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|2017-12-30||4 Bangladeshi women get 2-year jail for illegal stay | Thane News ... - Times of India|
4 Bangladeshi women get 2-year jail for illegal stay THANE: A court in Thane has awarded two years of imprisonment to four Bangladeshi women for staying in the country without valid documents. The assistant sessions judge RS Patil (Bhosale) also directed the jail authorities and the police to deport them after the completion of the jail term. The four women have been identified as Janna Shaikh, 35, Shuki Harun Mulla, 58, Nodial, Mim aka Seema Matbar,30 and Maina Jumat Gazi, 30. The accused have also been fined with Rs 10,000 each. The four were arrested in separate raids carried out by the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of the Thane Police earlier this year and two separate cases were registered against them. The prosecution informed that they were tried in sets of two and the judge passed two different orders. Prosecutor advocate Vinit Kulkarni, Ujwala Moholkar and Vandana Jadhav told the court that the accused resided in the Mira Road locality and were working as daily wagerers."Upon questioning they could not produce any valid documents for their stay in the country and identified themselves from Bangladesh. On inquiry accused stated that they are not having passport, visa or any other valid document to reside in India," the prosecutor informed the court. On the other hand, the defence counsel stated that the accused are women and of advanced age. Hence, minimum punishment should be imposed.The judge after hearing both the prosecution and defence stated, "In the case in hand, accused are women and of advanced age. They have entered into this country only because of poverty and unemployment and done daily wages job. It is not disputed that both accused are poor one. They have not involved in any illegal activities in this country. Hence, while imposing punishment on them leniency is required to be shown." They were convicted for the offence punishable under section 14A(b) of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
|2017-12-30||25 held for illegal sand dredging along Thane creek - Hindustan Times|
25 held for illegal sand dredging along Thane creek The drive was carried out by the collector’s office and the revenue department between Kasheli-Diva and Anjur. Updated: Dec 31, 2017 00:30 IST In a major crackdown on illegal sand dredging along the Thane creek, the police on Friday, arrested 25 people and seized over three lakh kilograms of sand worth over Rs80 lakh. The drive was carried out by the collector’s office and the revenue department between Kasheli-Diva and Anjur. Twelve accused are absconding. This is the second time in a month that the departments have nabbed illegal sand miners. During the drive, the officials seized 15 boats used to transfer sand and 15 suction pumps from each boat. They also seized 67 brass (3,03,376 kg) of sand during the drive. VD Bhise, senior inspector, Bhoiwada police station said, “We started the drive at 6am on December 29 from Kasheli, which went on till late at night. Instead of searching for sand storage units on the land, we entered the water and searched for the sand mafias.” “We have registered three cases and arrested 25 people for the crime. However, 12 of them are still absconding, which includes the mastermind behind the racket,” Bhise added. The accused were booked under relevant sections of the IPC, Environment Protection Act, Inland Vessels Act and the Indian Ports Act. On December 20, over 1.67 lakh kgs of sand was seized by the authorities in Thane and Dombivli areas. The officials had raided areas such as Ganesh ghat, Dombivli, Kalwa and Mumbra (Reti Bunder), Thane.
|2017-12-30||After Kamala Mills fire, rooftop extensions of 5 Thane hotels demolished - Hindustan Times|
After Kamala Mills fire, rooftop extensions of 5 Thane hotels demolished After Kamala Mills fire TMC?started taking action against hotels and hookah parlours that violated fire safety norms by erecting seating areas on the rooftop. Updated: Dec 31, 2017 00:27 IST The fire at Kamala Mills on early hours on Friday which claimed 14 lives was a wake-up call for all municipal corporations. The disaster control department of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has sprung up to take action against hotels and hookah parlours which have built extensions. The illegal extensions of five hotels in the city were demolished on Saturday. Action was taken against Lerida hotel at Uthalsar, which had a rooftop hookah parlour. Illegal extensions were demolished at Vaisahli in Lokmanya Nagar, Tulsi hotel in Patlipada, Malvan Express in Tikujiniwadi and Jayesh ladies bar in Ramchandra Nagar. Additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan said, “The disaster control department took action after receiving complaints. The hotels and hookah parlours had violated fire safety norms and had erected rooftop seating areas without permission. They also set up a kitchen on terraces under a makeshift roof .” Officials said they would continue taking action against those hotels flouting norms. “We will continue taking action against eateries which have rooftop extensions or have used trampoline or plastic sheets for extensions. The department will survey all hotels and take action,” said Chavan. The fire department will make a list of all errant hotels. “We will conduct surprise visits at hotels too. We will suspend their licence if they have not complied with the rules,” he said. Kothari Compound at Manpada houses many hotels, pubs and hookah parlours. Corporators have alleged that most of them are illegal. Chavan said, “We have issued notices to the establishments. We are yet to take action.” Police issue instructions To assure that people stay safe, police officials have issued safety instructions. Special police personnel have been deployed, party goers have been urged to be attentive and keep a close eye on the happenings around and alert the concerned person if they sense anything wrong. “We have issued instructions to hotels and restaurants to not opt for flashy decoration, and make sure firefighting equipment is in place,” said Sunil Lokhande, deputy commissioner of police crime, Thane. He said that they have deployed personnel to keep a check on rash driving, blocking traffic and bursting crackers on road. “Restaurants and hotels bend rules to host New Year parties. They accommodate maximum people by using every inch of space. Police stations have been asked to check such hotels and restaurants and take immediate action,” Lokhande said.
|2017-12-30||Revenue officer booked for demanding bribe | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
Revenue officer booked for demanding bribe Dec 30, 2017, 12:32 IST THANE: The Thane unit of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked a revenue official attached to Thane Collectorate on the alleged charges of demanding a bribe from a complainant. Sources from ACB informed that the circle officer from Mumbra, Kamlakar Patil, 58 had made a demand of Rs. 5 lakhs from the complainant to carry out mutation in his land records. The land belonged to the complainant and the aggrieved complainant approached the Thane unit of the ACB following the demand for bribe.The officials of the ACB carried out a probe and concluded that there was truth in the complaint and hence registered an offence under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988 against the officer the release said. ACB officials informed that so far no arrest has been made in the case and the further investigation is underway and being carried out by the local ACB officials.
|2017-12-29||Woman gets lover to run over ex-lover in Thane | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Woman gets lover to run over ex-lover in Thane Updated: Dec 29, 2017, 09:25 IST THANE: The death of a 46-yearold man from Thane's Azad Nagar in what was thought to be a road accident has turned out to be a murder. Ramji Sharma, hit by a speeding car while on his morning walk on November 18, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. The Kasarwadavli police, probing the mishap, have now arrested his former lover and her boyfriend. The woman, a 45-year-old married mother of 5 with a string of affairs, has confessed to police that she plotted the murder with her boyfriend Jaiprakash Chouhan (32), a driver with an app cab firm, as she was tired of Sharma's pestering. The duo thought they could pass it off as a mishap. But Chouhan's quick repair of his car and Sharma's son's mention of his exlover helped crack the case. At the heart of the conspiracy is a 45-year-old housewife with five children. She had several relationships, and when an old lover began pestering her, she merely asked her 32-year-old boyfriend, a driver, to mow down the man. At dawn on November 18, Ramji Sharma, 46, a resident of Azad Nagar, was taking a walk when a speeding car rammed into him and escaped. Sharma succumbed to his injuries over a month later on Wednesday, said DCP Sunil Lokhande. Sumari Yadav, whose husband has a shop in Azad Nagar, and Jaiprakash Chouhan, who drives for an app cab firm, have been arrested. A murder and conspiracy charge has been added to that of rash driving. After the accident, senior inspector Datta Dhole and inspector Nasir Kulkarni were alerted by two issues: how quickly the man had repaired the car, and Sharma's son's casual reference to the fact that his father used to talk for hours to his lover, but days before the accident they hardly spoke.Days after the accident, based on a tip-off, they found the car. "To their surprise, they saw it had already been repaired, with the side mirror and fog lamp replaced, and the denting fixed and new painting, which raised doubts," said a police officer. Checking the victim's phone, they found Yadav's number. "We got the woman's number, and after analyzing her call records, we found most of the calls were made to Sharma and Chouhan around the time of the incident," said the officer. She was called for questioning.Yadav could not give proper answers, and soon a shocking sequence of events was revealed. Sharma, who was in an illicit relationship with her, was pestering her. He even followed her and her husband during morning walks. Fed up, Yadav is believed to have plotted with Chouhan, her boyfriend, to bump Sharma off and pass it off as an accident, said police. Chouhan kept a watch on Sharma's routine for a few days and ran him over on November 18. Chouhan had left his rented house to avoid lenders seeking repayment and used to sleep in the car. Sources said his wife had come down and was living with her, but Yadav, who has a daughter-in-law, had a fight with her and told her to go away. Sensing trouble, Chouhan fled to UP but was picked up recently.
|2017-12-29||New Year Celebration at Happy Streets this Sunday - Times of India|
New Year Celebration at Happy Streets this Sunday Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 06:23 IST THANE: As New Year Eve is around the corner, Happy Streets participants will have a spate of activities on their side to usher in the celebration mood this Sunday to bid adieu to the year 2017 and welcome an eventful 2018 at Happy Streets stretch. In a build-up to the big bash, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty has arranged fun games and special activities to mark the New Year at the Vijay Suraksha Art Zone with pomp and show.Kids will have a lot to rejoice with varied activities on offer from Limbo game to New Year resolution activity among others. "We are going to celebrate the spirit of New Year with kids and their parents alike. We will be having a New Year resolution activity for participants across age groups. We will also be having the Limbo game to check the IQ level of the participants with the tagline of 'How low can you go'." Happy Streets, is an initiative of Thane traffic police, TMC, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI where people come up with new ideas and concepts to create wider awareness in the society, on various fronts including road safety, equal right for all stakeholders to use roads and cleanliness as well. "It's co-incidence that Sunday morning extravaganza is setting stage for New Year party time and we will be going to mark the day in the company of our friends and relatives on Happy Streets," said a 16-year-old regular visitor Sumita Jha. TMC will spearhead its initiative to propagate cleanliness in a run up to Swachh Survekshan 2018 in order to propel its position in the nation—wide race for cleanliest cities across the country. The sports arena is getting crowded every Sunday with youngsters making it a point to sweat it out with football, badminton, tennis, gymnastics, cycling, running, walking, throw games, skating etc. Zumba, dance, bokwa, fitness, yoga will be on offer as well. A dance workshop by SDA has been scheduled on the main stage where the experts will teach the participants intricate steps and moves on Bollywood numbers. Ruth Gabriel's zumba stage will have fitness routines mixed with zumba where children will be taught the nuances of the dance pattern. Besides, various games have also been lined up to enthral the participants. Yoga will be yet another attraction so as adventure camp. Thane district collectorate will continue with the street plays across the stretch and on the main stage highlighting the use of mobile apps for making payments online with digitalization and cashless transaction.
|2017-12-29||Pubs, lounges in lake city ensure fire drill - Times of India|
Pubs, lounges in lake city ensure fire drill Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 06:26 IST Thane: The inferno at a premium rooftop resto-bar in Mumbai's Kamla Mills Compound on Thursday, has compelled the owners of pubs and restaurants across the lake city to take additional precautions ahead of the New Year Eve bash. From conducting fire training programmes to ruling out flaming beverages, these commercial establishments are going that extra mile to assure their customers of a safe clubbing night-out experience.Aman Suresh, working with a bar and lounge in Manpada said, "We will not be serving flaming alcoholic drinks as we don't want to take the risk of playing with fire. A lot of pubs and bartenders think it is cool, but we are totally against it. There will also be no hookah. Also, our bar counter is located away from all electrical switchboards; we have designed the decor keeping fire safety in mind. This time, we have even limited the entry of customers, so managing them becomes easy." After the Kamla Mills tragedy, certain establishments will also be showcasing the dos and don'ts videos related to fire safety.Co-founder of a cafe and bar in Kothari compound, Vihar Paymode, said, "Three months ago we had organized fire training programme for the staff members. That time, we had taken a video of the session which we keep showing to the employees every once a month. But, on Sunday morning before the New Year Eve party we will not only be revisiting all the aspects learnt at the training session, but would also be conducting a mock drill. This way, we are fully prepared if any unfortunate incident takes place. Least assured we will execute a swift evacuation drive." A rooftop lounge located in Thane's Louiswadi area also has made special changes for their upcoming New Year party. "We have divided our rooftop section into three parts. One side would serve liquor, one side food and the other will be reserved for our VIP guests. The inside place would have a dance floor where food and alcohol would not be served. This way, a particular area won't get crowded as everything would be spaced out. We have got four fire exits where security guards and bouncers would be deployed," said Chandresh Shetty of the lounge.
|2017-12-29||NOC required for all New Year parties: Revenue department - Times of India|
NOC required for all New Year parties: Revenue department Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 06:28 IST Thane: The district collector has asked all hotels and establishments undertaking commercial events on the New Year eve to take safety clearances from the respective civic administration else face action. The decision was taken at a meeting held at the collector office between civic officials and revenue department Friday evening. As per the plans, those arranging celebrations will now have to take a safety clearances from the fire brigade in addition to the licenses required to be taken from the revenue department and the state excise. The Thane corporation has started a one window system at its headquarters in Panchpakhadi where organisers of such events can get a safety clearance. "We are asking for compliance of fire safety measures undertaken at each of these units and making sure they dont use any inflammable materials," informed S Kale, chief fire officer at TMC. The move comes following the Kamala Mills tragedy and avert a similar mishap during the New Year revelry. Officials informed that those failing to comply the orders will be treated as illegal and appropriate action from the anti encroachment department will be taken.In addition, the fire fighting department of the Thane municipal corporation will also set up six temporary fire stations at various parts of the city to promptly tackle any emergency arising during the New Year Eve. The temporary stations, one each, will be created at Owala, Manpada, between Korum and Viviana mall, Lokmanya Nagar, Manisha nagar in Kalwa and Diwa. Each of these units will have a fire fighting vehicle, water tanker along with adequate staff. The idea is to rush the staff to tackle any emergency in various parts of the city during the new year eve.These six units will be in addition to the existing fire stations and help in promptly pressing fire services during mishaps as roads are likely to be clogged during the period. We are asking for compliance of fire safety measures undertaken at each of these units and making sure they dont use any inflammable materials. We will set up six temporary fire stations at various parts of the city to promptly tackle any emergency arising during the New Year Eve
|2017-12-29||Traffic cops on toes to check drunk driving on New Years - Times of India|
Traffic cops on toes to check drunk driving on New Years Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 06:21 IST THANE: More than 650 traffic police personnel will be on their toes for the next three days to discipline motorists and bikers driving under the influence of alcohol. The checking will be done over the weekend from December 30 to January 1 at various traffic junctions of the city. "Everyone seems to be in a happy and jolly mood during yearends and celebrations never end. Many people end up driving after getting drunk not only creating a problem for themselves but even for others. So in order to see that no one gets hurt because of someone else's negligence and people follow the law, we are conducting drives before and after New Year's Eve. There are around 18 traffic units in the commissionerate and one officer and three constables will be stationed at the check points," said Amit Kale, DCP traffic police. A person who will be drinking and driving without license will be charged Rs 3,000, one with the license but under the influence of alcohol will be fined Rs 2,500 and even if a pillion is found drunk along with the driver, then he/she will be charged Rs 2,000. Also, we will not allow the law breaker to take the vehicle along with them even if they pay the fine. We will confiscate the motorcycle or car if the person is alone or will hand over the vehicle only if some relative or friend who is not drunk comes and takes it," said an officer from the traffic department. Over 650 traffic officials will be stationed at 36 check points in the commissionerate area i.e. Bhiwandi, Thane, Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva, Dombivli, Kalyan, Ambernath, Badlapur. "It's a celebration mood all over so people tend to enjoy with family and friends over drinks and then drive under the influence of alcohol. We are only asking people to be responsible and desist from drunk driving as it could lead to disastrous consequences," the traffic police officer said. Many people end up driving after getting drunk not only creating a problem for themselves but even for others. So in order to see that no one gets hurt because of someone else's negligence and people follow the law, we are conducting drives before and after New Year's Eve.
|2017-12-29||Ambedkar kin says builder has usurped plot, FIR lodged - Times of India|
Ambedkar kin says builder has usurped plot, FIR lodged Dec 29, 2017, 06:36 IST KALYAN: A grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar has lodged a criminal offence against a builder from Dombivli for encroaching upon his property by constructing a three-storey building. The complainant, Bhimrao Ambedkar, has alleged that the 283-sq-mt open plot at Golivali belongs to his father, Yashwantrao, and claimed that his brother Prakash, mother Meera and himself are its legal heirs. A case of cheating has been registered at Manpada police station against builder Surendra Patil under sections of Indian Penal Code and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Patil could not be contacted for comment as his phone was not reachable.Bhimrao alleged that though he approached the police three months ago, a criminal offence was registered only on Thursday after he approached a deputy commissioner of police. He said that a transformer had also been installed on the land and that the builder had stopped construction of the building after the complaint was lodged. Bhimrao said he was "unhappy over the delay" in lodging an offence. Senior police inspector Gajanan Kabdule said this is acivil matter. "But we registered a case against the builder after making inquiries."
|2017-12-28||Road connecting Thane-Navi Mumbai yet again damaged - Free Press Journal|
Road connecting Thane-Navi Mumbai yet again damaged Dec 28, 2017 08:15 am Thane: The road that connects to Thane from Navi Mumbai was about to give the best driving experience. The authorities promised so and had shut down the road for 5 days for the patch of Kalwa -Vitava road. The traffic was diverted through Airoli and people had to pay double toll while entering in Thane. The road that was used by many for the free entry in the city was shut down and the residents had to pay to enter in their own town. After all this payments and patience people showed, they realised that the promised smooth road was mere a promise, as the paver blocks on this roads were displaced within just few hours after reopening of the much awaited road. The road that enters in Thane from Navi Mumbai and goes to Navi Mumbai from Thane, near Vitava bridge is always crowded.
|2017-12-28||Thane: Mumbra school bans hijab in premises for security reasons - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Mumbra school bans hijab in premises for security reasons Dec 28, 2017 08:26 am Thane: The principal of Mumbra Symbiosis in Thane said that the school has banned Muslim female students and parents from wearing hijab (veil) on the premises for security reasons. The principal’s statement has come after reports surfaced that Muslim female students and their parents were banned from wearing hijab in school. School principal Kamal Raj Dev told ANI, “On December 4, guards objected to two women wearing veils. No parents are allowed to roam in school, but they started arguing. When I turned my back, they ran. What wrong have we done? Student security is on us.” Reportedly, earlier this month, the school had issued a circular, saying students would not be allowed to cover their faces in the premises and even while leaving the campus as well. In fact, the family of the students would also have to lift their veil to reveal their face while entering school campus. parents have expressed worries over the decision, the school administration clarified that they didn’t mean to hurt any religious sentiments.
|2017-12-28||Thane hit-and-run turns out to be murder, two arrested - The Hindu|
Thane hit-and-run turns out to be murder, two arrested DECEMBER 29, 2017 00:44 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 29, 2017 17:36 IST Man, woman held for plotting and running down latter’s ‘admirer’ on morning walk Mumbai: Investigations by the Thane Police into an apparent hit-and-run incident on December 18 has revealed a tale of deceit and murder, leading to the arrest of a woman and a man on December 25 for attempt to murder. The duo, identified as Sumari Yadav, 40, and Jayprakash Chauhan, 45, are purportedly in a relationship, according to the police. On December 18, the Kasarwadavli police station registered a road mishap case, in which Ramji Sharma, 46, was run over by a white car while on his morning walk. Mr. Sharma, a resident of Azad Nagar, Thane (West) was admitted to Titan Hospital in Thane with serious injuries, and later shifted to JJ Hospital in Byculla. The car involved fled the scene. On December 27, Mr. Sharma succumbed to his injuries at JJ Hospital, and murder charges were added. Connecting dots Investigations after registering a case of causing injury due to rash and negligent driving under the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act against unidentified persons revealed fragments of the side rear-view mirror and fog lights of the car at the spot. An officer who is part of the investigation said the police’s suspicions were roused when a relative of Mr. Sharma told them the latter would never have met with this accident “had he not fallen for that woman”. The officer added, “The relative said Mr. Sharma was in an affair with Sumari Yadav, a resident of the same locality, and that she, too, was on a morning walk in the same area on the morning of the accident. The relative hinted that Mr. Sharma and Ms. Yadav would meet during their morning walks, including on that morning.” To eliminate any possibility of a murder, police decided to probe the case further. Mr. Sharma and Ms. Yadav’s call records showed the latter made frequent calls to a number registered in the name of Jayprakash Chauhan, a Thane resident. The records also showed that Mr. Chauhan’s number has been switched off since the day of the accident. It turned out that Mr. Chauhan drove a relative’s tourist vehicle, a white Maruti Swift. The car’s owner told the police that Mr. Chauhan had dropped off the vehicle on December 18. Upon examining the vehicle, police found it had a new side rear-view mirror and fog light, while some parts of the body had been repainted. Closing the lid PI Nasir Kulkarni, Kasarwadavli police station, said the police got the relative to help them in getting Mr. Chauhan to come to Thane, and picked him up on December 25. “He told us he was in love with Ms. Yadav, and there were frequent fights between them over her interactions with other men, particularly Mr. Sharma. She allegedly told him that Mr. Sharma wouldn’t leave her alone, and he should get rid of him.” To carry out the crime, Mr. Chauhan allegedly kept a watch on Mr. Sharma’s movements for five to six days before running him down on December 18. An officer said, “Mr. Chauhan had assumed that even if he did get caught, he would only be tried for rash and negligent driving, which would have been the case had the truth not come out.” Mr. Chauhan and Ms. Yadav were arrested after the former confessed, and have been now charged with murder under the IPC.
|2017-12-28||FDA seals illegal pan shop, gutka worth Rs 7K seized - Times of India|
FDA seals illegal pan shop, gutka worth Rs 7,000 seized Updated: Dec 29, 2017, 04:53 IST THANE: The Food and Drugs Administration's (FDA) Thane unit sealed a pan shop located near the Thane station area on Wednesday evening. The shop was being run without legal papers. The FDA was doing their routine checks when they stumbled upon Pankaj pan shop wherein the owner Mithilesh Patel did not have the appropriate documents to run the store. "When we checked the pan shop we saw that the owner did not have a license as per the Food Standards and Safety Act 2006 and was running the business illegally. We then checked for food items there and saw that along with biscuits, package drinking water, chocolates etc. he was even selling tobacco, gutka and pan masala. We seized around 41 pouches and few boxes of pan masala and gutka, which were worth Rs. 7,000," said Krishna Dabhade, assistant commissioner (food).The premises of the shop were immediately sealed so that Patel could not continue doing business. Also, a complaint was under various sections of the Food Standards and Safety Act 2006. The officials claimed that the owner did not even have appropriate bills against the products that he was selling. Also they stated that they would be checking as to from where did the owner buy the illegal food items and if the same illegal products are being sold in any other pan shops in any part of the city.
|2017-12-28||Thane girl, 17, stabs father for molesting her - MUMBAI - The Hindu - The Hindu|
Thane girl, 17, stabs father for molesting her MUMBAI, DECEMBER 28, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 28, 2017 04:05 IST Accused admitted to hospital, yet to be questioned by police A 48-year-old man was admitted to hospital after he was stabbed by his daughter when he allegedly tried to molest her. The vicitm, aged 17, knocked on her neighbour’s door on Tuesday night to relate the incident. Police said the Class XI student and her father, a welder by profession, stay in Panch Pakhadi, Thane (West). The girl’s mother left her father some years ago. They said on Tuesday night, the accused was inebriated and began making obscene references to his daughter. Clearly discomfited, the girl tried to busy herself with studies, but the accused began touching her inappropriately. She initially ignored it, but when the accused tried undressing her, she fought back. An officer at Naupada police station said, “The scuffle turned violent. The accused tried to overpower the victim, inflicting scratches in the process, but she managed to break free and ran to the kitchen. When he followed her inside, the victim, in a bid to defend herself, picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed him.” When her father fell bleeding, she went to a neighbour's and narrated the incident. The neighbour called an ambulance and took the accused to Thane Civil Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment. Hospital authorities subsequently informed Naupada police station of the incident. POCSO case lodged After subjecting the victim to medical tests, the police recorded her detailed statement on the sequence of events leading up to the scuffle. Later, a case of outraging a woman’s modesty and assault was registered against her father under the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). Senior PI Chandrakant Jadhav, Naupada police station, said , “The accused was transferred to JJ Hospital in Byculla for further treatment. We’re waiting for him to recover enough for us to question him.” The victim told the police that her father is an alcoholic and was an abusive husband, due to which her mother left him a few years ago. She remarried, but her second husband refused to look after the girl, who ended up staying with her father. The police will be conducting inquiries in the area to find out if the accused has similarly targeted other minors.
|2017-12-28||Thane Police arrest two for running over man deliberately - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE POLICE ARREST TWO FOR RUNNING OVER MAN DELIBERATELY Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 03.32 PM IST Two persons, including a woman, were arrested yesterday for running over and killing a person in what police said was a planned move. The incident happened on November 18 in which Ramji Chatradhari Sharma (46), a local saloon owner, was run over while he was on a morning walk in Thane's Azad Nagar locality. Deputy commissioner of police Sunil Lokhande today said that while a case was registered under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act and the Indian Penal Code, subsequent investigations raised suspicion that the act might have been a planned one. Police said that the vehicle involved in the accident was later subject to repairs as well a paint-job which raised suspicion. Officials said the inspection of call data records of the deceased as well as local inquiries revealed that the deceased was allegedly stalking a woman. Police said that the woman, Sumari Suresh Yadav, along with another man, planned to kill Sharma after being fed up with the latter's behaviour. On November 18, the man, who police identified as Jaiprakash Mangru Chavan (32), ran over Sharma with his car, said police. Both Yadav and Chavan have been arrested and have been charged with murder, police said.
|2017-12-28||TMC postpones drives after residents fail to cooperate | Thane News ... - Times of India|
TMC postpones drives after residents fail to cooperate Updated: Dec 29, 2017, 04:52 IST THANE: The municipal administration has been forced to postpone execution of its two initiatives aiming for a 'clean and green Thane' after locals reportedly refused to cooperate with the disciplinary drives claiming inadequate notice and infrastructure required before their compliance. The administration had planned to enforce the wet waste management by big societies and also deployed marshals to penalize litterlouts in the city. However, activists and residents came down heavily on the municipal administration criticizing them to have attempted to enforce such actions on residents without either providing adequate infrastructure or notices. A red-faced administration has now decided to defer these drives by a month. The TMC had decided to stop lifting wet waste from nearly 1,000 big housing societies with area over 5,000 sqm asking them to develop their own garbage disposal mechanism from January 1. The administration had started slapping notices since December, citing a notification from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, asking societies to ensure compliance. Simultaneously, the administration had also deputed 45 cleanliness marshals who were to roam the city corners and penalize litterlouts starting December. Both the initiatives reportedly backfired as several societies that already face space crunch or were unable to tackle the waste management within a month claimed helplessness and some allegedly started dumping waste in public places or drains. Activists also lashed out at the administration for failing to provide adequate bins or spittoons at public places first before allowing the marshals to penalize those littering the roads. "How can we simply set up a waste management system in our premises at such a short notice? We have asked for some time from the administration to help us discuss the problem and find an amiable solution to it. If the TMC refuses to pick up waste, residents may end up dumping the trash in drains or public places adding to the chaos and also causing epidemics," said a representative of a housing society from Thane."We approached the administration to first provide facilities for disposal of waste at public places especially outside snack joints. It is incorrect to penalize residents if you don't provide adequate bins. We had requested the administration to first provide the bins and then start action and will raise our voice if it doesn't oblige," said MNS Thane district president Avinash Jadhav. Meanwhile, the TMC solid waste management department confirmed of postponing implementation of the drives by a month during which it will work towards creating the required infrastructure."Representatives of around 600 housing societies have approached us seeking time to install the waste management kits in their premises and we have now given them an extension. Also, we are installing bins at several locations in the city and have asked our marshals to not penalize but only counsel those found littering the city streets," informed a senior official from the solid waste management department of the TMC. The TMC had decided to stop lifting wet waste from nearly 1000 big housing societies with area over 5000 sqm asking them to develop their own garbage disposal mechanism from January 1. The administration had started slapping notices since December, citing a notification from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, asking societies to ensure compliance. Simultaneously, the administration had also deputed 45 cleanliness marshals who were to roam the city corners and penalize litterlouts starting December
|2017-12-28||Now CR to start queues for women at Thane, Dombivali, Kalyan stns ... - Mumbai Mirror|
NOW CR TO START QUEUES FOR WOMEN AT THANE, DOMBIVALI, KALYAN STNS Updated: Dec 29, 2017, 04.59 AM IST Following the example of the Western Railways, which launched a queue system for women passengers to board trains originating at Andheri suburban station, the Central Railways has also decided to restart the system at Thane, Dombivali and Kalyan stations from the first week of 2018. A queue system is already in practice at Badlapur for originating local trains during the morning rush hours. Now we have decided to restart this system at Thane, Dombivali and Kalyan stations from the first week of the new year, for originating trains during rush hours,” a CR officer told Mirror. “As of now, 35 locals originate from Badlapur, 102 from Kalyan, 32 from Dombivali and 79 from Thane during rush hours. We are going to cover all these trains.”“Crowd control by way of queuing while boarding trains was mooted on trial basis some months ago by CR General Manager DK Sharma as a public security practice to prevent stampedes. This has now been introduced at Thane, Dombivali and Kalyan for the benefit of our female commuters,” said CR CPRO Sunil Udasi. “WR has also decided to expand the practice idea to include Borivali, Bandra and Bhayandar stations from January 1. Lady home guards will be exclusively utilised for the formation of queues in front of ladies’ coaches at Andheri station. Based on the success at Andheri, this system will also be replicated at other important stations, like Borivali, Bandra and Bhayandar,” said AK Singh, chief security commissioner, WR. In July 2016 , after this newspaper had reported that commuters at Bhayandar had begun forming orderly queues to board trains, CR started forming queues at several stations, including CSMT, Thane, Dombivali, Kalyan and Badlapur, but due to a lack of security personnel, this idea was dropped at CSMT, Thane , Dombivali and Kalyan. But queue formation for originating trains during rush hours continues at Badlapur. “Looking at the number of people dying due to train accidents, especially during rush hours, when locals run at peak capacity, the idea may prove a boon. To ensure that commuters follow the new rule and queue up instead of rushing into trains, we are going to deploy security personnel at these stations,” said Sachin Bhalode, divisional security commissioner, CR Mumbai division. Commuter Leena Bhandarkar from Dombivali, who works with a private firm in Fort, welcomed the CR move. “A good initiative. Slowly but surely, change is happening for the better. Queuing up should become a habit for one’s own safety and smoother travel,” she said. “This will work in Mumbai, even though some hiccups may persist. Mumbaikars are the only ones in the country who follow rules, stand in queues and are highly disciplined. I wish this succeeds, and it will,” said another commuter, Thane resident Madhuri Shinde.
|2017-12-27||Thane school bans Muslim students, parents from wearing 'hijab' - Times of India|
|2017-12-27||Christmas 2017: Thane jail bakery turns more popular amid festival spirit - Free Press Journal|
Christmas 2017: Thane jail bakery turns more popular amid festival spirit Dec 27, 2017 08:13 am Mumbai: Come any festive season, the baking section of the Thane jail is busy preparing goodies like cakes, biscuits and other such confectionery items. This Christmas too unlike other festivals, cakes were in demand which turned out to be a total sell-out. With the help of jail administration, inmates over here have learnt many new skills and one of them is baking and confectionery. Thane prison cakes are so popular among the buyers, that the inmates have successfully managed to complete orders of up to Rs 1 lakh till date. Christmas season not being an exception, the cakes baked for this particular day were all sold out. Sponge cakes, cup cakes, biscuits are delicacies that people can eat any time. The jail bakery is full of them and it is in great demand. “Whatever our inmates prepare here are definitely a hit among are usual customers. Be it pineapple, strawberry, sponge and plum cakes and at the same time farsan (a salty snack item) they are all much in demand. This year we had a rise in some orders placed here and our inmates were able to complete it in time,” said Nitin Waychal, superintendent of Thane jail.This prison also specialises in preparing birthday cakes which are made prior to orders placed which also is in good demand. The naan katais (biscuits) are also on the top list, but the breads (pav) here are always in demand. Prices for the soft sponge cake is Rs150, whereas cupcakes are for Rs 7 each. “This year our production shot up and there was an increase in the total income due to heavy orders. There are fresh orders of Rs 39,600 for soft breads (pavs). Our inmates are being trained by new bakers in town,” Waychal adds. Many NGOs and various jail administrations place orders on certain occasions. There are many skills that are being taught in the prison for inmates such as carpentry, gardening, cooking and baking. The skills that can earn them their livelihood once they are released from the prison. The bakery and furniture department of this jail too are the talk of town as one can witness too many experiment being carried out over here. There are orders for new year cakes and also for birthday cream cakes. One can get these items on any day from the bakery department of the jail.
|2017-12-27||'Four properties grabbed with connivance of Waqf officials' - Times of India|
'Four properties grabbed with connivance of Waqf officials’ Dec 27, 2017, 06:40 IST The state criminal investigation department (CID), which is probing fresh complaints of misappropriation of properties owned by Maharashtra State Board of Waqf, has found that some waqf officials played a key role in the scam. The properties are at Pakmodia Street in Bhendi Bazaar, Mumbai, at Morewadi in Nashik, on Jalna Road in Aurangabad and a property owned by a dargah in Panvel. Deputy superintendent of police Sudhakar Suradkar, who is the investigation officer, told TOI that the CID was dealing with fresh complaints only. "Preliminary inquiry into the cases has revealed some waqf officials as well as 'muttawalis' (caretakers) played a vital role in the alleged misappropriation of prime properties."The probe was launched about two months ago on the directive of the state government. Suradkar said, "Everything was done cleverly and we have found desperate attempts have been made not to leave any written evidence behind." The officer confirmed seizure of some crucial records from the state waqf headquarters in Aurangabad and said the documents would play a crucial role in nailing the suspects, including land sharks and waqf authorities.
|2017-12-27||Thane police issue orders on towing vehicles - The Hindu|
Thane police issue orders on towing vehicles MUMBAI, DECEMBER 27, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 27, 2017 04:07 IST The Thane traffic police have issued renewed instructions to their personnel and towing van operators regarding illegally parked vehicles, to cut down on the time and effort required in taking action. Earlier this year, the Mumbai police had issued similar instructions following an incident in which an illegally parked vehicle was caught on camera being towed away in spite of a woman and a toddler sitting inside. The Thane traffic police said the decision was not based on any particular incident. “There is no need to tow the vehicle all the way to the chowky if the motorist is present at the spot, nor does the owner have to unnecessarily pay towing charges,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amit Kale, Thane police. According to the new rules, if the driver of a vehicle parked in a no-parking zone reaches the spot before it is towed away, he will only have to pay the fine. But if the vehicle is towed away and the driver intercepts it on the way, he can reclaim his vehicle only after paying the fine and the towing charges. “We have also issued directions to ensure that all towing operators have their paperwork in order and have cameras mounted on the vehicles to ensure transparency,” Mr. Kale said.
|2017-12-27||Thane girl, 17, stabs father for molesting her - The Hindu|
Thane girl, 17, stabs father for molesting her DECEMBER 28, 2017 01:02 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 28, 2017 14:06 IST Accused admitted to hospital, yet to be questioned by police Mumbai: A 48-year-old man was admitted to hospital after he was stabbed by his daughter when he allegedly tried to molest her. The vicitm, aged 17, knocked on her neighbour’s door on Tuesday night to relate the incident. Police said the Class XI student and her father, a welder by profession, stay in Panch Pakhadi, Thane (West). The girl’s mother left her father some years ago. They said on Tuesday night, the accused was inebriated and began making obscene references to his daughter. Clearly discomfited, the girl tried to busy herself with studies, but the accused began touching her inappropriately. She initially ignored it, but when the accused tried undressing her, she fought back. An officer at Naupada police station said, “The scuffle turned violent. The accused tried to overpower the victim, inflicting scratches in the process, but she managed to break free and ran to the kitchen. When he followed her inside, the victim, in a bid to defend herself, picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed him.” When her father fell bleeding, she went to a neighbour's and narrated the incident. The neighbour called an ambulance and took the accused to Thane Civil Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment. Hospital authorities subsequently informed Naupada police station of the incident. POCSO case lodged After subjecting the victim to medical tests, the police recorded her detailed statement on the sequence of events leading up to the scuffle. Later, a case of outraging a woman’s modesty and assault was registered against her father under the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). Senior PI Chandrakant Jadhav, Naupada police station, said, “The accused was transferred to JJ Hospital in Byculla for further treatment. We’re waiting for him to recover enough for us to question him.” The victim told the police that her father is an alcoholic and was an abusive husband, due to which her mother left him a few years ago. She remarried, but her second husband refused to look after the girl, who ended up staying with her father. The police will be conducting inquiries in the area to find out if the accused has similarly targeted other minors.
|2017-12-27||History sheeters arrested by crime branch, four burglaries detected - Times of India|
History sheeters arrested by crime branch, four burglaries detected Dec 27, 2017, 23:22 IST THANE: Two burglars have been arrested by the property cell of crime branch for carrying out series of house breaking in and around Thane. The accused have been identified as Anurag Sisodiya and Kalim Khan, were arrested following a the similarity in carrying out the robbery.Both Sisodiya and Khan are history sheeters and they were picked up of questioning after a burglary happened at one Dilip Singh's chawl tenement at Sawarkar nagar under the jurisdiction of Vartak Nagar police station. Singh had lost jewellery worth Rs 1.86 lakhs on December 6 and the property cell sleuths started the probe, said a police officer. Khan and Sisodiya would keep a watch on the locked rooms and then using a crow bar and bending in a specific style they would enter and rob the owner of valuables. Upon intense questioning, the duo confessed of carrying out similar burglaries After their arrest, they have confessed to four other cases of burglaries Wagle estate Ambernath and Manpada and over Rs 2 lakh valuables have been seized from them. The police said that they are questioning them for their involvement in other burglaries as well and more incidents are likely to be detected.
|2017-12-27||Thane: 48-year-old man hurt as teenage daughter wards off his ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 48-year-old man hurt as teenage daughter wards off his molestation bid Dec 27, 2017 05:39 pm Thane: A 48-year-old man was injured when his teenage daughter resisted his alleged attempt to molest her at their house here on the intervening night of December 25 and 26, police said today. According to police, the man, employed with a private firm, allegedly used to sexually harass his daughter and tried to force himself on her on the night of the incident by wielding a knife. “However, the girl resisted and during the scuffle between them, the man suffered injuries,” said Naupada police station sub-inspector SB Raut. Raut said the girl had lost her mother earlier and she and her father are the only occupants of the house. Police have registered a case under various sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The man is not arrested yet as has been undergoing treatment for his injuries at state-run J J Hospital in Mumbai. Police have not recorded his statement, Raut said.
|2017-12-27||Mumbai: General body rejected proposal, but Thane civic body may ... - The Indian Express|
Mumbai: General body rejected proposal, but Thane civic body may still buy 15 bikes for police A senior Shiv Sena corporator said that using the civic body’s funds for the police department should not be allowed. Updated: December 28, 2017 3:28 am The Thane civic administration is likely to go ahead with the purchase of 15 Royal Enfield motorcycles for the Thane police, despite its general body meeting rejecting the proposal. Officials said the proposal to buy the 15 motorcycles — at an estimated total cost of Rs 24.84 lakh — was moved by the civic administration after the Thane city police wrote to the civic body, asking it to provide 30 Royal Enfield bikes to increase patrolling and ensure law and order. In the first phase, the administration decided to buy 15 bikes, an official said. The proposal was rejected in the general body meeting after opposition from corporators of all parties. “The corporators raised objections to the proposal, saying that civic funds should not be used for other departments. Since all corporators opposed, the proposal was rejected,” said Meenakshi Shinde, mayor of the Thane Municipal Corporation . However, officials from the civic body said that the Municipal Commissioner is likely to use his discretionary powers to purchase the bikes for the police department. “The civic chief has the powers to utilise funds up to Rs 25 lakh. These bikes can also be purchased using his discretionary powers. It is in the larger interests of the city,” said an official requesting anonymity. A senior Shiv Sena corporator said that using the civic body’s funds for the police department should not be allowed. “The police have their own funds, and there is no emergency to use civic funds for it. We have lot of other infrastructure projects that can be taken up with these funds,” said the corporator, adding that such a move would set a wrong precedent. “Like this, many other proposal can be moved to spend money on other departments. The civic body’s job is to provide better infrastructure and services,” the corporator said.
|2017-12-27||Mumbai Metro-5 to move through crowded areas of Thane - The Asian Age|
Mumbai Metro-5 to move through crowded areas of Thane Published : Dec 28, 2017, 2:25 am IST Updated : Dec 28, 2017, 2:28 am IST Officials suspect that nearly 1,000 people may have to be rehabilitated for executing the plan. Mumbai: Taking a U-turn, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has come back to the old route for Metro-5 (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan). The Bhiwandi-Nizampur City Municipal Corporation had demanded that the metro should pass through the crowded areas of the Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan. A general body of the corporation had recently given a green signal to the route. Officials suspect that nearly 1,000 people may have to be rehabilitated for executing the plan. “The survey work is in the process and the civic body will help in acquiring the land parcels. Around 1,000 may be rehabilitated for the line,” said Sanjay Yadav, joint metropolitan commissioner. Two routes were in discussion for Metro-5, the first route passes through congested parts of the city and the second route passes through its outskirts. Recently, after the line received the cabinet nod, the civic body interfered and demanded that the metro should pass through the congested parts to benefit more people. With the changed alignment, the metro will now pass through areas including Kapurbhawdi, Balkum Naka, Kasheli, Kalher, Purna, Anjur Phata, Dhamankar Naka, Bhiwandi, Gopal nagar, Temghar, Rajnouli village, Gove Gaon MIDC, Komgaon, Durgadi fort, Sahajhanand chowk, Kalyan station, Kalyan APMC etc.
|2017-12-27||17-year-old stabs dad who tries to sexually assault her | Thane ... - Times of India|
17-year-old stabs dad who tries to sexually assault her Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 01:41 IST THANE: A 17-year-old girl stabbed her father after he allegedly tried to sexually assault her when she was asleep early on Wednesday. The man, who sustained a deep cut on the stomach, is recuperating at JJ Hospital.Naupada police have filed a case against the 48-year-old man from Panchpakhadi, who does odd jobs as a welder and fabricator, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and relevant sections of IPC for molestation, criminal intimidation and assault or criminal force to outrage a woman's modesty. Police said they will arrest him after he is discharged from hospital. The girl, who was sent for a medical check-up to Thane Civil Hospital, will be counselled as she is a minor, said sources.The class 12 student was living with her grandmother after her parents separated two years ago. She moved into her father's SRA flat two months ago as her grandmother died, said sub-inspector Trupti Kha-lde. Her mother has remarried. In her police statement, the girl said her father would often come home drunk and touch her inappropriately, but she ignored it assuming it was accidental. But on Wednesday, around 3am, he groped her and tried to force himself on her while she was asleep, she said. The teenager managed to escape and run into the kitchen where she picked up a knife and stabbed him in the stomach. He collapsed and after a while, she mustered courage and called police, who took him to hospital.
|2017-12-26||Thane police issue orders on towing vehicles - The Hindu - The Hindu|
Thane police issue orders on towing vehicles MUMBAI, DECEMBER 27, 2017 00:45 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 27, 2017 00:45 IST The Thane traffic police have issued renewed instructions to their personnel and towing van operators regarding illegally parked vehicles, to cut down on the time and effort required in taking action. Earlier this year, the Mumbai police had issued similar instructions following an incident in which an illegally parked vehicle was caught on camera being towed away in spite of a woman and a toddler sitting inside. The Thane traffic police said the decision was not based on any particular incident. “There is no need to tow the vehicle all the way to the chowky if the motorist is present at the spot, nor does the owner have to unnecessarily pay towing charges,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amit Kale, Thane police. According to the new rules, if the driver of a vehicle parked in a no-parking zone reaches the spot before it is towed away, he will only have to pay the fine. But if the vehicle is towed away and the driver intercepts it on the way, he can reclaim his vehicle only after paying the fine and the towing charges. “We have also issued directions to ensure that all towing operators have their paperwork in order and have cameras mounted on the vehicles to ensure transparency,” Mr. Kale said.
|2017-12-26||jam: Jam on Thane-Belapur Road | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Jam on Thane-Belapur Road Dec 26, 2017, 21:27 IST Thane: Commuters complained of a massive traffic jam on Kalwa to Airoli lane of the Thane-Belapur Road Tuesday evening as civic officials were busy mending a damaged portion of the paved stretch in the Vitawa subway. The blocks were laid two days back. Civic officials said they have blocked one lane under the subway to undertake the repairs causing traffic snarls on the lane.Nearly a kilometre-long traffic jam on the TB road ahead of the Vitawa subway, motorists claimed it took them nearly 30 minutes to cross the stretch unlike the usual five to ten minutes Civic officials said it will take them few more hours to mend the affected stretches on the busy corridor linking Thane with Navi Mumbai, Panvel and Pune.
|2017-12-26||Thane to pay on the spot for wrong parking - The Asian Age|
Thane to pay on the spot for wrong parking Published : Dec 27, 2017, 2:47 am IST Updated : Dec 27, 2017, 2:49 am IST According to Thane police’s Joint Commissioner of police Madhukar Pandey, the revision aims to make the exercise friction-free. Mumbai: The towing policy of the Thane police has been revised, wherein it asks policemen to impose an on-the-spot fine on an errant driver if he or she turns up before or at the time of his/her vehicle being towed away. According to Thane police’s Joint Commissioner of police Madhukar Pandey, the revision aims to make the exercise friction-free. Mr Pandey issued the revised order and said, “The towing policy of Thane police has been revised to make the exercise as frictionless as possible. The new standard operating procedure is to be executed immediately.” He said, “The officers of traffic branch have been told that the primary objective of towing a wrongly parked vehicle is clearing the traffic for the other commuters rather than imposing a penalty.” Thane police’s public relations officer S. Narkar said, “As per the new orders, the owner of a wrongly parked vehicle will be imposed an on the spot fine. Paperwork if any, has to be done at the spot only in minimum possible time. Traffic branch has been asked to introduce e-challan system to reduce this time even further.” Recently, there were two cases wherein errant drivers quarrelled with policemen who were towing away their vehicles. In one of the incidents, in Malad, a traffic cop was suspended after a car, with a woman and her baby inside, was towed away. This invited widespread condemnation. The incident happened in the month of November. However, later a purported video clip of it went viral on social media. After this incident, residents in several places agitated against traffic police’s behaviour. Such towing-related disputes have occurred in Kalyan and Kalwa area too.
|2017-12-25||Thane school bans female students, parents from wearing burqa - Scroll.in|
Thane school bans female students, parents from wearing burqa The management of Symbiosis Convent High School cited security reasons for the ban. A private school in Thane’s Mumbra suburb has banned women from wearing burqas on the school premises, The Indian Express reported on Sunday. In a circular issued earlier in December, the management of Symbiosis Convent High School cited security reasons for the ban. The circular states that parents and family members of students would have to reveal their face by lifting the veil when they enter the school. It also said students could not cover their face even while leaving the school. “Some students left school in a fully-veiled burqa,” school’s trustee Kamalraj Deo told The Indian Express. “When their parents came, our security wouldn’t know where their girls were.” He said that recently, two fully-veiled women had come to take their children home early. “Their faces were covered. We summoned the class teacher, but before she could arrive, the two ran away,” Deo said, claiming that the women intended to abduct the children. “I don’t intend to hurt any religious sentiments, but on camera, faces need to be revealed, for our records,” Deo added. An unidentified student, however, opposed the ban. “Our hijabs are meant to be wrapped in such a way that our faces are visible at all times,” she told The Indian Express.
|2017-12-25||SHOCKING! Thane school bans Muslim female students from wearing hijab, cites THIS reason - Times Now|
SHOCKING! Thane school bans Muslim female students from wearing hijab, cites THIS reason Updated: Dec 25, 2017 | 13:35 IST Thane: A private school in Thane, Maharashtra, has banned Muslim female students from wearing hijab on the premises, sparking a strong protest by parents. SALUTE! Undeterred burqa-clad girls in Kerala give it BACK to haters with another flash mob - WATCH The Symbiosis Convent High School in Mumbra cited security issues as the reason for its decision. Earlier this month, the school had issued a circular, saying students would not be allowed to cover their faces on campus and even while leaving the premises. Moreover, students’ family members would have to lift their veil and reveal their face while entering school premises. As parents expressed their unhappiness over the decision, the school administration clarified that the step did not intend to hurt religious sentiments. The Indian Express quoted school trustee Kamalraj Deo as explaining: “Some students left school in a fully-veiled burqa. When their parents came, our security wouldn’t know where their girls were”. He added that recently, two women came to school seeking to take their child home early. “Their faces were covered. We summoned the class teacher, but before she could arrive, the two ran away,” he said, describing it as an attempt to abduct children. “I don’t intend to hurt any religious sentiments, but on camera, faces need to be revealed, for our records… It is purely for safety reasons,” added Deo.
|2017-12-25||Thane School Bans Muslim Girls And Mothers From Wearing Hijab ... - Outlook India|
Thane School Bans Muslim Girls And Mothers From Wearing Hijab Citing Security ReasonsThe school said recently there was an attempt to abduct girl students by two women wearing hijabs. 25 DECEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 2:43 PM The Symbiosis School in Mumbra has issued a circular banning Muslim girls and their guardians from wearing hijabs or naqab- veil that covers their faces- citing security reasons. The circular said students, parents and family members would have to reveal their face by lifting the veil while entering school premises, according to a report by The Indian Express. As per the circular, students would not be allowed to cover their faces even while leaving the school, the report adds. The report says that many parents have objected to the circular saying that it was an interference with their religious practices. But, some parents have welcomed the decision. The report quoted School trustee Kamalraj Deo who said some students left school in a fully-veiled burkha because of which the security guards often found it difficult to identify girls when their parents come to take them home. He also said recently there was an attempt to abduct girl students by two women wearing hijabs. According to him, the women, with their faces covered, came to school seeking to take their child home early. “We summoned the class teacher, but before she could arrive, the two ran away,” he said. “I don’t intend to hurt any religious sentiments, but on camera, faces need to be revealed, for our records… It is purely for safety reasons,” he said. Last year, a PIL was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on burqas and other face veils in public places due to security threat to the capital. However, the HC had said the government will take care of it if it is a policy decision. In 2015, the Supreme Court had upheld CBSE’s ban on hijab and long sleeves in medical entrance test.
|2017-12-25||Thane: Man gets seven years rigorous imprisonment for sexually assaulting minor cousin - The Indian Express|
Thane: Man gets seven years rigorous imprisonment for sexually assaulting minor cousin The judge in his order said the sentencing will "set an example in the society that everyone needs to abide by the laws." Thane | Published: December 25, 2017 2:48 pm A local court awarded seven years’ rigorous imprisonment to a 24-year-old man from Wada taluka in Thane for kidnapping and sexually assaulting his minor cousin. District judge P P Jadhav convicted the man under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366A (procuration of minor girl) and the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act section 4 (punishment for penetrative sexual assault). A fine of Rs 9,000 was also imposed on him. Prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni told the court that on November 23, 2015, the girl, then aged 17 and studying in class 10, went to school but did not return home. Her parents then lodged a police complaint. Later, it was found that the girl and the accused, who lived in their neighbourhood in Abitghar village, had eloped after he promised to marry her. The accused, then aged 22, and the girl stayed at the residence of their relatives in two villages where he sexually assaulted her. On February 4, 2016, he left his cousin at Mohadyacha Pada village in the district and asked her to go back to her parents’ home, the prosecution told the court. Judge Jadhav observed that the girl’s cross-examination revealed she and the man were in love since about one year prior to the incident. The girl also told the court that she had consensual sexual relations with the man. However, the judge said since the girl was younger than 18 at the time of the incident, her consent was immaterial. He also noted that the man had kidnapped her with an intention to have sexual relationship with her. The accused told the court that he intended to marry the girl and hence, requested the judge to observe leniency while awarding him punishment. After hearing both the sides, the judge in his order last week, sentenced the man to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment, to “set an example in the society that everyone needs to abide by the laws.”
|2017-12-25||Man 'molests' tribal minor girl in Thane - The Asian Age - The Asian Age|
Man ‘molests’ tribal minor girl in Thane Published : Dec 25, 2017, 2:40 pm IST Updated : Dec 25, 2017, 2:43 pm IST The accused allegedly touched the girl inappropriately when she was sleeping in her hut with family, following which she raised alarm. Thane: A 25-year-old man allegedly molested a minor tribal girl in Padgha taluka of the district, police said on Monday. On the night of December 13, the man, who worked as a security guard at a company in the vicinity, entered the thatched hut where the nine-year-old girl and her other family members were sleeping, an official at Padgha police station said. The man allegedly touched the girl inappropriately following which she raised an alarm, he said. The accused then fled the house but the neighbours caught hold of him and beat him up, the official said. The accused, yet to be arrested, was undergoing treatment at a hospital for his injuries, he said. A case was registered against him under IPC sections 354(B) (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with an intent to disrobe) and 452 (house-trespass) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he added.
|2017-12-24||MTDC decides to add more talent streets in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai areas - Times of India|
MTDC decides to add more talent streets in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai areas Dec 24, 2017, 22:03 IST MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has decided to add more talent streets in the city and also in the neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai areas. Buoyed by the success of the lone talent street started at Kalaghoda, fort in November this year which is organized on every Sunday, MTDC is scouting for more such areas where such events can be organized. "The talent street at Kalaghoda is very well received. People have also demanded that we have such events in other parts of the city as well. We are looking for more such spaces," said a senior official from MTDC. Talent street, is an initiative in which young and upcoming artistes are given pitches at a nominal charge to showcase their talents. As of now, the 250-metre long stretch on Kaikashru Dubash Marg at Kala Ghoda where 21 stalls have been registered and the event will be organized every Sunday till May 2018.The pitches are given to artists at the cost of Rs 250 and their products are available to see and purchase there. The stalls exhibit robotic acts, spray paintings, caricatures, sculptures, pottery, Warli paintings, jewellery, puppet making and Magic Street aimed at motivating and encouraging young talents. "The idea is also to give indigenous and rural artisans from the state a stage which is affordable to them. During other festivals in Kalaghoda one pitch is sold at Rs 1.5 lakh, which is extremely high for budding artists," said a senior official. Officials said that they were looking at areas like Shivaji Park, Carter Road in Bandra, some areas in Thane and may be Central park in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai to host more talent streets. MTDC is in talks with the BMC and other corporations to give them the required space in other areas. "We want to develop more pedestrian areas with activities for everyone to participate in on every Sunday, across the city. There is a lot of hidden gems in Maharashtra which can be showcased through these streets," said another official. According to officials on the first day of Kalaghoda talent street nearly 10,000 people visited it and it still continues to be popular with the locals.
|2017-12-24||Two ask bizman to get off car, snatch his chain - Times of India|
Two ask bizman to get off car, snatch his chain Dec 24, 2017, 21:56 IST THANE: Two motorcycle-borne men robbed a goldsmith of his gold chain worth Rs 50,000 near Flower Valley complex on Friday. The duo reportedly provoked the Kalyan- based businessman to get off his car and snatched the gold chain after which they escaped. "Santosh Kondaji was driving on the Majiwada flyover at around 7am when two motorcycle-borne men overtook his vehicle and blocked his way. The pillion made some hand gestures and the two raced ahead. When Kondaji's vehicle descended the flyover, the duo again came in front of his vehicle due to which he had to stop the car," said a cop from Rabodi police station. The rider, who got off the bike, broke the car's window with his helmet. Kondaji then stepped out of his car and was snatched of his chain. The police claimed that Kondaji took pictures of the motorcycle the duo were riding and the vehicle's registration number is visible in the picture. The victim has given the description of the duo and police claimed they will be traced soon.
|2017-12-24||They make a difference with the power of words - Times of India|
They make a difference with the power of words Dec 24, 2017, 21:55 IST Thane: Believed to be one of the most remarkable orators in the world, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had once said, "Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world. " The job of a professional motivational speaker or that of a public speaking trainer is turning into a much-sought after vocation. With their sharp voice, fine style and excellent diction, these speakers exude a sense of confidence and an aura of charisma, that leaves the audience completely baffled, sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation to hear the next words. Gripped with an intend to contribute towards society in some way, 54-year-old civil engineer, Dinesh Bandiwadekar, shunned his well-paying job with a multi-national company, turning into a full-time public speaking trainer. The Khopat resident said, "I am a civil engineer by profession after which I pursued my masters of business administration. While working in the corporate sector, I travelled to 30 countries on business assignments and realized that the Indian youth is largely ignorant of the importance of soft skills like good communication and the ability to express ideas. One may be into coding and programing, but these skills are also essential, specially when they have to lead the team and delegate work. Upon completing 27 years in business development, sales and marketing in engineering and building field, I thought of doing something good so that youngsters would benefit from my experience." Bandiwadekar, who believes that after working for so long, you have to give back to the society, went on to establish his own personality development academy and has trained 300 plus professionals and amateurs. Fifty-six-year-old Sanjeev Latkar, a veteran journalist and editor, found his calling for public speaking while working with several online portals and news channels.Latkar said, "Though I started my career in journalism in the print media, when I became the editor I got the opportunity to work in the management section of news channels and e-portals. I began noticing some gaps when it came to skill development. So, I started meeting industry people. I soon realized that the Indian education system is not addressing this key issue. Then I decided to curate audio-visual content and started communicating about the various aspects of personality development. I now train students, parents, politicians, government employees, and corporate professionals too." Another youngster from the city passionate about teaching has now turned into a motivational speaker as he wants to leave a mark in the lives of his students. Avirat Shete, the motivational speaker, said, "I did my graduation in commerce and then took up masters in the same stream. At the age of 19, I started teaching book-keeping at a coaching class. Education for me goes beyond books. I wanted to convey this message to teachers and students. I am now invited as a keynote motivational speaker across educational institutions in the state wherein I talk about topics pertaining to education, environment and travel- tourism industry as I am also an avid photographer, nature lover and co-founder of a travel company." While working in the corporate sector, I travelled to 30 countries on business assignments and realized that the Indian youth is largely ignorant of the importance of soft skills like good communication and the ability to express ideas. One may be into coding and programing, but these skills are also essential, specially when they have to lead the team and delegate work
|2017-12-24||One killed as bike hits truck in Thane - United News of India - United News of India|
One killed as bike hits truck in Thane Thane, 24 (UNI) A 28 year-old man was killed after his motorbike hit a truck at the Vasai Phata road here on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Varum Bamrotia, a resident of Bhayander in Thane. Police said that the incident took place at around 0730 hrs when Varum was on his bike and was heading towards Manor. As he reached near Sativali at Vasai road, he allegedly lost control over his wheels and dashed against a truck that lead to his death. Soon after the incident, the truck driver fled from the spot. Further, manhunt was launched to nab the accused, police added. UNI XR NP SDR SHK 2042
|2017-12-23||15000 kg beef seized in Thane; two arrested - The Hindu|
15000 kg beef seized in Thane; two arrested MUMBAI, DECEMBER 22, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 22, 2017 12:10 IST Lab tests confirm consignment was of cow meat The Padgha police in Thane district have arrested two men who were allegedly transporting 15,000 kg beef to Mumbai. The police are now investigating to identify the source and intended recipients of the meat. Police tip-off According to the police, the arrests were made on Tuesday morning after receiving information that beef would be transported to Mumbai through Padgha. “We laid a trap at the Padgha toll post. Early on Tuesday, we intercepted a tempo and on searching it, found that it contained meat hidden under scrap material,” said inspector Bhaskar Pukale, Padgha police station. The tempo was seized and the driver, Nadeem Sayyed (42), and cleaner, Abdul Latif Sheikh (44), were taken into custody. Samples of the meat were sent for testing to confirm if it was cow meat. The police said that on Tuesday evening, laboratory tests confirmed that the meat was beef, after which Mr. Sayyed and Mr. Sheikh were placed under arrest. They were charged with mischief by killing or maiming cattle under the Indian Penal Code along with relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1995. “Inquiries conducted with the accused so far indicate that they picked up the consignment of beef from Sangamner in the Ahmednagar district and were taking it to Govandi. The accused, too, are residents of Govandi. We are making further inquiries to find out who they picked it up from and who they were going to deliver it to,” Mr. Pukale said. Probe in Sangamner A team has been sent to Sangamner to verify the information gleaned from the accused, while another team is currently conducting inquiries in Govandi. Mr. Sayyed and Mr. Sheikh, who were on Tuesday remanded in police custody for two days, were again produced in court on Thursday and were remanded in judicial custody, police officers said.
|2017-12-23||No penalty for homes sans OC built after 2008, decides House - Times of India|
No penalty for homes sans OC built after 2008, decides House Dec 23, 2017, 22:28 IST THANE: Owners of thousands of illegal tenements in the lake city constructed after 2008 will be spared the penalty levied for non-possession of Occupancy Certificate (OC), following a consensus in the meeting of the general body to waive off penalty for homes, which are less than 600 sq feet. As per the proposal, buildings without the mandatory OC are classified as illegal and home-owners have to pay double the tax amount as per Section 267 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. The state government, however, in January 2017, had amended the rules and waived off the penalty component based on the size of the structure. Accordingly, the Thane civic body had proposed that flats or houses up to 600 sq feet be completely exempted while those measuring 601-1,000 sq feet will be charged 50 per cent more of the prevalent property tax charges. All properties above this size will continue to pay the prevalent penalty rate which is double the property tax. However, the tag of illegal home will remain on such properties as the idea is to spare unsuspecting buyers from further financial duress, explained an official from the property tax recovery department of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). The proposal was discussed and approved in the TMC House on Friday but with a suggestion to also look into providing relief for owners of bigger structures."Many houses, including flats and row houses built since the last decade are sprawling in size and buyers were mostly unaware of their status till recently. The relief should be equal for all and the TMC should not be discriminating," said corporators. Civic officials said the state had sent an order to municipal corporations across the state asking them to discuss and implement the waiver at their respective levels. The quantum of the waiver was to be decided by the respective administrations. The move is likely to dent the revenue from the property tax segment this fiscal, said officials. "The order is aimed at reducing the financial burden on innocent residents who already are hassled because of the illegal tag on their homes. The penalty waiver is likely to burden the civic body by nearly Rs 40 crore," said deputy municipal commsioner Omprakash Divate. Many houses, including flats and row houses built since the last decade are sprawling in size and buyers were mostly unaware of their status till recently. The relief should be equal for all and the Thane Municipal Corporation should not be discriminating.
|2017-12-23||Over 2000 people attend seminar on drug abuse in Mumbra school - Times of India|
Over 2,000 people attend seminar on drug abuse in Mumbra school Dec 24, 2017, 00:40 IST THANE: Over 2,000 students, teachers and parents pledged to say no to drugs and put an end to substance abuse during an awareness seminar organised by a Mumbra-based school and junior college along with the police on Friday afternoon. The day-long programme, Love Life, Kick Drugs, was held at the Symbiosis Convent High School and Junior College amidst growing concern in the township about rising incidents of drug consumption and addiction cases among collegians and schoolchildren over the past few years. Experts, senior police officials and members of rehabilitation centres were roped in for the same. "While drugs are easily available in most urban pockets, there has been a scary rise in children using them in Mumbra. We realised that most students using these drugs either do it because of peer pressure, if not depression and decided to nip this issue in the bud," said Snehalata Dev, principal."We decided to hold an awareness session by calling in police officials and drug rehabilitation experts to talk to our class VIII to XII students about how these easily available drugs harm their health, mental capabilities and even family life in the long run. We even invited students and parents from 10 others schools as they too have been facing the same issues," she added. Police officials pointed out that if initiatives are taken at a local level and school level, drug addiction can drop. "Schools have a huge role in shaping the mindsets of their students," said Kishor Pasalkar, senior police inspector, Mumbra police station.
|2017-12-23||Cab driver arrested for 'raping' woman in Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Cab driver arrested for ‘raping’ woman in Thane The police said the incident took place on December 19, when the victim hired a cab for Thane. Mumbai | Published: December 24, 2017 3:53 am The Thane (rural) police arrested a cab driver for allegedly raping a 32-year-old woman at Godbundar road. He and his accomplice allegedly robbed the woman too. The police identified the two as Suresh Pandurang Gosavi (32) and Umesh Jaswant Zala (31). Gosavi, the driver, was previously employed with a well-known cab company. The police said the incident took place on December 19, when the victim hired a cab for Thane. An officer from Kashimira police station said, “The 32-year-old hired a cab from Mira Road at around 7.45pm. The victim approached a nearby stationed cab in which the two accused were present. They agreed to take her at a cheaper fare.” Along the journey to Thane, the duo stopped their car, police said. “The two stopped the vehicle and after assaulting her, snatched cash and valuables from the 32-year-old,” said an officer.Police said the driver Gosavi raped the 32-year-old inside the car, following which they planned to take her to a lodge and rape her again. “The two intended to take her to a lodge and rape her. But after they took her to a lodge at around 2am on December 20, the lady raised an alarm for help which alerted the lodge owner. The two escaped from the spot,” said an officer. After the lodge owner informed police control room, the victim was admitted in a nearby hospital and a special team was formed to trace the two. The investigators nabbed them from Bhayandar after they got a tip-off from local sources. Superintendent of Police Mahesh Patil (Thane rural) confirmed the arrest and said, “The accused used to work for a well-know cab firm, but recently, after Gosavi had a dispute over money with the cab company, he had started working alone.”
|2017-12-23||Cops sniff plot to malign Thane municipal chief - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror|
COPS SNIFF PLOT TO MALIGN THANE MUNICIPAL CHIEF Updated: Dec 24, 2017, 05.18 AM IST 15-year-old girl retracts allegations of mistreatment against Sanjeev Jaiswal, says she was tutored by three people to make the claims. Cops seek cyber experts’ help. A section of people with deep-seated grudge against Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal are behind the video in which a 15-year-old girl, who had been reportedly employed as a domestic maid at the IAS officer’s residence, is seen making damaging allegations against him, the Thane police suspect. The police’s suspicion was strengthened by the fact that the girl, who was said to have “disappeared”, turned up on Saturday to claim that the 30-second video clip was fake and she was “tutored” by three people, one of whom was a woman, to make the accusations of mistreatment against Jaiswal after her shanty was demolished in an anti-encroachment drive by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).The girl’s family, who hails from Surat, supported her. They said that Jaiswal had not mistreated her in any way and that some people influenced her to make the allegations against the municipal commissioner, promising to give her a house if she did so. “This girl has not lodged any complaint at any police station, and some unknown people made the video go viral. We suspect that it has been done with mala fide intentions to malign the commissioner. We are looking for those who are behind it. Investigations are on,” Pradeep Sharma, senior inspector of the anti-extortion cell, told Mumbai Mirror. The entire police machinery in Thane, including the crime branch and cyber cell, has been put on the job to find out who got the video shot and its location. It’s no secret that Jaiswal, known for his clean image, has invited the wrath of many for demolishing illegal structures and evicting unauthorised hawkers. Several crowded roads in Thane like Pokhran Road Numbers 1 and 2 and the vicinity around Thane station, where it was once difficult to walk, have now been cleared and made motorable after Jaiswal took over. The civic chief has been stressing all along since the video went viral that the allegations against him are false and that vested interests were at work to malign him. He got a clean chit from the girl, who turned up at the demonstration site of local activists protesting against Jaiswal and claimed that whatever she had said against the civic chief was false. She also claimed that she made the accusations at the behest of three people, including a woman. She gave descriptions of the three to the police. “There were three people who told me to repeat what they taught me. As our house was demolished, I was told that they would give me a house if I say all that. I did not know that someone was making a video. Sir (Jaiswal) is a nice person and treated me like his family member. Whatever I have said is false,” the girl said. When contacted, Jaiswal said that though the girl was employed at his home, she was not made to do any household chores. “We had a relative staying with us at that time and she was seriously ill. I had gone abroad for a few days with my family and so we hired this girl to take care of my ailing relative. She was not made to do any households chores. In fact, on November 6, my wife had called her mother and asked her to take the girl back as we found that she was stealing things. She is a minor girl and we did not want to complain to the police. So we decided to send her away. I have submitted CCTV footage to the police, where the girl is seen exiting the house with a bag and one toddler is seen running after her screaming that she has taken something. That was her last day in the house,” said Jaiswal. Reacting to the allegations that he got the girl’s shanty razed, Jaiswal said, “I did not even know if her house was a part of the slums. I have been receiving extortion calls from someone before the video went viral. And I have already lodged a complaint with the anti-extortion cell. These blackmailing tactics cannot stop me from doing my work and I will continue to do so.”
|2017-12-23||21-year-old gets 20 years for raping minor - Times of India|
21-year-old gets 20 years for raping minor Dec 24, 2017, 05:10 IST THANE: A 21-year-old Kalwa man has been sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment following his conviction in a 2015 case of raping a nine-year-old girl. Rahul Gondhali was also imposed a fine of Rs 51,000. Judge PR Kadam also directed the state government to pay adequate compensation to the victim. Chief public prosecutor Sangeeta Phad informed the court that Gondhali was assisted in the crime by a minor who is a co-accused in the case and is facing trial in the Juvenile Justice Board. Phad said Gondhali took undue advantage of his familiarity with the minor who lived in the same locality in Kalwa.On April 12, 2015, around 7 pm, Gondhali and the minor boy led the victim to the former's residence and took turn to rape her, Phad said. The incident came to light when the reached her house in pain and narrated the incident to her maternal grandmother, who approached the Kalwa police station. The accused attempted to silence the minor and issued death threats and warned against revealing anything to anyone about the incident, the prosecutor informed.
|2017-12-23||Nigerian held with drugs beats up cop in court - Times of India|
Nigerian held with drugs beats up cop in court Dec 24, 2017, 05:07 IST THANE: A Nigerian undertrial allegedly manhandled a cop in the Thane district court premises on Friday. The accused, William Frankie, who was arrested in 2015 for possessing cocaine, has now been booked in a fresh case, said senior police inspector Mandar Dharmadhikari. He said 10 cops were escorting Frankie and 12 other undertrials for a court hearing. "As the undertrials were getting down the stairs from the second floor, Frankie told the cop he had to answer nature's call. When constable Vishnu Barde (47) asked him to hold on till they got to the ground floor, when Frankie abused Barde, grabbed his collar and assaulted him, the police said. He was overpowered by the other police personnel.
|2017-12-22||Four cars damaged in fire at Thane housing complex | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Four cars damaged in fire at Thane housing complex Dec 23, 2017, 04:45 IST THANE: Four cars were damaged following a minor blaze in the parking shed of Lakshmi Park housing complex at Lokmanya Nagar area here on Friday. It is learnt that dry twigs and leaves caught fire which soon spread to the vehicles parked in the bay. The regional disaster management cell said the fire gripped the rubber tyres of the stationery vehicles and soon destroyed the interiors as well. Locals said timely intervention by the fire brigade and prompt action by residents prevented a major disaster. "It could have led to a major inferno had the fire touched the fuel tanks. Fire-fighters doused the flames in time and averted a disaster," an official of the disaster cell said. He added that a live wire caught fire, but the damage was controlled by fire-fighters. No injuries or casualties were reported.
|2017-12-22||Thane: 34 people take ill after consuming sweets | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Thane: 34 people take ill after consuming sweets Dec 22, 2017, 17:16 IST THANE: In a suspected case of food poisoning, around 34 people fell ill after consuming pedhas (sweets) distributed at Katkaripada hamlet in Murbad tehsil in the district, police said on Friday. The incident took place on Thursday evening and the affected villagers were rushed to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, the rural police said. Those affected include 13 minors and eight women, police said adding that around eight people have been discharged so far. "A couple from Pimpri Chinchwad had visited Mahadev temple at Sangam river in the taluka yesterday. After performing a puja, they distributed pedhas to the residents of Katkaripada hamlet located nearby," PI Ajay Wasave of Murbad police station said.Soon after consuming the sweets, the villagers complained of giddiness, nausea and started vomiting. They were rushed to the hospital by local residents, he said. "Out of the 34 affected villagers, eight persons were discharged this noon. The rest are still being treated and kept under observation at the hospital," Wasave added.Police said that they are on the lookout for the couple, who distributed the sweets. Samples of the sweets have been collected and sent for analysis, police said.
|2017-12-22||Motorists inconvenienced on Friday due to diversion on Thane Belapur road - Times of India|
Motorists inconvenienced on Friday due to diversion on Thane Belapur road Updated: Dec 22, 2017, 23:19 IST Navi Mumbai: Motorists were inconvenienced from unprecedented snarls on various roads in Thane and Navi Mumbai on Friday, the first day of the four-day diversion on account of repairs in Vitawa subway. The city traffic police had a tough time right from 6am on Friday streamlining the traffic flow as the diversion routes got bumper-to-bumper traffic. The Thane traffic cops too faced similar chaos as the vehicles were seen in serpentine queues from Vitwa subway. All roads leading to Airoli node and Mulund-Airoli bridge seemed crowded throughout the day. The chaos on TB road from Thane city to Mahape was seen for most part of the day. It came as a shock for many who were unaware of the Thane-Belapur road diversion on Airoli-Mulund link road. "We had no idea of the diversion which is why we got stuck in the traffic for almost two hours at Airoli itself during the morning peak slot," said Amey Jadhav, a motorist."The traffic situation was horrible. This indicates complete failure on the part of the traffic department of both cities which did not have a contingency plan before implementing the diversion," said a Kalwa resident. Ramchandra Ghadge, traffic inspector of Mahape unit with temporary additional charge of Rabale unit, said, "Many Thane-bound vehicles from Navi Mumbai moved ahead till Mukand junction as they were clueless of the no-entry at Vitawa. While taking the left from Thane-Belapur road to Airoli, Patni road got jammed so was the Airoli-Mulund link road. We installed more signboards citing diversion that helped reduce snarls eventually."
|2017-12-22||Get into the Christmas groove at Happy Streets | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Get into the Christmas groove at Happy Streets Updated: Dec 24, 2017, 20:19 IST THANE: As Christmas is around the corner, organisers of Happy Streets have lined up a plethora of activities and events for enthusiasts. To ring in the festivities, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty have arranged a Christmas special workshop on making Christmas tree ornaments. This will be held at the Vijay Suraksha Art Zone. Santa Claus will also enthral the kids on Sunday. Kids will have a lot to rejoice with a variety of activities lined up for them. Kids will be able to decorate Christmas trees and, in return, they will be given goodies for being a part of the celebration. "I will reach the venue at 7am to explore various activities," said 16-year-old Dhiraj Gulve. "We are going to celebrate the spirit of Christmas by arranging a workshop. We will teach kids how to make ornaments to decorate Christmas trees. This will then be put up on display for public view at Vijay Suraksha Art Zone," said an organiser. Times Sanskruti Arts Festival will have its promotional activities through music and art in a run up to the event scheduled from January 12 to 15 at the picturesque Upvan Lake. Happy Streets, is an initiative of the Thane traffic police, TMC, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI. The TMC will be organising a Swachh brigade to propagate cleanliness in the city. By doing this, they are aiming to bag a spot in the top 10 list of winners across the city while competing for the impending Swachh Survekshan drive of the central government."We will appeal to participants to download the mobile app for Swachh initiative where they can chip in their share of lodging complaints about waste dumping and unclean areas which could be addressed by the administration immediately. Our additional commissioner Sameer Unhale will speak to participants and urge them to join in the clean city campaign," said Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner. The Thane district collectorate will continue with their street plays at the stretch and on the main stage. They will also highlight the importance of mobile apps to make online payments and go cashless. "We kicked off the awareness drive for online payments to propagate cashless transactions. Through skits and interactions, we will continue to promote this move at Happy Streets," said Anirudh Asthaputre, PRO, district administration. The sports arena is getting crowded every Sunday with youngsters making it a point to sweat it out by taking part in various activities like football, badminton, tennis, gymnastics, cycling, running, walking, throw games, skating etc. Zumba, dance, bokwa, fitness, yoga have always been a crowd puller.
|2017-12-21||City motorists can't use TB rd to reach Thane for 4 days - Times of India|
City motorists can’t use TB rd to reach Thane for 4 days Updated: Dec 21, 2017, 23:10 IST Navi Mumbai: Motorists heading to Thane from Navi Mumbai will have a tough time for four days starting from December 22 as the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to start repairs in Vitawa subway that runs under the railway tracks along Thane-Belapur road. Thane-bound vehicles from Navi Mumbai will be diverted from Patni road to move further to Airoli, Diva Circle, Airoli bridge and Eastern Express Highway. This is the fourth time in 5 years the new subway is being repaired. The subway was built at the cost of Rs 10 crore and will be thrown open in 2013 to decongest the increasing traffic in this narrow stretch. The Thane-bound two lane corridor, which is the old subway, will be used for the Navi Mumbai-bound vehicles for the four days. Both carriageways will be open for vehicles from Monday midnight.According to Thane city traffic wing, the work will be completed in 96 hours. "TMC had been seeking permission to execute the work for long. Finally, we chose this weekend as it comes with an extended holiday on Monday for Christmas. We were asked to close the road for 8 days but we insisted that it be cut short to four days considering the growing density of vehicles on this arterial road," said Amit Kale, deputy police commissioner, Thane (traffic). Navi Mumbai traffic head and deputy commissioner of police Nitin Pawar said, "We were not consulted before our Thane counterparts took the decision about the traffic management. I learnt about the ban on entry of vehicles to Thane city from Navi Mumbai through social media. This is completely uncalled for. We are answerable to the motorists. We have to see if we can deploy more forces to streamline the traffic on Airoli roads."The subway urgently needed repairs and Airoli was the only option for diversion, Kale added. "We will deploy our forces at Vitawa to regulate the traffic movement and try to minimize the trouble for motorists. We have appealed to motorists to bear with us for four days since the TMC has been instructed to carry out the work day-night and hand over the subway on Monday midnight," he said. Motorists are apprehensive of the inconvenience while taking a detour of almost 10km to reach Thane through Airoli-Mulund bridge and Eastern Express Highway (EEH). "We will have to pay double toll at Airoli and Mulund toll plaza and even drive longer distances along the traffic-prone Airoli bridge and EEH," said motorist Sanjay Guhagarkar.
|2017-12-21||Eight arrested for hacking mangroves near creek in Thane - Outlook India|
Eight arrested for hacking mangroves near creek in Thane 21 DECEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 2:32 PM Thane, Dec 21 The Thane city police today arrested eight people for allegedly destroying mangroves along the Kolshet creek. Police said that arrests were made in the early hours of today based on a complaint by the revenue department under the Thane District Collector. Senior police inspector T Baravkar of Kapurbawdi police station said that an offence under relevant sections of the Environment (Protection) Rules of 1986 had been registered against 11 persons. Police said that three persons, who the police identified as contractor Jaggu Khetwani, Usha Rai and one Nitin, are yet to be arrested. The eight labourers arrested had been hired by the contractor to carry out the destruction of mangroves, police said.
|2017-12-21||Horse drowns in Thane lake - The Hindu|
Horse drowns in Thane lake THANE, DECEMBER 21, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 21, 2017 04:13 IST Trips on bridle that slipped off head while being taken for a bath A 16-year-old male horse, Baba, drowned in Thane’s Masunda lake on Wednesday morning after it tripped on its bridle, which slipped off its head, while being taken for a bath. Naupada police said that Yusuf Shaikh, 25, had bought the horse at a horse fair in Kalyan on Tuesday evening and the accident took place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday when he took Baba and two other horses to the lake for a bath. Police Inspector S.N. Dhumal said, “The lake was hardly three-foot deep, but the horse wasn’t able to pick itself up. Mr. Shaikh could not single-handedly pull Baba out of the lake. By the time fellow tongawalas came to the rescue, Baba had fallen unconscious.” Baba was rushed to Dr. S. Shirodkar’s veterinary clinic, where it was declared dead before admission. Dr. Shirodkar said, “The horse died due to accumulation of water in the lungs. The nostrils and lungs were full of water when he was brought here.” The police said that Mr. Shaikh was a professional horse-cart operator at Talaopalli in Thane and stayed in Naupada. Baba’s body was handed over to Naupada police, who sent the body to Bhiwandi government hospital for a post-mortem.
|2017-12-21||In Thane, 'Baba' drowns while bathing - Free Press Journal|
In Thane, ‘Baba’ drowns while bathing Dec 21, 2017 09:18 am Thane: Thane’s Masunda lake wore a tragic look on Wednesday morning as a horse was found dead on Masunda’s bank. Christened ‘Baba’ the six-year-old horse was bought for Rs 1.5 lakh by a Thane resident Yousuf on Tuesday from Kalyan. Yousuf, who wanted to use ‘Baba’ to run his Victoria (horse cart used for joyride), ended up being a loser as he spent his hard-earned money to buy ‘Baba’. Victoria horses being bathed in this lake are a visual delight for all the passers-by on normal days. The horses are later used for chariots for the ‘buggy’ that many people ride along the bank. Being new to the pond, ‘Baba was taken to bathe in the lake on the fateful morning when it went a little deeper and got drowned. Although its owner and a few horse tamers tried their best to rescue ‘Baba’ but to no avail. Baba breathed its last due to suffocation, witnesses said. “We just bought him on Tuesday for Rs 1.5 lakhs. He was about to be me and my family members’ sole bread earner. I have a family to look after. I have lost everything,” said Yousuf, owner of the horse.There are chariot owners who have their livelihoods depended on these horses and do their business along with the lake banks. They regularly bathe the animals in the Lake. Masunda lake is famous as it is near the station and biggest lake that has a circular seating arrangement for visitors. Besides, it is also proud of housing city’s first drama theatre. There are many businesses spurred along the bank and chariot riding or Victoria’s are famous in these areas. “We have been doing the business here since the last 50 years. This is for the first time such a worst thing has happened. We never expected this that the horse would die like this,” said Mohammad Sheikh who was there bathing two of his own along with ‘Baba’ who died his death in the famous lake. After rescuing him from the lake they alarmed at local veterinary doctor who did turn up after a while, but it was too late. The police and disaster team of corporation also arrived. The dead horse was later taken for a post-mortem at the Bhivandi hospital. The tragic end of ‘Baba’ has raised many questions about the lake and the security of people as well. There is no security maintained near the lake and it has caused human deaths as well before.
|2017-12-21||Thane Police seize three tonnes of meat, say lab test confirms its beef - The Hindu|
Thane Police seize three tonnes of meat, say lab test confirms its beef THANE, DECEMBER 21, 2017 15:12 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 21, 2017 15:12 IST The Thane district police seized a stock of three tonnes of animal meat from a tempo with police claiming that it was beef. Police said that the vehicle was intercepted in the early hours of Wednesday within the limits of Padgha police station and two persons, the driver and cleaner of the tempo, had been arrested. The Station House Officer of Padgha police station said that the lab test of the meat had confirmed that it was beef. The official said that the tempo was coming from Nashik to Mumbai and the meat was concealed beneath scrap items loaded onto the tempo. Police said that the tip-off about the tempo allegedly transporting beef was received from Bajrang Dal activists and a trap was laid at Ajroli checkpost to intercept the vehicle. The meat was being transported from Sangamner to Govandi in Mumbai where it was to be delivered to a meat-seller, police said. The official said that cases under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 1995 and also the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the two arrested persons.
|2017-12-21||15000 kg beef seized in Thane; two arrested - The Hindu|
15,000 kg beef seized in Thane; two arrested MUMBAI, DECEMBER 22, 2017 00:50 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 22, 2017 14:06 IST Lab tests confirm consignment was of cow meat The Padgha police in Thane district have arrested two men who were allegedly transporting 15,000 kg beef to Mumbai. The police are now investigating to identify the source and intended recipients of the meat. Police tip-off According to the police, the arrests were made on Tuesday morning after receiving information that beef would be transported to Mumbai through Padgha. “We laid a trap at the Padgha toll post. Early on Tuesday, we intercepted a tempo and on searching it, found that it contained meat hidden under scrap material,” said inspector Bhaskar Pukale, Padgha police station. The tempo was seized and the driver, Nadeem Sayyed (42), and cleaner, Abdul Latif Sheikh (44), were taken into custody. Samples of the meat were sent for testing to confirm if it was cow meat. The police said that on Tuesday evening, laboratory tests confirmed that the meat was beef, after which Mr. Sayyed and Mr. Sheikh were placed under arrest. They were charged with mischief by killing or maiming cattle under the Indian Penal Code along with relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1995. “Inquiries conducted with the accused so far indicate that they picked up the consignment of beef from Sangamner in the Ahmednagar district and were taking it to Govandi. The accused, too, are residents of Govandi. We are making further inquiries to find out who they picked it up from and who they were going to deliver it to,” Mr. Pukale said. Probe in Sangamner A team has been sent to Sangamner to verify the information gleaned from the accused, while another team is currently conducting inquiries in Govandi. Mr. Sayyed and Mr. Sheikh, who were on Tuesday remanded in police custody for two days, were again produced in court on Thursday and were remanded in judicial custody, police officers said.
|2017-12-20||Horse dies after drowning inside Thane's Masunda lake - Daily News & Analysis|
Horse dies after drowning inside Thane's Masunda lake In a shocking incident a horse died after drowning inside Thane's Masunda lake on Wednesday afternoon. While the animal rights activists have alleged negligence by the owner, police officials have so far registered a case of accidental death. According to cops from Naupada police station, the horse owner claimed that they had just purchased the 14 year old horse named Baba from Kalyan on Tuesday. “The owner said that due to the road journey the muscles of the horse were stiffened and it was finding it difficult to move. As a traditional practice the handlers decided to splash some water from the lake on its body and as the horse was standing on the edge of the lake it slipped and since its leash got stuck in its feet it fell on its back,” according to a cop. By the time some bystanders could help pull out the horse from lake, a lot of water seemed to have entered its lungs and it died as it was being rushed to the animalhospital. However several animal rights activists have raised questions over how could the handlers take the horse so near to the lake. “We are sure they wanted to give the horse a proper bath and being noon with less people near the lake they decided to quickly allow a dip and the horse must have slipped causing its death,” said an activist adding that there have been several complaints about the horse owner who runs horse carriages during the evenings. Dr Suhas Rane a Vet and Secretary Thane SPCA said that ideally the owner or handlers should have consulted a vet or even if they wanted to give it traditional treatment they could have relied upon hot fermentation rather than risking its life by taking it to a lake. Meanwhile another cop from Naupada said that the owner informed them that due to this incident he has suffered a huge financial loss as the horse was just bought. “We have simply taken the statement of the owner and made a diary entry about the accident. However if animal rights activists come forward and lodge a complaint we will surely register a case,” said the cop.
|2017-12-20||Explosive allegations in viral video: I gave massages in Thane civic ... - Mumbai Mirror|
EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS IN VIRAL VIDEO: I GAVE MASSAGES IN THANE CIVIC CHIEF’S HOME: 15-YR-OLD GIRL Updated: Dec 20, 2017, 06.23 AM IST Minor claims she worked at Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal’s bungalow; activists allege that after sacking her, Jaiswal even had her family’s shanty demolished. Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal finds himself in the eye of a storm after a 15-year-old girl alleged in a video that she was employed in his bungalow, and forced to give midnight massages. The video has since gone viral, and activists in Thane are gunning for Jaiswal. Meanwhile the municipal commissioner, known for his clean image, has claimed the 33-second video is an attempt to malign him. His family has alleged the girl, who was removed from their employ some time ago, used to steal and ‘spoil’ the bathroom, which is why she was sacked.The video has been doing the rounds in Thane. When Thane activist Vikrant Karnik received it, he approached the Thane police along with another activist, Unmesh Bagwe, and requested the cops to conduct a detailed inquiry. “The girl is a minor; 15 years old. How can anyone hire her?” Karnik said. He also alleged that after sacking the girl from his employ, Jaiswal had even ordered her shanty in Bhavani Nagar, Tikuji-ni-Wadi, Thane, demolished.” “I had employed the girl after her parents approached me. She used to play with my kids and do small jobs — one can employ children above 14 years old. This video has been made to malign me. Do I need to tell you this? I have myself asked Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh to carry out a detailed inquiry into the matter, after which the matter is being handed over to Pradeep Sharma [head of Thane’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC)],” Jaiswal told Mirror. “I don’t know about the demolition part, but if it [the girl’s shanty] was illegal, my officers might have demolished it. I am, however, not aware of it,” he said. Jaiswal is known for his clean image, and for demolishing illegal structures and evicting illegal hawkers. Several crowded roads in Thane, like Pokhran Road Numbers 1and 2 and the vicinity around Thane station, where it was once difficult to walk, have now been cleared and made motorable after Jaiswal took over. “We are carrying out an inquiry into whether the video is real, or somebody has played mischief,” Thane AEC chief Pradeep Sharma told Mirror.
|2017-12-20||High court allows Thane woman to abort 22-week foetus - The Asian Age|
Bombay High Court allows Thane woman to abort 22-week foetus Published : Dec 20, 2017, 6:16 am IST Updated : Dec 20, 2017, 4:59 pm IST The committee report stated that the child, if born, would have possibly the risk of mental retardation, which cannot be quantified at the present. Mumbai: The Bombay high court has granted permission to a Thane-based married woman to terminate her 22-week-old foetus, which has various incurable neurological complications. The HC passed the order after perusing the report of an expert doctors’ committee of KEM Hospital. A division bench of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice Rajesh Ketkar was hearing a petition filed by a woman who lives in Thane. On December 13 she had approached the HC seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy. The petition stated that the foetus is suffering from various infirmities and she also submitted a certificate from Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital to corroborate her claim. The committee report stated that the child, if born, would have possibly the risk of mental retardation, which cannot be quantified at the present. The report further stated that termination of pregnancy might have substantial physical risks for the patient. The court noted that as per its last order medical committee had done counselling to the petitioner and her family members however, petitioner has expressed her willingness to take the risk. The HC made it clear that the “Medical Board, which has examined the petitioner as per our directions will not be held liable for submitting the report and they will not held liable for any litigation.” The court also said that the petitioner has been made aware about the risk involved in carrying out the medical termination of pregnancy at this stage. After perusing the report the court has allowed petitioner to terminate her pregnancy and directed her to remain present in the KEM hospital on December 19. During the hearing, the petitioner had placed various orders passed by the Supreme Court and recent orders of the HC. The committee included head of the department of gynaecology, paediatric cardiac surgeon, radiology and psychology.
|2017-12-20||Horse drowns in Thane lake - The Hindu|
Horse drowns in Thane lake THANE, DECEMBER 21, 2017 00:45 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 21, 2017 00:45 IST Trips on bridle that slipped off head while being taken for a bath A 16-year-old male horse, Baba, drowned in Thane’s Masunda lake on Wednesday morning after it tripped on its bridle, which slipped off its head, while being taken for a bath. Naupada police said that Yusuf Shaikh, 25, had bought the horse at a horse fair in Kalyan on Tuesday evening and the accident took place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday when he took Baba and two other horses to the lake for a bath. Police Inspector S.N. Dhumal said, “The lake was hardly three-foot deep, but the horse wasn’t able to pick itself up. Mr. Shaikh could not single-handedly pull Baba out of the lake. By the time fellow tongawalas came to the rescue, Baba had fallen unconscious.” Baba was rushed to Dr. S. Shirodkar’s veterinary clinic, where it was declared dead before admission. Dr. Shirodkar said, “The horse died due to accumulation of water in the lungs. The nostrils and lungs were full of water when he was brought here.” The police said that Mr. Shaikh was a professional horse-cart operator at Talaopalli in Thane and stayed in Naupada. Baba’s body was handed over to Naupada police, who sent the body to Bhiwandi government hospital for a post-mortem.
|2017-12-20||Breathe, Mumbai: HC stays permission for cutting over 5000 trees in Thane? - Times Now|
Breathe, Mumbai: HC stays permission for cutting over 5,000 trees in Thane? Updated: Dec 20, 2017 | 15:34 IST | Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today stayed the decisions of the Thane Municipal Corporation's Tree Authority which had permitted cutting of over 5,000 trees in Thane for development projects. The division bench of Justices A S Oka and M S Sonak, while restraining the Authority from giving further permissions, observed that the constitution of the authority seemed illegal. The court passed the order on a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Rohan Joshi. The PIL said that members of the tree authority did not possess adequate expertise and qualifications. Only three members of the Authority were graduates in science, botany or agriculture while others were not enough educated and were appointed to the authority only because of political patronage, it said. It demanded a reconstitution of the authority. The court adjourned the hearing to January 2018, asking all the members of the Tree Authority to file personal affidavits-in-reply to the PIL.
|2017-12-20||Gaondevi playground may turn into parking bay from 6-10pm - Times of India|
Gaondevi playground may turn into parking bay from 6-10pm Dec 20, 2017, 22:23 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is considering to turn the Gaondevi playground into a part-time parking bay during evening hours to be able to decongest the station area and streamline traffic. The issue of converting the playground into a parking plaza between 6pm and 10pm was discussed by civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal and traffic department officials during their spot visit to the station area on Monday. The authorities claimed that the ground was unused by children post evening and could be converted into a parking bay for private vehicles after 6pm to help alleviate traffic during evening peak hours. The plan, said civic officers, is part of the proposed station area makeover project that aims at restricting entry of private vehicles near the railway station premises and allowing only public vehicles in the area. The civic body is working out feasibilities to develop a buffer zone around the station area that will greatly reduce the snarls and pollution levels. "The space in and around the station area is perennially congested with traffic and pedestrian flow considering it is the central business district of the city and also houses several vital government offices. We are weighing the possibility of using the playground as a temporary parking space," said a senior civic official. Officials said they have already started clearing the premises of private vehicles outside platform 2 since the last month and following its success, want to slowly extend the same till further inside the city."We managed to regulate the flow of traffic immediately outside the station but it has failed to curb the menace beyond the station limits which continues to face massive snarls during peak hours. There is a need to bar traffic flow till around 500m from the stations limits," said an official. "We have surveyed the Thane station area and the periphery around it and are discussing possibilities to mitigate the traffic issues. We are considering having dedicated auto lanes that will largely help streamline the traffic near the station. Also, as parking is a huge problem near the station we are also looking at optimising the available parking facilities at Gaondevi market and the playground along with exploring use of adjoining playground for parking in the late evening hours," said Jaiswal through a press statement. Meanwhile, activists, who are lauding the initiative, are also lashing out at the civic body for trying to usurp the Gaondevi playground that is one of the few available open spaces in the city. "Already, there are so less open spaces in the city. How can the TMC even think of using the available playground for parking purpose. Parking is a huge problem but the administration must find out ways to tackle it by freeing up its reserved plots rather than usurping available open slots," said an irate activist from Thane.
|2017-12-20||15-Yr-Old Accuses Thane Municipal Commissioner For Forcing Her To Give Him 'Midnight Massages' - The Logical Indian|
15-Yr-Old Accuses Thane Municipal Commissioner For Forcing Her To Give Him ‘Midnight Massages’ December 20th, 2017 A 15-year-old girl from Thane, Mumbai, had alleged in a video widely shared in the area that municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal employed her in his bungalow and forced her to give him ‘midnight massages’, according to a report by Mumbai Mirror.Activists in Thane are enraged meanwhile, the civic chief has claimed that the video is an attempt to malign him. His family claimed that the girl was employed in the house but was fired from the job as she used to steal and ‘spoil’ the bathroom. When Thane activist Vikrant Karnik received the video, he approached the Thane police, accompanied by another activist, Unmesh Bagwe, and requested that a detailed enquiry be conducted. Karnik also alleged that Jaiswal ordered the demolition of the girl’s shanty after firing her. “I don’t know about the demolition part, but if it [the girl’s shanty] was illegal, my officers might have demolished it. I am, however, not aware of it,” Jaiswal said. “I had employed the girl after her parents approached me. She used to play with my kids and do small jobs — one can employ children above 14 years old. This video has been made to malign me. Do I need to tell you this? I have myself asked Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh to carry out a detailed inquiry into the matter, after which the matter is being handed over to Pradeep Sharma [head of Thane’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC)],” he continued, as per Mumbai Mirror. Earlier in May, Jaiswal was making rounds in the news for thrashing an auto rickshaw driver in the presence of a crowd of at least 300. His bodyguards and a police officer also publicly thrashed the driver allegedly due to an encroachment drive to remove illegal hawkers and vendors. The Logical Indian community is appalled by the allegations of the minor girl and we hope that probe metes out justice to the innocent.
|2017-12-20||Thane five-year-old had narrow escape at another Madh resort - Times of India|
Thane five-year-old had narrow escape at another Madh resort Updated: Dec 20, 2017, 12:52 IST MUMBAI: Prabhat and Priyanka Menon could not believe their eyes when they read in the news about a seven-year-old boy drowning in a hotel pool at Madh Island on Saturday. The Menons' five-year-old, Pranay, had ventured unnoticed into the pool of another hotel, also at Madh, the same day. But Pranay was fortunate to be spotted and pulled out by a lifeguard just in time. The lifeguard, who hails from the local fishing community in Madh, is going to be rewarded by Pranay's parents. The Menons are residents of Thane and were visiting The Resort at Madh with 13 other family friends over the weekend. "We checked into the hotel on Saturday. Around 3.30-4pm, we decided to head to the pool for a swim. There were scores of children in our group. My sons, Praneet (7) and Pranay, were in swimming costumes and were wearing floats. As Pranay doesn't know swimming, I held him and took him inside. But he didn't seem interested after a while, so I asked him to sit on the steps at the edge of the pool," said Prabhat, who works with a French dairy company. While Prabhat was busy looking after Praneet in the water, Pranay is believed to have slipped out of his float and stepped into the pool. "It was a standard hotel pool around four ft deep but that can be dangerous for a kid. When I turned around sometime later, I could see a lifeguard with a kid that he had rescued from the pool. I looked closer and my heart almost stopped beating, the lifeguard was holding Pranay," said Prabhat.Jackson Koli, the lifeguard, said Pranay had been in the water for less than 20 seconds. "Koli had been watching Pranay and pulled him out as soon as he could. He assisted me in resuscitating Pranay with mouth-to-mouth. My son felt okay and did not need to be taken to a doctor. In the chaos at the time, I couldn't thank Koli," said Prabhat. "Twice in the past year, lifeguards have rescued people from drowning in the hotel's pool, according to the management. There's also a pool attendant deployed during operational hours and a security guard deployed to keep people out when the pool is shut at night," said Satyajit Kotwal, GM of The Resort. On Saturday, Santacruz resident Idris Khokar (7), had drowned in the pool of Hotel Retreat at Madh while his sister, Zara, and friends were at the jacuzzi. His mother, Tasneem, pressed charges of negligence against the hotel management as a lifeguard was reportedly not present at the pool.
|2017-12-20||Ghodbunder Road cleared of 24 illegal structures | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Ghodbunder Road cleared of 24 illegal structures Dec 20, 2017, 22:23 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) razed 24 illegal structures from various reserved plots along Ghodbunder Road on Tuesday marking the renewal of the action against encroachments in the city. The anti-encroachment drive in the city resumed early morning with nearly 200 staff from the civic and police departments swooping into action and demolishing illegal structures constructed by owners of five hotels, four garages and 15 godowns between Owala and Bhayenderpada. Officials claimed to have faced initial resistance, but managed to bring down these structures by noon. The drive comes soon after the civic body was questioned by the elected representatives for its inability to clear of encroachments from plots in various parts of the city. The action on Tuesday targeted plots that were in the green zone or reserved for truck terminals and dumping ground. "We had given prior notices and a deadline to the owners of these units of their infringements in civic land to clear the stretches. We were compelled to take action when they failed to relent. Twenty-four structures, including five hotels, four garages and 15 godowns along the Ghodbunder stretch were demolished," said deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi.
|2017-12-19||Thane: Tax dodgers brazenly unlock sealed shops - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Tax dodgers brazenly unlock sealed shops Dec 19, 2017 08:01 am Bhayandar: Acting tough against stubborn defaulters, the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has intensified its recovery drive by initiating harsh measures including attachment of properties. However, thanks to the blind eye turned by a section of ward officials and tax inspectors, some of the defaulters continue to cock-a-snook at the corporation with brazen defiance. This came to light when some of the shops in the Patadia Complex sealed by the recovery wing of the tax department due to non-payment of dues to arrears were illegally unlocked and occupied in an unlawful manner by the owners. Interestingly, it was the alert citizens residing in the area who exposed the anomalies, even as the ward officials were deep in slumber. Whereas it is the duty of concerned officials to register an offence under section 353 of the IPC against the illegal occupiers.“I have directed the concerned officials to file FIR’s against those who have illegally unlocked the seals. Process was on to assess the exact value of the sealed properties to be floated for auction,” said, assistant civic chief Swati Deshpande. It is feared that many sealed properties might have been unlocked and used in a similar fashion. The MBMC had put up around 50 sealed properties of tax defaulters for auction in April this year. There were no takers for these properties. Though the officials have been sealing properties of tax defaulters in the past, it had never auctioned them.
|2017-12-19||Thane: Ex-UP 'pradhan' Aslam Israel Shaikh flew into city only to burgle homes - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Ex-UP ‘pradhan’ Aslam Israel Shaikh flew into city only to burgle homes Dec 19, 2017 08:16 am Bhayandar: It was a prize catch for the Mira Road police as a wanted criminal was held after a long highway chase in Wadala. And the accused turned out to be Aslam Israel Shaikh (40), a former Gram Pradhan of Rampur Rajwadi (Dev-Mau) village of Pratapgadh district in Uttar Pradesh (UP). While investigating a house-breaking case last month in which unidentified thieves had broken into a locked flat in Sheetal Nagar and decamped with stolen booty amounting to more than Rs 2.30 lakh including documents, ATM card. The police got a breakthrough when Shaikh withdrew Rs 50,000 cash using the card from a Dahisar-based ATM. A police team led by API Prakash Pawar and PSI Bharat Sonawane under the instructions of Thane (rural) SP Dr Mahesh Patil and Sr PI Shrikant Padule swung into action and on the basis of the footages procured from the CCTV cameras installed in the vicinity of the ATM booth, hit upon the fact that a duo had arrived in Santro car to withdraw the money.Since the images were hazy, the police checked the footages captured by CCTV cameras at the Dahisar toll plaza and managed to obtain the registration number of the car which led them to a Wadala resident named Asif. During questioning, Asif revealed that Aslam had funded him to buy the second-hand car to commit thefts in the city and before the day could end he used to catch a flight back. After playing hide and seek with the cops for over a fortnight, Aslam was finally nabbed on Monday. Police personnel Vijay Brahmne and Nikam played a crucial role in apprehending the accused and his accomplice identified as Moin. He used to book air tickets in advance to conduct day-light robberies in the city and use the stolen booty in poll campaigning and property investments back in his village.
|2017-12-19||'Thane corporation's tree authority wrongly set up' - The Hindu|
‘Thane corporation’s tree authority wrongly set up’ DECEMBER 20, 2017 00:22 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 20, 2017 00:22 IST HC says no cutting of trees till Jan. 24 Mumbai: In a move that may save thousands of trees, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday ruled that the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) tree authority has been wrongly constituted. A Division Bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M.S. Sonak was hearing a public interest litigation filed by a resident Rohit Joshi. He urged the court to rectify the errors and violations of the statute, committed in constituting the statutory tree authority for the municipal limits of Thane, in accordance with the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975. He said that officials have illegally appointed several non-qualified members, without following due process, thereby causing danger to the preservation, protection, and conservation of trees, which is the primary object of the Urban Tree Act. Mr. Joshi alleged that of the six nominated members, only three are graduates in science/botany/agriculture whereas the other three have a lower educational qualification, and have political background. The court said that the tree authority is wrongly constituted and all the decisions taken by the TMC tree committee stand cancelled. The HC also denied permission to cutting of trees till January 24, 2018.
|2017-12-19||TMC to invest Rs 5,493 crore to make Thane city 'smart' - OutlookIndia - Outlook India|
TMC to invest Rs 5,493 crore to make Thane city 'smart' Outlook December 19, 2017 16:34 IST TMC to invest Rs 5,493 crore to make Thane city 'smart' outlookindia.com 1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530 Mumbai, Dec 19 Thane Municipal Corporation has planned an investment outlay of Rs 5,493 crore to make the city smart, a senior official said."We have planned an investment of Rs 5,493 crore to transform Thane into a smart city. The investment will be made mainly in the area development," additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan said at a CII event on smart cities here today.He said the Corporation has already undertaken various development projects like building roads, encouraging non-motorised transport like footpaths and bicycle tracks to make the city more liveable and citizen friendly."To ease the increasing pressure of existing Thane railway station, an alternative railway station is planned between Thane and Mulund with an investment of Rs 300 crore. While Rs 120 crore would be utilised for the station, the rest will be deployed for development of the area around the station," Chavan said.This railway station, to be built on 15 acre of land parcel, will be named 'New Thane'."We will be spending Rs 70 crore for building a solar rooftop project on the station," Chavan said.In a recent development, Tel Aviv Municipality has joined hands with Thane to replicate the civic transformation it underwent, using digital technologies, in the city. More from Website High Court Finds 'Spiritual' Institute In Delhi Confining Girls As Similar To Ram Rahim's Ashram, Orders Inspection CAG Flags Deficiencies In Financial Management Of Centre's 'Clean Ganga' Project After Karnataka Govt Denies Permission, Sunny Leone's New Year Eve Show Organisers Move HC For Relief More from Outlook Middle Parts Bleed As Much Songs Of Come-Hither Love Fearless Nadia, The Yazidi Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Next Story : Pet coke import duty hike may hit cement cos operating margins Download the Outlook Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store
|2017-12-19||Thane ACB arrests medical officer for accepting liquor bottles as bribe - Moneylife|
Thane ACB arrests medical officer for accepting liquor bottles as bribe 19 December 2017 The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials have arrested Dr Prakash Harishchandra Jadhav, Health and Medical Officer from Mira Bhaindar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) for Dr Jadhav was caught red handed by the ACB while accepting imported liquor bottles of various brands that he had demanded as bribe from one Dr Vishnukant Sharma to enroll him in the panel of civic doctors. Recently, MBMC had recruited several doctors and staff for Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (Temba) Hospital, and other municipal dispensaries. One of the doctor who was in waiting list of recruitment approached Dr Jadhav to update his status from waiting to confirmed in the panel enrollment process. However, to change the waiting status to confirmed, Dr Jadhav demanded liquor and gave Dr Sharma a list of various brands of liquors in writing on a piece of paper. Dr Sharma then approached activist Pradeep Jangam of Ziddi Maratha Pratishthan (NGO). Mr Jangam took Dr Sharma to Thane ACB and registered the complaint. After verifying the complaint, the ACB team led by Police Inspector Salil Bhosale laid a trap outside a wine shop in Bhaindar and arrested Dr Jadhav while accepting a box containing 10 bottles of Blender’s Pride Whisky and three bottles each of Vodka and Rum worth Rs15,884."Dr Jadhav was caught accepting 16 bottles of liquor of different foreign brands worth Rs15,884 from the complainant doctor in front of Government panch witnesses," ACB said in a statement. Dr Jadhav had demanded the liquor bottles for a party on Sports Day organised for a local medical association on 17 December 2017. Dr Jadhav who is also president of the Association has been booked under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. However, till writing this story, the MBMC has not yet suspended Dr Jadhav as Chief Medical Officer. According to MBMC Deputy Commissioner Dr Sambhajirao Paanpatte further decision in this matter is under procedure.
|2017-12-19||Assault by towing van employee lands senior citizen in hospital ... - Times of India|
Assault by towing van employee lands senior citizen in hospital Dec 19, 2017, 12:10 IST THANE: A senior citizen suffered a nose fracture and was badly bruised after the employee of a towing van allegedly assaulted him at Waghbil on Monday. "My husband Dr Surud Gaikwad had gone to a bank at Hiranandani Estate to link his Aadhaar number and had parked his motorcycle outside. There was a board stating it was allocated parking for senior citizens, but the vehicle got towed. When he went to Waghbil to take the bike, he had an argument with a youth named Bala Bhosle, who assaulted him," said Suhasini Gaikwad. The police, however, blamed it on the senior citizen."The personnel at Waghbil asked him to wait as they were handing over vehicles to other offenders. But Gaikwad paid no heed and started taking away his vehicle. When one of the men tried to stop him, he got off the bike and pushed him. The man retaliated and, in the scuffle, the key he was holding hurt Gaikwad on the nose," said D Dhole, senior inspector from Kasarvadavli police station. He added the senior citizen had stated he didn't want to file a complaint. "Gaikwad has suffered a fracture on his nose and got a few scratches on his hand and forehead," said Dr. Sangita Makode, additional civil surgeon at Civil Hospital. He was moved to the ICU later in the afternoon.
|2017-12-19||HC faults Thane tree authority, fellings on hold - Times of India|
HC faults Thane tree authority, fellings on hold Dec 20, 2017, 06:22 IST MUMBAI: In an interim order that has environment activists singing its praises, the Bombay high court on Tuesday rapped the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for a "faulty composition" of its tree authority and red flagged any decision on a pending proposal to cut over 5,200 trees. The HC said no tree could be cut till the next hearing on January 24, 2018. Hearing a PIL filed by Thane-based environmental activist Rohit Joshi, who questioned the "back door entry" to non-qualified members on the tree authority, a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka expressed concern and criticized the TMC for non-application of mind. The HC observed that prima facie the TMC's tree authority is "wrongly constituted" and permitted no tree cutting till January 24, 2018, when the PIL will be heard next. The bench heard Joshi's counsel Gayatri Singh and the corporation's counsel Ram Apte. The tree authority is an important body whose permission is necessary for felling everything from a bamboo shoot to a mighty oak. Singh said the corporation had flouted rules for appointing members. Joshi had challenged the constitution of the committee that had non-graduates as members and sought to restrain the authority from permitting the cutting of 5,200 trees in 23 proposals in October. The HC observed that invitees and NGO members were prima facie not selected by following proper procedure as mandated by law. Apte, defending the appointments as valid, said "procedure was followed" with posts being advertised and necessary scrutiny done. But the PIL pointed out that "members do not even have a degree or diploma in the fields of botany/agriculture/horticulture as required under a September 2013 order" on an earlier PIL, of 2009. But "continuous re-appointment of nominated members" left actual degree or diploma holders who are more qualified unable to assume office at the tree authority as nominated members, said the PIL. "To avoid such continuous re-appointment, it is necessary that a policy be framed to restrict the term of each nominated member and to ensure that strict preference be given to graduates and post-graduates." The PIL sought for directions to "rectify errors and violations of the statute, committed in constituting the statutory tree authority for the municipal limits of Thane". The lack of seriousness in following the rules poses a "serious danger to the preservation, protection and conservation of trees, which is the primary object of the Urban Tree Act", said the PIL, pointing to a pending proposal to hack more than 5,000 trees, which the "illegally constituted committee" unless restrained, may approve and thus cause "irreparable loss and damage to the environment". In an interim order that has environment activists singing its praises, the Bombay high court on Tuesday rapped the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for a "faulty composition" of its tree authority and red flagged a decision to cut over 5,200 trees. The HC said no tree could be cut till the next hearing on January 24, 2018. Hearing a PIL filed by Thane-based environmental activist Rohit Joshi, who questioned the "back door entry" to non-qualified members on the tree authority, a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka expressed concern and criticized the Thane civic body for non-application of mind. The bench heard Joshi's counsel Gayatri Singh and the corporation's counsel Ram Apte. The tree authority is an important body whose permission is necessary for felling everything from a bamboo shoot to a mighty oak. Singh said the corporation had flouted rules for appointing members. Joshi had challenged the constitution of the committee that had non-graduates as members and sought to restrain the authority from permitting the cutting of 5,200 trees in 23 proposals in October. The HC observed that prima facie the TMC's tree authority is "wrongly constituted" and permitted no tree cutting till January 24, 2018, when the PIL will be heard next. The HC observed that invitees and NGO members were not selected by following proper procedure as mandated by law. Apte, defending the appointments as valid, said "procedure was followed" with posts being advertised and necessary scrutiny done.But the PIL pointed out that "members do not even have a degree or diploma in the fields of botany/agriculture/horticulture as required under a September 2013 order" on an earlier PIL, of 2009. But "continuous re-appointment of nominated members" left actual degree or diploma holders who are more qualified unable to assume office at the tree authority as nominated members, said the PIL. "To avoid such continuous re-appointment, it is necessary that a policy be framed to restrict the term of each nominated member and to ensure that strict preference be given to graduates and post-graduates." The PIL sought for directions to "rectify errors and violations of the statute, committed in constituting the statutory tree authority for the municipal limits of Thane". The lack of seriousness in following the rules poses a "serious danger to the preservation, protection and conservation of trees, which is the primary object of the Urban Tree Act", said the PIL, pointing to a pending proposal to hack more than 5,000 trees, which the "illegally constituted committee" unless restrained, may approve and thus cause "irreparable loss and damage to the environment".
|2017-12-19||TMC to invest Rs 5493 crore to turn Thane into a 'smart city' - Moneycontrol.com|
TMC to invest Rs 5,493 crore to turn Thane into a 'smart city' A new suburban train station which is will come up between Thane and Mulund will be called "New Thane", according to the city's additional municipal commissioner. Dec 19, 2017 05:19 PM IST Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has planned an investment outlay of Rs 5,493 crore to make the city smart, a senior official said. "We have planned an investment of Rs 5,493 crore to transform Thane into a smart city. The investment will be made mainly in the area development," additional municipal commissioner Sunil Chavan said at a CII event on smart cities on Tuesday. Chavan said the Corporation has already undertaken various development projects like building roads, encouraging non-motorised transport like footpaths and bicycle tracks to make the city more liveable and citizen friendly. "To ease the increasing pressure of existing Thane railway station, an alternative railway station is planned between Thane and Mulund with an investment of Rs 300 crore. While Rs 120 crore would be utilised for the station, the rest will be deployed for development of the area around the station," Chavan said. This railway station, to be built on 15 acre of land parcel, will be named 'New Thane'. "We will be spending Rs 70 crore for building a solar rooftop project on the station," Chavan said. In a recent development, Tel Aviv Municipality has joined hands with Thane to replicate the civic transformation it underwent, using digital technologies, in the city.
|2017-12-18||Thane skywalk occupied by hawkers and lovers, lacks space for commuters - Mid-Day|
Thane Skywalk Occupied By Hawkers And Lovers, Lacks Space For Commuters Dec 18, 2017, 14:09 IST The Skywalk In Thane Is Fast Losing Space To Accommodate The Foot That Falls On It With A Majority Of The Space Taken Up By Romancing Youngsters And Hawkers The skywalk in the central (in more ways than one) city of Thane originates in the east with arms in the west that connect to the SATIS (Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme), where commuters flock for Thane Municipal Transport buses.If you've seen the crowd spilling out of Thane station at any time of the day and any day of the week, it should give you an idea how necessary and important a skywalk is in the area for the lakhs of commuters and pedestrians. But instead of those for whom it's made making the most of it, it's the bold and the desperate who seem to have staked first claim on it, occupying and encroaching space, leaving little for citizens.If you've seen the crowd spilling out of Thane station at any time of the day and any day of the week, it should give you an idea how necessary and important a skywalk is in the area for the lakhs of commuters and pedestrians. But instead of those for whom it's made making the most of it, it's the bold and the desperate who seem to have staked first claim on it, occupying and encroaching space, leaving little for citizens.
|2017-12-18||Thane: 73-year-old woman dies on the spot after ST bus runs over her - Mid-Day|
|2017-12-18||Former Thane police informer arrested for peddling drugs - The Indian Express|
Former Thane police informer arrested for peddling drugs After interrogating a few drug peddlers, the police said they came to know that their main supplier was former police informer Komil Merchant Mumbai | Published: December 19, 2017 2:14 am The police has arrested the alleged head of a chain of drug peddlers in Thane. The accused had earlier been an informant for the Thane police, sources said. In November, the anti-narcotics cell of Thane police nabbed two alleged peddlers carrying packets of mephedrone in Mumbai. Police said that during questioning, the two revealed their supplier’s name. After arresting and interrogating him, police officers said they came to know that the main supplier was a man they were familiar with. “The arrested accused in November named Komil Merchant as their boss and supplier. Merchant had been our informant when we were doing the mephedrone case in which Vicky Goswami was named as an accused,” said a senior officer from the Thane anti-narcotics cell. The police tried to first confirm this information, the officer said, and raided his house. “We even arrested the man working with Merchant, a Kurla-based drug supplier named Javed Ansari. He told us how Merchant would buy the drugs from him and then peddle them in Mumbra, Bhiwandi and other pockets of Thane,” said the officer. When the police ascertained that Merchant had allegedly gone rogue, they started tracking him, officers said. “We raided his house and the other hideouts but he was absconding,” an officer privy to the investigation said. Based on his call records and information received by the anti-narcotics cell, officers said they realised that Merchant was hiding in Goa. “We raided in the middle of the night and managed to arrest him from Goa,” an officer said. Merchant was produced in court on December 17, and has been sent to police custody for three days. “Our main focus is to identify when he went from being our informant to becoming this drug supplier. We shall also investigate if he had other accomplices,” said a senior officer from Thane police.
|2017-12-17||Thane: Anti-Corruption Bureau arrests health officer accepting foreign liquor bottles as bribe - Mid-Day|
|2017-12-17||Bid to get Mulund-Gaimukh corridor project on fast track - Times of India|
Bid to get Mulund-Gaimukh corridor project on fast track Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 23:34 IST Thane: The city municipal corporation wants to fast track its ambitious six-lane speed corridor between Mulund and Gaimukh and has accordingly moved a proposal before its general body seeking approval to depute a consultant. The move is despite stiff opposition from green activists to the nearly 14-km long corridor also referred to as the foothill road that will bypass Thane city cutting into swathes of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). The approximately Rs 800 crore worth road link will also have a 407m-long tunnel skirting Yeoor forests that has drawn the ire of environmentalists as this is the third proposal attempting to infiltrate SGNP after Thane-Borivli ropeway and Goregaon-Mulund Link Road. Meanwhile, the administration has justified the project saying it would ease congestion in Thane city and also claimed that the consultant was being hired to suggest moves to minimise impact on the green cover and seek required environmental clearances. "We are in the process of hiring a consultant who will guide us with steps to be taken to counter any ill effects on the environment. A proposal for hiring a project advisor has been put up for an approval by the general body on Wednesday," said an official requesting anonymity. As per plans, the road will connect the northern-most tip of Mulund at Shrinagar off LBS Road with the outskirts of Thane city at Gaimukh on Ghodbunder Road. It will have a 407metre-long tunnel near Upvan lake skirting the Yeoor forests, said an official.The corridor, say officials, could cut down the congestion in Thane city especially the highways, which sees heavy freight traffic heading to the Mumbai ports or the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Navi Mumbai. The road link is likely to save 45 minutes of travel time for motorists who now spend nearly 1.25 hours to cover the 20km stretch passing through Eastern Express highway and Ghdobunder Road overlapping with intra-city and Nashik-bound traffic.A detailed presentation on the project and its social impact was made by Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal before Union minister of surface transport Nitin Gadkari this year, following which the TMC was given a go-ahead to prepare a feasibility report. Gadkari has apparently promised financial aid for the project if the civic body is successful in getting required environmental approvals due to which TMC is working over time to get the basics ready in time, explained an official.
|2017-12-17||Surging crowd makes Happy Streets more colourful - Times of India|
Surging crowd makes Happy Streets more colourful Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 23:33 IST Thane: Over 7, 000 participants turned up to be part of Happy Streets this Sunday despite foggy weather. Simran Jain, a 7-year-old girl from Manpada, was busy skating her way along the vehicle-free stretch from Vasant Vihar to Khewra Circle. Other kids too took part part in various activities like cycling, running, badminton, zumba and dance. Kids were amused to take part in a special workshop on aboriginal hand art. Vijay Suraksha Art zone was abuzz with an exclusive workshop for the children and their parents alike. "The games were quite interesting and the hand art was quite unique," said 12-year-old Ajit Singh from Majiwada. Happy Streets is a joint initiative of Thane traffic police, Thane Municipal Corporation, powered by Vijay Group-Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI.
|2017-12-17||Rs 2 lakh siphoned off from man's bank account - Times of India|
Rs 2 lakh siphoned off from man’s bank account Dec 17, 2017, 23:17 IST THANE: A senior citizen has alleged that an amount of Rs 2.25 lakh was siphoned off from his ICICI bank account on August 21. According to the victim, multiple transactions were carried out on a single day and the bank failed to send him any notifications. The victim learnt about this only on Thursday when he sent his driver to update his passbook. A resident of Eden Woods, Shyam Pant told the police that 10 transactions were made from his account and alleged the bank failed to send him any intimation. Meanwhile, the bank said a special team will be deployed to look into the matter.
|2017-12-17||These youth break the monotony by dancing to their own tunes - Times of India|
These youth break the monotony by dancing to their own tunes Dec 17, 2017, 23:17 IST THANE: "Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure...". The famed line by The Alchemist writer Pauelo Coelho has turned true for two city dancers who quit their monotonous jobs to pursue their passion and carved a career in dancing. The 27-year-old Simrin Vijayakar who moves her feet backwards and forwards on a cha-cha-cha song took the biggest step of her life when she decided to quit her advertising job which she was pursuing since three years. "I never imagined or had any plans to have a career in dance. I loved dancing since I was a kid but it was just a passion for me then. I did my post-graduation in marketing, after which I joined an advertising firm as a senior brand service manager. But life was getting monotonous. I wanted to do something different. So I joined a dance class where I was learnt Latin ballroom dancing. Though I liked my job, I loved dancing more and when I won a gold medal at the national-level competition, I knew I had to do something about it. With the support of my family I quit my job and decided to follow my heart," said Vijayakar with her big smile. The girl started her own dance class, along with her friend and now co-founder Shruti Datar. "The name of my dance community is inspired by my life. Pivot, my dance studio, is basically a dance step wherein you turn on one foot by balancing your body on a toe, taking this decision of changing my career was also a turning point of my life and everything around changed. The whole business was started on the money which I had earned from my previous job and I used my own network to build Pivot along with Datar. Hopefully, next year-and-a-half we would have enough funds to have a place of our own," added Vijayakar.Shreyas Desai (30) who had to face a lot of criticism not only because he choose dancing as a career but because he liked folk dance. "There are many dance forms but one should at least have the knowledge of their roots and know the local dance forms. I started learning dance as I wanted to do something to be happy after my parents got separated. But it became my oxygen and I couldn't live without it. But I couldn't pursue a career in it as there were financial issues at home. So after my graduation I did a diploma in human resources and took up a job. Later I started taking up workshops, live shops, classes in dance," said Desai. Desai has not only made sure to showcase different types of folk dances to people but also had the privilege to dance along with famous personalities like Hema Malini. "Dance is can no more be called a hobby and there are various options for one if they choose to make it their career. Unlike earlier, there are many certified courses in dance. One must just listen to their inner calling," added Desai, as he walked towards his rehearsals. I joined an advertising firm as a senior brand service manager. But life was getting monotonous. So I joined a dance class where I was learnt Latin ballroom dancing. After winning a gold at the national-level competition, I knew I had o do something in dance. So, I quit my job and decided to follow my heart.
|2017-12-17||4 months on, rent-a-cycle scheme yet to take off - Times of India|
4 months on, rent-a-cycle scheme yet to take off Dec 17, 2017, 23:16 IST THANE: Nearly four months after its inauguration, the much-hyped bicycle-sharing facility is yet to take off as the municipal corporation has reportedly failed to provide basic infrastructure to make the initiative fully operational. The TMC is nowhere close to its commitment to develop cycle depots at various locations across the city to make it operational. With no signs of making it fully operational soon, the administration has now removed the first batch of cycles lying at three depots along the Eastern Express Highway service road. Activists and residents have now blamed the callous approach of the administration in handling the project that initially had earned several laurels for the city and the corporation. It is learnt that the administration is yet to construct cycle depots at several locations for various reasons, including land acquisition and permissions from gas or telephone utilities. In some parts of the city, the depot development has also run into rough waters as getting approvals from various civic departments is getting difficult as the project reportedly overlapped with other proposed municipal initiatives like gardens and model roads. The facility was launched by Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray in August this year amid much fanfare and was suppose to operate from nearly 50 locations in the city. Nearly 500 unisex cycles were on offer on rent at reasonable rates. The facility already has nearly 1,200 people subscribing for it. This could be a good way to reduce pollution and traffic.The project was flagged off in private partnership where the corporation will not make any investment except for providing space for the depots. The initiative will be operated by the designated contractor for the first 10 years, after which its operations will be transferred to the corporation. However, the delay has upset the patrons. "We were hoping that the facility would be made operational soon and were looking at registering ourselves for it. It has been more than three months now but no action has been taken yet and the cycles have also been moved away from the stands. The winter season was a good way to cycle around the city," said Ashish Varma, a resident of Ghodbunder Road. Transport and civic activist Satyajit Shah, who had initially lauded the initiative, said that the administration has disappointed the residents and patrons. "It is shameful that such a wonderful project that was started by the corporation, which is aspiring for a smart makeover, cannot be made operational even four months after its inaugurated," said activist Satyajit Shah. Meanwhile, TMC has assured to look into the issue and the project will begin by month end. "The project has been delayed for various reasons. We have had to remove the first batch of cycles from depots and are in the process of constructing more bays at various locations. We hope to make the facility operational by month end," said deputy municipal commissioner Sandeep Malvi.
|2017-12-17||Bar waitress held for forcing minor daughter into flesh trade - Times of India|
Bar waitress held for forcing minor daughter into flesh trade Dec 17, 2017, 22:16 IST THANE: A 32-year-old bar waitress from Bhiwandi was arrested for allegedly forcing her minor daughter into flesh trade, police said today. The woman was apprehended last evening and Rs one lakh cash was seized from her, said Senior Police Inspector Ravindra Daundkar of the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell. Following a tip-off, sleuths of the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell laid a trap at a mall here and nabbed the woman and rescued her 13-year-old daughter, added Daundkar. The woman, who migrated from Bihar, was living in Bhiwandi since the past four months. She needed money to complete education of her another daughter and hence forced the victim into flesh trade, the officer added. Initially, the victim refused but the accused forced her into flesh trade, Daundkar said, adding a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1986 was registered.According to the officer, the accused was today produced in a special holiday court which remanded her into police custody till December 19. Daundkar also said the victim was sent to a rescue home.
|2017-12-17||Thane man convicted for molestation; slapped Rs 5000 fine, but no jail - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane man convicted for molestation; slapped Rs 5000 fine, but no jailPTI | Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 07.44 PM ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeMy Saved articlesWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSShareWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSThane: A local court has convicted a 28-year-old man for outraging the modesty of a minor girl in 2010, but did not send him to jail and only imposed a fine. First Class Judicial Magistrate R T Ingle, in his order yesterday, said he was not in favour of sending the convict, Mandar Jagtap, to jail considering his age when the incident took place. The judge, however, slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict and said the amount should be transferred to the account of the District Legal Aid Services. Jagtap had committed the crime when he was 21. "At the time of the incident, the accused was 21 years of age. Usually, such mistakes happen in the said age. The trial has run into seven years which was a constant burden on the accused and a punishment in itself," the judge said. Read Also:Man held with 118 gms of cocaine in Lokhandwala "If I send the convict in jail, he may become a hardened criminal. The objective of any punishment is to reclaim the offender. "Having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, in my opinion, payment of fine instead of imprisonment, will serve the purpose," he observed. Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Rashmi Kshirsagar told the court the victim was studying in class 9 at the time of the incident on June 28, 2010, when she was returning home in Vartak Nagar from school at about 4.30 pm. Some people followed the girl, who was then in her mid teens, and one of them made obscene gestures at her, Kshirsagar said. According to the APP, the girl lodged a complaint with the local police station following which Jagtap was booked under IPC section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), and later arrested.
|2017-12-17||'Need to monitor sexual content in ads instead of banning them' - Times of India|
‘Need to monitor sexual content in ads instead of banning them’ Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 23:35 IST The government's recent ban on daytime (between 6am and 10pm) broadcast of condom advertisements on TV has sparked a nationwide debate. While a section of society has welcomed it, saying such ads promote objectification of women and expose young audiences to age-inappropriate content, there are those who maintain that the decision smacks not only of outdated prudishness but also inhibit the spread of of awareness about sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Professionals from the fields of child and adolescent mental health as well as gynaecologists who deal with kids and youngsters daily point out that there is a common solution to this issue, viz, monitoring and inducing change in 'indecent' and 'directly sexual' content in these ads instead of banning condom ads altogether. "Sex education is crucial these days as there are many sexually active youngsters who need to be encouraged to take precautions. This being said, the intimate content in these ads is not appropriate for children studying in standards below class IV as most of them are constantly glued to the TV sets. While the ban filters the inappropriate content forkids, it sends out a wrong message to the sexually active youth, who may shy away from purchasing contraceptives," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, a city-based obstetrician and gynaecologist."As banning these ads is clearly not an option, the government should work towards restricting the explicit content, which will push advertisers to make indirect advertisements which can be decoded by the target audience, while the children remain oblivious to it," he added. These experts, including Mumbai-based child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Avinash DeSousa, assert that while condom ads have now come under scanner there are many other ads that contain sexual content. Since censoring all ads is not possible, parents need to play their part and answer questions posed by the kids in an age-appropriate way, they said. "There are many ads selling fruit juice, perfume, etc that have sensualised content. Just banning daytime broadcasting of the condom ads attaches a negative tag to contraceptives," said Dr DeSousa. "Children, these days, come across sexualised content on billboards, buses and bus stands, in movies and TV shows and even in some cartoons. They even learn about sex in their school sex education seminars, which is crucial. When kids have questions, parents should talk to them about it. They need to come up with answers to ensure that their children are aware about safe sex," he added.
|2017-12-16||Police raid dance bar in Thane, rescue 18 girls from basement - Zee News|
Police raid dance bar in Thane, rescue 18 girls from basement As many as 18 girls were on Saturday rescued by Thane Crime Branch after they raided a dance bar here. By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Dec 16, 2017, 12:11 PM IST Comments | File photo MUMBAI: As many as 18 girls were on Saturday rescued by Thane Crime Branch after they raided a dance bar here. The team was headed by Additional Police Commissioner Makrand Ranade. The girls were being hidden in the basement and the bar used to function till late night. Although the owner is absconding, the staff working at the bar have been taken into custody.
|2017-12-15||Efforts will be taken to make Thane district no 1: Eknath Shinde - Moneycontrol.com|
Efforts will be taken to make Thane district no 1: Eknath Shinde Shinde, a senior Shiv Sena leader and guardian minister for Thane, also expressed happiness over his party winning the recently-held Thane Zilla Parishad elections. Dec 15, 2017 11:18 AM IST Maharashtra Minister Ekanth Shinde today said efforts will be taken to make Thane, a number one district in the country. "We will make efforts to ensure that Thane emerges as the number one district in the country and is developed," Shinde, who holds the Public Works Department portfolio, told reporters here. Shinde, a senior Shiv Sena leader and guardian minister for Thane, also expressed happiness over his party winning the recently-held Thane Zilla Parishad elections. "This (the win) is the result of the work put in by Sena workers," he quipped.
|2017-12-15||Thane junior clerk arrested for accepting bribe - The Tribune|
|2017-12-15||Rs 25 lakh more funds for corporators of 10 cleanest wards - Times of India|
Rs 25 lakh more funds for corporators of 10 cleanest wards Updated: Dec 16, 2017, 00:30 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is now luring corporators with an increased ward improvement fund in a bid to ensure that they work towards keeping their respective wards clean. At a recently-held brainstorming session with senior officials from TMC, municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had proposed to incentivise clean wards. According to the plan, 10 top corporators undertaking exemplary work in ensuring cleanliness in the area will get Rs 25 lakh more in addition to the existing annual ward improvement fund. There are 131 corporators spread across 33 wards in the city, who are paid an annual sum of Rs 25lakh to undertake various developmental works in their respective areas. The decision by the commisioner is likely to add Rs 2.5 crore to the excercise that has now drawn the ire of activists. "We are working on ensuring cleanliness in the city and plan to involve corporators in percolating the message of cleanliness in their respective areas. We will be rewarding corporators with an increase in ward improvement funds as an encouragement," said Jaiswal. The selection of the top 10 corporators will be done following the initiatives taken along with the results seen in the respective wards. The idea is to involve micro level participation of the elected representatives who can reach out the message of cleanliness door-to-door in their respective strongholds, explained a senior civic official. It may be recalled that the city had secured a dismal ranking on the nationwide cleanliness rating since the last two years causing massive embarrassment for the civic administration. The civic body has been claiming to be planning and executing cleanliness campaigns, but activists lamented that there is little improvement seen in the wards prompting this initiative. BJP corporator Narayan Pawar lashed out at the administration for offloading its work on the elected representatives."What is the TMC here for if all the work is either to be done by citizens or corporators? This is a ridiculous concept and the commisioner should instead keep a reward for its staff for doing their job properly," said Pawar. An activist said that the civic body is spending a fortune on paying the conservancy staff but very precious little is achieved through it. "Why is the civic body trying to further strain the civic treasury by adding Rs 2.5 crore expense by incentivising corporators for such initiatives," he lamented. The selection of the top 10 corporators will be done following the initiatives taken along with the results seen in the respective wards. The idea is to involve micro level participation of the elected representatives who can reach out the message of cleanliness door-to-door in their respective strongholds, explained a senior civic official
|2017-12-15||Valuables, cash worth Rs 1.20 lakh burgled from Naupada watch showroom - Times of India|
Valuables, cash worth Rs 1.20 lakh burgled from Naupada watch showroom Dec 16, 2017, 00:27 IST THANE: Expensive wrist watches and cash collectively amounting to over Rs 1.20 lakh were looted by a yet-to-be-identified man who broke into a watch showroom at Naupada between Wednesday and Thursday. Police said the lone masked burglar gained access inside the closed Titan showroom at Gokhale Road through the air-conditioner (AC) duct on the wall facing the road. Manoj Mehta, cashier of the store, said, "I left the shop at around 9.30pm on Wednesday along with 10 other employees. As is the daily practice, I locked the door and downed the shutter. When I reached the shop on Thursday at around 9.45am, I saw that the air conditioner near the entrance of the showroom had been removed and kept on the floor. The duct was also completely smashed with glass scattered everywhere. When I entered the shop, I noticed that the counter drawer was pulled out and shifted to another place. The safe, where we usually keep money at the end of the day, was broken and even the cash counter drawer where Rs 20,000 was kept was wiped clean." The Thane Nagar police have obtained the CCTV footage of the store that shows a man covered from head to toe broke into the shop through the AC vent. Mehta added, "When we looked at the CCTV footage, we could see that someone entered the store at around 12.40am. He spent about 45 minutes in the shop. It is not clear, but there is a possibility that a watch or two have also been stolen." Police are on the lookout for the accused and have booked him under Sections 454, 457 and 380 for trespassing, house-breaking at night and theft of the Indian Penal Code.
|2017-12-14||College student's death in Matheran raises questions - Times of India - Times of India|
College student’s death in Matheran raises questions Dec 14, 2017, 05:38 IST THANE: A pall of gloom hung over the Raheja Garden complex here as the body of 17-year old Mast Daga was driven out in a hearse on Wednesday, leaving his grieving family and friends grappling with questions about his death in Matheran. A Class XII student of science from St Xavier's College, Mumbai, the bespectacled teen left home on Monday as usual to attend college, but landed up in Matheran. En route, he withdrew Rs 500 from an ATM and presumably threw away a bag containing his belongings and switched off his cellphone. "Initially, when the family reported him missing, we registered akidnapping case as he was a minor. We made inquiries. One witness confirmed seeing the lad with a college bag taking a Karjatbound train. We also spotted him at the station in CCTV images, but when we saw footage at Matheran there was no bag...he had switched off his phone and though his father's phone was linked with his, the location was untraceable," said Ravikant Malekar, senior inspector from Wagle Estate police station. Locals in Matheran identified him. The last person to see him was a woman. "She saw him standing alone and had barely walked away when suddenly there was an uproar from the monkeys...the body was found 600 feet down at Battle Skip Point which is in the middle of Garbett Point," the officer said. The post-mortem indicated a cardiac arrest; there were multiple fractures too. Officials said the teen, who had a talent for drawing and creative designing, was fond of Matheran and had been there many times with his family. His father is a businessman and mother a housewife; he was the only child. Classmates had described him as an introvert. "They said he seemed upset over the past few weeks and did not interact much. He didn't even pay much attention in lectures and used to draw sketches in his book. He had not been to college also since the past one week as he was not feeling well," said Malekar. An official from St Xavier's College said Daga had never been a problem for the college. He had certain difficulties in learning, so he was enrolled with the inclusion cell on the campus, said the official. Though he was offered support for exams and study material, he never used them. On Tuesday, when it was reported that he was missing, a song 'Teri Meri Kahani' was dedicated to him during a singing contest in the ongoing socials. On Wednesday, the college counselled his classmates as they were all shaken by the news of his death. "It was essential as they are all preparing for their boards," said the official. Senior psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty said, "There is a need for colleges and parents to tie up and screen students for depression and take mental health seriously. They must work towards building resilience and make their environments stress-free and one where a child can reach out for help easily."
|2017-12-14||Thane ZP Election result: Counting underway, Shiv Sena ahead in ... - Times of India|
Thane Zilla Parishad elections: Counting underway, Shiv Sena ahead Updated: Dec 14, 2017, 14:40 IST THANE: The counting of votes for the 53 seats of Thane Zila parishad and 106 seats of five Gram Panchayats is underway in Thane. The fight is between the Shiv Sena, BJP and NCP. The counting will decide the fate of 151 candidates across parties contesting polls on 53 seats of Zila parishad. The 53 seats includes Bhiwandi (21 seats), Shahapur (14), Murbad (8), Kalyan (6) and Ambernath (4). According to fresh the trends, Shiv Sena has grabbed 17 seats in the Thane Zila Parishad election, BJP seven seats, NCP two and Congress one. The counting trends shows that in Ambernath, BJP MLA Kishan Kathore suffered major setback as his two supporters lost against Shiv Sena candidate. In Kalyan taluka, there's a tough fight between between Shiv Sena and BJP. The Shiv Sena has reportedly tied up with NCP at several local levels apparently to cut down the BJP while the latter tied up with the Shramjeevi Sanghatna and the RPI at few seats.Approximately 65 per cent of the total 7.03 lakh voters from the rural belts of Thane district cast their votes on Wednesday for the Thane Zilla Parishad polls. The proceedings went on smoothly barring a few minor skirmishes at a few spots, including near one of the polling booths in Bhiwandi between activists of two opposite parties. The situation was overall largely peaceful.
|2017-12-14||Jews rings in eight-day Hanukka festivities - Times of India|
Jews rings in eight-day Hanukka festivities Dec 15, 2017, 00:41 IST THANE: Brightly lit Hanukkiah lamps, prayers and feasting on potato pancakes, doughnuts and other sweets marks the celebration of Hanukka. The Jewish community in the city will be celebrating the festival of lights till December 20. The eight-day-long Jewish festival began by lighting the first candle of Hanukkiah on Tuesday evening. A prominent member of the Jewish community, Ezra Moses, said, "The main part of the celebration is the lighting of the Hanukkiah candle, which has nine candles in it— in the synagogue as well as at individual homes. We light one lamp along with the central head candle on each of the eight days. By the end of the week, all nine candles are lit.""We spend the rest of the days in prayer and by feasting on sweets like halwas, doughnuts, custard and exchanging gifts. Some families even play games with dreidels and sing festive songs," he added. Speaking about the significance of the festival Moses, added, "Over 3,000 years ago, the Romans had adulterated the pure olive oil used by the Jewish community in the synagogue in an attempt to force them to worship the king and other idols. The Jews found enough pure olive oil to burn their holy lamps for a day. This light, however, miraculously kept burning for eight days. The festival of lights commemorates this miracle that strengthened the faith of the community in our one God." While this is one of the two biggest festivals for the Jewish community across the world, it has a special significance for the community here as it marks the 138th anniversary of the only synagogue in the city "With a population of 1,800 Jews, Thane has around 40% of the country's Jewish community and the Gate of Heaven Synagogue was inaugurated during this festival over a century ago, which makes it special for us. We will be having special prayers at the synagogue on Sunday to observe this celebration," Moses said.
|2017-12-13||17-year-old Thane student's body found in Matheran creek a day ... - Hindustan Times|
17-year-old Thane student’s body found in Matheran creek a day after he goes missing Mast Daga, a student of Xavier’s college in Mumbai, did not go to his tuition class on Monday, and was spotted alone at the hill station MUMBAI Updated: Dec 13, 2017 21:26 IST Seventeen-year-old St Xavier’s College student Mast Daga, was found dead in a valley below Garbett Point at Matheran on Tuesday night — a day after he went missing. The post-mortem report revealed that he suffered a heart attack. The report indicated multiple fractures, leading police to suspect he collapsed and fell in the valley. The body has been handed over to his family. “He was seen travelling alone in the train, and a Matheran resident spotted him sitting alone, close to where his body was found,” said a police official, who did not wish to be identified. The Matheran police have registered a case of accidental death. They will transfer the case to the Wagle Estate police station in Thane, where the missing person’s complaint was filed. Daga was a second-year junior college science student. He left home on Monday morning and withdrew Rs500 from nearby ATM at Wagle Estate in Thane. After he failed to show up to his tuition class in Mulund, his parents began looking for him. They later approached the police, saying his phone had been switched off. “We circulated a message detailing how to identify Daga. On Tuesday, we got a call from the Matheran police. Our officer accompanied Daga’s parents there. They identified their son’s body,” said Ravindra Malekar, senior inspector from Wagle Estate police station. Police said Daga had been depressed for the past few days. “His parents, however, said he had neither fought with them nor had seemed tense,” Malekar said. Daga’s friends told police that he stopped attending college a week ago,” he said.
|2017-12-13||Sena reminded of tax waiver promise ahead of civic polls - Times of India|
Sena reminded of tax waiver promise ahead of civic polls Dec 14, 2017, 00:24 IST THANE: Two BJP corporators have tried to put the ruling Shiv Sena in a tight spot by reminding it about its pre-poll promise of tax waiver on properties measuring 500 sq ft as promised by their leader ahead of civic polls this year. Corporators Nanda Patil and Krishna Patil have written to Mayor Meenakshi Shinde about the proposal requesting her to include it for discussion at general body later this month. It may be recalled that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made the tax waiver promise to Thane residents ahead of the polls after announcing the same for Mumbai.
|2017-12-13||Over 425 rickshaws refusing short routes penalized in 4 days - Times of India|
Over 425 rickshaws refusing short routes penalized in 4 days Dec 14, 2017, 00:29 IST THANE: Following several complaints of auto rickshaws refusing short distance fares and even overcharging on several occasions, the traffic department has decided to deploy special squads to act against such errant autos. Cops in civil clothes have been deployed at various spots to keep a check on the auto drivers and those found refusing passengers of charging anything above the RTO tariff have been penalized. The special squad, which has been active for the last four days has penalized around 425 rickshaw drivers and collected a fine amount of over Rs 70,000 from them. Traffic norms stipulate that the auto rickshaw driver cannot be selective in choosing passengers and is liable for a Rs 200 fine for rejecting to ply a passenger or overcharge. "Complaints about harassment from the auto rickshaw drivers has risen in the last few days. Some don't want to ply on short distance route, others turn down long-distance passengers and some have given a go-by to the RTO-approved tariff and dictate their fare to the needy passengers. To curb such cases we have formed a team led by a sub-inspector and five constables who will be doing the round of the city in muftis. Anyone found violating the law will be penalized on the spot," DCP (traffic) Amit Kale said. "Our squad is active from 6 am to midnight and we move around different spots of the city wearing civil dress so as not to alert the violators," said the squad head sub-inspector Baburao Sule. The officials claimed that they would even be deploying female constables in the squad. "Soon female officers will also be included in the squad along with the men. Also, after everyone 15 days the squad will be change so that the rickshaw drivers are not familiar with the team," added Kale. Shalini Jog, a resident of Ghodbunder Road says, "I have to travel short distance daily to drop and pick up my daughter from school. There is not a single day when I don't fight with the auto drivers. I have to argue everyday to get an auto, just because I travel short route."Our squad is active from 6 am to midnight and we move around different spots of the city wearing civil dress so as not to alert the violators. Anyone found violating the law will be penalized on the spot. We will also deploy female cops I have to travel short distance daily to drop and pick up my daughter from school. There is not a single day when I don't fight with the auto drivers. I have to shout and argue almost everyday to get an auto, just because I travel short route
|2017-12-13||Thane man gets 3-year rigorous imprisonment for molesting minor girl - The Indian Express|
Thane man gets 3-year rigorous imprisonment for molesting minor girl The defence argued that the victim did not make a hue and cry when the incident occurred and did not inform immediately about it to anyone. Published: December 13, 2017 1:34 pm A district court has awarded three years’ rigorous imprisonment to a 34-year-old man for molesting a 15-year-old girl in his neighbourhood. District judge and special designated judge for cases under POCSO Act, P R Kadam, held the accused — Mavji Lalji Verat — guilty under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint). The judge also held the man guilty under relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, while pronouncing the punishment to him along with a fine of Rs 21,000. Special prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale told the court that the victim, residing at the home of a relative and the accused were neighbours in Airoli township of Navi Mumbai in the district. On March 4, 2015 the girl’s relatives left for Gujarat to celebrate the Holi festival while leaving her in the care of the family of the accused. On March 5, the man entered the girl’s house when she was alone and asked for some water to drink. The girl gave him water and returned to the kitchen to arrange utensils. But, the man followed her there and touched her inappropriately. The girl then pushed him aside and rushed out of the house to save herself. She also reported the matter to a relative following which her parents came to the place and filed a complaint against the accused, Hiwrale said. The accused pleaded not guilty while stating that he was falsely roped in the case because of a financial dispute with the complainant. The defence argued that the victim did not make a hue and cry when the incident occurred and did not inform immediately about it to anyone. However, Judge Kadam said, “I do not find substance in this submission. The court cannot overlook the situation in which the minor girl was. She managed to escape from the hands of the accused and came out of the house immediately. Thereafter, the accused went away on his motorcycle.” The judge also noted that the girl immediately called her uncle asking him not to allow the man in their house and that she will inform him in detail about the incident on his return. “What else is expected in this situation from a 15-year-old girl. Is she expected to communicate the humiliating incident to all neighbours by making a loud hue and cry when she came out of danger? Certainly not,” the judge said. He held that the prosecution had successfully proved all charges against the accused, while pronouncing the order on December 11.
|2017-12-13||Train commute along Thane-Diva stretch to get colourful, pleasant - Times of India|
Train commute along Thane-Diva stretch to get colourful, pleasant Dec 14, 2017, 00:22 IST THANE: Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal plans to colour the compound walls along the railway tracks between Thane and Diva with an aim to make the nearly 12km-long stretch a pleasing experience for commuters. The decision comes nearly a week after heaps of garbage lying around the tracks reportedly led to the derailment of a freight wagon near Parsik hills. The plan will not just clear the mess around the tracks but also make it visually appealing for passengers crossing the stretch just like the experiment paid off in the city like the one at Pokhran 1, said officials. A proposal will soon be readied for revamping the walls of houses and walls skirting the tracks along the Thane and Diva slow and fast stretch. As per the plans, the 'paint a wall' concept that was taken up along several roads in the city early this year will now be replicated, but on walls along the tracks with residents and artists contributing collectively to liven up the stretch with murals or theme paintings.Experts and artists will be roped in to recreate pre-approved designs on the otherwise mundane looking walls of the houses and concrete boundaries. The civic body is likely to fund the expense incurred in the initiative, said officials. "We want to give an identity to the areas and give a feel good look to passengers crossing the stretches. Presently, the areas are strewn with garbage giving a repulsive feel to commuters who should instead be given an opportunity to admire the city," said an official.Jaiswal, along with select experts, travelled by a local train between Thane and Diva on Tuesday to survey the area. "A detailed survey will be undertaken and a plan of action readied for implementation within a month. We will be able to give a much deserved facelift to the stretch once the project is implemented," said Jaiswal.
|2017-12-13||Day after Thane boy found dead: Had been worried, not attending college regularly, say police - The Indian Express|
Day after Thane boy found dead: Had been worried, not attending college regularly, say police According to the Matheran police, the boy had injuries only due to his fall from a height. Mumbai | Published: December 14, 2017 3:31 am A day after the body of 17-year-old Mast Daga from Thane was found in Matheran, the Thane police are looking for clues to unravel the reasons behind the teenager’s death. The boy, a student of St Xavier’s College, had been missing from his Thane house since Monday. “He had been worried and had been erratic in his college attendance for a week. However, he would leave home every day to go to college,” said an officer. Daga’s body was found near Garbit point in Matheran. “We haven’t yet recovered any suicide note. His parents said there were no untoward incidents in the house. Everything had been amicable. So, the reason for the suicide, if it is that, isn’t confirmed,” said DCP Sunil Lokhande. According to the Matheran police, the boy had injuries only due to his fall from a height. “Whether he jumped or had fallen down, only a post-mortem can clarify,” said a Matheran police officer. According to Lokhande, they are investigating all angles. “Since we haven’t yet found a suicide note, we are investigating if he fell or was pushed,” said a senior officer from Wagle Estate police station.
|2017-12-13||Bike ambulance service on the cards in Thane city - Times of India|
Bike ambulance service on the cards in Thane city Dec 13, 2017, 22:33 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is introducing a motorbike ambulance service for the city that will be able to swiftly cruise traffic-prone road stretches and provide medical assistance to patients and critically injured mishap victims within the golden hour. The civic body is mulling to deploy 10 sturdy motorbikes and equip them with basic first aid kits. The bikes will be designed as an emergency first responder medical service and could be summoned through a dedicated helpline. The proposed facility is likely to involve a team of paramedics and the bikes will have adequate storage to accommodate mandatory first aid essentials like ice packs, oxygen cylinders, pain relievers and tourniquets. Each of these bike ambulances could be useful for providing basic relief to burn patients, critically injured victims of road accidents and even other life threatening situations like snake bites where administering primary medical aid is mandatory during the first few minutes. Officials said residents wanting to avail the facility can alert the control room that will track the nearest motorbike ambulance to the spot. After reaching the spot, the paramedic could stabilise the patient till a fully-equipped ambulance arrives. The facility would be free-of-cost. The decision to introduce the facility in Thane was taken during a closed-door meeting of civic officials after the issue of ambulances getting stuck in traffic jams was discussed."During the golden hour, when every single second counts, a lot of time is wasted in negotiating traffic and reaching the patient. Therefore, an immediate response service was much required," said a civic official. A proposal on the number of bikes to be deployed is being drafted and will be presented before the general body. "The idea is to promptly reach an accident victim or patient and administer primary medical aid during the golden hour. These bike ambulance services will provide quick medical help, specially when roads could be jammed due to traffic and four-wheeler ambulances may otherwise get held up and delayed," said municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. Meanwhile, activists have lauded the move, but suggested the commissioner also look into the failing condition of the municipal hospital at Kalwa. The idea is to reach the spot where an accident victim or a patient is present and administer primary medical aid during the golden hour. The bike ambulance services will provide quick medical help, specially when roads could be jammed due to traffic
|2017-12-13||65% voters cast their ballot in Zilla Parishad polls across district - Times of India|
65% voters cast their ballot in Zilla Parishad polls across district Dec 14, 2017, 00:26 IST THANE: Approximately 65 per cent of the total 7.03 lakh voters from the rural belts of Thane district cast their votes on Wednesday for the Thane Zilla Parishad polls. The proceedings went on smoothly barring a few minor skirmishes at a few spots, including near one of the polling booths in Bhiwandi between activists of two opposite parties. The situation was overall largely peaceful, said officials. The turnout of voters was low till afternoon but picked up pace by evening. Barely 20 per cent voters had turned up to cast their votes by 11:30am with the highest turnout witnessed at Ambernath that saw nearly 31 per cent queuing up to cast their votes followed by Bhiwandi at 25.91 per cent. Shahpur saw the least voter turnout till midday. The voter's tally improved post lunch session with another 37 per cent coming out to vote. At the end of the polling process at 5pm, the overall voters percentage stood at 68 per cent with Ambernath registering the highest polling while Shahapur 1 saw the lowest turnout of voters. Bhiwandi has the highest number of voter at around 2.57 lakh with 21 seats while Ambernath has the least number of voters where nearly 49,857 voters voted for four seats.The results for the elections will be out today that will decide which party ascends the post of the Zilla Parishad chairman after securing a majority. Any party or coalition wanting to claim the post needs 27 seats in its kitty, said an official. As many as 6,000 staff were deployed across the talukas to ensure free and fair polls. "We have kept an eye on heavy valued banking transactions and ensured that the social media was not misused to create last minute campaigning. Overall the election process went about peacefully," said an official on poll duty. The polls will prove to be a litmus test for the BJP and equally for the NCP that had earned a lion's share of polls in the previous polls held in 2012. The Shiv Sena has reportedly tied up with the NCP at several local levels apparently to cut down the BJP while the latter tied up with Shramjeevi Sanghatna and the RPI for a few seats. The Zilla Parishad elections were scheduled this season by the state election commission after all parties reportedly boycotted the polls in 2015.
|2017-12-13||Winter bliss: Thane cyclists enjoy pedaling in foggy mornings - Times of India|
Winter bliss: Thane cyclists enjoy pedaling in foggy mornings Dec 14, 2017, 00:25 IST THANE: While the foggy and cool mornings over the past few days have slowed down traffic due to the low visibility, it seems to have also attracted a new section of cyclists to the city roads and makeshift cycling tracks. Armed with their helmets, knee and elbow pads, reflecting vests and blinkers-equipped bicycles, dozens of children, youth and adults have been waking up in the wee hours of the morning to experience the joy of cycling in this rare climate. "I usually like cycling in the winter because this is the only season where we don't sweat as much and get tired very fast because of the cool weather. While I usually start my cycling rounds with my friends in January, we couldn't resist the temptation of cycling in the cool foggy climate which started a couple of days ago. It felt like we were amidst clouds and reminded us of our cycling trips in Igatpuri," said Rehan Kerawalla (27), a Hiranandani Meadows resident. Agreeing with Kerawalla 32-year-old Upvan area resident Sayli Shete said, "I go cycling with my society friends on every weekday in any weather. And these past few days have been extremely picturesque as we could actually see the haze rising over the Yeoor forest as the sun rose higher."While the number of cyclists attracted by this scenic climate has been on a rise, professional cyclists assert that these cyclists need to up the ante when it comes to their safety gear as the low visibility could cause accidents. "As there are no designated cycling tracks in the city, most enthusiasts take to the streets, which have a high vehicular density. This foggy weather has been a new experience for cyclists and riding through the haze feels extremely pleasant, we need to ensure that the low visibility does not result in vehicles crashing into us. All cyclists need to wear reflectors over their bright cloths, which reflects off any vehicles headlights. We should also ensure that the cycles have adequate blinkers which will let other vehicles know where we are in the haze," said Dighambar Chaudhari, founder of city-based cycling group Zero Emission. Medicos here, meanwhile, urge cyclists to avoid staying in the foggy air for long hours and take health precautions during their rides. "There is a fine line between foggy air and smog or polluted fog and in cities like Mumbai and Thane there is bound to be pollution in the air even at those early hours, which on breathing in can cause respiratory ailments and flus and even worsen asthma. Cyclists should ideally cover their nose and mouth with the mask and minimalize the time they spend cycling in fog," said SS Joshi, a general physician who has her clinic in Mumbai.
|2017-12-12||Thane ZP polls to be held on December 13 - Times of India|
Thane ZP polls to be held on December 13 Dec 12, 2017, 21:44 IST Thane: The elections to the 53 seats of Thane Zilla Parishad will be held on December 13 sealing the fate of nearly 151 candidates across parties vying for the top spot in the rural political scenario. Nearly, 7.03 lakh voters from across Shahpur, Murbad, Kalyan, Ambernath and Bhiwandi have been entrusted to elect the party to ascend the seat of president of the Thane zilla parishad. Bhiwandi has the highest number of voters at around 2.57 lakh who will vote for 21 seats while Ambernath has the least number of voters where nearly 49,857 voters will vote for four seats. As many as 6,000 staff have been deputed across the talukas to ensure free and fair polls along with deployment of flying squads, etc. As the campaigning period ended on Monday evening, the polling officers claimed to be geared up to tackle the polls as nearly 1,000 flags and posters put up across various parts of the district were removed. The polls will prove to be a litmus test for the BJP and equally for NCP that had earned a lion's share of polls in the previous polls held in 2012. The Shiv Sena has reportedly tied up with NCP at several local levels apparently to cut down the BJP while the latter tied up with the Shramjeevi Sanghatna and the RPI at few seats.
|2017-12-12||Low quality maintenance work done in auditoriums: Activists - Times of India|
Low quality maintenance work done in auditoriums: Activists Dec 12, 2017, 21:43 IST Thane: The slab collapse at Gadkari Rangayatan auditorium last week has once again exposed the inferior quality of maintenance work carried out by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), which has shelled out crores of taxpayers' money to renovate the facility, alleged local activists. The collapse of a portion of the slab, which barely missed children viewing a drama last week, has rendered the auditorium shut for repairs for nearly a month. "The ceiling was last repaired in 1998 and we need to undertake the repairs which will take a few more days to go," said a civic official. Last April, Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium also witnessed a similar mishap when hundreds of visitors attending a private function had a narrow escape after a major part of the false ceiling collapsed around midnight. Around 100 square feet of the false ceiling beneath the first floor gallery came off and crashed into the seats below on the viewer's aisle. No injuries were reported.It may be noted that the civic body has spent a whopping amount over the last three years towards the annual upkeep of the auditoriums, raising questions over the quality of work and the money spent on paying the contractors. As per the civic budget books, Rs 15.85 crore was collectively spent for expenses, including maintenance and other aspects of operating Gadkari Rangayatan and Kashinath Ghanekar auditoriums between 2014 and 2016. The expenses are done annually keeping the facility shut for nearly a month, which activists pointed out is much less in terms of returns that these facilities earn for the TMC. The two facilities have collectively earned barely Rs 8 crore over the same period leading to a deficit for the civic body. "The TMC spends a huge amount of public money on the upkeep of these facilities, but it has still led to the Thursday mishap. There needs to be a detailed inquiry to be done by the municipal commissioner into these incidents, which not only risk the lives of patrons, but also puncture the corporation treasury," said activist Sanjeev Datta. Meanwhile, officials justified the repairs and said these facilities are not profit-making initiatives. The TMC spends a huge amount of public money on the upkeep of these facilities, but it has still led to the Thursday mishap. A detailed inquiry needs to be made by the civic chief into these incidents, which not only risk the lives of patrons, but also puncture the corporation treasury
|2017-12-12||17 year old missing from Thane found dead in Matheran | The Indian ... - The Indian Express|
17 year old missing from Thane found dead in Matheran The boy, whose father is a businessman in Thane, had withdrawn Rs 500 from an ATM and his last location on phone on Monday afternoon was Mulund. Mumbai | Published: December 13, 2017 2:08 am A 17-year-old boy from Thane who had gone missing Monday was found dead in Matheran. The body was found by the Matheran police Tuesday and the Thane police have sent a team to investigate the death. Mast Naresh Daga, a student of St Xavier’s College, had left his house in Wagle Estate, Thane, Monday morning. “The boy generally used to return after 9 pm, as he had his tuition after college. However, he didn’t return till midnight and his parents started checking. They realised he had neither gone to the college nor had he gone for his tuition classes. So they came to us,” said senior inspector S Malekar of Wagle Estate police station. The police registered a missing person complaint Tuesday morning and started looking for the boy. “As part of procedure, we sent his photograph to nearby police stations as well. We then got information that the body of the boy had been found by the Matheran police,” said DCP Sunil Lokhande. A Matheran police officer, when contacted, said, “His body was found near Garbett point, which is far from the railway station. It seems he fell, or jumped from a height. We are not sure of the time of death. We found the body in the evening and realised it matched the description sent to us from Thane.” According to the police, the cause of death is yet to be ascertained. “The boy has injuries on his body. However, local police have prima facie told us it could be a suicide case. We will be sure once the post-mortem report comes in,” Lokhande added. The boy, whose father is a businessman in Thane, had withdrawn Rs 500 from an ATM and his last location on phone on Monday afternoon was Mulund.
|2017-12-12||Campaign against commuters' harassment: Traffic cops crack down ... - The Indian Express|
Campaign against commuters’ harassment: Traffic cops crack down on auto drivers in Thane In three days, squad in plainclothes has penalised 400 auto-rickshaw drivers, collected Rs 75,000 in fines. Mumbai | Published: December 13, 2017 4:06 am The Thane traffic police have started a drive against auto-rickshaw drivers who allegedly harass customers. Thane traffic DCP Amit Kale has constituted a ‘special squad’ to root out the alleged irregularities throughout the city. In three days of the crackdown, the squad has fined close to 400 auto-rickshaw drivers for refusing fares, overcharging and harassing customers. The squad has collected Rs 75,000 in fines. While some auto-drivers refused to run by the metre, several refused short-distance fares. There were also incidents where the pink rickshaws, driven by women, were not allowed to use the auto-stand in congested parts of the city. “We had multiple cases. So we started by making sure that all auto-rickshaw drivers had a traffic police stamped document, declaring their information in the vehicle. However, complaints about flouting of rules were coming to us,” DCP Kale said explaining the need for the squad. “We decided to work at the ground level to root out this issue,” he added. The squad consists of a police sub-inspector and five constables, directly reporting to the DCP. “They cover different areas daily. They dress in civilian clothes and pose as commuters. As soon as someone refuses them a ride, or asks for a higher fare, they immediately take action,” he said. The action starts with fining them. “We fine them and also enter them in our database. If we ever get another complaint against them, we shall recommend their names to the RTO to cancel their licences,” Kale said. The squad decides its target locations, based on complaints. “We have our helplines that people can reach out to in case they are harassed by auto-rickshaw drivers. The squad members pose as consumers. They go to the locations where multiple complaints come from,” Kale said. In the past three days, more than 350 rickshaw drivers have been fined. “We have collected close to Rs 75,000. More than the money, this is working as a deterrent for rogue drivers,” Kale said. The squad also helped pink rickshaw drivers to get a place at auto stands. “More than 100 women drivers had approached us that they were being bullied and not allowed to use auto stands near the station, Gaondevi, meadows and other important places. Our squad checked the situation on the ground and managed to put a stop to bad behavior. Now, in these places, women drivers will not be harassed, we have been assured.” “We have so much trouble finding rickshaws, especially at night. Now, at least, they will be scared that we could be cops and thus not say no to us,” said Mayur Phadnis, a resident of Louiswadi, Thane. In 3 days, squad in plainclothes has penalised 400 auto-rickshaw drivers, collected Rs 75,000 in fines
|2017-12-12||Forest man of India bats for tree plantation by schoolchildren | Thane ... - Times of India|
Forest man of India bats for tree plantation by schoolchildren Dec 12, 2017, 21:46 Thane: With only a huge heart to give to Mother Nature, Jadav Payeng, known as the forest man of India, built a forest spread across over 1,300 acres on the Majuli island in Assam. Payeng, who put in efforts and dedication for 40 years to build the forest, spoke to over 3,000 people, including students, teachers and parents about the importance and benefits of green cover at the Institute of Psychological Health (IPH) on Saturday. His memory of a flood at the age of 16, after which the lack of green cover and immense heat killed many snakes, pushed him to do something for nature. "When I was 16, my area was hit by floods as the water from the Brahmaputra entered our village and with it came many snakes. Once the water dried up, the reptiles started to die on the barren land. I asked my elders why it was happening to which they replied that they were dying due to heat and absence of green cover," said Payeng. Having studied till only class X, Payeng had not knowledge about trees, but his determination to work hard towards conservation of nature brought fruitful results. "I initially planted bamboo trees and watered them for around 50 days till they grew properly. It was then that I started planting various trees. Initially it was difficult to get trees and plant, but later it became easier as I got seeds from the trees that became big," said Payeng. The forest named as Molai forest is home to a number of migratory birds and animals from nearby national parks started visiting and eventually residing in the forest. Payeng said that it should be made mandatory for children to grow trees when they are pursuing their education."There is development everywhere, but no trees and due to this people fall sick. When there is enough green cover in the surrounding, one stays healthy. Children should be given saplings at the time of school admissions and they should be asked to nurture the tree they plant till they pass out of school. They should only be given passing certificate if by the end of their school education, their plant stays alive. Only if such an initiative is taken will there be ample trees for the generations to come," said Payeng. He accepted the Padma Shri award only when he was told that people will understand the importance of nature because of him. Despite having been awarded the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, he prefers to belong to a humble background and lives in a hut in the middle of the forest with his family. He earns his livelihood by collecting milk from the buffaloes in his stable and selling it. Children should be given saplings at the time of school admissions and they should be asked to nurture the tree they plant till they pass out of school. They should only be given passing certificate if by the end of their school education, their plant stays alive. Only then will there be enough trees
|2017-12-11||Thane forest dept needs trained vets - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane forest dept needs trained vets While the leopard that ventured into a preschool in Andheri East on Sunday was rescued successfully by the same evening, the incident has exposed the lack of trained wildlife veterinarians that plagues the Thane forest department. While the leopard entered the preschool's premises around 7 am, the rescue was completed only around 6.30 pm — after a eopard rescue team from SGNP led by Shailesh Deore, Superintendent Lion and Tiger Safari and Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP, reached the site. The reason for the delay was that the Thane territorial team does not have a trained wildlife veterinarian to tranquillise and carry out a rescue operation, thus they had to wait for the SGNP team that was returning from Chalisgaon after being called in for another leopard rescue operation. “What would have happened if the SGNP rescue team was still stuck in Chalisgaon or the leopard escaped from the area which is far from a forest? This incident highlights the pressing need for Thane territorial forest department to strengthen its rescue team as the cases of human-animal conflicts have been increasing in its area and it is evident that the SGNP team cannot do everything single-handedly,” said a wildlife activist. Pawan Sharma, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Thane said, “The number of human-animal conflict cases in Thane's jurisdiction have been increasing and apart from that the vet could also help in taking care of the animals that are rescued or seized by the anti-poaching team.” Currently, the SGNP leopard rescue team ends up travelling far and wide as it is the only team that has a wildlife vet.
|2017-12-11||Thane: 15 huts gutted in fire - Outlook India|
11 DECEMBER 2017 Last Updated at 5:16 PM Thane: 15 huts gutted in fire Thane, Dec 11 At-least 15 huts were today gutted in a major fire in Bhim Nagar locality of Vartak Nagar area here, a senior civic official said. The blaze erupted this afternoon, but there were no casualties, Thane Municipal Corporation's Chief Fire Officer Sashikant Kale told PTI. He said exact cause of the fire was being ascertained. "After the fire started from a hut, occupants of the nearby huts ran out and saved themselves," Kale said. According to the official, six fire engines were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused after about two hours.
|2017-12-11||Magicians to hold convention in Thane on December 15 - Mumbai Mirror|
MAGICIANS TO HOLD CONVENTION IN THANE ON DECEMBER 15 Updated: Dec 11, 2017, 06.20 PM IST Mumbai: Magicians from across the country will converge on December 15 for a day-long convention, where they will push for the status of an "art" for their skills and discuss welfare steps for those active in this profession. The meet, "Jaddu Utsav", will be held at the Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium in adjoining Thane district under the banner of Association of Illusionists and Magicians (AIM). Over 250 magicians across the country as well as some from overseas will take part in the convention, Atul Patil, president of AIM, said. Talking to , Patil said, "Jaddu (magic) is actually an art. However, governments across the country have been shying away from according it the status of an art. This is why magic, which used to be most popular in the past, is losing its popularity very fast." "We have collectively decided to protect and popularise this art. This is why we are holding the convention to chalk out a strategy not only to give a boost to this art, but also to work for welfare of illusionists and magicians across the globe," he said. An art status for magic will enable governments to promote this form of entertainment, said Patil, who is in the profession for the last 29 years. Patil said shows from renowned magicians will form a part of the meet, where, he said, they will mesmerise the audience with their skills. "We will have magic lectures and shows by renowned magicians," Patil said. A free medical check-up for participating magicians will also be organised. Explaining the reasons behind the "art of magic" losing its popularity, Patil said, "One major factor is that our fraternity is not united." Besides, lack of innovative shows, below-average presentation, improper planning, lack of professional knowledge and poor monetary conditions of Indian magicians have also affected this profession, he said. Patil suggested two quick steps to revive popularity of this form of entertainment which includes performing a set of magical tricks. "Firstly, it should be accorded the status of an art and entertainment tax (on magic shows) should be reduced."
|2017-12-11||Fire destroys 15 huts in Thane - United News of India|
Posted at: Dec 11 2017 6:49PM Fire destroys 15 huts in Thane Thane, Dec 11 (UNI) At least 15 huts out of more than 100 were totally destroyed in a devastating fire at the Bhim Nagar locality of the Vartak Nagar area of the city on Monday. The fire broke out this afternoon at about 1400 hrs in a hut and soon engulfed the nearby shacks within minutes. However, there was no injury or casualty in the incident, the sources in Thane civic body said. As many as six fire engines with at least 50 jawans fought the raging fire for about two hours before it was brought under control, chief Fire officer Sashikant Kale said. The cause of fire is being examined, he added. UNI XR SS SB 1847
|2017-12-11||Thane Road reopens after bluff washes out - KTOO|
Thane Road reopens after bluff washes out December 11, 2017 Updated | 1:40 p.m. Monday Alaska’s Department of Transportation employees cleared Thane Road south of downtown Juneau after a mudslide on Monday afternoon. After days of heavy rain, a portion of the bluff collapsed. It left mud several feet thick in the northbound lane of the road, flooded at least a quarter-mile of the road with fast-moving water. A few trees dangling precariously close to nearby power lines. DOT maintenance foreman Isaiah Campos was one of the first to arrive on scene. Campos said DOT would not be closing the road, rather they’ll work to clear the mud and open a channel to divert water away from the road. Both lanes are open.
|2017-12-11||From rehearsing carols to decorating homes, Thaneites spread the Christmas cheer - Times of India|
From rehearsing carols to decorating homes, Thaneites spread the Christmas cheer Dec 11, 2017, 23:10 IST THANE: With the festival of Christmas fast approaching, members of various communities in the lake-city have begun preparing for the yuletide. From preparing sweets to decorating homes, Christians are leaving no stone unturned. Many societies and churches have set themes for the celebration. Some churches are organising carol singing, Santa dance and crib competitions. "While our Christmas celebration last year was on the theme of joy, we have decided to keep peace as this year's theme. Christmas, like all other festivals, is celebrated by the members of every community in our society. All the youth, children and adults have begun preparing for it," said Preeti Pinto, a resident of Thane's Eden Woods society. "While some have got together to set up an eco-friendly crib and star, another group has begun practicing for carol singing and Santa dance competitions. We have also included a fun fest this year, wherein residents will be putting up various food or handcraft and game stalls," Pinto added. While many communities have begun indulging in these preparations, a few others who began their preparations weeks ago have had to redo some of their decorations that were destroyed due to the strong winds over the past few days. Simi Shaju, a member of St. Thomas church in Vartak Nagar, said, "The 120 families in our community have been coming together to make our famous giant star in the first week of December. While we had made our 12-ft large star and put it up outside our church, the strong winds and rain caused it to tear. So we had to redo it."
|2017-12-11||Over 6,000 fitness freaks have a funday at Happy Streets | Thane ... - Times of India|
Over 6,000 fitness freaks have a funday at Happy Streets Dec 11, 2017, 23:09 IST Thane: Even though the city was covered in a blanket of smog on Sunday morning, over 6,000 fitness freaks flocked to Happy Streets Season VI on Sunday. The smog had led to poor visibility, but this did not deter the enthusiasm of Thaneites. Happy Streets regulars were seen cycling, skating, running, walking, jogging without fear of being knocked down by speeding vehicles. Even young kids were fearless and settled down on the road and let their imagination run wild during a drawing session. "I have never missed an opportunity to showcase my creative skill. Happy Streets has given us a reason to reclaim the busy streets," said 12-year-old Manish Gupta. Young children were seen dancing their way to fitness by joining the zumba session and learning a lesson or two. Many were privileged to show some of their creativity and one among them included making Brazilian Masks, a unique workshop in which kids were taught how to make exotic Brazilian mask. Experts were there to guide the kids throughout the session. Kids made a beeline to learn the mask-making funda and took home their creativity. Vijay Suraksha Art zone had arranged the Brazilian mask making workshop at its arena. Every Sunday, they have been coming up with ideas to keep kids on their toes. Children turned their Sunday into a funday by playing innovative games; besides taking part in a selfie contest. "We enjoyed a lot at the Vijay Suraksha Art Zone which had a lot in store for us," said Nirali Surve.Yoga experts from Patanjali Yoga guided the participants through various postures and breathing techniques that are good to lead a healthy lifestyle. "I liked the way they teach yoga. It happens to be simple and easy. It's the best way to be fit and healthy," said a Manpada resident Anil Sutar. The 1.7km Gladys Alvares road from Vasant Vihar junction to Happy Valley Circle sports non-vehicular every Sunday morning for three hours. Pugmarks has introduced adventure sports for kids yet again this season. Kids with all safety gears in place performed some daredevil acts on rope, balancing act, ladder walk, besides camping under the guidance of adventure aficionados. "We are grateful to the organiser for having the adventure equipments at the streets which have been useful in learning the balancing tricks," said Manasvi Patil. A sketch competition was held at the Akkad Bakkad stage. Rent free cycles organised by TOI continues to remain a major hit. Jointly initiated by the Thane traffic police, Thane Municipal Corporation and powered by Vijay Group-Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI, Happy Streets will go on for the next two months.
|2017-12-11||Gold: Senior citizen robbed of gold chain worth Rs 50,000 | Thane ... - Times of India|
Senior citizen robbed of gold chain worth Rs 50,000 Dec 11, 2017, 14:24 IST THANE: A senior citizen was beaten up and robbed of his gold chain worth Rs 50,000 by two men near Wagbhil on Thursday evening. According to the police, the victim, Sudhir Bhagat (69)—a retired teacher and a native of Nagpur —was in the city to visit his daughter. He had gone out for a walk in the evening at 7pm when the incident took place. "The senior citizen was walking towards Waghbil when the accused who were walking in the opposite direction ran into him. Bhagat ignored it and apologised. However, the accused picked up an argument and held the senior citizen by the collar. One of them then slapped him. As the victim was in a state of shock, he could react to what was happening. Taking advantage of this, the accused slyly snatched his chain and fled,'' said a police official. The police said it could be a new modus operandi chain-snatchers are adopting these days.
|2017-12-11||Sr citizen robbed of gold chain worth 50K - Times of India|
Sr citizen robbed of gold chain worth 50K Dec 11, 2017, 23:09 IST Thane: A senior citizen was beaten up and robbed of his gold chain worth Rs 50,000 by two men near Wagbhil on Thursday evening. According to the police, the victim, Sudhir Bhagat (69)—a retired teacher and a native of Nagpur —was in the city to visit his daughter. He had gone out for a walk in the evening at 7pm when the incident took place. "The senior citizen was walking towards Waghbil when the accused who were walking in the opposite direction ran into him. Bhagat ignored it and apologised. However, the accused picked up an argument and held the senior citizen by the collar. One of them then slapped him. As the victim was in a state of shock, he could react to what was happening. Taking advantage of this, the accused slyly snatched his chain and fled,'' said a police official. The police said it could be a new modus operandi chain-snatchers are adopting these days.
|2017-12-10||Scrap-worthy buses to be converted into washrooms - Times of India|
Scrap-worthy buses to be converted into washrooms Dec 10, 2017, 10:02 IST THANE: Soon, scrap-worthy buses from the TMT fleet will be converted into washrooms exclusively for use by women and be deployed at crowded spots in the city. The concept was proposed by municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal at a meeting of civic officials in the city wherein it was discussed to optimize the use of these buses and also made adequate washroom arrangements for women in the city. While there are nearly 10,000 public toilet seats in the city, there are barely a handful of those accessible for women who are often forced to use the facilities at restaurants or private places.As per the plans, nearly 50 mini and standard size buses in the TMT fleet will be modified into toilets and stationed at strategic locations across the cities. "A proposal detailing all aspects of this concept will be made and presented before the general body this month," informed a civic official.
|2017-12-10||Abandoned infant allegedly raped in Thane - The Hindu - The Hindu|
Abandoned infant allegedly raped in Thane THANE, DECEMBER 10, 2017 14:15 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 10, 2017 14:15 IST An about one-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified person in Thane, police said on Sunday. A tempo driver, on hearing the wails of the child, spotted the infant lying abandoned in his vehicle in Mithapada area of Shelar village in Bhiwandi taluka on Saturday morning, police inspector Vilas Chowgule said. He rushed the girl, having injuries in her private parts, to the Bhiwandi police station, Mr. Chowgule said, adding that it was suspected to be case of rape. The police admitted the child to Bhiwandi’s IGM hospital where she is being treated and undergoing tests, he said. The details about the baby’s parents were yet to be ascertained, he said. The police have registered offences against the unidentified person under IPC section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the official said, adding that a search was on to nab the culprit.
|2017-12-09||Thane: Man rapes his minor daughter for four years, gets arrested - Hindustan Times|
Thane: Man rapes his minor daughter for four years, gets arrested The parents had got separated and the girl had been living with her father. Dec 09, 2017 10:31 IST A man from Khadkoli village in the neighbouring Palghar district was on Saturday arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping his 14-year-old daughter, police said. In a complaint lodged with Palghar police, the victim, a student of Class VII, said that her 42-year-old father has been raping her since 2014. She told the police that the latest such incident took place on December 7 in the forest area in Khadkoli. According to police, her parents had got separated and the victim had been living with her father.“As per her complaint, her father used to threaten her with a sickle or an axe before committing the crime,” a police officer said. Based on her complaint, Palghar police registered a case against the accused and arrested him in the wee hours today. The accused has been booked under different IPC sections, including 376 (rape), and also the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.
|2017-12-09||Forest dept staff train to capture leopards using forensic science ... - Times of India|
Forest dept staff train to capture leopards using forensic science Dec 9, 2017, 22:26 IST Thane: In order to ensure that no leopard or large cat is wrongly captured or killed for being a 'man-eater', the Thane forest department conducted a training workshop for its officials on wildlife forensic science. All this while forest officials have been using camera traps to decipher the territories and identities of the leopards in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and set up traps for those leopards frequenting the attack-zone. They realised that this method was not foolproof and could lead to the wrong leopard being trapped. To resolve this anomaly in their technique of trapping animals, the department organised a wildlife forensic training workshop for over 40 officials and a few wildlife rescuers last week, where they were told about the dos and don'ts of scientifically trapping the right animal. "Over the past few years we have come across citizens in Aarey attacked by leopards. These incidents brought to light the fact that we have no way of scientifically knowing which leopard has attacked the person and whether it has attacked people in the past. While we use camera trappings, it is not foolproof. This is why we decided to look towards forensic science and roped in a Bangalore-based wildlife forensic expert, Dr Prayag H S and experts from Kalina Forensic Lab. A workshop was conducted," said Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forests (Thane).Officials and wildlife rescuers were trained on collecting DNA samples like scat, hair and saliva from the trapped animal as well as the attacked victims to see if they match. "We were told that just like human crime scenes, the main part of figuring out the concerned leopard is by leaving the attack area contamination-free. We were told how to collect DNA samples like saliva, hair roots and scat from the animal or the area of the attack. We were also told how this DNA can be matched with the DNA collected from the wound of the victim," said Adwait Jadhav, a wildlife rescuer. Dr Prayag said, "Capturing the wrong leopard not only means that the animal attacking people is on the loose, but it also affects the health of the innocent captured animal. This is why it is high time we turned to forensic science to gather evidence, investigate and only then capture the guilty carnivores. Animals, just like humans, are innocent until proven guilty. If the DNA matches, the animal is not released. If it doesn't, then it is let back into the wild." While the first workshop took place in Thane on November 28, the forest department will be hosting many more such session on regular intervals.
|2017-12-09||TMC officials face heat over delay in 11 big projs - Times of India|
TMC officials face heat over delay in 11 big projs Dec 9, 2017, 22:26 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) that had announced a slew of projects since the last few years has drawn the ire of residents and the political class alike for delay in execution of these plans. As many as 11 big ticket projects proposed for the city are reportedly yet to take off raising concerns among residents. A series of projects like aquarium, sports complex, shallow water park, grade separators at Teen Haath Naka, Satis 2, among others are yet to witness any development so far. Other projects like dumping ground, solid waste management, construction of water reservoirs are some of the other projects that were promised but incomplete. Activists pointed out that a few projects that were started like the Kalwa new bridge, rent-a-cycle, electric buses and cluster redevelopment have been initiated, but there is no visible progress on that front. "The rent-a-cycle project launched by the TMC and ruling party is also not functional despite a grand launch three months ago," said activist Satyajit Shah. Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal at a recent meet had expressed concern over the delay and instructed departments to take stock of all major pending projects and submit a status report at the earliest. "The civic body has been talking big on plans, but seems unable to deliver projects on time. There has been an increase in taxes, but the returns are still to come since the last few years. Spare for some road widenings and grand announcements, the city has barely seen any worthwhile developments over the years," complained a city-based activist. Mayor Meenakshi Shinde recently had indirectly taken a dig at the slow paced work undertaken by the civic body when quizzed for a reaction over the budget approval for the smart city."There have been so many projects that were announced even before I became the Mayor, but not many have seen the light of the day yet. I would rather wait for these pending projects to be executed first before I speak about the newly proposed ones," said Shinde during a press interaction recently. Civic officials admitted the delays in projects and said the commissioner has recently instructed departments to take stock of all delayed major projects undertaken in the financial year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 and submit a status report. He has also reserved the decision of taking up new projects for the financial year of 2018-2019 only after submission of the status report. "A two-day review session of projects started yesterday wherein the current status of projects along with delays in execution and solutions for the same will be chalked out. The idea is to understand the problems faced by the departments in execution and find a solution for fast implementation of the projects," said Mahesh Rajdarkar, public relations officer. A two-day review session of projects started yesterday wherein the current status of projects along with delays in execution and solutions for the same will be chalked out. The idea is to understand the problems faced in execution and find a solution for fast implementation of the projects
|2017-12-09||Try your hand at Brazilian mask making workshop at Happy Streets on Sunday - Times of India|
Try your hand at Brazilian mask making workshop at Happy Streets on Sunday Dec 9, 2017, 22:28 IST Thane: Children who have been a major part of Happy Streets every since its inception in Thane will get a chance to be a part of some creative activities. One of the highlights include Brazilian mask making. The event will be held on Sunday. At the workshop, kids will be taught how to make exotic Brazilian masks by artists. They will also be allowed to take home their creations.Vijay Suraksha Art zone has arranged for the Brazilian mask making workshop at its arena as it has been offering every Sunday. "This Sunday, we will organise a workshop on making Brazilian masks. Participants can add colour and style to these masks at our stage and turn the lethargic Sunday into a fun day. We will also organise interesting games, besides hosting a selfie contest," said a spokesperson from Vijay Group-Suraksha Reality. The tiny tots of EuroKids playschool will have a gala time at the morning extravaganza of the lake as it will host a range of activities. It will be a grand picnic destination for the kids who will be taking part in yoga, dance, drawing and music. They will be busy in creating art and craft on their own. The 6th vibrant season will bring in a lot of fun and games with special events this time around to provide revellers a lot of entertainment for three hours from 6.30am to 9.30am. Yoga experts from Patanjali Yoga will show participants various relaxing postures and breathing techniques. "I liked the way they teach yoga. It happens to be simple and easy and this is the best way to keep fit," said Manpada resident Anil Sutar. Pugmarks will be teaching kids daredevil acts on the rope and ladder, besides camping. Sketch competition is on offer at the Akkad Bakkad stage. Snehashish Dance Academy will be organizing dance workshop for all age groups. Jointly initiated by Thane traffic police, Thane municipal corporation, powered by Vijay Group-Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI, Happy Streets will go on for the next two months. The highlights of the show will be zumba, yoga, dance workshop, music, cycling, skating, football, marathon training, fitness, karaoke, adventure camp, etc.
|2017-12-09||HC stays Thane police's probe into petrol pump scam - Mumbai Mirror|
HC STAYS THANE POLICE’S PROBE INTO PETROL PUMP SCAM Updated: Dec 10, 2017, 03.38 AM IST Pump owners cite failure by cops to follow procedure, seek transfer of investigation to legal metrology experts. Four months after the Thane police made headlines for busting a nationwide petrol pump scam and arrested its mastermind from Karnataka, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has stayed the probe after questions were raised about the force’s competence to investigate the case. The court imposed the stay after six petrol pump owners approached the Nagpur bench of the court seeking quashing of the FIR filed by Thane police and passing on the investigation to experts. The scam pertains to the use of fuel dispensing units, which were fitted with chips that made them dispense less than what the customer paid for without altering the meter reading, at petrol pumps. The complainants had pointed out that the cops failed to follow procedures laid down under provision of the Legal Metrology Act, which bars certain provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure from being applied in such cases. They also cited failure to follow provisions of Essential Commodities Act as well as the Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel (Regulation of Supply, Distribution and Prevention of Malpractices) order 2005 by the police. The pump owners have demanded that the investigation should instead be done by experts in metrology department. After hearing the arguments, the court stayed proceedings against the accused and instructed the investigators not to resort to coercive tactics till the bench arrived at afinal decision. Till now, police have raided 198 petrol pumps across the country, arrested 33 people and are on the lookout for 57 absconding accused. Recent raids on petrol pumps, led by Thane CP Parambir Singh, had led to threats by pump owners to go on strike. The Thane police have also forwarded a list of 86 petrol pumps to the Director General of Police, Orissa, and Controller of Legal Metrology for further legal action. While investigating the scam, Thane police sealed 98 petrol pumps which allegedly used electronic chips in the fuel dispensers. They arrested the scam’s mastermind Prashant Nulkar, 56, a former employee of a company manufacturing fuel dispensing units, from Hubli in Karnataka, and his associate Vivek Shetye, 47, a resident of Dombivali. The Thane police have worked closely with a Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police to expose this racket. According to the police, once the remote controlled chips were installed in a dispensing unit, it typically would release 20 ml less for every litre of petrol and diesel a customer paid for. Since the reading on the display metre remained unaltered, a customer had no way of telling he was cheated. Over the course of a day, this led to skimming of hundreds of litres of fuel every day.
|2017-12-08||Thane cops find 500 RTI pleas in private detective's house - Times of India|
Thane cops find 500 RTI pleas in private detective’s house Updated: Dec 9, 2017, 01:32 IST THANE: Investigators claimed they recently recovered nearly 500 RTI applications, presumably filed with an "ulterior motive", from the apartment of private detective Satish Mangle and his actor wife Shraddha, who tried to pry into lives of several Bollywood personalities. A senior officer said they had found mounds of papers and government documents from the apartment during a detailed inspection. Around 100 applications seeking specific information were responded to by government offices, the officer said."Most applications were filed by Shraddha and Satish's father to government offices. It is suspected that Satish was using the RTI to blackmail others too," the officer said. Around a month back, the couple was arrested by Thane police's anti-extortion cell while allegedly accepting Rs 1 crore from IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar in exchange for "incriminating" audio tapes of him purportedly striking a land deal in Borivli and withdrawing a corruption complaint against him. The duo, along with others, had allegedly threatened to defame Mopalwar by using his recorded calls and audio recordings, which they had, and demanded Rs 7 crore for retracting allegations of corruption against him and for returning CDs of the recordings, police said. Police on Thursday questioned deputy superintendent of police from Amravati (rural) Pravin Patil, whose named cropped up in the case and in several recorded conversations between Satish and Patil, which were saved on Satish's laptop, the officer said. "We questioned Patil for an hour but he denied any wrongdoing. He said he had only introduced Satish to Mopalwar a few years back when he was posted in Mumbai," the officer said. The officer added that they were likely to summon him again as his answers were unsatisfactory.
|2017-12-08||3-Year-Old Raped In Thane, Neighbour Arrested - Outlook India|
3-Year-Old Raped In Thane, Neighbour Arrested A 25-year-old labourer was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping his three-year-old neighbour, police said. Assistant Police Inspector B N Daima of the MFC police station in Kalyan said Vinod Pal had come to stay in the house in Waldhuni area, in which he allegedly raped the girl, yesterday itself. Police said that the three-year-old was playing outside her house at about 1pm yesterday.When her grandmother called out to her, police said, she was nowhere to be found. A search revealed that she was in the house in which the accused was staying. Police said that the grandmother saw the man raping the child and raised an alarm. The accused was arrested and charged under sections 376,376(2)(i) of the IPC and also section 4,8 and 12 of the POCSO Act, 2012, police officials said. They added that he was produced before a magistrate today and remanded to police custody till December14, the police said.
|2017-12-08||Remember the old Thane Ore House? Here's what's going to take its place - Juneau Empire|
Remember the old Thane Ore House? Here’s what’s going to take its place Construction on Cultural Immersion Park may start next summer Speaking to a packed room at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Peterson wanted to dispel a common misconception.“One of these mysteries surrounding the tribe is I think people think, ‘Oh, I can’t go there because tribes only serve the tribal citizens,’” Peterson said. “Well, that’s not true.” CCTHITA plays a larger role in the community than some might think, Peterson said. He said CCTHITA contributes almost $25 million to Juneau’s economy, with about $10 million of that being in salaries to 184 employees. Peterson said one project for the future stands out to him as CCTHITA continues to provide services that everyone in Juneau can enjoy. For years, the organization has had its eye on creating a Cultural Immersion Park in the place of the Thane Ore House. The immersion park is projected to include workshops, vendor spots, a stage, a dining area, a museum area and more.
|2017-12-08||Thane man booked for blackmailing ex-fiancée - Times of India|
Thane man booked for blackmailing ex-fiancée Dec 8, 2017, 08:00 IST Surat: A man from Thane in Maharashtra and his two family members were booked on Wednesday for allegedly harassing ex-fiancee, a resident of Dindoli. The woman had got engaged to the man, who later broke the engagement, but continued to harass her using her intimate photos. Bharat Solate, a resident of Amey Society in Kharigav of Kalva in Thane, his mother Rajni and brother Anurag were booked for alleged harassment of 24-year-old woman. Solate had threatened the woman that he will circulate her objectionable photos on social media and ensure that she doesn't find another person to marry. In her complaint, the woman alleged that around five months ago she got engaged to Solate, an engineer. It was an arranged relationship. She alleged that Solate used to ask her to send intimate photos over mobile phone.She initially sent a few, but later she stopped after which Solate got angry with her and threatened to break the engagement, she alleged. Solate also threatened the woman that he would marry his girlfriend if she does not send her intimate photos. The accused allegedly ended the relationship by taking her other family members in confidence. But he later threatened the woman that he would circulate her intimate photos on social media. Preliminary probe revealed the woman discontinued the relationship as she was tired of Solate's demands. The woman's family was also upset with Solate since they did not pay them the money spent on engagement and marriage preparation, the police said. tnn
|2017-12-08||LED trees, decor in vogue this Christmas - Times of India|
LED trees, decor in vogue this Christmas Dec 8, 2017, 22:41 IST Thane: With the festive season of Christmas around the corner, hundreds of shoppers have begun making a beeline at city markets to avail of the latest decor. From LED Christmas trees to stockings and cap, the city stores have it all. "We have already put up the Christmas tree in our home and have decorated it as well. We began with the decorations in the first half of the month itself as we may not have time later as we will be busy preparing sweets and buy new clothes. This year, there is a new stock of LED-lit decorations in the stores," said Charai resident Annabeth Dias (38).With the festive crowd already flocking to city stores, shopkeepers have begun stocking up their shelves with a variety of new decorations this year. "This year, the in-thing are the light effects as everything right from the Christmas trees to the decorations, reindeers, santa hats and glasses are coming with LED lights. Even though these decorations which range anywhere between Rs 100 to Rs 10, 000, customers are purchasing them without giving it a second thought," said S Bauva, an owner of a store in Talao Pali. "While the festive rush has just begun, we are expecting it to multiply in the weeks to com," he added. While many Thaneites have started visiting these stores for their Christmas shopping, many others have been doing the same just to get an estimate of the cost of these items. "A lot of these items are available online and, at times, at a cheaper rate. However, we always like to see the items personally before we buy it. This is why I have been visiting some shops to find out the price," said Denis Braganza (29), a Hiranandani Meadows resident.
|2017-12-08||Trees bear nails, staplers to flash illegal ads in city - Times of India|
Trees bear nails, staplers to flash illegal ads in city Dec 8, 2017, 22:33 IST Navi Mumbai: Illegal advertisements in the form of laminated leaflets, cut outs and posters are being nailed and stapled on trees along various stretches, latest being the Palm Beach Road. The civic officials, however, remain mute spectators, alleged residents. Residents said that the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) garden department, which is the custodian of the trees in the city, has failed miserably in safeguarding the trees from being targeted for free brand promotion. A newly opened private healthcare facility at the renovated Palm Beach Galleria has fixed large hoardings on the trees. Civic officials claimed that they were unaware of the encroachment. "The civic garden wing, custodian of the trees, is least bothered of its upkeep. Besides, NMMC is also incurring losses in terms of revenue from advertisement levies," said Shridhar Gore, a resident. Such defacement has not only confined to more visibly arterial roads like Thane-Belapur Road, Sion Panvel highway and Palm Beach Road, but also extended to almost all internal roads across the city. Even the sprawling gardens and waterfront corridors have been targeted by miscreants who nailed the trees to hang advertisement cut outs. The scenic Sagar Vihar, Mini Seashore in Vashi and Sarovar Vihar in Belapur and Nerul lake along the Palm Beach Road have not been spared from this. Naturalist Abhay Naik said, "These advertisements have made the city look ugly. In addition to traffic junctions and road sides, the miscreants have stuck bills absolutely free of charge. Trees have become fresh victims of defacement these days. This could cause serious damage to trees. The recent nailing of hoardings to trees by a private hospital along the Palm Beach Road has to be taken seriously." Deputy municipal commissioner and head of NMMC garden department Tushar Pawar said, "We will soon remove the defacement. Our nodal officials have been instructed to initiate action as well." Many residents are peeved that the defacement happens even in the presence of gardeners. This directive is also to adhere to the high court order of removing all sorts of defacement in the city.
|2017-12-08||Labourer in Thane arrested for allegedly raping three-year-old neighbour - The New Indian Express|
Labourer in Thane arrested for allegedly raping three-year-old neighbour Published: 08th December 2017 05:42 PM | Last Updated: 08th December 2017 06:47 PM | THANE: A 25-year-old labourer was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping his three-year-old neighbour, police said. Assistant Police Inspector B N Daima of the MFC police station in Kalyan said Vinod Pal had come to stay in the house in Waldhuni area, in which he allegedly raped the girl, yesterday itself. Police said that the three-year-old was playing outside her house at about 1pm yesterday. When her grandmother called out to her, police said, she was nowhere to be found. A search revealed that she was in the house in which the accused was staying. Police said that the grandmother saw the man raping the child and raised an alarm. The accused was arrested and charged under sections 376,376(2)(i) of the IPC and also section 4,8 and 12 of the POCSO Act, 2012, police officials said. They added that he was produced before a magistrate today and remanded to police custody till December14, the police said.
|2017-12-08||Thane man gets 10 years in jail for assaulting, raping waitress - Zee News|
Thane man gets 10 years in jail for assaulting, raping waitress A local court has convicted a 33-year-old man of assaulting and raping a waitress in 2016 and sentenced him to ten years rigorous imprisonment. Updated: Dec 08, 2017, 12:36 PM IST Thane: A local court has convicted a 33-year-old man of assaulting and raping a waitress in 2016 and sentenced him to ten years rigorous imprisonment. Additional Sessions Judge S C Khalipe also slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 on the convict Ajay Chaurasiya. The judge in his recent order said that the fine would be paid as a compensation to the victim. Prosecutor Vandana Jadhav told the court that Chaurasiya used to visit the ladies bar at Upavan here where the victim was working and they knew each other. On the intervening night of August 13 and 14, when the victim was returning home in a car, Chaurasiya followed her on his two-wheeler, Jadhav said. He forcibly stopped the victim's car and later took her to a hotel, where he assaulted her with a leather belt and raped her, the court was told. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered and Chaurasiya was later arrested, the prosecutor added. Defence counsel Darmyansingh Bist contested the case and refuted all the charges. However, the Judge held Chaurasiya guilty under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354(d) (stalking) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC and sentenced him to ten years rigorous imprisonment.
|2017-12-08||16-year-old Bangladeshi girl rescued from flesh trade - Times of India|
16-year-old Bangladeshi girl rescued from flesh trade Dec 8, 2017, 22:41 IST Thane: A 16-year-old girl from Bangladesh was rescued by the anti-human trafficking cell on Wednesday. Two persons, one of whom is her maternal uncle, were arrested for trying to sell the minor girl for Rs 75,000. The accused have been identified as Lian Mulla and the girl's uncle Shehag Islam. The police claimed that the girl was infatuated with Mulla who promised to marry her. She had eloped with him to get married. However, after crossing the Bangladesh border Mulla took the girl to Bangalore to one of his aunt, who is a pimp. "The girl was then repeatedly raped by the accused after which he forced her into prostitution," said a police officer. The accused then decided to bring her to Kalwa and see her off. The cops had received a tip-off and had laid a trap for them. The accused were arrested and a case has been registered under various sections of the prevention of children from sexual abuse act and Foreigners Act, 1946, as well as passport (Entry into India) Rule, 1950.
|2017-12-07||Thane Shocker: Skeleton Found in House After Woman's Arrest in Sex Racket Case - News18|
Thane Shocker: Skeleton Found in House After Woman's Arrest in Sex Racket Case Palghar rural police learnt that Sarita Bharti (37) had killed her husband Sahdeo Bharti 13 years ago, and buried the body in the same house. Updated:December 7, 2017, 8:50 AM IST Thane: Following the arrest of a woman in a sex racket case, Palghar rural police on Wednesday found a human skeleton, suspected to be of her husband, from her house. The woman allegedly told police during interrogation that she had killed her husband thirteen years ago. Deputy Superintendent of Police Fatesingh Patil said that police arrested the woman, Sarita Bharti (37) under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act for running a prostitution racket, and rescued four women on December 4 from her house in Dandipada in Boisar.During the probe, police learnt that she had killed her husband Sahdeo Bharti 13 years ago, and buried the body in the same house. When a police team on Wednesday dug up the floor of the house, they found a skeleton inside a pit. It was sent to forensic laboratory for examination. Further probe is on.
|2017-12-07||Thane court acquits man in rape case - The Hindu|
Thane court acquits man in rape case THANE, DECEMBER 06, 2017 00:00 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 06, 2017 04:10 IST A 24-year-old man from Ganeshnagar has been acquitted of raping a minor girl by a district court. Additional Sessions Judge and Special Judge (POCSO) A.S. Bhaisare, in his recent order, ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the accused, Dilip Thakur. The judge said, “ … there was a love affair between them. They used to visit each other. On the call of the accused, the victim herself went to him … it can be said that it was consensual and the victim was aware of the consequences of her own act.”
|2017-12-07||Infant undergoes surgery for anal anomaly in city - Times of India|
Infant undergoes surgery for anal anomaly in city Shrutika Sukhi | tnn | Dec 7, 2017, 22:32 IST Thane: A baby boy born without an anus had to undergo an operation within 48 hours of his birth in Thane as the doctors said the situation could lead to complications with the infant not being able to defecate. The child born to a city-based couple was born with a deformity called anorectal malformation where the anus is not formed in the foetus even weeks after it is conceived. Doctors said the deformity is found in one of every 5,000 new born babies. The trigger for this condition is not yet known, said experts.Doctors at the hospital in Thane said the parents were worried about how the boy could cope up in the absence of an anus. "In such a condition, there is no outlet for the faeces and this could lead to accumulation of gases and excreta inside the body without an exit. If not treated in time, then the child's digestive system can collapse and this can prove fatal," said Dr Jeevan Gavali, paediatric surgeon from Currae hospital, who operated on the infant. The baby was operated in October at the hospital and was kept under observation for a month. "We told the parents that it is not a rare defect and is found in one of every 5,000 infants. This deformity is developed during the formation of the child's body during the initial one to four weeks. There is no reason for its occurrence and one cannot do anything to avoid it," he said. The doctors had to do undertake a two-hour-long procedure called colostomy, where the end of the large intestine is temporarily redirected towards the abdomen from its present location. After the operation, all the gases and faeces get discharged from the belly button. The anus has to be created at its natural location a few months later and the natural excretion route has to be resurrected. Doctors said the process of creating an anus cannot be done in newly born babies as their tissues are delicate. "We performed colostomy wherein the end of the baby's large intestine was diverted towards the abdomen to facilitate a temporary exit for gases and faeces through the belly button. Care has to be taken with the diet so that the baby does not suffer from digestion problems or loose motions. We will have to conduct another operation after a few months where an outlet will be created at the anus and the exit of the large intestine will have to be redirected to its original position," added Dr Gavali.
|2017-12-07||City records slight drop in pollution levels after unseasonal rain - Times of India|
City records slight drop in pollution levels after unseasonal rain Dec 7, 2017, 22:31 IST Thane: The unseasonal showers on Monday and Tuesday has dropped the air pollution levels in the Mumbai as well as the lake city. However, the over all air pollution index (API) continues to fall under the very poor or very polluted category. Besides the strong winds, the city also received scattered rainfall which brought the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) levels down by over 25% from 146.8g/m3 on Sunday to 109.1g/m3 on Monday night. Even though there has been a dip in temperature and the So2 and No2 levels have reduced marginally in the city, the RSPM levels have not dropped down drastically. In fact, it has shot up by around 31% to 143g/m3. "The unseasonal rainfall has brought back the feeling of monsoon as we could smell the wet soil and the air seemed to be clearer. We even pulled out our raincoats and went for a short walk in the area on Monday evening. But we had to return home soon as the air was quite dusty," said Akruti Rai (32), a Naupada resident. While some experts point out that the lack of drop in the pollution levels is because of the ongoing construction work and vehicular traffic. Vehicles emit a lot of pollution on a daily basis.Others point out that the winds during the cyclone carried dust and particulate matter with it and thus negated the cleansing effect of the rain showers. "The pollution level readings are conducted in areas of the city which are frequented by citizens the most. Like traffic signals, residential, commercial and industrial areas. The main reasons for rise in pollution in this city is vehicular traffic. Dust and SPM levels are increasing as a lot of construction activities are being carried out continuously in the city. There has been no significant change in the pollution levels seen the rains," said Amol Chaphekar, managing director of an enviro-automation firm working with the TMC on numerous projects. Meanwhile, city based environmentalist V Walavalkar, said, "The rains bring down the pollution levels in two ways. Either it brings down the particulate matter in the air, or it dissolves the toxic gases. While Thane did not receive as much rainfall as Mumbai, the little rain managed to control the toxic pollutants in the air. However, as the volume of the rain was not so much here, it failed to bring the RSPM levels below the permissible limit." Now that the cyclone has moved beyond Mumbai and Thane coasts, the pollution levels have increased. The overall air pollution index has been hovering around 85% to 89% on Wednesday, which falls under the very poor or very polluted air quality category.
|2017-12-07||Goods train derailed due to trash on tracks in Thane: Railway collects 170 truckloads of waste - Hindustan Times|
Goods train derailed due to trash on tracks in Thane:?Railway collects 170 truckloads of waste Nearly 100 CR?employees worked overnight to clear the tracks of garbage thrown by residents near the tunnel in Kalwa. MUMBAI Updated: Dec 08, 2017 00:21 IST A day after a good train derailed purportedly owing to mounds of garbage at Parsik tunnel in Thane, the Central Railway on Thursday removed 170 truckloads of garbage from the site. Nearly 100 CR?employees worked overnight to clear the tracks of garbage thrown by residents near the tunnel in Kalwa. The derailment disrupted several CR?services. As many as 22 local trains were cancelled during the evening peak hours. CR services were delayed up to 30 minutes. According to railway officials, garbage was stuck in the tracks where the wagon derailed. A CR?official said prima facie the cause of the derailment was garbage. “The derailment site had mounds of garbage and people worked overnight to remove them. The derailment of the goods wagon occurred owing to garbage,” said SK Jain, divisional railway manager, CR. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) along with railway officials are also removing garbage from the area adjacent to the tracks. Meanwhile, the CR?has approached a company to turn waste into energy. Railway officials said despite operating special trains to pick up waste, the situation has not improved.A day after after thousands of visitors from Maharashtra attended Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 61st death anniversary, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has picked up 70 tonnes of garbage from Chaityabhoomi at Shivaji Park and its surrounding areas in Dadar, Mahim and Matunga. According to the BMC data, at least 1,500 workers filled up 14 garbage trucks from Wednesday night to Thursday morning. Owing to unprecedented December rain earlier this week, only 30,000 followers of Dr Ambedkar visited his memorial this year, said a civic official. “Usually, we get 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh of visitors and at least 100 tonnes of waste is collected. It is mostly food items, paper plates and plastic waste. As fewer people turned up at the memorial, the job to collect trash became easier,” said assistant municipal commissioner Ramakant Biradar. The ground where followers spend every night could not be used this time owing to rain. The BMC had accommodated them in 70 municipal and private schools in the vicinity. “Of them, 22 schools had to be cleaned. Shivaji Park was a bit difficult to clean as the ground was sludgy,” added Biradar. Dadar residents said they were happy with the BMC’s work this year as the event was not regulated earlier. “But, there is definitely scope for improvement and this must be discussed in a forum with officials. Dismantling the pandals in Shivaji Park is taking longer and this will inconvenience players,” said Ashok ravat, an activist from Dadar
|2017-12-07||Mopalwar audio clip case: Thane police plan to confront Dy SP with ... - The Indian Express|
Mopalwar audio clip case: Thane police plan to confront Dy SP with Satish Mangle According to the sources, Patil’s name cropped up during the interrogation of Mangle who allegedly told the AEC sleuths that it was Patil who introduced him to Mopalwar. Published: December 8, 2017 4:39 am THE THANE police plan to bring arrested detective Satish Mangle face to face with Deputy Superintendent of Police Pravin Patil as part of their probe into a complaint of extortion lodged by senior bureaucrat Radhyesham Mopalwar. The move comes after its Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) did not find Patil’s answers satisfactory, according to sources. Patil had been quizzed by the AEC office in Thane for a couple of hours on Thursday afternoon. He allegedly told the AEC that he did introduce Mangle to Mopalwar after the latter sought help to engage a private detective in his divorce case against his third wife, but he did not gain any pecuniary benefit out of it. Patil also claimed to have no knowledge of the money paid to Mangle for his “services” to Mopalwar. “Patil was summoned to the Thane AEC office on Thursday to record his statement. His statement has been recorded. We are examining it,” AEC chief Pradeep Sharma told The Indian Express. However, a senior official privy to the details said they were not satisfied with Patil’s answers and he would be summoned soon for a face-to-face with Mangle. “After going through his statement, we will summon him again and this time confront him with Mangle to find out if there was any pecuniary benefit in introducing Mangle to Mopalwar,” said the official. According to the sources, Patil has told the AEC sleuths that his uncle Madhukar Patil was acquainted to Mopalwar owing to their posting in the same district, and that he had known Mopalwar for the last eight years. Patil reportedly said he had not been in touch with Mopalwar after introducing Mangle to him. However, earlier this year, after he learnt about the allegation of corruption levelled by Mangle against Mopalwar and the latter registered a case of extortion and blackmailing with the Thane police, Patil had briefly discussed the case with him during an informal meeting. “Patil claims that Mopalwar had approached him in 2014 to help arrange a detective as he was pursuing his divorce case against his third wife. Post the introduction, Patil had never enquired with the two on the case. The face-to-face confrontation will help clarify many facts,” added the official. Patil is attached with the Protection of Civil Right (PCR) cell of the Maharashtra Police and is currently posted in Amravati. Mangle had made public audio clippings claiming that the voice on the tape was that of Mopalwar in which he was purported to be discussing a financial deal. In August, the Maharashtra government sent Mopalwar, who was at the helm of the Rs 46,000-crore Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor project, on leave. The state, through a notification issued on August 29, constituted a three-member committee headed by former bureaucrat Johny Joseph to probe the case. The committee recently submitted a report giving a clean chit to Mopalwar. According to the sources, Patil’s name cropped up during the interrogation of Mangle who allegedly told the AEC sleuths that it was Patil who introduced him to Mopalwar. Meanwhile, even as the AEC awaits the forensic report on the voice samples sent to the Mumbai FSL to ascertain if the extortion calls made to Mopalwar was by criminal Ravi Pujari, the sources said they were confident the voice was of Pujari. “We also have details of the person who introduced Mangle to Pujari. We will soon summon him. At this point in time, we don’t want to make the name public as it would alert him. He is an important link to the case,” added the official.
|2017-12-06||Mumbai local: Smoke in train sparks panic at Thane, terrified ... - Mumbai Mirror|
MUMBAI LOCAL: SMOKE IN TRAIN SPARKS PANIC AT THANE, TERRIFIED COMMUTERS JUMP ONTO THE TRACKS Updated: Dec 6, 2017, 04.24 PM IST Panic gripped commuters at the Thane railway station after smoke was noticed near the middle second class ladies' compartment of the 11:48 am Thane - Vashi slow local on Wednesday morning. A few minutes after the local train pulled out of the platform, commuters saw smoke emanating from the compartment and began screaming for help. Jitesh Patil, one of the commuters who was travelling to work on the same local train, told Mirror that all commuters jumped out of the train due to fear of fire, "I boarded the train at Thane to travel to Airoli for work. The train moved from Thane station and after two minutes we were alerted of the fire as we could hear people yelling from the middle second class ladies' coach for help. The train was halted and all the commuters jumped out on to the track." He added, "I was travelling just two coaches away from the ladies' coach and heard commuters assuming that there was a short-circuit in the coach. Within 15 minutes, the railway staff took control of the situation and all of us boarded the same train again. The Trans-harbour trains were delayed by 10-15 minutes because of the incident." Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.
|2017-12-06||Goods train derailment affects railway traffic in Thane - Times of India|
Goods train derailment affects railway traffic in Thane Dec 6, 2017, 23:21 IST THANE: The derailment of a freight wagon near the Parsik tunnel in Thane on Wednesday led to cancellation of nearly 22 main line Central Railway services and disrupted schedules of several other trains during the evening peak hours. The affected line was restored almost four hours later. The eleventh wagon of the freight train heading towards Turbhe derailed after it was changing over to the cord line connecting the Up direction fast line to the Transharbour route near Parsik tunnel. The mishap occurred before the entire train could change tracks to the cord line and was stranded on the Up main line blocking traffic for three other trains behind it.The affected wagon was re-railed at 6.25pm. The traffic on Up fast line resumed shortly after conducting mandatory safety checks, informed the railways. Meanwhile, suburban services in the down direction from Mumbai towards Thane/Kalyan was running late by around 15-30 minutes, complained regular commuters. Railway officials said traffic resumed on the Up fast line towards Mumbai but with speed restrictions by 7.35pm. As many as 22 suburban services have been cancelled till now to ensure normalcy in operations. Few more cancellations may be done till late night, said officials.
|2017-12-06||16 godowns gutted in fire in Bhiwandi in Thane ditrict - The Tribune|
|2017-12-06||Thane: Teen harasses college girl online, held - Times of India|
Thane: Teen harasses college girl online, held Dec 7, 2017, 04:00 IST THANE: A 19-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly harassing a teenage girl by allegedly creating her fake social networking profiles and stalking her online. The accused and the girl are studying at a college in Vile Parle. The police said that in July 2016, the accused impersonated as girl and sent a friend request on a messaging app which the girl accepted. Later, during chats he sent her objectionable messages. Eventually, the girl found out that it was this boy who was harassing her. To end the harassment, she sent him a photo of herself with another male friend, said a police officer. In January 2017, the accused sent friend requests from other messaging app from another profile with the photo she had earlier sent the accused. But here she was seen with another male friend. The accused continued to create her fake profiles under different names and even sent friend requests to her relatives and friends. "Once he sent a text messages to say that she was involved with a boy," said the officer quoting from the complaint. Based on technical evidence gathered over six months, the police zeroed on in the accused and arrested him on Tuesday. He was produced in court and was sent to judicial custody.
|2017-12-05||Nightmare for Thane Police as informer becomes drug dealer - Mumbai Mirror|
NIGHTMARE FOR THANE POLICE AS INFORMER BECOMES DRUG DEALER Updated: Dec 7, 2017, 10.31 AM IST Before going rogue, Komil Merchant helped bust one of the biggest ever drug hauls that also involved Mamta Kulkarni. A high profile confidential informer of the Thane Police who helped them conduct major drug seizures across the city has now become their biggest nightmare. Komil Merchant, a known face in the Thane Police commissionerate and the crime branch, has emerged as the most wanted drug supplier in the city. According to the police, Merchant was the one who helped them in conducting one of the biggest ever drug haul in the city's recent history - the seizure of about 20,000 kg ephedrine which also later led to the unearthing of Mamta Kulkarni and her friend Vicky Goswami's involvement. A case that catapulted the Thane Police's position to the top spot overshooting that of their contemporary - the Mumbai Police. Merchant's name cropped up while Thane sleuths were interrogating an accused Siraj Munshi, who was arrested after a dramatic chase in Mumbra.
|2017-12-05||Thane: Senior citizen killed after speeding car knocks him down on EEH near Kopri - Times of India|
Thane: Senior citizen killed after speeding car knocks him down on EEH near Kopri Updated: Dec 6, 2017, 00:06 IST THANE: A senior citizen was hit by a speeding car while he was trying to cross the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) near Kopri on Sunday morning. The 60-year-old victim, Chandrakant Shejval, was barely 10 minutes away from his residence at Anand Nagar when a car heading towards Mumbai knocked him down, killing him before he could be taken to the hospital. A few passersby said that Shejval started bleeding profusely after he was hit by the four-wheeler. The Kopri police confirmed that he succumbed to his head injuries before he could be given medical treatment. The police are on the lookout for the driver who did not bother to stop after knocking him down. They also said that they would be scanning the CCTV footage of the area. The unidentified driver has been booked under Sections 279 (for rash driving), 337 (for causing hurt), 338 (for causing grievous hurt), 304 (A) (for causing death of a person by a rash act), 184 (for driving dangerously) and Motor Vehicles Act 124 (A) and (B) (for not taking reasonable steps to seek medical attention to the injured person) of the Indian Penal Code.
|2017-12-05||At 817 commuters/bus daily, TMT among most crowded transport - Times of India|
At 817 commuters/bus daily, TMT among most crowded transport Dec 6, 2017, 00:06 IST THANE: The TMT ferries an average of nearly 817 passengers per bus daily making it one of the most crowded public transport services in the entire of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). An analysis with the buses operated by other civic transport bodies across MMR revealed that the city transport with 192 buses ferried around 1.57 passengers on an average daily which roughly works out to 817 commuters behind every bus. The readings are close to the BEST that ferries an average of 836 commuters followed by the Navi Mumbai transport with 898 passengers carried in each of its buses daily. The buses of the Khopoli municipal transport, located at the farthest end of the MMR, seem to be the most crowded ones with each vehicle carrying nearly 3,307 passengers throughout the day.However, officials said the number of passengers ferried in each bus could vary depending on the length covered by each of them, the trips made by them and the duration for which it is pressed into service. Also, while a few non-popular routes could see fewer passenger counts, the same could be compensated with the dense routes where the demand is much higher than the capacity like that in the case of the Khopoli transport body whose services to and from Navi Mumbai run packed way beyond capacity while interior routes are almost empty. The study is part of a state report released a few months ago on the performance of the transportation modes in 2016 of municipal councils spread across MMR. The study has a comparative statistics of seven civic bodies, including Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Vasai-Virar and Khopoli among others in the region that operate transport buses collectively. The data accessed by TOI shows the average number of buses operated by each of the bodies along with total daily passenger count and the collective distance covered by each of the buses throughout the day. While the high passenger count is justified by the BEST where each of the buses have a longer route to cover daily as compared to intra-city services like Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli and those like Khopoli and Navi Mumbai that reach out to adjoining cities also. Experts interpreted the statistics by saying that public transport undertakings with high density could end up damaging the vehicles as carrying excessive load beyond a point of time could lead to wear and tear. The case is evident with the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) that has seen frequent breakdowns in its services till recently when the newly inducted JNNURM buses were inducted in the fleet.
|2017-12-05||Implement better safety steps on GB Road: Residents, activists - Times of India|
Implement better safety steps on GB Road: Residents, activists Dec 5, 2017, 22:38 IST Thane: After a spate of accidents involving heavy vehicles carrying hazardous chemicals on the highways in recent times, residents and activists have claimed for better safety measures to be adopted by authorities. This will help in avoiding major mishaps from taking place in the future. Activists point out to the potential danger involved to residents living along either sides of the arterial road. Heavy vehicles carrying hazardous chemicals have met with mishaps, causing a spill of the acid. The fumes of this spreads in the area which can lead to a lot of health problems. Activists have demanded that the authorities, especially the road transport department, speed up identifying black spots in the district and implement corrective measures at the earliest; else they must construct an alternate road bypassing the dense residential corridor. Recently, a gas leak from a loaded tanker had sparked panic among residents a couple of months ago. Another mishap took place in which a chemical leak was reported after a tanker carrying in met with a mishap near Saket last month. Experts claimed that any major incident could easily pose as a danger to thousands of residents who live along the area. Ghodbunder Road witnessed a massive traffic jam in October after a heavy tanker carrying concentrated hydrochloric acid toppled on the Mumbai-bound lane of the busy highway near Gaimukh in Thane at around 1am. The incident took place when the driver of the tanker was on his way from Gujarat to Navi Mumbai. He lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn at Gaimukh. The tanker skid and turned on one side. The contents of the truck spilled on the road and soon the acid content converted into fumes that enveloped the area, bringing the traffic to a complete halt."There have been serious mishaps which have, so far, not caused major fatalities. However, had the acid leak taken place along the residential areas of GB Road, it could have led to a major panic among residents. The authorities must immediately enforce safety norms on heavy vehicles. They must construct an alternate route bypassing the city limits," said Mahesh Gupta, a GB Road resident. Meanwhile, officials from the Thane transport department said that they have identified a few problem areas and have suggested safety measures that will be introduced at these danger zones, also called as black spots. The department will submit this report, along with their suggestions, to the Centre for an approval to implement the safety measures."We have observed the dividers along the Nashik-Mumbai Highway have been removed by dhabas or petrol pumps so that it would be easy for vehicles to access them. The Ghodbunder Highway does not have rumblers that are required to slow down traffic," said an official. "We have identified 67 accident-prone zones as per the guidelines set by the Supreme Court. We have verified and surveyed the spots and finalized the corrective action to be taken," he added.
|2017-12-04||Thane businessman says bank linked his accounts to Aadhaar without permission - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE BUSINESSMAN SAYS BANK LINKED HIS ACCOUNTS TO AADHAAR WITHOUT PERMISSION Updated: Dec 4, 2017, 07.32 AM IST Bank says the man himself must have submitted the document, he says cannot recall any such submission A 31-year-old businessman from Thane has alleged that his bank linked his Aadhaar ID to his accounts without permission, and that he was “stunned” when he received an SMS last week informing him about the same. Archit Kulkarni, who owns a consultancy firm, said he hadn’t provided his Aadhaar details to ICICI Bank as he wanted to wait till the Supreme Court verdict on pleas challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for various services, including banking and telecom, and also for availing benefits of welfare schemes.
|2017-12-04||Cyclone Ockhi: Precautionary holiday declared for schools in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar - Mumbai Mirror|
CYCLONE OCKHI: PRECAUTIONARY HOLIDAY DECLARED FOR SCHOOLS IN MUMBAI, THANE, PALGHAR Updated: Dec 4, 2017, 09.37 PM IST Cyclone Ockhi, that has already vastly impacted Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, has reached Maharashtra and Gujarat from the Arabian Sea. As a precautionary measure, the Government of Maharashtra has declared a holiday for schools in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the severe cyclonic storm Ockhi, that hovered over east-central Arabian sea, moved further north-north-eastwards, crossing south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by the night of tomorrow December 5. Minister Vinod Tawde has tweeted that a precautionary holiday is declared for the schools for the safety of students. He wrote, "Precautionary holiday declared for schools in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains."
|2017-12-04||Thane: Teacher 'attacked' by school principal | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Thane: Teacher ‘attacked’ by school principal The teachers claimed that the principal had been paying them less than what they were supposed to get and keeping the balance amount. Published: December 5, 2017 2:15 am A 30-year-old teacher was allegedly attacked by the principal of the school he worked at during an argument Monday morning. A police case has been registered against the principal and the teacher has been admitted to a hospital with head injuries. The police said the accused is absconding. According to Vartak Nagar police, the incident occurred at Gyanoday Vidyalaya in Savarkar Nagar in Thane around 10 am. “According to other staff members, the victim, N M Prajapati, went to the principal’s cabin to speak to him. But the principal, Ramesh Mishra, started fighting with Prajapati,” a senior officer said. Mishra and the school staff allegedly had differences with each other over monthly payment. The teachers claimed that the principal had been paying them less than what they were supposed to get and keeping the balance amount. “While we got payslips quoting our actual salaries, we would invariably get a couple of thousand rupees less (as payment),” said a school teacher, who did not wish to be named. An officer linked with the probe said: “According to other staff members, Prajapati and Mishra had a verbal fight and it ended with Mishra attacking Prajapati with a heavy object.” The teacher was later taken to Lokmanya hospital where he is recuperating. Vartak Nagar police have lodged a case against Mishra. “We have booked him under Section 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code. Our team went to arrest him but he was absconding. We shall arrest him soon,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sunil Lokhande.
|2017-12-04||Threat to babu: Gangster's voice samples sought - Times of India|
Threat to babu: Gangster's voice samples sought Updated: Dec 5, 2017, 04:30 IST THANE: Investigators probing the blackmailing of a controversial IAS officer have sought the past voice sample of underworld fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari from the Mumbai police in order to nail the gangster. A month ago, detective Satish Mangale and his actor wife Shraddha were arrested for allegedly accepting Rs 1 crore from IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar in exchange of "incriminating" audio tapes of him purportedly striking a land deal in Borivli and to withdraw a corruption complaint against him. After the arrest, fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari reportedly made calls to Mopalwar and asked him to drop the case against Mangale and his aides and allegedly demanded Rs 7 crore. The Thane police have sought Pujari's voice samples from Mumbai police to verify Pujari's voice in the threat to Mopalwar. The samples will be sent for forensic analysis to a lab in Kalina.
|2017-12-04||Thane teacher attacked by masked men - Times of India|
Thane teacher attacked by masked men Dec 5, 2017, 04:40 IST THANE: A 52-year-old schoolteacher was attacked by a group of masked assailants on Sunday night at Lokmanya Nagar area in Thane. In his complaint, the victim, Mahajan Prajapati, has named his school principal and his son as the accused. A month ago, Prajapati had registered a non-cognizable case against the principal who had allegedly threatened him at gunpoint. Prajapati claimed that he and some other teachers were being constantly harassed by the accused. A case has been registered and the cops will go through the CCTV footage recovered from the spot. The victim is currently recuperating at a private hospital. "We will also take help of eye-witnesses for more leads. We have registered a case under Section 326 of the IPC. More sections are likely to be added in the case," an officer said.
|2017-12-03||Thane district records decade's highest rainfall this season - Times of India|
Thane district records decade’s highest rainfall this season Dec 4, 2017, 00:58 IST THANE: The district witnessed the strongest monsoon of the decade this year recording a total rainfall of 3206.4mm across the seven talukas from June to September. The abundant rainfall has in turn brought good news both for the urban and rural pockets of the district because this translates into ample water supply both for domestic and agriculture needs. The data available with the district revenue department shows that the monsoon period this year has broken the ten-year record of heavy rainfall also surpassing the average count of 2422.6mm for this region. The highest rainfall in the decade in the district till now was in 2013 when it showered an average of 2,999mm. On the other hand, the weakest rains were recorded in 2009 when it rained a mere average of 1,543.2mm. In 2015, when the district faced an acute water crisis , the rainfall had fared a tad better at 1,749mm. Rainfall is measured using rain gauges installed at various spots in the talukas. The readings are taken on a daily basis at the taluka level and an average is calculated later for the entire district, a revenue official explained. Thane district comprises of seven talukas. Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi and Ambernath are the prominent talukas. The monsoon reading has been traditionally measured for four months between June and September. The statistics obtained from the district office reveal that despite witnessing the strongest monsoon this year, none of the four months strangely have registered the highest rainfall in the same period since 2013. The highest average June rainfall was witnessed in 2013 when it showered around 999mm across the district while 2014 saw the highest rains recorded for July. 2011 saw the highest August showers at 893mm while the highest September showers were recorded in 2012 at 590mm. Officials say the high rainfall records definitely mean good for the urban and rural pockets of Thane district. The irrigation department has found that the water supply in the reservoirs is ample for this year and it will last till the next monsoon. Residents can be assured of no water cuts for the next few seasons unless an emergency occurs.The agriculture department has also been expecting that around 80,000 hectares of land under the kharif and rabi cultivation will benefit from the heavy rains. "The abundant rains this year will definitely help the rabi crops as compared to the last few years. The dampness in the soil that is likely to last for the next three months because of a possibly good percolation of rainwater will help improve the productivity this year. We expect a bountiful harvest of rabi vegetables like okra and food grains like waal and grams that is traditionally sown here," said an official from the agriculture department. Meanwhile, the stock in the reservoirs supplying water to the urban areas of the district also reached satisfactory levels by the end of September following which the irrigation officials ruled out water cuts to homes and industries here. However, the residents of Thane district have some reason to worry as the underground water stock is reportedly depleting fast with levels in nearly 19 of the 38 surveyed areas across six talukas registering a five-year low this season. Experts have attributed this shocking trend to reckless drawing of ground water, thanks to inadequate supply by the civic body coupled with poor percolation of rain water due to rampant concretization.
|2017-12-03||Happy Streets turns bigger as 6000 hit vehicle-free stretch - Times of India|
Happy Streets turns bigger as 6,000 hit vehicle-free stretch Updated: Dec 3, 2017, 23:08 IST Thane: After a moderate start to season VI last Sunday with 3,000 visitors hitting the streets, Happy Streets hit a masterstroke on the second Sunday with the tiny tots of Eurokids playschool having a blast at the venue. Over 6,000 participants thronged the 1.7km non-vehicular stretch to be part of various activities that were on offer at the Sunday morning extravaganza. Children formed a major chunk of the crowd with dozens of activities devised for different age groups. "We can't afford to miss the opportunity which comes absolutely free and at our doorstep," said 13-year-old footballer Shridhar Nalawade, one of the regulars. The craft section and selfie contests remained a major attraction with children making a beeline while waiting eagerly to try their hand. Vijay Suraksha Art zone had arranged a flower and peacock craft activity engaging young kids along with a selfie contest. "It was great to be part of the show. Thanks to Vijay Group-Suraksha Reality for giving us this opportunity to learn and have fun as well," said a 14-year-old Suruchi Singh. A sketching competition for kids was arranged by Akkad Bakkad Ventures for the first time on Happy Streets which turned to be a hit. "Happy Streets has been a lifeline for the lake city without which Sunday seems to be a boring day," said a regular visitor Dharmesh Jena. The iconic 1.7km Gladys Alvares road from Vasant Vihar junction to Happy Valley Circle stays shut for vehicles every Sunday morning for three hours and the locals reclaim their streets to walk, cycle, skate and run without no fear of being knocked down by speeding vehicles. Dance enthusiasts were seen matching moves and steps with Snehashish Dance Academy members. The senior students of the academy also performed at the zumba stage on Bollywood and Hollywood numbers much to the delight of the onlookers at the venue. A joint initiative by Thane traffic police, Thane Municipal Corporation, powered by Vijay Group-Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI, Happy Streets will go on for at least three months much to the excitement of the citizens of the lake city. "As many as 10 Sundays have been chalked out for the event in the current season which will go on till January end," an organizer said.
|2017-12-03||'Residents now more sensitive towards injured animals, birds ... - Times of India|
‘Residents now more sensitive towards injured animals, birds’ Dec 3, 2017, 23:09 IST The growing awareness among lake city residents about the conservation of wildlife over the past few years seems to have resulted in a parallel increase in the number of injured wild animals, reptiles and birds rescued and taken to vets for treatment in the city. Wildlife rescuers and activists have been flooded with calls urging them to rush to different parts of the city to rescue a variety of fauna, including venomous or non-venomous snakes, injured birds and even protected species of turtles and tortoises. While all these initiatives have led to these animals and birds getting timely surgery and medication, the efforts still prove futile as a number of the creatures have died due to the lack of a proper post-surgery care or a transit centre where they can recuperate before going back in to the wild. "Till now any injured monkey, jackal, birds, or other such animals rescued by the activists here are either taken to the Thane SPCA for treatment or recovery. They are also handed over to Mumbai NGOs and veterinarians. However, as these centres themselves have a number of other animals already under their care, they often don't have enough space to house these new injured animals. Some animals take a long time to recover and require to be raised in captivity. Some birds that have injured wings need to be taught how to fly once again in flight cages."As NGOs here don't have these facilities, there is a crucial need for transit centres in Thane," said Pawan Sharma, honorary wildlife warden associated with the Thane forest department. These wildlife rescuers assert that starting a centre especially for the recovery of animals here could cut down the rate wildlife fatalities. "We get dozens of rescue calls every day due to the growing awareness among citizens, and end up with a couple of snakes, birds and ever strays in our care. While we take them to the available vets for treatment, our volunteers have to keep these animals in their homes after the surgery as they require certain recovery time before being released. However, we don't have the necessary medicines and equipment that a wildlife transit centre would have, which will reduce the number of critically injured fauna from succumbing to their injuries," said a wildlife activist here. While the forest department had acquired two acres of land near their existing 1 hectare forest land at Shilphata last year for a transit centre, and had planted a number of trees last August, the project is still incomplete. "While the plantation was done last year, we recently reinforced the compound wall and set up a security cabin, out-door patient facility, doctors' room and other such structures. However, we are yet to build the enclosures for the animals, get the required equipment for the Operation Theatres, X-Ray room and medicines. We know that this centre is a critical requirement at the moment and will try to open it on a small scale by December end after which we will focus on the other works like laying down all weather-roads," said deputy conservator of forests Dr. Jitendra Ramgaokar.
|2017-12-03||District sports office seeks entries for state awards - Times of India|
District sports office seeks entries for state awards Dec 3, 2017, 23:06 IST Thane: The district sport office (DSO) of Thane has invited applications from sports achievers, coaches, administrators and sports outfits promoting sports from across the district to apply for various state government awards. Shiv Chhatrapati Krida Puraskar and other awards are given by the directorate of sports and youth services, Maharashtra government, every year to encourage sportspersons and organizations boosting sports. For the first time, applications can be submitted online along with as many supporting documents as possible since the previous 100-page cap on documents has been lifted. December 9 is the last date of submission of online applications along with relevant documents for the highest sports awards for consecutive three calendar years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.Medal recipients at national and international platforms in various games, adventure sports, in addition to organizers and administrators are advised to send applications for Shiv Chhatrapati Rajya Krida Puraskar. Eklavya Puraskar will be bestowed upon differently-abled achievers. Able sports coaches and women sports administrators can apply for Jijamata Rajya Krida Puraksar while veteran sports promoters will be tipped for Shiv Chhatrapati Rajya Krida Lifetime Achievement award. According to district sports officer Vinodini Amrutwad, the documents must be uploaded online by December 9 and a copy of the same should be submitted at the district sport office on or before December 11. The applicants should have domicile of at least 15 years in Maharashtra. Each winners will get Rs 1 lakh apart from citation. Forms can be uploaded on www.mumbaidivisionsports.com.
|2017-12-03||NCP corporator held for threat to Kalwa woman - Times of India - Times of India|
NCP corporator held for threat to Kalwa woman Dec 4, 2017, 03:33 IST THANE: The Kalwa police on Friday arrested a NCP corporator, who is also the Kalwa Ward Committee Chairman on the alleged charges of trespassing and threatening a women from his ward, the police said. The NCP leader Mahesh Salvi has been booked under sections 452(house tresspass) , 427 ( Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupee) 504(Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) rw 34 of the IPC and offence registered with the Kalwa police station. The police said that as per the complaint by the victim a lady in the ward, Salvi along with his 2-3 men came to the site where the lady was carrying out some construction work on the first floor of her house . Salvi allegedly threatened her to stop the work or shall face dire consequences. When she refused to pay any heed to the demand they started pulling down the structure, the complaint said. Hence, the woman complained to the police, who immediately rushed to the spot and arrested the accused. The Kalwa police are probing into the case further, Salvi is learnt to have got himself admitted at Civil hospital, after he complained of 'uneasiness', the police added.
|2017-12-03||Christians mark start of advent with prayers | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
Christians mark start of advent with prayers Updated: Dec 3, 2017, 23:05 IST Thane: With the onset of the holy season of advent on Sunday, the Christian community in the lake city is all set to revel in the yuletide spirit, nearly three weeks ahead of Christmas. A resident of Pokhran Road 1, Jillian Jaitely, said, "There are four weeks in Advent, starting from December 3, which is the first Sunday of Advent. We believe this period is meant for the preparation of Christ's birth. In this holy season, one needs to donate and ask forgiveness for one's sins." The four candles of Advent, each one lit on every Sunday, has its unique significance denoted by specific colours. "On the first Sunday we light a purple candle also referred to as the candle of hope. The second one is purple as well which symbolizes faith. A rose-coloured candle is lit on the third Sunday as it is the colour of joy, denoting that Christmas is nearing. The last candle is again purple, indicating the last few days before the birth of Christ. A white candle is lit on Christmas day signifying purity and peace," said Alaine Rebello, a city resident.
|2017-12-02||Airoli railway station plunges into darkness for over five hours - Times of India|
Airoli railway station plunges into darkness for over five hours Dec 2, 2017, 05:56 IST THANE: Airoli railway station plunged into darkness for over five hours after a technical snag on Friday evening. There was no disruption in movement of trains and for ticket-dispensing units. Commuters complained that lights and fans at the station went off around 5pm on the trans-harbour line. The subways, platforms and concourse were in darkness till late night. Some commuters said the problem started in the afternoon but was noticed only in the evening. Passengers had to find their way to the nearest exits or platforms as the authorities tried to prevent a stampede. They complained that no announcements were made and many had to rely on the light from their mobile phones to find their way around. "We had no idea what was wrong at the station as we stepped out of the train. The entire station was in darkness and we had a difficult time reaching the nearest exit," a commuter said. The railway authorities claimed they had set up power generators for the convenience of passengers. Railway police were deployed at the station to prevent any law and order problem. MSEDCL officials said they were rectifying a cable fault. Cidco PRO Mohan Ninave said the problem would be resolved soon.
|2017-12-02||Gear up for Super Cars and Bikes Carnival at The Walk High Street-Hiranandani Estate Thane - Business Wire India (press release)|
Company Name : Hiranandani Group Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:30AM IST (5:00AM GMT) Gear up for Super Cars and Bikes Carnival at The Walk High Street-Hiranandani Estate Thane Mumbai, Thane, Maharashtra, India Hiranandani Group had organised first time ever the largest luxury cars & bikes Expo/carnival at The Walk, Hiranandani Estate GB road, Thane over the last weekend. Premium cars carnival offered a display an array of wide range of high end luxury model including BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Fiat, Renault, Nexa, Harley and Ducati and some from leading manufacturers in the country. The event also boasts of a number of luxury car brands to cater to the super-premium segment of buyers at Hiranandani Estate. The car carnival at Hiranandani estate has showcase the high end luxury fashion end latest upgraded version of cars and bike on display. There were around ….visitor who has visited the car carnival on Saturday and more are likely to visit on day two Sunday which will many include senior management high profile audience who desire to buy expensive bikes & cars for their passion are likely to visit this carnival expensive bikes & cars for their passion. Keeping high street culture in mind there was something for everyone at car carnival for kids and women there was dance, music and some dancing workshop and for big boys there was super cool luxury cars and bikes to grab their attention. The walk is ideal for an exciting range of business- fine dine, QSR, cafes and pubs, Hypermarkets and supermarkets, Hi- fashion apparel and accessories, book, music, gifts and souvenir boutiques, health and fitness, banking and financial services, beauty and wellness as well as consumer electronics good. The walk is high street fashion retail lane as linked in Street in New York - street shopping convenience like Foreign streets - pedestrian friendly no vehicles on high street - high end luxury brands to elevate the shopping experience and meet up your standard of living - first ever concept of retail & residential at one layout introduced by Hiranandani group. About Hiranandani Estate Spread across the landscape of more than 200 acres, Hiranandani Estate is Thane's biggest and finest planned community created to redefine the standards of living and transform the way you look at life. The larger than life community living concept is here at Thane housing over 5000 happy families. Hiranandani Estate, a comprehensive township that offers its customers the luxuries of spectacular view, location convenience and distinct residences suit individual needs, budgets and liking. Conveniently close at hand are necessities like shopping arcades, banks, cinemas and mega-markets which make the experience of living at Hiranandani Estate, complete. Eco friendly by nature, Hiranandani Estate is built on the concept of community living. Arrive here and you’ll be amazed to find homes beautifully created in harmony with large open spaces, landscaped gardens. A Horticulture Unit, Nursery, Rainwater Harvesting Plant, and Bio-Methanation Plants are some of the features at Hiranandani Estate. In nature's bounty, Hiranandani Estate’s eco-zone is beautifully planned with landscaped gardens and small green areas placed near the residential buildings offering a healthy space to live, nurture and cherish for life.
|2017-12-02||Thane man gets seven years in jail for robbery, threatening woman - Zee News|
Thane man gets seven years in jail for robbery, threatening woman A district court has convicted a 27-year-old man from Thane for robbery and threatening a woman in 2016 and sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment. Updated: Dec 02, 2017, 10:57 AM IST Thane (Mah): A district court has convicted a 27-year-old man from Thane for robbery and threatening a woman in 2016 and sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment. Thane Ad-hoc district judge RS Patil (Bhosale) also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on the convict Hamid Rashid Qureshi alias Ammu. He was found guilty under section 397 of the Indian Penal Code (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt). The court was told that Qureshi was externed from the limits of Thane but he came down to the city and indulged in the crime. Prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale told the court that on the night of August 29 Qureshi chased the victim - Shabina Latif Kazi - who was travelling on a two-wheeler with her cousin - and threatened her and snatched her golden chain, worth Rs 9,000. The prosecutor said at least 14 other cases were registered against Qureshi. "The prosecution has proved alleged offence against accused punishable under section 397 of the IPC, beyond all reasonable doubts. "Taking into consideration the nature and gravity of the alleged offence, pains suffered by the victim, who is poor woman and as accused has committed said offence at night on public road, some severe punishment is required to be inflicted on accused," the judge noted in his recent order and sentenced Qureshi to seven years rigorous imprisonment.
|2017-12-02||Man gets seven years in jail for robbery - Times of India|
Man gets seven years in jail for robbery Dec 2, 2017, 13:22 IST THANE: A district court has convicted a 27-year-old man from Thane for robbery and threatening a woman in 2016 and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment. Thane ad-hoc district judge RS Patil (Bhosale) also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on the convict Hamid Rashid Qureshi alias Ammu. He was found guilty under section 397 of the Indian Penal Code (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to hurt or cause death). The court was told that Qureshi was externed from the limits of Thane but he came down to the city and indulged in the crime. Prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale told the court that on the night of August 29 Qureshi chased the victim - Shabina Latif Kazi who was travelling on a two-wheeler with her cousin and threatened her and snatched her golden chain, worth Rs 9,000. The prosecutor said at least 14 other cases were registered against Qureshi. "The prosecution has proved alleged offence against accused punishable under section 397 of the IPC, beyond all reasonable doubts.Taking into consideration the nature and gravity of the alleged offence, pains suffered by the victim, who is a poor woman and as accused has committed offence at night on public road, some severe punishment is required to be inflicted on accused," the judge noted in his recent order and sentenced Qureshi to seven years rigorous imprisonment.
|2017-12-02||Alarming drop in underground water stock; Thane district levels at 5-year low - Times of India|
Alarming drop in underground water stock; Thane district levels at 5-year low Dec 3, 2017, 00:16 IST THANE: The underground water stock in Thane district is supposedly fast depleting as the levels in nearly 19 of the 38 surveyed areas across the six talukas have registered a five year low this season. Another six stretches were alarmingly close to the lowest point. Three other areas in the district registered an alarming 10 year lowest level of underground water this year, despite witnessing good and heavy rainfall. Experts working in the field of water conservation and management have attributed this trend to reckless drawing of ground water through borewell by local residents thanks to the inadequate supply by the local administrative bodies, along with poor percolation of rain water because of rampant concretisation. The quarterly study carried out by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) shows Khairane in Navi Mumbai and Ghodbunder in Thane taluka to have registered a drop in water levels to 1.10m, while Borivali in Padgha also saw a drop in levels to 0.85m this year.which is also dubbed as the reservoir taluka, along with Murbad, have the highest number of areas that have witnessed a drop in underground water levels over the last five years, reveal statistics. The underground water levels, claim officials from the state government department, are analyzed once every three months at each of the 38 observation wells located in various parts of the six talukas in Thane district. The level of water in these wells, most of which are connected with a vast network of underground springs or aquifers, is measured from the surface level giving an estimate of the percolation of rain water. The readings indicate the health of the underground watertable. Higher the reading value means the well is less filled and vice versa, said an official. "The readings in nearly 19 of the 38 observatory wells in the district show less water levels, indicating poor percolation levels. The readings were taken towards the end of September. Ideally, with the abundant rainfall received this year in the district this year, we expected most of these wells to have reached overflowing levels. We thought that the levels would rise because of the unexpected heavy October showers as well," said an official from the GSDA.Officials working in this sector point out that three areas in the district have registered a massive drop in level of underground water since the last one decade. The data accessed by TOI reveals that the levels in Kharade area of Shahapur taluka dropped to 0.90m below the ground level this year as against the 10 year average of 0.40m; while that in Khairane in Thane taluka dropped to 1.10m as against the average of 0.63m. Awale in Bhiwandi taluka also witnessed an alarming drop of 1.10m as compared to the decade average of 0.74m. Experts have blamed rapid urbanization along with concretisation, drilling of borewells to the drop in underground water levels. Several areas in the district have already seen rapid uburbanisation over the last few years, eventually replacing the soil layer with cement or concrete. Experts have warned that if this trend continues then the drop in water levels could possibly reduce the productivity of land and render it barren in the years to come. "The drop in water levels could be because of excessive drawing of water from the ground to fulfil the needs of the growing population. Also as most of the aquifers are interlinked, a study needs to be done to check if any excessive suction is being done from adjoining areas as well. The need of the hour is to reduce or possibly stop drawing water from such depleting sources," said Rakesh Kumar, director at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).
|2017-12-02||Thane SPCA to start ICU for animals; facility may be thrown open in a week - Times of India|
Thane SPCA to start ICU for animals; facility may be thrown open in a week Dec 3, 2017, 00:05 IST THANE: The Thane SPCA is soon going to open an intensive care unit (ICU) for animals. Construction work of the hospital has already begun and if things go on smoothly then it will be up and running and thrown open for the animals in may be a weeks time. "On a daily basis, we get a lot of stray and wild animals who suffer from burns after getting electrocuted or who have met with accidents. In such cases even after they are operated in time it is important to keep them under observation and to keep checking their condition. So, to meet these needs we will be starting an ICU in our hospital. The ICU will be able to cater to two small animals at a time," said Debashish Majumdar, vice-president at Thane SPCA. The animals will be kept in isolation and their heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored by a veterinarian. "The room will be air conditioned so that the animals do not catch any kind of infection and are also not disturbed by any noise. Earlier, we were having difficulties to keep animals who were critical. After an operation they would be kept in the operation theatre, which was not feasible, especially at times when there is another operation," added Majumdar. The local NGOs and animal lovers are happy with the facility and feel that they could save lives of many animals who are found in critical conditions. "Most of the times when we rescue wild birds or monkeys, they have been badly injured by burns or accidents. In such situations they are in a serious condition and after administering first aid, there is a need to shift them in other private hospitals so that they are operated upon and kept under observation, but while sifting them, at times, their health starts deteriorating. Also, there are no such centres facilitated by the forest department and this ICU might help decrease in the number of fatalities," said Aditya Patil, president at Wildlife Welfare Association (WWA). The room will be air conditioned so that the animals do not catch any kind of infection and are also not disturbed by any noise. Earlier, we were having difficulties to keep animals who were critical
|2017-12-02||History-sheeter gets 7 years RI for stealing gold chain - Times of India|
History-sheeter gets 7 years RI for stealing gold chain Dec 3, 2017, 00:17 IST THANE: A 27-year-old history-sheeter has been sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment by the district court for robbing a gold chain with an attempt of causing grievous hurt or death. The ad hoc district judge R S Patil (Bhosale), while convicting the accused— Hamid Rashid Qureshi aka Ammu— said that the order will create fear in the minds of other criminals and it will send out a message to society that crime never goes unpunished. The accused has been convicted under Section 397 of the IPC and has also been fined Rs 1,000. Prosecutor Rekha Hiwarale told the court that Qureshi was externed from Thane limits but he came back to the city and indulged in criminal activities. "Qureshi had breached the externment order and also threatened the victim and snatched her ornaments worth Rs 9,000," Hiwarale told the court. The prosecutor further told the court that the accused used to harass residents of Rabodi area and they would also beat him up. The case dates back to August 29, 2016, when the victim, Shabina Latif Kaziaka Pinky, was travelling with her cousin on a two-wheeler. The accused stopped them and threatened them at knife point. He then snatched her chain and fled from the scene. He was then booked and arrested by the Rabodi police. According to residents, the accused had earlier also harassed Pinky. On her insistence, Ammu was beaten up. So, the residents feel that Ammu kept a grudge on her and hence took revenge. The prosecutor also told the court that the accused had himself admitted his presence in the area though he was externed from Thane district.After hearing both sides, the judge, in the order, noted that the prosecution has proved that the accused was guilty. Ammu was sentenced under Section 397 of the IPC. The judge said that the maximum punishment for the alleged offence is imprisonment, which may extend up to 10 years. The minimum imprisonment prescribed for said offence is imprisonment which is not less than seven years. "Therefore taking into consideration the nature and gravity of the alleged offence, the pain suffered by the victim and the crime committed at night on public road, some severe punishment is required to be inflicted on the accused," the judge said. "The punishment given to the accused will create fear in the minds of criminals. It will send out a message to the society and criminals that crime never goes unpunished," the judge noted in the order. The punishment given to the accused will create fear in the minds of criminals. It will send out a message to the society and criminals that crime never goes unpunished
|2017-12-02||Government jobs scam: 13 more victims approach cops - Times of India|
Government jobs scam: 13 more victims approach cops Updated: Dec 3, 2017, 00:09 IST THANE: As many as 13 more victims who were duped by a gang of five promising government jobs have approached the crime branch to lodge a complaint. The crime branch had recently busted the racket wherein victims were given fake 'appointment letters' on official government letterheads with fake stamps and signatures of department heads. Investigating officer Sandeep Bagul told TOI that in addition to the previous 31 victims, investigators have identified 13 more. With this, the number has gone to 44. The accused has cheated all these victims collectively to the tune of Rs 1.23 crore, as against the earlier amount of Rs 86 lakh.While carrying out a search operation of the main accused Dinesh Lahare, the cops found 47 more appointment letters and a live bullet. A senior police official said that the main accused had purchased a bulk SMS service pack from which he used to send text messages to the victims. "The victims used to feel that the message is from a government agency and so they used to rely to it. We are tracking down these victims as there are many who still do not know that they have been cheated," said an official. It was on Tuesday when the Thane crime branch unit -1 arrested a gang of five members who had cheated people by luring with jobs and handing them appointment letters and joining dates. The victims were charged Rs 3 to 4 lakh. The accused lured the victims of giving jobs in the government sector. While three agents — Vijay Dalvi, Shankar Kolse and Ramesh Devre have been arrested, one more accused, Pravin Guntan, who used to make stamps is on the run. The cops are on the lookout for him. While carrying out a search operation of the main accused Dinesh Lahare, the cops found 47 more appointment letters and a live bullet. A senior police official said that the main accused had purchased a bulk SMS service pack from which he used to send text messages to the victims
|2017-12-02||Needles to say, they are doing great, inking new career scripts - Times of India|
Needles to say, they are doing great, inking new career scripts Dec 3, 2017, 00:11 IST THANE: Be it researching about a variety of tattoo designs and customizing them according to the customer's liking or coming up, tattoo artists are in demand in the lake city. With the tattoo trend picking up steam, especially among youngsters, tattoo artists are raking in the moolah and are also following their passion of drawing intricate designs on people's body. A 24-year-old tattoo artist Sabastian D'Souza has never had a dull day at work as his place is always buzzing with customers. The Kopri resident, who has always had a passion for drawing and painting, was initially going to join the field of finance. However, his inclination for drawing and painting made him change his mind and that's when he decided to pursue his passion for art and tattooing and began working towards starting his first studio. Today, instead of stepping into an office where the environment is completely professional and serious, D'Souza is busy enjoying his work by adding some colour to a person's life. Every time he is seen immersed in creating simple or complex tattoo for his customers. "My father was an artist, and I took up drawing and painting as a hobby. While I loved being creative and used to come up with new designs even in school, I took commerce as I didn't know that tattooing could be a career option. I was extremely amazed by a tattoo made by a college friend. That's when I decided to take up tattooing. I did a lot of research about how to go about it. When I told my parents about my career plan, they found it strange and were not too keen about it, which is why I started teaching guitar and keyboard to fund my dream," said D'Souza, who started his own tattoo studio at the age of 17. "I earned and saved enough to not only start a tattoo studio in my area, but also to get the essential training and purchase all the equipment. Today, my business is successful. The best part of my job is exploring my creativity and enhancing it on a daily basis by creating a variety of geometrical, black and grey, mandela and other such body art designs," he added. Like D'Souza many others too have taken up tattooing as a career as there is job satisfaction and the business is in great demand. Akshaya Raja (24), started a franchise of tattoo studios with his friend Vijay Shah at the age of 18. Instead of accepting offers from business and finance companies, he found his calling for tattooing. This came after he got his first tattoo after his Class X.Speaking about his journey, Raja said, "I have always been good at art, but I didn't think of it as a career. I got my first tattoo after my Class X and realised that I could do these tattoos as well. While I studied for my BAF course, I worked on my sketching and art and even interned at a tattoo studio in Mumbai. Two years later, my friend Vijay and I started two tattoo studios in Mumbai and Thane while we were in SYJC." "Even though our business was successful, I completed my graduation. While the money is good, I am lucky that I get to feel a sense of job satisfaction every time I create a unique and innovative tattoo or find a customer who wants either a challenging design or even a minimalistic design that has some deep significance," he added. With many young artists are now looking to pursue this career, these artists have to keep upgrading their skills. "There are new tattooing techniques, trending designs, colour work and so on emerging regularly and we have to keep upgrading ourselves. In order to help those interested in joining the field, we also host training and internship sessions at our studios," Raja said.
|2017-12-01||Rs 119 crore plan for alternative Thane railway station gets CR ... - Times of India|
Rs 119 crore plan for alternative Thane railway station gets CR approval Dec 2, 2017, 02:04 IST THANE: The alternative Thane railway station project seems to be inching towards reality after the local municipal corporation received an approval from Central Railway (CR) sanctioning the construction cost for the premises. TMC officials confirmed that CR has okayed a Rs 119 crore budget plan drafted by the civic corporation for constructing the alternative station between Thane and Mulund. The construction of the station and other infrastructure will be executed by the railways and funded by the TMC under its smart city initiative. The ground work will begin once the health department hands over a land parcel. "The railways have approved our budget for the alternative station project and have communicated the same to us on Thursday. The work will be executed by them while we will arrange for the money. We are awaiting transfer of the land from the health department for the project following which they will start execution of the project," said a TMC official. Officials said the project cost, includes constructing platforms, laying new lines along with a stabling line, constructing bridges and other infrastructure like ticket windows and signaling systems.
|2017-12-01||Thane & Palghar draft coast mgmt plan finally online | Mumbai News ... - Times of India|
Thane & Palghar draft coast mgmt plan finally online Updated: Dec 2, 2017, 01:45 IST Mumbai: After a prolonged delay, the state environment department finally published the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) for Thane and Palghar districts on the state pollution control board website. The plan has been published following a recent order of the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal that CZMPs for all coastal states must be submitted to the Union ministry of environment and forests and climate change by April 30. The ministry has to finalize the CZMPs and hazard line by July 31. Citizens can file objections and suggestions within a month. Activist Godfrey Piment said like in the Mumbai draft CZMP, koliwadas do not reflect in the draft CZMP for Thane and Palghar. tnn