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|2018-02-28||Citizens' groups join hands to save dilapidated Ghodbunder fort in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Citizens’ groups join hands to save dilapidated Ghodbunder fort in Thane Organisations will jointly hold the Ashwamedh Ghodbunder Fort festival on Sunday MUMBAI Updated: Feb 28, 2018 22:39 IST Situated on a hilltop, the Ghodbunder fort was once a centre of Portuguese power. The fort, built by the Portuguese and later taken over by the Marathas, is now surrounded by buildings — the dilapidated structure is almost forgotten. In a bid to save the piece of history, some social organisations will jointly hold the Ashwamedh Ghodbunder Fort festival on Sunday (March 4). It aims at educating visitors, especially the youth, about the fort. Organisations such as Swatva, Anulom, Prayas, Parivartan and Friends of colours - India have joined hands to educate the current generation about the significance of the fort. They are hoping that the event will help draw people’s attention towards the fort, its significance and maintenance. The event, which will begin at 2pm, will draw youngsters from Vasai, Bhayander, Thane, Kalyan and Dombivli. The fort is under Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, which has shown interest in the event and agreed to promote it. “Very few know about Ghodbunder fort, where trading of horses used to take place. A parade of horses along the Ghodbunder Road was a regular event back then. The Western Express Highway was earlier known as Ghodbunder Road as it connected with the Bandra fort,” said Shripad Bhalerao, co-founder of Swatva. He said this was one of the major centres during the Portuguese rule. The Marathas had fortified forts along the creek from Vasai to Kalyan, making it a huge territory. The fortified area was so vast that it had extended till where the Thane Central Jail is now. “However, once a royal heritage and grandeur, the fort is shrinking and only the young generation can help revive it,” Bhalerao added. Sunday’s event will have folk songs and dances, powada singing (Marathi poetry), photography and live sketching of the fort. Professionals and architects can share their ideas to revive, restore or redesign the fort.
|2018-02-28||Rare wetland bird spotted for first time in Mumbai at Thane Creek - Hindustan Times|
Rare wetland bird spotted for first time in Mumbai at Thane Creek The bird was spotted by wildlife photographer Sudhir Gaikwad Inamdar near the Bhandup sewage pumping station. MUMBAI Updated: Mar 01, 2018 00:21 IST The Grey-headed Lapwing, an aquatic bird found in Southeast Asian wetlands, was spotted on Friday for the first time at the Thane Creek, Mumbai’s flamingo sanctuary. The bird was spotted by wildlife photographer Sudhir Gaikwad Inamdar near the Bhandup sewage pumping station. “Since Friday, I spotted the bird thrice over the weekend but it hasn’t been seen for the last two days. This is a vagrant bird. It is likely that it lost its way and drifted away from its flock. In such situations, they make a landing at ecologically favourable areas, get energised and fly towards their original habitat,” said Inamdar. It is possible that the bird has already left the creek, added Inamdar. Officials from the state government confirmed the discovery and said it was a rare find, especially in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). “The photo-documentation of this bird at the Thane creek has been confirmed as the first such documentation in the MMR. We have been witnessing several such rare species making their landing along the creek due to the presence of good nutrient-load. It is possible that they were not noticed earlier and are being documented now,” said N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell. While this might be the first documentation of the bird in Mumbai, it is not the first in Maharashtra. “The bird was spotted by birders in May 2012 in the Malkhed reservoir near Amravati, Vidarbha, which is probably the first documentation of the bird in the state,”?said Vasudevan. Naturalist writer and ornithologist Sunjoy Monga said a number of rare bird species have been spotted over the past few months, such as the Mallard (duck species with a green head and white ring on the neck) at the Lokhandwala Lake on December 24; the White-tailed Lapwing in Vasai in January; and even the Long-billed Dowitcher at the Thane creek earlier this year. “Sporadic sightings of rare birds, mostly stragglers (one of birds moving away from their flock), have increased along the west coast. If more examples are spotted in the coming years, we need to analyse the reasons why these sightings are increasing,” said Monga. Shashank Dalvi, ornithologist, said, “It is a very interesting sighting for Mumbai as the bird has been popping up more than usual along various locations along the west coast of India. The other reason for increasing sightings is the increase in birders and awareness to spot such rare species.”
|2018-02-28||Powerloom units gutted in fire in Thane district | Business Standard ... - Business Standard|
Powerloom units gutted in fire in Thane district Thane Last Updated at February 28, 2018 19:30 IST Two powerloom units were destroyed in fire in Bhiwandi in the district in the early hours today. Bhiwandi tehsildar Shashikant Gaikwad said that fire broke out at two adjoining powerloom units situated in Padma Nagar area of Kaneri about 4 am. Four fire engines from Bhiwandi and Kalyan were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, he said, adding there were no casualties, but a stock of finished goods and raw material was completely gutted. Some families living in the area were shifted out of harm's way, he added. The cause of fire was yet uncertain, he said. Elsewhere, Thane Regional Disaster Management Cell head Santosh Kadam said four vehicles -- three cars and an auto rickshaw -- parked near Sainath building at Kasheli toll Naka were gutted in fire in the early hours, and the cause was uncertain.
|2018-02-28||Thane: Expert advises to play holi with animals carefully - Free Press Journal|
|2018-02-28||Thane: 32 arrested in police raid of notorious ladies orchestra bar - Free Press Journal|
|2018-02-28||37% of Thane's potable water is wasted daily - Times of India|
37% of Thane’s potable water is wasted daily Updated: Mar 1, 2018, 00:05 IST THANE: The punctures in the water distribution networks of the Thane corporation that is going unchecked since the last several years is reportedly leading to a wastage of water equal to the daily requirement of over eight lakhs residents. The municipal administration, on Wednesday, informed the general body that roughly 37% or around 177 million litres daily (mld) stock of the 480mld water supplied to the city is lost in distribution. “We are losing around 37% of the potable water daily that we receive from various sources and we are working towards bringing down the losses to barely 5% once the smart meters are installed,” informed additional municipal commissioner Sameer Unhale to the House. Officials said considering the daily average of around 200 litres usage of water per person, the wastage of water could have otherwise been used to service nearly 8.5 lakh residents across the city. Several corporators including Shiv Sena corporator Parisha Sarnaik said there was a serious lapse in the supply system as high rises didn’t get water in her area while slums that don’t pay any taxes received uninterrupted supply.The issue of water supply wastage was raised after few corporators wanted to understand the need for installation of smart meters in the city. The netas expressed their query alleging why the administration was insistent on installing the system that has allegedly proved to be a failure in few other corporations in the metropolitan region. It may be noted, the smart meter system will be installed at a cost of Rs 83 crore in the city over the next two years using smart city funds. While the capital expenditure will be borne by the centre, the administration is expected to spend nearly Rs 24 crore on the maintenance for the same for the subsequent five years.BJP corporator Sunesh Joshi followed by NCP corporator Hanumant Jagdale also questioned the administration on how they plan to plug the leakage and save the water. On the other hand, Shiv Sena corporators Vikas Repale and Purvesh Sarnaik supported the project saying it was the need of the hour to plug the leaks in the system. Krishna Patil of the BJP suggested the administration initiate a pilot project instead of embarking on the new project at one go to which commissioner Unhale managed to silence the corporator’s disapproval by saying that the administration was taking full responsibility of the efficiently of the system.
|2018-02-28||Powerloom units gutted in fire in Thane district - India Today|
Powerloom units gutted in fire in Thane district February 28, 2018 UPDATED 19:30 IST Thane, Feb 28 (PTI) Two powerloom units were destroyed in fire in Bhiwandi in the district in the early hours today. Bhiwandi tehsildar Shashikant Gaikwad said that fire broke out at two adjoining powerloom units situated in Padma Nagar area of Kaneri about 4 am. Four fire engines from Bhiwandi and Kalyan were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, he said, adding there were no casualties, but a stock of finished goods and raw material was completely gutted. Some families living in the area were shifted out of harms way, he added. The cause of fire was yet uncertain, he said. Elsewhere, Thane Regional Disaster Management Cell head Santosh Kadam said four vehicles -- three cars and an auto rickshaw -- parked near Sainath building at Kasheli toll Naka were gutted in fire in the early hours, and the cause was uncertain. PTI CORR KRK
|2018-02-27||Telecalling racket busted in Thane; 2 held, laptops seized - The Hindu|
Telecalling racket busted in Thane; 2 held, laptops seized Share On JUST IN 11mins Rapists of minors to be given death penalty in Haryana 17mins Sohrabuddin case claims yet another judge: Rahul 23mins CBI questions former PNB head, top ICICI Bank official 2hrs Polling largely peaceful in Meghalaya, Nagaland 2hrs CoA to go ahead with player contract 2hrs ‘No demand to shift IPL matches’ 2hrs Harley-Davidson duty: U.S. President’s demand is ‘unfair’, says Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers 2hrs Deodhar Trophy: Ashwin and Shreyas to lead 2hrs ‘Switch in thinking helped’ 2hrs We were eager to win it, says Karun 2hrs Vidyasagar emerges fastest 2hrs Jeevan and Purav in last eight 2hrs Haj airfare reduced 2hrs Exit polls predict BJP surge in Northeast 2hrs Jerome powers Kerala past TN CLOSE Cities Bengaluru Chennai Coimbatore Delhi Hyderabad Kochi Kolkata Mumbai Kozhikode Madurai Mangaluru Puducherry Thiruvananthapuram Tiruchirapalli Vijayawada Visakhapatnam Bengaluru Chennai Coimbatore Delhi Hyderabad Kochi Kolkata Mumbai Kozhikode Madurai Mangaluru Puducherry Thiruvananthapuram Tiruchirapalli Vijayawada Visakhapatnam Delhi Chief Secretary 'assault': What is happening in the AAP-ruled Capital? News Cities Mumbai Mumbai Telecalling racket busted in Thane; 2 held, laptops seized Special Correspondent Mumbai, February 28, 2018 00:07 IST Updated: February 28, 2018 00:07 IST Share Article PRINT A A A
|2018-02-27||1 killed in accident in Thane - The Hindu|
1 killed in accident in Thane Share On JUST IN 39mins Rapists of minors to be given death penalty in Haryana 45mins Sohrabuddin case claims yet another judge: Rahul 51mins CBI questions former PNB head, top ICICI Bank official 2hrs Polling largely peaceful in Meghalaya, Nagaland 2hrs CoA to go ahead with player contract 2hrs ‘No demand to shift IPL matches’ 2hrs Harley-Davidson duty: U.S. President’s demand is ‘unfair’, says Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers 3hrs Deodhar Trophy: Ashwin and Shreyas to lead 3hrs ‘Switch in thinking helped’ 3hrs We were eager to win it, says Karun 3hrs Vidyasagar emerges fastest 3hrs Jeevan and Purav in last eight 3hrs Haj airfare reduced 3hrs Exit polls predict BJP surge in Northeast 3hrs Jerome powers Kerala past TN CLOSE NATIONAL ANDHRA PRADESH KARNATAKA KERALA MUMBAI NEW DELHI OTHER STATES TAMIL NADU TELANGANA Delhi Chief Secretary 'assault': What is happening in the AAP-ruled Capital? Today's Paper NATIONAL MUMBAI MUMBAI 1 killed in accident in Thane Special Correspondent Mumbai, February 27, 2018 00:00 IST Updated: February 27, 2018 04:30 IST Share Article PRINT A A A
|2018-02-27||Thane: Fake call centre busted, two held | Free Press Journal - Free Press Journal|
|2018-02-27||Parents, teachers hold protest marches in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Parents, teachers hold protest marches in Thane City sees two protests on Tuesday, both connected to the quality of education MUMBAI Updated: Feb 27, 2018 17:36 IST Parents and teachers in Thane gathered together and staged two different protests at Wagle Estate, on Tuesday, objecting to the quality of education available for their children. At 11am, around 1,000 people gathered at Wagle Estate and took a march to the district collector’s office, protesting against the Maharashtra government’s decision to scrap private, integrated coaching classes. The march, organised by Coaching Classes Sanchalak Sanghatna, included students, teachers and owners of coaching classes. As a form of protest, the Sanghatna also held classes outside the Thane District Collectorate. “Coaching classes cannot be considered only as business, it is also the livelihood of many people. There are many classes that teach children from underprivileged backgrounds at reduced fees, and such classes will also have to be shut,” said Thane MLA Jitendra Awhad. “Almost 50,000 people will be unemployed across the state because of the government’s decision.” This was followed by another protest at 3pm, this time by parents who objected to the lackadaisical attitude of teachers at Thane Municipal Corporation’s school number 3. This march began at Lokmanya bus station and ended at the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) ward office. The TMC’s education department is already under the scanner for collecting fees from its English-medium school. These schools don’t distribute school bags, uniforms or serve mid-day meals, unlike other civic schools, issues that have been raised in the past. Now, parents are complaining about the lackadaisical attitude of teachers in one of these schools. “Students complain about teachers being on their mobile phones constantly and that no attention is being paid to the class," said one of the parents, requesting anonymity. “There are hardly any students in the class, despite which the teachers are not managing the class well,” said another parent of a Class 3 student. The protest march ended midway after Manish Joshi, deputy municipal commissioner, education, TMC, requested the parents to stop and promised necessary action.
|2018-02-27||Thane: Ulhasnagar Muslims rue lack of burial ground - Times of India|
Thane: Ulhasnagar Muslims rue lack of burial ground Feb 27, 2018, 18:34 IST MUMBAI: The Muslim community of Ulhasnagar is deeply anxious over the lack of a basic amenity. The town with a population of approximately one lakh Muslims does not have a single burial ground for the community. Almost 45 years after a plot was allotted in 1974, the community still has to travel 5km away to Ambarnath to inter its dead. The authorities there have now signalled reluctance to continue this favour given their own requirements. Powerful builders are reportedly working to get the existing reservation cancelled as their prestigious housing projects nearby could be devalued. The municipal commissioner says he plans to allot an alternate site but that is located near an ancient Shiva temple and could cause conflict with the local residents. Local activist Akhlak Khan said, "All other communities have plots to inter their dead. There is a cemetery for animals also. Only we are deprived. A plot labelled Survey no 58 was demarcated in 1974 and notified in 2006 but has still not been handed over." In 2017, a social worker named Anil Kumar bicycled all the way to New Delhi to highlight this grievance before the Central government.Amar Joshi, former secretary of the Ulhasnagar City District Congress Committee said, "Some months ago the community protested by leading two corpses to the municipal commissionerate and holding a dharna outside. Those two bodies were buried in Survey 58. But local residents who were unaware that the plot was demarcated as a graveyard, protested. The process was stalled once more." UMC commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar said, "We had identified a few plots for the Muslim graveyard. In fact the process to hand over the most appropriate site was under way. Unfortunately, the development plan (DP) of 2017 has been rejected by the council, else this proposal would have been passed sooner. But I am requesting members to make an exception for the burial ground and permit its allotment to fulfil the longstanding need of the Muslim community."Nimbalkar says that the plot most suitable for the cemetery is located in Kailash Colony. However, Khan points out that this site is right beside an ancient Shiva temple where Shivratri festivities are held with great pomp and show. "Do you think residents of that locality will permit our graveyard nearby?" he says. Nimbalkar replied, "They need not worry. We will handle it peacefully. In fact they should not raise and discuss about this (matter) to avoid problems."
|2018-02-27||To decongest Thane station, TMC plans elevated road by 2020 - Hindustan Times|
To decongest Thane station, TMC plans elevated road by 2020 Civic body gets railway ministry’s nod; work on designing the road will begin next month MUMBAI Updated: Feb 27, 2018 17:13 IST With the construction of the second phase of Station Area Improvement Scheme (SATIS) on the east side of the station, around 800 buses, which are the main reason for congestion, can use the elevated road. This will unclog the station area. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) claimed the first phase of SATIS-2, being developed on east side of the station, will be operational by 2020. On Monday, the corporation got an in-principle approval from the railway ministry for constructing the 8,900 sqm elevated deck. The TMC will send the designs to the ministry for approval. In November 2017, railway authorities also issued an NOC for construction of a 2.23-km elevated road connecting the deck. The road will start from a gurudwara along the Eastern Express Highway, connect with the SATIS deck and end at Kanhaiya Nagar. A TMC official said, “The main reason for congestion in Kopri is civic and private buses. Apart from Thane Municipal Transport (TMT), the eastside of the station witnesses movement of about 800 buses every day. These buses are either private buses or those belonging to Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT), Mira-Bhaynder Municipal Transport (MBMT), Vasai Virar Municipal Transport (VVMT) and BEST buses. All these vehicles can use the elevated road and halt at the deck. Passengers can alight on the deck and board the bus which will re-connect with the highway from Kanhaiya Nagar in Kopri.” The TMC claimed it will accommodate even private buses on the elevated road so the present station road will be used only for light vehicles, easing peak hour traffic. The corporation is finalising the design for the elevated road and work on designing the deck will begin next month. “The project will take 30 months for completion. We plan to complete it by 2020,” the official said. The TMC had proposed the SATIS-2 in 2012. The eastside is plagued with narrow roads, illegally parked auto and haphazardly parked private buses. Commuting becomes a nightmare for the residents during the peak hour. The area is also mismanaged with no scope for constructing auto stands or bus stops.
|2018-02-27||Soon, Thane municipal corporation to carry out survey to weed out illegal path labs - Times of India|
Soon, Thane municipal corporation to carry out survey to weed out illegal path labs Updated: Feb 28, 2018, 00:30 IST THANE: The Thane municipal administration will soon embark on a survey to identify and weed out pathology labs operating without relevant permissions and expertise. The move comes after members of the Thane Pathologist Association complained to the corporation that there could be nearly 100 labs operating illegally, thus risking the lives of patients. The association members have alleged that the administration is deliberately dragging its feet and have cited a clear mandate set by the Supreme Court in 2017 for the operation of path labs.A proposal was also passed by the general body in the past but the health department continues to delay implementing the orders, claimed the members. The health department of the municipal corporation also currently does not have any records of the approximately 1,000 path labs operating within the city; of which a few could be working without complying with the norms. Officials said that path labs that are part of providing medical services and have to be operated by qualified personnel who are approved by the medical council, including doctors with specialization in pathology. However, it is alleged that there are several labs that are being operated by those who just have a diploma in lab technicians. The association of pathologists in Thane had recently approached the health department of the Thane municipal corporation with complaints of few facilities operating illegally. Meanwhile, Dr. Ram T Kendre, chief medical health officer at the TMC, said that they were planning to conduct a survey to know the number of qualified pathologists operating labs in the city.
|2018-02-27||Thane residents to march in support of civic chief | mumbai news ... - Hindustan Times|
Thane residents to march in support of civic chief Citizens will turn off lights, take out candle light vigil on March 1 mumbai Updated: Feb 28, 2018 01:29 IST Megha Pol Hindustan Times The public have demanded that TMC chief Sanjeev Jaiswal’s tenure should be extended. (HT FILE ) Showing solidarity with the ‘popular’ Thane civic chief who last week said he wanted to quit, residents of 20 to 25 housing societies will switch off their lights for a minute and lead a candle light procession on March 1. Speculation is rife that Sanjeev Jaiswal will be transferred over differences between him and corporators. People have demanded that the state government extend Jaisawal’s tenure. They admire him for his development work and crackdown on illegal construction. Last week, he said he wanted to quit as civic chief owing to political interference.Residential societies will observe the blackout at 9pm on Holi, residents said.Kasber Augustine, president of Thane Citizen Forum, said, “We have appealed to residential societies to observe the blackout. Holi signifies victory over evil, therefore we hope that there is light after the blackout. We request the commissioner to stay back and complete projects started by him.”As many as 20 to 25 societies have agreed to participate in the blackout protest followed by a candlelight march. Residents believe the number of participants will increase in the next two days. Umesh Chillalshetty, resident of Neelkanth Heights Tower, said, “Most of us have agreed to the blackout. However, we will meet all members of the society for their consent. I don’t think anyone will object to it because of works undertaken by the civic chief.”Residents have also filed an e-petition, asking chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to not transfer the commissioner. It was signed by thousands of residents.
|2018-02-27||Thane's Kopri area will get a make-over - Free Press Journal|
Thane’s Kopri area will get a make-over Feb 27, 2018 08:19 am Thane: Kopri area of Thane to will wear a new look within coming 3 years . The Thane Municipal Corporation has proposed to undertake an integrated development of Kopri area. The Corporation has proposed to spend rs. 19.99 crore to develop roads, playgrounds, gardens, parks and also an open gallery in this area. Kopri is the east side of city and is one of the oldest community of the city which has its roots since, the British and Portuguese era. The old village developed gradually leaving the narrow roads,congested areas ,illegal autos ,and few open spaces and lack of parking plots. The corporation till date has widened roads across the city, however, the Kopri roads have been left till date.
|2018-02-27||Residents to hold a blackout in Holi to protest Thane chief's transfer - Daily News & Analysis|
Residents to hold a blackout in Holi to protest Thane chief's transfer Updated: Feb 27, 2018, 06:50 AM IST The residents of Thane have decided to hold a one-minute blackout before the holi pyre is lit on Thursday to mark the unprecedented transfer of Thane Municipal Corporation's chief, Sanjeev Jaiswal. In a meeting held on Sunday under the aegis of the Thane Citizen's Forum (TCF), the residents took the decision with the hope that their one-minute silence before Holi celebrations begin at housing societies and market areas would stop the transfer of their favoured civic chief. "On the auspicious occasion, before the Holi pyre is lit marking the victory of good over evil, we request all housing societies, business establishments, markets, corporate houses to switch off the lights for a minute," said Kasber Augustine, the president of TCF. "This is to show your solidarity towards Mr Sanjeev Jaiswal and request him to join back office and finish his work which he had started for the welfare of Thane citizens," he added. Last week, Sanjeev Jaiswal had sought a transfer as he alleged that the BJP's constant attempts to defame him led to the decision. Despite doing progressive work in the city, he alleged that he was tired of continual defamatory action by BJP corporators. However, the residents of Thane were unhappy by Jaiswal's announcement. The TCF said that the blackout on Holi will send a strong message to those who defame the likes of Jaiswal. "The tireless exertions and passionate work of individuals like Jaiswal need to be respected and not condemned," said Augustine. Additionally, the TCF has also asked residents to organise a candle march in their respective societies after the blackout on Holi.
|2018-02-26||1 killed in accident in Thane - The Hindu|
1 killed in accident in Thane MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 27, 2018 00:34 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 27, 2018 00:34 IST 3 injured as car rams into gate of residential complex One person was killed and three others were injured when a car rammed into the gate of a residential complex on Ghodbunder Road at 1.54 a.m. on Monday. Chitalsar Manpada police said the incident took place outside Neelkanth Woods Society in Mullah Baug. The security guards of the complex, Deepak Ghadge and Deepchand Karansingh, who were sitting outside the main gate were injured. Mr. Ghadge, who registered a complaint, said, “The car came speeding towards us from Happy Valley. I saw it approach in time and shouted out a warning.” Mr. Ghadge said the Nissan Micra hit Mr. Karansingh before ramming into the gate. Chitalsar Manpada police arrived at the spot after Mr. Ghadge alerted the police control room about the incident. Mr Karansingh was rushed to Thane Civil Hospital for treatment. The police said the car was badly damaged and they had to call the Fire Brigade to help the occupants out of the car. The mangled remains were cut open using gas cutters and the three occupants were rushed to Titan Hospital. Driver booked While Sujit Roy, who drove the vehicle, was declared dead before admission, Juvel Shah and Jyotirmoy Rajkumar are being treated for injuries at the hospital. The police said Mr. Karansingh sustained injuries to his head and right hand. Mr. Shah’s legs have sustained fractures, while Mr. Rajkumar escaped with minor injuries. Police Inspector S.D. Ghuge said, “We have posthumously booked Roy for causing death and injury through rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.”
|2018-02-26||Blaze guts down ten hutments in Thane - Times of India|
Blaze guts down ten hutments in ThaneBlaze guts down ten hutments in ThaneManoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 26, 2018, 17:09 IST THANE: A blaze allegedly triggered by a LPG cylinder blast gutted down ten hutments in Thane's Sainath Nagar Monday morning. No casualties or injuries have been reported so far. Acoording to rescue officials, the fire broke out after one Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder started leaking in one of the huts. Minutes later the cylinder exploded and the fire spread in neighbouring hutments in the chawl. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was eventually brought under control. "No injuries or casualties are reported. The fire department will ascertain the exact cause of the incident," informed Santosh Kadam, chief at the TMC regional disaster management cell. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App. Download The Times of India news app for your device. Read more City news in English and other languages.RELATED From the WebMore From The Times of India SOBHA Ltd Launching Ultra-Luxury HomesSOBHA LtdLuxurious Property built by Phoenix Group starting from 3 CrOne Bangalore West: Phoenix Group50 Years of building landmark projects across IndiaAJMERALaunching limited-edition ultra luxury 3 Bed homesSOBHABest SIP investment plans in 2018 to make you rich!FundsindiaLast pictures of Sridevi at a wedding in DubaiBollywood mourns sudden demise of SrideviSinger Papon in trouble after he kisses a minor girl on camFlashback: A stunning video of Sridevi's photoshootT20I win: Raina hails Bhuvneshwar's bowling skills From around the web Sony Xperia R1 Plus Dual 32GB with 3GB RAM at Rs. 14184GADGETS NOWGetaway to Goa with Tata Housing!TATA HOUSINGHow large should your retirement corpus be?UTI MUTUAL FUNDMore from The Times of India SMC introduces drone to combat dengue in SiliguriHosoo Khosbaya from Mongolia performs in PuneAsians, Europeans more vulnerable to severe dengue more from times of india CitiesMumbai BlastsMumbai RainsBangalore RainsDelhi EarthquakeChennai RainsDelhi SmogDelhi PollutionMumbai FloodsHindi newsViewcomments
|2018-02-26||CMS hospital allegedly turn down patients without Aadhar ID - Times of India|
CMS hospital allegedly turn down patients without Aadhar ID Updated: Feb 26, 2018, 22:58 IST Thane: The staff at the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj (CSM) hospital has been reportedly refusing treatment to patients who do not carry their Aadhar IDs with them. However, the hospital administration has justified that identity proof was being sought for any upgradation plan but no patinet was being turned down for not carrying Aadhar card.On Monday, several patients alleged that the hospital staff has refused to hand out outpatients department forms to those who were not carrying an ID proof. They claimed that there was no prior information given except for a a notice board that was put up later in the day asking patients to come with Aadhar cards for treatment. Shakil Ahmed, a resident of Kharegaon, had visited the OPD section of CSM hospital on Monday morning. He was in for a rude shock when the hospital staff refused him treatment till he produced his Aadhar ID. Ahmed said that like him several others were turned down by the staff asking them to get their respective identity proofs. The rule for carrying a valid ID proof has been in force recently, claimed regulars who have been facing problems reaching the hospital. “I visited the hospital as I had a throat infection, but the staff refused to give me the form that is required to be filled up before consultation. They insisted that I show them my Aadhar card first or share my mobile number with them. I had to return without getting any treatment,” Ahmed added. Meanwhile, Dr. Sandhya Khadse, dean at CSM hospital, refuted these allegations saying that patients were not refused treatment. The administration is working towards introducing e-health cards for patients for which a prior registration is necessary with relevant identity proof. “There must be some misunderstanding by patients as we never refuse treatment to anyone. We insist that patients carrying valid ID cards. I will send out clear instructions to my staff to ensure there is no misunderstanding and no patient are not left without beign treated,” said Khadse.
|2018-02-26||Ten hutments gutted at Pokhran Rd 2; none hurt - Times of India|
Ten hutments gutted at Pokhran Rd 2; none hurt Updated: Feb 26, 2018, 22:57 IST Thane: As many as 10 hutments were gutted in a blaze at Sai Nath Nagar chawl, Pokhran Road 2 on Monday at 11am. The fire took place due to a gas cylinder blast. The accident has left around 40 people homeless in the area. According to officials, initially a gas leak was reported from the house of Rohit Chavanand and soon it turned into an inferno and the flames spread to the shanties nearby. The fire triggered off the gas cylinders in three other shanties in the vicinity that were also suspected to be leaking. Santosh Kadam, disaster officer at the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC), said, “We rushed to the spot with four fire engines, a rescue vehicle and one water tanker. It took us nearly two hours to douse the flames. The preliminary investigations revealed that the gas cylinder exploded due to a leakage. The flames then engulfed the adjacent nine shanties. Three cylinders fitted in nine slum tenements were also found to be leaking. So it is possible that this leakage intensified the fire.”Till the officials could arrive, locals themselves doused the flames with buckets of water after which children and senior citizens were taken to a safe area. A major tragedy was averted as the slum dwellers, most of whom are daily wage labourers, had gone to work and the children were at school, so no injuries or fatalities were reported. Chavan, who is a sweeper at Wagle Estate police station, said, “At 11am, we heard a loud noise and realized that there were flames everywhere. There was no time to go inside and grab important stuff. Even the house of my entire joint family was up in flames. Our valuables were completely charred in the fire.” It took us nearly two hours to douse the flames. The preliminary investigations revealed that a gas cylinder exploded due to a leakage. The flames then engulfed the adjacent nine shanties. So it is possible that this leakage intensified the fire
|2018-02-26||Thane civic chief to send disqualification notice to BJP corporator - Hindustan Times|
Thane civic chief to send disqualification notice to BJP corporator Milind Patankar has allegedly violated the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act MUMBAI Updated: Feb 27, 2018 00:58 IST The row between Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and BJP corporator Milind Patankar might intensify. The commissioner is planning to issue a notice to disqualify Patankar, alleging that he has violated the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act and acquired two flats under Urban Land Ceiling rule in 2010 meant for the economically weaker section. The civic administration said it would send the disqualification notice in two days. A top TMC official said, “As per the ULC Act, the flats are given to those who do not have any other flat in their name and have a yearly income up to Rs2 lakh. In 2010, Patankar got two flats at Majiwada, Thane (W) under the ULC scheme. The two flats cost around Rs2.5 lakh each. In 2014, he got a third flat in his wife’s name and another flat which is reserved as multipurpose room.” He added Patankar had merged the flats and that the TMC had sent him a notice in 2013 under the MRTP Act. “Due to these violations of MRTP and ULC Act, we have decided to issue a notice to disqualify the post of corporator of Patankar this week,” said the official. Patankar has alleged that the developer gave him the two flats and he was not aware they were ULC flats. “I had never demanded any ULC flat. The developer gave me the flats — there are two such ULC flats on every floor in our building. Most residents have amalgamated the flats but the corporation is not targeting them. If the corporation plans to file an MRTP case for illegal alterations in my flat, then there are many corporators and MLAs who have made such alterations. They should also get disqualification notice,” he said. He said he had only broken the wall separating the two flats and there was no FSI violation. “After the administration sends the disqualification notice, I will study it and then give an apt reply,” said Patankar. Last week, Jaiswal had alleged that the BJP corporators were not allowing him to function in the city and he wished to quit. He claimed that if the state does not transfer him till April he will go on a long leave.
|2018-02-26||Driver dead, 3 injured in Thane road accident - Hindustan Times|
Driver dead, 3 injured in Thane road accident The Chithalsar police said the car toppled and Karansingh, the watchman, who was at the gate got hit by the car. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 27, 2018 00:41 IST A driver of a private car died while two of his passengers and a watchman got injured on Monday, as he lost control of the car at Chithalsar in Thane. The driver and owner of the car, Surjit Roy,40, died while he was being taken to the hospital, said the Chithalsar police. He and his two friends were returning home when he lost control over the wheels and the car hit the iron gate of Neelkanth Woods The injured were identified as – Juyal Shah,30, Jyotirmoy Rajkumar,29, and a watchman Dipchand Karansingh,25 – all of who were rushed to Thane civil hospital by locals. Roy and his two friends were heading home after work. The Chithalsar police said the car toppled and Karansingh, who was at the gate got hit by the car. ”We have lodged a case of rash and negligent driving and other sections of the Motor Vehicles Act against Roy under as he was driving the car. His body was handed over to the relatives after the post-mortem. The others are being treated at the hospital,” said an official.
|2018-02-26||TV actress cheated of 11 lakh, files complaint - Times of India|
TV actress cheated of 11 lakh, files complaint Updated: Feb 26, 2018, 06:25 IST THANE: A Borivli resident was booked for allegedly cheating a TV actress of over Rs 11 lakh that he owed her for an event held at Ghana last year. In her complaint, Shikha Singh (29) claimed that in May 2017, Deepak Chaturvedi approached her with an offer to perform at an event in Ghana for Rs 12 lakh. She said he paid an advance of Rs 70,000. The event was scheduled initially in July 2017, but was later postponed to November. Singh said she approached the organizer who told her that they had already paid her money to Chaurvedi. The actor told police that since the event, Chaturvedi had been evading her and even relocated his office. She then approached the Chitalsar police and registered a case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code. "A probe is under way. The accused is yet to be traced," said Ganpat Pingle, senior inspector of Chitalsar police station. Singh is known for her roles as Amba in 'Na Aana Is Des Laado' and as Shikhandini in 'Mahabharat'. Currently, she is working in 'Kumkum Bhagya'.
|2018-02-26||Warm day and nights in Pune, Nashik, Thane, Ratnagiri - Skymet Weather|
Warm Day And Nights In Pune, Nashik, Thane, Ratnagiri 26 February 2018 02:54 PM As of now, the weather continues to be dry and arid over Maharashtra. Considering the weather conditions region wise, the weather over Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra has been dry with sunny sky conditions. Minimum temperatures over northern districts of both the regions have been settling by 2 to 4 degrees above normal.
|2018-02-26||Fire breaks out in chawl in Thane - ANI - ANI News|
Fire breaks out in chawl in Thane Updated: Feb 26, 2018 15:17 IST Thane (Maharashtra) [India] Feb 26 (ANI): A fire broke out in 10 hutments at a chawl at Thane's Sainath Nagar on Monday. The incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. at Sainath Nagar. Four fire tenders, a rescue vehicle and a water tanker were dispatched to douse the flames. No casualties have been reported so far. However, some buildings are said to have been gutted in the fire. According to the preliminary information, the fire was caused due to a blast in an LPG cylinder which spread after the flames came in contact with three other cylinders which are suspected to be leaking. (ANI)
|2018-02-26||Green signal for SATIS deck 2, work to start soon - Times of India|
Green signal for SATIS deck 2, work to start soon Feb 26, 2018, 22:55 IST Thane: The municipal administration is likely to start work on the nearly 9,000sqm elevated deck outside Thane station east after the railway ministry approved its Rs 220 crore-worth plans to provide a faster passage for public transport buses near station. The approval from the railway board for the deck coming up on station land was an important decision as the project will now get the desired momentum. The tendering process of the project will soon be done and the entire elevated route could be ready for use within two years of starting work, informed municipal officials. The cost of constructing the deck and the road will be borne by the Thane Municipal Corporation, (TMC).The railway board has approved the construction of the deck on its land. With the okay in place, we can now start work on construction of the connecting roads to and from the deck that will reduce the travel time to and from the EEH to Thane station, east to mere five minutes, informed an official from the TMC. As per plans, the administration will construct the deck, a part of its Satis-2 project that will be linked with the Eastern Express Highway through a 3-km long elevated road. The deck with an area of 8,900sqm will come up parallel to the platform 10 at Thane east side and will have enough space for accommodating 16 buses at one time in addition to those on standby or broken down. The deck will be at a height of 6.5m allowing easy access to other big vehicles including the fire engines from beneath it. The entry to the deck will exclusively be for the public transport buses that presently take a long time to reach station from the highway. The three-lane deck will also have adequate space for passengers to wait for their buses and will also be linked to all railway bridges at the station. Meanwhile, the administration has already approved increased FSI for the commercial structure to come up over the deck at Thane station east. The TMC had approved the increased FSI of three for the project and taken the state approval FOR the same and sent the proposal to the railway ministry for its nod. The entire system, whenever implemented, will go a long way in redefining the geography of the area that is presently clogged with narrow road and increasing traffic.
|2018-02-25||Teen escapes from nagpur police custody, held in Thane - Nagpur Today|
Teen escapes from nagpur police custody, held in Thane Published On : Sun, Feb 25th, 2018 Nagpur: A teenager, who was in police custody, fled from inside the Nagpur court premises on Wednesday and was arrested by Thane crime branch (Property Cell) on Friday. After a court order, the teenager was handed over to the Nagpur police.Ashok Prakash Gaikwad, 18, a resident of Nagpur, is a history-sheeter and was arrested for robbery on Tuesday. A police personnel from the Thane commissionerate said, “On Tuesday, Gaikwad was arrested by Nagpur police in the evening hours and on Wednesday Gaikwad was taken to court. Before he could be produced in court, the boy pushed two police constables aside and fled. They ran after him but within minutes, he was nowhere to be seen in the court. Later, they alerted all the nearby police.” Gaikwad, fled to his relative’s house and after taking some money, came to Ghodbunder road in Thane. The Nagpur police got a tip-off and they alerted the Thane police. “We laid a trap and soon caught him near Viviana mall. Soon after, we alerted the Nagpur police. He is a history-sheeter and now has one more case registered against him for escaping from court premises,” added the officer.
|2018-02-25||Thane CDR scam: Film personalities to be questioned - The Tribune|
|2018-02-24||Thane: Two held for 'trying to sell' pangolin - The Indian Express|
Thane: Two held for ‘trying to sell’ pangolin Thane: Two held for ‘trying to sell’ pangolin Raigad residents Ashok Jadhav and Santosh Butala have been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act, the police said. By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: February 24, 2018 5:31 am The animal’s teeth were missing and it had ants crawling over its body, said an official. Related News Thane: City of lakes debates over boatingWest Bengal: Four held with pangolin scales in JalpaiguriThane: Two woman constables say sexually harassed by senior, no FIR yetTWO MEN were arrested in Thane on Friday for allegedly attempting to sell a pangolin. Police said the duo had struck a deal to sell the endangered animal for Rs 40 lakh. Raigad residents Ashok Jadhav and Santosh Butala have been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act, the police said. Unit 5 of the Thane Police Crime Branch laid a trap in Wagle Estate on Friday after getting information that the men would arrive in a Mahindra Bolero to meet some buyers. The police intercepted the car and recovered the animal. A crime branch official said the animal was in very poor health, all its teeth were missing and it had ants crawling over its body. The pangolin was later handed over to the forest department in Thane. Smuggling of pangolins, which is an endangered species, is very common, as the animals are valued both as a delicacy and for the hard exterior shells, which are believed to have medicinal properties. firstname.lastname@example.org For all the latest Mumbai News, download Indian Express App More Related News Man dies after AC compressor bursts in Thane Thane: Plans afoot to make Malshej Ghat a world class tourist spot
|2018-02-24||4 held for kidnapping Thane jeweller, after he refused to pay for fake ... - Hindustan Times|
4 held for kidnapping Thane jeweller, after he refused to pay for fake gold Kashimira police nab them after they try to kidnap jeweller in his own car in Bhayander MUMBAI Updated: Feb 24, 2018 18:18 IST Four persons were arrested by the Kashimira police for allegedly kidnapping a Mira Road-based jeweller who refused to pawn a fake gold bracelet that the accused tried to pass off as real gold. The jeweller tipped off the Kashimira police, who laid a trap and arrested the quartet. One more person was arrested for designing the fake bracelet. While one of them has been granted bail by the Thane court, the other four accused are lodged in Thane Central jail. The accused have been identified as Ramesh Arjun Bharti, Govaram Virmaram Devasi, Nemaram Jeevaram Chowdhary and Bharat Santosh Giri, all residents of Bhayander. Himmat Soni, who allegedly designed the fake bracelet, was also arrested but was later released on bail. On February 18, two men met Gopal Prajapati, a jeweller from Hatkesh area in Mira Road and told him they wanted to pawn a 31.700 gram gold bracelet. The jeweller was shown a fake receipt, which showed that the actual weight of the fake bracelet was 30.400 grams and was purchased from one Ramesh Bhati, owner of Bharti Jewelers. However, Prajapati smelt a rat as the weight of the bracelet was unusually high. To buy time, the jeweller told the duo to return on February 19 to collect the cash in lieu of the bracelet, which was to be mortgaged. Once the duo left, Prajapati tested the bracelet and it turned out to be fake. He contacted Babulal Prajapati, president, Kashmira Jewellers’ Association and narrated the entire episode. The duo then approached the Kashmira police station. Gopal Prajapati’s shop was closed on February 19, so the accused duo returned on February 20. They were accompanied by two other men. When Prajapati refused to give them money and said the gold was fake, the quartet threatened him and kidnapped him in his own Wagon R car. However, the Kashimira police, who were lying in wait near the shop, surrounded the car and nabbed the quartet. Police sub-inspector Sambhaji Patil of Kashimira police said, “We have booked the accused under section 420 (cheating), section 363 (kidnapping), section 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment), and other sections of the Indian Penal Code.”
|2018-02-24||Teen escapes from cop custody, held in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Teen escapes from cop custody, held in Thane Before he could be produced in court, the boy pushed two police constables aside and fled MUMBAI Updated: Feb 25, 2018 00:45 IST A teenager, who was in police custody, fled from inside the Nagpur court premises on Wednesday and was arrested by Thane crime branch (Property Cell) on Friday. After a court order, the teenager was handed over to the Nagpur police. Ashok Prakash Gaikwad, 18, a resident of Nagpur, is a history-sheeter and was arrested for robbery on Tuesday. A police personnel from the Thane commissionerate said, “On Tuesday, Gaikwad was arrested by Nagpur police in the evening hours and on Wednesday Gaikwad was taken to court. Before he could be produced in court, the boy pushed two police constables aside and fled. They ran after him but within minutes, he was nowhere to be seen in the court. Later, they alerted all the nearby police.” Gaikwad, fled to his relative’s house and after taking some money, came to Ghodbunder road in Thane. The Nagpur police got a tip-off and they alerted the Thane police. “We laid a trap and soon caught him near Viviana mall. Soon after, we alerted the Nagpur police. He is a history-sheeter and now has one more case registered against him for escaping from court premises,” added the officer.
|2018-02-24||Robber held in Diva - Times of India|
Robber held in Diva Updated: Feb 24, 2018, 22:28 IST Thane: A 19-year-old youth was arrested by two alert female constables for allegedly robbing a mobile from a railway commuter on Friday morning. The accused, a resident of Vikhroli, had boarded a train for Kalyan from Thane station. Before he could board the train, the accused zeroed in on his victim and stood right next to him in the train.The accused then managed to rob the mobile, which the victim had kept in his shoulder bag, and alighted from the train at Diva. The accused was then trying to target his next victim but he ran out of luck when an on-duty lady constable M D Shakila accosted him. Finding his movements suspicious, the constable signalled her colleague Pratima Singh and the duo then started interrogating the accused. He then broke down and confessed to the crime. In the meanwhile, the victim had approached the Diva railway police about the theft. The police recovered two mobile phones from the accused. The cops have handed him over to the state railway police who have registered a case under Section 392 of the IPC. He was also produced before the railway court on Saturday and has been remanded to magistrate custody. A police official said that the accused was new to the area and used to target passengers trvelling on the Western line during peak hours.
|2018-02-24||Water seepage from Bhatsa dam destroys crops in Thane village - India Today|
Water seepage from Bhatsa dam destroys crops in Thane village February 24, 2018 UPDATED 18:35 IST Thane, Feb 24 (PTI) Seepage of water from one of the canals of the Bhatsa dam today destroyed crops over a substantial area in Paleri village of Shahapur tehsil here, district officials said. Officials said that seepage from the righ bank canal of the dam, which provides water to Mumbai, started at around 7am today and soon inundated some fields where paddy and vegetables had been planted. Shahapur tehsildar Ravindra Baviskar told PTI that revenue officials were currently assessing the damage to the crops and a report would be submitted to the district collector subsequently. RS Pandav, deputy engineer of the Bhatsa Dam project, said that the seepage, which started at 7am today, continued for over two hours. He added that it had reduced considerably now and work to plug it would be taken up tomorrow. He said that the dam had not been breached. The NCP MLA from Shahapur, Pandurang Barora, visited Paleri village and assured villagers that help would be provided to those who lost their crops. PTI COR BNM
|2018-02-24||Soon, find out how liveable is Thane - Hindustan Times|
Soon, find out how liveable is Thane Survey will reveal where the city stands in terms of quality of life and standard of public amenities like transport and health care. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 25, 2018 00:27 IST After the cleanliness survey, Thane residents will soon know how liveable their city is. Thane which is struggling to provide sufficient civic transport buses, manage its solid waste and sewage and control the increasing air pollution level, will now be marked on its public amenities, governance, economic growth and public readressal system. The ranking will be done under the City Liveability Index undertaken by the urban development ministry of the Government of India. The Thane Municipal Corporation will start collecting data from each of its departments for the parameters mentioned in this survey. The data will be submitted to the government before April 10. In June last year, the Centre launched the initiative to rank the quality of life through the City Liveability Index across India. Thane is among the 116 cities which will be judged in the survey. The survey will tell you where your city stands in terms of quality of life and the standard of its public amenities, the city’s public transport, the air you breathe and the quality of health and education system. The cities selected are those with a population of more than one million each. Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner, said, “A workshop to decide the framework for the survey was held in Delhi this month. It was decided that we will have to provide the information on all the civic amenities in the city before April 10. Next week, I will meet the TMC department officials and other government agencies in the city. We will start collecting the data under each of the category in the survey.” He added that since many agencies are involved, the data collection might take at least a month. The cities will be assessed on a comprehensive set of 79 parameters in 15 categories including public transport, education and health care, mobility, employment opportunities, emergency response, grievance redressal, pollution, availability of open spaces and culture. Talking about the challenges which the city faces, Chavan added, “The city lacks in many aspects — mainly in the public buses. The city needs 720 buses, but we have around 300. Apart from these, we also lag in sewage treatment and solid waste management. The increasing particulate pollutants at the traffic junctions too are a cause of concern.” Chavan added that the municipal corporation though plans to start 24x7 water supply and smart meters, the supply at present needs a lot of improvement. He added that the survey will be helpful for the city. Based on the ranking, the corporation will get help from the government wherever needed. “We can get grants or technical support to improve in these sectors after the survey.” TMC still backward in providing amenities, activist The city might be marching towards smart city. But, it is still lagging behind in terms of providing public amenities. Activists Chandrahas Tawade said, “The transport system in the city is completely mismanaged and has failed to meet the needs of the population. The flyovers constructed along the highways are unplanned and lead to more congestion. The standard of civic education too is pathetic which is evident in the decreasing number of students in civic schools. The corporation has failed to develop its reserved plot. The city can improve its ranking if all government agencies work towards improving the amenities.”
|2018-02-24||School teacher booked for molesting student in Thane - United News of India|
School teacher booked for molesting student in Thane Posted at: Feb 24 2018 2:10PM Thane, Feb 24 (UNI) A teacher of a private school has been booked on the charges of molesting a sixth standard student in this district of Maharashtra. Police Sub-Inspector P D Jadhav of Manpada police station on Saturday said the accused, identified as Raghunath Harad, has been booked under sections 354 and 506 of the IPC and also sections 8 and 12 of the POCSO Act of 2012. The complainant said that the accused, in the midst of the teaching lessons and pretending to check the notebooks, used to touch her inappropriately. The teacher is also said to have warned the girl against revealing anything to anyone or lodging any complaint against him. UNI XR SV 1406 Read more at http://www.uniindia.com/school-teacher-booked-for-molesting-student-in-thane/states/news/1148972.html#VMe279QRGQPu5JWi.99
|2018-02-24||Heat takes a toll on animals, birds; dehydration cases rise - Times of India|
Heat takes a toll on animals, birds; dehydration cases rise Updated: Feb 24, 2018, 22:30 IST Thane: Even as summer has just begun, the rising mercury levels has already taken a toll on the wildlife in the city. Many doctors have received complaints of animals and birds suffering from dehydration over the past week. While the number of dogs and cats have not been badly affected yet, birds have been hit the most.“It’s just the beginning of summer and we have already received a number of calls about birds that have fainted. Last week, eight baby and four adults Kites were admitted to our hospital after they suffered from heat-related issues,” said Shakuntala Majumdar, president of Thane SPCA animal hospital and emergency centre. Speaking about the reason for the rising dehydration cases, city-based Wildlife Welfare Association member Rohit Mohite, said, “Birds are always affected first in summer as they directly come under the glare of the sun while travelling from one place to another. Earlier, there was plenty of greenery to protect them and plenty of water bodies as well, but now that’s not the case anymore.” “While birds are affected first, stray animals too face the same issues and usually look for shade under vehicles and water in pits and drains when they feel thirsty to avoid dehydration, fatigue and heat strokes this season,” Mohite added With these number cases of dehydrated animals and birds on the rise, NGOs have already begun chalking out steps like placing concrete water bowls for strays and birds to help the animals brave the heat. “We recently re-started our water bowl project where we build cement bowls with a five litre water capacity and place it every few meters so that birds and strays in the neighbourhood can have some water to drink. We have kept volunteers in charge of each bowl to ensure that the water is changed or refilled every two days to avoid stagnation. While we have installed 300 such bowls over the past few years, we will be adding another 100 more this summer,” said Nilesh Bhanage, founder of Dombivali-based animal NGO PAWS.
|2018-02-24||2 men physically assault traffic cop in Thane, arrested - Hindustan Times|
2 men physically assault traffic cop in Thane, arrested The duo got upset when the cop fined them for breaking a signal. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 25, 2018 01:13 IST Two men were booked for physically assaulting and abusing a traffic constable on Friday. Jagdish Bimashi, 43, and Ravi Sampat, 56, misbehaved with the traffic police after they were fined for jumping a signal at Kapurbawdi. They are residents of Ghatkopar. The constable, Nandkumar Bhosle, 48, belongs to the Kapurbawdi traffic division. “On Friday night, the two accused were heading to Thane from Ghodbunder Road and were riding rashly. Bimashi broke the signal at the Kapurbawdi junction after which, Bhosle asked him to stop his two-wheeler,” an officer from Kapurbawdi police station said. When Bimashi was asked to pay a fine, he got agitated and started arguing with Bhosle. “Bhosle requested him to pay the fine. However, Bimashi held his collar and warned him of dire consequences if he imposed the fine,” the officer said. When Bhosle tried to call other officers, Bimashi and Sampat physically assaulted him. Both the accused have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC.
|2018-02-23||Duo who broke into actor's in-laws' house held in Thane - The Hindu|
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|2018-02-23||15-year-old kills self in Thane - MUMBAI - The Hindu - The Hindu|
15-year-old kills self in Thane MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 23, 2018 04:45 IST A 15-year-old girl committed suicide at her house in Thane on Thursday morning. Kapurbawdi police said Rachna Shinge lived with her parents and younger brother in Balkum in Thane (West) and she was alone at home at the time of the incident. At 11 a.m. on Thursday, when her uncle came to visit her, he found the front door of the house open. On entering the house, he found that Rachna had killed herself. With the help of a few neighbours, he rushed her to Thane Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead before admission. Senior Police Inspector V.G. Darekar said, “We searched the house, but did not find any suicide note. Her parents told us that she was under a lot of stress as her SSC board examinations were scheduled for March this year.” Rachna was a Class X student of Dr. Bedekar Vidya Mandir in Naupada and the police will make inquiries with her classmates and friends to find out if Rachna was suffering from exam-related stress. Her cell phone is also being examined and people she last spoke to will be contacted. An officer with Kapurbawdi police said, “Rachna’s parents are in a complete state of shock and are unwilling to interact with anyone.” The police have registered an accidental death report.
|2018-02-23||Books that Built Us: 'The Williamsburg Novels' by Elswyth Thane - The Michigan Daily|
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|2018-02-23||Call records data leak: One more arrest in Thane - The Indian Express|
Call records data leak: One more arrest in Thane Call records data leak: One more arrest in Thane A CDR is a confidential record which was being leaked out by these detectives at a cost to others. Police have booked them all under the IT act and relevant acts of extortion. By: Express News Service | Updated: February 23, 2018 9:05 am Thane crime branch had busted the CDR leak by arresting four detectives. First female detective from India, Rajani Pandit was also arrested. She was recently denied bail by the magistrate court, her lawyer said. (Representational Image) Related News Builder murder: Cops produce call records of Navi Mumbai police chief with accused in HCMumbai Underground: Veggie DespairWere accused in touch with cops? HC wants CDRsThe Thane crime branch arrested a constable of the Yavatmal police station in the Call Data Records (CDR) leak case on Thursday. The accused identified as Nitin Khawade, was attached to the Yavatmal police, sources claimed. “He was involved with one of the arrested detectives, and through him was handling the government paperwork,” an officer from crime branch said. Thane crime branch had busted the CDR leak by arresting four detectives. First female detective from India, Rajani Pandit was also arrested. She was recently denied bail by the magistrate court, her lawyer said. A CDR is a confidential record which was being leaked out by these detectives at a cost to others. Police have booked them all under the IT act and relevant acts of extortion. For all the latest Mumbai News, download Indian Express App More Related News Stringent guidelines on obtaining CDRs soon Cops likely to file chargesheet this week
|2018-02-23||'Better traffic management needed at Gladys Alwares rd to avoid mishaps' - Times of India|
‘Better traffic management needed at Gladys Alwares rd to avoid mishaps’ Updated: Feb 23, 2018, 22:12 IST Thane: Residents of upper middle class enclaves along the Gladys Alwares road in Thane have called for better traffic management on the first model road of the city. Citing few recent mishaps on the stretch, residents have offered to identify problems at specific spots and help formulate a solution. The nearly 2-km long road that links few important localities in the city has been witnessing mishaps in the recent past following which residents have intensified their demand for safety measures to be inculcated before a big tragedy hits. Residents lament that three near fatal mishaps have reported on the stretch due to improper traffic management including speeding, haphazard parking of heavy vehicles and absence of police personnel at specific points. T N Raghunatha, Secretary, Eden Woods Complex complains that the stretch especially outside his complex has witnessed few accidents in the recently. “We have seen two mishaps in the last six days. A residents of our complex was hit by a speeding car while she was trying to cross the road to enter the complex. Fortunately, she survived the mishap but has suffered multiple fractures,” said Raghunatha. Local residents and activists lament inaction on part of the authorities to prevent the elderly and children from meeting with possible accidents. The locals claim to have sought intervention of the municipal authorities to erect speed breakers at adequate stretches to check speeding vehicles and prevent mishaps. There are several breakers installed but their haphazard locations haven’t served any purpose, laments Raghunatha. “The road is considered to be a model one but it urgently needs a massive overhaul in terms of how traffic is managed. Pedestrians have a horrible time just trying to cross the huge junctions especially at Vasant Vihar, Ghanekar and Khevra Circle. All those who drive recklessly on this road should keep in mind this is not a highway,” said an elderly citizen from the area.Former mayor and corporator H S Patil who stays nearby and represented the area fears for possible mishaps at the Kashinath Ghanekar junction that sees several roads converging. “A signal system or traffic constable should be immediately deployed at the Ghanekar junction,” he said. It may be noted the Gladys Alwares road that saw an overhaul in the 2011-13 was revamped with the intention of setting an example for other stretches in the metropolis.The TMC had spent over Rs 40 cr to upgrade this stretch from a two-lane stretch to a six-lane one to ensure faster disposal of traffic but has apparently failed to make adequate traffic management systems like speed breakers at adequate spots and install signals. When contacted, a municipal officer said they will look into the issue and will discuss the same with the traffic department to ensure any mishap-prone zone is made safe for both pedestrians and motorists in the area.
|2018-02-23||Endangered pangolin worth Rs 40 lakh seized in Thane, two arrested - Hindustan Times|
Endangered pangolin worth Rs 40 lakh seized in Thane, two arrested Pangolin, a highly endangered insectivore, was rescued from a duo in a Thane looking to sell the animal in the illegal wildlife market. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 23, 2018 19:19 IST Police on Friday arrested two people for trying to sell a pangolin, a rare and highly endangered insectivore, with officials claiming that the animal was worth Rs 40 lakh in the illegal wildlife market. Acting on a tip-off, personnel from the Crime Branch’s Unit V kept watch and arrested the duo from near a temple in the Wagle Estate area of the city. Assistant Commissioner of Police Mukund Hatote said the pangolin was worth Rs 40 lakh in the illegal wildlife trade. He added that investigations were on to find out who was supposed to buy the pangolin. Inspector Jairaj Ranavre of the Crime Branch said that the two, identified as Ashok Jadhav (29) and Santosh Butala (30), were arrested and charged under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Officials added that the pangolin had been handed over to the Forest department as mandated by wildlife laws. The pangolin, subject of several conservation initiatives by wildlife experts, is highly priced for its therapeutic value in Oriental medicine.
|2018-02-23||Gangster Suresh Pujari picks extortion targets from newspaper ads, accused tell Thane cops - Hindustan Times|
Gangster Suresh Pujari picks extortion targets from newspaper ads, accused tell Thane cops The police said the accused, at the behest of Pujari, demanded Rs25 lakh from a hotelier in Bhiwandi. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 24, 2018 01:01 IST Fugitive gangster Suresh Pujari mostly targets hoteliers and businessmen who advertise in a newspaper from Mangalore in Karnataka, his four aides arrested in connection with the Bhiwandi firing told the Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC). A 16-year-old teenager was also part of the January 10 firing, according to an officer. “The four men have confessed to the firing and told us that Suresh Pujari reads advertisements in a Mangalore-based newspaper to zero in on his targets. After getting phone numbers from the newspaper adverts, he demands money from businessmen and hoteliers. The accused were asked to download a video chat application and exchange the password with Pujari,” said Pradeep Sharma, senior inspector from the Thane AEC. The four arrested men are Harish Kotian 30; Sanket Dalvi 25; Prathmesh Kadam 22; and Aniket Thakur 25. The police said the accused, at the behest of Pujari, demanded Rs25 lakh from a hotelier in Bhiwandi. As the hotelier refused to pay, Pujari allegedly sent three shooters to the hotel. The teenagershot at a receptionist in the leg and fled the spot. The four people were arrested by the Mumbai crime branch and handed over to the Thane anti-extortion cell, while the teenager was sent to a correction home. “The minor came in contact with Kotian and Dalvi through their common friend Kadam. He was offered Rs75,000 for firing on the receptionist at KN Park hotel on Kalyan-Bhiwandi Highway. He acted on the instruction of Kotian and Dalvi, who were in contact with Pujari,”?said an officer. “The arrested accused also told the police that Pujari had lied to them, saying that the hotelier was his childhood friend and owed him Rs25 lakh, said Rajkumar Kothmire, inspector from the Thane AEC. Pujari told the four men and the minor that they should not have fired at the receptionist,” said Kothmire. The accused were supplied with two pistols and 11 bullets by a man on Ghodbunder Road, said the police. They used five bullets for training, while another five were seized. Suresh Pujari used to target contractors and hoteliers from Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Kalyan and Dombivli.
|2018-02-22||15-year-old kills self in Thane - The Hindu|
15-year-old kills self in Thane MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 23:36 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 22, 2018 23:36 IST A 15-year-old girl committed suicide at her house in Thane on Thursday morning. Kapurbawdi police said Rachna Shinge lived with her parents and younger brother in Balkum in Thane (West) and she was alone at home at the time of the incident. At 11 a.m. on Thursday, when her uncle came to visit her, he found the front door of the house open. On entering the house, he found that Rachna had killed herself. With the help of a few neighbours, he rushed her to Thane Civil Hospital, where she was declared dead before admission. Senior Police Inspector V.G. Darekar said, “We searched the house, but did not find any suicide note. Her parents told us that she was under a lot of stress as her SSC board examinations were scheduled for March this year.” Rachna was a Class X student of Dr. Bedekar Vidya Mandir in Naupada and the police will make inquiries with her classmates and friends to find out if Rachna was suffering from exam-related stress. Her cell phone is also being examined and people she last spoke to will be contacted. An officer with Kapurbawdi police said, “Rachna’s parents are in a complete state of shock and are unwilling to interact with anyone.” The police have registered an accidental death report.
|2018-02-22||Thane: Court convicts builder, architect for 1998 Sairaj building collapse which left 18 dead - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane: Court convicts builder, architect for 1998 Sairaj building collapse which left 18 deadPTI | Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 08.54 PM ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeMy Saved articlesWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSShareWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSRepresentational image. Photo: ReutersThane: The builder and the architect of a building that collapsed in 1998 killing 18 persons, were sentenced to three years in jail by a court here on Thursday. District Judge Vilas Bambarde convicted builder Sharad Bhai Mansingh Pawar and architect Anand Ashtaputre and sentenced them to three years in prison for the collapse of the Sairaj building in Wagle Estate here. The five-storeyed building, constructed on a nullah using sub-standard construction material, caved in on November 7, 1998, killing 18 persons. The police, at the time, had registered cases under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those dealing with causing death by negligence, against nine persons. While one of the accused, Ramaswamy Ramanna, died during the pendency of the trial, the other six were acquitted today. Lawyers Punit Mahimkar, Pravin Kulkarni and GB Chavan appeared for the accused. Read Also:Two arrested for 2014 theft at actress Bhagyashree's home You Might Also Like Relax & let us boost your website trafficAd: Times GroupLearn how India is multiplying electricity networksAd: ToshibaAmazon Business-GST Invoice & Bulk DiscountsAd: Amazon SMESenior citizen benefits in budget 2018Ad: UTI Mutual Fund From around the webMore from Mumbai Mirror Eat food as you like: Hot or coldRentomojoHome - buy medicines online at Pharmeasy.in PharmeasyPPF or FD, which should you Invest in?Axis BankFarmer begs to save son from Stage 3 CancerMilaapSushant: There's nothing left to prove anymoreWhat's brewing between Arbaaz and Malaika? -Lawyer tries to avoid pothole, lands in hospitalMarathi, non-Marathi key factor in ragging
|2018-02-22||TMC plans to lay red carpet for startups - Times of India|
TMC plans to lay red carpet for startups Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 23:06 IST Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is working on making the lake city a hub for startups and business ventures by setting up a massive facility that will provide all kinds of logistic support including training and infrastructure to aspiring entrepreneurs at affordable rates. The facility, called as the global impact centre, will not just work as an incubator for startups and help startups with technical support but will also provide required office space to budding entrepreneurs. The TMC is in talks with experts globally to associate with it in this initiative. The structure spread over 1.2 lakh sq ft space at Saket is part of a town centre developed as an amenity by a private builder. Around 30,000 square feet area will be made operative in the next six months, informed officials. “We are working towards developing one of the biggest start-up hubs in the lake city considering its massive potential. We will not just provide technical and financial support but are also planning to rope in experts who will guide these young minds to channelize their potential. The facility will provide help in terms of guidance and references,” informed Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal. Officials at the municipal administration said that the initiative is not just to promote start-ups but also to attract small and freelance businesses to the city by providing them all logistics at affordable rates. We are mulling to provide work stations to small size entrepreneurs who would want to operate or expand their ventures in the city but find office spaces rates prohibitive. The concept, will be implemented in Thane but at a comparatively cheaper rate, informed officials. The TMC is expecting to create massive job opportunities and also churn out nearly 500 entrepreneurs from city in next five years. Officials said the TMC plans is likely to complement the state governments initiatives like the Magnetic Maharashtra investor summit in promoting local talent and attracting global talent to set shop in the lake city.
|2018-02-22||Thane: Man arrested for flashing college student - Hindustan Times|
Thane: Man arrested for flashing college student The man was beaten up by passers-by who had gathered at the spot after hearing the woman cry for help. CITIES Updated: Feb 23, 2018 00:00 IST The Shrinagar police have arrested a man for flashing a 22-year-old college student in broad daylight on Wednesday in Thane. The accused Ajay Raju Vane, 28, is a Bhandup resident, working with a private firm, said the police. Senior police inspector from Shrinagar police station, Sulbha Patil said, “The student was walking back home from a bank located at Shrinagar, Thane. Vane was standing near a truck. On seeing the woman, he called her out . When she turned back to check who it was, he flashed her.” “The woman got scared and cried for help. Vane was then beaten up by some passers-by who gathered after hearing the woman’s cry for help. The locals also handed Vane to the police. The police charged him under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was produced in the court, where he was granted a bail,” the officer said.
|2018-02-22||Unclogging Navi Mumbai: Two flyovers, underpass on Thane ... - Hindustan Times|
Unclogging Navi Mumbai: Two flyovers, underpass on Thane-Belapur road to open in April In view of the increasing traffic on this road, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had asked the MMRDA to develop two flyovers and an underpass MUMBAI Updated: Feb 22, 2018 17:18 IST Travel via the congested Thane-Belapur road? Good news, the two flyovers and underpass being constructed on the stretch will be opened to the public in the first week of April. In view of the increasing traffic on this road, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to develop a flyover at the Ghansoli-Talavli stretch, another at Savita Chemical junction and an underpass at Mahape junction. MMRDA had agreed to undertake the projects, which collectively cost Rs155 crore. Following this, work began in March 2015. According to MMRDA officials, around 90% of the work has been completed. The rest will be completed within a month. “According to the initial plan, MMRDA was supposed to finish construction by March 2017. We have no idea why they could not finish the projects on time,” said a superintendent engineer, NMMC, who did not wish to be identified. MV Jaitpal, executive engineer, MMRDA, said the projects were delayed as they were unable to divert traffic. “We had planned to divert traffic to a few arterial roads in MIDC. However, these were being concretised during construction. The traffic department thus did not permit us to divert traffic to those roads, which is why we could not meet the deadline,” he said. He added that work on all three projects was almost complete. “The projects are likely to be inaugurated in the first week of April,” he said. He, however, declined to comment on whether there would be a formal inaugural function attended by state or Union ministers. The 15-km-long Thane-Belpaur road, which connects Thane and Navi Mumbai, plays a crucial role in the cities’ businesses and economies. The road begins at the Sion-Panvel highway near Turbhe and ends at Kalwa near Thane. The stretch between Turbhe and Digha runs parallel to the Suburban Railway’s trans harbour line and can be used to access the Aroli, Rabale, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane and Turbhe stations. Except for a small stretch at Digha, the road has been widened to six lanes — three in each direction — and fully concretised. Several major industrial parks such as MIDC, Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City and Millenium Park are located on this road. Construction work on the flyovers and the subway has led to cracks surfacing on some stretches of the road, which the NMMC will repair. “The road is still in good shape. We will repair the areas where there are minor issues,” said Ramaswamy N, NMMC commissioner. Illegal crossing a major problem Illegal crossing is a major issue on the Thane-Belapur road, with people refusing to use the foot overbridges (FOBs) constructed at various areas, complaining that the process is time consuming. In 2017, 22 people died and 60 were injured on this road. Over the past decade, around 150 IT parks and other offices have sprung up in Navi Mumbai’s MIDC area, situated near this road. According to traffic officials, a majority of those employed there illegally cross the road to reach their offices. “More than 10,000 people come to the work here from various parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. They alight at the station and then cross the busy road,” said an official from Rabale traffic unit. “People hardly use the FOBs to cross the road. The NMMC constructed an FOB outside the Rabale railway station a few years ago. However, 4,000 people still cross the road illegally every day,” he said. The civic body’s move to put up steel barricades along the dividers to prevent illegal crossing has proved effective. However, there are still several places where there are no barricades. “We recently conducted a survey and submitted the findings to the civic body. We hope they take the measures soon,” said an official from the traffic department.
|2018-02-22||Thane citizens rally in support of civic chief - Times of India|
Thane citizens rally in support of civic chief Feb 22, 2018, 05:33 IST THANE: The citizens’ community rallied in support of municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, who on Tuesday publicly declared he had been targeted by a section of corporators for cracking down on encroachers and urged them to move a no-confidence motion against him. A local residents’ association started a signature campaign demanding Jaiswal be retained, while several others spoke of online drives in support of the bureaucrat. On Tuesday, Jaiswal had appealed before the 131-member-strong Thane Municipal Corporation general body to pass a vote of no-confidence against him saying it would force the state government to transfer him from the city. The bureaucrat said he was distressed by the growing bitterness with a few corporators and said the animosity was getting personal and affecting his family too.Meanwhile, activists backed him, saying he had helped launch several new initiatives that would otherwise never have been possible. “The city has benefited a lot during the tenure of Sanjeev Jaiswal. It would definitely help if the bureaucrat stays back so that other infrastructure projects undertaken by him can see the light of day,” said T N Raghunatha, a citizen activist.The Thane Citizens Foundation is planning a rally this week. “It’s time to act right for the future of our families and the city we call our home. We are reaching out to maximum residents and seeking support for extension of the commissioner’s tenure,” said Kasber Augustine, another activist. The online world was also abuzz with support for the bureaucrat.
|2018-02-22||2 Nashik-based women held for robbing women rly commuters - Times of India|
2 Nashik-based women held for robbing women rly commuters Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 23:07 IST Thane: The Mumbai railway police have nabbed two Nashik-based women outside Thane station for allegedly robbing female railway commuters of their valuables. The accused used to hide the stolen goods in their undergarments to avoid detection. One of the accused had roped in her physically challenged minor son as well. The women, who were sisters-in-law, used to target female passengers while they used to try to board a train, especially during peak hours. They used to identify their targets and rob them as soon the victim’s would enter the train. The accused used to travel to Thane from Nashik regularly and operate on the suburban zones, said an official. The modus operandi of the accused was that one of them would try to divert the victim’s attention by trying to push them or start and argument with them. Meanwhile, the other one would stealthily steal the valuables from the bag of the unsuspecting passenger. All this used to be carried out in a matter of seconds. The accused would then manage to alight from the train before it could leave the platform. The accused reportedly worked with such precision that the victims would never suspect their intentions. However, the accused ran out of luck on Tuesday night after one of their victims, a resident of Roha, who was robbed of her ornaments lodged a complaint with the police. The cops then went through the CCTV footage and identified the culprits. The NIrbhaya squad spotted the trio at the MSRTC depot the next day. After initial questioning, the women admitted to the crime and the robbed ornaments were recovered.
|2018-02-21||Prison ward at Thane hospital shut since 2014 - Hindustan Times|
Prison ward at Thane hospital shut since 2014 The prison authorities, who have to deploy at least four personnel to guard a single inmate who is taken to the hospital, are unhappy with the move as they are stretched for resources MUMBAI Updated: Feb 22, 2018 00:52 IST The prison ward in Thane civil hospital has been shut for the past four years and converted into a gynaecology ward, forcing police to take unwell inmates from the Thane central jail to JJ Hospital in Mumbai in case of a medical emergency. The prison authorities, who have to deploy at least four personnel to guard a single inmate who is taken to the hospital, are unhappy with the move as they are stretched for resources. “The civil hospital is just a kilometre away from the jail. It was easy for the jail authorities to keep a watch. Also, the ward is a separate one-storey building,” said a senior prison official. “Taking inmates to Mumbai is also high risk, because it increases the chance of inmates trying to escape. If six prisoners are admitted to JJ Hospital, we have to deploy 24 policemen, which is also a manpower problem.” The prison ward was closed in 2014, after Suresh Bijlani, who was arrested for the murder of Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Loharia, was living lavishly in the hospital under the pretext of being treated. He was using a mobile phone, meeting his office associated and even using a luxury car to travel from the hospital to the court. Lahoria’s son moved the Bombay high court, which then saw an inquiry being conducted and police officials and a doctor being suspended. Later, a meeting was held by a five-member committee headed by a retired Bombay high court judge to plan modernisation of the prison in the state. The committee, headed by retired justice Dr S Radhakrishnan, included additional director general of police (prisons) Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay; retired DIG (prisons) SN Chavan; and professor Dr Vijay Raghavan of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Looking at the situation, the committee had ordered the civil hospital authorities to start the prison ward as soon as possible, said police sources. The Thane central jail has more than 3,200 inmates, including women inmates. On a monthly basis, more than 15 to 20 inmates are shifted to the civil hospital in Thane, JJ hospital in Mumbai and St. George hospital, mostly for dental treatment. NB Vayachal, SP, Thane central jail, said, “The prison ward at Thane civil hospital was working till 2014, but is now closed. It will be a great help for our jail, if it opens soon as the burden and security risk of sending prisoners to JJ hospital will be negated.” Kemi Patil, civil surgeon based with Thane civil hospital, too, confirmed about the prison ward being closed down. “The prison ward was closed down after an inquiry conducted by authorities found inmates living lavishly. We have turned the ward into gynaecology ward, where women patients of sexual assault and rape case are treated. The civil hospital is going to be renovated, work for which is been going on. We have allotted space for a prison ward in the new hospital but it will take time.”
|2018-02-21||Thane Crime: 2 held for attempting to kill elderly couple, stealing valuables worth Rs 26 lakh - Free Press Journal|
Thane Crime: 2 held for attempting to kill elderly couple, stealing valuables worth Rs 26 lakh Feb 21, 2018 05:39 pm Thane: Two persons, who were on the run for four years, were arrested for allegedly attempting to kill an elderly couple and looting valuables worth Rs 26 lakh in 2014, police said today. The duo – Pintu Hridayaram Nishad (26) and Mahesh Bunilal Nishad (33) – was apprehended by sleuths of the crime branch on charges of house-breaking, which took place on February 17 here, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mukund Hatote told reporters. During interrogation, they confessed that they were involved in a crime, which they committed in the limits of Juhu police station in 2014, the officer said. The duo in 2014 worked as domestic help at the residence of Marathi actor Bhagyashri Patwardhan. They administered Patwardhan’s parents anestic tablets and tried to kill them. Later, they along with two others escaped with golden jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 26 lakh. A case was then registered at the Juhu police station and two persons were arrested, the ACP added. They will be handed over to Mumbai Police, he said.
|2018-02-21||Mumbai and Thane civic chiefs can't allow tree-cutting for now - Times of India|
Mumbai and Thane civic chiefs can’t allow tree-cutting for now Feb 22, 2018, 05:22 IST MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday restrained the municipal commissioners of Mumbai and Thane from taking any decision on pending applications for felling trees. It carved an exception for the civic commissioner to allow trees to be cut in case of “extreme emergency” where it may endanger life or property. The interim order was passed by a bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Pradeep Deshmukh while hearing two petitions in respect of both cities. For Mumbai, the petition was filed by activist Zoru Bathena challenging the January 16, 2017 amendment to the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975 which empowers the municipal commissioner to sanction felling of up to 25 trees. Beyond 25, the proposal would go before the Tree Authority. Wednesday, when BMC sought more time, the judges said, “We take it that no decisions are being taken.” Posting the hearing on March 23, the judges said they shall consider grant of interim relief for stay on the amendment that day. “Till next date municipal commissioner shall not take any decision on pending applications for felling or cutting of tress. This order will not prevent the municipal commissioner from granting permission in case of extreme emergency unless he is satisfied that it may result into loss of human lives or cause danger to any property,” they said. Since Bathena’s petition has challenged the amendment saying it is unconstitutional, the court issued notice to the advocate general and sought the government’s reply.The petition in respect of Thane was filed by activist Rohit Joshi who challenged the appointment of members of the Tree Authority and urged that it be reconstituted. The court had earlier restrained the Tree Authority from granting permissions for felling trees. Thane Municipal Corporation’s advocate told the court a decision has been taken to dissolve the authority. “Once the body will be dissolved, we will take necessary steps to reconstitute the Tree Authority de novo,” stated a February 20 letter by Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal. A Thane developer’s advocate submitted that with the Tree Authority ceasing to exist, under the Act the commissioner has power to perform his duties. “In what manner will he take decision? He is not an expert in the field. On this aspect all parties will have to be heard,” said Justice Oka. The judges then directed that the commissioner will not take any decision and that even if applications are made, they will be permitted only in case of extreme emergency. The court has posted the matter for March 7.
|2018-02-21||Thane: City of lakes debates over boating - The Indian Express|
Thane: City of lakes debates over boating While the TMC and the private company are yet to agree on whether or not boating should be started, some residents have raised a stink, saying the lake should be cleaned first. Mumbai | Updated: February 22, 2018 4:27 am Thane is known as the city of lakes but boating in a lake in Kausa has become a point of discord among the Thane Municipal Corporation, the private company supposed to run a boating service and residents of the area. In Kausa, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) wants to make the lake a tourist attraction. But while the TMC and the private company are yet to agree on whether or not boating should be started, some residents have raised a stink, saying the lake should be cleaned first. “I was so shocked to see boats and other equipment lying on one side of the lake while I was on my morning walk,” said resident Alamgir Khan (65). “While it is a good thing, the lake first needs deep cleaning as it has been a garbage dump for some time.” Another resident, Riffat Bano (45), said boating was actually a cause for concern. “The children want boating but I am not sure how safe or hygienic it is,” she said. However, some residents believe boating could be an encouraging step. Akbar Pathan, who runs a shop near the lake, said, “Once the lake is used, less people would throw garbage here. Even the multiple business owners will start keeping their place clean and it can become a nice hub.” Manisha Pradhan, TMC pollution control officer, accepted that the lake was dirty, but denied that boating activity had begun. “We have entered into a five-year contract with a private entity. Due tenders were issued and that is how the private entity was selected. He is allowed to do boating and fishing there, but he will have to first clean the lake and make it acceptable. He will also be responsible for maintenance of the lake. The process of cleaning the lake is going on and boating will eventually start after we have approved it. The TMC will then share the profit,” she said. However, a boat manager on the spot contradicted her. “The cleanliness will be looked after by the TMC as it is their project. The contract is given to Manish Thanekar and he has employed us to oversee boating activities,” said Imran Surmai. “We started boating about a month back. We charge Rs 60 for a half-hour ride,” he said, adding the boatmen could make over Rs 1,500 a day on the weekends. Pradhan, however, insisted boating had not begun. “Yes, the boats are there, but they are for trials,” she said. Kausa residents are also not sure if they wish to go boating in their neighbouring lake. “I don’t know how much they will earn. The local people won’t go for sure as the water is too dirty to even put one’s hand in,” said resident Shahnawaz Pathan.
|2018-02-21||Thane doctors chalk out dos and don'ts to beat the heat - Times of India|
Thane doctors chalk out dos and don’ts to beat the heat Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 03:19 IST THANE: Even though the onset of summer has just begun, doctors from the city have already started getting cases of fungal infections, pollution-induced chronic coughs, senile lung diseases and so on. Medicos have pegged the rise in health ailments to the respirable and harmful air particles that is increasing because of the heat. Many have also complained of lack of appetite and other such issues due to the heat. Dr. Deepa Banjan, a general practitioner who operates from Kalwa, said, “Over the last two weeks, we have been getting several cases of senile lung ailments wherein senior citizens, who are already low on immunity, have been breathing in polluted air particles. We have also been getting youngsters complaining of fungal infections and pollution-induced chronic coughs.” Meanwhile, doctors have chalked out some dos and don’ts for residents to beat the heat. From keeping immunity levels in check by being hydrated and having a balanced and healthy diet, to taking external precautions like wearing masks, appropriate UV resistant sunblock and fibre glass UV resistant sunglasses, doctors have urged residents to take every possible precaution to keep ailments at bay. “Students giving their exams have been losing their immunity because they avoid eating in stressful situations. As these youth and senior citizens are the most affected this season, they have to build their immunity by increasing the intake of vitamin-rich foods. Drinking a lot of room-temperature citrus-rich energy drinks or consuming fresh seasonal fruits will decrease the chances of dehydration as well as increase the nutrient level,” Dr. Banjan said. “Residents must also avoid stepping out in the afternoon and must try to cover their face and mouth with a mask or scarf. Using a cap or umbrella will also be beneficial. Wearing UV radiation resistant sunblock is essential to avoid skin rashes and burns,” added Dr. Manisha Singhvi, another city-based doctor.
|2018-02-21||Civil contractor dies in accident - Times of India|
Civil contractor dies in accident Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 03:23 IST THANE: A 53-year-old civil contractor working with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) was killed after his two-wheeler banged into a punctured dumper truck parked on the Cadbury junction flyover at the busy Eastern Express Highway. The mishap took place opposite Korum Mall, at around 7am on Tuesday. It is said that the deceased, Sunil Chile, was lying on the highway for about 10 minutes before passersby rushed him to a nearby hospital. Chile was brought to the emergency room of the hospital but died during treatment. The driver of the truck attempted to flee but was traced by the police immediately.
|2018-02-21||Thane crash: eyewitness blames TMC - The Hindu|
Thane crash: eyewitness blames TMC Share On JUST IN 21mins India has nothing to worry about China-Bangla ties: Sheikh Hasina 1hr Sensex rises 208 points,; Nifty tops 10,400-mark ahead of F&O expiry 1hr PNB fraud: CBI arrests GM-rank officer Rajesh Jindal 1hr BJP MLA Lokendra Singh killed in road accident 1hr Rupee in free fall, slips 8 paise to fresh 3-month low 2hrs Delhi CS assault case: Police detains AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal 3hrs Virtual reality hackathon in Hyderabad next month 3hrs Nod likely for unified tribunal Bill soon Man stabs girlfriend, self at Anna Nagar Tower Park in Chennai Centre takes stern view of IAS officer’s assault Dovale stars for BFC with a hat-trick Slovenian ice hockey player fails drug test Oxfam probing 26 new cases of abuse Bopanna in quarterfinals Another stunner from Gokulam CLOSE Cities Bengaluru Chennai Coimbatore Delhi Hyderabad Kochi Kolkata Mumbai Kozhikode Madurai Mangaluru Puducherry Thiruvananthapuram Tiruchirapalli Vijayawada Visakhapatnam Bengaluru Chennai Coimbatore Delhi Hyderabad Kochi Kolkata Mumbai Kozhikode Madurai Mangaluru Puducherry Thiruvananthapuram Tiruchirapalli Vijayawada Visakhapatnam The Huddle 2018 News Cities Mumbai Mumbai Thane crash: eyewitness blames TMC PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Thane, February 21, 2018 08:18 IST Updated: February 21, 2018 08:18 IST Share Article PRINT A A A
|2018-02-21||Popular Thane civic chief wants to quit, blames netas - Times of India|
Popular Thane civic chief wants to quit, blames netas Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 09:16 IST THANE: Accusing a few elected representatives of defamation and personal attacks that were affecting his family, Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal shocked the corporation’s general body on Tuesday by stating that he did not wish to continue. Jaiswal, 46, appealed to the 131-member assembly to pass a motion of no confidence against him so that the government is forced to transfer him from Thane, where he has served since 2015. Addressing the corporators and mayor Meenakshi Shinde, he said if the government did not transfer him by April, he would go on long leave. The sudden, emotional plea from the IAS officer, popular for taking up daunting projects to better Thane, especially anti-encroachment drives, took both residents and corporators by surprise. But the storm had been brewing for some time: Jaiswal, who reportedly enjoyed CM Devendra Fadnavis’s support, was having a tough time with a few political leaders, including from the BJP, for the last few months.The immediate trigger for Tuesday’s outburst was a BJP corporator’s criticism of the civic administration. Volunteering to address the general assembly, Jaiswal said: “I cannot function if there is an increasing trend of mistrust in my way of operations. Few elected representatives seem to be bent on trying to defame me. I do not wish to continue as the municipal commissioner here. I am open to debates on administrative issues, but one cannot get personal.” Vested interests working against me, residents have full faith, says Jaiswal Jaiswal said he was being targeted by a few “vested” interests who were bent on tarnishing his image. “The residents have full faith in me and if some elected representatives don’t want to work with me, the general body is free to pass a no-confidence motion against me so that the state government will be compelled to transfer me,” he said. Sources close to the Thane municipal commissioner said the bitterness started soon after he assumed office and was seen as responsible for some corporators being disqualified. The hostilities ballooned after a former corporator accused the TMC of granting excess FSI to a redevelopment project. Last week, a senior BJP leader drafted a PIL opposing a proposal on the agenda of the general body meeting and raised questions over the functioning of the civic administration. It is said the mayor was upset about Jaiswal’s drives pulling down shanties for road widening while allegedly going slow on hookah parlours and hotels flouting fire safety norms. The situation took an ugly turn last November when a ‘fake’ video clip was widely circulated alleging victimization of a domestic help at the commissioner’s bungalow. “I have worked hard for the city and put in my best to bring it on the national map by undertaking several initiatives. I agree that while undertaking developmental works, there are bound to be differences, but not to the extent that it could get personal and reach my family,” he told TOI.Jaiswal said he was planning to go on leave from Tuesday, but deferred after getting an assurance of a transfer soon. “If not, I will go on long leave,” he said. Politicians cutting across parties supported Jaiswal. “We have been with the commissioner and I have personally congratulated him on his various achievements for the city in the recent past. His decision to not work in Thane comes as a shock,” said BJP MLA Sanjay Kelkar.NCP’s Mumbra MLA Jitendra Awhad said: “Why should he think of leaving the battlefield when all he is doing is his work? Our party stands by the commissioner and his work as he has done a lot for the city during his tenure.”
|2018-02-21||Thane: Swarajya events organises Biryani festival - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Swarajya events organises Biryani festival Feb 21, 2018 08:33 am Thane: Good news for biryani lovers, brace for some long distance travel and head to Thane this weekend. The much awaited Biryani festival is here. From February 23-25, three days when the smell of biryani will linger in the air. There are 20 stalls at Shivaji Maidan Jambhali naka. ‘Swarajya events’ has organised this festival to give an opportunity to taste this rich and favourite food of many. TAG (Thane Arts Guild) an orgnisation is supporting the event where many of the artistes of regional cinema will also be participating. The vegetarians need not be disappointed, as there will be options for them too. Biryanis of 30 kinds, which include Delhi biryani, Lakhanavi biryani, Hyderabadi biryani, chicken leg biryani, Zamzam biryani are the Indian ones which can be tasted. There also be international ones like Arabic, Italian and Chinese.
|2018-02-21||Thane: Commuters attack journalist in Mumbai train - Mumbai Mirror|
Thane: Commuters attack journalist in Mumbai trainAgencies | Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 02.07 PM ISTPrint this articleReduce font sizeIncrease font sizeMy Saved articlesWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSShareWhatsappFacebookGoogle PlusTwitterEmailLinkedinSMSImage used for representationMumbai, A group of at least 15 commuters pinned down and assaulted a television journalist who boarded a crowded suburban train in Thane, Maharastra, here on Wednesday, an official said.The incident took place at around 7.15 am. when the journalist with India TV news channel, Sudhir Shukla, was attempting to board the crowded Mumbai-bound train to Andheri at the Mira Road station in Thane. A large group of commuters allegedly prevented him from getting in, but Shukla somehow managed to push himself inside the compartment. A large group of commuters allegedly prevented him from getting in, but Shukla somehow managed to push himself inside the compartment. Angered by this, the commuters pinned down Shukla and brutally assaulted him. He sustained head and face injuries in the mob fury. Shukla got off at Andheri and registered a complaint with the Government Railway Police (GRP), who later took him to the Cooper Hospital in Juhu and allowed to leave after first aid.Mumbai Press Club had condemned the violence by train hooligans that injured the senior journalist on Wednesday You Might Also Like '10 days' hair oil - New hair growth for sure!Ad: Rathira Ayurveda Pvt LtdIdea presents nirvana postpaid plansAd: Idea 4GGoing bald? This ’10 days’ ayurvedic hair oil can help you!Ad: 10 Days Hair OilBudget 2018: Good News For Rural IndiaAd: UTI Mutual Fund From around the webMore from Mumbai Mirror Save Abdul from a rapidly spreading cancerMilaapDon't wait for your dhobi to wash your clothes.RentomojoAmazon Business-GST Invoice & Bulk DiscountsAmazon SMEA colourful long weekend awaits you!Caravela Beach Resort Goa Thane: Commuters attack journalist in Mumbai train -Lawyer tries to avoid pothole, lands in hospitalSushant: There's nothing left to prove anymoreMarathi, non-Marathi key factor in ragging
|2018-02-21||Duo who broke into actor's in-laws' house held in Thane - The Hindu|
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|2018-02-21||Thane civic body employee dies after his bike hits parked dumper - Hindustan Times|
Thane civic body employee dies after his bike hits parked dumper Sunil Chile was on his way to work when he hit the parked dumper at Cadbury Junction MUMBAI Updated: Feb 21, 2018 16:19 IST A Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) employee was killed after his bike hit a dumper at Thane at 6.50 am on Wednesday. Sunil Chile was on his way to work when he hit the parked dumper at Cadbury Junction. “The dumper driver pulled over after one of his tyres got punctured. The dumper’s indicator light was on, but Chile failed to notice it, which is why the accident occurred,” said Anil Mangale, traffic police inspector, Thane. Chile was taken to Jupiter Hospital, where he died during treatment. Officials said the dumper driver and his friend, a cleaner, attempted to flee, but were nabbed under sections 134 and 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act Indian and 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. They are now in police custody. “It was the driver’s responsibility to ask cleaner to stand next to the dumper and warn motorists or put up barricades and inform the traffic team,” said Mangale.
|2018-02-21||Discerning Home-seekers Opted for Prime Projects by Brand Hiranandani at CREDAI - MCHI Property 2018 Thane: Dr ... - Business Wire India (press release)|
Discerning Home-seekers Opted for Prime Projects by Brand Hiranandani at CREDAI - MCHI Property 2018 Thane: Dr Niranjan Hiranandani Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:18PM IST (6:48AM GMT) Mumbai, Thane, Maharashtra, India Positive sentiment, coupled with options to make a good investment decision, this is what home seekers expected at the Hiranandani Pavilion during ‘CREDAI – MCHI PROPERTY 2018 THANE’, the 17th Real Estate And Housing Finance Expo, which was held from 8 to 11 February 2018. “The Hiranandani Pavilion, which offered on-going and ready possession options, which were show-cased for the discerning home seeker looking to buy property that adds value to lifestyle,” said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, CMD, Hiranandani Group. “Discerning home seeking visitors to the Hiranandani Pavilion at the expo have lined up site visits, and our sales team said most of the ‘leads’ would become ‘actual home buyers’ over the coming weeks – and with good reason,” he added. High-end construction coupled with architecture of global standards makes property options from the Hiranandani Group ideal for those seeking to buy property that offers not just high quality and standards of construction, but also community living, making it an attractive proposition. “At the ‘CREDAI – MCHI PROPERTY 2018 THANE’, the Hiranandani Group had some great offerings for this segment,” he added. The projects showcased during previous editions of the ‘CREDAI – MCHI PROPERTY THANE’ were well received, and we have received a similar response this time as well, said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. “Home seekers looking to buy a home in Hiranandani Estate, Thane seek high-end luxury real estate. Obviously, the projects on offer from ‘Brand Hiranandani’ at such property expos meet the high expectations.” “As a residential destination, Thane is ‘rocking’, offering a lifestyle that home seekers find attractive. Given that the IT and ITeS sector in Thane is thriving, discerning home seekers opting for a home in our projects in Thane will experience the ‘walk to work and walk back home’ option, given the relocation of Mumbai’s BFSI, IT sector as also corporate entities to Thane,” he added. Brand Hiranandani have been pioneers in leveraging futuristic technology, innovative design and precision engineering’ and have created world-class residential and commercial complexes as also mixed-use eco-friendly and green townships, which have gone on to become landmarks. The focus on creation of integrated townships has helped the Hiranandani Group companies usher in an era highlighted by a higher standard of living and influenced by global trends, and this translated into excellent options for those home seekers visiting the ‘CREDAI – MCHI PROPERTY 2018 THANE’, said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. While Hiranandani Estate, Thane has evolved into a high-end residential realty hot-spot, the Hiranandani Pavilion at the Expo offered some of the best real estate options. These included Hiranandani Estate and One Hiranandani Park, the main Focus was on ‘ready to move in’ homes. These included the Buildings: Phillipa Cardinal Senina 1 BHK's in The Walk Sector, as also Available Flats in Rodas Enclave (3 BHK, 4 BHK & 5 BHK configurations) Apart from these, two new launched buildings: Athena and Barca For the Budget Segment, on offer were ‘Solitaire Studio Apartments’ and for smaller offices, the product on offer was ‘Solus’, he added. Projects by the Hiranandani Group in Thane are located in picturesque locations, blessed by Mother Nature, said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. “Add to that infrastructure which enhances lifestyles, and you have residential real estate options that offer discerning home seekers some of the best options. Ideal options for the discerning home seeker,” he said, “would be residential real estate destinations which attract home seekers across residential realty segments and apartment sizes. These can be considered to be ‘hot and happening’ residential realty hot-spots, and Hiranandani Estate, Thane is an apt example,” he added. The Hiranandani Group has ushered in an era marked by higher standards of living and global lifestyles. Explaining the concept in content of the property expo, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani pointed out that being ‘ISO 9001 - 2000 certified’ meant the Hiranandani Group had a clear vision to go beyond just creating ‘living spaces’. "The Hiranandani Group created integrated townships and lifestyle patterns, and in effect, this has become the face of the new generation; our offerings reflect the collective psyche of a vibrant India's energy, drive and vitality," he explained. "The projects we showcased at ‘CREDAI – MCHI PROPERTY 2018 THANE’, spoke the language of a new passion, of affluence and of happiness, that begin with an individual and culminate into the well-being of the residents. Discerning home-seekers opted for prime projects by Brand Hiranandani during CREDAI - MCHI Property 2018 Thane," concluded Dr Niranjan Hiranandani.
|2018-02-20||Thane Maynard Talks With The Four 2018 Barrows Lecture Series ... - WVXU|
Thane Maynard Talks With The Four 2018 Barrows Lecture Series Speakers FEB 20, 2018 The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s 2018 Barrows Conservation Lecture Series begins March 7. Since 1993, the zoo has invited naturalists and scientists to speak on wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. As a preview of this year's series, Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard recently talked with each of this year's speakers. For information and tickets to the 2018 Barrows Conservation Lecture Series, click here. 2018 Speakers Gerry Creighton is operations manager at the Dublin Zoo. His career has spanned several decades of exciting development, during which time Dublin Zoo has transformed from its Victorian beginnings in 1831 into a modern, vital and progressive European center for conservation, education and animal husbandry. Mr. Creighton is also a world authority on Asian elephants and consults for many international zoos. He will be speaking at the Cincinnati Zoo March 7 on the future of Asian elephants in human care. Julie Scardina has revolved her life around working with animals, educating the public and supporting conservation. From her first love of horses as a young girl to an animal training career and her longtime role as Animal Ambassador for SeaWorld & Busch Gardens, she utilizes her expertise in conservation, animal training and care to improve the lives of animals worldwide. Julie Scardina will present Mission: Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo on March 21. Dr. Paul Smith is Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. He is the former head of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, which represents the greatest concentration of living seed-plant biodiversity on earth. Dr. Smith will be at the Cincinnati Zoo on April 11 to give a presentation on the role botanic gardens can play in protecting plant biodiversity. The 2018 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award recipient, Dr. Amy Dickman, is the Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation at Oxford University. She has 20 years experience working on large carnivores in Africa, specializing in human-carnivore conflict, and established the Ruaha Carnivore Project, based in southern Tanzania. As the final event in this year's Cincinnati Zoo Barrows Conservation Lecture Series on April 25, Dr. Kaplan will present "Money, myths & man-eaters: Big cat conservation in Tanzania & beyond."
|2018-02-20||Thane: Enforcement Directorate raids Gili stores, seal properties - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Enforcement Directorate raids Gili stores, seal properties Feb 20, 2018 07:45 am Thane: Enforcement Directorate (ed) raided some showrooms of Gili and Nirav Modi establishments in Thane. On Thursday, the raids were conducted and the properties were sealed. The sealed properties were taken away on Monday for further evaluation. The raids conducted after the PNB bak detected a 1.77 billion dollar scam, in which which jeweller Nirav Modi acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking from one of its branches for overseas credit from other Indian investors. Gili jwellers at Viviana mall, also the showroon at Shoppers stop, Rajwant jwellers at Talaopali were raided regarding the PNB fraud. The diamonds, ,jwells were sealed and the property was taken for evaluation by the ED.
|2018-02-20||2 convicted in power theft case in Thane - United News of India - United News of India|
2 convicted in power theft case in Thane Posted at: Feb 20 2018 11:51AM Thane, Feb 20 (UNI) A local court here has convicted two people, flour mill owners from Bhiwandi, in power theft case. Thane District judge P P Jadhav on Monday convicted the duo Ramdev Jokhumal Yadav (50) and Mohammad Akram Imamali Ansari (60). The court also slapped a fine of Rs 1,90,000 and Rs 2,10,000 under Section 135 of the Electricity Act, 2003 on them. Additional Public Prosecutor Vivek G Kadu told the court that the officials/engineers of the MSEDCL conducted the inspection of the meters of the duo on September 18 and 22, 2006, respectively and found that the meters were tampered with.
|2018-02-20||Move no-confidence motion against me so that govt is forced to transfer me: Thane civic chief - Hindustan Times|
Move no-confidence motion against me so that govt is forced to transfer me: Thane civic chief Fed up of allegations and constant opposition, TMC?chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said he does not wish to work in the city anymore MUMBAI Updated: Feb 20, 2018 16:57 IST Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Tuesday asked the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) general body to pass a vote of no confidence against him so that the state government would be forced to transfer him. Though Jaiswal, who cuts a dashing, fearless image, enjoys the support of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, he has been facing strong opposition from the Thane unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for a few years now. Jaiswal said personal attacks were being made to malign him and spoil his reputation, and that he did not wish to work in the city anymore. If the government did not pass a transfer order in the next couple of months, the bureaucrat said he would go on extended leave. Jaiswal took charge as civic commissioner of the TMC on January 1, 2015. In the three years of his tenure, he has become popular among people of the city for taking up major developmental projects in Thane. Last November, however, a video clip claiming he had molested his domestic help went viral on social media, sowing seeds of trouble between the commissioner and the elected representatives. The clip was later proved to be fake, and two people were arrested for making it. On Tuesday, during the TMC’s general body meeting, when a BJP corporator questioned the administration’s action in a certain matter, Jaiswal took to the dais. “There has been an increasing trend of mistrust in my functioning in the last few years. A few elements in the civic body are trying to defame me and put pressure on me. I have no wish to stay in the city as its commissioner in the future,” he said. “My family was affected after that clip went viral in October. I have always welcomed debates on issues, but now there are personal attacks on me.” He said he had been planning to go on leave from Tuesday, as the CM?and Thane’s public works department minister were both unwilling to transfer him. “But last night, I finally got assurance from a top authority that I would be transferred in the next couple of months. If I am not, I will go on a long leave,” Jaiswal said. “I have my report card from residents in the city. However, if some of the elected representatives don’t want to work with me, the general body should pass a no-confidence motion against me so that the state government will be forced to transfer me,” he added. Last week, BJP party leader Milind Patankar had drafted a PIL opposing one of the proposals on the agenda of the general body meeting, and pointed fingers at the functioning of the civic administration.
|2018-02-19||Thane to Mumbai via bullet train? You may have to pay Rs250 for a ride - Hindustan Times|
Thane to Mumbai via bullet train? You may have to pay Rs250 for a ride The journey will be covered in 10 minutes MUMBAI Updated: Feb 19, 2018 10:34 IST Commuters may have to pay Rs250 for one-way journey from Thane to Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) on board the bullet train, which will be covered in 10 minutes, according to the tentative fare structure of the bullet train prepared by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) in Maharashtra. The approximate fare has been prepared according to the current pricing and is 1.5 times higher than the fare of the first class AC local, officials said. Similarly, for a journey from Virar to BKC, commuters will have to pay Rs500 and they will pay Rs750 for a one-way journey from Boisar to BKC. The tentative fare structure along with a prototype of the bullet train has been displayed at a kiosk at Magnetic Maharashtra conclave inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. It also states the tentative travel time which will be taken to reach the destination in Maharashtra. The journey from Virar to BKC will take 24 minutes, compared to road travel of 2 hours, and Boisar to BKC will take 39 minutes, against the road travel of 2 hours and 45 minutes. “The fare of the bullet train has been made as per the current pricing and is prepared for Maharashtra,” said Dhananjay Kumar, public relation officer, NHSRCL. “The fare between Thane to BKC being Rs250 is low and affordable and I welcome it. Considering the project will go underground and elevated, the fare should have been higher,” said transport expert Ashok Datar. The 508-km bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will have 12 stations including BKC, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
|2018-02-19||Thane man drinks rat poison, waits an hour for ambulance, dies - Hindustan Times|
Thane man drinks rat poison, waits an hour for ambulance, dies While Pawar was brought out of the hospital, there were many hospital staff but none of them helped. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 19, 2018 10:08 IST A 22-year-old labourer, who drank rat poison after a fight with his brother, died on Friday while being taken to Thane civil hospital in a truck, after his family waited for an ambulance at the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital for an hour. The labourer, Kashinath Mangla Pawar, 22, was first taken to IGM Hospital in Bhiwandi, where the family was asked to shift him to a Thane civil hospital. Pawar is a tribal who hails from Jawhar and had come to Bhiwandi three months ago in search of a job. On Friday, after a tiff with his elder brother, Pawar drank rat poison. “Dr Arif Shaikh, Dr Somayya Ansari and ward boy Atish Gawli attended to the patient. The doctors had joined two weeks ago”, said a doctor from IGM hospital, who did not wish to be named. Pawar’s health started deteriorating and the doctor asked the family to shift Pawar to Thane civil hospital. “We then checked with the hospital for the ambulance but were asked to check outside. One of the relatives also dialled 108 but it did not help. We finally took the help of a truck driver . We kept him in the drivers’ cabin”, said Pawar’s relative. While Pawar was brought out of the hospital , there were many hospital staff but none of them helped. Dr. Anil Thorat, medical superintendent of IGM hospital said, “We have asked for an explanation for shifting the patient. We have 4 ambulances and two are under maintenance while the other two are not in a good condition. We had called for ambulances but they were stuck in traffic. We did not tell them to take Pawar in a truck.”An officer from Thane Nagar police station said, “We will forward the case to Bhiwandi.”
|2018-02-19||BJP Thane chief accuses TMC of hacking mangroves - The Asian Age|
BJP Thane chief accuses TMC of hacking mangroves Published : Feb 19, 2018, 5:47 am IST Updated : Feb 19, 2018, 5:48 am IST BJP workers alleged that several mangroves have been cut for constructing a compound wall adjacent to a creek.Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Thane have written to the Thane collector and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ office criticising the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for allegedly illegally cutting mangroves in Rabodi area in Thane. BJP workers alleged that several mangroves have been cut for constructing a compound wall adjacent to a creek. The president of the BJP regional office in Thane, Pravin Ranade, has also alleged that the TMC is coming up with a parking space for Rabodi area in the mangrove area behind Akashganga Society. “Several trees and mangroves have been cleared in the guise of wall work and a small lane has been created. Earlier this place was given to the police department, however they did not come up with anything in the mangrove areas, as construction within 50 metres of the mangroves is not allowed. They have cleared around two acres of the patch, further destruction has been stopped but no action has been taken on the same,” said Mr Ranade. Meanwhile, the TMC has denied the allegations, stating that the civic body is not behind the destruction. According to the sources from the Tree Authority of the TMC, there has been destruction in the mangrove site and the trees outside it. “We have not yet identified the unknown miscreants that have cut trees and mangroves in the area. We have already held an inquiry,” said a Tree Authority officer. The officer further added that the district collector and the chief minister’s office have also taken cognisance of the issue and an inspection by the district collector’s office will be held on the matter.
|2018-02-19||Thane: MACT awards Rs 1.04 crore compensation to man hurt in road accident - Free Press Journal|
Thane: MACT awards Rs 1.04 crore compensation to man hurt in road accident Feb 19, 2018 08:11 am Thane: The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded a compensation of Rs 1.04 crore to a 38-year-old man who became disabled following a road accident in 2015.Â MACT member KD Vadane in his recent order awarded the compensation to the claimant, Kiran alias Kirron Patil, a resident of Bhiwandi. Vadane ordered the two respondents–owner of the container Roshan Freight Carriers and the insurer The New India Assurance Co. Limited–to jointly and severally make the payment along with 8 per cent interest from the date of filing of the claim that is December 2015. The owner of the container, involved in the accident, did not appear before MACT and hence the case was decided ex-parte against him. As per the plea, on September 2, 2015 when Patil was going to Bhiwandi from Thane, the container rammed into his motorcycle, and he was seriously hurt in the accident. Patil claimed in the plea that he had to undergo several surgeries and spent around Rs 40 lakh. He said he used to earn just over Rs 30,000 per month and sought a compensation of Rs 1.55 crore.Ajay Kanbur, who treated the applicant, told MACT that there were serious injuries to Patil’s left and right leg due to which his left leg had to be amputated below the knee. He also said that due to serious urological and orthopaedic injuries, physical and working capacity of the applicant was affected, and he could not even stand, walk and travel independently. The MACT awarded Patil a total compensation of Rs 1.04 crore.
|2018-02-19||Metrino: Thane may soon get driverless transport pods to get to ... - Moneycontrol.com|
Metrino: Thane may soon get driverless transport pods to get to nearest metro station Feb 19, 2018 01:59 PM IST Driverless pods, known as metrino, may soon be a run on Thane roads that will help commute locals to metro stations as authorities are considering a Personal Rapid Transit System (PRTS).Driverless pods, known as Metrino, may soon be introduced as a Personal Rapid Transit System (PRTS) to help locals in Thane commute to the nearest metro stations. A Hindustan Times report stated a presentation was made on PRTS during a metro project review meeting, held between the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) last Saturday. "Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jasiwal has come up with the idea of launching the PRT system in Thane, and has also presented it before the MMRDA authorities in the review meeting," Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer (PRO) of the TMC told the paper. The futurtistic, driverless and pod-shape vehicles have a capacity to accommodate two to six people, along a fixed track. The pod vehicles can move at a speed of 80-130 km per hour.Metrino, funded by the TMC, would carry commuters to the upcoming metro stations within the city. "The city will soon have metro lines; however, it is necessary that there is proper connectivity for the people to reach these metro stations. Thus PRT will not only link Thane city to metro stations, but can also be extended to Kalwa and Mumbra for short distant routes, as an alternate mode of transport," Malvi said. According to the report, the TMC would implement the system in Thane. The routes for PRTS, which aims at providing an access road to these metro stations, will be decided in the next fortnight. The budget estimate for the project will also be made during the same time, the report said. Malvi added the advanced system will not take a long time to get functional. "The tracks are made of fibre, and thus they can be constructed in a short span of time. The pod cars also operate on laser, thereby not needing any manpower. Jaiswal plans to install the system as early as possible in the city as the implementation is less time consuming,” Malvi said.
|2018-02-19||/ Building collapse case: Witness blames civic officials Thane - India Today|
Building collapse case: Witness blames civic officials Thane February 19, 2018 UPDATED 12:55 IST Thane (Maharashtra), Feb 19 (PTI) A witness in the 2013 Lucky Compound building collapse case has blamed officials for not taking any action in his deposition before the district court. Auto-rickshaw driver Rajkumar Fattebahadur Singh (42), recently told the court that he got to know the two accused, developers Jamil and Salim, five or six years before the incident. His friend and his wife were among the 74 people who died in the building collapse in April 2013. More than 60 people were also injured. Twenty-seven of the accused are being tried in the court of District Judge Vilas Bambarde. Salim and Jamil, known only by their first name, initially constructed and sold tin sheds on the open plot, but later bought them back to construct buildings. They named the building complex Lucky Compound. They first built the Adarsh-1 building and then, in January 2013, started laying columns for the Adarsh B building. These were razed by civic officials, Singh told the court. But construction went ahead and families were shifted to the under-constriction Adarsh B building. The construction continued and inferior qualityÂ material was used. Civic officials came to the site, sat with the developers but did not take any action, he said. PTI COR NRB MIN This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.
|2018-02-19||Thane to get more houses, jobs under cluster scheme - Hindustan Times|
Thane to get more houses, jobs under cluster scheme CITIES Updated: Feb 20, 2018 00:24 IST The cluster development scheme in Thane got a push and the city’s housing stock is all set to increase. On Monday, the Thane Municipal Corporation has proposed to develop 22 per cent of the total land available in the city. The city will get 23 new planned residential complexes with state-of-the-art facilities. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC, said, “Around 5,903 hectares of land in Thane is available for development, out of which, 1,291 hectares (22 per cent) will be developed under the scheme. The city will get many amenities related to sports, culture, security, transport and community city centres on a par with international standards.” While presenting the plan to state public works department minister Eknath Shinde, the TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said the scheme will also generate 51% employment opportunity for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The municipal corporation is drafting the Urban Renewal Plan (URP) for small clusters which will act as a Development Plan of the area. Each cluster will have a minimum area of 10,000 square metres for development. The planned development of eight clusters sanctioned in the city will also generate job opportunities. “Mumbai generates 69% employment, while Navi Mumbai around 18%. The Mira-Bhayander and the Vasai-Virar areas generate around four percent employment, while five percent of employment is generated by the Bhiwandi-Ambernath areas. Thane generates around four percent of employment opportunities. With the implementation of the cluster scheme, the city will generate 51 per cent job opportunities in the MMR region, excluding Mumbai,” said Malvi. The scheme is likely to benefit the suburbs of Kalwa, Mumbra and Kausa, which will too, undergo major development under the scheme. Shinde said there would be no compromise on the development of the city. “The scheme will bring about a tremendous development in Thane. We will ensure that the corporation receives all support from the state,” Shinde said. PLANNED DEVELOPMENT The city has 3,693 dangerous buildings in which more than 3.7 lakh people live. As per primary estimation, TMC can construct 10,000 buildings with four floor space index (FSI) available under the scheme. Around1.25 lakh homes would be built in Thane. The scheme is likely to bring investments worth Rs5,000 crore to Rs10,000 crore to the city. Every cluster will have open space, road, parking and facilities of solid waste management and sewage treatment.
|2018-02-19||Processions, folk dances mark Shivaji Jayanti in Thane - Times of India|
Processions, folk dances mark Shivaji Jayanti in Thane Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 00:12 IST THANE: The birth anniversary of the Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was celebrated on Monday with followers taking out processions and performing traditional folk dances and songs.Neighbourhood mandals began the day with songs and musicals celebrating the valour of the Maratha king, while others hosted plays, discussions on the life of Shivaji and his teachings. “We held a series of programmes, including dramas based on the life of Shivaji, along with speeches on his warfare and administration. Young men and women participated in the performance with traditional drums, trumpets etc. The purpose was to honour him and share his values with the youth. It is nice to see youngsters involved in this kind of an initiative as it will help to preserve our cultural identity,” said Dilip Shinde, one of the organisers of an event. Girls dressed in nine yard sarees, adorned with gold ornaments and the nose ring, performed the traditional Lezim dance at the Gadkari auditorium and a pandal was put up near Nitin company junction to keep up the spirit of the occasion and make the festivities merrier. A member of the organisation said, “Our group conducted a Mahapuja on the occasion of Shiv Jayanti as the day is auspicious for us. We even explained the achievements of the king to the public.”
|2018-02-19||Lucky Compound case: Witness reveals modus operandi of builders - Times of India|
Lucky Compound case: Witness reveals modus operandi of builders Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 00:06 IST THANE: An auto rickshaw driver, who lost his wife and minor daughter in the Lucky Compound building crash in April 2013, has blamed the corrupt civic officials for conniving with the builders who built the constructed the seven-storied Adarsh building near Shil. Rajkumar Fattebahadur Singh (42), who is a key witness in the case, said the two builders— Jamil and Salim— had hatched a perfect plan to ensure that the illegal buildings were not touched by the authorities. The crash opened a Pandora’s Box of the under-the-table dealings between the contactors who were brazenly flouting all norms and constructing illegal buildings along the Shil-Diva-Mumbra belt. Singh was one of the occupants of the tenement in the building which came down like a pack of cards and claimed 74 lives and left more than 60 people injured.Special public prosecutor Shishir Hirey said that Singh is the prime witness in the case as he knowns the two builder for more than five to six years and was aware of their modus operandi. “Salim and Jamil initially constructed tin sheds on the open plot and sold it to the needy. Once the plot was encroached upon, they started constructing the building. The entire multi-storied building came up within a matter of months. They then leased it out the tenements. They housed them in the building even when the construction was in progress,’’ Singh said.He added that they named the building complex Lucky Compound and first constructed Adarsh 1. After its completion, they began work on Adarsh-2 in January 2013,” Singh told the court. During his cross examination by defence counsel MZG Baba Shaikh, the witness admitted that he had not not stated some of the things that he deposed in the court to the police while giving his statement after the crash. There are a total of 27 accused being tried in the case.
|2018-02-19||TMC explores possibility of 'pod cars' as an alternative to autos - Times of India|
TMC explores possibility of ‘pod cars’ as an alternative to autos Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 00:08 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is actively considering to introduce self-driven air-cooled pod cars, a high capacity alternative to the modest auto rickshaws, for connecting point-to-point commuters in the city. A network of pod cars, resembling a mobile glass capsule, will be spread across the city, especially linking far off localities with major junctions, including the proposed metro stations and the mass rapid transport route. It is learnt that the initiative called Personal Rapid Transit system (PRTS) will have cars that operate on dedicated fibre tracks laid across the designated routes. These cars will have a capacity to accommodate nearly four to six people and will be centrally controlled and operated thus ruling out the need for a driver. A proposal for introducing this initiative on city roads was put before a joint meeting between TMC and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials last week, who will now analyse its feasibility for operations. The facility seems like an extension of the air-conditioned pod car concept that was being thought of by the planners for Thane city a decade ago. The capsules will move at 50-80 km/hour within the city. The facility is being worked out as part of easing the transport issues being faced by Thane residents. The cars will easily take on the load of two autos operating in the city and provide commuters with air cooled comfort, said a civic official. Presently, the roads witness massive traffic congestions partly due to presence of autos and private cars. The civic body is likely to work out its feasibility, cost and also decide its routes by next fortnight.A section of citizens are of the opinion that the civic body should strengthen the Thane Municipal Transport services which will cut the use of private cars and also cause less pollution. “There are already several autos and taxis operating in the city. Why the need for more such concepts? The administration should focus on improving the city road lengths and public transport system which can easily wipe off the snarls,” said an activist.Radhika Kharkar, a Ghodbunder Road resident, said, “Such initiatives will definitely help as one cannot depend on auto drivers and bus services are yet to get better.” A network of pod cars, resembling a mobile glass capsule, will be spread across the city, especially linking far off localities of the city with major junctions, including the proposed metro stations and the mass rapid transport route. These cars will have a capacity of nearly four to six people and will be centrally controlled and operated thus ruling out the need for a driver
|2018-02-19||Cluster redevelopment: Parts of land equal to four BKCs identified - Times of India|
Cluster redevelopment: Parts of land equal to four BKCs identified Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 00:10 IST THANE: A massive area of land in various parts of Thane, collectively equal to the size of nearly four Bandra Kurla Complex (BKCs), has been identified for redevelopment under the cluster redevelopment plans by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). These areas spread across the 10 sectors in the city are presently swarmed by haphazard constructions that could pave way for systematic development. The announcement was made at a closed-door meeting between civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal and district guardian minister Eknath Shinde on Monday evening. Officials present for meeting said nearly 22 per cent of the city area that saw haphazard development is a potential area for implementing the cluster scheme. Of the nearly 5,903 hectares of land available in the city, nearly 1,291 hectares are being taken up for implementing the scheme, said an official present at the meeting. The TMC along with a panel of experts appointed to formulate urban renewal plans has identified nearly 50 plans for implementation in the city that could not just provide affordable housing in the city but also provide systematic urban infrastructure in parts that presently are in a state of disarray. Further, the development could also provide commercial hubs in the city. The focus is not on just bridging the present shortcomings in the area but also with ensuring these areas are self-sufficient to meet demands in the coming future also. The plans have been formulated considering the rehabilitation of all illegal structures in the particular stretch in the city. A housing stock of nearly 22,000 houses under the affordable segment could be made available once the entire clusters are redeveloped. We are ready with nearly 50 urban renewal plans measuring anywhere between 50-200 hectares each in various sectors of the city. We have come up with a comprehensive plan for each of these sectors with emphasis on not only filling up the present lacunae, but also inclusion of amenities that could be useful in the future as well. We will release these plans for feedback before the public soon before opening them up for implementation, said a senior civic official. The plans have been formulated considering rehabilitation of illegal structures in the particular stretch in the city. A housing stock of nearly 22,000 houses under the affordable segment could be made available once the entire clusters are redeveloped
|2018-02-18||Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor in Thane - The Hindu|
Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor in Thane MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 17, 2018 04:48 IST 49-year-old charged with raping five-year-old neighbour Wagle Estate police arrested a 49-year-old man in Thane on Friday for allegedly sexually abusing his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter at his house earlier this week. The police said that the incident took place on Monday and the parents of the child approached the police on Friday. Senior Police Inspector R.D. Malekar said, “The victim and the accused stay in adjacent houses in Keni Nagar area in Thane. At around 11 a.m. on Monday, the victim was walking towards her house when the accused called her over. He offered to give her some toys and took her inside his house. He took her into his room and sexually abused her.” The police said that the accused lost his nerve after the victim cried out in pain, and got worried that her cries might attract attention of the neighbours. He gave her a few marbles and let her go. The same evening, the victim complained of pain in her private parts to her mother. She then took her to a private clinic for a check-up. Mr. Malekar said, “The doctor examined the victim and recommended that the police be approached as he saw signs of sexual assault. The victim then confided in her mother about Monday’s incident, after which the family approached us on Friday morning.” The police recorded a statement from the victim and picked up the accused from his house and arrested him. The accused has been charged with rape under the Indian Penal Code and with sexual assault on a minor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The police will be producing the accused in court on Saturday to seek his custody. Inquiries are under way to find if he has targeted other minors in his locality. The police will also be appealing to residents of the area to come forward and register a complaint in case their children have faced similar abuse or if they are aware of such incidents.
|2018-02-18||Driverless cars may ferry Thane locals to Metro stations - Hindustan Times|
Driverless cars may ferry Thane locals to Metro stations The PRT system, also known as metrino, is a futuristic, driverless vehicle in shape of pods which can accommodate two to six people. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 19, 2018 00:36 IST Thane roads are soon to be equipped with state-of-the-art Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, which will ease commuting for passengers. The authorities made a presentation on PRTS during a metro project review meeting, held between the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) on Saturday. The PRT system, also known as metrino, is a futuristic, driverless vehicle in shape of pods. It can accommodate two to six people, along a fixed track. Funded by the TMC, these pod cars will ferry commuters to the upcoming metro stations within the city. The system will be implemented throughout Thane by the corporation. The MMRDA has planned a metro line between Wadala and Kasarvadavli. The TMC has also proposed its own internal ring route metro within the city. The PRT system aims at providing an access road to these metro stations. The routes for the same will be decided in the next fortnight. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer (PRO) of the TMC said, “Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jasiwal has come up with the idea of launching the PRT system in Thane, and has also presented it before the MMRDA authorities in the review meeting. The city will soon have metro lines; however, it is necessary that there is proper connectivity for the people to reach these metro stations. Thus PRT will not only link Thane city to metro stations, but can also be extended to Kalwa and Mumbra for short distant routes, as an alternate mode of transport.” Malvi said that the PRT system, being technologically advanced, will not take a long time to get functional. “The tracks are made of fibre, and thus they can be constructed in a short span of time. The pod cars also operate on laser, thereby not needing any manpower. Jaiswal plans to install the system as early as possible in the city as the implementation is less time consuming. We will finalise the routes for the car pods in the coming fortnight. The budget estimate for the project will also be made during the same time,” Malvi said. What is PRT system? The PRT system, also known as metrino, is a futuristic, driverless vehicle in shape of pods which can accommodate two to six people. They run along a pre-determined course using power. The pod cars move at a speed of 80-130 km/hour and can be used to transport people from one place to another at high speeds.
|2018-02-17||Signal glitch on Trans-Harbour hits commuters - Times of India|
Signal glitch on Trans-Harbour hits commuters Updated: Feb 17, 2018, 05:35 IST Thane: A technical snag in the signalling system on the Trans-Harbour corridor of Central Railway (CR) affected railway traffic between Thane and Vashi, Panvel for nearly 45 minutes late on Friday. The route was cleared nearly an hour later and late-night trains between Thane and Navi Mumbai were running behind schedule. Railway officials told TOI that the snag at Parsik was reported around 10:45pm after which movement of trains was suspended. A team of technicians reached the spot around 11.15pm after which trains were allowed to move but with speed restrictions. Commuters lamented that even after the snag was resolved, it took them nearly an hour to travel between Thane and Airoli.
|2018-02-17||Six auto-rickshaw owners booked in Thane for fabricating documents - The Indian Express|
Six auto-rickshaw owners booked in Thane for fabricating documents A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered yesterday at the Thane Nagar police station and a probe was underway, the officer said. Thane | Published: February 17, 2018 1:13 pm Six auto-rickshaw owners from Thane have been booked on charges of fabricating the character certificate and seeking auto permits, police said on Saturday. According to a complaint lodged by officials from the Regional Transport Office, those applying for auto-rickshaw permits are required to provide the character certificates issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch), a senior police official said. However, during verification it was found that the certificates provided by the six auto-rickshaw owners were fake and had been fabricated, he said. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered Friday at the Thane Nagar police station and a probe was underway, the officer said.
|2018-02-17||Thane students take a lesson or two from PM Narendra Modi's speech on exams - Times of India|
Thane students take a lesson or two from PM Narendra Modi’s speech on exams Feb 17, 2018, 23:18 IST THANE: School students from Thane have given an enthusiastic response to Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s initiative ‘Parikshe Pe Charcha’ started for those appearing for board exams. Thousands of students from the secondary section across schools in Thane listened to the PM in rapt attention as he gave tips on how to combat stress during examination. Shilpa Jejurekar, principal of Arunodaya Public School, said, “At noon, around 600 students from our school were made to listen to the speech. Some were asked to assemble in the hall whereas the other class students were told to sit in their respective classes. The live telecast was shown with the help of a projector screen connected to a computer so that all class students could avail of this unique opportunity. Many questions that were asked during the session helped our students too as they had similar doubts about the upcoming exam and the stress it brings. I found the speech particularly useful for Class IX and XI students as well as they start getting stressed about their following year’s exams due to parental pressure. The focus on yoga and meditation to increase concentration and improve one’s memory was a good advice that could be helpful to students in the long run.”While some schools organised projectors in their auditoriums, others recorded the speech that was aired on All India Radio for the future batch of students. A Class X student from Thane said, “The programme has given me the push to organise my study material and plan a timetable, as my friends and I had a discussion on this topic after the session. I will also try yoga and meditation to calm myself whenever I feel worked up.”
|2018-02-17||This fiscal, revenue from ticketless TMT commuters drops - Times of India|
This fiscal, revenue from ticketless TMT commuters drops Feb 17, 2018, 23:17 IST THANE: The revenue generated through penalties from commuters travelling without a ticket in TMT buses has dropped this fiscal as compared to the previous year, even though the number of buses plying on the roads have increased by nearly 100. While activists have attributed this to the absence of ticket checkers along some of the routes, transport officials have said that the drop is because more commuters are travelling with a ticket and not ticketless. As per the budget books, the ticket checking staff deployed by the TMT in three shifts have collected barely Rs 3.71 lakh as against Rs 10 lakh expected as penalties from ticketless commuters this fiscal. This is nearly a lakhless than last year when the number of buses was less as compared to now. The statistics also reveals that the recovery from ticketless travelers in the last seven years hasn’t seen any major increase. The highest recovery done by the team in the last seven years was in the previous fiscal when the officials had collected Rs 4.76 lakh. The least amount was collected in 2014-15 where barely Rs 2.94 lakh was recovered. This is surprising as the number of passengers has risen and the penalty amount has doubled. “The penalty amount was increased to Rs 100 a few years ago, in addition to the distance travelled for both non AC and AC buses on TMT routes,” said an official.The TMT has a team of around 30 ticket checking staff to track down offenders. This roughly translates to one ticket checker for every 5,666 passengers across six areas in the city. At times, there are only 12 ticket checkers, claim officials. Meanwhile, activists and commuters have alleged that the TMT is deliberately encouraging ticketless travellers by not deploying adequate ticket checking staff. While recruiting more staff may not be possible, activists suggest hiring private personnel.“During peak hours, when most buses are running packed, the conductor is hardly in a position to reach out to all passengers. Many who travel short distance take advantage of this and travel ticketless. While there are few exceptions who are forced to alight without purchasing a ticket as their destination arrives by the time the conductor can reach them. Why can’t they deploy more staff?” questioned an activist from Thane. When contacted, a TMT official said that the less revenue could possibly be because commuters may have purchased tickets. But he also agreed there was no mechanism to justify the claims. “The existing ticket checking staff is overworked and is inadequate to cater to the huge area. We will look into the issue and take corrective steps,” he said.
|2018-02-17||2 break into businessman's car in Thane, steal jewellery worth Rs7 lakh - Hindustan Times|
2 break into businessman’s car in Thane, steal jewellery worth Rs7 lakh The businessman, Ankur Singh, had retrieved the jewellery from his bank locker to wear it to a wedding MUMBAI Updated: Feb 18, 2018 00:30 IST Two unidentified men broke into a 23-year-old businessman’s car and fled with 300g of gold jewellery and 500g of silver jewellery, collectively worth around Rs7 lakh, in Kalyan on Saturday. Police said the businessman, Ankur Singh, had retrieved the jewellery from his bank locker to wear it to a wedding. En route, he had stopped to meet a friend, parking the car opposite his house.The two accused smashed the car’s window and fled with the jewellery bag. Singh found out about the burglary after a business associate, who was on his way to the meeting, called him saying his car’s window was shattered. The incident was captured on CCTV cameras, the tapes of which were handed over to the police. The footage is grainy, and police thus are interrogating history-sheeters to identify the thieves. “We have filed a case and are investigating,” said an officer of the Kolshewadi police station.
|2018-02-17||TMC: TMC plans first-aid kiosks for cardiac attack victims | Thane ... - Times of India|
TMC plans first-aid kiosks for cardiac attack victims Updated: Feb 18, 2018, 15:23 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is working on plans to put up compact defibrillator kiosks, which will ensure basic first aid to cardiac attack victims. Initially, 30 compact defibrillators machines, popularly known as the automated external defibrillator (AED), will be installed in several parts of Thane city, especially in pockets which have high density population. The facility will be free for use and have basic instructions for its use by trained personnel, it is learnt. Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal confirmed that the proposal is being drafted and will be presented before the general body of for its final nod.Cardian surgeon Dr Vijay Surase, senior interventional cardiologist from a private hospital in Thane, said the gadget entails applying mild electric shocks on the chest of the cardiac attack victim. The gadget will analyse the need and impart basic treatment required within two to three minutes, which could go a long way till proper medical aid is reached. A notable number of deaths are reported due to delay in reaching proper aid to cardiac patients. The awareness for imparting primary treatment to such victims is less in our country compared to those abroad, said Dr Surase, who was part of the delegation at the civic headquarters.
|2018-02-17||Mobile library rolls in reading habit among Thane kids, a big hit ... - Hindustan Times|
Mobile library rolls in reading habit among Thane kids, a big hit among senior citizens too The library, which has a stock of 10,000 books, works seven days a week crisscrossing the city MUMBAI Updated: Feb 18, 2018 00:36 IST On Saturday evening, 8-year-old Nikhil Nair was patiently waiting near Ozone Valley at Parsiknagar near Kharegaon with a book in his hand. His face erupted with joy as soon as he saw a white and blue bus heading towards him. An elated Nikhil hopped on to the bus to choose his book companion for the week. Around 450 such children from across Thane city wait every week just like Nikhil for their mobile book library to arrive. An initiative started around four years ago to entice book lovers by Marathi Granth Sanghralaya (MGS), it has since become popular among children. Pranali Khobole, the librarian of the mobile library, said that out of the 1,100 subscriptions that the library has gained in the last few years, 450 are children. To ensure more children are interested in reading, they include more children-oriented English books, she said. Sachin Sutar, who drives the mobile library, popularly known as the Granth yaan, said, “Children are so excited about getting their hands on a book that they do not wait to get home and instead start reading from within the bus. We have made arrangements within the bus to read but not many can wait here so as the numbers increase we have to ask them to leave. However, they are so eager for the books that sometimes if we are stuck in traffic for 10 minutes also we start getting calls.” “I love to visit the small mobile library and choosing a book for myself; this has become a weekly activity. I love to read and this library is a boon as I have many choices every week,” said 13-year-old Meena Iyer, a resident of Kashish Park near Checknaka. The mobile library has a stock of more than 10,000 books that the readers can borrow and read from; books are available in English, Hindi and Marathi. The bus halts at each stop for around 1.5 hours. It covers five spots a day. Khobole said the library tries to keep its fee reasonable. It charges a monthly fee of Rs100 monthly with an entry fee of Rs50 and deposit of Rs500. It charges a late fee of Rs1 per day. The most popular spots for children are Kharegaon, Kasarvadavli and Upvan, Khobole said. Besides children, a number of senior citizens from Vrindavan society near Eastern Express Highway also eagerly gather around the library upon its arrival. Srikanth Tavade, 67, from Vrindavan Society is an avid reader has been a member of the Marathi Granth Sanghralaya since his college days, said “This is one of the oldest libraries and I have been a member since my college days, but since the last seven years due to ill health I avoid travelling in crowded places. This makes it very difficult for me to go to the library. Initially, my son used to exchange books for me on his way back from work but since the Granth yaan began I prefer waiting at the stop and choosing books myself. There is a different joy to be surrounded by books in the library, I used to miss that but thanks to this initiative I have revived my joy for reading.” Started due to the great demand by book lovers who lived at distant places and could not make it to the library, Granth yaan functions all seven days of the week. The first stop is at 12.30 pm and it wraps up its services around 8.30 every evening except on Friday mornings; this is reserved for maintenance and to add more books in the bus. Following a time-table, it visits each of its stops once a week. The library covers around 35 major areas in Thane city. The Thane Marathi Granth Sanghralaya was started by Vinayak Laxman Bhave in 1883, a writer of Maharashtra saraswat and resident of Thane. This was the first full-fledged Marathi library in the nation, and has taken various measures over the years for book lovers. The Granth yaan was started in 2014 and within months, it plans to go in for digitalisation of its books, and make available e-books and e-library for its customers.
|2018-02-17||Thane FDA organises anti-tobacco workshop for civic school principles - Times of India|
Thane FDA organises anti-tobacco workshop for civic school principles Feb 17, 2018, 23:16 IST THANE: The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) two-year-old anti-tobacco awareness drive, which focussed on educating school principals about their power to shut down illegal tobacco shops in the school’s vicinity, seems to have fizzled out this year resulting in numerous such stores mushrooming around educational institutions. In an attempt to curb this sale of tobacco products around schools and to minors as per the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), the FDA had organised a four-day awareness workshop for civic school principals in February 2016, informing them that they too, along with police sub-inspectors, civic surgeons and FDA officials could shut down these stores and levy fines on them. While the year following this drive saw dozens of these academicians actively working and shutting 200 such tobacco shops in their school’s vicinity, this past year has seen these shops coming back into business. “I tried to ensure that the tobacco shops in my area were shut for a long time. But they kept opening again. This past year has been very hectic with numerous government resolutions being issued adding to usual school chaos. I realised that I was one of the few principals actually chasing these stores. I have stopped doing that now. Instead, I ask my teachers to discuss the evils of smoking with students,” said a civic school principal. Dr Pradip Uppal, ENT surgeon, who collaborated with FDA and civic body on the awareness aspect of the drive, added, “With the busy schedules of these academicians, it is very difficult to get outstanding results continuously. We all need to be vigilant as citizens and ensure that the officials shut these shops down. While the drive has simmered down, we are still visiting schools to inform students about the dangers of smoking.”As the FDA organised the drive only for civic school principals, the academicians of many private and government-aided schools, who have witnessed a rise in the number of students caught smoking are still oblivious that they can actually fine these tobacco selling establishments and shut them. “Our school and junior college is near the station and the entire road has numerous tobacco sellers. We have even caught students smoking in the small lanes nearby after school hours and informed their parents about it. These numbers have been increasing recently,” said a teacher from MH College. “We have recently been spotting our students smelling of cigarettes and are extremely worried about the fact that there are two tobacco shops near our school. A cigarette seller comes on a cycle. This easy availability could influence our young students. The government departments need to include us also in such drives,” added a teacher from Holy Cross High School for girls. We have recently been spotting our students smelling of cigarettes and are extremely worried about the fact that there are two tobacco shops near our school. A cigarette seller comes on a cycle. This easy availability could influence our young students. The government departments need to include us also in such drives
|2018-02-17||Thane to open city's first night college for underprivileged - Hindustan Times|
Thane to open city’s first night college for underprivileged The college will provide free education to civic school students as well as to those below the poverty line MUMBAI Updated: Feb 18, 2018 00:21 IST To provide higher education to the underprivileged, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has for the first time decided to start a night college in the city. The first-of-its-kind degree college will consist of the Arts and Science streams. This college will provide free education to civic school students as well as to those below the poverty line. The city already has two night schools operated by TMC’s education department. Manish Joshi, the education officer, said, “We will provide complete education from kindergarten to Degree College, to our civic students. Most of these students have to discontinue their education after school and work to support their family. They remain deprived of higher education. Thus we have decided to start a night college, so that students who need to work during the day can get to study at night.” Classes will be held in Kisan Nagar School No. 1, in the six empty classrooms. “These classrooms are empty in the evening, thus we can use them for the night college. We would not have to shell out any additional money for the construction of the college. 30 % of the seats in the college will be reserved for the TMC school students and 20% for students below the poverty line,” Joshi said. Joshi said the TMC will tie up with a private educational institute for setting up the college. The corporation does not have teachers or experts to operate a college, which would be provided by this private institute. The college will start from the academic year 2018-19. Depending on its popularity, the TMC can start more such colleges in its schools in future. The corporation also operates a signal school for underprivileged street children at Teen Hath Naka signal.
|2018-02-17||Thane Shocker: 48-year-old ambulance driver rapes 5-year-old ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane Shocker: 48-year-old ambulance driver rapes 5-year-old, stifling her face with a cloth Feb 17, 2018 11:14 am Wagle Estate police have arrested a 48-year-old ambulance driver of NMMC in Thane for raping a 5-year-old girl at his house. According to a report in Asian Age, the accused has been identified as Chandrashekar Kene. He is the neighbour of the victim and know the victim’s family well. The incident took place around 9.30 pm when the victim was playing outside her house with some of her friends. The accused then approached the girl and asked her to go with him to the market on pretext of getting her chocolates. The accused first took the girl to the market and then to his house, which was empty as his family members were at the market. He then raped her after stifling her face with a cloth. He then left the girl near her house and fled from the spot. By then, everyone had started searching for the girl. On reaching home, the parents found out that she was raped,” a police officer told the leading daily.The police have further added that the parents said that their daughter was crying and they took her home. After the parents came to know something wrong has happened with the girl, they brought her to Wagle estate police station. The police immediately did her check-up and registered a rape case. The accused was on run but the police managed to catch him and arrest him within an hour. The police have registered the case under relevant sections of the IPC and POSCO.
|2018-02-16||One dead in Thane gas leak - Business Standard|
One dead in Thane gas leak Last Updated at February 16, 2018 05:35 IST A person died in a gas leakage incident that took place in Thane's Ulhasnagar on Thursday. Eight others were hospitalised after the gas leak at Ulhasnagar's Century Company. The deceased was identified as 22-year-old Sanjay Sharma, a worker at the company. Meanwhile, the families of the victims have accused the company of carelessness.
|2018-02-16||This Sunday, bid adieu to Happy Streets Season VI - Times of India|
This Sunday, bid adieu to Happy Streets Season VI Feb 16, 2018, 05:41 IST THANE: The stage for Happy Streets has been set to bid adieu to its season VI before the board exams begin. An array of activities have been incorporated to make the event a memorable one in the presence of an expected crowd of 10,000 along the Gladys Alwares Road before Happy Streets makes a comeback in summer. Among the hordes of activities, Vijay Suraksha Art Zone will have some of the popular fun games devised for kids and their parents as well. Competitions and prizes will come as bonus for the participants. “We have planned a few interesting fun games for children. Being the concluding weekend of this season we have many things on offer which should not be missed by the visitors,” said an organiser. Self-defense workshop by the Rotary Club of Thane Paradise will be yet another lead programme of the day which is designed for people across age groups. Continuing Chinese martial arts demonstration and training for young kids Kung Fu session will also be held for everyone to start with in the early morning slot at the main stage before the zumba session kicks off. “We will surely miss the Sunday morning extravaganza which has been part of our weekend dose. We will explore the possibility of the string of events at the grand finale with friends,” said Suraj Ghag, a regular visitor. The 1.7km non-vehicular patch between Vasant Vihar Junction and Happy Valley circle will be abuzz with over a dozen activities for all sections. Happy Streets is an initiative of Thane traffic police, TMC, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI where people come up with new ideas and concepts to create wider awareness in the society, on various fronts while being engrossed with activities related to sports, fitness and good health, environment, culture, art and entertainment. TOI’s main stage at Khewra Circle will have dance fitness, Bollywood and Zumba, Bokwa, folk fitness, Bollyfit and jazz performances. Joints-n-Motion will continue to conduct activities like marathon training and fitness routines with the organisers brining in ladders, cones and hurdle stands. Patanjali Yoga instructors have arranged special session for people across age groups.
|2018-02-16||ED raids Gili Jewellers showroom in Thane - Economic Times|
ED raids Gili Jewellers showroom in Thane Updated: Feb 16, 2018, 09.23 AM IST The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted a raid at a showroom of Gili Jewellers in Thane's Viviana Mall in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNBBSE -1.18 %) fraud case. The showroom was sealed after the raid. Earlier on February 15, the agency conducted searches at 17 premises of businessman Nirav Modi and Geetanjali Gems across India in connection with the same case. The agency also seized stocks of gold, diamond and other precious stones worth Rs 5100 crore. The raids come after the PNB detected a 1.77 billion dollar scam, in which jeweller Nirav Modi acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking from one of its branches for overseas credit from other Indian lenders.
|2018-02-16||Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor in Thane - The Hindu|
Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor in Thane MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 00:45 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 17, 2018 00:45 IST 49-year-old charged with raping five-year-old neighbour Wagle Estate police arrested a 49-year-old man in Thane on Friday for allegedly sexually abusing his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter at his house earlier this week. The police said that the incident took place on Monday and the parents of the child approached the police on Friday. Senior Police Inspector R.D. Malekar said, “The victim and the accused stay in adjacent houses in Keni Nagar area in Thane. At around 11 a.m. on Monday, the victim was walking towards her house when the accused called her over. He offered to give her some toys and took her inside his house. He took her into his room and sexually abused her.” The police said that the accused lost his nerve after the victim cried out in pain, and got worried that her cries might attract attention of the neighbours. He gave her a few marbles and let her go. The same evening, the victim complained of pain in her private parts to her mother. She then took her to a private clinic for a check-up. Mr. Malekar said, “The doctor examined the victim and recommended that the police be approached as he saw signs of sexual assault. The victim then confided in her mother about Monday’s incident, after which the family approached us on Friday morning.” The police recorded a statement from the victim and picked up the accused from his house and arrested him. The accused has been charged with rape under the Indian Penal Code and with sexual assault on a minor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The police will be producing the accused in court on Saturday to seek his custody. Inquiries are under way to find if he has targeted other minors in his locality. The police will also be appealing to residents of the area to come forward and register a complaint in case their children have faced similar abuse or if they are aware of such incidents.
|2018-02-16||Watch: ED raids Gili Jewellers showroom in Thane - Deccan Chronicle|
Watch: ED raids Gili Jewellers showroom in Thane Published Feb 16, 2018, 6:34 am IST Mumbai, Feb 16 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted a raid at a showroom of Gili Jewellers in ... Mumbai, Feb 16 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted a raid at a showroom of Gili Jewellers in Thane's Viviana Mall in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. The showroom was sealed following the raid. On February 15, the agency conducted searches at 17 premises of businessman Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Gems across India in connection with the same case.
|2018-02-16||Nirav Modi's Gili Showroom Sealed in Thane - India.com|
Nirav Modi's Gili Showroom Sealed in Thane Updated: February 16, 2018 10:19 AM IST New Delhi, Februrary 16: In more trouble for diamond merchant Nirav Modi, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday sealed his Gili showroom in Thane. Modi is at the centre of Rs 11,400 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank (PNB). Advertisement Meanwhile, raids continue at Modi’s showroom in Kala Ghoda in Mumbai.On Thursday, central investigation agencies seized diamond and gold jewellery worth Rs 5,100 crore in nationwide searches and initiated the process for revoking Modi’s passport, officials said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED moved separate applications to the Ministry of External Affairs seeking revocation of passports of Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali jewellery chain, both accused in the Rs 280-crore bank fraud case, the officials said. (Also read: Nirav Modi Was Not Part of Davos Contingent, Govt Slams Congress For Demeaning PM Modi) The CBI completed the analysis of computers seized from premises linked to him and was going through the two fresh complaints received from PNB on Tuesday that it had been defrauded of Rs 11,400 crore to decide its future course of action. (Also read: PMO Was Alerted, Failed to Take Action, Alleges Congress) The day for companies and outlets owned or partnered by the 46-year-old diamond merchant, who has fled the country on January 1, began with the ED carrying out searches at properties linked to him in Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat and claiming to have seized gold and diamond jewellery and precious stones worth Rs 5,100 crore. As many as 17 locations in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Surat were raided by the ED after the agency filed a Rs 280-crore money laundering case against Modi, his wife Ami, brother Nishal and Choksi on Wednesday, following a complaint by the bank. Speaking on condition of anonymity, ED officials said five properties belonging to Modi and the other accused in Mumbai were sealed by the agency. The ED has also written to the Income Tax department for sharing all documents seized by it during raids on January 2017 from premises linked to Modi and his associates. The ED filed the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after going through a CBI FIR registered on January 31. The agency also went through the PNB complaint that was made out against Modi and others. The ED, they said, would probe if the allegedly defrauded bank funds were laundered and these proceeds of crime were subsequently used by the accused to create illegal assets and black money. Modi, a regular feature on the lists of rich and famous Indians since 2013, was booked by the CBI, along with wife, brother and Choksi on January 31, for allegedly cheating the state-run bank to the tune of Rs 280 crore. The bank has sent two more complaints to the CBI on Tuesday, saying the scam was worth more than Rs 11,400 crore. In a related development, the CBI officials had said Modi and other members of his family, who fled the country in January, allegedly made fraudulent transactions of over Rs 11,400 crore through 150 letters of understanding issued by the bank. Modi, who holds an Indian passport, left India on January 1, while his brother Nishal, a Belgian citizen, also left the country on same day. Modi’s wife Ami, a US citizen, left on January 6 and his uncle Choksi departed on January 4, the officials said. The bank became suspicious only on January 16 when the accused companies — Diamond R US, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds (all accused in the CBI FIR) — approached it with import documents and a request to issue Letters of Understanding (LoUs) for raising buyers’ credit for making payments to the overseas suppliers. The bank, however, could not find any past entries in the system, the FIR has alleged. It approached the CBI on January 29 with a complaint of Rs 280 crore fraud, officials said. The agency immediately swung into action registering an FIR on January 31 followed by searches at 20 locations in Mumbai and Surat and issued a look out circular on February 4 against Nirav Modi and three absconding accused, they said. A look out circular is issued by enforcement agencies to all exit and entry ports to inform them about the movement of an accused. The question why the PNB did not send one complaint to the CBI and decided to give separately is also under the scanner of the agency, they said. The agency is analysing the fresh complaints and will take a call whether to register fresh FIRs or expand the ambit of the existing FIR related to fraudulent transactions of worth Rs 280 crore, they said. In these cases, the bank has alleged that the LOUs were issued to Hong Kong-based branches of Allahabad Bank and Axis Bank, they said.
|2018-02-16||Wife of Thane school trustee arrested for beating students - The Indian Express|
Wife of Thane school trustee arrested for beating students On Friday, Thane city police arrested Shilpa Gautam, wife of the school’s trustee Aashish Gautam, for allegedly beating around 10 students with a PVC pipe. Mumbai | Published: February 17, 2018 3:22 am THE Wife of a Thane-based school trustee was arrested by the Thane city police on Friday morning for allegedly beating around 10 children. She got bail from the court on Friday evening, even as parents gathered at the school to accost the trustee and his wife and seek an apology from them. Meanwhile, the Mumbai division Education Assistant Deputy Director has issued a letter to the Thane education officer to appoint an administrator for the school. On Friday, Thane city police arrested Shilpa Gautam, wife of the school’s trustee Aashish Gautam, for allegedly beating around 10 students with a PVC pipe. “The parents complained that their children were brutally beaten up and had suffered serious injuries. So, we registered a case and arrested her,” said senior inspector Mandar Dharmadhikari. Gautam was later granted bail from a magistrate’s court in Thane. Parents of the children had gathered at the school but the Gautams never visited their residence or offered an apology. “We have been waiting since morning. We need an answer and a written apology from them. We can’t send our children to the school knowing something like this can happen again,” said a parent, Bindu Jain, whose 14-year-old daughter allegedly suffered a fracture in her wrist. On Wednesday, the children were practising for the school’s annual day to be held on February 28. “According to the complainant, the accused was enraged as the children were making a lot of noise, and it disturbed her sleep. This is what made her punish them,” Dharmadhikari said. The police registered an offense late on Thursday night, and arrested Gautam on Friday morning. The education department sprung into action after the issue was brought to their notice by a Thane based NGO, Thane Matdata Jagran Abhiyan, which wrote a letter to the education office on Thursday evening. In a letter to the Thane education officer, the divisional assistant deputy director Rajendra Ahire said, “In view of such events, we appeal to you through this letter to appoint an administrator at the school and take away the powers of the trustees.” The letter further reads, “Due to the seriousness of the matter, immediate action should be initiated and intimated to this office and other parties.” The parents have decided to return on Tuesday along with their children. “Since the coming three days are holidays for the school, we will come back the next working day. We hope the trustee will speak to us,” Jain said.
|2018-02-16||Teen boy attacked in Thane district for sending V-Day message - Hindustan Times|
Teen boy attacked in Thane district for sending V-Day message After the boy sent a message to the girl, her brother and his and his friend stabbed Teli and threw him in front of a hospital MUMBAI Updated: Feb 17, 2018 01:23 IST An 18-year-old boy was attacked and severely injured in Dombivli on Thursday because he sent a Valentine’s Day message to a girl. Mandar Teli, a HSC student, has been admitted to AIMS hospital in ICU, said a police officer. After the boy sent a message to the girl, her brother and his and his friend stabbed Teli and threw him in front of a hospital. Both the accused are absconding and a case has been registered under attempt to murder and kidnapping of the IPC. On Thursday, Teli had gone to buy medicines as his brother was unwell. He was attacked while he was returning home. The two accused chased him and attacked him. A police officer from Manpada police station said, “The two then took Teli on a bike and threw him in front of a private hospital. Teli’s friend who saw him being beaten was warned of dire consequences. We recorded Teli’s friend’s statement and a case of attempt to murder and kidnapping was registered.” The police said that the accused got angry after he saw the Valentine’s Day message on his sister’s mobile phone and found that Teli was in touch with his sister for the past one month.
|2018-02-16||Thane school trustee who thrashed 50 students for disturbing sleep ... - Times of India|
Thane school trustee who thrashed 50 students for disturbing sleep arrested Updated: Feb 17, 2018, 04:46 IST THANE: Trustee of a Thane school, Shilpa Gautam (45), who has been accused of brutally thrashing 50 students for creating a din and disturbing her sleep, was arrested on Friday. However, she got out on bail a few hours later. Even as activists wrote to the state education department seeking justice for the students, the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights said it will take up the case suo motu. “We will reach out to the parties involved, send out notices and schedule the case for hearing,” said an official fromthe commission.Police said on Wednesday, Gautam, a trustee of Gautam English High School, locked up 50 students in a room and thrashed them with a fibre pipe for disturbing her sleep, even as 13 teachers watched. While three of the students were hospitalized with wrist fractures, 15 required treatment. The incident came to light the next day, when 13 girls and five boys, along with their parents, lodged a complaint under IPC Section 324 at Thane Nagar police. She was arrested on Friday and produced before the local magistrate’s court, which sent her to magisterial custody. She later applied for bail, which was granted. Claiming that Gautam has violated several child safety and RTE laws, activists wrote to the education department demanding strict action against her. “If teachers and trustees assault students, they will dread going to school, and rightly so,” said Ghanshyam Sonar of Thane Matdata Jagran Abhiyaan, which wrote to the education department on Friday. “In this case, the trustee violated the Juvenile Justice Act and the RTE Act and can even be booked under IPC Section 326 for causing grievous injuries to children using a weapon.”After receiving the letter, the education department sent a notice to Thane zilla parishad education officer to investigate the matter and submit a detailed report at the earliest. “We got to know about this incident through the NGO; the allegations are shocking,” said Rajendra Ahire, assistant deputy director of education. “We will be able to take action after receiving the inquiry report from the education officer.” Meanwhile, three of the injured students admitted at Thane Civil Hospital were discharged on Friday.
|2018-02-15||ED raids Gili Jewellers showroom in Thane - ANI - ANI News|
ED raids Gili Jewellers showroom in Thane Feb 16, 2018 01:34 IST Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 16 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted a raid at a showroom of Gili Jewellers in Thane's Viviana Mall in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. The showroom was sealed after the raid. Earlier on February 15, the agency conducted searches at 17 premises of businessman Nirav Modi and Geetanjali Gems across India in connection with the same case. The agency also seized stocks of gold, diamond and other precious stones worth Rs 5100 crore. The raids come after the PNB detected a 1.77 billion dollar scam, in which jeweller Nirav Modi acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking from one of its branches for overseas credit from other Indian lenders. The CBI had received the complaint from PNB on January 28 and a case was registered on January 31. (ANI)
|2018-02-15||Thane Police registers another case against Chhota Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim aides - India Today|
Thane Police registers another case against Chhota Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim aides February 16, 2018 UPDATED 01:29 IST Thane Anti Extortion Cell has registered another case against Chota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim gang for threatening an Ambernath-based builder. Surojeet Rai, the Ambernath-based builder had bought rights for development of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) project near Andheri sports complex and had partnered with one Kamal Jadhwani. Jadhwani then tied up with one Afghan Khan and Riyaz Bhati who is a noted criminal and builder, to form a company called Ark. Ark sold the building's development rights to Mumbai-based Acme Developers, and started threatening Rai to give up his rights amounting to about Rs 1 crore and a 4500-sq-ft property in the project which could be worth around Rs 10 crore in 2012. Rai started receiving threatening calls from Dawood Ibrahim's gang members and Chota Shakeel to give away his rights or else he would be killed. In the same month, Kamal, Riyaz and Afghan kidnaped Rai on gunpoint and then forcibly took him to Mumbai registration office and forced him to sign away his rights for development of the project. Rai recently approached Thane Police and a case was registered against Shakeel, Kamal, Riyaz and Afghan along with one more accused.
|2018-02-15||Thane Municipal Corporation floats tender for Kashinath Ghanekar theatre renovation - Hindustan Times|
Thane Municipal Corporation floats tender for Kashinath Ghanekar theatre renovation 8-year-old child artiste had approached civic body to speed up renovation work MUMBAI Updated: Feb 16, 2018 00:51 IST Two days after an eight-year-old artiste approached the Thane Municipal Corporation to speed up the renovation work of Kashinath Ghanekar theatre in Thane, the civic body has floated a short-term tender. The short-term tender has a period of seven days for completion. The repair work of the mini theatre will start by the end of this month and it will be open for rehearsals by monsoon. Hindustan Times had highlighted the TMC’s apathy in starting the repair work. The municipal corporation did nothing to start the repair works although it shut the mini theatre in October. Actor Atharva Vagal wrote several letters to the mayor, commissioner and cultural minister Vinod Tawde seeking justice for child artistes like him who practice in the mini theatre regularly. On Thursday, the tender was finally floated. Additional commissioner Sunil Chavan said, “After the report on the hall, the civic commissioner has asked us to give a special budget for the work. I gave directives to float a short-term tender for the repair and passed a budget of Rs79.68 lakh for the work.” Chavan said that they would appoint an agency within seven days and give the work order. “The work should start by the last week of February. We will reopen the theatre for public by June.” He said the delay was owing to lack of funds. “The department did not have funds for the repair work and we had decided to provide funds in the coming budget. However, after the child’s effort, we decided to sanction a special budget. We ensure that all the repair works are completed and there are no complaints.” The theatre is ill-maintained and residents had threatened to take up the clean-up work. Chavan said the theatre has a staff of merely four people so they are planning to do annual maintenance contract to maintain sanitation of the theatre. Vagal is happy with the TMC’s move. “I am happy that my follow-up resulted in a positive outcome. If the TMC sticks to its words, we will get the mini theatre soon. We hope the work is completed in the time frame promised by the commissioner,” he said.
|2018-02-15||School trustee thrashes kids, lands 18 in hospital - Times of India|
School trustee thrashes kids, lands 18 in hospital Updated: Feb 16, 2018, 03:47 IST THANE: Angry over her sleep being disturbed, a trustee of a high school locked up 50 students in a room and thrashed them with a fibre rod, landing 18 children in hospital, three of them with wrist fractures. The incident happened in Gautam English High School on Wednesday evening when students of classes V to X were shifting benches in a second floor classroom after school hours for a dance practice ahead of an annual event. The trustee, Shilpa Gautam, who resides on the first floor, allegedly got angry as the shifting of benches on the floor above disturbed her sleep.“We were trying to create space in the middle of the room. We were lined up and taken to the trustee’s room, where she started hitting us with a fibre rod in front of 13 teachers,” said a girl. “She held a boy by hair and hit his head on a desk. Another boy who went had spine surgery a few years ago was hit on his back,” another student said. The students went to Thane Nagar police station on Wednesday night, but were asked to wait for a day as Shilpa’s husband, Ashish Gautam, had assured cops that he would apologise to the students.“While my 14-year-old son escaped with slight injuries to leg, my 13-year-old daughter has been admitted to hospital. When we approached police, they said the trustee was very sorry about his wife’s action and was willing to apologise to us. But on Thursday, we only heard more abuses and threats,” said a parent. After the students underwent medical tests and gave statements, police started registering an FIR. “The noise disturbed and angered the trustee who was not keeping well and asleep... We are registering a case under IPC section 324 (causing hurt with a dangerous weapon,” said M Dharmadhikari, senior inspector at Thane Nagar Police station. If convicted for the charge, a person faces up to three years in jail.A medical officer at Thane civil hospital said, “We treated five boys and 13 girls. Fifteen of them suffered injuries to bones and muscle, which caused swelling. Three others have suffered wrist fractures and have been advised to stay in hospital at night for observation.” The school authorities were unreachable for comment.
|2018-02-15||AkzoNobel unveils Rs 65 crore powder coatings facility in Thane - Moneycontrol.com|
AkzoNobel unveils Rs 65 crore powder coatings facility in Thane Global paints and coatings firm AkzoNobel today said it has inaugurated a Rs 65 crore powder coatings facility in Thane, Mumbai, to strengthen its manufacturing footprint in India. Feb 15, 2018 03:14 PM IST Global paints and coatings firm AkzoNobel today said it has inaugurated a Rs 65 crore powder coatings facility in Thane, Mumbai, to strengthen its manufacturing footprint in India. This is the sixth facility which will provide better access to northern and western markets in India, the company statement said. "India continues to be a high-growth market for AkzoNobel and the launch of the new powder coatings facility will only further strengthen our manufacturing footprint in the country," AkzoNobel NV CEO Thierry Vanlancker said. The new facility will complement AkzoNobel's existing plant in Bangalore, adding new product lines in bonded metallic powder and pipe and re-bar coatings.
|2018-02-15||Thane: Woman gets Rs 7.87 lakh claim for husband's death - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Woman gets Rs 7.87 lakh claim for husband’s death Feb 15, 2018 08:12 am FOLLOW US: Thane: A consumer court here has ordered an insurance company to pay Rs 7.87 lakh to a widow for the death of her husband in a road accident in 2009. Thane District Consumer Rederessal Forum president Sneha Mhatre and member Madhuri Vishwarupe said the insurance firm was deficient in services as it rejected the claim citing wrong reasons, due to which the claimant had to undergo mental torture. The claimant, Achala Marde, told the forum that her husband Rudranivas Marde used to work with a company at Boisar in the neighbouring Palghar district. On December 24, 2009, he was on his motorcycle when another two-wheeler, coming from the opposite direction, collided with his vehicle on the Tarapur-Boisar road. The man sustained severe injuries and died the next day while undergoing treatment at a hospital. Following the man’s death, his wife filed a claim of Rs 7.5 lakh with the insurance company, since her husband had taken the policy with it. The insurance company rejected the claim citing the man’s medical examination report, which said he was under the influence of ethyl alcohol at the time of the accident.
|2018-02-15||Thane: Three arrested for raping 2 minor sisters in Bhiwandi - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Three arrested for raping 2 minor sisters in Bhiwandi Feb 15, 2018 08:26 am Thane: The police has arrested three men from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district for allegedly raping two minor sisters, an official said on Wednesday. The girls, aged 14 and 17 and residing in the Jaitunpura locality, had some months back befriended five men living in the same area, inspector D M Katke said. The men later took the girls to different places in the area where they allegedly raped them in the last two months, he said. On February 9, the Bhiwandi town police, based on the complaint of the girls, registered offences against the five people and arrested three of them. The accused, in their 20s, were booked under relevant IPC sections for rape and kidnapping and also provisions of the POCSO Act, he said.
|2018-02-15||AkzoNobel unveils Rs 65 crore powder coatings facility in Thane - Moneycontrol.com|
|2018-02-15||Money matters: Financial planning starts at an early age for Thane's Gen X investors - Times of India|
Money matters: Financial planning starts at an early age for Thane’s Gen X investors Feb 15, 2018, 22:22 IST THANE: Although merely 18-years-old, Neeraj Kadam, a youngster from Thane, has already been nicknamed ‘finance guru’ by his peers as he passionately talks about mutual funds, investments and banking, while also attempting to influence his friends to invest at an early age. Apart from the self-attained knowledge on the subject acquired through online portals and mobile applications, Kadam is an amateur investor. Every fortnight, he meets up with his financial planner and discusses the stock market and latest trends in finance wanting to keep himself abreast on the subject. Despite being in college, his financial portfolio is quite impressive, but he is not the only one.Financial experts in the city said that there is a rising number of youngsters wanting to invest smartly at a young age. Pradnya Tamhane, financial planner, said, “I have many clients in the age group of 22-25 years. My youngest client is only 18 years old. He came with his father to my office and spoke to me regarding some project related to finance he was doing at that time. He got so interested in the subject that he started reading up on it and then began his financial planning. When he saw the benefits and told his friends, they were also influenced to invest. Those who are not earning tell me that they wish to keep aside some amount from their pocket money. Accordingly, I tell them to shell out whatever they can, starting with a small sum.” Buying branded products or taking a vacation with friends using the money saved up not only brings utmost satisfaction to them, but also makes the person responsible in life, claimed Gen X investors. Twenty-two-year-old Nisha Shah from Thane said, “I recently started investing in mutual funds after my father and uncle told me about its benefits in the long run. I wanted to start saving and I thought that if I have all the money at hand, I might not be able to save much because there is always something or the other I might be wanting to buy. It is very important to be financially independent and that thought motivated me the most to start saving money.”
|2018-02-15||Thane court acquits man of killing his parents - Tribune India - The Tribune|
|2018-02-15||Thane commute to get safer for women, buses to get CCTV cameras and panic buttons soon - Hindustan Times|
Thane commute to get safer for women, buses to get CCTV cameras and panic buttons soon The Thane corporation also plans to fit ‘sugar boxes’ in all its buses to provide commuters with limited Wi-Fi MUMBAI Updated: Feb 15, 2018 14:48 IST The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT)?is set to make travelling safer for women. In its 2018-19 budget, the body focussed on the installation of CCTV cameras and panic buttons in buses, as well as the introduction of women’s special buses. “Under the Centre’s Nirbhaya scheme, every TMT bus will have a panic button installed in the front. When the button is pressed during an emergency, the civic body’s command and control room will immediately get an alert. Two or three-member special squads will wait at every bus stop and board the vehicle in case their help is needed,” said Sandeep Malvi, TMT manager.
|2018-02-15||From helping the needy to going green, Thane youth go the extra mile this Lenten season - Times of India|
From helping the needy to going green, Thane youth go the extra mile this Lenten season Feb 15, 2018, 22:21 IST THANE: Spending more time with family and getting more involved in helping others, besides fasting and abstaining from meat and other favourite dishes, is the top priority for Catholics from the lake city during the 40 days of Lent. On Wednesday, Thaneites began their day by going to church and getting their foreheads smeared with ash, which indicates ‘you are dust, and to dust you shall return’. As this year was declared as the Year of the Youth by the Pope, the youth from all parishes across the city have planned to attend missions and reflections during the Lenten season. Chiarra Menezes (21) said, “Every year during lent, we all cut down on eating meat and prayer more often. But this is done only for the 40 days after which people get back to their normal routine. As I wanted to do something beyond this I spoke to my church priest and asked him if there is something that I could do which would have an impact others. He advised me to help those who are in need of help. So, I decided to help a few neighbours by teaching them how to play the guitar.” “My father knows to play the guitar too. So he agreed to help me out with it. This way we will be able to spend a lot more time together,” she added.Another youth Anne Joseph (19), a Jamli Naka resident, said, “This is the time when we usually hand over our old clothes and toys to less fortunate children. This year, I have saved up on my pocket money and have bough some toys for street kids. I will be making them some sweets too.” While many youth have resolved to help people in their vicinity in their own individual way, some have taken up initiatives that will impact the society. “As my parents compost wet waste at home, we have so much fertiliser left and nowhere to keep it. My mother suggested that I use it, which made me think of actually putting it in potted plants and growing small plants to give my friends during the Lenten season. I have already bought pots and filled it with soil and fertiliser. I will buy seeds and plant them this week. I will then hand out these plants to them on Easter,” said Clarence Dias (14), a Vrindavan resident. Speaking about the importance of youth joining these activities, Hiranandani Estate resident Joyce M, said, “We all know that Lent is about self-reflection and penance. But we have to teach our children to also count our blessings and use this season to make a difference in the lives of others.” Every year during lent, we all cut down on eating meat and prayer more often. But this is done only for the 40 days after which people get back to their normal routine. So this year, I decided to help a few neighbours by teaching them how to play the guitar
|2018-02-15||BJP corporators punch holes in municipal secretary office operations - Times of India|
BJP corporators punch holes in municipal secretary office operations Feb 15, 2018, 22:18 IST THANE: The BJP corporators have targeted the municipal secretarial department for its apparent failure to provide timely information related to the general body. BJP group leader Milind Patankar, on Tuesday, sent out an email to Mayor Meenakshi Shinde and the urban development department at Mantralaya accusing the secretarial department of withholding informative proposals and releasing them to corporators minutes before the general body meetings begin. Patankar said it was a deliberate move to ensure that the elected representatives do not get time to study the proposals. The norm, claim officials, mandates that notices of the monthly general body meetings of the civic body must be published a week in advance and the summary of the project details (goshwara) has to be provided to the elected representatives in order to allow them to study the works and hold discussions in the House. How come the proposals find a mention in the agenda if the supporting documents like the project summary are not ready? Many times, we get documents at the last minute, leaving us with no time to study the works, said Patankar. When contacted, Mayor Meenakshi Shinde, said she was yet to receive the letter. However, she ensured that one she receives it she would ensure that unless the documents related to proposals were complete they will not find a mention in the agenda, henceforth. “I have been asking the administration to ensure that the proposals are supported with relevant summary of the projects. I will look into the allegations of the corporator and will ensure that such lapses are not supported in the future, she said. Meanwhile, municipal secretary Ashok Burpulle dismissed allegations saying they were working as per the mandate and denied that there was a delay in dispatching documents. “We publish the agenda in newspapers and send copies to the elected representatives in time, he justified,” he said.
|2018-02-15||Thane: Woman, 5-yr-old daughter charred to death in fire at shop - The Asian Age|
Thane: Woman, 5-yr-old daughter charred to death in fire at shop PTI Published : Feb 15, 2018, 3:03 pm IST Updated : Feb 15, 2018, 3:03 pm IST The fire broke out around 4 am in the stationery shop in which the victims used to live, Airoli fire station in-charge Eknath Pawar said. On getting information about the blaze, firemen rushed to the spot. As the shop was locked from inside, they broke open the door to enter the premises engulfed with dense smoke. (Photo: ANI | Twitter) Thane: A woman and her five-year-old daughter were killed in a fire at a shop in Airoli area of Navi Mumbai early on Thursday, a fire department official said. The fire broke out around 4 am in the stationery shop in which the victims used to live, Airoli fire station in-charge Eknath Pawar said. On getting information about the blaze, firemen rushed to the spot. As the shop was locked from inside, they broke open the door to enter the premises engulfed with dense smoke, he said. The fire department personnel found the bodies of Manju Choudhary (28) and her daughter Gayatri Choudhary (5), who apparently died of suffocation, the official said. The shop owner, his brother and two toddlers, aged 1 and 2, were rescued from the premises, Pawar said. The cause of the fire was being probed, he said, adding that preliminary findings indicated the blaze occurred due to short-circuit. The bodies have been sent to a government hospital for a postmortem examination, he added.
|2018-02-15||Thane school trustee booked for beating up 20 children, allege parents - Hindustan Times|
Thane school trustee beats up 20 students with rod; five in hospital with fractures, injuries Around 20 students from Classes 7 to 10 were practising for the annual function in the school premises on Wednesday MUMBAI Updated: Feb 16, 2018 12:23 IST Parents of 18 children registered a complaint against a woman trustee of a private school in Thane on Thursday, for allegedly assaulting the students with a fibre rod. The trustee has been booked under section 324 of the IPC. According to the police, around 20 students from Classes 7 to 10 were practising for the annual function on the school premises on Wednesday.“Children were rehearsing for the dance competition. The music they were playing was loud, which disturbed the trustee. She barged in to the room with a fibre rod, and started beating children,” said a police officer. One of the parents said: “More than 20 children were beaten by the trustee. Among the injured, five have been admitted to Thane Civil Hospital. One of them has suffered a head injury. Three others have suffered fractures on the spine and arm.” M Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector from Thanenagar police station, said, “After a group of parents came to the police station, we sent the children to Thane civil hospital for medical tests. After the medical report was submitted, we took statements of the parents and children, and a case was registered against the trustee.”
|2018-02-15||AkzoNobel unveils Rs 65 cr powder coatings facility in Thane - Outlook India|
AkzoNobel unveils Rs 65 cr powder coatings facility in Thane 15 FEBRUARY 2018 Last Updated at 2:57 PM New Delhi, Feb 15 Global paints and coatings firm AkzoNobel today said it has inaugurated a Rs 65-crore powder coatings facility in Thane, Mumbai, to strengthen its manufacturing footprint in India. This is the sixth facility which will provide better access to northern and western markets in India, the company statement said. "India continues to be a high-growth market for AkzoNobel and the launch of the new powder coatings facility will only further strengthen our manufacturing footprint in the country," AkzoNobel NV CEO Thierry Vanlancker said. The new facility will complement AkzoNobel's existing plant in Bangalore, adding new product lines in bonded metallic powder and pipe and re-bar coatings. AkzoNobel India Managing Director Jayakumar Krishnaswamy said: "The new facility plays a critical role in AkzoNobel India's expansion plans and provides a boost to our access to the markets located in northern and western parts of India."
|2018-02-14||Mother, daughters get 5 years' rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping minor - Times of India|
Mother, daughters get 5 years’ rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping minor Feb 14, 2018, 07:08 IST THANE: A mother and her two daughters were convicted of abducting a minor boy and sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment following a four-year trial in the district sessions court here. Additional sessions judge SC Khalipe held Reemadevi Gupta (45) and her two daughters Pinky (26) and Kiran (19) guilty and also fined them Rs10,000 each. One of their aides Tinku Sahu, who had reportedly demanded Rs 26 lakh ransom from the victim’s mother, was acquitted. Police inspector Kishor Khairnar and Sachin Gawas, then posted at Mira Road, had tracked the minor to a village in West Bengal within four days of his abduction in January 24, 2014. It is learnt that Pinky, a waitress in a Mira Road bar, had plotted the kidnap to avenge insult by the boy’s mother, who also worked as a singer in the same bar.The boy’s mother was the second wife of a diamond merchant and Pinky thought they would pay the hefty ransom. Advocate V Jadhav told the court Pinky used her then eight-yearold daughter to lure the victim. She sent her daughter to her colleague’s house and asked her to fetch the boy on the pretext of buying chocolates from a nearby shop. Pinky’s mother had flown down from her home in West Bengal and had taken the boy back with her in a train.
|2018-02-14||Thane: Man approaches finance company for loan, finds out he's 'blacklisted' for not paying earlier loans - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Man approaches finance company for loan, finds out he’s ‘blacklisted’ for not paying earlier loans Feb 14, 2018 10:14 am It was a shocker for a businessman when he approached a financial institution in Thane to get himself a car loan, and learned that he was already on a defaulter list, for not repaying loans for two cars. According to a report in Mid-Day, Dashrath Sable, who owns a travel business, was taken aback when he found out that loans were taken by using his documents, as well as by forging his signature. Sable has even lodged a complaint in Chitalsar Manpada police station about the same.
|2018-02-14||Thane Municipal Transport plans 100 midi AC buses in Thane - Times of India|
Thane Municipal Transport plans 100 midi AC buses in Thane Feb 14, 2018, 22:34 IST THANE: The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) has plans to introduce nearly 100 midi air conditioned (AC) buses to compete with share autos and radio cabs running on shuttle routes within Thane city limits. Presently, the fleet of AC buses operate only on Mumbai routes. Plans are afoot to deploy the 100 ethanol-powered buses that will arrive in the fleet through a wet lease by April on various routes now connected with share autos. The midi buses will accommodate 42 plus 10 passengers equal to the capacity of around 16 autos. The TMT is working towards attracting intra-city passengers or station-bound ones who often rely on share autos or fleet cabs. “The idea is to reduce traffic on city streets by drawing majority of these passengers to the AC buses. Until now the efficiency of TMT services was not up to the mark due to lack of buses, but now we have a strong fleet and are confident of improving services within the city. We want the buses to operate on city roads and attract commuters using fleet cabs, autos or their own vehicles, said Anil Bhor, chairman of the transport committee.Bhor added that the administration will simultaneously work out a feasible fare structure that will make it competitive for other services, including the share autos that are popular on these routes. The fares will be finalised by the committee and following approval by the general body would be sent to the regional transport authority for its okay, said officials. Some of the routes being planned for operating these services are Thane railway station to Vartak Nagar, Vasant Vihar, Vrindavan and Teen Haath Naka to residential pockets along the Ghodbunder Road among others. As per the contract, the agency contractor will procure the buses and also ensure its daily refueling, deploy staff and maintain the buses. A part of the profit from the ticket sales is proposed to go to the TMT administration, said a TMT official. Meanwhile, activists have suggested the administration first provide adequate infrastructure like fuel stations for such initiatives.
|2018-02-14||Swachh Survekshan 2018: Thane gears up to score green points - Hindustan Times|
Swachh Survekshan 2018:?Thane gears up to score green points Thane, which ranked 17th in the 2016 survey, ranked 116 last year MUMBAI Updated: Feb 14, 2018 23:20 IST From geo-tagging public toilets, waste collection centres to stationing clean-up marshals, the Thane Municipal Corporation is determined to improve its ranking in the Swachh Survekshan 2018. The team of officials from the Centre will be coming to the city on Thursday to conduct a week-long survey to ascertain if the city is maintaining its cleanliness quotient. The corporation has installed more dustbins, stationed clean-up marshals, geo-tagged public toilets, waste collection centres and garbage collection. The roads near the station and public places also look spick-and-span. The corporation has spent Rs1.5 crore on the Swachh survey. Thane, which ranked 17th in the 2016 survey, ranked 116 last year. The TMC has hired a new team this year to ensure that its ranking improves, along with the sanitation of the city.“We have geo-tagged all the public toilets, so the team can see the location of all the toilets on the city map. Around 900 public toilets with 12,000 toilet seats are geo-tagged. Around 3,000 waste collection points have also been geo-tagged while 300 garbage collection vans are fitted with GPS devices,” said an official from the solid waste department. The corporation also made it compulsory for shops in 500-metre radius of stations to compulsorily keep dustbins in order to ensure people throw the waste in these bins. The officer said cleanliness is a regular agenda and there are no special efforts being made because of the survey. “The team from Delhi will be in the city from February 15. We have worked towards creating awareness among residents under the Swachh Bharat campaign throughout the year. We have painted the city walls, installed posters, banners and conducted bike and cycle rallies for spreading awareness,” he said. The team will judge the city in three parts. It will document verification where the team will check all the documents related to sanitation, waste collection and processing among others. The second part will be a physical survey of the city to check how clean it is and the third parameter will be residents’ feedback which will also include the use of the cleanliness app Janagraha.
|2018-02-14||Thane teen hits brakes to avoid collision, gets trapped under bike's wheels, dies - Hindustan Times|
Thane teen hits brakes to avoid collision, gets trapped under bike’s wheels, dies The Thane man suffered deep cuts on his legs and other parts of his body MUMBAI Updated: Feb 14, 2018 17:13 IST A 19-year-old man died after he hit the brakes of his two-wheeler abruptly, causing it to skid in Thane on Tuesday night. The Chithalsar police said Mahesh Ashok Ahir was a resident of Wagle Estate. He worked at a private firm. Ahir was riding his bike alone towards Ghodbunder Road, when a biker ahead of him hit the brakes abruptly near Cine Wonder Mall. To avoid a collision, Ahir hit his brakes too. However, his bike skid. “Both Ahir’s legs were trapped under the wheels. He suffered deep cuts on his legs and other parts of his body. An eyewitness alerted the police. Ahir was taken to Titan Hospital, where he was declared dead,” said an official from the Chithalsar police station. Ahir’s family was alerted. The body was sent to Thane Civil Hospital, after which it was handed over to his family. “We recorded the statement of another biker who was present at the spot when the accident occurred. We registered a case of rash and negligent driving under sections of the Indian Penal Code, along with sections of the Motor Vehicle Act against Ahir,” said the officer.
|2018-02-14||Pune house of Thane policeman's parents robbed | pune news ... - Hindustan Times|
Pune house of Thane policeman’s parents robbed According to the police, the area where the robbery happened does not have CCTV coverage PUNE Updated: Feb 14, 2018 15:14 IST Two unidentified men were booked for stealing 60 gramme gold jewellery from the house of a policeman's parents in Pune on Tuesday afternoon. Kusum Jodge, 58, was alone in the house located in Chinchwad when two people approached her under the pretext of selling ghee, according to the police. The complainant woman lived with her husband, Lala Jodge, who was visiting a temple when the two arrived. Their son is a police officer in Thane. Jodge invited the two in, bought ghee from them and paid for it. One of the two then told her that he is long-distance relative and handed her his phone. He, then, asked her to go to another room citing network issue in his phone.As soon as she left the room, the two took the box from which Jodge had given them money and fled the house. The box, the complainant told the local police, had 60 gramme gold jewellery and ?25,000 cash in it. A case in the matter was registered at the Nigdi police station under Sections 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “They are both senior citizens and live by themselves. The complainant’s husband is a retired employee of a private company. We have noted the description of the two accused,” said police inspector (crime) Shankar Awtade of Nigdi police station. The area where the robbery happened does not have CCTV coverage, according to the police.
|2018-02-14||Three held for raping two minor sisters in Thane - India Today|
Three held for raping two minor sisters in Thane February 14, 2018 UPDATED 14:10 IST Thane, Feb 14 (PTI) The police has arrested three men from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district for allegedly raping two minor sisters, an official said today. The girls, aged 14 and 17 and residing in the Jaitunpura locality, had some months back befriended five men living in the same area, inspector D M Katke said. The men later took the girls to different places in the area where they allegedly raped them in the last two months, he said. On February 9, the Bhiwandi town police, based on the complaint of the girls, registered offences against the five people and arrested three of them, the official said. The accused, in their 20s, were booked under relevant IPC sections for rape and kidnapping and also provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said. The arrested men were remanded in police custody till February 16, the police said, adding that a search was on for the other two accused. PTI COR GK
|2018-02-14||Carpenter in Thane held for possessing fake notes worth Rs2.20 lakh - Hindustan Times|
Carpenter in?Thane held for possessing fake notes worth Rs2.20 lakh The accused, Prakash Prasad alias Shankar Tokal Mahto, a resident of Thane, hails from Jharkhand. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 15, 2018 00:53 IST The anti-extortion cell (AEC) of the city police on Tuesday arrested a 42-year-old carpenter for possessing fake currency worth Rs2.20 lakh, in denominations of Rs2,000 and Rs500. The accused, Prakash Prasad alias Shankar Tokal Mahto, a resident of Thane, hails from Jharkhand. He revealed that the fake Indian currency notes were made in Pakistan and reached Jharkhand via Bangladesh and Nepal. The police found Mahto’s friend, Hemal Pandit supplies the fake notes from Bangladesh and Nepal. The police got a tip-off that a man having Rs24 lakh is going to come near a private college in the city to sell fake currency notes. Rajkumar Kothmire, police inspector, AEC said, “Mahto was arrested earlier in 2013 in Jharkhand with fake currency,” said Kothmire. Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector, AEC, Thane, said, “If he took real Indian currency worth Rs30,000, then the accused from Bangladesh would give him Rs1 lakh.” “We have found that the money was made in Pakistan and it was ISI which helped to transfer the money to India via Bangladesh,” he said.
|2018-02-14||Why Thane's Vartak Nagar can be rising star of Mumbai Metropolitan Region - Business Standard|
Why Thane's Vartak Nagar can be rising star of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Last Updated at February 15, 2018 01:03 IST Vartak Nagar is a residential suburb in Thane once known mainly for its bad roads and poor infrastructure. The residential market was predominantly defined by low-rise developments that housed industrial worker from the nearby manufacturing units. Today, with the rapid urbanisation of Thane and its surrounding precincts, Vartak Nagar has witnessed a significant upgrade in both civic and social infrastructure, and its revamped market profiling has turned it into a promising real estate destination in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). It now has excellent road connectivity to ...
|2018-02-14||Police nabs 2 who who posed as IT sleuths in Thane - The Asian Age|
Police nabs 2 who who posed as IT sleuths in Thane Published : Feb 15, 2018, 5:17 am IST Updated : Feb 15, 2018, 5:18 am IST Crime branch Unit 2 of Navi Mumbai officers got this case, and they started plotting plans to arrest the accused.Mumbai: Acting on a complaint from a businessman, the Navi Mumbai police arrested two men who created a group to pose as officers Income Tax department and the so-called ‘Crime Intelligence Force’ (CIF) and ‘Intelligent Investigation Agency’ (IIA) and duped several businessmen in Thane and Navi Mumbai. Their modus-operandi seemed like a slice out of the Bollywood movie, ‘Special 26’. The accused got themselves toy wireless sets and guns, fake identity cards the conducted raids, including at a trader's office in Navi Mumbai. The accused had hired 55 youngsters, claiming that they were hired for government jobs. But after Navi Mumbai police arrested the duo, the youngsters came to know about this fraud. According to a police officer, on January 10, Khandeshwar police received a complaint from a businessman stating a group of people, who called themselves officers of ‘Crime Intelligence Force’ (CIF), had abducted them then took him to their ‘office’ and thrashed him for not giving money in lieu of not taking action against his alleged business malpractices. The accused had also threatened to make cases against him had he not paid. Crime branch Unit 2 of Navi Mumbai officers got this case, and they started plotting plans to arrest the accused. Crime DCP Tushar Doshi said, “ The main accused who is identified as Anand Tripathi, resident of UP has created his office on the name of Crime Intelligence Force (CIF) and Intelligent Investigation Agency (IIA). He showed his friend Mahesh Bhadke as Maharashtra chief and started appointing youngsters for the government job.” Doshi said, “ We are now investigating this case further and getting details.
|2018-02-13||Thane Municipal Corporation to install plastic balers for easy recycling - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane Municipal Corporation to install plastic balers for easy recycling The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to install plastic balers in the city for efficient management and recycling of plastic wastes. In it’s bid to obtain the ‘smart city’ tag, the TMC initiated a number of measures recently for the proliferation of greenery in Thane. After initiating measures such as making fuel from recycled plastic and testing a solar-autorickshaw, the civic body is bolstering its effort to manage plastic wastes. Although, there are a string of rules to reduce plastic usage in the city, the plastic waste menace seems to be uncontrollable with plastic bags, bottles and packets flooding the city’s garbage output. To control the plastic litter, the TMC will install four plastic balers. “The balers will compress the plastic which will make melting it easier for recycling units,” said Sunil Chavan, additional municipal commissioner of TMC. Using plastic balers for easier recycling is a worldwide practice. In Thane, the plastic balers will be installed at crowded areas like railway stations, ST bus stands, market areas among other locations within the next three months. The deposited plastic will be compressed and further sent to TMC’s recycling unit at Kopri. “Then, the plastic balers will be used to make fuel or other products,” said Chavan.
|2018-02-13||Activists, residents raise questions over TMC's 'cleanest' tag for Mumbra - Times of India|
Activists, residents raise questions over TMC’s ‘cleanest’ tag for Mumbra Feb 13, 2018, 22:19 IST Thane: Activists and Mumbra residents have lashed out at the Thane Municipal Corpration (TMC)’s for its apparent failure to deploy adequate manpower in Mumbra to spot and penalize litterbugs. Activists have raised questions over the TMC’s cleanliness report which had hinted at Mumbra being the cleanest area during a drive carried out in January. The first month review report submitted by the cleanliness marshals had shockingly showed less litterbugs in Mumbra as compared to that of Naupada and other areas. While Naupada was termed as the filthiest ward with nearly 3,668 cases registered, Mumbra emerged as the cleanest zone with just 640 litterbugs penalized. Officials from the civic body have said that the report gave and idea about undertaking necessary cleanliness measures in respective areas. However, activists and politicians have alleged that the administration is giving step-motherly treatment to Mumbra by not taking appropriate measures to ensure cleanliness. Locals have asked for better policing by the marshals so that they could keep litterbugs at bay and make the suburb clean. “The municipal administration doesn’t seem to be looking beyond Ghodbunder Road. The sanitation department seems to have become a hotbed of corruption. Why is the department neglecting basic cleanliness issues in areas like Mumbra and are providing facilities only to the rich?” questioned NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad who represents the area in the state. “The corporation seems to be least bothered about our suburb. There is already so much filth lying unattended here. Stepping up policing could help dissuade litterbugs in the are and make the place a much cleaner place in the truest sense,” said a resident.Meanwhile, the municipal administration has admitted that the number of cleanliness marshals deployed in Mumbra was less and has assured to evenly deploy marshals across all wards. “The number of litterbugs in Naupada could have been higher than that of Mumbra because of the unequal distribution of marshals. We will now ensure allocation of equal number of marshals in all wards,” said a senior official from the sanitation department.Nearly 245 marshals have been inducted to keep a tab on litterbugs cross the city. However, most of them preferred to operate in and around Naupada area that houses the railway station, market area and business centre. The marshals collectively recovered a penalty of Rs 11 lakh from nearly 5,000 citizens found dirtying the roads or their respective areas.
|2018-02-13||Celebrating constant chatter, songs and entertainment; radio still a hit - Times of India|
Celebrating constant chatter, songs and entertainment; radio still a hit Feb 13, 2018, 22:20 IST Thane: An ever-playing companion, simple and portable, the good old radio still holds a special place in the heart of many in this era of technology and gadgets. On the occasion of World Radio Day today, music lovers who tune into the radio everyday, say that it is not just a source of entertainment, but also binds a family together.From delivering news, sports commentary, conducting talk shows, interviews, narrating stories to playing music of different genres, the radio has changed dramatically over the years, finding its place in every household. For many who owned a radio in its prime, it served as a unit that brought together families and friends. Sushama Pongurlekar, a senior citizen and resident of Pokhran Road 1, said, “When I bought a radio set back in the 1960s, my family, neighbours and even friends would gather in my house to listen to the programmes played on air. Particularly interesting was the Binaca Geetmala, which would be aired at 8:30pm in those days. Everybody would just stop their chores and spare that one hour just to listen to melodious songs being played on the radio. Listening to songs on my smartphone today is not as entertaining. Even today, the first thing I look forward to for entertainment is the radio. I listen to devotional songs from 6am to 7am.” The audio tool is not just a medium for entertainment, but for many it is also a companion they travel with. Atul Narayan, an employed Thaneite said, “While going to work I prefer listening to music on the radio. My friends who I carpool to reach work also listen to old Hindi songs, the 5 ‘o’ clock news, cricket score updates and film reviews on a daily basis. We even have a discussion on different topics. Even while driving alone, radio keeps me calm.”
|2018-02-13||Thane: Police arrest three for raping 16-year-old girl, and circulating ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Police arrest three for raping 16-year-old girl, and circulating video on social media Feb 13, 2018 12:02 pm Thane: Three people allegedly raped a 16- year-old girl near here and one of them recorded the act and uploaded it on social media, police said. They have been arrested, they said. The trio, residents of a village in Thane district’s Sahapur Taluka, forcibly took the girl to a nearby jungle and took turns to rape her repeatedly, Inspector at the Khinavali police station, Arun Phegade, said. The incident took place in November last year, but a complaint was filed by the victim on February 9, police said. Based on the complaint, the accused — Dhanji Patil, (23), Bharat Valimbe (24) and Nitin Patil (22) – were arrested on February 10, they said. One of them recorded the act on his mobile phone and posted the video on social media, police said. The police said that one of the accused was a watchman in a local company and the other two labourers. They are in police custody till February 15, they said. The trio has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said.
|2018-02-13||Thane Court Awards Woman, Her Two Daughters Five Years Imprisonment on Kidnapping Charges - LatestLY|
Thane Court Awards Woman, Her Two Daughters Five Years Imprisonment on Kidnapping Charges Feb 13, 2018 12:03 PM IST Thane, February 13: A Thane court has awarded five years of rigorous imprisonment to a woman and her two daughters for kidnapping a four-year-old boy for ransom from Mira Road in the district in 2014. Thane Additional Sessions Judge S C Khalipe, in an order passed last week, held Reemadevi Radhe Gupta (49) and her two daughters - Pinky Tulshi Gupta (30) and Kiran Radhe Gupta (23) - guilty under IPC Section 363 for kidnapping and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of them. Pinky and Kiran worked as waitresses in a bar in Borivali, where the boy's mother worked as a singer. She had been living separately from her husband, a diamond merchant. Additional public prosecutor Vandana S Jadhav told the court that on the day of the incident on January 24, 2014, Pinky visited the complainant's house along with her daughter. Pinky's daughter and the son of the complainant were sent to buy chocolates from a nearby shop. However, after some time, her daughter alone returned to the victim's place. Immediately afterwards, the complainant received a call from a man, who identified himself as Tinku, wherein he made a demand of Rs 26 lakh for the release of her son. The prosecution told the court that the boy was later taken to the native place of Reemadevi in West Bengal. Based on a complaint lodged by the boy's mother, Mira Road police swung into action and finally rescued her son from a village in West Bengal on January 31, 2014. Thereafter, the women were placed under arrest and tried in the case.
|2018-02-13||Thane traffic police to take yoga lessons - The Asian Age|
Thane traffic police to take yoga lessons Published : Feb 14, 2018, 4:17 am IST Updated : Feb 14, 2018, 4:18 am IST The move comes after a Thane traffic constable was suspended for slapping a biker in Ulhasnagar while towing the latter’s scooter. Mumbai: Taking lessons from the Mumbai police traffic department, the Thane traffic police is also likely to start giving yoga sessions to their constables to relieve them from daily stress. This move comes in the light of the recent suspension of a Thane traffic constable who had slapped a biker in Ulhasnagar while towing the latter’s scooter. Thane traffic police are probing the matter, while steps will be taken to minimise unwarranted aggression in the cops, said sources. In November, a Mumbai traffic constable was suspended for towing a car while a woman and an infant occupied the back seat after which the police intensified its yoga classes. Thane traffic police sources said that considering the recent events of constables losing their temper, they are likely to provide them with yoga and meditation sessions. This move is influenced from the Mumbai traffic police’s decision to impart yoga sessions. Recently, a 50-year-old man allegedly slapped a traffic police constable after the latter slapped him while he was towing the man’s two-wheeler at Ulhasnagar on Sunday afternoon. Soon a video clipping that captured the incident went viral on social media, following which, the police constable Balram Patil was suspended with an impending departmental inquiry on him. Following the incident where Mumbai traffic constable Shashank Rane was caught on camera towing a car on S. V. Road even after woman seated inside asks him to stop, the police came up with a circular stating that states that if a person is sitting inside a car parked in a Mumbai traffic constable, then the vehicle should not be towed. According to the new directives, police personal should first use a megaphone to call and warn owners of vehicles parked in restricted areas and should tow vehicles only if no one responds.
|2018-02-12||'For Thaneites, Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018 Promoted a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle': Dr Niranjan Hiranandani - Business Wire India (press release)|
'For Thaneites, Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018 Promoted a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle': Dr Niranjan Hiranandani Mumbai, Thane, Maharashtra, India The sixth edition of the annual Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) was flagged off by Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder & CMD, Hiranandani Group, on February 11, 2018 from Hiranandani Estate, Thane. Speaking just before the flag-off, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani termed the event as an ideal example of ‘Running For Expression’. “No longer is the individual uni-dimensional,” he said. “Running is the expression of forbearance and a reflection of an individual’s conquering spirit. The Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) allows individuals to explore their multi-dimensional personality, helping create better individuals that in turn create better communities,” he said. The event, recognized by Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, was be run across three categories: Half Marathon - 21.097 km Green Run - 10 km Fun Run - 4 km Dr Niranjan Hiranandani participated in the Green Run, and shared the enthusiasm of the participants through the 10 kms-long run. “Participating in the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon is not about winning or losing,” he said, after crossing the finishing line. “It is about the passion and effort one would put into a fit and healthy lifestyle. This annual event showcases being fit and healthy, and from that perspective, it promoted community living; the community is made up of residents and the activities that bring them together.” The format of the event holds a message for the community - at the start line, the fastest runners line up in front, with the slower runners taking up the rear. “It is a lesson about living right. So, if one is not among the faster runners, being in the second half of the group ensures one doesn’t get passed by faster runners in the initial stage of the run, leading to a somewhat depressed feeling. Those who are slower runners are no slouches – they have trained hard and have their own targets – and, are a fun group to run along with, which is the important thing to understand – it is also about being part of a fun group. And, if one starts the race in the second half of the group, and finds one is actually passing other runners at one’s regular pace, that’s a very happy bonus,” said Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. Beyond the ‘bonus’, the amount collected through registrations during the past half marathons has been donated to charitable institutions like Ruhi (associated with Tata Memorial Hospital), Jaipur Foot, Mumbai Mobile Creches, Concern India, Oxfam and Buniyaad. This year, the Charity Partners are Goonj and Rotary Club of Thane Green City. Since this year Goonj is the Charity Partner, the runners were encouraged to donate any old books or clothes. At the finish line, declaring the winners as also congratulating them had entertainment personality Mandira Bedi along with Dr Niranjan Hiranandani doing the honors. “The Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon, as an annual event, has been an initiative to awaken residents of not just Thane but also neighboring cities like Navi Mumbai and Panvel about the importance of maintaining their health and lifestyle. With busy schedules, work pressure and hectic lifestyles, we see that citizens tend to neglect their health. The ‘Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018’, for actual participants as also the spectators who cheered the runners, promoted a healthy life for the community and residents,” concluded Dr Niranjan Hiranandani.
|2018-02-12||Thane society switches to solar power, will cut electricity bills by Rs8 lakh a year - Hindustan Times|
Thane society switches to solar power, will cut electricity bills by Rs8 lakh a year The society paid a subsidised rate of Rs20 lakh for the solar system MUMBAI Updated: Feb 12, 2018 13:54 IST Thane’s Hill Crest Society is expected to save Rs8 lakh in electricity bills every year. How??On?Sunday, it adopted a net metering system, in which solar panels installed on the terrace generate enough energy to power the complex’s lifts, water pumps and lights. Net metering enables a building to generate renewable energy equal to the power it consumes, thus reducing its dependence on electricity. Excess power generated can be added to the power company’s grid, resulting in a reduction in tenants’ bills. “We have installed solar panels on our terrace. The energy they generate will reduce our monthly bills by Rs65,000 and annual bill by Rs8 lakh,” said Sushma Goregaonkar, chairman of the six-building society set up 20 years ago. The system, installed by Go Green Ventures from Thane, costs Rs28 lakh. The society paid a subsidised rate of Rs20 lakh.
|2018-02-12||Thane Dist Admin cracks down on illegal constructions on MMRDA land - United News of India|
Thane Dist Admin cracks down on illegal constructions on MMRDA land Posted at: Feb 12 2018 9:29PM Thane, Feb 12 (UNI)The Thane district administration on Monday sealed as many as 75 residences which were constructed on the MMRDA plots in Kasheli and Kalher of the district. District Collector Dr. Mahendra Kalyankar was personally supervising the action on these buildings construction of some of which were complete and in some cases construction was still in progress but none of the buildings were occupied and they were empty. Some of the buildings had also come destroying the mangroes, the administration stated. The collector said that the work of registering criminal offences against the builders who had built these sturcures without the permissions was underway with the Bhiwandi police. The SDO Santosh Thite told media that the work of panchnama of the sealed buildings was underway and all the buildings had come up violating the regulations and without any permission whatsoever from the agencies. The incomplete buildings would be razed and as regards the buildings construction of which had been completed they would be seized by the revenue department. The collector said that they were giving top most importance to the protection of environment and he had received numerous complaints to the effect that the mangroves in the Kasheli and Kalher were being destroyed and construction was being carried out there hence this action he said. UNI XR NP SDR 2130
|2018-02-12||Unauthorised structures on MMRDA land sealed in Thane - Outlook India|
Unauthorised structures on MMRDA land sealed in Thane 12 FEBRUARY 2018 Last Updated at 9:16 PM Thane, Feb 12 The Thane district administration today sealed 75 unauthorised residential structures that had come up on land belonging to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority in Kasheli and Kalher areas here. Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, who supervised the action, said that the process of registering criminal offences against the builders who had constructed these sturcures without requisite permissions was underway with the Bhiwandi police. Some of the structures had been built after destroying mangroves, officials said, adding that none of the structures that were sealed today were occupied. Sub-Divisional Officer Santosh Thite said the buildings which were under construction would be razed while those which had been completed would be seized by the revenue department.
|2018-02-12||Kalyan-Thane-Vasai water way gets boost from Gadkari - Hindustan Times|
Kalyan-Thane-Vasai water way gets boost from Gadkari The Thane Municipal Comissioner (TNC) has planned to use Ulhas river, creek and coastal network for water transport. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 13, 2018 01:21 IST The first phase of the water transport project between Kalyan, Thane and Vasai has got a major boost. In a meeting in Delhi on Monday, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, asked the Thane municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the central government in the next three weeks. The Thane Municipal Comissioner (TNC) has planned to use Ulhas river, creek and coastal network for water transport. Sandeep Malvi, public relations officer of TMC, said, “Gadkari expressed his satisfaction over the report. Signing an MoU with the Centre will speed up the allotment of funds.” Gadkari has asked TMC to coordinate with IIT-Madras, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai Port Trust and Cochin Shipyard. The institutions will provide facilities and technologies at par with international standards. “To ensure smooth operation of the services, a repair and maintenance centre will be set up along the route, “ said Malvi. The second phase will connect Thane to Mumbai and the third will link Navi Mumbai.
|2018-02-12||Thane: Minor girl raped by three, crime recorded and uploaded on social media; trio arrested - Daily News & Analysis|
Thane: Minor girl raped by three, crime recorded and uploaded on social media; trio arrested Three people allegedly raped a 16- year-old girl near here and one of them recorded the act and uploaded it on social media, police said on Monday. They have been arrested, they said. The trio, residents of a village in Thane district's Sahapur Taluka, forcibly took the girl to a nearby jungle and took turns to rape her repeatedly, Inspector at the Khinavali police station, Arun Phegade, said. The incident took place in November last year, but a complaint was filed by the victim on February 9, police said. Based on the complaint, the accused -- Dhanji Patil, (23), Bharat Valimbe (24) and Nitin Patil (22) -- were arrested on February 10, they said. One of them recorded the act on his mobile phone and posted the video on social media, police said. The police said that one of the accused was a watchman in a local company and the other two labourers. They are in police custody till February 15, they said. The trio has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said.
|2018-02-12||Thane: 2 get 4-yr rigorous imprisonment for molesting minor girls - The Asian Age|
Thane: 2 get 4-yr rigorous imprisonment for molesting minor girls Published : Feb 12, 2018, 12:36 pm IST Updated : Feb 12, 2018, 12:37 pm IST Prosecution proved that accused forcibly took the two girls in the auto-rickshaw with an intention to kidnap them while they were playing.Thane: A Thane court has sentenced two men to four years' rigorous imprisonment for molesting two minor girls residing in their neighbourhood. Additional Sessions Judge Sangita C Khalipe awarded the punishment to Shyam Hitendra Chavan (36), an auto-rickshaw driver, and Pradeep Gaikwad (28), a labourer. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on them. According to the prosecution, the two girls, aged 9 and 5, were playing near their respective houses at Sathe Nagar in Wagle Estate area of the city on April 7, 2017. The accused, with whom the girls were familiar as they lived in the same area, arrived there in an auto-rickshaw, picked up the victims and took them to an isolated location where they molested them. The accused later dropped the girls back at their homes, the prosecution said. Later, the minors informed about the incident to their parents, who lodged a complaint with the local police following which the two accused were arrested. They were booked under IPC sections 354 (molestation) and 363 (kidnapping), and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Judge Khalipe rejected the submission of the defence counsels. She observed that the prosecution proved the accused forcibly took the two girls in the auto-rickshaw with an intention to kidnap them while they were playing. They lured the girls with an offer of ice creams and molested them, the judge said. "Considering the nature of the offence, I do not find any mitigating circumstance for a lenient view," she said in her order last week.
|2018-02-12||Unauthorised structures on MMRDA land sealed in Thane - India Today|
Unauthorised structures on MMRDA land sealed in Thane February 12, 2018 UPDATED 21:20 IST Thane, Feb 12 (PTI)The Thane district administration today sealed 75 unauthorised residential structures that had come up on land belonging to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority in Kasheli and Kalher areas here. Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, who supervised the action, said that the process of registering criminal offences against the builders who had constructed these sturcures without requisite permissions was underway with the Bhiwandi police. Some of the structures had been built after destroying mangroves, officials said, adding that none of the structures that were sealed today were occupied. Sub-Divisional Officer Santosh Thite said the buildings which were under construction would be razed while those which had been completed would be seized by the revenue department. PTI COR BNM
|2018-02-11||Women-driven solar-autorickshaws tested in Thane - Daily News & Analysis|
Women-driven solar-autorickshaws tested in Thane Updated: Feb 11, 2018, 06:40 AM IST To boster its efforts for infrastructural development to attain the staus of ‘smart city’, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to use renewable sources of energy for public transport. Under a pilot project, TMC will purchase a solar-powered rickshaw. Incase the results are satisfactory, the civic body will loan the environment-friendly vehicle to self-help women groups and others. Sunil Chavan, Additional Commissioner of TMC, on Monday, tested a solar rickshaw manufactured by Uttarakhand’s Lohia Group. “We have taken this rickshaw on pilot basis to see how useful it can be to TMC and the citizens,” says Chavan. The rickshaw with a seating capacity for four passengers and the driver is powered by four solar batteries with a charging time of eight hours, which means that the rickshaw has to be left under sunlight for eight hours to be charged. As the vehicle would be running under the sun throughout the day, it keeps charging itself. The auto can to ride for upto 100 km with fully charged batteries. “The speed of the vehicle is 30 km to 40 km per hour and we are going to test it for the next 10 days,” said Chavan who himself drove the vehicle for some time as a part of the testing. Apart from women self-help groups, the vehicle will also be maintained by the providers, he added. TMC also wants to use the vehicle for garbage collection. “It’s a good vehicle and we will try to use it for TMC’s work also,” said Chavan, At a cost of nearly Rs 1.80 lakh, Chavan said, they are in touch with the regional transport office to seek the waiver of road tax for interested buyers. “Since the vehicle does not require any fuel but sunlight, it is a good green option for alternate transportation in the city,” he said. The solar-rickshaw, if successful, could be a step forward for Thane attaining the “smart city” status. ABOUT SOLAR-RICKS The Solar Autorickshaw requires eight hours under the sunlight to be fully charged. Once fully charged, it can run for upto 100 kms with a speed of about 30-40 km per hour
|2018-02-11||Thane: Man suffers burn injuries in blaze at his Kausa Mumbra house - Times of India|
Thane: Man suffers injuries in Kausa Mumbra blaze Feb 11, 2018, 23:44 IST THANE: A 50-year-old man suffered burn injuries after his second floor flat in the middle class enclave of Kausa Mumbra, a suburb of Thane, caught fire early Sunday morning. The elderly citizen stayed alone and had stocked a pile of paper and plastic scrap in his house. Rescue officials suspect an unattended mosquito coil left near the scrap pile may have triggered the blaze. The fire department has launched an investigation in the case. As many as 31 residents of the building were evacuated as a precautionary measure by the rescue team. 2 fire engines, 2 QRV, 1 water tanker were rushed to the spot and the blaze controlled.
|2018-02-11||Fire in Mumbra house, senior citizen suffers injuries - Times of India - Times of India|
Fire in Mumbra house, senior citizen suffers injuries Feb 11, 2018, 10:04 IST THANE: A senior citizen suffered 30% burn injuries after his second floor flat in the middle class enclave of Kausa Mumbra, a suburb of Thane caught fire early morning. The elderly citizen stayed alone and had stocked a pile of paper and plastic scrap in his house. Rescue officials suspect an unattended mosquito coil left near the scrap pile may have triggered the blaze. The fire department has launched an investigation in the case. As many as 31 residents of the building were evacuated as a precautionary measure by the rescue team. 2 fire engines, 2 QRV, 1 Water tanker were rushed to the spot and the blaze controlled.
|2018-02-11||Thane traffic cop tows scooter, slaps owner, man slaps back - Hindustan Times|
Thane traffic cop tows scooter, slaps owner, man slaps back An inquiry into the matter has been initiated and a non-cognizable complaint has been registered against the accused at the Central police station. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 12, 2018 00:57 IST A 50-year-old man allegedly slapped a traffic police constable after the latter slapped him while he was towing the man’s two-wheeler at Ulhasnagar on Sunday afternoon. The accused, Jawahar Vasumal Lulla, a resident of Ulhasnagar, was detained for questioning. An inquiry into the matter has been initiated and a non-cognizable complaint has been registered against the accused at the Central police station. A video of the man slapping traffic constable S Patil has been circulated on Whatsapp by a local resident. “Lulla had parked his Activa on the road side which was a no-parking zone. After giving a warning, Patil towed Lulla’s Activa”. As Patil towed the two-wheeler, Lulla held the door of the towing van. “The driver of the towing van drove the vehicle for a few metres. Lulla kept forcing Patil to release his Activa. Patil kept asking Lulla to pay fine and but Lulla was not in no mood to listen. After Patil stopped the towing van and got off, Patil slapped Lulla and in return Lulla slapped Patil”, said an inspector of the Central police station. After this, a passer-by who witnessed the incident rushed to the spot and the matter was taken to the police station. Deputy commissioner of police, zone 4, Ankit Goyal said “We are looking in to the matter and we have also got the video which was taken by some passerby. We will take legal action against the culprit”.
|2018-02-11||Solar-powered autos on Thane streets soon - Mumbai Mirror|
SOLAR-POWERED AUTOS ON THANE STREETS SOON Updated: Feb 12, 2018, 02.30 AM IST It needs 8 hours’ sunlight to be fully charged Soon, you will find solarpowered rickshaws running on the streets of Thane city. According to Thane Municipal Corporation, the erickshaws will help in reducing air and noise pollution to a great extent. Solar-powered rickshaws will replace the polluting vehicles, thus providing a greener and carbon-free environment, said a TMC official. The e-rickshaws have already been approved by the state government. The e-rickshaw costs between Rs 1.7 lakh and Rs 1.8 lakh, said Sunil Chavan, Additional Commissioner of TMC. “We have taken solar-powered rickshaws on a pilot basis. Currently, trials are going on and once found fit, we will introduce these environmentfriendly vehicles in the city for public transport and garbage collection,” said Chavan. “It’s a very good vehicle. We are going to test it for the next 10 to 12 days,” said Chavan who himself drove the vehicle for some time as a part of the testing. According environmentalists, the auto rickshaws are very popular on the streets of other cities in the country, and are used excessively by common people for commuting. “It’s the right time to introduce these e-rickshaws. This will definitely be a cleaner and environment-friendly approach towards leading a greener life. The administration should also make arrangements for setting up battery- charging stations across the city. Efforts should be made by the government to replicate the model and encourage people to use them not only for carrying passengers, but also goods and garbage across the cities,” said Stalin Dayanand, an environmentalist. “Since this vehicle will use solar energy to run, it will be non-polluting and will cut the carbon dioxide emissions unlike the normal auto rickshaws,” he said. The rickshaw with a seating capacity for four passengers and the driver is powered by four solar batteries with a charging time of eight hours. As the vehicle would be running under the sun throughout the day, it keeps charging itself. The solar Autorickshaw requires eight hours under the sunlight to be fully charged. Once fully charged, it can run for up to 100 km with a speed of about 30-40 km per hour The corporation has also decided to encourage women auto drivers to go for the e-rickshaws and offered to pay interest on the loan taken by them for purchasing these vehicles. Though the rickshaws are open to both men and women auto drivers, women auto drivers or the ones connected with ‘Bacchat Gats’ will be preferred,” said Shankar Patole, assistant commissioner and head of the social welfare department, TMC.
|2018-02-10||Thane tops cleanliness app downloading campaign - Free Press Journal|
Thane tops cleanliness app downloading campaign Feb 10, 2018 08:35 am Thane: Thane city has jumped from 27 spot to secure the number one spot in a cleanliness app downloading campaign in the state in an awareness programme conducted as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The city also ranked second in the country. Later this month, a team from Delhi will be arriving the city to analyse the cleanliness survey and then only the actual position of the city in the cleanliness drive will be declared. As of today, 47,587 citizens have responded to the Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) cleanliness app – Janagraha app. The application, which helps citizens to upload their feedback to the civic authority about issues of sanitation, waste segregation and cleanliness was launched in December. According to the survey norms, if 40,000 citizens download this app, 150 points will be given to civic authority and this gives Thane the edge. Special employees have been appointed for the Janagraha app’s awareness campaign. According to this, the number of downloading of the app till February 6 is 47,587. The number of active users is 14,328. On December 20, the Corporation was ranked 27th in the list of the app downloading and it took just one month to jump to the top spot.“We have been doing several efforts for the citizens to participate actively in cleanliness drive and also be the part of this Janagrah app. These efforts are well paid off and we have jumped to number one and we are sure that we will stand first in the Country as well. Special employees have been appointed for this awareness of app.” said, Balaji Haldekar, official, Solid Waste Management Department. 199,837 redressal of grievances The municipal corporation has resolved 199,837 complaints out of 201,405 complaints received on this app. In this app 55,676 citizens expressed satisfaction over the work done by the corporation. Only 772 citizens expressed discontent. This app is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The survey that would be carried out from January to March will attempt to evaluate general cleanliness in the city with respect to six broad parameters.
|2018-02-10||Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018 Promotes a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle: Dr Niranjan Hiranandani - Business Wire India (press release)|
Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018 Promotes a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle: Dr Niranjan Hiranandani Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:00PM IST (1:30PM GMT) Mumbai, Thane, Maharashtra, India The sixth edition of the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon (HTHM) will be flagged off on February 11, 2018 from Hiranandani Estate, Thane. The event has been recognized by Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. In this edition, the event will be run across three categories: Half Marathon - 21.097 km; Green Run - 10 km and Fun Run - 4 km. A Smart City is one which has Smart Citizens, who are not just health conscious but also follow a fit lifestyle, explains Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, CMD, Hiranandani Communities. “Thane, as one of the fastest growing urban conglomerations in India, will put its ‘health consciousness’ on display, with the large participation in the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2017,” he added. The event, which will be flagged off by Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, CMD, Hiranandani Group, will commence from Hiranandani Estate, Thane on 11 February 2018, under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India. “Participating in the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon is not about winning or losing, it is about the passion and effort one would put into a fit and healthy lifestyle,” says Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. The event will showcase the aspect of being fit and healthy, and from that perspective, promote community living; the community is made up of residents and the activities that bring them together, he adds. The amount collected through registrations during the past half marathons has been donated to charitable institutions like Ruhi (associated with Tata Memorial Hospital), Jaipur Foot, Mumbai Mobile Creches, Concern India, Oxfam and Buniyaad. “This year, the Charity Partners are Goonj and Rotary Club of Thane Green City,” says Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. “Since this year we have Goonj as our Charity Partner, we have told the runners, if you have any old books or clothes to donate, please do so,” he adds. “Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018 is an initiative to awaken residents of not jujst Thane but also neighboring cities like Navi Mumbai and Panvel about the importance of maintaining their health and lifestyle. With busy schedules, work pressure and hectic lifestyles, we see that citizens tend to neglect their health. The ‘Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018’, for actual participants as also the spectators who will cheer the runners, promotes a healthy life for residents,” says Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. The event will showcase being fit and healthy, and from that perspective, seeks to promote sports-related activities in not just Thane, but also at the integrated township, Hiranandani Estate. “Here at Hiranandani Estate, Thane, we have created ‘community living’. It goes beyond the aspect of homeowners merely being neighbours,” says Dr Niranjan Hiranandani. “It is being part of something larger – a community comprising residents of a township who will share a very special relationship with being fit, with each other and with nature. I co-relate community living with being close to nature. At the integrated townships we have created, be it Hiranandani Gardens in Powai or Hiranandani Meadows in Thane, the focus is on creating living spaces amidst greenery, and not merely include greenery in living spaces. The same has been replicated in Hiranandani Estate, Thane,” he adds. “It is a very different lifestyle which will be enjoyed by residents who will live within the community, and share the experience called life - much like the experience of participating in the Hiranandani Thane Half Marathon 2018,” he points out. More than just health consciousness, the event will also bring to the forefront the aspect of healthy living for not just Thaneites but for all residents of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).“Running solo or running in a group, all that matters is being healthy. I hope for all participants, this year’s HTHM 2018 will be a race well run,” concludes Dr Niranjan Hiranandani.
|2018-02-10||Thane: Woman who killed 2 daughters and attempted suicide gets life imprisonment - The Indian Express|
Thane: Woman who killed 2 daughters and attempted suicide gets life imprisonment According to the prosecution, on November 4, 2005, two months after her businessman husband died in an accident, the woman gave a heavy dose of sleeping pills to the two girls in a bid to kill them. She tried to end her life in the same manner. Thane | Published: February 10, 2018 7:10 pm The Thane district court has sentenced a 46-year-old woman to life imprisonment for killing her two children and attempting suicide 12 years ago. District judge P R Kadam also imposed a fine of Rs 5,500 on Gina Balkrishna Agarwal, the accused, on Friday. The incident had rocked the city in 2005. Agarwal, who worked with a nationalised bank at Bhiwandi in the district, had two daughters, Srushti (7) and Mukti (2). According to the prosecution, on November 4, 2005, two months after her businessman husband died in an accident, Agarwal gave a heavy dose of sleeping pills to the two girls in a bid to kill them. She tried to end her life in the same manner. While the two girls died, Agarwal herself survived, and faced a case of murder and attempt to suicide. According to the police, she had written a suicide note which said she was depressed due to the husband’s death and worried over a huge bank loan she had taken. Her suicide note became part of the evidence produced in the court, a prosecution officer said.
|2018-02-10||4 lakh students in Thane given deworming pill for better health - Times of India|
4 lakh students in Thane given deworming pill for better health Feb 10, 2018, 23:59 IST THANE: The district health department has distributed deworming medicines to children in the age group of one to 19 years on Saturday with an aim to protect them from malnourishment and stomach-related ailments. Over 3.98 lakh children from government schools, government-aided schools, anganwadis and also those who do not go to schools were given the Albendazole tablet on the occasion of National Deworming Day on February 10. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 267 million preschool-age children worldwide and over 568 million school-age children live in areas where parasites that cause malnourishment and stomach ailments are intensively transmitted. "Kids who play in soil and do not wash their hands are affected by these parasites that enter their body. This is why they are repeatedly asked to follow hygiene. It even happens due to open defecation because of which there is more emphasis on public toilets. Also, it occurs if leafy vegetables or salads are eaten without washing them properly," said Dr B Sonawane, district health officer, Thane. He added that the medicine was distributed in the whole of Thane district. Students from 1,731 anganwadis, 1,625 government schools and 137 government-aided schools were given the tablet to fight against the worm. "If the parasite affects the child, then it affects their overall development. The worm eats all the nutrients due to which the child remains malnourished. Also, their body or brain does not develop," added Sonawane. The officials claimed that for children, who were absent or not in town on the weekend, another round of distribution will be conducted on February 15. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) also distributed the medicine in schools located in urban poc
|2018-02-10||We've no place for rehearsals: Child artiste to Thane civic body - Hindustan Times|
We’ve no place for rehearsals: Child artiste to Thane civic body 8-yr-old actor requests TMC to speed up repair work at Kashinath Ghanekar theatre, located in Thane . MUMBAI Updated: Feb 11, 2018 00:55 IST Eight-year-old actor, Atharva Vagal has been running from pillar to post requesting the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to start repairing the mini theatre at Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha. The repair work for the mini theatre, which was shut down by the TMC on October 1, 2017, has still not begun. The roof of the mini theatre is leaking, the acoustics needs repair and the false ceiling also has to be renovated. Atharva, who has worked in many well-known shows like Crime Patrol, Savdhan India, Aahat and movies like Chalk and Duster, said he and his fellow child artists have nowhere to practice since the closure of the theatre. Atharva, a class 3 student of Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, and his friends, usually rehearse at the theatre. On Friday, Atharva met Thane mayor Meenakshi Shinde and cultural minister Vinod Tawade requesting them to speed up the work of the theatre. “Many drama schools, play groups and other cultural organization use this mini theatre for rehearsals. This is the only mini theatre in Thane and is a boon to child artists who get a stage to perform. The corporation has not even begun the repair work in the past five months,” said Atharva. The actor asked the mayor to intervene and issue directives to speed up the work. Atharva’s mother, Anushka Vagal, a fashion designer, said, “The Gadkari Theatre is small. This (Natagruha) is the only one with multiple stages for rehearsals. Although we had approached the corporation, they did not tell us when the work will start and end.” Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner, TMC, said, “The file is still in tendering process and these things take time. We will start the work as soon as possible.” A civic officer, requesting anonymity said, “We estimated the repair work will cost up to Rs79 lakh and the file is with the accounts department for approval. In the meantime, we have begun the tendering process and plan to start the work by the month-end. The work will take two months to complete after it begins. We plan to open the mini theatre before monsoon.” All about the theatre Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha is a state-of-the-art theatre at par with international standards. The main theatre has a capacity of 1,200 seats and there is a mini theatre with a capacity of 250 to 400 seats. There are also two conference rooms in the theatre. The building also has a conventional centre, parking plaza and an amphitheatre. It has modern sound and light techniques, adequate surveillance facility and comfortable seating for the audiences. Ceiling of balcony collapsed on April 25, 2016 A major portion of the false ceiling of the theatre’s balcony collapsed on April 25, 2016, barely minutes after an event organized by a local politician had ended, thus averting a major tragedy. Over 200 people were seated in the balcony for the event. No one was hurt as the balcony was vacant. TMC closes the theatre after ceiling collapse The main theatre was closed for over one-and-a-half years after the collapse of the ceiling. Although the TMC promised to start the work within 20 days of the incident, the work started only in December 2016. The work went on for almost eight months and the theatre was opened for the public in August 2017. The mini theatre was shut down by the TMC in October 2017 for repair work.
|2018-02-10||Fire breaks out in Thane civil hospital, nobody injured - Hindustan Times|
Fire breaks out in Thane civil hospital, nobody injured Around three hospital staffers were in the operation theatre when the incident took place. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 11, 2018 00:38 IST A minor fire broke out in the operation theatre of Thane civil hospital on Saturday. No one was injured. Around three hospital staffers were in the operation theatre when the incident took place. They immediately reported the incident when they saw smoke billowing from the electrical box. “The staffers were moved out and our team tried to control the fire with the fire extinguishers placed in the hospital,” said Dr Sangeeta Makode, additional civil surgeon, civil hospital, Thane. “A team of Regional Disaster Management cell and the fire brigade doused the fire within 20 to 25 minutes,” said Santosh Kadam from RDMC, TMC. Two weeks ago, old vehicles parked on the hospital premises caught fire. The report on the cause behind the fire is yet to come. The Thane civil hospital has 336 beds and sees at least 200 patients from across the region. Doctors have said that civil hospital will be turned into a super specialty hospital soon.
|2018-02-10||Man gets 5 years jaiI for sexually assaulting boy - Times of India|
Man gets 5 years jaiI for sexually assaulting boy Feb 10, 2018, 17:03 IST THANE: A local court has sentenced a 35-year-old man from Juhugaon in Navi Mumbai to five years of rigorous imprisonment for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy in 2015. In the order passed on Wednesday, district judge and additional sessions judge P P Jadhav also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on convict Nitin Satpal. Public prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni told the court that the victim and Satpal were neighbours in Juhugaon in Vashi. The prosecution told the court that the victim's mother, a police constable, used to drop him at the home of the accused whenever she had to work night shifts. The boy used to sleep at Satpal's place till his mother returned from work in the morning. "On the intervening night of August 1 and 2 in 2015 when the victim was sleeping at Satpal's house, the latter sexually assaulted him. Next morning, when the boy's mother was bathing him, she found injuries on his private parts," the prosecutor told the court.When she asked the minor about it, he told her what had happened. The woman constable then lodged a complaint at Vashi police station and the accused was immediately arrested. The court awarded the sentence after convicting Satpal under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.
|2018-02-10||Thane: Two held for assaulting traffic cop - Times of India|
Thane: Two held for assaulting traffic cop Updated: Feb 11, 2018, 05:06 IST THANE: An on duty traffic constable was assaulted allegedly by a minor and a youth as the official had taken action against them for flouting traffic rules on Friday evening in Thane.The cop, Mahesh Yadav(47), was in a towing van and put jammers on the car of the accused as it was in 'no parking' zone. "Yadav insisted that the accused, Akshay More (21) and his 16-year-old friend, parked their car without causing a traffic jam. When he returned later he saw that the car was not moved and so he put a jammer on it. The duo started abusing Yadav and kicked him. The boys were under the influence of some drug," said a police officer.
|2018-02-09||Thane: 8 mangrove zones cleared of 400 tonnes plastic waste - Times of India|
Thane: 8 mangrove zones cleared of 400 tonnes plastic waste Updated: Feb 10, 2018, 07:33 IST THANE: Every day, since January 1, groups of green warriors reach mangrove stretches along the shores of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and start picking up waste materials that have been choking the area. Just when they think they have cleared a patch, the high tides wash ashore more plastics, thermocol, glass and nirmalya dumped in the water bodies elsewhere. And then, the groups get back to achieve what they want: garbage-free mangroves and clear shores. Since the New Year, the State Mangrove Cell's cleanup campaign has removed more than 400 tonnes of plastic, nirmalya, thermocol, debris and other waste from eight stretches—Dahisar, Bandra, Versova, Gorai, Sewri, Airoli, Turbhe (Vashi stretch) and Bhandup—thanks to an army of young volunteers, including college students, and labourers. But officials say it's just the beginning as these zones are still nowhere close to the pristine green cover the drive aims to achieve.The coastline has been defaced with filth over the years because of direct dumping of debris and garbage by locals in mangroves and the indirect dumping of waste in drainages and creeks by slum dwellers, which get collected in the mangrove roots during high tides. Besides ruining the green zones, this waste has also increased the pollution levels and destroyed the bio-diversity of the stretches. "We have been talking about projects such as mangrove parks and tours, but without a clean mangrove belt and a thriving bio-diversity in it, these projects would be futile. We realised it was high time to start cleaning our coastlines. We began with weekend clean-up drives with the help of NGOs and collegians in the most polluted mangrove stretches of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai," said N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forests of the state mangrove cell.
|2018-02-09||Consider reconstituting tree committee: HC to Thane corporatn - India Today|
Consider reconstituting tree committee: HC to Thane corporatn February 8, 2018 UPDATED 18:35 IST Mumbai, Feb 8 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today asked the Thane Municipal Corporation to consider re-constituting its Tree Authority Committee, appointing experts on the body which decides if cutting a tree should be allowed or not. The high court had last month restrained the committee from passing any orders, observing that it appeared that its members were not applying mind while giving permissions to cut trees. A division bench of Justices A S Oka and P N Deshmukh was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Rohan Joshi, who claimed that corporators and other members of the committee are not qualified enough. The court today asked Ram Apte, TMC lawyer, to consider dissolving the present committee. "Why cannot the tree authority committee be re-constituted with experts? This will put an end to the entire controversy. The corporation should consider this seriously. Follow provisions of the law and see to it that experts from concerned fields are also appointed to the committee," Justice Oka said. Courts should not be interfering in such matters but the civic bodys approach forces the court to interfere, the court said, adjourning the hearing to next week. According to the petitioner, only three members of the committee are graduates in science, botany or agriculture. Others have low educational qualification but enjoy political patronage, he says. PTI SP KRK
|2018-02-09||1 Rupee clinic at Thane railway station a boon for us, say commuters - Hindustan Times|
1 Rupee clinic at Thane railway station a boon for us, say commuters The 24x7 clinic shifted to platform no. 2 last week so that commuters can access it more easily MUMBAI Updated: Feb 09, 2018 16:06 IST When 63-year-old Shankar Yemul hurt his nose after tripping on the foot over-bridge at Thane station, it was easy to get treated - other passengers just helped him to the 24x7 1 Rupee Clinic, situated at platform no. 2. “I was rushing to catch my regular bus, and I tripped and hurt my nose. It was bleeding profusely, and I had hurt it badly. Other passengers helped by taking me to the clinic. The clinic was a boon,” said Yemul, a resident of Gokul Nagar, Thane, who works as an account manager. The 1 Rupee Clinic, operated by Magicdil in association with the Central Railway (CR), opened at Thane station four months ago, and just one week ago, it was shifted near the middle exit on platform no. 2 from its earlier location near the ticket counter, making it even more accessible for commuters. “Ever since we shifted here, there has been a continuous flow of passengers,” said Dr Himanshu Trivedi, in charge of the Thane clinic. “Many of them come to check their blood pressure. We have a counter to check BP?outside the clinic itself, for the convenience of passengers. Every day around 300 people check their BP?with us. We do it free of charge.” Besides checking BP and providing first aid, the clinic also offers complete blood tests as well as ECG, CT scan, X-ray, MRI and sonography, all at lower-than-market rates. “At other hospitals and clinics, you have to shell out Rs8,000 for an MRI, but here we do it for Rs3,000. The rates are similarly low for other services as well,” said Trivedi. The clinic is open 24 hours a day, have three doctors working in eight-hour shifts. “Earlier, i n case of an accident or injuries, we had to take the patient to a hospital, which was time-consuming and could impact the patient’s life. But this clinic provides immediate help to passengers. We are able to offer aid within the Golden hour itself, without wasting precious time,” said Dr Aparna Deodhar, deputy station manager, Thane. In the past four months, around 200 passengers have registered for the clinic’s annual membership plan. A Rs100 membership allows the member and his or her family avail free consultation, get 40% discount on blood tests and 10% discount on medicine costs. Passengers give the initiative a thumbs up and say it’s a boon for people who are always on the run. “I stay in Dombivli, but work in Thane. I have been taking medicines for high BP for the past few years. This clinic helps me check my BP?regularly at a nominal rate as it is on my way to work. It saves me a lot of time and I can monitor my health,” said Kalpita Choudhary, 31. After a PIL was filed in Bombay high court on the issue of lack of prompt medical help in case of accidents on railway tracks, the court had, last year, ordered the Railways to set up emergency medical rooms (EMRs)?at all stations in a phased manner. This clinic is one of the EMRs set up by CR.
|2018-02-09||Forest dept enhances vigil at Yeoor hills - Times of India|
Thane: Forest department enhances vigil at Yeoor hills Feb 10, 2018, 00:29 IST THANE: Thousands of devotees are expected to flock to the numerous Shiva temples in Yeoor forest range on the occasion of Mahashivratri next Tuesday. To keep the premises clean and fire free, the Thane forest department is gearing up to strengthen their vigil and safeguard the eco zone. Over the past few years, devotees visiting these temples have ended up leaving piles of plastic food wrappers and waste in the green zone. In order to put an end to these issues, the forest department will be initiating a day-long drive and restricting entry to the temples after sunset.NGOs and volunteers will be roped in to hold strict vigil to make sure that devotees refrain from taking plastic and combustible items in the forest, the forest department has already chalked out the Mahashivtri plan for this year. "The entire green zone in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, including the Yeoor and Tulsi ranges, come under eco-sensitive zones, and need to be protected from destruction and pollution. We have delegated our 36 foresters to different parts of the ranges and roped in over 50 volunteers belonging to different NGOs to participate in our vigilance drive," said S Waghmode, range forest officer, Yeoor. The team will be spread across different parts of the forest- namely the Pakkad Baba temple area, the Gaikwad Baba area, the Phadkacha Pani area, the Bhoir Baba area and other areas. "We have seven participating NGOs from Mumbai and Thane, whose volunteers will frisk the green zone and seize all match boxes, tobacco packets, plastic bags and other items which could pollute the forest area, or cause any fire. The vigil will start at 6am and wind up by 7pm. All the waste collected will be given to the TMC waste collection van," said Yaman Tatre, founder of city based Animals and Plants Welfare Trust. Meanwhile, another set of forest staffers will monitor the rest of the Yeoor forest range.
|2018-02-09||Co-operative bank CEO in Thane booked for tampering with bank ... - Zee Business|
Co-operative bank CEO in Thane booked for tampering with bank account The CEO allegedly misused these documents and tampered with the businessman's account to fraudulently sanction Rs 25.60 crore under overdraft facility to 16 companies, police said.The CEO of a co-operative bank in Thane has been booked for allegedly tampering with the account of a customer and sanctioning overdraft facility of Rs 25.60 crore to 16 companies, police said today. The CEO was booked yesterday under IPC sections related to cheating and forgery, among others, on the basis of a complaint filed by the bank customer, a businessman based in Ulhasnagar town, they said. According to police, the complainant had overdraft facility with the co-operative bank to the tune of Rs 6 crore. He had also pledged his property documents with the bank. The CEO allegedly misused these documents and tampered with the businessman's account to fraudulently sanction Rs 25.60 crore under overdraft facility to 16 companies, police said. The fraud was going on since March 2015, but came to light recently, they said, adding no arrest has been made so far.
|2018-02-09||Youth go DIY way to celebrate V-Day - Times of India|
Youth go DIY way to celebrate V-Day Feb 10, 2018, 00:31 IST THANE: With Valentine's Day just around the corner, youngsters in Thane are busy browsing online portals, youtube tutorials and mobile applications to craft the perfect gift for their loved ones. Forgetting the cliched chocolate hampers, soft toys and a bouquet of red roses, these young couples are brainstorming beyond the commonly sought-after presents, coming up with innovative ideas to express their love. From composing a poem, organizing a scrapbook filled with pictures, letters and illustrations to creating a video montage, the gen X it seems is following the 'Do-it-yourself' trend this Valentine season. Prajakta Chitnis (21), a resident of Majiwada, said "For the past three years, I have been personally making the valentine gifts, as I believe there is a sense of personal attachment associated with it. First, I think about all that he wants to achieve in his life. Then based on whatever goals he wants to accomplish in the near future, I draw multiple illustrations of him gearing up to achieve those goals. On a tiny card I also write a few words of encouragement just to give him the final push he requires and add in a quote too." While some might opt for the store-bought gift at the very last minute, others are going out of their way to plan their gifts in advance. Similarly, 22-year-old Shraddha Vedak, a resident of Vartak Nagar said, "Last year, I had decided to bake cupcakes as well as chocolates. I had also written a couple of letters and stuck pictures of the two of us. In a decorative box, I had kept all the items together. This year, too, I am planning something special." — Aavni Ghangurde
|2018-02-09||Thane: 17-year-old raped at knife point in Bhiwandi, 3 arrested ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 17-year-old raped at knife point in Bhiwandi, 3 arrested Feb 09, 2018 12:15 pm Thane: Three young men have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape a 17-year-old girl in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi near here, police said today. The incident took place in a slum colony on Wednesday night, they said, adding the accused were identified as Imran Khan (24), Javed Shaikh (23) and the third one only as Kinna (20). The trio barged into the house of the survivor when she was alone. While one of them, Khan, allegedly raped the teenager at a knife point, the other two kept a vigil outside the house, said senior inspector K D Jadhav of the Shanti Nagar police station.Based on a complaint filed by the girl, police arrested the trio yesterday, he said. They have been booked under IPC sections 376(d) (gang rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation), police said. Relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) have also been invoked against the accused, they added.
|2018-02-08||Hiranandani Estate, Thane Focus on 'Ready to move in' Properties at CREDAI-MCHI Thane Prop Expo 2018 - Business Wire India (press release)|
Hiranandani Estate, Thane Focus on 'Ready to move in' Properties at CREDAI-MCHI Thane Prop Expo 2018 Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:11AM IST (5:41AM GMT) Mumbai, Thane, Maharashtra, India Developing aggressively, ‘Thane’ an upmarket residential hot spot have experienced a comprehensive makeover in the real estate growth segment of over a period of time backed by a slew of infrastructure developments and employment opportunity for working populace. It has been considered as one of the vital suburbs on the central Mumbai, several locations like Ghodbunder road has been a clear winner when it comes to making a choice by the aspiring home buyer. Today, the area rightly tops the league in terms of residential, commercial & retail space offering the right mix of best socio-civic infrastructure and plush amenities for one to rejoice its standard of living and enrich the quality of life. Hiranandani Group to participate in Thane’s 17th Real Estate & Housing Finance Expo organized by CREDAI-MCHI to be held from Thursday, February 8th - Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at Highland Gardens, Kolshet Rd. Thane (W). The group to display the best option available at its landmark project Hiranandani Estate and One Hiranandani Park located on the Ghodbunder road, offering an array of products to the discerning home seekers, scouting to buy property that adds value to their lifestyle. Bouquet of products will be on showcase at the Hiranandani Group pavilion catering to all the segment of home buyers. The product ranges from the ‘Studios’ conceived and developed on the concept of ‘Minimalism’ for the millennial and scales up to high-end spacious luxury apartments comprising 3, 4, and 5 bhk. It also exhibits a right mix of 1 & 2 bhk for the budget segment to experience the best standard of living with India’s leading developer pioneer in the mixed-use integrated township. With the varied range of products on offer, the main focus will be on ‘ready to move in’ homes with OC received, gaining huge traction post compliance Act like RERA and attract no GST making it a lucrative option for the fence sitters. Apart, from the residential options, the township also offers an option of small office space for one’s choice to operate commercial activities. “High-end construction coupled with an iconic architecture of global standards and precision engineering makes it an ideal choice for the aspiring affluent home buyers who seek not just an enhanced standard of living but also a superior quality of life and at CREDAI-MCHI Thane property expo, Hiranandani Group will offer best suitable products for this segment,” says Dr Niranjan Hiranandani – Co-Founder & MD, Hiranandani Group. With IT and ITes sector thriving in Thane, home buyers at our project will experience ‘Walk to Work’ concept, given the relocation of Mumbai’s BFSI, IT sector as also corporate entities,” he added. The Hiranandani Group ushered in an era marked by advanced standards of living and global lifestyles. Being ‘ISO 9001 - 2000 certified’ meant the company has a clear vision to go beyond ‘living spaces’ and create a holistic living experience for their habitats. Hiranandani Estate on Ghodbunder road thrives lively with actual 5,000 plus families residing in it, making it as a vibrant community living experience offering finest socio-civic infrastructure and amenities. "The Hiranandani Group has created mixed-use integrated townships and lifestyle patterns, and in effect, this has become the desired destination of young Millennial. Our projects state the language of a new passion, of affluence and of happiness, that begins with an individual and culminates into the well-being of the residents," concludes the real estate magnate Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani.
|2018-02-08||Two more arrested in Thane CDR scam - The Tribune|
Two more arrested in Thane CDR scam Posted at: Feb 8, 2018, 10:59 AM; last updated: Feb 8, 2018, 10:59 AM (IST) Thane, February 8 Two more people, one of them an expert in solving cyber crimes, have been arrested in connection with the call data records (CDR) racket busted here a few days ago, a police official said. Jasprit Singh Marwah (27) and Ajinkya Nagargoje (30) were arrested from Pune on Tuesday night, DCP (Crime) Abishek Trimukhe told reporters last evening. With this, the number of people who have landed behind bars in connection with the racket has gone up to nine. These include Rajani Pandit, said to be the first woman detective of the country. Marwah had fraudulently used the official email address of the Yavatmal Superintendent of Police and obtained as many as 11 CDRs, police said. He used to assist the police department in solving cyber crimes, they said. Nagargoje was a backend office employee of a telecom service provider, police said. Pandit's name had cropped up after four private detectives, arrested earlier in connection with the case, had revealed her alleged involvement in the racket, they said. The racket revolved around private detectives illegally procuring CDRs of certain people and selling them to their clients. — PTI.
|2018-02-08||Robotic blade free lesser technology for cataract in Thane - Free Press Journal|
Robotic blade free lesser technology for cataract in Thane Feb 08, 2018 07:40 am Thane: After 50 years of age most of the people complain about the cataract in the eye and the surgeries are painful. The new technology in this field has made it easy for the patients, claimed the doctors at Shree Ramkrishna Netralay, Thane The Ramkrishna Netralaya in Thane announced the first of its kind of technology in the State on Tuesday. Robotic blade free lesser technology can be used for the cataract operation and within 20 seconds the patients are free,claimed the doctor. The Eyes are scan first and without using human help, with the help of robot, the surgery is done without any hassles. The ultra modern technology is available in Shree Ramkrishna Ntralaya of Thane, in 50% discount, declared the Doctors in a press Conference arranged in the hospital. Eyes are priceless and therefore, they should be preserved and taken care of. After, 50 years of age, the eye life is reduced and many of us can suffer the cataract. According to a survey , in India, the patients with cataract problems might rise to 7 crores by 2020,informed the doctors. When someone is detected with the cataract, there is a curtain on the iris and the cataract starts riping inside it. The best part is to get rid of it is surgery and it is done by the experts. Now the surgery has changed and it can be done easily. “The eyes are scanned first and then with the lesser technology and with the help of robotic machine the surgery is done. The patient is free within 20 seconds. Today, we have experts who do the surgery but a small mistake of human brain and hand can cause a hefty price to patient. The accuracy with this ultra modern technology is 100%. Also there is no harm to patient during the surgery.”Said, Dr. Nitin Deshpande. This machine is developed by American company, Lensar and this is the first machine in the state that has been operated here in Thane,he added. The computer measures the eye of the patient and scans it ,makes a kind of 3d image of it. When Doctor okays the image, the computer itself without using blade removes the cataract.
|2018-02-08||18 percent of MMR's housing launches in 2017 added in Thane: ANAROCK Report - ANI News|
18 percent of MMR's housing launches in 2017 added in Thane: ANAROCK Report Updated: Feb 08, 2018 13:22 IST New Delhi [India], Feb 8 (ANI-NewsVoir): ANAROCK Property Consultants' latest research report 'Thane - An Emerging Megapolis' highlights this city's unstoppable rise to become one of the hottest real estate development and investment destinations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Launched at the MCHI CREDAI Thane Property Expo today, the data-driven report vouchsafes that Thane, driven by specific micro-markets, has not only shed its previous 'industrial' image but become a stand-alone real estate boom city. "Thane's emergence as a preferred destination for corporate office occupiers as well as homebuyers has been nothing short of spectacular," said Anuj Puri, Chairman - ANAROCK Property Consultants at the report's unveiling. "Last year alone, the city contributed as much as 18% of the entire supply of housing project launches in MMR. Even more interestingly, of the 70,000 housing units that hit the Thane market in the last five years, 53% have already been sold. These figures are a mute testimony to the fact that Thane has succeeded in achieving a 360-degree reinvention feat." ANAROCK's report identifies the top locations in Thane which have accounted for 65% of the city's overall housing supply between 2012-17. Micro-markets like Majiwada, Ghodbunder Road and Kolshet Road together contributed 71% of Thane's housing supply in this period. The newly-emerging real estate hotspots of Vartak Nagar, Kasarvadavali and Bhayandarpada are now attracting both end-users and investors because of their massive inherent growth potential over the next 3-4 years. 'Thane - An Emerging Megapolis' delivers a clear verdict - this city is by no yardstick any longer just a 'distant cousin' of Mumbai. Today, its excellent physical and social infrastructure and the presence of major office complexes and shopping malls make it one of the most preferred residential precincts in MMR. On the real estate investment rationale, Thane's clear USP is the availability of sufficient land parcels for future development. The ability for spatial expansion gives cities like Thane and neighboring Pune a competitive edge over the severely space-constrained regions of Mumbai. (ANI-NewsVoir)
|2018-02-08||Number of RTE seats increase in Thane, Navi Mumbai - Hindustan Times|
Number of RTE seats increase in Thane, Navi Mumbai Navi Mumbai will now have 3,713 seats, while Thane will reserve 3,993 seats under the Right to Education (RTE). MUMBAI Updated: Feb 09, 2018 00:50 IST Owing to schools not receiving their Right to Education (RTE) reimbursement dues from the last few years, some private schools refused to accept RTE admissions this year. However, a noticeable rise in the number of seats has taken place this year in Thane and Navi Mumbai. From last year’s 613 schools under Thane zilla parishad that had 16,456 seats; it has increased to 640 schools with 16,526 seats this year. “Schools in Thane had 3,953 seats last year, but owing to glitches, we could manage to fill only 1,014 seats. However, this year we have 3,993 seats in Thane. Similarly, last year Navi Mumbai had 3,200 seats and this year it has gone up to 3,713 in various private schools. Although the number of children applying for admissions under RTE will be much more, the increased number of seats will help them avail admissions,” said Manish Joshi, deputy municipal commissioner, education, Thane. The state had sent letters to schools, warning them that their school registrations will be cancelled if they fail to participate in the RTE admission process. The state has assured schools that they will reimburse them soon. This has prompted 83 schools under Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) jurisdiction, 186 schools under Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and 185 schools under Thane Municipal Corporation to conduct admissions. Glitches in website delay admission process The admission process was being let open to parents on January 24, but is being postponed indefinitely. Officials at the Thane Zilla Parishad were clueless as there were technical issues with the RTE website, making it difficult to access and update the details of schools. “We are getting queries from parents at our help centres, they are keen to start with the process, especially those who missed out on an opportunity last year,” said Sunita Kulkarni, RTE activist.
|2018-02-08||In Jan alone, 19000 residents found littering Thane, officials collect Rs 11 lakh fine - Times of India|
In Jan alone, 19,000 residents found littering Thane, officials collect Rs 11 lakh fine Feb 8, 2018, 22:17 IST THANE: As many as 19,000 Thane residents were spotted littering the city in January of which almost 5,000 were penalised for their acts by the cleanliness marshals deployed by the civic body. The team of around 40 cleanliness marshals touring all the wards collected nearly Rs 11 lakh as penalty from citizens littering in a month alone. Activists said the administration should now aggressively promote the cleanup drives and work towards bringing down the number of offenders in the subsequent months. Incidentally, the ranking of the city in the Swacch Survekshan survey had dropped last year. The marshals, a part of a private agency, have been empowered by the administration to penalise residents found dirtying the city environs by spitting or urinating, dumping trash on streets among other acts, said an official. As many as 13,460 people were found littering but were let off with a warning. Around 5,457 others found flouting the basic civic norms were penalised between Rs 100 and Rs 10,000 depending on the type of violation committed.The civic body had deployed these marshals from December and had asked them to first spread awareness about cleanliness and start penalising from January. While the agency will recover its revenue from the fines, it will also share a major part of the earnings with the corporation as was approved by the general body recently. "We are planning to intensify the drive in the subsequent months," said a senior civic official. Meanwhile, activists have questioned the drives launched by the administration and also sought clarification on why it has started fining people before providing amenities. "It is incorrect to penalise people without giving them adequate dustbins, urinals or spittoons. Littering the city is not justified at all but the administration must first develop such amenities across the city and then start penalising people," said Amit Deshpande, a resident.
|2018-02-08||Thane: 2 injured in separate hit-and-run incidents - Times of India|
Thane: 2 injured in separate hit-and-run incidents Feb 8, 2018, 22:26 IST THANE: Two hit-and-run cases were reported in the city in the past 48 hours. While one took place near Waghbil junction on Ghodbundar Road the other occurred in Vasant Vihar on the stretch opposite the jogger's park.In the incident at Waghbil, a 10-year-old boy was injured after a speeding two-wheeler dashed into him at around 2pm when he was heading home from his tuitions. He was walking on the side of the road. Paying no heed to the child's injuries, the unidentified rider fled from the spot. Locals in the vicinity rushed to the aid of the young boy and informed his parents about the accident. A complaint was, however, filed a week later by the boy's father. In the other incident, a four-wheeler driver, Devang Khirade, sustained injuries after an autorickshaw rammed into his vehicle. The police said that the auto driver was speeding and bumped into Khirade's four-wheeler. Apart from causing injuries to the victim, the accident also resulted in grave damages to the car. Auto driver Dilip Shinde has not been arrested yet.
|2018-02-08||Naupada dirtiest, Mumbra cleanest, reveals TMC study - Times of India|
Naupada dirtiest, Mumbra cleanest, reveals TMC study Feb 9, 2018, 00:24 IST THANE: The core city area of Naupada saw the highest number of litterbugs spotted and penalised while Mumbra seemed to be the cleanest zone with barely a few litterers in January, revealed a study conducted by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Statistics available with the solid waste management department showed that the Naupada administrative ward that houses the main vegetable markets and retail units has seen 3,668 litterers spotted and fined in January by the newly deployed cleanliness marshals. Uthalsar ward trailed with 2,170 cases of littering registered in the entire month. Mumbra and Railadevi saw the least number of litterbugs with 640 and 722 respectively. The dense areas in the city and suburbs that comprise low and middle income groups surprisingly show less numbers of citizens spotted while littering the city premises. The TMC had deployed 245 cleanliness marshals in all wards of the city and recovered Rs 11 lakh revenue from violators. Nearly 19,000 litter louts were spotted of which 5,000 were penalised last month. Officials said that based on this study, the TMC plans to take up corrective action in individual wards, including setting up waste bins, spittoons, etc. in the respective areas. Activists have expressed surprise and said the TMC must take up the campaigns more aggressively and dissuade residents from dirtying their neighborhood. "It is surprising to note the core city areas are so dirty while other suburbs that are known to maintain poor hygiene and cleanliness have shown less offenders. The civic body must give special attention to these areas, but residents also assume equal responsibility by not littering the area," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, a citizen activist.Corporators questioned if the marshals in all the wards have been performing their duties diligently and claimed the disparity could be due to unequal deployment of staff in the wards. "It seems the contractor must have deployed maximum wardens in Naupada ward as it is one of the densest zones in the city. The TMC must ensure the wardens fan out in all parts of the city and not just look after recovering revenue," said BJP corporator Sanjay Waghule. Officials from the solid waste management department justified the high levels of offenders in the core city area was because the stretch including Gaondevi market, railway station and bus stations saw heavy footfalls.
|2018-02-08||HC asks Thane Municipal corporation to consider reconstituting tree committee - Mumbai Mirror|
HC ASKS THANE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION TO CONSIDER RECONSTITUTING TREE COMMITTEE Updated: Feb 8, 2018, 07.08 PM IST Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the Thane Municipal Corporation to consider re-constituting its Tree Authority Committee, appointing experts on the body which decides if cutting a tree should be allowed or not. The high court had last month restrained the committee from passing any orders, observing that it appeared that its members were not applying mind while giving permissions to cut trees. A division bench of Justices A S Oka and P N Deshmukh was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Rohan Joshi, who claimed that corporators and other members of the committee are not qualified enough. The court today asked Ram Apte, TMC lawyer, to consider dissolving the present committee.
|2018-02-08||18% of MMR's housing launches in 2017 added in Thane - ANAROCK - Moneycontrol.com|
18% of MMR's housing launches in 2017 added in Thane - ANAROCK The newly-emerging real estate hotspots of Vartak Nagar, Kasarvadavali and Bhayandarpada are now attracting both end-users and investors because of their massive inherent growth potential over the next 3-4 years. ANAROCK Property Consultants' latest research report 'Thane - An Emerging Megapolis' highlights this city's unstoppable rise to become one of the hottest real estate development and investment destinations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Launched at the MCHI CREDAI Thane Property Expo today, the data-driven report vouchsafes that Thane, driven by specific micro-markets, has not only shed its previous 'industrial' image but become a stand-alone real estate boom city. "Thane's emergence as a preferred destination for corporate office occupiers as well as homebuyers has been nothing short of spectacular, " said Anuj Puri, Chairman - ANAROCK Property Consultants at the report's unveiling. "Last year alone, the city contributed as much as 18 percent of the entire supply of housing project launches in MMR. Even more interestingly, of the 70,000 housing units that hit the Thane market in the last five years, 53 percent have already been sold. These figures are a mute testimony to the fact that Thane has succeeded in achieving a 360-degree reinvention feat." ANAROCK's report identifies the top locations in Thane which have accounted for 65 percent of the city's overall housing supply between 2012-17. Micro-markets like Majiwada, Ghodbunder Road and Kolshet Road together contributed 71 percent of Thane's housing supply in this period. The newly-emerging real estate hotspots of Vartak Nagar, Kasarvadavali and Bhayandarpada are now attracting both end-users and investors because of their massive inherent growth potential over the next 3-4 years. 'Thane - An Emerging Megapolis' delivers a clear verdict - this city is by no yardstick any longer just a 'distant cousin' of Mumbai. Today, its excellent physical and social infrastructure and the presence of major office complexes and shopping malls make it one of the most preferred residential precincts in MMR. On the real estate investment rationale, Thane's clear USP is the availability of sufficient land parcels for future development. The ability for spatial expansion gives cities like Thane and neighbouring Pune a competitive edge over the severely space-constrained regions of Mumbai.
|2018-02-08||Convict caught after 17 years by Thane Police Crime Branch - The Indian Express|
Convict caught after 17 years by Thane Police Crime Branch In 1997, a sessions court gave Vedprakash Singh a life sentence and he was sent to the Yerawada jail in Pune, sources said. In 2001, Singh was granted parole for 14 days and he never returned to the Pune jail after that. Mumbai | Updated: February 9, 2018 3:52 am The Thane Police Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested a convict who had been on the run since 2001 after jumping parole. The man was allegedly living under a false identity in Uttar Pradesh. According to the Thane police, in 1994, Ramnarayn Singh, a resident of Vartak Nagar in Thane, was attacked by three men. “According to the FIR, the accused, Vedprakash Singh (48), had planned an attack to kill the complainant over a property dispute. However, the victim survived,” said an officer from the Thane crime branch. In 1997, a sessions court gave Vedprakash Singh a life sentence and he was sent to the Yerawada jail in Pune, sources said. In 2001, Singh was granted parole for 14 days and he never returned to the Pune jail after that.
|2018-02-08||thane happy streets: Learn to create 3D faces at Happy Streets this ... - Times of India|
Learn to create 3D faces at Happy Streets this Sunday Feb 9, 2018, 00:27 IST THANE: Being part of the Happy Streets this Sunday revelers will have incentives on offer after creating the 3D faces of difference characters which can be one among the exotic decorative pieces in drawing room. The organizers have charted out plans to teach the participants how to create 3D faces for which visitors will get all related materials absolutely free. If this was not enough, the pieces can be carried home as fond memories from the Sunday morning extravaganza. "This Sunday we have decided to conduct a unique activity of creating 3D faces at Vijay Suraksha Art Zone. Material will be provided to the revelers to make charming faces of different characters which can be displayed at their homes to relive fond memories at Happy Streets," said a spokesperson from Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty. Self defense workshop by Rotary Club of Thane Paradise will be yet another lead programme of the day which is designed for people across age groups. Continuing Chinese martial arts demonstration and training for young kids Kung Fu session will also be held for everyone to reckon with. "I enjoyed the martial arts exhibition last Sunday and this time I am going to learn something to boost confidence level," said Aditya Singh, a 13-year-old boy. The 1.7km non-vehicular patch between Vasant Vihar Junction and Happy Valley circle will be abuzz with over a dozen activities devised for all sections. Happy Streets, is an initiative of Thane traffic police, Thane Municipal Corporation, Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty and supported by TOI where people come up with new ideas and concepts to create wider awareness in the society, on various fronts while being engrossed with activities related to sports, fitness and good health, environment, culture, art and entertainment . The TOI's main stage at Khewra Circle will have activities like dance fitness, Bollywood and Zumba, Bokwa, folk fitness, Bollyfit and jazz performance. Joints-n-Motion will continue to conduct activities like marathon training and fitness routines near the main stage with the organisers brining in ladders, cones and hurdle stands to engage kids as well as adults. The sport arena will have skating, football, rent-free cycling, athletics and badminton. Adventure activities will too be part of the show. Patanjali Yoga instructors have arranged special session for people across age groups. Music, street painting, drawing, games and fun activities will be unlimited at the show from 6.30am to 9.30am.
|2018-02-08||Thane hacker: Hacker sold call records to pvt detectives in ... - Times of India|
Hacker sold call records to pvt detectives in exchange for car Updated: Feb 9, 2018, 05:05 IST THANE: The cyber crime expert, Ajinkya Nagargoje, arrested in the illegal procurement of call detail records (CDR) racket had allegedly given call records as part payment for a car that he had bought from one of the private detectives arrested in the case. Nagargoje had allegedly hacked into the email account of the superintendent of police of Yavatmal district and procured 111 CDRs illegally and gave them to arrested detective Jigar Makwana. "During his interrogation, Nagargoje told us that had got a car from Makwana. The car, a Honda Accord, had an accident in Buldhana and so he could not pay the amount to Makwana who struck a deal with him and asked him to send him the CDRs," a police officer said, adding that they are verifying his claims. Nagargoje, who is well qualified, had even conducted classes in cyber forensic for the Yavatmal police. Nagargoje, who has claimed that he is a certified ethical hacker, has told the police that he had hacked into the police superintendent's email account on the pretext of developing the website. "He said that the classes he conducted for the cops had given him a certain proximity and rapport with policemen. He took advantage of this," said the official. The police said that he had used a US-based cellphone number to be in touch with the other accused in the case and to send them the CDRs. He has also cracked the MPSC (mains) exam for the post of deputy superintendent of police.The police have sought details of the other accused, Jasprit Marwah, from the company that he worked for. Also, a team of police officers tracking the main accused, Saurabh Sahoo, in Delhi could not track him down. In a related development in the case, the police are interrogating India's first woman detective, Rajani Pandit, for the other links in the case. Pandit, said the police, has high-profile clients including politicians and celebrities, but the police said that the probe is not linked to her clients, but pertains only to the illegal sale of CDRs. The police custody of detectives Prashant Sonawane and Santosh Pandagle was extended till Feb 12 while Nagargoje and Marwah's custody was extended till February 15.
|2018-02-07||Thane: Police too under scrutiny after India's first female detective is nabbed - Free Press Journal|
Thane: Police too under scrutiny after India’s first female detective is nabbed Feb 07, 2018 08:10 am Thane: Barely a week after the arrest of Rajani Pandit, famed as India’s first private woman detective, the Thane Crime Branch is now investigating the role of some policemen suspected to be involved in a blackmail or extortion racket along with her, a top official said here. “We are probing this matter from all possible angles. We are trying to ascertain the role of even some policemen in the case,” Police Commissioner Parambir Singh said here. He added that the investigations will span across other states in the country with suspicions of blackmail and extortion of politicians, businessmen, industrialists and even film and glamour personalities. Pandit, 55, currently in police custody, was arrested along with six other private detectives last Thursday after a police investigation into a Call Details Record (CDR) scam with the records being allegedly sold illegally between Rs 25,000-Rs 50,00 depending on the type of clients.
|2018-02-07||Two more held in Thane CDR racket - The Hindu|
Two more held in Thane CDR racket MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 08, 2018 00:03 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 08, 2018 00:03 IST One hacked into Yavatmal SP’s email, other supplied SDRs The Thane Police Crime Branch on Wednesday made two more arrests in connection with the call data records (CDR) racket busted last month. The police said one of the two accused obtained CDRs for private detectives by fraudulently using the official email address of the Superintendent of Police, Yavatmal. Thane Crime Branch officers said Ajinkya Nagargoje and Jaspreet Singh, both residents of Pune, were picked up from Pune on Wednesday after interrogation of the previously arrested accused indicated their involvement in the racket. Password stolen “Mr. Nagargoje is a software engineer and was given the contract to create the website of the Yavatmal police. During this time, he was working out of the Yavatmal police cyber cell office, and clandestinely noted down the password used to access the official email account of the Yavatmal SP. He later used the password to log in to the account and obtained CDRs of civilians from cellular service providers, which he sold to the private detectives arrested earlier,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane Crime Branch, said. The police have found out that Mr. Nagargoje has so far obtained and sold 111 CDRs to various private detectives, and are conducting further inquiries against him. SDR racket Officers said that Mr. Singh’s arrest, meanwhile, has revealed a separate racket that was being run by private detectives, where subscriber detail records (SDRs) of postpaid customers were being illegally obtained and provided to clients. “Mr. Singh was employed with a private firm to which Vodafone had outsourced its back office work. He would supply SDRs of customers to the detectives as per their needs for a price,” Mr. Trimukhe said. The duo were brought to Thane on Wednesday and will be produced in court on Thursday, where the police will seek their custody for further interrogation. The search is still on for Delhi resident Saurabh Sahoo, who is alleged to have provided a large number of CDRs to several private detectives, including the five already under arrest. Sources said that a team is currently in Uttar Pradesh on his trail. Wednesday’s arrests bring the total number of arrests in the case to seven. The police have so far arrested four private detectives based in Navi Mumbai and Rajani Pandit, India’s first female private detective, based in Dadar. The police are now finding out details about the clients to whom the detectives sold the CDRs. The police will check if they willingly, and with full knowledge of illegality, sought CDRs from the detectives. “If the clients are found to be willing participants, they, too, will face action,” a Crime Branch officer said.
|2018-02-07||Man's Body Without Head And Legs Found In Thane; Wife, Her Brother Held For Murder - NDTV|
Man's Body Without Head And Legs Found In Thane; Wife, Her Brother Held For Murder Ravindra Shigwan (30) was found killed in Titwala and his body was initially without the head and legs. Updated: February 08, 2018 00:18 IST THANE: Days after a man was found brutally killed, his wife and her brother were arrested for the crime, police said on Wednesday. Ravindra Shigwan (30) was found killed in Titwala and his body was initially without the head and legs. The missing parts were found on January 30 in a gunny dumped near a creek, Senior Inspector Venkat Andale of the Crime Branch, Thane rural police. After a painstaking investigation, police established the victim's identify and launched a search for the killers, he said. The accused were finally tracked down and arrested last night, they said. The duo was identified as Sushma Shigwan (30) and her brother Gautam Mohite (29), police said. Investigation revealed Sushma Shigwan and her brother brutally thrashed Ravindra Shigwan, who was drunk, on January 25. The duo then chopped the body into three pieces and dumped them at different places near the creek, they said. COMMENTSThe victim used to doubt his wife's character. He would often come home drunk and pick up quarrel with her. Fed up with his suspicious nature and frequent fights, the woman planned the murder with her brother, police added.
|2018-02-07||Mumbai man displays placards at Thane signal to ensure motorists stop before zebra crossing - Hindustan Times|
Mumbai man displays placards at Thane signal to ensure motorists stop before zebra crossing Girish Patil ensures that motorist halt their vehicles before the zebra crossing so that children, women and senior citizens can cross the signal easily MUMBAI Updated: Feb 07, 2018 14:20 IST Although it is mandatory to stop vehicles before the zebra crossing, only a few motorists abide by the rule. To change the scenario, 31-year-old Girish Patil displays placards at the Anandnagar signal along the Ghodbunder Road for a few hours every morning. He ensures that motorist halt their vehicles before the zebra crossing so that children, women and senior citizens can cross the signal easily. Patil, a property consultant, has been manning the signal for the past two months and has been joined by a few good Samaritans. His effort gathered attention after a few motorists and pedestrians uploaded his pictures on social media, which helped Patil further his cause. He said, “My daughter studies at New Horizon School. While dropping her to school, I realised how difficult it is to cross this signal during peak hours. The zebra crossing near the signal is hardly visible. As a result, vehicles don’t halt before it. This leaves no space for the pedestrians to cross the junction safely. Initially, I registered a complaint with the authorities and hoped they would repaint the zebra crossing. But nothing happened.” Patil said he wrote to the traffic police department, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), asking them repaint the zebra crossing so that motorists abide by the rule. But all of them kept passing the buck, he added. “After failing to get a response from the authorities, I decided to spread awareness among motorists myself. Every day at 8.30am, I stop near the signal with placards asking motorists to stop before the zebra crossing. Once the signal turns red, I request motorists to abide by the rule so that people can cross the road safely. In the past 45 days, I’ve observed that motorists who pass through the area daily have started halting their vehicles before the zebra crossing,” Patil added. A few senior citizens have joined Patil, while others are trying to garner support for his initiative on social media so that it can be implemented at other junctions across Thane. An MSRDC official said, “In December, we wrote to the TMC and asked it make zebra crossings visible on Ghodbunder Road. We’ll send them a reminder soon.”
|2018-02-07||NCP workers, residents stage march in Thane to protest against ... - Hindustan Times|
NCP workers, residents stage march in Thane to protest against Union budget; traffic disrupted Party workers protest in Mumbra on bullock carts and motorbikes on Wednesday MUMBAI Updated: Feb 07, 2018 16:21 IST Thousands of residents took to the streets in Mumbra, Thane, and brought traffic to a standstill on Wednesday, protesting against the Union budget, presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley last week. The protest was organised and led by Nationalist Congress Party MLA Jitendra Awhad on Wednesday morning. “The finance minister has ignored the problems of the common man completely,” Awhad said, adding that the budget has cheated the common man. The protest march started from Tanvar Nagar, went past the Talathi office (local revenue office) and ended at the ground opposite Mumbra police station. Party workers staged the protest on bullock carts and motorbikes. “We are protesting against the increasing prices of petrol, cooking gas and higher taxes. We used bullock carts and cycles as fuel is no longer affordable,” said a party worker, who did not wish to be named. “The women protesters cooked on chulha outside the Talathi office and offered the food to the employees there.”
|2018-02-07||Eco-friendly ride: You can soon travel by solar autos in Thane - Hindustan Times|
Eco-friendly ride: You can soon travel by solar autos in Thane Apart from reducing air and noise pollution, these e-rickshaws will benefit women auto drivers as the municipal body will pay interest on the loan that they take to purchase these rickshaws. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 08, 2018 01:12 IST Auto rickshaws powered by solar energy will soon be a reality in the city with the Thane Municipal Corporation introducing e-rickshaws. Apart from reducing air and noise pollution, these e-rickshaws will benefit women auto drivers as the municipal body will pay interest on the loan that they take to purchase these rickshaws. “The e-rickshaw introduced by the social welfare department of the TMC, has been approved by the government. The rickshaw has four batteries and has the capacity of running around 100km after eight hours of charging. The cost of the solar auto is around Rs1.7 lakh to Rs1.8 lakh,” said a senior TMC official. According to the official, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) licence and permit is not required for running the e-rickshaws. The RTO will provide meters for these autos. “In Thane, there are around 80 women auto drivers. However, if these women purchase the solar auto, the TMC will help them in paying the interest of the loan. If the total interest is around 12%, the loan holder has to pay 7% of the total interest, while the remaining will be paid by the TMC. Though the rickshaws are open to both men and women auto drivers, women auto drivers or the ones connected with ‘Bacchat Gats’ (women self-help groups) will be preferred,” said Shankar Patole, assistant commissioner and head of the social welfare department, TMC. According to the official, the solar autorickshaw or e-rickshaw can accommodate six to seven passengers. They will have the same fares as normal autos. “A sample e-rickshaw is available with the TMC. They were manufactured in Uttarakhand. Anyone willing to purchase them can approach the social welfare department,” said an official.
|2018-02-07||Thane: 35-yr-old businessman stabbed to death by 3 unknown persons - The Asian Age|
Thane: 35-yr-old businessman stabbed to death by 3 unknown persons Published : Feb 7, 2018, 2:37 pm IST Updated : Feb 7, 2018, 2:37 pm IST The victim was a laundry shop-owner and was stabbed late on Tuesday night, killing him on spot. Thane: A laundry shop owner was allegedly stabbed to death by three unidentified persons in the Kharghar area of Navi Mumbai, police said on Wednesday. Manoj Kanojia (35) was going home after closing his shop late last night when the three persons came attacked him with a knife, killing him on the spot, a police official said. The accused then fled from the spot, he said. The motive behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, he said. The body has been sent for postmortem, the official said, adding that a hunt is on for the culprits.
|2018-02-07||City schools hold extra mock tests before boards - Times of India|
City schools hold extra mock tests before boards Feb 7, 2018, 22:23 IST Thane: With the class X preliminary or mock exams just around the corner and the final board exams just over a month away, many city schools have already begun witnessing a steady rise in cases of anxiety among their students as well as their parents. In their attempt to reduce the mounting pressures associated with the board exams, many school academicians have started organised discussions on topics like handling pressure, time management and taking enough breaks. Schools have also modified the number of mock exams they conduct every year. Simmi Juneja, principal of DAV public school said, "The pressure of exams comes from not only parents and teachers, but also peers and for some students from their very own drive to better themselves. Over the past few months, our teachers and counsellors have been talking to each student about their study timetable, and helping them prepare balanced plans that give adequate time to study, sleep and play." "While students have been preparing for these exams throughout the year, it all boils back up during exams. So limit this rising stress we have kept only one mock exams. The students who fare poorly will be given extra counselling, coaching and a chance to reattempt their mock exam after a few weeks," Juneja added. While some schools have limited the number of exams for their students, others seem to have gone the other way and by asking their students to solve past question papers for practice. "When students keep revising the same information, they tend to remember it better. After our preliminary exams which start on Wednesday, our students have one month before the board exams where they can solve previous graded subjects' question papers and get them checked by the teachers. Our teachers will be giving the weaker students special guidance in this time," said Rupa Dey, principal of Shreerang Vidyalaya. These schools have also organised counselling workshops for the parents of their students. "In order to ensure that their students don't waste any time during the exams, many parents disconnect the TV connections, ban them from going out and so on. Our school counsellor has had sessions with each parent and student, informing them about the need for maintaining a balance between studies and recreational activities, and having a proper diet and sleep pattern during the exam days," added Dey.
|2018-02-07||'FDA should keep a check on local meat, fish markets' - Times of India|
‘FDA should keep a check on local meat, fish markets’ Updated: Feb 7, 2018, 22:26 IST Thane: Be it ensuring that the meat and fish vendors in the lake-city adhere to the sanitation norms or even creating vertical mechanized markets, experts believe that it is high time the local government bodies take some strict action towards the mitigation of the ongoing mess in city market. While there are various norms set by the civic body and the food and drugs administration (FDA) about the care to be taken by meat and fish vendors when it comes to selling their product, a physical survey of city markets by TOI revealed that these norms have been flouted in every local market. While the fish and meat markets itself are splattered with blood and waste and the meat sold is washed in unpotable water that is often sullied with waste water, the handlers themselves are covered with the filth refrain from wearing the required aprons and gloves. Activists believe that this bold flouting of norms is a wakeup call for the responsible officials to take stricter action.An activist from the ciy says, "When it comes to hospitals and restaurants, the FDA conducts regular check whether or not the sanitation norms are followed and those who fail in maintaining their establishment can even lose their licence. If they can do this across hundreds of restaurants and hospitals, they can surely maintain the same surprise checks on the handful of markets which directly have an impact on citizens' health." In addition to ensuring that the vendors comply to the existing rules, these activists also believe that it is the role of the government to provide these vendors with a vertical mechanised markets, which will also help reduce encroachments."In addition to setting up market buildings that reduce the number of fish and meat stall encroachments in public places, the civic body should also focus on providing them with the infrastructure needed to sustain the cleanliness of these markets. If they need potable water, they should be provided with potable water in these buildings. There should be a mechanised system that manages the waste generated there, which will also keep the sanitation levels in check," said Dr Lata Ghanshamnani, another citizen activist here. Health experts also feel that government should focus on conducting medical tests for the meat and fish sellers in order to make sure that their ailments don't affect buyers. "On quarterly basis the vendors should go under medical tests to check if they have any serious infections, contagious diseases etc. which could spread if they directly come in contact with people. Also, portable water should be used so that the fish are cleaned properly. The vendors should also be given training to maintain hygiene," said a medical officer.
|2018-02-06||Two teenage girls go missing in Thane - The Tribune|
Two teenage girls go missing in Thane Posted at: Feb 6, 2018, 11:54 AM; last updated: Feb 6, 2018, 11:54 AM (IST) Thane, February 6 The district rural police has launched a search for two teen-aged girls who went missing after leaving their homes on Saturday, an official said on Tuesday. The girls, aged 16 and 17, were friends and worked as labourers at a company manufacturing hair clips in the Bhayander township here, the official said. On February 3, one of the girls left her home in Bhayander with a bag of clothes after informing her parents that she was going to a tailor and that from there she would proceed to her work place, Kashimira police station's sub-inspector K S Patil said. The girl then went to her friend's home located nearby. From there both of them left after telling the other girl's parents also that they were going to their work place, Patil said. However, by evening when duo did not return, their parents approached the police. The police was making enquiries but the girls were yet to be traced, the official added. — PTI.
|2018-02-06||Gutkha manufacturing unit busted at Thane's Mira Road flat - Hindustan Times|
Gutkha manufacturing unit busted at Thane’s Mira Road flat FDA?officials also seize sacks of gutkha and sophisticated machines worth Rs6.34 lakh MUMBAI Updated: Feb 06, 2018 18:22 IST The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Thane, has busted a gutkha manufacturing unit that was being run from an apartment in Naya Nagar on Mira Road and arrested one person in this connection. FDA officials also seized from the apartment sacks of gutkha and sophisticated machines that were used to manufacture the gutkha, totally worth Rs6.34 lakh. The owner of the unit, Sachin Kashid, 45, was arrested. Earlier, gutkha used to be smuggled from Gujarat through the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway 8 but now, the raid uncovered a manufacturing unit inside a rented flat. The raid was conducted on Monday in a high-rise located above Hotel Jalaja Inn in Mira Road, where the unit was flourishing, said Manek Jadhav, an FDA official.“We have registered an FIR under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and regulations of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 in this context at the Naya Nagar police station,” said Jadhav. Samples of the seized gutkha have been sent to the FDA for testing. Earlier, gutkha used to be smuggled from Gujarat through the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway 8 but the raid uncovered a manufacturing unit inside a rented flat.
|2018-02-06||Duo jailed for killing man in 2014 - Times of India|
Duo jailed for killing man in 2014 Feb 6, 2018, 12:00 IST THANE: The sessions court has sentenced two persons for murdering a man in the Shiblinagar area in 2014 and sentenced the duo for life imprisonment. The Thane district judge PP Jadhav also fined the duo Javed aka java noor Ahmed Shaikh and Mohamad Aslam aka Sheru Mohamad Hanif Shaikh with a fine of Rs. 20,000 each. Gajanan Kabdule, the investigating officer of the case who was then posted at Shil-Daighar police station in his deposition told that it was on fateful day January 20, 2014 the accused dragged the victim out of his house and killed him."As the victim Mehmood Khan was refused to be given his hut for drugging by the accused duo and some of the others, this enraged them and hence they with a sharp weapon attacked Khan in front of her daughter and wife, said Sangita Phad, the district government pleader. Khan was stabbed 22 times on different parts of the body—Chest, back and abdomen. They were booked under sections 302 and other sections of IPC and arms act and Bombay police act. The eyewitness as well as deposition of the wife and the daughter of the deceased nailed the accused in the court. The defence counsel of accused pleaded for leniency but the judge sentenced them for life imprisonment for the gory murder of the poor man.
|2018-02-06||Man killed over spat with colleague - Times of India|
Man killed over spat with colleague Feb 6, 2018, 11:04 IST THANE: A sanitary worker on the job at a conference site, who allegedly beat to death his colleague shortly before midnight on Sunday has been arrested in the wee hours. Sidharth aka Sidhu Varhate, 26 was killed by Babasaheb Waghmare, 45 on the Raymond ground after a two day district meet of the Rotary concluded late last evening and hence they had installed portable toilets for the use by delegates.At the close of the meet and at the time of winding up there ensued a quarrel between the sanitary workers over the payment and "tip" they got. Also, there was an initial quarrel amongst themselves over not working properly and were reprimanded by one of their senior, said a police officer The quarrel resulted in the murder of one of them with iron rods and injuries to another it was stated. The vartak nagar police were approached by the other colleugues who witnessed the gruesome act inside the Raymond company compound ground. The police reached the spot and rushed Varathe to hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival. The Vartak Nagar police who have registered an offence under section 302 of the IPC against Waghmare and was remanded to police custody for further probe.
|2018-02-06||CDR racket: Cops stumble upon VIP nos - Times of India|
CDR racket: Cops stumble upon VIP nos Updated: Feb 6, 2018, 07:25 IST THANE: Investigators probing the illegal procurement of call detail records (CDRs) have stumbled upon few 'VIP' mobile numbers that bear series of the same digits five to six times in the 10-digit mobile number, usually procured only after paying a premium. Police refused to disclose identities or professions of those whose 177 CDRs were found, terming it as "confidential". The first female detective, Rajani Pandit, arrested for illegal procurement of CDRs, had allegedly told acolytes that she sensed she was in big trouble after the arrest of four private detectives in the case. Seven accused have been arrested in the case and police hinted at more. Nishikant Karlikar
|2018-02-06||Parking facility: Thane to lose 7,000 sqm open ground for parking ... - Times of India|
Thane to lose 7,000 sqm open ground for parking Feb 7, 2018, 04:58 IST THANE: The vast Gaondevi playground in central Thane could soon be out of bounds for thousands of revelers as the TMC is mulling to dig up the around 7,000sqm open space for constructing an underground parking facility. While the project may ease up the parking chaos in the area, it may end up as a huge loss of open space for thousands of residents and youngsters. Further, the administration claimed that it will restore the ground to its original state after two years, the time it requires to build the facility but has apparently left residents seething at the prospect of losing an open space. The single tier facility will be constructed 7 metres underground and will accommodate nearly 130 four-wheelers and an equal number of bikes. The project was proposed considering the massive traffic snarls witnessed in the periphery of the station area. The tendering process for the around Rs 36 cr worth project is likely to start anytime this week. The project is part of the bigger corporation plan of keeping the 500m around the station vehicle-free. The time required for constructing the facility is around 18 months and the ground is likely to remain out of bounds for the public using it daily. The project was approved by the general body in 2016 but was delayed after the corporation realized it didn't have ownership of the land. The stretch was initially leased by the revenue department to the Thane council for a period of 30 years, but the agreement wasn't forged after the corporation came into force in the late seventies. The administration has now sought relevant approvals from the state revenue department for implementing the project that will be developed using smart city funds."We will be digging up the entire playground area which will remain out of bounds for the public during the period. The time required for developing the facility is around 18 months after which we may resurface the ground to its present state," justified a civic official requesting anonymity. Meanwhile, local residents expressed concern and suggested the administration to work out some other plans and ensure the open ground isn't lost in the name of parking. "Shutting the playground is unfortunate as it is the only open space here," said Dr Mahesh Bedekar, a local resident and citizen activist. Meanwhile, the administration claimed they will try to restore the ground after the work is over claiming that introducing any advanced technology for the project will prove to be a costly affair. Using the tunnelling system used by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited at Azad maidan for the underground Metro-3 corridor is not economically feasible here. We will restore the ground after our work is over," assured a senior official.
|2018-02-06||'Fish, meat from local markets must be washed, cooked thoroughly' - Times of India|
‘Fish, meat from local markets must be washed, cooked thoroughly’ Feb 7, 2018, 04:59 IST THANE: The local fish and meat markets in the city that are set up in unhygenic conditions can lead to indigestion, said medical experts. The doctors also believe that citizens could suffer water-borne diseases, allergies and respiratory ailments if the fish and meat stored in these markets are not cleaned or cooked well. "If flies sit on these products or if dirty water is used to clean the meat or splashed on the fish, then the person consuming the products without cleaning them well may suffer from typhoid, jaundice, diarrhea, etc. Also, if there is contaminated water around the area, then it is a good breeding spot for mosquitoes causing malaria to customers visiting the market to buy these products. Those allergic to cat or dog hair can have a problem or get asthma if their hair is present in the food items," said Dr Anjan Mangalvedhekar, a Mumbai-based general physician.It is even seen that immunocompromised people could get severe health problems if unhygienic fish or meat is consumed. "If patients who are diabetic or are under dialysis consume contaminated food items, them they could suffer from severe dehydration and multi-organ failure. Also, unhygienic conditions at fish and meat market invite infections that involve respiratory problems by inhaling spores of bacteria, viruses and gut infection," said Dr Sachin Wani, gastrointestinal surgeon at Currae hospital. If the food remains uncooked, then it can lead to gastro or worm infestation, especially in children," said Dr Anand Bedekar, a paediatrician.
|2018-02-05||Thane Municipal Corporation unofficially collects Rs 5 cr from English medium students - Free Press Journal|
Thane Municipal Corporation unofficially collects Rs 5 cr from English medium students Feb 05, 2018 08:02 am Thane: An RTI filed by an organisation working in the field of education has revealed that the Thane Municipal Corporation has been collecting fees from its English medium students illegally since many years. The Thane Corporation on the other hand has accepted the mistake and is ready to return the money back but has asked for the directions from the government. The Thane Municipal Corporation runs municipal schools through an education board. Children from all over the city study in these civic schools. However, the corporation has been collecting huge amount as fees from its English medium students. An RTI filed by the ‘Saman Shikshan Mulbhut Adhikar Samiti’ revealed that the corporation has collected almost Rs 5 crore as fees from these students. The committee wrote a letter to the state Chief Secretary requesting an inquiry into this. As per the directions from the Deputy Director, Town Development Department, Mumbai, the Thane Corporation was supposed to return this amount to the students but has done nothing so far.
|2018-02-05||Thane: 13-year-old girl abducted by two youths in Ulhasnagar ... - Free Press Journal|
Thane: 13-year-old girl abducted by two youths in Ulhasnagar, rescues herself and returns home Feb 05, 2018 07:45 am Thane: A 13-year-old girl was abducted by two youths from her house in Ulhasnagar township in the district, police said on Sunday. However, the gritty teenager gave her captors a slip and returned her house late Saturday night, within hours after she was allegedly abducted, a police official said. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when the teenager, who was alone in her house, answered the door bell, he said. “The two unidentified youths standing at the door sprayed something on the face of the girl, following which she fell unconscious. The duo then abducted her on their motorcycle,” the official said quoting the complaint. The girl’s mother received a call from the unidentified duo on her mobile phone later in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the girl picked up a bottle and attacked her abductors who were forcing her to change her dress and escaped from the room where she was briefly taken to, he said. “As the girl was rushing towards her house, she spotted a friend of her father and appealed to him for help. However, before he could react, the abductor duo arrived at the spot and took her away,” the Vitthalwadi police station official said. The girl again rescued herself from the clutches of her abductors and returned home on Saturday night, he said. An FIR was registered against the duo under various sections of the IPC and further investigation is on.
|2018-02-05||To curb deforestation, dept starts crackdown on illegal encroachments - Times of India|
To curb deforestation, dept starts crackdown on illegal encroachments Feb 5, 2018, 22:21 IST Thane: In an attempt to curb the growing deforestation, the forest department has begun the crack down on all old illegal infringements across the state. With over 63,718 hectares of the forest land in the state now replaced by tonnes of debris and illegal constructions, the forest department is now working on a two phased action plan to wipe out these encroachment and restore the state's dense forest green cover. "We have started focusing on ensuring that no new encroachments crop up henceforth by taking anti-encroachment drives on a district-level every two weeks. In the year 2016-17, we have demolished 2003 hutments and cleared over 11 hectares of encroached forest land in the Thane district. We will continue this drive till all encroachments are wiped out," said Dr Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forests (Thane).While the first phase of the drive is focussed on maintaining the existing forest cover, the second and much more crucial phase will involve the fast-tracking of existing encroachment cases. "In many encroachment demolition cases, we come across tribals and rural citizens claiming that they have held ownership of the land and move to court as claim to be protected by the state law. However, the Forest Right Act of 2006 clearly states only those who have ownership of the land before December 13, 2005, are entitled to the forest land as long as they have the required forest documents backing their claims," said Dr S G Tembhurnikar, the additional principal chief conservator of forests (conservation) Nagpur. While some environmentalists believe that once the forest department taken the necessary steps nature will take of itself and reclaim the land it had lost, others feel that it is every citizen's responsibility to help the government in the afforestation of their areas. "The government needs to put an end to the encroachments by completing the fencing of all sanctuaries to stop encroachers from getting in and eliminating the existing encroachments. Once that is done nature will take care of the rest, and expand if left untouched," said Rohit Joshi, a Thane-based environmentalist and member of the mangrove and wetland committee here. Meanwhile, Padma shri Jadav Payeng who is fondly known as the forest man of India for single handedly turning the barren sandbars of the Brahmaputra River into a 550 hectare Molai reserve forest by planting and tending to trees for four decades, believes that it is every citizens responsibility to conserve the green cover in their areas. "If one person like me can plant a few trees and create a forest, image the impact the millions of citizens across the nation can make by planting just one tree and taking care of it. It is not only our responsibility as the consumers of nature to grow plants, but also our obligation to guard it against encroachers. We need to be vigilant and bring any small case of natural destruction to the notice of the government, and then chase them to ensure they take action," Payeng said.
|2018-02-05||TMC pulls down illegal temples obstructing traffic - Times of India|
TMC pulls down illegal temples obstructing traffic Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 22:26 IST Thane: The anti-encroachment unit of the civic administration, cracked a whip on four illegal religious structures located on Khartan road near Dadoji Kondev stadiumover the weekend. The move comes in the wake of the recent Supreme Court order which gave the Bombay high court a nod to remove all illegal religious encroachments in public spaces. On the very first day of the demolition drive, the civic authority completely razed the illegally constructed Ganesh, Hanuman, Shree Durga Mata and Maruti temple alongside Khartan road that was obstructing traffic in the area. Moreover, three temples which had cropped up near Makhmali Lake were also inspected and then demolished. Deputy municipal commissioner, Sandeep Malvi, said, "As per the supreme court order, we have started inspecting all the religious establishments in the city.Be it a mosque, temple, church or a gurudwara, any such structure that is seen operating illegally will be demolished. Accordingly we have even razed structures at Uthalsar. The drive will be going on for the next couple of days." The anti-encroachment drive which was headed by the TMC chief, Sanjeev Jaiswal was given adequate cover by the Thane police. MV Dharmadhikari, senior inspector at Thane Nagar police station said, "We had 15 police officials on the spot along with the civic staff. Since, the matter of religion was involved, we were prepared for any protests or demonstrations to take place. But fortunately, the temple authorities were co-operative and the drive was carried out smoothly."
|2018-02-05||Two men sentenced to life for killing a Thane resident - Hindustan Times|
Two men sentenced to life for killing a Thane resident The accused – Javed, alias Java Noor Ahmed Shaikh, and Mohammed Aslam, alias Sheru Mohammed Hanif Shaikh – were also fined Rs20,000 each by judge PP Jadhav MUMBAI Updated: Feb 06, 2018 00:49 IST Two men accused of killing a Shildaighar resident for not renting them a shanty were sentenced to life by a sessions court on Monday. The accused – Javed, alias Java Noor Ahmed Shaikh, and Mohammed Aslam, alias Sheru Mohammed Hanif Shaikh – were also fined Rs20,000 each by judge PP Jadhav.Two men accused of killing a Shildaighar resident for not renting them a shanty were sentenced to life by a sessions court on Monday. The accused – Javed, alias Java Noor Ahmed Shaikh, and Mohammed Aslam, alias Sheru Mohammed Hanif Shaikh – were also fined Rs20,000 each by judge PP Jadhav. According to the police, the accused had asked Mehmood Khan in 2014 to let out his shanty at Shildaighar as they wanted to use it for selling charas and ganja. But, Khan refused. After a heated argument, the accused attacked Khan and killed him. “Khan had refused to let out his shanty to them. Khan was dragged out of his house and attacked by the accused with a sharp weapon,” said a police officer from the Thane commissionerate.
|2018-02-05||Some shift from filthy, local meat markets to cleaner mall options - Times of India|
Some shift from filthy, local meat markets to cleaner mall options Feb 5, 2018, 22:20 IST Thane: Despite having local meat and fish markets in their areas, a growing number of lake-city denizens have been opting to purchase their meats from cold storages and malls, thanks to the lack of hygiene at the local markets. While every small pocket of the city has its own individual meat and fish markets , a physical survey of these stalls done by TOI, revealed that they were all completely unhygienic right from the blood and waste water splattered walls to the poor cleaning methods used to deal with the meat itself. Even though a large section of Thaneites continued frequenting these unhygienic flies and strays infested markets, there were many others have been flocking to cleaner alternatives like cold storages and malls.In contrast to the local markets, the surveyed meat and fish retail stores in various city malls revealed that each of these stalls are kept in accordance with the FDA and civic norms. When it comes to the meat display, the various cuts of meat for chicken, mutton and pork are cleaned and kept separately in clean trays. The meat and fish to be sold was later cleaned once again by employees geared with aprons, gloves and protective caps, and sealed and packaged thoroughly before being handed over to the customers.Valerian Andrews, a Rutu Enclave resident, said, "There are several meat shops in our areas but the condition of these shops is very unhygienic. There are flies sitting on the meat and even cats and dogs trying to eat it. The men who are selling it also don't follow any hygiene norms like wearing gloves. So we prefer buying meat from the malls." While the popularity of these sanitized markets is rising among meat buyers, many citizens claim that they cannot be sure of the freshness of the fish at the malls and visit their local fish vendors to purchase sea food. Bihan Sen, one such buyer from Thane's Upvan area, said, "Five months ago, my mom sent me to buy some mutton from the local market and I was shocked to see the pathetic condition of the place and started buying meat from the retails stores at the malls. We, however, continue to buy fish from our local fisher-woman as we know that she gets it straight from the boat"
|2018-02-05||Thane: Neighbour murders 60-yr-old woman for abusing his mother - The Asian Age|
Thane: Neighbour murders 60-yr-old woman for abusing his mother Published : Feb 5, 2018, 3:24 pm IST Updated : Feb 5, 2018, 3:25 pm IST The accused, Rohit Tayde, has been arrested and charged with murder which took place in Dombivili. Thane: A 60-year-old woman was killed allegedly by her neighbour who was angry with the victim for reportedly abusing his mother, police said on Monday. The accused, Rohit Tayde, has been arrested and charged with murder which took place in Dombivili, said Thane Police PRO Sukhada Narkar. The woman, who used to take tuitions, lived alone. She was attacked by the 22-year-old accused with a hard object on Saturday and left to die in her house, Narkar said. The murder came to light on Sunday morning. According to police, the victim had reportedly abused mother of the accused and this had angered him. As a result, he attacked the elderly woman.
|2018-02-04||Thane creek bridges under repair - Mumbai Mirror - Mumbai Mirror|
THANE CREEK BRIDGES UNDER REPAIR Updated: Feb 4, 2018, 05.30 AM IST Repair works underway on the new Vashi bridge, which has been declared out of bounds for heavy vehicles travelling between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Both the old and new Thane creek bridges will be closed to traffic from February 3 to 23, barring state transport, BEST, TMT, NMMT and private passenger buses. “The expansion joints on the south carriageway of the new bridge are heavily damaged. Light vehicular traffic from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai will be diverted to the old bridge,” said DCP (traffic) Saurabh Tripathi. Heavy vehicles from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai can use the north carriageway, but those headed from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai will be diverted via Suman Nagar, Chedda Nagar, Eastern Expressway, Airoli bridge and Navi Mumbai. Vehicles from south and central Mumbai can take the Eastern Express Highway, Suman Nagar junction, Amar Mahal junction, Kamraj Nagar, Godrej & Boyce, Vikhroli flyover, Kannamwar Nagar, JVLR bridge, Mulund and Airoli bridge.
|2018-02-04||New 6.25 Acre Parking Lot in Thane to Resolve City's Traffic Woes - LatestLY (blog)|
New 6.25 Acre Parking Lot in Thane to Resolve City's Traffic Woes Feb 04, 2018 05:13 PM IST Thane, Feb 4: The state government has approved the Thane Municipal Corporation's (TMC) proposal to set-up a state-of-the-art facility parking lot here on a 6.25 acre plot reserved for the Transport Department. Making the announcement, Thane's Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde said the parking lot will resolve the city's traffic woes to a significant extent. The plot is located in Balkum area of Thane, which serves as a gateway for vehicles entering from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Thane residents believe the parking lot will decongest Thane, as the large vehicles used by logistic and transport companies would be parked at the depots, rather than the roads, during non-operational hours. School buses, which also cause traffic woes while being parked on roads, are also expected to be lodged at the depots when they are not ferrying students. Thane, located next door to Mumbai, is one of the most bustling cities of Maharashtra, with a population amounting to nearly 30 lakhs. The city acts as a gateway for large number of vehicles going towards Mumbai from Bhiwandi, Ambernath, Palghar and other adjoining regions.
|2018-02-03||Thane: Massive Fire At Warehouse In Bhiwandi - NDTV - NDTV|
Thane: Massive Fire At Warehouse In Bhiwandi Four godowns have been destroyed in the fire. Updated: February 04, 2018 00:29 IST THANE: A major fire broke out at a warehouse in Bhiwandi's Mankoli, Thane. Four godowns have been destroyed in the fire, news agency ANI reported. A Control Room official said that the there were no report of injuries to anyone, adding that eight fire engines and an equal number of water tankers had been deployed to douse the fire. "The fire erupted at some industrial shops in Shanti Agency in Mulund West around 9.00 pm. The cause of the fire is not yet known," an official said. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Thane, firefighters continued their efforts to bring under control a raging fire at a godown in Bhiwandi's Mankoli Naka area. Fire teams from Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Kalyan were engaged in the fire operations since 3am today, officials said. There are no casualties, officials said, adding that it could take some more time to douse the flames. This is the second such incident reported from Bhiwani within a week. COMMENTSOn January 31, as many as 16 scrap godowns were gutted in a fire in the Gayatri Nagar locality in Bhiwandi. A few huts also suffered damages in the mishap.
|2018-02-03||thane real estate: Thane proving to be a realty hotspot | Thane News ... - Times of India|
Thane proving to be a realty hotspot Feb 3, 2018, 05:43 IST Thane, popularly known as the 'City of Lakes', has climbed up the popularity ladder and risen on the realty map of Mumbai in the last decade. So, what has worked in favour of this city? Why are home-buyers looking to park their money here? Let's understand... INFRA UNDER FOCUS: The satellite town has witnessed some of the biggest infrastructural projects taken up and completed in the recent past, which has indeed made it a growth story worth writing about. "From widening the internal roads to building flyovers connecting Thane to the main city - there have been some concrete steps taken to boost the connectivity of the area," mentions Ajay Ashar, president, CREDAI-MCHI Thane Unit. There has been a lot of emphasis on beautification of the existing roads; betterment of the existing railway station; preparing a channel for equal distribution of water and upgradation of sewage and waste management as well, which have increased the liveability quotient of the area. "All the projects are designed and planned keeping the future in mind. Therefore, it is this futuristic attitude, which is giving TMC the edge. Also, once Metro-4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali) project becomes functional, it will not only boost connectivity, but also give a fillip to the realty sector," adds Ashar. Besides working towards a strong physical infrastructural framework, the stakeholders are also working towards providing a wholesome living experience to the existing home-owners and potential buyers. "Thane has seen some of the most renowned schools and colleges setting up their base here. Also, multi-speciality hospitals, vibrant cultural centres (theatres, multiplexes, parks, museums, etc), famous food chains among others have risen in number, thereby giving an easy access to existing home-owners," says Lata Jain, a home-owner. A REALTY VIEWPOINT: Nationally, the real estate sector is undergoing a lot of changes due to the major reforms, which kicked in last year. However, Thane has held its ground and withstood the winds of change. Earlier, people were apprehensive about investing in under-construction projects; however, post RERA, the inventory is slowly starting to clear out. Besides, there is no inventory in the ready-to-move-in segment, which is one of the key achievements of the city, believe experts. The projects in Thane are mostly gated communities with all the basic amenities available within a five km radius of the projects. "Due to availability of land, the projects are built with the best of the amenities (such as a club house, gym, jogging track, mediation centre, yoga centre, park, music classes, skating ring, and swimming pool among others). Besides, buildings are developed for all kinds of buyers - a MIG buyer or a High Net Worth Individual (HNWI) - you would not be disappointed if you invest in Thane," mentions Shailesh Puranik, past president, CREDAI-MCHI Thane Unit.WHAT GIVES THANE AN EDGE? A shortage of land and exorbitant prices have driven home-buyers away from the main city and here is where, Thane has woven its magic and attracted all the potential buyers. Earlier, people had to travel to the main city for work purposes; hence, they did not wish to buy a house at the peripheral areas of the city. However, Thane has emerged as an IT hub and opened up employment avenues, thereby giving the city the much needed boost. There were certain gaps, which had to be addressed so that Thane could emerge out of Mumbai's shadow and to a large extent, the city has successfully managed to achieve just that. "Besides a focus on boosting connectivity and building quality residential projects, the authorities have also worked towards improving the green cover and quality of air. And since everybody is working towards improving the standard of the living for the people of Thane, the future only looks bright and promising," explains Kundan Mehta, a home-owner. In conclusion, experts believe that Thane is surely scoring over its counterparts on all grounds - whether we talk about residential projects, connectivity quotient or even the appreciation potential and therefore, it would surely be a wise call if a potential buyer is looking to make Thane their home this year.
|2018-02-03||State okays truck terminal for Thane city - Times of India|
State okays truck terminal for Thane city Feb 3, 2018, 22:06 IST Thane: The illegally-parked heavy trucks, buses and containers could soon be off the city and arterial roads as the state government has approved the proposal by the municipal corporation to develop a terminal to accommodate nearly 6,000 trucks outside the city limits at Balkum. As per the plans, a massive truck parking bay is to constructed on a six-and-a-half acre plot at Balkum. Trucks and heavy freight vehicles entering the city during peak hours will be diverted to this terminal as the movement of heavy vehicles inside the city would be restricted. Presently, most of these vehicles are diverted on the service roads or under flyovers. The Balkumpada plot was initially reserved for a MSRTC bus workshop but its use was proposed to be modified into that of a truck terminal in 2017 after an approval from the TMC general body. The proposal was later sent to the urban development department that finally approved the plans. Civic officials say they have been notified about the approval on Friday and said the project could go a long way in easing the snarls on certain arterial roads in the city due to parked trucks especially during peak hours. "The trucks that are now parked on the roadsides will get a proper space for parking. The congestion on the roadsides where these trucks are parked will also ease, said Thane district guardian minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.The plot, located nearly 50 m away from the Bhiwandi highway beyond Balkum pada, is presented occupied with several residential tenements and the same will have to be cleared off first by the administration. The need for a truck terminal was felt since long. Nearly 600 or more trucks could be accommodated at the plot which will be acquired through offering construction transfer of development of rights to interested developer. The construction work should be over within a year of acquisition of the plot, informed the official. A truck terminal will prove to be a boon, said DCP (traffic) Amit Kale.
|2018-02-03||Mangroves along Thane creek to be developed as eco-tourism ... - Hindustan Times|
Mangroves along Thane creek to be developed as eco-tourism spots The district plans to rope in NGOs to make a proposal for such spots. MUMBAI Updated: Feb 04, 2018 00:46 IST Taking serious note of the depleting mangroves, the district authority has planned to develop eco-tourism spots at several places in Thane. In the first phase, the mangroves near the Saket nature park will be developed into an information centre, while the patch along the Bhiwandi and Ghodbunder stretch will be developed as an eco-tourism sight. The district plans to rope in NGOs to make a proposal for such spots. The aim of developing these spots is to protect mangroves and wetlands from land sharks and pollution. Sudam Pardesi, sub-divisional officer of Thane district, said, “Of the 100 villages in Thane district, 39 are along the creek. The responsibility of conserving and protecting the bio-diversity along this creek is not only of locals but every resident. Thus we came up with this proposal of developing the mangroves into eco-tourism centres.” He added that the work on finalising the sites is still ongoing; however, the nature park at Saket will be opened first to the public as a mangrove information centre. Pardeshi said, “In the second phase, we will take up several more locations. We will develop mangrove information centre at these places, wherein people can go and get information on different species of mangroves. We also have photographs of many rare birds seen along Thane creek. A photo display centre for these birds will also be built at these spots.” He added that the aim was to encourage more school and college students to visit the centres which can play the role of giving information and creating awareness. The district at present has decided to tie up with the NGO Enviro-vigil. Vidhyadhar Walavalkar, general secretary of Enviro-vigil said, “The collector has asked us to prepare a proposal in the next 10 days over sites that can be developed into eco-tourism spots. We are planning to start such mangrove information centre near Bhiwandi and Ghodbunder. We will submit reports on both these sites to the collector and start working after the approval.” The NGO said land along Thane creek is no more a wetland. Surbhi Walavalkar, one of the programme coordinator of the NGO, said, “In 2009, there were 69 fish species in the Thane creek. According to a survey in 2016, only 11 species have survived.”
|2018-02-03||Personal data cache found at private eye's home - Times of India|
Personal data cache found at private eye’s home Feb 4, 2018, 04:44 IST THANE: A huge cache of CDs containing video clippings of people and locations, besides personal diaries and other documents were recovered during a search of private detective Rajani Pandit's plush home at Shivaji Park by the Thane police on Friday. The famed women detective who was arrested on Friday was remanded in police custody for four days by the judicial magistrate court here on Saturday. The police said they are analysing the content of the CDs. "We are taking a closer look and trying to find out the reason, which is likely to take few more days. Other links in the case are also on radar and it is too premature to reveal anything now," said a police officer. On the other hand, Pandit, was produced in the magistrate court on Saturday and the court room of PL Gupta was jam-packed woth lawyers fraternity thronged it to get a glimpse of the Pandit. The prosecution told the court that the racket could be of very big magnitude and it is still unclear as for why the CDRs were procured illegally, was it for blackmailing or selling it someone by breaching the privacy of the gullible citizens for any reason by not taking the legal course, the prosecution told the court.
|2018-02-03||Flesh trade racket busted in Thane | The Indian Express - The Indian Express|
Flesh trade racket busted in Thane The Thane Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) raided a residential complex in Dombivali east Friday night, sources said. Mumbai | Updated: February 4, 2018 1:55 am The Thane police busted a flesh trade racket Friday night and rescued two women. The owner of the flat and the woman who was running the alleged prostitution ring were taken into custody. The Thane Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) raided a residential complex in Dombivali east Friday night, sources said. “We had information that flesh trade was going on in a couple of flats in Sri Niwas building in Dombivali (east). After keeping watch for a few days, we decided to send a decoy customer,” said senior inspector Ravindra Daundkar, who heads the AHTC. The decoy customer helped the team raid the house. “We rescued two girls and arrested Jyotsana Shaha (53). She was the one running the brothel and taking the money,” Daundkar said. Police said the woman was using the two flats on first floor. “One of the flats, which was registered in her estranged husband’s name, was being used by her as an office. The customer would first go to that flat and pick the woman he wanted. She would then take the money, around Rs 2,500, and then the customer would be sent to the adjacent flat,” Daundkar explained. The AHTC has arrested Shaha and her accomplice Naresh Bhagat, the owner of the other flat. “We have handed over the investigation to the Dombivali police. However, it is possible that there were more girls hidden away by Shaha. We are trying to find out where they might be,” said a police source privy to investigation. Meanwhile, Daundkar said Shaha was an educated woman and mother of a grown-up daughter. “During preliminary investigation, she said she got involved in the trade to finance her daughter’s higher education. Shaha’s husband left her 22 years ago, and was declared mentally unstable a few years ago,” he confirmed.
|2018-02-03||54-year-old man killed over Re 1 in Thane - The Tribune|
54-year-old man killed over Re 1 in Thane Posted at: Feb 3, 2018, 5:04 PM; last updated: Feb 3, 2018, 9:17 PM (IST) Thane, February 3 A 54-year old man from Kalyan town here was killed after a quarrel over Re 1, police said on Saturday. The incident took place late last night when the victim, Manohar Gamne (54), went to buy eggs at a neighbourhood shop in Rambaugh, said Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar. Gamne allegedly paid Re 1 less to the shopkeeper, which led to an argument between the two. The shopkeeper abused the victim, Narkar said. The victim and his son later went to the shopkeeper to ask him why he hurled abuses. This led to another round of verbal exchanges during which the shopkeeper's son repeatedly kicked and punched Gamne, leading to his instant death, the official said. The accused, Sudhkar Prabhu (45), has been arrested and charged with murder, Narkar said. PTI
|2018-02-03||Thane cops nab 2 bike thieves, recover 15 stolen motorcycles - The Asian Age|
Thane cops nab 2 bike thieves, recover 15 stolen motorcycles Published : Feb 3, 2018, 5:37 am IST Updated : Feb 3, 2018, 5:37 am IST Alarmed by the spurt in cases of bike theft, Thane (rural) SP Dr Mahesh Patil directed the LCB to be extra alert and nab the culprits. Mumbai: When a night patrolling team attached to the local crime branch (LCB) unit of Thane (rural) police intercepted a boy who looked to be a minor riding a bike in Bhayander (east) on Wednesday, little did they know that they had stumbled upon one of the members of a gang involved in a spate of bike thefts in and around the twin city. It was during questioning that they realised that the boy (name withheld as he is a juvenile) was part of the three-strong bike stealing gang. The stolen bikes were in turn used to snatch mobile phones and other valuables of pedestrians. Alarmed by the spurt in cases of bike theft, Thane (rural) SP Dr Mahesh Patil directed the LCB to be extra alert and nab the culprits. Based on the information provided by the boy, the LCB team led by senior police inspector Vyenkat Andhale and API Badaakh, apprehended Shubham Neeraj Singh (20), a resident of Bhayander said to be the kingpin of the gang which he not only named Team 23 but also went about pasting its stickers on the stolen bikes. The police recovered 15 stolen bikes, 11 mobile phones and cash from them. A case under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the trio. Shubham has been remanded to police custody till February 5 after he was produced before the district sessions court on Friday and the juvenile has been sent to a rehabilitation centre.
|2018-02-03||Thane: Accused of sexually harassing woman cops, inspector suspended - The Indian Express|
Thane: Accused of sexually harassing woman cops, inspector suspended Inspector Namdeo Shinde of reserved force was booked by the Thane Nagar police station for allegedly sexually harassing a few women constables working under him. Mumbai | Published: February 4, 2018 12:43 am The police inspector accused of sexually harassing his subordinates was suspended by the Thane police commissioner recently, sources said. The letter of suspension was issued on February 1. Inspector Namdeo Shinde of reserved force was booked by the Thane Nagar police station for allegedly sexually harassing a few women constables working under him. Police Commissioner Paramabir Singh placed him under suspension until the case against him is pending. A few constables had complained against Shinde to the joint commissioner of police in November 2017 after which an internal inquiry was set up under DCP(HQ) Priyanka Narnavare. While Narnavare found the accusations to be correct and submitted her report to her seniors in January, the Thane nagar police had refused to lodge an FIR when the women went to complain against him thereafter. “I had proposed that he be transferred at least or suspended, as he was still at the same position while the investigation was ongoing,” said Narnavare. In the suspension letter, sent also to the Thane nagar police, the commissioner has said, “You are not allowed to take up any private or otherwise job and if it is found that you have taken a job, action shall be taken against you.” Parambir Singh had earlier commented that the matter had been taken seriously and the police were following procedure. “In case he is found to be guilty, action will be taken against him,” he had said. Shinde, a reserve force inspector, had been responsible for the duty roster at the headquarter. He would allegedly ask for sexual favours in order to give the women duty hours of their choice, sources said. He would even touch them inappropriately and would make lewd gestures and comments, one of the constables had said in the original complaint.
|2018-02-03||Thane Man Dies After Being Kicked, Abused For Not Paying Re 1 - Outlook India|
Thane Man Dies After Being Kicked, Abused For Not Paying Re 1 03 FEBRUARY 2018 Last Updated at 4:43 PM Manohar Gamne allegedly paid Re 1 less to the shopkeeper, which led to an argument. Gamne and his son later went back to the shopkeeper and had another round of verbal exchanges.A 54-year-old man from Kalyan town in Thane was killed after a quarrel over Re 1, the police said on Saturday. The incident took place late Friday night when the victim, Manohar Gamne, 54, went to buy eggs at a neighbourhood shop in Rambaugh, said Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar. Gamne allegedly paid Re 1 less to the shopkeeper which led to an argument between the two. The shopkeeper abused the victim, Narkar said.The victim and his son later went to the shopkeeper to ask him why he hurled abuses. This led to another round of verbal exchanges during which the shopkeeper’s son repeatedly kicked and punched Gamne, which led to his death, the official said. Sudhkar Prabhu, 45, has been arrested and charged with murder, Narkar said.
|2018-02-02||Fire breaks out on Thane-bound train - The Hindu|
Fire breaks out on Thane-bound train FEBRUARY 03, 2018 00:45 IST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 03, 2018 00:45 IST A minor fire broke out on a Thane-bound train at Dadar station on Friday night. Passengers noticed smoke billowing from the motor coach at 9.24 p.m. when the train was pulling into Platform No.1. No injuries were reported. Officials said the fire was immediately brought under control. The Fire Brigade sent four fire engines and four jumbo tankers to the spot after its control room received a call at 9.29 p.m. Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale said, “The fire was confined to the electric wiring and installations, and wooden seats in one bogie of the train.” Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, said, “Passengers were evacuated from the coach. The traffic on the slow line was diverted to the fast line.” Three trains were delayed owing to the incident.
|2018-02-02||Thane to get Creek Safari this World Wetlands Day, dist collector - Times of India|
Thane to get Creek Safari this World Wetlands Day Updated: Feb 3, 2018, 05:07 IST THANE: Concerned at the disappearing wetlands and its impact on the bio diversity that survives in the marshes, the district administration on Friday pledged to take concrete steps to prevent the destruction of the mangrove. District collector Mahendra Kalyankar said the importance of these wetlands has never been fully understood resulting in illegal massacre or misused as dumping grounds to reclaim the lands for unauthorized activities. Kalyankar was addressing a programme on wetland awareness organized by a voluntary group Paryavaran Dakshata Manch on the occasion of the World Wetland Day. "For decades, we have ignored the importance of wetlands, which has resulted in their constant destruction, whether it is due to direct hacking for land grabbing or whether it is a result of the growing solid waste and sewage polluting it. These wetlands host a wealth of bio-diversity from small microorganisms to large birds, each of which is slowly reducing because of us," said Kalyankar speaking to the crowd of school students and collegians. "We are all stakeholders in the wellbeing of our environment. While we have the authority to take action on encroachers, we need citizens to complain when they see these violations. We need citizens to be vigilant and we have a wetland grievance redressal system that they can reach out to so we can use out mangrove protection brigade," he added. While taking strict action on wetland encroachers comprises a major part of the collectorate's environmental plan this year, they also have a creek safari initiative on the lines of the Airoli bio-diversity Centre's Eco Tours, in the pipeline."While the new biodiversity centre in Navi Mumbai experienced a successful start to its Creek tourism initiative on Thursday, we are in the process of starting a Creek Safari across the other parts of the Thane creek as well. Along with the guidance of various environmentalists, we have identified various stretches of bio-diversity rich mangroves in Mira-Bhayander, Bhiwandi and Thane that are untouched by encroachments. We have approached the Mangrove Cell in Bandra and sought permission to turn them into eco-tourism zones which will help maintain it in the long run," Kalyankara said. The wetlands are categorized as natural forests and according to a recent annual report Thane district is among the few areas with vast wetland cover measuring around 2,063 hectares of mangroves across the Thane creek, Ulhas River and other water bodies. While the area of wetlands, which comprise salt pans, reservoirs, farmlands, marshes, grasslands and other such areas in addition to mangroves, remains unmapped, it is far greater than that of the mangrove stretches here, but far more susceptible to pollution and encroaching. It was recently noticed that several stretches of forest cover was been encroached upon. It is high time the authorities take some strict action against those encroaching the mangroves and forest cover. Among the once dense forest blocks, the Mumbai wildlife circle, which includes all the wildlife sanctuaries including Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Karnala, Tungareshwar and the Thane circle has lost over 7,144 hectares of forest land. 'Put simply, the Mumbai Wildlife circle and Thane collectively contributed to loss of 12 per cent of the forest lands. Of the total 13 forest circles in Maharashtra, the Dahanu circle in North Maharashtra, bordering Gujarat, has recorded the highest loss of forest cover with more than 20,000 hectares or more than 32 per cent of the total lost forest lands encroached, the report states. across the state.
|2018-02-02||Seven persons booked for beating puppy to death in Thane ... - Hindustan Times|
Seven persons booked for beating puppy to death in Thane The complainant informed police that the group of seven people beat up four puppies and put them in a sack and abandoned them near a crematorium. Updated: Feb 02, 2018 18:46 IST Seven people were on Friday booked for allegedly torturing a puppy, leading to the canine’s death, said police. The seven include three persons from a housing complex here and a labourer, officials informed. Police said that a resident of the housing complex had filed a complaint that a group of people had objected to her feeding dogs in the vicinity of the complex. The complainant told police that on January 14, around 8:30pm, this group of seven people beat up four puppies and put them in a sack and abandoned them near a crematorium here. The complainant further told police that when she went to check on the puppies, she found that one of them had died due to the assault. An official said that a case had been registered with Narpoli police station in Bhiwandi under relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Indian Penal Code. He added that investigations were underway but no arrests had been made so far.
|2018-02-02||Thane Municipal Transport's scraps loss-making AC bus to Mantralaya - Hindustan Times|
Thane Municipal Transport’s scraps loss-making AC bus to Mantralaya Updated: Feb 03, 2018 00:55 IST The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) will shut down its air-conditioned bus services to Mantralaya from today owing to a poor response and losses. The decision to discontinue the service was taken in the transport committee meeting held on Friday. The members blamed the services were in the red as the TMC did not spread the word about them. Now, commuters will have to depend on non-air conditioned BEST services on the same route. Sandeep Malvi, TMT manager, said, “It is true that merely 10 to 15 passengers commute from this bus per round. Following the demand from the committee members, we will shut down the service from Saturday.” \With the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking discontinuing AC bus services between Thane and Mumbai, the Thane Municipal Transport has decided to start one such service from Cadbury junction to Mantralay one-and-a-half months ago. Taqui Cheulkar, TMT committee member, said, “Four services between Cadbury bus stop and Mantralaya were introduced in the morning and evening. There are hardly any commuters for these services. The corporation earned a paltry Rs1,200, while expenses were Rs5,000 on maintenance of these buses. We have demanded that the services be diverted to a more profitable route.” Rajendra Mahadik, another committee member, alleged that the bus service was not publicised enough. TMC committee chairman Anil Bhor said the services would have got a better response, had they been operated from Ghodbunder where many commuters are demanding a direct bus service to Mumbai. This bus operated at 8 am and 4.30 pm from Thane and 10am and 6pm from Mantralaya. Thane residents who wished to avoid going to the station and catch the rush hour local usually availed these AC bus services.
|2018-02-02||Thane professional booked for shooting without permission - United News of India|
Thane professional booked for shooting without permission Posted at: Feb 2 2018 1:17PM Thane, Feb 2 (UNI) A professional, who carried out video shooting for his film on road without due permission of the Civic Corporation, has been booked by the Thane District Rural police. According to police, Manoj Gonsalvis, owner of Excel 9 Location, has been booked under Section 447 of the IPC. Police said Gonsalvis carried out shooting on road in the town on January 21, without taking permission from the Civic Corporation. He repeated the mistake on January 23 and the civic officials took an objection to the same. Gonsalvis was summoned to the office of the Commissioner, where he was questioned about his lapses and fined Rs 2,50,000 and Rs 25,000 as permission fee.
|2018-02-02||Thane Police arrests India's first female private detective Rajani Pandit for illegally procuring call detail records - India Today|
Thane Police arrests India's first female private detective for illegally procuring call detail records February 2, 2018 UPDATED 21:39 IST India's first female private detective Rajani Pandit was today arrested by Thane Crime Branch in a case pertaining to procurement of Call Detail Records (CDR) illegally. Pandit, who has a Wikipedia page, has written two books "Faces" and "Mayajal". She has been profiled by several media houses for her work as a detective in the past. She has won many awards and recognitions of which one is the Hirkani Award by Doordarshan Maharashtra. Pandit is the daughter of Police Inspector Shantaram Pandit, who is known to be a part of the team that probed the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The woman claims to have solved over 7,500 cases. Pandit's arrest comes after Thane Crime Branch arrested other four private detectives who procured and sold CDRs. Police sources said that Pandit had sought CDRs from other arrested accused on several occasions. Apart from two books, a documentary named Lady James Bond was also made on her.
|2018-02-02||7 Booked For Torturing, Killing Puppy In Thane - NDTV - NDTV|
7 Booked For Torturing, Killing Puppy In Thane An official said that a case has been registered with Narpoli police station in Bhiwandi under relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Indian Penal Code. Updated: February 03, 2018 04:17 IST THANE: Seven people were booked on Friday for allegedly torturing a puppy, leading to the canine's death, police said. The seven include three people from a housing complex in Thane and a labourer, officials informed. Police said that a resident of the housing complex had filed a complaint that a group of people had objected to her feeding dogs in the vicinity of the complex. The complainant told police that on January 14, around 8:30pm, this group of seven people beat up four puppies and put them in a sack and abandoned them near a crematorium. The complainant further told police that when she went to check on the puppies, she found that one of them had died due to the assault. COMMENTSAn official said that a case has been registered with Narpoli police station in Bhiwandi under relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Indian Penal Code. He added that investigations were underway but no arrests have been made so far.
|2018-02-02||Tax offices to be kept open - Times of India|
Tax offices to be kept open Feb 3, 2018, 05:13 IST THANE: In order to make it convenient for residents to pay property tax and water tax, the municipal tax department will remain open on all weekends—including second and fourth Saturdays. Deputy municipal commissioner Omprakash Divate said, "The officials from these two tax departments will function on all weekends till the end of the financial year, which is March 31. This will help citizens who are working during the week. With this move, they will be able to visit the local municipal office and clear their dues.'' The tax collected from property owners and on water is one of the biggest source of funds for the civic body. Last year, the civic collections from these two departments had soared considerably after the government demonitized the high-value currency but allowed public institutions to receive those notes towards tax dues. Divate is optimistic that decision to keep offices open on weekends will give a needed push to the civic revenue. As per the initiative, the water and property tax departments will stay open from 10am to 5:45pm on all Saturdays and public holidays. However, the office will be shut on March 2, on account of Holi. On Sundays, the timings will be from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
|2018-02-01||Thane: Woman, paramour held for killing her 1-yr-old son - The Tribune|
Thane: Woman, paramour held for killing her 1-yr-old son Posted at: Feb 1, 2018, 11:45 AM; last updated: Feb 1, 2018, 11:45 AM (IST) Thane, February 1 The Thane Police on Thursday arrested a woman and three other persons in the Bhiwandi township here for allegedly killing her one-year-old son and then burying the body to hide the crime. The 21-year-old woman got married to a man in March 2016 and the couple later had a son, Narpoli police station's senior inspector S D Jadhav said. However, they later started having fights and were living separately since the last four months, he said. In the meantime, the woman got into a relationship with another man and decided to get rid of the child. Hence, the woman along with her paramour and the latter's two friends allegedly strangulated the child to death on Tuesday night and buried the body at an industrial compound in Mankoli village, Jadhav said. Suspecting something amiss, the woman's estranged husband lodged a complaint with the police in connection with his son's disappearance, he said. The police, acting on a tip-off, exhumed the body yesterday in the presence of local tehsildar and medical officers and sent it for postmortem to the IGM Hospital in Bhiwandi, he said. Subsequently, the police arrested the woman and the three others and booked them under IPC sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), he said. PTI
|2018-02-01||Kidnapped minor girl from Bihar rescued in Thane, accused held - India Today|
Kidnapped minor girl from Bihar rescued in Thane, accused held February 1, 2018 UPDATED 13:00 IST hane, Feb 1 (PTI) A 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly kidnapped from Madhubani district in Bihar by her lover and kept at his friends place for nearly two months, was rescued from Diva in Thane district, police said today. The victim was rescued by the Crime Branch officials yesterday and her 18-year-old lover, who had allegedly kidnapped her, was arrested from the spot, a police officer said. "The minor had been kidnapped by her lover from Adhvadi village in Kirhad taluka in Madhubani district on December 3 last year. The police there had registered a case under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (A) (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc)," senior police inspector Nitin Thakre said. The accused, who was the neighbour of the victim, was in love with her. The Madhubani police had received information that the accused had kept the girl captive at his friends house in Betavade village in Diva in Thane district. They intimated the Thane police about it. Accordingly a trap was laid and the girl was rescued and the accused was held, Thakre said. The duo was handed over to the Madhubani police, he added. PTI COR NP
|2018-02-01||Call Data Records Selling Racket Busted In Thane, 4 Private Detectives Held - NDTV|
Call record sale: Cops probe email source Feb 2, 2018, 02:59 IST THANE: The probe into the sale of call detail records (CDR) by a cartel of private detectives has set off a trail to nab the source of e-mails fired to the mobile service providers seeking the confidential information. CDRs are made available by phone service providers to the police on getting a written requests or mails signed by authorities. In this case involving five private detectives, four of whom have been arrested, the emails sent could have been fraudulently signed or some rogue policeman was part of the racket, officials said. The police have arrested four detectives - Makesh Pandian, Prashant Palekar (49), Jigar Mak- wana (35) and Samresh Jha (32) aka Pratik Mohpaland are looking for their aide who is on the run. A senior police officer said that that an official dossier has been sent to the telcos to find out how the accused had lain their hands on sensitive data which is not accessible for the common citizen.
|2018-02-01||Bogus co scam: Doctor to be sent to Chhattisgarh - Times of India|
Bogus co scam: Doctor to be sent to Chhattisgarh Feb 2, 2018, 03:03 IST THANE: The Chhattisgarh police on Thursday reached Thane to take custody of medico-turned- scamster wanted for scamming gullible investors to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore. Dr Prithi Paul Sethi (63) has been evading arrest since 2015 when the first complaint against him was lodged for cheating investors. Sources said that Sethi used to set up companies, lure investors with lucrative schemes of doubling investment and then vanished. A former lecturer at a medical college in Lucknow, hge will be taken to Chhattisgarh on Friday, said Nitin Thakre, senior inspector of crime branch. The police said that it could be a long journey ahead for the doctor-turned-conman who will be transferred later to various police commissione- rate or agencies for the probe which is estimated to be over Rs 1,000 crore. Sethi was hiding in a godown in Bhiwandi.
|2018-02-01||Call record sale: Cops probe email source - Times of India|
Call record sale: Cops probe email source Feb 2, 2018, 02:59 IST THANE: The probe into the sale of call detail records (CDR) by a cartel of private detectives has set off a trail to nab the source of e-mails fired to the mobile service providers seeking the confidential information. CDRs are made available by phone service providers to the police on getting a written requests or mails signed by authorities. In this case involving five private detectives, four of whom have been arrested, the emails sent could have been fraudulently signed or some rogue policeman was part of the racket, officials said. The police have arrested four detectives - Makesh Pandian, Prashant Palekar (49), Jigar Mak- wana (35) and Samresh Jha (32) aka Pratik Mohpaland are looking for their aide who is on the run. A senior police officer said that that an official dossier has been sent to the telcos to find out how the accused had lain their hands on sensitive data which is not accessible for the common citizen.
|2018-02-01||Now, enjoy flamingo safaris in Thane creek - Mumbai Mirror|
NOW, ENJOY FLAMINGO SAFARIS IN THANE CREEK Updated: Feb 2, 2018, 05.08 AM IST To boost conservation, the state has begun offering boat rides through Thane creek mangroves for nature enthusiasts who want to watch flamingos and other wetland birds. The one-hour ride along 10 km of thick mangrove cover starts from Airoli in Navi Mumbai, goes up to Vashi and back. Mangrove cell officials say this is the first such sanctuary in the country. Each journey uses a boat with a capacity of 24 people and a smaller eight-seater speed boat to enter less accessible areas.