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2017-11-308 projects from dist to represent state at National Science Congress - Times of India
8 projects from dist to represent state at National Science Congress Nov 30, 2017, 22:37 IST THANE: A total of eight projects from Thane district have been chosen to represent the state at the National children's science congress (NCSC) that will be held from December 27 to 31 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Out of the initially nominated 16, eight have been qualified. While six are from the city schools, the remaining two are curated by students of New Horizon Public School, Airoli and Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Primary & Secondary School, Nerul. Surendra Dighe of Jidnyasa Trust which is the coordinating agency for NCSC in Maharashtra, said, "It is a moment of pride for A K Joshi School as three of their projects have been selected. One project is from Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School and another from Dr. Bedekar Vidya Mandir and Shreerang Vidyalaya. A group of four students from A K Joshi School have done a research on vegetables and fruits grown near the railway line in Mumbra and Kalwa. They have devised a solution to improve the quality of water there so that the produce will be good for consumption." The state-level competition will be held on December 1 and 2 in Jalgaon.

2017-11-30TMC to spray city roads with water to help curb air pollution - Times of India
TMC to spray city roads with water to help curb air pollution Nov 30, 2017, 22:36 IST THANE: The Thane municipal corporation (TMC) has decided to spray gallons of treated water from its sewage treatment plants on arterial roads across the city to help reduce air pollution levels. The idea behind this twice-a-week midnight exercise is to use water to settle down the dust particles on the street and ensure residents do not encounter a smoggy ambience on the road the next morning. Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday asked his team to ensure that purified water from sewage treatment plants must be sprayed on the streets and the dividers must be scrubbed clean using this water twice every week between midnight and 4am. "The move will not only help arrest the pollution levels, but also optimise the utilisation of treated water from plants that otherwise gets drained out in the creek," said Jaiswal. The city has several stretches like Kalwa naka, Teen Haath Naka, Kopri, M G road and Ghodbunder Road that witness high air pollution levels due to constant movement of vehicles and construction work in some places. The respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) levels at some places has been alarmingly high, reveals a pollution report tabled by the corporation last week. Experts said that the water spraying can help reduce the problem. There are two sewage treatment plants in the city that collectively generate 54mld treated water. The plant at Kopri generates 45mld treated water, while another 9mld is generated from the Mumbra unit. The administration spends nearly Rs 5 per 1,000 litres daily on treating sewage water at these plants which was wasted, claim experts, as the water was not utilised. "We will be using water from the sewage treatment plants at Kopri and Mumbra for to water the roads. This exercise could help improve the quality of air in the city. Tankers will be deployed to transport water," said deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi.
2017-11-30Thane tops the chart in HIV positive cases in district - Times of India
Thane tops the chart in HIV positive cases in district Dec 1, 2017, 00:00 IST THANE: Residents from Thane have been affected the most with the killer HIV virus. Out of 2,304 HIV positive patients in the district, around 33% were from Thane city, including Mira Road and Bhayander. This was stated in the 2016-17 report of Thane's District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU). However, there has been a drop in the number of cases in the entire district. The officials claimed that Thane city, comprising of Thane, Mira Road and Bhayander, had more people who belong to the high risk population. Navi Mumbai and Bhiwandi were among the top three places in the district that were detected with the most number of cases."These cities not only have a high population, but also have people from the high risk zone —like sex workers, migrants, transgenders, truck drivers, etc. It was also seen that out of the ones who were detected positive, 80% got infected due to unsafe sex. While others got it through blood transfusion. Though 110 pregnant women were detected HIV positive in 2016-17, the number has decreased as compared to the 2015-16 figures that stood at 153 women affected with the virus. This drop is because of the awareness drives being carried out by various organisations," said Ratan Gadhave, district programme officer of theDAPCU. The department, along with 33 NGOs, conduct awareness drives on regular basis and focus more on the people belonging to the high risk communities. "Out of those who fall under the high risk category, the highest number of people tested positive were migrant workers and and truck drivers. But there has been a rise in the number of patients taking the HIV test. This is because of the awareness drives we have been carrying out in these pockets. During these drives, we request those infected with the virus to come to the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centre for tests," said Gadhave. However, there has been a drop in HIV positive cases in the district. This is an indication that the awareness drives and sensitization programmes organized by the state authorities and voluntary groups in the last seven years has shown positive results. While there were 5,154 HIV cases in 2010-11, the numbers came down to around 2,304 in 2016-2017.
Thane tops the chart in HIV positive cases in district - Times of India
2017-11-30Thane police chief organises anti-terrorism awareness programmes ... - Times of India
Thane police chief organises anti-terrorism awareness programmes ... - Times of India
2017-11-30Processions, prayers to mark Eid-e-Milad - Times of India
Processions, prayers to mark Eid-e-Milad Dec 1, 2017, 00:04 IST THANE: Prayers and processions will mark the Eid-e-Milad celebrations in the city. Also known as Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the occasion is marked to commemorate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. The day begins by reading the Quran, listening to sermons and ends on a sweet note by eating delicious delicacies. A resident of Regency Heights, Trupti Khan said, "Many make a miniature replica of the masjid at Mecca." On the other hand, the Dawoodi Bohra community, who follow the Hijri calendar, celebrated the occasion on Thursday. Arwa Mahesh said, "The twelve day period before the death of the Prophet is called Baare Wafat, which indicates the last few days of his life. Coincidently, his birthday also falls on the same day. Hence this day is different than the rest."
Processions, prayers to mark Eid-e-Milad - Times of India
2017-11-30Demonitized currency worth over Rs 1 crore seized, five detained - Times of India
Demonitized currency worth over Rs 1 crore seized, five detained Nov 30, 2017, 06:58 IST THANE: Upon carrying out the search, the police found a little over Rs 1 crore of denomination of old 500 notes of Rs 1000 notes worth over Rs 1 crore was seized by the Vartak Nagar police, who detained five persons in this connection. Sources informed that based on the tip off, through a secret informer that one person shall be coming near a Mall with the demonitized currency notes in a hand bag. Subsequently, a team of plain cloth sleuths waylaid the man who was along with four others. Upon carrying out the search, the police found a little over Rs 1 crore of denomination of old 500 notes of Rs 1000 notes. "Probe is underway, to nab the other accused as well the one who was going to exchange but it is unlikely that anybody shall do so now," said a police officer. The officer refused to divulge any other details of the case and informed that the income tax officers have been informed in this regard.
Demonitized currency worth over Rs 1 crore seized, five detained - Times of India
2017-11-29Thane: 6-year-old Allegedly Raped in Creche; Owner's Husband Booked - India.com
Thane: 6-year-old Allegedly Raped in Creche; Owner's Husband Booked Published: November 29, 2017 7:09 AM IST Thane, Nov 29: A six-year-old girl was raped in a creche in Palghar district near Thane. The husband of the creche owner has been booked in connection with the case under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The incident took place on November 22 but, the complaint was filed by victim’s mother at Valiv police station on Tuesday. (ALSO READ: Man arrested for raping maid on pretext of marriage in Thane) Meanwhile, a release issued by the police said that the 30-year-old accused has not been arrested yet. The girl’s mother works in a factory in the district and would drop her daughter at the child care centre, run by a woman, in Vasai before leaving for her workplace. A PTI report quotes police as saying that the victim was the only girl going to the creche. In a similar case, a 5-year-old was allegedly raped repeatedly by a by a teacher inside a madrassa in Mumbra area of Thane. The accused was booked under relevant sections of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and was arrested by the police. The 35-year-old accused hailed from Bihar. He was an Arabic who had joined the madrassa just a few days before.
Thane: 6-year-old Allegedly Raped in Creche; Owner
2017-11-29Three accomplice of Yuva Sena functionary held for attack on youth - Times of India
Three accomplice of Yuva Sena functionary held for attack on youth Nov 29, 2017, 09:40 IST THANE: The Chitalsar police has arrested three accomplice of Yuva Sena functionary for murderous assault on a youth late on Saturday night. The main accused—Ehsan Balbale, 22—is still absconding and the police said that they have launched a manhunt to nab him. The three accused arrested are identified as Mahesh Tiwari, 30, a resident of Teen Haath Naka, Dipak Tiwari, 26, resident of Lokmanya Nagar pada no 4, and Raja Sonar, 23 resident of Hajuri, said a senior police officer. The trio have been remanded to police custody till December 5 for further investigation, added the officer.Additionally, the police have also evoked the atrocity act against the accused for making castist remarks on the victim. The prime accused Balbale, is the deputy coordinator, Thane vidhan sabha, Yuva Sena who along with other accused bashed up one Pratik Bhandare, black and blue over a petty issue outside a lounge in the plush Hiranandani meadows area. Bhandare is out of danger and recuperating at a private hospital, a police officer informed. Soon, the social media condemned the ghastly incident that triggered a sense of insecurity among the residents of the locality. A case has been registered at Chitalsar police station under Section 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt), section 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or mean) 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) read with 34 of Indian penal code.
Three accomplice of Yuva Sena functionary held for attack on youth - Times of India
2017-11-2923-year-old woman commits suicide after battling depression, loneliness - Times of India
23-year-old woman commits suicide after battling depression, loneliness Nov 29, 2017, 22:08 IST THANE: The police on Tuesday concluded that the mystery death of the 23-year-old woman at the Cosmos Jewels complex on Ghodbunder Road was a case of suicide driven by depression and loneliness. Sunita Das was found dead on the lawn of the fifth floor of Saphire building early on Monday after she reportedly jumped from a rented 12th floor apartment. "Prima facie it appears that she was emotionally unstable. There were fresh wounds on her wrists inflicted by a blade indicating that she had tried to kill herself before she took the plunge from her apartment," said inspector Naseer Kulkarni, Kasarwadavli police station. The woman was staying alone in the rented flat for the past five months and worked as a singer in a local bar. Her family stayed in Wadala and following the post mortem the body was handed over to her father, who works as a security guard. Kulkarni added that the family also stated that Das was battling depression and called them often to complain of loneliness. "Apart from severe head injuries and a broken spine and hand, there were several injury marks on her left wrist. These wounds looked like they were done with blade. The post-mortem reports show that she was a chain smoker and an excessive drinker. Based on all this, we believe that it is a case of suicide. Further investigations are going on."
2017-11-29Now, Thane civic body makes waste segregation mandatory | The ... - The Indian Express
Now, Thane civic body makes waste segregation mandatory Unhale said the civic body hopes to get a positive response. “We are also asking buildings or societies that generate over 100 kg waste to set up waste processing plants on their premises,” he said. Published: November 30, 2017 4:29 am After the Mumbai civic body, the Thane Municipal Corporation has decided to make segregation of waste mandatory for all housing societies from December 15. Besides, the Thane civic body is asking housing societies that generate over 100 kg waste to set up processing plants on their premises. Officials from the Thane civic body said they have started issuing notices to housing societies warning that they would not pick up garbage if it is not segregated, as per the directions issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests last year, said an official. Close to 700 metric tonne of garbage is generated daily in the city. “We have started asking housing societies to segregate dry and wet waste from December 15. It is to reduce the quantity of waste sent to the dumping ground,” said Samir Unhale, additional municipal commissioner, Thane. Unhale said the civic body hopes to get a positive response. “We are also asking buildings or societies that generate over 100 kg waste to set up waste processing plants on their premises,” he said. Another official, citing Mumbai’s aggressive campaign for waste segregation, said, “We need to make similar efforts. And this is the first step in that direction.” According to him, bulk waste generators include housing societies, hotels, malls and hospitals. “If these bulk generators set up processing plants on their premises, it will reduce 30 percent garbage collection in the city. If the decision of waste segregation and setting up of processing plants is not followed by citizens, then penal action will be taken against them,” he said. Earlier this year, the Thane civic body had courted controversy after it decided to stop garbage collections from traders. Officials had said the decision was taken to recover solid waste management tax from shopkeepers who did not pay the tax despite several notices. Have a comment or suggestion for Notes From The Suburbs? Write to mumbai.newsline @expressindia.com with subject line: Notes From The Suburbs
Now, Thane civic body makes waste segregation mandatory | The ... - The Indian Express
2017-11-29TMC head plans to revive Jogila lake lost under illegal hutments - Times of India
TMC head plans to revive Jogila lake lost under illegal hutments Updated: Nov 30, 2017, 04:53 IST THANE: In a first of its kind initiative, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has planned to revive a lake lost under sprawling illegal construction and rapid urbanisation right under the nose of its ward administrative office. The revival of the once sprawling The idea to revive the lake was proposed last month by Jaiswal and is likely to be executed on priority basis measuring nearly 0.1 hectares will be one of its kind project to be undertaken by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to include it in the landscape of the metropolis dubbed as the city of lakes. The water body is part of the 33 lakes that are located in various parts of the city. According to the plans, the TMC will remove all hutments set up over the lake bed and try to locate and revive the natural springs under the debris used for reclamation with help from geological experts. Once rejuvenated, efforts would be taken to revive its lost ecology as well. The revival plan is being worked out by the pollution control board and the public works department of the TMC and a final detailed presentation involving the plan and expected cost may soon be laid out. The idea to revive the lake was proposed last month by Jaiswal and is likely to be executed on priority basis. The TMC recently completed the process of identifying illegal tenements. "We are in the final process of compiling the biometric list of the hutments following which 1,200 surveyed residents will have to be rehabilitated," said an officer from the Uthalsar ward office.The land mafia over the years has apparently been indiscriminately reclaiming parts of the lake and eventually clogging the natural springs to set up nearly 270 settlements over the lake bed. Citizens lamented the lake premises had been shrinking over the last few years and completely vanished somewhere in the last decade. Activists and local residents said they were happy that the water body was being revived but have also drawn the attention towards the poor condition of existing ones. Also, there should be simultaneous action taken on those who allowed the encroachments to surface right under the nose of the ward office. "There used to be a water body on this spot which was slowly swallowed by the land mafia that erected hutments by reclaiming the lake body. The city already is known as a land of 33 lakes and the revival of Jogila water body to the list could be the most welcome addition. The commissioner should also set up an enquiry on how the lake was destroyed despite it being right next to the civic body's office," said an old timer from the area. We have had several instances of revival of lakes, which meant cleaning them up, but this could be one of its kind where an almost dead water body is being revived. We have decided to remove the hutments from over the lake bed and are in the process of hiring geological experts who could help identify the natural springs still active under the pile of debris and revive it
TMC head plans to revive Jogila lake lost under illegal hutments - Times of India
2017-11-28MahaRERA directs builder to refund Thane homebuyer - Daily News & Analysis
A complainant approached the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) seeking a refund from a developer after the cancellation of the booking on the ground that the homebuyer learned that the developer did not have approvals from the Forest Wildlife Department for the project. MahaRERA took into view a letter from the developer, Godrej Greenview Housing Pvt Ltd, sent to the complainant, Anant Bagaria, which stated, "We are waiting for other approvals from the concerned authorities and will update." Based on this the authority ruled that the developer made the homebuyer believe that some other approvals were awaited, and conceded to the fact that they did not have all the required approvals to go ahead with the project. Thus MahaRERA ordered the developer to refund the booking amount to the homebuyer along with interest and cost of the complaint. Bagaria had complained that he booked a flat on the second floor of a tower of Godrej Emerald in Thane by submitting an application on August 21, 2016, and paid a booking amount of Rs 1 lakh, and another Rs 6.28 lakh bringing the total amount to Rs 7.28 lakh. Bagaria then learned from sources that the developer did not have the necessary approvals for construction, and could neither convince him that they did. Therefore he canceled the booking on December 12, 2016. MahaRERA ordered the developer to pay Rs 7.28 lakh with a lending rate of interest of SBI namely 8.15 per cent plus 2 per cent and also Rs 20,000 towards the cost of complaint. We are contemplating to file an appeal before an appropriate forum. The email mentioned has been referred in a wrong context. The approvals, referred as awaited, were routine future approvals that happen during different stages.We are clear that there was no misrepresentation at any time to the customer."
MahaRERA directs builder to refund Thane homebuyer - Daily News & Analysis
2017-11-28In Thane, 6-year-old raped inside creche, owner's husband charged for assault - Daily News & Analysis
In Thane, 6-year-old raped inside creche, owner's husband charged for assault A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a creche in adjoining Palghar district, police said today. The girl's mother works in a factory in the district and would drop her daughter at the child care centre, run by a woman, in Vasai before leaving for her workplace, the police said in a release. The husband of the creche owner has been booked for the crime under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vasai) Vishwas Valvi. The 30-year-old accused has not been arrested yet, the release said. The alleged crime took place on November 22, but a complaint was filed by the victim's mother yesterday at the Valiv police station, it said. The victim was the only girl going to the creche, Valvi said.
In Thane, 6-year-old raped inside creche, owner
2017-11-28Elvis impersonator Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC - Truro Daily News
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Elvis impersonator Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC - Truro Daily News
2017-11-28Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC - Truro Daily News
Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC Harry Sullivan hsullivan@trurodaily.com Published: Nov. 27, 2017, 7:16 p.m. Updated: Nov. 28, 2017, 4:17 p.m. TRURO, N.S. – Famed Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn will be returning to Truro for a Christmas concert in December and a sellout show will generate $5,000 for the local SPCA. “Five thousand dollars, if we can sell every ticket, which I think we can,” Dunn said, of the 1,000-seat CEC auditorium. Dunn was recently named celebrity ambassador for the greater Moncton SPCA but he is extending that role by assisting with other SPCA locations throughout his travels. Regardless of the actual number sold, Dunn said $5 from every ticket for the Dec. 17 show will be donated to the Colchester SPCA. Additionally, one particularly lucky ticket holder will walk away with a $500 cash prize. “Basically what that means is, somebody is going to look under the seat and there will be a cheque there,” he said, of the seat-of-the-night prize being sponsored by Gary Steeves Insurance company in New Brunswick, which insures Dunn’s classic Cadillac convertible and his show jump suits. As with Elvis, Dunn features a variety of flashy jumpsuits in his shows and he said the December show will be no different. As for the night’s musical entertainment, he said it will feature “our new Christmas with the King” lineup, including a special Elvis classic. “A lot of those songs that people grew up with,” he said. “And I think that Christmas and Elvis have become kind of synonymous. Until you hear Blue Christmas on the radio or at home it doesn’t really seem like Christmas.” “There’s a lot of different songs that we’ve added and it’s a mix of everything,” he said. “Were covering lots of other stuff as well,” including gospel rock and rhythm and blues. “I think there’s a little bit for everybody.” Tickets for the December show are $45 for VIP seats, $32.50 for regular and $26 for upper, back row seats.
Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC - Truro Daily News
2017-11-27Leopard enters residential area in Thane, creates panic - Times of India
Leopard enters residential area in Thane, creates panic - Times of India
2017-11-27Thane trader attacked with iron rods - Times of India
Thane trader attacked with iron rods Nov 27, 2017, 23:12 IST THANE: A city-based businessman was attacked by two bike-borne men who assaulted him with iron rods near Hiranandani Meadows late on Saturday. The police said that Sunil Shukla, a resident of Amanda building, suffered serious injuries on his head but is said to be out of danger and is recuperating at a private hospital. Shukla was attacked with iron rods by two bike-borne men. They were reportedly waiting for him at around 9.45pm. The police said it is difficult to ascertain the reason for the assault as the family members are in a state of shock. "We are yet to take down the statement of the victim, but robbery has been ruled out as the motive. It is likely that there could be some kind of enmity that could have led to such a attack," said an officer from the Chitalsar police station. The cops have procured the CCTV footage from the area to check if they can identify the attackers.
Thane trader attacked with iron rods - Times of India
2017-11-27Leopard spotted near Upvan society - Times of India
Leopard spotted near Upvan society Nov 27, 2017, 23:12 IST THANE: Many residents of Cosmos Hills, near Upvan, had a sleepless night after a leopard was spotted in their society during the wee hours of Sunday. The wild cat jumped over the wall and waited in the compound for about half-an-hour. The society is along the periphery of Yeoor forest. So, sighting wild cats is not something new for society members. However, many rushed to their windows at 2am just to get a glimpse of the leopard. "We were all just about to sleep a little before 2am when we were alerted by the non-stop barking of our building stray dogs. We then realised that there must be a leopard in the area and hurried to the window. As I live on the seventh floor, I could barely see it. So I went to the lobby and watched the leopard walk along the wall and jump near the park in the society," said Manasi Nathwani, a resident. "Despite awareness about man-animal co-existence, we sent a team to survey the area and talk to the citizens, on Sunday night," said Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forests (Thane).
2017-11-27Nitin Company gets noisiest junction tag; Pokhran Road follows suit - Times of India
Nitin Company gets noisiest junction tag; Pokhran Road follows suit Nov 27, 2017, 23:37 IST THANE: With every passing day vehicular traffic and construction work in the city have been on the rise. This has led to a rise in noise pollution. Honking is one of the major reasons for a rise in decibel levels, especially at major junctions of the city. These figures were released by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) that had conducted a month-long study in July this year. The TMC officials had carried out a study at 15 prominent junctions along the Eastern Express Highway as well as arterial roads. Out of 15, nine places were above the 75 decibel level. The civic body found that the maximum decibel levels crossed the 75 decibel limit at areas like Nitin Company junction, Gaondevi naka, Pokhran Road junction and Kalwa junction. Activists feel that a change in the mindset of citizens, along with change in infrastructural plans of the corporation could help solve the issue in the long run. Nilesh Ambekar, an activist, said, "The two main reasons for rise in noise pollution at bottlenecks and junctions are traffic congestion and unnecessary honking. Nitin Company, which is listed as the junction with the highest decibel levels, has not had a working signal since it has been installed. The traffic at Gaondevi naka, Kalwa junction and other places, too, are unmanned. When there is traffic congestion, honking increases, resulting in a rise in noise levels.""Auto-rickshaws make the most noise. Over the past few years, citizens have stopped following traffic rules because of their fast-paced lifestyle. If they don't see a traffic cop, they break signals. Honking has multiplied the noise pollution levels at junctions," said Mahesh Bedekar, a citizen activists. While the civic body claims to have taken steps to tackle the issue by deploying traffic cops with noise measurement equipment and opening up various helplines for citizens to complain, activists assert that they need to take up stern measures to control the menace. "In addition to ensuring that the infrastructure to ensure smooth traffic movement is in place, the corporation must also put a ban on the use of any vehicles above ten years of age. They should keep a check on double parking as well,"Ambekar added. Speaking about the role of citizens, he said, "When we go abroad we don't see anybody honking. We, too, should avoid doing so as it not only adds to the noise pollution, levels, but also affects the mental health of commuters. The traffic police should keep a check on this and not wait for citizens' to lodge a complaint."
2017-11-27Mystery over death of young singer after fall from 13th floor - Times of India
Mystery over death of young singer after fall from 13th floor Nov 28, 2017, 01:27 IST THANE: A 23-year-old woman was found dead on the fifth-floor lawn of the Cosmos Jewels complex on Ghodbunder Road in Thane around 6.30am on Monday. Sunita Das, a singer in a local bar, is presumed to have fallen from her rented flat on the 13th floor. The police also found a saree tied to the balcony grille of the 12th-floor flat below the one occupied by Das. Investigations revealed that the 12th-floor flat was vacant, having never been occupied. The police said they were looking at various possibilities, such as Das having used the saree to commit suicide or to escape from her flat for some reason.Das lived on her own in the flat she rented from the owner, Ravindra Shetty, in the A-wing of the 29-storey Solitaire building. The police said she kept to herself, never interacting with neighbours or other building residents. Das's neighbours said her door was always latched and that she would often return home late. "We were informed about a girl lying dead on the lawns by the security guard," inspector Naseer Kulkarni from the Kasarwadavli police station said. "We broke open her flat on the 13th floor to look for clues. The body has been sent to the civil hospital for a post-mortem. No one has claimed the body yet." A security guard who said he accompanied the police to Das's flat claimed he did not notice anything out of place. "I saw that the television light was flickering; there was a nail polish bottle and a pack of cigarettes on the glass table," the guard said. Das's body was first noticed by a 17th floor resident. "It was around 6.30am and I was standing in the balcony of my flat on the 17th floor when I saw a body in the garden," the resident said. "At first I thought it was a man who seemed to have passed out. I informed the security guard, who further alerted the police."
2017-11-27Elvis impersonator Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC - Truro Daily News
Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC Harry Sullivan hsullivan@trurodaily.com Published: Nov. 27, 2017, 7:16 p.m. Updated: Nov. 28, 2017, 4:17 p.m. TRURO, N.S. – Famed Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn will be returning to Truro for a Christmas concert in December and a sellout show will generate $5,000 for the local SPCA. “Five thousand dollars, if we can sell every ticket, which I think we can,” Dunn said, of the 1,000-seat CEC auditorium. Dunn was recently named celebrity ambassador for the greater Moncton SPCA but he is extending that role by assisting with other SPCA locations throughout his travels. Regardless of the actual number sold, Dunn said $5 from every ticket for the Dec. 17 show will be donated to the Colchester SPCA. Additionally, one particularly lucky ticket holder will walk away with a $500 cash prize. “Basically what that means is, somebody is going to look under the seat and there will be a cheque there,” he said, of the seat-of-the-night prize being sponsored by Gary Steeves Insurance company in New Brunswick, which insures Dunn’s classic Cadillac convertible and his show jump suits. As with Elvis, Dunn features a variety of flashy jumpsuits in his shows and he said the December show will be no different. As for the night’s musical entertainment, he said it will feature “our new Christmas with the King” lineup, including a special Elvis classic. “A lot of those songs that people grew up with,” he said. “And I think that Christmas and Elvis have become kind of synonymous. Until you hear Blue Christmas on the radio or at home it doesn’t really seem like Christmas.” “There’s a lot of different songs that we’ve added and it’s a mix of everything,” he said. “Were covering lots of other stuff as well,” including gospel rock and rhythm and blues. “I think there’s a little bit for everybody.” Tickets for the December show are $45 for VIP seats, $32.50 for regular and $26 for upper, back row seats. For more information, log onto Dunn’s website at: https://thanedunn.net/buy-tickets/ .
Elvis impersonator Thane Dunn returning to Truro for special show at CEC - Truro Daily News
2017-11-26Post-graduate farmer held in possession of 22kg marijuana - Times of India
Post-graduate farmer held in possession of 22kg marijuana Nov 26, 2017, 22:18 IST THANE: The Thane anti narcotics cell seized 22kg of marijuana and a vehicle collectively worth over Rs 6 lakh from a farmer on Friday. The accused has been identified as Kiran Ghude, a 28-year-old farmer, who is a post-graduate, said an official. Based on information about a drug deal, a team of the cell laid a trap at 4.30pm near Ambivli railway station."On intercepting him, we found the stock of marijuana worth Rs 1.60 lakh in his car. We also seized the car," said a police officer. The officer added that Ghude is not co-operating and that investigations are on in order to find out where he got the stock from and who he was selling it to. "It is suspected that the accused had bought the stock from Andhra Pradesh, but we are yet to confirm this," said a police official. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against Ghude. He has been remanded to police custody till Monday, said the official.
2017-11-26Vijay Niwas residents await TMC structural audit result - Times of India
Vijay Niwas residents await TMC structural audit result Nov 26, 2017, 22:20 IST THANE: The fate of the residents of the Vijay Niwas building at Kisan Nagar rests on the results of the fresh structural audit commissioned by the civic body after a third floor slab collapsed in the wee hours of Friday. A previous audit report had classified the structure as dilapidated requiring immediate repairs due to which residents, who were evacuated Friday morning, have now been asked to make alternate arrangements for the next few months. Experts said if the structure has to be repaired, it may take between three and six months for the entire job to be executed. "The building is already in the C2B category of dilapidated structures which mandates immediate evacuation and repairs of the structure before it is made habitable. We will nonetheless wait for the fresh report and decide whether to allow it to be occupied after repairs or to demolish it," said a senior official. While a few residents managed to find alternate accommodation on their own, others will now be shifted to the rental homes in various corners of the city. "We have no other choice but to relocate. We hope the structure is declared safe for occupation in the audit as we will be rendered homeless if it is demolished," said a resident. Activists questioned the delay in implementation of the cluster redevelopment plans despite six months passing after the high court lifted restrictions on its execution."The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is yet to start work on its implementation even as nearly 3 lakh residents of the city continue to stay in dilapidated and illegal structures in the city which may collapse anytime," said an activist. There are over 3500 dilapidated structures that need repairs with many structures already showing signs of wear and tear. Nearly 70 per cent of the city has structures that need regularization which could possibly have been done through the cluster scheme. Further, as many as 28 cases of plaster collapse and related complaints along with 11 structures developing cracks have been reported to the regional disaster management cell of the TMC. This, in addition to around 34 calls of wall collapses made from various spots in the city this year. The TMC said it has started the process to hire a panel of experts to formulate the urban renewal policy which is mandatory for implementing the CRP. The building is already in the C2B category of dilapidated structures which mandates immediate evacuation and repairs of the structure before it is made habitable. We will nonetheless wait for the fresh report and decide whether to allow it to be occupied after repairs or to demolish it
2017-11-26Over 3000 start their day on a fit note at Happy Streets - Times of India
Over 3,000 start their day on a fit note at Happy Streets Nov 26, 2017, 23:46 IST THANE: The much-awaited Happy Streets Season-VI was back with a bang on Thane streets. The event got off to a spectacular start on Sunday morning with over 3,000 fitness freaks streaming into the no-vehicle zone of Gladys Alvares Road from as early as 7am. Locals were all agog to hit the road after a gap of almost six months during the monsoons. The organisers had a plethora of activities up their sleeves for enthusiasts who were on their toes throughout. Thane MLA Sanjay Kelkar was the first to hit the streets. He was the chief guest for the opening ceremony. As both the TMC commissioner and additional commissioner were unable to make it to the event on medical grounds, Kelkar agreed to inaugurate Happy Streets. Kelkar enthralled the onlookers with his inherent skills on the djembe at the Drum Circle. He took a tour of the entire stretch and interacted with participants. Speaking at the event he said, "I am delighted to be a part of this event that has kept residents on their toes. I heard a lot about Happy Streets and tasted its flavour today while seeing the crowd and trying my hand at various activities." The early morning deserted road swelled to accommodate the surging crowd that came in to engage in various outdoor activities. Many were seen cycling and skating and elated with the fact that Happy Streets was finally back with the advent of winter. "This was the perfect time to start with the Sunday morning activities and people were quite excited and thrilled to quench their thirst for outdoor activities," said Ganesh Aghav, a regular at Happy Streets. Enthusiasts kicked off their Sunday morning with a fun workout session, games and entertainment programmes. The brand new season on 1.7km stretch from Vasant Vihar Junction to Happy Valley Circle had a sporty atmosphere. Kids were seen enjoying street painting, football, badminton and much more. The Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane traffic police have taken the lead to bring Happy Streets to the lake city for the 6th time, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty. Vijay Suraksha Art zone provided a platform to young kids by offering them fun games. Kids were exposed to the gentleman's game of gold on a specially laid mat here which was the highlight. The selfie contest was yet another crowd puller. \ Many found a chance to showcase their singing skill at the Sangeeta Academy stage. And the adrenaline rush was to be seen among the enthusiastic at the zumba stage performed by Ruth Gabriel and her troupe and dance workshop conducted by Snehasish Dance Academy. Youngsters tried to shake a leg to the beats of the music. Dance fitness at the main stage had a mix of Bollywood and English numbers which helped young kids polish their skills.
Over 3000 start their day on a fit note at Happy Streets - Times of India
2017-11-25Thane Municipal Corporation gives reserved plots to developers ... - Daily News & Analysis
Thane Municipal Corporation gives reserved plots to developers The Thane Municipal Corporation got a policy passed in the Genera body that will allow them to sell reserved plot for school, recreation ground and others to developers at 125 per cent of the ready reckoner rate. The developer, in turn, has to construct the amenity earmarked on the plot in 40 per cent area and remaining can be used by developer. Environmentalists have termed it a bad idea as, they claim once the land is gone to a developer then it's gone forever. Confirming the policy decision SH Gohil, Assistant Town Planner of Thane Municipal corporation, said, "The policy states that plots with reservations, will be sold to the developers. The developer will have to pay 125 per cent of the ready reckoner rate of the plot. The developer then will have to construct the amenity for which the land is reserved on the 40 per cent of the total land. This amenity has to be handed over to the Corporation free of cost." On the remaining 60 per cent of the land, the developer will be allowed to carry out construction. "The developer can use the 100 per cent FSI available on the land for carrying out construction," said Gohil. This will mean a lot of find in terms of sale of land for the municipal corporation. The senior officials in Corporation say, this is a win win situation for All. "Corproation shall get money, citizens will get amenities like school, play ground and others. Though the rate of 125 per cent is high, non availability of land in the city limits will fetch Corporation food amount," said a senior officials. However, environmentalists have panned the idea, they say once an open land is lost it's gone forever. Rishi Agarwal, environmentalists puts it this way, the developer will benefit with this policy and open spaces will be gone. "There are very few open spaces we need to protect them and not serve the developers on a platter to generate revenue. Also, when a developer takes the land and even if they develop the amenity there are many examples to prove these amenities are my much of use for common people. This whole move is objectionable and thought on how to generate revenue instead of giving away open spaces reserved for amenities be thought about," he said. While the Corporation didn't give any specific number on how many open spaces with reservation exist, it could be huge in number several hectares of land. Meanwhile, an official claimed that this will help the land from being usurped by illegal encroachment like slums or others.
Thane Municipal Corporation gives reserved plots to developers ... - Daily News & Analysis
2017-11-25Two chain snatching gangs busted in Thane - The Hindu
Two chain snatching gangs busted in Thane SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT NOVEMBER 26, 2017 00:01 IST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 26, 2017 00:01 IST One gang arrested in Ajmer, other from Kalwa in week-long operation Mumbai: The Thane Police claim to have solved 17 cases of chain snatching with the arrest of two gangs of chain snatchers. One of them is headed an accused wanted under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, police said on Saturday. They said jewellery worth ?8.27 lakh has been recovered from the accused in the operation conducted over a week. DCP (Zone I) D.S. Swami said the first gang was arrested on Monday by the Anti-Robbery Cell, supervised by him. “Our officers were working on tracing and apprehending the accused responsible for several offences in Thane city. They were checking on the movements of history-sheeters when they received a tip-off about an accused fleeing to Ajmer, Rajasthan. A team was sent to Ajmer. After 10 days of investigation, the accused, identified as Sarfaraz Baig, was arrested with four accomplices.” Mr. Swami said interrogation of the accused led to the detection of six chain snatching cases registered with Kalwa police station and one each with Rabodi and Naupada police stations. Gold jewellery worth ?4.35 lakh was recovered from them. Mr. Baig allegedly has a long history of chain snatching, and has been charged under MCOCA after being repeatedly arrested and charge-sheeted. Kalwa gang busted The second gang was busted by police in Kalwa on Wednesday following the arrest of history-sheeter Rizwan Sheikh, who was allegedly trying to flee after snatching a chain in the area. He was caught by a patrolling unit who saw him in the act and gave chase. Based on his interrogation, police arrested his accomplice, Ali Sheikh, and recovered stolen jewellery worth ?3.93 lakh from the duo. Mr. Swami said, “The accused were found to be responsible for four cases of chain snatching each at Kalwa and Naupada police stations, and one with Shil Daighar police station.” Once regarded as a petty crime, chain snatching has grown into one of the biggest and most frequent street crimes in Mumbai and Thane, with thousands of cases being registered every year. Police say inter-State gangs have formed, which travel to various cities and spend a few days committing crimes before returning home to sell the booty. This makes it hard for the police to apprehend them. Around five years ago, police began invoking MCOCA wherever applicable in chain snatching cases. Sentencing under MCOCA is harsher and makes it difficult for the accused to secure bail.
Two chain snatching gangs busted in Thane - The Hindu
2017-11-25Man kidnaps teenage girl, gets 7 years in jail | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
Man kidnaps teenage girl, gets 7 years in jail Updated: Nov 26, 2017, 02:44 IST THANE: A 35-year-old man from Wada has been sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment by a Thane court for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl in 2015. District judge SC Khalipe also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict Radheyshyam Jagdish Chaurasiya, who originally hails from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. Upon realisation of the fine from the accused, the amount will be paid as compensation to the victim, the Judge said in his order.Prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale informed the court that on July 22, 2015, the accused kidnapped the girl and took her to Shirdi and later to Haridwar with an intention of marrying her. Chaurasiya, alongwith the girl, was caught at the Haridwar railway station by the local police and handed over to the Wada police, the court was informed. A case was then registered at the Wada police station. Defence counsel S J Patankar contested the claim, saying the accused was victim's cousin and had taken the girl to Haridwar for religious purposes. However, the judge, in his order, said, "I conclude that the prosecution has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the victim was below 18 years and she was taken to Shirdi and Haridwar by the accused without her father's consent." Agencies
Man kidnaps teenage girl, gets 7 years in jail | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
2017-11-24Thane building collapse: At least one dead, 17 feared trapped - The Indian Express
Thane building collapse: At least one dead, 17 feared trapped A portion of a buliding was reported to have collapsed in Thane's Bhiwandi on Friday morning. Two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed on the site. Updated: November 24, 2017 4:12 pm A portion of a four storeyed buliding was reported to have collapsed in Thane’s Bhiwandi on Friday morning. The collapse has left one person dead and five injured. At least 17 people are suspected to be trapped under the debris. The building in Navi Vasti locality collapsed at around 9 am, Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said. (as reported by PTI)According to initial information, two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed on the site to carry out rescue operation. A green corridor was enabled for mobilisation of NDRF teams.
Thane building collapse: At least one dead, 17 feared trapped - The Indian Express
2017-11-24Slab collapses in Thane; senior citizen killed | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
Slab collapses in Thane; senior citizen killed Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 23:31 IST THANE: A senior citizen was killed while three others suffered injuries after part of a third floor slab of a 20 year old building collpased in the Wagle estate area of Thane city. The incident happened post midnight when the slab of the living room of a third floor flat in the vijay niwas apartment caved in. "The floor of the upper floor flat belonging to the Pathare family suddenly collapsed on the lower floor flat occupied by the Ghosh family," informed Santosh Kadam of the TMC. While two members of the Pathare family suffered minor injuries, two senior citizens from the Ghosh family got seriously injured after a massive chunk of the plaster fell on them as they were sleeping in the same room. The impact of the collpase was so bad that it killed Babloo (60) on the spot while his wife Bani suffered a fracture. Nina Pathare (F/ 51) and her daughter Yasamin (F/ 22) also got limb injuries. The Rdmc and fire brigade officials who reached the spot evacuated all the residents staying in the 37 flats early Friday.
Slab collapses in Thane; senior citizen killed | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India
2017-11-2453-year-old man killed in ceiling collapse in Thane, three hurt - Times of India
53-year-old man killed in ceiling collapse in Thane, three hurt Updated: Nov 25, 2017, 01:24 IST Thane: A 53-year-old staffer of a Mumbai goldsmith was killed and three others were injured when a part of the second floor flat's ceiling in a six-storey building collapsed in the crowded Kisan Nagar-1 area of Thane a little after Thursday midnight. Police said the Ghosh family, who live on the second floor of 20-year-old Vijay Niwas building, were watching TV when they heard a creaking sound and saw debris falling off their ceiling. Before they could respond, the nearly 100 sq ft ceiling collapsed, bringing down two members of a family living upstairs. As a result, the ceiling of the first floor sank a little. A huge chunk of the slab fell on Babloo Ghosh (53), who was sleeping on the floor, killing him on the spot. Ghosh's wife suffered leg injury, while heir teenage daughter and son escaped without any injuries. Neighbors alerted the fire brigade and the regional disaster management cell who rushed to the spot. Fearing damage to the structure, civic officials evacuated the building and deployed a team of experts to evaluate its stability. Thane deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpule said that in their annual list of dilapidated structures, Vijay Niwas was classified under buildings requiring immediate repairs. —Manoj Badgeri 53-year-old man killed in ceiling collapse in Thane, three hurt Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2017, 01:24 IST Thane: A 53-year-old staffer of a Mumbai goldsmith was killed and three others were injured when a part of the second floor flat's ceiling in a six-storey building collapsed in the crowded Kisan Nagar-1 area of Thane a little after Thursday midnight. Police said the Ghosh family, who live on the second floor of 20-year-old Vijay Niwas building, were watching TV when they heard a creaking sound and saw debris falling off their ceiling. Before they could respond, the nearly 100 sq ft ceiling collapsed, bringing down two members of a family living upstairs. As a result, the ceiling of the first floor sank a little. A huge chunk of the slab fell on Babloo Ghosh (53), who was sleeping on the floor, killing him on the spot. Ghosh's wife suffered leg injury, while heir teenage daughter and son escaped without any injuries. Neighbors alerted the fire brigade and the regional disaster management cell who rushed to the spot. Fearing damage to the structure, civic officials evacuated the building and deployed a team of experts to evaluate its stability. Thane deputy municipal commissioner Ashok Burpule said that in their annual list of dilapidated structures, Vijay Niwas was classified under buildings requiring immediate repairs. —Manoj Badgeri
2017-11-242 members of Shikalkar gang held - Times of India
2 members of Shikalkar gang held Nov 24, 2017, 22:12 IST THANE: Two members of the Shikalkar gang have been arrested by the Bhiwandi and Wagle Estate crime branch officials recently. Stolen goods amounting to Rs 22.66 lakh has been recovered from them. The police had received a tip-off that one of the accused, Vicky Singh Jalindar Singh Kalyani, was going to come to a place in Bhiwandi. A team led by senior inspector Ranaware and sub-inspector S T Bendre laid a trap and nabbed the accused. "Kalyani tried to run away from the cops. It took the cops nearly 20 minutes to pin him down,' a police official said. The officials found a bag in his possession that was filled with gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 22.66 lakh. Kalyani had robbed these jewellery from Mahavir jewellers in Paud-Pirangut area, Pune. The cache includes nearly half kg gold and nearly 18 kg silver. On the other hand, another gang member Kundan Singh Jaggi was also arrested by another unit. With this, the police claimed that they have detected a total of 7 cases, six from Bhiwandi and one from Pune rural. The police said that the probe is still on and it is likely that more cases would be detected. The police said that the Shikalgar is a tribal gang that operates mostly in interior parts and traditionally manufactures sharp weapons like sword, knife, etc. They target jewelers or bunglows located in secluded areas; mostly in the rural parts or outskirts of the city where police vigil is less. The police said that the Shikalgar is a tribal gang that operates mostly in interior parts and traditionally manufactures sharp weapons like sword, knife, etc. They target jewelers or bunglows located in secluded areas; mostly in the rural parts or outskirts of the city where police vigil is less
2017-11-24MNS workers agitate against north Indian fish-sellers in Thane - Times of India
MNS workers agitate against north Indian fish-sellers in Thane Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 21:57 IST THANE: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers today staged protest against north Indian fish-sellers in several parts of the city, alleging that they were eating into native fish-sellers' business. Avinash Jadhav, Thane district chief of the Raj Thackeray-led party, said the agitation was carried out in Kopri, Uthalsar, Wagle Estate and Kalwa, among other places. Jadhav said the fisherfolk in the city, especially women and the younger generation of sellers, had been complaining that they were being driven out of business by north Indian sellers."As a last resort we had to carry out this agitation," the MNS leader said. The party had recently launched an agitation against illegal hawkers on railway station premises in Mumbai and surrounding areas following the Elphinstone Road station stampede.It had also asked banks to conduct their transactions in Marathi alongwith other languages. The latest campaigns of the party are being seen as an attempt to revive its fortunes following several electoral setbacks.
MNS workers agitate against north Indian fish-sellers in Thane - Times of India
2017-11-24Three arrested in Thane with gelatin sticks, detonators - Outlook India - Outlook India
24 NOVEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 10:41 PM Three arrested in Thane with gelatin sticks, detonators Mumbai, Nov 24 Three persons have been arrested by the Thane police's crime branch for possessing gelatin sticks and detonators, police said today. The trio were arrested with 61 gelatin sticks and 31 electronic detonators, weighing 7.6 kilograms, near Khardi Junction in Diaghar today, police said. A motorcycle was also seized from them. They have been identified as Dilip Rane (26), Nitin Dongre (31), both Diva residents, and Kalyan-resident Nitin Kavankar (23). A police officer said the arrests were made after a trap was laid on the basis of specific information about some people trying to sell gelatin sticks and detonators. The explosives were apparently to be used for quarrying and didn't have any connection with terror activities. However all angles are being investigated, the officer added.
2017-11-24Bird-watchers' conclave begins in Thane today - Times of India
Bird-watchers' conclave begins in Thane today Nov 25, 2017, 04:24 IST MUMBAI: In cities, their suburbs, and outskirts, as forest patches and wetlands shrink to make way for the advancing asphalt and concrete, habitats lose connectivity, impacting species' ability to get where they need to go to find food, water, shelter, and mates. Shining a spotlight on the need to restore and link green spaces that support biodiversity around and even within cities is the 31st annual state level bird-watchers' conclave scheduled to take place in Thane this weekend. Thane is playing host to the conclave after 20 years, and the theme of the Maharashtra Pakshimitra Sammelan this year is urban birds, their habits and conservation issues. Veteran environmentalist Ulhas Rane, who will deliver the plenary lecture on Saturday, will speak about creating green and blue corridors (incorporating both greenways and waterways) for movement of biodiversity across protected areas, villages and even cities. "Highways and railways that connect major cities can become biodiversity corridors if we create avenues of diverse native trees along them," he says. "If we are able to do this, birds and butterflies from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park can come all the way to Colaba."
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2017-11-24Three killed in Thane building crash, 10 injured - The Weekend Leader
Three killed in Thane building crash, 10 injured Three persons, including a teenaged girl, were killed and 10 others injured when a three-storied building collapsed in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi town on Friday morning, officials said. According to the Disaster Management Unit of Thane, the seven-year-old building named 'Tahir Dinjore', where seven families reside, crashed around 9 a.m., trapping several people beneath the debris. The body of 18-year old Ruksa Ahmed Khan was retrieved from the rubble and ten others were dug out injured. Among the 10 injured were Khwaja Ahmed Sayyed, 70, Vihang G. Khan, 8, Salma Tahir Azmi and Abdul Asif Khan and they were taken to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital. The toll rose to three after two of the injured succumbed to their injuries at the hospital in the afternoon. However, the deceased have not been identified so far. Maharashtra PWD Minister Eknath Shinde visited the injured at the hospital and spoke to the medical authorities about their condition. Few more are believed to be trapped in the debris and rescue works continued in the evening. Though the building was a recent construction and allegedly unauthorized, it is not known if it was included in the list of dangerous constructions. However, the owner Tahir Shaikh has been detained. The building was located in congested K.G. Nagar area of Navi Basi area in this powerloom town and rescue teams had to demolish adjoining structures to clear the narrow lanes for passage of fire brigade and other vehicles. Two teams of Thane and Bhiwandi fire brigade, two teams of National Disaster Response Force, along with more than 60 workers are engaged in rescue operations. - IANS
2017-11-24Three arrested in Thane with gelatin sticks, detonators- The New ... - The New Indian Express
Three arrested in Thane with gelatin sticks, detonators Published: 24th November 2017 10:36 PM | Last Updated: 25th November 2017 02:15 AM Three persons have been arrested by the Thane police's crime branch for possessing gelatin sticks and detonators, police said today. The trio were arrested with 61 gelatin sticks and 31 electronic detonators, weighing 7.6 kilograms, near Khardi Junction in Diaghar today, police said. A motorcycle was also seized from them. They have been identified as Dilip Rane (26), Nitin Dongre (31), both Diva residents, and Kalyan-resident Nitin Kavankar (23). A police officer said the arrests were made after a trap was laid on the basis of specific information about some people trying to sell gelatin sticks and detonators. The explosives were apparently to be used for quarrying and didn't have any connection with terror activities. However all angles are being investigated, the officer added. PTI DC BNM KRK .
Three arrested in Thane with gelatin sticks, detonators- The New ... - The New Indian Express
2017-11-24Three killed in Thane building crash, 10 injured - The Weekend Leader
Three killed in Thane building crash, 10 injured 04-Dec-2017 Thane (Maharashtra) Posted 24 Nov 2017 Three persons, including a teenaged girl, were killed and 10 others injured when a three-storied building collapsed in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi town on Friday morning, officials said. According to the Disaster Management Unit of Thane, the seven-year-old building named 'Tahir Dinjore', where seven families reside, crashed around 9 a.m., trapping several people beneath the debris. The body of 18-year old Ruksa Ahmed Khan was retrieved from the rubble and ten others were dug out injured. Among the 10 injured were Khwaja Ahmed Sayyed, 70, Vihang G. Khan, 8, Salma Tahir Azmi and Abdul Asif Khan and they were taken to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital. The toll rose to three after two of the injured succumbed to their injuries at the hospital in the afternoon. However, the deceased have not been identified so far. Maharashtra PWD Minister Eknath Shinde visited the injured at the hospital and spoke to the medical authorities about their condition. Few more are believed to be trapped in the debris and rescue works continued in the evening. Though the building was a recent construction and allegedly unauthorized, it is not known if it was included in the list of dangerous constructions. However, the owner Tahir Shaikh has been detained. The building was located in congested K.G. Nagar area of Navi Basi area in this powerloom town and rescue teams had to demolish adjoining structures to clear the narrow lanes for passage of fire brigade and other vehicles. Two teams of Thane and Bhiwandi fire brigade, two teams of National Disaster Response Force, along with more than 60 workers are engaged in rescue operations. - IANS
2017-11-24Thane Crime Branch Police bust explosives deal, arrest three - Mumbai Mirror
THANE CRIME BRANCH POLICE BUST EXPLOSIVES DEAL, ARREST THREE Updated: Nov 25, 2017, 07.46 AM IST By Mumbai Mirror Bureau Thane crime branch on Friday arrested three people and recovered a huge cache of explosives in a joint operation conducted by the local police and the Thane crime unit in Dighar in Thane. The team recovered at least 65 gelatine sticks and 30 detonator sticks from the accused. The crime branch officials, led by inspector Nitin Thakre, received a tipoff that a deal involving a large number of explosives and gelatine sticks was to go down at Khardi junction in Dighar near Mumbra. The information said three people, allegedly sand dredgers, were coming to Mumbra for the purpose of selling off the explosives. Based on which they laid a trap and arrested the three red-handed. The accused have been identified as Dilip Rane, 26, Nitin Dongre, 31, and Nitin Kawankar, 23. Thane police are now probing the source of the explosives as ammonium nitrate and gelatine sticks are permitted and sold only to those having an explosives license.
Thane Crime Branch Police bust explosives deal, arrest three - Mumbai Mirror
2017-11-23Thane extortion case: Chargesheet filed against Iqbal Kaskar, others - Times of India
Thane extortion case: Chargesheet filed against Iqbal Kaskar, others - Times of India
2017-11-23Two kill friend, ride 6km on bike with body in between - Times of India
Two kill friend, ride 6km on bike with body in between Nov 23, 2017, 06:16 IST KALYAN: Nearly two weeks after the body of a 21-year old man was found in the bushes near Ambivli, two of his friends have been arrested for allegedly murdering him. The police said that the two friends—Ambernath residents Gokul Pardeshi (25) and Pramod Rajput (23)—had invited Mayur Dolase (21) for dinner on November 8 where they laced his food with a sedative and strangled him after he had passed out. The original plan, according to the police, was to demand Rs 25 lakh ransom from the family of Dolase, who are "well-to-do", but they chickened out and instead killed him. Pardeshi and Rajput then propped up Dolase's body between them on their bike and travelled 6km before dumping it in the bushes at an isolated spot in Ambivli Dolase was an apprentice with the railways while Rajput is an attendant at the airport and Pardeshi is jobless. Locals who spotted the unidentified body informed the police. The description matched Dolase's personal attributes listed in a missing person's complaint lodged by his family members who identified the body. Dolase's call records revealed that he had last spoken to his girlfriend, said inspector Madhukar Bhoge of Kolsewadi police station. "The girl said that Dolase had told her of his dinner plan with Pardeshi and Rajput," said Bhoge. Another police officer said that the two friends gave contradictory statements and they were arrested after a detailed probe.
2017-11-23Extortion case: Thane police files chargesheet against Iqbal Kaskar - Free Press Journal
Extortion case: Thane police files chargesheet against Iqbal Kaskar Nov 23, 2017 08:17 am Mumbai: The Thane police on Tuesday filed a 1645-page chargesheet against Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, in an extortion case registered by a Thane builder. The charge-sheet has also named another mafia operative Chhota Shakeel and some other known or unknown gangsters, besides other co-accused Israr Jamil Sayyed, Mumtaz Ejaz Shaikh and Pankaj Gangar. According to Rajkumar Kothmire, investigating officer in the case, “We have filed the chargesheet running into 1,645 pages before the Thane Special MCOCA Court today (Tuesday) against the accused in the extortion case registered by builder Suresh Jain.” The accused have been charged under Indian Penal Code Section 384, 386, 387, 34 and 120(B), and Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act Section 3(1)(ii), 3(2), 3(4) and 3(5), registered by the Kasarvadavali police station in Thane. All the accused have been remanded to judicial custody until December 2.
Extortion case: Thane police files chargesheet against Iqbal Kaskar - Free Press Journal
2017-11-22Mulund train bomb blast case: Saquib Nachan released from jail - Times of India
Mulund train bomb blast case: Saquib Nachan released from jail Nov 22, 2017, 16:00 IST THANE: Saquib Nachan, the 2003 Mulund train bomb blast convict, was released from the Thane jail at 10.45 am on Wednesday, after completing his 10 years jail term. Nachan was released five months before the actual term. The period was given him as remission for his good behavior. "I want to be with my family and focus on the business," said the 57-year-old convict after reaching home.Hundreds of people, from the apadgah village, thronged to meet him. Well wishers including old men, youths and children greeted 'Saquib Bhai', hugged and shook hands. "I was framed in this case by the police. They framed many innocent youths as well," Nachan told TOI. Nachan had surrendered in 2002 Mumbai Central, 2003 Vile Parle and 2003 Mulund train blast cases. While 14 people were killed, over a hundred were left injured in these three blasts. All the cases were clubbed together and tried under the now-defunct prevention of terrorism act (POTA). Termed as the mastermind by the prosecution, the court found him guilty of illegally possessing an AK-56 rifle and sentenced him to 10 years jail term last year.Nachan has three children, two sons and a daughter. Some locals feel that 'Saquib Bhai' was framed in the case since he was doing a lot of social work. "I was booked in three murder cases in 2002 and have been acquitted in all the cases," added Nachan. Food was being prepared for the visitors and some locals and a youth was distributing sweets to everyone gathered outside Nachan's residence.
Mulund train bomb blast case: Saquib Nachan released from jail - Times of India
2017-11-22Four arrested for beating up robber to death - Times of India
Four arrested for beating up robber to death Nov 22, 2017, 22:17 IST Thane: Four persons, including a father-son duo, have been arrested for allegedly beating a robber to death during the wee hours of Monday. Officials from the Kalwa police said that on Monday, the victim, Shatrugan Yadav, tried to sneak into the residence of Gagan Yadav in Poudpada. "Yadav climbed up but did not relaise that one person was sleeping on the terrace. He stepped on the person's leg. The man raised an alarm and alerted the others. Yadav tried to run away but he slipped from the terrace and fell and hurt his head," said DCP DS Swamy.On hearing the sound, the house owners rushed out and started mercilessly beating up Yadav, who succumbed to his injuries. The accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC.
2017-11-22Rustomjee Hosts First-ever Open Air Movie Screening in Thane - PR Newswire India (press release)
Rustomjee Hosts First-ever Open Air Movie Screening in Thane MUMBAI, November 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MUMBAI, November 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- - A special screening of a children's movie for families in the open air at Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane West - More than 600 people attend the first-ever open air movie screening in Thane at Rustomjee Urbania - Internationally acclaimed movie, 'Pappu ki Pugdandi', screened at Rustomjee Urbania in the open air Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (West) hosted the first-ever open air screening of a children's movie in Thane. The event was held at the Rustomjee Cambridge International School, in conjunction with 'Leon's World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development' which is located in the Urbania township, on Saturday, 18th November 2017.
2017-11-223 school girls with 'iron will' develop snack to beat anemia | Thane ... - Times of India
3 school girls with ‘iron will’ develop snack to beat anemia Nov 23, 2017, 02:27 IST THANE: Three girls from class IX of Dr Bedekar Vidya Mandir in Thane have discovered and developed a nutritious snack as a cure to anemia, which is posing to be a bigger challenge among growing children. With observation, guided research the trio, Pradnya More, Sejal Rangale and Vedant Mangrule, have developed a unique energy packed snack that contains an alga called spirulina to defeat anemia among schoolchildren. The 14-year-olds' experiment to end the deficiency caused due to poor intake of iron in regular diet has not just won appreciation, but is now a comprehensive project for the National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) where the girls will exhibit their research findings and explain how they created the snack and extracted the powder from spirulina. "During one of the brain storming sessions I felt unusually tired and my joints were hurting. My science teacher gave a perfect diagnosis stating that it was because of iron deficiency. I went home and researched about anemia and its causes. In our next meeting, I suggested why not take up this topic and come up with a solution. Our teacher then told us about spirulina and its benefits to restore iron contents in body,'' said More. The cure to this ailment lies in the intake of iron and vitamin supplements, found the children. They soon started their research in that direction.Another team member, Sejal Rangale, a Wagle-Estate resident, said, "We paid a visit to the research laboratory at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) wherein we actually performed the entire procedure of converting the alga into a powder-like form. In a petri dish, we first observed the alga, which is like that of seaweed. Then, we flattened it out into a paste after which it was passed through a drying vessel and crushed into a powder with the help of a mixer." The next step in the experiment involved preparing a chocolate-coated spirulina bar. "We added the spirulina powder to milk compound and dark compound slabs of chocolate. The procedure is the same as that of making chocolates except that you add only spirulina, said Ujwala Dhotre, mentor.The trio screened 51 students for an haemoglobin test. The results showed that 90.2 per cent students of class V and IX were anemic. In the second stage, 10 students were selected out of which five were given dates to eat on a regular basis and the remaining spirulina chocolates. "After 30 days, it was seen that the haemoglobin levels in the children who had the spirulina chocolates increased by one level, whereas the ones who were given dates remained stable," added More.
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2017-11-21Charge sheet filed against Iqbal Kaskar in Thane extortion case - Hindustan Times
Charge sheet filed against Iqbal Kaskar in Thane extortion case The charge sheet includes confessions from all the seven accused, of which four have been arrested, while three are wanted MUMBAI Updated: Nov 22, 2017 00:21 IST On Tuesday, the Thane police filed a 1,643-page charge sheet against Iqbal Kaskar, brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, along with six others accused of extorting builders and jewellers in and around Thane. The charge sheet includes confessions from all the seven accused, of which four have been arrested, while three are wanted. Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector from the Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC), said, “We also found Iqbal was in touch with Dawood through IMO and Skype.” The AEC found he had made more than 100 calls using this software in the past two years. Kaskar, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, is said to be operating Dawood’s real estate business in the city, the police said. On September 18, the Thane anti-extortion cell arrested Kaskar, Mumtaz and Sayyed for extorting Rs30 lakh from a builder. On October 11, the Thane police slapped the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on seven people — Iqbal,52, Pankaj Gangar,54, Mumtaz Shaikh,48, and Israr Sayyed,57, Chotta Shakeel (another of Dawood’s brothers), and two shooters, Shammi and Guddu. Shakeel, Shammi and Guddu are wanted while the other four have been arrested. After the builder case, the Thane police found Kaskar, Sayyed and Shaikh had allegedly extorted gold from a jewellery shop owner. The police have so far registered three FIRs against the accused and Iqbal has been named in all. Dawood has been named prime accused in one of three. The Thane police are also checking if Rs90 lakh, which Iqbal allegedly extorted from various builders in the city, was used to fund a terror group. According to the police, Gangar, a gambling den owner, was in touch with Ibrahim and Shakeel over the phone and through VOIP calls. “We are also checking if people from other countries are involved in the racket. We suspect they have extorted around Rs90 lakh, which they might have used to fund some terror group, with the help of Dawood,” said a source close to the investigation.
Charge sheet filed against Iqbal Kaskar in Thane extortion case - Hindustan Times
2017-11-21Thane: Man beaten to death over suspicion of being a thief, 4 held ... - Times of India
Thane: Man beaten to death over suspicion of being a thief, 4 held Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 11:55 IST THANE: The police arrested four people on Tuesday for allegedly beating to death a 20-year-old man suspecting him to be a thief in the Kalwa township, an official said. The man had sneaked into a house at Poudpada locality in Kalwa around 2am on Monday. However, as he slipped and fell, the occupants of the house woke up hearing the noise. They along with some neighbours caught hold of the man and beat him up severely, Kalwa police station's senior inspector SR Bagde said. The police later reached the spot and took the severely injured man to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, he said. Following the man's death, the police arrested four persons from the locality and booked them under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), the official added.
Thane: Man beaten to death over suspicion of being a thief, 4 held ... - Times of India
2017-11-21Hiranandani Group inaugurates TCS Olympus Centre in Thane - Construction Week Online India
Hiranandani Group inaugurates TCS Olympus Centre in Thane Posted date: November 21, 2017 ‘Timely completion and handover of a project, while ensuring the highest level of quality’ – this is how Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, co-founder & MD, Hiranandani Group, described the completion of a 16-storey commercial building made to global standards in 18 months. Spanning over 14.5 acres and comprising 2 million sq-ft of space, the commercial structure – TCS Olympus Centre – is situated in Hiranandani Estate, Thane, a complex that was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on 8th November, 2017. India’s software giant, Tata Consultancy Services, signed a deal of ‘built to suit’ commercial office space in the up-market Hiranandani Estate, Ghodbunder Road, Thane. Delivering this much-awaited commercial building in a record time of 18 months stands testimony to Hiranandani’s commitment to timely delivery with uncompromised quality. Also, following global best practices, it is not just about glass and chrome. Developed as a green campus, it leverages rainwater harvesting and a sewage treatment plant, with eco-friendly, low-emission systems and fixtures.Fadnavis congratulated the Hiranandani Group on the milestone. Speaking during the inaugural function, he said, “TCS Olympus Centre is a state-of-the-art technology centre, and will accommodate more than 30,000 employees. This, in turn, will create further employment opportunities in the Thane and the Navi Mumbai region.” He was pleased, he added, by the fact that the inauguration of the TCS Olympus Centre at Hiranandani Estate, Thane, also signified encouraging a digitally responsible economy. Describing the project as a ‘new next-gen workplace’, Dr Hiranandani said that the state-of-the-art facility includes a training block, club house and gymnasium, which provides a contemporary and holistic work culture. “The relocation of corporate offices spread over different locations in Mumbai city and a suburb to Thane’s Ghodbunder Road reflects on the increasing attractiveness of its commercial real estate. Excellent connectivity through road and rail corridors in the Mumbai Region makes Thane ideal for corporates to follow the TCS lead, to relocate and expand in Thane,” he pointed out. The project also shifts the spotlight onto Thane as a residential destination for those who work in the fast growing IT and ITeS sectors. Home seekers opting for a home in Thane, in locations close to their workspaces, will experience the ‘walk to work and walk back home’ option, multiplied with well-developed infrastructure. “The completion of this commercial building within a record time-frame encapsulates Hiranandani Group’s efforts, with the right synergy between various teams (be it Architecture, Engineering or Contracts), each showing exemplary spirit in creating and delivering the TCS Olympus Centre, a commercial tower, fully-functional and with no compromises on the structural stability or safety aspects,” he concluded.
Hiranandani Group inaugurates TCS Olympus Centre in Thane - Construction Week Online India
2017-11-21Four booked for sale of veterinary medicines for human use in Thane - Afternoon Voice
Four booked for sale of veterinary medicines for human use in Thane November 21, 2017 The police have registered offences against four persons, a medical shop and a Delhi-based drug manufacturing unit for alleged sale and purchase of veterinary medicines for human use, an official said. Based on a complaint by officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Naupada police here on Monday registered offences against them under IPC sections pertaining to cheating and relevant provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Thane police’s public relations officer Sukhada Narkar said. The FDA, during an inspection of the medical shop in Thane last month, found that it had in September sold to a person some medicines which were for the treatment of animals and not human beings, she said. The FDA officials also seized a stock of such medicines, from which the stockist had removed the label containing the warning that it was not for use by humans, the official said. The persons against whom the offences have been registered include two owners of the medical shop, a pharmacist and a senior official of the drug manufacturing unit, police said. An investigation into the matter was underway, the police added.
Four booked for sale of veterinary medicines for human use in Thane - Afternoon Voice
2017-11-21Pharmacy gets notice for selling medicines meant to treat animals ... - Times of India
Pharmacy gets notice for selling medicines meant to treat animals Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 02:44 IST THANE: A pharmacist and partner of a pharmacy in Naupada have been booked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allegedly selling drugs to patients, which were wrongly labelled and meant to treat animals. Assistant commissioner (medicine) Girish Hukare said that the FDA has served notice to cancel the license of Lifecare Medico when they came across the serious irregularity during a routine inspection. "On October 24, our officers were conducting a check inside the pharma store and saw 82 of these incorrectly labelled. The top layer of the label stated that it was for humans, while on the inner sticker it was written that the dosage was for animal treatment and not for human use. We are looking into the case and have seized around 3,000 such drugs from a few distributors in Thane and a wholesaler in Ghaziabad. We are also making inquiries with the manufacturer located in Punjab to verify if it was a labelling mistake," added Hukare.The officials claimed that the drug Oxytocin, issued to pregnant women, is used post delivery in case of excessive bleeding or to induce labour pains. "We are looking into the sale and as to how many hospitals it was sold to. So far we have not come across any medical complaints," said Hukare.The Naupada police said that though the partner, Ravindra Shirole and pharmacist Lalita Jhinzad, claimed that they were unaware about the drug being mislabelled from Oxymac to Oxytocin, investigations are underway. The accused have been booked under various sections of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.
Pharmacy gets notice for selling medicines meant to treat animals ... - Times of India
2017-11-214 beat robber to death, arrested | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India
4 beat robber to death, arrested TNN | Nov 22, 2017, 02:31 IST THANE: The Kalwa police have arrested four people, including a father-son duo, for allegedly beating a robber to death early on Monday. Those arrested are Rajendra Yadav (25), his father Gangan (52), Panchlal Yadav (26) and Dayashankar Yadav (39). The accused have been booked under sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.The police said that around 2am on Monday, the victim, Shatrugan Yadav (20), sneaked into Gagan Yadav's house in the Poudpada locality. "Yadav climbed on to the terrace and as it was dark, accidentally stepped on the legs of a person who was sleeping on the terrace. The man raised an alarm and a shocked Shatrughan lost his balance and fell from the terrace," said DCP D S Swamy. Other family members and neighbours woke up by that time and rushed out. They caught hold of Shatrughanand started beating him.Locals informed the beat marshals patrolling the slum colony and the police. The police rushed Shatrughanto hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. The police said that Shatrughan has a case of robbery registered against him at Kalwa police station. He might have gone to the house to steal and failed, they added.
2017-11-21Senior citizen tries to sell deer antlers, held | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India
Senior citizen tries to sell deer antlers, held Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 02:30 IST THANE: The crime branch arrested a Diva resident, Suresh Chalke (61), from Mumbra for allegedly trying to smuggle deer antlers on Monday. Chalke was caught with two pairs of antlers of Sambar deers. Based on a tip-off, the sleuths in plain clothes laid a trap at a spot near Diva-Agasan road, where Chalke was to come to meet a "customer". Police recovered the antlers from a jute bag that he carried. "The price of the antler ranges from Rs 2 to 5 lakh depending on how it is maintained," said an official. Forest department officials were called to ascertain the authenticity of the antlers. A case has been registered under Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
2017-11-20Another bid to put Mumbai's Wadala-Thane Metro-4 line on track - Hindustan Times
Another bid to put Mumbai’s Wadala-Thane Metro-4 line on track The MMRDA had to scrap tenders floated earlier this year as the bids were 25% more than the estimated cost of the project Nov 20, 2017 09:42 IST After scrapping bids earlier this year, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) invited bidders for five packages worth Rs2,700 crore for the Metro-4 line (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali) on Sunday. Despite a nod from the state in 2016, the line has faced delays in the awarding of contracts. The MMRDA had to scrap the tenders floated earlier this year, as the bids were 25% more than the estimated cost of the project. A senior official from MMRDA said: “We floated nine packages for Metro-4 and Metro-2B together, resulting in bids that were 25% higher. When we separated the two projects, like in the case of Metro-2B, and floated tenders for a few packages, we received bids that were just 8% higher. We will follow it in every bid.” The 32.32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro, which is estimated to cost Rs14,549 crore, will connect Wadala in central Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district.According to MMRDA, the Metro corridor will lead to development around the alignment. The corridor will provide another north-south rail connectivity and reduce the burden on suburban rail network. Meanwhile, the planning authority has floated tenders for civil construction work of two packages for the Metro 2B corridor (Bandra Kurla Complex-Mandale) on Sunday. The two packages worth Rs800 crore approximately are for design and construction of 11 elevated stations along the corridor. Recently, the planning authority opened financial bids for 11 of the 22 stations, with the lowest bidder being Simplex Infrastructure Limited. Officials said the work contract will be awarded to Simplex after an approval from MMRDA’s executive committee.
Another bid to put Mumbai
2017-11-20Man held for raping daughter-in-law's sister - Times of India
Man held for raping daughter-in-law’s sister Nov 20, 2017, 05:34 IST KALYAN: A 53-year-old man who forced his daughter-in-law's sister to have physical relations with him was arrested on Sunday by the Ambernath policeThe accused clicked intimate photos of his son and daughter-in-law. He then showed the photographs to his daughter-in-law's sister and told her he would put them on social media. He also threatened her that he would ruin her sister's marriage and then forced her to have physical relations with him. The accused is a resident of Ambernath. The accused had sexually assaulted the woman on several occasions during the last eight months. In her complaint, the survivor said she decided to approach the police after the accused took objectionable photographs of her and sent them to her relative via a phone-messaging app. By sharing her pictures, the accused sought to ruin her reputation and wanted her relatives to disown her, the police said."Acting on the survivor's complaint we have arrested the accused and have seized his cellphone," said Manoj Chavan, assistant inspector at the Ambernath police station. The accused has been booked on charges of rape, molestation and sections of the Information Technology Act. The court remanded him in police custody till November 24.
2017-11-20Woman held for attacking shopkeeper in Thane - Outlook India
NOVEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 11:02 AM Woman held for attacking shopkeeper in Thane Thane, Nov 20 The police today arrested a 38-year-old woman here for allegedly attacking an elderly shopkeeper with a knife and throwing hot tea on him. The woman, residing at Vishnu Nagar in the city's Naupada area, used to frequently visit the 74-year-old man's shop to buy cigarettes but she seldom paid for it, senior police inspector C J Jadhav said. On November 18, the woman came to the shop and bought a pack of cigarettes. When the shopkeeper asked to pay for it, the woman abused him. She then picked up a knife from the shop and allegedly attacked him, he said. She also dragged him out, beat him up and ransacked the shop, Jadhav said. The woman then picked up a vessel containing hot tea from the adjacent shop and threw it on the man, he said. Some locals immediately rushed the injured man to a hospital. Based on the victim's complaint, the police arrested the woman and booked her under IPC sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion), 427 (mischief) and 506 (criminal intimidation), the official said.
2017-11-20Infant's body found in lake near Thane central prision - The Asian Age
Infant’s body found in lake near Thane central prision THE ASIAN AGE. Published : Nov 20, 2017, 6:27 am IST Updated : Nov 20, 2017, 6:29 am IST Mumbai: A two-day-old infant’s body was found floating in a lake near Thane central prison on Sunday afternoon, the police said. The infant’s gender could not be identified as fish had nibbled the body beyond recognition. The body has now been sent for conducting a postmortem to ascertain the cause of death. The incident came to light after a passer-by saw something floating in the lake around 12:30 pm and informed the Thane police control room. “The body was decomposed to a great extent. There are no CCTV cameras in the area. We are however trying to identify who dumped the infant in the lake,” said an officer from Thane Nagar police station, which is probing the incident. The police is trying to search for any eyewitnesses who may have seen the act of disposing of the body in the lake, officials said. An abandonment complaint has been recorded with the Thane Nagar police station. However, the officials will file an FIR under section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body) as per the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown persons.
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2017-11-20Record-setting replacement mega block held at Thane - Free Press Journal
Record-setting replacement mega block held at Thane Nov 20, 2017 07:52 am Mumbai: At least 300 labourers risked their lives and did a commendable job of replacing at least 3.1 kilometres of rail during a mega block operated near Thane section on Sunday. On the same day, the central railway set a record of undertaking the ‘longest rail replacement’ on a single day of mega block. On Sunday, the mega block was undertaken between Thane to Vashi and Thane to Mulund section for rail replacement work. At least 260 metres of long railway panel (track pieces) was brought from a steel plant situated in Bhilai located in Chattisgarh. These were transported through a train and brought to the city in order to use them as replacement. “At least 24 such panels were removed and replaced with new panels during the 4-hour-long mega block between 11:20 am to 4:20 pm on Sunday,” said a central railway official. At least three departments which include Over-Head Equipment, Signalling and Operating department and Engineering were roped in to initiate the process of operating a mega block.“A single metre of rail weighs at least 60 kilograms. The labourers have done a commendable job as the entire work is done manually,” added the official. As a safety measure, the concerned departments undertook a block on both the sections to avoid any untoward incident of run over by a train. “At least 20,000 rail clips, hooks which are clipped to the tracks were hammered out during the replacement work.
Record-setting replacement mega block held at Thane - Free Press Journal
2017-11-20Sudden showers in Thane bring down mercury levels by a few notches - Times of India
Sudden showers in Thane bring down mercury levels by a few notches Nov 21, 2017, 01:48 IST THANE: With the mercury levels rising over the last few days, Thaneites got some respite as some parts of the city received slight showers. The maximum temperatures dropped by over 8 degrees Celsius on Monday. Even though the maximum and minimum temperatures in the city had dropped since the first week of November, the maximum temperatures in the last few days increased by over 2 degrees Celsius— between 33 to 35 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature rose by one degree. The cloudy skies and slight rainfall on Monday dropped the maximum temperature to 27.2 degree Celsius.Ashiwini Shevde, a 28-year-old GB Road resident, said, "While the mornings and late evenings are cold, in the afternoon it is quite warm. I usually carry an umbrella to shield myself from the sun. But on Monday, the sudden rain spell was a pleasant surprise. The cloud cover made travelling in the afternoon bearable." Weathermen have said that the rising temperatures over the past few days have been a result of a western disturbance or a trough which passed over the Arabian Sea and brought slight rain and cloudy skies over Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu belt. They predict that while the cloud cover will continue for a couple of days, the overall temperature will drop down by the week end. "There has been an unseasonal and rare western disturbance over the Arabian Sea over the past three days and this trough has provided the western coast with cloudy skies and slight rainfall, thus reducing the temperatures. The trough has also blocked the entry of the extremely cold northerly winds, resulting in the flow of dry south easterly winds, thus increasing the minimum temperatures," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather. "This trough should take 24 to 48 hours to pass; the cloudy skies will continue till then. The chance of having a good rainfall is, however, very bleak. By the end of the week, the trough should pass and the flow of the north easterly and northerly winds, coming from the snow-capped Himachal Pradesh and surrounding areas, should resume in Thane, Mumbai and Dahanu regions," Palawat said.
Sudden showers in Thane bring down mercury levels by a few notches - Times of India
2017-11-20Woman saved from serial molester by shoppers at Thane mall - Mumbai Mirror
WOMAN SAVED FROM SERIAL MOLESTER BY SHOPPERS AT THANE MALL Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 09.53 PM IST A 35-year-old Thane resident was arrested for allegedly molesting a saleswoman of a luxury goods store on a service road outside Thane's Viviana Mall. Vartak Nagar police said the man, identified as Asif Sheikh, tried to drag the woman to a secluded spot but was stopped by other shoppers at the mall who alerted the security. "After he was caught, it came to light that he was serial molester," said a police source from Vartak Nagar police station. According to police, Sheikh used to grope the women stationed at stores without getting caught as none of the victims lodged a complaint. "He would warn them saying that he would shift blame on them by complaining of poor service to the manager. Afraid of getting in the bad books of their managers, the women never complained," said the policeman. Cops suspect there might be cases lodged against the accused in other police stations and are investigating. "We have circulated his pictures to other stations and are awaiting their response," said a senior officer from Thane.
Woman saved from serial molester by shoppers at Thane mall - Mumbai Mirror
2017-11-20Four injured in factory blast - Times of India
Four injured in factory blast Nov 21, 2017, 01:22 IST KALYAN: Four persons suffered grievous injuries after a blast took place in an air compressor of a factory in Dombivli on Monday. The blast at Alu Fin Company caused parts of the compressor to fly out of the factory and land on the nearby service road. Two factory workers—Rajendra Javle (49), Ramkumar Chavan (35)—and two bikers— Husain Mujawar (21) and Satish Patil (39)—who were passing by were injured in the blast. Javle has sustained serious injuries and has been admitted to ICU in Aims Hospital.
Four injured in factory blast - Times of India
2017-11-20Thane police reduce bond amounts for MNS activists - The Asian Age
Thane police reduce bond amounts for MNS activists THE ASIAN AGE. Published : Nov 21, 2017, 1:37 am IST Updated : Nov 21, 2017, 1:39 am IST The police informed the court that it had reduced the bond amount to Rs 1 lakh for each of the seven MNS activists. Mumbai: The Thane police informed the Bombay high court that it has reduced the bond amount sought from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists for forcibly evicting hawkers from outside Thane railway station on October 21. The police informed the court that it had reduced the bond amount to Rs 1 lakh for each of the seven MNS activists against whom cases were registered with Naupada police. The activists, led by Thane MNS unit president Avinash Jadhav, approached the court, challenging demand of Rs 1 crore from Jadhav and Rs 25 lakh from each of the other six as bond amount by the Thane police. A division bench of justices Ranjeet More and Dr Shalini Phansalkar Joshi was hearing a writ petition filed by Jadhav and six other MNS co-workers who were issued show-cause notices by the Thane police as to why they should not undertake bonds in light of their aggressive activities against hawkers in and around Thane railway station. The petition prayed that as the seven were not habitual offenders, demand for such high bond amounts had been made with malafide intentions by the ACP, Thane, and were bad in law, and hence, should be struck down. On Monday, the Thane police, while making submissions against the petition, told the court that in light of claims of the petitioners, they had decided to reduce the bond amount and would ask the seven MNS activists to furnish bonds of Rs 1 lakh each. Surprised by the volte-face by Thane police, advocate Rajendra Shirodkar, counsel for Jadhav, sought time to file a rejoinder to the submissions by Thane police. The court has allowed it and kept the matter for hearing on December 4. The Thane ACP, on the report by Naupada police, has used his special executive magistrate powers and issued showcause notices to Jadhav and the six others.
Thane police reduce bond amounts for MNS activists - The Asian Age
2017-11-20Navi Mumbai to get a new station between Thane and Airoli - Mumbai Live
Navi Mumbai To Get A New Station Between Thane And Airoli 'Dighe' will be the 77th on Central Railway's suburban network and 114th in Mumbai
Navi Mumbai to get a new station between Thane and Airoli - Mumbai Live
2017-11-20Woman held for attacking shopkeeper in Thane - The Tribune
2017-11-19BJP MLA from Kalyan gets threat call from Suresh Pujari - Times of India
BJP MLA from Kalyan gets threat call from Suresh Pujari Nov 19, 2017, 05:53 IST KALYAN: One more MLA, Ganpat Gaikwad has recieved threat calls from gangster Suresh Pujari demanding a ransom of Rs 50 lakh. This is third threat call made by gangsters in the last one week in Thane region. Last week, Pujari had threatened NCP MLA Jitendra Avhad and a hotelier from Kalyan. Gaikwad said, "I have complained and am expecting the police to arrest the culprit."Sources in Thane police confirmed with TOI that Gaikwad received threat calls from the underworld gangster Suresh Pujari demanding Rs 50 lakh as ransom. "If the demand is not met, the gangster has threatened with dire consequences. We are probing the matter," a police official said on condition of anonymity. Gaikwad, a second time MLA from Kalyan (East) is into cable business. Last week Avhad had received threat call in Thane from Pujari where he demanded ransom of Rs 25 crore. After Avhad, a hotlier Bhaskar Shetty from Kalyan also received a threat call demanding extortion money of Rs 25 lakh. Pujari gang is believed to be behind the killing of cable operator Sachidanand Karia in Ulhasnagar and also involved in the firing at Sumit Chakraborty in Ulhasnagar.
BJP MLA from Kalyan gets threat call from Suresh Pujari - Times of India
2017-11-19Congress corporator booked for disproportionate assets - Times of India
Congress corporator booked for disproportionate assets Nov 19, 2017, 09:56 IST THANE: Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan, his wife and 10 of his close family and friends were on Friday booked by the city police in a case of disproportionate assets as well as for cheating, forgery and abetment. The FIR registered with the Chitalsar police station reveals that during his first term as corporator (2012 onwards) from the Vartak Nagar area here, there is a clear mismatch of over Rs 90 lakh in his known source of income and his expenditure. Chavan choose to remain incommunicado as repeated attempts to call him and messages on his cellphone were unanswered. The 35-page FIR was filed by the city police who are probing an earlier case of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 under sections 7,13(2) filed against Chavan in 2015 when he was booked for abetment to suicide by builder Suraj Parmar. Police claimed that between 2012-2015 the Congress corporators known source of income was Rs. 1.89 crore as against a high expense of Rs. 2.80 crore. Moreover, he reportedly acquitred property worth Rs. 1.67 crore, the funds source for which could not be explained, suggesting that he had disproportionate asset to the tune of Rs. 2.58 crore which was excess by 136.27% more than his known sources of income, the FIR stated. Chavan, along with three other corporators Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale of NCP and former MNS-turned Independent corporator Sudhakar Chavan were arrested by the police for abetment of suicide of Parmar on October 07, 2015, under section 306 rw 34 of the IPC and prevention of corruption act 1988 sections 7,13(2), said a senior police officer. Chavan, who contested the 2017 elections to the TMC was re-elected as corporator from ward no 7. The investigators carried out further probe under sections 173(8) of CRPC and a fresh case was registered against 12 people, including Chavan, at Chitalsar police station on Friday, the officer informed TOI.During the course of investigations, it was revealed that the corporator Vikrant Chavan and his wife Aruna has created wealth of 136.27% more than the known sources of income between the period April 2012 and October 2015. The FIR has named his wife father-in-law Ravindran Nair, mother- in-law Shanta R Nair and his aides Umesh Kamble, Santosh Gavde, Prakash Bhosle, Bhaskar Gadami, Anant Ghadge, Mahesh Shirke, Paresh Rohit, Sanjay Dagha who is the VP with a renowned real estate company.Police claimed that searches were being conducted by the team of officials of the Thane police in ten different locations of those booked in the crime of DPA. The city police registered offences against all, various sections 13(1)(d), 13(1), 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 of disproportionate property was registered along with section 192 (Fabricating false evidence), 420 (cheating), 467 (Forgery of valuable security), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (Using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 109 (abetment) of the indian penal code along with several section of prevention of corruption act.
Congress corporator booked for disproportionate assets - Times of India
2017-11-19Thane: Man arrested for extorting businessman | mumbai news ... - Hindustan Times
Thane: Man arrested for extorting businessman The accused, Mahesh Amrutlal Thakar, used to run a ration shop, which shut down a few years ago after his licence was cancelled. Nov 19, 2017 21:13 IST A 42-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for extorting a businessman in Thane . The accused, Mahesh Amrutlal Thakar, used to run a ration shop, which shut down a few years ago after his licence was cancelled. After that, he started to threaten and demand money from businessmen in and around Thane, said police. A few weeks ago, Thakar met the complainant in Rabodi, and alleged the business was misusing 20 vehicles. “He said he knew police officers and could get him arrested,” said R Kothmire, police inspector, Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC).“Thakar settled for Rs10 lakh, of which the complainant gave him Rs1.5 lakh on November 15. Thakar told him he wanted the remaining amount by November 18”, said Kothmire. The businessman approached the AEC and then registered a complaint. “We laid a trap and caught Thakar while accepting Rs8.5 lakh.” He was produced in court and remanded in police custody. Thakar is a history-sheeter.
Thane: Man arrested for extorting businessman | mumbai news ... - Hindustan Times
2017-11-19Businessman booked for rape, causing miscarriage - Times of India
Businessman booked for rape, causing miscarriage Updated: Nov 20, 2017, 04:21 IST THANE: A small-time builder in the neighbouring Palghar district allegedly raped a 37-year-old married woman and beat her up when she was pregnant, resulting in miscarriage of the foetus, police said. The 35-year-old builder and the survivor resided in the same locality in Nalasopara, said police. As per the complaint lodged by the woman with the Palghar police on November 17, the man allegedly raped her on several occasions in the last three years and also indulged in unnatural sex with her. No arrest has been made so far and the probe was on.
2017-11-19Chavan routed 'extra' cash via under employed, retired people ... - Times of India
Chavan routed ‘extra’ cash via under employed, retired people Nov 20, 2017, 04:25 IST THANE: Investigators probing the case of disproportionate assets of Vikrant Chavan claimed that the Congress corporator had routed 'unsourced cash exceeding few lakhs' through associates who were under-employed and retired with marginal income. Two persons who are under the police radar for the ``shady deals'' include one Mahesh Shirke, who assists his brother in running a Vada-Pav stall in Louiswadi area and another pensioner Anant Ghadge who survives on a monthly pension of Rs 2,293. "Chavan has said that he had taken a loan of Rs five lakh from Shirke while another Rs one lakh was taken from Ghadge. It is all very suspicious that how could these men extend such huge loans to a corportor when their declared sources of income is meager,'' the police officer said. He added that both men have been named as accused in the case against Chavan, who is the sitting corporator from the Vartak Nagar area. — Nishikant Karlikar
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2017-11-19Music, plays and story books to help tribal students learn English - Times of India
Music, plays and story books to help tribal students learn English Updated: Nov 20, 2017, 04:23 IST THANE: Circa 2020. Eight-year-old Amit Pardhe draws a blank every time he opened his English textbook or is asked a question by the English teacher in his ashram shala in Dahanu, will be able to think as well as converse with his classmates in English, thanks to the unique pedagogy of teaching English in his school. From learning the names of everyday actions and movements through dance and gestures to discovering English words for various items through plays and songs, over 50,000 students like Pardhe will learn to speak English through unique non-verbal methods over the next two years as part of the 'I Love English' initiative adopted by the state tribal development department (TDD). In an attempt to provide the 50,000 plus students of their state-run ashram shalas with crucial language skills, the TDD, recently signed a MoU with Karadi Path, an organisation which has developed its own method of effectively teaching languages through their 16 years of research. The pilot project pans across 132 ashram shalas in Jawhar, Dahanu, Palghar and Nandurbar through the four day teachers' training workshop and will be replicated in other areas when it achieves success here. "Speaking and understanding English is crucial skill required for any student who wants to opt for better jobs, higher education or even boost their confidence. Often it is the inadequacy in this one area that has resulted in students dropping out of the education system. We realised that their teaching methodology needed to change so that they would stop rote learning English sentences and decided to rope in Karadi Path, as their pedagogy makes learning fun," said Manisha Verma, secretary, TDD. Speaking about the specifics of their teaching method, C.P. Viswanath who is the director of Karadi Path, said, "Every Indian is multilingual and can speak at least three languages which he or she picks up from their environment growing up. No one teaches babies the meaning of words or grammar, but allows them to comprehend their actions and words in any context. We realised that mimicking this method is ideal in teaching languages and have seen positive results in others states.""Through this partnership with the tribal development department, we will use non-verbal teaching methods like music, plays and story books to help students discover the English language as they would have if they were brought up in an English speaking neighbourhood, instead of making them learn the meanings of words. Two years later, they should be able to think in English instead of thinking in their mother tongues and translating it to English," he added. The Tribal development department has allocated a budget of Rs 1.35 crore for the project which comprises the expenditure of the teaching material, training session of the teachers and so on. Over 500 teachers of the senior (classes V to IX) and junior (classes II to IV) levels of the 132 ashram shalas in Jawhar, Palghar, Dahanu and Nandurbar participated in the four day teacher training in their respective locals from Monday to Thursday. This initiative will be a game-changer in the manner languages are taught in classrooms, as it adopts a scientific approach that uses music, action, reading and stories. This method will also equip our teachers with better teaching methods
Music, plays and story books to help tribal students learn English - Times of India
2017-11-18MNS rally in Thane today: Raj Thackeray to continue with anti ... - Hindustan Times
MNS rally in Thane today: Raj Thackeray to continue with anti-hawkers agenda Venue is significant as it is in Thane that MNS workers started their anti-hawkers campaign; aggressive show of strength expected on?Saturday Nov 18, 2017 13:33 IST Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray will address a public meeting in Thane on Saturday evening, expected to be an aggressive show of strength by his party, which has taken on a violent, confrontational stand on the anti-hawkers, anti-migrants issue. The venue, Thane, is significant as it is here that on October 21, the MNS started its anti-hawkers campaign, with party workers ransacking stalls and driving away hawkers in the vicinity of Thane railway station. MNS workers had gone on a rampage, claiming that the 15-day deadline Thackeray had issued to railway authorities during his October 5 protest march, following the Elphinstone Road station stampede, had lapsed, and that they were doing what the authorities should have done. Thackeray had warned that either the Railways evict hawkers, or his party workers would do it. Speaking of Saturday’s rally, MNS secretary Sachin More said he expects it to be successful as there is a lot of enthusiasm, especially among train commuters. “Thane was the place where the whole anti-hawkers agitation started, and today, most railway stations are free of hawkers. Now , commuters can walk easily and even buses have a smooth ride,” More said.
MNS rally in Thane today: Raj Thackeray to continue with anti ... - Hindustan Times
2017-11-18Thane: Teacher held for 'raping' minor in madrasa - The Indian Express
Thane: Teacher held for ‘raping’ minor in madrasa “The 35-year-old accused, who hailed from Bihar, raped the girl a number of times last week. He was arrested last night,” C M Mujwar, Inspector at Mumbra police station, said. He said the accused was an Arabic language teacher who had joined the madrasa 15 days ago. Updated: November 19, 2017 5:05 am A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a teacher inside a madrasa in Mumbra area near here, following which the accused was arrested, the police said on Saturday. “The 35-year-old accused, who hailed from Bihar, raped the girl a number of times last week. He was arrested last night,” C M Mujwar, Inspector at Mumbra police station, said. He said the accused was an Arabic language teacher who had joined the madrasa 15 days ago. After the girl told to her mother about it, a complaint was lodged at Mumbra police station last evening, the police inspector said.
2017-11-18Disproportionate assets case: Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan's ... - Free Press Journal
Disproportionate assets case: Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan’s house raided in Thane Nov 18, 2017 08:46 am Thane: Thane Congress Corporator Vikrant Chavan is once again in the legal tangle. This time for the disproportionate assets case and this time it’ not just him, but his wife, in-laws and some of the aides and friends, who are all under the scanner. Vikrant Chavan, the Congress Corporator from Ward no. 7 of Vartaknagar area of Thane, had previously been jailed for more than 70 days in connection to the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar. He along with three other corporators from other parties were booked for allegedly abetting Parmar’s suicide in 2015.
Disproportionate assets case: Congress corporator Vikrant Chavan
2017-11-17MNS to hold rally in Thane to keep city hawker free - Times of India
MNS to hold rally in Thane to keep city hawker free Nov 17, 2017, 22:43 IST THANE: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray is scheduled to hold a rally in Thane on Saturday, in the backdrop of the violent drive to clean-up the premises around the station area of illegal hawkers. The MNS action has had the desired impact on the streets since October 21 and party functionaries seem determined to conduct the same in the vicinity of the Masunda Lake opposite Gadkari Rangayatan around 7:30pm despite formal permissions yet to arrive. Party workers said the rally would be held on the streets and they will be blocking one side of the nearly 700m stretch that can easily accommodate nearly 50,000 audience. Thackeray is likely to lash out at the government for its inability to find a solution to the menace and also spell out his plans for ensuring metros like Thane remain free from the illegal hawker menace. The party has been aggressively reaching out to residents and spreading word about the meeting and claims it will continue with its plans irrespective of whether they get permission or not. "Residents are happy with the station area being freed of hawkers. The TMC was a mute spectator for long time and they took action only after the MNS drive," said Avinash Jadhav, MNS city president.
MNS to hold rally in Thane to keep city hawker free - Times of India
2017-11-17This year, migratory birds make an early visit to Thane creek | Thane ... - Times of India
This year, migratory birds make an early visit to Thane creek Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 01:55 IST THANE: Even though the season of winter has yet to officially set in the lake-city area the decreasing mercury levels seem to have already begun attracting winged beauties from across state and even country borders. While the Siberian and European wader bird species including the sandpipers and grey plovers have started arriving in the Thane creek and Kolshet creek area, the green zones of the Yeoor and Nagla forest areas have begun hosting the Himalayan Flycatcher bird species.Jayesh Shevde, a city-based ornithologist said, "This is the season when we get to see a variety of local birds as well as migratory birds who fly down to this western belt and stay put till the onset of summer. Over the past few days, the bio-diversity hotspots here including the Thane creek area, the Kolshet Khadi area and SGNP's Yeoor and Nagla Bunder area have started attracting a variety of migratory birds, including sandpipers, stints, gulls, terns and so on." "During this season, the northern regions which usually house these birds face extremely cold climates, complete with snowfall and icy lakes and foggy climate. These birds escape this harsh weather during these few months and thus fly down to Mumbai, Thane, etc where the weather is bearable. While the Wader species come to the Creek area all the way from Europe and Siberia, the flycatcher family come down from the Himalayan belt to the Yeoor, Nagla and other forest ranges," said a bird watching enthusiast. City based environmental NGOs are now planning to take advantage of this early start to the birding season by arranging for a number of bird watching and photography trails for citizens and environmentalists. Biwalda Kale, an environmentalist associated with the Bombay Natural History Society said, "While the winter migratory birds are seen in large numbers during the mid-winter months of December and January, the extremely cool climate in the morning and evening hours seems to have started the migration season here for many. These numbers will only increase in the weeks to come and we will be organising a number of bird watching and photography trails for any interested environmental enthusiasts."
2017-11-17Safety first: Structural audits may cost less? - Times of India
Safety first: Structural audits may cost less? Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 01:56 IST THANE: The city administration has proposed a drastic reduction in the professional fees for some of the mandatory tests that are conducted during a structural audit for any dilapidated building. The reduction in rates, say officials, would be helpful for residents of such buildings who have to bear the high audit fees after the constructions are found to be structurally weak by the civic engineers. The rates for few of the vital tests to be undertaken to ascertain the stability of a structure include the visual survey, UPV, slab load test to name a few. The rates for all these tests have been reduced as compared to the prevalent rates that were sanctioned in 2014. The rates are variable depending on the area of the structure and its height, informed an official. While the rates for slab load test that is considered one of the most important assessment has been reduced to barely Rs 2,000 from the existing Rs 18,000, those for the half cell state test which checks the corrosion in the reinforced steel has also been reduced to Rs 85-150. The minimum charges for the visual test that is the basic examination has been brought down to Rs 5 from the previous Rs 10. The rates, however, will be applicable for the panel of structural engineers who would be hired by the corporation only to conduct the tests for its buildings or those recommended by it. Presently, the panel has around 160 engineering firms who charge the amount prescribed by the standing committee in 2014. The charges prove to be prohibitive not only for the administration but also for the residents who have to shell out the money when the administration conducts these tests if their building is found to be in a dilapidated structure. The drastic proposal for reduction in rates is probably triggered by the poor response to the audits that have been mandatory for all the structures constructed 25 years before. There are nearly 10,000 buildings in the city constructed during this tenure and majority of them could possibly be in a derelict state due to lack of any remedial measures taken to counter the structural wear and tear undertaken over the years. Officials said residents could benefit from this situation as the bill of the audits conducted by the administration of dilapidated buildings are passed on to the inhabitants. "The residents of such structures whose audit is done by the corporation will largely benefit while even those who approach the auditors directly could be able to bargain with them as they get a base rate," said a senior official. Meanwhile, the civic administration here is working out ways to convince residents staying in nearly 25 other structures in the city classified as dangerous for occupation. There were 149 structures classified as dangerous of which TMC took action till recent while action on the rest has been delayed mostly due to litigations with residents. While there are 11 structures in the C1 category which requires immediate evacuation and demolition, the C2A category which requires evacuation for repairs has around 14 buildings across the 10 administrative wards says the updated list from the administration.
2017-11-17Lake city residents all set for Sabarimala pilgrimage - Times of India
Lake city residents all set for Sabarimala pilgrimage Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 01:55 IST THANE: As the Kerala's Sabarimala pilgrimage center opened its doors on Wednesday for thousands of devotees across the nation, Thaneites too are all set to embark on the journey to the hill shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Prior to the Sabarimala visit, lake city devotees visited local Ayyappa temple where they broke coconuts and light more than 4,500 diyas with pure Ghee, marking the onset of Mandalam season.Observing a fast for 41 days in the auspicious month of Mandalam to performing the ritual of taking a holy bath at Pamba River at the foot of the hills is a major highlight of the month-long festival. Pokhran Road 1 resident Sathi Nair, a devotee who has been visiting Sabarimala since more than 30 years now said, "For a period of 41 days, we have to follow a strict fast wherein we can have only one meal in the day. We have to wear black-coloured clothes as well and adorn a rudraksha beaded necklace too. It is believed then that the person would attain sanctity. From November 17 till December 26, one can visit Sabarimala anytime. The distance from the Pamba River to the temple is to be covered by foot. After taking a bath in the holy river one can proceed further. It takes about three-four hours. People go in groups or individually but each family is accompanied by a Guruswami." City-resident Vinav Nair informed, "Coconut, coconut with ghee (naitenga) rice, coconut oil, avil (poha) is all that one carries while heading towards the temple. This baggage is known as an Irumudikettu where Iru means two, mudi meaning pouch and Kettu means knot. This dual space is essentially a typical travel kit of the devotee to the temple." For those devotees who are unable to visit the temple in Kerala, they perform the rituals right here in the lake city to get a feel of the tranquility and serenity experienced at Sabarimala. "Throughout the day from 6 am to 6pm, disciples immerse themselves in 'Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa' chanting. Some people also conduct a small puja at home in front of the god's idol," said a Thaneite.
2017-11-17Arrested MLA Ramesh Kadam to be shifted to Thane prison - Daily News & Analysis
Arrested MLA Ramesh Kadam to be shifted to Thane prison A sessions court presided over by judge Govind Sanap, on Thursday, directed that arrested Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) MLA Ramesh Kadam be shifted to Thane prison after the Byculla prison staff had pleaded for his transfer alleging that he is a trouble-maker in the jail. The court held that as there are differences between the jail staff and Kadam, and the same has been noticed by the High court too, it would be appropriate to shift Kadam. The court has instructed the jail authorities to take proper care of his safety and security along with his health in Thane prison. The court meanwhile had rejected the applications filed by Kadam in connection to several security lapses in the Byculla jail, on the grounds that there was no substance in the complaint. The Byculla jail, in September 2017, had approached the jail seeking the transfer of Kadam. Byculla jail Superintendent Aurna Mugutrao's in her affidavit had claimed, "Ramesh Kadam was influencing other inmates and was forming a group in the jail, which is obviously a threat to the inmates as well as the jail administration. Various instances of Kadam's misbehaviour have been set out. In fact, it is noted that when a judge of the Mumbai sessions court, as per the directions issued in this PIL, visited Byculla jail, Kadam misbehaved with the judge." The court held that the plea made by the jail officials is accepted and since Kadam is a threat, he will be shifted to Thane prison.
Arrested MLA Ramesh Kadam to be shifted to Thane prison - Daily News & Analysis
2017-11-17Transporter arrested for forging number plates - Times of India
Transporter arrested for forging number plates Nov 17, 2017, 22:29 IST THANE: A transporter has been arrested for forging the number plates and chassis numbers of trucks in order to save on road tax. The police claimed that they had received a tip off that the accused Rajendra Vilkhu was going to come with his vehicle at Retibunder on Tuesday. "A team of crime branch unit-1 was stationed at the spot. As soon as we saw Vilkhu's truck we intercepted him and arrested him. Vilkhu, who had bought the truck almost five years ago, had changed his vehicle's chassis number and number plate and had got its registration done from Nagaland. We have seized nine trucks, out of which six vehicles which were stolen vehicles. He used to use these vehicles to run his business in Thane and Navi Mumbai," said Makarand Ranade, additional commissioner of police (crime).
2017-11-17Cops solve car theft case, nab 3 - Times of India
Cops solve car theft case, nab 3 Nov 17, 2017, 22:31 IST THANE: A gang of robbers who had stolen a car at knife point two weeks ago have been arrested from their residence on Wednesday. The robbery had taken place on October 31 when the vehicle was parked at Hiranandani Meadows. The victim, Murugan Nadar, was in the car when three men entered the vehicle and asked him to hand over the car keys. They then tied Nadar's hands and gagged his mouth with a tape and drove the car till Pune where they let the victim go. "On the basis of the vehicle's registration number we located the accused to Thane and Nasik. The accused have been identified as Eknath Singh, Nitin Sarode and Bhikan Patil. The stolen car has been seized,'' said a police official.
2017-11-16Thane: Court rejects 60-year-old self-styled godman's plea for pre-arrest bail - Free Press Journal
Thane: Court rejects 60-year-old self-styled godman’s plea for pre-arrest bail Nov 16, 2017 08:31 am Thane: A local court has rejected the anticipatory bail application of a 60-year-old self-styled ‘godman’, accused of raping a woman and swindling her by promising to cure her ailing father, reports PTI. District and Additional Sessions Judge A S Bhaisare rejected the application of the godman, who was booked by the Thane Police under IPC sections pertaining to rape, cheating, criminal intimidation and provisions of the Black Magic Act and the IT Act. According to the prosecution, the investigating officer in the case told the court that the accused got in touch with the 39-year-old woman, a resident of Thane city and working as a senior executive with a private company, on a social networking site in June 2015 when she was looking for treatment of cancer of her ailing father.
2017-11-16Thane hawkers' eviction: Police not to take coercive action against MNS workers - The Indian Express
Thane hawkers’ eviction: Police not to take coercive action against MNS workers A case was registered against the accused party workers on October 21 this year by the Naupada police, they were subsequently arrested and released on bail. Published:November 16, 2017 7:06 pm Thane police on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that it will not take any coercive action till Monday against the MNS workers charged with assaulting and evicting hawkers from near Thane railway station. The assurance from the police came while a division bench of the high court was hearing a petition filed by eight workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), including its Thane unit chief Avinash Jadhav. The petitioners had challenged the two show cause notices issued to them earlier this month by the Thane Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). On November 1 and 3, the ACP sent the show cause notices to the petitioners directing them to explain why they should not be ordered to execute a bond and surety of Rs 1 crore each. In sending the notices, the ACP had invoked his quasi-judicial powers under the Criminal Procedure Code that enables him to require any person to show cause why he or she should not be ordered to execute a bond, if the police anticipates that such a person might disturb the law and order situation. The petitioners’ counsel, Rajendra Shirodkar, however, argued before the high court that while the bond amount was exorbitant and unjustified, the show cause notices issued against the petitioners were unwarranted and had been issued by the police without any application of mind. He argued that while it was normal a practice for the police to issue such notices or impose exorbitant bond and surety amounts upon such accused persons, who were habitual offenders, the same was unjustified in the present case since the petitioners did not have any criminal antecedents. Shirodkar said that only two police cases had been registered against the petitioners, both owing to the incident involving the eviction of the Thane hawkers earlier this month. While a bench of justices Ranjit More and Shalini-Phansalkar Joshi did not issue any written orders today, they agreed during the hearing that the petitioners did not prima facie appear to be habitual offenders. At this, the prosecutor, on behalf of the Thane police, said, “We will not take any other coercive action against the petitioners till November 20, the next date of hearing and not ask them to execute the bond amount.” Besides Jadhav, the other MNS workers who have approached the court are – Ravindra Sonar, Ashish Doke, Mahesh Kadam, Sushant Suryarao, Sandeep Salunke, Ravindra More and Vishwajit Jadhav. The petitioners are accused of assaulting, forcefully evicting and damaging the property of hawkers from in and around the Thane Railway station and railway bridge. A case was registered against them on October 21 this year by the Naupada police. They were subsequently arrested and released on bail. However, as per the plea, on November 1 this year, the Naupada police wrote to the Thane ACP suggesting that some preventive action be initiated against the petitioners and consequently, the show cause notices were issued. “A bare look at the notices will show a total non-application of mind on part of the ACP in arriving at the conclusion that the petitioners pose a threat to the lives and properties of the public at large,” the plea reads. “The entire proceedings have been initiated against the petitioners by the ACP with malafide intentions and are thus, bad in law,” it reads.
2017-11-1616112017 Police confiscate articles used for Aghori practice from godman's Thane residence - Times of India
16112017 Police confiscate articles used for Aghori practice from godman’s Thane residence Nov 16, 2017, 23:41 IST Nashik: The city police confiscated various articles from Thane residence of self-styled 'godman' Udayraj Ramashram Pandey (49) following his arrest on Monday under the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013. Pandey had allegedly blackmailed a city-based college student by threatening her that he would kill her father and use his 'occult powers' if she did not concede to his demands for money. The victim had given Rs four lakh to Pandey, apart from 150 grams of gold. Faced with continuous threats from the 'godman', the victim was forced to steal Rs 14 lakh in cash and another 150 grams of gold jewellery from her neighbour's house. After the victim's neighbour lodged a complaint with the police about the theft, the incident came to light and Pandey was arrested. About a year-and-a-half back, the girl and her father had gone to the 'Baba' to perform some rituals to get rid of illness. While performing the ritual, Pandey had instructed the duo to perform a puja at their residence in Nashik. When the girl's mother came to know about the baba and the ritual, she raised an objection and even threw away the material the baba had given to her husband and daughter. The baba came to know about the same after which he started threatening the girl about using his occult powers against her family and started demanding money.On Tuesday, a team of from Sarkarwada police and members of Andha Shraddha Nirmulan organisation working against superstition went to the residence of Pandey in Vangni village in Thane district. Sarika Ahirrao, assistant police inspector of the Sarkarwada police station, who is investigating the case said, "We have confiscated various articles like 'black dolls', books and other articles the baba used to impress people about his 'occult powers'." "The case is being investigated. If the need arises, we will request the court to extend the police custody of Pandey and we may even visit his native place in Uttar Pradesh for further investigation," said Ahirrao. Police said that Pandey has one more flat in Dombivali in Thane. At the time of the search of his house in Thane, his wife, four sons and a daughter were also present.
2017-11-16HC reprieve for Thane MNS workers - Mumbai Mirror
HC REPRIEVE FOR THANE MNS WORKERS Updated: Nov 17, 2017, 07.27 AM IST MNS's hawker eviction drive City unit chief and workers get time to furnish sureties of Rs 1 cr and Rs 25 lakh Eight members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena from Thane, including its city unit chief and the secretary, have got temporary reprieve from executing bonds of "good behaviour" with sureties worth Rs 1 crore for the city chief and Rs 25 lakh for others.The eight party workers were termed as "danger to lives and properties of people in the area" by an Assistant Commissioner of Police invoking powers as a Special Executive Magistrate under the Criminal Procedure Code, wherein the city unit chief and party workers were asked to sign the said bonds. The orders were issued based on a recommendation from two police stations after the workers forcibly evicted hawkers from different places outside Thane railway station on October 21. They had undertaken the "drive" based on their party chief Raj Thackeray's "warning" to the authorities to remove hawkers, failing which his party workers would take action.
HC reprieve for Thane MNS workers - Mumbai Mirror
2017-11-15HC refuses bail to Thane man who flung step-daughter in Ulhas river - Hindustan Times
HC refuses bail to Thane man who flung step-daughter in Ulhas river Justice AM Badar rejected Saini’s bail plea, taking into consideration Saini’s strained relationship with his wife and the mother of the child and the possibility that he would repeat his actions. MUMBAI Updated: Nov 15, 2017 22:27 IST The Bombay high court last week refused to grant bail to Tulsiram Saini, a Thane resident who has been accused of attempting to kill his 9-year-old stepdaughter by drowning her in Ulhas river. Justice AM Badar rejected Saini’s bail plea, taking into consideration Saini’s strained relationship with his wife and the mother of the child and the possibility that he would repeat his actions. “The accused committed a heinous act by kidnapping and breaching the sacred trust of the child. Taking her to a river, pushing her in, and leaving her there to die in the dark of the night is nothing but an act of the devil disguised as a human,” he said.The incident occurred in the evening on June 29, 2016 when Saini took his 9-year-old stepdaughter Ekta to the river on the pretext of buying a school bag and text books. According to Ekta’s statement recorded by the police, she survived by holding on to the aquatic weed and crying for help whenever she noticed human movement near the river. She held on for her life all night was rescued in the wee hours of the morning by a security guard on duty nearby who heard her cries. Saini was booked by the Vartak Nagar police in Thane for kidnapping and attempting to kill the girl after the mother lodged a complaint. He committed the crime due to his troubled relationship with his estranged wife, who lives separately and works in a bar to make ends meet.
HC refuses bail to Thane man who flung step-daughter in Ulhas river - Hindustan Times
2017-11-15Raj Thackeray to hold anti-hawkers rally in Thane on Nov 18 ... - Hindustan Times
Raj Thackeray to hold anti-hawkers rally in Thane on Nov 18 The MNS has been campaigning against hawkers near stations since Elphinstone Road stampede; promises to hold rally whether it gets permission or not MUMBAI Updated: Nov 15, 2017 12:25 IST Continuing his party’s campaign against hawkers around railway stations in Mumbai, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has decided to hold a rally in Thane on Saturday. Incidentally, MNS workers started its forcible eviction of hawkers on October 21 near Thane station, after the 15-day deadline that Thackeray had issued to authorities lapsed. On October 5,Thackeray had led an agitation and issued an ultimatum that either the Railways evict hawkers, or his party workers would do the deed. The party has started spreading word about the rally, and claims it will hold the rally irrespective of whether it gets permission or not. “It will be a grand rally as there is a lot of enthusiasm to hear Rajsaheb,” said MNS secretary Sachin More.MNS?leaders have accused the state government of planning to disconnect electricity and cable TV networks so that people will not see a live telecast of Thackeray’s speech. For the past three weeks, the party has been actively targeting hawkers near railway stations. The MNS is clearly hoping to make the most of Mumbaiites’ anger and frustration with the Railways, following the Elphinstone Road station stampede on September 29, which killed 23 commuters, and regain its popularity among people and its relevance in Maharashtra politics. Political analysts, however, point out that just speeches and sporadic violence will not yield much dividend for the MNS. “Raj has offered no constructive programmes or agenda to citizens. He is just using street violence to promote himself,” said Surendra Jondhale, political commentator.
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2017-11-15Thane civic body to build 'green wall' | The Indian Express - The Indian Express
Thane civic body to build ‘green wall’ The idea of the green wall gardening came from Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal after he saw it being implemented in a foreign country, said an official. Published:November 16, 2017 3:49 am To increase the green cover in the city, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to launch a “green wall” gardening project on a pilot basis. The officials said the work was likely to commence in January. Civic officials said that the civic body has been taking several initiatives to increase the green cover of the city, including planting trees and mangroves in the past few years. The idea of the green wall gardening came from Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal after he saw it being implemented in a foreign country, said an official. “In the last 2-3 years, we have planted five lakh trees and the survival ratio is more than 80 per cent. Besides, we have also planted around 50,000 mangroves. Our constant attempt is to increase the green cover in the city. The green wall gardening project will be carried out at one place on a pilot basis. We may replicate it in other places if it works out well,” said Jaiswal, who has initiated this project. Officials said the pilot project would be implemented along the Majiwada flyover in Thane. “It will be a vertical garden. The creepers would be planted along both sides of Majiwada flyover slopes. The portion below the bridge has already been beautified. The height of the creepers will be adjusted with the height of the slopes on both ends of the flyover. After the work is completed, the greenery will be there throughout the year,” said an official. The official added that the work can be completed in a month. “The creepers will be planted in trays. It will have the drip irrigation system for watering the creepers,” added the official. Another official said the tenders for it have been floated already and the contractor may be finalised in a month and a half. “Now, we have appointed a consultant for the project who is helping us. The estimated cost is being working out,” added the official. A senior official said the project would help prevent the spitting menace on flyovers in the city. “We hope that the people may stop spitting on flyovers or walls after seeing these creepers. It will make the city more clean,” added the official.
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2017-11-15MCOCA against pvt eye as IAS officer gets Pujari threats - Times of India
MCOCA against pvt eye as IAS officer gets Pujari threats Nov 15, 2017, 05:48 IST THANE: The anti-extortion cell of the crime branch said IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar on Sunday reportedly received a call from gangster Ravi Pujari, asking him to take back an extortion case against private detective Satish Mangle, his actress wife Shradda and others. He has also demanded Rs 7 crore, said a police officer. Following the Pujari call, officials have invoked MCOCA against the Mangles and their aides. The Mangales, who were arrested on November 3, allegedly threatened to defame Mopalwar using call tapes and sought Rs 7 crore to retract corruption allegations against him and return the tapes, the police said. The couple has been booked under sections 384, 386, 387 and 34 of the IPC. Mangale's brother-in-law, Atul Tawde, too has been arrested. "As Pujari's threat calls fall under the category of organized crimes, MCOCA has been applied and the accused have been booked under sections 3(1),(ii), 3(2), 3(4) of 1999," the officer informed.
MCOCA against pvt eye as IAS officer gets Pujari threats - Times of India
2017-11-14Biker snatches bag with phones, passport in Kandivli - Times of India
Biker snatches bag with phones, passport in Kandivli Nov 15, 2017, 03:18 IST MUMBAI: A biker snatched the bag of an executive from Sydney on Monday, who is in the city to visit her family at Kandivli for a week. She was travelling in an auto along with her doctor sister when the incident took place. The Samta Nagar police has register a robbery case against two unidentified persons. The victim, Ritu Tripathi, along with her sister Nitu was in an auto which was crossing a road-over-bridge that connect east-west near Kandivli station when a biker appeared from their back. A pillion rider snatched Ritu's bag which she kept on her lap and sped away.Senior police inspector at Samta Nagar police station, Anil Mane said, "It busy stretch but yesterday there was no much movement. We are examining the CCTV footage." Ritu works in Sydney, Australia, since last two years and came to visit her family at Kandivli (West) on Sunday. The sisters hired an auto outside the airport around 10 pm. They stated that after reaching on the flyover, auto's speed reduced. It was isolated stretch so they requested him to speed up when suddenly the biker appeared from behind and fled with the bag that contained foreign currency equivalent to Rs 35,000, two mobile phones, Ritu's passport and ATM cards.
2017-11-14Thane cops solve double murder case in a week, chase accused from Bhopal to Gulbarga - Free Press Journal
Thane cops solve double murder case in a week, chase accused from Bhopal to Gulbarga Nov 14, 2017 08:47 am Thane: Thane police have been successful to nab the three murderers of Diaghar murder case of Thane, Last week on Sunday, a woman and her daughter was killed while they were in their house. The shocking fact is that there are two women who are the part of conspiracy and are among the arrested accused. The Thane police went upto Karnataka in search of these accused and nabbed them. Nazia and her daughter were found dead in their home at Diaghar on Sunday. Nazia’s husband works in Dubai and they both used to stay alone in the Eklavya building at Diaghar. Nazia’s many relatives stay nearby. Her mother was trying to contact her on the dreadful day but she did not answer. On the suspicion she went on to check her daughter. When nobody opened the door, the police were informed and everyone was shocked to see Nazia in pool of blood and her 11 years old daughter Tania died of strangulation.
2017-11-14Pay Rs 100 crore for restoration of 2 rivers in Thane, Supreme Court tells Maharashtra govt - India Today
Pay Rs 100 crore for restoration of 2 rivers in Thane, Supreme Court tells Maharashtra govt The Supreme Court made the chief secretary of Maharashtra give an undertaking that Rs 100 crore will be disbursed for the restoration of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers in Thane district. November 14, 2017 | UPDATED 18:18 IST The Supreme Court in a landmark order today asked the Maharashtra government to pay Rs 100 crore for protection and restoration of two rivers in the Thane district of the state. This is possibly the first time when a state government has been asked to pay a huge amount to plug pollution in rivers, namely Ulhas and Waldhuni. The Supreme Court made the chief secretary of Maharashtra give an undertaking that Rs 100 crore will be disbursed for the restoration of the Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers. According to the undertaking, the amount will be released in two phases--Rs 50 crore within a month, the remaining Rs 50 crore in the next month.The court asked the chief secretary to immediately decide on shutting all illegal industries operating in the region and stop water and power supply to jeans-washing units in Ulhasnagar. THE CASE SO FAR In 2012, NGO Vanashakti approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with a petition seeking direction to the state pollution control board to close the industries polluting Ulhas river by discharging effluents. The NGT, in a detailed judgment in 2015, imposed a penalty of Rs 95 crore on Kalyan Dombivili municipal corporation, Ambarnath Municipal Council, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and the common effluent treatment plants in Dombivili. The NGT order was challenged by the government agencies in the Bombay High Court which stayed the order. Subsequently, NGO Vanashakti moved the Supreme Court which stayed the Bombay High Court's judgment in July this year. IN THE COURT TODAY In the court today, municipal corporations filed their affidavits stating that they do not have money to plug pollution in the two rivers. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick, who was asked to be present in the court today, was questioned for nearly 30 minutes during the hearing. "Today's order comes as a big relief to us since we have been relentlessly pursuing the case for the last five years. Our faith in the judiciary has been answered," said Ashwin Aghor from Vanashakti. "The Chief Secretary will be personally liable for any non-compliance of the order. They (government bodies) tried to save Rs 95 crore but have ended up paying Rs 100 crore," Aghor said.
Pay Rs 100 crore for restoration of 2 rivers in Thane, Supreme Court tells Maharashtra govt - India Today
2017-11-13Thaneites feel the chill as temp drops to 21C - Times of India
Thaneites feel the chill as temp drops to 21C Nov 13, 2017, 23:45 IST THANE: Since last week the city has been witnessing a slight drop in temperatures, especially at night. But this cool climate will be short-lived as temperatures will shoot up by a few notches in the days to come. This rise in temperature will be before the onset of winter, weathermen claim. In October, the minimum temperature was around 28 degrees Celsius and maximum around 37 degrees Celsius. However, since November, there has been a slight drop in temperatures and on November 13 the minimum temperature was 21.1 degrees Celsius.While the minimum temperature has been hovering around 22 and 24 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature has been 34 to 36 degrees Celsius. Weathermen have predicted that while the maximum temperatures may remain constant throughout the week, the minimum temperature will shoot up by two to three degrees Celsius in a day or two and will remain high for another three days, after which it will cool down. "Currently, citizens in Mumbai, Thane and Dahanu regions have been witnessing cool and dry North- Easterly winds, which causes a drop in temperature. However, there is an upcoming western disturbance which will obstruct these winds after around 24 to 48 hours," said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymetweather. "This disturbance will last for three to four days and is expected to cause the first snowfall of the year in areas like Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and so on. Once this disturbance moves away, the temperatures will drop again as the cool and dry winds from the north will blow over central and south western India," he added.
2017-11-13Mother-daughter murder case solved, 3 arrested - Times of India
Mother-daughter murder case solved, 3 arrested Nov 13, 2017, 23:46 IST THANE: Three persons, including two women have been arrested on Monday for the double murder of a mother and daughter in Pimprigaon, Daighar. On November 5, the victims— Nazia Jamaluddin Siddiqui (32) and her 11-year-old daughter Taniya— were found murdered inside their apartment. The woman's throat was slit and she was stabbed, while her daughter was strangulated to death .The accused have been identified as Amina Kanchwalla (37) her live-in partner Aliakbar Kanchwalla (28) and her daughter Arshia (19). The accused were finally traced to Karnataka. DCP D S Swami said that a total of four teams were formed to nab the accused. "The case was complex as there was no technical evidence. The accused did not use mobile phones so it was difficult to track them down. But from the CCTV footage we found vital clues that led us to the accused. As Amina was physically challenged she used a walker to move around. This was spotted on the CCTV which led us to them,'' said Swami. Arshia used to work for the victim at her house for a while. The cops are trying to probe whether Arshia had an affair with Nazia's brother. According to the cops, Amina suspected that the victim had pushed her daughter into prostitution. The cops are also trying to find out whether robbery was the motive. Meanwhile, the stolen booty, which included jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh and cash amounting to Rs 15,000 is still to be recovered. According to the cops, after the crime the trio boarded a train to Ahemedabad from there they went to Indore then Bhopal and finally landed at a dargha in Gulbarga, Karnataka. "Our team found out that Amina's brother worked at a dargha in Gulbarga. We went there and arrested the trio,'' he said.
2017-11-13Saket-Gaimukh shoreline road may face hurdles as NGT stays construction in CRZ - Times of India
Saket-Gaimukh shoreline road may face hurdles as NGT stays construction in CRZ Nov 13, 2017, 23:48 IST THANE: The ambitious Saket-Gaimukh shoreline road plan drafted by the TMC and MMRDA could possibly run into environmental hurdles after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently stayed all construction proposals falling within the coastal zone. Officials have now set their hopes on the forthcoming meeting of the environmental impact assessment committee that could possibly give some direction to the project. The Pune bench of the NGT had recently ordered a stay on approving construction plans in Coastal Regulation Zones in Thane and Palghar till the state published the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for the two districts. The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) had then assured the HC it would publish the same by September this year but apparently failed to do the same leading to the stay. The NGT has further directed the MCZMA to not clear any proposals in the CRZ area in Thane and Palghar till the draft plan is published. Accordingly, officials fear the same could possibly impact the fate of this project whose major portion passes along the coastal belt. The MMRDA and TMC officials had a joint meeting in 2015 for implementing this ambitious project where it was decided that the former would finance the work and secure all permissions while the latter was entrusted with execution. The 15-km road whose major part passes along the Thane creek was proposed by the TMC for the benefit of out-bound vehicles, especially between Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Gujarat. The link is scheduled to connect two ends of Thane city - Gaimukh and Saket - bypassing the congested Ghodbunder road. As per the initial plans, the four-lane coastal road could cost approximately Rs 1,000 crore but the same could fluctuate after the final set of approvals arrive.As majority of the route winds through the Thane creek, there is massive infringement in the mangrove areas and creek zone. The MCZMA had in-principle approved the plans in November last year and suggested the road be constructed on a stilt in the CRZ III affected area. Nearly 10.87kms of the road passes through the sensitive zone. Accordingly, a plan was submitted by the MMRDA to the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority in July this year whose hearing is scheduled soon. "We have sought initial clearances from the MCZMA. We are awaiting the SEIAA meeting that could be held anytime this month which could also bring in some clarity on whether we are impacted by the stay or the requisite permissions taken initially by the MCZMA are enough. Already, we are ensuring minimal damage to the environment as a major part of the link will be on stilts, clarified an official associated with the project. Officials said they will push for the project as it is very important for decongesting Thane. Currently, motorists have to cross the GB stretch, often causing traffic jams at certain areas leading to delays and snarls. Once this link road is started, it will bypass Ghodbunder Road between Gaimukh and National Highway 3. The road will benefit those who want to avoid city traffic and directly go towards Kalyan or Nashik, informed a civic official. Officials said they will push for the project as it is very important for decongesting Thane city. Currently, motorists have to cross the GB stretch, often causing traffic jams at certain areas leading to delays and snarls. Once this link road is started, it will bypass Ghodbunder (GB) Road between Gaimukh and National Highway 3. The road will benefit those who want to avoid Thane city traffic and directly go towards Kalyan or Nashik.
2017-11-13Two men from Thane arrested for threatening to 'hijack' plane - The Indian Express
Two men from Thane arrested for threatening to ‘hijack’ plane Officials from the CISF said words like ‘hijack’ and ‘bomb’ “invokes fear among passengers” and that “strict action is taken against individuals who use such words in a certain way”. Published:November 14, 2017 2:42 am TWO persons from Thane were held at the Cochin International Airport on Monday afternoon after they allegedly threatened to “hijack” a Mumbai-bound plane. The incident delayed the flight for almost two hours. Clince Verghese and M Menon were held for joking about placing a bomb in the plane. A case had been registered against them. “In a conversation, while boarding the aircraft, Clince said that ‘he will hijack the plane with a happy bomb’. This sentence was overhead by a Jet employee who informed the aircraft crew,” said an official from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). “After the CISF intervened, the two were detained. The flight was searched for any untoward activity or object,” the official added. “Jet Airways flight 9W 825 Cochin-Mumbai was rescheduled to depart from Cochin at 2.02 pm, after a delay of 2 hours on account of a security-related matter. The airline has informed the relevant authority of the same for further action and has offered full cooperation as required,” an official statement from Jet Airways read. Earlier this month, a Mumbai-based businessman was held for placing a threat note in the toilet of a Delhi-bound plane. Officials from the CISF said words like ‘hijack’ and ‘bomb’ “invokes fear among passengers” and that “strict action is taken against individuals who use such words in a certain way”.
2017-11-13Three held for Thane double murder - The Indian Express
Three held for Thane double murder An officer said that Arshiya has told them that Naziya had asked her to do some “inappropriate” things as well, because of which they decided to murder her. Published:November 14, 2017 4:29 am Investigating the murder of a mother-daughter duo on November 5 in their house, the Thane police Monday arrested three persons in the case. After a nearly week-long search, the police arrested the three — including a 19-year-old woman who worked at the house of the deceased — from Karnataka on charges of murder. Her mother is also among the arrested. Prima facie, the police suspect that the motive behind the murder was robbery as the accused were under financial strain and were facing debts. They had fled with cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 1.5 lakh from the house of the deceased, Naziya Siddiqui (32) and her daughter Taniya Siddiqui (11), the police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police DS Swamy said they arrested Aamina Kanchwala (37), her daughter Arshiya (19), who worked at the house of the deceased, and one Ali Akbar Kanchwala. “Ever since the murder, we had been looking for the trio. They were arrested from Karnataka,” Swamy said. The officer added that while they have not yet interrogated the accused, the motive behind the murder appears to be robbery. “Aamina and Arshiya were under financial debt and were finding it difficult to arrange for the money. After committing the murders, the accused took the cash and jewellery before they fled,” Swamy said. An officer said that Arshiya has told them that Naziya had asked her to do some “inappropriate” things as well, because of which they decided to murder her.
Three held for Thane double murder - The Indian Express
2017-11-12Court refuses to discharge man accused of mowing down two ... - Times of India
Court refuses to discharge man accused of mowing down two Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 04:43 IST THANE: The district court recently turned down a discharge application filed by a Thane resident Nimesh Rane, citing the case of Bandra resident Alistair Pereira. The automobile company staffer was charged with culpable homicide after he allegedly mowed down two students in Manpada in March 2016. Rane, who reportedly fled the spot after the accident, argued that it was a mishap and that he had no intention to hurt the two women. The mishap victims—Surabhi Gore and her friend Ananksha Kamble—had died of bleeding. Gore (21) was a BSc (IT) student and Kamble was pursuing a law degree. Public prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni said Rane was booked under various sections, including under IPC Section 304 (culpable homicide) and sought discharge from on the grounds that he did not know the women who were killed and hence there was "no question of targeting them intentionally". Kulkarni opposed the application, saying Rane was driving rashly and was negligent leading to the accident. "The accused drove his car intentionally at a high speed, even after having knowledge of the consequences. He has committed the offence of culpable homicide. He fled away from the spot, and hence his application should be rejected," Kulkarni said.The defence argued that the act on part of Rane was not intentional and that he fled from the spot of the incident merely to avoid an assault by people. "Under such circumstances, a case of culpable homicide is not made out," the defence said. District judge PP Jadhav, who cited the Supreme Court's ruling in the Alistair Pereira, observed that, "It cannot be said that the accused was not having knowledge so as to attract part II of section 304 of IPC. This is not a fit case to discharge the accused of any charges."
2017-11-12'Skill development centres needed in city to guide budding ... - Times of India
‘Skill development centres needed in city to guide budding entrepreneurs’ Nov 12, 2017, 23:53 IST THANE: Bitten by the bugs of ideation, innovation, experimentation, risk and entrepreneurship, youngsters across the nation seem to have been shunning traditional and stable jobs to start their own ventures in a variety of sectors over the past few years. While the change in career aspirations of the Gen X has gradually been taking place over the past decade, the process seems to have accelerated with various government initiatives like skill India and start-up India. While the government has taken the first step towards handholding budding entrepreneurs by setting up a handful of start-up incubation and skill development centres across the nation, these initiatives are yet to fully enter cities like Thane and even Mumbai. Sahej Mantri, a 29-year-old social entrepreneur whose start-up is focussed on improving the sanitary conditions of the city, said, "Even though my start-up is based on the model of social development, we had some of the same challenges faced by business oriented start-ups. We had to figure out how to make a business plan, source a seed capital to fund our work and pay salaries, capacity building and optimization of resources all on our own. This work requires a lot of mentorship from industry experts, which highlights the crucial need for incubation centres for every sector in our city."Professional and experts in this industry worry that if government initiatives don't penetrate into smaller cities like Thane, it could result in the raw talent moving away. "Start-up incubation centres are extremely essential to boost budding business persons in any city. I have come across thousands of talented youth in the lake-city, who have a world of ideas and concepts when it comes to starting their ventures. However, as it is their first start-up, they are faced by a plethora of concerns," said Arjun Amanchi, a city-based entrepreneur, who organises guidance workshops for budding start-ups. Purushottam Pachpande, founder of Children's Tech Centre, which was just recently registered as a start-up company by the government of India's department of industrial policy and promotion, said, "The government's start-up India initiative provides budding entrepreneurs with guidance and support in starting their own firms through online courses, seminars and even arranging workshops for investors to see the entrepreneur's product. While I was a part of the process by approaching them myself and registering online, many are not aware of these facilities here. "These young geniuses need mentorship and hand held guidance, not only in these infrastructural, financial and legal aspects, but also in terms of expert industry centric mentorship," added Amanchi.
2017-11-12Work is play manoj - Times of India
Work is play manoj Nov 12, 2017, 22:27 IST THANE: A famous Chinese philosopher had once said, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." The line seems to have inspired many professionals, who have had no qualms in ditching their erstwhile well-paying jobs, be it in the engineering, medical or even the hospitality industry to experiment with their voices on the digital medium. This profession is popularly known as dubbing or voiceover. Likewise, it has never been a dull moment for voice artist Ganessh Divekar ever since he made his foray in the industry a decade ago lending his voice to several popular Hindi and English movie characters for the local audience. The artist has lent his voice for prominent characters in popular dubbed versions of Bahubali, Spiderman, Disney's Frozen, Game of Thrones to name a few along with prominent TV commercials. The entry, however, was not easy for Divekar, who had to convince his family. He had to quit his well-paying medical profession and don the hat of a voiceover artist. The dubbing veteran said he was always fascinated by the prospect of lending his voice to characters as a kid when he used to mimic a few cartoon characters, but had to take up medicine following his parent's wish. "I pursued medicine for a decade only to switch over to dubbing much against my family's wishes," he said. Years later, the artist now does not regret his decision as he has been able to afford a bungalow in Mumbai and a fleet of cars, thanks to his busy schedule as a dubbing artist. However, for voice artist Sanchit Wartak, who has worked on dubbed versions of Spiderman and a few other movies, it was more of achieving his dream of doing something different that helped him land up in this arena. Wartak was into directing serials and films and a chance encounter to dub a toon series drew him towards this profession. "I feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day and this keeps me rooted to this profession," he said.Veteran film, television actor and voice artist Uday Sabnis from Thane, who has mentored several budding talents in the industry, said he himself has had an accidental entry into this profession. "I was on my way to become a chartered accountant, but somewhere in the early stages of my career I found my calling in this field when I dubbed for the character Bageera in the cartoon series Jungle Book. People around me were surprised to know that I wanted to enter this arena leaving behind a supposedly monetarily stable career in finance," he said. Unfortunately, the art has to be honed individually because there are no institutes that take up education on this and many who have now established a name for themselves have come up on their own. "I used to practice for hours in my initial days as you have to get the diction correct and also be able to emote perfectly. My mentors have ensured that I trained for hours even for a 15-minute shot and the hard work in those initial days has now paid off,said TV actor Pari Telang, who has also ventured into this profession. No wonder stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan have been lured to attempt it as he took time off his busy schedule last year and lent his voice to the Hindi translation of filmmaker Steven Spielberg's The Big Friendly Giant while Shahrukh Khan also gave his voice to the main character to the Hindi version of Mr Incredible. Hollywood also has an array of stars, including Robin Williams, who lent his voice for the hyperactive Genie in the 1990's Disney's Alladin.
2017-11-12Vets operate on snake for 40 mins to save life - Times of India
Vets operate on snake for 40 mins to save life Nov 12, 2017, 22:26 IST THANE: An injured semi venomous Green Vine Snake got a new lease of life when her five centimetre wound was operated upon. The snake was spotted at Gawand Baug and wildlife rescuers were alerted on Monday. Speaking about the rescue operation, president of wildlife NGO Wildlife Welfare Association Aditya Patil said, "On Monday afternoon we got a call about a bright green long snake slithering around in Gawand Baug area by some locals. When our volunteer Omkar Kolekar reached the spot, he realised that the snake had a fresh massive wound and directly took her to the animal hospital in Kothari compound." The 5ft long female snake was critical when brought to the clinic as her lungs were exposed and were also filled with dirt. However, with immediate treatment and a 40-minute long surgery the snake was saved. Veterinarians Dr Kiran Shelar, Dr. Jaya Chariar and Dr. Satish Patil operated upon the snake and saved her in time. "The vets cleaned the wound and dressed it for the first three days. When we were told that a surgery is needed, we immediately spoke to the forest official for consent as the snake is protected by the Wildlife protection act," Aditya Patil said. Speaking about the surgery, Dr Jaya Chariar said, "When the snake was brought to us she was in a terrible condition. Her five centimetre long wound was fresh and filled with dirt and part of her lungs were exposed. Any delay in treatment would have resulted in death. After cleaning and dressing her wound for the first three days we saw some positive signs of recovery and decided to go ahead with the surgery, where we gave her a general anaesthetic before repairing some tears and suturing the wound."The snake is now recuperating under the observation of the WWA and will be released in its original habitat after full recovery. "This is a serious wound and will take at least 15 days to heal completely. But over the past two days since the surgery, she is showing healthy signs like eating well," Dr. Chariar added.
2017-11-11Thane court acquits four in 2010 murder case - The New Indian Express
Thane court acquits four in 2010 murder case Published: 11th November 2017 01:42 PM | Last Updated: 11th November 2017 02:59 PM | THANE: A district court in Thane acquitted four persons in a 2010 murder case of a woman, giving them the benefit of doubt. District judge Vilas V Bambarde in his order recently said the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the four - Mohammed Tausif Taher Ansari (33), his wife Sana Tausif Ansari (31), Rashid Yusuf Shaikh (33), and Afrin Babar Ali Khan (31), and acquitted them. Prosecutor Sanjay Londhe told the court that the accused trespassed into the house of the victim - Rabia Babar Ali Khan (30) - in February, 2010, and killed her. He said the police then registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Bombay Police Act. Afrin is the second wife of the complainant Babar Ali Khan. The the victim was his first wife. There was an animosity between the two women and hence Afrin hired the Ansari couple as contract killer, and they killed the victim with the help of Rashid Yusuf Shaikh. But defence counsels Ramrao Jagtap and CJ Jahagirdar contested the claim and said the accused were falsely implicated. "There is nothing incriminating against the accused to connect them with the murder of Rabia. The alleged extra judicial confession is not established. There is no evidence that accused have trespassed into the house of Rabia after making preparation for killing her," the judge said in his order and acquitted the four.
2017-11-11BMC official held on charges of rape | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India
BMC official held on charges of rape PTI | Updated: Nov 11, 2017, 18:59 IST THANE: An engineer of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was arrested for allegedly "raping" his colleague, police said today.Dattaram Shinde, an engineer with the Mumbai civic body, was apprehended yesterday, Thane Police Public Relations Officer Sukhada Narkar said. Shinde since October 2016 till June 2017 allegedly "raped" the victim on several occasions, Narkar added. The victim, a divorcee was staying with her son. The accused first in October 2016 visited the victim's house and "raped" her, Narkar said quoting the complaint. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered, she said, adding the accused was yesterday produced before a local magistrate, which remanded him into police custody for a day.
2017-11-11TMC offers 3 options to dist for alternate stn land transfer | Thane ... - Times of India
TMC offers 3 options to dist for alternate stn land transfer Nov 11, 2017, 22:34 IST THANE: The municipal corporation has presented three options before the state health department for handing over the required part of land from its regional mental health hospital for developing an alternate railway station on the Central Railway route between Thane and Mulund.A meeting was held last week at Mantralaya between Thane district guardian minister Eknath Shinde, TMC commissioner and the health department wherein it was decided that the corporation would come up with a proper proposal for handing over the land parcel. The alternate station plan was approved by the TMC and even technical drawings cleared by the railways but was held up due to non availability of land from the health department. Of the three options suggested by the municipal administration, the first involves where the corporation will grant transfer of development rights (TDR) to twice the area of the required expanse of land along with incentives as mandated in the development control rules for the city. The second proposal entails rehabilitation of the slums on the reserved land and handing over a required constructed premises, equal to that which needs to be evacuated, at some other spot in the city. The third proposal involves relocating the existing premises spread over 14.88 acres to some other part of the city where the hospital would be developed by a private developer using construction TDR. Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has confirmed the administration has sent three proposals to the health department and said that they are presently awaiting response following which they will immediately start working on the land transfer.
2017-11-11Four held for murder let off, get benefit of doubt | Thane News ... - Times of India
Four held for murder let off, get benefit of doubt Nov 12, 2017, 03:14 IST THANE: Four persons, including a couple from Mumbra, who had been accused of a woman's murder, were acquitted by a sessions court. The court gave them the benefit of doubt on grounds that the prosecution failed to prove the charges. The court acquitted Mohammed Ansari 33, his wife Sana, 31, Rashid Shaikh, 33 and AfrinKhan, 31. They were accused of the cold-blooded murder of RabiaKhan 30, in 2010.The prosecutor told the court that the fourtrespassed into the house around 10.30am and brutally killed her with a sharp knife and robbed a gold chain. The prosecution said that accused Afrin was the second wife of the complainant, Babar Khan, and the victim Rabia his first wife. The prosecution said there was enmity between the two women and so Afrin roped in the others to kill Rabia. A murder case was lodged by the dead woman's husband. The defence counsel told the court that the accused were falsely implicated.and that no chain of events was established in the prosecution's case. Judge Vilas Bambarde's order said there was nothing incriminating to link the accused to the murder. "The prosecution has not brought any evidence to infer that the accused had any intention to kill Rabia," the judge stated in his order. He also pointed to several flaws in the prosecution's case.
2017-11-11Case against Taloja MIDC CETP for polluting creek - Times of India
Case against Taloja MIDC CETP for polluting creek Nov 12, 2017, 02:30 IST NAVI MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has filed a case against officials from the Taloja MIDC's common effluent treatment plant (CETP) for polluting Taloja creek by discharging effluents. A case has been lodged against the CETP board and manager under Sections 277, 278 and 432 of the IPC and various sections of the Water Act on Thursday.MPCB's regional officer Anil Mohekar said, "The dysfunctional CETP has been found to be polluting the Taloja creek. A complaint has been lodged with the Taloja police under the Water Act, 1974. " MPCB sub-regional officer J S Hajare said, "Water samples from Taloja creek was taken. Many pollutants were detected in it. Several notices were also issued to the CETP. A court case was also filed against CETP at the judicial magistrate first class court in October 2017. But the CETP has done nothing to tackle the problem. A police complaint was then registered." Assistant inspector from Taloja police station Rajesh Jadhav said, "A case has been lodged against the CETP chairman, vice chairman, 10 directors and the manager for water pollution. More sections will be invoked as per government norms after we carry out our investigations." Meanwhile, CETP director Sandip Dongare said, "I am unaware about the police case and the details will be known on Monday. However, since March 2017 we have been trying to repair the CETP. There has been no stand by equipments like motors available since the last board was in charge. We have written a letter to the Taloja MIDC regarding this. The MIDC has prepared a plan for this."
2017-11-10Thane: Three held for Rs 6.92 cr fraud in cooperative bank - Zee News
Thane: Three held for Rs 6.92 cr fraud in cooperative bank The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Thane police has arrested three persons in connection with the alleged fraud worth over Rs 6 crore in a cooperative bank here, police said on Friday. Last Updated: Nov 10, 2017, 10:48 AM IST Thane: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Thane police has arrested three persons in connection with the alleged fraud worth over Rs 6 crore in a cooperative bank here, police said on Friday. Based on a complaint by one of the senior officials of the bank regarding the fraud of Rs 6.92 crore at its branch in Lok Puram area here, the police arrested two of the bank's employees and a customer yesterday, a police official said. In November last year, seven persons, including six employees of the cooperative bank, had been booked for allegedly defrauding customers and the bank. An FIR in this regard was registered with the Chitalsar police and later the case transferred to the EOW for further probe, the official said. According to the complaint, the accused allegedly 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 allegedly opened a number of new accounts without following regulations and diverted funds deposited in them to one particular account. The account holder, 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. The accused were booked under IPC sections pertaining 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, police added.
2017-11-10Thane NCP MLA gets threat calls - Daily News & Analysis
Thane NCP MLA gets threat calls Updated: Nov 10, 2017, 07:40 AM IST, DNA The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad received threat calls from gangster Suresh Pujari on Wednesday. "I have already informed Thane police and I am expecting the police to probe the matter and nab the culprit," he said. Sources in Thane police confirmed with DNA that Awhad received threat calls from the underworld gangster Suresh Pujari demanding Rs 25 crore. "If the demand is not met, the gangster has threatened to bump him off. We are probing the matter," a police official said on condition of anonymity. The NCP chief Sharad Pawar wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis saying if the elected representatives are not safe and secured, "how can the government give a guarantee of the common people's security. If something untoward happens, then the chief minister will be responsible for this," Pawar stated in his letter.
Thane NCP MLA gets threat calls - Daily News & Analysis
2017-11-10TCS software development centre comes up in Thane - The Hindu
TCS software development centre comes up in Thane MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 09, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 09, 2017 04:21 IST Tata Consultancy Services has unveiled its new campus, the TCS Olympus Centre, in Thane. Phase I of the software development facility was inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday. Tata Group Chairman N. Chandrasekaran, and Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TCS, were present on the occasion. TCS Olympus Centre is the latest addition to the company’s global network of software development and delivery centres. It will be developed in two phases and has the potential to accommodate 30,000 employees, once fully operational. The facility also includes a training block, clubhouse and gymnasium, the company said. “Consolidating operations across Mumbai into this new facility will also create more indirect employment opportunities in the Greater Mumbai area,” the company said. The new facility is rated platinum by the Indian Green Building Council. It has been developed as a “green” campus and has a rainwater harvesting facility, sewage treatment plant, and eco-friendly, low-emission systems and fixtures. Mr. Gopinathan said, “TCS has played a pioneering role to make Maharashtra an attractive IT destination for global companies. We have helped drive technology-led growth by investing in talented youth of the State and building long-term partnerships with State institutions.” He said the new software development facility will help TCS drive the next phase of its growth.
2017-11-10Senior clerk at Thane police HQ held for taking bribe - Times of India
Senior clerk at Thane police HQ held for taking bribe Nov 10, 2017, 22:18 IST THANE: A woman, working as a senior clerk at the Thane police headquarters, has been arrested by the anti-corruption bureau for demanding and accepting a bribe amount of Rs 5,000 from a sub-inspector. The accused was caught red handed. According to the ACB officials, the accused, Vandana Davle, had reportedly demanded Rs 5,000 from a police sub-inspector to clear the decks for securing a cheque for his home loan. The police sub-inspector had applied for a Rs 33 lakh housing loan and needed sanctions from the director general of police. Once it was sanctioned, the file came back to the finance department of the Thane police. The treasury department was suppose to process it. However, the Davle stopped the file at the Thane police headquarters and demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000. "The loan amount of Rs 33 lakh was sanctioned. But needed clearance from the finance and treasury departments. In order to get the file moving, the clerk demanded a bribe from the official," the ACB officials said.The PSI then filed a complaint with the ACB who laid a trap in her office and caught her red-handed while accepting the amount of Rs 5,000. The officer added that the accused is understood to have been indulging in similar malpractices in the past as well. Further investigations are on in the case and they are finding out as to how many more cops has the clerk taken bribe from. A case has been registered under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The accused has been arrested and has been remanded to cop custody. The police sub-inspector had applied for a Rs 33 lakh housing loan and needed sanctions from the director general of police. Once it was sanctioned, the file came back to the finance department of the Thane police. There Davle demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000 to get the file moving
2017-11-10With the Inauguration of TCS Olympus Centre in Thane, Hiranandani Group Achieves Yet another Historical Milestone - Business Wire India (press release)
Company Name : Hiranandani Group Friday, November 10, 2017 5:40PM IST (12:10PM GMT) With the Inauguration of TCS Olympus Centre in Thane, Hiranandani Group Achieves Yet another Historical Milestone Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Timely completion and handover of a project, while ensuring the highest level of quality – this is how Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder & MD - Hiranandani Group, described the completion of a 16 storey commercial building made to global standards in 18 months. Spanning over 14.5 acres and comprising 2 million square feet of space, the commercial structure TCS Olympus Centre is situated in Hiranandani Estate, Thane; which was inaugurated by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Maharashtra on 08 November 2017. India’s software giant Tata Consultancy Services signed a deal of ‘built to suit’ commercial office space in the up-market Hiranandani Estate, Ghodbunder Road, Thane. Delivering this much awaited commercial building in the record time of 18 months stands testimony to Hiranandani’s commitment to timely delivery with uncompromised quality. Also, following global best practices, it is not just about Glass and Chrome. Developed as a Green campus, it leverages Rainwater Harvesting and a Sewage Treatment Plant, with eco-friendly, low-emission systems and fixtures. The Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis congratulated the Hiranandani Group on the yet another milestone achieved. Speaking during the inaugural function, the Maharashtra CM said, “TCS Olympus Centre is a state of art technology centre, and will accommodate more than 30,000 employees. This, in turn, will create further employment opportunities in the Thane and the Navi Mumbai region.” He was pleased, he added, by the fact that inauguration of the TCS Olympus Centre at Hiranandani Estate, Thane also signified encouraging a digitally responsible economy. Describing the project as a ‘new next-gen workplace’, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani said the state of the art facility includes a training block, club house and gymnasium, which provides a contemporary and holistic work culture. “The relocation of corporate offices spread over different locations in Mumbai city and a suburb to Thane’s Ghodbunder Road reflects on the increasing attractiveness of its commercial real estate. Excellent connectivity through road and rail corridors in the Mumbai Region makes Thane ideal for corporates to follow the TCS lead, to relocate and expand in Thane,” he pointed out. The project also shifts the spotlight on Thane as a residential destination for those who work in the fast growing IT and ITeS sectors. Home seekers opting for a home in Thane, in locations close to their workspaces, will experience the ‘walk to work and walk back home’ option multiplied with well-developed infrastructure. “The completion of this commercial building within a record time-frame encapsulates our efforts, with the right synergy between various teams – be it Architecture, Engineering or Contracts - each has shown exemplary spirit in creating and delivering TCS Olympus Centre, a commercial tower, fully functional with no compromises on the structural stability or safety aspects,” he concluded.
With the Inauguration of TCS Olympus Centre in Thane, Hiranandani Group Achieves Yet another Historical Milestone - Business Wire India (press release)
2017-11-10EOW arrests 3 for Rs 6.9crore 'fraud' at bank - Times of India
EOW arrests 3 for Rs 6.9crore ‘fraud’ at bank Nov 11, 2017, 01:03 IST THANE: Three persons have been arrested by Thane police's economic offences wing for an alleged Rs 6.9 crore fraud at CKP Cooperative Bank in Thane. Police have arrested one Satyen Savla along with two bank clerks, Vikas Kubal and Narendra Jadhav, for reportedly rigging the computer system to divert funds from customers' accounts to a designated account to facilitate benefits of cash credit or short-term loan to its holder.A probe was launched following a complaint by Rahu Phanse, a bank director, alleging that funds were diverted into new accounts opened at the bank's Lokpuram branch and then transferred to an account held by Savla, who used the funds to obtain Rs 6.9 crore cash credit, said cops. The accused were booked on charges of cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, falsification of accounts and also provisions of IT Act. Kubal and Jadhav were earlier employed as peons and later elevated as clerks, said a police officer. A case was registered by Chitalsar police and transferred to EOW, which has booked seven persons and arrested three, and more arrests are likely, said DCP Sandeep Bhajibhakre. "They tampered with the bank's software to facilitate illegal transactions," he told TOI.
EOW arrests 3 for Rs 6.9crore
2017-11-103 held for Rs 6.92 cr fraud in cooperative bank - Business Standard
3 held for Rs 6.92 cr fraud in cooperative bank Last Updated at November 10, 2017 10:32 IST The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Thane police has arrested three persons in connection with the alleged fraud worth over Rs 6 crore in a cooperative bank here, police said today. Based on a complaint by one of the senior officials of the bank regarding the fraud of Rs 6.92 crore at its branch in Lok Puram area here, the police arrested two of the bank's employees and a customer yesterday, a police official said. In November last year, seven persons, including six employees of the cooperative bank, had been booked for allegedly defrauding customers and the bank. An FIR in this regard was registered with the Chitalsar police and later the case transferred to the EOW for further probe, the official said. According to the complaint, the accused allegedly 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 allegedly opened a number of new accounts without following regulations and diverted funds deposited in them to one particular account. The account holder, 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. The accused were booked under IPC sections pertaining 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, police added.
2017-11-09Restaurant Owner in Thane Attacked Over Bill, Retaliates by Throwing Hot Oil - India.com
Restaurant Owner in Thane Attacked Over Bill, Retaliates by Throwing Hot Oil Updated: November 9, 2017 1:35 PM IST Mumbai, Nov 9: A fast food restaurant owner in Maharashtra’s Thane district’s Ulhasnagar area was attacked by a few customers over a dispute concerning a food bill, to which he retaliated by throwing hot cooking oil. The incident was caught in a CCTV camera which showed the owner being attacked by a man, who threw an object at him. Following this, the owner is seen grabbing a water jug and filling it up with hot oil from a cooking utensil and throwing it at the attacker. According to ANI, the fight began with the customer when he complained about the food. Two person were arrested later.According to Zee News, in the attack, the owner suffered burns and was taken under medical care. The police are investigating the case and said the dispute was regarding a food bill. It is presently unknown if the attacker was a resident of the area. Although the attacker initiated the violence, the restaurant owner will also likely be booked for throwing hot oil at the attackers and also endangering the lives of others.
2017-11-09TCS centralises city ops to house 30000 at Thane - Times of India
TCS opens sprawling Thane facility to house 30,000 employees Updated: Nov 9, 2017, 13:29 IST THANE: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) opened a sprawling facility in Thane on Wednesday which will seat 30,000 employees, an ambitious exercise aimed at consolidating its operations across the Mumbai region under one roof. The new facility named Olympus Centre was inaugurated by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Since TCS functions from several offices in the city, some of them being rented properties, it was decided to bring a chunk of the operations under one roof, said officials. With TCS's total employee strength at 387,000, the facility could house up to 8% of the workforce. TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan said consolidating operations at the new campus would also create indirect employment opportunities in the Greater Mumbai area. "The TCS Olympus Centre will be developed in two phases and has the potential to accommodate 30,000 employees, once fully operational. The stateof-the-art facility includes a training block, club house and gymnasium, thus providing a contemporary and holistic work culture," said Rajesh Gopinathan. TCS employs around 75,000 in Maharashtra across Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik.Located inside Hiranandani Estate off Ghodbunder Road, the facility would rank among the biggest IT campuses in the Mumbai metropolitan region, and is in keeping with the broad trend in the infotech sector to centralize operations. Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant have all built hubs across cities on a similar or larger scale. Of India's 4-million workforce in the IT-BPO space, Mumbai accounts for 3 lakh. Speaking at the inauguration, Fadnavis urged Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran and other TCS heads to help create "an ecosystem for startups that could soon mean big business for the state."The state, he said, was ready to support by providing increased FSI. He pointed out that approvals for the TCS project were issued within two months while the entire facility was constructed within 18 months. TCS Olympus is being be developed in two phases; 16,000-17,000 employees have already moved into the new facility and it will commence exports from the Centre from this month onwards. Chandrasekaran said ease of doing business in Mumbai and Maharashtra is very high and the group is committed to the state. "We'll continue to make significant investments...we'll not only grow our existing businesses, but also invest in a number of businesses in the latest technologies."
TCS centralises city ops to house 30000 at Thane - Times of India
2017-11-09`Arrested pvt detective funded celebrity cricket league team' - Times of India
`Arrested pvt detective funded celebrity cricket league team' Nov 9, 2017, 06:30 IST THANE: The private detective arrested for blackmailing and extorting money from controversial IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar, floated two companies to produce Marathi films with the extorted money , sources in the investigation team said. "Satish Mangale said that he spent a small fortune sponsoring a team in the celebrity cricket league. He was trying to impress the Marathi film fraternity possibly to launch his wife as an actress," a police officer told TOI.Mangale and his actress wife, Shraddha, were arrested by the anti-extortion unit of Thane police last week while allegedly accepting Rs 1 crore from Mopalwar in exchange for `incriminating' audio tapes of him purportedly striking a land deal in Borivli and for withdrawing a corruption complaint against him. Police have found around 4,000 call records saved in Mangale's lap top which they are analysing. Sources said that during investigation, Mangale revealed that he made millions from the detective business and floated two companies--79 Mad House and Om Saish Production--to produce Marathi movies. According to police, Mangale had studied up to Class X, dropped out of a computer diploma course in his village near Kolhapur and started working as a private detective.Now, he has two well-furnished apartments and a fleet of cars, which includes a Mercedes, an Audi and a Fortuner, the police officer said, adding that, "Mangale said that he is constructing a plush home in his village and has spent Rs 50 lakh on it till now." The police officer added, "We are verifying all his claims and have sought all the details of his bank accounts for the money trail."
2017-11-0921-year-old found hanging in burning house in Thane - Free Press Journal
21-year-old found hanging in burning house in Thane Nov 09, 2017 09:08 am Thane: A house was gutted and a 21-year-old man was found hanging in the house at Kharegaon near Parsik Nagar. The fire brigade had received a call about a fire in the building. When they reached the spot and started rescue operations, they found Ajinkya Nikalje was found hanging in the house. He must have committed suicide before setting the house ablaze, assumes police. “Around 8 in the morning we saw the smoke and tried to extinguish the fire. Ajinkya had already committed suicide inside and has written something on the wall. His family is not available here, even he used to be in Pune. But why he committed suicide is not known,” said Ulhas Wagh, a neighbour.
21-year-old found hanging in burning house in Thane - Free Press Journal
2017-11-09Man returns to save daughter from burning house, suffers 60% burns - Times of India
Man returns to save daughter from burning house, suffers 60% burns Nov 9, 2017, 06:15 IST THANE: Four members of a family suffered burns after a cooking gas cylinder explosion in their Patilwadi Chawl home early on Wednesday . While three of them had minor burns, a senior citizen who initially escaped with minor injuries but rushed back to save one of his daughters, suffered 60% burns in the process and is believed to be critical. Fire officials said 65-year-old Dagdu Jadhav was battling for his life, while his wife Darshana (45) and daughters Dipti (26) and Preeti (19) suffered minor burns. Dipti, an accountant, said, "My mother woke up at around 6.30 or 7am and went into the kitchen to make tea. Suddenly she was screaming, asking us to open the door and rush out of the house. The very next moment we heard a blast and saw this giant ball of fire coming towards us." While Jadhav initially managed to flee the house with Dipti and Darshana before the flames spread through his entire home, he suffered 60% burns as he went back to re scue Preeti who was stuck under a cupboard."While my father, mother and I ran outside as soon as we could, the blast knocked down a wall in our home as well as a cupboard, which fell on my sister. She was stuck so our father rushed inside and pulled her out. Our neighbour, who owns an ambulance, brought us to hospital," Dipti added. A medical officer at Thane Civil Hospital, said, "Darshana, Dipti and Preeti suffered 20% burns.Dagdu Jadhav however, is quite critical." Locals called the fire brigade and regional disaster management team. A preliminary assessment suggested the old rubber tube connecting the cylinder and gas stove was damaged, resulting in a gas leak. "The room was filled with gas. Early morning, when someone switched on the lights, there could have been a spark triggering the blast and fire," said Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer at the RDMC.
Man returns to save daughter from burning house, suffers 60% burns - Times of India
2017-11-09Thane: Chinese eatery staff throws hot oil at customer for ... - Times of India
Thane: Chinese eatery staff throws hot oil at customer for complaining about food5004 views Nov 09, 2017, 12:36 ISTThane: Chinese eatery staff throws hot oil at customer for complaining about foodNov 09, 2017, 12:36 ISTAn argument over food turned ugly at a Chinese eatery in Thane’s Ulhasnagar area, when the staff threw hot oil at the customer for complaining about the taste. The customer who had gone to the Chinese corner with his friends first complained to the owner about the taste of the food and then created an issue over the bill. The entire incident was caught on camera. In the video, the customer is seen throwing an object at the staff, and the staff retaliating by throwing hot oil at him. The victim suffered burn injuries on his face. Facebook Twitter MORE Google + Linkedin EmbedRELATED KEYWORDS : cityscuffleChinese eateryRelated Videos Trending Videos Bandh in Maharashtra: Heavy police deployment across Mumbai72103 Jan 2018, 1126 hrs IST01:54Maharashtra caste clash: Protesters block Mumbai roads28322 Jan 2018, 1505 hrs IST01:49Caste violence: Situation remains tense across Maharashtra15963 Jan 2018, 1205 hrs IST01:44Mumbai: Portion of foot over bridge collapses on train at Currey Road Station15863 Jan 2018, 1905 hrs IST02:21Caste violence: Maharashtra on the boil15233 Jan 2018, 1419 hrs IST02:06Maharashtra bandh called off by Prakash Ambedkar13173 Jan 2018, 1729 hrs IST03:11Aurangabad: Cops fire in the air, burst tear gas shells to control violent mob10452 Jan 2018, 2322 hrs IST01:08Tension grips Mumbai suburbs after protest by Dalit groups10402 Jan 2018, 1742 hrs IST01:00Mumbai: Dadar station unusually deserted following Dalit protests4422 Jan 2018, 2345 hrs IST01:13Days after Kamala Mills inferno, another fire in Mumbai building claims four lives4004 Jan 2018, 1107 hrs IST01:28more from times of india VideosJignesh MevaniAnant Ambanibsf AttackHardik Patelxxvi videoKulbhushan JadhavRajnikanthMaharashtra ClashesBhima KoregaonSort by :RelevanceLATEST results for No results found. Please refine your search criteria.Prev1NextTop VideosOther Times Group news sitesThe Economic Times Mumbai Mirror IGN India Hindi Economic TimesTimes Now I am GujaratPune Mirror Tamil SamayamBangalore Mirror Maharashtra TimesTelugu SamayamAhmedabad Mirror Go Green Miss Kyra ItsMyAscent Navbharat TimesEducation Times FILMIPOP Hindi Brand Capital Eisamay Indiatimes Gujarati Economic TimesVijaya KarnatakaMalayalam SamayamTimes FoodLiving and entertainmentiDiva MensXP.com Femina Entertainment Grazia Zoom Travel Destinations Filmipop Luxpresso Smartapp Bombay Times Cricbuzz.com Filmfare Online Songs top trendsHardik PandyaFire in Cinevista studioInd vs SA Live scoreTejaswi YadavLive Score: Ind vs SA Sopore terror attackRahul GandhiLalu Yadav NewsH1B Visa newsLalu Prasad YadavNew 10 Rupees NoteCricket NewsBollywood TrailersDeepika PadukoneNorth Korea MissileservicesAds 2 BookBank Exam AppiTimes Entertainment AppET Money Finance AppCouponDuniaDineoutMobile RechargeMagic BricksTechgigTimes JobsBollywood NewsTimes MobileZigwheelsRemit 2 IndiaTC NextBikes in IndiaUsed CarsAstro SpeakSimply MarryGadgets NowitimesPopular CategoriesHeadlinesSports NewsBusiness NewsIndia NewsWorld NewsBollywood NewsHealth & Fitness TipsIndian TV ShowsCelebrity Photoshot on the webBigg Boss 11BMI CalculatorOvulation CalculatorWeight lossHow to Get PregnantNia Sharma PhotosCold & Cough RemedyWeight Loss TipsDark CirclesTrending topicsTiger Zinda Hai collectionCBSE Date SheetSunny Leone PhotosShraddha Kapoor ImagesTiger Zinda HaiCharmi Kaur ImagesDisha Patani PhotosCAT Result 2017CAT Score CardRomantic MoviesxXx: Return of XanderRomantic Comedy MoviesFollow us onfacebooktwittergoogle+rss feedyoutubedownload toi appandroidiphoneBlackBerryipadwindows phoneAbout us Create Your Own Ad Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy Privacy policy Advertise with us RSS Newsletter Feedback ePaper Sitemap Archives Copyright © 2018 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service
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2017-11-09Despite hawker clean-up, bikes continue to plague station concourse - Times of India
Despite hawker clean-up, bikes continue to plague station concourse Nov 9, 2017, 23:53 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has successfully barred entry of four-wheelers, autos and vendors from the concourse outside Thane railway station to make it pedestrian-friendly. However, a few bikers continue to blatantly park their two-wheelers outside platform two blocking the exit gates of the station causing a potential threat during emergencies. While activists and commuters have lauded the initiative of freeing up the concourse, they have raised questions on the inability of the police and TMC authorities to evict these bikers who seem to park their two-wheelers in no-vehicles zone despite police presence around. With these bikes seen blocking easy passage of passengers from the station exits, activists fear a repeat of the Elphinstone tragedy repeat. "These bikes are often parked outside platform two completely blocking access to the concourse from the station for nearly 200 metres. It could lead to a major disaster during peak hours. We have regularly complained but the police do not seem to take any action," complained Sanjay Joshi, a regular commuter. Meanwhile, commuters accessing the Thane railway station premises said they had a hassle-free walk in the area thanks to the sustained drive launched by the civic body. In addition, the high air and noise pollution levels in the area have also drastically reduced, observed many commuters. "It is a smooth walk now to access the auto stand or any part of the station. The area is also much silent as there is no honking or hawkers yelling under the Satis bridge. We hope the authorities continue to maintain this discipline on encroachers," said Preeti Mansukhani, a Ghodbunder Road resident.It may be noted the area surrounding the railway station that exits at the west side of Thane was initially congested with hawkers and vehicles leaving barely any space for passengers to freely move. During peak hours, commuters exiting the station premises had to jostle and make way to access nearby auto stands. However after the Elphinstone tragedy, authorities jumped into action and ensured the stretch was kept free of any encroachments. Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner-2 at the TMC promised that the bike parking menace at the spot will be tackled on priority basis. "We have already set up lanes for the traffic and ensured the concourse is free for pedestrians. We will alert the traffic police to not allow any bikes to be parked outside the platform premises," he said. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that initiated the clean-up drive outside Thane station on October 21 said they are working towards permanently clearing up the illegal hawker menace from the city. MNS chief Raj Thackeray is likely to address Thane residents next weekend where he may to issue some directions to his party workers. "We have appealed to the authorities to sort out the hawker menace in the city. We are working towards a hawker-free Thane," said MNS city president Avinash Jadhav, who spearheaded the agitation last month.
Despite hawker clean-up, bikes continue to plague station concourse - Times of India
2017-11-09Missing for 20 days, society's pet dog finally traced - Times of India
Missing for 20 days, society’s pet dog finally traced Nov 9, 2017, 23:55 IST THANE: After a fortnight of scanning every social media page and sending out people to locate their missing society dog, Rani, the residents of Thane's Runwal Nagar area heaved a huge sigh of relief when the six-year-old pariah dog was found four kilometres away in Upvan's Gawand Baug area on Saturday. The friendly and lively dog, who was scared by the din created by the string of Diwali crackers two weeks ago, and had run away on October 20th, leaving the residents of the society. "Last year, one of our society pet dogs - Kiki - ran away in a similar way. So when we realised that the sound of crackers must have scared her away as well, we were all reminded of the same feelings we felt when Kiki disappeared and decided to look around for her in person as well as through social media," said Shweta Madgulkar, a 20-year-old resident of Runwal Nagar who spent a lot of time with the pets in her society.These society members not only formed groups and searched for their brown, black and white doggie, but also asked every gardener and sweeper they saw on the way. They even reached out to animal NGOs including the PAL with pics of Rani, asking them to spread the word, hoping that she would be found. Last Saturday, one of their society members spotted Rani in Upvan's Gawand Baug area, put her in her car and brought her home. "One of our society members had gone to Upvan area to visit some relative and found Rani very familiar. She knew that Rani was missing and the members in the society were looking for her. She went closer and realised that it was actually Rani when she was greeted with the same affection Rani showers on everyone and brought her home," Madgulkar said. "We were so relieved that she was healthy and unhurt, because dogs are very territorial," she added.
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2017-11-08Four of family injured in LPG cylinder explosion in Thane - India Today
Four of family injured in LPG cylinder explosion in Thane UPDATED 10:00 IST Thane, Nov 8 (PTI) Four members of a family, including an elderly couple, were severely injured when a domestic gas cylinder in their house caught fire and exploded here early this morning, an official said. Due to the impact of the explosion, a wall of the house collapsed, he said. There was some leakage in the pipe of the LPG cylinder because of which it caught fire and exploded around 6.30 am in the house located at Siddeshwar Talao in the citys Patil Wadi area, Thane Municipal Corporations regional disaster management cell (RDMC) chief Santosh Kadam said. Ads by ZINC Upon getting information about the mishap, the firemen and a team of personnel from the RDMC rushed to the spot for rescue and relief operation, he said. Those who sustained severe burns in the mishap included a couple, aged around 60, and their two daughter-in-laws. They were rushed to a local hospital for treatment, Kadam said. Because of the explosion, the wall of an adjacent house also developed cracks, he added. PTI CORR GK DV
2017-11-08TCS: TCS centralises city operations into one centre in Thane; to ... - Economic Times
TCS centralises city operations into one centre in Thane; to house 30,000 employees Updated: Nov 08, 2017, 07.05 PM IST As part of consolidating its operations in the megapolis spread across multiple locations, largest software exporter Tata Consultancy ServicesBSE 0.12 % today launched a new campus at the suburban Thane that can house 30,000 people. The new facility was inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. "We're delighted to launch the new next-gen workplace, TCSBSE 0.12 % Olympus, which provides collaborative agile workspace, software-defined network, a security operations centre and a cloud-enabled infrastructure. This will help us further drive the next phase of growth," TCS chief executive and managing director Rajesh Gopinathan said. He added that the firm currently employs around 75,000 people in Maharashtra across Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik. The company did not specify how many people it employs in the city now, though. "This facility, when fully operational over the next 12 months, will have over 30,000 associates," he said but did not disclose the investment gone into building the new facility. TCS Olympus will be developed in two phases and 16,000-17,000 people have already moved into the new facility and it will commence exports from the centre from this month onwards. Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran, present at the inauguration of the new facility, said ease of doing business in Mumbai and Maharashtra is very high and the group is committed to the state. "We'll continue to make significant investments and transform the group into the new-age economy. We'll not only grow our existing businesses, but will also invest in a number of businesses in the latest technologies using advanced manufacturing, Internet offering, electric-vehicles etc. "There are many opportunities and the Tata group will explore all these opportunities, " he said.
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2017-11-08Four of family injured in LPG cylinder explosion in Thane - The Indian Express
Four of family injured in LPG cylinder explosion in Thane Upon getting information about the mishap, the firemen and a team of personnel from the RDMC rushed to the spot for rescue and relief operation Published:November 8, 2017 2:32 pm Four members of a family, including an elderly couple, were severely injured when a domestic gas cylinder in their house caught fire and exploded here early this morning, an official said. Due to the impact of the explosion, a wall of the house collapsed, he said. There was some leakage in the pipe of the LPG cylinder because of which it caught fire and exploded around 6.30 am in the house located at Siddeshwar Talao in the city’s Patil Wadi area, Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management cell (RDMC) chief Santosh Kadam said. Upon getting information about the mishap, the firemen and a team of personnel from the RDMC rushed to the spot for rescue and relief operation, he said. Those who sustained severe burns in the mishap included a couple, aged around 60, and their two daughter-in-laws. They were rushed to a local hospital for treatment, Kadam said. Because of the explosion, the wall of an adjacent house also developed cracks, he added.
Four of family injured in LPG cylinder explosion in Thane - The Indian Express
2017-11-08Watch: Thane Man Thrown Out Of Police Station For 'Wearing Shorts' - NDTV
Watch: Thane Man Thrown Out Of Police Station For 'Wearing Shorts' "I was wearing shorts so they started shouting at me for that," says Mangesh Desale Updated: November 08, 2017 14:29 IST On Saturday evening, Mangesh Desale, resident of Kalyan in Maharashtra, went to Khadakpada Police Station to get police verification done for his passport. Instead, Instead, he was humiliated and thrown out of the station by the cops, he says. His crime? Wearing shorts. In a post on Facebook, the man claims he was shamed for his choice of clothes by the cops. "I was wearing shorts so they started shouting at me for that. I asked them if there is any rule of dress code in police station. They did not show me any rules but said this is India not America," he writes on Facebook. The post is accompanied by two videos showing a heated exchange between Mr Desale and two officers. In the first video, a policeman at the station can be heard asking Mr Desale to follow proper dress code since women and children visit the police station. The Kalyan resident of Mumbai's Thane district also claims he was "forcibly" removed from the station and threatened with a police case. When asked about the video, Bala Saheb Kadam, senior police inspector told mid-day, " Our officials merely asked him to wear proper clothes while visiting the police station. Women come to the police station too, and shorts don't look good. He is an engineer; he should have better manners and know how to present himself at a police station".
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2017-11-07Woman, 11-year-old daughter found murdered at home in Thane - Hindustan Times
Woman, 11-year-old daughter found murdered at home in Thane Victim Nazia Siddhiqui’s throat was slit and she had been stabbed, and her daughter Taniya was strangled; police suspect the motive could be robbery MUMBAI Updated: Nov 07, 2017 11:01 IST A 32-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter were found dead in their home in Karamveer Nagar of Shildaighar area in Thane on Monday. Police suspect that it could be a case of robbery as some gold was also missing from the house. The cops also suspect that the murder took place on?Sunday. While victim Nazia Siddhiqui’s throat had been slit and she had been stabbed twice in the neck, her daughter Taniya had strangulation marks on her neck, the police said. When Nazia didn’t answer her mother’s repeated calls on?Sunday, the latter called her neighbours on Monday morning and asked them to check. “When the neighbours peeked from a window, they saw both Nazia and Taniya lying unconscious with blood stains on Nazia’s clothes. They immediately alerted the police. We broke into the their home. We have sent the bodies for post-mortem. We have also alerted Nazia’s family members,” said D Swamy, DCP from zone 1. ‘We suspect that they were murdered on?Sunday.” A case has been registered under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against an unidentified person and the police have questioned more than a dozen of people including the victims’ relatives and neighbours.
Woman, 11-year-old daughter found murdered at home in Thane - Hindustan Times
2017-11-07Thane: Sheru, loved by a colony full of policemen, goes missing - Free Press Journal
Thane: Sheru, loved by a colony full of policemen, goes missing Nov 07, 2017 08:48 am Thane: Sheru is 10 years old, is obedient and jovial. Sheru is also very loved by all in Thane police quarters. He is the favourite pomeranian of all the police staff and their families in the colony. Sheru belongs to Nandkumar Bhosale, who works in traffic department of Thane rural police, and his family is distraught since he’s been missing since October 29. There is dead calmness in the colony since he went missing. Children are also in state of shock as their favourite friend is missing. “Sheru was everyone’s favourite. Every morning he used to go alone for a walk and come back on his own. We are sure that somebody has kept a watch and kidnapped him. I have been searching everywhere for him. He was very calm and friendly. Everyone in the colony knew him,” Nandkumar said with tears in his eyes. The family and friends have already registered a missing complaint. Now, they will be launching a social media campaign for search of the dog. “Someone must have tied him, otherwise he used to come back. He knew the roads and area very well. We are doubtful because he was well versed with the house and was very particular about timing,” Nandkumar said. Sheru’s friends in the colony have formed teams and searched various areas of the city for him. The CCTV footage also didn’t help. Nandkumar first finshes his shift as a police naik and then searches for Sheru. He has even gone to Mumbai after someone mentioned seeing a dog like Sheru there. “Someone has picked up Sheru. We do not know the reason, but it’s suspicious that a dog goes missing early in the morning. Hope he is fine and comes back. I mean someone goes missing from the police colony, this is unbelievable. It’s surely a planned kidnapping,” said one of Nandkumar’s neighbours. Now, everyone in the colony is praying for Sheru to come back. If someone has any information about the dog, please contact Nandkumar on his residential number is 8692863636.
Thane: Sheru, loved by a colony full of policemen, goes missing - Free Press Journal
2017-11-07Thane: 2000 buyers still waiting to get homes which they have booked under a renowned builder - Free Press Journal
Thane: 2000 buyers still waiting to get homes which they have booked under a renowned builder Nov 07, 2017 08:56 am Thane: More than 2,000 customers are waiting to get homes, which they had booked under a renowned builder. The investors are running from pillar to post to complain, but their pleas are going unheard. On Sunday morning, around 200 complainants had gathered together to find a way to get their hard-earned money back at Thane college. They have already complained to the chief minister, housing minister, RERA and also to the police station. “I had invested for two shops. I paid 20% of the amount but looking at the progress I denied payment. There is no progress in construction at all and the builder is not paying us our money as well. Some investors were lucky to get their cheques back but they bounced. We really do not know where to go now,” said a frustrated Vyenktesh Shanbhag, who had invested in property at Kharbav, Bhiwandi.
Thane: 2000 buyers still waiting to get homes which they have booked under a renowned builder - Free Press Journal
2017-11-0713 tonnes of beef seized in Thane; 3 arrested - Times of India
13 tonnes of beef seized in Thane; 3 arrested Updated: Nov 7, 2017, 18:49 IST THANE: Police seized nearly "13 tonnes of beef" from two trucks and arrested three persons in this connection, an official said on Tuesday. The meat was being transported to Mumbai and a group of persons was escorting it in a four-wheeler. The police, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the vehicles on Monday at a check post in Bhiwandi taluka here, Padgha police station inspector Bhaskar Pukale said. The police seized the meat and arrested one of the truck drivers and two cleaners. The other truck driver and occupants of the escorting vehicle managed to escape, he said. The police said the meat was later sent for testing to a local laboratory which confirmed that it was beef. The three arrested persons were booked under IPC sections 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), and relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1995, the police official said.They were later produced in a court which remanded them in police custody till Wednesday, he said. The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act bans the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, besides cows.
2017-11-07Estate dept defaults on recovering rent; Rs 3.6Cr due - Times of India
Estate dept defaults on recovering rent; Rs 3.6Cr due Manoj Badgeri | tnn | Nov 7, 2017, 22:25 IST Thane: The estate department of the Thane Municipal Corporation has come under the scanner from its own panel of auditors for non-recovery of rent from nearly 19 public facilities across the city. An internal audit report released recently shows nearly Rs 3.64 crore as defaults from tenants who have occupied commercial galas in some of the structures owned by the corporation in the financial year 2014-15. The estate department is assigned with the task of collecting rent from these tenants who have been assigned the spaces for various commercial purposes.Some of the spaces whose rent defaults are pending include some of the ward committee premises, the stadium in Thane along with other premises owned by the corporation across the nine wards in the city. The highest volume of rent default is from Wagle ward amounting to around Rs 74 lakhs while nearly around Rs 63 lakhs is expected to be collected from the Naupada ward committee premises. The estate department may not be a major source of revenue for the administration, but any under-achievement of collections, especially the ones pointed out in the 2015 audit, directly impacts its annual target, informed a municipal official. Of all the income sources in the department like renting of lake premises, BSUP flats, rental housing tenements, erection of temporary stages on ground, the volume of rental for its commercial units across the city remains the highest. The total earning from the department has gradually escalated from a modest Rs 2.49cr in 2013-14 to Rs 10 crore last fiscal. In the current fiscal, the administration has earned barely Rs 3.42 cr in the first seven months as against the target of Rs 21 crore, which is not even a quarter of the target amount. Meanwhile, activists have questioned the TMC's lenient approach towards the poor recovery. "The administration must pull up its socks and pursue the defaulting traders," lamented an activist.
2017-11-07Rustomjee Launches Azziano K Tower, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W) - PR Newswire India (press release)
Rustomjee Launches Azziano K Tower, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W) MUMBAI, November 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- - K Tower is 36-storey high with exclusively 2BHK apartments - Aspirational 2BHK homes at Rs. 99 lacs + Taxes - Two Air conditioners in each apartment - 32 amenities on podium level; access to township facilities of Rustomjee Urbania - MahaRERA registration no: Azziano Wing-F: P51700001021, Azziano Wing-G: P51700001060, Azziano Wing-H: P51700001453, Azziano Wing-I: P51700001093, Azziano Wing-J: P51700000950, Aurelia 1: P51700001516 Reference Link: https://maharera.mahaonline.gov.in/ The township of Rustomjee Urbania is proud to announce the addition of another tower to Azziano. Called the K Tower, it comprises only of 2BHK homes that are designed to suit all the requirements of aspirational living. Each apartment will also be provided with an air conditioner in the living room and master bedroom. In addition to having access to all the amenities of Rustomjee Urbania township, the K Tower at Azziano will also enjoy the 32 podium level amenities which include gymnasium, mini golf, indoor play area, alfresco dining, mini theatre, business centre, box cricket, basketball, senior citizen's relaxation area among others. (Photo: http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/598550/Rustomjee_Azziano.jpg )
Rustomjee Launches Azziano K Tower, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W) - PR Newswire India (press release)
2017-11-07Bird watchers from Thane eagerly await Salim Ali bird count - Times of India
Bird watchers from Thane eagerly await Salim Ali bird count Nov 7, 2017, 22:26 IST Thane: Bird watchers and avifauna enthusiasts from Thane will participate in the Salim Ali bird count on November 12. Equipped with their binoculars, cameras and a list of species of birds provided to them by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), some plan to flock to popular birding areas in the city like Yeoor, Kopri wetlands and Thane creek to record the birds seen here. The remaining will move outside city limits and contribute to this nation-wide annual bird count, which is held to commemorate the birthday of Dr Salim Ali, the Bird Man of India."I just started bird watching with a few friends last year and I am excited to participate in an official bird count activity where my inputs will be used to prepare a report to help identify bird habitats and conservation programmes. My friends and I are planning to spend an hour at each of the popular birding spots in the city," said Siddharth Deshpande, a Saket resident. City-based famed avifauna expert of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, Avinash Bhagat, added, "I will be travelling to Bhimashankar for a three-day camp at the time of the Salim Ali bird count. I will, however, dedicate a couple of my morning hours to bird sighting and recording on Sunday and send the information across to the BNHS." In the same activity last year that took place in 12 states, including Maharashtra, which topped the list of checklist entries, 325 species of birds were recorded. Of these, 18 were from the threatened category of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. This includes the lesser adjutant, grey-headed fish eagle, spot-billed pelican and so on. In the last count, ducks were the most recorded birds followed by rose-ringed parakeets, eurasian coots mynas and so on. Research assistant of BHNS, Nandkishor Dudhe, who is heading this project, said, "The bird count presents a good opportunity for bird watchers to visit the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) around them and undertake a diligent count of birds for over an hour. It can become a means for monitoring the status of birds and their habitats over the years if one visits the same location every year."
2017-11-07Now, development works decisions at local level as station gets director - Times of India
Now, development works decisions at local level as station gets director Nov 8, 2017, 00:20 IST THANE: Thane railway station may soon see some improvement in passenger amenities in the coming few days. A meeting of local railway officials and the newly appointed station director for Thane, Suresh Nair, was conducted on the station premises on Tuesday over revamping the services offered out of the premises in Thane. Prompt solutions for quick dispersal of crowd and its management along with need for improving passenger facilities like bridges, platform spaces and clearing of hawkers were some of the issues discussed at the first ever meeting chaired by the new station director. A list of problems faced by the station has already been charted last month by a joint committee comprising of railway, police and municipal officials. The execution of some of these will be implemented under the orders of the station director, said an official. Railway minister Piyush Goyal had decided to post station directors at 75 major railway stations across the country to improve communication with commuters and also monitor safety and repair works. All railway staff at the stations, including the manager and superintendents, will now report to the director. The directors will also be actively involved in the process of raising revenue at the designated stations, said a railway board official. Thane is one of the premier stations on the Central Railway corridor with a high footfall and revenue generation. However, amenities at the station for passengers are increasingly proving inadequate leaving ample scope for improvement."It is high time an important station like Thane got some better amenities and attention it deserves. The station has immense historic importance but today it lies neglected, thanks to apathy from the authorities," said a passenger activist from the suburbs. Meanwhile, among the other issues on the table for execution is the need for improving communication system alerting commuters well in time about train arrivals. Commuters have been long complaining of random change in trains arriving on various platforms at the station. Also, the need for increased ground space at platforms to allow commuters to wait for trains is also on the cards, said an official. "Crowd management and establishing a healthy communication with passengers will be our prime focus. We are analysing the problem areas and working on solutions," said Nair.
Now, development works decisions at local level as station gets director - Times of India
2017-11-07'Every civic official to adopt a public toilet' - Times of India
‘Every civic official to adopt a public toilet’ Nov 7, 2017, 22:24 IST Thane: The Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal has asked civic officials to adopt one public toilet each in the city and ensure it is maintained properly. Jaiswal has directed his officials to ensure that each of the toilet blocks in the city are user friendly and have sufficient water, power connection with lighting arrangement including proper sewerage discharge facility by this month-end. The directions were given by the civic chief at a meeting of officials recently. Jaiswal said he wanted the public and community toilets in the city to be kept in order. It may be noted the sewerage management is part of the 'smart city' project under taken by the Thane Municipal Corporation. "Hygiene and sanitation are one of the most important part of the basic lifestyle and if every civic official has been given charge to adopt and maintain a toilet the city will remain clean and germ-free," said Puneet Joshi, a Ghodbunder Road resident. — Manoj Badgeri
2017-11-0780 students from district to represent Maharashtra at science ... - Times of India
80 students from district to represent Maharashtra at science congress Nov 8, 2017, 00:22 IST THANE: Around 80 students from across various schools in Thane district have been selected to represent Maharashtra at the National Children's Science Congress to be held from December 27 to 31. Among the selected 16 project theses, four are from A K Joshi School, two from Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School and Lokpuram Public School each, three from Shreerang Vidyalaya, one from Saraswati Vidyala (Ghodbundar Road) and one from Dr Bedekar Vidya Mandir. Right from devising solutions to tackling the issue of anemia among youngsters to studying the impact of vehicular pollution on the health of traffic police officials, these 10-15 year olds managed to baffle the judges with their off-beat solutions, experiments and detailed work. One project presented by a group of students revealed how used heat energy can be harnessed into electricity with the help of a peltier module, which can create 'free' electricity when brought in contact with a cooler surface.The project experiment showed that such a technique can supply four volts to a cluster of nine LEDS, sufficient to light up a room measuring 10x10 feet. Surendra Dighe of Jidnyasa Trust, which is the coordinating agency for National Children's Science Congress in Maharashtra, said "This year, we have got a project created by children, who are slum dwellers of Majiwada area. Out of the seven sub-themes given to them, they chose a topic pertaining to health. The project talks about the hygiene and cleanliness issue in slums and how there is a lack of a proper waste disposal system there. The fact that these small children understand that these are key issues that need to be tackled is truly commendable. This is what the whole essence of the science congress competition is all about." The state-level competition will be held on December 1 and 2 in Jalgaon out of which 30 projects from the state will qualify for National Children's Science Congress. This year, we have got a project created by children, who are slum dwellers of Majiwada area. Out of the seven sub-themes given to them, they chose a topic pertaining to health. The project talks about the hygiene and cleanliness issue in slums and how there is a lack of a proper waste disposal system there. The fact that these small children understand that these are key issues that need to be tackled is truly commendable. This is what the whole essence of the competition is all about
80 students from district to represent Maharashtra at science ... - Times of India
2017-11-07Civil contractor's kin in shock, say no problem at home - Times of India
Civil contractor’s kin in shock, say no problem at home Nov 7, 2017, 22:25 IST Thane: Investigations into the tragic death of civil works contractor Sanket Jadhav at Ghodbunder Road on Sunday shows that it is a case of suicide. Officials believe that Jadhav took this extreme step as he faced financial problems. Jadhav, who is survived by his wife and a five-year-old son, was found dead inside his car with three bullet injuries. Police inspector Nasir Kulkarni said, "It appears to be a clear case of suicide. The family is in a state of shock and they said there were no problems at home. The post-mortem reports revealed that he had shot himself using his licensed revolver. He died due to loss of blood. We have handed his body over to the family on Monday for the final rites." He added that prima facie as per the suicide note found, the motive could be financial problems.
2017-11-06Thane bizman found dead in car with 3 gunshot injuries, note ... - Times of India
Thane bizman found dead in car with 3 gunshot injuries, note blames losses Nov 6, 2017, 06:03 IST THANE: A civil works contractor was found dead in his car with three gunshot injuries to the chest in Thane on Sunday evening. The deceased, Sanket Jadhav (36), was found lying in the driver's seat, his neck tilted towards the left. The left side of the white shirt that Jadhav had been wearing was heavily blood-soaked. A revolver was found tossed right beside him in the car, said the police. The car was parked in Gaimukh locality around 6.30pm.The police said that it appeared to be a case of suicide. Deputy Commissioner of police Sunil Lokhande told TOI that three shots had been fired in Jadhav's chest from close range. The police have retrieved the revolver, for which Jadhav had a licence, said Lokhande. "The car engine was whirring and the air-conditioner was running when Jadhav's body was discovered. It seems he fired three rounds in his chest," said a police officer. A note, which was purportedly written by Jadhav , was found in the car, said a police officer. "The brief note has been addressed to his wife, Vidya. It offers an explanation that Jadhav was resorting to suicide as his business was not doing too well and he had incurred huge losses, leading to depression," said the officer.Jadhav , a resident of Panchpakhadi, undertook projects for Thane Municipal Corporation. The note, written in Marathi, seeks forgiveness from the wife for not honouring the commitment of marriage. "The note says: `It feels like I've lost [in life]... But let there be no misunderstanding. No one should be blamed'," said the police officer.Though the police have not yet spoken to Jadhav's family, the officer said that financial stress mentioned in the note could have prompted Jadhav to end his life. Jadhav is survived by his wife and a five-year-old son. The entire family stayed with his elder brother. The body was sent for an autopsy to Thane Civil hospital. An accidental death report has been filed at Kasarwadavli police station.
Thane bizman found dead in car with 3 gunshot injuries, note ... - Times of India
2017-11-06Thane cops to sue traffic offenders - Daily News & Analysis
Thane cops to sue traffic offenders Updated: Nov 6, 2017, 07:40 AM IST, DNA In a first, to curb illegal parking in Thane and adjoining areas, the Thane traffic police department have decided to send fine receipts to motorists at their registered address based on the vehicle's registration number, and in case the offender fails to pay up within seven days, the department will file a suit against such offenders in court. The menace of illegal parking is rampant on important stretches near Mulund toll naka on the Eastern Urban Road and near LBS Marg. Moreover, heavy vehicles parked on Ghodbunder Road are affecting traffic movement and increasing the chances of accidents. The department has also received several complaints of illegal parking in the narrow interior lanes of Thane and adjoining areas of Kalyan, Dombivli and Ambarnath. The traffic department divisions have been instructed to send the fine receipts via speed post. "We will also click pictures of vehicles breaching traffic rules like exceeding the zebra crossing when the signal is red," said a senior officer from the traffic police department. Amit Kale, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Thane traffic police department, said, "We will be filing a suit in court if the offender fails to pay the fine within seven days of accepting the fine receipt. We have been noticing a rise in cases of illegal parking and so decided to take the strictest action against such offenders. We will also be maintaining a record of repeat offenders."
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2017-11-06Woman, daughter found dead in Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express
Woman, daughter found dead in Thane The woman lived with her daughter and son in a flat at Pimprigaon, police said. Updated: November 6, 2017 4:57 pm A woman and her 11-year-old daughter were found killed in their house in Pimprigaon on the Panvel road, city police said on Monday, reports PTI. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone-I D S Swami said, the killing might have taken place in the night of November 4. An offence has been registered under section 302 (murder) of the IPC at Shil Daighar police station, said police. The woman lived with her daughter and son in a flat at Pimprigaon, police said. The DCP said police would be in a position to reveal further details only after investigations.
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2017-11-05Debt-ridden Thane contractor shoots himself with licensed gun in car - Hindustan Times
Debt-ridden Thane contractor shoots himself with licensed gun in car The suicide note stated that Jadhav was “tired of everything” and asked for his wife’s forgiveness MUMBAI Updated: Nov 05, 2017 23:26 IST A 36-year-old civic contractor shot himself dead with his licensed gun in his car in Thane on Sunday. The police have recovered a suicide note from the car. They suspect that Sanket Hanuman Jadhav, a resident of Panchpkhadi in Thane’s Naupada, was debt-ridden as he had incurred losses in his business. Though the note did not mention the reason behind the suicide, it stated that Jadhav was “tired of everything” and asked for his wife’s forgiveness. “ Vidhya (his wife), I am sorry for taking such a step. Please forgive me. I am tired of everything. It seems that I have lost everything. I also apologise to my family members,” read the suicide note. Jadhav left home on Saturday evening and told his family that he would be back in sometime. “Jadhav drove towards Gaimukh Naka at Kasarwdavli. He parked his car and pulled the trigger. We suspect that he shot himself in the chest,” said D Dhole, senior inspector from Kasarwadavli police station. A passer-by alerted the police who took Jadhav to a civic hospital. He was declared brought dead by doctors. “We have seized the gun. We will soon note down the statements of the family members as right now they are in a state of shock,” added Dhole.
Debt-ridden Thane contractor shoots himself with licensed gun in car - Hindustan Times
2017-11-05'Mindset change is the key to clean campaign' - Times of India
‘Mindset change is the key to clean campaign’ Updated: Nov 5, 2017, 21:45 IST Thane: Whether it is the outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-year-old nationwide Swachha Bharat Abhiyan or a delayed impact of the Sant Gadgebaba Swachhata Abhiyan started by former deputy chief minister and Late RR Patil in 1999, the movement of keeping their areas waste-free has touched every rural and urban nook and corner of the country over the past few years. Citizens, armed with brooms, gloves and masks, have been seen carrying out clean-up drives and workshops in their societies, educational institutions and across public spaces. Waste segregation and the importance of dust bins and toilets has become the key topic in many group discussions and debates these days. While all these changes have taken us all a step closer to a cleaner and waste free India, environmental experts and activists point out that it is high time the Swachh Bharat movement turns into a holistic movement that encompasses not only the cleanliness of the visible solid waste, but also the cleanliness of other forms of pollution including air pollution, water pollution and even noise pollution. "The first step in transforming our country into a Swachh Bharat is changing the mindset of the people and making them feel a sense of responsibility and pride about the cleanliness of their city. Even though this Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been limited to solid waste management, it has created awareness about the importance of a clean environment throughout the nation, and motivate people to talk about the issue as well as get out of their homes and form groups to clean up their vicinities," said V Walawalkar, vice president of city based environmental NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal.Speaking about the need to broaden the scope of this movement, director of the national environmental engineering research institute (NEERI) Rakesh Kumar said, "While managing one's solid waste is essential, 30 to 40% of the cities' waste ends up in nallahs which empties itself into rivers and the sea, thus polluting it. The waste collected by the civic body is dumped at dumping yards and not discarded in a scientific way. In many places solid waste is burnt, which leads to an increase in pollution levels in the air as well as water bodies surrounding it." "It is very essential that the makers of this campaign ensure that they broaden it to a movement that looks at the overall cleanliness of the cities, right from the scientific management of solid waste to controlling the air and water pollution. On an individual levels, citizens should try to cut down the RSPM levels in their area by not throwing their seeped up dirt and waste outside their homes, avoiding private transportation and thus curbing their vehicular emission and also avoiding double parking and the resulting artificial congestion," Kumar added. These experts and activists point out that if this Swachh Bharat movement become all-encompassing and proves successful, it will not only create a breed of socially and environmentally conscientious generation in future, but also eliminate the need of activists. "If this one movement simultaneously works of mitigating all the environmentally degrading issues that affect public health, the generation X will surely pick it up and find solutions that will eliminate the need for any social activism," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, a citizen activist.
2017-11-05Three snakes trapped in glue pads rescued by wildlife NGO - Times of India
Three snakes trapped in glue pads rescued by wildlife NGO Updated: Nov 6, 2017, 04:09 IST Thane: The volunteers of a wildlife NGO in city managed to rescue three snakes that were trapped for hours in the glue traps meant for rats from Raymond company area in Vartak Nagar. The rescue operation lasted for five hours after which the snakes were rescued. Speaking about the incident, founder and president of NGO Aditya Patil said, "Last week we received a rescue call from a local who spotted the snakes stuck in the discarded glue traps in Vartak Nagar area. On visiting the area, we saw that the glue trap had attracted not one, but two Rat snakes as well as a small skink snake." "As the skins of the snakes were deeply stuck in the glue mesh, it took our volunteers one to two hours to remove each of the three reptiles using vegetable oil, warm water and a cloth," he added. There have been numerous instances wherein snakes, birds and even squirrels have been stuck in these traps which are meant to trap rodents. "These easily available glue pads or traps are often used to capture rats and mice, but often the trapped rodents attract reptiles like snakes which enter the trap looking for food. In other cases, these hollow boxes or adhesive armed pads offer some shelter for birds and squirrels who then get stuck there," said Patil. "Only licensed and trained professionals should be allowed to set up these glue pads. They should be used only indoors and not outside, to avoid attracting other wildlife. The used glue pads with rats trapped should be cleaned regularly according to the set guidelines, and the traps should be disposed in paper bags," added Kedar Bhide. Glue pads are essential to control a rat infestation in pharmaceutical or food processing industries where using rat poison is not an option keeping in mind possible contamination of the manufactured products.
2017-11-04'I Love iPhone X': Thane man rides a horse to bring home his 'dulhan' - The Indian Express
‘I Love iPhone X’: Thane man rides a horse to bring home his ‘dulhan’ Mounted on a horse, the man from Maharashtra's Thane took out a procession to bring home not his dulhan but his pre-ordered iPhone X. With a placard in hand that read, "I love iPhone X," he had a procession and a band party following him to the store in Thane's Naupada district. Published:November 4, 2017 2:15 pm Apple iPhone enthusiasts are known to go that extra mile when it comes to expressing their love for the gadget. It’s now a tradition that iPhone fanatics will invariably queue up outside stores a day before any new model is officially launched. But there will always be some who have the capacity to shock and awe. One man from Mumbai went few notches ahead to express his love for the new iPhone X that was launched yesterday. Yes, you read right. Mounted on a horse, the man from Maharashtra’s Thane took out a procession to bring home not his dulhan, but his pre-ordered iPhone X. With a placard in hand that read, “I love iPhone X,” he had a band party following him to the store in Thane’s Naupada district on Friday, November 3. According to news agency ANI, “Pallival (the buyer), went riding a horse with a procession and a band party to receive his iPhone X at 6:30 pm at Thane’s Hariniwas circle.” And he received his new mobile phone sitting on the horse itself from the store owner Ashish Thakker, the report added.The new iPhone owner made sure his happiness was witnessed by all as his quirky publicity stunt made headlines. The photos of the man with a banner in hand got everyone talking on Twitter and many were left in splits.
2017-11-04Private eye, actor wife held for extorting from tainted babu - Times of India
Private eye, actor wife held for extorting from tainted babu Nov 4, 2017, 07:25 IST THANE: Turning the tables on his alleged extortionist using his own methods, controversial IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar got a private detective from Dombivli and his Marathi actress wife arrested on charges of blackmail and extortion early on Friday. He shot a video of the accused as he negotiated with them to bring down the exortion amount and approached Thane police. The accused, Satish and Shraddha Mangle, had packed their bags and were about to leave for Sri Lanka, when sleuths of the anti-extortion cell nabbed them while allegedly accepting Rs 1 crore of the Rs 7 crore they had demanded from Mopalwar, said Param Bir Singh, Thane police commissioner. Singh claimed that Shraddha, who is Mangle's second wife, had aided him in the extortion racket. On August1, Mangle had released an audio tape in which Mopalwar, then Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation chief, is allegedly heard negotiating a Rs 4-crore deal with a middleman for allocation of a 15,000 sq ft plot in Borivli to one Jal Mehta, to several news channels. Subsequently , the chief minister sent Mopalwar on leave pending inquiry . Singh said, "The audio clip is suspected to be doctored as several audio recordings have been found in Mangle's laptops along with editing software as well as technical equipments." Police seized two laptops, five cellphones, four pen drives, 15 CDs and several `incriminating' documents from the couple's rented flat in Palava city at Nilje village, Dombivli. "We have roped in a team of technical experts to go through the material," said a police officer.Explaining the modus operandi, Singh said Mangle would get close to senior government officials and record conversations with them. It has been learnt that Mangle has seven email accounts where he would save the recorded conversations with his `victims'.Police also found that Mangle had paid Rs 2 lakh to translate the recordings from English to Marathi. "We are also verifying if he had spent Rs 20-Rs 25 lakh to arrange a demonstration against Mopalwar after the controversy broke out," said a police officer. Mangle had come in contact with Mopalwar last year through a deputy superintendent of police. The private detective reportedly mediated in Mopalwar's divorce and later started extorting money from the IAS officer as well as his former wife, said sources.On October 23, Mangle, Shraddha and their friend Anil Vedmehta asked Mopalwar's friend Kling Mishra to tell him to come to Kharegaon toll naka on the Mumbai-Nashik highway. There, Mangle allegedly demanded Rs 10 crore in exchange for all the `incriminating' audio tapes. Singh said a few days later, the couple called Mopalwar to a resort at Wadpe, near Bhiwandi, and reiterated the demand. Then on October 31, they met Mopalwar in a luxury hotel in Juhu between 8pm and 9pm. During the one-hour discussion, Mopalwar negotiated with the couple and brought the amount down to Rs 7 crore. Mopalwar recorded the conversation on his cellphone and submitted the video clip to Thane police. "The couple also threatened to take the help of gangsters to bump off Mopal war and his daughter that if failed to pay the money. They also warned him against filing a police complaint," Singh said. A class 10 dropout, Mangle even dropped out of diploma in computer management and started working as a private detective. In 2012, Bandra police filed an extortion case against him. Mangle also has several criminal cases related to illegally procured call records and phone tapping against him.
Private eye, actor wife held for extorting from tainted babu - Times of India
2017-11-04Another call centre racket in Mumbai: Accused used to work at fake Thane call centre earlier - Hindustan Times
Another call centre racket in Mumbai: Accused used to work at fake Thane call centre earlier Sources said the employees, who were not paid well at the Mira Road call centre, learnt how to cheat US citizens there and then started their own call centre in Malad MUMBAI Updated: Nov 04, 2017 13:25 IST The Mumbai crime branch, after busting a fake call centre racket at two offices in Malad and arresting 14 people on Thursday night, found that owners of the Malad call centre had previously worked at the Mira Road fake call centre busted by the Thane police in October 2016. Sources said the employees, who were not paid well at the Mira Road call centre, learnt how to cheat US citizens there and then started their own call centre in Malad to earn some quick money. “Some of these accused laid low after the Thane police raid and nearly four to five months ago they started the two call centres in Malad (West),” said a senior official of the crime branch. After questioning the first 13 people they arrested, the police nabbed one Amey Lokare for allegedly providing data of US citizens to the other suspects. Lokare, a computer engineer, is a resident of Malwani. The cops said he was in touch with Musir Shaikh, 28, one of the accused, and provided him the contacts. In the second office raided by the police, accused Zarar Haider, 24, who has also worked in the Mira Road call centre for seven years, used to get data from another person, who the police is trying to find. They used to ask the US citizens, who replied to their text messages, for their area code, find a gift shop in their area and ask them to purchase gift vouchers for tax settlement. After getting the voucher number, they used to give it to Abhishekh Dubey, 29, an accused, who used to encash it. He used to take 40% of the amount and give 60% to the call centre. Thane fake call centre: 298 arrested so far Meanwhile, the Thane police have so far arrested 298 people in connection with the fake call centre racket in Mira Road, which was busted last year. They are looking for Reema Thakkar, 27, sister of mastermind Sagar Thakkar. A police officer from the Thane crime branch said: “A total of six people are wanted in the case. The police suspect that Reema, who used to look after the finances, was recently in Dubai, but she keeps changing her location.” The police have also appealed to citizens, asking them to report any suspicious activity. M Hatote, assistant police commissioner, Thane crime branch, said: “The main accused are behind the bars and we have seized property worth Rs4.7 crore till now. Sagar Thakkar has been arrested, but his sister is at large. We are trying to check if the accused had links outside the state.” The police filed a charge-sheet in the case in December and attached a supplementary charge-sheet in February. On October 4, the Thane crime branch and Thane rural police raided seven call centres in Mira Road. Police said 6,500 US citizens were cheated of more than Rs1,500 crore.
Another call centre racket in Mumbai: Accused used to work at fake Thane call centre earlier - Hindustan Times
2017-11-04Dadar, Thane, Kalyan get new station heads - Mumbai Mirror
DADAR, THANE, KALYAN GET NEW STATION HEADS Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 07.27 AM IST Will be tasked with maintenance of station amenities, prompt redressal of passenger grievances. Commuters taking long-distance trains can now hope for hassle-free commute with the railways appointing three more station directors on important junctions. While initially, there were two stations directors appointed for CST and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, as per a notification by the Railway Board on A-1category stations issued on November 3, three additional director posts have been added at Dadar, Thane and Kalyan.
Dadar, Thane, Kalyan get new station heads - Mumbai Mirror
2017-11-04Is an Elphinston-like tragedy waiting to happen at Thane station ... - Times of India
Is an Elphinston-like tragedy waiting to happen at Thane station? Nov 5, 2017, 04:10 IST Thane: Commuters have been complaining about last minute changes in the arrival timings of suburban trains at dense stations like Kalyan, Dombivli and Thane. This, they claim, often leads to a stampede-like situation on bridges. And if the officials do not take steps to solve this problem then another Elphinstone-like tragedy can take place. After the Elphinstone incident, the railway officials have been working on avoiding any kind of panic rush at station, especially bridges. However, last minute changed in arrival of trains, especially at Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli commuters prefer waiting on bridges as they do not want to keep changing platforms. During peak hours, there is a lot of chaos at the stations. Passengers are seen either scrambling to access the bridges or just waiting on the bridges for the announcements to be made. This causes a lot of inconvenience to others. "The situation is so dangerous at times that it can any day lead into a tragedy," said a railway official. Commuters are a harried lot as during the peak hours train timing and platforms keep changing. "I travel by the 5:36pm Ambernath semi fast train which should arrive at platform 5 at Thane but it is often diverted on the slow track, leading to confusion for passengers who often wait on the bridge. Due to this, there is very little space for others to move," said Saurabh Bhosale, a commuter from Vithalwadi. At Kalyan, where the problem is the more, commuters have complained that they have no idea which platform the train will arrive at till about four minutes before. This often leads to a lot of crowd on the bridge. Some commuters also end up crossing tracks which is also dangerous. At Dombivli and Thane, RPF officials have been spotted most of the times to not allow passengers to wait on the bridge."Passengers are often unsure where the train will arrive and rely on waiting on bridges to ensure that they don't have to do last minute running around. The railways should have a dedicated platform for suburban trains to avoid inconvenience and stampede-like situation," said a railway activist. Meanwhile, railway officials claim that last minute changes are not deliberate and are often done to ensure fast dispersal of trains on a specific track."The problem is major at Kalyan and Thane stations that see halts of outstation trains also which often is responsible for last minute changes of platform arrival for trains. There is a need to keep the trains moving and berth it at whichever nearest platform is vacant. We try our level best to avoid any major diversion," said a railway official. I travel by the 5:36pm Ambernath semi fast train which should arrive at platform 5 at Thane but it is often diverted on the slow track, leading to confusion for passengers who often wait on the bridge. Due to this, there is very little space for others to move.
Is an Elphinston-like tragedy waiting to happen at Thane station ... - Times of India
2017-11-04Young mixologists see cocktail of happiness in blending it like ... - Times of India
Young mixologists see cocktail of happiness in blending it like Shtifanov Updated: Nov 5, 2017, 04:15 IST Thane: The phrase 'shaken, not stirred' immortalised by the suave 007, appears to have shown the way to a fancy career as a mixologist, where creating signature mojitos, flipping away shaker tins and delicately adding a dash of colour and cherry on a drink is the new cool. Adding a new dimension to the drink and stretching the boundaries of flavour, the role of a professional mixologist is increasingly the most sought after by hotels and restaurants as consuming cocktail of classics to contemporary is said to be on the rise. "There has never been a dull day at work as more and more people want to turn their humble beverage into a gastronomical experience," said molecular mixologist Rajan Nagar, who grooves with ease as he prepares his signature elixir using a mix of liquor, soda, fruit and bitters behind the flashy bar in a lounge pub in Thane city. The Shivai Nagar resident would experiment with flavours in food and beverages. Despite stiff opposition from his working parents, he pursued his passion and enrolled for molecular mixology in the hotel management course. "My father works as a rickshaw driver and mother as a tailor. They were always eager that I complete my graduation in commerce and take up a stable job as an accountant. I conceded to their request initially and enrolled in a commerce college, but I was not comfortable with maths and economics. What actually gave me joy was coming back home from college and cooking up unique dishes for my family and friends," said Nagar. Clearly not willing to compromise on his passion, Nagar, after two futile years of studying commerce, enrolled into a hotel management programme. "Today, I feel like a scientist every time I enter my workplace and watch the thrilled expressions on the customers' faces when they come across liqueur caviars bursting in their mouths. My parents have finally accepted it," he added.Vishak Kotian, one such mixologist at a cafe and bar at Kothari compound, who would have been compelled to join his family business if he did not come across this career, found his calling when he was watching a YouTube video of world renowned bartender Alexander Shtifanov. Speaking about his journey, Kotian said, "I have always been a creative person and cannot stand a monotonous routine. When it came to choosing a career, I wanted something that was not only creative, but also entertaining and different." Experts in this industry are witnessing a rise in the number of those embracing this career. Prashant Jadhav, head of department of the food and beverages department of Muchhala international college of hotel management, said, "Over the past few years there has been a significant growth of a bar and pubbing culture in cities like Mumbai and Thane. While there has been a hike in the number of youngsters and adults visiting these joints, many are now looking for variations in their food and drinks which have more flair and show such as smoky cocktails or bursting caviar liqueurs."
Young mixologists see cocktail of happiness in blending it like ... - Times of India
2017-11-04Is an Elphinston-like tragedy waiting to happen at Thane station ... - Times of India
Is an Elphinston-like tragedy waiting to happen at Thane station? Nov 5, 2017, 04:10 IST Thane: Commuters have been complaining about last minute changes in the arrival timings of suburban trains at dense stations like Kalyan, Dombivli and Thane. This, they claim, often leads to a stampede-like situation on bridges. And if the officials do not take steps to solve this problem then another Elphinstone-like tragedy can take place. After the Elphinstone incident, the railway officials have been working on avoiding any kind of panic rush at station, especially bridges. However, last minute changed in arrival of trains, especially at Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli commuters prefer waiting on bridges as they do not want to keep changing platforms. During peak hours, there is a lot of chaos at the stations. Passengers are seen either scrambling to access the bridges or just waiting on the bridges for the announcements to be made. This causes a lot of inconvenience to others. "The situation is so dangerous at times that it can any day lead into a tragedy," said a railway official. Commuters are a harried lot as during the peak hours train timing and platforms keep changing. "I travel by the 5:36pm Ambernath semi fast train which should arrive at platform 5 at Thane but it is often diverted on the slow track, leading to confusion for passengers who often wait on the bridge. Due to this, there is very little space for others to move," said Saurabh Bhosale, a commuter from Vithalwadi. At Kalyan, where the problem is the more, commuters have complained that they have no idea which platform the train will arrive at till about four minutes before. This often leads to a lot of crowd on the bridge. Some commuters also end up crossing tracks which is also dangerous. At Dombivli and Thane, RPF officials have been spotted most of the times to not allow passengers to wait on the bridge."Passengers are often unsure where the train will arrive and rely on waiting on bridges to ensure that they don't have to do last minute running around. The railways should have a dedicated platform for suburban trains to avoid inconvenience and stampede-like situation," said a railway activist. Meanwhile, railway officials claim that last minute changes are not deliberate and are often done to ensure fast dispersal of trains on a specific track."The problem is major at Kalyan and Thane stations that see halts of outstation trains also which often is responsible for last minute changes of platform arrival for trains. There is a need to keep the trains moving and berth it at whichever nearest platform is vacant. We try our level best to avoid any major diversion," said a railway official. I travel by the 5:36pm Ambernath semi fast train which should arrive at platform 5 at Thane but it is often diverted on the slow track, leading to confusion for passengers who often wait on the bridge. Due to this, there is very little space for others to move.
Is an Elphinston-like tragedy waiting to happen at Thane station ... - Times of India
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2017-11-03Thane: TV actress, detective arrested for blackmailing Maharashtra IAS officer - India Today
Thane: TV actress, detective arrested for trying to extort Rs 10 crore from IAS officer IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar was being blackmailed by a private detective Satish Mangle and his wife who is a Marathi film and TV actress Shraddha Mangle. Posted by Sanjay Nirala The Thane Police's Anti-Extortion Cell has arrested a couple for allegedly blackmailing and demanding extortion of Rs 10 crore from a senior bureaucrat in Maharashtra. The complainant IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar, who was earlier holding charge as managing director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), was being blackmailed by a private detective Satish Mangle and his wife who is a Marathi film and TV actress Shraddha Mangle. The couple told Mopalwar that they had many videos and audio clips of him where he could be seen or heard conversing about his involvement in some corrupt deals while he held the office at MSRDC. Satish even threatened Mopalwar that if he failed to adhere to his demands, he would make the clips public and distribute it to news channels.Satish had two meetings earlier with Mopalwar for the extortion demand he had made and those were at Kahregaon in Kalva and at his residence at Palava city in Dombivali. The third meeting was at JW Marriott Hotel in Juhu, Mumbai where the extortion money was finally reduced to Rs 7 crore by Satish. This meeting was recorded by Mopalwar. "We had laid a trap at Satish's residence in Palava city in Dombivali where trap money of Rs 1 crore in dummy notes were sent as first installment. Satish and his wife Shraddha were caught red-handed accepting the money. Satish initially came in touch with Mopalwar when he sought his services while his divorce proceedings with his wife were going on." said Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. Singh further added, "Satish would record all meetings and then tampered with one such clip and threatened Mopalwar and demanded extortion of Rs 10 crore from him. Two more people's involvement in the case has come to light." Satish had earlier made allegations against Mopalwar, who is presently on leave and facing inquiry by a state appointed committee regarding corruption allegations. Shraddha, an actress and socialite, would help Satish in the blackmailing business he carried out and extorted money. It is suspected that several such victims, who are bureaucrats and politicians, would have fallen prey to Satish and Shraddha. Satish led a lavish life and owned a fleet of super cars which consist of Mercedes, BMW, Toyota Fortuner and several others. The couple is suspected to own several properties in Mumbai and Thane too. During the launch of one of their salons in Borivali some film personalities and TV actors were present. Thane Police might seek help of some central agencies also as it is suspected that the couple would channel out their Ill gotten money through hawala and other illegal channels. The team that arrested Satish and Shraddha was led by encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire from the Anti-Extortion Cell -- the same officers who have been investigating the three extortion cases registered Dawood Ibrahim, his brother Iqbal, Anees and Chhota Shakeel registered in Thane.
Thane: TV actress, detective arrested for blackmailing Maharashtra IAS officer - India Today
2017-11-03After 40 years, Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard still exudes a contagious level of enthusiasm and fun - WCPO
After 40 years, Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard still exudes a contagious level of enthusiasm and fun 'King of khaki' is always on the move 7:00 AM, Nov 3, 2017 CINCINNATI -- Forty years ago, University of Michigan grad student Thane Maynard received an offer to work at the newly built Procter & Gamble Education Center at the Cincinnati Zoo. After hearing the news, he said, the dean summoned him to the office to tell him not to take the job. Maynard said he politely listened, but took it anyway. With a starting salary of $9,000 a year and his wife hailing from the area, he figured, "What the heck." "I was fortunate, completely just the right place at the right time," Maynard said. "I talked to the director, one thing led to the next, and I started on Halloween day 1977." Interviewing Maynard 40 years later As a self-proclaimed hyperactive, Maynard suggests we walk and talk during our interview. Touring the zoo grounds with Maynard is like getting treated to the extended-play version of his radio program, the "90-Second Naturalist." Every animal, building or bush we pass has a story. It dawns on me: it's 20 minutes in and I haven't asked a single question. I'm obviously not the first to be captivated by Maynard's tales. "Thane is the best storyteller you'll ever meet," Angela Hatke, digital engagement and publicity manager, said. "I could listen to him tell stories of his adventures and misadventures for hours." Focused now, I ask Maynard how he keeps that contagious level of enthusiasm after all this time. "We have fun here and we have a great team," he says. "Zoos are exciting and creative places to work; that's why we never leave. I can't think of a related field where people still love it after 40 years." With so little turnover, Maynard explains, getting hired at zoos is increasingly difficult; most candidates possess advanced degrees or research experience. He says that over the years, he's witnessed revolutionary changes in the industry, including women now dominating what was once a male-driven field.
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2017-11-03Caught on Cam: Mob beats mentally unstable man to death in Thane - Times Now
Caught on Cam: Mob beats mentally unstable man to death in Thane Nov 02, 2017, 6:05 PM IST A mentally unstable man was mercilessly beaten to death on October 26 by a group of people in Thane’s Dombivli area. A video capturing the incident has gone viral. It shows a group of people tying the man to a tree upside down and beating him to death. It also shows two police constables witnessing the incident as mute spectators. The victim is yet to be identified.
Caught on Cam: Mob beats mentally unstable man to death in Thane - Times Now
2017-11-03TMC: TMC to register hawkers using state mobile app | Thane News ... - Times of India
TMC to register hawkers using state mobile app Nov 4, 2017, 01:52 IST Thane: The civic body plans to carry out a survey and registration drive of hawkers across the city using a mobile application provided by the state government soon. A training session for civic officials was recently conducted in Mumbai, following which the TMC plans to initiate the survey that is a precursor to the implementation of the National Hawkers' Policy. The administration will deploy a team to conduct the survey, following the revised guidelines given by the state government. According to this, it is mandatory for hawkers to have an Aadhar card along with biometric registry. The administration officials will update details of the hawker and his spot of operation along with his photograph. The details will have to be uploaded on a specially designated mobile application that will be provided to the surveyors. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court in 2014 had directed the Centre to formulate a National Hawkers' Policy according to which all states had to formulate the policy as per the guidelines set. The TMC had commenced on a survey of city-based hawkers in the same year. Nearly 7,000 hawkers were surveyed and their biometrics were done for which the administration spent nearly Rs 8 lakh. However, the state revised the norms for implementing the survey in January this year, making it mandatory for registrations to be carried out. A subsequent revision was done in August wherein it was made mandatory to produce an Aadhar card to ensure there is no duplication and insisted the registration be done on a mobile app.According to civic officials, they haven't flagged off the survey because they did not receive any communication about the application till recently. However, the deadlock was solved after the civic staff was called for training by the urban development department to handle the survey recently and the corporation said it is likely to flag off the drive soon. "We will form a team and start the hawker's registration soon. The team will approach the hawkers and upload details on the new mobile application. They will also note down their Aadhar number. The survey details will then be uploaded on to the state's server," said Ashok Burpulle, chief of unauthorized construction removal and anti-encroachment department. The administration said it is confident of making several prime areas of Thane hawker free after implementing the policy. Meanwhile, hawker associations from the city said it was necessary to keep the hawkers in the loop before embarking on a fresh survey. "The survey and implementation is a good move as it will solve the issue o f illegal hawkers. Genuine hawkers who are doing business for years here are ready to cooperate but we are kept in the dark most of the time about implementation of the policy," lamented Shaukat Mulani, a member of a hawker association from the city. We will form a team and start the hawker's registration soon. The team will approach the hawkers and upload details on the new mobile application. They will also note down their Aadhar number. The survey details will then be uploaded on to the state's server
2017-11-02Old notes worth over Rs. 3 cr. seized, 5 arrested in Thane - The Hindu
Old notes worth over Rs. 3 cr. seized, 5 arrested in Thane MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 02, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 02, 2017 04:10 IST Income Tax department informed about seizures; interrogation of accused on Demonetised currency notes worth over Rs. 3 crore have been seized in Thane and five people have been arrested in the last 48 hours. The first seizure was made by the unit I of Thane Crime Branch at Hariniwas Circle on Monday afternoon. “We had learned about a suspect who was trying to get rid of a large number of old notes. We established contact with him by posing as racketeers willing to exchange the notes. A deal was finalised, and we called him to Hariniwas Circle,” said an officer with the unit I. The suspect, identified as Umesh Shirsekar (28), reached the spot in a Ford car, and was intercepted by a team. “We searched Mr. Shirsekar’s car and found a bag in the trunk, which contained old notes. The notes were counted and were found to be worth Rs. 1.38 crore. Mr. Shirsekar was arrested.” the officer said. The police are interrogating him to find out whether he was trying to dispose of his own notes or was doing it on someone else’s behalf. On Tuesday, the central unit of Thane Crime Branch received a tip-off about a group trying to dispose of old notes in Dombivli. Accordingly, a team laid a trap near Palava City township and intercepted a Skoda car in the evening. “There were four men in the car, and a search revealed that it contained Rs. 1.98 crore in demonetised notes. The four were arrested, and the money taken into custody,” said a Crime Branch officer. The accused have been identified as Ajit Surve (57), Ravindra Chaudhari (34), Padamsingh Bisht (27), and Prakash Patil (34). The Thane Police have informed the Income Tax department about the seizures.
Old notes worth over Rs. 3 cr. seized, 5 arrested in Thane - The Hindu
2017-11-02Mentally unstable man beaten to death in Thane - Times of India
Mentally unstable man beaten to death in Thane1637 views Nov 02, 2017, 13:00 ISTMentally unstable man beaten to death in ThaneNov 02, 2017, 13:00 ISTA mentally unstable man was tied to a tree upside down and beaten to death by a group of people in Thane. The video that has gone viral shows the mob tying up the man with a rope and beating him mercilessly. The man got into an argument with a shop owner, after which he was assaulted by the locals. Two constables were rushed to the spot after a call was made to the Thane control room. However, the cops made little effort to save the man from the mob. Facebook Twitter MORE Google + Linkedin EmbedRELATED KEYWORDS : citypolicementally unstable manRelated Videos Trending Videos Mumbai: Portion of foot over bridge collapses on train at Currey Road Station16853 Jan 2018, 1905 hrs IST02:21Caste violence: Maharashtra on the boil15503 Jan 2018, 1419 hrs IST02:06Maharashtra bandh called off by Prakash Ambedkar14033 Jan 2018, 1729 hrs IST03:11Days after Kamala Mills inferno, another fire in Mumbai building claims four lives4944 Jan 2018, 1107 hrs IST01:28Mumbai Kamala Mills fire survivor recounts incident2395 Jan 2018, 1236 hrs IST02:01Maharashtra bandh hits normal life2243 Jan 2018, 1943 hrs IST02:08BJP MLA’s house vandalised, even as Dalit group withdraws bandh in Maharashtra1423 Jan 2018, 1801 hrs IST03:15Maharashtra citizens will not let perpetrators of Pune violence disturb peace: CM Fadnavis1004 Jan 2018, 0935 hrs IST02:28Dabbawalas to be off roads today amid ongoing Bhima-Koregaon violence623 Jan 2018, 1302 hrs IST00:48Mumbai: Elphinstone road station gets new staircase493 Jan 2018, 1506 hrs IST01:59more from times of india VideosJignesh MevaniAnant Ambanibsf AttackHardik Patelxxvi videoKulbhushan JadhavRajnikanthMaharashtra ClashesBhima KoregaonSort by :RelevanceLATEST results for No results found. Please refine your search criteria.Prev1NextTop VideosOther Times Group news sitesThe Economic Times Mumbai Mirror IGN India Hindi Economic TimesTimes Now I am GujaratPune Mirror Tamil SamayamBangalore Mirror Maharashtra TimesTelugu SamayamAhmedabad Mirror Go Green Miss Kyra ItsMyAscent Navbharat TimesEducation Times FILMIPOP Hindi Brand Capital Eisamay Indiatimes Gujarati Economic TimesVijaya KarnatakaMalayalam SamayamTimes FoodLiving and entertainmentiDiva MensXP.com Femina Entertainment Grazia Zoom Travel Destinations Filmipop Luxpresso Smartapp Bombay Times Cricbuzz.com Filmfare Online Songs top trendsHardik PandyaFire in Cinevista studioInd vs SA Live scoreTejaswi YadavLive Score: Ind vs SA Sopore terror attackRahul GandhiLalu Yadav NewsH1B Visa newsLalu Prasad YadavNew 10 Rupees NoteCricket NewsBollywood TrailersDeepika PadukoneNorth Korea MissileservicesAds 2 BookBank Exam AppiTimes Entertainment AppET Money Finance AppCouponDuniaDineoutMobile RechargeMagic BricksTechgigTimes JobsBollywood NewsTimes MobileZigwheelsRemit 2 IndiaTC NextBikes in IndiaUsed CarsAstro SpeakSimply MarryGadgets NowitimesPopular CategoriesHeadlinesSports NewsBusiness NewsIndia NewsWorld NewsBollywood NewsHealth & Fitness TipsIndian TV ShowsCelebrity Photoshot on the webBigg Boss 11BMI CalculatorOvulation CalculatorWeight lossHow to Get PregnantNia Sharma PhotosCold & Cough RemedyWeight Loss TipsDark CirclesTrending topicsTiger Zinda Hai collectionCBSE Date SheetSunny Leone PhotosShraddha Kapoor ImagesTiger Zinda HaiCharmi Kaur ImagesDisha Patani PhotosCAT Result 2017CAT Score CardRomantic MoviesxXx: Return of XanderRomantic Comedy MoviesFollow us onfacebooktwittergoogle+rss feedyoutubedownload toi appandroidiphoneBlackBerryipadwindows phoneAbout us Create Your Own Ad Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy Privacy policy Advertise with us RSS Newsletter Feedback ePaper Sitemap Archives Copyright © 2018 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service
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2017-11-02Special mega block between Mulund and Thane stations - Times of India
Special mega block between Mulund and Thane stations Updated: Nov 3, 2017, 05:58 IST THANE: The Central Railway will operate a five hours traffic and power block on the Up slow line between Mulund and Thane stations on the intervening nights of November 3- 4 and 4-5 for undertaking repairs on the Kopari bridge on the Eastern Express Highway. A 100m stretch of the highway runs over the railway tracks between the two stations. The blocks will be held between 11.30 pm and 4.30 am leading to diversion and partial cancellation of suburban services. Up slow locals leaving Thane at 11.43 pm to 4.29 am on these days will run on the Up fast line between Thane and Vikhroli and will not be available at Nahur and Kanjurmarg stations. Down slow locals leaving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on these days at 10.38 pm and 11.04 pm to Thane will be short terminated and operate till Kurla only. Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused.
2017-11-02Six arrested for killing man over dispute in Thane - The Indian Express
Six arrested for killing man over dispute in Thane The accused included two civil engineers, an architect and three history-sheeters, police said. A case under relevant sections for murder was registered against them, the police official added. Published:November 2, 2017 11:24 am The police has arrested six persons in connection with the killing of a 28-year-old man at a locality in the district’s Ambernath township. The six accused allegedly attacked the victim with iron rods and other sharp weapons on Sunday over some old dispute, senior inspector Jairaj Ranavare, of the Thane police’s Wagle crime unit, said on Thursday. The victim, who sustained multiple wounds, was admitted to a hospital where he died last evening, he said. Meanwhile, acting on a tip-off, the police team raided an apartment in Ambernath where the six accused were hiding and nabbed them on Wednesday, the official said. The accused included two civil engineers, an architect and three history-sheeters, police said. A case under relevant sections for murder was registered against them, the police official added.
2017-11-02NGT stays clearance of proposals in CRZ areas in Thane, Palghar in Maharashtra - Times of India
NGT stays clearance of proposals in CRZ areas in Thane, Palghar in Maharashtra Nov 2, 2017, 18:24 IST MUMBAI: The National Green Tribunal, Pune bench, on Thursday ordered a stay on approving construction plans in Coastal Regulation Zones in Thane and Palghar till the state publishes the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for the two districts. The order was issued in a plea filed by NGO Vanashakti asking for the draft plans to be published. Advocate Zaman Ali who appeared for Vanashakti before the NGT said in June this year that the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority had assured the Bombay high court that it would publish the draft CZMPs for Sindhdurga, Thane and Palghar by September. While the CZMP for Sindhdurga has been published, it is not the case for Thane and Palghar. "The NGT has now directed the MCZMA to not clear any proposals in the CRZ area in Thane and Palghar till the draft plan is published," he said. The draft proposals for Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri have already been published.
2017-11-01Man arrested with Rs 1.4 crore in demonetised notes in Thane - Times of India
Man arrested with Rs 1.4 crore in demonetised notes in Thane Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 07:33 IST THANE: The crime branch on Monday seized Rs 1.4 crore in demonetised currency and arrested one person in Thane. A senior police officer said the crackdown was made following a tip-off about an SUV coming to Wagle Estate area with a huge stash of demonetised notes. A crime branch team intercepted the vehicle near Hari Nivas Circle. Four persons were seated in the vehicle, but three managed to flee. Umesh Shirsekar, 28, a resident of Anand Nagar area of Vitawa was arrested. On carrying out a search of the car, police found Rs 90 lakh in Rs 500 demonetised currency and Rs 50 lakh in demonetised Rs 1,000 notes. "A probe is underway to nab the other accused as well the one who was going to exchange the notes," said a police officer. The officer refused to divulge further details in the case.
2017-11-01NCP takes out protest against BJP govt in state - Times of India
NCP takes out protest against BJP govt in state Nov 1, 2017, 22:27 IST Thane: The NCP took out a protest on Tuesday and shouted slogans against the Devendra Fadnavis led BJP government in the state. NCP city president Anand Paranjape linked the BJP rule to the tenure of the East India Company.''Inflation has reached an all time high. Everyone right from the business class to the lower middle class people are hassled by the rising taxations. Just as our forefathers had driven away the British from our country, the new generation will also be forced to bring the BJP out of power soon,'' said Paranjape. He, along with hundreds of party workers, protested near Thane station and they shouted slogans against the BJP government. The protestors lamented about how edible oil got dearer but liqour was cheap in the state and how the poor had to be content with only mann ki baat instead of daily supply of ration. The government has failed miserably in declaring the results of the students from the Mumbai university on time and has also failed to curb crime rate. The NCP leaders, including TMC leader of Opposition Milind Patil, corporators Shanu Pathan among others, announced that they have launched a nationwide stir against the BJP government in Thane and will continue their agitation till the government works for the benefit of the common man.
2017-11-01Catholics to observe All Saints' Day today - Times of India
Catholics to observe All Saints’ Day today Nov 1, 2017, 22:26 IST Thane: The Christian community will observe All Saints Day and All Souls Day on November 1 and 2, respectively. On All Saints Day, Catholics go to church and pray for good health, success, etc. ''While there are some saints who we remember on certain days, there are many others who do not have a particular date to be commemorated. So, we observe All Saints Day during which we remember all saints. The saints comprise of all those who were martyrs as well as those who lead a simple life to work for the society. We sometimes travel to other churches too to attend mass,'' said Anthony DeSouza, a Louiswadi resident. Many families travel to churches named after saints. ''While I belong to St. John's Church, my family has always considered St. Francis Xavier as our family patron saint, which is why we go to St. Xavier's church in Mumbai for mass in the morning. As it is a working day I will be going to office after mass. Some prepare good food on this day," said Royston Pereira (29), a Charai resident. On Thursday, the community will observe All Souls Day during which they remember all their near and dear ones who are no more. Some prepare good food on this day as well as they believe that their ancestors will visit them. "While All Soul's Day is technically the day of remembering the dead in our families, we celebrate it because we believe that it is a day when they come and visit us. We prepare all their favourites food. At my place we prepare my grandparents favourite dishes like pulao, chicken cafreal, pork vindaloo and sorpotel," said Jacinta Fernandes, a Hiranandani Estate resident.
2017-11-01Bhiwandi man held with 713 cough syrup bottles - Times of India
Bhiwandi man held with 713 cough syrup bottles Nov 1, 2017, 22:24 IST Thane: The Thane anti-narcotics cell has arrested a Bhiwandi-based man in possession of 713 cough syrup bottles. Wasim Noor Jaam Khan, the arrested accused works as a driver. Based on a tip-off that Khan is carrying the consignment in an auto rickshaw, he was intercepted at Kharegaon toll naka at round 5pm on Monday, jointly with the Food and Drug Administration department's drug inspector Shubhangi Bhujbal. The police found strong cough syrup bottles stashed in the bags, which were to be illegally sold to drug addicts, said Sanjay Godse, senior police inspector of the cell. The police said that they have found a receipt of the Mumbai-based pharmacist and the total cost of the bottles is well above Rs 85,000 and sold for profits well above the MRP. Godse added that they are verifying other links who was it being sold to. "It is suspected that they have a huge client base and the knowledge of pharmacy and selling medicines helped them in procuring the drugs," said Amol Walzade, assistant inspector of the cell. The accused was produced in Thane court and remanded to police custody till November 4 for further investigation, added the police. An offence has been registered at Kalwa police station under relevant sections of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
2017-11-01Old notes worth over ?3 cr. seized, 5 arrested in Thane - The Hindu - The Hindu
Old notes worth over ?3 cr. seized, 5 arrested in Thane NOVEMBER 02, 2017 01:00 IST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 02, 2017 01:00 IST Income Tax department informed about seizures; interrogation of accused on Mumbai: Demonetised currency notes worth over ?3 crore have been seized in Thane and five people have been arrested in the last 48 hours. The first seizure was made by the unit I of Thane Crime Branch at Hariniwas Circle on Monday afternoon. “We had learned about a suspect who was trying to get rid of a large number of old notes. We established contact with him by posing as racketeers willing to exchange the notes. A deal was finalised, and we called him to Hariniwas Circle,” said an officer with the unit I. The suspect, identified as Umesh Shirsekar (28), reached the spot in a Ford car, and was intercepted by a team. “We searched Mr. Shirsekar’s car and found a bag in the trunk, which contained old notes. The notes were counted and were found to be worth ?1.38 crore. Mr. Shirsekar was arrested.” the officer said. The police are interrogating him to find out whether he was trying to dispose of his own notes or was doing it on someone else’s behalf. On Tuesday, the central unit of Thane Crime Branch received a tip-off about a group trying to dispose of old notes in Dombivli. Accordingly, a team laid a trap near Palava City township and intercepted a Skoda car in the evening. “There were four men in the car, and a search revealed that it contained ?1.98 crore in demonetised notes. The four were arrested, and the money taken into custody,” said a Crime Branch officer. The accused have been identified as Ajit Surve (57), Ravindra Chaudhari (34), Padamsingh Bisht (27), and Prakash Patil (34). The Thane Police have informed the Income Tax department about the seizures.
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