additional benefits." The initiative will be implemented by using financial assistance from the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which was initiated for digitizing auditoriums of the University.
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2016-11-17Demonetisation derails Thane's resale, rental market - Times of India
Demonetisation derails Thane's resale, rental market Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Nov 18, 2016, 03.59 AM IST THANE: The gloom over the realty sector appears to have intensified following the demonetisation process which has shaken the confidence of consumers in the resale property market. Members from the Thane real estate association claim that high uncertainty prevails as buyers prefer to wait and watch the market due to which transactions and sales have come to an almost standstill since last week. The resale transactions comprise of nearly 25% of all the real estate deals inked in the lake city and business is centred in the old city areas like Naupada, Panchpakhadi, Khopat, Kopri,Vasant Vihar and even Ghodbunder Road. "Barely any resale flat deals have reached the final stage since the announcement of high value demonetization was made on November 8. The segment was always driven by a notable cash component. Now, it would be almost impossible for such deals to be carried out unless either of the parties take a risk. Few deals that were made before the announcement are also being postponed or brought again to the negotiating table," said Rajesh Gadgil, president of the real estate association at Thane. The buying and selling of flats involves part black and part white payment components. The deals are usually done with 60% white and 40% black to avoid capital gains on properties, say experts. With the demonetization of such high value notes, it has become a sticky terrain for both sellers and buyers and both are opting to wait and watch before inking their respective deals. Meanwhile, buyers are also sceptical of the fate of such properties whose rates could possibly tumble down if the demonetization plan works out in the long run. The eleven registrar offices across Thane also saw footfalls over the last one week but the real impact, say officials, will be seen in the next fortnight as parties that finalize a deal take at least a week or more to come and register them. "The low turnout at offices could possibly be because of the lull after the festive season. We expect to get a correct impact of the demonetization only by month end," said a state revenue officer. In addition, experts fear that the rental market will also suffer an impact where a notable volume of transaction often happens through cash. The volume of distress sales, though low, is likely to happen with sellers ready to forsake nearly 25-30%. Even few rookie investors might end up panicked and try to dispose off their properties and absorb a loss of few lakhs, observe experts. "Those who want to urgently dispose their properties either to migrate or to meet any other personal financial requirements might be ready to sell at lesser than the market rates. We are getting few requests for such properties of late. A large segment will however wait and watch," said a real estate agent from the city. Experts, however, feel that the situation would end up cleansing the system of non-serious players. "Sales driven by the salaried class with limited cash involvement would not suffer. We are very likely to see a clean-up of non-serious players due to this 'surgical strike' on the parallel economy," said Anuj Puri, chairman and country head of Jones Lang Lasalle, India, about the repercussions of the demonetization on the real estate industry. Barely any resale flat deals have reached the final stage since the announcement of high value demonetization was made on November 8. The segment was always driven by a notable cash component. Few deals that were made before the announcement are also being postponed or brought again to the negotiating table.
Demonetisation derails Thane
2016-11-17Special money exchange counter set up at collector's office in Thane ... - Times of India
Special money exchange counter set up at collector's office in Thane TNN | Nov 18, 2016, 04.00 AM IST THANE: As many as 250 residents managed to collectively exchange demonetized currencies amounting to Rs 8.46 lakh in a day from the special counter set up at the collector office on Thursday. Following, the inconvenience caused to the public, especially the elderly and women, the Indian Postal department has set up an additional counter at the citizen facilitation centre within the Thane collector office. It will be open between 10 am to 2 pm on weekdays. The postal department has also allowed residents to open new accounts on the spot.
Special money exchange counter set up at collector
2016-11-16Thane cop delays organ donation that saved 6 lives - Times of India - Times of India
Thane cop delays organ donation that saved 6 lives Sumitra Debroy | TNN | Nov 16, 2016, 06.38 AM IST MUMBAI: The agony of a Badlapur family, which lost their second son also to a road traffic accident on Monday, was aggravated by a police constable, who questioned the hospital and family on their decision to donate his organs. Sources at Jupiter Hospital in Thane said the constable delayed the panchnama by hours, questioning the legality of the organ donation that saved six lives. Long after the organs were retrieved and transplanted into other patients, the family stood outside the hospital ICU, haggling with police.The hospital said the donation was carried out only after Vartak Nagar police in Thane gave a no-objection certificate early on Tuesday.The NOC is sought once the family gave its consent for the donation. The panchnama is followed by a post-mortem, after which the donor's body is handed over to the family . The donor was a 21-year-old man from Badlapur who met with an accident and was taken to Jupiter Hospital with a head injury. In a cruel coincidence, the donor's elder brother had died in a road accident on the same date two years ago. "The family took an extremely bold and noble decision to donate his organs, including heart, kidneys, liver and corneas," said Aniruddha Kulkarni, transplant coordinator of Jupiter. The family waited patiently for over 24 hours to facilitate the donation. State officials intervened late in the evening. "It is unfortunate that after so many awareness drives, agencies and officials are unaware of organ donation and what it entails. It is unfair on the donor family , which patiently waits for hours for organs to be retrieved and procedures to get over," said Dr Gauri Rathod, state nodal officer for organ transplants. At the time of going to press, Rathod had approached the senior inspector of Vartak Nagar. The donor's heart was given to a 10-year-old boy , suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy . The child from Aurangabad was on the waitlist for five months. The heart was rushed to a Mulund hospital within 10 minutes. The donor's kidneys saved two patients from Mulund and Delhi. His liver was given to a patient from Jupiter. It marked the city's 51st cadaver donation, the highest so far.
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2016-11-16Thane Municipal elections: Corporators desert Congress, join NCP - Mid-Day
Thane Municipal elections: Corporators desert Congress, join NCP By Faisal Tandel Posted 4 hours Two current and a former corporator of Congress from Mumbra, have deserted the party and joined the Nationalist Congress Party, ahead of the Thane Municipal elections. Corporators Rajan Narayan Kine and Reshma Patil, and Sunita Satpute, a former corporator, joined the party on Tuesday in the presence of Ajit Pawar and Jitendra Awhad, MLA, Mumbra-Kalwa. Now only four corporators of the Congress remain in the Thane Municipal Corporation. These are Manoj Shinde and Narayan Pawar from Thane, and Asiya Qureshi and Sajiya Ansari from Mumbra. Kine was till 2010, in Shiv Sena, and then shifted to Congress. Working in any party is not the aim, but to work for public is general is more important, he said. Jitendra Awhad, NCP MLA from Mumbra-Kalwa said, I am happy that when most of corporators are moving towards BJP and Shiv Sena, these people joined NCP."
2016-11-16Maharashtra: Yuva Sena leader among 15 booked for youth's ... - The Indian Express
Maharashtra: Yuva Sena leader among 15 booked for youth's kidnap, assault in Thane By: PTI | Thane | Published:November 16, 2016 6:49 pm A case has been registered against 15 youths including a local leader of Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Shiv Sena, for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a 24-year-old man, police said. A case has been registered against 15 youths including a local leader of Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Shiv Sena, for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a 24-year-old man, police said. The incident took place on the intervening night of November 13 and 14 in which Omkar Gole was abducted and assaulted over an argument, they said. The victim is currently undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Thane. Watch What Else Is Making News According to police, the Thane unit deputy coordinator of Yuva Sena, Nikhil Burzade, had allegedly led the other accused in the attack on the victim. Burzade wanted the victim to confess that he had set a vehicle on fire. After an argument, they dumped Gole in a vehicle, beat him with a rod and other weapons and also cut off his ponytail. Around 11.30 pm (on November 13), they took him away in their vehicle and held him captive till 5.30 am (November 14), police said. Gole was finally dropped near his house early morning, they said, adding that the accused also threatened Gole not to lodge any police complaint against them but the victim approached the police and an FIR was registered against the accused. Naupada police has booked the accused under various sections of the IPC, including rioting, kidnapping or abduction, and criminal intimidation among others. No arrest has been made in this connection so far, police said, adding that further investigation is on.
Maharashtra: Yuva Sena leader among 15 booked for youth
2016-11-16Vehicle crashes into water pipeline valve in Thane West, causes a ... - Mid-Day
Vehicle crashes into water pipeline valve in Thane West, causes a mile-high fountain By Asif Rizvi Posted 16-Nov-2016 Thane: A vehicle crashed into a divider on the Dhaneshwar Nagar Bridge in Thane (West) on Wednesday morning causing a mile-high fountain after it knocked off a valve connected to the underground pipeline. The motorist then sped off. The incident came to light after the Thane Municipal Corporation's Disaster Management Cell received a call at 2 am regarding the pipeline burst. Repair work on the valve to stop the leakage went on for an hour. The water fountain caused after a vehicle knocked off the water pipeline valve in a crash near Thane (West). The incident happened around 1.50 am when a speeding vehicle, moving downwards on the Dhaneshwar Nagar Bridge in Thane West, crashed into the divider opposite Rajshree Shahu Maharaj School. Beneath the divider is the water pipeline that supplies drinking water to Thane West. The valve of the pipeline is positioned above the divider. When it was knocked off, the water came gushing out and flooded the road leading to lakhs of litres of drinking water going to waste.
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2016-11-16Thane Crime: 60-year-old 'apologises' for raping 3-year-old - News - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: 60-year-old 'apologises' for raping 3-year-old By Faisal Tandel Posted 16-Nov-2016 When the world was celebrating children's day, a 3-year-old girl in Bhiwandi was raped by a 60-year-old watchman. The Narpoli police have arrested the watchman Manilal Dhamke (60), who says he is sorry for committing the heinous crime. Dhamke is also a resident of Bhiwandi and worked as a watchman in the housing society the toddler resides in. The incident took place on Monday at around 11:30 am behind a Ganesh temple, located in Kamatghar in Bhiwandi. The girl was playing in the compound, when Dhamke, who was on duty, took her in a corner. Left her bleeding. The watchman sexually assaulted the minor, after which she bled. The girl approached her mother who was shocked to see her bleeding. She narrated how the watchman of their building had sexually abused her. When the mother questioned Dhamke, he and his wife started arguing with them. The girl's family then approached the police and a case was registered, said SD Jadhav, senior police inspector, Narpoli police station. Accepts crime: A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the stringent POCSO Act. The accused was arrested on Monday night and was produced in court on Tuesday. Strict action will be taken, added Jadhav.
Thane Crime: 60-year-old
2016-11-15Thane Forest Deparment finally captures evasive Powai leopard after 5 years - Mid-Day
Thane Forest Deparment finally captures evasive Powai leopard after 5 years By Ranjeet Jadhav Posted 2 hours The cage in which the leopard was trapped A leopard, which evaded Thane Forest Department (TFD) officials for over five years, was captured on Saturday by TFD's Mumbai Territorial range. The carnivore, which was frequently spotted on the hillock behind Supreme Business Park at Hiranandani, walked into the cage set up by the FD. Incidentally, despite a high human density around the hillock, not a single instance of man-animal conflict was reported from this area, as there was ample amount of prey in the area, including dogs and pigs. TFD's Deputy Conservator of Forest (Territorial) Kishore Thakare said, As the leopard was roaming to close to human settlements in the Hiranandani-Powai area, we had to trap the animal to avoid any conflict. It was only after getting permission from the Principal Chief Conservator of the Forest Office that the cage was set up on the hillock in Powai. Capture guidelines: It should be noted that as per Human-Leopard Conflict rules, permission to trap a leopard can only be given by the PCCF-Nagpur office. Also, it is only given in dire situations when capturing the animal is absolutely crucial. The guidelines also state that if the animal is fit, it should be released back in its natural habitat. Sources said the animal is fit and doesn't have a microchip in its body, which means it was trapped for the first time. Expert speak "The leopard's blood samples have been collected and we are awaiting the reports, after which authorities will decide where and when to release it, said Dr Shailesh Pethe, veterinary officer at SGNP. A wildlife expert said, This male leopard has been co-existing peacefully with humans for almost five years. I don't think there's any need to relocate the animal as it only worsens aggression problems in carnivores and can lead the animal to attack humans.
Thane Forest Deparment finally captures evasive Powai leopard after 5 years - Mid-Day
2016-11-15Thane: Police wield lathis in Bhiwandi, 'avert' stampede outside bank - Mid-Day
Thane: Police wield lathis in Bhiwandi, 'avert' stampede outside bank By Faisal Tandel Posted 4 hours A grab from a video shot by a customer shows a policeman hitting people with his lathi outside the SBI at Bhiwandi The common man continues to struggle to exchange or withdraw cash after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. While the scene of long queues is repeated outside many banks, in Bhiwandi, the police claim they used their lathis to avert a stampede on Sunday outside a bank. They say there was no lathi charge, but they used the lathis to handle the crowd to save a fallen senior citizen. A customer shot a video of the incident outside the State Bank of India near the Zakat Naka, Anand Dighe chowk, in Bhiwandi. Also Read: Anti-black money drive: After demonetisation, properties without KYC compliance to be seized Manoj Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 2, (Bhiwandi) said, There was a huge crowd outside the bank. As soon as the door of the SBI branch opened, people rushed inside. A few women fell and there was a stampede situation. We did not lathi charge, but to save the women who were stuck in the crowd, we used the lathis to move the crowd. Lathis used to save women But DM Katke, Senior Police Inspector, Bhiwandi city police station, who confirmed the incident stating that it happened on Sunday at around 1pm, said they hit some people. There was a notice that the cash in the ATM was over and as soon as the door to the branch opened, the crowd from the ATM came there. An old woman fell along with three other women. To save them and move the crowd, our personnel hit one or two people. Read Story: Cash crunch! How Mumbaikars struggled outside ATMs on a bank holiday Katke added that they have now installed a barricade outside the bank. No one was harmed in the incident. We care for the public. The bank manager had asked us for protection, which we had provided. How can we manage to provide more, as we have 14 bank outlets in our jurisdiction? he added. Branch manager unaware: Anil Kumar, Branch Manager, State Bank of India, Bhiwandi branch claimed that he was not aware about the Sunday incident, as he was inside the bank. I came to know about the incident on Sunday evening, when I went home, through media. We had asked the police for police protection prior to November 9, saying we are not aware how many people will be there for the exchange etc. Accordingly they had stationed around 5 police personnel.
Thane: Police wield lathis in Bhiwandi,
2016-11-15Thane video: Police wield lathis in Bhiwandi, 'avert' stampede outside bank - Mid-Day
Thane: Police wield lathis in Bhiwandi, 'avert' stampede outside bank By Faisal Tandel Posted 15-Nov-2016 A grab from a video shot by a customer shows a policeman hitting people with his lathi outside the SBI at Bhiwandi The common man continues to struggle to exchange or withdraw cash after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. While the scene of long queues is repeated outside many banks, in Bhiwandi, the police claim they used their lathis to avert a stampede on Sunday outside a bank. They say there was no lathi charge, but they used the lathis to handle the crowd to save a fallen senior citizen. A customer shot a video of the incident outside the State Bank of India near the Zakat Naka, Anand Dighe chowk, in Bhiwandi. Anti-black money drive: After demonetisation, properties without KYC compliance to be seized Manoj Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 2, (Bhiwandi) said, "There was a huge crowd outside the bank. As soon as the door of the SBI branch opened, people rushed inside. A few women fell and there was a stampede situation. We did not lathi charge, but to save the women who were stuck in the crowd, we used the lathis to move the crowd." 'Lathis used to save women'But DM Katke, Senior Police Inspector, Bhiwandi city police station, who confirmed the incident stating that it happened on Sunday at around 1pm, said they hit some people. “There was a notice that the cash in the ATM was over and as soon as the door to the branch opened, the crowd from the ATM came there. An old woman fell along with three other women. To save them and move the crowd, our personnel hit one or two people.” Read Story: Cash crunch! How Mumbaikars struggled outside ATMs on a bank holiday Katke added that they have now installed a barricade outside the bank. "No one was harmed in the incident. We care for the public. The bank manager had asked us for protection, which we had provided. How can we manage to provide more, as we have 14 bank outlets in our jurisdiction?" he added. Branch manager unawareAnil Kumar, Branch Manager, State Bank of India, Bhiwandi branch claimed that he was not aware about the Sunday incident, as he was inside the bank. "I came to know about the incident on Sunday evening, when I went home, through media. We had asked the police for police protection prior to November 9, saying we are not aware how many people will be there for the exchange etc. Accordingly they had stationed around 5 police personnel."
Thane video: Police wield lathis in Bhiwandi,
2016-11-14Builder told to hand over 'booked' flats to 2 in Thane - Times of India
Builder told to hand over Builder told to hand over flats to 2 in Thane TNN | Updated: Nov 14, 2016, 11.40 PM IST Mumbai: The state consumer disputes redressal commission held that a letter issued by a builder for cancellation of bookings and failure to hand over possession of a flat amounted to deficiency of service. The commission directed the developer to hand over flats to two buyers within four months at Everest World. The buyers, who had after booking the flats and paid over Rs 6 lakh and Rs 9 lakh each in 2009, were directed to pay the remaining amounts of Rs 41 lakh and Rs 38 lakh respectively in two months. The builder had given buyers the option to withdraw or continue their bookings. The buyers, A R Deshmukh and D L Reddy, said they continued the booking. The cancellation letter issued in August 2013 by the builder hence does not cancel their bookings, said the commission. The order by presiding judicial member P B Joshi and judicial member Vinay Borlikar on August 4 also directed the builder, Money Magnum Constructions, to pay Rs 25,000 each to the two, who had in 2014 filed complaints seeking possession of flats they booked. The buyers alternately claimed about Rs 70 lakh and Rs 80 lakh as compensation to enable them to buy new flats in the same area at Kolshet Road, Thane, and for the mental agony caused by the 'cancellation letter'. The commission did not accept the builder's plea that it was only a "provisional booking'' for a rental housing scheme of the government. The builder's lawyer, Tushar Goradia, argued that the buyers were not 'consumers' but were 'investors', and that the allotment was subject to sanction to be obtained for construction. There was "no concluded contract'', the flats do not exist and the building cannot be constructed as plans are not approved since the state did not sanction the rental housing scheme, the builder argued. But the commission did not accept the arguments. The builder had, along with the cancellation letter, issued cheques to refund the initial amount along with 15% annual interest, which the buyers did not encash. Both flats were booked in Lilac building. The buyers, said their lawyer Vijay Kadam, had sought documents from the builder to avail housing loans for flats booked. Observing that the builder brought nothing on record to support its claim that they were investors, the commission said, "It is very clear that the complainants are consumers.'' It rejected the plea that the complaint was delayed.
2016-11-14TMC has no data of independent doctors, pathology labs in Thane - Times of India
TMC has no data of independent doctors, pathology labs in Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Nov 15, 2016, 12.57 AM IST Thane: While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) woke up to survey and maintain a database of medical practitioners working under its jurisdiction in September this year, nearly three decades after its formation, it has conveniently left out sourcing details of those practising independently. There are nearly 3,500 medical practitioners and doctors registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council of whom many are also members of the Indian Medical Association. Around 250-odd pathology laboratories are functioning in the city but the TMC is still unaware of their actual numbers. Experts pointed out that atleast another 1,500 quacks would be functioning illegaly without valid licenses thus endangering the lives of those approaching them. "Most of these quacks operate from slum pockets and often charge less money than qualified doctors to attract patients," said a medical practitioner. Officials from the health department said that the TMC awoke to the situation in September after facing flak from several quarters following complaints from patients of being overcharged by city pathology laboratories to conduct dengue tests. While the state had released a diktat that not more than Rs 600 should be charged by them, several in the city were seen extorting nearly Rs 2,000 from unsuspecting patients. When a few relatives of overcharged patients approached the TMC health department, the civic body claimed helplessness saying that not all laboratories were listed with them. "We have no tally of the doctors and pathology laboratories operating in the city but will take up their enumeration soon," said Dr R T Kendre, medical health officer. A cursory estimate revealed that there could be around 2,000 doctors practicing in the city and the number of quacks operating in the slum pockets could also run into thousands. The TMC, meanwhile, has sought permission from the municipal general body to start registrations of private doctors. The administration has justified its proposal saying it wants to know the exact tally of doctors and their area of specializations, including pathology laboratories operating in the city which can be used during emergencies. "We do not have a record of doctors and pathology laboratories in Thane and are looking towards compiling a list. We will be better placed to identify those operating illegaly in the city limits and the move will also help us communicate better with registered professionals, especially during emergencies," said a civic official. Meanwhile, private doctors said the only registration they have is from the Maharashtra Medical Council and they aren't bound to seek any permissions from the local governing bodies for their operations. "We have not been formally approached by the administration but are aware of its plans. We are registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council and no other authentication is required for us to function in the state. Our panel will discuss the matter once it is officially conveyed to us," said a medical professional. According to a plan, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will register independent doctors with them and upload their names, degrees, address of practice, contact details and area of specialization on its website. A nominal registration fee will also be taken from these doctors. The list will give an idea to residents to identify registered and qualified doctors as per their area of specialization
TMC has no data of independent doctors, pathology labs in Thane - Times of India
2016-11-13Thane: Money for nothing, toll (collection) for free - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day
Thane: Money for nothing, toll (collection) for free By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours The toll collection at Kharegaon Toll naka was supposed to stop post Nov 2005, but this did not happen. Thane citizens want to be exempt from the Kharegaon toll, following a Right To Information activist,s revelation that the contractor in question has allegedly earned 13 times more than the original cost of the road. Chandrahas Tawde Chandrahas Tawde (60), a retired bank officer and an RTI activist has written a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, stating the figures, asking him to stop toll collection on the stretch. In September 1995, construction company Ideal Road Builders was given a contract to build the road by June 1997. A total of Rs 17 crore was spent on constructing the 25-km stretch of the Bhiwandi-Nasik Highway. The firm was also expected to maintain the road till November 2005, post which it was expected that the toll collection would be put to a halt. This did not happen as the contract for maintenance and widening of the road kept getting renewed. Tawde, a Thane resident, found that the total collection now amounts to Rs 673 crore. The cost of building and maintenance of the road, came to Rs 103 crore, which means they have made Rs 570 crore more than the making and maintenance charges of the road. I have also learnt from reliable sources that the maintenance work on the stretch has been conducted by the state public works department, which means the company has been pocketing those funds as well, said Tawde. The state government authorities have now sanctioned another road widening project for the same stretch, which will have a new set of costs allocated for the repairs and maintenance. Why are they not using the amount that has been collected as toll? Now, they'll continue this work for two more years and then impose toll for another 10 years, which has become the modus operandi of the government authorities now, Tawde added. The RTI activist has filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court against collection at the Kharegoan toll naka as well as other toll nakas at the entry points of Mumbai, such as Mulund and Dahisar.
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2016-11-13Between Jan and Sept, 5 vehicles stolen in Thane daily: Report - Times of India
Between Jan and Sept, 5 vehicles stolen in Thane Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Nov 14, 2016, 12.21 AM IST Thane: On an average, almost five vehicles have been robbed in a day from January to September, this year in the Thane police commissionerate i.e Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Ambarnath, Ulhasnagar claim the statistics report of the Thane police. As many as 1,249 vehicles including motorcycles, cars, tempos, trucks etc have been robbed from various parts of the city in Thane commissionerate while they have been parked in parking lots or outside building premises. Similar has been the case last year wherein 1,246 vehicles were stolen by the thieves. It was also seen that maximum number of vehicles were stolen from Zone 2 i.e. parts of Bhiwandi city, which were 305 in 2016. Also, the minimum number of motorcycles, light and heavy vehicles were seen from Zone 1 i.e. areas like Naupda, Kalwa, Rabodi, Mumbra, Kalwa and Shil Daighar. "The checks of vehicles are not done much in areas like Bhiwandi, Dombivli plus there are no toll nakas so it becomes easy for them to abscond with the robbed motorcycle or car. Which is not the case in Thane as there is toll naka almost on every side of the city so even if a thief has to take the vehicle to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kharegaon he has to pass through the toll naka," said an officer. Around 1,016 motorcycles were robbed by the thieves while only 189 cars, light vehicles were stolen, this year. "It is easy to rob a bike as compared to cars as when it comes to motorcycles the thief breaks the handle lock with just one kick and unlocks the bike by connecting few wires. The thief then drives the bike to a village where he can easily sell it. When it comes to cars the thieves have to make a master key to unlock the car. Most frequently stolen vehicles are Innova, Swift Desire, Maruti Swift and Bolero," said Milind Ballal, inspector from crime branch unit 5. The police claim that money returns on cars are higher than bikes. "A bike which costs around Rs 50,000 to 70,000 is sold around 25,000 to 30,000 in villages wherein people know that their vehicles won't be checked and they buy it because they get it in a lower price. A car is sold between 1 lakh to 2.5 lakhs in remote areas of cities like Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Kerala, Bihar. Also, there gangs are divided in parts. The ones who rob do no sell and at every state the gang members are different. The thieves even make fake documents to sell the four wheelers," added Ballal.
2016-11-12Thane Crime: Fraudster flees with Rs 6 lakh after promising change - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: Fraudster flees with Rs 6 lakh after promising change By Faisal Tandel Posted 4 hours It seems that the government's decision to demonetise high value currencies is giving fraudsters a free run. Desperate for change, people are easily falling prey to them. The owner of a publishing house and the proprietor of a medical shop was cheated of Rs 6 lakh after a crook promised to get him Rs 100 notes in exchange. The complainant Vishnu Joshi (47) is a resident of Kalwa. The second victim is Yasin Khan, who owns a medical shop in Bhiwandi. The incident took place on Thursday morning when the duo was waiting outside an SBI branch near Thane station. The duo met a watchman, Sanjay Chavan, standing outside the ATM. He told them that he knew a person who would exchange the defunct currencies for Rs 100. Thereafter, Joshi and Khan met the unknown person, who was introduced to them by Chavan, said an officer from Thane Nagar police station. The duo met the unknown person at 11 am on Thursday. He then took them to the Thane railway station. Joshi gave him Rs 5 lakh, while Khan handed him Rs 1 lakh. The accused told them that he would get the change from the railway ticket counter and return soon. Joshi wanted to go with him but the accused told him that as there were CCTV cameras installed at the counter, it might create some problem. Thereafter, he left with the money and did not return. The duo then filed a police complaint, added the officer. Senior PI MV Dharmadhikari from Thane Nagar police station said, Many such fraudsters have become active after the demonetisation. People should approach banks to get currencies exchanged. He added, We have detained Chavan, who claims that he met the accused only once and was not aware that he's a fraudster.
Thane Crime: Fraudster flees with Rs 6 lakh after promising change - Mid-Day
2016-11-12Eyewitness recounts horror of 72-yr-old collapsing to death in ATM line - Mid-Day
Eyewitness recounts horror of 72-year-old collapsing to death in ATM line By Rupsa Chakraborty Posted 3 hours Vartak collapsed outside the SBI branch in Thane while waiting to exchange currency. After two days of unexpected hardships brought on by the Wednesday announcement of currency devaluation, Friday was supposed to bring respite to a suffering populace. But it wasn't how it panned out for 72-year-old Vishwanath Vartak, a resident of Thane, who while queuing up for the new currency outside an SBI branch, collapsed and succumbed to a heart attack. His family says it was on a whim that he decided to go get the currency changed; there was no need for it. Senior citizen dies after standing for hours in ATM queue Nitin Bhoir was one of the people in the queue who attempted to help Vartak In what is the first recorded death during the country's ongoing demonetisation drive, Vartak, a retired PWD officer, was in a queue outside an SBI branch in Hari Om Nagar at 11.30 in the morning when ten minutes into his wait, he suddenly collapsed. Eyewitness accountAccording to Nitin Bhoir, a 37-year-old businessman, It had been five-ten minutes that he had stood in line. Suddenly he fell unconscious. People first thought he was having seizures and kept onions near his nose to revive him. In the meantime, I sent a friend to call a doctor from a nearby clinic to check him, but he was declared dead on the spot. Later, we called his sons who took his body in their car. We tried our best to help him. Incidentally, Vartak did not have a history of cardiac issues. In fact, he often went on long morning walks. When I reached the spot, I checked his pulse, blood pressure and heart beat, but he had expired on the spot. We didn't have any option, Dr Deepak Sharma, the doctor who came to his aid. Is the bank responsible? It appears that even before the incident, there had been an altercation when a few senior citizens said that they should be allowed to go first, as they couldn't stand in long queues, following which, special arrangements were made for them to go in first along with seating arrangements. Demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000: 10 things you must know. I had gone inside and spoken to the manager to allow senior citizens in first. However, Vishwanath came much after that, said Bhoir. When mid-day contacted bank manager Swarupa Shembekar, she refused to comment. We are not allowed to speak anything on it yet, but we called the doctor immediately and later informed the family members, she said. Meanwhile, the police has already inspected the CCTV camera and confirmed that Vartak was in the queue for 10 minutes only and not longer. Family speaks up: Talking to mid-day, his daughter-in-law Chitra Vatkar, said, He was sitting at home when suddenly, he decided to go exchange the money. There was no need, but he just decided to go. Since the bank doesn't get a long queue, we allowed him to go. He didn't even have any history of a heart condition. We are really very shocked about his sudden death. At 4.30 pm, Vartak's body was taken to Rajawadi hospital for post-mortem. 4 Number of Rs 1,000 notes that Vartak hoped to exchange
Eyewitness recounts horror of 72-yr-old collapsing to death in ATM line - Mid-Day
2016-11-12Thane Man Tries To Kill Self Blames NCP Corporator In 'Suicide Note' - NDTV
Thane Man Tries To Kill Self Blames NCP Corporator In 'Suicide Note' All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 12, 2016 21:27 IST THANE: A 58-year-old man from Rabodi in the city allegedly attempted suicide by pouring kerosene on himself at his residence this morning, police said. The victim, Abdul Manna Kazi, was immediately rushed to Thane Civil Hospital and is said to be out of danger. "Mr Kazi tried to commit suicide by pouring kerosene on himself, but was immediately taken to Thane civil hospital by his neighbours," Inspector S T Jadhav, of Rabodi police station, said. "Police found that Mr Kazi had written a 'suicide note' in Hindi (Roman script), which states that he was taking the extreme step as local NCP corporator had been pressurising him since the last ten years to grab his property," the officer said. According to police, the purported suicide note became viral on social media. Mr Kazi owns a chawl in Rabodi. The tenants were asking him for repairs as it had become "dangerous", the police said.
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2016-11-12Thane crime: Man held in 11-year-old murder case - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day
Thane crime: Man held in 11-year-old murder case By PTI Posted 12-Nov-2016 Thane (Maha): Police in Thane on Saturday arrested a man from Pimpri Chinchwad near Pune in an 11-year-old murder case. Acting on a tip-off, police laid a trap near the railway station and apprehended Amarjit Munnilal Jaiswal, senior Police Inspector Niteen Thackeray of Thane Crime Branch said. It was between September 6 and 8, 2005, that Amarjit had gagged Guddu Jaiswal, tied both his hands, beat him with an iron rod and killed him, the police officer said. The crime was committed in Badlapur at the house of Bhikaji Bhosale. Constable Tanaji Gaikwad was serving at Badlapur Police Station at the time of the crime. He was later transferred to Thane Crime Branch, Thackeray said. Gaikwad was tracking the case and got a tip off aboutthe accused coming to Thane, following which he was arrested, the Senior Police Inspector said. As per initial investigation, Guddu was murdered as he did not return Rs 15,000 that Amarjit had lent him, Thackeray said, adding a case under section 302 (murder) of IPC has been registered against the accused and a probe is underway. He also said the constable is being recommended for a reward for his "relentless effort"
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2016-11-11Thane Hospital Gets Notice For Not Accepting Scrapped 500 And 1000 Rupee Notes - NDTV
Thane Hospital Gets Notice For Not Accepting Scrapped 500 And 1000 Rupee Notes All India | Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: November 12, 2016 00:03 IST Thane District Collectorate has sent the showcause notice to a private hospital at Kalyan. Thane: Thane District Collectorate today issued a showcause notice to a private hospital at Kalyan in the district for not accepting scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes from patients.District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar issued the notice based on the complaints made by several patients and has asked the hospital to file a reply by tomorrow.The hospital's refusal came to light after a patient, Ratilal Shah, reported the matter to the Collector office.According to Mr Shah, at the time of his discharge from the hospital, he tried to settle his medical bill using Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. However, the staff at the payment counter squarely refused to accept these notes. Mr Shah then made a complaint to the District Collectorate, following which a Sub Divisional Officer visited the hospital and told its staff that as per the circular issued by the Directorate of Health Services two days back, it is mandatory for the hospitals to accept the old currency notes from patients.Thereafter, Mr Shah was discharged from the hospital.The notice, however, says that even after Mr Shah's discharge, several other patients called up the Collectorate to complain that the hospital staff was insisting on payment through new notes. "This (refusal to accept demonetised notes) will create law and order problem. Therefore, why action should not not be taken against the hospital under section 188 of the IPC and also Bombay Nursing Home Registration Act of 1949," the notice said. The notice has asked the hospital to reply till tomorrow, failing which action would be taken it.
Thane Hospital Gets Notice For Not Accepting Scrapped 500 And 1000 Rupee Notes - NDTV
2016-11-11Maharashtra: Thane hospital gets notice for not accepting demonetised notes - The Indian Express
Maharashtra: Thane hospital gets notice for not accepting demonetised notes By: PTI | Thane | Published:November 11, 2016 9:41 pm Thane District Collectorate on Friday issued a show-cause notice to a private hospital at Kalyan in the district for not accepting scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes from patients. District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar issued the notice based on the complaints made by several patients and has asked the hospital to file a reply by Saturday. The hospitals refusal came to light after a patient, Ratilal Shah, reported the matter to the Collector office. According to Shah, at the time of his discharge from the hospital, he tried to settle his medical bill using Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. However, the staff at the payment counter squarely refused to accept these notes. Shah then made a complaint to the District Collectorate, following which a Sub Divisional Officer visited the hospital and told its staff that as per the circular issued by the Directorate of Health Services two days back, it is mandatory for the hospitals to accept the old currency notes from patients. Thereafter, Shah was discharged from the hospital. The notice, however, says that even after Shah's discharge, several other patients called up the Collectorate to complain that the hospital staff was insisting on payment through new notes. This (refusal to accept demonetised notes) will create law and order problem. Therefore, why action should not be taken against the hospital under section 188 of the IPC and also Bombay Nursing Home Registration Act of 1949, the notice said. The notice has asked the hospital to reply till Saturday, failing which action would be taken it.
Maharashtra: Thane hospital gets notice for not accepting demonetised notes - The Indian Express
2016-11-11Thane RTO collects 50% of target fine in 7 months, contributes most to state kitty - Times of India
Thane RTO collects 50% of target fine in 7 months, contributes most to state kitty Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Nov 11, 2016, 10.52 PM IST THANE: The Thane city unit of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has achieved 50 per cent of its annual target of fine collection between April and October this year. With a target of Rs 30 crore set for Thane region by the RTO headquarters at Bandra for 2016-17, Thane city was tasked the highest target of Rs 15 crore out of which the RTO collected Rs 7 crore from traffic violators. On the other hand, the neighbouring units in Vasai, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai seem to be lagging behind by collecting fine of a little above Rs 2 crore and Rs 1.65 crore respectively. "We have been monitoring the streets effectively to avoid fatalities caused by reckless drivers,'' said an official from the Thane RTO. A prominently placed source from the RTO said, "In fact, of the total Rs 13 crore that was collectively recovered from the four RTO units in Thane region, Thane city unit topped the chart contributing the highest Rs 7.65 crore to the state kitty, followed by a little over Rs 2 crore by Kalyan and Vasai and Rs 1.65 crore by Navi Mumbai unit in the last seven months." "Many people indulge in reckless driving and accidents occur due to these people for which the ones following rules get injured. The RTO should not go easy on them," said Pracheta Mada, resident of Ghodbunder Road. Although Thane was the leading city in the revenue collection front, the highest revenue targets achieved in both 2015 and 2016 were by Kalyan, with 66 per cent this year and 57 per cent in 2015 against the targets of Rs 3 crore and Rs 2 crore in 2016 and 2015 respectively. While the maximum fine amount collected was in October with Rs 203 lakh across Thane region, the least amount, Rs 158 lakh, was collected was in April this year. Saurabh Kale, a resident of Naupada said, "The RTO is doing their every bit to make roads safer for people and taking action against traffic violators. However, they should continue the efforts till every motorist realizes that driving is not a luxury but a responsibility." Another resident from Upvan, Meena Purandare, said that traffic officials should heavily penalize offenders, as most of the reckless drivers will only understand when the penalty amount pinches their pockets. Just a meagre amount of Rs 100 gives them a free hand to break the rules and drive recklessly. If the penalty amount is increased and on the higher side, then I think every motorist will drive more carefully, which ultimately will benefit every person on the road." The Regional Transport Office (RTO) is doing their every bit to make roads safer for people and taking action against traffic violators. However, they should continue the efforts till every motorist realizes that driving is not a luxury but a responsibility
Thane RTO collects 50% of target fine in 7 months, contributes most to state kitty - Times of India
2016-11-10Thane collector comes to aid of patients with devalued Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes - Mumbai Mirror
Thane collector comes to aid of patients with devalued Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes By Gargi VermaGargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Nov 10, 2016, 09.58 PM IST The demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes have led to mixed reactions. However, in Thane, the collector asked all private hospitals to accept even the now banned notes and help patients. The step was taken after a few patients relatives called him up and stated that they are unable to get medical help because they cannot pay the hospital. Thane Collector Mahendra Kalyankar on Thursday advised all private hospitals to accept the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. He also said that if patients were to face any trouble, they could contact a special helpline, through which they could get in touch with the officials who would help them solve the money trouble. Patients from a private hospital in Kalyan and other areas were facing trouble as the hospital wasn't accepting cash and their medical procedure was getting delayed. The central government, state government and all the ministers have already made it clear that the basic necessities like healthcare shouldn't get affected. I just made sure it is enforced, he said. The helpline, functional round the clock however, is a step he took to help patients who are being harassed even after all of this. There were a few patients where we had to talk to the hospital authorities. All the hospitals have to do is to take down the details of the people from whom they are receiving the notes. They can do so much for people who need to be admitted or need to be discharged along with patients who need to undergo certain procedures, he said. The helpline numbers are of the civil surgeon Dr Mrs Makode and resident doctor Dr Ashok Kamble. We don't want anyone to panic and be in a bad condition because of this novel step of the government. So, the doctors would be available round the clock to help, he said. The helpline numbers are: 9823176442, 9422224046, 86528088 and 022-25472582.
Thane collector comes to aid of patients with devalued Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes - Mumbai Mirror
2016-11-10In suburban Thane, serpentine queues were seen at bank branches - Mid-Day
In suburban Thane, serpentine queues were seen at bank branches By PTI Posted 10-Nov-2016 Thane: The paucity of space in the branches, many of which are located in crowded neighbourhoods, meant the customers had to sweat it out in the open in a queue before being called in. A security guard outside HDFC Bank said even though it opens at 9.30 AM, anxious customers had formed a queue since 8.30 AM itself. Many of them wanting to exchange notes had to return disappointed as the bank did not have sufficient cash as the vehicle carrying it had not reached on time. An ICICI Bank branch located nearby had similar story of long queues but was exchanging cash till Rs 4,000 limit. One of SBI's Thane branches was giving cash and hence saw a huge rush. Appeals by banks not to worry and the fact that there is a 50-day window for depositing the older notes did not find many takers with people in large numbers thronging the banks. Some were particularly unhappy that they are forced to show their ID proofs despite having completed the KYC formalities at the bank. All the banks' staff was out on the floor helping the harried customers who had to face newer ways of working. This was seen even in the case of state-run banks. Syndicate Bank and Punjab National Bank branches in downtown Fort in the heart of the financial capital had staff out on the floor helping. In the satellite city of Navi Mumbai, people complained about slow systems leading to long queues. A Bank of India branch manager in Seawoods said, "The business was as usual and there were not many customers who came for exchange of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes." However, foreign lenders did not seem to attract the same crowds, despite the government announcement of changing notes over the counter. The Fort's Citi Bank had low footfalls.
2016-11-10Every breath you take in Thane is getting worse each year: Survey - Times of India
Every breath you take in Thane is getting worse each year: Survey Freny Fernandes | TNN | Nov 10, 2016, 10.09 PM IST Thane: The rising number of vehicles, construction work and waste generation has resulted in an increase in air pollution in the city. The air is toxic and polluted, leading to a drop in the air quality since the last few years. This was revealed during an environmental survey conducted by the municipal corporation. The respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM), which should ideally be a maximum of 100g/m3 has been consistently rising way above the permissible level. The sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide in the air has also been increasing. Civic officials have blamed the rise in the number of vehicles to be the cause of over 60% of the poor air quality level. Manisha Pradhan, pollution control officer at the TMC, said, ''While the industrial areas used to be the most polluted till five years ago, residential areas are also witnessing the same problem due to high vehicular traffic. Besides, construction activities, burning of solid waste at dumping grounds have also contributed to the rise in pollution.'' According to officials, the pollution level shoots up in the month of winter but stays constant in summer and goes down in the monsoon. "During winter, the air is in a state of inertia and doesn't mix as there is no wind. This increases the concentration of pollutants released through vehicles, industries and so on. The pollution levels rise during summer, causing a rise in the RSPM levels. In monsoon, the rains wash out the pollutants," Pradhan said. Meanwhile, city activists said that deforestation is also a cause for the rise in pollution. Prasad Karnik, president of city-based enviro NGO, said, "This Diwali, we saw a doubling of pollution levels in the city from 90g/m3 RSPM to 192g/m3 RSPM. Lack of open spaces and congestion adds to pollution. Also, toxins in the air can lead to respiratory disorders." Civic officials claim they are working towards decreasing pollution levels. "We will be making new parks and increasing the open spaces in the city."
2016-11-09Dengue kills 23-year-old doc in Thane - Times of India
Dengue kills 23-year-old doc in ThaneDengue kills 23-year-old doc in Thane Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Nov 10, 2016, 12.07 AM IST Thane: Dengue claimed the life of a 23-year-old resident doctor at the TMC-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa on Monday. The doctor's colleagues have alleged that he was forced to be a part of the municipal corporation's cleanliness drive despite his failing health. Dr Dilip Kanse was diagnosed with the viral infection a few weeks ago. A doctor said Kanse had to attend TMC's cleanliness drive on October 23. "His health got worse due to the same and he had to hospitalized immediately," he said.
2016-11-09MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane Adds Details on Proposed Cold ... - Newstalkkgvo
MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane Adds Details on Proposed Cold Springs School Project By Peter Christian November 9, 2016 3:20 PM One small part of Tuesday’s election was the choice to allow the Missoula County School District the power to negotiate the price and terms for the new Cold Springs School location in Lower Miller Creek. MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane was at the Missoula County Fairgrounds Election Center to check up on the initial numbers handed out by supervisor Rebecca Connors, and the results were heavily in favor of allowing the project to go forward. “We already had the funding in place for both construction of the school and acquisition of the property,” Thane said. “State statute requires that you identify via legal description or an address that you’re contemplating building a facility upon.” Thane said the selling price is listed at $500,000, and the monies have already been obtained as part of the $158 million combined school bond issue in 2014, and the schedule to start building the new school has been approved. “At the school board meeting about two hours ago they approved hiring the architect, and we will anticipate going over design development over the next few months, begin construction sometime in the summer of 2017, with a target occupancy of 2018,” he said. “We’ll target a population of approximately 500 students , but we will plan to add on in the future.” Thane addressed the issue of traffic density, considering there is only one road into and out of the area, utilizing the Miller Creek Road roundabout, and that residents in the area are concerned about a major increase in traffic during rush hour. “That’s a concern that’s been raised by several community members,” Thane said. “Right now, about 60 percent of Cold Springs School students already travel through that roundabout through Linda Vista and Miller Creek to access the current school site. so, we’ll essentially be flipping that in that now 60 percent of those students will stay home in their neighborhood. We do understand that it’s a concern to many parents. I know that there’s been a discussion with the city that the roundabout was conceived with the possibility of making it two lanes, and I know there’s been discussions about a bridge across the Bitterroot River, but right now those conversations seem to be pretty quiet.”
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2016-11-08Thane boys strike gold at American pentathlon - Daily News & Analysis
Thane boys strike gold at American pentathlon NAVEETA SINGH | Tue, 8 Nov 2016-08:15am Two Thane boys have won gold medals at the 2016 Modern Pentathlon World Championships held in Sarasota, USA in October. The two swimmers—Savar Akuskar, 9, and Vedant Gokhale, 10—struck gold in the under-11 open category. “The duo participated in the biathlon category held for boys and girls separately,” said Manoj Kamble, Secretary, Starfish Welfare Association, Thane, where the swimmers were trained. The modern pentathlon competition comprises running, swimming and shooting. “The modern pentathlon is an Olympic-level game which is popular across the world. The number of sportsmen participating in it has been increasing across India,” says Namdev Shirgaokar of the Modern Pentathlon Federation of India. The two boys formed part of the 16-player Indian contingent, of which eight were from Thane. They participated in the biathlon open category event, where they had to run for 800 metres, then swim 100 metres, and then run again for another 100 metres. Over 500 entrants from 28 countries competed in the Championships, held from October 18 to October 24. The winners returned to India recently and were felicitated in Thane by State Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and others. “It was because TMC provided the required infrastructure, including a swimming pool and ground for training, that our players were able to achieve this feat,” says Kamble. This was the second medal for Savar, who also won a bronze medal for India at the 2015 World Championships at Batumi, Georgia. The players are now training to participate in the next championships to be held in Goa by MPFI in January-February 2017.
2016-11-0824-year-old Thane biker hits parked truck in Kharghar, dies - The Hindu
24-year-old Thane biker hits parked truck in Kharghar, dies Raina Assainar A 24-year-old man died on the Sion-Panvel highway on Monday after his bike rammed into a parked truck. The victim, identified as Rahul Venkatesh Chetty, a resident of Wagle Estate in Thane, was on his way home when the accident occurred opposite Bharatiya Vidyapeeth College in Kharghar.Chetty, who worked with an insurance firm, was responsible for delivering receipts to customers. He had gone to deliver one such receipt to a client in Panvel. The tyre of the truck had punctured and the truck was stationed at the middle lane of the highway. Chetty failed to realise that the truck was not in motion as there was no indication put up by the driver, said an official from Kharghar police station. Chetty, who was riding at a high speed, bumped into the truck causing head injury leading to his death on the spot. Truck driver arrested: Truck driver Ibrahim Kasim Nadkar (45), a resident of Thane, was arrested for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the IPC and the Motor Vehicle Act. The driver should have put up some indication to show that the truck had broken down, which could have averted the accident, the official said.
2016-11-08Thane: Asked to lower music, four youths beat up two constables on duty - Mid-Day
Thane: Asked to lower music, four youths beat up two constables on duty By Faisal Tandel This is what happens when people are stopped from doing things, which they are definitely not supposed to do. Four youths beat up two constables on duty when they were asked to stop the loud music that they were playing in their car. All of them have been booked by Manpada police in Dombivli. According to police, the two constables, identified as Ram Gajbare, 43, and S Sonawane, 23, were on patrolling duty. The incident took place on Sunday night around 10:45 pm, when they were passing through Sonarpada area. "The constables noticed four youths playing loud music in their Swift car and dancing. All of them were under the influence of alcohol," said a police officer from Manpada police station.Bajran Zende, assistant police inspector, Manpada police station said, "When the cops asked them to stop they started arguing. The main accused Kiran Gaikwad threatened the constables by saying that he could get them suspended using his political influence. Thereafter, they started pushing and beating the cops. The constables then informed the control room and a team was sent to the spot from Manpada police station. Three of them were arrested as one had already fled. "One accused on the runA case has been registered against four people, including Kiran Gaikwad, Abhishek Trivedi, Omkar Gunjal and Sameer alias Sunny Gaikwad. "We have arrested three people as Sameer Gaikwad, brother of the main accused, had fled the spot," said Zende. A case has been registered at Manpada police station under 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), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.
Thane: Asked to lower music, four youths beat up two constables on duty - Mid-Day
2016-11-08Thane RTO agent held for taking bribe | The Indian Express - The Indian Express
Thane RTO agent held for taking bribe By: PTI Thane Published:Nov 8, 2016, 11:31 An agent with Regional Transport Office (RTO) here has been arrested for allegedly taking bribe from a car buyer for getting his vehicle registered, the ACB said on Tuesday. Two others a sales team leader and sales manager of the car show room have also been booked in connection with the matter, Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau's Deputy Superintendent of Police Khanaiya Thorat said in a press release on Tuesday. Watch What Else is Making News He said Satnamsingh Balwantsingh Kalsi (38) had demanded Rs 13,000 for registration of the new vehicle purchased by the complainant a Naval officer. The aggrieved officer lodged a complaint with the Thane unit of the ACB which laid a trap and arrested the agent while he was accepting part of the bribe money of Rs 9,000 from the complainant last evening, the release said. The investigation and the complaint indicated involvement of the car showroom's sales team leader, who has been detained, and also the sales manager, who was away and action would be taken against him too, the ACB said. Offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act have been registered against the accused with the local police station, it added.
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2016-11-08UP-bound private bus turns turtle in Thane, 16 injured - The Hindu
U.P.-bound private bus turns turtle in Thane, 16 injured MUMBAI:, NOVEMBER 08, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 02, 2016 14:10 IST Sixteen people were injured after the private bus they were travelling in overturned while overtaking a truck in Thane on Monday. The Kasar Wadavli police have booked the bus driver for accepting passengers and luggage beyond its capacity which, prima facie, seems to have led to the accident. The bus left Borivali at around 11 a.m. with 75 passengers, and was destined for Uttar Pradesh. “All the passengers were natives of Nepal, and were heading to the Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh. The bus came through Ghodbunder road and was passing through Thane when the accident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. near Nagla Bunder,” said inspector B.S. Tambe, Kasar Wadavli police station. After the bus came to a stop, the driver climbed out and fled. Passing motorists and locals called up the police control room and pulled all the 75 passengers out. While some of them were taken to Jupiter Hospital in autorickshaws, others were taken in ambulances. The police said 15 passengers suffered minor injuries and were discharged from the hospital after being administered medical aid, while an woman has been kept overnight for observation as she is pregnant. A team from Kasar Wadavli police station conducted a panchnama and arranged for a crane to turn the bus, after which it was taken to the police station. “The bus is equipped to carry 52 passengers. Further, there was a large quantity of luggage on the top of the bus, which affected its balance while overtaking the truck at a high speed,” said another officer with the Kasar Wadavli police. The police have registered a case against the driver for causing injury and endangering life due to rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act. “The bus belongs to a U.P.-based tours and travels company, and we are making inquiries with the firm’s management to trace the driver,” Mr. Tambe said. The incident comes two days after a taxi carrying nine passengers turned turtle on the Eastern Freeway while on the way to Mumba Devi temple in Zaveri Bazaar. Six people, including a minor, had lost their lives.
UP-bound private bus turns turtle in Thane, 16 injured - The Hindu
2016-11-08Kalwa hospital doctor dies of dengue in Thane - Hindustan Times
Kalwa hospital doctor dies of dengue in Thane Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 09, 2016 01:00 IST In a first such case in Thane, a 26-year-old doctor from Kalwa hospital died of dengue at Jupiter Hospital on Tuesday. Dr Dilip Kanse, who was posted at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital also known as Kalwa hospital, was staying in the hostel on the hospital premises. The doctor was admitted to Kalwa hospital on October 23. He was shifted to Jupiter Hospital on October 26 after his condition deteriorated. Doctors said that he died of multiple organ failure. Dr RT Kendre, medical health officer from Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), said, On October 22, we got a report about two doctors suffering from dengue. The next day, we went to the resident doctors hostel at Kalwa hospital and inspected the room. We were shocked to find buckets filled with water kept in the room for the past many days. After testing the water, we found mosquitoes breeding in them. Some buckets filled with water were kept inside the room and another kept inside the bathroom. They had been kept for more than six days. Dr Kanse was admitted to hospital immediately after he tested positive for dengue. A day later, his condition deteriorated and his lungs were bleeding. On October 26, he was shifted to Jupiter hospital, which is a private one, but died on Tuesday.
Kalwa hospital doctor dies of dengue in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-08BRIEF-India's Wanbury expects no material impact from Thane FDA notice - Reuters
BRIEF-India's Wanbury expects no material impact from Thane FDA notice Africa América Latina عربي Argentina Brasil Canada 中国 Deutschland España France India Italia 日本 México РОССИЯ United Kingdom United States Healthcare | Tue Nov 8, 2016 | 7:43pm IST BRIEF-India's Wanbury expects no material impact from Thane FDA notice Nov 8 Wanbury Ltd * India's Wanbury says show cause notice from Thane FDA does not have material impact on operations Further company coverage: Next In Healthcare UPDATE 1-U.S. watchdog told Medicare, Medicaid that EpiPen was misclassified in 2009 -senator WASHINGTON, Nov 8 The internal watchdog at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warned the office tasked with administering federal health insurance programs that Mylan NV's EpiPen was improperly classified as a generic drug in 2009, Senator Charles Grassley said Tuesday. BRIEF-Moody's downgrades Valeant (CFR to B3 FROM B2); negative outlook * Moody's downgrades Valeant (CFR to B3 from B2); negative outlook UPDATE 4-CVS cuts forecast after contract losses to Walgreens, shares dive * Shares fall to a more than 2-year low (Adds Breakingviews link; updates shares) MORE FROM REUTERS Sponsored Content From Around the Web Promoted by Taboola Trending Stories TOP NEWS India withdraws 500, 1000 rupee notes in graft fight Sponsored Topics X Follow Reuters: Follow Us On Twitter Follow Us On Facebook RSS Follow Us On LinkedIn Subscribe: Newsletters | Apps Reuters News Agency | Brand Attribution Guidelines
2016-11-08Thane call centre scam: Police get vendors' details from emails - Hindustan Times
Thane call centre scam: Police get vendors details from emails Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 09, 2016 01:40 IST The Thane police found more details about the fake call centres after scrutinising the 27 emails of investor Jagdish Kanani, 33. Kanani was arrested on October 16 by the Thane crime branch. He owned a call centre in Malad and in Borivli. The police have seized the 5-GB data from Kanani's phone and computers and have found names of vendors from whom they purchased the electronic materials. A police source also told that, We have got vendors names and phone number from Mumbai, Thane and Gujarat. We will call them for questioning. We have got the 16-digit code of the account which was operated by the dealers. The police have found that Kanani and the main accused Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy, 23, often chatted. Kanani was in touch with Shaggy through phone and social networking sites, said a police officer from Thane crime branch. Kanani was produced in Thane sessions court on Tuesday and he was given magistrate custody. Assistant police inspector Mukund Hatote, who is investigating the case, told court, We have found 5GB data from the 27 emails of the account of Jagdish Kanani and that the data has vendors name and other crucial information. We have to verify them. Another accused Akhilesh Singh, who is said to be a partner, was also produced in court has been remanded in police custody till November 10. The team of Thane crime branch officers, who has gone to Gujarat more than five times, has found that Shaggy might have fled to places such as Bangkok, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. A crime branch officer said, The absconding accused are in regular touch with others. We have questioned more than 40 to 50 people from Gujarat who know the accused.
Thane call centre scam: Police get vendors
2016-11-07Gang war movie leads to gang war inside Thane Central Jail - Mumbai Mirror
Gang war movie leads to gang war inside Thane Central Jail By Divyesh SinghDivyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Nov 7, 2016, 08.50 AM IST The Thane jail authorities are not allowed to screen movies which portray and glorify violence and violent struggleJail guard forced to sound prison alarm after a riot-like situation, involving 500 inmates, surfaces during movie screening at barrack 4. It could easily have been a scene taken from one of the movies they had played during any of the several open screenings at Thane Central jail. But fortunately for prison authorities, the scuffle that broke out between inmates while a Bollywood movie was played at one of the barracks was not a planned one, and did not involve convicts driving sharpened spoons into each other's bellies. The incident happened at the Thane central prison on Thursday when jail authorities played a gang war-based Hindi movie in barrack number four of the Thane central prison. Thane Central prison has a total of 2,950 inmates distributed almost evenly between the facility's six barracks. According to rules, jail authorities are only allowed to screen devotional and motivational movies and not ones which portray and glorify vio lence and violent struggle, like in this case. Police sources, signs of trouble presented itself after a few inmates from the prison's barrack number six sneaked out to catch the movie. While the inmates of barrack four initially objected to their presence, they later allowed them to join them for the screening, for which the authorities had even got a DVD player and connected it to the television set. Although each barrack in the prison has an allotted television set, only the one in barrack four is currently functional. BRUISED EGOS, INJURED INMATES The setting soon took a turn for the worse after a comment made by a barrack four inmate, Shekhar Shettiyar, an accused in multiple cases of robbery and other serious crimes, irked another convict, Shiva Shetty, belonging to barrack six. Shetty has many cases of robbery, attempt to murder and theft registered against him in Mumbai. Not one to let go of an insult, Shetty got into an altercation even as Shettiyar kept telling him to remain silent or leave the barrack. The two inmates, who are seasoned criminals and have numerous cases registered against them, got into an argument. It did not take long for the two to enter into a fistfight," said Nitin Vaychal, Jail Superintendent of Thane central prison. The two gangsters and their cronies at the screening soon entered a full-fledged gang war of their own, just like the one in the movie. Sensing a riot-like situation brewing, the jail guard soon blew the prison alarm after which a large number of guards positioned throughout the facility arrived and helped to control the flare up of egos. Shetty, Shettiyar and a few others inmates suffered injuries in the incident and were admitted to the hospital ward of the Thane jail. They were discharged later. Shetty was earlier lodged at the Arthur Road prison and was shifted to the Thane central prison due to a similar case of assault on another inmate. We have written to the respective courts regarding the unruly behaviour of the two inmates and are waiting for further orders. Depending on the order, action will be taken against the two inmates," said Vaychal. Last month, another inmate lodged at the Thane central prison had attacked a jail doctor after he refused to issue him a medical certificate that would let him be shifted to a government hospital outside the prison. The inmate was shifted to Nashik central prison after the incident.
2016-11-07Thane: Dumped by runaway fiancees, Kalyan man kills self near tracks - Mid-Day
Thane: Dumped by runaway fiancees, Kalyan man kills self near tracks By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours Ilyas Shaikh Being left behind for another man by his second fiancee was the final nail in the coffin of Ilyas Jamil Shaikh. The 27-year-old committed suicide by consuming paint thinner. His body was found near the railway tracks at Kalyan on Saturday night. Shaikh has left behind a suicide note, detailing how his fiance Saima has broken up with him after her mother and a tantrik convinced her to do so through black magic. Also Read: Girl kills self as boyfriend dumps her on Facebook A preliminary probe has revealed that he was depressed as his fiance left him for other men after getting engaged to him. The Kalyan GRP have registered an accidental death report. Shaikh has also been booked by the Bazarpeth police in an assault case. He was reported absconding days before his suicide. He got engaged to Saima after her sister left Shaikh for another man. Cops were able to identify Shaikh after calling his brother through his mobile phone. The brother stumbled upon a suicide note in Shaikh's file at home, added an officer. First rejection: Shaikh suffered his first rejection after he got engaged to a relative a few years ago. After a few months, the girl ran away with her boyfriend. He was depressed, but the girl's family assured him that it was her fault and got him engaged to her younger sister. Saima, the girl he got engaged to more than six months ago, ran away and married another man, said a police officer. Injured two others Dilip Suryavanshi, Senior PI, Bazarpeth police station said, We registered a case against Shaikh on Saturday for stabbing a girl 15 days ago. He had also injured two more people. He was absconding. Our officers visited his home thrice but he was not there. We then got to know that he has committed suicide.
Thane: Dumped by runaway fiancees, Kalyan man kills self near tracks - Mid-Day
2016-11-0716 injured as bus overturns in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
16 injured as bus overturns in Thane PTI | Nov 7, 2016, 08.11 PM IST Thane: At least 16 persons were injured, when a luxury bus which was on its way to Nepal from Borivili in Mumbai, turned turtle on the Ghodbunder road near here today, civic officials said. Seven of the injured are admitted to Vedant hospital while the rest are being treated at the Citizen hospital, Chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of Thane Municipal Corporation Santosh Kadam told. He said upon getting the message of the mishap, firemen and personnel from the RDMC rushed to the spot where rescue operations are underway. Further details are awaited.
16 injured as bus overturns in Thane - Mumbai Mirror
2016-11-07Pune leads MSME online registration, Thane 2nd - Times of India
Pune leads MSME online registration, Thane 2nd Tushar Pawar | TNN | Nov 7, 2016, 06.29 AM IST NASHIK: Pune has finished first in online registration of micro, small medium enterprises (MSMEs) for Udyog Adhar with 6,104 units in the past one year. Pune topped the chart with 14,347 registered units. Thane and Aurangabad districts finished second and third with around 11,160 and 9,656 units, respectively. Around 1.54 lakh MSMEs have registered online across all districts in the state since October 6, 2015 till date. After the Centre's directives in September last year, registrations of new MSMEs in the state have been made online and linked to Aadhaar card numbers from October 6, 2015. Accordingly, an entrepreneur opening a unit in MSME categories has to submit his Aadhaar card number while registering online. An industry department official said, "The government had simplified registration of new MSMEs to boost the ease of doing business. Earlier, the entrepreneurs had to do all the process manually. Now, they need not come to the office.They can register online by submitting their Aadhaar card numbers. Pune district recorded the highest number of registrations." He added that Pune, Thane and Mumbai Suburban have good potential and, accordingly, the maximum number of MSMEs was reported from these cities. The MSMEs had to earlier submit the `Part One' certificate to the office of the state's District Industries Centre (DIC) while opening a new unit. The `Part Two' certificate had to be submitted after the plant starts commercial operations. However, the state later cancelled both the certificates and introduced the online registration system. According to the statistics by the Centre's MSME ministry, Bihar has topped from among 36 states and union territories in the country in online registration of MSMEs for the Udyog Adhaar with a total of 4.79 lakh online registrations. Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the second the third respectively. Around 2.38 lakh and 1.86 lakh units were registered in UP and Tamil Nadu respectively over the past 14 months. Maharashtra stood fourth with 1.54 lakh online registrations, while Gujarat stands fifth with 1.5 lakh registrations. In all, 17.86 lakh MSMEs have registered for the Udyog Adhhar across 36 states and union territories in the country from September 1, 2015 to November 5, 2016.
Pune leads MSME online registration, Thane 2nd - Times of India
2016-11-07IRS scam: Thane police detain two suspects - The Indian Express
IRS scam: Thane police detain two suspects By: Express News Service Mumbai Updated: Nov 8, 2016, 4:29 THE THANE police, probing the fake call centre scam, has detained two Ahmedabad-based persons for questioning them in connection with their alleged links in the call centre scam. Ahmedabad appears to be the hub of fake call-centres which have sprouted up in the Mira Road Bhayander stretch in the past few years, according to the police. Two persons from Ahmedabad have been detained for questioning in connection with the call centre scam. The duo has been brought to the city and depending upon what is revealed during the interrogation, the future course of action will be decided, a senior officer of the Thane police said. Teams from Thane police have been travelling to Ahmedabad after it came to light that most of the fake call centre owners were based in Ahmedabad. So far, police have arrested over 70 persons in the scam and are still on the lookout for the mastermind Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy who is suspected to be holed up in a East European country. The call centre scam was busted on October 5 when Thane police raided 12 call centres in the Mira Road-Bhayander area where employees would make calls to US citizens posing to be from their Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They would then threaten the US citizens to instantly settle the tax default by making a payment to them. The police suspect that Ahmedabad was the hub of these call centres and those who were successfully operating these call centres there had then moved to the Mira Bhayander stretch. The US Justice Department too recently charged 61 persons in connection with the IRS scam including several US citizens.
IRS scam: Thane police detain two suspects - The Indian Express
2016-11-07In Mumbai: 16 injured after overcrowded bus topples in Thane - Hindustan Times
In Mumbai: 16 injured after overcrowded bus topples in Thane Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 07, 2016 16:24 IST At least 16 passengers were severely injured after a private luxury bus headed to Dhangadhi in Nepal from Borivli, toppled in Thane on Monday. The injured were taken to a private hospital while the ones with minor injuries have been shifted to civic hospital. The accident took place near Naglabunder, on Ghodbunder Road, because the bus was overloaded. A passenger said, The incident took place in a matter of seconds. We were unable to understand what happened. An official from the regional disaster management cell in Thane said, Of the 16, seven have been admitted to Vedant hospital while the remaining were taken to Citizen hospital. The Kasarwadavli police are on the spot. A police officer from Kasarwadavli police station said, We are registering a case.
In Mumbai: 16 injured after overcrowded bus topples in Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-06Rental, aggregator segments drive tourist cab regns at Thane RTO - Times of India
Rental, aggregator segments drive tourist cab regns at Thane RTO Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Nov 6, 2016, 06.39 PM IST THANE: The Thane transport department has registered a nearly 50% rise in the number of tourist cab registrations in the first half of this fiscal. Experts have attributed this rise to an increasing demand for various rent-a-cab and cab through aggregators options. According to the statistics collated by the city transport department, in the first six months as many as 2,800 cars were registered under tourist vehicles. These numbers were higher as compared to the first six months figures of last year that stood at 1,372. Most of these cars are sports utility vehicles (SUV) and sedans. Nowadays, many people prefer calling for a cab through aggregators that have extended their services to Thane city. SUVs are a preferred option by residents as they are much more spacious and can accommodate more passengers. Along with escorted car services, there is also a demand for rent-a-car services. In this, residents have to just book a vehicle of their choice and drive down to their respective destination. "It seems economical to rent a big SUV that can accommodate more people. You also get the priviledge to drive the car on your own. Earlier, we were forced to go by buses or trains. But now with such services available at our beck and call, it has made life much easier. The best part is that you can get a new car on every trip you plan," said Kashyap Jobanputra, who is planning a trip with his family to Lonavla. The trend of renting cars for short vacations or even travelling to and from Mumbai and Thane is fuelling this industry. Along with sedans, one also has the option of travelling in luxury cars at a premium rate. This industry is picking up steam, observes a travel consultant from Thane who says several standalone operators are now associating themselves with such aggregators. Drivers and private owners say it is a better option to be associated with such companies. ''The demand for such facilities in Thane has also increased since the last few months. This has encouraged many transporters to go in for such facilities. This could be another reason for the rise in the number of tourist vehicles in the city,'' said a car dealer from the city Peter Rodrigues.
Rental, aggregator segments drive tourist cab regns at Thane RTO - Times of India
2016-11-06Thane: Major fire breaks out in plastic factory, 10 fire tenders at spot ... - India.com
Thane: Major fire breaks out in plastic factory, 10 fire tenders at spot By India.com News Desk Published: November 6, 2016 11:29 AM IST Thane, Nov 6: Major fire broke out on Sunday in a plastic factory in Thane district of Maharashtra state. According to initial reports, 10 fire tenders are at the spot and are trying to douse the raging fire. The cause of the fire that engulfed in a plastic factory of Thane is yet to be ascertained. More details are awaited. Meanwhile, a devastating fire destroyed a polyester yarn manufacturing unit in neighbouring Palghar district this morning, police said. The blaze at the unit located at Kudus under Wada taluka started from one corner of the facility and quickly spread and engulfed the entire structure, reducing it to ashes, Assistant Police Inspector S N Chowdhary of Wada said. There was as no casualty, he said, adding fire brigade was immediately mobilised from nearby Bhiwandi, Kalyan and other places.
Thane: Major fire breaks out in plastic factory, 10 fire tenders at spot ... - India.com
2016-11-06Thane doctor booked for molesting patient | Business Standard News - Business Standard
Thane doctor booked for molesting patient Thane Last Updated at November 6, 2016 20:02 IST A doctor from Diva near here has been booked for allegedly molesting a woman patient in his clinic, police said today. The alleged incident occurred last Saturday when the woman (46) had gone to the clinic of the doctor as she was having pains, said sub-inspector NG Chowdhary of Mumbra police station. As per the complaint lodged by her, the doctor touched her inappropriately. The doctor, whose name has been withheld, was booked under section 354 of IPC for outraging modesty of woman. No arrest has been made so far. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
2016-11-06Thane Municipal Corporation: Incomplete road widening work in city ... - Times of India
Incomplete road widening work in city gets year-end deadline Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Nov 6, 2016, 06.38 PM IST THANE: Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has set a new deadline of December 31 for the completion of all road widening works across the city. The work on 10 model roads had started in January this year.The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had undertaken widening of a few important roads, including Pokharan Road 1 and 2, Kapurbawdi to Balkum road, Shastrinagar, Thane station link roads, Ghodbunder service roads along with some in Kalwa and Mumbra. Work on several stretches is either progressing slowly or stopped due to some reasons. The dug up stretches and missing links on footpaths have also led to inconvenience of residents and motorists. Several road patches that have been left incomplete have attracted hordes of hawkers. Following questions from elected representatives and traders about the space meant for road widening left incomplete and empty, civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal held a meeting with contractors and asked them to step up the work.The contractors will have to ensure shifting of utilities, including poles, trees and pipelines are done carefully without damaging any of the services while widening the road. The civic officers have been directed to keep a check and ensure the contractors do not delay any of the projects unnecessarily. "Jaiswal conducted a meeting with contractors and civic officials in-charge of the projects. He has directed them to complete the widening works by December 31 and has also warned contractors of stern action if they fail to abide by the deadline," said TMC public relations officer Sandeep Malvi.
Thane Municipal Corporation: Incomplete road widening work in city ... - Times of India
2016-11-06Thane Dongurli gets new sarpanch - Times of India
Thane Dongurli gets new sarpanch TNN | Nov 7, 2016, 03.00 AM IST Gautami Gawas has been unanimously elected as the sarpanch of Thane Dongurli village panchayat in Sattari taluka, the elections of which were held on November 4. The post had fallen vacant after former sarpanch Shreya Gaonkar tendered her resignation last month. No other Panch members had filed their nominations for the Sarpancha's post as a result of which she was declared elected unanimously. She won the election by margin of 6-0 votes. The election meeting was attended by deputy sarpanch Govind Korgaonkar and Panch members Ankita Gawas, Shreya Gaonkar, Sarita Gaonkar, Mahadev Gaonkar, Suryakant Gaonkar and Sanjay Parwar. Prataprao Rane and Fattusingh Shetgaonkar were the presiding officers for the election.
2016-11-06Thane: Ex-Army man held for raping minor daughter - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
Thane: Ex-Army man held for raping minor daughter By Gargi VermaGargi Verma | Nov 6, 2016, 09.32 AM IST Thane police on Saturday arrested an ex-army man for raping his minor daughter over a period of 40 days. According to police sources, the 17-year-old girl, the youngest of three daughters, was kept locked in her house by her stepmother who knew about the continued sexual assaults and had even asked her to cooperate with her husband. "The girl recounted her ordeal which she says began in September. On the night of September 11, she was forced to consume alcohol by her father who then raped her. When she protested, he beat her up. Her stepmother, instead of stopping the man, asked the girl to co-operate," said senior police inspector Anil Pofle. The accused used to work as a driver in the Indian Army and had retired a couple of years ago. He is currently a security guard at a bank in Thane. After his first wife died a couple of years ago, he remarried within a month and sent all three children to his native village to stay with their grandparents. While the eldest daughter was married a year ago, the other two were living in the village. Police sources said the victim, the man's youngest daughter, was brought to Thane to help her stepmother in September. While the girl wanted to complain against her father, the stepmother is learnt to have forbade her from doing so, even resorting to locking her up in a dark room when she rebelled. According to the victim, her father would come everyday and would force her to watch vulgar videos before raping her. Fed up with the incessant assaults, the victim, on Saturday, tried to flee from captivity. Fed up, the victim managed to get out of her room on Saturday, while the rest of the family was sleeping, intending to contact the neighbours. However, the stepmother woke up during this time and beat her. But fortunately, during a second attempt later the same day, the girl was spotted by a neighbour who immediately alerted the police. The police arrived and took the girl in their protection and arrested the accused man and his wife. "It indeed is a heinous crime, the girl has been violated badly and is in trauma. We will ensure that they are punished," said a senior police official. The couple were booked under sections 323 (causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 34 (criminal act by several persons) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 5(N), 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 all pertaining to cases of sexual assault of minors of the POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offence) Act.
Thane: Ex-Army man held for raping minor daughter - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror
2016-11-05Maharashtra approves waterway from Bhayander to Thane - Hindustan Times
Maharashtra approves waterway from Bhayander to Thane MUMBAI Updated: Nov 06, 2016 00:46 IST The state environment department has finally cleared the water transport project that was planned from Jesal Park in Bhayander to Gaimukh creek in Thane, claimed Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik on Saturday. This alternate means of transport between Thane and Borivli will ease the traffic congestion along Ghodbunder Road. Commenting on the development, Sarnaik said, “I had been demanding for a water transport system to be developed between Thane and Mira Bhayander. For this, a jetty needs to be constructed at the creek near Jesal Park and Kanakia real estate.” The MLA added, “The Maritime board officers conducted a survey of the area and gave permission to construct a jetty at Jesal Park. The mangroves at this creek, however, are posing as an obstruction for constructing the jetty.” The alternative available was, according to the Sarnaik, to construct an elevated path and a platform as the jetty without disturbing the mangroves. The project is also in a CRZ area and thus the approval of the state’s environmental department was required. An officer from Mira Bhayander corporation requesting anonymity said, “The proposal for the elevated jetty was approved in the general body meeting held in the last week of September. We have sent the state’s proposal to the Centre for approval. We will fund the project but we are also trying to get a 50% grant from the central government and hope that the state would provide another 25% of the fund.” Here Sarnaik added that the state approved the proposal in a meeting held on Wednesday. “We are also demanding that the project be funded by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) so the burden of expenditure on the corporation is eased,” he said. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had taken initiative to start water transport from Thane to Mira Bhayander, Kalyan and Bhiwandi. In August, the TMC had conducted a meeting with the civic chief of all the concerned corporations requesting co-operation for the project and all the corporators had come on board the project. An officer from the TMC said, “The work on jetty at Gaimukh is progressing at a faster pace and will be completed by June 2017. Commuters usually take around an hour to cover the distance between Thane and Mira Bhayander. This water route will cut the commuting time to about 15 minutes.” Boost to tourism The Ulhas creek along Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Dombivli, Diva, Mumbra, Kalwa, Kopri, Gaimukh, Bhayandar Pada further up until the Ghodbunder road can be used for inland water transport. Tourists can take a ride around the Thane creek belt through the water route. This will also help generate revenue for the city.
Maharashtra approves waterway from Bhayander to Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-05Bangladeshi Terror Suspect Arrested In Thane - NDTV
Bangladeshi Terror Suspect Arrested In Thane All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 05, 2016 06:39 IST He was arrested under IPC Sections related to theft and house trespass. Thane: A Bangladeshi national, who was allegedly involved in terror activities, including bomb blasts, in his home country, was arrested from Thane on Friday, police said. Bashirmulla Sukurmulla Shaikh, who was illegally staying in India, was nabbed by Crime Branch officials from Kalwa in connection with an offence registered in the city under IPC Sections related to theft and house trespass, the police said in a release on Friday. The 40-year-old was produced before a court which remanded him in police custody till November 7, it said.He had been arrested by Special Branch of Mumbai Police in March 2016 for staying in India without valid documents, including passport. Shaikh was booked under Indian Passport Act and Foreigners Act and was currently out on bail. Further interrogation of Shaikh revealed that while in Bangladesh, he had taken training in bomb-making from terror outfits. Shaikh assembled bombs at his residence in Narail district, south-western Bangladesh, and also carried out a few explosions in which people were killed, the release said. Offences were lodged against him and his associates in 2014 at Kalia Police Station in Narail district in connection with these blasts, the police said. During the interrogation, the Bangladeshi national disclosed he had killed his wife Sultana in one such explosion, they said. All information provided by Shaikh was confirmed by Bangladesh Police, the release said, adding police were trying to find out which militant outfit he was associated with. Crime Branch, which is interrogating Shaikh, is ascertaining if the foreign national had any intention to carry out subversive activities in India, police added.
Bangladeshi Terror Suspect Arrested In Thane - NDTV
2016-11-05Maharashtra approves waterway from Bhayander to Thane - Hindustan Times
Maharashtra approves waterway from Bhayander to Thane Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 06, 2016 00:46 IST The state environment department has finally cleared the water transport project that was planned from Jesal Park in Bhayander to Gaimukh creek in Thane, claimed Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik on Saturday. This alternate means of transport between Thane and Borivli will ease the traffic congestion along Ghodbunder Road. Commenting on the development, Sarnaik said, I had been demanding for a water transport system to be developed between Thane and Mira Bhayander. For this, a jetty needs to be constructed at the creek near Jesal Park and Kanakia real estate. The MLA added, “The Maritime board officers conducted a survey of the area and gave permission to construct a jetty at Jesal Park. The mangroves at this creek, however, are posing as an obstruction for constructing the jetty. The alternative available was, according to the Sarnaik, to construct an elevated path and a platform as the jetty without disturbing the mangroves. The project is also in a CRZ area and thus the approval of the state's environmental department was required. An officer from Mira Bhayander corporation requesting anonymity said, The proposal for the elevated jetty was approved in the general body meeting held in the last week of September. We have sent the state's proposal to the Centre for approval. We will fund the project but we are also trying to get a 50% grant from the central government and hope that the state would provide another 25% of the fund. Here Sarnaik added that the state approved the proposal in a meeting held on Wednesday. We are also demanding that the project be funded by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) so the burden of expenditure on the corporation is eased, he said. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had taken initiative to start water transport from Thane to Mira Bhayander, Kalyan and Bhiwandi. In August, the TMC had conducted a meeting with the civic chief of all the concerned corporations requesting co-operation for the project and all the corporators had come on board the project. An officer from the TMC said, The work on jetty at Gaimukh is progressing at a faster pace and will be completed by June 2017. Commuters usually take around an hour to cover the distance between Thane and Mira Bhayander. This water route will cut the commuting time to about 15 minutes. Boost to tourism The Ulhas creek along Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Dombivli, Diva, Mumbra, Kalwa, Kopri, Gaimukh, Bhayandar Pada further up until the Ghodbunder road can be used for inland water transport. Tourists can take a ride around the Thane creek belt through the water route. This will also help generate revenue for the city. Why water transport? Water transport is cheaper than rail or road transport. Thane has a huge coastline and the residents will be benefit a lot if waterways are used. It would also ease the crowd in local trains. Benefits Relief from traffic snarls Alternate mode of transport in case of emergencies Better connectivity to the cities Cheaper mode of transport Environment-friendly commute Development of tourism and facilitating revenue for the city Connect Thane to surrounding areas
Maharashtra approves waterway from Bhayander to Thane - Hindustan Times
2016-11-05Thane: Call centre accused bankrupted father who invested in scam - Hindustan Times
Thane: Call centre accused bankrupted father who invested in scam Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 06, 2016 00:37 IST The recently arrested fake call centre accused, Akhilesh Singh, told police that it was Haider Mansoori and Arjun Vasudevan who visited him at his shop at Mira Road in July and asked him to lease the premises. Akhilesh said he was also approached by Tapesh Gupta in July. Tapesh, one of the main accused told Singh that Shaggy needed a shop or place to open another call centre in Mira Road.Tapesh is currently missing and police suspect he is with key accused Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy in Dubai. Haider and Arjun met Akhilesh in July and tried to lure him with the promise of easy money. Haider initially told Akhilesh to lease the office from where he used to run a car business. He later withdrew his proposal. Akhilesh told Haider he would help them search for another place. A few days later, he told Haider that a floor could be rented at Hari Om IT park in Mira road, said the police. Haider told Akhilesh to invest his money in the call centre and give him the office only when it was fully equipped with computers and furniture. Akhilesh invested more than Rs 20 lakh and asked his father Ajay to do the same. I sold my field and jewellery. Now we are bankrupt. We were depending on the call centre to pay out rent. We do not know how to manage the finances of our daughter's wedding in February. We have promised to give the groom's family a car but we do not have a single rupee in our account, said Ajay. I had warned my son not to enter the call centre business but he was lured with the prospect of easy and fast money. My son help them get the office in good faith, he added. Akhilesh told us he met Haider and Arjun frequently and soon, he found out that the call centre was fraudulent. Akhilesh told us that he contacted Tapesh, Haider and other people regarding leasing his shop. However, investigations revealed that none of them were contacted. Akhilesh got scared when the call centre was raided on October 4 so he fled to his relative place along with his family, said a police officer from the Thane crime branch.
Thane: Call centre accused bankrupted father who invested in scam - Hindustan Times
2016-11-04Rescuers kill python while trying to rescue it in Thane - Mid-Day
Rescuers kill python while trying to rescue it in Thane By Faisal Tandel Posted 3 hours The python that was killed by mistake at Vartak Nagar in Thane West An operation to rescue a python from a tree in Thane went tragically awry when the authorities ended up killing the snake instead. Activists have blamed the authorities for negligence, saying the rescuers they had roped in were inexperienced. The python was found coiled on a branch of a tree at Appa Saheb Pawar Udyan, at Vartak Nagar in Thane West. Aditiya Patil, President of the Wild Life Welfare Association of Thane said he received a call from locals around 3.20 pm about a large python stuck on a tree. Patil sent two volunteers, Suraj Sonawane and Vicky Ghage, to rescue the python. When they reached the spot, they found that the python was at high up in the tree. After waiting for two hours, the python slithered into the hollow of the tree, Patil said. Around 7.30 pm, residents called the Wagle Estate fire bridge and Thane Municipal Corporation who reached the spot for rescue operations. JS Patil, Fire officer, Wagle Estate, said, Locals told us to cut down the tree. We contacted the tree authority of the TMC, who started the cutting down operations. They were following the instructions of the rescuers, who had caught the python's tail to ensure it did not disappear from sight. However, when the tree was cut open, the python was found dead inside as its head had been hit by the cutter. Mayur Kamath, Honorary wild life warden and member state wildlife broad said, During rescue operations, the safety of the animal should be top priority, irrespective of the time taken.
Rescuers kill python while trying to rescue it in Thane - Mid-Day
2016-11-04Thane: Kalwa locals don't want to burn 170-year-old bridge - Mid-Day
Thane: Kalwa locals don't want to burn 170-year-old bridge By Faisal Tandel Posted 2 hours Kalwa citizens love living on the edge. Their preference to continue walking on a 170-year-old bridge outside the commissioner's office, which has been declared dangerous by authorities, only proves the same. Pedestrians, and until last week motorists, keep using the bridge, despite repeated warnings from authorities, who have also barricaded the bridge. When mid-day visited the bridge on Thursday, motorists were not plying on it but pedestrians kept jumping over the iron barricades When mid-day visited the British-era bridge that connects Kalwa to Thane a week ago, it was free for motorcycles. They would prefer using this bridge to the new one built barely metres away to avoid traffic. Barricades installed: Since then, civic authorities have installed barricades on the bridge but even then, when mid-day visited the bridge on Thursday, it observed pedestrians jumping through the metal barricade to use it. Authorities have not been blind to this bridge, though. After the devastating tragedy of the Mahad bridge, which killed 28 in August, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) started surveying the bridge with the help of experts and engineers and prepared a report, which has been submitted to TMC a month ago. Ratan Awasarmol, city engineer, TMC, said engineers and experts from IIT Powai conducted the survey. It was a complete check of the bridge, where they check the gravity, the British-era stone, click pictures of the bridge, had a test drive on it and looked into many other aspects. The experts report said that the bridge is not at all useful for motorists, but can't be used by a single pedestrian either. Not even fit for repairs: The bridge was made to last only 100 years. But it has been used for 70 more since. We have now installed barricades on the bridge and also asked the traffic police to not stop motorists from using the bridge, so that no tragedy occurs. The bridge was being repaired a year ago, but now that the experts have stated that it is not in a state to go for repairs, it will be closed completely, Awasarmol added. A senior police inspector from the Kalwa traffic division said, The corporation has issued us a letter stating that the bridge should be closed and not used by motorists. Iron barricades have been installed on it. Motorists have been stopped, but the pedestrians continue crossing the barricade and using the bridge. We will now ask the corporation to install iron shed and close it completely so that pedestrians don't use it. As the report claims, not a single person should walk on it.
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2016-11-04One more held in Thane call centre scam, total arrests 75 - The Indian Express
One more held in Thane call centre scam, total arrests 75 By: PTI Thane Published:Nov 4, 2016, 19:50 One more person has been arrested here in connection with the multi-million dollar transnational scam originating from India-based call centres which cheated thousands of American citizens into paying off fictitious debts, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 75, city police said today. According to Senior Police Inspector Nitin Thackeray, the arrest was made from the Mira Road locality last evening when accused Akhilesh Ajay Singh (29) visited his residence.
One more held in Thane call centre scam, total arrests 75 - The Indian Express
2016-11-04Bangladeshi terror suspect arrested in Thane - Business Standard
Bangladeshi terror suspect arrested in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane November 4, 2016 Last Updated at 22:57 IST A Bangladeshi national, who was allegedly involved in terror activities, including bomb blasts, in his home country, was today arrested from here, police said. Bashirmulla Sukurmulla Shaikh, who was illegally staying in India, was nabbed by Crime Branch officials from Kalwa in connection with an offence registered in the city under IPC Sections related to theft and house trespass, the police said in a release tonight. The 40-year-old was produced before a court which remanded him in police custody till November 7, it said. He had been arrested by Special Branch of Mumbai Police in March 2016 for staying in India without valid documents, including passport. Shaikh was booked under Indian Passport Act and Foreigners Act and was currently out on bail. Further interrogation of Shaikh revealed that while in Bangladesh, he had taken training in bomb-making from terror outfits. Shaikh assembled bombs at his residence in Narail district, south-western Bangladesh, and also carried out a few explosions in which people were killed, the release said. Offences were lodged against him and his associates in 2014 at Kalia Police Station in Narail district in connection with these blasts, the police said. During the interrogation, the Bangladeshi national disclosed he had killed his wife Sultana in one such explosion, they said. All information provided by Shaikh was confirmed by Bangladesh Police, the release said, adding police were trying to find out which militant outfit he was associated with. Crime Branch, which is interrogating Shaikh, is ascertaining if the foreign national had any intention to carry out subversive activities in India, police added. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
2016-11-04Thane call centre scam: Another partner arrested by crime branch - Hindustan Times
Thane call centre scam: Another partner arrested by crime branch Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 04, 2016 14:07 IST The Thane crime branch have arrested another partner in connection with the Mira Road fake call centre scam. He will be produced in court on Friday. The arrested accused, identified as Akhilesh Singh,30,is a resident of Mira Road and he had taken up a floor at Hari Om IT park on rent and was one of the main partners in the fake call centre scam. On Thursday evening, the Thane crime branch, who are investigating the fake call centre case, came to know about Akhilesh Singh's hiding place at Mira Road through sources. Soon, a team reached the spot and caught him. Singh is under investigation and said that he had invested more than a lakh in the fake call centre business. A police officer from Thane crime branch said, He is one of the main partners and we suspect that he was in touch with Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy, the kingpin of this fake call centre racket. Singh had set up the office and all the necessary equipments were provided by Shaggy. His profit margin was high than Mansoor Ali, who worked as a floor manager and is currently in jail. Police also suspect his links with Jagdish Kanani, 33, one of the main investors. Jagdish is under investigation at present.
Thane call centre scam: Another partner arrested by crime branch - Hindustan Times
2016-11-04Bangladesh blast suspect hunted down in Thane - Times of India
Bangladesh blast suspect hunted down in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Nov 5, 2016, 04.44 AM IST THANE: A 40-year-old Bangladesh national, Bashirmulla Shaikh, who allegedly undertook training in making bombs and may have been involved in a blast in that country, has been traced to Thane. Shaikh, who was on the run for the last two years, was arrested near Manisha Nagar gate number 1 at Kalwa on Friday in connection with a house break-in case by the crime branch. Shaikh had been residing in Ghansoli and was working as a labour contractor. "During his interrogation, it came to light that in March the special branch (I) CID, Mumbai, had arrested him for staying in India without a valid passport from Bangladesh," said a senior crime branch officer. "The police had then taken action against him under the Passport Act and Foreigners' Act, but he was out on bail," he added. Shaikh revealed that he had undergone training in manufacturing bombs from a terrorist organization in Bangladesh. "Shaikh manufactured explosives at his residence in Narail district in south-western Bangladesh.His wife, Sultana, died after a crude bomb accidentally went off," said a police officer. Police are also trying to verify whether or not Shaikh was involved in a blast on March4, 2013, outside a Dhaka hotel where President Pranab Mukherjee was staying.At that time, a strike had been called by the fundamentalist Jamaat-Islami in Bangladesh to protest against the conviction of three of its top leaders for 1971 war crimes. Violence had escalated in Bangladesh after a tribunal handed down death penalty to 73-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice-president of the Jamaat. Sayedee was the third Jamaat-Islami politician to be convicted by the tribunal since the trial of war crimes suspects, mostly belonging to the Islamist group. In the first verdict of the tribunal on January 21, 2013, former Jamaat leader Abul Kalam Azad had been sentenced to death on similar charges. "We are in the process of corroborating the testimony of Shaikh. We have confirmed that there are offences registered against him and his associates in Bangladesh for involvement in bomb explosions and killing people," said the police officer. The police are now verifying the terrorist organization that trained Shaikh. The police are also trying to find out if he had any intention to carry out anti-national activity, the police said. Shaikh was remanded in police custody till November 7.
Bangladesh blast suspect hunted down in Thane - Times of India
2016-11-041 More Arrested In Thane Call Centre Scam - NDTV
1 More Arrested In Thane Call Centre Scam All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 05, 2016 00:13 IST Akhilesh Ajay Singh was arrested from near the call centre when he was entering his residence. Thane: One more person has been arrested here in connection with the multi-million dollar transnational scam originating from India-based call centres which cheated thousands of American citizens into paying off fictitious debts, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 75, city police said today. According to Senior Police Inspector Nitin Thackeray, the arrest was made from the Mira Road locality last evening when accused Akhilesh Ajay Singh, 29, visited his residence. Thane Crime Branch officials had laid a trap to nab him, he added.Mr Singh, who was absconding since the police unearthed the scam last month, was allegedly involved in the dealings of the Mira Road premises from where the call centres operated. ACP Mukund Hatote, the Investigating Officer (IO) in the case, told PTI that Singh helped his brother-in-law Chandan Ajit Singh get the deal done for Hari Om IT Park, near Delta Garden building on Mira Road. The call centres were located on the second and fourth floors of a building in the IT park. He also helped his friend Sunny get the fifth and seventh floors there, he added. With Mr Singh, the number of arrests in the IRS call centre scam has now reached 75. Mr Singh was produced before a magistrate's court today which remanded him to police custody till November 7. The scam, wherein US-based taxpayers were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers posing as American tax and immigration officials, came to light in October when the police raided a clutch of call centres at Mira Road in the district. Subsequently, police teams raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which too were allegedly involved in the scam. Last week, the police seized a luxury car belonging to Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the alleged kingpin of the scam. The Audi car, valued at Rs 2.5 crore, was seized by Thane police from Ahmedabad and was allegedly purchased from a leading cricketer in May. At least 75 people, mostly directors and key persons linked to these call centres, including Mr Thakkar and his "mentor" Jagdish Kanani, have been arrested till now.The scam, which operated since 2013 through at least half-a-dozen call centres in adjoining Thane, targeted at least 15,000 American citizens. According to US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, these call centres "stole" over $300 million from the victims. The US Justice Department has charged 61 people and entities linked to the scam where call centre agents "impersonated" IRS, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts.
1 More Arrested In Thane Call Centre Scam - NDTV
2016-11-03Drunk brawls, jumps on tracks, is run over by train - Mumbai Mirror
Drunk brawls, jumps on tracks, is run over by train By Iram Siddique, Mumbai Mirror | Nov 3, 2016, 01.13 AM IST The CCTV footage shows the victim and his friends brawling with the hawkers, after which he is run over by a train A 30-year-old man from Asangaon and two of his friends pick up a fight with hawkers outside Thane Railway Station. The police say they refused to pay for a toy gun. A drunken brawl led to a 30-year-old man from Asangaon losing his life at Thane Railway Station. The victim was captured on the CCTV cameras fleeing his attackers and jumping on to the tracks, then trying to get back onto the platform on realising the train was approaching, but he was run over by then. The incident occurred around 9.30 pm last week (October 27), and the victim has been identified as Rahul Musde, who along with two of his friends had an altercation with around seven hawkers outside the station. The three had drinks at bar outside Thane station Preliminary investigation by the Government Railway Police (GRP) and officers from Thane Nagar Police Station revealed that Musde and his friends exited a bar right outside the Thane station, and got into an argument with a vendor selling toy guns. Musde tried walking away with the toy without paying for it, resulting in an argument. The hawker returned with seven others and they chased Musde and his friends. While Musde's friends ran towards a foot overbridge, the victim jumped on the tracks when he realised a train was approaching. He was run over while he attempted to get back on to the platform (number 2), an officer from Thane Nagar Police Station said. Punch drunk friends had no idea Musde had died The cops said that Musde's friends didn't even realise he had met with an accident, and came to know of his death a day later, when the police traced them. Senior Inspector Dalvi from the Thane GRP said, An accidental death report has been registered. We recovered the victim's mobile phone and traced his friends. The case has been transferred to the Thane Police who have already booked the hawkers. One of Musde's friends who was involved in the brawl has been identified as Sanket Sable, who is also the complainant in the case. We have registered a case of rioting against the hawkers. The CCTV footage is being examined and we are speaking to the witnesses, an officer from Thane Nagar Police Station said. A police officer did not rule out action against Musde's friends as well. "Prima facie, the victim and his friends started the brawl," the cop said.
Drunk brawls, jumps on tracks, is run over by train - Mumbai Mirror
2016-11-03Milind Soman to give Thane residents fitness lessons - Hindustan Times
Milind Soman to give Thane residents fitness lessons Megha Pol, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 03, 2016 15:44 IST There's good news for fitness freaks in the city. Model-turned-actor Milind Soman will impart fitness lessons to residents at the end of this month. Soman met the civic commissioner to express his intention to conduct a few sport-related activities in the city. After establishing himself as an international model, over the past few years, Soman has shifted his focus on fitness. He has undertaken several initiatives at national and international levels. He had also undertaken various sport-related activities in the past. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer, Thane Municipal Corporation, said, Soman has volunteered to conduct small sport-related activities for Thane residents. This is likely to include yoga sessions, mini marathons and exercise sessions in the open gym or open spaces in the city. We will provide him the required infrastructure. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has asked Soman to submit a detailed proposal on what he plans to undertake for the residents by the end of this week. A sports officer requesting anonymity said, We have a Krida Mahotsav every year at the end of November. Soman suggested that instead of a few sportsmen participating, he wants even the common people from the city to join the event. We are thinking of including small activities such as doing pushups, sit-ups, surya namaskar, rope climbing or playing age-old traditional games, which will be supervised by Soman.
Milind Soman to give Thane residents fitness lessons - Hindustan Times
2016-11-03Despite costing Rs 9000/kg, Thane sweet shop's invention sells a record 150 kg - Mid-Day
Despite costing Rs 9000/kg, Thane sweet shop's invention sells a record 150 kg By Anju Maskeri Posted 03-Nov-2016 According to Prashant Sakpal, owner of Prashant Corner, the fancy packaging of the mithai costs Rs 1,000. Pics/Datta Kumbhar It’s possible that this Diwali, the costliest mithai selling in the city was at Thane's Prashant Corner. The Suvarna mithai, says owner Prashant Sakpal, sold at Rs 9,000 per kg. And customers didn't seem to mind. Sakpal claims to have sold 150 kilos of the precious sweet. Prepared using gold leaves, almond, saffron, pistachio and cardamom, the ostentatious ingredients justify the price, he says. While the mamra badam were imported from Iran (Rs 4,000/kg), the saffron was procured from the fields of Pampore in Kashmir for Rs 1 lakh. Mamras are grown organically without using chemicals. They are rich in nutrients and sugar, which means I didn't need to add additional sugar, says Sakpal. The pishori pistachios came from Iranian dealers at Rs 2,000/kg, smaller in size but packing a nutritional punch higher than other shelled varieties. The fancy packaging added another Rs 1,000 to the cost. When you are gifting someone expensive mithai, it needs to look worth it, right? laughs the 50-year-old. Sakpal says the preparation was laborious. It took over 8 hours to prepare 5 kg of Suvarna. The almonds and pistas are boiled in water before they are soaked in rose water till the skin peels off, he says, adding he was confident of being able to market it, as corporators and MLAs for a bulk of my clientele. Rs 4,000 Rate per kilo of Mamra badam from Iran Rs 2,000 Rate per kilo of pishori pistachios from Iran Rs 1 lakhCost of Saffron procured from Pampore in Kashmir Rs 1,000The cost of fancy packaging for the expensive mithai
Despite costing Rs 9000/kg, Thane sweet shop
2016-11-03Thane collector to crack down on mangrove destroyers - Times of India
Thane collector to crack down on mangrove destroyers Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Nov 4, 2016, 01.14 AM IST THANE: Stern action will be taken against those found destroying mangroves or excavating sand along the Thane district shoreline. Thane collector Mahendra Kalyankar has directed the revenue department to form special cells and take punitive action against those found destroying mangroves. The action follows several complaints about rampant destruction of mangroves due to unchecked debris dumping or sand dredging along the Thane shoreline. A mangrove protection cell has also been constituted in the district, headed by the divisional commissioner, that takes a monthly review of the situation as per HC directives, informed an official, adding that the new cell will work in tandem to ensure robust monitoring of the green cover. Nearly 70 cases have been filed this year against those trying to destroy mangroves in and around the district. "The collector has now ordered stern action against the sand and land mafia that is reportedly involved in destruction of the mangroves. Those found guilty will be charged under the Environment Protection Act, 1986," said the officer.
Thane collector to crack down on mangrove destroyers - Times of India
2016-11-03Robbed Thane firm gets back 10 crore - Times of India
Robbed Thane firm gets back 10 crore Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Nov 4, 2016, 12.31 AM IST THANE: The district sessions court recently quashed a magistrate court's order not to hand over to a Thane finance firm Rs 10 crore robbed from its office in June. An armed gang, with insider help, robbed Rs 10.08 crore from Checkmate Services Pvt Ltd around 3.30 am on June 28. The crime branch swung into action and arrested 16 persons and recovered the cash from different parts of Thane and Nashik. Following the seizure, the company applied for the custody of the cash. The local magistrate in September rejected the application saying it had no jurisdiction as the case can be tried only by a sessions court. The company then filed a revision application in district court. District judge PR Kadam set aside the lower court order observing that the magistrate rejected the application as it had no jurisdiction and the filing of chargesheet is erroneous. The investigating officer, too, didn't object to the returning of the cash. Thane crime branch officials said they have handed over the cash to the firm after receiving the court order.
Robbed Thane firm gets back 10 crore - Times of India
2016-11-03150-year-old Kalwa bridge shut for pedestrians, vehicles - Times of India
150-year-old Kalwa bridge shut for pedestrians, vehicles Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Nov 4, 2016, 01.30 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has shut access to the 150-year-old Kalwa bridge over Thane creek from Wednesday, following expert advice from a team of engineers from IIT-Bombay. The engineers had declared that the bridge was unsafe for use after they conducted a stability audit in August, following the Mahad bridge collapse. A meeting was conducted with senior civic and traffic officials recently after which a decision to stop access of vehicles and pedestrians on the structure was taken, said an official from the public works department of the TMC. Grill barricades have been erected at the ends of the bridge to prevent entry of pedestrians and cyclists, who have been using the structure till now. Officials said that the bridge had weakened over the years and had suffered severe damages after a barge had rammed into it a few years ago. After this incident, heavy vehicles were not allowed to ply on the bridge. The civic administration then wanted to check the stability of the bridge, especially after the Mahad bridge collapse incident in August in which over 20 people lost their lives. The nearly 300-m long bridge that connects Thane and Kalwa along the old Mumbai-Pune highway was constructed around the late 1800's. This bridge has 10 stone pillars and arches and is 7-m wide. The bridge was initially under the state PWD but was later handed over to the corporation in 2008. It was the only connection between Thane and the suburbs earlier, till the TMC built an alternative bridge two decades ago. ''We have shut access to the bridge to carry out repairs on the structure. No structural audit was conducted since the TMC took possession of the bridge,'' said an official.
150-year-old Kalwa bridge shut for pedestrians, vehicles - Times of India
2016-11-02In Mumbai: 21 arrested in Thane for selling loud crackers without permit - Hindustan Times
In Mumbai: 21 arrested in Thane for selling loud crackers without permit Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 02, 2016 17:14 IST Twenty-one roadside stall owners were arrested for selling high-decibel firecrackers, illegally, in Thane, over the past two days, starting Monday. The police have seized firecrackers worth Rs 70,000 from them. Two people were also arrested for bursting firecrackers on a road at Bhiwandi on Monday, said the police. Officials from police stations under the Thane commissionerate namely, Kasarwadavli police station, Vartak Nagar police station, Shivaji Nagar police station and Ulhasnagar police station arrested the 21 stall owners. A couple of weeks before Diwali, the Thane police had circulated a notice on firecrackers in which it said that a ban on selling high-decibel fire crackers is on until November 4. We circulated the notice within the commissionerate and warned people not to sell high-decibel firecrackers. Those wanting to sell them would have to obtain prior permission before doing so. We also mentioned the permissible time limit for bursting crackers, said an inspector . He added, After circulating the notice, we started patrolling the area where firecrackers were being sold and then took action against the offenders. Another inspector from Thane commissionerate said, Even after spreading awareness about how hazardous firecrackers are, people are not co-operating. As of now, the 21 stall owners have been released on bail. We are investigating to check if they have hidden any firecrackers in their houses or other places. We are also trying to find out where the firecrackers were brought from. Meanwhile, two people identified as Shrinivas Ramlu Ramgiri, 37, and Rakesh jagdish Rathod,32, both Bhiwandi residents, were arrested for bursting firecrackers on a road at Bhiwandi. An inspector from Bhiwandi city police station said, Both the accused were spotted bursting firecrackers and flinging some on the highway despite vehicles passing by. Although the deadline was 10 pm, they were caught red handed after 10.30 pm. Also they were bursting with hig-decibel firecrackers, which is against the rules.
In Mumbai: 21 arrested in Thane for selling loud crackers without permit - Hindustan Times
2016-11-02Three men arrested for attacking two cops, vandalising chowky in Thane - Hindustan Times
Three men arrested for attacking two cops, vandalising chowky in Thane Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Thane Updated: Nov 03, 2016 00:28 IST Three people were arrested for allegedly attacking two police personnel, attached to Wagle Estate police station, and vandalising a chowky in Thane. One of the victims was grievously injured in the attack. The accused are from the same family and were identified as Santosh Kadam, 38, Dinesh Kadam, 40, and Sunil Kadam, 43, all residents of Hajuri village in Wagle Estate. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon when the women from the Kadam family had an argument with their neighbours, who called the police after being attacked and abused by the accused, the police said. A constable went to the spot and brought the three men to the Hazuri beat chowky for questioning, said R Malekar, senior police inspector of Wagle Estate police station. Police inspector Nitin Gholkar and constable Sunil Dhonde were at the chowky and asked the trio about the reason behind the brawl. Taking an affront to the questioning, the trio smashed the window panes, broke open the cupboard and flung the documents in the chowky, the police said. In the melee, Gholkar sustained serious injuries while Dhonde was hit on the head with an iron rod, Malekar said, adding that the former was admitted to a private hospital while the latter was discharged the following day, but his head is still swollen. The accused men allegedly kicked the personnel in the chest and stomach. They have been booked under assault and obstructing a public servant from discharging their duty charges. They were produced in a court and were remanded in police custody till October 6.
2016-11-02Thane Crime: 17-year-old delivers boy, throws him out of window ... - Mid-Day
Thane Crime: 17-year-old delivers boy, throws him out of window By Faisal Tandel Posted 02-Nov-2016 A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for throwing her newborn baby out of the window. Vishnu Nagar police recovered the baby from the roof of a house in a slum in Raghuveer Nagar, Dombivli east. During investigation it was found that the baby was borne out of an illicit relationship and hence the accused wanted to get rid of it. According to police, on October 26 when a resident of the area heard the cries of a baby, she immediately started looking for it. Thereafter, she found an abandoned baby on the roof of one of the slums. She immediately informed the police. A case was registered and the cops began hunting for the parents of the new born. Police says: Police inspector of Vishnu Nagar police station Nitin Patil reached the spot and started investigation. During a spot search he noticed that there was a building adjoining the slum and a window on the first floor was open. He also found some bloodstains on the window. Thereafter, he started enquiring about the family to find out whether any pregnancy had taken place. "We found out that a woman from the family delivered a baby boy some eight days ago but the child was with her. Further, we found that the family had shifted to the flat just three months ago and earlier they used to stay at Siddarth Nagar in Dombivli. A team was then sent to Siddarth Nagar, where it was revealed that a minor girl from the family was in a relationship with a boy from the same locality. Eventually, she became pregnant. Fearing that they would lose face in the society, the family shifted to Raghuveer Nagar, where the girl delivered a baby boy," said an officer from Vishnu Nagar police station. Indrajeet Karle, senior police inspector, Vishnu Nagar police station said, "We have detained the minor girl and sent her to Bhiwandi remand home. The baby has also been sent to Janani Ashish Charitable Trust in Dombivli, where he is being looked after. We are investigating the matter further. "The accused has accepted the crime. Karle said, "Parents of the girl claimed that they were not aware of the delivery. They said that she must have delivered the baby in the bathroom at night."
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2016-11-02Smog covers Thane as pollution level doubles in five days - Times of India
Smog covers Thane as pollution level doubles in five days Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Nov 3, 2016, 01.16 AM IST THANE: A foul-smelling smog appears to have blanketed Thane as the air pollution index has doubled in the last five days during Diwali celebrations, according to data compiled by the civic air quality monitoring unit. The Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) it is the measurement of air quality and should not exceed 100g/m3 mark rose to 192g/m3 in the the last five days. On October 28, the RSPM level recorded in Thane was 90g/m3. "The change in weather has already led to a rise in the number of illnesses such throat infection, asthma and bronchitis. The added pollution will make things worse," said Dr Pranali Bhide, an ENT specialist. However, the overall air quality level this Diwali was much better than last year in 2015, the average RSPM level recorded was 294g/m3. While civic officials claimed that the air quality was better this year due to their sustained anti-fireworks and anti-pollution drives, environmentalists said heavy showers had cleared away impurities in the air. "This year, we carried out several cleanliness and awareness drives where we sensitized citizens about the ill effects of pollution," said a civic official. "Last Diwali, average pollution level was 294g/m3, almost three times the permissible limit. This year, RSPM levels reduced to 192g/m3. But it shot up to 264g/m3 during the four hours of Laxmi Puja on October 30." Prasad Karnik, president of environmental NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, said, "While there has been a slight drop in the number of firecrackers this year, the main reason for the reduced air pollution level is the fact that the heavy showers cleared a lot of impurities in the air. But Diwali festivities brought the pollution levels above the permissible limit again."
Smog covers Thane as pollution level doubles in five days - Times of India
2016-11-01In Mumbai: Student falls off crowded train, loses his leg - Hindustan Times
In Mumbai: Student falls off crowded train, loses his leg Arvind Walmiki, Hindustan Times, Kalyan Updated: Nov 01, 2016 16:39 IST A school student fell off a crowded local train near Vitthalwadi railway station on Monday and lost his leg. The victim, identified as Bhuvaneshwar Ashok Dubey (18), is a resident of Bhivpuri road in Karjat, is preparing for his SSC exams. On Monday afternoon, Dubey had gone to Kalyan to meet his friends for Diwali. While on his way back, he boarded a crowded train and lost his grip in between Vitthalwadi railway station and Kalyan and fell off the running local train. Initially, he had injured his leg but as he tried to stand up, he slipped again. A second train ran over his leg after this. Incidentally, Bhuvaneshwar had gone missing for four months and was recently reunited with his family after he was found in Kolkata. Ashok Dubey,48, his father, said, After he went missing, we got scared and recently shifted to Karjat to take proper care of our child. We took this decision after he went missing because he had isolated himself and did not talk to anyone. So we had thought that a change in place would help us. A police constable from Kalyan GRP said, We came to know about the accident a few minutes later and rushed to the spot with four porters. He was initially taken to Rukmini Bai hospital, but after examining him, he was shifted to Sion hospital for treatment, where he is at the moment.
In Mumbai: Student falls off crowded train, loses his leg - Hindustan Times

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