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|2014-12-31||Now, DPDC to have 50 members after bifurcation of|
|2014-12-31||Minister spells out plans for Thane city - I am in|
Minister spells out plans for Thane city Wednesday, 31 December 2014 - 7:47pm IST Maharashtra’s PWD Minister Eknath Shinde has his eyes on all the happenings in Thane. Appointed as the guardian minister for the Thane district, Shinde says he will focus on cluster development in and around Thane city. The minister’s plans are also likely to cheer the motorists who have had enough of the bad roads in the city. “The MSRDC (Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation) built roads will be widened and attention will be given to construct good quality roads,” assured Shinde. Shinde says, “In the coming years, the Metro-3 project will be extended to Kalyan and Mira-Bhayander areas. We will also construct parallel roads to the metro line that will run from Thane to Kalyan. This will help people commute by roads, especially during the rainy season.” Thane in recent years has seen a surge in its population as more and more people move their in search of affordable housing. However, most the residents still continue to travel to Mumbai for work. Shinde speaks of plans to increase employment opportunities and develop the Wagle estate area of Thane. Education too will receive a boost as no development can be complete without ensuring the development of Human resource. Shinde elaborated, “We wills set up an education hub at Daighar, near Kalyan. The Thane civil hospital too will be upgraded as its infrastructure needs a boost.” The minister ensured that all the vacant posts at the civic hospitals will be filled soon apart from ensuring that the latest technology is brought to these hospitals. TMC that is facing a financial crisis is staving off criticism from the opposition that has accused the body of financial mismanagement. Shinde, defends the civic body and instead pins the blame on tax payers. “The business class does not pay the LBT (Local Body Tax) to the municipal corporation. Once that happens, the corporation will make profits,” the minister signs off.
|2014-12-31||Thane hotels win deadline battle - The Asian Age|
|2014-12-30||Thane commuters drift away from using CVMs & ATVMs|
Thane commuters drift away from using CVMs & ATVMs Dec 30, 2014, 10.09 AM IST THANE: Railway union minister Suresh Prabhu might be wanting commuters to avail the facilities of using Coupon Validating Machines (CVM) and Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) at Thane station, but commuters seem to be drifting away from it. Going by the available figures, Thane station has witnessed a drop in the sale of tickets issued via the coupon booklets and smart cards in comparison to the same period last year. Citizens claim that faulty and non-operative ATVMs and CVMs put up at station are the key reasons for commuters losing their interest in technology driven ticketing system. "The CVMs at Thane station are non-functional most of the time. So what is the point in buying the coupon booklets? Similarly, the number of ATVMs are lesser in comparison to city's population. Hence people prefer to buy ticket from counters instead of buying smart card or coupons," said Dilip Ghag, a Thane resident. In November 2014 nearly 33,518 booklets were sold as against 39,000 in November 2013. Local railway authorities admitted a dip in sales and increase in commuters queue on ticket window. But, the officials have different reason to justify the drift from ATVM and CVM usage. Last year, the railway administration announced that coupon booklets will be discontinued, however, the services were extended later. Commuters with fear that the coupon booklets may get discontinued stopped buying them.
|2014-12-30||Thane gets lion's share in state kho kho national |
Thane gets lion’s share in state kho kho national team Dec 31, 2014, 02.07 AM IST Thane: Thane district got lion's share in the state women's team with four local players being nominated, out of 12 in the state team, for ensuing kho kho nationals to be held in Bangalore. But the state men's team has lone stake holder from Thane. Significantly, Thane has been chosen to host the 12-day training camp for both state men's and women's teams at Kopri's Anand Bharati ground, a traditional kho kho turf that hosted several state and national level competitions, in a run up to nationals. Moreover, Thane District Kho Kho Association (TDKA) is holding a training programme for both men's and women's teams with best of the facilities being offered to players so that they remain fit and focus on their technical aspects. Tushar Madre is the sole player from Thane district in the state team whereas four local players found mention in the women's squad. They include Priyanka Bhopi, Purnima Sakpal, Kavita Ghanekar and Meenal Bhoir. "Our selection to the state team was solely on merit and held after the state competition at Saket ground. We are not leaving any stone unturned to prove our prowess. Training is going on under the watchful eyes of state coaches," said Mandre. "TDKA has provided the best ground apart from boarding and lodging as a good host of the state training camp," said Jagdish N, coach of state women's team. According to Kamlakar Koli, office bearer of TDKA, "Players are happy with the treatment being given to them by the district body."
|2014-12-30||Now, DPDC to have 50 members after bifurcation of |
Now, DPDC to have 50 members after bifurcation of Thane district Dec 31, 2014, 02.08 AM IST THANE: The recently bifurcated Thane district will now have 50 members (40 elected and 10 nominated) in the next district planning and development council (DPDC), instead of the previous 62, sources in the state government said. Besides, the DPDC will have 18 MLAs, three MPs and seven MLCs as invited members taking the tally to 78, as opposed to the earlier strength of 92. "Number of DPDC members has been decreased in accordance with the population of the district which reduced by 20 lakhs from the previous 1.15 crore after bifurcation," said sources. With over 95 lakh population left in Thane district now, the state government has directed to limit the count of DPDC memebers to 50, of whom, 40 will be elected from municipal corporations, municipal councils and the zilla parishad. Remaining 10 members will be nominated by the governor and the district guardian minister. "The new DPDC will come into force only after the zilla parishad elections get over in February," said sources. They said that the state government chalked out the number meticulously taking into consideration the population of the district and areas that fall under the rural conglomerate. After the bifurcation, Thane now has six municipal corporations and two municipal councils, while most rural areas have been included in the new district of Palghar. Earlier, Thane DPDC comprised 24 MLAs, four MPs, eight MLCs, four members nominated by the governor, 12 nominated by the guardian minister and 40 elected members.
|2014-12-30||19-yr-old kidnapped from Thane, complaint against |
19-yr-old kidnapped from Thane, complaint against NCP corporator A case has been registered against Sanjay Bhoir, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator from Kapurbawdi area for extortion of Rs20 lakh, after the complainant Shubham Shrivastav, 19-years-old, nephew of JD corporation company's manager has told the police that he was kidnapped by the Bhoir's men. The victim was forcibly made to sit inside a car with one of the employee named Naga Tawde, after the men came out from a bank in Kapurbawdi area. The men wanted to encash a cheque of Rs10 lakh from the bank. The victim also informed that he was not only kidnapped but also assaulted physically by Bhoir's men. However, when the victim called up on number 100 for help from his mobile phone, the police are said to have informed Bhoir. Both the people kidnapped were released within few minutes post the phone call to police. Later, the victim went to the CBD Belapur police station and informed them about the incident. A case was registered and transfered to the Kapurbawdi police station. However, the Kapurbawdi police have taken the complainants' statement and will investigate with Sanjay Bhoir regarding the case. V Dalvi, investigation officer said, "The victim was kidnapped and his uncle was asked to pay Rs20 lakh. However, the victims were relaeased and only Rs9 lakh were extorted. The vehicle used for kidnapping was registered as MH 04-777. Victims inform that the cash extorted was used to pay workers' wages as they weren't paid due to personal reasons." A case is registered with the Kapurawdi police station but no one is arrested yet. When DNA contacted Sanjay Bhoir, he said that, "The complainant has lodged a fake case against me. Few workers had approached me to hlep them get their salary of last three months. I went to the office and spoke to the manager. He took out the money from the bank and gave it to his nephew who fled away with the money."
|2014-12-29||Thane police book NCP corporator for extortion, ab|
THANE POLICE BOOK NCP CORPORATOR FOR EXTORTION, ABDUCTION Updated: Dec 29, 2014, 09.09 AM IST The Thane police have booked a sitting NCP corporator on charges of kidnapping and extortion after he allegedly abducted employees of a company that provides security and housekeeping services to malls. The accused, Sanjay Bhoir, had allegedly demanded Rs 20 lakh from the director of JD Corporation if they wanted to run their business in the area. When the company refused to pay, he allegedly kidnapped director Jeetnarayan Shrivastava's nephew and a few other employees on Saturday. He assaulted them at his office before placing a call to Shrivastava demanding the Rs 20 lakh. When one of Shrivastava's employees called the police control room, the cops first tipped off Bhoir, asking him to release the people. "We provide security and housekeeping staff to two malls - High Street and Lake City - owned by Jayendra Gala," said Shrivastava. "Gala had not paid Rs 47 lakh in bills for four months. When I threatened to go to the labour department, he asked me to go to Bhoir's office and collect the money. When I went there, Bhoir demanded Rs 20 lakh if I am to get the payment." After putting more pressure on Gala, the mall owner allegedly relented to pay up and called Shrivastava to his office. As Shrivastava was busy, he sent his nephew Shubham, the GM Chandrakant Pawar, who is a retired assistant commissioner of police, and two others. Shubham collected a cheque for Rs 9.90 lakh from Gala's office visited the GP Parsik Bank nearby to withdraw the money. But as he stepped out of the bank, Shubham was allegedly assaulted and bundled into a waiting car. Pawar, who was still inside the bank, followed them on his motorcycle and noticed the car went to Bhoir's office. He immediately alerted Shrivastava, who informed the control room. "He released my nephew and employees within 10 minutes, but not before threatening that the matter will not end here," said Shrivastava. "When we reached the Kapurbawdi police station to file the complaint, Bhoir's men had already gathered outside. We got scared and I contacted Jt CP VV Laxminarayan, who assured that the case can be filed at Belapur if we wanted." Despite several calls and text messages, Bhoir could not be reached for his comment. Senior PI Sushil Kadam from Kapurbavdi police station said "We would speak to the complainant and get some more details about the case. Investigations would be initiated when we have complete details. I have gone through the statement received from the CBD Belapur police station. Primarily it seems a business rivalry between the two parties."
|2014-12-29||Bhiwandi fire: Thane fire brigade says short-staff|
Bhiwandi fire: Thane fire brigade says short-staffed, leaves probe on cops According to the police, the cause of the fire could have been a bonfire that the workers lit. Mumbai | Published: December 30, 2014 5:01 am The Narpoli police officers are waiting to record the statements of the three men who suffered burn injuries in a fire that broke out at a Bhiwandi timber godown on Saturday that left eight others dead. The police are probing if the workers had lit a bonfire in the premises of the godown which might have caused the fire. The probe is not ruling out the possibility of an arson or electrical short circuit either. The owners of the rented warehouse were remanded to police custody till January 1. The Narpoli police had presented the three before the court on Monday morning. Since the fire department confirmed that they do not have a specialised team to investigate the cause of fire, the police officers have now begun the probe. “We are short-staffed and do not have the equipments to conduct investigations into the cause of fire. The police department are making the inquiries,” said DN Salvi, chief fire brigade officer of the Thane fire department. According to the police officers, as per primary investigations they have found that the cause of the fire could have been a bonfire that the workers had lit to save themselves from the cold. “The workers had been loading wood until 1am on the night of the incident,” said Sudhir Dabhade, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Bhiwandi division (Thane). “We do not have witnesses except for the three workers who are admitted to the Thane Civil Hospital with burn injuries. We are waiting to record the statements of the workers. However, we are sending the burn debris to the forensic department to find out whether it was an act of arson,” said Dabhade. The officers of the forensic department said that they are yet to receive the samples of the debris from the warehouse. The police have also been granted custody of the three owners of the warehouse who had rented out the place to investigate the cause of fire. Thane collector Ashwini Joshi said that as per the documents, the land of the warehouse had been given a certificate of permission for non-agricultural use in 2006. The collector has asked for the report of the irregularities of warehouse. The report is expected to be submitted soon. firstname.lastname@example.org
|2014-12-29||Thane commuters drift away from using CVMs & ATVMs|
Thane commuters drift away from using CVMs & ATVMs Dec 30, 2014, 02.55 AM IST Thane: Railway union minister Suresh Prabhu might be wanting commuters to avail the facilities of using Coupon Validating Machines (CVM) and Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) at Thane station, but commuters seem to be drifting away from it. Going by the available figures, Thane station has witnessed a drop in the sale of tickets issued via the coupon booklets and smart cards in comparison to the same period last year. (see box for details.) Citizens claim that faulty and non-operative ATVMs and CVMs put up at station are the key reasons for commuters losing their interest in technology driven ticketing system. "The CVMs at Thane station are non-functional most of the time. So what is the point in buying the coupon booklets? Similarly, the number of ATVMs are lesser in comparison to city's population. Hence people prefer to buy ticket from counters instead of buying smart card or coupons," said Dilip Ghag, a Thane resident. In November 2014 nearly 33,518 booklets were sold as against 39,000 in November 2013. Local railway authorities admitted a dip in sales and increase in commuters queue on ticket window. But, the officials have different reason to justify the drift from ATVM and CVM usage. Last year, the railway administration announced that coupon booklets will be discontinued, however, the services were extended later. Commuters with fear that the coupon booklets may get discontinued stopped buying them.
|2014-12-28||Eight dead in major fire at Bhiwandi, Thane, three|
Eight Dead In Major Fire At Bhiwandi, Thane, Three Injured Dec 28, 2014, 06:44 IST Police Is Yet To Ascertain The Cause Of The Massive Fire That Broke Out At A Timber Workshop In Bhiwandi. An FIR Has Been Registered Against The Owner Of The Property And The Ones Who Leased It A massive fire broke out at a timber workshop at Madvi Compound in Bhiwandi at 2.30 am on Saturday, leaving eight dead and three with severe burns. The cause of the fire is yet unknown, and the Narpoli police under whose jurisdiction the area falls, has filed an FIR against the owner of the property, and those who had leased it. All of them are absconding since the incident.Locals confirmed that the compound houses two wooden frame-making workshops and a plastic scrap godown. The fire broke out at 2.30 am and two fire engines and water tankers from Bhandup Fire station were rushed to the spot. The tankers had to make several rounds, since inflammable wooden logs were stocked in the entire compound, which spread the fire faster. The fire officials were finally able to douse the fire by 7.30 am. Victims of the tragedy The 11 workers, originally from Gorakhpur, were sleeping in the compound when the fire broke out. While three of them slept on higher ground on the wooden logs, the rest of them were on the ground, surrounded by the wooden frames. Vinod Yadav, 21, one of the survivors of the tragedy told sunday mid-day, “We woke up when we smelled smoke. We jumped from the logs to save our lives when we saw the fire. Three of us managed to escape but our friends who were sleeping on the ground weren’t as lucky.” All of them were rushed to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi. While the dead were kept in the mortuary, the injured were moved to Thane Civil Hospital for further treatment. “The patients have received burn injuries in the range of 20 to 30 per cent. Their condition is stable now,” said a doctor from the burns ward of the hospital. The injured ones are Vinod Yadav, Vijay Chauhan and Girre Chauhan while the dead are identified as, Kaniya Ramdas, Raju Chauhan, Gauri Chauhan, Munnilal Yadav, Murari Maurya, Niraj Kurmi, Ramdayal (Ajay) Rajbhar and Tilakram Rajbhar. Investigations on The police are investigating the cause of the fire. “It can be anything from a bonfire to a short circuit. We are also trying to nab the owners of the property who have been absconding from the time of the incident. A case has been registered under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code on the owners of the property and those who had taken it on lease. Their names have been identified as Munawar Ali Khan, Jangbahaddur Ali Khan, Ishtiaq Ansari, Shaukat Ali Ansari and Rajan Mandavi. We will conduct a probe and take appropriate action once they are in our custody,” said Sudhir Dabhade, DCP, Zone 2.
|2014-12-28||Female inmates of Thane jail to make paper bags - |
Female inmates of Thane jail to make paper bags Dec 29, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: Paper bags, made by 90 female inmates of Thane Central Jail will soon be marketed in and around Mumbai's commercial market. "The idea is to teach the inmates a skill that will help them sustain once they are out of the prison. Currently, the project is in its planning stage. An initial batch of 90 female inmates will be roped in and shortlisted for making the bags," said U T Pawar, superintendent, Thane Central Jail. The official said that the inmates will be given an advance training on how to make paper bags. The bags will be sold in showrooms, malls and local shops of Thane and Mumbai. "We are also planning to hold an exhibition of the bags and other goods so that the inmates learn marketing, along with manufacturing," said an official. In the past few days, as part of a baking initiative, 15 female inmates have sold cakes worth Rs 2.44 lakh, added the official.
|2014-12-28||Is bifurcation of Thane district affecting New Yea|
Is bifurcation of Thane district affecting New Year events? Dec 29, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: The number of applications received by the district collector's office seeking permissions to hold events is just half of what the department had got in 2013. Till Friday, the district collector's office had received just 20 applications seeking permission for New Year events in Thane city, Navi Mumbai and other areas of the region. Last year, the administration had given 41 permissions (excluding those in Vasai-Virar areas) for events. Authorities attribute the low number of applications to bifurcation. "Earlier, Vasai-Virar was part of Thane district. But post bifurcation the popular venues for celebrations like Palghar, Vasai-Virar, Arnala, Kelva all are part of the newly carved Palghar district," said an official from the Thane collector's office. According to district records, last year Thane had collected Rs 17 lakh as revenue from the permissions it had given for New Year celebrations. This year, the revenue will see a drastic drop due to the bifurcation. However, Thane based advocate Amruta Karlikar feels safety of families weighs more on citizens, which keeps them away from partying. "Families want to go out to ring in New Year. But rising cases of eve-teasing, drunk driving have created a kind of fear among several families. They prefer to celebrate within the confines of their homes or housing societies along with their families and close friends," said Karlikar.
|2014-12-28||Thane's favourite snack joints - Times of India|
Thane's favourite snack joints Dec 31, 2014, 00:00 IST Looking for a nibble beyond the toll naka? Thane locals reveal their favourite snack haunts. Anyone who was born in the city of lakes (Thane has around 35) and went onto graduate from a South Mumbai college, has played the role of ambassador and guide at some point. They must be ready with enough data to fill a brochure about how to get there (no, it's not near Pune), where to hang out (it's soon becoming mall centre), if it has any schools (sigh) and if leopards dance around your backyard (okay, there have been some sightings thanks to Yeoor Hills). Other than being used to clean air and cool weather, Thaneites are also well-fed. Here's why. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to authentic Malvani jevan. Regulars, who want a breather from family favourites Mahesh Lunch Home (Pokran road 1), Utsav Delight (Khopat), Fishland (complete with dolphin sculptures at the entrance; Kolbad) and Hotel Malvan (Panchpakadi), try Savita Lunch Home at Castle Mill. It's a no-frills joint where staffers head for their daily lunch. Be prepared to share your table with others and don't waste time chit-chatting. Order straightaway for a surmai or 'poplet' masala fry. At foodie oasis, Panchpakadi, four-month-old eatery Ruchkar Raje looks promising. Its proprietor Abhijit Raje's wife is responsible for giving the thalis, packaged for home and office delivery, a homemade touch. We tried the surmai thali that came with a portion of rice and bhakri, and a cup of fresh solkadi made with ingredients sourced from the couple's hometown in Roha, Raigad. If you are looking for a light bite, order the mutton kheema pattice (Rs 35 per piece). They also stock packets of home-ground masalas (chicken kolanbi, goda masala and CKP masala) priced between Rs 40 and Rs 45. If your appetite is looking to take a stroll further along the coast, head to St Anthony's Bakery in Kolbad. Situated in the midst of an East Indian village, the bakery will be decked in holly till New Year's eve, so expect to be distracted with platefuls of guava cheese (Rs 450/kg), kul kuls (Rs 400/kg), marzipan (Rs 1,100/kg) and doce (Rs 500/kg). We tried their rich plum cake (secret ingredient: rum) priced at Rs 125 and it passed the test in the rich and rum department. If hunger pangs attack while you are in the area "just ask for Anthony's, men". Walk in, and greet one of the D'souza brothers, who sit behind the counter. Snack on the Pan roll (Rs 25), chicken mince wrapped in deep-fried flour or their Goan burger (chicken disguised in Sorpotellike masala). Our best discovery on this trip was that they take orders for Stuffed turkey and duck (Rs 900/kg each). A short walk towards Vikas Complex, in the direction of the highway, will bring you to Angel Dosa Centre. This tawa on wheels has been an institution for young couples and broke teenagers for over a decade. The anna here, started serving fusion dosas before the rest of Mumbai got a taste of the fad. But don't expect quick service. Regulars hang around the shady trees and occupy park benches till their meal is ready. He offers over 40 varieties including Chilly paneer, Noodles, Manchurian and Palak paneer that he serves with measured consistency. Even those who pull up in their cars to sip on the Oreo milkshake at The Chocolate Room a few hops away, plan their trips around the dosawala's timings (post 5 pm daily). We took a long rickshaw ride to Hiranandani Meadows, home to one of the few remaining bowling alleys, and disregarded the regular cafes to look for something unusual. Luckily, we found it across the street. Opposite from Dr Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium, is a stall where Prabhu Chand roasts little balls of flour on a coal grill. Chand made his way from Gorakpur earlier this year to set up shop from 10 am to 4 pm. It's here that he sells Litti Chokha, a dish native to Bihar and Jharkhand.Litti is a preparation of wheat flour, carom seeds, curd and ghee, moulded into globes, stuffed with chilli and coriander before being roasted. It is served with chokha, a sabzi prepared with brinjal, tomatoes, green chilli and mustard. Sold at Rs 30 per plate, it's one filling meal. A detour to Kopri market in Thane East landed us in snackers' paradise. Head to Dilip Chaat Corner (don't go looking for a signboard. Dilipbhai Sachdev has run the shop for 63 years without bothering to put one up). Sandwiched between a coconut seller and photocopy shop, it gets full marks on cleanliness. Take a bite of his spicy Schezwan sev puri (Rs 30), Basket chaat (Rs 40) served in a bowl made of fried potato shavings, Mayonese sev puri (Rs 40) and Mirchi chaat (Rs 25), which is a sneaky hot seller.To wash it down, take a short walk to get to Kailash Sweets for their legendary Special falooda (Rs 70). It's a sweet bomb of kesar, pista and rose kulfi topped with coconut, pista and syrups. Scoop quickly or you'll watch it melt into a river of pastels. Save some space for the good folks at Simla Ice-cream Centre, opposite the Thane East station. The au naturel ice-creams and kulfis are part of a legacy that has been passed down to owner Dheeraj Varma from his grandfather. Don't expect flavours of strawberry, sitafal and chikoo to attack your taste buds. The popsicle-shaped frozen goodies are subtle and smooth. So the mango ice-cream which you can enjoy all year round is made from mango pulp. Our favourite is Honeydew, infused frozen honey wrapped in kulfi, dunked in chocolate and rolled in cashew bits.
|2014-12-28||Cloud over Dadar-Thane AC buses - Times of India|
|2014-12-27||Eight killed in major fire at Bhiwandi, Thane - Mi|
Eight Killed In Major Fire At Bhiwandi, Thane Dec 27, 2014, 10:26 IST At Least Eight Migrant Workers Were Killed In A Major Fire That Swept Through A Timber Warehouse In Bhiwandi Town Early Saturday Thane: At least eight migrant workers were killed in a major fire that swept through a timber warehouse in Bhiwandi town early Saturday. Initially, five people had suffocated to death. Four others, who had suffered burns were admitted to local hospitals. Out of them, three succumbed to their injuries. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– According to Thane police, the blaze was reported at 2 a.m. in the timber goods warehouse in Mankoli. The fire fighters managed to rescue another three injured people alive while eight lost their lives in the fire, police said. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet but it was brought under control by daybreak after a four-hour operation. Among the dead are north Indian and Nepali migrant workers, but their identity is yet to be determined.
|2014-12-27||Thane man working with Caribbean cruise ship dies |
Thane man working with Caribbean cruise ship dies after falling into water No other information about Minej was released. Published: December 28, 2014 1:06 am A 27-year old man from Thane, who worked on a Caribbean cruise ship, died after falling off the ship and was identified after his body washed up on a beach in the US state of Florida. Cliford Minej was a worker on Holland America Line cruise ship. His body, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, drifted ashore near Clearwater Beach in Florida and was spotted by someone walking on the beach, according to a report in Tampa Bay Times. The ship, named Ryndam, came to port in Tampa last Sunday and police believe Minej fell off the ship that morning. Since the captain of the ship didn’t notify authorities of Minej’s disappearance until late in the morning of the incident, the Coast Guard didn’t know if he had gone overboard or disembarked at the cruise terminal. Multiple area law enforcement agencies searched land and sea and the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Minej’s death as accidental. According to a statement from Holland America Line, the ship was at the end of a 14-day trip to the Caribbean. No other information about Minej was released. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our crew members and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time,” the statement said.
|2014-12-27||Hungry in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
HUNGRY IN THANE Updated: Dec 28, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Looking for a nibble beyond the toll naka? Thane locals reveal their favourite snack haunts. Anyone who was born in the city of lakes (Thane has around 35) and went onto graduate from a South Mumbai college, has played the role of ambassador and guide at some point. They must be ready with enough data to fill a brochure about how to get there (no, it's not near Pune), where to hang out (it's soon becoming mall centre), if it has any schools (sigh) and if leopards dance around your backyard (okay, there have been some sightings thanks to Yeoor Hills). Other than being used to clean air and cool weather, Thaneites are also well-fed. Here's why. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to authentic Malvani jevan. Regulars, who want a breather from family favourites Mahesh Lunch Home (Pokran road 1), Utsav Delight (Khopat), Fishland (complete with dolphin sculptures at the entrance; Kolbad) and Hotel Malvan (Panchpakadi), try Savita Lunch Home at Castle Mill. It's a no-frills joint where staffers head for their daily lunch. Be prepared to share your table with others and don't waste time chit-chatting. Order straightaway for a surmai or 'poplet' masala fry. At foodie oasis, Panchpakadi, four-month-old eatery Ruchkar Raje looks promising. Its proprietor Abhijit Raje's wife is responsible for giving the thalis, packaged for home and office delivery, a homemade touch. We tried the surmai thali that came with a portion of rice and bhakri, and a cup of fresh solkadi made with ingredients sourced from the couple's hometown in Roha, Raigad. If you are looking for a light bite, order the mutton kheema pattice (Rs 35 per piece). They also stock packets of home-ground masalas (chicken kolanbi, goda masala and CKP masala) priced between Rs 40 and Rs 45. If your appetite is looking to take a stroll further along the coast, head to St Anthony's Bakery in Kolbad. Situated in the midst of an East Indian village, the bakery will be decked in holly till New Year's eve, so expect to be distracted with platefuls of guava cheese (Rs 450/kg), kul kuls (Rs 400/kg), marzipan (Rs 1,100/kg) and doce (Rs 500/kg). We tried their rich plum cake (secret ingredient: rum) priced at Rs 125 and it passed the test in the rich and rum department. If hunger pangs attack while you are in the area "just ask for Anthony's, men". Walk in, and greet one of the D'souza brothers, who sit behind the counter. Snack on the Pan roll (Rs 25), chicken mince wrapped in deep-fried flour or their Goan burger (chicken disguised in Sorpotellike masala). Our best discovery on this trip was that they take orders for Stuffed turkey and duck (Rs 900/kg each). A short walk towards Vikas Complex, in the direction of the highway, will bring you to Angel Dosa Centre. This tawa on wheels has been an institution for young couples and broke teenagers for over a decade. The anna here, started serving fusion dosas before the rest of Mumbai got a taste of the fad. But don't expect quick service. Regulars hang around the shady trees and occupy park benches till their meal is ready. He offers over 40 varieties including Chilly paneer, Noodles, Manchurian and Palak paneer that he serves with measured consistency. Even those who pull up in their cars to sip on the Oreo milkshake at The Chocolate Room a few hops away, plan their trips around the dosawala's timings (post 5 pm daily). We took a long rickshaw ride to Hiranandani Meadows, home to one of the few remaining bowling alleys, and disregarded the regular cafes to look for something unusual. Luckily, we found it across the street. Opposite from Dr Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium, is a stall where Prabhu Chand roasts little balls of flour on a coal grill. Chand made his way from Gorakpur earlier this year to set up shop from 10 am to 4 pm. It's here that he sells Litti Chokha, a dish native to Bihar and Jharkhand. Litti is a preparation of wheat flour, carom seeds, curd and ghee, moulded into globes, stuffed with chilli and coriander before being roasted. It is served with chokha, a sabzi prepared with brinjal, tomatoes, green chilli and mustard. Sold at Rs 30 per plate, it's one filling meal. A detour to Kopri market in Thane East landed us in snackers' paradise. Head to Dilip Chaat Corner (don't go looking for a signboard. Dilipbhai Sachdev has run the shop for 63 years without bothering to put one up). Sandwiched between a coconut seller and photocopy shop, it gets full marks on cleanliness. Take a bite of his spicy Schezwan sev puri (Rs 30), Basket chaat (Rs 40) served in a bowl made of fried potato shavings, Mayonese sev puri (Rs 40) and Mirchi chaat (Rs 25), which is a sneaky hot seller. To wash it down, take a short walk to get to Kailash Sweets for their legendary Special falooda (Rs 70). It's a sweet bomb of kesar, pista and rose kulfi topped with coconut, pista and syrups. Scoop quickly or you'll watch it melt into a river of pastels. Save some space for the good folks at Simla Ice-cream Centre, opposite the Thane East station. The au naturel ice-creams and kulfis are part of a legacy that has been passed down to owner Dheeraj Varma from his grandfather. Don't expect flavours of strawberry, sitafal and chikoo to attack your taste buds. The popsicle-shaped frozen goodies are subtle and smooth. So the mango ice-cream which you can enjoy all year round is made from mango pulp. Our favourite is Honeydew, infused frozen honey wrapped in kulfi, dunked in chocolate and rolled in cashew bits.
|2014-12-27||'Thane-Diva road & flyover on Bhiwandi bypass top |
‘Thane-Diva road & flyover on Bhiwandi bypass top priority’ Dec 28, 2014, 02.51 AM IST THANE: Newly-appointed Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde, has said that the long-pending issues of expediting the Thane-Diva road and flyover on the Bhiwandi bypass are on his priority list. While speaking to TOI, Shinde said that he was yet to settle down as the guardian minister to study the problems and projects in the pipeline before taking his stand to spearhead developmental activities. He blamed the previous government for its 'inefficiency and negligence' and accused former guardian minister Ganesh Naik for his lethargic attitude as far as the over development of Thane district was concerned, despite his being in the previous government for two full terms. "For the last 15 years the state government ignored the district and it will take some time for its revival. I have just taken over the post and I am yet to understand the problem of the entire district, which has six municipal corporations and a population of close to 1 crore," said Shinde, a three-time MLA from Thane and Kopri-Panchpakhdi. He said that the toll waiver issue is awaiting a government-appointed committee's report which will be tabled after two months and the decision will be taken pertaining to feasibility and alternate means of revenue to square up the losses in state treasury. "The development of the district depends on the new budget. Metro for Thane and development of the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme-II are on my agenda," said Shinde, who is the house leader in Shiv Sena.
|2014-12-27||Thane girls make a mark at Sunil Verma Memorial Op|
Thane girls make a mark at Sunil Verma Memorial Open championship Dec 28, 2014, 02.52 AM IST THANE: City girls Aishwarya Bhattacharya and Aarya Ogale won top medals at the All India level 3rd Sunil Verma Memorial Open Squash Championship-2014. The Rs 3 lakh prize money tournament had top notch junior players from across the country, which was rated 3-star by apex body Squash Racket Federation of India (SRFI). Seeded players in the fray included Aishwarya Singh, Rahul Baitha, Megha Bhatia, Jannia Singh and Thane's own talents Bhattacharya, Ananya Dabke, Avani Nagar, Ogale and Annanya Morey. Ogale beat Jannia Singh of Chandigarh in the girls' under-13 final in straight sets. Bhattacharya proved her prowess as a top rated player in the girls' under-17 category. She beat Koel Shankar of Khar Gymkhana 3-0 in the final.
|2014-12-27||Thane: Five die in fire at timber warehouse - Decc|
Eight killed in Bhiwandi timbre mart fire Thane, Dec 27, 2014,: 11:27 IST At least eight persons were today charred to death and three others seriously injured in a fire in a timbre mart in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi here, police and fire officials said. The inferno began around 2.30 AM when a fire broke out in a wood godown of Madvi compound in Rahnal and spread to at least three other adjacent godowns including that of a scrap dealer, killing eight persons, Senior Police Inspector Anil Akade of the Narpoli Police Station in Bhiwandi said. Soon after, at least a dozen fire engines were rushed to the scene. Firemen are still fighting the blaze, Chief Fire Officer of Bhiwandi Fire Station, Nitin Chavan said. The cause of the fire is not yet known and investigations are underway, he said. The deceased, who were extricated from the rubble of the fire-ravaged godowns have been identified as Kalia Gomti Raidat, 20, Raju Patetri Chavan 35, Munnibai Shyamdeo Yadav, 26, Marai, 30, Ajay 38, Gouri Chavan, 28, Niraj 21 and an unknown person. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital and one them has been shifted to Sion hospital. Further details are awaited.
|2014-12-26||'Excessive growth of weeds major cause of pollutio|
|2014-12-26||Thane cops reunite three missing minors with their|
Thane cops reunite three missing minors with their parents Dec 27, 2014, 02.35 AM IST Thane: In two separate incidents, three minors including two sisters who went missing were reunited with their parents by the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of Thane police. In the first case, Rani Nirmal (10) and Nikita Nirmal (12) went missing from their home from Chamkoligaon near Badlapur in 2012 and a case was registered at the local police station by their father, who works as daily wage worker. Their mother had died few months before they went missing. As the CPU of Thane police had recently undertaken a door-to-door campaign to check if the missing or kidnapped children registered at the local police stations are found or not. A team started working on this particular complaint. Upon questioning, the girls told that due to poverty they decided to leave their father. However, after loitering and staying on station area for few months at various locations, members of NGO took them to the shelter and since then they were living there. "We summoned their father, Vinod Nirmal who by the time lost hope on getting back their daughters and had started living at Kamba village in Bhiwandi and handed over the girls to him on Thursday," informed Madan Ballal, the senior police inspector of CPU. In the second incident, a 12-year-old boy from Indapur near Baramati went missing since last Saturday and was found loitering at the Talaopali area in Thane on Wednesday. The boy, Ranjit Shinde, left his residence on Sunday without informing his parents. His parents after searching him for the entire day finally lodged an offence of kidnapping at Indapur police station. The boy was spotted by the members of an NGO and was taken to their shelter in the premises of Dadoji Konddev stadium. "Shinde was reluctant to give any information and reason for leaving his home, all he told us was that he was from Indapur," said sub-inspector, Kamaluddin Shaikh of CPU. The sleuths contacted the Indapur police station and found that the boy matched the description and summoned his parents to take the boy.
|2014-12-26||Thane boy Akhil Herwadkar will play for Mumbai Ran|
Thane boy Akhil Herwadkar will play for Mumbai Ranji squad Dec 27, 2014, 03.38 AM IST Thane: City poster boy in cricket Akhil Herwadkar (20) who played his only first class match against Odisha way back in 2011 has been summoned by the selectors in Mumbai Cricket Association in the star-studded Mumbai Ranji trophy squad to play its next game against Bengal. He's ecstatic over his selection. Mumbai has brought in youngsters in the team to rejuvenate and Akhil was lucky to have found a mention in the select band. "I was not expecting this call as the team has already been playing since the beginning of the season. In the middle, it came as a surprise package for me. After 2011 I will play the first class match as a main player. Thank God for giving me this opportunity," said Akhil. The team, led by Suryakumar Yadav with experienced Abhishek Nayar, will play the fourth league game against Bengal in Kolkata from December 28 to 31. "I will try my best to give cent per cent in the team with bat," said Akhil. He was made the vice captain of 16-member Mumbai squad for the Buchi Babu All India Invitation Cricket Tournament played in Chennai. He was earlier selected for 27-member Mumbai Ranji off-season camp with the advent of this monsoon to prepare for final selection to Mumbai Ranji team but could not make it. He was also a part of the under-19 world cup winning India team in 2012.
|2014-12-25||Foodies from Thane get North Indian delicacies ser|
Foodies from Thane get North Indian delicacies served on their platter Dec 26, 2014, 01.12 AM IST Thane: Foodies from Thane need not travel to North India to taste winter delicacies like Gujrati undhiyo, walnut halwa, gajak or santra barfi, as sweet shops in Thane are offering all this right here. Most of these food items that trace their origin to the Northern parts of the country are good to savour during the winter season, as they are believed to be good sources of vitamins and energy required during the winter. So right from undhiyo, a traditional Gujarathi delicacy available in dry and gravy variants, to akhrot or walnut halwa or the gajak that is made using jaggery and sesame seeds and the orange barfis, foodies from the city have several options to choose from. The demand for these delicacies is only during the winter months between November and February as the raw ingredients are abundantly available, explains Rohit Shah of Tip Top sweets, Thane. These winter delicacies also have a good effect on health as their ingredients are suited keeping in mind the cold weather outside, informs Shamika Desai, dietician in-charge at Currae hospital, Thane. "Most of these food variants have ingredients that are helpful for the body in the winter season. Walnuts are helpful in reducing joint pain or stiffness in bones while oranges are good sources of vitamins required to prevent brittleness of bones. Food items made using sesame are also rich sources of calcium while Undhiyo is rich in carb that is required to generate energy for the body and retain its temperature in the winter season," says Desai. Till now the trend of North Indian winter delicacies wasn't as popular, but of late, several units in the city have started preparing them. There is a specific season for these eatables like undhiyo is prepared only if we get all the 16 variety of vegetables that go into its preparation. Even if a single vegetable is missing, it affects the taste and so we prepare it only when all ingredients are available
|2014-12-25||Three-day workshop for Thane cops to improve convi|
Three-day workshop for Thane cops to improve conviction rate Dec 26, 2014, 02.09 AM IST Thane: Concerned by the sharp rise in acquittals, the Thane police has organized an extensive three-week workshop for all middle-level personnel to strengthen the coordination between the prosecution and the investigating officials. Aimed at improving the conviction rate, recorded at a dissmal 7.8 per cent during 2013, the exercise will update the police officials on the effective steps to be taken while recording statements, collecting evidence, protecting witnesses and preparing of a chargesheet for submission to the courts. A panel of experts from legal and accountancy backgrounds will hold interactive sessions with police personnel from the rank of a constable to senior police inspector to educate them on fresh amendments to the law, past precedents as well as the trend in economic offences. Joint commissioner of police, VV Laxminarayana, a decorated officer of the 1990-batch of the IPS who investigated sensitive cases is also scheduled to hold a session during the three-week workshop. The police top brass are optimistic that the one-of-its-kind initiative will help update and upgrade their knowledge as the interaction with professionals from legal and other backgrounds will help their understanding of issues. "Policing is not merely about registering an offence. The skills of the policemen are put to test when it comes to investigating, collecting evidence and filing of a charge sheet to ensure that the case reaches its logical end. It will be a learning experience for all attendees to hear from the professions and also senior officials like Laxminarayana sharing their experiences and efforts on how to prepare a water-tight case," said Nagesh Lohar, assistant police commissioner (Thane, crime).
|2014-12-25||Thane cops trace three missing children - I am in |
Thane cops trace three missing children Thursday, 25 December 2014 - 3:25pm IST In a very special Christmas gift for three families, Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Thane police has managed to trace three missing children. The unit has handed over Dev Sawant (11) from Ulhasnagar and Darshan Naviskar (12) from Vithalwadi to the Ulhasnagar police station after they were traced. Another child Ranjeet Shinde (12), who went missing from Indapur in Pune, who was also traced, was handed to the Pune police. Kamaluddin Sheikh, sub-inspector, Thane police station, said, “We traced the children following a tip-off that they were seen in a local train near Ulhasnagar station. Meanwhile, an NGO named Samtol that takes in missing children who are found at railway station, sent them to a remand home. That is when we took them into our custody.’ Senior police inspector Madan Ballal, sub-inspector Prakash Rane, sub-inspector Aseef Sheikh, constables Nivrutti Shirke and Surekha Kadam and police naik Ajay Tharate worked together on the case to trace the missing children.
|2014-12-24||Thane school, NGO partner to build toilets in scho|
Thane school, NGO partner to build toilets in schools Thane: Habitat for Humanity India, an NGO working in field of housing and sanitation, has partnered with a private school here under its campaign "Rupee for Change" to build 40 toilets in several schools across the country. Updated: Dec 24, 2014, 12:59 PM IST Thane: Habitat for Humanity India, an NGO working in field of housing and sanitation, has partnered with a private school here under its campaign "Rupee for Change" to build 40 toilets in several schools across the country. Managing Director of the NGO, Rajan Samuel today said the campaign has been launched with an objective to create awareness on the need of of providing housing and sanitation among school students. It is also in sync with the Prime Minister's vision of 'Housing for all by 2022', he added. Under the campaign, Thane-based Billabong High International School along with the NGO will raise funds to building 40 toilets in various schools which sans one in different cities, Samuel said. "Schools are foremost supporter pan India and our aim is to not only create awareness regarding need of sanitation and housing for the needy in the country but to also inculcate virtues volunteerism, social consciousness and the spirit of giving among children at an early age," he said. Under the programme, students, their families and friends will contribute Re 1 a day (Rs 365 a year) to a major part of the fund raised by the NGO to construct these toilets. Samuel said they are running the 'Rupee for Change' campaign across the country and target to reach out to 1 lakh families by 2020.
|2014-12-24||Thane girls make it to top 10 in Bsc, Bcom - Times|
Thane girls make it to top 10 in Bsc, Bcom Dec 25, 2014, 02.37 AM IST THANE: It is a moment of pride for the lake city as three girls from Panchpakhadi and Naupada were among the 73 graduates felicitated by the Mumbai University on Tuesday. Sandnya Dalvie, a 21-year-old Naupada resident, who was among the top 10 in BSC, 2013-14, was greeted with a loud applause at the convocation ceremony. Dalvie also received a medal for highest score in Statistics. Uttara Sathe (21), a Pachpakhadi resident, who studied with Dalvie at Ramnarain Ruia College, also secured a place among the top 10. Representing Thane in the list of toppers in the Commerce stream was 21-year-old Sayali Sahani, a resident of Vishnunagar and a student of Mulund College of Commerce. "It was a very proud moment for all of us and our families. Although we were not given ranks, the congratulatory certificate we were given was enough to make our parents beam with pride," said Sahani. All three girls have always excelled in their academics all throughout and have been awarded scholarships during school and college days. "My mother has always supported me in everything I have wanted to do. She pushed me to pursue anything I was interested in. Besides academics, I have also participated in many public speaking events, professional dramas and I am also training in Kathak," said Dalvie, who is the only daughter of a single mother. Dalvie is doing her Masters in Science (Statistics) from Mumbai University. She aims to complete her PhD in the subject, before taking up a job. Sathe believes that she has an aptitude for science because her parents have a background in sceince. Her mom teaches in a college in Dombivli, while her father recently retired from a pharmaceutical company. "Even my sister is doing IT. I have always loved science and my family has guided me throughout," Sathe said. Currently, Sathe is doing her masters in Science (Statistics) from Pune University as well as pursuing actuarial sciences. For Sahani, it was her dislike for science that pushed her to take up commerce, which she then fell in love with. "After I took up commerce, I discovered the world of finance and accounting. I love calculations, the trickier the better. My family, seeing my passion and skill set in the subject, supported me throughout," Sahani said. She added that she is now pursuing LLB from Thane College but plans to work with a bank or a financial institute as a legal advisor.
|2014-12-24||Thane school, NGO partner to build toilets in scho|
Thane school, NGO partner to build toilets in schools Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 Thane: Habitat for Humanity India, an NGO working in field of housing and sanitation, has partnered with a private school here under its campaign “Rupee for Change” to build 40 toilets in several schools across the country. Managing Director of the NGO, Rajan Samuel today said the campaign has been launched with an objective to create awareness on the need of of providing housing and sanitation among school students. It is also in sync with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Housing for all by 2022?, he added. Under the campaign, Thane-based Billabong High International School along with the NGO will raise funds to building 40 toilets in various schools which sans one in different cities, Samuel said. “Schools are foremost supporter pan India and our aim is to not only create awareness regarding need of sanitation and housing for the needy in the country but to also inculcate virtues volunteerism, social consciousness and the spirit of giving among children at an early age,” he said. Under the programme, students, their families and friends will contribute Re 1 a day (Rs 365 a year) to a major part of the fund raised by the NGO to construct these toilets. Samuel said they are running the ‘Rupee for Change’ campaign across the country and target to reach out to 1 lakh families by 2020.
|2014-12-23||Thane sisters 'beaten by cops' to seek high-level |
Thane sisters 'beaten by cops' to seek high-level probe in case Dec 24, 2014, 04.32 AM IST MUMBAI: Four sisters, who alleged on Monday that they were beaten up by cops when they went to the Kolsewadi police station to lodge a complaint against their neighbour after a dispute, have decided to approach the Thane police commissioner, demanding a high-level inquiry into the matter. They said they do not have faith in the local police. The police have also booked the four girls for rioting in the police station and maytake action against them. Kalyan ACP Chandrakant Thorat, who is conducting a departmental inquiry against the Kolsewadi police, has recorded the statements of five witnesses who visited the police station on the day of the incident. The ACP claimed that the girls were at "fault". According to sources, the witnesses told the police that the girls had first abused woman constables. When other poliecmen intervened, the girls started hurling stones at them. However, the girls are claiming that the investigators are trying to help the police personnel. "We do not have faith in the local investigator. This is the reason we have decided to meet the Thane police commissioner for justice," said one of the four girls. Residents of Kalyan (E), the girls said one of them had taken a loan of Rs 2,000 from a neighbour. On Sunday, there was a dispute when the neighbour demanded the money back. Both parties went to the police station, and cross-complaints were lodged. The victim said when they visited the police station on Monday to get a copy of the FIR, cops supported their neighbour. When they protested, cops started beating them. The women later approached Kalyan DCP Sanjay Jadhav, who ordered the ACP to conduct a probe.
|2014-12-23||TMT fails to make profit on Thane-Dadar route - Ti|
TMT fails to make profit on Thane-Dadar route Dec 24, 2014, 01.54 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Transport's (TMT) latest initiative of introducing the AC buses on the Thane-Dadar route has failed to make profits. The revenue collections fall way behind the projections. The TMT had flagged-off five newly-acquired Volvo buses on this route on December 15 and had estimated overwhelming commuter response and a fabulous cash-flow. However, with the low response, it could soon be a white elephant, as the daily collections of all the buses total up to just about Rs 30,000. Each of the five AC buses makes eight trips daily and earns the undertaking approximately Rs 6,000 everyday. However, this is nearly half the amount earned by the ten buses plying the Thane-Andheri-BKC routes where the collective revenue exceeds Rs 1.20 lakh daily. "Some services leave or arrive at the same time affecting commuter density. There needs to be some time gap between the arrival and departure of two buses. We will rework the timetable in the coming weeks if required," said Devidas Tekale, TMT manager.
|2014-12-23||2 held for selling 'illegal' drugs in Bhiwandi, Th|
2 held for selling ‘illegal’ drugs in Bhiwandi, Thane Dec 24, 2014, 01.59 AM IST THANE: A couple, Mumtaz alias Maya Momin (32) and her husband Nihal Aslam Momin (30), were arrested on Monday for allegedly selling non-prescribed drugs in Bhiwandi. The anti-narcotics cell of Thane police had been tipped off that the couple were selling cold medication from their house. These syrups and pills, police said, are used by drug addicts. On Monday, cops sent a man posing to be a customer to buy the drugs from the couple. Once the sale was complete, the decoy signaled to the police who swooped in and arrested the duo. A sweep of their house uncovered 125 bottles of cough syrup and nearly six strips of capsules. "The pills retail at Rs 80 a strip and we found bottles of syrup worth Rs 9,454," said a police officer who was part of the raid. He added that they are interrogating the couple to ascertain who his dealer was and a list of customers. The accused were produced in Thane court and have been remanded to police custody.
|2014-12-23||Thane's Children's Theatre to stage shows in Dubai|
|2014-12-23||TMT fails to make profit on Thane-Dadar route - Ti|
TMT fails to make profit on Thane-Dadar route Dec 24, 2014, 02.06 AM IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Transport's (TMT) latest initiative of introducing the AC buses on the Thane-Dadar route has failed to make profits for the transport undertaking. The revenue collections fall way behind the projections. The TMT had flagged-off five newly-acquired Volvo buses on this route on December 15 and had estimated overwhelming commuter response and a fabulous cash-flow. However, with the low response, it could soon be a white elephant, as the daily collections of all the buses total up to just about Rs 30,000. Each of the five AC buses makes eight trips daily and earns the undertaking approximately Rs 6,000 everyday. However, this is nearly half the amount earned by the ten buses plying the Thane-Andheri-BKC routes where the collective revenue exceeds Rs 1.20 lakh daily. "Some services leave or arrive in the city almost at the same time thus affecting the commuter density. There needs to be some time gap between the arrival and departure of two buses. We will rework the timetable in the coming weeks if required," said Devidas Tekale, TMT manager.
|2014-12-23||2 held for selling 'illegal' drugs in Bhiwandi - T|
2 held for selling ‘illegal’ drugs in Bhiwandi Dec 24, 2014, 02.04 AM IST THANE: A couple, Mumtaz alias Maya Momin (32) and her husband Nihal Aslam Momin (30), were arrested on Monday for allegedly selling non-prescribed drugs in Bhiwandi. The anti-narcotics cell of Thane police had been tipped off that the couple were selling cold medication from their house. These syrups and pills, police said, are used by drug addicts. On Monday, cops sent a man posing to be a customer to buy the drugs from the couple. Once the sale was complete, the decoy signaled to the police who swooped in and arrested the duo. A sweep of their house uncovered 125 bottles of cough syrup and nearly six strips of capsules. "The pills retail at Rs 80 a strip and we found bottles of syrup worth Rs 9,454," said a police officer who was part of the raid. He added that they are interrogating the couple to ascertain who his dealer was and a list of customers. The accused were produced in Thane court and have been remanded to police custody.
|2014-12-23||Thane's Children's Theatre to stage shows in Dubai|
Thane’s Children’s Theatre to stage shows in Dubai A local drama group Children's Theatre, which has staged over 50 shows of two Marathi plays enacted by child artists across Maharashtra, will present the English versions of the plays in Dubai in March next year. Published: December 23, 2014 4:32 pm A local drama group Children’s Theatre, which has staged over 50 shows of two Marathi plays enacted by child artists across Maharashtra, will present the English versions of the plays in Dubai in March next year. The modalities of staging the shows for the first time in Dubai were being worked out, Children’s Theatre group’s Raju Tutallwar and Manas Kumthekar told reporters yesterday. Owing to the demand of the audience in Dubai, the two popular Marathi plays – ‘Gubbarwalla Rakshas’ and ‘Cartoon Miki and Bheem’ – would be enacted there in English by child artists in the age group of 4 to 15 years, they said. The duo said that they were making efforts to divert the attention of the present day television-crazy children towards theatre from the electronic games which they were generally hooked to. The drama group has in the last 26 years produced 75 plays and staged over 1,500 shows in the state, they claimed. Till now, the theatre company has produced and staged only Marathi dramas, but during the forthcoming Christmas holidays, it will stage the two popular Marathi plays in Hindi as well, the duo said. Also, during the new year, they plan to bring out the English version of the plays, they added.
|2014-12-22||THANE MAN GETS SEVEN-YEAR RI FOR KILLING MOTHER-IN|
THANE MAN GETS SEVEN-YEAR RI FOR KILLING MOTHER-IN-LAW Updated: Dec 23, 2014, 12.00 AM IST THANE MAN GETS SEVEN-YEAR RI FOR KILLING MOTHER-IN-LAW A 38-year-old villager was on Monday sentenced to seven-year rigorous imprisonment by a local court for hitting his mother-in-law with a log which led to her death. Thane Additional Sessions Judge V V Virkar pronounced Suresh Ladku Komb, a labourer from Kavtepada in Thane district's Wada taluka, guilty under section 304 part-II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). According to prosecution, Suresh's first wife Vimal, with whom he had five children, had allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison.The accused later married another woman from the same village and thereafter started beating his children. Vimal's mother Nimala Ladku Baraf (65) used to have frequent quarrels with the accused for raising his hand on the children. She used to hold him responsible for driving her daughter to commit suicide. On August 2, 2011, when Nirmala was grazing the cattle in the village, Suresh allegedly attacked her with a log, following which she died on the spot, the prosecution told the court. The accused was then charged under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. However, during the trial, the charge could not be proved. The judge observed that the prosecution proved the charge under IPC section 304 part-II and thus, pronounced the accused guilty under it. HAWKER HELD FOR RAPING TEEN A hawker was arrested by the city police on Monday for allegedly raping a teenage girl several times under the pretext of marrying her, police sources said. Assistant police inspector S S Patil of Shil-Daighar police station told PTI that the accused Nileshgiri Sajangiri Goswami (19) struck up a friendship with a 13-year-old girl and promised her that he would marry her as well as and take her to Rajastan. Allegedly, between December 17 and December 21, he raped her repeatedly, according to the police complaint lodged by her mother last evening.
|2014-12-22||Thane-CST all set to run on alternating current - |
Thane-CST all set to run on alternating current Central Railway on the night of Saturday and wee hours of Sunday gave finishing touches to one of its longest-running electrical engineering works as the entire section between Thane and CST was tested to run on 25,000 Volt Alternating Current (AC). The slow lines between CST and Mumbra and the fast lines between CST and Thane currently run on 1500 Volt Direct Current, which is obsolete and also completely out of sync with the rest of the Indian Railways network which runs on 25,000 Volt AC traction. When was work undertaken? According to officials, the test-charging took place between 11pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday and went off smoothly. They expect the Commissioner of Railway Safety to give the all-clear to the project very soon. The report has been sent to CRS Chetan Bakshi, said CR officials. If the go-ahead is obtained for the project, then all CR's lines except Harbour line will run AC traction. Harbour line would take at least another couple of years, said officials. What was the scale of operation? "It is a huge process and involved more than 600 people. All the electrical systems that run on DC are switched off and disconnected and then their AC counterparts are connected. The power is then charged and trains- 2 AC locals and AC engines in this case- were run to check if everything was in place. It turned out as expected," said the official. How was the testing done? The block started at around 11:45pm on Saturday as all local trains running on the circuit either had to be retired to the stabling lines in the carshed or had to cross the CST-Thane stretch. Once this was achieved the test runs began. "The tests took place between 2:30am and 3:30am. Then all the AC equipment was switched off, disconnected and their DC counterparts re-attached to the system. By 5:55am, CR was back to the situation that prevailed before the test-charging began," said the official. When will CR trains run on alternating current? CR will require nine additional trains running on AC once the switch is made. Of this, CR officials said, five rakes are in place and another four should be handed over by WR in the next few days. "Then we are ready to begin the day we get permission from the CRS," said an official. Mega savings Officials believe the switch DC-AC switch between CST and Thane will save CR at least Rs 100 crore in power bills every year. CR runs about 1,660 local services, 410 long-distance trains and 346 freight trains every day and the electricity bill for the year 2013-14 was Rs 1432 crore. The usage was 1,890 million units. After conversion of Kalyan-Thane section, CR has saved Rs 112.74 crore (25.8 million units) for the financial year ending March 2014 Other benefits With duality of AC and DC gone, a single system will reduce train failures Long-distance trains will save on time as they don't have to change from DC to AC while exiting CR's Mumbai network AC will integrate CR's Mumbai division with the rest of the Indian Railways network. Lower maintenance of overhead wires and other structures
|2014-12-22||Thane: Man gets 7-year RI for killing mother-in-la|
Thane: Man gets 7-year RI for killing mother-in-law A 38-year-old villager was sentenced to seven-year rigorous imprisonment on Monday by a local court for hitting his mother-in-law with a log which led to her death. Thane Additional Sessions Judge VV Virkar pronounced Suresh Ladku Komb, a labourer from Kavtepada in Thane district's Wada taluka, guilty under section 304 part-II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC.According to prosecution, Suresh's first wife Vimal, with whom he had five children, had allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. The accused later married another woman from the same village and thereafter started beating his children. Vimal's mother Nimala Ladku Baraf (65) used to have frequent quarrels with the accused for raising his hand on the children. She used to hold him responsible for driving her daughter to commit suicide. On August 2, 2011, when Nirmala was grazing the cattle in the village, Suresh allegedly attacked her with a log, following which she died on the spot, the prosecution told the court. The accused was then charged under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. However, during the trial, the charge could not be proved. The judge, after hearing both the parties, observed that the prosecution proved the charge under IPC section 304 part-II and thus, pronounced the accused guilty under it while sentencing him to 7-year rigorous imprisonment.
|2014-12-22||Thane gears up for Christmas - Times of India|
Thane gears up for Christmas Dec 22, 2014, 02.51 PM IST THANE: The festival of cheer, Christmas, is almost upon us and all the churches and parishes in Thane are caught up in the festive mood. Not just the city churches, but the entire city, right from Thane's many malls, from Majiwada to Ghodbunder road, to the departmental stores to small retailers in Naupada area, are decorated. The eye-catching combination of reds, greens and whites dominate the decor. There are different types of Santa caps available at almost every signal, especially the Teen Hath Naka — just drive through the city roads and you will find trinkets for sale. Viola Robinson a resident of Ovla says, "I bought quite a few things at the signal. This year, the newest addition seems to be the bright red reindeer horns on a hairband." The Santa caps in different styles and cute little snowmen are popular too. Colourful streamers, sparkling gold and silver tree decorations, patterns, wreaths, mistletoe, etc are selling like hot cakes across all stationary shops and gift stores in the city now. Fur-lined Santa dresses, masks, cribs and crib decor items, stars and lanterns are available at all shops. There are parishioners from different zones who are all set to go carol singing. There are many competitions being held across the city in the various churches and it all begins today and will carry on till January 6, 2015, which is the Feast of The Three Kings. A lady parishioner who didn't want to be named ("because it is a community thing and all of us have worked on this as a big team") said, "Today, we have a star making competition, and the theme for this is 'Best out of waste'. We will also have the sweet making competition, the criteria for which is that it should be tasty, presentable and unique." Apart from this, there will be other competitions held through the next two weeks, including a house decoration competition and a crib making competition. They will all be judged at the community level. Talking about the Christmas celebrations, another parishioner said, "Our parish is having celebrations in all its 17 zones — right from Tarangan, Karvalo nagar, to Manpada on Ghodbunder Road. There will be a fellowship dinner-cum-Christmas party in the zonal level involving 6,500 people. The parish priest of Our Lady of Mercy Church has distributed 1,000-plus stars, daily gospel books, a monthly church magazine, calender, novena booklets to prep up for Christmas, till January 1, 2015. A mega crib is being put up by the Youths of Our Lady of Mercy Church and the parishioners."
|2014-12-22||Thane parishioners make eco-freindly Christmas sta|
Thane parishioners make eco-freindly Christmas star Dec 22, 2014, 03.00 PM IST THANE: A big bright, golden star will be on display till the first week of January, at the Our Lady of Mercy Church, in Thane. What makes this special is the fact that it is Eco-friendly, made out of wood and has been made with a cause in mind. Kasber Augustine from the same parish says, "This star is made out of waste wood by the parishioners from St Gonsalo Gracia zone of Our Lady of Mercy Church. The structure is designed in such a way that it will give shelter to the birds after the celebration is over." For the parishioners, the importance of this star is that it resembles the blessed screen in which the holy Eucharist (body of Lord Jesus Christ) is placed and millions of Christians all over the world worship it during the adoration.
|2014-12-22||Hawker arrested for allegedly raping teenage girl |
Hawker arrested for allegedly raping teenage girl repeatedly in Thane A hawker was arrested by the city police here on Monday for allegedly raping a teenage girl several times under the pretext of marrying her, police sources said. Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 19:31 PM IST Thane: A hawker was arrested by the city police here on Monday for allegedly raping a teenage girl several times under the pretext of marrying her, police sources said. Assistant police inspector SS Patil of Shil-Daighar police station told PTI that the accused Nileshgiri Sajangiri Goswami (19) struck up a friendship with a 13-year-old girl and promised her that he would marry her as well as and take her to Rajastan. Allegedly, between December 17 and December 21, he raped her repeatedly, according to the police complaint lodged by her mother last evening.He has been charged under Sections 376 of the Indian Code and also Section 4 of the POCSO Act of 2012, the police said.
|2014-12-22||Autos can't refuse fare from Mumbai to Thane or Na|
Autos can’t refuse fare from Mumbai to Thane or Navi Mumbai Dec 23, 2014, 02.59 AM IST MUMBAI: It is legal for drivers to ply autorickshaws from suburban Mumbai to Thane and Navi Mumbai. For that matter, their permits allow them to travel anywhere in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) except the island city. If an auto driver in Mumbai refuses fare upon hearing that the destination is a faraway place in MMR, the commuter can lodge a complaint of refusal against him, said regional transport officer B I Ajri. On Monday evening, Ajri organized a massive awareness camp for auto unions and citizens at the Mulund toll naka—informing them about a rule of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) that allows autos to ply anywhere within the region. "Any auto can ply up to Panvel, Kalyan and Vasai," he said while releasing several stickers on police/RTO helplines that are to be affixed inside autos. "In case a driver refuses to ply beyond a check post, the commuter can lodge a complaint of refusal." Local police personnel and traffic cops were present at the awareness camp. "Most citizens are unaware of the rule. Also, some drivers are willing to ply to distant MMR areas, but they do not know the rule. We decided to organize this camp to put all doubts to rest," Ajri told TOI. Passengers say they find five of ten drivers willing to ply to Thane or Navi Mumbai. Mulund resident Nitya Shinde said, "About two days back, I was surprised to find that an auto driver from Mulund was willing to ferry me till Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai." A Thane resident said she had taken an auto from Sion to her residence in Vasant Vihar. "It was seamless travel and I did not have to change autos at the check post." Auto union leader Thampy Kurien said, "An auto driver does not want to take the risk of rival union members in Vasai-Virar, Thane or Navi Mumbai beating him up." Meanwhile, the RTO has proposed a new share auto route connecting Mulund with Thane; the route is to pass through the toll naka.
|2014-12-22||Defunct CCTVs at Thane station pose security threa|
Defunct CCTVs at Thane station pose security threat Dec 23, 2014, 04.58 AM IST THANE: Thane station has once again become an easy target for any anti-social elements, as out of the 39 CCTV cameras which were installed in 2012 to monitor this vital location, 20 of them have been found defunct. The service contract has been expired a few months ago, leaving the set up unmanned to maintain. Commuters have complained of such grievous security lapse at a sensitive location like Thane station which handles around seven lakh passengers daily, highest in the Mumbai suburban rail network. A traffic cop admitted that cable fault and in the absence of a maintenance contractor left the CCTV network crippled, but work has begun to set the gadgets in order to resume full-fledged service again soon. According to a police officer, tenders have been floated for bidders, offering maintenance contract since the old contract was expired. Traffic sources said that three bidders had sent in their quotations hitherto and the maintenance contract will be finalized soon. "This is a serious service lapse on the part of the traffic department, who failed to maintain this network in the station circulating area which is prone to misadventures due to ever increasing volume of commuters," said Nalin Savade, a commuter. R M Avhad, senior police inspector (traffic) told TOI, "After learning about the defunct CCTV cameras we immediately started the repair work and hope to complete the task in the next four to five days. Faulty cables are being replaced which seems to be a tricky job. As many as 19 cameras have been repaired and the remaining will be put into scanner at the earliest." Station area came under scanner with commissioning of CCTV cameras to prevent crime, curb traffic woes and bring safety in April 2012. As an efficient preventive measure to stop increasing crime, provide safety to passengers and curb traffic chaos in the crowded railway station area, Thane traffic police wing had 39 CCTV cameras across SATIS area. Anti-social elements, indiscipline auto rickshaw operators and traffic violators had forced the traffic police wing of Thane which had initiated installation of CCTV cameras in the west side of the station at a cost of Rs 8.11 lakh. Most of the cameras are placed beneath SATIS deck.
|2014-12-21||Principal held for thrashing six college students |
Principal Held For Thrashing Six College Students At Thane College Dec 21, 2014, 07:05 IST The Incident Occurred On Friday Afternoon At Industrial Training Institute (ITI) College, Thane After The Man Spotted The Youngsters Playing On The Ground During Lectures Six students of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) College, Thane, were subjected to unlawful beating at the hands of their own principal on Friday.The principal, PP Bhavsar, allegedly spotted the students playing cricket at the college ground during lectures and reprimanded them. The youngsters, who suffered from injuries on their hands and backs, were then rushed to Thane Civil Hospital for primary treatment. Later in the day, their parents filed a complaint at the Srinagar police station, following which Bhavsar was arrested under sections 323 and 324 of the Indian Penal Code.What was the incident? The victims, Vijay Mandavkar (19), Sandeep Shirke (17), Pravin Kamble (18), Bhushan Bhangar (19) Suraj Mokashi (20) and Sandip Pisal (17), and 10 other students were allegedly playing on their college ground on Friday afternoon when they spotted Bhavsar, approaching towards them with a bamboo stick in hand. “All of us tried to escape. But the principal caught hold of six of us and took us to the college workshop. There, he started beating us up. He even slapped one of us so hard that his ear started hurting,” said Bhangar. Parents of the children were outraged by the incident and demanded immediate suspension of the principal. “Beating them mercilessly with a dangerous object is very brutal. Nobody has a right to physically assault the children so violently. It’s totally unacceptable,” said Mohan Kamble, one of the parents. The students immediately rushed to Srinagar Police station to lodge a complaint but the inspector advised them to visit Thane Civil Hospital for necessary treatment and medication. “They had several injuries on their arms and shoulders. We gave them basic first aid and sent the reports to the concerned police station,” said a doctor on condition of anonymity.AY Sawant, a police sub inspector from Srinagar police Station, said that the accused was arrested on Saturday afternoon following the FIR filed by the victims. “We investigated the matter on Friday after the students came to us to file the complaint. We arrested Bhavsar under sections 323 and 324 of IPC for causing hurt with intent to do so,” said Sawant.
|2014-12-20||ACB nabs Thane ACP for bribery - The Asian Age|
|2014-12-20||Thane Mental hospital to lose extra land - I am in|
Thane Mental hospital to lose extra land Friday, 19 December 2014 - 5:56pm IST If everything goes according to plan, a new railway station will be constructed between the Thane and Mulund stations on the Central line. The proposal was floated by state’s PWD minister Eknath Shinde who said that this would ease the burden on both Thane as well as Mulund stations that are teeming with commuters. The proposed station will be built on the excess land behind the Thane mental hospital. Shinde, talking about the proposal, said, “After discussions, me and state health minister Deepak Sawant have come to the conclusion that the land behind the mental hospital in Thane can be used to build a railway station and bus depot.” Shinde said that the area behind the hospital has been encroached upon by slum dwellers. He added that the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will conduct a survey of the land, following which those occupying the area will be rehabilitated. Shinde assured that no one will be rendered useless due to the proposed project. The government claims that the project would not adversely impact the mentally ill patients at the hospital and their well being will be taken into due consideration.
|2014-12-20||Six injured after man spills acid in Ambernath-bou|
Six Injured After Man Spills Acid In Ambernath-Bound Local Train Dec 20, 2014, 09:19 IST 62-Year-Old Was Carrying A Bottle Of Floor-Cleaning Acid, When He Saw Vapours Arise From The Capped Bottle’s Mouth; Panicked, Accidentally Dropping It Inside; He And Five Others Suffered Burns A freak incident in a local train yesterday landed six people in a hospital, when they suffered burns after acid spilled on their bodies. A passenger had been carrying the chemical in a bottle and accidentally dropped it. No passenger was seriously injured. The incident occurred around 2 pm in an Ambernath-bound local train. The passenger, Narayan Adappa Shetty (62), had been carrying floor-cleaning acid to his house.A retired worker from one Shloka Bar and Restaurant in Mulund, Shetty had gone to the bar to meet a few colleagues. Noticing a can filled with floor-cleaning acid, Shetty thought of taking it home to clean his house, filled the liquid in a plastic bottle, and boarded the local.As soon as the train reached Kopri Bridge near Thane, Shetty saw vapours rising from the bottle and got scared. He tried throwing the bottle out of the coach but accidentally dropped it inside, injuring himself and his co-passengers, who came in contact with the spilled corrosive. Vishwanath Gujari (26), a passenger, recalled that nobody realised what had happened. “The train was between Mulund and Thane when we heard a woman scream. There was a pungent odour in the entire compartment and several people started complaining of a burning sensation due to a liquid dropped by one of the passengers. At first, it seemed like an acid attack, but we later realised that the man who was carrying the bottle was a senior citizen and he got injured during the incident as well,” said Gujari. It was he who took the injured passengers (see box) to the Thane Civil Hospital. Doctors at the hospital confirmed that the injuries varied from 10 to 15 per cent burns and the condition of patients wasn’t critical. “We will keep them under observation for a couple of days, as they have suffered chemical burns. They will be discharged soon,” said the doctor. Copspeak The Thane Government Railway Police (GRP) nabbed Shetty at Thane station. He was first taken to hospital as his legs had suffered burns, and was discharged after treatment. The GRP thought it was ‘a maniac attacking people with acid’, but they later learnt that it was an accident that took place without Shetty’s knowledge. But Shetty was arrested for the incident. “We have booked him under Section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code. He is currently in our custody,” said a Thane GRP official.Unlucky ones Dinesh Singh, an auto driver, was returning home with his wife, Saraswati, from Rajawadi Hospital when the acid spilt on the couple. “I had gone to the hospital for a check-up. I only realised what had happened when the chemical splashed on my legs, hands and head.Thankfully my eyes were somehow saved and didn’t come in contact with the liquid,” said Saraswati. Vijay Varankar (19), Sayaji Phanse (51), Sunil Phanse (32), Dinesh Singh (42) and Saraswati Singh (40) were the passengers who came in direct contact with the acid and suffered burn injuries. Sayaji and his son Sunil, who were returning home from a family function, suffered less severe injuries on their hands and legs. Sunil was discharged the same day. The unluckiest of the lot was Varankar, who was standing closest to Shetty.
|2014-12-20||Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde receives threat cal|
Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde receives threat calls, security beefed up Dec 20, 2014, 03.11 PM IST THANE: Senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde allegedly received a death threat on his cell phone following which security has been stepped up at his Maharashtra residence. A police officer in the Thane Commissionerate on the condition of anonymity said that police has provided extra security to his family at his house in Wagle Estate locality in view of the death threat issued to him. On Friday evening, the PWD minister allegedly got a threat call when he was in his official bungalow in Nagpur, where the winter session of the Maharashtra assembly is underway. The unidentified caller not only abused the leader but also threatened to kill him. Later, Shinde registered a complaint with the Nagpur Police Commissioner. The Nagpur police have already registered an offence in this connection and investigations are on, police sources said. Taking the death threat seriously, Thane city police decided to tighten the security cover to his family members.
|2014-12-20||Thane police step up security for Shinde after dea|
|2014-12-20||Thane police step up security for Shiv Sena leader|
Thane police step up security for Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde after death threat Updated: Dec 20, 2014, 01.51 PM IST THANE: Senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde allegedly received a death threat on his cell phone following which security has been stepped up at his Maharashtra residence. A police officer in the Thane Commissionerate on the condition of anonymity told that police has provided extra security to his family at his house in Wagle Estate locality in view of the death threat issued to him. Last evening, the PWD minister allegedly got a threat call when he was in his official bungalow in Nagpur, where the winter session of the Maharashtra Assembly is underway. The unidentified caller not only abused the leader but also threatened to kill him. Later, Shinde registered a complaint with the Nagpur Police Commissioner. The Nagpur police have already registered an offence in this connection and investigations are on, police sources said. Taking the death threat seriously, Thane city police decided to tighten the security cover to his family members.
|2014-12-19||Central Team to visit Thane to study proposed wate|
Central Team to visit Thane to study proposed water transport Thane Last Updated at December 19, 2014 12:50 IST A central team will be visiting Thane after the current session of the Parliament in January next year to study the proposal for water transport projects in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, MP Rajan Vichare said here today. Speaking to PTI, the Thane MP said he recently held discussions with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javdekar in this regard along with his Kalyan counterpart Srikant Shinde and Thane Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta. He said the ministers had in principle agreed on the project as presented by the Thane Municipal Corporation and has assured that a team will soon carry out a study and submit its feasibility report on the proposed water transport projects. The projects, which will be undertaken by the Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Bombay Port Trust, would be partly funded by Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM), Vichare said. Earlier this year, Gadkari ordered the tender for construction of an eight-lane road between toll plaza at Kharigaon to Kalyan junction, and also for a four-lane road between Kalyan and Murbad road.
|2014-12-19||Thane: Five suffer minor injuries after acid spill|
|2014-12-19||Central Team to visit Thane to study proposed wate|
Central Team to visit Thane to study proposed water transport Thane: A central team will be visiting Thane after the current session of the Parliament in January next year to study the proposal for water transport projects in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, MP Rajan Vichare said here on Friday. Updated: Dec 19, 2014, 13:16 PM IST Thane: A central team will be visiting Thane after the current session of the Parliament in January next year to study the proposal for water transport projects in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, MP Rajan Vichare said here on Friday. Speaking to PTI, the Thane MP said he recently held discussions with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javdekar in this regard along with his Kalyan counterpart Srikant Shinde and Thane Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta. He said the ministers had in principle agreed on the project as presented by the Thane Municipal Corporation and has assured that a team will soon carry out a study and submit its feasibility report on the proposed water transport projects. The projects, which will be undertaken by the Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Bombay Port Trust, would be partly funded by Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM), Vichare said. Earlier this year, Gadkari ordered the tender for construction of an eight-lane road between toll plaza at Kharigaon to Kalyan junction, and also for a four-lane road between Kalyan and Murbad road.
|2014-12-19||Thane restaurants may hire autos and taxis to curb|
Thane restaurants may hire autos and taxis to curb drunk driving during festive season Dec 19, 2014, 11.52 PM IST THANE: Restaurants in Thane plan to hire autorickshaws and chauffeurs to ensure their drunk patrons reach home safely after their Christmas and New Year parties. This is being done to attract customers on New Year's Eve who are worried about the police's crackdown on drunk driving. Though this move will mean extra losses, some hotel owners have started approaching chauffeur-providing services and are in talks with auto and taxi unions to ensure they deploy their vehicles near their hotels to ferry drunk patrons back home. Industry players from Thane said that the move will burden the heavily-taxed restaurant owners as charges for chauffeurs are likely to skyrocket on Christmas and New Year. Further, availability of fleet cabs and autos is also not guaranteed as many party-goers book their services. A bar owner said, "Drivers usually available for Rs 500 a day are now charging Rs 2,000-Rs 2,500. This could be uneconomical considering that their services would be required only for a few hours." Some are also exploring the possibility of luring autos or taxis with incentives to ferry their clients back home. "Drinking and driving is a serious issue and we understand there could be mishaps because of it. We had a meeting with police officials and now are planning to ensure autorickshaws or taxis are available outside our hotels so that patrons hire them to reach home. We may offer some incentives to the drivers in addition to the regular fares," said a restaurant and bar owner from Ghodbunder Road. Hotel owners said they will soon hold a meeting to figure out a way to avoid drunk driving and also not face losses.
|2014-12-19||Thane cops urge city schools to beef-up security -|
Thane cops urge city schools to beef-up security Dec 20, 2014, 02.39 AM IST Thane: In the wake of the Peshawar killings in an army school in Pakistan, the Thane police has dictated the city schools to follow some safety measures. Installing electronic surveillance systems in school campus, physical inspection of all visitors and their belongings, maintaining details of all the visitors are some of the measures to be followed by the schools in the city. A list of do's and don'ts has also been issued by the Thane police to be followed by the school authorities to ensure safety of schoolchildren. The schools are viewed as most vulnerable target for for anti-social elements who could probably put to harm the schoolchildren; hence the Thane police are taking all precautionary measures. A meeting between school representatives and police was conducted on Friday to ensure that there is no lapse of security and all possible measures are taken. Prabhakar Budhwant, deputy commissioner of police (zone-1) said, "All the police stations have been alerted to step-up patrolling, especially in and around city schools. The beat marshals are also told to be present at entry and exit of the school gates," Budhwant told TOI. Budhwant said that schools have been instructed to install CCTVs in and around the school building and the premises. The school authorities have been asked to keep security personnel's at the entrance of school gate who will thoroughly frisk visitors. They will also note down the name, address, contact number of the people visiting the school, they will also have to their identity cards. The authorities should make sure that the temporary ID card should be made mandatory for the visitor, the officer added. Schools have also been instructed to purchase food items only from authorized dealers. The DCP suggested some of the structural changes and has instructed the school authorities to increase the height of safety walls. The visibility inside the school should also be clogged, as it may restrain the anti-social elements from standing or loitering outside the school campus. The police have urged the school authorities not to trust on any rumours and they should get relevant information from their respective police stations and keep the list of emergency numbers visible to everybody.
|2014-12-18||Thane man, parents held for demanding Rs 5 cr dowr|
Thane man, parents held for demanding Rs 5 cr dowry Thane: A 30-year-old man and his parents were arrested for allegedly demanding Rs five crore dowry from the bride's family and then cancelling the wedding when they were not paid the amount, police said on Thursday. Updated: Dec 18, 2014, 10:44 AM IST Thane: A 30-year-old man and his parents were arrested for allegedly demanding Rs five crore dowry from the bride's family and then cancelling the wedding when they were not paid the amount, police said on Thursday. Sahil Joglekar, from Colaba in Mumbai and working as an engineer abroad, and the woman, from Ambernath township in Thane, were in love with each other. The couple recently got engaged and their wedding was scheduled to be held on December 16 for which the invites were sent to their relatives and friends, Shivaji Nagar police station's senior inspector Vishwas Valvi said. However, after the engagement, Sahil and his parents - Rajendra (50) and Pallavi (48) - allegedly demanded Rs five crore from the woman's family. When the woman's father, a known builder in the area, expressed his inability to pay such a large sum, Sahil's family cancelled the wedding, the police officer said. On Tuesday, the woman's brother lodged a police complaint against Sahil and his parents, following which the three were arrested the same night, he said. The trio have been booked under sections 417, 420 (cheating) and 500 (defamation) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and also section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, he said. The three accused were yesterday produced before a local magistrate who granted them bail, police added.
|2014-12-18||Thane jail will soon get an open prison, 25 convic|
Thane jail will soon get an open prison, 25 convicts to be shifted Dec 19, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: As many as 25 convicts from Thane jail will soon be able to breathe easy as they will be shifted to an open jail. The state government had recently given a clearance for this facility which was lacking in the prison. The convicts will be moved on the basis of their 'good prison conduct'. Currently, the jail houses 2,500 under trials, including 350 convicts. The other under trial prisoners who are jailed for grievous offences are lodged in the anda cell and other custodial cells, said sources from the prison department. Earlier, there was no provision of an open jail. So, prisoners used to hardly get a chance to come out from their barracks. The state government's move of giving a go ahead for the open jail will now give the convicts a chance to come out in the open. The open jail will come up at the existing infrastructure at the sprawling 4.26 acre land. The convicts will be released in the morning during which they will be allotted work. They will return to their cells by night. ''The 25 prisoners will mostly be given the task of cultivating land. They will also be made to do odd jobs like carpentry, bakery, textile work, etc. The convicts who have been termed dangerous will not be eligible for the open jail,'' said U T Pawar, superintendent of Thane central jail. Inspector general (IG) of the prison department Bipin Singh said, ''The concept of an open jail is a part of the rehabilitation, reformation and reintegration of convicts. A committee of prison authorities has been formed that scrutinizes the list of convicts and accordingly assigns them with a task. After the completion of the task, they will be eligible for remuneration.'' He added that the process of an 'open jail' is still underway. ''Once the basic work is completed the open jail will be operational with the consultation of the state government. However, the exact date of the inauguration hasn't been revealed yet,'' said a senior official from the prison department.
|2014-12-18||Sebi orders imprisonment against Thane-based defau|
Dec 18, 2014 10:05 PM IST Sebi orders imprisonment against Thane-based defaulter Sebi has ordered civil imprisonment against a Thane-based defaulter Vinod Hingorani who has been sent to jail for a maximum six months for failing to pay dues of Rs 1.64 crore.
|2014-12-18||Understaffed Thane ACB wary of irrigation probe - |
Understaffed Thane ACB wary of irrigation probe Dec 19, 2014, 02.23 AM IST THANE: The state home department has directed the Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe the multi-crore irrigation scam involving senior NCP leaders, but officials are skeptical if they will be able to complete it in a specific time-frame due to inadequate manpower. A senior official attached to the Thane ACB unit admitted the unit is already short staffed and will find it difficult to complete the probe with its existing manpower. "We will request the director-general to spare some officials from the existing staff so that a separate team can be formed to probe the irrigation scam," the official said, adding, "Dedicated manpower would help wind up the inquiry in six to eight months. But if the ACB staff have to investigate the irrigation case along withother routine work, then it will take at least 15 to 18 months to wind up the scam probe." The home department's one-page directive has also confused the ranks about the scope of the inquiry and their precise role in it. A section of officials believes the government has asked them to probe the entire scandal pegged at over Rs 70,000 crore and fix responsibility, another is of the impression that their scope is limited to probing the 11 dam projects in the Konkan region. Director-general, ACB, Pravin Dixit, has scheduled a meeting with the Thane unit on Monday to chart a clear strategy and assign responsibilities for a time-bound completion of the probe. Despite repeated attempts, Dixit as well as the Thane unit chief of the ACB, Dattatray Karale, could not be reached. A home department official, however, confirmed the development. "The ambiguity on the ambit of the probe would be clear in Monday's meeting," the official said on condition of anonymity. Last week chief minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the state legislature that the government had approved an open inquiry against two NCP leaders, former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and former water resources minister Sunil Tatkare.
|2014-12-18||Thane Belapur Road jammed as bus breaks down - Tim|
Thane Belapur Road jammed as bus breaks down Dec 19, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Navi Mumbai: Thane-Belapur Road witnessed a two-hour-long traffic jam, from 9 to 11am, during the morning rush hour on Thursday. An overloaded state transport bus, on its way from Bhiwandi to Panvel via Thane, broke down in the middle of the road, due to a technical snag near Rabale pond, where the Mulund-Airoli link road meets Thane-Belapur Road. Motorists, especially the office goers, had a harrowing time, as many failed to reach their workplaces on time. Mulund-Airoli road also witnessed traffic jams and the serpentine queues went up to Airoli bridge and up to Digha on Thane-Belapur Road. It took the traffic cops over two hours to clear the rush. Vehicles plying on the Vashi-bound corridor came to a standstill, as almost two lanes were closed."The situation was chaotic and we got stuck in the jam for over an hour. Obviously, we are delayed for work today," said Ankit Sharma, a member of a car pool group that was caught in the morning snarl. Rabale traffic police had a tough time removing the bus from the middle of the road and streamlining the traffic flow. "The bus had over 90 passengers, when it is permitted to carry only 55. We confiscated the driver's licence," said a traffic cop. "We had to get a towing van through MIDC road to remove the bus and clear the carriageway. But both Mulund-Airoli and Thane-Belapur Roads were affected for almost two hours due to office-hour traffic," said Balasaheb Gade, traffic police inspector, Rabale unit.
|2014-12-17||Navi Mumbai, Thane traffic cops to give e-challans|
Navi Mumbai, Thane traffic cops to give e-challans on the spot from January 1 Dec 18, 2014, 12.02 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: From January 1, the traffic police in Navi Mumbai and Thane will start issuing spot electronic challans to offenders. All 15 traffic units in Navi Mumbai and 30 under the Thane police commissionerate will be equipped with Android tablets and printers to issue spot challans. Using these devices, head constables of the traffic police will hand out printed challans at the spot of offence instead of writing out one. "Spot e-challan will be issued to the offenders on the spot for any violations under the Motor Vehicle Law," said Rajesh Aggrawal, principal secretary, IT. "The Navi Mumbai and Thane police commissionerates were part of the pilot project launched on August 2, and funded by the IT department for a year. As for the entire state, the cost could either be funded by the state government or recovered from the traffic offenders by way of a transaction fee of a nominal amount." While the cops will sling the Android tablet around the neck, they will sport the printer on the belt. The state directorate of information technology has sanctioned 50 kits—android tablets and printers—of which 30 will be given to the Thane police commissionerate, 15 to Navi Mumbai traffic police and five to other commissionerates to train their personnel. The state government plans to implement spot e-challans in other commissionerates from July 1, 2015. On November 21, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had convened a meeting and asked state officials to roll out the spot e-challan plan by January 1. Subsequently, the directorate of information technology held a meeting on December 1, with representatives from the Navi Mumbai and Thane police commissionerates, along with other departments, to understand the requirements for the devices. While the CCTV-based e-challan pilot was run in Navi Mumbai from August 2, the spot e-challan pilots were run in both Navi Mumbai and Thane.
|2014-12-17||This year, Thane RTO sees 30% drop in registration|
This year, Thane RTO sees 30% drop in registration & sales of four-wheelers Dec 17, 2014, 11.15 PM IST Thane: The Thane RTO has witnessed a 30% drop in the number of sales and registrations of four-wheelers since the last eight months. On the other hand, the sale of two-wheelers was much higher. Traffic snarls and lack of adequate parking space could be one of the reasons why many Thaneites are refraining from buying four-wheelers, feel experts. There are around 16 lakh people who own a vehicle in the city and around 150 new vehicles get registered everyday. Transport officials said that till last year the number of cars purchased and registered in the city was much more than this time. Between April and November, the city witnessed 10,792 registrations as compared to 14,910 registrations in the same period, last year. Many shied away from purchasing vehicles during the festive season as well, reveals the data received from the Thane transport office. Transport activists and experts feel that the city is already saturated and doesn't have space for more vehicles, especially four wheelers. Parking problems also continue to be an issue in the city. The streets are not big enough to cater to the huge vehicular traffic, said traffic officials. ''The city has witnessed a drastic growth in vehicle population as compared to the infrastructure available. This often leads to traffic jams at several areas. Those travelling in four wheelers not only reach their destination late, but also face parking woes. These could be some of the reasons for a drop in vehicle purchase," said Sulakshana Mahajan, transport planning expert from Thane. "The ratio of roads, vehicles and parking space in the city is not in tandem, which leads to chaos daily. There has to be a mechanism to provide adequate space and parking for the increasing flow of vehicles in the city," said activist Chandrahas Tawde. Interestingly, there has been a rise in the number of bikes being purchased and registered. While 41,732 two wheelers were registered between April to November, as many as 37,472 were registered in 2013.
|2014-12-17||Two revenue dept officers arrested taking bribe in|
Two revenue dept officers arrested taking bribe in Thane Thane: Two officers of Raigadh revenue department including a Class-I officer were arrested near hear for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe from the complainant, Anti-Corruption Bureau officials said Wednesday. Updated: Dec 17, 2014, 11:59 AM IST Thane: Two officers of Raigadh revenue department including a Class-I officer were arrested near hear for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe from the complainant, Anti-Corruption Bureau officials said Wednesday. Additional tehsildar in Land Revenue Court, Panvel- Class-I Dileep Shanar Sankhe was arrested yesterday for demanding a bribe of Rs 2.50 lakh from the complainant, while deputy auditor Ranjana Modak for accepting a part of the bribe on behalf of Sankhe, Additional SP ACB Thane Range, Srinivas Ghadge told PTI. Sankhe had demanded bribe Rs 2.50 lakh for declaring the value of the land belonging to the complaint and it was decided that the first instalment of Rs 30,000 would be paid on December 16 in the office of the Land Revenue Court at Panvel. Following the demand, the complainant lodged a complaint with ACB's Thane office and officials of the Navi Mumbai unit laid a trap at the office of Land Revenue Court and arrested Deputy Auditor Ranjana Modak while accepting the bribe on behalf of Sankhe, he said. Both the officers have been booked under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, he added.
|2014-12-17||Smugglers held with pair of elephant tusks in Than|
Smugglers held with pair of elephant tusks in Thane Published on:17 Dec 2014, 6:25 PM Thane (Maharashtra): Two alleged smugglers were arrested on Tuesday in Thane by the local crime branch for carrying a pair of elephant tusks. Ramchandra Krishnappa Latte, a resident of Belgaum in Karnataka, and Rajendra Jadhav, a resident of Pune were arrested while trying to sell the ivory tusks. Crime Branch has seized four cellphones from these smugglers. The cellphones reveal the contact numbers of several suspected smugglers in South India and Mumbai, police said. The accused, police said, were trying to send the ivory tusks to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in order to smuggle them out of India. One kg of ivory fetches more than $1,000 in the international market and it is much in demand in China, where the affluent consider ornaments made of ivory as a sign of good fortune. Tens of thousands of elephants have been killed for their tusks in recent years in Africa, mostly from Togo and neighbouring countries. Malaysia,Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines are the main transit points in Asia for large scale ivory smuggling that arrive from Africa, according to Richard Thomas, a spokesman for Traffic, an NGO that monitors trade in endangered wildlife.
|2014-12-17||Premature to talk of station near Thane: Central R|
Premature to talk of station near Thane: Central Railway Dec 18, 2014, 03.04 AM IST MUMBAI: Central Railway officials said that there are several roadblocks to be cleared before a plan to build a railway terminus can be commissioned between Mulund and Thane stations, near the Kopri road overbridge. The state government is willing to part with the land for the suburban station that will help decongest Thane station, according to state health minister Deepak Sawant. A CR official said: "It is premature to conclude that the station may come up if the land is made available. Besides location and size of the land, we will also have to check the operational feasibility of trains from this station." More than 125 locals originate from or terminate at from Thane station, which is considered the busiest on Mumbai's suburban system. The official said, "The proposed location is almost 800 metres away from Thane station. The proposed station, if it comes up, will only handle trains originating from and terminating at Thane. There will resentment if Thane locals are terminated at the new station."
|2014-12-17||RPI leader lynched in Thane, two held - The Indian|
RPI leader lynched in Thane, two held Shankar Kadam (40), the president of RPI (Ektawadi), Kalwa region, died after being attacked by an armed mob of 30 people outside his residence. Mumbai | Published: December 17, 2014 6:33 am A leader of one of the factions of the Republican Party of India was allegedly lynched by an angry mob outside his residence in Thane’s Kalwa area early Tuesday morning. Shankar Kadam (40), the president of RPI (Ektawadi), Kalwa region, died after being attacked by an armed mob of 30 people outside his residence in Gholai Nagar, the police said. According to the police, seven persons, including women, were injured in the attack and were admitted to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa for treatment. Kadam was the only casualty as he was attacked with weapons such as swords, knives and sticks, they said. Police said that the mob went to the leader’s home allegedly demanding better work to be done in the area. The Kalwa police have registered an FIR in the matter and arrested two persons on charges of murder, attempt to murder, and on charges rioting with armed weapons, unlawful assembly and voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon under the Indian Penal Code. Several persons were reportedly detained by the police for further inquiries. Thane Police Commissioner Vijay Kamble said incident took place close to midnight. “It was a trivial reason that led to the incident. A stone was thrown at the leader from the crowd, which led a to altercations and unfortunately Kadam’s death,” he said. According to the police, a law and order problem was created following the incident. “But everything is now under control. There was no unrest reported in the area today,” Kamble said. “We are still investigating the matter and every possible angle. It is still not clear if the members of the mob belonged to any rival group,” he said. email@example.com
|2014-12-16||RPI(E) leader lynched in Thane - Business Standard|
RPI(E) leader lynched in Thane Thane Last Updated at December 16, 2014 12:25 IST An RPI (Ektawadi) leader from Thane was today allegedly lynched by an armed mob in front of his house at Gholai Nagar in Kalwa here, police said. 40-year-old Shankar Kadam, who was the Kalwa region president of the party, was brutally attacked around 1 AM by a mob of 25-30 people armed with swords, knives and other lethal weapons, RPI Zilla President Pandarinath Gaikwad told PTI today. Kadam was called out of his house in the wee hours. As soon as he stepped out, the mob allegedly dragged him and began assaulting him. When his sister-law and other locals intervened, they too were allegedly beaten up leaving seven people injured, police said. Police suspect that it may be a case of local rivalry as the assailants were unhappy with the development work Kadam undertook in the region. The injured, including the sister-in-law, have been admitted to the CSMH Civic hospital at Kalwa and are being treated upon, Gaikwad said. Senior police officers have rushed to the scene and investigations are underway. The police is likely to register offences under sections 302, 307 of the IPC and for rioting once the attackers are identified. Meanwhile, panic has gripped Gholai Nagar even as police is making efforts to maintain law and order in the locality.
|2014-12-16||Out of blue, new blues for real estate projects in|
Out of blue, new blues for real estate projects in Mumbai suburbs, Thane In a city such as Mumbai, a 10-km radius would have far-reaching implications on most projects. Published: December 17, 2014 1:44 am In a move that will impact new real estate projects coming up in Mumbai’s eastern and western suburbs and much of Thane district, the forest department has asked the municipal corporations of Mumbai and Thane to not sanction construction projects over 20,000 square metres within a 10-km radius of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park unless developers get a green clearance from the National Board of Wild Life (NBWL). The move is likely to add to the procedural delays in several ongoing and proposed projects between Borivli and Bandra and from Sion to Thane city, all of which come within the 10-km buffer zone, in addition to a few areas within Thane district. The directive is in keeping with a 2006 Supreme court order in a case filed by Goa Foundation against indiscriminate mining around forest areas in the tiny coastal state. The forest department’s directive came in the form of a letter dated December 3, which was sent by Vikas Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forests and Director of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, to commissioners of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Thane Municipal Corporation. The letter states that in keeping with the apex court ruling and subsequent orders issued by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), “building and other construction projects having built-up area more than 20,000 sqm will need the clearance of the NBWL.” It further states that the planning agencies should insist that upcoming projects falling in this category submit necessary documents to the forest office in order to get the NBWL permission. “It came to our notice that most projects were bypassing the NOC requirement as the planning agencies never cared to implement the MOEF orders. But now the NBWL has become more strict about projects obtaining its clearance,” said Gupta. Earlier this year, the department submitted its proposal demarcating the eco-sensitive zone from the boundary of the 104 sq km SGNP. According to the proposal, the actual buffer zone that requires protection, to preserve the vegetation as well as to prevent man-animal conflict, is only an area of 0.1 km to 2 km from the periphery of the national park. However, the MOEF is yet to notify the proposal and until then, any non-forestry activity, especially construction over 20,000 sqm, requires an No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the NBWL. Gupta added that in a city such as Mumbai, a 10-km radius would have far-reaching implications on most projects. “The actual width of the proposed eco-sensitive zone is maximum 2 kms at some places. It has been marked by including areas with ample vegetation and excluding those that are already densely urbanized and hence do not require further development to be regulated,” said Gupta. He added that until the MOEF notifies the regulated zone as proposed by the department, developers with projects within the 10 km zone will have to get wildlife clearance from NBWL only after which will the MOEF issue the mandatory Environment Clearance. Builder Sunil Mantri, president of the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), said that a majority of the buffer zone area falls in residential zone and making NOC mandatory for such projects would only lead to unnecessarily delays. “There are already 60 NOCs that real estate projects require to procure from state and central agencies, which takes anywhere between one to three years. While we are all for protecting wildlife areas, there is a need to rationalize the regulated area in an already heavily urbanised Mumbai,” said Mantri.
|2014-12-16||Trackman run over by train between Thane and Mulun|
Trackman run over by train between Thane and Mulund A railway employee working on the tracks between Thane and Mulund was killed on Monday afternoon, bringing to fore the dangers involved in front-line railway maintenance work. Mahadev Swami, a blacksmith, working on the tracks, was mowed down by a train running between Thane and Mulund on the slow track. The incident took place at 2:10pm. Swami's death led to an impromptu protest by several of his colleagues, who walked on the tracks and shouted slogans at Thane station. Central Railway officials said no trains had been delayed because of the protest, and repercussions on train traffic, if any, was because of the 15 minutes it took to take Swami's body by train to Thane. Speaking to dna, Mukesh Nigam, divisional railway manager, CR, said: "It's an unfortunate incident. He was one of us. His kin will be given compensation and all other facilities (they are entitled to). An inquiry has been instituted to find out what caused the incident." Railway employees told this paper that erratic maintenance schedules had been creating dangerous work conditions for front-line staff like Swami. "Due to the high number of trains and the general decline in standard of the (suburban) system, maintenance has to be undertaken even beyond the mega-block period. This creates a dangerous situation as trackmen have to work even as trains go past them (on all four lines). Sometimes it's a recipe for disaster," said a gangmen. The accident has also given a fillip to the demand of railway unions that those working in railways be given special status, like those in the defence forces, when it comes to deciding their pay structure. Unions had raised this demand when they met officials of the 7th Pay Commission early November in Mumbai. At the meeting, Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh had furnished statistics that showed that the number of deaths and injuries in the line of duty among railwaymen was second only to the defence forces. WRMS functionaries had pointed out that between 2007 and 2011, the number of railwaymen killed on duty stood at 1,600, and 9,000 had been injured; many had been crippled for life. A dangerous jobOn November 1, dna front-paged an article on how Central Railway train examiner MA Shaikh had died while trying to rectify an electrical fault in a Bandra-CST local. Shaikh, called in to look into the malfunctioning of a train early morning on October 31, fell and had his legs severed when he leaned out of the running train to check if the overhead apparatus was working. The incident occurred close to Dockyard station. Shaikh's colleagues had then told dna that such risks were part and parcel of the job. Gangmen and pointsmen who walk along the tracks looking for and rectifying faults, remain the most vulnerable with the number of deaths among them being among the highest.
|2014-12-16||Bombay High Court tells developers of Thane projec|
Bombay High Court tells developers of Thane project to keep 8 flats vacant till dispute's final hearing The Bombay High Court has directed Wadhwa Developers and three others, who have entered into a joint venture to construct a building at Thane, to keep eight flats vacant following a petition filed by five people who had paid the provisional booking amount for one of their projects. Justice Mridula Bhatkar said, "All the defendants (developers) are directed to keep 8 flats vacant in tower A, and not to part with their possession and not to create any third party right, title or interest in the flats till the suit is decided finally." The HC was hearing an appeal filed by five people through advocates Gautam Ankhad and Tushar Gujjar challenging the order of the Thane civil court. They had sought that the developers be directed to allot them their respective flats in the partly constructed building. In 2008, Terraform Realty, Everest Developers and Money Magnum Constructions wanted to construct a building for weaker sections under MMRDA's rental housing scheme. The plaintiffs (buyers) booked their flats and made a part payment, after which they were given allotment letters. However, the developers could not construct the building as they did not get a go ahead from the MMRDA. In 2012, they offered the plaintiffs a refund along with interest. The plaintiffs did not take back their money and wanted the flats as per the booking done with the developers. The developers thereafter entered into a joint venture with Wadhwa Developers for the construction. Wadhwa developers refused to acknowledge the rights of the plaintiffs and refused to give them the flats. They even sent a legal notice to the plaintiffs, terminating their letters of allotment and called upon them to take a refund with interest at 12%. The plaintiffs then approached the Thane civil court seeking that the developers be restrained from selling "their" flats to third parties. They even sought that the construction of the buildings be stayed. Ankhad argued that the plaintiffs had paid the initial amounts for the flats and for this, the initial developers had issued themletters of allotment showing the provisional booking. Moreover, one of the plaitiffs had raised a loan with a private bank against this letter. Ankhad further argued that although the developers could not avail the four FSI as the rental housing scheme did not take off, they are still entitled to one FSI and under it have one affordable housing scheme. Chetan Kapadia and SV Kale, counsels for the developers, argued that they are now entitled to consume only 1 FSI. Also, the bookings of plaintiffs' flats was provisional, subject to permissions of the competent authority and other government authorities. The judge observed, "The price of real estate and cost of construction shot up within the last 3 to 4 years and, therefore, the plaintiffs would not be in a position to acquire accommodation at the same rate when they booked the flats. Also, the defendants (developers) cannot be asked to stop the construction and cannot be injuncted from transferring, selling all the flats in the building as 15 flats are already booked and 70% construction of the building is complete." Justice Bhatkar observed that it was provisional bookings and the letters cannot be considered as letters of allotment in view of the footnote on them. "However, the correspondence shows that the defendants have assured the plaintiffs that they would allot them those flats subject to approval of the plans," noted the judge. However, Justice Bhatkar also observed that in view of the fact that the MMRDA had not approved the scheme and that the FSI was reduced, the cost of each flat also increased and the carpet area was reduced, cannot be doubted at this stage.
|2014-12-16||'Malin-like tragedy waiting to happen in Thane' - |
‘Malin-like tragedy waiting to happen in Thane’ Rampant quarrying of hills without safeguards may lead to rockfall and even landslides. Mumbai | Published: December 16, 2014 12:34 pm Rockfall and even landslides may occur as a result of quarrying activities in Thane district as no “benches” are maintained while cutting the hills, which are being cut indiscriminately without any scientific mining method, according to the primary observation of an expert committee set up following recommendations of the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) in September this year. The committee recently submitted a report on the “environmental impact of hill cutting for quarrying in Thane district” to SEIAA. “Thane district presents a picture of indiscriminate and relentless hill-cutting for quarrying for more than three decades,” says the report. The team found that the quarries did not follow the rule to cut the hill in steps to prevent landslide or rockfalls from above or below the quarry. A vertical cut of the height more than 80 metre was observed by the committee at some quarries. “The habitat above the quarry, if degraded further, can lead to both sheet erosion and unstable soil conditions, making parts of the hill slope above to become landslide-prone during the monsoon. Settlements below such quarries could be at great risk and a Malin-like episode could well take place,” said the report. The expert committee comprised T C Benjamin, D A Hiremath, Balbir Singh from the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC), experts like Dr Ramesh Dod, Dr Erach Bharucha, Dr D M Dewaikar, besides the Thane district mining officer and Joy Thakur from the state environment department. “Because of indiscriminate cutting of hills, the aquifers or water pools in between the basaltic hill structure are exposed and the water evaporates. These perched aquifers and confined aquifers should not be disturbed and hills that hold water should be preserved, especially given that our state is facing water scarcity and the ground water is depleting,” said an expert committee member. To limit damage to hills and surrounding ecology, the committee has recommended that quarrying should only be allowed in the recharge zone of hills at their base or flat areas, not in the run-off or storage zones of the hill. It has recommended that in the upper reaches of the hill, a retaining wall may be built and tree cover may be maintained at the upper end of the quarry to prevent soil from eroding into the mine below and causing landslides. Further, the committee has proposed that no quarry should be allowed within 300 metres of any habitation or human activity, and blasting with electronic detonations should be done to avoid excessive rock breakages and line drilling and free splitting should be done to minimise distribution of the present rock mass. The Maharashtra Minor Mineral Extraction (Development & Regulation) Rules 2013 stipulates mandatory environmental clearance and mining plan. Records until September 1, however, show that out of 142 quarries in Thane district, 29 do not have permission from the environment department and 45 quarries do not have a mining plan. “The lease period of most of the quarries in Thane district will expire in 2016. I hope the state accepts our recommendations while approving quarrying activities,” said an expert member. Additional Chief Secretary (Environment) Medha Gadgil said that SEIAA, of which she is a member secretary, was going through the report and would take necessary action.
|2014-12-16||RPI(E) leader lynched in Thane - Zee News|
RPI(E) leader lynched in Thane An RPI (Ektawadi) leader from Thane was on Tuesday allegedly lynched by an armed mob in front of his house at Gholai Nagar in Kalwa here, police said. Updated: Dec 16, 2014, 12:24 PM IST Thane: An RPI (Ektawadi) leader from Thane was on Tuesday allegedly lynched by an armed mob in front of his house at Gholai Nagar in Kalwa here, police said. 40-year-old Shankar Kadam, who was the Kalwa region president of the party, was brutally attacked around 1 am by a mob of 25-30 people armed with swords, knives and other lethal weapons, RPI Zilla president Pandarinath Gaikwad told PTI today. Kadam was called out of his house in the wee hours. As soon as he stepped out, the mob allegedly dragged him and began assaulting him. When his sister-law and other locals intervened, they too were allegedly beaten up leaving seven people injured, police said. Police suspect that it may be a case of local rivalry as the assailants were unhappy with the development work Kadam undertook in the region. The injured, including the sister-in-law, have been admitted to the CSMH Civic hospital at Kalwa and are being treated upon, Gaikwad said. Senior police officers have rushed to the scene and investigations are underway. The police is likely to register offences under sections 302, 307 of the IPC and for rioting once the attackers are identified. Meanwhile, panic has gripped Gholai Nagar even as police is making efforts to maintain law and order in the locality.
|2014-12-16||Out of blue, new blues for real estate projects in|
Out of blue, new blues for real estate projects in Mumbai suburbs, Thane Citing a 2006 SC order, forest dept makes nod from National Board of Wild Life must for big construction within 10-km radius of SGNP. Mumbai | Published: December 17, 2014 3:25 am In a move that will impact new real estate projects coming up in Mumbai’s eastern and western suburbs and much of Thane district, the forest department has asked the municipal corporations of Mumbai and Thane to not sanction construction projects over 20,000 square metres within a 10-km radius of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park unless developers get a green clearance from the National Board of Wild Life (NBWL). The move is likely to add to the procedural delays in several ongoing and proposed projects between Borivli and Bandra and from Sion to Thane city, all of which come within the 10-km buffer zone, in addition to a few areas within Thane district. The directive is in keeping with a 2006 Supreme court order in a case filed by Goa Foundation against indiscriminate mining around forest areas in the tiny coastal state. The forest department’s directive came in the form of a letter dated December 3, which was sent by Vikas Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forests and Director of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, to commissioners of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Thane Municipal Corporation. The letter states that in keeping with the apex court ruling and subsequent orders issued by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), “building and other construction projects having built-up area more than 20,000 sqm will need the clearance of the NBWL.” It further states that the planning agencies should insist that upcoming projects falling in this category submit necessary documents to the forest office in order to get the NBWL permission. “It came to our notice that most projects were bypassing the NOC requirement as the planning agencies never cared to implement the MOEF orders. But now the NBWL has become more strict about projects obtaining its clearance,” said Gupta. Earlier this year, the department submitted its proposal demarcating the eco-sensitive zone from the boundary of the 104 sq km SGNP. According to the proposal, the actual buffer zone that requires protection, to preserve the vegetation as well as to prevent man-animal conflict, is only an area of 0.1 km to 2 km from the periphery of the national park. However, the MOEF is yet to notify the proposal and until then, any non-forestry activity, especially construction over 20,000 sqm, requires an No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the NBWL. Gupta added that in a city such as Mumbai, a 10-km radius would have far-reaching implications on most projects. “The actual width of the proposed eco-sensitive zone is maximum 2 kms at some places. It has been marked by including areas with ample vegetation and excluding those that are already densely urbanized and hence do not require further development to be regulated,” said Gupta. He added that until the MOEF notifies the regulated zone as proposed by the department, developers with projects within the 10 km zone will have to get wildlife clearance from NBWL only after which will the MOEF issue the mandatory Environment Clearance. Builder Sunil Mantri, president of the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), said that a majority of the buffer zone area falls in residential zone and making NOC mandatory for such projects would only lead to unnecessarily delays. “There are already 60 NOCs that real estate projects require to procure from state and central agencies, which takes anywhere between one to three years. While we are all for protecting wildlife areas, there is a need to rationalize the regulated area in an already heavily urbanised Mumbai,” said Mantri. firstname.lastname@example.org
|2014-12-15||History-sheeter murdered in Thane; three held - Mi|
History-Sheeter Murdered In Thane; Three Held Dec 15, 2014, 08:57 IST A History-Sheeter Was Allegedly Murdered In The Wee Hours Today Near Here By Three Persons, Who Were Later Arrested, Police Said Thane: A history-sheeter was allegedly murdered in the wee hours today near here by three persons, who were later arrested, police said. The victim, 25-year-old Monu Tapal, who had a number of cases registered against him, was murdered at the base of the Mama Banja hills in Thane west around 2.30 am, Senior Police Inspector R J Kakade of Srinagar police station said. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– Within hours of the crime, three persons identified as Rakesh Purekar (33), Viru Singh (28) and Santosh Jaiswal (31) were arrested from Wagle Estate locality, he added. Based on the complaint lodged by the victim's father, police registered an offence against the trio. According to police, Monu had been bullying Rajesh and demanding money from him for the past few days. Annoyed at it, Rajesh told about it to Viru and Santosh, who hatched a plan to eliminate Monu and stoned him to death in the early hours today. Monu had at least half a dozen cases registered against him, including that of extortion, police said. Srinagar police said that they had filed an offence against Monu yesterday for allegedly trying to extort money from an industrial unit in Hanuman Nagar here.
|2014-12-15||Honda Cars India opens new dealership in Thane - I|
Dec 15, 2014 - 9:24am IST Filed under Honda City, Honda Honda Cars India opens new dealership in Thane – IAB Report Honda has 205 outlets in India. Japanese car major Honda Cars India has opened a new dealership, Regent Honda in Thane, Mumbai. Jnaneswar Sen, Senior VP, Marketing and Sales, and Kamal Ailsinghani, MD, Regent Honda jointly inaugurated the outlet.Regent Honda is built on an area of 24,800 square feet. This 3-S facility has the state of the art workshop with 21 bays and offers comprehensive range of services including sales, service and spare parts. Honda has a dealership network with 205 outlets spread across 133 cities in India. In fact, the Japanese auto maker operates under standards of ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environment management as well. Honda has two manufacturing facilities at Greater Noida, U.P and Tapukara, Rajasthan. Honda’s product range includes Honda Brio, Honda Amaze, Honda Mobilio, Honda City and Honda CR-V. Going forth, the new Honda Jazz is expected to launch this financial year, while an SUV based on the Brio platform could come by early 2016.Last month, Honda sold 15,263 units in the domestic market, an increase of 64 percent compared to November 2013. The City continues to lead with sales of 7,252 units, followed by the newly-launched Mobilio which sold 3,589 units. The Amaze, Brio and CR-V accounted for sales of 3,310, 1,050 and 62 units respectively.
|2014-12-15||Train runs over gangman, angry colleagues protest |
Train runs over gangman, angry colleagues protest in Thane Dec 15, 2014, 11.55 PM IST THANE: A gangman working on the tracks between Mulund and Thane was run over by a train on Monday. On hearing the news of his death, his colleagues staged a rail roko on the Mumbai-Kalyan slow line demanding safety for gangmen. Madhav Kamthi (53) of the path works inspection department in Thane and three of his colleagues were assigned track maintenance work. At 2.10pm, a train approached on the slow line; while the other three moved to safety, Kamthi failed to notice it and got killed. Kamthi's colleagues protested outside the Thane station manager's office against lack of safety measures while working on the tracks. They blocked the Mumbai-Asangaon slow local, but moved to the platform following assurances from officials. Narendra Patil, CR chief PRO, said they are probing the incident.
|2014-12-15||Christmas cheer with the King: Thane Dunn channels|
Christmas cheer with the King: Thane Dunn channels Elvis at shows in Halifax, Truro Published December 15, 2014 - 5:04pm You can grow sideburns and, if you’re lucky, a luxuriant head of hair, but where do you go to buy a jumpsuit? “I get them made by the same folks that made them for Elvis — B&K Enterprises in Clarksville, Ind.,” says Thane Dunn, he of the aforementioned luxe locks. The Moncton native has made a full-time job of Elvis Presley impersonation for the past six years, and brings his new Ultimate Elvis Christmas tour to the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on Tuesday night, then to the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro on Friday and Saturday. Dunn has won international Elvis tribute artist and gospel competitions, but this is the first tour to feature gospel and Christmas music. “It’s brought Silent Night into a new light for me, so to speak. It’s just me being accompanied on the piano with some background vocals, and you can hear the audience singing along with you. From a personal perspective, I get to sing some of my favourite songs because I’ve always been a huge fan of Elvis’s Christmas stuff,” said Dunn, who shared a love of Presley’s gospel music with his late father. “So to be able to perform that onstage, with the choir and everything, to present it in this light (is meaningful). One song you’re not going to hear — and I think it’s a great song — is Crying in the Chapel, because I don’t think it relates to a live performance.” The Christmas show will take the place of Dunn’s usual January visit to Halifax and, along with Blue Christmas and Silver Bells, will include about 30 songs from throughout Presley’s catalogue, featuring eight-piece band the Cadillac Kings, plus the UFC gospel choir. “Elvis Presley is still the king of rock ’n’ roll, so we’re still going to be doing the hits. If you think you’re going to come to a Thane Dunn show and not hear Suspicious Minds, you’re wrong. And one of the songs that’s become a big showstopper is American Trilogy, the cape comes out and all that stuff,” says Dunn, who was in Grade 6 the first time somebody told him he resembled the King. “Everyone started calling me Elvis. My dad was awful proud of that. My dad had a moustache but one time in the ’70s … he had shaved it off and my father looked so much like Elvis it’d scare you.” Dunn is often asked if he’s had any work done to make him look more like Elvis, but he says his face, hair and sideburns are real, and though he’s learned some makeup tricks, he doesn’t wear lipstick or any “foolishness.” “Elvis had it all … the looks, the voice, the charisma, the moves,” he says. “I would say I’ve worked hardest on the voice. When I go onstage, 75 per cent of Thane Dunn stays back in the dressing room and 75 per cent of what I assume Elvis would have been like pops into me.”
|2014-12-14||Thane residents to welcome Christmas with food, wi|
Thane residents to welcome Christmas with food, wine and party Christmas dinner is probably the biggest event of the year for many families and planning and preparing for the occasion is not an easy task. As wine is synonymous to Christmas celebrations and to give a perfect touch to the celebration, there are people who are even furnishing a bar at home and gearing up for big party. "I host a big dinner party and invite all my friends for dinner. And no party is complete without the wine. So, I have started preparations in advance and being a wine lover, I know the aesthetics behind serving a drink. Shopping for champagne cooler, wine bottle case and wine glass is almost done. I have also planned to do up my living room to make it look party kinds," says Christina Rodrigues, a resident. With party everyone's mind and extended celebration, there are some residents who are taking help of experts and the internet to plan the day. "Planning a good food along with the perfect drink is difficult and not all are good at it. To make things easy for myself and make the best of the occasion, I have started attending wine festivals and also read about wine and food combo. Added with my experience and innovation, I am making my menu ready for the big day," says Soumya Sanathanan, another resident. Sharing one of her tricks, Sanathanan adds match weight of both food and wine. Full-bodied wines complement heavy, rich foods. Agreeing completely with the Christmas mood and engrossed in preparations is Ashtrid Fernandes. "I made my home completely ready for big day party. Apart from planning the best food for the day, I have invested good amount of time on bar accessories and made sure to get stylish wine holders, coolers, tongs and others. I have also ordered hand painted customised wine glasses and change the decor of the living room to match the occasion."
|2014-12-14||Thane cop's widow and four children paid compensat|
Thane cop's widow and four children paid compensation of Rs 30 lakh A widow and her four children of a police officer who served the Thane District Rural Police were paid a compensation of Rs 30 lakh by the National Lok Adalat here on Saturday. Updated: Dec 14, 2014, 16:48 PM IST Thane: A widow and her four children of a police officer who served the Thane District Rural Police were paid a compensation of Rs 30 lakh by the National Lok Adalat here on Saturday. The compensation was given to Sugandha Balkrishna Shinde (54), Santosh (19), Sunita (17), Meena (15) and Vinayak (14). Adalat panel members A H Gajyani, Kishore Soundattikar and C V Deshpande directed Ramesh Ekanth Waman, owner of the vehicle involved in the accident and United India Ansurance Company make the payment within four weeks. The deceased police officer Balkrishna Gangaram Shinde (51) served as an Assistant Sub-Inspector with the Thane District Rural Police attached to the Bhiwandi taluka police station, and resided at Police Lines. The widow and her children informed the panel that on July 7 this year, a tempo hit him while he was on duty near the Bhiwandi by pass police post, due to which he died the same day.
|2014-12-14||Thane underrepresented in new govt: Sena, BJP - Ti|
Thane underrepresented in new govt: Sena, BJP Dec 15, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: The expansion of BJP-led government in Maharashtra has disappointed Shiv Sena and BJP functionaries in the district as only one MLA from here has found a berth in the ministry. Although Shiv Sena and BJP secured almost equal number of votes in the district, only Sena MLA Eknath Shinde was inducted in chief minster Devendra Fadnavis' government. Of 18 seats in Thane district, the saffron party has 13 assembly constituencies under its belt. Sena bagged 8.92 lakh votes and won six seats as against 8.55 lakh votes BJP got in the entire Thane district. BJP has seven MLAs in the dsirtict. "Eknath Shinde has been inducted as cabinet minster. But other Thane leaders should have been given portfolios," said a Sena functionary from Thane. Shinde who has been given MSRDC "is not an influential enough portfolio", he added. Sena believes this may mean that they are losing control over the region. "The Marathi-speaking families in Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan and Ambernath have been traditional supporters of BJP and Sena. If they find no representation they may not vote for us again," he said. Some BJP functionaries believe important BJP MLAs have been blanked too. "Thane is said to be the bastion of Sena. BJP party workers and candidates put their shoulders to the wheel to wrest the Thane seat from Sena. The cadre was hopeful BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar would get inducted into the cabinet," said a senior BJP functionary. He added that Fadnavis has missed an opportunity to expand BJPs influence in Thane by not giving him the importance. The senior BJP leader explained that such was the importance of the region that the DF government had two cabinet ministers from the district.
|2014-12-14||Motor accident claim settled in record time of 5 m|
Motor accident claim settled in record time of 5 months in Thane Dec 15, 2014, 12.00 AM IST Thane: The National Lok Adalat has set a precedent by settling Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) case in a record time of just five months. The widow of a police officer from Thane Rural Police and her four children have been awarded a compensation of Rs 30 lakh by the National Lok Adalat held at Thane District and Sessions Court, under District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) on Saturday. The panel members comprising A H Gajyani, Kishore Soundattikar and C V Deshpande of the National Lok Adalat directed Ramesh Ekanth Waman, owner of the vehicle involved in the road mishap, and United India Insurance Company to make the payment within the stipulated four weeks. Incidentally, when it takes years together for the pending claims to get cleared in the courts in the district, this case has been settled and disposed of in record five months time from the day of incident. The deceased Balkrishna Gangaram Shinde (52) was serving as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) with the Thane district rural police, attached to the Bhiwandi taluka police station. The widow and her children informed the panel that on the fateful day on July 7, 2014, while he was on duty and crossing the road near the Bhiwandi bypass police chowkie, a speeding tempo lost control and banged into him. As a result of this, he sustained severe injuries and died. The counsel for the claimants, V K Singh, added that the police officer was earning a sum of Rs 33,000 per month at the time of the incident. The family claimed a sum of Rs 45 lakh, following the death and filed the claim with the MACT, which was settled in the National Lok Adalat through mutual consent. The claimants included widow of the deceased, Sugandha Barlkrishna Shinde (51), and their children — Santosh (19), Sunita (17), Meena (15) and Vinayak (14). Incidentally, the Lok Adalat also awarded a sum of Rs 65 lakh to another family whose breadwinner was killed in a road accident in 2012.
|2014-12-13||PWD minister orders inquiry into construction of T|
PWD minister orders inquiry into construction of Thane flyover Thane Last Updated at December 13, 2014 22:31 IST Maharashtra PWD Minister Eknath Shinde today ordered an enquiry into the construction of Kapurbawdi flyover here. A portion of the bridge slab developed a crack last week. It had to be pulled down. The minister said the Mumbai arm of the bridge had been opened for vehicular traffic in a hurry by the previous administration when it was not completely ready.
|2014-12-13||Thane Rural cops declare war against meth, mephedr|
Thane Rural cops declare war against meth, mephedrone Hundreds of teenagers and youths have fallen prey to harmful drugs which are easily available in every nook and corner of the streets. So, to curb this menace, Thane Rural police have declared a war against mephedrone and methamphetamine and have cracked down on the peddlers and victims. Recently, the locals of Mira Road held an awareness march along with the police. Apart from intensifying vigilance and activating the informer network, the police department is also banking on an awareness drive to curb the new-generation drug menace, which has assumed an alarming proportion in the Mira-Bhayander region. "Special squads have been formed for each police station in our division. These squads will keep an eye on meth pushers and local peddlers in the twin-city. However, after our crackdown and subsequent arrests, the notorious elements have apparently gone underground, but we are committed to permanently removing them from the region," said, deputy SP, Suhas Bawche. In the past, less than a fortnight, around 10 cases have been lodged at local police stations against meth peddlers, consumers and possessors. Declaring a war against this drugs, Rajesh Pradhan, superintendent of Thane Rural police, said, "The teenagers have become more addicted to these drugs. After we came across several complaints, we make sure that the peddlers are booked and residents themselves have taken the initiative. They have started creating awareness in the region about the evil effects of these drugs. We, too, will continue conducting such operations and hope to curb this menace at the earliest." "The reason the kids are getting addicted to these drugs is because they do not emit any odour and are easily available. The victims are turning into peddlers which is not a good news. If there is no demand, there would be no supply, so we will be also make people aware of the side-effects of such drugs," added Pradhan.
|2014-12-13||Thane police foils robbery bid, arrests five - Dai|
Thane police foils robbery bid, arrests five Kapurbawdi police arrested five people hailing from Uttar Pradesh, who had come to Thane a few months back and had the planed a dacoity at Mukesh Trading company at Manpada road. The police got a tip off about the five and they laid a trap. On December 11, in the evening hours around 4.05pm, a rickshaw stopped near the company and had the five accused sitting in it. The police suspected them and arrested them. On further investigation, they disclosed that they had come to rob at Mukesh Trading company. The police have recovered choppers, knife and other basic materials. All the five accused are behind bars. The five accused were identified as Indramani Fulchand Bind, 45, Chandreshkumar Jayram Bind, 23, Sallauddin Sishmohammed Khan, 38, Vishwanath Kunnilal Bind, 30, and Javed Ahmed Abdul Kudus Khan, 28. They have been booked under section 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code.
|2014-12-13||Thane to have two-day hip hop festival - Daily New|
Thane to have two-day hip hop festival All the fans dance, especially the movie Step Up will now get to see hip hop in its best element at Thane this month. While choreographer Remo Fernandes gave India its first dance movie ABCD, three boys from Thane are all set to give India its first hip-hop festial. Touted to be India's first, this pan-India festival will be for two days, December 20 and 21. "In this fest, we are going to show all the elements of hip hop culture, which includes dance, music and urban art," said Virat Pawar, president, Thane Hip Hop Movement (THMM). The THMM was founded in November 2013 by three friends - Pawar, Sarvesh Gurav and Akshay Patil. Now it has seven members. Hip hop originated on streets of New York in 1970s and was practised by Afro-American and Latino-American youth. At the two day fest, the audience will get to see an amalgamation of all the elements of rapping, beat boxing and graffiti. Beat boxing is an art of vocal percussion, where the artist produces sounds of drum beats, rhythm and music from his mouth. Till now, more than 100 artists have registered for all the elements of hip hop, around 60 for solo battles and there will be crew battles also. The event will be held at Khule Rang Manch, near Vartaknagar, Thane (W).
|2014-12-12||Batting to the sound of music in Thane - Times of |
Batting to the sound of music in Thane Dec 12, 2014, 05.26 PM IST THANE: People in Thane witnessed a unique game at the Dadoji Konddeo Stadium in the city recently - the State-Level Blind Cricket Tournament. The much-loved game of cricket was played by teams that consisted of visually challenged players aged 18 to 35. Each team comprised six partially blind and five totally blind players (who are blindfolded while batting in the game). Actor Arjun Kapoor gave away the awards. Arun Murlidhar Bharatkar from The Blind Welfare Organisation said, "Our players see purely with the help of sound. Since the last eight years, we have been into state-level games and five years at the national level. Next month (January 20-24, 2015), we will be having the national level tournaments." There will be teams from Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal. Some facts about blind cricket: *The umpires from the Mumbai Cricket Association blindfolds the batsmen before the match begins *The special wickets have small bells attached to them to indicate to the cricketers that they have a hit-wicket *The visually challenged players use a white hard plastic ball which has little metal balls inside (ball bearings of bicycles). The ball rattles and this sound helps the players locate it *Since the special ball is made of hard plastic, it does not bounce at all, rather rolls and has to be pitched well beyond the halfway mark
|2014-12-12||Honda Opens Dealership in Thane - NDTVAuto.com|
Honda Opens Dealership in Thane Updated: Dec 12, 2014 05:47 PM Honda inaugurated its new dealership, Regent Honda, in Thane. The dealership is spread over an area of 24,800 Sqft, and is a 3S facility. This means that it is designed and built to provide the complete range of Honda services to its customers - sales, service and spare parts.The facility boasts of a showroom and a State of the art workshop with 21 workshop bays. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd., said: "This inauguration is a part of our commitment towards expanding dealer and customer support networks across the country. We are confident that this new state-of-the-art facility will cater to the growing demand for Honda cars and help customers enjoy more choice, convenience and the latest in car sales and service industry for an enhanced ownership experience." Honda now has an extensive dealership network with 205 facilities in 133 cities across India.
|2014-12-11||Sena MP Rajan Vichare raises concern in LS over de|
Sena MP Rajan Vichare Raises Concern In LS Over Deaths On Rail Tracks Dec 11, 2014, 13:04 IST Shiv Sena MP From Thane Rajan Vichare Has Raised Concern Over Large Number Of Suburban Train Commuters Losing Their Lives In Mumbai And Thane Sections Thane: Shiv Sena MP from Thane Rajan Vichare has raised concern over large number of suburban train commuters losing their lives in Mumbai and Thane sections. Nearly 3,100 people died either by falling from crowded locals or getting hit by train while crossing the railway tracks till November end this year, Vichare said. Over 90 per cent of these deaths were while crossing the tracks, he said quoting information provided by Railways.The maximum deaths on tracks have been near Kurla and Thane stations. As many as 363 people lost their lives near Kurla, 296 near Thane, Borivili rail section accounted for 264 deaths and Vasai 254, he said.Of the 3,100 people who died, 2,730 were men, he said. Even last year, 3,506 people had died in the Mumbai suburban rail section, which means that on an average eight persons die every day, he said. The Lok Sabha Member said there was a lack of adequate safety measures adopted by railways at the stations falling under his constituency, including Navi Mumbai and Thane, which resulted in such large scale deaths. "It is the duty of the railways to ensure safe travel of passengers and the first task is to prevent crossing of railway tracks for which overbridges and other proper measures are needed," he said. On the Thane-Vashi route also, 1,606 commuters lost their lives and of these 680 died after falling from crowded trains, he pointed out. Vichare said the Mumbai rail division earns maximum revenue and hence maximum facilities and safety measures should be provided to the commuters.
|2014-12-11||Thane MP raises concern over deaths on rail tracks|
|2014-12-11||Thane MP raises concern in LS over deaths on rail |
Thane MP raises concern in LS over deaths on rail tracks Shiv Sena MP from Thane Rajan Vichare has raised concern over large number of suburban train commuters losing their lives in Mumbai and Thane sections. Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 13:22 PM IST Thane: Shiv Sena MP from Thane Rajan Vichare has raised concern over large number of suburban train commuters losing their lives in Mumbai and Thane sections. Nearly 3,100 people died either by falling from crowded locals or getting hit by train while crossing the railway tracks till November end this year, Vichare said. Over 90 per cent of these deaths were while crossing the tracks, he said quoting information provided by Railways. The maximum deaths on tracks have been near Kurla and Thane stations. As many as 363 people lost their lives near Kurla, 296 near Thane, Borivili rail section accounted for 264 deaths and Vasai 254, he said. Of the 3,100 people who died, 2,730 were men, he said. Even last year, 3,506 people had died in the Mumbai suburban rail section, which means that on an average eight persons die every day, he said. The Lok Sabha Member said there was a lack of adequate safety measures adopted by railways at the stations falling under his constituency, including Navi Mumbai and Thane, which resulted in such large scale deaths. "It is the duty of the railways to ensure safe travel of passengers and the first task is to prevent crossing of railway tracks for which overbridges and other proper measures are needed," he said. On the Thane-Vashi route also, 1,606 commuters lost their lives and of these 680 died after falling from crowded trains, he pointed out. Vichare said the Mumbai rail division earns maximum revenue and hence maximum facilities and safety measures should be provided to the commuters.
|2014-12-11||Man kills wife over family dispute in Thane - Mid-|
Man Kills Wife Over Family Dispute In Thane Dec 11, 2014, 11:48 IST A 26-Year-Old Village Housewife Was Brutally Killed By Her Husband In Kalyan Taluka Here After He Suspected Her Of Having An Illicit Affair, Police Said Today Thane: A 26-year-old village housewife was brutally killed by her husband in Kalyan taluka here after he suspected her of having an illicit affair, police said today. API SC Nagre of Kalyan taluka police station told PTI that the murder took place last night after the young couple, who were living separately for the last six months, entered into an altercation.Last night, accused Nitin J Owhal reached victim Jyotsana's house in village Galegaon and allegedly attacked her with sharp weapons after a quarrel leaving her dead on the spot, police said. Owhal fled the spot immediately after the incident. Police has launched a manhunt for him. Also, offence under sections 302 of the IPC had been registered against the accused and the body has been sent for postmortem.
|2014-12-11||Thane education officer suspended for alleged misd|
Thane education officer suspended for alleged misdeeds Thane Last Updated at December 11, 2014 21:35 IST Thane District Education Officer (Primary) of the Thane Zilla Parishad has been suspended with immediate effect by the state government on charges of alleged dereliction of duties as well as repeated complaints about him from various quarters, it was learnt here today. The order which was issued by the Deputy Secretary of the State Education Department on December 10, stated that the officer P L Kawane was being suspended by the government under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Maharashtra Employment Rules (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1979. It is learnt that there were numerous complaints against the officer from teachers, citizens, school managements and even MLAs, after which the government sought a report from the Zilla Parishad chief, based on which the government took a decision to suspend him. A number of misdeeds by the officer in dealing with educational programmes is also said to be a reason why action was taken against him, official sources said. The order has also directed that during his suspension period, the officer should not leave the headquarters and also not take up any private jobs or do any business, and he would be eligible for wages as per regulations during his suspension period.
|2014-12-11||For rescued kids, a building of hope in Thane - Da|
For rescued kids, a building of hope in Thane In the heart of Thane city at Vartak Nagar, stands a TMC building named 'Bal Snehalay'. The name seems apt as one of the floors of the structure is home to 14 children, who have been rescued by the GRP from various railway platforms across Mumbai. In a first of its kind initiative, the Mumbai GRP, Thane police, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and NGO Rainbow Foundation have joined hands to run a shelter home for such abandoned children. 'Bal Snehalay' is currently hope for these 14 children who could have been trafficked or got into drugs had there been no timely intervention by the GRP. All the children, ranging from 8 years to 15 years are taking baby steps towards a better future where they would no longer have to deal with abusive parents, hunger and drug addicts who would abuse them. "We at Bal Snehalay ensure that all the children get proper food, clothing, shelter and most importantly education. All the children are enrolled into TMC run schools where they are getting formal education which they have been deprived all these years," said Satinder Sethi from Rainbow Foundation. Sethi added, "We are happy that the GRP commissioner, TMC commissioner and Thane police have come together for this noble cause and thus given these kids an opportunity for a better future." The children at 'Bal Snehalaya' who until few months ago used to beg, or do odd jobs for a living, have now ambitions to make it big in the society. One of the shelter inmates, a 15-year-old boy, said, "I lived at Andheri station and would do odd jobs as my parents were very poor, but not here. I am going to school and I will give my best to become a pilot."
|2014-12-10||Synthetic stimulants worth Rs 15 Lakh seized at Th|
Synthetic stimulants worth Rs 15 Lakh seized at Thane railway station On Sunday, the Anti Narcotic Cell in Thane arrested a 22-year-old engineering drop out student, Arun Nagar, for possession of 3kg of synthetic stimulant drug called Mephedrone. The drug goes with several street names such as MD drug, crystal, cat. Total amount estimated of the seizure is around Rs15 lakh. The accused, a resident of Dombivli was arrested on Sunday from Thane railway station, where he had come to deliver the package. The Anti Narcotic Cell got the tip-off about the seizure and laid a trap to nab the culprit. After arresting the accused, he was taken to the Thane Nagar police station and a case was lodged. The accused was also produced in the court. A police official said, "We came to know about the delivery from our sources. While the accused was coming out of station, we saw him and arrested him immediately with the package."MV Dharamdhikari, senior police inspector from Anti-Narcotic Cell said, "We are concentrating on the source of the drug. The quantity found with the accused is huge and there must be a larger network involved in this crime. We are tapping on accused's links and it is suspected that his close friends are also involved in it." Dharmadhikari said, "The accused is an engineering drop out and his father owns a small shop, where he helps his father in the business."
|2014-12-10||Lion Spotted at Ghodbunder Road in Thane: Watch Fu|
Watch Video: Was a Lion really spotted at Ghodbunder Road in Thane? Updated: December 11, 2014 1:02 AM IST We are in such an era where things can spread across social media like wildfire. With the availability of internet on our fingertips, instant messengers have become the main source for spreading rumours. Earlier this week, WhatsApp was abuzz with a video circulating that a lion ventured out of the jungle and was spotted in the middle of Ghodbunder Road in Thane. The highway that connects Thane to Borivali as well as Gujarat, is in close proximity to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and there have been several incidents of Leopard spotting in the past. However, a lion venturing out into the said area would be the first of its kind. Now, SGNP houses lions but if any one of them indeed left the premises; the officials would have definitely sprung into action to protect the king of the jungle. Apparently, some reporter without bothering to do some research went ahead and published a story.Observing the video, it is clear that the surrounding never looked like any area in Thane; which messages across WhatsApp claim. What it took is a little ‘research‘ to type “Lion on Road” on YouTube. The truth is the lion (seems like a lioness) was spotted near Bhavnath Mandir in Junagadh in Gujarat. Divya Bhaskar, a newspaper of that state, had uploaded a video to their YouTube page on 2nd December, 2014. The area has witnessed multiple sightings of lions freely walking on the road. One such incident saw a lion rescued after it fell inside an open well. Somebody thought it would be funny to create panic and claim that the animal indeed ventured on to the roads of Thane. People are undoubtedly gullible but does it cost someone a lot to search before spending their energy on spreading false messages? Watch the video below as the Lion is scared away by motorists who also recorded the scene using their mobile camera.
|2014-12-10||MLA seeks probe in alleged poor construction of Th|
MLA seeks probe in alleged poor construction of Thane bridge Shiv Sena MLA from Thane, Pratap Sarnaik has sought an inquiry into the alleged poor construction quality of the Kapurbawdi flyover in the city. Updated: Dec 10, 2014, 12:23 PM IST Thane: Shiv Sena MLA from Thane, Pratap Sarnaik has sought an inquiry into the alleged poor construction quality of the Kapurbawdi flyover in the city. Sarnaik recently submitted a memorandum in this regard to Maharashtra Public Works Minister Eknath Shinde. He said the yet to be inaugurated Mumbai wing of the the flyover developed some snag which has further delayed its completion. Notably, the bridge construction has been much delayed. Earlier Shinde, Sarnaik and Sena MP Rajan Vichare had demanded its speedy completion. Sarnaik has also claimed that because of the delay, the construction cost has escalated five times and still the work remains incomplete. In a separate memorandum, Sarnaik has urged the minister to explore the possibility of an elevated or an underground road from Gaimukh to Mira Road and also making it a six-lane path. He said the Ghodbunder road has been witnessing huge traffic which is growing day-by-day as it serves as a link to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway. Sarnaik has also sought information on what steps the public works department is taking on demands for improvement of traffic management on Ghodbunder road.
|2014-12-10||Thane schools plan to spread the Christmas joy wit|
Thane schools plan to spread the Christmas joy with special children and orphans Dec 10, 2014, 10.11 PM IST Thane: The air is filled with festivities as city schools have starting training their students for the upcoming festival of love, hope, peace and joy. Christmas is that time of the year when not only Catholics but people from all faiths come together and take part in the festivities. Schools have started teaching kids different Christmas carols and skits. While some are organizing a Christmas party in their respective schools, others have thought of reaching out to others, which is the true Christmas spirit. Fr. Michael Pinto, principal of St. John the Baptist School, said, ''Our students have already started practicing the carols. The entire atmosphere is filled with excitement. But this year, our students will not perform for our school kids. Instead, they will spread the spirit of joy with kids at orphanages, special schools and construction workers. We will also distribute sweets and goodies, along with Santa masks.'' Following these lines is also Thane's Billabong International School. ''We will be organizing a traditional Christmas party with one of the teacher's dressed as Santa Clause will distribute sweets and gifts. But this joy will be celebrated with underprivileged children from Reach Education Action Programme (REAP). We will be sending our school buses to pick them up. Our SSC students will also be performing for them,'' said Ranjini Krishnaswami, director and principal of the school. Thane's Euro School is also thinking of having an out-of-the-box celebration. ''We will be organizing a carnival for our students and teachers at two malls. We will sing Christmas carols and perform a skit on how Santa Clause originated. Everyone is familiar with the birth of Jesus Christ, but not many know about Santa whom they believe in blindly,'' principal Rajani Pattabhiraman said.
|2014-12-09||45 fined for parking on Thane -Belapur service roa|
45 fined for parking on Thane -Belapur service road Dec 10, 2014, 12.05 AM IST Navi Mumbai: Traffic cops of Rabale carried out a special drive on Tuesday along the Thane-Belapur service road and penalized over 45 vehicles for illegal parking. The drive will continue to clear the 4.5-km patch from private and tourist vehicles. Since its opening in August to decongest T-B road, the two-lane service road has become a safe haven for illegal parking of tourist vehicles. And traffic department has regularly cleared the violators only to see them return. Based on complaints received from motorists on this stretch, traffic police launched a campaign to discourage illegal parking in the no-parking zone. The Reliance IT Park corridor forms a major portion of illegal parking which leads to jam-packed traffic. "Our personnel were busy due to Vashi bridge diversion. Now they have returned to clear the no-parking zones along the service road," said Balasaheb Gade, traffic police inspector.
|2014-12-09||Fraudsters take car loans in 15 Thane residents' n|
FRAUDSTERS TAKE CAR LOANS IN 15 THANE RESIDENTS’ NAMES Updated: Dec 10, 2014, 12.57 AM IST The victims learnt about the loans when recovery agents started harassing them. Fifteen Thane residents have been receiving calls from bank recovery agents for repayment of car loans that the residents say they never applied for. They claim that fraudsters had misused their personal details and forged documents to obtain loans in their names. To make matters worse, the police appear reluctant to investigate the cases properly. The victims said two days ago, the Rabale police station told them that they cannot register a complaint as investigators from a different police station were already looking into the alleged fraud. A zonal deputy police commissioner had instructed the Rabale police to conduct a probe four months ago when the victims first approached the authorities. This week, the residents approached cops to know the status of the investigations. They, however, were given a note that said the Rabale police cannot carry out the probe because of jurisdictional issues. It is not clear who the fraudsters are or how they managed to obtain the 15 residents' personal details and get loan applications in their names processed. But most of the victims had unsuccessfully applied for home loans sometime back. Enquiries made by them have revealed that cars had been purchased in their names from a company called Saffron Motors in Airoli. The loans had been taken from a centralised bank. The residents suspect the bank's employees may have colluded with Saffron Motors' staff. Thane resident Santosh Thackrey, who has been receiving calls from recovery agents, said that he had applied for a home loan with the help of an agent named Ganpati Raikar. "He assured me that my application would be approved within a week. But the following week, he informed me that the request had been rejected and that I would have to reapply," Thackrey said. "I didn't seek the loan again." Two months ago, he started receiving calls from recovery agents. "They say I have failed to pay monthly instalments in time. Many others also received similar calls. We then approached the police together," Thackrey said. The 15 complainants first approached the Rabale police, alleging harassment by recovery agents. "We also approached the DCP, who ordered an inquiry. We even helped the police identify some of the accused. But cops just kept assuring me that arrests would be made," Thackrey said. Two days ago, however, the Rabale police told the victims that they cannot conduct a probe as the Ghatkopar police were looking into a similar case. Another Thane resident, Pradeep Tukaram, said that he had enquired with the Ghatkopar police, but no such case had been filed. Additional Police Commissioner Fateh Singh Patil said that he would look into the matter and take action.
|2014-12-08||NIA custody extended for Thane IS activist - India|
NIA custody extended for Thane IS activist IANS - Tuesday 9th December, 2014 A Mumbai court Monday extended till Dec 22 the NIA custody of arrested Thane youth Arif Majeed, accused of being an Islamic State activist. Majeed, 23, was arrested Nov 28 after he arrived from Iraq via Turkey and was sent to the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) till Dec 8. The NIA informed Special Judge Y.D. Shinde that it has made sufficient progress in the investigation and needed further custodial interrogation of Majeed. It said some online data has been recovered, while some more had to be recovered to confront the accused with the data provided by the service providers. The NIA said the data showed Majeed's involvement in the case along with three other wanted people. "We have not opposed the NIA custody as they want to verify and cross-check certain things," Majeed's lawyer Abdul Wahab told IANS. Majeed, hailing from Kalyan town in Thane district, arrived in Mumbai Nov 28 and was subsequently arrested. Among other things, he was accused of waging war against a country having friendly ties with India. Majeed went 'missing' in May this year along with three other Thane youth -- Shahim Tanki, Aman Tandel and Fahad Shaikh. They left India on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage to holy sites in Iraq, but were later reported as 'disappeared'. Later, their parents and police learnt they had reportedly joined the IS and were engaged in the war in Syria and Iraq. Majeed's family Aug 26 learnt from Tanki that Arif was reportedly killed in the war following which the family conducted the funeral rites. A couple of months ago, the family came to know that Arif was actually wounded in the war and managed to escape to Turkey, from where he arrived by a flight to Mumbai and was nabbed by NIA.
|2014-12-08||NIA custody extended for Thane IS activist - Daiji|
|2014-12-08||Thane jail turns porous; 22 mobiles smuggled in ov|
THANE JAIL TURNS POROUS; 22 MOBILES SMUGGLED IN OVER PAST TWO MONTHS Updated: Dec 8, 2014, 08.48 AM IST Thane's Adaharwadi Jail has recorded an alarming increase in the number of mobile phones smuggled into its premises. According to sources in the police department, at least eight attempts have been made to bring the devices into the facility in the last two months. Thus far, 22 handsets have been seized and handed over to the Bazaar Peth Police Station, which holds jurisdiction over the jail. Sharad Shelke, the superintendent in charge of the facility, has brought the porosity of the jail's walls to the notice of his superiors, but the smuggling has continued unabated. Shelke has alleged that prisoners have colluded with his junior staff to smuggle contraband into the penitentiary. The officer said he has even laid traps to capture those involved, but to no avail. Adaharwadi Jail houses nearly 1,200 prisoners although it's built to contain 500. It was home to members of the Chhota Rajan gang and the Ulhasnagar politician Pappu Kalani. Among those presently held captive here is Devendra Jagtap, the man who fired at the gangster Abu Salem in Taloja Central Jain in 2013. "Security has always been an issue in this particular facility. There is a wall on the back side which is a bit low and people fling things over this wall and prisoners lie in wait on the inside," he said. "They then hide these parcels in their underwear and smuggle them into their barracks," he said. According to a police official in the jail, prisoners use members of tribes that live near the facility as mules to aid smuggling operations. A large garbage heap near one wall facilitates the transfer of contraband, he said. Four such attempts were made in the last month alone. Two days ago, a sack full of food was flung into the facility from across the low wall: six phones were located in the bag. A week prior to this episode, a packet of fish was discovered in the compound. It contained two handsets. Two weeks ago a sack of eight mobile phones was found in the jail. "These phones cannot be traced as they do not contain any SIM cards," Shelke said. "The prisoners get hold of these cards when they are taken to court; they are handed to them when in rest rooms." The superintendent has had patrolling intensified in the past few weeks and inspects the place himself at night. The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the zone, Sanjay Jadhav, has proposed the setting up of a police outpost near the jail in addition to a separate check post in the neighbourhood. "Nearly eight cases have been registered under the Prisoners Act and other relevant sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code). We're probing the smuggling operations," he said.
|2014-12-08||Watch: Lion sighted roaming the streets of Thane -|
Watch: Lion sighted roaming the streets of Thane Imran Fazal Monday 8 December 2014 12:27 IST Mumbai DNA A police official captured the lion while straying into a forest as it vanished after looking the chaos on the road. Next story Things we say in India when traffic rules go for a toss most viewed Mumbai: Breastfeeding mom's car towed away by cops, video goes viral Home India World Business Technology Sports Entertainment Epaper FOLLOW US ON About DNA Contact us Investors Advertise Reprint Rights Partner Sites Zee News Hindi News Marathi News Bengali News Tamil News Malayalam News Zee Business WION ©2017 Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.
|2014-12-08||Thane: Man forces wife to abort foetus, marries an|
|2014-12-08||Thane zone sees fewer rail mishaps in December - T|
Thane zone sees fewer rail mishaps in December Dec 9, 2014, 02.30 AM IST Thane: The Thane railway zone witnessed fewer mishaps in the first week of December. The stretch between Thane and Diva recorded a high mishap rate in the previous month, as compared to the other zones. According to the data received from the Mumbai railway police, the Thane-Diva stretch recorded five deaths and four injuries, last week. But since the last few days not a single mishap has been reported. In comparison, the Mumbai CST-Thane line witnessed 21 mishaps, while the Harbour line saw 12 and Western 45, making it the highest mishaps on the network. The Mumbra-Kalwa stretch had recorded the maximum number of mishaps, followed by Thane and Diva level crossing. The police said that the victims died either after falling off trains or while crossing the tracks. MLA Jitendra Awhad had recently asked the railway administration to pull up their socks and ensure proper safety of commuters. ''We have been making regular announcements at the station, discouraging commuters from rooftop or footboard travelling. We also made announcements through public address systems at mosques in Kalwa and Mumbra,'' said an in-charge of a suburban station. Till date, the suburban stretch of Thane has witnessed 627 mishaps, of which 320 died.
|2014-12-08||Duo working at Thane civil hosp held for graft - T|
Duo working at Thane civil hosp held for graft Dec 9, 2014, 02.17 AM IST Thane: Two persons, a junior clerk and a ward boy, working at the Thane Civil Hospital have been arrested by the Mumbai unit of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3.50 lakh on Monday. The accused, Ravindra Rathod and Girish Pawar, have been apparently misusing their government posts and were allegedly extorting money for providing services. An ACB official informed that the complainant was awarded a contract to install generators at the Thane Civil Hospital. When he completed his work within the stipulated time, he demanded the payment of Rs 12.87 lakh. But the duo demanded a bribe of Rs 4 lakh to clear the payment. Irked by the demand, the complainant registered a case with the Mumbai unit of ACB and the duo was arrested. A case has been registered at Thane nagar police station
|2014-12-07||Thane police's chain-snatching (prevention) squad |
Thane police's chain-snatching (prevention) squad arrests three people with 155 cases between them The Thane crime branch unit had appointed a chain snatching squad three months ago to investigate chain-snatching cases in Thane commissionerate. With the help of local police, the squad has arrested three people. The accused are history-sheeters and have 155 cases of chain snatching in 21 police station in five zones of Thane registered on them. Major cases are registered in zone 5. All the three accused arrested on November 17 were identified as Iqbal Mohammed Sayyed aka Sheru, 26 - who is the main accused - Devisingh Indrakanth Das Hirasingh Channdana, 20 and Gurupadh Indrakanth Das aka Guru, 25, all are from Kalyan. They were produced in court and will remian in police custody till December 10. The police have recoverd jewellery worth Rs 84 lakh and a mangalsutra worth Rs33,000 from them The accused were booked under section 392 (punishment for robbery) of the Indian Penal Code. There were more than 21 officials who were working on the chain-snatching cases and further investigation is on. During investigation, the accused revealed that they know of other friends in Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Badlapur and Dombivali invovled in chain snatching. Nagesh Lohar, additonal commissioner of police, crime, Thane, said, "We will investigate and then we will see if we can add the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) to the case." Deputy commissioner of police, Parag Manere, said, "Both, the police and the chain snatching squad have done a commendabel job. We have got to know that there are other people also and we are investigating. We have 800 cases till now for this year, of which 250 have been solved and others are under process." VV Lakshminarayana, joint commissioner of police, Thane, said, "We will see to it that once all the procedures are over, we will hand over the robbed jewellery to the owners. To prevent such cases, we are doing naka bandi at various spots and we are also checking the suspected bikers."
|2014-12-07||No sewage treatment plant in Thane Municipal Corpo|
No sewage treatment plant in Thane Municipal Corporation jurisdiction - RTI While Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has made Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) as a compulsory criteria for giving Occupancy Certificate (OC) to housing societies, there is no STP plant in its jurisdiction. And shockingly, untreated wastes are being released into creeks and nullahs, reveals a Right To Information (RTI) application. So much of awareness is being generated for a clean and pollution-free city and Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiating 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan' for a clean India, but it seems that the civic body does not believes in the same.Thane-based activist Rajiv Datta, who filed the RTI, alleges, "Lakes and creeks across Thane are getting polluted. Crores of rupees have been released as fund by the central government as well as the state government. Where is this money going? In the name of mega projects, work is not being completed on time." In the RTI, Datta had asked the corporation to provide details of STP within its jurisdiction with respect to their location and capacity of treating waste, the working condition with respect to available records in reply to which TMC has replied that they don't own a STP. The activist has also asked information about how many MLD of nullah and gutter water has been treated before discharging. Again, the civic officials do not have any record.Pollution in the city has increased multifold and almost all creeks and lakes are getting polluted to a bigger extent. Activists allege that though every year lot of money is spent in the name of cleaning and beautification, but it is all an eyewash. Datta added, "It is ironical that for housing societies STP is a must, but the corporation does not believe and this is evident from the RTI." TMC public relations officer and deputy civic commissioner Sandeep Malvi said, "Work is under progress, however, the waste is given conventional treatement before disposing them of into nullah or creek."
|2014-12-07||Thane: Quartet held for wanting to sell endangered|
Thane: Quartet Held For Wanting To Sell Endangered Primate Dec 07, 2014, 06:23 IST | A correspondent Thane Crime Branch Officials Nab The Accused From Kapurbawdi, Recover Four Slender Loris Worth Rs 70 Lakh Acting on a tip-off that a gang of sellers would be visiting Kapurbawdi to sell a protected species of primates, officials from the Thane Crime Branch laid a trap and arrested a quartet on last Thursday around 10.30 am.The cops rescued four Slender Loris worth Rs 70 lakh from their possession. The arrested quartet was identified as Viju Varghese Chako (35), from Kasarwadi gaav; Nagraj Rajviraya Gujja (56), from Padmanagar in Bhiwandi; Rajendra Balvant Vighate (39), a Badlapur resident and Vinod Krushna Sutar (31) from Kolhapur. While Chako originally hails from Kerala, Gujja’s hometown can be located in Telangana. All four were booked under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.Cop speak Senior Inspector Devidas Gheware from Central Crime Detection unit said, “Vinod is the one who got the primates from Karnataka. All four are friends. Loris is a protected species and is found in parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. It is an endangered species and protected by law. Those practicing witchcraft and black magic use these animals, while some believe the animal has medicinal properties.”
|2014-12-07||More CCTVs, clear footpaths in Thane to check chai|
More CCTVs, clear footpaths in Thane to check chain-snatching Thane police would soon get more CCTVs installed at vital locations and ensure clearing of encroachments on footpaths to check growing incidences of chain-snatching, a senior official has said. Till October 2014, 800 cases of chain-snatching were reported in the commissionerate of which nearly 250 were resolved, Thane Joint Police Commissioner V V Lakshmi Narayana told reporters here last evening. "We have observed that most of the chain-snatching cases are reported when women walk on roads, which is convenient for the offenders. Hence, it is needed that the footpaths be cleared (of encroachments) to make it free for walking," he said. "With the assistance of the local civic body, the footpaths would be cleared to allow people to walk freely and safely," he said. The Thane Crime Unit-I staff recently arrested three persons from the commissionerate area which helped it resolve as many as 155 such offences, the police officer said. Police recovered gold chains worth around Rs 84 lakhs and weighing 3,350 gms from the three accused, identified as Iqbal Mohammad Sayeed @ Sheru (26), and two jewellers Devisingh @ Devendra Hirasingh Chaddana (20) and Gurupadh Indrakant Das @ Guru (25). The offenders usually moved around on motorbikes or scooters and after snatching the chains, sold it to jewellers. Police are on the look out of the other members of the gang which operates in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai, he said.
|2014-12-07||Four rare monkeys bundled into sacks, rescued in T|
Four rare monkeys bundled into sacks, rescued in Thane Dec 7, 2014, 06.34 AM IST THANE: Four ebullient monkeys have been rescued from the clutches of four poachers in Thane. The monkeys, belonging to the endangered 'Slender Loris' species, had been bundled into a sack. They were rescued by Thane police officials from Ghodbunder Road on Thursday. The creature, with slender arms and legs, fetches over Rs 70 lakh in India while it is in high demand abroad. Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Parag Manere said that the poachers were arrested on a tip-off. On Thursday, a police team arranged for dummy customers and caught the four—Rajendra Vidhate (39) from Badlapur, Vinod Sutar (31) a native of Kolhapur, Viju Vargese Chako (35) who hails from Kerala and Nagraj Gujja (53) from Telangana. The police have confiscated their car. A case has been registered against the four under the Wildlife Protection Act. Senior police inspector Devidas Gheware said they were probing as to where the accused had got the monkeys. He said the simian breed is on the verge of extinction. "People believe it has magical and medicinal powers and that it wards off evil," said Gheware. Range forest officer IS Kambli said this monkey is found in forests along Maharashtra-Karnataka border.
|2014-12-07||More CCTVs, Clear Footpaths In Thane To Check Chai|
More CCTVs, Clear Footpaths In Thane To Check Chain-Snatching Cities Updated: December 07, 2014 13:35 IST THANE: Thane police would soon get more CCTVs installed at vital locations and ensure clearing of encroachments on footpaths to check growing incidences of chain-snatching, a senior official has said. Till October 2014, 800 cases of chain-snatching were reported in the commissionerate of which nearly 250 were resolved, Thane Joint Police Commissioner V V Lakshmi Narayana told reporters here last evening. "We have observed that most of the chain-snatching cases are reported when women walk on roads, which is convenient for the offenders. Hence, it is needed that the footpaths be cleared (of encroachments) to make it free for walking," he said. "With the assistance of the local civic body, the footpaths would be cleared to allow people to walk freely and safely," he said. The Thane Crime Unit-I staff recently arrested three persons from the commissionerate area which helped it resolve as many as 155 such offences, the police officer said. Police recovered gold chains worth around Rs. 84 lakhs and weighing 3,350 gms from the three accused, identified as Iqbal Mohammad Sayeed @ Sheru (26), and two jewellers Devisingh @ Devendra Hirasingh Chaddana (20) and Gurupadh Indrakant Das @ Guru (25). The offenders usually moved around on motorbikes or scooters and after snatching the chains, sold it to jewellers. Police are on the look out of the other members of the gang which operates in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai, he said.
|2014-12-06||Thane: 4 endangered mammals saved from being sold|
|2014-12-06||Thane couples are all for 'monthsaries' - Times of|
Thane couples are all for 'monthsaries' Dec 6, 2014, 04.48 PM IST Couples these days are busy and how! They are doing all it takes to keep the sparks of romance alive in their relationships. Psychologists say that when both the partners have demanding schedules, they tend to drift apart in the relationship. They often give priority to their work than spend quality time together, However, most couples are now working their way around it, with some celebrating monthsaries — which means that they spend time together to commemorate one special day in their relationship. The love gratification syndrome Psychologist Seema Hingoranny says, "This is called the love gratification syndrome. I have noticed this trend in many young couples. There is this growing need to constantly remind each other that they are in a relationship. It is like a monthly reminder, 'Hey we are together'." Celebrating togetherness every month Sudhir Sahani, who works with a private firm and is a resident of Hiranandani Gardens, says, "My fiancee and I celebrate our ring ceremony day, every month. She is an entrepreneur and her work timings, like mine, are erratic. We got engaged last year and in a few months are going to get married. This long courtship period has been a great experience, which I feel has to do a lot with our decision to celebrate monthsaries." Sudhir and his fiancee make it point to squeeze out time from their busy schedules to meet up once a month and plan to stick to it, even after their marriage. A day to have fun Mihika and Rajvir Singh, who have been dating each other for the last six months, have been celebrating monthsaries. "This just marks it as a day to have fun. It's an unwritten rule between us that the day is to celebrate, be together and go all out on that one day. We both work hard, so this day of 'no work and all fun' means a lot," says Mihika. If you love someone, why not show it? To the smart-phone wielding, social networking generation, flaunting one's relationship means a lot to them. Says Seema, "There are couples who have no qualms about showing off their relationship to the world and celebrating every month. They reason, "If you love each other, why not show it? For some, it gives them an opportunity to express their feelings." An excuse to do something for each other Not all couples do it for their online status updates. Simit and Devanshi Sharma from Ovala, Ghodbunder Road say, "We have been married for 14 years, and we celebrate monthsaries too. Not in a big way, just a quiet 'us' time together. It is a very personal thing, maybe a dinner out, or even just a long drive somewhere. It does add to our relationship." The 'all-heart' is too OTT Not everyone understands the 'all heart' syndrome and find it to be over-the-top (OTT). Sulabha Patil, from Wagle Estate, mother of two teenaged college-going boys, says, "I do not understand this need to celebrate an anniversary every month. It is supposed to be an annual thing. There is a lot of insecurity in relationships these days and that is what leads to these monthsaries." Anantha Iyer, a 30-year-old from Vasant Vihar adds, "I feel the concept of monthsaries is a huge waste of time. I have had girl friends, who feel the same way. If I ever get married I will do away with even the anniversaries because I am sure my partner and I would not need one day to 'feel special' or 'in-love'."
|2014-12-06||48 teams to participate in 3-day Kho Kho tournamen|
48 teams to participate in 3-day Kho Kho tournament in Thane Updated: Dec 06, 2014, 12.55 PM IST THANE: A total of 48 teams from 24 districts of Maharashtra will participate in the Kho Kho Mayor Trophy to be held here from December 8 onwards, Thane Mayor Sanjay More said today. Addressing a press conference, More said that both men and women teams will take part in the three-day competition. Along side the tournament, state selection of teams will also take place, he said. The total prize money for the event is Rs 4.32 lakh. First prize will be of Rs 70,000, second Rs 45,000 and third of Rs 35,000, the Mayor added. Teams from Sangli, Mumbai, Thane, Mumbai Suburban, Pune, Osmanabad, Solapur, Nashik, Ratnagiri, Nandurbar, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Raigadh, Jalgaon, Hingoli, Satara, Sindhudurgh, Beed, Aurangabad, Nanded, Parbhani, Jalna, Latur and Palghar will participate in the competition.Replying to a query, More said that sport policy for Thane was almost ready and would be finalised and implemented in coming months.
|2014-12-06||Toll-locked Thane eyes release with Shinde in cabi|
Toll-locked Thane eyes release with Shinde in cabinet Dec 7, 2014, 01.01 AM IST Thane: The appointment of Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde as minister in-charge of the MSRDC on Saturday, has raised hopes among citizens for an early end to the toll payable by motorists driving in and out of Thane. Shinde has been on the forefront of the agitation against the lack of transparency and accountability in the toll collections and has filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court against the toll policy of the state government. The minister, during his stint as an opposition MLA, had made a detailed presentation before then chief minister Prtihviraj Chavan about measures that ought to be introduced to ensure that the toll collection booths across the district should be shut down upon recovery of the investment by the toll contractor. In fact, Shinde had designed a prototype scroller machine which would do a real-time computing of the daily collections at the booths, each time an attendant issues a computerized toll slip to the motorists. The computer would total up the daily earning at the toll post and after deduct the amount from the investments made by the toll contractor, the remainder dues payable through toll would be put on display. Locals who have been paying the toll for close to two decades have pinned their hopes on Shinde to put an end to the 'arbitary' system of toll collection. "We are positively sure that Shinde will correct the policy lapses of the earlier government so far as the toll is concerned. However, to begin with we expect that he would ensure immediate implementation of the cabinet decision to exempt citizens staying within the five km radius rule of the toll post,'' a Thaneite said.
|2014-12-06||Thane's Gaurang Ambre bags double gold at athletic|
Thane’s Gaurang Ambre bags double gold at athletics championship Dec 7, 2014, 02.57 AM IST Thane: It was a double gold for Thane's Gaurang Ambre (19) at the inter-college and inter-university athletics championships. However, Ambre missed the bus for national junior meet at Vijaywada with the dates of multiple events clashing. At the recently held inter-university Ashwamedh state-level athletics meet in Aurangabad, Ambre clinched gold medals in 100 metre and 200 metre sprints. He clocked 10.7 seconds in the 100 metre sprints to top the table. In the 200 metre race, his timing was 22.1 seconds. "It was great to bag twin gold medals at such a coveted event where champion athletes from various universities of the state participated. I am lucky to have won both my pet events," said Ambre. This season was his best. He won triple gold medals in 100 metre, 200 metre and 4X100 metre events representing Maharashtra at the West Zone Athletics Meet.
|2014-12-05||Five projects selected for NCSC from Thane distric|
Five projects selected for NCSC from Thane district National Children's Science Congress (NCSC), which is annually held from December 27 to 31, will again feature students from Thane schools. Projects of five students have been selected for the national-level competition from Thane district. This year, the competition will be held at Karnatka. The theme is 'Understanding Weather and Climate'. More than 2,700 projects from 33 districts were presented at the district level and among these 26 have been selected to represent Maharashtra at the national meet. And of the 26 projects, five have been selected from Thane district. Jidnyasa Trust, the state coordinator for this activity since 2000, is this time too coordinating the event and guiding students. Projects from Euro School in Navi Mumbai, Dr Bedekar Vidya Mandir, Saraswati Vidyalaya, Shreerang Vidyalaya and Bhagawati Vidyalaya School in Thane have been selected for the final presentation. The guides, teachers and parents have helped students in preparing for the projects on various topics who are ready with their presentation and experiments. "Projects are briefly based on environmental issues that we have been facing for long hence. Students have picked up various topics like effect of acidification on aquatic eco-system, effect of using glass usage in architectural buildings in cities, study of carbon footprint due to mode of travel by school children, pollution created by vehicle and its effect on weather and effect of temperature and increase in carbon dioxide on the growth of plants," said a teacher from one of the shortlisted schools. "In the detailed experiments, students have gone an extra mile and collected samples, facts and figures from various departments of Thane Municipal Corporation and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation," she added. In fact, they have also suggested various recommendations like celebrating cycle day, no vehicle day and have dedicated lanes for cycles in the city to reduce pollution level.Surendra Dighe, from Jindyasa Trust, said, "Students have been guided well for the project and they too have done a great work. They have managed studies, projects and other engagements in the school very well. We hope they would perform well on the national level as well."
|2014-12-05||Dumb: Thane Municipal Corporation spoils Clean Ind|
Dumb: Thane Municipal Corporation spoils Clean India drive by digging up whole stretch Swachh Bharat Abhiyan taken up by the residents of Dev Darshan Cooperative Housing Society, located off Ghodbunder Road has gone for a toss toss as civic officials have dug up the entire stretch, making it unsuitable for any further use. Since Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials have dug up the area without giving any reason, residents from the society are miffed. The members had levelled the ground meticulously and made a badminton court there. "When it comes to demolishing an illegal structure, TMC officials take their own time and send several notices. But they have dug up the entire ground without giving prior notice," a resident alleged. Explaining the whole story, Shashikant Kuvardekar, a senior resident from the society said, "Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachta Abhiyan initiative, we all residents came together and cleared the empty plot, which was full of garbage. The plot is in front of building No7 of our society and belongs to us. We constructed a badminton court for the elderly and youngsters." He added, "The society members had even taken permission for the same in the annual general meeting." All the sports lovers and other residents like the idea of empty space and took efforts to level the ground, but it seems that civic officials were not happy and so dug up the ground again, creating a mess for residents. "As the premises belong to us, we don't expect TMC to intervene. And now after digging up the ground, they refuse to give us any explanation," added Kuvardekar. When they enquired about the problem with the concerned department, the officials said they are not aware of the issue. KD Nipurte, deputy municipal commissioner from the encroachment department said, "I am not aware about this, but will inquire about it with the department and concerned officials. I will ensure that justice is meted out to the residents if they have done nothing illegal."
|2014-12-05||Book fair in Thane with subsidised rates, infinite|
Book fair in Thane with subsidised rates, infinite choice Blessed are those who love to read as they need no other companion. A book that has the power to transport you to an altogether different world. For such book lovers, a book fair is organised by Ashish Book Center at Gaodevi Maidan in Thane west. The importance of reading books have been stressed from the time of Benjamin Franklin to Hary S Truman. Reading not only enriches your knowledge, but is also a good way to relax. So, if you are looking for ways to widen your horizons or just to spend some leisure time engrossed in a book, the book fair at Gaodevi Maidan is a good place to hunt for some good titles. There are thousands of books on various subjects like fiction, non-fiction, biographies, spiritual, religious, children's books, handicraftS, art, photography, interior design, competitive exams etc. These books are not heavy on the pocket, as there is a huge discount upto 85 per cent offered. One can find books worth Rs300 available for Rs50 to Rs100.The book fair is on till December 11. So hurry before the best titles are bought by someone else.
|2014-12-05||For his mobile-farming, Thane engineer receives Pr|
For his mobile-farming, Thane engineer receives Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi Award People from rural areas often come to cities for employment leaving behind their untilled farms. And in their daily race to make ends meet, they often forget about farming. To help such people, Sandeep Kesarkar, 49, made a software through which one can do automated farming. It is thus no surprise that he has been awarded the Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi Award for technocratic business excellence and social work in Konkan belt. Kesarkar, a mechanical engineer, who stays in Kolbad is into automation business. He has designed numerous softwares and hardwares and his efforts have been recognised. On November 25, he received the prestigious award at India Habitat Center, New Delhi. "It feels good to have efforts recognised. In past, my works have been recognised by the Mumbai University, the Thane Municipal Corporation among others," says Kesarkar. The award is given by All India Unity Conference to men and women from various fields for their outstanding services, achievements and contributions. Under the automated farming system, one can do farming right from the city with the help of a mobile device or a tablet. It also needs less labour on field. "A mobile network at the farm is necessary. There is a data processing unit at the form which has a SIM card. The card will acquire data like, weather conditions, humidity, water required, among others, from the processor and transmit it to your mobile phone," says Kesarkar. Folowing which, based on your command sent from the network, the irrigation system starts at the farm. "You only need two people at the farm to do the required work. If you install CCTV, then you can even see what is happening at the farm on your phone," he adds. His social work includes working tirelessly for the upliftment of the Konkan belt through his NGO, Kokan Bhumi Pratishthan. "We have introduced co-operative agriculture and milk production in Chiplun and Kasarda village respectively, to help farmers be self-sufficient so that they do not have to come to cities for employment," he says. This concept is different from forming co-operative societies. Here, a group of people who come to city for work can leave the farm to one's relative at their native, who can do farming and the produce can be shared by everyone equally. Besides being an entrepreneur and a social worker, Kesarkar is also a voluntary lecturer at various engineering colleges. "I have seen that many students of mechanical and instrumentation engineering have the academic knowledge of various concepts, but no practical understanding. So to help such students, I give voluntary lectures," says he.
|2014-12-05||Telugu Music Forum promotes regional music in Than|
Telugu Music Forum promotes regional music in Thane Swara Madhuri, a Telugu music forum, started by a few like-minded people staying at Ghodbunder Road promotes both Marathi and Hindi music through its forum. With eleven committee members and 100 live members, the forum is prominently organising events across the city, on every occasion and promotes young talents from the city. Dwibhashyam Girija, president and founder of the forum said, "We formed the forum in 2009, with a few to promote artists who don't get exposure. Later on, we realised that artists are not bound to language. Hence, through our forum, we have started promoting both Marathi and Hindi music." "Our entire group is music lover and they believe in encouraging artists, irrespective of their language," added Girija. Sharing an interesting event, she said, "There are people from our community who have been residing in the city for generations. They have always demanded for Marathi and Hindi songs in the event and thus, we started promoting one and all at our forum." The income generated through the program is used for charitable activities, specially in the field of education as the forum encourages poor and intelligent students to continue their education.The forum has artists like Apoorva Gajjala, Bhavna Saripalli, Mahadev Sastry who sing songs in Telugu, Marathi and Hindi as well. Girija said, "I personally like Marathi and Hindi music very much and we don't have any qualms about promoting the same as artists are independent and this is a forum for music lovers, not bound to any language. As every language has same rhythm and music, we invite music lovers, irrespective of the language they want to sing in." The forum till now has conducted 45 programs in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. "We even have the plan to present and promote the music in a bigger way. We are in the process of compiling a CD dedicated to the story of Sai Baba in Hindi. We planned the compilation because there are many senior residents who cannot read stories. Thus, to make the story available to them, we have planned 45 minute long compilation. Depending on the success, we will translate them to Marathi and Telugu as well."
|2014-12-04||NIA team scours cyber cafes in Thane for ISIS lead|
NIA team scours cyber cafes in Thane for ISIS leads Areeb has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act as well as the Indian Penal Code. Published: December 4, 2014 10:52 am After alleged ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed claimed to have been radicalised online, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent a a team to scour cyber cafes in Thane where he is believed to have viewed videos as well as interacted with members of the extremist militia. The team, assisted by the Thane police, is currently visiting cyber cafes and trying to access computers that Areeb may have used. Areeb, along with his friends Saheem Tanki, Aman Tandel and Fahad Sheikh, all from the Dudhnaka-Govindwadi belt in Kalyan, went missing in May this year and were later reported to have joined the ISIS. Areeb, who was earlier believed to be dead, was brought back to India last week and was arrested by the NIA. “We are currently assisting the NIA team from Delhi, which is visiting cyber cafes across the Thane district. and accessing their computers,” said a Thane police officer. Areeb has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act as well as the Indian Penal Code and remanded to the NIA’s custody till December 8. email@example.com
|2014-12-04||Thane ranks third in state in vehicle theft cases,|
Thane ranks third in state in vehicle theft cases, detection rate down Dec 4, 2014, 10.05 PM IST THANE: Vehicle thefts have risen drastically in the lake city since the last few years. According to a CID report for the year 2013, four vehicles, on an average, get stolen on a daily basis. The detection rate, too, is very low. In 2013, 1,484 vehicles were stolen, out of which only 363 were traced. This means that only one vehicle is found in every four thefts. Statistics reveal that Thane ranks third in the state when it comes to motor vehicle thefts (MVT). While Mumbai tops the chart with nearly 3,789 thefts, Pune follows suit at 2,400. A senior police official has admitted that a rise in vehicle thefts is mainly due to an increase in sales and lack of parking facilities. ''Residential complexes too do not have a lot of space for the ever increasing vehicles. So, motorists are forced to park their vehicles on the street which makes it easier for thieves to steal them. Most vehicles are stolen from the roadside,'' he said. The detection rate in the city, last year, was just 24.6%, which was lower than the previous years. While the detection rate was recorded at 29.73% in 2011, in 2012 it was 24.9%. Last year, the state recorded 11,350 vehicle theft cases, out of which only 2,929 cases were detected. With this, the detection rate was just 25.80%. According to the police, most vehicle thefts are difficult to trace as the thieves change the number plate, make forged documents and sell them outside the state. ''Motorists must take extra precautions while parking their cars. Most vehicles that are stolen do not have security alarms fitted in them,'' said the official. Going by the past thefts, thieves target expensive vehicles that will fetch them a good resale value. While among two-wheelers, Pulsar, Hero Honda are the hot favourite, among cars its Innova, Scorpio, Bolero and Qualis that are stolen the most.
|2014-12-04||Superior quality of extract in Thane, Vasai, Kalya|
Superior quality of extract in Thane, Vasai, Kalyan & Palghar makes them hotspots Dec 5, 2014, 01.13 AM IST Thane: The Thane, Vasai, Kalyan and Palghar belts in the district are hotspots for the sand mafia to operate. Officials from the revenue department said these spots were more popular as the quality of sand excavated from here is preferred by the construction industry, both in the state and Gujarat. A cursory glance at the figures sourced from the revenue department corroborates the fact as maximum number of sand-laden trucks has been seized from these areas in 2013-14. Statistics reveal that of 6,061 trucks laden with sand, the highest number of 888 was seized from Vasai. This was followed by Thane (752), Palghar (562) and Kalyan (404). A district official said the highest number of dredging sites is located along the Vasai creek, which is close to 29km, followed by 10 such spots in Vaitarna river, which is 24-km long. "The greed for money has led to excessive mining of sand. What many fail to understand is that if excessive sand is excavated then it has a direct impact on the ecology of the water body, including the marine life. The authorities must strictly enforce laws to protect these water bodies," said Vidyadhar Walavalkar of NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Mancha from Thane.
|2014-12-04||Cases of vehicle and chain theft increase in recen|
Cases of vehicle and chain theft increase in recent times in Thane Residents from Vasant Vihar, Lok Puram and adjacent societies blame administration for rise in chain and vehicle theft cases in the area, as the allotted police station has not been functional in the area. Residents from the area share that in past few weeks, there has been steep rise in chain snatching and vehicle theft cases and police officials merely give assurances that they are looking into the issue and will do something in regard. K Kumar, president of Progressive Thane Residents Association (PTRA) informed, "We had taken up the issue two to three years ago and are ready to give space and bear the cost as well. In fact, sanction has also been given for the station, but it has not been made functional. Now, that the authorities have turned deaf ear to the issue, we are planning to protest about the same. Kumar shared, "In last few days, three high-end cars have been stolen from plush societies and chain snatching incidents have also been reported. Though we have lodged complaints against the same but we feel that an operational police station might be a bigger deterrence for the criminals and would help in curbing the crime rate." Vasant Vihar comes under Vartak Nagar jurisdiction, which is already over loaded and as population in the area has increased, there is an urgent need of police patrolling to curb crime. People feel that criminals are loaded with high-end gadgets to drive away with the car and police has been unable to do anything about this. All the officials are aware of the problem and despite our extended support, efforts have not been taken to erect and make it operational. Nitin Bangale, senior inspector from Vartak Nagar confirmed about the vehicle theft and chain snatching cases and said that investigations on the cases are on. Meanwhile, when we spoke about the police station to additional CP of administration, Shivaji Bodhake, he shared, "The delay could be because of shortage of man power, as the demand has already been submitted to the government for sanctioning man power. He further continued that he would instruct Vartak Nagar and Wagle Estate officials to increase patrolling in the area so that the residents don't have to suffer."
|2014-12-03||NIA team scans cyber cafes in Thane for ISIS leads|
NIA team scans cyber cafes in Thane for ISIS leads Areeb has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act as well as the Indian Penal Code and remanded to the NIA’s custody till December 8. Published: December 4, 2014 3:00 am After alleged ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed claimed to have been radicalised online, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent a a team to scour cyber cafes in Thane where he is believed to have viewed videos as well as interacted with members of the extremist militia. The team, assisted by the Thane police, is currently visiting cyber cafes and trying to access computers that Areeb may have used. Areeb, along with his friends Saheem Tanki, Aman Tandel and Fahad Sheikh, all from the Dudhnaka-Govindwadi belt in Kalyan, went missing in May this year and were later reported to have joined the ISIS. Areeb, who was earlier believed to be dead, was brought back to India last week and was arrested by the NIA. “We are currently assisting the NIA team from Delhi, which is visiting cyber cafes across the Thane district. and accessing their computers,” said a Thane police officer. Areeb has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act as well as the Indian Penal Code and remanded to the NIA’s custody till December 8.
|2014-12-03||Thane: Cops rescue minor being forced into marriag|
|2014-12-03||Thane Police Child Protection Unit Foils Child Mar|
Thane Police Child Protection Unit Foils Child Marriage Cities Updated: December 03, 2014 20:03 IST THANE: The Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Thane Police Commissionerate swung into action today after a tip-off and foiled a child marriage in the district, official sources said today evening. Police inspector Madan Ballal who heads the CPU told PTI that a 16-year-old girl was about to be married to a 28-year-old in the Kalwa locality. However, after getting a tip-off, the police rushed to the scene and rescued the girl from her parents who were about to get her married , as well as arrested four other people in connection with the offence, he said. The police identified those who have been arrested as Raju Mahanti, Sudharshan Mahanti, Pandit Govind Tripati and Upendra Panda. The police said that the would-be victim was a tenth standard student who resided in Kalwa. Those arrested have been charged under various sections of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, he said. Offences have been registered by the Kalwa police and further investigations into the crime are on by officials of the CPU and the Kalwa police, he said. Perhaps this is the first case in the recent past where the police took action to prevent a child marriage in the district.
|2014-12-03||'Living in Thane gives me a sense of living in the|
'Living In Thane Gives Me A Sense Of Living In The City' Dec 03, 2014, 08:10 IST Close To Nature But Some Trepidation About The Future, That Sums Up The Sentiment Of The Residents Here One of the most lucrative spaces on the real estate map, Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai is a green haven that these people call home. Trinette Carvalho, a lecturer says, “Living in Thane gives me a sense of living in the city and having my own space to unwind.However, on the flipside, there are several roads here that are in need of repairs and the Thane Municipal Commission (TMC) isn’t doing much. Also, we get irregular water supply which is a problem.” Nature and recreation She adds, “Thane is still well connected to green spaces; the Yeoor Hills are like nature’s centaurs for the city. They make living in Thane beautiful. In the last decade, many new malls have come up and also gardens have developed.These allow for more relaxation and recreation.” “In the next few years, I see Thane becoming a lot like Mumbai when it comes to growth and international popularity,” says Carvalho. The Yeoor Hills are a favourite morning walking spot for media professional, Srabana Lahiri who says, “The view of the hills and Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) makes picnics and nature trails more possible for me, here. I am also closer to Lonavala and Nashik and so even a weekend outing is more convenient. The airport is closer and getting to town is also easier.”The new malls, hospitals and latest showrooms are all here in Thane. The trees all around make Thane have a fragrance of its own. I just wish that there were more employment options for people here in Thane. I commute to Bandra every day and find it closer than Borivali, Kandivali and Malad in the Western suburbs,” she adds. Civic issues Lahiri says, “Though Thane in my view is a microcosm of Mumbai, the TMC has a lot that they can work on. I love the greenery and the drop in temperatures every time I go home to Thane, but the garbage problems and bad roads in certain places need to be addressed. Also, a number of trees have been wantonly cut which needs to stop, we need greenery in Thane as that is one of the best things about living here.” Agreeing with her, Dayanand Nene who is part of the Saket Advance Locality Management (ALM) and runs Alert Citizens of Thane, a Non-government Organisation (NGO) says, “Waste management in the city still needs to be addressed. There is a hawker menace which exists and needs to be taken care of. Also, the rickshaws and buses give people a lot of woe when they have to travel. The lighting, footpaths and gutters need more attention.” Shannen Castelino, an archival professional says, “Public transportation in the city is a major problem, especially after standing for an hour at the bus stop. The buses break down in the middle of the road far too often. Frequency of buses is another issue that everyone has to face, which is why people choose to travel by share an auto which also leads you to an endless queue adding to chaos, confusion and traffic among drivers and pedestrians.” Changes and development Talking about how Thane has developed over the years, she says, “New residential projects and redevelopment plans in the city have come up. This has seen an increase in population in the city, which causes a pressure on the public transport within the city.” Nene, who has lived in Thane for more than 20 years, says, “Thane was a small, sleepy town but over the years, there has been a robust spike in development. The face of Thane has changed as property rates have gone up. There are more buildings now, but there has been planned development here, so the balance between nature and urbanisation is decent. The Municipal building and St John’s Church with the lakes nearby is what makes Thane iconic and in a sense shows the balance of iconic buildings and nature at its best.” “Thane has great connectivity to Mumbai via the Eastern Expressway and the Central Railway. The property rates are on the rise, so now owning a house in Thane has become difficult. To be so close to Mumbai and be developed as a hub that balances greenery and development works for Thane on the real estate front,” says Lahiri. Future talk Castelino doesn’t see a lot of positives for Thane in the future. She says, “I see Thane suffering with a lot of pressure on resources due to increase in population. The city plans to turn concrete and move vertical with its 30- and 40-storey buildings. I love the hills and the trees, but the increase in concrete all around makes me fear for the future.” In Nene’s view, Thane has the best ahead with a Mumbai Metro extension planned to connect Thane. He says, “I see Thane becoming a smart city, like Prime Minister Narendra Modi is propagating. Better intercity connections via East-West links, illegal buildings being stopped, ALMs working to solve local issues will make Thane commercially better than Mumbai in the next 10 to 20 years.”
|2014-12-03||Thane police child protection unit foils child mar|
Thane police child protection unit foils child marriage attempt The Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Thane Police Commissionerate swung into action today after a tip-off and foiled a child marriage in the district, official sources said in Thane on Wednesday evening. Police inspector Madan Ballal who heads the CPU told PTI that a 16-year-old girl was about to be married to a youth aged 28 in the Kalwa locality. However, after getting a tip-off, the police rushed to the scene and rescued the girl from her parents who were about to get her married to the youth, as well as arrested four other people in connection with the offence, he said. The police identified those who have been arrested as Raju Mahanti, Sudharshan Mahanti, Pandit Govind Tripati and Upendra Panda. The police said that the would-be victim was a tenth standard student who resided in Kalwa. Those arrested have been charged under various sections of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, he said. Offences have been registered by the Kalwa police and further investigations into the crime are on by officials of the CPU and the Kalwa police, he said. Perhaps this is the first case in the recent past where the police took action to prevent a child marriage in the district.
|2014-12-03||Thane's cyber cell may shut soon over shortage of |
Thane's cyber cell may shut soon over shortage of funds Dec 3, 2014, 10.08 PM IST Thane: The cyber crime cell of the Thane police is on the verge of being shut down due to denial of funds to technical experts from NASSCOM. The cyber laboratory has been without an additional commissioner of crime since the past few months and insiders claim that all training and upgradation programmes have come to a standstill. If the cyber cell shuts then all investigations related to offences under the Information Technology Act will be delayed. According to sources, the Central government used to fund the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), which is a focal body of the data protection in India. It was setup as an independent self-regulatory organization (SRO) by NASSCOM and has eight laboratories in India—Thane, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Madhuban, Bangalore and Kolkata. However, the Central government stopped providing financial assistance to DSCI. So, it has become difficult to run the labs. ''The financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh used to be borne by DSCI but they stopped the funds since November. The funds used to be utilized for training the cops to deal with cyber crimes. However, now NASSCOM has asked us to find for other sponsors as they cannot bear the expenses anymore. We have approached many corporate firms for sponsorship,'' said a senior police official. The Mumbai cyber crime cell has received sponsorship from a bank, while the Pune cyber cell has gained sponsorship from a private IT company. However, the Thane branch is still looking for sponsors.
|2014-12-03||22-Year-Old Found Dead in Bhiwandi,Thane - NDTV|
22-Year-Old Found Dead in Bhiwandi,Thane Cities Updated: December 03, 2014 18:48 IST THANE: An unidentified group of persons allegedly killed a 22-year-old boy and dumped his body along the road side in Bhiwandi, police said today. The boy, identified as Sanjay Vemulla's body was recovered last night along side the Vasai road near Hotel Gunjan in Karivali village of Bhiwandi with his throat slit, senior inspector at Bhiwandi police station SS Shinde said. According to the victim's father Satyanarayan Vemulla, he had received a call from his son on December 1 that he was being manhandled by some people near the Hotel Gunjan. Soon after the call, he rushed to the spot but could not locate Sanjay, Mr Shinde said. He said that some passersby saw the boy and altered the police, following which officers reached the spot but could find anyone there.A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code or IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) in this regard and the hunt was on to nab the assailants, police said.
|2014-12-03||No-detention policy gets thumbs up from Thane scho|
No-detention policy gets thumbs up from Thane schools Dec 3, 2014, 10.09 PM IST Thane: School principals from Mumbai have welcomed the Central Advisory Board of Education's recommendation to the Centre to review the no-detention policy. However, city school principals are not in favour of this. They feel that the no-detention policy helps the students to perform better and it is important for the overall personality development. Fr. Michael Pinto, principal of St. John the Baptist School, said that while the policy is beneficial for students, it also helps teachers to tackle weak students in a better way. ''Detaining a student lowers their morale. The no-detention policy not only boosts their morale, but also encouraged them to put in more effort. Teachers and counselors also get enough time to guide and help academically-weaker students,'' he said. Principal of Hiranandani Foundation School, Neelu Lamba, also echoes the same views. ''The policy create a positive learning atmosphere among students, which is a good sign,'' she said. Students also feel that the no-detention policy must not be scrapped as they get more time to concentrate not only on their studies, but also extra curriculum activities.
|2014-12-03||Road-scarce Thane choking as car, bike numbers ris|
Road-scarce Thane choking as car, bike numbers rise rapidly Dec 3, 2014, 10.05 PM IST Thane: The number of four wheelers and bikes has been increasing rapidly. But the space-crunched city is finding it difficult to handle so much of vehicular traffic. According to statistics, the city has one car for every five persons and a bike for every two persons. The 2011 census shows the city's population pegged at over 18 lakh and the number of four and two wheelers is 3.61 lakh and 8.50 lakh, respectively. Some feel that the rise in private vehicles is mainly due to poor public transport facilities. ''The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) is in a bad state and travelling by autos on a daily basis is an expensive affair. So, with no proper public transport system in place, residents have no option but to use their own vehicles,'' said a state transport official. Sharad Misra, urban expert from the city, feels that owning a two wheeler makes it easier to commute across the city. For some, owning a four wheeler is a status symbol. ''Getting a loan has become very easy and with a minimum down payment offer, almost everyone can afford a car, if not that then at least a two wheeler. This has led to a lot of traffic congestion in the city, especially during peak hours. The noise levels have also gone up drastically,'' said Misra. In areas like Naupada, Teen Haath Naka and Kapurbavdi, traffic jams has become the order of the day. Vehicles move at a snails pace and due to this at times it takes hours to reach a destination. Traffic cops are a harried lot as the rise in vehicles have just added to their woes. ''The roads are not spacious enough to cater to the growing vehicular traffic in the city. With a rise in the number of cars and bikes, parking has also become a problem and many residents have started parking their vehicles in bylanes, making it difficult and congested for traffic movement. Motorists do not even follow traffic rules, which makes it difficult to handle the situation,'' said DCP traffic, Rashmi Karandikar. ''Besides, the noise pollution levels have also risen in the city due to continuous honking,'' Karandikar added. The noise pollution is so bad that at one medical camp conducted for the city traffic cops, as many as 565 suffered from noise induced hearing loss and over 43% suffered from hearing problems.
|2014-12-02||Voter summary revision process to begin in Thane -|
Voter summary revision process to begin in Thane The Thane Election office here announced to undertake the process of special summary revision of voters' lists in all the 18 Assembly segments of the district with January 1, 2015 as the cut off date beginning from December 10, 2014. Updated: Dec 02, 2014, 10:36 AM IST Thane: The Thane Election office here announced to undertake the process of special summary revision of voters' lists in all the 18 Assembly segments of the district with January 1, 2015 as the cut off date beginning from December 10, 2014. Currently, the district has a total of 59.90 lakh voters, of which 1.74 per cent accounts for people above age of 80 years, an official release said yesterday. Of the total 59.90 lakh, 32.91 lakh voters are male and 26.99 female. As many as 132 voters belonged to others category, it said. Maximum voters in the district were in Airoli Assembly area which accounted for 408049 voters, while 30-39 age group accounted for the highest number of voters which is 27.58 percent, the release added. The number of voters between the age group 70-79 is 2,35,596 and those above 80 is 1,04,496 it was stated.
|2014-12-02||Shadowy Islamic cult in Thane probe focus - Indian|
Shadowy Islamic cult in Thane probe focus NIA questions members of Islamic Guidance Society, which might have paid for Areeb Majeed and friends’ travel to Iraq. Published: December 3, 2014 3:42 am The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has begun questioning members of the shadowy Mumbai-based religious cult, Islamic Guidance Society, whose members are suspected to have funded and facilitated the travel of four men from the city’s suburbs to fight with the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East. The widening investigation comes days after the arrest of Thane student turned IS jihadist Areeb Majeed, who returned home with bullet injuries. NIA sources said the agency on Tuesday questioned IGS activists Anil Dolare, Atif Inamdar and Sufian Sheikh, the last a lecturer who taught Anjuman-i-Islam Kalsekar Technical Campus, where Areeb Majeed was a final-year engineering college student. The NIA’s investigation seeks to determine how Majeed and the three men he travelled with to Iraq obtained the Rs 60,000 each of them paid for their tickets. Majeed, the sources said, has told investigators he saved Rs 25,000 for the trip over six months, but has said nothing on how the group raised the remaining money, which they paid in cash to local tour operator Shaheen Travels. Majeed, along with Shaheem Tanki, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Tandel flew to Iraq on May 23 as part of a pilgrims’ group. The four men then caught a taxi to Mosul, travelling through Fallujah. The IGS, which has an estimated membership of 50-60, has held regular meetings in and around Mumbai for the past two years. Police sources say the group preaches an end-of-times theology, urging members to embrace its neo-fundamentalist conception of Islamic orthodoxy in preparation for the coming apocalypse. Its core tenets include the belief that the apocalypse will be heralded by the Ghazwa-e-Hind — a prophesied war on India by an Islamic army. Early this year, investigators say, Majeed was introduced to the IGS by a friend, Mumbra resident Fayaz Khan. He allegedly lost interest in studies thereafter, and began spending hours watching speeches by neo-fundamentalist preachers. Following the rise of the IS, he became increasingly convinced that the end of time was nigh — and decided to fight on the side of the “Caliph’s army”. From Majeed’s Facebook account, investigators have determined that his contact was made through an account operated by Tahira Bhat, a pseudonym for a still unknown individual. ‘Tahira Bhat’, whose now-defunct Facebook page claimed to offer access to the IS, provided Majeed with contact details for an “Abu Fatima” in Baghdad, would would lead them to the group. In a statement to the Mumbai Police — which, under Indian law, is not admissible for the purposes of his trial — Majeed said the group took a taxi to Mosul, and stayed at a mosque. There, an individual named “Ali” put them in contact with the IS. The group, according to investigators, trained at a camp on the Euphrates, some 40 km from the IS capital of al-Raqqa. They were put through basic fitness drills, taught how to use small arms, and received basic instruction in the operation of area-weapons like rocket-propelled grenades. They were also given kuniyats, Arabic nom de guerre picked from the names of the Prophet’s companions. Investigators say Majeed has told them that he was named Abu Ali al-Hindi, Sheikh was called Abu Bakr al-Hindi, Tandel Abu Mar al-Hindi and Shaheem Abu Usman al-Hindi. Following the basic training, Majeed was apparently deployed to the Bazwaya region, some 15 km east of Mosul. Majeed has reportedly told the NIA that he fought Kurdish forces for control of the region’s critical dam east of Mosul, and sustained injuries to his leg during an airstrike. He was then told to drive vehicles filled with explosives. After being hit in the chest, and later in one arm, however, Majeed was relieved of his tour of duty with a $ 2000 cash reward from his unit commander, investigators say.
|2014-12-02||Voter summary revision process to begin in Thane -|
Voter summary revision process to begin in Thane Thane Last Updated at December 2, 2014 10:40 IST The Thane Election office here announced to undertake the process of special summary revision of voters' lists in all the 18 assembly segments of the district with January 1, 2015 as the cut off date beginning from December 10, 2014. Currently, the district has a total of 59.90 lakh voters, of which 1.74 per cent accounts for people above age of 80 years, an official release said yesterday. Of the total 59.90 lakh, 32.91 lakh voters are male and 26.99 female. As many as 132 voters belonged to others category, it said. Maximum voters in the district were in Airoli assembly area which accounted for 408049 voters, while 30-39 age group accounted for the highest number of voters which is 27.58 per cent, the release added. The number of voters between the age group 70-79 is 235596 and those above 80 is 104496 it was stated.
|2014-12-01||Thane tops rly mishap chart 3rd week in a row - Ti|
Thane tops rly mishap chart 3rd week in a row Dec 2, 2014, 02.11 AM IST Thane: The Thane-Kalyan suburban zone witnessed a spate of rail mishaps third week in a row. In the last five days, 23 accidents have been reported along the Thane suburban zone, while Mumbai-Thane main line witnessed 19 mishaps. As many as 15 accidents were reported along the Harbour line. According to statistics, on November 27, five persons were killed and three injured in separate rail mishaps. This has been the highest figures since the last five days. The Thane stretch is prone to accidents but railway authorities seem to be doing nothing or very little about it. Activists have been demanding more safety measures for commuters. But all these demands have fallen on deaf ears. The accident-prone areas are the level crossings at Thakurli, Kalwa and Diva and the Thane-Kalwa-Mumbra stretch, said a police officials. ''On an average two mishaps are reported along this stretch, which is a serious issue and needs immediate attention," said railway activist Nandkumar Deshmukh. The only solution is to start shuttle trains along this stretch, but this isn't feasible as the railways claim it can take place only after the existing corridor is expanded.
|2014-12-01||Thane tops rly mishap chart 3rd week in a row - Ti|
Thane tops rly mishap chart 3rd week in a row Dec 2, 2014, 01.10 AM IST Thane: The Thane-Kalyan suburban zone witnessed a spate of rail mishaps third week in a row. In the last five days, 23 accidents have been reported along the Thane suburban zone, while Mumbai-Thane main line witnessed 19 mishaps. As many as 15 accidents were reported along the Harbour line. According to statistics, on November 27, five persons were killed and three injured in separate rail mishaps. This has been the highest figures since the last five days. The Thane stretch is prone to accidents but railway authorities seem to be doing nothing or very little about it. Activists have been demanding more safety measures for commuters. But all these demands have fallen on deaf ears. The accident-prone areas are the level crossings at Thakurli, Kalwa and Diva and the Thane-Kalwa-Mumbra stretch, said a police officials. ''On an average two mishaps are reported along this stretch, which is a serious issue and needs immediate attention," said railway activist Nandkumar Deshmukh. The only solution is to start shuttle trains along this stretch, but this isn't feasible as the railways claim it can take place only after the existing corridor is expanded.