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|2017-02-28||Maharashtra Police Recruitment 2017: Apply Online For 273 Constable Posts In Thane; Last Date March 17 - NDTV|
Maharashtra Police Recruitment 2017: Apply Online For 273 Constable Posts In Thane; Last Date March 17 Jobs | Edited by Anisha Singh | Updated: February 28, 2017 10:53 IST Maharashtra Police Recruitment 2017: Apply Online For 273 Constable Posts. New Delhi: Maharashtra Police has released recruitment notification for 273 constable posts in Thane city. The application process for the constable post is going on in the online mode and will end on March 17, 2017. Candidates who have passed 10+2 or any equivalent qualification form a recognized board are eligible to apply for the post. The lower age limit to apply is 18 years and upper age limit is 28 years. Maharashtra Police will conduct a written test for the selection of eligible candidates. Important Dates Beginning of Online Application Process: February 24, 2017. Last date to apply online: March 17, 2017 Last date for online fee payment: March 17, 2017 Last date for fee payment at State Bank branch: March 21, 2017 How to Apply Step one: Go to Maharashtra Police official website: mahapolice.mahaonline.gov.in/ Step two: Click on the link which says New Registration. Step three: Fill in the required details and create your login credentials. Step four: Go to the official website again and login using your registration id and password. Step five: Fill the Maharashtra Police Constable application form and apply. Step six: Submit the application fee.Application Fee The application fee for general categories is Rs. 350, while for reserved categories the application fee is Rs. 200. The application fee can be paid via any of the following ways: Online Payment through the payment gateway on the website. Cash payment to any State Bank of India branch Through e-challan at the designated centers Via PayTm
|2017-02-28||How the army recruitment racket was busted by the Thane Crime Branch - Mid-Day|
How Thane Crime Branch Busted The Army Recruitment Racket Feb 28, 2017, 12:39 IST Around 21 Accused Have Been Arrested And Remanded To Police Custody; Army's Southern Command Is Also Conducting Its Own Investigation.The Thane Crime Branch raided three different places in Nagpur, Goa and Pune, and busted the army recruitment racket. Around 21 accused were arrested and produced in Thane court, and remanded to police custody till March 4. Three more accused are involved in the racket that includes two armymen and a civilian, who are yet to be arrested. Around 350 aspirants were asked to be present whenever required.
|2017-02-28||This weekend, Thane will be the venue for an exciting rock climbing competition - Mid-Day|
This weekend, Thane will be the venue for an exciting rock climbing competition By Shraddha Uchil | Posted 28-Feb-2017 While indoor rock climbing gyms might be found aplenty, there aren't too many natural rock faces in and around the city that lend themselves well to climbers. How about spending this weekend navigating a newly discovered rock face at a climbing competition in Thane? Organised by an adventure sports equipment supply company based in Thane, the competition involves lead climbing. Not meant for the fainthearted, lead climbing involves the climber wearing a harness tied to one end of a rope, while a belayer on the ground pays out the rope as required. "We use the French grading system, where Class 5 denotes climbing a vertical or near-vertical rock, and requires skill to complete safely. The difficulty level of this particular rock face ranges from 5C to 6C+, with A being the least strenuous, and D being the most," says Kishor Chavan, who, in addition to being a member of the organising committee, is an avid climber himself. He adds that the site, located in a protected forested area in Mumbra, is not known to the climbing community, making the competition interesting and fair to all participants. Winners will take home cash prizes and climbing equipment and, post the competition, the site will be thrown open to the climbing community for practice. "Our team is constantly scouting for new spots climbing enthusiasts can explore. We have also found such spots in Belapur, Borivali and Sasun Navghar in Bhayander," informs Chavan. Their aim, he adds, is to put the spotlight on outdoor climbing as a sport. "Indoor climbing has been growing at a very fast rate over the last few years. However, India has plenty of natural climbing sites of varying difficulty levels. Through this competition, we're trying to promote climbing in the outdoors, which very few focus on."
|2017-02-28||Thane: Demonetised bills of Rs 96 lakh face value seized, 4 detained - The Indian Express|
Thane: Demonetised bills of Rs 96 lakh face value seized, 4 detained By: PTI | Thane | Updated: February 28, 2017 10:03 pm Demonetised currency with the face value of Rs 96 lakh was seized from four persons in two separate incidents in the city adjoining Mumbai, police said on Tuesday. Police intercepted a car near Talao Pali area on February 25 and found Rs 46 lakh in banknotes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 during the search of the vehicle, said crime branch officer Nitin Thakre. Three persons, identified as Dayashankar Yadav (28), Pankaj Goyal (40) and Sunik Bhanushali (29), all residents of Mumbai, were detained. In another incident, the police nabbed a biker, identified as Chetan Randhava (36), near Golden Dyes Naka and seized the demonetised notes with the face value of Rs 50 lakh from him. Three persons, identified as Dayashankar Yadav (28), Pankaj Goyal (40) and Sunik Bhanushali (29), all residents of Mumbai, were detained. In another incident, the police nabbed a biker, identified as Chetan Randhava (36), near Golden Dyes Naka and seized the demonetised notes with the face value of Rs 50 lakh from him. Income Tax department is probing further, Thakre said.
|2017-02-28||Unprompted with Chris Riva & Kathrine Nero: Cincinnati Zoo's Thane Maynard - WCPO|
|2017-02-28||NCP still unsure of leader for 34-member party - Times of India|
NCP still unsure of leader for 34-member party Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Mar 1, 2017, 01.30 PM IST Thane: Senior corporator Hanumant Jagdale is likely to be appointed as the leader of the 34-member strong NCP in the newly-elected 131-member municipal general body, it is learnt. The NCP, which is the second largest party in the TMC, is still to firm up its decision on the selection of the candidate for the crucial post of leader of the opposition in the civic body, which is scheduled to hold its first meeting in the first week of March. The leader of opposition, who is chosen by a voting process of the newly-elected corporators, is a key position in the civic corridors who can put the ruling party and the administration on the mat on policy issues and financial planning. It is learnt that another favourite for this post is senior corporator Najeeb Mulla who is said to have an understanding of the town planning laws, development control rules and is politically savvy. The names of corporators Shanu Pathan from Mumbra and Pramila Keni from Kalwa are also in circulation for the post. NCP leader Jitendra Awhad is believed to hold the key for nominating the party candidate as the leader of the opposition. The factions within the party seem to have different opinions over whom to elevate to the post of leader of opposition. While there are whispers of staunch supporter of Ganesh Naik, Pramila Keni getting an opportunity as she has had a stellar victory with a decent margin, it is unlikely the Awhad camp that has had a clean sweep at the polls this time despite defections, would accede to the demand. Meanwhile, the BJP has appointed Milind Patankar as the party leader in the house. The corporator from ward 11 is known for his experience and vast knowledge about town planning. The Shiv Sena is however likely to disclose the mayoral candidate on Thursday. Heavyweights like Jaishri Phatak, Parisha Sarnaik, Nandini Vichare are doing the rounds along with grass root workers inlcuding Minakshi Shinde and Ekta Bhoir. The mayor would be selected on March 6 as the tenure of the existing body ends on March 5, informed a senior municipal official.
|2017-02-27||Thane massacre: A year on, the house where man slaughtered 14 from family remains deserted - Hindustan Times|
Thane massacre: A year on, the house where man slaughtered 14 from family remains deserted mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2017 10:56 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times A year ago, Thane woke up to the screams of a 22-year-old woman, Subiya, “Bachao…bhaiyya ne sabko maar dala.” The incident was unprecedented. Hasnain Warekar, 32, who worked as a clerk for a chartered accountant, had slaughtered 14 of his family -- parents, wife, two daughters, three of his four sisters, four of his nephews and two of his nieces -- slitting their throats while they slept at their home at Kasarwadavali on Ghodbunder Road. He then hanged himself. A year on, the only survivor of the brutality, Subiya, who lives in Bhiwandi, stays away from the house, just like people from the neighbourhood. For Subiya and everyone around, the bungalow, which housed the Warekars for more than 20 years, is a sad reminder of the horrific massacre. “We are scared to walk on the road in front of the bungalow. We only go if we are in a group,” said a neighbor. The family, too, has abandoned the house. “We are planning to give half the bungalow to a madrasa as part of the cleansing process for those who were killed on February 28, 2016,” said Mujib Warekar, 47, a businessman and Hasnain’s cousin, adding the worth of the house is Rs 50 lakh. “We open the house once a week to clean it. We are also waiting for police to complete the paper work. We will then take Subiya’s consent,” he said. Hasnain’s grandfather Gulzar, 72, said, “A family from Uttar Pradesh is willing to stay on rent in the house.” Hasnain’s relatives and neighbours are yet to understand what drove him to inviting his sisters and their families for a get-together, treating them to vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, spiking their drinks and slashing their throats with a cleaver. “Hasnain’s grandmother still can’t believe he committed the crime. She wants to know how the murder took place,” said Hasnain’s uncle Rizwan, 45. The police said they have completed all formalities. “We have filed a charge sheet and the case is closed. If anyone in the family wants to go through the reports or any other documents, they should move court.”
|2017-02-27||Wadala-Thane metro line clears CRZ hurdle - Mumbai Mirror|
Wadala-Thane metro line clears CRZ hurdle By Yogesh Naik, Mumbai Mirror Feb 27, 2017, 09.27 AM IST The state coastal zone authority has granted the clearance for the elevated metro line between Wadala and Thane, forwarding the file to the central and state environment agencies for final approval. The 32.32-km corridor passes through areas where construction is limited by coastal zone rules. Over 1-km stretch of the proposed metro line crosses water bodies in Bhakti Park, Wadala, which falls in Coastal Regulation Zone II. According to the project plan, 48 piers have been proposed in this zone. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will implement project, which officials expected to complete by 2021. The proposed elevated line promises to ease the gruelling commute between Mumbai and Thane. The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority cleared the project proposal at a meeting recently. The MMRDA plans to construct a car shed spread over 30 hectares at Owala village in Thane district and another in Vikhroli. Casting yards have also been proposed at the two sites. Apart from the Union environment ministry, the coastal zone authority has sent the proposal to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority. Strict conditions The MMRDA has been asked to ensure that noise levels at metro construction sites are within the prescribed limits. Most of the work, in fact, should take place at night. All machines and heavy equipment will have noise mufflers and silencers. The city development body has also been directed not to dump construction debris in coastal zone areas. “Our target is to complete the project by 2021. The metro is a modern public transport and it will have a huge positive impact in the areas around the corridor, leading to development,” a government officer said. Thirty-two stations have been planned on the route: Bhakti Park, Wadala TT, Anik Nagar Bus Depot, Suman Nagar, Siddharth Colony, Amar Mahal Junction, Garodia Nagar, Pant Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Shreyas Cinema, Godrej Company, Vikhroli, Surya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Naval Housing, Bhandup Mahapalika, Bhandup, Shangrila, Sonapur, Mulund Fire Station, Mulund Naka, Teen Haath Naka (Thane), RTO Thane, Mahapalika Marg, Cadbury Junction, Majiwada, Kapurbawdi, Manpada, Tikuji-niwadi, Dongri Pada, Vijay Garden, Kasarvadavali.
|2017-02-27||Thane mass murders: Lone survivor draws comfort from newborn - Hindustan Times|
Thane mass murders: Lone survivor draws comfort from newborn MUMBAI Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:17 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The last one year has been a real struggle for Subiya, who was the only one left alive after her brother Hasnain Warekar killed 14 members of their family in their sleep. He used a knife to kill his young children, wife, parents, sisters and their children. Subiya too was injured, but she managed to lock herself in a room and scream for help. By the time the neighbours came, Hasnain had hanged himself and the house was like a slaughterhouse, with bodies and blood everywhere. Subiya spent weeks in hospital before moving to her husband’s house and battled nightmares for months. It’s only now that she has started to recover, helped by the birth of her daughter four days ago. Subiya had a baby girl four days ago at a hospital in Bhiwandi, giving the scarred family some reason to smile. “We have mustered the courage to move on, but the scars remain. Subiya used to get nightmares, but now she has gotten better. She comes to Kasarwadavli, but never ever goes in the house, which saw the bloodshed,” said Mujib Warekar a relative of Subiya. “We ensure we don’t mention the incident. We have also asked neighbours to refrain from talking about the massacre in front of her,” he said. Mujib said, “The child gave us a reason to smile after almost a year. We have been consulting doctor for smallest of problems.” Family members recall the time after the gruesome incident. “We were blank. Children in the house kept asking us about their cousins who were killed. We had no answers. We had to keep diverting the topic.” Another family member said, “We have been cleaning the house. We plan to donate a part of it with Subiya’s permission. The other part will be given on rent.” Rizwan Warekar, Subiya’s uncle, said, “All we want is Subiya’s happiness. We cannot forget the incident, but we have moved on.”
|2017-02-27||Thane mass murders: Villagers are now in constant touch with cops - Hindustan Times|
Thane mass murders: Villagers are now in constant touch with cops MUMBAI Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:20 IST Pratik Salunke Hindustan Times The calls made to the top brass of the Thane police in the wee hours of February 28, 2016 were enough to give them jitters — 14 bodies were found in a house. The calls made to the top brass of the Thane police in the wee hours of February 28, 2016 were enough to give them jitters — 14 bodies were found in a house. “The initial information was bodies of 14 family members soaked in blood. Our focus was to ensure things do not spiral out of control and there is no law and order problem,” said an officer. Security was beefed up and community members were asked to ensure the funerals were conducted peacefully. A detailed investigation was ordered. The young and vibrant crowd, which witnessed the implication of the incident on the village, has now become a team. “Following the incident, there was a bit of fear in the minds of people. Things have changed now. People are constantly in touch with the police to ensure peace,” said Siddharta Owalekar, 24, a newly elected corporator. “The police patrolling has increased and they are strict. In the mass murders, it was a family matter.”
|2017-02-27||28% of newly elected TMC members face criminal cases - Times of India|
28% of newly elected TMC members face criminal cases Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Feb 27, 2017, 10.28 AM IST THANE: A good 37 of the 131 newelected members to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) are facing trial in a string of criminal cases from kidnapping, arson, trespassing to abetment to suicide with the Shiv Sena outnumbering other parties with the highest number of corporators with a criminal past, revealed a scrutiny of the affidavits. Of the total 67 corporators from the Sena, 19 are facing trial for serious criminal offences, while the AIMIM, which won two seats in Mumbra, has a clean slate so far as the criminal antecedents of its newly-elected corporators are concerned, showed statistics. Two of the three corporators from the Congress camp have no criminal case but the party's third candidate, Vikrant Chavan, is a key suspect in the abetment to suicide case of builder Suraj Parmar. Of the 23 BJP corporators, 30 per cent of the candidates seem to have been booked by the police for criminal offences. The highest number of cases is against BJP corporator from Naupada, Sanjay Waghule. The Sena, however, leads the chart of most corporator with criminal record with 28 per cent of its members being summoned by the courts for different cases. Senior Sena corporator Naresh Mhaske has four cases against him for criminal intimidation, house-trespassing, etc. Around 29 per cent out of 34 NCP members seem to have stepped into the court room doors. Najeeb Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale are accused in the builder Suraj Parmar's abetment to suicide case. Three women, two from NCP and one from Sena are also accused in various cases. While Jayashree Phatak from Sena is the sole woman from the party who is an accused, Aparna Salvi and Pramila Keni from NCP are accused for unlawful assembly.
|2017-02-27||Soil test for bullet train begins near Thane - Times of India|
Soil test for bullet train begins near Thane TNN | Updated: Feb 28, 2017, 06.30 AM IST SURAT: Drilling work has begun to test soil and rocks as a part of geotechnical and geophysical investigation for India's first bullet train that will connect Mumbai-Ahmedabad from 2023 onwards. The test would also cover the 21-km-long underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, an Indian Railways official said, adding that Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Indian Railways have already completed survey through high resolution cameras for all the 10 stations of bullet train from Sabarmati in Ahmedabad to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai. Japan government will be giving 81 per cent loan for this Rs 97,670 crore project that seeks to run a bullet train in 2.07 hours to cover a distance of 500km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. "Passengers of the bullet train that will have standard 3x2 and 2x2 seats get to travel under water through a 7km-long tunnel tube in the sea near Thane," the Indian Railway official added. The bullet train will have stoppages at Surat railway station and Vadodara railway station in Gujarat. It will begin from Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai and pass through Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Billimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara and Anand before terminating its journey at Sabarmati station in Ahmedabad.
|2017-02-27||Sena gains vote share in Thane, rising graph proves party's clout - Times of India|
Sena gains vote share in Thane, rising graph proves party's clout Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 28, 2017, 03.26 PM IST Thane: The clout of Shiv Sena in the lake city seems to be on the rise as the party has registered a notable increase in its vote-sharing ratio over the last three civic elections. As the party had managed to retain 25% of the overall vote tally in the 2007 TMC elections, the ratio rose to over 29% in the polls in 2012. The vote percentage escalated to almost 35% this time, revealing the party's dominance over the power corridors of the civic body. The party garnered around 10 lakh of the total 28.85 lakh votes cast by the 7.26 lakh voters, reveals an initial online data of the seats cornered by each of the five major parties in Thane. Final tally of votes polled by the parties was yet to be made available at the time of going to the press. The same would be available soon, said officials. In comparison, BJP managed to improve its tally from a modest 5% in the last polls to an impressive 25% in the present elections, with a vote count of 7.15 lakh. The NCP, which has the second highest count of seats in the 2017 TMC polls, garnered just 16% or around 4.62 lakh votes from across the limited seats where it contested this time. "We are working towards increasing the tally with each passing election. The vote tally in my constituency was higher in the civic polls compared to the assembly polls. We fielded more candidates and at many spots lost by a close margin. So, even if we have less seats, the vote tally has increased considerably," said BJP MLA and senior leader, Sanjay Kelkar. Experts said with a high count of votes, especially from dense areas of the old city and GB road, the count for the BJP is high even though it slinks to the third position when it comes to the number of seats. Also, the party contested in the maximum number of seats compared to NCP that fielded candidates in select segments only in coordination with its ally, Congress. Observers said it was time rival camps took up this vote share shift seriously as it could impact their performance during the forthcoming assembly polls. In contrast, Congress was decimated with a mere 4.82% or 1.39 lakh votes earned by the party in the elections this time, which is a massive drop as compared to the last few elections. Meanwhile, MNS, which faced an embarrassing rout, could get just 5.46% votes, which is less than its 15% tally in the 2012 polls.
|2017-02-27||Thaneites upset with train services on Konkan route | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Thaneites upset with train services on Konkan route Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 28, 2017, 03.25 PM IST Thane: Residents using the Konkan route to travel to Kerala and Karnataka are planning to boycott the service this summer over bad facilities. Instead, they feel that travelling by air is cheaper, faster and also better. Residents have been repeatedly complaining to the railway officials about bad services, but all these have fallen on deaf ears. A group of passenger activists from the Malayalee community who travel to the coastal belt met in the city on Sunday evening to discuss their apathy with the railway authorities. They complained of trains running behind schedule, lack of facilities, badly-maintained coaches and poor hospitality even in the AC coaches, frequent instances of theft, etc. Travellers are also planning to urge their community to boycott using the train services and opt for flights as are much affordable if booked in advance. ''We are demanding better facilities from the railways. We often pay a huge amount to travel by train but the services are pathetic. We will present our demand before the railway authorities next week and if they do not heed to it then we will urge our community members to stop patronizing the railways,'' said Shashi Nair, a passenger activist from Thane. Meanwhile, railway authorities said that passengers can alert the onboard train staff about any deficiency in services or tweet to the respective zonal railway.
|2017-02-26||Maharashtra: Thane Police busts Army recruitment paper leak, arrests 18 people - Firstpost|
Maharashtra: Thane Police busts Army recruitment paper leak, arrests 18 people Fp Staff Feb, 26 2017 11:15:00 IST In a late night crackdown across Maharashtra, the Thane Police on Saturday arrested 18 people for allegedly leaking the Army recruitment question paper, Pune Mirrorreported. The report added that the raid were conducted in Nashik, Nagpur, Pune as well as the neighbouring state of Goa. Among the 18 held for the leak, two are low-ranked army officers, a NewsX report said. This according points out to an alleged involvement of army offcials in the paper leak. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Times reported that the police had also arrested over 300 candidates who allegedly bought the leaked paper. The police is conducted further investigation with those arrested in the raids across the state. The All-India examination for recruitment into the army is to be held on Sunday. However, with the police exposing the paper leak, examination across the nine centres in Maharashtra currently stand cancelled.
|2017-02-26||Thane likely to get a woman mayor this timeâ€‹ - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane likely to get a woman mayor this time NAVEETA SINGH | Sun, 26 Feb 2017-07:25am With women getting a clear cut majority in the TMC elections, Thane is likely to get a woman mayor for the first time. Parisha Sarnaik and Nandini Vichare seem to be the frontrunners for now. This year, for the first time, the number of women corporators exceeded even the majority needed to come to power as 72 out of 131 elected corporators are women. “This time a woman definitely has to be named the mayor as for many years men have taken the mayoral seat in Thane,” says Vimal Bhoir from Shiv Sena and second time corporator from ward no. 7A. And the names that are making the rounds to take the prestigious seat are of MLA (member of legislative assembly) Pratap Sarnaik’s wife Parisha and MP (member of parliament) Rajan Vichare’s wife Nandini. “Both Parisha and Nandini have been selected consecutively for the second time. So they are being considered,” says a senior Sena leader who is not wish to be named. However, there are others like advocate Anita Gore who are serving a third term as a corporator and their names are also being considered. “There are others like Gore who are third-time corporators and are well-educated and qualified. So even they are in the race for the mayoral post. The decision will be taken at Matoshree and you will know on March 6,” he said. Sena has won a clear cut majority in TMC elections with 67 seats out of which over 43 are held by women corporators. Sena had fielded a total of 119 candidates out of which 67 were women and 53 are men. BJP (Bharitya Janata Party) had nominated 120 candidates out of which 63 are women and 57 are men.
|2017-02-26||Rs 46 lakh old notes seized from car in Thane - Times of India - Times of India|
Rs 46 lakh old notes seized from car in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Feb 26, 2017, 02.27 PM IST THANE: The Thane crime branch has seized Rs 46 lakh scrapped currency notes of 500 and 1000 denomination from Naupada area. The cash was found inside an abondened car and it was based on a tip-off that the police found the cash but couldn't find any owner. Presently, the police area trying to find the owner of the car and the income-tax may take over the probe, said an official. "The verification of the car and cash seized is underway and after which the source and consignee will be ascertained," said an official. The incident has once again exposed the racket prevalent after demonetisation who are exchanging the old currency notes with a commission as high as 40-50 percent.
|2017-02-26||12 injured as tempo overturns in Thane - Outlook India|
12 injured as tempo overturns in Thane The mishap occurred this afternoon when the occupants of the tempo were travelling to Ovla village to attend an engagement ceremony, an official attached to Thane Nagar police station said Thane (Maha), Feb 26 At-least 12 persons were today injured after the tempo they were travelling in overturned on the Ghodbunder Road here, police said. The mishap occurred this afternoon when the occupants of the tempo were travelling to Ovla village to attend an engagement ceremony, an official attached to Thane Nagar police station said. Four of the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital while the others were given first-aid, he said, adding a probe was underway.
|2017-02-26||12 injured as tempo overturns in Thane - Business Standard|
12 injured as tempo overturns in Thane - Business Standard Press Trust of India | Thane (Maha) February 26, 2017, Last Updated at 18:57 IST At-least 12 persons were today injured after the tempo they were travelling in overturned on the Ghodbunder Road here, police said. The mishap occurred this afternoon when the occupants of the tempo were travelling to Ovla village to attend an engagement ceremony, an official attached to Thane Nagar police station said. Four of the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital while the others were given first-aid, he said, adding a probe was underway.
|2017-02-25||HC summons TMC chief over PIL on destruction of mangroves ... - Times of India|
HC summons TMC chief over PIL on destruction of mangroves TNN | Updated: Feb 25, 2017, 12.24 PM IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday summoned Thane municipal commissioner and the chief conservators of forests over a public interest litigation about the destruction of mangroves. A division bench of chief justice Manjula Chellur and justice Girish Kulkarni expressed dissatisfaction on the measures taken by the authorities following a report submitted in court after a site visit. "There is no serious compliance of the directions of this court. In all probability the authorities have not understood the seriousness of the issue," observed the judges while asking the commissioner and conservator of forests to remain present at the next hearing of the PIL scheduled for March 2, 2017. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by a local resident Arif Nawaz about the destruction of mangroves in Mumbra and Diva along the Ulhas river and other areas in Thane. In a report submitted by the court commissioner, it was noticed that only for two or three days the authorities had removed some debris on the mangrove plots. However, there was no proper clearing of the debris and obstructions of the water channels that bring tidal water and replenish the mangroves. The court said it wanted to hear from the top authorities about the measures they plan to take to save the mangrove areas. Shibu Thomas
|2017-02-25||Shiva devotees at Yeoor under vigil to prevent littering - Times of India|
Shiva devotees at Yeoor under vigil to prevent littering Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 25, 2017, 12.24 PM IST THANE: The Thane forest officials roped in around 70 young environmentalists to keep an eye on littering and prevent incidents of forest fire with thousands of devotees visiting the Shiva temples at Yeoor hills on Friday. The team of around 120 forest staff and volunteers spread across different parts -- Pakkad Baba, Gaikwad Baba, Phadkacha Pani, Bhoir Baba temple areas and so on -- frisked visitors and seized match boxes, tobacco packets, plastic bags and other items that could pollute the forest area. "We have seen around 4,000 to 5,000 devotees at one spot itself and have collected three bagful of plastic, tobacco products and inflammable items since 7am on Friday. We have been frisking each person and checking all bags to be thorough," said Shiva Thakur, a volunteer and member of an environmental group. Yeoor range forest officer, Sanjay Waghmode, said, "The entire green zone in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, including the Yeoor and Tulsi ranges, have recently been termed as eco-sensitive zones. In order to safeguard these zones we sent out a notification to all residents informing them the do's and don'ts in the forest area." "In addition to this, we delegated our 40 forest staff to different parts of the ranges and roped in close to 70 volunteers belonging to different non government organisations to participate in our vigilance drive on Friday. While the drive went on from 7am to sunset, we restricted all entry in the forest post sunset. All the seized items were disposed off at the end of the drive," added Waghmode.
|2017-02-25||NOTA garners 2.82% of all votes polled in TMC elections - Times of India|
NOTA garners 2.82% of all votes polled in TMC elections Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 26, 2017, 12.36 AM IST Thane: A notable section of the higher middle class voters from new Thane area comprising of Ghodbunder and neighboring areas that voted for 2017 elections last week showed a thumbs down to the choice of candidates fielded by major parties. TMC statistics revealed the voters pressed the NOTA button around 81,888 times. This is around 2.82% of the total 28.96lakh votes cast by the around 7.24 lakh voters here considering that each voter voted four times in the new panel system. As high as 23,163 votes or roughly 3.19% of the total 7.24 lakh votes cast by the 1.81 lakh voters were for the NOTA button who seemed to have rejected the choice of netas contesting the polls. Interestingly, the highest number of NOTA vote option of 1,847 was recorded from panel 7(B), which is Vartak Nagar panel where Kalpana Harishchandra Patil, wife of former Shiv Sena mayor HS Patil was contesting. In comparison, old Thane that had the highest voter turnout saw just 3.15% or 41,123 of 13.05 lakh votes opting for the NOTA button. The stretch comprising of areas like Saket-Rabodi-Vrindavan, Kisan Nagar-Padwal Nagar and Bhaskar Colony-Ghantali-Vishnu Nagar-Masunda also saw majority opting for NOTA. The highest count of NOTA votes of 1,371 in this stretch was seen in panel 22A comprising of Central Jail-Mahagiri-Kharkar Ali that had some little known names from major parties including Shiv Sena, BJP and Congress contesting. While a majority of voters from Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva stretches seemed to be satisfied with the choice of candidates fielded by the parties as a mere 2.02% of the total votes polled here were for NOTA option. The highest count of NOTA votes of 1,368 NOTA votes in this stretch was seen in panel 9A comprising of Parsik Nagar-Sanghvi Hills-Kharegaon area that had Shiv Sena's Ganesh kamble in the fray. The panels of Vikrant Chavan, Najib Mula, Hanumant Jagdale and Sudhakar Chavan, all prime accused in builder Suraj Parmar suicide case also saw notable use of the NOTA button. The option was also exercised in the slum pockets of Wagle Estate, Indira nagar, etc. A recent report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms and Maharashtra Election Watch, a voluntary group, revealed 16% out of a of 659 candidates running for the civic polls had a criminal background. Interestingly, a meagre 16% of 131 newly elected representatives have cleared their SSC while another 36% have not even reached class X.
|2017-02-25||63% of newly-elected Thane corporators are crorepatis - Times of India|
63% of newly-elected Thane corporators are crorepatis Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 26, 2017, 12.37 AM IST Thane: As many as 63% of the 131 elected corporators are crorepatis, with Shiv Sena topping the charts. This is shown in the affidavits submitted by the candidates during the recently-held civic elections. Out of 67 elected corporators in the Sena, 42 are crorepatis. Sena's Jayshri Phatak tops the list with a whopping Rs 104 crore. Phatak, the wife of sitting MLC Ravindra Phatak, got elected from ward number 18 that comprises of Kisan Nagar, Padwal Nagar and Shiv Shakti Nagar. Surprisingly, Phatak is just SSC pass. Followed by Phatak is corporator from Kalwa NCP's Pramila Keni who has assets worth Rs 67.97 crore. Her husband Mukund Keni has declared assets worth over Rs 66.87 crore. Another corporator from the NCP bandwagon Sulochana Patil, wife of former corporator Hira Patil, has assets worth Rs 42.15 crore, followed by Parisha Sarnaik, wife of Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, who has declared assets worth Rs 38.73 crore. Meanwhile, BJP's Deepa Gawand, who won the seat from ward number 11A, has the lowest assets worth just Rs 3.70 lakh. Gawand, who is a graduate, comes from a middle-class area of Shrirang and Kolbad area. Most of these corporators attribute these figures to the gradual inflation of the real estate market. Taking a look at the total number of candidates who contested for the civic polls, a whopping 206 out of 801 were crorepatis. Out of the 206, 81 got elected. A cursory glance at the number of crorepatis among the elected corporators shows that Sena has 42 out of 67, followed by the NCP who has 34 corporators out of which 21 are crorepatis. BJP has 16 out of 23 and Congress stands at two out of three. Meanwhile, among the Independent candidates, only one out of two is a crorepati. And AIMIM who had won two seats in Mumbra did not have any crorepati corporator.
|2017-02-25||Maharshtra civic polls: Three booked for builder's suicide in Thane get re-elected - The Indian Express|
Maharshtra civic polls: Three booked for builder’s suicide in Thane get re-elected All the four accused in the Parmar suicide case — Chavan, Jagdale, Mulla and Sudhakar Chavan — had contested from different wards in Thane. Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai | Published: February 26, 2017 1:22 am ALMOST TWO years after being charged with abetting the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar, three of the four corporators accused in the case got re-elected to the Thane Municipal Corporation. The trio — Hanumant Jagdale, Vikrant Chavan and Najib Mulla — called it their “big win”. All the four accused in the Parmar suicide case — Chavan, Jagdale, Mulla and Sudhakar Chavan — had contested from different wards in Thane. Jagdale and Mulla were candidates of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Vikrant is from Congress, and Sudhakar is an Independent candidate. Even though three of them managed to win the civic polls, Sudhakar failed to get public support. Four-time corporator Mulla claims he and the other accused corporators were victims of vendetta. “They (investigators) have failed to prove that we had done any wrong. We had raised valid issues against irregularities in Parmar’s projects on the Floor of the House. A person intending to blackmail someone would not have brought his allegations on the record, which we did. Parmar’s note even mentions names of top civic officials, why no action was taken against them,” he said. “The fact that I have won proves that people of Thane have trust in me. Now, even the public knows that I was falsely implicated. The same will be proved in the court. Some people did try to make Parmar’s case an election issue against me, but it didn’t work. People here know my work, they supported me and results are before everyone today,” he added. Mulla won from Ward 10, Rabodi, which is a Muslim dominated area of Thane. He received 9,400 votes and won with a margin of 6,000. Vikrant, who contested from Ward number 7 in Raymonds, Samta Nagar, said, “I won this election, which clearly points at the work that I have done. I am not a criminal. I cannot be the reason for someone’s death, or else, no one would have voted for me. I have won with a lead of 1,500 votes.” Vikrant Chavan received 10,500 votes. Jagdale, who won from Ward 6 in Lokamanya Nagar, said, “People of Thane are with us. The case was publicised all over the state. Still people of Thane decided to vote for us.”
|2017-02-25||Women rule TMC with 72 out of 131 seats, Thane likely to get a woman mayor this time - Daily News & Analysis|
Women rule TMC with 72 out of 131 seats, Thane likely to get a woman mayor this time NAVEETA SINGH | Sat, 25 Feb 2017-07:35am , DNA Women’s ?Day, Thane ?has much to ?celebrate. Of the 131 winners ?in the TMC polls, over 72 candidates are women and the majority is led by Shiv Sena. ?There are ?also ?chances that Thane will have a woman mayor this time. The TMC (Thane municipal corporation) elections ?this year were not only a ?battle for strength between the ??Shiv Sena and BJP but even a battle of taxes. For years?,? women have fought male domination and this time ?they came out top to rule the city of lakes. As per the TMC election results for 2017?,? women have sought a majority in Thane civic polls. Out of the total 359 women candidates nominated this time, over 72 have won the elections. The largest women brigade as usual belongs to Sena with over 43 candidates, followed by NCP (nationalist congress party) with 17 and BJP with nine women winners respectively. While Shiv Sena (SS) fielded 119 candidates, 67 of them were women and 53 are men. And of the 120 candidates of BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party), 63 were women and 57 are men?.? Vimal Bhoir, who won from ward number 7A for the second time as a Sena candidate says that it is high time the men vacate the Mayor’s chair for women. “Why should a man be mayor every time?” she asks. “In fact I have learnt that on March 6 a woman is going to take over the mayoral seat in Thane this time,” she adds.
|2017-02-25||Central Railway makes first move to redevelop Kurla, Thane stations - Daily News & Analysis|
Central Railway makes first move to redevelop Kurla, Thane stations BINOO NAIR | Sat, 25 Feb 2017-07:40am , DNA The Central Railway has made its first move on the Railway's ambitious plan to redevelop stations by using the stations' vacant land and airspace. The CR on Friday called for proposals from architects, real estate experts and financial experts to be part of the Independent Committee of Eminent Experts who will judge the proposals presented by private firms for the redevelopment of Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Thane and Pune stations. The final decision on the choice of experts is expected to be made by April, said officials. The moves come after railway minister Suresh Prabhu on February 8 announced a list of 23 stations that would be redeveloped according to world-standards. The other stations in and around Mumbai include Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus and Borivli on Western Railway. According to officials, the expert committee as well as the firms submitting proposals for redevelopment have their works cut out, since several of these stations are in the midst of extremely congested civic areas. Rajiv Chaudhary, adviser, station development, railway board confirmed the plan. Talking about issues particular to Mumbai — like congestion around stations, as well as the low Floor Space Index- Chaudhary said that these should be seen as opportunities by the firms. "We are in touch with civic bodies as well as the Ministry of Urban Development to ensure that the development of stations and the decongestion of civic areas around it are done in a planned and integrated manner," Chaudhary said. Calling on developers to show ingenuity in design to utilise the available Floor Space Index (FSI) in the best way, Chaudhary said that stations in Mumbai could see greater vertical construction in comparison to other cities. "Considerable leeway has been given to developers to come up with designs that can optimise the airspace above stations," Chaudhary added. According to the Railway Ministry, the state transporter is looking at redevelopment of stations that 'will improve passenger experience by providing amenities like digital signage, escalators and free and paid WiFi, among others.
|2017-02-24||No check on dumping of debris in wetlands near Thane creek - Times of India|
No check on dumping of debris in wetlands near Thane creek B B Nayak | TNN | Updated: Feb 25, 2017, 02.45 AM IST NAVI MUMBAI: Construction debris is being dumped right under the nose of forest and civic officials along the 2.5-km mangrove stretch of an abandoned Palm Beach extension road that skirts through Thane creek line between Koparkhairane and Ghansoli. The dumping goes on unchecked and the agencies responsible for safeguarding the green cover are passing the buck. Meanwhile, the land mafia is suspected to have grabbed a patch, where an illegal temple, shops and nurseries have come up recently. Residents have suggested that there is a need to make a concerted and combined effort by all stakeholders in order to prevent destruction of the green cover. "The dense mangroves stretch between Koparkhairane and Ghansoli along Thane-Vashi creek is under threat from dumping of debris and encroachments by illegal shops, religious structures and parking of vehicles," said a regular jogger, S R Pandey. Activists say that an illegal nursery too has come up well inside the protected forest area, beyond the boundary pillars. The dumping site is close to the creek line and a stone's throw away from the residential node. "It's shocking that authorities are not taking note of the destruction of mangroves. Forest department is least bothered that there has been rampant destruction of mangroves as debris is being dumped well inside the protected forest boundary pillars," said an activist Dilip Mahajan. When a TOI team visited the scenic 2.5 km jogging course in the area and brought the issue to the notice of range forest officer Prakash Choudhary, he said, "We have inspected the area and found encroachments. We have written to the local ward office seeking removal of the structures. But no action has been taken by NMMC." However, NMMC additional commissioner Ankush Chavan said, "The mangrove patch is the forest department's property. NMMC can't be held responsible for the illegal activities there.
|2017-02-24||Corporators booked for Thane builder's suicide win comfortably - Mid-Day|
Corporators booked for Thane builder's suicide win comfortably By Faisal Tandel | Posted 2 hours Three of the four corporators, who were booked for Thane builder Suraj Parmar's suicide, have won the Thane Municipal Corporation elections. For them it's definitely a big win as they feel that by showing support, the public has proved them not guilty. All the four accused, identified as Vikrant Chavan, Hanumant Jagdale, Sudhakar Chavan and Najeeb Mulla, had contested from different wards in Thane. Jagdale and Mulla were candidates of the Nationalist Congress Party, Vikrant was from Congress, and Sudhakar was an Independent candidate. Even though three of them managed to get public support, Sudhakar failed to grab the winning spot. Mulla, who won from ward number 10 in Rabodi said, "The fact that I have won proves that citizens have trust in me and that they believe that I was falsely implicated. Truth always wins and in the coming days, the same will be proved in court. I received 9.400 votes and won with a margin of 6,000." Also read: Suraj Parmar suicide: Court relaxes bail conditions of accused. Vikrant, who contested from ward number 70 in Vartak Nagar said, "I am the only Congress candidate to win from Thane, which clearly points at the work that I have done. I am not a criminal, or else no one would have voted for me. I have won with a lead of 1,500 votes." Jagdale, who won from ward number 6 in Lokamanya Nagar, was not available for comment.
|2017-02-24||Shiv Sena storms Thane, gets majority for first time since 1997 - Times of India|
Shiv Sena storms Thane, gets majority for first time since 1997 TNN | Feb 24, 2017, 06.56 AM IST THANE: Despite being assailed for lack of transparency and failed governance, the Shiv Sena has emerged victorious once again in Thane, emerging stronger than ever with 67 seats and a clear majority in the 131-seat municipal corporation (TMC). For local party strongman Eknath Shinde, it is a personal victory as this is the first time since 1997 that the party doesn't need anyone's support to run the TMC. The party secured four seats each in 12 of 33 wards across the city, including Diva, Wagle Estate and stretches along Ghodbunder Road. It got the remaining 19 from areas where its strategy to rope in sitting corporators from rival parties paid off. The fresh domains the Sena stormed include the Balkum panel, where it inducted former NCP leader and leader of opposition in the civic house Sanjay Bhoir into the party fold. Yo gesh Jankar, another defector from the NCP, retained his seat in the Wagle Estate area, but this time for the Sena. The NCP has emerged as the second largest party in the TMC, securing 34 seats, and the BJP third, making impressive inroads with 23 seats. The Congress has been reduced to just three seats. The victory of two AIMIM candidates in Mumbra has come as a shock er for both the NCP and the Congress. As for the MNS, it appears to have been erased from the local political landscape as it has gone down from seven corporators to zero. But jubilation in the Sena camp was marred by big losses by sitting corporators including Mandar Vichare (nephew of Sena MP Rajan Vichare), Sumit Bhoir (son of Sena MLA Subhash Bhoir), party veteran Vilas Samant, former Thane mayor HS Patil, and Sanjay and Maheswari Tare (brother and sister-in-law of former Thane mayor Anant Tare). Interestingly, NOTA (none of the above) was the first preference of several voters. Nearly 1,000 voters in ward 12B opted for NOTA, while 969 in ward 18A chose the option.
|2017-02-24||36% newly elected members not even class X pass - Times of India|
36% newly elected members not even class X pass Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 24, 2017, 10.38 PM IST THANE: While a meagre 16 per cent of the 131 newly elected representatives to the Thane Municipal Corporation have cleared their SSC exams, 36 per cent of them have not even cleared reached their class X. The proportion of corporators from across the political spectrum, who cleared their class XII but decided not to pursue further studies, stands close to 22 per cent. With a growing number of corporators in the new civic body lacking professional education, citizens in Thane voiced their concern about the new policy initiatives and development plans promised by all parties in their poll manifesto. "We are in dire need of educated, analytical and solution-centric corporators who will not only voice our grievances, but also resolve our everyday woes using logical means. It is unfortunate that most of the new corporators lack professional training but then voters have chosen their representative now, so we have to see how this pans out," said Sneha Gaikwad, a 22-year-old resident. Among the 25 per cent of corporators who hold graduate and higher degrees are Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Milind Patil and Shiv Sena's Anita Gauri. Patil holds an engineering degree while Gauri is an advocate by profession. Of the 57 corporators belonging to the Shiv Sena, as many as 24 are school dropouts, while six have cleared their SSC exams and 23 have studied upto Class X. The NCP, led by Jitendra Awhad, who has a doctorate himself, has 13 corporators who have not even given their class X exams and 10 others, who cleared their matriculate but didn't bother to study further. The academic profile of the 23 corporators from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) reveals that only five have cleared class X, while eight one of them were unable to reach the grade. BJP's Kevladevi Yadav, who won the seat from ward 15, has not even attended school.
|2017-02-24||Molestation case: Youth acquitted - Times of India|
Molestation case: Youth acquitted Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 25, 2017, 12.24 PM IST THANE: A 22-year-old man from Ghansoli in Navi Mumbai, who was accused of outraging the modesty of a schoolgirl in 2014, was acquitted by the district court after the girl deposed in court that he had been framed by her family. District judge Ashutosh N Karmarkar acquitted Prashant Kamble of all charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code. Police had booked Kamble in September 2014 following a complaint that he would follow the teenager every day to school and make catcalls and inappropriate gestures. Cross-examination of the teenager in court revealed discrepancies in her statement to police and her deposition in the court. The teenager admitted that she had a 'soft corner' for the youth but her parents were opposed to him. She also told the court that he had neither molested nor troubled her. Based on her deposition, the court set him free.
|2017-02-24||Tech glitches in control units delay counting - Times of India|
Tech glitches in control units delay counting Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Feb 24, 2017, 10.41 PM IST Thane: Technical glitches in a number of control units slowed down the counting process at the Dadoji Kondev Stadium, adding to the already existing anxiety among the contesting candidates and political functionaries on Thursday. While the centres finishing doling out results in around two hours since the beginning of the process at 10am, the results of the first ward- number 20 - were given out after over four hours at the stadium. The delay added to the frustration of the crowd waiting inside and outside the centre. tnn
|2017-02-23||TMC Election Results 2017 LIVE News Updates: Counting of votes for Thane Municipal Corporation begins, Shiv Sena ... - India.com|
TMC Election Results 2017 LIVE News Updates: Shiv Sena leads Thane with 64 seats followed by NCP leading in 31 seats, BJP is leading in 21 seats and Congress leads in 3, others in 4 Updated: February 24, 2017 12:34 PM IST 6:33 PM IST TMC Election Results 2017: Following are the winners in Ward No. 33: A: Saziya Ansari (NCP) B: Sheikh Hajara (AIMIM) C: Khan Jamila (NCP) D: Aazmi Shahid (AIMIM) 6:33 PM IST TMC Election Results 2017: Following are the winners in Ward No. 31: A: Rajan Kine (NCP) B: Moresh Kine (NCP) C: Rupali Gote (NCP) D: Sunita Satpute(NCP) 6:33 PM IST TMC Election Results 2017: Following are the winners in Ward No. 30: A: Haseena Sheikh (NCP) B: Hafeez Naik (NCP) C: Zafar Nomani (NCP) D: Siraj Dongre (NCP) 6:32 PM IST TMC Election Results 2017: Following are the winners in Ward No. 29: A: Babaji Patil (NCP) B: Nadira Surme (NCP) C: Sulochana Patil (NCP) D: Parvati Mhatre (MNS) 6:32 PM IST TMC Election Results 2017: Following are the winners in Ward No. 28: A: Deepak Jadhav (Shiv Sena) B: Darshana Mhatre (Shiv Sena) C: Sunita Munde (Shiv Sena) D: Ramakant Madhvi (Shiv Sena) 6:32 PM IST TMC Election Results 2017: Following are the winners in Ward No. 27: A: Shailesh Patil (Shiv Sena) B: Ankita Patil (Shiv Sena) C: Dipalii Bhagat (Shiv Sena) D: Amar Patil (Shiv Sena) 6:31 PM IST TMC Election Results 2017: Following are the winners in Ward No. 26: A: Anita Kine (NCP) B: Dipali Bhagat (Congress) C: Kureshi Yasin Ayyub (Congress) D: Vishwanath Bhagat (independent)
|2017-02-23||Maharashtra's plan to increase sparrow population to take wing soon - NYOOOZ|
Maharashtra's plan to increase sparrow population to take wing soon TOI Thane Thu,23 Feb 2017 THANE: To bring back the chirpy twitter of the depleting sparrow population across the state, the forest department will kickstart its unique sparrow breeding programme.As part of this project, which is the brainchild of forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar , forest officials and an NGO from Pune, Ela Foundation , will set up thousands of artificial sparrow nests in Pune city, rural Pune, Alibaug and Thane.Chief conservator of forests, Sunil Limaye , said that change in people's lifestyle, over the last few decades, has proved harmful for sparrows."These birds that built nests in niches of rustic homes couldn't do so in the new buildings. Their breeding slowed down and with it, their population decreased," said Limaye.The department started a pilot study by setting up 200 nests in parts of Pune in 2014. Now, the team will kick-start this initiative in Thane, Alibaug and other Rural and urban Pune this April.Ornithologist Satish Pande, founder of Ela Foundation which is working on the scientific aspects of this project, said, "We created around 200 nests and placed them near homes.We also provided the birds with food. Two years later, around 75% of these nests are constantly occupied," said Pandey.The department has sent the proposal to the ministry for a budget of Rs 20 lakh. It is slated to begin by April this year.
|2017-02-23||Shiv Sena major beneficiary of defection - Times of India|
Shiv Sena major beneficiary of defection Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 24, 2017, 12.44 AM IST THANE: Shiv Sena seemed to be the clear beneficiary in the poaching exercise ahead of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections as nearly 10 of the 19 corporators who switched loyalties, managed to retain their respective seats from the party. The Sena benefited the maximum in the old and new belts of Thane city eating up nearly eight seats from its rivals. The party managed to gain foothold in new areas like the Balkum stretch and also retain its voters from the middle income enclaves along the LBS road and Eastern Express highway that had switched over to the Congress the last season. The switch of former standing committee member and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sanjay Bhoir, his wife Usha and father Devram to the Sena from the NCP helped the party gain in Balkum while Sena managed to add muscle to its seat tally in the old city part with induction of Minal Sankhe, Deepak Vetkar, Jaishri Phatak and Malathy Patil, too, who defected from the Congress. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) that was on a hunting spree in the city for a prominent face to steer the party in the TMC elections managed to bait seven seats in the city taking its tally from the erstwhile eight to a massive 23 in the present polls. The constant monitoring of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and its local unit comprising MLA Sanjay Kelkar, minister Ravindra Chavan and MP Kapil Patil managed to induct Narayan Pawar, Bharat Chavan and Manohar Dumbre who secured a thumping victory for the party in their bastions. "The party had a minimal presence in the TMC house last year with just eight seats and wanted prominent names to help it gain muscle in the corporation. With the party apparently seeming a strong contender to the mayor's post, many jumped the bandwagon and joined the party with promises of better prospects," observed a political analyst. The NCP gained majorly in the fringe areas of Mumbra with the inclusion of the Kine couple - Rajan and Anita- that helped the party get two seats in the Agri-Koli dominated pockets of Mumbra. Political analysts said aspirants always look for better opportunities before they switch over parties ahead of the polls and this is no new trend. "Every candidate wants to retain their respective fiefdom and in changing scenarios often opt for those parties that can ensure them a comfortable victory," said a political analyst.
|2017-02-23||The man behind Shiv Sena retaining its bastion, in style - Times of India|
The man behind Shiv Sena retaining its bastion, in style Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 24, 2017, 12.44 AM IST THANE: His cool quotient, a soft demeanor and the famous pensive look reveals very little about Eknath Sambhaji Shinde who charted the Shiv Sena to a comfortable victory securing a clear majority of 67 seats in the 131-member TMC general body in the lake city. While there is some mystery as to whether the party workers and the mid-rung functionaries revere him or fear him more, the 53-year-old man of the masses has risen the ranks from being a shakha pramukh in the dense Wagle Estate area to an undisputed leader. Not only has Shinde built the party and strengthened the base in Thane and neighbouring Kalyan-Dombivli, post the demise of Sena leader Anand Dighe, he is considered an ace political strategists having wrestled down not only his bete noirs within the party, but winning friends in the other political parties as well. "He is the one-point stop for anyone who is in any kind of distress. Unlike most political leaders who would weigh the political and financial consequences of any act to support or aid someone, Shinde sahib has never shied away from extending any assistance and is most accessible to all who flock to his darbar till 3 am almost every day," said a local from the city. Popular in the political circles as a man who would keep his word, insiders said the Sena's victory in Thane against the powerful BJP and in spite of the changing demographic is due to the Shinde strategic planning right from choosing the candidates to silencing the defectors.
|2017-02-23||AIMIM makes a debut in TMC, bags two seats in Mumbra - Times of India|
AIMIM makes a debut in TMC, bags two seats in Mumbra Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 24, 2017, 12.56 AM IST THANE: The Owaisi brothers-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has created a storm in the tea cup after two of its nominees won hands down from the Charni pada and Rashid compound area of Mumbra. Hazra Kamrul Shaikh and Shahalam Sahid Azmi won two of the four seats from ward 33, making inroads in the minority-dominated road pocket, considered as the stronghold of the NCP. While Shaikh polled 4,990 votes, 600 votes more than his nearest rival, Aksa Zamir Surme from the NCP, Azmi bagged 5,329 votes that was way ahead of the NCPs Arif Dongare who managed to get 4,470 votes. Observers said the intrusion of Akbaruddin Owaisi-led party in the MMR area could be a potent signal to the Congress, NCP and Samajwadi Party who would be battling out for the minority votes in the Bhiwandi municipal corporation election in March-April 2017.
|2017-02-23||NOTA gets 10000 votes: Preliminary count by election officers - Times of India|
NOTA gets 10,000 votes: Preliminary count by election officers Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Feb 24, 2017, 12.46 AM IST THANE: In spite of the four-way split in the main political parties offering options to the voters, a sizeable number of Thaneites are said to have punched the NOTA option on the EVMs on the polling day, according to preliminary count by the election officers. Statistics of the vote count in 10 wards revealed roughly 10,000 votes went to the NOTA option. "I did not find any candidate in my ward eligible to represent my ward and hence I refused to select any of their names," said a 26-year-old voter from Waghbil. The NOTA option was introduced in the polling process in 2013 after the Supreme Court, in its verdict, said that the voters have the right to reject the candidates contesting in their respective constituency. tnn
|2017-02-23||Maharashtra's plan to increase sparrow population to take wing ... - Times of India|
Maharashtra's plan to increase sparrow population to take wing soon Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 23, 2017, 06.49 AM IST THANE: To bring back the chirpy twitter of the depleting sparrow population across the state, the forest department will kickstart its unique sparrow breeding programme. As part of this project, which is the brainchild of forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, forest officials and an NGO from Pune, Ela Foundation, will set up thousands of artificial sparrow nests in Pune city, rural Pune, Alibaug and Thane. Chief conservator of forests, Sunil Limaye, said that change in people's lifestyle, over the last few decades, has proved harmful for sparrows."These birds that built nests in niches of rustic homes couldn't do so in the new buildings. Their breeding slowed down and with it, their population decreased," said Limaye. The department started a pilot study by setting up 200 nests in parts of Pune in 2014. Now, the team will kick-start this initiative in Thane, Alibaug and other Rural and urban Pune this April. Ornithologist Satish Pande, founder of Ela Foundation which is working on the scientific aspects of this project, said, "We created around 200 nests and placed them near homes.We also provided the birds with food. Two years later, around 75% of these nests are constantly occupied," said Pandey. The department has sent the proposal to the ministry for a budget of Rs 20 lakh. It is slated to begin by April this year.
|2017-02-23||Motorist escapes unhurt after car catches fire in Thane - Mid-Day|
Motorist escapes unhurt after car catches fire in Thane By Asif Rizvi | Posted 23-Feb-2017 A motorist miraculously escaped unhurt after his car engine burst into flames while he was travelling towards Talao Pali in Thane (West) last night. Gaurav Kotbhavkar had reached the Raymond showroom at Ghantali when flames started to shoot up from the bonnet of his black Skoda Rapid. According to officials from the Thane fire brigade, the incident took place around 9 pm. When he spotted the flames, Kotbhavkar halted the car by the road and jumped out. Passers-by informed local authorities, including cops, fire brigade and the Disaster Management Cell, who reached the site to control the situation. “The engine of the car has been completely damaged. Thankfully, the man had the presence of mind to immediately turn off the ignition and stop the car. The fire brigade has learned that there was a short circuit in the engine which caused the fire,” said an official from the Disaster Management Cell.
|2017-02-23||Poll over, candidates pray, plan future and spend time with family ... - Times of India|
Poll over, candidates pray, plan future and spend time with family Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 23, 2017, 12.26 PM IST THANE: With just a few hours to go before the results to the 131 wards are declared on Wednesday, anxious candidates from different political parties spent Wednesday at leisure with their family, friends and pets. While the calculations, predictions and prayers are going hand in hand, most candidates were seen offering prayers at temples. Some also held meetings with their party workers to plan for possible alliances. Shiv Sena leader and guardian minister Eknath Shinde, who has been on his feet since the last three weeks planning and strategizing for his party victory , spent the entire day with close friends and family . Another Sena man Sanjay Bhoir was seen offering prayers at a Sai Baba temple. ``I am quite sure of winning the seat. I visited the temple to seek the blessings of Said Baba.Thursday is an auspicious day and the counting also falls on this day. So, I have no doubt of winning the seat," said Bhoir. Like Bhoir other candidates too are seeking the Lord's blessings before the verdict.``Our saheb visited nearby temples thrice to seek god's blessings," a party worker from the main city said. Another candidate from Ghodbunder said, "I pray everyday but now I have been praying even more as I am anxious about the results.'' MNS candidate Manorama Shardul from civil hospital area said, "Since the last few days, it has been a very hectic schedule to manage domestic work as well as campaigning. So, as a stress buster I am doing other domestic work which has been pending since few days and spending more time with my daughter." Meanwhile, NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad is relaxing with his pet dogs. Awhad said, "After an exhausting campaign, I am at home spending time with my family . My biggest stress buster is spending time with my pets." Sanjay Kelkar, BJP MLA is also spending time with his fa mily . His way of relaxing is reading books. "Reading books of different genres is a stress buster for me," he said. Different party offices, on the other hand, were brimming with party workers discussing about future possibilities. A huge gathering was seen outside various party offices across the city for possible alliances that could emerge in the next few days. Election dept connects 12 poll counting centres to TMC HQ TMC election department has taken a smart step and connected all 12 poll counting centres in the city with the headquarters to the real-time proceedings and also ensure that law and order is maintained in the city. The counting will start Thursday at 10am. Civic chief and election officer Sanjeev Jaiswal said that a special control room will be set up in his cabin, which is probably a first in the state for any civic elections.
|2017-02-23||Two injured in road mishap at Brahmand - Times of India|
Two injured in road mishap at Brahmand Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Feb 23, 2017, 10.44 PM IST THANE: Two persons, including a woman, suffered injuries during a road mishap on Tuesday night. The incident took place at 9.10pm when a car stopped at Brahmand signal. ''Sanjay Kumar (48) had slowed down to take a left when a speeding dumper rammed into his vehicle. The dumper then rammed into a 52-year-old woman who was crossing the road. While the car driver suffered minor injuries, the woman suffered major injuries. She was rushed to Thane Civil hospital where she is being administered first aid. Her condition is said to be stable,'' said an official from Chitalsar-Manpada police station. The police claimed that the dumper driver fled from the spot and did not stop to help the victims. Passersby helped the victims and rushed them to the hospital. The car driver noted down the dumper's registration number. The cops are now trying to track down the accused.
|2017-02-23||Shiv Sena emerges clear winner in Thane polls - The Hindu|
Shiv Sena emerges clear winner in Thane polls Gautam S Mengle MUMBAI FEBRUARY 24, 2017 01:48 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 24, 2017 01:48 IST In a first, Shiv Sena emerged a winner on it’s own in the municipal elections in Thane on Thursday, securing more than enough seats for a majority. In Ulhasnagar, however, neither the Shiv Sena nor the Bharatiya Janata Party managed to secure a majority, and all eyes are now on the local Secular Alliance of India (SAI) party to see which way they lean. In Thane, the Shiv Sena bagged 67 out of the total 131 seats, gaining an easy majority. The Nationalist Congress Party secured 34 seats while the BJP managed to get 23. The Congress could only get three seats, and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen two. Festive atmosphere The atmosphere outside counting centres in Thane was festive as Shiv Sainiks gathered in hordes, cheering and raising slogans every time the results of each round of counting was announced. Shiv Sena flags sprun up all over the city, while people gathered outside electronics showrooms and TV sets to watch the results live. The victory is being put down to the development work in the city by the Thane Municipal Corporation under Shiv Sena's leadership, particularly in the last one year. A large number of illegal structures were razed on major roads in the city, leading to widening of the roads and easing of the traffic woes, especially outside the Thane railway station and the roads leading up to the crucial Ghodbunder Road, which used to witness daily traffic jams. The TMC has also taken action against scores of 'ladies bars' which were serving as fronts for the flesh trade racket, and during one such drive, the TMC discovered a three-storey lodge underground, complete with furniture, water supply and electricity supply. Split verdict Of the 78 seats in Ulhasnagar, the BJP secured 32, while the Shiv Sena got 25 seats and the SAI bagged 11. Among others, the NCP got four seats, the Republican Party of India two, the Congress one while three seats were won by Independent candidates. The split in the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance is said to have been a factor in neither party winning a majority in Ulhasnagar. However, the BJP fared better than its former ally due to the support of 'Team Omie', a faction headed by Pappu Kalani's son Omie. Last month, Omie had quit the NCP and joined the BJP, taking with him 21 sitting corporators of the NCP. He had himself filed a nomination to contest the elections from the BJP, but it got rejected when an RPI candidate objected to the fact that he was ineligible as he has three children. His wife Pancham, however, was granted a ticket as were several other supporters of Omie's. The Kalani family still enjoys considerable clout in Ulhasnagar, which worked in the BJP's favour. Two of the three independent winners, Kavita Torne and Pramod Tale, are also said to have pledged their support to the BJP. With neither party getting a majority, the two options before the Sena and BJP are to either join forces with one another or for the BJP to tie up with the SAI party which, with its 11 seats, can provide a more than comfortable majority to the BJP. Both the BJP and the Shiv Sena are said to be wooing the SAI party, and it now remains to be seen which party the SAI chooses to partner with.
|2017-02-23||Four-wheeler at Talaopali catches fire, none injured - Times of India|
Four-wheeler at Talaopali catches fire, none injured Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Feb 23, 2017, 10.45 PM IST THANE: A moving four-wheeler caught fire at Talopali leading to minor traffic snarls during the evening peak hours on Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle jumped out of the car just in time and saved himself. The reason for fire is said to be short circuit. The Thane Municipal Corporation's Regional Disaster Management Cell informed that nobody was injured in the fire. The vehicle belonged to one Gaurva Kotbhavkar. An alert citizen informed the cops after which the police officials and fire brigade officials reached the spot and doused the flames. An official said that the situation was under control and no one was injured. However, there was a lot of panic in the situation due to the fire, which lead to a lot of chaos and traffic jam in the area which was cleared soon.
|2017-02-23||Thane Municipal Election Results 2017 Live Updates: Counting of polls begin, Results to be declared today - Financial Express|
Thane Municipal Election Results 2017 Live Updates: Counting of polls begin, Results to be declared today Thane Municipal Election Results 2017 Live Updates: 53 percent turnout was recorded in Thane during the Municipal elections on Tuesday; it is all set for the declaration of results today. By: FE Online | Thane | Updated: February 23, 2017 10:25 AM Thane Municipal Election Results 2017 Live Updates: 53 percent turnout was recorded in Thane during the Municipal elections on Tuesday; it is all set for the declaration of results today. 805 candidates were in the fray for 131 seats. The polling process on in a peaceful manner barring some incidents, police said. It also added that a Shiv Sena leader was booked for trying to distribute money among voters on behalf of his party candidate in Ambika Nagar, a PTI report said. Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said that apart from a few incidents, polling was carried out without any law and order problem in Thane district. “Apart from the strong presence of police and paramilitary officers, 18 drones also provided by the Thane Municipal Corporation were also used to keep an eye on the situation, said the report. In Kalwa, Ghodbunder, Wagle Estate, Rabodi, Kausa, and several parts of thane, people came out in large numbers to cast their votes. Kausa was the center of attraction in this election as at least ten per cent of the corporators are to be elected from there. As per officials, at some polling booths, EVMs developed snags and had to be replaced. Here are the live updates of the results.
|2017-02-22||Harassed over friend's loan, Thane man hangs self - Mid-Day|
Harassed over friend's loan, Thane man hangs self By Faisal Tandel | Posted 2 hours A 27-year-old resident of Thane, Kantu Guddapa Yadavati, hanged himself after he was constantly harassed to pay off his friend's loan of Rs 2 lakh. A case was registered at Vartak Nagar police station after Kantu's parents filed a complaint blaming the accused Rajesh Hargujani and his friend Vikas Pande for the death. Kantu, who ran an Internet connection business, had been living with his parents and sister at Lokmanya Nagar for the past eight years. He committed suicide on February 12, when his parents were out. His father Guddapa said, "Vikas Pande, who resides near our locality, was a close friend of my son. As Vikas was in need of cash, one Rajesh Hargujani had given him Rs 30-35 lakh. Around 15 days ago, Kantu was looking very tense. When I asked him what the matter was, he said that Rajesh was harassing him for the money that Vikas had taken." "On February 4, Rajesh called Kantu to his office near Thane station and asked him to pay Rs 2 lakh on behalf of Vikas. He even threatened Kantu, saying that he was close to D-Company and could go to any extent to get the money back. He forced Kantu to give him in writing that he would pay Rs 2 lakh. Both Vikas and Rajesh are responsible for my son's death," he added. "We have registered a case. Further investigations are on," said the police.
|2017-02-22||Around 53 per cent voter turnout reported in Thane - India.com|
Around 53 per cent voter turnout reported in Thane In Ghodbunder, Kalwa, Kausa, Wagle Estate, Rabodi and other localities of Thane, people came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. By PTI Feeds | Updated: February 22, 2017 4:52 PM IST Thane (Maha), Feb 21 (PTI) Around 53 per cent voter turnout was registered in the elections to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) today, in which 805 candidates were in the fray for 131 seats. Barring a few incidents, the polling process went on in a peaceful manner, police said adding that a Shiv Sena leader was booked for trying to distribute money among voters on behalf of his party candidate from Ambika Nagar. “Around 53 per cent voter turnout was registered till 5.30 pm in TMC polls. However, the final figures would be confirmed later,” poll officials said. In Ghodbunder, Kalwa, Kausa, Wagle Estate, Rabodi and other localities of Thane, people came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. Kausa was the center of attraction in this election as at least ten per cent of the corporators are to be elected from there. “At some polling booths, the EVMs developed snags and had to be replaced,” the officials said. Police said, former city corporator of Shiv Sena, Shaji Javir (48), was booked for attempting to distribute money among voters on behalf of his party candidate from Ambika Nagar. “Javir (48) was caught about 10.30 am for trying to distribute money and has been booked under relevant IPC sections,” Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection.
|2017-02-22||Physically challenged face hurdles as ramps, Braille script given a skip - Times of India|
Physically challenged face hurdles as ramps, Braille script given a skip TNN | Feb 22, 2017, 10.11 PM IST THANE: The elderly and the specially-challenged faced a tough time accessing booths at several polling stations across the city, as basic facilities for this section of voters were missing. The election commission had gone all out to encourage senior citizens and physically challenged residents to vote, however, they did little to ensure that basic facilities such as a ramp or a side bar is provided for them so that they could climb easily. Most complained that they had to depend on others to exercise their right. Many polling centres that TOI visited did not have ramps for wheelchair-bound voters. Sudha Kulkarni, a wheelchair-bound octogenarian from Vasant Vihar, had to be carried up to her voting booth, along with her chair, by a policeman and her grandson as she was determined to cast her vote. Nitin Jagdale (39), a paraplegic voter from Gandhi Nagar, was also carried to the first floor voting booth by a police official after waiting for over three hours. "I felt embarrassed because of my disability. I went to vote at 11am and realized that my booth was on the first floor. I waited there till 2pm for help as there were no ramps or lifts at the booth. After three hours, a police official carried me up. The entire experience was humiliating." Even the visually challenged had a tough time accessing the ballot units in the absence of Braille script embossed on them. Dipak Rathod(50), a visually challenged voter had to be helped by his 78-year-old mother to cast his vote in the absence of the system. "As there was no Braille signs on the ballot unit, I faced some inconvenience as I had to understand the order in which the candidates names were placed on the ballot box." Senior citizens also faced a difficult task climbing up stairs at certain polling booths .
|2017-02-22||BKC to Thane in 10 minutes! - Mumbai Mirror|
BKC to Thane in 10 minutes! By Kamal Mishra, Mumbai Mirror | Feb 23, 2017, 02.04 AM IST Much like Mumbai’s famous fast and slow locals, the proposed bullet train to Ahmedabad will have a slightly slower service that will make multiple halts. Still, it will whisk passengers from Bandra Kurla Complex to Thane in just 10 minutes and to Virar in 24 minutes. The estimated travel time, the number and location of the stops, and other crucial aspects of the high-speed rail ride between Mumbai and Ahmedabad have been listed in the project’s operations plan. According to the document, the Railway Board wants two bullet train services on the 508-km corridor: a ‘Rapid Train’ from BKC with only three stops (Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad) and another with 10 halts (Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad). Both the services will culminate in Sabarmati near Ahmedabad. The ‘Rapid Train’ will take 2 hours and seven minutes to reach Sabarmati, while the slower service will complete the journey in 2 hours and 58 minutes. The bullet train is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project and route surveys, including soil testing on the undersea section, have already begun. The railway planners have set the ambitious targets of starting the construction next year and completing the work by 2023. The project is estimated to cost over Rs 97,630 crore, 81 per cent of which will be covered by a loan from Japan, which is helping India to start bullet trains. Most part of the 508-kmlong corridor will be elevated tracks. The network will also have a 7-km undersea section, the first in the country, between Thane and Virar. “The Railway Board plans to introduce 35 daily bullet train services in each direction. These include three services every hour in each direction during peak hours and two services during off-peak ones,” an official on the Board said. “We expect around 36,000 daily users once the services start in 2023. The number should go up to 1.86 lakh by 2053.” The bullet trains will have business and standard sections with 2x2 and 2x3 seating configuration, respectively. The planners are also exploring the option of adding a convenience class with 3x3 seating. The geo-technical surveys on the route began in January and they include aerial inspections conducted from a helicopter fitted with a highresolution camera and other sophisticated devices. Officials have also been drilling near Thane to determine the soil and rock conditions for the 7-km undersea stretch of the high-speed rail corridor. Twenty-one km of the corridor will be underground. The section will run under the Trans-Harbour Thane-Vashi line and emerge before Dativali, where the bullet train terminal for Thane has been planned. “We will try our best to meet the target of 2023,” said Anil Kumar Saxena, additional director general (public relations), Railway Board.
|2017-02-22||Family affair: Locals exercise franchise with kin and kids - Times of India|
Family affair: Locals exercise franchise with kin and kids TNN | Feb 22, 2017, 10.11 PM IST THANE: Voting day turned into a family outing for many who walked to the voting booths with their kin and ended the day with an outdoor lunch. At some places, three generations of a family were seen coming to the voting booth. "My parents, husband and two children went to vote at 8am. As we all had a holiday on Tuesday, we all went out for breakfast after casting out votes. We then also went for a short drive,'' said Asmita Sawant (52), a Kalwa resident. Some others accompanied their relatives. Many were seen helping senior citizens in how to go about the new process. In one instance, 96-year-old Gopal Vadiya and his wife Sushila Vaidya (85) were accompanied by their son and daughter-in-law to the polling booth in Sawarkar Nagar. As the Nonagenarian had trouble walking to the booth and was hard of hearing his son was at his side ensuring that he was at ease. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Kharegaon resident Devika Indulkar received moral support from her parents and grandmother as she cast her first vote. "I have been waiting to vote and my parents and grandmother not only helped me apply and get my voter's ID card, but also guided me through the entire process of researching the candidates in my area," Indulkar said.
|2017-02-21||Election 2017: Thane Municipal Corporation candidates list polls 2017 - Free Press Journal|
Election 2017: Thane Municipal Corporation candidates list polls 2017 Feb 21, 2017 08:53 am Mumbai: The Thane Municipal Corporation election rally is on fire. All political parties and their candidates are busy in campaign, taking sabha, addressing rally and requesting people to give vote to their parties. The date of voting is set on 21st February, 2017 would be held across Maharashtra.
|2017-02-21||Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Election 2017 Exit Poll Results: Shiv Sena to win, claims Axis-My India survey - India.com|
Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Election 2017 Exit Poll Results: Shiv Sena to win, claims Axis-My India survey Bharatiya Janta Party snapped its electoral ties with Shiv Sena after 25 years. By Ravi Kaushal Updated: February 21, 2017 9:16 PM IST Mumbai, Feb 21: The exit poll conducted by a private channel India Today showed Shiv Sena may sweep Municipal corporation elections in Thane. The exit polls expects that Shiv Sena may win 62 to 70 seats while Bharatiya Janata Party may win 26-33 seats. Thane Municipal Corporation consists of 130 wards. In the 2012 civic polls, the ruling BJP-Sena government won 61 seats out of the 130 seats. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party snapped its electoral ties with Shiv Sena after 25 years. The municipal corporation elections in Maharashtra bear special political significance as many people in the political spectrum are seeing these elections as semi-final to Maharashtra assembly elections in 2019. Along with the municipal corporations in Thane, elections would also be held in the civic bodies of Pune (PMC), Nashik (NMC), Ulhasnagar, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur and Amravati.
|2017-02-21||Around 53% voter turnout reported in Thane - Zee News|
Around 53% voter turnout reported in Thane PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 20:48 Thane: Around 53 percent voter turnout was registered in the elections to Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Tuesday, in which 805 candidates were in the fray for 131 seats. Barring a few incidents, the polling process went on in a peaceful manner, police said adding that a Shiv Sena leader was booked for trying to distribute money among voters on behalf of his party candidate from Ambika Nagar. "Around 53 percent voter turnout was registered till 5.30 pm in TMC polls. However, the final figures would be confirmed later," poll officials said. In Ghodbunder, Kalwa, Kausa, Wagle Estate, Rabodi and other localities of Thane, people came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. Kausa was the center of attraction in this election as at least ten per cent of the corporators are to be elected from there. "At some polling booths, the EVMs developed snags and had to be replaced," the officials said. Police said, former city corporator of Shiv Sena, Shaji Javir (48), was booked for attempting to distribute money among voters on behalf of his party candidate from Ambika Nagar. "Javir (48) was caught about 10.30 am for trying to distribute money and has been booked under relevant IPC sections," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection.
|2017-02-21||Thane: Four panel voting system confuses senior citizen | Latest ... - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Four panel voting system confuses senior citizen NAVEETA SINGH | Tue, 21 Feb 2017-05:20 pm Mumbai , DNA webdesk On Tuesday afternoon, 65-year-old Ramesh Tonde from Kalwa, Thane set out to cast his vote. However, after reaching his polling booth, he was confused when he saw four different coloured EVMs staring at him. “This time I heard I have to elect a panel of four corporators. But I just do not know which button to press and if my vote has been cast,” said a perplexed Tonde from outside the booth. “Every time I pressed a button on one machine, I would wait for it to beep. But it did not happen. Later I learnt that after selecting four candidates on four machines there would be one final beep. I asked the officials too, but even they failed to explain it to me,” he says. On Tuesday afternoon, 65-year-old Ramesh Tonde from Kalwa, Thane set out to cast his vote. However, after reaching his polling booth, he was confused when he saw four different coloured EVMs staring at him. “This time I heard I have to elect a panel of four corporators. But I just do not know which button to press and if my vote has been cast,” said a perplexed Tonde from outside the booth. “Every time I pressed a button on one machine, I would wait for it to beep. But it did not happen. Later I learnt that after selecting four candidates on four machines there would be one final beep. I asked the officials too, but even they failed to explain it to me,” he says. “I hope next time they have the old single candidate system which is much better and less confusing and time consuming,” Tonde said. Due to the four panel voting system in TMC elections this time, every person has to choose a panel of four candidates from each ward divided into A, B, C and D.
|2017-02-21||58 per cent voting reported in Thane civic polls - NYOOOZ|
58 per cent voting reported in Thane civic polls TOI Thane Tue,21 Feb 2017 THANE: A tentative 58 percent voting was reported in Thane Municipal Corporation elections where a total of 805 candidates from various political parties are trying their luck for the 131 seats.A release by state election commission states that there was a total of 58 percent voter turnout in Thane which includes Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva, Shil Daighar areas. Sources said that the actual percentage would be out in a few more hours.Good percentage of voting was witnessed in the Ghodbunder, Kalwa, Kausa, Wagle Estate, Thane main and other localities including Rabodi. The results would be out on Thursday.
|2017-02-21||58 per cent voting reported in Thane civic polls - Times of India - Times of India|
58 per cent voting reported in Thane civic polls Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 21, 2017, 11.12 PM IST THANE: A tentative 58 percent voting was reported in Thane Municipal Corporation elections where a total of 805 candidates from various political parties are trying their luck for the 131 seats. A release by state election commission states that there was a total of 58 percent voter turnout in Thane which includes Mumbra, Kalwa, Diva, Shil Daighar areas. Sources said that the actual percentage would be out in a few more hours. Good percentage of voting was witnessed in the Ghodbunder, Kalwa, Kausa, Wagle Estate, Thane main and other localities including Rabodi. The results would be out on Thursday.
|2017-02-21||BMC elections 2017: Polling peaceful in Thane, cops find Sena man wanted in 2015 molestation case - The Indian Express|
BMC elections 2017: Polling peaceful in Thane, cops find Sena man wanted in 2015 molestation case By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: February 22, 2017 10:23 am Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said that apart from a few incidents, polling was carried out without any law and order problem in Thane district. POLLING FOR the Thane Municipal Corporation was conducted largely peacefully on Tuesday barring a few stray incidents, police said. While one former corporator was booked for allegedly distributing money outside a polling station, the four-wheeler of a former Ulhasnagar mayor was allegedly damaged. A political party worker, whom the Thane police had been looking for in a 2015 molestation case, was found near a polling station, after which he was issued summons. Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said that apart from a few incidents, polling was carried out without any law and order problem in Thane district. Apart from the strong presence of police and paramilitary officers, 18 drones provided by the Thane Municipal Corporation were also used to keep an eye on the situation, Narkar said. Watch What Else Is Making News In Naupada, the police found Suresh Tembhe, a deputy shakha pramukh of the Shiv Sena, against whom a molestation complaint was registered in 2015. The officer then got Tembhe to the police station, where he was served summons to present himself at the police station on February 24. We had been looking for him to complete the procedure,ť said an officer from Naupada police station. Shahaji Baba Javir (48), a former corporator, was booked for allegedly distributing money outside a polling station. Around 10.30 am, Javir, a former Shiv Sena corporator from the Ambika Nagar area, allegedly tried distributing money to people to vote for the Shiv Sena candidate, said an officer from the Wagle Estate police station, where an FIR was registered. In another instance, there were allegations of bogus voting at a polling booth in Vartak Nagar. â€śThere has been a case where we suspect two persons tried to indulge in bogus voting. The returning officer of the booth is going through the case. Once they approach us, we will register an FIR against the two people,ť Narkar said. Asha Idnani, the former mayor of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, alleged that her car had been damaged by unknown miscreants. The police, however, said that they had not received any complaint.
|2017-02-21||Youths' zeal to get fingers inked less, many stay away | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Youths’ zeal to get fingers inked less, many stay away TNN | Feb 22, 2017, 01.07 AM IST THANE: In a disheartening trend across the lake city, millennial voters appeared to have turned their back on the civic polls, as majority of the teens and youths in the age group of 18-25 years were conspicuous by their absence from the booths on Tuesday. Be it due to their deteriorating faith in, or oblivion to the political system, or simply confusion about the contesting candidates in their area or the fact that they had to go to work, most of the Gen X, who was seen coming out in large numbers during the 2014 Lok Sabha and the state assembly pools, refrained from doing so this time. Anuj Phadke (26), a Kopri resident, said, "I don't know much about politics and so making that decision last-minute would be difficult. In addition to this, I had a day-long photography shoot that I couldn't get out of." Gauri Pant (23), a Vasant Vihar resident, said, "I was interested in voting a few weeks before the election, but on doing some research online found that most of the candidates had criminal records, or were hardly literate or had some negative trait or another. Instead of wasting my time and choosing NOTA, I decided to skip the exercise altogether and enjoyed my vacation." While some of these youngsters decided not to cast their vote this year, there were others who were coaxed by their parents into voting. Nikita Kotawdekar (20), a first-time voter from Kharegaon, said, "I had no idea about the new four-panel system, the candidates in my area or the work that had been done in the past. But my parents insisted that it was my obligation to vote. My mother told me a bit about each main candidate, and this helped me decide my votes." A tiny section of this youth population here, however, went the extra mile and took a conscious decision on casting their vote. Rajeshwari Thorat (21), a Maitri Vatika resident, said, "My best friend Prachi Singh and I have spent the past few months analysing the work of each party in our area. When we came to know the names of the candidates, we did a thorough check on their credentials as well. We wanted to be a part of the work done in our area. Casting our votes was the first step." There was also a young man, an NRI from the US, who rescheduled his trip back just to exercise his franchise on Tuesday. "I have been in staying in USA for the past three years and came here a week ago for official work. I was supposed to stay here till Sunday. But as the elections were just two days away, I stayed back to cast my vote," said Makarand Dalal (25), the NRI. I was interested in voting even till a few weeks ago. However, on doing some research online, I found that most of the candidates had criminal records, were hardly literates or had some negative trait or the other. So, instead of wasting my time and choosing NOTA, I decided to skip the exercise altogether and enjoyed my vacation
|2017-02-21||BMC Elections 2017: Drones keep a watch as Thane goes to vote ... - Mumbai Mirror|
BMC Elections 2017: Drones keep a watch as Thane goes to vote By Gargi Verma, Mumbai Mirror | Feb 22, 2017, 03.13 AM IST Thane cops had some extra eyes in the sky to help them ensure peaceful polling across their jurisdiction. Several drones took to the sky before the voting booths opened across Thane. While some areas had the drones circling overhead once or twice, most sensitive areas had the drones working round the clock till voting ended after sunset. The drones focussed on 97 sensitive and difficult to access polling booths across Thane. On the ground, the men in khaki were omnipresent. Four deputy commissioners of police along with 16 assistant commissioners of police and 80 police inspectors were on duty doing regular rounds. Over 200 other officers, including assistant inspectors as well as sub-inspectors, and 3,639 constables and 800 home guards ensured a peaceful election day. Voters braved the heat to queue up outside polling booths to vote, leading to a final turnout of an impressive 58 per cent. While the elders were helped by volunteers and activists along with the police on duty, the youngsters seemed more obsessed with taking photographic evidence of votes cast. However, like in Mumbai, many voters in Thane too were disappointed at not finding their names in the voters' list. A few cases of bogus voting were also reported. Read also: This Mumbai office gave its employees half a day off and extra day's salary on voting day But first, shall we take a selfie? This polling booth knew how to draw in the crowds - with selfie points. Recognising that posing with an inked finger and posting it on social media is as important to some as voting itself, a polling booth in Wagle Estate decorated the outside of the booth as a framed selfie point. "I like this as my pictures are going to be different from all my friends. Perks of waking up and doing your duty, I think," said a 21 year old student Rushali Parekh, who accompanied her mother to cast her vote. She wasn't the only one going gaga over the decor. The polling booth had one wall which was decorated with a wall mounted frame made of paper. "The balloons and the placards are all just making the pictures so quirky! I love these. Seeing my photos, my neighbour also came to vote," said Adhya Kirole, a housewife.
|2017-02-20||Thane cops ready charge sheet against drug lord - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane cops ready charge sheet against drug lord By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Feb 20, 2017, 08.33 AM IST Police probing Rs 2,000-crore ephedrine haul to send questionnaire to US agency that had nabbed Vicky Goswami, who was arrested from Kenya on January 30. Thane police will file a supplementary chargesheet against Vicky Goswami (pictured), the alleged kingpin in an international drug cartel, in last year's Rs 2,000-crore ephedrine haul case. Goswami, believed to be the husband of former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni, was arrested by American agencies from Kenya on January 30 for smuggling drugs illegally and is currently in the custody of US police. A team from Thane Crime Branch will question him in the coming months. Though a one-to-one interrogation seems unlikely, the cops, who are in touch with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will send him a questionnaire. They are currently working on the questionnaire. Thane CP Parambir Singh said, We are in touch with the agencies in the US and are taking their help to take the ephedrine case to its logical conclusion. We are trying to get access to Vicky Goswami and things are being worked out accordingly.ť Sources added that the DEA officials had promised all possible help in the investigations. In fact, they will be questioning Goswami on behalf of Thane police. As for the chargesheet, it traces Goswami's involvement in the ephedrine case busted by police nearly six months ago. It mentions a meeting held in hotel Bliss in Kenya, where a deal was struck among Goswami, his aides Akasha brothers, Mamta Kulkarni, owner of a pharma company Manoj Jain, drugs supplier Jai Mukhi and one Abdullah. Though the police don't have much evidence about the meeting apart from the confessional statements of the accused, they claim that the deal was related to getting ephedrine from Mumbai to Gujarat and then to Africa. From Africa, it was supposed to be supplied to other parts of the world by Goswami himself. At first, 125 kg of ephedrine was supposed to be taken out from a deserted factory in Gujarat. In the second round, the accused had planned to get 1,300 kg of material, which was meant to be supplied to Adbullah, who has been named as one of the absconding accused in the chargesheet,ť said a police source. But, the cops are yet to get any concrete information about Abdullah and are also unaware of his true identity. The chargesheet doesn't elaborate his role in the racket. The other accused are the Akasha brothers, who are also in the custody of US police.
|2017-02-20||Fire doused at food manufacturing unit in Thane, none hurt - Times of India|
Fire doused at food manufacturing unit in Thane, none hurt Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 20, 2017, 11.40 AM IST THANE: A fire incident has been reported from food manufacturing unit in Azad nagar area completely destroying it, early on Monday. The cause of fire is yet to be known and it was around 6.30 am that disaster management unit came to know that Deepa foods farsan factory at Madrasi chawl, Azad nagar, Brahmand area has caught fire. The fire brigade as well as police officials rushed to spot with the help of fire engine & jumbo water tanker situation has been brought under control. The officials said that there is no casualty or any injury.
|2017-02-20||Man booked for posting offensive content online - Times of India|
Man booked for posting offensive content online TNN | Feb 20, 2017, 12.57 PM IST THANE: Administrator of a social media networking group was booked in Mumbra by the city police following a complaint by the flying squad of the election department for publishing objectionable content on a whatsapp group, which is violating the poll code of conduct. Civic officials informed that one T Qureshi has been booked for putting up edited content related to the election banner in the city and posted it on a whatsapp group called Awareness. A Mumbra-based voluntary group raised objections to the post and complained to the election commission that the post would hurt the sentiments of the voters. The poll violation cell of the TMC swung into action and registered a case against Qureshi, informed Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner.
|2017-02-20||Vehicles worth Rs 5 lakh stolen in separate cases - Times of India|
Vehicles worth Rs 5 lakh stolen in separate cases Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Feb 20, 2017, 11.34 PM IST THANE: In two separate incidents, vehicles worth Rs 5.30 lakh were stolen by unidentified theives recently. In the first incident, the victim Prabhat Pandey (46), was robbed of his car worth Rs lakh in Majiwada. "The victim had asked his driver to park the car in front of his building. On Sunday, when Pandey looked out of his balcony, he was shocked to find that his car was not there. He then lodged a complaint with the police," said an official from Kapurbawdi police station. In the second incident, 28-year-old Swapnil Pawar was robbed of his two-wheeler worth Rs 30,000. Pawar had parked his vehicle outside an IT firm behind Viviana mall on Friday. When he came the next day, he couldn't locate the bike. After looking out for it for a while, Pawar lodged a complaint with the Vartak Nagar police.
|2017-02-20||Liquor worth Rs 67000 seized from abundant toilet in Thane - Times of India|
Liquor worth Rs 67000 seized from abundant toilet in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 20, 2017, 09.09 PM IST THANE: As many as 130 liters of liquor was found abundant public toilet in the Azad nagar area of Thane on Monday. Based on a tip-off that the liquor has been stored at the toilet room, the crime branch sleuths along state excise department raided and seized the bottles late on Monday. The police found several bottles of Beer, Indian Manufactured Foreign Liquor and country liquor and the cost of the whole seizure is Rs 67000. A probe has been launched to find the source of the liquor as the dry days have been declared owing to the TMC elections.
|2017-02-20||Fire at thane factory, close shave for 15 | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Fire at thane factory, close shave for 152 Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 20, 2017, 11.49 PM IST THANE: As many as 15 workers of a food manufacturing unit in Thane's Azad Nagar area had a miraculous escape after a short circuit triggered a blaze that gutted an entire floor in minutes in the wee hours of Monday. The sparks set piles of papers on fire on the ground floor of the factory. Residents of the surrounding slum areas immediately broke grills of the ground-plus-three structure and evacuated the labourers who were asleep on the first floor. Meanwhile, officials of the regional disaster management cell, the police department and fire brigade rushed to the spot and began dousing the flames with the help of a fire engine and a big water tanker. "The situation was soon under control, thanks to the quick thinking of the locals in the vicinity of the building. As they had already evacuated the workers, we could concentrate solely on dousing the flames. Otherwise, in the process of evacuating them, the flames could have spread to the floors above as well as the slums nearby, which could also trigger a cylinder blast," said Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer of the disaster management unit.
|2017-02-20||Thane Municipal Corporation: Over 12 lakh voters to decide fate of ... - Times of India|
Over 12 lakh voters to decide fate of 805 candidates in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 20, 2017, 09.38 PM IST THANE: There is a rise of nearly 34380 voters for the upcoming Thane municipal corporation elections in comparison with the previous elections. Over 12 lakh voters would decide the fate of the candidates for the polls on Tuesday. Going by the data, in the last civic polls of 2012 nearly 11.94 lakh (1194886) voters had registered themselves and the polling percentage was 53.25 %. For the 2017 polls, the number rose to 12.29 lakh (1229266), the data states. The voters will elect their 131 representatives though an electronic ballot system at 1704 polling booths in the city based on the voting percentage shall seal the fate of over 800 candidates which shall be based on the percentage of the voting on Tuesday.
|2017-02-19||TMC Elections: Thane police to monitor 97 sensitive spots through drones - NYOOOZ|
TMC Elections: Thane police to monitor 97 sensitive spots through drones DNAIndia Mumbai Sun,19 Feb 2017 The Thane Police Commissionerate have identified 97 spots in the Thane city and 30 spots in Ulhasnagar. The Thane Municipal Corporation and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation polls are scheduled to take place on 21 February. The spots which have been identified by the police are by keeping in mind the crime records, alongwith unrest during campaigning by the candidates and previous records of unrest during polling. We have already externed goons and habitual offenders from the jurisdiction to make sure that they do not indulge in creating nuisance during the election periodť, said a senior Thane police officer. The police force, including the Riot Police force, will be posted in the city for an immediate response to any untoward incidentť, said the officer. Ashutosh Dumbare, Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, said, The drones will be monitoring the areas near the polling booths to keep a watch on partyworkers and miscreants who often indulge in creating nuisance.ť Apart from the drones, our police personnel will also be armed with video cameras in the cityť, said Dumbare. The sensitive spots which has been identified by the department will be deployed with heavy armed police force and also SRPF companies will be kept on standby to respond for riot like situationť, said Dumbare. "If anyone is found violating ?the ?poll code of conduct, spreading rumours or disturbing the election procedure, they will be strictly dealt with," he added.
|2017-02-19||127 polling station marked sensitive for Thane and Ulhasnagar civic polls - Times of India|
127 polling station marked sensitive for Thane and Ulhasnagar civic polls Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 19, 2017, 12.02 PM IST THANE: As many as 127 polling stations have been identified as sensitive for the upcoming Thane and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections slated February 21. The election commission along with Thane police had carried out a survey in the jurisdiction to check the polling booths in the city and a list was finalised recently. After the survey, the police and TMC has identified 97 polling stations in under the zone-1 and zone-5 area of the Thane city police. Also, the police informed that this time not even a single polling station is marked as hyper-sensitive or critical. "These polling stations are likely to be exposed to the malpractices considering the past incidents of law and order incidents reported in the past," informed a police officer. According to the data, Zone-1 comprises of Thane nagar, Naupada, Kalva, Mumbra and Daighar and Rabodi Police stations has nearly 40 sensitive polling stations whereas zone-5 which comprises of six police stations viz. Srinagar, Vartak Nagar, Kasarwadavali, Kopri, Kapurbavdi, Chitalsar and Wagle Estate police stations has 57 sensitive polling station, informed a senior police officer. The officer informed that the sensitive polling stations are drawn on the basis of various parameters like whether it has a history of violation of model code of conduct or a history of law, past records or complaints, clouts of criminal elements and other apprehension of clashes between rival political workers etc. Based on the history of the polling station, extra police staff will be deployed on the sensitive polling booths which will be a police officer and couple of constables. Speaking to TOI, Thane police commissioner said, "Elaborate security arrangements have been made at every polling booth and the security has been beefed up at the identified vulnerable polling stations. Citizens should come out for voting without fear." The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation which falls under the zone-4 has 30 sensitive polling stations, said the officer.
|2017-02-19||Man booked for sodomising blood bank employee in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Man booked for sodomising blood bank employee in Thane mumbai Updated: Feb 20, 2017 00:22 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The survivor in the recent case is still in shock, said a police officer. A 25-year-old blood bank technician at a private pathology lab in Thane was allegedly sodomized by a patient on Saturday. The alleged accused is yet to be identified but it is suspected to be resident of Thane. According to the Kasarwadavli police, the accused around 45 years of age visited the laboratory as a patient and opted to get his urine tested. An officer from Kasarwadavli police station said, When the accused entered the lab, he shut the door and told the survivor that he wanted to get his urine tested as he was suffering from some medical problems. While the woman went to get a container to collect urine, the man undressed and held up a sharp weapon to threaten the survivor. He added, Once the woman entered the room, the accused allegedly forced her to touch him inappropriately and also asked her to kiss him. The survivor has also claimed that the accused sodomized her. We are investigating the case now. After the incident, the accused bolted the door of the room from outside and fled the spot. The survivor was sent for medical tests and the results are awaited. We are checking with CCTV footages of the nearby areas and have formed a team to nab the accused. We are also checking with the locals to find out the identity of the accused, said Santosh Dembere, the investigating officer from Kasarwadavli police station. Also commenting on the matter, senior police inspector D Tele said, A similar incident had occurred in Thane almost a couple of years ago. The survivor in the recent case is still in shock. We have made a sketch of the accused based on the description given by the survivor and have distributed it among other police stations to trace him. The accused has been booked under section 377(Unnatural offences) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. Also After rape attempt and threats, 16-year-old jumps off fourth floor in Ghaziabad.
|2017-02-19||Rs 4.61 lakhs seized at check post in Thane - Times of India|
Rs 4.61 lakhs seized at check post in Thane Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 19, 2017, 11.59 AM IST THANE: Around Rs 4.61 lakh cash has been seized from a high-end car from the Balkum checkpost area of Thane on Thursday morning. The checkpost has been set up to the implement the code of conduct, the squad intercepted a Range rover and subsequently upon frisking found Rs 4.61 lakh cash. For further investigation, the cash is handed over to the income tax department to ascertain the source and destination of the cash.
|2017-02-19||Fadnavis rallies in city to lift morale of party cadres - Times of India|
Fadnavis rallies in city to lift morale of party cadres Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2017, 02.08 AM IST THANE: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made a last-minute dash to Thane on Sunday to energize BJP functionaries who appeared to be a bit concerned about the outcome of the battle for TMC. At the party conclave, Fadnavis clarified that he chose to conclude his election campaigning in Thane as a reassurance to many residents and citizens activists here who have been flooding him with messages appealing to end the ties with Shiv Sena and end their dominance in TMC. "Decades ago, we decided to team up with Shiv Sena in Thane, purely driven by larger national interest. But over the years, Sena has turned very selfish and now wants to grab our space to become a bigger party. I have been getting text messages from residents wanting a positive change and they see that capability in us," he said, exhorting party functionaries to "fight with all your might". The BJP leader likened the Sena rule in Thane to that of Ravana's regime over Lanka and said the destruction was near and several of the Sena leaders had switched over to BJP, just as Vibhishana did ahead of Lanka's destruction. "They (Shiv Sena) consider the municipal corporation as a hen, which continues to lay golden eggs, and each one of them is busy exploiting it. For us, on the other hand, the corporation as a micro level unit to bring about a change in the lives of the people here," said Fadnavis.
|2017-02-19||4 charred to death in major fire in Thane's Bhiwandi, 2 injured - The New Indian Express|
4 charred to death in major fire in Thane's Bhiwandi, 2 injured By PTI Published: 19th February 2017 05:05 PM Last Updated: 19th February 2017 05:05 PM THANE: Four persons were charred to death and two others suffered severe burn injuries in a major fire that broke out today at a godown in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district. The blaze broke out at a godown at Harihar complex in Dapoda around 12.30 PM, Thane Municipal Corporation said. It is not known what these people were doing in the godown and their identity is yet to be established, said Santosh Kadam chief of the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) Regional Disaster Management Cell. He said the administration's focus now is the rescue operation. The godown has been gutted in the fire, said the official, adding, fire engines from Bhiwandi and Thane were rushed to the spot to contain the fire. The injured have been shifted to Sion hospital, said the officer. The reason of the blaze is being investigated, Kadam said.
|2017-02-19||Facility-wise, this ward in Old Thane is a study in contrast - Times of India|
Facility-wise, this ward in Old Thane is a study in contrast TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2017, 01.52 AM IST THANE: The sheer disparity in provision of basic facilities such as average supply of water, clear roads and foothpaths, civic healthcare infrastructure, decent educational amenities, public transportation and recreational infrastructure, seems to have made the Rabodi-Saket area, in old Thane city, a ward in complete contrast. Comprising a mix of all economic segments, including the high and middle economic enclaves of Saket area and Vrindavan societies and the lower economic section comprising of Rabodi and nearby settlements, ward number 10 is a picture in contrast when it comes to civic work. While Vrindavan and Saket areas boast of well-maintained roads with encroachment-free footpaths and road safety signs, good water supply, well connected and frequent bus services, Rabodi and K-villa areas are ridden with unauthorized structures, narrow congested lanes, encroachments that go beyond the footpaths, if any, and heavy dependency on tankers and borewells. "Bus connectivity from Vrindavan bus stop to the station is really good. We walk to that depot daily and take a bus from there to go to work. The internal roads in our area are very bad and even riding a bike involves a lot of manoeuvering around people, food carts, vegetable and clothes vendors, and so on," said Azim Shaikh, a Rabodi resident. While the sewage lines of the societies in the ward are well-integrated with the civic sewage line, the three big nullahs and mediocre solid waste management system has hampered the sanitation level of the pocket, which is demarcated by the Jail nullah on one side and Thane creek on another. "Despite the regular waste collection and segregation by the ghanta-gadi, the residents living around the nullahs have a habit of dumping their garbage in and around it and clogging it. Things get worse in the monsoon as the area gets filled with the waste water," said Sanjay Shinde, a Vrindavan Society resident. Although this belt, which houses over 51,000 people, lacks a public health centre, residents avail the facility from the one that lies around 100 meters away in the next ward. Replete with decent classrooms, separate clean toilets for girls and boys and massive playgrounds, the five schools in Rabodi area only need a library to earn the tag of ideal schools. Meanwhile, the four gardens here seem to have earned this tag of perfection as they are all well-maintained with good seating spaces, garbage bins, proper water supply and open gyms.
|2017-02-19||Over 5000 cops, drones to keep strict vigil on polling booths - Times of India|
Over 5,000 cops, drones to keep strict vigil on polling booths Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2017, 02.06 AM IST THANE: More than 5,000 armed police personnel shall be deployed in Thane city to ensure peaceful polling scheduled on Tuesday. The law enforcement agency has roped-in police personnel's of different rankings right from the deputy commissioner of police (DCPs) to the constables, informed Ashutosh Dumbre, the joint commissioner of police. The entire Thane city will have the presence of strong 4,750 policemen patrolling the poll centres. Going by the data of the deployment of the staff, nearly 4 deputy commissioners of police along with 16 assistant commissioners of police and 80 police inspectors 211 other officers include assistant inspectors as well as sub-inspectors and 3,639 constables and 800 home guards shall be in service on the polling day. Apart from this, even the paramilitary forces—three platoons of SRPF shall be deployed spread across the city. As per the data, nearly 200 officers from outside commissionerate, 1,100 constables and 1,250 home guards will be pressed in. In addition to the staff pressed in from other police units and even the clerical staff shall also be roped in for the poll duty. The armed policemen will keep vigil on 97 critical polling booths out of the total 1,704. Even the electronic drones will be used by the Thane police to keep a tab on the security.
|2017-02-19||'Ajibainchi Shala' In Thane, A Special School For Grandmothers - NDTV|
'Ajibainchi Shala' In Thane, A Special School For Grandmothers Updated: February 19, 2017 13:55 IST THANE: Clad in her pink uniform with a backpack on her shoulders, 60-year-old Kanta More walks down to her school every morning reciting the nursery rhyme she was taught the previous day. Along with 29 of her classmates, she begins her day at school with a prayer and goes on to recite the alphabets in Marathi swaying back and forth, as she etches them out on her black slate with a piece of chalk. It could be an everyday scene in any elementary school, but with one difference: The students are all aged between 60 and 90 years of age. Kanta and her friends study at the Ajibainchi Shala, a grandmothers' school in Fangane village here, where they receive elementary education including fundamental mathematics, alphabets and their correct pronunciations as well as nursery rhymes. An initiative to turn the hour glass by 45-year-old Yogendra Bangar, the school aims to educate the elderly women in the village, where farming is the dominant profession. Bangar, a teacher at the Fangane Zila Parishad Primary school collaborated with the Motiram Charitable Trust, which has provided a blackboard for the classroom, besides helping the women with all the necessary logistics including a pink sari uniform, a school bag, a slate and chalk pencils. Initially hesitant about attending school, Kanta, who can now read and write in Marathi, says being educated makes her feel independent. "Initially I was shy and hesitant, but when I came to know that women of my age and above were joining the Shala, I went ahead with the decision. Now I can read and write in my language. "I have understood the importance of education. It gives you self-esteem. Earlier, I had to put my thumb impression on bank documents, but now I can sign them myself. I don't need anyone else's help," she says. Interestingly, Kanta is taught by her own daughter-in-law Sheetal who is a teacher at the school. Besides teaching them alphabets, Sheetal also makes them learn the verses and hymns written by great Marathi saints. The overwhelming enthusiasm of the women is also conspicuous in 87-year-old Ramabai's determination that remains undeterred despite suffering from a hearing impairment. "We did not know the importance of going to school as children. But, now I can write and also do a bit of reading," says Ramabai, peeping through her thick glasses. To make the school compound greener, each student has planted a sapling named after them, which they water everyday. The idea for opening the Shala struck Bangar last year when he found that nearly all elderly women in the village were illiterate and were unable to recite the mythological epics on Shivaji Jayanti. "I felt it was my duty to educate them. After receiving the initial funds from the trust a family offered to lend a small portion of their land to set up the school and we began our journey on International Women's Day last year with 28 grandmothers," he says. Bangar, who travels 75 km everyday from the city to the school and back, says while any form of help from the government, particularly fellowships for their students would encourage encourage them and help take the initiative to other parts of the state. "It would be really welcoming and encouraging if the government offers fellowship to our students. It would be a revolution if the efforts are replicated in other parts of the state," says Bangar, who claims that the initiative has helped the village achieve 100 per cent literacy. Education among the women has also created an increased awareness about sanitation and hygiene, making the village free of open defecation. COMMENTS"Each family in the village has managed to set up toilets in their homes," he says.
|2017-02-18||TMC Elections 2107: Supriya Sule rides pillion to reach Thane poll campaign venue - India.com|
TMC Elections 2107: Supriya Sule rides pillion to reach Thane poll campaign venue The NCP leader, after wrapping up an election meeting in Malad, was on her way to Thane in a four-wheeler for another poll event. However, due to the heavy rush of vehicles, the traffic was crawling. By PTI Feeds Updated: February 18, 2017 4:02 PM IST Mumbai, Feb 16, Due to heavy traffic on her way to an election rally in Thane, NCP leader and Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule tonight preferred to ride pillion on a motorcycle from suburban Malad to reach the venue in the neighbouring city. Sule,s video of riding pillion went viral on the social media. The NCP leader, after wrapping up an election meeting in Malad, was on her way to Thane in a four-wheeler for another poll event. However, due to the heavy rush of vehicles, the traffic was crawling. According to NCP sources, as Sule realised that it was difficult for her to reach the venue in Thane at the scheduled time due to the heavy traffic, she preferred to sit on a motorcycle that a party worker was riding. Accompanied by other party workers on her way, Sule reached the election rally at Khopat in Thane around 9.30 and addressed the meeting for some time, before it was wrapped up at 10 pm.
|2017-02-18||Those ruling in Thane only interested in commission: Devendra ... - India.com|
Those ruling in Thane only interested in commission: Devendra Fadnavis By PTI Feeds Updated: February 18, 2017 4:19 PM IST Thane, Feb 11, Attacking the Shiv Sena, which is in power in Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the city has become a hell as it lacks basic amenities and is grappling with corruption and other issues, as those at the helm of affairs here were only interested in commission. Addressing a rally here tonight, Fadnavis urged people to free the city from dalals (middlemen), builder lobby and corruption by giving votes to BJP, which will transform it into the most modern city in the country. The city is deprived of all the amenities and is grappling with corruption. It has gone in the clutches of dalals and builder lobby, which has turned it into a hell. This has happened as those at the helm of affairs are interested in commission and nothing else, he alleged. The party, which has been in power all these years, neglected the city and it has given rise to environment issues and pollution. The city has become a hell. Now, we want to pull the city out of its present condition and provide better civic amenities and turn it into a heaven, he said. The state government wants to see the city develop into one of the best in the 21st Century and wants to give more to it, Fadnavis said and urged the citizens to take it out of the jaws of corruption and dalals. He listed various measures taken by his government for the city, including the planned Metro rail project, cluster development, bridges, water supply projects, extended railway station, among others and said this all was done by the state government through the MMRDA. Let others take credit of anything, but one thing is clear that I, as the head of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), has approved these projects. People of the city know this very well and would take a right decision in the upcoming polls, he said. BJP is committed to provide good governance to the people of the city and transform the city. Therefore, people should vote BJP to power, he said. He also said that plans were afoot to develop Thane into a digital city with the help of funds from Canada. BJP has a definite vision for the city, he said. Addressing another election rally at Diva, Fadnavis announced that the MMRDA would adopt Diva for its development. The situation in Diva is very bad and it has become like a dumping ground. But, if BJP is voted to power, people will see the change.
|2017-02-18||Parks, pavements yes but where's public transport? - Times of India|
Parks, pavements yes but where's public transport? TNN | Updated: Feb 19, 2017, 12.39 AM IST THANE: With the civic elections just three days away, residents residing in plush areas of the city, including Vasant Vihar and Upvan, have begun mapping the string of poll promises to see which candidate will be able to provide them with three main facilities—better public transport and connectivity, regular water supply and healthcare facilities. While the private enclaves of ward number 5 boast of its well maintained gardens, decent civic schools, wide roads with big footpaths, safety signages and no traffic congestion; basic provisions like water, transport and health centres seems to have taken a back seat. Despite getting water supply from the civic body, these areas depend mostly on borewells and water tankers, especially during summer. The shoddy bus facilities, too, has forced most residents to use private vehicles, if not rickshaws. The only public health care centre available in this ward is in Yeoor Village and the only doctor available here visits the clinic for just an hour daily. Vasnat Vihar resident Jai Shinde said, "Bus services are bad so we have to depend on autos or our own vehicles to travel." The sewage lines of this region are connected with the main civic drainage lines and the solid waste is also regularly picked up by the ghanta gadis. However, residents of Gawand Baug continue to dump waste in the nullah.
|2017-02-18||Thane Municipal Corporation launches website to confirm name ... - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Corporation launches website to confirm name, other details in the voting list in one click Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 19, 2017, 12.37 AM IST THANE: The TMC has launched a search engine for those wanting to confirm their names in the voting list and their respective polling station for the forthcoming civic elections. The facility will prove beneficial for those who have been searching for their names and details after the election department had to revise the final list of voters till last week. Sanjeev Jaiswal, civic chief, launched the URL http://tmcvotersearch.org/ that can be accessed by city residents to get details of their panel number, polling station and its address and location of their family and immediate neighbors on the polling list. "There is a usual rush for accessing these details on the day of elections at various booths in any area which also ends up in many voters deciding to not cast their vote. The search engine will provide vital information at the click of a button," said Jaiswal.
|2017-02-18||Thane: DCP's 5-year-old dog goes missing on morning walk - Mid-Day|
Thane: DCP's 5-year-old dog goes missing on morning walk By Faisal Tandel Posted 1 hour Sam, the five-year-old Labrador of city deputy commissioner of police Amit Kale, went missing on Friday morning. Sam, who was posted at the State Intelligence Department, went missing on Friday morning from outside Kale's residence near the 12 Bungalow area in Kopri, Thane West when he was out on his morning walk. Kale said that Sam used to go for his morning walk alone and would return within 15 minutes. He was very familiar with the area and never used to bark or harm anyone. On Friday morning too he left home for a round but didn't return. I was at my office when one of my co-workers gave me a call informing that Sam has gone missing, as he had never return back home. He was searching for Sam in the vicinity, when a woman informed him that two kids were playing with him and may have taken him along with them, added Kale. DCP Amit Kale's five-year-old Labrador went missing after he ventured out alone for his morning walk A visibly tensed Kale has been searching for Sam, whom he counted as a family member. Sam would easily get familiar with any stranger and never attacked or barked at them. He must have left with the kids but I don't think he'll stay with them for long and will start to bark if he's kept hidden in a room, said Kale. He has also started circulating Sam's picture on social networks like WhatsApp. We have not yet registered a case, as the search is going on. We are also seeing the CCTV footage from the area to get some clue in the case and if possible, we will also register a case, added Kale who has appealed to people to inform him if they have seen the Labrador. 9011500011 Call this number if you have seen Sam
|2017-02-17||Thane: Shiv Sena leader among eight injured in attack by armed mob of 50 people - Firstpost|
Thane: Shiv Sena leader among eight injured in attack by armed mob of 50 people PTI Feb, 17 2017 13:24:26 IST Thane: Eight persons including a local Shiv Sena leader were injured after they were allegedly attacked by an armed mob of 50 people in Koravale village in Murbad taluka in Thane, district police said on Friday. According to police, the incident took place on the night of 12 February following which 32 villagers have been arrested so far.The accused were booked on Thursday under sections 307, 326, 324, 323,120B, 341, 141, 143, 147, 148, 149, 504 and 427 of the IPC and also under section 25 (C) of the Arms Act.Shiv Sena leader Pandurang Dhumal (48) who is the Vibhag Pramukh, was heading the 'Darubandi Committee' of the village and had carried out raids on liquor shops with the help of local cops irking a section of villagers. Subsequently, they hatched a conspiracy to get rid of Dhumal and his family. Accordingly, the family members of Dhumal were allegedly attacked with swords, spears and other lethal weapons including iron rods on Sunday following which they were admitted to a local hospital, police said.
|2017-02-17||Bombay HC partially lifts liquor ban for Thane civic polls - Times of India|
Bombay HC partially lifts liquor ban for Thane civic polls Rosy Sequeira | TNN | Feb 17, 2017, 06.07 PM IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday set aside the ban on the sale of liquor in Thane district on February 19 evening for the civic elections. Wine merchants and hotel associations had challenged the collector's January 24 circular which directed that all liquor vendors - including shops , hotels and restaurants - will not serve or sell liquor from 5 pm on February 19, 20, 21, the day of polling and on February 23 when votes will be counted. The petitioners' advocate Ramesh Soni argued that under the Maharashtra Foreign Liquor Rules and the Maharashtra Country Liquor Rules at the highest a direction can be given to all vendors not to keep open a day before elections but not "48 hours before." He said in respect of all other districts the authorities have followed the rules. He also urged that ban on sale of liquor should be restricted till the declaration of votes. Government's advocate said a circular has been issued under the rule governing sale of liquor under the Representation of Peoples Act and it also covers local elections. A bench of Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice P R Bora agreed with Soni that the rule is clearly applicable to the Lok Sabha and assembly elections and not in respect of local elections. In view of this, they set aside the ban "to extent of February 19 from 5 pm onwards." The bench added, "We are of the view that it is not necessary to impose a ban after the results are declared since counting is done electronically these days and results declared by afternoon." While parting with the matter, Justice Kanade said, "The intent is to ensure that liquor is not sold during polling. Political parties have been wiser enough to store liquor."
|2017-02-17||TMC elections 2017: Over 12 lakh voters in Thane as per final electoral list, says Election Commission - India.com|
TMC elections 2017: Over 12 lakh voters in Thane as per final electoral list, says Election Commission In Thane, the elections will be held on February 21 and the results will be declared on February 23. By Zeeshan Shaikh Updated: February 17, 2017 7:23 PM IST Thane, February 17: With only four days left for crucial Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections, the officials at the state Election Commission has released the final list of around 12 lakh voters as per the polling booths on Tuesday. Along with the Thane Municipal Elections 2017, there will be nine other municipal elections and 25 Zilla Parishad elections across the state including the BMC. According to reports, the final voter's list is ideally readied weeks before the elections following which political parties refer to the same to understand their voters base and profile of their voters. Also, the slips generated by the Election Commission are sent to the residents who also get an idea of the polling station when and where they are supposed to cast their votes. Some election commission officials blamed that the delay has been there due to a deferred decision by the authorities after they decided to include photos of voters in the list and renumbering of voters in the lists. According to Times of India, the delay in the preparation of list has caused immense inconvenience to voters who say they are still unaware of the status of their polling booth and where to vote.
|2017-02-17||9 families shifted to safety after bldg at old Thane mkt tilts - Times of India|
9 families shifted to safety after building at old Thane market tilts Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 18, 2017, 01.28 AM IST THANE: As many as nine families residing in a ground-plus-five storied dilapidated building near Dadoji Konddev stadium, old Thane market area, were evacuated from their homes on Friday as the structure appeared to be tilting to one side. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had declared the building—Savera —as dangerous for occupation. However, repeated notices sent to the residents to evacuate the place fell on deaf ears. "We have been issuing notices to residents from Savera building since the last one year. But till date they have just kept on extending the date. On Friday, we had to ask residents to vacate the building as it had tilted," said Ashok Burpulle, in-charge of anti-encroachment department of the TMC. The building was 21-years-old and was in a dilapidated state. The entire evacuation drive was executed swiftly. The residents also cooperated with the officials as they realised that if they continued to live in the structure it could lead to a calamity. "Out of the 10 flats, nine were occupied in the entire structure. We shifted all the residents to safety. All the families have been provided shelter at Dosti Complex in Vartak Nagar," said Santosh Kadam, chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell. Along with the RDMC, the city police and fire brigade were at the spot during the evacuation drive. The TMC claimed that irrespective of informing the condition of the structure, the residents did not vacate the place and continued to risk their lives. The officials claimed that even last week when the families were sent a notice, they requested to extend the date.
|2017-02-17||Mega block on Thane-Kalyan mainline for maintenance work - Times of India|
Mega block on Thane-Kalyan mainline for maintenance work Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 17, 2017, 07.03 PM IST THANE: The Central Railway will operate a mega block on its mainline on the down slow section between Thane and Kalyan from 11.20 AM to 4.20 PM for carrying out maintenance work on Sunday. During the block, all down Slow/Semi fast line services leaving Mulund from 10.48 am to 4.23 pm will be diverted on down fast line between Mulund and Kalyan stations halting at Thane, Diva and Dombivli and will arrive their respective destinations 10 minutes behind schedule. Down slow locals will not available at Kalva, Mumbra, Kopar and Thakurli and passengers of these stations are allowed to travel via Kalyan, Dombivali and Diva. Down fast services leaving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 10.20 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Diva in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive their destinations 10 minutes behind schedule. Up fast trains leaving Kalyan from 11.00 am to 3.08 pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup , Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule beyond. All down and Up slow locals leaving or arriving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 11 am to 5 pm will be running behind schedule.
|2017-02-17||Fire breaks out at IT park in Wagle Estate, none hurt - Times of India|
Fire breaks out at IT park in Wagle Estate, none hurt Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 18, 2017, 01.22 AM IST THANE: A major fire broke out at an IT park in Wagle Estate on Friday, following a short circuit in the air-conditioning duct of the building, officials said. No casualties were reported. The fire engulfed four floors of the building, sparking panic and chaos among staffers. Once the fire alarms went off, the staff rushed to take the stairs and managed to reach to safety. The fire brigade official reached the spot after 20 minutes. "The flames had spread in the duct and were not getting doused easily. Around two fire engines and one water tanker reached the spot. It took more than 20 minutes to bring the situation under control. It is suspected that the incident occurred due to a short circuit," said Santosh Kadam, chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell. However, no one was injured in the incident. Meanwhile, another fire was reported at Viviana Mall in the afternoon. The fire broke out at a restaurant's chimney. The fire officials were informed about the incident and they reached the spot soon. "The fire was minor and there were no casualties, nor was anyone injured," said an official from the fire department. "A small fire broke out at one of the restaurants in the mall. The fire was brought under control by the mall's internal team within minutes and before the arrival of the fire brigade. The fire brigade officials are investigating the reason for the fire," said a spokesperson representing the mall.
|2017-02-17||High Court revises liquor ban dates in Thane - The Indian Express|
High Court revises liquor ban dates inThane By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:February 18, 2017 3:27 am The High Court Friday revised the liquor ban imposed in Thane district for two days. The court has called off the dry day on February 19, and made February 23 a dry day only till the time of counting. Earlier, a ban on sale of liquor had been imposed from the evening of February 19 to 21 and on February 23 due to the civic polls. A bench of Justices V M Kanade and P R Bora said was no need to impose the ban two days before the polls on February 19 and also for the entire day on the day of counting February 23. The court was hearing a petition filed by the Hotel Owners Association Thane, challenging a circular issued on January 24 by the Collector, Thane, and the State Excise department. We set aside the circular to the extent of a ban on February 19. We are also of the view that it is not necessary to impose a ban on sale of liquor after the results are declared on February 23,ť the court said. The court after completing its order added, these days all political parties have become wise enough to store liquor prior to the dry days.
|2017-02-17||87 polling booths in Thane tagged sensitive | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
87 polling booths in Thane tagged sensitive Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Feb 18, 2017, 01.18 AM IST THANE: Around 87 polling stations have been identified as sensitive for the upcoming Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections slated next week on Tuesday, February 21. Based on the guidelines of the election commission, a survey was conducted by the returning officers along with the Thane police in the jurisdiction to check the polling booths across the lake city. After the survey, the police and the civic body have identified 87 polling stations under the zone-1 and zone-5 area of the Thane city police to be sensitive. Also, the police informed during this time, not even a single polling station has been marked as hyper-sensitive or critical. "The identified polling stations are likely to be exposed to the malpractices considering the past incidents of law and order incidents reported," informed a police officer. According to the data, Zone-1 comprises of Thane Nagar, Naupada, Kalva, Mumbra, Daighar and Rabodi Police stations with a total of 40 sensitive polling stations, whereas the Zone-5 which comprises of six police stations viz. Srinagar, Vartak Nagar, Kasarwadavali, Kopri, Kapurbavdi, Chitalsar and Wagle Estate police stations has 57 sensitive polling station, informed a senior police officer. The officer informed that the sensitive polling stations are drawn on the basis of various parameters like whether it has a history of violation of model code of conduct or a history of law, past records or complaints, clouts of criminal elements and other apprehension of clashes between rival political workers etc. Based on the history of the polling station, extra police staff will be deployed on the sensitive polling booths which will be a police officer and couple of constables. Speaking to TOI, Thane police commissioner said, "Elaborate security arrangements have been made at every polling booth and the security has been beefed up at the identified vulnerable polling stations. Citizens should come out for voting without fear." The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation which falls under the zone-4 has 30 sensitive polling stations, said the officer. The civic authorities with the help of police officials are working towards maintaing law and order situation in city during the forthcoming elections in cityl.
|2017-02-16||Mumbai traffic: Supriya Sule rides pillion to reach Thane poll campaign venue - Times of India|
Mumbai traffic: Supriya Sule rides pillion to reach Thane poll campaign venue PTI | Feb 17, 2017, 12.21 AM IST MUMBAI: Due to heavy traffic on her way to an election rally in Thane, NCP leader and Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule tonight preferred to ride pillion on a motorcycle from suburban Malad to reach the venue in the neighbouring city. The NCP leader, after wrapping up an election meeting in Malad, was on her way to Thane in a four-wheeler for another poll event. However, due to the heavy rush of vehicles, the traffic was crawling. According to NCP sources, as Sule realised that it was difficult for her to reach the venue in Thane at the scheduled time due to the heavy traffic, she preferred to sit on a motorcycle that a party worker was riding. Accompanied by other party workers on her way, Sule reached the election rally at Khopat in Thane around 9.30 and addressed the meeting for some time, before it was wrapped up at 10 pm.
|2017-02-16||Four months on, Thane fake call centre scam mastermind still at large - Hindustan Times|
Four months on, Thane fake call centre scam mastermind still at large mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2017 23:35 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times It has been four months since the Thane fake call centre scam was busted, but the police are still investigating the case and the mastermind, Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, has not been caught. A police officer from Thane crime branch said 37 employees of the fake call centres were produced in court, and out of these 27 were granted bail, while 10 were sent to magistrate custody (MCR). We are continuously looking for the 630 employees who were working for the nine fake call centres. We are producing them in court too. While some of them have been granted bail, few have been sent to MCR and this depends upon their role in the fraud. On December 2, the Thane crime branch had filed a 5,000-page chargesheet in the case that named 700 people as accused. The police also filed supplementary chargesheet on Monday showing properties seized.These 37 accused, who were produced in court, were present when the raid was conducted on October 4. It was then that Thane police, along with Thane rural police, raided nine call centres and arrested 70 employees while booking 630 more who were initially let off after taking down their names and addresses. The cops later found that the accused were given scripts to read prepared by the bosses. The only requirement for the job was fluency in English as even HSC failed people were hired on huge salary packages.
|2017-02-16||After 1 month, electrocuted monkey gets back on its feet - Times of India|
After 1 month, electrocuted monkey gets back on its feet Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 09.36 PM IST Thane: The six-year-old monkey who was almost on his death bed after being electrocuted in January has been given a new lease of life. The monkey, who was named Fighter, was being treated by Chembur-based veterinarian Dr. Deepa Katyal, along with volunteers from the Thane SPCA. After more than a month, Fighter is on his way to recovery and will soon be sent back into the wild. On January 10, Wildlife NGO RAWW had received a call from a resident of Mulund Colony informing them about the monkey who was electrocuted by a high voltage tower. "Our team immediately rushed to the spot and saw that the monkey was thrown a little away from the tower and was severely injured. A large part of its body and face had got burnt and he was bleeding profusely. We first rushed him to the Thane SPCA and administered him basic treatment; after which we shifted him to Dr. Katyal's Clinic," said Pawan Sharma, founder of RAWW. "When he was brought to me he was in a terrible condition and was literally on his death bed. The worst part was the maggot-infested wounds," Dr. Katyal said. "Considering the amount of pain he went through and his will power to stay alive, we decided to name him Fighter," she added. Fighter will be released back into the wild soon.
|2017-02-16||Mumbra police nab poacher with deer skin, skull in Diva - Times of India|
Mumbra police nab poacher with deer skin, skull in Diva Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 09.37 PM IST Thane: The Mumbra police arrested a 20-year-old poacher, who was carrying two skins of the endangered spieces of barking deers and the animal skull near Diva railway station on Thursday. Police said Sangam Ghagre had come to Thane from his hometown in Sindhudurg district with the banned consignment and was expecting to pocket Rs one lakh for the skins and the deer skull. "We had information that a youth would be arriving at Diva station with suspicious goods and nabbed Ghagre at around 12:30am on Thursday from Diva station. We found the animal skin stuffed in his sack and also recovered a skull," said RK Tayde, senior inspector of Mumbra police station. "It was a skin of full grown braking deer which is basically found in the coastal town of Sindhudurg district and which is a schedule III class protected animal," added Tayde. "The accused claimed that he found the skins in a farm. We are verifying the source and the destination from where the skin was sourced," added Tayde.
|2017-02-16||Waste disposal still a big problem in Mumbra, Diva, says Rane - Times of India|
Waste disposal still a big problem in Mumbra, Diva, says Rane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 09.33 PM IST Thane: Congress leader Narayan Rane has accused chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to be shielding criminals for the sake of continuing their alliance with the Sena in the state. Rane made this statement at a public rally in Kisan Nagar ahead of the municipal polls in Thane, referring to the incident where municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal made a late night call to the chief minister about an imminent threat to his life. Rane also raised questions over the silence of the chief minister over the waste dumping issue in Diva asking what stopped them from formulating a solution during their rule. "Why is it that the issues is being raised just before the elections," questioned Rane.
|2017-02-16||Hounded by civic inaction, GB rd locals opt for voluntary service - Times of India|
Hounded by civic inaction, GB rd locals opt for voluntary service TNN | Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 09.34 PM IST Thane: The upscale high-rise societies on the developing Ghodbunder road seem to have assumed the role of the corporation in their ward, as they have been fulfilling most of the basic civic necessities in their vicinity themselves. From good roads, frequent civic transportation and proper waste management and sewage treatment facilities to good civic schools and health centres, the municipal corporation has failed to provide this 58,000-strong population with hardly any basic amenities or socially-essential infrastructure. While private enclaves including Hiranandani Estate and parts of Bramhand have taken up the responsibilities themselves, residents of parts including Waghbil village, Patlipada, etc., will have a list of demands from the candidates contesting for their votes in the upcoming elections. Contrary to the posh sections of this panel, Waghbil and Patlipada continue to have narrow roads with encroached footpaths, if any, barely any safety signage boards or public transport connectivity, civic schools with no libraries, unclean toilets, unkempt playgrounds and no public health centres. They, however, have four well-maintained gardens, two of which are situated in the vicinity of the commissioner's bungalow, and one decent open gym for recreation. "The area around the commissioner's bungalow is well maintained, but that is probably because it is in his area. The other garden here is maintained by the eatery in front of it," said a resident here. Madhu Menon, president of Hiranandani Estate Residents' Welfare Association (HERWA), said, "We have our own regular waste collection, segregation and disposal system and a sewage treatment plant, which provides water for the gardens of our area. Due to lack of transportation, we have our own buses and carpooling system. We also have good clean roads, wide hawker-free footpaths and ample safety signage boards." "We do, however, depend on the corporation for basic amenities like drinking water. When there is a shortage, we get tankers. If the corporation keeps expecting us to provide for ourselves, what is the point of voting for a local representative?" asked Anshuman Jha, a resident of Bramhand. Sampada Saste, a resident of Patlipada, said, "Just because most of our ward is well-maintained by the societies, doesn't mean all the others can do the same. We are dependent on the corporation for water and transport, and are waiting to see their promises as well as their excuses for not working in this area for the past five years."
|2017-02-16||1361 litres spurious oil seized by Thane crime branch from Uran - Times of India|
1361 litres spurious oil seized by Thane crime branch from Uran Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Feb 17, 2017, 05.42 AM IST THANE: Two containers stocked with over 1,000 litres of spurious oil packaged as a branded product, was seized by the Thane crime branch from the Nhava Seva port just as it was to be shipped out to the Gulf late on Wednesday. The police carried out the operation along with the officers from the customs department and seized nearly 1361 litres of oil cans which is worth over Rs 41 lakh, said a senior official. TOI was the first to report on the bust which is internationally linked to the gulf countries. It was last week on Wednesday, that the crime branch unit-1 raided a Automorse company which is an oil manufacturing company located at MIDC area of Ambernath which was illegally manufactured low-grade engine oil and lubricants and exported them under popular brand names. Police then seized engine oil worth nearly Rs 1.82 lakh and arrested two persons. "Based on the interrogation of the duo found that the company had manufactured spurious oil and recently it had already dispatched a consignment via sea-route to and that it was set to be exported to Gulf countries," said Parag Manere, the deputy commissioner of police (crime). A team after making several inquiries tracked the movements of the consignment and finally learnt that it was located near Uran port. Hence, a team along with the customs officers waylaid it and seized the consignment, said Nitin Thakre, the senior inspector. Upon carrying out the detailed search and panchanama, the police found nearly 1361 litres of oil packs under the name of Gulf oil worth over Rs 40.61 lakh was stock inside the containers and were Gulf-bound. The police said that the main accused in the case are still absconding and a team has been on the move to track them. "It is suspected that there could be more such links and network of the oil company which is presently under probe. But this seems to be the well-oiled cartel right from manufacturing, transportation to exporting and very well connected with international links to gulf countries," said Ranveer Bayas, the investigation officer.
|2017-02-16||In 25 years only illegal constructions have increased in Thane: MNS chief - Times of India|
In 25 years only illegal constructions have increased in Thane: MNS chief Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 17, 2017, 11.37 AM IST THANE: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray lambasted the Shiv Sena for its failure to provide basic infrastructure in Thane and suburbs despite ruling the city corporation for the last 25 years. Addressing a huge gathering at a public rally in Diva, Thackeray flagged off the TMC election campaign for his party by blaming how the party has overlooked basic issues like roads, water supply and health issues in the city. "In the last 25 years, the only thing that has increased in the city is the number of illegal constructions. The roads are so narrow that it is difficult for even a bullock cart to move," said Thackeray. The MNS chief also lambasted the BJP for making false promises ahead of the elections.
|2017-02-15||Murder of Thane corporator: Mhatre's cousin, 7 others booked - Hindustan Times|
Murder of Thane corporator: Mhatre's cousin, 7 others booked mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2017 00:12 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times Hundreds throng the funeral procession of corporator Manoj Mhatre at Kalwar village on Wednesday. A day after the murder of Congress corporator Manoj Mhatre, 53, the Bhiwandi police booked his cousin in connection with the case. The accused, Prashant Mhatre,30, allegedly fired at Manoj on Tuesday night, killing him. Following his death, shops in Kalwar, Oswalwadi, Kharbhav Road, and places within the jurisdiction of the Shantinagar police station were shut for safety reasons.Prashant is said to be a member of a rival political party. Seven other party members Chiranjiv Mhatre, Mithun Mhatre, Mahesh Mhatre, Sujit Mhatre, Mayur Mhatre and Ganesh Patil — have also been booked. However, no arrests have been made yet as the police are on the lookout for the accused.Police said the cousins had fought as Prashant envied Manoj's position as a corporator. Issues over family property too could have been the motive behind the murder. Sources told us that Prashant wanted to become a corporator. He killed Manoj so he could contest on his seat, said Sunil Jadhav, senior inspector, Narpoli police station. One of Manoj's relatives said Prashant had been pressuring him to vacate his seat for a long time.The police said Prashant had also threatened Manoj's colleague, Mulayam Yadav, who asked the corporator to accompany him to file a complaint at a local police station on Tuesday. The murder took place after Manoj returned home.According to the police, Manoj's family said they had seen Prashant attacking and verbally abusing the corporator in his building. Manoj's family told us they saw Prashant attacking Manoj with a chopper. One of the victim's hands was cut off in the scuffle. Before Manoj's family could rescue him, Prashant fired three rounds, killing the corporator, said Manoj Patil, deputy commissioner of police, zone 2. The police said Manoj was stabbed more than 30 times. On seeing Manoj's family approaching, the accused threw the weapon near the gate and fled. We recovered the chopper, which has bloodstains on it, he added. We have formed five teams to nab the accused. The Thane crime branch is also investigating. We will ask the eyewitnesses to identify the accused once they are detained, said Patil. Jadhav said they had questioned a dozen people, hoping to determine the accused's whereabouts. Manoj was shot once in his back. He was first taken to private hospital nearby. However, when his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Jupiter Hospital in Thane. He died during treatment.
|2017-02-15||Central railways to run special trains, to benefit commuters - Times of India|
Central railways to run special trains, to benefit commuters Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 15, 2017, 11.30 AM IST THANE: The central railway will operate special trains between Mumbai and Gorakhpur and also between Jammu from Mumbai Cst to clear the extra rush on the ocassion of Holi this year. Train No. 01169 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 1320 hrs on 10.3.2017 and will arrive Gorakhpur at 2230 hrs next day while on return train No. 01170 Special will leave Gorakhpur at 0700 hrs on 14.3.2017 and will arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 1400 hrs next day. The trains will halt at Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Gonda, Basti in both directions. The train will operate with 13 AC-3 Tier coaches for the benefit of passengers. The train between Jammu to Mumbai CST No. 01171 Special will leave Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 0645 hrs on 10.3.2017 and will arrive Jammu Tawi at 1755 hrs next day, while train No. 01172 Special will leave Jammu Tawi at 0155 hrs on 13.3.2017 and will arrive Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 1740 hrs the next day. The trains will halt at Dadar, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Jhansi, Agra Cantonment, New Delhi, Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana, Pathankot Cantonment in both directions and will run with 13 AC-3 Tier coaches. Officers say connecting Jammu with Mumbai CST will benefit commuters staying in this part of the metropolis who otherwise had to travel to Western suburbs to board trains. There is a huge demand for trains on that route and we are exploring feasibility of running more trains, said an official.
|2017-02-15||Summer holiday specials for Shirdi - Times of India|
Summer holiday specials for Shirdi Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 15, 2017, 04.43 PM IST THANE: The Central Railway will run 52 Superfast Weekly Special trains between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Sainagar Shirdi and Dadar - Sainagar Shirdi to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer season. Train No. 02129 Super fast weekly special train (13 Trips) will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 21.45 hrs on every Thursday from 06.04.2017 to 29.06.2017 and arrive Sainagar Shirdi at 03.35 hrs on next day. On return, train No. 02130 super fast weekly special train (13 Trips) will leave Sainagar Shirdi at 09.20 hrs every Friday from 07.04.2017 to 30.06.2017 and arrive Dadar at 15.10 hrs same day. The trains will halt at Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad and Kopargaon and will run with One 1st AC, One 1st AC cum AC 2 Tier, Four AC-2 Tier, Eleven AC-3 tier coaches. Meanwhile, Train No. 02131 Super fast weekly special train (13 Trips) will leave Dadar at 21.45 hrs on every Friday from 07.04.2017 to 30.06.2017 and arrive Sainagar Shirdi at 03.45 hrs on next day. During return journey, train No. 02132 Super fast weekly special train (13 Trips) will leave Sainagar Shirdi at 09.20 hrs on every Saturday from 08.04.2017 to 01.07.2017 and arrive Dadar at 15.20 hrs same day. The trains will halt at Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad and Kopargaon. The trains will comprise of one AC-2 Tier, One AC-3 tier, 7 Sleeper Class, 6 General second class and 2 General second class cum Guards' brake van. The bookings for Special Train 02129/02130 and 02131/2132 on special charges will open from 16/02/2017. General Second Class coaches in this train will run unreserved with normal charges as applicable for superfast mail/express trains.
|2017-02-15||BJP using NCP to defame Shiv Sena in Thane: Minister Eknath Shinde - The Indian Express|
BJP using NCP to defame Shiv Sena in Thane: Minister Eknath Shinde Shinde, district chief of Sena, claimed there was an undeclared alliance between the BJP and the NCP to stop the Uddhav Thackeray-led party from coming to power By: PTI | Thane | Updated: February 15, 2017 11:03 am Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde today alleged the BJP was using the NCP to defame his party in run up to the civic elections in Thane. Shinde, district chief of Sena, claimed there was an undeclared alliance between the BJP and the NCP to stop the Uddhav Thackeray-led party from coming to power in the Thane Municipal Corporation. Addressing a news conference here, the Cabinet Minister said the BJP was using the Sharad Pawar-led outfit as a tool to defame the Shiv Sena in the Thane city and block its ascension in the civic body. He said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of BJP was wrongly taking credit for various works in the city, including cluster development, metro and flyovers. But the people of Thane very well know these schemes were approved before the BJP's victory in the state elections in 2014, Shinde said.
|2017-02-14||BJP using NCP to defame Shiv Sena in Thane: Minister Shinde - Daily News & Analysis|
BJP using NCP to defame Shiv Sena in Thane: Minister Shinde Tue, 14 Feb 2017-11:35pm , PTI Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde today alleged the BJP was using the NCP to defame his party in run up to the civic elections in Thane. Shinde, district chief of Sena, claimed there was an undeclared alliance between the BJP and the NCP to stop the Uddhav Thackeray-led party from coming to power in the Thane Municipal Corporation. Addressing a news conference here, the Cabinet Minister said the BJP was using the Sharad Pawar-led outfit as a tool to defame the Shiv Sena in the Thane city and block its ascension in the civic body. He said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of BJP was wrongly taking credit for various works in the city, including cluster development, metro and flyovers. But the people of Thane very well know these schemes were approved before the BJP's victory in the state elections in 2014, Shinde said.
|2017-02-14||Final voter's list has over 12L voters from Thane - Times of India|
Final voter's list has over 12L voters from Thane Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 15, 2017, 02.44 AM IST THANE: With barely a week left for the TMC elections, the election department has released the final list of around 12 lakh voters as per the polling booths on Tuesday. The final voter's list is ideally readied weeks before the elections following which political parties refer to the same to understand the profile of their respective voter base. Also, the slips generated are sent to the residents who also get an idea of the polling station where they are supposed to caste their votes. Officials blamed the delay to a deferred decision by the election commission about inclusion of photos of the voters in the list and renumbering of voters in the lists. The delay has caused immense inconvenience to voters who say they are still unaware about the status of their polling booth and where to vote. "I am still ignorant of where to go and cast my vote as the neither the political party nor the administration has issued the slip yet. The smart initiatives of the administration seems to have failed completely," complained a civic activist. The problem was due to renumbering of the list for each of the 1,704 booths in the city that have been assigned maximum of 800 voters this time. The EC had mandated that the numbering of voters for all the list should be done between 1 and 800 for each of the booths as against the regular process of continuing with the numbering for other booths. So for example, if booth one has voters 1 to 800 marked, the subsequent voters in the booth 2 would be again numbered between 1 and 800 instead of continuing from 801 and so on. Further, the department had also initially asked corporations to not use photos in the voter list. The Thane election department finally went ahead with releasing the list with voters and their photos as there was no decision received from the EC, said a senior official.
|2017-02-14||Thane: Five held for murder of man in July 2016 - The Indian Express|
Thane: Five held for murder of man in July 2016 According to the police, Mohite had taken a sum of Rs 39 lakh from the five persons arrested today. As he failed to return the money despite reminders they killed him. By: PTI | Thane | Updated: February 15, 2017 4:14 am With the arrest of five persons, district rural police today claimed to have solved the murder case of a 25-year-old man here in July 2016. One Sachin Mohite, a resident of suburban Jogeshwari, was found dead in a river in Manor near here on July 11. The police had then filed a case of accidental death but investigation revealed he was murdered. Watch what else is in the news According to the police, Mohite had taken a sum of Rs 39 lakh from the five persons arrested today. As he failed to return the money despite reminders they killed him. The accused abducted Mohite and then thrashed him. They later dumped his body in the Surya river, police said. With the arrest of the five accused, the murder case has been solved, they added.
|2017-02-14||Fluctuating temperature brings in its share of viral infections - Times of India|
Fluctuating temperature brings in its share of viral infections Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 15, 2017, 02.46 AM IST THANE: The city has been facing fluctuating temperatures since the last few days. While residents from the lake city received some respite from the soaring temperatures, this was shortlived as the mercury levels have suddenly shot up. Experts from the weather department have claimed that the temperature will continue to fluctuate for another two to three weeks. While the temperature have been fluctuating between 19 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 31 degrees Celsius, the mercury levels shot up to 36.5 degrees Celsius on Monday. "The constant change in weather has started affecting people's health. From a very hot day to a very cold one, the climate has been inconsistent for weeks. I have suffered from viral infections at least three times since December and I feel it is because of the constant change in weather," said Arundathi Sethi (23), a resident of Vishnu Nagar area. Another Thane resident Namita Singh also bore the brunt of the weather change. 'I had stepped out of my house at 2pm for some work. After I returned, I started feeling uneasy and feverish. I then started throwing up and feeling very dizzy. After a visit to the doctor, he told me that I had suffered a heat stroke. Even though we are just in the initial days of February, where the climate is normally quite pleasant, the weather has been changing every second day,'' said Singh. Meanwhile, experts from the Meteorological department have blamed the changing wind directions to the fluctuating temperatures. They also said that this will continue for a couple of weeks. Chief meteorologist Mahesh Palawat at skymetweather said, "The changes in temperature is based on the direction of the wind, which, in turn, is dependent on the climatic conditions like the recent disturbances over the western and north western zones." "When the north easterly winds from areas, including Jammu and Kashmir, reach Maharashtra and Konkan belt, the temperature drops. However, when the easterly winds from the south move upwards the mercury levels shoot up. These hot, humid and cold waves will continue for the next few weeks, untill mid-summer when it will rise and stay constant," Palawat added. "Due to the re-entry of the south easterly winds in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region currently, the temperature will remain high for the next few days, and may even go up to around 38 degrees Celsius," he added.
|2017-02-14||Thane villager attacked for helping police curb liquor trade - The Indian Express|
Thane villager attacked for helping police curb liquor trade The committee has been working in co-operation with the police to conduct 11-12 raids in the past three months to shut down the alcohol distribution. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:February 15, 2017 1:52 am The family of a man, who had been helping the police in curbing sale of alcohol, was allegedly attacked by a mob with swords in Thane village on Sunday. At 6.30 pm on Sunday, a mob of 45 men attacked the family of Pandurang Dhumal (48) in Korawale village in Thaneâ€™s Murbad taluka. Dhumal, a social worker and Shiv Sena Vibhag Pramuk, is also the chairman of a committee set up in the village to prevent the manufacture and sale of alcohol. The committee has been working in co-operation with the police to conduct 11-12 raids in the past three months to shut down the alcohol distribution. Watch What Else Is Making News According to the police, this miffed the 25-30 families in the village involved in alcohol business. The plan to attack Dhumal was allegedly hatched at the home of one of the accused and armed with swords, knives and sticks, the 45 villagers barged into Dhumalâ€™s home and attacked his family, police said. They also vandalised the ambulance sent to rush Dhumal and his family to hospital and broke its windows, the police said. H T Vhatkar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Murbad, said Dhumal and his five family members were not seriously injured and would make a full recovery. Police have booked 45 men and arrested two, Yogesh Thakare and Dashrath Dhumal.
|2017-02-13||Maharashtra civic polls: BJP manifesto promises wi-fi and e-toilets in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Maharashtra civic polls: BJP manifesto promises wi-fi and e-toilets in Thane mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2017 10:10 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times The BJP borrowed a leaf from Shiv Sena's book and published its manifesto, which lists the developmental work undertaken by the Thane Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in the last two years. Apart from this, the party has also promised to close all five toll posts around Thane city by 2019.The manifesto was released in Thane on Sunday. It promises a Wi-fi enabled city, CCTV cameras for security, a chowpatty at Kharegaon, metered water, wider roads, water transport, implementation of parking and hawkers policy and development of reserved plots, all of which are projects undertaken by Jaiswal. The Sena too had highlighted most of the projects taken forward by the civic commissioner. Apart from these, the BJP has also promised to put a stop to the five tolls in Thane by 2019. The party made a similar promise during the Assembly poll when MLA Sanjay Kelkar released his manifesto, however all the five across Thane are still operational.Sanjay Kelkar, BJP MLA, said, We have already closed 65 tolls across the state, it is true that none of those in Thane were included. We assure that all the five tolls will be shut by 2019. It also repeats the metro, cluster development and Kopri Bridge-widening promises, which even the Sena has tried to take credit for. Kelkaar also added that the BJP will follow up the project for constructing the Shai Dam, which will make the city self reliant in its water requirement for over 100 years. The manifesto also promises to renovate Dadoji Kondev Stadium, so that many national and international games are played in the city. Sandeep Lele, BJP's city president for Thane, said, We will end the flat-area-wise water billing system introduced by the TMC, and install water meters. Our aim is to make Thane 100% literate by plugging the drop outs, introducing digital classrooms and digital libraries. We also plan to start day care centres for senior citizens and children. The party also has declared a few facilities for women, including e-toilets every one kilometer, the information for which will be available through mobile applications. These toilets will also have sanitary napkin vending and disposal machines. BJP has also announced to start awards for areas or societies, which are the cleanest in the city.
|2017-02-13||Surat brain dead man's heart beats in Pune resident - Times of India|
Surat brain dead man's heart beats in Pune resident TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2017, 10.21 AM IST THANE/SURAT: The heart of a brain dead man from Surat has given a new lease of life to a 36-year-old man of Pune. The donor heart was transported in a chopper in 2.02 hours from Surat covering a distance of 278km and transplanted in the body of the recipient from Indapur taluka in Pune district suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy by a team of doctors of Fortis Hospital in Mulund, a release said. The chopper took off at 3.04 pm and landed in Mumbai at 4:16 pm. It was then transported in an ambulance towards Mulund for an immediate transplant, the release by the hospital said. "The surgery has been concluded and the recipient is now stable. We will continue to monitor him in the ICU for the next 48 to 72 hours," said Dr Anvay Mulay of Fortis Hospital. "Heart transplant has now become a real viable treatment option for patients with end-stage cardiac diseases, who tend to otherwise have poor quality life surviving on medications," said Dr S Narayani, zonal director of the hospital. Shailesh M Gotlawala, 48, who worked as a textile supervisor in a private company in Surat, fell unconscious while returning home on February 6. He was rushed to Unique Hospital where he was diagnosed to be having a blood clot in his brain. He was declared brain dead on February 10 by the doctors of the hospital. Gotlawala is survived by three children aged 22, 18 and 15 and wife Jyotsana Gotlawala. His wife gave her consent for donation of his two kidneys, liver, heart and eyes. The two kidneys and liver were accepted by the doctors of the Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Centre (IKDRC), Ahmedabad. The donation of the two eyes were accepted by Lokdrashti Chakshu Bank of Surat.
|2017-02-13||PWD contractor 'facing financial troubles' hangs self - Times of India|
PWD contractor ‘facing financial troubles’ hangs self Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 14, 2017, 01.08 AM IST THANE: A 47-year-old contractor from the Thane Municipal Corporation's Public Works Department (PWD) was found dead in his apartment at Vedant complex on Monday afternoon. The police claimed that the deceased, Yuvraj Jagdale's friends and family stated that the contractor was facing financial problems due to which he took such a drastic step. "On Monday around 4pm, Jagdale's wife who had gone out for some work returned home and found her husband hung in the house's passage. He had hung himself using a dupatta in the apartment's passage area. The deceased's relatives claimed that since the past two-three months Jagdale was not getting any contract due to which he was facing financial problems. We would be checking all these allegations. As a of now we are not sure of the reason, as we have not come across any suicide note. An accidental report has been filed," said an officer from Vartak Nagar police station. It is said that Jagdale's wife who has saw her husband lifeless alerted the neighbour's initially about the incident. Jadgdae was then immediately taken to the Thane Civil hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The police claimed that he would be checking the allegations of the relatives.
|2017-02-13||Women block railway tracks in Thane to protest sealing of homes in Navi Mumbai - Times of India|
Women block railway tracks in Thane to protest sealing of homes in Navi Mumbai Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 14, 2017, 01.02 AM IST THANE: As many as 100 residents majority of them women from Digha blocked the railway tracks between Thane and Kalwa blocking trains for nearly 30 minutes on Monday afternoon to protest the sealing of their homes on MIDC land within the jurisdiction of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). The mob was protesting against the Bombay High court order directing the civic authorities in Navi Mumbai to seal around three illegal buildings in Digha area that were constructed within the MIDC jurisdiction. The mob was initially planning to stage a protest outisde the collector's office, but the plans reportedly were changed at the last minute and they started milling on the tracks, informed an officer. The protesters blocked trains between 1:25 to 1:55pm by squatting on the tracks resulting in delay of as many as 15 trains in both directions including the trabsaharbour services that were stranded for over 25-30 minutes. The railway officials and the police were busy removing the protestors from the tracks. "We received information about 100 women blocking the railway tracks at Thane. We rushed to the spot and removed the protesters immediately," informed a railway police official. Being non-peak hours, the impact on services was restricted, but few commuters were left stranded in trains for nearly 30 minutes. Services resumed normalcy soon after the protesters were cleared off the tracks.
|2017-02-13||Fire at furniture godown in Thane - Business Standard|
Fire at furniture godown in Thane Press Trust of India | Thane February 13, 2017 Last Updated at 13:57 IST Fire broke out at a furniture godown near Mumbra township of the district in the wee hours today, officials said. No injury or casualty was reported in the mishap. The blaze erupted at the godown in Aachar Galli near Shilfata close to Mumbra at around 2 AM today, Thane Municipal Corporation's disaster control cell chief Santosh Kadam said. Two fire engines and six water tankers managed to control the flames after hectic efforts for about six hours, he said. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he said.
|2017-02-13||32-yr-old Diva man arrested for abetting wife's suicide - Times of India|
32-yr-old Diva man arrested for abetting wife’s suicide Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 14, 2017, 01.01 AM IST THANE: A 32-year-old man was arrested by the Mumbra police on charges of abetment to suicide following the death of his 23-year-old wife who was found hanging to the ceiling of their home in Diva recently. Police said Shivakant Gupta was arrested following a complaint by his in-laws who accused him of repeatedly raising demands for dowry and would physically assault her as the cash demands were not met by her family. Maltidevi, the victim, got married to Gupta in 2013 and the couple was initially staying in their hometown in Uttar Pradesh with her in-laws. The two moved to Diva recently but Gupta would harass her repeatedly, it is learnt. "The victim's father has claimed that his daughter would always be upset and after prodding revealed that she was troubled by her husband for dowry. But the family did not take any action as they thought that the matter would be resolved eventually. Also, on repeated occasions the accused, not only harassed her mentally but also physically. He also never allowed the victim to call her family and she often used to call her father by going to the neighbour's house. On the fateful night when she was alone at her Diva residence, she hung herself," said a police officer from Mumbra police station. The family claimed that their daughter took the extreme step because she was mentally and physically tortured by her husband. "The accused was on the run post the incident and was arrested from Kalwa hospital after the police got a tip off that he has been roaming in the vicinity. He was arrested on Sunday afternoon," said R K Tayde, senior inspector of Mumbra police station.
|2017-02-13||Some corporators' assets rise three-fold since 2012 - Times of India|
Some corporators’ assets rise three-fold since 2012 Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 14, 2017, 12.59 AM IST THANE: Election affidavits filed by prominent crorepati corporators who are testing their luck again in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have seen neat triple or more increase in their assets since 2012. Several netas, inlcuding former mayor H S Patil from Shiv Sena, Najeeb Mulla from NCP, Devram Bhoir from Sena to name a few have seen their fortunes rising during their stint as corporators in the TMC house. The netas attribute the same to gradual escalation of real estate and inflation over the last few years. Senior leader Devram Bhoir, who has shown Rs 7 crore assets during his previous filing nomination in 2016 for the 51A seat in Balkum has now provided his total wealth worth to be around Rs 12 crore. Meanwhile, former mayor H S Patil has also seen a steep rise in his material assets from Rs 2 crore in 2012 to Rs 17 crore in 2017. Independent candidate Sudhakar Chavan also saw a near four-fold increase from Rs 9 crore to Rs 39 crore since 2012. Activists have raised questions over this sudden rise in the material wealth of corporators after assuming power in the TMC. "It is surprising to note that corporators' income sees a sidden rise as they ascend the power seats. Such meteoric rise in their wealth is not just commendable but also reeks of suspicion," said an activist. It may be noted the TMC corridors have been accused to have encouraged a cartel of extortionists that has been exploiting the system and depriving the city of its development over the years.
|2017-02-13||Fire breaks out at godown in Mumbra, no one injured - Times of India|
Fire breaks out at godown in Mumbra, no one injured Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 14, 2017, 01.05 AM IST THANE: A massive fire broke out at a scrap godown in Shilphata area of Mumbra during the wee hours of Monday. This led to a lot of panic in the neighbourhood. Officials from the fire department and regional disaster management reached the spot immediately and tried to douse the flames. However, it took them 12 hours, two fire engines and six water tanks to put off the blaze. Officials asserted that the piled up flammable plastic material along with shortage of water lengthened the time to extinguish the fire. Due to this, the entire process took a lot of time and the flames continues to spread, said an official from the fire department. "The fire began in one of these plastic units and quickly spread to nearby godowns because of the highly flammable material. Despite dousing the flames with water, the fire continued to reignite as it could easily catch fire even when it gets wet.'' As one tanker was not enough to douse the flames, we had to call in five other water tankers. We managed to douse the flames by 8.30am. It took us nearly five hours to safely clear the molten plastic and glass scrap. The entire operation took 12 hours," said Santosh Kadam, an official from the disaster management cell at the RDMC. While there were no injuries or fatalities as the godowns were empty, officials are investigating as to how the fire began.
|2017-02-12||Extortionists trying to intimidate Thane civic chief, says CM Devendra Fadnavis - Times of India|
Extortionists trying to intimidate Thane civic chief, says CM Devendra Fadnavis Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 12, 2017, 07.55 PM IST THANE: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday accused the Shiv Sena-ruled Thane corporation of being a hotbed of corruption and extortionists. The CM was speaking in Diva while flagging off the party's poll campaign. "The corporation here has become a cartel of extortionists who have been exploiting the system for personal gains," said Fadnavis, hinting at the Suraj Parmar suicide abetment case in 2015. The incident had brought to the fore the nexus between politicians, builders and officials in the administration. The CM alleged that the cartel had been trying to intimidate the municipal commissioner from executing developmental works. "Municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal was threatened by this cartel, forcing him to make a late night call, requesting safety for his family. Our government not only backed him but also ensured that the city got its share of development," he said. Fadnavis launched a scathing attack on the Sena, blaming it for inadequate infrastructure in Thane and lack of development vision over the last 25 years of its rule. Doling out an array of sops, Fadnavis charted out how the state was promoting Thane for a smart makeover besides bringing it on the Metro map and developing a water transport system. Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray called Fadnavis a liar at a rally and said that it was unfortunate for the state to have a CM like him. "It is unfortunate that Maharashtra has got a CM who speaks blatant lies. He talks of the BMC being non-transparent but his own government at the Centre says the BMC is number one in the country in terms of transparency," he said. Replying to Fadnavis's claim about bad roads in the city, Uddhav challenged Fadnavis to go out on the streets at midnight and see for himself the pothole-filling work being done by BMC workers. "I have stepped inside a nullah to oversee the work. Does the CM have the courage to dirty his clothes and go inside nullahs? They do not have any love for Mumbai," Uddhav said. "All the hoardings being put up by them (BJP) are about works done by Congress. Have you done anything at all to showcase in the last two and a half years?" he asked.
|2017-02-12||Drugs case: call records land Thane cops in soup - Daily News & Analysis|
Drugs case: call records land Thane cops in soup PRANALI LOTLIKAR CHINDARKAR | Sun, 12 Feb 2017-07:15am , Thane , DNA The arrest and two-year incarceration of a south Mumbai-based 22-year-old woman, whose grandfather and his brother were noted film composers has now been called into question, with call data records of an officer revealing a glaring discrepancy regarding the location of the arrest as stated by the Thane Crime Branch. While the accused was shown as arrested from Viviana Mall in Vartak Nagar, Thane (West), CDR records of the apprehending officer shows the location of his phone supposedly in Byculla at the time that he was shown to be drafting the pre-arrest panchanama at Vartak Nagar police station. The Bombay High Court has now sought an explanation from the officer, and has directed him to file an affidavit stating his defence. A resident of Peddar Road, the young woman has been languishing in Thane Central Prison for the last two years since her arrest, along with another accused on alleged grounds of possessing 430 grams of Mephedrone. Thane Police received a tip-off on July 29, 2015 that a young woman and a man were about to meet near Viviana Mall, Thane (West) to strike some sort of a deal. According to police, a pre-arrest panchanama was prepared from 8 pm to 10.30 pm, and the three apprehending officers, including senior police inspector Mandar Dharmadhikari, were supposedly present at Vartak nagar police station at the time. The police said they arrested the accused at 12.00 midnight near Viviana mall after drafting the panchanama. After the sessions court rejected her bail plea, the woman approached the Bombay High Court seeking bail. During bail arguments, her defence advocate informed the court that the accused accepted the fact that she was arrested by Dharmadhikari at 9.47 pm from Byculla, and was then taken to Vartak Nagar police station. Advocate Ayaz Khan and Shekhar Bhandari, appearing on behalf of the woman, said that after the accused made the revelation, they sought CDR reports of the apprehending officers. "The reports shows that he (Dharmadhikari) was near Zainub building, Byculla at the time of arrest," said Khan referring to the CDR, a copy of which is with DNA. After scanning the reports, the Bombay High Court has directed the police to respond to the same by filing an affidavit. The bail order will be decided after the affidavit.
|2017-02-12||Thane: Villager held for killing mother-in-law | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Thane: Villager held for killing mother-in-law Thane | Published:February 12, 2017 1:36 pm District rural police have arrested a villager for allegedly killing his mother-in-law in Sahapur in Thane. Yamuna Bhange (45) and the accused identified as Pandu Rathad (39) lived at Muchala Pada in Sahapur taluka and used to often quarrel over petty matters, police said. They picked up a tiff last morning over some issue and the accused in a fit of rage picked up an axe and attacked his mother-in-law, killing her on the spot. The accused was booked under IPC section 302 (murder) following a complaint lodged by his wife, police said, adding that the body has been sent for postmortem.
|2017-02-12||Thane: Police arrest two for illegal possession of red sand boa ... - Catch News|
Thane: Police arrest two for illegal possession of red sand boa snake News Agencies First published: 12 February 2017, 11:06 IST Two persons have been arrested here for illegal possession of a red sand boa snake and allegedly attempting to sell it for Rs 50 lakhs, police said today. The rare red sand boa snakes fetch a huge price in the illegal wildlife market due to the belief that it brings luck to its owner and medicinal value, sub-inspector VS Dhumal of Tokawade police station under Murbad division said. The duo were identified as Ramdas Sable (23) and Chandrakant Davkhar (20). Both of them belong to Junnar in Pune district. They were picked up on Friday when police intercepted them during nakabandi while they were travelling from Kalyan on a two-wheeler without a number plate. When police quizzed them, a red sand boad was found with them. The two accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act-1972. PTI First published: 12 February 2017, 11:06 IST
|2017-02-12||Two women, children go missing in Thane - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Two women, children go missing in Thane By PTI Posted 12-Feb-2017 Thane: Two women and their children have been reported missing from Shelar village in Bhiwandi in Thane, police said on Sunday. The mothers and their children, who lived in the same housing society, went missing 10 days ago after they left their homes to purchase books along with their children, an official of Bhiwandi town police said. The names of women and their children were given as Chayya Fazge (28), her son Shubham (9), and Komal Bodke (28) and her daughter Sara (6). Police said they have registered a missing complaint last week in this regard and search was still on trace them.
|2017-02-12||Thane BJP unit releases manifesto - India.com - India.com|
Thane BJP unit releases manifesto Thane, Feb 12 (PTI) Taking concrete steps to own a dam to end city's water woes, improve civic transport system, evolve a better waste management mechanism are among the promises made by the BJP city. By PTI Feeds Published: February 12, 2017 6:03 PM IST Taking concrete steps to own a dam to end city's water woes, improve civic transport system, evolve a better waste management mechanism are among the promises made by the BJP city unit in its manifesto Vikasnama released today for the February 21 Thane civic elections. It was released at the hands of the Maharashtra Minister Ravindra Chavan, MLA Sanjay Kelkar, city unit president Sandeep Lele and Maharashtra Mahila Morcha Chief Madhavi Naik. The other highlights of the manifesto are working to make the city cent per cent literate, exempt common welfare halls of cooperative societies from any taxes, provide special concession in taxes to the family members of defence personnel who lost their lives in action and modernise crematoriums in the city. In reply to a question the leaders said the party was committed to do away with octroi system. The manifesto also deals with issues like health, education, women and child welfare, employment generation, basic facilities, among others.
|2017-02-12||4 members of gang behind theft of over 25 cars nabbed - Times of India|
4 members of gang behind theft of over 25 cars nabbed Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2017, 01.08 AM IST THANE: The crime branch has claimed to have solved more than 25 car theft cases following the recent arrest of four members of an inter-state gang. The gang broke into parked high-end cars using duplicate keys made on the spot with the help of a smart gadget and sped away with them. Two of the accused, Ranjeet Chaudhari (28) and Muhammad Shaikh (35), are residents of Uttar Pradesh who were getting support from their Mumbai-based aides— Ravindra Sharma (21) and Sumit Singh (24). The police suspect involvement of more people in the gang and are probing about their whereabouts. The lake city has witnessed a steady rise in cases of car thefts with most complaining that the vehicles ones stolen could never be found. The police got a significant breakthrough in the car theft cases following a tip about Chaudhari coming to the city reportedly to sell a stolen car to a buyer. It has been learnt that Chaudhari has a string of crimes registered against him, including murder, dacoity and robbery in UP. The police said Chaudhari came near a hotel in Kasarvadavli in a Creta SUV and along with Shaikh. The police team swooped down on them and found a smart keymaker. Two number plates of cars stolen from Parsik Nagar and Kalwa were found from them. The Creta had been stolen from Amboli. The police also found three cars and valuables worth Rs 27.86 lakh. The accused said the stolen cars were sold in Rajasthan. The police will now take action against those who have bought the stolen cars at a rate much below the market price.
|2017-02-12||V-Day for strays: Group of youths feeds dogs & cats - Times of India|
V-Day for strays: Group of youths feeds dogs & cats Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2017, 01.01 AM IST THANE: Leaving behind heart-shaped chocolates, his-and-her gifts and giant bouquets that otherwise define Valentine's Day, a group of around 40 youngsters got together near Vasant Vihar on Sunday morning and celebrated the day by feeding all strays in the vicinity. Led by 21-year-old Eden Dias and city-based NGO PAL, these youngsters not only took brought rice and wet food pouches and fed stray dogs and cats, they also waited for them to finish so that they could clean up the litter. Dias, who recently started a movement—SelfiewithIndie—against cruelty towards rejected local breeds, said, "Valentine's Day is a day of love and through this initiative we wanted to show that even local Indie dogs need to be loved. With most animal lovers preferring high-bred dogs like labs or retrievers, the breed of pariah Indie dogs has been left to fend for themselves." From finding water and food to a shelter for getting cover from rain or cold, it has become the survival of the fittest for these dogs and cats, Dias said. "This is why we decided to spend the day of love in feeding the helpless animals which truly need some care and help," she added. While the group demonstrated their love for these neglected animals, they also spread the message about the importance of responsible feeding. They asked animal lovers to feed strays but also clean up the mess. "Housing societies and residents usually object to feeding strays because the mess left behind attracts rodents. It is the animal lover's responsibility to clean up the leftover food and the containers. We tried to share this message by carrying large garbage bags and collecting the boxes," said Aditi Nair, founder of NGO Pet Owners and Animal Lovers foundation.
|2017-02-12||Duo's bid to rob man foiled, one arrested - Times of India|
Duo’s bid to rob man foiled, one arrested Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2017, 01.03 AM IST THANE: A 20-year-old youth was caught trying to rob a 42-year-old man at knife-point in Mumbra in the early hours of Thursday. Alfad Marjad had returned home in Thakurli with his wife and son and had gone to park his vehicle when twomen waylaid him and threatened to kill him if he did not given them his wallet and a gold chain, the police said. "When one of the accused tried to snatch the chain, Marjad pushed the thief and ran away to his wife and son towards the main road. The trio then saw a police patrolling van and shouted for help," said an officer from Mumbra police station. The police said the duo escaped when Marjad raised alerted the police, but they managed to catch hold of one of them, who was identified as Amir Ayub Shaikh.
|2017-02-11||Those ruling in Thane only interested in commission: Devendra Fadnavis - The Indian Express|
Those ruling in Thane only interested in commission: Devendra Fadnavis By: PTI | Thane | Published:February 12, 2017 12:26 am Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. Attacking the Shiv Sena, which is in power in Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said the city has become a hell as it lacks basic amenities and is grappling with corruption and other issues, as those at the helm of affairs here were only interested in commission. Addressing a rally here tonight, Fadnavis urged people to free the city from dalals (middlemen), builder lobby and corruption by giving votes to BJP, which will transform it into the most modern city in the country. Watch What Else is Making News The city is deprived of all the amenities and is grappling with corruption. It has gone in the clutches of dalals and builder lobby, which has turned it into a hell. This has happened as those at the helm of affairs are interested in commission and nothing else, he alleged. The party, which has been in power all these years, neglected the city and it has given rise to environment issues and pollution. The city has become a hell. Now, we want to pull the city out of its present condition and provide better civic amenities and turn it into a heaven, he said. The state government wants to see the city develop into one of the best in the 21st Century and wants to give more to it, Fadnavis said and urged the citizens to take it out of the jaws of corruption and dalals. He listed various measures taken by his government for the city, including the planned Metro rail project, cluster development, bridges, water supply projects, extended railway station, among others and said this all was done by the state government through the MMRDA. Let others take credit of anything, but one thing is clear that I, as the head of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), has approved these projects. People of the city know this very well and would take a right decision in the upcoming polls, he said. BJP is committed to provide good governance to the people of the city and transform the city. Therefore, people should vote BJP to power, he said. He also said that plans were afoot to develop Thane into a digital city with the help of funds from Canada. BJP has a definite vision for the city, he said. Addressing another election rally at Diva, Fadnavis announced that the MMRDA would adopt Diva for its development. The situation in Diva is very bad and it has become like a dumping ground. But, if BJP is voted to power, people will see the change.
|2017-02-11||5,000 Thane locals cut a deal with Sena | Latest News & Updates at ... - Daily News & Analysis|
5,000 Thane locals cut a deal with Sena The Vasant Vihar housing complex in Thane West has 82 buildings with 3,800 families and 5,000 voters. NAVEETA SINGH | Sat, 11 Feb 2017-07:20am , DNA With just another ten days to go for the Thane civic polls, the city is busy doing permutation and combination about the outcome. However, residents of the plush Vasant Vihar housing complex in Thane West have already made up their mind to vote for the Shiv Sena. But not before sealing a deal with the party. And the deal is that if elected, a panel of Shiv Sena corporators will hold a monthly meeting with the residents and solve all their pending issues. As per the new panel system introduced by the State Election Commission, each ward will have a panel of four corporators who will work towards the development of the ward. Each voter will have to elect four candidates, one for each seat. The break-up of the Sena-BJP alliance before the election has clearly paved the way for residents of ward number 5 of Thane to decide their candidates. The residents claim that the existing corporators have barely contributed to the development of the ward and, thus, they have decided to give the saffron party a chance this time. "In the past 25 years there has hardly been any development in our ward. The existing corporators are of no use," said K Kumar, Chairman, Vasant Vihar Apex Body. "Hence, we have decided to vote for a panel of Sena corporators who are ready to work for our ward," he added. Though it comes across as another trial and error selection process of corporators by voters, it is a well-thought-out strategy. One of the Sena candidates from ward 5 is Parisha Sarnaik, wife of Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik. "Usually, corporators give this excuse that they are not from the ruling party, and hence, are not able to bring about development. But our MLA, and MP Eknath Shinde are from Sena. If the corporator is also from the same party, then it will surely help to further the cause of all the residents," he said. Moreover, it has been the Sena which approached the residents to know more about their issues. "No other party has come forward to address us till date," said another resident. Some of the pending issues which the residents want to be resolved are proper footpaths, fencing on footpaths, trimming of trees and connection of drainage lines among other things. Even the sole auditorium in the area Dr Kashinath Ghanekar is closed for a year, forcing residents to organise social/cultural programmes on open grounds. "The Sena has promised that their panel will meet us every month and address our issues," said Kumar. The Vasant Vihar housing complex in Thane West has 82 buildings with 3,800 families and 5,000 voters. The ward also has other major residential societies like Lokpuram and Siddhachal and the combined strength of these three complexes is 9,000 voters approximately. "Every year, the state government awards Vartak ward for the maximum amount of tax collection as we are honest tax payers. But the development of the area does not reflect that," added Kumar. "Till date the Sena has been considered as a party which receives their votes from the slum population. But plush societies opting for Sena shows a major turn around in its image," said a senior political analyst who did not wish to be named.
|2017-02-11||'Campaigning money could have helped us' - Times of India|
Campaigning money could have helped us Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Feb 12, 2017, 04.06 AM IST Thane: With civic polls approaching, the political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters in the city areas, however, they seem to have completely forgotton the tribal pockets residing in the Yeoor Hills. While these parties seem to be spending big bucks in putting up hoardings or modifying massive vehicles with themes that urge citizens to consider them while casting their votes, they seem to have conviniently forgotten the 2000-plus tribal voters residing in the interiors of the green zone in Thane region. The members of these Adivasi communities who have spent years fighting for proper drinking water supply, walkable roads, electricity and other such basic facilities in their region have begun wondering whether their votes will actually change their situation for the better. While some areas of the village receive civic water supply occasionally, the 60-plus families living in Vanicha Pada and Jambul Pada have to actually use the watering holes and natural springs used by the fauna here, for drinking. In most pockets, the Adivasis have to wade through knee high grass and shrubs as their locality lacks even the basic mud paths. Apoorva Agwan, a social activist working with these communities over the years, said, "When these natural ponds dry up in the summer, things get worse for those living here. Washing clothes is unthinkable and the level of dehydration shoots up. Citizens and NGOs have provided some areas with temporary LED lights so that the village doesn't disappear in darkness, but it is high time that the politicians do something for their 2000-plus vote bank here." "Now with the elections approaching, politicians have begun spending a lot of money on campaigning. If they utilised this money to help the Adivasi community instead, they would be able to rid the grievances of these citizens in a day," Agwan added. "The lack of waste disposal is also a huge issue in this region as hoteliers as well as picnickers dump their waste along the roads and forest region, which attract rodents and thus, leopards in the areas. While some NGOs and forest officials clean the area once in a while, the constantly accumulating filth has also added to the health and safety woes of this community," added another social activist.
|2017-02-11||Complaint filed against house owner in Vitawa - Times of India|
Complaint filed against house owner in Vitawa Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 12, 2017, 04.04 AM IST Thane: A 25-year-old girl has registered a complaint against a resident of her society, Rameshwar Krupa co-operative society, in Vitawa after her mother suffered grievous injuries on Friday when a slab collapsed. The complainant alledged that the slab collapsed as the residents did not take proper care of the house while they conducted the repair work. The complaint was registered against the owner of the ground floor house Sameer Sonab and the tenant Ashok Uttekar, as the two allegedly did not take precautions while doing the repair work of their house. The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon when the slab of the first floor flat came crashing down on the ground floor. The 42-year-old victim, Indubai Atpadkara, the first floor resident, who was sleeping when the slab collapsed fell down with the slab and suffered injuries on her skull. She was rushed to KEM hospital for treatment. "It is a ground-plus one structure and the building is 19 years old. The building needed repair work, but nothing was done about it. The structure had cracks all over it. The tenant was doing the repair work of the house due to the building's condition. The victim's family has complaint against the residence for not taking adequate safety measures while doing the repairing work," said Mukhtar Bagwan, senior inspector of Kalwa police station. The police claimed that they would be investigating the case and accordingly actions will be taken if the accused are found guilty. The duo has been booked for negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings and causing grievous hurt.
|2017-02-11||Exam fever: Students call psychologists for stress management - Times of India|
Exam fever: Students call psychologists for stress management Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Feb 12, 2017, 04.07 AM IST Thane: With the exam season for class XII students fast approaching, psychologists and helplines are being flooded with calls from students looking for solutions for examination jitters. Varsha Singhvi, a city-based psychologist, said, "While I usually get calls from students appearing for competitive exams, the numbers of class XII students and even class X students have risen considerably this month. Most of them face similar symptoms of stress, including lack of sleep, fatigue through the day, loss of appetite and worry." Singhvi added, "Being this close to exams, these students need to plan revision for each subject in advance, eat properly, get enough sleep and take breaks by spending half an hour with friends or watching TV or just listening to music between revisions for rejuvenation." Mental health experts said that stress comes from and unrealistic expectation the students set for themselves or by others. Paras Sharma, program coordinator at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) helpline - iCall, which has also been receiving many such calls, said, "The academic world has become competitive today and this competition has given rise to a new genre of youngsters who push themselves beyond their limits to achieve their goals. For some, however, these pressures are still external. The problem arises when these expectations are unrealistic and the students start worrying as they are unable to reach the goal. Many try studying for eight to 10 hours at a stretch, which is not good." Sharma added that these situations make them go through mixed emotions like, disappointment, sadness, anger and frustration. This could lead to vulnerability where they could go into depression and have violent or suicidal tendencies. Being ambitious is good, but pushing one's body and mind to impracticable levels has an adverse effect on their well-being in the long run.
|2017-02-11||Trouble brewing between civic body, Thane SPCA - Times of India|
Trouble brewing between civic body, Thane SPCA TNN | Updated: Feb 12, 2017, 04.08 AM IST Navi Mumbai: There are strong undercurrents of a legal tussle brewing between Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and the Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) over the issue of picking up two stray dogs from a Koparkhairane housing society. TSPCA, along with several other animal activists had recently met civic officials urging them not to relocate the two stray dogs which are being taken care of by a local resident Naseem Bano, as the animals have been residing there since 2007. On the other hand, the civic veterinary officer Vaibhav Zunzare has stated that they have received complaints from other local residents who want the strays to be picked up as they are "aggressive" and a "nuisance". Shakuntala Majumdar of TSPCA said, "We had a meeting with Zunzare on Wednesday this week. We told him that TSPCA will only pick up the two dogs for medical check-ups and treatment of a skin infection, and later release them back in their original territory. It is wrong to permanently relocate the strays as they are healthy and have not bitten anyone in the locality. However, NMMC is not agreeing." Majumdar added that TSPCA was ready to send their ambulance to Koparkhairane to pick up the dogs on Sunday (February 11) for medical aid. But Zunzare reportedly called her on Saturday and stated that the dogs must be picked up now. "Other legal experts and I have told NMMC that it will be an unlawful act to pick up the two dogs and not bring them back to their original place," she said. Zunzare, however, clarified that all the other society residents have complained to NMMC. "The two dogs sit on the stairs and corridor, and aggressively bark at anyone climbing up or down the stairs. The residents are fed up of the dog nuisance and therefore want them out of there.'' However, city animal activists said that NMMC must hear to all sides of this issue, and not act merely on the insistence of those who do not want the stray dogs. Two years back, the society had also filed a legal proceeding against Bano in the local court on this issue, and the case is pending. "A member of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) had also written to the Thane district collectorate about this animal rights issue, and urged the authorities to intervene if NMMC indulged in any illegal relocation of the dogs,'' said an activist. In this regard, the union minister and head of People for Animals (PFA), Maneka Gandhi, has also been contacted by the activists. ``Earlier, the Supreme Court had also given clear directions that stray dogs also have the right to live and therefore humans must co-exist with animals. Even the animal birth control (ABC) rules state that once a dogs has been picked up for sterilization, it must be dropped back at the same place after the surgery,'' said an activist.
|2017-02-11||Minor boy detained for molesting girl in school | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
Minor boy detained for molesting girl in school Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Updated: Feb 12, 2017, 04.09 AM IST Thane: The 16-year-old boy who had allegedly molested a 10-year-old girl in a school washroom at Majiwada, was detained on Thursday. A standard VI girl was allegedly molested by a juvenile during recess time, while she was heading to eat food with her sister. "On Thursday, around 9:45am, the girl was heading with her friends to her sister's class to eat her tiffin. As her shoe lace buckle got open, she bent to put it back, till then her friends headed the other away. It was then that the boy pulled her to a nearby washroom by placing a handkerchief on her mouth. The girl escaped his grip by biting his hand," said an officer from Kapurbawadi police station. The police claimed that the boy had eve teased the girl before as well. "The girl was acquainted with the boy as they both lived in the same area. He once had eve teased her while she was passing by. Although she ignored his lewd gestures, she had complained to her mother. We have taken the CCTV footage of the school's entrance where the boy can be seen. There weren't any camera on the floor where the incident occurred. The boy is a standard IX dropout and studied in the same school. He would be produced in the juvenile justice board on Monday," said B T Baravkar, senior inspector of Kapurbawadi police station.
|2017-02-11||Driver's death in Thane: Staff of Maharashtra transport body call off strike - Hindustan Times|
Driver's death in Thane: Staff of Maharashtra transport body call off strike mumbai Updated: Feb 12, 2017 01:04 IST Prajakta Kunal Rane Hindustan Times Staff of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) in Mumbai, Panvel and Uran called off their strike on Saturday. They had been protesting since Friday against the death of their colleague, who succumbed to a heart attack after an altercation with an autorickshaw driver in Bhiwandi on Thursday. The breakthrough was achieved by state transport minister Diwakar Raote who visited the agitating staff, condoled driver's death and appealed protestors to resume work at all 250 depots. The staff had demanded action against suspects, a quick settlement of the insurance claim and a job to his nearest relative. The strike had affected passengers who visit Nashik and Pune on weekends. Mumbai-Pune AC bus services, which are popular among commuters, were resumed after being shut for a few hours.On Thursday morning, the 34-year-old driver, Prabhakar Gaikwad, fought with an autorickshaw driver. He collapsed and died while being treated at a local hospital. Following the incident, drivers and conductors of the MSRTC went on a spontaneous strike. Apart from Mumbai and Parel bus depots of the MSRTC, a major agitation by the staff was seen at Panvel and Uran depots, which affected the state transport bus services to Mumbai and neighbouring cities such as Thane. Owing to the agitation at two major depots, no buses, including Shivneri AC buses, could move out of the Dadar depot for Pune, leaving passengers stranded. Mumbai-Pune Shivneri services witness maximum rush on weekends. An MSRTC source said they have resumed the Mumbai-Pune services, but there is a lot of rush because of fewer buses; hence, passengers were forced to take alternative mode of transport for journey. Several MSRTC depots, including that of Kalyan, Thane, Nanded, Jalgaon and Bhiwandi, had witnessed the agitation in the past two days.
|2017-02-10||Commuters hit hard as ST bus employees go on strike in Thane - Times of India|
Commuters hit hard as ST bus employees go on strike in Thane PTI | Feb 10, 2017, 11.07 AM IST THANE: Several commuters and office-goers faced a tough time on Friday when drivers and conductors of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) in Thane city went on a strike to protest the death of their colleague. The employees of ST's depot I and II in the city went on a sudden strike today, thus affecting the state transport bus services from Thane, MSRTC PRO Avinash Bhosle said. The Thane depot of MSRTC caters to a large number of passengers while connecting bus services to various parts of the state. The employees have been protesting the death of their colleague Prabhakar Gaikwad (34), a bus driver at ST's Bhiwandi depot. Gaikwad and an autorickshaw driver allegedly had a quarrel on Wednesday night over some issue. Both later went to Bhiwandi police station and their dispute was resolved. However, when they came out of the police station, Gaikwad collapsed and died on way to hospital, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. Subsequently, the employees of MSRTC in Thane's Bhiwandi town went on a strike yesterday, but called it off late last night following an assurance that Gaikwad's wife would be given job in the ST service. However, today the employees of MSRTC in Thane city went on the strike over the issue.
|2017-02-10||Shiv Sena has fielded candidates with criminal record in Thane: BJP - Economic Times|
Shiv Sena has fielded candidates with criminal record in Thane: BJP By PTI | Updated: Feb 10, 2017, 09.00 PM IST Denying Shiv Sena's charge that BJP had become a 'party of goons', Bhandari alleged the Sena had fielded at least 20 candidates with criminal record in Thane city. THANE: BJP today alleged that Shiv Sena in its ally in the ruling coalition in Maharashtra has fielded at least 20 candidates with criminal record for the coming civic polls in the city. The party also distanced itself from a banner in the Ulhasnagar town in the district which featured the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alongwith Pappu Kalani, a local politician convicted for murder. Talking to reporters here, state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said BJP workers had not put up the banner and it had asked for its removal. Denying Shiv Sena's charge that BJP had become a 'party of goons', Bhandari alleged the Sena had fielded at least 20 candidates with criminal record in Thane city.
|2017-02-10||ST bus employees go on strike after worker succumbs to heart attack in Thane - Hindustan Times|
ST bus employees go on strike after worker succumbs to heart attack in Thane Megha Pol Hindustan Times MUMBAI Updated: Feb 10, 2017 13:59 IST State transport (ST) bus employees in Thane went on strike in protest against the death of the ST driver who succumbed to a heart attack after an altercation with an autorickshaw driver in Bhiwandi on Thursday. Not a single bus left the depot since 5.00 am on Friday. On Thursday morning, Prabhakar Gaikwad, a bus driver from Bhiwandi, fought with an autorickshaw driver. He collapsed and died while he was being treated at a local hospital. More than 80 employees staged a flash strike at Khopat, Vandana and Thane bus depots, preventing more than 70 buses from plying, thus inconveniencing commuters. Buses going to Konkan, Nashik, Shirdi, Marathwada and west Marathwada were also stuck in the depot. “The Aurangabad high court has ruled that no private or public vehicles will be allowed to ply within 200m of the ST depot. However, vehicles such as autorickshaws and taxis ply inside the Thane depot. This obstructs buses when the drivers are trying to turn or enter the premises. In addition to this, there are petrol pumps close to the bus stop, where autos and other vehicles form queues,” said a woman employee on strike. She added that the employees have demanded that the 200m rule be implemented immediately. The protesters also sought justice for Gaikwad. “Our seniors are trying to talk to the protestors and control the situation. We were not informed about the strike. ST employees just refused to let buses leave the depot. However, commuters will not be affected as buses from other depots in Kalyan, Bhiwandi or Wada are operational and are picking up passengers from the Thane depot,” said an officer from the ST traffic control unit.
|2017-02-10||Mega block between Thane and Kalyan - Times of India|
Mega block between Thane and Kalyancentral railway Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 10, 2017, 05.52 PM IST THANE: The Central Railway will operate a mega block between Thane - Kalyan on the down slow line between 11:20am-4:20pm on Sunday, February 12 for carrying out maintenance work. Up Slow/Semi fast line services leaving Mulund from 10.48 am to 4.23 pm will be diverted on the down fast line between Mulund and Kalyan and will halt at Thane, Diva and Dombivli. The trains will arrive its destination 10 minutes behind schedule. Down slow locals will not available at Kalwa, Mumbra, Kopar and Thakurli. Passengers of these stations are allowed to travel via Kalyan, Dombivli and Diva. Down fast services leaving Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM) from 10.20 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Diva in addition to their respective scheduled halts. The trains will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule. Up fast trains leaving Kalyan from 11 am to 3.08 pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule beyond. All locals leaving / arriving CSTM from 11 am to 5 pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule. "Due to these blocks, suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling on foot board, roof top of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains. Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused," said a railway official.
|2017-02-10||Bhiwandi man awarded life imprisonment in abduction, ransom case - Times of India|
Bhiwandi man awarded life imprisonment in abduction, ransom case Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 10, 2017, 01.08 PM IST THANE: A Bhiwandi-based man was found guilty on the charges of kidnapping three powerloom workers for a ransom of Rs 15000, convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for life by the district court here. Thane District Judge AS Bhaisare handed the conviction to the accused Javed Ansari, after finding him guilty under section 364(A) of the IPC and also fined him Rs 1,000. The accused was also found guilty on the charges punshable under section 386 of the IPC and awarded another five years if RI and a fine of Rs 500. Both the sentences to run concurrently the judge ordered. Four persons were abducted and the accused deamanded Rs 15000 for them for release but the cops rescued the four and accused was arrested and convicted.
|2017-02-10||Woman evading arrest for years held in 3 cheque bouncing cases - Times of India|
Woman evading arrest for years held in 3 cheque bouncing cases Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Updated: Feb 10, 2017, 12.26 PM IST THANE: A 45-year-old woman wanted in three cheque bounce cases was arrested from Wagle Wstate on Monday, said the cops. The police said that the accused, Bharati S Pawar, was wanted in a number of offences registered with various police stations in Thane. She had been evading arrest since a couple of years and the Wagle Estate police had sought three non-bailable warrants from the Vikhroli court. With information that Pawar would be coming near a campaigning spot of one of the candidates in Wagle Estate, the sleuths laid a trap and nabbed Pawar, said a senior police official. The court had, on several occasions, issued warrants and proclamation against Pawar, but she used to change her residence frequently to evade arrest, added the cop. Sources said that a number of cases were registered against her in Mumbai as well and that they had sought papers from relevant police stations.
|2017-02-10||TMC Elections 2017: Thane to host Pink Run for women on March 19 - India.com|
TMC Elections 2017: Thane to host Pink Run for women on March 19 The event is organised by Miraclemunj in association with Runtastic Dil use and Boarding Kites Entertainment along with Soman's Pinkathon. By Press Trust of India Updated: February 10, 2017 9:13 PM IST Thane, Feb 6: The city will host the Pink Run dedicated to women runners for the first time on March 19. Announcing the schedule of the event, former model and avid runner Milind Soman today expressed his lament over the lesser participation of women in the fitness movement compared to their male counterparts. Around 2,000 women are expected to participate in the Pink Run. Women are generally short of time and hence are not seen in large numbers in such events. The Pinkathon is organised by keeping this thing in mind, he told reporters. He said Pink Run was held in eight cities last year wherein the participation of women was around 80,000. This time the run will be organised in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi. It will be held in Kolkata and Thane for the first time, he said. The event is organised by Miraclemunj in association with Runtastic Dil use and Boarding Kites Entertainment along with Soman's Pinkathon. Soman said the objective of the event is to encourage an active lifestyle and overall fitness amongst women, create awareness about breast cancer and to bring in thousands of women into distance running for the first time. We are very excited to bring DOSTI Thane Going Pink to the women of Thane and neighbouring areas. It is the seed of change. We want the city to be part of this crusade that is being carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women, he said. The organisers have announced one Gayatri Dhamdhere as the mascot for the visually-impaired squad, Supriya Patil as the mascot for the underprivileged and Priyanka Gunani for the new mother category who will run 5-kms.
|2017-02-10||It's all in the family for Sena in Thane - Mumbai Mirror|
its all in the family for sena in Thane By Makarand Gadgil, Mumbai Mirror | Feb 11, 2017, 12.47 AM IST Vichares (L) got seats for wife and nephew; Pratap Sarnaik got seats for wife and son. The multi-corner contests in the civic body elections may have compelled parties to give tickets to family members and relatives of important leaders, but the Shiv Sena stands out in Thane for making it look like a family affair. Of the total 131 wards, the Uddhav Thackeray's party has given tickets to nearly 50 dynasts, including three to four members from one family. All its MLAs, members of legislative council and MPs have secured tickets for their kin. Thane votes on February 21. Sena MLA from Ovla-Majiwada constituency and realtor Pratap Sarnaik has ensured tickets for his wife Parisha and son Purvesh. Thane MP Rajan Vichare, who had sparked a controversy for allegedly force-feeding a Muslim waiter of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi during Ramzan, has secured tickets for his wife Nandini and nephew Mandar.
|2017-02-10||Shiv Sena has fielded candidates with criminal record in Thane: BJP - Times of India|
Shiv Sena has fielded candidates with criminal record in Thane: BJP PTI | Updated: Feb 10, 2017, 11.06 PM IST THANE: BJP today alleged that Shiv Sena -- its ally in the ruling coalition in Maharashtra -- has fielded at least 20 candidates with criminal record for the coming civic polls in the city. The party also distanced itself from a banner in the Ulhasnagar town in the district which featured the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alongwith Pappu Kalani, a local politician convicted for murder. Talking to reporters here, state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said BJP workers had not put up the banner and it had asked for its removal. Denying Shiv Sena's charge that BJP had become a 'party of goons', Bhandari alleged the Sena had fielded at least 20 candidates with criminal record in Thane city.
|2017-02-10||Girl, 10, alleges 13-year-old molested her - Times of India|
Girl, 10, alleges 13-year-old molested her Gargi Verma | Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Feb 11, 2017, 08.18 AM IST A 10-year-old girl from Thane's Majiwada area has alleged that a 13-year old boy from the neighbourhood molested her outside the washroom on the second floor of her school on Thursday. She said the boy, who's not a student of the school, barged inside with two of his friends and gagged her with a handkerchief. A complaint, filed by the school principal at the Kapurbawdi Police Station, quoted the girl as saying that she managed to escape after biting on the boy's hand. The girl's parents have told the cops that they accessed the school's CCTV footage which shows the boy entering the premises, even as the boy's mother said it was an old footage and that her son was not present at the spot. The complaint quoted the girl, a Std V student, as saying that the incident traumatised her to such an extent that she collapsed in the classroom. Senior Inspector Bansi Banwalkar from Kapurbawdi Police Station said an offence has been registered under the Indian Penal Code Section 354 (assault on a woman with intention to outrage her modesty). "It's a case wherein the complainant and the accused are both minors and we are proceeding with extreme caution. The CCTV footage is being examined and we are speaking to both parties," Banwalkar said. The school principal refused to comment, even as the FIR named her as the complainant. The girl's parents have accused the school of attempting to hush up the matter, saying they were being discouraged from approaching the police. "Our daughter told us that this boy, who is regularly seen inside the school despite not studying there, gagged her and stepped on her foot to prevent her from escaping. The principal refused to believe us till we on our own accessed the CCTV footage," the girl's mother said. Preliminary investigation by the police revealed the boy is a student of a civic-run school in the neighbourhood, and is often seen at the girl's school as he has several friends studying there. His mother, who works as maid, said he was being framed as he was an "easy target". "My son was at his school on Thursday. You can check with his teachers," the boy's mother said. The girl's parents questioned the school security, saying an outsider managing to enter the premises was good enough a reason to take action against the management. "Our daughter managed to escape this time around, but who would have been responsible if something worse had happened?" her parents asked.
|2017-02-10||Man gets life imprisonment for abducting powerloom workers - Times of India|
Man gets life imprisonment for abducting powerloom workers PTI | Updated: Feb 10, 2017, 06.49 PM IST THANE: A 28-year-old history sheeter from Bhiwandi, who was found guilty on charges of kidnapping three powerloom workers from the town in 2013 for a ransom, was today convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here. Thane District Judge A S Bhaisare awarded the punishment to Javed Akhtar Basiulla Ansari after finding him guilty under section 364(A) (kidnapping for ransom) of IPC and also imposed a fined of Rs 1,000 on him. He was also found guilty of charges punishable under section 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) of IPC and awarded another five years RI and a fine of Rs 500. Both the sentences will run concurrently, the court said. Prosecutor Buleshwar Hinge had told the court that the man had on November 20, 2013, along with a minor, abducted Ramesh Dayali Mahato Dangi, Pankaj Govind Dangi and Vikas Sitaram Dangi, all in the age group of 20-25 years. They were taken to hotel Sagar Plaza in Shantinagar at Naigaon Road and held captive there at gun point after threats to kill them if a ransom of Rs 15,000 was not paid. The police based on a complaint by one of the relatives of the victims raided the place and rescued them, the court was told. In his order, the judge noted that no leniency can be showed for Ansari as he also received Rs 4,000 from victims through one Uday Dangi. Ordering life imprisonment for the man, the judge said, "The victims were labourers working in powerlooms. They were kidnapped on the point of revolver for ransom. Offence is very serious and proved against the accused beyond all reasonable doubts. "Kidnapping a person for ransom is cancer in the society. It needs to be cured and therefore, the accused involved in such crimes, cannot be shown leniency. In the present matter, no person was killed after kidnapping. Therefore, the case is not made out for capital punishment. As such, life imprisonment would meet the ends of justice," the judge added.
|2017-02-10||Commuters hit hard as ST bus employees go on strike in Thane - The Indian Express|
Commuters hit hard as ST bus employees go on strike in Thane Drivers and conductors of MSRTC in Thane city went on a strike to protest the death of their colleague. By: PTI | Thane | Published: February 10, 2017 11:05 am Several commuters and office-goers faced a tough time today when drivers and conductors of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) in Thane city went on a strike to protest the death of their colleague. The employees of ST's depot I and II in the city went on a sudden strike today, thus affecting the state transport bus services from Thane, MSRTC PRO Avinash Bhosle said. The Thane depot of MSRTC caters to a large number of passengers while connecting bus services to various parts of the state. The employees have been protesting the death of their colleague Prabhakar Gaikwad (34), a bus driver at ST's Bhiwandi depot. Gaikwad and an autorickshaw driver allegedly had a quarrel on Wednesday night over some issue. Both later went to Bhiwandi police station and their dispute was resolved. However, when they came out of the police station, Gaikwad collapsed and died on way to hospital, Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar said. Subsequently, the employees of MSRTC in Thane's Bhiwandi town went on a strike yesterday, but called it off late last night following an assurance that Gaikwad's wife would be given job in the ST service. However, today the employees of MSRTC in Thane city went on the strike over the issue.
|2017-02-09||Thane: ST bus driver dies of heart attack after being assaulted by autorickshaw driver - Hindustan Times|
Thane: ST bus driver dies of heart attack after being assaulted by autorickshaw driver mumbai Updated: Feb 09, 2017 18:36 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The ST bus driver, Prabhakar Gaikwad, 34, is a Bhiwandi resident, and hails from Tuljapur. A state transport (ST) bus driver died of a heart attack after he was assaulted by an autorickshaw driver at Bhiwandi on Thursday. The two fought after their vehicles collided, said the police. The ST bus driver, Prabhakar Gaikwad, 34, is a Bhiwandi resident, and hails from Tuljapur. He was about to park at the bus depot at 1.30 am, when he collided with the autorickshaw. The police said both drivers alighted and a heated argument ensued. After being assaulted, Gaikwad brought the driver to police station, where he vomited and then fainted. We took him to Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital, where he was declared dead during treatment. Doctors told us that he suffered a heart attack. We registered an accidental death report and are investigating, said Ram Balsingh, senior inspector from Nizampura police station. Soon after the news of Gaikwad's death spread, the ST bus union from Bhiwandi staged protests and stopped plying. Union members demanded that the rickshaw driver be arrested. The police initiated a bandobast near the Bhiwandi bus depot. The autorickshaw driver has been detained and is being interrogated. Gaikwad died of a heart attack. It is not the autorickshaw driver's fault. We cannot arrest him without any evidence, an official said. Meanwhile, after the news spread about Gaikwad's death, ST bus union from Bhiwandi staged a protest and declared that they would not ply unless the driver of auto rickshaw is arrested. The police have arranged a heavy bandobast at ST bus stop and have also stationed a few senior officials there. Manohar Konka, 32, a businessman from Bhiwandi said, Right after the incident, the situation has become tense. ST buses are not plying on the road. It become difficult for commuters to travel at night. A mechanic from ST depot Bhiwandi, 43-year-old Pramod Patil, said, We came to know about Gaikwad's death early on Thursday and we did not got to work as we are saddened by his loss. Gaikwad was the sole bread winner for his family. we want his family to be compensated for his death.
|2017-02-09||Beef seized in Thane, four arrested - The Indian Express|
Beef seized in Thane, four arrested By: PTI | Thane | Published:February 9, 2017 3:03 pm Around 20 tonnes of beef being transported to Mumbai from Malegaon was seized here and four persons were arrested in this regard, police said. The beef, apparently meant to be exported to foreign countries, was seized from a truck which was intercepted at the Karegaon toll naka in Thane district last night, Kalwa police station inspector M A Patil said. Watch What Else Is Making News: Four persons, including the truck driver, were arrested today in this connection, police said. A case under relevant sections of IPC and that of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act was registered, they said, adding that a probe was on in the matter. The Maharashtra government had earlier imposed a ban on beef after enactment of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, banning the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, besides cows. As per the Act, the slaughter may attract a five-year jail term and Rs 10,000 fine and possession of meat of bull or bullock could lead to one-year jail and Rs 2,000 fine.
|2017-02-09||Seth Developers launches 2 towers in township project in Thane - Times of India|
Seth Developers launches 2 towers in township project in Thane PTI | Feb 9, 2017, 06.04 PM IST Mumbai, Feb 9 () Realty player Seth Developers today said it has launched two towers 'Glade' and 'Fern' as a part of its township project Vasant Lawns in neighbouring Thane. Fern consists of 2, 3 and 4 BHK apartments with carpet area starting from 706 sqft, 951 sqft and 1536 sqft, respectively, whereas Glade consists of 3 BHK apartments with carpet area starting from 998 sqft, the company said in a statement. Sheth Developers' portfolio consists of over 25,000 homes built, 70 projects and over 18 million sqft, developed and delivered. ............................................................. SEBI appoints HDFC Realty to auction PACL properties Mumbai, Feb 9 () HDFC Realty today said it has been appointed by market regulator SEBI to assist it with property sales for Pearls Agrotech Corporation (PACL) in eight states amounting to aaround Rs 550 crore. The company has been assigned the task to carry out the valuation and facilitate the pre-determined e-auction process for over 600 properties spread across India, it said in a statement issued here. Similar to a previous mandate delegated to HDFC Realty for the sale of Sahara properties, the PACL properties will be e-auctioned state wise covering 62 cities across 8 states Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In January this year, HDFC Realty successfully executed e-auction for properties worth Rs 439 crore in Haryana. PSK DK DK
|2017-02-09||Ulhasnagar municipal polls: 5 SAI leaders demand police security - NYOOOZ|
Ulhasnagar municipal polls: 5 SAI leaders demand police security TOI Thane Thu,09 Feb 2017 ULHASNAGAR: Five leaders from local SAI (Secular Alliance of India) party, including ex-Mayor Asha Idnani, have demanded police security from Thane police commissioner claiming they might be attacked by miscreants during the campaign for upcoming Ulhasnagar municipal corporation election.The local SAI party which plays crucial role in Ulhasnagar's politics this time have fielded their 59 candidates for 78 seats of civic body. On Wednesday, five leaders-Jeevan Idnani, Asha Idnani, Sunil Gangwani, Pankaj Trilokani and Pinto Bhatija - from SAI party approached the Thane police commissioner, Dr Param Bir Singh, demanding police security for them.Talking to TOI, Jeevan said, "During the campaign there are possibilities that our candidates may get targeted and we have specific information about it on the basis of which we have demanded security for five of our leaders, including me". On the basis of requests made by SAI party leaders, Thane commissioner Param Bir Singh has forwarded their request to Sunil Bhardwaj DCP of Ulhasnagar Division for further action.
|2017-02-09||Sheth Corp launches 2 towers in township project in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Sheth Corp launches 2 towers in township project in Thane Thu, 9 Feb 2017-04:51pm , PTI Realty player Sheth Corp today said it has launched two towers 'Glade' and 'Fern' as a part of its township project Vasant Lawns in neighbouring Thane. Fern consists of 2, 3 and 4 BHK apartments with carpet area starting from 706 sqft, 951 sqft and 1536 sqft, respectively, whereas Glade consists of 3 BHK apartments with carpet area starting from 998 sqft, the company said in a statement. Its portfolio consists of over 25,000 homes built, 70 projects and over 18 million sqft, developed and delivered. SEBI appoints HDFC Realty to auction PACL properties Mumbai, Feb 9 (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
|2017-02-09||Nod for 14 projects outside national park | Thane News - Times of ... - Times of India|
Nod for 14 projects outside national park Clara Lewis | TNN | Updated: Feb 10, 2017, 12.20 AM IST MUMBAI: Terming its recommendation not necessary, the standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has cleared 14 residential and commercial projects in Mumbai and Thane. These projects now fall outside the eco-sensitive zone of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. A majority of the proposed constructions are in Thane, Mulund, Nahur, Palghar and one is in Dahisar. The go-ahead was granted last month. In December, the ministry of environment and forests issued the final notification outlining the eco-sensitive zone around SGNP. While earlier the eco-sensitive zone covered a 10-km area beyond the park, the new eco-sensitive zone extends up to 4km. The NBWL panel observed that its approval is required for environmental clearance only if the projects are within eco-sensitive zones. As these are outside eco-sensitive zones, its recommendation is not required, it noted. Prakash Padikkal, founder of NGO Hillside Residents Welfare Association, said the buffer zone was already defined by a boundary. "People had invested in many of these projects that were always outside this boundary. The eco-sensitive zone had only caused further delay. Now, with so many constructions happening at the same time, the governm-ent must provide the necessary civic infrastructure." The state chief wildlife warden has proposed to reduce the amount to be charged for conservation and maintenance of wildlife from Rs 5 crore to Rs 1 crore.
|2017-02-08||MPDA Act to be imposed on those excavating sand - Times of India|
MPDA Act to be imposed on those excavating sand Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Feb 9, 2017, 01.26 AM IST THANE: Putting an end to the reign of the sand mafia in the district and thereby attempting to abolish the illegal mining of sand in the creek, district collector Mahendra Kalyankar, on Tuesday, announced that anyone found excavating sand illegally henceforth will be penalised under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act (MPDA). While the district administration has not only carried out dozens of raids on such illegal activities over the past few years, but also collecting fines amounting to crores of rupees and destroyed hundreds of vehicles used in these illegal activities, the sand mafia continues to thrive in various parts of the Thane creek. In the short eight month span between April and December 2016 itself, the department conducted as many as 115 raids on such illegal excavation activities in the Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan areas of the creek and seized sand brass and goods worth Rs 4.54 crore and Rs 23.24 crore respectively. They also registered 132 police complaints, most of which were against repeat offenders. In an attempt to nip this destruction of the environment once and for all the collector has now brought these illegal activities under the MPDA Act. "Illegal sand mining has been a massive issue for the district for years, as this sand mafia keeps coming back no matter how many times we fine them. The collector realised that only this stringent law can end this menace as it will empower officials to seize all the barges and tools instead of destroying them, and impose more stringent penalties on the culprits. This will also encourage those interested in sand mining to participate in the legal procedure of participating in an auction and receiving permission to excavate sand from certain permitted areas legally," said an official from the collector office.
|2017-02-08||Oil manufacturing company raided by crime branch at Ambernath - Times of India|
Oil manufacturing company raided by crime branch at Ambernath Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 8, 2017, 11.24 PM IST THANE: Thane police crime branch claimed to have busted a cartel involved in manufacturing inferior quality engine oil and lubricants and market them as top oil brands and export it abroad, the police said. An oil manufacturing company located at MIDC area of Ambernath and was raided by the crime branch unit-1 late on Wednesday. The sleuths have seized thousands litres from a factory and around five to eight persons have been detained and the company owner as well as management has been identified, a senior police officer informed TOI. Based on a tip-off that the company which is spread across an acre of land has been involved in manufacturing and selling of low grade engine oils on the name of branded companies and using the brand labels of Gulf oil among others a team raided the company and rounded the employees inside, informed the officer.
|2017-02-08||BMC election: Clash in Congress over a chair in Thane, literally - Mid-Day|
BMC election: Clash in Congress over a chair in Thane, literally By Suraj Ojha Posted 08-Feb-2017 The party office at Indira Nagar where the clash took place With the upcoming BMC polls, all parties are in battle mode and ready to clash for those coveted seats, but in Indira Nagar, Thane, they are fighting over another seat: A chair. So much so that Sunita Singh, chief of Congress' women's ward, landed in hospital for it. Feuding chairsIt all went down on February 6 at the Congress party office in Thane where area president Dr Manoj Yadav allegedly fought with Singh over whom the chair belonged to. Singh's brother Sumit said, "Our family was been with the Congress for 40 years and my sister has spent her hard-earned money to set up that party office. But when she applied for a ticket and didn't get one, she decided to stand as an independent. Now, these people are claiming that it is their office and she has no right to sit there. When Yadav saw her there, he started arguing with her and later, called 5 to 6 people who started beating her." He added, "When we found out Sunita was in trouble, her younger son rushed there to find her on the ground. He then took her to the cops where she collapsed, so the police admitted her to Thane Civil Hospital for treatment." Sunita Singh at hospital The other side: Yadav, however, denied the allegations saying, "I simply asked her to leave office. After this, she started arguing and called her two sons, Pankaj and Raju Singh, to threaten me. Eight months ago, she had pulled a similar stunt with a woman activist, for which she was arrested and the party severed all ties with her." Copspeak: An officer at the Thane police station said, "We have registered an NC against Sunita and taken her statement. As she is admitted in hospital, we are probing the case."
|2017-02-08||City NGO roped in for afforestation of Titwala land - Times of India|
City NGO roped in for afforestation of Titwala land Freny Fernandes | TNN | Updated: Feb 9, 2017, 01.46 AM IST THANE: The Thane forest department has roped in a city-based non government organisation (NGO) to transform a 19-hectare stretch of land near the Kalu river in Titwala to a lush green forest land. The afforestation project titled Devrai for the land in Vrinda area will be worked upon by volunteers from the Paryavaran Dakshata Manch. Volunteers have already started studying the topography and planning species of local trees and saplings to be planted in this pocket. "The main aim of this project is to bring back the green cover the district was known for. The only way to do so is by planting saplings that will thrive in this region. The 19-hectare plot of land already has some trees and the Kalu river running alongside ensures enough water supply to make the afforestation project successful. We have begun studying the soil, water and other aspects of the land and will begin planting appropriate saplings soon after," said Sangita Joshi, NGO member. This project, which will be carried out in a span of seven years before the land is handed back to the forest department, will not only include the plantation of local species of trees in the area, but also initiatives like soil conservation and so on. "In order to truly make the ecosystem self-sufficient, we will not only carry out tree plantation, but also undertake activities like building check dams to ensure adequate water supply all year round, conduct soil conservation to prevent erosion along the river-side and so on," added Joshi. With the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reports revealing a steady depletion in the green cover in the state, including Mumbai and Thane regions over the years, the forest department has not only pulled up their socks and begun a string of afforestation drives, but also sought public participation to help sustain their projects. An official from the forest department, said, "One of the main projects of the forest department currently is increasing the forest cover in the entire state. In order to obtain this objective, we already conducted a state-wide tree plantation drive last July and will be carrying out another one on a larger scale this year. However, for the success of these projects, public participation is essential." Joshi said that they were also seeking participation from local citizens to conserve the up-and-coming forest land.
|2017-02-07||'Sena's delay on Shai dam project causing water woes' - Times of India|
‘Sena’s delay on Shai dam project causing water woes’ Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 7, 2017, 07.02 AM IST THANE: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has blamed the ruling Shiv Sena for the water woes faced by lakhs of Thaneites over the years alleging the party in power in the city had failed to take a timely call on construction of the Shai dam project in 2000. NCP party president Anand Paranjpe, while addressing the media on Monday, claimed the Shai dam project that was approved by the then Congress-NCP state government for Thane in the previous decade would have cost the civic body Rs 450 crore. However, the Sena that was ruling the civic body then reportedly delayed taking a decision escalating the dam cost to around Rs 1,500 crore now. Taking potshots at Sena's claim to build the dam now, the NCP questioned the delay that led to an immense cost escalation and the rationale behind purchasing water from external sources when the Sena could have easily constructed the Shai dam at a fraction of the present cost and ensured continued supply for 50 years. "The Sena-ruled TMC has spent excess in purchase of potable water from various agencies at an inflated rate thus unnecessarily running up a huge bill of around Rs 3,500 crore. The civic body could have constructed three dams in the amount that it has spent on purchasing water over the last 25 years. This is sheer wastage of the taxpayer's money," said NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad. The NCP also criticized the alleged dynasty rule in the Sena taking note of the notable section of tickets distributed within the family of sitting corporators for the 2017 elections. Over 25 seats have been allotted to the kin of sitting corporators and leaders leaving the common Sainik out of the fray, observed a senior leader of the party.
|2017-02-07||Post nominations, disgruntled netas resort to rebellion - Times of India|
Post nominations, disgruntled netas resort to rebellion Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 7, 2017, 12.08 PM IST THANE: As political parties are geared up to start campaigning for the civic elections, few disgruntled aspirants across parties have resorted to a rebellion accusing senior leaders of choosing the rich and famous aspirants thus sidelining the loyal and dedicated workers. The fear of last minute defections forced major parties to withhold the announcement of candidates for the forthcoming civic elections and announce the same at the last minute. However, the plan seemed to have boomeranged with few established ones deserting the party while others deciding to contest solo causing visible embarrassment for party leadership. The last two days saw several aspirants and rebels across parties venting their ire over the apparent faulty choice of candidates to contest the polls in certain wards. The latest to voice their dissent are around 20 office-bearers of the BJP's city unit including former deputy mayor Subhash Kale, secretary of Thane unit Shashi Yadav, among others today who resigned from their respective posts. The rebels protested the 'high handedness' of party leaders by ignoring 'loyal and dedicated' ones. "Fadnavis had announced that only loyal activists and those with elective merit would be chosen for tickets and transparency will be maintained in the process. However, all his orders have been flouted while choosing the candidates. Most of us were promised a ticket, but the same was gifted to others who recently defected from other parties or form adjoining wards completely ignoring loyal karyakartas," echoed the office bearers, who jointly addressed a press conference today. It may be noted that few workers had clashed outside the BJP's Khopat office during the ticket distribution on January 3 midnight alleging foul play in the allotment of tickets. Senior leader Sanjay Ghadigaonkar had also announced his resignation from the party over the same reason few days back only to return to the party hours after his decision. The leader is, however, planning to withdraw from the race and allow his wife to contest the BJP seat from ward 17. Meanwhile, the party has apparently dispatched few senior leaders from the RSS to Thane and also deputed MLA Sanjay Kelkar to iron out issues ahead of polls so as to avoid any possible embarrassment that could be latched on by rivals ahead of the polls. Staunch Shiv Sena loyalist and former corporator Chandragupt Ghag also known for his proximity to MLA Eknath Shinde also alleged foul play when a ticket from Kisan Nagar was given to Shinde's sibling. Another rebel from the party Vilas Dhamale had staged a protest outside the party office and is believed to have been publicly expressing his angst against the dynasty rule in the party. A sitting Sena corporator Sneha Patil also joined the NCP camp soon after she realized she was denied a seat. Interestingly, the NCP and Congress camp seems to be silent despite murmurs of few upset aspirants contesting independently at the last minute. A sitting corporator who has also been issued a ticket is also upset with the flip-flops by the parties and could consider walking out and contesting solo, said an aide.
|2017-02-07||Congress & NCP continue alliance, but not in all wards - Times of India|
Congress & NCP continue alliance, but not in all wards Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 8, 2017, 04.03 AM IST THANE: The Congress and NCP seem unlikely to go for a blanket alliance for the Thane civic polls and are bound to be involved in a friendly tussle in certain wards where an amiable seat sharing formula cannot be achieved. Senior leaders from both parties who met on Tuesday evening in Thane said they are likely to indulge in a friendly tussle in certain wards of Kalwa and Mumbra while they will fight jointly in other parts of the city including Thane and Diva. Both the parties that had announced an alliance for the Thane polls and were discussing an agreeable seat sharing formula till last week, but ended up fielding a candidate each in around 24 of the 131 seats. This reportedly led to souring of relations between the two parties. Following the overlapping of candidates noticed in around 16 wards of the total 33, the parties suddenly backtracked with the NCP openly declaring to fight the polls solo last Friday, which was the first day of filing nominations. However, the Thane unit of the Congress that saw a notable number of corporators switching over to other parties till last week decided to take the initiative and stich up the alliance with the NCP that holds considerable clout in the TMC after the Shiv Sena. A request was made to senior leaders in Mumbai overseeing the developments here following which an understanding was arrived in between the two sparring parties.
|2017-02-07||Dosti Realty Presents 'DOSTI Thane Going Pink' Powered by Cox - Moneycontrol.com|
Dosti Realty Presents DOSTI Thane Going Pink Powered by Cox (Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR News wire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). An Initiative of the Miraclemunj, in Association With Runtastic Dil se and Boarding Kites Entertainment, the First DOSTI Thane Going Pink Run Will be Held on Sunday, 19th March 2017 at the Dosti Site in Balkum, Thane India Going Pink has expanded its footprint by announcing their debut run in Thane. The first edition of DOSTI Thane Going Pink, presented by Dosti Realty and powered by Cox Kings will be held on Sunday, 19 March, 2017 at the Dosti Site, in Balkum, Thane. The online registrations for a woman's only run are open at
|2017-02-07||BJP candidate threatened with revolver by relative over financial dispute - Times of India|
BJP candidate threatened with revolver by relative over financial dispute Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Feb 7, 2017, 08.17 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: Amid Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation election period, a BJP candidate Mahesh Sukhramani has filed case against his nephew Rahul Sukhramani alleging he shown him revolver and threatened to kill. Sukhramani alleged that Rahul recently on February 2, threatened him over financial dispute near Yatri Nivas in Ulhasnagar while filing nomination form for upcoming Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation election and demanded to pay his pending money or else he threatened him to kill. Mahesh also alleged that Rahul threatened him that if he did not paid him money than he threatened him to make campaign against him appealing public to not vote on the social media. Talking to TOI, Mahesh said, "Initially I suspect Rahul is just threatening me to extort money from me but later he made video viral on social media against me making false claim to defame my image in ward". Later Sukhramani approached to the Ulhasnagar police station filing threatening and arms act case against him. However talking to TOI, Rahul Sukhramani said, "Mahesh deliberately to avoid paying my father's pending money have fabricated me in the false case as I never shown him any revolver". The police said they have registered case and searching for the accused.
|2017-02-07||ASK group exits Noida, Bengaluru, Thane realty investments for Rs. 440 cr - Hindu Business Line|
ASK group exits Noida, Bengaluru, Thane realty investments for Rs 440 cr Bindu D Menon Mumbai, Feb 7: ASK Property Investment Advisors has exited its investments from three projects in Noida, Bengaluru and Thane for Rs 440 crore. ASK has exited from ATS Infrastructures Noida project ATS Le Grandiose located on Noida Greater Noida Expressway at Sector 150 for Rs 121 crore. The investment was made from ASK PIA's domestic fund ASK Real Estate Special Opportunities Portfolio II. ASK had invested Rs 66 crore with ATS Group in Feb 2014 and in three years; the same has fetched an IRR of 27 per cent and a multiple of 1.85. The part exit of Rs 151 crore is from ASK Real Estate Special Opportunities Fund, in the Shriram Properties Private Ltd's Bengaluru project Chirping Woods. ASK had invested Rs 90 Cr with Shriram Properties Private in September 2012 and has achieved a 1.71 multiple with this part exit. ASK had also raised a structured debt for Rumah Bali project at Thane by Puraniks in March 2016 and has exited with Rs 168 crore. The exit has garnered returns of 19 per cent. ASK in last four years has raised over Rs 575 crore through NCD route and with this exit, NCD portfolio stands fully exited at over Rs 713 crore. Amit Bhagat, MD CEO, ASK Property Investment Advisors said, The era of consolidation has clearly established the increased importance of partner selection, location, margin of safety and risk management. We have repeatedly proved our disciplined framework and sustainability of superior risk adjusted returns. ASK Group through its Real Estate investment advisory business manages Rs 4,000 crore and has committed over Rs 2,500 crore in 21 projects.
|2017-02-07||Man held with scrapped currency notes worth Rs 29.97 lakh - Times of India|
Man held with scrapped currency notes worth Rs 29.97 lakh Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 8, 2017, 01.39 PM IST THANE: A 27-year old accountant has been detained for carrying Rs 29.97 lakh in old scrapped currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination by the crime branch sleuths from Teen Haath Naka area. Sunil Yadav, a resident of Santa Cruz (east), was caught red-handed. It is suspected that the racket may have deep roots and is being run clandestinely. The police said they caught Yadav by acting on a tip-off from a secret informer. It was on Monday, sub-inspector Shivraj Bendre and constable Dilip Shinde, got a tip-off about a person, with Yadav's description, arriving at Teen Haath Naka junction with a bag stacked with old denomination currency notes, said Madan Ballal, senior police inspector. The undercover sleuths waiting for Yadav waylaid him and trapped him with the bag as soon as he reached Teen Haath Naka junction. Upon interrogation, Yadav told the cops that he had got the currency notes from an estate agent, identified as Mane, who was going to get 40 per cent commission, while Yadav was going to keep 15 per cent commission for himself, added Ballal. During the primary interrogation, Yadav told the police that he was going to give the cash to another person, also an estate agent, based in Lokmanya Nagar in the city. The person named Mane is absconding. So as of now the source of the cash isn't clear. Cops are also waiting to check whether it is linked to any of the political parties. "It is a long chain, which is still operational. Thorough investigation is required to unveil the chain," said Parag Manere, deputy commissioner of police (crime). Yadav was handed over to income tax officials. They would carry out further investigation. "Once they are through, the crime branch will take custody and probe the case," said a senior police official.
|2017-02-07||228 candidates pull out of TMC election race | Thane News - Times ... - Times of India|
228 candidates pull out of TMC election race Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 8, 2017, 04.02 AM IST THANE: As many as 228 candidates including disgruntled party workers pulled out of the election race in Thane on the last day of withdrawal of nominations for the TMC polls which will be held on Tuesday, February 21. With nominations of another 53 rejected due to various reasons, the battle for the 131 seats in the TMC House will now be between the remaining 805 candidates. Several independents, including those who had defected from the BJP, the Shiv Sena and others last week who had decided to fight solo recalled their respective nominations after cajoiling by party seniors on Tuesday. As many as 1183 nominations had been filed by aspirants for the TMC elections scheduled on February 21 of whom 228 pulled out of the poll race. Among those who had withdrawn their respective nominations included sitting corporator Pooja Wagh, Namrata Bhosale, Ashiwni Jagtap who had contested as independents after the Shiv Sena denied a ticket to them. Rebel and former corporator Sangita Ghag, also known for her proximity to Eknath Shinde's family ties also withdrew her nomination, but her husband Chandragupt who left the party after he was denied over Shinde's sibling will fight on the NCP ticket. As many as 20 party workers and aspirants from the BJP who had rebelled and applied for a ticket independently withdrew their respective applications on Tuesday after intervention from party senior leaders. Former deputy mayor Subhash Kale, who had led a group of disgruntled party workers on Sunday after raising question on the selection process for candidates in the party also took back his nomination. BJP corporator Jaynath Purnekar also withdrew his nomination from the civic polls and decided to join his brother Chattrapati, who is contesting on a Congress ticket from panel 3B in Manpada. Political observers say such nominations and subsequent withdrawals is nothing but a gimmick to either embarrass the party leadership or bargain for a better position in the next polls. Every candidate has aspirations but often the party has to take appropriate decisions that suits its strategies for the future. Such disappointments and subsequent resignations are often kneejerk reactions, say analysts from the city. "Every party wants to ensure their leaders and workers to stay but compulsions like probability of winning a seat is paramount. The leadership often has to take appropriate decisions to fulfill the party strategies even if it means denying a ticket to a deserving candidate. Often, these situations end up giving a perfect bargaining opportunity for leaders with respect to their positon in the party." said Mridul Nile, associate professor at the department of civics and politics at Mumbai University. Meanwhile, another 55 nominations filed by 53 aspirants got rejected due to various reasons including tax defaults and questionable certificates filed along with affidavits, the battle for the Thane Municipal Corporation will now be between 805 candidates for the 131 seats.
|2017-02-07||Dosti Realty Presents 'DOSTI Thane Going Pink' Powered by Cox - Outlook India|
Haryana govt comes out with draft textile policy 07 FEBRUARY 2017 Last Updated at 7:37 PM chandigarh, Feb 7 Keen on making Haryana a global hub of textile manufacturing and a preferred investment destination, the state government has drafted a new textile policy to incentivise setting up of new units and ensuring growth and modernisation of the existing textile industry. The policy is full of fiscal incentives and contains provisions for infrastructure augmentation, setting up of textile parks and facilities for skill training, an official spokesman said here today. It aims at generating 50,000 new jobs by attracting investment in the textile sector to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore. The draft policy has been put in the public domain and the government has sought suggestions from the stakeholders up to February 28, which will then be factored in. "The policy has been formulated with an eye on the cotton belt of Haryana. The state is one of the leading cotton producers in the country, with Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani, HISAR and Jind being the main cotton producing districts," he said. The policy proposes capital subsidy of 10 per cent for the eligible new projects of all textile enterprises across the state. "The draft policy aims at positioning Haryana as a preferred destination for global textile majors. It aims to boost textile exports by compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20 per cent during 2017," the spokesman added. Under the policy, HSIIDC will offer industrial plots for a lease of 33 years with 5 per cent increase in annual lease rent. Besides, panchayat land will also be made available on lease for industrial development. The government will also facilitate setting up of a textile park at Hansi in Hisar district. The park shall house weaving, sizing and garmenting enterprises to augment the already strong existing infrastructure for ginning and spinning. For the khadi industry, the government plans to facilitate retail space at nominal rates. Locations such as famous tourist spots, places with heavy footfall such as airports and retail hubs are proposed to be explored for such opportunities, he added.
|2017-02-07||Dosti Realty Presents 'DOSTI Thane Going Pink' Powered by Cox - Moneycontrol.com|
Dosti Realty Presents 'DOSTI Thane Going Pink' Powered by Cox Feb 07, 2017, 09.52 PM | Source: PTI An Initiative of the Miraclemunj, in Association With Runtastic Dil se and Boarding Kites Entertainment, the First DOSTI Thane Going Pink Run Will be Held on Sunday, 19th March 2017 at the Dosti Site in Balkum, Thane India Going Pink has expanded its footprint by announcing their debut run in Thane. The first edition of DOSTI Thane Going Pink, presented by Dosti Realty and powered by Cox & Kings will be held on Sunday, 19 March, 2017 at the Dosti Site, in Balkum, Thane.
|2017-02-06||Forest department starts taking steps to prevent fires in Yeoor - Times of India|
Forest department starts taking steps to prevent fires in Yeoor Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 6, 2017, 06.45 AM IST THANE: With the possibilities of forest fires inching closer due to the early onset of summer this year, officials from Yeoor forest have started taking preventive steps to avoid such incidents in the future. From installing fire lines that run through 65 sq km of forest area to activating a 24x7 helpline number, the forest department has kick-started their preventive measures. Yeoor range forest officer Sanjay Waghmode said, "The entire area is demarcated with three to six meter wide forest lines. The dry grass along the 68-km long forest line has been burnt and ash has been placed in a grid format to isolate the other sections of the forest land. If one section of the forest goes up in flames then these lines will ensure that it does not spread to the other parts. This then gives us adequate time to reach the spot and douse the flames." "We usually start these forest activities later, but with summer almost here we decided go ahead with the measures now itself," Waghmode added. The department has also deployed a team of fire watchers who will keep a watchful eye from the three watch towers that have been installed 24x7 to decrease the response time. "It takes us half-an-hour to one hour to reach the spot as it is a hilly terrain and vehicles don't go inside. The faster we are alerted, the sooner we will be able to douse the flames," he said. Besides, the forest department has also reinforced the helpline number-1926- and has urged citizens to inform the officials about any incident in case of a fire. "The forest department's 24-hour helpline number can be used to not only report about any wild animal sighting, but also any forest fire cases. Often, citizens do not know how to inform the officials in case of an emergency. The team handling the helpline will immediately pass on the SOS to the closest range offices who will take immediate action. We cannot eliminate the occurrences of forest fires but we can speed up the rescue process," said Sunil Limaye, chief conservator of forests, Thane forest department. We usually start these forest activities later, but with summer almost here we decided go ahead with the measures now itself. It takes us half-an-hour to one hour to reach the spot as it is a hilly terrain and vehicles don't go inside. The faster we are alerted, the sooner we will be able to douse the flames.
|2017-02-06||Parties head to polls minus manifesto list - Times of India|
Parties head to polls minus manifesto list Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 6, 2017, 06.49 AM IST THANE: Uncertainty over the fate of alliances and lack of any constructive ideas to offer is probably holding back political parties from coming out with their manifestos in the lake city . Though just a fortnight is left for the Thane Municipal, Corporation (TMC) election, major political parties in the lake city , except the Shiv Sena, are yet to release their manifestos, forcing their candidates to reach out to voters with individual programs as they started their campaigning on Sunday . A manifesto gives the voter a clear idea about the vision and the direction of the party on how it wants to develop the city in the next five years of its tenure. However, over the year, parties have apparently reduced it to a mere formality with barely anything new to offer and often declaring it at the last minute. Further, experts lament that parties, of late, seem to be designing manifestos based on what their rival camps have offered or rather has left out from their manifesto. "Candidates of any political party should ideally have a common vision programme for the city , as they start reaching out to voters to maintain uniformity . Of late, parties seemed to have become causal about the same with mani festos being released at the last minute with barely any thought given to the city and its dynamics where they intend to reach out," says Dr Mridul Nile, head of department, political science at Mumbai University . In thane, political parties, spare for the exception of Shiv Sena, have not yet formally announced their manifestos for the municipal election despite the same scheduled barely a fortnight later. Insiders say the indecision over alliances till the last minute is probably the reason for this and the same should be ready in coming days. The BJP, which is aiming for an increased tally in the TMC house, says it is working on its manifesto and it could be released in a day or two."We are ready with our agenda, but will fine-tune it over the next few days before presenting it before voters.Along with development aspects, we are planning to inform how the BJP-led state government has worked towards creating a smart city here," said a senior party functionary . NCP, the second largest party in the city after Shiv Sena, said it will release its manifesto towards the fag end of campaigning. "We are ready with our materials and will release it probably next week," said a senior leader. Congress, meanwhile, has plans to release its poll charter only after thrashing out the seat-sharing arrangement, which would be most likely post Tuesday . However, experts have trashed the reasons and said the exercise is nothing but an attempt to mislead residents. "The manifestos don't seem to have any relevance these days as parties have nothing to offer to the city. Those who have released manifestos haven't offered anything new. It's more of a repeat of what was planned ages back for the city . "It is time for the public to raise questions over these unkept poll promises," said political observer and senior journalist Prakash Bal.
|2017-02-06||Thane to host Pink Run for women on March 19 - Business Standard|
Thane to host Pink Run for women on March 19 Press Trust of India | Thane February 6, 2017 Last Updated at 19:07 IST The city will host the Pink Run dedicated to women runners for first time on March 19. Announcing the schedule of the event, former model and avid runner Milind Soman today expressed his lament over lesser participation of women in the fitness movement compared to their male counterparts. Around 2,000 women are expected to participate in the Pink Run. "Women are generally short of time and hence are not seen in large numbers in such events. The Pinkathon is organised by keeping this thing in mind," he told reporters. He said 'Pink Run' was held in eight cities last year wherein the participation of women was around 80,000. "This time the run will be organised in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi. It will be held in Kolkata and Thane for the first time," he said. The event is organised by Miraclemunj in association with Runtastic Dil se and Boarding Kites Entertainment along with Soman's Pinkathon. Soman said the objective of the event is to encourage an active lifestyle and overall fitness amongst women, create awareness about breast cancer and to bring in thousands of women into distance running for first time. "We are very excited to bring 'DOSTI Thane Going Pink' to the women of Thane and neighbouring areas. It is the seed of change. We want the city to be part of this crusade that is being carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women," he said. The organisers have announced one Gayatri Dhamdhere as the mascot for the visually-impaired squad, Supriya Patil as the mascot for the underprivileged and Priyanka Gunani for the new mother category who will run 5-kms.
|2017-02-06||Thane: Four Bangladeshi women rescued from flesh trade; two arrested - Times of India|
Thane: Four Bangladeshi women rescued from flesh trade; two arrested Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 6, 2017, 11.17 PM IST THANE: Two men who lured Bangladeshi women with a role in Bollywood movies and job as beauticians, later dragged them in prostitution have been arrested by the city crime branch who rescued as many as three women and a minor from Mumbra. The duo was allegedly operating from a Ismail residential apartment from Shiblinagar near Mumbra were indulging in the sex trade from her apartment, informed a police officer. The women hail from Dhaka and the police said that they are recording the statements.
|2017-02-06||Why can't Irani national be allowed to go to Thane, High Court asks state government - The Indian Express|
Why Can't Irani national be allowed to go to Thane, High Court ask state government Written by Radhika Ramaswamy | Mumbai | Published: February 7, 2017 3:42 am The Bombay High Court on Monday sought to know from the state government what apprehensions it had in allowing a 65-year-old Iranian national living in Mumbai to go to Thane to visit or live with his ailing mother. A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi was hearing a petition filed by Reza Abdullateef Saboonchi, an Iranian national who is under a restriction order imposed by the state government through the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO), which limits his travel out of the city limits. The petition has sought a relief on the restriction so that he could shift base from Mumbai to Thane. According to the petition, Saboonchi and many who are part of the Iranian Shia community had been living in India by retaining the passports of their originating country. He was arrested by the Dongri police in 2009 over a dispute with the Iranian mosque trust on charges of cheating and under relevant sections of the Foreigners Act. Subsequently, his passport was returned but there was a restriction order imposed on him restraining him from moving out of South Bombay, pending trial. In 2012, this restriction order was relaxed and he was allowed to travel within Greater Bombay after a representation was made in court. According to the petition, while Saboonchi lives in Dongri, his 90-year-old mother lives in a house in Thane and she is wheelchair-bound, is suffering from cancer and needs to be frequently taken to a hospital in Mulund. It is pertinent to bring on record that the house in Thane is just 15 minutes away from the outer limit of Greater Bombay, reads the petition. Despite making several representations, the state government through FRRO has rejected Saboonchi's plea to shift to Thane with his mother. The petition also said that since Saboonchi has properties in Mumbai and its outskirts and since his entire family has been living, studying and working in the city, the chances of him fleeing are bleak and it is for a justified reason that he is seeking to live in Thane. The counsel representing the state told the court that since there is a case going on against the petitioner under the Foreigners Act, he shouldn't be allowed to move out and that there is a possibility that he could flee. However, the court was not very convinced with this and asked the state government why it had an issue in granting permission for the petitioner to move to Thane, which is just a few minutes away from the outer limits of Greater Bombay. If the apprehension is that he would flee, he can flee from the limits of Mumbai as well. Thane is just a few minutes away from the city limits, then why this restriction when the reasoning is justified, asked More. The court told the state government to make a submission as to why there is an apprehension among authorities in sending Saboonchi to Thane, at the next hearing.
|2017-02-06||Thane residents shiver as temperature drops to 19.3C | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Thane residents shiver as temperature drops to 19.3C Freny Fernandes | TNN | Feb 7, 2017, 02.59 AM IST THANE: Residents from the lake city finally got some respite from the humid and hot climate as the temperature dropped to 19.3 degrees Celsius on Monday. The mercury levels that have been hovering between 37 degrees Celsius during the day and around 24 degrees Celsius at night, dropped by almost 5 degrees over the past two days. The maximum temperature recorded in the city was 31 degrees Celsius on Sunday and the minimum dropped to as low as 19.3 degrees Celsius on Monday. Rutuja Shetty (24), an Upvan area resident, said, "It had turned really hot since the last few weeks. We were facing summer climate in winter. Stepping out in the afternoon was unthinkable because of the heat. The nights, too, were warm. I hope we get these short spans of cold all through the long summer months as well." Meanwhile, meteorologists assert that the fading away of the cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan has resulted in the inflow of cold northern winds, thus cooling the air by around four to five degrees. They, however, predict that the relief will be short lived as the heat will resume after around 48 hours. Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at skymetweather, said, "For the last few weeks, the cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan had blocked the cool northern winds from reaching Maharashtra. With that fading away, the temperature has dropped by around 10 degrees Celsius in Rajasthan and around five degrees Celsius in various pockets of Maharashtra, including the Mumbai Metropolitan Region." "However, there is a western disturbance brewing up over the Arabian Sea which is bound to increase the mercury levels after around two days," he added. However, residents wish that the pleasant weather continues to prevail at for sometime. ''This year, we hardly had any winter. It was unbearably hot and humid. If this is the case now then by April and May it may just get worse,'' said Arundati Patil.
|2017-02-05||20 office-bearers of Thane BJP unit quit their post - The Indian Express|
20 office-bearers of Thane BJP unit quit their post By: PTI | Thane | Published:February 5, 2017 10:14 pm Around 20 office-bearers of BJP's city unit today resigned from their post to protest against the alleged high handedness of party leaders and ignoring tickets to loyal and dedicated workers for the upcoming Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections. Election to the Thane civic body is scheduled to be held on February 21. Watch what else is making news The office-bearers, who addressed a press conference here today, made serious allegations of high handedness against the committee members of the party responsible for the allotment of tickets. At least 80 per cent of those who recently joined BJP from other parties have been given tickets at the cost of loyal and dedicated workers, who toiled for the growth of the party in city, said these office-bearers. They said that at a party rally Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that only loyal activists and only those with elective merit would be given tickets and total transparency will maintained in the process but in case of Thane all the yardsticks set by the CM have been flouted. We have resigned our offices and but we still remain with the party. We will soon decide if we will work for the candidates given by the party, they said. Among those who addressed the conference include, Subhash Kale, former deputy mayor, Sashi Yadav, secretary Thane unit, Dipti Chandgadkar, general secretary Thane district Mahila Morcha, Trupti Joshi-Patil among others.
|2017-02-05||Thane civic polls: Wards with maximum voters dominated by slums - Times of India|
Thane civic polls: Wards with maximum voters dominated by slums Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 5, 2017, 02.06 PM IST THANE: In a run-up to Thane civic elections, the highest number of voters are found in the wards dominated by the slums pockets in the Wagle estate area or the hilly terrain pockets located adjacent to the SGNP or Yeoor forests, states the statistics compilation of the final voters list. The fate of 131 corporators spread across 33 wards in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) shall be decided by the 12.28 lakh voters depending on the voting percentage during the polls. Among the total of 12.28 lakh (12,28,584) voters nearly 54.32 percent are the males i.e 6.67 lakh whereas the total female voters are 45.66 percent and 15 voters are from the third gender. The major chunk of voters, going by the final voters list is found majority in the slums pockets of Wagle estate area. Ironically, such pockets have mushroomed in the last several years as unauthorized chawls and buildings which have no Occupational Certificate and known as the 'vote-banks' for the political parties are seen in numerous city areas. During the elections, these pockets prove to be the deciding for adding numbers to the ruling political party as against the voters from the gated complexes. "The candidates irrespective of the political parties rely on the voters from the slum pockets as they are easy to lure with 'minimal' efforts. Also the voting percentage is higher from the slums pockets possibly due to political patronage than that of residential complexes which is why the slums pockets acts as a decider for the candidates even if the difference is in few hundreds," said a former bureaucrat from the city. According to the final voters list it is found that the Indira Nagar, Sathe Nagar, Ambe Wadi, Jai Bhavani Nagar has highest number of voters of 50763. Whereas the second on the list is the Kopri colony, Chendani east, Parsik colony which also has selective slums pockets and the voter population consists or to 46699 which could be the deciding factor for paving the way to winner. The third on the list is the blend of slums and residential complexes of Balkum, Majiwada and highland with nearly 24782 of males and 21719 of female voters, the list reads. Surprisingly, the plush residential complexes spread across the city falls in the mid category of the voters in the city area especially on the Ghodbunder road. The ward which is the tail of the south of the city consists of the developing --Ovala Kasarwadavli and Bhayenderpada have only 29359 voters. The least voters are in found in the rural belt of the TMC limits way towards the Khardi, Dawale, Padle, desai, Khdikali, Daighar villages etc which has a miniscule 20410 voters.
|2017-02-05||Thane: 'Misfiring' by air-rifle triggers fear in Charai area - Times of India|
Thane: 'Misfiring' by air-rifle triggers fear in Charai area Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 5, 2017, 02.00 PM IST THANE: Unidentified person using an air rifle misfired and damaged the window pane of an MTNL office in Charai area on Saturday. The incident however, triggered fear amongst the citizens living in the vicinity as they heard a shot. A senior police officer informed that they came to know about the incident and immediately a team of top police officials rushed to the spot. "Upon carrying out close inspection they suspect that someone using an air-rifle may have misfired and its pellet hit the window 12 feets above the ground level," informed an officer from Naupada police station. The officer added that behind the MTNL office there is a Nallah passing and a chawl adjoining to nallah and couple of buildings nearby. It is still unclear but there is possibility that someone might have targetted a bird and misfired but the police said that they are making inquiries into it and the accused will be tracked and questioned, said the officer.
|2017-02-05||Thane: Man held for impersonating as FDA inspector - ETHealthworld.com|
Thane: Man held for impersonating as FDA inspector Sanjay Shinde demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Tripathi and threatened him to shell out the money if he wanted to continue his medical practise. PTI February 05, 2017, 11:19 IST Thane: A 35-year-old man from Virar here, who posed as a Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) inspector and allegedly demanded bribe from a doctor, has been arrested, police said on Saturday. "Accused Sanjay Shinde impersonated as FDA inspector and meet one Dr Raghavendra Tripathi at his hospital in Kalyan. He then accused Tripathi of indulging in adulteration of medicines," sub-inspector Y M Gaikar of Bazarpeth police station said. Shinde demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Tripathi and threatened him to shell out the money if he wanted to continue his medical practise. "Suspecting Shinde, the doctor asked him to show his identity card, which he failed to furnish. Tripathi soon alerted drug inspector Dr Anil Manickrao, attached to Thane FDA division," Gaikar said. During the investigation, it was revealed that Shinde was a real estate agent. Police is also probing that if he has cheated more medicos in a similar fashion and duped them. Shinde was booked under sections 420 (cheating) and 170 (personating a public servant) of the IPC.
|2017-02-05||Residents mull boycotting civic elections - Times of India|
Residents mull boycotting civic elections Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 5, 2017, 11.15 PM IST THANE: Over a thousand residents from Rambaug area of ward number 6 have decided to boycott the elections after finding their names abruptly included in adjoining ward. The residents are upset as they will have to elect a representative from an adjoining ward and repeated attempts to seek clarification from the administration has proved futile. Residents are enraged as the names of around 1,300 voters residing in ward number 6 comprising of Lokmanya Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Rambaugh and Peirira nagar has been suddenly featured in adjoining ward number 5 that includes Pawar Nagar, Vasant Vihar, Shivai and Yeoor. "As per the new ward demarcations, our area comes under ward number. Why should we be on the list of some other ward and elect a representative for the neighbouring ward? We have brought this to the notice of the Thane Municipal Corporation but are yet to hear from them. If they do not take action, we will not vote in the upcoming elections," said a local resident. The development has visibly caused unease among local political fraternity who are also working towards settling the issue. The massive number of deletions of voters from any area can definitely alter the prospects for many candidates here, fear observers. A civic officer said that the names in the voters' list cannot be changed at this hour. The objections had been brought to the notice of the civic commissioner, but nothing much could be done.
|2017-02-05||Central Railway to operate Maha Shivratri special trains - Times of India|
Central Railway to operate Maha Shivratri special trains Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 5, 2017, 10.53 PM IST THANE: The Central Railway will operate a weekend fully reserved special trains between Madgaon and Mumbai on special charges to clear the extra rush of passengers during the forthcoming Maha Shivratri Festival. Train no 02046 Madgaon - Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Weekend) Special will leave Madgaon at 13.30 hrs on 26.2.2017 and arrive Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 23.55 hrs same day. The train will run with One AC-2 Tier, Eight AC-3 Tier, 4 Sleeper Class, 3 Second Class and 2 General Second Class cum Guard's brake vans and halt at Thivim, Sawantwadi Road, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Khed, Roha, Panvel, Thane and Dadar.
|2017-02-04||Two Mumbra residents held for possessing drugs worth Rs 2.33 lakh - Times of India|
|2017-02-04||Ulhasnagar municipal polls: Omie Kalani's nomination form rejected - Times of India|
Ulhasnagar municipal polls: Omie Kalani's nomination form rejected Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Feb 4, 2017, 10.10 PM IST ULHASNAGAR: In a major setback to Ulhasnagar's powerful Kalani family before Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation election, on Saturday, State Election Commission cancelled nomination forms of Omie Kalani, son of former MLA Pappu Kalani, from panel number 7 and 9 where from he had filed his nomination form. The election commission while hearing the objection raised by RPI candidate Bhagwan Bhalerao against Omie Kalani for having three sons rejected his nomination form. The election commission rejected reply filed by Omie Kalani in which he has stated that his first son is from his first wife to whom he has given divorce and matter over his three sons' issue is pending with the sessions court. As per election commission guidelines, candidates having three son cannot contest civic poll. After cancellation of nomination form, now Omie has decided to move in to court filing election petition in court. The news of cancellation of form has shocked all Kalani supporters across the city. The decision however relieved to opponent party in city. Talking to media persons, Omie Kalani has appealed to his supporters that as now he has got free from contesting poll, now he can concentrate fully in city to campaign for Ulhasnagar Development Alliance to get win maximum seats. The sources said that Omie's wife Pancham Kalani who is for the first time contesting poll has got green signal from the state election commission.
|2017-02-04||Paralyzed stray dog back on her legs, thanks to wheel cart - Times of India|
Paralyzed stray dog back on her legs Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Feb 4, 2017, 11.31 AM IST THANE: Shona, a three-year-old female stray, who had been bedridden for almost four months is back on her feet with the help of a wheel cart. The dog, who was born in Ovala in Thane, was paralyzed after she met with an accident in September 2016. After the accident, a local, Janvi Bhagwat, had rushed Shona to a hospital and she has been taking care of the stray since then. "I have known Shona since she was born. I used to feed her everyday. On September 17, when Shona was sleeping under a parked car, the vehicle's owner drove over her. After running over Shona, the man fled the spot. I had registered a police complaint against him," said Bhagwat. While the stray was given first aid at a hospital, she had to be taken to a vet for further treatment. Bhagwat visited three to four vets, and all suggested that the dog be euthanized as her condition was critical. But Bhagwat did not lose hope and eventually came across Dr Karishma Gupte, who helped Shona stand on her forefoot. "The dog had suffered fracture near her lungs and was paralyzed as her main nerve was damaged. Initially she was given physiotherapy and treatment was started on her forelegs. During the first couple of days, Shona was made to stand on her forelegs for a minute and the time increased as weeks passed. She was also made to climb a few stairs gradually. Post these exercises, she started regaining her reflexes and her nerves started responding. Now she can walk on her forelegs with the help of a wheel cart. Treatment on her hind legs will start soon," said Dr Gupte. "Earlier, we had created a sling to take her for walks but then we bought a cart and that made it easier for her to move around. The day when Shona will run around on all her legs is not far away," said Bhagwat.
|2017-02-04||Thane Cong aims to woo NCP back - Times of India|
Thane Cong aims to woo NCP back Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 5, 2017, 01.03 AM IST Thane: A day after the Congress and the NCP snapped their pre-poll pact for Thane civic elections, local leaders of the Congress urged the seniors to extend an olive branch to the NCP and stitch back the alliance. Congress leaders in Thane said they have recommended senior leaders to finalise a seat-sharing agreement with NCP considering that the party is losing its grip in the city. The Congress, which won 18 seats in the 2012 civic polls here, crumbled in the last five years with defections and resignations reducing its strength to less than 10 now. With Congress election in-charge Narayan Rane visiting Konkan over the weekend, the talks are likely to resume on Monday, leaders said. However, NCP leader and MLA Jitendra Awhad said, "There is very little scope for discussion over the seat sharing formula and we are likely to fight the elections alone."
|2017-02-04||Thane: Man held for impersonating as FDA inspector - News - Mid-Day - Mid-Day|
Thane: Man held for impersonating as FDA inspector By PTI Posted 04-Feb-2017 Thane: A 35-year-old man from Virar in Thane, who posed as a Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) inspector and allegedly demanded bribe from a doctor, has been arrested, police said on Saturday. "Accused Sanjay Shinde impersonated as FDA inspector and meet one Dr Raghavendra Tripathi at his hospital in Kalyan on Friday. He then accused Tripathi of indulging in adulteration of medicines," sub-inspector Y M Gaikar of Bazarpeth police station said. Shinde demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Tripathi and threatened him to shell out the money if he wanted to continue his medical practise. "Suspecting Shinde, the doctor asked him to show his identity card, which he failed to furnish. Tripathi soon alerted drug inspector Dr Anil Manickrao, attached to Thane FDA division," Gaikar said. During the investigation, it was revealed that Shinde was a real estate agent. Police is also probing that if he has cheated moremedicos in a similar fashion and duped them. Shinde was booked under sections 420 (cheating) and 170 (personating a public servant) of the IPC.
|2017-02-04||Civic wards with maximum voters dominated by slums - Times of India|
Civic wards with maximum voters dominated by slums Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 5, 2017, 06.45 AM IST THANE: In the run up to the Thane civic elections, the highest number of voters are from wards dominated by the slum pockets of Wagle Estate or from the hilly terrain areas located in Lokmanya Nagar, which is adjacent to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) or Yeoor forest, states the statistics compilation of the final voters' list. The fate of 131 corporators spread across 33 wards in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will be decided by the 12.28 lakh voters, depending on the voting percentage during the polls. Out of 12.28 lakh voters, nearly 54.32% are males, while 45.66% are females. As many as 15 voters are from the third gender. Going by the final voters' list, majority of the voters were from slum areas of Wagle Estate. "The candidates, irrespective of their political parties, rely on voters from slum areas as they are easy to lure. Also, the voting percentage is higher from slums possibly due to political patronage than that of residential complexes, which is why the slums pockets act as a decider for the candidates even if the difference is in few hundreds," said a former bureaucrat. According to the final voters' list, Indira Nagar, Sathe Nagar, Ambe Wadi and Jai Bhavani Nagar have the highest number of voters at 50,763; following with Kopri colony, Chendani east and Parsik colony at 46,699. The third on the list is Balkum, Majiwada and Highland with nearly 46,502 voters. Surprisingly, the plush residential complexes spread across the city falls in the mid category of voters, especially Ghodbunder Road. The ward which is the tail of the south of the city consists of developing areas like Ovala Kasarwadavli and Bhayenderpada have only 29,359 voters. The least voter count was recorded in the rural belt, which comprises of Khardi, Dawale, Padle, Desai, Khdikali and Daighar villages. Here, the voter count was just 20,410.
|2017-02-04||School teacher booked for fraud | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
School teacher booked for fraud TNN | Feb 4, 2017, 12.40 PM IST THANE: A woman school teacher from Kalyan here has been booked on alleged charges of fabricating records and siphoning over Rs 2 lakh, police said today. The Kolsewadi police from Kalyan east has registered an offence under sections 420, 467 and 468 against associate teacher Sheela Bhagat for the alleged fraud. However, no arrest has been made in the case so far, they said. According to police, between August 2003 and March 2016, the accused cooked up and fabricated the service book record in the school to get Pay Commission benefits. She also prepared a fake letter to the Zilla Parishad Education department and got benefits amounting to Rs 2,06,588 without any recommendations in this regard. The alleged accused had submitted a fake letter purported to have been singed by the head misteress to the effect that her pay scale has been hiked and fixed and she be given the benefits.
|2017-02-04||Five arrested for illegal sand dredging | Thane News - Times of India - Times of India|
Five arrested for illegal sand dredging TNN | Feb 4, 2017, 12.43 PM IST THANE: Five persons including two barge owners have been arrested on charges of illegal extraction of sand from creeks in the district, police said today. PI SD Jadhav of Narpoli police under the Bhiwandi division told PTI that it was on the intervening night of February 02 and 03, that a police team on a tip off raided the Kasheli creek and nabbed those indulged in illegal dredging. The police caught hold of six persons who were in two barges and brought them ashore for further probe. In the meantime, one of the accused gave a slip to the police team and fled into the creek with two barges, the officer said. The five arrested have been identified as Jagdish Pandit Patil, 40, Kamlakar Kashinath Patil, 40, Rafiq Taimur Shaikh, 31, Raju Balaram Mhatre, 34, and Mustafa Nazir Shaikh, 40, all from Vehalegaon of Bhiwandi. Police have launched a manhunt for the escapee Chintu Bangali who served on one of the barges. The police have booked all accused under sections 379, 511, 186 rw 34 of the IPC and also under sections 48(7) of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code Rules of 1966. The police team comprised one API and ten policemen the police station incharge said.
|2017-02-04||Thane businessman loses Rs 2.50 lakh in e-wallet fraud - Business Standard|
Thane businessman loses Rs 2.50 lakh in e-wallet fraud Press Trust of India | Thane February 4, 2017 Last Updated at 14:13 IST A 45-year-old businessman has been cheated to the tune of around Rs 2.50 lakh in an e-wallet fraud, police said today. The businessman, whose identity was not revealed, is a resident of Vartak Nagar here. Sub-Inspector S S Kulkarni of Vartak Nagar Police Station said an unidentified man duped the businessman through as many as 53 transactions between January 30 and February 1. The complainant said a sum of Rs 2,49,943 was fraudulently withdrawn from his e-wallets linked to his account with a foreign bank through these transactions. The police have registered an offence under the Information Technology Act against the unidentified person.
|2017-02-03||No jamboree while filing nominations, says Thane CP - Times of India|
No jamboree while filing nominations, says Thane CP Nishikant Karlikar | TNN | Feb 3, 2017, 01.34 PM IST THANE: The Thane police commissioner has issued orders restricting entry of mob 100 meters before the returning officers'office at the time of filing nominations, discouraging jamboree, which was an accepted norm during the filing process. Since the last many decades, huge crowds playing loud music were witnessed accompanying their candidates during the filing of nomination before every election. A notification exercising the powers and using Section 144(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 has been issued by Thane commissioner Param Bir Singh. The notification reads that the commissioner can restrict mobs coming in support of candidates standing for the civic polls that are as close as 100 meters to the returning officer. Huge crowds accompanying a candidate from a particular ward is nothing but showing off of the strength of the party. During such instances, corner meetings and press briefings can not be ruled out, said a police officer.The officer added that these processions could cause a law and order problem, which is why as a preventive measure the commissioner has issued this order that has to be followed until the civic election results will be declared. The notification also reads that only two persons will be allowed inside the office of the returning officer to file the nominations as against the large number of people who in the past would visit the office thereby causing chaos. Further, the notification states that vehicles brought by the mob will also be restricted and not be allowed 100 meters from the returning officer. Huge crowds accompanying a candidate is nothing but showing off of the strength of the party. During such instances, corner meetings and press briefings can not be ruled out
|2017-02-03||No headway yet in attempted bank robbery case - Times of India|
No headway yet in attempted bank robbery case Shrutika Sukhi | TNN | Feb 3, 2017, 01.32 PM IST THANE: The failed robbery attempt at the State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Lodha Paradise last week remains an enigma for the police even as questions are being raised about the poor security systems in the bank. Gaining access inside the bank premises between Saturday night and wee hours of Monday appeared to be a cake walk for the thieves who made their way inside through the rear door. "The back door was the main access point for the accused as it was just a wooden door with a lock that could be broken easily. We are going through the CCTV footages that has been received from the nearby stores to get clues," said senior inspector Madan Ballal of crime branch unit-5. The police are also questioning the bank officials about the internal alarm systems which are normally triggered in case of an unauthorized entry. "We suspect that someone familiar with the premises was involved as the robbers had duplicate keys of the iron grill doors inside, " added Ballal. It is learnt that three workers who carried out maintenance work inside the bank recently were detained for questioning by the crime branch unit-5 but the sleuths could not find anything substantial after interrogation and released them.
|2017-02-03||Corporators bank on popularity votes to win polls - Times of India|
Corporators bank on popularity votes to win polls Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 4, 2017, 06.57 AM IST THANE: The popularity of the candidates and his committment to public issues will determine the decision of voters while choosing their corporator during the upcoming civic polls. Reorganization of the old wards and the implementation of the four-panel system has made the battle to the TMC a tough test for contestants as the voter base in each of the 31 panels across the city has swelled to 50,000 as against the 10,000-odd voters in the past civic polls. Under the new system, four neighbouring wards have been combined to form one panel and the candidate will have to reach out to voters in the adjoining ward to ensure a comfortable victory margin. The recent split between the saffron parties and the possible division of votes has added to the woes of candidates.
|2017-02-03||TMC elections 2017: Denied ticket, BJP leader's supporters storm party office - Hindustan Times|
TMC elections 2017: Denied ticket, BJP leader's supporters storm party office mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2017 14:30 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times The workers threatened the party authorities that if their candidate was not considered, more than 1,000 families from the ward will vote against the BJP in the Thane Municipal Corporation elections. Several BJP workers stormed the party office at Khopat on Friday after Sachin Sawant, aprty office bearer didn't make it to the draft list of candidates for the Thane Municipal Corporation elections. The enraged workers were demanding that seats be given to old party workers instead of those who had just joined the party. A party worker also suffered minor injuries on his head in this ruckus, which occurred over giving tickets to candidate in ward no 18, which covers areas like Kosannagar, Padwal Nagar in Wagale Estate. The workers were angry that newbie Ankush Hingavale from this ward was given the ticket rather than another party office bearer Sachin Sawant. The workers threatened the party authorities that if their candidate was not considered, more than 1,000 families from the ward will vote against the BJP. One of the women party workers who did not wish to be named said, The tickets are sold for money while those who work for the party honestly is not given an opportunity. We will fight to get a ticket for our aspiring candidate and if need be all us women are ready to sell our jewellery to give them money. Another party worker also alleged that the seat was given to Hingavale due to pressure from another strong party worker who had left the party on Thursday.Sandeep Lele, Thane BJP president, said, There was no major disruption, few supporters of an aspirant were disappointed that he did not get a ticket. These things happen when there is more than one aspirant in fray for the same seat. Sawant is an office bearer of the BJP while Hingavle had joined the party a year ago. Party workers and few residents demanded Sawant to contest the election and thus came to the office.
|2017-02-03||Former BJP neta to fight 16 seats in Wagle Estate belt - Times of India|
Former BJP neta to fight 16 seats in Wagle Estate belt Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 3, 2017, 10.23 PM IST THANE: A day before the final date of filing nominations for the upcoming civic elections, the city saw a frenzy of political activity, including defections among poll aspirants to rival camps. A former Congress corporator, Sanjay Ghadigaonkar, who had switched over to the BJP resigned from the saffron party on Thursday announcing his decision to separately fight 16 seats for the forthcoming civic elections under the banner of Thane Vikas Aghadi. The decision is believed to have been prompted after a list naming around 111 probable poll candidates for around 29 seats in the city was released on social media. At a press meeting called to announce his defection, Ghadigaonkar said he was quitting the BJP along with sitting independent corporator Swati Deshmukh and few other supporters alleging the party was ignoring dedicated party workers while distributing tickets. While refusing to divulge any specific names, Ghadigaonkar said he, along with some supporters, were planning to fight the elections from four panels from ward number 16 to 19. "The party leaders seem to be least interested in developing a strong base and are randomly nominating candidates. The party only wants popular names but has failed to recognize efforts of workers. I am planning to file nominations for around 16 seats in the Wagle estate belt," he said. Meanwhile, sitting Congress corporator Narayan Pawar from Panchpakhadi joined the BJP early on Thursday. The leader was joined by a few supporters from the Congress. Former Mayor Ashok Raool was also expected to join the party but was yet to enter the party following discussions on seat allocations.
|2017-02-03||After civic wards redrawn, many hopefuls left with no tickets - Times of India|
After civic wards redrawn, many hopefuls left with no tickets Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Updated: Feb 3, 2017, 11.04 PM IST Thane: The changed political equations in the city following the reorganization of wards seems to have forced political parties to rework their respective strategies resulting in dropping off a few sitting corporators. Several sitting corporators across parties have been reportedly been dropped from the final list of candidates to contest the forthcoming elections while in some cases their nearest kin have been accommodated. The list of sitting corporators who were left in the lurch include Suhasini Lokhande from the BJP, mayor Sanjay More from the Shiv Sena along with party colleagues Pooja Wagh, Mahesh Wagh. Sajid Ansari from the NCP has also been denied a ticket. However, while parties have dropped these names from their lists, they have ensured to present someone from their immediate family to file the seat. While Sukhada, the Mayor's wife has been given a ticket to contest from 18C ward, a member from Wagh family has been given a ticket to field the 16B ward by the Sena. "I had already conveyed my decision to not contest the elections this time. The party has not kept me out, but it was my decision to stay away. My wife has been given a ticket on my behalf," said More. However, there have been exceptions wherein names have been completely dropped off the list like in the instances of sitting corporator from 37A Namrata Bhosale who had to forego her seat while another sitting Sena corporator from 35A ward, Ashwini Jagtap, was also believed to have denied a ticket and filed her nomination as an independent. "The trend of leaving out a candidate is because parties either had to rework their respective strategies after the four panel system was introduced or had a better opportunity in store for the sitting corporator," said a poll analyst.
|2017-02-02||Bombay Natural History Society proposes Thane Creek as a Ramsar site - Hindustan Times|
Bombay Natural History Society proposes Thane Creek as a Ramsar site mumbai Updated: Feb 02, 2017 10:47 IST Badri Chatterjee Hindustan Times Thane Creek features as one of the two sites that the Bombay Natural History Society has recommended to the state government as potential Ramsar sites on February 1, day before World Wetland Day. Hatnur Dam in Jalgaon is the second recommendation that the body made. Ramsar sites are wetlands considered to be of international importance. The Ramsar convention, an international body, forms the basis for identification of such wetlands. The international treaty came into effect in 1971 after identifying the first such wetland at the Ramsar city of Iran. The Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.In 2013, the state forest department had identified five prominent wetlands-Jaikwadi Bird Sanctuary (Aurangabad), Ujni Reservoir (Pune), Sewri Creek or Mahul-Sewri Mudflats (Mumbai), Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary (Nashik), and Lonar Lake Sanctuary (Buldhana) as proposed Ramsar sites for the state government. The BNHS proposal adds an additional two sites to this list, taking the total to seven. However, Maharashtra does not have a Ramsar site yet. India is a signatory to the Ramsar Convention, said Dr Deepak Apte, director, BNHS. The declaration of these seven sites as Ramsar sites would help garner global recognition. It will also promote conservation of the wetlands as a habitat, in turn protecting the varied biodiversity they harbour, as well as ensure water security in the region, Apte added that the proposed sites easily qualify as they fulfil the nine criteria listed by the Ramsar convention. The process takes time as a lot of documents need to be in place for each site and in the system, such proposals may not get its due priority all the time. So we have to work with the government to pursue them, he said.State government officials said that they had not received the proposal yet but will definitely consider it. While there seems to be no issues with wetland areas of Thane creek to get international recognition, an artificially created area like Hatnur dam has been commissioned as a project for a specific purpose either drinking water or irrigation. If the declaration puts a stop to such purposes, the proposal needs to be thoroughly considered, said a senior official from the state environment department. Proposed Ramsar sites Recently declared as a flamingo sanctuary, Thane creek, an important bird area (IBA), hosts over 40,000 flamingos for nearly six months every year, including both greater and lesser flamingos. Additionally, many species of migratory birds are spotted here, including a large number of pied avocets, black-tailed godwits, common redshanks, stints and sand plovers. Hatnur dam is known to host 20,000 to 32,000 birds during winter, including hundreds of threatened painted storks, black-headed ibis and other water birds.
|2017-02-02||Mumbai Metro Phase 4 may cover entire Ghodbunder Road stretch in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai Metro Phase 4 may cover entire Ghodbunder Road stretch in Thane mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2017 01:17 IST Swapnil Rawal Hindustan Times The move to extend Metro phase 4 to Ghodbunder Road, according to MMRDA officials, is aimed to provide better connectivity with Mumbai and development of the region. sarvadavali Metro Phase 4 is likely to cover the entire Ghodbunder Road stretch in Thane as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is exploring the possibility of extending the route upto Gaimukh on Ghodbunder Road. The Ghodbunder Road stretch till Gaimukh which is the border of Thane Municipal Corporation has seen substantial growth in population in the last three to four years, and with that there are a lot of new residential and commercial projects. The move, according to MMRDA officials, is aimed to provide better connectivity with Mumbai and development of the region. Officials said MMRDA will carry out a feasibility study to extend the corridor by about 6 km from Kasarvadavali to Gaimukh. Last week senior officials of MMRDA surveyed the area and will formally appoint an agency to study the feasibility of the plan. We visited the area last week and are considering extension of Metro-4 beyond Kasarvadavali. A feasibility study will be done first and then we'll arrive at a final decision, UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA told HT. Earlier, the MMRDA had explored the option of extending the corridor up to Hutatma Chowk in south Mumbai, but that was later put on the backburner. Last year in December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Metro-4 corridor and then MMRDA invited bids for construction of the corridor. The work on Metro-4 will continue as per schedule while the feasibility of the extension is being carried out, Madan added. The 32.32-km metro corridor, which is estimated to cost Rs 14,549 crore, will connect Wadala in central Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district. According to MMRDA, the metro corridor will have a huge impact on the development around the alignment. The corridor will provide another north-south rail connectivity and reduce the burden on suburban rail network. The state government plans to commission the corridor by 2020. About Metro 4 corridor: The corridor will connect Thane and Mumbai with a modern public transport system and will have a huge impact on the development of the areas around the alignment Kilometres: 32.32 Cost: Rs 14,549 crore Stations: 32 Completion: 2020 Stations on the route Bhakti Park Metro, Wadala TT, Anik Nagar Bus Depot, Suman Nagar, Siddharth Colony, Amar Mahal Junction, Garodia Nagar, Pant Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Shreyas Cinema, Godrej Company, Vikhroli Metro, Surya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Naval Housing, Bhandup Mahapalika, Bhandup Metro, Shangrila, Sonapur, Mulund Fire Station, Mulund Naka, Teen Haath Naka (Thane), RTO Thane, Mahapalika Marg, Cadbury Junction, Majiwada, Kapurbawdi, Manpada, Tikuji-ni-wadi, Dongri Pada, Vijay Garden and Kasarvadavali
|2017-02-02||Central Railway to operate Maha Shivratri special trains - Times of India|
Central Railway to operate Maha Shivratri special trains Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 2, 2017, 01.32 PM IST THANE: The Central Railway will operate six weekend fully reserved special trains between Mumbai and Nagpur on special charges to clear the extra rush of passengers during the forthcoming Maha Shivratri Festival. Train No. 02019 Special will leave Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 00.20 hrs on 24.2.2017 and arrive Nagpur at 14.00 hrs same day. The train will halt at Dadar, Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera and Wardha. Train No. 02020 Special will leave Nagpur at 13.50 hrs on 26.2.2017 and arrive at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 04.10 hrs next day and halt at Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Bhusaval, Manmad, Nasik, Igatpuri, Kalyan and Thane. Both trains will run with One AC-2 Tier, Eight AC-3 Tier, 4 Sleeper Class, 3 Second Class and 2 General Second Class cum Guard's brake vans.
|2017-02-02||Man held for molesting minor girl in Thane - The New Indian Express|
Man held for molesting minor girl in Thane By PTI Published: 02nd February 2017 12:47 PM Last Updated: 02nd February 2017 12:47 PM THANE: A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a minor girl in Wangani here, police said today. Assistant police inspector Dhananjay Pore of Kulgaon police station said the accused, whose name has been withheld with police, lured the nine-year-old victim on pretext of getting her some snacks and then took her to a secluded place near Wangani railway station and molested her. The incident took place on Tuesday evening and the accused was nabbed yesterday. The girl after reaching home narrated about the incident to her parents after which an offence was registered in this regard under IPC section 376 (rape) and under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act-2012, police said.
|2017-02-02||Police direct arms holders to deposit weapons before Thane civic polls - NYOOOZ|
Police direct arms holders to deposit weapons before Thane civic polls TOI Thane Mon,30 Jan 2017 THANE: City police have directed licenced firearms holders to deposit their weapons, following instructions from the Election Commission (EC) in the run-up to the civic polls slated for February. A senior police officer said a couple of days ago, they had issued notices to licenced arms holders 562 in Thane city and 104 in Ulhasnagar to deposit their weapons. Few have been excluded from this due to security compulsions while the others have already started depositing their firearms, said a senior police officer. Sources said that about 50% licenced arms holders are political leaders of various parties while some of them are political office bearers of different rankings. "The weapons have to be deposited so that the holders cannot use it during the elections for influencing voters or bullying or threatening them. It is also as a preventive measure to maintain law and order and ensure free and fair elections," said a police officer. The officer added that if anyone failed to deposit the firearms within the specified period, they shall be liable for prosecution under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Until the election results are out, carrying weapons in public places or keeping weapons in their possession is banned. The firearms will be returned to the holders after the elections are over. A high-level arms scrutiny committee has been formed at the commissionerate level, which issued notices to licenced arms holders to deposit their weapons. A receipt of deposit is given to the holder and after the elections the arms are returned to the person, said a police officer. Explaining about the exemption in a few cases, a police officer said those exempted are allowed to keep the arms due to compulsion of carrying arms for security reasons, bank security guards and armed personnel of security agencies, government employees on duty and bodyguards.
|2017-02-02||Land sharks close in on flamingo sanctuary at Thane | Mumbai ... - Times of India|
Land sharks close in on flamingo sanctuary at Thane Rizwan Mithawala | TNN | Updated: Feb 3, 2017, 09.46 PM IST MUMBAI: The vulnerable status of wetlands in and around Mumbai and Thane can be judged by two facts: one, the ease with which they are encroached upon; and two, that they do not enjoy special protection under global conventions to which India is a signatory. The pace of degradation in such habitats has been rapid despite the matter being brought to the attention of authorities. Environmental activist Rohit Joshi, convener of the Yeoor Environmental Society, recently noticed rampant dumping of debris in the mangroves lining Thane creek in the Kopri area near Swami Samartha road on January 15. On January 20, he filed complaints with the Thane collector's office and a state-level wetlands committee. "This is a classic case of reclamation and encroachment of a wetland by politicians and land mafia. To lure slum dwelling voters, the local politician has built an illegal road here and now this dumping of at least 200 truckloads of debris may lead to further widening of the road. No action has been taken by authorities on my complaint until now," he said. Jayram Gowda, deputy conservator of forests (mangrove cell) and member secretary of the Wetlands Committee, acknowledged that he has received the complaint. "I will forward it to the concerned authority. After that I will ask for the spot inspection and produce the results before the committee for necessary action," he said. Apart from hosting winter migrant birds, the Kopri mangroves provide the required reed beds and inter-tidal habitat for waterfowl and the Rallidae family of birds which includes rails, crakes and coots, said bird expert Avinash Bhagat. While Maharashtra government has declared the northern part of Thane creek as a flamingo sanctuary, he has witnessed systematic degradation of this wetland. "First, they put bunds to stop the creek water from coming in. This degrades the reed and wetland habitat. Then they put one layer of debris, followed by a layer of red soil after some days. Within a few days, grass grows on it. Thus a wetland is converted into a wasteland so it can be up for grabs," explained Bhagat. Bhagat pointed out that the area does not enjoy any special status as a wetland due to pressure from the construction lobby. Incidentally, while there are 26 sites in India designated under the global Ramsar convention for conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, there is not a single one in Maharashtra. "The construction lobby has ensured that despite having 1.5 lakh birds in it, Thane creek remains out of the Ramsar site list. Instead, the government has put three dumping grounds inside it and is attempting a fourth one now," said environmental crusader and project director of NGO Vanashakti, Stalin Dayanand. It's not just birds but also a variety of amphibians, reptiles and mammals like the elusive jungle cat and jackal that thrive in these wetland and mangrove ecosystems. Snake lover and rescuer Akshay Dange recalls the sight of a Russel's viper female with more than two dozen young ones in the mangroves adjoining the Ghansoli creek four months ago. However, vast stretches of mangroves in the area have since been cleared and snake sightings have become a thing of the past.
|2017-02-01||Kingpin in Ephedrine haul brought to Thane - Hindustan Times|
Kingpin in Ephedrine haul brought to Thane mumbai Updated: Feb 01, 2017 12:37 IST Arvind Walmiki Hindustan Times The kingpin identified as Kishoresingh Bhavsingh Rathod was absconding soon after the Thane police raided Avon Pharma life sciences limited at Solapur. The kingpin in the Ephedrine drug haul case who was arrested by the Gujarat police on January 9, was brought to Thane on Wednesday and would be produced in court by afternoon.The kingpin identified as Kishoresingh Bhavsingh Rathod was absconding soon after the Thane police raided Avon Pharma life sciences limited at Solapur. Soon after his arrest, his driver, Bharat Kathiya, 38, too was caught on January 24 from Gujarat. As per police sources, Kishoresingh Rathod was in continuos contact with international drug baron Vicky Goswami who was arrested on Sunday by US- DEA from Kenya and later taken to USA for investigation. A police officer from Thane commissionerate said, Kishoresingh Rathod has played a vital role in the drug cartel. He was the main link to transport ephedrine drug from Solapur to Gujarat and from there to Kenya. The driver too helped with arranging trucks from Gujarat to Solapur for the transport. Rathod was on the run along with his driver and they used to be in touch with their relatives and other friends to know the police action and accordingly they change hiding locations. We have gathered all the evidence against them and Rathod will be produced in court on Wednesday afternoon, ACP Bharat Shelkhe.
|2017-02-01||Local producer Thane attracts Anderson .Paak to work on first single - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|
Local producer Thane attracts Anderson .Paak to work on first single Published 2:39 p.m. CT Feb. 1, 2017 | Updated 7:12 p.m. CT Feb. 1, 2017 In 2015, Thane was an electronic producer in Milwaukee without a song to his name. Putting his talent to work, Thane made an absorbing track with smooth bass lines, haunting vocals, blustery New Orleans jazz trumpet and sweetly soulful violin. He sent it to BJ the Chicago Kid, an up-and-comer who had collaborated with Kanye West, Schoolboy Q and Chance the Rapper. BJ wanted to sing on the track, and he wasn't alone. Anderson .Paak, an acclaimed singer and rapper who was set to make guest appearances on Dr. Dre's comeback album "Compton," contributed vocals to Thane's track, too. "I'm a huge fan of both of them and I thought they perfectly captured the essence of the track," Thane said. "It definitely helped reassure me because of how excited they were." That track, "Responsibilities," was released in 2016 on Thane's debut album "Topia." While the impressive guest spots may have attracted listeners, earning the song more than 75,000 streams on Spotify, there's no doubt many are waiting to see what's next from the Milwaukee musician. Getting started: My parents started me really early with music on piano and euphonium, which is a baritone brass instrument, which I started maybe around third grade. As far as getting into electronic production, that came a little later in high school. I was in the car pool with my brother to school, and he always played Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar really early on, before he popped off. My junior year, my brother got some equipment and he tried to produce and he wasn't very good at it, so I ended up picking it up and had a real knack for it. It just kept going from there where every night when I went home from school I was practicing and producing all of the time. Stage name backstory: I was kind of looking for a one-word moniker. Thane means a Scottish nobleman. I'm a medieval nerd a little bit and like "Lord of the Rings" and stuff. I liked the sound of it. Making "Topia": I started "Topia" in early 2014. It definitely takes a lot of jazz influence and a little bit of hip-hop. You normally don't hear like a jazz-type style on electronic music, so I wanted to create kind of like a live element. Most of the (instrumentation) was improvised, off the first or second take. I was a little bit scared or nervous to release "Topia" because I'm more of an introvert myself and I'm really a perfectionist. I was really happy with how it was received. Everyone was very, very positive. The other big name: Mick Jenkins was the first guest I got, for ("Topia" track) "Garden." That was in late 2014. We sent a couple beats to him, he was really digging it and he did a 16-bar verse. He really killed it. Local collaborators: The Milwaukee artists I worked with include a really cool jazz trumpeter. Jamie Breiwick, (singer) Amanda Huff, my friend Earl Turner, who I went to school with, on the saxophone, and another vocalist named Marxus. Working with local musicians was really fun because I got to bounce around ideas in a really collaborative environment and they're all really gifted. Future plans: For this year, we're planning on releasing a lot of new material, an album, some singles probably leading up to the new album, some remixes probably. And we're going to eventually start doing live shows. I hope this goes to big places, so I can really be free to work on what I want with who I want and where I want.
|2017-02-01||Ephedrine haul: Nine months later, Thane police arrest 'kingpin' - The Indian Express|
Ephedrine haul: Nine months later, Thane police arrest 'kingpin' By: Express News Service Written by Mumbai Published: February 2, 2017 4:06 am THE THANE police Wednesday formally arrested Kishore Rathod, the 'kingpin' of the alleged international Ephedrine racket, nine months after it registered a case in the matter. The police hope that Rathod's interrogation would help gather more evidence against his one-time neighbour and co-accused Vicky Goswami. Goswami, out on bail in Kenya, was deported to the US on Sunday, making it highly improbable for India to get his custody even as they are in the process of filing a chargesheet against him. The fate of former actor Mamta Kulkarni, also named an accused in the case, could also depend on what Rathod tells the police about her alleged role. Watch What Else Is Making News An officer said that Goswami was extradited to the US on Sunday after their Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA) picked him up from a golf course in Kenya along with three others. While our officers will get in touch with the US authorities, we are not hopeful of getting Goswami to India any time soon. He will now face trial for a narcotics smuggling case registered against him there. Normally, prison terms in the US for this are pretty severe and if convicted, it will be years before Goswami is released, a senior officer said. He added, We are, however, in touch with the DEA authorities to get some time to interrogate him in the US.ť The police will also move an application before a local court to allow them to file a chargesheet against Goswami in his absence this week. When contacted, Goswami's sister Ritaben said she did not want to say anything. A lawyer defending Goswami said that the US DEA officials had detained Kulkarni and recorded her statement before his extradition. She is currently in Mombassa, the lawyer said. Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh said they had formally arrested Rathod on Wednesday in connection with his role in the case. Rathod, son of a former Gujarat legislator, was earlier in the custody of the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). He is the kingpin of the case. He was the one who introduced Vicky Goswami, his one-time neighbour in Gujarat, to another accused Manoj Jain. Jain was one of the directors of the Solapur-based Avon Lifesciences, from where Ephedrine was illegally diverted to produce narcotics. Without him, the network would not have been formed, Singh said. An officer linked to the case said that during his initial interrogation, Rathod has claimed that he knew Jain was in need of a financier for his company, which was going through a financial crisis. He claimed that he knew Goswami and thought he would be able to help. We suspect he is just trying to absolve himself by blaming others and will interrogate him further,ť the officer said. The police have his custody till February 6. The police's case is that the accused had planned to use Ephedrine, a controlled substance, from Avon Lifesciences Limited to cook party drug Meth. The Ephedrine from the Solapur firm was to be diverted to Kenya, where it would be used to make Meth that was to be sold in the US.